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At last week’s assembly, Laura Gatenby and Amy Tran, our philanthropy and social awareness prefects, addressed the students. They spoke to the girls about their social awareness campaign this year which is focused on One Girl, an Australian charity founded by Chantelle Baxter and David Dixon. It supports the education of girls in Sierra Leone, a country in West Africa by implementing sustainable education programs.
These girls face poverty and 44 per cent of girls are forced into a marriage before they turn 18. As they remarked to the assembly, they believe that every girl has the right to an education; however, it is estimated that more than 130 million girls around the world are not in school.
One Girl is determined to change this by not only providing scholarships for girls to attend school, but also focusing on empowering young women through education. They have recently started a business program that has reached over 13,000 girls. To support One Girl, the philanthropy group, led by Ms Alford, has raised $1150 at Free Dress day as well as at the cross country, swimming carnival and the Open Day Bake Sale.
In their philanthropy role, Laura and Amy also kept us up-to-date about the student fundraising in the St Margaret's community this year: The Year 7s have been working on their community passport service by writing letters to grandparents. Also led by Reverend Nicki, the Year 8s have been completing service hours by helping at chapel services. Recently, some Year 8s participated in part of the Red Shield Appeal with Churchie where $10000 was raised to support the social welfare programs of The Salvation Army.
The Year 9s have been working hard and have raised over $1000 for birthing kits so far and the Year 10s have been completing their service hours by doing individual tasks. Year 11 students have sold lolly bags to raise money for the Australian Children's Tumour Foundation; their donation was made in memory of their fellow classmate, Olivia Campbell. They have so far raised over $266. The Year 11s have also been responsible for Miles for Minotti and $1644 was raised for the Minotti Trust Fund. They are also preparing for Sony Camp at the end of Term 3, where they will be caring for children with special needs.
The Year 12s raised over $1,200 for the Heart Foundation at the Valentine's Day celebration. Also, the Ponytail Project will be coming up in Term 3 on Thursday 9 August. For those who are unfamiliar with the Ponytail Project, it is a significant event in the St Margaret's calendar where secondary girls can cut their hair to make wigs for cancer patients. In addition, Semester 2 will see further fundraising activities for One Girl as well as the World Vision 40-hour famine.
The secondary Antipodean students also took opportunities to fundraise through an Easter Raffle and Bake Sale.
It was interesting to hear their summary of the secondary efforts in the areas of fundraising and service. The primary school has also been busy. Like the secondary students, their participation in the Free Dress days have supported Bush Ministry and One Girl, and they too participated in the Easter egg drive, alongside the secondary students, as an initiative of TocH. Also, the primary students take responsibility for sponsoring a Smith Family child and hosted a cake stall this week to raise funds for this sponsorship. Next term, they are looking forward to their biggest fundraiser, the Spell-a-thon.
Recently, I read an article in a magazine from the Association of Heads of Independent Schools that spoke about the importance of promoting philanthropy in schools. The author, Gavan Woinarski (2018), acutely defines philanthropy as “the love of humankind”. He describes the act of philanthropy as the giving of time, information, goods, services and money to improve the wellbeing of humanity and the community. He also states that when someone is described as philanthropic, it says more about their character and values than their wealth. St Margaret’s is certainly providing the opportunities and the example so that all students can develop their character and values in this way.
Curriculum Handbooks will soon be circulated to all students in the secondary school in order for them to make their subject choices for 2019. The Subject Selection Evening will be held on Monday 6 August for students moving into Year 9 and Year 11 in 2019.
A lot of thought and discussion goes into creating the subject lines and the initial subject preference submissions, including data from previous years and a Year 11 subject selection survey that was issued to all Year 10s, as well as taking into account staffing and student numbers. Families are encouraged to read these curriculum handbooks and consider their subject choices.
In 2018, we introduced subject minors and majors as elective choices in Years 9 and 10. This allows students to continue to get a taste of various subjects within these year levels, while also providing the opportunity for depth of skill and understanding that will be required before entering the new Queensland Certificate of Education system in Year 11, 2021. Students remain in these subjects for two years (Years 9 and 10) before choosing their subjects for senior study from Year 11.
Parents and students are encouraged to come to the Subject Selection Evening so they feel confident when making their selections. This will be a great opportunity for all parents to also learn of the changes we are making to our courses to bring us in line with the requirements of the new QCE system for tertiary entry.
This Sunday, six students have chosen to take the next step in their spiritual journey by being Confirmed by the Bishop. At a special service at 6pm in the School Chapel, Bella Gray, Claudia Jackson, Skye Littlewood, Emi McBride, Jessica Roberts and Madison Smith will be asked key questions by Bishop Jeremy Greaves, our Regional Bishop. He will ask them: “Do you turn to Christ?”; “Do you repent of your sins?”; and “Do you renounce evil?”. With the ‘laying on of hands’ on the candidates’ heads, The Holy Spirit is called to be upon them in their lives, empowering and strengthening them for their spiritual journeys.
Please pray for these young women making this decision.
