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Last night was the annual Strings Concert, where we were entertained by all students in both the Primary and Secondary school in the various string ensembles we have here at St Margaret’s. I would like to congratulate the students and their conductors for a most enjoyable event, and I know that all parents, family, teachers and friends are very proud of their efforts. Thank you particularly to Mr Brad King (Head of Performance) and Mr Jonny Ng (Strings Coordinator) for their guidance of the students and the event.
Congratulations to the P&F for another successful Father’s Dinner. A sell out event, our fathers and male role models enjoyed lots of food in the form of an American BBQ, making connections with the St Margaret’s community, and listening to a powerful address from guest speaker Penelope Twemlow (’00).
As the term comes to a close, I would like to take this opportunity to wish Alina Layton (Head of Faculty – English) well on her maternity leave. Ms Cassandra Argent will be taking the role of Acting Head of Faculty – English. We have a new member of staff joining us next Semester as we welcome Mr Schellein in the English/History area. There will therefore also be minor changes with some classes currently taken by Ms Argent, Ms Wiedemann and Ms Philp.
I would also like to announce that our Assistant Head of Primary, Cathy Cox will be leaving us, as she moves to the southern Gold Coast to be with her family and their business. Thank you Cathy for your contribution to the Senior Leadership Team and the Primary School, we wish you well.
Thank you to our St Margaret’s community for your support of Nicole Devlin (Acting Deputy Principal), Tom McCormick (Acting Dean of Studies) and myself during this time. We look forward to welcoming Ms Curtis back in Semester 2. I wish everyone a safe and restful holiday break.
Can you believe that we are already half way through the year? There has been so much happening in the school this semester and I would like to take this opportunity to thank teachers, support staff, students and their families for their involvement in the school community so far this year.
Evidence that the year is going fast is when the Year 11’s began their journey towards school leadership. This week, I enjoyed sitting in the Arts Centre Foyer with the Year 11s as they listened to Graham Hyman from Youth Specialties Australia, discuss the attributes of a good leader. I was also able to share some thoughts with the girls about leadership. It seemed even more special being able to do this as I have known some of these girls since they were in Pre-Prep.
I shared with the students that when we, as adults, are asked to speak about topics such as leadership, we turn to imparting knowledge like follow your dreams, make your mark, find your inner voice and dream big and don’t stop dreaming until all your dreams come true. Instead, I said that a lot of people dream and while they are busy dreaming the really happy, the really successful, the really interesting, engaging and powerful people are busy doing. I challenged them as they embark on their leadership journey to be themselves and be a ‘doer’. I told them about Brené Brown and her work on this topic. The best leaders are themselves, because they are already the leader of the most important person; themselves. Finally, I challenged the girls to really know themselves, know what drives them, and not to spend time dreaming about the what and the how, spend their time doing and lead from where they are.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish all students and their families a well-deserved rest. We look forward to seeing all our students back next term refreshed and ready for the semester ahead.
In this fast-moving world of technology, the Boarding House is changing from taxi vouchers to E-Vouchers. This new procedure will take place from the beginning of Term 3. In the past, the boarders were issued Cabcharge vouchers and will now be issued with a once-only use E-card, enabling more transparency regarding destinations and costs.
The billing will be more efficient for our Boarding parents, as it will be billed monthly.
Year 12 OP Predictions
It is now halfway through the final year of Secondary School for our Year 12s. Some students get to this stage of the year and start to feel that it is all over and that they are not able to do very much now to improve their Overall Position (OP). It is important that you communicate to your daughter that this is completely inaccurate. The final semester of Year 12 is vital in terms of their OP.
Every piece of assessment in Year 12 matters, including the very final piece of assessment in Term 4. I have heard students say that Term 4, Year 12 “does not count” and that is far from true. To achieve their best, it is essential to remain focused up until the end of the year.
A final OP indication will be available at the start of next term and it will be based on Semester 1 results and an average of the QCS results over the last 2 years. You will be able to book in for a Parent Teacher Interview with me on Monday 15 July or your daughter will be able to book an appointment through SharePoint for Thursday 18 July or Friday 19 July. You are most welcome to attend this meeting so that we can continue to work together to support your daughter through her academic studies.
Year 10 SET Plan interviews
Thank you for supporting your daughters through the SET Plan interview process over the past few weeks. I enjoyed meeting many of you and I look forward to working with you throughout the next two years. Most of the girls have completed their interview; however, due to some student absences and the international Exchange program, interviews will continue next term.
