In this issue

  • St Ignatius Parish’s Annual Women’s Night of Spirituality
  • Catholic Education Week Parent Dinner Invitation
  • Student free day tomorrow
  • Social Justice Update
  • Important Health Notice
  • Science Snippets
  • Griffith Business School – Ambassadors Program Review
  • Geography Exhibition
  • Speech and Drama Private Tuition News
  • School Shop closed tomorrow
  • Upcoming events

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends, Semester 2, 2019 is underway. I do hope each of our families enjoyed time with their loved ones and a break from the routine of school – day girls and boarders alike! Term 3 is always a big term – full of challenges and hard …

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Message from the Principal

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends,

Semester 2, 2019 is underway. I do hope each of our families enjoyed time with their loved ones and a break from the routine of school – day girls and boarders alike! Term 3 is always a big term – full of challenges and hard work. We step into this term’s adventure with an open heart and a positive outlook.

During our winter break, we had a few significant events: the return of our Ski Trip, our Red Earth Immersion Program, numerous Sacred Heart Exchange students from the northern hemisphere enjoying a Brisbane winter, Rowing Camps in preparation for our Regatta season and Equestrian competitions resulting in great successes.

Our school holidays are an opportunity to achieve significant maintenance work. Our parents will have noticed an upgrading of the retaining wall along the Spruson driveway. We have also transformed our viewing platform at the base of the Boarding House stairs facing our magnificent view of the city and established our ‘Stuartholme’ garden positioned near our more formal entry to the school where we welcome our visitors to our school. Our much loved Heritage pond is now back to its former glory and fish will be introduced soon. Our Indigenous spirituality garden has been refreshed with new paint by its original Aboriginal artist Rick Roser and our two cottages for Boarding staff have been refurbished. The girls have been enjoying the new automatic glass doors on entry to our Renard building to ensure sustainable use of air-conditioning, both cooling and heating. The school is continuing to work closely with Brisbane City Council on the staged refurbishment/development in the Boarding House which we hope to have finalised shortly.  We are all grateful to our maintenance and Green Options team for their improvement of our beautiful bush setting and facilities.

Our Ski Trip to Queenstown was greatly loved by both students and staff. Our Ski Trip has returned with vigour, ably led by Fiona Day and her team of four staff. Thirty-five girls enjoyed a winter expedition that they will remember with great love. Skiing was available to the beginners and experts as well as jet boat riding and luging.  Staff and students are keen for this opportunity to be offered on a regular basis.

Our Red Earth Immersion Program, led by Charmaine Ferguson and Kat McMain, took 17 students to Cape York. Here the students worked on a project and gained experience in the traditional Aboriginal culture through stories by the Elders.

During the holidays, our Rowers and their parents committed to arduous training camps in preparation for the Regatta season. Both a Junior Rowers’ camp and a Senior Rowers’ camp were successfully facilitated by Emma McCarthy, who has stepped into our Director of Rowing role with ease and grace. We are excited and confident in her leadership of our Rowers. Thank you Emma!

I would like to thank our parents who attended our Boarder Parents Network and Parents of Stuartholme meetings on our first day back. Your generosity, support and enthusiasm for our school community was truly energising. Our meetings were positive and productive. When putting together my Principal’s Report, I was very proud of the work we are doing on so many fronts at Stuartholme and your feedback was encouraging and palpable.

Our Sacred Heart tradition of international exchanges continued in the winter break. Nine international Sacred Heart students from United States, Canada, France and Spain have been welcomed into our students’ homes and hearts. I had a wonderful chat with the girls to ask what is similar to their education system and schools and what they find different. Our common quality is our welcoming spirituality – similar religious imagery and most importantly our warmth and generosity to others. This term we also conduct our ‘domestic’ exchange program for our junior girls, who will visit our Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland schools.

Another area of success was our Equestrian team who competed at the Qld State Championships. The top four placings in each discipline are awarded an opportunity to represent the state at a National level, held September in Sydney. Stuartholme had six combinations obtain this qualification. Well done girls.

This Friday, Stuartholme School hosts the Sacred Heart Schools Conference. Baradene College, Auckland, Kincoppal Rose Bay, Sydney and Sacre Coeur, Melbourne bring Chairs, Principals, presenters and participants to Brisbane for our ANZnet Province to share our spirituality and our best practices across many layers of schools – teaching and learning, student wellbeing, social justice, staff development and community engagement. We are excited about welcoming our sister schools to our beautiful educational sanctuary.

