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Last week, St Margaret’s was honoured with The Educator’s Innovative Schools Award. This was awarded for the development, under the leadership of Nicole Devlin, Dean of Studies, of St Margaret’s Plus (StM+), which records skills students develop through participation in the extra-curricular program. It is affirming to receive this sort of recognition for our work which is still in its infancy.
StM+ provides a summary of activities that maps the skills students have learnt outside/alongside the academic program. It provides each student with a Spider Graph of the skills they have developed and areas that need to be developed across Years 10, 11, 12. The use of an online platform draws together the activities and the associated skills to create the overview, which is drawn predominately from the School’s extra-curricular and philanthropic programs. Students can also add activities they have completed as individuals.
The resulting schedule outlines and maps students against six skills:
Another year of Senior students have walked through the gates of St Margaret’s as students for the last time. Although the Year 12s rejoice over the fact they are leaving, they are wary of leaving the security of St Margaret’s and have sought reassurance from their teachers with the question: ‘Will you miss us?’. Of course, we will miss them, but for the staff at St Margaret’s their departure is accompanied by a certain satisfaction which says, ‘our work here is done’; ‘we have done our best to work in partnership with you and your parents to shape you for the inevitable “shipping out”’.
This week has been a week full of ‘rites of passage’ marking the Year 12 transition from school to the next phase of their life’s journey. We marked their final assembly on Monday, following it with a luncheon in their honour; their achievements were showcased at Speech Night on Tuesday evening; we organised a Year 12 only excursion on Wednesday; hosted the final Boarders’ Dinner on Wednesday evening; celebrated at the Thanksgiving Service at St John’s Cathedral on Thursday and say goodbye at the Valedictory Dinner that evening. Friday sees a last breakfast with families and a very brief ‘last call of the roll’ at an assembly.
These are wonderful, celebratory events focused on the Year 12s and this important milestone in their lives; this ‘sliding door’ moment. It is a time of appreciation – from the staff who have enjoyed teaching them and from the students for the quality of their education and the relationships that have been formed.
This week, we hosted out 122nd Annual Speech Night. It was a fabulous night that recognised the achievements of our students in 2019. On the evening, our school captains, Isabella Corby-Bakkelund and Ella Leavey presented an inspiring speech to everyone. It was interwoven with stories of our students and what they have achieved this year. I am pleased that Isabella and Ella have let me share their speech with our school community in my article this week.
Upon Ella and my induction as student leaders, we considered who we wanted to be as captains of the school, not just as leaders but as students. We started with considering what we loved most about St Margaret’s, which, by this point, had become a second home to us.
The beauty of the St Margaret’s community lies in its values, not because we are told or forced to embody them, but because it already exists within each student, from Year 7 to 12, waiting to be cultivated; courage, passion, respect, faith, integrity and spirit. These are our everyday at St Margaret’s, they in the Avoca hallways, within the Boarding House walls, the sporting fields, the classrooms, M’s Café, everywhere.
We began by considering our own St Margaret’s cohort, the wonderful girls who have shared with us in every high and low. As Year 12s, it becomes our responsibility to assume our position as role models for the community, from the uniforms we wear to the matter with which we speak and conduct ourselves. The Year 12s fell together naturally this year. From some of our most significant milestones to the most trying periods of our young lives, we did so as a cohort, a collective, a group with a common goal.
When our prefect body began brainstorming our theme for the year, we did so with an understanding and an appreciation for the close-knit group whom we, as prefects, represented. Our yearly theme, ‘Unite the Flight’ is in many respects an homage to our cohort and to past senior groups who have inspired a sense of pride through their unyielding friendship.
Ella and I are so lucky to come from a grade of such wonderful peers. Our fellow student leaders, who have inspired us to do better in our roles, to our classmates, and our friends. The sense of loyalty and unanimous experience that moved us to replicate this through the remainder of the student body. And we already had nearly 90 examples to help get us there.