If you are interested in any of the sacraments (Baptism, Communion), or if you are interested in asking more, please don’t hesitate to contact me on (07) 3862 0777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday June 18, 8.20am – Year 11 Chapel
Tuesday June 19, 8.20am – Year 12 Chapel
Friday July 20, PHSC, 12 noon – St Margaret’s Day Service
Wednesday July 25, 6pm – Boarders’ Beginning of Term Service
Sunday July 29, 9.30am – Old Girls’ Service (and Morning Tea)
Sunday August 19, 9am, School Chapel – All Ages Sunday Service (Young Families’ Service)
Reflection – this week I include for you the “Bodhisattva Prayer for Humanity”
May I be a guard for those who need protection
A guide for those on the path
A boat, a raft, a bridge for those who wish to cross the flood
May I be a lamp in the darkness
A resting place for the weary
A healing medicine for all who are sick
A vase of plenty, a tree of miracles
And for the boundless multitudes of living beings
May I bring sustenance and awakening
Enduring like the earth and sky
Until all beings are freed from sorrow
And all are awakened.
Shantideva, Indian Buddhist sage 700 A.D.
Prayer performed each morning by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Or, in the words of Christ, “love one another, as I have loved you”. May this week be one of love and harmony, both received and given freely.
The Reverend Canon Nicki Colledge
Megatrends, education and future work
Last Wednesday night, Professor Jeff Brand presented at our first Trends in Education seminar for the year. Keeping with the theme of the night, his presentation focused on ‘Trends Today, Reality 2050’. As a parent and educator, I often wonder what the future will look like, how different the workforce and parenting will be and what skills we will need to live and work in the years ahead.
Jeff provided significant insight into the reality of our future and challenged us to ask the question:
“How do we as educators and parents understand and build transformational education experiences that elegantly transition beautiful young learners into resilient and adaptive mega-professionals?”
A mega-professional was defined as a professional empowered by specialist and transferable knowledge, skills, ethics and membership. The findings centred around four megatrends: people and culture; social and natural environment; economics and business; and progress and innovation.
Throughout the seminar, Jeff drew on several sources to provoke our thinking about the skills our young people will need for a changing future. His statistics highlighted the rising probability that many jobs will become computerised and automated in the next 10 to 15 years, so if we want young people to capitalise on ... opportunities and navigate the challenges brought by ... changes, they need a set of transferrable enterprise skills. The focus ... is breadth – breadth of skills, breadth across ages, and breadth of learning opportunities both in and out of school (The Committee for Economic Development of Australia, 2015).
In response he proposed the following sociocultural action list for education, technology and graduate outcomes in response to the megatrends:
Centre for Universal Education at Brookings
At St Margaret’s, students are already building these knowledge and skills across the megatrends; however, it can be quite confronting to acknowledge they are proposed as our basic skills for life-long learning. Interestingly though, Jeff showed some footage of advanced dynamic robots from Boston Dynamics, so I went to their website to find out how they promote their workforce and employ people … or robots. I was eager to see whether there were some important messages for our girls to consider as they make important subject selections. However, their message was simple: If you aspire to excellence, like to get your hands dirty and want to join our team of robotics rock stars, please submit your resume here (https://www.bostondynamics.com/).
If you would like to read more, the following references were provided by Professor Jeff Brand and may provide some interesting holiday reading:
Committee for Economic Development of Australia 2015, Australia’s future workforce?, CEDA, Melbourne.
Dobbs, R, Manyika, J & Woetzel, J 2015, No Ordinary Disruption: The four global forces breaking all the trends, Public Affairs, New York.
Franklin, D & Andrews, J (eds) 2012, Megachange: The world in 2050, Profile Books Ltd, London.
Hajkowicz, S 2015, Global megatrends: Seven patterns of change shaping our future, CSIRO Publishing, Clayton South, Vic.
Winthrop, R & McGivney, E 2016, Skills for a Changing World: Advancing quality learning for vibrant societies, Centre for Universal Education at Brookings, Washington, D.C.
World Economic Forum (2016), The Future of Jobs: Employment, Skills and Workforce Strategy for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, WEF, Geneva.
End of Semester 1 Parent/Teacher Interviews
The second session of Parent/Teacher Interviews for 2018 will be held on Monday 16 July from 10.00am-8.00pm. These interviews are scheduled at this time to allow you to meet with teachers following the Semester 1 Report.
Staff value this opportunity to discuss your daughter’s learning with you. Students are encouraged to attend the interviews with their parents as this will assist them to increase their understanding of the learning process and their role in it.
Bookings for Parent/Teacher interviews will be facilitated in Parent Lounge. The booking system will be open to parents at 9.00am on Monday 18 June and close at 9.00am on Wednesday 11 July.
Please read the details below for booking these interviews. Please note that due to leave, the following staff are unavailable for Parent/Teacher Interviews: Ms Shirley Patton, Mrs Nan Dodd, Mrs Kathy Thorne and Mrs Vicki Strid.
