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The Day/Boarder Long Weekend will occur from the finish of school next Thursday afternoon the 30th of May, through to Sunday afternoon the 2nd of June. This is a weekend we hold annually and is an important part of the educative experience at St Margaret’s, exposing some of our very suburban and city-oriented day students to the experiences of our rural and regional boarders. It is just one of the ways that our students are able to broaden their horizons, and I thank our Boarding parents who have planned to host Day students over this weekend.
To allow the long weekend to occur, Friday the 31st of May is a student free day. Staff will spend the day in professional learning at school.
Last week saw our second Professional Women’s Network event for the year. Peter and Penny Wolff shared secrets about how they started their successful businesses in the coffee industry, with many messages including “don’t be afraid of hard work”. Their generosity in giving back to the industry and the people in the countries that supply their coffee was also noted, and the audience was treated to a coffee tasting as well.
Our next Professional Women’s Breakfast is on 20 August, where we are excited to welcome our guest speaker Julieanne Alroe, one of only a handful of women in the world to run a privatised airport, having retired as CEO and Managing Director from Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) in June 2018 after 10 years in the role. Tickets are available via Flexischools and all in our school and wider community are invited to attend.
St Margaret’s Way
Next week is St Margaret’s Way week and we are going to celebrate it by asking all in the community to ‘show us the way’.
The St Margaret’s Way is underpinned by our school values and asks us to show qualities of appreciation, alignment and accountability, and positivity and gratitude.
Each day next week, we as a community, will be celebrating one aspect of the Way. On Monday the focus will be on everything we appreciate. On Tuesday we will be encouraged to think about how we can become more aligned to school values and be accountable for our actions, and on Wednesday, we will focus on positivity and gratitude. This week is not just for the students, but for the whole community; staff, parents and students.
To do this, the Prefects will be launching the Ribbon Effect. Each day around the school, there will be areas where you can write a message on a coloured ribbon, matching the focus of the day. These ribbons will then be tied to the fence near the red letterbox. And by the end of the week we will have a display which will quite literally, ‘show us the way’.
This will all culminate with St Margaret’s Way Week celebrations on Thursday 30 May on Circular Drive. Students will be treated to a free sausage sizzle, live music and chalk art.
Positivity and gratitude have an immense impact on emotional wellbeing and can create an environment where we all can flourish. That’s why the St Margaret’s Way invites us as individuals to consider the attitude and feelings we bring to school each day. We encourage you all to get involved and make The St Margaret’s Way apart of your everyday lives.
Developing character in Boarding is one of the very positive attributes that girls build upon when living in a community. The importance of character is defining an individual, distinguishing them from another and Boarding provides the environment for this growth to occur. The opportunity for girls to build character in Boarding enables them to flourish at school, to fulfil their potential academically, and to learn the character needed to become successful and happy adults.
In the Boarding House the girls develop their independence, grit and self-control. Because of the environment in which they live they are often more mature, open minded and culturally aware. They learn the skills of collaboration and are challenged and motivated to do their best.
The girls are also taught to be mindful of themselves, of the needs of others, of the world around them and the ethos which pervades every aspect of Boarding. They develop a ‘can do’ approach and become very resilient. We endeavour to show the girls how to handle success with humility, defeat and disappointment with resilience, develop individual talent alongside team spirit and camaraderie. All of these these lessons are about building their character.
Year 10 subject selection process
This week is Careers Week and for the Year 10s this will provide a perfect opportunity to learn more about post-school pathways, the new QCE system and the subject selection process. Today, the program focused on Broadening Horizons and the girls heard from past St Margaret’s students about their career pathways and a variety of guest presenters. During Transition Day tomorrow, the Year 10s are engaging in a full day of activities including presentations by the Heads of Faculty who will provide information about the curriculum details and requirements of each senior subject. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions about the subjects they may be interested in pursuing next year.
On Friday, the Year 10s will be asked to complete an online survey by Monday 3 June to identify the 5 or 6 subjects they are thinking about selecting for Year 11 2020. This information will inform the 2020 timetable and the subjects we will offer. Staffing and resource constraints oblige us to remove those subjects which are not sufficiently supported by student selection. The students’ final subject selection will follow the Information Evening on Friday 5 August.
