St Margaret's has a long, proud history of women in sport. The school was one of three founding members of the Queensland Girls' Secondary Schools Sports Association (QGSSSA) in 1908, an association that continues today.

St Margaret's is a member of Andrews Cup and the Brisbane Netball Association which provides for competition in artistic gymnastics, athletics, cross country, netball, tennis, touch football and swimming. Students are able to nominate for Independent North and Metropolitan North competitions with the Primary Activities Coordinator.

2020 Andrews Cup Sport Events

Sport Date Venue
Swimming Tuesday 10 March
Tennis Tuesday 17 March Toowoomba
Touch Tuesday 17 March Southport
Cross Country Monday 25 May Corinda
Soccer Friday 12 June Easts Football Club 
Netball Thursday 23 July Toowoomba
Athletics Thursday 20 August QSAC
Cricket Tuesday 20 October Ashgrove
Gymnastics Thursday 5 November Somerville House
Basketball  Thursday 5 November Coomera 

Eligible students for the different sports in this competition are:

  • Girls in Years 2 to 6 can participate in athletics, swimming, cross country and gymnastics
  • Years 4 to 6 can participate in netball, tennis, soccer, cricket and basketball.


Club Netball
St Margaret’s Club Netball offers students from eight years of age participation in the Downey Park Netball Association Competition.  All girls who trial for teams are assigned to a team of like ability students. Throughout the netball session, the Downey Netball Association provides opportunities for girls to represent the association at Netball Queensland events.

St Margaret's is an active member of the following associations, which facilitates competition across a wide range of sports:

Queensland Girls Secondary Schools Sports Association (QGSSSA)
Brisbane Schoolgirls' Rowing Association (BSRA)
Brisbane Water Polo Association Inc (BWPI)
Downey Park Netball Association  (DPNA)

Students also have the opportunity to compete in state secondary school competitions.

There are 17 sports available, played during the terms indicated below. Students can nominate for Independent North and Metropolitan North competitions through the Activities Office.

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4
Sports in regular weekly competition      
Water Polo
Touch Football
Football (Soccer)

Water Polo
Core Sports: Major Sporting Carnivals       
Swimming Cross Country
Rowing – Head of the River
Other Sports: Usually have singular competition dates   
  Artistic Gymnastics
Rhythmic Gymnastics

Training and Practice
Transport to and from training sessions at Windsor Park, the Rowing Shed and competitions is provided by the school for all boarders and day girls.

Students are expected to be punctual to all training sessions and wear the appropriate uniform. Students unable to attend training sessions should inform the coordinator prior to the session. Changes to training sessions, cancellations due to inclement weather and weekly updates to competitions times and venues are regularly updated on the school website, activities notice board and social media. Twitter and TeamApp are also used for messages and information regarding sporting activities.

Students may only travel in their sports uniform if being transported by car directly from home to a training session before 7:30am or leaving training session or competition after 4:30pm to travel directly home by car. While in public, students must observe a high standard of personal behaviour and dress at all times. Parents are requested to ensure their daughters are collected promptly at the end of training sessions and competitions. Any girl not collected at the specified conclusion time will return to school on the bus to await collection from the breezeway area of the school.

Activities Code of Behaviour
The Activities Code of Behaviour must be observed for all activities. The Code of Behaviour can be found in the Extra-curricular Handbook available from the Activities Office.

Parental Involvement
Parents have the opportunity to support the sports program on a number of levels, either by spectating, coaching or managing a team, or by becoming a member of a support group.

Support Groups
The mission of the support groups at St Margaret's is to work in partnership with the school to enhance the extra-curricular experiences for students. Active support groups are seen as a vital means of fostering parental participation in the development of a strong team spirit, which encourages all students to maximise their potential through the school's sports program.

Supports groups at St Margaret's operate under the umbrella of the St Margaret's P&F Association and are therefore covered by insurance policies of the school. Support groups are encouraged to assist the wellbeing and performance of St Margaret's students in all areas of endeavour within the school. The secondary school currently operates support groups for the following activities: athletics/cross country, hockey, netball, rowing, swimming, tennis, touch football and water polo.

Elite Athletes

Outstanding athletes and performing artists can apply to become a part of the school's Flyers Program which can help students to achieve both their academic and extracurricular goals through personalised learning.

Download the Flyers Program brochure (PDF 3.7MB)

Sports Handbook (PDF 1.3MB)