There is also a number of staff who are part-time and may not be available. These staff are Angela Bowen, Naomi Holley, Jolie Cowan, Alison Davis, Jane Hacking, Margot Johnson, Helen Rath, Faye Ryan, Margot Shave, Jenny Lishman and Lisa Smith. If you would like to speak to a staff member who is part-time and you cannot find a time to book to see them, please email them directly and they will organise a time to meet with you at another time.
Length of Interviews
Parents are able to book in to see each of their daughter’s subject teacher for one eight minute time slot per subject. During the interviews a warning bell will sound at 7 minutes and 45 seconds, with a bell then to signal the end of the interview time. Please be aware many teachers will have interviews in all time slots, so please ensure you stay within your allocated time. If further discussion is needed, parents are requested to set up a time to meet with the teacher at a later date.
To accommodate all parents, all interviews are scheduled for the Philip Harris Sports Centre. Maps of staff seating will be available on the day. Therefore, it is suggested you arrive 5 to 10 minutes before your first interview to ensure you know where you need to go to allow for smooth transitions between interviews.
To access these interview bookings, please log into Parent Lounge through the POD and click on the link for Parent Teacher Interviews. Bookings open at 9.00am on Monday 18 June. Please be aware of the closing date for the booking system as no bookings can be taken after this date.
After you have finished booking your times, you will be able to view and print a schedule of your interview times.
For boarder parents wishing to utilise SKYPE technology, please email email@example.com, to arrange bookings and Skye settings.
Tea and coffee will be available for parents in the foyer of the Philip Harris Sports Centre during the interview times.
Please note: If you need assistance with Parent Lounge Access, please email School Support on firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Tuckshop Procedures – Student Cards
There is a new procedure at the Tuckshop to help streamline the current process.
If your daughter’s student card is not activated, parents can go to www.flexischools.com.au or call 1300 361 769 to activate your daughter’s card.
Students who have lost their student card should go to school support to organise a new student identification card; the cost of replacement is $5.
Last Week of Term
Please note that in the final week of term, teachers will be starting new work for Semester 2 and giving assessment feedback. When your daughter misses class work at any stage during the term, it is her responsibility to follow up on missed work with her teacher.
The Anglican Archbishop of Brisbane, The Most Reverend Archbishop Phillip Aspinall, sends a message each year to all Anglican schools. This year, he spoke about intergenerational connections and encouraged us to reach out and ‘connect’ with people from all generations.
We often underestimate the mutual value of spending time with our grandparents and people from older generations, yet the benefits these intergenerational relationships offer are endless, for all involved. They are best described as the reciprocal sharing of knowledge, experience, values and skills, between people of different generations. Intergenerational learning promotes respect and understanding, builds empathy, inclusiveness and self-worth. In authentic learning situations, it provides opportunities for both parties to exploit the positive resources that both the younger and older generations can offer each other.
We have hosted Grandparents Morning in the primary school for many years and it is always a highlight for staff and students and especially grandparents! The philosophy behind this day is to celebrate and acknowledge the significant role these people play in our lives. It is an opportunity for our grandparents to get involved in the important work our students are doing at school and to share a love of learning with the people who care deeply for their grandchildren.
We are declaring the last week of Term 2 – “Grandparents Week” – and invite you to not only attend our concert and morning tea on the Thursday 21 June but to come into the classroom on Monday or Tuesday and see the children “in action”. A timetable of classroom events is below for your perusal.
We look forward to welcoming you into the primary school during the last week of term.
GRANDPARENTS WEEK - JUNE 18-21 2018
You have already received the invitation for Grandparents Morning and we remind you to RSVP by MONDAY 18 JUNE via Flexischools. Each alternate year we will provide morning tea and this is the year so it is essential to book so we are able to cater appropriately. We will also have a Bazaar of Goodies for sale in the Atrium on this morning. The goods will include potted plants, cushions, scarves and books. Something for everyone!!
Grandparents Morning – Thursday 21 June
8.00-8.45am Coffee, tea and Book Fair in the Atrium
9.00-10.00am Interhouse Verse Speaking Competition in the PHSC
10.00-10.30am Morning tea will be provided in the PHSC
10.30-11.30am All welcome to visit the classrooms
11.30am Farewell to Grandparents
From Friday 15 June to Thursday 21 June, the primary school will once again be holding our much-anticipated Book Fair. The Book Fair will be located in the library where students and parents will be able to view and/or purchase the books, every day from 8:00am to 3.45pm. In addition to this, Grandparents and Godparents will be able to purchase books from the Atrium on Grandparents Day, Thursday 21 June.
A wide range of quality books, supplied by The Book Warehouse, will be available to buy from as little as $3.00, with a percentage of all sales going towards the purchase of literacy resources for the primary classrooms and Library.
Payment can be made by cash, credit card or cheque (made payable to The Book Warehouse).
Upcoming Events / Important Dates
15-21 June Book Fair – Library
21 June Grandparents Day
Last Day of Term 2, school concludes at 3pm.
17 July Term 3 Commences
On Tuesday 19 June, all students involved in St Margaret’s Band Ensembles will be performing in the annual Bands Concert. The Sister Helen Wind Symphony, Jackson Wind Ensemble, Chaseley Concert Band, Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone, Elayne Jones and Regale Percussion Ensembles, Stage Band, Rock Bands, Highly Strung and the Year 5 Band will present wonderful music for you to enjoy!
