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Welcome to the first newsletter for the 2021 academic year. I extend a particularly warm welcome to all our new families to St Margaret’s. I’m excited about the year ahead and hope that you and your daughter are also looking forward to a rewarding and fulfilling year.
Several new teaching staff joined us this year, and I also formally welcome them to the St Margaret’s community. Their names and the areas in which they teach and/or lead are listed below:
Caitlin McCluskey (Dean of Studies/Mathematics)
Kerry Daud (Head of Faculty – E-Learning & Research/History)
Courtney Burton (Assistant Head of Faculty – Sociocultural Studies/International Pastoral Care Coordinator)
Rhea Barber (Head of Year 9/English)
Madison Brazier (Science/ Biology)
Veronica Fortune (Economics/Business)
Jessica Galpin (Math/Science)
Sarah Harre (HPE/Science)
Rob McKenzie (Science/Biology/Chemistry)
Lara Molloy (English/EAL/Humanities)
Clare O’Brien (Science/Maths)
Scott Barnsdale (Year 5)
Sasha Protopopoff (Year 2)
Camille Poupardin (Prep)
We also welcome back from maternity leave Jenny Matheson and Lauren Richards and from Long Service Leave, Naomi Holley.
At the beginning of the year we are holding important parent information evenings.
Please also do not forget the P and F AGM and Welcome drinks on Monday 22 February in the Arts Centre Foyer. The P and F welcomes all parents to attend and to become involved at whatever level they can manage given work and family constraints.
I look forward to seeing you over the next few weeks.
I’d like to personally welcome our new and returning students to the school for 2021. It is lovely to hear the chatter and excitement that the new year brings amongst the staff, students and families. I look forward to a wonderful year and wish everyone a fabulous 2021!
Statement of Commitment
St Margaret's Anglican Girls School supports the rights of children and young people and is committed to ensure the safety, welfare and well-being of students. St Margaret's is therefore committed to responding to allegations of student harm resulting from the conduct or actions of any person including that of employees.
This commitment includes the provision of a safe and supportive living and learning environment for all students and requires all employees, visitors and volunteers to model and encourage behaviour that upholds the dignity and protection of students from harm.
In support of this commitment, St Margaret's AGS is dedicated to our Child and Youth Risk Management strategy which includes having relevant policies, procedures and training in place to effectively address the safety and well-being of students in our care.
The Child and Youth Risk Management strategy can be found on our school website.
Student Protection Officers
Student Protection Officers are persons designated as liaison people to whom students may refer if they are not feeling safe; or to whom they make complaints of harm, inappropriate behaviour or physical/sexual abuse.
The St Margaret's Student Protection Officers are:
Welcome to our new school year! A special welcome to all who are new to St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School.
We are proudly an Anglican school with our traditions being built upon the ethos and philosophy of the Sisters of the Society of the Sacred Advent. The sisters began our school in 1895 which means that last year we celebrated 125 years of schooling.
We are a spiritual community that holds regular worship services which your child will attend. We have a beautiful chapel, St Margaret’s Chapel, within our school grounds. There are opportunities for families to attend special services throughout the year. Please see below some of our family services for Terms 1 and 2. It is desirable that all students and their families attend these services. The services are great occasions where students can be Baptised, Admitted to Holy Communion or be Confirmed.
Due to the pandemic many of our special services including Baptism, Admission to Holy Communion, Confirmation and some of our family services were cancelled last year. Hopefully we will be able to hold these special services this year. However, please check the eNews and messages for any changes. Please see some key dates, information and opportunities for students and families below.
Baptism and Admission to Holy Communion will take place in Term 1 for Years 7 and 8. There will be preparation classes during the lunch break on 23 February, 2 March and 10 March in the school chapel.
Students from Years 7 and 8 are invited to participate in preparation for Baptism and/or Admission at the Years 7/8 Family Service to be held on Wednesday 10 March at 6:00pm in the school chapel.
Please find the letter and form attached (PDF 556.4KB) regarding the Years 7/8 service. If your child would like to be baptised and/or Admitted to Holy Communion, please fill in the form and return to School Support or myself.
