In this issue

  • Goondiwindi Deputies’ Dinner
  • Cultures of Thinking – Parent Seminar
  • Winter Uniform
  • Congratulations to Amelia
  • Science Snippets
  • Science Week
  • Geography News
  • Year 9 Economics and Business
  • Year 11 Business
  • 2019 Australian Geography Competition
  • MLTAQ Brisbane – Languages Secondary Speech Contest
  • Save the Date – Music at Twilight
  • Building Brace Presentation
  • Upcoming Events
  • School Shop specials

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends, On Friday 9 August we honoured our hard-working academic achievers at our Academic Assembly in the Chapel. Click on an image to start gallery Unfortunately, on Saturday 10 August, BSRA needed to cancel the Regatta that Stuartholme hosts biannually due to extreme wind. While I …

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Message from the Principal

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends,

On Friday 9 August we honoured our hard-working academic achievers at our Academic Assembly in the Chapel.

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Unfortunately, on Saturday 10 August, BSRA needed to cancel the Regatta that Stuartholme hosts biannually due to extreme wind. While I am confident we made the correct decision to ensure the safety for all rowers, we were disappointed at the lost opportunity to raise money for our rowing community. However, out of adversity comes the opportunity for community bonding; our Rowing Parent Support Group rallied selling all bake goods at Brookfield and negotiating with kind and generous suppliers for goods to be returned. Our supporters worked so hard to ensure all was not lost in terms of fundraising. In stark contrast to the previous week, we had a glorious day (almost too warm) this last Saturday. Two more regattas are yet to happen to complete our Rowing Regatta Season: one this Saturday 24 August and Head of the River, of which we are the defending champions, next Saturday 31 August.

Our annual Boarder family BBQ braved the wind and weather for a lovely social event ‘warmly’ hosted in our courtyard. We align this Boarder family event with the EKKA holiday for families who may be in Brisbane for the show. As always, good company and good cheer was the nature of the evening. Many thanks to our boarding staff, Melissa and Ursula and to the Orchard-Gibb family for setting up the event.

 

 

A significant event in our Music calendar is the Queensland Catholic Music Festival, which ran from Thursday 15 to Sunday 18 August. As always Andrew Mear and his talented and hardworking team led our musicians through an intense and demanding program. We were highly successful with the following results: Concert Band, Gold; Jazz Band, Gold; Joigny String Orchestra, Silver; String X, Silver; Joigny Voices, Silver; Year 7 Choir, Gold, Clarinet Choir, Gold; Percussion Ensemble, Bronze.

 

As part of our marketing and enrolment process, Stuartholme Green Ribbon Student Leaders conduct Action Tours for families of young potential Stuartholme girls. The interaction with our girls is authentic and endearing to our potential families. Recently we conducted a Principal’s Boarding Tour where I presented in a similar manner to Open Day followed by our student leaders guiding tours throughout the school. We have received very positive feedback from the families who participated. Stuartholme always shines when our girls speak unreservedly and proudly about their school community.

Our Senior Production  has continued in its outstanding style – both sophisticated in intellectual nature, challenging social understandings and beautifully simple in its streamlined execution. Thank you to Jen McGrath for her outstanding directing and to Lucy Harkin, Leader of Learning – The Arts on producing an excellent production – Matilda Women. Our Year 12 Senior Drama class should be very proud of their performances both highly disciplined and highly expressive. I truly believe Stuartholme Senior Productions could readily belong in any professional performing arts context.

Today our Stuartholme Athletes are blitzing it at our CaSSSA Athletics Carnival. We have posted some results on Facebook, with further successes to be shared as the results come in.

Please remember our Netball semi-finals are on this Saturday at Downey Park Netball courts in Windsor.

In another weeks time our Year 12s will undertake the last QCS tests – 3 and 4 September. This is a significant milestone for our current Year 12’s and we offer our prayers and thoughts to support them. We are confident in their preparation and diligence in their approach to this academic task.

As we can see, Term 3 is a full and robust term, we have four more weeks where we need to focus on our application to our studies and yet be kind to ourselves and kind to others.

Take care and God Bless,

Kristen Sharpe
Principal

 

 

Key Dates

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Key Dates

DateEvent
Friday 23 AugustSenior Production
Tues 27 AugustYear 10 immunisations
Fri 30 AugustFathers' Day Event 6-8.30pm
Tues 3-Wed 4 SeptemeberYear 12 QCS test
Mon 9-Fri 13 SeptemberYear 12 assessment block
Thurs 12 SeptemberParent Information Seminar - Cultures of Thinking. Dr Ron Ritchhart 6-7.30pm
Fri 13 SeptemberYear 9 Parents Dinner
6pm Newstead Brewery
Mon 16-Wed 18 SeptemberYear 12 Retreat
Thurs 19 SeptemberInterhouse Swimming Carnival
Fri 20 SeptemberClasses finish 12pm
Boarder travel day
Sat 21-Mon 23 SeptemberSony Camp
Mon 7 OctoberBoarders return
Boarder Parent Network Metting 10-11.30am
Queen's Birthday public holiday
Tues 8 OctoberStudents start
Parents of Stuartholme Meeting 6pm
Years 7-11 school fees due
Wed 9 OctoberWelcome back Class of 2018 Breakfast,7-8.30am
Fri 11 OctoberLeadership handover
Thurs 17 OctoberYear 7, 2020 Orientation Day and Parent Information Evening
Mon 21 OctoberStudent free day - verification
Year 11 Semi-formal
Fri 25 OctoberSpring Spectacular and Music Awards Night 6pm
Mon 28 OctoberCelebration of Excellence 7pm

