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St Aidan's Anglican Girls' School, Corinda
11 Ruthven Street
Prep to Year 12 Anglican day school for girls (with a co-educational Kindergarten). Located in Corinda with a population of around 750 students, reflecting our belief that students experience many benefits in a smaller school.
11 Ruthven Street
Brisbane West, Brisbane South
07 3373 5999
Ambiwerra sporting fields - Erinvale Street, Corinda
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Karen Spiller
Primary School, Secondary School
Kindergarten - Year 12
Starting from $12,712pa
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Welcome . I hope this information provides a glimpse of the exciting and varied opportunities available at our school.

Our 800 students have the opportunity to study more than 34 subjects and participate in 17 different sports. More than one-third of students play a musical instrument. And each year, our students eclipse state and national literacy, numeracy and tertiary qualification standards.

A school, of course, should be about much more than statistics. We think of "school" as shorthand for the daily life, joys, experiences and challenges that we share as a vibrant and connected St Aidan's School community.

Through this information and our website, you will learn more about the exciting opportunities available at St Aidan's. To experience the real warmth and personality of our School in person, please arrange a tour with our Registrar.

  • Kindergarten to Year 12 Anglican day school for girls (with a co-educational Kindergarten)
  • Located in suburban Brisbane in Corinda
  • School population of around 800 students reflects our belief that students experience many benefits in a smaller school environment.
  • Established in 1929 by the Sisters of the Society of the Sacred Advent (an Anglican religious order) and continues to hold their values and traditions. Our environment is one, which cares for all and seeks to provide a nurturing and supportive school experience where each girl is able to safely grow and evolve her gifts and belief in herself.

Junior School

  • Fully air-conditioned classrooms.
  • New Junior School Library, Charma Place.
  • Year 7s enjoy a transition program and their own "precinct" adjacent to the Senior School facilities and also enjoy specialist teaching lessons in much of their academic program allowing them a smooth transition to the Senior School.
  • Specialist teachers (Music, LOTE, Art and PE).
  • Secondary Science teachers take Science classes in The Archer and Templeton Science Centre.

Senior School

  • All students receive a laptop for both home and school use.
  • Fully air-conditioned throughout.
  • Facilities include: five science laboratories; multimedia and graphics classroom; specialist Music and Drama classrooms including a fully equipped recording studio; a 100-seat performance space and 200-seat auditorium, together with Chapel, instrumental practice rooms; an Arts precinct; and extensive sporting facilities which includes a gymnasium; 25-metre pool and 16 acres of sporting fields.

Principal's Message

For 14 years, I’ve had the pleasure of holding what I believe is one of the best jobs in the world: leading a team of talented school leaders and staff who endeavour to create a safe and nurturing environment for the young girls and women at our School. Our shared passion is to see girls grow to fulfil their academic potential and develop into happy and authentic people.

Our 850 students have the opportunity to study more than 34 subjects and participate in 17 different sports. More than one-third of students play a musical instrument. And each year, our students eclipse state and national literacy, numeracy and tertiary qualification standards.

A school, of course, should be about much more than statistics. We think of “school” as shorthand for the daily life, joys, experiences and challenges that we share as a vibrant and connected St Aidan’s School community.

Through this website, you will learn more about the exciting opportunities available at St Aidan’s. To experience the real warmth and personality of our School in person, please arrange a tour with our Registrar.

I look forward to welcoming you to the St Aidan’s family.

Karen Spiller
Principal - St Aidan's Anglican Girls' School

About Us

This is now the name of the sporting fields at Erinvale Street, Corinda, owned by the School. Ambiwerra comprises 10 hectares of land surrounded by the Oxley Creek.

Facilities include:
• Two Hockey fields
• Full athletics oval
• Four dedicated Tennis courts
• Four combined Netball and Tennis courts
• Four combined Netball and Basketball Courts.

All courts have full competition lighting, regarded by some professionals as the best in Brisbane. There are also change rooms.

This is available for students and staff at any time for quiet reflection and prayer. Our Chapel was dedicated in 1989 and was designed (together with the furniture) by the Chaplain at the time, Father David Binns, a renowned artist.

Christine Hartland Centre
The Centre was opened in 1989 and underwent an $8 million redevelopment which was completed in 2010. The CHC is used for many school functions and school assemblies. This building also houses drama, music and sport facilities.

