Since its inception, St Margaret’s has been a leading choice for rural families, with the first three students enrolled at the school in 1895. Boarders are at the core of what makes St Margaret’s a special place. Today, 127 years on, a large contingent of the school’s boarding community comprises daughters of graziers and farmers from rural Queensland, Northern New South Wales, the Northern Territory and Western Australia. The boarding community is diverse, with many students also hailing from regions and cities closer to Brisbane and others from as far away as overseas.
With more than 120 years of experience in boarding, St Margaret’s understands the needs of its boarding students and their families. In 2019 and 2020, the school won boarding school of the year in the Australian Education Awards and was an Excellence Award winner in 2022.
Boarding house life provides, within a Christian environment, an opportunity for development of character, self-discipline and leadership whilst nurturing lifelong friendships. Trained and committed staff members aim to provide a safe and happy ‘home away from home’ for all girls, where their academic, extracurricular and pastoral care needs are monitored and catered for. This exposure to communal living is an enriching experience that gives each of our boarders a chance to develop a wider understanding about others and the world in which we live. Students’ families also play an important role in the boarding house, and staff, students and their families are in regular contact.
St Margaret’s is a leading boarding school that is passionate about offering a first-class boarding house, in terms of both amenity and opportunity. The Head of Boarding, Head of Junior House, Head of Senior House, Pastoral Care Coordinator and Residential Supervisors (‘House Mothers’) are committed to ensuring that the St Margaret’s boarding experience is one your daughter will cherish all of her adult life.