In this issue

Update medical and contact details
UQ Science Ambassadors
Science Snippets
Year 11s promoting Project Compassion
Space School
Junior Engineers workshops
Years 10-12 Parent Daughter Breakfasts
471 Bus route – feedback needed
Centenary book and merchandise
Notice to parents using Ongoing Purchase Authority forms
Senior French dinner
Mothers’ Day lunch

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends, Our fortnight began with our most successful Music Camp to date, with 129 students attending. Taking a large group of students away with such diverse needs and talents always creates a dynamic and fertile foundation for growth and excellence. Mr Andrew Mear expressed how proud …

From the Principal
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Message from the Principal

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends,

Our fortnight began with our most successful Music Camp to date, with 129 students attending. Taking a large group of students away with such diverse needs and talents always creates a dynamic and fertile foundation for growth and excellence. Mr Andrew Mear expressed how proud he was to hear such an amazing transformation throughout the three days of rehearsals and practice. I know many of our girls found this weekend inspiring and rewarding. Our student leaders contributed generously and supported our younger musicians on many levels – musically and personally. A huge thank you to Andrew Mear and his music team of teachers and tutors, who gave generously of their time and talents to ensure such a successful Music Camp for 2020.

This creative camp was quickly followed by our annual Year 7 Camp. Year 7 Camp is a Term 1 milestone, where girls make new friends, challenge themselves beyond their comfort zones and learn to work in the team context. Each girl is required to extend their emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills when making rafts, climbing crate ladders and overcoming the flying fox. This year’s attendance has been the best on recent records. Our Year 7s and our generous staff returned happy and weary on Friday afternoon. An unreserved thank you to the teachers, Jeanette MacGregor, and her team who stepped away from their own families to support our Year 7s on their first outdoor adventure camp at Stuartholme.

Our Lenten season began with our Ash Wednesday liturgy. Each year I take pride in deconstructing and offering my reflections on the meaning of Lent, however, this year the student voice is far more powerful in conveying this message. Our inspiring and insightful Liturgy Captain, Neave Duff calls us to consider Lent as a time “to better yourself, a time for personal reflection, a period in which to instil a change of heart… Lent is a time to look inwards and reflect on which positive qualities you want to foster most. …. Lent shouldn’t be a time that you dread because it is not supposed to be a time of punishment, it is a time for friendship, love and self-improvement.” Neave’s full reflection can be read in the Mission section of our Newsletter. It is invigorating to know our Stuartholme approach to be intelligent and to interpret the scriptures and consequently offer new insights is embraced. Thank you Neave for inviting us to work as one, to be self-reflective and to be willing to find better ways to love another.

Our Interhouse Swimming Carnival was magnificently held at our Stuartholme pool, with our great spirit of rivalry and wonderful sense of fun. It was a bright sunny day, enjoyed by all. Thank you to our Co-curricular staff for all their organisation. Thank you for our staff who ensured all were safe and well during the energetic day. And a huge thank you to our girls who displayed their House spirit and their love of our community in their hard work in the pool and their vigorous chants of support poolside.

Year 11 Drama Performance on Wednesday evening 4 March was outstanding. As part of their first formative internal performance assessment, the Year 11 students devised performances inspired by Wesley Enoch and Debra Mailman’s The 7 Stages of Grieving and Shawn Tan and John Marsden’s The Rabbits. These performances focused on grief, healing and reconciliation.

 

Sunday 8 March is International Women’s Day, but Stuartholme marked this important day today. This year’s theme for IWD is  I am Generation Equality: Realising Women’s Rights. Our students could dress as an inspirational woman, with the best dressed receiving an invitation to a special morning tea. Judging by the outstanding dress choices, it is clear the girls embraced this theme. At lunch time our JPIC committee took over ‘Dance off Friday’ with a specially selected playlist of strong, inspirational women.

Saturday 14 March is our annual Open Day and our chance to show off our beautiful school to the public. From 10am-1pm we will be welcoming hundreds of people to tour our School and speak with staff and students. For parents dropping off their daughters to assist at Open Day, please use the normal student drop-off zones. For parents assisting the school on the day, please feel free to use the staff car parks located near the tennis courts and pool. Please avoid the oval car park and visitor parking at the front of the school as this will be reserved for visiting families.

A huge thank you to all the parents, students and staff who have volunteered to help on the day.

Take care and God Bless,

Kristen Sharpe
Principal

 

 

 

 

Key Dates

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Key Dates

Sat 14 MarchOpen Day 10am - 1pm
Mon 16 MarchYear 10 Careers testing
Tues 17 MarchNew Rowing parent information evening, Theatre, 6.30pm
Thurs 19 MarchYear 7 immunisations
Fri 20 MarchReconciliation Liturgy
Music at Twilight
6-8.30pm
Sat 21 MarchWater polo and swimming presentation evening
Mon 30 MarchCASE Junior (Year 7-9) Space School Information night 6-7pm
CASE Senior (Year 10 – 12) Space School Information night 7.30-8.30pm
Tues 31 MarchInterhouse Cross Country
Wed 1 AprilYear 10 Retreat
Thurs 2 AprilYears 10-12 Parent Daughter Breakfast
Fri 3 AprilEaster Liturgy
Boarder travel day
All classes finish 12pm
Year 12 Formal
Sat 4-Sun 5 AprilYears 8-9 Rowing Skills Day
Fri 10 AprilGood Friday
Sun 12 AprilEaster Sunday
Mon 13 AprilEaster Monday
Mon 20 AprilBoarders return
Parent Teacher interviews 10am-8pm
Boarder Parent Network Meeting 11.30-1pm
Parents of Stuartholme Meeting 6pm
Tues 21 AprilAll classes start
School fees due
Fri 24 AprilANZAC Day Liturgy
Sat 25 AprilANZAC Day

Message from the Deputy Principal

What makes an individual high performance? “Unless you have done something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.” Ronald E. Osborn In the …

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Message from the Deputy Principal

What makes an individual high performance?

