Message from the Principal

Dear Parents, Friends and Caregivers,

On Monday 19 February we held our final P&F Meeting. It is the end of an era and we unreservedly thank our P&F Exec: Tracey Franchi, Tanija Tarabay, Lara Gunther and Julie Wright-Smith.

We are reinventing our partnership with our parents. Stuartholme School is fortunate to have a wonderful network of parent and community supporters. We have numerous parent support groups which are high spirited and generous in their contributions to our community. Our new expression of our parent partnership is Parents of Stuartholme (PoS). The objectives of the Parents of Stuartholme Community groups are about promoting parent engagement and community building. We want to give a variety of expression and involvement for our parent groups. Parents may be involved in the following ways:

  • Year Level Support groups
  • Co-curricular support groups
  • Social Committee
  • Boarders’ Parent Network group
  • Care and Concern group and
  • Alumnae Association

This flexible model will evolve and is a work-in-progress. Each group will have a closer relationship with key staff, for example: the Year Level Support groups will have a closer working relationship with the Leaders of Student Wellbeing. We will improve our communication channels with our parent body. We encourage feedback via our pos@stuartholme.com email address. Community Engagement is a key domain in our Strategic Plan which says that by 2020 we will build and maintain a strong and purposefully engaged community that shares a belief in the importance of educating girls.

A key element of our Music Program is the Music Camp, which 90 students attended from 16-18 February. Thank you to the students who attended. I am very much looking forward to hearing you perform at the many opportunities throughout the year. You can read more about the Music Camp in Mr Mear’s piece in this edition of the Newsletter.

Deb Lonsdale-Walker and I visited our Year 7 Camp last Thursday. Our stoic Year 7 and Year 7 Tutor Mentor teachers soldiered on despite constant wet conditions. The purpose of the Year 7 Camp is about unity and friendships. We want to build unity of the cohort as well as build new friendships. We not only challenge our girls physically, but we also challenge our youngest students socially – to be open to new friendship opportunities, understanding and accepting difference.

Later that day, Deb and I regrouped and supported our two Year 12 nominees for Lions Youth of the Year – Lauren Gunther and Georgia Perissinotto. Both young ladies shone! Their impromptu responses were articulate, demonstrated clear sophisticated thinking and compassionate understanding of our complex world. Both Lauren and Georgia proved themselves as admirable orators with their prepared speeches, which were challenging the world norms and offering alternative thinking and offer solutions to ensure a more socially just world. We were so incredibly proud of these two Stuartholme ambassadors.

While I was attending a significant meeting about the recommendations of the Royal Commission, our Cor Unum Committee launched our new community building campaign – “Hear the Roar”. This theme has been positively embraced by our community and links our Focus Goal of ‘A deep respect for intellectual values’ with the opportunity for the students to support and recognise each other in the many aspects of school life.

On Sunday 25 February, our Cross Country Team, our biggest team to date, launched the 2018 season. Stephen Moneghetti, who represented Australia as a marathon runner at World Championships, Commonwealth Games and, of course, four Olympic Games. Steve is an icon of long distance running in Australia, he spoke to our cross country girls and ran with them offering them well earned wisdom and inspiration.

This Wednesday our Year 11 and Year 12 Boarders dinner enjoyed a mid-term treat enjoying a pasta feast under our beautifully lit tree in our Madeleine Sophie Courtyard. Our Senior Boarders dressed beautifully and conducted themselves in a gracious and grateful manner as they celebrated their sense of community. Our girls, as always, were warm and welcoming hosts.

 

Yesterday, Stuartholme ROARED at the CaSSSA Cup Swimming Carnival. We were outstanding contenders with an outright win by over a 100 point difference. Our Year 8 cohort were valiant supporters. Our swim squad of 93 were spirited and talented. Stuartholme School hosted and facilitated the event at the Chandler Aquatic Centre. As always, it was a privilege to see our girls animated and lively and united in spirit. We cannot deny our vigour for our sports at Stuartholme. If you haven’t seen it yet, we have posted a video on our Facebook page of the girls dancing in the stands at the event. It’s great to see such energy and spirit!

Kind wishes and God bless,

Kristen Sharpe
Principal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Key Dates

Please find below the key dates for Term 1, 2018

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Key Dates

Please find below the key dates for Term 1, 2018

DateEvent
Sat 10 MarchOpen Day 10am-1pm
Fri 16 MarchMusic at Twilight 6-8.30pm
Mon 19-Fri 23 MarchYears 11 & 12 assessment block
Mon 19 MarchYear 10 Career Testing
Sat 24 March Alumnae 'Arts, Bubbles and Canapes Gala' 6pm
Mon 26-Tues 27 MarchYear 12 QCS Practice Test
Wed 28 MarchYear 10 Retreat
Thurs 29 MarchYears 10-12 Parent Daughter Breakfast 7am
Easter Liturgy
Classes Finish at 12pm
Boarders travel day
Mon 16 AprilPublic holiday due to Commonwealth Games
Tues 17 AprilBoarders return
Boarder Parent Network meeting 10-11.30am
Parent Community Groups Principal Meeting 11.30am-12.30pm
Parent Teacher Interviews 10am-7pm
Wed 18 AprilStudents start Term 2
School fees due

