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St Margaret's Anglican Girls School
St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School is an independent day and boarding school in Brisbane for girls from Pre-Prep to Year 12 and boys in Pre-Prep and Prep. Approximately 1080 students attend the school which has a proud history dating back to 1895.
11 Petrie Street
11 Petrie Street, Ascot Qld 4007
Brisbane Central & Inner-West
+61 7 3862 0777

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  • Early Learning
  • Primary School
  • Secondary School
  • Primary through Secondary
  • Single School Location
  • Integrated Boarding Campus
  • Independent
  • Anglican
Girls: Pre-Prep - Year 12 / Boys: Pre-Prep and Prep only
Boys: Pre-Prep and Prep only
Gifted & Talented Program
BoardingBoarding Available
From Year 5
  • Academic Achievement
  • Co-curricular Activities
  • Community
  • Creative Arts
  • Faith / Religion
  • Gifted and Talented
  • Pastoral Care / Guidance
  • French
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Cross Country Running
  • Debating
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey (field)
  • Netball
  • Rowing
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Touch Football
  • Volleyball

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.

Students are encouraged to develop their full potential through a broad, balanced and flexible curriculum. Our specialist teaching and support staff and nurturing pastoral care program are the cornerstones of the rigorous and supportive learning environment at St Margaret’s.

Years 7 and 8 students study a broad core curriculum of English, Mathematics, The Arts, Science, Humanities, Health and Physical Education, Modern Languages and Religious and Values Education.

Years 9 and 10 students study core curriculum subjects including English, Mathematics, Science, History, Health and Physical Education and Religious and Values Education. Additionally, students select three elective subjects (one Major and two minors) that will be studied in both Years 9 and 10. Students choose from Major electives: French, Chinese (Mandarin), Music, Drama, Visual Art and Geography and Minor electives: Geography, Food and Design, Economics and Entrepreneurial Studies, Legal Studies, Physical Education, English as an Additional Language, Digital Technologies, Music, Drama and Visual Art.

Year 11 students will choose one of the following QCE pathways:
1. Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) pathway - students selecting this pathway must select six General subjects from the following groups:

Group A (students choose at least one subject): English, Literature, English as an Additional Language

Group B (students choose a minimum of three and a maximum of five subjects): Chemistry, Economics, Mathematical Methods, Specialist, Mathematics, Physics, Digital Solutions, French, Music, Chinese, Modern History, Ancient History, Biology.

Group C (students choose a minimum of 0 and a maximum of two subjects): Accounting, Drama, Geography, General Mathematics, Visual Art, Physical Education, Legal Studies, Design

2. Portfolio Pathway - students selecting this pathway are not eligible for ATAR. All students must select three General subjects from the following groups:

Group A (choose one subject): English

Group B (choose a minimum of 1 or a maximum of two Diplomas): Diploma of Business, Diploma of Project Management

Group C (choose two ATAR subjects from groups B & C)

Group D: Special Project - a school-based program will be offered to provide additional access to work, apprenticeship and study options

Year 12 (2019 only)
Students are required to study an English (English or English as an Additional Language) subject and a Mathematics (Mathematics A or B) subject. They select four other subjects from: Accounting, Ancient History, Biology, Chemistry, Drama, Economics, Geography, Home Economics, Information Processing and Technology (IPT), French, Mandarin, Legal Studies, Mathematics C, Modern History, Music, Physics or Visual Art. The majority of students also undertake a preparation course for the Queensland Core Skills Test.
St Margaret's boasts a wide range of facilities including: $8 million Science and Resource Centre opened in 2012, multi-purpose sports hall and gymnasium with tennis courts, 50m Olympic pool and 25m lap pool, exclusive access to Windsor Park which offers two large ovals, four all-weather netball courts, full athletic facilities, a clubhouse and change rooms, and a fully equipped rowing shed on the Brisbane River.

In 2018 a state-of-the-art flexible and collaborative lecture space, "The Loft" was unveiled.

In 2020, our new sports precinct was opened at the northern end of the campus. This includes:

• a new Philip Harris Gym with an indoor full size court area used for basketball, netball, volleyball, and badminton; a rock climbing wall and retractable seating for assemblies
• a new water polo sized pool that will include two 50m lanes and will be operable all year round
• mutlipurpose outdoor courts with night lights
• new HPE classrooms
• cardio suite with ergos and strength and conditioning equipment

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.

