Message from the Acting Principal

Welcome to the last, and shortest, term of the year. Term 4 is always jam-packed and, as we celebrate many events and milestones, the time passes quickly. I encourage everyone to find the time and space to enjoy the term and relish the achievements, successes and memorable moments of the year.

Leadership handover

Last week we welcomed back all our girls, but we also celebrated the leadership of our 2019 Year 12s and acknowledged our 2020 school leaders. I thank our Acting Dean of Mission, Elizabeth Foxover, and our Dean of Student Wellbeing, Deb Lonsdale-Walker, for their organisation and running of the liturgy and ceremony.

In speaking to the girls at the handover ceremony, I reflected on servant leadership at Stuartholme, which requires more than influencing, guiding and controlling the thoughts, feelings and behaviour of others. Madeleine Sophie Barat modelled this for us. Her leadership style was instinctively to consult, to seek the middle ground, not to command. What we learn from her is the spiritual dimension of leadership which is anchored in compassion, loving service and quality caring.

I’ve seen many great leaders at Stuartholme who have not just led at their best, they’ve lived at their best. They have understood that to lead others effectively, they first have to lead themselves effectively.

This has meant they have needed to self-reflect, to show great vision and insight, to listen. At times, they have needed deep perception, they have needed to empathise with other members of the community, they have had to accept that others have different ideas or opinions, they have needed to advocate respectfully. They have chosen to prioritise the needs of others in order to build community. They have understood that a small gesture can make a big difference. In short, they have been servant-leaders.

I thank our 2019 seniors for their leadership, for the spirit they have instilled, the connections they have made and the positive influence they have had. I have every confidence that the 2020 leaders have been blessed with great role models in the seniors who have come before them. I am sure that they will also approach their leadership with an attitude of caring, service and compassion, with commitment to the growth of themselves, their peers and all Stuartholme girls. We wish them every success and all our support as they undertake this very important role in our school.  Madeleine Sophie’s words provide a final piece of advice for the 2020 leaders: “Be humble, be simple, and bring joy to others”.

Year 7 2020 Orientation Day

This week we welcomed our 2020 Year 7s for their orientation day. What I love about the day is the enthusiasm and excitement of the girls as they experience their first day at Stuartholme. The initial nerves settle as they are guided through a series of activities and rotations, starting with a liturgy in our beautiful chapel and finishing in the school’s auditorium. Overwhelmingly, parents report that their daughters had a wonderful day and it is a significant milestone for them in their transition to secondary school.

The success of this day does not happen without a great deal of organisation so I thank Nicole Bradford, who will be the Year 7 Leader of Student Wellbeing in 2020, Deb Lonsdale Walker and Liz Foxover for their leadership of the day. I also thank our Year 10 girls for their support and encouragement of our new students.

Why a girls’ school?

Over the last two weeks, through our Action Tours and our Year 7 2020 Orientation Evening, I have been blessed with the opportunity to meet new and prospective families and, with the help of Sr Rita, our Green Ribbon girls, the Leadership and Development Teams, to showcase our vibrant and dynamic community.  It is a pleasure to talk about Stuartholme and to highlight how a Sacred Heart education prioritises faith, learning, community, social justice and personal growth.

It is this holistic approach to education that makes Stuartholme unique. Our learning is successful because it is underpinned by strong spiritual and wellbeing foundations. Our girls are encouraged to take risks, supported by a philosophy of wise freedom. They have multiple and varied opportunities to engage and grow through our broad curriculum and our extensive co-curricular enrichment, sport and Arts programs. At 92%, our girls’ participation rate in sports far outweighs the national average.

Our girls are confident, respectful individuals with good self-efficacy who can advocate respectfully, support and lead their peers and communicate effectively. We value them all for their individual gifts and for the rich contribution they make to our community.

What we see at Stuartholme is reinforced by research. A recent report to come out of the University of Queensland has shown that the choice of a single-sex school is important for closing gender gaps. In a single-sex school, girls are surrounded by female role models, self-confidence is nurtured in a supportive environment, and any stereotypes about what girls can or should study don’t exist. Girls in girls’ schools are also more likely to continue to play team sports into their senior years.

