Message from the Dean of Mission

Sacraments of Initiation

In Term 4 we will be running our sacramental program.

The Sacraments of Initiation are the way the Catholic Church welcomes followers into its community. There are three rituals – Baptism, Confirmation and the First Eucharist – that allow participants to learn more about the Catholic faith, grow deeper in their relationship with themselves and God, and commit themselves to participating in the community of Christ.

Sr Rita Carroll rscJ will walk with the girls in their preparation for these sacraments and the final ritual will take place with our community at a Boarders Mass on Sunday 4 November. If you are interested in learning more or would like your daughter to participate in one or all of these rituals, please email Sr Carroll rscJ at rcarroll@stuartholme.com

Next Sunday, Stuartholme will host St Ignatius Parish for two retreats. One will be run by Sarah Otto and be called ‘Belong, Believe and Behave’. This retreat will be aimed at parents of children who are undertaking sacraments and will give participants some ideas about how to have conversation with their child about God and their journey through their sacramental program. This retreat is timely as we are running a sacramental program in Term 4 (if you’re interested in your daughter participating in this, please see additional information in the newsletter).

The other will be run by Andy Otto, author of ‘God Moments’, and will be aimed at young adults (age 13 – 17). Otto, the spiritual director at Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Centre, Atlanta, will focus on Ignatian decision making and discernment. I think this retreat has huge benefits for our Stuartholme students. As we know, children and young people are avid users of the internet and social networking services. A report by Australian Psychological Society (APS) released in November last year stated that teenagers spends approximately three and a half hours a day on social media. During this time, they are bombarded with information that subconsciously forms their opinions about themselves and their place in the world. Whilst some of this information can have a positive influence, there are large volumes that can negatively influence their connection with themselves and others. We also know through science that they are at a stage in their life when their ability to make rational decisions is hampered because of the development of their brain. These two influencers – large volumes of unfiltered information and the stage of their brain development – means that young people are more likely to make decisions that do not value add to their sense of identity and their authentic connections with themselves, God and the world around them. Andy’s retreat and his discussions about Ignatian decision making and discernment offers young people a framework through which they can process this information. It encourages them to take the time to stop and reflect and make decisions that are life-giving to themselves and those around them. If you would like more information about the details of these retreats, please see the flyer contained further on in the newsletter.

After these retreats we are lucky to have the whole St Ignatius Parish up to Stuartholme to celebrate a Youth Mass with our students, Marist College boarders and other young people from schools around Brisbane. It will be a joyous celebration of the young people in our Church and all are welcome to bring their families and celebrate with this!!

Sarah Daff
Dean of Mission

 

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends, Welcome to our final Term of 2018! We need to acknowledge several important events, which occurred in the final week …

From the Principal
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Message from the Principal

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends,

Welcome to our final Term of 2018!

We need to acknowledge several important events, which occurred in the final week of Term 3 and over our school holidays.

One of our most significant milestones of Year 12 is our Retreat. This is a time of owning our individual strengths and honouring our Stuartholme journey. The program is centred around affirming each girl and ensuring a smooth transition into the world beyond school. Our Retreat is designed specifically for each cohort and facilitated in a manner, so each girl has a voice and can reflect on their own spiritual identity.

In the first three days of the school holidays, Jarod Costantini and Sarah Daff led our annual Sony Camp. These three days offer a camp for children with special needs and respite for their parents. Twenty-five Stuartholme girls and 25 St Laurence’s boys undertook a training program over several weeks to prepare them for the demanding care required for 20 campers over two nights and three days. I thank our girls for their dedication and compassion in preparing for and participating in our Sony Camp. I also thank our staff for their generous support and participation in our camp. This annual camp is a significant component of our Social Justice program and we have run this program continuously over 10 years.

During our break from school, we worked hard in three noteworthy Sporting competitions: State Rowing Championships, Equestrian National Competition and the Champion Basketball School of Queensland Competition. We had 46 rowers travel to Rockhampton to compete at the State Championship; four riders travel to Victoria with their horses and 10 girls participated in the Basketball competition. Congratulations to all our sports women and their supporting parents whose hard work should be honoured by our School community.