“Unless you have done something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.” Ronald E. Osborn

In the last edition of the Newsletter, I took some time to reflect on what makes a school high performance, and this week I felt it is important to consider what are the factors that impact on the high performance of an individual.

At Stuartholme, we intentionally develop opportunities and experiences for our young women to thrive. Luke McKenna (2015) suggests there are three critical inhibitors to being able to thrive:

  • A belief that our talents and intelligence are fixed traits
  • A lack of resilience and persistence
  • Poor mental health

Carol Dweck (2006) highlights the need for the learner to shift from a fixed mindset where intelligence is seen as static, to a growth mindset where intelligence is developed. Neuroscience reinforces, the brain is a malleable muscle that forms new connections and attitudes to learning impact this. While the default language might be “I can’t” when you first commence a new learning experience, it is crucial to shift this internal dialogue to, “I can’t…yet”.

This approach requires resilience, persistence and a hard-working, tenacious attitude where failure is a positive learning challenge. Through getting things wrong, those who adopt a growth mindset question the reasons behind the failure to improve and move forward. In this case, learning is not always safe. It can be uncomfortable and unfamiliar, but also quite exciting and ground-breaking. McWilliam argues when we experience “the pleasure of the rigor of learning [we will] always choose to learn” (McWilliam, n.d.).

For a learner to truly embrace this attitude, wellbeing is crucial. As a proud Year 12 Wise Wellness teacher this year, I have witnessed firsthand the commitment Stuartholme School places on this integral dimension of learning. Wise Wellness is a crucial aspect of the curriculum offered at the school and is a key point of difference for Stuartholme.

This week in Year 12 Wise Wellness, students were mentored by Darren Pereira from Success Integrated. During this session, he identified vital learnings to assist our girls in setting themselves up to be high performance and successful as they move to the pointy end of their formal schooling education. Some key indicators of high performance include:

 

  • Analysing the quality of your self-talk
  • Setting goals that are out of reach, but not out of sight – pushing yourself to an appropriate level of discomfort
  • Observing the qualities of those you consider are high performance and how you might adopt some of their approaches in your practice
  • Working smarter, not harder
  • Never giving up

Through the Stuartholme mission to provide exceptional teaching and learning outcomes combined with relationship and wellbeing as central, we continue to work with each student as an individual. Through embracing qualities of high performance, she is enabled to achieve success, reach her potential and ultimately thrive.

 

 

 

 

 

International Women’s Day Fun Run

I am looking forward to joining the Stuartholme team (along with Ms Lonsdale-Walker) this weekend to celebrate International Women’s Day and the Mater Chicks in Pink. This event is a great way to celebrate community, the achievement of women, along with supporting a great cause. I look forward to catching up with many of you at the race.

Best wishes,

Daniel Crump
Deputy Principal

 

References:

Dweck, C. (2006). Mindset: the new psychology of success. New York: Random House.
McKenna, L. (2015). Thrive: unlocking the truth about student performance. Publicious P/L.
McWilliam, E. (n.d.). Personally Significant Learning. Retrieved from http://www.ericamcwilliam.com.au/personally-significant-learning/

 

 

 

 

 

Message from the Dean of Mission

Ash Wednesday and Lent Last Wednesday was Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent, the 40-day journey to Easter. As a time of repentance, which …

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Message from the Dean of Mission

Ash Wednesday and Lent

Last Wednesday was Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent, the 40-day journey to Easter. As a time of repentance, which means a change of heart for the better, these 40 days have traditionally been a time of prayer, fasting and almsgiving – a time to do without, so that others can have more, and a time to pray with increased fervour to deepen our relationship with God. Our faith teaches us that these are the ingredients that enable a change of heart, where we place the needs of others before our own in solidarity, for justice and dignity, so that our change of heart becomes a way of life beyond the 40 days of Lent.

A change of heart about Lent

In our celebration as a school community, our Liturgy Captain, Neave Duff wrote a magnificent reflection that encapsulates the real and deeper significance of this special time of year for Christians in a way that connects with our current times. Neave wrote:

