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St Margaret's is an independent day and boarding school for students from Pre-Preparatory to Year 12. Founded in 1895 by the Sisters of The Society of the Sacred Advent, St Margaret's is renowned as being one of Queensland's leading educators of young women.
St Margaret’s has a proud history dating back to its establishment in 1895 by The Sisters of The Society of the Sacred Advent. The School is founded on a philosophy of six core values: courage, faith, integrity, passion, respect and spirit, with the School motto "Per Volar Sunata" (born to fly upwards), inspiring St Margaret’s students to believe in their abilities and achieve their personal best in all endeavours.
As a member of the Queensland Girls’ Secondary Schools Sports Association Inc (QGSSSA), St Margaret’s participates in a range of academic, sporting and cultural competitions against other long-standing Brisbane schools.
There are approximately 300 girls in the Primary School and 550 in the Secondary School. Boarding has been an integral part of the School’s life and 185 girls from Years 7 to 12 are accommodated at St Margaret’s.
Welcome to St Margaret’s and thank you for considering our school for your daughter.
For 122 years St Margaret’s has been a leader in providing quality education for young women and girls. At the heart of our school you will find the values and wisdom of our founders, the Sisters of the Society of the Sacred Advent, who established St Margaret’s in 1895. The Sisters undertook to empower young women and prepare them not only for tertiary admission, but most importantly to live a life imbued with good and generous character. These threads of our founders have been woven into the tapestry of the school throughout its history.
St Margaret’s combines a steadfast affection for this wonderful tradition and its legacy with a commitment to future-focused innovation across all teaching and learning areas and life-long scholarship.
Today our mission is to prepare capable, compassionate, confident young women, who are able to contribute significantly to a global society.
When your daughter attends St Margaret’s she will experience a broad, balanced and flexible curriculum in state of the art facilities, within a warm and nurturing environment.
The school has a strong academic record, providing extensive and personalised support, including a tailored program for high achieving scholars, athletes and performers, called The Flyer Program. All students are inspired to participate in life beyond the classroom through our comprehensive sport, music and arts programs.
St Margaret’s has a proud boarding history. Generations of women from across Queensland and the world have walked through the doors of our boarding house and into the care of our committed and specialist boarding staff. St Margaret’s boarders are integral to our school community and bring diversity, energy and another level of experience to all our girls.
The active and friendly parent body along with experienced and dedicated staff contribute to St Margaret’s warm and welcoming community.
We would love to show you our school. Please contact our Admissions team on 3862 0777 to arrange a personal tour on any working day, or if you have any questions. We hold an Open Day and Open Morning each year and I encourage you to also join us on those occasions.
I commend our school to you and invite you to ‘Discover the Difference’ a St Margaret’s education could make to your daughter.
We look forward to seeing you.
BA (Hons), DipEd, MLitSt, MEd (Leadership & Management), ASDA, MACE, MACEL, AIMM, GAICD
BOARDING: St Margaret’s Boarding House for students in Years 5 to 12 is a busy place with a warm and friendly atmosphere. Boarding students are provided with the opportunity to develop character, self-discipline, leadership skills and initiative while nurturing lifelong friendships.
Through a wide range of learning experiences such as sporting, artistic and cultural activities, students may enrich their lives and go on to pursue a career or lifelong interests in such fields. As a member of the Andrews Cup Primary Schools Association and the Queensland Girls’ Secondary Schools Sports Association (QGSSSA), St Margaret’s participates in a range of academic, sporting and cultural competitions against other long-standing Brisbane schools.
For more information, please contact the Boarding House on +61 7 3862 0800.
St Margaret's is proud of its strong tradition of pastoral care for students. In essence, pastoral care is the school's expression of concern for the welfare of each student. This concern encompasses academic, spiritual, personal and extra curricular areas. New students are warmly welcomed by staff and current students and usually settle in quickly to school life. Form Teachers Form teachers are responsible for the day to day care of the form class and provide a stable, caring contact for the same group of students throughout the school year. Heads of Year Each year group from Year 8 to Year 12 in the Secondary School is in the care of a Head of Year who monitors the academic progress and level of pastoral care required for students. The relevant Head of Year is the first point of contact for any pastoral concern. Support Students are also supported by the School Chaplains, Careers Counsellor and School Counsellor who offer a range of services including personal, spiritual and emotional support, tertiary study and career guidance, and time management advice. Personal Counsellor The Personal Counsellor, is available to see all students (Secondary and Primary) to assist with any issues such as adjusting to boarding or being in a new school, grief, friendship difficulties, exam pressure, or difficulties at home. Counselling gives the opportunity to discuss concerns on a one to one basis (although some students prefer to bring a friend, which is also fine) with someone who will listen to your perspective and assist to look at your options.
Overlooking the Brisbane River, the city skyline and the distant ranges, St Margaret's is situated in a magnificent hilltop position in the leafy suburb of Ascot, only 10 minutes from Brisbane’s City Centre and close to public transport.
Albion Rail Station is only 1km from the school.
Council Buses depart from nearby Sandgate Road.
From suburbs served by bus lines, a change can be made in the City or Bowen Hills to either a Brisbane City Council bus or train.
Hornibrook Bus Service runs from Redcliffe to connect with the train from Sandgate.
Red and White Coaches operate a number of schools runs in the northern suburbs www.coachaustralia.net
Belbaker Bus Charter (www.belbaker.com.au) operates two bus runs, exclusively for St Margaret's students and staff, morning and afternoons (school days). It runs to and from the Gap and Bulimba.
Roma Street Transit Centre and the International and Domestic Airports are both located 10 minutes away by car.
Visit Translink or phone 13 12 30 (from Qld only) to find the best route to and from the school using public transport closest to your door.