Message from the Acting Principal

Remembrance Day

On Monday 11th November, I attended the Toowong RSL Sub-Branch’s Centenary of Armistice Remembrance Day Service, together with our 2020 Cor Unum Committee, Imogen Fraser, Lucy Baker, Hayley Bowden and Meghan Todd. It was a pleasure to attend with these girls, who represented Stuartholme beautifully and lay a wreath at the cenotaph on behalf of the School.

At School, we also included a prayer to reflect on Remembrance Day and held a minute’s silence at 11 a.m., to reflect the time the guns on the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare. 101 years after the cessation of World War 1, Remembrance Day remains a time to reflect on a conflict that saw more than 60,000 Australians killed, including 45,000 who died on the Western Front in France and Belgium and more than 8,000 who died on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey. As Australians, on Remembrance Day we pay tribute to all Australians who have fought or suffered, not just in World War 1, but in all conflicts since. We also use it as an opportunity to pray and hope for peace.

Class of 2019

This week we farewelled our Class of 2019. The girls finished their exams and assessment last week, so this week was an opportunity for them to engage in a range of presentations and activities, but it was also a chance for them to relax and have fun with their friends before they embark on their separate pathways and journeys.

The final week of school is always an interesting mix of emotions for our Year 12s. I am quite sure the overwhelming emotions include relief that assessment is completed, sheer joy at celebrating the final day, and excitement that secondary schooling is finally over! For many, there is also a twinge of nervous tension, perhaps even trepidation or some sadness, that comes when thinking about a future that doesn’t include being at Stuartholme every day.

As is tradition, we hosted a number of events, including the Valedictory, which allows us to thank the Year 12s for their gifts to our community and to wish them every joy and blessing in their future lives. However, whilst we have every confidence that they all have the success within them to do great things, we also know that life does have its inevitable highs and lows.

This is why it is so reassuring to know that they leave us equipped with a Stuartholme education which goes far beyond just academic knowledge. When our girls face hard times, not only will they have the strong foundations their family, friends and loved ones have provided, they will also have Stuartholme as a clear small voice in their hearts. Stuartholme, and the 5 goals of Sacred Heart education, have a profound impact on all our girls and provide comfort, direction and reassurance throughout life.

Goal 1 – Through experiences such as participation in the Eucharist, prayers, retreats and assemblies, our girls have been supported and encouraged to live and grow in their personal faith. We hope the personal relationship with God that they have developed will continue to have a deep impact on the rest of their lives and that they will, even in little ways, incorporate their faith beliefs into their daily lives, not just in the difficult times but also in the joys and celebrations.

Goal 2 – Stuartholme is a community where girls are nurtured, challenged and supported to participate, collaborate, think critically and achieve. Over their time at Stuartholme, our Year 12s have developed self-efficacy, grown in leadership and been empowered with the skills and confidence to compete, lead and take risks. They leave us as lifelong learners, capable of being creative and adaptable, of engaging in interconnected, complex and diverse societies, and of creating their own opportunities.

Goal 3 – Our Year 12s have exemplified the closeness that reflects understanding of connecting with others, fostering right relationships and giving generously of themselves and their gifts. They are not just socially aware, they are willing to stand up, act and make a genuine difference. They approach their adult lives willing to make a difference, not just locally, but nationally and globally.

Goal 4 – In everything they’ve done this year, our seniors have prioritised the building of community. By freely sharing the warmth of a simple smile, supporting their sisters with an act of kindness, accepting and respecting each other’s differences, they have worked together to build spirit and make this community stronger.

Goal 5 – As a school community, we take great pride having watched our Year 12s grow into the confident and talented young women who are now graduating. It is clear they understand what is truly important as well as the responsibility that comes with an atmosphere of wise freedom. The many lessons learned along the way have made them the women they are today and these memories and learnings will shape the women they continue to grow into.

