Message from the Principal

Dear Parent, Caregivers and Friends,

It was my pleasure to welcome our guests to a special Liturgy this morning for Grandparents Day on behalf of Kristen, who is in Sydney attending an ANZNet Conference.

We felt very blessed to have so many Grandparents or Grandparent figures at Stuartholme today. Grandparents are a treasured part of our community and I know the girls were delighted to be able to show them around the school and share morning tea with them.

Here are some comments from our Year 7 students about Grandparents Day.

Ava and Poppy, “It was fun showing our Grandparents around and showing them where we do different subjects.”

Alice, “It was really good. I liked showing them my classrooms and also the great view of the city.”

Imogen, “It was great to spend time together.”

Whether visiting us at Stuartholme or not, all Grandparents were in our thoughts today.

God bless and take care,

Nicola Johnson

Deputy Principal – Staff Wellbeing and Administration

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Key Dates

Please find below the key dates for Terms 3 and 4.

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Key Dates

Please find below the key dates for Terms 3 and 4.

DateEvent
Sat 29 OctoberGlamour in the Grass
Tues 1 NovemberBoarder Parent Support Meeting 10am
Melbourne Cup Luncheon
Fri 4 NovemberYear 12 Parent Daughter Breakfast
Leadership handover, 2pm
Year 12 last day of classes
Sun 13 NovemberMusic Breakfast 9am
Mon 14 NovemberYear 9 Geography Exhibition Parent Evening 6pm
Wed 16 NovemberBoarders Farewell Liturgy and Dinner, Chapel 5pm
Thurs 17 NovemberValedictory Celebrations, Chapel 5.30pm
Fri 18 NovemberYear 12 final day
Thurs 24 NovemberCarols Evening, Chapel 6pm
Fri 25 NovemberClasses finish 12pm
Sat 26 NovemberBoarders travel day

News from the Nest

From the Deputy Principal Boarding, Andrée Rice Dear Parents/Guardians, I would like to share with you an overview of the Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association Federal Conference in …

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News from the Nest

From the Deputy Principal Boarding, Andrée Rice

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I would like to share with you an overview of the Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association Federal Conference in Perth by Assistant Head of Boarding, Melissa Robinson.

At the bottom are photos of the our Beaudesert mums enjoying dinner at the Women’s Night of Spirituality.

Catherine Sagin and I had the honour of attending the 45th Annual Federal Conference for the Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association (ICPA) held in Perth, Western Australia. This year’s theme was ‘Waves of Change, Oceans of Opportunity’. Listening to these resilient, strong women who advocate for equitable access to education for all children living in rural and remote Australia, you get the feeling the ‘waves of change’ are rolling in.

I was inspired listening to these parents speak about challenges they experience with everyday living whilst their children are boarding, and the courageous and resourceful way they overcome these difficulties. It also reinforced the wonderful privilege and enormous responsibility it is to care for other people’s children. Watching the girls grow and flourish into outstanding, confident and compassionate young women is not only rewarding but also gives me inspiration and wisdom.

Guest speaker, cricketer Mr. Justin Langer AM was one of Australia’s top-order batsman who spoke about leadership, caring for others and respect. He spoke about making people feel special no matter if you’re representing Australia or are a 13 year old girl from Alice Springs.  Respect has the same effect and positive outcome. This is how all our girls should feel and the aim of all supervisors on every shift, every day.

This opportunity to understand the experiences of boarding families more deeply has led Andree, Catherine and myself to create a presentation about boarding to be shown later in the year. This will be for all boarding staff and teachers. The presentation will enable our staff to further support the girls and to understand the issues facing them. It will cover overcoming homesickness, dealing with parental separation and we will hopefully listen to parents speak about how their life changes when their children have left for boarding school.

ICPA is a wonderful organisation, making real changes and I was very proud that Stuartholme was represented and is supporting our rural parents. To be able to better understand and support our families and girls can only strengthen our Stuartholme motto ‘To be the best she can be’.

 

Warmest regards,

Andree

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2016/17 uniform price list is now available

The 2016/2017 uniform price list is now on the Portal.

