Message from the Principal

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends,

My fortnight has included a diverse range of celebrations.

On Monday 5 March, Stuartholme School hosted the Queensland Catholic Education Commission (QCEC) Religious Institute/Private Juridic Person Schools (Independent Catholic Schools across Queensland) Principal’s Meeting. This meeting was followed by a dinner in our Australia Room. My fellow Principals enjoyed our beautiful bush setting and our wonderful facilities. Dr Stephen Brown, a Stuartholme School Board Director, and one of Australia’s best known educational leaders, spoke to the Principals, as an aside he expressed his pride in our School. I was honoured to offer our warm hospitality to my colleague Principals and so proud of how we presented ourselves.

In Melbourne on Tuesday 6 March, the newest member of the ANZnet Sacred Heart Principals Team was commissioned. Anna Masters was installed as Principal of Sacre Coeur College in a lovely Mass held in the Chapel attended by staff and Anna’s family.

International Women’s Day was celebrated in many ways. Sithara French delivered a stirring speech at our Assembly, staff and students dressed as inspiring women and parents and staff attended a lunch with a guest speaker at the Alliance of Girls School Association annual function. I was in awe of Rabia Siddique, an Australian criminal and human rights lawyer, a former British Army Officer and hostage survivor from the Iraq conflict, who presented at the Executive Development for Educational Leaders program I attended. I encourage students, staff and parents to ‘google’ Rabia Sidddique to learn her inspirational story.

To conclude our week, we celebrated our sense of community at our Open Day. This is our biggest community function in our calendar. Over 900 people visited our school. Our warm welcome and genuine expression of who we are was palpable. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. I unreservedly thank every member of our community who generously contributed to opening our doors and opening our hearts to our possible future families.

This week we finalised our 2021 Year 7 Enrolment Interviews. We interviewed over 215 Year 4 students and will make 150 offers of places this week. I wish to thank my Leadership Team and Middle Leaders who conducted these interviews over the last 4 weeks.

This week we commended the success and hard work of our Swimmers and our Water Polo players. Over 80 students in 10 teams participated in Water Polo this season. Over 150 students participated in our Swimming program. 25% of Stuartholme girls participate in aquatic co-curricular activities. We are very proud of our participation rates in our co-curricular sports: 88% of Stuartholme students participate in at least one sport, when the national average for adolescent girls is 33%.

A gentle reminder to our students, we have 9 school days left and 15 days of Lent left.

Have you challenged yourself to give up a bad habit and give more generously to others?
Have you developed better interpersonal skills?
Have you reflected on how you relate to others face-to-face and on-line? Can you improve?
Lent is a wonderful time to reflect on how we can be more Christ-like. Be good to one another!

God Bless and take care,

Kristen Sharpe
Principal

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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
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 AprilExtra day off for students 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

Schools today increasingly face higher levels of complexity and dynamism including the need to ensure students are equipped with the knowledge, skills and competencies to …

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Message from the Deputy Principal

Schools today increasingly face higher levels of complexity and dynamism including the need to ensure students are equipped with the knowledge, skills and competencies to thrive in a changing, increasingly global world. To be highly effective, teachers must continually seek pedagogical improvement and growth and this requires schools to have a well-designed and implemented staff professional development program.

Wiliam argues the most effective teacher development programs are based on small group learning communities (East, 2015). This aligns with the research of John Hattie (2015) who claims that schools that want to make significant impact on student improvement will have highly expert, inspired and passionate teachers and school leaders working together to maximise the effect of their teaching.

The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL, 2017) concurs that professional learning communities (PLCs) have many direct and indirect benefits for students:

  • Students achieve at higher levels in schools with positive PLCs.
  • PLCs are more effective than individual champions in ensuring that school-wide pedagogical changes are sustainable.
  • When teachers across a school implement the same learnings and strategies, they create a consistent learning experience for students.
  • PLCs help develop teachers’ confidence and self-efficacy.
  • PLCs encourage and build effective leadership and management.

