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Two things have happened this week which put me in a reflective mood as I embarked on writing my eNews article. One was the conversation I have had with staff and Year 12 students about the end of the academic year for Year 12 students. Year 12 students have no more formal classes. It is Valedictory Week next week and the students begin the transition to the next phase of life and learning. The routine of school for them has now changed and they are close to leaving us.
The second event was that we are installing photographs of the previous school Principals of St Margaret’s in Mooloomburram. This has been a big project – finding good clear photos of past Principals and ensuring accuracy of dates of time in the role. As you can imagine the photographs from 1895, when St Margaret’s began, are not entirely clear and some of the Sisters who were Principals (or Headmistresses as they were known then) appear to have eluded the camera. Nevertheless, we have found photographs of all the 16 Principals from 1895 through to the present day. Underneath the photo we have put the name and the dates of the period of Principalship, for example, Evelyn Heath, 1982 – 1993.
When I saw this, it got me thinking about the dash between the dates and how such a small thing represented strong leadership, high energy, direction changing decisions, and school initiatives which have become traditions and the fabric of current school life. Some of you might recall the poem called The Dash, referring specifically to dates on a headstone. Our graduating Year 12s also have a dash – most will have attended St Margaret’s from 2014 - 2018 although we do have girls here who have been students from Prep and Year 1. In all cases those dashes represented an unimaginable number of lessons, assemblies, excursions and much activity and laughter. So, in my contemplative mood I thought I would share the poem by Linda Ellis, called The Dash with you; it reflects some of the thinking behind The St Margaret’s Way. I hope you enjoy it.
I read of a man who stood to speak
At the funeral of a friend
He referred to the dates on her tombstone
From the beginning to the end
He noted that first came her date of her birth
And spoke the following date with tears,
But he said what mattered most of all
Was the dash between those years
For that dash represents all the time
That she spent alive on earth.
And now only those who loved her
Know what that little line is worth.
For it matters not how much we own;
The cars, the house, the cash,
What matters is how we live and love
And how we spend our dash.
So think about this long and hard.
Are there things you’d like to change?
For you never know how much time is left,
That can still be rearranged.
If we could just slow down enough
To consider what’s true and real
And always try to understand
The way other people feel.
And be less quick to anger,
And show appreciation more
And love the people in our lives
Like we’ve never loved before.
If we treat each other with respect,
And more often wear a smile
Remembering that this special dash
Might only last a little while.
So, when your eulogy is being read
With your life’s actions to rehash
Would you be proud of the things they say
About how you spent your dash?
St Margaret’s 121st Speech Night 2018
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 13 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 Jodi Fisher-Grimshaw at JFisheremail@example.com so that we can reallocate them to families that 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 church dresses and non-prize recipients in Years 5 and 6 may wear either their church dresses or Middy.
All non-prize recipients in Years 5 to 11 are to report to their Form teachers between 6:20pm and 6:40pm to have their names marked at the following venues:
Years 5 and 6: Door 25
Years 7, 9, 10, 11: Door 4
Years 8: Door 24
All prize recipients are to report to the teachers listed below between 6:20 and 6:40pm to have their names marked at the following venues:
Years 5 and 6: Door 5, Mrs Stevenson and Mrs Porter – Enter via Door 5
Years 7, 8 and 9: Door 8, Ms Bloomer (Year 7), Ms Montgomery (Years 8 and 9) – Enter via Door 6
Years 10 and 11: Door 10, Ms O’Callaghan (Year 10) and Mrs Flanagan (Year 11) – Enter via Door 6
Year 12: Door 9, Ms Matheson – Enter via Door 9
Years 5 and 6 students need to be picked up and signed out by parents at 9:30pm at the following doors:
Year 5: Door 9
Year 6: Door 10
Speech Night Rehearsal – Tuesday 13 November 2018
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 to return to the school 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 - who also need to bring their music and instruments).
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.
Dadirri Prayer Spaces – Open for ALL visitors, staff and students! Come for a visit any time up until Friday 16 November
Reflective and interactive spaces are created each term to assist people of all faiths and none to connect with themselves, others and the sacredness of life. This term we have:
Little Drop of Hope – all are invited to add a drop of water to the sand tray, praying for those affected by drought, adding their hope for the future.
