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Welcome to the first eNews for the 2020 academic year and 125th anniversary year. I extend a particularly warm welcome to all our new families (represented by 176 students) 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 are listed below:
Hilde Apel (Art, RVE)
Patrice Chappell (Geography, English)
Zerlina Cheng (Maths)
Robert Dryden (Music, History)
Tom Smithers (Science, PE)
Dirk Wellham (English)
Kirrily Wells (English – Term 1)
Kate Frewin – Assistant Head of Primary – Curriculum (PP-6)
Sophie Cameron (Prep)
Georgina Eadie (Year 1)
Rowena Harle (Year 2)
Belinda Knowles (Pre-Prep)
Danielle Patterson (Year 6)
Amy McNally (Learning Enhancement)
Some new support staff members who work closely with students have also joined us this year: Stephan Gillan (Primary Library); Leasl Lanigan – Teacher Aide Learning Enhancement; Shendelle James (Student Support Officer – Secondary).
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 24 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.
Unfortunately, our Dean of Academic Performance, Jo Butterworth, is not well and needs to take leave for approximately 6 months while she is undergoing treatment. Nicole Devlin, the current Dean of Studies, will take on Mrs Butterworth’s role; Mr Tom McCormick will take on the Acting Dean of Studies role and Mrs Louise Brown with take on the role of Acting Head of Faculty - Socio-Cultural Studies. This will take effect from Monday 3 February. Unfortunately, this will necessitate some rearrangement of classes and teachers as we adjust the timetable for the changes in staffing. Mrs Butterworth has said to me how proud she is to be a member of a school community which supports The Pony Tail project. We wish her well over the next few months.
I’d like to personally welcome our new and returning students to the school for 2020. It is lovely to hear the chatter and excitement that the new year brings amongst the staff, students and families. We have a lot to celebrate this year with the 125th anniversary of the school, and I look forward to a wonderful year. I wish everyone a fabulous 2020!
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 Anglican Girls School 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 here.
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 of the Sisters of the Society of the Sacred Advent. The Sisters began the school in 1895, so this year there is much to celebrate as we enter our 125th year of outstanding education.
We are a spiritual community that holds regular worship services which your child will attend. We have a beautiful chapel within our school grounds. There are many opportunities for families to attend special services throughout the year. At the beginning of the year we hold family services. It is desirable that students and their families attend these services. The services are great occasions where students can be baptised or be admitted to Holy Communion if you wish. Later in the school year, we will also be offering Confirmation for students from age 13.
Please be aware of some key dates and opportunities for our students and families are as follows:
In Term 1
Baptism and Admission to Holy Communion will take place in Term 1 for Years 7 and 8. Students are invited to participate in preparation for Baptism and/or Admission at the Years 7 and 8 Family Service on Tuesday 18 February, 6:30pm in the School Chapel. Please find the letter and form attached (PDF 457.3KB) regarding this service.
The Pre-Prep to Year 3 Twilight Family Service will be held on 25 March at 6:00pm. Families and their children are invited to attend this 125th Celebration Family Service.
In Term 2
Years 4-6 are invited to participate in preparation for Baptism and Admission to Holy Communion (Year 4s will all have in-class RVE lessons). The service will take place at the Years 4-6 Family Service on Wednesday 29 April, 6:00pm in the School Chapel. Further information will be communicated during this term.
We ask God to bless us as we move into our 125th Year and celebrate all that has been, and all that is to come.
In 2020, the Boarding House is once again full of smiles and laughter as the girls enjoy the prevailing community. St Margaret’s has a rich history of providing the best care of Boarders since 1895. This year, we have many goals which we aspire to meet to ensure that we provide the best possible care for each individual girl. As a Boarding community, we want to promote and provide for the academic, social, cultural and personal growth of our Boarders within a safe and inclusive residential community.
Our particular focus will be on the Boarders being academically vital, culturally inclusive, community spirited, actively engaged and globally responsible. Central to this is the development of mutual understanding and respect in a supportive living and learning environment. We aim for the girls to learn from and about each other in a safe and inclusive environment where cliques are broken down and individuality is valued. One of the most enjoyable elements of Boarding life is developing essential skills beyond academics and include being involved in community building activities, life-skill sessions, fitness and well-being courses and encouraging every girl to make a positive contribution to the morale and social fabric of the Boarding House.
