In this issue

Celebration of Excellence – change of format
Science Snippets
Seeking volunteer Zoom interviewers – Year 12 Career Ready Day
JPIC Captain – address to the School
Social Justice News
Virtual Grandparents’ Day information
Year 11 and 7s enjoying Big Sister-Little Sister time
Harry Potter’s Birthday – Book Week Celebrations
Invitation to come and try rowing
2020 Short Story Competition
Photo Competition
Centennial Art Show Opening Night
Centenary book and merchandise

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends, Please click here to watch my Newsletter issue 11 address.   Take care and God Bless, Kristen Sharpe Principal        

From the Principal
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Message from the Principal

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends,

Please click here to watch my Newsletter issue 11 address.

 

Take care and God Bless,

Kristen Sharpe
Principal

 

 

 

 

Key Dates

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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 the Deputy Principal

Celebrating academic success The foundress of the Order of the Sacred Heart, Madeleine Sophie Barat said, ‘In this struggle concerning education, the Heart of Jesus …

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Message from the Deputy Principal

Celebrating academic success

The foundress of the Order of the Sacred Heart, Madeleine Sophie Barat said, ‘In this struggle concerning education, the Heart of Jesus asks us not for our blood, but for our minds. We must strengthen our studies by intellectual work.’

Today, as a community, we had the opportunity to celebrate our Sacred Heart goal of ‘deep respect of intellectual values’ through acknowledging strong academic performance. As our Academic Committee Captain Nieve Dickman outlined in her address this morning, the Academic Assembly allows us to celebrate the pursuit of academic success through taking personal responsibility for learning through embracing accountability and effort.

I hope you enjoyed the E-ssembly this morning. For those who were unable to watch it live you can see it via this link https://youtu.be/hK_eLIWqQkw

Academic goal setting

Stuartholme School places a high priority on developing accountability and effort, and motivation is a crucial aspect of success in this area. Research suggests, having healthy self-motivation stems from an ability to pursue our goals with a sense of passion and enjoyment, through welcoming challenge and mastery.

Our motivation is maximised through our ability to take responsibility for our actions, efforts, and personal characteristics. Being intrinsically motivated towards a goal strengthens long-term success while extrinsic rewards or threats serve to deliver short-term goals.

At Stuartholme, one way we aim to support the development of student motivation is through the academic goal-setting program currently established for students in Years 10 – 12. Through reflecting on academic results from Semester 1, students work with their Teacher Mentors to reflect on and refine their short and long-term goals for the remainder of the year. It is through a reflection on effort, and successes students increase their motivation to target strength development in a measured approach to their studies.

How can parents support the development of a self-determined approach?

Self-determination Theory suggests we have three innate needs that act as drivers of motivation – autonomy, competence, and relatedness. When these needs are not met, this can serve to inhibit motivation. Parents can work to support their child’s motivation through:

  • Ensuring they can make meaningful choices in their life
  • Allowing them to embrace their passion areas
  • Supporting their interests through being a ‘guide on the side’
  • Encouraging them to dive deeply into their areas of interest to support mastery
  • Being there for them and valuing their connection.

I congratulate all in our community who are working towards their very best through embracing their passion and interests.

Best wishes,

Daniel Crump
Deputy Principal

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References:

  1. 2019, The Motivation Paradox, Psychology Today 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Message from the Dean of Mission

As a school of the Society of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, we find our meaning and purpose in the educational vision of our foundress St Madeleine …

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Message from the Dean of Mission

As a school of the Society of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, we find our meaning and purpose in the educational vision of our foundress St Madeleine Sophie Barat. St Madeleine Sophie founded the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1800 in the aftermath of the French Revolution.  

What do we know about St Madeleine Sophie Barat RSCJ and her key attributes?  

  • She was courageous, a risk taker, an agent of change and able to bring others with her. 
  • She built communities, based on love. 
  • She loved children. 
  • She believed in forming both a student’s character and intellect as she saw the importance of bringing together our head and heart in all we do. 
  • She believed in friendship and the transforming power of women.

