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Creating connections with Future Old Girls in Boarding

A tour of regional Queensland, New South Wales and the Northern Territory, has inspired the development of a 'Boarders Diary'. Share your old handwritten boarding letters for inclusion in the book.
Gracemere and Olivia Rasheed ('22)
Gracemere and Olivia Rasheed ('22)

Many of our staff have been out and about in the regions of Queensland, New South Wales and the Northern Territory at a variety of expos and regional events recently. Hannah Calcino and I travelled to Darwin and also attended the Katherine Show. The Katherine Show is a vibrant celebration of the region’s rural heritage, showcasing various aspects of rural life. Regional visits such as this one provide an opportunity for our staff to immerse themselves in the lifestyle of rural communities and gain a deeper understanding of the culture, traditions and way of life of our boarding families.

One of the most heart-warming and enriching experiences I had at this year’s Katherine Show was meeting Old Girls who shared their stories with us. These former students, who once walked the same halls and learned under the same roof as our current boarders, provide a valuable connection between the past and the present, showcasing the lasting impact of the school’s values and education. They bring a sense of nostalgia and tradition, transporting us back in time and allowing us to imagine what life was like at the school in earlier years. This sense of continuity creates a strong bond among generations of St Margaret’s students, fostering a sense of belonging and pride in their alma mater. It is a testament to the profound impact the school’s culture and values has on its students, highlighting the school’s broad community and sisterhood and the endless possibilities that lie ahead for those who walk through its doors.

It has inspired us to create a ‘Boarders Diary’ dedicated to all of our former boarders. If there are any handwritten letters you would like to share with us that you used to write to your families while you were in boarding, we would love to include them in this sentimental piece.  Please email me at gmataia@stmargarets.qld.edu.au.

Gracemere Mataia
Head of Senior House    

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