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The Annual Old Girls’ Association Brunch last Sunday was a charming and interesting event, with past students from different generations in attendance, all maintaining an interest in the success of their ‘old’ school. We had the opportunity to listen to two guest speakers, Annabel Garland, ’18, former School Captain and Old Girls’ Prize awardee, who spoke about the value of her student experience. Similarly, the other guest speaker, Helen Lewis ’90, referred to the School’s values and the St Margaret’s experience which shaped her into the resilient, community minded person she is. Their experiences were 28 years apart, but they shared the same themes about St Margaret’s in both their addresses.
There is a lot of talk about the so called ‘soft skills’ such as communication skills, social and emotional intelligence, cultural awareness, collaboration skills and empathy. However, there is nothing soft about these skills. In fact, they can be quite hard and there is little doubt they will be the discerning factor in future success.
The label ‘soft skills’ diminishes their value over the hard skills of knowledge acquisition and technical expertise. In schools, it is the hard skills which are most often the focus of reports. At St Margaret’s, we have recognised the importance of soft skills and dispositions in life, and behind the scenes we have been conducting a trial on Year 11 students’ extra-curricular data, which we call St Margaret’s Plus. We have identified which skills tend to be developed by involvement in a range of activities (such as Debating, Water Polo, TocH) and are mapping the students’ opportunities to develop skills through other activities, not just the classroom. It is not a perfect system, but we are responding to the literature on the future of work and the skills required and the call from the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) to prioritise the soft skills in schools:
‘Students will need to apply their knowledge in unknown and evolving circumstances. For this, they will need a broad range of skills, including cognitive and meta-cognitive skills (eg, critical thinking, creative thinking, learning to learn and self-regulation); social and emotional skills (eg, empathy, self- efficacy and collaboration); and practical and physical skills (eg, using new information and communication technology devices).’ (OECD, 2018, The Future of Education and Skills: Education 2030), Paris.
St Margaret’s 122nd Speech Night 2019
The St Margaret’s Speech Night is a significant event in our calendar, and we welcome all Years 5 to 12 students with their parents to acknowledge and celebrate the academic and extra-curricular achievements of this year.
Information detailing the arrangements for rehearsals and tickets has been sent to all families in previous weeks and also detailed below are the rehearsal details conducted throughout the day on Tuesday 12 November at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre.
**It is very important that, if you have booked tickets and no longer need them, please forward them to Ms Kristie Govender at KGovender@stmargarets.qld.edu.au so that we can reallocate them to families who may have missed out on tickets.
This is a compulsory event for students in Years 5 to 12. Secondary students and Primary prize recipients are required to wear white church dresses. Non-prize recipients in Years 5 and 6 may wear either their church dresses or Middy.
More information about where students are to meet (Door numbers) on the evening will be in next week’s newsletter.
Speech Night Rehearsal – Tuesday 12 November 2019
The following students are required to attend Speech Night Rehearsals at QPAC:
8:45am: All Years 5-11 prize recipients will be transported to QPAC from St Margaret’s for Speech Night rehearsal and return to the school at 10:45am.
9:45am: Year 12 Boarders and Day students requiring transport will be bussed to QPAC from St Margaret’s for Year 12 Rehearsal. Year 12 students who are not prize recipients or musicians may leave independently from QPAC at 11:30am. A bus will be provided for Boarders at 11:30am.
10:30am: Year 12 students to meet at Door 5 of the Concert Hall, QPAC.
10:30am: All Years 5-11 musicians (not already at QPAC) will be transported to QPAC for Speech Night Music rehearsals. The Musicians will receive a short lunch break whilst at QPAC and students are advised to bring their own lunch on this day as the cafeteria will be available for soft drinks only. All musicians will be returned to St Margaret’s following the rehearsal, prior to the end of the school day.
To ensure an effective and straightforward rehearsal for Speech Night, all students involved on the night must be in attendance and punctual for the transport provided to QPAC in the morning. Girls need to bring their own morning tea; and lunch (musicians).