A reminder that we will hold a Subject Information Night on Monday 5 August, 6:00-8:00pm. On this night, I will provide information about the new Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) system, tertiary institutions will have displays and each Head of Faculty will be present to provide information about subject options.
Years 10 and 11 subject changes
Students considering a subject change in Year 11 can make an appointment with me to discuss their options at the beginning of next term. When considering a subject change or dropping to 5 subjects, it is important to remember that all subjects increase in difficulty in the senior years, so persistence and hard work are needed in all subjects to improve. Please email: email@example.com if you would like to discuss a change during Week 1 of Term 3.
Have a restful and relaxing holiday.
2020 Curriculum Handbooks and Subject Selection
All year level Curriculum Handbooks for 2020 will be available for download on the POD and the school website from Tuesday 25 June. The Curriculum Handbook includes details and requirements of each elective subject. Please take the time to look at the courses of study for your daughter next year, as there has been some changes to the organisation of the curriculum.
Students in Years 8 and 10 will be asked to make some decisions next term about their course of study by selecting subjects for 2020/2021. To assist you and your daughter in this decision, it is important that you have both read the Curriculum Handbooks and subject selection forms.
Along with the Curriculum Handbook as a guide, early in Term 3 the Year 8 students will be addressed by each Head of Faculty during Year Level Assembly times. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions about the subjects they may be interested in pursuing next year. It is important for your daughter to have looked at the Curriculum Handbook to understand her options prior to these presentations.
In addition to these information sessions, a Years 8 and 10 Subject Information Evening will be held on Monday 5 August. This event will incorporate a Subject Expo where parents and students can speak with staff about subject offerings.
Following the Information Evening, students will be required to select their subjects through an online process. More information about this process can be found in the Curriculum Handbooks.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss options for 2020/2021, please feel free to contact either Jo Butterworth or myself.
We need to take regular breaks and holidays, to spend time recharging our batteries. This may include resting, but we also need to enhance our physical, social, emotional, spiritual and mental reserves with relevant activities. This is an ideal time for our students to reflect and set new goals for Semester 2.
Goal setting is an important skill for students to develop. During their school years they’ll be expected to achieve academic benchmarks through discussions with their Academic Advisor. As they grow into adults they’ll be faced with challenges like building a career and saving to purchase a property - which requires planning and discipline. Goal setting is a great way for your daughters to get inspired and to develop these characteristics. There are lots of simple strategies parents and teachers can use to assist our girls work towards simple goals and celebrate their achievements.
Here at St Margaret’s, students are taught that goal setting offers long-term benefits. Child psychologist, Kimberley O’Brien says, “Goal setting is a good tool for motivation and it’s good for children’s self-esteem to know they can achieve their goals and basically whatever they want to achieve - it gives them a limitless way of working.” Goal setting also gives students confidence and teaches them organisation and team-building skills and an ability to know when to ask for assistance.
I wish you and your family a happy and restful holiday.
The three-week holiday break is perfect for spending time together, build memories and create learning experiences and to support your child’s educational growth in literacy and numeracy.
Encourage your child to read and write. Research has shown that the amount of independent reading a child does outside of school relates to their growth in vocabulary, verbal fluency, reading comprehension and general knowledge. Children who read on their own improve their reading skills, have greater content knowledge and score higher on achievement tests than children who do not open a book outside of school. Food for holiday thought!
Spend time reading aloud together and take time to share your love of reading; it sends a positive message. While doing so, you engage in conversation: chat about the story, the words, the values and the ideas. Choose a book that is beyond their reading level and never underestimate what children can manage as listeners. Encourage your child to keep a holiday diary, write emails/letters.
Research has found that students suffer maths loss while on holidays, so seize opportunities. Here is a list of suggestions:
Harness other learning opportunities, visit galleries, museums, parks, go for a hike, see a movie, get sand between your toes, make, create and TALK.
Have a restful holiday and make the most of the time you share together with your children. I look forward to sharing Term 3 with you all.
“Kids want to know they matter, you communicate that through the gift of time and attention.”
10 July: Bookings close for Parent/Teacher Interviews
15 July: Parent/Teacher Interviews
16 July: Term 3 commences
On Wednesday evening we held our annual Stings Celebration Concert. It was a wonderful celebration of string music. The concert featured all of St Margaret’s string ensembles including Chamber Strings, Stradivari Strings, Amati Strings, Tutti Strings, Sculthorpe String Quartet, Beath String Quartet, Year 4 Strings and also Year 3 Strings who gave their very first public performance. The evening finished with the exciting finale piece involving all ensembles performing In the Hall of the Mountain King, a dramatic piece by Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg.