Message from the Deputy Principal

Throughout this term, Stuartholme’s students have been or will be asked to select their subjects for 2020. For the Year 7s, this means choosing which …

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Message from the Deputy Principal

Throughout this term, Stuartholme’s students have been or will be asked to select their subjects for 2020. For the Year 7s, this means choosing which language to pursue in Year 8 and narrowing their Arts subjects to two of the three options. For Year 8s, it means selecting two electives to study in Year 9 and for Year 9s it means choosing three electives that will help prepare them for their senior studies. Our Year 10s have now completed our most comprehensive subject-selection process, including SET planning interviews, leading them to the course of study they will undertake in their senior years.

Whilst for many students the process of selecting subjects can be straightforward, for others it requires a great deal of time, thought and sometimes angst. We recommend students always select subjects they enjoy and are interested in but there can also be other factors to consider, including whether the learning is sequential and therefore necessary for future study as well as whether the subject is required for senior pathways and university entrance.

As parents, there are some other factors that can be worth reflecting on when it comes to guiding daughters with subject choices. One significant factor is confidence. A study done at Cornell University found that women underestimate both their abilities and performance and this can be evident when selecting subjects.

Nicole Stott, a former NASA astronaut, wrote to students providing advice when choosing subjects, including the following three points:

  1. Have self-confidence: It’s amazing how we can take ourselves out of the running from something by just doubting ourselves. I always thought that being an “astronaut” was really cool, but it always seemed like a job that only other special people got to do, and it took me a long time before I considered applying. I always also second-guessed that I wasn’t good enough to be an astronaut – “why would they pick me?” I thought.
  2. Go with your gut and choose the subjects that truly inspire you: Doing what you truly love is a certain way to achieve your best!
  3. You will learn things you never thought possible when you give yourself permission to shine.

The whole letter is available at https://www.agsa.org.au/news/inspiring-our-youth-to-achieve-great-things-letter-from-a-female-astronaut/

When it comes to choosing studies, it is important to be realistic and consider teacher feedback and reflect realistically on your skills, aptitudes and knowledge. However, it is also important to reflect on your academic achievements to date with confidence, which arguably is as valuable as competence. Confidence breeds commitment and enthusiasm, it leads to action, risk-taking, resilience and self-belief. These qualities, together with determination, hard work and self-belief, lead to success in studies.

Many students will receive subject selection forms next week and we ask that these be returned by the dates indicated to assist us in the process of planning and timetabling for 2020.

Students who need assistance with subject selections are welcome to discuss them with Ms Shannon Lacey, Director of Studies, or Mr Tomas Lillyman, Careers Counsellor.

Deanne Johnston
Deputy Principal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Message from the Dean of Mission

Two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of traveling to the Tiwi Islands where our previous Dean of Boarding, Ms Andree Rice, is the principal …

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Message from the Dean of Mission

Two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of traveling to the Tiwi Islands where our previous Dean of Boarding, Ms Andree Rice, is the principal of Xavier Catholic College in Wurrumiyanga (formerly Nguiu). Wurrumiyanga means ‘land of the giant cycads’ and is traditionally owned by the Tiwi people. At the school, Tiwi and non-Tiwi staff work together to provide the best educational opportunities for their students. During my time in the school, I had the privilege of delivering the staff retreat on compassion.

Emotion researchers define compassion as the feeling that arises when we are confronted with another’s suffering and feel motivated to relieve that suffering. Dr Thupten Jinpa, from his talk ‘The Science of Compassion: Origins, Measures and Interventions’, states there are therefore four components of compassion. There is the affective or emotional component, or a feeling of concern; the cognitive component, which is the cognitive perception of another’s suffering; the intentional component or the wishing to see the suffering relived and finally the motivational component, the response to try and end the suffering. It therefore means that compassion is both the processing of the suffering AND the act to try and stop it.

As Christians, we have the ultimate model of compassion in Jesus. God became human with the man of Jesus and not only walked amongst us to be with us in our own suffering but also suffered Himself for each of us. Jesus exemplifies what it means to be moved by compassion and act with justice, hope and love.  One of my favourite passages from the bible is from Paul’s letter to the Colossians which says, ‘As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, we should clothe ourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive’ (Col 3: 12). I love this passage because I can feel the closeness of the connections it talks about. It starts by talking about being loved, truly and deeply, as special and unique creatures. And it continues by saying that because of this love we must ‘clothe ourselves’ with the values that goodness is built upon. The passage does not merely ask us to understand those values of compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, patience and forgiveness, but to put them on, to become really comfortable with them and to show the world through our words and actions that this is what we value, this is who we are.