The three level Centre comprises:

Lower Ground Floor
•The Ron Archer Fitness Centre;
•two double-sized music classrooms; two classrooms and, alumni
•storage and bathroom facilities, as well as student lockers.

Ground Floor
•School assembly hall and stage;
•eight music studios;
•strings, brass and percussion classrooms and
•kitchen and toilet facilities.

First Floor
•300 tiered seats enabling the entire school community to comfortably attend key school events in fully air-conditioned comfort;
•A double sized drama room with retractable seating and a second drama space;
•Alumni and Marketing office.

Science and Technology Centre
The Archer and Templeton Science And Technology Centre was opened in 2003. It offers five science laboratories, preparation rooms, two computer laboratories, a 200 seat auditorium and a meeting room.
Our curriculum provides learning opportunities that take into account the latest developments in brain research and effective teaching. We integrate technology across the curriculum.

In Year 8, students undertake a core program of English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Religious and Values Education and Health and Physical Education. They also choose a Language – Chinese, French, German or Japanese – and three of the following elective subjects: Business Studies, Digital Productions, Drama, Every Day Music, Elective Science, Health and Design Technology and Visual Art.

In Years 9 and 10, students are provided with more choice in their program. They continue to undertake studies in the core areas (English, Mathematics, Science, History, Physical Education and Religious and Values Education) and combine these with selections from a number of key learning areas. Subject units available include Business and Finance, Drama, Graphics, Health and Design Technology, Languages (Chinese, French, German, Japanese), Multimedia Productions, Music, Everyday Music, Physical Education, Visual Art and Elective Science.

In Years 11 and 12, students follow the guidelines for senior studies set by the Queensland Studies Authority. In doing this, students may choose the OP Eligible Pathway or the Vocational and Tertiary Pathway. Both pathways may lead to tertiary studies.

Studies in English or English Communication, Mathematics (either Mathematics A, Mathematics B or Pre-vocational Mathematics), and Religious and Values Education are compulsory for all students completing Years 11 and 12.

In addition to these compulsory subjects, students choose four subjects from the following list:

•Ancient History
•Biological Science
•Certificate II in Workplace Practices
•Certificate III in Business
•English Extension – offered in Year 12
•French ?
•Geography •?German
•Home Economics
•Mathematics C
•Modern History
•Music Extension – offered in Year 12
•Physical Education
•Visual Art


Sport at St Aidan's is available for all students as part of their extra-curricular activities. Senior school students are able to participate in the sports set out in the table below. St Aidan's participates in a variety of sports associations, the main Association we compete in is the QGSSSA system (Queensland Girls' Secondary Schools Sports Association). However, we also compete in events conducted by QGSSSA (Queensland Secondary Schools Sports Association) which enables athletes to be considered for selection through to national level teams. The training program for each sport is available via the School Newsletter and will vary with the individual sport.

Metropolitan West Teams
Our School's regional competition is Metropolitan West. A number of cluster days are held in the School year for trials in all sports. Students are able to participate in these trials for sports that are an extension of the QGSSSA program, or for sports that are not traditionally part of the school program, eg golf, surfing.

Interhouse for Year 8 - 12 - Swimming, Cross Country and Track & Field Athletics.
QGSSSA for Years 8 - 12 - Swimming, Cross Country and Track & Field Athletics.

Term 1

  • Equestrian
  • Artistic Gymnastics
  • Softball (Open & Senior A)
  • Basketball
  • Touch Football
  • Soccer
  • Swimming

Term 2

  • Equestrian
  • Cross Country
  • Basketball
  • Touch Football
  • Soccer

Term 3

  • Equestrian
  • Hockey
  • Netball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Rowing

Term 4

  • Equestrian
  • Badminton
  • Softball (Years 8, 9, 10)
  • Track & Field Athletics


Music at St Aidan’s is delivered in a sequential and developmental classroom program from Kindergarten through to Year 12. A unique feature of Classroom Music at St Aidan’s is the Every Day Music Program which encompasses Kindergarten to Year 3 as well as the elective program in Years 7, 8 and 9. Alongside this extensive program, there are numerous opportunities for engagement in Music in both the Senior and Junior Schools. These include:


Senior School

  • Chorale
  • The 17 (auditioned choral group)
  • String Consort (auditioned group)
  • Symphony Strings
  • Concert Band (auditioned group)
  • Stage Band (auditioned group)
  • Chamber Groups e.g. flute duos
  • String quartet, and brass ensemble
  • Music tours
  • Biennial school musical