Take care and God Bless,

Kristen Sharpe
Principal

 

 

Key Dates

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Key Dates

DateEvent
Fri 26 JulyStudent free day - Sacred Heart Conference
Mon 29 JulyYear 10 into 11 parent and student subject information session and Careers Expo 6pm
Catholic Education Week Parents Dinner - Archdiocese of Brisbane event
Tues 30 JulySt Ignatius Parish's Annual Women's Night of Spirituality
Stuartholme Chapel 7.30pm
Tues 30 July-Fri 2 AugustYear 10 into 11 SET Plan interviews
Wed 31 JulyYear 8 Retreat
Wed 31 July -Fri 2 AugustYear 9 Camp
Friday 2 AugustYear 10 Parents Night Out
Sunday 4 AugustYear 8 Families Get Together, Bardon Bowls Club
Wed 7 AugustHarry Potter's Birthday party
Thurs 8 AugustYear 7 Grandparents' Day 9am - 12pm
Sat 10 AugustBoarder Families BBQ
Wed 14 AugustExhibition public holiday
Thurs 15 -Sun 18 AugustQld Catholic Music Festival
Thurs 22-Friday 23 AugustSenior Production
Tues 27 AugustYear 10 immunisations
Fri 30 AugustFathers' Day Event 5pm
Tues 3-Wed 4 SeptemeberYear 12 QCS test
Mon 9-Fri 13 SeptemberYear 12 assessment block
Thurs 12 SeptemberParent Information Seminar - Cultures of Thinking. Dr Ron Ritchhart 6-7.30pm
Mon 16-Wed 18 SeptemberYear 12 Retreat
Fri 20 SeptemberClasses finish 12pm
Boarder travel day
Sat 21-Mon 23 SeptemberSony Camp

Message from the Deputy Principal

Welcome back to Term 3 Last week, Stuartholme School hosted the annual Rowing Captains’ Dinner and we were privileged to have former professional triathlete, Liz …

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Message from the Deputy Principal

Welcome back to Term 3

Last week, Stuartholme School hosted the annual Rowing Captains’ Dinner and we were privileged to have former professional triathlete, Liz Blatchford as our guest speaker. Liz completed her first event at 13, turned pro at 21 and had a successful career in triathlon before turning to the long course Ironman circuit where she achieved more than 30 full and half Ironman wins and podium finishes. During her presentation, Liz talked about what she learned from participating in elite sport and how her experiences shaped the person she is today. What was apparent as she spoke was that her message wasn’t just for those engaging in sport: the dispositions she discussed have universal application.  Her key points were:

  • There is no such thing as a sure thing – At one stage Liz was ranked 3rd in the world, however, she still failed to qualify for the Olympics. Despite hard work, commitment, determination and skill, things didn’t go her way. Liz tried three times to quality for the British Olympic team. After her third unsuccessful attempt, and approximately 12 years as a professional triathlete, Liz reassessed her career and moved to long course competition. Rather than wishing she’d transitioned sooner, Liz recognised that the challenges and disappointments she’d faced had prepared her with the resilience, grit and determination she needed for the next stage of her career.
  • You need to ride out the highs and lows and finish what you start – Liz stayed with triathlon until she had achieved everything she could in the sport. Throughout that time, she faced injuries, bike crashes, multiple fractures and illness. Many times she considered giving up but she overcame the lows, steadfastly believing the highs would eventually follow – and they did. Liz reminded the girls that finishing what you start gives you a sense of satisfaction and builds an important habit for success.
  • You learn more from your failures than your successes. Whilst she had many successes across her career, Liz still had a lot of failures. These failures provided learning experiences from which she gained new understandings and new skills. They provided her with opportunities to gain resilience, to keep going and to know what not to do in the future. Rather than ruining her, emotionally or physically, her failures saw her emerge as a stronger person and a stronger competitor.
  • Success isn’t about making sacrifices – it’s about investing in your future. Eating well, sleeping well, surrounding yourself with the right people, saying no to social events – rather than viewing these as sacrifices, Liz considered them wise investments in the future she wanted to achieve. This perception made it easier for her to be strong and pursue relentlessly her goals.

Liz’s messages are so powerful for our girls today, particularly our Year 12s as they finish their last semester of secondary education. At this stage of year, when the end is close, it can be easy to get disheartened by a low grade, overwhelmed by the workload or blinded by the temptations of various distractions, including work, parties and social media. This is the time to choose wisely, accept the help of the many people who are working behind the scenes to provide support, persist to overcome challenges and remember to appreciate all the wins, successes and progress made along the way. As they commence their last semester, our Year 12s need to remain positive, but determined. The finish line is in sight and working hard now will make the successes in December all the sweeter.

