Kia ora Welcome to Queen Charlotte College

On behalf of the staff and the students, it is my pleasure to welcome you to our school. Queen Charlotte College has many special attributes, which make it an ideal environment in which to learn. Our College is well designed and is built in a rural location on the outskirts of the picturesque seaport town of Picton. We offer a variety of curriculum subjects including an Aquaculture Academy as part of the senior of the school. As a College we celebrate the exciting times we live in as our school roll grows and opportunities for our students grow with that roll. Reputation is an important part of our philosophy and we encourage our students to take pride in themselves and Queen Charlotte College respecting themselves, others and the environment.

Betty Whyte, Principal

Queen Charlotte College Haka

This haka was composed by Matiu Maniapoto with assistance from Chris Ngahinu Tricklebank in 1995. Te Tau o te Reo.

Hōnore he kororia

Ki a wai e?

Ki te Atua!

Maungarongo ki te mata

0 te whenua

He whakaaro pai

Ki a wai e?

Ki nga iwi katoa!

Anei matou nga uri

O te rohe nei

Piripiri! Te maunga!

Waitohi! Te awa!

Arapaoa! Moutere tapu e!

A, ko wai matou?

Kuini Harata! Werohia!

Werohia! Werohia mai! Hi!

Honour and glory — to whom?

To God!

Peace in all the land!

Friendly co-operation among all the people

We are the descendants of the people of this region

Piripiri is the mountain!

Waitohi is the river!

Arapaoa is the sacred island.

Who are we?

Queen Charlotte College!

Here to do our very best!

Mā te whanaungatanga e ora ai te tangata mō ake tonu

Positive relationships are essential in lifelong learning.

The Kōwhaiwhai Pattern

The pattern was designed by Jocelyn Nelson as part of a Year 13 Art assignment in 1995 — Te Tau o te Reo. The school colours have been incorporated in the design which reflects local legend. The green represents the land, the blue represents the sea. The imagery of the design represents the tentacles of Te Wheke a Muturangi which was slain by Kupe in Raukawa Moana (Cook Strait) and the Raukura (feathers) which identify Te Atiawa Iwi as the Tangata Whenua.

The design was approved by Kaumatua and has been adopted by the College for use in the costumes of the cultural group, Nga Tauira.

Our Mission Statement

Maximum achievement through Personal Best while respecting self, others and the environment represents the idea that we must make the most of
every opportunity given to us and consistently strive to achieve our potential.

Queen Charlotte College offers

  • A school that is truly representative of our area

  • A wide range of courses from Aquaculture to Physics

  • A coherent Year 7 to Year 13 education

  • Continuous Year 7 to 10 courses following the New Zealand Curriculum

  • True co-education — full workshop and home economics facilities open to all

  • Training in responsibility, leadership and organisational skills for seniors

  • Small classes and high-quality teaching at all levels

  • Genuine co-operation between the community and the school in sports, sharing of the gymnasium and the swimming pool, Vocational pathways, and many other areas

  • A Māori language and culture programme

  • A magnificent natural environment with excellent facilities for learning and sport

  • Instrumental music tuition

  • A challenging and character-building Outdoor Education programme

  • Good access to computers for learning

  • IT such as data projectors, interactive whiteboards, televisions etc to support learning

  • High-quality Science labs and Food Technology area

A School Which Provides Equitable Outcomes For All

  • Recognising and valuing the unique place of the Treaty of Waitangi

  • Recognising and valuing the bi-cultural nature of the school community by ensuring each person becomes aware of and confident in their own culture and aware of, respectful of, and comfortable in, the other cultures in our community

  • Raising the aspirations of all students

  • Encouraging, developing and valuing diversity.

