In this issue

Year 11 Leadership Days
Invitation to come and try rowing
2020 Short Story Competition
Women’s Night of Spirituality
Centennial Art Show Opening Night invitaiton

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends, Please click here to watch my Newsletter issue 10 address.   Take care and God Bless, Kristen Sharpe Principal        

From the Principal
view ARTICLE

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends,

Please click here to watch my Newsletter issue 10 address.

 

Take care and God Bless,

Kristen Sharpe
Principal

 

 

 

 

Key Dates

view ARTICLE

Key Dates

Fri 7 AugustAcademic e-ssembly
Thurs 13 AugustYear 7 Retreat
Fri 14 AugustRevised Ekka Holiday date
Thurs 20 AugustYear 9 French Immersion afternoon
Fri 21 AugustCross Country
Tues 25 AugustYear 10 immunisations
Sat 12-Sun 13 SeptemberCentennial Art Show
Fri 4 September Year 12 Formal
Tues 15 SeptemberRACQ Docudrama
Wed 16 SeptemberYear 8 Arts Fiesta
Friday 18 SeptemberLast day of Term 3

Message from Catherine Baudet, Board Member

I am entering my ninth and final year as a board member of Stuartholme School. It has been a journey of learning, enlightenment and enrichment. …

view ARTICLE

Message from Catherine Baudet, Board Member

I am entering my ninth and final year as a board member of Stuartholme School. It has been a journey of learning, enlightenment and enrichment.

After the rough and tumble of business life, my first few meetings were filled with surprise as I witnessed what it was like to be in a caring community who lived the values they preach.

I attended Stuartholme for 6 years, finishing in 1971. I had a good education and a happy school life. I often say that my time at university was softened by the fact that I went to Stuartholme. How else would you survive a male dominated industry such as Architecture. (This was the early seventies and the Women Liberation Movement was just beginning, we were still treated differently!) My school teachers instilled a sense of self-respect and belief in ourselves. The barriers we faced at university, we treated curiously. I say we, as I graduated with only three other women, all products of a single sex girls’ school. We survived and thrived. Others were not so lucky.

I love Stuartholme. I love the buildings, the grounds, the surrounding bushland. I love the chapel and the breathtaking stained glass. I love the pointed arches of the Romanesque Renard building. I love the view over our city.  I loved hearing about the country life of the boarders and I loved the strong connection to the other Sacred Heart Schools around the world, as well as the strong local connections. I still meet regularly with the girls from my year.

Fast forward to 2011 and a chance encounter with then Principal, Helen Sinclair who sensed my passion for the buildings and invited me to become a board member. I recall interviews and submissions of credentials, then a warm welcome. I was now a part of a special group of talented people to help steer the ship. Alumnae, architect, mother, business woman, commitment to the Catholic faith – I had the right ingredients.

Our meetings are centred around prayer and acknowledgement of the individual skills each board member brings to the table. At the forefront of any decision is the best interests of the girls. Then, sustainability of the school and its mission and the nurturing of the five goals as a core theme in everything. Throughout my time on the board, I have been offered formation and guidance to reinforce the goals of the Society of the Sacred Heart. This is so rare in the business world and I consider it a great a privilege.

All the things I love about Stuartholme, I try to protect. Especially the buildings and the grounds. We now have a conservation plan that will make conservation of the buildings easier in the future. I want everyone to appreciate what makes Stuartholme unique, and how the physical environment impacts on learning and well-being. Our history shapes us and needs to be kept alive.

We won’t accept second best. We want buildings to be the best they can be and have processes in place to ensure that happens. I have worked to ensure the methodologies we use are rigorous and ethical.

Whilst my expertise lies in the built environment, I now have a range of other skills learned along the way. Over my time as a board member there have been hundreds of polices developed by my legal colleagues which ensure a tight framework for us to work within with little room for ambiguities. There is constant learning, ensuring that problems are unravelled, examined, then solved.

Against all of this are the day to day events that happen and are passed on to us. I realise how gifted and strong our current Principal, Kristen Sharpe is and how talented her leadership team is. I often think when there is criticism, If You Only Knew!!! There is another side to the story. And that side is based on sound research and top-notch advice and the strong commitment always to do the best thing for the girls.

When COVID happened earlier in the year, I watched how the staff at Stuartholme responded and transformed education to an on-line experience all in the space of a fortnight. It was truly incredible. Things won’t be normal and happy for us until we have our boarders back in Term 3. The school is not the same when they are not there and we miss them.

