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In 2015, St Margaret’s opened a residential college for undergraduate and post-graduate women with a capacity for enrolments of 25 female university students. Durack College (formally St Margaret’s College) is distinguished by its size and Student Success Program, which incorporates a personalised female mentoring and education program for emerging talent, a social responsibility program and opportunities for employment.
The fact that St Margaret’s school can provide a number of employment opportunities to the residents of the College is very significant; students living at the College may not be on the campus of their university studies, but they are right next door to their place of work. Currently 88% of the College students are employed in the school as tutors, supervisors in the library, assistants in the boarding house, baristas in M’s Café and clerical assistants. Durack College is rapidly developing a reputation for academic excellence; this is reflected in the high GPAs earned by students. In fact, students serious about study, should seriously consider Durack College with its supportive environment.
The three word tag line of the College is ‘Scholarship; Community; Opportunity’. These three words reflect well the support we provide these young women in their tertiary studies. With a beautiful outlook over the city of Brisbane from the two residential wings, St Raphael (which has 7 rooms) and Clewer (which has 18 rooms), Durack College is a unique tertiary residence for young women. The rooms are quite large, air-conditioned, have a sink, small refrigerator and 15 of the rooms have verandas/windows facing the city.
Mrs Meryl Wheaton is our College Director and the college is currently processing applications for 2019. Word of mouth is an important form of advertising for us and, if you know of a student from any rural or coastal region or internationally who is looking for a safe and nurturing transition from school to the first year of university in Brisbane, please let them know Durack College is in the process of enrolling for 2019; students can be first to fourth year students, or even those engaging in post-graduate studies. Should you or a friend wish to find out more information about the application process, please contact Meryl Wheaton on firstname.lastname@example.org. Further information may also be found and applications made online via the website: www.durackcollege.com.au.
Should you wish to support the students who are participating in the Ponytail Project (cutting off between 20cm – 35cm of their hair) in support of the Cancer Council Queensland and the Amanda Minotti Trust here is the link: https://ponytailproject.everydayhero.com/au/st-margaret-s-anglican-school. So far, there are about 90 students registered for this fundraising initiative and significant funds are being raised – all for a good cause.
In the next few weeks I will be having many meetings with students about their subject selections. I am looking forward to getting to know your daughters better, what they enjoy doing at school and what their academic goals are. There may be some students who are on a waitlist for subjects; I will be sure to let those students know. Understandably there will be a few students who change their mind or with more conversations with teachers find that they should choose some different subjects. This means that there is often movement in and out of subjects and on and off waitlists.
Once this process is finalised (this takes a few weeks), I will be sending a memo to each girl in Years 8-11 detailing the subjects they are enrolled in for 2019. If they have any queries or changes they would like to make, I urge them to come and see me to make these changes. Again, if subjects are full, I can place them on a waitlist and they will be notified as soon as a position becomes available in that class.
I have had a few students concerned that they are yet undecided on what they want to do after school and so have worried whether they are choosing the correct subjects or not. My response to that is – please don’t worry! It is important to choose subjects that you like or that you are good at.
It is also important to aim high. I enjoy sitting down with students, looking at their current GPA and helping them set some academic goals.
Most subjects at university have a prerequisite of English, and of course we have that covered in the timetable for each year level. Some specialist courses might also have other prerequisites required for entry, for example a particular science or music/art if heading into these specialist areas.
I encourage students to make an appointment to see Ms Johnston to find out this information if it applies to them. Their classroom teachers and Heads of Faculty are also on hand to answer any questions about subjects for 2019.
Archbishop’s Drought Appeal and Bush Ministry Fund Donation!
At Assembly on Tuesday, Bishop Cameron Venables, Bishop of the Western Region of the Anglican Church of Southern Queensland, visited St Margaret’s to speak about the work of the Bush Ministry Fund and to receive our donations for BMF plus our contribution to the Archbishop’s Drought Appeal.
Each year we celebrate Family Services – Primary, Years 7/8, Years 9/10 and Years 11/12. These are valuable chances to gather as a family to celebrate the school community and to share in a liturgy of light and life through the sacrament of bread and wine and blessings. At these Family Services, a ‘retiring collection’ is always held for the Bush Ministry Fund. These monies were passed on to Bishop Cameron on Tuesday and we look forward to hearing news about its use and distribution to assist families in remote and troubled areas.
