Message from the Principal

Dear Parents, Friends and Caregivers,

It’s hard to believe there are only 20 school days left until the end of Term 4.

We welcomed our community to the School for two wonderful events in the past fortnight. First, we had the Spring Spectacular, which was an incredible night of music entertainment. We thank our generous Music Support Group for providing the warm, hospitable refreshments for our lovely musical evening. I congratulate all the girls on their performances.

Our second event was the Female Empowerment Forum, run by our JPIC Committee. It was a privilege to be on the panel with such inspiring women including Adele Rice, Founding Principal of Milpera State High School; Jenny Campbell, mother of Olympic swimmers Bronte and Cate Campbell; Saba Abraham, Founder of Mu’Ooz restaurant that helps female African refugees; Thabang Skwambane, Founder of the Aluwani Foundation; and our own Year 12 student, Marina Bishop. We discussed issues of women empowerment from the personal, the local, in our working lives and in the global context.

Throughout the year, I have provided updates regarding changes to our Federal funding arrangements following amendments to the Australian Education Amendment Act 2017. More recently, we finalised our Strategic Plan for 2018-2020 and our fee schedule for 2018. As you can appreciate, the changes to our funding impacted both the Strategic Plan and our fees. I have invited all parents to a Principal’s Information Session on Monday 13 November to hear more about our Strategic Plan and to address questions you may have. Stephen Jeffery from the Queensland Catholic Education Commission and our Board Chair, Mark O’Hare will also be attending the Session. Stephen will talk about the broader implications of the funding changes in relation to Catholic Schools. The Strategic Plan is available on the website, or if you would like a hard copy you can pick one up from Main Reception. Alternatively, if you would like a copy posted to you, please call our Receptionist.

Today is our annual Harry Potter Day! It is wonderful to see staff and students dressed up as witches and wizards and enjoying all things ‘Hogwarts’. In addition to the quizzes, games, Quidditch match and treats, we have also changed our bell, so for today, the start and end of lessons is marked with music from the Harry Potter movie. The day is a wonderful collaboration between the library and English Department with the ultimate aim of supporting reading. I would like to thank our staff who put in so much effort to make the day a success.

 

God bless and take care,

Kristen Sharpe
Principal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Key Dates

Please find below the key dates for Term 4.

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Key Dates

Please find below the key dates for Term 4.

DateEvent
Sun 29 OctoberMusic Awards Breakfast 2017 9am
Wed 1 NovemberCelebration of Excellence - refer to article in this Newsletter start and finish times
Fri 3 NovemberYear 12 Parent Daughter Breakfast 7am
Year 12 last day of classes. Leadership handover 2pm
Mon 6-Fri 10 NovemberYear 12 assessment block
Tues 14-Wed 22 NovemberYear 11 assessment block
Wed 15 NovemberYear 12 Boarders Farewell Liturgy and dinner
Thurs 16 NovemberYear 12 Valedictory 5.30pm
Fri 17 NovemberYear 12 final day
Thurs 23 NovemberCarols evening 7pm
Fri 24 NovemberBoarders travel day
Christmas Liturgy
Classes finish 12pm

Celebration of Excellence

All families have been emailed a letter regarding the upcoming annual ‘Celebration of Excellence’ Evening. This compulsory event will take place at City Hall, Brisbane …

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Celebration of Excellence

All families have been emailed a letter regarding the upcoming annual ‘Celebration of Excellence’ Evening. This compulsory event will take place at City Hall, Brisbane on Wednesday 1 November 2017.

Musicians are to arrive at City Hall at 6pm and awardees and Green & Blue Ribbons at 6.15pm. All Students are to arrive at City Hall by 6.30pm with proceedings commencing at 7.00pm and concluding at 9.15pm.

Rehearsals for Musicians and Awardees will take place during the day. All students are required to be at school in normal classes until 12.35pm, the end of period 4, when they will be able to go home and prepare for the evening. For students who catch the school buses, they will need to bring their lunch, which they can eat after period 4. Buses will then depart Stuartholme at 1.15pm.

For Boarders, buses will depart from the roundabout at 5.30pm and return to Stuartholme on completion of the Ceremony.

Day students and their families will be required to make their own way to and from the event.

I look forward to sharing this wonderful event with you all.

Mrs Nicola Johnson
Deputy Principal – Staff Wellbeing and Administration

 

 

2018 Leadership positions

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2018 Leadership positions

Options Career Information Bulletin Edition 17

The latest Options Career Information Bulletin is now available. As usual there is great information including scholarships (see Hawker scholarship) and sample resumes and cover …

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Options Career Information Bulletin Edition 17

The latest Options Career Information Bulletin is now available.

As usual there is great information including scholarships (see Hawker scholarship) and sample resumes and cover letters. This edition also includes information regarding QTAC and study skills.

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

Stacey Wallace
Careers Counsellor

 

Readers Cup News

On Tuesday 17 October, Stuartholme hosted the Year 10 District Readers Cup. Indooroopilly State High was in the lead all night with Stuartholme coming a …

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Readers Cup News

On Tuesday 17 October, Stuartholme hosted the Year 10 District Readers Cup. Indooroopilly State High was in the lead all night with Stuartholme coming a close second, and on the last round the Stuartholme girls pipped them at the post by beating them by half a mark.

Congratulations to the team, which is made up of Year 9 girls, who were playing up a year level and competing on the Year 10 Competition.

Congratulations also to our other teams who came 5th and 7th.