Thank you very much to Mr Ng, Ms Williamson and Ms Rayner for the incredible work they do in putting together such an entertaining evening. Thank you to the Music Support Group for supplying refreshments prior to the concert and for their assistance in putting together the raffles. Their support of the St Margaret’s Music Program is always greatly appreciated. Thank you also to the Year 3, Amati and Tutti Strings parents for their very generous raffle donations.
On Wednesday 24 July, all students involved in St Margaret’s Band Ensembles will be performing in the annual Bands Concert. The Sister Helen Wind Symphony, Jackson Wind Ensemble, Chaseley Concert Band, Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone, Elayne Jones and Regale Percussion Ensembles, Stage Band, Secondary Rock Bands, Highly Strung, as well as the Year 5 Band will present wonderful music for you to enjoy! The concert will be held in Eton Hall and begins at 6:30pm, concluding at approximately 8:00pm. The cost of admission is $5 adults, free for students/children. Please join us for pre-concert refreshments provided by the Music Support Group in Eton Courtyard from 6:00pm. A letter with further information is attached here (PDF 170KB).
Music Support Group – Bunnings Sausage Sizzle
Thank you to the Music Support Group and all parents who assisted with the Bunnings Sausage Sizzle held last Sunday at Newstead. It was a very successful fundraising event. Thank you, in particular, to Shannon Marshall (President) and Kerrith Matyear (Vice-President) for their leadership and for all the behind the scenes work that went on to ensure the day was a success. The St Margaret’s Music Department is incredibly lucky to have such a dedicated group of parents who work so tirelessly to support our program.
Music Support Group
The next Music Support Group meeting will be held on Tuesday 30 July at 5:00pm in the Primary Music Room (second floor of Chaseley). Parents from both the Primary and Secondary Schools are welcome to attend.
It has been another incredible term of sport, full of Touch Football, Basketball, Soccer, Artistic Gymnastics and Cross Country. My sincere thanks to students and staff who have made a wonderful contribution to St Margaret’s Sport. Thank you also to all families for your support and dedication of all that has taken place, as I am well aware of how busy everyone is and your commitment to your daughter’s and St Margaret’s Sport is valued.
All Schools Cross Country Relay Success
It was a great day of racing at the Queensland Athletics All Schools Cross Country Relay Championships at Nudgee College on Saturday 15 June. St Margaret’s contested the 12 Years and 17 Years races and came away with a resounding win in both age groups. Congratulations to the 12 Years team: Matilda Lee, Milla Roberts and Annabel Bright, and 17 Years team: Bella Donaldson, Isabella Harte and Chloe Fenwicke.
A select group of girls will represent St Margaret’s at the Queensland Independent Secondary Schools Netball Carnival in Bundaberg at Shalom College from 30 June to 5 July. QISSN is the most popular and prestigious Netball carnival in Queensland, with 60 schools competing against one another to win the QISSN Cup. In 2018, St Margaret’s finished in the middle of the field, but with an excellent start to the 2019 Club season, the team is looking good to secure a higher place this year. Good luck to all girls.
Term 3 - Week 1 Events
Secondary Interhouse Athletics Carnival
The Interhouse Athletics Carnival will be held on the first day of Term 3, Tuesday 16 July for all students in Years 7–12 at Windsor Park. The carnival will commence at 9:00am and will conclude at approximately 2:30pm, with all students being transported to and from the carnival via school buses. Many students have been preparing for the carnival by attending Athletics training. Girls who are in events they are not familiar with, are asked to attend Athletics training.
All students are to show their House spirit by wearing their House colours on the day and are asked to bring with them a drink bottle, sports hat, sunscreen and lunch. Girls will also have an opportunity to support their House by buying snacks and/or lunch at the Charity House stalls.
The philosophy of participation and enjoyment is paramount to St Margaret’s Sport, therefore all events at this Athletics carnival have been designed to encourage student participation. We invite all parents and friends to support their daughters by attending this event, to develop not only House spirit, but wonderful school spirit. The program of the day will be available shortly.
St Margaret’s Run – Friday 19 July
The St Margaret's Run is a tradition which commenced in 1999 and is based on the famous ‘Great Court Race’. The Great Court Race was made famous in the movie “Chariots of Fire” where students at Cambridge attempted to complete a circuit around a court within Cambridge University. The St Margaret's Run will be held on St Margaret’s Day, Friday 19 July, and requires students to run a circuit around the school of approximately 600m in length.