In the area of academics, the Boarders will enhance their personal learning repertoire by developing their work ethic, knowledge base, study skills, spirit of collegiality and ability to network academically. Our focus will also be on leadership development where we will learn to work in a team, communicate effectively with a range of people and learn to problem solve. We look forward to a positive year in Boarding for everyone and will continue to focus on kindness and gratitude.
Welcome back to 2020 and a very warm welcome to our new families beginning at St Margaret’s. The academic year is already in full swing with Academic Pockets and Progress Certificates being awarded on the Academic Assembly this week. Congratulations to all award winners on your outstanding results in Semester 2 2019.
The following events and resources are available to you over the next week:
Senior Subject Information Evening
On Thursday 6 February, 6:00-8:00pm all parents are invited to attend a Senior Subject Information Evening. The Years 11 and 12 presentations will be separated so that we can discuss the specific academic requirements for each year level. The presentations will be recorded and available in the Parental Portal on the day following. We will provide information and updates about the New QCE system, important study skills and ATAR predictions for the Year 12 students.
Years 10 to 12 students can access a 2020 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. Term 1 Exam Block schedules will be available in Week 3.
ATAR predictions – Year 12
Next week, we will be providing an ATAR prediction to each of the Year 12 students studying the ATAR pathway. The predictions have been calculated using the girls’ Units 1 and 2 results and the process specified by QTAC. The predictions provide a preliminary indication of the girls’ progress based on their formative Year 11 assessment. It is very important for the girls to be aware when they receive these predictions that they can change their ATAR significantly through their effort and application this year. I will be meeting with the girls this Friday during Academic Advising to discuss the predictions and their focus for Year 12.
Welcome back to all returning parents and students and a special welcome to all new students and parents. I hope that your first few days at school have been smooth and you are getting into the swing of things. I was lucky enough to spend some time this week with the Year 7 students as they transition to the Secondary School. The Year 7 girls are certainly full of excitement and have received some good advice to think about and prepare themselves as they move towards their first week on following their timetable next week.
Academic Assembly - Tuesday 28 January
The Academic Assembly, which recognises the achievements of students in Semester 2 2019 was held on Tuesday this week.
To be eligible for these awards the following criteria needs to be met:
Congratulations to the following girls:
YEAR 7 2019 Progress Certificate: Arabella Anderson, Matilda Briggs, Emma Douglas, Charlotte Duke, Emma Fahy, Sofia Fajardo Martinez, Carole Hirst, Ashley Jenkins, Annie Kidd, Aisling Moffatt, Sofia Nona, Sophie Renaut, Isla Roche, Sara Smare, Daniela Sorbello, Arabella Tanner, Lucinda Templeton, Grace Turnbull, Chantay Turner, Hera Vai, Agatha Walker, Georgia White, Lana Wilson, Charlotte Winks.
YEAR 7 2019 Progress Certificate and Academic Pocket: Lily Alford, Skye Clifford, Lucy Dunning, Anastasia Esler, Alice Finlayson, Kate Matheson, Camille Maunder, Lucy Piggott, Milla Roberts, Eloise Round.
YEAR 7 2019 Academic Pocket: Matilda Boone, Rose Brown, Stephanie Gerber, Alexandra Gladman, Arabella Harris, Freya Jones, Chaerin (Lina) Kim, Lucinda Kovac, Maddison Krook, Grace Marchant, Mokhyada Nanda, Astrid O'Meara, Imogen Simpson, Lucy Smith, Sarah Sorensen, Caitlin Williams.
YEAR 8 2019 Progress Certificate: Georgia Barrett-Baker, Arshia Cheema, Jordana Dowling, Charlie Ferris, Sofie Gustafsson, Ava Hampson, Lucy Kennedy, Charlotte Leach.
YEAR 8 2019 Progress Certificate and Academic Pocket: Nicola D'Abreton, Ruby Dee, Annie Ferrier, Beth Slatter.
