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This year’s St Margaret’s Day Celebration will be held on Friday this week and is marked by a special assembly and service in which we will return to announce a patron of the school. The last patron we had was in 2016/17. I will announce this year’s Patron in next week’s newsletter. Below is a list of the Patrons we have had in the past; the only reason we have not had a patron in recent years was there were many other things to celebrate at St Margaret’s Day (our contribution to Olympic sport, the foundation of the Sisters of the Society of the Sacred Advent (SSA), for example) and, of course, there were COVID interruptions.
In addition to the Patron being announced and interviewed by Year 11 students, in the afternoon, we have the traditional St Margaret’s Run – which starts in Circular Drive. Each year we outline the theme of year at St Margaret’s Day. This year it is ‘Embracing Joy’.
St Margaret’s Day celebrations are also followed by our whole weekend dedicated to the reunions of Old Girls from prior to 1962, 1962, 1972, 1982, 1992, 2002, 2012 and an Old Girls’ Chapel on Sunday. This year we are expecting just short of 400 Old Girls.
Below is information about the previous recipients of the role of Patron for your interest.
SISTER DOROTHY (2002)
Sister Dorothy was the ‘longest serving’ of the Sisters (professed in 1945). Although Sister Dorothy was not ever designated officially as patron, she was recognised for her service at the inaugural St Margaret's Day in 2002.
PHYL DREW (2003)
Phyl Drew was Prefect and Bede House Captain in 1933. She joined the Old Girls’ Association in 1934 and was President of that organisation. She was also the Old Girls’ representative on School Council from 1987 to 2007 and Patron of the St Margaret's Foundation 2004.
JACK DALE (2004)
Jack Dale was the voluntary school photographer for over 20 years from about 1977 until 2005. He always attended Interhouse events, QGSSSA fixtures and school events to take photos for the school. He had a particular interest in sports photos. His photos have been used in many St Margaret's publications and advertising. We are very grateful for the visual record he made of school life over the years.
MOTHER EUNICE (2005)
Mother Eunice was Reverend Mother for over 25 years. She was also a member of School Council for approximately 30 years from mid-1982 until 2012. As the Mother of the SSA, Mother Eunice had a great impact on the school, and this was recognised when we named the Eunice Science and Resource Centre.
PHIL HARRIS (2006)
Phil Harris was a Member of the School Advisory Committee (later School Council) from its establishment in 1981 and was Chair of Council 1987 – April 2001. His association with the school began in 1971 when his daughter, Sally, enrolled. He was President of the P&F in 1979 and 1980.
DAWN REES (2007)
Dawn Rees was a student from 1932 to 1944. She was School Captain, Dux and OGA Prize Winner in 1944. She was a member of staff from 1948 to 1990 and is remembered for her inspirational French teaching and production of school musicals. She was also on School Council from 1991 to 1995 and is now an alumni volunteer.
SHEENA DYASON (2008)
Sheena Dyason was a student from 1948 to 1951 and Sports Mistress/Coordinator of Physical Education from 1956 to 1998. She introduced lifesaving to St Margaret’s and had a long association with Queensland Royal Lifesaving,
JACQUIE NOYES (2009)
Jacquie Noyes was the Drama teacher from 1980 to 2001. Jacqui demonstrated her commitment to the school by arranging flowers for Chapel services and special events long after she retired as a member of staff.
RAY GEISE (2010)
Ray Geise was another longstanding member of staff. He established the TOC H group at St Margaret's and was also very involved with the Duke of Edinburgh program. His wife Sheila was a past student and staff member and his daughter, Nicky, a 1980 Senior. Mr Geise has published a book on the contribution of the Sisters to education in Queensland and the SSA schools.
LORRAINE GIBSON (2011)
Lorraine taught at St Margaret’s from 1967 until 1992. Lorraine commenced teaching Mathematics and Science at the school, became Head of the Science Department and is best remembered as an innovative teacher of Physics and Year 12 administrator. Upon Lorraine’s retirement, the Old Girls’ Association bestowed life membership on her for support, service and contributions to St Margaret’s. Lorraine was the initiator of the Past Staff Association which continues to meet and funds Speech Night awards for students in both the primary and secondary school.
TONY ELLIOTT (2012)
Tony Elliott is well known for his long association with the St Margaret’s Rowing Program and his success as a First VIII coach. In July 1989, he essentially introduced rowing to St Margaret’s and in 1990, Tony led a group involving representatives from Somerville House and BSHS, in the formal structuring of the schoolgirls racing season. The inaugural Brisbane Schoolgirls Head of the River was held on the 13 October 1990. Tony, along with representatives of other schools, is credited with the formation of the Brisbane Schoolgirls Rowing Association (BSRA) in 1991.