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2016/17 uniform price list is now available

The 2016/2017 uniform price list is now on the Portal.

Stuartholme Science Week Snippets

What a fabulous week of activities! It kicked off with a Science Week pre-event with a small group of Year 7/8 girls attending the GUINNESS …

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Stuartholme Science Week Snippets

What a fabulous week of activities! It kicked off with a Science Week pre-event with a small group of Year 7/8 girls attending the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDSTM official attempt for the largest practical science lesson on 12 August at the Brisbane Convention Centre. The attempt was a great success with students travelling from all over Queensland to achieve a new record of 2900 students participating in a practical science lesson (the old record holders were South Africa, with 2104 Durban school children holding the largest science practical lesson on 5 February, 2016).

On Monday 15 August we started the week with remote control cars taking centre stage. The Year 11 girls actively engaged in trying to beat Tessa Cook’s best obstacle race time during the course of a lunchtime. Tuesday lunch involved work on building robots from kits. It was wonderful to see this engagement with technology and I encourage girls to head to the library at lunchtime if they would like to complete the robot kits. A keen group of Year 8 students are continuing to work on their robot of a frilled-neck lizard this week. I will share some photos of the finished product when the girls are done. Thursday involved some filming of Mr Carrol (our resident pet snake) with some junior girls at lunch and we finished on Friday with a viewing of the movie “Wall-E”. We only viewed the first twenty minutes but I know that some boarder girls will be borrowing this DVD from the library!

Dr Denton would also like to share an exciting update on Year 12 Biology.

Last Friday the Year 12 Biology students had the pleasure of experiencing a guest lecturer, Gurion Ang (PhD candidate from the University of Queensland’s School of Biological Sciences). It was a fabulous end to our Stuartholme Science Week celebrations. Throughout the Term, the Year 12 Biology students learnt about Genetics and Inheritance. Gurion’s presentation was as engaging and entertaining as it was informative. The girls were enlightened on topics such as: the biological control of common agricultural pest species; applications of genetic engineering in agriculture (such as BT cotton) and the wonders of inheritance as seen through the diverse results of Gurion’s champion goldfish breeding program! The girls gained an insight into the vital role of science in securing food production for an ever increasing population, the challenges faced by agriculture to reduce the dependence on toxic pesticides and the role that genetic modification can play in meeting these challenges. Discussions with Isabelle (UQ Student Advisor) also afforded students an opportunity to enquire about options for tertiary study in the diverse disciplines of science offered at UQ in 2017. (Dr Denton)

Year 11 Biology students and Year 8 Science students have also been busy scientists this week, carrying out experimental work as part of their assessment. Year 11s have been working with enzymes and manipulating their working conditions and the Year 8s have been focused on comparing the insulating properties of different materials. My Year 10 Science class  also collected 2.5L of concentrated natural fertiliser (worm wee to be made into at least 20L of fertiliser) from our worm farm to be used on our gardens here at school. It is great to see students learning to be sustainable global citizens. Please enjoy some photos taken from across the week.

Wendy Macdonald, Leader of Learning – Science.

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Music Update

The musicians of Stuartholme had a very busy month in August! The following photos are from the Winter Concert (August 11), the Queensland Catholic Colleges …

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Music Update

The musicians of Stuartholme had a very busy month in August! The following photos are from the Winter Concert (August 11), the Queensland Catholic Colleges and Schools Music Festival (August 11 – 14), Brisbane Grammar Strings Festival (August 22/23) and the Stuartholme Piano Masterclass (August 25).

Many thanks to all the music students and staff who contributed to the success of these events.

 

QCMF Results:

 Concert Band – Gold

Joigny Voices – Gold

Vocé Harmonies – Silver

Jazz Band – Silver

Flute Ensemble – Silver

 

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Careers Update

Keep up to date on all the latest Career News. Win a Surface Pro! (Year 12) If you log into your Learning Account https://studentconnect.qcaa.qld.edu.au/learning.html by …

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Careers Update

Keep up to date on all the latest Career News.