The event includes both Primary and Secondary students competing in year group divisions. The overall fastest time within the Secondary Divisions will be crowned ‘The St Margaret’s Run Champion’, with the trophy being awarded on Speech Night later this year. The divisions are as follows:
Entry forms for the Primary divisions are available through Ms Rowe, while all Secondary students must register online by clicking on the following link: St Margaret’s Run Online Registration.
Jemilla Halliday (Year 10) and Lily Crawford (Year 9) for being selected as shadow players in the QGSSSA Football Representative team and will represent the Association at the 2019 Interstate Challenge Tournament in Bowral, New South Wales, from 27 to 29 September against the best independent girls’ school sport associations from across the country.
Chelsea Johnson (Year 9) and Emma Pickering (Year 9) for being selected in the U14 Qld A team to contest the National Interstate Water Polo Championships in Tasmania in July. Special mention goes to Chelsea for being named Captain of this team.
We warmly invite parents and friends to join us on Thursday 18 July, (Week 1, Term 3) to view a showcase of Semester 1 Secondary Visual Art work from Years 7-12. All are welcome to enjoy the achievements of our girls in a relaxed atmosphere.
Coffee, tea and other refreshments will be served from 5:00pm-7:00pm.
A great smART Club course is on offer for Term 3. There will be a 6-week jewellery course for students in Years 7-12 and an adult class. Clare Poppi will be the tutor for both classes. Please enrol via Flexischools as soon as possible, as each class has a maximum of 10. Please refer to the relevant information flyers attached below:
Term 3 2019 smART Club for Students in Years 7-12 (PDF 1.1MB)
Term 3 2019 smART Cub for Adults (PDF 1019.3KB)
Winter Uniform for students (Term 3)
Unless otherwise stated, all winter items are optional and can be purchased from the School Supplies Shop or the Supplies Shop on-line store.
Pre-Prep and Prep
Sports Uniform – Fleecy top and pants or jumper, brown socks and joggers from home (compulsory)
Sports Uniform – Fleecy top and pants or jumper
Middy Uniform – Jumper
Sports Uniform – Either fleecy top and pants or tracksuit jacket and pants or jumper
Middy Uniform – Jumper
Year 3 to Year 9
Sports Uniform – Tracksuit jacket and pants or jumper
Middy Uniform - Jumper
Year 10 to Year 12
Sports Uniform – Tracksuit top and pants or jumper
Middy Uniform – Jumper, blazer (compulsory)
Tights and scarf are available for all year levels.
Three-quarter length bike pants are available for Years 7-12 for before and after school training.
Trading Hours for end of Term 2
Thursday 20 June 2019: 8:00am-2:00pm
Friday 21 June 2019: 8:00am-12midday
Monday 15 July 2019: 12midday-3:00pm
Tuesday 16 July 2019: 8:00am-2:00pm
Wednesday 17 July 2019: 10:00am-5:00pm
Normal Trading Hours
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 8:00am-2:00pm
As we come to the end of Term 2, I want to thank those in our school community for their generosity and dedication to supporting our students. It has been wonderful to see such a positive initial response to the Annual Appeal with many parents, past students and staff making their first or regular donation. On the sports precinct front, we have raised just over $945,000 of our $1m goal!
The annual P&F Fathers’ Dinner, with special guest speaker, Penelope Twemlow (’00), was hosted on Friday night and I would like to congratulate the P&F on a very successful event. I hope you enjoy reading the wrap up from David Lisle, P&F President, below.
Fathers’ Dinner wrap up
The annual Fathers’ Dinner was held last Friday night in the Arts Centre Foyer. By all measures this was a highly enjoyable and successful event. This success is due to the efforts of many kind and dedicated people. Congratulations first to Tom Reddacliff and Bob Licina, who did a superb job organising the whole event, including food and drink, plus the sponsorship, auctions and raffles.
In this they were tirelessly assisted by Julie Gibbons and Lara Pickering in the Development and Community Office. Scott Johnson and his catering team outdid themselves, producing a veritable feast enjoyed by one and all. As always, thanks also to the Facilities team for setting up; the room looked fantastic.
Finally, a special word of appreciation to Rachel, Georgie and Annabel Reddacliff, and to Anthea and Matilda Damman for handing out name badges and selling raffle tickets at the door.
Our guest speaker, Penelope Twemlow (’00) gave an inspiring and moving address that resonated strongly with all of us in the room. It is a source of great satisfaction for the P&F that we have hosted St Margaret’s Alumni as our guest speakers at the last two Fathers’ Dinners. These wonderful women have given outstanding presentations, and we hope that this tradition will continue well into the future.
