In this issue

Co-curricular News

Celebration of Excellence

NAPLAN results

Parents of Stuartholme meeting

Proposed changes to pick-up/set-downs

Do you have a daughter starting in 2023

School Transport bus fare threshold changes

Plus more!

Key Dates

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Key Dates

DateEvent
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 Deputy Principal

Cultures of Thinking Last Wednesday, Stuartholme hosted the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Twilight Networking session with Dr Ron Ritchhart from Harvard Graduate School of Education …

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Message from the Deputy Principal

Cultures of Thinking

Last Wednesday, Stuartholme hosted the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Twilight Networking session with Dr Ron Ritchhart from Harvard Graduate School of Education as guest speaker. Over 120 teaching professionals attended the evening to hear Dr Ritchhart talk about the benefits of developing classrooms focused on thinking, learning, understanding and collaboration. Dr Ritchhart explained that taking time for thinking, using a language of thinking, and documenting the thinking processes are just some of the ways that teachers can create cultures of thinking in their classrooms. This allows classrooms and schools to become places of intellectual stimulation where the focus is not just on improving test scores, but on more deliberately developing young learners who can think, create and question.

The following evening Dr Ritchhart spoke to a group of Stuartholme’s current and future parents about the work he has been doing with Stuartholme’s teachers and how parents can also create a culture of thinking within the home. He argued that “children grow into the intellectual life around them” (L.S. Vygostky’s Mind in Society), and he talked about the kinds of things that parents can do to provide a home environment where thinking is valued, visible and actively promoted. He provided the following 9 conversation starters for parents (http://www.pz.harvard.edu/resources/9-apps-for-parents):

  1. Name and Notice Thinking

Use the language of thinking to name and notice the thinking your child is using and thus make it more visible. I like how you have used what you already know to make connections. That’s a perspective I hadn’t thought about.

  1. Develop a Growth Mindset

Develop a growth mindset in your child by focusing your praise on process, learning, and effort (You really worked hard on this and have learned a lot. You’ve really developed as a musician.), as opposed to ability (You’re so clever. You’re good at math.)

  1. Challenge but Don’t Rescue

When your child encounters difficulties, don’t jump in to solve the problem and rescue him/her. Instead, ask questions that will help him/her to think through the problem, identify, and choose a course of action to moving forward.

  1. What Questions Did You Ask Today?

Our questions drive us as learners. Instead of asking your child, “Did you learn anything today?”, you could say, “Did you ask a good question today?” This will encourage your child to be more invested in the types of questions they ask at school.

  1. Focus on the Learning Over the Work

Learning is the goal of an assignment. Take a moment to ask your child what the purpose of each homework assignment is, what do they think the teacher wants them to learn and get better at as a result. Then monitor the learning, not the work.

  1. Support Your Child in Arguing Effectively and Persuasively

Research has shown that teenagers who argued constructively with their parents by building a case and providing evidence for their position were more enabled to speak up, voice an opinion, and use evidence in other facets of life.

  1. Provide Time to Pursue Passions

Students need time and space to pursue their passions and interests. Pay attention to your child’s learning and passions outside of school and make time for them.

  1. Make Your Own Thinking Visible

You are a model for your child of what it means to be a thinker and a learner. Model your own interests, passions, curiosity, reflection, learning, and thinking for your child.

  1. What Makes You Say That?

By simply asking, “What makes you say that?”, in a curious and non-judgmental tone after someone has given a response, we are able to get a window into the thinking behind that person’s initial response.

Dr Ritchhart will return to Stuartholme School in 2020 to continue to build our teachers’ capacity to create cultures of thinking in their classrooms, foster thinking opportunities that lead to deep understanding, and look for evidence of student thinking and understanding. As we continue our work with Dr Ritchhart, we hope also to continue to provide opportunities for parents to engage in partnership with us to foster their daughters’ thinking dispositions and support their daughters as thinkers and learners.

Deanne Johnston
Deputy Principal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Message from the Dean of Mission

As my final newsletter piece, I would like to share my farewell speech to the students on Assembly today. As part of their induction program, …

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Message from the Dean of Mission

As my final newsletter piece, I would like to share my farewell speech to the students on Assembly today.