Junior School

  • Vivaldi Strings
  • All Strung Out
  • Year 2 Strings Program
  • Junior Singers (Years 3, 4 and 5)
  • Children Crossing (Years 6, 7 and 8)
  • Wind Ensemble
  • Junior Stage Band


Whole School

  • Private and small group instrumental
  • Recitals
  • Regular concerts
  • Music Support Group
  • Student music leadership positions

Private Instruction
Many of our accomplished teachers instruct on a range of instruments, voice and theory of music. Individual and small group instruction (upon consultation with the teacher) is available on:

  • Piano
  • Theory of Music
  • Voice
  • Violin
  • Tuba
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • Double Bass
  • Harp
  • Flute/Piccolo
  • Oboe
  • Bassoon
  • Clarinet/Bass Clarinet
  • Trumpet
  • French Horn
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Guitar-acoustic, electric, bass
  • Saxophone-soprano, alto, tenor, baritone

Music Tours
2011 saw nineteen band and string students travel to America for the Music Department’s second tour to attend the Music for All Summer Symposium in Indiana. The tour involved an intensive week-long residential camp of concerts, workshops, rehearsals and master classes at the Ball State University in Muncie Indiana, working with world renowned conductors, musicians and teachers. At the conclusion of the camp a 3 day stopover was available in California. The students visited Hollywood, Disneyland, California Adventure Park and Universal Studios. The next tour is planned for 2014.

School Musical

The school musical is a biennial production. Auditions were conducted at the conclusion of 2011 and we congratulate all leads and chorus members for the 2012 production of Sondheim’s Into the Woods.

Students can become involved with the school musical through the following:

  • principal role
  • chorus
  • dance troupe
  • orchestra
  • sound/lighting crew
  • backstage
  • make-up
  • set preparation/design and painting

Both principal and chorus positions are open to students in Years 10, 11 and 12 only. Positions for the Orchestra are generally allocated at the beginning of the year. As members of the musical are awarded full and half pockets, it is expected that attendance at all rehearsals and performances is regular and punctual.

St Aidan's does not offer boarding.

Student Care and Support Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) SEL is sometimes called ‘the missing piece’ because it represents a part of education that links academic knowledge with a set of skills important to success in schools, families, communities, workplaces and life in general. When academic and SEL both become a part of schooling, students are more likely to remember and use what they are taught. The Three Guiding Beliefs to SEL 1.Caring relationships form the foundation for learning. 2.Emotions affect how learning takes place and what is learned. 3.Goal setting and problem solving provide direction and energy for learning. SEL at St Aidan’s strives to provide learning activities and experiences that enhance the students’ emotional competence (personal and social). Learning support St Aidan’s provides a broad flexible curriculum, which caters for each individual providing optional career pathways for students. Furthermore, the school focuses on developing positive, confident, caring life-long learners, with a passion for life, love of learning and a desire to reach their full potential. St Aidan’s Learning Support Program caters for the individual including those with special educational need for whom provision of effective education programs and related services are required. These students include: •Students with verified learning disabilities such as Visual Impairment, Hearing Impairment, Physical Impairment, Intellectual Impairment, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Speech Language Impairment and Social Emotional Disorder. •Students with learning difficulties in a combination of areas of literacy, numeracy and/or metacognition. •Gifted and Talented students •In some cases, students have multiple special needs through a combination of the above needs. Circumstances which impact upon the level of support for students with special educational needs include: •Human resources available within the total school budget •Material resources and facilities available within the total school budget •Level of funding available from external sources such as the Federal and State Governments •Cooperation and support of parents St Aidan’s is committed to identifying and eliminating the barriers that prevent some students from participating in, and achieving to their potential. It is also committed to helping students acquire strategies to cope with their disability. The aim is to appropriately respond to student needs in order to optimise their learning by building upon their strengths and providing strategies to address their areas of weaknesses. Provision for students can either be through classroom activities, small group interaction with a teacher aide or individual programs depending on the level of need. The support offered is related directly to the learning in the classroom. Furthermore, it is to provide opportunities for the students to experience some success by improving upon past performances and by maintaining and enhancing their self-esteem.

St Aidan's strives to provide excellence in education, in a caring, friendly environment,
where each individual, nurtured and shaped
by the values of the Christian Faith, has the opportunity to achieve her full potential and to develop a passion for life and for learning.

Transport Options

St Aidan’s is in Corinda, a quiet residential area in Brisbane’s western suburbs.

