Message from the Principal

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends,

Our Opening Mass was centred around our Focus Goal for 2020, our Centenary year, Community Building as a Christian Value. This goal has clear criteria that encourages us to embrace wholeheartedly our Christian core value of deepening our relationships with each other, along with celebrating the diversity of our community. To help us bring this goal alive, we have developed the theme: Growing as One Body, Beating with One Heart. The words Growing as One Body refers to Paul’s Letters where he uses the metaphor of many parts in one body of Christ. Beating as One Heart is directly connected to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and our own understanding of the spirit of Cor Unum. In our Mass, our Year 12 students received their Cor Unum badges blessed by Fr Wrex Woolnough. In receiving their Cor Unum badge, we pray that our school leaders, through their words and actions will model their united community spirit. We are very grateful to Fr Wrex Woolnough, Mr Justin Golding, Andrew Mear and his musicians and choir, and our student leaders and readers for their contribution to our Opening Mass.

Coming together in another form of expression of Cor Unum was our Co-curricular Market, where a diverse range of activities were promoted. Our girls’ high spirits and great energy is concretely expressed in the following stats (at the time of writing this article).

Our Co-curricular Sports Department have reported 807 participants in Term 1 sports:

  • 76 participants                Core
  • 15 participants                 Cricket
  • 43 participants                Cross Country
  • 11 participants                 Equestrian
  • 140 participants              Netball
  • 144 participants              Swimming
  • 90 participants                Water Polo
  • 120 participants              Volleyball (Open/Senior/Intermediate)
  • 79 participants                Tennis
  • 41 participants                Touch Football (Junior years 7 & 8)
  • 48 participants               Rugby 7s

Our Co-curricular Music Department, which is still having girls signing up reports:

  • 205 students in our 21 ensembles
  • 55 students in our Concert Band – a record number for Stuartholme School
  • 129 students undertaking individual instrument/voice lessons
  • 129 girls participating in our Music Camp this weekend.

We separated our Academic Assembly from our Opening Mass this year, so each celebration was honoured fully.  Today’s Academic Assembly acknowledges the outstanding achievements of the Graduating Class of 2019 and top students in rotational subjects in Years 7, 8 and 9 at the end of Semester 2 2019. This celebration of our students’ achievement honours their hard work and persistence. “What separates the talented individual from the successful one – is a lot of hard work”.

 

Take care and God Bless,

Kristen Sharpe
Principal

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Key Dates

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Key Dates

Fri 21-Sun 23 FebruaryMusic Camp
Tues 25 FebruaryShrove Tuesday
French senior dinner at Marist (Yrs 11-12)
Wed 26-Fri 28 FebruaryYear 7 Camp
Wed 26 FebruaryAsh Wednesday Mass
Mon 2 MarachInterhouse Swimming Carnival
Sat 14 MarchOpen Day 10am - 1pm
Mon 16 MarchYear 10 Careers testing
Tues 17 MarchNew Rowing parent information evening, Theatre, 6.30pm
Thurs 19 MarchYear 7 immunisations
Fri 20 MarchReconciliation Liturgy
Music at Twilight
6-8.30pm
Sat 21 MarchWater polo and swimming presentation evening
Tues 31 MarchInterhouse Cross Country
Wed 1 AprilYear 10 Retreat
Thurs 2 AprilYears 10-12 Parent Daughter Breakfast
Fri 3 AprilEaster Liturgy
Boarder travel day
All classes finish 12pm
Year 12 Formal

Message from the Board Chair

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends, Hello and welcome to our first Board update. In the spirit of Building Community as a Christian Value the Board …

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Message from the Board Chair

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends,

Hello and welcome to our first Board update. In the spirit of Building Community as a Christian Value the Board wants to engage more with the Stuartholme community in 2020.

After each Board meeting Board members will introduce ourselves to the community and report highlights from the latest Board meeting.

I am Helen Spain and I have been the Chair of the Board for the last year. In my professional life I operate a small legal practice and also conduct community engagement in regional Qld and NSW. As a mother of four, I am passionate about the power of the educational journey to prepare young people for a satisfying professional and personal life.

I joined the Stuartholme Board five years ago because I was thankful to Stuartholme for the positive education my two daughters received . I also wanted to continue my relationship with the mission of the Religious of the Sacred Heart having enjoyed three years at Sancta Sophia College at University of Sydney with Sr. Mary Shanahan as my inspiring leader. Additionally I love working on Boards in different sectors to help organisations meet and exceed their strategic goals.

