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Welcome to the first eNews for the 2019 academic year and I wish to extend a particularly warm welcome to all our new families (represented by 197 students) to St Margaret’s. Several new teaching staff joined us this year, and I formally welcome them to the St Margaret’s community. Their names and the areas in which they teach or lead are listed below:
Head of Faculty – E-Learning and Research
Learning Enhancement Coordinator (Prep – Year 12):
At the beginning of the year we are holding four very important parent information evenings:
I’m excited about the year ahead and hope that you and your daughter are also looking forward to a rewarding and fulfilling year.
I’d like to personally welcome our new and returning students to the school for 2019. It seems like yesterday that we were farewelling everyone for the Christmas holidays.
The positivity I have felt with the students in the first days is reassuring. In talking with students after our first assembly on Tuesday, many expressed that they are looking forward to the year ahead, have already started making plans and goals for their learning, and are all generally ready to take on the new year.
I’d like to take this opportunity to highlight one of the unique programs our school offers - the Flyers Program. Taken from our School motto Per Volar Sunata – Born to Fly Upwards – this is a program that supports and recognises outstanding commitment of students to sport, music and academics.
The objective of the Academic Flyers Program is to inspire, encourage and extend students academically. Those involved in the Academic Flyers Program undergo further extension and enrichment activities, they are invited to join extension courses such as competitions and days dedicated to enrichment, and Music and English extension in their senior year. Students are selected based on the recommendation of Heads of Faculty or one of the Academic Deans in consultation with the Deputy Principal. Selection is based on records of high achievement and demonstrated ability.
The Sports and Performance Flyers Program is for outstanding athletes and performing artists and assists students to achieve both their academic and extra-curricular goals through personalised learning. These students will have their course tailored to allow for extensive rehearsal and practice times needed to reach an elite level. Students applying for the Sports and Performance Flyers Program need to have proof they are performing on an exceptional level in their area. Potential music participants should be performing at the level of the Queensland Youth Orchestra; athletes must be state or national representatives in the relevant semester; and candidates in other fields will only be accepted if they are performing at comparative eligibility levels to sport and music. Students must apply for the Flyers Program through the Head of Sport, the Head of Arts and Design or the Head of Performance.
I wish everyone a fabulous 2019!
Student Protection Officers
St Margaret's AGS is committed to:
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:
So much information! But here’s a little more … Primary and Secondary families!
A warm welcome to all returning and brand new students and their families. St Margaret’s is truly a place where all can be immersed in what we have on offer from academics to cultural to spiritual to actively sporty! As an Anglican School we are proudly part of the wider Church and we honour our traditions and the ethos of the Sisters of the Society of the Sacred Advent who began our school in 1895.
Admission to Holy Communion will take place in Term 1. For Years 7 and 8, both new and old students, you are invited to participate in preparation for Admission at the Years 7/8 Family Service on Tuesday 26 February at 6:30pm in the School Chapel.
Years 4-6 are invited to participate in preparation (Year 4s will all have in-class RVE lessons) and Admission to Communion will take place at the Years 4-6 Family Service on Wednesday 13 March at 6pm in the School Chapel.
More information and welcome letters will be coming home soon.
Please note in your diaries that there is a separate PP-3 Twilight Family Service on Wednesday 27 March at 6pm also in the School Chapel.
Sunday Services for ALL Ages
Each term we aim to offer to the wider school community the chance to gather on a Sunday morning for a ‘casually traditional’ Service of Communion. It is for all ages, current, future and past families and any family or friends. In Term 1, we shall be worshipping on Sunday 17 February and Sunday 17 March, 9:30am in the Chapel. Year 8 students assist and also offer morning tea after the service.
Youth Group – Years 5-9
The Anglican Church at Aspley (Ridley Rd) welcomes all young people to join their youth for activities and fellowship on Sunday 3 February from 4-6pm. The theme for Term 1 is “Explorers!” with games, activities, food and reflections following the idea of journeys and discovery.
