In this issue

Are you interested in being a QCAA exam supervisor?
Celebration of Excellence – change in format
Academic Committee Tutoring
Year 7 Retreat
Year 10 Business Ventures
Paul Costello talks to Year 11 Religion and Ethics
Your containers will help restore the Great Barrier Reef
Student designed Christmas decorations with a purpose
Return to Canungra Wine and Dine
School Shop Spring Specials
Plus much more!

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends, Please click here to watch my Newsletter issue 12 address.   Take care and God Bless, Kristen Sharpe Principal        

From the Principal
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Message from the Principal

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends,

Please click here to watch my Newsletter issue 12 address.

 

Take care and God Bless,

Kristen Sharpe
Principal

 

 

 

 

Key Dates

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Key Dates

Fri 7 AugustAcademic e-ssembly
Fri 21 AugustCross Country
Tues 25 AugustYear 10 immunisations
Sat 12-Sun 13 SeptemberCentennial Art Show
Fri 4 September Year 12 Formal
Tues 15 SeptemberRACQ Docudrama
Wed 16 SeptemberYear 8 Arts Fiesta
Fri 18 SeptemberLast day of Term 3
Mon 5 OctoberPublic holiday
Tues 6 OctoberBoarders return
Boarder Parent Network Meeting
Parents of Stuartholme Meeting
Wed 7 OctoberAll classes start
Thurs 15 OctoberYear 12 Boarders Farewell Liturgy and Dinner
Fri 16 OctoberYear 12 Breakfast
Last day of classes for Year 12
Year 12 Valedictory
Fri 23 OctoberCelebration of Excellence
Mon 26 Oct-Mon 16 NovYear 12 External Exams
Fri 27 NovClasses finish 12pm
Border travel day

Message from the Deputy Principal

Supporting our seniors to boost learning I was delighted to attend the Year 12 Assembly on Monday, alongside our Dean of Student Wellbeing – Deb …

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Message from the Deputy Principal

Supporting our seniors to boost learning

I was delighted to attend the Year 12 Assembly on Monday, alongside our Dean of Student Wellbeing – Deb Lonsdale-Walker, ahead of their Mock Exam block to offer some final key messages and words of support.

In connecting with students, I commended them for being on track to achieve outstanding results and reiterated how very proud I am of them. I also shared that the secret now is to hang in there to the very last moment and take advantage of the Mock Exam block, which is a terrific dress rehearsal.

I encourage you as parents to support your daughters to tap into the impressive support structures that are in place to wrap around them to finish as strongly as they have started.

 

Celebrating the science of learning

This week we celebrated National Science Week, and I thought it important to spend some time exploring the science of learning and how we can boost our learning and improve the power of our brains.

Over the break, I shared with the Year 12 cohort some of the research presented by the Queensland Brain Institute and the Science of Learning Research Centre to promote learning and memory. As our senior students begin the homeward stretch towards completing their senior schooling through the external examination process, this advice is beneficial. It is equally relevant to students in all year levels to optimise success.

The research suggests six key tips to help improve the power of our brains and includes:

  1. Minimise distractions

The ability to focus our attention is crucial to high brain performance. Multi-tasking is also not recommended, and the rapid switching between tasks can often impair both long-term and working (short-term) memory. Setting clear expectations around the use of technology in the classroom and at home will assist in gaining clarity and focusing on your learning.

  1. Use active testing recall

Forced-recall testing through quizzes or forcing yourself to actively recall information gives us the ability to retain meaning better. Take the time to test out a peer or access an online quiz to improve your recall and retention.

  1. Spread out learning

Long-term retention is enhanced when spacing study sessions apart. Effective spacing is more beneficial than a ‘cram’ before an exam. Set up a regular revision schedule for each week and periodically review key topics from across the term.

  1. Mix things up

Often when we learn, we block learning. Instead, interleaving through mixing up the practice of several interrelated skills can boost performance. Finding the opportunity to complete revision that combines practice questions across multiple topics can significantly assist.

  1. Combine spoken word with images

While multitasking is detrimental to learning, research has found that processing images and spoken words simultaneously has no negative effect on how well we remember them. Using relevant non-text images can assist your study.

  1. Use stories

Use of memory aids – mnemonics, and stories is particularly useful when studying. The application of a personal context to learning strengthens neural pathways making it easier to recall content.

A focus on practice rather than just performance

I am enjoying working closely with our Dean of Student Wellbeing to stay at the forefront of the research and develop the skills in our students required to improve performance.

One of the areas of professional reading we have been undertaking resides in the field of neuroplasticity.

When it comes to learning a skill, repeated experiences are essential and have now been linked to the brain changing through training (called neuroplasticity). By directing our focus, attention, and actions towards certain things, we can strengthen neural connections and make it easier to do those things.

The plasticity of the brain allows us to improve our skills through practice and repetition (McKenna, 2019). This has powerful implications in terms of optimising success for students.

A key benefit in moving from a performance to a practice orientation is a growth mindset and the chance to see failure as an opportunity to grow.

We have mechanisms in place at school to support students to reflect on their practice and learning behaviours. To partner with this, I encourage you to have conversations with your daughters about key areas of their learning which they can target and repeatedly practice strengthening their results.

Best wishes,

Daniel Crump
Deputy Principal

 

References:
McKenna, 2019, Making Wellbeing Practical. Brisbane: Epub.

