Message from the Acting Principal

Time and time again I am reminded of our wonderful community and the last fortnight is no exception.

Academically, we have seen that Stuartholme girls perform well on formal testing, reflecting the Sacred Heart goal of a deep respect for intellectual values.

Last week, NAPLAN results were released, with our students once again performing above or significantly above like schools. When looking at data released in the media, it is important to remember that comparing simple numerical scores does not measure the growth students achieve since joining a school community. It is pleasing to see that the improvement shown by Stuartholme girls far exceeds the state average, reflecting Stuartholme implements high-quality programs that support the development of our girls’ skills in literacy and numeracy.  Shannon Lacey, our Director of Studies, will provide a comprehensive summary of this data shortly.

QCS test – 3rd and 4th September

On Tuesday and Wednesday this week our Year 12s sat the Queensland Core Skills Test. Implemented for the first time in 1992, the QCS test will be used for the last time this year as the Overall Position (OP) is phased out to be replaced next year by an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). As has been Stuartholme’s tradition for many years, we commenced the testing with a buffet breakfast served in the dining room followed by reflection and prayer in the chapel. This routine ensured our girls were relaxed and focused and they approached the tests calmly and confidently. Throughout the year, Director of Studies, Mrs Shannon Lacey, and I have very much appreciated the dedication, commitment and determination of our Year 12s – we have found them a joy to work with and I’d like to thank them for their attitude and approach.  I must also thank Mrs Lacey for her hard work and commitment to preparing our Year 12s. The QCS test is a very rigorous testing regime and a great deal of expertise is required to ensure the best outcomes for all our seniors. I also thank Mrs Christine Heath, PA to the Director of Studies, who works tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure everything runs smoothly. I have every confidence that our girls were thoroughly prepared and we look forward to receiving their results later in the year.

Sport

Congratulations go to all our athletes who participated in CaSSSA Athletics on Friday 23rd August. The girls competed extremely well with lots of blue ribbons and a number of records broken. With the help of our Athletics Coordinator, Chris Gayle, Stuartholme is continuing to build upon our athletics program so we were very pleased to finish 3rd overall with a 1st place in track events and 4th place in field events. Whilst we are very proud of all our girls and year levels – who more than exemplified their mantra faster, higher, stronger – special mention must go to our 13 years age group who finished 1st.

Our athletics team have also been successful in attaining representative places with 23 of our athletes competing at Districts and 13 members of the team progressing to compete at Met West. From these trials, Gretta Johnson, Samantha Snowden, Holly Robertson and Lily Hunter gained selection in the Met West team to compete at State Championships in Cairns in October.

 

On Saturday 31st August our rowers competed at Head of River, finishing an admirable 2nd in the Percentage Cup and 4th in the Aggregate. Our First VIII finished in second place behind St Margaret’s, a great result for their hard work over the year. I’d like to congratulate all our girls on the 2019 season, and also thank Emma McCarthy, our Director of Rowing, who has done a brilliant job in her first year in the role. I’d also like to thank the coaches, the support staff and the many parents and volunteers who worked so hard over the season. Rowing is a huge team commitment and the success that Stuartholme has enjoyed over the years would not be possible without the generosity of so many people.

I would also like to mention the team spirit displayed by our crews. I was most proud of the girls for their attitude when they finished. Regardless of the result, they were humble. They were positive – they were proud of their efforts and celebrated their achievements. They praised each other and they congratulated the teams that beat them. I’ve no doubt there were some twinges of disappointment but there was also a good deal of team pride for what had been achieved over the season.  Overwhelmingly, I saw smiles. It made me think how blessed we are at Stuartholme – we really do have amazing girls!

