Message from the Acting Principal

Welcome to Term 3!  This is historically a very busy term so Stuartholme is very blessed to have a three week mid-year break leading into it. I hope it provided all our students with an opportunity to relax and refresh with their families and friends.

As I write this, our Principal Kristen Sharpe is attending the Sacred Heart Frontiers Conference in the United States with Sr Rita. Held in Missouri, this year the academic conference honours Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne, who went to the frontiers of her world 200 years ago.  Kristen and Sr Rita will attend a number of events, presentations and workshops focusing on how the Society of the Sacred Heart is going to the frontiers of our day. I am sure that they will gain much from the conference and will enjoy interacting with Sacred Heart educators from all around the world. We look forward to their safe return and to hearing all about the insights and understandings they gained.

Upon her return to Australia, Kristen will attend the Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association (ICPA) Federal Conference in Canberra. This is a really important forum for providing a voice for rural and remote students and their parents.  As a boarding school with many students from rural and remote communiites, it is vital that we attend conferences and events such as this to ensure we are working as effectively as possible to provide all our students with equitable access to education.

Holiday updates

Since joining the Stuartholme community a little over 6 months ago, it’s been very apparent to me just how dynamic the school is. The girls are provided with a range of sporting, cultural, academic and faith experiences and they enthuasiastically engage in the opportunities availed to them. To cite evidence of this, I need to look no further than our recent three-week holiday period.

  • 15 students and 5 teachers returned from a successful two-week antiquities tour of Greece and Germany where they visited Athens, Santorini, Berlin, Nuremberg and Munich. When I’ve asked the girls about the highlights they’ve mentioned being awestruck at the age of the Acropolis, fascinated by the history they’ve learned at the museums, moved and confronted by the experience at Dachau and mesmerised by the beauty of Santorini. I thank the staff who attended the tour, particularly Ben Hegerty and Lucy Harkin for their organisation and oversight of the trip.

  • Still in Europe, two of our Year 10 students, Hayley Bowden and Octavia Scodie, attended the Faces of the Heart Conference, a Sacred Heart Youth Assembly in Nantes, France, from June 30 to July 13. The forum brought together Sacred Heart students from around the world to discuss and reflect on current global issues, with the intention to voice ideas and recommendations which they will later share within their communities. I thank Hayley and Octavia for the outstanding way they represented Stuartholme at this event.
  • Junior rowing camp (23rd – 27th June) and senior rowing camp (10th to 15th July) were held at Maroochydore to prepare our teams for the upcoming regattas and Head of the River. A huge amount of time and effort goes into preparing these camps and I thank Matt Marden and his coaches for their dedication and commitment. The rowing camps would also not be possible without a large number of parent volunteers and we genuinely appreciate the time and work that parents were willing and able to commit to supporting the camps. Personally, I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to go out in the tinny with the 10.1 crew to see firsthand a training session. It was a great way to get insight into the endurance and team work required to be a successful rower.
  • Stuartholme’s Equestrian team had great success in two State Championships events held at Caboolture and Warwick, taking away a number of awards (as outlined later in this newsletter) and qualifying for nationals in October. We congratulate Equestrian Captain, Emily Ballard, as well as Piper Searle, Bella Anthony and Ellie Turnbull, who will represent Queensland at the national titles. I thank Sarah Drane, the Equestrian Coordinator, for the guidance, expertise and dedication she brings to Stuartholme.

State and National Representatives

The holidays have also highlighted the level of talent we have at Stuartholme across a range of areas, with a number of our girls representing Queensland and Australia. We are very proud of the way these girls juggle their commitments to outside activities with their commitment to their School and we are thrilled with their achievements. We congratulate the following students:

  • Phoebe Robinson departed last weekend for the Australian Rowing Camp which is being held at the Europe National Training Centre in Lake Varese in Italy. She will spend a couple of weeks acclimatising and training before heading to the World Championships in Prague, Czech Republic, where she will compete as a member of the Junior Women’s Coxless Four from August 6th – 12th. 
  • Lauren Gunther is currently in Croatia representing Australia in the World Schools’ Debating Championships. Australia won 5 out of their 8 debates and we wish Lauren and the team well in the finals.
  • Year 10 student Taylah Tyerman-Webster is competing as a member of the Queensland School Sport Swimming team in the 2018 School Sport Australia Swimming Championships in Hobart, Tasmania from Wednesday 25 July until Tuesday 31 July.
  • Sophie Fern, Phoebe Leech, Molly Nassar and Abbey Pomeroy competed at the 2018 Pan Pacific Youth Water Polo Festival held from 7-17 July in New Zealand. Molly was co-captain of the Under 14 Maroon team which came 1st. Sophie, who was also a co-captain, and Abbey competed in the Under 16 White team which came 11th.  Phoebe competed in the Under 16 Maroon team, which came 5th. Well done girls!
  • Emily Ballard was successful in winning two State Championship titles in Equestrian and will represent Queensland at the Australian Championships in October. We also congratulate Emily who is the recipient of the Queensland Olympic Council’s Pierre de Coubertin Award which recognises secondary school students who demonstrate values and sporting behaviour which are consistent with the Olympic Movement.