Thursday 7 February: Year 8 Chapel, 8:20am
Thursday 7 February: Year 10 Chapel, 10:50am
Tuesday 12 February: Year 9 Chapel, 10:50am
Thursday 14 February: Primary Chapel, 9:50am
Sunday 17 February: All Ages Church, 9:30am
Monday 18 February: Year 6 Leaders’ Induction, 8:30am
Reflection – Prayer for the new school year (for mums, dads, guardians …)
Phew, we have made it to the start of a new school year! Thanks God for helping us through the holidays. You know we love them and the joy they bring, but it is such a relief to get them back to school!
But, then there is all that other stuff … Oh, God! What if they struggle? What if they find friendships hard? What if they cannot juggle their responsibilities …?
Loving God, guide us all on this journey of life and learning. Help us all to use our strengths to make it all come together. Hold each one of us – young and old – in the palm of Your hand. Because there are some doozies ahead of us all!
Love us and bless us all.
Bring us a sense of peace in the craziness of our days. May we remember to breathe, and remember You are right beside us!
Archbishop’s Message for Schools 2019
Each year, our school along with all others in the Anglican Church of Southern Queensland, is invited to engage with a particular theme chosen by our Archbishop, Phillip Aspinall. I will write more about this message next week; however, please click here to view the link.
With every blessing on you and your week ahead,
The Reverend Canon Nicki Colledge
This week, we welcomed many new Boarders to our community. The beginning of Term 1 can seem overwhelming for our new Boarders; however, our returning Boarders are always there to guide and help them to settle in. With the support and care of our House Mothers, the girls will quickly settle into the routine of Boarding and, in turn, feel part of our community.
This year, the Boarding House has a new structure in place to support the girls, families and our community. Gracemere Mataia is Head of Senior House and has the responsibility for Years 10, 11 and 12 and Fiona Spooner is the Head of Junior House and has the responsibility of Years 7, 8 and 9. Sandra Johnson will continue to be responsible for the girls from Years 7-12 in regard to ongoing pastoral concerns. We are looking forward to a very positive year as we work as a team to ensure the best possible outcomes for all of the girls.
In 2019, our overall goal for the Boarding House is Kindness, Gratitude and Respect. Over the coming weeks we will be speaking to the girls about how important it is to develop a deeper sense of community. We will also share with Boarding parents some of the work that we will be doing with the girls in relation to our goals.
This weekend is our Closed Weekend and we are looking forward to all of the girls coming together and enjoying each other’s company.
Welcome back to 2019 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 2018.
The following events and activities are scheduled over the next week:
Assessment Planners – Years 11 and 12
Year 11 and 12 students can access a 12-month Assessment Planner on their Year Level POD pages. All assignments and exams for Term 1 to 4 are recorded so that 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. Exam Block schedules will be available in Week 3.
QCS Immersion Day – Year 12
On Wednesday 6 February, Year 12 OP eligible students will participate in a QCS Immersion Day. For the first part of the day the girls will receive feedback about the Short Response practice test they completed at the end of last year. This will enable them to reflect on areas of strength and weakness to then move onto a series of practice questions. Our presenters will be refining the girls approach to answer questions and building skills to respond to each of the Common Curriculum Elements. In the afternoon session the girls will complete another Short Response practice test.
Academic Progress meetings – Year 12
At the end of last year, a letter was emailed to the parents of students who will complete Year 12 this year. The letter confirmed the academic pathway your daughter has selected, that being either an OP or Selection Rank pathway. This week I will be asking all Year 12s to sign up for an academic progress meeting to discuss their Year 11 progress, goals for 2019 and OP prediction if eligible. Meeting times will be available before, during and after school and you are most welcome to attend these meetings with your daughter.
Senior Subject Information Evening
On Thursday 7 February, 6-8pm, all parents are invited to attend a Senior Subject Information Evening. This year, the new QCE system is beginning in Queensland so the academic program for Years 11 and 12 is different. To be able to address the different requirements we have separated the Year 11 and 12 presentations. I am looking forward to the opportunity to continue to work with you as we support your daughter’s academic progress this year.
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 girls 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 29 January
The Academic Assembly which recognises the achievements of students in Semester 2, 2018 was held on Tuesday this week.
