Message from the Principal

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends,

Welcome to our Centenary Year 2020!

In our Centenary year we elected to focus on the Sacred Heart goal of: Building Community as a Christian Value. Our theme is “Growing as One Body, Beating as One Heart”. We are many parts, but we are one body, is a reference to St Paul’s letters to the early Christians. Beating as one heart refers to our community spirit of Cor Unum.

I am almost teary (in a good way!) while writing this article, as I have just seen the aerial shot of our girls spelling out the phrase “Jiayou” on our oval. Jiayou is a Chinese cheer meaning – you can do it. I am so privileged to belong to a community, which has turned a confronting global health concern into a way to show support for our Chinese girls in isolation in our Boarding House. Stuartholme has a beautiful, caring community, who have metaphorically ‘wrapped their arms’ around our seven Chinese students. These international Chinese students, under the direction of Queensland Health, have been in isolation since last week. They are on the top floor of our Boarding House, in some of our most recently renovated rooms. Our community have turned adversity into an opportunity to be strong and kind: parents have provided special treats for our girls such as Chinese food, trays of cupcakes and care packages. All seven girls are well. Our girls are undertaking their studies remotely through electronic communication and sharing of resources with their teachers and fellow students. Some Tutor Groups have been face-timing the girls to keep their spirits up. Ben Webb and Luanna Burchill in Year 11 have been filming the whole school, staff and students all saying, “Jiayou. Our   isolated students are in good spirits and feel well cared for. They are confident we are doing everything we can to support their academic progress during this period. Our girls are trying to mirror a school day and are working on each subject as per their timetable. They are accessing OneNote and have their textbooks. I am so proud of how we as a community have come together to ensure everyone is: “cared for with great love” (Madeleine Sophie Barat). I would like to express my thanks to the Parents of Stuartholme, who have been very supportive.

In strong accompaniment with this community of kindness and joy, our Critical Incident Team have worked diligently and deliberately each day ensuring we are implementing all the latest health advice and keeping abreast of all school operation logistics, such as providing catering, cleaning and laundry according to the government regulations. This team includes leaders from the following areas: academic services, school operations (cleaning, catering), psychologists, nurses, communications, receptions, Boarding staff and the Leadership Team. Again, I am immensely proud of how we worked collaboratively, calmly and confidently behind the scenes. A special thank you and acknowledgement to all on our Critical Incident Team ably led by Laura Wedmaier, and especially our Nurse Manager Kylee Brain and her team of nurses, our Boarding Leadership Team and Ming Du and Jane Verity, our International Students Coordinator.

As always our start to the year is at a “cracking pace”. We hosted and facilitated six evening events over nine days. Our All Parent Welcome evening was very successful, where our Boarding parents could connect with our day parents. It was a joyous occasion with lots of sharing of stories about Christmas holidays. The evening began with a “short and sharp” Parents of Stuartholme (PoS) meeting, then moved into the social mingling. Our Year Level Parent Information evenings were collaboratively designed to address the needs specific to each year level. The split format of the evening has appealed to parents and the feedback has been very positive.

On Tuesday, Stuartholme held its first Co-curricular Market Day. At lunch time, students could speak to the sports/club captains or representatives and ask any questions. Students wishing to participate registered their interest and further information will be sent to parents.  In 2020, Stuartholme is introducing Rugby 7s and it was great to have staff and players from Queensland Rugby Union attend to also answer questions. Thank you to all the Stuartholme staff and students who helped make this event such a success, I’m sure we will see it again in early 2021.

Take care and God Bless,

Kristen Sharpe
Principal

 

 

Key Dates

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Key Dates

Fri 14 FebruaryOpening Mass
Fri 21-Sun 23 FebruaryMusic Camp
Tues 25 FebruaryShrove Tuesday
French senior dinner at Marist (Yrs 11-12)
Wed 26-Fri 28 FebruaryYear 7 Camp
Wed 26 FebruaryAsh Wednesday Mass
Mon 2 MarachInterhouse Swimming Carnival
Sat 14 MarchOpen Day 10am - 1pm
Mon 16 MarchYear 10 Careers testing
Tues 17 MarchNew Rowing parent information evening, Theatre, 6.30pm
Thurs 19 MarchYear 7 immunisations
Fri 20 MarchReconciliation Liturgy
Music at Twilight
6-8.30pm
Sat 21 MarchWater polo and swimming presentation evening
Tues 31 MarchInterhouse Cross Country
Wed 1 AprilYear 10 Retreat
Thurs 2 AprilYears 10-12 Parent Daughter Breakfast
Fri 3 AprilEaster Liturgy
Boarder travel day
All classes finish 12pm
Year 12 Formal

Message from the Deputy Principal

To the Stuartholme community, I thank you for such a delightful welcome. I feel very humbled and honoured to join the community in such a …

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Message from the Deputy Principal

To the Stuartholme community, I thank you for such a delightful welcome. I feel very humbled and honoured to join the community in such a significant year of celebration. There is such warmth, kindness, and generosity of spirit that radiates throughout the school community. I have thoroughly enjoyed connecting with many of you at the various functions and parent evenings at the start of the year, and I look forward to the continued relationship across 2020.