Welcomes

We have welcomed five new students to our community; we hope the girls and their families will feel very much at home at Stuartholme and take every opportunity to involve themselves in all that Stuartholme offers.

It is a pleasure to welcome back Jane Murtagh who has returned after Maternity Leave.  We also welcome our new Maintenance Manager, Alan Bedford, our new School Shop Manager, Pauline Christanthou and our new member of the Groundstaff, Brooke Pullen.  I am sure everyone will make them feel at home in the Stuartholme community.

Congratulations

Congratulations go to Sally Adams, a member of the school’s business faculty. In recognition of her significant contribution to business education across Queensland, Business Educators Association of Queensland have conferred on her the award of Fellow of BEAQ. This is a well-deserved acknowledgement of her expertise and her dedication to the teaching profession.

Consent2Go

Stuartholme is in the process of rolling out Consent2Go, a new paper-less system to manage excursions and out-of-school events.  This new platform streamlines the permission processes for parents, allowing them to easily update their child’s medical and care information at any time. Providing consent for excursions, camps and activities will now be much easier, with electronic authorisation taking only a few minutes. Parents will receive timely reminders of their daughter’s excursions and sports activities as they occur and they can access a full history of previous activities.

Parent-teacher interviews

Last week we had our second round of parent-teacher interviews and I thank all parents who were able to attend.  These interviews are an important way that parents, students and staff can work together to give and receive feedback and to work together in partnership to improve outcomes for our girls. We encourage parents to contact teachers at any stage of the year if there is an aspect of their daughter’s progress that they would like to discuss.

The term ahead

Term 3 is a significant and busy term. It heralds the continuation of winter sports as well as debating finals, the Queensland Catholic Music Festival, the Senior production, our Art Exhibition, camps for Years 9 and 10 and Year 12 Retreat.

Our Year 10s are beginning the process of making subject selections and we are looking forward to partnering with them and their parents to discuss ways they can succeed in their preferred course of study and maximize their exit outcomes. I thank Ken Turnbull for organising and running our very successful Careers Expo on Monday evening. It was a wonderful opportunity to talk first hand to universities, TAFE and the Defence Forces and it was fantastic to see so many girls from Years 10, 11 and 12 in attendance.  I hope parents and students found the presentation from Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) informative and helpful.

Our Year 12s head into an important term culminating with the QCS test and final assessment before Verification. This term requires significant determination and dedication from Year 12s as they juggle and prioritise their academics with their many and varied commitments.

For all year levels, this is an important term to consolidate the skills and understandings introduced in Semester 1 in order to build on and prepare for later learning. I encourage students to reflect upon their personal and academic goals and put into place specific and measurable steps to achieve these goals.

I wish all our students a happy, successful and rewarding term.

Deanne Johnston
Acting Principal

Key Dates

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Key Dates

DateEvent
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

Message from the Dean of Mission

In 2016, at the World Youth Day Vigil Mass in Krakow 2016, Pope Francis called young people and the Church to ‘open new horizons for …

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Message from the Dean of Mission

In 2016, at the World Youth Day Vigil Mass in Krakow 2016, Pope Francis called young people and the Church to ‘open new horizons for spreading joy’. Pope Francis states:

‘My friends, Jesus is the Lord of risk, he is the Lord of the eternal “more”. Jesus is not the Lord of comfort, security and ease. Following Jesus demands a good dose of courage, a readiness to trade in the sofa for a pair of walking shoes and to set out on new and uncharted paths. To blaze trails that open up new horizons capable for spreading joy, the joy that is born of God’s love and wells up in your hearts with every act of mercy.”

On Sunday, we celebrate the beginning of Catholic Education Week. Catholic Education Week is an opportunity for all Catholic schools to celebrate and promote their distinctive mission and ethos. The theme for this year’s Catholic Education Week is ‘Discovering New Horizons’. It is a perfect fit with our own theme ‘Crossing Frontier’s’ in celebration of Philippine’s bicentennial.

During our Assembly prayer this morning, Mr Graham Woodward’s Year 7 class eloquently spoke about how Philippine was a woman who said ‘yes’. She embraced the unknown, stepped forward with courage and moved out into the world to spread joy, hope and love. What an adventure! The unknown frontiers or horizons that we cross today are very different to the ones that Philippine experienced. We are moving into a world that we are unable to predict or calculate. Whilst this fills us with a sense of anticipation and anxiousness, it also fills us with excitement for the unknown opportunities and experiences that lie ahead.

