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Meet the Principal: St Margaret’s College


 

Diana Patchett – Executive Principal

 

“It is the atmosphere of encouragement that I love about St Margaret’s College. The girls are united in their aspirations to excellence, not only in the classroom but also wherever their co-curricular interests take them, and we all work together to help them be the best they can be. Passionate teachers, dedicated coaches, professional instructors and caring tutors all provide positive guidance. But it is the girls who lift each other up, with kindness and service to others at the heart of their endeavours. And best of all, we enjoy each other’s company and share a lovely sense of fun and school spirit along the way”.

 

 

 

St Margaret’s College in Christchurch is one of New Zealand’s leading day and boarding girls’ school with a proud history of academic, sporting and cultural excellence.

St Margaret’s College is the only girls’ school in the South Island to offer the dual senior academic pathway of the International Baccalaureate Diploma as well as NCEA.

Throughout a girl’s time at St Margaret’s, she is seen as an individual and her learning is structured accordingly.

A love of learning is instilled from a young age – throughout Junior School (Years 1-6) and Middle School (Years 7-10), the girls are encouraged to discover and extend themselves, celebrate their successes, learn from their challenges and most of all, enjoy the thrill of learning.

This is balanced by the extensive co-curricular programme in sport and the arts, full of opportunity for wherever a girl’s interests may lie.

By the time she reaches Senior School (Years 11-13), she is in full possession of the skills she needs to succeed in her academic pursuits.

Professional teachers, small class sizes, modern facilities and well-resourced sport and cultural programmes combine to enable the girls to realise this success, whatever that might look like for each of them.

St Margaret’s College’s academic record in both International Baccalaureate and NCEA is consistently outstanding and while a strong academic focus will always be maintained to ensure students realise their post-school aspirations, education in this age of change is as much about character as content.

To empower young women to live well and lead, it is important to nurture the skills and attributes that will set them up to flourish in even the most uncertain of times.

When a girl leaves St Margaret’s College, she will join over 10,000 SMC alumnae making a positive contribution to business, government and community around the world.


 

Meet the Principal 2019: Diana Patchett of St Margaret’s College


EXECUTIVE PRINCIPAL DIANA PATCHETT

 

St Margaret’s College is the best of both worlds – it’s a modern school with incredible facilities and opportunities for girls, founded on traditional family and Christian values. It’s a traditional school, rich in culture and heritage, filled by modern girls who can realise gender equality in their future and modern families who share high expectations for their girls. These expectations are not just academic ones, for today’s parents know the importance of developing the so-called soft skills in setting each girl up for a bright future. St Margaret’s continues to be amongst the top academic schools in the country while giving our girls a rich and rewarding involvement in sports and the arts to an elite level.

 

 

Making that all important decision around schooling is one no parent takes lightly. It is a significant investment, but one that your child will reap the rewards of for the rest of their life. “No two children are the same, and that is a good thing,” Executive Principal Diana Patchett says. “At SMC, we celebrate diversity, we amplify it, for we know that each girl comes to us with her own gifts and abilities, and that it is our privilege to uncover those, and more, to set her up for success, whatever success looks like for her, as she moves through our school and then out into the world.”

Knowing and playing to your strengths, being an open-minded and flexible thinker, having confidence in your own skills and abilities, practising well-developed interpersonal and collaborative skills to be able to work well with others, and perhaps most importantly, demonstrating the resilience to embrace failure as a necessary means to realising a solution to new challenges – these are invaluable life skills for all ages. It is the aspiration of St Margaret’s College to set its students up for success.

The development of these powerful graduate attributes is intrinsic to the academic, social, physical and spiritual programmes they afford the girls in their care. In this way, any concerns for the unknown aspects of their future can become a tailwind that propels them forward and not a headwind to hold them back. St Margaret’s College looks forward to welcoming you to the school, so you can experience first-hand how they can set your daughter up for success.

Book your personal tour by contacting registrar Lizzie Dyer at enrol@stmargarets.school.nz. For further information visit www.stmargarets.school.nz.


