Message from the Principal

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends,

As many of you will know, on Tuesday 22 November, we lost a special member of our community, Fr Peter Quin. Fr Peter was the parish priest at St Ignatius Parish, Toowong and celebrated many masses with our whole-school community and our boarders on a Sunday afternoon.

Sarah Daff, Director of Mission and Andree Rice, Deputy Principal Boarding wrote a reflection on Fr Peter.

Fr Peter was the epitome of a pastoral priest! He was so inclusive that he used to invite the entire school up to the altar during the Eucharistic prayers, completely oblivious to the havoc that could ensue! He quizzed the girls on the Pope and Archbishop’s names and once the Pope became a Jesuit, Fr Peter was in paradise!  He also loved giving blessings at Communion time so that everyone would feel included. We remember crowds of girls moving around whoever was giving out Communion so that they could receive a blessing from Fr Peter who would say, “Jesus is your friend.” Fr Peter would always tell us not to worry when the Archbishop was coming and he could see how anxious we were that things went perfectly. He would just say, “I will deal with him!” Fr Peter’s loveliest times were with the Boarders at Mass on Sunday nights. He would often ask us to close our eyes and to imagine how lovingly God was looking at us right at this moment; he told us time and time again that Jesus is our companion, never far from us, walking every step of the journey with us. Fr Peter’s God was like a huge hug, accepting of everyone, making everyone feel good in their own skin. He gave the boarding community a great gift through his presence and we will never forget him. We are sure that he is making God laugh right now, just as he made us laugh, all the time. May God hold you, Fr Peter, in the palm of God’s loving hand. Until we meet again.

Sister Rita Carroll, rscJ also has a special reflection.

Father Peter, as the students knew him, was much loved at Stuartholme. They loved the way he would invite members of each class to stand around the altar with him during the consecration and his readiness to make the liturgy meaningful for them. The Boarders in particular loved Father Peter as he often celebrated a ‘last call’ Sunday Mass for them in a more informal setting. If Pope Francis had seen him interacting with the children in the Parish and our students he would have recognised him as a pastor who ‘had the smell of the sheep’…or perhaps in this case the lambs.

Eternal Rest.

This will be the last Newsletter for 2016. My wishes to you and your family for a holy and merry Christmas and I look forward to welcoming our students back in 2017.

We will also welcome some new staff to Stuartholme and it is my pleasure to introduce them to you.

  • Fabrice Alleaume – Teacher (French)
  • Nicole Bolton – Boarding
  • Timothy Butler – Teacher (Science)
  • Sue Harris – Leader of Student Wellbeing
  • Jodie Johnstone – Counsellor
  • Bridget Kenny – Boarding
  • Mizuho Major – Teacher (Japanese)
  • Joanne Mayhew – Boarding
  • Len O’Brien – Casual Bus Driver
  • Ellia Swepson – Boarding (past Stuartholme pupil)
  • Caroline Young – Boarding

God bless,

Kristen Sharpe, Principal

Key Dates

Please find below the key dates for Term 4 2016 and Term 1 2017

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Key Dates

Please find below the key dates for Term 4 2016 and Term 1 2017

DateEvent
Fri 25 November 2016Classes finish 12pm
Fri 25 November 2016Boarders travel day
Mon 23 January 2017Boarding students in Years 7 and 11 and Year 12 Boarding Captains and Mentors arrive by 9am
Boarding students in Years 8, 9, 10 and 12 arrive by 5pm
New students (Years 8-12) induction 1.30-2.30pm
Parents of new Boarders (Years 8-12) meeting 1.30-2.30pm
Parents of Year 7 Boarders meeting 10-11am
Year 7 students start 10am (lunch provided)
Year 7 students pick up books and have ID photos 11am-12.30pm
Year 11 students start, 12pm, Chapel (lunch provided)
All Parent Welcome Function 5.30pm
Tue 24 January 2017All students start
Wed 25 JanuaryYear 7 Parent Information Evening, 7pm
Thu 26 JanuaryPublic Holiday
Mon 30 JanuaryYear 8 Parent Information Evening, 7pm
Tues 31 JanuaryEquestrian Information Evening, 5.45pm R103/104
Year 9 Parent Information Evening, 7pm
Wed 1 FebruaryYear 12 Parent Information Evening, 7pm
Mon 6 FebruaryYear 11 Parent Information Evening, 7pm
Tues 7 FebruaryYear 10 Parent Information Evening, 7pm

News from the Nest

It is hard to believe that we have reached the end of another year! It was a very successful year in the Boarding Community and …

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News from the Nest

It is hard to believe that we have reached the end of another year! It was a very successful year in the Boarding Community and I hope that this was your experience too, through your daughter/s.

Our motto, Be Kind, Be Inclusive, Be Involved, Be Independent and Be Your (Academic) Best was lived out this year through a myriad of interactions and relationships. One thing that I am proudest of this year is the quality of the relationships between our supervisors and the girls. My hope is that each girl has at least one supervisor she can easily relate to and share the ups and downs of her day with. I would like to thank our wonderful staff for the commitment, passion and love with which they carry out their jobs.

I would also like to thank you, our wonderful parents for making this year a happy and productive one in the House. Communication and a strong partnership between us is the essence of an excellent Boarding School and I thank you for your ongoing support, open communication and feedback. As you know, I welcome feedback as it will help us to improve and become the best girls’ Boarding School in Australia! That is the aim!