As part of their induction program, new staff are asked to contemplate what their hopes are for a Stuartholme student as she walks through the gates on her last day of schooling, and in the years that follow her graduation. On the drive back from my final Year 12 Retreat on Wednesday and in the days since, I’ve been contemplating this question in more depth. So, as part of my farewell, I wanted to offer some of my hopes for each of the strong, courageous and intelligent Stuartholme women who sit before me as I leave Stuartholme.

I hope, within the depths of your being, that you understand and feel, completely and fully, that you are loved. Madeleine Sophie said, ‘for the sake of one child, I would have founded the Society’. She, and each Sacred Heart educator surrounding you, hope you know that you are that one child. You were especially created by a God who is love, to know and feel this love in the very depths of your heart. In the busyness of our world with the constant bombardment of what you should look like, feel like and sound like, I hope you find moments of prayer, contemplation and stillness, to nurture your spirituality and to cultivate these feelings of love within yourself and to know you were created to be exactly who you are and that that is enough.

I also hope that this self-belief encourages you to look critically upon this weird and wonderful world and allows you to find your voice within it. I have no doubt that your education at Stuartholme will develop, a discerning mind that constantly questions the status-quo and seeks to find truth, beauty and wisdom. In doing so, I hope you understand that emotions are not weakness and that empathy and compassion are some of the strongest intellectual values you can possess.

One of my favourite quotes is from Viktor Hugo who says, ‘to love another person is to see the face of God’. Madeleine Sophie knew that the only way to fully experience God and God’s love was through our relationships with others. We are blessed in this little haven on the hill to know a community where each person can be their authentic self and belong. But this sense of belonging does not happen without effort. And so, I hope that each of you, no matter where you find yourself, actively build community. To do this, we must lift up those around us – choosing to support, rather than belittle and build up rather than tear down. A candle does not diminish its light by lighting another candle – #sisterssupportingsisters.  We must also not just tolerate diversity, but celebrate it – learning from each other’s opinions, backgrounds and experiences so that each person can contribute with an open heart and be received with an open mind.

In building community, I hope you look with compassion upon those within it and the world who need help the most. Compassion calls us to recognise the fundamental connection we share as human beings and to see the dignity and worth that each of us possess. To do this, we must firstly understand the realities and nuances of another person’s experience. Education like this is an act of justice and I hope you never stop learning about the world and the issues that are present within it, but more than that, I hope that you never stop using this education and self-belief to know that you can transform the world. Each of you sitting before me are change makers and don’t ever let the cynics and those who say you can’t stop you from realising this potential. As Madeleine Sophie said, ‘Your actions, even more than your words, will be an eloquent lesson to the world’.

The journey that lies ahead for each of you will be paved with triumph, laughter, love, fulfilment, and inevitably, struggles and obstacles. I hope that you see the failures that are inevitable in life as not a reflection of who you are at the depths of your being, but more an opportunity to grow and learn wisdom. In doing so, I hope you share that wisdom with those around you and empower others to be the best version of themselves they can be. As Mother Janet Erskine Stuart once said “Life faces you with courageous challenges at every step of the way. You are on the path, exactly where you are meant to be right now…and from here, you can only go forward, shaping your life story into a magnificent tale of triumph, of healing, of courage, of beauty, of wisdom, of power, of dignity, of love.” So, wherever the journey that is to come leads you, may you live in the here and now, always finding joy in God’s day-to-day blessings and miracles. May you laugh openly and often, with a joy that opens your heart and encourages others to do the same. And may you spread love wherever you go.

You may have noticed, but it is no coincidence that the hopes I have for you are framed around the five goals of Sacred Heart education. So, my final hope is that these goals become part of the fabric of your being and plant seeds within you that allow you to flourish and have life in all its abundance.

Thank you, from the depths of my heart, for allowing me to be part of this community and for the joy you have brought me – I am eternally grateful. And so, I leave you with a blessing…

May the road rise up to meet you,

May the wind be always at your back,

May the sun shine gently on your face,

And until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of God’s hand.

 

Sarah Daff
Dean of Mission

 

Message from the Dean of Boarding

Dear Parents and Guardians, These last two weeks of term have been challenging, with Year 11 and 12 girls involved in end of Term exams, …

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Message from the Dean of Boarding

Dear Parents and Guardians,

These last two weeks of term have been challenging, with Year 11 and 12 girls involved in end of Term exams, Year 7 – 10 girls completing those last few assessment tasks, and then getting ready to go HOME! Year 12 this week have been on the annual Retreat, which in their words ‘was a really wonderful experience’. The Retreat constructed activities that were about who have they become at this stage in their life, about finishing well, understanding the richness that has been provided to them in this journey at Stuartholme, and how the school knows that they are ready for life as young adults. Next term Claire Lawler and Ellen McLean will be conducting a course for Year 12 girls called ‘How to Adult’ which I am sure will provide rich conversations as we lead into finishing their time at Stuartholme. More details will follow early next term.

