Message from the Principal

Dear Parents, Friends and Caregivers,

We have arrived at the last day for the 2017 school year. As always, I am amazed at just how quickly the year has flown by. For the parents of our Year 7 students, you have successfully made it through the first year of high school. You can probably still remember the first day when you dropped your daughter off to take her place amongst the other girls at Stuartholme. I have watched your daughters grow throughout the year from the wide-eyed girls on day one, to the energetic and highly spirited young ladies they are today.

For our Year 12 parents, you have made it through five years! Although I did not have the privilege of being at Stuartholme to welcome your daughters in Year 8, I have enjoyed watching them take their place as leaders of the school. The beautiful sense of community was alive at Stuartholme, as each section of our community had the chance to farewell our Seniors. One of my favourite events is the Leadership handover, which finishes with the Year 12 students running a lap of the school and finishing at the old school bell. It is the honour of the Cor Unum Head to ring the bell and signal the end of classes – even I am not allowed to ring the school bell! The Boarders Farewell Liturgy is a chance for the girls to say goodbye to their ‘family’. These girls have shared their lives with one another for five years, living together in the Boarding House like sisters. I know they share a very special bond and the emotions on that evening proved it. At Valedictory, we all came together to collectively congratulate and farewell the Seniors. This beautiful evening, which started with the Mass will no doubt stay in everyone’s memories for years to come. On the last day, it is fitting that the school has the final goodbye, although I hope it is not for ever and that the Seniors come back to Stuartholme and celebrate key moments with us in the future. Every single one of the 2017 Seniors should be incredibly proud of the example they have set for the younger grades. Good luck in what ever venture you are planning and remember to keep in touch with us.

To all our other parents, the next years will probably go as quickly as 2017 has, so I hope that during the busyness of the year you have been able to take 5 and enjoy the special moments. Thank you for continuing to place your daughter in our care.

To the wonderful girls who make up the Stuartholme School community, all I can say is well done. You have exceeded our expectations at every opportunity. I know I speak for all the teachers and support staff when I say that your passion for learning in all its forms has made this school an incredible place to work.

Christmas is our second most significant liturgical season. We celebrate the birth of Christ, which celebrates new life, joy and love. Last night we celebrated the Christmas season in our beautiful Christmas Carols Service, which is a greatly loved event in our school calendar.

Have a safe and holy Christmas. Take care, rest, relax and recharge, and I look forward to welcoming you back to Stuartholme in 2018.

God bless and take care,

Kristen Sharpe
Principal

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Key Dates

Please find below the key dates for the first two weeks of Term 1, 2018

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Key Dates

Please find below the key dates for the first two weeks of Term 1, 2018

DateEvent
Mon 22 JanTerm school fees due
Years 7 & 11 boarders arrive 9am
Year 7 Boarder Parent Meeting 10-11am
Year 7 students start 10am
Year 11 students start 12pm
Years 8-12 new boarding students arrive 12.30pm
Years 8,9,10 & 12 boarders arrive by 5pm
Years 8-12 new student induction 1.30-2.30pm
Years 8-12 New Boarder Parents Meeting 1.30-2.30pm
Boarders laptop induction session 3.30-5pm
Boarder Parent Network Meeting 3.30-4.30pm
All Parent Social 5-7pm
Tues 23 JanAll students start
Thurs 25 JanYear 7 Parent Information Evening, 7-8.30pm
Fri 26 JanAustralia Day public holiday
Mon 29 JanYear 8 Parent Information Evening, 7-8.30pm
Tues 30 JanYear 9 Parent Information Evening, 7-8.30pm
Wed 31 JanYear 12 Parent Information Evening, 7-8.30pm
Thurs 1 FebEquestrian Information Evening 6-8.30pm
Mon 5 FebYear 11 Parent Information Evening, 7-8.30pm
Tues 6 FebYear 10 Parent Information Evening, 7-8.30pm
Wed 7 FebRowing Information Evening 6.30-7.30pm

School Shop Holiday Opening Hours and Volunteers Needed for the School Shop over the Holidays and Term 1, 2018

The School Shop is busy over the holidays with new student fittings. If you are available to help, it would be greatly appreciated. Please roster …

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School Shop Holiday Opening Hours and Volunteers Needed for the School Shop over the Holidays and Term 1, 2018

The School Shop is busy over the holidays with new student fittings. If you are available to help, it would be greatly appreciated. Please roster your time at the following link:

http://schoolshopss.volunteerlocal.com/volunteer/?id=23508

Also, if you can help in Term 1 before school or during morning tea and lunch, please volunteer your time for Term 1 at the following link:

http://schoolshopss.volunteerlocal.com/volunteer/?id=25314

The School Shop is open over the holidays on the following dates and times. Please note, if you have a new student next year a uniform appointment is necessary. Please refer to the School Page on the website or Parent Portal for more information.

