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On Saturday 20 October, the Year 10 Lunch was held with parents and girls. Organised and led by the students themselves, this lunch at Victoria Park Golf Club is just one of the transition activities which we see in school at this time of the year. The girls are looking forward to Years 11 and 12 and what was apparent was that they were more than ready to finish Year 10 and start working on their senior studies. Last week, we saw Year 6 Immersion Day and Year 7 Transition Day. Important days, part of which is focussed on preparing the girls leaving a Primary school environment for the Secondary school experience. We also hosted Primary Orientation Week – it was a busy week preparing for 2019.
Our current Year 12s are also counting down the days – and experiencing the ‘lasts’ in school days. As each final assessment piece occurs, students are finishing their subjects and the excitement they are feeling is almost tangible.
‘Transitions’ in life are often exciting but, of course, they can also be accompanied with a little bit of fear and anxiety. Whether it is going from Primary to Secondary school, Year 10 to Year 11 or Year 12 to work or tertiary study, each requires more personal responsibility and self-regulation. This can be challenging for some but can be assisted by thorough preparation (becoming knowledgeable about the new environment and the expectations) and by developing good habits around organisation and managing time.
When it comes to explaining gender inequality and the gender pay gap, confidence is generally cited as a major reason as to why women do not enter certain fields of work or rise to high-level management positions which attract high salaries and bonuses. However, a major study of gender inequality by University of Queensland researchers has found that girls attending single-sex Secondary schools (St Margaret’s is part of this research) are as confident as their male counterparts. So, if it’s not confidence in girls and young women that’s undermining gender equality, what is?
Dr Terry Fitzsimmons, Senior Lecturer in Leadership at the University of Queensland and Managing Director of the newly-established Australian Gender Equality Council, leads a research team which has found that, contrary to expectations, high school girls have the same level of confidence as boys. Therefore, he says, it is unlikely that it is confidence that is holding women back in the workplace.
Working in collaboration with the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia, researchers from the University of Queensland Business School surveyed over 10,000 boys and girls in Years 7 to 12 at Queensland Secondary schools. They also interviewed 500 students about their understanding of gender equality, leadership, self-confidence, subject choices and career aspirations. All the girls taking part in the research project attended girls’ schools in Queensland.
Lead researcher, Terry Fitzsimmons recently told Radio National journalist, Fran Kelly that “there was no significant difference in self-confidence at any age” between boys and girls in Secondary school which, in his words, “dispels the myth that there’s a confidence gap”. Whatever is happening, says Fitzsimmons, is happening after girls leave school “and probably points to structural issues in the workplace preventing opportunity, rather than an inherent lack of confidence”.
One major structural issue noted by researchers is that STEM graduates provide the pool from which most senior executives and CEOs are chosen, yet only 15% of Australian engineering graduates are female and only two-thirds of these women move into critical operational engineering roles which are considered the most valuable when applying for executive and CEO roles later in their careers.
Another interesting and important finding of the research project is that high school girls are less aware of their parents‘ careers than boys, with 15% of Year 7 girls being unable to name either of their parents’ occupations compared with 6% of boys.
Again, Fitzsimmons believes that this goes to the messaging that girls are receiving, rather than to confidence. Boys are being told, or at least receiving the message, very early on about the importance of their career, he says, whereas perhaps girls are being socialised to believe that, while education is important, their long-term career is not. This is evidenced by the fact that, despite girls now earning 58% of university degrees in Australia, they are still receiving subtle messaging inside and outside the home that their long-term career is less important than a boy’s.
When was the last time you sought new information or looked up an answer to a question you had without using Google?
Google has become such a source of information, that it has become the “go to” place before any other sources of information. In fact, it was back in 2002 that the American Dialect Society recognised the verb ‘google’ as the most useful word in that year, and in 2006 it was added to the Oxford English Dictionary. How do I know this? I googled it!
There is so much information on the internet that can be found through simply googling it. Most google searches result in thousands of results with pages and pages of matches to the search term found in just a few seconds.