Music Awards Breakfast 2017 – Sunday 29 October

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

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Music Awards Breakfast 2017 – Sunday 29 October

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

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

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

 

St Vincent de Paul Christmas donations

Every year, Stuartholme School calls on our community to help St Vincent de Paul in their annual Christmas donation drive. St Vincent de Paul are …

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St Vincent de Paul Christmas donations

Every year, Stuartholme School calls on our community to help St Vincent de Paul in their annual Christmas donation drive.

St Vincent de Paul are hoping for specific items listed below.  They are supporting 65 Syrian families, as well as 15 male asylum seekers.

Your generosity is greatly appreciated. All Teacher Mentor Groups will have box for donations.

School shop volunteers needed

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

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School shop volunteers needed

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

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

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

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

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

 

Year 12 students inspired to finish the race

Year 12 students participated in the ‘Finish the Race’ seminar facilitated by Peer Power on Wednesday 18 October. The well timed presentation aimed to inspire the …

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Year 12 students inspired to finish the race

Year 12 students participated in the ‘Finish the Race’ seminar facilitated by Peer Power on Wednesday 18 October. The well timed presentation aimed to inspire the students to summon the energy to continue to do their best in the remaining weeks of school, and think about the impression that they want to leave. The presenters used summiting Mount Everest as a metaphor, and reminded students that they are at the tail end of 12 years of education. One powerful film clip showed Steven Bradbury’s gold medal win and his recount of the 12 years of training and serious setbacks (including a severed artery and broken neck) just to make it to the games. Steven’s race win was 90 seconds at the end of his hard fought journey. The presenters flipped this analogy to challenge the students to not undo their hard-work right at the end and to remain sound with their decision making. Students were very positive about the session with one student saying:

“I loved the sports references as they are motivational and monumental. This seminar has motivated and encouraged me to persevere for the next 12 days.”

Another student added:

“My parents didn’t send me to boarding school to start, they sent me to finish.”

The Peer Power session is part of a post-QCS program delivered by the Careers service to help the students remain motivated, build life skills and successfully transition beyond Stuartholme. The Docudrama session (i.e. a mock car crash scene and debrief) which occurred the week prior to the Peer Power session was influential in helping students understand the risks associated with driving and prepare strategies in advance to be safe. This week students participated in a session from the University of Queensland about transitioning to university.

Please see photos taken from the Peer Power session where each student articulated what they had done well, and the good impression they want to leave. The third image portrays key learning from the session.

 

Lighting up the School

A huge thank you to the Stuartholme Ladies Committee for providing the funds for our gorgeous new fairy lights which have been installed on the …

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Lighting up the School

A huge thank you to the Stuartholme Ladies Committee for providing the funds for our gorgeous new fairy lights which have been installed on the central tree across from the Café.

Taylah to carry the Queen’s Baton

A huge congratulations to Taylah Tyerman-Webster, Year 9, on being selected as Batonbearer for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay. Taylah will have …

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Taylah to carry the Queen’s Baton

A huge congratulations to Taylah Tyerman-Webster, Year 9, on being selected as Batonbearer for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay.

Taylah will have the honour of carrying the the Queen’s Baton as it travels around Australia on its 100-day journey to the Opening Ceremony of the XXI Commonwealth Games.

We will share details about Taylah’s specific stage of the relay once she receives them in mid-December.

Giaan takes centre stage

We are very excited to share the news that Giaan Hoffman, Year 7, will be appearing in ‘Cinderella the Musical’. This is not Giaan’s first …

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Giaan takes centre stage

We are very excited to share the news that Giaan Hoffman, Year 7, will be appearing in ‘Cinderella the Musical’. This is not Giaan’s first performance, she has previously been in Grease, the Arena Spectacular and Annie.

Giaan will be playing a mouse dancer as well as part of the children’s ensemble and chorus – she even gets to try on the glass slipper!

The show will run from 1-5 November at the Schonell Theatre, UQ and tickets are on sale now via qtix.

 

#itsinthebag – Share the dignity for young homeless girls

The Stuartholme community has the opportunity to embrace and support women and children through Share the Dignity’s “It’s in the Bag” campaign this Christmas season. …

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#itsinthebag – Share the dignity for young homeless girls

The Stuartholme community has the opportunity to embrace and support women and children through Share the Dignity’s “It’s in the Bag” campaign this Christmas season.

Do you have a spare hand bag at home that you no longer need?

Fill it with new, unopened sanitary items, hygiene products and other thoughtful items (ie soap, small brush, moisturiser, tooth paste, lip balm, issues, socks, hand cream, etc) any woman would love to receive.  Drop them to the Stuartholme Mission Office or, alternatively to 57 Sixth Avenue, Bardon, before Wednesday, 22 November.

Your donated hand bags will be provided to a Share the Dignity collection point so that women in need will have a Christmas gift of hope this year.

Thank you in advance for your generosity and kindness.

Barbara Roads
2017 Stuartholme Ladies Comittee Chair

Stuartholme Tea Towels

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

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Stuartholme Tea Towels

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

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

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

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

If you require postage, please enter the following costs:

1 tea towel $15
2 tea towels $27

 

 

 

 

 

STEAM – Residential Programme April 2018

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

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STEAM – Residential Programme April 2018

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

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

Applications are now open for the April 2018 STEAM Residential.

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

You’re invited to listen to Father Richard Leonard SJ

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You’re invited to listen to Father Richard Leonard SJ