During this process many families begin asking questions about the calculation of the ATAR at the end of Year 12. To help you understand, we have invited QTAC to present at our free Trends in Education Seminar on Wednesday 5 June to talk about the ATAR calculation process and pathways to university. Please RSVP to Rosie Parisi: firstname.lastname@example.org or if you have any questions about the online survey process please contact Kristie Govender on 3862 0771.
Assessment, Reporting and Parent Teacher Interviews
As we move closer towards a very busy time of the term, it is important that students get organised and plan their time effectively. Students need to check their exam timetables and assessment calendars and should utilise the feedback provided by their classroom teachers, through continuous reporting, to prepare for their upcoming assessments.
All parents with daughters in Years 5 to 12 can access results and feedback on assessments completed by their daughter. Currently all assessment information and due dates for Years 5 to 12 is available in Parent Lounge. By logging into Parent Lounge parents are able to view assessment details and results from Term 1.
End of Semester 1 Reports
End of Semester reports will be available on Parent Lounge by 5pm on Friday 28 June. Each student’s report will consist of a comment from her Head of Year, as well as information for each subject. The final page of the report shows the Grade Point Average (GPA) graph which records the student’s overall level of achievement and tracks this from semester to semester.
Round 2 Parent Teacher Interviews
The second session of Parent Teacher Interviews for 2019 will be held on Monday 15 July from 10:00am-8:00pm. These interviews are scheduled to allow you to meet with all classroom teachers following the Semester 1 Report.
Bookings for Parent Teacher Interviews will be facilitated in Parent Lounge and more information will be provided in Week 7.
As part of the School’s Leadership Program we offer students the opportunity to attend various external conferences. This week, some Year 9 students attended the World Vision Youth Conference and the Gender Summit at Churchie.
World Vision Youth Conference
The World Vision Youth Conference is a platform for young minds to come together to build their social awareness and learn how their actions can help put a stop to global injustice. The Conference unites thousands of students from across Australia every year and gives them the opportunity to channel their potential for leadership. The Youth Conference empowers students to act and inspire others to stand up for young people experiencing injustice and inequality – and be leaders of global change.
World Vision Youth Conference: Verity House, Lily Shann, Brooke Lane, Alyce Warner and Ruby Greenup
On Tuesday 21 May we travelled to Churchie to participate in the annual Gender Summit. The day focused on the theme of ‘A more gender equitable Australia’ and was facilitated by staff from the One Woman Project. Through the summit we learnt to look critically at messages in the media which can reinforce gender stereotypes. A highlight was hearing from Pip Harvey Ross (’10), a Maggie’s Old Girl, as a member of the panel discussion. The day provided us with renewed appreciation for the educational opportunities we are fortunate to receive. We enjoyed meeting new people and learning strategies to challenge gender inequality, especially unconscious bias in our everyday life. Thanks to Churchie for hosting such a worthwhile event.
Charlotte Hoey, Ella Gouldthorp, Mia Reinhardt, Holly Marchant, Grace Ramsay and Pip Harvey Ross
Under 8s Week
Under 8s Week is about acknowledging the importance of learning in the early years of a child’s life. It is a wonderful student-centred week full of play, investigation and creation. It has been running for over 60 years across Queensland. During that time the week has evolved, but the purpose to celebrate childhood and promote the importance of early years remains strong.
This year’s theme is “Celebrating the Diversity of Languages within the Home, Culture and Community”. Our Pre-Prep – Year 2 students participated in a range of fun and educational activities, including watching a performance of ‘Where in the World is Mr Chicken?’ by students from the Australian Catholic University. They also shared in a yarning circle and completed a number of different activities focussed around diversity.
As part of this week of celebration the Pre-Prep - Year 4 students took part in the National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) on Wednesday 22 May at 11:00am. NSS is held annually by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read aloud, simultaneously, in schools, libraries, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country. The students were delighted by some of our Primary staff’s creative abilities in re-enacting the story of, ‘Alpacas with Maracas’. The purpose of this event is to highlight the value of reading and literacy. It is an engaging and interactive way to model to our students the enjoyment and pleasure reading can bring. Thank you to Mrs Jackson, Ms Brennan, Miss Richards and Mr Box for their involvement.
Thank you also to all teachers and teacher aids for their organisation and planning in ensuring a successful and engaging Under 8s Week.
