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At the beginning of each year, I publish the names of staff who are undertaking further study. In 2019, 50% of our staff have a Masters Degrees or higher or are currently studying towards this postgraduate qualification. This is a very high percentage within the education industry. It had been one of the actions of our Strategic Plan to achieve over 50% of teachers with Masters level study and I am pleased to say we have been successful in achieving and maintaining this.
The following staff are currently studying in 2019 towards the Master Level qualification. St Margaret’s is very much a learning community and other members of staff are studying in other areas and at Diploma/Certificate level. Those listed below are those studying at Masters level and you will note the focus on leadership and management in education. It is heartening to see this demonstration, at a high level, of professional engagement and a commitment to lifelong learning:
Each year, I publish what we call a Strategy Snapshot on our School’s website; essentially it lists our goals as a school for 2019 and the actions we intend to take to help us achieve these broader goals. This one-page document is a reflection our current Strategic Plan – A local school with a global outlook 2017 – 2021.
It is only fitting that the School’s leadership team publish their goals for the year as we are a school which insists on its students - both Primary and Secondary - establishing goals. Over the next few weeks, Form Teachers and Academic Advisors will be working with the students to help them shape and record their goals. Later in the semester, they will check in with them to see how well they are working towards their goals and if they need assistance. If you are a goal setter, it would be great if you could share with your daughters the goals you have set, why they are important to you and how you intend to go about achieving them. It is important for our students to know that goal setting is not an uncommon practice. In terms of role modelling, all our staff have goals; this is the outcome of our annual review process with staff and they often share what they are working on with their students.
To see our 2019 Strategy Snapshot please click on this link.
It can also be found throughout the year on our website in the same area as our Strategic Plan.
Last weekend, I attended a School Captains’ dinner with representatives from schools in Brisbane through to the Gold Coast with our own School captains Ella Leavey and Isabella Corby-Bakkelund. This is an annual event designed to promote networking between student leaders of all our schools and is hosted by QUT.
The guest speakers for the evening were Michael Trotter and Dylan Poulus, founders of the QUT eSport program, Australia’s first ever eSport university program. Built originally from a start-up company designed to provide effective training programs and development pathways for eSport athletes, eSports has now become an official part of the QUT Sport portfolio.
It was interesting hearing their story of how they formed an innovative idea and the journey they took from the time the idea took hold through to the successful program they initiated. They talked about thinking like an intrapreneur rather than an entrepreneur in order to add value to the university and to what they were already doing.
Michael and Dylan are still young (much younger than me!) and not long out of school themselves. As such they were able to relate well to their audience of school leaders and had some helpful tips for them and other young people that I thought I would share in my article this week:
Family Service Dates for your Diary!
At St Margaret’s, Family Services are a tradition where girls can worship and celebrate with their family members either at the School Chapel or off site at one of our local Anglican parish Churches. Each Head of Year (in the Secondary) keeps a record of students who attend, as participating in all aspects that the school offers is essential to being a well-rounded St Margaret’s Girl.
The dates for all Family Services in 2019 are as follows:
PP-3 Twilight Family Service: Wednesday 27 March, 6pm, School Chapel
Years 4-6 Family Service with Admission to Communion: Wednesday 13 March, 6pm. School Chapel
Years 7 and 8 Family Service and Admission to Communion: Tuesday 26 February, 6:30pm. School Chapel
Years 9 and 10 Family Service: Tuesday 7 May, 6:30pm, St Augustine’s Anglican Church, Hamilton.
Years 11 and 12 Family Service: Wednesday 15 May, 6:30pm, St Mark’s Anglican Church, Clayfield.
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 4 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.
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.
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
Tuesday 26 February: Years 7 and 8 Family Service and Admission to Communion, 6:30pm
God of Grace, mindful of those in need at this time, we pray for those affected by the flooding in North Queensland, for those affected by on-going drought, for those affected by bushfires in Tasmania.
Your world is one of contrasts. We marvel at its beauty and wonder at the destruction.
Open our hearts to serve others, beginning in our small corner of the world. Open our eyes to the needs of others, the pain and hurts of others.