With the Year 12 girls out of the House for the first three days, the House took on a relatively relaxed space, that over each night got quieter and quieter, until we got to Swimming Carnival preparations. I am very proud to say that most of the Borders remained for the Swimming Carnival and the girls had a glorious day. These community building days are not to be missed lightly for they allow that deepening of friendships across the school as girls compete in House groups and have those incidental conversations that draw girls together.

Over this term we have had Ms Ursula Cooper and Mrs Ming Du take on leadership roles due to Ms Catherine Sagin working on her Clinical Placement for her degree.  My sincere thanks go to both ladies for their willingness to take on this opportunity and for the wonderful way in which they embraced this opportunity. We also look forward to Catherine’s return for Term 4 and hope that her studies and placement have provided her with a deeper understanding of the complex world of young people, so that we can all benefit from her expertise.

So as the House becomes so very empty this afternoon, I know that in less than twenty- four hours we are welcoming young people here for the Sony Camp and then Queensland Theatre Company will also be staying in our house over the next week. I am very grateful that girls know the drill in packing up their rooms and being prepared to unpack at the beginning of the next term. This is important in the rhythm of life here, for while this is the girls home during the term they really belong to you their parents and they know they have their own rooms where much stays the same for them to come home to which then allows them to recharge and regenerate in readiness for what the next term will throw at them.

Next term I would like to host a Student Leadership conversation with all our Year 11 leaders in preparation for the year ahead, so I would like each girl to be available on Sunday 20th October and Monday 21st October to work with Ms Ellen McLean and myself on a range of activities. A letter will be sent to you and the girls over the holiday break with more information.

So finally, I would just like to say thank you to those parents who continue to work in partnership with us as we care and provide a safe environment for your daughters to live, learn and grow. I am very confident in the care and attention to ‘our duty of care’ that all the Boarding staff provide and do thank the entire team for a wonderful term, and I look forward to seeing everyone back in the House on Monday 7th October.

Blessings to you and your families,

Karen Davies
Dean of Boarding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Message from the Dean of Student Wellbeing

Supporting the mental health of your daughter “Health is the state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease …

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Message from the Dean of Student Wellbeing

Supporting the mental health of your daughter

“Health is the state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity” – World Health Organisation

Continuing to provide quality advice and support to parents is really important to the Wellbeing Team. Towards this end, two of my Leaders of Student Wellbeing: Marilyn Byron – Year 12 and Margaret Devlin Year 11 and I accepted an invitation to St Peter’s Lutheran College recently to learn more about how parents can support the mental health of their daughters.

Proactively addressing positive coping strategies is a key plank in our Wise Wellness Program delivered at Stuartholme.

This term we have had a range of experts in this field work with students from Years 7-12 including: our very own highly qualified psychologists, Community Engagement Coordinators from Headspace; and facilitators from BATYR – an organisation dedicated to empowering young people to give them the knowledge and skills to lead mentally healthy lives.

This final newsletter article of the term aims to share with you key tips we gained from the evening at St Peters Lutheran College attended by these same industry experts and to complement some of the work we have been doing here at school.

The Spring break often affords families the chance to reconnect after a busy term. It might also offer you the space to revisit how what you can do as a parent or caregiver to support your daughter’s mental health or reflect on the extent to which the five strategies for bolstering wellbeing are being met in your household.

What you can do to help as a parent or caregiver?

Your relationship with your child is the most important tool you have to support them:

  1. Focus on the positives – what is great about who they are?
  2. Encourage communication – about all things
  3. Listen hard – your ability to ‘fix the problem is far less important than your ability to listen to it.
  4. Seek information, advice and support together – taking that step together can really break down barriers.+

 

 

 

 

 

Deb Lonsdale-Walker
Dean of Student Wellbeing

 

 

 

 

 

 

Message from the Careers Counsellor

Happy Week 10, everyone! Please find below a collection of interesting career-related experiences, quite a few of which are happening during this coming school holidays! …

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Message from the Careers Counsellor

Happy Week 10, everyone!