Message from the Deputy Principal

Last week, The Courier Mail published a list they titled the State’s Top 50 schools, immediately grabbing the attention of many.  Whilst every school on …

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Message from the Deputy Principal

Last week, The Courier Mail published a list they titled the State’s Top 50 schools, immediately grabbing the attention of many.  Whilst every school on the list is undoubtedly proud of its students and staff, and we commend them for their achievements, it is timely to remind parents that great care needs to be taken when reading comparative data about schools and performance.

Data can be misconstrued and, without a full understanding of the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) and tertiary entrance, it is easy to read tables and lists without recognising the entirety of what the data is showing and what it is failing to show.  For example, tables based solely on the percentage of OP 1 to 5s attained do not reveal how many students actually pursued an OP.  Comparing two schools with 30% 1-5 OPs is like comparing apples and oranges when one school has 25 – 40% OP eligibility and the other has 85-90% of their cohort OP eligible.  The 50 schools included in the list (and the hundreds within lists on the website) are diverse, vibrant and unique communities and simple comparisons based on OP results fail to provide any insights into a school’s strengths and challenges.

There are so many more important questions to ask when considering what makes a good school. For example, how many of the Year 12 students at each school attained their Queensland Certificate of Education, the certificate that shows they have completed sufficient learning at a satisfactory standard?  Regardless of whether they attained an OP or QTAC selection rank, or both, what percentage of students who applied for tertiary positions receive an offer? How many finished school with a qualification such as a Diploma or Certificate III or IV? How many graduates are finishing apprenticeships, in full time employment or successfully pursuing their post-schooling goals? How many left school feeling happy and fulfilled, believing the school had prepared them well for their futures.

Stuartholme School consistently provides excellent pathways and opportunities for its graduates, as evidenced by our results over the last five years. Our averages speak for themselves:

  • 99.5% QCE attainment
  • 95% OP 1-15 OP, the range generally accepted as resulting in viable university options
  • 99% Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre offers
  • 40 to 70 Vocational Education and Training qualifications attained each year.

In 2017, 99% of our students attained their QCE, 100% of students who applied for university received a placement, 95% of students received an OP 1-15 and 44 students received a VET qualification.

These are good results which reflect a culture conducive to success. At Stuartholme, we challenge, support and nurture the girls in all areas of development – spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional and physical. We encourage each girl to contribute to the life of the School, to help create our rich community. Students, staff and parents work together to foster respectful relationships that will enable the girls to be resilient learners and supportive peers. We expect the girls to be disciplined, respectful of self, others, and their environment.

Quality is subjective and can’t be narrowed down to a simple measure or rank that fails to reveal the richness of a school community. OP rankings remain silent on pastoral care, student wellbeing, relationships and values.  They don’t provide details about student engagement, pedagogical practices or learning environments. They can’t be used to assess a school’s facilities or its technology and they provide no insights into co-curricular programs, sporting activities, creative arts or enrichment opportunities.

What is important in a school can only be identified by individual families. Parental choice should be informed by a range of factors that are best determined by being immersed in a school, working in partnership with the staff and reflecting on the health, wellbeing and happiness of our children. OP rankings may provide a few moments’ entertainment, but they should not be taken too seriously as a measure of a school’s worth.

Deanne Johnston
Deputy Principal

 

Message from the Dean of Mission

Year of Youth! The news in the past two weeks coming out of Florida that 17 people, children included, lost their lives in a mass …

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Message from the Dean of Mission

Year of Youth!

The news in the past two weeks coming out of Florida that 17 people, children included, lost their lives in a mass shooting has hit home with a mixture of emotions. The fact that these young people went to school that day like any other day and were confronted with terror is beyond comprehension. The mixture of emotions comes from what has transpired since this event. For the past two weeks, students from Florida and all over America have taken this tragic event and said, ‘enough is enough’. They have started to stand up and use their minds, voices and feet to say to the American adults and politicians, ‘this isn’t good enough’ and ‘we deserve better’. There is such hope in watching these youths take control of a future that is ultimately theirs.

With examples of this youth voice occurring all over the world, it is fitting that the Australian Bishops have pronounced 2018 as the Year of the Youth. The Year of Youth invites the church into dialogue about the importance and life-giving presence of young people in the Church and society. It calls for dialogue and active engagement focused on the reconnection and renewal of a new generation of young people in the life of the Church. To commence the national celebrations of this year, the Australian Bishops hosted the Australian Catholic Youth Festival in Sydney last December. One of our own Year 12 students, Georgia Perissinotto attended with her parish, St. Ignatius at Toowong. Georgia spent three days at the festival which culminated in a mass celebrated by 19,000 other young Catholics from across the country – the biggest mass in Australia since World Youth Day. Imagine what these 19,000 youths can achieve!