The concert will be held in Eton Hall and begins at 6:30pm, concluding at approximately 8:00pm. The cost of admission is $5 adults, free for students/children. Please join us for pre-concert refreshments provided by the Music Support Group in Eton Courtyard from 6:00pm.
Student performance at St Mark’s Anglican Church
On Sunday 17 June, Akari Komoto (Year 9) will be performing at a special concert at St Mark’s Anglican Church to celebrate 130 Years since the church’s dedication. The concert will begin at 4:00pm with entry by donation. St Mark’s is located at 103 Bonney Avenue, Clayfield. All are welcome to attend.
Upcoming concert by Dr Noble
Dr Noble will be presenting a solo piano performance on Saturday 16 June in the Arts Centre Foyer starting at 5pm. This will be a wonderful opportunity to hear Dr Noble perform as well as celebrate his recently awarded PhD! Dr Noble will be presenting repertoire by Alberto Ginastera, Philip Glass, Agnes Obel and Nigel Sabin. The cost to attend is $10 adults, $5 students/children, $20 family, with all proceeds donated to the Archbishop’s PNG Earthquake Appeal. All are welcome to attend!
Music Support Group
The next Music Support Group meeting will be on Tuesday 31 July at 5:00pm in the Primary Music Room (second floor of Chaseley). Parents from both the primary and secondary schools are welcome to attend.
The Secondary Interhouse Athletics Carnival
The Interhouse Athletics Carnival will be held on the first day of Term 3 on Tuesday 17 July for all students in Years 7 to 12 at Windsor Park. The carnival will commence at 9.00am and conclude at approximately 2.30pm, with all girls being transported to and from the carnival via school buses. Many students have been preparing for the carnival by attending athletics training. All girls who are in events that they are not familiar with are asked to attend athletics training.
All girls are to show their house spirit by wearing their house colours on the day and are asked to bring with them a drink bottle, sports hat, sunscreen and lunch. Girls also have an opportunity to support their house by buying snacks and/or lunch at the charity house stalls.
The philosophy of participation and enjoyment is paramount to St Margaret’s sport, therefore, all events at this athletics carnival have been designed to encourage student participation. I invite all parents and friends to support their daughters in attending this event to develop not only house spirit but wonderful school spirit.
Pierre de Coubertin Award
St Margaret's along with the Queensland Olympic Council is pleased to announce that Lara Crouch has been awarded the coveted Pierre de Coubertin Award for 2018. The Pierre de Coubertin Award was named after the founder of the modern Olympic Games. The award recognises students who demonstrate initiative, teamwork, sportsmanship and fair play through participation in a variety of sports in a competitive arena. Lara will be awarded at a Presentation Ceremony during the holidays in July.
St Margaret’s Run
The St Margaret's Run has been launched and the Sports Department is calling for girls to register for the race which is a tradition that commenced 19 years ago and is based on the famous ‘Great Court Race’ first run at Cambridge University. The St Margaret's Run will be held on the first Friday of Term 3 on July 20 as a part of the St Margaret’s Day celebrations. The run is a circuit around the school of approximately 800m in length.
The event includes both primary and secondary students with the following divisions:
The fastest overall time within the secondary divisions will be crowned the St Margaret's Run Champion and will be awarded the trophy on Speech Night later this year. Entry forms for this event are available from both the primary and secondary activities offices or all secondary girls can register online by clicking on the following link – St Margaret’s Run Online Registration
Australian Schoolgirls Rugby 7s Selection
Congratulations to Rhiannon Revell-Blair who was recently selected in the Australian schoolgirls rugby seven-a-side team. You can read the full article from the Courier-Mail here https://bit.ly/2sA38rk
A select group of girls will represent St Margaret’s at the Queensland Independent Secondary Schools Netball Carnival in Townsville from 1 July to 6 July. QISSN is the most popular and prestigious netball carnival in Queensland with 60 schools competing against one another to win the QISSN Cup. In 2017, St Margaret’s finished in the middle of the field but with an excellent start to the 2018 club season, the team is looking good to secure a higher place this year. Good luck to all girls.
Congratulations to Lucy Bartlett (Year 11) for her selection as our June artwork of the Month (PDF 565.4KB). Other sculptures created by Lucy’s Year 11 art class are currently on display in the library.
Sadly, the Year 8 self-portraits which have graced the walls of the School Supplies Shop have now been removed so that students can take the portraits home for the holidays. We have really enjoyed the colourful work of our Year 8 girls.
Pictured also are girls with the special MAYO painted disks which were hanging in our long-suffering mango tree.
Private Speech and Drama – Barbara Sisley Awards
Congratulations to Speech and Drama students Arabella Burke (Year 8), Lily Howells (Year 9), Alice O’Driscoll (Year 10) and Hannah Lane (Senior 2017) who performed at the 72nd Barbara Sisley Awards at Parliament House on Saturday night.
