Queen Elizabeth College, Palmerston North

Queen Elizabeth College, Palmerston North

Infobox NZ school
name = Queen Elizabeth College
badge =
motto = Scientia est Potentia
"Knowledge is Power"
type = State Co-Ed Secondary School (Year 9-13)
established = 1906
address = Rangitikei Street,
Palmerston North,
New Zealand
principal = J. Wood
roll = 305
decile = 3 [ [http://www.minedu.govt.nz/web/downloadable/dl7698_v1/decile-changes-2007-2008-web-state-s-integ.xls Decile change 2007 to 2008 for state & state integrated schools] ]
MOE = 201
homepage = [http://www.qec.school.nz/ www.qec.school.nz]

Queen Elizabeth College (QEC) is a secondary school in Palmerston North, New Zealand.


It is located adjacent to Palmerston North Boys' High School, however QEC's entrance is located on Rangitikei Street.

QEC markets itself as "the biggest small school" in Palmerston North.


Queen Elizabeth College has many facilities and resources for its students, such as:

* Two gyms
* A music suite
* Te Matui (Kitchens, sleeping and classroom)
* Arts suite [http://www.qec.school.nz/facilities.htm]

QEC is the home of Access Radio 999AM and ACE Night School (Adult Continuing Education)


The traditional colours of QEC are maroon and gold.


Queen Elizabeth College was founded in 1906 as Palmerston North Technical School. However the school was 4 years in the making, from a public meeting held in the city in 1902, gauging public interest in technical classes. [http://www.qec.school.nz/cent/history.html] The first classes were held at the Palmerston North High School and also at Campbell Street School.

In 1903, the High School and the Technical School were separated.

In 1908, land was bought at Princess Street, when in 1909 a building was opened to house the school (this is now the main campus of UCOL).

The school recently held its Centennial with a celebration over Queen's Birthday Weekend.

Notable Alumni

* Jacqui Dean former television and radio host, now National MP for Otago

Notable staff

* Catherine Vautier, Netball player, teacher, sports administrator. Vautier Park in Roslyn is named for her.


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