The staff retreat at Xavier Catholic College concluded with a Mass. We celebrated this significant Christian ritual that symbolises our gratitude for the compassion of Jesus, sitting on the ground, under the shade of a big tree with the wind whistling and whirling around us. As I sat there, I had the thought that Jesus would be happy with this scene. Here were two cultures, both Tiwi and non-Tiwi, coming together to dialogue and learn from each other about what compassion is and how Jesus teaches us to ‘clothe ourselves’ in it in our everyday interactions with ourselves and others. As the Tiwi staff taught me on this day, we do this by not judging others, by meeting them where they are, by respecting their experiences and life journeys, and by always responding with the hope of connecting with another so that you can ultimately transform this world. Whilst I delivered the retreat day, I believe I learnt more from them then they from me, and for that, I am eternally grateful.

Sarah Daff
Dean of Mission

 

Message from the Dean of Boarding

Dear Parents and Guardians, The term has well and truly sped up over the last fortnight. All girls in the House have a number of …

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Message from the Dean of Boarding

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The term has well and truly sped up over the last fortnight. All girls in the House have a number of assessment tasks to prepare for and complete over the upcoming fortnight. The girls have been taking advantage of the tutoring help on offer and asking for support and guidance when needed. I encourage the girls to always ask for support from our Boarding Supervisors or Tutors, who are here to help with any aspect of their life at school.

The Boarder Family BBQ was a lovely night, relaxed and enjoyable, one that I hope we can see more families attend next year. I really value these opportunities to get to know you as the parents of the girls. The food was certainly a highlight, and I sincerely thank the catering crew for creating us such a delicious meal. My sincere thanks also to Melissa Robinson for her preparation and to Ursula Cooper in setting up this event. Thanks also to the Orchard -Gibb family, particularly to Lal for setting up of the hay bales, tables and the wattle that Nick had to find on our property. This is one event that it felt like we all came together as a community to ensure we all had a beautiful evening.

It was a stunning Saturday morning out at the rowing last weekend, and great to see just how many of the girls are involved in this sport. I truly admire their tenacity to be able to get up so many mornings before dawn and train to be the best they can. While we have had some sickness, I am hopeful that next Saturday will be a great springboard to the Head of the River event on 31 August. Ms Sharpe and I spent time chatting with the girls and their coaches before moving to the parent section, it was great to see so many parents there supporting the girls. The community at Stuartholme is certainly one of inclusivity. With the Head of the River event approaching I will be writing to all our Rowing Boarder parents this week to highlight our expectations around any parties. Please look out for this email from the school.

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

Blessings to you and your families,

Karen Davies
Dean of Boarding

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Message from the Dean of Student Wellbeing

Stress Management Rest when you’re weary. Refresh and renew yourself, your body, your mind, your spirit. Then get back to work. – Ralph Marston As …

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Message from the Dean of Student Wellbeing

Stress Management

Rest when you’re weary. Refresh and renew yourself, your body, your mind, your spirit. Then get back to work.Ralph Marston

As we reach Week 6 of the term I thought it fitting to focus on how stress influences performance and to provide some strategies to assist you in supporting your daughters to overcome stress. The goal is to manage stress. Stress management is also a topic that is covered in the Wise Wellness Program delivered at school.

Causes of Stress

Stress can be caused by a range of experiences, including:

  1. Self-talk and your daughter’s perception of a situation can cause stress.
  2. Factors in the environment e.g. an electronic device that sounds and wakes your daughter from her sleep.
  3. School and study.
  4. Relationships.
  5. Illness.
  6. A life event.
  7. Pushing the body too hard.

Stress symptoms

It is important to recognise signs of stress so that you can help your daughter manage them. Some of these include, but are not limited to:

  • Trouble sleeping.
  • Difficulty relaxing.
  • Poor decision-making.
  • Poor performance.
  • Difficulty in making decisions.
  • Feeling tense and angry.
  • Headaches and neck or shoulder pains.
  • Feeling breathless.

Tips for managing stress

  1. Reframe your thoughts – stress isn’t a bad thing; it can motivate us to problem-solve. Aim to manage and not eliminate stress.
  2. Talk with loved ones – discussing how you feel with a trusted other can reduce negative feelings, even if you don’t solve stressors.
  3. Prioritise – aim to complete smaller tasks before tackling bigger ones.
  4. Attend to basic needs – eating well, sleeping 9 hours every night and exercising are important.
  5. Nurture yourself – factoring in down time and a chance to relax even when things get hectic.
  6. Keep things in perspective – be unafraid to take a step back. Problems can seem bigger than they really are in the heat of the moment. Try challenging negative thoughts by writing them out. Will your stressor matter in a week? In a year?

Other sources of support and help for managing stress

  • reachout.com.au
  • Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800
  • Parents
  • Teachers
  • Teacher Mentors
  • Leader of Student Wellbeing
  • Dean of Student Wellbeing
  • School psychologists

Deb Lonsdale-Walker
Dean of Student Wellbeing

 

References:

  1. Branden, C. and Ivens, C. 2009. Thinking Skills for Peak performance. Macmillan: Melbourne.
  2.  Stress management tips retrieved from Therapistaid.com

 

 

 

 

Message from the Commercial Director

Safety and Buses Our team are constantly assessing and reassessing all aspects of safety at School and for related activities. One area we are currently …

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Message from the Commercial Director

Safety and Buses

Our team are constantly assessing and reassessing all aspects of safety at School and for related activities.

