Message from the Acting Principal

A school is more than a building. As a vibrant community of students, staff, families, Alum, volunteers and other stakeholders, Stuartholme more than reflects this. Every single member of our community is necessary to continue to build upon the school’s proud history of providing holistic education for girls. Without each individual’s input, we could not provide the depth and range of opportunities that make being a Stuartholme girl so rewarding and memorable.

Term 4, with its incredibly busy schedule, is a good time to reflect on this. The number of events, activities and milestones highlight that education in the 21st century is not just about learning content within the confines of a classroom. It is about engagement in various forms that allows us to be curious, to collaborate, to build social networks, to problem-solve, to think critically and creatively, and to communicate. Importantly in a school community, we must also acknowledge our hard work, energies and dedication and celebrate our individual and collective achievements.

I think it is appropriate, therefore, to outline some of the many happenings within our community since our last newsletter two weeks ago.

  • Year 11 semi-formal –Monday 21st October was a wonderful evening with our Year 11 girls and their partners at the Queensland Tennis Centre. It was a great opportunity for the girls to reflect their individual styles and to spend time with their friends in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. I would like to commend the students and their partners – it was a pleasure to spend the evening with them. Thanks must go to Mrs Margaret Devlin, for her hours of organisation and attention to ensuring a well-planned, safe and enjoyable night. Thank you too to all the staff who supported the girls by attending and to those who assisted in any way with the organisation and preparation.
  • Civic Advocacy Forum – on Tuesday 22nd October Stuartholme hosted a Civic Advocacy Forum attended also by students from St Joseph’s Gregory Terrace and St Joseph’s Nudgee College. Students Molly McCann and Bridget Lloyd-Morgan chaired the evening, asking a panel of experts their experiences of advocacy in the areas of refuges, environmental sustainability and diffability. Following the panel discussion, students participated in a range of workshops and activities to build their capacity to advocate for opportunities and change for those who are marginalised or suffering. The workshops provided hands on learning activities, reinforcing the understanding that although young people deserve to be heard, in order to do this, they must learn how to make people listen through positive and proactive techniques. Thanks to Ms Claire Lawler, our Social Justice Coordinator, for providing this experience for our girls.
  • QUT extension activity – on Wednesday 23rd October, 24 students participated in a day-long workshop at QUT, organised by our Director of Enrichment, Mr Michael Elliott. The workshop involved learning across science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, and included hands-on experiences underpinning the concepts of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. Whilst the day was very enjoyable, importantly it also helped provide an insight into STEM studies and the skills essential for STEM careers of the future.
  • World Teachers’ Day – Celebrated in more than 100 countries world-wide, World Teachers’ Day was established in 1994 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) to recognise the role of teachers in society. Across Australia, World Teachers’ Day is held on 25th October, providing an opportunity for us as a community to celebrate the mission that is teaching. Working in a school requires a great deal of time, dedication and energy. At Stuartholme, we are blessed with great teachers who love working with young people, who want to make a positive difference, and who want to empower the minds of young people. I’d like to acknowledge and thank our teachers for being great educators and role models. I’d also like to warmly thank our wonderful parents who baked a fabulous morning tea to celebrate World Teachers’ Day – it was very genuinely appreciated, and very much enjoyed, by our staff.
  • Spring Spectacular and Music Awards – Friday 25th October was our annual Spring Concert and to say it was a wonderful evening would be an understatement – there really aren’t enough superlatives to cover just how good Stuartholme’s music program is. For two hours we were treated to performances from our bands, strings, percussion and clarinet ensembles and choirs. It was such a joyful evening and very evident that the girls and their teachers all love being part of the program. Thank you to Director of Music, Mr Andrew Mear, and to all his staff for their ongoing commitment and dedication to the provision of a quality music program.
  • A Year 11 student leaders’ gathering was conducted in the Boarding House on Sunday 27th Students were provided with workshops introducing them to the theory of leadership, focusing on developing group skills and providing them with strategies to meet leadership challenges they may encounter. My thanks to Mrs Karen Davies for her initiative and efforts in offering this learning opportunity for our 2020 leaders.
  • Boarder Mass with St Ignatius – on Sunday 27th October our Boarders attended St Ignatius Toowong’s Youth Mass with Marist College boarders and other young people from schools around Brisbane. It was a joyous celebration of the young people in our Church and I thank Ms Liz Foxover for coordinating our participation and the boarding staff for their support and attendance.
  • Celebration of Excellence – on Monday 28th October we hosted our annual Celebration of Excellence at Brisbane City Hall. The venue is a magnificent building, fitting to showcase the variety and depth of achievements of Stuartholme’s many generous, talented and hard-working students. It was lovely to see so many of our community come together to celebrate the year we have had and to congratulate our students on their many successes. There were many, many people involved in the organisation and coordination of the evening and I am very grateful to them for their commitment and energy. Special mention must go to my PA, Ms Stephanie Volkman, for overseeing and project managing the evening.
  • Over the coming weeks there will be many “last of” events for Year 12s and this week saw the last of their timetabled classes. As is tradition, the girls celebrated with various themed days including “Tourist Tuesday”, “Westside Wednesday” and “Throwback Thursday”. On Friday morning we enjoyed a parent/daughter breakfast with the 12s and later in the day they engaged in Stuartholme’s long held tradition of ringing the school bell. It was clear that they very much enjoyed the rituals of the final week of classes. Their outward appearance definitely exuded excitement and joy, however, underneath I am sure they were feeling mixed emotions, including sadness and a little bit of nerves. Stuartholme has been such a part of their lives for the last six years that it is difficult to really comprehend daily life without their routines, sisters and supports. We wish them success, and our support, as they complete their final assessments and examinations and look forward to sharing their remaining milestones over the coming weeks.

