Message from the Principal

Dear Parents, Friends and Caregivers,

Today we are welcoming nearly 100 of our Year 7 2018 students to Stuartholme for Orientation Day. This is a very special day in our calendar which allows the incoming students a real chance to experience Stuartholme for the first time. The day is jammed packed with activities, including a welcome in the Chapel, a tour of the school by their ‘big sister’, a group photo in their new House groups and a chance to try out a few subjects.

At our welcome Liturgy in the Chapel, our Cor Unum Head for 2018, Sithara French spoke to the girls about what makes Stuartholme unique and I would like to share her words with you.

What makes Stuartholme unique? I’ve been thinking about this question for quite a while now. Why is it that I feel different when I’m at Stuartholme compared to other schools? Is it the many opportunities? Spirit? The annoying magpies? But I think that I’ve finally figured it out, it’s because Stuartholme is a home for us Stuartholme girls. I mean it’s no coincidence that it literally has the word home at the end of it. But what actually is a home? A home is not merely a structure, a home is about the people that inhabit it. You know how when you work in a group, over time people automatically begin to take on various roles? There will be the creative artsy one, then there’s the impractical one with all the crazy ideas, the rationaliser and the unnaturally calm person – every group has one. My point is, that this is exactly the same scenario here, at this school, where each girl brings an exceptional gift to the Stuartholme family. Whether you know what this gift is or not, one of the most exciting things about being at this school is that everyone from the teachers to your closest friends are determined to help you to discover it. So in reality, without all of you girls Stuartholme would really be the same as every single other school in Brisbane. Our sense of individuality as a whole comes from the diversity in skills, interests and passions that you bring. I’m not even talking about anything big here, your passion can be something as random as cactus gardening (although I haven’t ever come across someone into cactus gardening, but if that’s what you love, then go for it!) There is nothing holding you back and your gift, whatever it may be, is an essential part of this school. I would now like you to think about the people sitting around you, who you barely even know at the moment. These beautiful girls are going to be your companions throughout your journey and as a team you are going to help each other to discover what gifts you can contribute to the family. So, all I want to say now is that I am excited to watch you grow as individuals and I hope that you are excited to make Stuartholme your home.  

In contrast to the new faces at Orientation Day, we will soon be farewelling our current Year 12 students. All Year 12 students recently took part in the Year 12 Parent and Student Survey by MMG Education. This survey provides invaluable feedback to the school and I want to thank all the parents and students who have taken the time to complete it. If you haven’t had a chance yet, can I please urge you to do so – your feedback will help shape Stuartholme going forward.

In this edition of the Newsletter you will read about some wonderful successes we have enjoyed with our rowers, equestrian team and District Readers Cup teams. I congratulate all the girls on their amazing achievements.

To finish off our week, our Peer Helpers held a RUOK? event at lunch time to bring awareness to mental health issues. The Peer Helpers handed out information and got students involved with hand painting.

I hope our Year 6 students enjoyed their day as much as we enjoyed having them. It was lovely to see a large number of them join in our ‘dance-off Friday’ with the rest of the school.

 

God bless and take care,

Kristen Sharpe
Principal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Key Dates

Please find below the key dates for Term 4.

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Key Dates

Please find below the key dates for Term 4.

DateEvent
Mon 16 OctoberStudent free day
Year 11 Semi-formal
Tues 17 OctoberYear 7 immunisations
Fri 20 OctoberSpring Spectacular
Tues 24 OctoeberFemale Empowerment Forum 5-7pm, Theatre
Fri 27 OctoberHarry Potter Day
Sun 29 OctoberMusic Awards Breakfast 2017 9am
Wed 1 NovemberCelebration of Excellence
Fri 3 NovemberYear 12 Parent Daughter Breakfast 7am
Year 12 last day of classes. Leadership handover 2pm
Mon 6-Fri 10 NovemberYear 12 assessment block
Tues 14-Wed 22 NovemberYear 11 assessment block
Wed 15 NovemberYear 12 Boarders Farewell Liturgy and dinner
Thurs 16 NovemberYear 12 Valedictory 5.30pm
Fri 17 NovemberYear 12 final day
Thurs 23 NovemberCarols evening 7pm
Fri 24 NovemberBoarders travel day
Christmas Liturgy
Classes finish 12pm

Alex’s big chop

Over the September holidays, Alex Borjesson, Year 8 raised over $2500 for Variety, the Children’s Charity QLD. Alex made the brave and generous decision to donate …

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Alex’s big chop

Over the September holidays, Alex Borjesson, Year 8 raised over $2500 for Variety, the Children’s Charity QLD. Alex made the brave and generous decision to donate her very long hair to Variety to provide wigs to kids who have lost their hair due to Alopecia or another medical condition such as cancer. The money raised will go to help support sick children and their families.