Years 10-12 Careers Expo

Stuartholme’s Careers Expo will be held in the Green Room on Monday 29 July and will feature a number of universities, tertiary providers and organisations showcasing their courses. The Expo will run from 3.15pm to 5.30pm and all students in Years 10 to 12 are invited to attend.

Year 10 into Year 11 Subject Selection Evening

Following the Careers Expo, Stuartholme will host a subject selection evening in the Theatre for Year 10 students and their parents. From 5.45pm students and parents will be able to look at subject displays and talk to Leaders of Learning and senior teachers about senior subject options. There will be a presentation on the new senior system from 7pm, followed by a further opportunity to visit subject displays until 8.00pm.

SET planning interviews

Information has been sent home regarding SET planning interviews, which are scheduled from Tuesday 30 July to Friday 2 August. Where it is not possible to attend the interview in person, a Skype or telephone interview can be arranged. If you have any questions or difficulties making bookings, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Christine Heath on cheath@stuartholme.com

Further information can also be obtained from My Stuartholme under the SET Planning tile. Following the Subject Selection Evening, a recording of the presentation will also be available on My Stuartholme.

Mid-year reports

As communicated last term in the newsletter and via the Curriculum News emailed to all families at the end of Term 2, in order to provide parents with the most comprehensive, accurate up-to-date summary of their daughters’ learning to date, our reports will be released on My Stuartholme early next week. These will provide both a pastoral and academic snapshot of the semester.

Teacher Mentors’ comments will focus on the girls’ engagement across the School and the academic transcript will provide a summary of the learning completed this year to date. There will be no written comments on the learning across the semester as these are now provided in the form of assessment feedback.

If you have any questions regarding the new reporting system, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Deanne Johnston
Deputy Principal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Message from the Dean of Mission

Women’s Night of Spirituality Next Tuesday, Stuartholme will host the Toowong Parish’s ‘Women’s Night of Spirituality’. This event has been running in conjunction with the …

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Message from the Dean of Mission

Women’s Night of Spirituality

Next Tuesday, Stuartholme will host the Toowong Parish’s ‘Women’s Night of Spirituality’. This event has been running in conjunction with the Parish for several years and offers our community an opportunity to contemplate their own spirituality through listening to the stories of others. Focusing on our interior life is central to our Sacred Heart spirituality. One of our General Chapter calls from 2016 asks us to “To deepen our interior life, our capacity for contemplation and for listening to the heartbeat of God in ourselves and in our world; to discern in silence and welcome the action of the Spirit that transforms us, energizes us, and calls us to live our prophetic and educational mission.”

Juliette Wright, one of the guest speakers for the evening, is a Stuartholme alum and started the organisation GIVIT. The story of Juliette’s journey to starting GIVIT is below:

OUR STORY

The story of GIVIT Listed Ltd begins with Founder and Director Juliette Wright OAM. Following the birth of Juliette’s second child in 2008, she was surprised at the struggle she endured trying to donate second-hand baby clothes to someone in need. Instead, local charities were desperately searching for essential items such as sanitary products for women who had fled domestic violence and steel-capped boots to enable unemployed fathers to secure work. Juliette quickly realised it wasn’t about overloading charities with items but instead recognising the specific needs they had to help pull their clients out of poverty. She also realised many charities had no way of communicating their exact needs. Juliette decided to create an online platform where every charity in Australia could obtain exactly what they needed through the simple act of giving.

Within six months, Juliette had set up the website and recruited 15 charities to request items. A donated bike enabled a single mother to get to work and a donated microwave heated meals for a man who had recently lost his wife and was unable to cook. Within a few weeks, more than 80 charities were requesting items and GIVIT Listed Ltd quickly turned into a national network, connecting thousands of Australians wanting to support hundreds of charities.

The online platform continued to grow and was integral to recovery during 2011 when Queensland was hit by devastating floods and an overwhelming number of people desperately needed essential items to help rebuild their lives. Then-Premier Anna Bligh turned to Juliette for help and GIVIT Listed Ltd became the state government’s official website for matching donors and recipients so charities weren’t swamped with excess goods. The GIVIT website received 1.8 million hits in 10 days and more than 33,500 goods were matched in three weeks. This led to the establishment of a dedicated GIVIT Disaster Recovery service.