Feast of Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop  

Like our Madeleine Sophie, the Australian Church also has it’s own Saint in Mary MacKillop, the foundress of the Sisters of Saint Joseph. This Saturday 8 August is her feast day. Similar to Sophie, she was a woman of courage and confidence who also had a heart for young people and their education. In her, we see the following attributes:  

  • Mary was a woman of integrity – respectful and inclusive. She was an authentic Aussie who believed in a fair go for everyone. She did whatever she could to relieve suffering and bring hope to allShe once said “Never see a need without trying to do something about it.”
  • Mary was at the cutting edge of curriculum development. She believed that every child and young person deserved the best education possible. She is known to have said “Work on with constancy and courage”.
  • Mary was a woman of faith. She believed in the love of her God and God’s plan for her life, even when it meant facing challenges and life being hard. She taught us that “There where you are, you will find God”.
  • And, Mary was a strong woman of principle who believed in the goodness of each person. 

There is much that unites the vision of these two great women, and much that they can teach us today about faith in God, love of others and care for the marginalised. 

Ever generous God,
You inspired Saint Mary MacKillop
To live her life faithful to the Gospel of Jesus Christ
and constant in bringing hope and encouragement
to those who were disheartened, lonely or needy.
With confidence in your generous providence
and through the intercession of Saint Mary MacKillop
we ask that our faith and hope be fired afresh by the Holy Spirit
so that we too, like Mary MacKillop, may live with courage, trust and openness.
Ever generous God hear our prayer.
We ask this through Jesus Christ. Amen. 

Peace and blessings for the weeks ahead. 

Justin Golding
Dean of Mission

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Message from the Dean of Student Wellbeing

Responding to COVID-19 with Self-Compassion With the state placed on high-alert last week following the new positive cases of COVID-19, it is important to continue …

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Message from the Dean of Student Wellbeing

Responding to COVID-19 with Self-Compassion

With the state placed on high-alert last week following the new positive cases of COVID-19, it is important to continue to consider the way in which we support our young people and their responses to uncertainty.

The Student Wellbeing Team have continued to work very hard to ensure that the students have practical strategies to navigate the changing landscape.

I asked one of our School Psychologists Ms Eloise Conrad to share with you a summary of what parents can do at home to continue to complement our work here at school.

According to self-compassion researcher Dr Kristin Neff, self-compassion means acting the same way towards yourself as you would a friend who is experiencing a tough time through noticing suffering, empathising and offering kindness and understanding. Research suggests that being more compassionate to ourselves and modelling this for young people helps us remain resilient in the face of stress and uncontrollable circumstances.

There are some small but effective ways we can practice self-compassion every day and something which is important to teach and model for our young people:

  1. Check-in with ourselves and notice how we are feeling: It is important to provide yourself time in the day to be aware of how you are actually feeling. Look for signs of stress such as lack of sleep, changes in appetite, difficulty within relationships. Rather than responding to these signs with judgement, respond with kindness and concern.
  2. Remembering that how we feel is human and we are not alone: An important element of self-compassion is remembering that we are all human and we all go through a range of different feelings in times of stress. Reminding ourselves of our connection to others helps to make us feel less isolated and can also assist us in reaching out for support.
  3. Treat yourself as you would a close friend: Being as patient as we would be with a close friend when they are struggling is the key to how we should support ourselves. Being gentle and accepting rather than harsh and critical can help improve motivation levels and be better equipped to face challenges.
  4. Changing critical self-talk: Dr Kristin Neff discusses how to practice changing our self-talk here: https://self-compassion.org/exercise-5-changing-critical-self-talk/

Locus of Control

The concept of “locus of control” can assist parents and young people to focus in on what they have control over when considering COVID-19. Even our youngest students have responded positively to this approach.

There are so many external factors at play here (e.g. time limits, actions of others, what will happen next) that it is critical we focus on what we can have influence over (e.g. our attitudes and behaviours, limiting news and social media time, kindness towards others). The visual below provides are great summary of this and may be helpful to share with your daughter:

Further information can be found through the following links:

 

Deborah Lonsdale-Walker
Dean of Student Wellbeing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Message from the Careers Counsellor

Hi everyone, How quickly has Week 4 rolled around? It has been another busy couple of weeks, with SET planning meetings for Year 10 students …

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Message from the Careers Counsellor

Hi everyone,

How quickly has Week 4 rolled around?

It has been another busy couple of weeks, with SET planning meetings for Year 10 students and families, and QTAC, UAC and VTAC opening for Year 12 students. TAC Attack begins next Monday at 3pm in the Library to support Year 12 students to make applications for further study.

