St Margaret's College

St Margaret’s College, Christchurch’s leading girls’ school, empowering girls to learn, live and lead from Years 0-13, day and boarding.

St Margaret's College is one of New Zealand's leading all-girls schools for Years 0 to 13 for day and boarding students in Christchurch.

Operating as usual

Photos from St Margaret's College's post 10/05/2024

Welcome back to Old Girl Caitlin Early. Caitlin spoke to our Year 12 students about a career in the military with her colleagues from the NZ Defence Force. This Defence Careers for Women presentation is part of a SMC careers education programme that is regularly supported by our alumnae. Thank you Caitlin for returning to share your experience with our current girls. Read more about Caitlin’s career in the Air Force on SMC Connect here


What a beautiful crisp autumn day for our Junior, Middle and Senior girls to join together for our annual Cross Country event. Our girls brought perseverance, joy and a whole lot of karawhiua today


Congratulations to Year 12 student Coco Flood, who will be travelling to St Catharines, Canada in August as part of the New Zealand Under 19s rowing team competing in the World Championship Regatta. Congratulations on your selection Coco,

Photos from St Margaret's College's post 06/05/2024

Our Year 8 math classes have drawn inspiration from the intricate designs of the stained glass windows surrounding us, as a part of their Geometry and Measurement curriculum. A trip to St. Mark's Chapel has provided them with insight into the practical applications of measurement in the real world, along with delving into the rich history of our College, before calculating the area and perimeter of their own stained glass designs


We are looking forward to welcoming our community back to SMC for Term 2. Stay up to date with all our community events taking place in the coming weeks by visiting SMC Connect:


The mahi, talent and confidence of our girls, and the diverse opportunities, encouragement and support offered by our Performing Arts staff were on full display at our recent Twilight Concert. Our students regularly as singers, dancers and actors, in rock bands, jazz bands, orchestras, choirs, dance troupes and theatre companies to name a few, and our annual Twilight Concert is an opportunity for our community to enjoy the amazing performances our girls and staff work so hard to perfect. Check out all the photos from the evening -


The countdown is on to our supercalifragilisticexpialidocious full school production of Mary Poppins! Rehearsals are already well underway for this monumental, fun and heartwarming show, with amazing mahi, enthusiasm and passion from our cast, crew and performing arts staff as they prepare to .

Mark your calendars now for 1-4 July and stay tuned to book your tickets, this is sure to be a sellout show. Sincere thanks to our production sponsors Gravity Internet Mediterranean Food Company Christchurch St Margaret's College Parents and Friends Association Caxton - Design & Print Excellence Irelands and Mainland Capital.

Photos from St Margaret's College's post 01/05/2024

Part 2 of our netball and hockey teams' Gold Coast adventures. As well as their time on the court and the turf, the girls had the opportunity to enjoy high ropes, beach games, attend an Anzac service, and build relationships with their Australian friends while playing some competitive sport. We can't wait to see in Term 2.

Photos from St Margaret's College's post 30/04/2024

Gearing up for winter sports, our hockey and netball teams have been playing a series of fixtures with schools up and down the Gold Coast and enjoying some great Australian hospitality. Thank you to our sports department, coaches, and our supporters for showing so much enthusiasm from the sidelines

Photocredit Anna Turner Photography

Photos from St Margaret's College's post 29/04/2024

Our Spanish students having been spending the term break taking in Spain's rich heritage. Enjoying Salamanca, Madrid, Córdoba, Seville and Barcelona's world renowned museums, architectural wonders and traditional cuisine, our girls have also participated in daily Spanish classes, developing their language skills and confidence through interactions with local communities, supported by our language teachers Katherine Tyson and Claudia Carreno

Photos from St Margaret's College's post 27/04/2024

Reliving the magic of the recent Orchestra Extravaganza, what a beautiful evening of music. Thank you to Christ's College for hosting this special event, to all the students from SMC, Christ's College and Rangi Ruru who shared their amazing musical abilities, and to our collective performing arts staff for making this special event happen

Term 2 promises to be jam packed wth phenomenal performances from our girls that we cannot wait to share with you

Photos from St Margaret's College's post 25/04/2024

In honour of those who serve, Senior School student Lillie Green, Preschooler Woody Milne and Sarah Bradley and Jo Pattie from our Preschool team represented St Margaret's at this morning's Anzac service, with Lillie and Woody laying wreaths together to mark Anzac day. We will remember them.