In Catholic Education Week, we celebrate all of the ways our Catholic community equips us to navigate the new frontiers that are upon us. Our Catholic tradition and the legacies of Madeleine Sophie, Janet Erskine and particularly Philippine Duchesne, have given us the educational opportunities that allow us to navigate these new horizons. Our Catholic education calls us and equips us with the skills and knowledge to be people who move out into the world with courage and compassion, to navigate the unknown with integrity and self-belief and to critically evaluate our society so that we can stand with those who are in need and bring joy, love and hope into the world. What a blessing that is. I see each and every day the young women of Stuartholme bringing hope and joy into this world, and acknowledge, this week in particularly, the wonderful Catholic community that allows them to do this.

Sarah Daff
Dean of Mission

 

Message from the Dean of Boarding

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

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Message from the Dean of Boarding

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome back after what I hope was a successful and happy mid-year break. What impressed me most about the stories from the boarders’ holidays were how many girls were hard at work, starting early in the morning and working until dusk. This work ethic and clear sense of pride in contributing at home are just a few of the things that make our boarders particularly resilient and optimistic young women.

This term has started hard and fast. We began with our Boarder Parent Network Meeting chaired by Mrs Susan Shay from Gleneagle, Q.  The best thing about these meetings is that parents have the opportunity to put forward suggestions as to how we could improve our performance as a boarding community. Some of the feedback raised was around food (more steak!), academic support for the younger boarders and ensuring the boarders get to express their opinions around the new vegetation laws. Susan emails all parents before each meeting to encourage them to feedback to the Boarding Parent Year Level Representatives. I would like to thank these parents for taking on this role and acting as an important communicator between boarding families and the boarding school:

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

Part of the work of this Network is to promote the Boarder Family BBQ that all boarders in House will be attending on Saturday 18 August from 5-8 pm at school, near the canteen area. The cost per family is $30 and this includes beer and wine and a bbq with salads. We would love to see you at this event and payment/registration is via the school website.

How to make a payment via the school website:

  1. Go to the Stuartholme website: www.stuartholme.com, Parents/Students Tab
  2. Click on ‘Pay Online’
  3. Click on ‘Events’
  4. Select Event use the drop down box to choose ‘Boarding Miscellaneous’
  5. Enter your details, using your daughter’s surname as the Family Name
  6. When transaction is approved, record your receipt number

Mrs Melissa Robinson and her enthusiastic Year 7s held a thank you afternoon tea this week for some of the Stuartholme mothers who so kindly make spectacular cakes for the Year 7 and 8 boarders when it is their birthday. We really enjoyed meeting the mums and the Year 7s all introduced themselves and explained where they come from!

Another exciting development this term is that Stuartholme Boarding, in conjunction with Nudgee College, has received a grant from Trade and Investment Qld (TIQ) to enhance the experience and voice of international students. We called our project, How to Win at the Boarding Game and it will consist of staff and student workshops and the production of a series of micro-videos designed to express the challenges and joys of boarding for international students. Watch this space for more info!

The Year 11s are beginning to prepare their leadership speeches if they are interested in applying for boarding leadership positions next year. We have called for nominations for boarding captains, vice-captains and student mentor positions and these are due in on Sunday 12 August with speeches and voting taking place on Monday 13 August. If your daughter is interested, please encourage her to apply and be brave!

Natasha Pay and I are heading to Narrabri this weekend for a Boarding Expo. We will be catching up with former, current and future families at a dinner on Friday night and also the O’Donoghues in Gurley whilst on the road!

Finally, a reminder that you are always welcome at Mass each Sunday at 5 pm. This Sunday, the House is going to Marist for Mass and dinner but we will be back at Stuartholme on Sunday 5 August.

Do not hesitate to contact me on arice@stuartholme.com if you have any concerns or questions about how your daughter is going. There is always an Assistant Head of Boarding at boarding reception now from Monday through to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm so please reach out on assistantheadsofboarding@stuartholme.com as well.

Wishing you and your daughter/s a happy and fulfilling second semester and I look forward to continuing to share the boarding experience with you.

Warm regards,

Andrée Rice
Dean of Boarding

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Message from the Dean of Student Wellbeing

What being organised does for my wellbeing As the winter break draws to a close and we embark on Term 3, I thought it was …

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Message from the Dean of Student Wellbeing

What being organised does for my wellbeing

As the winter break draws to a close and we embark on Term 3, I thought it was worthwhile sharing with families some of the most effective things your daughter can do to look after herself as a student with regard to organisation.

Research clearly shows that being organised, helps to beat stress before it happens, giving you more control of your mind and your time.