Remembrance Day – stories of World War 1 and peace are entwined with writing a prayer or hope on a poppy and adding it to the cascade of poppies on the cross.
St Margaret’s Way – catch a duck in the pond! Underneath the (rubber!) ducks, is a prayer for encouragement and to develop the ideas of our St Margaret’s Way.
Cuddle Cottage of Calm – literally a space to sit quietly and, if one wishes, to cuddle a toy.
Christmas Journeys – Place a footprint on one of the Christmas trees, reflect on the journey of the last year, highs, lows, challenges, successes…
Thursday 15 November: 10am, St John’s Cathedral, Thanksgiving Service - Years 6-12
Friday 16 November: 2:15pm, Pre-Prep-3 Christmas Service
Tuesday 27 November: 8:30am, Year 6 Final Chapel
Wednesday 28 November: 1pm, Pre-Prep Chapel
Thursday 29 November: 9:15am, Whole School Christmas Service
Holy God, we ask for your blessings to fall abundantly on all members of our community – for all students as they move towards the end of their academic year, for all staff juggling many balls and keeping them airborne, for families supporting and encouraging each other. We also lift to you those members of our community we too often don’t see – the weak, the vulnerable, the poor, the outcast and the homeless.
Open our hearts to your love, that we may share it fully with others.
With every blessing on you and your week ahead,
The Reverend Canon Nicki Colledge
Happiness is not something that we can achieve or acquire. You cannot discover the one thing that will guarantee happiness all the time. We often speak to the girls in Boarding about what it means to be happy. Not every day is a good day; there are ups and downs in life and we need to manage both. No one is constantly happy. One of the lessons we try to instil in the girls is that they need to stop trying to be perfect, worrying about what other people think of them, to be themselves and learn to manage the days that are not always positive. We teach the girls that while everyone deserves to be happy, it is not something they can take for granted. Lasting happiness is something that they need to create, each and every day, through simple choices that they make.
By making some daily changes in the way in which the girls think and act can ultimately create a greater sense of happiness. It is important for them to understand that sometimes everything will go their way and on other days nothing will seem to go right. On those days when things are not going their way, instead of wasting their energy worrying about something they can’t control, take a deep breath and accept it. Having the right attitude will ensure their day will be good regardless of what they will face.
We encourage the girls to make a commitment every day to do their best, as their best is always good enough. Teaching them to reflect, particularly on the difficult days, is an important skill for them to develop. They should ask themselves, ‘What did I learn?’ and ‘What would I do differently next time?’. This will help them to let go of the day and move forward with a positive attitude. Encouraging a positive attitude towards difficult days is important for the girls to develop the resilience they need and ultimately to make their days happy.
The Science of Learning
Last Thursday night, Professor Pankaj Sah, Director of the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) presented at our second Trends in Education seminar for the year. He works with the Science of Learning Research Centre (SLRC) which was established with the vision to improve learning outcomes at pre-school, primary, secondary and tertiary levels through scientifically-validated learning tools and strategies. The SLRC brings together neuroscientists, psychologists and education researchers from across the country and through their work they have established the PEN (Psychology, Education and Neuroscience) principles of learning.
While all twelve PEN principles offer valuable insight into learning, I would like to discuss two which I believe are very applicable to our girls’ learning. The first is ‘Embrace error to improve learning’ which Professor Pankaj reinforced by acknowledging failure as a ‘good thing’ for students. The Institute’s research in this area is quite simply advocating for students to practice the things they find difficult, the things they make mistakes at – as opposed to the things they find easy – as the only way to gain ‘meta awareness’ of personal skillsets and advance performance from novice to an expert (SLRC, 2018). In school, we talk a lot about explicit instruction in the classroom, yet this principle also challenges us as teachers and parents to let students consider new information prior to our explicit instruction to force errors and promote questioning.
With exams a near-constant in today’s classroom, the second principle reminds us of the most effective way to study and that is – ‘Spacing-Out Practice to Enhance Memory’. Given the business of school and life the tendency for students to cram their studies into the final days, or possibly hours, can sometimes be inevitable. But Australian researchers applying neuroscience, cognitive psychology and educational processes have determined that while cramming may provide short-term gains, spacing out study or practice will improve long-term learning, memory and educational performance.