And, just in case I sound biased, this sentiment was mirrored in the following email we received from a parent from another school:

Good morning and hello. As you are most probably aware, we have come to the end of a very exciting rowing season with the Head of River last Saturday, from that I felt compelled to write to you about the fantastic, exemplary behaviour of your students. My daughter’s crew raced and placed first in the Senior 4 Quad race on Saturday, with your girls coming in a close second. What I saw after the race was nothing more than amazing, to see the Stuartholme girls run up to our Lourdes girls, bear hug them with excitement and congratulate them, made my heart lift, such great spirited sportsmanship and camaraderie cannot go without being mentioned. Your girls should be so proud of their actions, and other schools should look up to them and take note. For me and the parents of my daughter’s crew, it will be cherished as something very special adding to the moment our girls got their win, it made it even more memorable and from the bottom our hearts and our daughters’, please pass on our thanks and congratulations to those girls, they are truly special.

 

This sportsmanship and team spirit have also been very evident throughout our netball season. With 20 teams this season, netball has definitely been one of Stuartholme’s more popular sports and I would like to commend the girls for how they have represented themselves and the school. The girls have worked so hard, and won some tough games, and their skills, camaraderie and teamwork have all noticeably developed. We are so excited that 5 of our teams are now representing Stuartholme in the grand finals on Saturday. Thank you to all the coaches, parent managers, volunteers and supporters – we have a wonderful netball culture because of the girls who play and the community who support them. I thank our Netball Coordinator, Skye Cater, who has done a great job of organising all our teams and supporting them every Saturday. We wish all our finals teams good luck and look forward to the Stuartholme community coming out in a sea of red and yellow to cheer them on.

Community events

Last Tuesday, Karen Davies, Claire Lawler and I travelled to Goondiwindi where we had a very enjoyable dinner with some of our current parents, as well as some who we hope will become future parents. Wednesday we drove to Weengallon, 130 kms from Goondiwindi, to attend the Pink Ladies Luncheon, a wonderful event that provides much needed funds to support medical care in the region.

We love the opportunity to spend time in the communities from which our girls’ come, to chat with parents, meet siblings who will one day be Stuartholme girls and look around the towns and regions to gain a better understanding of the places our girls call home. We thoroughly enjoyed spending time with our Stuartholme mums and loved hearing the stories from alum about their time at Stuartholme. It was a privilege to meet so many strong, well-educated, well-rounded women and it was very clear that the network of sisters built throughout the time at Stuartholme was genuinely cherished.

Closer to home, but certainly not forgotten, Stuartholme hosted a special Fathers’ Day event on Friday evening.  Over 150 dads and daughters attended the event which included games, activities and great food. It was a wonderful community event which allowed our dads to get to know each other and share a special night with their daughters. I hope all Stuartholme’s fathers, grandfathers, honorary fathers and significant males got a chance to relax and enjoy time with their families on Sunday.

Cultures of Thinking

This year our teachers have been working with Dr Ron Ritchhart, a Principal Investigator and Senior Research Associate at Harvard Graduate School of Education. His research spans over twenty years and his work is now used in schools on every continent in the world. He argues that learning is a product of thinking and if we want our students to learn well and develop understanding, we must create cultures of thinking that actively engage students in thinking on an ongoing basis (ronritchhart.com). As we enter a new senior assessment and tertiary entrance system, it is vital our students are provided with the kinds of thinking opportunities that lead to deep understanding.

We are delighted that next week we will be hosting two evening events with Dr Ritchhart. On Wednesday 11th September Dr Ritchhart will be the guest speaker at the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia twilight networking event. Stuartholme staff will be joined by over 100 educators from other schools who are keen to hear about Dr Ritchhart’s work and learn more about implementing the evidence-based strategies in their schools and classrooms.

On Thursday 12th September, Dr Ritchhart will be guest speaker at an event exclusively for Stuartholme’s parents and community. Dr Ritchhart will share 9 strategies, thereby providing an excellent opportunity for our community to learn how to support our girls to reinforce the thinking that happens in the classroom when completing homework and study at home. Parents who are interested in understanding more about how cultures of thinking are embedded at Stuartholme, and implementing the strategies at home to maximise their daughters’ academic outcomes, are warmly encouraged to attend the parent seminar.

