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What an exciting week – we have been back to almost normal operations since 7 March! I was so pleased to be able to hold the Academic Assembly (which is normally day one of Term 1) and bring the school together again with the International Women’s Day assembly as well. Let’s hope we can continue in this way until the end of the year.
First discovered by Australian academics Andrew Martin and Herbert W. Marsh in 2008, ‘academic buoyancy’ refers to the ability of students to successfully deal with the everyday academic stresses of school life, such as failing a subject, missing an assignment deadline, catching up after an absence from school, or an unexpected change of teacher.
Students who are academically buoyant are able to successfully handle normal day-to-day academic challenges, difficulties and setbacks. They also demonstrate higher levels of motivation, engagement, wellbeing, and achievement. Academic buoyancy, also called ‘everyday academic resilience’, is acknowledged as a key component of a student’s capacity to thrive and prosper at school and beyond.
However other studies, including those undertaken by Andrew Martin and Rebecca Collie of the University of New South Wales, have revealed that female school students are significantly less academically buoyant than male students. In fact, this is one of the relatively few areas in which gender differences at school are not in favour of girls.
The inability to be academically buoyant can result in students failing to reach their full potential, which may have significant long-term implications for educational and personal outcomes. Martin and Marsh’s ground-breaking 2008 study found that anxiety explained much of the variance in academic buoyancy that they observed. Indeed, multiple later studies have confirmed that feelings of anxiety, lack of control, worry, tension and academic fear predict lower academic buoyancy.
Furthermore, Martin and Marsh’s later research, published in 2020, found that while being academically buoyant predicts lower academic adversity, experiencing academic adversity does not predict higher buoyancy. Some experience of academic adversity can have positive effects, but this is more likely when a student already possesses high levels of academic buoyancy. This is an important finding, they write, because it demonstrates that “academic buoyancy is not the outcome of exposure to adversity”. Instead, buoyancy is a distinct attribute which buffers students from the effects of academic setbacks. This runs counter to ‘inoculation’ theories which hold that exposing students to moderate levels of academic adversity will result in increased academic resilience.
Collie, R.J., Martin, A.J., Malmberg, L.-E., Hall, J., & Ginns, P. (2015). Academic buoyancy, student achievement, and the linking role of control: A cross-lagged analysis of high school students. British Journal of Educational Psychology, 85, 113-130. DOI: 10.1111/bjep.12066
Martin, A.J., & Marsh, H.W. (2008). Academic buoyancy: Towards an understanding of students’ everyday academic resilience. Journal of School Psychology, 46(1), 53–83. DOI: 10.1016/j.jsp.2007.01.002
Martin, A.J., & Marsh, H.W. (2020). Investigating the reciprocal relations between academic buoyancy and academic adversity: Evidence for the protective role of academic buoyancy in reducing academic adversity over time. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 44(4), 301-312. DOI: 10.1177/0165025419885027 [open access]
To flourish means to live well, to grow in every sense, to appreciate the beauty of all things, to establish and nurture relationships, to be able to manage challenges and be resilient, and to be strong. We encourage the girls at St Margaret’s to be positive. Positive emotions enable them to feel confident, to have a go, to do well in all aspects of their learning, and deal sensibly and constructively with setbacks.
Positive emotions need to pervade the whole school from the girls to staff to parents. Barbara Fredrickson and others have shown through scientific studies that people who flourish have greater life possibilities than those who are “languishing” (going through the motions) or those who are dominated by negative feelings about life and feel they cannot cope. If you feel positive you see the world better, you appreciate things more (you actually “see” more that is going on around you), you live better in relationships, you are kinder, you help others more, you understand others better, you “learn more’ in every sense, in and out of class, you remember more, you are more likeable, you contribute to others more, and you think more about what you do and how it affects others. It is hoped that all students will “engage” positively in all activities offered at St Margaret’s. For girls to flourish, all must feel “safe and secure” in their lives; this is critical and therefore one of the main goals of St Margaret’s.