On Wednesday night the Board met for its first Board meeting this year. We received mandatory Child Protection training from John Hamilton from McInnes Wilson and as always are acutely aware of our governance obligations in this area. We are always satisfied by the comprehensive Child Protection framework that Kristen as Principal manages. The Board resolved to form a new Committee of the Board to further community development. We will report to you more about the Commitment once it is operational and we resolved to host a Board evening with parents and the wider community for drinks, networking and some discussion. As usual we received Principals update on the busy start to the year and considered financial reports. We are always in awe of the depth and variety of activities in the busy life of Stuartholme.

Thank you for joining me in this first Board update. The Board wishes you all well for a productive and exciting first term in this the Centenary of Stuartholme.

Kind regards,

Helen Spain
Chair, Stuartholme School Board

 

 

Message from the Deputy Principal

What makes a high performing school? The common misconception when judging and comparing the performance of schools is to base this on academic results alone. …

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Message from the Deputy Principal

What makes a high performing school?

The common misconception when judging and comparing the performance of schools is to base this on academic results alone. On a surface level, it may appear more straightforward to examine academic results as a high-performance indicator as they are quantifiable. However, many layers inform an academic result when comparing the collective academic performance of schools. This can often be clouded through what is promoted in the public sphere as it can be informed by inaccurate perception. This is not to suggest academic performance is not a vital part of the educational picture. Academics form our core business, but as one dimension in what comprises a holistic approach to education, and one aspect that may inform a school’s high performance.

So, if academics are one aspect of high performance; what are the other indicators a school is high performance? Unfortunately, it is not as easy as searching for a quantifiable result. High performance is found in the rich experiences, relationships and practices that encompass the day to day life of an educational institution. It is these elements of high performance that are not so easily measurable that is at its essence, the heart of a school and what gives a school its unique character.

Research supports that for young people to succeed in the changing global context, they need not only the academic skills and knowledge but also social-emotional, ethical and practical skills. It is the deliberate education of the head, the heart and the hands that are indicative of whether a school has been successful in their educational mission. While education of the whole person is still recognised as an emerging idea in education, Sacred Heart education has been ahead of the game in this regard. Stuartholme has always emphasised the vision and purpose of enabling each girl to be the very best version of themselves. As a Sacred Heart community, we understand that to acknowledge deep respect of intellectual values is but one part in a more significant picture of the purpose of education.

“We need the kind of education by which character is formed, strength of mind increased, the intellect is expanded, and by which one can stand on one’s own feet.” (Swami Vivekananda, Collected Works, Volume 5, p.342).

How do we know Stuartholme is high-performance in this regard? In my opinion, you need to look no further than to our exceptional academic results, our highly effective wellbeing program, our spiritual and social justice initiatives, and our extensive co-curricular program. These provide an opportunity for our young women to shine in their own light as an individual. In so doing, Stuartholme offers a bespoke, boutique educational offering that contributes to our wider community. Our graduates are well-adjusted, community-minded, high-performance oriented individuals with a keen social consciousness. This is evidence a school is meeting and exceeding its targets and is indeed high-performance.

 Celebrating Learning Success

This week we embraced our Sacred Heart goal through celebrating our deep respect for intellectual values at the Academic Assembly. This was a wonderful opportunity to recognise the efforts and achievements of many within our community, including those that achieved an OP 1 – 5 from the class of 2019.  Congratulations to all who were acknowledged.

Along these lines, please note the date change for the Celebration of Excellence. It will be held on Monday 19 October in the Plaza Ballroom at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. I look forward to welcoming you to this evening later in the year.

Our new timetable

I am grateful for the parents who have taken the time to share feedback with me about our new timetable as we work towards the best approach and effective solutions.

As with all new initiatives, we will do a full evaluation and review of the new timetable structure. While the timetable has been designed to maximise teaching and learning, and wellbeing for all – as this is new to all, there is a period of adjustment. It is important for us as students and staff to “live” the full experience of the timetable restructure and then begin the evaluation period.

