Message from the Principal

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends,

We conclude our first semester of 2018 with pride and a little sigh of relief awaiting a relaxing time for many of us yet not all.

In our last weeks of the semester, we have celebrated audaciously our musical talents and our courageous competitive nature in our Interhouse Choral Competition. An unusual combination of community spirit and unreserved rivalry! I don’t know who enjoyed themselves more students or staff?

Our passionate girls participated fully in our Athletics Carnival where the communal spirit and the rivalry was palpable and highly visible. Parker House won – they last won in 1990. Congratulations to all our spirited girls, especially our Parker champs!

In contrast to these celebrations, Deanne Johnston, Deputy Principal, presented to our Year 10 parents about the new ATAR system, which is replacing the OP system. An explanatory evening with lots of complex information was presented. Deanne worked for Queensland Curriculum & Assessment Authority (QCAA) last year and we are particularly fortunate to benefit from her sophisticated knowledge and understanding of the new Senior System and the ATAR processes. The PowerPoint slides and audio presentation are available on My Stuartholme.

Andrée Rice and Annabel Irvin attended the Isolated Children Parent Association (ICPA) State Conference in Winton. While in Winton they hosted two boarding parent events and visited three families, building strong links with our rural community members.

Last week, I, along with other staff members, attend our ANZnet Sacred Heart Schools Conference at Baradene College, Auckland. Three of our teachers presented inspiring workshops, which were greatly valued by our sister schools’ staff. Our Baradene sister school honoured our visit with a Mauri welcoming liturgy. Visiting our ANZnet Sacred Heart schools enables us to share our common values and their expression, and to learn new initiatives which are successful in these schools. In 2019, it is Stuartholme’s turn to host the Conference which will be held in July for all our staff and will welcome around 30 staff members from Kincoppal Rosebay, Sydney, Sacre Couer Melbourne and Baradene College Auckland. We are excited at the prospect of providing a warm Queensland Stuartholme welcome.

My opening reference to a relaxing break in our June July school holidays does not apply to all. I wish our History Tour staff and students a genuine bon voyage. We welcome our international exchange students from across the world from our Sacred Heart network. And we admire our dedicated Rowing Teams who will undertake a rigorous training camp in the last week of our holidays.

Whatever your plans for the three weeks in June July, I wish you a safe and peaceful break from school. I will be on annual leave during the holidays, followed by a Sacred Heart Frontiers Conference in St Louis, Missouri. I will then return to Australia to attend the ICPA Federal Conference in Canberra. During my absence Deanne Johnston will be Acting Principal.

Best wishes and God Bless,

Kristen Sharpe

Message from the Deputy Principal

Globally ready students In earlier articles I have written about the 21st century skills students will need to successfully navigate work and life once they …

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Message from the Deputy Principal

Globally ready students

In earlier articles I have written about the 21st century skills students will need to successfully navigate work and life once they finish school. There is also much research highlighting the importance of preparing students for global competence. The OECD (2018) defines global competence as “the capacity to examine local, global and intercultural issues, to understand and appreciate the perspectives and world views of others, to engage in open, appropriate and effective interactions with people from different cultures, and to act for collective well-being and sustainable development”.

The OECD is now assessing these skills through PISA, the Programme for International Student Assessment. This is a triennial assessment which evaluates education systems worldwide by testing the skills and knowledge of 15-year-old students. In 2015, the last time PISA was held, 28 million 15-year-olds in 72 countries and economies took the tests to assess skills in science, mathematics, reading, collaborative problem solving and financial literacy. This year, global competency has been added to the regime and Stuartholme has been selected as one of the Australian schools to participate in the testing in Term 3.

In assessing global capabilities, the OECD is endeavouring to highlight the importance of preparing young people to understand the world beyond their immediate environment, interact with others with respect for their rights and dignity, and take action towards building sustainable and thriving communities. They argue that the ability to respond to cultural diversity is vital if young people are to become global citizens.