Please find below a collection of interesting career-related experiences, quite a few of which are happening during this coming school holidays!

There’ll also be a series of careers events at Stuartholme in the first half of next term. These include a series of hands on career activities and a UNI101 panel, featuring recent Stuartholme alumnae, who will de-mystify GPA, HELP loans, majors & minors, lectures vs tutorials, and more!

As always, the full Options Bulletin can be found on the Careers page of the my.Stuartholme hub.

UQ: Women in Engineering Workshop

The University of Queensland’s Women in Engineering team facilitate a free hands on Renewable Energy workshop which allows high school students to discover new ways to generate power. The workshop is an introduction to engineering and how various disciplines such as electrical and chemical engineers are needed to explore and develop alternative and efficient energy sources in real world applications. The workshops are suitable for Years 7 – 10. See your guidance officer or school counsellor if you would like to atttend.

UQ: Business, Commerce and Tourism Experience Day

At these free, interactive sessions, students will have the opportunity to understand and experience what it means to study, work and succeed in the fields of business management, commerce and tourism at UQ. The day will be held on Sunday 8 September from 10am – 1.00pm at the St Lucia campus. Register here.

GU: GUESTS Trimester Three

The Griffith University Early Start to Tertiary Studies (GUESTS) program provides senior students the opportunity to study a single Griffith university subject while still at school. Current Year 11 students are invited to apply for Trimester Three (28 October 2019 – 31 January 2020). Year 11 applications for trimester 3 are due by 29 September 2019. Visit the GUESTS website for more details and to apply.

USQ: Inspiring Health Two-Day Experience (Years 11 – 12)

The Inspiring Health Experience will be held on Thursday 3 and Friday 4 October from 9.30am – 4.00pm and costs $50 at the Ipswich campus. It is designed for students with a high interest in the industry and future aspirations to study:

This is an opportunity to engage with USQ academics, current students and industry partners. The experience will outline some of the opportunities and the future needs the industry is facing, and give attendees a chance to experience the industry first-hand. Click here to register.

ADF: STEM Activities day

Considering a Science, Technology, Engineering or Math’s career? The ­Navy, Army & Air Force have roles that need STEM skills. They are now recruiting for jobs that didn’t even exist a few years ago such as piloting military drones and working in electronic warfare.

The STEM Pathways Activities Day is on 25 September in the Recruiting Centre Brisbane. You’ll interact with current serving military personnel with backgrounds in trades and engineering whilst enjoying some practical learning activities. It is open to students in Years 10-12. RSVP Via cptqld@dfr.com.au  with your full name, session preference (morning or afternoon), school and any dietary requirements.

USQ: TV & Radio Two-Day Experience (Years 10, 11 & 12)

The USQ Television and Radio Two Day Experience will be held on Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 September from 9.30am – 4.00pm costing $50 (includes lunch) at their Springfield campus. It is designed for students who are interested in the industry and future aspirations to study a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Film, Television and Radio) or a Bachelor of Communication and Media (Television and Radio). This is an opportunity to engage with USQ academics, current students and industry partners. The experience will outline some of the opportunities and the future needs the industry is facing, and give students a chance to experience the industry first-hand. Click here to register.

MedView is holding a Medical Experience Day

Student consulting organisation MedView will be hosting ‘A day in the life of a doctor’ for parents and students in years 10 – 12 wishing to gain entry into medical school. This medicine experience day will allow guests to learn medical skills, talk face-to-face with some of Queensland best surgeons and physicians, and receive firsthand tips for when applying for UCAT, GAMSAT, Multiple Mini Interviews. The event will run from 9:00am – 1:30pm on Saturday 26 October 2019 in Brisbane (exact location to be confirmed). Read more about the event and book your spot on the event website here.

Billy Blue College of Design: A Day in the Life Creative Workshops

Billy Blue College of Design will be holding a free half-day workshop at its Brisbane campus on Saturday 21 September 2019. The workshop is designed for those interested in a creative career. During the workshop you will be involved in your registered area of interest, meet current students and see what it is like to work in that area.

Places are strictly limited, so visit the website for more information and to register.

