Message from the Principal

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends,

This week we said goodbye to our Year 12 students. This is always an emotional time for us as a community. On the one hand we are excited for the seniors and so incredibly proud of the young women they have become. And on the other hand, they have become such an integral part of our school that we know we will feel their absence next year.

At events during the week, members of our community have shared their thoughts and feelings and I would like to take this opportunity to share segments of those speeches with you.

Parents of Ellen Bowden, Greg and Tanya in their speech explained what it was like for parents to send their child to boarding school.

Enrolling your child into boarding school requires a huge leap of faith; at first it feels like anti-parenting. Placing your daughter in the hands of people you have only met briefly. It feels as though you are leaving part of your heart behind when you wave goodbye. And we know that boarding does not suit all students.

The journey has not always been easy; there are times when you just wish you were there in Brisbane with your daughter.  Missed birthdays, missed sporting matches, missed Celebrations of Excellence, the list goes on. It’s so hard to make the call about what events you will attend, how will this fit into my work schedule and my life at home. 

Though as your daughter progresses through her time at school the goodbyes get easier, there is no prodding for them to pack their bag for tomorrow’s flight, the return to school for them after the holidays is less fraught as they are missing their friends and can’t wait to catch up.  And before you know it you have arrived, here, at the end of the journey.

In Goals Assembly address, Cor Unum Head 2018, Sithara-Anne French talked about which Goals impacted her the most, following is her reflection of one of those Goals.

The goal that applies to us most as seniors is ‘personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom’ because ladies, right now, you have a decision to make. This world of ours is so incredibly beautiful, all you have to do is look at each other to see that. But at the same time, this world can also be so sad. Every day, we are inundated with stories of terrorism, mass shootings, natural disasters and disease and sometimes its difficult to not become despondent. 

But in the same way that the world has the capacity to provide with excess for the entire global population, our education has equipped us with the skills necessary to live fully. By fully, I don’t mean that you have to be the next Mandela or Marie Curie, all it means is that you give bread rather than chocolate. As much as this sounds boring, what it means is that your education has provided you with the opportunity to live a meaningful. But tomorrow doesn’t mark the end of your education. You will never stop learning because life will never stop teaching.

These beautiful speeches, one from boarding parents and one from a Year 12 student talk about the journey so far and the journey yet to be taken. As a Principal in my speech I expressed my hopes for the Class of 2018 that they will be:

  • women of integrity
  • emotionally intelligent and capable of influencing others for good
  • women who empower one another
  • women who make a difference in their world, and
  • women who treasure and nurture their own wisdom and own freedom.

“Our education is not meant to turn the children out small and finished, but seriously begun on a wide-basis.” – Janet Erskine Stuart

Take care and God bless,

Kristen Sharpe

 

 

Key Dates

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Key Dates

DateEvent
Fri 30 November Boarders travel day
Christmas Liturgy and Final Assembly
Classes finish 12pm
Year 12 final fee statement issued
Wed 5 DecemberFinal day to return all library books and textbook hire
Fri 14 December2019 School fees (with discount) due
Final date to order stationery to avoid late order charge
Mon 28 January 2019Years 7 Boarders arrive 9am
New Years 8-12 Boarders arrive by 12.30pm
All other Boarders arrive by 5pm
Year 7 Boarder Parent Meeting 10am
Years 8-12 new Boarder Parent Meeting 1.30pm
Boarder Parent Network Meeting 3.30pm
Welcome to new Dean of Boarding Family BBQ 5-6.30pm
Tues 29 January Year 7s start, 10am
Year 11s start, 12noon
New student induction (Years 8-12) 1.30pm
All Parent Social Event 5pm
Wed 30 JanuaryAll students start
School fees due
Thurs 31 JanuaryYear 7 Parent Information Evening 7pm
Fri 1 FebruarySchool photos
Mon 4 FebruaryYears 8-9 Parent Information Evening 7pm
Tues 5 FebruaryYears 10-11 Parent Information Evening 7pm
Wed 6 FebruaryYear 12 Parent Information Evening 7pm

