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COVID-19 has impacted our community in vastly different ways. To provide assistance to our community members we asked you to support, whenever possible, St Margaret’s families and suppliers through the Business Directory. We also set up a holiday directory for members our community to advertise to other members of our community who were deciding on holiday activities. Please click here for the link to the Holiday Directory.
We have had a request from parents if we could advertise jobs which may be of interest to some members of our community. If anyone in our community has a position which they would like to advertise to other St Margaret’s families, we are opening up a section of eNews to list those jobs. Of course, there is no pressure to employ anyone who may apply from our community. Nevertheless, it may be of interest to those looking for work, whether it is a full-time, contract, or part-time position. Some will be looking for a short term opening to tide them over; others for a full-time job. If you have a position you would like to open up to the community, please email our Director of Marketing and Communications, Wendy Johnston, at email@example.com by Monday 9am each week for the job to appear in that Thursday eNews. The job ad will only appear once unless you email again the following week. If the job fills, you are welcome to email again and we will place a red FILLED, in the eNews edition the advertisement appeared in. Please provide up to 100 words and contact details.
Term’s notice of withdrawal
This is just a reminder to parents that if your child is not returning to St Margaret’s in 2021, we require one full school term’s written notice (or one school term’s fees in lieu of notice) when withdrawing a student from the school. Currently, we are working on the 2021 timetable and staffing, and it is important that we have accurate enrolment numbers. In some year levels, we have waiting lists and we need to be able to contact those on the list who are hoping to secure a place at the school. To meet the requirement of a term’s notice, advice can be received up to the last Friday of the September school holidays. Advice may be emailed directly to me or to our admissions via firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are very excited to announce the Adrians St Margaret’s Business Scholarship, to be awarded for the first time at the end of 2020 to a student in Year 12 looking to study Business or Commerce next year. This is an amazing opportunity for one of our students, and we appreciate the generosity and partnership we have developed with Adrians.
Adrians is a Brisbane-based firm, who fundamentally believe in helping family owned businesses build financial resilience across generations through planning and advice services. Through seeking out, developing and evaluating smart technology they provide clarity, automation efficiencies and enable business owners to make better informed decisions.
This prestigious annual scholarship is valued at $4,000 per annum for the four years of university study and also includes opportunities for work experience at Adrians over the December/January period.
An information session about this scholarship opportunity for students of Year 12 will be held on Wednesday 13 August during Year Level Assembly.
The deadline for applications is 3pm, Friday 4 September and interviews will occur on 16 and 17 September. The awardee will be announced at the Prize Reading Assembly on 6 October and be presented their scholarship at Speech Night on 13 October.
Last week, we celebrated the feast of St Mary Magdalene, Apostle to the Apostles. Here is a summary of the reflection I used at our Boarder chapel service:
I love this time of year because one of my favourite times of the day is when I am just leaving for work, and I look east over Stradbroke Island. At that time of the day, it is neither morning nor night. Last week the moon was a crescent and you could see Jupiter. While the moon was in the sky and I could see stars, the sun was also rising sending out vivid colours. Seeing this always takes my breath away - it reminds me of God’s majesty and that anything is possible. People call this time of day - and in-between time - neither day nor night.
It was that in-between time, or some would call liminal or thin space - not quite dark but not quite light - when the disciples and Mary Magdalene arrived at the tomb. When the disciples saw that Jesus was no longer there they ran away. But not Mary Magdalene, she chose to remain in this in-between time, no matter how painful it was for her.
Sometimes we can fear the in-between times in our lives, where there can be pain and confusion, we want certain answers, or we want to run away like the disciples did that Easter morning.
Yet the story reveals hope in amongst the struggles - in this in-between time, neither dark nor light, humanity encountered Divine Love. What anchored Mary, what gave her the courage to stay in the in-between time was Jesus reaching out to her and calling her by name. Just as Jesus reaches out and calls us by name - in the still quiet times of the morning when the moon is still in the sky, or as the sun is setting and we are waiting for the moon to appear - that in-between time.
Mary’s story reveals to us, that even in the uncertainty of life there can be hope. And we are living in a time of uncertainty. The pandemic has meant so many changes for all of us. Yet Mary’s story reveals an extraordinary message - it is in this in-between time, neither dark nor light that we can hear Jesus calling our name. It is in the messiness of life that we can encounter the risen Lord. Divine Love calls us and comforts us and reveals to us that it is ok to be in the space. May we be strong and courageous like Mary Magdalene, the Apostle to the Apostles who is such an extraordinary role model for us at this time. May we be strong and courageous, and we move forward into the unknown. Amen.
Sundaes on Sunday - St Mark’s Anglican Church, Clayfield
Registrations are essential via TryBooking.
