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Last weekend, the school hosted reunions for students from 1958, 1968, 1978, 1988, 1998 and 2008. These reunions were followed by the Old Girls’ Chapel Service on the Sunday. On the following Monday, we also held our event for past students whose graduating year was more than 60 years ago. This reunion weekend is a traditional event in our school calendar and one which is enjoyed very much by our past students. In fact, just over 500 past students visited St Margaret’s last weekend.
Sense of belonging at school
A recent bulletin from the Association of Heads of Independent Schools alerted Principals to the recently released report by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) analysing of PISA data examining Australian students’ sense of belonging at school (as measured by student responses to PISA surveys). The analysis found that Australian students’ sense of belonging at school has declined significantly between PISA 2003 and PISA 2015 and that, on average, Australian students reported having a significantly poorer sense of belonging at school compared to students across the OECD. However, a significantly higher proportion of Australian students compared with the OECD average agreed that they made friends easily at school and that other students liked them, and Australian students were less likely to feel like an outsider or to feel lonely, left out of things, awkward or out of place at school.
Other findings from the 2015 data include:
PISA 2015 data show a small positive relationship between sense of belonging at school and student academic performance.
A meta-analysis of 51 studies undertaken by the University of Melbourne sought to identify factors that impact on school belonging. The strongest factor was found to be the relationship a student has with their teacher, in particular, feeling respected and valued by their teacher. Also important are parents’ perceptions of the school and how parents value and support their child’s educational experience and peers who provide social and academic support. Positive individual student characteristics such as optimism, self-efficacy, healthy self-esteem, coping skills, adaptability, pro-social goals and the ability to make and keep friends were also found to affect a sense of belonging at school.
Association of Heads of Independent Schools CEO’s e-Bulletin | #12 | 20 July 2018
This week was the Academic Awards ceremony, which recognised those students achieving an Academic Pocket for a GPA of 13 and above, and those students receiving an Academic Progress Award for an improvement since the previous semester of at least 1 GPA point.
There was an impressive number of girls that received awards on this day, and I know there are many more students that may not have received an award but who have shown gains in many areas of their academic life.
After the ceremony this week, one of the students in my class that followed spoke about receiving her first ever Academic Progress Award. She was (rightly) proud of this achievement, and the class enjoyed sharing her excitement. I asked her what she had done differently across this semester to achieve this improvement.
At first, she laughingly dismissed my question, but I persisted and said that she must have done something different. She then shared that she had done two particular things. The first was that she had made a commitment to improve her spelling, which had seen her begin to regularly revise words that she had difficulty spelling. The second thing she did was to seek help from her teachers at all points during the learning process. She was proactive in class in terms of asking questions when she didn’t understand and worked with her Academic Advisor to look at areas she could focus on as well.
The other students in the class listened intently and I saw lots of nodding when they acknowledged that by just adopting these two behaviours this student had already seen results.
Many people assume people achieve success through talent alone; however, it is hard work and not talent that gains those results.
People who have achieved success in their chosen endeavour will mostly say that they have devoted time to effective practice. By effective practice, I mean the type that gives you feedback on what you are doing well and what you can improve. It often means doing the same things over and over again until understanding is reached, then moving onto the next step. This can be frustrating, but perseverance is the key.
Congratulations to all students who have seen their hard work pay off. I also offer my encouragement to all students for this semester and wish them well with their learning goals.
Parents are critical in the faith formation of their children … home first, school second
This week, the clergy across Queensland are gathering to learn from John Roberto, a leader in faith formation as project coordinator for the Vibrant Faith Institute. Priests, Deacons and clergy in training are learning just how inter-generational models of inclusion and formation may be developed in a variety of contexts. In our own school, as Chaplain to the whole community, I believe there is much potential to develop what happens naturally.
I include some key points about the critical place of the family, and parents in particular, in the faith development of children and young people. John’s work can be found at: www.formedfaith.org.
What is the place and role of Parental Influence?