  • Being part of the community and working co-operatively with community groups

  • Providing a balanced curriculum that stimulates and

challenges students to achieve their potential and strive for excellence in all things

  • Being responsive to changes in society and in education

Queen Charlotte College aspires to be a school which focuses on maximising opportunities to achieve

  • Where people are helped to learn and think logically and independently

  • Where all students receive an education to equip them for life-long learning

  • Where students develop an enjoyment of learning

  • Where co-operation and teamwork are developed in learning and in all aspects of school life

  • Where students are prepared for the continuously changing future in tertiary education, vocational training and the world of work and recreation

  • Where excellence of achievement is continuously sought, recognised and valued

  • Where we all learn to cope with ongoing change

A School Which Provides a Supportive, Caring,
Learning Environment

  • Where guidance is a central focus and self-discipline is encouraged and developed

  • Where all the achievements of all members of the school community are valued

  • Where there are agreed high standards of personal behaviour, dress and personal appearance

  • Where each person can learn without fear of any form of harassment, intimidation or violence

  • Where each person has a right to learn in an environment which is free of drugs and alcohol


The curriculum offered at Queen Charlotte College enables every student to participate in the eight Essential Learning Areas of the New Zealand Curriculum Framework in order to gain the knowledge and understanding needed for a broad and balanced education. They provide the context within which skills, attitudes and values are developed. The Essential Learning Areas are English and Languages, Mathematics, Science, Technology, Social Sciences, The Arts, and Health and Physical Education.

National Certificates and examinations are available at Years 11, 12 and 13. We prepare our students for qualifications at all levels and we are proud of their achievements.

Where it is appropriate senior students are encouraged to follow multi-level courses of study. Acceleration of the very able is possible in some subjects, and in all subjects extension is encouraged.

Subject combinations are arranged to suit the majority of students. Courses will run provided there are sufficient students to form a class and that the requested combination of classes can be timetabled. If the class size is uneconomic it may be possible for students to be enrolled with the Correspondence School. Careers are able to offer a variety of offsite learning opportunities.

On occasions, the subject choice can also be expanded by joint enrolment with the Correspondence School. In the past Accounting and Languages have been studied in this way.

As far as possible we operate a homeroom for Year 7 and 8 where one teacher teaches more than one subject. This is an attempt to ease the transition into secondary school so students feel comfortable and gradually adjust to the more diverse secondary timetable.

Subjects available at senior levels vary with student demand and teacher expertise.

Outdoor Education opportunities are available to students.

QCC offers structured workplace learning in association with the Tertiary Education Commission through the Gateway Programme and Trades Academy. (This learning eases the passage of students from school to employment.) and STAR

Subject combinations are arranged to suit the majority of students.

QCC Subjects

International Students

We want our local students to enjoy the company of other students from a variety of different cultures and to offer students from other countries a positive cultural experience in New Zealand.

Queen Charlotte College has agreed to observe and be bound by the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students published by the Minister of Education. Copies of the Code are available on request from this institution or from the New Zealand Ministry of Education website at

Health and Travel Insurance

Most students are not entitled to publicly funded health services while in New Zealand unless they are:

o A resident or citizen of Australia; or

o A national of the United Kingdom in New Zealand; or

o The holder of a temporary permit that is valid for two years or more.

If you do not belong to one of these special categories and you receive medical treatment during your visit, you will be liable for the full costs of that treatment. We strongly recommend that you have insurance that will cover the cost of medical treatment in New Zealand for the duration of your stay in New Zealand. We also strongly recommend that you obtain insurance to cover your travel to and from New Zealand. Our International Director can assist with this.


Full details of visa and permit requirements, advice on rights to employment in New Zealand while studying, and reporting requirements are available through the New Zealand Immigration Service, and can be viewed on their website at

Queen Charlotte College also abides by the International Students Homestay Guidelines established by the Ministry of Education, February 2002.

Special Education

Students with learning challenges entering Queen Charlotte College as well as the Government’s Ongoing Resourcing Scheme students are integrated into all facets of College life. They receive both adult and peer support in the classroom and in all outside educational activities as part of our inclusive policy. The students have the opportunity to join various Queen Charlotte College Groups, these are formed to encourage students to enjoy opportunities outside the normal classes.