As always, please find below a collection of opportunities and information that may be of interest to you and your daughter. You can find more information, resources and opportunities on the Careers page of my.Stuartholme.

Warm regards,

Tom Lillyman
Careers Counsellor

 

Competitions

2020 Leadership competition is now open

If you are young, rural & driven then the Country to Canberra’s Leadership Competition may be for you. Entries for the 2020 Leadership Competition are open and close 11pm AEST 4 September 2020. The 2020 Leadership Competition Question: LIFTING US UP – How can women and girls empower each other and their communities in times of uncertainty and change? You can submit either video or written entries and click here for more information and entry details.

The 2020 STAQ Queensland Science Contest

Registrations are now open for students from Prep to Grade 12. To enter, choose a contest category from Scientific Investigations, Engineering and Technology Projects, Classified Collections, Communicating Science, Environmental Action Projects, Mathematical Investigations or the New Poster Presentation. Enter online before 7 October 2020. All entries must be submitted electronically to The University of Queensland. The awards are announced on 24 October 2020. For more information, visit the Science Teachers Association of Queensland website. There are over $12,000 worth of prizes to be won!

Good to know

Tertiary Access Payment – opportunities for regional students

The Tertiary Access Payment (TAP) is a one-off, non-indexed, means-tested payment of $5000 to school-leavers from outer regional or remote areas who relocate more than 90 minutes from their home to undertake full-time, higher-level tertiary education (Certificate IV or above). The payment is intended to assist students with the additional costs associated with relocating to undertake tertiary study. Click here and open the PDF link to see if you are eligible and to read FAQs.

ACU Year 12 revision webinars

To help you tackle your final exams, ACU will be running Year 12 revision webinars. The’re free, 90-minute virtual sessions will be led by experienced Year 12 teachers and exam markers so that you can get personal help in a wide range of subjects.

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Virtual Open Days

A quick reminder about all the virtual Open Days happening in Queensland this year:

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.

 Interstate Open Days

And here’s a selection of 2020 interstate open days as well:

 Griffith Film School Experience Week

The Griffith Film School prepares the next generation of filmmakers, animators and game designers for creative and exciting careers in the global industry. The Experience Week, being held between 21 and 25 September, is for Year 12 students considering future tertiary study at the Griffith Film School. During the week-long program, you will choose a study area (Animation or Film and Screen Media Production) and be taught by highly skilled, industry connected teaching team to gain theoretical and practical skills. You will also complete a piece of work for your creative portfolio and get a feel for what it’s like to study at the Griffith Film School on Griffith’s vibrant South Bank campus. Click here for more information and to register.

UQ Experience days

UQ will hold two virtual/online experience days in August this year. These events are a great way for both students and parents to gain a greater understanding of study areas. Click here to register for either the Experience Entomology event on 22 August or Experience Plant Science event on 29 August.

Apply

A reminder of 2020 fixed closing dates

Some courses have fixed closing dates. These are usually courses that require separate application forms (as well as a QTAC application), interviews, folios or auditions. In addition, some course requirements may be needed earlier than the closing date for applications. A list of most of these courses and their closing dates or due dates can be found on pages 26 and 27 in the 2021 (current) Year 12 QTAC Guide. Examples of early fixed closing dates:

  • 13 August 2020 – UQ – Audition applications close for UQ Music degrees (including double degrees)
  • 4 September 2020 – GU – Audition and folio application for Queensland Conservatorium courses
  • 31 August 2020 – JCU – QTAC applications and JCU Application Form submissions from international students for Bachelor of Dentistry and Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (see page 115 and 116 of the QTAC Guide).
  • 31 August 2020 – GU – Griffith Uni Bachelor of Acting and Bachelor of Musical Theatre must apply to QTAC and submit an audition application to Griffith University
  • 28 September 2020 – QUT – Registration with QUT for Creative Industry courses with additional entry requirements (ie. Fashion, Design, Fine Arts – Visual Arts) and QTAC application;
  • 30 September 2020 – JCU –  JCU application form submission and QTAC applications for Bachelor of Dental Surgery, Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor Surgery and B of Veterinary Science
  • 14 November 2020 – UQ – QTAC applications close for UQ’s Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours)
  • 11 December 2020 – USC – Bachelor of Medical Science (Griffith MD Provisional Entry for School-Leavers) applications due to ensure consideration in the 14 January offer round.