Studies have shown that the faith development of children and young people is most influenced by and through Family Religious Transmission:
Further, faith development of children and young people is most likely through Family Practices that Make a Difference:
God of young and old, short and tall, of all colours and shapes and sizes,
Gather us in your tended, loving arms in order to calm our spirits and enliven our hearts for reaching out, as you do, to others.
May we recognise our influence within the faith development of others, especially young people and especially children in our care.
Lead us ever forward, Great Spirit of Truth, into a world where we have each played our part in the justice and nourishment of all.
Through Your Son’s name,
With every blessing on you and your week ahead,
The Reverend Canon Nicki Colledge
Year 9 boarders submitted their forms this week for the St Margaret’s Global Exchange Program. Despite feeling a tad jealous for the exciting travel opportunities, I loved reading the girls’ responses. I was reminded of the enormous courage it takes for a young person to conjure up even the idea of leaving home, joining another school or making new friends. This enriching initiative offers so much for the girls who are selected to participate. As a bonus, our Year 10 boarders also benefit from the Global Exchange Program as they get to meet girls from other countries during their stay with us. Currently, we have Adelaide Roper from New Zealand boarding with her exchange partner, Margot Behrend. We are delighted to have them living alongside each other and I asked the girls to provide some feedback about their experiences so far.
For my exchange last term, I attended Nga Tawa school in New Zealand which is in a small town on the North Island called Marton. The main differences between the schools is Nga Tawa was much greener and they have horses that wander the grounds. There were part-time boarders who might only be in boarding for two nights a week and they have lots more animals at their school! One of my main highlights was seeing snow and building a snow man. This exchange has helped build my confidence with making friends quickly and being able to get along with new teachers. Advice I would give to younger girls is to apply for exchange even if you don’t think you’ll get it - you might surprise yourself! You’ll regret not applying when everyone else is going on exchange and you’ll only wish you were a part of it.
What I loved when I first started at St Margaret’s was how everyone was so welcoming when I got here. It was quick for me to settle in because all the boarders helped me find my way around and they were all so friendly - I could go up to anyone of the girls and hold a friendly conversation with them. My highlight while being here has been the weekend that just passed. I went to Margot’s house in Goondiwindi. We did a trail bike ride at North Star which was a new thing for me. I live on a Dairy Farm in South Tarinaki so I am used to riding motor bikes, but not for 40kms! It was a lot of fun and camping was a real highlight. Benefits for me doing this exchange is that I know my confidence and self-esteem will grow. I will develop independent opinions, make informed decisions and strive to attain fresh goals. I feel like my confidence has already grown and I have only been here for one week. The biggest differences between St Margaret’s and my school is St Margaret’s is a lot bigger, there are more people and it is easier to get lost. The most important thing which I will get out of this exchange is that I will make new friends and do different school work. I will also be seeing new places and experiencing a different boarding style. Having this new adventure is already great!
Years 11 and 12 Subject Selection Evening
Subject Selection Evening for Year 10 students selecting subjects for Year 11 and 12 is on this Monday night, 6 August, from 6:30 – 8:30pm. Information provided on this night will inform your daughter’s final subject selections which will be required by Monday 13 August.
The following provides an overview of the evening:
6:30pm: Presentation in The Loft about the Subject Selection Process and New QCE system
7:15pm: New Subject Information (Optional) in The Loft
7:15 - 8:30pm: Tertiary and Subject Displays in Avoca and Year 7 classrooms
This week, we recognised the Semester 1 achievements of our Years 10 to 12 students at our Academic Assembly. At this assembly, I spoke about the significance of our mindset when it comes to the way we think about our achievement and learning. Carol Dweck (2017) has written numerous pieces about this topic and says that, ‘You have a choice about the way you think. Mindsets are just beliefs. They’re powerful beliefs, but they’re just something in your mind, and you can change your mind”. I challenged the girls to think about their mindset in my address, which I’ll share with you here:
There is no doubt that each one of you felt a sense of pride and accomplishment about something on your Semester 1 report – maybe it was a result you were working towards or a positive piece of feedback from a teacher. For that success, I would like to congratulate each and every one of you. What I am also interested in though, is what you thought when you saw something on that report that you weren’t expecting, something that surprised you or even disappointed you.
