Message from the Principal

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends,

We celebrated the beginning of the 2017 school year with our Opening Mass on Friday 3 February. A very hot and uncomfortable day, yet our girls were dignified and self-disciplined. Uncle Eric Law, our Aboriginal Elder, spoke beautifully about indigenous traditions of contemplation, how they listened to their environment and of their sense of responsibility to look after their world. This is Dadirri. The Sacred Heart tradition of combining contemplation and apostolic work is very similar to the concept of Dadirri. Ms Sarah Daff, our Director of Mission, presented at every Parent Information Evening, at staff meetings and our retreat and to student groups, on establishing the practice of ‘Take 5’. Take 5 is our attempt to introduce to our students and staff the practice of the art or discipline of contemplation. We have taken the Jesuit prayerful practice of the Examen and ‘married’ it to the contemporary psychological research about the spiritual child. We are taking five minutes at the beginning of period 5 to stop, be still, individually reflect on our day to identify what went well and for which we should be grateful, and then to identify where we under-performed, and finally to resolve to improve. This practice, whether we consider it prayer or contemplation,  spiritual or psychological, has been identified as a powerful means to developing discernment and self-knowledge. Serendipitously this year our Sacred Heart Goal is – A Personal and Active Faith in God.

An aside yet important issue, 38 girls were treated by our nurses during the Mass – feeling unsteady or unwell. The common denominator for this reaction to the heat was they had not had any breakfast or any fluids that morning. Once we gave them fluids and something to eat they returned to the whole school event.

As I mentioned at our six Parent Information Evenings, 2016 was a year of observing and learning about Stuartholme traditions and culture. 2017 is coincidentally our year for a new Strategic Plan and our Non-State School Accreditation Board process. I intend to identify what Stuartholme School excels at and what areas need to be improved. During Term 1 and 2, we will be collecting data from numerous sources. Kate Gilmore will be collecting information through surveys focusing on strengths and improvements which will be completed by students, staff and parents. Two consultants from the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) will be conducting a school review – interviewing students, staff and parents at the end of March. The National School Improvement Tool will provide comprehensive data.  We will be reworking our Masterplan and undertake a Heritage Conservation Plan. Consequently, Term 1 and 2 is data collection, in Term 3 collation, analysis and reporting will be completed and in Term 4 the Strategic Plan will be written and published. I call on you to contribute to this comprehensive process to ensure we all contribute to the future directions for the Stuartholme community. I thank you for your anticipated support.

God bless and take care,
Kristen Sharpe

Key Dates

Please find below the key dates for  Term 1 2017

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Key Dates

Please find below the key dates for  Term 1 2017

DateEvent
Wed 22 FebruaryMusic Support Group AGM
Wed 22-Fri 24 FebruaryYear 7 Camp
Mon 27 FebruaryP&F AGM 7pm
Thurs 2 MarchCaSSSA Swimming Carnival (Year 8 attend)
Mon 6 MarchThinkUKnow Cyber Safety Education Program Years 7-8 Parents 7pm, Theatre
Thurs 9 MarchYear 7 immunisations
Sat 11 MarchOpen Day 10am-1pm
Thurs 16-Fri 24 MarchYear 12 assessment block including QCS testing
Fri 17 MarchTwilight Concert
Mon 20 MarchYear 10 career testing
Mon 20-Fri 24 MarchYear 11 assessment block
Mon 20-Wed 22 MarchYear 7 EPICS
Thursday 30 MarchYear 10-12 Parent Daughter breakfast 7am
Classes finish
Fri 31 MarchBoarders travel day

News from the Nest

Dear Parents/Guardians, I can’t believe we are into Week 4 already with 6 weeks to go! The girls have been magnificent in the heat, perhaps …

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News from the Nest

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I can’t believe we are into Week 4 already with 6 weeks to go! The girls have been magnificent in the heat, perhaps complaining to you but not to us very often! We slept all 7s and 8s and any girls who wanted to in air-conditioned classrooms on Monday night which the girls appreciated!

A highlight this fortnight was our first themed Family Dinner with a Valentine’s Day Theme. Ask your daughter whether she enjoyed this night! We enjoyed salmon or stuffed chicken, roast beetroot salad and a chocolate fountain – bliss! Thanks to Shane and his crew for their enthusiasm and decorative touches. Meanwhile, our Boarding Captains attended the first Captains’ Dinner at Somerville House and the remaining Mentors (Macey Fegan, Lucy Frecklington and Lizzie Ostwald) most ably led our House Meeting and judged the Valentine Dress Up Competition.

