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It is so important that young people are surrounded by people who care for them, and who will work hard to enable them to reach their potential.

When it comes to choosing the best school for your daughter or son, there are many factors to weigh up, from practical considerations like how will they get to school?, to more visceral, yet absolutely vital, ones like does it feel right?

Ahead of visiting a school it is important to think about your priorities. Are you after a school with a particular educational philosophy or special character? Is the size of the school a factor? Do you want to find out about how the school supports young people with special educational needs, or talents? Ultimately, you need to find a school with values and priorities that align with those of your family, and that will provide the environment and opportunities suited to the particular needs, interests and abilities of your child.

Our students at St Margaret’s College are our best asset. When you visit, be sure to ask them how they feel about being part of the school, what they see as the school’s strengths, and what they are proud of.

St Margaret’s record of achievement places the school amongst the best in the country. But what sets the college apart is the incredible degree of choice offered, academically and beyond the classroom, and the way it values individuals for who they are and what they bring to the school community.

The only girls’ school in the South Island to offer dual academic pathways – NCEA and the International Baccalaureate Diploma – St Margaret’s also boasts over 40 arts co-curricular groups and offers over 30 different sports for all abilities.

With its Pre, Junior, Middle and Senior Schools, St Margaret’s College caters for girls and young women, aged 2-19 years old. Younger girls gain so much from interacting with and learning from the older ones; yet this big sister-little sister dynamic also provides invaluable opportunities for development for older girls, as they develop and role-model qualities like loyalty, compassion and leadership.

The warmth and strong family feel of St Margaret’s undoubtedly derives from students’ feeling of connectedness – to each other and to the school community.

St Margaret’s College will hold its Open Day on 11 May, 10.30am-1.00pm, with the Principal’s Address at 11.45am.

stmargarets.school.nz / 03 379 2000

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