We began with the small communities that exists within the school. During the day, we mostly remain segregated by grades, but it was through the small communities within the student body, where grades mingle. It was here that Ella and I watched the closeness of the Year 12s trickle through the remainder of the school. Within Ella and my own extra-curriculars we watched communities form. Though we can only talk about our own extra-curriculars, there’s been something quite spectacular in the close groups formed through this year. As students predominately involved in music, I think the musical was a prime example of this. A huge group of girls across all cohorts who join and form something in a matter of weeks. Girls weren’t left in cohorts, it was a community. And even where that community was separated into groups, it was a collective nonetheless.
We also believe that there is something special in creating unity within the whole school. When I joined St Margaret’s in Year 2, I was amazed by the bond between the staff, the students and the wider school community and I have been fortunate enough to see this continue to strengthen over the years. This has culminated with the school growing to over 1000 students this year and we have found further ways to develop this unity and continue to acknowledge the importance it plays throughout our school community. Events such as St Margaret’s Way Week, staff versus students sporting games, Valentine’s Day and sporting achievements were all times that allowed the school to come together and support each other. In particular, St Margaret’s Way Week was a chance for all girls and staff to recognise and celebrate the wonderful environment we have to thrive in. As part of Way Week this year, we launched an initiative known as the ribbon effect to emphasise the 3 key pillars of positivity and gratitude, appreciation and alignment and accountability. Each morning, we encouraged every girl and staff member to write on a piece of ribbon something that related to one of these key pillars. This may have been what they were grateful for that day or what they were doing to make sure everyone around them felt included at school. These ribbons were then tied to both the Primary and Secondary school fences as a long-lasting reminder of the importance of the School’s ethos and values.
The school would not be where it is today without the constant support of our wider school community. We cannot express our appreciation enough for the current and past parents and staff, old girls, grandparents, friends and families. We are fortunate enough to be continuing a long legacy and we are always inspired by the girls who have come before us, especially by those who are pursuing philanthropic, cultural, sporting and academic successes. Arguably, one of the largest annual events that demonstrates the pride our community has in the school is the Ponytail Project. American Indigenous rights leader Wilma Mankiller once said, “The most fulfilled people are those who get up every morning and stand for something larger than themselves”. Although this event is not a daily occurrence, this quote still encapsulates the feeling we both, and many others have felt throughout the year. The Ponytail Project is dedicated to a cause much bigger than any of us and yet it is something so close to all of our hearts. In the weeks leading up to and on the day, it was amazing to see so many members of our community stand for something larger than themselves, whether it was by making a donation, deciding to chop their hair, participating in crazy hair day or simply supporting their friends or daughters on the day. We were also humbled by the support we received from the staff with 5 of our wonderful teachers also cutting their hair. This event embodies all the best parts of our school and our venture to improve the lives of those in need and culminated in us raising a total of $96,743.
Finally, we would like to say thank you to everyone who has been part of St Margaret’s this year for allowing us the opportunity to lead such an incredible and unique community. We will greatly miss being a part of the school environment next year but are very much looking forward to continuing our involvement as the newest old girls. To the staff, we thank you for your guidance and undying support during our time at school, you have helped to shape us into the empowered and independent women we are today. To our parents, we cannot begin to express our gratitude for giving us the opportunity to be part of this community. You are our greatest role models; most fierce supporters and your unconditional love does not go unnoticed. To the current year 11s, we wish you every success next year and would encourage you to take every opportunity that comes your way. This year can be the best year of your life, but it is short and sweet so make the most it. To the graduating class, thank you. Thank you for supporting us as leaders in every venture we pursued and committing to this year with everything you had. You will never understand the pivotal role each and every one of you made in making this year the most unforgettable yet. When we finally depart the gates of St Margaret’s for that last time, please remember that unlike school, life has no timeline, success is a journey and not a destination. Congratulations to the class of 2019, may you continue your pursuit to excellence.
This is the time of year when we are very mindful of change and transition. We are particularly mindful of the Year 12 cohort as they prepare to leave St Margaret’s. However, every student at our school is facing change as they move from one grade to the next, face new teachers and new situations.
When I think of change and transition there are two sources I go to for wisdom. The first is Ecclesiastes from the Bible and the second, author William Bridges who has written much about change and transition.
Ecclesiastes speaks about everything having a season:
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to throw away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.”