Queensland Brain Institute, n.d, www.qbi.uq.edu.au/learning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Message from the Dean of Mission

As we know, our Sacred Heart Education Focus Goal for 2020 is Building Community as a Christian Value. As we continue to grow as a community in our …

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Message from the Dean of Mission

As we know, our Sacred Heart Education Focus Goal for 2020 is Building Community as a Christian Value. As we continue to grow as a community in our Centenary year, it is fitting to take a look back at the history of this goal in the Society of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. To do so, I commend to you this excerpt from Heart of our God: Documentary Sources of the Goals. 

 In the wake of the French Revolution Madeleine Sophie Barat, as a young woman of twenty-six, was chosen to lead a small band of religious whose goal was to educate young people in a country which could no longer assume itself to be predominantly Catholic or Christian. Central to her vision was the dual conviction that Christianity was a religion based on love, not on fear or convention, hence the motto: ONE HEART AND ONE MIND IN THE HEART OF JESUS; and that children learn best when treated as individuals in a supportive environment of wise freedom. This was the origin and purpose of the Society of the Sacred Heart and of the schools it has established over nearly 200 years in five continents, at present in forty-one countries, a spirit that still informs past and present members of Sacred Heart schools. 

 Until the 1960’s the small, close-knit and inevitably selective school community, often with a significant core of boarding students, was directed by the resident enclosed community of religious whose life of prayer and work was reflected in a modified way in the life .of the school. Christian, intellectual, and social values, skills and behaviours were effectively, and for the most part affectionately, communicated and received in a cohesive social environment, which tended to regard the outside world as hostile to religious faith. World War II and the complex forces out of which it erupted, and the subsequent emergence of radically new responses to the age-old dilemmas of the human condition totally changed the relationship between church communities and the world. 

Today, the staff and student community reflect in greater measure the diverse, often fractured, reality of society at large, whose values and longings it seeks to identify, understand, discern in the light of Christian faith, and communicate. The staff community, familiar with the heritage of Sacred Heart education, are engaged in an ongoing work of collaboration with the religious that gradually unfolds as new problems present themselves, new patterns emerge, and new possibilities take shape. 

Mindful of a tradition that what we do, we do together, the staff work with each other and with the students to continually create a learning environment where each person is valued and respected for who they are; gifts are brought to light and shared, differences and limitations are recognised and accepted, leadership is fostered at many levels, and young people are encouraged to find hope, purpose and meaning in their lives, and a new way of being church. 

As a microcosm of the larger world, the school community becomes the place where staff and students can be made aware of the power of love to transform society. 

 How privileged we are to belong to such a tradition and vision of community. 

 Peace and blessings for the weeks ahead. 

Justin Golding
Dean of Mission

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Message from the Dean of Boarding

Dear Parents and Guardians, Last weekend was our first long weekend for this term and an opportunity for the girls to have a real break …

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Message from the Dean of Boarding

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Last weekend was our first long weekend for this term and an opportunity for the girls to have a real break from the Boarding House. In light of the wonderful joyous conversations just before Mass on Sunday night, I would say the weekend was a success. In these times with restrictions still in place to remain in line with the our APPHC guidelines for Boarding schools, I am so grateful for our families who have been able to support the girls in this time. A number of NSW girls were able to go and have a weekend with a Boarder family in Queensland, or with other family and friends here close to Brisbane.

We have been in conversation with our NSW parents about the Queensland Border restrictions which are more severe than any previously applied. There are a number of organisations writing and talking to Government officials, including our Board Chair and Principal, as well as our ICPA Queensland branch and the ABSA – Australian Boarding School Association. These represent just a few who are asking for a more compassionate response than what we have at the moment. At this stage, and as we know things can change, our NSW girls will need to stay in Queensland over the September break or face a quarantine for two weeks at their family’s expense.

Here in the House life has a level of normal returning, study and tutoring support is happening, recreation activities are taking place every weekend, assessment tasks are starting to be completed and sport has returned to our world in full swing. I wish our girls who are involved in the Head of the River program this coming weekend all the best of luck, I know your dedication to this world is inspiring.

With the weekend of the 4th – 6th September having a pupil free day on the Friday and it is also Father’s Day weekend, I would ask families to consider using this weekend as another break from Boarding. Activities will be arranged for the weekend for those girls who stay in House, but I want to really encourage those families that can, to take up this opportunity. The night of the 4th September is also the Year 12 Formal, which I am very much looking forward to seeing the girls beautifully dressed to impress.

On behalf of our Boarding community I would like to sincerely congratulate the following girls who have accepted the opportunity to be a designated Leader in our Boarding House for 2021. Our Amiens House Captain is Emma Hall and Vice- Captain Maeve Shay, Grenoble House Captain is Lily Thomson and Vice-Captain is Lucy Berge. Our Year level Mentors are Year 11 2021 – Mimi Philp, Year 10 – Leilani Hale, Year 9 – Betsy Duff, Year 8 – Anna Hegarty, Year 7 – Tatianna Stinson. We also congratulate Madeleine Roche on her appointment to the Cor Unum Committee for 2021. I am sure that these young women will assist us in leading our Boarding House to become the best it can be.

Another date to book in is our Year 12 Boarder and Parent Farewell Dinner of Thursday night the 15th October from 6.00pm. I am hopeful that by then the current Border restrictions will have lessen to allow us to appropriate congratulate our current Year 12 girls on reaching this wonderful milestone, the conclusion of their school education. More details will be sent out closer to the date.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly.