Term 4 is a great example of Stuartholme’s energy. Pausing to enjoy the moments, and reflect on the achievements, highlights what a vibrant and special community we have!

God bless,

Deanne Johnston
Acting Principal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Key Dates

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Key Dates

DateEvent
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

This week I have been reflecting on the Sacred Heart Goals of Education and the many and divergent ways they are evident at Stuartholme School. …

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Message from the Acting Dean of Mission

This week I have been reflecting on the Sacred Heart Goals of Education and the many and divergent ways they are evident at Stuartholme School. I am truly heartened to conclude that our goals are embedded in our structures; from our educational program which seeks to educate our students to a deep respect for intellectual values by catering for the needs of each individual student and continually developing staff to facilitate this process; the wellbeing program which allows our students to grow in an atmosphere of wise freedom; the thoughtful and discerning opportunities provided by our Social Justice Coordinator Claire Lawler, to educate to social awareness that impels action and build community.  These name just a few.  However, none can be more important than all we do to educate our students to grow in their personal and active faith in God.

Our Sunday evening Youth Mass was a testament to the joy of celebrating our active faith in God as an extended community. St Ignatius Parish organised a beautiful Mass, hosted here at Stuartholme, and attended by both the Marist and Stuartholme boarders and well as St Ignatius Parishioners.  A stand out of the Eucharistic celebration was the music and singing. Our own Cate Ostwald (Year 12) delivered an engaging homily, reflecting on Gospel messages, showing how consistently relevant these messages are for everyone, but in particular, our young people today. I wish to express gratitude to the students from Marist and Stuartholme who participated and fulfilled all duties including, reading, Eucharistic ministry and altar serving. Our celebration concluded by sharing a BBQ dinner with some great music to add to the atmosphere.  We look forward to our next Youth Mass which brings our community together. Thank you to Mrs Karen Davies, Mrs Shannon Lacey, Ms Diana Carrigan, Ms Adrienne Costello, Sr Bannon and Sr Carroll who joined with us.

