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St Margaret's is an independent day and boarding school for girls from Pre-Prep to Year 12 and boys in Pre-Prep and Prep. 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 330 students in the Primary School and 750 in the Secondary School. Boarding has been an integral part of the School’s life and around 185 girls from Years 5 to 12 are accommodated at St Margaret’s.
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.
St Margaret's is the only full time girls boarding school in Brisbane. Boarders have a significant impact on the life of ths school, contributing to the wonderfully diverse school community.
Since the first three boarders enrolled in 1895, St Margaret's has spent 124 years educating generations of women from rural, regional and remote areas of Queensland, Australia and the world.
The boarding house is located in the heart of the school grounds, nestled in the leafy suburb of Ascot, with gardens and wonderful city views. it is a busy place with a warm and friendly atmosphere, build on the values of respect, consideration and honesty.
The school welcomes boarders from Years 5 to 12, with a recently opened wing dedicated to the youngest residents (Years 5 to 7). The majority of the housemothers are qualified teachers, so their personalised supervision of prep-time, along with current teaching staff, provides excellent academic support for boarders.
The main focus at St Margaret's is the level of care and commitment to each individual. The emotional health and wellbeing of students, staff and families is a priority.
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 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.
Each year group from Year 7 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.
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. The School 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.
Students in Years 9 - 12 also meet with their Academic Advisor twice a week. These sessions provide another opportunity to check in on a student''s general wellbeing.
St Margaret's House System forms part of the student wellbeing focus. Students are assigned to one of eight houses each overseen by a house coordinator. In addition, two house captains are appointed to each house from the Year 12 cohort. Every member of staff is also a member of a house.
Houses take part in sporting, cultural and community activities, where the emphasis is on fostering a sense of communitng and belonging. The house system generates integration and interconnectedness across the year levels, encouraging the formation of friendships and fostering both a strong house identity as well as strengthening whole school spirit. The house system also provides opportunities for developing leadership and teamwork skills, learning cooperation, and putting service to others before personal ambitions.
St Margaret's scholarship and bursary program is designed to identify and celebrate girls who have strengths and expertise in a variety of areas, providing opportunities for girls to develop and be challenged in a nurturing environment.
St Margaret’s offers part remission of fees to students who meet the standards set out for each individual scholarship category and has a strong commitment to assisting students who would greatly benefit from a St Margaret’s education, but who, without financial aid, would be unable to attend.
Scholarships are not open to domestic or international students currently attending St Margaret's, unless applying for a scholarship based on financial needs, in which case the Scholarship Financial Assistance Application Form must accompany the scholarship application.
St Margaret’s offers six categories of scholarships:
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.
Welcome to St Margaret’s and thank you for considering our school for your daughter.
For 125 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.
We are a local school with a global outlook, commited to preparing students to be globally ready. There are many opportunities for students to be exposed to global experienes and thinking, such as the school's Global Exchange Program which offers Year 10 students the chance to study abroad.
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 Flyers 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 +61 7 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 consider how a St Margaret's education will offer your daughter both a personalised learning journey and a gateway to the world.
We look forward to seeing you.
BA (Hons), DipEd, MLitSt, MEd (Leadership & Management), ASDA, FACE, FACEL, FAIM, GAICD
A bold new vision for St Margaret's sport
In mid 2018, St Margaret's announced plans to develop a state-of-the-art new sports precinct.
The new development will transform the school’s northern end of the campus, between Butler and Lapraik Streets and adjacent to the primary school.
The development plan boasts a water polo sized heated pool enabling students to swim and train for sports such as lifesaving and water polo all year round; new tennis courts with lights and a new gymnasium, strength and conditioning gym and HPE classrooms.
St Margaret’s recognises the importance of physical education, and the impact it has on the health and wellbeing of students. When students are at their healthiest and happiest, their academic performance and the way that they engage and interact in the classroom is improved.
The opportunities for innovation and collaboration in teaching and learning that this facility will provide are truly endless.
Year 8 student Lucy Damman said: “It will be great to have a heated pool all year round. Pre-season water polo training, even in October, is so cold in the 50m pool, and I’m excited to hear we will be able to hold home matches at St Margaret’s, which will be a real advantage”.
Sophie Webster in Year 7 said: ”With night lights for tennis, we will be able to extend the time we can play and practice. Sometimes we can’t play now if it has been raining, so all-weather courts will really help too”.
This announcement signifies St Margaret’s commitment to providing an environment that prepares confident, compassionate, capable women able to contribute in a global community.
St Margaret’s bold new vision – to be funded in part by a capital campaign – will be one of the most significant undertakings in the recent history of St Margaret’s.
The school has a long history of philanthropy with the facilities the girls benefit from today being delivered by the efforts of previous generations of parents, past students and staff.
Our community including past students, parents and staff have already shown their support through philanthropic contributions.
The project commenced in December 2018 with the expected completion date to be late 2019 or early 2020.
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