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 more than 1130 students in the school, with around 330 primary students and 800 girls in the secondary school.
Founded in 1895 by the Sisters of the Society of the Sacred Advent, St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School has been educating girls for 125 years and is well known for its focus on academic excellence, quality learning and teaching, commitment to pastoral care, and a 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. The school 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.
While this program has been put on hold for 2021, it will resume once borders re-open and students are able to once again travel safely. In the meanwhile, domestic opportunities will be available for students so that they may still experience cultural immersion, student ambassadorship and reciprocal hosting.
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 185 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. In 2019, St Margaret’s was named Boarding School of the Year in the prestigious Australian Education Awards and was a finalist again in the 2020 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 AFL, athletics, badminton, basketball, cricket, cross country, soccer, gymnastics, hockey, lifesaving, netball, rowing, swimming, tennis, touch football, volleyball and water polo.
In 2020, St Margaret’s unveiled a multimillion-dollar state-of-the-art new sports and wellbeing facility, transforming one-third of the school campus. The world-class precinct features a water polo sized heated swimming pool with two 50m lanes, tennis courts with lights, a gymnasium with an oak sprung floor, a strength and conditioning gym, an indoor climbing wall featuring seven belay stations and 76m2 of climbing, a dedicated ergometer room to support rowing and modern health and physical education 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.
Helping students to develop their sporting or musical prowess while at school is something St Margaret’s offers as part of its personalised learning. Elite athletes and outstanding musicians are supported to successfully juggle their training, practice and competition schedules with all other aspects of their education through the school’s Flyers program.
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.
Students thrive in the all-girl environment where every girl is known and 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 was named a 2019 finalist for Principal of the Year (non-government) and the school’s Head of Primary a finalist for Primary School Principal of Year (non-government) in the Australian Education Awards.
In 2020, the Principal was again named a finalist and the school was a finalist for Best STEM program.
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 the St Margaret’s website.