Monday, 27 November, 2017 – 7.30am-2pm

Wednesday, 29 November, 2017 – 10am-5pm

Monday, 15 January 2018 – 9am-3pm

Tuesday, 16 January 2018 – 9am-3pm

Wednesday, 17 January 2018 – 9am-3pm

Saturday, 20 January 2018 – 9am-3pm

Sunday, 21 January 2018 – 9am-3pm

Monday, 22 January 2018 – 7.30am-4pm

If you have any questions, please call Andrea on 04181444540 or email schoolshop@stuartholme.com.

 

Bus registrations now open for Term 1 2018

School Bus registrations for Term 1, 2018 are now open. If your daughter is intending to use the Stuartholme School Bus network, please register and …

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Bus registrations now open for Term 1 2018

School Bus registrations for Term 1, 2018 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.

Save the Date: All Parent Welcome Event – Monday 22 January 2018

We warmly invite all 2018 Parents to the Stuartholme All Parent Social on Monday 22 January 2018, 5:30 – 8:30pm at the school Joigny Café. …

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Save the Date: All Parent Welcome Event – Monday 22 January 2018

We warmly invite all 2018 Parents to the Stuartholme All Parent Social on Monday 22 January 2018, 5:30 – 8:30pm at the school Joigny Café.

Come along and enjoy meeting all the day and boarding parents over a casual dinner and some drinks. Please click here to RSVP and confirm your attendance for catering purposes.

 

Exciting projects supported by the Stuartholme P&F

The School recently provided the Stuartholme P&F committee with a terrifically broad and deserving funding request list to utilise the accumulated funds that the P&F …

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Exciting projects supported by the Stuartholme P&F

The School recently provided the Stuartholme P&F committee with a terrifically broad and deserving funding request list to utilise the accumulated funds that the P&F held in its bank account.

The following projects have been approved by the P&F and works will commence over the coming School holidays.

  • The Chapel – New sound system, visual aids and fans to be installed to support Mass and other events. Some additional wiring of the Chapel will also be required.
  • The Joigny Theatre – New and improved sound system.
  • Campus improvements:
    • 4 x new umbrella for the year 7 area
    • 4 x new bench seats
    • 2 x Sandstone facades to Samuel Griffith Entrance
    • 3 x digital screens to promote School achievements
    • 1 x commercial bbq
    • 1 x Stu the Lion School Mascot Suit

Total funding approved $126,900

In 2018, The Summer House will be prioritised as a project to be funded from contributions that will be raised from the Parent Community events.

The School is very fortunate to have such an active and willing parent body to support the girls and their environments. Thanks to all those who have participated on the P&F Committee this year to ensure one of our most successful yet.

See you all in 2018 when our new P&F model will be launched – stay tuned!

With thanks

Stuartholme P&F Exec.

Congratulations to Evalyn Legried

Congratulations to Evalyn Legried (cello and double bass tutor) who will be graduating with a Master of Music Studies (Performance) – Advanced Standing from the …

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Congratulations to Evalyn Legried

Congratulations to Evalyn Legried (cello and double bass tutor) who will be graduating with a Master of Music Studies (Performance) – Advanced Standing from the Queensland Conservatorium – Griffith University this month. Evalyn does so with a GPA of 6.8 (Distinction).

During her degree, Evalyn wrote two research dissertations on local contemporary music, receiving a 7 (High Distinction) for each submission.

She also earned a 7 (High Distinction) for her most recent recital of rarely performed works including a work by John Gilfedder, husband and father to a number of former Stuartholme School girls.

During her time at the conservatorium, Evalyn won first prize in the 2015 Basil Jones Sonata Prize and was a finalist in 2017.

Highlights of Evalyn’s studies include performing in The Whitlams 25th Anniversary concert – QPAC, the Faure Requiem – St James Cathedral, as solo cellist in Elegies for Angels, Punks, and Screaming Queens – Qld Conservatorium Musical Theatre Department, and as a regular performer with the Queensland Pops Orchestra.

Evalyn commenced teaching at Stuartholme School in Term 1, 2017. She has enjoyed her time at the school mentioning that “Stuartholme girls are absolutely lovely to teach and the teaching environment is so nurturing with a clear focus on the individual student. I have really loved my time here”.

For information on enrolling for Private Music Tuition at Stuartholme, please contact the Arts Assistant, Co-curricula, Mrs Sandy Beanland at music@stuartholme.com

Equestrian welcome

2018 is once again going to be very busy for the Stuartholme Equestrian Team and we are already welcoming new horses for some of our …

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Equestrian welcome

2018 is once again going to be very busy for the Stuartholme Equestrian Team and we are already welcoming new horses for some of our current riders.