BEVERLY FOX (2013)
Bev Fox began teaching at St Margaret’s in 1980 and retired in 2012. During her teaching years, she was a classroom teacher, Head of the Business Education Department and Year Level Supervisor. In her other roles, she was Fundraising Manager for the Arts Centre, the first Director of Development (included Foundation, Fundraising, Old Girls’ Association and Alumni) and Alumni Coordinator. She was also a Director of the Foundation for approximately 7.5 years. Bev introduced the massive reunion weekend which is now a traditional part of the school calendar. Also, it was during her time as Year Level Supervisor that the Sony Camp experience for senior students was introduced into the school. Bev retains her connection to the school as a weekly volunteer in the Alumni office.
AMANDA STEIN (2014)
Amanda Stein has been a very generous supporter and promoter of St Margaret’s, particularly through her business Panda Pearls Australia and her presence at rural shows. Amanda first attended St Margaret's as a 12-year-old boarder in 1982; her family were then living on Bougainville Island in PNG. She was soon joined by two sisters who followed in their mother’s (Wendy Wippell) and aunt’s footsteps. Amanda has never forgotten the lessons she learned at school about supporting others in need. She is a wonderful role model to all our students for her willingness to take risks, work ethic, generosity to others and her love for her school.
LIBBY BLACK (2015)
Libby Black has been a most conscientious supporter of the school, particularly as a tireless worker in the Old Girls’ Association. As she was known then, Libby Stanley was a student at St Margaret’s from 1963 – 1968. In her final year of school, she was Prefect and Bede House Captain. In 1998, Libby returned to St Margaret’s to be a member of the Old Girls’ Association executive. There she stayed for 16 years until stepping down in 2014. During this time, she had also served as president of the executive from 2002 – 2005 and 2012 – 2014 and was treasurer from 1998 – 2000. Libby had a particular interest in preserving the school archives, and during her presidency, she promoted the Old Girls’ Association Overseas Study Scholarship and led the project to publish information about 25 Notable Past students. Libby also enrolled her daughter in the school (2001 – 2007).
ANNABELLE CHAPLAIN (2016)
Annabelle has been a very generous supporter and promoter of St Margaret’s, particularly in her role as Chair of School Council, from 2011 to 2014, inaugural chair of the St Margaret’s Foundation, and as a parent and past student and now as a member and Chair of the SSA Trust. Her long history with the school started when her family moved from Mt Isa to Brisbane where she became a student at St Margaret’s with her two older sisters in 1966. She returned to the school as a parent of two daughters, who graduated in 2002 and 2005. When she was at school, she was a Prefect and Lawson House Captain (holding this latter position twice, once in the secondary school and once in the primary school), and an avid tennis player.
I’d like to thank girls in Years 8-10 for finalising their subject selections at the end of last term. All students in these year levels will receive a memo from me detailing their confirmed subjects for 2022 in the next few weeks. In order to finalise this process, I may need to meet with some students to talk through their selections.
Students in Year 7 will shortly receive a notification asking them to select two Arts subjects for their Year 8 program. Your Head of Year will confirm this process with you within the next two weeks.
This week was the Academic Awards ceremony, which recognised those students achieving an Academic Pocket for a GPA of 13 and above and those students receiving an Academic Progress Award for an improvement since the previous semester of at least 1 GPA point.
There was an impressive number of girls that received awards on this day, and I know there are many more students that may not have received an award but who have shown gains in many areas of their academic life.
Students should now be looking at their feedback from their continuous reporting comments from Semester 1 to look at ways they can improve their skills within their subject areas. Our Academic Advising sessions in Years 9 - 12 over the next term will be focused on our students setting goals in response to this feedback.
Often this feedback indicates a change that needs to be made. For example, perhaps time management is an issue and so a change must be made in this area. Maybe feedback from the drafting process was not taken into account when submitting the final assessment piece, and so this must be addressed.
Congratulations to all students who have seen their hard work pay off. I also offer my encouragement to all students for this semester and wish them well with their learning goals.
Tomorrow we celebrate St Margaret’s Day. I am looking forward to celebrating this special day in our school calendar with you all.
Our patron saint, St Margaret, is a third/fourth century saint, about whom we know very little. What we do know is that she was a strong young woman with a deep faith in God. One of the stories about her tells of her fighting and defeating a dragon – further emphasising her strength and bravery.
At St Margaret’s we follow a long line of strong women who have lived their lives with integrity and purpose – teaching us about what God is like and how deep God’s love for each of us is.
Thank you to everyone who has so generously donated goods to the Anglicare drive. These donations will be blessed and presented to Anglicare at the service tomorrow.
Notice: We are starting a student lunchtime faith and spirituality group. This group will be a welcoming space for students to build community. The group will meet on Tuesdays in Avoca 304. All are welcome.