God bless,

Deanne Johnston
Acting Principal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Key Dates

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Key Dates

DateEvent
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
Wed 18 SeptemberYear 8 Arts Fiesta, 4.30pm, Theatre
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
Fri 1 NovemberYear 12 Parent Daughter Breakfast 7am
Mon 4-Fri 8 NovemberYear 12 Assessment block
Wed 13 NovemberYear 12 Boarders Farewell Liturgy and dinner
Thurs 14 NovemberYear 12 Valedictory Mass and Cocktail Party
Fri 15 NovemberGoals Assembly
Year 12 final day
Fri 22 NovemberYear 11 Performance Night 6pm
Thurs 28 NovemberCarols Evening 7pm
Fri 29 NovemberChristmas Liturgy and Final Assembly
Classes finish 12noon
Boarders travel day
Year 12 final fee statement issued
Wed 4 DecemberFinal day to return library books and textbook hire
Fri 13 December2020 School Fees (with discount) due
Fri 20 DecemberSchool closes

Message from the Dean of Boarding

Dear Parents and Guardians, Last week saw Mrs Deanne Johnson, Ms Claire Lawler and me travelling out to Weengallon for the 20th Anniversary of the …

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Message from the Dean of Boarding

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Last week saw Mrs Deanne Johnson, Ms Claire Lawler and me travelling out to Weengallon for the 20th Anniversary of the Pink Ladies Lunch. Shades of pink was the theme of the day, with red dirt the accessory. To travel a number of hours west to suddenly arrive to see a marque that had over 750 women seated for a luncheon was a feat in itself. To realise that the caters actually feed over 900 people that day was a testament to the thorough planning by the organisers. Those wonderfully tempting stalls with lots of goodies were just too hard to resist. But most enjoyable was the lovely Mothers who joined us at our table and who were also seated at surrounding tables. It was a delightful day to share with Rebecca Cover, Natalie Carrigan, Nikki McQueen, Deb Frecklington, Karen Sullivan, Felicity Philp, Anna Tait, Anna Savill, and two our mum’s who were part of the organising community Amelia Sevil and Georgina Donelan, and Kay Graham- an Alumni of ours from the 1960’s and the Deputy Mayor of St George Fiona Gaske. The conversation flowed and lots of laughs were had. We sincerely thank each of you who were part of our day. It is just a little disappointing that I have been introduced to this wonderful day and it looks like it might have been the last. We will just have to wait and see.

The Year 12 girls have completed their QCS exams this week and I think that relief is the most common theme from the girls. I have been most impressed with the consistent application of all the girls at this time and I do sincerely hope that they will experience the fruits of their labour in the results. All of the girls in the House are involved in completing Term 3 assessments, and I would expect that results will be posted over the next three weeks, via My Stuartholme.

The Term is certainly into the last few weeks, and I am sure that Miss Ellen would appreciate all leave requests for the end of Term to be in asap. It is one of the most interesting logistical jigsaw puzzles that happens at the end of every term. Over the break we will be hosting the Sony Camp here at Stuartholme for the first weekend and then we have some 100 people for the Queensland Theatre Company here for a week, and then a Spring Camp for 140 students. This will mean that rooms with Year 7 – 11 students will need to be totally packed up and cleaned out at the end of term. I would encourage our girls to take home as much of the winter woollies that they can as summer is on its way.

My sincere apologies to Piper as this article was meant to be included in a recent Newsletter page and unfortunately it wasn’t uploaded on time.

Congratulations to Piper Searle, Year 12.

Piper has been competing for the Interschool Equestrian Association since being a pupil at the Kilcoy Primary School. Over the years Piper has become a highly successful rider across all the IQ disciplines Eventing, Show Jumping, Combined Training and Dressage on her horses.

Piper has been given awarded the position as the State Team Show Jumping Captain at Nationals in Sydney this year. The State Team of 91 riders and 101 horses will travel to SIEC, the Olympic grounds, to compete against riders from all States including Tasmania and W A.

On her 2 horses Piper is competing in the 110cms Show Jumping and also the CCN 1 star eventing. It is wonderful in this her final year of Interschool Equestrian that she has been awarded this leadership position and we wish her every success. Ms Anna Starosta said “I have worked with Piper over a number of years and I know that she will lead by example from all aspects.

