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 218[1] (February 2017)
Socio-economic decile 3G[2]

Queen Elizabeth College (simply known as QEC) is a state Co-Educational secondary school for Years 9-13 in the city of Palmerston North, New Zealand.


The school 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 (which was also split into two single gender secondary schools) 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).

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Ria Bond, New Zealand First MP
  • Jacqui Dean, former television and radio host. National MP for Otago, Waitaki.
  • Nehe Milner-Skudder, rugby union player. 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 6 March 2017". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 10 April 2017. 
  2. ^ "Decile Change 2014 to 2015 for State & State Integrated Schools". Ministry of Education. Retrieved 12 February 2015.