‘Danny’ Searle a 15.3h Welsh Cob, and ‘Zac’ Searle a 16.2h Warmblood with some very interesting bloodlines making life interesting for Piper next year in Year 11, she will also be competing A J and Floss. Piper will be eventing all her horses and we look forward to seeing them out on the circuit.

‘Don Rocco’ Lockhart a 16h Warmblood. Lily will be competing in elementary dressage on Rocco, previously owned by Olivia McSwan who unfortunately will not be riding next year. Lily will also be competing her current horse ‘Parker’ in Eventing and Showjumping and we wish her continued success. She will be busy.

‘Wilson’ Turnbull a 16.2h Thoroughbred will be competing in Eventing with his rider Ellie who unfortunately had to retire ‘Blazey’ after a very successful couple of years. All the best Ellie on your new horse and have fun.

‘Remi Fiorente’ Rink a 16.3h Hanoverian warmblood. Georgia is looking forward to competing Rennie in dressage and will be working him into the eventing discipline over the coming years. Congratulations on your recent Fig Tree Pocket success with two wins. Georgia will still be competing her beautiful horse Jo.

Great news just in Georgia and Paguay Jo are now members of the Young Rider Squad for Queensland. Well- deserved after an excellent year.

Congratulations also to Emily Rink on her ongoing selection into the Futures Squads on both Oki Doki and Rosthewaite Venice Beach for Eventing. We look forward to following your progress and wish you all the very best in your future. You will be sadly missed.

On another note, congratulations to an ex – team member Phoebe Roche who is now on the AIC National NEXT development squad for Para Equestrian.

We are also looking forward to welcoming our new team members in January and are looking forward to meeting them and their horses and families.

Anna Starosta
Equestrian Coordinator

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Bond University Scholarship Awarded

Congratulations to Annabel Freemantle, Year 12, on receiving a Bond University Scholarship. Each year, Bond University receives applications from across Australia for a Scholarship and …

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Bond University Scholarship Awarded

Congratulations to Annabel Freemantle, Year 12, on receiving a Bond University Scholarship.

Each year, Bond University receives applications from across Australia for a Scholarship and competition is exceptionally strong. Scholars are chosen based on their academic ability, demonstrated leadership skills, extensive community and extra-curricular involvement and personal character.

Well done Annabel and we wish you all the future success in your studies.

Christmas Carols Service

Last night we finished the musical year in style with our Annual Christmas Carols Prayer Service. The Chapel was standing room only as the combined …

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Christmas Carols Service

Last night we finished the musical year in style with our Annual Christmas Carols Prayer Service.

The Chapel was standing room only as the combined choirs, joined by Year 7 classroom students, and the orchestra which combined the Band and String Ensembles, led the congregation in song.  The singing of traditional carols was offset with moving scripture and prayer readings, setting the mood for our journey into the advent season.

Congratulations go to our student soloists who conquered their nerves and sang so beautifully:

Bridget Lloyd-Morgan, Year 10; Leah Reeves, Year 11; Ciara Royds, Year 7; Prue Herbertson, Year 7; Scarlett Bradley, Year 7; Isabella Copley, Year 8, Giaan Hoffman, Year 7; Isabella Huynh, Year 7; Elyse Johns, Year 7; Octavia Scobie, Year 9; Olivia Andrew, Year 11; Ella Harris-Laver, Year 11; Alice Barry, Year 8.

A very special thank you and congratulations to our Cor Head Captain, Lucy Lloyd-Morgan, who returned to school to join the choir and sang a beautiful solo of ‘Bethlehem Morning’.

Andrew Mear, Director of Music, conducted the evening and spent endless hours of the past few weeks arranging parts, rehearsing both band and choirs, auditioning and encouraging soloists to culminate in a beautiful service.

Thank you also to the following staff, without whom this evening could not have taken place:

Sara Daff, Director of Mission; Chris Baldwin, Trumpet; Sam Blakeney, Trombone; Marina Grinham, Violin; Evalyn Legried, Cello; Zac Moynihan, Percussion; Kathy Sander, Piano; Melanie Stewart, Piano; Miranda Sue Yek, Clarinet & Saxophone; Barbara Tate, Vocal Coach, Danika Saal, Lighting Technician, Sandy Beanland, The Arts Co-curricula Assistant.

We look forward to seeing you at our Music events in 2018!

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Rotary Carols by Candlelight and Fireworks Finale

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Rotary Carols by Candlelight and Fireworks Finale