We hope our Year 12s leave with fond memories of their time at Stuartholme School. On behalf of the Stuartholme community, I thank them all for their contributions and the many moments of joy, enlightenment and success they have provided. Every single one of our Year 12s will be remembered fondly and we wish them every blessing as they explore all their future possibilities and options.

Year 11

Our Year 11 students are about to commence their first pieces of assessment for Unit 3 of the Queensland Certificate of Education. For those students who are ATAR eligible, this is the first assessment that will count towards the calculation of their Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank. Our Year 11s are part of the first cohort in Queensland to study the new QCE and we have been proud of the way they have embraced the new approaches, challenges and learnings. We wish them every success with their final pieces of assessment for the year and a well-earned break over the holidays.

Years 7-10

Students in Years 7 to 10 will now be in the thick of assessment, including preparing for examinations. Being well prepared for examinations is the best way to increase confidence and reduce anxiety. Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons, many students try to learn the facts, concepts, skills or procedures needed for an examination the night before.  Many argue that cramming keeps the information fresh.  Whilst this may appear to be the case in the short term, over the longer term it will not facilitate the desired levels of success because a single study session, no longer how long it goes for, does not support long term learning.

It is important that girls in Years 7 to 10 develop the habits they will need when they enter later years where the types of assessment, and the depth and complexity of skills required, are more demanding. As they progress through high school, cramming for tests will not allow students to develop the understandings or practise the variety of skills required for success.

If they haven’t yet done so, I encourage all students to establish a study plan that spaces out their study and practice, to reduce distractions when studying and make use of any revision sheets, past papers or practice questions to practise the skills of the assessment. Girls should also talk to their teachers if they are feeling worried about upcoming assessment.

We wish all our students well as they finish the final two weeks of the school year.

God bless,

Deanne Johnston
Acting Principal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Key Dates

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Key Dates

DateEvent
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

Courageous, resilient, persistent and discerning – these are fine qualities which many of us would aspire to! These are words which have been used to …

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Message from the Acting Dean of Mission

Courageous, resilient, persistent and discerning – these are fine qualities which many of us would aspire to! These are words which have been used to describe Saint Philippine Duchesne, one of our Sacred Heart wisdom women. Monday the 18th November is Saint Philippine Duchesne’s feast day. Last year we celebrated 200 years since our pioneer missionary from France, founded the first free school west of the Mississippi.  May we continue to be inspired by her story of determination and faith. Please read more about her story at this link: https://rscj.org/who-we-are/heritage/st-rose-philippine-duchesne

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Our fourth Sacred Heart Goal, to educate to a social awareness that impels to action, has been clearly evident in our community recently: 39 students were recipients of the Sister Mollie Ahern rscJ awards, at Celebration of Excellence. These awards recognise students who participate in service learning.  I congratulate and thank these girls for giving so freely of their time and effort to our service programs. I also acknowledge the dedicated work of Ms Claire Lawler, our Social Justice Coordinator, who makes these opportunities available to our students.

Whilst our Year 7 – 11 students are working diligently towards their final assessment submissions and exams, our wonderful Year 12’s have reached the end of their academic journey with Stuartholme. This is most certainly not the end of their association with Stuartholme; as Neave Duff (Yr 11) prayed at the Valedictory Mass, “For the Seniors of 2019, forever daughters of the Sacred Heart. Inspire them to be confident, committed and compassionate. Guide them that they might find purpose and happiness wherever their paths take them. May they live the call of Jesus in the spirit of Madeleine Sophie to be beacons of light and love in our world. “ Our students will always be daughters of the Sacred Heart – what a beautiful notion for our Year 12s to take with them, as they move to the next phase of their lives. In the words of Mother Janet Eskine Stuart: “Your life is a sacred journey. It is about change, growth, discovery, movement and transformation….It is continually expanding your vision of what is possible, stretching your soul, teaching you to see clearly and deeply, helping you to listen to your intuition.”  We thank our Year 12’s for all they have contributed to our community and wish them every happiness.

