Message from the Acting Principal

There is something so nice about finishing the year with our Christmas carols. The atmosphere is fantastic as the community comes together to listen to the beautiful voices and music of our girls, to share the joy we feel at the end of a year and to simply enjoy being together. It is a lovely evening and a wonderful conclusion to the school year.

I’d like to thank our Director of Music, Mr Andrew Mear, who, together with his staff, dedicate hours towards the organisation and preparation of opportunities for girls to showcase their skills and talents. We are very blessed to have so many talented students and so many talented tutors dedicated to the provision of such a high-quality program for our girls.

Another element that makes the evening so special is that the focus is on Christmas and the mere act of us coming together and celebrating is exactly what God wants from us during Christmas. As Catholics, Christmas is the second most important feast of our liturgical calendar, after Easter. The birth of Jesus reminds us of God’s love for mankind as God sent his son to dwell on earth, to give love and to help us to better understand how to ‘love one another’. Jesus taught us that humans could not live in isolation but through community we could discover unlimited possibilities and meaning.

Christmas is therefore a good time to reflect on the gift of a community like Stuartholme, the richness we gain from every single person and the contributions that each and every one of us brings. It is time to be grateful, to celebrate our accomplishments, to reflect on how we give back and to look forward to a future that we build together.  It is a time to grow in love for Jesus and one another.

As we enter the festive season, I wish everyone a joyous, peaceful Christmas filled with many blessings and much kindness. I hope you have an opportunity to spend quality time with those most precious to you.

Staffing news

Over the last few weeks, we have made a number of staffing appointments for 2020. I congratulate the following people on their appointments to Stuartholme. I am confident they will receive a warm welcome when they commence in January.

  • Deputy Principal – Mr Daniel Crump
  • Dean of Mission – Mr Justin Golding
  • Teacher of Chinese and Science – Ms Natalie Yong
  • Teacher of HPE and English – Mr Ben Cameron
  • Teacher of Visual Art – Ms Samantha Martinuzzi
  • Teacher of Psychology and Junior Science – Ms Erin Parker
  • Library Technician – Ms Michelle Carter
  • Assistant to the Deans of Students and Mission – Ms Lina Blazek (commenced in Term 4, 2019)

On assembly this morning, we also farewelled a number of staff and I would also like to thank them for their contributions to Stuartholme and wish them the very best for the future.

  • Ms Alexia Bautista
  • Ms Nicole Bradford
  • Ms Deb Cavallaro
  • Ms Nan Chesterman
  • Ms Adrienne Costello
  • Ms Jen Davis
  • Mrs Fiona Mackie
  • Mrs Mizuho Major
  • Mr Andrew Marshall

We also farewell a number of staff who were on leave from Stuartholme in 2020 but are now pursuing other career and life opportunities:

  • Ms Sarah Adams
  • Ms Elyssa Hudson
  • Ms Danika Saal
  • Ms Mikeely Roberts

As I also depart Stuartholme, I would like to take this opportunity to thank our Stuartholme families and students for their warmth, kindness and support. I am also grateful for my colleagues, for their daily enthusiasm, resilience and commitment. I am very proud of the work we have achieved over the last two years and I am thankful for the opportunity to contribute to the Stuartholme community. I wish all our girls the best and I am confident they will leave Stuartholme prepared with the skills, knowledge and tenacity required to succeed and thrive.  It has been a pleasure to be part of the community.

God bless,

Deanne Johnston
Acting Principal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Key Dates

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Key Dates

DateEvent
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
Tues 28 January 2020Boarders return 12pm-5pm
International boarders return earlier in the day
New Boarder Parent Meeting 1.30pm
Boarder parent network meeting 3.30pm
Welcome - Boarding Family BBQ 5-6.30pm
Wed 29 JanuaryYear 7 start 10am
Year 11 start 12pm
New Boarding students (Yrs 8-11) induction program 10-11.30am
New student induction program (Years 8 – 12) 1.30pm (Day and Boarding)
Parents of Stuartholme (PoS) Meeting 5pm, Green Room (near Theatre)
All Parent Social Event 6pm, Joigny Cafe courtyard
School fees due
Wed 29 - Fri 31 JanuaryYear 12 Retreat
Thurs 30 JanuaryAll student classes start
Year 7 Parent Information Evening
Fri 31 JanuarySchool photos (Yrs 7-11)
Mon 3 FebruarySchool photos Yr 12
Year 8 & 9 Parent Information Evening
Tues 4 FebruaryYear 10 & 11 Parent Information Evening
Wed 5 FebruaryYear 12 Parent Information Evening

