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Congratulations to Primary Teacher and Literacy Coach, Kimberley Bachmann who was one of 12 Queensland teachers recognised by The Educator Australia journal magazine for outstanding work in delivering the highest quality educational experiences to all students.
The Queensland Government is seeking the support of the school community for the annual survey of Year 10, 11 and 12 students who left school in 2019, before completing Year 12. This short, confidential survey collects information about what young people are doing the year after leaving school. The results of the survey help provide valuable information to improve services available to school leavers in the future.
Between August and September, these school leavers can expect to receive instructions to complete a web-based survey or a telephone call from the Queensland Government Statistician’s Office. If you are a parent of one of our graduates last year, please encourage them to take part. If their contact details have changed, please assist the interviewer with their updated details or forward the survey to their new address so they can participate. For more information, visit: www.qld.gov.au/nextstep/ or telephone toll free on 1800 068 587.
From time to time, we hear from our neighbours about their frustration with the parking and driving around the school. I understand their perspective and I can also appreciate the frustration of our parents about where to park when they come early to pick up their daughters or for functions with a lot of attendees. However, I have promised our upset neighbours that we would remind everyone via the eNews to follow the road rules and the parking regulations around the school. Parents of student drivers might also like to take the opportunity to advise their daughters about the rules of parking (particularly distance from driveways and ends of streets as I know frustrated neighbours will call the police/Brisbane City Council about their parking and they will be fined). Thank you for your assistance with this matter.
We had our first ‘event’ in the new Sports Precinct with Open Morning last week. It is still very much a construction zone but we managed to have the Philip Harris Gym available – using the retractable seating and the new sound system (which had just been installed the day before!). We were all very excited! It is not long now until we will be able to start to inhabit part of the site. Some of you would have noticed the large steel structures currently being put in place; these are to support the retractable roof over the pool.
Speech Night preparations are well underway, and this week I thought it was important to advise our community about some changes that are occurring this year.
Due to COVID restrictions, our venue QPAC is only able to have a 50% audience capacity, so we have had to make a few changes to what will be occurring on the evening. Some of these key changes are below:
Within the grounds of our school, there are some sacred places that many may not be aware of. A few weeks ago, the Year 5 students visited some of those sacred places. They visited the Sisters' Chapel and the labyrinth. When the students entered the Sisters' Chapel, you could hear them gasp at the beauty of it. The Sisters' Chapel was built in 1914 and was designed by Robin Dods. He was also connected with St John’s Cathedral in Brisbane. In the early days of the school, the Sisters' Chapel was used by both the Sisters and the students. There is one stained glass window in the Chapel, of St Margaret, whom our school is named after. Sadly in 1987, a fire damaged the Chapel and some of the charring is still evident today. Thankfully, after much fundraising, the Chapel was rebuilt.
The labyrinth, located behind Durack College, is constructed from the sandstone from St John’s Cathedral. The stonemason from St John’s Cathedral helped with the construction of the labyrinth. A labyrinth is often seen as sacred geometry. One of the most famous labyrinths is in Chartres Cathedral in France.
We are very fortunate to have the beautiful Sisters' Chapel and the labyrinth within the school grounds. I know the Year 5 girls were very grateful to spend some time in these sacred spaces.
The girls in Boarding thoroughly enjoyed the recent long weekend with sporting commitments and Boarding House activities. The highlight for many of the girls this weekend was the visit by six dogs belonging to staff and students. There were two Labradors, two Labradoodles and two Spoodles who took over Circular Drive.
Thank you to Mrs Nicole Devlin, Mrs Ysabella Dawson and Mrs Jane Hacking for bringing in their beautiful dogs. It is well known that dogs play a big part in many of our Boarders’ lives. The girls were able to run, pat, play, chase and relax with the dogs while enjoying the winter weather. It was a chance for the girls to tell us about their own dogs and share photos and stories with each other. The event was such a success we hope to bring our dogs to Boarding every term.
Year 12 Mock Exams
All Year 12 students have been provided with the timetable for Mock Exams. The Mock Exams will begin next week and conclude on the Tuesday of Week 10. The exams will be held in the order and timings of the QCAA External Assessment Timetable where possible. All students have been advised to review the QCAA documents “Directions for Students: External Assessment” and “External Assessment Equipment List” to ensure they are prepared for the processes of External Assessments, as these exams will be an opportunity to experience the external exam process. Both documents can be found on the Year 12 POD page.
During this External Exam Practice block the students will continue to work with teachers and engage with normal lessons when they do not have a practice exam.
The Mock Exam timetable can be found on the Year 12 POD page.
Year 12 SWOTVAC – Week 1 of the September Holidays
A week-long program has been developed at school to assist our Year 12 students to maintain study routines and provide them with extra opportunities to work with their teachers. Throughout this week, students will review their feedback and results from the practice assessments. This will be supported by tutorials on topics to be revised, whole subject lectures to provide revision and recapping of content. The timetable for this week can be found on the Year 12 POD page.