It is always a pleasure to be able to communicate these messages to families, knowing that our girls themselves are the best examples of what a Stuartholme education provides.

Celebration of Excellence

On Monday 28 October we will hold our annual Celebration of Excellence, commencing at 7.00 p.m. at City Hall. All girls are asked to attend and to arrive by 6.30 p.m. Details were provided in Issue 14 of the School’s newsletter and further information has been sent home this week for all students who are required for the rehearsals. Importantly, please note that Monday 28 will be a normal school day, commencing as usual at 8.25 a.m. and concluding at 3 p.m. Due to anticipated conclusion time of 9.15 p.m., school will not commence on Tuesday 29 until 10.30 a.m.

The Celebration of Excellence is a wonderful evening that showcases student leadership and achievement across all areas of the school. We look forward to sharing this night with our school community.

If you have any questions about the evening, please do not hesitate to contact the PA to the Deputy Principal, Stephanie Volkman.

Finally, please be aware that Monday, 21 October is a pupil-free day in Queensland secondary schools.

God bless,

Deanne Johnston
Acting Principal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Message from the Board Chair

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends, On behalf of the Stuartholme School Board, I offer you a very warm welcome to Term 4. As the parent …

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Message from the Board Chair

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends,

On behalf of the Stuartholme School Board, I offer you a very warm welcome to Term 4. As the parent of Stuartholme alumnae, I know this term is a very busy one. Throughout the year the members of the board and I have followed the progress of the school closely. We have enjoyed reading about the news and events in Cor Unum magazine, the newsletter and on the various social media platforms. We are incredibly proud of the Stuartholme community and the work you produce, both inside and outside of the classroom.

Our very best wishes go to the Seniors of 2019 as they prepare to sit their final exams. You have led the school admirably and shown yourselves to be excellent role models to the younger years. I hope you continue to keep Stuartholme close to your heart and remember the Five Goals of Sacred Heart Education as you leave school for the final time next month.

The Board Members and I  look forward to attending a number of key events in the coming weeks such as the annual Celebration of Excellence and Valedictory. Although we meet regularly throughout the year, it is the times we can spend with the Stuartholme Community that mean the most to us.

Warm regards,

Helen Spain
Chair Stuartholme School Board

 

 

Key Dates

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Key Dates

DateEvent
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
Tues 29 OctoberSchool starts at 10.30am
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 Acting Dean of Mission

It has been a strong start into Term 4 and appropriate that we have commenced our journey with two significant liturgies: The Leadership Handover Liturgy …

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Message from the Acting Dean of Mission

It has been a strong start into Term 4 and appropriate that we have commenced our journey with two significant liturgies: The Leadership Handover Liturgy and the Year 7 Orientation Liturgy. It is an important reminder of who we are as a Sacred Heart community that these events, which mark beginning and end of journey moments in our students’ lives,  invite Christ into our celebrations.

Some of our current Year 7 students lead the Orientation liturgy beautifully. They told the incoming Year 7s a story written by St Madeleine Sophie Barat, which emphasised how important is was to her that each child feels welcomed and loved in a Sacred Heart school. As an extension of this sentiment, thank you to those who donated uniforms which were sold at the Year 7 Parent Information evening. Funds raised will be sent to St Theresa’s in Mumbai, which will help employ teachers to ensure the students there feel welcomed and loved. It is wonderful to see our Goal, “educate to a social awareness which impels to action” alive in our community.  Thank you to Karen Stock who coordinated this stall.

Our students will be familiar with the painting of Mater Admirabilus, which is located on the second floor of Renard Building as you go up to the Boarding House. This is a copy of the painting done by Pauline Perdrau as a young girl and who later joined the Society of the Sacred Heart.

Copies of this image are to be found in every Sacred Heart school and community throughout the world. Some are paintings, some statues, all attempt to be faithful copies of the original. (Read more about the history of the painting and Mother Perdrau https://rscjinternational.org/news/mater-through-years-pauline-perdrau)

This Sunday marks the Feast of Mater Admirabilis.  Helen McLaughlin rscJ offered these words of reflection at a conference in 1983:

Mary, woman of faith,
woman of courage in the people of God
remain close to us, today and always.