In 2013, the Queensland Government entered into an official partnership with GIVIT Listed Ltd for the management of all donated goods and services, including corporate offers of assistance, during the recovery phase of natural disasters. We are now the only reliable source of exactly what is needed in disaster response and recovery.

We look forward to hearing the stories and experiences of spirituality from Juliette and the other presenters and having the space to reflect on our own spirituality in the process. We hope you can join us to do the same.

Sarah Daff
Dean of Mission

 

Message from the Dean of Boarding

Dear Parents and Guardians, Welcome back after what I hope was a successful and happy mid-year break. What impressed me most about the stories from …

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Message from the Dean of Boarding

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome back after what I hope was a successful and happy mid-year break. What impressed me most about the stories from the boarders’ holidays were how many girls were hard at work, starting early in the morning and working until dusk. This work ethic and clear sense of pride in contributing at home are just a few of the things that make our boarders particularly resilient and optimistic young women. One significant change this term is that Catherine Sagin, who works closely as the Assistant Head of Boarding overseeing Year 9 and 10, is on a term leave to complete her Academic Clinical practice, which we sincerely hope is very successful for Catherine. In her absence Ms Ursula Cooper has been asked to take on that role, so any specific issues for either Year 9 or 10 girls can be directed to her. I am very confident that the level of care they have been use to will continue.

This term has started hard and fast. We began with our Boarder Parent Network Meeting chaired by Mrs Susan Shay from Gleneagle, Q.  The best thing about these meetings is that parents have the opportunity to put forward suggestions as to how we could improve our performance as a boarding community. Susan emails all parents before each meeting to encourage them to provide feedback to the Boarding Parent Year Level Representatives. I would like to thank these parents for taking on this role and acting as an important communicator between boarding families and the boarding school:

Amanda Boxall (Year 7), Louise Martin (Year 8), Melisa Pietsch (Year 9), Felicity Philp (Year 10), Donna Donaldson (Year 10), Karen Sullivan (Year 9 & 11), Clare Paterson (Year 11), Rebecca Cover (Year 12) and Nikki Macqueen (Year 12).

Part of the work of this Network is to promote the Boarder Family BBQ that all boarders in the House will be attending on Saturday 10 August from 5-8 pm at school, near the Joigny cafe area. The cost per family is $30 and this includes beer and wine and a BBQ with salads. We would love to see you at this event and payment/registration is via the school website. The A Team Tuition team are giving a presentation from about 4.00pm to give information to all our boarding parents about what we hope to attain for each of the girls in a systematic approach to study skills development.

Study/ A Team Tuition/ Academic Success @ Stuartholme

In boarding, when we encourage young people to study and learn it isn’t necessarily to cover the adequate content, but rather to create well equipped and passionate lifelong learners. This semester we are engaging the girls from Years 7 – 10 in a development program to ensure they can fully harness the opportunities that a set program of Study in the House can provide. Every Monday the first session from 5pm – 6pm Year 10s are meeting with Ms Kristen Sharpe to arrange their schedule of study, homework, revision, practice questions for the week, and to have any assistance in proof reading assessment tasks. Year 9 students are working with the ‘A Team Tuition’ team twice a week on a Monday and Wednesday to explore and design a comprehensive overview of each girl as a learner and to develop skills to be more effective. Year 9 girls have been provided with a red folder to keep a track of all resources being provided throughout this semester.

To become passionate lifelong learners and to build this mindset we have also introduced a new study program for our Year 7 and 8 boarders. During the first week back, Ms Claire Lawler ran a study skills and research skills workshop with both year levels. The study skill workshop focussed on the attitude, planning and questions/concerns that boarders have around study and to familiarise them with our tutors, assistance available and how to make sure they are getting the most out of the resources around them. Following the study skills workshop, the boarders participated in a research skills workshop which covered how to record your research appropriately, how to choose safe websites, journals and books, key terms for online searching, how to paraphrase and avoid plagiarism and why referencing is so important.  Alongside this Year 7 and 8 will work with me each Monday first session, to explore the Study Samurai program. They have been provided with a green folder to keep together the resources provided with this program. This program encourages students through online activities to not only engage in study skills but understand how to study smarter and not harder. By unpacking how wellbeing, mindset, time management, study skills and overall performance are interconnected, our junior boarders will begin building their academic resilience. Further workshops including assignment planning, assignment layouts, note taking and vocabulary logs will be run throughout the semester to assist in building a solid foundation for our Year 7 and 8s.