Well done Alex, we are so proud of you!

 

Year 12 Parent and Student survey

Once again, Stuartholme has commissioned MMG Education (MMG), a specialist education consult, to conducted our annual Year 12 parent and student reviews. All Year 12 Parents …

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Year 12 Parent and Student survey

Once again, Stuartholme has commissioned MMG Education (MMG), a specialist education consult, to conducted our annual Year 12 parent and student reviews.

All Year 12 Parents and Students will have received an email from MMG with a unique and secure access to the survey site and instructions on completing the survey.

If you have not already completed the survey, could you please do so as soon as possible. Your feedback will be of great assistance as we maintain our efforts to further improve every aspect of our performance and the quality of service we provide our students and parents.

Spring Spectacular

You are all invited to the Spring Spectacular to be held on Friday, 20 October, commencing at 6.00pm in the Joigny Theatre. Following a very …

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Spring Spectacular

You are all invited to the Spring Spectacular to be held on Friday, 20 October, commencing at 6.00pm in the Joigny Theatre.

Following a very kind gesture from the Parents and Friends Association, finger food will be served from 5.00 – 6.00pm at no charge.  A cash bar will be available for drinks.

Please see the attached flyer for more information.

2018 Debating Trials and Team Selection Process

This term we will begin the process of selecting Debating teams for 2018.  The trials and team selection process will be conducted on the following …

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2018 Debating Trials and Team Selection Process

This term we will begin the process of selecting Debating teams for 2018.  The trials and team selection process will be conducted on the following days for the following year levels.  Please note all students will not be required every afternoon as we will attempt to accommodate other commitments where possible.  At the end of the trial and team selection process teams for 2018 will be decided and registered.

The trial and team selection process will include some or all of the following as necessary:
• General knowledge quiz,
• One prepared debate,
• One short-prep debate,
• Case preparation and/or interviews as required.

Seniors (all 2018 Year 11 and 12 students)
Week 13A Wed, Thurs and Fri 3.30-6pm 25/26/27 October – R106/7

Year 10 (current Year 9 students)
Week 15A Wed/Thurs 3.30-5.30pm 8/9 November – R106/7

Year 9 (current Year 8 students)
Week 15A Fri 3.30-5pm 10 November – R106/7

Year 8 (current Year 7 students)
Week 16B Mon 3.30-5pm 13 November – R106/7

 

Ensemble Auditions for 2018

All continuing members of Instrumental ensembles and students wishing to join an ensemble, are required to audition for their ensembles for 2018. Auditions will be …

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Ensemble Auditions for 2018

All continuing members of Instrumental ensembles and students wishing to join an ensemble, are required to audition for their ensembles for 2018.

Auditions will be held in the Music Department in the week commencing 23 October.  Full details will be displayed in the Music Department and sent to existing ensemble members.  Students undertaking private music tuition at Stuartholme can obtain the information from their private music tutor.

Students wishing to join an instrumental ensemble can find the information on the School Portal under ‘MUSIC’, or contact:

Mrs Sandy Beanland, The Arts Assistant, Co-curricular, email:  music@stuartholme.,com

Students commencing at Stuartholme in 2018 will be advised of alternate dates and times for their auditions in the coming weeks.

School shop volunteers needed

The volunteer roster is now available to help out in the School Shop in Term 4 as well as another volunteer roster to help with …

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School shop volunteers needed

The volunteer roster is now available to help out in the School Shop in Term 4 as well as another volunteer roster to help with the 2018 new student uniform fitting appointments starting in October.

If you can help out at any of these times, it would be greatly appreciated. Please click on the links below to volunteer your time:

Term 4 volunteer roster – http://schoolshopss.volunteerlocal.com/volunteer/?start_over&id=23985

New student fittings volunteer roster – http://schoolshopss.volunteerlocal.com/volunteer/?start_over&id=23508

If you have any questions, please contact Andrea McAvoy on 0735106497 or at schoolshop@stuartholme.com.

