Message from the Principal

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends,

It has been an incredible two weeks with so many achievements to celebrate.

Our Year 12 Senior Production, Violent Delights was held on Thursday 25 and Friday 26 August. The performance was an incredible montage of famous Shakespeare scenes featuring female characters. Comments from those who attended all said how striking the performances were in portraying the strength of the characters.

The School was very quiet on Tuesday 30 and Wednesday 31 August as our Seniors sat the QCS Test. Thank you to Ms Ferris and all the staff who worked to prepare the students for this exam. I was struck by the strong, resilient approach to undertaking the exams. Both myself and the students were confident in knowing they had done the hard work and I believe they were well able to respond at their best.

On the sporting fields, Stuartholme can also feel proud. We had three netball teams in the finals at Downey Park on Saturday 27 August. Congratulations to all the girls who played, and a special congratulations to Team 13, who won their grand final in extra time by one point after coming from behind. This cliff hanger had all the Stuartholme supporters on the edge of their seats! It was wonderful to see everyone cheer with such exuberance on the final whistle!

On the same day, our rowers were giving their all at Head of the River, and it was another fantastic day with Stuartholme taking home the BSRA Percentage Cup for the second year in a row.

Our hockey team took out the 2016 Shared Premiers after a nil-all game against St Andrews on Saturday morning, outstanding effort by all players.

Last week, I travelled to our sister school, Kincoppal Rose Bay in Sydney, to present at the Sacred Heart Conference along with our Counsellor – Danielle Baker, Leader of Mission – Sarah Daff and Leader of Innovation – Michael Elliott. I was extremely proud of the staff’s professionalism and innovation in their presentation.

This week I am at the Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association (ICPA) State Conference in Alpha along with the Deputy Principal Boarding – Andree Rice and Registrar – Lyn Robinson.  As we travelled from Emerald to Longreach and the surrounding areas we have been able to meet future families and interview incoming students. We have also met with many Stuartholme Boarding families, which has been a highlight for me.

God bless and take care,

Kristen Sharpe

Principal

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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
Thurs 15 September Year 12 QTAC Preferences to Student Services
Fri 16 SeptemberBoarders travel day
Sat 17 – Mon 19 SeptemberSony Camp
Mon 3 OctoberAll Boarders return
Queens Birthday public holiday
Tues 4 OctoberTerm 4 classes start
Fri 7 OctoberYear 10 Retreat
Thurs 13 - Fri 14 OctoberDesign and Technology Exhibition
Thurs 14 OctoberYear 7 2017 Boarder Parent Dinner Year 7 2017 Parent Orientation Evening
Fri 14 OctoberYear 7 2017 Orientation Day
Mon 17 OctoberStudent free day Year 11 Semi-formal Year 11 Parent dinner
Sat 22 OctoberThe Cabaret Project
Mon 24 OctoberP&F Meeting, Boardroom 7pm
Wed 26 OctoberCelebration of Excellence, Brisbane City Hall 7pm
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
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 November Carols Evening, Chapel 6pm
Fri 25 NovemberClasses finish 12pm
Sat 26 NovemberBoarders travel day

From the Deputy Principal Learning

We are in the final weeks of Term 3 and students are finalising assessment across all subjects. Year 12 students sat the Queensland Core Skills …

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From the Deputy Principal Learning

We are in the final weeks of Term 3 and students are finalising assessment across all subjects. Year 12 students sat the Queensland Core Skills (QCS) test over two days last week. This test is for academic achievement, and all OP eligible students completed four papers. A writing task, which was an ‘extended written paper’ – where students selected stimulus provided on the paper and write any genre (except poetry) to the theme ‘seeing things’. Student responses were diverse, drawing on their studies of Shakespeare, Philosophy, Scientific and Geographic investigations that they had studied in classes. The other three papers; ‘Multiple Choice I’, ‘Multiple Choice II’ and ’Short Response’ tested student’s abilities in problem solving qualitative and quantitative questions. The students were well prepared for the exams and stated that they were happy with the writing task stimulus and found the other papers challenging. The students approached the test confidently and teachers commented on their dedication to the training and their focus on the day.