 

Date claimer:  October 27 Youth Mass at Stuartholme with St Ignatius Parish and Marist Boarders. All are welcome. In the past this has been a most joyous occasion. Please see flyer for details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blessings,

Liz Foxover
Acting Dean of Mission

Message from the Dean of Boarding

Dear Parents and Guardians, Welcome Back for Term 4 and what a very busy time it is going to be for all of us. Last …

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Message from the Dean of Boarding

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome Back for Term 4 and what a very busy time it is going to be for all of us.

Last Friday we had the Leadership Handover ceremony inducting the Year 11 girls into their Leadership positions for 2020. I am very thankful that Ellen McLean was sitting next to me during the ceremony live streaming the occasion onto the Boarding Facebook page. It was one way to have you as parents able to see this very special moment in your daughter’s life, until we can have you physically present and room for the whole school to attend.

In consultation with the Year 11 leaders I have changed the dates of the Leadership Workshops to two Sundays – Sunday 27 October and Sunday 3 November, trying to ensure as many of the Year 11 girls are present and able to participate.

On Monday 28 October we have the Celebration of Excellence evening at Brisbane City Hall. I hope many of you can join your daughters at this event. I know the Boarding supervisors are very keen, as I am, to be there and cheering for all our Boarders who will be recognised on the night. This evening is one that acknowledges those girls who strive for excellence in a broad range of activities in school life. It will commence at 7pm and conclude by 9.15pm. Thankfully the girls will have a sleep in the next day with school starting at 10.30am on the Tuesday.

While the following are a few weeks away, I do hope that all our Year 12 parents are able to be at the following events starting with the Year 12 Boarder Farewell Liturgy and Dinner on Wednesday 13 Nov, commencing at 5.30pm, then joining all of the families of the Graduating Class of 2019 on the Thursday 14 Nov for the Year 12 Valedictory Mass and Cocktail Party, which then leads us into the Last Night in Boarding – a very special rite of passage for our Boarders here at Stuartholme. Then Friday 15 November it is the final day of school for Year 12. I have spoken to all Year 12 about what makes a genuine farewell one that is remember fondly by all, and I believe it is in making sure that the people who have accompanied the girls well over their time in the Boarding House should be recognised authentically by the girls. I am looking forward to seeing our Year 12 parents at these events so that I can also thank you for your support of us here at Stuartholme.

Have a great fortnight,

Karen Davies
Dean of Boarding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Message from the Dean of Student Wellbeing

Leadership Liturgy handover On Friday 11 October, we welcomed the Senior Class of 2020 with the annual Leadership Handover Liturgy. Each of the incoming senior …

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Message from the Dean of Student Wellbeing

Leadership Liturgy handover

On Friday 11 October, we welcomed the Senior Class of 2020 with the annual Leadership Handover Liturgy. Each of the incoming senior girls was presented with their badge in a powerful liturgy within which we were called to give thanks for the leadership of the 2019 cohort and ask Christ’s blessings for the Senior leaders of 2020.

Our prayers focussed on the Spirit of Cor Unum continuing to flourish at Stuartholme characterised by service, care and compassion for all in the school community.

Putting safety online at the forefront

I have written a great deal about keeping your daughter’s safe online and in the real world this year. As we embark on Term 4, I thought it worthwhile to revisit one of our key priorities at Stuartholme -creating and maintaining safe environments for students.

Student protection is the formal term that we give to this priority and we achieve it by working together with a wide range of members across the community.

Stuartholme staff keep up to date on Student Protection through annual compliance training and ongoing professional learning. I recently enjoyed delivering Student Protection training to all new staff at the school regardless of their role.

We also arm the girls with strategies for ensuring that they are safe in a wide range of situations through our Wise Wellness Program.

In our modern world it is imperative that we work to make them aware of the risks associated with online behaviour. Parents also have a key role to play in this regard.

