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Issue 2 - September 2013

From the President Welcome to the second edition of the OGA newsletter this year. The reunion weekend on 20-21 July was a wonderful success with reunion groups of 10, 20, 30, 40, 45, 50, 55 and 60 years meeting to catch up with school friends and share stories of memories. The OGA is always keen to promote the reunions of past students and to encourage connection to the school community. At the Old Girls’ Day chapel service on Sunday 21 July, old girl, the Reverend Pam Hynd (Prentice 1963) was the celebrant and School Chaplain, Reverend Di Murphy devoted her sermon to thanking present and past school sacristans for their role in supporting faith within the school. The sacristan role was introduced in the school in 1967.

Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 25 November at 7.15pm at the school in Mooloomburram. All past students are welcome to attend. The nomination form for Committee positions are within this newsletter. Please contact me if you would like further information about the Old Girls’ Association at or Mobile 0430 512 411. Libby Black President OGA

Hanging behind the altar in the school chapel is the reredos – a beautiful silk embroidery depicting women in the bible. This outstanding work of art is now over 20 years old and in need of cleaning, restoring and preserving. The OGA has provided some funding to assist with this and is also selling gift cards and bookmarks depicting the reredos and its story to help with funding for future preservation. Please do also read in this newsletter more on the reredos in the Archive section written by the school archivist Bronwyn Perry. The next OGA function will be our annual Brunch to be held at the Arts Centre Foyer on Sunday 20 October from 9am to 12pm with guest speaker Natalie Wright (1982-1986). Natalie is National Director of the Design Institute of Australia and a lecturer in Interior Design at QUT. Please join us for this annual event (further information to RSVP is in the newsletter).

Old Girls’ Day 2013

OGA Annual Brunch Join us in the St Margaret's Arts Centre Foyer on Sunday 20 October for our Annual Brunch to hear our key note speaker Natalie Wright, Lecturer and PhD candidate in the QUT Faculty of Creative Industries, School of Design. Click here for more details and to register OGA Brunch.


Old Girls’ Association Newsletter Issue 2 – September 2013

Successful OGA Overseas Study Scholarships Congratulations to the following successful candidates for the OGA Overseas Study Scholarships for 2013-2014: Undergraduate Study  Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Laws, QUT  Subjects at University of Westminster, UK  1 Semester, Fulltime

Postgraduate Study  Masters of Creative Industries, QUT  Subjects at Malmö University, Sweden  1 Semester, Fulltime Courtney NOVITS (2000-2004)

Kathryn McLOUGHLIN (2006-2010) Undergraduate Study  Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Commerce, UQ  Jurisprudence at Oxford University, UK  1 Semester, Fulltime

Undergraduate Study  Bachelor of Science, UQ  Subjects at University of Manchester, UK  1 Semester, Fulltime

Katie McLEOD (2006-2010)

Sophie DIXON (2003-2007)

Undergraduate Study  Bachelor of Environmental Science (Hons) at UQ  Subjects at University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA  1 Semester, Fulltime

Undergraduate Study  Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Fashion Journalism, London College of Fashion, UK  3 years, Fulltime Victoria DRYSDALE (2003-2011)

Hayley MICAH (2008-2009)

Obituaries We wish to remember the following Old Girls who have passed away in the last 12 months. Name Rita Bostock Lois Brand Zoe Clinch Yuki Cummins Eunice Graham Rita Harrison Merle Hayes Yvonne Hellmrich Margaret Hirst Belle Hobart Jeanette Isaacs Helene Jones

School Surname Buckby Langan Thompson Kenny Hambly Dickinson Richardson Laverack Coe Slack Sloan Baird

Alumni Year (Year 12) 1952 1935 1939 1947 1935 1945 1931 1936 1940 1938 1940 1934

Name Beryl Kohr Kate Lawton Valmai McKernan Peg Murray Lisbeth Neil June (Betty) Orr Helen Palmer Julie Perkins Decima Ann Smith Dorrie Tait Amy Whitney Jocelyn Young