Williams Bridges looks at transition this way; there are “endings” or the “past,” then we move to the “neutral zone", then finally there is the “future".
It is important that we support our students as they move through their time of transition. We can talk to them about what it will feel like as they let go of the old ways, where everything felt certain. We also need to let them know that they will move through a time of ambiguity, where they may want to go back to the “good old days” where everything felt safe and secure. We need to find ways to support them as they embrace a new phase of life.
We tend to fear endings, yet we know when we face something new it usually means something must end. Within the church, we usually acknowledge endings through ritual. St Margaret’s has beautifully acknowledged and marked in many ways the end of our Year 12’s schooling, through final assemblies, the Thanksgiving Service and the Valedictory Dinner, to name just a few. We wish our 2019 Year 12 students every blessing for their future.
During the holidays it would be good to discuss with your children what the New Year will bring. What are their hopes and dreams? What are they looking forward to? What are they not looking forward to? Remind them that “There is a season for everything.”
Reverend Susan Crothers-Robertson
For the third year running, St Margaret’s hosted the High School Campdraft Percentile Cup at Pittsworth. This event was the brainchild of Year 11 Boarder, Emily Curr who has been the main organiser since its inception in 2017. Held at the Pittsworth Show Grounds, the Campdraft provided the students with the opportunity to showcase their talents while competing in the many different events, with both individual and team points on the line.
Twenty-seven schools from Queensland and New South Wales participated at Campdraft, with St Margaret’s placing fourth overall. Notable performances from St Margaret’s Boarders included Primrose Carrigan making it to the final riding Better Acres and placing 23rd overall. Participants were required to score in both rounds on the same horse to make the final. Jahna Day won the top cut out in the second round on Clifford with a cut out score of 24.
Thank you to Ms Ros Curtis for travelling to the Campdraft to officially open the competition and to Emily Curr for the many hours of time she, and her committee, have put into the organisation of the event.
At St Margaret’s, we have a structured program of academic advising to provide the students with academic and pastoral support throughout Years 9-12. The nature of this support might be to inform, suggest, counsel, direct, coach, mentor or even teach the girls knowledge and skills that will help them become better learners. With their Academic Advisors, the girls set goals for themselves at the start of each unit or semester and it is important to take the time to reflect on their achievements and challenges.
To support this program, I meet with each Year 11 and 12 student to discuss their academic achievement, goals and challenges and draw on feedback from their Academic Advisors and teachers and results to assist their goal setting and identify actions to improve their academic performance. This term, I have begun to meet individually with the Year 11 students and these meetings will continue in early 2020.
The focus of these meetings is on the concept of improvement. We should expect ourselves to improve throughout the year, regardless of our age. For Year 11 students, Terms 1-3 was a rehearsal for Unit 3 and 4 so it is important to identify area for growth and where effort needs to be improved. Setting goals with the girls is about focusing on what they need to do, rather than on the marks they would like to achieve. And while we might think the recipe for success is locked up in a little black box, it is quite simple – persistent effort, a resilient approach and an effective approach to studying.
Throughout this year we have hosted Pre-Service teachers from the Queensland University of Technology who have completed elements of their education degree through practical experiences in our classrooms. Our commitment as a school to this program is important as we value the opportunity to have Pre-Service teachers in our school to learn from, as well as them learn from our professional staff. Thank you to the supervising teachers who have offered their time and classroom to help develop the teachers of the future.
2019 saw this partnership strengthened with St Margaret’s offering a final year student from QUT the “Born to Fly Scholarship”. This is an opportunity for us as an educational institution to give back to our profession. The partnership with the Queensland University of Technology enables us to provide a student with the opportunity to immerse themselves into a school community and experience the myriad of roles a teacher plays in the school setting.
This year, the scholarship recipient was Claudia Amouzandeh who has been working in the Science and Technology Faculty. This scholarship has provided Claudia with many opportunities from writing assessments and units of work, reporting and learning the new QCE system, as well as the opportunity to attend camps and be a part of the Extra Curricular life of the school while completing her final year of her education degree. I would like to acknowledge the work Claudia has done in 2019 and wish her all the best for her career as a teacher. The Science and Technology Faculty have enjoyed having her as part of their faculty and have noted her enthusiasm to learn and develop her skills as an educator.