At the Welcome Assembly this week, I was drawn to the address by the Cor Unum Committee, who identified that a new year (and indeed the commencement of a new decade) provides a clean slate loaded with opportunity. In this light, we must take the time to reflect on our past achievements and work towards strengthening them in the year ahead. I was able to draw on this when speaking to the Year 12 cohort during their Wise Wellness class this week. I identified that while the holiday break has been an essential time of recuperation and refocus, now it was time for “game on”.

Beginning the academic year well is important. Now is the time to seize the opportunity to establish effective routines, so they become habits to ensure success. I encourage you to have a discussion with your daughters over the coming weeks to identify and explicitly name what types of routines she is establishing to promote academic success in 2020. Ultimately, being organised and prepared is essential; however, the knowledge of where you are going is paramount. Ensuring a conversation around previous results and what the targets are for 2020 ensures there is a clear line of sight for goals and direction for the year.

Class of 2019:

“Our education is not meant to turn the children out small and finished, but seriously begun on a wide-basis. Therefore, they must leave us with some self-knowledge, some energy, some purpose…”

Sr Janet Erskine Stuart

Congratulations to the Class of 2019 on their exceptional academic results.

  • OP 1 – 5: 30.04% (State average: 22.5%)
  • OP 1 – 10: 69.56% (State average: 54.29%)
  • OP 1 – 15: 95.65% (State average: 82.92%)
  • 86 of 87 students attained their Queensland Certification of Education (QCE)
  • 42 students completed VET qualifications (38 Diplomas; 9 Certificate III; 5 Certificate II; 1 Certificate I)
  • 4 students commenced school-based apprenticeship or traineeship
  • 22 students commenced a university subject while at school

These outstanding results are a testament to the work and dedication of these young women, along with the value Stuartholme places on exceptional teaching and learning. While all our staff have contributed in some way, I want to acknowledge the work of Mrs Shannon Lacey, our Director of Studies, who has journeyed alongside these young women through their senior phase of learning. In addition, Mr Tom Lillyman, our Careers Counsellor who effectively ensured our graduates found their optimum pathways post-school. Stuartholme is blessed by such impressive staff who work to support and nurture our students.

It is evident this cohort has a wonderful platform to continue their learning beyond the gates of Stuartholme and have certainly fulfilled the essence of Sr Janet Erskine Stuart’s words which speaks to the ‘heart’ of a Sacred Heart Education.

Our Assembly on Friday 21st February will provide an opportunity for the school community to celebrate the success of the Class of 2019 as well as other students who attained outstanding results at the end of 2019.

I wish everyone a joyous and positive start to 2020, and I look forward to working collaboratively with you in the pursuit of excellence in education.

Best wishes,

Daniel Crump
Deputy Principal

 

 

 

 

 

Message from the Dean of Mission

I am delighted to join Stuartholme this year in the role of Dean of Mission. I feel very fortunate that the Year 12 Retreat was …

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Message from the Dean of Mission

I am delighted to join Stuartholme this year in the role of Dean of Mission. I feel very fortunate that the Year 12 Retreat was held in the first week of school. It was wonderful to meet our school leaders for 2020, they are an impressive group of young women. Thanks to all who have made me feel so welcome.

As we gather at the commencement of 2020, we recall the five goals of Sacred Heart Education:

  1. A personal and active faith in God
  2. A deep respect for intellectual values
  3. Building community as a Christian value
  4. A social awareness that impels to action
  5. Personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom

It’s appropriate in our centenary year, that our focus goal is Building Community as a Christian Value. This goal has clear criteria that encourages us to embrace more fully the mission of the Church and our Sacred Heart tradition in the following ways:

  1. We educate in and form our community to the mission of the Church and of the Society of the Sacred Heart.
  2. We invite all in our Christian community into genuine and authentic interpersonal relationships, in which ‘all may grow together’.
  3. Through a positive experience of community, students are prepared for responsible citizenship in a global context.
  4. We respond to the invitations of the General Chapter and contribute to the evolving tradition of Sacred Heart education.
  5. We actively participate in the ANZ Network and international networks of the Society of the Sacred Heart.
  6. the School seeks to attract a diverse range of students and staff.