Blessings,

Liz Foxover
Acting Dean of Mission

Message from the Dean of Boarding

Dear Parents and Guardians, Well today we farewelled our Year 12 girls of 2019. Over the last three days we have had the most amazing …

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Message from the Dean of Boarding

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Well today we farewelled our Year 12 girls of 2019. Over the last three days we have had the most amazing ceremonies to express our deepest sense of well wishes for all our girls as they conclude 13 years of education and begin their adult life. This Wednesday we had our Boarder Parent Liturgy and Farewell – the liturgy was really beautiful with an array of girls assisting us to make this very special including Maddie Sandell-Hobbs beautiful singing of the reflection song ‘You are Mine’.

My sincere thanks to Melissa Robinson for her attention to detail of all things associated with the Farewell Dinner, it was just wonderful from start to finish, and so very special with the junior girls offering a number of different songs that summed up how they were feeling towards our graduating Year 12 girls. Stuartholme is so very lucky to have wonderful rituals that allow us all to engage with the deeper spirit of this place. Melissa was wonderful in having the right team to support her and my sincere thanks goes to all who made our night in Boarding the best in could be, outstanding ladies in every sense of the word.

Thursday night saw us regather to celebrate the Mass of Thanksgiving – Vale Class of 2019 and Cocktail evening. Again, what an amazing opportunity to gather as a community to celebrate these wonderful young women and watch the families gather to reminisce ‘where has the time gone?’ Ms Sharpe spoke passionately about finding themselves and their true heart, their centre of what is really important to them, words from a wisdom figure that I hope has inspired our girls to be more. Somehow the girls were still excited enough to go to Pancake Manor for more sweets! And once we returned after 1.00am it was time to start to say goodbye, to read the beautiful affirmations and to take the time to say farewell genuinely with those girls who have made a difference over the past five years. It has been a very special time in the House.

For the girls in Years 7-11, there are still two more weeks left of the year, with those last few exams or assessment tasks due. After this, we begin to really pack up for the end of the year, for some this is going to be a major job, but hopefully the girls have been taking a few more things home each visit so that it is not such a mammoth task. As everything the girls have brought with her throughout the year needs to go home, no storage at Christmas break – sorry girls!

Can I please encourage our families to complete their daughter’s leave requests for the end of the year asap – this will really assist us in those final days. Day school closes at 12 noon and we would like girls to be picked up as close to that time as possible on Friday 29 November.

So to our last fortnight of 2019, take care and know that your girl is on her way home very soon.

Have a great fortnight,

Karen Davies
Dean of Boarding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Message from the Dean of Student Wellbeing

Farewell to our amazing Seniors of 2019 There have been many special events in our Stuartholme community to acknowledge and farewell our Seniors of 2019. …

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Message from the Dean of Student Wellbeing

Farewell to our amazing Seniors of 2019

There have been many special events in our Stuartholme community to acknowledge and farewell our Seniors of 2019. On Thursday evening, they were offered the opportunity to celebrate their graduation at our Vale Mass and Cocktail function. At our Goals and Farewell Assembly today it was our school community’s opportunity to say farewell to the amazing Seniors of 2019 and offer our prayers and blessings as they move forward to the exciting adventures that await.

The Cor Unum Committee was given the responsibility to choose a senior gift and made the decision based on a close link with the goal for this year “a social awareness that impels to action”.

The Cor Unum presented the 2019 Senior gift as a symbol of their gratitude for the community and the principles which have raised them and guided their lives over the past five years.

This year’s gift from the Seniors of 2019 is a painting entitled ‘A Strong Heart’ by the artist, Jo White which they remarked “is inspired by, and to us, indeed an embodiment of, our theme for this year ‘Sisters Support Sisters’.

It was a very special moment when we farewelled from the Chapel for the very last time our senior group. The whole school community warmly applauded our Senior class of 2019 as they departed through the Year 8 guard of honour lining the Stuartholme chapel to embark on a bright future which awaits them.