Not only this but, open our loving to embrace the joy and celebrations of others, just as we recognise our own blessedness in this vastly different world.
In your Son’s name,
With every blessing on you and your week ahead,
The Reverend Canon Nicki Colledge
Belonging is a basic psychological need for everyone. In Boarding, every girl needs to feel physically and emotionally safe, have close supportive relationships and feel connected. By meeting these needs, the girls become increasingly committed to the School's/Boarding’s values and goals.
There is a growing body of research that confirms the benefits of building a sense of community. This research confirms that when the girls have a strong sense of community, both at school and in Boarding, they are more likely to be academically motivated, to act ethically and selflessly and to develop social and emotional competencies.
In Boarding, through activities like the closed weekend, we are always working towards continually building community. We aim to actively cultivate respect and supportive relationships between the girls, staff and parents. We stress the development of qualities essential to good character such as fairness, concern for others and personal responsibility. We encourage the girls to develop skills of collaboration, develop wider and richer relationships and in turn they will experience the satisfaction of contributing to the welfare of others. All of these aspects underpin the goals of the Boarding House this year which are, Kindness, Gratitude and Respect.
New Senior Assessment Information Evening
This year, the New Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) system is beginning with Year 11 students in Queensland. On Thursday 28 February, 6:30–7:30pm in the Arts Centre Foyer (ACF), parents of students from Years 5 to 11 are invited to an information evening where we will discuss the key features of the changes, including the introduction of common external assessment, the replacement of the Overall Position (OP) with the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) and the improved quality and comparability of school-based assessment.
The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) is introducing and providing many resources to keep teachers and parents up-to-date with the changes. We will cover this information during the evening; however, you can also visit their website to find out more. The presentation will be live-streamed and the PowerPoint will be available through the Parent Portal.
Careers Information and Portfolio Pathway
This year, Ms Naomi Holley has been appointed as our Director of Careers and Portfolio Pathways and she will join Ms Liz Johnston in the Careers and Pathways Office. This office is located in the Senior Library and is open to all year levels. Students are most welcome to drop in before and after school or during break times. Parents and students requiring a longer meeting, or specific time, should email either Ms Johnston (Careers Counsellor) at: firstname.lastname@example.org or Ms Holley (Director of Careers and Portfolio Pathways) at: email@example.com to arrange an appointment. This is a wonderful addition to the school, so please refer to the Careers and Portfolio Pathway section of the eNews for more information about how they can assist your daughter.
In your daughter’s academic advising meetings over the past week there has been a lot of discussion about setting goals. Setting goals can sometimes be a daunting task when you have only just started the year and may be studying a completely new suite of subjects with new teachers. Therefore, your daughter’s goals may change or become more specific over time; however, the purpose of thinking about some goals now is to enable your daughter to focus her attention on specific areas of strength or weakness. To set realistic goals, I encourage your daughters to read their continuous reporting comments from last year, think about their own study habits and consider the range of activities in their life that they need to balance.
Your daughter’s academic progress is a priority and by going through this thinking process she will be able to decide what she wants to achieve or improve and how she can do it. To bring these goals to life, please have a conversation about time frames at home so that you can celebrate the achievements and provide support for the long-term goals.
Thank you in advance to all parents who are attending the Parent Information Evening tonight (Thursday 7 February). I will be sharing information with the Year 7 parents about the assessment and reporting processes for the Secondary school and how to access this though the POD and Parent Lounge. Instructions about how to access the POD and Parent Lounge for reporting and parent teacher interviews will be uploaded to the Parent Information area in the POD. Other information being shared with the Year 7 parents is included below. If you have any questions, please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or of you are having trouble accessing the POD and Parent Lounge please email: email@example.com.
Years 7-12 Continuous Reporting
The aim behind Continuous Reporting is to provide valuable and informative reporting to parents and students in a way they can understand and work in partnership with teachers to support the learning.
