Message from the Principal

Dear Parents, Friends and Caregivers,

Once again it has been a very busy fortnight, with activities and events spanning almost every department in the School.

On Friday 11 August, we hosted our biggest Grandparents’ Day in history. After a welcome and tour of the School, grandparents and their granddaughters enjoyed morning tea before attending a special liturgy in the Chapel. We were so pleased to receive some lovely feedback from grandparents about how much they enjoyed the morning.

The next day, the Boarding Community came together for a Boarder Family Get Together. It was a wonderful opportunity to catch up with so many of our Boarding families in a relaxed atmosphere. This event is sure to become a regular in the Stuartholme calendar.

Straight after the Exhibition Holiday, our talented musicians took part in the annual Queensland Catholic Music Festival (QCMF). Unfortunately, this event clashed with the annual Province Retreat for all Principals, Board Chairs and Directors of Mission, which meant I was unable to attend. After listening to rehearsals at the Music Day however, I was not surprised to hear our students did extremely well with two Gold, two Silver and one Bronze. Well done everyone!

On Wednesday night our 11.1 Debating Team, consisting of Olivia Andrew, Isabella Andrews-Smith, Lauren Gunther and Ineka Tabrett, won their QDU Grand Final Debate against Brisbane State High School.  In a unanimous decision by a panel of adjudicators, the girls were able to successfully argue ‘The left wing politicians should focus on economic oppression as opposed to oppression originating from identity (eg. Race, gender, sexuality).’ It is the first time in almost 10 years a Stuartholme team has brought home the winning trophy from a grand final. Congratulations!

Last night was the first of two performances for the Senior Production: Fish Out of Water. I have heard it was a huge success and I am very much looking forward to attending tonight.

Today, 69 of our athletes are representing Stuartholme School at CaSSSA Athletics. We wish them all the best and can’t wait to hear the results!

Finally, on behalf of the whole school I would like to wish our 110 Rowers all the best for Head of the River tomorrow. It is sure to be a fantastic day and I will be there to cheer on all the crews.

God bless and take care,

Kristen Sharpe
Principal

 

 

 

 

 

Grand final winning 11.1 Debating Team

 

Key Dates

Please find below the key dates for Term 3.

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Key Dates

Please find below the key dates for Term 3.

DateEvent
Tues 29-Wed 30 AugustQCS Test
Fri 1 SeptemberP&F Father/Daughter event
Fri 1-Fri 8 SeptemberYears 11 and 12 assessment block
Mon 11- Wed 13 SeptemberYear 12 Retreat
Tues 12 SeptemberDrama Festival 5pm
Wed 13 SeptemberQTAC Preferences due
Thurs 14 SeptemberClasses finish
Fri 15 SeptemberBoarders travel day
Sat 16- Mon 18 SeptemberSony Camp
Mon 2 OctoberBoarders return
Boarder Parent Network meeting 11.30am-1pm
Queen's Birthday holiday
Tues 3 OctoberStudents start Term 4

From the P&F

Dear Stuartholme families, On behalf of the P&F Committee we would like to extend a warm welcome and encourage you to join our wonderful Committee. …

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From the P&F

Dear Stuartholme families,

On behalf of the P&F Committee we would like to extend a warm welcome and encourage you to join our wonderful Committee.

We are a group of vibrant and dedicated parents who help contribute to our girls learning experience at Stuartholme through fundraising, organising social events, and being parent representatives of our daughters year groups. One of the current items on our Agenda is the work on a policy that will assist us in the support of high achieving girls in their academic/sports/arts pursuits – we will keep you all posted!

The P&F met on Monday 14 August and we have some exciting outcomes to share with you all.

First of all – we would like to take the opportunity to thank all our dedicated parents for their work and attendance that comes from our meetings – we appreciate your time and commitment to our P&F! Without you, we would not exist!

Update
Equestrian put forward a request for funding to assist the girls in their Toowoomba representation at the National Event in the September school holidays – $2,400 has been granted to assist. Music department put forward a funding request towards the purchase of a new vibraphone – $8, 694 has been granted to assist.

Key Dates
Monday 30 October @7pm – next P&F meeting in the Stuartholme Boardroom – all are welcome!
Friday 1 September @6pm – Father/daughter barefoot bowls – Toowong Bowls Club, 59 Gailey Rd, Taringa – all members of the community welcome to join in! We are seeking raffle donations for the evening – if you can help please contact us at p&f@stuartholme.com.

We are also seeking members of our community to consider a position within the Executive – we have two vacancies and would love parents to nominate for a position. If you wish to be involved please contact your P&F class representative or feel free to email us at p&f@stuartholme.com.

We are happy to answer any questions/queries you may have and look forward to meeting you!

