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Welcome to 2020 and it gives be great pleasure to be once again the President of the OGA. What a year 2020 is shaping up to be in the history of St Margaret’s, celebrating the 125th birthday of the school that has played a significant part in all our lives.
As we begin this year, I am pleased to share with you the 2020 Executive and Committee of the Old Girls' Association.
Patron Sister Gillian SSA
Vice Patron Ms Ros Curtis
President Mrs Nicole Devlin (nee Bender)
Vice President Mrs Sally Thomson (nee Harris)
Treasurer Ms Elizabeth Hook
Secretary Mrs Norma Ticker (nee Wight)
Committee Member Ms Bianca Christophers
Committee Member Mrs Anna Davidson (nee Graham)
Committee Member Mrs Jacky Garnsworthy (nee Roebuck)
Committee Member Dr Louise Gustafsson (nee Bender)
Committee Member Mrs Jennifer Leavey (nee Blanch)
Committee Member Ms Kimberley Middlemis
Committee Member Mrs Anne Muggleton (nee Schmidhauser)
Committee Member Ms Grace Mullins
Committee Member Ms Georgina Papworth
Committee Member Ms Alexandra Watson
Dates for noting
19 March Giving Day
(see information included in this Newsletter)
24 July 10/20/30 year Reunions
25 July 40/50/60 Year Reunions
26 July Old Girls’ Day Chapel and High Tea
27 July VIP 60+ Reunion Luncheon
24 October OGA Awards and Cocktail Evening
24 November Annual General Meeting
2019 was a great year with a growing number of you sharing your stories of success with us and I encourage you all to continue to do this. One way you can do this is to nominate a friend or yourself for a Past Student Award. Find out more here and download an application form; it would be great to receive your nominations.
If you have any other suggestions, please also feel free to email me directly at email@example.com. I look forward to celebrating 125 years of St Margaret’s with you all.
This year, the 125-year anniversary provides the best excuse and many opportunities for our past students to reconnect with our school and be part of our celebrations. I encourage you all to look at our 125-year anniversary microsite on our school website (found under the community tab) and particularly take note of the 125 Notables section.
It is here, that we will over the next few months, publish information about the achievements of our past students, as a representative sample of notable Old Girls in many fields. As I write this section of the eNews, we have 70 Old Girls celebrated in this section of the website. Each week the number changes. If you feel that someone is missing, please contact the school with the name and we will follow up.
A special congratulations should go to Annabelle Chaplain who is featured among our notables and this year was awarded a member of the general division (AM) in the 2020 Australia Day Honours. Annabelle is not only an Old Girl but is a School Patron 2016/17 and former Chair of School Council. She remains a huge supporter of St Margaret’s, and in recent years has particularly helped champion and grown the Professional Women’s Network events.
It is important we celebrate the achievements of our past students. It affirms a St Margaret’s education and they become role models to current and other past students. Another opportunity for this to occur is through our Past Student Award program. Please consider nominating someone who has impressed you for the relevant award. The nomination process is very simple, and all the details are available on the school’s website here.
On the 125 years microsite there is also a section which allows you to share your memories of your school days. Please go on to that section and let us know about your fondest memories.
Remember we love to hear from you!
Per Volar Sunata
This year marks 125 years of St Margaret’s educating and empowering girls. To celebrate, we are being bold and launching our first Giving Day!
Giving Day is an exciting community event with student-led activities taking place at school over their lunch break and a live telecast of the donor tally running all day.
On Thursday 19 March, for 24 hours only, donations to the Building Fund will be doubled thanks to the generosity of our matching donors, including the St Margaret’s Old Girls’ Association.
This means that on Thursday 19 March, your $50 becomes $100, $100 becomes $200 and a gift of $500 becomes $1,000!
Every member of our community can play a role in creating a life-changing educational experience for our girls, as we have done together now for 125 Years.
