Message from the Principal

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends,

Thank you to everyone who attended our Celebration of  Excellence on Wednesday night, I’m sure you will agree it was a wonderful event. I thought I would share my speech for those of you who were unable to attend.

Good Evening our Sisters of the Sacred Heart, our Board Members, our parents, our students and our staff.
Good evening to our Stuartholme community.
We are here to celebrate our expression of excellence.
In our Sacred Heart Education, we advocate the development of the whole person; consequently, we will be acknowledging and celebrating our girls’ gifts across a diverse range of areas, their contributions to our community and their hard work.
I thought since it is my first year as part of the Stuartholme community, I might share what I think is exceptional about Stuartholme.
What we should, as a community, celebrate. Much of which is not measurable, yet crucial to who we are. What sets us apart? What is distinct about Stuartholme:
• Our relationships
• Our sense of community
• Personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom.
In terms of relationships and our sense of community:
Stuartholme has the two most essential ingredients for an excellent school: beautiful, animated girls – hungry to learn and grow; and passionate, dedicated teachers, also eager to continue to learn and grow.
The relationships between our girls and our teachers is evident at every turn throughout the school. The nature of their conversations, their mutual respect and the way they humour one another. The Sacred Heart ethos of educating the whole person is the basis of these relationships. It is visible in the layers of care for our girls in every aspect of the school: our daily interactions, the genuine relationships in the classroom, our system of rotating Leaders of Student Wellbeing and Teacher Mentors, and our counsellors, our Health Centre, case management systems etc.
Students own their teachers. And teachers own their students. It is an amazing and inspiring atmosphere in which to work each day.
When a community innately believes in itself, they are warm and welcoming and confident in caring for new comers. When I flew into Stuartholme, I was gently caught, warmly embraced and tenderly place in amongst the community. Never in my life have I had such a ‘soft’ landing. My staff may think my start was not easy, with building programs, industrial action and with the passing of John Fitzgerald, our Business Manager. However, the Stuartholme community could not have been more welcoming or more kind.
Last week, I asked a gentleman who was working in the school, what quality of the school did he find distinct. His simple yet adamant response was “it is such a happy place”. Stuartholme is a wonderful community where everyone belongs.
A further expression of our strong sense of community is in our kind, diverse and inclusive Boarding House. 150 girls live at Stuartholme. Every interaction I experience is friendly and open-hearted. It is delightful to share this space with such joyful young souls.
What we have in common with other Catholic schools are the dimensions of our Catholic faith and social justice, and teaching and learning. However, how we express these aspects has distinct qualities.
Our Catholic faith is open hearted and our liturgies are designed to inspire our young woman, not to indoctrinate dogma, nor to impress local clergy, but to ensure our girls’ personal integrity is moulded around the love of Jesus. The Christian bottom line – they know to be good to one another – some Catholic contexts can cloud this simple truth. At Stuartholme our expression of our faith through liturgy, prayer and relationships is inspiring and nurturing of the spirit. Our expression of our social justice, is concrete and very real. Stuartholme girls invest their time in generous ways, like visiting retirement homes, working with the homeless with Orange Sky Laundry and Rosies. And helping refugee students who struggle with their school work at local State High Schools in a Homework Club. Time is our most precious gift. Our faith and personal beliefs in being good to others is in our action and in our generosity of time and spirit.
In terms of our teaching and learning, I do not know who hungers more for knowledge and understanding – the teachers or the students. There is an intellectual quality of the teachers, that I have not experience so distinctly at other schools. They are passionate and well-read in their professional practice. They are keen to engage in professional learning and to share new ideas. Our teachers’ collegiality is foundational to our sense of community and our sense of belonging. This is evident in our long standing staff members.
For the students – it is cool at Stuartholme to try your best, to give it a go, to strive. This is not the norm in adolescent girls in Australia. Australian research shows many teenage girls opt out, hang back, make excuses. Stuartholme students are on the front foot, leaning in. Developing and sharing their gifts. They make mistakes and learn from them, in the safest environment we can provide. At our Year 9 Camp, a highly experienced facilitator of an outdoor education program stated Stuartholme girls are not prissy they “roll up their sleeves and muck in”. Our girls have tenacity. I had heard Stuartholme girls were not backwards in coming forward. Our girls are generous spirited, animated, tenacious and capable. And my personal wish for them is for each to believe in their worth. To believe in themselves as they move out into the world.
This year we celebrate the 5th Goal of the five Sacred Heart Goals: ‘Personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom’. And tonight we acknowledge how our girls have grown and flourished. This goal is distinctive from other Catholic values. Personal growth indicates we are ever evolving, always striving to improve, a work in progress, self-reflective and self-aware. The powerful oxymoron of ‘wise freedom’, I found intriguing. Freedom to me had connotations of wildness, no responsibility, no degree of care.
My school motto was ‘Seek Wisdom’ – I have endeavoured to do this throughout the challenges of my life. If our girls aspire to wise freedom, they will have choice, their discernment as they move through their life challenges will be empowered. If our girls continue to be self-reflective, lifelong learners, to hunger to grow and learn – their lives will be rich with opportunities, alternatives and rewards.
Stuartholme embodies the atmosphere where personal growth leads to wise freedom. One of many moments that has touched my heart this year was to interview six Year 12 students who were nominated by their peers for the Cor Unum Shield. I sat in awe listening to these young women share how they think Stuartholme has contributed to who they have become. Their personal integrity, their service leadership, their desire to work in a field which will make a difference, their page long list of all they had offered to their school community in their time at Stuartholme, their humility and their loyalty and love of their school overwhelmed me. While each of these graduating ladies highly valued their time at Stuartholme, what they take away is a strong sense of self and a profound knowledge that they are cherished and able to contribute to their world. If this is what we produce, in partnership with our parents – I am honoured to be part of this chapter of Stuartholme.
What do I think is exceptional about Stuartholme? Our relationships, our sense of community and our 5th Goal ‘Personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom’.
What we should, as a community, celebrate? Our girls!