Best of luck from all of us here at Stuartholme!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Message from the Careers Counsellor

Hi everyone, This is a big week for our Year 12 students, and all the staff and families supporting them. Congratulations to all the students …

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Message from the Careers Counsellor

Hi everyone,

This is a big week for our Year 12 students, and all the staff and families supporting them. Congratulations to all the students who sat the QCS, and everyone preparing for exam block next week. Holidays are only a few weeks away now!

Since this has been such a big week for Year 12 students, our TAC attac drop in sessions have become SNAC ATTAC sessions for this week only. Year 12 students can drop in to the library between 3-4pm on Monday, Thursday and Friday this week for QTAC/UAC/VTAC help and snacks.

And as always, please find below a summary of the events, opportunities and resources that students might find useful for career exploration and development. The full Bulletin can be found on the Careers page of the my.Stuartholme hub, along with plenty of other useful resources and information.

Architect for a day

Have you ever considered studying architecture? The Australian Institute of Architects are inviting grade 10, 11 and 12 secondary students to a morning to experience being an Architect at a special workshop designed by the Australian Institute of Architects. Read more about the event and register here.

Torrens University Day in the Life holiday workshops

These are FREE workshop days where students can get a glimpse of what it is like to study Design, Business or Health at Torrens in Brisbane! The links to registrations are below:

Day in the Life – Design

Workshops in Graphic Design, Fashion Design, Interior Design, Digital Media, Game Art and Gaming

Day in the Life – Business

Workshops in Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Sports Managements and Event Management.

Day in the Life – Health

Workshops in Nutrition, Beauty and Sports Development

ACU: Simone Weil lecture on human value

On Tuesday 17 September 2019 the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy is delighted to announce details of the 2019 Simone Weil lecture on human value.  The lecture is inspired by Simone Weil’s ethical vision that is rooted in the attentive compassion and obligation to others, her unstinting desire for the Good and her non-negotiable commitment to justice. Click here to Register

What is deferment?

Deferment means that when you get an offer of a course place from QTAC, you can delay enrolling in the course until a later date – usually in a year’s time. When you receive an offer from QTAC, you must respond. Deferment is one of the responses available. Each institution has its own rules on deferment. You can find these on the QTAC website. Note that not all courses can be deferred. If you wish to defer for a longer period than that stated in the institution’s policy, you should contact the institution directly.

Are you an aspiring filmmaker? Win a scholarship to Bond

Submissions for the Bond University Film and Television Awards (BUFTA) opened 1 May 2019 and will close on 30 September 2019. BUFTA is a short film competition for students in Years 11 and 12. The first prize is a full-fee scholarship to study B Film and Television at Bond. Find out more on the Bond website.

Other Scholarships

University scholarships are open! Try to apply for any scholarships where you meet the eligibility criteria.

UQ scholarships

QUT scholarships

Griffith scholarships

ACU scholarships

Bond scholarships

USC scholarships

USQ scholarships

UNE scholarships

You could also look for scholarships administered by community organisations, professional associations and governments. For example, the Australian Computer Society Foundation have a number of scholarships listed on their website aimed at students studying Computer Science/IT at university.

UNE: University of New England’s (UNE) Early Entry Program – A reminder

UNE 2020 Early Entry applications will close on Friday 27 September 2019. The Early Entry program enables Year 12 students to be considered for entry to UNE courses before their final Year 12 results are available. Applicants are selected based on information from their school, rather than an OP.  Successful applicants receive an offer directly from UNE in early November. Visit the Early Entry website for details of the application process.

Kind regards,

Mr Lillyman

 

 

Co-curricular News

Debating One of the greatest joys for our debating community is witnessing the development of skills, and the growth in confidence of our Year 7 …

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Co-curricular News

Debating

One of the greatest joys for our debating community is witnessing the development of skills, and the growth in confidence of our Year 7 debaters. These young women are not just impressing the adjudicators, but their coaches and peer mentors often mention the group’s willingness to learn. Georgia Perissinotto, coach of 7.2 remarked how well the teams work together. Particular mention needs to be made of Verity Blair from 7.2, who even though she was not debating in Round 3, still attended the debate and became the official cheerleader of the team, writing support messages and positive feedback for her fellow presenting team mates. It is moments like these that we are proud of our debaters, regardless of the debate outcome.

