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Why Choose St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School in Ascot

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St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School is a pre-prep to Year 12 day and boarding school.

St Margaret’s features state of the art facilities for your girls. These include a contemporary resource and science centre, visual, creative and performing arts centres and new hospitality kitchens.

The school also has a separate year 7 boarding precinct which caters for girls from years 5-7. Each has its own dedicated house mum and bathroom facilities.  This means the younger girls won’t have to share rooms with older girls when they first start.

St. Margarets also includes an Indoor sport’s centre, 50m pool, adventure playground and tennis courts.
Indoor sport centre

Pre-prep students get their own little building where they can learn and grow. They also get opportunities to play in the mud and climb and grow vegetables.

Creativity the cornerstone of education

People often mistake creativity for simply the ability to draw, paint, sculpt, dance or write. How many times have you heard “I haven’t got a creative bone in my body”? However, this is simply not true.

Creativity can mean the ability to apply something you know to another field – what we would call at St Margaret’s deep learning and is a concept that sits at the core of the school’s teaching and learning framework.

Creative thinking is listed as one of 21st century skills students will need to effectively participate in the workforce of the future. Just what some of those jobs will look like is unknown.

So, what does creativity look like at St Margaret’s. It starts from the very beginning in Pre-Prep where students are engaged and extended through life skills such as problem solving, exploring, creating and hypothesising – with each child viewed as a rich and competent constructor of knowledge. They may not understand this when they play in the sand and mud pits, or clamber over rocks and slide down slopes in the nature play area, but all the experiences are carefully designed to ignite a love of learning, use life skills, pique their forever curious minds and fuel their already active imaginations.

St Margarets Creativity

Progress to the primary school and you will find students engaged in building, constructing and applying knowledge in their purpose-built Maker Space, where they can create as they explore, design, experiment, test and try, and problem solve through STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) projects. You may also find them cooking from produce they have grown in the organic kitchen garden, or learning coding skills.

A highlight of the final primary school years is the Years 5 and 6 Arts Spectacular. An evening of singing and dancing, awash in a kaleidoscope of colour, it features magnificent wearable art costumes, months in the making. This act of turning platted foam into intricate head pieces or plastic teaspoons into delicate petals would make MacGyver proud of the creative problem solving that produces these showstoppers.

Whether it’s the traditional Arts, the sciences or humanities, St Margaret’s classrooms inspire, in fact, demand, a level of creative thinking and problem solving as we nurture young minds to be flexibly thinking innovators of the future.

What are the sporting/extra-curricular options at St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School?

For it’s size, St. Margaret’s has a very comprehensive program of sports and extra-curricular activities.

St. Margaret’s Anglican Girls school offers girls a choice of 18 sports to play. These include a very strong rowing, swimming and netball program as well as popular sports like touch football, hockey, basketball, vollyball and badminton.

St. Margaret’s is renowned for its music program which includes choirs and music ensembles and rock bands for the very young right through to senior. Music groups have the opportunity to go on national and international tours with the choirs singing in cathedrals in Europe.

St. Margaret’s hosts a Musical every second year. The musicals are very professional and involve hotly contested auditions for roles. The musicals are always performed at a professional theatre.

The visual arts program is pretty amazing with girls getting very creative and always winning various awards.

St. Margaret’s also participates heavily in the global exchange program with 25% of year 10s heading overseas for one term. Girls travel to 9 different schools overseas, including schools in New Zealand, South Africa, the UK, Asia and America.

What are the public transport options to St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School?

St. Margaret’s Anglican Girls School is well serviced by public bus and the train station at Albion. The school also hosts its own school bus to take students to and from school.

What are the school fees per term?

School fees, on a per term basis, are within the range of $1000-$5000.

What are the boarding options at St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School?

St. Margaret’s offers boarding opportunities from years 5-12. Full time boarding is only available in Brisbane. St Margaret’s boarding offers a stable community where students are together on the weekend.

Currently, St. Margaret’s has 170 girls in the boarding school. It is a very large boarding area which is housed centrally within the school grounds. There is also a separate wing for the years 5-7.

Does St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School offer scholarships and how do we apply?

St. Margaret’s offers both academic and performance scholarships (sport and visual/performing arts). To apply, students must sit the ACER scholarship exam.

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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