Confirmation is considered a mature, more adult rite. In 2021 Confirmation is open to students from Year 9 and above or other members of the school community. We will be holding our Confirmation preparation classes during the lunch break on 16 February, 23 February, 2 March and 16 March. The service of Confirmation, with Bishop Jeremy Greaves, will be held on Wednesday 17 March at 6:00pm in St Margaret’s Chapel.
Please find the letter and form attached (PDF 438.5KB) regarding Confirmation, please fill in the form and return to School Support or me.
The Pre-Prep to Year 3 Twilight Family Service will be held on 24 March at 6:00pm. Families and their children are invited to attend this special Family Service.
Students in Years 4-6 are invited to participate in preparation for Baptism and Admission to Holy Communion (preparation is done during RVE lessons). The service will take place at the Years 4-6 Family Service to be held on Wednesday 28 April at 6:00pm in the School Chapel. Please note, those Year 4 girls and families who were not baptised and admitted to Holy Communion due to the cancellation last year, will be invited to participate this year.
More information will be coming home during the term.
For any further information, please do not hesitate to call me on 3862 0716 or email: email@example.com.
We ask God to bless us as we move into a new school year.
The Boarding House is once again a hive of activity as the new school year beings. We have welcomed many new girls and their families to the St Margaret’s Boarding community and look forward to nurturing relationships with them. On Tuesday, all Boarders returned, and it is always a very happy day as they catch up with each other after the holidays.
This year, we have three new staff members in the Boarding House; Hannah Calcino (Year 7 House Mother), Elise Cardamone (Year 9 House Mother) and Molly Wibaux (Years 11/12 House Mother) and we warmly welcome them to our community.
Valuing each girls’ uniqueness is one of the qualities that makes Boarding such a fulfilling experience at St Margaret’s. The girls this year will be continually be encouraged to believe in their strengths and abilities and accept their individuality. Staff will focus on teaching the girls the vital tools of understanding themselves, how they can connect in healthy ways with others and how they can engage with all members of the Boarding community. Acceptance of all and guiding the girls to embrace diversity and inclusion will be a focus this year in Boarding. We will endeavour to always provide an environment where each girl feels connected and valued.
Welcome Back to school for 2021. I am looking forward to working with you and your daughters as they navigate the Senior Phases of Learning across Years 10, 11 and 12. This year, as I am working with your daughters, I will be focussing on the notion of “Intentional Learning”. I read about this concept in a World Economic Forum article about the skills all students need for the future.
Intentional Learning is based on having a set of core skills and mindsets to be an effective learner. At the heart of the concept is treating every experience as an opportunity to learn. McKinsey goes on to say that the ability to intentionally learn (anything) is the most important skill to acquire in our new digital age. This concept is not new to St Margaret’s as this is the premise of our Academic Advising program. Last week, I presented to the Academic Advisors on our staff days and we revisited the important skills and mindsets to be an effective learner and all girls will be challenged to reflect on themselves to set a goal to improve their ability to be an “Intentional learner”.
Resources for Years 11 and 12 Parents
Next week at the Parent Information Evening we will be sharing information from The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) and the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) that informs senior assessment and tertiary entrance. However, if you would like to do some pre-reading, below are two links to information for parents about ATAR and the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE).
The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) are always updating and providing many resources to keep teachers and parents up to date with the new Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE). To find out more you can visit their website: https://www.qcaa.qld.edu.au/senior/senior-qce.
The Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) are responsible for calculating ATAR’s and managing student applications to tertiary institutions. To find out more you can visit the website: https://www.qtac.edu.au/atar.
Assessment Planners – Years 11 and 12
Years 11 and 12 students can access a 12-month Assessment Planner on their Year Level POD pages. All assignments and exams for Terms 1 to 4 are recorded so your daughters can begin to plan their study schedules. Effective study habits rely on your daughter’s capacity to prioritise her academic progress and allocate sufficient time for homework and study.
Welcome back to all returning parents and students and a special welcome to all new students and parents. As a new staff member and parent in 2021, I am excited to join the St Margaret’s community and look forward to getting to know you all. It was a pleasure to spend some time with the Year 7 students on Wednesday as they transition to the Secondary School. The Year 7 girls are certainly full of excitement and have received some good advice to consider as they move towards following their timetable next week.
Academic Assembly - Wednesday 27 January
The Academic Assembly which recognises the achievements of students in Semester 2 2020 was held on Wednesday this week.