Digital reputation

It is important that your daughter understands that she will develop, like all internet users, an online reputation. This is the view that others will form of her based on her actions and behaviours online.  The Office of the E-Safety Commissioner states a poor digital reputation can affect friendships, relationship and even job prospects – so it’s essential that you and your young person are aware and protect their digital reputation

Key tips to help them manage the risks online and with her mobile phone include:

  • Talk often.
  • Tell her to speak up if she is ever worried and can come to you regardless.
  • Promote confidence and respect for others.
  • Encourage her to think before she posts messages or images online or on her phone.
  • Help her set her profiles to private.
  • Ensure she knows that any information posted even with her friends on private settings can be shared broadly.
  • Make sure she understands the legal age, terms and features of social networking sites she is accessing.
  • Teach her about how she may be committing a criminal offence when /if sharing, producing or creating provocative or sexually explicit images of herself or others.
  • Teach her it is ok to say “no” to requests made.

 

Understand that actions taken may lead to possible criminal charges

The Office of the E-Safety Commissioner strongly warns adults that if you have intercepted any content that may constitute child pornography to not interact, forward or share it in any way. Rather, immediately seek guidance from your local police.

There are also tough laws in place for those who share, or threaten to share intimate images of others without consent in Australia.

There are a range of resources available on the Office of the safety website to assist parents in supporting their children in managing the risks online and I would encourage you to explore these.

References and further information:

https://esafety.gov.au/education-resources/iparent/staying-safe/digital-reputation

https://esafety.gov.au/education-resources/iparent/staying-safe/photos-videos-and-social-media

 

Deb Lonsdale-Walker
Dean of Student Wellbeing

 

 

 

 

 

 

Message from the Careers Counsellor

Hi everyone, I hope you’re all having a fantastic Term 4 so far. We have some great Careers events coming up this term, including: UNI101 …

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Message from the Careers Counsellor

Hi everyone,

I hope you’re all having a fantastic Term 4 so far.

We have some great Careers events coming up this term, including:

  • UNI101 alumnae panel – next Wednesday, lunchtime
  • Hands on: Design workshop (with Torrens Uni) – next Thursday, lunchtime
  • Post-school living options alumnae panel – 30 Oct, lunchtime
  • Hands on: Health workshop (with ACU) – 31 Oct, lunchtime
  • Hands on: Law & Morality workshop (with UQ) – 7 Nov, lunchtime

I’m also delighted to be taking five Year 11 students to the Wesley Healthcare Careers Day this week, to get an inside look into different health careers.

As always, please find below a summary of opportunities, experiences and scholarships that you might be interested in. Many more can be found in the full Bulletin, which is available on the Careers page of my.stuartholme.

And you can always get in touch if you’d like to talk about your future plans.

Warm regards,

Mr Lillyman

UQ Sport Scholarship applications due this month

Applications for the following scholarships are due on 31 October 2019:

  • Clem Jones Sporting Scholarships are awarded based on financial need, sporting achievements to date and potential to perform in your chosen sport at a high level. The award is valued at $18,000 over three years.
  • UQ Sport Scholarship Ambassador Program is awarded to professional and/or elite athletes. It is valued at $1500 in support services per athlete per year.
  • UQ Sports Achievement Scholarships are awarded to outstanding new and continuing students who have demonstrated exceptional ability in their chosen sport. It is valued annually but the university.

UQ: Non-resident/Associate Membership programs at residential colleges

Several residential colleges at UQ have programs for non-residents. The programs may include participation during O-Week, access to tutorials, pastoral care and academic support. Non-residents can use the college as a ‘home base’. Check the residential college websites at Live UQ for information about these programs

In Year 11 and interested in the Australian Defence Force Academy or the ADAF Education Award?

The optimum time to apply for entry into the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) is Semester 2 of Year 11. Year 11 students who are interested in an attractive salary while studying Arts, Business, Engineering, Information Technology, Science or Technology at the ADFA are encouraged to commence their application this year. You can explore life at ADFA and start your application on the ADFA website, or ring 13 19 01. Before you do this, read about the ADFA Education Award.