Years 5 and 6 Camps
What a busy week it has been for our Years 5 and 6 students, participating in their Leadership camp and visiting Canberra. From all reports they are having a wonderful time. Mrs Drysdale will report more about this next week.
The following results will be available this week through Parent Lounge:
Thank you to all those who attended our first Music Support Group Movie Night. With over 80 students in attendance it was a great success. Thank you very much to the Music Support Group for organising this event and for their continued support of the St Margaret’s Music Program.
Boarder Musicians’ Concert
Congratulations to the Boarder musicians who performed at a concert held in the Arts Centre Foyer on Monday evening. A great variety of repertoire was presented and on many different instruments. Thank you to all girls who performed!
Thank you to Akari Komoto
Thank you to Akari Komoto for her music contribution to the Girls Got Heart charity function held last Friday at Riverside Receptions in New Farm. This was a special event to raise money for medical services provided to women in rural communities. Her performance was greatly appreciated by all in attendance.
Encorah/Exultate Music Tour 2020 – France/Belgium
A meeting was held last Thursday evening to discuss the proposed 2020 Music Tour to France and Belgium during the June/July holidays. The provisional cost for the tour is $6,200 and is inclusive of flights, accommodation, tour guide, chartered bus, the majority of meals and all costs associated with the World Choir Games. A draft itinerary and letter with further details is attached below. The tour is open to all students currently in Years 8-11. The Music Department is currently seeking deposits of $750 for students to secure a place on the tour. Deposit payments are required by Friday 14 June and can be made via Flexischools: www.flexischools.com.au. The deposit is fully refundable if insufficient numbers sign up for the tour.
Music Tour 2020 Draft Itinerary (PDF 1.2MB)
Music Tour 2020 Information and Initial Deposit Letter (PDF 287.9KB)
Music Support Group
The next Music Support Group meeting will be held on Tuesday 4 June at 5:00pm in the Primary Music Room (second floor of Chaseley). Parents from both the Primary and Secondary Schools are welcome to attend.
Sport at St Margaret's is an important component of the educational experience for each and every student. It exposes all participants to a range of differing situations allowing them to grow and develop various attributes which are vital to success. Attributes such as self-discipline and integrity are developed when students commit to all the aspects of a sport which entails attendance at all trainings and games. These attributes are important life skills and can be developed in partnership with the Sports Department because ‘individual commitment to a group, is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work and a civilization work’ (Vince Lombardi).
On Friday 17 May, teams in Touch Football and Soccer played against Clayfield College. Our Intermediate Soccer team was successful, winning 9-0. Our Touch Football teams recorded 7 wins out of 7 games, with the Open team having the biggest win of the round, recording a 12-0 victory. Special mention must go to the Year 8A team and the 7B team who are currently on top of the table. Our Basketball girls are back in action this Friday against St Aidan’s and are looking to continue their good form.
Autumn fixtures are in the final two weeks with the majority of games being held on Thursday 30 May due to the Day/Boarder weekend. Please check each individual POD page for game times.
The Athletics season got off to a great start with over 100 girls having run, jumped and thrown during the first week of training. To view the Athletics training schedule, please click here (PDF 83.6KB).
To complement the Athletic training sessions, strength and conditioning by our resident exercise physiologist, Dane Larsen from Aspire Fitness will be held every Monday and Wednesday. Please see the Activities Office for further information.
Trials have commenced for QGSSSA Netball, Hockey and Tennis, with Volleyball commencing next week. Ensure you are up-to-date with news and schedules by being a member of each individual POD page.
St Margaret's Tennis Open Championships
On Friday 7 and Sunday 9 June the St Margaret’s Tennis Open Championships will be held at Churchie Tennis Centre. The Championship is conducted in the following divisions:
Primary: Years 4 – 6
Junior: Years 7 – 8
Intermediate: Years 9 and 10
Senior: Years 11 and 12
The Boarders’ Cup will also be contested. This tournament is open to all girls and is not restricted to students playing QGSSSA. Registrations are to be made through the Tennis POD page and will close by Monday 3 June.
