St Margaret’s Anglican School Leads the Way in Innovation

St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School, on Brisbane’s northside, has been named as one of Australia’s leading innovative schools by The Educator Australia, for its Academic Advising Program.

Twice a week, students from Years 9 to 12 are engaged in small group sessions with a teacher, their dedicated academic advisor, who assists them to set goals based on their results and class teacher feedback, guiding them to self-manage their learning.

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The key to the program’s success is in using data to provide feedback about students’ progress to drive their learning.

Equally, its success lies in the consistent interrogation of that data and supporting students to effectively implement the feedback, so it can lead to enhanced learning and improved results.

The innovative program facilitates a more purposeful approach to academic care. It’s one of the many ways St Margaret’s personalises its approach to each student’s learning.

St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School | 11 Petrie Street, Ascot |

Nature Play Gives Students a Taste for the Outdoors

Local Hendra school, Our Lady Help of Christians (OLHC), has created a Nature Play space for students to encourage a love of outdoors, an understanding of sustainability, and to have fun in the mud.

The Nature Play space, which includes a garden for flowers, a digging pit and a grub club (where students can grow food), is a space for all children to get involved and try new activities.

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Margaret Tomov, Principal at OLHC, says the students love the natural feel of the gardens.

“The students engage in a range of collaborative and social games, being outdoors and energetic, rather than inside on screens,” says Margaret. “Recently, one year level dug a pit to create Kedron Brook and described how people prepare for floods. They sure got muddy and dirty that day!”

The Nature Play space is just one aspect of the school’s sustainability plans, with students also involved in composting and recycling, and the school using solar panels to supplement the electricity and bore water to irrigate the lawns and gardens.

The school hopes to increase the Nature Play space activities, with the school looking to introduce a hive of native bees.

Our Lady Help of Christians School
23 Bowman Street, Hendra | Ph 3268 3070 |

Best You Ever – Clayfield Markets Fresh

For over 35 years, Clayfield Markets Fresh has been supplying the freshest fruit and vegetables to Brisbane’s Northside.

Since opening in the early 1980s, Clayfield Markets Fresh has grown to incorporate a delicatessen and over 2,000 lines of gourmet food items, including yoghurt, nuts, fresh bread, flowers, frozen products, gourmet meats and cheeses and groceries.

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Carlo and Susan have been running Clayfield Markets Fresh for more than 27 years and have noticed how locals are taking a keen interest in their own health and well-being, with the shop providing a large variety of organic and gluten-free options.

“We have always looked at improving and keeping up with the trends in the industry so we can offer our customers the best of what’s available,” says Carlo. “One of the biggest changes in the fruit and vegetable industry is that every type of fresh food is now readily available 12 months of the year.”

Carlo and Susan are heavily involved in supporting local charities, schools and clubs, including the annual Brisbane Markets Mango Charity Auction.

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“We are really proud of our fundraising efforts at Clayfield Markets Fresh. The store has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars towards the annual Mango Auction and other local events,” says Carlo.

The store has been crowned Mango King seven times over the past eleven years.

“We feel that our shop belongs to the community and all this couldn’t be done without the support of our loyal customers and dedicated, experienced staff who always want to help our customers with their shopping experience.”

Clayfield Markets is open 7 days a week from 6am to 7pm. Make sure to head in and say hello to Carlo, Susan and the rest of the team.

Clayfield Markets Fresh
823 Sandgate Rd, Clayfield | Ph 32628111 | |

In the Fold – Holy Cross Laundry

When a small laundry was opened in Wooloowin 130 years ago, its founders probably never imagined that it would grow into the innovative, vibrant and inclusive workplace it is today.

Holy Cross Laundry, located in Banyo, is the longest serving commercial laundry operating in Australia.

Founded in 1889 by the Sisters of Mercy, Holy Cross’ mission is to support the disadvantaged by providing integrated and inclusive employment opportunities.

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Holy Cross employs more than 340 people and processes more than 6,000 tonnes of linen each year at their facility on Brisbane’s northside.

The team provides fresh linen for 700,000 hospital patients, 3,000 senior living residents and surgical scrubs to more than 15,000 healthcare workers each year.

Holy Cross currently employs 43 people with a disability, who receive on-the-job training and support tailored to their individual goals.

The skills learned in the workplace have a profound impact on the lives of the employees, building their social skills, confidence and promoting independent living.

Holy Cross strives to be an employer of choice, and CEO Troy McDowell is proud of the hard-working team.

“The fantastic thing about Holy Cross is that we offer all our staff a truly integrated workplace, where people of all abilities work together. I’m incredibly proud of our diverse and inclusive culture, where we celebrate our differences – supporting the disadvantaged and providing inclusive employment opportunities to people with various needs and abilities, from vast cultural backgrounds and beliefs.”

Holy Cross Laundry | 31 Guardhouse Road, Banyo | Ph 3637 9299 |

La Charpente – Handcrafted Wood Products

When Northgate locals, Ian and Madeline decided to try their hands at wood-working, they had no idea it would turn into a successful side business.

After creating their first wooden chopping board, they had a lot of interest from friends, neighbours and the local community.

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Recognising the demand for their unique products, Ian and Madeline started La Charpente, specialising in handcrafted wooden homewares.

“As we cut everything using only handheld tools, not templates, no two pieces will ever be the same,” says Ian. “Our clients really enjoy having a one-of-a-kind piece that can never be repeated.”

They have expanded from chopping boards to a wide variety of wooden products, including grazing planks, serving paddles, cheese boards, pizza paddles, coffee and dining tables and even candle holders.

“We enjoy bringing out the inner beauty in a piece of raw timber,” says Madeline. “Wood products are popular for the natural, warm contrast it brings to someone’s home.”

Ian and Madeline enjoy taking custom orders and working with clients to create beautiful pieces for their home or business.

La Charpente, Northgate |

VEND Market Place Virginia is Open

VEND Market Place – The Big Place for Small Vendors.

Amy Hinschen dreamed of creating a platform for local designers and creatives to have the benefits of their own store, without the huge financial overheads.

After seeing permanent markets set up in New York, Amy decided to bring the concept to Brisbane, and VEND Market Place in Virginia was created.

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VEND is a permanent indoor market location for local designers and artists to showcase their items without having to be present full-time.

VEND Sales Assistants are on hand to assist shoppers with questions and purchases.

“We have had amazing feedback from the community, customers and our vendors,” says Amy. “Our customers are complimenting us on the concept and the vibe at VEND as being fun, inviting and with great coffee. Visitors love the fact that when they shop at VEND they are supporting one of our 80+ local shop owners.”

VEND is open 7 days a week from 9am – 5pm with a café located inside. Fresh food markets, food trucks, kids activities and live music are planned for weekends.

VEND Market Place | 1768 Sandgate Road, Virginia | |