Message from the Principal

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends,

As you are aware, I have written to every parent in every year level, with the exception of parents of Year 12 students (email dated Monday 10 October) to inform you of the new three-year program to roll-out student IT Devices. In this Newsletter you will find information on the BYOD Program, including the link to our website with the selected devices.

This Stuartholme BYOD Program requires parents of students in Year 7 and 10 2017 to purchase a device for their daughter. Years 8, 9, 11 and 12 students (2017) will receive a school provided device. This ‘cascading’ roll-out over the next three-years will ensure a sustainable program moving into the future.

Since 2008, Stuartholme has recognised that having the skills to learn in a digital environment is a key part of 21st century learning. Over this time, the use of technologies has become embedded in our teaching and learning where they are used to enhance our students’ opportunities to develop their creativity, collaboration, problem-solving, critical thinking and communication skills. Our program has been successful in equipping students with the skills they need to learn in a modern world that mixes both traditional and digital learning opportunities.

 2017 Transition

Moving all year levels to a parent-owned model will happen over a number of years. Ultimately it is expected that students will require a new computing device in Year 7, and again in Year 10, with our experiences showing that three years is the average time we can expect a device to work effectively given the intensity with which the devices are used and the pace of technological improvement.

Below is a table showing how we expect to begin the transition from school-owned to parent-owned in 2017.

Year Level in 2017 2017 Device
Year 7 Parent purchased. Standard device to provide consistency in the classroom
Year 8 School provided device

Parents may opt to buy in to the Parent-purchased program

Year 9 School provided device

Parents may opt to buy in to the Parent-purchased program

Year 10 Parent purchased from a limited choice of devices
Year 11 School provided device

Parents may opt to buy in to the Parent-purchased program

Year 12 School provided device

Parents may opt to buy in to the Parent-purchased program

The choice of device will be limited and will need to meet the following criteria:

  • Powerful enough to run all curriculum software across all subjects.
  • Large, robust hard drive for file storage.
  • Imaged with the same software to create a standardised software platform.
  • Touch screen and pen.
  • Mobile, robust and with long battery life.
  • Compact, light and ergonomic.
  • Compatible with peripheral devices such as screens, mobile storage, data probes, microphones and cameras.

Stuartholme School is continually investing in considerable upgrades of our ICT infrastructure and technology architecture. This will result in a more sophisticated and streamlined database, a more efficiently operating parent portal and a more responsive and flexible learning management system for the students.

This is a significant transition which has been seriously considered and researched. I truly believe this is the best and most sustainable path forward. We are encouraged with your support this week as we have responded to your enquiries. If you have any further questions, please email byod@stuartholme.com. Further information will be provided as we progress in this implementation.

Kind regards and God bless,

Kristen Sharpe

Principal

Key Dates

Please find below the key dates for Term 4.

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Key Dates

Please find below the key dates for Term 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

Wellbeing

This week, 9-15 October is Queensland Mental Health Week. The message for 2016 is to “Value mental health: our own mental health and wellbeing, that …

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Wellbeing

This week, 9-15 October is Queensland Mental Health Week. The message for 2016 is to “Value mental health: our own mental health and wellbeing, that of our loved ones, friends and colleagues, at home, at work and at play”.

We launched Mental Health Week last Friday on Assembly. Our opening prayer prepared by 12.7 RE revolved around this theme. Jane McDonald – Cor Unum Head then addressed the school. In speaking to the girls, Jane explained the prevalence of mental health issues amongst adolescents and that there are many avenues for support available. She implored the girls to look out for one another and to seek help if they require it.

The Cor Unum Committee (Nina, Eloise and Bree) then invited the school community to participate in our own ‘Odd Sock’ Day. By wearing ‘odd’ socks, we were raising awareness that it is okay to ‘have an odd day’. The girls were thrilled on Tuesday as staff and students embraced this initiative.

Danielle Baker, School Counsellor, and I were lucky to visit Headspace at Taringa on Tuesday for an ‘Access All Areas’ event which enabled us to learn more about this valuable resource in our local area. Headspace is a service established to support young people aged 12-25 with mental health issues. The centre is ‘youth friendly’ with a staff of professionals and youth volunteers who advise how to promote the centre as a welcoming space.

To conclude the week, the Year 11 and 12 Health classes are painting ‘smiley’ faces today to again, raise awareness of mental health.