With three rounds of the Junior Secondary QDU Debating Competition now done, particular congratulations is to be given to 7.3 (Jemima Beehag, Rachael Henderson, Georgie Nasser, Susannah Streeton, Grace Power) who are undefeated. Best of luck to all teams as they work towards their final round of the competition, a short prep debate.

 

Athletics – CaSSSA Friday 23 August

Faster – higher – stronger was the mantra for the 2019 Stuartholme athletics team. The team placed third at the CaSSSA Athletics Championships. This result was very pleasing in the fact that with a very young group of athletes, the improvement from 2018 was evident across all events. You could see from the onset, there was a real buzz within the team and that showed through for the entire championships.

As one of the big 3 (swimming – cross country – athletics), athletics is once again coming to the fore at Stuartholme with an increase in students signing up, an increase in numbers at training and at warm-up events. It was commented at one of the recent warm-up meets, the improvement from the athletes at Stuartholme this season. It was great to see the other schools taking notice and this will only continue to improve over the next few years.

CaSSSA Records

  • Lucinda Freeman (12yrs) – 1500m
  • Samantha Snowden (13yrs) – 200m
  • Ellen Gett (15yrs) – javelin
  • Holly Robertson (15yrs) – 800m | 1500m
  • Lily Hunter (16yrs) – 800m | 1500m
  • Stuartholme School (all ages) – 6 x 100m Relay

CaSSSA Results

  • 3rd – aggregate cup
  • 5th – percentage cup
  • 1st – track events
  • 4th – field events
  • 2nd – 12yrs
  • 1st – 13yrs
  • 4th – 14yrs
  • 5th – 15yrs
  • 2nd – 16yrs
  • 3rd – 17yrs

Representative Level – Met West – State Championships (Cairns)

  • Gretta Johnson (13yrs) – 1500m
  • Samantha Snowden (13yrs) – 200m
  • Holly Robertson (15yrs) – 1500m | 3000m
  • Lily Hunter (16yrs) – 1500m | 3000m

 

 

 

 

 

Rowing – Head of the River Saturday 31 August 

Our rowers were blessed with fantastic conditions and success on the water, finishing fourth overall and second in the percentage cup.

Overall, we are really happy with the squad’s performance, particularly when most reported they had their best race of the season!

Shout out to the following medal winners:

  • Lucy Hope – Year 12 Single Scull – GOLD
  • First VIII (Charlie Stock, Emma Tucker, Sophia Tully, Lucy Hope, Clare Tayler, Claire Loughman, Estella Berghan, Kyla O’Shanassy, Ella McKenzie – SILVER
  • Second VIII (Issy Mailli, Lucy Baker, Zara Wareham, Ruthie Heagney, Erin Lafferty, Erin Tucker, Eleanor Orchard-Gibb, Gabby Bailey, Holly O’Shanassy – SILVER
  • Senior Four (Grace Cover, Jess Hardman, Kate O’Donoghue, Mim Walton, Zara Munro, Emily Sullivan) – SILVER
  • Year 9 Third Quad (Lydia Kenny, Seoro Brady, Annabelle Peart, Gabby Lyons, Ebony Tait) – SILVER
  • Year 9 First Quad (Fia Mailli, Issy Allen, Harriet Tully, Georgia Betts, Georgi Hedberg) – BRONZE
  • Year 9 Second Quad (Holly Clemson, Elena Henry, Madi Ryan, Lucia Allen, Lucy Sullivan) – BRONZE

Thank you all for your support of our rowing team in 2019!

Have your say on proposed changes to bus/car pick-up/set-down locations

Stuartholme is committed to ensuring the safety of students and is assessing an option to separate the school buses from cars for drop-off and pick-up. …

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Have your say on proposed changes to bus/car pick-up/set-down locations

Stuartholme is committed to ensuring the safety of students and is assessing 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.