Last Friday we also took three Year 11 & 12 students to a Q&A event hosted by Brisbane Catholic Education at Lourdes Hill College. Throughout the afternoon students asked a panel, comprised of both religious and lay people, questions that affect them as the youth of the Church. These questions were submitted by the students who attended and were focused on a range of issues such as mental health, terror, social justice, leadership and advocacy. Our own Stuartholme students presented this question to Bishop Ken Howell ‘Why are women so under represented or often not represented at all in Church leadership? To young women today there seems to be a disconnect between words and action and young people see this.’ It was encouraging to see young people, both on the panel and in the audience, engage in open dialogue about these issues and share their insight on how we can collectively work towards peace and justice for all.

Along with dialogue, another aim of the Year of Youth is to reinvigorate the participation of youths in local parishes. To help do this, St. Ignatius parish at Toowong held a Youth Mass last Sunday afternoon that some of our Liturgy Committee and students attended. The girls lead prayers and were the Eucharistic Ministers for the event. It was beautiful to finish the mass singing with the students from Ambrose Treacy College and St Laurence’s College in the Year of the Youth song.

This year is about engaging all those youth for who the future awaits. The revolution happening now in America occurred because of a tragedy. Thankfully, our students do not need to overcome this same difficulty, but they can take control and start a revolution that changes the world through their everyday actions. As the Cor Unum Committee and Ms Sharpe spoke about in our Pancake Tuesday and Ash Wednesday reflections, students can start by standing beside someone who is having a hard time, by standing up for someone who may be experiencing bullying, by stopping themselves from gossiping about others or using sarcastic comments to belittle another person. They could compliment someone new each day, or perform random acts of kindness or participate in fundraising for our Project Compassion appeal. The list of things is endless, and when we look at the potential of the 680 young women who call Stuartholme their school, the possibilities are even greater. Each student can dictate the future world they want to live in by simply starting with deliberate actions of love and kindness, and taking a stand, like these American students have, when things do not seem right.

Sarah Daff
Dean of Mission

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Message from the Commercial Director

Stuartholme Giving In 2017 our current parents generously donated over $100,000 to Stuartholme for our building fund. These generous donations have gone towards significant building …

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Message from the Commercial Director

Stuartholme Giving

In 2017 our current parents generously donated over $100,000 to Stuartholme for our building fund. These generous donations have gone towards significant building and maintenance projects in 2017 with the largest being the upgrade and modernisation of the school kitchen to accommodate the daily meals for day students and boarders, as well the opportunity to take on much larger catering requests. Significant improvements to the school grounds were undertaken including the introduction of speed bumps and footpath on Paddington drive for increased safety, wayfinder signage, pathway and fencing at Freers, and the reinstatement of the Summer House. We continued to improve IT and welcomed back the school PA and bell system.

Your contributions to the Stuartholme Foundation are invested and stewarded with care to enable support for significant, large-scale capital works. Past philanthropic support enabled us to build the original Swimming Pool in 1950, the Chapel in 1962, the Spruson Building in 1991 and the Joigny Building in 2003. We look forward to sharing plans with you in the coming months about our ambitious Centenary Capital project to celebrate 100 years in 2020.

In addition to building projects, Scholarships have an immense impact and your gift helped outstanding young women to benefit from the life-changing opportunities that a quality education can offer. Your support of the scholarship program allows our School community to enjoy a diversity of personalities, skills and backgrounds and provides equity within our student body. At the 2017 Celebration of Excellence two students, commencing school at Stuartholme in 2018 were awarded the Sister Mary Brennan Scholarship of Excellence which provides 50 percent remission of tuition fees.

As a community working together, we make a powerful and lasting impact on the experience of Stuartholme students.  We thank you sincerely for continuing to affirm and renew your philanthropic vision by making gifts to Stuartholme, no matter how large or small. They are an investment in the future and position us to thrive, thank you!

 

Parents of Stuartholme and the Parent Levy

The accumulated funds of $126,000 from the parent levy in the last two years has been allocated to a number of key projects including new umbrellas, a large commercial BBQ, new Stu the Lion mascot, outdoor furniture and new AV equipment in the chapel and theatre. With the new Parents of Stuartholme structure, the parent levy will continue to fund the Parents Open Day BBQ, All Parent Welcome, year level events and projects that can funded upon application. The detailed process for applying for Parents of Stuartholme funding will be communicated at the Parents of Stuartholme Meeting on 17 April 2018 6pm in the Green Room at Stuartholme.