In 2020, we will welcome another “Born to Fly” Scholarship recipient as we continue this productive relationship with QUT.
As Valedictory Week draws to a close, I would like to congratulate the graduating class of 2019. The girls have enjoyed a fabulous week full of thank-yous and farewells. I wish the girls every success in their future endeavours.
As part of our final Year 12 assembly this week it was an honour to announce the 2019 recipients of the Australian Defence Force Long Tan Awards, Emily Woods (Year 12) and Paige Bastian (Year 10). The awards are presented to students each year in many Australian Secondary Schools, in remembrance of the soldiers who died at the then South Vietnamese Village of Long Tan in 1968. The students are selected based on the following attributes:
During the assembly, students were awarded their Diploma of Business and Diploma of Project Management. This is an outstanding achievement for these St Margaret’s students who have graduated from these courses, which have been offered ‘in house’ and facilitated by Barrington and Management Frontline.
Finally, the school year finishes on Thursday 28 November at 3pm and students will be engaged in learning and assessment until this date. We strongly urge parents to resist requests from their daughters to depart early. If an early departure is unavoidable due to extenuating circumstances, please advise the school in writing via email@example.com as early as possible.
“We rise by lifting others.”
When our giant Christmas tree goes up in the Atrium, it is not only a sign that Christmas is on its way, but the school year is ending, and a busy time is ahead of us. However, it is also a time to reflect on how our lives are blessed with loving families and friends and we have access to all that we need. Term 4 Service-Learning Projects are a reminder and a way to act altruistically. Last week, Year 3 students conducted a ‘thank you’ morning tea for all adult helpers. By serving others, they were rewarded with personal satisfaction.
Prep to Year 2 and Year 5 students each visit a retirement home to spend time with the residents.
The Year 4 girls planned and enacted a “Gift of Giving”. Each girl gave her time to a person in the community. They shared the details of the impact of this activity with their class mates through an oral presentation.
Every year in Term 4, the Year 6 girls undertake an investigative project to help others. This year, their chosen charity is Zephyr which helps children affected by domestic violence get back to school. The project was not just about asking and receiving donations (550 toiletries, 588 undies, 87 lunchboxes, drink bottles) but planning ways to promote giving donations.
The Year 6 girls shared what they learnt from the Cornerstone Project: “we have developed empathy by thinking about those less fortunate than ourselves. We have learnt responsibility and organisation while planning different stages of the project. We have built collaboration skills while working together in committee groups.”
Half of the $10,000 collected for the spell-a-thon will also be donated to Zephyr. Thank you to everyone who supported the girls with the spell-a-thon, it was a win-win. The girls improved their spelling and we also raised funds for One Horizon, the charity we have supported over the years, in Nairobi, Kenya.
Alongside these projects it is also custom for the Primary School to support children in Foster Care at Christmas. We would like to invite families to donate a new toy for a child in foster care (age range from baby to teenagers). Toys can be bought to school unwrapped and taken to your child’s classroom, and they will be presented to the school during the Christmas Service.
On Thursday 28 November, the Student Representative Council students are raising money for the 2019 Primary School to have their own tile placed in the new sports precinct. Year levels will be requested to provide certain items to sell on the day. More information to follow.
The final Andrews Cup competition (Gymnastics) was held last week. The girls achieved wonderful results in this competition with A grade third, B Grade third, C1 second, C2 third and D1 third.
Also last week, we had girls compete in the Andrews Cup invitational Basketball competition. Congratulations to all girls for their efforts.
Friday 22 November: Prep-Year 4 Celebration in Eton Hall, 1:00pm
Tuesday 26 November: Year 6 Chapel Service and Morning Tea
Wednesday 27 November: Primary Activities Day
Thursday 28 November:
Last Day Term 4
Whole School Christmas Service
Music Dinner was held last Friday evening and was a wonderful celebration of the music students’ achievements throughout 2019. It was also a special opportunity to say thank you and farewell to our 2019 Music Seniors. Eton Hall was transformed with each table decorated according to the ‘Music Behind the Movies’ theme. Girls and parents also dressed according to the theme in some very creative costumes creating a fun atmosphere.
