Queen Charlotte College

Queen Charlotte College

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Queen Charlotte College was built as a new College in 1965 and the maintenance and presentation of the College every day is exemplary. The College is blessed by a supportive community, young staff and very supportive Board of Trustees. It is innovative in its approach to education being the first in New Zealand to offer an Aquaculture Academy to its students.

The College is a modern co-educational College of 400 students with a proud tradition of academic and sporting success. Students are encouraged to become fully involved in sporting, cultural and recreational programmes. High standards of conduct are expected, and emphasis is placed on working hard in a positive and supportive environment.

“Maximum achievement through personal best while respecting self, others and the environment”

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The College is located 2.5kms from Picton which is a small coastal town set in the beautiful Marlborough Sounds of New Zealand. It is a safe, peaceful and unpolluted location. The town has excellent services and facilities and has a multi-cultural population which is reflected in the variety of restaurants, cafes and tourist facilities that cater for every need.
The town centre is small, you can walk to all the shops. Picton has its own airport which services the international airport in Wellington. It is a half hour drive from Blenheim Airport which services all the main centres such as Auckland. Both airports are serviced frequently by transport operators. Picton is famous for its natural beauty and outdoor activities.


Queen Charlotte College Aquaculture Academy (QCCAA) was initiated during 2002 as a partnership between Queen Charlotte College and the New Zealand Marine Farming Association (NZMFA). The mandate of the Academy is to advance the skill levels and understanding of students attending and, when possible, to carry out meaningful research on issues relating to the aquaculture industry.

Since the start of 2005, the Academy has offered Aquaculture courses at Year 11, 12 and 13. The Year 11 course, together with the Year 12 course, provide the opportunity for students to attain the Level 2 National Certificate in Aquaculture. In addition, students can obtain dive qualifications and boating qualifications from PADI and the NZ Coastguard Boating Education Service respectively.

The Year 13 course makes use of the skills and knowledge acquired by students during Year 11 and 12 to develop and maintain research projects in the laboratory and the field. A key component of all the courses is the engagement of students through hands-on learning.


Queen Charlotte College has a heritage of sporting achievement that much larger schools envy. Our school continues to produce national titleholders and New Zealand representatives.

The Picton and Marlborough environment is difficult to surpass as an environment in which to enjoy a variety of sports and Queen Charlotte College prides itself on the number and diversity of sporting opportunities we can support. Our students enjoy sporting success because the College and its local community are passionate about sport and have a wealth of individuals and clubs that support the student’s sporting endeavours.

Our aim is to provide quality sporting opportunities for all students. Queen Charlotte College has established sporting exchanges with other schools and participates in regional and national tournaments.

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