Message from the Principal

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends,

As the school year draws to a close, it is timely to reflect on our year together.

We have had an amazing year of successes, especially with Rowing, Debating, Equestrian and Future Problem Solving in terms of national and international representation.

Most of all I reflect on our girls, their Cor Unum spirit and their generous natures. I thank them for all their hard work and their participation in so many ways across the school.

I would like to acknowledge the hard work of my staff who have been working to ready us for the new External Exam System. I am so proud of what we have accomplished with our program writing and our professional learning in terms of the new curriculum.

Continuing in the vein of continual improvement, I would like to recognise the dedication and diligence of my Leadership Team. Each member of my Team has worked tirelessly to ensure we are providing the best opportunities for our girls to improve in their studies and in their endeavours. Their professionalism and passion have been inspiring and energising.

At this time of year, we farewell several staff members:

  • Phoebe Paruzek, Nicole Hardcastle and Katherine Hayward, who have supported us in 2018 and we hope will work with us again when the need arises;
  • Tracey Mayoh, Receptionist, is re-locating to the Gold Coast;
  • Therese McGregor, Maths teacher, who has a permanent position with St Joseph’s College – Gregory Terrace;
  • Hannah Bindon, Boarding Supervisor, who has completed her University Studies;
  • Jodie Johnstone, Psychologist, who is going into private practice;
  • Cath Ferris, English teacher, who will turn retirement into an art form;
  • Alex Cashin, LoL RE, has been appointed to an APRE role on the Gold Coast;
  • Matt Marden, Rowing Director, has been appointed to Rowing Director at Brisbane Grammar School;
  • Barbara Tate, Music Tutor, will move into a new chapter of her musical life;
  • Kester Briggs, Catering Director, has been appointed to a new role at Ormiston College;
  • Stacey Wallace, Guidance Counsellor, has been appointed to a similar role at Loreto College;
  • Andree Rice, Dean of Boarding, has been appointed to Principal of Xavier Catholic College in Northern Territory.

All of these dedicated staff have contributed to our community in a generous and wholehearted manner. While we are sad, we honour their aspirations and wish them all the very best in the next chapter of their lives.

Christmas, the birth of Jesus, is our second most important feast of our liturgical calendar, after Easter. While Christmas is now dominated by commercialism, we need to reflect on its true meaning. The birth of Jesus Christ is a time for joy, love and peace – joy for a new child symbolic of a new beginning; love which we experience in the context of family; and peace which we wish for ourselves and for one another. Christmas should be a time when we herald the coming of a man who changed the history of human relationships, he challenged us to respect the dignity of everyone not just those who are like ourselves. His legacy was to ‘love one another’. So I ask all our community to be kind to one another, treasure time with your families and be generous to those less fortunate. Remember that Christmas is the bold and colourful expression of love for one and all.

Wishing you all a holy and happy Christmas.

Kristen Sharpe
Principal

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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

As we come to the end of 2018, I would like to take the time to express gratitude and appreciation for the varied achievements, celebrations …

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Message from the Deputy Principal

As we come to the end of 2018, I would like to take the time to express gratitude and appreciation for the varied achievements, celebrations and highlights that we have experienced at Stuartholme this year.

Academically, we have accomplished so much over the last 10 months, with our students’ dedication and talents showcased at our academic assemblies and Celebration of Excellence. Their passion for learning has been reinforced through high participation rates in a range of clubs and activities including robotics, STEM, future problem solving and academic competitions. We have had many notable achievements across Years 7 to 12 and I congratulate each and every student for their personal successes over the year. I thank our teachers for their commitment to providing stimulating, challenging learning environments and opportunities throughout the year.

Behind the scenes, a great deal of time has been dedicated this year to preparation for the new senior system, requiring our teachers to engage in hours of professional development, develop new assessment and understand pending quality assurance processes. The Leaders of Learning have led this process, ensuring their teams of teachers are confident and ready to begin implementation when we return in 2019.

2018 has also seen a review of our suite of 7 to 12 programs to ensure our girls are given opportunities to master the skills and knowledge required for success in school as well as in life. A huge amount of work has gone into providing learning that fosters curiosity, creativity, problem-solving and collaboration as well as rigour, deep knowledge, the ability to understand complexity and the pursuit of excellence and mastery.

Stuartholme’s vibrant co-curricular program has also provided a great forum for our girls to achieve much and create memorable moments in so many areas including rowing, equestrian, netball, athletics, cross country, debating, future problem solving, STEM, creative arts and music. The diversity of offerings available at Stuartholme ensures that every girl has the opportunity to participate and contribute her talents to our community.