Leadership 2020

The Year 11s have prepared their leadership speeches and as I am writing this newsletter article are getting ready to speak to the House. We have called for nominations for boarding captains, vice-captains and student mentor positions and these will be announced on Thursday 25 July. Although a nerve-racking time, it is one that is very important on the journey to adulthood. I am certainly impressed with the calibre of nominees and look forward to working all the Year 11 girls as they move into the senior student role for our House into 2020.

Do not hesitate to contact me at kdavies@stuartholme.com if you have any concerns or questions about how your daughter is going. Wishing you and your daughter/s a happy and fulfilling second semester and I look forward to continuing to share the boarding experience with you.

Blessings to you and your families,

Karen Davies
Dean of Boarding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Message from the Dean of Student Wellbeing

Keeping Safe on Social Media and Online Without a doubt, one of the key areas that parents seek guidance from the Wellbeing Team at Stuartholme …

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Message from the Dean of Student Wellbeing

Keeping Safe on Social Media and Online

Without a doubt, one of the key areas that parents seek guidance from the Wellbeing Team at Stuartholme is how to keep their daughters safe online.

Through our Wise Wellness Program we aim to upskill our girls’ knowledge and understanding in this area and this is an issue we address at every year level.

On Friday, Kirra Pendergast, CEO of Safe on Social Media, presented to our Year 7, 9 and 11 students. She will present to our Years 8, 10 and 12 students in due course.

The Leaders of Student Wellbeing are in contact with parents through My Stuartholme with the work we are doing through our proactive program.

Ms Pendergast works often with State and Federal Police (AFP) and shares her advice with schools both here and abroad.

In order to continue working very closely with parents to complement the work of our wellbeing program at school, I have based this newsletter article specifically on her advice.

This is particularly crucial at a time where the AFP are reporting that they have saved 26 children from the grips of online predators in the past 12 months in Australia. Police are also urging parents to actively parent their child’s online activity to keep them safe with 4,000 reports made since last July.

Keeping Your Child Safe from Internet Predators

  • Talk to children about online privacy issues, making sure they know to never to identify personal information such as their full name, address, age, school and don’t ever post photos in school uniform.
  • Check your child’s privacy settings regularly.
  • Don’t tag photos of your children at their school if your accounts are not set to completely private. This is a child safety issue as anyone driving past can search the school on Instagram and see all of the photos that have been tagged at the school, often by parents who have not set their account to private on Instagram. If your account is not completely private, anyone can see your photos of your child, their name, the name of the cat, where you go on holiday, what your family does on weekends, when birthdays were and other information about your family and your life. Therefore, a complete stranger could make up a story that could be very convincing to your child by using the information you have shared in a public forum of more than 500million users.
  • Make sure your children know not to accept follow or friend requests from people they don’t know. Check regularly who they are connected too and how they know them.
  • Make sure the apps you allow your kids to use are age appropriate. Make sure you sit with them and work through it together. Look for how easily they can connect with strangers through chat rooms or accepting friend requests.
  • Ban devices from the bedroom from as young as possible. Set healthy boundaries around use.
  • Consider the fact that children in the background of photos or videos you take at your child’s school may be on “no publish” lists. Some children are in protective custody or witness protection and an innocent photo posted on social media could be disastrous.
  • Make sure you respect classification on games, they are there for a reason.
  • Make sure the young people in your care know that under no circumstances they should go and meet up with anyone they meet online. Stranger Danger rules apply because they are now literally on digital steroids and 24×7.
  • Talk regularly to your children about online safety and that if they see anything scary, upsetting or anything sinister online or someone is asking personal questions that they know they can speak up and tell you without judgment if they have sworn at a stranger in retaliation. One of the most common things reported is that children hold a fear of speaking up after they have sworn at someone who has asked for too much personal information, inappropriate photos etc. Children are often too scared to speak up for fear of getting in trouble for swearing.
  • Understand things like how to manage the Snap Map privacy function and that on Instagram they can and do receive messages from complete strangers often.

Safe on Social Media offer webinars for parents. To find out more go to their website.

Parents Helping Parents

I endeavour to write to parents every fortnight in the School Newsletter and aim to provide guidance to support you in the crucial role that you play.

I also believe that the conversations that parents have with each other about the things that they are doing to keep their daughters safe and strategies that work in your own homes are so important. I encourage you to keep up the dialogue with each other.

I am a parent of two teenagers too, so I appreciate that it can be both a joyful and challenging role and tapping into what is working for other families is another great support.

Finally, I would like to re-iterate the clear message from the research that we must work together to enact just as readily online as in the real world to “always be bigger, wiser and stronger”. In this way we are optimising the chance for your daughter to be the very best that she can be.