Bond: Headstart Day at Bond University

Ambitious Queensland high school students in year 10 and 11 are invited to Bond University’s Headstart Day. This free event will be held on Monday 21 October 2019. It will provide these students with an opportunity to try university subjects from across Bond’s four academic faculties. Please contact me if you are interested in attending this event.

Warm regards,

Mr Tom Lillyman

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends, A few moments ago I posted a notice to all parents in MyStuartholme regarding staff changes in the Leadership Team. …

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Message from the Principal

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends,

A few moments ago I posted a notice to all parents in MyStuartholme regarding staff changes in the Leadership Team. For those who may not have seen it, I have included it below.

Before we start school holidays, I would like to advise our community of staff changes to the Stuartholme School Leadership Team.

Ms Sarah Daff, Dean of Mission, has accepted a role with Headspace in Sydney.  Sarah has been an instrumental part of our Leadership Team and school community, we have all valued her work in leading our girls in Mission and Social Justice.  Sarah’s new role has an immediate start.  I am delighted to announce Mrs Liz Foxover will be Acting Dean of Mission for Term 4.  Stepping into the role of Leader of Learning – Religious Education will be Ms Kristy King.

I would like to take this opportunity to announce the appointment of Mr Justin Golding to the role of Dean of Mission from 2020.  Justin brings a wealth of experience of youth ministry, spirituality and religious leadership and we look forward to welcoming him in the new year.

Congratulations are offered to Mrs Deanne Johnston on her appointment as Principal of Rockhampton Girls Grammar School from 2020.  I acknowledge Deanne’s enormous contribution to Stuartholme in her leadership of Teaching and Learning, Staff Development and Co-curricular.

Both Sarah and Deanne will be missed by staff and students and we wish them all the best in their future endeavours.  We hope they remember their time at Stuartholme with both pride and affection.

As you may be aware in Term 2 I underwent some minor surgery.  Unfortunately, further surgery is required.  This will require a longer recovery period and I will be on leave for most of Term 4.  However, I look forward to being present to farewell our Seniors in November and to attend our beautiful end of year and Christmas liturgies.

Yesterday, we held two exciting events at Stuartholme. The first was our annual Interhouse Swimming Carnival. It was a wonderful day of competition, comradery and Cor Unum spirit! A very big congratulations to Stuart House for winning the Spirit Stick!

 

 

We were also proud to partner with Aurecon for their Bridge Building Competition. This competition saw schools from all over south-east Queensland and northern New South Wales come to Stuartholme for a day of bridge testing and judging. The day was a excellent STEM event and I was so proud of the Stuartholme teams who competed – well done girls!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, I would like to wish everyone a safe, happy and relaxing school holiday. I leave you in the safe hands of Ms Johnston and look forward to seeing you again later in Term 4.

Take care and God Bless,

Kristen Sharpe
Principal

 

 

Co-curricular News

Equestrian In the up and coming September/October holidays the equestrian team have six talented individuals selected to compete at national level at Sydney International Equestrian …

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Co-curricular News

Equestrian

In the up and coming September/October holidays the equestrian team have six talented individuals selected to compete at national level at Sydney International Equestrian Centre representing Queensland.

Piper Searle; selected for Eventing & Showjumping, Georgia Rink; Eventing, Ellie Turnbull; Eventing, Aalia Lucchetta; Dressage & Combined Training, Bella Anthony; Eventing & Grace Anthony Eventing, have all competed throughout the year to qualify for this level of competition and been selected on performance at States earlier this year.

Piper Searle (Year 12) has additionally been selected to be the National captain for the Eventing Team, congratulations to Piper for obtaining such highly contended and prestigious position. Wishing the equestrian team safe travels and success for the competition ahead.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Debating

One of the greatest lessons from debating is learning to logically convince others that your opinion benefits the greater good. Establishing the moral and social obligation of your case requires the ability to think laterally and then clearly and concisely step out your reasoning. This may seem like a lot to do in a 4 minute speech, but for our Year 7 debaters they not only achieved this, but did so with only an hour of preparation. As round 4 of the Junior Secondary QDU Competition was the unseen topic of ‘that we should ban zoos’, Stuartholme Debating is very proud of all our Year 7s who all spoke with conviction and demonstrated their skill development. As the Year 7s do not have finals, their debating season has come to an end, but we look forward to welcoming the teams back for the QDU Secondary Competition in early 2020. A big thank you to our coaches, families and friends of debating who have supported us!

