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Welcome back to Term 3!
We welcome warmly to St Margaret’s not only our new students and families but also Mrs Stephanie Cowie, Secondary Legal Studies and Humanities and Ms Kelli Pilling, Economics and Maths. Congratulations to Victoria Nikolova, who works in our Marketing Department and many of you would know as the school photographer, who welcomed a baby boy into her family. Congratulations too, to Lara Pickering, Director of Philanthropy and Stakeholder Engagement on the birth of her daughter during the holidays. In both cases, baby and mum are doing well.
It is that time of year again when members of the school community can submit nominations for the National Excellence in Teaching Awards (NEiTA) for Inspirational Educators. This is an opportunity for our school community to publicly recognise and encourage our great teachers.
ASG’s National Excellence in Teaching Awards (NEiTA) Foundation was established 25 years ago to honour exemplary teaching throughout Australia and New Zealand.
We know that parents value the efforts of our teachers and there are very few opportunities for a public expression of this appreciation and support. One way of doing this is by nominating a teacher for this award. Nominated teachers receive a congratulatory NEiTA Certificate of Nomination and become eligible for NEiTA State and National Awards. Many of you had the opportunity, during the period of online learning, to see the efforts of many of our wonderful teachers in action and will be able to refer to that in your nomination.
Nominations are quite straightforward and are now open. Thank you for considering nominating a member of the St Margaret’s teaching staff. To nominate a teacher: please log on to https://www.asg.com.au/about-asg/neita. Nominations close the end of July. If you are having trouble submitting your nomination, please contact Lisa Beeney on email@example.com.
I welcome back all to our school community, it is lovely to see our school full again! Please note the information below regarding student protection at St Margaret’s.
St Margaret’s takes student protection seriously, and so it is timely that I remind all families about the policies and processes that we have here.
St Margaret's Anglican Girls School 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:
All Student Protection documentation, including all policies and procedures can be viewed on our internet page at: https://www.stmargarets.qld.edu.au/discover-st-margaret-s/student-protection.
Our Statement of Commitment is as follows:
St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School supports the rights of children and young people and are committed to ensure the safety, welfare and wellbeing 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, volunteers and visitors to model and encourage behaviour that upholds the dignity and protection of students from harm.
In support of this commitment, St Margaret’s 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 wellbeing of students in our care.
As we enter our new term, we celebrate all that is unique and extraordinary at St Margaret’s. This week, we acknowledge and celebrate St Margaret’s Day. Myth tells us that St Margaret was an exceptional woman willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for her faith.
This term, I celebrate my first year as Chaplain at St Margaret’s. When we are in a new role, or begin a new school year, we have dreams, thoughts and plans of how the year will unfold. This may involve ticking off all the firsts or in our Year 12 girls’ case, ticking off all their last experiences as Year 12 students at St Margaret’s. However, the year has brought with it many surprising changes and challenges. The only constant has been the solid foundation of one’s faith and even that can be challenged in such uncertain times. Yet the bible and reality teach us that there will always be different and sometimes difficult seasons in our lives, whether that be being in a new role, a new relationship, a new child, a new school year, or finishing school.
As we begin this new term, it might be helpful to think of it as a season of change and opportunity. The days will once again get longer and warmer. Spring is just around the corner. Our Year 12 girls are moving closer to finishing their formal education at St Margaret’s. There is a feeling in the air - a feeling of change and opportunity. The challenge for us is to ask ourselves - what do we need to let go of to fully enter this season. How can we turn around those feelings of perhaps disappointment of the things that did not go as we had planned? We began this year with great excitement, we are celebrating our 125th year of education. Education built upon the resilience of our extraordinary sisters, strong leadership, exceptional staff, our students and families, both past and present. Let us embrace what an astonishing year it has been. This season of change will perhaps enable us to reframe how we view the year so far and see it as one that will go down in history and extraordinarily memorable, a year we have grown in unexpected ways.
“By the simple act of altering the position of one’s head a different kind of world may appear.”