This trend for global skills is also reflected in Australian job advertisements. A report released in 2017 by the Foundation for Young Australians discusses the transferable skills young people need to navigate complex careers across a range of industries and professions. Their research analysed 4.2 million Australian job postings from 2012 to 2015, collected from more than 6000 sources, to determine the global skills employers are looking for. The proportion of job advertisements that demand critical thinking has increased by 158%, creativity by 65%, presentation skills by 25% and team work by 19%. However, the top two growth areas were digital literacies (212%) and bilingual skills (181%).

As our students enter into subject selections in Term 3, it is worth considering the global skills that are increasingly evident across every occupation, industry and education level. Whilst students in Year 10 need to consider pathways and the prerequisites they will need upon completion of Year 12, they should also give consideration to developing global competencies and prowess in areas highly sought after by employers. Younger students in Years 7, 8 and 9 should also reflect on subject offerings, considering their interests and achievements, but also aiming to keep their options open for future possibilities.

Increasingly our young people are going to be required to work in global teams using global markets. They will need to be able to engage in interconnected, complex and diverse societies with varying resources and needs. In the future, whether we live in Australia or abroad, we’re going to work in multicultural communities. This means our students need to have the skills and understandings to participate in a more interconnected world and they must be able to appreciate and benefit from cultural differences. In his article “Getting Schools Ready for the World”, Richardson (2017) argues that the skills students need “will continue to morph as our ability to create and share expands and as we face increasingly complex global challenges”.

The reports by the FYA and the OECD provide interesting considerations as schools and families work together to prepare our young people for their future learning and to ensure they are globally ready citizens.

Deanne Johnston
Deputy Principal

Foundation for Young Australians (2017) “The New Basics: Big data reveals the skills young people will need for the new work order” Retrieved from https://www.fya.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/The-New-Basics_Update_Web.pdf

OECD (2018) “PISA: Preparing our youth for an inclusive and sustainable world. The OECD global competence framework” available at http://www.oecd.org/pisa/Handbook-PISA-2018-Global-Competence.pdf

Richardson, Will (2017) “Getting Schools Ready for the World”, in Educational Leadership, Vol 74, No. 4, pp 24-29

Message from the Dean of Mission

Today, Stuartholme celebrates our Harmony Day. This day is run at the end of our Year 11 Leadership Week – ‘To Lead is to Serve’,  …

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Message from the Dean of Mission

Today, Stuartholme celebrates our Harmony Day. This day is run at the end of our Year 11 Leadership Week – ‘To Lead is to Serve’,  and is an accumulation of all they have learnt throughout the week. Today the Year 11s played hosts to 60 students from Yeronga State High School and Milpera State High Schools, both schools with a large proportion of refugee and asylum seeker students. This day is designed to explore and reinforce the concept of collaborative, service leadership and aims to add to the girls’ development as young women of compassion and justice.

In a liturgy yesterday afternoon the students were asked to make a commitment to be leaders who work towards love, hope and justice for all. If this student’s reflection is anything to go by, we are in good hands.

“I am committed to empowering others in my servant leadership. I aspire to be a leader who, in every moment, conversation, laugh and smile, gives meaning to our life and community at Stuartholme. I want to live my belief that every person is one part of a bigger picture, a picture of each and every person’s story. I make a commitment to give my love and laughter to others; to share it with them, so that they are awakened by the spirit of Cor Unum. I aim to know a girl’s name, and the girl who lies beyond”.

Sarah Daff
Dean of Mission

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Message from the Dean of Boarding

Dear Parents/Guardians, We have made it to the end of a very busy but successful first semester! The highlights of the semester definitely have to …

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Message from the Dean of Boarding

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We have made it to the end of a very busy but successful first semester! The highlights of the semester definitely have to be:

  • the outstanding leadership provided by our Year 12 boarders: all staff have noted the exceptional role modelling provided by the Year 12s. They genuinely embrace the idea of leadership being about service and have broken down barriers between older and younger girls by being there to listen, gently guide and offer support.
  • the calm and impressive way that the boarding staff steer the girls through any situation: Stuartholme boarding staff are amongst the happiest people in our community and they work the most difficult hours! I am very proud of the way we work together as a team in the girls’ best interests.
  • a positive and open relationship with you, our parent body: it is wonderful seeing your likes and comments on the Facebook page and how you interact respectfully but openly with the boarding staff and with myself. I would like to thank Mrs Susan Shay and our Year Level Representatives on the Boarder Parent Network Committee for their work in ensuring the boarder parent voice is heard!
  • the incredible spirit shown by each and every boarder in this community: day parents now often state that one of the reasons they are choosing Stuartholme is because of the sense of community as well as diversity that boarders bring to this school. This was evident in bucket-loads at our Anzac Cup Games!