We continue to pray for all those affected by drought and hardship. May life-giving rain come soon.
Our Sacristans Andrea Gilligan, Olivia Zappala and Isobel Waugh presented the cheques to Bishop Cameron Venables.
Dadirri Prayer Spaces – Monday 27 August – Friday 7 September
Come along! Any time of day. If the Chapel is open, you are welcome. More details next week.
Sunday 26 August, Messy Church at St John’s Cathedral, 2-4pm
Dadirri Prayer Space, Monday 27 August – Friday 7 September
Friday 31 August, P-3 Chapel, 2:15pm, all are welcome!
Monday 3 September, Year 12 RVE Master Class (10:50am-12:20pm) and Chapel (12:20-1pm)
Sunday 16 September, Young Families Service, 9am
Sunday 14 October, PET BLESSING at 9am, Barley Sugar Garden
Prayer for the Week – from the Archbishop Phillip Aspinall:
God our heavenly Father
through your Son you promised
to those seeking first your kingdom
and your righteousness
all things necessary for bodily welfare:
send us, we pray, in this time of need,
rain to water the earth,
that we may receive its produce
to strengthen and sustain us
and always praise you for your bounty;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
With every blessing on you and your week ahead,
The Reverend Canon Nicki Colledge
A boarding community has the potential to transform a young person’s life and, in turn, transform a society in which they will live and work. For the Boarders at St Margaret’s, the fundamental needs of the girls remain the same, and understanding and meeting them requires consistent levels of sound judgement and dedication from those who work in Boarding. The girls consistently need help to transform them into young women who will go out into the world and achieve their goals.
The Boarding staff have a huge job and they play an important role in preparing Boarders for life after school. Boarding staff are in a profession that can be all consuming as they work closely with those entrusted in their care. Boarding staff help the girls make good choices around the risks that they face. This does not happen by accident, but is based on the values and principles of the School and Boarding.
While an academic education is important, the work that goes on in the Boarding House extends to understanding physical, emotional, cultural, moral, social and the spiritual needs of each individual girl. At St Margaret’s, the happy and caring environment that exists is a result of the dedication of our Boarding Staff. They provide the girls with a ‘home away from home’ where they are able to thrive, take control and strive to fulfil their potential.
In Boarding at St Margaret’s, we are indeed blessed with dedicated staff who go above and beyond in all areas of the girls’ lives to ensure that best possible outcome for each individual.
Year 12 QCS Test
Each year, Year 12 students all around Queensland sit a common state-wide test called the Queensland Core Skills (QCS) Test. This year, on Tuesday 4 September and Wednesday 5 September, the test will be conducted. The test contributes information for the calculation of Overall Positions (OPs) and Field Positions (FPs), which are used to select students for tertiary entrance. A student's individual QCS Test result is not used on its own in the calculation of their OP - instead, group results are used as part of the statistical scaling processes. Throughout the last 12 months of our preparation, the girls have been focussed on this single goal of doing the best that they can to raise the performance of the group.
The QCS Test does not test particular knowledge of specific Year 12 subjects. It tests the Common Curriculum Elements (CCEs), which are a set of generic skills identified across the Queensland syllabuses. Our preparation has focussed on becoming familiar with the format of the tests and the types and styles of questions being asked. I congratulate the girls on their determination to improve their understanding of the CCEs, commitment to the weekly practice and positive approach to learning. They are ready for any question thrown at them!
The schedule of events for Monday 3 September to Wednesday 5 September include:
Monday 3 September
Tuesday 4 September
Wednesday 5 September
Thank you to all Year 12 parents for your contributions to lunch and support of the girls through this important time. Thank you also to Ms Matheson and the girls for the wonderful idea of bringing dogs in during lunch time on Tuesday. It will also be important that your daughters are well rested for the two days of testing, so please encourage them to have a good sleep the night before. And finally, the girls are able to wear the Senior jersey with their Middy on both days of the QCS Test.
Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the Australian Council of Education Research Conference in Sydney. At this conference I listened to contemporary educational researchers discuss topics ranging from the intensification of the roles of schools, the changing narrative of achievement and progress and the growing importance of social skills in the labour market. However, like most conferences it is around the coffee table that the best learning happens.
One of these learnings occurred for me when I happened upon a student from a local Sydney school who was helping at the conference. So many times, we hear in the media that the youth of today are a problem. They are depressed, entitled, lazy and technology obsessed. However, the conversation I had with this girl echoed the conversations I have been having with our students. It was a conversation about learning and discovering who they are with the help of their parents, teachers and friends. She quoted John Dewey saying her approach to her studies has not been about her school education being preparation for her life, but she sees education as life itself. Our conversation following this was about valuing the choices and intelligence of all the girls at her school and how she sees the competition of education as a real issue. I felt I needed to give her some advice as a teacher. My advice or maybe it was a plea: I told her that she is someone I would love to have in the field of educating young women.
Every day it is inspiring to work with our girls as they work towards their semester goals. The girls certainly are developing a greater sense of themselves as learners and realising they are not just the sum of their results. As mentioned previously, I have read the book “Beautiful Failures” by Lucy Clark. As I read this book I was challenged as an educator to think about the process and practices that I take part in everyday and how my behaviours and words shape those students around me. I thought I would share a quote from Lucy Clark’s book that has not only challenged me as a teacher but also a parent.
“We have all put our shoulders to the wheel of the idea that all children can be academically brilliant or have the capacity to be brilliant in that way if they work hard enough or have their natural brilliance drawn out by wondrous teachers. In doing so we have come to a kind of snobbery about less academic choices, as though it is a sin, a vote of no confidence, to believe a child is suited to a non-academic vocation. Or that a child might be happily average.” (Clark 2016:225)
This reminds me that as John Dewey and a very eloquent teenager remarked: Education is not preparation for life, education is life itself. Or maybe as Plato noted all those years ago in “The Republic”:
“Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind. Do not then train youths by force and harshness, but direct them to it by what amuses their minds so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.”
School Uniform Expectations
One of our sources of greatest pride and recognition is the St Margaret’s uniform. The 'middy' and the panama are well-known in Brisbane and can be our best advertisement. I would like to take this opportunity to remind girls and parents of the expectations with respect to wearing of the uniform.
Middy: The middy should be clean, ironed and buttoned at the waist and laces tied. The collar should be secured with the School badge. The House badge is worn on the left side of the collar. The middy is to be worn at all assemblies, Chapel and Services, regardless of any HPE lessons that may occur prior to such events.
Blazers: Blazers can be worn in the cooler months and will be compulsory for students in Years 10 to 12 from 2019. When representing the school, students are required to wear the blazer in winter.
Sports Uniform: Students may only travel in their sports uniform if being transported by car directly from home to a sports practice before 7:30am or leaving a sports practice after 4:30pm to travel directly home by car. When training, students are expected to wear their correct training gear.
With the exception of HPE swimming lessons, when students should change into and out of swimming gear at the beginning and end of the lesson, girls are to change into their sports uniform in the break immediately before their HPE lesson and back into the middy in the break immediately following the HPE lesson. Brown leather shoes are to be worn to and from HPE lessons. Joggers should be worn during HPE lessons. It is not appropriate for girls to wear ‘bike pants’ around the campus at any time. The sports skirt or shorts are to be worn over the top of ‘bike pants’ unless participating in HPE or sport.
Tracksuits: Top and bottom can be worn separately. The tracksuit top can be worn with their sport uniform, but not with the middy. The tracksuit bottoms can also be worn with sport shirt and school jumper.
Panama: Students are to wear the panama to and from school and during morning tea and lunch. If a student is dressed in their middy in public (e.g. shopping centres) the panama must be worn. Panamas should be named, clean and in good condition. Students do not wear their panama after dark.
Shoes: Brown leather shoes and beige ankle socks (folded down) must be worn with the school uniform. Shoes must be fully on the foot, polished and laces done up. Joggers and beige socks are to be worn only when participating in a physical activity.