At Stuartholme, timetabled Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) occur weekly for all teachers and school leaders. These provide a framework to harness teacher expertise, facilitate sharing of pedagogically-sound practices and discuss evidence-based research.

To ensure our PLCs target areas that will allow students to grow and thrive, they are underpinned by AITSL’s Professional Standards for Teachers. Based on extensive research and expert knowledge, The Australian Professional Standards for Teachers are a public statement of what constitutes teacher quality. They define the work of teachers and make explicit elements of high-quality, effective teaching in 21st century schools that will improve educational outcomes for students.  The following seven standards outline what teachers should know and be able to do:

  1. Know the students and how they learn
  2. Know the content and how to teach it
  3. Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
  4. Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments
  5. Assess, provide feedback and report on student learning
  6. Engage in professional learning
  7. Engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community.

It is important to note that Stuartholme School is deeply committed to training and developing all staff.  Just as important is the continued development of non-teaching staff. They provide vital support structures without which a school cannot function. Consequently, Stuartholme provides many other opportunities for staff engagement in learning opportunities including weekly after school sessions, on-site compliance and legislative training, on-the-job training and external workshops.

The strong schoolwide focus on staff development is supported through the completion of individual goal setting whereby staff identify their own growth areas linked to Stuartholme’s 2018-2020 strategic plan. This ensures staff development is aligned to the goals and strategies identified as key priorities over the next three years. Individual development plans are also linked to the five goals of Sacred Heart education to ensure strong values alignment.

Stuartholme School’s staff professional learning program is unique. For various reasons many schools do not dedicate the same depth of resources to schoolwide, targeted staff development.  Student wellbeing, learning and growth are priorities for Stuartholme. By committing to staff growth and development, the school ensures the ongoing provision of a safe, supportive and challenging learning environment for our girls.

Deanne Johnston
Deputy Principal

Message from the Dean of Mission

Last Thursday was International Women’s Day. On this day, we celebrate the social, political, cultural and economic development of women around the world. We also …

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Message from the Dean of Mission

Last Thursday was International Women’s Day. On this day, we celebrate the social, political, cultural and economic development of women around the world. We also recognise the inequalities that still exist and continue to #pressforprogress in achieving gender parity. As an all-girl school, this day is especially important to us. It is a day for us to recognise the strong women who have forged the path and bought us to where we are today. To pay homage to these women, and to raise money for our Project Compassion appeal which works to empower women in poor and vulnerable situations, we asked our school community to dress up as women who inspire them. There were historical figures, scientists, mathematicians, athletes, movie stars, activists and artists – pioneer women who stepped outside of their comfort zones to change the world for the better. Wonderfully, we also had people dress up as their everyday heroes. Those women who through their strength and resilience continue to inspire us and allow us to flourish; our mothers, grandmothers, family members, teachers and friends.

This day also calls us to take the time to acknowledge the strength that lies within the next generation of women. On Friday of last week, students and staff attended Milpera State High School to join in their International Women’s Day celebrations. Milpera is a special purpose state high school which teaches English language across curriculum areas. It also provides settlement services to newly arrived immigrant and refugee background young people to prepare them for living and studying in Australia. At their celebrations, our students heard the stories of the young women of Milpera who have crossed enormous cultural, social and physical frontiers to be where they are today. Our own Year 12 students, Rachel Tabrett and Abbey Bennett, also had the opportunity to present $600 to the Breakfast Club at Milpera. These two students raised this money through their own initiative called the ‘Power of 12’, a group of friends their age who at a dinner each donate money and decide as a group where it would have the most impact. Well done to these students for their initiative and determination to make a difference.