I read about a movement this week that is calling for young people to do away with turning to google straight away, instead urging them to ask an older person instead. The particular movement I read about was called ‘Ask Gran not Google’, with the message that connecting with the older generations can foster generational sharing and personal connections.
I really like this idea. Students can ask older family members or friends information on a range of topics, and by asking important questions can really get a sense of the personal experience of those people. I believe such connection not only helps grow the student’s knowledge base, but can help them empathise and truly understand messages, emotions and information that go beyond the written text.
Whilst we encourage reading every day, personal connection between people should also be encouraged. Dinner conversations can be so beneficial, an important part of the learning experience for all students. Teachers at school also value classroom discussion, and students are encouraged to participate through contributing and listening to others on a variety of topics in each of their subject areas.
So next time you need information, resist googling it straight away. Talk to your daughters, problem-solve together and see your daughters connect with their families and others through learning.
Are you Interested in issues of spirituality? Are you curious about the nature of God?
St John’s Cathedral has a series of podcasts on a wide variety of topics that challenge and inspire. Why not take a listen as you wait for the children or have a spare moment or two on the back deck? Click on this link to see a short video outlining the sessions.
A Night in the Cathedral
Last Friday evening, Ms Claire Bloomer, myself and 14 Year 8 students slept on cardboard on the stone floor of St John’s Cathedral. The girls were engaged in activities that opened their eyes to homelessness in Brisbane. It was a fun night, with tours of the bell tower, making paper houses activity and laughter across the Cathedral. A number of students from other Anglican Schools around the Diocese came as well. Despite a few sore muscles the next morning, everyone was refreshed with a sausage sizzle and returned home with a greater appreciation for their home comforts. The St John’s Cathedral Precinct is ‘home’ to a number of rough sleepers each night, and this made the experience even more real. We anticipate that this event, run by Anglicare, may be an annual experience for our Year 8 girls.
All-Ages Service THIS Sunday 4 November at 9am!
Our service is for all who journey in this world of confusion and busyness. Come along with children and adults of all ages to gather in a relaxed community of friends, celebrating the sacred Eucharist as we go. We will begin in the School Chapel and enjoy ‘Travelling Church’ … we will celebrate communion in the Sisters’ Chapel, then back to the Barley Sugar Garden for morning tea.
Dadirri Prayer Spaces – open for everyone
The Chapel will again be transformed for Term 4’s Prayer Spaces from Monday 5 – Friday 16 November. All are welcome to pop in at any time. There will be spaces to encourage reflection and response on Christmas, the St Margaret’s Way, Remembrance Day and the Drought. I’m sure a favourite space this term will be ‘Calming Cottage of Cuddles’ with all kinds of soft teddies and friends to enable some extra comfort where needed. If you have any questions, please call me on 3862 0716.
Special Services marking Milestones!
Over the coming weeks, the moments of ‘the end’ will be recognised through meals, parties but also sacred rites of liturgical practice. As an Anglican School we honour the journey through life’s moments with and through the sharing of the Eucharist, song, prayer and a fair bit of symbolic candle lighting!
Our Year 12 Boarders celebrated their final official Boarders’ Chapel on Thursday morning this week, enjoying the time together with their favourite hymns, followed by a breakfast.
Senior Students, with Years 6-11 and members of the wider community, will enjoy the Thanksgiving Service at St John’s Cathedral on Thursday 15 November at 10am.
Year 6 Girls will mark their conclusion of Primary school with their Final Chapel on Tuesday 27 November at 8:30am in the School Chapel.
And to mark not only the end of the school year, but the Season of Advent leading to Christmas, on Thursday 29 November at 9am in the Philip Harris Sports Centre, we will gather as a school community to celebrate, sing and worship together.
A Prayer for “Holding it all Together”!
God, I’m gathering the threads of my life, but something just keeps on unravelling!
Help me to gently gather the loose cords, the tired broken ends, and lovingly hold them.