I had the privilege last week of travelling to Longreach and Winton with Annabel Irvin, Marketing and Community Engagement Manager. The main purpose of our outback trip was to attend the State ICPA Conference but we also hosted a Stuartholme event at Harry’s in Longreach as well as combining with Marist College for a dinner at Raelene and Martyn Smith’s lovely home. Thanks to Clare and David Paterson, Karen and Angus McLellan, Tanya and Greg Bowden and Fiona Russell for coming on the night and a special thankyou to Raelene, Martyn and Flynn Smith, for their wonderful hospitality. We met some lovely potential families as well as touching base with families whose daughters have left Stuartholme. The next day we drove to the Bowden’s property, Baratria, for lunch before heading to Winton for the conference. It was quite an insight seeing how far Ellen and Hayley have to travel from home to get to Longreach airport! We city slickers have no idea!

At the ICPA conference themed Digging Deep for Education, Stuartholme parents, Donna and Andrew Donaldson, Louise Martin and Lorissa Dennis were articulate and passionate ambassadors for the educational needs of rural and remote children. Louise Martin is Qld Vice President of the ICPA and Kate Twist, a former Stuartholme parent is a State Councillor. How lucky we are that these highly intelligent and informed parents belong to our community and can keep reminding us how tough the educational journey is for rural and remote children and their parents who have usually educated their children themselves through Distance Education and then have to send their children to boarding school later on. Some of the motions put forward at the Conference were around reliable, accessible internet services for small/remote schools and also the provision of internet and phone services to rural and remote Australians. Representatives of Telstra and the State Gvt were present to listen and respond.

A great joy for me towards the close of the Conference was hearing Sara Storer and Kathleen Noonan in dialogue about the strength in coming from a rural background. Besides the sheer pleasure of hearing Sara sing, Kathleen’s message to all students from a rural background is to think of the country that formed you as a touchstone in your pocket so instead of it being a chip on your shoulder telling you you are not good enough, it is a source of strength and pride to you. It makes you special, it is a gift that others do not have, it means you know who you are because of the community and land you are connected to! Wow! I will be sharing this story with our boarders next term.

Special congratulations must go to Hayley Bowden Year 10 for being one of two Year 10 students chosen to represent Stuartholme at the International Sacred Heart Schools’ Conference in France these holidays. We know that Hayley will be a wonderful ambassador not only for the entire school but for the boarding community!

We are farewelling two staff members who will both be a big loss to the boarding community. The first is Mrs Barb Gould who works in the laundry and is responsible for the washing and ironing of 145 girls’ uniforms, clothes and linen. Barb has worked at Stuartholme for 21 years and she spent 10 years of this time working in the kitchen. Barb is endlessly kind, patient and committed and we are indebted to her. We wish Barb a lovely period of relaxation and down time – and not getting up at 4 am to start work! The second staff member who has played a pivotal role in boarding has been Mrs Danielle Baker, school psychologist. Danielle has supported boarding staff and students alike and has helped us learn the skills to navigate this sometimes unpredictable world. Danielle’s wisdom, gentleness and ability to make you feel instantly better will be incredibly missed. We wish her all the best in her new career combining psychology with animal assisted interventions.

Before I close, there are a few boarders also to farewell. Firstly, Molly McCann (Year 10). The McCanns have relocated to Brisbane and Molly will be a day student next term. She will be greatly missed by us but will continue her close relationships with boarders and staff I know! I would also like to thank and farewell Joy Yi (Year 10) from the boarding community. Joy will be living with her father in Brisbane and will be continuing as a day student. We have also farewelled Nina Clark and Bridie Miller this term. Our thoughts and prayers go with Nina and Bridie and their families and we wish them every success in the next stages of their journeys and thank them for being an important part of our community.