Message from the Deputy Principal

Last Sunday, it was my privilege to attend the Toowong RSL Sub-Branch’s Centenary of Armistice Remembrance Day Service. Members of the 2019 Cor Unum Committee, …

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Message from the Deputy Principal

Last Sunday, it was my privilege to attend the Toowong RSL Sub-Branch’s Centenary of Armistice Remembrance Day Service. Members of the 2019 Cor Unum Committee, Milly Starky and Mim Walton, attended with me, laying a wreath at the cenotaph on behalf of Stuartholme School.

This was a special Remembrance Day, marking 100 years since the armistice was signed that ended the worst war the world had seen to that point. It was 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.

On 11th November this year, all around Australia, as happens every year, commemorations were held, wreaths laid and ceremonies attended by high-level dignitaries, diplomats, school students and members of the public. As Australians, we came together to pay tribute to the many brave individuals who fought in the Great War, as well as the men and women who have fought since and to pray and hope for peace. But this year, it was a little more poignant. As the hundred-year anniversary, it carried historical significance, reminding us that, since we forged one of our most enduring national identities in the “War to end all Wars”, a Century of Service in wars, conflicts and peace keeping operations has now passed.

Year 12, 2018 results

This week the QCAA released individual QCS test results (A-E) for students who sat the QCS test earlier in the year. Students who have not yet seen their individual results can access them by logging onto their QCAA Learning Account in Student Connect.

Parents are reminded 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 QCS data will be released to schools later this month.

Our Careers Counsellor, Ms Stacey Wallace and our VET Coordinator, Ms Laurence Somerset, have also recently sent emails to the Year 12s outlining key information for the girls:

  • Student Connect – checking that qualifications appear
  • Final date for QTAC applications (7th December 2018)
  • Educational Access Scheme applications
  • Release of Year 12 results (from 9 a.m. Saturday, 15th December 2018)
  • QTAC processes including submitting preferences and offer-round dates
  • Information for rank-only students.

Please check that your daughters have read these emails. If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to contact either Ms Wallace or Ms Somerset. I thank both of them, together with Mr Ken Turnbull, for all the work they have done in supporting the Year 12s this year with their careers and pathways advice.

We are very proud of the way the Class of 2018 has dedicated themselves to their studies and learning opportunities this year and we wish them well as results are released next month.

Deanne Johnston
Deputy Principal

 

 

 

 

 

Message from the Dean of Mission

Our fourth Goal of Sacred Heart education, ‘A social awareness that impels to action’, calls Stuartholme to educate to a critical consciousness so that our …

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Message from the Dean of Mission

Our fourth Goal of Sacred Heart education, ‘A social awareness that impels to action’, calls Stuartholme to educate to a critical consciousness so that our community are inspired to be active, informed and responsible citizens that work for justice and peace locally, nationally and globally. At our Celebration of Excellence, we recognised those students within our community who live out this Goal by investing a significant amount of time and effort into service programs. The Sister Mollie Ahern awards are given in honour of Sister Mollie Ahern RSCJ to students who have taken up the opportunities of service programs and contributed to a wide variety of activities. There are three categories of the award:

  • Bronze: 20 – 30 hours of service
  • Silver: 30 – 40 hours of service across at least two activities or program
  • Gold: 40+ hours of service across at least three activities or program

We had a total of 42 recipients of the Sister Mollie Ahern awards with a minimum of 1140 hours of service between them. These number of hours means that every week there are examples of Stuartholme staff and students working to live out this goal.

This month, one of the recipients of this award, Lily Thomson, participated in the Cancer Council’s Greatest Shave. Lily chopped off twenty 40cm braids and donated them to the Alopecia Foundation and raised nearly $5800 for the Cancer Council, double the target she set herself at the beginning of the campaign. It was amazing to see Lily’s courage during the event and the pride her family and the rest of the boarding community has for her! Lily’s still hoping to raise over $6000 so please click here if you would like to donate.

