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The History of QMS


Queen Margaret's School was founded by Miss Norah Creina Denny and Miss Dorothy Rachel Geoghegan. These two women had been teaching individually before being brought together, and their common interest in Guides helped greatly towards establishing their lifelong friendship. When they took that first step to open their own school, they had little idea what the future held for either of them! 

Miss Denny and Miss Geoghegan wanted to provide a solid education for anyone willing to come to their school. They wanted to teach those young people service, integrity, pride, both in themselves and the school, faith in God and faith in themselves. 

In the last decade, Queen Margaret’s School has embarked on a series of improvements and building projects that reflect best practices in the ever-evolving educational landscape. The Primary Centre (2008), Rowantree Hall (2009), and the Learning Centre (2013) are the latest dedicated instructional spaces to be constructed. Each of these buildings is characterized by natural light and materials, fostering innovation and creativity. They are inspirational environments where students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 can collaborate and develop the skills needed to become lifelong learners.

The graduates of Queen Margaret’s School recognize they have been given great opportunities and they have risen to the challenge and gone on to achieve great things with what they have been given. It is no small feat that all of the school’s graduates achieve post-secondary school admission, often with significant scholarship offers. Many of our graduates go on to study physics, engineering, science, and business. By combining enriched educational experiences with unique programs such as leadership and service learning, Queen Margaret’s School prepares students not just for university, but for life.

The development of Queen Margaret's School illustrates the fact that the character, tone and spirit of a school do not depend on fine buildings, but on the people themselves. Back in 1921, Miss Denny and Miss Geoghegan wanted to show all students who came under their care how to reach their potential, both academic and social. We are very aware that many things have changed over the past 93 years, but the spirit of the Founders’ vision is still embedded in our new strategic plan: We are accomplished lifelong learners making positive impacts on the world.

The School Crest

The official heraldic description of our school’s crest reads: 

"Vert on a cross gules colised or between; in the four quarters consecutively, a two-flamed pendent lamp, a mullet, a chain of three links, and a sword all argent, a crown of the third." (Beyond All Dreams)

The cross and the crown was inspired by Queen Margaret’s School, Scarborough, whereas the lamp, chain and star were borrowed from Miss Geoghegan's school, Uplands at St. Leonard’s-on-Sea, England. The Sword was chosen to represent the School hymn, “Soldiers of Christ Arise and put Your Armour On.” 

To learn more about the history of Queen Margaret’s School, connect with our  Overseas Old Margaretian Association (OOMA) to order a copy of Beyond All Dreams.

Sister Schools

Queen Margaret's School is honoured to have strong partnerships with sister schools around the world.We are proud to be connected to exchange ideas, global understanding and build friendships. 

Queen Margaret's School, Escrick Park, York, England
Kichijo Girls School, Tokyo, Japan
Colegio Frances del Pedregal, Mexico City, Mexico
Benchamatheputhit School, Petchaburi, Thailand


School Houses

The green of St. Hugh’s house represents a commitment to a life of service to others. Miss Denny, who dedicated her life to others, also chose St. Hugh’s green to represent her former life in Lincolnshire.
St. Gabriel’s gold was reminiscent of Miss Geoghegan’s home in St. Leonards-on-Sea England.  The gold colour represents finding purity, perfection and beauty in all pursuits.
The brave St. Michael was chosen for his “fighting for right.” Red is to remind us to face life with courage.