Live Streaming of Speech Night
Parents unable to travel to Brisbane to attend Speech Night and our Year 10 Exchange Students currently overseas may again view the proceedings through our Live Streaming broadcast. Parents wishing to view the live stream should visit the following website on the evening of Speech Night.
The live streaming can be accessed through the following website by clicking here.
A recording of Speech Night will be available ‘on demand’ through the same link following the night.
The live stream commences at 6pm to allow viewers to connect early before the commencement of proceedings.
All Saints, All Souls, and Halloween
Within the Christian Church, there are special times of celebrations and commemorations throughout the year. On the 1st November we observe All Saints and on the 2nd November, we observe All Souls. All Saints Day was placed on the 1st November by Pope Gregory IV in 835, and All Souls Day was established on the 2nd November in 998. It is the time of year we acknowledge and commemorate those who have gone before us and the Saints of the Christian Church.
At the same time of the year, many people acknowledge Halloween, or All-Hallow-Evening, which is usually on the eve of All Saints Day. At Halloween, children go around in fun costumes to trick or treat.
It may be useful to know some of the history surrounding Halloween. It is said to have begun within the Celtic tradition. There was a harvest festival which was known as Samhain. The 31st of October is also said to be when “the boundary between the living and the deceased is dissolved”. This is where the wearing of costumes began. People wore costumes and masks in an “attempt to mimic the evil spirits or to placate them”. Then over a 1,000 years ago the Christian Church decided to institute a Christian alternative to Halloween. It is said that All Hallow’s Day, the 1st November, was when the church celebrated “the holy” remembering those who were faithful Christians who had died.
When I was growing up, I don’t remember celebrating Halloween. The concept which is an American holiday has slowly crept into our culture. Now there are many young people who like to dress up as superheroes and fairy princesses going door to door, hoping for a treat.
This year, I will be remembering all those who have gone before us, especially people close to me, knowing that they are safe with God. My father died this year and I miss him dearly. I will be using this time to remember him and honour his life. As a Christian I believe that we have our time here on earth, then there is our time when we leave this earth and walk closely with our God, the Divine Love. My faith in the Divine Love brings comfort when I remember those who have gone before us. A way of remembering our dear ones is to light a candle or place some flowers near their photo, or their grave, as a way of remembering them in our lives. Perhaps you may like to thank God for the time you enjoyed with them.
Paraphrase Psalm 27:1 “The Lord is my light and the one who saves me. I'm not afraid of anyone.”
Big Sister Program/Buddy Program
The Big Sister Program in St Margaret’s Boarding is a very powerful way to enhance the lives of all new boarders. The characteristics of a Big Sister are being honest, dependable, caring and empathetic. Year 11 Boarding students become the Big Sisters for new boarders and are required to fulfil their commitment to their buddy for two years.
The role of a Big Sister is to encourage their buddies in a positive way, establish positive self-worth, self-efficacy and identity with their buddies and to help them establish positive bonds with others; within the Boarding House, peers, family and community.
The Eight Principles of being an effective ‘Big Sister’ underpin this program:
Trends in Education – Building Resilience
Last night, we welcomed Kris Deighton, Community Engagement Coordinator from Headspace to speak about building resilience at our second Trends in Education Seminar for 2019. Kris highlighted the fact that there is no one cause for mental health concerns and that we can work with our daughters to assist them to cope with difficult situations and overcome feelings of anxiety. Interestingly, he identified the three pillars of mental health to be eating well, getting enough sleep and exercising, which are important for us to encourage as the girls move into exams.
An important takeaway message was his number one hope that all young people have a supportive family or network of carers to work with them through the ages of 12- 25 where we see 75% of mental health concerns arise. If you are concerned that your daughter is showing ongoing signs of anxiety and/or depression, he suggested a four-step approach for supporting them:
There are more useful resources for parents on the Headspace website. The presentation will also be available on the Parent Portal.
It is that time of the year, the Jacaranda trees are in full bloom and the girls are working on finalising their school learning for the year. Teachers are also finalising but are also in full swing of preparing and planning for 2020. Schools are unique in this aspect and each year much work is done to look at current practices and ways to enhance the learning experience of all students. One of the changes that will be initiated in 2020 is the use of the Student Handbook.