To be eligible for these awards the following criteria needs to be met:
Congratulations to the following girls:
Progress Certificates: Shemyliah Ahmat, Harriet Buckley, Ruby Dee, Arkie Edwards, Charlie Ferris, Elle Gordon, Alexandra Holland, Yeonju (Julie) Kim, Tiffany-Rose Kimeklis, Olivia McDouall, Ella Sibley, Lilly Smith-Roberts, Tayden Tomich, Ellie Tsien, Julia White, Mikaela Wille, Helaina Williams.
Academic Pocket: Shivali Bagga, Isabella Bluett, Zoe Boland, Sophia Connor, Nicola D’Abreton, Jessica Duncan, Genevieve Heather, Ha-Vy Hoang, Dimity Hunter, Se Yeon Kim, Ella Menigoz, Charlotte (Lottie) Nehill, Beth Slatter, Georgia Warby, Sophie Webster, Lucy Williams.
Progress Certificates: Imogen Elliott, Olivia Gatenby, Charlotte Hoey, Eloise Maher, Grace Reilly, Ella Steinberg, Sharni-Rae Vale.
Academic Pocket: Elinor Barry, Kate Bloomfield, Amelia Butler-Wood, Miyan Chia, Rachel Fitzgerald, Ruby Greenup, Gabriella Henzell, Georgie Herring, Kaitlyn Higgins, Eleanor Jewell, Annabel Lauder, Holly Marchant, Isla McWilliam, Rosie Nehill, Millie Nucifora, Ava Robertson, Lauren Searle, Lily Shann, Ella Woods.
Progress Certificates: Victoria Burns, Stella Pampellonne, Abigail Ramsay, Tikimai Vele.
Progress Certificate and Academic Pocket: Georgia Ditchfield, Hanna Gustafsson, Sarah Kelly, Eva Young.
Academic Pocket: Gabrielle Agnew, Teneille Allen, Paige Bastian, Zara Campbell, Estella Caro, Samantha Cooper, Olivia Donoghue, Paloma Fajardo, Georgie Gaspar, Yolanda Hunt, Casandra Mantis, Ada McKie, Taylah Murphy, Georgia O'Driscoll, Ashleigh Pomeroy, Celia Quinn, Rachel Sands, Ashleigh Witenden.
Progress Certificates: Jacqueline Bell, Aimee Boylen, Lily Brown, Kydeesha Crawford, Matilda Damman, Olivia Garland, Jemma Goudge, Margot Lisle, Tyeena Pang, Annabel Reddacliff, Georgia Robinson, Lauren Toone, Allysah Toua, Tannisha Tran.
Progress Certificate and Academic Pocket: Brenna Cox, Margot Davis, Bianca Licina.
Academic Pocket: Isobel Barry, Eva Campbell, Leilani Chia, Sophia Colledge, Rose Couper, Cyrah Finlayson, Zali Fisher, Shanelle Flute, Sophie Gerlach-Zuch, Rebecca Lauder, Sophie Leggett, Sarah Mitic, Alice O'Driscoll, Emily Pitt, Tamika Tran, Harriet Warby.
Progress Certificates: Alexis Bennett, Claudia Bosworth, Lillyana Bowden, Nina Conomos, Maria Dines Muntaner, Annabelle Gould, Ji A Kim, Gabrielle McGann, Hannah Newton, Isabella Polovich, Kristy Ramina, Hannah Reid, Grace Solomon-Innes, Georgia Trier, Lillian Wallace.
Progress Certificate and Academic Pocket: Isabella Corby-Bakkelund, Elizabeth Fowler.
Academic Pocket: Kelsey Booth, Sophie Cosgrove, Lucy Gaspar, Ella Leavey, Hilary McKie, Samantha Morgan, Megan Roxburgh, Justine Solomon, Chisaki Warita, Yingying Wu.