School Surname Bowen Murray Langdon McLaughlin Morris Whitaker Palmer Gauci Tait Everett Anning Crocker

Alumni Year (Year 12) 1932 2002 1935 1953 1959 1930 1953 1968 1956 1920 1938 1931


Old Girls’ Association Newsletter Issue 2 – September 2013

From the Archives       

As mentioned in the President’s article, the OGA is assisting the school in a project for the cleaning and conservation of the Chapel reredos. The reredos hanging was dedicated by Bishop Adrian Charles in March 1991 and has been a striking focal point of the Chapel for more than 20 years. The design for this magnificent background to the altar was drawn by Father David Binns, who was then Chaplain at St Aidan’s and the design was completed by Jane Wilson. Jane had been a teacher at St Margaret's and is a talented textile artist. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and overseas. The hanging measures 3.3m x 4.7m and is supported by a wooden frame. The larger than life-size figures portray women of the Bible and above them, the risen Christ with arms uplifted. The 14 women represented are:       

Naomi Esther Jochebed and Moses Leah Eve Rachael Sarah and Isaac

The colours used in the reredos were inspired by the stained glass windows in the Chapel and they give a feeling of unity to the space. It took more than 500 hours to complete the work, using a variety of applique and embroidery techniques. All the materials are pure silk, both fabric and threads. The hanging has suffered from the effects of light and the environment over the years – many of the originally vibrant colours have faded and the reredos is in need of cleaning and restoration. Fortunately, Jane Wilson kept a detailed journal while she was working on the project, including fabric samples and descriptions of the techniques used. This will be an invaluable resource during the restoration process. Rev Di Murphy is coordinating the project and contemplating the logistics of dealing with such a large artwork! St Margaret’s is privileged to have this unique piece of art as part of our daily life.

The Woman at the Well Martha of Bethany Mary the Mother of Jesus Mary of Bethany Mary Magdalene Deborah Ruth

Bronwyn Perry Archivist

The St Margaret’s Chapel reredos


Old Girls’ Association Newsletter Issue 2 – September 2013

Where are they now? Sarah Derrington nee Johnstone (1984)

Amanda Mahony nee McLeay (1994)

Professor Sarah Derrington is the new Dean of Law at the University of Queensland and has been touted as one of Australia's leading maritime law experts, particularly in the areas of admiralty law and marine insurance. Professor Derrington serves on the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, the Admiralty Rules Committee (Commonwealth) and the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand, of which she was President for three years. Sarah was a teacher at the UQ Law School between 1994 and 2011 and was appointed a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law in 2009. After returning to full-time practice as a barrister, arbitrator and mediator in 2011, Professor Derrington maintained an active role in the Law School as an Adjunct Professor and as a mooting coach. She steered a UQ team to victory in the annual International Maritime Law Arbitration Moot in 2012 and coached the 2013 team who defended the title in Southampton in England.

I can’t believe it’s close to 20 years since the end of school! I’m sure all my fellow “old” girls would agree time has flown. It’s been a whirlwind of university, travel, adventure and a wonderful career in media. English was my favourite subject at school and that base, carried on to life as a News Journalist, Producer and Weather Presenter with Network Ten. This is a big year – I’m soon to become a mum and I’ve launched a small business, Word of Mouth, hosting events and presenting corporate videos and voice over work. St Margaret’s provided a fantastic grounding. I feel very lucky to have been educated there – I made some of my best friends at school, while learning valuable life lessons along the way.

Special Ceremonies in the Chapel for Old Girls Baptisms in the Sisters' Chapel

Baptisms in the School Chapel

Sister Gillian presiding:  Matthew Farley O'Leary son of Alison (Cowling 1996) and Vaughan O'Leary baptised 23 December 2012.  Magnus William Mullen son of Nanette (Moore 1989) and Michael Mullen baptised 16 June 2013.