Laura Jones
Commercial Director

Message from the Dean of Boarding

Dear Parents and Guardians, The Nudgee Boarding Community was a generous host to us last week and the evening proved to be a great success. …

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Message from the Dean of Boarding

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The Nudgee Boarding Community was a generous host to us last week and the evening proved to be a great success. We arrived to a foyer decorated with fairy lights and the girls were delighted to be sitting on chairs with very fancy white covers! They also really liked meeting their Nudgee peers – lovely young gentlemen.

Many thanks to Mr Christian Oneto and his team for organising this night of welcome. Ms Nicole Gibson, a Mental Health Ambassador (www.nicolegibson.com.au)  was the after dinner speaker and her theme was one of love, wellbeing and connection. Some of the very pertinent comments Nicole made in her talk were:

  • It feels good when we are physically bonded to our tribe
  • Everyone is wired for connection and love
  • Failure is subjective and so is success so we need to honour our own ideas of what success looks like
  • Mental health difficulties are often the result of feeling isolated or disconnected so there’s a vital need for love and connection in our daily lives
  • Let us make the decision to move from fear to love
  • Let us focus on strengthening our ability to become less fragile and use difficulties as a way to keep going forward.

When listening to Nicole, it did strike me that one of the greatest assets of being a boarder is that you have to learn to be connected to everyone else in House. It is not possible to be a boarder and to close yourself away and not communicate. The tribe can drive you crazy but the tribe also makes you be part of them and supports you as you learn to pick yourself up and keep going. Boarding can help build our capacity to be anti-fragile.

We have had two significant Year Level Wellbeing events this fortnight. Firstly, a Year 9 afternoon tea run by Ms Ellen which offered the girls a 7 Day Positivity Challenge with exercises such as No Complaining! Go a full day without a single complaint. Secondly, Ms Catherine and Ms Melissa put on a wonderful Long Table Dinner for the Year 11 and 12s to mark their halfway point through the term. Part of the evening consisted of an in depth and thoughtful quiz with questions relating to sayings of our Founding Wisdom Women and significant women’s related world events. You can read more about these fabulous events next week on My Stuartholme.

You might have heard that we have had a number of false fire alarms this term, triggered by the storms and humidity in house. The good news is that the whole boarding house knows exactly what to do and how to evacuate quickly and calmly – at whatever time of day and night. Stuartholme has been working this year with Dynamiq, a global emergency management company, to improve our fire training and emergency response across the school. This week, we trained the entire boarding staff and 16 Year 12 boarders in Fire Safety and other emergency procedures. The Year 12 Fire Wardens are Grace Gaston, Tessa Buzzo, Gretta Berge, Imani Tamwoy, Sophie Stride, Ellen Bowden, Piper Smith, Bridie Nebe, Leilani Mackie, Charlotte Connelly, Mollie Parkes, Loren Duggen, Roanna Trott, Darceigh McCoy, Grace Muirhead and Charlotte Curran. Thankyou girls for stepping into these roles.

Congratulations to Charlene Deng and Anthia Faithfull for being our most recent Boarders of the Week!

Important Things to Note this Week:

  • All weekend leave must be in by 11 am on Thursdays. If we receive leave requests on Friday that have hosts designated we are not familiar with or that asks for groups of older girls to go out together to non-parent hosts, we are not going to approve this
  • If we are concerned that boarders have been invited to parties where there might be alcohol or inadequate parent supervision, we will contact you immediately to talk through our concerns. We will also contact you if we have not heard of the host your daughter has asked to go to. It is our prerogative to refuse any leave requests if we are concerned about risk
  • This is because our duty of care continues unless your daughter is in your care on the weekend
  • Boarders return on Tuesday 17 April by 5 pm. This is also Parent Teacher Interview Day
  • End of term leave must be in via REACH on Thursday 22 March by 5 pm
  • Once again, all leave must be submitted via REACH: contact Ms Ellen McLean on emclean@stuartholme.com if you cannot access REACH
  • You are always welcome to join us in celebrating Mass. Mass starts every Sunday at 5pm
  • Please note we will decline leave requests if they are for students to be out during Mass time; MASS IS A COMPULSORY PART OF BEING A STUARTHOLME BOARDER.

As we move forward into the pointy end of the term when assessments are due and girls can start to get a little stressed and ready to come home, let us remember that love, wellbeing and connection can help us respond to chaos with calm. Thanks to all parents and guardians for so often being the calm and supportive voices on the other end of the phone!

It is great working in partnership with you. Know that you can contact me via email at anytime or phone (if urgent).  Ms Melissa, Miss Ellen and Ms Catherine are your first point of contact for day to day issues regarding your daughter (mrobinson@stuartholme.com, emclean@stuartholme.com, csagin@stuartholme.com)

Wishing you a wonderful fortnight ahead.

Warm regards,

Andree Rice
Dean of Boarding

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Message from the Dean of Student Wellbeing

The Stuartholme Way – Stand up to Bullying! A key student wellbeing initiative this term launched by the Cor Unum on Shrove Tuesday is the …

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Message from the Dean of Student Wellbeing

The Stuartholme Way – Stand up to Bullying!