Whilst we aim to be proactive and promote strategies to ensure we have ‘good mental health’, sometimes we go through tough times, remember to check in on one another and to seek support if you need it from the many resources available here at school.

Andrea Reddan

Deputy Principal – Student Wellbeing

 

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Celebration of Excellence

All families have been emailed a letter regarding the upcoming annual ‘Celebration of Excellence’ Evening. This compulsory event will take place at City Hall, Brisbane …

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Celebration of Excellence

All families have been emailed a letter regarding the upcoming annual ‘Celebration of Excellence’ Evening. This compulsory event will take place at City Hall, Brisbane on Wednesday 26 October 2016.

All Students are to arrive at City Hall by 6.30pm with proceedings commencing at 7.00pm and concluding at 9.15pm.

Rehearsals for Musicians and Awardees will take place during the day.  Further correspondence regarding rehearsals will be issued to the Musicians and Awardees closer to the event. All other students are required to be at school in normal classes until 12.35pm, the end of period 4, when they will be able to go home and prepare for the evening. The school buses will depart Stuartholme at 12.45pm.

For Boarders, buses will depart from the roundabout at 5.30pm and return to Stuartholme on completion of the Ceremony.

Day students and their families will be required to make their own way to and from the event.

I look forward to sharing this wonderful event with you all.

 

Mrs Nicola Johnson

Deputy Principal – Staff Wellbeing and Administration

 

Co-curricula Excellence Awards – Celebration of Excellence

This year, as part of the ever expanding co-curricula programme at the school, we are wishing to continue with an award which was introduced at …

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Co-curricula Excellence Awards – Celebration of Excellence

This year, as part of the ever expanding co-curricula programme at the school, we are wishing to continue with an award which was introduced at the Celebration of Excellence in 2011.  The award acknowledges students who have excelled in their chosen field of expertise. The award will be for achieving excellence at an International level in a co-curricula activity.

The awardees will be acknowledged at the Celebration of Excellence on Wednesday 26 October.

The girls are requested to submit an application for this award to me.  The application should include all international experience. For example:

  • represented Australia in Debating
  • represented Australia at the World Springboard Diving Championships
  • received a world ranking in Junior Table Tennis

All applications need to be submitted with appropriate documentation by Monday 17 October at 5pm. 

As the pool of talent within our community grows and expands into many and varied arenas, we are excited about the prospect of acknowledging a number of students now and into the future through this award.

Nicola Johnson

Deputy Principal – Staff Wellbeing and Administration

BYOD Program

In an email to all parents (excluding current Year 12 families), on Monday 10 October, we advised of a new Bring Your Own Device Program …

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BYOD Program

In an email to all parents (excluding current Year 12 families), on Monday 10 October, we advised of a new Bring Your Own Device Program at Stuartholme starting in 2017.

All the information regarding the Program including Frequently Asked Questions, how to purchase a device and costs are on our website. Click here to view the page.

Please note, a fourth device is still to be added, this will happen in the next day or so.

 

Careers Update

Post school pathways (Year 12) If you didn’t submit a QTAC application (or application to a course in another state), and would like assistance formulating …

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Careers Update

Post school pathways (Year 12)

If you didn’t submit a QTAC application (or application to a course in another state), and would like assistance formulating your plan for when you finish Year 12, please book an appointment to see me. Mrs Hurley is ready to take your booking.

 

QTAC preferences – second thoughts? (Year 12)

If you are unsure about the course preferences you selected for your QTAC application, and would like to discuss your options in more detail, please book an appointment to see me.

 

Bond University Medicine and Biomedical Science information evening – 20 October

For more information on this FREE event and to register click here

 

Bond University Headstart Day –  student free day (17 October)

Take part in simulated lectures, enjoy interactive activities, meet Bond University professionals and students, and get to know your way around the campus. For Year 10 and 11 students, this program will give you a ‘headstart’ on your senior years, thinking about university. Click here for more information. Bond Headstart Registration Link.

 

REMINDER: Want to study a university subject in Year 12?

Applications close for the UQ Enhanced Studies Program on 31 October. Eligibility criteria applies. Any questions? Make an appointment to see me.

Options Career Information Bulletin

Click here to read an email that includes a wealth of career information. Take the time to scan the contents page to decide on the articles that will appeal to you. There is great information in there for you.