We are adjacent to Corinda Railway Station, giving direct access to the CBD. A public and private transport network, including bus and train, provides convenient access to our school.

Our sports fields, named Ambiwerra, comprise 10 hectares of parkland surrounded by Oxley Creek. Sporting facilities at Ambiwerra include a full athletics oval, two hockey fields, four dedicated tennis courts, four dedicated netball courts, and four each of tennis/netball and basketball/netball/ multi-use courts. The Ambiwerra fields are a 10-minute walk from the main campus.


The school is situated only one minute walk from the Corinda Railway Station. The train provides access to the City and the western suburbs, with links to the total Brisbane transport network.

Dedicated School Bus

St Aidan's has a dedicated morning and afternoon bus service available to students. There are two bus runs, one servicing the Southern area of Brisbane and one servicing Western Brisbane. Please visit our website to see the exact timetable and cost: 


St Aidan’s School Buses also transport students to Ambiwerra (sporting fields) for sports training and fixtures and to and from school camps and excursions.


Academic Scholarships

  • Scholarships are offered to girls who exhibit qualities compatible with the aims and ethos of St Aidan's Anglican Girls' School, on the basis of the ACER Scholarship Examination results, previous academic record, and an interview with the Principal.
  • The ACER Scholarship Examination for girls entering Years 7-11 in 2014 will be held on Saturday 23 February 2013.
  • If you are interested in having your child sit for a scholarship, please registering below:Online applications to sit the ACER Scholarship Examination are open here.For more information or a hard copy of the application form, please contact the Registrar at ">.

General Excellence Scholarships

  • General Excellence Scholarships are open to girls entering in Years 7-11 and are available to students who can demonstrate strength in academic studies, as well as potential excellence in visual/performing arts and/or sport. Applicants are required to submit a resume and attend an interview with the Principal.
  • All Scholarships are awarded for the duration of a student’s education at the School and are reviewed at each semester reporting period. Scholarships may provide part remission of tuition fees.General Excellence Scholarships applications for 2014 admission close on 1 February 2013.For more information please contact the Registrar at ">



The Genevieve Greig Memorial Bursary
Full Bursary to St Aidan’s for Years 11 and 12, 2014

  • The Genevieve Greig Memorial Bursary is being offered for the first time in 2012 and is available to students experiencing financial hardship. Applicants should exhibit sound academic achievement and a demonstrated commitment to community service.
  • Applicants must also be intending to undertake tertiary studies and possess qualities compatible with the aims and ethos of St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School.
  • The Bursaries are for students in Year 10 2013 who are seeking entry to St Aidan’s for the first time in Year 11 in 2014.Application form and further details are available from our Registrar: Mrs Cheryl Parkyn 07 3373 5928 E :">
    Bursaries are discussed with the Principal. These are based on financial need. Detailed information and an Application Form may be obtained from the Registrar on (07) 3373 5928 or email at


Test Results

St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School students have again achieved outstanding OP results with over 97 per cent of the 2012 Senior students gaining an OP between 1 and 15 with six per cent achieving an OP of 1.
These consistent outcomes (over 93% OP1-15 each year since 2010) point to the high quality education the School delivers year after year.
Our 2012 Year 12 students are to be congratulated on their outstanding and consistent academic achievement.
The OP results show St Aidan’s is well above the State average in all OP categories and is one of the top performing independent schools in Queensland. 100% of our students also attained their Queensland Certificate of Education.
These results reflected the hard work and diligence of the 2012 cohort and the quality and professionalism of the teaching staff and educational experience offered at our School. This is enhanced by focused academic management on every student’s performance.
OP Results (2012)
St Aidan's (State)
OP 1
6% (State 2.68%)
OP 1 – 3
22% (State 10.24%)
OP 1 – 5
36% (State 19.69%)
OP 1 – 10
73% (State 48.90%)
OP 1 – 15
97% (State 78.89%)
These results are particularly noteworthy as the vast majority of the total cohort of 2012 graduating St Aidan’s students OP eligible.
The 2012 graduates on their performance on the Queensland Core Skills Test. 31% of OP-eligible students were awarded an A.
Queensland Core Skills Test Results (2012)
St Aidan's (State)
31% (State 16.9%)
40% (State 30.09%)
23% (State 35.66%)
6% (State 17.03%)
0% (State 0.33%)
It is pleasing to see our students are recognised through these outstanding results, and that the quality of our education delivers these outcomes. The way our teachers work with students and parents to plan and cater to the individual needs of students is a real strength of St Aidan’s. These strong results are a reflection of both the quality teaching and learning opportunities provided at St Aidan’s and the diligent work done by our staff, students and parents in maintaining a focus on education.
NAPLAN Data 2012
St Aidan’s students’ performance on the 2012 NAPLAN tests has again been well above the average result when compared with both State and National figures in all areas. The table below compares St Aidan’s results with that of the State and the National average in each of the literacy and numeracy areas. We believe that these very strong results are a reflection of both the quality teaching and learning opportunities provided at St Aidan’s and the hard work of our staff and students in maintaining a focus on literacy and numeracy.
The St Aidan’s Year 5 students attained top marks, with overall results showing the group as the best in Queensland.
Percentage of Students Above National Benchmark
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Past Student Profiles