Social Justice opportunities for all ages

To examine Stuartholme’s 2019 social justice theme of refugees there are two upcoming opportunities for our students. In the last week of Term 3, a …

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Social Justice opportunities for all ages

To examine Stuartholme’s 2019 social justice theme of refugees there are two upcoming opportunities for our students. In the last week of Term 3, a henna workshop for our Year 7 – 9 students and in the first week of Term 4 a social enterprise workshop for our Year 10 – 12 students.

As a way of celebrating the last week of Term 3 and to learn about a refugee’s journey, a henna workshop for Year 7 – 9 students will be hosted Ethni on Wednesday 18 September, from 3:30 – 5pm.

Henna is a natural plant based dye that is used to create intricate temporary designs on parts of the body. Each of these designs tell a story and that is what Ethni, the organisation running the henna workshop are creating. Ethni is a social enterprise celebrating cultural diversity through fun and creative experiences for young people. They do this by training and employing young women from culturally diverse backgrounds as Facilitators, providing them a platform to share their stories and culture with the community, while also gaining crucial mentoring and work experience in Australia.

Through the workshop our Facilitators, who arrived in Australia as a refugee and/or Asylum Seeker, will teach you how to make the henna from scratch, help your design your own henna pattern and also share their stories of their journey to Australia. The workshop costs $12 and includes instructions on how to make henna, the design and application of henna and a hands on learning experience for our Year 7 – 9 students. If you are interested please contact Claire Lawler (clawler@stuartholme.com).

 

Stuartholme want to explore and understand how we can make a positive impact on our world, even when shopping or choosing a business to work with. Organisations that focus on profit for purpose, or in other words maximising positive social impacts are called a social enterprise.

You may have heard of Thank You Water, founded by Daniel Flynn a young man in Melbourne who created a bottled water company, whose profits went into providing clean water for third world countries. This is a social enterprise. In the first week of Term 4, on Saturday 12 October and Sunday 13 October, Stuartholme will be hosting a social enterprise workshop hosted by Ground Chai. This organisation uses tea and stories to change lives and our social landscape, and they will be teaching us how we can achieve the same.

This workshop is facilitated by a social enterprise leader Mikz Ramsing, who is also a Foundation of Australia’s Young Social Pioneer, a 2019 Young Australian of the Year nominee and the current face of the Westpac Change Fellowship. The weekend includes visiting and learning from Brisbane social enterprises that focus on assisting refugees, developing our own Stuartholme social enterprise product and workshops with step by step assistance on how you can create your own social enterprise. This opportunity is ideal for Year 10 to 12 students. If you are interested in getting more information including the cost please look out for further details in student notices and posters around the school, speak to a JPIC member or email clawler@stuartholme.com.

Year 8 Arts Fiesta!

The Stuartholme Arts Department warmly invites you to the Year 8 Arts Fiesta on Wednesday 18 September. The evening will commence with a pizza and …

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Year 8 Arts Fiesta!

The Stuartholme Arts Department warmly invites you to the Year 8 Arts Fiesta on Wednesday 18 September.

The evening will commence with a pizza and wine bar at 4.30pm. The first drink is included in your dinner price with a cash bar also available.  The Arts Fiesta is a celebration of our Year 8 Arts students’ achievements in Drama, Visual Art and Music.

Inspired by Sara West’s Trolleys the Year 8 students have worked together to create drama performances, music and art in the form of lanterns. The collaborative performance will start at 5.30pm.

Date: Wednesday 18 September
Time: 4.30pm for a Performance start at 5:30pm
Where: Theatre

There is no cost for the performance, however you can purchase a ticket for dinner via Flexischool. Tickets will be available to purchase from Monday.

Celebrating 100 years – the fishpond

From time to time when Master Plans for the School are the topic of discussion the question of landscaping around the Boarders’ entrance has been …

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Celebrating 100 years – the fishpond

From time to time when Master Plans for the School are the topic of discussion the question of landscaping around the Boarders’ entrance has been raised. The fishpond then becomes a focus of interest. When I was asked for an opinion on whether it might be removed my response was, “It has always been there.” I volunteered to check out what other alumnae from different generations thought about it. All of them began with the words “It has always been there,” and followed with stories of being sent to look at the fish when they visited Stuartholme as children.