Each year, these awards acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of those students who top the state of Queensland in AMEB Drama and Performance examinations and Trinity College London Speech and Drama examinations in the previous year. Arabella, Lily, Alice and Hannah achieved the highest result in Queensland for their respective AMEB Drama and Performance exams in 2017. A wonderful achievement!
On Saturday, these girls joined other very talented students from throughout Queensland in receiving their awards and performing to a captivated audience. The event included a range of performances including poetry, prose, drama and storytelling.
Private Speech and Drama Coordinator
St Margaret’s Drone Academy continues to lead the way with training and licencing opportunities for students in the senior school. During Semester 1, Year 10 students Tamika Tran and Eva Jiang (Licenced RePL Pilots) used our drones to record and document the Year 11 Biology field trip to Hastings Point, NSW.
Eva and Tamika planned and executed flights in accordance with all Civil Aviation regulations. They edited and sequenced their footage to capture the breathtaking experience of the field trip for Year 11 Biology.
The adoption of drones in industry continues to accelerate. Global mapping company DroneDeploy reported this month that year over year growth in drone usage for agriculture grew by 172% and construction by 239%, and shows no sign of slowing down. While the hobbyist drone operator can fly a sub 2kg drone on private property, the use of drones in a commercial venture requires the operator to hold a Remote Pilot’s Licence, which can cost up to $3000 and necessitates a week of fulltime study. St Margaret’s Drone Academy can offer the perpetual RePL Licence for only $500 (students must be 15 years or older), through our association with industry leader Wicked Copters. The course takes about 10 weeks to complete, and all theory and practical flying time is completed at St Margaret’s.
Expressions of interest for participating in the Drone Academy’s licencing program in Semester 2 should be sent to Mr Chris Farrelly: email@example.com (by the end of Week 2, Term 3, 2018 - COB Friday 27 July).
Manager - STEM Enrichment Programs
Visiting exchange students
Our visiting exchange students did not let the wet and cold weather dampen their excursion to Sydney 0n 31 May and 1June. They enjoyed Hyde Park, Sydney Barracks Museum, The Mint, a skywalk of the Sydney Eye, jet boating, the Opera House, Darling Harbour attractions (Sydney Aquarium, Madame Tussaud’s and Sydney Wildlife) and a harbour cruise of Vivid Sydney.
This was followed by a wonderful morning tea session with Ms Curtis and Ms Gorrie, where the girls had the opportunity to share their exchange experience at St Margaret’s.
Correspondence from students currently away on exchange
I recently heard from Sophie Gerlach-Zuch, who is on exchange at Shawnigan Lake, Canada.
“This week we had house photos in the quad which meant getting into our formal uniforms on Tuesday evening before playing a field hockey match in which I was named the MVP. On Thursday I was invited to the Dean’s Dinner which is a celebratory event for students who achieve a high level of effort across their academic and extra-curricular courses. This was a lovely night and one I enjoyed immensely with some of the other girls in my house. So far, I have competed in three soccer tournaments, one of which ran over Thursday and Friday this week. Unfortunately, I’m certainly not the next David Beckham so I can’t say that my skills were highly useful on the field as most people need the ball to go forwards when they dribble not trip and let it roll back to the opposition. Nonetheless, playing on the team has been a great experience and has allowed me to make friends across the grades and houses in the school. The weather has been lovely and is starting to warm up which has allowed us to go down to the docks on the lake for a quick swim here and there. This weekend I’m volunteering at a fair for sick children and will hope to see Livy Garland row for Crofton House as she competes at the Shawnigan Regatta. I have much planned over the next few weeks with midterm break just around the corner in a few days.”
20 June – 2019 Global Exchange Information Evening at the Art Centre Foyer between 5:30pm and 7pm. Please confirm attendance via email to Angelin Achari on firstname.lastname@example.org
Admissions & Community Relations - International
A position exists for a Casual School Crossing Supervisor at St Margaret’s School.
The School Crossing Supervisor may be required to work five days per fortnight in all weather conditions. The hours of work for the School Crossing Supervisor are 1 hour and 30 mins a day and comprises 45 minutes in the morning and 45 minutes in the afternoon.
Current crossing time: 7:45am - 8:30am and 3:00pm - 3:45pm
The current rate of pay is $29.61 per hour.
Commencement of work for the successful applicant is dependent on:
Closing date for applications: ASAP
Completed applications should be emailed to: email@example.com
St Margaret's Outside School Hours Care
June/July School Holiday Program
Staffed by our in-house staff
Fees: $60 per day*
Hours of operation: 7am - 6pm
Boys and Girls, Siblings, Friends and Family Welcome
Location: OSHC Room, under primary school atrium
BOOKINGS CLOSE: FRIDAY 15 JUNE 2018
JUNE/JULY SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAM - BOOKINGS NOW OPEN! SECURE YOUR SPOT!
The school holidays are just around the corner and we can’t wait to show you the fun-filled and exciting activities we have planned in our June/July School Holiday Program. Further details of the program can be found here (PDF 680.1KB). Boys and girls, siblings, friends and family welcome!
Bookings for the St Margaret’s OSHC June/ July School Holiday Program opened on Monday 21 May. If you require care for the upcoming school holiday period, please return your booking form before Friday 15 June 2018.