Message from the Dean of Boarding

Dear Parents and Guardians, So, we come to our last newsletter for 2019, I can’t believe the year has flown by so quickly. I would …

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Message from the Dean of Boarding

Dear Parents and Guardians,

So, we come to our last newsletter for 2019, I can’t believe the year has flown by so quickly.

I would like to wish all our families a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. At our last Family dinner night on Monday I said to the girls that they should pray for rain, as I cannot think of a better Christmas gift – a good drenching for all of the country. I know that is my Christmas wish for us all.

I am so very thankful for the support and guidance that the Assistant Heads of Boarding and Boarding Supervisors have given me throughout 2019, hopefully I won’t be as needy next year. I am also very grateful for the warm and genuine welcome and support that the girls have also given to me throughout the year, it has certainly been a pleasure to get to know your wonderful girls.

I know that I am also excited with what 2020 will bring as I am sure there will be wonderful adventures coming our way.

Speaking of 2020 can I please give you some more current information about our return to Stuartholme for 2020.

 

Tuesday 28 January

All Boarders return from 12.00pm – 5.00pm (International girls will return from the beginning of the day)

New Boarder Parent Meeting 1.30pm

Boarder Parent Network Meeting 3.30pm

Boarder Family BBQ 5.00pm – 6.30pm

 

Wednesday 29 January

All Year 12 students go to RETREAT at 8.00am – this is a compulsory activity for all Year 12 students.

All Year 7 students attend school from 10.00am (Day and Boarding)

All Year 11 Students attend school from 12pm (Day and Boarding)

New Boarding students in Years 8 – 11 Induction Program 10.00 – 11.30am

New Students Years 8 – 12 Induction Program from 1.30pm (Day and Boarding)

Other Boarders Years 8, 9, 10 – Recreation Activity – Collect GO Cards for public transport and shopping

 

Thursday 30 January

ALL Students start – normal school

I am hopeful that this gives everyone a comprehensive view of what we are doing in Boarding for the start of 2020.

Again, thank you for your support of all that we do here at Stuartholme, have a wonderful break with your girls and we certainly look forward to you all coming in to see us at the beginning of the year to return the girls to us and I hope you will stay and enjoy a meal with us here in Boarding on the night of the 28th January.

Merry Christmas,

Karen Davies
Dean of Boarding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Message from the Dean of Student Wellbeing

Wishing you a wonderful festive season 2019 has certainly passed in the blink of an eye and it is hard to believe that I am …

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Message from the Dean of Student Wellbeing

Wishing you a wonderful festive season

2019 has certainly passed in the blink of an eye and it is hard to believe that I am writing my last newsletter article for parents and that Christmas is nearly here. It is my favourite time of year. I wish all families a wonderful season and pray that you may each rejoice in the miracle, the gift and the promise that Christmas brings.

As the year draws to a close, I would like to share that I have enjoyed walking side by side with parents and caregivers to create the village required for every young woman to be her very best.

A key highlight again this year has the close bond with parents. I am really proud of the launch of our parent portal offering advice and guidance across a range of areas to assist parents at home in supporting their daughters. This work complements our wellbeing program at school. The research clearly shows that this engagement maximises how girls flourish and succeed.

Relaxing and getting quality sleep

The festive season is a great time of year to rejuvenate and relax. I am looking forward to some quality time to relax with my own family. Getting quality sleep is essential in recharging the batteries. I am aiming to catch up on some quality sleep and will encourage my husband and children to do the same. Towards this end, I am delighted to offer the following tips aimed at getting a blissful night of sleep.