 

Options Career Information Bulletin Edition 16

The latest Options Career Information Bulletin is now available. The Bulletin gives updates from education institutions. You too can stay up to date with the …

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Options Career Information Bulletin Edition 16

The latest Options Career Information Bulletin is now available.

The Bulletin gives updates from education institutions. You too can stay up to date with the latest information from a tertiary institution that you are interested in, by connecting with them on social media (the platform/s of your choice).

I’m here to help you with questions in relation to the bulletin. If you would like to meet with me, please make an appointment through Mrs Hurley khurley@stuartholme.com or by visiting Student Reception (behind Main Reception). Your parents/caregivers are always welcome too.

Stacey Wallace
Careers Counsellor

 

District Readers Cup historic win!

Congratulations to our Year 11 team who came 3rd in the District Readers Cup on Thursday 5 October and to our Year 12 team who …

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District Readers Cup historic win!

Congratulations to our Year 11 team who came 3rd in the District Readers Cup on Thursday 5 October and to our Year 12 team who came third.

Congratulations also to our Year 9 team who convincingly won against 16 other teams at St Peters on Wednesday night. When looking at the trophy it was noted that the last time Stuartholme won the Year 9 competition was 2005 – when these girls were 2!

 

For the first time ever, last night Stuartholme Team 1 won again this year, giving them back to back victory. This is a momentous achievement as Revelle, Nina, Lily and Grace defended their title and have earned a half pocket.

Stuartholme last won the Year 8 competition in 2015 and before that, in 2003.

Congratulations to our other teams who came 9th and 15th.

Happy birthday to Revelle, Jayde and Chiara, who all chose to celebrate their birthdays last night by competing in the Year 8 competition.

2017 Queensland School State Championships

At the beginning of the September holidays, Stuartholme took a team of 46 girls up to Rockhampton for the 2017 Queensland Rowing School State Championships. This …

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2017 Queensland School State Championships

At the beginning of the September holidays, Stuartholme took a team of 46 girls up to Rockhampton for the 2017 Queensland Rowing School State Championships.

This event had been flagged as one of the biggest in its history and the second biggest in 2017 – the only larger regatta being the National Rowing Championships held in March which fields athletes from Juniors through to Senior athletes and Olympians. 64 schools and 782 athletes from across Queensland, as well as two schools from New Zealand and Victoria, made the trek to the competition with their best athletes from Years 8 to 12.

The Stuartholme girls represented their school very proudly, taking home an incredible 10 Gold, 4 Silver and 2 Bronze medals, along with 2 fourth places, 1 fifth, 1 sixth, 1 seventh and 3 eighths in final events. Click here to see the final results.

Out of the 19 events Stuartholme entered, the girls won 10 and placed on the podium in 16 – a very impressive performance. This performance put the Stuartholme girls as the top performing girls school in the State and likely to top the medal tally of the 64 schools.

Although many girls came home with medals, there were many that didn’t that still played an enormous role in the success of the team and they have not been forgotten. Every girl played their part in the success at this regatta and they should all be very proud. Every medal around the neck is a medal for our team, not just the girls wearing it. Well done girls.

As a community, we are most proud of the sportsmanship and comradery on display by our Stuartholme girls. In victory or defeat, our girls were always the first to shake hands or offer a hug – it was a wonderful display of the Stuartholme spirit in competition. Without our competition, we can’t have these kinds of events, so we must always have humble respect for those competing alongside
us.

Many of the Year 10 – 12 girls raced up to 20km on both Sunday and Monday, with turnaround times as short as 1 hour between finals. Many of these girls did this and managed to medal despite being very fatigued.

Congratulations to Phoebe Robinson for medalling in every event she rowed, with some short turnaround times as low as 20 minutes between boating off and boating on to the water. Phoebe collected 2 Gold, 3 Silver, 2 Bronze – an incredible effort, well done Phoebe!
We must also congratulate Emma Tucker who won Gold in every event she entered, a total of 5 Gold medals! Emma faced some very tough competition, namely in the U16 Single Scull, topping the record entries of 117 schoolgirls to claim Gold! Congratulations on such an incredible performance Emma!