Win a Surface Pro! (Year 12)

If you log into your Learning Account https://studentconnect.qcaa.qld.edu.au/learning.html by 31 August you go into the draw to win a Surface Pro computer. Your LUI number is printed on your QTAC Guide. You will also need your Learner Unique Identifier (LUI) number to complete your QTAC application. While you are logged into your Learning Account, check that all your school subjects and vocational courses are recorded correctly and that you are progressing towards a QCE (Queensland Certificate of Education) and/or OP (Overall Position).

Not sure what to do when you finish School?

The www.myfuture.edu.au website enables you to build a Career Profile by participating in a series of questionnaires. The Career Profile then suggests occupations based on your responses to the questions. You can save these occupations to your favourites and then carry out further research (by selecting the occupation) to learn more about occupation tasks, job prospects and educational requirements. You are required to sign up to this free website, and then select the My Career Profile tile.

USQ Early round scholarships (up to $12,000) – closing today! (Year 12)

The University of Southern Queensland is offering 50 scholarships to Year 12 students while completing high school in 2016. The two scholarships have different benefits, for different types of students – and they are offered before you get your OP! Click here http://www.usq.edu.au/study/high-school-students/discover-usq/early-round for more information

Careers in Music

The Australian Guide to Careers in Music can be downloaded from the Music Career wiki at http://www.musiccareer.com.au/index.php/Main_Page#.  This resource has descriptions for over 150 career options, from areas such as Composition, Performance, Production, Instrument Making and many more!

Information article: 7 Reasons This Is An Excellent Resume For Someone With No Experience

Writing your very first resume can be a daunting process. Read these seven steps http://www.businessinsider.com.au/resume-for-job-seeker-with-no-experience-2014-7 to help you get started!

Need help ordering your QTAC preferences? (Year 12)

Watch this 90 second QTAC video to learn how to order your preferences.

University scholarships (Year 12)

There are university scholarships available for a range of categories, e.g. academic achievement, sporting excellence, community contribution, low-income and many more. Scholarships differ between tertiary institutions. Visit the Australia Universities website to locate the scholarships available at the institution you are interested in applying for. Or Google ‘Scholarships at [insert tertiary institution you are interested in studying at]’.

Careers resources

Want to learn more about the courses on offer at universities? Academic and Student Services has a range of brochures and resources for your to peruse.

Applying for a job?

Read the 40+ Interview Tips (The Ultimate Guide) to help you prepare for your interview.

Information article: Tips for balancing life and study

This article is written for university students; however, the same principles apply to you. Click HERE to read more.

Debating News

My name is Ms Alexandra Cashin and I am honoured to have been appointed as the new Debating Coordinator at Stuartholme.  Those of you who …

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Debating News

My name is Ms Alexandra Cashin and I am honoured to have been appointed as the new Debating Coordinator at Stuartholme.  Those of you who are already a part of the Stuartholme Debating Community will have received a letter from me this week about how I intend to move our program forward.  I am writing this for the newsletter this week to access the whole Stuartholme community in order to encourage wider involvement from students who may not have debated in the past.

Next Term we will begin the process of selecting teams for 2017.  This will enable me to get to know the debaters and their skills as well as assist with the organisation of an activity that begins very quickly at the start of the school year.

I would like to encourage all students to get involved in this process, even if you have not debated before as debating offers some incredibly valuable life-long skills.  Beginning debating or continuing with debating provides students with the ability to speak confidently with little preparation, convince an audience of a proposition and engages students with topical local, national and global issues.  These skills are so valuable in a classroom setting during their schooling careers but are also transferrable into the wider world of university and employment.

Important dates for next term include:

2017 Trial process for students currently in Years 10-11

Monday 24 – Friday 28 October (Week 13)

2017 Team selection process for students currently in Years 7-9

Yr 7 into Yr 8 workshop on Wednesday 16 November (Week 16)

Yr 8 into Yr 9 workshop on Tuesday 15 November (Week 16)

Yr 9 into 10 workshop on Thursday 10 November (Week 15)

All of these sessions will occur after school and times and locations will be advertised early next Term.  A sign up for the trial or team selection process will shortly open on the portal.  If you have any questions about the debating program please contact me at Stuartholme via email acashin@stuartholme.com

Thanks

Ms Alex Cashin

CaSSSA Athletics – outstanding results

Thank you to all the girls who competed in the CaSSSA Athletics Carnival on Monday 22 August. As one of the smallest teams, we had many …

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CaSSSA Athletics – outstanding results

Thank you to all the girls who competed in the CaSSSA Athletics Carnival on Monday 22 August. As one of the smallest teams, we had many girls competing in multiple events – thank you for your commitment to representing Stuartholme. We had some particularly outstanding results on the day.