One area we are currently assessing is an option to separate the school buses from cars for drop-off and pick-up.

In addition to improving safety of all internal road users, we are looking at a solution that will keep traffic flowing faster for parents who use the facility.

Proposed option

One option we are considering is to restrict all cars to the Jolimont pick-up/drop-off area and buses to the oval pick-up and drop-off area.

This option will improve the service for parents, who will be able to move faster through the zone and not be held up by buses. In 2020 our student population will exceed 700, so it is timely for us to ensure our internal traffic arrangements support this number.

Have your say

We would like to hear your thoughts. If you would like to comment on this proposal please click here for a short survey. Pending the results of the feedback we may trial the new arrangements in Term 4.

Affordability Initiatives

Reminder – Discount for fees paid in advance

Stuartholme School understands that school fees are a significant investment for families.  We offer a discount for fees paid a year in advance.  If a full year’s tuition fee and/or boarding fee is paid in advance by no later than 4:00pm the second Friday in December (13/12/2019), a discount of 2.5% will apply. Please note that Incidental Charges are not included in the fees will still need to be paid as and when they fall due.

Additional discounts may be available for fees paid in advance beyond one year, if you are interested in this please contact Adeline Viniko, Finance Manager, for a specific quotation.

The School’s fee policy is available on the website here: https://stuartholme.com/wp-content/uploads/Stuartholme-Fees-Policy-2017.pdf

Centenary Boarding Bursary for new families

Stuartholme School is pleased to have launched the Centenary Boarding Bursary for 2020 entrants to coincide with our 100 year celebrations.

The Bursary is designed to assist families who live more than 200 kilometres away from the school and would be unable to consider Stuartholme School due to financial reasons.

This Bursary is open to new year 7 and 9 students wishing to commence at Stuartholme School in 2020 as a Boarder. For more information please visit our website here: http://go.stuartholme.com/centenary-boarding-bursary

Laura Wedmaier
Commercial Director

Message from the Careers Counsellor

Hi everyone, Hope you’re having an excellent Week 6 and enjoyed your Ekka Holiday last week. It’s a busy time of year for our 12s, …

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Message from the Careers Counsellor

Hi everyone,

Hope you’re having an excellent Week 6 and enjoyed your Ekka Holiday last week.

It’s a busy time of year for our 12s, but I’ve been really impressed with how proactive and organised students have been, juggling all of their different commitments and making plans for next year. TAC attac sessions will continue and be on in the Library multiple times before the end of term.

Please find below a summary of the events, opportunities and resources that students might find useful for career exploration and development. As always, the full Bulletin can be found on the Careers page of the my.Stuartholme hub.

ACU: Talk with Exercise Scientists and Physiotherapists

On Thursday, 22 August ACU is providing an opportunity to speak to exercise scientists and physiotherapists. You will get the chance to speak to ACU graduates on their experiences and get tips and advice. To register, click here.

SAT and ACT for USA

Universities in the USA may require you to sit for a test as part of the application and/or scholarship process. The SAT and the ACT are the most commonly required tests. The SAT and ACT generally test the same types of content. If you are given a choice of which test to sit for, it would be useful to know something about both tests. The Khan Academy website has a free SAT preparation module and the ACT Organisation can provide you with Sample test questions.

UMelb: University of Melbourne International House: 2020 Film making Summer School

This intensive summer film school program is open to aspiring filmmakers of all ages and backgrounds. It is designed to cover the essential skills, basic knowledge and industry insight needed to make films.  It will be held 3 – 12 January 2020 at International House, The University of Melbourne. For more information visit the summer school’s website. Courses offered include:

  • From Script to Screen
  • Documentary Filmmaking
  • Acting and Directing
  • Screenwriting
  • Cinematography intensive
  • Low budget/No budget filmmaking

UQ: Careers that Started in Science website

Love science but don’t know where it can lead you?  Visit this website to explore the pathways that open for UQ’s science graduates. You can browse their stories by study areas: agriculture and environment, architecture and planning, health and behavioural sciences and sciences and mathematics.

UQ Sport scholarships

Applications for UQ sporting scholarships are now open. 2020 Scholarship dates follow QTAC, but below is a general guide of what to expect when:

  • Applications now open
  • Applications close 31 October 2019
  • First offers made in January 2020

Visit their website for more information.

USQ Early Round Scholarships

The USQ Year 12  Early Round Scholarships are now open. You can apply for the Future Community Leader Scholarship, awarded for community leadership or involvement, and the Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship, awarded for academic excellence. There are 50 scholarships available and applications close 1 September 2019. Visit their website for more information.

Upcoming QTAC closing dates – Don’t miss out!

QTAC fixed closing dates for some courses are as early as September 2019. Make sure you check your QTAC book or the QTAC website to see if a course you are interested in has a fixed closing date. Fixed closing date means you MUST have you QTAC application submitted by that date and may need to also submit a portfolio, audition or interview application to the institution also. See your Career Advisor or Guidance Officer if you have any questions.

Win an Apple iPad Pro by just logging in to your student connect account!

