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What a way to end Term 1 – with a lockdown and a return to online learning! Once again, we returned to the familiar world of One Note, Microsoft Teams, Maggies Connect and the POD.
I take the opportunity to alert you to three events occurring in the first week of Term 2 term which will be of interest to parents:
In Term 2, I will be taking sabbatical leave. I will be returning for the start of Term 3. I will, however, still be attending Beef Week in Rockhampton and ICPA in Cunnamulla and look forward to catching up with our parents during these events. While I am on leave, Ms Karen Gorrie will be Acting Principal; Mrs Nicole Devlin will be Acting Deputy Principal; Ms Nikki Townsend will be the Acting Dean of Academics; Mrs Nicole Walker will be the Acting Dean of Students and Ms Erin Buckingham will be the Acting Head of Year 10. While some staff are acting in higher positions there will be necessary changes for some classes to their timetabled teacher. Students will be advised of this detail on Monday 19 April. We are currently finalising these arrangements now.
I wish you all a holy Easter and a safe holiday break.
Once again, this week we have entered an interesting time. Our students have again transitioned to online learning, and so our classrooms have looked a little different this week. Our teachers have continued to connect with their classes each day online. Classes continue to be engaging, with rigour and richness in teaching and learning.
The POD is something that all our students are engaging with every day. The teachers have spent a lot of time building up their class pages or OneNote classes to ensure students remain connected with essential resources. Our staff have spent a lot of time learning about this online space, and certainly learnt many lessons when we were teaching online in 2020. This meant that we were quickly able to switch to online learning to begin immediately on Tuesday this week.
It is also helpful if parents are connected to our electronic means of communication and notices. We would like to recommend that all parents download the St Margaret’s App to their phones or devices, in order to be able to receive timely notifications from the school. The St Margaret’s App can be found in the App Store if you have an Apple device, or Google Play if you have an Android device. If you would like further information on how to use the App and set up their notifications, please go your POD dashboard, click on IT service and then on POD support. All information can be found in this area.
I’d like to thank our community for all their support throughout this time of quick change to online learning this week. I would also like to wish our students and their families all the very best for the Easter break.
As we began our day at school on Monday things seemed ‘normal’, but within the first hour things changed dramatically. Monday became our last day of face to face teaching, many students were picked up through the day, and most students were going back to online learning for the last few days of the term. I believed we have become experts at change.
Within the Christian tradition change is a central part of our faith. And nowhere reveals this more clearly than Holy Week, the journey we are travelling at this moment. On Maundy Thursday, Jesus ate with his friends; they did not realise that soon, their dear friend and the one they believed to be the Messiah, would soon be crucified like a common thief. It was not long-ago, Palm Sunday, when they were calling Jesus the King of the Jews. However, their whole world was just about to be changed in ways they did not expect. They mourned the loss of Jesus and they were frightened. After Jesus was crucified on Good Friday, he was laid in the tomb. Holy Saturday, is a day of watching and waiting, not really being aware of the changes that were taking place deep within the dark tomb. Easter Day, Jesus was raised from the dead. However, while everything had changed, the disciples still wanted to hold on to the old ways. They feared change, then Jesus invited them to reach out and touch.
Change is real and can be challenging. But by now I believe we have become experts at change. And if we can take any comfort, our rich Christian tradition can show us the way. There will be times of fear, of wanting to go back to normal, but once again our world is being turned upside down. We have a choice to hold onto what has gone or to move forward and embrace the change, to enter once again into something new. May you have a Holy and Blessed Easter. I am praying for our school, staff, students and families. I am praying for our community, for our state, country and the world. Stay safe and well. Blessings.
Please see below the Family Services for Term 2:
23 April, 2:00pm Baptism Service Years 4-6
28 April, 6:00pm Years 4-6 Family Service
6 May, 6:00pm Year 11 Family Service (PDF 138KB)
11 May, 6:00pm Year 12 Family Service (PDF 142.4KB)
18 May, 6:00pm Year 8 Family Service (PDF 139.4KB)
8 June, 6:00pm Year 9 Family Service (PDF 117.3KB)
Please also see below the Easter services being held at our local churches. Please check to see if you need to register or if they have moved to online streaming.