All COVID-Safe requirements will be in place: physical distancing to be observed, sanitiser available in numerous locations and food service compliant with food safety standards. In the event of wet weather, the celebration will be held using the hall and outdoor covered areas.
For further information, please contact The Rev Canon Nicki Colledge: Nicki.email@example.com or 0405 354 035.
It’s been wonderful to hear the laughter and see so many smiling faces within the corridors of the Boarding House. It has been such a positive start to Term 3 with a lot of support given to the girls as they transition into this totally new environment or back into the Boarding House after being away for a number of weeks. The girls were keen to catch up with friends, old and new. The Boarding staff have certainly missed the girls and their many stories.
This week, the Boarding staff had the privilege of listening to the Year 11 girls’ speeches for 2021 Boarding leadership positions. I can still remember many of these girls arriving as little Year 7s and at that stage Year 12 seemed so far away. One of the great joys of working in Boarding is that you get to watch these girls grow into confident young women. The girls have developed resilience, kindness and understanding of the needs of others, and an appreciation of all the girls they live with. These girls, whom I remember being in Year 7, have grown to be remarkable young women and I wish them all the best of luck.
Years 11 and 12 Exam Preparation
The Year 11 Term 3 Exam Block is now available for students on their year level POD page. The Year 12 Mock Exam Block begins in Week 7. This week, I shared with the Years 11 and 12 girls some of the simple practices I hear many students say have turned around their academic results.
I encourage all Years 11 and 12 girls to use these simple strategies, as there is nothing stopping them from doing these simple things each term to achieve their academic goals.
Senior Schooling Parent Information Evening - Monday 3 August
Parents of students in Years 5-11 are invited to an Information Evening being held on Monday 3 August at 6:30pm. The intention of this evening is to provide an opportunity for parents of our younger students to gain some understanding of the New QCE System. Topics include ATAR, External Exams and Study Pathways at St Margaret’s. Please note this event will be live streamed, with limited numbers to attend due to social distancing requirements. All seats have been booked for The Loft; please click here to view the live stream.
I look forward to discussing the New QCE at the information evening and answering any questions.
In response to the Government’s decision to cancel NAPLAN due to the global pandemic, we have decided to conduct internal tracking of student's literacy and numeracy skills here at the school. To facilitate this, students in Years 7 and 9 will complete previous year's Numeracy and Reading tests. These will be marked internally and the data will be used to inform teachers’ future curriculum planning.
As you can imagine, finding a date for this was a challenge due to various calendar restraints. We have therefore selected the following dates:
Year 7 - Wednesday 5 August
Lessons 1A and 1B: Numeracy (65 minutes)
Lessons 2A and 2B: Reading (65 minutes)
Year 9 - Friday 7 August
Dealing with Disappointment
“The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire; the size of your dream and how you handle the disappointment along the way.”
As part of the student leadership process this week, one of the questions we will be asking the Year 11 girls who have applied for leadership positions is how they will deal with disappointment if they are not successful in being selected as a leader?
As adults we are all well aware that life will have its fair share of disappointments and frustrations. At home, reacting to these stressful situations might start with shouting, hiding or feeling sorry for oneself. At school and in the girls’ future careers these types of behaviours could in fact harm their reputation.
We must remember that decisions will be made but, it is the individual’s final decision and choice on how they behave and react. Individuals are encouraged to do the following if they find themselves disappointed:
Have a positive mindset – realise that not all things will go your way all of the time, look for something positive.
Adjust your goal – if you are disappointed that you did not reach your goal, that does not mean the goal is unreachable in the future.
Record your thoughts – writing allows your negative feelings to be expressed and released.
Smile and support those who have been successful – this shows a lot more about your character if you can rise above your disappointment and continue to be the best person you can be.
“Disappointments are just God’s way of saying: ‘I’ve got something better’. Be patient, Live Life and Have Faith.”
A major goal of Primary school education is to develop readers. The foundation for doing this is the teaching of six big literacy skills; alphabetic principle, phonemic awareness for beginning readers and for all readers accuracy, fluency, comprehension and vocabulary. We have many programs in place to assist in the achievement of these skills. The first two skills are taught through a program called Getting Reading Right in Early Childhood. All year levels (Years 3-6) practise the other skills of comprehension and fluency through guided reading and reciprocal teaching (RT). The development of these skills leads to a child reading for pleasure. This is encouraged through library borrowing, the Accelerator Reading Program, novel study and literature circles (Years 3-6).