A key student wellbeing initiative this term launched by the Cor Unum on Shrove Tuesday is the positive peer relationships strategy. The Cor Unum challenged the girls to enact positive peer relationships in the real world and online and to refrain from negative behaviours for lent and beyond.

Stuartholme has a very strong and positive school culture in this regard and clear policy to sustain this. In the interests of making this policy even more accessible to students, staff working in the student wellbeing area have developed the flyer below to reinforce the Stuartholme Way, articulate what bullying is and provide advice about the role that they can play in continuing to create a safe and happy school environment. Students in Years 7-9 will be invited shortly to enter a competition to create posters communicating these key messages with winning entries in each year level being laminated and displayed in every classroom.

A Stand up to Bullying student survey has also been designed to collect data on this issue. All students in Years 7-12 will complete this survey in week 7. Valuable feedback will be gained to remain proactive in ensuring positive peer relationships and the Student Representative Council will be a key forum for consultation on future actions to be taken.

 

The Stuartholme School Peer Relationships Policy is available online at: https://stuartholme.com/wp-content/uploads/Stuartholme_Peer-Relations-_Policy_20151.pdf

Student Expectations and Responsibilities

In my first newsletter article, I shared with all parents the great work of the Leaders of Student Wellbeing and Teacher Mentors to help the girls settle back into school routines through highlighting a number of “positive expectations”.

I am pleased to report that we have undertaken some further work in this area to establish the core school expectations and student responsibilities as they relate to the five Sacred Heart Educational Goals. These will support student formation and also the efficient resolution of any issues.

 

Sacred Heart Goals School Expectations Student Responsibilities
1. A personal and active faith in God.

 

  • Positively engage with the school ethos
  • Be respectful of the diversity of spiritual growth
Respect Spirituality
2. A deep respect for intellectual values.

 

 

  • Respect a diverse range of intelligences
  • Show self-discipline and dedication to academic requirements
  • Be punctual to school and all classes
  • Respect the learning for all
Respect Learning
3. Building community as a Christian value
  • Show self-respect
  • Adhere to the school dress code
  • Respect others’ rights and property
  • Respect the community’s reputation
Respect and Strengthen Others
4. A social awareness that impels to action.

 

  • Positively participate in school initiatives and the Social Justice Program
  • Be courageous to stand up against bullying
Empower the Vulnerable
5. Personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom.

 

  • Take personal responsibility for individual growth
  • Respect the individual growth of others
  •  Allow others to be themselves
Respect Self

 

Your support in upholding these expectations will be important in ensuring your daughter can be the very best version of herself.

Deb Lonsdale-Walker
Dean of Student Wellbeing

 

Co-curricular News

It’s been a busy couple of weeks in our co-curricular areas. Let’s ‘Hear the Roar!’ for: Cross Country – Stuartholme’s cross country team held their …

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Co-curricular News

It’s been a busy couple of weeks in our co-curricular areas. Let’s ‘Hear the Roar!’ for:

  • Cross Country – Stuartholme’s cross country team held their season launch last Sunday.  One of the world’s greatest ever marathon runners, Steve Moneghetti was a special guest on Sunday afternoon and Monday morning, taking the team through their paces.  The girls and their parents also enjoyed hearing about his role as Chef de Mission of the Australian team for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

  • Debating – Congratulations to Lauren Gunther, Georgia Perissinotto and Ineka Tabrett who have made the top 24 in QLD State Debating Team trials.  This weekend they will trial to make the top 12 and, if successful, will undergo intensive training for selection for the QLD State Team. This is the first time in Stuartholme’s history that three of our debaters have progressed this far and we wish them success.
  • Round one of QDU debating commenced this week with Years 9 and 11 debating on Wednesday night. It was a very successful night for Stuartholme with all teams coming away with a win.
  • Music – On 16th – 18th February, Stuartholme hosted a music camp at Alexandra Park on the Sunshine Coast.  90 girls attended what was a very, very hot but successful and productive weekend. We thank Mr Andrew Mear and his music staff for their dedication, skill-development and care and their willingness to give up their weekend to provide this opportunity for our girls.
  • Speech and Drama – Year 8 student Libby Wilkins recently performed an outstanding presentation at a ‘Storytelling’ segment of the annual Conference of CSPT (Communication, Speech and Performance Teachers Association) Qld.  At Stuartholme, Libby studies the grade exams of Acting and Speaking from Trinity College London.
  • Waterpolo – Congratulations to our U18 waterpolo team who maintained their undefeated season with a 12 to 2 win over All Hallows on Saturday.  We wish the team well for the rest of their games and hope our Stuartholme community is able to support them and all other teams as we approach and content the upcoming finals.