Student Wellbeing Guidance and information for Parents

As I mentioned in my previous article to parents, 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.

I am very excited to announce that this is now available through My Stuartholme.

The parent portal covers tips related: to mental health, cyber safety, positive coping strategies, respectful relationships, study habits and helpful contacts.

Brisbane City Council Leadership opportunities

Lord Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council (LMYAC)

This year, Sophia Buller has represented Stuartholme on the LMYAC.  Sophia has thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to discuss issues that are important to her directly with the Lord Mayor and other Council officers.  Sophia was involved in a number of forums where she furthered her skills including active listening, negotiation and team work.  During one of the sessions, as part of a team, Sophia was asked to consider how to make a more inclusive Brisbane.  Her team’s idea was to develop an APP that would encourage residents to meet up with like-minded people through a platform that allowed the sharing of events of interest.  Sophia has shown great passion, innovation and leadership in working to make Brisbane a better place and played an important role in shaping the future of our city.   Congratulations Sophia!

 

Student Environmental Network (SELN)

For a number of years, the Brisbane City Council has facilitated the Green Heart Schools Student Environmental Network (SELN).  In 2019, Stuartholme was represented by Mekenzie Hermann and Grace McIntosh who worked diligently in making a valuable contribution in this unique learning and leadership program.  Through a project based, active learning model the girls were empowered to create a positive environmental change at Stuartholme.  Mekenzie and Grace completed a waste audit of bins to find that a significant amount of waste could have been recycled.  This led the girls to formulate their project which focussed on engaging the student body to recycle thoughtfully through an education program.  Through their efforts, Grace and Mekenzie, have directly influenced their peers to take action to be cleaner, greener and more sustainable.

Deb Lonsdale-Walker
Dean of Student Wellbeing

 

 

 

 

 

Message from the Acting Dean of Studies – Year 12 2019 results

On Monday 11 November, the QCAA released individual QCS test results (A-E) for students who sat the QCS Test in September this year. Students who …

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Message from the Acting Dean of Studies – Year 12 2019 results

On Monday 11 November, the QCAA released individual QCS test results (A-E) for students who sat the QCS Test in September this year. Students who have not yet seen their results can access them by logging in to the QCAA Learning Account in Student Connect. I have emailed the students with information about how they can access their Learning Account and what to do if they have problems doing so.

This is a timely reminder that individual QCS results do not determine a student’s OP. Instead, subject and group results from the QCS Test are used as part of statistical scaling processes to calculate OPs. Further data will be released to schools at the end of this month.

The QCAA mandates that all schools must release SAI (Subject Achievement Indicator) data for students to view. SAIs are a numerical way of showing how Year 12 students have achieved compared with others in their subject groups, within their school. Students are assigned a number between 400 (highest) and 200 (lowest) to show their position in the rank order of students in each subject. Stuartholme will publish SAIs on Wednesday 20th November and they will be available to view between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Main Reception. The SAIs are available for viewing only and no copies can be made. Further information about SAIs are available in this information brochure from the QCAA: https://www.qcaa.qld.edu.au/downloads/senior/sai_factsheet_1_basics.pdf

Our Careers Counsellor, Mr Tom Lillyman, and our VET Coordinator, Mrs Laurence Somerset, have also communicated with the Year 12s outlining some key information, including:

  • Checking Student Connect to ensure all their confirmed qualifications appear (e.g. completed Diplomas)
  • QTAC processes, including the final date for applications for the first major offer round (6th December)
  • Educational Access Scheme applications (find more information here: https://www.qtac.edu.au/applying/educational-access-scheme)
  • Release of Year 12 results, including OPs (from 9 a.m., Saturday 14 December)
  • Information and advice for Rank-only students.

Year 12 students should be regularly checking their emails to ensure they are keeping up-to-date. I offer my sincere thanks to Mr Lillyman and Mrs Somerset for all they have done this year to support the students with careers and pathways advice.

