Why we sent our daughter to an independent school

Last updated 14:12 10/12/2015

Choosing an independent school means Manuel Aquino and his wife don't have to worry about zoning.

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Why we sent our daughter to an independent school

We asked readers to tell us why they chose to send their child or children to a school outside of the suburb they live in, or if they had moved house in order to be zoned for a particular school. 

We live in Wellington suburb of Johnsonville and my wife and I are both working in Wellington CBD.

We decided to find a school in the city since it will be more convenient for us if in case we need to attend school activities or emergencies. She has attended Queen Margaret College, an independent school for girls, since she was three-years-old and is now in Year One.

Selecting an independent school means that we don't have to worry about zoning or having to be on the waiting list. With class sizes ranging from 6-8 students, Year One, is an advantage since teachers can focus more on each students' needs. Evaluation results from the teacher shows that they are ranking higher above the national standard in reading and math.


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We chose Queen Margaret College because it offers International Baccalaureate (IB) PYP (Primary Years Programme). The aim of all IB programmes is to develop international-minded people who, recognising their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.

The International Baccalaureate offers a continuum of high-quality education that encourages intercultural understanding and a positive attitude to learning.

It is also a school from pre-school up to year 13 so we don't have to find other schools after finishing Junior School and Middle School.

We are pretty much happy with her learning development and progress which gives us a peace of mind that our daughter is on the right track for her studies.

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