This week senior teachers are busy grading and cross-marking assessment items and preparing verification folios for the Queensland Curriculum Assessment Authority (QCAA) expert panels. Stuartholme has subject experts on many of the panels in Brisbane Central, who will take part in verifying the sample folios to ensure comparability across school in this sector. The high level of representation of Stuartholme senior teachers on district and state panels reflects the school’s and teacher’s commitment to excellence, co-operation with the QCAA and fosters collaborative discussions with other subject experts across our district.

As the term closes please ensure that your daughters get adequate sleep and nourishment for the assessment blocks and encourage them to maintain a systematic approach to exam preparations.

Ken Turnbull

Deputy Principal Learning

Honour pockets and blazer embroidery

As we approach the end of Term 3 some of the co-curricula activities are drawing, or have drawn to a close. This is now the time …

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Honour pockets and blazer embroidery

As we approach the end of Term 3 some of the co-curricula activities are drawing, or have drawn to a close. This is now the time girls can apply to receive lines on their blazer in recognition of their achievements.

The criterion used in awarding honour pockets is available on the Student and Parent Portals under ‘Student Information’ and within ‘School Procedures’.  Students need to refer to this before completing their application form.  Application forms have been emailed to students along with a copy of the Stuartholme Pocket Criteria 2015 (May).

Application forms are to be completed, including the signature of the teacher in charge, and handed to Mrs Johnson by 9am Monday 12 September.    Students are to ensure that their blazer is clean, is named and is handed to Mrs Johnson by 9am Tuesday 13 September so that the embroidery can be completed promptly and returned to the girls early in Term 4.  The girls will then be able to collect their blazers from Mrs Johnson when advised.

Mrs Nicola Johnson

Deputy Principal, Staff Wellbeing and Administration

Bus registrations

School Bus registrations for Term 4 are now open. If your daughter is intending to use the Stuartholme School Bus network, please register and pay …

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Bus registrations

School Bus registrations for Term 4 are now open. If your daughter is intending to use the Stuartholme School Bus network, please register and pay on the Stuartholme website. Seats are limited, so we recommend registering as soon as possible.

Careers Update

Applying for the Educational Access Scheme (EAS) through QTAC (Year 12) The Educational Access Scheme (EAS) can help if you have experienced circumstances that negatively …

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Careers Update

Applying for the Educational Access Scheme (EAS) through QTAC (Year 12)

The Educational Access Scheme (EAS) can help if you have experienced circumstances that negatively affected your most recent studies. If you are eligible for EAS, you may get bonus OPs or ranks that improve your chances of getting an offer to a tertiary institution. When you complete your QTAC application, you will be asked if you would like to apply for one or more EAS categories. Watch this QTAC EAS video to understand more about the scheme and how it can benefit you, or visit the QTAC website today.

Queensland Hotel & Hospitality School

TAFE Queensland has joined with the Start Entertainment Group (Treasury Casino & Hotel, Jupiter’s Gold Coast and The Start Sydney) and major industry partners to create the Queensland Hotel and Hospitality School. The new school is designed to provide students with the finest skills in hospitality with courses being developed by industry, for industry. For further details visit www.tafebrisbane.edu.au/qhhs or collect a brochure from Academic and Student Services.

Tertiary Preparation Program Intensive Pathway – USQ

This preparatory university program at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) is designed for Year 12 leavers to help ease the transition from school into university. For more information and to apply visit www.usq.edu.au/pathways

Women in Defence Force Cinema Night

The Secret Life of Pets will be screening at 6pm on Tuesday 13 September at Indooroopilly Event Cinemas. Click here for registration details.

QTAC Facebook Open Day

‘Like’ QTAC on Facebook to have direct access to teritary institution representatives from 9am to 6pm on Thursday 15 September. This is a great opportunity to ask questions about the QTAC application process or entry requirements for the tertiary courses that you are interested in.

Resume – a different way to do it!

Click here to see a different way of setting out your resume.

For family and caregivers who are considering further study

QUT is holding two events specifically for adult students considering further study. The Return to Study Seminars on 13, 14 and 15 September will cover entry pathways to undergraduate study.

QUT scholarships worth $30,000!