All students in Years 7 and 8 will receive a school produced diary that has been redesigned to help develop skills of organisation and self-management. However, students in Years 9 to 12 will have the opportunity to purchase this diary from the school for a small cost or provide their own. Years 9 to 12 students may even choose to use systems on their laptop to organise themselves such as The POD, Outlook, Sticky Notes or another electronic diary. Academic Advisors will work with students in Years 9 to 12 at the beginning of the year to assist and ensure each student has a system for recording homework, assessment and other deadlines. Policy and procedure documents that have previously been put in the Student Handbook will be saved to the POD for parent and student access.
The purpose of this change is two-fold. Firstly, the change is about continuing to work with all students to develop individual skills of self-management and secondly, to ensure we are being environmentally aware in our use and production of paper-based products.
End of the Year Reporting Process (Years 7-11)
End of Semester Reports will be available to be accessed through Parent Lounge on Friday 6 December, after 3:00pm. Please note, all Continuous Reporting Information will also be available from this date.
Each student’s report will consist of a comment from her Head of Year, as well as a summary for each subject. The final page of the report is the Grade Point Average (GPA) graph which records the student’s overall level of achievement and tracks this from semester to semester.
For each subject, there is a list of the course content, marks for the criteria assessed, a table showing the distribution of achievement levels within the subject and an assessment of your daughter’s attitude to her learning. The academic results reflected in this report are based on the assessment completed throughout Semester 2.
Please note, that Year 12 students do not receive a final End of Semester 2 Report from the school as final results will be recorded on your daughters Queensland Certificate of Education that is sent from QCAA.
Expectations for Speech Night
On Tuesday 12 November, St Margaret’s will hold its Speech Night and Prize Giving Evening in the Concert Hall at QPAC, beginning promptly at 7pm. It is a compulsory event for students and it is suggested that students arrive no later than 6:30pm. On arrival, all girls need to check in with their Head of Year who will mark the roll and allocate each student a ticket for entry into the Concert Hall. Prize winners, musicians and Year 12 girls will be allocated a ticket at Tuesday’s rehearsal. Heads of Year have this week spoken to Secondary students in regard to dress and behavioural expectations for the evening.
I reiterate that all students are to wear the following uniform for the evening:
In terms of behavioural expectations on this important evening, could parents please assist us in ensuring that girls do not bring the following items to the event:
I look forward to seeing as many parents as possible on this important evening in the school year.
Andrews Cup Sport
The final team sport competition for Andrews Cup was held last week. Over 50 teams from the different schools competed in the Softball competition. Each of our teams had great success and it was heartening to watch the teams improve as the day progressed. The Softball competition is not only a big day for the girls, but also for our staff as St Margaret’s hosts and runs the day.
Thank you to Morgan Rowe for her organisation and planning for the hosting of this event. Thank you also to Kate Jones, Suzy Edwards, Kylie Briggs and Karrie House who coached and Georgina Stevenson who kept score on the day. Thank you to Year 6 girls: Charlotte Swarbrick, Mariana Breslin, Zoe Rossiter, Teresa Sweeney, Molly Robson, Emily Smith, Bronte Lahy, Madeleine Jamieson, Milly Coleman and Bronte Hawkins who assisted on the day and were fabulous ambassadors for the school.
This competition was a momentous occasion as it was the last Softball competition for Andrews Cup. Next year, there will be changes to the Andrews Cup competition. The changes are based on research about girls in sport and, after many discussions, it will see the replacement of Softball and the introduction of additional elective sports and invitational sports.
In 2020, the program of events will consist of:
Core sports (all schools compete): Swimming, Athletics and Cross Country
Elective sport (schools elect to compete): Artistic Gymnastics, Netball, Cricket, Touch Football, Basketball, Football, Soccer and Tennis.
Next year will see St Margaret’s introduce and host Cricket. We are very excited to be responsible for the introduction of the fastest growing female sport and to work closely with Queensland Cricket, who will partner with us. On the weekend, some families took advantage of this partnership when they watched Brisbane Heat WBBL. It was lovely to see so many families enjoying the cricket!