We are farewelling Miss Lizzie, Miss Cassie, Miss Geena and Miss Hudson from our community as they move into other jobs, namely nursing and teaching! Boarding supervision provides a rich ground for experience in these fields as you can imagine and we wish them all the best for their futures.

A number of Boarders are becoming day girls next year – Moira Gordon and Revelle Rolfe –  and we will miss them so much upstairs but know that they will always be connected to us in a special way!

If you are coming to school to pick up, you will be greeted at the hair pin bend by a young man who will direct you to park next to Spruson. The girls will access the lift here to get their luggage down. I apologise for this inconvenience but access to the usual carpark in front of Boarding is restricted because of building works going on under the Chapel. This area is being filled in for offices.

We will be delighted to welcome everyone back on  Monday 23 January.

 On 23 January, please park at the flagpoles to drop off your daughter and her luggage. There will a staff member there to assist you and luggage trolleys in operation. Can you then proceed to the oval for parking as we will not be able to accommodate cars dropping off at the usual parking spot on this busy day. Thank you for your support with this.

A reminder that we are open from 8.00 am.

The Year 7s, 11s and Year 12 Boarding Captains and Mentors only are asked to arrive by 9am as they have programs that begin at 10am

Years 8, 9, 10 and 12 can arrive by 5 pm.

Please note that we are having meetings for NEW boarding families at 10am for Year 7s and at 1.30pm for all other new boarders

There is a social event on for all parents from 5.30pm that evening (23 Jan) so you are most welcome to attend this. This event is hosted by the P&F Association and is a great way to meet other parents. Drinks and a simple dinner will be provided. The night will be over by 8 pm. Whilst this event is designed for parents, we understand that you might have your other children at this event which is absolutely fine with us. An invitation is going out soon to all parents so please RSVP when you get this invite.

Wishing you and your families a happy and safe holiday period and I look forward to sharing 2017 with you. Onwards and upwards!

Warm regards,

Andree Rice, Deputy Principal Boarding

Uniform Shop – Christmas Holiday Trading

The Uniform Shop will close on Thursday 1 December and re-open on Monday 16 January 2017. To make an appointment, please email schoolshop@stuartholme.com or phone 35106497 …

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Uniform Shop – Christmas Holiday Trading

The Uniform Shop will close on Thursday 1 December and re-open on Monday 16 January 2017.

To make an appointment, please email schoolshop@stuartholme.com or phone 35106497 .

From next year, the shop will sell navy cotton bike pants for $20. These are suitable for wearing under the day dress only.

 

Bus registrations

School Bus registrations for Term 1 2017 are now open. If your daughter is intending to use the Stuartholme School Bus network, please register and …

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Bus registrations

School Bus registrations for Term 1 2017 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.

Geography exhibition

On Monday evening 14 November, Year 9 Geography students presented the findings of their Geography research to their parents. Students had conducted inquiries into issues relating …

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Geography exhibition

On Monday evening 14 November, Year 9 Geography students presented the findings of their Geography research to their parents. Students had conducted inquiries into issues relating to food production and its impact on the environment and/or globalisation and interconnectedness.

The research project emphasised collaborative research skills; communication and presentation skills, including the use of technology; personal creativity and problem solving. It encouraged the students to take personal responsibility for their learning. The girls assumed the role of an expert and answered questions from the parents as they circulated around the many exciting exhibits.

We would like to thank all the parents and staff who attended the exhibition on the night; the girls who courageously answered the questions posed by the parents and teachers; and the library staff for assisting us in the research process and accommodating us in their wonderful space.

Mrs Wendy Bolton, Mr Michael Elliott and Mr Kristian Guivarra.

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Outstanding Piano results

Congratulations to the following students on their outstanding results from their recent exams: Caiti Betts – Grade 6 Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) Dina Sun …

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Outstanding Piano results

Congratulations to the following students on their outstanding results from their recent exams:

Caiti Betts – Grade 6 Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB)

Dina Sun – Grade 7 Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM)

Jessica Brauman – Grade 8 Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM)

Well done girls!

Save the date – Stuartholme Race Day 2017

Mark your calendar now! The Stuartholme Race Day will be on Saturday 4 March. This will be an amazing day of racing, fashion and fun! …

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Save the date – Stuartholme Race Day 2017

Mark your calendar now!

The Stuartholme Race Day will be on Saturday 4 March.

This will be an amazing day of racing, fashion and fun!

More details to come.

 

Are you interested in debating in 2017?

You can now sign up and pay for debating in 2017 via the Portal. Don’t miss out!

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Are you interested in debating in 2017?

You can now sign up and pay for debating in 2017 via the Portal. Don’t miss out!

STEAM Residential 2017

Registrations are now open for the next STEAM Residential, to be held 2-5 April 2017 for gifted girls going into years 5 & 6 in …

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STEAM Residential 2017

Registrations are now open for the next STEAM Residential, to be held 2-5 April 2017 for gifted girls going into years 5 & 6 in 2017.

Stuartholme School together with Clearing Skies hostthe STEAM Residential Program, a three day residential for gifted girls, from any school in Queensland.

The Residential aims to offer high ability students an intensive program of learning in the STEAM areas: Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Maths. Gifted girls will have an opportunity to learn alongside students with similar abilities and interests. Girls will have fun, learning with others who think like them. They will be encouraged to talk about issues that are important to learning, thriving and becoming the best they can be.

Places fill quickly so to find out more and register please click here.