Applications are now open for the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship Program. There is a new elite visual and performing arts scholarships worth $30,000 each for acting, dance performance, music and visual arts single degrees. Also check out the details for the academic, elite athlete, and creative industries categories, and make an application if eligible.

If you have any questions in relation to this information, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Mrs Wallace, Careers Counsellor

Calling all keen knitters

Can you spare a couple of hours to help our Year 9 students? We are knitting squares as part of the ‘Wrap with Love’ organisation …

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Calling all keen knitters

Can you spare a couple of hours to help our Year 9 students?

We are knitting squares as part of the ‘Wrap with Love’ organisation to sew into blankets for those in need.  We would welcome any assistance next Tuesday from 1:15-3pm, or next Wednesday from 8:30-10:30am.  It is only plain knitting – nothing fancy!

If you can help, please email Jennie Warrick – jwarrick@stuartholme.com

Thank you!

Glam up!

There are only 250 tickets available for the inaugural ‘Glamour in the Grass’ Paddock Party to support the rowing program. It’s sure to be a …

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Glam up!

There are only 250 tickets available for the inaugural ‘Glamour in the Grass’ Paddock Party to support the rowing program.

It’s sure to be a fantastic night, so get in quick and buy your tickets now.

When: Saturday 29 October

Time: 6-9pm

Cost: $120 per ticket which includes food, beer, wine and sparkling entertainment (spirits available to purchase and cash bar after 9pm).

For more details and to book click here.

2016 Australian Geography Competition winners

The study of Geography provides students with unique and valuable skills and knowledge for life, to be able to understand the real world around us …

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2016 Australian Geography Competition winners

The study of Geography provides students with unique and valuable skills and knowledge for life, to be able to understand the real world around us – just look at the news today: the tsunami warning for New Zealand has just been cancelled, there is political discussion on migration- at home and abroad, Hurricane Hermine is expected to make landfall in Florida tonight, and closer to home, the Birdsville Races have been postponed due to flooding.  The Australian Geography Competition challenges Australian secondary Geography students to demonstrate their skills in interpreting and analysing geographical information but also rewards student excellence.

Our Year 10 and 11 Geography students took part in the Competition, along with approximately 65 000 other students from 670 schools.

Students answered questions responding to data represented in thematic and topographic maps, photographs, tables, text, satellite images, and a variety of graphs. We have just received the results and we are very pleased with how our students performed. A number of our girls gained impressive results, considering we are competing with students who have studied geography for a longer period of time. A High Distinction was achieved by Year 10 students Emily Ballard, Lauren Gunther, Grace Kelly, Georgia Perissinotto, Ineka Tabrett, Isabelle Townsend, and from Year 11, Sarah Long.    

We would like to congratulate Olivia Andrew, Caitlin Betts, Lily Chapman, Charlotte Connelly, Ella Donaldson, Grace Gaston, Sarah Macfarlane, Phoebe Menzies, Bridie Nebe, Charlotte Pepper, Rachel Tabrett, Lexie O’Connor, Jasmine Robertson and Jessica Schwartz for gaining a Distinction in the competition.

Special mention should also be made of an additional 21 students who gained credits.

The competition is a joint initiative of the Australian Geography Teachers’ Association and the Royal Geographical Society of Queensland and has been sponsored by the University of Queensland and Macquarie University.

This skills test recognises that geographers have many skills. Geographers have many skills because they are really good at getting information from maps, aerial photos, satellite images, Global Positioning System (GPS) and computerised Geographic Information Systems (GIS); presenting information in really interesting ways; being creative and solving problems.

Many aspects of Geography, particularly the use of spatial technologies, are recognised as Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). We are currently developing skills in GIS in the Year 10 to 12 Geography classes.

There are lots of jobs that geographers work in,  that do not state ‘geography’ in their title, for example, landscape architect, retail demographer, meteorologist, planning, environmental managers, working in the logistics of emergency aid, food ethics, etc ,

Geography is learning by doing . . . it is hands on:

collecting data in the field (fieldwork); using computers, digital maps and GIS to look at patterns; presenting information in interesting ways – maps, graphs, photographs and diagrams; working in teams.

Geography is the daily news that determines our future.