Robert Macfarlane Landmarks
Welcome back to Term 3. It is certainly wonderful to have the ‘buzz’ of the Boarding House back. It is once again filled with much laughter and happiness as the girls settle into their routines. Of course, there are some differences with the strategies we now have in place to keep everybody safe and well. The strength of the Boarding House comes from the positive interactions the girls have on a daily basis with each other, teachers and Boarding staff. Understanding each other and reaching out to those who need extra support is something that our girls do every day. This is evident when some of our Boarders talk about not being able to go home for a long period of time due to the current situation and the girls reaching out to comfort them and understand how difficult this must be.
Communities rich in connection have been shown to have positive effects on well-being, productivity, a sense of belonging and collaboration among individuals. We all strive to educate the girls on how they can look out for peers, create a culture of belonging and include all members of the Boarding House. These connections do not have to involve a lasting relationship but just saying hello to fellow boarders can make a huge impact on someone’s day. Feeling connected offers benefits at every level; as an individual and as a whole Boarding House. We hope that as we make our way through a time that is a little different, each of the girls will continue to show their gratitude for the many opportunities they have at St Margaret’s.
Year 12 Reporting and Confirmation
This week, Year 12 girls will receive a report card with their confirmed result so far for 2020. This means these reports will only show one assessment item. The Confirmation process is an annual quality assurance process for all General Senior subjects. The process examines the accuracy and consistency of teachers’ judgements about students’ responses to summative internal assessment instruments to ensure comparability of results across Queensland. The Confirmation process aims to ensure fair and reliable results for students.
Last term was the first Confirmation event. The outcome of this for the teachers and staff has been very positive with only 3 subjects with some student result movement. The subjects that had movement were our smaller cohort subjects and students whose results have been amended have been spoken to this week. If you have any questions about this, please email me or call Rosie Parisi on 3862 0826 to organise a time to speak to me.
Year 12 – Tuesday 21 July – Late start for non-Biology students
Please note, on Tuesday 21 July the Year 12 Biology Data Test is being held. Year 12 Biology students have been sent information about the organisation of this from Mr Chris Dunn. All other Year 12 students will need to be at school by 9:50am for the start of their school day.
Semester 2 Assessment Calendars
Assessment Calendars for all year levels for the remainder of 2020 have been uploaded to year level pages on the POD.
Senior Schooling Parent Information Evening - 3 August
An invitation has been sent home this week to parents of students in Years 5-11 about an Information Evening being held on Monday 3 August at 6:30pm. The intention of this evening is to provide an opportunity for parents of our younger students to gain some understanding of the New QCE System. Topics to be discussed include ATAR, External Exams and Study Pathways at St Margaret’s. Please note this event will be live streamed, with limited numbers to attend due to social distancing requirements. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
End of Semester Reporting
End of Semester Reports can be accessed via Parent Lounge after 3:00pm on Friday 17 July. Each student’s report will consist of a comment from her Head of Year, as well as a summary for each subject. The final page of the report is the Grade Point Average (GPA) graph which records the student’s overall level of achievement and tracks this from semester to semester. Students have had access to their results and feedback through Learning Analytics.
For each subject, there is a list of the course content, marks for the criteria or assessment item, a table showing the distribution of achievement levels within the subject, and an assessment of your daughter’s attitude to her learning. The academic results reflected in this report are based on the assessment completed throughout Semester 1. However, please note that some scheduled assessment did not occur due to the impact of the global pandemic, and therefore this may affect some student’s GPAs.
Year 11 Parent Teacher Interviews
Thank you to all Year 11 parents who attended the Parent Teacher Interviews via Microsoft Teams on Monday. We would appreciate any feedback regarding these interviews being conducted online to be emailed to me at: email@example.com.
Preparing for the New Semester – Academically, Physically, Socially, Emotionally and Spiritually
The mid-semester holidays present our students with an opportunity to reflect on what they have achieved thus far in the academic year and where to next. Well known researchers, John Hattie and Helen Timperley have designed a useful model to assist students to plan for the next stage of their learning. They propose students ask themselves the following questions: Where am I going? How am I going? and Where to next? Hattie and Timperley believe these questions can increase student motivation and effort as students begin to regulate their behaviours with their learning goals.