The QCAA is offering Year 12 students the chance to win an Apple iPad Pro.  All you need to do is log into your learning account on the Student Connect website before 31 August 2019.  You will need your LUI and password.  When you are on the website, click on ‘My learning account’ to download the Student learner accounts user guide for instructions on how to log in and activate your account.  If you don’t know your LUI, ask your school for it.  While you are in your learner account, check that your personal and enrolment details are accurate.  If you know how to access your learning account, you can get your Year 12 results a couple of days earlier than waiting for them to arrive in the mail in mid- December.

Bond: In a world of course guides, take a Test Drive!

Test Drive a class to experience university life first-hand. Year 12 students or recent school leavers can join a class of their choice in an area they are passionate about and get all their questions answered by the experts. With more than 100 classes to choose from, observe what happens in an undergraduate level program, experiencing Bond’s small class sizes, practical and personalised learning, and student support. Register now

Warm regards,

Mr Lillyman

 

 

Co-curricular News

Music – QCMF Congratulations to all the musicians involved in the Queensland Catholic Colleges and Schools Music Festival, held last weekend at Villanova College and …

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Co-curricular News

Music – QCMF

Congratulations to all the musicians involved in the Queensland Catholic Colleges and Schools Music Festival, held last weekend at Villanova College and St James’ Church, Coorparoo.

Stuartholme musicians were outstanding in their efforts and received the following awards: Concert Band, Gold; Jazz Band, Gold; Joigny String Orchestra, Silver; String X, Silver; Joigny Voices, Silver; Year 7 Choir, Gold, Clarinet Choir, Gold; Percussion Ensemble, Bronze.

Many thanks to the Music Staff and Music Support Group for their endless energy and support of the musicians throughout this enormous weekend of music making!   

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Sony Children’s Holiday Camp – Health Care Recruitment

An invitation to Registered Nurses, Physiotherapists and Doctors to help at the Sony Foundation Children’s Holiday Camp Are you a nurse with a passion for …

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Sony Children’s Holiday Camp – Health Care Recruitment

An invitation to Registered Nurses, Physiotherapists and Doctors to help at the Sony Foundation Children’s Holiday Camp

Are you a nurse with a passion for helping others? If so we need your help!

We are looking for nurses to help at our annual Sony Camp which runs from Saturday 21 to Monday 23 September at Stuartholme School, Birdwood Terrace, Toowong.

The Sony Foundation Children’s Holiday Camp Program gives Year 11 students the opportunity to care for a child with special needs for a three day period, in what is a unique and life-changing experience for all involved.

Nurses

What you would need to do:

  1. You need to be registered but not necessarily currently practicing.
  2. Most of the ‘nursing’ is assisting the Companions (senior students) with their child. The Companions are in charge of everything except medications.

Remember, these children are disabled and may have medical needs, but this is a fun Camp away from hospital. So, don’t be put off if you haven’t been nursing for a while!

Doctors

If you are a doctor, we only need you to be on call, at times you nominate. Experience from other Camps shows there is very rarely a necessity to call on a doctor.

If you are available contact the Stuartholme Health Centre Manager Kylee Brain on (07) 3369 5466 or email kbrain@stuartholme.com for enquiries about the Camp. 

Goondiwindi Deputies’ Dinner – RSVP extended

We have extended the RSVP date until Monday 26 August. If you are in the Goondwindi area we would love to see you for the …

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Goondiwindi Deputies’ Dinner – RSVP extended

We have extended the RSVP date until Monday 26 August. If you are in the Goondwindi area we would love to see you for the Deputies’ Dinner.

Cultures of Thinking – Parent Seminar 12 September

Stuartholme is pleased to invite current and future parents to the Cultures of Thinking – Parent Seminar on 12 September from 6-7.30pm.  Our guest speaker, …

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Cultures of Thinking – Parent Seminar 12 September

Stuartholme is pleased to invite current and future parents to the Cultures of Thinking – Parent Seminar on 12 September from 6-7.30pm.  Our guest speaker, Ron Ritchhart, will discuss with our community his work on Making Thinking Visible as well as sharing 9 strategies which parents can use at home to support their daughter’s learning. Parents who are curious about how their daughter is being taught to value thinking should register for this event and we look forward to seeing you at the seminar.

To find out more and to register, go to  https://stuartholme.com/event/cultures-of-thinking-parent-seminar/ 

For further questions or information please contact Jarod Costantini at jcostantini@stuartholme.com

 

 

Winter Uniform

As of Monday 19 August, it is no longer compulsory for all girls to wear their school blazers and stockings to and from school each …

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Winter Uniform

As of Monday 19 August, it is no longer compulsory for all girls to wear their school blazers and stockings to and from school each day.

Congratulations to Amelia on her mascot design!

Congratulations to Amelia Whitehead, Year 9, who designed the mascot for the upcoming INAS Global Games. Her amazing design of Lorri the Lorikeet, celebrates the …

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Congratulations to Amelia on her mascot design!

Congratulations to Amelia Whitehead, Year 9, who designed the mascot for the upcoming INAS Global Games. Her amazing design of Lorri the Lorikeet, celebrates the diversity of our community. Lorri’s big personality and big heart will welcome the national and international athletes, delegates and visitors to Brisbane. Well done Amelia!