The final sports for the year will be the individual sport, Gymnastics and Basketball. We wish the girls in the team good luck for next week.
Chaseley Concert Band - Music Fest
Congratulations to Chaseley Concert Band on their performance at Music Fest on Monday evening. The girls were awarded silver for their 3 band pieces, which is a wonderful achievement. Thank you to Dr Syntageros for her direction of the girls in preparation for the competition and well done to all the students for their practice and hard work in rehearsals.
Andrews Cup Basketball
Andrews Cup Gymnastics
Volunteer Morning Tea Garden Party
Class Representative Breakfast Meeting and New Representatives
Tickets are fast selling out for the Music Dinner to be held on Friday 8 November, 6:00-9:30pm in Eton Hall. The annual Music Dinner is an occasion where students and parents celebrate the culmination of a wonderful year of music at St Margaret’s. This year’s theme is ‘Music Behind the Movies (Music of John Williams)’. Girls are encouraged to explore the many movies to which John Williams wrote the soundtrack to create their costume for the event. Music Dinner is open to students in Years 6-12 who have been involved in the Co-curricular Music Program (ensembles). Tickets are available only via Flexischools (www.flexischools.com.au). For catering purposes, it is imperative you include any dietary requirements and that payments are made by 4pm, Sunday 3 November, as Flexischools will be unavailable after this time. Please be mindful there is a capped number, so book your tickets early! Please find attached a letter from the President of the Music Support Group (PDF 121.1KB) with further details.
Music Fest Performance – Stage Band
The Stage Band will participate in Music Fest this coming Friday 1 November at Calamvale Community College. The performance will be at 6:00pm. This is a valuable experience for the girls where they will receive feedback on their performance and have the opportunity to hear similar ensembles from other Brisbane schools. Family and friends are more than welcome to attend. A letter with further details is attached (PDF 123.7KB).
Chorale have been invited to perform at the St Mark’s Anglican Church Arts Festival (Bonney Ave, Clayfield) on Saturday 2 November at 4:30pm. This is a wonderful opportunity for our girls to perform and connect with the local community. All parents and friends are warmly invited to hear the girls perform and also enjoy the festivities that will occur as part of the festival. A letter with further details is attached (PDF 145.5KB).
Boarder Musicians’ Concert
A number of our Boarder musicians presented musical items at our Semester 2 Boarder Musicians’ Recital on Tuesday evening. Congratulations to all girls who performed! It was wonderful to see the girls growing both in performance skills on their respective instruments and in confidence.
Speech Night will be held on Tuesday evening 12 November and is a very special event in the School’s calendar. The evening is a celebration of the girls’ achievements throughout the year, and the Music Department is very much looking forward to supporting the event with several special musical performances. Please see the attached letter (PDF 255.6KB) with further details pertaining to the rehearsal day and evening.
Additional Speech Night Rehearsals
Several additional rehearsals will be held in the lead-up to Speech Night. Please note the additions below:
Thursday 7 November: Primary Chorale, Elevarsi Voices and Rock Band are required to join with Encorah 3:30-4:30pm in SHOR.
Monday 11 November: Primary Chorale, Encorah, Stradivari Strings and Rock Band are required to join with Elevarsi Voices in SHOR from 3:30-4:15pm, and then Sister Helen Wind Symphony and Stradivari Strings are required from 4:15-5:00pm also in SHOR.
Elevarsi Voices News
A reminder that auditions for Year 7 students who are interested in participating in the Europe 2020 tour will be held on Friday afternoon at 3:00pm in SHOR. A letter with further information pertaining to the tour is attached (PDF 166KB).
Music Support Group Meeting
The next Music Support Group meeting will be the Annual General Meeting to be held on Tuesday 26 November at 5:00pm in the Primary Music Room (second floor of Chaseley). We encourage parents from both the Primary and Secondary schools to become involved in this dedicated group of parents who consistently provide wonderful support to the St Margaret’s Music Program.