Last week, we launched Literature Circles (LC) for Years 3 to 6 students. LC is a child-centred model of learning through sustained conversations about literary texts. LC occurs three times a week in reading cluster with mixed year level groups. Each fortnight, the group members elect to read the same text chosen from a book basket of different titles. Each student’s contribution to the group is from a perspective of a role; these include predictor, quiz master, connector, literary luminary, visualiser and plot profiler. Some of these roles are like ones developed during RT, with LC roles built on a platform of explicit modelling and practice through novel study last term. I would encourage parents to engage in conversations with your daughter about her book and try to ask questions from the perspective of one of the roles.
During the launch on Friday, students visited the library, set up like a millionaire readers morning tea. In class groups, the students munched their way through party food as they investigated the book baskets to see the range of titles in each and find titles, they hoped, for their cluster group. Our LC launch includes a mini bookfair of some of the titles and authors the girls will start reading during LC. The titles and prices are on year level and library POD pages with credit card slips available in the library.
Thank you to our reading coach, Ms Lucardia Moulton for her leadership in this area and to Mrs Stephanie Gillan for the organisation of the texts.
“Literature circles is an extensive and intensive reading program where there is higher engagement with texts as students bring their own ideas and understandings” (Alyson Simpson, PETTA Paper no. 197).
Well done to Bless Daly (Year 6) who was successful in being selected for the Met North Softball team. We wish her all the best for the upcoming competition.
Classics in the Cathedral
The St Margaret’s Music Department is excited to announce that Classics in the Cathedral will proceed in St John’s Anglican Cathedral on Friday 21 August. This is an evening of beautiful music, performed by St Margaret’s Music ensembles within a spectacular setting and is one of the school’s very special performance events. As part of St Margaret’s 125th Anniversary celebrations, we are also very excited to announce that Old Girl, Annabelle Traves (’14) will perform as part of the evening’s program. The event will be held in strict compliance of the Cathedral’s Industry COVID Safe Plan and as such there will be some changes to the way in which the event is conducted. This year a very limited number of seats will be available to allow for social distancing within the audience, with priority given to special guests and parents of Year 12 students. A letter with further details is available here (PDF 193KB).
Drum Circle Sessions Recommenced
It was wonderful to once again hear music being performed in the Barley Sugar Garden this week. Thank you to Mrs Emor-Kan and Dr Syntageros for facilitating the drum circle session during Tuesday lunch time. These sessions are open to all students, regardless of experience and are fantastic opportunities for girls to connect with other students in a musical manner. The next session will be held in Week 5 on 11 August and will be offered to Primary students.
St Margaret’s Spotlight
This week, St Margaret’s Spotlight features Year 5 student, Minuli Ilangamage. Minuli is a member of Amati Strings and Belle Voci and is currently working towards her Grade 1 Viola exam. Minuli is performing Study by Herbert Kinsey and in this piece, she is experimenting with different tone colours by changing the contact point of the bow, moving it over the fingerboard and then closer to the bridge. Thank you to Minuli for her musical contribution this week!
Special Performance Event - Annabelle Traves (’14) Violin Recital
Old Girl, Annabelle Traves (’14) will be holding a violin recital in the Arts Centre Foyer on the afternoon of 23 August at 5pm. Annabelle was Music Captain and Strings Captains in 2014 and the recipient of the Old Girls’ Speech Night Prize. Since leaving school Annabelle has gone on to complete her Bachelor of Music at the University of Sydney and is now undertaking Masters studies in performance in Germany. She has been awarded a number of national and international prizes and has studied under some of the world’s top violinists. Annabelle has been listed as one of St Margaret’s 125 ‘Notables’ as part of the school’s 125th anniversary with a link here to her many achievements: https://www.stmargarets.qld.edu.au/125/125-notables/annabelle-traves. This recital will be a special opportunity for those in our community to hear Annabelle perform, as well as Mr Jonny Ng, who will accompany on piano, so please stay tuned for further details in regard to the purchase of tickets.
Music Support Group
The next Music Support Group meeting will be on Tuesday 11 August at 5.00pm in the Primary Music Room (second floor of Chaseley). Parents from both the Primary and Secondary Schools are welcome to attend.
QGSSSA Winter Sport Season
It was a great start to the QGSSSA winter sport season on Saturday 25 July, with our girls taking on Somerville House. Due to the wet weather, all Tennis games were unfortunately cancelled; however, our Hockey, Netball and Volleyball teams took to the court full of energy, with intensity and pride representing St Margaret’s for the first time in four months!
The Open and Junior A Hockey teams got off to a winning start, both recording a 1-0 win. Netball also had a super morning, winning 11 out of 15 games with the Open Netball game identified as the ‘game of the day’ by reporter Andrew Dawson from the Courier Mail (please click here to access the article) due to the nail biting finish with St Margaret’s winning 29-28 in the final seconds. Lastly, the Volleyballers had mixed success with the Year 9A and Year 7A teams winning 2 sets to 1.