What was your reaction? Did you think: Well I can’t really change that very much, I’m not very good at that subject, everyone else is better than me.
Or did you think: I can work on that, I can study harder, or even, I’m studying hard but I need to ask my teacher or find out how to improve.
I would like to encourage all of you to think like the later response and then confront the challenge of how you are going to follow-through … talk to your teacher, set some new goals, talk to your academic advisor.
These two different ways of thinking are the answer to what makes someone smart or just smarter than someone else. This morning, we may be tempted to think that the girls receiving an academic award are just naturally smart – that they have never struggled to learn something, never failed or had to spend late nights studying. But this isn’t the truth – it would be a very rare experience to be able to arrange your study so that every result was easily achieved and perfect. Being smarter can be as simple as changing the way you think to achieve something you really want.
So, in Semester 2 don’t let a bad result or a difficult lesson or even the feeling of having lots of work to do stand in the way of your ability to grow and become smarter. Stretch yourself and stick to it.
To be eligible for the awards presented at the Academic assembly, the following criteria was met by each student
Congratulations to the following girls who were awarded an Academic Pocket and/or Progress Awards:
Isobel Barry - Academic Pocket
Eva Campbell - Academic Pocket
Lucia Capelli - Progress Certificate
Leilani Chia - Academic Pocket
Sophia Colledge - Academic Pocket
Cyrah Finlayson - Academic Pocket
Zali Fisher - Academic Pocket
Shanelle Flute - Academic Pocket
Gabrielle Geldard - Progress Certificate
Sophie Leggett - Academic Pocket
Sarah Mitic - Academic Pocket
Alice O'Driscoll - Academic Pocket
Emily Pitt - Academic Pocket
Amelia Simpson - Academic Pocket
Tamika Tran - Academic Pocket
Isabel Vittone-Taylor - Academic Pocket
Harriet Warby - Academic Pocket
Kelsey Booth - Academic Pocket
Sophie Cosgrove - Academic Pocket
Mia Fahrensohn - Progress Certificate
Elizabeth Fowler - Academic Pocket
Emma House - Progress Certificate
Ella Leavey - Academic Pocket
Ziyi (Yannies) Ma - Progress Certificate
Hilary McKie - Academic Pocket
Samantha Morgan - Academic Pocket
Megan Roxburgh - Academic Pocket
Orika Tsukamoto - Progress Certificate
Chisaki Warita - Academic Pocket and Progress Certificate
Yingying Wu - Progress Certificate
Yunxi (Airy) Zhang - Progress Certificate
Yuchen (Rachel) Zhu - Progress Certificate
Meg Armstrong - Academic Pocket and Progress Certificate
Lillith Bartlett - Academic Pocket
Charlotte Caro - Academic Pocket and Progress Certificate
Lara Crouch - Academic Pocket and Progress Certificate
Georgia Curr - Progress Certificate
Lara Doyle - Progress Certificate
Laura Gatenby - Academic Pocket
Andrea Gilligan - Progress Certificate
Elizabeth Gooden - Progress Certificate
Kealey Griffiths - Academic Pocket
Paris Hall - Academic Pocket
Isabel Haqqani - Academic Pocket and Progress Certificate
Jiangwan (Serina) He - Academic Pocket
Yi Tung (Selina) Kwok - Academic Pocket
Yang (Tracy) Li - Academic Pocket
Natasha Licina - Academic Pocket
Xanthe Lowe-Brown - Academic Pocket
Hannah O'Brien - Academic Pocket
Rhiannon Revell-Blair - Progress Certificate
Gabriella Reynolds Campbell - Academic Pocket and Progress Certificate
Emma Roberts - Progress Certificate
Jade Robertson - Progress Certificate
Jasmine Rodrigues - Progress Certificate
Sophie Ryan - Progress Certificate
Isabella Spooner - Progress Certificate
Georgia Sprague - Academic Pocket
Yuxi (Chloe) Su - Academic Pocket
Madeline Thornton - Academic Pocket
Amy Tran - Academic Pocket
Annabelle Wagner - Progress Certificate
Genevieve Whitehead - Progress Certificate
Yan Wah (Scarlett) Wong - Academic Pocket
Xinyi (Kathleen) Yu - Academic Pocket and Progress Certificate
Ziyao (Yuna) Yu - Progress Certificate
Olivia Zappala - Academic Pocket
Many of our students are not only busy with school work and assessment, but also participate in a variety of extra-curricular activities in and out of school. Trying to balance our commitments as adults sometimes can be difficult; however, we have had the life and learning experiences that have taught us how to balance our commitments and be organised. It is important to assist your daughters to continue to balance commitments and help her realise that as demands increase we need to be mindful of not trying to fit too much in.