Any Year 10 or 11 debaters who may be interested in 2020 debating are encouraged to attend our point of information workshop, on Thursday 10th October from 3pm – 4pm in R207. This workshop is designed to help you learn about how to structure and execute point of information, or simply improve your existing skills. Although we are starting a bit earlier than usual, this allows our debaters time to gain confidence in this new mid-speech rebuttal style.

Please note this workshop is also open to students in Year 10 and 11 who may not debate now, but are interested in joining in 2020.

Any questions please email Claire Lawler (clawler@stuartholme.com)

 

Qld Conservatorium of Music State Honours Ensemble Program

Congratulations to the following music students who have been selected to represent Stuartholme at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music State Honours Ensemble Program in October. The students will join 1160 of Queensland and Australia’s finest young secondary school musicians.

First name Surname Instrument
Bridget Lloyd-Morgan Voice Soprano
Georgia Manthey Clarinet
Abigail Moore Flute
Olivia Nancarrow Trumpet
Sophie Smith Violin


Swimming and Core sign on now available

Term 4 Swimming and Term 4 Core program sign ons now available on mystuartholme.

Swimming:

Season Dates & Trials
Term 4 Swimming will commence on 8 October and continue through to 29 November.

Training will be held every:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 5:30am through to 6:45am and 6:45am – 7:30am.
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 4:45pm – 6:00pm.
Saturday 6:00am – 7:00am

Other key dates:
Burleigh Ocean Swim – Sunday 20 October
100 x 100’s – Sunday 3 November

http://forms.stuartholme.qld.edu.au/form.asp?i=77&contentID=880

Core Fitness:

Core will run:

  • Monday Morning – 6:30am to 7:30am – Freers
  • Wednesday Morning – 6:30am to 7:30am – Freers
  • Thursday Afternoon – 3:30pm-4:30pm – Freers (meet at the cafe and Andy will walk you down)

Hard Core will run:

  • Tuesday Afternoon – 3:30pm-4:30pm – Freers (meet at the cafe and Andy will walk you down)
  • Friday Morning – 6:30am to 7:30am – Freers

Term 4 Classes will commence on Tuesday 8 October and conclude Thursday 28 November.

http://forms.stuartholme.qld.edu.au/form.asp?i=72&contentID=875

Celebration of Excellence

On Monday, 28th October 2019 we will hold our annual “Celebration of Excellence” in the Main Auditorium of Brisbane City Hall.  Parents, siblings and other …

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Celebration of Excellence

On Monday, 28th October 2019 we will hold our annual “Celebration of Excellence” in the Main Auditorium of Brisbane City Hall.  Parents, siblings and other family members are very welcome to attend.

The proceedings will commence at 7.00 pm and will include recognition of student success across a range of areas.  The ceremony will be completed by 9.15 pm.  All students are expected to attend and be in full school uniform, including blazer and stockings. No hats are required for this event.

Details will be provided for all students involved in the rehearsals early next term.

 The program for the day is as follows:

 

Monday, 28th October
8.30 am – 3.00 pm Musicians, awardees and students involved in the opening reflection (students required at various times throughout the day) Rehearsals at City Hall – students wear full school uniform and bring a small bag with morning tea/lunch/water Students involved will be sent details early in Term 4

 

Parents will need to complete the Consent2Go permissions to enable students to attend the rehearsals.

8.25 am – 3.00 pm All other students Normal school day – classes run as usual Note: Classes finish at 3pm which is a change from our previous practice.
5.30 pm Boarder students Boarder buses depart Stuartholme Buses will return to Stuartholme on completion of the evening
6.00 pm Musicians Arrive at City Hall Report to Mr Mear in the Sherwood Room
6.15 pm All awardees, Green Ribbon recipients and students involved in the opening reflection Arrive at City Hall Move directly to allocated seats in the main auditorium
6.30 pm All other students need to arrive at City Hall Report to Teacher Mentors in the foyer When roll is marked, move to allocated seats in the main auditorium
6.45 pm Parents, family members and other guests Take seats in auditorium
7.00 pm Celebration of Excellence commences
9.15 pm Celebration of Excellence concludes

Due to the late evening, school will commence at 10.30 a.m. on Tuesday, 29th October 2019. We are currently making arrangements so that girls who use the school buses will arrive by 10.15 a.m. Further details will be provided early next term.