The Rev Nicki Colledge presiding:  Stella Rhode daughter of Amanda (Cameron 1998) and Chris Rhode baptised 9 September 2012.  Sabastian Brighouse son of Nakia (Jamieson 1998) and Joshua Brighouse baptised 28 October 2012.  Sarah Hazel Long daughter of Greer (Wilkie 1999) and Peter Long baptised 1 June 2013.

The Rev Di Murphy presiding:  Devon Rose McIntyre Blurton daughter of Sally (Keys 1994) and Steven Blurton baptised 17 February 2013. The Rev Nicki Colledge presiding:  Lawson James Cornford son of Jacqui (Murray 1998) and Brendon Cornford baptised 26 August 2012.  Owen Campbell Houston son of Sherie (Lamprecht 1993) and Benjamin Houston baptised 25 November 2012.

 Camilla Kate Dakin & Imogen Felicity Dakin daughters of Anna (Robertson 1998) and Ross Dakin baptised 2 June 2013.

 Mia Catherine Lewis & Harrison John Lewis children of Erica Gamble (1992) and John Lewis baptised 9 June 2013.  Edie Rose Westwood daughter of Chloe Westwood (nee Inwood 2001) and Steve Westwood baptised 31 August 2013.


Old Girls’ Association Newsletter Issue 2 – September 2013

Development and Community Office Update There has been a great deal going on already this year. The Foundation promoted its ‘200 Club’ Art Union with proceeds going towards the demolition of the old ‘Loft’ building. It also includes landscaping and the restoration of the old sandstone wall that some may remember as ‘The Tennis Wall’. The P&F held many fundraising events including the annual St Margaret’s Race Day which is the pinnacle fundraising event of the year and open to the whole St Margaret’s community. The events held were a great success with funds raised going to many worthy projects within the school. We have kept in touch with past students through reunions held in Canberra and London and attended by the Principal, Ros Curtis. We also held the VIP function for the ladies of the 1920s – 1952 on 19 June before hosting the big reunion weekend for the 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 and 60 year reunions in July. Thanks to everyone involved in making these a great success. In addition,

we continue to host the increasingly popular Women in Industry networking events which brings together not only past students but current mothers, senior students and the wider community. Please join us at the Women in Finance and Law Breakfast on 15 October at the Brisbane Club. Tickets will be available through the shopping cart on the website. Everyone is welcome. To ensure that you don’t miss out on invitations to events like these, please contact the Development and Community Office on +617 3862 0765 or email OGA& to update your contact details. To reduce costs, we are moving to electronic means of communication, please ensure we have your most up-to-date email address. We look forward to seeing you at the next event. Helen O’Connor Director of Development and Community

Women in Industry Networking events

Class of 1953

Class of 1963

Class of 1983

Class of 1973

Class of 1968

Old Girls’ Association Newsletter Issue 2 – September 2013


Class of 1993

Prue Watson (nee White) at the 45 year reunion, donating a winter beret worn in the 1960s to Bronwyn Perry for the archives Class of 2003

From the Sisters SSA The Sisters are having a Quiet Day on Saturday 19 October led by the Reverend Kaye Pitman. Please RSVP by 16 October to Sister Gillian, Mother Eunice SSA

School Achievements Performing Arts Success - Congratulations to Xenia Puskarz-Thomas The OGA would like to congratulate Xenia Puskarz-Thomas (current Year 12 student and Arts/Choral Captain) who was invited to perform as guest soprano soloist with the Queensland Youth Orchestra at a recent concert in the Old Museum in Brisbane. Xenia performed arias by Bellini, Grieg and Head. She was also invited to tour with the QLD Youth Orchestra tour to Canberra in June and to Mackay in July as the guest vocal soloist - another amazing achievement. This year Xenia also had a leading role in the School's musical, You're a Good Man Charlie Brown. The OGA wishes Xenia every success with her singing in the future. Success in Sport For those of you who have a keen interest in sport, you’ll be pleased to know about the achievements of St Margaret's so far this year. 