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 (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 daughter’s 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:
2019 Supervised Study Sessions
Term 1: 4 February – 28 March (except 21 February due to Interhouse Swimming)
Term 2: 29 April – 13 June
Term 3: 22 July – 12 September (except for 13 August due to Classics in the Cathedral)
Term 4: 14 October – 21 November (except for 12 November due to Speech Night)
To book, parents will need to log into 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, please email Barbara Orts at: BOrts@stmargarets.qld.edu.au 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 how to ensure they are prepared for the next lesson and assessment. The main goal of SSS is to assist students to revise work covered and to support and extend their understanding of learning from lessons so they are prepared for assessment.
Welcome back to another school year. I extend a very warm welcome to all new girls and their families to the St Margaret’s community. The beginning of a new year can present a plethora of emotions among our student body. For many there is excitement about catching up with friends after the long summer holidays. Some are eager to try new subjects and meet new teachers, while others may experience nerves or anxiety, especially if they are new to the school. An unfamiliar environment and the fear of the unknown can be daunting. We understand that each girl walking through the gates this week, whether a returning student or a fresh face to the campus, will have her own story and her own needs. With the assistance of our experienced and well-qualified staff we will endeavour to assist you daughters to settle into St Margaret’s for 2019 as well as we can.
Each girl in the Secondary school is allocated a Form teacher (Years 7 and 8) or an Academic Advisor (Years 9-12), who will have face-to-face contact with your daughter most days. There is also a Head of Year assigned to each cohort, who will work closely with the Form teacher and Academic Advisor to oversee student wellbeing. Along with these key people, a number of other staff may be of assistance; Heads of Faculty, Dean of Studies (Years 7-9), Dean of Pedagogy (Years 10-12), Student Councellor and Chaplain.
As parents, I encourage you to keep the lines of communication open with your daughters as to her schooling experience. Usually we say that no news is good news, but sometimes no news can mean something is bothering a student and she may not know the best way to deal with it. Each year can present new challenges, socially and academically, and often these challenges are unexpected. All of the staff can be reached by telephone or email, and I encourage you to contact the school if you have any concerns with your daughter throughout the year.
Secondary Parent Information Evening
Parents are cordially invited to attend the Secondary Parent Information Evening on Thursday 7 February 2019, 6–8pm in the Arts Centre Foyer and Terraces. Drinks and canapés will be served on the Terraces at 6pm, followed by informative discussions specific to your daughter’s year level starting at 6:30pm. Please RSVP to email@example.com.
Secondary School Assembly
This year, with the construction of our new Sporting Precinct, the school will hold separate assemblies for Primary and Secondary students in various locations. Primary students will attend their assembly in the Atrium, while the Secondary School assembly will be held in Eton Hall. However, due to the size of the Secondary school we no longer have the capacity to fit all students in Eton Hall. Therefore, Secondary students from Years 7-11 will be rotated from Eton Hall to either the LOFT or ACF where the assembly will be live-streamed to these venues. This will occur every Tuesday from 9:50-10:25am. As assemblies are very much student-led, Year 12 students will be required in Eton Hall for each assembly.
“Begin at the beginning” the King said very gravely, “and go on till you come to the end: then stop”.
Lewis Carroll (Alice in Wonderland)
The beginning of a new school year is new for all members of the school community. A new class of students means making new friends and getting to know the teachers for both the students and the parents. For the teachers, a new year means getting to know all aspects of each child’s personality and development (social, emotional, academic, spiritual and physical). A new year level also brings new knowledge within a new classroom. Added to this for 90 new students, it also about becoming a member of the school community. I believe this is made easier because our community’s foundation is one of hospitality and helping others. I know our parents, buddies and new students’ classmates will help new students and families with their transition to our school. The Primary Parent Handbook is also a useful source. All new parents received a hard copy from the class teacher and it is also available online https://www.stmargarets.qld.edu.au/learning/primary-school (bottom of the page).
In the upcoming weeks I will meet with the new students at morning teas as an opportunity to get to know them better. I will also have the opportunity to meet new parents at our Parent Information Night on Wednesday 6 February.
The physical environment of the Primary school is certainly new for everyone this year with playground and eating area changes. Classroom location changes for Prep to Year 3 students helped them settle very easily into them on the first day. These changes are the outcome of the new sporting precinct being created alongside the Primary school classrooms. The teachers will use this as a source of learning as the girls regularly observe (from a safe spot) the buildings coming down and then throughout the year watch the precinct rise.
