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We have certainly had a very busy start to Term 4.
Week One saw the Prize reading assembly, the 2022 Senior Leader induction, the soaring upwards festival, two performances of Primary Spectacular and the Sports Awards Evening. This last event heralded the week-long celebration in Week 2 of the term of the Year 12 students marking the year 12 transition to external exams and the next phase in their lives.
So far this week, the Year 12 students have had the opportunity to celebrate with their House on Monday; their achievements were showcased at Speech Night on Tuesday evening; we hosted the final Boarders’ Dinner on Wednesday evening; celebrated at the Thanksgiving Service at St John’s Cathedral on Thursday afternoon and will formally say goodbye to parents and students at the Valedictory Dinner that evening.
Friday (tomorrow) sees the Graduation Ceremony and Special Awards Ceremony. Here the student body says goodbye to the Year 12 students as a cohort, prior to their study week. To top off our Valedictory week, our music students will be farewelled and celebrated at the themed Music dinner on Friday night.
After all this celebration, it is now time for our Year 12 students to focus on their studies and their performance in their final exams. We wish them well. Although the Year 12s are counting the days to their departure, they are experiencing a range of emotions. Leaving the security of the structures of school, even when there has been some interruption due to COVID 19 restrictions, is a significant transition in their lives. They are ready and we are excited for them.
As I reflect on 2021, we have done our best to help every student take advantage of the opportunities at school to prepare them for the world of work and tertiary education. We have done what is necessary, so students will understand about quality relationships with others and have the resilience to bounce back from the inevitable errors and obstacles ahead.
On behalf of the staff, I wish all Year 12s well for the future and I hope that they will see the value of remaining connected to their school and enjoy the new status in 2022 as ‘Old Girls’.
This week we hosted out 124th Annual Speech Night. It was a fabulous night that recognised the achievements of our students in 2021. On the evening, our school captains Zara Campbell and Olivia Donoghue presented an inspiring speech to everyone. I am pleased that Zara and Olivia have let me share their speech with our school community in my article this week.
As we come to the end of our time at St Margaret’s, we reflect upon the incredible education we have received, and the plethora of opportunities St Margaret’s has given us.
In Australia, we often take for granted the privileges we receive, particularly when it comes to education. For us, school is part of our lives; stepping into our midi skirt, tying our shoelaces, packing our bags and walking through the school gates is routine. For us, being able to read and write are common skills that the vast majority of us possess. For us, the prospect of seeking tertiary education or employment or both following our school years is not a farfetched or fanciful possibility but a likely probability. For others, it is not the same.
It is a devasting fact that in some other countries, females are not afforded the opportunity to even set foot in a classroom but rather, are persecuted for actively seeking an education. The World Bank Group estimates that globally 131 million girls remain out of school and of the 792 million illiterate adults in the world, two-thirds are women. Sadly, this year, we have seen these statistics in action with girls and female teachers now banned from Afghan secondary schools under the Taliban’s control. Such discrimination continues to occur globally. Even in countries where girls are allowed to seek an education, school-level barriers, such as insufficient sanitary resources or even the fear of assault in multi-sex bathrooms often decreases the accessibility of schooling for girls. This can be further exacerbated by, house-hold barriers, such as the expectation that females will stay at home and undertake domestic work.
How lucky are we to be attending a school like St Margaret’s in this day and age. Even though Australia was one of the very first countries in the world to give women the right to vote in 1902, women then were usually expected to uphold traditional roles and were mostly financially dependent on men. The empowerment of women has been a work in progress for the last century with every successive generation wearing down the barriers. And thanks to the perseverance and determination of the Sisters of the Society of the Sacred Advent to pioneer a school like ours, and the support of all of the staff at St Margaret’s throughout our schooling journey it is our turn to make change. The world is ours for the taking. Although the battle for gender equality continues, the experiences of people in the past and overseas are starkly contrasted to our own. We are not only able to attend a school that provides an education to females, but a school that is dedicated to empowering women.