In Year 10 RVE last week, we reflected upon the power of stories. We looked at how stories are used to gain knowledge and understanding. We listened to various narratives and analysed what messages they might be trying to convey.
One of the stories we heard was The Emperor’s New Clothes. In this story, some swindlers tell the Emperor that they will make him the finest clothes, the fabric of which only the wise will be able to see. The Emperor pretends he can see the fabric, so he is seen to be wise. The officials and townsfolk follow suit when the Emperor walks through the city in his new attire. It is not until a child in the crowd exclaims, “Why is he not wearing any clothes?” that the people of the town are given permission to name reality as it is – the Emperor is not wearing any clothes.
Our classes discussed what messages reside in the story. For me, one of the powerful messages of this story is in the child’s question. Children are often completely unafraid to ask questions, to seek understanding, to name things as they see them. This is a gift, and I can’t help but remember Jesus’ words, “it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs".
Indira Ghandi, a former Prime Minister of India, said, “The power to question is the basis of all human progress." As we celebrated International Women’s Day this week, we give thanks for all the women whose questions have led to freedom and justice for many. Let us continue to question.
The past few weeks within the boarding house have been a quite challenging time. Not only have we had to contend with COVID and all that comes with it, but to top it off we’ve had extreme weather. Our boarders, however, have yet again shown how resilient and adaptable they are. We tend to say this often, but the past few weeks have given the girls the opportunity to display the strong character traits they are developing being part of an ever changing environment. These character traits will help to set them up for life and hopefully provide them with the ability to deal with whatever life throws at them.
On Tuesday night, we had the opportunity to participate in a special Boarder Chapel service. It was a chance for the girls to reflect on what has been and what is ahead. It was also a time to give thanks for what we have and remembering all of those who are less fortunate, with so many losing so much over the past couple of weeks. Our thoughts and prayers remain with those who are dealing with the aftermath of this latest natural disaster.
Year 10 – Introduction to Year 11 and 12 Pathways
During this term, the Year 10s have been receiving information from Naomi Holley, the Head of Faculty – Student Pathways and Futures. Later in the term, the Year 10 students will complete a career profiling program through Careers Avenue and this will support the Set Planning and subject selection process later this year. Following this testing, each student will attend a 30-minute individual career counselling session with a Careers Avenues Career Psychologist. In the lead up to this, the Year 10 girls will be provided with some introductory information about ATAR and the Portfolio Pathway. I have put a summary of the information we will be sharing below.
Both Ms Holley and I are looking forward to working with the Year 10 girls throughout this year to help them plan for Years 11 and 12.
With restrictions lifted, our Academic Assembly, which was originally scheduled for the first day back at school in January, was finally able to be held in the Philip Harris Gym on Monday. It was a wonderful occasion deserving of a large audience, where staff and students were able to celebrate the academic achievements of so many girls in their Semester 2, 2021 studies.
Students were eligible for two awards at the assembly:
My sincere congratulations to the following girls:
Year 7 2021
Progress Certificate and Academic Pocket
Year 8 2021
Tsz Yan Hung
Ruby Reynolds Campbell
Year 9 2021
Year 10 2021
Year 11 2021
Sin Ting Law
International Women’s Day Assembly
This week, the school celebrated International Women’s Day. Prefects Imogen Elliot and Charlotte Hoey were given the brief to speak to the 2022 International Women’s Day theme, and to educate our students regarding global gender issues. The girls delivered an excellent educational address; they are commended on their effort, research and presentation.
At this assembly, students also heard from guest speaker, Dr Natalie Wright ('86). Dr Natalie Wright is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Engineering, School of Architecture and Built Environment at Queensland University of Technology, with over 13 years’ experience as a design educator and twenty years as an award-winning commercial interior designer, gained in Australia, Japan and the UK.