I have belonged to many panels and boards in my career but the Stuartholme Board is unique. We are a harmonious group, collaborative, diverse and respectful at all times.

My life will be empty when my time is up at the end of the year and I wish that I could serve another nine years, but our constitution does not allow that. I am hopeful my replacement will be as passionate about the buildings as I am and will bring fresh ideas and energy and assist the school with their development plans.

Catherine Baudet LFRAIA

 

 

Message from the Deputy Principal

A warm welcome back to Semester 2. It has been delightful to see our full school community return together. Making each day count When we …

view ARTICLE

Message from the Deputy Principal

A warm welcome back to Semester 2. It has been delightful to see our full school community return together.

Making each day count

When we commence a new semester, it provides us with an opportunity to ensure we begin with a positive mindset with the intent to make each day count. When addressing the Year 12 cohort at the start of the year, I referred to this as forming our “game-ready strategy”. Having a “game-ready strategy” is what high performers do. Whether they be an elite athlete, musician, or at the top of their field, high performance is always front of mind and is strategic in intent.

As a musician myself, ensuring I understand what learning behaviours maximise my performance is crucial to the outcome. Also, analysis of the behaviours of other high performers enables me to reflect and implement to enhance my practice. High academic performance shares the same application.

High academic performance is not accidental. It is measured, controlled and often evident through self-regulation of learning. Supported by teacher instruction and encouragement, the self-regulated learner is deliberate in their learning practice, an active participant in their education and ultimately takes ownership of their learning.

A skilled self-regulated learner:

  • Sets challenging learning goals and regulates all aspects of learning to achieve these goals
  • Is intrinsically interested and motivated to learn
  • Plans their approach to learning, but reflects on these plans and adapts to ensure the plan is effective
  • Selects learning strategies in line with their task/ goal
  • Accurately analyses the task for the level of difficulty and effort required and selects appropriate strategies to support their learning
  • Does extra to learn more when they have completed all set tasks
  • Finds ways to refocus when distracted
  • Knows both what to learn and how to learn
  • Values learning and understand their approaches to learning so they can always maximise the learning experience.

When we enact effective learning dispositions, we make a conscious effort to make each day count – being present, ready to learn, and willing to be an active participant in your learning. It is this energised approach to learning that underpins our holistic approach to education at Stuartholme. We strive to support this in our students through positive teacher-student relationships. These productive working relationships are not only evident within the regular classroom but reinforced through mentoring in Teacher Mentor Groups.

I encourage your daughters to analyse their learning dispositions and work towards being able to articulate what they believe strengthens their learning to maximise performance.

Best wishes for a successful Semester 2,

Daniel Crump
Deputy Principal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Message from the Dean of Mission

Sacred Heart Goal #1 – A personal and active faith in God  Here at Stuartholme, we know that the Sacred Heart Goals are our way of …

view ARTICLE

Message from the Dean of Mission

Sacred Heart Goal #1 – A personal and active faith in God 

Here at Stuartholme, we know that the Sacred Heart Goals are our way of educating. The first of the goals is a personal and active faith in God. One of the criteria of this goal states: 

We acknowledge the importance of the interior life and provide opportunities for contemplation, stillness, reflection, and prayer. 

As we begin Term 3, there are a number of examples in our community of bringing this criteria to life, most notably through our student retreat program. This week I had the chance to lead Year 11 on the theme of the first Goal in a mini retreat, and throughout Term 3, Year 7, 8 and 9 will all have their chance to participate in their annual retreat. 

God as Love & Relationship 

In my workshop with Year 11, we discussed the notion of images of God, reviewing some of the names of God in sacred scripture before a moment of personal reflection. We also explored God as TrinityGod as love and God as relationship through the work of Fr Richard Rohr OFMIf you’ve got a few minutes to spare, I commend to you the following clip: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvtnoDQXBYw 

 Centring Prayer 

Apart from just understanding who God is at an intellectual levelour Sacred Heart spirituality draws us into a personal encounter with God, where we seek to cultivate the interior life by creating space for God in prayer. Since ancient times, people have sought relationship with God through practices such as meditation. This practice, in the form of Christian centring prayer, was one of the practical ways of creating space for God that I shared with Year 11. While distinct from mediation, although a little similar, centring prayer has five simple steps: 

Begin by choosing a sacred word – a word or short phrase as a symbol of your intention to let God into your heart. It can simply be the word silence or words like Amen or peace and love. Use the same word every session. 