As students at St Margaret’s, we have the privilege of having one of the best educations in the country. The opportunities we have seem almost endless. Every girl at the school has the chance to be involved in and excel in sport, music, academics, culture, and philanthropy. Take academics as an example, we can take part in a wide variety of competitions such as Olympiads, short story writing and even rocket launching competitions on circular drive. Furthermore, in senior years students can choose to start learning industry required skills at Tafe or even begin a university subject. Whatever students choose, they are supported in every possible way.
We are so privileged here at St Margaret’s, that we are even enabled to give back to our community and those that may not be as fortunate as we are. Just last term we saw the huge impact our school can have on the lives of others through the ponytail project. It was inspiring to see the overwhelming support from friends, staff and the wider school community which allowed us to raise over $120,000 for the cancer council and the Minotti trust. As well as this, students’ participation in the Sony foundation camp, International Day of the Girl Celebrations with Solar Buddy, birthing kits initiative and the numerous fundraising events organised by the philanthropy group, has allowed us to continue to assist the broader community.
So, when turning our minds back to those women who are not afforded anywhere near the same level of education as us, the question becomes: is it enough to just acknowledge our opportunities and reflect upon them once, maybe twice, a year? The answer to this is no. It is our responsibility as young women in a highly privileged position to make the most of our education. Achieving this may feel like a very demanding and complicated task. But, it is really quite simple. You must always do your best. Engage in class. Take your learning seriously. Ask questions. Seek feedback. And, above all do not throw away the education that many women could only dream of.
This week marks the year 12s final week of secondary school education. So, on behalf of our year level we want to thank St Margaret’s and all of the staff, for empowering through our education and preparing us the next stage in our lives. And of course, we must also say a heartfelt thankyou to our parent for all your support over the years and for all of the sacrifices that you have made to give us the best education possible.
As we celebrate our 12 years of schooling, we want to remind younger cohorts that it is not about being the best sportswomen, or academic or musician that makes your education worthwhile, but rather it’s about always challenging yourself and releasing the potential you have if you embrace the multitude of opportunities St Margaret’s has on offer. And as for the graduating year 12 students, no matter where your life takes you, we urge you to keep learning, if not for yourselves, for the millions of women that can’t.
Zara Campbell and Olivia Donoghue.
This week we have been farewelling our Year 12 students in true St Margaret’s fashion. In my reflections for the Year 12’s I spoke about thresholds. In one of my favourite books, “To Bless the Space Between Us,” Irish scholar and poet John O’Donohue wrote: “A threshold is not a simple boundary; it is a frontier that divides two different territories, rhythms, and atmospheres. Indeed, it is a lovely testimony to the fullness and integrity of an experience or a stage of life that it intensifies toward the end into a real frontier that cannot be crossed without the heart being passionately engaged and woken up.”
Celtic spirituality has a great appreciation for thresholds, the space between. Celtic spirituality acknowledges through rituals the crossing from one part of our life to the next. In Celtic Christian spirituality there are prayers and rituals for crossing thresholds, including beginning a new part of our lives. It is said at the threshold, this liminal space, it is a place where we can open ourselves to God.
As our year 12 students finish their formal school education at St Margaret’s we pray for them as they begin a new adventure, moving from one part of their lives to another. We also uphold them in prayer as they sit for their exams.
Rev Susan Crothers-Robertson
Wellbeing Coordinator – Boarding
The High School Campdraft is a significant event on many of our Boarders' calendars. The event, originally started by Emily Curr (Class of 2020) and sponsored by the school, is a chance for our rural students to compete in a sport that many of them participate in when they are at home. Last weekend, the Dalby Showgrounds came alight with over 250 students from 34 schools competing in the 2021 event.
Well done to the following girls who were wonderful representatives of the school and conducted themselves exceptionally all weekend: Primrose, Holly and Paige Carrigan, Piper Rutherford, Jahna Day, Josie McPhee, Alexandra Pearson, Lucy Kennedy, Jordi Dowling, Hannah Law, Alice Finlayson, Aisling Moffatt, Charlotte and Isabelle Winks, Isabel Philp and Emma Blanch.