Rev'd Jazz Dow
From Friday 15 to Sunday 17 July, the boarding house celebrated its Semester 2 Closed Weekend. The concept of a closed weekend will be unfamiliar to many but is an integral part of building a community culture within the boarding house. Boarders must stay in residence for the duration of the closed weekend and partake in several bonding activities. Here’s what we got up to over the weekend:
Friday 15 July:
Each year level was treated to an icecream bar in Eton Kitchen. The girls were able to pick their icecream flavour and mix in their favourite lollies. Boarders then enjoyed activities organised by their housemother with their cohort.
Saturday 16 July:
We celebrated our annual See My Difference See My Worth Festival. This event includes an afternoon of rotational cultural activities, run by the Year 12 boarders. Students tried their hand at island dancing and Indigenous dot painting, learned how to make Vietnamese rice paper rolls, and played a range of team games created by different cultures. In the evening, Circular Drive came alight with a DJ, disco lights, a bucking bull and a mechanical surfboard. Students enjoyed dinner from a range of different food stalls.
Sunday 17 July:
Boarders participated in the St Margaret’s Amazing Race. Eight teams set off from St Margaret’s and had to solve riddles, complete challenges and visit different locations throughout Brisbane. All teams ended up at South Bank where we enjoyed a pizza picnic lunch.
This weekend would not be possible without a mammoth effort from a number of people. A special thanks must go to our kitchen, facilities and IT teams, Lilly Devlin – Boarding Activities Coordinator, Lesa Fowler, Gracemere Mataia, Angela Crowe, boarding house staff and Year 12 boarders. Additionally, we’d like to thank the Senior Leadership Team for their support of this event.
Academic Progress Certificates and Academic Pockets
This week at assembly, we celebrated the academic success of students in Semester 1. Two awards were presented: Academic Pockets and Academic Progress. Academic Pockets are awarded to students who have a GPA of 13 or higher and Academic Progress Certificates are awarded to students who have improved their GPA by at least one whole grade when compared to Semester 2 2021. Congratulations to all students who received an award on Tuesday.
Particular recognition should go to the Year 12 cohort. There were an outstanding number of awards presented, which is indicative of this cohort’s drive to apply themselves all the way to the end and to rise up to challenges. I am so proud of their accomplishments so far this year and hope that this recognition provides some motivation to maintain this work ethic until the end of External Examinations.
As part of preparation for their senior years, all students are required to complete the QCAA Academic Integrity course through the QCAA Student Portal. Students in Year 11 who have not yet completed this course have received an email from me reminding them that this must be completed prior to the commencement of Units 3 and 4 in Term 4 of this year. Year 10s will be allocated time in Academic Advising this semester to complete this course.
ATAR Indication Meetings
I am currently conducting ATAR indication meetings with Year 12 students who are ATAR-eligible. These bookings can be made via the POD. Parents are welcome to attend in person or via phone.
On Tuesday morning, we held our Academic Assembly in the Philip Harris Gym. It was a wonderful occasion where we, as a St Margaret’s community, had the chance to celebrate the academic achievements of our Years 7 to 12 students from Semester 1.
As you will see from the lists below, we had an impressively large number of students who received awards at this assembly. This is a great testament to the way in which many girls applied themselves to their academics last semester, particularly in light of the number of disruptions we experienced.