Hair: If a student’s hair falls below the collar it is to be tied back (in a ponytail or plait, no buns) with white, plain navy or plain brown ribbons. Navy blue satin headbands may be worn. Only small, plain brown or navy clips should be used. Students' hair must remain its natural colour. Hair should be brushed and tidy to enable the correct wearing of the panama.
Jewellery: Students may wear a watch; a small religious medal on a chain, as long as it is not visible under the school uniform; one pair of small, plain gold or silver studs or the school pearl earrings, one per earlobe, worn in the normal position on the lobe of the ear. Sleepers are not to be worn. No other visual piercings are permitted.
Sunglasses: Only St Margaret’s sunglasses are permitted to be worn with the school uniform.
Nail Polish and Make-up: It is not acceptable to wear nail polish or make-up with the school uniform.
Senior Jersey: Senior students may wear their jersey with their sports uniform and tracksuit pants at times when the wearing of the sports uniform is allowed. Only on QCS testing days, may students wear their jersey with the middy.
Free Dress Day: Students need to be sun-smart and respect the ethos of the School. No exposed shoulders, midriffs or low necklines. Hair is to be tied back for practical lessons. Footwear should be enclosed, flat-heeled shoes; no thongs. Clothing should be of a reasonable length for modesty and in good repair. Offensive logos or messages on clothing or ripped jeans are not appropriate. Students are permitted to wear their correct HPE uniform instead of free dress on these days and they are still expected to donate.
This week was significant in the life of all Primary Schools in Australia, as it was Book Week. Book Week was established in 1954 by the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) and presents annual awards to books of literary merit, for outstanding contribution to Australian children’s literature.
Each year, the Council identifies a theme as a focus of the celebrations. This year, the theme is “Find Your Treasure”. I think this is very appropriate regarding books, as books are hidden treasures. Between the pages of books, a reader can discover new places, both real and fantasy. Through the characters presented in books, the reader is offered an insight into the human psyche, their values and flaws, how friendships and relationships are built and lost. The reader learns to be a writer from the author, the structure of a story and how he/she builds the storyline, the construction of sentences and use of vocabulary. Each offers the reader new ways to write and understand. As a reader we know the list is endless and that is why, as the adults in a child’s life it is important we model and encourage reading. The diagram below highlights the value and importance of reading.
Many of the girls in Years 3-6 are certainly being Student “A” as they read each night and are finding their motivation through our Accelerated Reading Program (AR). In the Primary school, we have the following number of girls having read a million or more words:
4 million words – 1 girl
2 million words – 9 girls
1 million words – 27 girls
Congratulations to these girls, and I look forward to many more photos making it to the AR honour board in the library. I urge parents to encourage your daughter/s to read for 20 minutes per day, so they too can become Student “A”.
Next week, we unveil to the Primary School at Book Character Parade, our school tracking method and the number of words read in the school. This display will be accompanied by our cardboard sculpture of a Maggie’s girl who “adores AR.” Her name will also be revealed.
Alongside offering the students the AR program the teachers of Years 3-6 have been implementing novel study program. The focus of the program in Years 5 and 6 has been the exploration of a theme through the study of different novels. The novels being explored in Years 3 and 4 were selected as part of an author study of Roald Dahl. Through exploring the novels, the students are taught comprehension strategies that have the highest impact on student’s comprehension. The approach used by the teachers is to teach the strategy to the students and for the student to transfer the knowledge to independent application. This is done through the teacher’s gradual release of responsibility for strategy application to the student. Through lessons that focus on the strategies of visualising, making connections, asking questions, predicting and summarising, students develop a deep understanding of the text. A key feature of these strategy lessons is discussion which helps make the student thinking visible and takes ‘the silence out of reading’ (Kelley & Clausen-Grace, 2013 p.2). The development of the Years 3 and 4 program will not only support the students’ learning but is also being used as part of a research project conducted by the teachers and funded by Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ).
I look forward to celebrating Book Week with the girls, especially our conclusion next week with the Book Character Parade on Thursday.