Remind me not to tug too hard on those threads that might destroy the beauty and colours of the fabric of my being!
Most of all, help me to recognise those threads that need cutting, so I can be released from those things that are holding me back.
With every blessing on you and your week ahead!
The Reverend Canon Nicki Colledge
There are many important learning opportunities in the rich environment of a boarding house. Some of the most important lessons are provided by the Reverend Cannon Nicki Colledge during our Boarding House Chapels. Chapel is an important aspect of the Boarding House life and it is a time when we all come together to celebrate the wonderful opportunities that are provided at St Margaret’s. Faith, one of the School’s six core values, is integral to our boarding community.
A St Margaret’s girl welcomes and embraces all in sharing the Christian message, the spirit of love through example, compassion, hope and charity. She demonstrates her faith by service to those members of the wider community who need assistance.
This week in Boarding we celebrated the Year 12 Final Chapel. We acknowledge the contribution the Year 12 Boarders have made to our community and the way they have led the Boarding House throughout the year. This year, Isobel Waugh, Andrea Gilligan and Olivia Zappala were our Sacristans, and through this role exhibited the importance of faith in our community. These three girls have been outstanding leaders, in both the whole school and the Boarding House.
The Year 12 Final Boarder Chapel was the last time that all of the Year 12 girls come together with the rest of the Boarding House and it was a time for us all to reflect on the positive impact that the Year 12 Boarding cohort has had on our community.
Year 12 – The final weeks
It is that time of year again when the Year 12s begin to count down the days to their final assembly and each school event is labelled as their last. This is a significant milestone and it is one that deserves a Valedictory Week of celebration to mark the end of 13 years of schooling. Of course, there is the last exam block to conquer next week with the same degree of purpose and determination as was required during the last two years. However, in these final weeks of Secondary schooling it is important for the girls to think about their own journey through schooling, the goals they have personally persevered at and stand back and be proud of what they have accomplished.
The word ’journey’ is commonly used to identify a period of growth, and in this instance, I think it is fitting to reflect on the journey of schooling. There is no doubt that the academic, social and emotional story for each of the Year 12s would sound quite different, yet there would be moments in all of their tales that would highlight times they have been inspired, challenged, excited and also frustrated and maybe upset. Through these times, students might recall the support of their family, a gentle hug or words of encouragement in getting an assignment completed, asking for some advice on a complicated maths problem only to realise that Mum and Dad had no idea, nightly phone calls home for the Boarders or just the regular drop-offs and pick-ups Mum and Dad have provided.
Just as significant are all the teachers and school support staff, who have helped the girls achieve their goals. There will be memories of a teacher who has given some extra words of encouragement to get through an assessment, of the friendships formed on camps and excursions and the welcoming atmosphere of a morning coffee at M’s Café. The people who have helped create these moments also feel a great deal of pride, joy and triumph when they see your daughters graduate in a couple of weeks. They have looked after and over the girls during their long or short time at school and I would like to encourage your daughters to remember the moments that mattered and take time to thank a teacher or school support staff member who has made a difference in their life at St Margaret’s.
I am proud of each of the Year 12s achievements over the past year, their various successes in a wide range of pursuits from the great scholarly achievements, to the cultural pursuits of performance and music through to sport. Now, we look forward to hearing about the next stage of their lives.
I have a confession to make; as a teacher, one of the things I dread most is handing back assessment to students. It sounds silly now that I have written it down, I mean, I only literally have to hand the paper to the students whose name is at the top. But I know how disheartening this act can be. Assessment results are inherently linked to many outcomes in education, such as final results when you finish school, academic awards, GPA’s and reports.
Through my role as Dean of Studies and as a teacher, I spend time with girls discussing their progress results. It is becoming concerning to me as an educator that all too often the grade or result is this sole motivator for the students learning. This intense focus on the all-important result is distracting and devaluing what the student should be actually caring about: the learning and the skills. The grading of students is a necessity in the education system and much has been written about assessment and its importance. However, it is through the Continuous Reporting process we are endeavoring to switch the focus for the girls.