Year 12 Student Performance Interviews

Further to Mrs Johnston’s article emphasising the value we place on working as a partnership to support our students in all areas of development,  Year …

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Year 12 Student Performance Interviews

Further to Mrs Johnston’s article emphasising the value we place on working as a partnership to support our students in all areas of development,  Year 12 students have been invited to make appointments with their Academic Mentor for the first round of formal Student Performance Interviews for 2018.

Academic Mentors are Senior Teachers at the school, and with their guidance students will be setting goals for the Senior year, with a focus on areas of consolidation and improvement in their respective subjects. As part of the process, OP-eligible students are given an OP model within a range of three (e.g. OP 7 – 9). The OPs are modelled on mean data from the past five years. It is important to emphasise the concept of modelling – we are not ‘predicting’ or ‘crystal-ball gazing’. Students are given clear data showing their place in their subjects at the end of Year 11, relative to their classmates. These positions will change over the course of Year 12, so students need to be monitoring their performance.

These interviews are equally valuable for our students pursuing a Rank pathway. They give them an opportunity to discuss their progress in their Certificate and Diploma course. A second round of Performance Interviews will occur early in Term 3 so students can review and re-set their goals based on updated Semester 1 2018 information.

We encourage the girls to seek advice and feedback from their Academic Mentor and all their teachers on a regular basis, as well as maintain a strong emphasis on their emotional and physical wellbeing – peak performance does not come when there is exhaustion and unmanageable stress. We hope the Seniors find their Performance Interviews worthwhile, with goals setting that is specific, measurable and achievable.

Shannon Lacey
Director of Senior Studies

International Women’s Day – dress as an inspiring woman

As part of International Women’s Day on Thursday 8 March, students are invited to dress up as a women they admire, or one who inspires …

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International Women’s Day – dress as an inspiring woman

As part of International Women’s Day on Thursday 8 March, students are invited to dress up as a women they admire, or one who inspires them. Students are asked to bring a gold coin donation for Caritas.

We would like to highlight some rules for the day:

  1. Students must come to school in their full formal uniform, including hat and leave school in full uniform.
  2. Outfits must be kept appropriate, no midriffs or spaghetti straps, shorts/skirts must be appropriate lengths and they need to wear enclosed shoes (no thongs or Birkenstocks)
  3. Outfits must not be culturally, racially or spiritually insensitive.

If students do not wish to dress up, they are welcome to wear the colours of the suffragettes which are green, purple and white.

 

Music Camp

Over the weekend of 16–18 February 90 Stuartholme musicians travelled to Alexandra Headland to attend the annual Music Camp. The students in Concert Band, Duchesne String …

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Music Camp

Over the weekend of 16–18 February 90 Stuartholme musicians travelled to Alexandra Headland to attend the annual Music Camp. The students in Concert Band, Duchesne String Orchestra, Joigny Chamber Strings and the Joigny Voices spent the weekend rehearsing in preparation for the busy year ahead.

On the Friday evening the Senior Music Committee held a fun filled music trivia quiz. The trivia game gave all the students an opportunity to make new friends from the various year levels and sing responses as they navigated the questions.

Early the next morning the students, along with Mr Mear and Miss Blakeney, walked the scenic coastline path to Mooloolaba where they enjoyed a quick hot chocolate before the long day of rehearsals.

Rehearsals were held throughout the day with the string orchestras being the envy of all groups with access to the only air-conditioned rehearsal room. Despite the heat, all the musicians had an amazing attitude towards learning the new repertoire.

The afternoon gave everyone a chance to relax in the camp pool or visit the various local cafes before the final presentation and rehearsal. The Senior Music Committee: Zoe Findlay (Music Captain), Caiti Betts, Celia Georghiou, Leah Reeves and Ella Reid gave a fantastic presentation on how to wear the uniform and look “performance ready”.

On Saturday evening all 90 musicians and staff joined forces to rehearse “September” which will feature in the upcoming Twilight Concert.

Many thanks to all the students and staff for your energy and enthusiasm throughout the weekend. We look forward to presenting the exciting music from 6.00pm-8.00pm at the Twilight Concert on Friday 16 March.

Andrew Mear
Director of Music

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Opportunity for Year 7s to attend the BCC Green Heart Schools Future BNE Challenge

Are you in Year 7? Do you have an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics? Do you want to be a member of the …

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Opportunity for Year 7s to attend the BCC Green Heart Schools Future BNE Challenge

Are you in Year 7? Do you have an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics? Do you want to be a member of the Stuartholme School team to attend the Brisbane City Council’s Green Heart Schools Future BNE Challenge, on Friday 23 March – part of World Science Festival Brisbane?

Future BNE is a high-profile event, opened by the Lord Mayor and Dr Karl, live-streamed into classrooms across the region and supported by partners such as Queensland Urban Utilities and Seqwater. You must be able to arrive at school on the morning of the 23rd by 7.40am as we need to be in at Southbank by 8.30am. You will be back at school before the end of the school day. The team only has room for ten students (and we can only enter one team), so please email wmacdonald@stuartholme.com by Monday afternoon, 5 March, if you are interested. If there are more than 10 students, then it will be all about luck on whether your name gets drawn out of the hat.