I have examined the timings from last year, and the breaks have not reduced in overall time. However, Monday and Friday morning tea breaks were only 20 minutes (instead of 25 minutes on the other days). We have made the change to ensure all morning tea breaks are 25 minutes duration across the week. Fortunately, we were able to do this without compromising any teaching and learning time. I am hopeful this will be a welcome shift for all as we adjust to the new system.

Best wishes,

Daniel Crump
Deputy Principal

References:

Roeser, R, 2019. Educating the Head, the Heart and the Hand in the 21st Century

 

 

 

 

Message from the Dean of Mission

It’s a tradition in Catholic Schools to mark the commencement of the year with a celebration of the Eucharist. As we know, the Eucharist is …

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Message from the Dean of Mission

It’s a tradition in Catholic Schools to mark the commencement of the year with a celebration of the Eucharist. As we know, the Eucharist is an essential aspect of our identity as a Catholic community. We did this at Stuartholme last Friday with a celebration in the school chapel led by Fr Wrex Woolnough from the St Ignatius Parish, Toowong.

Growing as one body, beating with one heart

Gathering in this way, enabled us to launch the theme of our year Growing as one body. Beating with one heart with the whole school community. In doing so, we listened to a reading from the 2016 General Chapter of the Society of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. A General Chapter is a formal international gathering of the rscJ Sisters every eight years to reflect and set directions for the Society as a whole. The reading states:

The Society is as a body moved from its centre by love. Within this body, life flows, weaving different kinds of connections, bringing energy and flexibility to each part. What affects these parts, affects the whole body. Likewise, this body belongs to a large ecosystem that is in transformation and it needs to live processes of change: opening its senses, firmly planting its bare feet on the earth, breathing in rhythm with the heartbeat of life.

Connecting deeply as a Stuartholme Community

There’s much in these words that connects deeply with who we are as a Stuartholme community. Like the Society, we are also a body, made of different parts, yet each connected, valued and contributing to the flourishing of the whole. Think of all the different aspects of our School life – learning and teaching in the classroom; our Wise Wellness program; opportunities in the creative and performing arts; sport and other co-curricular pursuits; deepening of faith through prayer & liturgy; growing social awareness and hearts for justice through our Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) initiatives; the efforts to maintain our beautiful grounds and facilities; the administrative tasks to ensure the smooth running of our school, just to name a few – there are so many different parts to this dynamic body of Stuartholme – we are certainly a large ecosystem that is alive, growing, moving and in constant transformation.

At the core of everything we do, is a knowing that we belong to a tradition that takes the name Sacred Heart, calling us to be of one heart and one mind in the heart of Jesus. We believe that the heart of Jesus is the centre of love that drives everything we do here at Stuartholme. I look forward to journeying with you as we continue to deepen our understanding and commitment to Growing as one body, beating with one heart throughout 2020 and beyond.

Peace and blessings,

Justin Golding
Dean of Mission

 

 

 

Message from the Dean of Boarding

Dear Parents and Guardians, The weeks seem to move at an extraordinary pace, which is most probably true with all the wonderful activities that the …

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Message from the Dean of Boarding

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The weeks seem to move at an extraordinary pace, which is most probably true with all the wonderful activities that the girls are involved in at any one time.

With the rhythm of school being very much in place we have girls trying out for a variety of sports, including tennis, swimming and touch football. At the end of the day there is always someone going somewhere, so the life of a Boarder is one of adventure and business. This is then accompanied by our wonderful Recreation Program which has seen the girls having a variety of opportunities to attend evening outings to places like Eat Street Markets, a day trip to Coolum Water Park or a formal dinner hosted by Nudgee College. These events are also accompanied by us hosting pool afternoons with both Boarders from Marist and Nudgee. The girls can surely not complain about not having a full social calendar.

Our world in the afternoons on a Monday to Thursday ensures that sustained effort is given to a study regime that will assist your daughters to engage fully in their academic pursuits. The accompaniment of the girls in this is ably supported by the Boarding Supervisors as well as some Tutors to assist with specific skill development and understanding. This year we have begun a new pattern where all students are operating downstairs for first study, so that I can have a sense of how each girl is able to engage with study. Year 12 girls will study upstairs for the second study allocated time. I look forward to working with Year 11 girls to ensure that they have successful study habits in place and then inviting Year 11 girls from the beginning of Term 2 to have that opportunity for second study to be conducted upstairs as well.  With all the girls downstairs we have had to manage our space very effectively and have found that Year 11 & 12 girls needs more space rather than less. We have moved to accommodate this for all of them. Stuartholme School Boarders continue to have access to the program called Study Samurai available for all Boarders under the Boarding tile on the myStuartholme page. This resource is full of support to development specific skills that will assist the girls in, not only setting up the basics of good study habits and routines, but will also engage them on how to manage their time, to work with their mindset and also wellbeing.