All students are able to access the Semester 2 assessment calendars through the Year Level page on The POD. I have encouraged all girls to ensure they have saved or printed their Assessment Calender to ensure they are aware of their assessment commitments for the rest of the year. It is important to note that due to the Continuous Reporting Process, assessment is held in the last weeks of school and all girls are required to attend school until the last day to complete all assessment. As parents you will also be able to view all assessment due dates in Parent Lounge through the Continuous Reporting area after the 13 August.
2019 Curriculum Handbooks and Subject Selection
A reminder, all year level curriculum handbooks for 2018 are available for download on the web. These can be accessed by clicking the ‘Learning’ tab and selecting ‘Secondary’ and the links are at the bottom of the page. Please take the time to look at the courses of study for your daughter next year as there has been some changes to the organisation of the curriculum.
Students in Year 7 will be asked, in the coming weeks, to decide which 2 Arts subjects they would like to continue to study in 2019. They will choose 2 from either Music, Drama or Visual Art. The Years 8 and 10 girls will be making some bigger decisions about their course of study, and they have been spoken to by the Heads of Faculty about the subjects on offer and the opportunity to attend the Subject Selection Evening next Monday (more information about this is below). Current Year 9 students will continue with their subjects from this year; however, they will be making a decision regarding Maths and selecting either to do 10.1 or 10.2. The Maths Department has been speaking to them and more information will be sent home to parents of Year 9 about this choice.
The Subject Selection Evening for current Years 8 and 10 parents and students is being held on Monday 6 August. This event will incorporate a Subject Expo where parents and students can speak with staff about subject offerings, as well as a Tertiary Pathways Display. An invitation has been emailed home this week with details of times for this evening. Jo Butterworth and I look forward to speaking to you all on this night and to assist along with teaching staff with your daughter’s subject decisions.
Opportunities to be involved at school and help the wider community
The significance of becoming involved in one's own community and recognising the needs of others in the wider community cannot be underestimated. Education is about much more than committing to academic achievement; education is about developing an awareness of the world around us and how individually we can connect with that world to sustain wellbeing for all. St Margaret’s prefects have a number of initiatives underway this term and are seeking support from the Secondary students.
The Ponytail Project
St Margaret’s Ponytail Project was so successful, that in fact, the Cancer Council approached our school to extend our idea even further. The Cancer Council have now set a challenge to all schools across Queensland to take part in this challenge. We will continue this campaign as an annual event and hope that other schools will get on board with this important fundraising event.
This term, St Margaret’s students will continue to fundraise for both the Cancer Council and the Minotti Family. Amanda Minotti was a beloved Old Girl and teacher of the School who battled cancer. This year's Ponytail Project will raise funds for both Amanda's family and the Cancer Council's ongoing research. The hair is being donated to Real Fringe Hair Bands. The Ponytail Project will be held on Tuesday 28 August. Will you help St Margaret’s girls make a difference? Please click here to donate.