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

News from the Nest

Time is really ticking now for our Year 12s who have very mixed feelings about leaving so soon! There is great joy at the thought …

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News from the Nest

Time is really ticking now for our Year 12s who have very mixed feelings about leaving so soon! There is great joy at the thought of completing all those assessments finally, but also sadness at leaving behind this community and the friendships made. Next week, the 12s go into their final week of classes. Parents of Year 12s are invited to breakfast next Friday morning on 4 November from 7 am to 8.30 am. Some of you might be able to come to this I hope!
On Wednesday night, we had a wonderful Celebration of Excellence evening at the City Hall and the Boarders were very well represented on the night, both in terms of participation in Stuartholme On Stage and in the bands, but also in the number of girls who received awards and acknowledgements for their achievements this year. Staff are always teasing me saying I only photograph and notice the Boarders (of course I do!) but the night really showed everyone in the Stuartholme family how well the Boarders are doing in terms of overall participation in school and community life and an unwavering commitment to all kinds of excellence.
Part of this success comes from the fact that the experience of Boarding definitely enhances resilience, goal-setting, inter-personal skills and independence but it is also because boarding encourages involvement in all aspects of school life. We know that this helps girls settle in and find their place, but we also know that engagement enables their flourishing as young women. I truly believe that our Boarding staff are second to none too, and are part of the girls’ support crew. The Supervisors are behind the girls every step of the way!
This week saw a lot of laughter in the House with a wonderful Halloween themed dinner on Tuesday night and Harry Potter day today. The Year 7s and all new Boarders woke up to scrolls welcoming them to Hogwarts on their beds and all girls received a Harry Potter lolly bag! I dressed up as Poppy Pomfrey, matron of the hospital! A sight (not) to behold! The wonderful Mrs Gayle Rush was Professor Sybil Trelawney! Ms Sharpe was Dolores Umbridge, a sight in hot pink!
We are starting to develop our leaders for next year, and next week the current Boarding Captains and Mentors will have a handover night and meal with the girls incoming to these positions. I am also in the process of finalising the Fire Wardens for next year and these girls will begin their training next week in preparation for 2017!
With four weeks left until the end of term, can I ask you to please get your end of term leave in. I need to remind you that the final day of classes is on Friday 25 November at 12 pm. Boarders need to be out of the House by 4 pm that afternoon. No staff will be in House that evening.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if there are end of year events you are unsure of, or if you have any general comments or feedback that would help me in planning for next year.
The Assistant Heads of Boarding and myself are meeting with our school counsellor, Mrs Danielle Baker over the next few weeks to further plan a Boarding Wellbeing Program for 2017 that will include age appropriate activities and the insights of Positive Psychology. Exciting times ahead!
We aim to improve the outcomes for every one of our girls, year by year.
Warm regards and I hope you are travelling gently into the end of the year.
Andree Rice, Deputy Principal Boarding

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Careers Update

How will I get my Year 12 results? You will be able to access your results from your Learning Account on the Student Connect website …

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Careers Update

How will I get my Year 12 results?

You will be able to access your results from your Learning Account on the Student Connect website on Saturday 17 December 2016. You will need your LUI number (on your Year 12 QTAC book). You can login help from the Student Connect website. Your results will also be mailed to you on 16 December.

Want to study university while in Year 12? You can!

Are you achieving a B+ average in your subjects and feel as though you could cope with the demands of a university subject while in Year 12? Then, download the ESP brochure to learn more about the University of Queensland Enhanced Studies Program. Applications close 31 October, and requires parent/caregiver and School approval.

$15,000 could be yours!