We opened the Term with our regular Boarder Parents Network (BPN) and our Parents of Stuartholme (PoS) meetings. My Principal’s Report outlined the progress we are making with our curriculum writing for the new QCE syllabus and our initiative with Harvard School of Education – Cultures of Thinking. I spoke about staffing for 2019 and reported on the PoS expenditure on in-school projects. The two most noteworthy items were the new style of reporting and the refurbishment of our Boarding House. The benefits of our new reporting are: transparency – no surprises, supporting positive parent engagement, improving student feedback and promoting students’ ownership of learning. We aspire to a triangle of support with students, teachers and parents working together on improving student outcomes. Parents of Stuartholme were very happy with the direction we are taking with our School Reports. The refurbishment of our Boarding House will initially be completed through three stages: Christmas school holiday 2018/19, June/July school holiday 2019 and Christmas school holiday 2019/20. The refurbishment of individual units will be completed in a staggered timetable over the following years. The Boarder Parents were thrilled to hear about our refurbishment of our nearly 100-year-old Boarding House.

Recently all Year 12 parents and students were asked to provide feedback about their experiences of the school. This is 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. If you have not yet completed the survey from MMG Education, could I please ask you to do this as soon as possible.

Next newsletter, I will report on our Year 7 2019 Orientation Parent Evening and Student Day program and our Major Art Exhibition.

Take care and God bless,

Kristen Sharpe

 

 

Key Dates

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Key Dates

DateEvent
Mon 22 OctoberStudent free day
Year 11 Semi-formal
Fri 26 OctoberSpring Spectacular 6pm
Mon 29 OctoberCelebration of Excellence 7pm
Fri 2 NovemberYear 12 Parent Daughter Breakfast 7am
Sun 4 NovemberMusic Breakfast 9am
Mon 5-Fri 9 NovemberYear 12 assessment block
Wed 14 NovemberYear 12 Boarders Farewell Liturgy and dinner
Thurs 15 NovemberYear 12 Valedictory Mass and Cocktail Party
Fri 16 NovemberYear 12 final day
Tues 20-Mon 26 NovemberYear 11 assessment block
Tues 27- Wed 28 November Year 11 QCS Practice Test
Thurs 29 NovemberCommunity Celebrations of St Philippine Duchesne with Carols, 5pm
Fri 30 November Boarders travel day
Christmas Liturgy and Final Assembly
Classes finish 12pm
Year 12 final fee statement issued
Wed 5 DecemberFinal day to return all library books and textbook hire
Fri 14 December2019 School fees (with discount) due

Message from the Deputy Principal

Ensuring the education, formation and wellbeing of children and young people requires daily effort, enthusiasm, resilience and commitment but it also requires the ability to …

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Message from the Deputy Principal

Ensuring the education, formation and wellbeing of children and young people requires daily effort, enthusiasm, resilience and commitment but it also requires the ability to cope with work-related stress, which research suggests in education is well above the average for other industries, services and society in general (Bailey, 2013; Education, 2014; Milburn, 2011).  Whilst Stuartholme School is blessed with a hard-working, dedicated and passionate staff, it is vital we support their wellbeing, not just because of teacher attrition or wasted training, but because of the impact on our students. If we want our teachers and staff to be nurturing, supportive and engaged role models, we must acknowledge and meet their emotional and wellbeing needs.

To this end, the focus of the student free day at the end of Term 3 was staff wellbeing. Heidi Dening, Founder and CEO of Workable Wellness, worked with the staff on building awareness and recognizing early signs of stress and exhaustion.  As a former teacher herself, Heidi has a good understanding of and commitment to the education sector.  Her training with the staff highlighted practical strategies that can be easily integrated into daily routines to avoid the spiral into burnout.

