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Last Friday, we celebrated St Margaret’s Day with our Annual St Margaret’s Day Run. Unfortunately, this year, with the absence of the Philip Harris Sports Centre, we decided to forego our usual service and assembly. Next year, the new Sports Precinct will be available for our traditional St Margaret’s Day celebrations and it will be a special one, as in 2020, we will be celebrating our 125th anniversary.
It is that time of year again when members of the school community can submit nominations for the National Excellence in Teaching Awards (NEiTA) for Inspirational Educators. This is an opportunity for our school community to publicly recognise and encourage our great teachers.
ASG’s National Excellence in Teaching Awards program was established in 1994 to honour exemplary teaching throughout Australia and New Zealand.
We know that parents value the efforts of our teachers and there are very few opportunities for a public expression of this appreciation and support. One way of doing this is by nominating a teacher for this award. Nominated teachers receive a congratulatory NEiTA Certificate of Nomination and become eligible for NEiTA State and National Awards.
Nominations are quite straightforward and are now open. Thank you for considering nominating a member of the St Margaret’s teaching staff. To nominate a teacher: please log on to www.asg.com.au/nominate.
Nominations close 31 July 2019.
Subject Selection for 2020
Over the holidays, students in Years 8 and 10 would have been discussing their subject choices for 2020 with parents. On Monday 5 August, students and their parents will have the opportunity to attend the Subject Selection evening, where they will have the chance to ask questions and speak to teachers about various subjects. Parents and students are encouraged to come to the evening so that they feel confident when making their selection.
Students in Year 9 in 2020 are able to take subjects in a major or minor strand, and students in Year 11 (2020) should be choosing subjects according to what they enjoy and what they are good at; these are the ones that will put them in the best position to achieve well in years to come. For those students moving into Year 11 2020, we also have set criteria in terms of groups of subjects students should choose from – this is to give our students the best possible chance of achieving their potential and open up as many pathways as possible after Year 12 and beyond. It is unreasonable to determine subject choices based on the career that they wish to pursue, as very few people at the age of 13, 14 or 15 years can know with any level of certainty what their career will be. Sometimes, students may need to move out of their comfort zones and try something that they would normally shy away from. They would certainly need parent support in order to take up this challenge. Luckily, in this day and age, the only subject prerequisites for university courses are English, a particular level of Mathematics, possible a Science and, occasionally a language.
As you will understand, not all students will be able to do their preferred subject choices and this is unfortunate – we would so love to be able to accommodate all individual preferences.
Year 11 2020 students will be choosing five (5) subjects, which will give them a line of independent study each week, that is the equivalent to 6 single lessons. This added time in the weekly timetable will assist students in consolidating their work over the five subjects they choose, as well as helping them organise their assignment work. Only students who receive less than a B- in English in Year 10 will do six subjects in Years 11 and 12. This will be done through consultation with Ms Butterworth.
On the afternoon of the 5th of August, all students in these year levels will receive an email with the information required for entering their subject preferences online. It is very important that this is done by 4pm on Friday 9 August 2019, as this is when the portal will be closed. For your records, please print a receipt of your subject selections. This is for your reference only - there is no need to submit this receipt to the school as we have an electronic copy of your preferences.
Community spirit was exemplified over the weekend, when all of the girls in the Boarding House came together. On Saturday, we celebrated our diverse community through different, unifying activities led by the Year 12s. These included: damper making, leaf art, different styles of dancing, whip cracking and games. Jo Armytage, an expert in clay, led one of these activities and worked with the girls to create clay pots showcasing the national flowers of the different countries represented in the Boarding House. These pieces will be a feature in the Boarding House with more work to be done on these over the coming weeks. We would like to thank Jo for her time and effort and we are looking forward to displaying this piece of art to the community. The evening ended with a live band and dancing.
On Sunday. we hosted “The Amazing Race” where the girls worked in teams to find their way from St Margaret’s to the Botanical Gardens in the city. Along the way they needed to complete different challenges with staff stationed at each point. The community spirit that was displayed over the weekend highlighted the willingness of all girls to participate and work with each other. The weekend could not have been possible without the planning and coordination by Gracemere Mataia, Fiona Spooner and Sandra Johnson. It was a wonderful weekend.