Congratulations and thank-you to our coxswains; Belle, Alex, India, Rebecca, Charlie, Emma, Issy and Grace. These girls are the crew managers and coaches in the boat out on the race course. All of these girls wear their hearts on their sleeves and are such wonderful teammates to their rowing girls.

Congratulations to those of you who took home medals and thank-you to all of you for keeping your team organised over the weekend.
Thank-you to our amazing coaches and support staff that made this tour possible. Thank-you Steve, Russell, James and Jordi for the early journey up to Rockhampton to set-up our location on the course and having everything ready for the girls upon arrival. Thank-you and congratulations to Jack, Jared, Rachel, Blake, Nick, Pat, James, Jordi and Frank for their fantastic coaching efforts and
guiding these wonderful girls through a successful regatta.

Finally, a huge thankyou to the incredible parents who fed our hungry girls throughout the regatta! You kept the girls fuelled and ready to perform. Thank you to all the parents for your help with logistics – tent setup, equipment movement, offering to tow trailers and bringing the coaching staff coffees! Thank-you to those of you who kept the social media channels flowing with photos, videos and updates for all of our rowing community who were unable to attend. Every contribution made a difference, so I thank you all for that.

Matt Marden
Rowing Director

Equestrian News

In July, I congratulated the team on their wonderful results at the annual Interschool State Equestrian Titles, winning Queensland State Champion School 2017. Resulting from …

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Equestrian News

In July, I congratulated the team on their wonderful results at the annual Interschool State Equestrian Titles, winning Queensland State Champion School 2017. Resulting from their individual success at this event eight of our riders were eligible to compete in the Queensland Team at the annual Australian National Championships in Toowoomba during the September holidays.

The home state had a team of 100 riders which was the largest contingent. Riders travelled from WA across the Nullabor, Tasmania across Bass Strait, and also from SA, NT, VIC and NSW. A huge undertaking for the horses to arrive safely in Toowoomba fit and well and to compete for a week under what were extreme conditions.

Team Qld were very supportive of each other in every discipline and developed new friendships and tremendous camaraderie across the week of competition. Congratulations to our very own Emily Rink on her expert and beautiful unaccompanied rendition of the Australian National Anthem at the opening ceremony to the riders, parents and official guests.

Stuartholme is fortunate to have parents involved on various Equestrian committees and this year at the National event was no different. I would like to sincerely thank Mr Nicholas Ballard State Chair and State Team Manager, Mrs Rosie Turnbull State Committee Treasurer, Mrs Monique Searle State Eventing Convenor, Mrs Lisa Rink State Eventing Team Manager for their continued support and efforts to ensure all the State competitors especially our own have a safe and wonderful experience.

Our Stuartholme riders excelled and came home with a plethora of awards. There were some disappointments, but that happens in any sport. Congratulations to the Team, especially the two Year 12 riders, Emily Rink and Isabelle Gilley who managed academic study alongside the hours this sport requires.

I would like to acknowledge the two Stuartholme coaches who accompanied our riders to the event. Lesley Brodbeck and Mel Vandenberg used their expertise in guiding and calming the girls before and after each ride across the four disciplines and undoubtedly were highly influential in our successes. Sincere thanks to you both.

At National Interschool for horse safety and also to increase participation a rider can only compete in a maximum of two disciplines. Following is a list of our results, which are all Australian placings.

Claire Abercrombie, Year 7 – Show Horse- overall 3rd place.
Alia Lucchetta, Year 8 – Combined Training 60cms- overall 4th place.
Georgia Rink, Year 8 – Eventing 105cms- overall 3rd place and member of the National Reserve Champion Eventing Team.
Bella Anthony, Year 8 – Eventing 95cms – overall 7th and 10th.
Piper Searle, Year 10 – Combined Training 95cms – Australian Champion and member of the National Champion Combined Training Team, and, Eventing 105cms overall 10th.
Emily Ballard, Year 11 – Eventing 95cms – Australian Reserve Champion; Show Jumping 120cms – Australian Reserve Champion and member of the National Champion Show Jumping Team.
Isabelle Gilley, Year 12- Eventing 95cms overall 12th place.
Emily Rink, Year 12 – CIC 1star Eventing – Australian Reserve Champion, winner of the ideal- time trophy for the cross-country phase and, member of the National Reserve Champion Eventing Team, and, Show Jumping 120cms overall 8th place.

