St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School | A local school with a global outlook
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.
There are approximately 1005 students in the school, with around 320 primary students and 685 girls in the secondary school.
Founded in 1895 by the Sisters of the Society of the Sacred Advent, St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School is well known for its focus on academic excellence, quality learning and teaching, commitment to pastoral care, and strong sense of community.
A local school with a global outlook
St Margaret’s mission is to prepare confident, compassionate, capable women able to contribute in a global community. Core to this is cultural literacy and expanding the horizons of students to develop a global way of thinking.
Though situated locally in the convenient inner northern suburb of Ascot, the St Margaret’s community is culturally diverse. The student population comprises students from all over Brisbane, boarders who hail from varied locations including regional and rural Australia and many international students. Students benefit from the knowledge, experience and global awareness that this rich cultural diversity brings.
One of the many exciting ways to develop a student’s global outlook is by studying overseas. St Margaret’s offers students many experiences abroad including cultural and language trips, international music tours, philanthropic adventures and a cultural trip to Japan for primary students.
St Margaret’s also offers a signature Global Exchange Program providing Year 10 students the chance to study for a term in one of ten schools in seven countries worldwide whilst the school reciprocates hosting visiting exchange students throughout the year.
These cultural immersion opportunities allow students to challenge themselves, gain independence and confidence, develop a global awareness and an understanding of cultural differences, adapt to different cultural environments and make connections around the globe.
Boarding at St Margaret’s
As the only full time boarding school in Brisbane, boarders have a significant impact on the life of the school, contributing to its spirit, curricular and co-curricular programs.
Approximately 170 girls from Years 5 to 12 are housed in the heart of the school campus. St Margaret’s boarders come from near and far from both within Australia and overseas, contributing to the wonderfully diverse school community. St Margaret’s has been named a 2019 Boarding School of the Year finalist in the prestigious Australian Education Awards.
Beyond the Classroom
St Margaret’s girls are engaged, enthusiastic and energetic in all they do, and they embrace the many extracurricular opportunities available.
The school has a long, proud sporting tradition and is a member of the Queensland Girls’ Secondary Schools Sports Association, Andrews Cup, Brisbane Schoolgirls’ Rowing Association, Brisbane Water Polo Association Inc and Downey Park Netball Association.
Sports offered include athletics, badminton, basketball, cricket, cross country, soccer, gymnastics, hockey, lifesaving, netball, rowing, softball, swimming, tennis, touch football, volleyball and water polo.
A state-of-the-art new sports precinct is currently under construction, due to be opened in 2020. The precinct will feature 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 modern gymnasium, a high-tech strength and conditioning gym and contemporary HPE classrooms.
St Margaret’s also has a vibrant music, performing and visual arts program. Students may involve themselves in a number of ways and at a variety of levels. A school musical is produced every second year.
Outstanding athletes and performing artists can apply to become a part of the school’s Flyers Program which can help students to achieve both their academic and extracurricular goals through personalised learning.
St Margaret’s also offers a variety of clubs and activities giving students the opportunity to broaden their horizons, develop new skills and find their true interests across various categories including theatre, dance, visual art, public speaking, robotics and drone technology.
The smaller size of St Margaret’s and its all-girls environment is one of its greatest strengths. In this environment, every girl is known, and every girl has access to opportunities which allow her to shine in her own way.
The award-winning Academic Advising program is one of the many ways St Margaret’s personalises its approach to each student’s learning, and helps ensure they are seen and known.
Students in Years 9 to 12 attend Academic Advising sessions, replacing their traditional form classes and facilitating a very purposeful and personal approach to academic care. In these small groups, students and their Academic Adviser use data to provide feedback about students’ progress and to drive their learning. Students are assisted to effectively implement the feedback, including setting goals, so it can lead to enhanced learning and results. The process helps students to self-manage their learning, an important academic goal that doubles as a life lesson. Academic advising also has a vital pastoral element. Unhappy students cannot learn so their advisors can assist with other factors that may be impacting learning.
In 2018, St Margaret’s received national recognition for its Academic Advising program receiving an Australian Education Innovative Schools award.
St Margaret’s Principal has been named a 2019 finalist for Principal of the Year (non-government) and the school’s Head of Primary is a finalist for Primary School Principal of Year (non-government) in the Australian Education Awards.
Visit St Margaret’s
The best way to learn more about St Margaret’s is to visit the school, chat to staff and students and tour the campus. The school has two open house events; an Open Day in March each year and an Open Morning held in August. Personalised school tours are also available by appointment. Simply contact the Admissions team to schedule a tour by phoning 07 3862 0777 or emailing [email protected].
For more information, please visit https://www.stmargarets.qld.edu.au/.