St. Margaret’s placed 4th overall in the percentage cup. Special congratulations to Primrose Carrigan (Yr 12) and Alex Pearson (Yr 10) who finished 2nd and 5th respectively.
Also on Saturday 9th October, those boarders still in the boarding house were invited to have a tour of Maleny Dairies. The girls were able to experience the ‘behind the scenes’ of a working dairy and were treated to many tasty treats. The girls also returned to the boarding house with a haul of Maleny Dairies custard, yogurt, and milk to share with their boarding peers. Thank you to the Hopper family, a St. Margaret’s family, and owners of Maleny Dairies, for their generosity in supporting this trip.
Both events could not have been possible without the support of some of our wonderful boarding families. They too are a testament to the St. Margaret’s Way and are always willing to go above and beyond in support of our boarding community.
What a week is has been, it is one that has been filled with celebration and emotions. To the Year 12 Cohort of 2021, congratulations for all your hard work and commitment to your study and assessment. It has been a pleasure working with you all and we are on the home stretch now!
All Year 12 students received a copy of the details for the External Assessment that begin on Friday 22 October. This timetable has also been uploaded to the POD for parent information.
Please note the following:
I wish them all well for next weeks study week and I will see them all as they embark on their final assessments for Year 12 in the coming weeks.
Year 10 Academic Integrity
Over the next two weeks I will be speaking to all Year 10 students about academic integrity. The QCAA has produced resources to help all students to create and maintain good academic habits will make the move into Year 11 and 12 respectively easier.
Each student in Year 10 will complete the QCAA academic integrity course to help them understand the correct way to approach assessment and how to maintain academic integrity and produce their best work. I look forward to working with the students as they continue to grow as learners.
Students are encouraged to use the beginning of a term to get organised before the assessment demand increases. To assist with their planning for Term 4, all Assessment Calendars are available on Year Level POD pages. Parents will be able to access the list of assessments and due dates through Parent Lounge by accessing ‘Curricular Activities’ (in the drop-down box under student details in the top menu). Given that Term 4 is quite short, I encourage all students to get on top of their organisation as soon as possible.
Year 6 Immersion Day
On Thursday 21 October we will be welcoming our current Year 6 St Margaret’s students who will be continuing at St Margaret’s in Year 7 to join us for an immersion day. Students will get a taster of some of the subjects on offer in the secondary school. They will also have the opportunity to ask current Year 7 and 11 students about the transition from the St Margaret’s Primary School to the Secondary School.
Term 4 Study Hall days for Years 9 and 10 are as follows:
Year 9 – Wednesday 10 November - Thursday 11 November
Year 10 – Monday 8 November - Tuesday 9 November
Please note, due to the nature of assessment in Term 4; Year 8 will also have a Study Hall day on Wednesday 10 November.
The Study Hall schedules will be released in the coming weeks.
As our Valedictory Week draws to a close, I would like to congratulate the graduating class of 2021. The girls have enjoyed a fabulous week full of thank-yous, and farewells. I wish the girls every success in their upcoming external exams and future endeavours.
Please note that the media exposes us to the hype and pressure relating to the final weeks of secondary school. But, putting things into perspective for students and parents alike, can help prevent everyone getting overwhelmed. Although this final year is important, it will not be the most important year of your daughter’s life. It is crucial for parents to reinforce the mantra of ‘you are more than your ATAR’.
A student’s performance in their final year is only a point in time measured by their ability to sit an exam. If the desired ATAR score is not achieved at the end of the day, there are other options available to your child. It will not define their happiness. There will be many other pathways available to them to help them to reach their goals. Your daughter’s have been well prepared by St Margaret’s to face any challenge put before them.
Best wishes always Year 12’s…Per Volar Sunata!