Best regards,
P&F Executive

Year 11 and 12 exam timetables

The Year 11 and 12 exam timetables are now on the Portal. A copy has also been emailed to each student.

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Year 11 and 12 exam timetables

The Year 11 and 12 exam timetables are now on the Portal. A copy has also been emailed to each student.

Honour Pockets & Blazer Embroidery

As we approach the end of Term Three some of the co-curricular activities are drawing, or have drawn to a close, this is now the …

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Honour Pockets & Blazer Embroidery

As we approach the end of Term Three some of the co-curricular activities are drawing, or have drawn to a close, this is now the time that girls can apply to receive lines on their blazer in recognition of their achievements.

The criterion used to award honour pockets is available on the Student and Parent Portals under ‘Student Information’ and within ‘School Procedures’. Students need to refer to this before completing their application form. Please note that the Pocket Criteria for 2017 has changed significantly. Application forms have been emailed to students along with a copy of the Stuartholme Pocket Criteria 2017 (Aug).

Application forms are to be completed, including the signature of the teacher in charge, and handed to Ms Cashin (for Mrs Johnson, Mrs Johnson’s Office) by 9am Thursday 7 September. Students are to ensure that their blazer is clean, is named and is handed to Ms McAvoy at the Uniform Shop before school/retreat Monday 11 September so that the embroidery can be completed promptly and returned to the girls early in early Term Four. The girls will then be able to collect and pay for their blazers from the Uniform Shop.

Thank you,

Ms Cashin (for Mrs Nicola Johnson)
Deputy Principal, Staff Wellbeing and Administration (Acting)

Your small donation can help a child

Stuartholme School is thrilled to be able to help Brisbane based charity, Pushing Barriers in their quest to help youth with a refugee background feel …

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Your small donation can help a child

Stuartholme School is thrilled to be able to help Brisbane based charity, Pushing Barriers in their quest to help youth with a refugee background feel included and integrated into Australian culture. And what better way to do this than by getting them involved in sport.

With cost being one of the biggest barriers, the children currently share swim gear from a communal point, but we feel they should have their own gear. Pushing Barriers is asking for our help with donations of swimwear, goggles, swim caps, towels and swim bags for both boys and girls aged 8-18 years.

Your help is greatly appreciated, all donations can be delivered to the Boarding/Mission office.

 

 

Bush Medijina natural products

Stuartholme is proud to support Bush Medijina, a social indigenous enterprise within Anindilyakwa Services Aboriginal Corporation (ASAC). ASAC’s Bush Medijina products are lovingly hand made using …

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Bush Medijina natural products

Stuartholme is proud to support Bush Medijina, a social indigenous enterprise within Anindilyakwa Services Aboriginal Corporation (ASAC).

ASAC’s Bush Medijina products are lovingly hand made using bush produce harvested on county by Warnindilyakwa women of the Groote Eylandt Archipelago. Their range incorporates traditional bush knowledge and more contemporary materials that, combined form a beautifully fragrant blend of soaps and clays, body balms, body butter, hair oil and lip balms.

ASAC aims to relieve the poverty, improve the well-being, and promote the community development of the Warnindilyakwa people of the Groote Eylandt Archipelago in the Northern Territory. ASAC is governed by an indigenous Board which represents the three communities of Angurugu, Umbakumba and Milyakburra. It has a strong cultural and social focus which are underpinned by good values and a community driven approach at all levels of operation.

Kiah Hartley’s (Year 11) mother, Frances, is the Arts and Culture Manager for ASAC. We invite you find out more about the products and this wonderful organisation. http://www.bushmedijina.com.au/

 

 

Science Snippets

Did you know that on the 22/08/1989, the first complete ring around Neptune was discovered by Voyager 2? Previously, only fragments of certain rings around …

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Science Snippets

Did you know that on the 22/08/1989, the first complete ring around Neptune was discovered by Voyager 2? Previously, only fragments of certain rings around Neptune had been viewed from Earth, but the photos from Voyager 2confirmed one complete ring of Neptune.  Also on the22/08/1966, the Lunar Orbiter 1 took the first photograph of the Earth from the Moon.

From 14 to 18 August (National Science Week in case you forgot) was a very successful time for Stuartholme’s scientific community where we focused on this year’s National Science Week theme ‘Future Earth’. The first event (Tuesday lunch) was the House Recycling Competition. Congratulations to Toohey the winner of this competition who managed to sort accurately the recyclables from the non-recyclables the fastest. On Thursday we had a water filtration activity labelled, ‘The Wonder of Water’. This activity saw students discover the processes needed to clean and filtrate dirty water to a drinkable level. Friday 18 was the Teachers vs Students trivia competition ‘Are you smarter than a STU girl?’. We saw the students take out a surprising win against the all-star teacher line up including, Mrs Bolton, Mr Neilson, Mrs Bell and Miss Harkin. Thank you to everyone who participated in the activities, we hope to see everyone for next year’s National Science Week.

