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Centenary celebrations a hit

An image of the QMC Poly Club.

The Poly Club performs at the Cocktail function

Nearly 1,000 people turned up to celebrate Queen Margaret College’s Centenary Weekend at the beginning of June.

Old Girls, past and present Board and association members, Members of College, staff and parents came out for one (or all) of the events.

Events included school tours, Honours Assembly, an Old Girls’ lunch, a cocktail evening, Dinner by the Decades, brunch, a church service, and the pinnacle event, the Gala Dinner.

As part of the Gala Dinner, the Queen Margaret Chorale premiered “For Me to Dare” by David Childs, a piece commissioned specially for the Centenary.

Year 9 student Megan Brodie welcomed in the Honours Assembly by playing the bagpipes. Old Girl Vivienne Ireland (nee Luke, Year 9 in 1943) was also awarded her Dux prize at the assembly. Nicola Sladden (nee Johnson, Year 9 in 1980) and Narme Deva (nee Chinniah, Year 9 in 1991) were added to the Old Girls’ Association Honours Board.

For some, Centenary Weekend was especially important as it was the first time they had returned to their former stomping grounds or seen their school friends in decades.

Old Girl Liz Maluschnig (Year 9 in 1974) says her heart was full and “overflowing with warmth and love” from connecting with QMC and her fellow Old Girls.

“I absolutely loved the school tour and reminiscing those wonderful school years. Finishing up the weekend with the church service was perfect.

“I received a new understanding of being a Queen Margaret girl and how those years have impacted my life and how I am carrying on many of those values in my own life.”

Nan Patterson (nee Marshall, Year 9 in 1951) says the tour gave she and her friends the opportunity to see how QMC had changed in the years since they attended.

“Charlotte was our patient guide, leaving us impressed with how the College has developed, together with the skill in which the architects have added buildings.

“I loved the Preschool and being able to see some of the classes in progress was a delight – particularly the art class, where one of the lasses had been quietly observing my name and year. When I talked to her, she very shyly asked if I was the same year as her grandmother. When she told me who that was, we all jumped around saying of course we knew her grandmother only to learn that her mum was also an Old Girl.

“We just loved it all. The Assembly followed by the luncheon was wonderful. The hours of work that all this took beggars belief, and I can only admire the enormous amount of trouble that went in to make this an occasion never to be forgotten.”

Following the Centenary Weekend, all attendees were sent a card from a current student, thanking them for their attendance.

“What finally capped off a splendid weekend was receiving a lovely card in the mail with an etching of the College on the front with a delightfully written message inside thanking me for coming to the Centenary Weekend and hoping that I had a good time. I thought this was very touching, thoughtful and kind,” Nan says.