 

The charitable social calendar

The charitable social calendar: local events with a community or charitable trust

We share our city with some incredible people who put heart, mind and soul into the support of philanthropic endeavours, so much so that we couldn’t possibly hope to list them all.

The charitable social calendar

What we can do however, is list some of the upcoming events on the local social calendar which have been formed to support the vital charitable services that are at the heart of a strong community. We hope you enjoy.

Battle of the artists

Art Battle is live, competitive painting where 12 of Christchurch’s top artists have just 20 minutes to paint a canvas. The audience votes for the winner and all artworks are available by silent auction on the night.
But what is perhaps the most exciting aspect of this endeavour, is that it supports the charity ‘Just Peoples’ which was set up to connect Kiwis with the means and desire to join the fight against global poverty with small, locally led micro-projects across Asia and Africa.
Sunday 6 May from 5:30-9:30pm
Sixty6 on the corner Peterborough and Durham Streets
For tickets visit www.eventbrite.co.nz

Philanthropic fare

It’s an iconic mystery dining experience and it’s all in support of Ronald McDonald House. Arrive with your guests at the pre-dinner function and enjoy a glass of champagne and canapes. This is where excitement builds with a live auction, before you find out where you will be dining for the night with a live mystery dining draw.
From exclusive local restaurants to private chefs at unique dining destinations, Supper Club Christchurch is sure to impress your dinner guests.
Friday 15 June from 5:30pm until late
Pre-dinner location to be revealed soon, mystery dinner location announced on the night
For bookings contact Robyn Medlicott on 027 225 5221 or robyn@rmhsi.org.nz

A charitable cook

Life Education Trust Canterbury is very lucky to have the opportunity to host a fundraising event alongside Annabel Langbein.
Ticket proceeds will go directly to Life Education Trust Canterbury, enabling this talented team to continue delivering health educational lessons to 20,000 primary and intermediate school children in Canterbury each year.
During this exclusive event the second volume Essentials cookbook will be launched and Annabel will share stories from her free-range life as well as top tips and tricks to help you become a more confident and creative cook.
Monday 7 May from 6:30-8:30pm
St Margaret’s College, Charles Luney Auditorium
Tickets are available on www.eventfinda.co.nz

Wham Bam Author Jam

We have a lot of talented authors in this beautiful country of ours, and Addington Raceway wanted to create a place for the public to meet them and perhaps find their next favourite!
The event will feature local authors and even some from further afield, with ticket and raffle proceeds supporting the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand. So, grab the family, grab your friends and head to Wham Bam Author Jam!
Saturday 24 November, 10am-4pm
Addington Raceway 75 Jack Hinton Drive, Addington
Tickets are available on www.eventfinda.co.nz

St Margaret’s College

Meet the Principal 2018: Gillian Simpson of St Margaret’s College

Gillian Simpson Principal of St Margaret’s College
Gillian Simpson Principal of St Margaret’s College

“‘Everyday Superstars’ is the theme chosen for the St Margaret’s community for 2018 by our Year 13 cohort. For true wellbeing we all need to be a vital part of something bigger than ourselves and to feel needed and valued. The girls define an ‘everyday superstar’ as someone who contributes to the wellbeing of the community through regular small acts of helpfulness and kindness.
Living in a state of compassionate mindfulness is a proven indicator of happiness and wellbeing. Throughout my ten years of living in the St Margaret’s school family I have witnessed so many acts of kindness and compassion and so many shining ‘everyday superstars’.”

When she first arrived, Gillian likened the campus to a dented, rusty old jewelry box filled with shining jewels. “This school has always been about the people – our shining jewels, our taonga. These people grew closer and stronger, united in saving our great school in the face of unprecedented threats to our very existence in the challenges thrown at us by Mother Nature’s earthquakes.
“That jewelry box is now a new splendid modern version of itself; a tribute to those who seized every opportunity, cared for each other and rebuilt and future proofed our school.”
As a result, St Margaret’s is blessed with a school fit for the purpose of ‘educating young women to live and lead’ into their future. “I believe that never before have all-girls’ schools been so important in growing mana wahine and in nurturing and growing confident, compassionate women to make our world a better place.”