Their research has shown that spacing out practice not only shows improved mental performance, but also applies to the physical environment, including sporting pursuits. Individuals can expect enhanced learning and memory if practice sessions are broken up and spread over a longer timespan than if they are all clumped together in one long practice session (SLRC, 2018). If we take this understanding to consider the girls use of tutorials and revision sessions, it would be far more productive for them to attend over the course of the term rather than one-off sessions immediately before the exam.
If you would like more information about the other PEN principles, please visit: https://www.slrc.org.au/resources/pen-principles/. We will continue to work with Professor Pankaj Sah to find out how we can continue to improve learning outcomes at St Margaret’s and share this information via the eNews.
As a school we value authentic learning and in particular regards to workshops, competitions, excursions, guest speakers and camps as significant tools to enhance the girls’ learning within the academic program. These examples of authentic learning experiences highlight how we value and seek out such learning, as we see it as a vital component of holistic learning. We believe learning is truly gained when students are exposed to real, authentic and meaningful learning.
Throughout the year many opportunities arise at a faculty level to allow girls to test themselves in subject based challenges and competitions to enrich their learning. Below are results from the UNSW ICAS English, Maths and Writing Competitions and The Australian Geography Competition.
Congratulations to all girls who have received awards and attempted these competitions that challenge and assess skills the students may not have encountered in the school curriculum.
Vaishnavi Arvapalli (Year 7) Distinction ICAS English and Distinction ICAS Mathematics
Isabella Bluett (Year 7) Distinction ICAS English
Genevieve Heather (Year 7) Distinction ICAS Mathematics
Ha-Vy Hoang (Year 7) High Distinction ICAS Writing and Distinction ICAS Mathematics
Lauren Brennan (Year 8) High Distinction Geography
Amelia Butler-Wood (Year 8) High Distinction Geography
Sophia Buys (Year 8) Distinction ICAS Writing and Distinction ICAS English
Georgia Campbell (Year 8) High Distinction Geography
Miyan Chia (Year 8) High Distinction Geography
Rachel Fitzgerald (Year 8) High Distinction ICAS Mathematics
Olivia Gatenby (Year 8) High Distinction Geography
Gabriella Henzell (Year 8) Distinction ICAS English and High Distinction Geography
Georgie Herring (Year 8) High Distinction Geography
Eleanor Jewell (Year 8) High Distinction Geography
Annabel Lauder (Year 8) High Distinction Geography
Holly Marchant (Year 8) High Distinction Geography
Isla McWilliam (Year 8) High Distinction Geography
Jordan Muduioa (Year 8) Distinction ICAS Writing and High Distinction Geography
Millie Nucifora (Year 8) High Distinction Geography
Ella Woods (Year 8) Distinction ICAS Mathematics, High Distinction ICAS English and Writing
Audrey Wren (Year 8) Distinction ICAS Writing and High Distinction Geography
Charlotte Aralar (Year 9) Distinction ICAS English
Emilyana Di Meco (Year 9) High Distinction Geography
Celia Quinn (Year 9) Distinction ICAS Mathematics and High Distinction ICAS English
Sophie North (Year 10) High Distinction Geography
Ji A Kim (Year 11) Distinction ICAS Mathematics
Justine Solomon (Year 11) Distinction ICAS Mathematics and Distinction Science (Australian Science Olympiad)
Hillary McKie (Year 11) Distinction Science (Australian Science Olympiad)
Expectations for Speech Night
On Tuesday 13 November, St Margaret’s will hold its 121st Speech Night and Prize Giving Evening in the Concert Hall at QPAC, beginning promptly at 7pm. 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 students 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 reiterated that all students are to have 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.
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 drawing to a close 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 that we have access to all that we need. Christmas is a reminder to be grateful for all that we have in our lives. One way in which the girls in the Primary school do this is to give to others through our Term 4 Service Learning Projects.
This program is diverse and benefits the local, national and international communities. This community engagement is embedded as part of our school ethos and learning. It aims to develop a sense of social responsibility in our students. Each year level is involved in a project that is reflective of their understanding and is used as a tool to enhance and enrich classroom learning.