Thursday 30 August: Book Character Parade, 9:15am
Friday 31 August: St Margaret’s Primary Breakfast, 7am
Friday 31 August: Years 5 and 6 Arts Spectacular, 6:30pm
Saturday 8 September: St Margaret’s Race Day
Sunday 16 September: Young Families’ Service, 9am
Tuesday 18 September: Choral Concert, 6:30pm
Classics in the Cathedral
Congratulations once again to all students and staff who were involved in last week’s Classics in the Cathedral. Here are some photos from the event!
Our annual whole of school Choral Concert is fast approaching. It is always a fun night filled with lots of dynamic performances from all choirs across the Primary and Secondary Schools. This year’s concert will be no exception with girls learning a wide variety of repertoire ranging from Broadway tunes to classical pieces to pop songs. Once again, our Year 2 students will perform with Encorah, and we will of course hear from the St Margaret’s Community Choir. The concert will be held on Tuesday evening 18 September in Eton Hall starting at 6:30pm with refreshments available for purchase in Eton Courtyard from 6pm. The cost is $5 for adults (no charge for students/children). Please click here (PDF 329.8KB) for a letter with more information.
Professional Women’s Network Breakfast
Thank you to the Sculthorpe String Quartet and Akari Komoto who performed at the Professional Women’s Network Breakfast. Everyone in attendance very much appreciated the girls’ contribution to this event.
Private Music Students’ Recital
The next Private Music Students’ Recital will be held next week on Tuesday 28 August at 3:30pm in the Arts Centre Foyer. All are welcome to attend.
Music Support Group
The next Music Support Group meeting will be held on 4 September at 5pm in the Primary Music Room (second floor of Chaseley). Parents from both the Primary and Secondary Schools are welcome to attend.
Head of the River
The BSRA Head of the River will be held on Saturday 1 September at Wyaralong Dam from 8am to 1pm. This is a great opportunity for all students and friends of St Margaret’s to come and support our rowers. A Supporter’s bus will be available for all students departing from St Margaret’s at 8am which will then travel to St Aidan’s to allow girls playing in the first round of winter fixtures the opportunity to attend this great event. The bus will then return to St Margaret’s at approximately 2:30pm.
When: Saturday 1 September
Where: Wyaralong Dam
Supporters Bus: Departs Butler Street at 8am, arrives at St Aidan’s to pick up girls from Winter Fixtures at 8:45am. Arrives at Wyaralong Dam at approx. 10-10:15am. Returns to St Margaret’s approximately 2:30pm.
All girls wishing to catch the Supporter’s bus must register online via the link supplied on the Secondary Sport POD page.
Our winter sports came up against strong competition in Ipswich Girls’ Grammar School on Saturday 18 August. Our tennis girls had their most successful round with five out of six teams winning. Whilst our Netball, Hockey and Volleyballers all recorded a 50% success rate. Special mention to the Year 10 Volleyball team that still remains undefeated and the Junior A Hockey team recording their second consecutive win, resulting in being granted the ‘Team of the Week’ award.
This Saturday sees us against our neighbours, Clayfield College at our home venues. The weekly schedule can be found via the Secondary Sport POD page or can be downloaded here (PDF 250.8KB).
The St Margaret’s Athletics squad competed in the second QGSSSA warm-up competition on Friday 17 August at the University of Queensland. There were many great performances during the evening, including Bella Donaldson (Year 11) and Chloe Fenwicke (Year 9) who posted blisteringly 400m times in their Swedish relays, Lara Jones (Year 10) who improved her long jump by 25cm as well as Gabrielle Geldard (Year 10) and Greta Kasprowicz (Year 9) who set personal bests in High Jump.
A major factor that leads to a successful Athletics program is the annual Athletics Camp. All squad members are invited to attend the camp from Thursday 20 to Saturday 22 September to enhance fitness and techniques. Places are still available to any interested squad members. Please contact Athletics Coordinator, Mr Smithers for further information.
Metropolitan North Athletics Trials
Good luck to the 23 Secondary girls who will represent St Margaret’s at the Metropolitan North Athletics trials on Thursday 30 and Friday 31 August at the University of Queensland Athletics Centre.