Next year will be just as busy so I hope that over the holidays everyone is blessed with the opportunity to take a well-earned break to refresh and rejuvenate. Students are also encouraged to engage in the following activities:

  • Reading is a great holiday activity because reading fiction aids relaxation but also builds vocabulary, improves reading comprehension and develops written expression, all skills that will assist in future learning. Importantly, reading can also provide media-saturated students with a vital break from technology.
  • Physical activities such as walking, bike riding, going to the beach, going to the gym or playing sport all have great physical benefits but will also aid memory function and thinking skills.
  • Keeping a journal is a great way to sketch, make lists, keep track of notes, create mind maps, store memorable quotes or pictures or ideas. It doesn’t really matter what is recorded – by regularly putting pen to paper, students become introspective, think actively and document their thought processes, all habits that help in learning.
  • Crosswords, word searches, puzzles and Sudoku books are also great activities as they require you to work through the steps to reason and reach a solution which all help challenge the mind.

We wish our graduating class much success in their future learning and endeavours. We are very proud of what they have achieved this year and over their time at Stuartholme and we look forward to seeing them return as members of the Alum and to hearing about all their achievements.

To all our continuing students, have a safe and restful holiday and we look forward to seeing you in 2019.

Deanne Johnston
Deputy Principal

 

 

 

 

 

Message from the Dean of Mission

Last night at our annual carols evening, we closed our bicentennial celebrations of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne. It was a joyous way to acknowledge, as …

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Message from the Dean of Mission

Last night at our annual carols evening, we closed our bicentennial celebrations of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne. It was a joyous way to acknowledge, as a Sacred Heart community, the story of Philippine, who 200 years ago travelled from France to America to begin the international Society of the Sacred Heart. Whilst Philippine could never have conceived the reach of her courageous actions, what hope she must have possessed as she and her companions stepped onto the Rebecca for the first time. It was not a blind hope, but rather one held steadfast by her faith. I have often thought of Philippine’s hope many times this year as I have considered the frontiers we cross in our world today. I’ll be honest, at times it seems difficult to hold such hope. There is fear, death, destruction and conflict on every flick of the TV remote and click of the mouse. Unfolding before us are the ramifications of many in our world living with closed hearts. Fear creates these walls of separation. And separation leads to suspicion. And suspicion leads to hatred. And hatred leads to war and terror.

But as we draw closer to Christmas I see even more clearly that Philippine’s hope wasn’t pinned on the political or social climate around her, but more on her belief in Christ. Jesus’ birth is the birth of hope. Hope for the future, that love will win; hope for the present, that we are not alone, but are loved and have purpose; hope even over the past, that our failures are not greater than God’s power to transform. At Christmas, we celebrate the birth of this hope and reflect with grateful hearts the good in our lives. We do this to give thanks, but to also store in our hearts these memories so that when the darkness seems all encompassing in the future, we still have light.

We must also use the time to renew our commitment to bring hope to others. Pope Francis states ‘Today too… amid so much darkness, we need to see the light of hope and to be men and women who bring hope to others. To protect creation, to protect every man and every woman, to look upon them with tenderness and love, is to open up a horizon of hope; it is to let a shaft of light break through the heavy clouds; it is to bring the warmth of hope!”

So, it is my prayers that you and your family receive time for renewal and rejuvenation over this Christmas break, that you look with hope as Philippine did the horizons you are to cross in 2019 and that you work to bring the joy of hope to all those you touch.

God bless!

Every stage of life comes and goes. Every facet of life is born and then dies. Every good moment is doomed to become only a memory. Every perfect period of living slips through our fingers and disappears. Every hope dims and every possibility turns eventually to dry clay. Until Christmas comes again.

Then we are called at the deepest, most subconscious level to begin to live again. Christmas brings us all back to the crib of life to start over again: aware of what has gone before, conscious that nothing can last, but full of hope that this time, finally, we can learn what it takes to live well, grow to full stature of soul and spirit, and get it right.

Sr Joan Chittister

Sarah Daff
Dean of Mission

 

Message from the Dean of Student Wellbeing

Wishing you much joy over the festive season It is hard to believe that I am writing my last newsletter article for parents and that …

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Message from the Dean of Student Wellbeing

Wishing you much joy over the festive season

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 my first year at the school draws to a close, I finish feeling very honoured to be working as the Dean of Student Wellbeing. I have found Stuartholme to be such a warm and caring community who work together to create the village required for every young woman to be her very best.

A key highlight of my first year at the school is definitely the close bond with parents. I have really enjoyed working together with parents to complement the work of our wellbeing program at school, and assist parents at home in supporting their daughters. The research clearly shows that this engagement maximises how girls flourish and succeed.

 Rejuvenating and relaxing

The festive season is a great time of year to rejuvenate and relax. Getting quality sleep is essential in recharging the batteries. I am looking forward to catching up on some quality sleep and will encourage my family 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 school counsellors are valuable professional support staff who contribute in a significant way to the creation of the ‘Stuartholme Village’. We are therefore sad to farewell Ms Jodie Johnstone who has worked at the school since the start of 2017. Jodie is taking the chance to pursue her passions and engage in private practice where she will continue to support young people. We wish her all the very best.