To be eligible for these awards the following criteria needs to be met:
Congratulations to the following girls:
Year 7 2020
Progress Certificates: Madelaine Crombie, Ruby East, Jai Yin (Linda) Feng, Sophie Gapes, Isabella Gordon, Tamara Harrison, Madeleine Jamieson, Sharlize Mufti, Sasha Peach, Niah Slatter, Charli Spies, Aaliyah Turner, Yuet. Tung Chloe Wang, Lara Weaver, Jinxu (Rovina) Wei, Isabella White, Cheyanne Yamashita
Progress Certificate and Academic Pocket: Matilda Charlton, Natasha Defteros, Ebony Okonkwo, Lucinda Sprott, Charlotte Swarbrick, Emma Walley, Ella Welsh
Academic Pocket: Cosette Cooke, Gabriella Frederiksen, Alyssa Hunt, Georgia Johnston, Charlotte Kerr, Harper Leary, Georgia Lillicrap, Emily MacDowell, Neve Mattsson, Ruby Peacock, Chloe Reilly, Lily Song, Ellouise Tkaczyk
Year 8 2020
Progress Certificates: Tiana Chan, Ying Chen, Lucy Coleman, Aisling Moffatt
Academic Pocket: Matilda Boone, Rose Brown, Skye Clifford, Hilary Davis, Anastasia Esler, Stephanie Gerber, Alexandra Gladman, Arabella Harris, Anna Jerdan, Freya Jones, Lucinda Kovac, Maddison Krook, Grace Marchant, Camille Maunder, Mokhyada Nanda, Astrid O’Meara, Lucy Piggott, Milla Roberts, Eloise Round, Imogen Simpson, Lucy Smith, Sarah Sorensen, Brigid Sweeney, Caitlin Williams, Lilly Young
Year 9 2020
Progress Certificates: Haina (Hanna) Chen, Sophie-Lee Clein, Dimity Hunter, Lucy Leonard, Yucong (Samantha) Li, Yutong (Jade) Pan, Jemima Rice, Nina Schwennesen, Sienna Timms, Leah Webb, Jingyi (Rachel) Zou
Academic Pocket: Sally Bambling, Isabella Bluett, Zoe Boland, Sophia Connor, Nivola D’Abreton, Ruby Dee, Isabella Durkin, Matisse Fennessy, Lucy Hansen, Isabella Harte, Genevieve Heather, Ha-Vy Hoang, Se Yeon Kim, Grace Kinloch, Ha Phuong Nhu (Sarah) Le, Magdalen Maclean, Sophie Martin, Lani McWilliam, Ella Menigoz, Kyah Miles, Rosie Peacock, Sienna Small, Madeline Swan, Georgia Warby, Sophie Webster, Lucy Williams
Year 10 2020
Progress Certificates: Lillian Campbell, Aijia Chen, Ella Counsell, Lucinda Geldard, Verity House, ZsaZsa Janosi, Lam (Christal) Keung, Esther Quirk
Academic Pocket: Kate Bloomfield, Amelia Butler-Wood, Annette Chan, Miyan Chia, Mary Comiskey, Taylor Duncan, Imogen Elliott, Rachel Fitzgerald, Ruby Greenup, Gabriella Henzell, Georgie Herring, Kaitlyn Higgins, Eleanor Jewell, Brooke Lane, Annabel Lauder, Syren Letizia, Holly Marchant, Isabella Martin, Isla McWilliam, Caitlyn Morse, Christy Mou, Rosie Nehill, Jessica Norvill, Millie Nucifora, Faith Phillips, Mia Reinhardt, Ava Robertson, Lauren Searle, Lily Shann, Sophie Sorensen, Ella Woods, Audrey Wren
Year 11 2020
Progress Certificates: Hannah Campbell, Georgia Ditchfield, Taylah Hansen, Lily Howells, Priscilla Russell
Progress Certificate and Academic Pocket: Tara Boone, Olivia Donoghue, Ada McKie, Rachel Sands
Academic Pocket: Paige Bastian, Zara Campbell, Estella Caro, Samantha Cooper, Georgie Gaspar, Hanna Gustafsson, Amelia McDonald, Edwina McLachlan, Rory Owen, Ashleigh Pomeroy, Eliza Quayle, Celia Quinn, Ashleigh Witenden, Eva Young
Supervised Study Sessions
Supervised Study Sessions (SSS) will operate out of the Senior Library on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Each session runs from 5:00pm to 7:30pm, with students having the option of purchasing dinner from the Boarding House for $10.