In recent times, our staff had the opportunity to reflect on this goal in light of current research and analysis of our Australian context using the work of Hugh Mackay. In his recent book titled Australia Reimagined – Towards a more compassionate, less anxious society, Mackay highlights how relationship breakdown, busy lives, increasing economic divide and an over-reliance on information technology has led to an Australia that is fragmented and highly anxious.[1] This reality is also highlighted by Mission Australia’s research into the top concerns facing young Australians today, namely mental health, the environment, equity and discrimination among others.[2] From Mackay’s perspective, the key to this challenging reality is social cohesion achieved through a people grounded in compassion and mutual respect.[3] For us at Stuartholme, a commitment to building community as a Christian value and all that this goal asks of us, is a fine response.

To aid us in bringing our focus goal alive this year, we will focus our attention on the theme of Growing with One Body and Beating with One Heart. This theme is inspired by sacred Scripture whereby the early Christian Communities were referred to by St Paul as being one body in Christ, free of all the divisions that were once significant to the culture of the time place. It is directly connected to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the tradition to which we belong. In the image associated with the theme, you’ll notice the heart in the shape of figures – figures that represent each of us, growing, connected and surrounding the central figure representing your daughters. It’s a beautiful image that captures well our hopes and intentions for our centenary year.

Peace and blessings,

Justin Golding
Dean of Mission

 

[1] Mackay, H. 2018. Australia Reimagined. Pan Macmillan Australia. Kindle Edition

[2] https://www.missionaustralia.com.au/what-we-do/research-impact-policy-advocacy/youth-survey

[3] Mackay, H. 2018. Australia Reimagined. Pan Macmillan Australia. Kindle Edition

 

Message from the Dean of Boarding

Dear Parents and Guardians, Welcome to the start of 2020 boarding life. For those of you new to our boarding community, welcome to the Stuartholme …

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Message from the Dean of Boarding

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to the start of 2020 boarding life. For those of you new to our boarding community, welcome to the Stuartholme Boarding Family!

Stuartholme doesn’t come alive until the boarders have returned to animate the historic Renard Building that is their home away from home. The Boarding House and the girls that live within, are often described as the heartbeat of the school, ever present 24/7, breathing spirit and joy into the entire school community. This year, we are delighted to welcome ten Year 7s, two Year 8s, five Year 9s, three Year 10s and two Year 11s into the boarding community that is 113 boarders strong! These new boarders have come from communities as diverse as St George, Mission Beach, Julia Creek to Singapore and China! They have shown great courage and resilience in adapting to their new environments.

Our relationship with you is crucial to creating a happy boarding daughter so do not hesitate to contact us with any concerns or queries you might have. No question is a silly one and no concern will remain unresponded to. Our Assistant Heads of Boarding (AHOB) have been on top of all matters ‘Boarding’. This year AHOB Melissa Robinson is the Year 7, 8 and 9 contact as well as for Sports, AHOB Catherine Sagin is the Year 10 and 11 Grenoble contact as well as for International Students and AHOB Ellen McLean is the Year 11 Amiens and Year 12 contact as well as for REACH and music. Please email them directly at, for eg, mrobinson@stuartholme.com. At beginning of the year our supervisor Ellia Swepson obtain a full-time position as a qualified paramedic, and as such has move on from the Boarding House. We wish her all the best in her professional career. Late last year we welcomed one new staff member Ms Taisha Paterson-Burr, who is continuing this year. It is wonderful to provide such stability for the girls in this space.

A significant reason that our boarding community is happy and largely achieving its desired outcomes is that we value open and honest communication with our families. We continued this year with our Boarder Parent Support Network meeting chaired by Mrs Susan Shay from Gleneagle. The committee consists of Year Level Representatives and meets once a term. Boarder parents are encouraged to provide feedback, issues of concern or comments about what is going well to their Parent Representatives. Please do not hesitate to contact me with your feedback about boarding (kdavies@stuartholme.com) at any time. Problems can all be solved by talking and what we don’t know about, we can’t fix.

We were particularly excited about the renovations to the Year 12 rooms and bathrooms and the girls are certainly happy in these new areas. These will become for us the blue print of all future renovations throughout the Boarding House over the next three to five years. We have installed the fire sprinklers throughout Renard Level 3 and 4, and this was also extended to Level 2 and 1. Our Boarding Captains, Vice-Captains and Mentors (Emma Cook, India Connelly, Claire Loughman, Emily Sullivan, Alice Cook, Alice Delaney, Elke Frecklington, Annabelle Paterson and Amy Wang) have exhibited strong leadership already by facilitating our first Family Dinner last Monday night and will be in full swing for the rest of the term initiating Year Level Activities after school.