  1. Take a seat and get comfortable in a typical pose for mediation – upright back, legs and arms uncrossed with hands resting on the top of your legs. Close your eyes and introduce the word into your thoughts, repeating it like a mantra. 
  2. Use the word with sincerity, letting it fall down into the stillness of your body. Breathe and rest in stillness and silence. 
  3. If you notice yourself drifting off into thought, gently reintroduce the word. 
  4. Continue to rest in the silence of the body for a few minutes and conclude with a short prayer. 

A relationship with God is a deeply personal reality, and requires time and effort like any other relationship of life. Perhaps in the week ahead, you might find a few moments to make some space for God and give centring prayer a try. 

Peace and blessings. 

Justin Golding
Dean of Mission

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Message from the Dean of Boarding

Dear Parents and Guardians, Well we have certainly returned to a sense of a full house! It has been wonderful to hear the sounds of …

view ARTICLE

Message from the Dean of Boarding

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Well we have certainly returned to a sense of a full house! It has been wonderful to hear the sounds of the girls talking, laughing and genuinely having fun together, it is exactly what we were missing. School and classes have recommenced, and all the girls are well into their studies, which is so important for them all. We really want to maximise this learning opportunity as we do not have a crystal ball for what might happen down the track. During this week we also welcomed back our Indigenous girls from Far North Queensland who were finally able to leave their community. It has been a challenging journey for each of those girls and their communities during COVID-19 times. We are also supporting those girls who have been feeling homesick, for some they were away from Boarding for over 17 weeks, so much longer than our Christmas break.

My sincere thanks to our Parents of Stuartholme who have restarted the wonderful birthday cakes, examples below, the girls have just squealed with delight!  I can only hope that I might also receive one when it is my birthday. We have also started up our Internal Recreation program. In these times many of our normal activities have had to be re- thought to ensure the girls are not taking unnecessary risks. You will find some lovely photos of the girls out and about, at our Fire Pit Friday, To Dye For – tie dying upstairs on the House, our Trek to Mount Coot-Tha last Sunday. Can I ask that parents are mindful that external leave is available to the girls as long as immediate family can come and take them out on leave? Our REACH portal is the appropriate place to apply for leave, and can I please ask that it is submitted by Thursday 12 pm, to ensure that any clarification can be sought before Friday.

With this term having two long weekends available it would be great if girls did get a chance to be away from Boarding, these are the weekend of 14- 16 August and 4 – 6 September. The weekend of the 14 – 16 August, I would like our Boarding community to come together and celebrate the Procession of Lanterns on Sunday 16th August from 5.00pm.This wonderful tradition dates back to Madeleine Sophie times where all members of the Sacred Heart houses would gather and formally process into the chapel. This is certainly one of those celebrations that would be a highlight to attend during your daughter’s time at Stuartholme. This invitation is not only for the girls, but to you as parents and carers. We would love it if you could also stay for dinner that night. To facilitate this, can I ask that you email me directly if you would like to attend at kdavies@stuartholme.com . Following the procession, we will have our normal Sunday Community Eucharist then dinner. Thank you to those parents who have remembered that all girls should be at Mass on a Sunday, and therefore returned from leave by 4.00pm.

I know a number of you are really missing your girls, you had them home for so long, but know that our Boarding family is so delighted to be back together and we are all making the most of this time. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly.

Take care,

Karen Davies
Dean of Boarding

Click on a photo to start gallery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Message from the Dean of Student Wellbeing

Building resilience and optimising success through attendance and punctuality As we embark on Term 3, I thought it was worthwhile sharing with families the impact …

view ARTICLE

Message from the Dean of Student Wellbeing

Building resilience and optimising success through attendance and punctuality

As we embark on Term 3, I thought it was worthwhile sharing with families the impact that school attendance and punctuality has on a student’s wellbeing, resilience and academic performance.

While we are fortunate to have excellent attendance rates at Stuartholme, it is integral we continue this trend to support our young women through working in partnership.

Student absenteeism has been clearly shown to hamper the odds of a student being resilient and building resiliency and academic success.

As exhibited in the table below, it does not take much for the learning time lost to accrue and diminish a student’s capacity to be the best that they can be.

 

Consistent attendance at school is very important

Often when we talk about setting goals to do with school, these can be related to our learning behaviours and habits. Whilst this is very important, the research clearly shows that consistently attending school every single day and aiming to be on time are equally as important.

It is generally accepted that when student attendance falls below 80% that a student’s educational attainment, academic achievement and student wellbeing can be compromised.

In terms of the law (s176 of the Education (General provisions) Act 2006), the parents of a young person who is of compulsory school age must ensure that they are enrolled at school and that they attend every school day for the educational program in which they are enrolled unless the parent has a reasonable excuse.