Cocktails on the Creek
St Margaret’s Rowing celebrated 30 years on the weekend at the annual Cocktails on the Creek, held at Sci-Fleet Toyota Albion. Tony Elliot was on hand to share the story of how St Margaret’s Rowing and the Brisbane School Girls Rowing Association (BSRA) came together. Tony’s wife Kay was also in support as they celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary on the same night. Sally Kehoe ('03) was the guest speaker and told of her story from humble beginnings; learning to row at St Margaret’s to representing Australia at 3 Olympics Games.
There were numerous raffles and silent auction items up for grabs, with the main event of the evening being the live auction of a restored vintage rowing oar.
Thank you to all those who attended and contributed to the success of the evening. Special thanks goes to the event organiser, Nicole Gerber.
Portia Creevey (Year 7) who was selected in the 10-12 Years Metropolitan North Netball team and will contest the State Seconday Schools Netball Championships in Bundaberg on the 20-23 June.
The Open Touch Football Team for being awarded the ‘Team of the Week’ for their dedication and effort in training and games, resulting in their first victory.
Tennis Support Group Meeting
All parents are invited to the Tennis Support Group Meeting to be held on Monday 27 May at 5:30pm in Ms Café.
Public Speaking – Rostrum Voice of Youth
Lily Howells (Year 10) participated in the Brisbane Area Senior Finals of the Rostrum Voice of Youth Competition last weekend. Her heat brought together an impressive group of speakers, each delivering eight-minute speeches on one of the five set topics.
Lily delivered her speech on “A Modern Epidemic” with confidence and conviction and she was chosen as reserve for the next round of the competition. Congratulations Lily.
Student Free Day Program - Bookings now open - secure your spot!
The upcoming student free day is just around the corner and we can’t wait to show you the fun-filled and exciting activities we have planned. Further details can be found here (PDF 494.2KB). Boys and girls, siblings, friends and family welcome!
Bookings for the St Margaret’s OSHC Student Free Day Program has opened. If you require care for the upcoming student free day, please return your booking form by 29 May 2019.
How do I book?
Complete the official booking form attached to the program. For further details, please email: email@example.com.
What is the cost?*
Early Bird Fees: $60 per day* Early Bird Bookings Close: 24 May 2019
Fees: $65 per day* Bookings Close: 29 May 2019
*Incursions and excursions incur additional costs. These are compulsory for all students and therefore you are able to claim CCS.
What are the hours of operation?
The service is open from 7:00am until 6:00pm in the OSHC Room (St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School, Primary Atrium).
How can I obtain more information?
If you would like further information regarding our OSHC Program or if you would like to make a booking, feel free to contact me on 0423 547 653 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
St Margaret’s Race Day is back for 2019!
The annual St Margaret’s P&F Race Day will be back for its 23rd year at the newly refurbished Eagle Farm Racecourse on Saturday 7 September 2019!
This sell out community event is one of the most popular on the St Margaret’s calendar, and represents our biggest fundraising activity of the year. To ensure its continued success, we are asking for support from members of our school community.
Each year, our Race Day includes a major raffle made possible by the generous donation of prizes from the St Margaret’s school community.
The P&F Association are looking for prizes (an item, voucher or experience) in the following categories:
All Race Day donations receive significant exposure through the St Margaret's school community.
If you would like to support the St Margaret's Race Day in the form of a prize donation, please email us at: email@example.com.
Fathers’ Dinner Tickets are on sale
The P&F’s annual event for St Margaret’s fathers and male role models will be held In the Arts Centre Foyer. This is a wonderful opportunity for those in our community to come together and share dinner and drinks overlooking the Brisbane skyline. This year’s menu will be a Southern American style barbecue.
Date: Friday 14 June 2019
Time: 6:30pm pre-dinner drinks on the Arts Centre Terraces, 7:00pm Dinner
Venue: Arts Centre Foyer (ACF)
Cost: $100.00 per person includes Southern American style barbecue dinner and drinks
This annual event is proudly sponsored by Morgans.
Professional Women’s Networking Breakfast
Tickets are available for the Professional Women’s Networking Breakfast with special guest speaker, Julieanne Alroe, Chair of Infrastructure Australia and Inaugural President of the Queensland Futures Institute.
Julieanne is one of only a handful of women in the world to run a privatised airport, having retired as CEO and Managing Director from Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) in June 2018 after 10 years in the role. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of the Chief Executive Woman (CEW).
Join us for our third breakfast in 2019 as Julieanne shares highlights, challenges and the lessons learned from more than 40 years in the aviation industry!