During this time of change, I would like to thank parents for their understanding and support. I also encourage parents to familiarise themselves with our drop-off and pick-up procedures. Parents are encouraged to drop students in the Drop-Off zone in order 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.
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. The 2-Minute Zone is not an area for parking (or prolonged parking). 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 top of the zone and 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 9am - 2pm or after 3pm. Outside of these hours, the parks are for use by Pre-Prep parents only for a maximum of 10 minutes.
I thank parents in anticipation of their support and please do not hesitate to contact me regarding any aspect of your child in the Primary School.
So, on the advice of the King in Alice in Wonderland we have started at the beginning and I know by the time we come to the end we will be a greater community because of the growth in learning and understanding and acceptance of others.
Goal Setting in the Primary School
With the beginning of a new school year our students find themselves in a new year level, being taught by a new teacher, interacting with new class mates and for some, even being in a new school; this is an opportune time to begin to think about setting new learning goals.
Goal setting is an incredibly important factor in improving performance in nearly every aspect of life. Goals motivate us, they focus our efforts and help us make decisions along the way. Goals make us think about how we want to improve.
Most students do not reflect on their own learning naturally. It is not an innate skill that students have when they come to school. It is something that needs to be taught. The process of setting goals allows students to choose where they want to improve their performance in school and what they want to achieve. By knowing what they want to achieve, students can identify what they have to concentrate on in order to see growth.
By setting goals and measuring their achievements, students are able to see what they have done and what they are capable of. Seeing their results gives the confidence and assurance that they need to believe they can achieve higher goals.
When we talk to our children about setting goals we need to ensure we encourage them to think about:
It is important to note that all goals should be expressed positively. Sometimes our children will set aspirational goals and they may not meet their goal. This is okay. We then need to talk with them about how to adjust their goal, understand the reason/s for why they were not able to achieve it and what their next actions should be. However, if they have achieved their goal, this accomplishment should be celebrated.
Each step in the goal setting process is important; our dedicated teachers are committed to giving our students the learning tools they need to reach their full potential. Our students, with their teachers, will set individual learning goals across academic and non-academic areas.
These goals will be identified and set in a variety of meaningful ways, for example, through individual conferencing where the teacher discusses personalised learning targets and assists the student with setting a goal. Conferencing is regularly carried out to ensure students feel connected with their learning and have the opportunity to provide evidence that they are progressing toward their mutually agreed goals.
Please take the time to talk to your children about some of the goals they are going to work towards in 2019.
Assistant Head of Primary
Saturday 2 February: Primary Swimming Camp, Nudgee College, 9am-2:30pm
Wednesday 6 February: Primary Information Evening, Atrium and Classrooms, 6:30-8:30pm
Thursday 14 February: Class Parent Representative Morning Tea, Primary Library, 8:30-10am
Sunday 17 February: All Ages Church, 9:30am
Welcome to 2019!
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 school musical, Strings/Band/Choral Concerts, Classics in the Cathedral and a number of recitals at which students may gain solo performance experience. We believe it will be a wonderful year of music-making for all girls involved.
Weekly information will be provided via the St Margaret’s Music POD page. The Music Department also sends out a weekly newsletter via email that provides parents with relevant information pertaining to rehearsals, upcoming concert information, special events etc. If your daughter is undertaking music lessons or is involved in a music ensemble, you will automatically receive the newsletter. If you are not receiving this email but would like to, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can ensure you are on the mailing list.
For further information on the St Margaret’s Music Program, please click here (PDF 10.6MB) to download the St Margaret’s Music Handbook.
Music Staff News
A very big welcome to new staff who will be joining us in 2019. We welcome Ms Alice Emor-Kan who will take on the role of Percussion Teacher. Alice currently also teaches at Churchie and St Patrick’s College. She has had a wide range of performance experience, ranging from performing with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and the WA Symphony Orchestra, to performing with the acclaimed percussion ensemble, Percussimo.