When you think of the Lenten period, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Do you think of it as a period of struggle and restrictiveness, a time that you do not look forward to or do you think of it as a time to better yourself, a time for personal reflection, a period in which to instil a change of heart? For Lent this year, I am giving up Instagram and while this will mean that I will have more time to focus on my studies and hopefully get a bit more sleep, the main reason I have chosen to give up Insta is because I so deeply value the time I get to spend with my friends and the hours that I used to waste on my phone, I will now to get to spend with those I love. And this is what I mean by a change of heart. Yes, giving up chocolate or lollies might help you be a little healthier and giving up Netflix might help you get that A in math, but I want you to ask yourselves how does this make me a better person? There is a reason that Project Compassion is run throughout the Lenten period. Lent is a time to look inwards and reflect on which positive qualities you want to foster most. Maybe you want to be more compassionate or generous or forgiving. What is most important however, is to remember that whatever change of heart you choose to develop during Lent, does not die with the coming of Easter but continues to better the lives of those around you for years to come. Lent shouldn’t be a time that you dread because it is not supposed to be a time of punishment, it is a time for friendship, love and self-improvement. As you leave our liturgy today, hopefully thinking about your Lenten promises, I want you to have a change of heart about Lent. I want you to be excited to reflect on how you can better yourself over the next 40 days and how you can better the lives of those around you. I want you to remind yourselves that this is not a time for restriction but for growth, not a time for punishment but for spiritual nourishment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Neave’s words challenge us to take a long, hard look at ourselves, with a call to action to respond positively, to grow, to improve, to be better! And so, as we continue our Lenten journey to Easter, I encourage you to take some time to reflect on how you might put these sentiments into action in your own life.

Project Compassion

It’s been well advertised that one of our Lenten commitments is the support of Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion Campaign. I encourage all students to support the various initiatives that are being organised by our Year 11 students. I also encourage families to familiarise yourselves with the Project Compassion resources that highlight different communities who will benefit from our charity. You can find these at https://lent.caritas.org.au/#blank

Peace and blessings for the weeks ahead,

Justin Golding
Dean of Mission

 

 

 

Message from the Dean of Boarding

Dear Parents and Guardians, We are looking to a bring a little bit of home into the Boarding House this year by displaying photographs of …

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Message from the Dean of Boarding

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We are looking to a bring a little bit of home into the Boarding House this year by displaying photographs of where you live. We are asking for one landscape photograph from your home/property/town to display in the Boarding House. We would also like to get to know all the members of the girl’s families so we can get a sense of what is home for your daughter. Could you please email a photograph of your family (with names) to Karen Davies (kdavies@stuartholme.com) and indicate whether you would be happy for us to display this photograph on our noticeboard at Boarding Reception. Your daughters are Boarders at Stuartholme, but her whole family is part of our Boarding Community and we would love to celebrate that. We are looking to display a number of photographs for Open Day on 14th March, so if you could email your pictures by Monday 9th March it would be most appreciated.

At one of our recent formal dinners we announced our ‘Boarder of the Month’ and recognised our International Chinese girls, who were isolated from the community for 14 days, without one girl complaining about the justice of the isolation or questioning ‘why?’ I know that I wouldn’t have liked to be isolated for 14 days straight with no opportunity to leave Level 5 for any reason. It is certainly challenging for these girls who now cannot return home for these upcoming holidays and maybe will have this extended for other holiday periods this year.

This term we continued our training of all girls in how to respond in an Evacuation emergency. Dynamiq, a global emergency management company, is working with the whole school to assist us in how we prepare and train staff and students in how to respond effectively in the event of an emergency. This year we have chosen to train all Year 12 to be Fire Wardens, and so that no matter who is present in the House at any time we will have enough people to assist the younger girls and themselves to evacuate the House safely. We have had our first drill, in a planned time and day, our next one this Term will be unannounced. These are very important to ensure that we have the right processes in place and that the girls develop a level of comfort in knowing what to do and how to do so should a real emergency unfold one day.

Our Community Eucharist is conducted each Sunday at 5pm. This year we are looking to invite our wider community to also come and join us here in Boarding for this celebration. You are always welcome to join us in celebrating Mass and to stay with us for dinner.  Can I please ask that you assist us in having all girls returned to Boarding by 4pm after the weekend leave so that your daughter can be organised for Mass and fully participate. 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 Boarder at Stuartholme.

 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.
  • End of Term is Friday 3 April and we would ask that all girls have exited the House by 12 pm as mirrored in the close of the day school at this time.
  • End of term leave must be in via REACH on Friday 13 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.

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!

Term 2 commences on Monday 20 April, and we would ask that girls are returned to the House from 12pm with all back by 5pm. We understand that in some cases this is not convenient and of course, we will work with you to to accommodate special requests. It is also a day of Parent/Teacher/Student interviews, which appointments will be able to be made in the coming weeks.

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.comemclean@stuartholme.comcsagin@stuartholme.com)

Wishing you a wonderful fortnight ahead.

Karen Davies
Dean of Boarding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Message from the Dean of Student Wellbeing

Actively building the leadership capacity of our students “Educate means to liberate, rebuild, empower, speak, open them to life”. – – Sr Maureen Glavin rscJ, …

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Message from the Dean of Student Wellbeing

Actively building the leadership capacity of our students

“Educate means to liberate, rebuild, empower, speak, open them to life”. – – Sr Maureen Glavin rscJ, 2019 Sacred Heart Schools’ Conference.

Building the leadership capacity of students is one of the key indicators identified in the research of schools that are successfully working toward optimising success for their students.

Leadership growth is also central to a holistic Sacred Heart Education deeply concerned for each student’s total development.

Stuartholme makes a strong commitment to student leadership development across the school. This commitment is reflected in initiatives both within the school environment and also opportunities afforded to students beyond the school gate.

At Stuartholme, all students are considered to be leaders.  All students are expected to strive:

  • to be a personal example of the goals of Sacred Heart Education
  • to show initiative
  • to be well organised
  • to show responsibility
  • to have strength of character in her ability to live within the school rules and display strong self-respect
  • to be a person who has good support from her own year group
  • to be an inspiration to others by example.