Stuartholme also works very hard to monitor student attendance and punctuality and contacts parents in instances where the school identifies that an unsatisfactory absence or pattern of absenteeism exists. This is because studies show that young people who have a low rate of absenteeism are more likely to:

  • Gain excellent habits for life beyond school
  • Develop a wider range of skills such as working in teams, problem-solving and meeting expectations and deadlines
  • Sustain positive relationships with others to support their learning
  • Build resilience
  • Optmise academic outcomes
  • Earn more money, have better job prospects and are generally healthier.

Punctuality is important too

Being on time to school is important too.

Sometimes getting to school on time, can be helped by establishing a good routine. If your daughter struggles to get to TMG on time or her Leader of Student Wellbeing has raised concerns about punctuality, you could support her to try the following strategies:

  1. Getting sufficient sleep – 9 hours is recommended
  2. Having boundaries in place around technology – keep devices out of your room!
  3. Pack your bag the night before
  4. Plan to meet a friend so you can travel to school on time together.

 Stuartholme Student Attendance Policy

 To support parents in managing their daughter’s attendance and optimising achievement and wellbeing, the school has developed the Stuartholme Student Attendance Policy. A copy of the policy is located at:  https://stuartholme.com/wp-content/uploads/Student-Attendance-Policy-1.pdf

 More support

If you need extra support you could:

  1. Discuss your concerns with wellbeing staff at school. They can help address any school-based issues and make recommendations about extra professional support.
  2. Make an appointment to see your GP.

Useful websites

If you require extra information, try accessing the following sites:

Kids Matter

Headspace

Raising Children Network

Reachout

 

Deborah Lonsdale-Walker
Dean of Student Wellbeing

 

References:

  1. 2009, Academic Resilience: Beating the Odds. Organizational Development, Research and Information. 5, 1.
  2. https://www2.education.vic.gov.au/pal/attendance/resources

 

 

 

 

 

 

Message from the Careers Counsellor

Hi everyone, Welcome back to Term 3. This is a big term, especially for students in Year 10 and Year 12. QTAC information session Last …

view ARTICLE

Message from the Careers Counsellor

Hi everyone,

Welcome back to Term 3. This is a big term, especially for students in Year 10 and Year 12.

QTAC information session

Last night we held a QTAC information session for our Year 12 students and families. Nicole from QTAC talked everyone through the application process and a few other things to be aware of this year, such as the ATAR portal. For anyone who missed this event, a link to the recording will be shared shortly. TAC Attack will begin on 10 August to support students to get their TAC applications started.

 

New careers event for Year 12 students

I’m very excited to announce that we’re introducing a new careers event for our Year 12 students this year. Career Ready will be a full-day event held on 9 September that will help our students to improve their skills in:

·       Application writing

·       Interviewing – in individual and group interview situations

·       Psychometric testing

·       Assessment centre activities

·       Networking

These are all important skills for our students to develop, regardless of what they would like to do after school.

I would love our parent community to be involved in this event. If you have experience recruiting new employees, and would be available between 10.45am-12.45pm on 9 September, your support with this event would be incredibly valued. Please reach out to me via email if you would like to be involved.

 

SET planning begins next week

As Year 10 students and families are well aware, Year 10 SET planning meetings begin next week. I’m looking forward to seeing many students and families to talk about Year 11 and 12 subjects and plans for the future.

Warm regards,

Mr Tom Lillyman
Careers Counsellor

EXPLORE

Virtual Open Days

You might be interested in attending some virtual open days this year. Here are links to some of the upcoming virtual Open Days:

July

25 July – Bond University

August

1 & 15 August – Central Queensland University

2 August – University of Queensland

18 August – Southern Cross University

20 & 22 August – James Cook University

29 August – Australian Catholic University

29 & 30 August – QUT

September

5 & 12 September – Australian Catholic University

5 September – University of Southern Queensland

 

Griffith University Open Day is already online here and will end on 1 October.

The University of Sunshine Coast Open Day is online here for the foreseeable future.

Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) Open Day

On Saturday 22 August 2020 the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA), located in Canberra, is planning to open its doors to the public. This could be a great opportunity to learn more about what life at ADFA is like. If you are interested in combining a career in the Australian Defence Force with a degree, then you might like to find out more by visiting the ADFA Open Day website.

Griffith Careers in… video series

Hearing about a career directly from someone working in the field is a great way to learn about your options and the realities of different types of work. Griffith University recently ran a series of webinars where students could connect with professional from different areas. Many people missed these webinars because they were held during class time, but you can watch the recordings by clicking on the links below.