Holy Week and Easter at St Mark’s Clayfield, 103 Bonney Ave
Maundy Thursday 1 April, 6:00pm Agape Meal in parish hall; 7:15pm Liturgy in Church
Good Friday 2 April, 8:00am Stations of the Cross for all ages
Easter Saturday 3 April, 6:00pm Lighting the New Easter Fire
Easter Day 4 April, 7:30am Traditional Eucharist; 9:15am Family Service
Holy Week Services at St Augustine’s, Hamilton
Thursday 1 April - Eucharist with foot washing, followed by the Watch, 7:30pm
Good Friday 2 April - Good Friday Service, 8:00am
Easter Day 4 April – Eucharist, followed by breakfast 5:30am; Eucharist 8:30am
Well, what an end to Term 1! After a long and busy term, the girls have been looking forward to a few last functions before heading off home for the holidays. The Annual Boarder Easter Dinner on Monday night, the Father Daughter Breakfast on Thursday morning and the Year 11 Dinner Dance on Thursday evening were highly anticipated events. However, the events of Monday again showed how flexible and resilient our Boarders can be. They headed off to school as normal, only to find out that Greater Brisbane was to enter a lockdown from 5pm that evening.
It was all hands-on deck as end of term arrangements were quickly made and changed in order for the girls to be able to get home for the holidays prior to the lockdown. The girls took it in their stride and did what needed to be done in order to depart the Boarding House. With most of the parents able to make alternative arrangements, the majority of our girls are now on their way, or have already made it to their holiday destination.
We would like to thank our Boarder families for what has been a lovely term with your daughters. We are looking forward to welcoming them back in Term 2, rested, revived and ready to go. We hope you all enjoy spending time together and have a wonderful Easter with family and friends.
Term 1 for the Years 10 to 12 students has certainly been full of action. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate your daughters for the positive and dedicated way they approached their studies. The final week of school was one that posed its own challenges and I thank all parents and students for their flexibility and adaptability.
In Term 2 there are a few things to note:
The students will begin Unit 4 and the last of their Internal Assessments. In the first few weeks of term, we hope that the External Assessment Timetable will be released. Following this I will be able to provide you and your daughter with a full calendar of assessments and events leading up to and including the External Assessments in Term 4.
As mentioned last week, all Year 11 students and their parents will have the opportunity to meet with me or the Acting Dean of Academics in Term 2, Nikki Townsend to discuss their Year 11 progress, including Unit 1 results, goals for 2021 and subjects. Bookings for these meetings will be open from Thursday 1 April at 3:00pm. Dates and times available are listed below:
This week, all parents have been emailed a letter with details of the Careers and Subject Selection process Year 10 students will participate in in Term 2.
For all girls, take some time to relax over the holidays. I certainly will be, I am looking forward to reading a book or two. There’s a reading genre for every literate person on the planet, and whether your tastes lie in classical literature, poetry, fashion magazines, biographies, religious texts, young adult books, self-help guides, street lit, or romance novels, there’s something out there to capture your curiosity and imagination. I am looking forward to stepping away from my computer for a little while, crack open a book and replenish my soul.
Have a relaxing holiday and I leave you with one of my favourite reading quotes:
You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.
While this is not the end of the term anyone was hoping, I think that as a community, we have demonstrated immense flexibility and tackled the hurdle of lockdown with relative ease. A huge congratulations to all of the students and staff who successfully pivoted to online learning for the last three days. It was a big effort, but one that I think is indicative of the dedication and passion of both staff and students at St Margaret’s. It’s great being able to log onto Microsoft Teams to see my students’ smiling faces and to have some of the discussions we would usually be having in class. I’ve been so impressed at how quickly everyone was able to transition back to online learning.