For students attending these sessions after an afternoon of sport, transport is available to and from Windsor Park. For those staying on after school to attend SSS, the Senior Library is open until 5:00pm prior to the commencement of the study sessions.
Parents who book their daughters in via Flexischools can feel comfortable knowing that their daughters are receiving academic support but are also interacting with peers in a physically and emotionally safe environment.
Dates for the sessions and when bookings open are below:
Term 1: 1 February - 25 March
Term 2: 27 April - 10 June (except for 3 and 4 May due to the Day/Boarder Weekend)
Term 3: 19 July - 9 September (except for 11 August due to RNA holiday and 2 September due to the student free day)
Term 4: 11 October - 18 November (except for 12 October due to Speech Night)
Please note the following conditions:
During these sessions, girls work with tutors to organise a plan of study for the term. This involves the girls looking at their assessment calendar and planning how to ensure they are organised and ready for the next lesson and assessment. The main goal of SSS is to assist girls to revise work covered so far and support and extend their understanding of learning from lessons so they are prepared for assessment.
The commencement of the school year brings prospects for new beginnings. Hence my article this week which contains some advice which should be relevant to all students and their families, not just our new students who are transitioning into St Margaret’s.
Parents and teachers share the very important task of educating your daughters and preparing them for the journey they will take in forming their identity as young woman, assisting them to recognise their support networks and having a clear sense of belonging are essential at this time.
Throughout the year, there will be many opportunities for parents to interact with staff and parents. One such occasion is next week’s Parent Information evening on Thursday 4 February from 6:00 to 8:00pm. This evening provides a wonderful chance to gain valuable information on your daughter’s learning and to connect with other parents.
The beginning of a school year is new for all members of the community. They are getting to know each other and their new class, teachers and new year level, particularly for the 96 new students and 3 new teachers. Thank you to everyone for helping new members of our school community with their transition. The teachers have worked tirelessly to create stunning learning environments and programs that will help uncover all aspects of each child’s personality and development (social, emotional, academic, spiritual, physical).
The Primary Parent Handbook is a useful source of information. All new parents received a hard copy from the class teacher, and it is also available on the POD. I would encourage parents to use the POD constantly as a source of information and ensure that you set notifications for the Primary school class and any groups that your daughter is involved in. Please refer to the POD Parent Guide as a guide to using the POD and St Margaret's APP set-up instructions to assist you in setting up the App. The two communication systems work together, and we recommend you have both accessible on your device. Importantly, to receive information regarding the activities and extra-curricular groups your child is involved in, you will need to request to ‘join’ those groups. Instructions on how to do this are included in the attached POD guide. At present, this concerns Primary and Secondary Swimming as they are currently training. You are welcome to ‘join’ the other sports and activities too and familiarise yourself with the information on the pages in preparation for these Sports commencing in 2021.
I look forward to meeting parents at our Parent Information Night on Wednesday 3 February. Please check the POD for details about the evening. In the upcoming weeks I will also meet with the new students at morning teas. This is an opportunity for each of us to get to know one another.
Thank you to the many parents who ensured the before and after school arrangements went smoothly this week. Parents are encouraged to drop students in the Drop Off zone (topside of the Primary school gate) for them to walk into the Atrium. Students will wait in the Atrium under teacher supervision and move to their classes at 8:15am. As a school, we encourage the children to be independent throughout their school day. Therefore, we request that parents do not accompany their child to the classroom so that each child is responsible for organising herself.
In the afternoons, a teacher is on gate duty in Butler Street, (Monday to Thursday until 3:40pm, Friday until 3:30pm); however, no teacher is on duty in Lapraik Street. For safety purposes, we request that children and adults are not to go to the rear of the vehicle to load bags. Instead, bags are to be placed inside the car. Please note that this area is a 2-Minute Zone and is a set down and collection point only. Parents of students in Years 1-6 are kindly requested to not park there and walk into the school but to meet your child outside Gate 4 or in the pickup line. These arrangements are in place to help reduce the congestion at the school crossing. All procedures are posted on the POD for clarification.