Take care,

Karen Davies
Dean of Boarding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Message from the Dean of Student Wellbeing

Optimising success for our senior students I was delighted to attend the Year 12 Assembly on Monday morning alongside our Deputy Principal – Mr Daniel …

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Message from the Dean of Student Wellbeing

Optimising success for our senior students

I was delighted to attend the Year 12 Assembly on Monday morning alongside our Deputy Principal – Mr Daniel Crump to offer key messages of support ahead of their mock exams.

I reminded each and every senior that as they move into the home stretch over the next little while that every staff member is right behind them, so that they can give this final year of schooling their very best shot. Our founder St Madeleine Sophie says “come as you are and you will be greatly loved”. In reminding the students of this, I read them my favourite children’s book “Guess How Much I love You”. I asserted that in the hustle and bustle of the school day we did not want them to forget this.

We have every confidence in the 2020 Seniors who have displayed incredible resilience and tenacity in their final year in the wake of a global pandemic. We look forward to continuing to working in partnership with you as parents to support them in a strong finish.

The power of integrating learning and wellbeing

Standing alongside our Deputy Principal to address our seniors on Monday morning characterises a key point of difference in the schooling experience offered at Stuartholme. The research now clearly shows that wellbeing can drive academic performance.

Whilst some schools still ascribe to a theory and model that a focus on wellbeing takes times and resources away from critical academic pursuits, the evidence now clearly shows that is not the case.

Rather, data suggests that students who thrive and flourish, demonstrate stronger academic performance (McKenna, 2019, Norrish, Robinson & Williams 2013). The evidence shows:

Students with high wellbeing:

  • gain higher grades and lower rates of absence (Suldo, Thalji & Ferron 2011, ACU 2008)
  • have higher self-control and lower procrastination (Howell 2009); and
  • are more creative and open-minded in their thinking (Fredrickson & Branigan 2005).

Continuing to implement a wellbeing program as a discrete subject across Years 7-12 has been particularly associated with enhanced performance. Daniel Crump and I will continue to work closely together to stay at the forefront of the research and embed the skills required to improve school performance; ensure better problem solving and planning techniques; and enable higher order thinking skills so that your daughters can achieve their personal best (ACU, 2008).

Thanking our Green Ribbons

On next Friday 28 August, the Liturgy recognising the 2020 Blue and Green Ribbon Recipients will take place. I would particularly like to acknowledge our 2019 Green Ribbons who have done an outstanding job in supporting school actions tours and a range of significant key events.

  • Lily Alessandra
  • Alexandra Borjesson
  • Annalise Barnes
  • Grace Deeran
  • Indigo Goldston
  • Leilani Hale
  • Amy Horn
  • Hannah Howard
  • Jayde MCarthy
  • Abbey Moore
  • Mia Raymond
  • Revelle Rolfe
  • Maeve Shay
  • Lily Thomson
  • Juliet Wynn

They have showcased Cor Unum Spirit in all endeavours, and it has been a real privilege working alongside these students.

Deborah Lonsdale-Walker
Dean of Student Wellbeing

 

References

Australian Catholic University, 2008. Scoping study into approaches to student wellbeing. Brisbane: Erebus international.

Fredrickson & Branigan 2005. “Positive emotions broaden the scope of attention and thought-action repertoires”. HHS Author Manuscripts.

Howell, 2009. “Flourishing: Achievement-related correlates of students’ well-being”. The Journal of Positive Psychology  (4) 1.

McKenna, 2019, Making Wellbeing Practical. Brisbane: Epub.

Suldo, Thalji & Ferron 2011 “Longitudinal academic outcomes predicted by early adolescents’ subjective well-being, psychopathology, and mental health status yielded from a dual factor model”. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 6(1), 17–30.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Message from the Careers Counsellor

Hi everyone, We’ve had another wonderful couple of weeks in the Careers Office. TAC Attack TAC Attack kicked off this fortnight and it’s been fabulous …

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Message from the Careers Counsellor

Hi everyone,

We’ve had another wonderful couple of weeks in the Careers Office.

TAC Attack

TAC Attack kicked off this fortnight and it’s been fabulous to see so many Year 12 students dropping in to set up their Tertiary Admissions Centre accounts and applications each Monday afternoon.

TAC Attack for Boarders

We also had a special TAC Attack session for Year 12 boarders this Wednesday evening. It was great to see almost all of our Year 12 boarders there, getting their heads around RA categories, Rural Access Schemes, Educational Access Schemes and some of the different financial support available for rural and remote students interested in undertaking further studies.

Year 12 Career Ready Day

We’ve also been gearing up for our upcoming Career Ready Day for Year 12 students, which will be happening on 9 September. We’ll be tackling aptitude and psychometric testing, group and individual interviews, LinkedIn, application writing, and fair work, so that all of our graduates feel ready for whatever they want to do after school.

If you’d like to be involved in the day in some way, please get in touch for a chat!

And as always, please find below a collection of opportunities and information that could be helpful to you and your daughters.

Warm regards,

Tom Lillyman
Careers Counsellor

 

Explore

Ask a Space and IT expert

Ever had a question about space that you wanted answered? Log in for a live Q&A session from the very best including a live cross from NASA! On Wednesday 26 August from 8 – 8.45am you can listen to Dr Barbara Cohen, Planetary Scientist at NASA Goddard Apace Flight Centre. Click here for more information and to register for the session.