Positively, 96% of educators have reported that they find working in the education sector very rewarding and satisfying. Understanding what leads to burnout and how we can reduce its impact is key to harnessing this, ensuring a healthy and successful school and facilitating an environment conducive to student success, satisfaction and achievement.

Student Safety

A friendly reminder to families that the school’s supervision commences at 8 a.m. each morning and concludes at 3.30 p.m. No grounds supervision is provided outside of these hours.

Students may access the library at the following times:

Monday – 8 am to 6 pm
Tuesday – 8 am to 6 pm
Wednesday – 8 am to 6 pm
Thursday – 8 am to 6 pm
Friday – 8 am to 4.30 pm

In the interests of the student’s safety, we request that students do not attend school outside of the hours of 8.00 am to 3.30 pm Monday to Friday unless they are boarding students or attending the library during supervised hours.  Students involved in training or other co-curricular activities should continue to attend as per the training/playing roster as they will be supervised by the staff member responsible for the activity.

Parents are also requested to only pick up and drop off students in the designated zones behind Joigny or at the oval. Thanks largely to the cooperation, patience and understanding of parents/carers, these zones flow very well, thus ensuring the safety of students and staff. We genuinely thank those families who are prioritising the needs of the community and are supporting the School in the use of these zones.

Deanne Johnston
Deputy Principal

 

 

 

 

 

Message from the Dean of Mission

Sacraments of Initiation In Term 4 we will be running our sacramental program. The Sacraments of Initiation are the way the Catholic Church welcomes followers …

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Message from the Dean of Mission

Sacraments of Initiation

In Term 4 we will be running our sacramental program.

The Sacraments of Initiation are the way the Catholic Church welcomes followers into its community. There are three rituals – Baptism, Confirmation and the First Eucharist – that allow participants to learn more about the Catholic faith, grow deeper in their relationship with themselves and God, and commit themselves to participating in the community of Christ.

Sr Rita Carroll rscJ will walk with the girls in their preparation for these sacraments and the final ritual will take place with our community at a Boarders Mass on Sunday 4 November. If you are interested in learning more or would like your daughter to participate in one or all of these rituals, please email Sr Carroll rscJ at rcarroll@stuartholme.com

Next Sunday, Stuartholme will host St Ignatius Parish for two retreats. One will be run by Sarah Otto and be called ‘Belong, Believe and Behave’. This retreat will be aimed at parents of children who are undertaking sacraments and will give participants some ideas about how to have conversation with their child about God and their journey through their sacramental program. This retreat is timely as we are running a sacramental program in Term 4 (if you’re interested in your daughter participating in this, please see additional information in the newsletter).

The other will be run by Andy Otto, author of ‘God Moments’, and will be aimed at young adults (age 13 – 17). Otto, the spiritual director at Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Centre, Atlanta, will focus on Ignatian decision making and discernment. I think this retreat has huge benefits for our Stuartholme students. As we know, children and young people are avid users of the internet and social networking services. A report by Australian Psychological Society (APS) released in November last year stated that teenagers spends approximately three and a half hours a day on social media. During this time, they are bombarded with information that subconsciously forms their opinions about themselves and their place in the world. Whilst some of this information can have a positive influence, there are large volumes that can negatively influence their connection with themselves and others. We also know through science that they are at a stage in their life when their ability to make rational decisions is hampered because of the development of their brain. These two influencers – large volumes of unfiltered information and the stage of their brain development – means that young people are more likely to make decisions that do not value add to their sense of identity and their authentic connections with themselves, God and the world around them. Andy’s retreat and his discussions about Ignatian decision making and discernment offers young people a framework through which they can process this information. It encourages them to take the time to stop and reflect and make decisions that are life-giving to themselves and those around them. If you would like more information about the details of these retreats, please see the flyer contained further on in the newsletter.

After these retreats we are lucky to have the whole St Ignatius Parish up to Stuartholme to celebrate a Youth Mass with our students, Marist College boarders and other young people from schools around Brisbane. It will be a joyous celebration of the young people in our Church and all are welcome to bring their families and celebrate with this!!