ACU Guarantee

ACU Guarantee offers eligible Year 12 students a place at ACU based on your Year 11 results.  While successful applicants must still complete your Year 12 exams, your marks from Year 11 can meet ACU entry requirements. You may also improve your entry score by including a short personal statement that gives ACU an insight into your personal circumstances and motivation for university study. Applications open 3 August 2020, with offers made as early as September.

ACU Passion for Business & ACU Passion for Law

ACU Passion for Business (P4B) program provides you with direct entry and an early offer into an ACU business course. This enables you to focus on completing school with the knowledge you have been awarded a place in the degree of your choice. If you’re in Year 12 and driven by ideas of justice and fairness, ACU’s Passion for Law (p4l) program gives you the opportunity for an early offer into ACU to take the first steps in your law career.

USQ Early Offer opportunity for Year 12 students

USQ’s Early Offer allows graduating Year 12 students, who place USQ #1 on their QTAC application, an opportunity to receive an early offer based solely upon a recommendation of your principal, through one simple application form. You are still required to meet all the relevant entry requirements plus you’ll still be eligible for Become Rewarded scholarships once ATARs are released. The application form is available now and can be submitted from Tuesday 4 August 2020.

 

Co-curricular News

Debating After an amazing first week of Year 7 and 8 debates in Stuartholme’s Inter-House Debating Competition, Coen and Toohey have advanced to the grand …

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Co-curricular News

Debating

After an amazing first week of Year 7 and 8 debates in Stuartholme’s Inter-House Debating Competition, Coen and Toohey have advanced to the grand finals! It has been wonderful to see the rooms filled with student and staff support. For anyone who has debated, you will understand that rebutting an argument in front of your peers can be a difficult and overwhelming task. However, based on the ferocity demonstrated by our Year 7s and 8s during rebuttal, the future of debating at Stuartholme is in great hands. The results of the Year 7/8 Inter-House debates were:

The second week of the Inter-House Debating Competition saw the Year 9s and 10s compete. Our adjudicators were impressed with how many students were using this opportunity to try debating for the first time, and doing an amazing job! I would particularly like to acknowledge the outstanding support provided by the Cultural House Vice-Captains who are not only organising these teams, but demonstrating unwavering support. At the time of newsletter submission there is still one debate to go ahead, these results will be published on My Stuartholme, but a congratulations can be made to Macrae who is already through to the Year 9/10 grand final. The topics that our Year 9/10s debated this week were:

  • Single sex schools are better than co-education
  • An art subject should be compulsory in senior school
  • Schools should only have four weeks holiday every year

A huge congratulations to all the debaters who have impressed and participated! An additional thank you to our Senior debating students (Molly McCann, Alice Cook, Sophia Buller, Neave Duff, Hannah Howard and Juliet Wynn) and debating coaches (Georgia Perissinotto and Rebecca Stegman) who have volunteered their time and skills to adjudicate these debates.

Stuartholme Equestrian Team Super Clinic and Update

Following a five-month hiatus due to COVID-19, the Stuartholme Equestrian Team was thrilled that the easing of restrictions meant training could recommence. The rescheduled Interschool State Championships are set for 1-4 October and 10-11 October at the Toowoomba Showgrounds. The cancellation of the 2020 National Championships is disappointing, however the team has much to look forward to in the Spring holidays.

On 18 and 19 July, our team of 16 riders, their siblings and parents dusted off their saddles and loaded their horses for a fantastic weekend of pre-States Super Clinic training at the venue for the 2020 Interschool State Championships, Toowoomba. We welcomed several new families to the team – Bridgette Dalmau, Bronte Rigney, and Lil and Jaz Waddell.

The riders were fortunate to have four coaches, each with a formidable reputation in the Equestrian sport world, providing tuition in the disciplines of Dressage, Show Jumping and Cross Country. Jacqui Van Monfrans, former Australian Representative in Dressage and renowned Dressage coach, worked solidly across the weekend with individual riders. Prue Barrett, former Australian Representative and National Eventing Team coach, always brings a straightforward and uncomplicated approach to galloping a 550kg horse at fixed objects or a water obstacle in the middle of a paddock. Guy Creighton, former National Representative, Olympic Show Jumper and highly respected mentor to many riders, coached show jumping, while our very own resident coach of more than a decade, Lesley Brodbeck, former and current high level Eventing rider and coach extraordinaire, trained the riders and their horses through a series of complex grid and gymnastic exercises.