At the Academic Assembly on Tuesday we recognised the achievements of students in Semester 1 by awarding Progress Certificates and Academic Pockets.
To be eligible for the awards presented, the following criteria needs to be met:
The following students worked continuously over the past semester to receive an award in Years 10, 11 and 12:
Progress Certificate: Isabel Crockett
Progress Certificate and Academic Pocket: Emilyana Di Meco, Morgan Wright
Academic Pocket: Gabrielle Agnew, Teneille Allen, Paige Bastian, Zara Campbell, Georgie Gaspar, Hanna Gustafsson, Ada McKie, Georgia O'Driscoll, Ashleigh Pomeroy, Celia Quinn, Rachel Sands, Ashleigh Witenden
Progress Certificate: Yifan (Eva) Jiang, Yilan (Doris) Shao
Academic Pocket: Isobel Barry, Eva Campbell, Leilani Chia, Cyrah Finlayson, Zali Fisher, Rebecca Lauder, Bianca Licina, Alice O'Driscoll, Emily Pitt, Tamika Tran
Progress Certificate: Rosie Alexander, Imogen Gray-Hawkins, Annie Magoffin, Matilda Palmer, Tiana Sikacek, Rowyna Vele
Progress Certificate and Academic Pocket: Lily Devereaux, Ji A Kim, Saria Oberstar, Olivia Trempus
Academic Pocket: Kelsey Booth, Isabella Corby-Bakkelund, Sophie Cosgrove, Yuezhou (Carol) Ding, Elizabeth Fowler, Lucy Gaspar, Ella Leavey, Gabrielle McGann, Hilary McKie, Samantha Morgan, Megan Roxburgh, Amira Ryan, Justine Solomon, Emily Woods, Yingying Wu
Semester 1 Reporting
As mentioned in the letter that was sent with reports, the Semester 1 Reporting has now been finalised with all teachers entering results and comments from Semester 1. You can again access your daughter’s Semester 1 Report Card in Parent Lounge. Please note that changes to GPA were taken into account for Years 9 and 10 Digital Technologies students for the Academic Assembly held this week. If you have any questions with regards to reporting, please email me on: firstname.lastname@example.org.
ICAS Science, English, Maths and Writing Competitions
The International Competitions and Assessment for Schools (ICAS) are conducted yearly by UNSW Global at the University of New South Wales in schools throughout Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific region. These competitions are written to be challenging and assess skills the students may not have encountered.
This year, we would like to offer students in Years 7-12 the opportunity to nominate and pay to participate in these competitions. These competitions will be run under strict timed conditions on the following dates:
Thursday 5 September: Science, cost $15.00, 7:00am in The Independent Learning Centre
Tuesday 10 September: Writing, cost $15.00, 7:00am in The Independent Learning Centre
Tuesday 17 September: English, cost $15.00, 7:00am in The Independent Learning Centre
Thursday 19 September: Maths, cost $15.00, 7:00am in The Independent Learning Centre
If you wish to enter your child in any or all the competitions, please pay via Flexischools through the school website by Monday 19 August 2019.
We are looking forward to organising this opportunity for students wishing to participate.
In 2015, news that a member of the St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School parent community was diagnosed with breast cancer fueled our girls’ hearts with a spontaneous desire to help. So many lives are touched by cancer and our girls felt overwhelmingly that they must do something – so began the Ponytail Project.
Last year, an amazing 90 students volunteered to cut off their ponytails, donating the hair for wigs for chemotherapy patients. Incredibly the girls – and the wider school community – raised almost $96,500 for Cancer Council Queensland, funding research programs into all cancers. So, the challenge for 2019 has been set!
The Ponytail Project has been so successful that the Cancer Council negotiated with the school to drive the campaign as an annual event and challenge other schools to get involved.
This year, the students will be fundraising again for both the Cancer Council and the Minotti Family. Amanda Minotti was a beloved Old Girl and teacher of the school who battled cancer. This year's Ponytail Project will raise funds for both Amanda's family and the Cancer Council's ongoing research.