REACH (for submitting online leave requests) is active again and new parents will have received REACH log in details from Miss Ellen McLean. Please contact Ellen to be talked through or sent REACH information. REACH is the online leave system that we require you to use – just like Marist and Nudgee. We ask that leave is submitted by 12.00 pm on Thursdays. Please note that we have a strict policy regarding boarders NOT being allowed to travel in Uber taxis. We received legal advice on this from the Australian Boarding Schools’ Association.

Our commitment to our Catholic faith and that for your daughters requires us to provide for them an opportunity to attend the Sunday Eucharist. Please note that Mass is at 5pm in the Chapel each Sunday, and we also engage in our local Parish at least one Sunday in the term. Mass is compulsory for all boarders. Girls who have been on leave over the weekend are asked to return to the Boarding House by 4 pm in readiness for Mass. The girls are asked to be smartly attired for Mass, just as for our Family Dinners. You are always welcome to join us for Mass or dinner on Mondays.

Our country is certainly a land of contrasts, we have had desperate drought in many of our family home locations and now we have flood as well.  I believe that Australians know how to live with adversity, and this makes us a stronger people for it all. If you are struggling due to either, please contact the school directly and let us assist you if need be.  Enjoy the weekend and please stay in touch with us, join our closed Stuartholme School Boarding Facebook group which is a wonderful way to see the weekly happenings in the House.

The boarding community is looking forward to next week when our International Chinese students can return to normal life in the Boarding House. I am so proud of the girls and the way they have remained strong and upbeat during this time. I am also incredibly proud of my Assistant Heads of Boarding and Ming Du, Senior Boarding Supervisor for the support they have shown the girls. Finally, a very big thank you to the nurses in the Health Centre, led by Kylee Brain. The dedication shown to the girls by this team was above anything I have seen before. Stuartholme is truly blessed to have such caring and committed staff members.

Blessings to you and your family,

Karen Davies
Dean of Boarding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Message from the Dean of Student Wellbeing

A big year – full of success It was wonderful to welcome all our new and returning families to the 2020 school year. I have …

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Message from the Dean of Student Wellbeing

A big year – full of success

It was wonderful to welcome all our new and returning families to the 2020 school year. I have met many of you at our functions and information evenings that have taken place over these first two weeks.

The Year 11s have done a fine job in working alongside their Year 7 Little Sisters to help them become less anxious and more confident as they navigate new routines and locker locks. I spoke to many Year 7 students and they are settled and excited about the year ahead.

The Cor Unum Captain Imogen Fraser and Committee members Lucy Baker, Hayley Bowden and Meghan Todd warmly welcomed the girls back to this new academic year. Meghan’s remarks to the girls “encouraging self-care and balance, creating good habits and looking after yourself and your friends” aptly characterises the Sisterhood at Stuartholme and aspects of our Stuartholme village that enable every young woman to be her very best.

Settling back into school routines in our centenary year

To support the girls in settling back into school routines the Leaders of Student Wellbeing and Teacher Mentors have been highlighting “positive expectations” challenging them to:

  • Positively engage with the school ethos
  • Show self-discipline and dedication to academic requirements
  • Be punctual to school and all classes
  • Show self-respect
  • Adhere to the school dress code
  • Respect others’ rights and property.

Your support in upholding these expectations will be important in ensuring your daughter can be the very best version of herself. Research now shows that setting the bar high in terms of expectations increases your daughter’s life chances.

Working together to be facilitators of “Brave”

As I suggested at the recent Parent Information Evenings we have to be “bigger, wiser and stronger” than our children in order to optimise their success.

Research clearly shows that our own capacity for courage, calm and resilience forms a baseline for our children.

Karen Young a well-regarded psychologist who worked with both Stuartholme staff and parents in Term 4 last year facilitated a workshop in the theatre at school for us titled “Building Brave”. I am happy to share some of her key tips as you embark on the 2020 school year with your daughters:

  • The more connected you are with your kids; the more authority you will have to lead them to be brave.
  • We need to be brave first as parents/ caregivers to lead them to be brave.
  • Parents do not cause anxiety but they are a powerful part of the solution.
  • Anxiety is contagious, but so is calm and courage.
  • We need to be careful about what behaviours we are supporting in our responses to our children – be careful that we do not support avoidance.
  • Kids and teens have to be the bosses of their brains.
  • Actively build strength against anxiety – exercise, sleep, good nutrition, mindfulness and play.

References:

  1. https://www.heysigmund.com/anxiety-in-children-parents-facilitators-of-brave/
  2. Young, K, 2019. Building Brave – Professional Learning, Stuartholme School 28 October.

 

Deb Lonsdale-Walker
Dean of Student Wellbeing

 

 

 

 

 

Message from the Commercial Director

Welcome back to school in 2020.  It is a great pleasure to start our centenary year with the opening of the completely refurbished Year 12 …

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Message from the Commercial Director

Welcome back to school in 2020.  It is a great pleasure to start our centenary year with the opening of the completely refurbished Year 12 wing of the boarding house. The boarding school is the heart of Stuartholme School and home to our 116 boarders, including the lucky 27 students in year 12 who will occupy these new dorms.