The University of New South Wales reports that planning your time allows you to spread your work to avoid a ‘traffic jam’ and cope with study stress.  The keys to success include working out what needs to be done and when. Then, working out how to use your available time as efficiently as possible.

Tips for organising your tasks and time

  1. Our brains like information in ‘chunks’ so break things down into small steps so that it feels manageable.
  2. Try to get small things out of the way sooner rather than later. Completing these helps you tackle larger tasks.
  3. Lists are great but can also be a painful reminder of how much is ahead of us. Try breaking tasks down into columns and categorising them according to how urgent they are. If you feel overwhelmed just focus on what you really must achieve today.
  4. Be honest with yourself – don’t plan to wake early and study if you’re not a morning person, and don’t leave your study until late at night if you always fall asleep quite early.

Tips for organising your work environment

  1. Make sure that you have a calm and comfortable place to work at home.
  2. It is ok to be messy but oppressive clutter makes us feel overwhelmed, sluggish and unmotivated.
  3. All of the little things count. So pay attention to: lighting; noise; hunger; body temperature; body posture and having enough space.
  4. Make sure there is some of ‘you’ in your work space … pretty things, your favourite colour, motivational pictures or images. You are a person first and then a student!

References:

  1. https://student.unsw.edu.au/support-time-management
  2. Stuartholme School Counsellors Tip Sheet ‘Being Organised”.

 

Welcome to a new member of the Wellbeing Team

Our school counsellors make a significant contribution to the creation of the ‘Stuartholme Village’. We are delighted to welcome Ms Natalie Morgan who will join our current school counsellor Ms Jodie Johnstone on our wellbeing team this term. Ms Morgan will be a valuable asset to the school bringing with her a wealth of experience in improving the general wellbeing of children and adolescents.

Deb Lonsdale-Walker
Dean of Student Wellbeing

Co-curricular News

Equestrian Update Congratulations to the equestrian team who competed at the interschool state championships at Caboolture and Warwick over the school holidays. Stuartholme was proudly …

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Co-curricular News

Equestrian Update

Congratulations to the equestrian team who competed at the interschool state championships at Caboolture and Warwick over the school holidays. Stuartholme was proudly represented by 15 of our riders taking home an abundance of awards. Including State Dressage, Combined Training and Eventing Champion School Team. We also placed 6th overall in the secondary teams show jumping discipline. Congratulations to the following riders.

  • Claire Abercrombie: Qualified for State Show Horse and Showman
  • Grace Anthony: Qualified for State Showman and CT Championship
  • Madeline Armstrong: Qualified for State Show Horse and Dressage
  • Grace Beatty: Qualified for State Eventing, Show jumping and CT Championship
  • Emma Bickford: Qualified for State Eventing and CT Championship
  • Remy Conescu: Qualified for State Dressage and Show jumping Championship
  • Zoe Henderson: Qualified for State Dressage Championship
  • Aalia Lucchetta: Qualified for State Dressage and Show jumping Championship
  • Abby Munro: Qualified for State Show jumping and CT Championship
  • Clare Munro: Qualified for State Eventing Championship
  • Georgia Rink: Qualified for State Show jumping Eventing, Dressage and CT Championship
  • Bella Anthony: State Champion 95cm CT, State Champion 105cm CT, Res Champion Pre-novice eventing, 5th Intermediate Novice Dressage, 7th Elementary Dressage
  • Piper Searle: Reserve Champion Prelim Dressage, 3rd 110cm Show jumping, 4th Pre-Novice Eventing, 3rd 105cm CT.
  • Ellie Turnbull: 3rd Prelim Dressage, Reserve Champion Prelim Eventing, 6th 95cm CT
  • Emily Ballard: State Champion Novice, Champion 85cm Showman, Champion Pre-Novice Eventing, Reserve champion 105 CT, 6th Show Horse Working Hunter

I am thrilled to have made the Queensland State Team along with Bella Anthony, Ellie Turnbull and Piper Searle. We will travel down to Werribee, Victoria in October this year to compete at the Australian Interschool Championships.

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Emily Ballard
Equestrian Captain.


Debating Update

QDU Finals

On Wednesday night we had 6 of the 9 teams who qualified for the QDU knockout finals series debate in their first finals debate.  Congratulations to the all the teams on their performance and for those 3 teams that won, their victory means they will now join the 11.1 and 12.1 teams in the next round of finals next Wednesday night.  At this stage of the competition it is incredibly exciting to still have 6 teams in the finals series, including at least one team from every year level (8.1, 9.1, 10.1, 11.1, 12.1, Senior A).