The service learning projects include:
Prep - Year 2: These students are busy making gifts and preparing for their visit to the retirement village, Aveo.
Year 3: The Year 3 students’ project is to plan, prepare and conduct a morning tea for Year 3 parents and parent helpers. This year, the girls are planning a Matilda morning tea, on 21 November at 10am. I am sure many helpers are looking forward to this annual event. If you have volunteered at any time during the year we would love to see you at the morning tea. Please ensure you RSVP to Primary Reception.
Year 4: The Year 4 girls have been planning and enacting their “Gift of Giving”. Each student has to give her time in any shape or form to a person in the community. They will then share the details of the impact of this activity with their class mates in an oral presentation.
Year 5: The Year 5 cohort support the residents of Symes Grove as their Service Learning Project. This has special significance for our girls, as it is an opportunity to connect with our Sisters. As part of their project, the girls have written letters to the Sisters and made gifts for all the residents. Reverend Canon Nicki will deliver these to Symes Grove on behalf of the Year 5 students.
Year 6: As part of the Year 6 cohort’s Service Learning Program, all the Year 6 girls committed to assisting a group of people in need. Earlier in the year, the girls knitted scarves and beanies for the Mission to Seafarers. This organisation was thrilled to be recipients of the huge number of winter woollies and Year 6 girls and families generosity of time given to create them.
The Service Learning Program continued in the Year 6 Cornerstone Project where the girls identified a real-life issue and worked on resolving it. Girls were to use the idea of connectedness to work for the betterment of family, neighbours, local communities or the environment. They were quite creative in finding the issue to resolve. From re-planting trees for koalas, making and selling scrunchies and using the money for drought relief, collecting toys and games for children in hospital, holding cake stalls for women’s health and cooking meals for people who are unwell, the girls learnt that the gift of time was valued by so many.
Other ways we have given to others
St Mark’s Arts Festival
Year 6 Wearable Art and Primary Chorale performed at St Mark’s Anglican Church Arts Festival last weekend. This was a wonderful opportunity for our girls to perform in the local community. It was lovely to receive feedback and accolades from the St Mark’s Community.
The school also organised a whole school fundraiser for a community in need. We conducted our Spell-a-thon which ended up being a win-win for everyone concerned. The girls improved their spelling and we raised necessary funds for One Horizon, the charity we have supported over the years, in Nairobi, Kenya. We also contributed some of the money from the Spell-a-thon and the raffle money from the Father Daughter breakfast to donate to the Archbishop’s Drought Relief Fund. Each of these charities will receive over $9,000.
The Lawrence Cup, named in honour of Mrs Ros Lawrence, a long-standing member of the Primary Staff is awarded to the class with the highest percentage in the Spell-a-thon. This year it was awarded to Year 1. Congratulations girls!
Smith Family sponsorship
Thank you to the many parents who have supported our second-hand uniform stall throughout the year. Particularly thank you to Fiona Gapes who organises the stall each term. The money raised from this stall is used to sponsor a Smith Family child for their educational needs.
The final Andrews Cup competition (Gymnastics) was held last week. The girls achieved wonderful results in this competition; D2 second, C2 third and A and B teams achieving second, narrowly missing first place by one point. Also last week, we had girls compete in Andrews Cup invitational sporting competitions, Basketball and Hockey. Both Division One and Division Two Hockey players achieved second position. In Basketball, the A team also achieved second place. Thank you to Darren Marchant for volunteering as a Basketball coach. Congratulations to all girls for their efforts.
Prep – Year 4 Celebration Reminder
This is a time to celebrate the achievements of the Prep-Year 4 cohorts. The Prep children will perform their Nativity Play. Books will be presented to all children in Prep - Year 2 and children in Years 3 and 4 will receive Keys to Success award certificates.