A reminder that boarding re-opens on Monday 16 July from 8.00 am. Girls can come in at any time after 8 am but please be in by 5 pm. It is also Parent Teacher Interview day and evening so I hope that those of you in Brisbane will be able to touch base with your daughter’s teachers on this day.

Thank you for a happy and positive semester in the wonderful place that is boarding at Stuartholme School. Thanks for your role in keeping lines of communication open and clear. I wish your families a safe and calm three weeks and we look forward to welcoming you back for Semester 2!

Enjoy your time together and warm regards,

Andrée Rice
Dean of Boarding

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Message from the Dean of Student Wellbeing

Connecting with people I am confident that your homes may have been very much like my own over the last few weeks where much of …

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Message from the Dean of Student Wellbeing

Connecting with people

I am confident that your homes may have been very much like my own over the last few weeks where much of the activity, conversations and interactions have focussed heavily on exams and assessment. This has certainly been a focus in our boarding house too. Offering moral support, getting enough sleep and adopting the mindset required to embark on each day have been a key focus.

The upcoming break, provides an opportunity for us to change the pace, recharge our batteries and refocus on a genuine connection with the important people in our lives. We are particularly aware of how significant this time is for our boarding community.

The Harvard Study of Adult Development began in 1938 and followed 724 people over a 75 year period to find out what makes a good life. The three things they discovered were:

  • “Social connection is good for us …. and loneliness turns out to be toxic” (Waldinger, 2015).
  • “It’s not just the number of friends you have… but it’s the quality of your close relationships that matters” (Waldinger, 2015).
  • “Good relationships don’t just protect our bodies, they protect our brains” (Waldinger, 2015).

As we embark on the holiday period it is timely to seize the moment to reflect on how well we are investing in our relationships. To live a full and happy life we must remember to:

  1. Be kind to each other
  2. Try to limit conflict
  3. Hold close those who are important to us
  4. Include everyone so that nobody has to feel lonely.

Farewell to a valuable member of the Wellbeing Team

Our school counsellors are valuable professional support staff who contribute in a significant way to the creation of the ‘Stuartholme Village’. We are therefore sad to farewell Ms Danielle Baker who has worked at the school since 2014. Danielle is taking the chance to pursue her passions and engage in private practice where she is undertaking some ground breaking work in Animal Assisted Therapy drawing on her well trained dog “Trixie” to support and help people. We wish her all the very best.

Deb Lonsdale-Walker
Dean of Student Wellbeing

Key Dates

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Key Dates

DateEvent
Mon 16 JulyBoarders return
Boarder Parent Network meeting 10-11.30am
Year 10 into 11 Boarding Parent Subject Information Session 12pm
Parent Community Groups Principal Meeting 11.30am-12.30pm
Parent Teacher interviews 10am-7pm
Tues 17 JulyStudents start
School fees due
Mon 23 JulyCareers Expo 5.30pm
QTAC Speaker 7pm, Theatre
Wed 1 AugustYear 8 Retreat
Wed 1-Fri 3 AugustYear 10 Camp
Mon 6 AugustYear 10 into 11 Parent and Student Subject Information Session 6pm
Tues 7-Fri 10 AugustYear 10 into 11 SET Plan interviews
Fri 10 AugustYear 7 Grandparents Day 9am-12pm
Wed 15 AugustExhibition Public Holiday
Thurs 16-Sun 19 AugustQld Catholic Music Festival
Fri 17 August Academic Assembly
Sat 18 AugustBoarder Family BBQ 7pm
Wed 22-Fri 24 AugustYear 9 Camp
Thurs 23-Fri 24 AugustSenior Production
Fri 24 AugustCaSSSA Athletics Carnival (Year 7 attending)
Fri 31 AugustFathers' Day event 5pm
Tues 4-Wed 5 SeptemberFormal Year 12 QCS Test
Thurs 6 SeptemberYear 10 PISA Exam
Fri 7-Fri 14 SeptemberYears 11 & 12 assessment block
Mon 17 SeptemberYear 11 QCS Practice Test
Mon 17-Wed 19 SeptemberYear 12 Retreat
Tues 18 SeptemberDrama Fiesta
Tues 18-Fri 21 SeptemberJunior Art Exhibition
Thurs 20 SeptemberClasses finish
Fri 21 SeptemberBoarders travel day
Sat 22-Mon 24 SeptemberSony Camp

Bus Network in Term 3

At this stage we will continue to run all four Bus Network routes next term, as per Term 2.  Should any amendments be necessary, these …

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Bus Network in Term 3

At this stage we will continue to run all four Bus Network routes next term, as per Term 2.  Should any amendments be necessary, these details will be emailed to those registered and information updated on the website.  Information on the Network is available at:  https://stuartholme.com/parents/bus-network/   (though we are still awaiting minor corrections to be made by others to the Google maps).