 

Science Snippets

The overlooked scientist behind the discovery of the “secret of life”. Fifty-seven years ago, three men received the Nobel prize for Physiology and Medicine. Their …

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Science Snippets

The overlooked scientist behind the discovery of the “secret of life”.

Fifty-seven years ago, three men received the Nobel prize for Physiology and Medicine. Their names were James Watson, Francis Crick, and Maurice Wilkins and they were publicly and internationally credited with the discovery and understanding of DNA.

Scientifically named deoxyribonucleic acid, DNA consists of two intertwined strands in the form of a double helix shape. These chains are composed of nucleotides, which further consist of three distinct parts – a sugar group, a phosphate group, and a base. The sugar and phosphate groups combine to form the repeating ‘backbone’ of the DNA strands. There are additionally four different bases that can potentially be attached to the sugar group: adenine (A), thymine (T), guanine (G) and cytosine (C). The importance of this chemical compound lies in the genetic instructions it provides for all inherited traits. DNA is thus required for the development, growth, functioning and reproduction of every living organism, with variation in this DNA being what makes us unique.

While DNA was first discovered in 1869 it was not until 1953 that Watson, Crick and Wilkins were attributed with determining that the structure of DNA is a double-helix polymer. Yet when acknowledgements for this vital discovery were given out one person was deliberately disregarded. Her contribution was ignored, her work stolen. Her name was Rosalind Franklin.

Franklin graduated from the University of Cambridge in 1941 when women were still not recognised as full members of the university or entitled to a degree award. Despite consistently publishing work in the top scientific journals she was continually subjected to lower pay compared to her male colleagues – and consistently protested against it. She was a strong-willed and forthright woman who often questioned her overseers and professors – not in an effort to undermine them but to rather hone her ideas. Unfortunately, with her gender only recently being allowed to participate in the field by most institutions, and generally encouraged to be quiet and docile this led to her conflicting with many of her co-workers – the most famous of which led to her being air-brushed out of history.

In 1951, Franklin was offered a 3-year research scholarship at King’s College in London where Wilkins, Crick and Watson were already working on attempting to identify the structure of DNA. Franklin’s expertise with x-ray could help them solve it for good. She was set to work with Wilkins but a misunderstanding – in which Wilkins thought Franklin was an assistant – and clashing personalities led to immediate friction between them. Frustrated and isolated, Wilkins sought company from Francis Crick and James Watson. Without her permission and unknown to her, Wilkins secretly handed over some of Franklin’s work including the significant “Photograph 51” – a diffraction result demonstrating that clearly demonstrates a helical shape. Crick and Watson used this image as ‘inspiration’ and used it as well as their own data to develop and publish a paper on the DNA model that is known today.

In 1962 those three men involved in stealing Rosalind Franklin’s work won the Nobel Prize for “the most important scientific discovery of the 20th Century.”* Franklin remained unaware that they had used “Photo 51” for the rest of her life which was tragically short. At the age of 39 she died of ovarian cancer.

It was only ten years after this award when Watson published a book known as the Double Helix in which he characterised Rosalind as a bumbling ugly shrew, unable to understand her own results that many began to look into what really happened in the hunt for the ‘secret of life’. In the decades since, many awards, scholarships, and university departments have been named after her – the world now recognising Rosalind’s great contribution to science.

Even in contemporary society there is still a gender imbalance within the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) with women needing to search for strong female role models in these fields of study. It is thus vital that we acknowledge those women – like Rosalind Franklin who have helped to shape science as we know it today and who continue to inspire the next generation of scientists.

*Nobel prizes are not given out posthumously but regardless no acknowledgement was given to her for her work during this presentation

For more information about Rosalind Franklin visit:

https://www.nature.com/scitable/topicpage/rosalind-franklin-a-crucial-contribution-6538012/

http://www.dnaftb.org/19/bio-3.html

https://theconversation.com/rosalind-franklin-still-doesnt-get-the-recognition-she-deserves-for-her-dna-discovery-95536

https://www.rejectedprincesses.com/princesses/rosalind-franklin

For more information about DNA visit:

https://www.compoundchem.com/2015/03/24/dna/

https://www.britannica.com/science/DNA

 

Upcoming Events

  • NASA: A Human Adventure is an amazing exhibit running at the Queensland Museum until the 9thof October provides the most comprehensive and extensive touring space flight exhibition in the world. Featuring over 250 historically significant displays from the United States and Soviet Union space programs, it includes detailed replicas, scale models as well as original objects that have journeyed to space. For more information, visit: https://space.qm.qld.gov.au/?gclid=CjwKCAjw_MnmBRAoEiwAPRRWW5_Sci0JK-R9kgeKoZcCIWvaRBOpwhEIHJv3DjoEDh4Hlxpa-hzTDxoCb78QAvD_BwE
  • The ASD Work Experience Program is designed for students in Years 11 and 12, and high achieving Year 10 students, who have a passion to learn more about ICT, cyber security, programming and network engineering. Students are given a cyber security incident to solve. Every day, students are presented with a series of workshops learning and using the tools and techniques required solving the problem in an ASD Cyber Security work environment. You can choose from three sessions throughout the year:

Session 2 23 – 27 September

Session 3 30 September – 4 October

Session 4 25 – 29 November

For more information visit:

http://dayofstem.org/asd-cyberexp/asd-work-experience-program/

  • 66th Queensland Science Contest in 2019 is an opportunity for Queensland students from Prep to Grade 12 to have their scientific work judged for awards and prizes.