The Continuous Reporting process asks teachers to mark and write an individual comment to each student giving feedback on what they did well, what they didn’t do and ways to improve focusing on the process and skills of learning.
So, as the girls move towards the end of year assessment rush, remind them to go back to teacher feedback and their goals to guide their approach to study.
Years 9 and 10 Study Hall
The Years 9 and 10 girls will again have Study Hall and Exam Block on Friday 9 November and Monday 12 November. The aim of these days is to assist them to learn valuable study skills as they move toward preparing for the external exam process in their senior years of schooling.
On these days the Year 9 girls will complete their Maths - Round One and History Exams, while the Year 10 girls will complete their Science and History Exams. Alongside these exams the girls will be provided with the time to practice good study and revision habits. During the non-exam time the girls have the chance to meet with teachers to ask questions and check for understanding as they go over concepts for their upcoming assessments. The timetable has been split into times when the girls can work with teachers and small groups, as well as quiet study time. Each girl has been encouraged to devise a study plan for the two days to assist them to manage their time effectively.
We hope these days will provide the girls with valuable time and lessons about how to prepare for exams, as well as provide us with feedback to continue to support the girls on their journey.
Supervised Study Sessions
Supervised Study Sessions continue to be held each Monday to Thursday in the Library, from 5:00-7:30pm. As we are coming into the busy time for this program, can I please remind all parents who intend to use this service for their daughters to book sessions via FlexiSchools. The program each night only has a capacity to enrol 25 girls, so if your daughter turns up and is not booked in she will not be able to stay.
Please note, the Supervised Study Session will not run on Tuesday 13 November due to Speech Night.
Free Dress Day
This Friday 2 November is Free Dress Day. Students are requested to bring $2, with proceeds going to the Archbishop’s Drought Appeal. Please see below the School’s expectations of students regarding Free Dress Day.
All students are expected to dress appropriately. This means:
Students are not permitted to wear a mix of free dress day attire with the school uniform. The school asks parents to support the School’s expectations.
As we progress through Term 4, the rituals and celebrations associated with the end of the year are well underway.
Year 3 Camp
In Week 2, the Year 3 girls headed off to the Sunshine Coast and for the first time they stayed overnight at a campsite. At the camp, the girls participated in a variety of outdoor activities. It started with a visit to Australia Zoo, followed by beach activities and in the evening, camp fire activities.
I was very impressed with the girls’ enthusiasm and involvement as they participated in bush skills and games. Thank you to Lauren Richards for her organisation and also to Melissa Garbutt, Nicole Jonathan and Morgan Rowe for their support of the girls throughout the camp.
Whilst this camp is the last one for the year, it marks the beginning of our sequential, structured program that runs from Years 3 to 6, with each year’s program building on the previous year/years’ program. The common thread for each year’s programs is respect and responsibility for self, others and the natural world: that is, a person values, respects, cares for and takes responsibility for herself, other people and takes responsibility for the natural world.
The final team sport competition for Andrews Cup was held last week. We had over 50 teams compete in the Andrews Cup Softball competition. Congratulations to B Grade for placing 3rd and continuing the School’s run of achieving a trophy and/or pennant at every Andrews Cup competition thus far. The final sport for the year will be the individual sport, Gymnastics. We wish the girls in the team good luck for next week. The Softball competition is not only a big day for the girls but also for our staff as St Margaret’s hosts the sport.
Thank you to Morgan Rowe for her organisation and planning for the hosting of this event. Thank you to Lauren Richards, Suzy Edwards, Kylie Briggs and Karrie House who coached and Georgina Stevenson who helped out on the day. Thank you to Year 6 girls: Annabel Devereaux, Grace Turnbull, Margaret (Meg) Taylor, Lucinda Templeton, Brianna Higgins, Sophie Renaut, Skye Clifford, Mia Easton, Sienna Kendall and Piper O’Brien who assisted on the day and were fabulous ambassadors for the school.