St Margaret’s College Choosing the school that is right for your daughter is an important decision which no parent takes lightly. St Margaret’s College Open Day offers an insight into how academic excellence and co-curricular opportunities combine for Years 1 to 13, with boarding from Year 7. The emphasis is on learning, combined with wellbeing and pastoral care. Each year group has a programme specifically designed to meet their needs, ensuring customised learning for every girl. The girls are empowered to become strong, resilient young women who relate well to others and have confidence and empathy to build lasting relationships.
Experience the St Margaret’s College difference at the Open Day on Friday 11 May from 10:30am to 1pm. The Principal’s address at 11:45am will feature talks from outgoing Executive Principal, Gillian Simpson, and Diana Patchett who will start in the role at the beginning of Term 3. For further information, visit
www.stmargarets.school.nz.

American Express Openair Cinema

Events guide: Five things well worth leaving home for

The temperatures may have begun their downward descent, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to lock yourselves inside! We’ve gone in search of some of the hottest events around that will be sure to bring some warmth to your autumn.

American Express Openair Cinema
American Express Openair Cinema

Food, fun and flicks:

American Express is bringing the Openair Cinema festival of food, fun and flicks to Rauora Park from 15 March to 1 April.
There will be an array of alternative entertainment, live music and DJ performances before the latest and greatest feature films light up the big screen.
Better yet, you can bring along a ‘Doggy Date’! Pampered pooches will receive the VID treatment with a pawfect picnic platter of doggy delights and their own canine couch. Tickets start at $13 and are on-sale now at www.openaircinemas.co.nz.

Jump for charity:

Some of the country’s leading horse and pony riders are getting in behind the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation with the second annual Jump for Cancer Hagley charity event at North Hagley Park on 25 March.
St. Margaret’s College students will be collecting donations on behalf of the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation and food vendors will be selling everything from coffee and gelato to gourmet pizzas and potatoes.
General admission is free with VIP tickets available from www.eventbrite.co.nz. To find out more, head to the Jump for Cancer Hagley Facebook page.

Middle-aged man in lycra!

Following a sell-out premiere season across New Zealand, much-loved Kiwi actor Mark Hadlow remounts for a final ride into Christchurch in the acclaimed one man show, MAMIL (middle-aged man in Lycra), in all its lurid lycra glory for ‘Le Tour d’Isaac’, from Thursday 31 May to Saturday 2 June at the Isaac Theatre Royal.
Shining as the affable, yet uncomfortably relatable anti-hero in the one-man show, Hadlow commands the stage. With his energetic presence and childlike enthusiasm to the character, he breathes life into the cleverly crafted monologues to delight even the most stoic of MAMIL-phobes.

Colourful fun :

All the colour and fun of a carnival is coming to Cathedral Square on Saturday 24 February.
The popular Latino market is heading into the city from 4pm to 8pm on so you can enjoy a delicious culinary collection of Latin street food, live music, art and craft and, of course, the warmth of the local Latin community.
There will also be workshops, a dance floor and performances with Latin rhythms (including capoeira and samba do Brasil). So bring your most colourful clothing – and your dancing shoes – and prepare for a night of colourful fun.

A catwalk crusade:

Designers and celebrities are set to hit the catwalk on Thursday 12 April wearing the latest New Zealand fashion.
Guests at the annual M Factor Fashion Show will see collections from the likes of Annah Stretton, Augustine, Repertoire, Trelise Cooper and many more to raise funds for Ronald McDonald House Charities New Zealand and Ronald McDonald House South Island.
Held at 7pm on Thursday 12 April at The Transitional Cathedral, tickets are available at ticketmaster.co.nz and are priced at $75 for VIP, $55 for General Admission and $20 for children and students.