The Charlie Bell Scholarship for Future Leaders provides up to $15,000 towards 2017 university tuition fees. Employees and non-employees of McDonalds can apply for this scholarship. Applications close on 31 October, 2016. For more information visit the Charlie Bell Scholarship website.

Did you know that Health is the fastest growing industry in Australia?

To find out more, read the UQ Ultimate Guide to Health Jobs in Australia. There is even a section on where the new jobs will be.

When do I need to start applying for ADFA (Australian Defence Force Academy)?

The optimum time to apply for entry into ADFA is Semester two of Year 11. You can start your application on the ADF website

I want to be a flight attendant

The Certificate II Tourism – Flight Attendant Preparation Course will give you a flying start. Click here for more information.

QUT Creative Industries short courses – November

QUT will offer a number of short courses in November 2016, including acting, digital storytelling, social media, fashion illustration, public speaking and starting your first novel. For more information visit the QUT Creative, Design and Performance short courses website

Interested in joining the Queensland Police Service?

The Queensland Police Recruiting Unit will be holding an information seminar in Redcliffe on 27 October at 7pm. To register your attendance, click here.

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

Mrs Wallace

Careers Counsellor

Christmas hamper donations

As you enter the busyness of the last weeks of school, please keep in mind the Christmas Hampers that we will be filling for St …

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Christmas hamper donations

As you enter the busyness of the last weeks of school, please keep in mind the Christmas Hampers that we will be filling for St Vincent de Paul and the Mater Foundation.

St Vincent de Paul are specifically seeking donations this year to assist 22 refugee families.  The Mater Foundation does great work with their Complex Care Clinic, refugee families and the Parent Aide Unit.

When you are next doing your grocery shopping, please consider adding one or more items to help these organisations. Item could include:

  • non-perishable food
  • toiletries
  • baby wipes
  • baby clothes

Items can be handed in at TMG. Thank you for your support of our Christmas and Refugee Activities.

 

Outstanding results for Readers’ Cup Teams

Congratulations to our Readers’ Cup Teams on a wonderful season. On Thursday 20 October Stuartholme Team 1 won the Year 7 Readers’ Cup, Stuartholme Team 3 …

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Outstanding results for Readers’ Cup Teams

Congratulations to our Readers’ Cup Teams on a wonderful season.

On Thursday 20 October Stuartholme Team 1 won the Year 7 Readers’ Cup, Stuartholme Team 3 came second and Stuartholme Team 2 came 11th of 16 teams.

On Tuesday 18 October Stuartholme came 3rd and 9th in the Year 10 Readers’ cup.

This concludes a very successful District Readers’ cup season which involved 56 students across five competitions over the last three weeks. We were a very strong presence at all levels coming 1st and 2nd in Year 7; 2nd in Year 8; 2nd in Year 9 and 3rd in Year 10.

This is a sign of the strong reading culture in our school which underpins our continued academic success/improvement.

Liz Skinner, Library and Information Services Director

 

Outstanding AMEB results for April and Samantha

Congratulations to April Pong and Samantha Hui, Year 12 who recently attained their Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) Certificate of Performance on Piano. The exam …

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Outstanding AMEB results for April and Samantha

Congratulations to April Pong and Samantha Hui, Year 12 who recently attained their Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) Certificate of Performance on Piano.

The exam requires the students to perform a recital of 45 minutes with general a knowledge presentation at the end. Candidates must demonstrate musicality, maturity, conviction and confidence in the performance of a well- balanced program that covers a variety of technical skills and musical emphasis.  This exam sits between Grade 8 and A Mus A and is a stepping stone up to Diploma Level.

April and Samantha worked hard for this during 2016 and this result will be recorded along with their academic achievements.

Ms Kathy Sander has enjoyed mentoring and teaching the girls over the past five years at Stuartholme, and seeing them progress through the levels of piano examinations.

Knowles Cup

On Friday 21 October, four teams from Stuartholme set off for Toowoomba to compete against Fairholme and Glennie in the Knowles Cup tennis competition. It’s safe …

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Knowles Cup

On Friday 21 October, four teams from Stuartholme set off for Toowoomba to compete against Fairholme and Glennie in the Knowles Cup tennis competition.

It’s safe to say the girls had a fabulous night bonding with their team mates, laughing and enjoying the Sizzler buffet.  We were all excited and prepared to hit it out the next morning.

The results from Fairholme were outstanding, with all teams winning overall. Glennie were very strong competitors, but with fire in our eyes, Stuartholme ultimately come out on top.

Overall, it was a very successful weekend and I would like to congratulate all the dedicated girls on their wonderful efforts.

