From the Deputy Principal – Learning

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends,

Today we acknowledged the diligent work of students and teachers for a very energised and busy semester. Our assembly farewelled Ms Anna Starosta, recognising and celebrating her 29 years as a ‘Sacred Heart’ educator at Stuartholme School, and Ms Anna Weir, who leaves us to take up a new appointment.

I wish students and colleagues a restful holiday to take this time to reenergise. For those taking part in the Antiquities tour, God speed and blessing on a successful educational program to the historical ancient sites of Greece and Italy.

Student reporting is now completed and should be available late Friday night 24 June. When reviewing your daughters report take time to provide advice and set expectations for the future.

Our goal ‘Deep respect for intellectual values’ underpins our curriculum vision of academic excellence and personal achievement, how then do we assist students in ‘valuing their own intellectual pursuits’?

We are all passionate about the unique talents, and unleashed potential of our students and your daughter’s boundless energy. Yet, the main challenge that faces teachers, parents and students is harnessing that energy and directing it towards academic pursuits and the satisfaction that comes from prioritising, identifying immediate and long term goals, and seeing them come to fruition. Sean Covey in his book ‘The 7 HABITS of effective TEENS’ states that putting your ‘first things first’ takes courage and forces teens outside their risk free, easy, safe and secure comfort zone. The COURAGE ZONE, while uncertain, uncomfortable, challenging and adventurous is the place to go to maximise opportunities and to realise their full potential.

As parents and educators we owe it to our daughters and students to encourage them to enter the courage zone, to understand that ‘winning means nothing more than rising every time you fall’. Character building and resilience in students is the ability to bounce back from disappointments, to resist peer pressure, to be accountable for both our failures and successes and to face each challenge as key junctures in their lives. They can choose a weekend of excitement, chatting online to friends, watching movies or connecting to media devices, rather than their ultimate goal of being a successful student.

The ULTIMATE goal of achieving excellence in all we do cannot be gained without discipline to manage time, to prioritise goals, to overcome fears of failure, to be strong in the hard moments, to resist peer pressure or the pleasure of the moment. ORDINARY is easy, EXCELLENCE takes energy resilience and belief in our selves. Parents can encourage their daughters to enter the COURAGE zone by;

  • ensuring a quiet place to work without distraction – unplug the iPod, restrict online chatting,
  • setting clear goals designed to raise academic standards over time- small steps that are achievable result in higher self-esteem when a goal is reached and encourages further goal setting,
  • helping them bounce back after a disappointing grade, and
  • encourage higher order thinking in homework revision and not simple wrote learning (refer to Blooms taxonomy in the student handbook).

The time they have at school is too short and precious to not focus on their commitment to be studious. Improvement in grades is a product of revision and not just homework. It is not always fun, but the reward will be with an adventure that they may never have dreamed possible.

Albert E Grey said ‘All successful people have the habit of doing the things failures don’t like to do. They don’t like doing them either necessarily. But their disliking is subordinated to the strength of their purpose’.

God bless and take care,

Ken Turnbull

Deputy Principal – Learning

Key dates for Term 3

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Key dates for Term 3

Please click here to view the key dates for Term 3.

DateEvent
Mon 18 JulyStudent free day – Parent Teacher interviews 10am - 7pm
Boarder Parent Support Meeting 12.30pm
Year 10 into 11 subject information session Boarders 1pm
All Boarders return
Tues 19 JulyTerm 3 classes start
Mon 25 JulyYear 10 into 11 subject information session 6pm
QTAC Information session 7pm
Wed 27-Fri 29 JulyYear 10 Camp
Thurs 28-Fri 29 JulyYear 11 Retreat
Thurs 28 July Year 8 Retreat
Fri 29 JulyYear 9 Parent Information evening, Auditorium 6pm
Mon 1-Wed 3 AugustYear 12 Retreat
Mon 1-Fri 5 AugustYear 9 Camp
Tues 9 AugustYears 7-8 immunisations
Wed 10 AugustExhibition Public Holiday
Thurs 11 AugustWinter Music Concert, Auditorium 6pm
Sun 14 AugustYear 12 Mother Daughter High Tea
Mon 15 - Fri 20 AugustYear 12 Student Performance Interviews
Mon 15 AugustP&F Meeting, Boardroom 7pm
Thurs 18 - Sun 21 AugustQld Catholic Colleges and Schools Music Festival
Mon 22 - Fri 26 AugustYear 11 Student Performance Interviews
Mon 22 AugustCaSSSA Cup Athletics – Year 7 students attending
Thurs 25 – Fri 26 AugustSenior Production
Fri 26 AugustYear 7 Grandparents Day
Tues 30 – Wed 31 AugustQCS Test
Fri 2 SeptemberYears 10 – 12 Father Daughter Lawn Bowls 4pm
Thurs 15 September Year 12 QTAC Preferences to Student Services

Uniform Shop – New hours

The Uniform Shop will be closed over the school holidays. It will re-open on Monday 18 July with new hours of 10am-4pm, replacing the current …

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Uniform Shop – New hours

The Uniform Shop will be closed over the school holidays. It will re-open on Monday 18 July with new hours of 10am-4pm, replacing the current hours of 7.30am-2pm.