World Schools Debating Championship

Over the last fortnight Lauren Gunther and the rest of the Australian Debating Team have been competing at the World Schools Debating Championship in Croatia.  The team participated in 8 rounds prior to the finals where they won 5 of their 8 debates meaning they were placed 16th overall, qualifying them for the finals.   In the finals they won their first two debates against Greece and Malaysia progressing them to the Quarter Finals where they came up against China in a very tough debate.  Unfortunately China was too strong and knocked the Australian team out at the Quarter Final stage.  As you would know very few people ever get to represent their country in any activity so it is such an outstanding achievement for Lauren to even be selected on the Australian team let alone be so successful on an international stage.  Congratulations to Lauren and the Australian team on their success, they really have done us so very proud.


Solo Music Awards

On Assembly today we were able to congratulate the following students on their achievements in the Solo Music Awards last term.

Junior Strings (MISS) – Year 7
1st Rose Hollingdrake, Double Bass Parker
2nd Alice Greenan, Cello Toohey
3rd Grace Bentley, Viola Stuart
Junior Strings – Year 7
1st Alex O’Brien, Violin Woodlock
2nd Maggie de Araujo, Double Bass Stuart
3rd Grace Clulow, Violin Woodlock
Junior Strings – Year 8
1st Ava Hill, Cello Macrae
2nd Julia Joubert, Violin Stuart
3rd Pure Herbertson, Viola Woodlock
Junior Strings – Year 9
1st Sophie Smith, Violin Toohey
2nd Saskia MacMillan, Violin Woodlock
3rd Gabrielle Edwards, Violin Toohey
Senior Strings (Years 10, 11, 12)
1st Arissa Geissler, Yr 10 Harp Toohey
2nd Chanel Kani, Yr 10 Violin Coen
3rd Nieve Dickman, Yr 10 Violin Woodlock
Junior Band – Year 7
1st Harriet Moore, Tenor Sax Stuart
2nd Emily Shearer, Vibraphone Macrae
3rd Elizabeth Hopkins, Snare Drum Coen
Junior Band – Year 8
1st Lily Beck, Tenor Sax Parker
2nd Eloise Pietsch, Alto Sax Stuart
3rd Georgie Betts, Tenor Sax Macrae
Junior Band – Year 9
1st Abi Moore, Flute Stuart
2nd Laura Stanley, Drum Kit Parker
3rd Isabella Copley, Alto Sax Parker
Senior Band (Years 10, 11, 12)
1st Zoe Findlay, Yr 12 Flute Woodlock
2nd Ella Hookwqay, Yr 12 Flute Macrae
3rd Caiti Betts, Yr 12, Clarinet Macrae
Junior Piano (Years 7, 8, 9)
1st Jaeyeon Jung, Yr 9 Stuart
2nd Sophia Buller, Yr 9 Woodlock
3rd Alessa Wiltshire, Yr 8 Parker
Senior Piano (Years 10, 11, 12)
1st Madeleine Armstrong, Yr 10) Woodlock
2nd Dina Sun, Yr 12 Stuart
3rd Caiti Betts, Yr 12 Macrae
Junior Vocal (Years 7, 8, 9)
1st Sophie Roach, Yr 9 Parker
2nd Ciara Royds, Yr 8 Stuart
3rd Holly Ridgway, Yr 9 Macrae
Senior Vocal (Years 10, 11, 12)
1st Lucy Sevil, Yr 12 Woodlock
2nd Bridget Lloyd-Morgan, Yr 11 Parker
3rd Emma Cook, Yr 10 Woodlock

 


Teacher Mentor Group lip-syc winners

Also on Assembly we announced the winners of the TM lip-syc battle – well done everyone!

First Place
Year 12 Parker
Year 11 Toohey
Year 10 Woodlock
Year 9 Toohey
TIE:  Year 8 Woodlock/Yr 8 Toohey
Year 7 Parker

 

Exchanges – our Sacred Heart Family

As part of the world-wide network of Sacred Heart Schools, we are always thrilled to welcome students from our sister schools to Stuartholme on exchange. …

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Exchanges – our Sacred Heart Family

As part of the world-wide network of Sacred Heart Schools, we are always thrilled to welcome students from our sister schools to Stuartholme on exchange.

We recently welcomed:

Louise Melchior (Bondue, France) staying with Georgia Bailey
Greta Slagle (Omaha, USA) staying with Kate O’Donoghue
Sophie Pflug (Omaha, USA) staying with Chloe Cronin
Raffaella Pegrin (Vienna, Austria) staying with Imogen Cusack
Claire Van Dyke (California, USA) staying with Sophie Fern
Megan Wolfstaetter (New York, USA) staying with Tilly Pastoors
Jordan Russo (Louisiana, USA) staying with Remy Conescu

Seven of our girls will be participating in the reciprocal aspect of our ANZNET exchanges in August.

Rebecca Phelan, Sasha de Aboitiz, Chloe Taylor and Amelia Duke will be going to Sacre Coeur in Melbourne.

