Message from the Principal

Dear Parents, Friends and Caregivers,

The Celebration of Excellence on Wednesday 1 November was an incredible night. The parent feedback was overwhelmingly positive. This night showcased the variety and richness of excellence we have at Stuartholme. We acknowledged and celebrated our girls’ gifts across a diverse range of areas, their contributions to our community and their hard work. In my Principal’s address I articulated about our academic success, especially our Year 12 results of 2016. I introduced our strengths, clearly endorsed in our Strategic Plan and the data we collected comprehensively across the school context. I also expressed my thoughts about empowering our girls through establishing self-belief. I concluded with the following points:

“Tonight we celebrate how our girls have flourished and we claim our strengths:

  • We are proud of our inclusive Cor Unum culture
  • We are proud of our highly relational approach to their education
  • We are proud of who we are as a community and
  • We are so very proud of our girls

Yet most importantly – we want our girls to be proud of themselves.”

 

 

 

 

 

On Friday 3 November, our Year 12 students of 2017 attended their last day of classes. This is a milestone in terms of their school life for both the students and their parents. It was a joyous celebration with breakfast for the Year 12 students and their parents that morning. Positive memories were recalled and expressions of a mix of excitement for the future and a sadness of letting go of their treasured school days.

At the conclusion of this day, we officially “handover” the leadership positions from the Year 12 students to the Year 11 students in preparation for their Senior Year of 2018. I would like to thank all the Seniors of 2017 for being wonderful leaders and role -models throughout the year. Our departing graduates have left big shoes to fill for the incoming Seniors, but ones I know they can fill.

 

 

 

 

 

Next week, our celebrations and farewells continue with the Year 12 Boarder Farewell and Liturgy on Wednesday night and Year 12 Valedictory on Thursday night.

This week I attended our Sacred Heart Principals’ Meeting in Auckland on Thursday. The Principals of Kincoppal-Rose Bay, Hilary Johnston-Croke, Sacre Coeur Melbourne Maureen Ryan and Baradene College Auckland, Sandy Pasley and I work closely together to share expressions of our Sacred Heart ethos and to strive to be the best schools with a global educational focus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I would like to remind all families that I will be holding the Principal’s Information Session on Monday 13 November at 7pm in the Theatre. At this session I will be discussing the Strategic Plan and will be available to answer your questions. If you would like to attend please RSVP here.

Finally, I wish all our students the very best for their final assessments. Please take care of yourselves during this time, ensure you get plenty of nutritious food and balance your studies with some leisure activities. And most importantly encourage each other to strive to do your best, not make each other nervous by dramatising the preparation for your assessments.

 

God bless and take care,

Kristen Sharpe
Principal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Key Dates

Please find below the key dates for the remainder of  Term 4.

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Key Dates

Please find below the key dates for the remainder of  Term 4.

DateEvent
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

Years 9 and 12 laptops to be returned

Students in Years 9 and 12 are reminded to please return their laptops by their last day of school. Please include the AC adapter charger, …

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Years 9 and 12 laptops to be returned

Students in Years 9 and 12 are reminded to please return their laptops by their last day of school. Please include the AC adapter charger, bag and small stylus that you were issued as part of the iLearn package.

If you have finished with your computer earlier, you are welcome to return it to the ICT Help Desk during exam block or before.

As these TabletPCs are leased, the School needs them returned in good working order and appearance, and not defaced or damaged. We expect there will be some ‘fair wear and tear’, which could include discolouration of the casing (often around the palm rest or touchpad buttons), lightly soiled keyboard and touchpad, and small superficial cracks, dent or chips to the casing.

Should there be any damage outside of ‘fair wear and tear’, such as broken screens, damaged USB/audio/power ports, deep or unsightly cracks in the casing, large excessive dents or scratches, broken screen hinges, or damage to the AC adapter, you may need to pay for the repairs.

Where you are able to demonstrate that accidental damage has occurred to the TabletPC, the repairs may be covered by Computelec’s $100 excess ADP (Accidental Damage Protection) Capped-Repair Program.