A highlight of the weekend was Saturday evening’s interactive and hugely informative Q&A panel session, where our riders were able to ask each coach pertinent questions relating to everything from pre-comp nerves to goal setting.

The State Championships are less than 10 weeks away, so the girls’ schedules have jumped up a gear with the mad scramble to gain qualifiers. Six Stuartholme riders braved the horrific wintery Toowoomba weather on 25 and 26 July to compete in Dressage and Show Jumping at the Glennie School hosted competition, each a step closer to representing Stuartholme at the States. And with more yet to come, there’s no time to drop the reins. Giddy up!

 

Celebration of Excellence – change in format

Our annual Celebration of Excellence showcases the variety of richness of excellence we have at Stuartholme School. We pride ourselves on our mission to educate …

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Celebration of Excellence – change in format

Our annual Celebration of Excellence showcases the variety of richness of excellence we have at Stuartholme School. We pride ourselves on our mission to educate the whole girl and at this event, we acknowledge and celebrate our girls across a diverse range of areas, their contributions to our community and their hard work.

With the current restrictions in place due to COVID-19, our 2020 Celebration of Excellence will be in a new format and will be held on Friday 23 October from 1 – 3pm in the School Theatre.

While the School normally invites parents, caregivers, and members of the wider family to events of this nature, on this occasion, we are unable to do so. The Celebration of Excellence will be for staff and students only, with the provision of parents to live stream or watch the recording following.

Thank you for understanding that it is our intention to mitigate risk and protect the safety of our community during these times.

Students who are receiving an award will be notified closer to the date.

We look forward to sharing this significant event with you next term.

Science Snippets

Chemical defences aren’t anything new, animals such as skunks, squids and stink bugs use them all the time. With skunks, their defence of noxious spray …

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Science Snippets

Chemical defences aren’t anything new, animals such as skunks, squids and stink bugs use them all the time. With skunks, their defence of noxious spray is used to disrupt their predator’s sense of smell and prompt them to run away. While these offensive smells may be disruptive, they don’t usually cause physical harm to the animal that’s been sprayed. Although, not all animals are as kind with their chemical defence, the bombardier beetle being one of them (bombardier beetle is an umbrella name for the 500 species of these beetles, many of whom are in the genus Brachinus)!.

The bombardier beetle has a built-in biological system so it can mix different chemicals in its body from which it can aim at and spray its potential predators. The bombardier’s sprays are used as a painful yet temporary disablement of their threat so that the beetle can escape, or the animal runs away. While the effects of the liquid are temporary the damage it does cause is quite painful. The spray is known to cause damage to the respiratory system and eyes and even causes stains and burns on human skin as the spray can be close to 100℃. It’s worth mentioning that the beetles doesn’t just use the spray to prevent getting caught but they use it in situations where they’ve been swallowed and need to be thrown back up to survive (they use this tactic on animals like frogs). The name of the chemical the beetles creates is benzoquinone and it has characteristics similar to bleach or chlorine.

The way bombardier beetles create this reaction is by relying on their internal network of chambers and reservoirs to keep the chemicals from mixing. The chemicals inside these reservoirs are hydrogen peroxide and hydroquinone, when these two are combined nothing special happens, the magic only starts when an enzyme is introduced to the mixture. Once introduced it facilitates the creation of heat and gas allowing for pressure to build and shoot the benzoquinone out of the beetle’s abdomen toward its target.

While this process and the reaction sounds slow it happens extremely fast, with bombardier beetle able to shoot its compound up to 500 times in one second. The spray goes off in spurts and in-between these millisecond breaks the beetle has time to cool down. The Bombardier Beetle, mother nature’s machine gun.