”Careers in Robotics” webinar 

“Careers in Mechanical Engineering” webinar

“Careers in Aviation” webinar 

“Careers in Big Data Analytics” webinar 

“Careers in Physics” webinar

“Careers in Structural Engineering” webinar

 

ACU A Week in the Life video series

You might be wondering what life could be like as a university student. ACU have released a series of videos that follow their students around for week. Learn more about what student life can be like by taking a look.

A week in the life of a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) student

A week in the life of a Bachelor of Physiotherapy student

A week in the life of a Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Paramedicine student

A week in the life of a Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Business Administration student

A week in the life of a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy student

APPLY

ACU Community Achiever’s Program

Applications for the Community Achiever Program (CAP) are now open and close on 29 July 2020. The program offers future students who are active in their community, early entry to their undergraduate degree of choice. It also provides opportunities to enhance leadership and volunteering skills. There have been some changes on eligibility due to the impact of COVID-19 so check them out on the website. To apply:

  • Prepare your Community Experience Statement
  • Choose referees
  • Submit via the ACU website

Applying for health science/veterinary courses at James Cook University in 2021

If you are interested in applying for one of the courses below, you must submit the application form directly to JCU as well as apply to QTAC by 30 September 2020 for entry in 2021. Course information sheets and 2021 application forms are now available on the JCU website.

  • B Dental Surgery
  • B Medicine, B Surgery (MBBS)
  • B Veterinary Science

Early Entry Schemes

Some universities offer early entry programs for Year 12 students. Offers are usually made much earlier than the QTAC major offer rounds (December and January). Read more about each program by visiting the links below:

University of New England (UNE) Early Entry Program

ACU Community Achiever Program

ACU Guarantee Program

Sunshine Coast University Early Offer Guarantee Program

University of Southern Queensland Early Offer Guarantee Program

Southern Cross University STAR Program

ACU Passion for Business Program

ACU Passion for Law Program (NB: ACU will offer Bachelor of Laws + double degrees at their Brisbane campus from 2021)

 

QTAC key dates

4 August  

QTAC applications open for 2021 courses

ATAR account registration opens for QLD Year 12 students

During August, some audition and portfolio applications close

September

Early closing dates for some courses

October 

Reminder to get EAS and supporting documents submitted

External assessment period commences

November 

External assessment period continued

Offer rounds

December

09/12/2020     Due date to apply & submit documents for December offer round

11/12/2020     Due date to apply & submit documents for January offer round

19/12/2020     Qld ATAR and QCE released

21/12/2020     Due date for change of preferences prior to next offer round

23/12/2020     Offer round

January

07/01/2021     Closing date for applications for reassessment of 2020 examination results

Closing date for applications for 2020 script inspection

14/01/2021     14th Offer round

Further offer rounds

SUPPORT

Information session – Elite Athlete Program

UQ’s Elite Athlete Program offers opportunities and support for elite-level student-athletes to perform at their peak, while studying at UQ. UQ Sport is holding an online Elite Athlete Program information session on Wednesday 29 July from 6.30 – 7.00 pm. Find out about the support available including the range of sporting scholarships and how to apply. Hear from current sporting scholarship recipients who will share their experiences of managing elite-level sport and study at UQ. Register now

 

 

Co-curricular News

Art Club Would you like to do some Art in a supportive, relaxed environment on Friday afternoons?  Then Art Club is for you! Come along …

view ARTICLE

Co-curricular News

Art Club
Would you like to do some Art in a supportive, relaxed environment on Friday afternoons?  Then Art Club is for you!

Come along to Art Club on Friday afternoons from 3:15 until 4:30pm (starting on Friday 24th of July).

This term, Ms Curties will be running a program focused on improving your watercolour painting skills.  That not your thing? Then you can come and use the time to work on your own projects or experiments with Ms Curties advice.

Art Club is open to everyone, whether you study Art or not 😊 Sign On is available through MyStuartholme.

 

Speech and Drama

SPEAK WITHOUT FEAR – To develop good Communication Skills

Dc3x8hmd4hmd4Gp7j4zM8wzM8w9PwHB+f4Rme4Rmehuf4+AzP8AzP8BQMBv83PMzC8agirlgAAAAASUVORK5CYII=

We are offering a short course for all year level students who are keen to improve or develop their presentation skills with confidence.  The course will run over six weeks commencing in the week beginning 3rd August.  The program will cost $150.00.