Team Queensland were awarded the Harry le Bherz trophy as the National Champion State for 2017 with the highest accumulated points across the five disciplines and our riders made a significant contribution to this wonderful result.

I cannot thank the riders and their families enough for their commitment to this sport. The hours spent on the road travelling to training and competitions; washing, feeding and generally looking after their beautiful horse friends and partners; cleaning and ensuring tack is in good working condition and supporting the Stuartholme team in all their endeavours.

Sincere congratulations to you all and I wish you every success in 2018 in Werribee Victoria.
Anna Starosta.
Stuartholme Equestrian Coordinator and,
Chef D’Equipe Queensland Team 2017

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Music Awards Breakfast 2017 – Sunday 29 October

Invitations to the 2017 Music Awards Breakfast have been sent to all members of Stuartholme Choirs and Ensembles and their Parents/Caregivers. For further information, or …

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Music Awards Breakfast 2017 – Sunday 29 October

Invitations to the 2017 Music Awards Breakfast have been sent to all members of Stuartholme Choirs and Ensembles and their Parents/Caregivers.

For further information, or if you haven’t received you invitation, please contact:

Mrs Sandy Beanland, The Arts Assistant, Co-Curricular
Ph:  3510 6473      email:  music@stuartholme.com

 

Female Empowerment Forum

Stuartholme’s Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation Club invites you to their Female Empowerment Forum on Tuesday 24 October from 5pm. The night will …

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Female Empowerment Forum

Stuartholme’s Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation Club invites you to their Female Empowerment Forum on Tuesday 24 October from 5pm. The night will begin with canapes provided by Mu’ooz, an African restaurant that employs refugee women, followed by a range of speakers and a panel during which the audience will be able to interact with the speakers. Tickets are only $6 and can be purchased via https://www.trybooking.com/SKGJ

Stuartholme Tea Towels

The Stuartholme Ladies Committee (SLC) has produced a beautiful Stuartholme tea towel. The tea towels are not only practical, they are a work of art …

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Stuartholme Tea Towels

The Stuartholme Ladies Committee (SLC) has produced a beautiful Stuartholme tea towel.

The tea towels are not only practical, they are a work of art and look lovely stretched over a canvas or framed.

The tea towels are for sale at the School Shop for $12 each or 2 for $20.

Can’t get to the School Shop? You can purchase the tea towels via the online payment portal and we will post them to you. Just go to “Events/Other Payment”, then choose “STU Tea Towels” on the select event drop down.

If you require postage, please enter the following costs:

1 tea towel $15
2 tea towels $27

 

 

 

 

 

Georgia scores impressive Basketball Scholarship in the USA

Congratulations to Georgia Kehoe, Year 12 who has accepted a basketball scholarship offer from Seattle University. Georgia had many offers from some very prestigious Division …

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Georgia scores impressive Basketball Scholarship in the USA

Congratulations to Georgia Kehoe, Year 12 who has accepted a basketball scholarship offer from Seattle University. Georgia had many offers from some very prestigious Division 1 universities and felt that Seattle University would be a perfect follow on from her time at Stuartholme.

Georgia is the first female athlete chosen in securing her scholarship with the new AUSA Hoops Program which commenced this year.

Well done Georgia!

STEAM – Residential Programme April 2018

Stuartholme School together with Clearing Skies present the STEAM Residential Programme, a three day residential for gifted girls  in Years 5 and 6 in 2018. The …

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STEAM – Residential Programme April 2018

Stuartholme School together with Clearing Skies present the STEAM Residential Programme, a three day residential for gifted girls  in Years 5 and 6 in 2018. The first of two 2018 Residential’s will be held in April from Wednesday 11 to Saturday 14 April 2018. The second residential will be in July for students in Years 7 & 8 in 2018.

The STEAM Residential aims to offer high ability students an intensive program of learning in the STEAM areas: Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Maths. Gifted girls will have an opportunity to learn alongside students with similar abilities and interests. Girls will have fun, learning with others who think like them. They will be encouraged to talk about issues that are important to learning, thriving and becoming the best they can be.

Applications are now open for the April 2018 STEAM Residential.

To find out more go to our website https://stuartholme.com/event/steam-residential-programme-april-2018/