We are very proud of the way the Class of 2019 have dedicated themselves to their studies and learning opportunities this year, and we wish them well as results are released over the coming month.

Best wishes

Shannon Lacey

Acting Dean of Studies

 

Message from the Careers Counsellor

Hi everyone, It’s been a busy couple of weeks again. Last week, UQ visited Stuartholme to deliver a Law & Morality workshop to interested students …

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Message from the Careers Counsellor

Hi everyone,

It’s been a busy couple of weeks again.

Last week, UQ visited Stuartholme to deliver a Law & Morality workshop to interested students from Years 9-11. Students explored a fictional homicide case and flexed their mooting (mock court) skills. It was a great way for students to get a taste of what studying law could be like and the feedback has been incredibly positive from our students and from lovely UQ staff.

This week I attended the Queensland Investment Commission’s IM/Pact Seminar to learn more about their commitment to attracting more women to the fund management industry. A couple of Stuartholme alumnae are forging impressive careers at QIC and we’re looking forward to working together with QIC in the future.

And finally, we farewell our wonderful Year 12 students this week and wish them all the best for the future! It has been a privilege working with them this year.

Warm regards,

Mr Tom Lillyman

Co-curricular News

Debating On Sunday, 10 November, Verity Blair (Year 7) competed in the junior competition grand final for the United Nations Youth Voice Competition. At this …

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Co-curricular News

Debating

On Sunday, 10 November, Verity Blair (Year 7) competed in the junior competition grand final for the United Nations Youth Voice Competition.

At this stage of the competition, the top 12 students from across Queensland gathered at Queensland Parliament House to present their ideas to a range of issues our society is trying to solve. The cohort consisted of Year 7 to Year 9 students, and each student presented a 4 minute solution and then participated in question time where their idea and logic was quizzed.

Verity presented a database and transparent tracking system which would improve business ethics and encourage fair practices. Stuartholme is incredibly proud of Verity and her phenomenal effort!

 

Stuartholme Swim Team – Annual Pool Marathon

Monday saw lots of swim squad members coming to school bearing heavy arms and tired legs – and why wouldn’t that be the case if you had spent Sunday afternoon, 3 November, punching out up to 400 laps in our beautiful pool.

Our 100 x 100s challenge is commonly referred to as the “marathon” of pool swimming. It’s 10km and it has been part of the Stuartholme swim team culture for the last 10 years.

This year saw about 60 Stuartholme swimmers start at 1pm (together with another equal number of parents, siblings, girls on future enrolment lists and others in our swim program) and work through to a 5pm finish.

It’s a serious challenge both physically and mentally. As has always been the case, every Stuartholme swimmer who started, finished and that is a tradition about which our swimmers are justly proud.

Peter Rosengren (Head Coach)

 

Last day for 2019

A friendly reminder that school finishes for the year at 12pm on Friday 29 November and that school buses will depart at 12.15pm on this …

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Last day for 2019

A friendly reminder that school finishes for the year at 12pm on Friday 29 November and that school buses will depart at 12.15pm on this day.

2020 Stationery lists

2020 Stationery lists are now available via MyStuartholme under the School Shop tile.  Please note, the last day for placing orders is Friday 13 December …

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2020 Stationery lists

2020 Stationery lists are now available via MyStuartholme under the School Shop tile.  Please note, the last day for placing orders is Friday 13 December 2019.

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

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.

 

Business Update

Year 9 Economics and Business at Stuartholme encourages creativity as well as follows active learning principles.  By transferring concepts of the circular flow model into …

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Business Update

Year 9 Economics and Business at Stuartholme encourages creativity as well as follows active learning principles.  By transferring concepts of the circular flow model into 3D shapes using modelling clay, students were able to demonstrate their understanding and knowledge of economics whilst having fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 10 Economics and Business – Plan Your Own Enterprise (PYOE) Competition – Queensland winners!

