Past Student Awards

Nominations for the 2019 Past Student Awards are now open. These awards have been established to: 

  • recognise the many achievements of St Margaret’s Past Students, both professionally and personally
  • celebrate the diverse achievements of Past Students and provide an opportunity to share stories of success
  • increase connections between the School and Past Students to honour their legacy.

There are two award categories:

  • Distinguished Past Student (for alumnae who have passed their 20th reunion)
  • Young Past Student of Distinction (for alumnae in their 20th reunion year or younger)

2019 nominations close on Monday 18 March 2019 at 5pm (AEST) and winners will be announced at the annual Past Student Awards Dinner.


Nomination Form (PDF 1.2MB)  


Past Winners:

2018 Young Past Student of Distinction

St Margarets Young Past Student of Distinction 2018 Emma Sievwright

Emma Sievwright ('11) 

Since graduating from St Margaret’s, Emma has completed a Bachelor of Science majoring in Biomedical Science at The University of Queensland. Following this, she undertook an honours degree in the field of Biomedical Anatomy and this research has since been published in “Forensic Science International”. Emma graduated at the top of her cohort with First Class Honours and was awarded a Deans Commendation of Academic Excellence. During her degree, she also co-authored a textbook chapter investigating unknown-provenance osteology. Emma also took part as the youngest baker on Season 3 of the television show “Great Australian Bake Off”. During her time on the show, she was able to incorporate her love of science into various bakes and promote her primary passion – women in science. Emma is currently in her first year of Dentistry. She credits St Margaret’s with igniting her love of science, as well as her belief that women can do anything.

Young Past Student of Distinction 2017 Penelope Twemlow ('00) (PDF 1.3MB)
Young Past Student of Distinction 2016 Nisha Srinivasan ('00) (PDF 707.8KB)

Young Past Student of Distinction 2015 Gwyneth Olsen ('00) (PDF 650.8KB)


2018 Distinguished Past Student

2018 Distinguished Past Student Award Helen MeredithHelen Meredith ('53)

Helen Meredith was a journalist, editor and commentator for forty years on the Australian and international scene. With a focus on the emerging digital economy, she worked as an editor and reporter on several leading newspapers, including “The Australian”, “The Financial Review”, “The Financial Times”, “The Sydney Morning Herald”, “The Age”, and as a contributing journalist to the ABC. She was also founding editor-in-chief of the international online news service “Global Flow”.In addition to her role as a journalist, Helen has addressed public policy issues arising from the digital revolution, and in 1989 was involved in the establishment of Females in Information Technology and Telecommunications (FITT), the frontrunner of a national network of similar associations aimed at inspiring women to achieve their potential in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). In 2017, Helen was inducted into the Pearcey Foundation’s Hall of Fame.


Distinguished Past Student 2017 Associate Professor Louise Gustafsson ('87) (PDF 1.4MB)
Distinguished Past Student 2016 Professor Desley Deacon ('59) (PDF 2.3MB)
Distinguished Past Student 2015 Keri Craig-Lee ('75) (PDF 687.5KB)