The Flyers Program
St Margaret’s understands the commitment and dedication it takes to achieve great things. The school's Flyers Program supports outstanding scholars, athletes and performers to follow their passion, while successfully balancing all other aspects of their education.
Academic Advising
St Margaret’s has established an innovative, award-winning Academic Advising program for students in Years 7 to 12.
Students are assigned to an Academic Advisor (form teachers for Years 7 & 8), who they meet with in small groups, twice a week during timetabled academic advising sessions.
With assistance from their advisor, students set academic goals and track their progress through our Learning Analytics Program. The sessions also provide another opportunity to check in on a student’s general wellbeing.
When the girls are not with their advisor, they have a block of time to use appropriately. It provides them with the responsibility and freedom to practise skills of self-monitoring and self-regulation.
Academic Advising gives students the tools and confidence to personally evaluate their results and take ownership of their own learning and its outcomes.
Through the student ownership of school data, the mentoring from a staff member and the increasing conversation between teachers/students and student/parent, we aim to increase the girls’ learning capacities and enable them to gauge their own learning.
Continuous Reporting
St Margaret’s regularly reports on progress to students in Years 7 to 12 in the secondary school and their parents through a Continuous Reporting program.
Through a student portal, students can view and reflect on their results and feedback including where they sit comparatively in the cohort, their GPA, and teacher comments.
They can then utilise this relevant and timely feedback to identify steps to take to improve, set goals and evaluate their progress.
This process promotes effective self-management, where students can take responsibility and ownership of their learning, with their advisors assisting them to develop this independence.
Global experiencesSt Margaret's regularly offers international tours across a range of activities and interests. These can be cultural/languages/history trips, music touring, NASA space trips, philanthropic projects or of a more recreational nature such as our recent New Zealand skiing tour. Each seek to broaden girls' horizons and give them a greater global perspective of the world in which they live.
Year 10 Global Exchange Program
The signature Year 10 Global Exchange Program enables girls to acquire and further develop new skills in problem solving, independent decision-making and social poise; expand their cultural and ethnic awareness; enhance their passion for learning; and become exceptional ambassadors of the program overseas and in the St Margaret’s community.
The program promotes the vision of the school in providing unique opportunities for students to participate in global citizenship in the context of school and family life and encourages active demonstration of the six core values of St Margaret’s – passion, respect, spirit, integrity, courage and faith.
Successful applicants have the opportunity to study at one of the following 10 schools situated in seven countries across the globe for a term.• Crofton House School, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada• Shawnigan Lake School, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada• Saint-Nom-de-Marie, Montreal, Canada• Ursulinenschule Hersel, Bornheim, Germany• St Stephen's College, Stanley, Hong Kong• Konan Girls High School, Kobe, Japan• Nga Tawa, Wellington Diocesan School for Girls, Marton, New Zealand• St Margaret's College, Christchurch, New Zealand (Rowing Exchange)• St Anne's Diocesan College, Hilton, South Africa• Emma Willard School, Troy, New York State, USA

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.

Staff in the Boarding House recognise that all girls have different academic abilities, strengths, weaknesses and approaches to learning. It is expected Boarders approach academic life with determination. Their academic progress is monitored by the Residential Supervisors who are in constant communication with teachers and Heads of Year.
The Head of Boarding is supported by a Head of Junior House, Head of Senior House, Pastoral Care Coordinator, Chaplains and Health Centre. All staff aim to inspire and instruct Boarders using resources both human and material to nurture the whole child within the Boarding environment.
Communication between the boarding school and the family is paramount. Each week, the Boarders' Newsletter is emailed to boarding families, providing them with up-to-date information on all activities, news and events relating to the Boarding House. 


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.

House System

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.

The School’s six core values of spirit, faith, integrity, courage, respect and passion are embedded in every endeavour that the students undertake.

Spirit - We value and demonstrate an enthusiasm for the school, our heritage and our achievements. St Margaret's spirit is in all of us and it is there for life.

Faith - We welcome and embrace all in sharing the Christian message, example and spirit of love, compassion, hope and charity.

Integrity - We value honesty, trustworthiness, loyalty, truthfulness, courtesy, understanding, reliability and ethical behaviour from all.

Courage - We encourage strength of character and confidence in doing what is right and in stepping beyond our comfort zone.

Respect - Respect for self, others and our environment is encouraged and accepted as the responsibility of each member of the school community in developing an environment that is caring, supportive and cooperative.

Passion - We enjoy life, learning and our experiences by being positive, committed and willing to embrace challenge and change.
In a supportive Christian environment, reflecting the philosophy of the Sisters of The Society of the Sacred Advent, St Margaret's Anglican Girls School aims to provide excellence in teaching and learning within a broad, balanced and flexible curriculum complemented by other school activities; preparing confident, compassionate, capable women able to contribute in a global community.
In a supportive Christian environment, reflecting the philosophy of the Sisters of The Society of the Sacred Advent, St Margaret's Anglican Girls School provides excellence in teaching and learning within a broad, balanced and flexible curriculum complemented by other school activities; preparing confident, compassionate, capable women able to contribute in a global community.

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

Belbaker Bus Charter ( 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.





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:

  • Academic Scholarships
  • Mathematics Scholarships
  • Arts Performance Scholarships (Music, Visual Arts, Cultural)
  • Sports Performance Scholarships
  • Needs-Based Boarding Bursaries 
  • Olivia Campbell Bursary
Further information on the scholarship application process and application forms are available on the St Margaret's website:

St Margaret’s students have once again received strong ATAR results with 8.2% of the Class of 2021 achieving an ATAR of 99 or above, placing them in the top 1% of the state, and one student achieving 99.95, the highest possible ATAR result.

A total of 63.5% achieved an ATAR of 90 or above, placing them in the top 10% of the State.

Of the 26 students who studied a Portfolio Pathway, 15 graduated with a Diploma of Business, 12 graduated with a Diploma of Project Management and all 26 completed either a Certificate II or Certificate III across a range of courses.

Principal Ros Curtis said the strong academic success of the Class of 2021 was a reflection of the students' resilience, persistence and dedication to academic achievement.

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St Margaret's Principal Welcome from StMargAGS on Vimeo.

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.

Ros Curtis

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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