Lilly Daly, Year 12

Equestrian Report

An excellent weekend at the Burpengary Equestrian centre marked the end of the 2016 coaching year. Beautiful weather, no storms, great facilities, wonderful atmosphere – …

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Equestrian Report

An excellent weekend at the Burpengary Equestrian centre marked the end of the 2016 coaching year. Beautiful weather, no storms, great facilities, wonderful atmosphere – what more could you ask for! The 69’ers were inaugurated and had enormous fun out on the cross country course showing their riding and jumping skills. They have booked a reunion for the same time – same place in 2017 !

We welcomed two new families to the team for next year and they had the opportunity to experience the Stuartholme team and parent spirit and camaraderie first hand.

If you know of any Equestrian families, who are coming to Stuartholme next year and not able to attend the camp, can you please let me know as soon as possible :- astarosta@stuartholme.com or 0438242054

We are already into the 2017 competition season however roll on the actual 2017 and another year of Equestrian fun and enjoyment.

Anna Starosta

Athletics Met West State Championships

Congratulations to the following girls who did a fantastic job in representing Met West at the Athletics State Championships, held at the Queensland Sport and Athletic …

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Athletics Met West State Championships

Congratulations to the following girls who did a fantastic job in representing Met West at the Athletics State Championships, held at the Queensland Sport and Athletic Centre from 18-23 October.

April Laurikainen, Year 7 – shot put – personal best (photo above)

Belle Townsend, Year 10 – shot put

Brittany Yarde, Year 12 – 3000m

India Williams, Year 12 – 800m

Georgia Langford, Year 12 – 5000m walk – personal best

 

Bronze for basketballers

Congratulations to our basketball team on winning bronze at the Champion Basketball School of Queensland (CBSQ) tournament at the end of last term!

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Bronze for basketballers

Congratulations to our basketball team on winning bronze at the Champion Basketball School of Queensland (CBSQ) tournament at the end of last term!

Music Breakfast

In recognition of the hard work by dedicated parents, caregivers, students and staff throughout the Stuartholme musical year Stuartholme Music warmly invites Ensemble members and their …

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Music Breakfast

In recognition of the hard work by dedicated parents, caregivers, students and staff throughout the Stuartholme musical year Stuartholme Music warmly invites Ensemble members and their parents/caregivers to attend the Music Breakfast on Sunday 13 November.

For all the details and to purchase your tickets click here.

Limited edition Sophie Trees for sale

Megan Grinstead, the artist behind our beautiful screens, has some limited edition framed Sophie Trees for sale at the Uniform Shop. The frame measures 130 x 130 mm …

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Limited edition Sophie Trees for sale

Megan Grinstead, the artist behind our beautiful screens, has some limited edition framed Sophie Trees for sale at the Uniform Shop.

The frame measures 130 x 130 mm (13 x 13 cm) and cost $55 each.

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Expressions of Interest – Duchesne College Council

Duchesne College is a residential College which aims to create new opportunities for personal and academic growth.  Guided by the philosophy and goals of the …

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Expressions of Interest – Duchesne College Council

Duchesne College is a residential College which aims to create new opportunities for personal and academic growth.  Guided by the philosophy and goals of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart, the College encourages lifelong learning to support personal growth and discovery.  Duchesne’s vision for the future is to help students transition successfully from secondary to tertiary education and then on to a fulfilling life beyond graduation.

The Duchesne College Council is currently seeking expressions of interest for future membership from individuals with governance experience and a commitment to the College’s mission and values.

Please visit the College’s website for further information, including details regarding the application process.

Expression of Interest – School Crossing Supervisor

Transport and Main Roads currently have multiple School Crossing Supervisor positions vacant throughout the local region. Please tell neighbours, friends and family of these available …

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Expression of Interest – School Crossing Supervisor

Transport and Main Roads currently have multiple School Crossing Supervisor positions vacant throughout the local region.

Please tell neighbours, friends and family of these available positions and help us to help our students.

Remuneration $28.18 per hour.

Special Conditions

Suitability is determined by the outcome of a pre-employment health assessment and the eligibility to apply and obtain a Working with Children Blue Card. School Crossing Supervisors must be available for work for both morning and afternoon shifts on a rostered basis in all weather conditions.

Any interested persons may contact the Carseldine Road Safety Office on 0417737107 or 3863 9875 or via email – zillmere_road_safety@tmr.qld.gov.au

Charity fundraiser to support orphans in Zambia

‘Our Rainbow House’ provides schooling to about 50 orphaned children in Zambia. The charity is having a fundraiser in Brisbane on 5 November at 11:30am at …

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Charity fundraiser to support orphans in Zambia

‘Our Rainbow House’ provides schooling to about 50 orphaned children in Zambia. The charity is having a fundraiser in Brisbane on 5 November at 11:30am at Enoggera Bowls Club with lunch and an art auction – the 3rd Annual Art Exhibition.

Tickets are $125 and includes a three course lunch, alcoholic drinks and the opportunity to enter our raffle and bid for pieces at an auction.

Click here for more details and to book.