Our new students have settled in incredibly well. I met all new Year 9-11 boarders this week and asked them to rate their boarding experience so far. Not one girl had a result lower than 8/10! Many girls commented on the other students’ friendliness and the kindness and care of the Supervisors. Our food also got a thumbs up! It is my job to facilitate the relationship between boarding and the day school and I explained to the girls that we can help get things fixed up in the day school that might not be working so well for them. Everything can be talked through and support networks put into place.

We are taking a more vigilant approach to clean and tidy rooms in the mornings as well as laundry each night or morning. I expect each girl to make her bed every day, pull back her curtain, empty her laundry basket and be generally tidy. If girls do not do this, they will receive a warning the first time and then we will confiscate their phone for 24 hours. If you can support us in this, I would be most appreciative.

Stuartholme is hosting an Australian Boarding Schools’ Association lunch next Wednesday 22 February for all Girls’ Boarding Schools in Queensland. This is a chance to network and share best practice about girls’ boarding. We will highlight the way our Boarding Leadership Team works together, our International Students’ Program, our Year 7 Orientation Program and also the way we connect the day school and boarding.

Recreation this weekend includes Mini-Golf at Victoria Park on Friday night ($13), Trivia Night at Marist on Saturday Night (compulsory for Years 7-9) and a Splash Battle at School on Sunday from 3-4 pm (free). Click here to view the Term 1 Recreation Calendar.

Mass will be on at 5pm in the 1st Floor classrooms because of the heat. You are always welcome to be part of our Masses.

I hope you have received some rain if you are out West or in the country somewhere! I wish your families a great weekend and remind you to please stay in touch.

REACH is now working so can all leave requests come in via REACH by 12.30 pm on Thursdays. Contact Ellen McLean on emclean@stuartholme.com if you are experiencing any difficulties with REACH. Can I please emphasise that it is very hard for us to keep track of leave if it is not in via REACH. Thanks so much for supporting us in this.

Warm regards,

Andree Rice
Deputy Principal Boarding

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Subject support

Stuartholme offers a number of options to help students who need a little extra support. For most subjects, students should speak with their teacher who …

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Subject support

Stuartholme offers a number of options to help students who need a little extra support.
For most subjects, students should speak with their teacher who can arrange a time during lunch or after school to work with them.

For maths and science, we offer set times where students can receive support with homework, assignments or general class work. These sessions are as follows:

Mathematics Department support

  • Any students in Years 7 to 10 are welcome.
  • Students in Years 11 and 12 are to email their own teacher and make an appointment if individual help is required.
  • Tutoring will commence 10 minutes after the start of lunchtime in Room R105. Try to eat your lunch before you attend tutoring please. If necessary, bring your lunch with you as it is important to eat!
  • Please be organised with your specific problems to help us run the sessions efficiently.
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Week A Ms Meehan Ms Hopkins Mr Spence

Mrs Holley

No Tutoring – Rest Day
Week B Ms Theodorou Mrs Rosenstengel

Mr Marshall

Mrs Bell

Ms Murtagh

No Tutoring – Rest Day

 

Science Department support

Week B Monday afternoon in the Library (JELC1) from 3.15 – 4.30pm. Staff are available to help with assignments, homework or general questions.

General support

The library is open until 6pm Monday-Thursdays and until 4.30 on Fridays.  Mrs Skinner and Mrs Gaggin, as Teacher-Librarians , offer assignment, research, homework, literacy and digital literacy help across all subjects and year levels.

 

 

Mandatory use of protective computer cases

This notice is for parents of students who have a daughter in Years 7 or 10 who are part of the Bring Your Own Device …

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Mandatory use of protective computer cases

This notice is for parents of students who have a daughter in Years 7 or 10 who are part of the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Program and purchased an ACER.

Included in the purchase price of your device, was a protective case, which fits around the laptop in a similar way to an iPhone case.

Can you please ensure this case is fitted to your child’s device. There have already been a high number of devices damaged due to this case not being fitted. Students must also carry their devices in a protective carry bag in between classes.

Depending on your insurance, there could be a financial implication should your daughter’s device be irreparably damaged, in addition to the disruption to her learning.

From Monday, staff will be monitoring the devices and speaking with students who are not following these procedures.