St Margaret’s will once again be competing in the Brisbane Water Polo Incorporated Junior 2018/19 Season and will be entering teams in the Under 13, Under 14, Under 15, Under 16 and Under 18 Year divisions. If your daughter is interested in joining the St Margaret’s Water Polo Club an ‘Information and Registration Letter’ is available by clicking here (PDF 356.9KB). If you are new to the sport and would like to see what it is all about, you are invited to join all girls in Years 6-11 at the ‘Come and Try’ session which will be held on Saturday 25 August. For details on this session, please click here (PDF 337.6KB).
Lucy Howard (Year 9) for being selected in the Under 15 Brisbane 1 Hockey team who will compete at the State Championships in the September School holidays.
Ignite the entrepreneurial spirit within! Parents and students are invited to attend our Entrepreneurial Evening to be held on Wednesday 29 August, 6pm in the Arts Centre Foyer. Hear three successful entrepreneurs share their stories, success and lessons from their failures. Drinks and nibbles will be provided.
Please RSVP to Mr Mathew Stein: email@example.com by Friday 24 August 2018. Please click here (PDF 844.2KB) for further information.
September 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 September School Holiday Program. Further details of the program can be found here (PDF 678.4KB). Boys and girls, siblings, friends and family welcome!
Bookings for the St Margaret’s OSHC September School Holiday Program opened on Monday 20 August. If you require care for the upcoming school holiday period, please return your booking form before 14 September 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 7am until 6pm 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.
More artworks around the school!
Friends of Mayo is thrilled to welcome some new artworks to the school. Ian Smith is an Australian artist with a long exhibiting career and works in many private and public collections, including the National Gallery, the Queensland Art Gallery and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. He has taught in Tertiary Art Schools for many years and completed numerous Residencies in Secondary Schools.
In pride of place in the Eunice Centre you will see a monumental triptych called ‘Does a Bridge Exist Down Below’ (1993), which has incredible impact adjacent to the fabulous views across the city. In the Arts Centre Foyer we’ve hung ‘Life Still – in a Brisbane Restaurant’ (2003) and ‘NOW’ (1996) - both large, colourful paintings which draw the viewer into each scene as one explores the story. In the Independent Learning Centre (ILC) we have hung ‘Gail Madgwick as the Bathurst Magistrate’ (2001) In this portrait Gail Madgwick is shown surrounded by relevant aspects of her life, including the Bathurst Courthouse. This work was chosen for St Margaret’s because Gail came from a rural background and went to Boarding School in Bathurst – her personal strength and professional success will motivate our own students who study in the ILC. Also hanging in the ILC is the beautiful painting called ‘Sandy Feet, Gymnast and Bathers’ (2015) which features positions gleaned by watching people over years and combined into a dynamic collage.
We are so grateful to Judith and Graham Bell for facilitating the loan of these works – it is an enormous privilege to be able to show these to our students. Ian Smith will follow up in a few weeks’ time with a presentation to senior students.
On the same day we took delivery of two additional paintings which belong to Xenia Madill and her brother Charles Dunlop (Xenia graduated from St Margaret’s in 1986). Coincidentally, one of them is ‘Dunlop Children Xenia and Charles with Dick the Dog’ by Ian Smith! The other is a beautiful abstract piece by New Zealand artist David Ryan called ‘Warburton Pond (Circle Clouds Touching)’ which is such a rich, painterly surface, it will hang in the Visual Art studio.
Please come and see the artworks when you have an opportunity!
ST MARGARET’S P&F ASSOCIATION
2018 St Margaret’s Race Day Raffle
You could win the Golden Hamper from Racecourse Road Dental and a Keri Craig Emporium pack!
The Golden Hamper from Racecourse Road Dental includes a bottle of French Rose, 2 Electric Toothbrushes, Dental Products and a gift voucher for dental services and total face rejuvenation (anti-wrinkle therapy and dermal fillers).
The Keri Craig Emporium pack includes ‘The Lady, The Label, The Lifestyle’ coffee table book, a voucher for traditional High Tea for 2 at the Keri Craig Emporium, and a bottle of Moet Chandon Champagne!
To buy tickets, please click here.
Whether you are attending the 2018 St Margaret’s Race Day or not, please support this important fundraising initiative by purchasing tickets in the 2018 St Margaret’s Race Day Raffle.