We are excited to have unveiled phase 2 of the staged refurbishment project which includes the year 12 dormitories and new bathrooms on Level 3 and Level 4. Phase 1 was completed last Christmas holidays with the refurbishment of all the common rooms and other bathrooms in the boarding house.  Annually we will continue with our refurbishment towards a modern and functional boarding house that pays homage to the heritage nature of the significant Renard building. Our common ambition is that the boarding house will strengthen Stuartholme School’s position in Queensland as a high quality, holistic and inclusive Catholic school for day and boarding girls.  We love the richness that our boarders bring to the overall life of the school and are proud to be giving back to the year 12s to complete their senior education through this refurbishment.

These projects involve a wide number of staff but most notably we must thank the behind the scenes team including:

•        Alan Bedford, Facilities Manager and his team – Liam, Russell, Oliver and Michael

•        Kathy Wone, Operations Manager

•        Steve Wintraaken, Project Manager

•        Bretton Watson, BSPN Architect

•        Claire Hollier, BSPN Interior Design

•        Brad Armstrong, Armstrong Building and his team

A large thank you must also be extended to the Board Chair Helen Spain, Principal Kristen Sharpe, Dean of Boarding Karen Davies and her staff and a selection of students who provided input to the design and brief for this project.

We officially opened the dormitories with a small ceremony including parents, students and staff members on the Boarders Travel Day 28 January 2020.  We enjoyed a short blessing from our new Dean of Mission, Justin Golding who in partnership with Karen Davies, Dean of Boarding blessed the dorms with holy water:

Loving God, we pray for all those who will live and work in the new Year 12 Boarding Dormitories. Be their shelter when they are in this place, their companion when they are away and their welcome guest when they return. In the spirit of of Cor Unum, may they all be true witnesses to God’s unconditional love as they find joy and satisfaction in their new ‘home’. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Laura Wedmaier
Commercial Director

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Message from the Careers Counsellor

Hi everyone, and welcome back for the year, I’m excited to be back and to dive straight into a new year of our Careers Program. …

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Message from the Careers Counsellor

Hi everyone, and welcome back for the year,

I’m excited to be back and to dive straight into a new year of our Careers Program. It’s been energising to spend time with our Year 12 students at Retreat and in the Year 12 Wise Wellness Program this week, getting set for the year.

It has also been a pleasure to hear what our 2019 graduates are doing this year. One was offered an un-bonded place in UQ’s medical program. Another was awarded a $30,000/year scholarship to study the new Bachelor of Advanced Humanities (Western Civilisation) course at the University of Queensland. Another alumna is moving into a full time apprentice to pursue her dreams of becoming a chef. A very talented athlete is headed to Michigan State University to study Kinesiology (Sport Science) on a 100% four-year scholarship. Another was accepted into QUT’s highly competitive Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music) program. And there are many more exciting plans. We are so proud of all of these young women and wish them well for the future!

As always, please find below a selection of important information and interesting opportunities that may be relevant to your daughters (particularly those is Years 10, 11 and 12).

Kind regards,

Mr Lillyman

UCAT information session

For Year 12 students interested in medicine and/or dentistry, I’ll be running a UCAT information session next Thursday (13/2) in the library at lunchtime.

Interested in ANU?

The ANU direct entry application process opens 4 March and closes 25 May. This process allows Year 12 students to apply for courses, accommodation, adjustments and scholarships all in one place. Most places at ANU are offered via this direct entry process. Find out more here.

UQ FEAST in 2020

FEAST stands for Future Experiences in Agriculture, Science and Technology (FEAST). FEAST is a four-day residential program held at UQ Gatton from 28 June to 1 July 2020 for students in Years 11 and 12.

FEAST allows you to:

  • test-drive university and meet other students with similar interests
  • explore science disciplines through hands-on activities and workshops
  • meet UQ students and staff and attend industry-run sessions
  • experience living in the UQ Halls of Residence and take part in social and sporting activities
  • learn about current challenges faced by scientists, including climate change, biosecurity, feeding the world and protecting endangered wildlife.

Click here to find out more.

QUT: High School Research Internships

QUT run a High School STEM Internships Program for high achieving Year 11 and 12 to get a taste of working on a research project with leading STEM experts. Applications are currently open and close on 13 February. Find more info here and see the research projects you can work on here.