Year 11: Take a university unit over summer with Griffith’s GUEST program

The Griffith University Early Start to Tertiary Studies (GUEST) program provides senior students with an opportunity to study Griffith university subjects while still at school. 2019 Year 11/2020 Year 12 students are eligible to apply for a GUESTS course if they are an ATAR or IB student, achieving a minimum grade of C (or Satisfactory Achievement) across all subjects, including a General English, or equivalent grades in interstate ATAR or IB Diploma subjects and meet any other subject prerequisites. You will also need to have approval from your school and the support of your parents or guardian. You can choose courses across across 11 different faculties.  Current Year 11 students are invited to apply for the third trimester of 2019 (28 October 2019 – 31 January 2020) and/or first trimester in 2020 (from 24 February – 29 May 2020). Applications for both trimesters close on 15 October 2019. Visit the GUESTS website for details and to apply.

Study Assist – information about government financial assistance

The Australian Government provides financial assistance in several forms to young people wanting to take on a study program. On the Study Assist website you can find information about:

  • What to do before you study
  • HELP Loans (including HECS)
  • VET studies
  • Support while you study
  • Paying back your loan

What do different jobs do all day?

Check out the Slate Working podcast. Each episode is an interview with a professional about what they do all day. How does a neurosurgeon work? How does an Instagram influencer work? How does a museum curator work? You get the idea.

SAE Qantm Creative Media Institute Study for a Day

Are you interested in studying Animation, Audio, Graphic Design, Film, or Games? If so, study with SAE Qantm for a day to experience student life at its Brisbane Campus in West End. This is a great way to experiment with the creative media fields. It will be held from 9 am – 4 pm on Saturday 19 October 2019. For more information and to register, visit the event page on the SAE Qantm website.

TAFE Priority Training Program Courses

The TAFE Priority Training Program (TPTP) provides additional support to eligible Queensland residents in a specific range of diploma, certificate IV and certificate III programs. This funding is available to eligible students to commence study in applicable programs after 1 July 2018. This funding will be available from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2020. The following study areas offer courses that come under this program and for more information visit their website.

YEAR 12 – Remember your QTAC application number

You may need this number when applying for scholarships. This number was on the last screen of your QTAC application after you paid the application fee. It is also in your application confirmation email. This number has nine digits and starts with ‘20’.

 

Co-curricular News

Equestrian Six talented members of the Stuartholme equestrian team travelled to Interschool Nationals over the September holidays, Piper Searle, Aalia Lucchetta, Georgia Rink, Bella Anthony, …

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Co-curricular News

Equestrian

Six talented members of the Stuartholme equestrian team travelled to Interschool Nationals over the September holidays, Piper Searle, Aalia Lucchetta, Georgia Rink, Bella Anthony, Ellie Turnbull and Grace Anthony all headed to Sydney International Equestrian Centre. Over the five days of competition the girls had great success over the Eventing, Dressage, Combined Training and Showjumping disciplines. Results: Bella Anthony – 7th place 2 star & 21st Place EvA 95 Eventing, Georgia Rink – 3rd place 1 star Eventing and 13th Place 105cm Combined Training, Piper Searle – 7th place 1 star Eventing and 7th Overall Showjumping 110cm, Ellie Turnbull – 5th place EvA 95 Eventing, Grace Anthony – 14th place EvA80 and Aalia Lucchetta winning the Elemantary Freestyle and 1st place 60cm Combined Training.

A huge congratulations to the QLD nationals team & Stuartholme Equestrian.

Future Problem Solving 

Good luck to the Year 9 team of Lara Carter, Anna Coman, Ciara Royds and Alessa Wiltshire who will be participating in the national finals of the Future Problem Solving this weekend.

 

Music News

National Youth Concerto Competition – Prize Winners Recital On Wednesday 9 October a recital was held in the Joigny Theatre featuring three of the finalists …

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Music News

National Youth Concerto Competition – Prize Winners Recital

On Wednesday 9 October a recital was held in the Joigny Theatre featuring three of the finalists in the National Youth Concerto Competition. The performers were:

Andrew Namgung (Year 10, Violin, Brisbane Boys College), Josh Jones (Year 10, Cello, Brisbane State High) and Lily Dai (Year 11 – Cello, PLC – Sydney)

The three soloists each performed several works from memory were of an outstanding level.