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SAVE THE DATE – Tickets on sale soon
Guest Speaker: Dr Lavinia Codd, Advancement Manager, Queensland Brain Institute
When: Thursday 18 October 2018, 5:30–7:30pm (Cocktail)
Where: Price Waterhouse Coopers, Brisbane CBD
Tickets: Corporate dry bar $800 (for 10 people), $60 adult and $40 students (Years 10-12/tertiary)
2018 Sydney Reunion
The Principal of St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School, Ros Curtis, warmly invites all Old Girls living in or visiting Sydney and surrounds to attend this reunion event.
Join us for a special cocktail style reception at The Harbour Room at the InterContinental Sydney with stunning 200 degree views over the Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Watsons Bay and the Botanical Gardens.
Date: Friday 5 October 2018
Venue: The Harbour Room, Intercontinental Sydney, 117 Macquarie St, Sydney
Dress: Business attire
RSVP: Friday 28 September 2018 by registering here.
The event is complimentary, and a selection of canapes and beverages will be provided.
Any enquiries can be directed to Lara Pickering, Director of Philanthropy and Stakeholder Engagement, Phone: 07 3862 0884 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note, as we may not have updated contact details for all past students of St Margaret’s living in the Sydney area, we would be most grateful if you could forward this invitation to other past students of St Margaret’s.
Further information on these articles can be found on the Careers page of the POD.
International Universities Evening
Date: Thursday 30 August 2018
Venue: McCrae Grassie Sports Centre, Brisbane Girls Grammar School, 70 Gregory Terrace, Brisbane.
Participants: Years 10, 11 and 12 students and their parents or guardians.
Registration: It is a free event; however, registration is essential. Please click here to register your attendance.
Australian Catholic University
Elite Athlete and Performer Program (EAPP) applications – open now. Head here for more information
Reminder: Non-Academic Requirements for Teaching Entrance (NARTE)
When applying through QTAC, all students listing teacher education programs as a preference will receive correspondence with instructions directing them to complete the necessary documentation. Students are required to complete all sections by Friday 14 December in order to be considered in the January offer round. Further information is available at: https://www.qtac.edu.au/courses---institutions/teacher-entry
University of the Sunshine Coast - Early Round Scholarships
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.
2019 scholarship applications are open! Explore scholarship options and apply online at griffith.edu.au/scholarships.
The University of New England
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 National University
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.
QLD OP: 6 and other prerequisites apply. For further details on admission, fees and program requirements visit the ANU Programs & courses website.
QTAC applications for current Year 12 students opened 2 August. All applications are submitted online via the QTAC website. Some courses have earlier closing dates and extra requirements. Please check the website for details.
The 2019 VTAC App is now available for download (or update) from your App Store
The free VTAC App offers offline access to CourseSearch and the Prerequisite and Course Explorer, with the advantage of personalisation, allowing you to save a shortlist of courses you are interested in. To download the App for the first time – visit your App store; Search for VTAC and select Download.
University Open Days
James Cook University (JCU)
26 August 2018 (Sunday) Cairns Campus
University of Southern Queensland (USQ)
USQ Ipswich Saturday 1 September
USQ Springfield Friday 7 September
Friday 28 September 2018
QTAC - Suggested closing date for 2019 applications
UNE - Closing date Early Entry application
QTAC supporting documentation should be completed (while at school)
16 November 2018
QTAC 1st round offer Year 12
15 December 2018
Monday 17 December 2018
OP Advice Night UQ Centre, St Lucia campus 4-7pm
Tuesday 18 December 2018
QUT Real Decisions Gardens Point campus
20 December 2018
QTAC offer round
7 January 2019
Last day to change preferences for 16 January offer round
16 January 2019
QTAC offer round
25 January 2019
QTAC ‘top up’ offer round
31 January 2019
QTAC ‘top up’ offer round
5 February 2019 onwards
QTAC ongoing offer rounds
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An independent day and boarding school for girls from Pre-Prep to Year 12; Boarding from Year 5; Boys Pre-Prep and Prep
A School of the Sisters of the Society of the Sacred Advent St Margaret's School Council Ltd ABN: 69069684019 CRICOS Code: 00511K