As a Fellow and past national director and state president of the Design Institute of Australia (DIA), she has performed multiple design advocacy leadership roles, including manager of the State Library of Queensland (SLQ) Asia Pacific Design Library (APDL) and collaboration on its Design Minds website, which won a Good Design Australia Award in 2018. Natalie’s community-engaged academic research interests, publications and curated events explore design thinking approaches in educational contexts for both students and educators at all levels, as a framework for lifelong learning, adaptivity and active citizenship in the twenty-first century. In 2021, as part of a QUT Design Lab research team, she won two more Good Design Australia Awards in the Social Impact and Service Design categories and a QUT Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Partnership and Engagement Excellence, for demonstrating the tangible benefits of design thinking in transforming Queensland healthcare. Natalie attended St Margaret’s from 1982-1986 and has been recognised as one of the 125 notables.
Natural talent versus hard work
This week, the first Andrews Cup competition was held with some of our girls ‘making a splash’ at Chandler. Throughout the lead up to the swimming competition, the girls trained consistently to achieve their personal best. This certainly paid off with the team taking out the Aggregate Cup and the elite relay, the Springfield Cup – a double win for the second year in a row and the third consecutive year we’ve claimed the Aggregate Cup. Congratulations to the 10- and 11-year groups who achieved first place, the 9-year and 12-year groups who came second, and the 8-year group who placed third. Thank you to Morgan Rowe for her leadership in helping the team achieve these notable results and past successes.
The achievement of impressive sporting results often raises the question, “why do some people achieve and not others?” Much research has focused on natural talent versus hard work with hard work coming out on top. However, it is not just any type of hard work. It is about more than just getting the work done; it is about trying to get better at it. Hard work is about seeing every task as an opportunity to improve and build on feedback from others, such as teachers and coaches.
Dedicated work and feedback are paths to better results. Here are some tips for students to take on that journey:
I encourage you to talk to your child about these tips and we look forward to the next Andrews Cup competitions, touch football and tennis.
Smart Watches in the Primary School
Mobile phones are deposited in the class phone box and sent to the office every morning. Students do not have access to their phone until the end of the school day. Smart watches, which have the same capabilities as mobile phones, can be worn in the primary school, providing that the ability to send and receive messages is switched off. If this cannot be done, the smart watch must be placed in the phone box until the end of the school day or simply not worn to school.
The purpose of home learning (homework) in the primary school is based on researched evidence which shows that it is most effective when it takes the form of short, frequent learning experiences. Homework comprises of two approaches that aim to develop mastery, and that evidence indicates has significant influence on student achievement. John Hattie states that strategies that have an effect size above 0.5 have significant impact on student outcomes and learning.
Multiple exposures or spaced practice (effect size 0.71) presents students with more opportunities to experience, connect with and elaborate on skills and knowledge to enhance mastery and fluency. Students have access to a range of online digital resources including IXL, Khan MAPPERS and Mathletics, which provide effective ways to practise and master literacy and numeracy skills. These digital resources provide students with immediate feedback allowing them to accurately monitor their progress.
Previewing is preparation at home, preparation where the student previews the next topic to be studied in class either tomorrow or the next week. Students might be required to find three interesting things about the topic and/or identify two questions.
More information about home learning can be found in the Primary Parent Handbook.
The St Margaret’s music ensembles are very much looking forward to performing at the upcoming Open Day on Saturday 26 March 9:30am – 12:30pm. Students are encouraged to check the St Margaret’s Music POD page for performance times and performance uniform details.
Soloist Recital Series 1
The Music Department will be hosting its first Soloist Recital Series for 2022. These recitals are open to all students at St Margaret’s who would like to present a solo performance in an informal and supportive setting. The recital will be held on Wednesday 16 March in the Arts Centre Foyer from 3:30pm. If students are interested in performing, they are encouraged to speak to their private music teachers at St Margaret’s who can then facilitate the process. Alternatively, students may speak with Mr King. The deadline to sign up for the recital is this Friday 11 March. Further details and conditions for performing are available on the POD.
Encorah commences this week!
Encorah is an all-comers choir open to all girls in Years 7-12 and will recommence rehearsals from Thursday 10 March 3:30-4:30pm. All who enjoy singing are welcome to attend with no audition required. The choir will sing a wide range of repertoire from a variety of genres ranging from contemporary music to music theatre and more traditional styles. We look forward to having many students involved! Please note that from next week Exultate will rehearse from 4:30-5:30pm and Volare from 4:30-5:00pm.