Should you have any questions about the BYOD Program, please email byod@stuartholme.com

 

 

 

ThinkUKnow – Cyber Safety Education Program for parents

Stuartholme will be hosting a ThinkUKnow presentation from 7-8.30pm in our Theatre on Monday 6 March and all Year 7 and 8 parents and carers are …

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ThinkUKnow – Cyber Safety Education Program for parents

Stuartholme will be hosting a ThinkUKnow presentation from 7-8.30pm in our Theatre on Monday 6 March and all Year 7 and 8 parents and carers are encouraged to attend.

ThinkUKnow Australia is a cyber safety education program that educates parents, carers and teachers on how people are using technology, the challenges they may face online, and how to help them overcome these in a safe and ethical way.

ThinkUKnow Australia is a partnership between the Australian Federal Police, Microsoft Australia, Datacom and the Commonwealth Bank. The program is delivered in collaboration with policing partners New South Wales Police Force, Northern Territory Police, Queensland Police, South Australia Police, Tasmania Police, Western Australia Police, as well as Neighbourhood Watch Australasia.

The presentation will be delivered by a local law enforcement member and an industry volunteer. The presentation covers issues relating to children and young peoples’ privacy and security online, their relationships with other users and their online reputation. It provides insight into the devices young people are using, as well as the popular websites, apps and social networking sites they’re accessing.

This is a fantastic opportunity for you to learn more about young people and the online environment, and how you can help your daughters to be safe and responsible users of technology.

For more information, you can visit www.thinkuknow.org.au or contact Jennie Warrick Year 7 Leader of Student Wellbeing –  jwarrrick@stuartholme.com

CASSSA Cup – all Year 8s to attend

The Interschool Catholic Girls Swimming Carnival is being held at Chandler on Thursday 2 March.  All Year 8 students will be attending to support our …

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CASSSA Cup – all Year 8s to attend

The Interschool Catholic Girls Swimming Carnival is being held at Chandler on Thursday 2 March.  All Year 8 students will be attending to support our Swimming Team as well as some Year 12s to lead the cheering. Attendance is compulsory on this day as on any other.  Students feel let down by others who stay away without valid reason.  We would like to use this opportunity to build community.

Students are not to bring Phones or magazines, etc.  They will need to bring a small bag with their lunch and a water bottle.  There are only limited canteen facilities available and we will not be allowing access to these facilities for swimmers or spectators. Girls must have their Student ID cards with them to be able to leave the stands to visit the bathroom.
Dress for the day for spectators is full day uniform.  As it is an indoor venue, girls are not required to bring hats.
Buses will depart after Teacher Mentor from the Student Pick up/Drop off area behind Jolimont. The girls will be dropped back at school in time for normal travel home.

Andrea Reddan
Deputy Principal Student Wellbeing

Year 12 ACER Testing

On Wednesday 15 February, Year 12 students participated in the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) quantitative and verbal reasoning test. The 90-minute test contained …

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Year 12 ACER Testing

On Wednesday 15 February, Year 12 students participated in the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) quantitative and verbal reasoning test. The 90-minute test contained approximately 75 items, similar to those on the Queensland Core Skills Test.

ACER Supervisors were keen to compliment the students at the end of the test, remarking positively on the students’ behaviour and attitude – the Year 12s should be rightly proud of this feedback. I wish to add my thanks to all students who participated. They were on time, helpful, responsible, and attentive. These are all wonderful traits we encourage in our Seniors.

The results from the ACER test will be released to the School and students in 4 – 6 weeks. We intend to use the results to inform our planning in a number of areas, including QCS preparation. More broadly, the data will be used by teachers as a planning tool, particularly in the areas of English, Humanities, Maths and Science. It will highlight the strengths of individual students and the cohort, as well as identifying areas that need further improvement.

Shannon Lacey
Director of Senior Studies

**Please see separate article below for information about QCS Parent Info Night change of date.

Year 12 Parent Information Night – QCS

An invitation is extended to all parents of Year 12 students currently on an OP pathway to join us for an information session after Parent …

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Year 12 Parent Information Night – QCS

An invitation is extended to all parents of Year 12 students currently on an OP pathway to join us for an information session after Parent Teacher interviews have concluded on Tuesday 18 April at 7pm.

Initially, this evening was planned for Monday 20 February, however after being successful in securing the ACER test, and giving due consideration to our Boarder families’ availability, we believe Tuesday 18 April will allow a more informative night, with greater participation from our parent body.