This year our Boarding reception staff will be contacting families to seek a blanket transport approval to sports with day families for 2020. Families are to contact us should they wish to change this approval at anytime. Families can still opt to put in REACH leave for this.

At times we have our Alumni visit the Boarding House which we always look forward to, it is great seeing the girls and catch up with how life is treating them. Can I ask that any Alumni signs in to Boarding reception first and then once invited upstairs that you remain in the Nest. All visitors need to remember that the girls’ room spaces are their private space. Could our visitors also consider the length of time they choose to stay, as there is always many other activities the girls and staff need to respond to.

We have been looking at the running tracks around the school and ensuring that our girls will be able to run safely during daylight hours. We have asked that younger girls go in groups of three, either for walking or running and although there are many benefits of being alone and having that time be oneself, we are conscious that safety is paramount. Our older girls in Years 11 and 12 are asked to go with at least one other person or through discussion and consent from their parent will be allowed to run or walk by themselves.

Finally End of Term Leave request are due by the end of Week 6 – Friday 6th March. Could I please ask parents to support us in this major task of ensuring that all girls are able to return home for the holidays and that we are aware of the arrangements. From this year we would ask that all Boarders conclude their term in Boarding by 12 noon on the last day of each term, as in line with the day school. We also would like our families to know that Boarding will be open on the first day of each Term from 12 noon as well. Obviously if circumstances require other arrangements, we will be more than happy to assist our families. First day back for Term 2 is Monday 20th April.

Have a great fortnight

Karen Davies

Dean of Boarding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Message from the Dean of Student Wellbeing

Making children emotionally available for learning Much is being written at the moment about what we can do to make our children emotionally available for …

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Message from the Dean of Student Wellbeing

Making children emotionally available for learning

Much is being written at the moment about what we can do to make our children emotionally available for learning as parents.

A clear theme in studies is that we can actually take action that will better support our children’s social, emotional, and academic functioning. This is because – the brain is malleable. Through environment, we can make the brain “stronger” or make it “weaker”.

Actions which can weaken the brain for learning

  1. Giving children what they want right away

The ability to delay gratification is one of the key factors for future success. To be able to delay gratification means to be able to function under stress. Our children are gradually becoming less equipped to deal with even minor stressors, which eventually become huge obstacles to their success in life if they get what they want right away.

  1. Limited social interaction 

An over reliance on social technology has replaced valuable outdoor time and a chance for young people to develop great social skills. Most successful people have great social skills. For children to effectively socialise they need to be taught and practise these skills.

  1. Artificial fun

 Some children operate in an artificial fun world that has been created for them. There are no dull moments. Down times and moments of monotony, train the brain to be workable and function in such a way that this muscle will be teachable at school.

  1. Too much technology time

Too much screen time can mean that processing information in a classroom becomes increasingly challenging for our children because their brains are getting used to the high levels of stimulation that video games provide. The inability to process lower levels of stimulation leaves young people vulnerable to academic challenges.

Tips for strengthening the brain for learning

The good news is that there are simple steps that we can take as parents/ caregivers to train our children to successfully function on social, emotional, and academic levels. These include:

  • Be unafraid to set limits
  • Limit technology
  • Emotionally connect
  • Delay gratification
  • Teach your child to deal with monotonous work
  • Seize the chances to teach social skills.