 

 

 

Spring Spectacular and Awards Night

Auditions – 2020 Music Ensemble

Auditions for the 2020 Music Ensembles will take place on the following days:

Strings: Tuesday 29 October (12.00 – 1.15pm) and (3.00pm – 4.00pm)

Band: Wednesday 6 November (9.30am – 3.00pm)

Students are to perform:

  1. 16 bars of music of their own choice from their current ensemble repertoire/or solo repertoire
  2. Conductor’s choice of excerpt from their current ensemble repertoire.

All auditions are by 5 minute appointments. Please sign up on the Music Noticeboard in the Music Department before the audition dates.

Annual Carols Service – Thursday 28 November

The Annual Carols Service will be held on Thursday 28 November at 7.00pm in the Chapel. Rehearsals will take place throughout the day from 8.45am – 2.45pm. The musicians will return to school by 6.00pm for their warm up with the service to take place at 7.00pm. Further information will be sent home in the coming weeks regarding this event.

 

Celebration of Excellence – Monday 28 October

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 – Monday 28 October

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.

Support for Success Program – Senior Boarding Option

Stuartholme School is offering a unique opportunity for current day students to enter the Boarding House for Year 12 as part of our Support for …

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Support for Success Program – Senior Boarding Option

Stuartholme School is offering a unique opportunity for current day students to enter the Boarding House for Year 12 as part of our Support for Success Program, which is offered to all senior boarders.

As part of the program, students will have access to set study times after school, including specific content tutoring. This program is ideally suited to students who would benefit from consistent study plans and routines and on hand academic support. They will build social connections with the existing boarders and enjoy the many benefits of being a boarder.

This program sees successful study that includes:

  • First study from 5 – 6pm in classrooms downstairs
  • Second study 7:15pm – 8:30pm in rooms with the option to extend through consultation
  • Senior students to access library on weekends
  • Monday first study skills, open forum, study groups, review classes, peer review, critical friend
  • Monday second study – 7:15pm to 9pm with content tutoring available
  • Supervisors tracking study habits

At this time, we are looking for expressions of interest from our day families. If you would like to find out more and register your interest, please email Ellen McLean, Assistant Head of Boarding  emclean@stuartholme.com or Karen Davies, Dean of Boarding kdavies@stuartholme.com

 

 

 

Rowers Boarding Program

Stuartholme is offering day students who are keen to also row the opportunity to board during the rowing season (Terms 2 and 3). This program …

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Rowers Boarding Program

Stuartholme is offering day students who are keen to also row the opportunity to board during the rowing season (Terms 2 and 3).

This program is aimed at Rowers how are looking to further their rowing skills while maintaining academic structure.

Benefits of the program include:

  • Set routine
  • Structure around meals, study and transport
  • Support from boarding staff
  • Wellbeing check ins with Rowing Director and Assistant Heads of Boarding.
  • Teaches discipline and independence beyond school
  • Special catered dietary meal plans
  • Extra academic support from tutors
  • A holistic approach to elite sport

At this time we are looking for expressions of interest from our day families. If you would like to find out more and register your interest please email Melissa Robinson, Assistant Head of Boarding mrobinson@stuartholme.com or Karen Davies, Dean of Boarding kdavies@stuartholme.com

2020 school fees discount due date and donations update

We would like to remind families of the discount available for payment of fees one year in advance. For those families who wish to pay …

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2020 school fees discount due date and donations update

We would like to remind families of the discount available for payment of fees one year in advance.

For those families who wish to pay the 2020 tuition and/or boarding fee in advance and receive the 2.5% discount, this payment is due by Friday 13 December.  Please contact the Finance Office at receivables@stuartholme.com by Friday 15 November to receive an annual invoice.

We would like to thank the families who generously donated to the Stuartholme School Building and Maintenance Fund and Foundation. The school is committed to match the donations made by the Term 4 fees due date, which was Tuesday 9 October. We had a total of $24,249.60 donated which we will match, making a total of $48,499.20 to be deposited.

 

 

Social Justice

On the last Wednesday of Term 3, our Year 7 to 9 students were given the opportunity to attend a henna workshop run by the …

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Social Justice

On the last Wednesday of Term 3, our Year 7 to 9 students were given the opportunity to attend a henna workshop run by the social enterprise, Ethni.