Before the days of iPhones and iPads to distract and keep children occupied, here at Stuartholme children were encouraged to take a look at the fish in the fishpond and say “Hello” to cocky who lived in a cage on the other side of the building. As a Science teacher, I found it a useful source of pond water when introducing students to the joys of looking down a microscope to see the tiny creatures inhabiting a drop of water.

A look through the photos of the archives at Stuartholme indicates that it was considered a good place for a formal photo and for the students an informal one as well. It originally had no cover over it, while later photos show it with a lattice shade structure, perhaps to discourage birds from finding a meal there. In the 1980s as we become more concerned about exposure to the sun a couple of “sails” provided shade and a cosmetic layer of pebble dash added to its walls. The posts to which the sails were anchored never proved popular and eventually they were removed.

In the past couple of years, the historic Renard building has been heritage listed along with some other buildings in Brisbane designed by the architect Mr Hennessy. The fishpond, because “it has always been there” has received the same classification as the building. As we prepare for our centenary next year, recent work has seen the pebble dash scraped away and the fishpond returned to its original simplicity. We await the arrival of the fish in their newly renovated home. It looks as if the fishpond’s future at Stuartholme is secure and “it will always be there”!

Sr Rita Carroll

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Celebrating 100 years book

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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Celebrating 100 years book

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.

Pre-order sales are now being taken at an early bird price of $69.95 (plus postage if needed). Sale price next year is $89.95 (plus postage if needed).

Click here to purchase.

Orders will be shipped in May, 2020.

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

 

 

Maths Tournament

Last Wednesday, 28 August 15 Year 7 students competed in a Mathematics Tournament at All Hallows’ School. In addition to having a great time, one …

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Maths Tournament

Last Wednesday, 28 August 15 Year 7 students competed in a Mathematics Tournament at All Hallows’ School.

In addition to having a great time, one Stu team finished in third place, well done girls!

 

Library Update

Stuartholme library is offering many screen-free activities during lunchtime and after school, including Manga Club, board games, card games, knitting, Book Club and of course …

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Library Update

Stuartholme library is offering many screen-free activities during lunchtime and after school, including Manga Club, board games, card games, knitting, Book Club and of course Chess.

Our numbers are growing in those who join in a game of chess or learn to play it.  Our resident Chess champion, Ellen McLean, guides the students each Thursday in the library. Last week, staff were asked to have a go and as a result we had some great competition between staff and students going on.

We have quite a few students and staff who also enjoy our knitting club.  We are aiming to create a very long blanket to use on our very long couch in the library where students escape to relax and read.  For those who are mastering the art of knitting we are starting a project to knit baby booties for the Mater Ladies Auxiliary.

If you have a chance at lunch time pop into the library for some relaxation, reading and competition.

Deb Gaggin
Leader of Learning – Library Services

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Fathers’ Day event

What better way to kick off Fathers’ Day weekend than with a dads and daughters night! Dads and daughters enjoyed burgers and games including table …

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Fathers’ Day event

What better way to kick off Fathers’ Day weekend than with a dads and daughters night!

Dads and daughters enjoyed burgers and games including table tennis, quoits, chess, draughts, giant Jenga and a few competitive rounds of  ‘fathers against daughters’ ball games (daughters won!).

The crowd was entertained by our very own rock band – Obsidian. A huge thank you to Zac and the girls for performing.

Thank you to all the dads who attended, we hope you had a great time and enjoyed the company of other Stu dads.

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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!

Year 9 Parent’s dinner

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Upcoming events!

Year 9 Parent’s dinner

School Shop September Specials!

All Canterbury supporters jerseys and shirts at 25% off. We also have a range of Canterbury red shorts which are unbranded (no Stuartholme on them) …

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School Shop September Specials!

All Canterbury supporters jerseys and shirts at 25% off.

We also have a range of Canterbury red shorts which are unbranded (no Stuartholme on them) for $10 in various sizes. Great for sporting clubs etc.