Our Year 12 students, Emagene Stebbins and Ava Lambert have been working with our TMGs to collect items for the ‘It’s in the Bag’ campaign run by Share the Dignity. There are 85,000 homeless women who need help this Christmas. Many have fled domestic violence or experienced extreme poverty. This campaign is about raising awareness about some of the difficulties experienced by these women and working in our small way to make a difference. My office at the moment is hard to get into because we have been inundated with hundreds of bags so thank you to everyone in our community who has donated!!

And finally, our JPIC (Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation) group has been working hard to promote their focus on sustainability. We held two days of Stu-Case-Rummage in Week 4 to remind people of our commitment to Reduce, Repurpose and Recycle, particularly when it comes to our clothes. As Lauren Gunther, JPIC Captain 2018, stated in a recent assembly:

“In Australia, fast fashion has taken a particularly firm grip. Australians now carry the ignominious title of being the second biggest per capita consumers of new clothing and other textiles in the world. Each individual gets through an average of 27 kilograms of fashion and textiles every year. Retail analysis from 2017 showed 1.7 million Australians bought at least one pair of jeans every four months. Unsurprisingly, this adds up to a ferocious waste habit: six tonnes of clothing are dumped into landfill every 10 minutes. 

This year, JPIC’s focus has been on creating a more sustainable way of looking at and using clothes within the Stuartholme community, through our campaign of Reduce, Repurpose, Recycle”

We’ve also bought back the Stuartholme scrunchies to teach the junior students about how to repurpose old school uniforms! They have been a big success – what’s old is new again, hey?

These students, and many more at Stuartholme, exemplify Madeleine Sophie’s vision for a Sacred Heart education. She wanted to educate students to develop their intellect, talent and abilities so that they may go out into the world and spread love, bring hope and work towards justice – I’d think she’d be proud!

Sarah Daff
Dean of Mission

 

Message from the Dean of Student Wellbeing

Online Safety and Cyberbullying I am pleased in this newsletter article to share with parents further powerful and engaging information I obtained from the session …

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Message from the Dean of Student Wellbeing

Online Safety and Cyberbullying

I am pleased in this newsletter article to share with parents further powerful and engaging information I obtained from the session I attended at Marist College Ashgrove on Thursday 25 October on digital compliance and internet safety. This was presented by Brett Lee, a professional speaker with 16 years as a police detective in Queensland.

Putting the internet in context for our children

The Internet can make it hard for young people to put the real world in context.

A key role that we can play as parents and caregivers is to empower our girls to understand that the online world is merely an extension of the real world.

As such, we must encourage our girls to exhibit the very same values online that we as a community would expect in the real world, such as kindness, human dignity and respect.

When to get help?

It is important that our girls understand that cyberbullying is a criminal offence.

The office of the eSafety Commissioner ( www.esafety.gov.au) has been established by the Australian Government to help families with cyberbullying and provide support.

Reports of offensive or illegal content can be made anonymously. The Office can also work to get cyberbullying material removed from any communication service.

Key principles for all online activity

It is important that we continue to work together to educate and protect our girls as they engage in online activity. Brett Lee recommends we teach our girls about the five key principles to guide all online activity:

  1. People I don’t know on the internet are strangers.
  2. The internet is public and permanent (regardless of privacy settings).
  3. I protect my personal details online (i.e. do not give too much personal information).
  4. I have rules on the internet and computers (respect and responsibility are paramount).
  5. I talk to a trusted adult if I have a problem.

 

Lord Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council (LMYAC)

I would like to warmly congratulate Charlie Stock who has proudly represented Stuartholme on the LMYAC. This valuable forum enabled Charlie to discuss issues that are important to her directly with the Lord Mayor and Council officers. Charlie 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.