For parents, Continuous Reporting will provide:
Continuous Reporting will provide students with:
Parent Teacher Interviews
In conjunction with Continuous Reporting, all parents have access to Parent Teacher Interviews twice a year (Terms 1 and 3). The Term 1 Interviews will be held with your daughter’s Form Teacher (Years 7 and 8) or her Academic Advisor (Years 9-12). The focus of these interviews will be to share with you the information we have on your daughter and the goals that she has set. The Interviews are being held on Monday 11 March and Thursday 14 March from 3:30-6pm in Eton Hall. Information about booking times will be sent home in the next few weeks.
Term 3 Parent Teacher Interviews will give you the opportunity to meet with your daughter’s subject teachers. The Term 3 Interviews will be held on Monday 15 July from 10am-8pm. For Boarding parents, both interview sessions (Terms 1 and 3) will offer Skype Interviews.
It is important to note you can contact your daughter’s subject teachers, Form teacher or Academic Advisor via email if you have any questions at any time.
All students have been provided with a copy of their Semester 1 Assessment Calendar. These have also been uploaded to the POD for student reference. Parents will be able to access the list of assessments and due dates after the 20 February through Parent Lounge (by accessing Curricular Activities in the drop-down box under student details in the top menu).
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 5-7:30pm, 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 in via Flexischools can feel comfortable knowing that they 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:
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 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 them looking at their assessment calendar and planning how to ensure they are prepared and ready for the next lesson and assessment. The main goal of SSS is to assist girls to revise work covered so far and support and extend their understanding of learning from lessons so they are prepared for assessment.
On Saturday 9 March, St Margaret’s will host our annual Open Day from 9:30am-12:30pm. This is a day when we showcase our school and our community to potential students and their families, as well as opening our doors to the public. We welcome current school families and friends on the day.
We would very much appreciate your support in publicising the event to friends and colleagues who may be interested in seeking a St Margaret’s education for their daughter and in doing so ‘Discover the Difference’.
Furthermore, Saturday 9 March is a day when we require all students to be present at school, in full uniform and either participating in curricular, co-curricular or community activities.
If your daughter is unable to attend Open Day, please submit a leave request to the Dean of Students via firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 4 March 2019.
Each student in the Secondary school will be issued with a timetable for the duration of Open Day. It is expected that girls attend the sessions they have been allocated as rolls will be marked. Secondary students are required to be at school by 9:15am.
Primary students are asked to report to their classroom at 9:25am where they will engage in activities with their classroom and specialist teachers throughout the morning.
Students are asked to bring along their morning tea, including a drink bottle. There will be opportunities for girls to eat between sessions.
Girls who are involved in Water Polo and Softball are asked to attend Open Day either before or after their games.
We look forward to seeing you for a successful Open Day.
Resilience is a skill that became prominent in education at the beginning of this century. It is a word used to describe the ability to bounce back in terms of physical, social and emotional wellbeing and it has more recently been applied to cognitive skills and learning.
The Australian community was recently reminded of the roles of resilience and responsibility by Richard Harris and Craig Challen, two of the famed rescuers of the soccer team trapped in a Thai cave. Named as joint Australians of Year and accepting his award, Harris said he feared that “kids today who live in a risk adverse society will not learn to challenge themselves and to earn grazed knees and the stubbed toes that really are necessary to build resilience and confidence”.
In an interview for The Australian, Harris told reporter Janet Albrechtsen that he felt there is a “link between being more physically robust, confident and resilient, and being mentally fit. That includes being more intellectually open to hearing other ideas”.
Most pertinent is his belief that we are living in a society that people fear offending other people. He was quoted as stating “kids do not seem to be robust, they are more fragile in terms of being prepared to enter into a robust debate in case they offend someone or upset someone”.
Through our Pastoral Care Programs and daily interactions, the teachers help students build social and emotional growth. In a safe psychological environment that doesn’t allow for ‘put downs’, students learn to stand up for their beliefs, communicate with respectful disagreement and are encouraged to be accepting of differences.
Challen supported Harris’ comments and encouraged parents “to expose their kids to risks and challenges to build resilience in them. Kids need to learn the skills to live with a bit of discomfort. Everything is not going to be sweet in their lives”.
As our students in the Primary school learn, we encourage discomfort, as feeling uncomfortable when learning, is learning. The analogy of the learning pit is a way for our girls to develop the dispositions or attitudes and habits of mind. Many of the dispositions associated with the learning pit require resilience.