Integrity 20’20 Update

Integrity 20’20 is gathering leading thinkers to address topics ranging from corruption, global health and leadership to protest, space, adaptation and resilience. The program features a series of talks, conversations and interactive Q&A and promises an opportunity for you to step out of the everyday and consider the big issues shaping our lives and futures. The full program will be released in early August. Register your interest early as positions are limited. If you are studying business and economics, humanities and social sciences, information and communication technologies and sciences this may be for you plus anyone who enjoys thought-provoking conversation on issues that concern us all. It will be held on Thursday 22 October, 9.30 am–12.45 pm and registrations are now open.

Got Questions? We’ve got answers!

UQ’s team of program advisors and student ambassadors are online and available to chat between 10am-4pm from Monday to Friday each week.  The team are available to answer any questions about applying to UQ, program information, subject prerequisites and getting the most out of QTAC preferencing. click to Discover more.

Virtual Open Days

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

August

20 & 22 August – James Cook University

29 August – Australian Catholic University

29 & 30 August – QUT

 

September

5 & 12 September – Australian Catholic University

5 September – University of Southern Queensland

 

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

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

 

Interstate Open Days

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

 

Good to know

Want a casual job over Christmas?

Did you know that many employers start recruiting their Christmas casuals as early as July? And that many large recruiters try to complete their Christmas recruitment by November? But don’t despair! There is still time to find that holiday job. JobJumpstart has put together four tips to help you start your school holiday job search.

What is the future of work?

The future of work is now. Globalisation, digitalisation and other mega-trends are bringing radical shifts to how we live and work. These changes raise essential questions around the skills we need for future jobs, the quality of those jobs … You can read the recent OECD article What do we know about the future of work?  for a better idea of what might be ahead of us.

Apply

Want an apprenticeship in 2021? Begin your search now!

Year 12s, don’t wait until you finish school in November to start looking for an apprenticeship. Start now as many employers begin to recruit for 2021 from this time of the year. The first thing you need to do is decide on the type of apprenticeship you want. The Queensland Training Information Service website has a list of apprenticeships currently available in Queensland.

Click on the apprenticeships you are interested in for more information about the job. You can also talk to people already in the job and/or do work experience to help you with your decision. The following websites have useful steps to gaining an apprenticeship:

Australian Defence Force (ADF) Gap Year

Applications for the 2021 ADF Gap Year are still open for several roles. These positions are demand-driven and may fill up soon. You can register to receive Gap Year updates and lodge your application for positions of your choice on the ADF Gap Year website.

Bond University scholarship applications are closing soon!

Bond University’s Scholarship Program encompasses a range of awards available to students currently studying in their final year of high school. The Bond scholarship program aims to reward the best and brightest students from across Australia with full-fee and part-fee tuition remission scholarships. Scholarships are available to students who have excelled academically, in community endeavours, in sport and in leadership roles. All applications close by 6 September so click here to read more so you don’t miss the deadline.

A reminder of 2020 fixed closing dates

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

Co-curricular News

CaSSSA Cross Country Results are just in from CaSSSA Cross Country today: Stuartholme won all age groups – 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 and 19s. …

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Co-curricular News

CaSSSA Cross Country

Results are just in from CaSSSA Cross Country today:

Stuartholme won all age groups – 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 and 19s.

Second – Percentage Cup

Overall 2020 Champions! Hear the ROAR!

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Sister Mollie Ahearn Service Awards

Dear Students, The Sister Mollie Ahearn Service Awards are presented to students who have demonstrated a spirituality of service in our school and local communities …

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Sister Mollie Ahearn Service Awards

Dear Students,

The Sister Mollie Ahearn Service Awards are presented to students who have demonstrated a spirituality of service in our school and local communities in 2020.

Awards are granted for the following hours of service:

  1. BRONZE AWARD – Up to 20 hours of service including at least one Stuartholme led activity.
  2. SILVER AWARD – Up to 30 hours of service including at least 2 Stuartholme led activities.
  3. GOLD AWARD – Up to 40 hours of service including at least 3 Stuartholme led activities.

All students who have been of service in 2020 are invited to record their hours of service through the following link:
https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=6Bd1eYz5Ek-Oo1w2TQfYPdn7GCxxPbJHrqg7uryzLQdUN1BVSDYwUkJONk9FMU9NQzdLUVkyMEFQNy4u

Please complete a new entry for every service activity that you participated in. Under the Mission tile in MyStuartholme is a tile called ‘Sister Mollie Ahearn Awards’ which includes the link and the verification document.

Some examples of service include:

  • Participation in JPIC initiatives.
  • Volunteering for an organisation or an initiative.
  • Raising money for a cause.
  • Supporting the liturgical life of the school through music or reading at Mass.
  • Serving on a committee.

Please note that service in the broader community requires verification from an activity supervisor by completing the External Service Verification Form (attached). This form is to be uploaded using the link above.

Service hours must be recorded by next Thursday 27 August.

Please see myself or Ms Claire Lawler if you have any questions.

Best wishes,

Mr Golding

Seeking Volunteers: Year 12 Career Ready Day

Do you have some experience interviewing staff? Do you have at least 30 minutes to spare? We would love you to be a mock interviewer! …

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Seeking Volunteers: Year 12 Career Ready Day

Do you have some experience interviewing staff?

Do you have at least 30 minutes to spare?

We would love you to be a mock interviewer!

Part of the Year 12 Career Ready Day on 9 September will be mock job interviews – to help our Year 12 students improve their interview skills!

