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 - a school where the community of staff, students and parents is vibrant, friendly and supportive.
Since 1895, the school has held an important place in the lives of families who have put their daughters' education in the hands of the staff of St Margaret's. At the heart of the school you will find the values and wisdom of our founders, the Sisters of the Society of the Sacred Advent.
Our Sisters have provided a firm Christian foundation which underpins all we do. We endeavour to ensure that all girls feel they are valued and an important member of our school family.
At St Margaret's the students are inspired to achieve their goals and every effort is made to encourage students to take advantage of the opportunities available to them, in both the classroom or in the broad range of extra-curricular activities on offer.
I encourage all prospective parents to take the opportunity to visit our school and to see it for themselves. It is clearly a school that effectively combines a love of tradition and its legacy with the excitement of innovation and a commitment to quality education.
Ensuring a relevant, authentic and engaging learning program remains the focus of everything we do at St Margaret's. 2011 saw the implementation of a laptop program in the secondary school and plans are well underway for 2014 when Year 7 will become part of our secondary school.
As a Pre-Prep to Year 12 school, we are well positioned to ensure that this change is a seamless one for our students. As we look to introduce the Australian Curriculum, as required by the Federal Government, our focus will be to continue to provide opportunities for students to be enriched, extended and supported.
These developments in curriculum will occur while following our Master Plan for new and redeveloped facilities. The $8 million Science and Resource Centre was opened in February 2012, and our primary students are currently enjoying the $3 million redevelopment which includes enhanced teaching, playground and library facilities, partly funded by the Federal Government through the Building Education Revolution.
I look forward to your visit to St Margaret's and warmly welcome you to become part of the school community, where we all work together to encourage and celebrate the many achievements of St Margaret's students and staff.
BA (Hons), DipEd, MLitSt, MEd (Leadership & Management), ASDA, MACE, MACEL, AIMM, GAICD
BOARDING: St Margaret’s Boarding House for students in Years 7 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.coachaust?ralia.net
??Bel?baker Bus Charter (www.bel?baker.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.