During this week, Eton Hall will be set up as a practice exam centre where students can self-select practice exams. This will involve them administering their own exam, paying attention to timing and answers to questions. This will be an extra opportunity to practise test-taking skills, as well as testing knowledge acquisition and application.
The ILC and Library will be open, providing areas for quiet study. During this week students can wear appropriate casual dress to attend all sessions. Students are encouraged to bring their own food for snacks and lunch; however, M’s Café will be open.
The week will begin with a breakfast provided by the P&F for Year 12 students and parents and will conclude with a Friday afternoon (3:00-6:00pm) student event to allow the Year 12 students to connect and celebrate the week they have just completed.
Assessment Extensions - reminders
From time to time, students may need to apply for an extension for assessment. An extension may be requested if there are valid grounds to do so. A student must apply to the Head of Faculty by completing a Request for an Extension form. This form can be accessed from the St Margaret’s POD and must be submitted five days prior to the due date. A medical certificate must be supplied in Years 10-12 in the event of illness. If a request for more than one extension is required, a student must apply to the Dean of Studies (Years 7-9) or Dean of Academic Performance (Years 10-12) by completing a Request for an Extension form and further consultation may be required.
Parent Teacher Interviews
Parent Teacher Interviews for Years 7-10 will be held on Friday 18 September (Student Free Day), between 8:30am-6:00pm. Due to the current pandemic restrictions, the School’s Parent Teacher Interviews will take on a new format with all interviews being conducted over Microsoft Teams. This platform was used successfully for the Year 11 Interviews at the beginning of this term.
You will be able to book interview times with your daughter’s subject teachers who value this opportunity to discuss your daughter’s learning with you. Students are encouraged to attend the interviews with their parents as this will assist them to increase their understanding of the learning process and their role in it. Information on how to book in for interviews will be sent out next week.
Please note that all ICAS Tests start at 7:00am. Students must report to the Independent Learning Centre no later than 6:50am in preparation for the tests. All students must bring their school-issued laptop and ensure that it is fully charged. All students have also been emailed this information.
I would like to encourage parents to visit our Cyber Safety information area in the POD. The resources housed here provide current information to encourage and support online safety. As students and the wider school community are informed in this area, many positive outcomes are achieved, including demonstrating kindness toward others, asking for help, and the importance of making informed choices. These outcomes aid in the establishment of good habits and responsible digital citizens.
Helpful Information and live links to websites are accessible via the Parent Resource tile found on the POD.
Primary School Events
As the only acknowledgement of the ‘EKKA’ last week was a public holiday, we decided to create a book theme ‘Side Show Alley’ in the library. On Thursday, the P-2 students visited the library and participated in a variety of activities. To be rewarded the girls needed to answer book related questions. Squeals of delight could be heard as the girls got hands-on with their learning. Thank you to Elizabeth Hook who, as a pre-service teacher, planned and prepared fun and educational activities.
Some Years 2, 3 and 4 girls were offered physical challenges when they competed in our inaugural ‘Sister Meet’. This meet was against our sister school, St Aidan’s and provided the opportunity for these girls to experience their first athletics competition in lieu of the Andrews Cup competition. The ten, eleven and twelve-year old girls participated in Andrews Cup Athletics today.
These girls competed in 80m, 100m, 200m, 800m, Long Jump and Relays. They demonstrated great determination and spirit. Thank you to St Aidan’s for their organisation. The success of this meet has set the foundation for other sporting ‘Sister Meets’ in the future. These sit alongside the Cultural Sister Meets. Each year, Years 5 and 6 students elect to compete in public speaking and debating competition with St Aidan’s. Unfortunately, due to visitor restrictions, this competition will not occur but instead we will provide inhouse public speaking opportunities for these girls. We look forward to this cultural competition next year.
As we are all aware, restrictions have altered our lives this year and I am so grateful for continued parent support. The most significant changes to Term 3 dates are as follows:
Athletics Carnival – will become a Fun Run Morning - more detail to follow.
Years 5/6 Arts Spectacular - the girls will perform and share their fabulous art during MAYO - A Celebration of the Arts on 10 October.
Book Week - officially changed to 17-October. We will make use of MAYO staging and host our book character parade for Years Pre-Prep-Year 4 on Thursday 8 October. Details will be shared next week.
By having these events as part of MAYO it is hoped that we will be able to accommodate an audience with maximum numbers.
Our Primary breakfast to celebrate Father’s Day scheduled for Thursday 3 September is unable to go ahead due to COVID restrictions.
Please note that Friday 4 September is a student free day.