Business planning enables students to see the interconnectedness in business operations allowing them to have an in-depth understanding of business functions. In Year 10 Economics and Business, students create a Business Plan to simulate the seed stage in the business life cycle, giving students a real-world context for learning. Analytical skills, including SWOT analysis, Competitor and USP analysis and positioning maps are introduced, which align with our senior Business subject. Students also produce forecast financial statements, including a break-even analysis and projected sales forecasts and cash flows, to align with our senior Accounting subject.

Stuartholme has a strong record of achievement in the PYOE competition and we have been successful again in 2019 in Division 2 (small groups) as the Queensland winners. The winning plan was created by Lily Thomson and Juliet Wynn, with the product ‘Sunease’, a patch that indicates the amount of sun exposure. Congratulations to Lily and Juliet on their outstanding work – this is well deserved recognition.

The Business Educators Association of Queensland (BEAQ) presented this award at the annual presentation evening on Friday 11 October 2019.

 

 

 

 

Geography Update

Geography is a diverse discipline, clearly seen in the Year 10 and 11 classrooms at present. Geography touches the STEM disciplines through the application of …

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Geography Update

Geography is a diverse discipline, clearly seen in the Year 10 and 11 classrooms at present.

Geography touches the STEM disciplines through the application of geospatial technology in the classroom. This term, our Year 10 geographers have been making maps using ESRI ‘s Australia GIS for Schools program (ArcGIS). Skye Rodgers, ESRI’s Education Program Manager has been a great support and has been impressed with the work of our students.

Year 11s have also used ArcGIS in their data reports and field reports earlier this year. They produced some very professional maps and graphs using the software. This year, as in previous years, we nominated some of this excellent assignment work to the annual Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) Awards for Planning Excellence. This is an opportunity for planners to ‘demonstrate leading practice, leadership and achievement in planning and the planning profession.’ One of the Award categories is the Outstanding Student Project Award- Secondary.   Field reports from two of our Year 11 Geography students were entered and both girls need to be commended for their efforts here.

This year’s Awards for Excellence judging in the Planning Institute of Australia Awards for Planning Excellence -Queensland, saw Year 11 Stuartholme Geography student, Hayley Bowden, win the Award for Planning Excellence-Student Category. The judges citation for her entry can be found below. Congratulations are offered to Hayley and we hope to present Hayley with her Award at a School Assembly soon.

The 2019 Outstanding Student Project (Secondary) is awarded to Hayley Bowden for her project ‘Livability and Sustainability: A Field Report’. Hayley’s study demonstrates a sound understanding of the intricacies that can apply to planning principles of liveability and sustainability.

Her approach is both refreshing in terms of her understanding of key contemporary macro principles and desired community outcomes and the part that specific aspects can contribute towards their understanding and finding of solutions. The level of research in terms of identifying key relationships, relevant data and well explained and presented analyses provides a level of understanding that is engaging and easy for a reader to understand.

Hayley’s study follows sound and principles and demonstrates how these can be readily applied in many similar situations. Hayley’s study had a clear methodology that was clearly set out in the report and explained. Hayley’s presentation in the report is nothing short of excellent, and overall should be congratulated for the standard of work produced in this category 

The new Senior Geography syllabus mandates field work across the two-year course. We made large inroads into that time earlier this term.

Year 11 students spent a 24-hour field trip recently, exploring Noosa National Park and investigating land cover transformations taking place in the park for their summative (Year 12) field report due this term. We put in a big effort with great rewards in our data and much fun was had. Many thanks to Ms Juliette Johnson for accompanying us on our field trip.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wendy Bolton

Geography Teacher

Science Snippets

Why do glow worms glow? Glow worms are the larvae of a small fly. This larval stage is the only stage in their life cycle …

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Science Snippets

Why do glow worms glow?