Last Thursday, after the music from the dance-off celebrations at lunch had receded and the costumes had come off, I took students to Yeronga for our weekly Homework Club visit. As I sat back and watched one of our Stuartholme girls bent over the Geography draft of another young woman from a different country and culture, I felt a sense of hope wash over me. Because of the strong women who have come before them and the men who have supported them, these young women are ready. They are ready to show the world their strength, their determination, and their ability to achieve greatness and gender parity before the expected year of 2095. I think Sithara Anne-French, our Cor Unum head for 2018, summed it up perfectly in her Women’s Day address to the school when she said:

As women our strength is derived from our desire to bequeath two things to our children. The first being roots, the other wings. By children I don’t necessarily mean the child that we carry in our womb, I’m talking about the generations of women that will succeed us. Let me explain a bit more. Firstly, the roots, this is the foundational strength that our female ancestors have had to cultivate over centuries. All of the women that have gone before us regardless of whether they are glorified in history books or not have laid a crucial foundation with their strength. If it wasn’t for my grandma’s defiance of gender norms in her community I am certain that I wouldn’t be standing here today. Similarly, if it wasn’t for women like Sojourner or Emily Davison or Betty Friedan or Malala you wouldn’t be here either. The wings, ladies that’s us. Each of us girls… are bound not by our weakness but by our strength. Despite what the world has told us we are sitting here today as females, being educated, in an all-girls school choosing our own future. Come on girls I think for that at least we need a round of applause.

The way I see it is, although I’m talking directly to all of you today what I am also doing is using the wings, the strength, provided by the women who have preceded me to establish roots here and now whilst inspiring you, the women of the future. So, girls, in reality when looking for strength you don’t have to look far. That’s the easy part. You can look over 100 years back or you can simply look around you, at the girl sitting next to you, at your teachers, at your parents, at yourselves. The difficult part is establishing the roots to help society realise your strength as well. Ladies, you are the warriors that our future needs so, don’t ever stop fighting because this world needs you, it needs your wings because only then will we be able to look beyond our biology. Tina si impande, nama imphiko. We are the roots, we are the wings.

 We thank the women and men in our community who allow our students to flourish. Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.

Sarah Daff
Dean of Mission

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Message from the Dean of Boarding

Dear Parents/Guardians, It is hard to believe we have only two weeks to go before the Term 1 holidays! The girls are currently in an …

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Message from the Dean of Boarding

Dear Parents/Guardians,
It is hard to believe we have only two weeks to go before the Term 1 holidays! The girls are currently in an intense period of study and assessment as I am sure you are only too aware. Sometimes phone calls home can increase in these last few weeks as home feels like it is in sight but not in sight enough! I am sure you feel like this too as you wait for your daughter/s to come home. We spend some time in these last weeks reassuring girls that some of the mini-irritations they might be feeling are simply because they are in need of a break from 141 other adolescent girls!

A highlight of our past fortnight was Open Day. We welcomed 60 people into the Boarding House for tours and our girls acted as tour leaders and speakers. The visitors commented on the strength of our boarding leadership program, how articulate our Year 7 hosts were (thank you Molly Shay and Charlotte Spooner) and how homely and charming our Boarding House is. Each girl did their part in ensuring their room was immaculately presented. We were so proud of our boarding community on Saturday.

Ms Catherine Sagin has been working with a team of Year 12s (led by Lily Chapman) to come up with an anti-bullying awareness initiative that will run in the Boarding House, at the same time as our anti-bullying campaign is being rolled out in the day school. Here is what the team has written about their progress so far:

“In response to the National Action Against Bullying Day and the Dolly’s Dream movement, the Year 12 cohort has created an anti-bullying wall. When we were in the brainstorming phase of the project, we aimed to develop ideas that were personal and relevant to our grade. We achieved this by forming personal bullying prevention strategies and by forming our own definitions of bullying. Additionally, poems, statistics and online images were collated to substantiate our ideas. We hope that this initiative provides a strong example to all girls in the House, as it is a visual representation of our stance against bullying and our desire to create a close-knit community.”

The girls also chose this poem as one they wanted the rest of the House to be aware of.