A very big thank you must go to Mrs Shannon Marshall, the Music Support Group and other parent helpers who went to enormous lengths to provide such a special evening for our music students. Thank you also the facilities and catering staff for their extraordinary efforts in supporting the St Margaret’s Music Program.
Congratulations to our students on the fantastic musical performances given at Speech Night held last Tuesday evening. Speech Night provides a special opportunity for the girls to showcase their talents within the amazing setting of the QPAC Concert Hall. Special thanks must go to our conductors for their hard work in preparing the girls for the event.
Auditions for Music Ensembles 2020
Auditions will be held in Week 7 for students wishing to participate in Music Ensembles in 2020. Audition music is available from the Sister Helen Orchestra Room. Audition times are as follows:
Monday 18 November
7:30-8:15am: Highly Strung Vocal Auditions in the Primary Music Room
10:25-10:50am: Highly Strung Auditions (guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, drumkit) in the Primary Music Room
3:30-4:30pm: Exultate Auditions (current Years 8-11), in SHOR
3:30-4:30pm: Rock Band Auditions for guitar, bass guitar, keyboard and vocals (current Years 9-11), in J002/003 - Mr Gillespie’s Room.
Tuesday 19 November
7:00-8:20am: String Auditions (current Primary students), in the Primary Music Room
7:00-8:20am: Band Auditions for woodwind/brass (current Primary students), in SHOR
1:05-1:50pm: String Auditions (current Secondary students), in SHOR
3:30-4:30pm: Chorale ‘Sing-through’ (current Years 3, 4 and 5), in the Primary Music Room
3:30-5:30pm: String Auditions (current Secondary students), in SHOR
Wednesday 20 November
1:05-1:50pm: Volare Auditions (current Years 6 and 7), in SHOR
1:05-1:50pm: Band Auditions for percussion/drums (current Secondary girls), in SHOR Percussion Room
3:30-5:30pm: Band Auditions for woodwind/brass (current Secondary girls), in SHOR
3:30-5:00pm: Band Auditions for percussion/drums (current Primary/Secondary girls), in SHOR Percussion Room
Thursday 21 November
7:00-8:20am: Band Auditions for woodwind/brass (current Primary/Secondary students), in SHOR
2020 Private Music Tuition
If your daughter is currently undertaking private music tuition, she will automatically be placed on her current teachers’ roll for 2020. Parents do not need to fill in a new application form. However, if your daughter is wanting to discontinue lessons in 2020, we ask that you please email directly to the Music Department at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the end of the school year.
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.
Knowles Cup Tennis
Knowles Cup Tennis was completed on Saturday 9 November with the semi-finals and finals played after four weeks of round matches. All schools in the competition were represented in the semi-finals with some very strong match-ups leading into the finals.
St Margaret’s Open A team was successful in reaching the finals after beating All Hallows’ by five games. Our Open A team progressed to the finals to compete against St Rita’s. After completion of the four doubles matches, all scores were even and at the end of the singles matches, St Margaret’s were Runners-up by a mere five games.
Congratulations to Isabel Vittone-Taylor, Gabriella Henzell, Camille Maunder and Charlotte Hood on their performances over the Knowles Cup competition. A further congratulations to Gabriella Henzell for winning the Marie Lepherd Trophies for both the Overall and Open A Grade Division. These trophies are awarded to the players who have the best for and against game averages across the competition rounds. Gabriella dropped only three games from five matches – a massive achievement.
Thanks go to all St Margaret’s players, our 2020 Captains for their support at the finals, parents and our coaches Beck Meares and Sam Riley.
Last week saw the close of the QGSSSA competition for Junior Softball. All girls are to be congratulated for their enthusiasm, effort and sportsmanship over the three days of competition. The overall placings are as follows: 7A – 4th, 8A – 9th, 9A – 6th. Many thanks must go to Coordinator, Ms Desley Upton, Teacher Assistant, Mrs Shirley Patton and the coaches for their efforts throughout the season.
Year 7 (2019) Come ‘N’ Try Rowing
Come ‘N’ Try Rowing will be held on Sunday 17 November and is an opportunity for current Year 7 students to try rowing and learn about what is involved in the sport of rowing at St Margaret’s. Please click here (PDF 247.6KB) for details.