Sarah Daff
Dean of Mission

 

Message from the Dean of Student Wellbeing

Putting safety online at the forefront One of the key priorities at Stuartholme is creating and maintaining safe environments for students. Student protection is the …

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Message from the Dean of Student Wellbeing

Putting safety online at the forefront

One of the key priorities at Stuartholme is 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.

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 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 much tougher laws that have been put in place for those who share, or threaten to share intimate images of others without consent in Australia.

 

Marist College Ashgrove Online Safety Parent Information Evening

Marist College Ashgrove have also asked kindly invited Stuartholme parents to register and join a parent evening focused on online safety. The presenter is Brett Lee a former undercover internet detective whose advice has underpinned a number of my articles to parents this year. I am attending and would hope to see some of our Stuartholme parents there on the night.

Deb Lonsdale-Walker
Dean of Student Wellbeing

 

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

 

 

 

Share the Dignity

Stuartholme is once again supporting Share the Dignity in their October ‘It’s in the Bag’ drive. Each TMG is being asked to prepare a bag …

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Share the Dignity

Stuartholme is once again supporting Share the Dignity in their October ‘It’s in the Bag’ drive. Each TMG is being asked to prepare a bag with the following items. If you would like further information about what Share the Dignity do, please see here: https://www.sharethedignity.com.au/

 

Invitation from Sarah Otto

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Invitation from Sarah Otto

Invitation from Andy Otto

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Invitation from Andy Otto

Co-curricular News

SHEP Congratulations to our musicians who represented Stuartholme at the Griffith University, Queensland Conservatorium of Music, State Honours Ensemble Program (SHEP) held at the Conservatorium …

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Co-curricular News

SHEP

Congratulations to our musicians who represented Stuartholme at the Griffith University, Queensland Conservatorium of Music, State Honours Ensemble Program (SHEP) held at the Conservatorium of Music last week:

Caitlin Betts (Year 12), clarinet; Ella Hookway (Year 12), flute; Portia Franchi (Year 9), voice; Alice Barry (Year 9), voice; Lili Condon (Year 10), voice and Bridget Lloyd-Morgan (Year 11), voice.

The musicians attended four days of intense rehearsals in either a band or choir with guest conductors and from the United States and Australia. The week concluded with an outstanding series of concerts on Sunday highlighting their refined technical skills and musicianship.

Readers Cup

Congratulations! Stuartholme won the Year 10 Final for Readers’ Cup last night. Thank you to all participants. What an effort Stuartholme!

Equestrian

Congratulations to the rider who took part in the 2018 Australian Interschool Championships in Victoria over the holidays; Emily Ballard (Captain), Piper Searle, Bella Anthony and Ellie Turnbull.

RESULTS

  • Bella Anthony rode Chance in the 95cm Combined training (dressage test and one show jump round). They finished 12th.
  • Bella Anthony rode her other horse, Woody in the 105cm Eventing (dressage, cross country & show jumping) and finished 8th.
  • Emily Ballard riding Gill in the same event (105cm Eventing) finished 2nd i.e. Reserve Champion. An amazing achievement (she was only 1.6 behind the leader).
  • Emily and her other horse Charlie finished 16th overall in the senior Novice Dressage, this was two dressage tests placing her 19th and 13th respectively.  Charlie has a huge personality and he was just a big toddler during his competition! Not really on his best behaviour!  Emily also competed in the novice dressage freestyle (dressage to music) and finished 12th in this.
  • Ellie Turnbull competed in the 95 cm eventing.  She was in first place after the dressage but unfortunately her horse, Wilson was eliminated in the cross country phase for refusing three times at one jump – he has some homework to undergo – no holiday for him now!
  • Ellie did rise above all of this and came third overall in the intermediate preliminary dressage! She placed 6th and 2nd respectively in her two dressage tests.  This is a massive result, especially after her disappointing cross country round.  With this 3rd result, her horse Wilson was awarded the OTT (off the track) highest placed ex-race horse award.  This prestigious award is given by Racing Victoria for the highest placed retired thoroughbred race horse.  A fabulous award for Ellie and Wilson.  This partnership has been together less than a year – they have both achieved amazing results in 2018.
  • Piper Searle had a fantastic week.  She too, like Emily and Bella competed in the 105cm Eventing and placed a credible 5th.  She then went on to become Reserve Champion in the show jumping discipline.  Piper and her beautiful mare, Floss placed 4th, 3rd and 1st in the 110 cm show jumping competition, giving her the reserve champion accolade.