A letter to parents with further information will be issued closer to the date.

Shannon Lacey
Director of Senior Studies

Cor Unum Committee theme for 2017

The Sacred Heart Goal that we as a school community are focusing on this year is Goal 1, ‘To have an active and personal faith …

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Cor Unum Committee theme for 2017

The Sacred Heart Goal that we as a school community are focusing on this year is Goal 1, ‘To have an active and personal faith in God’.
To help integrate this Goal into a day-to-day setting, the Cor Unum Committee and I really wanted to create a theme that would allow us to do this.
After attending leadership conferences over the holidays, we came together as a group and came up with the theme for 2017, EGGS.
EGGS stands for: Energy, Greatness, Gratitude and Selflessness.
Energy can be demonstrated through getting involved in different sporting and cultural events throughout the year and participating to the best of your ability. Having energy and being proactive and participating will help everyone along the path achieve greatness.
Achieving greatness means something different to everyone.
Greatness is unique to each individual as everyone has their own personal strengths and passions that drive them to do great things.
Gratitude can be shown in a small or a big way. It can be as simple as saying “thank you” to the server at the cafe or maybe writing someone a letter, highlighting all the reasons why you admire them.
Finally, selflessness. To be selfless means to give yourself and your services entirely to others without expecting any sort of praise or favour in return. Stuartholme offers countless opportunities to be both selfless in our actions and to help others within our community through our Social Justice Program. Students and staff alike have the opportunity to participate in and learn from programs such as the Yeronga Homework Club, Orange Sky Laundry and SONY Camp just to name a few.
Each week in the Justice Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) meeting, students come together and discuss different world problems and how we can make an impact and educate others within our school community. EGGS encompasses all that we would like to achieve in 2017 and we are so incredibly excited.
Bring on 2017! “Have you had your EGGS today?!”

Lucy Lloyd-Morgan, Year 12
Cor Unum Head 2017

Click here to view the video the Cor Unum Committee presented to the School. (This link will take you to the Parent Portal).

Musical instrument lockers now available

Musical instrument lockers are now available for all private music students and co-curricula ensemble members.  Please complete a blue form, which is available from outside …

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Musical instrument lockers now available

Musical instrument lockers are now available for all private music students and co-curricula ensemble members.  Please complete a blue form, which is available from outside Mr Mear’s office, or you can request one by emailing Sandy Beanland, The Arts Assistant, Co-Curricula.

Music on Sunday wrap up

The musicians of Stuartholme were busy rehearsing last Sunday in preparation for the upcoming concert ‘Music at Twilight’ on Friday 17 March. Rehearsals were held …

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Music on Sunday wrap up

The musicians of Stuartholme were busy rehearsing last Sunday in preparation for the upcoming concert ‘Music at Twilight’ on Friday 17 March.
Rehearsals were held throughout the School with over 120 girls singing or playing an instrument. Despite the heat the girls had a wonderful day learning new repertoire and eating many yummy treats!
Many thanks to all the music staff for their support of ‘Music on Sunday’ and to the parents for encouraging their daughters to be actively involved in music.
It’s not too late for your daughter to join a choir, string orchestra or band. Please contact music@stuartholme.com for any enquiries.

Andrew Mear
Leader of The Arts – Co-curricula

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Music Support Group

Would you like to be part of the Music Support Group in 2017? Whether you are interested in a committee position, or just helping out …

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Music Support Group

Would you like to be part of the Music Support Group in 2017?

Whether you are interested in a committee position, or just helping out at functions and events, we invite you to come along to our first meeting on Wednesday 22 February in J15, which is in the Music Department.

For more information, please contact Mrs Sandy Beanland, Arts Assistant Co-Curricular.

Swim Fest 2017

On Tuesday 7 February all Year 7 students participated in the Stuartholme ‘Swim Fest’.  This annual event provides opportunities for all girls to be involved in …

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Swim Fest 2017

On Tuesday 7 February all Year 7 students participated in the Stuartholme ‘Swim Fest’.  This annual event provides opportunities for all girls to be involved in a ‘Year 7 Swimming Carnival’ as well as House team building activities.

Every student swam in various events and achieved great results for their houses.  Fantastic team work and house spirit was shown.  A great example of how wonderful being involved in physical activity can be.

