Message from the Principal

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends,

We are now at the end of Week 6 of Term 3 – peak time for assignments and assessments in various forms. It is time to pace ourselves, discern our priorities and focus our energy. We all want to arrive at the end of Term 3 healthy in our minds, hearts and spirits.

Over the last six weeks, I have had time away from school at significant Sacred Heart and Stuartholme events and meetings – The kinFrontiers Conference in St Louis Missouri, the Federal ICPA Meeting in Canberra and our Province Retreat in Sydney. This coming week the Principals of our Australia New Zealand Sacred Heart Schools (ANZnet) are hosting the ASIANZ Conference at Kincoppal-Rose Bay. We will welcome over 40 Heads of Sacred Heart Schools from across Asia. Each country will present their educational trends and challenges faced in their schools. Internationally, this is an opportunity to learn about a diverse range of educational systems.

I will be presenting about the tension between the needs of future focussed 21st Century skills and the Australian education system, which currently emphasises NAPLAN (Numeracy and Literacy) and highly rigid structures concerned about controlling accountable ATAR’s. We are well and truly invested in the 21st Century, so I am disappointed about the incessant discussion about preparing for the 21st Century – we are already here! The 21st Century skills identified by international educational leaders and the European Union include: collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking, character, citizenship, resilience, agility/flexibility, digital literacy and complex problem solving. Regurgitation of content knowledge and minimal levels of literacy and numeracy should not be what we focus on as a nation. I am passionate about metacognition and higher order thinking. At Stuartholme, we are appointing a Director of Enrichment to ensure higher order thinking is in every subject and in every year level. Our Professional Learning program builds the capacity of our dedicated teachers to ensure they have deep and diverse teaching and learning tool kits.

Last week, five members of our staff and Board participated in our Province Retreat in Sydney. The annual Retreat is silent from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon. In our contemporary context it is a challenge to put aside our electronic devices, disengage from the external world and work in a disciplined manner to address the questions set to challenge us spiritually. I have said to our girls it is like doing a Take 5 for 45 hours. The same spiritual and psychological reasons apply – self regulation, self-reflection, identifying the parts of our lives for which we are grateful and qualities upon which we need to improve; we identify what we need to prioritise and focus on our own purpose as we move forward and return to our mission.

We are very proud of our Music achievements at the Queensland Catholic Music Festival last weekend.

  • Three Gold medals – Concert Band, Joigny Chamber Strings and Duchesne String Orchestra
  • Two Silver medals – Vocal Ensemble and  Joigny Voices
  • One Bronze medal – Year 7 Choir
  • Adjudicator’s Prize for the Best Instrumental Solo in this section – Belle Townsend

We are so grateful to our dedicated and passionate Music teachers and tutors who have worked alongside our girls to enable them to shine. We honour our music girls and their hard work!

Our Drought Fundraising event, Dress Like a Farmer, was a fabulous success. A team from AgForce came to express their gratitude to our student community, particularly our Boarders, for their energy and empathy for our rural communities struggling with the drought, which has been in Queensland for six years. We were able to raise $5100 on the day and over $7000 in total – a great achievement. The spirit of Stuartholme was palpable!

On Thursday, Deb Lonsdale-Walker and I visited the Year 9 Camp. It is always wonderful to see girls challenge themselves outside of the classroom. On camp the girls work together to solve problems and reach physical achievements which tests their resilience. To step away from their electronic devices and engage in a ‘foreign’ context builds self-belief and self-regulation and counters the anxiety and mental health issues of which we are all aware. What is a point of difference at Stuartholme is our investment in our junior camps, we genuinely believe in the benefits of our purposely built outdoor education. We work hard on our camp program to ensure our girls have an enjoyable yet demanding experience building their resilience and their courage.

God bless and take care,

Kristen Sharpe
Principal

 

Key Dates

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Key Dates

DateEvent
Thurs 23-Fri 24 AugustSenior Production
Fri 24 AugustCaSSSA Athletics Carnival (Year 7 attending)
Fri 31 AugustDads' Night Out 6.30pm
Tues 4-Wed 5 SeptemberFormal Year 12 QCS Test
Thurs 6 SeptemberYear 10 PISA Exam
Fri 7-Fri 14 SeptemberYears 11 & 12 assessment block
Mon 17 SeptemberYear 11 QCS Practice Test
Mon 17-Wed 19 SeptemberYear 12 Retreat
Tues 18 SeptemberDrama Fiesta
Tues 18-Fri 21 SeptemberJunior Art Exhibition
Thurs 20 SeptemberClasses finish
Fri 21 SeptemberBoarders travel day
Sat 22-Mon 24 SeptemberSony Camp

Message from the Deputy Principal

Last Friday we held our academic assembly, honouring students who have shown strong academic performance across a broad range of subjects. This assembly was also …

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Message from the Deputy Principal

Last Friday we held our academic assembly, honouring students who have shown strong academic performance across a broad range of subjects. This assembly was also a good opportunity to reflect upon the second goal of Sacred Heart Education, a deep respect for intellectual values, which challenges us to pursue academic excellence so that we can be the best that we can be.