“Celebrity” Pharmacist

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It was the multitude of opportunities she experienced at
St Aidan’s that gave Geraldine Moses the confidence to host her own radio talkback show just three years out of university.
“Had I not had such a positive sense of infinite possibility from my school days I doubt if I could have achieved this goal,” Geraldine said.
The well-known Brisbane pharmacist said St Aidan’s gave her the chance to shine at many things. She successfully participated in activities ranging from debating to sports, foreign languages to singing the (male) lead in school musicals; and in her senior year still managed to be Hartland House Captain and graduate as Dux.
Geraldine’s claim to fame was formed by combining her love of educating people about medicines with the power of the media. Her media career began in 1990, when she hosted her own regular medication talkback segment on ABC Radio, which ran until 2004, including two years co-hosting ABC Radio’s Conversation Hour. During this time she also hosted medical talkback on Radio 4BC and Vision Radio, was a regular guest on Channel 9’s Extra program for many years and was one of three hosts on the popular Your Health television program on Channel Briz31. She continues to be interviewed by local news and current affairs programs for her opinion on pharmacy matters, hosts medical programs on Rural Health TV and writes columns for several health-related magazines.
As a spin-off from her early media work, Geraldine and colleagues at Brisbane’s Mater Hospital established The Medicines Line, Australia’s first drug information telephone helpline for the general public. For this work she has won many awards, including a Churchill Fellowship in 1999 to fund travel to investigate international trends in consumer drug information and in 2002, she was named the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia’s Pharmacist of the Year.
She employed her “I can do anything” attitude at the University of Queensland graduating with her Doctorate in Clinical Pharmacy in 2005. On the personal front, Geraldine is married and her daughter Rebecca will soon join the next generation of Moses girls to call St Aidan’s home.


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Memories of early morning assemblies, prayers said and hymns sung on a daily basis for eight years while attending St Aidan’s (beginning in Year 5) paved the way for an awareness of the value of seeking ‘truth’ and fostering good habits, for violinist, Nancy Tsung.
Currently, Professor of Violin at the Taipei National University of the Arts, and living in Taipei (Taiwan), Nancy is former Concertmaster of the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, and mother of five children.
“It is in my role as a mother, that I realise the value of finding a warm and encouraging environment that assists parents in the nurturing and guiding of children as they grow and develop in their formative years,” Nancy said.
“As a former St Aidan’s student, I know it was good to be a part of a small school where everyone could find her own niche, and have the opportunity to participate in a variety of school activities. I remember enjoying early morning athletics and swimming training sessions and preparing for GPS meets.
“I also remember taking part in Goethe Institute competitions – having learned foreign languages at St Aidan’s came to be very useful as I studied music.”
Nancy spent a year studying at the University of Queensland before moving to New York City at the age of 17 to study at The Juilliard School, majoring in violin performance and graduating with a Bachelor of Music, Doctor of Music and a Doctor of Music Arts. She was presented in her Debut Recital in New York, performing as soloist in Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center in Washington DC. While studying at The Juilliard School, Nancy was chosen to film and perform in an AT&T commercial, which aired for three years in the US. But it is not the fame or kudos she remembers fondly, it is the friends made along the way.
“There is no better looking glass than an old friend. I’m happy to say that I made a few ‘good friends’ at St Aidan’s.”
“A friend loves at all times.” Proverbs 17:17