Last Thursday, over 50 new students joined our current students to experience their year level for 2019. Once the girls settled into their new year level, the day commenced with data collection activities. Students in their 2019 Year level participated in these activities. Prep and Years 1 and 2 teachers collected individual data. Other year levels underwent different standardised assessments: Years 4 and 6 with our teachers, students in Years 3 and 5 completed assessments administered by outside providers. Data collected on all students will help inform differentiated planning for 2019. These data collecting activities were followed by activities which will support the girls in getting to know each other and the school.
I enjoyed meeting many of the new parents before and after my presentation. I shared with these parents the holistic education we provide at St Margaret’s. Thank you to the class parent representatives who made themselves available to meet and mingle with new parents. It certainly contributed to our sense of community.
This day concluded with a new initiative for parents and students, Open Classroom. This afternoon offered girls the opportunity to share their work with their parents and engage in learning conversations with them. It was wonderful to see the girls talking about what they have learned, what they need to work on and confidently owning their learning. Thank you to the classroom teachers for supporting the girls in their preparation for open classroom.
Day for Daniel
The week concluded with an Assembly to acknowledge ‘Day for Daniel’. This day is Australia’s largest national day of action to raise awareness of child safety, protection and prevention. It is held on the last Friday of October every year and honours the memory of Daniel Morcombe. The theme of the day is to wear Red and Educate. Parents, carers and educators are asked to start a conversation with children and young people about personal safety. On Friday, we started a conversation where we talked about the key child safety message for children to Recognise, React and Report if they don’t feel safe. I would encourage parents to continue this safety message. Thank you to the Student Representative Council for presenting this Assembly.
Friday 2 November: Free Dress Day
Friday 2 November: Second Hand Clothing Stall
Saturday 3 November: St Mark’s Arts Festival - Chorale performing
Sunday 4 November: Young Families’ Service
Wednesday 7 November: Years 2-4 Speech and Drama Eisteddfod
Thursday 8 November: Pre-Prep Orientation morning
Thank you to Saxophone Ensemble
Thank you to the Saxophone Ensemble for their performance in the Barley Sugar Garden last Friday morning tea. The girls performed a fun set of music which was enjoyed by all. Thank you to Dr Olin for her support in organising these performances. These are great opportunities for our small ensembles to perform in an informal setting.
Thank you to Beath Quartet
Thank you to the Beath Quartet for the musical contribution provided at last week’s Primary Eucharist service. It was beautifully presented and appreciated by all attending.
Congratulations to all students who performed at the Private Music Students’ Recital
Twenty students from Year 1 through to Year 11 performed at the Private Music Students’ Recital held on Wednesday afternoon in the Arts Centre Foyer. These recitals are great opportunities for students to develop confidence in performing in front of an audience. All girls gave wonderful performances and are to be congratulated on their efforts.
Stage Band Performance at Music Fest
On Friday 2 November, Stage Band will be competing in Music Fest to be held at Calamvale Community College Performing Arts, 11 Hamish Street, Calamvale. 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. All are welcome to attend. A letter with further details is provided here (PDF 126KB).
Primary Chorale Performance at St Mark’s Anglican Church
Primary Chorale has been invited to perform at the St Mark’s Anglican Church Arts Festival on Saturday 3 November at 6:30pm (corner of Bonney Avenue and Bellevue Terrace, Clayfield). This is a wonderful opportunity for our girls to perform in the local community. Please feel free to come along and support this event. Further information is provided here (PDF 171.6KB).
Music Dinner will be held next week on Friday 9 November, 6-9:30pm 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 ‘The Golden Age of Hollywood’. Music Dinner is open to students in Years 6-12 who have been involved in the following Co-curricular ensembles for the whole year: Amati Strings, Beath String Quartet, Stradivari Strings, Chamber Strings, Sculthorpe String Quartet, Belle Voci, Primary Chorale, Elevarsi Voices, Encorah, Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony, Flute Ensemble, Clarinet Ensemble, Saxophone Ensemble, Elayne Jones Percussion Ensemble, Regale Percussion Ensemble, Highly Strung, Senior Rock Band, Junior Rock Band and Stage Band. 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 the end of this week (4pm, Sunday 4 November), as Flexischools will be unavailable after this time. Please be mindful there is a capped number and tickets are selling fast! Please find attached a letter (PDF 243.8KB) from the President of the Music Support Group with further details.