I encourage all girls to get involved in the Swim Program this term and during the holidays to ensure they are ready for the swim season in Term 1 2020. St Margaret’s has a terrific record in the pool, having placed 3rd in the Aggregate Cup at this year’s QGSSSA and Runner-up in the Percentages Cup. This success comes from all girls being committed and dedicated to the St Margaret’s Swim team. Holiday Swimming training will take place at Nudgee College from Monday 2 December – Friday 13 December and Monday 13 January to Tuesday 21 January. For further information regarding holiday training, please visit the Swimming POD page.
All students are encouraged to attend the annual Swimming Camp on Wednesday 22 – Friday 24 January at The Southport School. This camp is an integral part of the Swim Program. To learn more about this camp, please visit the Swimming POD page and register via Flexischools.
Lily-Kate Charles (Year 11) for being selected as a shadow player for the Queensland Indoor Hockey team.
Chelsea Johnson (Year 9) and Emma Pickering (Year 9) for being selected in the 13-17 Years Metropolitan North Water Polo team and will contest the Queensland School Sport State Championships in April 2020.
Private Speech and Drama Performances
The year may be drawing rapidly to a close, but the Private Speech and Drama Program is in full swing with a range of end-of-year performances designed to showcase and celebrate what students have learnt throughout the year.
Congratulations to the Years 2, 3 and 4 Speech and Drama students who entertained and delighted their audience last Wednesday as they took to the stage as fairies, pirates, animals, princesses and a range of other colourful characters in their end-of-year plays.
Our Speech and Drama students in Years 5 to 10 are busily rehearsing for their performances at the upcoming Eisteddfods. These performances will be held in the Independent Learning Centre (off Circular Drive) and parents of performers are most welcome to join us.
Year 5 Speech and Drama Eisteddfod
Monday 25 November, 10:50am to approx. 3:00pm
Year 6 Speech and Drama Eisteddfod
Wednesday 27 November, 8:20am to approx. 12:10pm
Year 7 Speech and Drama Eisteddfod
Friday 22 November, 8:20am to approx. 12:45pm
Years 8 and 9 Speech and Drama Eisteddfod
Tuesday 26 November, 8:20am to approx.12:00pm
Year 10 Speech and Drama Eisteddfod
Monday 25 November, 8:20am to approx. 9:50am
For more information about these events, please contact email@example.com.
On Wednesday 6 November, St Margaret’s Enviro Committee members, Georgie Gaspar (Year 10) and Anna Martin (Year 10), attended the Brisbane City Council Student Environmental Leadership Network (SELN) Showcase at City Hall. SELN is a citywide student leadership program developed by Brisbane City Council to support environmental and sustainability action in schools.
During the showcase, participating schools displayed and discussed their individual projects and environmental initiatives which they developed across multiple workshop days. Georgie and Anna were supported by current Enviro Committee members Estella Caro (Year 10), Sophia Buys, Imogen Elliott, and Grace Reilly (Year 9). The students heard from Deputy Lord Mayor Krista Adams, Councillor Fiona Adams (Chair of the Environment, Parks and Sustainability Committee) and Sophie Rutter, a SELN alumni working to reduce single-use plastics on the UQ St Lucia campus. It has been a huge year for the St Margaret’s Enviro Committee as they lay the foundations for future projects in 2020 and beyond - watch this space!
Secondary Geography Teacher
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call Main Reception on 07 3862 0777.
There is just over a week 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)
St Margaret’s Outside School Hours Care: Vacation Care Program
December/January School Holiday Program - Bookings now open - secure your spot!
The school holidays are just around the corner and we can’t wait to show you the fun-filled and exciting activities we have planned for our December/January School Holiday Program. Further details of the program can be found here (PDF 808.2KB). Boys and girls, siblings, friends and family welcome!
Bookings for the St Margaret’s OSHC December/January School Holiday Program are now available. If you require care for the upcoming school holiday period, please return your booking form by 22 November 2019.
How do I book?
Complete the official booking form attached to the program. For further details, please email: email@example.com.