Students were eligible for two awards at the Assembly:
My sincere congratulations to the following girls:
Edith Barber, Abigail Burke, Hope Cavanagh, Zoe Emanuel, Charlotte Fennessy, Clara Frecklington, Sophie Fuller, Helena Gill, Charlize Heathcote, Sophie Hebron, Ha Yeun Kim, Gina Lee, Vivienne Leggatt, Lila Maskell, Ella McLean, Lilly O'Brien, Sienna Parker, Madeline Renwick, Charlotte Rhode, Ellen Robinson, Talia Segal, Ava Tulley, Charlotte Vesel, Inès Vidot, Bronte Williamson, Imogen Wren, Siena Wright
Claire Bastian, Lola Boddington, Anna Coudré, Isabella Frame, Georgia Hopwood, Katherine Kingston, Aurora Lannon, Matilda McDonald, Isla Morison, Marcia Noble, Charlotte Perry, Matilda Reed, Coco Vardanega, Stella-Marie Willims, Isabelle Winks
Charlotte Anderson, Madeline Bastian-Jordan, Hannah Bell, Teliah Cordingley, Bless Daly, Alexandra Dew, Esther Duell, Miller Enders, Coco Fidler, Mana Fua, Tia Hooper, Olivia Hunter, Lauren Jarrett, Poppy Jones, Scarlett Kennedy, Jessica Krook, Beatrice Marshall, Andie McGregor, Abby McLaughlin, Tayla McMillan, Aila Miles, Leila Moody, Matilda O'Gorman, Milana Sorbello, Bronte Tavener, Charlotte Thompson, Beatrice Tritton, Tallulah Vanderaa, Chloe Whelan, Polly Young
Abigail Anderson, Alexandra Carnavas, Sophie Cater, Matilda Connolly, Kate Crossley, Scarlett Franklin, Isabella Gordon, Sophie Hunter, Madison Jones, Audrey Kerle, Priya Madders, Sharlize Mufti, Chloe Reilly, Molly Robson, Kalista Sanday, Ayla Staltari, Georgia Webb, Phoebe Woods
Progress Certificate and Academic Pocket
Arnika Di Bella, Freya Elliott, Matilda Litfin, Jasmine Luong, Chloe Readdy, Amelia Shaw, Niah Slatter, Philippa Smith
Kate Bateman, Nadia Charoensuk, Annie Chen, Lucy Comiskey, Lauren Cowley, Natasha Defteros, Jiayin Feng, Gabriella Frederiksen, Lily Hicks, Alyssa Hunt, Eve Jenner, Charlotte Kerr, Harper Leary, Georgia Lillicrap, Emily MacDowell, Neve Mattsson, Samantha McAulay, Emily Nagl, Ebony Okonkwo, Ruby Peacock, Ruby Reynolds Campbell, Sienna Richards, Sophie Servin, Lily Song, Lucinda Sprott, Charlotte Swarbrick, Ellouise Tkaczyk, Ember Tomlinson, Hei Yiu Tsang, Phoebe Tydd, Emma Walley, Ella Welsh
Emily Candelet, Amy Clark, Mackenzie Evans, Amelia Gearing, Charli Jones, Angelika Langley, Millie McDonald, Georgia Price, Lucy Reed, Sophie Renaut, Emily Smith, Charlotte Sutton, Agatha Walker, Georgia White, Kirsty Wilde, Molly Woolf
Anna Jerdan, Sum Yu Leung, Astrid O'Meara, Lucy Smith, Sarah Sorensen, Mackenzie Thompson
Lily Alford, Alice Baxby, Matilda Boone, Rose Brown, Eden Carey, Tiana Chan, Beijiao Chen, Michaela Chong, Skye Clifford, Anastasia Cooksley, Hilary Davis, Isobel Desmond, Lucy Dunning, Anastasia Esler, Olivia Feltham, Maya Fletcher, Stephanie Gerber, Alexandra Gladman, Arabella Harris, Brianna Higgins, Charlotte Jackson, Lucinda Kovac, Maddison Krook, Ho Yan Lam, Grace Marchant, Kate Matheson, Camille Maunder, Lucy Piggott, Milla Roberts, Imogen Simpson, Daniela Sorbello, Nellie Warren-Behm, Caitlin Williams, Lilly Young, Hao Zheng
Ruby Beard, Ella Brown, Harriet Buckley, Gabrielle Butcher, Jillian Cooke, Abbey Del Favero, Millie Douglas, Arkie Edwards, Alexandra Holland, Lily Jagers, Sophie Lahy, Yucong Li, Jacqueline Ma, Zara Maddern, Yeonwoo Nam, Alameida Sanday, Charlea Smith, Poppy Tritton, Aimee Young, Jingyi Zou
Annie Ferrier, Genevieve Heather, Stephanie Peereboom, Elizabeth Sloman
Shivali Bagga, Sally Bambling, Isabella Bluett, Zoe Boland, Alana Breed, Greta Campbell, Arshia Cheema, Sophia Connor, Sienna Crockett, Nicola D'Abreton, Jessica Duncan, Isabella Durkin, Matisse Fennessy, Ha-Vy Hoang, Se Yeon Kim, Greta King, Grace Kinloch, Tara Krakat, Ha Phuong, Nhu Le, Magdalen Maclean, Sophie Martin, Lani McWilliam, Inge Mellor, Ella Menigoz, Rosie Peacock, Charlotte Peat, Olivia Rees-Smith, Sienna Small, Madeline Swan, Alessandra Walker, Sophie Webster, Julia White, Lucy Williams, Minwen Xiong
Mia Annetts, Albertine Antelme Elinor Barry, Ebony Black, Rebecca Bodkin, Georgia Brown, Lillian Campbell, Holly Carrigan, Paige Carrigan, Alexandra Cattanach, Lara Charles, Natasha Coppo, Lily Crawford, Claire Crossley, Lucy Damman, Annabel Danvers, Marcella Donger, Antoinette Earnshaw, Danika Esposito, Abigail George, Ella Gibson, Elizabeth Harris, Linh Hoang, Jessica Jenkins, Eleanor Jewell, Lucy Leaver, Camilla Mackenzie, Mia Madsen, Madeleine McMillan, Poppy McPherson, Bella Mullan, Ziggi Norris, Sophie O'Toole, Esther Quirk, Olivia Rasheed, Georgina Reddacliff, Asha Salkeld, Calista Schreuder, Grace Shearer, Madison Smith, Sarah Snape, Josephine Spooner, Ella Steinberg, India Stewart, Simone Timchur, Chloe Toone, Chelsea Uisa-Kainiu