St. Madeleine Sophie Barat reminds us that success is not easily attained and we have to be tenacious in our pursuit of learning. She said, “Courage and resilience. That’s what it’s going to take to be successful. There are no shortcuts to success. It takes time, heart, grit, resilience, and a belief in yourself.”

There is no doubt it can be rewarding to have our achievements publicly acknowledged. Conversely, it can be very frustrating to strive for excellence and not quite hit the mark just as it can be incredibly disheartening to study hard and then completely fail a test.  This is the challenge of learning. There are no easy paths and sometimes it can feel like an endless uphill battle. Rather than giving up, we need to see this as a good thing. Researchers have known for some time that our neural connections form and deepen most when we make mistakes doing difficult tasks rather than repeatedly having success with easy ones. Sometimes it can be tempting to take an easier path but it is through our struggles and failures that capability and intelligence can be grown.

This is why learning also requires personal commitment. Janet Erskine Stuart highlights that learning is a personal responsibility.  She advises us to “Cultivate the wish to learn, rather than the wish to be taught. Be determined to “pick up” and do not wait for the [teacher] and the pedagogical devices of his or her craft…Do not think that lessons will do it, if you wait for lessons you will wait a life-time…If we wait to be taught, we shall never learn.”

At Stuartholme, we aim to develop the skills, dispositions and attitudes necessary for academic success, not just during the school years, but also throughout life.

In Years 7, 8 and 9 we aim for our girls to establish a broad base of skills and knowledge, to become successful learners, critical thinkers and confident and creative individuals with an informed and compassionate faith. Ideally, we want to build a foundation on which the girls can grow to be students who are intellectually curious, students with integrity whose hearts and minds are aligned and students willing to persevere and deal with the fails and failures we all face in life.

Success in Years 7 to 9 provides students with the strong foundation they need for Years 10 – 12, where the focus on academic achievement changes as subjects become more specialised and increasingly complex. At this point in school, acquiring a broad set of skills is critical to students’ success in further education and life (QCAA 2017) and therefore students need strong habits of mind, resilience, self-advocacy, critical and creative thinking, and active engagement in learning.

The importance of students attaining a broad set of skills is well established and there is no doubt that today we all need to be willing to engage in lifelong learning. To make the most of future opportunities, our girls need to embrace a deep respect for intellectual values by relishing challenges, showing tenacity and persisting in their academic endeavours.

We congratulate the following students who showed outstanding academic performance in Semester 1.

Year LevelName
Year 7Jessica Caulfield

Grace Clulow

Eleanor Fraser

Felicity Hoult

Georgiana Kelley

Darcy Mansul

Isobel Martin

Kate McGann

Alexandra O'Brien

Stella Tapper

Eleanor Tiernan

Grace Tupicoff

Year 8Seoro Brady

Holly Clemson

Georgia Betts

Lara Carter

Anna Coman

Julia Joubert


Monique Judson

Georgia Manthey

Rachel Pham

Grace Rose

Ciara Royds

Lara Trevor

Alessa Wiltshire

Kei Wynn

Year 9 Lily Alessandra

Annalise Barnes

Sophia Buller

Chloe Butler

Sarah Connors

Gabrielle Cule

Chiara du Plessis

Amelia Flynn

Indigo Goldston

Isabelle Haddon

Amy Horn

Hannah Howard

Aalia Lucchetta

Imogen Lynch

Jayde McCarthy

Sophie Roach

Revelle Rolfe

Alice Sevil

Saskia Tabrett

Lily Walker

Juliet Wynn

Year 10Lucy Baker

Hayley Bowden

Alice Cook

Maia Craig

Nieve Dickman

Ava Hookway
Samantha Kelley

Ella Lyons

Molly McCann

Claire Morrow

Hannah Pye

Holly Roads

Year 11Jixuan Liu

Annabelle Carey

Briley Devonport

Harriet O'Neill

Amelia Starky

Year 12Nicola Anderson

Olivia Andrew

Emily Ballard

Caitilin Betts

Lara Boland

Tessa Buzzo
Lily Chapman

Sithara-Anne French

Grace Gaston

Lauren Gunther

Ella Hookway

Josie Kelley

Grace Kelly

Phoebe Menzies

Georgia Perissinotto

Rachel Tabrett

Ineka Tabrett

Grace White

Deanne Johnston
Deputy Principal

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Message from the Dean of Mission

