Queen Elizabeth College, Palmerston North

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Queen Elizabeth College
Rangitikei Street,
Palmerston North,
New Zealand
Coordinates 40°20′47″S 175°36′18″E / 40.3463°S 175.6051°E / -40.3463; 175.6051Coordinates: 40°20′47″S 175°36′18″E / 40.3463°S 175.6051°E / -40.3463; 175.6051
Type State
Motto Scientia est Potentia
Knowledge is Power
Established 1906
Ministry of Education Institution no. 201
Principal M. Houghton
Years 913
Gender Coeducational
School roll 226[1] (July 2015)
Socio-economic decile 3G[2]

Queen Elizabeth College (QEC) is a secondary school in Palmerston North, New Zealand.


It is located on Rangitikei Street, Palmerston North .


Queen Elizabeth College has many facilities and resources for its students, such as:

  • Two gyms
  • A music suite
  • Te Matui (Kitchens, sleeping and classroom)
  • Arts suite


QEC is the home of Access Radio 999AM and ACE Night School (Adult Continuing Education)


The colours of Queen Elizabeth College are Black, Maroon and Gold.


Queen Elizabeth College was founded in 1906 as Palmerston North Technical School. However the school was 4 years in the making, from a public meeting held in the city in 1902, gauging public interest in technical classes.[2] The first classes were held at the Palmerston North High School and also at Campbell Street School.

In 1903, the High School and the Technical School were separated.

In 1908, land was bought at Princess Street, when in 1909 a building was opened to house the school (this is now the main campus of UCOL).

The school recently held its Centennial with a celebration over Queen's Birthday Weekend.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Jacqui Dean, former television and radio host, now National MP for Otago, Waitaki
  • Nehe Milner-Skudder, rugby player. Prospective All Black, Hurricane and Manawatu Turbo

Notable staff[edit]

  • Catherine Vautier, Netball player, teacher, sports administrator. Vautier Park in Roslyn is named for her.


  1. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 17 August 2015". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 2015-08-20. 
  2. ^ "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 12 February 2015.