Congratulations to all players, coaches and supporters of the St Margaret’s Open, Senior and Year 10 Badminton teams. The first week of competition was held on Saturday 26 October. Enthusiasm and spirit were present and it is great to have many girls being involved in this sport.
The results are as follows:
Snr A: 10th
Snr B: 10th
Snr C: 9th
The second week of competition will involve the Years 7, 8 and 9 teams on Saturday 2 November. For further information please visit the Badminton POD page. Good luck to all teams.
Our Years 7, 8 and 9 teams were in action on Tuesday 29 and Thursday 31 October. All teams are to be congratulated for their focus, effort and sportsmanship displayed. The competition continues and will be held on the following dates:
Congratulations to the St Margaret’s students who competed at the State Athletics Championships from Saturday 19 October to Tuesday 22 October. To compete at this level is a huge achievement by all with several girls achieving outstanding results:
Isabella Hart (Year 8), Maicey Lynch (Year 9), Ciana Jamieson (Year 11) and Kayla Newberry (Year 9) all gained selection in the Queensland School Sport Athletics team and will compete at the Australian All Schools Championships in Perth from 6-8 December.
The annual St Mark’s Art Show, under the guidance of The Reverend Canon Nicki Colledge will be held from Friday 1 to Saturday 2 November. St Margaret’s will be represented with several works from our Secondary girls. The Art show is always a vibrant and enjoyable event.
Congratulations to Isla McWilliam (Year 9), who created our November Artwork of the Month (PDF 345.3KB). Isla has carved and printed a lovely circular lino block print for The Nature’s Palette unit.
Private Speech and Drama Tuition for 2020 – Enrolments Now Open
Would your daughter benefit from improved communication skills? Does she love to perform, or does she lack confidence when presenting to an audience?
At St Margaret’s, the Private Speech and Drama Program offers a fun, supportive environment for students to gain skills in interpersonal communication, presentation, performance and public speaking. Enrolments for Private Speech and Drama lessons for 2020 are now open for students who will be in Years 2 to 12 next year.
If you would like further information about the Program, please contact the Coordinator on email@example.com, phone 3862 0750 or refer to the Private Speech and Drama Handbook on the website or Private Speech and Drama POD Page.
If you would like to enrol your daughter in Speech and Drama for 2020, please complete and return the Application for Tuition form (PDF 102.8KB). Places in the Program are limited and are provided to continuing students and then to new students based on the order in which enrolment applications are received and according to availability of spaces in each year level.
Please note that students who are currently enrolled in the program will automatically be re-enrolled for lessons next year. If your daughter is currently enrolled but is not intending to continue lessons in 2020, please email your daughter’s teacher or firstname.lastname@example.org.
New enrolments or cancellation of current enrolments are required by Monday 25 November 2019.
Your consideration regarding this procedure is greatly appreciated. Accurate enrolment numbers are essential for ensuring successful timetabling, suitable staffing arrangements and a smooth start to the year for current and new students.
Lessons for 2020 will commence in Week 2 of Term 1. We are looking forward to another exciting year of cultivating confident, capable communicators.
Students currently away on their Exchange
We recently heard back from the following students:
Lucy Howard, Rachel Sands and Teneille Allen, St Anne’s, South Africa
I have only just arrived back from holidays where I went to France, Switzerland and Italy with my host family. I am having the most amazing time over here and love learning about the European culture.
Meleia Richardson on behalf of Ashleigh Witenden, Ella Macfarlane and Ellen Tracey, St Anne’s, South Africa
I just wanted to give you an update on exchange so far - it’s been amazing!
Once I arrived in South Africa, I stayed with my partner Mia in Johannesburg for a few days. She took me to see some really incredible things. The highlight would definitely be visiting an elephant sanctuary, where I was able to see and touch an elephant for the first time. After staying with Mia and her family, I met up with Ellie, Ella and Ash and we flew to Pietermaritzburg where St Anne’s is located. We have all adjusted really well into school life here, and all the girls are so lovely and welcoming.