Student Environmental Network (SELN)

In 2018, Stuartholme has been well represented in the Green Heart Schools Student Environmental Network (SELN) program by Hayley Bowden and Imogen Fraser. The girls worked hard in making a valuable contribution in this unique learning and leadership program. Through their efforts, Hayley and Imogen have directly engaged their peers to take action to be cleaner, greener and more sustainable.

Deb Lonsdale-Walker
Dean of Student Wellbeing

 

 

 

 

Co-curricular News

Tennis This year, over 80 girls participated in CaSSSA tennis in Term 1. From this competition, Stuartholme picked 20 of our top players to compete in …

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Co-curricular News

Tennis

This year, over 80 girls participated in CaSSSA tennis in Term 1. From this competition, Stuartholme picked 20 of our top players to compete in the Knowles Cup Competition in Term 4, playing against Somerville House, St Margaret’s, St Rita’s, All Hallows, Lourdes Hill College, Fairholme and The Glennie School. On Saturday, 10 November, Stuartholme cheered on the the Open A, Open B and Intermediate Knowles Cup teams, who all made the finals. Huge congratulations to the Open A who were the 2018 Knowles Cup Champions!

 

Robotics

On Saturday 11 November a team of six students, Sophie White, Nieve Dickman, Erin Murray, Ella Mulcahy, Elodie Walter and Kathryn Capstick competed at the First Lego League robotics regional tournament held at Good Shepherd Lutheran College in Noosaville. It was a full day of competing with the tournament covering five different categories: robotic coding missions, robot design and strategies, core values, project and teamwork. Approximately 40 teams competed and the Stuartholme team came home with the Teamwork trophy. Congratulations!

Equestrian

To finish the 2018 Equestrian season, the equestrian team enjoyed their final camp at Cabarita Beach Pony Club along the north coast of New South Wales. After this year’s success, which included Stuartholme taking home SEQ Champion School for the 9th consecutive year, the team enjoyed a relaxing weekend away at the beach with their horses. The Equestrian family also welcomed Piper Searle as 2019 Captain when the ‘reins’ where officially handed over. I would like to thank Stuartholme for their continuous support for our equestrian community and also thank Stuartholme’s equestrian coaches Lesley Brodbeck, Leasa Stephens, Mel Van Den Berge and Lilly Ballard. Finally, a well-deserved thank you and congratulations to Sarah Drane for her success in her first year as Equestrian Co-ordinator. The Equestrian Team will have their first training in early February next year. Best of luck to Piper and the equestrian girls for the 2019 season!

Emily Ballard, 2018 Equestrian Captain

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2019 Stationery lists

Stationery lists for 2019 have been organised Ordering: The booklists for your 2019 Book Packs are ready for you to place your order, please go …

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2019 Stationery lists

Stationery lists for 2019 have been organised

Ordering:

The booklists for your 2019 Book Packs are ready for you to place your order, please go to www.campion.com.au , click on “Order here” and follow the prompts.

Enter our School login code 2WSP, choose the year level and make your selection, please remember to place your order before the ordering deadline of 14 December 2018 to avoid late order charges.

If you do not have access to the Internet or if you wish to pay cash (cheques are not accepted), you are welcome to go to the Campion Education Retail Store in Salisbury and place your order in person, there is plenty of car parking.

Delivery:

Your prepaid Book Packs will be delivered to your nominated physical address (home, work, relative or friends’ address) during the fortnight ending 25 January 2019.

Parents who are not able to have their Book packs sent to a physical address can elect to collect them from the Campion Education Retail Store in Salisbury at no charge, please ensure you tick the ‘Store Collect’ option when ordering your packs. Packs will be available for collection from the Campion Education retail Store from Monday 14 January 2019.

Last day of school reminder

Just a reminder that school finishes for the year at 12pm on Friday 30 November. School buses will depart at 12.15pm.

