St Margaret's Anglican Girls School boarding student Alex Olive.
St Margaret's Anglican Girls School boarding student Alex Olive.

Boarding student swaps school panama for Akubra

Boarding student Alex Olive, 15, will swap her school panama for an Akubra in a couple of weeks time for the Beef Australia 2021.

Alex’s family has been on the land in the Mt Gardiner area, near Marlborough, for nearly 100 years.

Her parents Lynette and Tim Olive, run a feedlot, Brahman Stud and commercial breeding operation at their property, Apis Creek.

The Brisbane St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School boarding student loves nothing more than going home to the property in the school holidays.

“I’ve been working on the property almost since I could walk,” Alex said.

“When I return home each holiday, my favourite thing to do is muster and to help break in the stud cattle.”

Beef Australia is an important opportunity for the Olive family to showcase its stud and Alex will be involved in leading her family’s stud cattle in various competitions.

Alex Olive showing cattle from her family's property Apis Creek, near Marlborough.
Alex Olive showing cattle from her family's property Apis Creek, near Marlborough.

At boarding school, Alex relishes in the sense of community in the boarding house and the friendships she has made.

“The staff are so approachable, our Head of Boarding and House Mothers are like our second mums and make this place our home away from home,” she said.

“There are lots of boarders who come from similar backgrounds to me too; a few even that I know from back home who I grew up with.

“I feel like we will be close forever because we share a special bond.”

The Year 10 student has ambitions to study at university when she leaves St Margaret’s and envisages a career in agriculture.

Alex is looking forward to getting back to the land once she has graduated to continue the generations of graziers on Apis Creek.

“I’m not quite sure what I would like to do but it will most likely be something to do with agribusiness or something related to agriculture,” she said.

“The teachers are really supportive and invested in your education and I know they will guide me to get to where I want to be.”

St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School is an independent day and boarding school for girls from Pre-Prep to Year 12 and boys in pre-prep and prep.

In 2019 and 2020, the school won boarding school of the year.

Visit www.stmargarets.qld.edu.au or meet the Head of Boarding at Beef Australia 2021 in Rockhampton between May 3 to 7.



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