Paige Price, Aoife Knott and Laura Stanley will be going to Baradene College in New Zealand.

 

2018 QTAC Presentation

Thank you to all the students and parents who attended the recent Careers Expo and QTAC Presentation. For those who were not able to attend, …

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2018 QTAC Presentation

Thank you to all the students and parents who attended the recent Careers Expo and QTAC Presentation.

For those who were not able to attend, or for those who would like to see the information again, please click here to view the 2018 QTAC Presentation.

Senior Production

Stuartholme Drama, in association with Dominie Pty Ltd, proudly presents Senior Production 2018:   Picnic at Hanging Rock By Joan Lindsay and adapted by Tom …

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Senior Production

Stuartholme Drama,
in association with Dominie Pty Ltd,
proudly presents Senior Production 2018:

 

Picnic at Hanging Rock

By Joan Lindsay and adapted by Tom Wright

“The Rock is a nightmare,
and nightmares belong in the past”

 

On Valentine’s Day in 1900, three Australian schoolgirls on a picnic expedition to the remote Hanging Rock abscond from their group. They are last seen heading towards the beckoning Rock…

In Tom Wright’s adaptation of Joan Lindsay’s classic novel, our Senior Drama students struggle to solve the mystery of the missing students.

The Stuartholme Drama Department warmly invites you to join us for a truly exhilarating performance on the Oval Amphitheatre.

Friday’s performance ticket also includes a post-performance ‘picnic’ (including hors d’oeuvre and drinks) to celebrate the Senior Drama class of 2018.

 

Thursday 23 August 6pm performance

Adult: $20
Student: $15

 

Friday 24 August 6pm performance followed by a ‘picnic supper’, which will transport you back to 1900 and include traditional pasties, pies and even a Valentine’s cake.

Adult: $30
Student: $25

Bookings can be made via Trybooking by clicking here. Please remember to print your ticket and bring it on the night.

Please remember: just like the Rock, Stuartholme can get cold at night, so please dress warmly or bring a blanket.

Grandparents’ Day

Grandparents of our Year 7 students are warmly invited to Grandparents Day on Friday 10 August starting at 9.15am. Grandparents Day will begin with a tour …

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Grandparents’ Day

Grandparents of our Year 7 students are warmly invited to Grandparents Day on Friday 10 August starting at 9.15am.

Grandparents Day will begin with a tour of the School, followed by morning tea in the Joigny Café and conclude with a Liturgy in the School Chapel, all with the company of the Granddaughters. The event should finish by approximately 11.30am.

Parking will be available on the School Oval. Please ensure Grandparents communicate arrival details with their Granddaughters so they can greet and escort them into the School.

Disabled parking is located behind the Renard Building. Disabled parking is limited and only available for those who have pre-arranged this with the School. Please include your request for disabled parking when you RSVP.

RSVP here by Friday 3 August.

Drop-off/Pick- up Zones

Thank you to all the parents who have been using the pick up/drop off zones. For the safety of students we ask that you only …

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Drop-off/Pick- up Zones

Thank you to all the parents who have been using the pick up/drop off zones.

For the safety of students we ask that you only use the two designated school drop off and pick up zones as indicated in red in the below map; Outside Joigny and the Oval.

Parents are not permitted to drop students at the main Roundabout, Tennis Courts or Pool car parks. These areas are for staff parking only and permitted student/parent access is before 7am for sporting arrangements. We will be monitoring these locations in the next few weeks and you will be stopped and asked not to drop or collect your daughter from these locations.

We appreciate your support and in keeping the girls safe at all times.

 

Honour Pockets

Honour Pockets – Special Awards Your daughter has been emailed the Honour Pocket Selection Criteria and an application for Special Awards for Honour Pockets This …

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Honour Pockets

Honour Pockets – Special Awards

Your daughter has been emailed the Honour Pocket Selection Criteria and an application for Special Awards for Honour Pockets This application is for any co-curricular sporting activities not recognised through the District (Northern Eagles), Regional (Metropolitan West) or State (Queensland School Sport) pathway.  It is to recognise achievements obtained through the club sport pathway.  All achievements through the school sport pathway will be captured by the sports department so students do not need to apply for these Awards.  This form should also be used to notify the sports department or other co-curricular areas of three years’ service for awards pockets.

If your daughter is eligible for a Special Award (which includes service awards), she needs to complete the Special Awards application form that was emailed to her and have the teacher-in-charge sign and then you both need to sign the form and return it to Ms Lonsdale-Walker by 9am on Friday 24 August 2018.  Blazers need to be handed in to the Uniform shop on Monday, 27 August 2018.

 

Honour Pockets – other than Special Awards

Please note that students who are eligible for Honour Pockets Awards – other than for Special Awards, will receive a direct email from the Student Wellbeing office following nomination by the teacher in charge of these activities.  This email needs to be printed and both you and your daughter need to sign and date the acknowledgement on the bottom of this email.