As we are all aware, St Margaret’s is a school steeped in history and tradition evolving from its inception in 1895. Traditionally at the end of the first week in Term 3, St Margaret’s Day is celebrated as a reminder of the School’s history. This year, the focus was on the sporting history of the school which set the foundation for the future and the new sporting precinct being built next year. The day concluded with the St Margaret’s Run, which has been part of the School’s history for the past twenty years. Congratulations to Kate Greenwood and Milla Roberts who won their age sections of the Run.
Last Thursday, the Primary school continued the sporting history of the school by competing in the Andrews Cup netball competition. Netball was introduced to St Margaret’s in 1908 and our involvement in the Andrews Cup competition began 80 years ago when the competition for primary girls was established. Each of the teams trained hard in preparation for the competition with C grade achieving the highest result, finishing 2nd. Junior A and B grades achieved 4th and 5th place.
Thank you to Katie Bryant, Deanna Lawliss and Karen Andrews-Close for coaching, Morgan Rowe for her organisation and Gayle Coutts for helping with preparation and training for Andrews Cup netball. Many of these girls are members of the Downey Park teams who compete each week, playing for St Margaret’s.
At various times throughout our School’s existence, tradition has been enhanced to bring clarification and significance to current times. These include the identification of our school values and more recently the introduction of The St Margaret’s Way. Each of these components articulates for members of the school community what to value and how to act with self and others. The way the students wear their school uniform is reflective of our values and The St Margaret’s Way. By wearing the school uniform correctly, a student is living the school value of respect, as she shows respect for her school and its history. The St Margaret’s Way identifies ‘alignment and accountability’ for all members of the school community, but for students it is overtly demonstrated by the correct wearing of the uniform.
As staff, we have recently noticed some students not wearing their uniform correctly. Listed below are some of the rules in relation to breaches we have noticed. More rules are listed on page 42 of the Primary Parent Handbook for students and parents seeking further clarification.
The St Margaret’s school uniform is the symbol of our school and history and it is noticed not just by the staff at school but also by the wider community when girls wear it beyond the gate. For students enrolling in our school it is often commented upon and identified as a positive for the school. When students are seen in their uniform in the community, comments will be made about the way in which they wear their uniform. I ask that girls wear their uniform correctly at all times so that we do receive positive feedback from staff and the community about the way in which a uniform is worn. I know in the future, as Old Girls, the girls will see the next generation of St Margaret’s students and remember they always wore their uniform properly and with pride. I thank families who support their daughter in wearing her uniform correctly and the girls for being responsible by wearing their uniform correctly and proudly as they uphold the School’s tradition and values.
Date and Event
Thursday 2 August: Debate/Public speaking with St Aidan’s at St Margaret’s, 4-5pm
Friday 3 August: Free Dress Day
Friday 10 August: Primary Interhouse Athletics and Ballgames Carnival
Tuesday 14 August: Classics in the Cathedral
Wednesday 15 August: RNA Exhibition Holiday
Thursday 30 August: Book Character Parade
Friday 31 August: Years 5 and 6 Arts Spectacular
This week, we received the results of the 2018 Science International Competitions and Assessment for schools. Congratulations to the following girls who received Distinctions:
Yun (Mona) Lin
We would like to acknowledge the following girls who have read 2 million and 3 million words so far this year:
2 Million Words
3 Million Words
Assistant Head of Primary
Congratulations once again to all students and staff who were involved in last week’s Strings Celebration Concert. Here are some photos from the event!
The St Margaret’s Community Choir commenced rehearsals last week. This is always a fantastic way of connecting with the broader St Margaret’s community. This year, the Community Choir will again participate in our annual Classics in the Cathedral concert held in St John’s Cathedral singing Karl Jenkin’s Benedictus, and will also perform at the whole of school Choral Concert held in Eton Hall at the end of Term 3. There is no need to register in advance for the choir - just come along to rehearsal this week in the Arts Centre Foyer, 6-7pm. If you were not able to make the first rehearsal, you are still more than welcome to attend. Please find attached a letter (PDF 217.5KB) with further details, and feel free to advertise the choir to family and friends!
