St Margaret's College, Christchurch

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St Margaret's College
View of a large, wooden building
Kilburn House at St Margaret's College
12 Winchester Street, Merivale, Christchurch
Coordinates 43°31′04″S 172°37′27″E / 43.5177°S 172.6243°E / -43.5177; 172.6243Coordinates: 43°31′04″S 172°37′27″E / 43.5177°S 172.6243°E / -43.5177; 172.6243
Type Private: Fully Registered girls' school (Years 1–13) with boarding facilities
Motto Beati Mundo Corde
"Blessed Are The Pure In Heart"
Established 1910
Ministry of Education Institution no. 333
Executive Principal Gillian Simpson
School roll 769[1] (February 2017)
Socio-economic decile 10

St Margaret's College is an independent Anglican girls' day and boarding school in Merivale, Christchurch, New Zealand. The school is open to students in years 1 to 13.


The school was established in 1910 on the initiative of Bishop Julius of the Anglican Diocese of Christchurch, who invited the Kilburn, England-based Sisters of the Church Order to set up the school.[2] The school was initially located in the Christchurch Central City south of Armagh Street, where it opened on 8 February 1910.[3] In 1914, the school moved slightly north to Chester Street West off Cranmer Square, and that building in now part of the Cathedral Grammar School.[3][4] St Margaret's opened a prep school on Papanui Road in the early 1920s, just north of the current school grounds. In the 1940s, the current grounds were occupied.[3] On that site, the school had been using an 1880 homestead as a boarding house since 1922. In 1941, this building was renamed Kilburn House.[5] In the 2011 Christchurch earthquake, Kilburn House was damaged. After NZ$2 million repairs, Kilburn House opened again in August 2012.[6] The school received a commendation from the Christchurch Civic Trust for the renovation of this heritage building.[7]

St Margaret's today[edit]

St Margaret's College is the only school in Christchurch to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma in addition to NCEA. The school is active in rowing and at the national secondary school championships in 2014, girls from the school won two gold medals at Lake Ruataniwha.[8] In 2015, the school supplied five pupils and their trainer for the South Island eight.[9]

The school made headlines when 26 pupils and 4 teachers got stranded in the April 2015 Nepal earthquake; they were there on an expedition organised through the World Challenge programme.[10][11]

Notable alumnae[edit]

Ngaio Marsh, between 1910 and 1914

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Directory of Schools - as at 6 March 2017". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 10 April 2017. 
  2. ^ "The Right Rev. Churchill Julius (1847–1938), Bishop of Christchurch". Christchurch City Libraries. Retrieved 14 November 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c "St Margaret's College History". St Margaret's College. Retrieved 14 November 2015. 
  4. ^ "St Margaret's College (Former)". Register of Historic Places. Heritage New Zealand. Retrieved 14 November 2015. 
  5. ^ "St Margaret's College History". St Margaret's College. Retrieved 14 November 2015. 
  6. ^ Law, Tina (22 August 2012). "Kilburn House brought back to life". The Press. Retrieved 14 November 2015. 
  7. ^ "2012 Awards". Christchurch Civic Trust. Retrieved 14 November 2015. 
  8. ^ Egan, Brendon (29 March 2014). "Golden day for St Margaret's College rowers". The Press. Retrieved 14 November 2015. 
  9. ^ Davis, Hanne (15 April 2015). "St Margaret's dominate South Island eight". The Press. Retrieved 14 November 2015. 
  10. ^ "Concerns growing for NZers in Nepal". Radio New Zealand. 30 April 2015. Retrieved 14 November 2015. 
  11. ^ Mann, Brittany (5 May 2015). "First day back at school for Nepal quake survivors". The Press. Retrieved 14 November 2015. 
  12. ^ Taonga, New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage Te Manatu. "Chambers, Eileen Marjorie Fosbery". Retrieved 14 November 2015. 
  13. ^ Stafford, Jane. "Marsh, Edith Ngaio 1895 – 1982". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 10 July 2011. 
  14. ^ "Topic: Mary Ruddock Ltd | Collections Online – Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa". Retrieved 14 November 2015. 

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