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The P&F Fathers’ Dinner is coming up on 1 March and it is a great opportunity for our Dad’s to get together and support the fundraising efforts of the school. Each year the numbers increase, and there is a secret (well, not now) goal for the Fathers’ Dinner to have the same number of attendees as the Mothers’ Lunch. We haven’t made that goal this year, but perhaps, in future years, our numbers can increase and our Fathers’ Dinner will rival the popularity of the Mothers’ Lunch.
One of the great aspects of the 嫩模专区’s community is that the key stakeholder groups – the P&F Association, the Foundation and the Old Girls’ Association, are all aligned with the strategic direction of the school and the work of the School Council. The funds raised from the P&F, not only go to support the plans of the support groups, but also to assist in increasing the funds to improve the school’s built environment and to support financial needs-based bursaries. Therefore, a purchase of a raffle ticket, participation in an auction and attendance at an event contributes to the growth of the facilities of the school and the quality of the student experience.
Just another reminder about Open Day on 9 March. It is a compulsory day for all students and all parents are very welcomed to attend. We understand that some students will have unavoidable clashes or significant reasons why they cannot attend on that day. If this is the case for your daughter, we require a letter indicating her inability to attend. Open Day is an enjoyable day for the students – where they engage in activities and/or performances to showcase the school to our visitors. If you know of anyone considering enrolling their daughter at 嫩模专区’s, please invite them to come to the school on this day to see the school in action from 9.30am to 12.30pm.
I look forward to seeing you there!
It is hard to believe that we are now halfway through the first term. Students are now well into their studies, and many year levels are doing a good amount of homework each night and preparing for upcoming assessment. One of the words I have heard being used by students lately is that they are stressed.
It is important to distinguish between stress and being busy. Many of our students are now balancing their school work with other commitments such as music, sport and clubs as well as time to socialise with friends and spend time with their family. It can be difficult at times, but sitting down with family or with their Academic Advisor and Head of Year to schedule times appropriately to each of their commitments can help bring organisation and clarity to the day and relieve the feeling of stress.
Stress can be beneficial, if the right dose is found. Stress is our body’s response to a challenge. The key to good stress is to be challenged enough in something that can lead to growth and eventually mastery. That is the reason that teachers set challenging but doable tasks, to ensure that students are able to practice what they already know but also learn more and progress their skills. If tasks are too easy, a student cannot grow. Moderate amounts of stress can boost learning, memory, performance and resilience.
It is timely for our students to revisit their goals that they made at the beginning of the year. Goals are useful for students of all ages. With the recent Primary Parent Teacher Interviews and the upcoming Secondary Parent Teacher Interviews, I’m sure goals for your daughter’s learning has been a topic of discussion. If not, it would be worth discussing these with them and talking through what is going well and what she needs to develop further.
Goal-setting is an important step in striving for improvement; they provide direction and purpose. Students should ensure that their goals are S.M.A.R.T. goals.
Specific goals are easier to accomplish. Whilst many students may say they wish to achieve a certain grade for their subjects, it would be better to hone in on a particular skill in order for that to occur. For example, using criteria from a subject as the skill that they would like to improve would be beneficial.
Goals need to be Measureable. Checking in to see if targets have been met with feedback on improvement being sought and supplied, will identify achievement and help encourage the student to continue to strive for more improvement.
Make sure the goal is Attainable. Almost any goal is attainable when a person plans their steps towards achieving that goal wisely. Reaching those milestones will provide positive affirmation and ensure they remain on track to achieve the ultimate goal.
Relevant goals ensure that improvement is sought for something that needs improvement.
Timebound goals provide a deadline for actions to occur to see movement towards improvement.
Deadlines need to be given short timeframes to ensure step-by-step progress is made.
Last Friday, in our Year 7 On Being Human (RVE) class, we reflected on what it means to be human.
To spark our discussion, we watched a scene from the latest Barbie film:
There is a profound exchange between Barbie and Ruth Handler, where Barbie (the Created) asks Ruth (the Creator) for permission to become human. Ruth responds by telling Barbie that she doesn’t need her permission because Ruth doesn’t control Barbie, implying Barbie has the freedom to make choices and be exactly who she is, making discoveries, dealing with the existential realities, and the many consequences of this choice and freedom. It is clear in the exchange that the Creator loves the Created.
In class, we discussed this as a metaphor on the relationship between God (The Creator) and humanity (Created). God is love and created humanity with complete freedom. God does not control us; we have the freedom to act and be in the way that we decide. With this free will comes responsibility, consequences and, at times, pain. As humans, we can hurt one another, and we ourselves can be hurt. While God created us to be free and make choices, Jesus has provided us with an ethic of love for how to choose our actions so that we show love and compassion in the world, rather than putting our own needs above others.