Join the YMCA Youth Parliament

Are you interested in community issues? Then you might be interested in joining the YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament (QYP). The program is wholly run by an executive team, all under the age of 25; truly making it a program by young people, for young people. If you are between 15 and 25 years of age, you are invited to nominate. Nominations for the 2020 program open on Tuesday 28 January 2020 and close on Sunday 16 February 2020. You can nominate via their website.

Griffith’s GUESTs program

Griffith is offering Year 12 students the opportunity to study their Organisations, People & Employability unit online over 2 trimesters. Applications close this Friday, 7 Feb. Learn more about the course here.

GU: The GriffithBUSINESS Responsible Leaders of the Future Conference

Griffith Uni’s 2020 GriffithBUSINESS Responsible Leaders of the Future Conference is coming up soon. This event is open to Years 10, 11 and 12 and will give you the opportunity to be challenged and problem solve, develop ideas and suggest solutions which reimagine how organisations and leaders face current challenges. Students will work together with a diverse and talented cohort to explore how they can disrupt traditional models in order to contribute to a prosperous and sustainable future.

The conference will be held at Gold Coast campus on Monday 25 May and the South Bank campus on 27 May. If you are interested, please get in touch with me.

Australian Defence Force (ADF) Work Experience

Thinking of applying for the ADF when you finish school? ADF offer work experience, which allows you to explore what life in the ADF can be like.  Visit the Defence Work Experience Program website and click on Placements to look for work experience opportunities remembering that they fill up quickly. You apply online and should discuss your interest in an ADF work experience program with your school Guidance Counsellor/Officer before applying.

Australian Defence Force (ADF) GAP Year

The ADF offer a 12-month taste of life in the Navy, Army or Air Force for students interested in taking a Gap Year straight after school. Click here to find out more about the program and jobs available. 2021 ADF Gap Year program applications open in March 2020. If you are interested, you can register your interest on the ADF Gap Year website and they will keep you updated.

World Science Festival Brisbane

The World Science Festival will take place between 25 and 27 March 2020 at various venues around Brisbane and regional Queensland. View the program on the festival website and see your Science teacher NOW if interested or you might miss out. Explore a variety of science events across Brisbane and Regional Queensland.

Future Filmmakers at the Gold Coast Film Festival

Are you interested in a future in film? Future Filmmakers is a free event for Year 11 & 12 students, held on the Gold Coast during the Gold Coast Film Festival. Find out more here.

 

 

 

Co-curricular News

Communication, Speech and Performance Private Tuition Private tuition classes are held at Stuartholme in solo or pairs before, during and after school. Development of self …

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Co-curricular News

Communication, Speech and Performance Private Tuition

Private tuition classes are held at Stuartholme in solo or pairs before, during and after school. Development of self confidence, acting and communication skills are some of the outcomes of the program.

We also offer examinations through Trinity College London and the Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB) incorporating Speech and performance for those who wish to undertake examinations.

If a student is interested in experiencing a typical lesson, we are offering free lessons next week so please register with a friend by contacting one of us as below.

Mrs Gallagher LTCL (Dist) AACM,(TD)
Mobile: 0404 019 212
Email: mgallagher@stuartholme.com

Ms Costello BA, LTCL
Mobile: 0403 889 847
Email: acostello@stuartholme.com

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Music News

The Music Department is back in full swing with ensemble rehearsals and private music lessons now taking place. Many thanks to all the parents who …

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Music News

The Music Department is back in full swing with ensemble rehearsals and private music lessons now taking place. Many thanks to all the parents who have signed on their daughter(s) for music lessons and ensembles. For any existing or new students there are still places available My Stuartholme – Co-Curricular – Music – Private Music Lessons. The Music Department also has the flexible option of a small group (2-3 students) ensemble focused lesson to develop musicianship, technique and solo opportunities at a significantly reduced cost.

The Annual Music Camp will take place from 21 – 23 February at the Maroochy Waterfront and Conference Centre. The Music Camp is an exciting weekend for all the musicians.  The weekend focusses on learning their new repertoire and forming long term friendships with other girls in their choir, orchestra or band. Documentation will be sent home this week for parents to complete. Further information can be found on My Stuartholme – Co-Curricular – Music – Ensembles

 

The St. Ignatius Primary and Stuartholme Year 3 Beginner Strings Program had its first session after school at Stuartholme on Wednesday 5 February. Congratulations to all the young musicians from St Ignatius and Mrs Legried (Stuartholme Strings Conductor/Teacher) for a wonderful start to the year! We look forward to hearing their progress throughout the year.

 

For additional questions or queries regarding music events and activities at Stuartholme please contact music@stuartholme.com

Andrew Mear
Director of Music

Digital Technologies awards

Within the Digital Technologies subject, students can participate in many challenges such as the STEM Video Game challenge, First Lego League and Tech Girls Superhero …

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Digital Technologies awards

Within the Digital Technologies subject, students can participate in many challenges such as the STEM Video Game challenge, First Lego League and Tech Girls Superhero competition. Over the last few years, students have had success at all levels, regional, State and National. The junior students have seen the success of past Technologies students and this has had a positive effect within the younger students. Students are gaining more confidence and having a sense of self-belief which has led to increased student numbers within the Technologies subject.