Students will be asked to go to TMG at 10.30 a.m. to have the roll marked and classes will commence immediately afterwards at the usual time. The day will finish at 3.00 pm.

Awards

A number of awards will be presented on the evening, the criteria for which are outlined below:

Academic prizes are awarded to the top student in each subject as at the end of Term 3.

Academic Excellence is awarded to students in Years 7-11 who have received an ‘A’ in all subjects or who have a GPA of 13 or above.

Madeleine Sophie Barat Academic Honours are awarded to students in Year 12 who have achieved straight A’s or are modelling at the highest level of exit outcomes.

Sharon Beirne Memorial Award is awarded to a Year 10 student of character and generosity who has been dedicated to her studies, contributed to wider activities such as sport or the arts, displayed the qualities of a friend and is a person who might honour the character of Sharon Beirne who “had a vigorous and passionate embrace of life, a love of people and justice, and always a great sense of humour.”

Moreen Acton Award is presented to a Year 12 student who shows an appreciation of the ethos and values of the School, is conscientious in her studies, is ready to offer service, demonstrates a potential for leadership, and contributes to the spirit of the community.

The Samantha Kelly Prize is awarded to a Year 7 student who, in light of the Goals of Sacred Heart Education, demonstrates kindness, generosity of heart, cheerfulness, gentleness in offering a hand of friendship or assistance to others.

The University of Queensland Award for Service and Leadership recognises the achievements of a Year 11 or 12 student who has consistently demonstrated academic, school and service leadership.

Australian Defence Force Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork Awards acknowledge the achievements of a Year 10 and a Year 12 student who have demonstrated outstanding qualities of leadership and teamwork either within the School or the wider community.

Co-curricular Excellence Awards recognise students who have represented Stuartholme in a co-curricular activity and have competed at a national or international level in that activity.

Cultural Awards are presented to students in Years 7 to 11 (one per year level) who have made an outstanding contribution to the cultural life of the School in their current year.

Sports Awards are presented to students in Years 7 to 11 (one per year level) who have made an outstanding contribution to the sporting life of the School in their current year.

Service to Community Awards are presented to students in Years 7 to 11 (one per year level) who have excelled in service to the school community through sporting teams, cultural activities and/or committees.

Cor Unum Spirit Awards are presented to students in Years 7 to 11 (one per year level) who have demonstrated leadership and excellence through commitment to, and respect for, the religious values of Stuartholme: generosity of service; strength of character; strong self-respect and being an inspiration to others by example.

Parents of Stuartholme trophy seeks to acknowledge a student or group of students who demonstrate commitment to social awareness which impels to action.

The Sister Mollie Ahern Service Awards are presented to students who have lived out a spirituality of service at Stuartholme.

Cultural Award Cup is awarded to a Year 12 student who, in addition to demonstrating a personal standard of excellence in co-curricular performance, has consistently collaborated with others through encouragement, initiative and consideration.

Edwina Howard Sports Award is awarded to a Year 12 student for outstanding dedication to sport, a striving for excellence in sport, true sportsmanship and team spirit through successfully representing Stuartholme over a period of at least 3 years.

RS Cooper Quiet Achiever Award recognises a Year 12 student who has worked consistently to achieve her best, is a role model to others in supporting the ethos of the School and is a positive influence wherever she is.

All Rounder Award recognises a Year 12 student for her participation and excellent achievement in academic, co-curricular and service activities.

Janet Stuart Award recognises and promotes the strength of character shown by a Year 12 student in the completion of her studies and in the activities undertaken concurrently with her studies.  The student needs to have demonstrated, through application to her studies and through her co-curricular record: endurance; perseverance; courage; an indomitable spirit; inspirational achievement and a fixed resolution to win what is worth winning.

Margaret Parer Award is selected by the Year 12 class and presented to a Year 12 student in memory of Margaret Parer. The student must have displayed the qualities of loyalty and generosity in friendships, a spirit of joy and enthusiasm and gentleness and generosity in the care of others.

The Spirit Cup is Stuartholme’s service award and is presented to the senior student who has excelled in the school community through sporting teams, cultural events and / or service activities.

The Cor Unum Awards were introduced in 2009 to recognise the girls who were shortlisted for the Cor Unum Shield.

The Cor Unum Shield is the School’s highest award for leadership and general excellence.  Year 12 students are nominated for the Cor Unum Shield by other students or staff.