 

Deb Lonsdale-Walker
Dean of Student Wellbeing

Reference List

Pendergast, K,2019. kirra@safeonsocial.com : Safe on Social Media Pty Ltd

 

 

 

 

 

 

St Ignatius Parish’s Annual Woman’s Night of Spirituality

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St Ignatius Parish’s Annual Woman’s Night of Spirituality

Catholic Education Week Parent Dinner invitation

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Catholic Education Week Parent Dinner invitation

Co-curricular News

Equestrian Over the recent holidays, the equestrian disciplines competed at QLD State Championships over two weekend, across 6 phases of competition. Stuartholme Equestrian Team were …

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Co-curricular News

Equestrian

Over the recent holidays, the equestrian disciplines competed at QLD State Championships over two weekend, across 6 phases of competition. Stuartholme Equestrian Team were represented by 13 combinations over the two events held at Maryborough & Warwick. The top 4 placings in each discipline are awarded an opportunity represent the state at National level held September in Sydney, Stuartholme had 6 combinations obtain this qualification – Piper Searle, Georgia Rink, Bella Anthony, Ellie Turnbull, Aalia Lucchetta & Grace Anthony. A special mention to the other Stuartholme competitors Zoe Henderson, Grace Beatty & Hannah Cioccarelli.

 

 

 

 

 


Debating

Congratulations to 9.2, 10.1, 10.2, 10.3 and 11.1 debating teams who have made it through to the finals of the Queensland Debating Union Secondary Schools Competition. Finals have begun for 10.2 and 10.3 who  debated at All Hallows this week. The remaining teams, 9.2, 10.3 and 11.1 will begin their final rounds the following week. If you are free we would love the support!

 

Future Problem Solvers

Our Stuartholme Year 10 Team spent a fantastic weekend at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) representing Australia at the International Future Problem Solving Conference, placing an impressive 20th out of 69 teams from around the world. We are very proud of this wonderful achievement. The International Conference was such a phenomenal, once in a lifetime experience for the girls and they feel incredibly privileged to have attended this competition and would like to thank all those who have assisted them along the way.

Student free day tomorrow

Stuartholme has the pleasure of hosting the annual Sacred Heart Schools Conference on Friday 26 July and Saturday 27 July.  Stuartholme will welcome over 40 staff …

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Student free day tomorrow

Stuartholme has the pleasure of hosting the annual Sacred Heart Schools Conference on Friday 26 July and Saturday 27 July.  Stuartholme will welcome over 40 staff from our region and deepen our understanding of how each school lives out the Sacred Heart ethos.

Staff from Baradene College, Auckland; Sacre Coeur, Melbourne; Kincoppal-Rose Bay, Sydney and Stuartholme join to share best practice and build collegiality. To do this, the conference consists of workshops delivered by staff from the different schools on current programs and initiatives in their school and talks from local and international guest speakers.

The theme for the conference is ‘Competencies of Compassion’. Our guest speakers include Sr Maureen Glavin, rscJ and Dr Stephen Brown. Sr Glavin rscJ was the Head of School at the Academy of the Sacred Heart. The Academy was founded in 1818, when St. Rose Philippine Duchesne opened the doors of the log cabin school which was situated on the current Academy property. Dr Stephen Brown is a past member of our Stuartholme Board and is a director of a global professional services company; advisor to business and governments (nationally and internationally) on education; consultant and international expert on school leadership.

Due to the demands of the conference, Friday 26 July will be a student-free day. There will be no supervision available at school on this day as all hands will be on deck for the conference. We look forward to sharing our learnings with you and living out the Spirit of Cor Unum with our fellow Sacred Heart educators.

Social Justice Update

To further explore our 2019 social justice theme of disability, students from Years 8 – 12 volunteered at DanDaLion’s All Ability Journey on Sunday 21 July. …

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Social Justice Update

To further explore our 2019 social justice theme of disability, students from Years 8 – 12 volunteered at DanDaLion’s All Ability Journey on Sunday 21 July.

The event’s focus was to raise funds for the Charleville Special Education unit and the Special Olympics Cricket team through a walkathon accompanied by an NBN broadcast which virtually travelled us to Charleville. With over 150 participants, including a significant proportion of diffability participants, the day emphasised that everyone, regardless of ability, can contribute positively to their community.

Twenty five Stuartholme students worked alongside students from Ambrose Treacy College set up the event and but run the various interactive displays and activities along the course. Our students not only displayed compassion, respect and authentic engagement, but also added their own flair and influence to the day.