Date: Friday 23 November 2018
Venue: Philip Harris Sports Centre
Tuesday 13 November: Speech Night, Years 5-12, QPAC
Thursday 15 November: Thanksgiving Service at St John’s Cathedral, Year 6 to attend
Wednesday 21 November: Year 3 Helpers Thank You Morning Tea, 10am in the Arts centre Foyer
Thursday 22 November: 2019 CPR Morning Tea, 8:30am, Primary Library
Friday 23 November: Years P-4 Celebration, 1pm in the Philip Harris Sports Centre
Congratulations to Stage Band
Congratulations to Stage Band who were presented with a Gold Level Award for their recent performance at Music Fest last Friday evening. The girls gave a wonderful performance at Calamvale Community College. Music Fest is a fantastic opportunity for students to both receive feedback on their performance from expert adjudicators and also hear similar ensembles from schools across South East Queensland. Thank you to all girls involved and their conductor, Mr Sean Mackenzie for their hard work in the lead up to the event.
Primary Chorale performance at St Mark’s Anglican Church
Congratulations to the Primary Chorale who performed at the Lantern Parade and Family Evening at St Mark’s Anglican Church last Saturday evening. The girls gave a thoroughly entertaining performance, singing a wide variety of repertoire. Thank you to Ms Brennan for preparing the girls for this event and thank you to all those who came along to listen!
Thank you to Percussion Ensembles
Last Wednesday, the Primary school was treated to a lunchtime recital by the Regale and Elayne Jones Percussion Ensembles given in the Primary Atrium. It was a wonderful acoustic space for the girls to perform in and they showcased a variety of different styles of music and percussion skills. The Primary students loved the energy of the pieces with many of the younger students dancing along to the music. Congratulations to all the girls involved on a wonderful performance!
Music Dinner will be occurring on Friday evening this week in Eton Hall. There is much excitement in the Music Department in the lead up to the event where we celebrate the achievements of the girls in the Music Program at St Margaret’s. Thank you in advance to the Music Support Group for their hard work in organising this special event.
The Music Department is very much looking forward to presenting several musical items at Speech Night to be held next Tuesday evening at QPAC. Please see the attached letter (PDF 216.6KB) with further details pertaining to the event.
2019 Private Music Tuition
If your daughter is currently undertaking private music tuition she will automatically be placed on her current teachers’ roll for 2019. Parents do not need to fill in a new application form. However, if your daughter is wanting to discontinue lessons in 2019, we ask that you please email directly to the Music Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
We have hit the half-way point of Term 4; however, there is certainly still a number of sports and activities available to keeping us all active!
The final day of competition for QGSSSA Badminton was held on Saturday 3 November. Our Years 7, 8 and 9 teams were in action. All teams over the course of the competition went from strength to strength. Congratulations to the Year 9C team who placed first in a three-way tie with Brisbane Girls Grammar School and Brisbane State High School to be crowned Premiers. Well done to all teams on their results.
Year 9A: 6th
Year 9B : 6th
Year 9C: 1st
Year 8A: 7th
Year 8B: 6th
Year 8C: 6th
Year 7A: 10th
One of the keys to success to our Swimming program is the annual St Margaret’s Swim Camp. The camp is an ideal way to provide students with quality coaching and team-building opportunities prior to the commencement of the 2019 school year. The Swimming Camp will be held on Wednesday 23 January – Friday 25 January 2019 and will include activities such as squad training, cross training, video analysis, meet and greet an Australian swimmer and social activities such as Wet’n’Wild and the movies. Registration is via Flexischools with further information available via the Swimming POD page.
The Summer of Cricket is here!
Cricket has commenced for all girls with training being held every Tuesday afternoon at Windsor Park to hone the girls’ skills in anticipation for the QGSSSA Competition season in Term 1. All girls are invited to get involved and join this emerging women’s sport.
Knowles Cup Tennis
Congratulations to the Open A and Intermediate Tennis teams for progressing through to the semi-finals of the Knowles Cup. Knowles Cup is a short competition held in Term 4 involving the schools of Somerville, All Hallows, St Rita’s, Stuartholme, Lourdes Hill College, Fairholme College and The Glennie School. We wish our girls the best of luck for their semi-finals on Saturday 10 November.
Grange Thistle Soccer Club will be holding trials for girls in the Under 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16 age groups. For further information, please see the attached flyer (PDF 94.8KB).
Artwork of the Month - November 2018
Eva Jiang (Year 10) is to be congratulated for her powerful painting with a social comment message about consumerism. Eva is our November Art Work of the Month recipient as selected by the Visual Art Captains. Please click here (PDF 379.3KB) for further details.