Music Support Group
Thank you to all those who joined our recent meeting via Teams. The next Music Support Group meeting will be on Tuesday 19 April at 5.00pm in M’s Cafe. Parents from both the primary and secondary schools are welcome to attend.
I wish to thank the St Margaret’s sport community for their patience and understanding as the Sport and Activities Office worked through the challenges faced over the past two weeks. Our home at Windsor Park was severely damaged at the expense of the recent flooding. Windsor Park sustained not only water damage but also contamination of soil and perishable equipment. This damage has rendered the sports grounds, facilities and sports equipment unsafe and unusable for students use for the foreseeable future.
With several QGSSSA schools facing a similar situation, the QGSSSA has proposed a flexible start to the Autumn Sport Fixture for the football and touch football programs. This will see an abandonment to the Round 1 Fixture scheduled to be played this coming Friday 11 March for all schools. Round 2 and Round 3 will have the ability to remain flexible for schools.
Autumn Basketball will remain fixtured as normal. QGSSSA summer sports, AFL and cricket, aim to be played out to the best of schools’ ability. Information regarding fixture changes will be made through the relevant POD sport pages.
Given the situation, we have sought alternative training venues for touch football and football. However, since similar damage has been sustained to many local sporting clubs and schools within the area, finding suitable facilities to house our large programs has proven to be difficult. A training timetable has been devised to enable all participating students to access at least one sport specific training session per week until the end of term.
With this being the case, we continue to encourage all students to take up the opportunity to join and run with our cross country program. Given it is early in the season, their current training is fitness orientated, including long runs, hills and short intervals… these are ideal training preparation tools for our team sport athletes. Additional online training resources, including conditioning, strength, flexibility and mindfulness circuits can be found on our STM Fit Club POD Page.
The Sport and Activities Office endeavours to get all sports back up and running as quickly as possible. We thank you for your understanding, support and adaptability during this unpredictable time. I would like to extend a big thanks to our facilities team, staff and parent helpers who assisted with the clean-up effort of Windsor Park. Your work was greatly appreciated.
QGSSSA Swimming Championships
It is less than one week until the rescheduled QGSSSA Swimming Championships. This event will take place on Wednesday 16 March. The squad have done an amazing job in maintaining their commitment to training and the meets in tricky circumstances. We are proud and excited to see our team represent the brown, white and blue.
Details for the final week of preparations for the swim team are as follows:
With limited tickets available for the QGSSSA Championships, the event will be broadcast live on Clutch TV. All information regarding the live stream will be posted via the POD.
Further Swimming information can be accessed via the Swimming POD page
We are pleased that the St Margaret’s Dance Troupe has finally returned after a hiatus due to the pandemic. We have reimagined our dance program and along with our dance captain, Brooke Lane, and secondary teacher intern Ms Sills, we are looking for enthusiastic dancers to learn a range of styles from international folk dancing to jazz and hip hop! The dance program will be run on Tuesday mornings from 6:30am-7:30am. All students have been emailed with details for the upcoming auditions. Please contact Mr Walker via email email@example.com if you have any further questions or queries. We look forward to leaping back into action soon.
SmART Club has returned this term and is taking place each Thursday after school between 3:20pm-4:20pm for students in Years 7-12. This is an opportunity for Art students to express ideas, collaborate and attend workshops with guest artists. Please contact Mr Gravino via email DGravino@stmargarets.qld.edu.au if you require any further information.
Tickets for the 2022 Father Daughter Breakfast (Years 7-12) are now on sale
Join us for the 2022 P&F Father Daughter Breakfast for students in Years 7 to 12. An annual favourite on the last day of Term 1, this sell-out breakfast this year will be held on Circular Drive and the Arts Centre Terraces.