YEAR 8 2019 Academic Pocket: Shivali Bagga, Sally Bambling, Isabella Bluett, Zoe Boland, Sophie Burgess, Sophia Connor, Olivia Crombie, Jessica Duncan, Matisse Fennessy, Lucy Hansen, Isabella Harte, Genevieve Heather, Ha-Vy Hoang, Se Yeon Kim, Ha Phuong Nhu (Sarah) Le, Olivia McDouall, Lani McWilliam, Ella Menigoz, Kyah Miles, Charlotte Nehill, Charlotte Peat, Stephanie Peereboom, Evangeline Phillips, Sienna Small, Madeline Swan, Sophie Webster, Lucy Williams.
YEAR 9 2019 Progress Certificate: Paige Carrigan, Mackenzie Curr, Romy Faller, Jessica Jenkins, Elizabeth Lambert, Camilla Mackenzie, Isabella Martin, Georgina Reddacliff, Jessica Roberts, Ella Steinberg, Ava Tarabay, Charlie Woodley.
YEAR 9 2019 Progress Certificate and Academic Pocket: Ava Robertson
YEAR 9 2019 Academic Pocket: Elinor Barry, Kate Bloomfield, Amelia Butler-Wood, Sophia Buys, Miyan Chia, Rachel Fitzgerald, Ruby Greenup, Georgie Herring, Kaitlyn Higgins, Eleanor Jewell, Annabel Lauder, Holly Marchant, Eva Matyear, Isla McWilliam, Caitlyn Morse, Jessica Norvill, Millie Nucifora, Faith Phillips, Mia Reinhardt, Lauren Searle, Lily Shann, Ella Woods, Audrey Wren.
YEAR 10 2019 Progress Certificate: Sofia Bell, Ella Blanck, Georgia Boddington, Tara Boone, Alexandra Butterfield, Hannah Campbell, Sophie Cornwell, Harriet Couchman-Frame, Imogene Edwards, Hayley Forster, Yuhui (Queena) Jiang, Anna Martin, Ciel McKay, Josie McPhee, Eva Moller, Taylah Murphy, Mathilda Owen, Stella Pampellonne, Naomi Pang, Chanelle Peter, Erin Ringrose, Piper Rutherford, Isabella Shepherd, Piper Sutcliffe, Tikimai Vele, Holly Watts, Isabella Wishart, Thai Wright.
YEAR 10 2019 Progress Certificate and Academic Pocket: Samantha Cooper, Paloma Fajardo Martinez.
YEAR 10 2019 Academic Pocket: Paige Bastian, Zara Campbell, Estella Caro, Emilyana Di Meco, Liz Fechner, Georgie Gaspar, Hanna Gustafsson, Casandra Mantis, Ada McKie, Ashleigh Pomeroy, Eliza Quayle, Celia Quinn, Rachel Sands, Morgan Wright.
YEAR 11 2019 Progress Certificate: Xilin (Nancy) Cai, Lucia Capelli, Tsoi Wa (Wawa) Chung, Jemima Clark, Shanelle Flute, Jemma Goudge, Lee Chee Leung, Sophie North, Tyeena Pang, Charlotte Poth, Annabel Reddacliff, Georgia Robinson, Meg Sargood, Amelia Simpson, Charli Stafford, Tannisha Tran, Charlotte Willersdorf.
YEAR 11 2019 Progress Certificate and Academic Pocket: Eva Campbell, Rose Couper, Brenna Cox, Margot Davis, Victoria Leach, Nguyen Thao (Harvey) Nguyen, Harriet Warby.
YEAR 11 2019 Academic Pocket: Isobel Barry, Sophia Colledge, Cyrah Finlayson, Zali Fisher, Emily Pitt.
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 5pm to 7:30pm, with students having the option of purchasing dinner from the Boarding House for $10 (served at approximately 6pm).
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 5pm 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 and are also interacting with peers in a physically and emotionally safe environment.
Dates for the sessions and when bookings open are below:
2020 Supervised Study Sessions
Term 1: 3 February – 26 March (except 19 February due to Interhouse Swimming)
Term 2: 27 April – 13 June
Term 3: 20 July – 10 September
Term 4: 12 October – 19 November (except for 13 October due to Speech Night)
To book, parents will need to log on to Flexischools and select ‘Supervised Study Sessions’. Bookings are limited to 25 participants each night and when a session is full no further bookings can be made. Bookings are essential and should be made in advance to ensure a place is available. If dinner is required, payment must be paid at the time of booking and this option selected in Flexischools. Please note, if you are booking dinner for your daughter and she has special dietary requirements can you please email Rosemarie Parisi (email@example.com) with the date and dietary needs to ensure these are catered for.