 

A night in the Navy – 20 October

If you are interested in joining the Royal Australian Navy then this event will be the perfect place to get information straight from current serving ADF members. The Commanding Officer of HMAS Moreton will also be in attendance during the evening as a guest speaker. Click here for more information on this event to be held in Herston.

 

Mater Education Open Day – 22 October

Mater Education offers a range of entry-level healthcare courses which may be suitable for Year 12 graduates, including our popular HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing program. For more information about the day and to register click here.

 

Indigenous Australian Engineering Summer School – applications close today!

Applications for the  2017 Indigenous Australian Engineering Summer School (IAESS) close on 14 October. The IAESS program gives 20 Indigenous high school students from across Australia, who are entering Years 10, 11 & 12 in 2017, the opportunity to come to Sydney and explore the possibilities of studying and working within various areas of engineering. For more information on this fully funded program please click here. The program includes climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge!

 

QSFT Open Day 2016 – Invitation to Fast Track Your Filmmaking Career – 29 October

Looking for professional development or just passionate about film making? This is the perfect opportunity for you to gain knowledge about the creative industry and career path opportunities. You will hear from industry professionals, along with personal stories from our current and alumni students. For more information and to register for this free event, click here.

 

Want a job in 2025? (taken from Options Bulletin)

Based on the prediction that many current jobs will be lost due to automation and on several credible reports, the World Economic Forum (WEF) has developed a list of the fastest growing occupational fields.  These include:

  • Software developer, computer systems analyst and market-research and marketing specialist jobs
  • Medical technicians, physical therapists, and workplace ergonomics expert jobs
  • Sales and marketing specialists and customer service representative jobs
  • Management analysts, accountants and auditors.

You can read the WEF article at Want a job in 2025? These are the sectors to focus on.  The article also includes a list of the skills that will be required in the future.

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.

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

Mrs Wallace

Careers Counsellor

School transport applications for students with a disability

The Student Travel Rebates for Students With Disability applications for Semester 2 2016 are now open online and close on 31 October. Parents whose child …

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School transport applications for students with a disability

The Student Travel Rebates for Students With Disability applications for Semester 2 2016 are now open online and close on 31 October.

Parents whose child attends a school within the Brisbane City Council boundary are only eligible for SWD (Students With Disability) Rebate, refer – School Newsletter Insert Sem 2 2016 – Schools Within Brisbane City Council

Enterprise Education winners

In Term 2 the year 10 Enterprise Education students were given the opportunity to submit their class assignment into the Plan Your Own Enterprise (PYOE) …

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Enterprise Education winners

In Term 2 the year 10 Enterprise Education students were given the opportunity to submit their class assignment into the Plan Your Own Enterprise (PYOE) competition run by Certified Practising Accountants (CPA) Australia. This competition provided a unique opportunity for secondary students to gain insight into the business world and explore solutions to challenges faced by entrepreneurs when planning their own enterprise.

My business partner, Chloe Venus, and I created an enterprise called ‘Little Lifesaver’ with the primary aim of preventing child drowning in Australia. Over two months Chloe and I constructed our business plan by choosing the most effective promotional, financial and production strategies for our business, then analysing its feasibility. After finalising our plan Chloe and I sent it off to the PYOE judges.

We thought that we may have seen the last of our report until I received an unexpected phone call during the September holidays from CPA Australia.  They informed me that we had been awarded 2nd place. As a result, Chloe and I found ourselves on the 29th floor of the CPA building last Friday evening receiving our PYOE Award.

By participating in this competition we have had the opportunity to explore the business realm and gain a deeper understanding of entrepreneurship and the various functions of a business. This assignment was an amazing opportunity that we would encourage any budding entrepreneur to grasp, as the skills obtained from applying business education in the real world are invaluable. For Chloe and I, this assignment and resultant award really showed us that  determination and hard work definitely pays off.

Sithara-Anne French, Year 10

Year 10 Enterprise Education – Smart Enterprise

On Wednesday 4 October, Year 10 Enterprise Education welcomed Troy Walsh from Commonwealth Bank Start Smart program as a guest speaker on the topics of …

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Year 10 Enterprise Education – Smart Enterprise

On Wednesday 4 October, Year 10 Enterprise Education welcomed Troy Walsh from Commonwealth Bank Start Smart program as a guest speaker on the topics of Smart Enterprise and Smart Investing.