On another note, a small group of girls completed the ICAS Science competition back in May after school and they achieved some good results. Congratulations to Tessa Buzzo (Year 11) and Alessa Wiltshire (Year 7) for receiving a Credit and Distinction Award, respectively.

Some upcoming events in Science include: Careers in Cloud Computing on Thursday 31 August 2017 at Women’s College, University of Queensland. You are invited to an address presented by Teresa Carlson, Vice President of Amazon Web Services. The presentation is on the future of technology and the many high-demand careers now available to students in cloud computing. If you are interested in attending, contact Ms Macdonald. Also the 64th Queensland Science Contest is a great opportunity for students from Prep to Year 12 to have their scientific work judged for awards and prizes. Registrations for student entries in the contest will be open until 9 October.

Don’t forget that Science Help is held every Monday Week B after school in the library (JELC1). Ms Macdonald and Mr Marshall are there to help you with your science questions. Mr Marshall also holds Chemistry tutorials in S204 at Friday lunchtime (Year 12 is Week A, Year 11 is Week B).

Thanks everyone,

Bridie Nebe
2017 Science Ambassador

 

Year 11 Business Management Field Trip – Southern Cross Austereo

Year 11 Business Management students are currently studying the unit ‘Marketing: Foundations and Fads’. To gain real-world insight into the world of market research, marketing …

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Year 11 Business Management Field Trip – Southern Cross Austereo

Year 11 Business Management students are currently studying the unit ‘Marketing: Foundations and Fads’. To gain real-world insight into the world of market research, marketing strategy, advertising and sales, as well as current trends in the industry, we recently visited the offices and studios of Southern Cross Austereo, home to Hit105 and Triple M radio stations.

We had the opportunity to watch the Triple M team of Marto, Ed and Robin finishing off their breakfast program, before moving across to the Hit105 studio to meet Stav, Abby, Matt and Osher. The different target markets for each station were discussed and strong branding of both stations was evident throughout the studio.

It became very clear to students that Austereo is not just in the business of radio, rather has a range of media offerings and a capacity to reach 95% of Australians each week. Nicky, the Executive Assistant to the General Manager, organised a number of speakers relevant to our current assessment task, with engaging examples of current campaigns and how they were conceived. Emma, the Campaign Insights Director stated that they aim to “make fans for brands through entertaining and engaging ideas” and that “great ideas come out of understanding our audience”. A key message to our students was the importance of research and that “everything researched has to be sourced!”.

Sally Adams
Business Management Teacher

Thank you to our Host families

A huge thank you to all the parents who put their hands up to billet the tennis players from our Sister Schools. The response was overwhelming, …

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Thank you to our Host families

A huge thank you to all the parents who put their hands up to billet the tennis players from our Sister Schools. The response was overwhelming, so much so that we have some families supporting us on a waiting list! Heartfelt thanks yet again to our wonderful Stuartholme community.

Kind regards,
Louise Jackson, Co curricula Director

 

QCMF success

Over the weekend five Stuartholme Ensembles competed in this year’s Queensland Catholic Schools’ and Colleges’ Music Festival. Congratulations to all the girls, Conductors and big …

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QCMF success

Over the weekend five Stuartholme Ensembles competed in this year’s Queensland Catholic Schools’ and Colleges’ Music Festival. Congratulations to all the girls, Conductors and big thank you to our Director of Music Andrew Mear for your countless hours of teaching and conducting. Our exceptional results included;
> Concert Band: Gold
> Barat String Orchestra: Gold
> Joigny Voices: Silver
> Year 7 Choir: Silver
> Duchesne String Orchestra: Bronze

Congratulations to all of the Conductors and students for the months of hard work at rehearsals every week, during lessons, and endless hours of practice at home.

Special encouragement to the Duchesne String Ensemble as some of its members only commenced on their instruments this year.

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Stuartholme takes part in Upper Intermediate String Festival

This week a selection of Barat String Ensemble were invited to take part in the Upper Intermediate String Festival held at Brisbane Girls Grammar. The …

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Stuartholme takes part in Upper Intermediate String Festival

This week a selection of Barat String Ensemble were invited to take part in the Upper Intermediate String Festival held at Brisbane Girls Grammar.

The combined orchestra consisted of advanced string players from Stuartholme, Brisbane Girls Grammar School and Brisbane Boys Grammar School.  After two intensive rehearsal sessions, a fantastic performance was given on Tuesday evening in the Gahmann Theatre.