Will you help St Margaret’s girls make a difference?
If you would prefer to make a general donation, please feel free to donate to the St Margaret’s staff page: https://ponytailproject2019.everydayhero.com/au/st-margaret-s
Our sixteen new students have settled in well, thanks to our ‘Old Girls’. The new girls include five from overseas, who will be at St Margaret’s for a short time as they undertake a study experience. There will be benefits for all students; the study experience students will improve their English, while other students can learn about other cultures, first hand. The relationships the girls will form will help contribute to our school mission of developing global citizens. We also welcome Mrs Nicole Weinert as the new Administration Assistant - Primary. With the departure of Mrs Cox, Miss Surtees has taken on the role as Acting Assistant Head of Primary School. This role will include elements of her current role with me supporting the Cluster Program. We are most grateful to Miss Surtees for taking on this role, and we wish Mrs Cox well as she embarks on the huge task of relocating her family to northern New South Wales.
This week was the first assembly where we acknowledged NAIDOC Week, which occurred in the holidays. Each cluster presented their interpretation of this year’s theme, “Voice. Treaty. Truth”. This theme is a focus for all Australians to work together for a shared future. Thank you to the teachers and students for their insightful presentations. This marks the beginning of many special events this term with books being a major theme with three special events.
Science Week: 12-16 August
Theme: Destination Moon
Lunchtime activities will be available in the Atrium, Makerspace or Library
Book Week Character Parade: 19 August, 9:15am
Theme: Reading is My Secret Power
Pre- Prep – Year 4 students come dressed as their favourite book character or related to the theme.
Years 5 and 6 will wear Free Dress and support the younger girls and visitors (Students can remain in their costumes for the day or change into their HPE uniform).
Arts Spectacular Matinee: 21 August, Midday
Theme: The Power Within
Pre-Prep to Year 4 students and parents and any family members of Years 5 & 6 who cannot attend the evening event on 23 August.
Arts Spectacular: 23 August, 6:30pm
Theme: The Power Within
Families of Years 5 and 6 students are invited.
Primary Breakfast: 30 August, 7:00–8:00am
Theme: Father’s Day
Bookings are essential through Flexischools - $30 per adult and $22 per student
Reading Hour: Atrium - 4 September, 6:00–7:00pm
Theme: Moon Dreaming
Adults are encouraged to pick up a book and read for one hour with your child in the Atrium. Children wear their pyjamas. Special Guest Author, Vicki Wood, will read and have books available for sale.
Congratulations to all girls who performed at the Bands Concert on Wednesday evening. It was a brilliant night with many fantastic performances. A special congratulations to our Year 5 girls on their first public performance! Thank you to all students and conductors for their outstanding efforts. Thank you also to the Music Support Group for organising the refreshments and raffles, with particular thanks to the Year 5 parents for their donations.
Classics in the Cathedral
The St Margaret’s Music Department is very excited to again present our annual Classics in the Cathedral concert. Classics in the Cathedral will be held this year on Tuesday 13 August in St John’s Anglican Cathedral at 7:00pm. This is a spectacular evening of beautiful music, performed within the stunning setting of St John’s Cathedral and is one of the highlights of the yearly St Margaret’s music calendar. Tickets are $25 for adults (no cost for students/children) and may be purchased through Flexischools or at the door. Further information will be provided to students soon.
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.
St Margaret’s Run
Congratulations to all runners on a superb effort in the St Margaret’s Run on Friday 19 July. The run is part of the St Margaret’s Day celebrations encapsulating the spirit and all the amazing features of St Margaret’s. Congratulations to the following winners:
Junior Primary: Lucy Brown
Senior Primary: Ruby East
Junior Secondary: Isabella Harte
Intermediate Secondary: Maicey Lynch
Senior Secondary: Ciana Jamieson
St Margaret’s Run Champion: Maicey Lynch (overall fastest time)
The winter sport season got underway on Saturday 20 July, with our teams taking on Somerville House. The Hockey players had a great start to the season with both the Open and Junior A teams drawing 3-3 and 2-2 respectively. Our Tennis girls experienced success in the senior ranks with the Open, Senior As and Senior Cs all triumphant in their first round of matches.