Ms Lauren Albury will take on the role of Upper Brass teacher. She has maintained a private teaching studio for several years and has taught at several state schools and also currently teaches at Grace Lutheran College and at Mt St Michael’s. Lauren has performed with the Qld Pops Orchestra, the Qld Symphony Orchestra and the Qld Youth Orchestra. (For students learning with Ms Albury, please note that lessons will not commence until Week 3).
We also welcome Ms Alys Rayner who will teach Upper Strings. Alys is a very accomplished performer, having performed with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, the Qld Conservatorium Symphony and Opera Orchestra, the Australian Youth Orchestra and the Canberra Youth Orchestra. Alys has also maintained a private teaching studio for the past eight years.
We are very much looking forward to welcoming our new staff to the St Margaret’s Music team!
Private Music Lessons will start in Week 2
On Friday 1 February during lunchtime, students from Years 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 200.9KB) 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
Primary and Secondary Music Ensembles will begin rehearsing in Week 2 from Monday 4 February. Please see attached Ensemble Timetable (PDF 159.1KB)e for rehearsal times. Please note that there are some changes to rehearsal times for 2019. In particular, the Chaseley Concert Band will rehearse on Wednesday mornings (7:15 - 8:15am) and the Jackson Concert Band will rehearse on Thursday morning (7:15 - 8:15am) in the Sister Helen Orchestra Room (SHOR). Encorah will commence rehearsals in Term 2 due to the school Musical. Elevarsi Voices will commence rehearsals in Week 4 - Monday 18 February.
New students are welcome to join ensembles and are encouraged to see Mr King or Ms Brennan as to what ensembles might best suit them.
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 2019 will be on Tuesday 5 February at 5pm 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 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 or state. For others it will be to have a go, participate and enjoy being active. Whatever these goals are you can be sure that there will be a large support base to assist all girls in achieving their goals and dreams for 2019. This includes parents, coaches and teachers who support and volunteer in many ways across a number of sports resulting in a unique sporting culture of teamwork, persistence and commitment.
All girls have the opportunity to experience a number of different sports this semester and can do so by registering online via the Secondary Sport POD page for one or more of the below sports:
Communication surrounding each of the sports comes through the Secondary Sport POD page and the individual Sport POD pages. To assist parents in logging into the POD and joining the individual sport groups please access the ‘Pod Parent Guide’ here (PDF 1MB). Additionally, to access the POD via your mobile phone, ensure you have downloaded the St Margaret’s App. To assist in accessing this App, click here for the App guide (PDF 849.2KB).
On Wednesday 23 January, 75 girls from Years 7 to 12 arrived at The Southport School on the Gold Coast to participate in the St Margaret’s 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 including team meetings, a scavenger hunt, a day at Wet ‘n’ Wild and a visit from an up and coming Australian swimmer.
Special thanks to all parents who provided items and to those who assisted at the annual Support Group Beach BBQ on Friday 25 January. Additional thanks to Ms Phoebe Mawer, Mr Kevin Sargent, Mr Karl Mandla and assistant coaches who helped coordinate the camp throughout the week.
The camp has now provided the building blocks for yet another successful St Margaret's Swim Team and I look forward to all girls achieving their absolute personal best in 2019.
Swimming Schedule – Term 1
A new training schedule has been released. Please access it through the swimming POD page. Please note, any new girls or old who would like to commence training are very welcome.
This weekend signals the commencement of the second half of the Water Polo season with all teams raring to go to continue to improve and enjoy this sport. A change to training has occurred for a number of teams, please ensure you note the changes:
Draws for Term 1 2019 are now available for all teams and can be accessed through the BWPI website by clicking here.
Any girls wishing to trial for the following sports for the North Independent district team must nominate through the Activities Office by Monday 4 February.
ST MARGARET'S CLUB NETBALL 2019
St Margaret’s Club Netball endeavours to place all interested students from Year 2 (must be turning 7 years old) to Year 12 into teams to compete against other club teams at the Downey Park Netball Association (located on the corner of Northey Street and Green Terrace, Windsor) on Saturdays from April through to September. All teams are selected from trials and squad training beginning mid-February and are given a qualified coach and parent manager to guide the team throughout the season.