To enter:

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

The Awards Ceremony will be held at the University of Queensland on 26 October 2019.  Winners and highly commended students & families are invited to attend the Award Ceremony via their teacher. Over $12000 worth of prizes available! Please let Ms Macdonald know if you are interested in this contest.

  • A Day in the Life Experience Sessions for students interested in nursing and midwifery, and pharmacy are coming up. On Sunday, 8th September from 10am-2pm a day in the life of Nursing and Midwifery student at UQ will occur at the Whitty Building, Mater Hospital Brisbane. This day will offer hands-on activities and will provide students a chance to get a feel of what this profession involves. For more information visit:

https://future-students.uq.edu.au/nursing-and-midwifery-experience-day

If you have any questions regarding any of the science opportunities mentioned, please get in touch with Ms Macdonald (wmacdonald@stuartholme.com).

Kind regards,

Nieve Dickman (UQ Science Ambassador)

Science Week

Last week, from 12 to 18 August Stuartholme, along with countless other businesses, schools and universities across Australia celebrated National Science Week. There were many …

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Science Week

Last week, from 12 to 18 August Stuartholme, along with countless other businesses, schools and universities across Australia celebrated National Science Week. There were many exciting activities throughout the week that enabled the student body and staff to engage in science and earn a few House points and tasty chocolate as well!

On Monday there was a fun teacher vs student quiz. It was very competitive, and many interesting questions were asked but the winners – who just scraped into first place – were the students! Congratulations, we hope you enjoyed those tasty chocolates!

Tuesday saw us playing element bingo in J31. There was great attendance for this activity and we were able to play five rounds which everyone enjoyed. Students were able to pick up a few House points and some more tasty treats.

On Wednesday we let you all have a day off from science, including science classes. We hope you all enjoyed your day off! We were back again on Thursday with the space quiz straight away in morning TM time. Congratulations to 11 Parker who got the most answers correct and to 11 Woodlock and 10 Macrae who tied in second. Later that day a few of you joined us to build your rocket to launch on Friday. We had a great time getting a bit messy and having some fun designing and creating amazing rockets!

On Friday you may have seen the water rockets shooting into the sky. They were very fun to launch and flew so high! We also had the opportunity to test the rockets that the girls had made the day before.

We hope you all had as much fun as we did last week!

But without further ado, we have tallied up the points for the week and the winning house with 20 house points was…

…Macrae!

Woodlock and Parker both received 10 house points and Stuart obtained 5 points.

Congratulations girls! Thank you to all the girls who participated and we hope to see you again at our other science activities throughout the year!

Kind regards,

Nieve Dickman (UQ Science Ambassador)

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Geography news

Geographers have been outside in their lessons over the last few weeks. Year 11 students spent a recent Tuesday afternoon exploring the built environment around …

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Geography news

Geographers have been outside in their lessons over the last few weeks.

Year 11 students spent a recent Tuesday afternoon exploring the built environment around Newstead and Teneriffe, observing the rapid growth in higher density apartment living Brisbane’s inner suburbs.  On August 27, this class will experience a virtual visit to Yarabilba, a master-planned sustainable development to the south of Brisbane. Karen Greaves, Yarrabilba Sustainability Manager with Lend Lease, will present to the class on this topic of sustainable cities.

On Tuesday 13 August, Year 10 Geographers enjoyed an encounter with the natural environment. The girls observed and interpreted the Tweed River sand by-pass system from Point Danger and then worked in the field observing wave action and measuring beach and dune features further south at Kingscliff. Back in the classroom, their field data is now being transformed and analysed for their assignment.

Mrs Wendy Bolton

Geography teacher

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Year 9 Economics and Business – Marketing and Virtual Reality

As part of our studies in the elective subject Economics and Business, we had the opportunity to participate in a virtual reality incursion. Related to …

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Year 9 Economics and Business – Marketing and Virtual Reality

As part of our studies in the elective subject Economics and Business, we had the opportunity to participate in a virtual reality incursion. Related to our multi-modal assessment, our three classes were challenged to create an innovative ride which would be presented to the ‘Board of a theme park’. Instead of attending a theme park, we embarked on a different experience of the industry. We had a virtual reality company send a team of five people to present a simulated version of several rides; approximately 5 – 10 were supplied that we could try without even leaving our Theatre! Through this experience we were given the opportunity to understand the various aspects which contribute to the making of a ride and how it fits with a business theme. This taught us how each ride varies to one another, hence seeks uniqueness to flourish. Moreover, the course of developing technology accompanied by nuanced motion and haptic tracks – enhanced features stimulating the five sensors – enabled the classes to experience the immersive, 3-dimensional visuals of virtual reality.

This virtual reality experience gave Economics and Business students a strong understanding of the theme park industry and the need to have unique selling points for marketing. We now have real-world understanding to link to completing our assessment, while having an interesting and interactive experience.