Classics in the Cathedral
The St Margaret’s Music Department is very excited to again present our annual Classics in the Cathedral concert. Classics in the Cathedral will be held this year on Tuesday 14 August in St John’s Anglican Cathedral at 7pm. This is a spectacular evening of beautiful music, performed within the stunning setting of St John’s Cathedral and is one of the St Margaret’s Music Department’s very special music events. Tickets are $25 for adults (no cost for students/children). Tickets may be purchased through Flexischools or at the door. A letter with further information has been distributed to students and is available here (PDF 293KB).
Music Support Group
The next Music Support Group meeting will be held on 4 September 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 St Margaret's Winter fixture teams put up a great fight against Moreton Bay College last weekend. Congratulations must go to the Year 10 Volleyball team who remain the only undefeated team across all sports, winning their game 2 sets to 1. The Open Volleyball team had their first win of the season, as did the Senior B Tennis team. Also winning their matches were the Senior A, Senior C, 10A and 7C netballers. The Junior Hockey girls showed great team work and skill last week and whilst the scoreboard was not positive, all girls should be very proud of how they played.
This weekend, games will be against St Peters Lutheran College at their home venues. The weekly schedule for Round 3 is available via the Secondary POD page or by clicking here (PDF 252.6KB). Transport to and from venues is available to all girls. Day girls are asked to register online via the link found on their individual sport pages via the POD.
Vicki Wilson Cup
The St Margaret’s Vicki Wilson Cup campaign started on Monday 30 July, with an outstanding win 59-18 over North Lakes State College. Well done to all team members and coaching staff! The schedule for the next two round games are found below:
Tuesday 7 August v Genesis Christian College at Bray Park
Monday 13 August v Mt Alvernia at Kedron
Netballers learning from the best
Over the season, both our club and QGSSSA teams have been experiencing coaching from Hall of Fame Netballer, former assistant Silver Ferns coach and now the national Fijian team coach, Vicki Wilson. Vicki has been a part of St Margaret’s Netball for over a decade imparting her knowledge and expertise on scores of St Margaret’s netballers. This is a highlight of our Netball program and one in which all girls benefit from as we aim to provide exceptional sporting programs for our girls.
QGSSSA Rhythmic Gymnastics
Forty students will compete at the Rhythmic Gymnastics Warm-up Competition on Friday 3 August at Moreton Bay College in the lead up to the QGSSSA competition to be held on Friday 10 August. This is a sport that requires artistic flair, strength and poise to be successful and we wish all girls the very best for the competition.
The St Margaret’s Athletics training squad will be participating in internal trials throughout Week 4 and will compete in the University of Queensland Super Six Athletics Meets every Friday night, commencing on 10 August. The Competition meets are vital to the squad’s preparation for the QGSSSA Competition on Monday 15 October, where St Margaret’s is looking to better their performance from last year and become contenders in the quest for the Percentage Cup. The dates for each warm-up Athletics Meet is found below:
For further information on the trials and warm-up meets, download the Athletics Newsletter from the Athletics POD page.
Alice O’Driscoll for being selected in the 13-15 Years Metropolitan North Team who will be competing at the State Championships on the Gold Coast from Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 August.
Isabelle Simpson for being selected in the 10-19 Years Metropolitan North Golf team competing at the State Championships this week in Kingaroy.
Please join us for morning tea and hear how one man’s journey has changed the lives of Indigenous children and generations to follow.
Date: Monday 6 August 2018
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Venue: 95 Oriel Road, Ascot Qld 4007
RSVP: by Thursday 2 August to Miranda Dunning: email@example.com or 0419 708 250
Please click here (PDF 570.8KB) for further information.
Six of our talented Speech and Drama students are participating in an exciting performance to celebrate the beauty and importance of children’s story and picture books on Sunday 12 August.
Coordinated by the Communication, Speech and Performance Teachers’ Inc., the event will feature the works of authors and illustrators who have either won or been nominated for the annual Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards and will include books by Bob Graham, Ruth Park, Colin Thompson, Amy Lissant, Pamela Allen, Margaret Wild, Noela Young, Norman Jorgenen and Mem Fox among many other acclaimed Australian children’s authors and illustrators.