Training will occur once a week during term time before or after school at our Windsor Park Courts located at Grafton Street, Windsor. This a separate competition from the QGSSSA Netball for Years 7-12 that is played in Term 3. Whilst players can play both Club Netball and QGSSSA Netball, please note that the Netball and Rowing programs clash.
2019 St Margaret’s Club Netball checklist:
Please note: Age groups are determined by the age a player will be turning in the year of competition. For example, if you are turning 12 at any time during 2019 you will play in the 12's. For further information, please contact Mrs Gayle Coutts, Head of Netball on 0403 262 840 or Email: email@example.com.
Welcome back! I hope many families had the opportunity to see the marvellous Asia Pacific Triennial at QAGoMA over the break. Years 10/11 and 12 art classes will be visiting the Gallery over the next few weeks with their teachers. The exhibition continues until April.
We would like to extend a very warm welcome Ms Jane Martens who has joined the Secondary Visual Art staff. Miss Martens will offer the new Digital Art Club (DAC).
Three after school extra-curricular opportunities will be on offer during Term1. Tuesday afternoon is Art Workshop with Mrs Lishman until 5pm. Students may sign on after school on Tuesdays and work in the art studios on individual projects. On Wednesday afternoons, the Musical sets and props team will work until 5:30pm with Ms Smith. The new DAC will operate until 5pm on Thursday afternoons. Students are required to email Ms Smith and Ms Martens to join the Musical sets and props team and DAC. Please see the attached flyers for further details:
Musical Sets and Props (PDF 116.3KB)
Digital Art Club (PDF 238.2KB)
Private Speech and Drama lessons commence in Week 2 for continuing and newly-enrolled students. Secondary Speech and Drama students are invited to drop into the Speech and Drama rooms this Friday 1 February during lunchtime to arrange their first lesson time. Primary students are not required to attend as their lesson time will be allocated by the teacher.
Before the start of Week 2, parents of Speech and Drama students will be emailed 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.
Incoming Exchange Students
Visiting Exchange students started arriving on 25 January, with the last to arrive on 15 February. We warmly welcome the following students to St Margaret’s and wish them a wonderful Exchange experience: Enna Sue and Isabelle Reynolds (Crofton House, Vancouver, Canada); Julianne Gravel and Maxime Dube (Pensionnat du Saint-Nom-de-Marie, Montreal, Canada), and Annie Lin (St Stephen’s, Stanley, Hong Kong).
Outgoing Exchange Students
Emma Arnott and Lucinda MacPherson are currently on their Rowing Exchange at St Margaret’s College in Christchurch, New Zealand. They have already fully immersed themselves into the rowing program and are having a wonderful experience.
Our weekly Global Exchange meetings will commence on Tuesday 5 February, 1:15-1:45pm and will be held in the Senior Library in Tutorial Room 1.
At St Margaret’s we are fortunate to have students from overseas wanting to experience our school community for short-term study tour programs. Planning is underway for the 2019 study tours and there are opportunities for our families to provide homestay services to visiting students.
Please click here (PDF 2.9MB) to view the advertisement regarding a group of Japanese students who will be joining us for 9 nights from 9-18 March 2019. Host families receive a payment of $810 for hosting 2 students. One shared room is fine, and a second mattress, futon or camping bed on the floor is suitable.
Please contact Nathan and Sachiko from Global Student Institute: email@example.com or text “MSAGS” with your name and email address to Nathan Evans at 0414 702 402.
As we welcome our new and returning students for 2019, there have been a few exciting changes to the campus including the refurbishment of Eton Hall and of course, work has begun on preparing the site for the build of the new sports precinct.
It has been wonderful to see such generosity so far from our community with many of our parents, past students and staff making a philanthropic gift to support this amazing new facility through the Capital Campaign. So far, we have raised $794,000 of our $1m target, but it will be the participation of our community that helps us to achieve this goal.
If you would like to join us in supporting this important project, you can make your donation online through the St Margaret’s Foundation Building Fund, or please feel free to contact me directly on +61 7 3862 0884 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. All donations are gratefully received.