What is the cost?*
Early Bird Fees: $60 per day
Early Bird Bookings close: 15 November 2019
Fees: $65 per day*
*Incursions and excursions incur additional costs. These are compulsory for all students and therefore you are able to claim CCS.
SERVICE IS CLOSED: 20 December 2019 - 12 January 2020
What are the hours of operation?
The service is open from 7:00am until 6:00pm.
NEW LOCATION FOR THIS VACATION CARE ONLY: Wearin Room, Ground Level Avoca, St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School
How can I obtain more information?
If you would like further information regarding our OSHC Program or if you would like to make a booking, feel free to contact me on 0423 547 653 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
The return date for church dresses for all students, except Year 6, is no later than Friday 22 November 2019. Year 6 students must return their church dress 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: http://www.stmargarets.qld.edu.au/admissions/supplies-shop.
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: 1:00pm-5:00pm Boarders Only
Tuesday 28 January: Regular trading resumes
*Fitting appointment times may extend beyond shop opening hours during peak periods.
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
2020 Milestone Reunion Dates
We are pleased to announce the dates for our 2020 Milestone reunions:
10 Year Reunion – Class of 2010 – Friday 24 July
20 Year Reunion – Class of 2000 – Friday 24 July
30 Year Reunion – Class of 1990 – Friday 24 July
40 Year Reunion – Class of 1980 – Saturday 25 July
50 Year Reunion – Class of 1970 – Saturday 25 July
60 Year Reunion – Class of 1960 – Saturday 25 July
Chapel Service and Morning Tea – Sunday 26 July
60+ Year Reunion – Monday 27 July
Advertise your business in our 2020 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 2020 school calendar, sports venue locations, bell times, parent contact details and much more.
Our advertising prices remain unchanged from last year with full colour ads 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. If you are interested in securing one of these positions, please contact the Development Office to discuss.
For standard advertising options and pricing information please click here (PDF 132.6KB).
For any enquiries, please contact the St Margaret’s Anglican Girls’ School, Development and Community Office:
PH: 07 3862 0765
2020 St Margaret’s Women’s Luncheon
In celebration of our 125 year Anniversary next year, you are warmly invited to join us at the St Margaret's Women's Luncheon.
This special anniversary event is a wonderful opportunity for all women of St Margaret’s, past, present and future to come together.
Date: Friday 13 March 2020
Location: The Greek Club, 29 Edmonstone Street, South Brisbane
Tickets: $125 per person, $1,250 for a table of 10, includes drink on arrival, 2 course lunch and 3-hour drinks package
RSVP: Monday 2 March 2020 (no refunds will be given after the RSVP date)
Table and Ticket Enquiries: Please contact the Development Office on 07 3862 0765 or email: email@example.com
General Enquiries: Anthea Damman 0403 846 258 or Angela Pratt 0413 701 407
Buy your tickets today.
The University of Queensland
The Language Immersion Foreign Travel (LIFT) scholarship will allow one high school student in Years 10 and 11 experiencing financial hardship to have the opportunity to experience a foreign language immersion program overseas. Applications are now open to students who are currently studying Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Italian, Japanese or Spanish. Discover more
The Institute of Modern Languages (IML) invites Years 11 and 12 students studying Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish to enrol in the 2020 IML Summer High School Enrichment Program delivered at The University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus. Discover more
Are you preparing for the Multiple Medical Interview (MMI)?
MedView specialise in medical school admission, and interview skills play a vital role. Get in touch with any questions or to learn more about taking part in MedView's MMI Webinar this November.
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 here.
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 enrol in a Doctor of Physiotherapy, graduate-entry degree. 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. Applications close 25 November 2019. Discover more
A new double degree Biomedical Science and Mathematics is now available for Semester 1 2020.
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
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)
17 December, 9:00am-12:00pm, P Block, QUT Gardens Point campus
Contact Our Admissions Team
An independent day and boarding school for girls from Pre-Prep to Year 12; Boarding from Year 5; Boys Pre-Prep and Prep
A School of the Sisters of the Society of the Sacred Advent St Margaret's School Council Ltd ABN: 69069684019 CRICOS Code: 00511K