Our Celebration of Excellence evening included a reflection by our drama students on the themes of compassion, connection and change.  Thank you to Ms Harkin for her work with these students; it was a clear reminder, through the eyes of our students, how these themes are evident in our community.

As we move into Week 5, our Year 12 students are in our prayers as they enter exam block and the final phase of their journey. We pray that they enjoy these milestones, most significantly their upcoming Valedictory Mass.

 

Blessings,

Liz Foxover
Acting Dean of Mission

Message from the Dean of Student Wellbeing

Building Brave Last week a small group of Stuartholme staff attended a workshop in the theatre at school titled Building Brave. The session was delivered …

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Message from the Dean of Student Wellbeing

Building Brave

Last week a small group of Stuartholme staff attended a workshop in the theatre at school titled Building Brave. The session was delivered by well-regarded psychologists Karen Young and Michelle Mitchell and focussed on equipping parents, carers and professionals with powerful strategies to help children and teens build resilience, thrive through anxiety and reach their potential. It was wonderful to see some of our Stuartholme parents in attendance also. The session was most valuable in its exploration of the impact a caring adult can have on anxiety and resilience.

At Stuartholme we are fortunate to have two of our very own psychologists who support student wellbeing. I have asked them to contribute to my article this week in offering advice to parents about supporting adolescent anxiety.

 

 

 

 

 

Parent portal

A small sub-committee of the wellbeing team comprising: Eloise Conrad – school psychologist; Margaret Devlin – Leader of Student Wellbeing (11) and myself have worked together to create a parent portal offering advice and guidance on a range of student wellbeing topics. This will be available through My Stuartholme and is due to go live this term. The portal covers tips related: to mental health, cyber safety, positive coping strategies, respectful relationships, study habits and helpful contacts. I presented a preview of the portal at the recent Parents of Stuartholme meeting and this resource for parents was warmly welcomed.

 

 

 

 

 

Supporting Adolescent Anxiety

From the Wellbeing Team

Eloise Conrad & Natalie Morgan (School Psychologists)

According to Youth Beyond Blue statistics, approximately 1 in 14 young people are diagnosed with anxiety at a clinical level (Youth Beyond Blue, 2015). Anxiety is a physiological response that has evolved to keep us safe (characterised by the flight/fight response) and is common and adaptive. It becomes a problem when it starts to interfere with a person’s daily life and affects regular participation in academic, social, co-curricular and family activities. Anxiety maintains itself by feeding off avoidant behaviours and tiring us out. There are a range of things parents can do to support their daughter who may be having difficulty managing her anxiety:

  • Validate and acknowledge what they are going through: This is KEY! Active listening and finding a way to chat with your daughter about her anxiety will help her feel supported. Telling your daughter to calm down unfortunately isn’t going to have much of an effect. Spending quality time and making routines for the week by working together with your daughter can establish better connection.
  • Avoid avoidance: Encourage your daughter to take small steps towards facing her fears. Avoidance maintains anxiety triggers and can also generalise it across multiple situations.
  • Build self-confidence: It is easy to fall into the trap of constantly noticing when your daughter is struggling with managing their anxiety. It’s so important to praise them for their accomplishments and facing their fears. Find activities they can participate in that instill a sense of belonging.
  • Avoid giving excessive reassurance: Giving constant reassurance prevents your daughter from learning how to cope on their own. Model how you think through problems or challenges.
  • Modelling stress management: If you’re taking small amounts of time out for yourselves each day or setting some time to relax (take a walk, meditate), your daughter will see the importance of doing that for themselves.
  • Seek professional support: Speak to a GP or one of the School Psychologists about further support for your daughter in order for her to build strategies to cope with anxiety triggers and cope more effectively with life’s demands.