Oh, what a week! As a school, we are committed to providing a holistic education; that is, we plan learning that addresses the cultural, social and emotional, cognitive, spiritual and physical development of each child. The learning experiences that occurred this week and last addressed different areas of development.
First week of term ended with the students’ cultural talents on display. The Soaring Upwards Festival provided an opportunity for musical performance groups and choirs to perform for the school community. Thank you to Regina Brennan for overseeing the participation and fabulous performances of our Primary School students. I know the rest of the Primary School was an appreciative audience.
Arts Spectacular was the culmination of cultural learning experiences with the Year 5 and 6 girls sharing their artistic and musical talents. It was a Spectacular like no other! Thank you to Kerry Rider, the Art Aides, Speech and Drama teachers, HPE teachers Talia O’Callaghan, Sarah Harré and Melissa Faulkner, and the Years 4, 5 and 6 teachers who supported the girls to create a spectacular, Arts Spectacular. See the 'behind the scenes' action for this event on The POD. We Also celebrated Kerry Rider’s 21st Arts Spectacular - an amazing achievement! The girls past and present are very lucky to have benefitted from her inspiration. Thank you to the Year 5 parents for arranging such a special memento for this amazing achievement.
The girls’ creativity could not have been so effectively implemented without the outstanding support of parents in the art room. Many thanks to those who contributed, especially to Mrs Sandra Franklin.
Thank you also to the many families who attended and to the Year 5 parents who organised the food. Finally, thank you to Annette Box for her artistic direction and organisation; it was astounding.
On Monday, the Primary School celebrated International Day of the Girl - a day when the world is called to recognise the unique challenges girls face globally and their enormous potential to bring about change. Thank you to SolarBuddy and partners Amazon Web Services, Trent Micro and Mantel Group for providing an opportunity for the girls to create a ‘solarbuddy’ with a Secondary School buddy. It was affirming for our students, who live comfortably in a safe environment where all their needs are met, to see how they can contribute to a global problem: energy poverty. By creating the solarbuddies and writing letters to children whose lives are very different from their own, the girls not only highlighted the problem but made their contribution more authentic. At this event, the girls displayed their potential and helped bring about change for others as the solarbuddies created will help improve the lives of 2250 girls in Tanzin.
Congratulations to Year 5 and 6 girls who received prizes at Speech Night and/or Special Assembly. Other Year 6 girls who have been identified for their efforts will be acknowledged at a Special Primary Assembly at the end of term.
Congratulations to all who performed at Soaring Upwards
Congratulations once again to all students who performed in the Soaring Upwards Music Festival last week. Feel free to check out the photos and short video that captures the spirit of the event on the St Margaret’s Music POD page.
Congratulations to Speech Night Musicians
Congratulations to our music students on the fantastic performances given at Speech Night held last Tuesday evening. Speech Night provides a special opportunity for the girls to showcase their talents within the amazing setting of the QPAC Concert Hall. Special thanks must go to our conductors for their hard work in preparing the girls for the event.
Music Dinner will be occurring on Friday evening this week in Eton Hall. There is much excitement in the Music Department in the lead up to the event where we celebrate the achievements of the girls in the Music Program at St Margaret’s. Thank you in advance to the Music Support Group for their hard work in organising this special event.
Auditions for Music Ensembles 2022
Auditions will be held in Term 4, Week 3 for students wishing to participate in Music Ensembles in 2022. Audition music is available from the Sister Helen Orchestra Room.