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Last day of school reminder

Just a reminder that school finishes for the year at 12pm on Friday 30 November. School buses will depart at 12.15pm.

Stuartholme Carols Night

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Stuartholme Carols Night

2019 Bus registrations

School Bus registrations for Term 1, 2019 are now open. If your daughter is intending to use the Stuartholme School Bus network, please register and …

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2019 Bus registrations

School Bus registrations for Term 1, 2019 are now open. If your daughter is intending to use the Stuartholme School Bus network, please register and pay on the Stuartholme website. Seats are limited, so we recommend registering as soon as possible.

Volunteering in the School Shop

If you have some time to help out in the shop, there are available times before school and during the breaks. Click here for the …

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Volunteering in the School Shop

If you have some time to help out in the shop, there are available times before school and during the breaks. Click here for the link for the volunteer roster.

Thank you in advance,

Pauline Chrisanthou
School Shop Manager

 

Uniform Shop – short term close

The uniform shop will be close between 26 November and  7 December. The uniform shop will reopen on Monday 10 December, Tuesday 11 December and Wednesday 12 December after which …

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Uniform Shop – short term close

The uniform shop will be close between 26 November and  7 December.

The uniform shop will reopen on Monday 10 December, Tuesday 11 December and Wednesday 12 December after which it will close for Christmas holiday. It will reopen on Monday 14 January 2019.

 

Second hand uniform marketplace

Announcing the launch of our Stuartholme Second Hand Marketplace on Facebook, a new community space brought to you by Parents of Stuartholme where parents can …

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Second hand uniform marketplace

Announcing the launch of our Stuartholme Second Hand Marketplace on Facebook, a new community space brought to you by Parents of Stuartholme where parents can buy and sell their second hand uniforms, and school equipment directly or find out more about how to donate them and give back to the Stuartholme Sacred Heart community. Click here to check it out!

Do you have a daughter starting Year 7 in 2022?

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

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Do you have a daughter starting Year 7 in 2022?

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

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

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

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

 

Important Changes to Private Music Tuition in 2019

The following changes have been made to the payment system for Private Music Tuition, commencing in 2019. Payment via direct debit: Commencing in 2019, payment …

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Important Changes to Private Music Tuition in 2019

The following changes have been made to the payment system for Private Music Tuition, commencing in 2019.

Payment via direct debit:

Commencing in 2019, payment for private music tuition will be charged via direct debit to a credit card at a stipulated date in each term to cover payment for the following term.

This is a significant change to the current sign on procedure and the IT Department are developing a new form to be available as soon as possible.  Parents/Caregivers of all current private music students and incoming year 7 students will be notified via email when the form is ready.

Parent/Caregivers who would like their daughter/s to commence private music tuition in 2019 should notify the Arts Assistant, Co-curricular (music@stuartholme.com) as soon as possible to be added to the notification list.

Fees are set at the beginning of each calendar year and the total number of weeks is divided evenly over the four terms. The following are the charges for 2019.

 30 min weekly lesson
($42.50 each)
45 min weekly lesson
($63.75 each)
60 min weekly lesson
($85 each)
Ensemble Focus Session - small group
($21.25 per student)
Years 7-11
(31 weeks for 2019)
$327$494$658.75$167
Year 12
(30 weeks)
$316.50$478$637.50$161.25

The 2019 rate for co-curricular music tuition has been calculated at an hourly rate that is based on the Music Teachers’ Association of Queensland (MTAQ) scheduled rate for 2019. The rate reflects both GST and salary on-costs (superannuation and Work Cover insurance premiums) required to be paid by Stuartholme School as the employing authority.

 

Small Group ‘Ensemble Focus’ lessons now available:

From 2019, Stuartholme Music will provide students with an additional music tuition option. Any student who is a member of an ensemble may continue lessons in a small group setting (2 students). This option is to ensure that all Stuartholme musicians (instrumental and vocal) can develop their musicianship with quality tuition at a significantly reduced rate. The major focus of these lessons will be on current ensemble repertoire and developing technical skills.