Honour Pockets in 2018

An Honour Pocket Committee has been formed comprising key staff from across the school involved in co-curricular activities and academic achievements. The Committee is working …

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Honour Pockets in 2018

An Honour Pocket Committee has been formed comprising key staff from across the school involved in co-curricular activities and academic achievements. The Committee is working very hard to confirm the criteria for awarding a Honour Pocket in 2018 and also streamlining the associated processes. Information will be distributed regarding these processes in due course.

The Committee is affording the opportunity for students who have any outstanding Honour Pockets for co-curricular activities from Term Four 2017 only.   Please lodge your application by Thursday, 22 March.  Information has been provided to all students including the relevant application form, requirements and Criteria Sheet.

Stuartholme Facilities Team

The recent refurbishment of Stuartholme’s historic Summer House (pictured) was a great opportunity for a photo session and to introduce our Facilities Team.  Clockwise from …

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Stuartholme Facilities Team

The recent refurbishment of Stuartholme’s historic Summer House (pictured) was a great opportunity for a photo session and to introduce our Facilities Team.  Clockwise from lower right we have Russell Thompson; Liam Shannon; Philip Gooding and Oliver Elliott.

Russell brings to our team a wealth of experience as a builder, painter and all-round handy person.  He shares his time at Stuartholme between Facilities and as Boatman, ensuring that our Rowing fleet is in fine fettle for peak performance.  He has bought with him a veritable truck load of experience as well as a literal ute load of tools and attachments.  We have learnt that if Russell hasn’t got the tool, then it probably isn’t worth fixing.

Liam, our affable Irishman, was raised in Northern Ireland during troubled times, and despite this, he never ceases to amaze us with his positive attitude towards life and its challenges.  A plumber by trade, Liam has fine-tuned his natural charms by working as a maintenance officer in hotels, before applying his 5 star standards to Stuartholme’s maintenance.  Liam proudly takes full credit for our wonderful Café lawn, despite not knowing the difference between cooch grass and pampas grass.  He can however, claim rightful credit for our amazing Madeleine Sophie lighting display.

Oliver skilfully manages his double life as Facilities Officer three days per week and full-time student completing the final year of his Bachelor of Business degree at Griffith University, whilst renovating his recently acquired first home.  When Ollie is not deftly re-attaching critical elements of the Boarding House that have miraculously managed to liberate themselves from their intended bonds (eg. toilet roll holders), he can be found thoughtfully interpreting Functions set-up instructions.

And finally, to myself, the youthful and effervescent (not to mention handsome and modest) Property Manager. I bring 30+ years project management experience in buildings, Power Stations and water infrastructure to Stuartholme.  Reflecting on a vast variety of project teams and partnerships in Australia and Europe, I rate the Stuartholme Facilities team as good as any team I have had the privilege to work with.

Philip Gooding
Stuartholme Property Manager

Open Day – Next Saturday 10 March

The Stuartholme School Open Day is fast approaching and we are excited to showcase our school to the wider community. We appreciate all the students, …

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Open Day – Next Saturday 10 March

The Stuartholme School Open Day is fast approaching and we are excited to showcase our school to the wider community. We appreciate all the students, parents and staff who are available to help bring the day together. Remember the day starts at 10am, but we would like everyone participating to be set up and ready for visitors from 9:30am.

The day is looking to be jam-packed filled with activities. Remember to bring a gold coin or two to get a sausage sizzle from our Parents and support our Year 9 business projects.

Staff Parking
If you are at the school on Open Day you may not be able to park in your ‘usual’ spot, staff parking will be at Renard (outside Boarding), Chapel and Staff Pool Parking. We need to keep the oval free for our visitors and the tennis car parks will be occupied by school tennis supporters, with competition that is happening that morning but should be freed later in the day.

Student Drop Off
If your daughter has been asked to participate in Open Day activities and you are dropping her off, you can do this at the main roundabout near Student Reception.

Parent Volunteer Parking
We encourage all our parent volunteers to please park in the parking bays, outside Spruson and Joigny (near school pick up) or next to the oval.

Blazer Fitting Appointments

Blazer appointments are now available to book online here with appointments beginning in mid March 2018. It is the same booking system used for the new …

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Blazer Fitting Appointments

Blazer appointments are now available to book online here with appointments beginning in mid March 2018.

It is the same booking system used for the new student appointments for this year.  If you can’t make the times available or need help accessing the online booking system, please email Andrea at schoolshop@stuartholme.com or call on 35106497 during school shop hours (Monday, Wednesday, Friday 7.30am-2pm).  Please note, you will receive a confirmation email after the booking has been completed.