We have an extensive Literacy programme where students gain extra assistance depending on their present levels of achievement.

Students have the opportunity to take part in challenging extension work provided by their classroom teachers.

At Queen Charlotte College we operate an extensive, diagnostic testing programme so that a student’s individual strengths and needs are recognised and programmes of extension or remediation are prepared. These are undertaken in consultation with their classroom teachers.

Our Head of Department liaises with a wide range of community agencies to ensure that an holistic approach is taken towards the education of our students. All the special education staff encourage parental involvement to ensure that we all work together to provide the best possible opportunities for all students.

Kuini Harata Our Expectations

Queen Charlotte College is a Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) school, and have, with the support of whānau, students and staff, developed a clear behavioural vision/culture with supporting expectations that are embedded throughout the school.

Our kīwaha, Ake Tonu, encapsulates the idea of never giving up and achieving Personal Best. This has been unpacked further and is represented in the table below.


Reporting + Guidance

Reporting To Parents and Caregivers

We report to parents/caregivers regularly through the portal on attitude to learning. Also, after approximately six weeks from the start of a school year, a simple, progress assessment is issued to give an early indication of progress and how students are working.

Halfway through Term 1, MAP (My Action Plan) meetings are organised for the caregivers, students and Mentors to meet and set goals for the rest of the year.

A more detailed report is then written at the end of Term 2. In Term 3, the second MAP meeting with caregivers and students is organised to assess how well the student is meeting the set goals and to discuss future actions that need to occur. Reports are no longer printed and posted out, but are available through the parent portal online.

Parents and caregivers are welcome to meet teachers at any time during the year. They should not feel constrained to just the MAP meetings if they have issues they would like raised. Caregivers can email staff for appointments or ring the school office to arrange a meeting. The Principal and Senior Leadership Team will make themselves available whenever possible, to meet caregivers.

Queen Charlotte College is committed to working with the community for the benefit of all our students.

Regular newsletters are emailed to families or sent home with students. Frequent opportunities for informal staff-caregiver interaction are also provided.


The College Guidance Network focuses on the psychological, emotional and physical (hauora) well being of students, and provides pastoral care in these areas as required by students.

In addition, each Form has a Form teacher and all teachers are available to help where needed.

The Guidance Counsellor is specially trained in counselling and is available for students and parents/caregivers to consult.

At times, College staff have to deal with personal and delicate matters in relation to students. These are always treated confidentially and sensitively.

The College Dress Code

The School Uniform

We have an attractive, easy-to-wear uniform, and require the correct uniform to be worn while travelling to and from the College, at school and attending school functions.


Those permitted to wear mufti (Year 12 and above) must ensure it is clean and tidy with appropriate footwear. Singlet type tops, spaghetti straps, jandals and clothing of an inappropriate or offensive nature are not acceptable.

The management of the school, in its discretion, may decline to approve any item.

Each Monday and on formal occasions senior students are required to wear the full dress uniform.

Personal Appearance

All students must be clean-shaven when attending the College whether they be in complete uniform or informal (mufti) dress.


Students’ hair should be a natural colour. Any extreme colours, or colours which are considered by the Board in its discretion to be unnatural hair colours, are to be avoided.

Hair must be kept in a clean and tidy condition. Specific restrictions are not placed on hair length or style. However, some cuts, styles or colours may be deemed not to meet the requirements of cleanliness, tidiness, or appropriateness, or deemed unacceptable for cultural, religious, race or other reasons. Cuts or styles may be deemed to be offensive and prohibited, although they may not specifically be able to be categorised.

The Principal or the Board of Trustees shall have the discretion to make a ruling in each case as may arise for interpretation.

Hair ties should be in the school colours of forest green, or Cambridge blue, or Blue Watch tartan (the same material as the skirt).


Fringed scarves in uniform colours (bottle green and sky blue) with alternating bands of each colour (each band of colour approximately 150mm thick) may be worn.