Thank you to those Term Pass holders who have already paid for Term 3 use of our Bus Network. This greatly helps in ensuring each driver knows who will be using their bus from Day 1.  Annual and Casual Bus Pass holders will automatically be listed for Term 3 with existing details, so parents do not need to advise us, unless there is a change to your required bus stop or route.

Can all families requiring a Term Pass next term please pay $295 via the online payment system  https://stuartholme.com/parents/pay-online/  and register your details https://stuartholme.com/bus-network-registration-2018/ as soon as possible.

Co-curricular News

Queensland Debating Union Rounds wrap up Congratulations to all Year 8-12 teams and coaches for their outstanding performance in the rounds of the QDU Secondary …

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Co-curricular News

Queensland Debating Union Rounds wrap up

Congratulations to all Year 8-12 teams and coaches for their outstanding performance in the rounds of the QDU Secondary Competition.

It is with great pleasure that on wins alone we will have at least 9 out of our 11 teams, including at least one team from every year level, qualify for the knock out finals series beginning at the start of next term. This type of success does not come about by accident but rather through dedication and hard work so congratulations to all involved – debaters, coaches and parents.

According to our records the following teams have qualified for the finals based on their wins in the regular season:

  • Senior A, 12.1, 11.1, 10.1, 9.1, 9.2, 9.3, 8.1, 8.2.

Congratulations to both our Year 7 teams who both walked away with wins in their first debates of the season.

  • 7.1 won against Somerville House
  • 7.2 won by 2 points against St Aidan’s

A special mention goes to all the girls who were debating in their first debate last night, including Anna Roads who was brave enough to tackle 3rd speaker in her first debate.


More debating news

Congratulations to Lauren Gunther, Year 12, on making the National Debating Team that will compete in the World Schools Debating Championships Tournament in Croatia in July.

 

Science Snippets

Get excited because during next term we will be celebrating National Science Week! Stay tuned for more details. Did you know researchers have identified more …

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Science Snippets

Get excited because during next term we will be celebrating National Science Week! Stay tuned for more details.

Did you know researchers have identified more than 100 giant planets that potentially host moons capable of supporting life? Their work will guide the design of future telescopes that can detect these potential moons and look for tell-tale signs of life, called biosignatures, in their atmospheres. The researchers identified 121 giant planets that have orbits within the habitable zones of their stars. At more than three times the radii of the Earth, these gaseous planets are less common than terrestrial planets, but each is expected to host several large moons. Scientists have speculated that exomoons might provide a favourable environment for life, perhaps even better than Earth. That’s because they receive energy not only from their star, but also from radiation reflected from their planet. Until now, no exomoons have been confirmed.

 

Just a quick reminder to any girl in Years 10-12 there are still spots left for the program Experience Science. Experience Science is a free event that provides students in Years 10-12 the opportunity to discover what studying science is like at UQ and how science is applied in industry and everyday life. For more information, head to http://www.science.uq.edu.au/expsci

I hope you all have a good and safe holiday!

Jacqui Buttula
UQ Science Ambassador 2018

Athletics Carnival

On Wednesday 6 June, we held our Interhouse Athletics Carnival at UQ. It was a wonderful carnival with great participation from the girls! A huge …

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Athletics Carnival

On Wednesday 6 June, we held our Interhouse Athletics Carnival at UQ. It was a wonderful carnival with great participation from the girls!

A huge congratulations goes to Parker House who are the Champion house. Parker has not won the Interhouse Athletics Cup since 1990! Well done to Parker and their House Captain Tessa Buzzo and Sport Vice Captain Sophie Bolton, for all their work with the organisation of their House. Thank you to all House and Sport Captains for their massive efforts on the day! Finally thank you to the many students who assisted as helpers throughout the day, your efforts were greatly appreciated.