We Stand with Farmers Last Tuesday, our boarders launched the Stuartholme Drought Appeal. In a moving presentation, they spoke and shared pictures of their personal …

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Message from the Dean of Mission

We Stand with Farmers

Last Tuesday, our boarders launched the Stuartholme Drought Appeal. In a moving presentation, they spoke and shared pictures of their personal stories with the drought. They explained the effects it and recent law changes have had, and are having, on their families and communities, and how they need our support! So, this Tuesday our school community donned our best boots, jeans and Akubras – or as close as we could find – for our ‘Dress for a Farmer Day’ celebrations. There was ‘cow’ (or as close as us city folk could get with a flamingo piñata) lassoing, pin the tail on the horse, hat throws, and a stationary store set up by our international Chinese students. The biggest line of the day was our Parents of Stuartholme sausage sizzle, who used produce generously donated by Milton IGA. We were lucky enough to have AgForce General President Grant Maudsley along to talk to our community about some of the difficulties being faced by our farmers. The main of event of the afternoon festivities was the boarder vs. day-student tug-of-war. Whilst the build up was long, the contest was over relatively quickly with the boarders taking out the win! Congratulations boarders.

Now that the last few coins have been counted, we are so proud to announce that the day raised $5100!! Coupled with other donations given by Business and Health students, and our parent community we have so far donated just over $7000 to Drought Angels. This really is an amazing display of our community’s spirit and we give big heartfelt thanks for your contributions to the farmers and farming communities. But, we don’t want to stop there. We think we can hit the $10 000 mark and hope that you will continue to give generously so that we can achieve this total.

A big thank you to the boarders who worked tirelessly to get the activities up and running, to our staff who helped out and AgForce who came to share the day with us, to our Parents of Stuartholme who gave up their time to be with us on this day and to each of you who donated to the day

Sarah Daff
Dean of Mission

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Message from the Dean of Student Wellbeing

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

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Message from the Dean of Student Wellbeing

Stress Management

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

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

Causes of Stress

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

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

Stress symptoms

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

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

Tips for managing stress

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

Other sources of support and help for managing stress

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

References:

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

 

Deb Lonsdale-Walker
Dean of Student Wellbeing

 

 

Science Snippets

Recycling the world: Change Makers Plastic is relatively new on the earth. First invented in 1907, it is an entirely man-made item. Since then, approximately …

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Science Snippets

Recycling the world: Change Makers

Plastic is relatively new on the earth. First invented in 1907, it is an entirely man-made item. Since then, approximately 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic has been made. As well as this, none of the commonly used plastics are biodegradable. The only way to permanently dispose of their waste is to destructively heat it – through a decomposition process known as pyrolysis or through simple incineration; although the latter is complicated by health and emissions concerns.

So, what can we do? Some of the easiest things to do is use a reusable water bottle instead of plastic ones. Out of the 50 billion bottles of water being bought each year, 80% end up in a landfill, even though recycling programs exist. Seventeen million barrels of oil are used in producing bottled water each year. Bottled water also costs 1,000 times more than tap water, so you would save $500 per year, as drinking two litres of tap water a day only costs 50 cents per year.

Just by cutting down on one water bottle per day, you can help save the environment and save money. Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-40654915

Questions of the month from the University of Queensland:

Did you know that some of the earliest mathematicians and astronomers were indigenous Australians? Or that Lord Byron’s daughter, Ada Lovelace, was a pioneer of computer programming … despite dying in 1852? Can you believe that pinball was actually illegal across much of the US until the 1970s? Will time travel ever be possible? And who (or what) is the Witch of Agnesi?

Awards:

Earlier in the year, a small number of students completed the ICAS Science Competition after school. It is with great pleasure that we awarded the following girls with their certificates today at assembly.

In Year 10:
Merit Certificate – Melanie Ashley
Credit Certificate – Hayley Bowden and Maia Craig

In Year 8:
Credit Certificate – Revelle Rolfe

Congratulations girls.

By Imogen Cusack, Year 11 UQ Science Ambassador and Ms Wendy Macdonald, Leader of Learning – Science

Short term boarding options

Did you know Stuartholme offers a number of boarding options? The Boarding House is open to our day families too. Short-term boarding is available during …

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Short term boarding options

Did you know Stuartholme offers a number of boarding options?