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Annabel was born in 1972 and lived on the urban fringes of Brisbane. Attending St Aidan’s between 1982 and 1989 she combined her studies with childhood mud fights and finding secret hideaways in the scrub on her parents’ land.
She remembers her days at St Aidan’s as some of the happiest of her life.
“The environment was encouraging and supportive in both the academic and extra-curricular fields. I feel that the support plus the friendships that I have made formed a strong basis from which I began my journey into the world at large,” Annabel said.
It was this supportive environment combined with her wanderlust that drew Annabel’s sights towards more creative pursuits. While grateful her career as a primary school teacher introduced her to the beauty of Outback Australia, she felt as though something was missing. It was meeting and marrying fifth generation Channel Country pastoralist, Stephen Tully in 1999 that opened Annabel’s eyes to the colours of country. She tapped into Stephen’s love of the land and began exploring how to transfer her messages on to canvas.
Her first solo exhibition, Nostalgia, represented the pioneering generations of the Quilpie district. With this exhibition, Annabel built a connection between the old world and the new. In conjunction with Nostalgia, she opened Grass Castles Gallery on the Tully family property at Pinkilla, Quilpie in south-west Queensland.
Annabel is currently on the cusp of her career as an emerging artist. She is renown for her subtle and sensitive contemporary landscapes that demonstrate a kinship with the land. She explores deeply all that is naturally raw. Annabel’s works are held in private collections in Australia, London, Hong Kong and France.
She also travels extensively throughout the Channel Country spending endless hours with pigment and dirt on her hands as she paints her visions and dreams her dreams.

Marine Engineer

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Graduating from St Aidan’s in 1941, Marjorie Winifred Davenport helped blaze the way for Australian women in the field of engineering.
Known by her middle name of Winifred, she began her career as a cadet draughtswoman at ship builder Evans Deakin while studying civil engineering at night at, what was then, the Queensland Technical College.
In 1950 Winifred joined the Harbours and Marine Department as an associate engineer and continued working there until retirement in 1989, earning an Order of Australia for services to the engineering industry in 1990.
But Winifred didn’t think she was anything special. The
St Aidan’s scholarship recipient never felt discriminated against as a woman in the industry. She handled all of the manual work (crawling over machinery for inspections) with no problems. She also learned to design rivet holes for ships in the days before welding.
Her 47-year career in Queensland as a maritime engineer saw Winifred assisting in the designs of the Manly Boat Harbour and the government survey ship Trigla. Winifred gained her Master Mariner’s Certificate through her work in the engine rooms of Moreton Bay cruise vessels SS Koopa and MV Mirimar. She also authored the book, History of the Harbours and Marine Department, which traced the movement of shipping in Brisbane’s harbour from 1845.
Winifred earned a Bachelor of Engineering and became the first woman to be granted Corporate Membership of the Institution of Engineers and later, the Royal Institute of Naval Architects.
Pamela Davenport, also a former St Aidan’s student, fondly remembered her elder cousin as an affectionate, determined young woman with a particular passion for mathematics and animals.
“My earliest memories of Winifred go back to her years at
St Aidan’s School in Corinda where she kept a close eye on my safety and wellbeing and always thought of me as her young cousin – even at my increasingly advanced age,” Ms Pamela Davenport said with a smile.
Winifred passed away


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Almost 20 years to the day after she competed in the Barcelona Olympics, kayaker, Dr Gayle Mayes has won Gold; this time at the 2012 World Outrigger Sprints in Canada where at the age of 56 she represented Australia in the Senior Master Women’s category.
“I won four medals including two Gold – one of the best medal hauls of our 66-member Australian team,” Gayle said.
But, the win was hard fought. She gave up competitive paddling at the elite level after the 1992 Olympics due to a severe back injury, which required surgery. At the time she believed she could never train or compete in paddle sports again, so she directed her sporting success into teaching and for the past two decades has coached and trained athletes at all levels while pursuing an academic career and completing a PhD at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Currently a researcher for the Sustainability Research Centre and a tourism lecturer at the university, Gayle slowly built up her paddling fitness by training with the Caloundra and Mooloolaba Outrigger Clubs, and drawing from the expertise of Dr Enid Ginn – her Olympic Sports Scientist and the trained staff at the university. She credits this dedication and determination to her time spent at St Aidan’s.
“St Aidan’s laid the foundations and taught me the important lessons. The School introduced me to competition, cooperation, winning, losing (and everything in between), teamwork, resilience, planning, pride, leadership and fellowship and gave me the ability to take a knock or two and to get back up.”
After graduating from university with a degree in Physical Education, Gayle worked as an outdoor pursuits/outdoor education leader. A year later she went back to study and completed a post graduate degree in Outdoor Education. After a decade in this field, Gayle started her career as an elite athlete where she spent 10 years representing Australia in a variety of paddle sports including outrigging, dragon boats and marathon kayaking before reaching the peak of her sporting career in Barcelona.
She wants the current St Aidan’s cohort to understand that school is the most valuable place for laying the foundation for their future – no matter what their goals.
“Make your dreams a reality. No matter how crazy they seem or how high you aim, these dreams are what life is all about.