The qualities of leadership each student should exhibit come from a clear personal knowledge of the five Goals of Sacred Heart Education. In this way, leadership is about community, noticing the needs of others, clear and respectful communication and a deep regard for the differing needs of individuals.

The 2020 Seniors recently exemplified outstanding leadership at our Interhouse School Swimming Carnival held on Monday as they animated the school with their participation and spirit.

I thought it was timely to share some of the other wonderful work of our current students in representing Stuartholme and also making a real difference both at school and in a range of community events.

Strong Leadership from our 2020 Cor Unum Committee

I am enjoying working closely with the 2020 Cor Unum Captain – Imogen Fraser, and Committee – Lucy Baker, Hayley Bowden and Meghan Todd. They have certainly displayed strong leadership from the outset.

The Cor Unum are very excited about leading the school leaders in our centenary year. Their recent theme launch on assembly “Make Sophie Proud’ was warmly received as the girls inspired all gathered to share 100 years of academic excellence, sportsmanship and compassion with our community and desire to be the very best version of ourselves.

Our newest members of the school community – being an inspiration by example

Last week Ms Sharpe and I visited the Year 7 Camp facilitated by Adventure Alternatives at Woodford, supported by our own Stuartholme staff.

Camps are an integral part of our Wise Wellness Program based on firm evidence which clearly links wellbeing with academic success. Consistent with the data, this program operating in Years 7-12 covers: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision-making. The learning experiences offered on camp also target the general capabilities.

The Year 7 students are to be commended for the way that they leaned into a range of challenging outdoor activities, built new connections with each other and bravely seized the opportunity to build on and reinforce their learning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Representing Stuartholme in the Lions Youth of the Year Competition

On Saturday afternoon Imogen Fraser and Hannah Pye represented Stuartholme in the Brisbane Bardon and Hestia Lions Clubs 2020 Youth of the Year Club Competition.

This event is progressive in nature and seeks to identify a youth capable of leading and influencing other young people and society successfully; and who will be the best ambassador for all round Australian youth.

Our students were interviewed by a panel of three judges from the community on a range of issues. They then delivered both a 5-minute prepared speech and two impromptu speeches to the audience without preparation time.

I am pleased to advise that both Imogen and Hannah represented Stuartholme very proudly and these young women are to be commended for the way in which they performed with such grace and skill in a high-pressured situation. Imogen was announced as the local winner and we wish her well as she progresses to the Zone finals held in mid-March.

Lord Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council (LMYAC)

The Lord Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council has been running since 2008 and over the years has developed to become a forum where young people discuss issues that are important to them directly with the Lord Mayor and Council officers.  This year Lucy Hutchings has been selected to represent Stuartholme in this forum. Lucy will be working to make Brisbane a better place and is playing an important role in shaping the future of our city.

Student Environmental Network (SELN)

In 2020, Stuartholme is proud to have two School representatives in the Green Heart Schools Student Environmental Network (SELN) program –  Alessa Wiltshire and Amelia Pothecary. We are proud to support these girls in this unique learning and leadership program that directly engages and supports school communities to take action to be cleaner, greener and more sustainable.

To be the best she can be

Through supporting our girls to develop their leadership capacity we are optimising their success and the chance for them to be the best that they can be. As the year continues, I look forward to sharing the work of our girls.

Deb Lonsdale-Walker
Dean of Student Wellbeing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Message from the Careers Counsellor

Hi everyone, Happy Week 6! I hope all students and families are enjoying the term so far. As always, please find below a selection of …

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Message from the Careers Counsellor

Hi everyone,

Happy Week 6! I hope all students and families are enjoying the term so far.

As always, please find below a selection of opportunities and information that your daughter may be interested in.

Warm regards,

Mr Tom Lillyman
Careers Counsellor

Opportunities

ADF Gap Year applications are now open

The ADF offer a 12-month taste of life in the Navy, Army or Air Force for students interested in taking a Gap Year straight after school. 2021 ADF Gap Year program applications just opened and will fill up very quicklyClick here to find out more about the program and jobs available.

Queensland Youth Engagement Panel

Applications are now open to join the Queensland Youth Engagement Panel. The QYEP provides young Queenslanders with opportunities to inform decisions that affect their lives and have their say in shaping relevant government policies, programs and projects. If you are 16-25 years old, you might like to apply. Applications close 12 March.

National Youth Science Forum

The National Youth Science Forum is a 10-day residential program designed to give students a broader understanding of the diverse study and career options available in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and to encourage continued studies in these fields. Applications open on 1 March 2020. Find about more about the program, including costs and how to apply, by visiting the NYSF website.

Future Filmmakers at the Gold Coast Film Festival

Are you interested in a future in film? Future Filmmakers is a free event for Year 11 & 12 students that runs on 23 April at Bond University as part of the Gold Coast Film Festival. There are still a few places available at this event. Find out more here.

InspireU Programs

The University of Queensland’s InspireU programs are for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. The camps are themed around the professional disciplines of engineering, science, law, business and health sciences. Participants attend on-campus residential camps, take part in interactive workshops and lectures, workplace/industry visits and receive guidance from UQ and industry experts about study and career opportunities. Dates for 2020 should be out soon so keep an eye on the InspireU website for updates.