Date: Tuesday 20 August 2019
Time: 7:00am arrival for a 7:15am start - 8:45am finish
Venue: Arts Centre Foyer, St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School
Tickets: Corporate tables $800 for 10, $80 adult and $40 students (Years 10-12/tertiary)
Please click here (PDF 579.4KB) for more information.
Limited tickets are still available via Flexischools. Please click here to purchase your ticket.
We sincerely thank our corporate sponsors for their generous support of the Series:
Associate Sponsors: Pitcher Partners and McCullough Robertson.
Supporting Partners: Downer, NAB, Programmed Property Services, Clear Insurance and Red Oak.
We look forward to welcoming those celebrating a milestone reunion back to the campus in July. Reunion invitations have been sent via email and post for those that we have current addresses for. Please continue to contact the Development Office with any address updates you may have.
10 Year Reunion – Class of 2008 – Friday 26 July
20 Year Reunion – Class of 1998 – Friday 26 July
30 Year Reunion – Class of 1988 – Friday 26 July
40 Year Reunion – Class of 1978 – Saturday 27 July
50 Year Reunion – Class of 1968 – Saturday 27 July
60 Year Reunion – Class of 1958 – Saturday 27 July
Chapel Service and Morning Tea – Sunday 28 July
60+ Year Reunion – Monday 29 July
Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University
Tertiary Preparation Workshop 2019 is being held at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, South Bank campus, Brisbane. The workshop runs from Monday 1 to Friday 5 July 2019. Places in the Tertiary Preparation Workshop 2019 are limited and only open to those in Years 9 to 12. For more details and to register, click here.
University of the Sunshine Coast: Open Day
USC Open Day is a great opportunity for students and their parents to check out all that USC offers. They can tour the campus, check the facilities, discuss study options and talk to lecturers and students who’ve been in their shoes.
USC Fraser Coast Open Day - 23 June
USC Sunshine Coast Open Day - 21 July
USC Caboolture Open Day - 4 August
Australian Catholic University - Parent Information Session
Parents are encouraged to join us to discover how to support your child’s journey to university, the opportunities available, the application process and how we can help your family prepare for university. QTAC will be presenting and available to answer any questions parents may have.
Date: Thursday 30 May
Venue: Gaudete Centre, Building 216, 1100 Nudgee Road, Banyo.
Please visit here for more information.
University of Sydney
Students are invited to join us at the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies’ Years 11 and 12 Information Evening. This event is suitable for parents, students and teachers.
When: Wednesday 5 June
Where: Eastern Avenue Auditorium, Camperdown Campus, University of Sydney
Time: 6:00pm (for a 6:15pm start) - 8:00pm
Format: formal presentations, industry speakers, Q&A panel, networking
Register here (registration essential)
Year 12 students are invited to participate in our Early Entry Program for admission in 2020. UNE's Early Entry application process is fully online, it’s free to apply and you can submit their Early Entry applications now.
Ready to begin your undergraduate studies at ANU in 2020? You can start your application now by applying directly to ANU and receive an early conditional offer. Applications opened 4 March 2019 and close 31 May 2019. For more information, please visit Apply Now.
Griffith University has developed a website to assist you to decide on a study pathway: https://www.griffith.edu.au/study.
UQ: Experience Science is a free event open to students in Years 10-12. Programs will be held on 12 July (last week of the holidays) and in the first week of Term 3 (16-18 July). Discover more here
Scholarships in Australia
No matter what you are intending to study and where, you will be sure to find some financial assistance on offer to help you pay for it. https://www.gooduniversitiesguide.com.au/scholarships
QTAC Year 12 Tertiary Applications
The Educational Access Scheme (EAS) https://www.qtac.edu.au/applying/educational-access-scheme can help you if you have experienced circumstances that negatively affected your most recent studies. If you are eligible for EAS, you may get OP or rank adjustments that improve your chances of getting an offer. Apply when you complete your QTAC application in August.
QUT Match My Skills
Looking for some inspiration on what to study? https://match-my-skills.qut.edu.au/
2019 Tertiary Provider Open Days - information is available from the Careers POD page.
KEY DATES: 2019
Friday 24 May: 9am–3pm and Saturday 25 May, 10am–4pm - Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Contact Our Admissions Team
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