 

 

Years 10-12 Parent Daughter Breakfast

The Years 10-12 Parent Daughter Breakfast will be held on Thursday 29 March from 7am until approximately 8.30am. This morning provides a special opportunity for …

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Years 10-12 Parent Daughter Breakfast

The Years 10-12 Parent Daughter Breakfast will be held on Thursday 29 March from 7am until approximately 8.30am.

This morning provides a special opportunity for the parents of daughters in Years 10-12 to get together and mingle with their daughters and friends. Please join us for a stand-up breakfast outside the Joigny Cafe before a hearing from our guest speaker, Kathryn McMillan (Class of 2003) in the Theatre.

During her time at Stuartholme Kathryn enjoyed life in the boarding house and the many opportunities to explore her love of English and history. After graduating from Stuartholme, Kathryn completed a Bachelor of Laws and Criminology at Griffith University and a Master of Laws at Monash University.

Kathryn currently practises as an in-house employment lawyer and is a volunteer lawyer at the Caxton Legal Centre. She also has experience in criminal defence, international human rights, taxation and commercial law, having previously worked in Melbourne, Mongolia and Switzerland.

The values instilled in her through her time at Stuartholme, including the importance of helping those who are less fortunate and a commitment to achieving social justice, have played a part in her ongoing career choices.

This is a complimentary event, however, for catering purposes can you please RSVP via the websiteParking will be available on the oval.

Music at Twilight

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Music at Twilight

Make your life easier

To complement our new online portal – My Stuartholme, you can now download our school app. By downloading the app, you will: receive push notifications …

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Make your life easier

To complement our new online portal – My Stuartholme, you can now download our school app.

By downloading the app, you will:

  • receive push notifications when important news is released;
  • be able to notify us of any absences, late arrivals or early departures;
  • be able to check your daughter’s class information; and
  • read the latest copy of the Newsletter.

The app is available for iPhone, Android and iPad from either the App Store or Google Play.

And they’re off and running!

It was a great turn out on Sunday for the launch of our cross country season. A huge thank you to former Olympic marathon runner, …

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And they’re off and running!

It was a great turn out on Sunday for the launch of our cross country season. A huge thank you to former Olympic marathon runner, Steve Moneghetti for taking the girls for a training session before enjoying a dinner with the runners and their parents.

Good luck for a wonderful season!

Be part of our history

To celebrate 100 years of Stuartholme history, the School has partnered with Kiss Photography to produce a limited edition Photo Anthology hard cover book, to be …

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Be part of our history

To celebrate 100 years of Stuartholme history, the School has partnered with Kiss Photography to produce a limited edition Photo Anthology hard cover book, to be released in 2020.

As you are an important part of Stuartholme’s history, we invite your family to participate in a beautiful family portraiture session and share your Stuartholme story.

For more information and to register, visit www.stuartholme.com/events

Art, Bubbles and Canapes – all invited

The Stuartholme Alumnae warmly invite the Stuartholme Community of Parents, Staff, Past Students, Past Teachers and friends of Stuartholme to join them for an evening …

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Art, Bubbles and Canapes – all invited

The Stuartholme Alumnae warmly invite the Stuartholme Community of Parents, Staff, Past Students, Past Teachers and friends of Stuartholme to join them for an evening of Art, Bubbles and Canapes.

In addition to budding and established artists donating pieces for auction and to raffle on the night, there will also be displayed art for sale.

Iconic Brisbane Artist and Stuartholme Artist-in-Residence, Nick Olsen, will be taking us on a journey through his becoming one of Brisbane’s most recognised and well loved artists. Nick will also be donating a beautiful oil on canvas streetscape, with Stuartholme pictured.

There will be live entertainment from local songster, Dave Power and talented Stuartholme orchestral players. We hope you can join us for this wonderful event where all funds raised will go towards current and future Stuartholme bursaries.

Date: Saturday 24 March 2018,  6pm -9pm

Venue: Marquee next to Joigny Café, Stuartholme School, 365 Birdwood Terrace, Toowong

Cost: $75 pp

RSVP by Thursday 15 March 2018

To purchase tickets https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=339983

 

2021 Enrolment Interviews

If you have a daughter starting at Stuartholme in 2021, please ensure you have submitted the application forms. Interviews for 2021 enrolments will be taking …

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2021 Enrolment Interviews

If you have a daughter starting at Stuartholme in 2021, please ensure you have submitted the application forms. Interviews for 2021 enrolments will be taking place this Term.

Should you have any questions, please email enrolments@stuarthome.com

Share your news

Stuartholme School would like to recognise all our students who achieve outside of the school. If your daughter has made a representative sporting team or …

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Share your news

Stuartholme School would like to recognise all our students who achieve outside of the school. If your daughter has made a representative sporting team or reached a high level in her personal pursuits we’d love to know about it.

Please email Kate Gilmore, Communications Advisor at kgilmore@stuartholme.com so we can share it with our community.