US College Applications – upcoming information session

EducationUSA Australia will be running a U.S. College Application Information Session on 11 March, 5.30-7pm at Brisbane Grammar School. Learn more about the U.S. application process and ask questions of an expert in the industry. For further information, and to register, please visit the Event Brite page.

Good to know

UCAT bookings are now open

UCAT bookings opened this Monday for testing in July. If you’re interested in dentistry or medicine, you might need to take the UCAT. Most students who take the UCAT find that 25-30 hours of prep is enough for them to feel well-prepared. Read more about UCAT here.

UQ: Rural Access Scheme adjustment factors

UQ offer up to 2 adjustment factors for students from rural areas via their Rural Access Scheme (RAS). For more information visit UQ’s Special Entry Schemes website. Most health programs are included in the Rural Access Scheme, including: Doctor of Medicine (Provisional Entry), Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours), Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) and Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours).

 

 

Co-curricular News

CaSSSA Swimming We are so proud of our swimming team, who yesterday competed at the CaSSSA Swimming Carnival. For the first time ever, we took …

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Co-curricular News

CaSSSA Swimming

We are so proud of our swimming team, who yesterday competed at the CaSSSA Swimming Carnival.

For the first time ever, we took out all three trophies.

  • Champion School
  • Percentage cup champions
  • All age relay champions

Open Champions

17 years champion

15 year champion

14 year champion

13 year champion

16 years runners up

12 years third place

A huge thank you to the coaches, parents and staff in supporting the girls and of course, we give a massive cheer to our girls on such an outstanding achievement!

Interhouse Swimming Carnival

Congratulations to all our swimmers who also took part in the annual Interhouse Swimming Carnival. Each House outdid themselves with their day-long cheering and encouragement.

In the end, the trophy went to Stuart House for swimming and the Spirit Stick for their cheering, costumes and general attitude.

Huge congratulations to Champion Swimmer – Taylah Tyerman-Webster (who also broke Year 12 50m Freestyle record).

The leaderboards finished with:
1. Stuart
2. Woodlock
3. Macrae
4. Parker
5. Coen
6. Toohey

We also announced the Spirit Stick winner today with Stuart taking out top honours in this category too.

1. Stuart
2. Coen
3. Parker
4. Toohey
5. Macrae
6. Woodlock

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Equestrian News

The equestrian year has started and is in full swing! 2020 is once again going to be a very busy year for the Stuartholme Equestrian Team and we are so excited to welcome lots of new families, riders and horses.

The year started with a fantastic night at the Equestrian Queensland Awards night. Stuartholme was a finalist for the School of the Year, however this year’s School of the Year was awarded to The Scots PGC College, Warwick. We congratulate Scots for all their contribution to interschool. We would also like to thank Ms Sharpe and Mr Golding for joining us and our parents to celebrate this event. Ms Sharpe and I were humbled to present the Junior Sports Award, sponsored by Stuartholme, to a very deserving girl who has achieved incredible results in the past year.

Next on the calendar was our fantastic event which was convened by the Stuartholme Equestrian Team at Fig Tree Pocket Equestrian Centre. With all the rain we had the week leading up to it we were a bit nervous that we would have to postpone but the grounds held up beautifully and we were so lucky with the blue sky and sun. We had 120 riders over the weekend competing from a variety of schools. We cannot thank the equestrian parents enough for all the hard work they put into the event from making draws, to organising sponsors and the canteen. All the girls rode exceptionally well despite having fresh horses from the holiday grass. We won the Champion Show jumping and Combined Training Teams!

We are now looking forward to our Super Clinic in May where we will have a variety of guest coaches joining us, including Olympic eventing coach Prue Barrett who is coming up from Sydney to give cross country lessons, and Jacqui Van Mon Frans to give dressage lessons. The team is so privilege to have access to these amazing experienced coaches and will take every opportunity to learn from them. It will be a big weekend full of learning, laughs and fun.

Grace Beatty
Equestrian Captain 2020

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Update medical and contact details

We are asking all parents to please check and update your daughter’s current medical records and contact details. You can do this in MyStuartholme (via …

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Update medical and contact details

We are asking all parents to please check and update your daughter’s current medical records and contact details. You can do this in MyStuartholme (via the Update Details tile).

It is important for us to have up to date information so that we can continue to provide the best care to our students.

UQ Science Ambassadors

Dear Stuartholme community, I have asked our UQ Science Ambassadors to write a short paragraph about why they wanted to be an ambassador. Here they …

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UQ Science Ambassadors

Dear Stuartholme community,

I have asked our UQ Science Ambassadors to write a short paragraph about why they wanted to be an ambassador. Here they are:

 Kathryn Capstick

Ever since I was little I have been interested in science and maths, so when the opportunity to become an UQ Science Ambassador came up I was very excited. I think that becoming a Science Ambassador will give me a great opportunity to spend time with like-minded people, as well as being able to spread my enjoyment of science with the school community. I also thought it would be a great way to learn more about science, as UQ have an amazing science faculty. I am looking forward this year to hopefully being able to inspire others in the school community to pursue science.

Annella Casey

When I was in Year 7, I remember seeing the Year 11 science ambassadors speak on assembly. This is how I first learnt about the UQ science ambassador program. I believe it is important that girls are inspired to pursue a career in science as women are underrepresented in this industry. In senior, I am studying both Chemistry and Biology and I’m particularly interested in animal science. Therefore, the connection with UQ is important to me as they have one of the best animal science programs and facilities in the country at their Gatton campus. By becoming a UQ science ambassador I aim to develop my communication and leadership skills and inspire others to become a science ambassador in the future.