Students who intend to take music exams (AMEB, Trinity Guildhall and ABRSM) will still be required to have individual private music lessons in order to fulfil the exam requirements.

 

 

Registrations open for Year 11 2019 Voice and Communication

Margaret Gallagher (Voice and Communication Co-ordinator and Teacher) is now accepting expressions of interest for 2019 Voice and Communication lessons. Students in Years 11 are …

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Registrations open for Year 11 2019 Voice and Communication

Margaret Gallagher (Voice and Communication Co-ordinator and Teacher) is now accepting expressions of interest for 2019 Voice and Communication lessons.

Students in Years 11 are invited to apply for a place in next year’s 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 students next year 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 per year is approximately $1500, plus a one-off exam fee of approximately $160.

At this point in time QTAC (Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre) attributes a rank of 84 to successfully passing the AMEB Grade 7 Voice and Communication examination (in the past this has been equivalent to an OP 8). Please note that the Voice and Communication qualification is not accepted for entry into some degrees and these exclusions are specified by individual university institutions. Voice and Communication 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 a number of universities will treat the AMEB qualification differently under the new ATAR system and some universities will no longer accept this qualification for entry to their courses. This change is applicable for entry from 2021]. 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 to all other students as a co-curricular activity each year.  Please refer to the Stuartholme Handbook or contact Mrs Gallagher if you have any queries (Mobile 0404 019 212).

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

Geography Exhibition

Last Monday evening, two of our Year 9 HASS-Geography classes enthusiastically presented a diverse range of research findings into the Geographies of Interconnections to their …

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Geography Exhibition

Last Monday evening, two of our Year 9 HASS-Geography classes enthusiastically presented a diverse range of research findings into the Geographies of Interconnections to their parents in the school’s library.

In this interactive mode, the girls show-cased their skills in research, collaboration, communication and data presentation. Through the term’s work, the students developed skills in the use of technology, data analysis, creative and higher-order thinking and problem solving. For their assessment task, the girls explored geographic interconnections, analysed data to support their findings and proposed actions for a sustainable future.

We were very impressed with the girls’ dedication to the project and would like to thank all the attending boarding staff, parents and family members for their support and active participation on the evening.  we also appreciated the assistance of Mrs Gaggin and the library team for assisting us on the night.

Ms Warrick, Mr Hegerty and Mrs Bolton

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Options Career Information Bulletin Edition 18

Click here for the latest edition of the Career newsletter. You will also find the document on the Careers section of myStuartholme in the newsletters …

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Options Career Information Bulletin Edition 18

Click here for the latest edition of the Career newsletter. You will also find the document on the Careers section of myStuartholme in the newsletters section. An easy way to explore the newsletter is to scan the links below and click on them to be taken directly to content that interests you.

Please find attached the latest Careers Newsletter. The ‘Employment’ section features some excellent articles and videos on labour market information and 21st century skills.

All the very best digesting this information. Please let me know if you have any questions.

 

Regards

Mrs Wallace

 

 

Host families needed

We will be welcoming two students from our sister school in Taiwan from 2 February to 17 February 2019. We are looking for families of girls who …

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Host families needed

We will be welcoming two students from our sister school in Taiwan from 2 February to 17 February 2019.

We are looking for families of girls who currently study Chinese to host a student from Taiwan.  If you are interested could you please send an email to Ben Webb (Chinese teacher) bwebb@stuartholme.com

The Queensland Awards for Planning Excellence Dinner

The Queensland Awards for Planning Excellence Dinner was held on Friday 9 November at Cloudland. ‘The PIA Queensland Awards for Planning Excellence program recognises individuals, …

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The Queensland Awards for Planning Excellence Dinner

The Queensland Awards for Planning Excellence Dinner was held on Friday 9 November at Cloudland. ‘The PIA Queensland Awards for Planning Excellence program recognises individuals, companies, community groups and public-sector agencies for their innovation, leadership, excellence and commitment to good planning.’ One of the Award categories is the Outstanding Student Project Award- Secondary. The Excellence Award was won by Year 12 Geography student, Grace Gaston, and a Certificate of Commendation was awarded to Emma Tucker from Year 11 Geography. Extracts from the judge’s citations for each of these entries can be found below.