Kate Bloomfield, Lauren Brennan, Anna Bridge, Arabella Burke, Amelia Butler-Wood, Sophia Buys, Georgia Campbell, Miyan Chia, Mary Comiskey, Ella Counsell, Sydney Crawford, Taylor Duncan, Rachel Fitzgerald, Bridget Flaherty, Lucinda Geldard, Ruby Greenup, Greta Howes, Chelsea Johnson, Brooke Lane, Isabel Leggett, Syren Letizia, Holly Marchant, Isabella Martin, Eva Matyear, Emi McBride, Emily Millar, Caitlyn Morse, Rosie Nehill, Millie Nucifora, Faith Phillips, Claire Pitt, Maya Porras, Grace Ramsay, Grace Reilly, Ava Robertson, Lauren Searle, Lily Shann, Sophie Sorensen, Elyne Tighe, Audrey Wren
Audrey Denton, Imogen Elliott, Gabriella Henzell, Georgie Herring, Eleanor Jewell, Annabel Lauder, Sin Ting Law, Sharon Lei, Christy Mou, Jessica Norvill, Mia Reinhardt, Jessica Roberts, Alyce Warner, Ella Woods
Happiness. This has to be the universal wish of parents when asked what they most desire for their children. The answer almost always comes without hesitation. And would it not be wonderful if we could all go through life happy, without a care in the world, all our worries lifted from us? There is, however, more to happiness than just “being happy”. We all do need to care and we do need to feel sad when confronted with life’s pitfalls.
What I want for my children is that they are compassionate, empathetic and resilient, all underlined by a sense of wellbeing. Yes, I do want them to be happy – but not all the time. I believe we put too much pressure on our children to be happy because, let’s face it, if they’re happy then we’re happy. What a burden for them to carry. We need to be very careful of focusing continually on how they are feeling as this could inadvertently amplify feelings of anxiety or sadness.
As parents, we often try to smooth out the bumps in the road before our children trip up. Yes, we may be trying to cushion them from the disappointment of failure, but are we doing them any favours? Should we not rather use these opportunities to teach them the value of failure; teach them to acknowledge the disappointment and determine how they might improve in the next attempt and the next. The safe environment of school and home is the perfect place for them to learn these skills and thus build resilience.
Too often when parents level the path for their daughters, they are teaching them to be helpless because mum or dad will sort out any difficulties. More and more in our stressed and fast-paced world, we find students tend to pass the blame for forms not signed, drafts not completed or poor results. It is so important our children recognise they are responsible for their own success, be it academic or personal. Throughout their lives they will come across classmates, teachers, colleagues or bosses with whom they don’t gel. They need strategies to deal with these instances, not escape routes.
Martin Seligman, the father of Positive Psychology – the study of the strengths and virtues that enable individuals and communities to thrive – lists five components of the concept of flourishing (PERMA):
He states that as parents the emphasis that so many of us place on the first one comes at a cost to the other three. We would all do well – and through that, our children too – to take note.
Gostrengths.com, (2014). What is PERMA by Martin Seligman | GoStrengths!. (online) Available at: http://www.gostrengths.com/whatisperma/, viewed 6 July 2022.
The girls have all settled into their new term. As shared by Annette Box, last week, we started the new term with a review of the school’s ‘9 non negotiables’. This school-based document clearly articulates expectations for student behaviour for the students and their learning; we ask parents to support your child in these expectations.
I have noticed a growing trend of students being picked up early, especially on a Friday. As you are aware, school finishes early at 3 o’clock on Friday. This is an historical practice as it was set up so that boarders could leave early to travel home. I would encourage parents not to make appointments or travel arrangements earlier than 3 o’clock as students are still learning up until the conclusion of the day.
On Friday after lunch, students return to their own class and finalise learning for the week. They then attend House Chapel or House. House and Chapel are culturally and historically significant for St Margaret’s students. House time is not just about the activities but also about the opportunity for Year 6 girls to act as leaders and for all girls to interact with students from other year levels. House contributes to the school culture and the long-time connection to the school. This term, students will also attend Chapel in House groups. Attending Chapel is the cornerstone of our Anglican faith and it is a place and time for students to learn the rituals associated with Faith. A warm welcome is also extended to parents and families to join us for House Chapel. The next House Chapel is 12 August 2.15pm. Friday afternoon is an important time in your child’s weekly timetable.