The success continued on the Netball courts with our three Year 7 teams either winning or drawing, while the Opens showed great skill and strength to win 34-26. Our Volleyballers had mixed success with the Senior A and Year 7s winning 2 sets to 1. Congratulations to all girls on a great start to the season and we look forward to competing against Brisbane State High School on Saturday 27 July at their venues. Please click here (PDF 134.6KB) for the full schedule of games.
A preliminary team has been posted and all athletes are encouraged to attend as many training sessions as possible in preparation for the competition season set to start on Friday 9 August at the Athletics Centre, University of Queensland. All meet dates are listed below:QGSSSA Carnival
Queensland School Sport Cross Country Success
St Margaret’s had six girls compete at the Queensland School Sport Cross Country Championships. Congratulations to Annabel Bright, Matilda Lee, Milla Roberts, Isabella Harte, Chloe Fenwicke and Bella Donaldson.
Congratulations to Isabella Harte who won this event easily in a fast 14 minutes over 4km. Also securing a top ten result and a place at the National Cross Country Championships is Matilda Lee, placing 5th and Chloe Fenwicke, placing 4th.
Chelsea Johnson (Year 9) and Emma Pickering (Year 9) who recently participated at the 2019 U14 Australian Water Polo Championships in Hobart for Queensland. Their team remained undefeated throughout the tournament and were crowned National Champions. Special mention goes to Chelsea who captained the team throughout the tournament.
Sarah Stephenson (Year 8) who competed at the State Club Championships for Delta Gymnastics and the Boarder Challenge in the Queensland team. In both competitions Sarah’s teams won gold, making her club team the best in Queensland and the Queensland team the best in Australia. Well done!
Good luck to…
Holly Marchant (Year 9) who will contest the Queensland School Sport 13-15 Years State Basketball Championships in Cairns from 31 July-4 August as a member of the Metropolitan North team.
Matilda Lee (Year 7) who will contest the Queensland School Sport 10-12 Years Touch Football State Championships in Longreach from 1-4 August.
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)
Global Exchange Update - Term 3
Friends of MAYO warmly invite you to celebrate the Arts at our famous Long Lunch! On Sunday 11 August, the Arts Centre Gallery will be transformed into an Australian-themed restaurant. The menu celebrates the long history of our country and all the cultures that have contributed to the styles of food.
The second ‘Postcard Project’ will run alongside the Lunch as we offer for sale unique little postcard sized artworks. Our vision is that we plant the seed of collecting with our girls – gift them their first original artwork! There is certainly something for everyone. If you attend the Long Lunch, you get first choice of the pieces, but they will remain on sale for the week following the Lunch, 12-18 August.
There are very limited tickets available, so purchase your ticket today if you would like to join us for this friendly and delicious event!
Many of our girls have fantastic business ideas but don’t know how to get from where they are to where they want to be. The Global Studies faculty have arranged an evening where three entrepreneurs, who have been there, will share their stories of success and failure.
The evening is open to all students and parents who are interested in running their own business. Please see the attached flyer (PDF 599.4KB) for details and contact Mr Stein: email@example.com if you would like to attend.
Term 3 promises to be another busy term, with many events and opportunities for our parent and past student community to get involved.
Our next Professional Women’s Network Guest Speaker 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.
Join us for Breakfast with Julieanne Alroe, Chair of Infrastructure Australia and inaugural President of the Queensland Futures Institute!
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.
2019 St Margaret’s School Raffle
The 2019 St Margaret’s School Raffle is now LIVE! This year, the prize pool is valued at over $11,000, featuring prizes from The Derm Lab, the Beach Ranch at Angourie, The Standard Market Company and Black Toyota.
You can purchase your tickets here.
The St Margaret's Raffle will close at 2:30pm on Saturday 7 September. Draw will take place at 3pm, Saturday 7 September 2019 at The Birdcage, Eagle Farm. Winners will be notified in person, by email or phone.
P&F General Meeting
The P&F invites the school community to attend our second General Meeting of 2019. This is an opportunity to share your views and ideas, so please join us.