Betsy Duff

About a year ago, I found my old report cards from prep to grade 2 with multiple comments reporting on how much I loved and was interested in science. Almost 12 years later this love hasn’t changed. I still adore the constant evolution and discovery of new ideas and still marvel at the intrinsic way in which the world fits together. By joining the UQ science ambassadors I hope to share this love and passion with the rest of the school and make science a topic that makes people excited and inspired, rather than bored and frustrated.

Emma Barry

I chose to become a science ambassador because I found the role intriguing. The science ambassadors of previous years made everything to do with science sound fun and useful. They would talk at assembly and mention events to go to and activities you could do over the weekend. I commonly went to those events and ended up joining science clubs- furthering my interest. I knew that part of the science ambassador’s role was to spark interest in the school community. I have a deep interest for many fields in science and I want to explore them with the school through events and games. I know that propagating interest and love for science is important, and I wanted to help.

Lily Alessandra

When given the chance to be a Science Ambassador this year, I was beyond excited! I have always loved science in general and am interested in all thing’s science related – in particular, biological sciences that relate to humans and health. This year I am studying both chemistry and biology and absolutely loving it. My goal in the future is to eventually study and practice health/medical sciences. Raising the profile of science at school will be an equally beneficial and rewarding experience that I am grateful to be a part of. I am looking forward to being able to make others in our community more aware of the world of science and the opportunities it can lead to, in a fun and interesting way.

Ebony Anderson

I have a passion for science, and the endless discovery that it generates. Entering Year 11, I have begun to think about what I might like to do for my further study and career. I know that with my love for science, If I were to pursue a career in science, I would definitely enjoy what I do. Being a science ambassador and having the opportunity to work with UQ, I think will be an amazing opportunity, as well as give me a taste for the excitements that science can offer.

Poppy Walklate

I wanted to be a science ambassador because it has many beneficial reasons for my education and my involvement in the school. This opportunity provides grade 11 with a sense of duty and leadership to support the school science program. It will also provide a deeper learning for me into my future science career. Honestly from grade 4 to mid-grade 10 I struggled with science but in term 4 of grade 10 I discovered the wonders of chemistry and I have never enjoyed a subject more nor wanted to participate in something so much. For me being a science ambassador was a really good way to gain further insight into the science world.

Revelle Rolfe

I always loved science, especially since starting high school and having the opportunity to learn more about lots of different areas on science. I am doing Chemistry and even though I am only 5 weeks into the subject I am already loving it! When I realised that there was an opportunity for Grade 11s to become science ambassadors and share their love of the subject with the rest of the school I knew I would want to be one, so I am very excited to share fun science facts through the newsletter, science week, and other fun activities!

Kind regards,

Wendy Macdonald (Leader of Learning – Science)

Science Snippets – Caution: objects in image aren’t as cute as they appear…

Meet the Slow Loris, doesn’t it look adorable? Believe it or not, this creature is one of the world’s only venomous primates. When humans are …

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Science Snippets – Caution: objects in image aren’t as cute as they appear…

Meet the Slow Loris, doesn’t it look adorable? Believe it or not, this creature is one of the world’s only venomous primates.

When humans are bitten, the victim displays symptoms as if they have entered an allergic shock.

After studying the DNA of proteins in the Slow Loris venom, it was found that it is almost identical to the allergenic protein on cats. If you’re allergic to cats, this protein, that they secrete and coat themselves with, is what you are allergic to.

The Slow Loris’ use this protein defensively, meaning it would make sense if cats did too. It has been hypothesized by UQ scientists that this voluntary allergenic weapon might not be restricted to Slow Loris’ but may have separately evolved in cats at the same time.

Little does your cat know, but it may have evolved a toxic defence to repel potential predators.

As only a very small number of mammals are venomous, scientists know very little about this type of evolutionary weaponry. This adds a new piece of information to this section of science. This line of research leads to many more questions. For example, are allergies to ants and bees also something that has been selected for in evolution – where the victim’s immune system is high-jacked?

This is what makes science so incredible! Every answer gives way to several more interesting questions.

COMING UP…

Mathematics Problem Solving Competition

Calling all Mathematicians! This competition is open to students from grades 7-12 and involves a two-hour math paper in which points will be awarded for ingenuity and the depth of thought. This competition will be held on Saturday the 14th of March (Pi day J). https://www.maths.uq.edu.au/qamt/

Experience Genetics (Year 12 Biology)

Year 12 Biology students are encouraged to attend this skills and knowledge development day held at the UQ St Lucia campus on either the 6th or 7th of July. It is an immersive laboratory experience that relates directly to Unit 4 Topic 1 of the ATAR system. You are also encouraged to attend if you have an interest in genetics, evolution, biotechnology or biomedicine. Below is the link for more information.https://www.vision6.com.au/ch/23336/2d7gntb/2463511/NUqZVLXfpleH1.uYsaTitPXIFvcsHaOHQvmnw5Z3.pdff

Australian Brain Bee Challenge

The Australian Brain Bee Challenge (ABBC) is a competition for students in year 10 to learn about the brain and its functions, neuroscience research, careers in neuroscience and to dispel misconceptions about neurological and mental illnesses.  The competition, held during the month of March, involves a test of knowledge on a range of important facts about the brain involving intelligence, sleep, emotions, sensations, stress and diseases. Below is the link for more information – Round 1 is an online test. https://qbi.uq.edu.au/get-involved/australian-brain-bee-challenge

 Future Experiences in Agriculture, Science and Technology (FEAST)

FEAST is a four-day residential program to inspire high school students about rewarding science careers in the agriculture, animal, plant and food industries. It is open to students in years 11 and 12 and is held each July at UQ Gatton.