Throughout the session, Troy touched on several central topics relating to becoming smarter consumers and more financially literate by explaining to us concepts and strategies specific to financial enterprise and investments. These strategies, coupled with humorous anecdotes and real life scenarios, made for an informative and engaging presentation. As a consequence, we are now empowered to make wiser, more confident financial decisions, which we can use in our unit ‘Being Enterprising’ this term.

Lauren Gunther, Year 10

Debating News

On Sunday 11 September debaters from Years 10-12 at Stuartholme participated in the 2nd annual Queensland Debating Union (QDU) Women’s Debating Championships. In the past, female …

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Debating News

On Sunday 11 September debaters from Years 10-12 at Stuartholme participated in the 2nd annual Queensland Debating Union (QDU) Women’s Debating Championships.

In the past, female debaters have had less access to additional debating opportunities and this has led to an under representation of female debaters at a state and national level.  This competition aims to address this by providing young women another opportunity to debate and improve the equality of opportunity between the genders.

The day was held at QDU and from all reports the debaters that attended had a fantastic day and improved their debating skills as a result.

Special congratulations  to Georgia Perrisinotto for winning the best speaker in Year 10 for the tournament.  The future is bright for Stuartholme debating.

Sign up for the 2017 team selection and trial process is now on the Portal.  If you have any questions please contact me via email acashin@stuartholme.com

 

Readers Cup

Congratulations to our Year 8 students who came second on Wednesday night in the Year 9 District Readers’ Cup – only 1 point from first! …

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Readers Cup

Congratulations to our Year 8 students who came second on Wednesday night in the Year 9 District Readers’ Cup – only 1 point from first!  The girls did exceptionally well considering they were playing up a year. Our Year 9 team also did us proud, coming in 5th.

On Thursday night our three Year 8 teams competed at St Aidan’s. Stuartholme 1 came second by half a mark. Sadly, they were winning and were ‘pipped at the post’ by Hillbrook. Teams 2 and 3 tied for 6th.

Last week our seniors also performed very well in what was a tight competition.

We look forward to hosting the Year 10s next week , followed by the Year 7s.

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Liz Skinner

Library and Information Services Director

Speech and Drama Private Tuition

Many girls from Years 7 to 12 at Stuartholme attend private tuition Speech and Drama classes. These classes are taught singularly or in pairs.  Girls …

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Speech and Drama Private Tuition

Many girls from Years 7 to 12 at Stuartholme attend private tuition Speech and Drama classes. These classes are taught singularly or in pairs.  Girls have the opportunity to develop self confidence, clarity of speech and to prepare for oral presentations. Communication and Performance skills are an important part of the program offered.  Students can undertake Eisteddfods and examinations if they wish.

The Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) and Trinity College, both QTAC registered organisations, come to the school to conduct these exams. Exams taken in Year 12 may assist entry into tertiary institutions.

Congratulations to Isobel Salisbury, Anwyn Cathcart, Bonnie Morrow and Annabel Freemantle who won a number of medals at this year’s Wynnum Manly Eisteddfod in single performances and in group work.

Margaret Gallagher

Private Speech, Drama and Communications Teacher

Rowing News

Stuartholme sent a team of 46 girls up to Bundaberg at the beginning of the September holidays to row at the Queensland School State Championships. …

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Rowing News

Stuartholme sent a team of 46 girls up to Bundaberg at the beginning of the September holidays to row at the Queensland School State Championships.

Just under 800 of the best schoolgirl and schoolboy rowers came from all over the State to participate in the championship regatta.

I am very happy to report that the girls had some fantastic success, taking home nine medals – 3 Gold, 2 Silver and 4 Bronze. Congratulations to the girls on these fantastic results. You can find the blog with all results and photos here: http://sturow.weebly.com/

Special mentions to our Year 9 1st Quad and Year 10 1st Four, who both claimed the Gold Medal at the Championships, as well as our Met-West teams fantastic Silver medals.

The Year 9s won the Year 9 Quad Scull which means these girls are; BSRA Indoor, BSRA Head of the River, South Queensland and now Queensland State Champions, with two of these girls also rowing U16 Met-West – there is no bigger prize at their age! They also claimed Gold & Bronze in the Year 9 Double Scull Final to top it off.

Well done to Issy Mailli, Emma Tucker, Sophia Tully, Zara Wareham and Kyla O’Shanassy.