  • Ellen Gett placed first in the 12 years Division 1 200m sprint with a time of 29.12 seconds.
  • April Laurikainen placed first in the 12 years Shot Put, and set a new CaSSSA record with a throw of 9.46 metres.

Congratulations to both of these girls!

A big thank you also goes to the Year 7 students and the Year 11 helpers who spent the day cheering on our athletes.

 

Netball finals and selections

Congratulations to Teams 1, 12 and 13 who all progress to the Grand Finals, being played on Saturday 27 August. We’d love to see as many Stuartholme …

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Netball finals and selections

Congratulations to Teams 1, 12 and 13 who all progress to the Grand Finals, being played on Saturday 27 August.

We’d love to see as many Stuartholme supporters at Downey Park as possible to boost our girls on their big day. Game times will be on the School Portal under Netball.

In other netball news – a huge congratulations to Hana Barretto on her selection in the Under 17 Emerging Players Camp – well done Hana!

Equestrian Update

It’s all systems go for the 2017 season! We had 11 riders at Moggill last weekend at the Sommerville House Dressage day. It was an …

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Equestrian Update

It’s all systems go for the 2017 season! We had 11 riders at Moggill last weekend at the Sommerville House Dressage day. It was an excellent day all round for the girls with some wonderful results.

Team champions – Shannon Owens (Para 1st ), Bella Anthony (Sec Inter Prelim 1st), Aalia Luchetta (Sec Inter Nov 1st ), Ellie Turnbull (Sec inter Prelim 2nd).

3rd Place Team – Emily Ballard  Sec Sen Nov 2nd), Olivia Mc Swan (Sec Sen Nov 4th), Piper Searle (Sec Inter Nov 3rd), Skye Baldock ( Sec Inter Nov 4th), Phoebe Menzies (Sec Sen Nov 7th ), Remy Conescu (Sec Inter Prelim 13th), Abby Munro (Sec Inter Prelim 11th).

Kodi Woerner and Emma Bickford travelled to Northstar, West of Goondiwindi for the Show Jumping event and had a very successful weekend. Kodi is currently in Year 12 and about to leave Stuartholme, so she cannot compete in the Interschool event in 2017, but she and her horse Toby did very well in the 110 class. Emma gained qualifications for the state 2017 event in the 90 cms class.

Emily Rink was also competing in Tamworth over the weekend. Having progressed up from 1 star she rode in the 2 Star Eventing class.  It was a challenging event, especially the cross country phase and Emily rode really well achieving 3rd place overall.

Congratulations to everyone.

Anna Starosta

Outstanding results for Brittany Yarde

Congratulations to Brittany Yarde who finished 27th at the Australian Cross Country Championships in Canberra on the weekend. Brittany also competed in the team relay …

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Outstanding results for Brittany Yarde

Congratulations to Brittany Yarde who finished 27th at the Australian Cross Country Championships in Canberra on the weekend. Brittany also competed in the team relay finishing with a Bronze medal. Outstanding results!

Sony Camp Mini Olympics

On Thursday 11 August a group of Stuartholme girls took part in the Sony Camp Mini Olympics, which is a yearly event at St Laurence’s …

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Sony Camp Mini Olympics

On Thursday 11 August a group of Stuartholme girls took part in the Sony Camp Mini Olympics, which is a yearly event at St Laurence’s College’s playing fields at Runcorn. Kids from various special schools with a range of disabilities attended the event.

It was a wonderful opportunity for our girls to interact with these very special children in the lead up to Sony Camp in September.