Sunglasses may be worn outdoors


Bucket style hats are available from the Warehouse in Blenheim, in the House colours:

Aramoana – Red Rangatira – Blue Tamahine – Green

On sports days, if mufti is allowed for all students, and students are outside, any suitable hat may be worn. School Beanies are allowed to be worn.

School monogrammed caps and beanies are also available.


Plain black school shoes lace-up or buckled, (flat-soled and heeled walking shoes) or plain black sandals (which must have heel strap) shall be worn by all uniformed students.


The only jewellery items which should be worn are:

o Wristwatch

o Up to two plain gold or silver keepers or studs in each earlobe

o No other form of body piercing is permitted

The jewellery requirements and limitations apply to all students whether they are in, complete uniform or informal (mufti) dress.


To assist with the recovery of lost property, all articles should be clearly named.

School Uniform

Option 1

Senior Dress Uniform (Years 12 & above)

§ Senior grey skirt (must be ordered via school)

§ Plain white shirt (with button-up neck)

§ School tie (available from the College office)

§ Designated school blazer

§ Plain white ankle socks or black pantyhose

Juniors (Years 7 to 11)

o Blue Watch tartan skirt with two inverted pleats in front and a straight back.

o The plain white shirt or white skivvy/polo short sleeve

o For extra warmth a plain white skivvy/thermal or T-shirt may be worn under the shirt as long as the sleeves do not protrude below the sleeves of the shirt

o The designated forest green jersey

o Plain black school shoes lace-up or buckled, (flat-soled and heeled walking shoes) or plain black sandals (which must have heel strap) shall be worn by all uniformed students

o One of the approved hats

o Plain black socks or black tights

o Black soft-shelled jacket or black puffer jacket

Option 2

Senior Dress Uniform (Years 12 & above)

§ Senior Dress Uniform (Years 12 and above)

§ Long mid-grey trousers (Canterbury Schoolwear Style 6O5/Colour 35)

§ Plain white shirt (with button-up neck)

§ School tie (available from the College office)

§ Plain black socks

§ Designated school blazer

Juniors (Years 7 to 11)

o Mid grey shorts or long, mid-grey trousers (Canterbury Schoolwear Style 605/Colour 35)

o Pale blue polo shirt

o For extra warmth a plain white skivvy/thermal or T-shirt may be worn under the shirt as long as the sleeves do not protrude below the sleeves of the shirt

o The designated forest green jersey

o Plain black school shoes lace-up or buckled, (flat-soled and heeled walking shoes) or plain black sandals (which must have heel strap) shall be worn by all uniformed students

o One of the approved hats

o Black socks with no other colour on them

o Black soft-shelled jacket or black puffer jacket

The Warehouse, Blenheim Store has agreed to stock some of our uniform.

Physical Education Clothing

All Students

In the Physical Education programme, students require a complete change of clothes, suitable for physical activity. Showers are available at the end of each Physical Education lesson and students are encouraged to use them. Suggested clothes include:

§ Shorts

§ Sweatshirt

§ T-shirt

§ Singlet

§ Tracksuit

§ Rugby jersey

§ Socks

Bare feet or light soled sports shoes are the only acceptable footwear for inside the Gymnasium.

For swimming, one-piece swimwear is required. A plain T-shirt/rash vest, or similar, may be worn while swimming if desired.

Sports Uniform

The College Sports Council, with the support of the Board of Trustees, is progressively upgrading team uniforms and the College expects these to be worn with pride and that students will follow the fair-play code.

We wish to continue to enhance the standard of self-discipline demonstrated by so many College teams.

An attractive, modern tracksuit is associated with school sports teams. This may not be worn as a substitute for the designated uniform jackets.

Students, parents and caregivers will be advised of the dress code for interschool sports exchanges prior to the event and this will normally be dress uniform or school tracksuits.