Deb Lonsdale-Walker
Dean of Student Wellbeing

 

 

 

 

All Parent Social 2019 – Save the Date

We warmly invite all 2019 Parents to the Stuartholme All Parent Social. Date: Tuesday 29 January 2019 Time: 5:00pm to 8:00pm Venue: Joigny Cafe, Stuartholme …

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All Parent Social 2019 – Save the Date

We warmly invite all 2019 Parents to the Stuartholme All Parent Social.

Date: Tuesday 29 January 2019
Time: 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Venue: Joigny Cafe, Stuartholme School

This event is a wonderful opportunity to meet new and returning parents over a casual dinner and drinks.

We strongly encourage all parents to park on the school oval.

Proudly supported and funded by the Parents of Stuartholme.

Outstanding Stuartholme girls

Recently, we received some wonderful news about two outstanding Stuartholme girls. We are so proud of you!   Paul Hauff, from Queensland Police, emailed our …

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Outstanding Stuartholme girls

Recently, we received some wonderful news about two outstanding Stuartholme girls. We are so proud of you!

 

Paul Hauff, from Queensland Police, emailed our Principal about Lauren Versace. In his email he said:

“I had the pleasure of meeting one of your students today at McHappy Day at Goggs Road Jindalee. I was at McHappy Day with another police officer and got talking to Lauren Versace, Year 11. Lauren works part time at the Jindalee McDonalds. Lauren was not rostered to work on Saturday 17 November 2018, however, volunteered her time to assist other staff. Lauren assisted us in taking donations as well as handing out stickers and communicating with customers. I was very impressed with her attitude, presentation and participation as a representative of your school. In today’s society it is very rare for young people to give their time without expecting something in return.”


At an awards night for Centenary Rowing, Aoife Knott, Year 8, was presented with a bravery award for lifesaving.

Aoife was in a single scull, with her coach at a distance from her, when his boat hit a submerged tree, he was knocked out of the boat and injured when it landed on him.

Aoife called out to another rower to head back to the sheds and summon help and then rowed across to her coach. She freed him from the boat, however due to his injuries he was unable to get back in, so she steadied her scull and had him hold on while she rowed to the river’s edge. As it was deep mangrove she could not land him and he had to stay in the icy water until help arrived approx. 40 mins later ( they row upriver where there is little river traffic).

Her coach was struggling to breath and freezing cold and told us that Aoife’s constant reassurance that he would be ok and to stay calm was key in managing the situation.  Aoife was so concerned about her coach that she didn’t let on how frightened she was in case it scared him.

Do we have your current details for 2019?

If there are any changes to your contact details or emergency contact details please update these in MyStuartholme. If there is a change to your …

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Do we have your current details for 2019?

If there are any changes to your contact details or emergency contact details please update these in MyStuartholme. If there is a change to your daughter’s enrolment status for 2019 please contact our Registrar Natasha Pay on 07 3369 5466 or via email enrolments@stuartholme.com.

 

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.

2019 Bus registrations and Bus 4 update

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 and Bus 4 update

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.

Bus 4 users: Please note there will be a minor alteration to the morning route in the Toowong area in 2019.  Details will be on the website within two weeks.

Changes to ABSTUDY

The Australian Government has made some changes to ABSTUDY student payments from 1 January 2019. Please review these changes at this link https://www.humanservices.gov.au/studentchanges

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Changes to ABSTUDY

The Australian Government has made some changes to ABSTUDY student payments from 1 January 2019. Please review these changes at this link https://www.humanservices.gov.au/studentchanges

NSW boarding families the 2019 LAFHA Application Form

The NSW Government has released the Living Away from Home Allowance for 2019. The Living Away from Home Allowance (LAFHA) provides assistance to families who …

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NSW boarding families the 2019 LAFHA Application Form

The NSW Government has released the Living Away from Home Allowance for 2019.

The Living Away from Home Allowance (LAFHA) provides assistance to families who must board their children away from home to access secondary education and who meet the criteria for the
allowance. Secondary students (NSW 7–12) must be enrolled at either a government secondary school or a non-government school of preferred religion.

Please click here to download the form.

 

Stuartholme girls tackle the mighty Yarra River

Last weekend in Melbourne several Stuartholme rowers, alumnae and coaches tackled the mighty Yarra River in the 60th anniversary running of the Head of the …

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Stuartholme girls tackle the mighty Yarra River

Last weekend in Melbourne several Stuartholme rowers, alumnae and coaches tackled the mighty Yarra River in the 60th anniversary running of the Head of the Yarra, representing their various clubs in the school’s off season.  The gruelling course can take over 30 minutes to complete and is said to be the ultimate test of a rower’s endurance and coxswain’s skills, racing against the clock over 8kms of bends and sharp turns with 11 bridges to navigate.

Pictured here are Charlie Stock (Year 10) and Clare Tayler (Year 11) with her coveted gold medal. Clare’s University of Queensland crew won first place in the Female C Eight division. Phoebe Robinson’s (Year 12) Toowong crew won first place in the Female B Eight Division. Congratulations to all who attended!