How do I book?
Complete the official booking form attached to the program. For further details, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the cost?*
$60 per day. Incursions and excursions incur additional costs. These are compulsory for all students and therefore you are able to claim CCB/CCR for these.
What are the hours of operation?
The service is open from 7:00am until 6:00pm in the OSHC Room (under the Primary School Office).
How can I obtain more information?
If you would like further information regarding our OSHC Program or if you would like to make a booking, feel free to contact me on 0423 547 653 or email: email@example.com.
Please note the following school holidays trading hours:
Thursday 21 June 2018 8am-2pm
Friday 22 June 2018 Shop Closed
Tuesday 17 July 2018 Shop Reopens
Normal Trading Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8am-2pm
Mother Daughter High Tea – Tickets Now on Sale
Join us for the St Margaret’s P&F Association Inaugural Years 7 to 12 Mother Daughter High Tea. Download your invitation (PDF 627.9KB).
Date: Sunday 12 August
Time: 3pm to 5pm
Old Girls' Events 2018
Old Girls’ Day Chapel Service and Morning Tea
Old Girls' Day is a wonderful tradition where all past students, young and old, come together to celebrate the St Margaret's community values of spirit and faith.
The service will be followed by an opportunity to network with fellow past students, at a sumptuous morning tea, in the Arts Centre Foyer.
This event is FREE OF CHARGE and RSVP, through Flexischools, is for catering purposes only.
Date: Sunday 29 July 2018
Time: 9.30am - 12noon
Venue: Chapel - St Margaret's Anglican Girls School
RSVP: Friday 20 July 2018
Download your formal invitation. (PDF 599.7KB)
TICKETS ON SALE NOW THROUGH FLEXISCHOOLS.
Please contact our office if you are a member of an Alumni listed below and haven’t received your invitation. Ph: 07 3862 0768 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
10 Year Reunion – Class of 2008 – Friday 27 July
20 Year Reunion – Class of 1998 – Friday 27 July
30 Year Reunion – Class of 1988 – Friday 27 July
40 Year Reunion – Class of 1978 – Saturday 28 July
50 Year Reunion – Class of 1968 – Saturday 28 July
60 Year Reunion – Class of 1958 – Saturday 28 July
60+ Year Reunion – Classes prior to 1957 – Monday 30 July
Chapel Service and Morning Tea – Sunday 29 July
VIP 60+ Year Reunion – Monday 30 July
Professional Women’s Network
Tickets to our next Professional Women’s Networking Breakfast are selling fast!
Guest Speaker: Alison Quinn CEO - RetireAustralia.
Alison Quinn is the Chief Executive Officer of RetireAustralia, the largest privately owned retirement village operator in Australia. As one of Australia’s most experienced property executives with an extensive track record of success, Alison has extensive development and investment experience in the seniors housing, property and constructions sector. A proud St Margaret’s Old Girl, Alison holds a degree in Commerce from the University of Queensland, and is currently the President of the Retirement Living Council.
Join us for our third exciting breakfast in 2018 and learn how Alison has achieved outstanding success in her long and distinguished career in the property sector.
When: Thursday 23 August 2018
Where: Arts Centre Foyer
Tickets: Corporate tables $800 for 10, $60 adult and $40 students (Years 10-12/tertiary)
Learn more and register here
Tertiary Studies Expo (TSXPO)
Australia's largest tertiary studies expo offers a unique opportunity for anyone interested in starting, changing or upgrading their career! Featuring many local, interstate and overseas education providers, student services and support agencies, don't miss this great opportunity to map out your future, all in the one location! 8am – 4pm, Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 July 2018, RICC Brisbane Showgrounds. A great opportunity for students to collect information from a huge number of exhibitors.
The University of Melbourne
The University of Melbourne would like to invite you to attend our Information Day for interstate students at our Parkville campus on Thursday 12 July 9:00am – 6:00pm. Location: University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria 3010
The day will focus on aspects of the university that are of greater concern to interstate students such as the application process, scholarships, student services, accommodation options and financial assistance. Participants will have an opportunity to ask current University of Melbourne students who have come from interstate about their experience and how they managed the transition. The program will also include a campus tour followed by a free lunch at one of the residential colleges and a college tour. Optional additional accommodation tours will take place after the official program has ended.
Another event we are running is on the following day Friday 13 July ‘A Day at Melbourne’ where you will find out about our undergraduate courses structure, majors, graduate pathways, enhancement programs and activities that can be done within each faculty. To find out more about the ‘A Day at Melbourne’ program go to http://go.unimelb.edu.au/3bfn
ANU is changing how we do admissions, making it easier for students to apply to Australia's national university. Students wishing to commence at ANU in 2020 will apply directly to ANU in a single application that covers admissions, scholarships and accommodation.
March to May 2019: Students apply to ANU
August 2019: Early outcomes are released, conditional on meeting ATAR requirements, outcomes including admissions, scholarships, and accommodation offer.