Congratulations to all students who gave performance presentations during Week 4. It has been wonderful to listen to girls warming up in the Sister Helen Orchestra Room in preparation for the presentations, and also to see the smiles on their faces once they were completed, having achieved another milestone in their musical education. These presentations are continuing to assist in building a stronger culture of practice. Written feedback from the presentation will be provided to students and parents at the end of the term.
Music Support Group
The next Music Support Group meeting will be the Annual General Meeting to be held on Tuesday 27 November at 5:00pm in the Primary Music Room. 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 Year 10 and Senior Badminton teams. The first week of competition was held on Saturday 27 October. Enthusiasm and motivation was ever present and it was fantastic to see many girls get involved in this growing sport. Well done to all girls on their results.
Snr A: 10th
Snr B: 9th
The second week of competition will involve the Years 7, 8 and 9 teams on Saturday 3 November. For further information, please visit the Badminton POD page. Good luck to all teams.
Our Years 7 and 8 teams were in action on Tuesday 30 October. All teams are to be congratulated for their focus, effort and sportsmanship displayed on the first day of competition, resulting in all teams winning 1 out of 2 games. 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 Thursday 25 to Sunday 28 October. To compete at this level is a huge achievement by all, with a number of girls having outstanding results including:
Knowles Cup Tennis
Knowles Cup Tennis has been a mixed bag for the first three weeks. Following the rained out first week, the girls have been slogging it out over two very warm weekends. The Junior, Intermediate and Open A and B teams have played well despite the weather. There was some very strong competition from Somerville House and Stuartholme on Saturday 20 October, followed by Lourdes Hill and All Hallows on Saturday 27 October. With the current win/loss record, our Open A and Intermediate teams could have a chance at playing the Finals. We look forward to playing Fairholme College and Glennie in Toowoomba this weekend and the outcome for finals. Good luck girls.
Many thanks to the Tennis Support Group who have assisted with our home games, continuing to draw in the crowds with the sausage sizzles and morning and afternoon teas.
Touch Football, Cross Country and Athletics Support Group AGM
The Touch Football, Cross Country and Athletics Support Group invites all interested parents to the Annual General Meeting to be held on Thursday 8 November, 6pm in the Year 7 Precinct.
We are delighted to announce that auditions have been completed and rehearsals are now underway for the 2019 Musical, The Addams Family. We congratulate those students who were successful in attaining a Lead Role as well as being cast in the Chorus. For those students keen to still be involved, we will be seeking interest to be in the Backstage or Hair and Make-up Crew early next year. Mr King will also be advising students of the process for being part of the Musical Orchestra.
The Musical will be held on Thursday 21, Friday 22 and Saturday 23 March 2019 at the Roundhouse Theatre (La Boite). We look forward to sharing, what we are sure will be an outstanding production, with the school community.
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 2019 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 School website.
If you would like to enrol your daughter in Speech and Drama for 2019, 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 2019, please email your daughter’s teacher or firstname.lastname@example.org.
New enrolments or cancellation of current enrolments are required by Monday 26 November 2018.
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 2019 will commence in Week 2 of Term 1. We are looking forward to another exciting year of cultivating confident, capable communicators.
The 2019 booklists for all Primary and Secondary students are now available on the St Margaret’s website (Admissions/School Supplies Shop). The booklists can be printed from the website. Paper copies will not be given out to students at school. The booklist also contains information for ordering, payment and delivery options.
For Secondary students, the Sustainable School Shop offers a second-hand textbook trading system. Please click here to register. Registration is free for all St Margaret families.