The course will be conducted in small groups with one period of instruction each week comprising techniques to improve clear speech, audibility and structure.  Upon successful completion, a formal Certificate will be issued from the school.

For further information please contact:

Mrs Gallagher at mgallagher@stuartholme.com

or Ms Costello acostello@stuartholme.com

 

Beep Test Champions

Stuartholme has been crowned the medium school beep test champions for 2020, and second in the overall championship (large and medium schools combined) behind All Hallows School. Thank you to all the students who completed the beep test during cross country training or in a HPE class.

Results:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parent Student Teacher Conferences and Semester One Reports

Due to COVID-19 guidelines, our Parent Student Teacher Conferences took on an alternate virtual format this year. Using the conferencing platform of Zoom, we were …

view ARTICLE

Parent Student Teacher Conferences and Semester One Reports

Due to COVID-19 guidelines, our Parent Student Teacher Conferences took on an alternate virtual format this year. Using the conferencing platform of Zoom, we were still able to connect as a community to discuss feedback and progress in learning. Thank you to our Director of eLearning Mr Andrew Webster, Assistant to the Director of Studies Ms Christine Heath and the IT Team for ensuring our virtual approach ran smoothly.

A reminder at the end of Week 3, Semester One Summary Reports will be published. These will be posted under the Academic Reports section of myStuartholme and will be available by Friday 31 July. Results and feedback for individual assessment tasks for Semester One can be located under the Results section of myStuartholme.

Year 10 Senior Pathways

Next week, our Year 10 cohort begins the exciting process of their senior education and training (SET) planning as they consider their senior pathway and …

view ARTICLE

Year 10 Senior Pathways

Next week, our Year 10 cohort begins the exciting process of their senior education and training (SET) planning as they consider their senior pathway and post-schooling options.

We are fortunate to have an extensive preparatory process to support students to optimise success in this area. Led by Academic Services and our Careers Counsellor Mr Tom Lillyman, students are expertly facilitated through an extensive careers program that positions them well for future study.

For parents of Year 10 students, further information pertaining to SET planning (including subject videos) can be found on myStuartholme under Academic Services and the SET Planning tile.

Year 11 Leadership Days

At Stuartholme, we believe that all our Senior students are leaders in our community.  Our hope is that our Senior students become servant leaders and …

view ARTICLE

Year 11 Leadership Days

At Stuartholme, we believe that all our Senior students are leaders in our community.  Our hope is that our Senior students become servant leaders and become a person for others. This view helped to frame the Leadership Days that our Year 11 students attended last Thursday and Friday.

Our days were led by Peer Power which is a team that has worked in schools for over three decades with the aim to provide seminars that are a combination of information and interaction.  Our seminar “Leading a Legacy” highlighted the unique personality profile and leadership potential of every individual and the positive impact that will have on the group’s journey towards leading our school community.  The feedback to the seminar from our students was most positive with many comments emphasising their skill acquisition and growth in their depth of understanding about leadership because of the activities and information that was delivered.

On Friday afternoon the students who had nominated for Cor Unum Captain were given the opportunity to address the Year 11 students, Teacher Mentors, and the Leadership Team by responding to an unseen question about the Five Goals of Sacred Heart Education.  The calibre of these responses was outstanding.  Our students who nominated for Cor Unum Committee were also presented to the group.

We trust that as the Year 11 students move towards being Senior Leaders, that the lessons from the Leadership Days will support them as they face the challenges and joys of leading our school community.

Louise Meehan
Year 11 Leader of Student Wellbeing

Click on a photo to start gallery

Science Snippets

As the months have passed since the outbreak of COVID-19, there has been increasing public awareness of the scientific field of immunology. Phrases that are …

view ARTICLE

Science Snippets

As the months have passed since the outbreak of COVID-19, there has been increasing public awareness of the scientific field of immunology. Phrases that are often thrown about are ‘immune response’ and ‘immune memory’.  A basic understanding of these concepts is now necessary to follow the events shaping our world.

So, what is immunity? Immunity is where an immune system provides biological defences that aid the body in fighting infection or disease. An important component of an immune response is the body’s white blood cells. There are two main types of white blood cells – phagocytes and lymphocytes.  Phagocytes are cells that protect the body by ingesting harmful foreign particles and bacteria. Lymphocytes regulate the specificity of an immune response. Our bodies have ‘immune memory’ due to lymphocytes. An individual can acquire this immune memory through infection or vaccination. After the first invasion, lymphocytes recognise the invading antigen (foreign protein) and can provide a more rapid response to it. Vaccines work by introducing an antigen to the body in small amounts – enough to produce antibodies.