FEAST will allow you to:

  • Test-drive university and meet other students with similar interests
  • Explore science disciplines through hands-on activities and workshops
  • Meet UQ students and staff and attend industry-run sessions
  • Experience living in the UQ Halls of Residence and take part in social and sporting activities
  • Expand your knowledge of UQ Science study options and programs
  • Learn about current challenges faced by scientists, including climate change, biosecurity, feeding the world and protecting endangered wildlife.

Numbers are limited, and due to high demand, you can only attend FEAST once. Applications for FEAST 2020 close Monday 30 March 2020. Head to: https://science.uq.edu.au/event/feast

Lily Alessandra, UQ Science Ambassador

Year 11s promoting Project Compassion

Annually during Lent, we launch and take part in Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion Campaign. This year, our Year 11 cohort is responsible for promoting Project …

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Year 11s promoting Project Compassion

Annually during Lent, we launch and take part in Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion Campaign. This year, our Year 11 cohort is responsible for promoting Project Compassion within our school community, fulfilling the 2020 theme ‘Go Further Together’. Our aim is to increase awareness and raise funds in solidarity, to promote justice and uphold dignity.

We commenced our fundraising for Project Compassion with a wonderful pancake stall last Tuesday morning for Shrove Tuesday. On behalf of Year 11 Coen and Stuart, a big thank you to everyone who supported this initiative; whether you cooked or purchased a delicious pancake,  your generosity allowed us to successfully leap into Project Compassion for 2020.

 

To embrace a change of heart this Lent, we asked each girl to answer the question “What will your change of heart be?”. The responses were written down on coloured cards which will be arranged beautifully on a wall in the school, to continuously remind us of our change of heart this Lent.

For the remainder of Term 1, we will be collecting donations from TMGs each Wednesday. Every donation you make will assist the work of Caritas and will enrich the lives of our global brothers and sisters. Each week invite you to hear the stories of men and women around the globe who have been supported by the works of Caritas. This week we heard Shirley’s story from the Philippines. Please see the following link to view Shirley’s story: https://lent.caritas.org.au/page/week-1

The upcoming awareness raising and fund-raising initiatives for Project Compassion are linked to selected Caritas stories. In weeks 7 and 8, 11 Macrae and Toohey will be organising a fantastic Bollywood style Dance Off Friday and a Chai Tea Stall. These initiatives will promote awareness of Sakun, a Gond indigenous women living in a village in central-east India. Likewise, in weeks 9 & 10, Year 11 Parker and Woodlock will be organising events linked to the Caritas story of Dominic from Papua New Guinea. We will be sure to keep you updated with details.

Today we celebrate International Women’s Day at Stuartholme. In support of this movement, Year 11s created green and purple ribbons which are the theme colours for IWD. These little ribbons were sold throughout the school, promoting this cause and additionally supporting Project Compassion.

Thank you for your involvement so far, we hope to see you participating in our upcoming initiatives in support of Project Compassion 2020. Let’s go further, together.

Annalise Barnes, Year 11

Space School

Stuartholme School is pleased to announce that we are offering students the opportunity to join the CASE Space School International Study Program in 2020 through …

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Space School

Stuartholme School is pleased to announce that we are offering students the opportunity to join the CASE Space School International Study Program in 2020 through our partnership with the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia.

CASE Space School is an amazing opportunity for students seeking to pursue success in a STEAM career. Students will be immersed in enriched and exclusive space science activities to explore the multi-facets of STEAM. Students will also learn and engage in an inspiring personal and leadership development program to truly empower them for changing times.

Junior Space School is training for young explorers and is an engaging, hands-on adventure. Students learn about space travel, the development of space-related technologies and are led through several simulated missions. This program is focused on providing relevance to, and inspiring passion for STEAM through exposure to space and broader ‘earth’ science exploration. Every step of the way they are guided to build skills in goal setting, project planning, critical-thinking and problem-solving.

Senior Space School is management training for young leaders. With greater program depth, students have incredible access to NASA. They visit areas not accessible by the public; and engage directly with NASA experts to design and plan their own space mission within a given budget. An immersive program that hones their individual leadership, project management, resource allocation crisis management and teamwork skills. Students learn from NASA experts and other leading organisations to foster new levels of collaboration and teamwork.

Students are meticulously cared for by dedicated Group Managers who are trained and certified by the California Association for STEAM Education. All Group Managers are Working with Children and Australian Federal Police checked, and hold current CPR, asthma and anaphylaxis certification.

Students return with big dreams and lasting confidence, inspired by the ultimate STEAM experience at NASA.

An information evening will be held at the school on Monday 30 March where students and parents can learn more about the program. We recommend anyone interested to RSVP, if you cannot attend on the night, information can be provided. Click here to RSVP.

 

Junior Engineers workshops

Stuartholme School is once again hosting the Junior Engineers Easter School Holidays Programs in coding and robotics. Junior Engineers lets students pursue their passion for …

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Junior Engineers workshops

Stuartholme School is once again hosting the Junior Engineers Easter School Holidays Programs in coding and robotics.