We encourage you to please check your TabletPC and accessories are in an acceptable condition as listed above.  Should the TabletPC require repairs, please contact the ICT Help Desk ( icthelp@stuartholme.com ) at your earliest convenience, so that repairs can be performed in a timely manner.

 

 

Honour Pockets and Blazer Embroidery

As we approach the end of Term 4, students can now apply for an Academic Honour Pocket. Also, some co-curricular activities are drawing, or have …

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Honour Pockets and Blazer Embroidery

As we approach the end of Term 4, students can now apply for an Academic Honour Pocket.

Also, some co-curricular activities are drawing, or have drawn to a close, so this is now the time that girls can apply to receive lines on their blazer in recognition of their achievements.

The criterion used in awarding honour pockets is available on the Student and Parent Portals under “Student Information” and within “School Procedures”.  Students need to refer to this before completing their application form. Please note that the Pocket Criteria for 2017 has changed significantly. Application forms have been emailed to students along with a copy of the Stuartholme Pocket Criteria 2017 (Aug).

 Application forms are to be completed, including the signature of the teacher in charge, and handed to Mrs Johnson by 9am Friday 17 November.    Students are to ensure that their blazer is clean, is named and is handed to Ms McAvoy at the School Shop before school on Monday 20 November so that the embroidery can be completed promptly and returned to the girls at the beginning of the 2018 school year.

Mrs Nicola Johnson
Deputy Principal, Staff Wellbeing and Administration

 

Uniforms and Hats

A large number of hats are quite dirty and damaged at the moment.  We have once again been able to access the services of a …

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Uniforms and Hats

A large number of hats are quite dirty and damaged at the moment.  We have once again been able to access the services of a milliner who will re-block, clean and mend school hats.

Can you please check your daughter’s hat and if it is in need of cleaning, 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 22 or Thursday 23 November.

Cost will be $22.00 and is to be placed into an envelope accompanying the hat.  If your hat needs a new trim as well, the cost is $27.00.  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 One, 2018.

The holidays are also a time to check school uniforms.  If your daughter has had a growth spurt and has outgrown her current uniform, please purchase new ones.  No girl should be coming to school with splits in the seams.  The formal day uniform should be worn just below the knee.  Thank you in anticipation of your attention to these matters.

Andrea Reddan
Deputy Principal – Student Wellbeing

 

Library opening hours from 20 November

Please note that during the last week of school (20-24 November), the library will close at 4.30pm each day. During the day, the library will …

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Library opening hours from 20 November

Please note that during the last week of school (20-24 November), the library will close at 4.30pm each day.

During the day, the library will be closed, except for returns, and will only re-open briefly between 3-4.30pm. During this time, the only available space for students will be the couch area.  Year 11 students on exam block will be able to study in the dining room during the day.

 

Registrations open for 2018 Voice and Communication (Year 11 and 12)

Margaret Gallagher (Voice and Communication Co-ordinator and Teacher) is now accepting expressions of interest for 2018 Voice and Communication lessons. Students in Years 11 and …

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Registrations open for 2018 Voice and Communication (Year 11 and 12)

Margaret Gallagher (Voice and Communication Co-ordinator and Teacher) is now accepting expressions of interest for 2018 Voice and Communication lessons.

Students in Years 11 and 12 (2018) are invited to apply for a place in the program which will be decided on a first come first served basis.

This program is AMEB (Australian Music Examinations Board) accredited and aims to build voice and communication skills for both everyday life and the professional sector. The program builds confidence and skills in communication as well as giving students the ability to interact effectively with others. Some skills that students will develop include: reading effectively, speaking with clarity, and making presentations.

Year 11 and 12 students will participate in twice weekly tuition for one period in a group of two. Lessons will be scheduled during study periods in consultation with Margaret and her availability.

The cost of the Voice and Communication program for students in Years 11 and 12 per year is approximately $1500, plus a one-off exam fee of approximately $160.  Year 11 and 12 students will be eligible to sit exams only if attendance is 85% or better; and, there is evidence of progress.