We will make early offers to students based on Year 11 results, conditional on achieving the required final OP/ATAR. This means students will know they have a place at ANU much earlier, and they can start planning for their life at university. We'll be at the 2018 Tertiary Studies Expo in Brisbane on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 July from 10:00am to 4:00pm both days. Come along and ask us any questions you have about studying at ANU.
QTAC applications for current Year 12 students open 2 August. All applications are submitted online via the QTAC website. Some courses have earlier closing dates but the general early closing date is 28 September 2018.
How to apply to interstate tertiary institutions
You can apply for some institutions in Northern NSW and Tasmania through QTAC. See our participating institutions. You can access websites for all Australian institutions through the tertiary admission centres listed below.
You can apply for most interstate courses through state-based tertiary admissions centres. Current Year 12 students can apply from the start of August 2018:
New South Wales – apply through UAC (opens 1 August)
Northern Territory – apply though SATAC (opens 7 August)
South Australia – apply through SATAC
Tasmania – apply direct for University of Tasmania
Victoria – apply through VTAC (opens 6 August)
Western Australia – apply through TISC; apply direct for The University of Notre Dame Australia.
Application processes and fees vary, so visit the relevant state’s tertiary admissions centre or institution website for more information
Griffith University: 2019 scholarship applications open soon.
Each year Griffith University provides more than 40 million dollars in direct financial support to help new and continuing students successfully complete their degrees. More than 600 scholarships are available to cover tuition, education and living expenses, and students can apply for multiple scholarships with just one application. Applications for 2019 open on 20 July 2018.
Explore scholarship options and apply online at griffith.edu.au/scholarships
The University of New England
Benefits of UNE Early Entry Direct:
Apply directly to UNE online
No application fees
Know earlier (November) that you have a place at UNE to relieve the pressure of waiting for results, and let you plan your big move
No QTAC application required - Applying through UNE Early Entry does not prevent you from making another application through a tertiary admissions centre, so it’s a great way to increase your chances of getting into the course you want.
Who can apply for Early Entry
Early Entry is available for most UNE degrees, for current Year 12 students. For most courses you are offered you will also have the option to accept the offer and defer for up to two years. Apply via https://earlyentry.une.edu.au/apex/f?p=118:1 on or before Friday 28 September 2018
Australian Catholic University
Apply for CAP now.
What is CAP?
ACU's Community Achiever Program (CAP) is designed to acknowledge commitment to our local communities. Regular volunteer work in your community – through a social justice organisation, sporting, performance, cultural or religious group – may be rewarded through our Community Achievers' Program with entry into an undergraduate degree.
A successful CAP application means you could receive an offer as early as August to study at ACU. Being part of this CAP group also offers unique opportunities to enhance your leadership and volunteering skills, while you study with us.
CAP entry is only available for Undergraduate bachelor level degrees at ACU.
Remember: the experience must have been voluntary, so ACU will not consider community involvement undertaken as part of your schoolwork, work experience or paid employment.
CAP applications to study in 2019
Close - Midnight Tuesday 31 July 2018
Offers will be released by the end of August 2018
Audition preparation course – jazz and popular voice studies
This is a two day course for jazz instrumentalists, jazz voice and popular voice students. Students will explore the performance and ensemble processes helping them build the skills required to audition for entry to the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music. Students will learn what is expected during the auditions for our jazz and popular voice courses.
Date: Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 August 2018
Time: 10am – 3pm
Location: Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Clayton campus
Register at shop.monash.edu/audition- course-jazz-studies-and-popular-voice.html
Did you know, engineering graduates are among the highest paid graduates in Australia, with a median starting salary of $64,000 pa? (2017 Graduate Outcomes Survey). The Faculty of Engineering at Monash offers a flagship Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree enabling graduates to qualify as an engineer after just four years of study.
If are interested in entering this course at Monash, it’s imperative to select appropriate subjects early on, to ensure you can satisfy the course prerequisites:
Higher Level Mathematics
Physics or Chemistry
(all Australian Year 12 equivalent).
For more information, visit https://www.monash.edu/study/courses/find-a-course?query=engineering&f.Tabs%7CcourseTab=Undergraduate&f.InterestAreas%7CcourseInterestAreas=
The University of Sydney
Our undergraduate degrees are streamlined so you can choose your ideal course. To help you navigate our study areas and pathways, we have streamlined and simplified our degrees. If you know precisely where you want to head or want to explore different areas before deciding what to do, we have an undergraduate degree that will take you where you want to go.
We’ve also expanded access for you to study across disciplines by introducing a shared pool of over 100 majors and minors. This gives you the opportunity to explore a wide range of study areas within the following degrees:
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Commerce
Bachelor of Design Computing
Bachelor of Economics
Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Visual Arts
combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies
For example, if you enjoy studying science and history, you can now pursue both areas of study by enrolling in a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science or a combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies degree.
You can design your own degree with our new combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies
Taken in combination with a three-year degree, the combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies not only allows you to design your own degree but also supercharges your undergraduate experience at Sydney.
As part of the combined degree you have the opportunity to:
access at least one major outside your primary field of study
complete a second major
build on your expertise with advanced coursework and project work
complete an Honours component
enrich your experience in community, industry or entrepreneurship settings.