During these sessions, girls work with tutors to organise a plan of study for the term. This involves looking at their assessment calendar and planning to ensure they are prepared for the next lesson and assessment. The main goal of SSS is to assist students to revise work covered so far and support and extend their understanding of learning from lessons in preparation for assessment.
New Parenting Resource - SchoolTV
It’s never been more challenging for parents to raise happy, healthy and resilient children. Like never before, parents need to be informed with clear, fact-based information on the many challenges faced by today’s youth. Topics such as youth anxiety, depression, self-harm, drug and alcohol use, cyberbullying and many others need clear explanation and guidance.
SchoolTV is a new ongoing resource that is now available to our parents. Each edition will address a major topic with expert interviews, fact sheets, parent quiz, recommended apps, books and much more. SchoolTV aggregates information from many great resources such as BeyondBlue and ReachOut amongst others. SchoolTV provides a single stream of independent factual information that saves parents time and confusion of searching online across multiple sites for information.
You can access the SchoolTV archive here.
Special Report: Parenting Styles - What type of parent are you?
There are so many different opinions offered on how best to parent. New parents will often have firm beliefs about how they wish to balance love and discipline, but this ideal often goes out the window when a toddler throws their first tantrum in the supermarket!
Raising children can bring parents and caregivers great joy despite many learning ‘on the job’ and growing into the role through experience and understanding. Children will always flourish in a warm and loving environment, supported by clear guidance.
In this Special Report, parents and caregivers can gain a greater understanding of the four defined parenting styles by taking part in the quiz. It can guide parents towards deciding which style they wish to adopt and the effects it may have on their children.
We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this Special Report, and as always, we welcome your feedback. If you do have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child, please contact the school for further information or seek medical or professional help.
Please click here to access the Special Report.
Welcome to a new decade starting with an exciting year of St Margaret’s 125-year Anniversary celebrations. The beginning of a school year is new for all members of the community, particularly the 78 new Primary school students. Teachers and students are getting to know each other. The teachers are uncovering all aspects of each child’s personality and development (social, emotional, academic, spiritual and physical), buddies, classmates and parents are helping new members of our school community with their transition. 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.
In the upcoming weeks I will meet with the new students at morning teas. This is as an opportunity for each of us to get to know one another. I look forward to the opportunity to meet parents at our Parent Information Night on Wednesday 5 February. Please check the POD for details about the evening.
Before and after school arrangements can become hectic, so I would encourage parents to familiarise themselves with our drop off and pick up procedures. 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 from Monday to Thursday until 3:40pm, and Friday until 3:30pm. Please encourage your daughter to look out for you so the teacher can supervise her as she moves to your car.
The 2-Minute Zone is a set down and collection point only. It is illegal to leave your car when parked in this area. Please note, there is a teacher on duty only at the Butler Street Pick Up Zone. We encourage parents of students in Years 1-6 not to park and walk into the school, but to meet your child outside. These arrangements are in place to help reduce the congestion at the school crossing.
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. Staff monitor these parks to ensure they are only used by cars displaying these permits. We encourage you to follow this process to ensure the safety of our Pre-Prep students.
Please note, the Pre-Prep parks may be used by all other parents between 9:00am - 2:00pm or after 3:00pm.
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 2020!
Welcome to the St Margaret’s Music Program! The Music Program 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 Camp, MAYO Festival, Anglican Schools Music Festival, Strings/Band/Choral Concerts, Classics in the Cathedral and several recitals at which students may gain solo performance experience. 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 welcome to contact the Music Department via phone: 3862 0705, email: Music@stmargarets.qld.edu.au or visit the Sister Helen Orchestra Room (SHOR) if you need assistance.