At this point in time QTAC (Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre) attributes a rank of 84 to successfully passing the AMEB Grade Seven Voice and Communication examination (this is equivalent to an OP 8). This may provide a suitable safety net for some students (in addition to their OP). When making a decision to enrol in this program, please consider that the student may use this qualification to apply for tertiary places and will be potentially admitted to a course along with other students who have achieved an OP 8. Students will still be required to meet the subject pre-requisites outlined by QTAC for tertiary courses. The Voice and Communication Program is not a substitute for the skills and knowledge acquired as a result of participating in the OP pathway. [Please note that universities may treat the AMEB qualification differently under the new ATAR system]. For more information regarding applying for a tertiary place, please contact the Stuartholme Career Counsellor on 07 3369 5466.

A Speech, Drama and Communication Program is offered for Years 7-10 as a co-curricular activity each year.  Please refer to the Stuartholme Handbook or contact Mrs Gallagher if you have any queries (Mobile 0404 01 9212).

To register your interest or if you have any questions, please email Margaret Gallagher regarding the content of the course mgallagher@stuartholme.com

 

 

Clarinet and Saxophone Concert

On Tuesday 7 November our Clarinet and Saxophone Tutor Ms Miranda Sue Yek, held a Studio Concert for the parents and guests of her students. …

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Clarinet and Saxophone Concert

On Tuesday 7 November our Clarinet and Saxophone Tutor Ms Miranda Sue Yek, held a Studio Concert for the parents and guests of her students.

The students performed beautifully, displaying the fruits of the hard work and practise they have put in this year. Ms Melanie Stewart accompanied the girls on piano. The audience thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon of wonderful music.

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2017 Music Breakfast

Music Awards Breakfast 2017 was held on Sunday 29 October.  A hearty breakfast was served, accompanied by some background music from our string quartets. The …

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2017 Music Breakfast

Music Awards Breakfast 2017 was held on Sunday 29 October.  A hearty breakfast was served, accompanied by some background music from our string quartets. The morning rounded off with a heart-warming song sung by the Year 11s to the graduating Year 12s.
Congratulations to the following Award Recipients:

Ensemble Awards

Year 7 Choir:                      Isabella Huynh

Joigny Voices:                   Victoria Pullar

Stuartholme on Stage:    Ella Harris-Laver

Duchesne Strings:             Nina Clark

Barat Strings:                     Harper Kodicek

Jazz Band:                          Caiti Betts

Concert Band:                   Celia Georghiou

Percussion Ensemble:      Monique Evans

Piano Collective:               Caiti Betts

Spain Family Gift for Vocal Excellence

Indigo Goldston, Year 8

Music Honour Student 2018

Monique Evans

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Knowles Cup

Congratulations to all of the girls who competed in the Knowles Cup semi finals on Sunday.  The girls all played fantastically with the Intermediates making …

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Knowles Cup

Congratulations to all of the girls who competed in the Knowles Cup semi finals on Sunday.  The girls all played fantastically with the Intermediates making it through to the grand final in which they defeated St Rita’s.  A special congratulations also to Zara Wareham who took out the Marie Lepherd Cup (best singles performance) for the Intermediates. Well done girls!

Options Career Information Bulletin Edition 18

The latest Options Career Information Bulletin is now available. There is lots to read in this fortnight’s edition of the Careers Newsletter. For Year 12s, …

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Options Career Information Bulletin Edition 18

The latest Options Career Information Bulletin is now available.

There is lots to read in this fortnight’s edition of the Careers Newsletter.

For Year 12s, there is information about university sessions for after you receive your results.

I have copies of the Code Magazine (referred to in the newsletter) if you would like a personal copy.

Stacey Wallace
Careers Counsellor

 

QUT Future Leaders

Congratulations to Sarah Long, Year 12, on completing two years as part of the Future Leaders Program. The program aims to develop leadership skills in senior …

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QUT Future Leaders

Congratulations to Sarah Long, Year 12, on completing two years as part of the Future Leaders Program. The program aims to develop leadership skills in senior students and also gives them the opportunity to network and prepare for tertiary life.

Sarah attended a graduation ceremony on Thursday 19 October.

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

 

 

 

 

 

Carols Service Invitation

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Carols Service Invitation