Your donation, if received by Thursday 19 March, will make double the difference to providing our young women with outstanding new learning facilities to support their education, health and wellbeing for life. Donations will be directed towards the new sports precinct so that every girl benefits.
You can also get involved in Giving Day by volunteering in our Operations Room at M's Cafe for two hours on Thursday 19 March.
As a Giving Day volunteer, you’ll be assisting us to spread the word that on this day, for 24 hours only, donations to the Building Fund will be doubled thanks to the support of our generous matching donors.
To register your interest in volunteering, please complete the Volunteer Register Form at http://ems.gs/3pkU0dYcDAe
Once we receive your application we will send you an email with further instructions about your role on the day.
If you would like to find out more about Giving Day, please contact Lara Pickering, Director of Philanthropy, on (07) 3862 0884 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Georgina McManus (Rhodes ’97) is Global General Counsel for luxury footwear brand Manolo Blahnik. Admitted to practice as a solicitor in England and Wales, as well as Queensland and New South Wales, Georgina’s legal career has taken her from Brisbane to London and now into a role with a truly global remit.
After graduating from The University of Queensland with dual degrees in Arts/Law in 2002, Georgina began her career in Brisbane, working as a Judge’s Associate in the Supreme Court of Queensland and in the commercial real estate team at Brisbane firm Thynne and Macartney. In 2006, she made the move to London – initially working in the Mergers and Acquisitions team at SJ Berwin LLP for three years and then moving into an in-house role as Corporate Solicitor at Westfield Europe, where she remained for five and a half years.
Georgina joined Manolo Blahnik in 2015. Since then, her role has grown from sole counsel to leader of a legal team of four. Additionally, as a member of the Senior Leadership Team, Georgina participates in all aspects of strategic business planning alongside the CEO and CFO. The role combines her legal and strategic acumen with her personal interests in fashion and retail, and presents Georgina with a wide range of unique and challenging opportunities, from expanding the company’s distribution internationally to collaborations with fashion brands and pop stars, and everything in between.
Reflecting fondly on her time at St Margaret’s, Georgina said: "I appreciate more and more the opportunities I was afforded by gaining such sound academic, social and moral guidance at St Margaret’s and believe this is quite unique to the school. The genesis of the school’s establishment by the Sisters of the Society of the Sacred Advent to provide girls with an opportunity to aspire to whatever pursuits they were capable has stood the test of time. Being the best you can be doesn’t have to mean being the best. My overriding memories though are of just how much fun I had – my friends from school remain embedded in my heart."
Georgina has three daughters, aged seven, five and two and a half and lives in London. She notes that, despite the distance, her “school friends remain the most enduring and comfortable friendships”.
High Tea with a View
We look forward to this year's OGA Chapel Service and special 125th Anniversary High Tea on Sunday 26th July. Hosted in the Arts Centre Foyer and adjoining outdoor terrace, this is a complimentary event for all past students of St Margaret's.
For catering purposes, we would appreciate hearing from you if you are able to join us.
Please RSVP via the Flexischools website or by phoning the Development Office on 07 3862 0768.
Tickets are now available for the 2020 Milestone Reunions which will be hosted from 24 – 27 July.
10 Year Reunion – Class of 2010 – Friday 24 July 2020
20 Year Reunion – Class of 2000 – Friday 24 July 2020
30 Year Reunion – Class of 1990 – Friday 24 July 2020
40 Year Reunion – Class of 1980 – Saturday 25 July 2020
50 Year Reunion – Class of 1970 – Saturday 25 July 2020
60 Year Reunion – Class of 1960 – Saturday 25 July 2020
VIP 60+ Year Reunion – Monday 2 July 2020
Interstate and international Reunions
St Margaret’s will be hosting reunion events in Sydney, London and Melbourne this year. All past students living and working in, or travelling to, these cities are encouraged to attend.
Sydney - Friday 20 March 2020 - Sir Stamford Circular Quay.
London - Monday 29 June 2020
Melbourne - Friday 30 October 2020
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