Over two weekends in Term 4 2019, two robotic teams competed in the First Lego League regional tournament held at Rochedale State High School along with 31 other teams.  The girls did a fantastic job of balancing their academic commitments while also preparing for five different categories of the competition. The five categories that were judged were robotic coding missions, robot design and strategies, core values, a five minute project presentation and team work.

The team Control_STU consists of Lily Beck, Julia Joubert, Amelie Honeycombe and Amelia Pothecary. This is the second year of competing for Control_Stu and for the second year this team won the Inspiration category. The Star_bots team consists of Bella Gonzalez, Charlie Perkins, Chloe Robinson and Maree Robinson. This was the first year of competing for the Star_bots and they were very competitive in all categories. At one stage of the competition they were coming 6th out of 33 teams in the robotic coding missions. The 2017 and 2018 successful FLL Strangebots Stuartholme team retired in 2019. The Strangebots team consist of Kathryn Capstick, Nieve Dickman, Ella Mulcahy, Erin Murray, Elodie Walter and Sophie White and they won at National level.

Even though I was absent for a few weeks at the end of last year due to illness, these teams persisted on forging ahead practicing in their own time and asking teachers including the School Shop staff to open up S104 so they could practice. All of these students have shown true commitment and resilience in the preparation for this tournament and they should be immensely proud of their efforts as much as we are.

The year 10 Digital Technologies students designed and developed games as part of their assessment. The results of the 2019 STEM Video Game competition were released late last year. The judging was carried out by the developers of the GameMaker Studio 2 software who are located in the UK which is why it has taken such a long process for the judging to be completed. Jemma Porter submitted her game for this competition. The judges’ feedback noted that Jemma’s game was visually appealing, and it was a great game developed by a solo developer. They also noted that the game was complex and none of the judges won any of Jemma’s games – I think that’s a win itself to outsmart the professional GameMaker specialists!

Congratulations to our 2020 Technologies captain, Erin Murray and the 2020 Technologies committee consisting of Sophie White, Elke Frecklington and Nieve Dickman. I look forward to working with these students on inspirational ideas for the future.

Leigh Ferguson
Leader of Learning – Technologies

Picking up and dropping off at school

Stuartholme School is blessed to be set amongst 21 hectares of natural beauty, its hills providing breathtaking views across the city skyline and surrounding suburbs.  …

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Picking up and dropping off at school

Stuartholme School is blessed to be set amongst 21 hectares of natural beauty, its hills providing breathtaking views across the city skyline and surrounding suburbs.  However, this setting comes with its challenges, one of which is balancing vehicle access with student safety.

We ask Stuartholme families to be patient and supportive of staff while they move traffic through the drop-off zone. Please adhere to the following procedures to ensure the safety of the Stuartholme community.

  • Access one of the two designated passenger drop off and pick-up areas:
    • Oval drop off / pick up zone, or
    • Behind the Spruson/Joigny building.
  • Parents are asked to only drop their daughters in the designated areas
  • Do not exceed the 5km speed limit in the pick-up and drop-off zone, and do not exceed the 20km speed limit when driving on any of the school roads
  • Pay attention to Stuartholme teachers and staff who are directing traffic – they keep our community safe and deserve our respect and cooperation
  • Exercise patience and courtesy towards other drivers
  • The pick-up and drop-off zones have a two-minute parking limit. Drivers must stay with their vehicle during this time
  • Please move as far as possible into the pick-up and drop-off zone to ensure efficient traffic flow

Thank you for your cooperation.

Laura Wedmaier

Commercial Director

 

Update medical and contact details

We are asking all parents to please check and update your daughter’s current medical records in Consent2Go and your contact details in MyStuartholme (via the …

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Update medical and contact details

We are asking all parents to please check and update your daughter’s current medical records in Consent2Go and your contact details in MyStuartholme (via the Update Details tile).

It is important for us to have up to date information so that we can continue to provide the best care to our students.

Information for bus users

If you wish your daughter/s to use the Bus network this year, please pay and register her details on https://stuartholme.com/our-community/bus-network/ as soon as possible. We have received …

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Information for bus users

If you wish your daughter/s to use the Bus network this year, please pay and register her details on https://stuartholme.com/our-community/bus-network/ as soon as possible.

We have received many registrations over the past few weeks and are trying to ensure we can accommodate as many students as possible on the four bus routes.  Please understand that daily use of the buses fluctuates greatly and there may be occasions when a few students may need to stand, as they do on public transport buses.  If student numbers frequently exceed capacity, we will re-evaluate the bus sizes.