On the back of these brave words spoken by two heroes, parents and teachers have a responsibility to teach and model resilience to the children in our care. The different environments students belong to, need to promote resilience; the school environment of peer and teacher, the family and community. These environments help build a sense of connectedness which also leads to resilience.
Resilience is a trait that all people possess as it involves behaviours, thoughts and actions that can be learned and developed in anyone. As a school we are committed to teaching the skills associated with resilience. We encourage parents to work in partnership with us so that students will be more likely to attain resilience and therefore greater emotional wellbeing. The skills we focus on and build include the following:
Personal coping skills
Coping skills provide the cognition, behaviours and attitudes for making students' lives in the classroom and playground happier and more productive. They are also given life skills for coping with difficult times in their future careers and relationships. The skills include:
Using helpful thinking/evidence-based rational thinking
Resilience builds a stronger sense of self confidence in dealing with problems (resourcefulness and adaptivity):
Healthy self-esteem: a sense of personal competence and self-knowledge
“Resilience makes it easier for us to navigate the difficult and dark times. It empowers us to sift the important from the bucket-load of trivial, to work out what we can control, what we can and should take responsibility for.”
Janet Albrechtsen (The Australian, January 30, 2019).
Oral Language – The Importance of Talk
As parents and teachers, we have all observed young children listen and speak well before they can read and write. Children learn to manipulate their environment with spoken word before they learn to do so with written words.
Oral language (talk) functions as a foundation for literacy and encompasses both informal and academic contexts and as such, requires focussed attention.
Academic discourse has always been a part of the classroom. Traditionally, teachers talked for most of the instructional day while students listened and followed directions. However, as educators we now understand that talk is constructive in optimising learning and for assessing children’s understanding. It is important for language to be modelled in both the home context and the classroom environment. The melding of home ‘talk’ with classroom discussion, assists in facilitating the growth of academic language.
Through discussion or talk, children gain a deeper understanding of the material they are engaging with because it involves the exchange of ideas where important things are learnt from each other. Talk assists students to learn about and develop their ideas, vocabulary and higher level grammatical structures needed to improve their writing. If a child can speak about something they can write about it.
James Nottingham (The Learning Pit) has discussed the importance of setting home preparation; as distinctly different from homework. Home preparation or preview, has an effect size of .09; this is almost double the expected rate of progress. Preview allows students to have an insight into what is coming so they feel prepared. Preview permits students time to investigate, research, discuss or consider what they know, or want to know more about any given topic. Preview allows parents to know how to support and help their children. It gives students an advantage; by coming to school armed with information to share with others.
Our aim, as parents and teachers, is to enhance our children’s ‘talk’ because understanding student talk is key to analysis of what students know, how they understand, and what teaching moves would be useful. In a nutshell, we can transform student learning by the conversations that happen inside and outside of the classroom. So, what are you talking about tonight?
Assistant Head of Primary
Thursday 14 February: Class Parent Representative Morning Tea, Primary Library, 8:30-10am
Thursday 21 February: Primary Parent Interviews, Atrium, 3:45-6pm
Friday 22 February: Primary Parent Interviews, Atrium, 1:15-6pm
Wednesday 27 February to Friday 1March: Year 4 Camp, Alexandra Park Conference Centre, Alexandra Headland
Thursday 28 February: Years 1 and 2 Excursion, Northey Street, Herston
Friday 1 March: P&F Mothers’ Luncheon, 11:30am-3pm
Private Music Lessons have now commenced
Private music lessons have now commenced for 2019. If your daughter has enrolled in private music lessons and has not yet had her lesson time confirmed, please contact the Music Department and this will be followed up. It is not too late to enrol your daughter in private music lessons. An application form with terms and conditions can be downloaded here (PDF 200.9KB).
Music Ensemble Rehearsals have now commenced
Music Ensembles have commenced rehearsals for 2019. Please click here (PDF 496.6KB) to view the Ensemble Timetable for rehearsal times. Please note that there are some small changes to rehearsal times for 2019. A reminder that Elevarsi Voices will commence rehearsals in Week 4 on Monday 18 February. This is a non-auditioned choir for students in Years 6-8. All students in these year levels are welcome to attend. Encorah (non-auditioned choir for students in Years 9-12) will commence at the start of Term 2. The commencement of this ensemble has been delayed due to Musical rehearsals occurring during Term 1.