For further information on Geography careers, go to: http://www.geocareers.net.au/

Mrs Wendy Bolton – Leader of Learning, Humanities and Social Science

Erskine Cup

Our students have always been strong speakers. Evidence can be found in many places – in the grounds at lunch time, in the high quality …

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Erskine Cup

Our students have always been strong speakers. Evidence can be found in many places – in the grounds at lunch time, in the high quality spoken assessment pieces the students present, in our Debating teams’ successes, and most recently at the Erskine Cup, Stuartholme’s Senior Public Speaking Competition.

Every year nominees are given a theme or a quote from which to work. This year ‘Flourish’ was chosen, mirroring the theme attached to our 2016 Focus Goal, ‘Intellectual Growth in an Atmosphere of Wise Freedom’.

On Monday 29 August, four highly talented students from Year 10, 11 and 12 spoke in front of staff and their peers and were judged by Ms Karen Schmidt, a well-respected public speaker and business consultant.

Georgia Perissinotto (Year 10) spoke to the topic, ‘In Order to Flourish You Need to Work Hard’, and developed beautiful images through gardening metaphors.

Lauren Gunther (Year 10) delivered a strong message and a call to action with her speech entitled, ‘Flourish: The Power of Belief’.

Sarah Long (Year 11) also gave a thought-provoking and, at times, gently humorous speech challenging our ‘Fear to Flourish’.

Genevieve Groves (Year 12) began with a controversial title, ‘We Don’t Need Feminism in Australia Today’, and had many important things to say about young women and socio-cultural expectations and norms.

At the end of the speeches, Ms Schmidt commented on how impressed she was by the girls’ confidence, thoughtfulness and skill. Staff and students definitely agreed that all speakers had done themselves proud.

After much deliberation, the Erskine Cup for 2016 was awarded to Lauren Gunther. Congratulations to Lauren and all the speakers – you certainly set the bar high for future competitions. I thank you most sincerely for your participation.

I look forward to seeing many more students showing strong self-belief, fighting the fear and flourishing in our Erskine Cup competition for 2017.

Shannon Lacey.

Lucy shines at the Brisbane Eisteddfod

On Saturday 27 August, Lucy Sevil, Year 10, competed in the 15-16 years vocal section of the Brisbane Eisteddfod held at Enoggera Bowls Club and …

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Lucy shines at the Brisbane Eisteddfod

On Saturday 27 August, Lucy Sevil, Year 10, competed in the 15-16 years vocal section of the Brisbane Eisteddfod held at Enoggera Bowls Club and received the following results:

  • 1st place in Newcomer Vocal Solo
  • 1st Place in Art Song by an Australian Composer
  • 3rd place in Song from Gilbert and Sullivan
  • 3rd place in Solo from Musical Theatre
  • Highly Commended for Sacred Solo

Congratulations to Lucy on this outstanding result, and to her voice tutor, Mrs Barbara Tate.

Lucy is a member of Stuartholme on Stage and will be appearing in the upcoming Cabaret Project on Saturday 22 October.  Click here to purchase tickets.

2016 Athletics Season

Further to our last update from the CaSSSA Athletics carnival, we now have the full list of results from all track and field events. We …

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2016 Athletics Season

Further to our last update from the CaSSSA Athletics carnival, we now have the full list of results from all track and field events. We would once again like to reiterate our thanks to the many athletes who competed across several events, and for some outside of their comfort zone. We would like to highlight the following outstanding results from the carnival:

India Williams: 1st place Division One: 17 years 1500m, 1st place Division One: 17 years 800m and 1st place Division One: 17 years 400m.

Imogen Fraser: 1st place Division One: 13 years hurdles.

April Laurikainen: 1st place Division One: 12 years shot put (record) and 2nd place Division One: 12 years discus.

Ellen Gett: 1st place Division One: 12 years 200m and 3rd place Division One: 12 years 100m.

Zara Taylor: 2nd place Division One: 13 years 800m.

Hannah Barretto: 2nd place Division One: 16 years triple jump.

Isabelle Townsend: 3rd place Division One: 15 years shot put.

We would like to this opportunity to congratulate the following athletes for being selected in the West Taylor Bridge (10 – 12 years), and Brisbane Independent District (13 – 19 years): April Laurikainen, Ellen Gett, India Williams, Dominica Fitzsimon, Isabelle Townsend and Brittany Yarde who represented their district at the regional trials this week for a chance to be selected in the Met West team.