Junior Engineers lets students pursue their passion for technology by offering fun, hands-on and interactive programs in coding and robotics.

From coding fundamentals, app development, website design to robotics, mechatronics and artificial intelligence, the holiday workshops have been designed to educate, entertain and inspire.

Workshop 1: Code and create with Micro:bits is aimed at students in grades 2-8.
Workshop 2: Build and code your own smart watch is aimed at students in grades 4-9.

To find out more and register, please go to https://jnrengineers.com.au/programs/school-holidays/

Years 10-12 Parent Daughter Breakfast

The Years 10-12 Parent Daughter Breakfast will be held on Thursday 2 April 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 2 April 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, Senator Susan McDonald (Class of 1987) in the Theatre.

Susan will talk to parents and students about her career path and her time at Stuartholme.

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

471 bus route – feedback needed

We are encouraging parents to contact Translink to help change the start time of Brisbane City Council’s 471 bus in the mornings. This bus services …

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471 bus route – feedback needed

We are encouraging parents to contact Translink to help change the start time of Brisbane City Council’s 471 bus in the mornings.

This bus services the areas Milton, Paddington, Rosalie, Auchenflower and Bardon. There are many Stuartholme girls who live in these areas and would utilise this service.

However, the first bus of the day leaves the city at 7.45 am and does not get to Stuartholme until approx. 8.15 am (taking into account traffic issues).  This does not leave enough time for the girls to walk up the stairs, through the school, to their lockers and get to their classrooms on time.

The general feedback is that very few girls use the morning service for this reason as it gets them to school too late.

One of our parents has called TransLink and lodged  feedback requesting that the 1st bus start time runs 10 or 15 minutes earlier so that the bus arrives at Stuartholme school at 8.00 am.

If this bus service would suit your daughter, we are encouraging you to contact TransLink and request the same.

TransLink advised that they would need some more feedback before making any changes.

Below is a link which shows the route. Essentially it goes through Milton, along Haig Rd Auchenflower and then Birdwood Tce Bardon – stopping right at the bottom of the school.

https://jp.translink.com.au/plan-your-journey/timetables/bus/t/471/outbound/2020-02-26?timetableTime=0700

If anyone would like to give this feedback  please call TransLink on 13 12 30 and quote case number 0008167.

 

Centenary book and merchandise

To commemorate our centenary in 2020 Stuartholme invites you to purchase our  ‘Celebrating 100 years’ book. This beautiful, limited edition, hardcover book follows the history …

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Centenary book and merchandise

To commemorate our centenary in 2020 Stuartholme invites you to purchase our  ‘Celebrating 100 years’ book.

This beautiful, limited edition, hardcover book follows the history of Stuartholme from humble beginnings, through to the school we know and love today.

Books can still be purchased for the early bird price of $69.95 (plus postage if needed).

Click here to purchase. Orders will be shipped in May, 2020.

100 Year Merchandise

To celebrate our centenary we have commissioned a small range of memorabilia available for sale. The items are a Centenary fine chain necklace and solid silver bracelet which will be available for sale in the School Shop from next week. We also still have some of the beautiful Stuartholme tea towels available for purchase in the Shop.

 

Notice to parents who use Ongoing Purchase Authority forms in the School Shop

From Term 2, Stuartholme will not be using the Ongoing Purchase Authority forms currently being used by some parents in the School Shop. Since the …

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Notice to parents who use Ongoing Purchase Authority forms in the School Shop

From Term 2, Stuartholme will not be using the Ongoing Purchase Authority forms currently being used by some parents in the School Shop.

Since the introduction of Flexischools, students can use their school ID card, or a debit/credit card to make purchases at the School Shop.

The benefit for parents include:

  • Parents will be able to receive itemised receipts. At the moment, when transactions using the form are processed, parents will only see the charge in their credit card.
  • The transaction will be charged to the customer account immediately.
  • If paying with Flexischools, our staff can double check the students with their photo and parents are able to see their transaction history for future purposes.

 

Senior French Dinner

Year 11 and 12 French students recently attended the Senior French Dinner, which was hosted at Marist College Ashgrove. The students enjoyed food in a …

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Senior French Dinner

Year 11 and 12 French students recently attended the Senior French Dinner, which was hosted at Marist College Ashgrove. The students enjoyed food in a French style and competed in tables in a French culture general knowledge quiz. The girls also had the opportunity to meet students learning French in other schools in Brisbane. Quelle belle soirée!

 

Mothers’ Day Lunch

Parents of Stuartholme warmly invite you and your guests the annual Mothers’ Day Lunch. Venue: Hotel Grand Chancellor, 23 Leichhardt Street, Spring Hill Friday 8th …

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Mothers’ Day Lunch

Parents of Stuartholme warmly invite you and your guests the annual Mothers’ Day Lunch.

Venue: Hotel Grand Chancellor, 23 Leichhardt Street, Spring Hill Friday 8th May 2020 at 11.00am

Tickets: $120 – ticket sales close Friday 1st May 2020

Ticket includes champagne on arrival, three course lunch including dessert buffet, tea & coffee.

Cash bar

There will also be raffle prizes and silent auctions.

Click here for registration: www.trybooking.com/602855 Enquiries: Fiona Woodard 0412 500 231 or pos@stuartholme.com

Celebrating our Community as a Christian value in 2020