Senior School students Juliet Grey and Alice Penney have been selected to perform with the Aotearoa Academy Choir at the Transitional Cathedral for the Anzac Day Service at 10am. The choir will also hold a free concert in the same place at 2.30pm performing Anzac Day music (including songs such as Long Way To Tipperary, Keep The Home Fires Burning, and The Band Played Waltzing Matilda).
And on Friday following Anzac Day, the choir will have the honour of performing their repertoire prepared for the World Choir Games at The Arts Centre 2.30-3.30pm.
The World Choir Games will be held in July, and we wish Juliet and Alice all the best in the competition and their upcoming performances


Curious to see Aotearoa New Zealand through fresh eyes? Eager to share the best of Kiwi life? Looking to make life-long friendships and memories for your family? Look no further.

We are excited to welcome a number of international students to SMC for short-stay visits in the coming weeks, as part of an extensive international trips and exchanges programme we offer our girls. We would love to hear from you if you would be interested in welcoming a student into your family for a week or two - please message us to learn more.


Our Senior 4x 100m Relay team placed first at the Canterbury Secondary Schools Athletics competition, bringing the summer season to a close. Exibiting great teamwork and an assured performance, well done to Arisa Iijima, Samantha Lascelles, Rosa Turner and Indy Gibson.


Check out the SMC Foundation Business Directory and connect with the businesses of our SMC families and friends and Old Girls like Annabel Shand. Annabel is advising a new breed of highly educated women in the workforce creating their own wealth in her role as Investment Adviser at Craigs Investment Partners.

To learn more about Annabel, and to 'shop local' through our business directory, visit SMC Connect:

St Margaret's College Old Girls' Association


Congratulations to Year 11 student Summer Zhou, who has been selected as a violinist for the New Zealand Secondary Schools Symphony Orchestra.

Entry is by audition, drawing from New Zealand’s top secondary school orchestral instrumentalists, and is highly competitive. Summer will participate in an intense six-day orchestral event, run by the Christchurch Forte Team of Itinerant Music Teachers, culminating in two public performances on 19 and 20 April, hosted in our very own Charles Luney Auditorium. Summer!

Photos from St Margaret's College's post 14/04/2024

What a fantastic Term 1 in our Junior School, brought to a close with a Celebrating Success Assembly.

Welcomed by the energy of our Junior School Kapa Haka, the assembly focused on our 2024 College theme, Ko Wai Au?

Encouraging our girls to be true to themselves, celebrate their differences and be proud, Head of Junior School Mrs Compton-Moen spoke about authenticity, while Junior School Prefect Holly Rankin read the girls 'You are a story', and Year 12 student Nevaeh Shand led our newly formed Year 4-6 dance team on a confident performance, 'Sit still, look pretty'.

Well done to all our Junior School girls for a strong start to 2024

Photos from St Margaret's College's post 12/04/2024

Well done to our staff team for taking out the annual SMC Staff v Student cricket match. A great way to bring a fantastic season of summer sport to a close, and to celebrate SMC's New Zealand Cricket Outstanding Female Engagement Award win earlier this term, in recognition of the work our SMC cricket community does to help our girls cultivate their love for the game.


Our swim teams have put in a fantastic performance at the CPS Swimming Championships. In the first year of separate girls and boys' relay teams, our girls took out the relays for all three year groups - Year 6, 7 and 8.

In addition, Year 8 students Kathy G*i took first place in the Open 100m IM, Open 100m Freestyle and 50m Breaststroke and You You Tang in the Year 7&8 50m Butterfly, while Lyla O'Sullivan in Year 7 took first place in the Open 100m Backstroke and in the 50m Backstroke. Congratulations to all our competitors: Year 8 - Kathy G*i, You You Tang, Gemma Scott and Scarlett Doig, Year 7 - Lyla O'Sullivan, Caitlin Cooper, Alexis Robertson, Sophia Foley, and Year 6 - Penny O’Sullivan, Amelia O'Connell, Inka Somerville-Smith, Charlotte Robertson.


Congratulations to Julie Seymour for her Legend of Canterbury Sport 2024 award. SMC staff member, Old Girl and former Silver Fern, Julie joins just 30 others inducted into the ranks of Sporting Legends of Canterbury for their contributions to their community and service to sport.