Date: Thursday 31 March 2022
Time: 6:45am for a 7:00am start. Concludes at 8:00am
Location: Circular Drive and Arts Centre Terraces
Cost: $40 per adult /$30 per student (Years 7-12). This includes a selection of individual hot breakfast boxes, fruit and yoghurt cups, tea, coffee and orange juice
RSVP: Strictly Thursday 24 March 2022
Enquiries: Tom Reddacliff, P&F President via firstname.lastname@example.org or 0428 631 707.
Tickets are on sale via Trybooking: https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing?eid=864850&?
Don’t forget to purchase your raffle tickets online, we have a great offering of prizes including a Surface Go 3 Platinum tablet, cover and pen valued at $1,000.00 which has kindly been donated by Datacom.
St Margaret’s 2022 Mothers’ Luncheon
The Parents and Friends' Association warmly invites you to join us at the 2022 St Margaret's Mothers' Luncheon.
This annual event is a wonderful opportunity for members of the St Margaret’s community to come together and connect.
Tickets will be available to book from 9.30am Tuesday 22 March 2022.
Date: Friday 6 May 2022
Time: 11.30am - 2.30pm
Location: Main Auditorium, Brisbane City Hall (entry via King George Square).
Tickets: $150 per person - includes 2 course lunch and 3 hour drinks package.
All tickets will be sold individually and will require full name, email address, postal address and mobile phone number to be entered at the time of booking.
On sale: Online only via Try Booking from 9.30am Monday 21 March 2022 until 9.30am Thursday 21 April 2022 (unless sold out prior).
Please CLICK HERE (PDF 115.5KB) for important ticketing information.
Tables: Maximum table capacity is 10 people.
Seating requests can be made by nominating a Table Captain or Year Group at the time of booking. Best efforts will be made to meet any requests.
Event enquiries: P&F@stmargarets.qld.edu.au.
New to St Margaret's?
New Mothers are encouraged to attend.
If you are not part of an organised table, please enter your daughter’s current year level when booking and we will endeavour to seat you with attendees in the same year group.
Major sponsor Hotel X is providing event attendees a 20% discount on any room on the night of the event. If you are travelling to Brisbane for the event or would like to enjoy a "staycation" CLICK HEREto book.
Thank you to our Major Sponsors, Qscan, Hutton & Hutton, KLM Solicitors and Hotel X, and Supporting Sponsor UMS for their support of this event.
Please check the Careers News page for more information about upcoming Career events.
University of the Sunshine Coast
Time is running out to register for the USC Headstart Information Evening Online
When: Tuesday 22 March via Zoom
Time: 5.30pm – 6.30pm
Who should attend: Parents and students in Years 10-12
ONLINE ATAR INFORMATION EVENING
When registering, please select one of the below dates.
When: - Wednesday, 23 March 2022 OR Thursday, 28 April 2022
Time: 5:30pm - 6:30pm. Where: Online - access links provided upon registration
Considering a Career in Medicine or Dentistry?
UCAT, Interviews, Med School Applications, Pathways into Medicine and Dentistry (for universities in Australia)
~ 13 March 2022 (Sunday), 10.00am – 12.00pm (AEDT) ~
UCAT registrations for 2022 have opened
To help students register correctly and pick the best date and venue, we've compiled a quick guide to 2022 UCAT registrations that includes the full instructions (with links), as well as advice/recommendations based on experiences of students in past years. This is the link to the guide:
QUT | A quick guide to QUT: for Year 9–10 students and parents
Wednesday 27 April 2022, 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
Find out more: https://www.qut.edu.au/study/events/a-quick-guide-to-qut
Bond | Year 12 Extension Program 2022
Monday 11 April 2022, 8:30 am - Saturday 7 May 2022, 3:00 pm
Bond University, Robina
Find out more: https://bond.edu.au/extensionprogram
Women in Engineering opportunities
The University of Queensland Women in Engineering (WE) team are happy to offer these opportunities to educate your students on the diverse careers an engineering degree can lead to:
Online Trust Me, I'm an Engineer presentation - March 28 4-5pm
School holiday tour of Engineering precinct at UQ - April 12 and April 14 2-4pm
UQ: What can I do with my ATAR?
This link can provide students with more information about ATAR requirements, and which courses they might want to study. Discover here
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