A trio of Year 6 students at Queen Margaret College in Wellington have won an international competition after creating an app idea to help people evacuate during a tsunami.

Eimear Fitzgerald, Isabel Haupt and Jaskiran Rahi entered their “Evac-U-Buddy” app prototype in the “Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero” competition this year and won the New Zealand Primary School division in September.


Year 11 Kristin School student Harriet Powell has become the first New Zealander to be awarded a four-year full-time position training at the prestigious 244-year-old Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Russia.

At the end of six weeks of intensive training in Moscow, 10 girls out of 90 dancers from around the world were accepted in the latest intake. Harriet is now one step closer to achieving her goal of being a principal dancer at Bolshoi Ballet Company or Mariinsky Ballet Company.


Queen Margaret College students have been pulling on their gloves to keep their school green.

The Junior Gardening Club is an initiative started this year after school gardener Sara Bishop noticed girls were interested in the garden.

Every Friday lunchtime the girls grab their watering cans and gardening gloves to meet with Sara to learn how to grow different plants.

“The children were very inquisitive about what I was doing so I thought it would be a good idea to educate them with a gardening club,” Sara explains.


A senior student at Queen Margaret College has proven her talent on the Hockey field this month after making not one, but two representative teams.

Year 13 student and captain of the Queen Margaret College Premier 1 First XI Hockey team and Capital Under 18 Women, Estelle Macadré has made both the Capital National Hockey League (NHL) women’s team and the Junior Black Sticks squad.

She has been playing hockey for Queen Margaret College since Year 1 and most recently led the First XI to their grade finals.


ACG Parnell College’s ‘String Theory’ Chamber Orchestra was awarded first place in the Chamber Orchestra division of the KBB Music Festival and Competition held at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Parnell this month.

The group of 23 students was awarded a Gold award for their programme of Locatelli, Bloch, Elgar and a World Premiere performance of David Hamilton’s ‘Meeting Place’ for Taonga Puoro, Harp and Strings.