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Full Steam Ahead With a new Performing Arts Precinct, yet another award for sporting excellence and its steadfast dedication to girls’ education, 2020 is looking bright for St Margaret Mary’s College.

above: St Margaret Mary’s College Principal, Kathy Park left: L-R: Chloe Sellars, Sophie Spencer, Phoebe Cussen, Mackenzie Thom, Tayla Sinclair, Kathy Park, Emily Groves, Olivia Babao, Matise Elliott, Alyssa Gonzales

Soon to open its brand-new Performing Arts Precinct, St Margaret Mary’s College (SMMC) is on track to offer 21st-century learning spaces for Drama and Music. “We’re excited to provide a new performance space for students to showcase their skills and the new music centre will include two classrooms and a number of rehearsal rooms where the girls can practise on their instruments of choice,” says SMMC’s Head of Arts Chris Davis. “In addition, the new theatre will be outfitted with sophisticated sound and lighting facilities as well as prop and costume storage and a make-up prep room.” SMMC students are also enjoying continued sporting success with the College receiving the Division A Melton

Black Shield for girls’ secondary sport four years in a row. “The Melton Black Shield is awarded to the secondary school that performs the best across all three Inter-school Carnivals (Swimming, Cross-Country, and Athletics) in that calendar year,” says SMMC Assistant Principal, and last year’s Sport Coordinator, Ben Luinys. “In 2019, St Margaret Mary’s College students finished first in Swimming, third in Cross-Country, and first in Athletics in the girls’ competition. These Inter-school Carnival results reflect both excellence in individual performance by our students, and also an outstanding team performance and participation by a large number of students in each carnival. Winning the shield truly is a true team effort!”

The transition to the new Queensland Certificate of Education and the new Senior Assessment and Tertiary Entrance system was also smooth and well-received, with the first-ever cohort to exit in 2020 with an ATAR. And the College’s commitment to education tailored to the way girls learn best remains firm. “St Margaret Mary’s College exemplifies the benefits and strength of a girls-only setting,” says SMMC Principal Kathy Park. “The College strives to offer positive role models and strong female mentors and the result is that girls thrive. Our teachers are mindful of the specific needs of girls, particularly the awareness of social and emotional learning. And we believe in involving parents as learning partners – a concept that’s well and truly embedded in our community life.” St Margaret Mary’s College 1-9 Crowle Street Hyde Park 4726 4900 smmc.catholic.edu.au

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