Over the remainder of the term, we will use our 嫩模专区’s Values to reflect on the power of our choices and the effects our choices and actions can have on our own lives and on the lives of those around us.
Boarding life at 嫩模专区’s is filled with enriching experiences and memorable moments that leave a lasting impact on our students. From exciting events to meaningful activities, our boarding community thrives on fostering friendships, creating cherished memories, and embracing new opportunities. Here's a glimpse into some of the key highlights of boarding life at our school this last week.
The annual Swimming Carnival is a much-anticipated event, bringing together students from all houses for a day of spirited competition and camaraderie. In 2024, the school has introduced a significant change by organising events based on year level categories, enhancing participation and fostering a sense of belonging among peers. The addition of novelty relays adds an extra layer of fun and excitement, ensuring that every student feels engaged and involved in this beloved tradition.
The Year 12 Formal, a pinnacle milestone moment in a young woman’s life, unfolded against the enchanting backdrop of the St Lucia Golf Club. Illuminated by twinkling lights, the evening radiated a magical atmosphere, providing the seniors with a moment to celebrate their achievements, reflect on cherished memories, and embark on the next chapter of their lives with fondness and optimism. Parents, witnessing the transformation of their daughters from little girls to confident and poised young women; the journey of growth and self-discovery is truly remarkable. Their heartfelt reflections serve as a testament to the nurturing environment and supportive community that define the experience at our school.
Beyond the campus walls, students have the opportunity to explore the vibrant culture and attractions of the surrounding area. Trips to the Eumundi Markets are a highlight, where students immerse themselves in the festive atmosphere, savouring delicious treats, admiring handmade treasures, and enjoying live performances. Similarly, visits to Eat Street Markets provide a unique culinary experience, where students indulge in delectable cronuts (croissant and donut) and connect with peers from other boarding schools.
By Week 5, our new boarders have seamlessly integrated into the rhythms of boarding and day school life. They've established school routines, forming lasting friendships and embracing the sense of belonging that defines our community. As they navigate their journey of growth and discovery, our dedicated staff and supportive environment ensure that they feel valued, empowered, and inspired to reach their full potential.
In addition, our wonderful facilities staff at 嫩模专区’s have planted several gardenias in the Eton Courtyard. As these beautiful flowers bloom, they not only enhance the existing lush greenery but also provide a delightful aroma that creates a sense of tranquillity and serenity.
At 嫩模专区’s, boarding is more than just a place to reside—it's a vibrant community where students thrive, learn and grow together. From exciting events to meaningful connections, every aspect of boarding life is designed to nurture the holistic development of our students and create lifelong memories.
Time management is a topic that is frequently discussed in Academic Advising groups. Effective time management is so important in balancing academic responsibility, extracurricular activities, social life and personal wellbeing. I have included below some time management strategies that you may wish to discuss with your daughter below:
Implementation of the above strategies can help students to optimise their productivity, reduce stress and achieve academic success.
“Surround yourself with people who always challenge you to do your best. Keeping friends around you with similar goals who you can learn, study and stress with makes life so much easier.” – Alana Breed, ‘23
Starting in Week 8 of Term 1, our Years 7 and 9 students will undertake the NAPLAN tests in Eton Hall. Below is the testing schedule:
Wednesday 13 March
Thursday 14 March
Friday 15 March
Conventions of Language
Monday 18 March
Next Tuesday 27 February, both year levels will also undertake a Practice NAPLAN Test in Eton Hall.
For the tests, girls are reminded that they must bring:
If any parents have any questions or concerns about the NAPLAN testing process, please feel free to contact my office on 07 3862 0703.
In Years 9 and 10, students will have Study Hall days scheduled into every term. During these days, normal classes are suspended for these year levels, and students may have examination and performance assessments scheduled (please refer to your daughter’s Assessment Calendar on the POD).
When girls are not sitting assessment during Study Hall, they are afforded time to undertake independent study, where they can continue with other schoolwork and assessments.
Term 1 Study Hall dates are as follows:
Monday 11 March
Tuesday 12 March
Study Hall schedules have been made available to students this week through the Years 9 and 10 POD Pages.
On Saturday 9 March we will host the school’s annual Open Day from 9:30am-12:30pm. This is a day when we showcase our school and our community to potential students and their families as well as open our doors to the public. We welcome current school families and friends on the day.
We would very much appreciate your support in publicising the event to friends and colleagues who may be interested in seeking a 嫩模专区’s education for their daughter.
Furthermore, Saturday 9 March is a day when we require all of our students to be present at school, in full uniform and either participate in curricular, co-curricular or community activities. Students should arrive no later than 9.15 am for the activities.