We understand that from time to time, students must attend appointments or external exams during school hours. If this is the case, we would like to make it a learning opportunity for the child by following the procedure outlined below:
We request unplanned pick-ups are kept to a minimum as it has a far-reaching impact. If you arrive at school for an early pick up, please come to the office, sign out and then office staff will give you a slip to take to the classroom teacher.
Please understand we cannot call your daughter’s classroom to have your child come to the office as it impacts other children’s learning. It interrupts the class and not all classes have phones, therefore, other classes are also interrupted if administrative staff need to call and ask for your child to come to the office.
Please know we will support you and your child in the case of a family emergency.
Thank you for joining the school in teaching your child about commitment, responsibility, and independence.
MAYO is almost here!
Key things to know:
Buy your Barley Sugar Garden Pass and Ride pass before the day to get bonus tickets.
See MAYO section of eNews for more details.
Term 3 M-Spired
M-Spired is an interdisciplinary concept-based curriculum approach that moves away from specific subject content and instead emphasises big ideas that span multiple subject areas or disciplines. Concepts are all-encompassing ideas that withstand the test of time and are abstract, broad and timeless.
This term in M-Spired, students in Prep to Year 4 will be engaged in units that focus on the concept of Change. Prep students will investigate the affect change has on themselves and their environment. Year 1 students will investigate predictable changes that occur through seasons and day and night, and further exploring light and sound, finally creating their own shadow puppet play. Students in Year 2 will investigate changes to toys and technologies throughout time creating their own toy for the future. Our Year 3 students will explore earth and space, investigating relationships between the sun, moon and earth. Year 4 students will morph into museum curators as they explore how the great journeys of exploration occurred and brought about change, culminating in the development of the Year 4 Museum. We look forward to sharing and celebrating this learning.
Our St Margaret’s music ensembles are very excited to be performing at the upcoming MAYO Festival on Saturday 30 July. Music performances will be provided from 10am through to 4:00pm on Circular Drive. The schedule for music performances is below. All girls performing are asked to purchase a MAYO t-shirt which will be worn for performances (with smart jeans and sneakers). If students have a MAYO t-shirt from a previous festival, they may wear that shirt. T-shirts are available for purchase for $10.
10:15am Sister Helen Wind Symphony
10:30am Jackson Concert Band
10:45am Chaseley Concert Band
11:00am Elayne Jones Percussion Ensemble
11:15am Belle Voci
12:00pm Amati Strings
12:15pm Stradivari Strings
12:30pm Chamber Strings
2:30pm Sculthorpe String Quartet
2:45pm Stage Band
3:00pm Highly Strung
3:15pm Monday Rock Band
3:30pm Tuesday Rock Band
CALL FOR MAYO VOLUNTEERS
This year the Music Support Group will be hosting a bar from 12.00pm - 4.00pm. The support group is looking for volunteers to prepare and donate items for snack boxes as well as volunteers to serve on the day. If you are able to assist in any way, please click on the link below to provide your details:
For further information please contact the President of the Music Support Group, Ms Antoinette Aquilina (email@example.com)
ANGLICAN SCHOOLS MUSIC FESTIVAL
Congratulations to those students who have been nominated to perform at the upcoming Anglican Schools Music Festival at QPAC on Friday 12 August. Students rehearsed for a full day last Sunday at both St Margaret’s and Cannon Hill Anglican College in preparation for the event under the tutelage of guest conductors Loreta Fin (String Orchestra), Rob McWilliams (Symphonic Band) and Sandra Milliken (Choir). The students also rehearsed a work written specially for the event by famous Australian composer Paul Jarman. For those who are interested in attending the Gala Concert, tickets are now available from QPAC (https://www.qpac.com.au/ or call 136 246) for $36. We are hoping to have many in attendance to support our student musicians.
CONGRATULATIONS – SHEP STUDENTS
Congratulations to the students who participated in the State Honours Ensemble Program last weekend. Hosted and organised by the Queensland Conservatorium, SHEP brings together secondary and primary school musicians from around southeast Qld to rehearse and perform together with renowned conductors. The weekend culminated with a special concert performance provided to parents and friends. Congratulations to the following students who participated:
Charlotte Vesel (Violin)
Edith Barber (Alto Saxophone)
Matilda Briggs (Voice)
Tiana Chan (Violin)
Sienna Crockett Voice)
Esther Duell (Violin)
Charlotte Fennessy (Viola)
Sofie Gustafsson (Voice)
Audrey Kerle (Voice)
Abigail Kho (Voice)
Bronte Kinloch (Voice)
Gemma Kirchner (Voice)
Sasha Peach (Voice)
Ruby Reynolds Campbell (Voice)
Ava Robertson (Violin)
Astrid Sawers ((Voice)
Audrey Wren (Cello)
PRIMARY SCHOOL MUSIC NEWS
Week 1 was a busy week in the primary school with several musicians providing music at the primary assembly on the first day back. Congratulations to Lily Tribe and Isobel Stobie for playing our National Anthem on oboe and trumpet, Emily Carrick for leading the singing, and the Beath String Quartet for accompanying our school hymn. This is a great achievement for the first day of term and set a wonderful tone for the weeks ahead.