Three students entered their Geography assessment item: a report based on primary data for this competition. To have the only two finalists from our school is an endorsement of the girls’ wonderful efforts in this area of Geography. The awards demonstrate the strong connections between school curriculum and the workforce.

Mrs Wendy Bolton
Geography teacher

 

Judges’ citations:

The 2018 PIA Award for the Outstanding Student Project – Secondary Schools Category is awarded to Grace Gaston for her project ‘Stuartholme School Traffic Processes: an investigation into the traffic processes of Stuartholme School’.

Grace has presented an exceptionally well-defined and researched study about the complex issues of the transportation environment of Stuartholme School and its locality. Grace has designed and implemented a mixed-methods approach that incorporates primary data collection via traffic surveys, field observation, online survey and interview.

The study has recognised that urban transportation systems interact with, and influence, other components of urban environmental systems. The decision-making matrix provides a detailed evaluation of two management strategies and recognises that good transport planning requires both the technical and the social sciences.

This is an outstanding achievement for a secondary school project considering both time and resource constraints. The judging panel congratulates Grace for the professional quality and practicality of this research.

 

The judging panel would like to award a commendation for the 2018 Outstanding Student Project (Secondary) Category to Emma Tucker for her project titled ‘Healthy Waterways – Ithaca Creek’.

Emma completed a comprehensive assessment of the water quality within the Ithaca Creek Catchment and prepared a report summarising the findings.

The Panel believes that Emma’s work was very thorough and that she demonstrated attention to detail in her project methods and data collection, with a firm understanding of research methods and reliable data. Emma has demonstrated an understanding of catchment dynamics, urban storm water runoff, data collection, impacts of urbanisation upon water quality and mitigations to enhance overall catchment health.

The Panel commend Emma on the depth and scope of her extensive and thorough research methods, the transferability of the methods to other catchment monitoring projects and the high standard of referencing and the quality of her final report.

 

Girls in Computer Science 2018

The University of Queensland invites girls in Years 8 to 12 and their parents to a night of inspiration and empowerment. What’s involved: 1. Inspiring Presentations …

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Girls in Computer Science 2018

The University of Queensland invites girls in Years 8 to 12 and their parents to a night of inspiration and empowerment.

What’s involved:

1. Inspiring Presentations

  • Student sessions: Hear from current female students and alumni speakers about their experiences of studying technology and working in the computer science industry.
  • Parent sessions: Hear from industry leaders as they share their experiences and provide advice for you as a parent of the next tech generation.

2. Fun Hands-on Activities

  • Create your own binary bracelet, view UQ student displays, experience virtual reality and more.

3. Information Booths

  • Talk to representatives from Robogals, Virgin and iLab/IDEA Hub.

​Register here

Enquiries

For more information about this event, contact:
Helen Burdon
e: h.burdon@uq.edu.au

Shakefest success!

A huge congratulations to Cleo Taylor (Year 12) who has been cast in Shake and Stir’s 2019 production of Hamlet After competing against 173 talented …

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Shakefest success!

A huge congratulations to Cleo Taylor (Year 12) who has been cast in Shake and Stir’s 2019 production of Hamlet

After competing against 173 talented students in the Queensland Shakespeare Festival State Final (Shakefest) with team mates Tessa Buzzo and Emily Ghusn, Cleo was selected as one of the 35 company members that will perform in January’s production.

Congratulations to all three outstanding Drama students on their incredible achievements !

Lucy Harkin

Rotary Christmas Carols

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Rotary Christmas Carols