Katie Dummett
Leader of Learning, HPE

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Parent Daughter Breakfast – Years 10-12

The Years 10-12 Parent Daughter Breakfast will be held on Thursday 30 March from 7am until approximately 8.30am. This morning provides a special opportunity for the parents …

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Parent Daughter Breakfast – Years 10-12

The Years 10-12 Parent Daughter Breakfast will be held on Thursday 30 March from 7am until approximately 8.30am.

This morning provides a special opportunity for the parents of daughters in Years 10-12 to get together and mingle with their daughters and friends.  Please join us for a stand-up breakfast outside the Joigny Cafe before hearing from our guest speaker, Dr Abby Kamalakanthan (Class of 1998) in the Theatre.

Abby is an Associate Director at KPMG Australia in Sydney and the recent Founder of Abby’s Acumen, a mentoring start up for students and young professionals in the Economics, Accounting, Finance and Business sectors. She has previously worked at multinational consulting firms such as AECOM Australia, PwC Australia and Grant Thornton Australia in Brisbane. Abby holds a PhD in Health Economics, a Master of International Economics and Finance, a Bachelor of Economics and a Bachelor of Business Management (Information Systems), all from The University of Queensland. In 2016, she was nominated for The University of Queensland Distinguished Young Alumni Award. Abby is also the former President of Young Economists Queensland and a former Executive Director on the Board of the Economic Society of Australia (Queensland). She has given interviews nationally on ABC Radio and for Business Review Weekly (BRW) magazine on important health policy issues. Abby is also a published author. Her book titled “The Supply of General Practitioners in Australia: an Economic Analysis” is available online from all leading international and Australian book retailers.

This is a complimentary event, however we do need you to RSVP by Friday 24 March for catering purposes. Please click here to RSVP.

Parking will be available on the oval. Please advise us of any special requirements so that we can provide assistance on the day.

 

Invitation to join the P&F

Dear Stuartholme families, On behalf of the P&F Committee we would like to extend a warm welcome and encourage you to join our wonderful Committee. …

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Invitation to join the P&F

Dear Stuartholme families,

On behalf of the P&F Committee we would like to extend a warm welcome and encourage you to join our wonderful Committee.

We are a group of vibrant and dedicated parents who help contribute to our girls learning experience at Stuartholme through fundraising, organising social events, and being parent representatives of our girls year groups.

2016 was a dynamic and exciting year in which the P&F were able to contribute funds to erect the shade structures for the girls – a wonderful achievement on behalf of the parent body.

If you wish to be involved please contact your P&F class representative or feel free to email us at p&f@stuartholme.com

We are happy to answer any questions/queries you may have!

The next P&F meeting, which includes the AGM is on Monday 27 February at 7pm in the Boardroom.

Regards,

P&F Executive

Metropolitan West Water Polo

Congratulations to the 19 girls who represented Stuartholme at the Metropolitan West Water Polo trials last Wednesday. The following girls were selected into the team …

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Metropolitan West Water Polo

Congratulations to the 19 girls who represented Stuartholme at the Metropolitan West Water Polo trials last Wednesday.

The following girls were selected into the team to compete at the State Championships on the Gold Coast from 16-19 March. The team will be coached by Hannah Robinson, and managed by Sarah Daff.

Jessica Bartlett
Ruby Pinn
April Edwards
Sophie Fern
Phoebe Leech
Gemma Rose

The following girls were selected as reserves:

Molly Cranitch
Oonagh Keogh
Tess Matthews
Abbey Pomeroy
Alice Rogers
Jordan Stephenson
Maya White

Years 11 and 12 Senior French Dinner at Marist College

On Tuesday 21 February a group of Year 11 and 12 students accompanied by Ms MacGregor, Ms Somerset and Mr Alleaume will be attending the French …

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Years 11 and 12 Senior French Dinner at Marist College

On Tuesday 21 February a group of Year 11 and 12 students accompanied by Ms MacGregor, Ms Somerset and Mr Alleaume will be attending the French Senior Dinner at Marist College, Ashgrove. This annual event offers students the opportunity to experience French language and culture outside of the classroom. There will be a French themed dinner and a quiz to test their general knowledge of French culture, geography, history and sport.

Madame MacGregor

Stuartholme Race Day 2017 – Cancelled

  Regrettably the Stuartholme Race Day scheduled for March, has been cancelled. We hope to bring you a new event in 2018.  

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Stuartholme Race Day 2017 – Cancelled

 

Regrettably the Stuartholme Race Day scheduled for March, has been cancelled.

We hope to bring you a new event in 2018.