If you have at least 30 mins to spare between 11am-12.30pm on 9 September and are interested in interviewing over Zoom, please get in touch with Mr Tom Lillyman, Careers Counsellor, via email.

Comprehensive resources and instructions will be provided to make this event easy and quick for you to be a part of. Thank you in advanced for any support you can offer!

Science Snippets

This week is National Science Week! National Science Week is an annual celebration of science and technology to acknowledge Australian scientists’ contributions and encourage curious …

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Science Snippets

This week is National Science Week! National Science Week is an annual celebration of science and technology to acknowledge Australian scientists’ contributions and encourage curious younger generations to be fascinated by the world in which we live (National Science Week, 2020).

The theme for this year is ‘Deep Blue: innovations for the future of our oceans.’ Covering more than 2/3 of the Earth’s total surface area, our oceans are an integral part of our planet. This theme embraces the innovative technologies and solutions required to achieve economic, environmental and social sustainability of our oceans. It focusses on inquiries into workable solutions to ensure of healthy oceans, economies and communities (National Science Week, 2020).

This theme features the establishment of the Blue economy CRC, a sustainable seafood and renewable energy initiative. It combines the aquaculture and renewable energy sectors in an innovative way that produces commercially viable and sustainable offshore developments, impacting greatly marine renewable energy output and seafood production (Blue Economy CRC, 2020).

In order to celebrate National Science Week, the Science Ambassadors planned a week of fun, engaging activities to be held at Stuartholme, during which girls deepened their understanding of all things ‘ocean’ and had an opportunity to win House points. Keeping with the theme of the ‘Deep Blue,’ we held an art competition in which participants were invited to submit a drawing, painting, model or any type of artwork that reflects this year’s theme. In addition, there was a ‘guess the number of lollies in the jar’ competition from which the proceeds will be donated to the Great Barrier Reef foundation so that we can do our part to help our oceans.

On Monday and Tuesday, Year 7 students participated in a boat making competition. In TMG, the girls constructed boats out of aluminum foil and then put them to the test through measuring how many marbles each boat could hold. Year 7 Woodlock took home the victory with a boat able to hold 277g! On Wednesday, there was a memory match competition, involving Australian marine and aquatic life. Thursday featured a water filtration demonstration and an ocean acidification experiment in order to encourage girls to think about what occurs in our oceans. Finally, the annual Staff vs Student science quiz is held today (Friday) during which we will see whether the girls or the teachers know more about the ‘Deep Blue.’

Science opportunities coming up:

  • Experience Entomology online workshop: 22nd August

Explore the weird and whimsical world of insects and discover why they are the most successful group of terrestrial organisms.

https://future-students.uq.edu.au/events/experience-entomology

  • Experience Plant Science online workshop: 29th August

Explore the dynamic and interdisciplinary nature of plant science, and branch out into agriculture, agronomy, horticulture, biotechnology, botany or mycology.

https://future-students.uq.edu.au/events/experience-plant-science

  • UQ Gatton campus tour: 22nd-24th September

Considering studying agriculture, agribusiness, plant or animal sciences?

Explore the vast, rural Gatton campus and visit a few of the facilities you’ll access while studying here. You’ll meet current students and educators who will share the social and academic opportunities available to you as a UQ student.

https://future-students.uq.edu.au/events/gatton-campus-tours

Lily Alessandra (Year 11 UQ Science Ambassador)

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Ensemble Workshops

Music students took part in two workshops recently to refine and record the repertoire they have been working on in Semester 1. The first workshop …

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Ensemble Workshops

Music students took part in two workshops recently to refine and record the repertoire they have been working on in Semester 1.

The first workshop on Friday 7 August included:

  • Choir Workshops- Year 7 Choir and Joigny Voices; supported by Elspeth Sutherland; Evalyn Legried; Kathy Sander, accompanist.
  • Jazz Band  supported by Zac Moynihan.

The second workshop on Sunday 9 August included:

  • Strings Workshop – Joigny String Orchestra and Sinfonietta, supported by  Evalyn Legried and Laura Thomson
  • Concert Band Workshop:  supported by Andrew Mear, Sam Blakeney, Miranda Sue Yek, Jaz Harris

Students and staff to be congratulated on the quality of performance and focus during the workshops

Videos taken and look forward to sharing them in the future.

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Year 7 Retreat

On Thursday  13 August, Year 7 took part in a Retreat led by Mr Golding. We started the day with some icebreaker activities so we …

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Year 7 Retreat

On Thursday  13 August, Year 7 took part in a Retreat led by Mr Golding. We started the day with some icebreaker activities so we could get to know each other better. Joining us on the day were a group of Year 10 volunteers, who shared what Cor Unum: One Heart means to them and talked about being part of our Stuartholme community and the International Sacred Heart Community. In small groups, the students definitions for Cor Unum and what it means to our community.

After morning tea we connected with our Sacred Heart tradition through song.  Mr Mear, assisted by Georgia Manthey taught us “In the Spirit of Cor Unum” and “Coeur de Jésus”. The Year 7s look forward to singing these when we are once again back in the chapel.

In the afternoon we took part in rotation activities. One activity involved a group going outside, finding and then taking a polaroid picture of something which reminded them of God. We also made Rosary bead bracelets and practised saying the Rosary. We ended the day making origami hearts and writing something we would like to gift our community, for example encouragement. We put all of our hearts into a vase during our liturgy. As we left the chapel, we each took a heart as a reminder of the day and the pledge we have made to our Stuartholme community.