Further information can be found through the following links:

ReachOut Parents: https://parents.au.reachout.com/common-concerns/mental-health/anxiety-and-teenagers
Raising Children: https://raisingchildren.net.au/teens/mental-health-physical-health/stress-anxiety-depression/anxiety
Headspace: https://headspace.org.au/friends-and-family/mental-health/anxiety/

References:

Youth Beyond Blue: https://www.youthbeyondblue.com/footer/stats-and-facts

 

Deb Lonsdale-Walker
Dean of Student Wellbeing

 

 

 

 

 

Message from the Careers Counsellor

Hi everyone, What a fantastic couple of weeks. We had the wonderful opportunity to take five Year 11 students along to the 2019 Wesley Healthcare …

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Message from the Careers Counsellor

Hi everyone,

What a fantastic couple of weeks.

We had the wonderful opportunity to take five Year 11 students along to the 2019 Wesley Healthcare Careers Day. Our girls learnt more about careers in medicine, allied health and nursing professions, and tried out some fun hands on activities. And Holly Roads won a resuscitation race, with a 97.87% compression accuracy!

 

 

Last Wednesday, alumnae Emily Ballard and Ally Kemp returned to Stuartholme for our UNI101 event. Emily and Ally answered questions, de-mystified plenty of things (like Census Date, double degrees, and who can live at college) and gave great advice to our Year 12s about making the most of uni life. There was great attendance from students and some very thoughtful questions.

 

This week, we held our Where will you live after school? event, alumna Georgia Jung, Duchesne College’s Shona Clayton, and Mr Timothy Butler answered student questions and shared their advice about living overseas, navigating sharehouses, and ways to get involved in college life. Again, a great turn out from our students and some really interesting questions.

 

We also welcomed ACU Speech Pathology, Nursing and Paramedicine students on to campus to host a Health pop up. Students came by with their questions about different allied health professions and had the chance to try out some different health equipment, including neck braces, splints and medical kits.

 

As always, please find below some opportunities your daughter might be interested in. More information and options are available in Bulletin 17 on the Careers page of My.Stuartholme.

Warm regards,

Mr Tom Lillyman

SRJ Walker Wayland Cadetship Program

SRJ Walker Wayland is a Queensland based accounting, audit and advisory firm with offices in Brendale, Brisbane, Caboolture and Sunshine Coast. The firm is now accepting applications for its 2020 cadetship program. A cadetship incorporates study with paid work experience. The SRJ Walker Wayland Cadetship Program is open to Year 12 students and first-year university students who have or are planning to apply for an accounting, business or dual degree including one of these majors. You can download the Cadetship Guidelines Form and the Cadetship Application Form from the website. Applications are now open and can be submitted by emailing it to careers@srjww.com.au

Queensland Government: Fee-free vocational training for Year 12 graduates

This Queensland Government program supports Queensland Year 12 graduates in transitioning to employment by providing fee-free training for Certificate III qualifications in high priority vocational areas. Find out more on the Queensland Government Training website.

Most university scholarship applications are open!

And close soon! I recommend students apply for any scholarships where they may meet the eligibility criteria.

 

UQ scholarships

QUT scholarships

Griffith scholarships

ACU scholarships

Bond scholarships

USC scholarships

USQ scholarships

UNE scholarships

Spotlight: CAS Hawker Scholarships

The Charles Allan Seymour Hawker Scholarship commemorates the achievements of one of Australia’s most respected statesmen. Selection for this scholarship is based on personal qualities, demonstrated leadership as well as academic ability. A full C.A.S. Hawker Scholarship is valued at up to $60,000 over 3 years and normally covers all college fees and university HECS fees. Successful applicants can choose to study at one of the following institutions:

Applications for the 2020 C.A.S. Hawker Scholarships open on 9 December 2019 and will close on 8 January 2020.

Crimson Education Extracurricular and Leadership Summit

Crimson Education are holding a free Extracurricular and Leadership Summit for Years 7-10 students. The Summit features two panels throughout the day; The Community Impact Panel and the Academic Excellence Panel. Both will feature 4-5 panelists from leading organisations in their respective fields. These panels will give students insights as to what steps they could potentially be taking in their extracurricular activities. Tanya Meessmann, founder of Girl Shaped Flames will be a panel member. Click here to find out more and to register.