Date: Monday 29 July 2019
Time: 6:30pm start
Venue: Arts Centre Foyer, St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School
Mayo Long Lunch - The Australian Story
Join us for the hugely popular Friends of Mayo Long Lunch on Sunday 11 August 2019!
This year, we will be taking a culinary tour through the history of Australia, accompanied by beautifully paired wines.
Date: Sunday 11 August 2019
Time: 12noon to 3:00pm
Venue: Gallery, Level 1 Arts Centre, St Margaret's Anglican Girls Schoo
Cost: $100 per person (includes paired wines
RSVP: Friday 2 August (unless SOLD OUT prior)
For all enquiries, please contact the Development and Community Office: 07 3862 0768 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Long Lunch will once again feature the Friends of Mayo Postcard Project, where guests will be able to purchase authentic, original artworks from artists connected to our school community.
This year's Long Lunch will also feature selected artworks from Fireworks Gallery.
St Margaret’s Milestone Reunions
The St Margaret’s Reunion weekend (26-29 July) is fast approaching! If you are celebrating your Reunion this year and haven’t got your ticket yet, don’t forget to do so via Flexischools.
We look forward to welcoming those celebrating a milestone reunion back to the campus.
Netball Support Group – Trivia Night
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Netball Support Group Trivia Night has been cancelled for 2019. Table Captains who had reserved a table have been notified, but should you have any questions, please email the Development and Community Office: email@example.com.
Audition applications for Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University degrees are now open. Find out more or submit your application online at: griffith.edu.au/conservatorium-auditions.
Griffith University – International student scholarship
International students completing high school in Australia who are applying for undergraduate studies at Griffith University have a chance to have 10% of their tuition fees for their first two trimesters covered as part of the International Student School Leavers Scholarship program. Find out more at: griffith.edu.au/international/scholarships-finance/scholarships/international-student-school-leavers-scholarship.
Griffith University - Alternative admission pathway into Engineering
Griffith University is offering prospective students an alternative admission pathway into engineering through sitting the Aptitude for Engineering Assessment (AEA) this September. Successful students will be offered admission into the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or Bachelor of Engineering Technology in Electronic and Computer Engineering. For more information, visit: griffith.edu.au/griffith-sciences/school-engineering-built-environment/learning-teaching/aptitude-for-engineering-assessment.
QUT Scholarship opportunities
Scholarships make a big difference to the lives of our students, and there are many scholarships available. Explore QUT Excellence Scholarships (academic and creative industries), Sport Scholarships and Law Founders’ Scholarships, or check out the full range.
QUT Creative industries course updates
Applications for creative industries courses with auditions or portfolios close at 5pm on Friday 20 September. The online course information has been updated with details about this process so students can start preparing.
QUT Meeting assumed knowledge and prerequisites
QUT offers a bridging program for students to complete Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics subjects they may require for entry into university.
QTAC Key Dates
QTAC’s admissions period runs from the beginning of August 2019 to the end of June 2021. The cost will be $44 which includes three changes of preferences.
1 August: Applications for 2020 open
28 September: Early closing date some courses
28 September: Scholarship Applications due
October: Submit EAS and supporting documents
15 November: First offer round Year 12
14 December: OP’s released
23 December: QTAC Offer Round
7 January: Last day to change preference
15 January: Offer Round
24 January: Top Up round
31 January: Top Up Round
Year 12 students will receive their QTAC course guide and instructions about how to apply through QTAC during this term. Whether or not they are applying to QTAC, each Year 12 student will also meet with Ms Johnston, Careers Counsellor, on an individual basis to discuss their post year 12 options.
The University of Queensland
The UQ situational judgement test for the Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours). tests are scheduled in August, October and November 2019. Registration will open shortly and will remain open until the day before the scheduled November exam date. Discover more
University Open Days: These dates 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 fully online, it’s free to apply and you can submit your Early Entry applications now.
Contact Our Admissions Team
An independent day and boarding school for girls from Pre-Prep to Year 12; Boarding from Year 5; Boys Pre-Prep and Prep
A School of the Sisters of the Society of the Sacred Advent St Margaret's School Council Ltd ABN: 69069684019 CRICOS Code: 00511K