Similarly, the commencement of a new semester is an important time for students to determine what physical activity or sport they will commit to for the remainder of the year. Unfortunately, adolescence is often a time when participation in sports can decline due to a number of reasons. In her book, Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls, Dr Mary Pipher discusses how in early adolescence girls can lose their resiliency and optimism and become less inquisitive and inclined to take risks. She goes on to say how this trend can lead to girls becoming more deferential, self-critical and depressed. Sport is seen by many as an avenue for girls to express themselves with energy and confidence - thus enabling them to close the gap between what Dr Pipher describes as their true selves.
The third pillar, spiritual growth is a very personal journey; however, there are many opportunities for our students to work with others in the community with various activities throughout the remainder of the school year.
I look forward to meeting with parents again during the course of the semester at St Margaret’s events.
Welcome back to Term 3. The staff and girls seem well rested and we welcome eleven new students.
Starting the term with COVID-19 still in the news, we need to keep in mind the implications for our students. I think bubbling below the surface, students may be struggling with nervousness, anxiety and concerns about social distancing.
World-leading parenting expert and founder of the internationally acclaimed Triple P – Positive Parenting Program, Professor Matt Sanders, has launched the weekly podcast series, Parenting in a Pandemic.
Here are four key research-based strategies Professor Sanders offers:
Respectful communication was certainly evident throughout the past semester and I thank parents for this and their ongoing positive relationships they continue to have with our school. As we continue to tread unchartered waters, I encourage parents to follow the guidelines we have in place to keep our school community safe.
Parenting in a Pandemic is available wherever you get your podcasts. Triple P COVID-19 online resource is available for parents of children from birth to adolescents.
This article is adapted from the following link: https://stories.uq.edu.au/contact-magazine/2020/parenting-in-a-pandemic/index.html.
Welcome back to Term 3
Welcome back to Term 3 for all in the St Margaret’s Music community. Private music lessons and ensemble rehearsals have recommenced for the term with a continued focus on hygiene practices to ensure students and staff can maintain a healthy learning environment. The Music Department is very much looking forward to presenting music performances at upcoming events, particularly given that we have not had as many opportunities to perform this year. Classics in the Cathedral will be occurring in Week 6 but on a smaller scale with further details to be provided soon. We are also very excited to support the opening of the new Sports Precinct through several musical performances to be given at the official opening. It will be wonderful to once again hear our ensembles performing within the broader school community.
Welcome back to Ms Eleanor Streatfeild
We welcome Ms Streatfeild, our cello teacher, back to St Margaret’s after being away on leave for Semester 1. We also thank Mr Alex McPherson for stepping into the role in Ms Streatfeild’s absence.
St Margaret’s Spotlight
The Music Department has decided for the time being to continue showcasing student performances via St Margaret’s Spotlight. This week, St Margaret’s Spotlight features one of our Music and Band Captains, Eloise Matyear. Eloise is heavily involved in the St Margaret’s Music Program and is a member of Exultate, Encorah, Elayne Jones Percussion Ensemble and the Sister Helen Wind Symphony. Eloise is currently undertaking singing lessons and is also working toward her Grade 8 AMEB Percussion exam. For St Margaret’s Spotlight, Eloise is performing My Salvation by Gabrielle Aplin. Thank you to Eloise for her musical contribution this week!
St Margaret’s Sport is excited to welcome you to a term of sport. On 30 June, it was announced that Stage 3 restrictions would move forward from 10 July to 3 July with less restrictions. Therefore, all winter sports have returned to either full training or playing whilst trialling for teams, regardless of contact. Please note, there are many COVID-19 safe guidelines which must be followed by all participants in and around the fields, courts and boat shed to ensure we remain safe, well and participating for the entire term. All guidelines for each sport will be communicated via email, POD pages and through face to face interactions over the coming week prior to the first round of competition for the winter team sports on Saturday 25 July.