St Margaret's Music is excited to once again offer the opportunity for girls in Years 7-12 to attend our biennial Music Camp! The Music Camp will take place this year on the weekend of Friday 21 to Sunday 23 February 2020 at Luther Heights Youth Camp. It is an expectation that all Years 7-12 girls who participate in Secondary school co-curricular music groups will attend the camp. Time will be spent rehearsing in music ensembles improving musical skills and participating in other fun activities. This will be an excellent opportunity for girls to not only learn new music repertoire within music ensembles, but also build relationships with other girls in the music program and the music staff. It will also be an opportunity to rehearse for upcoming performances such as Open Day. The cost to attend the camp is $230 with Flexischools now open to take bookings. Further details are available here (PDF 250.3KB).
Music Staff News
A very big welcome to new staff who will be joining us in 2020. We welcome Mr Alex McPherson who will be replacing Ms Eleanor Streatfeild during Semester 1 whilst Ms Streatfeild is away on leave. Mr McPherson has been teaching with the Coffs Harbour Regional Conservatorium and is a regular performer with the Qld Pops Orchestra. We look forward to welcoming Mr McPherson to the St Margaret’s Music team for Semester 1!
Private Music Lessons will start in Week 2
On Friday 31 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. An Application Form with terms and conditions is attached (PDF 184.8KB) should you wish to do 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 2020 Ensemble Rehearsal Timetable is also available on the POD page.
Choirs: All choirs will begin rehearsals in Week 2 (with the exception of Volare which will commence in Week 3). Please note that all choirs (with the exception of Volare and Exultate) are non-auditioned. There is no need to sign up and all girls are welcome to participate. If students are interested in joining Volare or Exultate and have not yet auditioned, please contact the Music Department in order to arrange a time. (Extra auditions for Volare will occur after the Elevarsi rehearsal on Monday 3 February at 4:30pm).
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 lists will be published by the end of Week 1 on the Bands POD page with rehearsals commencing in Week 2.
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 2020 will be on Tuesday 11 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.
A warm welcome to the 2020 St Margaret’s Sporting year. Whilst it is the ‘Year of the Rat’ according to the Chinese calendar, I have no doubt it will be the ‘Year of the Dragon’ for St Margaret’s in all sporting competitions. The ‘Dragon’ brings a great level of energy, enthusiasm and ambition. Dragons exhibit confidence and are fearless in the face of challenge, which inevitably results in success.
These traits are ones I hope all girls embody in their sporting endeavours. I wish all girls every success in achieving their goals and dreams for 2020. For many, it will be representing St Margaret’s in their chosen sports or perhaps representing the district, region or even Queensland. For others, it will be ‘having a go’, participating and enjoying being active. Whatever goals our students may have there will undoubtedly be highs and lows and that is what makes playing sport so exciting and exhilarating!
All girls will have the opportunity to join numerous sports on offer in Terms 1 and 2. Trials and training are commencing for all year levels over the next two weeks. If you are yet to register for a sport, please visit the Secondary Sport POD page for all online registration links.
District Sport Trials
There are opportunities to represent the North Independent District in the following sports:
Trial notices for the above sports are now available via the Metropolitan North POD page found on the Secondary Sport POD page.
National All Schools Athletics Championships
Congratulations to the St Margaret’s Junior Athletics team who competed at the National All Schools Athletics Championships on 9 December at the Perth Athletics Centre. The team comprised of Tshia Nielsen (7, 2019), Tayden Tomich (8, 2019), Genevieve Heather (8, 2019), Maicey Lynch (9, 2019) and Kayla Newberry (9, 2019) who performed well to finish 7th against 14 other schools from across Australia. Special thanks to Head Coach, Mr Eric Brown who guided this team to achieve a solid result.
On Wednesday 22 January, 73 girls from Years 7 to 12 travelled to The Southport School on the Gold Coast to participate in the St Margaret’s Swim Camp. The camp led by Head Coach, Kevin Sargent and Coordinator, Ms Phoebe Mawer provided all participants an opportunity to develop their swimming technique and fitness through various swimming sessions, including one with Churchie, fitness classes involving Yoga, Pilates, HITT and a final session involving open water swimming and beach flag sprints. Other activities included a captain-led team scavenger hunt by Elke Howes and Sophie Leggett, a trip to the movies, beach barbecue and a day at Wet‘n’Wild which all helped build teamwork and strong bonds between girls across all year levels.
Special thanks goes to all parents who helped with the beach barbecue on Friday 22 January and additional thanks to staff and coaching members, who gave their time to support the squad throughout the week.