Four parking bays are allocated to Pre-Prep parents for drop off and pick up for a maximum of 10 minutes. We request that only Pre-Prep parents park in these bays (maximum of 10 minutes) with their permit on display in their car.
I thank parents in anticipation of their support and contribution throughout the year. Please do not hesitate to contact me regarding any aspect of your child in the Primary school.
Welcome to 2021!
Welcome to the St Margaret’s Music Program! The Music Program at St Margaret’s provides many opportunities for students to develop their musical capacity through performing a wide variety of musical genres in a range of different ensembles. There are many exciting events planned for girls this year. Some of these include the Music Day Camp, Classics in the Cathedral, Music Celebration Day, inter-school ensemble workshops and several recitals at which students may gain solo performance experience. Of course, a number of girls will also be involved in the upcoming performances of the school musical, Matilda. We believe it will be a wonderful year of music-making for all girls involved.
Information updates will be provided via the St Margaret’s Music POD page. All parents who have daughters involved in the St Margaret’s Music Program are encouraged to join this page, along with Strings, Band and Choral pages, dependent upon your daughter’s involvement.
You are also welcome to contact the Music Department via phone: 3862 0705, email: Music@stmargarets.qld.edu.au.
Music Day Camp
On Sunday 7 February, the Music Department will be holding a Day Camp for students involved in the following Secondary Music Ensembles: Stradivari Strings, Chamber Strings, Jackson Wind Ensemble, Sister Helen Wind Symphony and Exultate. The focus of the Day Camp is two-fold; the day is an opportunity for students to spend time rehearsing new repertoire in the lead up to Open Day, and it will also allow students to further build friendships with others in the Music Program. The day will run from 9:00am-3:30pm and we will look forward to having all girls involved. A letter with further information is attached (PDF 139.2KB).
Music Staff News
A very big welcome to new staff who will be joining us in 2021. We welcome Mr Bernardo Alviz who will be teaching double bass and assist with the Years 3 and 4 Strings Program, and Ms Laura Jones who will teach trumpet. We also welcome back Mr Alex McPherson who will be teaching cello and will also assist with the Years 3 and 4 Strings Program.
We farewell Mrs Kerry Riley who has been teaching piano at St Margaret’s for the past three years. Mrs Riley has secured a Primary classroom teaching position at Albany Creek State School for 2021 and we wish her all the best in this new role. Mr Michael Gillespie will be taking leave during Term 1 and we are in the process of recruiting a guitar teacher to take on this role during his absence.
Private Music Lessons will start in Week 2
On Friday 29 January during lunchtime, students from Year 5-12 are asked to come to the Sister Helen Orchestra Room (SHOR) to meet their private music teacher and arrange a lesson time for Week 2. If a student is in a younger grade, or is unable to attend that day, the music teacher will contact parents/students directly to arrange a lesson time. A list will be up outside of SHOR with the name of each girl’s private music teacher. (It is not too late to enrol your daughter in private music lessons. Please click here should you wish to pursue this.) Private Music lessons will start from Week 2.
There have been many requests from parents for lesson times to occur outside of school time. Whilst every effort will be made to accommodate these requests, it may not always be possible. Older students in the Secondary school are always given first preference to these time slots. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.
Music Ensemble Rehearsals will start in Week 2
Rehearsals for most Music ensembles will commence from Week 2 and we are looking forward to having many girls involved! Ensemble lists have been placed on the String, Band and Choral POD pages. The 2021 rehearsal timetable is also available on the POD page.
Choirs: Choirs will begin rehearsals in Week 2, with the exception of Encorah and Volare. Please note that Encorah and Volare will commence rehearsals from the start of Term 2 upon completion of the school musical. Exultate will still however rehearse during Term 1, Thursdays 3:30-4:30pm. (Exultate is an auditioned choir for students in Years 9-12. If your daughter is new to St Margaret’s and would like to audition for this choir, she is encouraged to contact Mr King to arrange an audition time.)
String Ensembles: All String Ensembles will commence rehearsals in Week 2. Please check the Strings POD page for ensemble lists. If students are interested in participating and have not yet auditioned, please contact the Music Department in order to arrange an audition time.