MUSIC SUPPORT GROUP
Thank you to all those who attended the last Music Support Group meeting. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 2 August at 5.00pm in M’s Cafe. Parents from both the primary and secondary schools are welcome to attend.
The QGSSSA winter sport's season got under way last weekend in the opening round against Clayfield College. All teams performed extremely well, in particular our Open teams, who all secured wins within their respective competitions. For a full list of results please check out the following POD News post, and for future information regarding fixtures please see our Sport POD Page.
Further QGSSSA sport information can be found on the following POD pages:
The first week of QG netball against Clayfield College started with a bang! The Senior Bs and 9Bs came away with comfortable wins, with a special mention going to the Senior Bs who absolutely smashed it, winning by 53 goals! Another special mention should also go to the Senior As who despite a tough game displayed great determination playing right until the end. Well done to all the teams and we wish all teams the best of luck again this Saturday!
Netball Captains: Chelsea Johnson, Syren Letizia, Emily Millar, Chelsea Uisa-Kainiu
St Margaret’s hockey had an incredible first week of fixtures against Clayfield College. All players showed fantastic teamwork, enthusiasm and a willingness to learn, which was reflected in their results. Our Open team defeated Clayfield 8-0 and were brilliant to watch in their first game together. Similarly, our Senior As were victorious against Brisbane Girls Grammar, winning 4-1 and holding the attack for the majority of the game.
The Junior As played a friendly match against Clayfield, with some of our Maggies girls joining the Clayfield team for the game to even up numbers. It was a great display of sportsmanship.
Despite the cold early morning fixtures, the girls were eager and excited to get on the field. This was great practise for what will undoubtedly be a tough game next week against St Aidan’s.
We congratulate all 2022 St Margaret’s hockey players, especially those who took part in their first ever hockey game. Everyone should be very proud of themselves and we look forward to the rest of the season!
Hockey Captains: Annabel Lauder, Grace Shearer
Our rhythmic gymnastics team enter the final preparation stages of their season over the coming weeks.
This week, they shall compete in the friendly practice competition hosted here at St Margaret’s, before setting their sights on the 44th QGSSSA Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships on Friday, 5 August.
For further information regarding these competitions and other important Rhythmic team information please see the Rhythmic Gymnastics POD Page.
It’s with great pleasure that we can recognise the outstanding sport performances and representation of St Margaret’s students at a national and international level. I would like to highlight and congratulate the following students on their recent achievements:
We would like to continue to recognise the outstanding achievements and representation of students’ participating a national level, outside of the school sport pathway. I look forward to continuing to hear from our community regarding such outstanding achievement. Please directly contact Mr Knight via firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to a great term of sport ahead.
One week to go!
MAYO Arts Festival Gallery Opening Night
Tickets are still available to the MAYO Arts Festival Gallery Opening Night supported by Cult Design on Friday 29 July. This is your first opportunity to view and shop the gallery exhibition showcasing the three-dimensional works of several prominent artists. Set against the breathtaking backdrop of Brisbane’s city skyline, this event is an opportunity to wander the gallery space, meet the exhibiting artists as well as special guest, leading Australian artist Michael Zavros and purchase a piece from the magnificent collection on display. Remember too, that we have some beautiful framed Year 9 artwork for sale for only $75. Be the first to purchase the work of our upcoming young artists.
Tickets: $70pp, includes drink on arrival and canape menu. Cash bar will be available.
Download the event invitation (PDF 5.1MB).
Purchase online: www.trybooking.com/BZSXR
Year 9 artworks ($75 each, framed)
As we do every MAYO Arts Festival, we are running the MAYO raffle with some incredible prizes on offer and a total prize pool of over $19,000.
1 ticket for $10
5 tickets for $45
10 tickets for $80
15 tickets for $100
First prize is an exclusive Homestead Stay at Hinterland House, Byron Bay, with 4 bedrooms accommodating up to 8 guests, and enjoying exclusive use of the property and grounds. Valued at $12,000.