The placings for the day were:

  • 1st – Parker
  • 2nd – Stuart
  • 3rd – Woodlock
  • 4th – Toohey
  • 5th – Coen
  • 6th – Macrae

We had two records broken at this year’s carnival.

NAME EVENT NEW RECORD OLD RECORD
Ellen Gett 14 – 15yrs Javelin 27.02m 23.43m
Jade Snowden 14 – 15yrs Long Jump 4.90m 4.85m

Congratulations to Ellen and Jade on their massive effort! Well done girls!

Thanks also to all staff for their assistance on the day to make this not only a wonderful sports carnival but also a great community day in our school calendar.

CaSSSA Cross Country

And the results are… CaSSSA Cross Country Championships (medium schools) – 1st! 12 years – 5th 13 years – 1st 14 years – 1st 15 years …

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CaSSSA Cross Country

And the results are… CaSSSA Cross Country Championships (medium schools) – 1st!

  • 12 years – 5th
  • 13 years – 1st
  • 14 years – 1st
  • 15 years – 1st
  • 16 years – 1st
  • 17 years – 1st
  • Percentage Cup – 2nd

Cross Country Awards

  • Stuartholme Cross Country Runner of the Year – Holly Robertson
  • Spirit Awards – Zoe Tracy, Alex O’Brien, Isobel Martin, Sophia Jackson
  • Coaches Encouragement Awards – Stella Tapper, Albie Woolcock-Egan, Aislinn Hawkins, Lily Armstrong, Annie Atterton, Harriet Williams
  • Captain’s Call – Hannah Pye
  • Training Attendance Awards – Holly Robertson
  • 5 year Cross Country Merit Award – Grace White, Ema Stebbins, Harriet Williams, Josie Kelley, Lily Chapman

Representative Honours: Stuartholme sent a strong team of runners to the Northern Eagles Cross Country Trials at Limestone Park in early May with the following girls qualifying for the Met West Cross Country Trials – Alex O’Brien (13 years), Holly Robertson (14 years), Rachael Brown (14 years), Lily Hunter (15 years), Grace White (17 years).

Members of the cross country team also competed in a number of school-based  and club events in the lead-up to CaSSSA. I believe the benefit of these meets produced some outstanding results as it gave the girls some race practice.

Cross Country Captain: Grace White in her role as Cross Country Captain for 2018 has done an incredible job in motivating the girls, supporting the cross country program and increasing the awareness of the sport across the school. Grace has been a terrific ambassador and whoever is selected for the role in the future will have very big shoes to fill. Grace, congratulations on all your hard work, effort and commitment to the cross country team in 2018. You have been a delight to work with.

Assistant Coach: this year we welcomed back Emma Meyer for her second season as assistant coach and what a terrific job . I can’t thank Emma enough for the way she got behind the cross country program, giving all her energy and support to ensure the season was a success. I know the girls really liked having Emma on board and treated her with great respect. Many thanks Emma for everything you have done in 2018!

Sports Department: A very big thank you to Mrs Ferguson and Mrs McMain in the sports department for the huge amount of behind the scenes work that they do. Again, the cross country program would not be a success without this support, guidance and commitment.

Parents: the early morning starts, getting the girls to training and events, picking them up after training and assisting at events/functions are what parents do, right! From myself to you, it’s a very big thank you for this, I really appreciate the support that I have received from all the parents in 2018. Without parent support, the cross country program would not be a success. I can remember growing up and receiving the  same high level of support that I have seen given to the girls this year! Thank you!

The success of the cross country program comes from all of us working together to ensure the best possible outcomes! We now have the momentum, we need to harness all that energy and build for the future. Here’s to 2019 and beyond for the cross country program at Stuartholme.

Chris Gale
Cross Country Coach

 

 

 

Choral Competition

On Friday 15 June, Stuartholme students (and some wonderful staff) took part in the annual Choral Competition. With a theme of ‘Disney’ we heard classics …

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Choral Competition

On Friday 15 June, Stuartholme students (and some wonderful staff) took part in the annual Choral Competition. With a theme of ‘Disney’ we heard classics from Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid and Lilo and Stitch, just to name a few.