Thank you to Mr Golding for organising the retreat, to Mr Mear for his contribution to the day and to the Year 10 girls for helping to run the activities.

Mrs MacGregor
A/Leader of Student Wellbeing – Year 7

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Year 10 Business Ventures

Our Year 10 Business students have been working in small groups to plan and implement a micro-business venture.  The topic, ‘Business Feasibility and Ventures’, requires …

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Year 10 Business Ventures

Our Year 10 Business students have been working in small groups to plan and implement a micro-business venture.  The topic, ‘Business Feasibility and Ventures’, requires them to test their business concept for feasibility and viability by developing a business plan and operating their business for a trial period.

Each group is currently taking orders by personally selling to students in the school community and will then produce a limited quantity.

Some of the unique business names from 10.2 and 10.3 classes include:

Coral Belle Terrariums
Coco Candles
Jaws
Chupa Treats
Aloha Kauwela Bracelets
Jolly Lolly &  Co
Sweet and Smacky

We hope you can support these students by purchasing their products.

Paul Costello talks to the Year 11 Religion and Ethics class

Educator and writer, Paul Costello, was the special guest of Year 11 Religion and Ethics last Thursday via Zoom. Paul worked for many years developing …

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Paul Costello talks to the Year 11 Religion and Ethics class

Educator and writer, Paul Costello, was the special guest of Year 11 Religion and Ethics last Thursday via Zoom.

Paul worked for many years developing curriculum and method in Creative Writing and Religious Education. In more recent years, his work has involved homeless youth where he founded “Rosies-Friends on the Street.”

Paul is an enthusiast and perpetual student of the narrative idea. He is pursuing projects that  harness the new web technology because he believes the web can help resurrect the story circles that used to lie at the heart of  vibrant community life, and become an exciting new way to  connect people.

The students were asked to share their take aways from the discussion:

  • To change the world, you have to change the story.
  • Stories are a matter of life and death, political stories, etc. Don’t believe every story. Be critical story hearers.
  • Your story is valuable.
  • Be aware of your story.
  • Find your voice, and you will find your power, purpose and integrity within yourself.

Paul is now working on developing an app to give school children in lockdown a voice. We are very grateful to Paul for his time and insights.

 

 

Ponytail Project

Hello everyone, We hope that August is treating you well after such an unpredictable year! The Cor Unum Committee are very keen to announce an …

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Ponytail Project

Hello everyone,

We hope that August is treating you well after such an unpredictable year!

The Cor Unum Committee are very keen to announce an amazing new event that the whole school community can support!

On Friday 9 October, Week 1 of Term 4, 34 seniors will be rocking the chop for the Cancer Council’s Ponytail Project. These amazing girls will be cutting and donating their hair in an effort to raise money for cancer research. We have already received some amazing support from friends and family, however, we are asking that anyone who is able and willing to could please donate to a cause that will be one of the senior’s final efforts to make Madeleine Sophie proud.

The seniors of 2020 have experienced a very different year 12 than expected, non the less, we would love if this new event could become a tradition within the Stuartholme community. Even the smallest donations are appreciated, if it’s the difference between making your own coffee one morning or choosing to bring lunch rather than go to the café, every cent matters! The link to donate to our Stuartholme team is located below, seeing as though many of our other fundraising activities have unfortunately been cancelled throughout the year now is as good a time as any to support some Stuartholme girls in their effort to make a change. Plans are still being made to ensure this event is fun for not only the girls participating but also people who would like to come and support, however, details relating to this will be released at a later date.

Any support we receive is noted and greatly appreciated!

Thank you,

The Cor Unum Committee and the Seniors of 2020

https://www.ponytailproject.com.au/fundraisers/STU2020

Interhouse Debating Results

With Macrae and Woodlock proceeding to the Year 9 and 10 Interhouse Debating Competition grand final, our Year 11 and 12s were ready to embrace …

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Interhouse Debating Results

With Macrae and Woodlock proceeding to the Year 9 and 10 Interhouse Debating Competition grand final, our Year 11 and 12s were ready to embrace some hard hitting, highly relatable and controversial topics.

  • Pixar is better than Disney
  • Semis/ Formals do more harm than good
  • How about books are better entertainment than tv shows

To mirror the standard inter-school debating competition, the IHDC introduced Point of Information for our Year 11 and 12 preliminary rounds. POI is essentially mid speech rebuttal, which can be offered by the opposition during speeches, however, does not need to be accepted. This new skill set provided excellent opportunities of expression and logic, however the 15 second limitation of an accepted POI proved to be an overall challenge for our very eloquent seniors. At the end of this very entertaining week Parker and Stuart proceeded to the grand final week.

The grand final week saw each house having a 50% chance at taking out a year level debating title. The finals moved to the auditorium to safely accommodate a growing audience. First up was our Year 7 and 8 teams who presented strong cases and rebutted ferociously. The debate was awarded to Toohey by one point due to their reasoning surrounding student’s time commitments and overall benefit to the community. On Wednesday, our Year 9 and 10 teams questioned the logical economic operations of implementing a compulsory action into schools and whether the gender disparity in trades could be truly solved. Despite compelling arguments from each side, the debate was awarded to Woodlock by one point. Our last debate was our Year 11 and 12 grand final and our seniors certainly delivered powerful cases, persuasive rebuttals, and inquisitive points of information. Whether it was discussing the binary nature of multiple-choice exams, the stress on a teacher or the wellbeing of the student, these young women did an amazing job. However, at the end of the debate Parker won by one point. Congratulations to all our debaters and the house points they have earned!