Co-curricular News

Concert     Click on an image to start gallery   Speech and Performance Congratulations to the following students on their outstanding results at the …

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Co-curricular News

Concert

 

 

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Speech and Performance

Congratulations to the following students on their outstanding results at the recent Voice and Communications exams.

Jemma Stiles Voice and Comm Grade 3 – (A result)
Sharon Komenang Voice and Comm Grade 7 – (A+ result)
Alice Sevil Voice and Comm Grade 5 – (A result)
Ellen Veleski Speech and Performance Grade 3 – (A+ result)
Elizabeth O’Driscoll Voice and Comm Grade 4 – (A result)

It was wonderful feedback from the AMEB examiner who commented that the commitment to their work was outstanding.

Tennis

From 15 to 18 October, myself and 10 other girls were given the opportunity to travel to Sydney to compete in the Alumnae Cup competition for tennis. Alumnae Cup is a 3-day tournament, where the four Sacred Heart Schools; Baradene, Kincoppal, Sacre Cour and Stuartholme, get together to compete against each other every two years. It was a really great experience to get to socialise with girls who come from similar schools with similar histories, and the best part was that we all knew the song Cour de Jesus. The day we arrived, before we headed to Kincoppal Rose Bay school, we were lucky enough to have visited Bondi beach and get a few snaps with the Bondi Life Guards! We then met the families that we were staying with, and we were given a tour of Kincoppal. It was amazing how similar it was to Stuartholme, there was even a photo of Sister Rita hanging in the hallway! After staying with our host families, we all met at the White City tennis courts each morning for a long, gruelling, but fun 3 days of tennis. At the end of the 3 days, Stuartholme placed 3rd overall in the A grade, and 4th in the B grade. It was a great effort by all the girls and I couldn’t be more proud. On behalf of all the girls, we would like to say a massive thank you to both Ms Ferguson and Mrs McMain for putting up with us and making the week run so smoothly.

Zara Wareham

Tennis Captain 2019

 

 

 

 

 

Basketball

Our Sweet 16 Basketball team finished with a silver medal in division two in the Sweet 16 Competition. The girls played over four days against schools from across South East Queensland. This is a fantastic result for a team that will all still be eligible for this competition in 2020.

Congratulations to Yasmin Squires, Catia Wood, Milana Berghan, Kei Wynn, Audrey Fraser, Sophie Horswill, Jessica Gelderblom, Zoe Morris and Scarlett Bradley. The team was coached by Nick Spiller. A special mention to Sophie Horswill who was named in the All Star 5 team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Debating

The Debating community would like to congratulate Verity Blair in Year 7 who is through to the state grand final of the UN Youth Voice Competition on Sunday 10 November. Verity’s proposal of an intensive holiday camp that provides regional and rural students the opportunity to engage with high performing teachers and new subject material that isn’t normally offered at their school, is a creative solution to creating education opportunities for regional and rural students. We will you the best of luck and are so proud that you have reached the top twelve in Queensland!

Athletics

Congratulations to Gretta Johnson (13yrs), Samantha Snowden (13yrs), Holly Robertson (15yrs) & Lily Hunter (16yrs – couldn’t compete due to injury) on recently representing Metropolitan West at the Queensland Athletics Championships in Cairns.

The girls finished with some amazing results including personal bests.