The Houses outdid themselves, delivering entertaining and engaging performances. Unfortunately there could only be one winner and this year it was Woodlock!

The Choral Competition is the final competition in the overall Interhouse Music trophy which is decided from points earned from Choral, Lip-Sync Challenge and the Solo Music Awards. Congratulations to Stuart House for taking out the Interhouse Music Trophy for 2018.

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Term 2 Equestrian wrap up

Wow, Wow, Wow!  Our equestrian team had an amazing term with many successes, wins and personal bests! They have been busy every weekend at competitions …

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Term 2 Equestrian wrap up

Wow, Wow, Wow!  Our equestrian team had an amazing term with many successes, wins and personal bests! They have been busy every weekend at competitions all over south east Qld. After our successful regional win at Beaudesert, the girls have again done Stuartholme proud. It will be impossible to keep this article short!  Firstly, we have two new four legged friends in our family! Hannah Cioccarelli has purchased the lovely chestnut, Calzini. We all hope Hannah forms a beautiful partnership with Cal. Can’t wait to see them both around the grounds! Abby Munro now has a new boy called Romeo. Abby has already competed at three events on Romeo with multiple placings, well done Abby!  We welcome both horses into our equestrian team. (Abby and Romeo competing in their first competition at Prenzlau Show jumping).

Our local Brookfield Show from 11 May showcased both show jumping and show horse events. Many of our riders were seen at this lovely show. Claire Abercrombie and Squiggles display the beautiful show skills seen below left, then chilling out between classes in the stables! During the same weekend, Emily Ballard and Ellie Turnbull headed up the range to the Toowoomba One Day Event, with Emily winning the Junior competition at 105cm and Ellie placing 5th Junior in the 95cm class.

The following weekend our eventers headed down to the beautiful Tamborine ODE.  Again, all riders did exceptionally well. Georgia Rink and her Jo finished 2nd in the Junior CIC* class – amazing achievement. Bella Anthony and Woody won the Junior 105 cm class with Georgia on Doreen in 5th place. Piper Searle and Sammi, Bella and Chance, Ellie Turnbull and Wilson finished 2nd, 3rd, 7th respectively in the 95cm Junior class. Well done eventers!

On Saturday 26 May, eight of our riders took the opportunity to receive show jump training with our fabulous coach, Lesley. The riders had a great day “fine tuning” their jumping skills.  Big thank you to super mum, Kirani who kept our bellies full on the day!

The weekend of 2-3 June, again saw our eventers travel up to Burpengary for another one day event. Georgia Rink dominating the CNC* class with a win in the junior division on Doreen.  Bella and Piper placed 2nd and 3rd respectively in the junior division of the 105 cm class. Georgia, Bella, Piper and Ellie Turnbull rode in the 95 cm class with great results. Again, well done eventers!

On Sunday 3 June Prenzlau State School held their show jumping and dressage day at Moggill Pony Club.  Stuartholme was represented by Abby Munro – reserve champion show jumping 80 cm (first competition with Romeo) and Aalia Lucchetta; Elementary Dressage Champion. Well done girls!

The Stuartholme Combined Training and Showjumping competition on the 9-10 June was a fantastic weekend at Moggill Pony Club. We had 130 riders over the weekend competing from a variety of schools. Scots College from Warwick made the trip down the range and riders from the Gold Coast made their way up to our event. I cannot thank the equestrian parents enough for their enormous effort and enduring will power for showcasing this competition. All families played a part in this event.  I would sincerely like to thank Monique Searle and Lisa Rink for convening the event, Donna for her amazing PA voice, Jacinta and the Munro family for seeking sponsorship, the Anthony family for their sponsorship (WestVets) and home-bake goodies plus the grandparents’ skills in the canteen, O’Brien family for constantly chipping in wherever they were needed, Katie for keeping the judges tummies full, Chris Turnbull and Chris Menzies bbq chefs extraordinaire, Marg Lyon canteen chief, Ballard family for show jumping trailer (plus countless other tasks), Michelle, Rosie, Allison for being everywhere all the time including set up in the cold rain on Friday to the pack up in the dark on Sunday!  And WELL DONE SHS Equestrian: Champion and Reserve Champion teams for both Combined Training and Show jumping!  The judges were again impressed with the teams’ professional riding and behaviour throughout the weekend. Thank you to all riders who sold raffle tickets and we made a nice profit from the weekend, which of course comes back to you, the riders!  Thank you to Horseland Ipswich, Searles, WestVets and local sponsors for their contribution to our event. Some pictures to follow from our weekend.