Thank you to those students who attended, DanDaLion were impressed with how wonderful our students were.

Claire Lawler
Recreation Officer/Debating Coordinator

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Important Health Notice

Dear Parents, Just to inform you that there is a child within our school who is immunosuppressed, meaning that this child has a lower immunity …

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Important Health Notice

Dear Parents,

Just to inform you that there is a child within our school who is immunosuppressed, meaning that this child has a lower immunity and cannot fight infections in the normal way.

Viruses that cause measles, chickenpox and shingles could make this child extremely unwell.  Therefore we would be grateful if you would contact the school immediately if your child was found to have one of these illnesses.  If we know that there has been exposure to measles, chickenpox or shingles, medicine can be given to lessen the side effect of such an infection to this child.  This medicine does need to be given as soon as possible after the contact has taken place.

We must assure you that your child is not at any risk because of this child.

Science Snippets

Living on Mars May Be Closer Than You Think In the spirit of our upcoming ‘space’ themed Science Week, this article is all about the …

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Science Snippets

Living on Mars May Be Closer Than You Think

In the spirit of our upcoming ‘space’ themed Science Week, this article is all about the great mystery of Mars. Is it really possible to live on Mars? The new-found answer is, yes. According to the European Space Agency, both Mars and Earth are believed to have formed from a massive cloud of hot gasses around the Sun 4.6 billion years ago. Mars was then moved away by a solar storm causing it to freeze, leaving Earth, the only known planet to sustain life.

Mars naturally has a much smaller atmospheric pressure to Earth due to the lack of greenhouse gases and water, thus making it unliveable. Carl Edward Sagan was a famous American astronomer who was most famous for his 600+ scientific papers which made a crucial contribution to understanding space, as well as popularizing astronomy to the public. Sagan, who was the first to propose terraforming, initially believed that by vaporising the polar ice caps, it would produce higher global temperatures through the greenhouse effect and thus increase the likelihood of liquid water. However, a pair of NASA funded researchers from the University of Colorado and Northern Arizona found that even if we did process all the sources available on Mars, it would still not reach the atmospheric pressure required to sustain life. Terraforming Mars was then seen as an unreachable dream.

A new idea emerged from researchers located at Harvard University whom proposed a regional approach seeing as though the global scale of liveability was unrealistic. They proposed a Martian region could be made habitable with a material called silica aerogel. Silica aerogel is a rigid solid structure created by extracting the liquid from a gel through a process called supercritical drying. The gel would allow sunlight to penetrate through for photosynthesis whilst also trapping the heat to melt the ice and frozen carbon dioxide. Therefore, the regional approach to Mars is a much more realistic goal rather than achieving global atmospheric modification.  Who knows, maybe one day we will live on Mars?

Mars (Marsh, 2018)

 

 

 

 

 

Silica Aerogel (Gough, 2019)

 

 

 

Websites used:
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/07/190715114256.htm

https://www.universetoday.com/142876/blankets-of-silica-aerogel-could-make-parts-of-mars-habitable/

https://sciencing.com/similarities-differences-mars-earth-8425570.html

Upcoming events:

Brisbane Science Festival (http://www.brisbanesciencefestival.com.au/)

Friday 16 – Sunday 18 August 2019 @ Southbank Piazza, South Bank Parklands

Join us over three fun-filled days for spectacular science shows, STEM career talks, robotics, drones, virtual reality, native animals, rocket science and more!

 66th Queensland Science Contest in 2019

The Queensland Science Contest is an opportunity for Queensland students from Prep to Grade 12 to have their scientific work judged for awards and prizes.

To enter:

  1. Read the Handbook& other information page then choose a contest category and complete your project.
  2. Registeryour entry online and pay $5 per individual entry or $10 per group entry (maximum of 3 students per group) before Tuesday the 8th October 2019 
  3. Post, email or bringyour entry (with completed consent form) to the University of Queensland on either 11th (after 4pm) or 12th of October (before 9am) 2019 and pick up on the 13th October. Allow plenty of time for postage!!! Please note we have limited space & cannot store posters & large projects until the 11th October. Room drop off is at Sir James Foots Building (Bldg 47A) in room 241 on level 2. Best parking is in the Conifer Knoll Car park adjacent to the UQ Lakes.
  4. The Awards Ceremonywill be held at the University of Queensland on 26th October 2019.  Winners and highly commended students & families are invited to attend the Award Ceremony via their teacher.