Church dress hire for Speech Night – Tuesday 13 November 2018
The hire of Church dresses will commence from Wednesday 31 October 2018. Before fitting, a completed and signed form (Hire Conditions of Church Dress) is to be returned to the School Supplies Shop, together with a deposit of $100. This form is available on the St Margaret’s website, as well as from the School Supplies Shop.
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, as is a white ribbon for $1.
The return date of the Church dress for all students, except Year 6, is no later than Monday 19 November 2018. Year 6 students must be return their Church dress no later than Thursday 29 December 2018. All Church dresses must be laundered, ironed and returned as per the ‘Hire Conditions’ for an amount of $70 to be refunded.
Second hand Uniforms
The Supplies Shop offers a selection of second hand uniforms when stock is available.
If you would like to sell your uniforms or bags to the School Supplies Shop, please note:
School Supplies Shop Extended Trading Hours
Thursday 29 November 2019 - 8am-2pm
Friday 30 November 2019 - 10am-2pm
The School Supplies Shop closes on Friday 30 November 2018 and re-opens Monday 21 January 2019
A numbering system for ALL purchases will operate during the January 2019 trading hours. All parents and students wishing to purchase from the School Supplies Shop will be required to take a number and wait to be attended to.
Monday 21 January 2019 - 9am-2pm
Tuesday 22 January 2019 - 9am-2pm
Wednesday 23 January 2019 - 9am-2pm
Thursday 24 January 2019 - 9am-2pm
Friday 25 January 2019 - 9am-2pm
Saturday 26 January 2019 - CLOSED
Sunday 27 January 2019 - CLOSED
Monday 28 January 2019 - 9am-12 midday, all welcome
(Australia Day Public Holiday) 1pm-5pm – Boarders only
Normal Trading Hours Resume from Friday 1 February 2019:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8am-2pm
Public Holidays Closed
Enquiries: St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School, School Supplies Shop
Phone: 07 3862 0776
At St Margaret’s we are fortunate to have approximately 50 international students as part of our school community. Although many of these students live in Boarding or with family members here in Australia, we also have some living with supportive and caring homestay families. International Student Care Australia (ISCA) assists us in providing these homes and they are currently looking for more families who are willing to host international students in their homes.
Please click here (PDF 175.1KB) for further information and ISCA’s contact details.
The St Margaret’s Parents and Friends Association has established a strong tradition of giving back to the school through its social and fundraising activities and is comprised of an active group of parents within the school. The Association is responsible for organising an array of events, which not only benefit the students (through fundraising), but also lead to considerable camaraderie amongst parents and friends of St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School.
Save the Date - P&F Mothers’ Luncheon 2019
Please save the date for the 2019 Mothers Luncheon:
When: Friday 1 March 2019
Where: Hotel Grand Chancellor, 23 Leichardt Street, Brisbane
Tickets will be on sale via Flexischools early 2019.
All Event Dates for 2019
P&F General Meetings
The P&F invites the school community to share views and ideas, at the General Meetings, held in the Arts Centre Foyer from 6:30pm on the following dates:
Advertise your business in our 2019 Family Directory
This A5 full colour booklet is a frequent ‘go to’ reference for school parents throughout the year. Full of valuable school information such as staff contact details, the 2019 school calendar, sports venue locations, bell times, parent contact details and much more.
Our advertising prices remain unchanged from last year with full colour advertisements starting from as low as $125.00, for an Eight Block, up to $1,000 for a full page.
We have limited advertising space available on both the inside front and inside back covers, half page below the table of contents and, for the first time, on the back cover of the directory. If you are interested in securing one of these prime positions, please contact the Development Office to discuss.
For standard advertising options and pricing information, please click here (PDF 117KB).
For any enquiries, please contact the Development and Community Office on Phone: 07 3862 0765 or Email: email@example.com.
Old Girls’ Association AGM
The Old Girls’ Association Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 27 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.
Professional Women’s Network
Our Professional Women’s Network events program for 2019 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.
More information can be found on the Careers page of the POD.