Identity – The Bully

They all try to look the same,
All try to give themselves a name.
Pick on the boy who is all alone
Just because his identity is his own
What has this world come to?
All this wrong that people do,
Just for the image they want to show.
Down the evil path they seem to go.
The next person you go to hurt
Or try to make feel like dirt,
Instead of trying to look cool
Feel for the guy you make look a fool.
A cool identity isn’t a need.
Let those you bully be freed.
Your identity should be your own.
A better person you will be known.
– written by Jon Evans.

In the photos below, you can see the beginnings of the anti-bullying wall that has been created in the Nest. Please have a look at this wall when you next visit. We are very impressed by the girls’ proactive approach and their desire to make a safer space for all boarders – both a physical and emotional one.

I would like to make particular mention of, and thank the wonderful day school mothers who have been making beautiful cakes for our Year 7 and 8 boarders this term. These gifts bring so much joy to the girls who obviously feel the pain of birthdays without their parents; similarly, they mean a huge amount to our boarder parents who struggle on these days themselves. Thanks to Mrs Barbara Roads who got this roster organised and operating so smoothly. It means so much. A big thanks too to our generous Care and Concern parents who drive the boarders to appointments and make sure they feel comfortable and supported whilst waiting for an appointment. You are truly putting the mission of Stuartholme into action.

Congratulations to our two Boarders of the Week: Molly McCann and Emily Sullivan. Both girls received numerous commendations from staff over this time and both have been wonderful role models for everyone in House. A big welcome to Lucy Bond’s exchange student from the US, Bridget Mitchell who has been a buoyant presence in the House over the past few weeks.

Logistical information for boarder parents please:

• Can you take the time to read the luggage requirements that will be available now on My Stuartholme. Girls from Years 7-11 can only leave two bags and a fan in storage at the school these holidays and bags cannot weigh over 21 kgs each. We will be weighing them.
• Boarders are required to be in by 5 pm on Tuesday 17 April which is also Parent Teacher Interview Day
• End of term leave is due in by next Thursday at the latest, 22 March. We need to know how and when your daughter is being picked up on Thursday 29 March. School ends at 12 pm on this day for all students.
• If you want to pick your daughter up from school three or more days early, you are required to put in a Request for Extended Leave Form (available under Academic Services on My Stuartholme)

I hope the next two weeks go smoothly for you as you await the big return and I wish your families a happy and holy Easter period. Once again, please do not hesitate to be in touch if you have any concerns or feedback. Thanks for your tremendous support during what has been a very successful first term in boarding at Stuartholme.

Warm regards
Andree Rice
Dean of Boarding

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Message from the Dean of Student Wellbeing

Self-regulation and Student Wellbeing There’s no doubt we live in a busy society. On a daily basis we are asked to balance our work, home, …

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Message from the Dean of Student Wellbeing

Self-regulation and Student Wellbeing

There’s no doubt we live in a busy society. On a daily basis we are asked to balance our work, home, social and financial responsibilities. This raises the question for us about how we can best support our girls to build the necessary capacity to problem solve, recover, adapt or find a solution. This capacity is known as “self-regulation” or “resilience”. Research clearly reveals that a student’s increased capacity in self-regulation is linked to improved academic, social and health outcomes. Management of self and self-regulation is therefore a core element of the Wise Wellness program delivered at the school.

Stuartholme staff were fortunate enough to attend a session on this topic recently delivered by our very own counsellors who hold significant expertise in this area. I want to share with parents key strategies so that we can work together to build our girls’ capacity in this area.