The past few weekends have been filled with great activities such as ziplining through the canopies, visiting the Moses Mabhida Stadium where some girls went on the highest swing in the world, viewing the Nelson Mandela Capture Site, walking along Durban beachfront, going to a waterpark and, last weekend, we were fortunate to stay in Transkei which is a beautiful beach area! This weekend we’re going shopping before we head to Capetown for mid-term break.
During the week we’ve also been attending co-curricular activities. Ellie, Ella and I do ‘Funky Dance’ as well as use the gym facilities, and I also joined the choir. On some Monday’s this term we attended different South African schools including Voortrekker High School and Pietermaritzburg Girls High School. It was very interesting to see the similarities and differences between each school. We have also been lucky enough to participate in the STEP program where we visit local schools and help underprivileged children by teaching them English and interacting with them. It was definitely an eye-opening experience which we will never forget.
We are all really enjoying every part of this exchange trip so far and we are extremely excited for the rest of the term.
Isabella Shepherd on behalf of Ella Bacon, Konan, Japan
Ella and I thought it would be time to send an update on what we have been up to so far.
We have currently been in Japan for almost 4 weeks, which is hard to believe because our time here has flown by! We have both adjusted nicely to the Japanese culture, lifestyle and school as everyone has made us feel so welcome.
So far, we have been to Universal Studios, Kobe Ciity sightseeing around the port, Kobe Zoo, jewellery class and plenty of shopping and eating! Ella has also been to Sumoto Onsen Resort for a weekend and I have been to the shrines in Kyoto and the Rugby World Cup. We have been very fortunate to have seen so much so far and will be travelling to Minamata for Konan’s school camp tomorrow for two nights, learning about fish that carried diseases and how this effected the local people of the town.
Superbly written by renowned author and journalist Madonna King, this commemorative volume brings together extensive archival material and a wide selection of interviews to showcase the spirit of St Margaret’s and voices from its vibrant current school community.
The book will be launched on Wednesday 20 November from 6:30pm to 8:30pm in the Arts Centre Foyer. Guests will enjoy drinks and canapés and Madonna King will join us to speak about her experience researching and writing Inspired to Fly.
Cost: $70 (includes book), Additional guest $20 (excludes book)
Books will be sold on the night ($55 each or 2 or more for $50)
Please download your invitation here (PDF 1.6MB).
RSVP by Friday 15 November
Tickets available from Flexischools
For all enquiries, please email email@example.com or call Main Reception on 07 3862 0777.
There is just four weeks to get your entry in for the 'Something St Margaret’s’ Art Competition. St Margaret's community members are invited to capture the spirit of St Margaret's (past or present) in a piece of art. Selected art works will be used throughout 2020 to celebrate 125 years of educating girls.
Subject: The works must recognisably reflect 'something St Margaret's' - whether it be architecture, place, people or events. For example - the panama, Middy, house colours, Mooloomburram, the view, the Sisters, students and teachers, Eton Hall, or iconic events such as the MAYO Arts Festival, Classics in the Cathedral, Arts Spectacular, the Ponytail Project, or learning in the classroom, a sporting event etc, or a piece that captures the spirit of St Margaret's.
Medium: Painting, Pencil Sketch, Photography, Lino Block, Watercolour, Stencil
Size: 60cm x 60cm or 30cm x 30cm
Sections and prizes:
Open (must have a demonstrable connection to the St Margaret's community): $1000 (acquisitive prize)
St Margaret's Secondary School Students: $500 (acquisitive prize)
St Margaret's Primary School Students: $250 (acquisitive prize)
Up to 10 Highly Commended pieces will be recognised with a certificate and the winner of each category, plus the Highly Commended pieces will feature in the St Margaret's 2020 calendar. Selected pieces may appear on various memorabilia produced to celebrate 125 years. Prize winners’ works are acquisitive and all Highly Commended artworks chosen for the calendar will be on loan for the duration of the 125 year anniversary celebrations throughout 2020.
Entries Close: Friday 22 November 2019. Winners announced Thursday 28 November 2019.
All entries will be displayed in the Arts Centre Foyer for the final week of school.
Open entries to be delivered or posted to St Margaret's Main Reception, 11 Petrie Street, Ascot, 4007.