Glow worms at Natural Bridge, Springbrook National Park

Glow worms are the larvae of a small fly. This larval stage is the only stage in their life cycle that can glow. The adults do not have working mouthparts and can only live for a few days (female two days, male six days). As the adults cannot feed, glow worms must gain sustenance during the larval stage to get them throughout the rest of their lifecycle. The larvae can live between five and 12 months but this is dependent on abiotic (non-living) factors. When it is ready to pupate, a mucus tube hardens around it and an adult develops over about seven days. This transformation is similar to that of a caterpillar to butterfly.

Only three glow-worm species have been found in Australia: Arachnocampa flava in Queensland, A. richardsae in New South Wales, and A. tasmaniensis in Tasmania. This name Arachnocampa literally meaning ‘spider grub’ refers to the web of silk threads used to capture prey.

Glow worms glow to attract small insects that emerge from the leaf litter and water to where the glow worms reside. Glow worms construct “snares” (like a spider’s web) made from silk threads and sticky droplets to capture and eat the insects attracted to their glow. When an insect is caught, the glow-worm reels its catch upwards using its mouthparts and attaches it to a mucus tube to prevent escape.

The light of a glow worm is also known as bioluminescence (light produced by a living organism). Other organisms that possess bioluminescent properties include:

  • Fireflies, glow worms and some other insect larvae
  • Some arachnids (spiders)
  • Some annelids (ringed worms)
  • Some deep-sea fish and squid
  • Certain varieties of bacteria and fungi

In the case of glow worms, the light they emit is produced by a chemical reaction. A pigment called “luciferin” reacts with the luciferase enzyme and adenosine triphosphate (ATP) and with oxygen in the air, it creates the blue-green light that you see the glow worms emitting in caves.

Glow worms at Melba Gully

Glow worms in an abandoned railway tunnel, New South Wales.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sources:

https://www.glowwormcavetamborinemountain.com.au/about-glow-worms.html

https://www.abc.net.au/science/slab/glowworm/

Upcoming events

We hope you all have been enjoying the weekly science quizzes! If you haven’t completed one yet make sure to let your TM teacher know because they are a lot of fun and a great way to test your science knowledge!

As it nears the end of the year, there are still a few events occurring that you can get excited about!

There is a Physics Experience Day coming up at UQ. It is taking place Saturday 23 November from 8:45am-11:45am in Room 309, Steele Building on the St Lucia Campus. Students will attend an interactive lecture on special relativity, participate in a hands-on lab activity on movement and momentum, and learn about the diverse range of careers that await you after the completion of a Bachelor of Science. You also have the opportunity to mingle with lecturers, current students and other future students. This is open for anyone aged 15 or over!

To find out more, visit: https://future-students.uq.edu.au/physics-experience-day

There is a Mathematics Experience Day also coming up at UQ. It is taking place Saturday 23 November from 12:00pm-3:30pm at The Great Court on the St Lucia Campus. Students will attend an interactive lecture on graph theory, participate in hands-on activities, and learn about the diverse range of careers that await you after the completion of a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Mathematics. Like the physics day, you will also be able to mingle with lecturers, current students and future students. This is also open for anyone aged 15 and over!

To find out more, visit: https://future-students.uq.edu.au/mathematics-experience-day

The ConocoPhillips Science Experience is a fun 3 or 4 days of science activities for students in grade 9 and 10. Programs are designed to provide students with an opportunity to engage in a wide range of fascinating science activities under the guidance of scientists. You will tour the facility, hearing from some of Queensland’s leading scientists, participate in hands-on workshops and explore science based careers. Areas covered include forensic and biological science, physics, mathematics, astronomy, environmental sciences and engineering. There is one occurring at UQ in St Lucia from 22-24 January, 2020. There are only 17 places remaining and it is recommended that registration occurs prior to 20 November, 2019.

To find out more, visit: https://www.scienceexperience.com.au/

Kind regards,

Melanie Ashley (UQ Science Ambassador)

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

 

 

 

Rowers Boarding Program

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

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Rowers Boarding Program

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

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

Benefits of the program include:

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

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

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.