Strategies for building capacity in self-regulation

  1. Meeting chaos with calm – role modelling what to do, and just as important, what not to do, will help build capacity in your child. Take a moment to interpret the situation and notice your own reaction and any triggers for you. If you need to, try deep breathing to calm your mind and give yourself a chance to fully examine the situation and all your options. Once you’ve examined your options you can decide the pros/cons/consequences of each option until you come up with the best response.
  2. Mindfulness – a child’s brain is still under construction. Allow them time to explore mindful activities. These could include a form of exercise, relaxation or self-reflection. Talk to your child about situations they have faced that day, both good and bad, and what actions they took. If they’ve had a great day ask them what made it great and allow them the opportunity to store that memory. If they have not had a good day, discuss what made them unhappy and what they can do next time they are faced with that situation.
  3. Self-awareness – we are all different, and that’s ok! Help your child to understand themselves and how they think. By being self-aware, your child will be able to understand themselves better as a human being. Often challenging times provide a great opportunity to spot character strengths.
  4. Take charge – always be bigger, stronger, wiser and kind as a parent. Whenever possible follow your daughter’s need. Whenever necessary take charge.

Deb Lonsdale-Walker
Dean of Student Wellbeing

 

 

The Sharon Beirne Health & Wellness Centre – important notice

Stuartholme is fortunate to have a Health Centre in the school with qualified medical staff. The Health Centre provides a number of services to both …

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The Sharon Beirne Health & Wellness Centre – important notice

Stuartholme is fortunate to have a Health Centre in the school with qualified medical staff. The Health Centre provides a number of services to both day and boarding students, however, as with any school sick room, should a day student become unwell, nursing staff always contact parents/caregivers as soon as reasonably possible to report on a student’s ill health; and if necessary advise if they are unfit to remain at school so that they can be collected.

The Health Centre is not fit for purpose to cater for day students who are sick prior to leaving home in the morning, to report to and reside in for the entirety of the school day.

In the interests of offering the best possible care to all Stuartholme students, it would be appreciated if parents/ caregivers could continue to support these processes.

 

Interhouse Music Festival

Choral Competition The theme for the 2018 Choral Competition is Disney and the cultural captains are now busily rehearsing the students for the hotly contested …

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Interhouse Music Festival

Choral Competition
The theme for the 2018 Choral Competition is Disney and the cultural captains are now busily rehearsing the students for the hotly contested competition and the elusive Choral Comp Trophy!  The songs for each house were decided by a blind draw at a recent Assembly.

May the best House win!

Lip Sync Challenge
Another very popular part of the Interhouse Music Festival is the year level Lip Sync Challenge!  Each house will compete in year levels for points towards the Interhouse Music Festival Trophy.  We look forward to some very creative choreography and the unveiling of many hidden talents!

Solo Music Awards
The Solo Music Awards will be held on Sunday, 27 May from 10.00am – 4.30pm.

All Soloists are encouraged to perform and each performer will earn points for their House which will count towards the Interhouse Music Festival Trophy to be awarded at the conclusion of the Choral Competition.  Application forms for the Solo Music Awards are available from outside Mr Mear’s office in the music Department, or on My Stuartholme under Co-curricula/Music

Every performer will receive 5 points.  Trophies and/or Certificates will be awarded in each category and additional House points will be allocated as follows:

1st Place:                              40 points                             2nd Place:                             30 Points

3rd Place:                              20 Points                             Highly Commended:       10 Points

Details are as follows:

SectionYear LevelCategoriesPerformance length
Senior PianoYears 10, 11, 12baroque, classical, romantic, contemporaryup to 7 minutes
Junior PianoYears 7, 8, 9baroque, classical, romantic, contemporaryup to 3 minutes
Junior Band


Year 7classical, contemporary, jazzup to 3 minutes
Junior BandYear 8classical, contemporary, jazzup to 3 minutes
Junior Band Year 9classical, contemporary, jazzup to 3 minutes
Senior BandYears 10, 11, 12classical, contemporary, jazzup to 4 minutes
Junior StringsYears 7, 8, 9baroque, classical, contemporaryup to 3 minutes
Senior StringsYears 10, 11, 12baroque, classical, contemporaryup to 6 minutes
VocalYears 7-12art song; musical theatre; jazz standard; contemporaryup to 3 minutes

For further information on the Interhouse Music Festival, please contact Mrs Sandy Beanland, the Arts Co-curricula Assistant at music@stuartholme.com or on ph:  3510 6473*Dependent on the number of participants, some sections may be combined.