  • Holly Robertson (15yrs) 3000m FINAL

2nd place – 10:16.15

Qualified for the Queensland team for the Australian School Sport Athletics (13-19yrs) Championships to be held in Perth from Friday 06-Sunday 08 December 2019

  • Gretta Johnson (13yrs) 1500m HEATS

13th place – 5:09.50 PB

Narrowly missed out by 0.32 in making the final

  • Holly Robertson (15yrs) 1500m HEATS

Qualified for the final

  • Samantha Snowden (13yrs) 200m HEATS

9th – 26.35 PB

Qualified for the semi-finals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 12’s last day of classes

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Year 12’s last day of classes

Today we celebrated with our Year 12 students their last day of classes. The day began with breakfast with their parents and teachers. At morning tea, they surprised the school with a flash mob, followed by lunch in their House groups. After Chapel in the afternoon, the Year 12s had the joy of ringing one of the original bells around the school and finishing with the tradition of ringing the old school bell.

On behalf of the Year 7 to 11 students, we thank the Year 12s for reminding everyone how long they still had until graduation!

We wish all the Year 12s well as they begin assessment block (for the last time!).

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Spring Spectacular and Awards Nights

On Friday 25 October the Spring Spectacular was held in the Joigny Theatre. The evening featured performances from the Concert Band, Jazz Band, Year 7 …

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Spring Spectacular and Awards Nights

On Friday 25 October the Spring Spectacular was held in the Joigny Theatre. The evening featured performances from the Concert Band, Jazz Band, Year 7 RnB Band, Stuartholme Rocks, Joigny String Orchestra, String X, Clarinet Choir, Year 7 Choir, Stuartholme Choir and the newly formed Joigny Symphony Orchestra. The evening concluded with ‘Somebody to Love’ by Queen featuring Bridget Lloyd-Morgan (voice) and the entire Music Department!

Many thanks to the wonderful Music Support Group for their organisation of the food, drinks and raffle and to the Senior Music Committees (2019 and 2020) for their efforts and speeches throughout the evening. Finally a massive thank you to all the Music and Arts staff, students and supporters for making Music at Stuartholme such an exciting year.

Andrew Mear
Director of Music

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Ensemble information for new and returning students

Year 7 2020 Instrumental Ensemble placements Students commencing in Year 7 2020 who play string, brass, woodwind and percussion instruments and are interested in joining …

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Ensemble information for new and returning students

Year 7 2020 Instrumental Ensemble placements

Students commencing in Year 7 2020 who play string, brass, woodwind and percussion instruments and are interested in joining a Stuartholme Ensemble in 2020 are invited to attend our informal ‘Meet, Greet and Play’ session.  Students are asked to play a very short piece of something they have played with their current ensemble or teacher and are very familiar with.

We are seeking students who play the following instruments:

  • Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass
  • Flute, Saxophone, Clarinet
  • Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, French Horn, Euphonium
  • Percussion

This session is to enable us to place the student in the ensemble which best meets their current level, commencing early 2020.

Day:  Wednesday, 4 December

Time:  3.30 – 5.00pm

Place:  Stuartholme Music Department, Level 1, Joigny Building

For further information or to request an invitation, please contact:

Mrs Sandy Beanland, Co-curricular Arts Assistant

Email:  music@stuartholme.com     ph:  3510 6473

 

Current Student Wind and Brass Ensemble Auditions for 2020

All continuing students must audition.

All auditions are by 5 minute appointments.  The sign-up sheet is on the Music Department noticeboard.

Students are to perform:

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

Day:  Wednesday, 6 November

Time:  9.30am to 3.00pm

Celebration of Excellence video

The full video of our recent Celebration of Excellence is now available to watch via MyStuartholme: https://my.stuartholme.com/homepage/2988  

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Celebration of Excellence video

The full video of our recent Celebration of Excellence is now available to watch via MyStuartholme: https://my.stuartholme.com/homepage/2988

 

Social Justice News

On Tuesday 22 October, Stuartholme hosted its first Civic Advocacy Forum. This student designed and led experience provided an opportunity for 35 Stuartholme students, 10 …

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Social Justice News

On Tuesday 22 October, Stuartholme hosted its first Civic Advocacy Forum. This student designed and led experience provided an opportunity for 35 Stuartholme students, 10 St Joseph’s Gregory Terrace students and 8 St Joseph’s Nudgee College students to explore and learn what role they play in becoming positive and respectful civic advocates.