Classics in the Cathedral
The St Margaret’s Music Department is very much looking forward to presenting Classics in the Cathedral this Friday evening. It will be an evening of beautiful music within the spectacular setting of St John’s Cathedral. Please note that this event is now SOLD OUT. Tickets will not be available for purchase at the door. Guests who have pre-purchased tickets to attend the event are reminded to follow strict hygiene practices, including hand sanitising upon entrance and remaining socially distanced throughout the evening. We also ask that guests do not attend the concert if they are feeling unwell.
We understand that some will miss out on attending this year but are very pleased to announce that Classics in the Cathedral will be available to view via a live stream. A link will be made available via the St Margaret’s Music POD page. The link will go up onto the page on Friday afternoon.
Barley Sugar Garden Performance
Thank you to Stradivari Strings and Mr Ng for their performance last Thursday in the Barley Sugar Garden. It was very much enjoyed by everyone in attendance.
Private Music Students’ Recital
A number of students who are undertaking private music lessons will perform at a recital to be given in the Arts Centre Foyer next Wednesday afternoon 26 August at 3:30pm. Please note that due to current COVID restrictions, limited seating will be available. All guests are required to register their attendance upon arrival, via the main door to the Arts Centre Foyer. Strict social distancing must be maintained throughout the event. We ask that guests do not attend if they are feeling unwell.
Congratulations to Nadia Charoensuk (Year 7) who was recently awarded a Distinction for her Grade 7 Contemporary Piano exam through the Australian Guild of Music. This is an outstanding result – well done Nadia!
St Margaret’s Spotlight
This week, St Margaret’s Spotlight features Year 11 student, Akari Komoto who recently composed and recorded a piece entitled ‘My Heart Says Otherwise’ as part of her Year 11 Music course. The composition features Akari on piano and Meleia Richardson on vocals. Akari is a member of Stradivari Strings, Chamber Strings, Elayne Jones Percussion Ensemble and Stage Band and was recently announced as one of our 2021 Music Captains. Thank you to Akari for her musical contribution this week!
Music Support Group
The next Music Support Group meeting will be held on Tuesday 8 September at 5:00pm in the Primary Music Room (second floor of Chaseley). Parents from both the Primary and Secondary schools are welcome to attend.
Round 4 of Winter fixtures saw our teams take on St Peter’s Lutheran College on Friday 14 August. Our Tennis girls had their most successful round, with three out of six teams winning. Our Netballers had mixed results with only three teams recording a win. The Open Hockey game came down to the wire recording a 4-3 loss, whilst the Volleyballers did it tough and were unable to secure a win. Special mention must go to our Senior C Tennis team and the Year 9C Netball team who remain undefeated.
This weekend’s fixtures will be against St Hilda’s at the Gold Coast. Please check the game schedule and bus departure times via the Secondary Sport POD page, as well as the individual POD pages.
Registrations for the 2020/21 Water Polo season are now open. All students from 10 Years to 17 Years are invited to register to play in the Brisbane Water Polo Incorporated Junior 2020/21 Season for St Margaret’s. For further information, please visit the Water Polo POD page for season information and upcoming trial dates.
Last Wednesday 12 August, St Margaret’s Sport hosted a relay meet which included teams from Brisbane State High School and Clayfield College. This was an exciting afternoon of competition with all schools displaying speed and teamwork. Whilst our relay teams are still to be confirmed, all teams did exceptionally well for their first interschool competition. The afternoon finished with the Junior and Senior Swedish relay teams winning in commanding style. Well done to all girls!
This Sunday 23 August, we are offering an intensive training clinic for all Secondary athletes. This training day offers team building activities, event specific training and analysis, as well as personal accounts from our coaching team that include insights into what it is like being a professional athlete. The Athletics Support Group will be providing lunch for all girls and will also be selling merchandise for both supporters and athletes. For details on this training clinic, please see the Athletics POD page or contact Coordinator, Tom Smithers: email@example.com.
The following items will be available for purchase via EFTPOS on Sunday:
Supporter’s Cap - $25
Athletics Mesh Storage Bag - $20
Isabella Harte (Year 9), Aimee Young (Year 9) and Lucinda Geldard (Year 10) who will be representing St Margaret’s at the All Schools Cross Country Series #2 Meet for 14 Years – 19 Years at Minnippi Parklands at Tingalpa on Saturday 22 August.
This week, we present more images of beautiful artwork which will be on sale at our MAYO gallery event. Look out for tickets for the Friday 9 October preview available on Flexischools from this week. Please click here (PDF 785.3KB) to view details of the event.
Chooks by Wendy Britton
Cows by Elizabeth Poole
Earrings by Barbara Heath
Details of each of the workshops are listed below and bookings can be made through Flexischools.
Students will choose from a range of beautifully coloured recycled t-shirt material before learning the basic techniques of this tactile art form to create a pot holder. All materials included.