References:

https://www.mcgill.ca/oss/article/bombardier-beetle-and-its-chemical-bombs
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/invertebrates/b/bombardier-beetle/
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/s/striped-skunk/#:~:text=Skunk%20Spray,it%20sure%20makes%20them%20uncomfortable.
http://news.mit.edu/2015/how-bombardier-beetles-produce-defensive-spray-0430
https://www.kqed.org/science/536762/the-bombardier-beetle-and-its-crazy-chemical-cannon
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/machine-gun-bug-180955150/

Kind regards,

Emma Barry (UQ Science Ambassador)

 

BIG news – National Science Week is nearly here! The school theme of National Science Week 2020 is ‘Deep Blue: innovations for the future of our oceans’ and features the establishment of the Blue Economy CRC and will run from 15th  – 23rd August. With this in mind, it will embrace the innovative technologies, capabilities and skills needed to achieve economic, environmental and social sustainability of our oceans. It will feature insights and inquiries into workable solutions that generate healthy oceans, healthy economies and healthy communities. The UQ Science Ambassadors are busy organising an amazing week of activities starting on Monday 17th August, so please keep an eye out for the event schedule which will be published soon.

Students with a passion for science and eager to win a place at next year’s Olympiad competition are encouraged to register for the Australian Science Olympiad Exams. Registrations close 14 August. https://www.asi.edu.au/programs/australian-science-olympiads/

Kind regards,

Wendy Macdonald (Leader of Learning  – Science)

Seeking volunteer Zoom interviewers – Year 12 Career Ready Day

What is the Year 12 Career Ready Day? The Australian job market is constantly changing and highly competitive, especially for young people. As a result, …

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Seeking volunteer Zoom interviewers – Year 12 Career Ready Day

What is the Year 12 Career Ready Day?

The Australian job market is constantly changing and highly competitive, especially for young people. As a result, all students need good career management skills, regardless of what they would like to do after school. Important career management skills include application writing, interviewing, networking and performing in assessment situations.

The new Stuartholme Career Ready Day will give all Year 12 students a chance to improve their career management skills before they leave school. The day will focus on simulating the career experiences a student is likely to face in their future. This event will empower our students to be they can be the best they can be after graduation.

How can you get involved?

We would love our parent community to be involved by interviewing students via Zoom. Comprehensive resources and instructions will be provided to make this as simple as possible for you. If you have experience interviewing new employees, and would be available via Zoom between 10.45am-12.45pm on 9 September, your support with this event would be incredibly valued.

Please reach out to Mr Tom Lillyman, Careers Counsellor, via email if you would like to be involved as a Zoom interviewer.

JPIC Captain address to the School

An address to the school e-ssembly by JPIC Captain, Paris Georghiou.   During Week 2, from Tuesday to Friday JPIC held their own op shop, …

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JPIC Captain address to the School

An address to the school e-ssembly by JPIC Captain, Paris Georghiou.

 

During Week 2, from Tuesday to Friday JPIC held their own op shop, STU Case Rummage. With items priced to $5, JPIC raised $1087.60 to go towards their social enterprise, Profit 4 Purpose. The money raised will support future JPIC initiatives and our community charity partners.

 

The aim of STU Case Rummage was to encourage students and the wider Stuartholme community to reflect on the sources of their clothing, their shopping habits and where clothes go when discarded. In 2020 our focus social justice goals are diffability, environmental sustainability and refugees which is reflected in STU Case Rummage perfectly. Within Australia alone, over $500 million dollars of unwanted clothing contributes to landfill yearly, where it can take up to 200 years to decompose. JPIC was required to run Stu Case Rummage like a business and the endeavour was deemed successful simply based on the students who ran to beat the lines each lunch time. I would like to say a massive thank you to you all for your generous donations, especially to Parker who contributed the most at 194 donations.

 

Do not forget that JPIC meetings are held every Thursday, Week B lunchtime in R206 and all students are welcome! We take the opportunity to explore topics that wouldn’t be discussed openly with your peers- we aren’t your average school group. The group is peer led and focuses on action.

 

From next week we will be crafting P4P’s Christmas decorations, all created out of Stuartholme unifroms that are damaged, stained or cannot be resold. This was extremely successful last year, and we have developed new designed for 2020 including our limited edition decoration to mark Stuartholme’s centenary. JPIC are also at the final stages of planning and implementing native bee hives and are in the process of purchasing colonies to place around the school. We hope that the JPIC leaders of 2021 will fulfil our vision of JPIC fair trade honey and will have the opportunity to experience events such as a Special Olympics and the DanDaLion Christmas Party which could not happen due to the current pandemic.