A huge thank you to all the students who participated in the IHDC, students and staff who came and supported, Mrs Devlin and Ms Harkin who helped supervise and organise, the Cultural Vice-Captains, our adjudicators and especially Molly McCann (debating captain). The list of students who represented their house in the grand finals can be found below.

Year 7 and 8

  • Coen
    • Darcy Venamore (Year 7)
    • Charli Woodard (Year 7)
    • Grace Power (ear 8)
    • Ellen Veleski (Year 8)
  • Toohey
    • Eve Tully (Year 7)
    • Amy Bristow (Year 7)
    • Lindsey Curl (Year 8)
    • Maggie Parr (Year 8)

Year 9 and 10

  • Macrae
    • Zoe Alessandra (Year 9)
    • Claire Bowley (Year 9)
    • Mia Fitzgerald (Year 10)
    • Holly Clemson (Year 10)
  • Woodlock
    • Jorja Ireland (Year 9)
    • Laura Penning (Year 9)
    • Anna Comen (Year 10)
    • Alex O’Brien (Year 10)

Year 11 and 12

  • Parker
    • Chloe Butler (Year 11)
    • Betsy Duff (Year 11)
    • Neave Duff (Year 12)
    • Molly McCann (Year 12)
  • Stuart
    • Grace Deeran (Year 11)
    • Elodie Walter (Year 12)
    • Charlie Stock (Year 12)

Academic Committee Tutoring

Our Sacred Heart Goal of ‘a deep respect for intellectual values‘, was on display during lunchtime last Tuesday as Year 12 students tutored Year 7/8 …

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Academic Committee Tutoring

Our Sacred Heart Goal of ‘a deep respect for intellectual values‘, was on display during lunchtime last Tuesday as Year 12 students tutored Year 7/8 students in Maths.

The Academic Captain Nieve Dickman, with the support of the committee (Melanie Ashley, Claire Cameron, Kathleen Janz and Georgia Rivalland) emailed all Year 7 and 8 students to offer this opportunity to the girls this term.  Interested junior girls were then assigned to volunteer Year 12 students to give them support.

This program helps our junior students to take responsibility for their own learning and recognise their need for tutoring and in this way grow in their understanding of ‘a personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom’. Furthermore, this time also allows the students to understand that learning can occur outside the classroom whilst creating special relationships with our senior girls.

We look forward to this program continuing throughout the term and we hope that all involved will gain from the experience.

Birgit Holley
Academic Committee Facilitator

 

Stuartholme Urban Farming Club

This year, Stuartholme joined the Agribusiness Gateway to Industry Schools Program (AGISP), run by the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. There are many interesting …

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Stuartholme Urban Farming Club

This year, Stuartholme joined the Agribusiness Gateway to Industry Schools Program (AGISP), run by the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. There are many interesting things about being involved in this program, but one of the most exciting is the small grant we received to start a new co-curricular group at Stuartholme – the Urban Farming Club!

Late last term, we began building a new bed for growing edible and useful plants together. Green Options, our gardening team, have been very generous in donating time and materials to make this beautiful new bed a reality.

This term, our club has been formed! Our group is a collection of boarding and day students from Year 11 and 12, who are all interested in learning new skills and growing new things at Stuartholme. Last week, we met for the first time to begin planning, and this week, we went on an expedition to the Beelarong Community Farm in Morningside. Josette, President of the Beelarong Community Farm, showed us around their 4000 square metre farm and gave us some great advice about how to grow in an urban area. Something new they’re trying to reduce pests? Nesting boxes to attract barn owls to the farm!

We were very inspired by Beelarong’s work. We also took this opportunity to break in our new Searles hats, which were generously donated to the group, along with some tools, potting mixes, fertilisers and testing equipment that will be invaluable in getting our farm started.

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We’re very excited to finalise the plans for our first season next week and start planting in Week 8. We’re also excited to see how we all learn and grow with this club in the future!

Mr Tom Lillyman (Careers Counsellor), Mrs Laurence Somerset (VET Coordinator) & Miss Claire Lawler (Social Justice Coordinator)

Your containers will help restore the Great Barrier Reef

During Term 3 our Year 8 and Year 10s have the opportunity to fundraise for a charity that focuses on environmental sustainability, one of Stuartholme’s …

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Your containers will help restore the Great Barrier Reef

During Term 3 our Year 8 and Year 10s have the opportunity to fundraise for a charity that focuses on environmental sustainability, one of Stuartholme’s social justice themes. To help unite areas of our school the student representatives from Year 8 and 10 have partnered with Stuartholme’s Student Environmental Leadership Network representatives, Amelia Pothercary and Alessa Wiltshire.

Together these young women are facilitating a fundraising opportunity that promotes care of our environment, whilst also being a sustainable action. By working through the Containers For Change program, each House at Stuartholme has the opportunity to not only fundraise for the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, but also earn House points.

Our Year 8 and 10 student representatives visited some TMGs this week with details on the campaign. To assist in spreading the messaging and promoting recycling in our community please see below as to how you and your family can support.