School entries to be delivered to the Secondary Art Staff Room or Secondary Art classes or Primary Art class.
Download the competition flyer (PDF 830.6KB)
Download the entry form (PDF 164.4KB)
The 2020 Booklists for all Year Levels are now available on the St Margaret’s website (Admissions – Supplies Shop). Hard copies will not be given out to students. Order online direct from Sequel at: www.sequelbooks.com or complete the booklist, including the payment page and return to the Supplies Shop by the due date.
Secondary second-hand books
Second-hand books may be purchased or sold through Sustainable School Shop at: www.sustainableschoolshop.com.au. There is no registration fee for St Margaret’s families to use this trading system.
Hire of Church Dresses for Speech Night – Tuesday 12 November 2019
Hiring of the church dresses has commenced. To hire a dress, a ‘Hire Conditions of Church Dress’ form must be completed and signed by a parent or guardian. This form is available on the Supplies Shop page on the school website or from the Supplies Shop.
Completed and signed forms are to be returned to the School Supplies Shop, together with a deposit of $100. Plain white, fold down ankle socks (not St Margaret’s competition socks), clean brown school shoes and a white ribbon (for long hair) are to be worn with the church dress on Speech Night. Socks are available from the School Supplies Shop for $8.00 as is a white ribbon for $1.
The return date for all students, except Year 6, is no later than Friday 22 November 2019. Year 6 students’ church dresses must be returned no later than Friday 29 November 2019.
All church dresses must be laundered, ironed and returned as per the ‘Hire Conditions’ for an amount of $70 to be refunded.
Uniform Fitting Appointments – New online booking system
Bookings for November and December 2019 and January 2020 are available online now. Book your appointment online via the school website.
We encourage families to book a fitting appointment as soon as possible to avoid missing your preferred day and time. Appointment times are either 30 minutes or 60 minutes, depending on your fitting type. Fitting types include: New Student, Existing Student, Boarder Only, Pre-Prep and School Blazer Fitting.
Extended Trading Hours*
Thursday 28 November: 8:00am-2:00pm
Friday 29 November: 10:00am-2:00pm
Monday 2 December: 8:00am-12:00pm
Tuesday 3 December: 8:00am-12:00pm
Wednesday 4 December: 8:00am-12:00pm
Wednesday 15 January: 8:00am-12:00pm
Thursday 16 January: 1:00pm-5:00pm
Friday 17 January: 8:00am-12:00pm
Monday 20 January: 8:00am-3:00pm
Tuesday 21 January: 8:00am-3:00pm
Wednesday 22 January: 8:00am-3:00pm
Thursday 23 January: 1:00pm-8:00pm
Friday 24 January: 8:00am-3:00pm
Saturday 25 January: 9:00am-2:00pm
Sunday 26 January: Closed
Monday 27 January: 9:00am-12:00pm
Monday 27 January: 1:00-5:00pm Boarders only
Tuesday 28 January: Regular trading resumes
*Fitting appointment times may extend beyond Shop opening hours during peak periods.
Applications are invited for the role of Casual School Crossing Supervisor at St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School.
The School Crossing Supervisor may be required to work five days per fortnight in all weather conditions. The hours of work for the School Crossing Supervisor are 1 hour and 30 mins a day and comprises 45 minutes in the morning and 45 minutes in the afternoon.
Current crossing times: 7:45am-8:30am and 3:00pm-3:45pm
The current rate of pay is $30.34 per hour.
Commencement of work for the successful applicant is dependent on:
Those interested are encouraged to apply without delay as the position is to commence ASAP.
Completed applications should be returned via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or they may be dropped into the Primary Office. For enquiries, please contact Kate Curran, Director of Human Resources on 3862 0702.
OGA Sparking Brunch
Last weekend, the Old Girls’ Association hosted its Annual Sparkling Brunch in the Arts Centre Foyer. Guest speakers, Annabel Garland (’18) and Helen Lewis (’90) each shared their journey since St Margaret’s school days and talked about the attributes that a St Margaret’s education afforded them in their study, professional endeavours and personal lives.