To begin the afternoon we heard from a panel of five experts in civic advocacy, each person represented a difference sector and style of advocacy, but together they worked consistently to advocate for equality and respect for all. The key message of working and speaking with those who are marginalised, as opposed to for, resonated with students. Building on this, the panel discussed the idea of ‘conversation droughts’ caused by social media and mobile devices, and people’s hesitancy to stand up and be heard when they are hiding behind certain technologies. The students enjoyed interacting with the panel in regards to their opinions on strikes and positive action, and importantly how civic advocacy can become an everyday action. The Civic Advocacy Forum finished with breakout workshops, each student choosing to engage with either designing and implementing campaigns, or how to choose and use our words effectively. A huge thank you to our JPIC students and Mrs Elizabeth Foxover for their outstanding work and support.

On Thursday  24 October, 13 of our Year 10 to 12 students attended Griffith University’s Integrity 20 Conference at the State Library. Stuartholme joined 12 other schools from across South East Queensland to investigate, discuss and learn about emerging world issues and their potential solutions. The event was designed to challenge students through a variety of workshops, lectures and flash presentations, so that they can understand both sides of the issues. Aurelia Byrne (Year 10) reflected:

I found Integrity 20 to be a very valuable experience. While sometimes talking about issues like ‘freedom of speech’ and the grey areas associated with it made it difficult to comprehend, it also helped me to understand and respect people’s opinions that I don’t agree with. Integrity 20 made me realise that as a young person, I have the power to so many things I didn’t think was possible. It challenged me to think more deeply about issues like freedom of speech, climate change and genetic engineering and the ethics behind it all. Overall it was a wonderful experience that featured very accomplished panellists and getting their insight into issues like climate change was an experience I will never forget.

Stuartholme’s JPIC students would like to invite Stuartholme to attend our DanDaLion Christmas Party on Sunday 17 November. This inclusive event will see Stuartholme students work alongside a young person with a diffability. Beginning at 8am, together they will create Christmas themed baked goods, crafts, dances and play games, with the event finishing by 1:30pm. Students are encouraged to celebrate with us alongside Ambrose Treacy College students and Dandalion volunteers. Limited volunteering spots are available, so please check student notices for the registration link next week.

Science Snippets

Scientists Have Invented Animal-Free Testing of Lethal Neurotoxins A neurotoxin is a substance that alters the structure or function of the nervous system. Over 1000 …

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Science Snippets

Scientists Have Invented Animal-Free Testing of Lethal Neurotoxins

A neurotoxin is a substance that alters the structure or function of the nervous system. Over 1000 chemicals (such as pesticides, heroin and cocaine) are known to have lethal neurotoxic effects on animals. A University of Queensland led research project has invented a new technique that allows the testing of lethal neurotoxins without the use of animals. Professor Bryan Fry of UQ’s venom laboratory says, that the new technique could replace conventional methods which previously resulted in death for the test subject in order to obtain the necessary tissue. The new method utilises optical probes dipped into a venom solution and the binding to the probes is measured through analysis of the changes in the reflected light. Professor Fry predicts that it will not only save the lives of animals tested but also presents significant biomedical implications. The testing of neurotoxins is not only critical in producing antivenoms, it is also significant in developing treatments to many diseases and conditions.

For more information about the neurotoxin news visit:

https://www.uq.edu.au/news/article/2019/10/scientists-invent-animal-free-testing-of-lethal-neurotoxins

Biology Excursion

The Year 11 Biology students attended an ecology experience day at the University of Queensland on Tuesday 29 October. The full day experience entailed hands on field orientated skill building and a 2-hour lecture which involved analysing and interpreting data which can be used as a scaffold for future assessment tasks. The girls had heaps of fun while gaining vital skills required to succeed in completing the syllabus. During the field work each class was accompanied by a university science student who whilst teaching us skills and knowledge on data collection also gave us insight into student life. This day is just another reason to study senior biological science!