As part of the performance, Year 8 students: Kate Bloomfield, Ella Gouldthorp, Verity House and Claire Pitt and Year 9 students: Chloe Fenwicke and Priscilla Russell will bring to life a heart-warming story about an aging, ailing dog called “Toby” by Margaret Wild.
The performance is being held at 3pm on Sunday 12 August at the Iona Performing Arts Centre, 85 North Road, Lindum. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online via the CSPT Inc. website: https://csptinc.org.au/
Come along and enjoy a wonderful afternoon of storytelling!
Friendships at school are very often those that last a lifetime and it would be fair to say that the St Margaret’s Reunion Weekend provides a unique opportunity for past students to reconnect with one another.
Across the weekend we welcomed a record number of more than 500 past students back to St Margaret’s to celebrate milestone reunions and to join us for Old Girls’ Day. The Reunion Weekend celebrations commenced on Friday evening with our 10, 20 and 30 Year groups, while those celebrating their 40, 50 and 60 Year Reunions joined us for lunch and tours on Saturday. The Old Girls’ Day Chapel Service and Morning Tea was held on Sunday, and our final function, the VIP 60+ Reunion Luncheon on Monday this week.
The past student community engenders a sense of belonging and support that extends well beyond the school gates; and this was evident across the weekend as many past students reconnected and shared fond memories of their time at school.
Of course, planning a weekend of celebrations for 500 past students is no easy feat, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who made it such a success.
Our faithful team of volunteers, Janice Moody (Biddulph ’56), Dawn Jones (Rees ’44), Suzette Purdy (’65), Anne Muggleton (Schmidhauser ’56), Sheena Dyason (’51), Beverley Fox and Trish Barlow played a huge part in tracking down new email addresses and contact details of our past students.
In addition to the planning that takes place behind the scenes, there is also an army of staff that help create these beautiful functions. From boarding student volunteers, to Scott Johnson and his Catering staff, to our brilliant Facilities team who assist with the set up and dismantle; not to mention Alimony Murray (Front of House), Kari Coombes (Functions Coordinator), Peter White (IT), Wendy Johnston (Giddens ’79) and her marketing team and last but not least, the wonderful Bronwyn Perry (Thorley ’68) for her brilliant PowerPoint presentations.
We are also very grateful of the leadership and enthusiasm of the Reunion Coordinators:
Class of 2008 - 10 Year: Janet Keki, Charlotte Bondfield, Jess Brodie
Class of 1998 - 20 Year: Penelope Barsha (Gibson), Emma Muirhead (Burnham), Anna Dakin (Robertson)
Class of 1988 - 30 Year: Antonia North, Angela Tracey (Wright)
Class of 1978 - 40 Year: Jan Callanan (White)
Class of 1968 - 50 Year: Libby Black (Stanley), Jacky Garnsworthy (Roebuck), Sandra Whybird (Shields)
Class of 1958 - 60 Year: Janice Kazakoff (Seipel), Sandra Griffiths (Cook)
It never ceases to amaze me how caring and kind the past students are; particularly our very special VIP 60+ Reunion group. It is such a privilege to be able to sit with these women, hear their stories and connect with their overwhelming sense of gratitude of what life has taught them since receiving their education at St Margaret’s.
I also had some wonderful conversations with past students who are investing in the future of our current girls through supporting scholarships. Philanthropic donations have provided scholarship support for students in need, to access and obtain a St Margaret’s education.
I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank those who made a donation to support scholarships and bursaries, when registering to attend their reunion event.
2018 St Margaret’s Race Day Raffle
Our first prize in the ever-popular St Margaret’s Race Day Raffle is a wonderful piece from PandaPearls, the iconic jewellers in the inner northern suburbs of Brisbane.