This purposeful business aims to educate and broaden young people’s understand of refugees and migrants through learning about different cultural practices. We were honoured to have our session facilitated by Sara who arrived as an asylum seeker from Iran when she was 10 years old.

Sasha de Aboitiz, a Year 9 student reflected on the workshop:

Not only was the Ethni Henna Workshop a true pleasure to partake in but it also provided insight on the perspectives of immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees. These topics were discussed throughout the workshop and the stories that were told were awe-inspiring and impressive. I thoroughly enjoyed how the ladies organised the workshop and tried to let everyone experience a part of their culture. They were super sweet, kind and approachable and didn’t get annoyed or mad when I completely screwed up my henna piping bag. This was an amazing experience and I would highly recommend that when given the opportunity too, you should participate in it.

On Tuesday 22 October, JPIC are running a Civic Advocacy Forum for Stuartholme students and other local high school students. This student led initiative is focussed on young people learning that civic advocacy isn’t necessarily a one off event, but can also create significant change caused by our day to day actions.

The session, running from 4pm to 6:30pm, will feature a panel of civic advocates who have a special interest in the topics of refuges, environmental sustainability and diffability. Following on from the panel will be workshops which provide hands on learning activities, reinforcing the understanding that although young people deserve to be heard, in order to do this we must learn how to make people listen through positive and proactive techniques. This includes how to reach out and communicate with relevant political members about issues of concern, how to keep yourself safe and legal when advocating and how to introduce advocacy into your everyday life. If your young person is interested in attending, please register through the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/K7TXT32

 

 

Debating news and opportunities

Although debating doesn’t run all year round, some of our debaters choose to practice their skills and refine their techniques through public speaking competitions. Two …

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Debating news and opportunities

Although debating doesn’t run all year round, some of our debaters choose to practice their skills and refine their techniques through public speaking competitions. Two of our debaters, Verity Blair (Year 7) and Sasha de Aboitiz (Year 9) competed at the UN Youth Voice competition on Saturday 12 October. Sasha discussed “How can Australia improve economic equality between citizens?” and Verity presented “How can we improve access to educational opportunities in regional and remote areas of Australia?”. Congratulations to both students who did an excellent job!

Additionally any Year 10 or 11 debaters who may be interested in 2020 debating are encouraged to attend another of our point of information workshops, on Tuesday 29 October from 3-4pm in R206. This workshop is designed to help you learn about how to structure and execute point of information, or simply improve your existing skills. 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).

Science Snippets

Think you’ve had a bad day? Try being one of the caterpillars that Glyptapanteles wasps inject their babies in, eat from the inside out, whilst …

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Science Snippets

Think you’ve had a bad day? Try being one of the caterpillars that Glyptapanteles wasps inject their babies in, eat from the inside out, whilst chemically brainwashing to defend the wasp’s abominable pupae.

As someone who thoroughly hates and fears wasps, I was confident they could not get any more terrifying. However Central American wasps of the genus Glyptapanteles have proved me very, very wrong.

These wasps are parasitoids, meaning they leech off other organisms at its expense, killing their hosts. This journey begins when the Glyptapanteles wasp injects up to 80 eggs into a living caterpillar using its ovipositor (the long tail-like organ pictured below).

Once inside the caterpillar, the eggs hatch into larvae and feed off the caterpillar’s nutrients. The larvae are biologically programmed to avoid any major organs and at this stage the caterpillar’s behaviour is completely normal (excluding its increased appetite).

The wasps continue to develop inside the caterpillar, repeatedly shedding their exoskeleton to allow for more growth. Tiny, sharp teeth develop as they prepare for their exit and they grow to the size of about a grain of rice. It is at this stage that a chemical is released, presumably responsible for the caterpillar’s absurd behaviour.

Before their exit the caterpillar becomes extremely bloated, and the larvae release another chemical that paralyses the helpless caterpillar. They then use tiny, saw-like teeth to eat through the caterpillar’s thick skin, 80 larvae erupting at once. However, the caterpillar survives this horrific exit, potentially because the larvae time their final molt with their departure, blocking the exit wound.