The body’s immune memory is very strong for some diseases – such as chickenpox, which may last a lifetime – while others require regular boosters. An important aspect of fighting COVID-19 is discovering how the human body raises an immune response and then sustains immune memory. Coronaviruses (which includes COVID-19) tend to raise an immune response but do not have a strong immune memory. For example, when you catch a cold (commonly caused by rhinoviruses) the antibodies may only stay in your bloodstream for a year, as compared to say, measles antibodies which stay in the body for decades. Currently, there has not been sufficient time to observe the length of immune memory from COVID-19 so little is known about it. This is one of the difficulties of developing a vaccine.

There will be many more months of trials and failures before we fully understand the immune science and whether we can develop a successful vaccine. Scientific literacy is increasingly important, and it is imperative that we educate ourselves for a better understanding of the world around us.

By Sophia Buller (Year 11 UQ Science Ambassador)

 

Difficulty: Tricky

Ari was 10 on her last birthday, and will be 12 on her next birthday. How can this be true?

Lachlan was 8 on his last birthday, and will be 12 on his next birthday. How can this be true?

Find the answers here:https://blog.doublehelix.csiro.au/two-birthday-brainteasers/

Social Justice News

  Since the end of Term 2 JPIC have been preparing to run their own pop up op shop called, Stu Case Rummage. This environmentally …

view ARTICLE

Social Justice News

 

Since the end of Term 2 JPIC have been preparing to run their own pop up op shop called, Stu Case Rummage. This environmentally sustainable model was chosen for JPIC’s social enterprise P4P, as it encouraged Stuartholme students to reflect on their purchasing habits, where their clothes are made, who made their clothes and what happened to their discarded clothes.

STU case shows students how clothes can be put to better use instead of contributing to landfill. It is a true representation of how ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure’. Further to this it is a practical and useful example of how we can be more environmentally sustainable. Paris Georghiou (Year 12, JPIC Captain)

By utilising donations of unwanted clothes from our Stuartholme community, JPIC set up a recycled clothing shop with authentic op shop prices. Held over Tuesday to Thursday lunch times in Week 2, the long waiting line was a testament to the huge effort in categorising, cleaning, pricing, and marketing that our JPIC students put in. The funds raised from Stu Case Rummage will be reinvested in our Stuartholme community, as well as affiliate community organisations, as chosen by JPIC. To encourage donations JPIC offered one house point for every item donated. A huge thank you to everyone who cleaned out their closets, your clothing has found a very happy new home.  Congratulations to Parker who earned the most amount of house points!

Claire Lawler
Social Justice Coordinator

Debating

Although debating at Stuartholme had a staggered start in 2020, this has not stopped the development of our debating skills and the launch of Stuartholme’s …

view ARTICLE

Debating

Although debating at Stuartholme had a staggered start in 2020, this has not stopped the development of our debating skills and the launch of Stuartholme’s Inter-House Debating Competition. The IHDC allows Stuartholme students to engage in an enrichment activity that will earn house points, facilitate the learning of new skills, encourage debating as a co-curricular and reinforce student’s confidence in their knowledge. These debates will be held during lunch times in classrooms. A huge thank you to our debating captain Molly McCann who has been the driving force and champion of this initiative.

Beginning in Week 3 each house has submitted two teams who will represent them in logic, reason, and some friendly arguing. Next week our Year 7 and 8 teams will debate the following topics:

  • That HPE should be compulsory
  • That all homes should have pets
  • That homework should be banned

Below are the pools and the timing of the IHDC debates. The finals will be held in the Auditorium in Week 6.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Along with the IHDC, Stuartholme has also entered a debating team into the Queensland Debating Union’s Senior A mini-comp. This is a short prep competition, meaning students create a whole debate in one hour. These debates will be held on Sunday 2nd August and 9th August at St Joseph’s Gregory Terrace. Next week we will run trials for new Senior A team members as this competition allows 6 members per a team, compared to the standard 4. If you are in Year 10 and above and are interested in debating in this competition, please contact Claire Lawler (clawler@stuartholme.com).

Invitation to come and try rowing

All Year 7-11 students are invited to come and try rowing on Saturday 8 August. Come along to the BBC Boatshed at 200 Macquarie St, St Lucia from …

view ARTICLE

Invitation to come and try rowing

All Year 7-11 students are invited to come and try rowing on Saturday 8 August.

Come along to the BBC Boatshed at 200 Macquarie St, St Lucia from 10am-1pm. Parking is available in the UQ carpark off Sir William McGregor Drive.