We also have another action-packed year of events and activities planned to bring our school community together through the Professional Women’s Network, P&F, Old Girls’ Association and Friends of MAYO.
My colleagues, Julie Gibbons and Bronwyn Small, and I look forward to seeing you at these events throughout the year and working with you to achieve great things for St Margaret’s in 2019.
Interested in joining the Parents and Friends Association?
NOTICE is given that the Annual General Meeting of the St Margaret’s P and F Association Inc is to be held on Monday 25 February 2019 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 2019 will be elected.
Nominations can be made by downloading and completing this Nomination for Position form (PDF 152.9KB). All nomination forms must be returned to P&F@stmargarets.qld.edu.au or via School Reception by Friday 16 February 2019.
2019 Milestone Reunion Dates
We are pleased to announce the dates for our 2019 Milestone reunions!
10 Year Reunion – Class of 2009 – Friday 26 July
20 Year Reunion – Class of 1999 – Friday 26 July
30 Year Reunion – Class of 1989 – Friday 26 July
40 Year Reunion – Class of 1979 – Saturday 27 July
50 Year Reunion – Class of 1969 – Saturday 27 July
60 Year Reunion – Class of 1959 – Saturday 27 July
Old Girls’ Day (Chapel Service and Morning Tea) – Sunday 28 July
60+ Year Reunion – Monday 29 July
2019 Professional Women’s Network
Our Professional Women’s Network events program for 2019 has been confirmed! Tickets will be on sale shortly for the first event!
In the meantime, please add these dates to your diary:
2019 P&F Mothers’ Luncheon
All Mothers and friends of St Margaret's Anglican Girls School are invited to attend our annual Mothers' Luncheon.
Date: Friday 1 March 2019
Time: 11:30am arrival (for a 12noon start), 3pm finish
Venue: Hotel Grand Chancellor, 23 Leichardt Street, Brisbane
RSVP: Friday 22 February 2019 (unless SOLD OUT prior)
Tickets: $100 per person - Includes drink on arrival, two course lunch a drink, followed by a cash bar.
Tables: maximum table capacity is strictly 10.
To purchase your tickets, please click here.
Enquiries: Angela Pratt: 0413 701 407 and Anthea Damman: 0403 846 258 or please email email@example.com.
New families are encouraged to attend!
Who should sit UCAT?
Any Year 12 student who are seeking entry into medicine, dentistry and health science degree programs in 2020. Please note that some pathways to medicine, dentistry and clinical sciences will not require the UCAT.
UCAT ANZ Dates and Fees
Candidates taking the UCAT in 2019 for entry to universities in Australia and New Zealand in 2020 should note these key dates:
UCAT ANZ Registration and Booking
If you are applying to UCAT ANZ Consortium universities in Australia and New Zealand you should ensure that you register for and book the ANZ (Australia and New Zealand) version of UCAT test – known as the UCAT ANZ or UCATSEN ANZ. UCAT ANZ testing takes place between 1 July and 31 July 2019. You must complete a two-step process using the Pearson VUE online registration system to register and then book a test.
For more information about the new test, including price, testing dates and format, visit: https://www.ucatofficial.com/ucat-anz/.
Preparing for UCAT
You can find the official preparation materials at: https://www.ucatofficial.com/ucat-anz/preparation.
The 38th annual Tertiary Studies Expo (TSXPO) will be held on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 July 2019. 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. 8am – 4pm, RICC Brisbane Showgrounds. A great opportunity for students to collect information from a huge number of exhibitors.
1 March 2019: UCAT Registration opens
17 May, 11.59pm: UCAT Registrations close
24/25 May: The National Careers and Employment EXPO (Brisbane Convention Centre)
1 July: UCAT testing begins
20/21 July: Tertiary Studies Expo (TSXPO) – Brisbane Showgrounds
31 July: UCAT testing finishes
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An independent day and boarding school for girls from Pre-Prep to Year 12; Boarding from Year 5; Boys Pre-Prep and Prep
A School of the Sisters of the Society of the Sacred Advent St Margaret's School Council Ltd ABN: 69069684019 CRICOS Code: 00511K