These blazers must be delivered to the Uniform Shop with a copy of the email sent to students by Monday, 27 August 2018.

 

 

Queensland Catholic Schools and Colleges Music Festival (QCMF) – Sunday 19 August 2018

Members of the following ensembles will be participating in QCMF for 2018: Concert Band Joigny Chamber Strings Duchesne String Orchestra Vocal Ensemble Joigny Voices Year …

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Queensland Catholic Schools and Colleges Music Festival (QCMF) – Sunday 19 August 2018

Members of the following ensembles will be participating in QCMF for 2018:

  1. Concert Band
  2. Joigny Chamber Strings
  3. Duchesne String Orchestra
  4. Vocal Ensemble
  5. Joigny Voices
  6. Year 7 Choir

Preparation Workshops:

In order to prepare for the Festival, a series of workshops will be held on Friday, 10 August and Sunday 12 August for the ensembles to rehearse and the workshops will culminate in a short performance for family and friends.

All relevant information regarding the QCMF Workshops and the individual ensemble performances at the Festival can be found on My Stuartholme, under Co-Curricula, Music or by clicking on the link below:

https://my.stuartholme.com/homepage/1567

For further information and enquiries, please contact Mrs Sandy Beanland, The Arts Assistant, Co-curricula on ph. 3510 6473 or music@stuartholme.com

Music Performance Uniform:

All participants at QCMF must wear the Music Performance Uniform, available from the School Shop.

It is strongly recommended that the students try on their uniform in the weeks leading up to the Festival to ensure they fit correctly.  A guide to how the uniform is to be worn is included in the document ‘Presentation and Grooming for Performance’, which is available by following this link: https://my.stuartholme.com/homepage/2021 or a hard copy can be obtained from the flyer stand outside the Music Offices.

Options Career Information Bulletin Edition 11

Are you looking for ideas on what could be your ideal Career? Following the links on page 10 and read about all the possible careers …

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Options Career Information Bulletin Edition 11

Are you looking for ideas on what could be your ideal Career?

Following the links on page 10 and read about all the possible careers you could have according to which subjects you like at school plus many more helpful ideas and tips in this edition of the Options Career Information Bulletin.

 

Ken Turnbull
Careers Counsellor

 

Year 11 Leadership

The Year 11 students took part in our Year 11 Leadership week at the end of Term 2 and we are very excited about the …

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Year 11 Leadership

The Year 11 students took part in our Year 11 Leadership week at the end of Term 2 and we are very excited about the way the girls approached the week, actively involving themselves and contributing effectively and enthusiastically. They are a credit to their families. It was wonderful to see such a strong attendance on all the days.

On Monday and Tuesday, in the Auditorium at the Botanical Gardens, the girls were led by Peer Power who took them on a journey to help them understand effective leadership. The day began with a picture of the type of leader who is ‘cool’, popular and sees leadership as a right without the need for leadership skills. This popular, celebrity style of leadership was dismissed with the clear message that leadership is not something innately belonging to just a few but that leadership potential is in all of us. This resonates so well with our Stuartholme desire that all Year 12s see themselves as leaders and not just those who are selected for a specific position.

Peer Power’s journey took them through an understanding of Multiple Intelligences and the different strengths we each have and therefore the different strengths we can bring to a team whilst valuing the strengths of others. The aim is to respect diversity in order to move towards unity. Strategies were given for fostering healthy diversity within teams. Practical skills were given to show how to connect with those you do not know well and communication strategies were given for motivating and leading others. The program culminated in showing the value of collaborative leadership and the skills required to successfully lead within a team. They each discovered their personality types and therefore the strengths and challenges they may have in a team situation. After the Peer Power sessions, the girls have come to a deeper understanding of leadership and the part they can play as leaders of teams and team members, not just at school but into the future.

The Leadership Team attended on Tuesday afternoon to hear the Cor Unum Captain nominees speak to us all before the girls voted for the Cor Unum Captain and Committee. The Leadership voting process continues into this term.

On Wednesday, back at school, the Year 11s were led by Ms Sarah Daff, Director of Mission, to an understanding of the Service Leadership that we hold valuable at Stuartholme.  On the previous days the girls had been asked to focus on themselves and their growth in understanding leadership and the part they could play. Sarah Daff challenged them to look out to the wider world where now, and in the future, they can each make their mark as a leader in making their voice heard in shaping a better world. Strategies were explored for standing up and speaking out without further inflaming a situation.

The girls also had the opportunity on Wednesday to meet in their House groups and plan their strategies for leading their Houses into 2019. We were very impressed with their team work and with their collaborative approach and creative ideas to effectively lead their Houses. They are all taking on the challenge to lead, irrespective of who the captains may be.