Upcoming events:

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 22 to 24 January (but applications are due by 30 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

Kind regards,

Rebecca Brown (Year 11 UQ Science Ambassador)

Honour Pockets

Honour Pockets – Special Awards Your daughter will be emailed the Honour Pocket Selection Criteria and an application for Special Awards for Honour Pockets This …

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Honour Pockets

Honour Pockets – Special Awards

Your daughter will be emailed the Honour Pocket Selection Criteria and an application for Special Awards for Honour Pockets This application is for any co curricula sporting activities not recognised through the District (Northern Eagles), Regional (Metropolitan West), State (Queensland School Sport) pathway.  It is to recognise achievements obtained through the club sport pathway.  All achievements through the school sport pathway will be captured by the sports department so students do not need to apply for these Awards.  This form should also be used to notify the sports department or other co-curricular areas of three years’ service for awards pockets.

If your daughter is eligible for a Special Award (which includes service awards), she needs to complete the Special Awards application form that was emailed to her and have the teacher-in-charge sign and then she needs to sign the form and return it to Ms Lonsdale-Walker by 9.00am on Thursday, 7 November 2019.  Year 12 Blazers need to be handed in to the Uniform shop on Monday, 11 November or Wednesday, 13 November 2019 and Years 7 to 11 Blazers need to be handed in to the Uniform shop on either Monday, 18 November, Wednesday, 20 November or Friday, 22 November 2019.

Honour Pockets – other than Special Awards

Please note that students who are eligible for Honour Pockets Awards – other than for Special Awards, will receive a direct email from the Student Wellbeing office following nomination by the teacher in charge of these activities.  This email needs to be printed and your daughter needs to sign and date the acknowledgement on the bottom of this email.

Year 12 blazers must be delivered to the School Shop with a copy of this email on Monday, 11 or Wednesday, 13 November 2019 and Years 7 to 11 blazers need to be delivered to the School shop on either Monday, 18 November, Wednesday, 20 November or Friday, 22 November 2019.

All blazers can be collected from the School shop from Monday, 13 January 2020.

 

Uniforms and Hats

I am pleased to advise that we have once again been able to access the services of a milliner who will re-block, clean and mend …

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Uniforms and Hats

I am pleased to advise that we have once again been able to access the services of a milliner who will re-block, clean and mend school hats. If you ascertain that your daughter’s hat is in need of cleaning or repairs, please place it in a plastic shopping bag with your daughter’s name and class on the outside of the bag and have your daughter drop it into my office on either Wednesday 27 or Thursday 28 November. Cost will be $25.00 and is to be placed into an envelope accompanying the hat. If your hat needs a new trim as well, the cost is $35.00. Hats that require further mending will be charged slightly more and the money will be collected once the hats are returned to school. Hats will be ready for collection at the beginning of Term 1, 2020.

The holidays are also an opportune time to check school uniforms. Many girls have had a growth spurt throughout the year and outgrown their current uniform or splits are starting to appear in the seams. Your assistance in checking your daughter’s uniform would be much appreciated. A reminder that the formal day uniform should be worn just below the knee. Thank you in anticipation of your attention to these matters.

Deb Lonsdale-Walker
Dean of Student Wellbeing

Christmas Carols Service

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Christmas Carols Service

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

 

 

 

Class of 2022 event wrap

Year 9 parents and students enjoyed a great afternoon of bowling at Bardon Bowls last Sunday. Parents had a chance to enjoy each other’s company …

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Class of 2022 event wrap

Year 9 parents and students enjoyed a great afternoon of bowling at Bardon Bowls last Sunday. Parents had a chance to enjoy each other’s company and met parents they hadn’t met before. This great community event was the perfect way to see out 2019.

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.