Deb Lonsdale-Walker
Dean of Student Wellbeing

 

References: https://deeprootsathome.com/kids-friendless-bored-impatient/

 

 

 

 

 

Message from the Director of Enrichment

World Scholars Cup We’re looking for girls to enter the World Scholars Cup, a team-based academic competition (the greatest festival of learning in the world) …

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Message from the Director of Enrichment

World Scholars Cup
We’re looking for girls to enter the World Scholars Cup, a team-based academic competition (the greatest festival of learning in the world) that emphasises learning and fun.
The 2020 Brisbane Round of this global competition will be held at Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie) on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th of April. (This is the first weekend of the Easter term break.) Teams that qualify at the Brisbane Round are eligible to compete at the Global Round in Melbourne in August and if successful there in the World Final at Yale University.
There are two divisions – A Senior Division for teams of three in which everyone is born before 1st January 2006 and a Junior Division for teams of three students who are born on or after 1st January 2006.
Last year, was the first year Stuartholme entered a team – with just one team entered in the Junior Division. This year we are looking to have a least three teams enter – hopefully more! There is a meeting on Tuesday 25th February in R102 at 1 pm where last year’s team and I will explain a bit more about the competition and collect expressions of interest. Girls who are interested but unable to attend Tuesday’s meeting are asked to email me their expression of interest.

Future Filmmakers
This day-long event at Bond University is aimed at year 11 and 12 students interested in pursuing a career in the film industry.
Students attending participate in two interactive workshops centred around two main topics – pre-production and production led by industry facilitators.
They have an opportunity to hear from film directors and producers about what they do and how they got to where they are today as well as hearing from film industry professionals who don’t work on set.
The day also includes presentations from Screen Queensland about the future of film in Queensland.
Students have an opportunity to tour Bond University’s Film and TV facilities.
Future Filmmakers is free to attend and runs from 9am-2.30pm on Thursday 23 April at Bond University. Please contact our Director of Enrichment, Michael Elliott, for more information or go to https://www.gcfilmfestival.com/schools/

ATOM Photography Competition

The Australian Teachers of Media photography competition is now taking entries. This is an annual competition open to all Australian and New Zealand residents.
There are three categories relevant to us – a lower secondary, upper secondary and Open category. Prizes include Ted’s Cameras gift vouchers valued at $750 for the secondary categories and $1000 for Open.
In the competition you submit three photographs that relate to this year’s theme “fragility” and a 300-word statement. Entry is free but must be submitted by Thursday  9th April.

Even Mums and Dads can enter!

More information can be found at http://atomphotocomp.org/

 

Michael Elliott
Director of Enrichment

Message from the Careers Counsellor

Hi everyone, I hope you’re having a great week so far. It’s been another busy couple of weeks in the Careers Department. UCAT information session …

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Message from the Careers Counsellor

Hi everyone,

I hope you’re having a great week so far.

It’s been another busy couple of weeks in the Careers Department.

UCAT information session

Last week, I ran a UCAT info session for Year 12 students interested in studying dentistry and/or medicine after school. UCAT was introduced last year and is required for admission into many medicine and dentistry courses across Australia, including UQ’s medicine and dentistry programs. As a result, we’ll be starting up a UCAT study group called (ST)UCAT for students who’d like to sit the UCAT this year. This study group will complement a student’s individual preparation for the UCAT.

 

Year 11 Wise Wellness Program

I’ve had some enjoyable sessions with Year 11 this week, talking job clusters, career profiles and how to use JobOutlook data to find out more about a career. Did you know that in each job you do, you learn skills that are transferable to about 13 other jobs?

 

 

Career Counselling

I’ve also been impressed with how many students have already reached out to me to talk about their ideas and future plans. It’s always great to see students learning new things and developing their career ideas over time.

As always, please find below a selection of information and opportunities your daughter may be interested in.

Warm regards,

Mr Tom Lillyman

Careers Counsellor

 

Ask Me Anything: Griffith Uni Creative Degrees

Griffith Uni students will be around at lunch next Wednesday (26/2) for an Ask Me Anything (AMA) session.

These students are studying:

  • Bachelor of Creative & Interactive Design
  • Bachelor of Music
  • Bachelor of Design/Bachelor of Business (double degree)

So if you have questions about what these types of degrees are like and where they might lead, please drop by.

Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) Education Award

The Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) Education Award is presented annually to Year 12 students in recognition of leadership potential, and academic and sporting achievements exhibited during Year 11. The award comprises a tablet device (or similar) and certificate for you, along with a plaque of recognition for your school. There are up to 50 awards available on behalf of the Navy, Army and Air Force, which will be presented to suitable applicants who have applied for entry to ADFA. Current Year 12s have until 28 February 2020 to submit their applications and current Year 11 students can start their application on 1 May 2020.  Visit the ADFA Education Award on the ADFA website for more information.