Ask Professor Brian Cox

Professor Cox is coming to Australia. As part of his tour he will be answering questions submitted by students. Do you have a question you’d …

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Ask Professor Brian Cox

Professor Cox is coming to Australia. As part of his tour he will be answering questions submitted by students.

Do you have a question you’d like to ask?

Submit your video question to enter the Australia’s Science Channel competition and your question could be selected to be personally answered by Professor Cox.

The Prize

In celebration of Professor Brian Cox – A Journey into Deep Space tour, Australia’s Science Channel and Lateral Events are giving six students around Australia the chance to meet Brian Cox in person and have their question answered. Travel to the events is at the expense of each winner.

Each winning student will receive:

  • A double pass to the show in their nearest capital city, where their video question will be played during the event and answered live on stage by Brian Cox!
  • A photograph with Brian Cox
  • A signed book

Click here for more details.

West Taylor Bridge Athletics

Nominations are open for West Taylor Bridge District Athletics. This is open to students born in 2004 only. Please come to the Sports Office to …

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West Taylor Bridge Athletics

Nominations are open for West Taylor Bridge District Athletics. This is open to students born in 2004 only. Please come to the Sports Office to record your name and qualifying times/distances.

Basketball

Basketball is now available for sign on via the Portal.

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Basketball

Basketball is now available for sign on via the Portal.

Debating

Last week was the first round of Debating for our Year 7 cohort. The two teams did incredibly well considering the majority had never debated …

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Debating

Last week was the first round of Debating for our Year 7 cohort. The two teams did incredibly well considering the majority had never debated before.

Both adjudicators commended the girls for their detailed structure and mature style and we came away with a win and a narrow loss!

All results and information will be posted on the Portal weekly for parents and girls to access.

Well done girls.

Sport Fixtures – Week 1 Term 3

Reminder to all hockey and netball players that there are fixtures on Saturday 16 July. Please make sure you inform your coach of your availability. …

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Sport Fixtures – Week 1 Term 3

Reminder to all hockey and netball players that there are fixtures on Saturday 16 July. Please make sure you inform your coach of your availability.

CaSSSA Sport will also resume on Wednesday 20 July. Remember to bring your full school sports uniform for your game on Wednesday afternoon.

Rowing Camp

We send well wishes to our rowers as they embark on their rowing camps these holidays. The Junior camp will be in the first week …

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Rowing Camp

We send well wishes to our rowers as they embark on their rowing camps these holidays. The Junior camp will be in the first week of the school holidays and the Senior camp just before school resumes. Have a great time girls!

Equestrian Congratulations

The team have been working since July 2015 to gain the correct individual results to secure a place at the 2016 Interschool State Event. This …

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Equestrian Congratulations

The team have been working since July 2015 to gain the correct individual results to secure a place at the 2016 Interschool State Event. This competition gives every rider the opportunity to gain selection into the Queensland Team to compete at Nationals in Sydney in September.

In Toowoomba, over the first four days of the holidays, the State Dressage, Show Jumping and Showman disciplines are being contested and we have a good representation in each one from Year 7 through to our senior riders.

The very best of luck to everyone for a very safe, enjoyable and successful competition. Hopefully the weather will hold and Toowoomba showgrounds will be in pristine condition. I know that everyone will have a very

spirited time and will support each other in every way possible. Every rider listed has qualified for at least two disciplines, some three, which is an enormous achievement in itself as nominations are from the whole of Queensland.

Congratulations and a special mention to the three Year 12 riders – Shannon Baker, Madison Searle and Dakoda Woerner who have represented Stuartholme for the past five years at State level. All the best to Year 11 – Isabelle Gilley, Emily Rink; Year 10 – Emily Ballard, Emma Bickford, Olivia McSwan; Year 9 – Remy Conescu, Phoebe Menzies, Piper Searle; Year 8 – Skye Baldock, Grace Beatty, Lily Lockhart; Year 7 – Bella Anthony, Aalia Lucchetta, Ellie Turnbull.

Also the very best to Grace Anthony and Clare Munro, our two primary siblings, who we will be welcoming into the Stuartholme Team in the near future.

The second State event will be at Burpengary early in Term 3 and competition will be in the disciplines of Eventing and Combined Training. The team are nominating for these soon and again we are hoping for a very good representation.

Congratulations to all the riders on their achievements.

A Starosta

Jazz on the Hill

The Jazz Band had a wonderful time playing at Jazz on the Hill in Kindon last weekend. The girls had put in many hours rehearsing …

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Jazz on the Hill

The Jazz Band had a wonderful time playing at Jazz on the Hill in Kindon last weekend. The girls had put in many hours rehearsing over the past few weeks and their hard work certainly payed off!

They played three sets of repertoire with a few vocal pieces by Imogen Betros and India Scobie.

Congratulations girls, you were a credit to the School.

Parent Daughter Breakfast

Today, we held the final Parent Daughter Breakfast for the year for our Years 7-9 students. After a lovely breakfast, parents and students made their …

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Parent Daughter Breakfast

Today, we held the final Parent Daughter Breakfast for the year for our Years 7-9 students. After a lovely breakfast, parents and students made their way to the Auditorium to listen to our guest speaker Georgina Ingham-Myers (Class of 2003), who talked about her career path to become Music Director at NOVA.