It is not too late for new students to join ensembles. If students are interested in being involved, they are encouraged to see Mr King or Ms Brennan to discuss ensembles that might best suit them.
Boarder Music Practice commenced this week
Boarder Music Practice is a program offered to boarders who are undertaking private music lessons. The practice program commenced this week. All boarders undertaking private music tuition are required to sign up for a minimum of two 30-minute practice sessions that occur between 6pm-8pm Monday to Thursday evenings in the Darnell Music Building. A Boarder Musicians Concert will be held in Term 2 and Term 4, and these concerts will be excellent opportunities for the boarders to showcase their developing musical abilities.
Staff Name Change
Please note that Dr Camille Olin will now be using her married name, Dr Camille Syntageros.
Music Support Group
Thank you to the parents who attended our first Music Support Group meeting of the year. It was wonderful to see so many parents in attendance. The next meeting will be on Tuesday 5 March at 5pm in the Primary Music Room (second floor of Chaseley). Parents from both the Primary and Secondary schools are welcome to attend.
Why we should play sport
As children grow, every parent has a different idea as to what should be the main focus of their upbringing and how they should spend their free time. From my own experience and now supported by research, sport has been found to be vital to healthy social, physical and emotional development. Sport, especially team sport, exposes children to a range of differing situations allowing students to grow and develop. Below identify five key attributes how sport will help your daughter develop:
These attributes are important life skills and with parental support your daughter can develop all of these by joining one of the sports on offer this semester. All sports trial and training schedules are available via the individual sport POD pages.
Message from our Sport Captains
This year, we are proud to be leading all girls in their sporting endeavours and look forward to encouraging everyone to get involved. Our focus is spirit within the sporting community and we would like to introduce our initiative of ‘if you play, you stay’. To break this down, we want all the girls cheering and being present at all games or events to support their sisters. This legacy that we wish to leave will help ensure that girls support and are involved in increasing the atmosphere and spirit within the sporting community. Sport this year is already underway with lots of girls participating in many sports, even some girls playing for the first time. We would highly encourage everyone to join as many sports to build friendships across all year levels and to create memories that will last forever.
Skye Littlewood and Louise Millar
Swimming - BGGS Swim Meet - Centenary Pool
Our swimmers are ready to make a splash at the first swim meet this Friday 8 February at Centenary Pool. The squad will have a team meeting and will gain some performance enhancing tips from a guest speaker all while enjoying pasta supplied by our wonderful Years 8 and 9 parents.
Racing commences at 6pm and will conclude at approximately 8:30pm with buses arriving back at St Margaret’s at 9pm.
Softball and Cricket
Our Softball and Cricket teams are all set to play their first round of competition commencing this week. Our 2019 Softball team is looking to go one better this year and win the competition. The Cricketers are coming off a successful Division 1 Premiership in 2018 and are looking to set a high standard in the Open competition.
Sacre Coeur Tennis Tournament
Our Tennis girls will welcome teams from Downlands and Fairholme College to the Nudgee Tennis Centre to contest the Sacre Coeur Tennis Shield on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 February. While the matches are competitive, the emphasis is on the social interaction between the schools providing all girls with a wonderful weekend of sport and friendship.
All new and returning girls are invited to join the Cross Country run sessions to improve fitness and overall health and wellbeing. St Margaret’s has a long history of success within QGSSSA Cross Country. Strong interest and participation in this sport has resulted in St Margaret's becoming one of the most successful schools within the QGSSSA competition and in both state, national and international competitions:
The North Independent District is holding trials in a number of sports for further selection in the Metropolitan North Team. All girls who wish to trial are asked to nominate through the Activities Office. The sports and trial dates are as follows:
Support Group Meetings
The Musical set design team are looking for a source of thin, light timber sticks (not bamboo) or willow sticks (the kind that are used by florists). We are searching for a great number of these items, so if you can help this would be much appreciated. We are also looking for between 12-15 plain white paper parasols.