ANU: 2020 Tuckwell Scholarship information is now available

ANU’s Tuckwell Scholarship is a very competitive but very generous scholarship for undergraduate students wanting to study at ANU. Information about the 2021 Tuckwell scholarship, including eligibility requirements, is now available online. If you are interested in studying at ANU, you might like to read more about this scholarship now.

Future Leaders Writing Prize

The Future Leaders Writing Prize is designed to recognise and reward talented young writers. It aims to encourage expressive and creative writing. Year 11 and 12 students in Australian secondary schools are invited to submit a piece of writing (800 to 1,000 words). The writing can be fiction or non-fiction and on any topic. Find out more about the prize here.

LetzLive Gap Year Programs – Online Information Sessions

If you would like to learn more about LetzLive Gap Year programs, there are several webinars coming up during February and March. Book to attend a free webinar here.

 UQ FEAST in 2020

FEAST stands for Future Experiences in Agriculture, Science and Technology (FEAST). FEAST is a four-day residential program held at UQ Gatton from 28 June to 1 July 2020 for students in Years 11 and 12.

FEAST allows you to:

  • test-drive university and meet other students with similar interests
  • explore science disciplines through hands-on activities and workshops
  • meet UQ students and staff and attend industry-run sessions
  • experience living in the UQ Halls of Residence and take part in social and sporting activities
  • learn about current challenges faced by scientists, including climate change, biosecurity, feeding the world and protecting endangered wildlife.

Click here to find out more.

GU: The GriffithBUSINESS Responsible Leaders of the Future Conference

Griffith Uni’s 2020 GriffithBUSINESS Responsible Leaders of the Future Conference is coming up soon. This event is open to Years 10, 11 and 12 and will give you the opportunity to be challenged and problem solve, develop ideas and suggest solutions which reimagine how organisations and leaders face current challenges. Students will work together with a diverse and talented cohort to explore how they can disrupt traditional models in order to contribute to a prosperous and sustainable future.

The conference will be held at Gold Coast campus on Monday 25 May and the South Bank campus on 27 May. If you are interested, please get in touch with me.

Reminder: using VET to get into Queensland universities

As many students are studying Diplomas this year, it is good to remember that different Queensland universities have different policies about VET qualifications completed at school. VET qualifications can contribute to an ATAR, but may also have a separate value, depending on each university’s policy.

The following Queensland universities have provided some information about how they will treat VET for entry in 2021 and beyond. You can find more information about Griffith University courses that could be accessible with a Diploma here.

It is also good to remember that universities in other states do not have the same policies about VET qualifications and will not usually accept VET qualifications as a basis for university entry. If you receive an ATAR, this is what you would usually use to apply to universities in other states, but it’s good to check individual institutions you are interested in so you know what entry pathways are available.

 

 

 

Co-curricular News

Swimming District Trials Congratulations to all Stuartholme swimmers who competed at the District trials on Monday 10 February at St Peters Lutheran College. A special …

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Co-curricular News

Swimming District Trials

Congratulations to all Stuartholme swimmers who competed at the District trials on Monday 10 February at St Peters Lutheran College.

A special mention to the following girls who were selected in the Northern Eagles District team to compete at Regionals on Wednesday 26 February at the Sleeman Acquatic Centre.

Mackenzie Dawson
Imogen Foley
Zara Hampton
Jenna Hanley
​​​​​​​Amy Horn
Hannah Howes
Gretta Johnson
Darcy McCabe
Alice McCann
Alice Morrison
Ella Peberdy
Amy Sheridan
Stella Tapper
Paige Van Gelder

Best of luck girls!

Water Polo

Congratulations to the following students who have been selected in the Met West Waterpolo Team to compete at the QLD Schools State Championships, 30th April – 3rd May 2020 at Gold Coast Aquatic Centre.

  • Ella Mulligan
  • Molly Nasser
  • Elizabeth Nolan
  • Rebecca Phelan
  • Ruby Pinn
  • Abbey Pomeroy
  • Alice Rogers
  • Sally Chambers (Reserve)
  • Stella Fern (Reserve)
  • Audrey Fraser (Reserve)

The team will be coached by Rachel Byron (Stuartholme Alumnae)

 

Speak without fear by developing good communication skills

We are offering a short course for Years 9 and 10 students who are keen to develop their presentation skills with confidence. The course will run over six weeks commencing in the week of 2 March. The program will costs $150.