Thank you must be extended to Keri Craig-Lee for the fabulous raffle prizes donated on the day.
St Margaret’s Community Upcoming Events
OGA Annual General Meeting
The Old Girls’ Association Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 26 November from 7:00pm-9:00pm in the Mooloomburram Boardroom. Past students of St Margaret’s are warmly invited to attend to share their views and ideas.
St Margaret’s is travelling to New York!
St Margaret’s will be visiting New York this December and will be hosting a social reception at the Juniper Bar & Grill. This complimentary event provides a wonderful opportunity to connect with all members of the St Margaret's community who are living, working or travelling in the New York area, over drinks and canapés.
Should you be travelling for work or for pleasure, and this event coincides with a visit to the city, we would love for you to join us.
Date: Monday 9 December 2019
Venue: Juniper Bar & Grill, 237 W 35th St, New York
Dress: Smart casual/business attire
RSVP: Friday 29 November 2019 via the online event registration form
P&F 2020 Women’s Luncheon – Save the Date!
The St Margaret's Women's Luncheon will be held on Friday 13 March 2020. In celebration of St Margaret's 125th Anniversary, the luncheon is a wonderful opportunity for all past, present and future women of St Margaret's to come together and celebrate!
Tickets will be on sale via Flexischools soon. Register your interest here to save the date!
Professional Women’s Network – 2020 event dates
Our Professional Women’s Network events program for 2020 has been confirmed!
Please add these dates to your diary:
All funds raised from the Professional Women’s Network events support the School through our Endowment Fund, which assists with bursaries and the future development of facilities at St Margaret’s.
Brisbane Defence Force recruiting information sessions
Adventure, travel, great pay and diverse career opportunities – just to name a few of the benefits on offer when you join the Navy, Army or Air Force. If you’re up for the challenge and would like to find out more, come along to one of our upcoming information sessions at the following locations: DFRC Brisbane, Level 13, 295 Ann Street, Brisbane. To RSVP, email: email@example.com or visit: www.defencejobs.gov.au/events.
From 2020, students with a passion for physiotherapy can use a pathway qualification such as Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Science or Health Sciences to a Doctor to enroll in a Doctor of Physiotherapy, graduate-entry degree. More information is available here.
The Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme
This scheme provides scholarships for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people studying an entry level health course. Applications will close Monday 4 November 2019. More information is available here.
The Queensland Mathematics Summer School (QMSS) at UQ is a five-day program from Monday 20 to Friday 24 January 2020 for Year 10 students planning to study Year 11 Mathematical Methods and Specialist Mathematics in 2020. Discover more
A new four-year double degree in Biomedical Science and Mathematics is now available for Semester 1, 2020. Read more about this new double degree.
Participate in family-friendly activities offered in QUT’s Summer Holiday Program in January. ATAR Notes is presenting free lectures for Year 11 students on 20-21 of January to prepare them for the transition to the ATAR system and to perform well in specific subjects.
Scholarships and Bridging Programs: Information is available here.
It's not too late to join our Summer High School Projects!
This short term overseas volunteer placement with Projects Abroad is available for students in Years 10 and 11. Find out more here.
Applications for Durack College are now open for 2020. Durack College offers a boutique residential experience, with a personalised focus on educational success. Discover more
Griffith Scholarships in 2020
Find out more and apply online at griffith.edu.au/scholarships.
The University of Queensland Scholarships Discover more
QUT Scholarship opportunities check out the full range.
QUT Meeting assumed knowledge and prerequisites
QUT offers a bridging program in Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics.
UQ College is offering University Prerequisite Courses in Mathematics B, Chemistry or Biology. Discover more
QTAC Key Dates
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
UQ OP Results Advice 16 December 2019, 3:00pm–6:00pm UQ Centre, St Lucia campus.
Griffith University: Explore your Options (for Year 12)
Monday 16 December – Thursday 19 December. Find out more here.
QUT Real Decisions (for Year 12)
Date: 17 December 2019, 9:00am-12:00pm, P Block, QUT Gardens Point campus.
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