The Principal’s Award recognises Year 12 students who have embraced the opportunities presented to them in their time at Stuartholme.  Each recipient was nominated for a number of Senior Awards.

NAPLAN Results

Recently, ACARA released the 2019 preliminary NAPLAN data. Stuartholme School’s 2019 scaled scores show that, as expected, our students con Continue to perform above or …

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NAPLAN Results

Recently, ACARA released the 2019 preliminary NAPLAN data. Stuartholme School’s 2019 scaled scores show that, as expected, our students con

Continue to perform above or substantially above state levels.

 

Seeing data that reinforces high performance is obviously pleasing but the data also provides an important function in that it allows the school to identify cohort trends, including strengths and areas for improvement.  This allows us to implement evidence-based learning programs and take steps to ensure every student is provided with the best possible opportunity to grow.

We have already seen significant improvements in our reading scores with Stuartholme identified by ACARA as a school demonstrating substantially above average NAPLAN gains in this area.

Next year Stuartholme will participate in NAPLAN online and we are currently testing and preparing our structures and systems to ensure a seamless progression to this method of assessment.

Shannon Lacey

Director of Studies

Parents of Stuartholme (PoS) Meeting

We warmly invite all parents to the next PoS meeting on Tuesday 8 October in the Greenroom. The evening will start with light refreshments at …

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Parents of Stuartholme (PoS) Meeting

We warmly invite all parents to the next PoS meeting on Tuesday 8 October in the Greenroom. The evening will start with light refreshments at 5.45pm before the meeting at 6pm.

The agenda includes a brief information session and voting for PoS spending.

We are still looking for parent representatives for all year groups in 2020. The Year Level Parent Representative role is a great way to meet other Stuartholme parents. The main function of this position is to organise social events for their year group. If you are interested in finding out more, please email Dearna Law dlaw@stuartholme.com

 

 

Proposed changes to bus/car pick-up/set-down locations

Thank you to all the parents who completed our survey on a proposal to change the set-down and pick-up arrangements in the school. The feedback …

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Proposed changes to bus/car pick-up/set-down locations

Thank you to all the parents who completed our survey on a proposal to change the set-down and pick-up arrangements in the school.

The feedback provided to us was very divided on the proposal to restrict cars to the Jolimont area. At this stage we will not be undertaking a trail in Term 4 as proposed. We will continue to monitor the internal roads and how they are being used to determine if more work needs to be done.

 

Do you have a daughter starting in 2023?

Stuartholme will be holding interviews for the Year 7 students starting in 2023 during Term 4. If you have a daughter starting in 2023, please …

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Do you have a daughter starting in 2023?

Stuartholme will be holding interviews for the Year 7 students starting in 2023 during Term 4. If you have a daughter starting in 2023, please ensure you have submitted an application so she can included in this round of interviews.

 

 

2020 Centennial Art Show

Save the date! The 2020 Centennial Art Show Opening Night will be held on Saturday 12 September 2020. This beautiful evening will feature guest speaker …

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2020 Centennial Art Show

Save the date!

The 2020 Centennial Art Show Opening Night will be held on Saturday 12 September 2020.

This beautiful evening will feature guest speaker Davida Allen.

Look out for further information about the night and how to book tickets.

 

 

 

 

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.

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.

School Transport Bus Fare Threshold Changes

The Non-State Schools Transport Assistance Scheme (NSSTAS) provides financial assistance to families transporting children to non-state schools in Queensland. The Scheme’s Bus Fare Assistance Program …

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School Transport Bus Fare Threshold Changes

The Non-State Schools Transport Assistance Scheme (NSSTAS) provides financial assistance to families transporting children to non-state schools in Queensland.

The Scheme’s Bus Fare Assistance Program (BFAP) provides a rebate above a threshold amount to eligible families whose students attend schools outside the Brisbane City Council boundary. Funding for this program is capped and thresholds set based on forecast demand.

The Semester 1, 2020 weekly threshold that families pay before the BFAP rebate will be:

  • $25 (up from $20 in 2019)
  • $20 concession* (up from $15 in 2019)
    *applicants who hold a current Health Care, Pensioner or Veterans’ Affairs Pensioner card

Further information about the Scheme is available at https://SchoolTransport.com.au. Applications can be made online at that website in May (for Semester 1) and October (for Semester 2).