The program will be conducted in small groups with one period of instruction each week consisting of technique and practise. Upon successful completion, a Certificate of Attainment from the school will be issued.

Enrolments will be accepted on a first come basis.

The program will be offered to Years 7, 8, 11 and 12 students in Term 2.

For further information, please contact:

Ms Gallagher at mgallagher@stuartholme.com

or Ms Costello acostello@stuartholme.com

Meet the new staff

We would like to welcome all our new staff to Stuartholme and introduce you to them.  

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Meet the new staff

We would like to welcome all our new staff to Stuartholme and introduce you to them.

 

Assessment Schedules

The Term 1 assessment schedules for Year 7 – 10, the Unit 1 schedule for Year 11, and the Unit 3 schedule for Year 12 …

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Assessment Schedules

The Term 1 assessment schedules for Year 7 – 10, the Unit 1 schedule for Year 11, and the Unit 3 schedule for Year 12 have been released.

All students have received an electronic copy of their Year level’s schedule, and it is placed in both the Academic Services and Year Level sections on My Stuartholme.

Additionally, you can click on the Year level to view the schedule.

Year 7
Year 8
Year 9
Year 10
Year 11
Year 12

 

 

 

Celebration of Excellence 2020 – new venue

Our annual Celebration of Excellence this year will be held on Monday 19 October in the Plaza Ballroom at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. …

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Celebration of Excellence 2020 – new venue

Our annual Celebration of Excellence this year will be held on Monday 19 October in the Plaza Ballroom at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

We look forward to sharing this night with our wider community.

Science Snippets

Welcome to the first science snippets article for 2020. Our Year 11 UQ Science Ambassadors contribute to the newsletter each fortnight informing our community on …

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Science Snippets

Welcome to the first science snippets article for 2020. Our Year 11 UQ Science Ambassadors contribute to the newsletter each fortnight informing our community on current scientific research and events from Australia and the world. The article also includes information for our community on upcoming Science opportunities and events. It is very exciting that this year we have nine Year 11 students who will work together as ambassadors. This program challenges students to develop their leadership abilities and communication skills and offers them the chance to connect with likeminded students across Queensland. The ambassadors for 2020 are:

Lily Allesandro; Anella Casey; Ebony Anderson; Kathryn Capstick; Revelle Rolfe; Sophia Buller; Betsy Duff; Emma Barry and Poppy Walklate (who has written the information below on COVID-19)

Coronavirus. One of the most talked-about issues in the world and the news media right now, but so many misconceptions that need correction. Corona Virus also commonly called COVID-19, is suspected to be spread through airborne transmissions. The deputy head of the Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau Zeng Qun said, “Aerosol transmission refers to the mixing of the virus with droplets in the air to form aerosols, which causes infection after inhalation, according to medical experts.” New South Wales Health said it could be spread directly from person to person but most likely from aerosol transmission. The symptoms of coronavirus to look out for are fever, cough, runny nose, shortness of breath and in the more extreme cases the infection causes pneumonia with severe acute respiratory distress (New South Wales Health, 2019). Some other frequently asked questions about COVID-19 is, can it spread during the incubation period? Well, this is still an unknown aspect of the virus, and there is a very minimal amount of evidence saying people were infectious before their symptoms had begun (New South Wales Health, 2019). What everyone in the world should know is to continue following good hygiene practices: washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and using alcohol-based hand antiseptics regularly; cover your nose and mouth when sneezing and coughing with a tissue or your elbow. Finally, if you are feeling unwell with similar symptoms, stay home and see your local doctor or go to the hospital to protect others and yourself (Queensland Health, 2019). If everyone works together, this disease can be contained and solved if we all follow the proper recommendations from medical professionals and government officials. By Poppy Walklate.

Upcoming events:

World Science Festival (https://www.worldsciencefestival.com.au/) is taking place in Brisbane on March 25 – 29th. The program is out now and tickets (free and $) for a wide range of events are available. “Einstein and the Quantum: Unravelling the Mysteries” certainly has me interested.

Future Experiences in Agriculture, Science and Technology (FEAST) is a four-day residential program to inspire high school students about rewarding science careers in the agriculture, animal, plant and food industries. It is open to students in years 11 and 12 and is held each July at UQ Gatton.