Women in Defence Challenge Yourself Experience, 8-9 November 2018
Defence Force Recruiting have places available for female students ages 16 years and above to attend our overnight Challenge Yourself Experience. If you are interested, please email Ms Johnston for application forms and further details. Applications close COB Monday 5th November 2018.
Australian National University: Introduction to Actuarial Science
The Australian National University (ANU) is running a special version of Introduction to Actuarial Science course for Years 11 and 12 students in Australia within Term 4 2018 to Term 1 2019. For more information click here
Australian Catholic University Know Your Options Information session for Year 12 students
ACU Brisbane Campus, 1100 Nudgee Road, Banyo
Saturday 15 December, 2-4pm REGISTER TO ATTEND
Changes to entry for Medicine, Dentistry courses at Australian universities
UMAT Admissions Test will be replaced by University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) in 2019. For more information about the new test, including testing dates and format visit: https://www.ucatofficial.com/
Preparing for UCAT
You can find the official preparation materials at: https://www.ucatofficial.com/ucat-anz/preparation
Uncovering the UCAT Medview Crimson Education
Cost: FREE, but registrations are essential. Click to register: bit.ly/UCATBrisbane
A Day in the Life of a Doctor
Date: Saturday 17 November 2018
Location: The University of Queensland, St Lucia, Brisbane, Queensland
Registrations are essential: Click here to register
Medicine Interview Taster
Interested? Register today! Places are strictly limited to 20 students in each city.
University of the Sunshine Coast
For students who aren't 100 percent sure about going to university, USC offers a selection of diplomas across Science and Technology, Business Innovation, Social and Human Services, and Creative Industries. Go to https://www.usc.edu.au/pathwaydiplomas for more information.
UQ College University Prerequisite Course - apply now
Four-week intensive program to assist any student that requires a prerequisite subject for their desired tertiary program in the QTAC January Major Offer Round. (Mathematics B, Biology or Chemistry) from Tuesday 20 November - Saturday 15 December. Discover more here.
Queensland Mathematics Summer School - register now
The Queensland Mathematics Summer School at UQ (QMSS) is a five-day program from Monday 21 - Friday 25 January 2019 for mathematically talented Year 10 students planning to study Year 11 Mathematical Methods and Specialist Mathematics in 2019. Discover more here.
Make your university experience easier and more affordable with the support of a scholarship: https://scholarships.uq.edu.au/
Explore scholarship options and apply online at griffith.edu.au/scholarships
Students considering QUT in 2019 should explore scholarships now. Opportunities include the Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarships for academic, sporting and creative excellence, and business scholarships with corporate partners, honours programs, academic excellence and Indigenous scholarships.
QUT STEM Camp 2019
60 students. 5 days. 10 real world problems to help solve. Held over the September school holidays, STEM Camp offered 160 high-achieving Year 11 students.
Australian Catholic University (ACU)
Elite Athlete and Performer Program (EAPP) applications close on 4 December. Head here for more information.
ACU - Apply now for 2019 scholarships
Explore our scholarships.
Reminder: Non-Academic Requirements for Teaching Entrance (NARTE)
Further information is available at: https://www.qtac.edu.au/courses---institutions/teacher-entry
QTAC Documentation: Key Dates https://www.qtac.edu.au/key-dates-fees
October QTAC supporting documentation should be completed
16 November: QTAC 1st round offer Year 12
15 December: OPs released
15 December: ACU Know your Options information session, 2-4pm
17 December: OP Advice Night UQ Centre, St Lucia campus 4-7pm
18 December: QUT Real Decisions, Gardens Point campus
20 December: QTAC offer round
8 January: 4:30pm, Last day to change preferences for 16 January offer round
16 January: QTAC offer round
25 January: QTAC ‘top up’ offer round
31 January: QTAC ‘top up’ offer round
5 February onwards: QTAC ongoing offer rounds
Other dates are available: https://www.qtac.edu.au/key-dates-fees
For more information about interstate key dates:
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