Once outside, the larvae huddle together and begin spinning their cocoons. As the paralysis chemical wears off, the caterpillar contributes its own silk to this protective barrier, something usually reserved for its own cocoon. When complete, the caterpillar acts as an unwavering bodyguard. Proving that this species is in fact the worst, and that karma exists, the larvae are at most risk of being injected by other Glyptapanteles wasps, and being the host of a range of new larvae.

But the brainwashed caterpillar does not let this happen. Channelling its natural aggression, the caterpillar circles the wasp cocoon and strikes at any predators who come near. The caterpillar becomes so determined to protect these wasps that it does not leave the cocoon, not even to find food or water. So, despite having parasitic wasps feasting on its blood and tissue, having 80 larvae simultaneously eat their way through its skin, and despite fighting off a plethora of nasty predators, including those of the same species it is protecting, the wasp eventually dies… of hunger.

If you would like to read more about these truly awful creatures national geographic provides a very detailed description:

https://www.wired.com/2014/10/absurd-creature-week-glyptapanteles-wasp-caterpillar-bodyguard/

Or if you would like to watch a video of this process follow the next link. Note this video may be uncomfortable to some viewers, so if you are squeamish you probably should not watch it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMG-LWyNcAs&t=208s

On a less terrifying note, there are many science-based activities coming up so feel free to email Ms Macdonald if you were interested in participating.

The ConocoPhillips Science Experience

If you are in Year 9 or 10 and love performing experiments or want to learn what university life is like, this program could be for you. It lasts three days from the 22nd to 24th of January (but applications are due by the 30th of November) and takes place at UQ. Participants perform experiments with senior lecturers, attend site tours, have social activities, and gain information on tertiary studies in STEM fields. This is also a chance to connect with students from other schools with similar interests.

https://www.scienceexperience.com.au/about-the-program

Enhanced Studies Program

High achieving Year 11 students are invited to study a UQ university subject whilst in Year 12, free of cost. You can also gain one adjustment (equivalent to approximately one ATAR point), which is highly advantageous is your desired course requires a high ATAR. Furthermore, this can prepare students for university study and familiarise them with the grading system, course structure etc. There is a vast range of courses available, which you can check out in the following link

https://future-students.uq.edu.au/files/19465/enhanced-studies-program-guide.pdf

Queensland Maths Summer School

The Queensland Mathematics Summer School at UQ (QMSS) is a five-day program from 20 to 24 January 2020, for mathematically talented Year 10 students planning to study Year 11 Mathematical Methods and Specialist Mathematics in 2020. As well as preparing participants for their future subjects, this is a great opportunity to meet people of a similar interest and build your problem-solving skills.

https://smp.uq.edu.au/outreach/queensland-maths-summer-school?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=UQ+Science+Ambassadors+Update+8+2019&utm_content=smp.uq.edu.au%2Foutreach%2Fqueensland-maths-summer-school&utm_source=www.vision6.com.au

 

Maia Craig (Year 11 Science Ambassador)

Students send water to communities in need

Our Year 7 and 11 students recently put the call out for donations of water to help Stanthorpe, Applethorpe and Warwick communities. Thanks to their …

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Students send water to communities in need

Our Year 7 and 11 students recently put the call out for donations of water to help Stanthorpe, Applethorpe and Warwick communities. Thanks to their hard work and our generous community, they exceeded their target.

In addition to bottles of water, the students raised approximately $1150 to buy around two trucks of water.

Great job girls!

 

Spring Spectacular

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Spring Spectacular

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.

 

 

School Transport funding

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School Transport funding

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.

Building Brave Presentation – get your discounted tickets!

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 – get your discounted tickets!

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.

Invitation to Nick Olsen exhibition

Stuartholme’s artist-in-residence, Nick Olsen is currently holding an exhibition at the Red Hill Gallery along with fellow artists Paul Margocsy and Adrienne Williams. The Stuartholme …

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Invitation to Nick Olsen exhibition

Stuartholme’s artist-in-residence, Nick Olsen is currently holding an exhibition at the Red Hill Gallery along with fellow artists Paul Margocsy and Adrienne Williams. The Stuartholme community is warmly invited to attend this exhibition featuring the work of these talented local artists.

 

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.