Meet your fellow rowers and coaches and try rowing in a crew boat. Rowing experience is not necessary and you are not locked in for any further commitments. There is no fee for this session.

This activity is in addition to the Year 7/8 Rowing Camp on 24-25 October. We will call for sign-on/payment for that camp later in the term (current Year 8 rowers have already paid).

Sign on here > for the Open Day by Wednesday 5 August.

All existing Year 9-12 rowers are encouraged to stay and help after your training session.

2020 Short Story Competition

The Academic Committee is inviting entries in the 2020 Short Story Competition.  

view ARTICLE

2020 Short Story Competition

The Academic Committee is inviting entries in the 2020 Short Story Competition.

 

St Ignatius Feast Day Mass

St Ignatius Feast Day is celebrated on 31 July, which is his birth date.  This year to mark the occasion, St Ignatius Toowong recorded a …

view ARTICLE

St Ignatius Feast Day Mass

St Ignatius Feast Day is celebrated on 31 July, which is his birth date.  This year to mark the occasion, St Ignatius Toowong recorded a Mass at St Ignatius Church which includes a vignette of St Ignatius’s life.

Rosie Sheehan and Annabelle King, both Year in 8,  were the readers for prayers of the faithful. You are warmly invited to watch the Mass here.  https://youtu.be/C9oRMAx209c

‘Women’s Night of Spirituality 2020’ – Tuesday 28 July

St Ignatius Parish’s Annual Women’s Night of Spirituality With great pleasure, we are offering a unique experience for our 14th Annual Women’s Night of Spirituality. …

view ARTICLE

‘Women’s Night of Spirituality 2020’ – Tuesday 28 July

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

With great pleasure, we are offering a unique experience for our 14th Annual Women’s Night of Spirituality.

This year, you can view the event from Tuesday 28th July in the comfort of your own home by watching the YouTube recording which will be found on the St Ignatius Parish website (www.stignatiustoowong.org.au) on the day.

The evening will be hosted by our very own Robyn Emerson, who will unpack the stories of two exceptional women —

Sr Angela Mary Doyle RSM AO and Dr Sr Maeve Louise Heaney VDMF.”

Centennial Art Show Opening Night

Stuartholme school warmly invites you to join us for the 2020 Centennial Art Show Opening Night to be held on Saturday 12 September 2020 from …

view ARTICLE

Centennial Art Show Opening Night

Stuartholme school warmly invites you to join us for the 2020 Centennial Art Show Opening Night to be held on Saturday 12 September 2020 from 6 – 9pm.

Enjoy an evening of fine food, wine, entertainment, plus the opportunity to view and purchase works by talented feature artists, exhibitors and past students.

The Stuartholme Centennial Art Show is a fundraiser for the Stuartholme Sacré Cœur Association Busary program.

Ticket price is $70 per person and includes a 3 hour canapé and beverage package.

Tickets are now on sale, please use this link

Raffle tickets are now on sale and can be purchased via the following link – https://events.humanitix.com/copy-of-stuartholme-centennial-art-show-opening-night  There are only 250 tickets for sale at $50 each.

The list of prizes are:

First Prize: Original Watercolour “On a Walk” by Davida Allen Archibald prize winner.

Second Prize: First edition print of Stuartholme School by Nic Olsen Artist- in- residence.

Third Prize: Art Voucher for Dalozzo Art Gallery for an original painting or print.

The art exhibition is also open for viewing on Sunday 13 September 2020 from 10am till 4pm.

We look forward to you joining our Centennial celebrations.

 

 

 

Centenary book and merchandise

To commemorate our centenary in 2020 Stuartholme invites you to purchase our  ‘Celebrating 100 years’ book. This beautiful, limited edition, hardcover book follows the history …

view ARTICLE

Centenary book and merchandise

To commemorate our centenary in 2020 Stuartholme invites you to purchase our  ‘Celebrating 100 years’ book.

This beautiful, limited edition, hardcover book follows the history of Stuartholme from humble beginnings, through to the school we know and love today.

Books can still be purchased for the early bird price of $69.95 (plus postage if needed). The price will revert to the original RRP of $89.95 after 31 July.

Click here to purchase.

100 Year Merchandise

To celebrate our centenary we have commissioned a small range of memorabilia available for sale. The items are now available for sale at the School Shop. To view the items, please click here.

Centenary fine chain necklace – $41.60
Solid silver bracelet – $53
Centennial pin – $4
Stuartholme tea towels – $5 each or 3 for $10.