Over $12000 worth of prizes available! Ms Macdonald is happy to support students who would like to enter this competition. Please let her know at wmacdonald@stuartholme.com

 Kind regards,

Rebecca Brown (UQ Science Ambassador)

Griffith Business School – Ambassadors Program Review

The Griffith Business Ambassadors Program offers a real look at university life, whilst providing a greater understanding of social innovation and social enterprise through working …

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Griffith Business School – Ambassadors Program Review

The Griffith Business Ambassadors Program offers a real look at university life, whilst providing a greater understanding of social innovation and social enterprise through working with academic staff from Griffith University. Along with Aerin French, I attended a workshop in June (following on from a workshop earlier in the year) and thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the day. A Griffith lecturer hosted the day conducting a presentation on the topic of social marketing, which helps to deliver changes that benefit our communities through understanding and targeting societal behaviours.

Following the presentation, we were required to complete an interactive activity, working with students from other schools to generate a response surrounding the positive effects of current societal marketing schemes, of which would be presented to the other groups. The day concluded with all the groups presenting their findings of which we were rewarded with Griffith toys and other merchandise.

Both Aerin and I valued the new insights we gained on the influence societal marketing on environmental damage, social inequities and health challenges and would recommend it to any students considering or simply are interested in the prospect of studying Business after high school. We are looking forward to the third and final workshop of the year coming up in October and would recommend it to any current Years 10 or 11 students.

By Isabel Hartley, Year 11 Business

Geography Exhibition

On Monday 3 June, two of our Year 9 HASS-Geography classes enthusiastically presented a diverse range of research findings into the Geographies of Interconnections to their …

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Geography Exhibition

On Monday 3 June, two of our Year 9 HASS-Geography classes enthusiastically presented a diverse range of research findings into the Geographies of Interconnections to their parents and families in the school’s library.

In this interactive mode, the girls show-cased their skills in research, collaboration, communication and data presentation. Through the term’s work, the students developed skills in data analysis, creative and higher-order thinking and problem solving. For their assessment task, the girls explored the geographic interconnections of a product or commodity, analysing data to support their findings and proposing actions for a more sustainable future.

We were very impressed with the girls’ enthusiasm and dedication to the project and would like to thank all the attending parents and family members for their support and active participation on the evening.  We also appreciated the assistance of Mr Ben Hegerty, Mrs Deb Gaggin and the library team for assisting us on the night.

Ms Warrick and Mrs Bolton

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Speech and Drama Private Tuition News

Year 7 Performers Elli Veleski and Madeleine Henderson won ‘Gold Medals’ 1st Place in the ‘Duologue’ Section recently at the Wynnum Manly Eisteddfod.  They were …

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Speech and Drama Private Tuition News

Year 7 Performers Elli Veleski and Madeleine Henderson won ‘Gold Medals’ 1st Place in the ‘Duologue’ Section recently at the Wynnum Manly Eisteddfod.  They were up against 13 other Duologue pairs.  The girls performed the characters of ‘Jezebel and Chloe’ the ugly stepsisters. A very big congratulations to both Elli and Madeleine!

Caitlin Forbes Year 9 entered a Trinity Examination in Speech and Drama Grade 5 in June.  She passed at a ‘Distinction’ level.  Well Done Caitlin!

Good work done by all those who are currently working towards their personal goals in Speech and Drama.

We always welcome newcomers to the Private Program of Speech, Performance and Communication Skills at Stuartholme.

Any queries please contact Mrs Gallagher (0404 01 9212).

School Shop closed this Friday

Please note that the School Shop will not be open on Friday 26 July due to the Sacred Heart Conference.

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School Shop closed this Friday

Please note that the School Shop will not be open on Friday 26 July due to the Sacred Heart Conference.

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Casual School Crossing Supervisor

The Department of Transport and Main Roads are advertising positions for Casual School Crossing Supervisors at local schools in The Gap, Ashgrove, Bardon, Milton and …

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Casual School Crossing Supervisor

The Department of Transport and Main Roads are advertising positions for Casual School Crossing Supervisors at local schools in The Gap, Ashgrove, Bardon, Milton and Toowong areas.

  • A School Crossing Supervisor must be able to work in all-weather conditions,
  • 1 hour 15 mins per day, 5 days per fortnight on a rostered basis.
  • Relief opportunities on your rostered days off.
  • Pay Rate $30.34 per hour.

Commencement of employment for the successful applicant is dependent on:

  • The favourable outcome of a health assessment.
  • A Positive Notice Blue Card (you do not need to have a blue card to apply for the position).

Contact Road Safety on 3863 9875 for more information.