By Bella, Ella and Kei, 9.1 Economics and Business

 

Year 11 Business guest speaker and alumnae

Last week, Year 11 Business students had the opportunity of listening to Dr Paula Dootson (Class of 2006) from QUT about marketing and personal communication. …

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Year 11 Business guest speaker and alumnae

Last week, Year 11 Business students had the opportunity of listening to Dr Paula Dootson (Class of 2006) from QUT about marketing and personal communication.

This presentation was extremely beneficial, as we are covering marketing in our current unit and will be completing an assignment on this topic. Dr Dootson spoke about several marketing concepts, including strategic advantage, business growth and USP. It was very interesting to hear about different ways a business may approach an issue and the strategies they might use to overcome this.

Dr Dootson discussed examples of several businesses she had worked with in the past, which allowed us to understand the practical application of various analytical tools we have spent time in class learning about. An example of this was an Australian producer of timber products that had no control over the market (a demand-slave business) so employed a strategy ‘to flip the business model’ in order to remain more competitive within their market. Dr Paula Dootson’s visit provided us with many real-life ideas regarding marketing and presented several new approaches towards business issues, which was very useful in furthering our understanding of the current unit of study.

Molly Hoskinson, Year 11 Business student

 

2019 Australian Geography Competition

Geography is an interdisciplinary study of the relationships between people, places and the environment. It involves the Humanities and Social Sciences, and also the natural …

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2019 Australian Geography Competition

Geography is an interdisciplinary study of the relationships between people, places and the environment. It involves the Humanities and Social Sciences, and also the natural sciences, information technology and spatial technology.

A group of Geography students from Years 10 to 12 entered The Australian Geography Competition earlier this year. This nation-wide Competition is an initiative of the Royal Geographical Society of Queensland and the Australian Geography Teachers’ Association and is supported by Flinders University, Macquarie University, Monash University, University of Queensland, The University of Western Australia and the Australian Department of Education and Training. Students responded to data represented in thematic and topographic maps, photographs, tables, text, satellite images and a variety of graph types. Questions referred to information on climate, urbanisation and urban density, agriculture, marine parks, Uluru, plastic pollution and marine debris, recycling, tsunamis and population.

I am very pleased with how our students have performed this year and would like to thank all the participants for their efforts in the Competition.

Some of our girls gained impressive results and need to be congratulated.  High Distinction was achieved by Annalise Barnes, Abigail Moore, Hayley Bowden and Molly McCann.  Distinction was achieved by Lauren Barnfield, Amy Horn, Sophie Smith, Juliet Wynn and  Credit was achieved by Lucy Berge, Isabelle Haddon, Hannah Howard and Imogen Lynch.

Mrs. Wendy Bolton,

Geography teacher

MLTAQ Brisbane – Languages Secondary Speech Contest

On Sunday 4 August, a group of Stuartholme students competed in the Brisbane-wide Language Speech contest at Griffith University, run by the Modern Language Teachers’ …

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MLTAQ Brisbane – Languages Secondary Speech Contest

On Sunday 4 August, a group of Stuartholme students competed in the Brisbane-wide Language Speech contest at Griffith University, run by the Modern Language Teachers’ Association of Queensland.

In the Year 9 French division, Ciara Royds earned first place and was the recipient of a medal for her achievement.

The contest involved writing a speech in the language, memorizing it and delivering it to a panel of judges. The challenge lay in not only in remembering the content without notes and focusing on authentic pronunciation but also in responding to questions from the judges in the target language at the end of the speech.

Well done Ciara!

Save the date – Music at Twilight

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Save the date – Music at Twilight

Building Brave Presentation

Stuartholme is pleased to be partnering with Karen Young and Michelle Mitchell for their presentation on Building Brave. The presentation will be in the school …

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Building Brave Presentation

Stuartholme is pleased to be partnering with Karen Young and Michelle Mitchell for their presentation on Building Brave. The presentation will be in the school Theatre on Wednesday 23 October from 6.30pm. Please see details on the flyer below, including how to purchase your discounted tickets.

Upcoming events!

Tickets available for Fathers’ Day  via Flexischools                         Year 9 Parent’s dinner

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Upcoming events!

Tickets available for Fathers’ Day  via Flexischools

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 9 Parent’s dinner

School Shop August Specials!

MUSIC PERFORMANCE BLOUSE NOW HALF PRICE $30 NETBALL VISORS AT COST $5.50 BUY 2 AND RECEIVE 2ND ONE AT HALF PRICE OF THE FOLLOWING: KEEP …

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School Shop August Specials!

MUSIC PERFORMANCE BLOUSE NOW HALF PRICE $30

NETBALL VISORS AT COST $5.50

BUY 2 AND RECEIVE 2ND ONE AT HALF PRICE OF THE FOLLOWING:

KEEP CUPS ($15 FOR 2)

WATER BOTTLES ($15 FOR 2)

BLUE STUARTHOLME CHAIRS ($45 FOR 2)

RED STADIUM CHAIRS ($60 FOR 2)

SUPPORTER’S JERSEYS AND SHIRTS ALSO AVAILABLE IN THE SCHOOL SHOP