All four girls should be extremely proud of their results.  Both Piper and Bella’s youngest sisters competed too! Geneva and Sofia will be great little riders having experienced nationals at such a young age.  They will be joining us in 2020 and 2021 respectively.

Sarah Drane
Equestrian Co-ordiator

 

Travel rebates for students with a disability

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Travel rebates for students with a disability

Celebration of Excellence

On Monday, 29th October 2018 we will hold our annual “Celebration of Excellence”. The venue for this special event will be the Main Auditorium, Brisbane …

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Celebration of Excellence

On Monday, 29th October 2018 we will hold our annual “Celebration of Excellence”. The venue for this special event will be the Main Auditorium, Brisbane City Hall.  All students are expected to arrive at City Hall by 6.30 pm and report to their Teacher Mentor who will be in the foyer. Parents, siblings and other family members are very welcome to attend, however due to the late finish, the event may not be appropriate for very young children.

The proceedings will commence at 7.00 pm and will include recognition of student success across all 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.

Classes for the day will run as usual from Teacher Mentor Group at 8.25am until the end of period 4 at 12.45pm. Students will then be able to leave school to go home and prepare for the evening’s celebrations.  The regular afternoon bus service will depart Stuartholme at 1pm.

Rehearsals for musicians, awardees and the opening reflection will take place during the day.  School uniform is to be worn.  Students will need to bring a small bag containing their morning tea and a water bottle. Musicians are also to ensure that they have their instruments in good working order (spare reeds, strings, etc) and their music folders.

Bus transport to and from school has been organised for students involved in the rehearsals. Transport arrangements are as follows:

  • Buses depart Stuartholme at 7.30 am for all students involved in the rehearsals (Cor Unum Committee, musicians, awardees, students involved in the opening reflection). Please assemble at the bus pickup area behind Joigny at 7.20 am.
  • Buses will leave City Hall at 12.15 pm and arrive back at school by 12.45 pm. All Students must return to School on the bus.

Musicians, students involved in the Opening Reflection and the awardees will be notified via email and a meeting will be held on Wednesday 24th October at 12.35pm in the Australian Room.

It is essential that students who are involved in the rehearsals for the day have been given permission to attend via the Consent to Go notification.

Buses will depart in the evening at 5.30pm for Boarders and return to Stuartholme on completion of the ceremony.

Day scholars and their families, as well as boarding families, will be required to make their own way to and from the Brisbane City Hall in the evening.

All musicians are to arrive by 6.00pm and all awardees and opening reflection students need to arrive at the Main Auditorium, Brisbane City Hall by 6.15pm and move directly into the Auditorium to their allocated seats.  Parents and other guests will be able to mingle in the foyer.

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 43 or above.

Madeleine Sophie Barat Academic Honours is 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 (formerly Stuartholme P&F Association 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.

 

Science Snippets

What do you call moons that orbits other moons? It has been proposed that, since celestial bodies such as planets and moons orbit around other …

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Science Snippets

What do you call moons that orbits other moons? It has been proposed that, since celestial bodies such as planets and moons orbit around other celestial bodies bigger than themselves, moons have the potential to orbit other moons. Although none have been found in our solar system, the earth’s moon is actually big enough to be classified as a small planet theoretically enabling it to support an orbiting moon.

In their new paper, Kollmeier and her colleague Sean Raymond, an astronomer at the University of Bordeaux in France, looked for a mathematical answer to the submoon puzzle. Using equations designed to show the tidal effects of planets on their moons, the team determined that these submoons, as these researchers called the objects, could hypothetically exist if the host moon is sufficiently massive, the submoon is sufficiently small, and there is a wide orbital gulf between those moons and their host planet.