Audition times are as follows:
Monday 18 October
7:00 - 8:20am String Auditions (current Primary students), SHOR
3:30 - 5:00pm Rock Band Auditions for guitar, bass guitar, and keyboard, J002/003 (Rock Band Room)
Tuesday 19 October
10:25 – 10:50am String Auditions (current Secondary students), SHOR
3:30 - 4:30pm Chorale - Primary Sing Along – Get to know your voice (current Years 3, 4 and 5), Primary Music Room
3:30 - 5:00pm Rock Band Auditions for Vocals (current Years 9-11), J002/003 (Rock Band Room)
3:30 - 5:30pm String Auditions (current Secondary students), SHOR
Wednesday 20 October
7:15 - 8:15am Band Play Along – Come and try Chaseley Band in Term 4 (current Primary students), SHOR
1:05 - 1:50pm Drum kit Auditions for Rock Bands and Stage Band, J002/003 (Rock Band Room)
3:30 – 4:30pm Highly Strung Auditions (Primary) for guitar, bass guitar, keyboard and drumkit, J002/003 (Rock Band Room)
3:30 - 5:30pm Band Auditions for woodwind/brass (current Secondary students), SHOR
3:30 - 5:00pm Band Auditions for percussion/drums (current Primary and Secondary students), SHOR Percussion Room
Thursday 21 October
7:00 - 8:20am Band Auditions for woodwind/brass (current Year 6 and Secondary), SHOR
3:30 - 5:00pm Exultate/Volare Auditions, SHOR (Exultate)/ACF (Volare)
Music Support Group
The next Music Support Group meeting will be our Annual General Meeting and will be held on Tuesday 9 November at 5.00pm in the Primary Music Room (second floor of Chaseley). Parents from both the Primary and Secondary Schools are welcome to attend.
Sports Awards Evening
Congratulations to all award recipients at the annual Sports Awards Gala Evening held on Friday 8 October. The awards evening was a wonderful celebration of not only the terrific achievements of individuals and teams but also the wonderful attitude and approach of many of our students towards sport at St Margaret’s. My thanks must go to the following that make St Margaret’s Sport – Teachers Coordinators, Teacher Assistants, coaches, parents, support groups and the girls who display skill, spirit, passion and effort across the entire sporting program.
Congratulations to the winners of the following special awards:
The first day of competition for QGSSSA Badminton held on Saturday 9 October saw 10 teams representing St Margaret’s across the Year 10 and Senior divisions. The quality of Badminton across all QGSSSA schools was high and it was great to see intensity on the court. Our Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9 teams will be in action on Saturday 16 October. For details of their competition please access the Badminton POD page.
It was terrific to have all 13 Water Polo teams out in the water for their first round of games in the Brisbane Water Polo Club competition. Water Polo is thriving, and we are looking forward to all teams continuing to develop their skills, team play and love for the sport.
To keep up to date with game times for each team, please ensure you monitor the BWPI website via the link below.
BWPI Fixtures and Results
Knowles Cup Tennis
The Knowles Cup Tennis tournament got under way on Saturday 9 October with a win against Lourdes Hill. This tournament has 34 girls representing St Margaret’s across the Open A, Open B, Intermediate and Junior grades playing different opponents such as All Hallows, St Rita’s, Lourdes Hill, Stuartholme School, Somerville House, Fairholme College and The Glennie School. The tournament will culminate in semi-finals and finals on the fourth week of competition. Good luck to all team members.
While many students were enjoying some rest and relaxation during their school holidays, 41 members of the St Margaret’s rowing shed made their way to Rockhampton for 4 action packed days of racing.
The students competed in the Queensland Schools’ Championship Regatta, with many girls given the opportunity to race in small boats as well as their usual crew boats.
With 54 entries across the single, double and quadruple sculls, as well as the four and eight races, the girls came away with 15 final appearances.
An impressive medal haul was brought home by the squad, with 2 bronze, 2 silver and 2 gold.
Year 8 student Madeline Pugh claimed gold in the single scull, while Kyah Miles, Alice O'Toole, Jemima Rice, Gabby Sypher, and Jilly Cooke, were victorious in the Year 10 coxed four.
St Margaret’s finished fourth on the medal tally against the other competing BSRA schools, and twelfth overall.
Wednesday marked the beginning of QGSSSA AFL with 115 girls taking the plunge and for many experiencing a new sport. The girls will participate in development skill sessions run by AFL Qld followed by two AFL Gala afternoons on Friday 5 November and 12 November.