I take this opportunity to remind all students to check the updated Assessment Planners on the POD for the rescheduled assessment from this week. If students were scheduled to sit any in-class assessment during this week, it has been rescheduled for the beginning of next term. It is important that all students are aware of these dates and the need to be prepared for the assessment at the beginning of Term 2.
I wish everyone a relaxing, well deserved break and looking forward to seeing you back in person in Week 1 Term 2.
After a very busy first term, I encourage the girls to try and find some quiet and alone time during the holidays. In the busy, cyber-charged world in which we live this is a rare commodity and means that very little time is given to personal reflection or mindfulness. It would be wonderful if every day they could turn off all devices for a while, maybe start with 10 minutes and try and build it up to an hour a day by the end of the holidays, and use this time to enjoy their own company.
Some quotes to consider… Francis Bacon said, ‘Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom’ and the Dalai Lama states, ‘Sometimes silence is the best answer’. I wish you and your family a happy and holy holiday.
Oh, what a term!
When we look back on the term, the girls have been offered many and varied learning experiences, both within and beyond the classroom. These were purposeful in their academic outcomes, but each also contributed to the growth of each student’s character. The year level program has offered new learning and at times, the girls have been in the learning pit. The limited time to move online offered challenges for both the girls and teachers. Thank you to the teachers for a successful term and for their dedication to supporting students online.
The many competitions (Andrews Cup, Interhouse Swimming and Chess) each provided the opportunity for students to train and aim for personal best results, develop the opportunity to bounce back from disappointment, to win gracefully, to share in others' success and be a team member.
In addition to making Andrews Cup Swimming history, we had many girls trial and make City District (CD) level. At the State Swimming competition, Sophie Hebron came first in 400m freestyle, Mena Bertinato came third in the 50m freestyle with Annabelle Crowe, Clementine Cooke and Chloe Nheu each making the finals. Congratulations to Scarlett Jones and Emily Boon who are in the CD Soccer team, as well as Isabela Coleman, Inès Vidot and Adelaide Bothwell who are in the CD Netball team.
Thank you to Ms Suzy Edwards, Ms Lauren Richards and Ms Morgan Rowe for their preparation of the Primary Interhouse Swimming Carnival and to the staff for their commitment throughout the day.
In the cultural arena, many students practised the skills of performing both as an individual and as members of a performance group. Twelve girls participated in the first Chess competition for the year.
Greater intercultural understanding was the outcome of the ‘online visit’ from Konan Elementary school.
Developing relationships with others was offered and tested during the first camp of the year. It presented a myriad of life experiences for all Year 4 girls as they learnt to get along with others, adapt to new situations and work together. The Year 6 leaders practised their leadership skills daily and this was very evident at the Swimming Carnival.
Thank you to the many families who donated eggs for children in Foster Care. We managed to load Ms Surtees’ car and deliver to the department before lockdown.
Together, all these experiences have gifted your child’s opportunities to develop attributes that will help them on their journey in life.
I wish everyone a healthy, safe and Holy Easter break.
Old Girl Concert – Annabelle Traves (’14)
As many of you will remember, Annabelle Traves (Music Captain 2014) provided a wonderful recital in the Arts Centre Foyer last year, along with a special guest performance at Classics in the Cathedral. Since that performance, Annabelle has moved back to Munich, Germany to resume study and performance commitments. Performance opportunities have been scarce in Germany due to ongoing COVID restrictions; however, Annabelle is very excited to announce that she will be presenting an online concert sponsored by the QLD Government and Australian Commissioner in Europe.
The concert will be presented from Munich and made available on 27 April by the Tate Memorial Trust. Once a ticket is purchased, the concert will be available for viewing for a further six months. To purchase tickets, please go to this link: https://www.taitmemorialtrust.org/product/ein-schoener-abend-with-annabelle-traves-april-27th/. For further information, Annabelle has provided this YouTube link where she discusses the upcoming performance: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=tAwQpfv07DE&feature=youtu.be. I know Annabelle would greatly appreciate your support of this special performance!