Co-curricular News

Let’s ‘Hear the Roar’ for the following outstanding achievements! Rachael Brown, Year 8 Rachael has been selected to represent Queensland at the 2018 Australian Junior …

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Co-curricular News

Let’s ‘Hear the Roar’ for the following outstanding achievements!

Rachael Brown, Year 8

Rachael has been selected to represent Queensland at the 2018 Australian Junior Athletics Championships. This event will be held in Sydney from 14 to 18 March at Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre. Rachael is competing in the Women’s Under 15 2000 metre Steeplechase event.

Representative Netball

Congratulations to the following girls who have done very well in making representative teams for the following:

Gretta Berge – Queensland Premier League 18 years Team and Shadow player for the Met West 16-19yrs Team.
Imogen Perrin – Downey Park State Age 15 years B Team (To play in the State Age competition at Ipswich in July)
Grace Deeran – Downey Park State Age 14 years B Team (To play in the State Age competition at Ipswich in July)
Catie Head – QCNA State Age 12 years B Team (To play in the State Age competition at Ipswich in July)
Elke Gersekowski – Western Districts Netball 12 years Team, 2018 State Age Team Black
Laura Penning – Western Districts Netball, 12 years team.

 

Taylah Tyerman-Webster, Year 10

We are so proud of Taylah who qualified to trial for a place on the Australian Swimming Team for the Commonwealth Games. Taylah swam incredibly well, coming 40th overall and swimming just .2 off her personal best.

We look forward to cheering Taylah on as she carries the Queen’s Baton up Jephson Street, Toowong as part of the Queen’s Baton relay. The baton will be passed to Taylah by Olympic and Commonwealth Games champion, Hayley Lewis at 4.08pm on Friday 30 March.

It would be great to see as many Stuartholme girls as possible lining the route to cheer Taylah on!

 

Debating success

The debating season has started with a bang with our Years 9 and 11 Teams winning their debates. Our Years 10 and 12 Teams also competed last week with a win for the 10.1 Team. Particular congratulations to all debaters who participated in their first debate, including the 12.1 team which is made up of Year 12 students who have all signed up to debating this year having never debated before. The Year 12 won their debate on Wednesday night, making them undefeated so far in the competition. Also on Wednesday night 9.3 won against Ambrose Treacy and 8.1 won against Mt St Michael. 8.2 unfortunately lost against Ambrose Treacy, but competed well.

A final ‘Roar’ to Lauren Gunther and Ineka Tabrett for making the top 12 in the selection process for the Queensland State Debating Team.  This essentially means they are in the top 12 debaters in the State!

Music students

If you attended our Open Day on Saturday you would have heard the beautiful musical performances by our ensembles and choirs. A huge thank you to everyone for making the day so special. You can also hear the girls perform at Music at Twilight tonight from 6pm in the Theatre.

Water polo

Congratulations to the following students who will be representing the Met West 13-17 Girls Water Polo Team at the State Championships on the Sunshine Coast:

Emma Cheel
Ruby Pinn
Sophie Fern
Maya White
Phoebe Leech
Abbey Pomeroy
Alice Rogers

It is wonderful news for Stuartholme that 7 of the 13 players on the team come from our school!

Be a Good Egg!

A brief look at sustainable development The United Nations projects that there will be more than 10 billion people living on the Earth by the …

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Be a Good Egg!

A brief look at sustainable development

The United Nations projects that there will be more than 10 billion people living on the Earth by the year 2100. This explosion in population is perhaps one of the greatest reasons why sustainable development is so important, as our valuation of consumerism makes it increasingly unlikely that future societies will be able to live within the limits of what the environment can provide. This ultimately means that the most vulnerable individuals in society will continue to face an infringement of their basic human rights to food, clean water, and fair working conditions.