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“Superwoman (the book) was the worst book ever written,” beyondblue CEO Kate Carnell said.
“To say that somehow you can have it all and do it on your own is just ridiculous. If you want a full-on career and want a
work-life balance, you have to pay other people to help you out on the home front. You can’t have a great garden, a clean house, the ironing done, be a good partner, friend and mother AND have a thriving career without support – it’s that simple!”
Kate’s incredible work journey is testament to this fact. Her career has spanned both the private and public sectors and with two children in tow she made sure she had a strong support base around her at all times. After graduating from St Aidan’s, Kate went on to receive a Bachelor of Pharmacy from the University of Queensland. That same year she moved to Canberra; in 1981 she bought her first pharmacy. She served as the President of the Australian Capital Territory branch of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia and became the first woman to serve as National Vice-President of the Guild. She also served on the ACT Chamber of Commerce and on the boards of various charities and community organisations. In 1991, Kate joined the Liberal Party; she was elected to the second ACT Legislative Assembly in 1992, became Leader of the Opposition in 1993 and then Chief Minister of the ACT in 1995 becoming the first Liberal woman to be elected as Chief Minister or Premier in Australian political history. She resigned in 2000 and has since served in a number of CEO positions and on a variety of boards including the Australian Red Cross.
But, it is her current role as CEO of beyondblue that Kate considers her “passion” job. Diagnosed with anorexia at 14, Kate understands the constant struggle involved with battling a mental health issue and she brings this awareness to her leadership role.
Kate was awarded an Order of Australia in 2006 for services to the community through contributions to economic development, knowledge industries and medical technology.
Her advice to current students?
“Get involved. The reality is if you don’t get involved in the things you’re passionate about, how do you expect the world to change for the better?”

Electrical Engineer

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Graduating Dux in 1983, Dalma Novak said it was the dedication of St Aidan’s teachers and the extra support given to her during her senior years that gave her the confidence and credentials needed for a career in engineering.
“When it was discovered that one of the maths’ prerequisites for engineering at UQ was not part of the School curriculum at the time, it was quickly arranged to be taught to me one-on-one during the main class,” Dalma said.
Dalma went on to study Electrical Engineering at the University of Queensland. After obtaining her PhD in 1992, she embarked on an academic career at the University of Melbourne. In 2004 she was appointed Chair of Telecommunications, the first woman professor in the history of the University’s Faculty of Engineering.
During her tenure, Dalma also spent several years at a ‘high tech start-up’ company in the United States, leading a small engineering team that was developing hardware for a new ultrahigh capacity undersea optical communications network.
“I was fortunate to have had this great opportunity in what was a particularly exciting time in the telecommunications industry. The work was challenging and stressful, but ultimately very rewarding as I realised the skills needed to be an effective academic were not so different from those needed to be a successful technologist in the ‘real world’,” Dalma said.
It was this experience that ultimately led Dalma to leave her academic life behind to take on a new challenge: starting her own engineering company. She is a Vice-President at Pharad. Products being developed by the company are found in many present-day wireless and communications systems, from cellular phone systems and satellite communications links to military defense systems.
“I have great memories of St Aidan’s and my five years there influenced me tremendously. All of my teachers were exceptional. I can still remember most of my high school German, thanks to Mrs Evans and her memory drills.”