The future is in your hands. Find out more about the Sydney Undergraduate Experience.
Bond University Scholarships for Australian students
Scholarship applications for Year 12 Australian students will open on 1 June, 2018.
View each of the scholarships below to find out more about each scholarship, their eligibility criteria, value and how to apply. Download your copy of the 2018 Bond University Scholarship Brochure. Also review our 'top tips' for Year 12 scholarship applicants.
The University of Queensland
Changes to Doctor of Medicine program from 2021
The UQ Academic Board have approved changes to the selection process for UQ's Doctor of Medicine (MD) program that will impact current high school students.
These changes will be progressively introduced over the coming years, allowing students ample time to prepare.
What are the changes?
There are two main changes to the selection process for the MD Program at UQ:
Why the change?
Our revised admission process is designed to ensure the highly sought-after places in the MD program are offered to applicants who demonstrate the attributes and abilities most suited to the profession of medicine, and most likely to succeed in the MD program.
A pathway to medicine at ANU
The Bachelor of Health Science offers a pathway to the postgraduate Doctor of Medicine and Surgery (MChD) at ANU without having to sit the GAMSAT. At the end of their second year in the Bachelor of Health Science up to 30 students will receive an offer of entry to the Doctor of Medicine and Surgery (MChD), contingent upon their grade point average (GPA), an interview process, and successful completion of the Bachelor of Health Science. Ten of the 30 places in the Doctor of Medicine and Surgery (MChD) program are reserved for rural and Indigenous students from the Bachelor of Health Science.
QLD OP: 6
Other prerequisites apply
For further details on admission, fees and program requirements visit the ANU Programs & courses website.
UQ Pharmacy Experience Day - save the date
Pharmacy Experience Day is an annual UQ showcase which invites students to discover where a Bachelor of Pharmacy can take them. Throughout the day guests will take part in a range of hands-on laboratory activities, meet and quiz current students, and participate on a guided tour through the world class facilities. All members of the public are invited to attend the Pharmacy Experience Day, held on Sunday 19 August 2018.
UQ New Bachelor of Arts Program Planner
The Bachelor of Arts offers students unrivalled flexibility, but this often causes confusion among new students. UQ have launched a new Bachelor of Arts Program Planner as a resource for guidance officers, teachers and students.
UMAT 2018 Key Dates:
Late registrations close: Friday 15 June 2018- 5pm AEST
Applications for Special Testing Conditions close: Friday 15 June 2018
UMAT test date: Wednesday 25 July 2018
Results released: Mid-September 2018
UMAT is only available once every year. If you do not register by the due date, you will have to wait until 2019 to sit the test.
University Open Days
Australian Catholic University (ACU): Saturday 28 July 2018, Open Day Brisbane, 9am-2pm
Bond University (BOND): Saturday 28 July, Twilight Open Day Gold Coast
CQUniversity (CQU): Thursday 9 August, Brisbane Open Day 3pm-6pm; Saturday 11 August, Bundaberg and Mackay
Griffith University (GRIFFITH): Sunday 12 August 2018 Open Day Gold Coast, Nathan & South Bank Campuses
James Cook University (JCU): Sunday 19 August 2018, Townsville Campus; Sunday 26 August 2018, Cairns Campus
Queensland University of Technology (QUT): Sunday 29 July 2018, Open Day Gardens Point (city) campus
Southern Cross University (SCU): Sunday 29 July (10am – 2pm) Gold Coast Open Day
The University of Queensland (UQ): St Lucia campus – Sunday 5 August (9:00am - 3:00pm); Gatton campus – Sunday 19 August. (9:00am - 3:00pm)
University of Southern Queensland (USQ): Toowoomba – Sunday 19 August; Ipswich – Saturday 1 September; Springfield – Friday 7 September
University of the Sunshine Coast (USC): Fraser Coast – Saturday 23 June; Sippy Downs - Sunday 22 July; Caboolture – Sunday, 5 August
Wednesday 25 July: UMAT Exam
Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 July 2018: Tertiary Studies Expo (TSXPO) 8am – 4pm, RICC Brisbane Showgrounds.
Friday 20 July: Griffith University – Scholarship applications open griffith.edu.au/scholarships
Tuesday 31 July 2018: ACU – Closing date CAP applications to study in 2019
Wednesday 1 August: UAC (NSW Tertiary) – Applications open; Early bird applications close Friday 28 September
Thursday 2 August: QTAC (Qld Tertiary) – Applications open; Early bird applications close Friday 28 September
Monday, 6 August 2018: VTAC (Victorian Tertiary) – Applications open; Close of timely applications: Thursday, 27 September; Close of Scholarship applications: Friday, 12 October
Sunday 19 August 2018: UQ – Pharmacy Experience Day – 9.30am-1pm
Friday 28 September 2018: UNE – Closing date Early Entry application
Monday 17 December 2018: OP Advice Night, UQ Centre, St Lucia campus 4pm- 7pm
Tuesday 18 December 2018: QUT Real Decisions – Gardens Point campus
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