The Boarding House is open to our day families too. Short-term boarding is available during term time to help with co-curricular sports or for parents who need to travel.

For more information about our boarding options, including the terms and conditions, please contact Enrolments via email or telephone 3510 6419.

Co-curricular News – Hear the Roar events

Rowing and Netball Over the next two weekends Stuartholme girls will be taking part in a number of sporting finals and events. Saturday 25 August …

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Co-curricular News – Hear the Roar events

Rowing and Netball

Over the next two weekends Stuartholme girls will be taking part in a number of sporting finals and events.

Saturday 25 August – Netball semi final

Saturday 1 September – Netball finals

Saturday 1 September – Rowing Head of the River

The girls would love to see as many people as possible supporting them. Venue details are located via MyStuartholme.

Debating

On Wednesday night, the Senior A team won their semi-final debate against Brisbane Girls Grammar in a unanimous decision by the panel of three adjudicators. This means they are through to the Queensland Debating Union Grand Final, next Wednesday at 8pm at Somerville House. The topic is “that the internet is bad for democracy” and we are negative.

We would love as many supporters as possible to come along, Senior A is the highest school debating competition in Queensland, so it would be great to have a huge crowd. The auditorium holds over 1000, so seating will not be limited. Girls should talk to their SRCs and Co-curricular captains if they need help getting there.

School Shop End of Season Stock take Sale!

END OF SEASON STOCK TAKE SALE   10% DISCOUNT Woollen jumpers with word Stuartholme embroidery. Were $80  Now $72   Woollen vests with word Stuartholme …

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School Shop End of Season Stock take Sale!

END OF SEASON STOCK TAKE SALE

 

10% DISCOUNT

Woollen jumpers with word Stuartholme embroidery.

Were $80  Now $72

 

Woollen vests with word Stuartholme embroidery

Were $65  Now $58.50

 

 Stuartholme chairs

Were $25   Now $20

 

Stuartholme Keep Cups

Were $10   Now $9 

 

Cor Unum invitation to St Leo’s College

On Tuesday 7 August, the Cor Unum Captain Sithara-Anne French and Committee members Sophie Baumann, Grace Gaston and Sophie Marriott attended St Leo’s College for …

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Cor Unum invitation to St Leo’s College

On Tuesday 7 August, the Cor Unum Captain Sithara-Anne French and Committee members Sophie Baumann, Grace Gaston and Sophie Marriott attended St Leo’s College for its annual Archbishop Sir James Duhig Memorial Lecture.

The girls were inspired by the address from the Honourable Michael Kirby AC, the renowned former high court judge and Commissioner to the UN. This audience with senior leaders from across Brisbane focussed on his work for the United Nations, denuclearisation and global safety.

This was both an entertaining and thought-provoking experience.

Women’s Night of Spirituality

 

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Women’s Night of Spirituality

 

Dad’s Night Out

Stuartholme Dad’s Night Out at              Friday, 31 August 67 Castlemaine Street, Milton from 6.30pm Complimentary Drink upon arrival (before 7.30pm) All Stuartholme Fathers …

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Dad’s Night Out

Stuartholme Dad’s Night Out at

            

Friday, 31 August

67 Castlemaine Street, Milton from 6.30pm

Complimentary Drink upon arrival (before 7.30pm) All Stuartholme Fathers are welcome.

RSVP on https://www.trybooking.com/397339 by 27 Aug

LIMITED RAFFLE TICKETS FOR SALE ON THE NIGHT

Raffle Prizes:

  1. Framed Limited Edition large, colour print, hand signed by Don Bradman depicting legend playing his classic cover drive in 1930. Certificate of Authenticity included.
  2. A day of sailing on Moreton Bay aboard a 40ft Jeanneau Sun Odyssey for up to 4 people including chicken and champagne lunch.
  3. Six bottles of Andevine Wines Reserve Canberra Syrah, Shiraz 2016 accompanied by export quality beef.  Halliday rating of wine 95/100

Tickets are $50/ticket.

If unable to attend but keen to pre-purchase a raffle ticket, please email bjathome@optusnet.com.au to arrange EFT payment.

Year 11 Parents Night out – save the date!

If you are a Year 11 parent and would like to be added to the Year 11 Facebook group please email Kellie on kelliebroderick@yahoo.com.au

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Year 11 Parents Night out – save the date!

If you are a Year 11 parent and would like to be added to the Year 11 Facebook group please email Kellie on kelliebroderick@yahoo.com.au