Band Ensembles: All Band Ensembles will commence rehearsals in Week 2. Please check the Bands POD page for ensemble lists. If students are interested in participating and have not yet auditioned, please contact the Music Department in order to arrange an audition time.
Rock Bands: Rock Band starting dates will be confirmed soon.
Music Support Group
The St Margaret’s Music Support Group is a committee of dedicated parents who meet regularly to support the girls who participate in the school’s Music Program. The Music Support Group organises and assists with refreshments at school concerts and fundraises to purchase a range of instruments/equipment to enhance the department’s resources. The first meeting for 2021 will be next week, Tuesday 2 February at 5:00pm in the Primary Music Room (second floor of Chaseley). Parents from both the Primary and Secondary Schools are welcome to attend.
It is with pleasure that I welcome all new and returning students and parents to the St Margaret's Sport Department. A new year always brings the excitement of new ideas, dreams and goals. For many of our students this will be representing St Margaret’s in their chosen sports and/or representing the district, region or state. For others, it will be to have a go and participate and enjoy being active. Whatever these goals are you can be sure that there will be large support base to assist all girls in achieving their goals and dreams for 2021. This includes parents, coaches and teachers who support and volunteer in many ways across numerous sports, resulting in a unique sporting culture of teamwork, persistence and commitment.
All girls have the opportunity to experience this unique sporting culture by registering their intention to participate for one or more sports on offer in Terms 1 and 2. Trials for sports will be dispersed across Weeks 2 and 3 with information being available on individual Sport POD pages. The sports currently available for registration for Terms 1 and 2 are listed below:
On Wednesday 20 January, 97 girls from Years 7 to 12 arrived at St Margaret’s to participate in a three-day Swim Camp. The camp, led by Head Coach Kevin Sargent, provided all participants an opportunity to develop their swimming technique, fitness and team spirit through various swimming sessions, fitness classes and team building activities. These included team meetings, a scavenger hunt, a day at Wet‘n’Wild and a visit from guest speaker, Mike Tyler who was a nationally ranked swimmer and now magician.
Special thanks to all the parents who provided the annual Support Group Beach BBQ on Friday 22 January. Additional thanks to Swimming Coordinator, Mrs Susan Uhlmann, Teacher Assistants, Mr Karl Mandla and Ms Tammy McGinley, as well as the Assistant Coaches who assisted with all camp activities throughout the week.
The camp has provided the building blocks on yet another successful St Margaret's Swim Team and I look forward to all girls achieving their absolute personal best in 2021.
Water Polo State Titles
Congratulations to all students who represented St Margaret’s or their club at the recent Water Polo State Titles held at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre. St Margaret’s was impressive within the Under 14 competition against strong competition and will move into the BWPI season with newly acquired confidence. Thanks to Water Polo Coordinator, Ms Talia O’Callaghan, Coach, Barclay Anderson and parents for their support.
District and Regional Sport Information
A POD page specifically designated to Representative Sport is now accessible. Previously the Metropolitan North Secondary School Sport POD page was accessed through Secondary Sport. Please note that the Met North POD page is now an independent page for registration. If members already have access to this page, please ensure that you modify settings to ensure you receive notifications when news items and nominations for trials are released. New members, please ensure your settings allow you to receive notifications via phone and/or email.
Representative Sport opportunities are occurring over the next 4 weeks and it is very important for those wishing to trial to be aware of the nomination time frames. There are some changes to the nomination process this year which will be provided on the St Margaret's Met North POD page shortly. The following sports are currently requesting nominations:
Any girls wishing to nominate for the above sports must nominate through the Activities Office.
Swimming Support Group Meeting: All interested parents are invited to attend the Swimming Support Group Meeting on Tuesday 2 February at Ms Café.
Water Polo Support Group Meeting: All interested parents are invited to attend the WPSG meeting on Tuesday 9 February in the HPE classrooms in the Sports Precinct.
Cross Country/Touch Football/Athletics Support Group Meeting: All interested parents are invited to attend this Support Group meeting on Tuesday 9 February at Ms Café.