Winter Team Sports
This week has seen a huge number of girls trial for teams in Hockey, Netball, Volleyball and Tennis with the Term 3 training schedule taking effect on Monday 20 July. Please click here (PDF 265.8KB) to access the training schedule. All girls who are selected in a team to compete in the weekly QGSSSA fixtures on Saturdays will be required to wear a sports specific uniform. Details of all uniform requirements, as well as a season draw for each sport can be found on each individual sports POD page.
Thank you to Head of Netball, Gayle Coutts for getting our Club Netball program back up and running for the 9-week Blast program. The draw and all team members have been posted on the Club Netball POD page. The Downey Park Netball Association (DPNA) has asked all players and spectators to note the following procedures:
A Statement was issued by the Brisbane Schoolgirls' Rowing Association on Tuesday 14 July 2020 in regard to this year's Rowing season and COVID-19 guidelines. Please click here (PDF 122.8KB) to view the Statement.
A summary of the details has been included below:
St Margaret’s Run
The St Margaret’s Run is an iconic event that forms part of the St Margaret’s Day celebrations on Friday 17 July. The run is in its 21st year and mirrors the ‘Great Court Race’ that was first run at Trinity College, Cambridge. Eighty Secondary students have registered to run across the four divisions of Junior Secondary (Years 7 and 8), Intermediate Secondary (Years 9 and 10), Senior Secondary (Years 11 and 12) and the Prefects Fun Run. The first-place getter in each division will receive a medallion, with the overall fastest time across all divisions crowned the ‘St Margaret’s Run Champion’ with the trophy awarded on Speech Night. Results will be celebrated in next week’s eNews.
I am pleased to introduce myself as the new Acting Director of Philanthropy and Stakeholder Engagement at St Margaret’s. I am delighted to be taking the reins in running the Development and Community Office and continuing the outstanding work of Lara Pickering while she is on maternity leave. I will be working closely with Bronwyn Small, Development and Community Engagement Assistant and look forward to spending the coming months getting to know the School and its valued community.
It is an honour to be joining in such a milestone year, with St Margaret’s celebrating its 125th Anniversary. In addition to this, we have undertaken the biggest construction project in the School’s long history, with the exciting new Sports Precinct in the final stages of construction.
On behalf of St Margaret’s and the Foundation, I would like to acknowledge the generous philanthropic support of our donors who have contributed to this most exciting and significant project, and who continue to support the school in many ways.
As COVID-19 restrictions start to ease across the state in Term 3, we are delighted to be able to begin running some of our fantastic events, including the Professional Women’s Network breakfast on Tuesday 18th August and our Reunion weekend, which will be held on the 18th, 19th and 20th of September. Further details to follow.
I look forward to spending the next few months getting to know our stakeholders across the community. We can’t wait to unveil our amazing new Sports Precinct!
What’s new in Careers this week…
Monash University Open Day
Monash University Open Day 2020 will be an interactive digital experience held over three days:
Saturday 29 August: 10:00am–2:00pm
Sunday 30 August: 10:00am–2:00pm
Monday 31 August: 4:00–7:pm
Conservatorium of Music Application Changes
The process for applying to study at Queensland Conservatorium in 2021 has changed. With the health and safety of applicants and staff in mind, the audition process will now include a video audition component.
Applications open 4 August through QTAC.
Application closing dates:
Bachelor of Acting and Bachelor of Musical Theatre: 31 August
Bachelor of Music: 4 September
Audition requirements and helpful information on how to complete the application process are available at: griffith.edu.au/conservatorium-auditions.
Lattitude Global Volunteering
A Digital Gap Year Information Package has been produced. You’ll find a video presentation, testimonials from returned students, a reflection activity and links to our brochure, website and social channels for students to connect and get in touch. To view the digital materials, please click on the link: Lattitude Digital Gap Year Info Pack.
Torrens University Interactive Online Workshop 22-25 June
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