College Routines

The School Day

§ 8:45 am school day starts

§ 1.10 - lunchtime

§ 3:15 pm school ends for the day

Students should not be at school before 8:30 am or after 4:30 pm unless under the direct supervision of a staff member. Pupils may be kept until 4:00 pm if required.


Students are expected to be punctual to school and to classes. Explanations for lateness are accepted at the discretion of the senior staff. Sleeping in is not an acceptable explanation for lateness.


Lunchtime is from 1.10 pm to 2.00 pm. If you prefer your child to lunch at home, please apply for a lunch pass at the beginning of each year. Lunch passes are a privilege and can be revoked for breaches of school requirements.

Those pupils who stay at College for their lunch may bring their own lunch or eat the lunch provided or buy from the school canteen they are not allowed to leave the school grounds to go shopping in the lunch hour.


Absences from school must be advised by a letter or a telephone call giving the reason for the absence. Notes should be brought on the day that your child returns to school. We appreciate a telephone call if your child is going to be absent. If a student is injured or becomes ill during the school day a staff member, trained in First Aid procedures, deals with the problem. We always try to notify parents and arrange for sick students to be taken home as quickly as possible. In the case of injury, students are taken straight to the doctor and their parents are contacted.

If students are to be away for matters other than illness we would appreciate notification and discussion before the absence. Except for absences due to long term illness, work will not normally be supplied. Catching up on missed work is the student’s responsibility.


The College Canteen, which is open daily at intervals and lunchtime, sells a wide range of healthy foods.


All necessary textbooks are on loan to pupils, who are responsible for their upkeep, and must pay for any losses or damage to them. Textbooks must be returned in good order.


A full set of stationery will be supplied to all students at the beginning of the year. Parents/caregivers will then be invoiced for the cost of this in Term 1. The cost will vary according to the year level of the student. Additional stationery may be purchased from the student office during the year.


All students should do homework to consolidate their classroom learning. Homework may be set in the form of assignments to be handed in sometime later after the setting. Homework may also be short overnight tasks with the intention of developing good long and short-term study habits that will help pupils greatly.

The time spent on homework should gradually build-up, from about two hours per week in Year 7 and 8 to about eight hours in Year 11 and ten in Years 12 and 13.

School Council

The College has an active School Council which does a great deal of good work for the benefit of students, and all parents/caregivers are urged to support it when requested.

Vehicle Passes

Senior students who wish to travel in vehicles must make an application to the Deputy Principal.

Bringing a vehicle to school is a privilege that will be revoked for breaches of school requirements or traffic laws.

Cycle Helmets

The wearing of cycle helmets by students who cycle to or from school is compulsory.

Fees + Levies

Sporting and Cultural

Queen Charlotte College does not charge an Activity Fee, students participating in sports or cultural activities outside of curriculum requirements are required to pay all costs involved. These may include affiliation and entry fees, transport and other expenses. The Board of Trustees allocates an annual budget to support sport and cultural activities. This is mostly spent on equipment but the Sports Council may agree to support some activities. Workday each year contributes to the sports and cultural funds.

Endeavour Magazine

This Magazine is produced each year as a record and is electronic but may be printed. Students feature in the annual magazine and we encourage all students to purchase this high-quality publication as a record of their schooling.


Many subjects require the purchase of write-on student workbooks. These will be billed as stationery items as they are the students' books to take home and use in class.

Other stationery items will be packaged up as a one-off payment at the beginning of the year.


Year 7-13 $120 - $300 Annual Camp contribution to food accommodation and transport (approx, varies for year groups)

Year 11-13 $50 Refundable Bond for a external courses (Aquaculture Dive Qualification)

Our College Crest depicts:

Captain James Cook's ship the Endeavour (Captain Cook charted this area on his voyage to New Zealand in 1769), an open book which represents the importance of both reading and learning, the mere which represents the high respect we have for Māori and for their ancestors and, finally, the Southern Cross which symbolises the same original means of navigation utilised by both the Pākehā and the Māori cultures.