Please contact: email@example.com if you can assist. Many thanks.
A position exists for a Casual School Crossing Supervisor at St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School. The School Crossing Supervisor may be required to work five days per fortnight in all weather conditions. The hours of work for the School Crossing Supervisor are 1 hour and 30 mins a day and comprises 45 minutes in the morning and 45 minutes in the afternoon.
Current crossing time: 7:45am - 8:30am and 3pm - 3:45pm.
The current rate of pay is $30.34 per hour.
Commencement of work for the successful applicant is dependent on:
Those interested are encouraged to apply without delay as the position is to commence ASAP.
Completed applications should be returned via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or they may be dropped into the Primary Office. For enquiries, please contact Kate Curran, Director of Human Resources on 3862 0702.
2019 P&F Mothers’ Luncheon
Tickets to the 2019 annual Mothers' Luncheon are selling fast!
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. Please be aware that your seat is only confirmed once you have purchased a ticket!
Enquiries: Angela Pratt on 0413 701 407 and Anthea Damman on 0403 846 258 or email: email@example.com.
Care to Move are proud sponsors of the 2019 Mothers’ Luncheon.
Thank you also to our event supporters:
Interested in joining the Parents & Friends Association?
NOTICE is given that the Annual General Meeting of the St Margaret’s P&F Association Inc. is to be held on Monday 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 the 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:
Careers and Portfolio Pathways
The St Margaret’s Careers and Portfolio Pathways Program is designed to assist students in making informed and effective decisions regarding their chosen pathway. The program ensures students are better prepared for the challenges of tertiary education and the world of work through the School’s individually focussed Careers Education Program.
This applies to all students whether they follow a tertiary studies pathway or a Vocational Education pathway. The program aims to enhance the opportunities offered to students through an established network of mentoring and practical real-world experiences provided by both internal and external individuals, business and educational institutions.
The St Margaret’s Careers and Portfolio Pathways team supports students with their subject selection, SET planning and career guidance ensuring students build resilience, leadership capabilities and life skills. Under the leadership of the Careers Counsellor and Director of Careers and Portfolio Pathways, St Margaret’s works to support current students in making the best possible decisions relating to their work and study. It is hoped that through various opportunities and activities targeted to specific individual needs, students are provided with all possible opportunities to succeed in their desired field.
The Careers and Portfolio Pathways program is tailored to student’s requirements on a case-by-case basis and is dependent upon their year level and aspirations for their future. All St Margaret’s parents and students are encouraged to visit The POD which will keep them well informed of the latest career news and opportunities.
Director of Careers and Portfolio Pathways
Defence Force - International Women’s Day Experience
When: Thursday 28 February to Friday 1 March 2019
Where: Defence Force Recruiting Brisbane, Level 13, 295 Ann Street, Brisbane and Gallipoli Barracks, Lloyd Street, Enoggera
What’s involved? This is a fantastic opportunity for female students to experience life in the ADF, whilst being introduced to the beginning of the application process. The experience will be held over two days (28 Feb-1 Mar 19) encompassing the first step of the application process, the aptitude test or YOU Session (Your Opportunities Unlimited), followed by an overnight experience at Gallipoli Army Barracks. Following the experience students will have the option to continue with their application and pursue a career in the ADF after completion of schooling or they may wish to withdraw and continue on a different path.
Any student who would like to participate in this opportunity, or would like some more information, should see Ms Johnston to register their interest.
Who should sit UCAT? Any Year 12 student who is seeking entry into medicine, dentistry and health science degree programs in 2020. Please note, some pathways to medicine/dentistry/clinical sciences will not require the UCAT.
For more information about the new test, including price, testing dates and format as well as FAQs, visit: www.ucat.edu.au
Preparing for UCAT: You can find the official preparation materials at: www.ucat.edu.au/ucat-anz/practice-tests
The 38th annual Tertiary Studies Expo (TSXPO) will be held on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 July 2019.
KEY DATES: 2019
1 March 2019: UCAT Registration opens
17 May, 11:.59pm: UCAT Registration closes
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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