St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School

Principal Ms Ros Curtis
Year levels Pre-Preparatory to Year 12
Enrolment numbers 900
Boarding or day Day and boarding
Phone (+61 7) 3862 0777
Fax (+61 7) 3862 0701
Postal address 11 Petrie Street, Ascot
Address 11 Petrie Street
Ascot, QLD, 4007

St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School is an independent day and boarding school for girls from Pre-Prep to Year 12. Situated high on a hill in the inner north Brisbane suburb of Ascot, the school also accepts boys in Pre-Prep and Prep. Established in 1895 by the Sisters of the Society of the Sacred Advent, St Margaret’s is well known for its focus on academic excellence, quality learning and teaching, and its commitment to pastoral care.

There are approximately 900 students in the school, with around 280 primary students and 620 girls in the secondary school. Its smaller size is its greatest strength, with a true focus on each individual child and personalised learning.

Boarding is an integral part of life at St Margaret’s, and 170 girls from Years 5 to 12 are accommodated at the school. The boarding house is a wonderfully diverse community with boarders coming from near and far from both within Australia and overseas. St Margaret’s aims to instil within boarders the values of respect, consideration, trust and honesty, which complement the core values of the school: Spirit, Faith, Respect, Integrity, Courage and Passion.

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 Andrews Cup, the Brisbane Schools Rowing Association and was one of three founding members of the Queensland Girls’ Secondary Schools Sports Association (QGSSSA) in 1908, an association that continues today. The school also has a vibrant music, performing and visual arts program.

A variety of clubs and activities give students the opportunity to broaden their horizons, develop new skills and find their true interests. St Margaret’s encourages students to develop their creativity and confidence in ways that will see them aspire to reach their highest potential. The clubs and activities feature options in theatre, dance, visual art, public speaking, robotics and drone technology.

St Margaret’s offers students a variety of unique opportunities for international learning opportunities through an extensive exchange and tour program. The Year 10 Global Exchange Program offers selected students the chance to attend one of 11 schools in eight countries across the globe for a term.

The culture of philanthropy at St Margaret’s continues to develop with the intent to inspire the girls to begin a life-long commitment to giving through activities that have a positive impact on the communities in which they live and will, one day, work. Through the many philanthropic endeavours in which the school is involved, it is intended that students will improve their understanding of current community issues and, in doing so, build important relationships between the school and the community.

As the leaders of tomorrow, all girls at St Margaret’s have many opportunities to take responsibility and positions of leadership from a very early stage. Many of these roles are formally recognised, but leadership in many forms is encouraged and acknowledged. Engaging in the life of the school community supports successful development as a life-long learner and as a positive participant in the wider civic life of the community.

St Margaret’s is committed to giving each student a deep learning experience through the provision of a broad, balanced and flexible curriculum within an optimal learning environment. The staff at St Margaret’s are highly qualified and committed to the learning of the students in their care.

St Margaret’s upholds a strong sense of community; the students are engaged and enthusiastic, the parents are involved and supportive and over 6000 Old Girls maintain an active connection to the school.

The School promotes six core values: Courage, Faith, Integrity, Passion, Respect and Spirit. The School motto, Per Volar Sunata (Born to Fly Upwards), inspires St Margaret’s students to grow and achieve their personal best in all endeavours.

St Margaret’s enjoys an enviable reputation for its pastoral care development and delivery. Worship and spiritual development stand at the centre of St Margaret’s. In addition to the compulsory subject Religious and Values Education, students participate in regular prayer, reflection and formal worship. Age-appropriate liturgies are supported by regular chapel services and whole school celebrations of major Christian festivals occur throughout the year.

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 complemented by other School activities; preparing confident, compassionate, capable women able to contribute in a global community.