The Year 10s combined into the Four for the very first time, which is one sweep oar each rather than their normal two sculling oars. The girls won the Gold medal in spectacular fashion rowing out to a couple of boat lengths lead over their competition.

The U16 Met-West crew, made up entirely of Stuartholme girls, rowed into a fantastic 2nd place against the best combined crews from around the State. The U19 Met-West crew, with two Stuartholme girls, rowed through Met-North in the final stroke of the race to claim the Silver. Both races were absolutely fantastic!

Well done to Emma Tucker, Sophia Tully, Sophie Marriott, Genevieve James, Grace Gaston, Jessie Macqueen and Lucy Theodore.

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Matt Marden

Rowing Director

Equestrian – Toowoomba Eventing

Continuing in their efforts to not only gain valuable experience, but also state qualifications for 2017, some of the Eventers competed at a competition in Toowoomba. …

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Equestrian – Toowoomba Eventing

Continuing in their efforts to not only gain valuable experience, but also state qualifications for 2017, some of the Eventers competed at a competition in Toowoomba. This location is where the State and National event will be held for Interschool next year, so it was a great opportunity to ride the course.

Even though Madison Searle, Year 12, has now finished her riding for the school she also competed, and was 5th overall in the 1 Star Event. Emily Rink came overall 4th in the 1 Star on her newish horse Kody in his first 1 Star start, which was a great result. Piper Searle, on Benson, was overall 5th in the Preliminary Event; Bella Anthony came 2nd in the Juniors with Chance; Ellie Turnbull and Blazey also rode the Preliminary Event coming overall 7th, and Georgia Rink, riding Chooch, came 2nd in the Juniors in the Pre Novice Division.

The team are meeting at Burpengary this weekend for the last camp of the year. We have had a very successful 2016 and are all looking forward to the next season which already started back in July.

 

Anna Starosta

Equestrian Coordinator

Metropolitan West Track and Field

On Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 September, we had a number of girls trial for the Met West Track and Field Team. Congratulations to the following girls …

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Metropolitan West Track and Field

On Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 September, we had a number of girls trial for the Met West Track and Field Team.

Congratulations to the following girls who have been selected for the Met West Team.

April Laurikainen – 12 years shot put.

Belle Townsend – 15 years shot put.

Georgia Langford – 18 years 5000m walk.

Brittany Yard – 18 years 1500m & 3000m.

India Williams – 18 years 1500m & 800m.

Dominica Fitzsimon – 18 years 800m & 400m.

Swimming sign on

Sign on is now available on the Portal for swimming. Students who have signed on for water polo are not required to sign on for …

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Swimming sign on

Sign on is now available on the Portal for swimming. Students who have signed on for water polo are not required to sign on for swimming.

Music Breakfast

In recognition of the hard work of dedicated parents, caregivers, students and staff throughout 2016, Stuartholme warmly invites music students, ensemble members and their parents/caregivers …

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Music Breakfast

In recognition of the hard work of dedicated parents, caregivers, students and staff throughout 2016, Stuartholme warmly invites music students, ensemble members and their parents/caregivers to attend Music Breakfast 2016.

Please join us in the Auditorium for a delicious buffet breakfast and the presentation of awards and achievements.

Cost is $20pp.

For all the details and to RSVP, please see click here.

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.

 

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.

Melbourne Cup Luncheon and Art Exhibition – final days to get your tickets!

Enjoy the fun of the Melbourne Cup at the annual Melbourne Cup Luncheon and Art Exhibition. Date: Tuesday 1 November Time: 11am – 3pm Venue: Summit Restaurant and …

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Melbourne Cup Luncheon and Art Exhibition – final days to get your tickets!

Enjoy the fun of the Melbourne Cup at the annual Melbourne Cup Luncheon and Art Exhibition.

Date: Tuesday 1 November

Time: 11am – 3pm

Venue: Summit Restaurant and Bar, Mt Coot-tha Lookout

Cost: $90 per person

Click here to view invitation.

Click here to book your tickets.

Did you attend Bardon Community Kindy Inc?

Bardon Community Kindy Inc is saying goodbye to Julie Boyd, Teacher/Director, who is retiring at the end of 2016. The Kindy is holding a surprise party …

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Did you attend Bardon Community Kindy Inc?

Bardon Community Kindy Inc is saying goodbye to Julie Boyd, Teacher/Director, who is retiring at the end of 2016.

The Kindy is holding a surprise party to farewell Julie. Click here for the details.