On Thursday the Stuartholme Year 11s hosted students from refugee backgrounds from both Milpera and Yeronga SHS. The teachers were profuse in their praise for our girls who so readily took on the role of welcoming the guests and extending their friendship. It was a very happy day for all concerned and helped to break down some of the barriers built up in our society through fear and ignorance.

Marilyn Byron (Leader of Student Wellbeing Year 11) has shared that this cohort has always shown its strength in its sensitivity and care for others. This is a perfect base for the collaborative leadership and service leadership that we encourage at Stuartholme. Whilst the cohort is discovering new strengths in relation to leadership they are already in the forefront with their collaboration skills and these will prove a high point in their Senior leadership. We have great confidence in the girls as they move towards their leadership roles as Seniors in the school and in their leadership of our world.

Deb Lonsdale-Walker
Dean of Student Wellbeing

Alumnae News

We are always thrilled to hear news of our Alumnae and love to share it with the Stuartholme family. Stuartholme welcomes back April On Thursday, …

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Alumnae News

We are always thrilled to hear news of our Alumnae and love to share it with the Stuartholme family.

Stuartholme welcomes back April

On Thursday, 26 July, alumnae April Pong was invited to come and play for the members of The Piano Collective.  April graduated from Stuartholme in 2016 and is currently a year 2 nursing student studying at the University of Queensland.

“During my study at Stuartholme, I was given many opportunities for musical performances and the chance to attend and play in various concerts and musical events. Music lessons and these experiences at Stuartholme have helped me to improve and critique myself while practicing. Now that I have left school, I have been keen to keep up my musical life and I continue to have lessons with Ms Sander at her private studio. She was also my teacher throughout my time at Stuartholme.

At the end of this year I will be sitting the AMUSA exam in Piano.  As part of this, I am required to a program of 35-40 minutes with pieces varying in styles and periods. Although preparing for the exam is very challenging and time-consuming at times, I would like to achieve this because I want to continue to learn and develop my abilities on the instrument.

I was very pleased to be invited by Ms Sander to come up to the school and perform some of these works for the piano students in their weekly Piano Collective meeting. I need to perform many times in front of an audience to steady my nerves for the exam and built confidence in performance skills. I chose to play pieces by J.S. Bach, Frederic Chopin, and Claude Debussy. It was such a joy to play in the Australia Room once more.”


VET student of the Year Award

Congratulations to Tatyana King-Smith (Class of 2017) on winning Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year in the recent Queensland Training Awards -Regional Student of the Year.

Tatyana completed her Certificate III and IV in Fitness while still at school, which helped her gain acceptance to Bond University’s Diploma and Bachelor of Sport Management. Before commencing her studies in 2018, she returned to her home town of Weipa to use her newly acquired knowledge and skills to develop a program addressing critical health and fitness issues in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

We wish Tatyana all the best as she now goes to the State Awards.

 

Parents of Stuartholme (PoS) Update

Parents of Stuartholme Thank you to everyone who attended the Term 3 Principals Address and PoS Meeting. The Principals Report and PoS update is available to download on …

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Parents of Stuartholme (PoS) Update

Parents of Stuartholme

Thank you to everyone who attended the Term 3 Principals Address and PoS Meeting. The Principals Report and PoS update is available to download on myStuartholme.

The next meeting will be held on, Monday 8 October 2018 6.00pm in R106.

 

Guidelines are available on myStuartholme to help run a function, request use of school assets and best practice for Social Media.


Upcoming Events

Term 3

Stuartholme Dads Night Out – Newstead Brewing Milton, Friday 31 August, 6:30pm

RSVP here https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=397339&

 

Term 4

PoS Meeting –  Monday 8 October, 6pm, R106

All Parent Melbourne Cup Lunch – Tuesday 6 November, 11am, Venue TBC

School Shop specials!

The School Shop has discounted two popular items to help keep you comfortable and warm during the winter sports season. The Stuartholme chairs are now …

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School Shop specials!

The School Shop has discounted two popular items to help keep you comfortable and warm during the winter sports season.

The Stuartholme chairs are now selling for $20, down from $25 and the Stuartholme Keep Cups are $9, down from $10.

Theses prices will only be on offer for the next few weeks, so get in now to avoid disappointment.

 

 

Volunteering in the School Shop

If you have some time to help out in the shop, there are available times before school and during the breaks. Click here for the …

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Volunteering in the School Shop

If you have some time to help out in the shop, there are available times before school and during the breaks. Click here for the link for the volunteer roster.

Thank you in advance,

Pauline Chrisanthou
School Shop Manager

 

Your invitation to St Ignatius Feast Day Celebrations

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Your invitation to St Ignatius Feast Day Celebrations