Julie is one of many fantastic role models we are lucky to have on staff at SMC, and stands among countless Old Girls who serve as inspiration to our current girls. Read more about Julie’s recognition on SMC Connect -

Photos from St Margaret's College's post 09/04/2024

Our students have taken centre stage at the Canterbury ki te Raki SGCNZ Regional Sheilah Winn Shakespeare competition, selected to perform at the national festival for both their 15 Minute scene from A Midsummer Night's Dream and 5 Minute scene from Richard III.
🎭Directed by Sophie Brownlie and Rhea Wallace A Midsummer Night's Dream also won Best Costuming, Best Supporting Actor - Sophie Brownlie, as well as the Best 15 Minute Scene accolade.
🎭Directed by CJay Horrey and Bridget Rooney, Richard III was recognised for Best Understanding of a Text, as well as Best 5 Minute Scene.
🎭Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Rylie Plant, was awarded Best Use of Facial Expression.
🎭Othello, directed by Philippa Morphet was named Best Commitment to Text and Best Actor Award - Zoe Rae.

Read more about SMC's long history of success at the SGCNZ University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival, New Zealand’s most prestigious drama festival here:

If you would like the chance to see some of these amazing performances, join our Twilight Concert, this Thursday, 5pm, Charles Luney Auditorium.

Photos from St Margaret's College's post 08/04/2024

Our Year 7 students have been diving into the world of Forensic Sciences as part of their science curriculum, with Term 1 culminating in a visit by Detective Inspector Nicola Reeves. DI Reeves brought this subject to life for our girls and led them in a race to see who could gear up into a forensics suit the fastest. This is just one example of the stimulating, full Middle School curriculum at SMC, providing the optimal level of challenge for our girls from Year 7, while empowering them to discover their strengths and passions

Photos from St Margaret's College's post 07/04/2024

Our prefects have been teaching our Year 1-3 girls some valuable life skills with a lunchtime shoe tying workshop. Giving back, making a positive difference in our school community, and a beautiful example of the Tuakana-Teina relationships that are so central to life at SMC

Photos from St Margaret's College's post 06/04/2024

Our Arts Council invited girls to at a cushion cabaret, with music ringing out across the SMC campus on a beautiful autumn day.

We are looking forward to many more performances from our girls in this final week of term:
Regional SGCNZ Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival competition, tomorrow, 1-5pm, Christchurch Boys High School
Itinerant Music Concert, Tuesday, 3.45pm, Charles Luney Auditorium
Twilight Concert, Thursday, 5pm, Charles Luney Auditorium

Break a leg girls!


A heartfelt thank you from our Foundation for your support for our 2024 Annual Appeal.

We have had an incredible response, with the generosity demonstrating the remarkable strength of our community.

Thanks to your contributions, we have surpassed our fundraising goals, paving the way for impactful initiatives that will benefit our community through our endowment fund that will be used for the continued advancement of the College in the long term. Your donations have made a meaningful difference and we are pleased to announce our Annual Appeal raised in excess of $140,000 in 2024.

The participation we have seen in our Annual Appeal is a testament to the spirit of unity and care that defines our College. Thank you once again.

Photos from St Margaret's College's post 03/04/2024

Our tramping club have been enjoying the great outdoors with a visit to Arthur's Pass, with an overnight stay in SMC's Paterson Lodge. Led by Ms Mackie, our girls laced up their boots to explore the Hawdon Valley and tackle the Trig M track, enjoying some world-class tramping

Photos from St Margaret's College's post 02/04/2024

SMC staff member Louise Glossop and Old Girl Sophie Landis are bringing Fairystories; Love, Loss and Lies to the stage this month. Louise is the Director of this Enchanting Productions World Premiere, while Sophie plays Polly Van Dorsen .

Learn more by visiting SMC Connect:

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Educating girls to live and lead

St Margaret’s College offers a unique education for girls from Years 1 through to 13 for boarding and day pupils with a strong emphasis on well-being and pastoral care as well as academic, sporting and cultural success. Programmes are customised to the specific learning needs of girls at every age and stage ensuring each reaches her full potential. Our girls are given every opportunity to flourish and be prepared for success in an ever-changing world. Our pastoral care and spirituality-based programmes build resilient young people who relate well, and who have the confidence and empathy to build meaningful and lasting relationships.

Independent research shows both boys and girls achieve higher academic success in single s*x schools. We are proud of our girls’ achievements with consistently excellent pass rates in both NCEA and International Baccalaureate. We offer many opportunities for our girls to interact with their male counterparts on both an academic, performing arts, sports and social basis, while holding on to the best daily learning environment.

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