If, due to extenuating circumstances, a student is unable to be at school on Open Day, we require a written note or email requesting absence to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This week the girls and teachers were provided with the opportunity to be educated by cyber safety expert Kirra Pendergast from ‘Safe on Social’. Both the girls and staff were surprised and shocked by, firstly, the negative impact social media can have on relationships and privacy. I know many girls would have shared with parents some of the points discussed and that many parents who attended the parent seminar were also astonished by some of the information shared. If you were unable to attend Kirra’s presentation a video recording and accompanying resources will be available in the coming weeks.
As we are aware, both from this presentation and reports in the media, online safety is not an area limited to teenagers; children of all ages need to be educated in this area. The school is committed to this through being recognised as an eSmart accredited school, but parents have a huge role to play in online education too.
While the internet and the game Roblox can have positive benefits for all ages, it can also expose young people to a range of risks, like harmful content, contact with strangers or missing out on physical activity.
Four simple messages can help children develop online safety:
Parents can support a child’s positive online experiences by…
I recommend that you use the suggested advice. We will continue to educate at school and together, we can help create a safe online world for your daughter.
At 嫩模专区’s we recommend reading with your daughter daily, this could be with her home reader, AR book or another shared text. The following simple tips for shared reading will enhance your daughter’s literacy development and help you to develop simple routines for shared reading at home.
With younger children:
With older children:
The 嫩模专区’s Music Department is very much looking forward to presenting music performances at the upcoming Open Day to be held on Saturday 9 March. Performance times are listed below:
Circular Drive Stage
9:30am Sculthorpe String Quartet
9:45am Amati Strings
10:00am Stradivari Strings
10:15am Chamber Strings
11:55am Music Ext Perf
12:00pm Highly Strung
12:10pm Rock Band (Mon)
12:20pm Rock Band (Tues)
9:30am Chaseley Concert Band
9:45am Sister Helen Wind Symphony
10:00am Jackson Wind Ensemble
10:20am Elayne Jones Percussion Ensemble
10:35am Stage Band
11:45am Speech & Drama Presentation
12:20pm Belle Voce
11:00am Flute Ensemble
11:10am Clarinet Ensemble
11:20am Saxophone Ensemble
11:30am Brass Ensemble
11:15am Beath String Quartet
Students are required to wear a performance uniform for some senior auditioned music ensembles. Students are encouraged to purchase the uniform as soon as possible at the School Supply Shop in preparation for Open Day (9 March). Music ensemble uniform requirements are as follows:
Serenata, Belle Voci, Chorale, Encorah: School middy
Volare, Exultate: Black performance uniform with white ribbon and black shoes (ballet flats). (Volare and Exultate students may remain in their black performance uniform when performing in Encorah).
Chaseley Concert Band, Jackson Wind Ensemble: School middy
Saxophone/Clarinet/Flute/Brass/Elayne Jones Percussion Ensembles and Stage Band: School middy
Sister Helen Wind Symphony: Black performance uniform with black shoes (ballet flats). (Sister Helen Wind Symphony students may remain in their black performance uniform when performing in Saxophone/Clarinet/Flute/Brass/Elayne Jones Percussion Ensembles and Stage Band).
Tutti Strings, Amati Strings, Beath String Quartet, Stradivari Strings: School middy
Chamber Strings, Sculthorpe String Quartet: Black performance uniform with white ribbon and black shoes (ballet flats). (Chamber Strings students may remain in their black performance uniform when performing in Stradivari Strings.)
Highly Strung: School middy
Secondary Rock Bands: Smart blue jeans, sneakers and ‘M Factor’ polo shirt, and hair tied back with school ribbon.
All performance uniform items are available for purchase through the School Supplies Shop.
The next Music Support Group meeting will be held on Tuesday 5 March 2024 at 5:00pm in the Circular Drive Classroom 01 (in front of the Arts Centre Foyer). We encourage parents from both primary and secondary schools to become involved.
Summer and Autumn sports are underway at 嫩模专区’s. For all the information related to these programs please ensure you check-in and sign up to the and the respective individual sport pages:
Our dedicated sport staff and teacher coordinators are on hand to support with any questions you may have related to the program.
Yesterday, our secondary school community came together for a day of spirited competition and camaraderie at the Interhouse Swimming Carnival. This year’s event was a resounding success, showcasing not only the athletic talents of our students but also the vibrant interhouse spirit that defines our school.
A notable deviation from previous years was the restructuring of competitions by year levels, fostering friendly rivalries and encouraging participation among peers. This adjustment injected an extra layer of excitement into the proceedings, as students pushed themselves to excel alongside their classmates.
Adding to the festivities was the introduction of innovative novelty events such as the water polo relay and noodle relay, which were met with enthusiasm and keen participation. These events provided a refreshing twist to the traditional swimming races, fostering a sense of enjoyment and inclusivity among participants.
One of the most memorable aspects of the carnival was undoubtedly the traditional house march on. Each house took to the stage with flair, showcasing their unity, energy, and creativity in representing their house of the year ahead. Tennyson ‘Throw Backs’ were the victorious march on house of the day.