“We find that 10 km-scale [6 miles] submoons can only survive around large (1,000-km-scale) [600 miles] moons on wide-separation orbits,” the researchers wrote. If these persnickety parameters are not met, the host planet’s tidal forces would either be great enough to smash the moon and submoon together or weak enough that the submoon would get jettisoned into space.

After this recent plausible concept was suggested, people were asked what to name this new phenomenon, and across the internet many names have been suggested. Moonmoons, submoons, moonitos, grandmoons, moonettes and moooons have all been submitted, as well as a variety of other interesting names.

From: https://www.livescience.com/63819-moonmoons-could-exist.html


Events you might be interested in:

Introduction to Robotics Workshop
December 17th 2018 from 9am – 12pm

This workshop introduces students to the exciting world of robotics by building and programming robots. The workshop aims to improve the analytical and problem-solving skills of students, and complements the new Technology curriculum by providing a project-based learning activity. outreach@eait.uq.edu.au

Something to consider if you’re in Year 11 or 12 next year are the SPARQ-ed Senior Five-Day Research Immersions. Check out: https://di.uq.edu.au/sparq-ed/research-immersion-programs for more information or see Ms Macdonald.

Welcome back to school, and have a great term!

From Imogen Cusack (one of your Year 11 Science Ambassadors)

You are invited to our Spring Spectacular

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You are invited to our Spring Spectacular

Year 10 Digital Technologies students shine in the Gaming World

In term two this year, I taught the Year 10 Digital Technologies students an Advanced Gaming unit. The Advanced Gaming unit coincided with the 2018 …

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Year 10 Digital Technologies students shine in the Gaming World

In term two this year, I taught the Year 10 Digital Technologies students an Advanced Gaming unit.

The Advanced Gaming unit coincided with the 2018 National STEM Video Game Challenge so the students submitted their games as well as their completed Game Design documents. The Game Design documents included information about the game aim and description, game characters, theme of their game, game controls, platform, computer system requirements and gaming software used. The STEM challenge theme was “Transformation”. The students submitted their games into the Year 9 – 12 Playable game in the GameMaker category.

Four hundred and seventy-one games were submitted and three thousand students competed across the whole competition covering all six categories. Some students worked in teams and other students worked individually. In the Year 9-12 Playable Game category, fifty games were submitted.

Our students competed individually. Round 1 judging was held on 3rd September and 8 students were successful to reach Round 2 judging. These eight students were Melanie Ashley, Lilly Booby, Claire Cameron, Maia Craig, Nieve Dickman, Elke Frecklington, Erin Murray and Sophie White.

These eight students’ games advanced to Round 2 judging where seven finalists were determined. Four of the seven finalists were Stuartholme students and they were Melanie Ashley, Nieve Dickman, Elke Frecklington and Sophie White. Melanie’s game was called “My Life”, Nieve’s game was “When Caterpillar’s Fly”, Elke’s game was titled “Save the Planet” and Sophie’s game was named “Through the Ages”.

Round 2 judges were developers of the GameMaker software in the UK. Even though the odds were on our side with four out of seven finalists, a student from another school was the overall winner.

To reach to finalist level in a STEM gaming competition is a significant achievement for these students. Certificates will be emailed to me by the STEM Video Competition organisers in November. Once we receive these, I will organise a time in the library for other students to see and play their games.

In the past, Stuartholme Digital Technologies students have been successful in a number of competitions. Most significant have been last year, we had two First Lego League teams win trophies at District and National Level.  In 2015, Jessica Nicol and Kate Edwards won the CoderDojo Blackbelt and Brisbane City Council Mobile App competition. In 2014, Reily Cronin was the Queensland finalist in the ATOM My Story My Content Short Film Competition and in 2013, we had three finalists in the UQ Young ICT Explorers tournament.