By participating in FEAST you’ll get to:

  • test-drive university and meet other students with similar interests
  • explore science disciplines through hands-on activities and workshops
  • meet UQ students and staff and attend industry-run sessions
  • experience living in the UQ Halls of Residence and take part in social and sporting activities
  • expand your knowledge of UQ Science study options and programs
  • learn about current challenges faced by scientists, including climate change, biosecurity, feeding the world and protecting endangered wildlife.

Numbers are limited, and due to high demand, you can only attend FEAST once. Applications for FEAST 2020 close Monday 30 March 2020. Head to: https://science.uq.edu.au/event/feast

The Year 12 Biology girls had an excursion on Monday 17th February to the rock platform at Shelly Beach, Caloundra. They enjoyed the experience of working together as teams to collect data (using a line transect and quadrat) on the abundance of organisms and their distribution across the zones in this ecosystem.

Kind regards,

Wendy Macdonald

(Leader of Learning – Science)

School Shop Specials

Due to the coronavirus outbreak in China, there is a delay in receiving some of the orders for clothing in the school shop. As soon …

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School Shop Specials

Due to the coronavirus outbreak in China, there is a delay in receiving some of the orders for clothing in the school shop. As soon as there is clearer direction from authorities, we will notify parents and students of stock arrival.

Current Specials

40% Off School dresses sizes from 14G To 24G (No darts or action back)

25% off superseded togs (Limited sizes)

25% off superseded sports polos (Limited Sizes)

 

A bit of Drama

The Year 7 Drama course explores two focus questions: How do we create character? and What does movement tell an audience? Working with neutral masks …

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A bit of Drama

The Year 7 Drama course explores two focus questions:

How do we create character? and What does movement tell an audience?

Working with neutral masks allows the performer to experience and explore space.  It frees the body of the constant judging response which we impose upon it. Neutral Mask helps the actor to rediscover the sense of “child” and wonder within which helps to spur spontaneous reaction without critical evaluation.  These photos demonstrate Stuartholme students developing their non-verbal communication skills in their Drama classes this week.

 

Our Year 10, 11 and 12 Drama and English students had the pleasure of seeing Grin and Tonic’s production of Wesley Enoch’s and Deborah Mailman’s The 7 Stages of Grieving which is a wise and powerful play about the grief of Aboriginal people and the hope of reconciliation.

In this one-everywoman show, Indigenous actor Kaleenah Edwards powerful shared stories of mob, culture and healing. Our senior drama students also shared in a symbolic reconciliation action at the end of the performance.   A huge thank you to Kellie and Kaleenah for sharing this incredible play with our senior students.

Art Review

Stuartholme Art students have had a busy start to the year with lots of creative events happening already.  Year 12 students continued with their Art …

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Art Review

Stuartholme Art students have had a busy start to the year with lots of creative events happening already.  Year 12 students continued with their Art as Knowledge unit and had the opportunity to visit the new ‘Water’ exhibition at GoMA to generate ideas for their artwork.  The girls loved the interactive exhibits and were inspired by the ways in which artists use water as a stimulus and a metaphor in their art making.

Year 10 Students were treated to a fabulous lino-printing workshop by the very talented Brisbane artist Wayne Singleton.  The students are learning lino printing this term and it was a pleasure to have Wayne along to show the students his incredibly detailed and meticulous work. Wayne discussed the strong connection between humans and nature and how this is reflected in the concepts and ideas behind his work. Students were then guided through a 3-colour lino print process and learnt a great deal in the session, which they will apply to their own practice.

Year 9 Students are currently studying flora drawing to inspire their upcoming 3D wearable headdress artworks. They had had the pleasure of a visit from former Stuartholme student and practicing visual artist Ingrid Bartkowiak. Ingrid’s beautiful watercolour and acrylic paintings of Australian flora and fauna, make her the perfect artist to guide students with this task.  Ingrid demonstrated valuable techniques and tips in design, composition and watercolour techniques and processes.

Samantha Martinuzzi
Visual Art Teacher

 

 

Mothers’ Day Lunch

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Mothers’ Day Lunch

Toowong Football Club is looking for players

Stuartholme has started a new partnership with Toowong Football Club this year and we are thrilled to promote the new season.  

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Toowong Football Club is looking for players

Stuartholme has started a new partnership with Toowong Football Club this year and we are thrilled to promote the new season.