Byron Bay’s most exclusive guesthouse, Hinterland House, is just minutes from the centre of Bangalow and on a secluded 20-acre macadamia plantation. Built in 1906, the property is one of the most unique, private, and luxurious available in the Byron Bay Hinterland, providing guests with opulent accommodation and a timeless space to relax, unwind and immerse in the tranquil surrounds. Available for exclusive use for groups of 16 and their visitors, ideal for corporate retreats, intimate events or intergenerational family get togethers or alternatively be booked per room per night – a perfect romantic getaway.
In collaboration with St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School and the MAYO Arts Festival, Hinterland House is proud to present the first prize in the MAYO raffle.
Thanks to our many generous sponsors, there are another 20 prizes to be won, from beautiful artworks, homeware hampers, pamper packs and beauty treatments, jewellery, VISA card prizes, and more.
For full details of all the great prizes and to purchase, click on this link.
Stall Donations - We need your support
It’s not too late to support the Mayo stalls with the following donations:
Thank you for your support.
All donations can be delivered to the Primary Office or School Support.
The majority of workshops have now sold out but there are still a few places left in the Terrarium Log, Mini Wild Baskets and Children’s painting workshops. Click here to book: https://www.trybooking.com/CAFFP
For our thrillseeking students, the following rides will be setup on Petrie Street.
Individual rides will cost $6 on the day. Alternatively, you can purchase an unlimited ride pass at a cost of $25 (pre-purchased) or $30 on the day.
Pre purchase your pass through https://www.trybooking.com/CBBBB
Barley Sugar Bonanza
The Barley Sugar Garden will be a vibrant hub of activities between 10am and 4pm on Saturday 30 July.
Purchase a Barley Sugar Bonanza pass for seven activities which can be redeemed at any of the following:
Passes are $6 per activity OR $25 for seven activities. Pre purchase at this link: https://www.trybooking.com/CBBCO
St Margaret’s is grateful for the support of our festival sponsors
MAYO Arts Festival Gallery Opening Night supported by Cult Design
Friday 29 July | 6:30pm
Tickets are selling fast for the upcoming MAYO Arts Festival Gallery Opening Night.
This special cocktail event is your first opportunity to view and shop the gallery exhibition showcasing the three-dimensional works of several prominent artists. Set against the breathtaking backdrop of Brisbane’s city skyline, this event is an opportunity to wander the gallery space, meet the exhibiting artists and our special guest, leading Australian artist Michael Zavros, and purchase a piece from the magnificent collection on display.
Download the event invitation.
Don’t miss out, purchase your tickets online: www.trybooking.com/BZSXR
PWN 3 with Heidi Cooper, CEO of Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ)
Join us for our third PWN Breakfast on Thursday 18 August, with guest speaker, Heidi Cooper, CEO of Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ).
This is a wonderful opportunity for you to attend with your daughter or to take a corporate table and host your colleagues or clients.
Heidi Cooper is the CEO of CCIQ and is passionate about driving Queensland’s strategic growth. Throughout her career, Heidi has worked extensively for the advancement of business in Queensland. With over 20 years’ experience in law, corporate affairs and policy making, Heidi has successfully driven strategies for major ASX companies. She has specialised in leading sustainable business initiatives with a key focus on economic growth, job creation, education, sustainability and community engagement. Heidi is currently a member of the Jobs Queensland Board and Brisbane Festival Giving Committee. She also has a longstanding commitment to community and not-for-profit initiatives and is a member of the St Margaret’s Foundation Board and the St Joseph’s College Gregory Terrace School Advisory Council.
Date: Thursday 18 August 2022
Time: 6.45am arrival for 7.00am - 8.45am
Location: Arts Centre Foyer, St Margaret's Anglican Girls' School, 11 Petrie Street, Ascot
Format: Sit down breakfast
We also invite you to enjoy Barista Coffee from the Wolff Coffee Roasters cart, before and after the event!
Tickets: $85 Adult, $40 Student (Years 10-12/Tertiary).
Corporate tables: $850 (10 seats), includes company logo displayed on table and acknowledgement during event.
Book now via the Try Booking link: https://www.trybooking.com/BZDES
We thank our series sponsors for their support. Major Sponsor: Pitcher Partners, Associate Sponsors: Programmed Property Services and Wolff Coffee Roasters, and Supporting Sponsors: Downer, Clear Insurance, Westpac, O’Reilly Shaw Lawyers, Uniform Link and Move Recruitment Solutions.
Tickets are on sale for the Netball Support Group’s annual Trivia Night!
Date: Saturday 20 August 2022
Venue: Eton Hall, St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School
Tickets: $600 per table - includes dinner.
Table Captains are invited to purchase a table for their team of 8 guests: www.trybooking.com/BZTUR
RSVP: Ticket sales close 9pm Thursday 4 August 2022, unless sold out prior
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