 

Lastly, don’t forget to follow JPIC’s Instagram page @stuartholme_jpic to receive JPIC updates and other social justice opportunities.

 

Social Justice News

On Friday 31st August, we saw the Term 3 launch of two social justice activities, in partnership with A8 (Active Eight). A8 offers innovative approaches …

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Social Justice News

On Friday 31st August, we saw the Term 3 launch of two social justice activities, in partnership with A8 (Active Eight). A8 offers innovative approaches for young people, with an interest in diverse needs. Through blending therapy and play, A8 members grow in confidence and become comfortable in clinical environments.

Over The Net has returned as a program designed for senior Stuartholme students with an interest in studying allied health at a tertiary level. Our student support a young person with a diffabilty as they learn tennis, but also explore physical, social and emotional growth. OTN provides a unique experience for both communities to learn and grow together. This social justice opportunity will also allow our students to learn and develop therapy notes with allied health professionals.

The success of OTN saw the development of Playmakers, an experience designed for Stuartholme Year 9 and 10 students, peer led and mentored by a Year 12 student. Playmakers introduces students to the inclusive approach of A8, and aims to develop friendships, communication skills and general sporting skills. Each week our students buddy up with an A8 participant and encourage them through obstacle courses, discus, ball skills and much more. As the program develops, students will also be given the opportunity to develop activities and align these to learning outcomes for participants.

OTN and Playmakers align to our social justice theme of diffability and encourages inclusive practice, demonstrating to our students that you can make a difference at any age.

Virtual Grandparents’ Day

We warmly invite our Year 7 grandparents to Grandparents’ Day, to be shared with their granddaughters, albeit virtually this time. Due to Covid-19 restrictions this event is …

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Virtual Grandparents’ Day

We warmly invite our Year 7 grandparents to Grandparents’ Day, to be shared with their granddaughters, albeit virtually this time.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions this event is now online. A link to the recording will be available on the website on Monday the 10th .

The recording will be a short tour of the school and will finish with a beautiful liturgy in our Chapel.

We look forward to you joining us.

Year 11 and 7s enjoy some Big Sister – Little Sister time

Our Year 11 and 7 students enjoyed some Big Sister and Little Sister time together on Monday morning.  Students participated in activities organised by the …

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Year 11 and 7s enjoy some Big Sister – Little Sister time

Our Year 11 and 7 students enjoyed some Big Sister and Little Sister time together on Monday morning.  Students participated in activities organised by the Year 11 TMGs such as pom pom making, Kahoot quizzes, and ‘minute to win it’.

Big Sister and Little Sister time encourages the building of community where all feel welcome and valued.  We trust that these connections will deepen the spirit of Cor Unum in our school and also build House spirit.

We look forward to our next Big Sister and Little Sister activity when the Year 7s will take the lead.

Harry Potter’s Birthday – Book Week Celebrations

Stuartholme celebrates Book Week a little differently with an annual theme of celebrating Harry Potter’s birthday. Students can dress up in costumes of a character …

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Harry Potter’s Birthday – Book Week Celebrations

Stuartholme celebrates Book Week a little differently with an annual theme of celebrating Harry Potter’s birthday. Students can dress up in costumes of a character from either Harry Potter or another book.

This year we had both an indoor and outdoor Quidditch match. The Seniors of 2020 won the game, with a great effort from the Year 11 side.

House points scored today are as follows;-

  • Coen              489
  • Macrae       1384.5
  • Parker           574
  • Stuart            517
  • Toohey          610
  • Woodlock     508.5

After lunch, science class was replaced with a Potions class, where students learnt a little bit of magic!

Thank you to everyone who dressed up!

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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 …

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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.  

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2020 Short Story Competition

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

 

Photo Competition

The 2020 Technologies Committee is holding a photography competition using the theme Building a Community. There will be house points awarded for every entry and prizes for …

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Photo Competition

The 2020 Technologies Committee is holding a photography competition using the theme Building a Community. There will be house points awarded for every entry and prizes for the winners. Entries must be submitted via MyStuartholme by Friday August 21st (Week 6). Anyone can enter so we encourage you to check out the page on MyStuartholme (under the newsletter button) for more information. We can’t wait to see the photos you take!

If you have any questions, feel free to email Erin (Technology Captain) at murrer20@stuartholme.com

 

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 …

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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 …

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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.