Welcome back to another creative year from all the staff in Secondary Visual Art. During Term 1, there are three after school offerings for students: Tuesday - Art Workshop (PDF 204.1KB) with Ms Smith, Wednesday - Musical Sets with Ms Apel and Thursday - Digital Art Club (PDF 149.3KB) with Ms Martens. All of these activities are free, so we encourage girls to get involved.
Private Speech and Drama Lessons
Private Speech and Drama lessons commence in Week 2 for continuing and newly enrolled students. Before the start of next week, parents of students enrolled in the Speech and Drama Program will receive emails with their daughter’s first lesson time and a letter with further details about the exciting year ahead.
If your daughter is not already enrolled and you would like her to commence Speech and Drama lessons, please complete the online Application for Tuition form as soon as possible by clicking HERE.
If you have any enquiries about the Private Speech and Drama Program, please contact the Coordinator, Maria Chamberlain at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Warm greetings from the Community and Development Office as we welcome our new and returning students for 2021.
2020 was certainly a unique year for St Margaret’s, but amidst the challenges faced with the COVID pandemic, many wonderful things have been achieved. It is fantastic to see the Sports Precinct completed and up and running, already well utilised by the girls, a project which could not have happened without the support of our community – thank you.
We are so grateful for the continued support to the Scholarship Fund which makes an enormous difference to families affected by hardship, including as a result of the COVID pandemic. These students may not otherwise have had the opportunity to experience a St Margaret's education.
It has truly been comforting to witness the solidarity that has emerged in response to the pandemic in 2020; the St Margaret’s community certainly knows the importance of supporting each other through these times. We realise that many of our much-loved events, particularly those run by the P&F Association, were not able to happen last year, but we hope that 2021 will enable us to offer these experiences again. There is never a guarantee, but we know we will be able to adapt, as we have done time and time again.
We look forward to hopefully seeing you all at events throughout the year and working with you to continue to achieve great things for St Margaret’s in 2021!
Interested in joining the Parents & Friends Association?
NOTICE is given that the Annual General Meeting of the St Margaret’s P&F Association Inc. is to be held on Monday 22 February 2021 in the Arts Centre Foyer at 6:30pm.
NOMINATION FOR POSITION: Any one member of the P&F shall be at liberty to nominate any other member to serve as an officer or other member of the Management Committee.
If you are interested in joining the P&F Association, all positions of the Management Committee will be declared vacant at the AGM and a new committee for 2021 will be elected.
Nominations can be made by downloading and completing this Nomination for Position (PDF 71.8KB) form. All nomination forms must be returned to P&F@stmargarets.qld.edu.au or via School Reception by Friday 12 February 2021.
St Margaret’s 2021 Mothers’ Luncheon – Save the Date!
You are warmly invited to join us at the St Margaret's Women's Luncheon on Friday 12 March 2021. This special event is a wonderful opportunity for all women of St Margaret’s, past, present and future to come together.
Tickets go on sale at 9:00am on 9 February 2021.
2021 Professional Women’s Network
Our Professional Women’s Network events program for 2021 has been confirmed!
Tickets will be on sale shortly for the first event which is to be held on Thursday 18 March 2021.
Please check the Careers page on the POD for more information about upcoming Career events.
Who should sit UCAT?
Any Year 12 students who are seeking entry into medicine, dentistry and health science degree programs in 2021. Please note that some pathways to medicine/dentistry/clinical sciences will not require the UCAT.
UCAT ANZ Dates and Fees
Candidates taking the UCAT in 2021 for entry to universities in Australia and New Zealand in 2022 should note these key dates:
For more information about the new test, including price, testing dates and format, please visit: https://www.ucat.edu.au/ucat-anz/ucat-anz-2021/.
Find your passion this July at the 40th annual Tertiary Studies Expo (TSXPO) in Brisbane incorporating the Queensland Work & Skills Expo. The 40th annual Tertiary Studies Expo (TSXPO) will be held on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 July 2021 from 10:00am-4:00pm. Australia's largest tertiary studies expo, offers a unique opportunity for anyone interested in starting, changing or upgrading their career! Featuring many local, interstate and overseas education providers, student services and support agencies. Don't miss this great opportunity to map out your future, all in the one location! RICC Brisbane Showgrounds. A great opportunity for students to collect information from a huge number of exhibitors.
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