Swimming Support Group Meeting
The Swimming Support Group will be holding its AGM followed by a General Meeting on Wednesday 20 October at 6.00pm in Ms Cafe. All interested parents are invited to attend.
Congratulations to Isabella Shepherd Year 12 ‘Artwork of the Month’
Bella’s work is an intriguing and carefully made, immersive sculpture. It is memorising to stand in front of the woven dark space and think about the concept behind the work. Well done Bella!
P&F General Meeting
The P&F gives notice and warmly invites the school community to attend our final General Meeting of 2021.
This is an opportunity to share your views and ideas, so please join us.
At this General Meeting we will also be proposing an amendment to the P&F By-Laws.
Date: Monday 25 October 2021
Time: 6.30pm start, 8.00pm finish
Venue: M’s Cafe, St Margaret’s AGS
If you are unable to physically attend the meeting, you may wish to attend online via Microsoft Teams. Please find the link below.
Microsoft Teams meeting
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Video Conference ID: 134 167 498 0
SAVE THE DATE for the 2022 Mothers’ Luncheon!
Hosted by St Margaret’s P&F Association
Date: Friday 11 March 2022
Tickets will go on sale early in 2022.
OGA Cocktail Party
Past students are warmly invited to attend the inaugural St Margaret's Old Girls' Association Cocktail Party!
This event provides a great opportunity for past students to reconnect beyond their reunion years. Enjoy a cocktail on arrival, two-hour drinks package, gourmet food truck delights, live music, and a chance to catch up underneath the stars on Circular Drive.
Date: Saturday 23 October 2021
Time: 6.15pm arrival (for a 6.30pm start). The event concludes at 9.00pm.
Venue: Circular Drive, St Margaret's Anglican Girls School, 11 Petrie Street, Ascot
RSVP: Friday 15 October 2021 (unless SOLD OUT prior)
Tickets: $95 per person
Book online via https://www.trybooking.com/BUBTE
There will be buses available to transport you to Howard Smith Wharves after the event, should you wish to continue the celebration. Please ensure you select this option on the booking form if you would like to take the bus.
Please check the Careers News section on the Careers and Pathways POD page, or click here for more information about upcoming opportunities and events.
Bond Medical Program – 2022 Intake Key Dates
The Bond University Medical Program is designed to equip graduates with the foundational knowledge, skills and attributes required to safely and effectively practise medicine in today’s complex healthcare environment. Applications must be made via QTAC, and applications open for the Medical Program on Thursday 13 January and close on Thursday 27 January 2022.
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7 Cool science jobs you might not know about
We all know about the standard jobs out there in science – biologist, researcher, chemist… But what if you’re looking for a career that’s a bit different? Well, there are plenty of weird and wonderful jobs in STEM as well. Check out the infographic we’ve made with 7 interesting jobs in science you might not have heard of before.
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QSFT | DIRECT IT! – Introduction to Directing Workshop
Saturday 23 October 2021, 9:00am - 1:00pm, Queensland School of Film & Television
QSFT’s Introduction to Directing workshop is designed to give participants an understanding of what a Director’s role is on a film set.
Trained by an industry professional, this four-hour workshop is perfect for those who want to explore what it is like to be a Director.
Topics to cover:
Find out more: https://qsft.qld.edu.au/assets/files/2021/FLY_QSFT%20WS_DIRECT%20IT_2021_v1_WEB.pdf
SAE | Creative Futures, Brisbane
Tuesday 19 October 2021, 6:00pm - 8:00pm, SAE Institute, Brisbane
Are you in year 11 or 12 and want a career where your imagination is your only limitation?
Come along to SAE Brisbane Creative Futures event, to explore your interest and passion for a career in Creative Media. We’re opening the campus doors and giving you the chance to chat with our industry experts, who are ready to answer all your questions about studying and working in creative fields. Find out more: https://sae.edu.au/news-and-events/events/creative-futures-sae-brisbane/?date=2021-10-19&id=1908
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