The orchestra performed a range of repertoire, each with a different conductor : Renaissance Feast conducted by Stephin Chin, Basse-Danse and Pavane from Capriol Suite conducted by our very own Marina Grinham, and finishing with a finale of Weary McGeary and Radioactive conducted by Jonathan Zorzetto.

Save the date – Spring Spectacular

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Save the date – Spring Spectacular

Stuartholme rider awarded State Leadership position

Emily Rink has been announced as the Queensland State Eventing Team Captain for the National Team competing in Toowoomba in September. At the recent Interschool …

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Stuartholme rider awarded State Leadership position

Emily Rink has been announced as the Queensland State Eventing Team Captain for the National Team competing in Toowoomba in September. At the recent Interschool State Competition Emily was the winner of this years CIC 1 Star on her horse ‘Wade Equine Oki Doki’. Emily also won the ‘The Sailor Trophy’ awarded to the rider who achieves the closest to the optimum time on the cross country phase.

The Eventing discipline involves Dressage, Cross Country and Show Jumping and will be competed over three days so she will be very busy looking after her 16 state riders. Emily is also competing in the 120cms Show Jumping discipline, on ‘Rosthwaite Venice Beach’, in which she gained overall 3rd place at States. We wish her every success in all aspects of the National event.

Apologies and congratulations to Aalia Lucchetta, and her horse Imperial Austin, who is competing in the Combined Training 80 cms event at Nationals and was inadvertently left off the list. All the best at Nationals Aalia.

Congratulations to a couple of our Equestrian parents on their positions as well. We are very fortunate to have Nick Ballard as the Queensland Team Manager, Lisa Rink as the Eventing Team Manager and Monique Searle as the overall Eventing Coordinator. We hope that you all have a very successful week in Toowoomba with the State Team.

Anna Starosta
Equestrian Coordinator

 

Outstanding Met West Results

Stuartholme girls proved to be extremely tough competitors at the Met West Athletics Trials on Monday and Tuesday. Check out these amazing results! (Q = …

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Outstanding Met West Results

Stuartholme girls proved to be extremely tough competitors at the Met West Athletics Trials on Monday and Tuesday. Check out these amazing results! (Q = qualified for state champs). Well done girls!!

Belle Townsend (16yrs) – 7th shot put
April Laurikainen (13yrs) – 2nd shot put Q
Lara Trevor (12yrs) – 4th high jump – 16th long jump
Cameron Woodley – 5th 100m –  4th high jump (results not posted yet)
Rachael Brown (13yrs) – 4th 1500m Q – 6th 800m
Lily Hunter (14yrs) – 3rd 1500m – 1st 3000m Q
Ella Cole (14yrs) – 1st 1500m Q
Ellen Gett (13yrs) – 3rd 100m

Night of Spirituality

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Night of Spirituality

Sacraments

We recently celebrated the following girls completing some of their Sacraments of Initiation. A big thank you to Sr Rita who prepared the girls. Ella-Jayne Meadows …

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Sacraments

We recently celebrated the following girls completing some of their Sacraments of Initiation. A big thank you to Sr Rita who prepared the girls.

Ella-Jayne Meadows (Year 7)

Charlotte Borjesson (Year 7)

Nina Clark (Year 8)

Amy Horn (Year 8)

Mollie McCann (Year 9)

Don’t know what to do with your teenager during the September School Holidays? 

Have you used up all your annual leave or banking it for a family holiday? Are you worrying about finding someone to look after your children …

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Don’t know what to do with your teenager during the September School Holidays? 

Have you used up all your annual leave or banking it for a family holiday? Are you worrying about finding someone to look after your children during the holidays? or simply don’t know how to entertain them all holidays? Then worry no more, Adventure Alternatives has designed a fun and engaging School Holiday Camp for Years 7 to 11.

What makes this camp unique is the selection of adventure based activities coupled with some relaxing activities to recharge and create a holistic and rewarding camp.  With 24 hour supervision, a full selection of adventurous activities, fresh and healthy menu, engaging instructors who are there to support your child, it will be a holiday your kids will thank you for.

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2018 History and Antiquities tour information session

All students interested in participating in next year’s History and Antiquities tour to Greece and Germany (23 June-8 July 2018) are invited to an information …

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2018 History and Antiquities tour information session

All students interested in participating in next year’s History and Antiquities tour to Greece and Germany (23 June-8 July 2018) are invited to an information session  in R101 on Monday 28 August (6-7pm at latest) with your parents. This tour is aimed primarily at students who will be in Years 11 and 12 in 2018.

If you intend to be at the information session or are genuinely interested in participating in the trip next year, please ask your parents to complete the expression of interest form: http://bit.ly/2fN2UtJ . Please do this even if you have already emailed me this year to express your interest in the trip.

If you would like further information please email me directly.

Ben Hegerty
Teacher