Rowing News

Congratulations to the rowers who won the BSRA Percentage Cup for the 2nd year in a row on Saturday 27 August! Well done to our Captain …

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Rowing News

Congratulations to the rowers who won the BSRA Percentage Cup for the 2nd year in a row on Saturday 27 August!

Well done to our Captain of Boats – Lucy Theodore and her wonderful team of rowers.

The girls won eight 1st places, four 2nd places and one 3rd place in what was a great day out for Stuartholme.

13/17 crews placed in the top 3 with 12/17 placing top 2!

The Year 8 girls won three 2nd places, one 3rd place and one 6th place.

The Year 9 girls won 5/5 races, clean sweeping the age group!

The Year 10’s won two 1st places and one 2nd place with some of the tightest margins of the day, 0.24s and 0.38s!

The Opens won one 1st place, two 6th places and one 7th place.

Congratulations girls!

Congratulations also to the Open 1st 8 girls who had a difficult heat but finished the day winning the B Final convincingly.

Thank you to all the amazing girls and staff who came out to support the girls on Saturday!

You can find some photos from HOTR here: http://bit.ly/2bAxcIC

 

Matt Marden, Rowing Director

Netball update

Well done to all our teams for their efforts in the 2016 Netball season. This year, we had 14 teams, with three making it through …

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Netball update

Well done to all our teams for their efforts in the 2016 Netball season. This year, we had 14 teams, with three making it through to the Grand Finals.

Congratulations to Megan Chaffin and her Team 13 who won their Grand Final, 22 – 14 against Aspley.

Thank you to all our Coaches, Team Managers and Parents for your ongoing support of our girls this year.

I look forward to seeing you all again for the 2017 Netball season.

Sheryl Scanlan

Congratulations to Olivia on team selection

Congratulations to Olivia Hartland on her selection in the Met West 13-15 years Cricket team. Olivia will now go on to compete in the state carnival …

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Congratulations to Olivia on team selection

Congratulations to Olivia Hartland on her selection in the Met West 13-15 years Cricket team. Olivia will now go on to compete in the state carnival held at Northgate on 23-25 October. We wish her all the best!

 

Hockey success!

Last weekend the Stuartholme Hockey team competed in their Grand Final match. The girls played a great game and came out with a drawn Premiership! …

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Hockey success!

Last weekend the Stuartholme Hockey team competed in their Grand Final match. The girls played a great game and came out with a drawn Premiership! The Stuartholme hockey team has had an outstanding season – spending most of it on top of the ladder, they also won the minor premiership for the Junior Grass Division 3 competition. Congratulations girls on a fantastic season!

 

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Sign on now for Core Fitness

Andy Rodigheiro will again be running the 2016 Core program. We are continuing with two streams of Core  – Core and Hard Core. Hard Core …

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Sign on now for Core Fitness

Andy Rodigheiro will again be running the 2016 Core program. We are continuing with two streams of Core  – Core and Hard Core. Hard Core is everything you love about Core only harder, better, faster and stronger! All sessions are held at Freers.

Core will run:
Monday morning – 6:30 to 7:30am
Wednesday morning – 6:30 to 7:30am
Thursday afternoon – 3:30-4:30pm (meet at the cafe and Andy will walk you down).

Hard Core will run:
Tuesday afternoon – 3:30-4:30pm  (meet at the cafe and Andy will walk you down).
Friday morning – 6:30 to 7:30am

Term 4 Classes will commence on Wednesday 5 October and conclude Thursday 24 November.

Sign on is via the Portal.

 

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.

 

Father Daughter Putt Putt

On Thursday evening, 1 September, nearly 100 fathers and daughters enjoyed a round of Putt Putt at Victoria Park to celebrate Fathers’ Day. Thank you …

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Father Daughter Putt Putt

On Thursday evening, 1 September, nearly 100 fathers and daughters enjoyed a round of Putt Putt at Victoria Park to celebrate Fathers’ Day. Thank you to everyone who attended, we wish all the fathers’, grandfathers and father figures a very happy Fathers’ Day!

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