Isabella Harte (Year 9) who won gold in the 3000m at the All Schools National Athletics Championships in December.
Chelsea Johnson (Year 10) who won gold at the National Water Polo Championships with her team. This is the 4th consecutive National Championship Chelsea has attended, well done!
Tayden Tomich (Year 9), Brogan Tomich (Year 8) and Kayla Newberry (Year 10) who have qualified for the Australian Heptathlon Championships in February.
Parent Support Group Meetings
The Water Polo Support Group will be meeting on Tuesday 4 February at 6pm in M’s Café. All parents are welcome to attend.
The Cross Country and Touch Football Support Group will be meeting on Tuesday 4 February at 6pm in the Arts Centre Foyer. All parents are welcome to attend.
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 you have any enquiries about the Private Speech and Drama Program, please contact the Coordinator, Maria Chamberlain at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As we welcome our new and returning students for 2020, our 125th Anniversary year, you will have noticed a significant change to the school campus with the new sports precinct coming to life! And I’m pleased to share that we are extremely close to realising our $1.2m fundraising goal for this project.
Donations through the Scholarship Fund continue to support families within our community affected by environmental disasters and those who may not otherwise have had the opportunity to experience a St Margaret's education.
This year, we are trying something a little bit different... As you might have noted in the 125 Year Calendar of Events in the last issue of the Flyer magazine, on Thursday 19 March 2020, St Margaret’s will host its inaugural Giving Day! Our Chair of Foundation, Kylie Lamprecht, looks forward to sharing further details of the day at the Parent Information Evenings next week.
I know that like me, the recent bushfires and drought that have impacted much of Australia have touched a nerve in us all. It has been comforting to witness the solidarity that has emerged in response for our fire and drought affected communities. We know that you understand the importance of supporting others who are doing it tough, and we ask that you also keep St Margaret’s work alive in 2020 through your participation in giving.
Every member of the community can play a role in creating a life-changing educational experience for our girls, as we have done together now for 125 years.
We also have an action-packed year of 125 Year Anniversary events and activities planned to bring our school community together, including a very special St Margaret’s 125 Year Women’s Luncheon on Friday 13 March 2020.
We look forward to seeing you at these events throughout the year, and working with you to achieve great things for St Margaret’s in 2020!
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 24 February 2020 in the Arts Centre Foyer, 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 Annual General Meeting and a new committee for 2020 will be elected.
Nominations can be made by downloading and completing this Nomination for Position form (PDF 75.6KB). All nomination forms must be returned to P&F@stmargarets.qld.edu.au or via School Reception by Friday 14 February 2020.
St Margaret’s Women’s Luncheon
In celebration of our 125-year Anniversary, you are warmly invited to join us at the St Margaret's Women's Luncheon. This special anniversary event is a wonderful opportunity for all women of St Margaret’s, past, present and future to come together.
Date: Friday 13 March 2020
Location: The Greek Club, 29 Edmonstone Street, South Brisbane
Tickets: $125 per person, $1,250 for a table of 10, includes drink on arrival, 2-course lunch and 3-hour drinks package
RSVP: Monday 2 March 2020 (No refunds will be given after the RSVP date)
Table and Ticket Enquiries: Please contact the Development Office on 07 3862 0765 or email: email@example.com
General Enquiries: Anthea Damman 0403 846 258 or Angela Pratt 0413 701 407
Buy your tickets today via Flexischools.
2020 Milestone Reunion Dates
We are pleased to announce the dates for our 2020 Milestone reunions!
10 Year Reunion – Class of 2010 – Friday 24 July
20 Year Reunion – Class of 2000 – Friday 24 July
30 Year Reunion – Class of 1990 – Friday 24 July
40 Year Reunion – Class of 1980 – Saturday 25 July
50 Year Reunion – Class of 1970 – Saturday 25 July
60 Year Reunion – Class of 1960 – Saturday 25 July
Old Girls’ Day (Chapel Service and Morning Tea) – Sunday 26 July
60+ Year Reunion – Monday 27 July
2020 Professional Women’s Network
Our Professional Women’s Network events program for 2020 has been confirmed!
Tickets will be on sale shortly for the first event!
In the meantime, please add these dates to your diary:
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