The full schedule of games for Friday 31 July (Tennis) and Saturday 1 August vs Brisbane State High School can be accessed here (PDF 167.6KB).
Thank you to all community members for supporting and following the current QGSSSA ruling of no spectators for the first two weekends of competition, inclusive of this Saturday 1 August.
To access the COVID Safe Plan with entry and exit zones of the home venues, please click here (PDF 557.8KB).
There has been an impressive number of girls training and competing across all track and field events over the last three weeks. The final internal mini meet will be held on Friday 31 July, with all girls wishing to secure a place in the QGSSSA Track and Field squad to attend. The season is looking very different from previous years, therefore all girls and parents are asked to be aware of key dates published in the Athletics Newsletter released through the POD page.
Lily-Kate Charles (Year 12) who was selected to contest the Queensland School Sport State Hockey Championships in September, as a member of the Under 19 Girls Metropolitan North Hockey team.
Tiffany-Rose Kimeklis (Year 9) who was selected to represent Queensland at the National Club Futsal Championships in Sydney in 2021.
The P&F Association had their second General Meeting of 2020 on Monday 27 July in the Arts Centre Foyer. It was fantastic to be able to conduct the meeting face to face, of course with the required social distancing! We were also pleased to offer parents the opportunity to dial in via Microsoft Teams.
Professional Women’s Network Breakfast
Our Term 3 PWN Breakfast is being held on Tuesday 18 August with special guest speaker, Annabelle Chaplain AM. This will be held at 7:00am in the Arts Centre Foyer, and as previously announced, numbers are limited due to COVID-19 restrictions. We still have just a few spots available, so if you are interested in purchasing a ticket, please contact the Development Office: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tickets: $45 Adult, $35 Student (Tertiary, Years 10 -12)
Melbourne Reunion Cancelled
Unfortunately, the school has had to make the difficult decision to cancel the Melbourne Reunion event that was scheduled for 30 Oct 2020. The travel and event restrictions in place currently in Victoria will make it difficult to run the event this year.
Thank you for your ongoing support and do take care of each other. It is heart-warming to see how the St Margaret’s community rallies together as 2020 continues to throw challenges our way!
Visit the Careers POD page for the latest information on these topics and more.
QTAC Year 12 How to Apply
There will be a QTAC Year 12 How to Apply zoom presentation that will cover important dates, how to apply, how to order your preferences, pathways, responding to offers, EAS, ATAR release and access, as well as other general information.
Date: 13 August 2020
Time: 5:30pm to 6:30pm
You will be able to access the link at least 5mins prior to the scheduled start. The presentation runs for approximately 45 minutes and the QTAC presenter will be staying on until 6:30pm for the Q and A section of the Zoom event. The details can be found via this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83957922436?pwd=ajdORUYvbXpsWEJZVDRDYzZFVmFTQT09 Meeting ID: 839 5792 2436 Password: 836429
University of Melbourne
Register now for the University of Melbourne’s Moving to Melbourne webinar series, kicking off next Tuesday 4 August with the first session Moving to Melbourne: How to Apply. During this session you’ll learn all about applying through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC), course entry requirements, the University’s special entry access scheme Access Melbourne, key application dates and deadlines, and any changes due to COVID-19. Places are limited, so register now: http://go.unimelb.edu.au/48ij.
University of Sydney
Parent Information Session
Join us for this session where we will provide some helpful tips on supporting your child as they finish their high school studies and embark on their journey to university. Tuesday 4 August, 6.00pm-7.00pm.
Sydney Scholars Award - applications open early! Our flagship suite of scholarships have opened early for applications. Students can join us for a workshop in early August or apply now!
Monash University Open Day
Monash Open Day 2020 will be an interactive digital experience held over three days:
Saturday 29 August - 10am-2pm, Sunday 30 August - 10am–2pm and Monday 31 August - 4-7pm
Conservatorium of Music Application Changes
The process for applying to study at Queensland Conservatorium in 2021 has changed. With the health and safety of applicants and staff in mind, the audition process will now include a video audition component.
Applications Open: 4 August through QTAC
Application closing Dates:
Bachelor of Acting and Bachelor of Musical Theatre: 31 August
Bachelor of Music: 4th September
Audition requirements and helpful information on how to complete the application process are available at: griffith.edu.au/conservatorium-auditions.
Opening Dates Tertiary Application 2021 for current Year 12 students:
Queensland - QTAC 4 August www.qtac.edu.au
Victoria - VTAC 3 August www.vtac.edu.au
New South Wales - 1 August www.uac.edu.au
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