In order to provide the best Bus Network service, we need to know as soon as possible how many students require each of the four different routes and which bus stops. If you have unused trips on a Casual Pass from 2019, it can be used in 2020, but we do need to have a new registration lodged for 2020 if you will be using the service; no payment is necessary until the 10 trips are used up.  It would also be very helpful to know if previous bus users will no longer require the service in 2020; please email  schooloperations@stuartholme.com  to advise.

A physical ‘pass’ is only required by Casual Bus users, who should present it to the driver each time they get on; girls are emailed to collect new Casual passes from Student Reception promptly after these are ordered.  Annual and Term Bus users simply need to tell the driver their names as they get on the bus.

Business ventures at Open Day

In Year 9 EBS, students engage in two business ventures. This engages students entrepreneurial behaviours and introduces them to key business and economics concepts. Students …

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Business ventures at Open Day

In Year 9 EBS, students engage in two business ventures. This engages students entrepreneurial behaviours and introduces them to key business and economics concepts. Students learn how to conduct a small business venture and work in teams.

The students were very productive and presented professional stalls as part of Open Day last year. The profits generated by the three classes totalled $560 and funds were donated to Project Compassion as part of the Term 1 fundraising focus of the school.

Year 9 EBS will again we operating business venture stalls at Open Day on 14th March. We ask you to support their learning experience, mindful that the profits will again be donated to charity.

 

Mothers’ Day Lunch

Parent volunteers are being sought to approach and engage local businesses and Stuartholme families for raffle prizes and auction donations for the 2020 Mothers’ Day …

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Mothers’ Day Lunch

Parent volunteers are being sought to approach and engage local businesses and Stuartholme families for raffle prizes and auction donations for the 2020 Mothers’ Day Lunch (being held on Friday, 8 May).

A few key prizes are needed to make things interesting so if you know of a business and/or family that could be asked, we’d love to hear from you.  If you are a “go-getter” and would like to contribute to the organisation of this year’s social lunch, Fiona Woodard and her team would love to hear from you. Please send your suggestions and/or interest to pos@stuartholme.com or directly to Fiona on jfwoodard@bigpond.com .

Thank you for your consideration and be sure to circle Friday, 8 May from 11am for this year’s Mothers’ Day Lunch.

Parents of Stuartholme (PoS)

Care and Concern Team is looking for you help

The 2020 Care and Concern Team is hoping to fill its first roster – Birthday Cakes for our Boarding girls.  This year we have changed …

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Care and Concern Team is looking for you help

The 2020 Care and Concern Team is hoping to fill its first roster – Birthday Cakes for our Boarding girls.  This year we have changed it slightly which means we need more bakers!  We have individual cakes for our girls in Years 7, 8 and 9 and then group cakes to be shared at family dinners for a senior girls on the second Monday of each month.  We have over 60 cakes to bake so please jump on and pick a date that suits you.  The signup system will send you a reminder a couple of days before you cake is due.

https://signup.com/go/LZZDomL

The cake is to be delivered to boarding reception before 3pm on the day of the birthday.  It doesn’t need to be restaurant quality in fact it’s the home baking style that the girls love the most.   If you are unable to bake on the day you have selected could you please see if you can recruit someone to take you spot, of course if all else fails, just give us a call 0412 500 231 and we will find a willing helper.

This is the first of a couple of rosters we will be filling this year so please keep your eye out in the newsletter or the Parents of Stuartholme Facebook page for the next round of requests.

There are many other ways you can help. Click here for the list of options and nominate where you might like to lend a hand and be added to the Parents of Stuartholme helpers list. You can email you form to pos@stuartholme.com.

THANKYOU in advance for joining the team !

Fiona Woodard
Care and Concern Co-ordinator

Volunteers required for Mater Parent Aide Unit

The Mater Parent Aide Unit celebrated 40 years of service to the community in 2019 and has helped hundreds of families over this time by …

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Volunteers required for Mater Parent Aide Unit

The Mater Parent Aide Unit celebrated 40 years of service to the community in 2019 and has helped hundreds of families over this time by providing much needed personal support, through encouragement, a smile, a helping hand and a shoulder to cry on.

The Mater Parent Aide Unit is a volunteer based program.  They are currently recruiting volunteers to work with referred families in the community.

Parent Aides find this work very rewarding and many participate because they wish to give something back to the community.  The Mater Parent Aide unit provides volunteer Parent Aides with initial training, twice monthly meetings and professional development opportunities, as well as regular supervision with experienced clinical staff.

An information session will be held on Friday 14th February from 10-11am with training to commence on Friday 28th February, 2020.