The night was also a financial success, and this is due to many factors, not least the outstanding generosity of our many donors and sponsors. Thanks to our sponsor, Morgans who were represented on the night by Hamish Dee and Troy Fidler, for their ongoing support of the Fathers’ Dinner.
We would also like to acknowledge those who donated prizes to our raffle and auction - Churchie, Chris Rutherford, the Norman Hotel, The Mort Family, The Lisle Family, Kellie Robertson - Westpac Private Bank QLD, RAW Yoga, Athlete’s Foot, Café 63, and Craft Wines. We encourage you to support the generous businesses who support St Margaret’s.
A special thank you must go to all the dads who so lavishly supported the raffle and auctions. All profits go directly to the school, and in particular, the new Sports Precinct.
The P&F strives to run well attended events that we in the school community genuinely enjoy, and in so doing, to raise funds and support the school. The 2019 Fathers’ Dinner has well and truly fulfilled that vision.
St Margaret’s P&F Association - President
Primary Mother Daughter High Tea – Years 3 to 6
Due to demand for this event, tickets are now SOLD OUT. If you would like to be put on the waiting list for tickets, please email your name, contact details and number of tickets required to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trivia Night – reserve a table today!
The Trivia Night is back for 2019! Now in its 3rd year, this fun and frolicsome event hosted by the Netball Support Group is one of the most entertaining on the school calendar! So, gather your friends and book a table for some brain-scratching fun – this is a night out not to be missed.
Date: Sunday 3 August 2019
Venue: Eton Hall, St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School
Tickets: $25 per person
BYO food only – Eftpos/Cash Bar
RSVP: Wednesday 24 July 2019
To book your table of 10 or 12, please contact Megan Stanley on 0434 212 247 or email: email@example.com.
Tables MUST be pre-purchased through the Development and Community Office by calling 07 3862 0765 or emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Professional Women’s Networking Breakfast
Join us 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.
UCAT Preparation Workshop
A final NIE workshop for students in Years 10-12 who will be sitting UCAT this year will be held on 3 July at The University of Queensland, St Lucia. Enrol here
Are you in Year 10, 11 or 12 and considering a career in healthcare? High School Health Adventure is a three-day hands-on immersive experience run by Mater Education. Click here for more information and to enrol in the July course.
Study in the USA and UK
Crimson Education are offering a free seminar on study in the USA and UK. Sunday 23 June: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/brisbane-to-the-usuk-everything-you-need-to-know-about-studying-abroad-tickets-62183694103?discount=FREE
Queensland School of Film and Television
QSFT's School Holiday Filmmakers’ Bootcamp is designed for high school students from Years 9-12 to learn basic photography, video and editing techniques.
Date: 10-11 July
Venue: QSFT Campus, 22 Warwick Street, Annerley
Further information is available here
Experience University of Technology Sydney Day - Thursday 11 July
Open to Year 11 and 12 students, Experience UTS Day gives students the opportunity to get a taste of study at UTS. Students can now register online.
The Whitehouse Institute of Design (Sydney and Melbourne) is offering Winter Workshops during the school holidays. Information is available here.
The University of Queensland
The UQ situational judgement test for the Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours) are scheduled in August, October and November 2019. Discover more
Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University
Tertiary Preparation Workshop 2019 is being held at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, South Bank campus, Brisbane. The workshop runs Monday 1 - Friday 5 July 2019. For more details and to register, click here.
Tertiary Studies Expo - Royal International Convention Centre, Brisbane Showgrounds
Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 July 2019, 10:00am to 4:00pm. Find more details here.
University Open Days are available from the Careers page on the POD.
Year 12 students are invited to participate in our Early Entry Program for admission in 2020. UNE's Early Entry application process is open.
Australian Catholic University: Community Achiever’s Program (CAP)
The program offers future students who are active in their community early entry to their undergraduate course of choice. Apply here by 30 July for 2020 entry.
UQ International High School Students Showcase
For Years 11 and 12 International high school students, Monday 2 October, 9:00am-3:30pm at UQ St Lucia campus.
QUT International High School Day
This event is open to all international high school students who are currently studying Years 11 or 12 in Australia. Gardens Point campus, Monday 21 October 2019 (student free day). Register here.
Griffith University has developed a website to assist you to decide on a study pathway: https://www.griffith.edu.au/study.
QUT Match My Skills
Looking for some inspiration on what to study? https://match-my-skills.qut.edu.au/
Scholarships in Australia
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 which 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.
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