On Monday 12 November, we say farewell to the 2018 senior Visual Art students. Each Year 12 class member has selected a favourite artwork from this year to be displayed. Parents and friends are warmly invited to attend our exhibition. Details can be found here (PDF 742.9KB). Please email Lisa Smith at email@example.com if you would like to attend.
2019 Exchange Program
The 2019 Exchange cohort successfully completed their Cultural Intelligence Workshop. Weekly Exchange meetings have been going well with a lot of scenario-based discussions around dealing with homesickness, preparing for travel, understanding documentation required for travelling, connecting with Exchange partners, dealing with a difficult situation, differences in schools around rules, policies and etiquettes, and moving from a day girl to a boarder and vice-versa.
Visiting Exchange Students
The 4 visiting Exchange students from St Anne’s in South Africa; Thato, Nandi, Alice and Chloe, had morning tea with Ms Curtis and Ms Gorrie and shared their experience so far and key learnings/memories they would be taking back with them. They will be going on their cultural excursion to Sydney with Ms Achari on 8 and 9 November.
Correspondence from St Margaret’s Students away on Exchange
We recently received updates from the following students who are away on their Exchange:
Cyrah Finlyson - Ursulinenschule, Germany
All is well in Germany! Both teachers and students have been extremely welcoming and understanding. During school, we are able to go to the library to work on our maths and other subjects, as well as during class. Some highlights so far are seeing Schloss Drachenburg, a medieval style castle, and hiking around the area, as well as visiting Cologne and seeing the Cologne Cathedral, which I absolutely loved! It has been very eventful, and I have loved having free dress at school and flexible timetables, in which we can leave early if there is a spare. Everything has been really great, and I feel as though I have already developed in my maturity and independence. I have attached some photos of the castle and Cologne. I will update you on my Exchange sometime during the holidays, as we are going hiking in the Alps and are visiting Munich.
Brenna Cox, Olivia Howard and Ella Willersdorf – St Anne’s, South Africa
All is going well, we’re having a blast over here. The first weekend that we arrived we went on a safari with the Sterns. For the first couple of nights we went to their own private game park, then travelled to Kruger National Park. We saw lots of amazing animals, and the Sterns were very accommodating. Then we flew from Johannesburg to the School, where we met up with the Schnells and the Browns. The first day at the school we were taken around and introduced to the way of life.
We started classes on Wednesday, and whilst not much work was done, we learned plenty of things about the culture at St Anne’s, such as waiting at doors for older grades and what boarding life is like. As we are all day girls at home, boarding is definitely a different experience, having a structured routine even after classes had ended. The girls are incredibly nice, and after a week of living at the school, we feel that we are fitting in quite well. Last weekend, Jess’s family kindly offered to host us, which gave further opportunity to see South Africa.
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.
Old Girls’ Association AGM
The Old Girls’ Association Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 27 November from 7-9pm in the Mooloomburram Boardroom. Past students of St Margaret’s are warmly invited to attend to share their views and ideas.
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. Filled with 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 ads starting from as low as $125.00 for an Eight Block, up to $1000 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 at St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School on Phone: 07 3862 0765 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
The P&F 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.
P&F Event Dates for 2019
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:
2019 Milestone Reunion Dates
We are pleased to announce the dates for our 2019 Milestone reunions:
10 Year Reunion – Class of 2009 – Friday 26 July
20 Year Reunion – Class of 1999 – Friday 26 July
30 Year Reunion – Class of 1989 – Friday 26 July
40 Year Reunion – Class of 1979 – Saturday 27 July
50 Year Reunion – Class of 1969 – Saturday 27 July
60 Year Reunion – Class of 1959 – Saturday 27 July
Chapel Service and Morning Tea – Sunday 28 July
60+ Year Reunion – Monday 29 July
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.
QTAC How to respond to your offer: https://www.qtac.edu.au/applying/apply-here/offers
For detailed information visit https://www.qtac.edu.au/applying/apply-here/offers
QTAC Documentation: Key Dates https://www.qtac.edu.au/key-dates-fees
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 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: 21 November
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
KEY DATES: https://www.qtac.edu.au/key-dates-fees
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
For more information about interstate key dates:
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