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She taught aqua aerobics to the Saudi royal family, ran a hat business called Shady Business in Saudi and produced documentaries for CNN throughout Asia, Africa and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. However it was while exploring the Arabian deserts that Birgitta Stephenson rekindled her life’s passion – archaeology.
However, Birgitta’s professional life started out quite differently. After graduating from St Aidan’s in 1977 she wanted to go to NIDA, but her parents told her she had to get a degree first, so she looked around and settled on pharmacy.
“I thought I’d do the degree and still go on to NIDA, but that didn’t happen. I graduated, felt obligated to become registered, met Cameron, got married, had children and moved to Saudi Arabia,” Birgitta said.
“We used to make these amazing treks into the desert where I would find beautiful stone artefacts. I used to drive my friends insane talking about these stone tools until a wise girlfriend told me to go back to uni and become an archaeologist – so I did.”
In late 2000, she did Honours and combined pharmacy and archaeology to develop biochemical staining applications for ancient residues. This technique led to the start of her business, In the Groove Analysis Pty Ltd. Birgitta’s work routine can include her being ‘choppered’ and flown around breathtaking sites in Australia including Kakadu, the Pilbara and the east coast of Australia. There are days spent trekking the desert, talking and walking with traditional owners, climbing escarpments being amazed as the stories meet science. She is also involved with research projects with the National Museum, ARC grants and presents papers around the world.
Her advice to the current crop of St Aidan’s students?
“Stay true to who you are and don’t try to be who everyone wants you to be. Get involved in stacks of stuff at school and don’t lock yourself away to do just the academic. Extend yourself as it’s the additional activities that help you become who you want to be – live your dream!”


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Pam Reisner was enrolled at St Aidan’s during the Great Depression and World War II. School was very different then; the Sisters of the Sacred Advent were under financial pressures and resources like laboratories didn’t exist. In fact, at one stage the teachers were asked to take a cut in pay to ensure the future of the School.
“In spite of these limitations, the women who taught us succeeded in making the subjects we were studying interesting and enjoyable. To this day, I remember them all with both affection and gratitude,” Pam said.
After graduating from St Aidan’s, Pam obtained a Bachelor of Science from the University of Queensland before enrolling in a Masters degree in Zoology.
She worked for a short period of time in the university’s Zoology Department before spending 18 months in the United Kingdom. She returned to Brisbane and a position in the university’s Physiology Department where she studied for her PhD. During World War II this department carried out studies on the “effects of exposure to high environmental temperatures on man” (Australia had troops fighting in the tropics at the time). But by 1954 the emphasis of the experiments had shifted from “man” to “mammals”. Pam was allotted the rat and for the next few years, she investigated the effects of continuous exposure to 34°C on the wellbeing of these little beasts – on their food intake, growth rate and their ability to reproduce successfully.
In 1961, Pam moved to Sydney and to the CSIRO’s Division of Animal Genetics, where her model animal was the mouse. The study objective was to gain an understanding of why it was that mouse populations in the wheat-growing belt of eastern Australia reached plague proportions in some years but not in others.
Pam married Alex, a molecular biologist, in 1986. She published 51 papers (in collaboration with other scientists) in a variety of publications during her extensive career.
Her advice to current St Aidan’s students is to aspire to be the best they can be, but be prepared to sometimes be practical. She also encourages all of the girls to venture out into the world at large and “experience and experiment”.


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Anne-Marie Rice graduated from St Aidan’s with a social conscience.
“When I think about my St Aidan’s experience (both as a student, and as a member of the School Council from 2002 to 2009) I become acutely aware of how fortunate I have been in my life. I didn’t have any comprehension at the time that what St Aidan’s, in conjunction with my parents, was giving me was a deep sense of the importance of human kindness. But it is a touchstone that has served me well,” Anne-Marie said.
The Collaborative Lawyer and Family Law Specialist said the importance of having a focus on others as much as on herself was ingrained into her psyche during those formative years.
“We were expected to respect ourselves and each other. We were expected to try hard regardless of whether or not we were victorious and to be gracious in defeat. We were expected to be ambassadors of St Aidan’s whenever we were in uniform and we were, collectively, admonished whenever someone (frequently an Old Girl) called the headmistress to say she had seen some girls failing to stand up on the train when adults were without seats, or some other such indiscretion,” Anne-Marie said.
“But it could never be said that the School, and the staff and the Sisters who ran it, were anything other than fiercely supportive and protective of the girls. That pervading sense of peace and security (which is present still) is a rare thing in the busy modern world.
“I am so much the better person for having experienced it. It never occurred to me that I could not do anything I set my mind to (though some stronger prodding towards the things I wasn’t prepared to set my mind to probably wouldn’t have gone astray!).”
The working mum of two “fondly” remembers the humble things that also made St Aidan’s special – the unattractive sports uniform, the cold unpainted grey cement of Le Fanu and the small pond of horrid white water you had to wade through to get out of the swimming pool change room. But, she also acknowledged that the education she received – and the lessons learned outside of the classroom – were invaluable.


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