  1. Minimising device time before sleep – whether texting, emailing, shopping or reading, the blue light from screens reduces melatonin (the hormone required to help you fall asleep).
  2. Listening to music – relaxing music up to 45 minutes before bed can significantly enhance sleep quality.
  3. Deep breathing – soothes the nervous system and initiates the relaxation response in preparation for sleep.
  4. Moderate exercise – research has revealed that moderate exercise can reduce anxiety and improve sleep quality.
  5. Go to bed at a consistent time -this enhances the chances of sleeping 7 hours or more consistently.
  6. Eat well – high sugar and fat diets low in fibre have been associated with lighter, less restorative sleep.

References

  1. https://www.heysigmund.com/just-want-go-sleep-sleep-better-according-science/.

 

Farewell to a valuable member of the Wellbeing Team

Our Leaders of Student Wellbeing contribute in a significant way to the creation of the ‘Stuartholme Village’. We are therefore sad to farewell Ms Nicole Bradford who has worked at the school since 2011. Nicole is taking the chance to pursue her passions and engage in a new role closer to home where she will continue to support young people. We wish her all the very best.

Deb Lonsdale-Walker
Dean of Student Wellbeing

 

 

 

 

 

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.

2020 Bus registrations

School Bus registrations for 2020 are now open.  If your daughter will be using the Stuartholme School Bus Network in 2020, please register and pay …

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2020 Bus registrations

School Bus registrations for 2020 are now open.  If your daughter will be using the Stuartholme School Bus Network in 2020, please register and pay online :  https://stuartholme.com/our-community/bus-network/.   Seats are limited, and some bookings have already been received, so we recommend registering as soon as possible.

Please email Karen Collins  kcollins@stuartholme.com  before 10 December if you have any queries.

2020 Welcome events

We warmly welcome families to two very special social events at the start of 2020. Boarding Family BBQ For our Boarding families there is a …

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2020 Welcome events

We warmly welcome families to two very special social events at the start of 2020.

Boarding Family BBQ

For our Boarding families there is a welcome BBQ on Tuesday 28 January from 5-6.30pm

All Parent Social

For all our parents, there is a welcome social event on Wednesday 29 January from 6pm at the Joigny Cafe courtyard.

 

 

Year 11- Unit 3 and Unit 4 results reporting

This term, year 11 students commenced Unit 3 assessment and, for those on an ATAR Pathway, this will directly contribute to their final ATAR score. …

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Year 11- Unit 3 and Unit 4 results reporting

This term, year 11 students commenced Unit 3 assessment and, for those on an ATAR Pathway, this will directly contribute to their final ATAR score.

The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) recognises the importance of implementing both internal (school) and external state-wide quality assurance processes for making judgements of student assessment. This external process is called Confirmation and will ensure equitable decisions are being made about teacher judgements using samples of student work from every assessment item in every school across the state.

Stuartholme School’s internal quality assurance mechanisms are strong, involving several steps to ensure teacher judgements align with syllabus requirements. Judgements made by teachers are moderated and cross-marked to meet both our reporting obligations, but also the QCAA quality assurance recommendations.

If a student has been unable to provide evidence for assessment due to extenuating circumstances, an “NR” (Not Rated) will be recorded against the assessment item until a comparable piece of assessment can be submitted for a grade to be awarded. It is important to note that the NR may impact on a student’s eligibility for their QCE and their overall result in the subject.

When an assessment item has been completed, teachers record provisional marks which are then reported to the QCAA for Confirmation. This Confirmation process may result in a student’s provisional marks being adjusted by the QCAA to reflect comparability across all schools in Queensland. The QCAA will determine the final result awarded for each General and Applied subject assessment and this will be communicated to the school. The first Confirmation event will not take place until April 2020, however provisional results will be made available to students 10 – 15 working days after the assessment item has been submitted.

For Unit 3 assessment completed at the end of this term, this means the publishing of these results will not occur until the start of Term 1, 2020.

The end-of-year academic report for 2019 will include a summary of academic progress in Unit 1 and Unit 2.

Thank you for your ongoing support as we work with your daughter to maximise her academic success during her Senior Schooling journey.