  • Each House will have a delegated Containers For Change recycling bin near the café from Monday of Week 7 to Friday of Week 8.
  • Your House bin will be labelled by name and colour, this is where you put your containers
  • Each House will earn one house point for each eligible container recycled
  • Containers 4 Change eligible items are soft drink cans, glass, plastic, and steel bottles, and liquid paperboard containers (think small flavoured milk or coconut water containers). The accepted size ranged from 150ml and 3L
  • Milk bottles, wine/pure spirit bottles, concentrated juice/cordial and cleaning bottles are not accepted
  • Eligible items should have a 10c refund stamp on the label
  • If you are unsure enter the barcode of the bottle into the search engine at the link https://www.containersforchange.com.au/qld/how-it-works and it will let you know whether it is Containers 4 Change eligible.
  • All bottles/cans need to be rinsed. If they are not rinsed they can contaminate the other donations meaning no items are eligible for the scheme and will not be counted. So please rinse.

The 10c from each container will be donated to the Great Barrier Reef Fund, who aim to create projects with large-scale impact – helping protect the coral reefs and the animals that depend on them. Working closely with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, we help to regenerate and restore the Great Barrier Reef, building its resilience in the face of major threats.

Celebration of Excellence – change in format

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

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Celebration of Excellence – change in format

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

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

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

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

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

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

Are you interested in being a QCAA exam supervisor?

The QCAA appoints members of the Queensland community to observe and report on the administration of external assessment sessions at secondary schools and approved assessment …

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Are you interested in being a QCAA exam supervisor?

The QCAA appoints members of the Queensland community to observe and report on the administration of external assessment sessions at secondary schools and approved assessment venues throughout Queensland.

Invigilators (supervisors) play an important role in promoting public confidence in the new Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) system and ensuring that proper and fair administrative procedures are implemented.

Applications from Queensland community members for invigilator roles are now open.

To find out more, please click here.

Student designed Christmas decorations with a purpose

In 2019, JPIC’s social enterprise P4P launched a range of Christmas decorations re-purposed from old and damaged Stuartholme uniforms. JPIC wanted to re-design our uniforms …

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Student designed Christmas decorations with a purpose

In 2019, JPIC’s social enterprise P4P launched a range of Christmas decorations re-purposed from old and damaged Stuartholme uniforms. JPIC wanted to re-design our uniforms into an item that members of our community would cherish, building further memories on the strongly recognisable blue stripes. These hand-crafted Christmas decorations created revenue for JPIC’s social enterprise, which was reinvested back into our community with the purchase of native bees, but also avoided adding to landfill.

Each year JPIC will create limited edition Christmas decorations. Each design is created by a student and then manufactured by the members of JPIC. In 2019 our ornament options were a Christmas tree, designed by Brooke Tait (Year 8) and an angel, designed by Claire Cameron (Year 12).

This year our designs will be a bow, designed by Lily Booby (Year 12) and a wreath, designed by Mary Sevil (Year 8). These items, along with other P4P items will be available for purchase from Term 4 until Stuartholme’s Christmas Carol event.

Prices of the Christmas decorations will be confirmed in Term 4. Please note limited items of each decoration will be available as these are handmade and our resources are based on re-purposing waste, not creating it.

Return to Canungra Wine and Dine

On a beautiful Brisbane winter’s day, the Stuartholme bus rolled out from Stuartholme heading to Canungra, for our only centennial event to happen so far …

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Return to Canungra Wine and Dine

On a beautiful Brisbane winter’s day, the Stuartholme bus rolled out from Stuartholme heading to Canungra, for our only centennial event to happen so far this year.

The bus was filled with chatter as the highway became the vista of country roads, farms, and bush.  Our first stop was the Albert River Winery for tea/coffee and wine tasting in the historical Auchenflower House.  Towards the end of our wine tasting we were entertained by Yvonne, our 82-year-old tour guide.  Yvonne ‘a self-confessed bushy’ informed and amused our group as she took us to the two other historical buildings, Tamborine House and the Taabinga Chapel originally from Kingaroy, Joh and Flo’s Church.

Back on the bus for a short ride to the Canungra Hotel for lunch.  The drive through the small town of Canungra certainly confirmed the boom in this little town and surrounds for day trippers.

Nikky from Canungra Hotel ensured our group was seated in our own area and lunch orders taken.

The Hotel was certainly bustling, so much so, we decided to leave Sr Rita’s Canungra years presentation until the bus drive home.

The day belongs to our group of fabulous parents, staff, board director, our alumnae young and more mature, husbands and dads who made this event the success it was.  Thank you!

Dearna Law
Community Engagement Manager

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School Shop – Spring Sale!

The School Shop is having a Spring Sale with 50% off superseded stock. Includes: existing water polo suits superseded togs supporter’s wear dress sizes from …

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School Shop – Spring Sale!

The School Shop is having a Spring Sale with 50% off superseded stock.

Includes:

  • existing water polo suits
  • superseded togs
  • supporter’s wear
  • dress sizes from 14 girls up to larger girls sizes
  • miscellaneous wear

UQ Cricket Club – come and try day

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UQ Cricket Club – come and try day

2020 Short Story Competition

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

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2020 Short Story Competition

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

 

Photo Competition

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

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Photo Competition

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

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

 

Junior Engineers holiday programs

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Junior Engineers holiday programs

Centennial Art Show Opening Night

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

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Centennial Art Show Opening Night

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

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

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

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

Tickets are now on sale, please use this link

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

The list of prizes are:

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

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

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

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

We look forward to you joining our Centennial celebrations.

 

 

 

Centenary book and merchandise

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

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Centenary book and merchandise

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

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

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

Click here to purchase.

100 Year Merchandise

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

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