Leigh Ferguson, Leader of Learning – Technologies

Law professor speaks with Year 10 students

Stuartholme had the privilege of hosting Professor James Allan, Garrick Professor in Law, from the University of Queensland.  Professor Allan began his career at a …

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Law professor speaks with Year 10 students

Stuartholme had the privilege of hosting Professor James Allan, Garrick Professor in Law, from the University of Queensland.  Professor Allan began his career at a large law firm in Toronto and then moved to the Bar in London.  He then became an academic and has gone on to lecture around the world.  Professor Allan is widely published in the areas of Constitutional Law, Legal Philosophy and Bill of Rights.  He has also been a guest speaker on Q&A several times.

Professor Allan spoke with the Year 10 cohort on physical and legal safety as an extension of the Term 4 Wise Wellness program.  The girls were engaged and asked insightful, well prepared questions.  Students were offered some valuable life skills and left with knowledge of our constitutional values, including its historical foundation, and that of other nations.  Professor Allan also addressed the fortunate position of females today in Western society and encouraged them to recognise and utilise this outlook in their future endeavours.

Margaret Devlin
Year 10 Leader of Student Wellbeing

Do you have a daughter starting Year 7 in 2022?

This is a reminder for parents to please submit an enrolment application now if you have another daughter starting Stuartholme in 2022. First round interviews …

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Do you have a daughter starting Year 7 in 2022?

This is a reminder for parents to please submit an enrolment application now if you have another daughter starting Stuartholme in 2022.

First round interviews for these years have already taken place, however the School does have a policy of prioritising siblings.

To ensure your daughter doesn’t miss a spot, please submit your application as soon as possible so she is included in the next round of interviews.

Should you have any questions, please contact our Registrar, Natasha Pay.

 

Shave for a Cure

Lily Thomson in Year 9 is participating in the ‘Shave for a Cure’ on October 30th. Here’s her message from her donation page: I’m challenging …

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Shave for a Cure

Lily Thomson in Year 9 is participating in the ‘Shave for a Cure’ on October 30th. Here’s her message from her donation page:

I’m challenging myself to shave my hair to support Cancer Council in their mission for a cancer free future.

At the end of October 2018 I will brave the shave, because 1 in 2 Australians will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, more than 27,000 Queenslanders who will be diagnosed this year alone. I’m losing my locks to raise funds and show my support.

If I reach my goal of $2500, my dad will join me in losing his locks to show his support for the families battling cancer. Please sponsor me to support cancer research and provide vital services for Australians living with cancer.

Thank you for your generous donation. Together, we can beat cancer.

If you would like to support Lily, please go to her donation page at https://www.doitforcancer.com.au/fundraisers/lilythomson/Lily–s-greatest-shave

Congratulations to Grace Bentley

Huge congratulations to Grace Bentley, Year 7 (pictured in the centre with her team) who recently competed at 2018 National Clubs Gymnastics Carnival on the …

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Congratulations to Grace Bentley

Huge congratulations to Grace Bentley, Year 7 (pictured in the centre with her team) who recently competed at 2018 National Clubs Gymnastics Carnival on the Gold Coast. It was a team event in which she competed over two days in the Womens Artistic Gymnastics on all apparatus (uneven bars, beam, vault and floor).

Grace and her team were successful coming 5th in Australia on Vault and 11th Overall. Personally Grace had her best score for the season on Floor coming 3rd overall in her session.

Well done Grace!

Celebrate Melbourne Cup Day in style!

The Parents of Stuartholme warmly invite you to celebrate Melbourne Cup Day at the Normanby Hotel’s Melbourne Cup Day event. This will be the perfect …

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Celebrate Melbourne Cup Day in style!

The Parents of Stuartholme warmly invite you to celebrate Melbourne Cup Day at the Normanby Hotel’s Melbourne Cup Day event. This will be the perfect occasion to mingle with Stuartholme parents and enjoy food, drinks and entertainment while watching the race that stops the nation!

Click here to book your spot.