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Father Daughter Putt Putt – last chance to book

There are still a few places available for the Father Daughter Putt Putt on Thursday 1 September. We have an ‘exclusive hire’ of Victoria Park’s …

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Father Daughter Putt Putt – last chance to book

There are still a few places available for the Father Daughter Putt Putt on Thursday 1 September.

We have an ‘exclusive hire’ of Victoria Park’s Putt Putt course from 6.30 till 8.30pm.

Before you play, we are asking everyone  to meet at the Bistro at 6pm for some finger food (cash bar available).

Cost is $25 per person.

Last chance to book.  RSVP here now!

The Cabaret Project – tickets now on sale!

Showcasing Stuartholme on Stage and the ever popular Jazz Band, with performances by Student Soloists. Tickets $30pp Cost includes share platters served to the table …

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The Cabaret Project – tickets now on sale!

Showcasing Stuartholme on Stage and the ever popular Jazz Band, with performances by Student Soloists.

Tickets $30pp

Cost includes share platters served to the table prior to the performance (vegetarian and gluten free options included) and dessert bar at the conclusion of the show. A cash bar will be available for beverage purchases. Numbers are strictly limited and last year’s event was a sell-out.

This event is open to friends and family.

Seating

Seating will be tables of 10 with a limited number of tables of 6. Guests wishing to book a full table must pay for all tickets in one transaction and the table will be reserved in the paying guest’s name.

RSVP

Please RSVP and pay by Wednesday 5 October via the website.

 

Georgina Hooper’s latest exhibition

Stuartholme Art Teacher, Georgina Hooper’s latest exhibition ‘Renga‘ will run from 20 September to 1 October at the Woolloongabba Art Gallery. The exhibition of textiles, fashion …

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Georgina Hooper’s latest exhibition

Stuartholme Art Teacher, Georgina Hooper’s latest exhibition ‘Renga‘ will run from 20 September to 1 October at the Woolloongabba Art Gallery. The exhibition of textiles, fashion and art is in association with Dogstar designer Masayo Yasuki.

Opening night is on Friday 23 September at 6pm. All welcome!

 

Your Health Link Photographic Competition – great prizes

The Mid North Coast Local Health District  (NSW Health) has launched a national photographic competition called Your Health Link Photographic Competition, with the theme Healthy …

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Rowing Crews selection and update

Please join me in congratulating the following girls on their selection into the U19 Met-West crew to represent the region at the Queensland School State Championships …

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Rowing Crews selection and update

Please join me in congratulating the following girls on their selection into the U19 Met-West crew to represent the region at the Queensland School State Championships in September:

  • Lucy Theodore
  • Jessie Macqueen

These girls will combine with two girls from St Peters Lutheran in the quadruple scull.

Congratulations also to Grace Gaston who has been selected to cox the U16 Met-West crew and coach Pat Makeham who will be coaching the crew. This is a fantastic achievement by all the girls and Pat.

The teams are:

U16 Met-West Crew:

Genevieve James (STU- Year 10)

Emma Tucker (STU- Year 9)

Sophia Tully (STU- Year 9)

Sophie Marriott (STU- Year 10)

Grace Gaston – coxswain (STU- Year 10)

Pat Makeham – coach STU

 

U19 Met-West Crew:

Lucy Theodore (STU- Year 12)

Jessie Macqueen (STU- Year 11)

Taylor McCarthy-Smith (St Peters Lutheran College – Year 11)

Laura Blazek (St Peters Lutheran College – Year 11)

Coxswain not yet selected

Eleanor Wilson – coach St Peters Lutheran College.

On Saturday, 20 August we co-hosted Stuartholme/Brisbane Girls’ Grammar regatta and I am proud to say the girls represented the school so beautifully. Congratulations to the rowing girls on another wonderful regatta. The girls won 11 x 1st places and 1 x 2nd place. Out of the 17 crews entered, 12 of them achieved 1st place – well done girls.

The girls have 1 regatta remaining – the Head of the River, this Saturday 27 August.

This is the main event of the season where points are counted, medals and trophies are awarded! I hope to see as many supporters as possible cheering on our rowers.

Matt Marden, Rowing Director