As the day drew to a close, it was clear that the Interhouse Swimming Carnival had once again succeeded in bringing our school community together in celebration of the spirit and fun of our Interhouse Competition. I would like to thank our House Captains and Coordinators for all their hard work in preparing their houses and the teachers and staff involved in the coordination of the day. We look forward to the Interhouse Cross Country in early Term 2.
Our victorious house will be announced at an upcoming school assembly... stay tuned.
2024 will mark the tenth year of the Ponytail Project, and this year will be held on Tuesday 30 July 2024.
Like all milestones, 嫩模专区’s wants to make its mark - by moving the overall fundraising needle to the million-dollar mark! It’s a bold target, so we are calling in the cavalry. We have raised more than $700,000, in nine years, so our goal is to raise close to $300,000 this year to reach our target.
To achieve this, we are calling for the involvement not only of students to cut their hair and donate, but also any other family members and alumni who’d like to #rockthechop – whether they live locally or outside of Brisbane.
If you are an Old Girl or past or current parent and would like to help us reach our target, we are asking you to register your interest so we can keep you up to date with the 2024 event. And some of you might need to start growing your mane now!
Can’t get to Brisbane? You can still be involved wherever you are by joining the fundraising page and getting your local hairdresser or a trusted friend to lop off your ponytail or consider holding your own event in a regional area or international city!
We’d love to connect our boarding families keen to be involved from afar – perhaps to even host a morning tea on the day.
If you are interested in becoming involved, we have set up an Expression of Interest form where you can indicate what type of involvement you are interested in, and if you are in another town, we could connect you with other’s keen to be involved.
Note, the actual donation page will be open soon. The EOI form will help us keep you in touch with all things Ponytail Project, including letting you know when you can jump on and sign up to either cut your hair or donate.
If you have any enquiries, please email Wendy Johnston, Director of Marketing and Communications, on email@example.com or call (07) 3862 0837.
嫩模专区's is delighted to offer sponsorship opportunities for those in our community to advertise their business at the MAYO Arts Festival on Saturday 27 July.
It is a fantastic opportunity to promote your business to the entire school community which includes current parents, students, staff, prospective parents and students as well as Old Girls through communication channels including eNews and 嫩模专区's social media channels and/or through signage and activations at the event.
If you would like to discuss ways in which you can partner with the MAYO Arts Festival, please contact Pru Reed on 07 3862 0828 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTICE is given that the Annual General Meeting of the 嫩模专区’s P&F Association Inc will be held on the following date and time:
Date: Monday 25 March 2024
Time: 6.30pm to 7.30pm (followed by light refreshments)
Location: Arts Centre Foyer, 嫩模专区's
There is also an option to join this meeting remotely via Microsoft Teams for those unable to attend the meeting in person.
The P&F Executive and Committee will be elected at the Annual General Meeting. If you would like to formally join the P&F, or nominate someone for a position on the Executive and Committee, please complete a and submit it to the P&F by Monday 11 March via P&F@stmargarets.qld.edu.au.
2024 P&F event calendar – including change of date for Mothers’ Lunch
The P&F Association is proud to host several events throughout the year to bring the community together while also helping to raise funds for the school. A calendar of events can be found on the P&F POD page:
The 嫩模专区’s P&F Association will once again host the Mothers’ Lunch at Brisbane City Hall. Please note that the date for this event has changed to Thursday 15 August. The P&F will advertise tickets in Term 2 and invites anyone interested in supporting this event through sponsorship or prize donations to contact the P&F via P&F@stmargarets.qld.edu.au.
Just a reminder that it is not too late to purchase your ticket for the Past Student Awards Dinner.
This year’s event will celebrate the 2024 嫩模专区's Past Student Awards recipients: Dr Alex Markwell ('95), Michelle May AM KC ('72), Caitlin McConnel ('07) and Trudi Mitchell ('87).
Join us with your daughter to hear from these four inspirational 嫩模专区's women who have made outstanding contributions to our society and achieved great success in their chosen field. This event may be of particular interest to students considering careers in law, medicine, agriculture or agribusiness, philanthropy, or international aid.
Date: Thursday 21 March 2024
Time: Pre-dinner drinks and canapes at 6.30pm
Dinner at 7.00pm (including Awards presentation)
Venue: Arts Centre Foyer, 嫩模专区's Anglican Girls School
Cost: $95 Adults | $65 Students
Adult ticket includes canapes, two course meal and drinks package
Student ticket includes canapes, two course meal and non-alcoholic drinks package
RSVP: Friday 8 March 2023
Enquiries: Development and Community Office, (07) 3862 0768 or
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The 嫩模专区’s community acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land upon which we gather each day. We pay our respects to the Elders past and present, for they hold the memories, traditions, culture and hopes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across the nation.