Senior School

Senior School (Year 11 – 13)

At St Margaret’s your daughter can choose to study for the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) or for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma.

National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA)

This is the New Zealand qualification framework for students in the Senior School. Assessment for the qualification is both internal with interschool moderation and by public examination for each subject. A Curriculum Handbook, published annually, gives up-to-date details of the courses, entry requirements and assessment procedures.

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)

The IB programme is well established at St Margaret’s. It is a two year course that espouses the best aspects of international education. It is acknowledged by universities worldwide as an excellent pre-university qualification and gives graduates an in-depth understanding of the importance of the international nature of knowledge in both the humanities and the sciences.

The IB is taught in more than 130 countries and has earned a fine reputation around the world. St Margaret’s is the only school in Christchurch to offer the IB Diploma as an option for a Senior School qualification. Information about the subjects offered can be located in the Curriculum Handbook.


NCEA Subjects


  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Science
  • Chemistry


  • Mathematics
  • Calculus
  • Statistics and Modelling
  • Accounting

Social Science

  • Geography
  • Economics
  • History
  • Business Introduction
  • History of Art
  • Classical Studies

The Arts

  • Art
  • Photography
  • Painting
  • Design
  • Printmaking
  • Dance
  • Performance Drama
  • Music

Health and Physical Education

  • Physical Education
  • Health Studies
  • Home Economics – Food and Nutrition


  • English Literacy
  • English
  • English Scholarship


  • Digital Technology
  • Materials Technology
  • Design and Visual Communication (Graphics)


  • French
  • Chinese
  • Japanese
  • Spanish


International Baccalaureate (IB) Subjects

Group 1

  • English SL
  • English HL

Group 2

  • Chinese SL & ab initio
  • French SL & ab initio
  • Japanese SL & ab initio
  • Spanish SL & ab initio

Group 3

  • Geography SL/HL
  • Economics SL/HL
  • History SL/HL
  • Environmental Systems SL

Group 4

  • Biology SL/HL
  • Chemistry SL/HL
  • Design Technology SL/HL
  • Environmental Systems SL
  • Physics SL/HL
  • Sports, Exercise and Health Science SL

Group 5

  • Mathematics HL
  • Mathematics SL
  • Mathematical Studies SL

Group 6

  • Music SL/HL
  • Theatre Studies SL/HL
  • Art SL/HL