PandaPearls have generously donated a stunning 9ct rose or yellow gold handcrafted Australian made pearl ring in gallery setting and scrolled design with a 14mm South Sea Mabe Pearl surrounded in 25 white SI diamonds. In addition, a stunning pair of South Sea earrings on rose or yellow gold and a $500 personal champagne shopping experience to put towards a bespoke PandaPearls strand to suit you perfectly.
To buy tickets, please click here.
Professional Women’s Network
Guest Speaker: Alison Quinn, CEO, RetireAustralia - SOLD OUT!
When: Thursday 23 August 2018 (Breakfast)
Where: Arts Centre Foyer
SAVE THE DATE – Tickets on sale soon
Guest Speaker: Linda Richards, Deputy Director (Research), Queensland Brain Institute and President, Australasian Neuroscience Society
When: Thursday 18 October 2018, 5:30pm – 7:30pm (Cocktail)
Where: Price Waterhouse Coopers, Brisbane CBD
Tickets: Corporate dry bar $800 (for 10 people), $60 adult and $40 students (Years 10-12/tertiary)
USQ - Early Round Scholarships
The USQ Year 12 Early Round Scholarships are now open! Senior leaders can apply for the Future Community Leader Scholarship, awarded for community leadership or involvement, and the Vice Chancellor's Scholarship, awarded for academic excellence. There are 50 scholarships available and applications close 31 August 2018.
QUT - Creative industries events
Students interested in pursuing a creative career are invited to free panel discussions on 24 and 29 July, and hands-on experience days on Sundays during August. Students seeking entry to specific courses with portfolio, audition or interview requirements can attend an information session on 5 August.
The University of Queensland
UQ: Extension - Application for Music auditions to 8 August
Please note that the application deadline for Bachelor of Music (Honours) auditions has been extended. Applicants wishing to audition for the program will be required to have all documentation submitted by no later than Wednesday 8 August. This is a revision from the application date printed in the QTAC guide.
UQ: Engineering and Computing Careers Evening
Do you want an exciting, fast-paced career with qualifications that enable you to work around the world, as well as the skills to solve both local and global challenges? Find out how you can have all this and more with a career in Engineering or Computing.
Date: Thursday 23 August
Time: 6- 8pm
Venue: GHD Auditorium 200, Advanced Engineering Building (#49)
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.
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.
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.
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 opened 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:
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.
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 that 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 you 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:
(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.
Bond University Scholarships for Australian students
Scholarship applications for Year 12 Australian students opened on 1 June 2018. View each of the scholarships below to find out more about each, 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.
Program details: QLD OP: 6 and 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 to be held on Sunday 19 August 2018.
University Open Days:
9 August 2018 (Thursday) Brisbane Open Day, 3pm-6pm
11 August (Saturday) Bundaberg and Mackay
Griffith University (GRIFFITH)
12 August 2018, Open Day Gold Coast, Nathan and South Bank Campuses
James Cook University (JCU)
19 August 2018 (Sunday) Townsville Campus
26 August 2018 (Sunday) Cairns Campus
The University of Queensland (UQ)
St Lucia campus - Sunday 5 August, 9am-3pm
Gatton campus - Sunday 19 August, 9am-3pm
University of Southern Queensland (USQ)
USQ Toowoomba - Sunday 19 August
USQ Ipswich - Saturday 1 September
USQ Springfield - Friday 7 September
University of the Sunshine Coast (USC)
Caboolture - Sunday 5 August
Friday 20 July
Griffith University - Scholarship applications opened griffith.edu.au/scholarships
Wednesday 1 August
UAC (NSW Tertiary) Applications opened
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
VTAC (Victorian Tertiary) Applications open
Close of timely applications: Thursday 27 September
Close of Scholarship applications: Friday 12 October
Sunday 19 August
UQ Pharmacy Experience Day, 9:30am-1pm
Friday 28 September
UNE Closing date for Early Entry applications
Monday 17 December
OP Advice Night UQ Centre, St Lucia campus, 4pm-7pm
Tuesday 18 December
QUT Real Decisions, Gardens Point campus
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