St Margaret Mary's

SMMC Local Legends

Do you know a St Margaret Mary's Local Legend?

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St Margaret Mary's College would like to recognise our past students, teachers or people associated with the College who deserve to be Local Legends. 

They may be people who have achieved great things academically, in the sporting world or people who have made a significant contribution to our community. St Margaret Mary's College is celebrating its proud history in Townsville, recognising Local Legends in 2019.

If you know someone who deserves to be a St Margaret Mary's Local Legend, fill out the nomination form and submit it online.

2017 St Margaret College Local Legends

Jodie Woodward

Past student

Jodie was admitted to the legal profession in 2014. After practicing privately, her desire to help those less fortunate and make a difference saw her commence work with the North Queensland Women’s Legal Service. Jodie assists unrepresented women experiencing domestic violence, many of whom would be otherwise unable to access legal assistance. Jodie’s service to these women goes beyond providing legal advice; her experience and friendly personality helps vulnerable women feel at ease during an incredibly challenging time. Jodie also conducts in-school workshops on safe relationships with the aim of continuing her campaign against domestic violence.

Margie Ryder (Nee McGlone)

Past student, College contributor

Margie has made a huge contribution to the North Queensland community. She was integral in the initiation of the successful Julia Creek Dirt & Dust Festival, has her own promotional company as well as being a partner in the company Rydweld which employs many people in Townsville.  Margie is currently a Townsville City Councillor and supports and promotes the local community and community groups through this role. She is passionate and is constantly and actively looking for other ways to support her community.

Michelle Morton

Past student

Described as a person of high integrity, professionalism, moral standing and Catholic faith, Michelle is very family oriented and active in the community.  As a partner of Wilson/Ryan/Grose Lawyers, she has earned respect from her peers through her hard work and dedication to the profession. She gives back to the Townsville community through her board member roles for organisations such as the Townsville Hospital and Health Service, as well as being extensively involved with women’s basketball, especially the WNBL team, the JCU Townsville Fire.

Good Samaritan Sisters

In January 1936, the Good Samaritans Sisters settled on this site in their black habits with scalloped white collars and black veils. Immediately they began the enormous task to create the soul and the character of St Margaret Mary’s as a Catholic educational facility for Townsville’s young children. Together these women were a significant force and could achieve wonders. They were
forward thinking, perceptive and innovative educators of girls, combining authority with fairness and a sense of humour. They delighted in all their students’ achievements and encouraged high standards. Today the College still enjoys the fruits of their labors. Their dedication has created the fabric of our College, which has become a great testament to the vision and hard work of the
Good Samaritan Sisters.

Catherine Rush

Past student, Past Parent, College contributor

Associate Professor Cathy Rush researches immunology at James Cook University.  She seeks to understand the immunological mechanisms underlying inflammatory and infectious diseases.  Her scientific achievements enrich the lives of the many millions of people living in the tropics by improving health outcomes through understanding immunological mechanisms and their role in tropical disease.

Sarah Brice

Past student

Dr Brice is an academic within the College of Science and Engineering at JCU and is the manager of the JCU Sport and Exercise Science Movement Analysis Laboratory. Prior to commencing at JCU Dr Brice was a member of the Biomechanics and Performance Analysis Discipline at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS). During her time at AIS Dr Brice worked extensively with athletes and coaches within the AIS Athletics, Basketball, and Winter Sport programs. She continues to carry out research examining how athletes can prevent injury and improve performance within a number of sporting disciplines. Dr Brice also undertakes research in the area of pedagogical practices where she focuses on examining ways to improve the quantitative literacy of allied health students.

Ellen Beams

Teacher,  College contributor

Ellen was a force in the musical, spiritual, social and teaching life of St Margaret Mary's College and made a big impact for her small stature. Most notably were her achievements in music with the Bella Voce choir and lifting and supporting them to their status as one of the premier school choirs in Townsville. She believed in giving everyone a fair go and many times went over and above the call of duty when looking after her choir and music girls.  Sadly, Ellen passed away in 2017.

Courtney Hayward

Past student

Since graduation, Courtney has pursued a swimming and academic scholarship at Brenau University in Gainesville, GA, USA. She has broken numerous individual and relay records,  was an 11-time ASC champion, and a 7-time National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) National Champion. She was also voted ASC Swimmer of the Year twice, and MVP four years in a row. Courtney was the second person in her college’s history to ever win a national gold medal. Courtney’s swimming achievements will earn her a place in the Brenau University Hall of Fame. Also excelling academically, Courtney graduated in the top percentage of her cohort and received membership in three honour societies.


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