Shannon Lacey

Acting Dean of Studies

French News

Girls from Year 8 French recently took an afternoon trip to Marist College Ashgrove to face off against the boys in some rounds of pétanque …

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French News

Girls from Year 8 French recently took an afternoon trip to Marist College Ashgrove to face off against the boys in some rounds of pétanque (French bowls). Fortified by some delicious snacks and homemade lemonade, the girls held their own against the hosts!

 

 

 

 

 

The French tour is about to kick off! Next Monday, 15 girls will set off for a three-week tour of France and Belgium with Mrs MacGregor, Mr Oglethorpe and Mrs Warrick. The students will have a homestay with French sister school students in Lille at La Croix Blanche and then move on to Belgium, Picardie and Paris. Here is the group pictured recently in their hoodies! On y va!

Years 9 and 10 – A social awareness that impels to action

This term the Year 9 and 10 cohorts led the school community by asking all to Share the Dignity by being a part of the …

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Years 9 and 10 – A social awareness that impels to action

This term the Year 9 and 10 cohorts led the school community by asking all to Share the Dignity by being a part of the ‘It’s in the bag’ Christmas collection.

‘It’s in the bag’ is an initiative from Share the Dignity.  Share the Dignity is a women’s charity that collects thousands of sanitary products each year for women in need in Australia.  Share the Dignity strives to make a real, on-the-ground difference for girls and women experiencing homelessness, domestic violence and period poverty.  They believe that small acts of kindness give monthly dignity to our most vulnerable women.

Throughout this year at Stuartholme, we have been asked to consider the following:  Compassion, Connection, and Change.  ‘It’s in the bag’ gave our community the opportunity to live out this theme.  We asked that the students enter into the feelings of another woman, make a decision to connect with the sisterhood by bringing in an item for the bag with the hope to bring about change –making life better for a woman or girl who is experiencing homelessness or poverty this Christmas.

TMGs filled bags with items such as pads and tampons, personal hygiene products and everyday luxuries.  We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of our Stuartholme community and are most grateful for their support of this campaign – bringing compassion, connection and change to our sisters in need this Christmas.

DanDaLion Christmas Party

On Sunday 17 November, 43 Stuartholme students welcomed diffability members from DanDaLion for a Christmas Party. The morning consisted of inclusive Christmas biscuit baking and decorating, …

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DanDaLion Christmas Party

On Sunday 17 November, 43 Stuartholme students welcomed diffability members from DanDaLion for a Christmas Party.

The morning consisted of inclusive Christmas biscuit baking and decorating, crafting and creating Christmas decorations and cards, and a Christmas themed disco. All activities were designed and managed by our students, not only demonstrating initiative, but the insight required to ensure all activities were inclusive and accessible.

Working with DanDaLion has allowed our students to explore our social justice theme of ‘diffability’ through a volunteering lens, but also through a civic advocacy lens.  Through the debrief run by Molly McCann (Year 11), our students explored that understanding diffability can be gained through volunteering, but that it is our choice of words which can empower our humanity, or remove it. This is best demonstrated through Stuartholme’s choice to use the term diffability, instead of disability. Our students strongly believe that someone is never lacking ability they simply hold a similar capacity, just in different forms.

Staff present were humbled by our student’s compassion, patience, integrity and enthusiasm. Each young woman fostered a positive sense of community and made a long lasting impact.

 

 

 

Claire Lawler – Social Justice Coordinator

 

 

Junior Engineers Holiday Programs

Stuartholme will be hosting two Junior Engineers School Holiday Programs. The first is aimed at students in grades 2-4 and will run from 16-18 December. …

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Junior Engineers Holiday Programs

Stuartholme will be hosting two Junior Engineers School Holiday Programs. The first is aimed at students in grades 2-4 and will run from 16-18 December. The program is ‘Learn to code through gamification’. Students learn the foundations of coding through a combination of block-based and text-based programming languages. They complete gamified coding challenges where they have so much fun, they don’t realise that they are learning!

The second program is for students in grades 4-9 and will run from 19-20 December. This program is called ‘Game Pal’ where students will build their own hand-held gaming console and program it with retro computer games.

To find out more and to register go to https://jnrengineers.com.au/programs/school-holidays/