Date: Wednesday 7 October
Price: $55 per student
Suitable for: 12 years and up
Maximum 10 in this workshop
Pinch a Pot
Participants will make a Pinch a Pot bell or small hanging or standing pot by working with a sandy coloured clay and decorating with a Royal Blue slip. Pieces will be fired, glazed and available for collection two weeks after the workshop. All materials included.
Date: Thursday 8 October
Price: $35 per student
Suitable for: 8 years and up
Please note: Tickets will be available on sale through Flexischools within the next week for this workshop.
Students will create their own Terrarium Log with all materials provided.
Date: Saturday 10 October
Times: 12pm, 1pm and 2pm
Price: $30 per student
Maximum 15 in each workshop
In this workshop, students can make their own resin jewellery piece; either a bangle, a pendant or a ring. All materials included.
Price: $50 per student
Maximum 15 in this workshop
Professional Women’s Network
The Professional Women’s Network held their first physical event on Tuesday morning this week in the Arts Centre Foyer and Terraces. We are proud to say that is was a fantastic success, with guests lucky enough to hear an extremely engaging address from our guest speaker, Annabelle Chaplain AM. Annabelle shared some useful tips on career advancement and how to achieve success, particularly at a senior leadership level. She also gave some valuable insights into key issues being faced in the Australian economy due to the COVID pandemic. The Arts sector has had to adapt and reimagine itself, with industries such as fintech and online retail reporting record profits.
Guests enjoyed stunning views of the city on a crisp and clear Brisbane Winter’s morning as they networked out on the Terraces. They enjoyed breakfast with music from our Sculthorpe String Quartet: Lily Song (Violin 1), Ashleigh Witenden (Violin 2), Emily Pitt (Viola) and Elia Chen (Cello). Guests also enjoyed a beautiful singing performance by Grace Hutcheson and Etienne Steven, St Margaret’s 2020 Choral Captains, accompanied on piano by Mr Jonny Ng.
The Professional Women’s Network is delighted to confirm the date for our next event, which will be held on Thursday 8 October. The final event for the year is usually in an evening cocktail style format; however, due to COVID we will be holding it as a morning breakfast networking event. Details to follow, but numbers will once again be limited, so get in early to avoid disappointment!
We sincerely thank our corporate sponsors for their generous support of the series:
Major Sponsor: Pitcher Partners
Associate Sponsor: Programmed Property Services
Supporting Partners: Downer Group, NAB and Clear Insurance
Visit the Careers POD page for the latest information on these topics and more.
What’s new this week…
Applications for Durack College are now open for 2021. Durack College offers a boutique residential experience, with a personalised focus on educational success. We work hard to create a culture and environment based on academic excellence. The small but vibrant community of female learners is offered a tailored living environment, making the transition to new routines easier and more rewarding. There are only 25 residency places, allowing Durack College to be both a private sanctuary and a busy and exciting community. Discover more
ACU’s Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation) is an exciting new course opening the intellectual tradition and culture of the West. It will be offered at the North Sydney Campus from 2021. It is a liberal arts degree that will give ambitious students a deep understanding of western literature, philosophy, art, politics, religion, science and history, and how these help us to understand our world and the dialogue between cultures. As an exceptional and high-achieving student, you will study with an intellectually motivated group of peers dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge and academic enquiry. The Ramsay Centre is funding 30 scholarships valued at $30,000 per year ($90,000 total) across the duration of your degree. More information is available here.
University of Sydney - Online Open Nights
Wednesday 9 or Thursday 10 September, 5:00-9:00pm
Get course advice, chat to current students and attend a range of webinars at one of our Online Open Nights. Choose from either of our convenient weeknight sessions and learn about the University of Sydney from home. Register your interest here
The Educational Access Scheme (EAS) can help you if you have experienced circumstances that negatively affected your most recent studies. If you are assessed as eligible for an adjustment to your ATAR or QTAC selection rank under EAS, it will be combined with other adjustments you may be eligible for. You apply for EAS when you are applying for tertiary study through QTAC. You must complete a cover sheet for each category that you feel you are eligible for and provide written evidence to support your application.
How to get your ATAR result
To get your ATAR result you need to register with QTAC who will then notify you of your ATAR on 19 December 2020. This registration is COMPLETELY SEPARATE to your QTAC course application for study in 2021. If you are ATAR eligible you need to apply/register for BOTH. To register to receive your ATAR you need to go to the QTAC website, scroll down the home page and click on ATAR PORTAL. Registering for your ATAR is FREE. QTAC have developed a helpful video showing you the process and there is an ATAR FAQs section towards the bottom of the page. REMEMBER, you STILL need to do a separate QTAC application if you are wanting to apply for course entry in 2021 and this will cost you $45.
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An independent day and boarding school for girls from Pre-Prep to Year 12; Boarding from Year 5; Boys Pre-Prep and Prep
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