Encorah/Volare Recommencing in Term 2
Our Secondary school choirs, Encorah and Volare, will recommence rehearsals from the start of Term 2. Encorah is an ‘all-comers’ choir for girls in Years 7-12. All who enjoy singing are welcome to attend with no audition required. The choir will sing a wide range of repertoire from a variety of genres. The choir will rehearse from 3:30-4:30pm on a Thursday afternoon in the Arts Centre Foyer, with the first rehearsal to commence in Week 1 of Term 2 (22 April).
Volare will also recommence in Term 2. Volare is an auditioned choir for girls in Years 7 and 8 who enjoy singing more challenging repertoire. Volare will rehearse immediately after Encorah from 4:30-5:00pm in the Arts Centre Foyer. (Exultate for students in Years 9-12 will also continue rehearsals at this time from 4:30-5:30pm in the Sister Helen Orchestra Room).
Music Support Group
The next Music Support Group meeting will be held on Tuesday 27 April at 5:00pm in the Primary Music Room (second floor of Chaseley). Parents from both the Primary and Secondary schools are welcome to attend.
Huge thanks to the St Margaret’s community for a wonderful term of sport and the amazing support given for all sporting events. The sports programs are a thriving hub of energy and enthusiasm and I look forward to the participation and achievements that Term 2 brings.
Water Polo Grand Finals
Congratulations to our four Water Polo teams, U13B, U14B, U16B and U18C who competed in the grand finals at the Valley Pool on Saturday 27 March. All games were tightly contested with the U16Bs winning and being crowned champions of their division, with all other teams becoming Runners Up. This is a great achievement and demonstrates the development each team has experienced over the 18-week season. Congratulations to all players for their dedication and energy throughout the season and a huge thank you to the coaches whose passion and knowledge in the sport of Water Polo is making the sport incredibly successful.
QGSSSA Artistic Gymnastics
Unfortunately, due to the 3-day lockdown, QGSSSA Artistic Gymnastics was unable to proceed on the scheduled date of Wednesday 31 March at Sleeman Sports Centre. We are currently waiting on further information from QGSSSA in regard to any rescheduling plans.
St Margaret’s Sport would like to thank all gymnasts, coaches, staff and parents for their efforts throughout the season in preparation for what was to be a fabulous competition.
Secondary Interhouse Cross Country Carnival
The Secondary Interhouse Cross Country Carnival will be held on the first day of Term 2 on Tuesday 20 April at Crosby Park. This is a great event for all girls to show their House spirit by participating in the 3km course, as well as the House ball games and tug-of-war competition. The order of the day will be as follows:
11:20am - Years 7 to 12 directed to Crosby Park
12:00pm - First event - 17 Years
12:20pm - 12 Years
12:40pm - 13 Years
1:00pm - 14 Years
1:20pm - 15 Years
1:40pm - 16 Years
2:00pm - Years 7-9 ball games - captain ball and tunnel ball (5 per year group)
2:20pm - Years 10-12 tug-of-war (4 x Year 10; 4 x Year 11, 6 x Year 12)
2:45pm - Presentations
2:55pm - Teachers and students to walk back to School
Cross Country holiday training will be available to all girls who are available with details found on the Cross Country POD page. A training program is also available for those not available to attend.
The fixtures scheduled for last Friday 26 March resulted in abandoned rounds for both Touch Football and Soccer due to field closures against Somerville House. Basketball continued with some very entertaining and competitive matches, with the 8A and 8B teams having convincing wins, 30-8 and 30-20 respectively.
We look forward to the fourth round of games when we return in Term 2 on Friday 23 April against Brisbane State High School at our home venues. Please note, all girls will recommence training for all Autumn sports on Thursday 22 April.
Old Girls Rowing Success
St Margaret’s old girls, Wallis Russell (’16) and Sophie Gerber (’19) teamed up to win gold in the Under 23 lightweight quad at the Australian Rowing Championships in Tasmania last week. They then wore the Qld colours to take silver in the Open women's lightweight quad in the Victoria Cup. It's fantastic to see our old girls continuing to shine beyond the school yard. Well done girls!