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From the 30 June – 3 July, the Qld Interschool State Championships will be held at QSEC in Caboolture. 13 of our riders have qualified for this event through hard work and dedication to the sport.  Good luck to all our riders next weekend.  I’m sure you’ll hear the SHS ROAR whilst competing!

Before the state event, our eventers are heading up the range again this weekend to compete at the Warwick one day event. Safe travels and best of luck to riders: Georgia Rink, Bella Anthony, Grace Anthony, Emily Ballard, Ellie Turnbull, Piper Searle, Grace Beatty, Clare & Abby Munro.

Yours in Equestrian,
Sarah Drane – Coordinator SHS Equestrian


A few words from our captain, Emily Ballard

The Stuartholme Equestrian Team shared success at Stuartholme’s Show jumping and Combined Training event (combination of Dressage and show jumping events) held at Moggill Pony Club. The girls took home Champion school team across the Show jumping and Combined Training events.

Results from Combined Training:

Secondary 60cm CT: 2nd Alex O’Brien and 5th Grace Anthony

Secondary 80cm CT: 6th Abby Munro

Secondary 95cm CT: 1st Ellie Turnbull, 2nd Bella Anthony, 5th Grace Beatty

Secondary 105cm CT: 1st Georgia Rink, 2nd Emily Ballard, 3rd Bella Anthony

Overall Champion Team: Georgia Rink, Ellie Turnbull, Bella Anthony, Emily Ballard

Results from Show Jumping:

Secondary 70cm: 1st Clare Munro, 2nd Grace Anthony, 3rd Alex O’Brien

Secondary 80cm: 2nd Abby Munro

Secondary 90cm: 4th Ellie Turnbull, 5th Bella Anthony

Secondary 100cm: 1st Bella Anthony, 3rd Georgia Rink, 6th Piper Searle

Secondary 110cm: 1st Piper Searle, 2nd Georgia Rink, 5th Emily Ballard

Secondary 120cm: 1st Emily Ballard

Overall Champion Team: Bella Anthony, Clare Munro, Piper Searle, Emily Ballard

Another Congratulations to the riders who have qualified for the Interschool State Championships. These Championships will be held during the school holidays from June 30th to July 3rd at the Queensland State Equestrian Centre in Caboolture. The titles are a great showcase of Stuartholme’s talent amongst the other riders and schools from across Queensland and all are welcome to attend.

Emily Ballard, Equestrian Captain 2018

Parents of Stuartholme (PoS) next meeting

The Term 3 Principals Update and PoS Meeting will be held on Monday 16 July 2018 at 6.00pm in R106 and R107 Following the 6.00pm …

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Parents of Stuartholme (PoS) next meeting

The Term 3 Principals Update and PoS Meeting will be held on Monday 16 July 2018 at 6.00pm in R106 and R107

Following the 6.00pm Principal Update, there will be Parents of Stuartholme (PoS) Meeting from 6.30-7.30pm in R106 and R107.

All parents are very welcome to attend.

Dads it’s your turn to save the date!

Dad's Night Out!
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Dads it’s your turn to save the date!

Parent Daughter Breakfast Years 7-9

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Parent Daughter Breakfast Years 7-9

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Netball thanks local sponsor

On behalf of the Netball Community we would like to thank Jason Payne from Grill’d Rosalie for his support and generosity, in giving our netball …

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Netball thanks local sponsor

On behalf of the Netball Community we would like to thank Jason Payne from Grill’d Rosalie for his support and generosity, in giving our netball teams vouchers. They will be used as special player awards, for the remainder of the netball season. Thank you to one of our parents Paul Condren (Eve Condren’s Dad of Team 7) for making this happen.

The girls will certainly make good use of these vouchers!