St Margaret’s 1st VIII won the Head of the River for the 3rd year in a row – a feat which has never been done before in BSRA history. The St Margaret’s Rowing Team also came away with the Percentage Cup.

Old Girls’ Association Newsletter Issue 2 – September 2013


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The Opens and Year 10 netball teams won their respective divisions at the Southern Skies Tournament over the June/July holidays. Milton House won its 9th consecutive inter-house athletics carnival. St Margaret’s won 13th consecutive percentage cup at 2013 QGSSSA Cross Country championships. St Margaret’s won the percentage cup at 2013 QGSSSA swimming championships. Under 15s water polo team were runner up in the Brisbane Water Polo competition. The St Margaret’s Athletics Team is chasing its 12th Percentage Cup this year

Tom Kindred Head of Sport

Upcoming Events 15 October - Women In Law and Finance Breakfast, The Brisbane Club 20 October – OGA Brunch, Art Centre Foyer 25 November – OGA AGM, Mooloomburram

Annual General Meeting The OGA Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 25 November 2013 at 7.15pm at the School in Mooloomburram. Please utilise the form below to submit your nominations for the Committee and send to Jan Moody, OGA Secretary C/- 11 Petrie St, Ascot QLD 4007 by 18 November 2013.



I nominate ______________________________________________________________________ for President Honorary Treasurer Vice President Committee Member Honorary Secretary Name of person nominating: ____________________________________ Date: ______________ Signature of person nominating: ______________________________________________________

Name of person supporting the nomination: _________________________ Date: ______________ Signature of person supporting the nomination: _________________________________________________

St Margaret’s Old Girls’ Association

Annual Brunch SUNDAY 20 OCTOBER 2013 • 9AM TO 12 NOON

Venue: Cost: RSVP:

St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School Arts Centre Foyer $45 per person • $30 for university students Friday 11 October 2013

Guest speaker: Natalie Wright

Natalie is a Lecturer and PhD candidate in the QUT Faculty of Creative Industries, School of Design, with 18 years experience as a commercial Interior Designer, gained in Australia, Japan and the UK. She is a National Director and Immediate Past Queensland President of the Design Institute of Australia. Natalie’s academic research interests are focused around socially responsible design, community engagement and service learning, and design education approaches in the secondary and tertiary education contexts. Since 2010, she has been involved in the development and facilitation of over 15 design workshop programs for secondary school students and teachers across Queensland and the development of the State Library of Queensland Design Minds website. Natalie attended St Margaret’s from 1982-1986 and will reflect on experiences at school that inspired her passions, career choice and current endeavours.

Annual Brunch Payment Form Name: ________________________________________________ Phone/Mobile: _________________________ Email: _______________________________________________________________________________________ No of attendees: ______ Any special dietary requirements?: __________________________________________ I wish to purchase:

Regular tickets at $45 each

Full-time student tickets at $30 each

I am unable to attend. Please accept my donation of: $ ___________

Payment Options



Cardholder’s name: ______________________________________________________ Card number:




Expiry date: _____ /_____ Signature: __________________________________________________ Please return form to: Email:

Jan Chayter Unit 16 Lancaster Tower 27 Harbour Road, Hamilton QLD 4007

Enquiries can be directed to Jan Chayter - Phone 3268 5097 Libby Black - Mobile 0430 512 411

St Margaret’s Old Girls’ Association

CREDIT CARD I wish to pay $________ by credit card

Annual Brunch

DIRECT DEPOSIT I have deposited $___________ into St Margaret’s OGA account: ANZ Bank • BSB: 014255 • Account No: 366614613 (Please include your name in the Reference Section)


CHEQUE for $_______ (made payable to St Margaret’s OGA)

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