Father Daughter Breakfast Cancelled
Given the recent lockdown announcement by the Queensland Government, the St Margaret's Years 7-12 Father Daughter Breakfast on 1 April was unfortunately cancelled.
A communication to all ticket holders has been sent out by the P&F Association. Cancellation of such a well-loved event at such short notice wasn’t something that the P&F anticipated, and they understand the feelings of disappointment resulting from this. However, as the St Margaret’s community has done so many times throughout this pandemic, we find a way to rally together, with an ongoing focus on ensuring the girls continue to receive everything they need in their last week of Term 1.
Thank you to everyone who supported this event and all P&F fundraising initiatives.
Many positive things have happened in Term 1, despite this late set back. The P&F have been able to hold all of their meetings face to face, welcoming many new members to the committee. The Mothers’ Luncheon was a sell-out event, raising a profit of over $40,000.
Additionally, the school held a successful first Professional Women’s Networking Breakfast, welcoming higher numbers than we were able to do in 2020.
Past Student Awards Dinner – Saturday 24 April 2021
Tickets are now available for the 2021 Past Student Awards Dinner. Join us for a special evening as we celebrate four inspirational St Margaret's women and hear about the impact they have made within their fields and communities.
The Past Student Awards Dinner is a wonderful opportunity to connect with fellow Old Girls and parents, and to hear from this year's amazing award recipients, while enjoying canapés on the Terraces, followed by a sit-down dinner and drinks.
Date: Saturday 24 April 2021
Time: 6:30pm for 7:00pm Dinner
Venue: Arts Centre Foyer, St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School
Tickets: $75 (adult) $55 (student)
Tickets can be purchased via Flexischools.
I wish everyone a very happy Easter and look forward to reconnecting in Term 2.
Please check the Careers News section on the Careers and Pathways POD page for more information about upcoming opportunities and events.
Are you considering studying Medicine or Dentistry at University? Simulated UCAT Day Workshop. Students can attend this same training via an online interactive Zoom platform. Brisbane (At the UQLD St Lucia Campus) - 11 April, 9:00am-4:30pm (Day 1)
Online (Day 1 and Day 2) - Various dates available
Day 2: Follow up session conducted via Zoom on 2 May 2021, 10:00am-1:00pm (AEDT).
Parents are invited to join as well. Day 2 date is flexible, and students can attend during another available date. ENROL
Sydney University Engineering Aid
Each year since 1997, Engineering Aid Australia has conducted Indigenous Australian Engineering Schools in Sydney. Students are invited to apply to participate in an online IAES hosted by Sydney University from 6-8 July 2021. Applications close Wednesday 5 May. Application Form.
What's Next Webinar Series starts in the first week of Term 2. The series is an opportunity for students and parents to hear about the course options and interest areas available at RMIT. You can view the full schedule and register via this link.
Durack College Associate Program
Durack College is excited to announce its newest initiative: The Durack College Associate Program. Durack College Associate members live outside the College, but can call Durack ‘home’ while at university and enjoy the benefits of College life.
Becoming a Durack College Associate also provides social connections within the Durack College community. It is great for students who are commuting to university, new to Brisbane or living in accommodation where meeting like-minded women is difficult. Find out more here.
University of Sydney: Webinar Wednesdays
Sessions will be posted to our undergraduate events page as they become available.
NIDA acting on Screen Years 11-12 courses
Click here for more information and to apply.
Griffith Sports College
Griffith Sports College plays a vital role in fostering students who are also elite athletes, helping them devote time to training and competition while they complete their tertiary studies. As part of the Elite Athlete Friendly University Network, the Sports College integrates sporting and academic aspirations.
UQ Medicine Information Night
Learn about studying Medicine at UQ. Hear from leading medical experts, UQ alumni and current students on the changing medical climate, how to apply for medicine at UQ and tips for success. This event will be held on Wednesday 21 April and is open to Year 12 students and their parents/guardians. Places are limited so click here to receive updates on the event.
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