Stuartholme’s Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Group’s focus this year is centred around  sustainability, which includes food sustainability. This topic looks at the importance of purchasing ethical food products, food security in the developing world, and food waste.

As Easter is rapidly approaching, our campaign for Term 1 is centred around promoting ethical Easter eggs.

Why is buying ethical chocolate important?

Despite the growing demand for cocoa, many small producers struggle to earn a sustainable income. Disease and age are damaging cocoa trees, and rising production costs mean farmers and their families are subjected to long hours of unpaid labour in harsh working conditions. Child labour, a significant issue in the cocoa industry, is perpetuated by poverty and unfair terms of trade.

Companies such as Rainforest Alliance, Fairtrade and UTZ Certified helps to make cocoa farming in places like Ivory Coast and Ghana more sustainable by guaranteeing minimum prices and providing a premium to invest in local communities, so that farmers can provide a better future for themselves and their families.

Stop the Traffik is a worldwide organisation dedicated to abolishing human trafficking. Its report, The Good Egg Guide, has a list of ethical chocolate brands and Easter eggs and products that are free from trafficked labour.
–          Aldi’s UTZ Certified Dairy Fine, Choceur, Moser Roth and Specially Selected Easter chocolate ranges.

–          Chocolatier Australia’s Fairtrade milk and dark chocolate 100g eggs, available through Coles, Woolworths, David Jones and other chocolate suppliers.

–          Coles also has a range of branded UTZ, Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance-certified Easter chocolates.

–          The Haigh’s Chocolate-made Easter egg range is UTZ Certified.

–          Devine chocolate eggs and bunnies are Fairtrade certified, and are available through IGA, other selected stores and online.

I think one of the largest issues with practicing social justice in our everyday lives is that injustices seem so great that we cannot see how our individual efforts can shape change. However, our ability to have an impact as a consumer is unique, because by purchasing non-ethical chocolate, you implicitly support the unethical farming practices by which that chocolate was produced. This ultimately enables those industries to continue to thrive. It’s a vicious cycle.

How can you stop perpetuating the unsustainable cycle of cacao farming?

Look for the following symbols when you purchase your Easter eggs this year!

You’re powerful as a consumer — what you choose to buy shapes the world we live in. So this Easter, we encourage you to help make the lives of cacao farmers better through choosing to support ethical and Fairtrade chocolate products.

Lauren Gunther
JPIC Captain 2018

Exchange Hosts from Years 8 & 9 needed

Every year Stuartholme invites two girls from Years 8 & 9 from each of our three ANZnet Sister Schools- Sacré Coeur in Melbourne, Kincoppal Rose …

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Exchange Hosts from Years 8 & 9 needed

Every year Stuartholme invites two girls from Years 8 & 9 from each of our three ANZnet Sister Schools- Sacré Coeur in Melbourne, Kincoppal Rose -Bay in Sydney and Barradene in Auckland – to visit us for Madeleine Sophie week (21 – 25 May) and take part in our celebrations.

The girls who host these students may then have the opportunity to go on exchange to one of these Sister Sacred Heart Schools  later in the year.

Interested girls are asked to email Mrs Kerry Moran at kmoran@stuartholme.com to request a Host Application form. These forms should be returned to Mrs Moran by Wednesday 18 April.

 

 

Download the Stuartholme App

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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Download the Stuartholme App

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.

Honour Pockets in 2018

As previously advised, there will be some changes to Honour Pockets in 2018, in order to streamline the process and encourage all students who are …

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Honour Pockets in 2018

As previously advised, there will be some changes to Honour Pockets in 2018, in order to streamline the process and encourage all students who are eligible for an Award to receive this.  Changes are outlined in the table below:

 

Previous Process New Process
1.Timelines Once per term students were invited to apply Twice yearly in Week 1 Term 3 and Week 5 Term 4:

–          Students notified of pocket eligibility

–          Students invited to apply for Special Awards

2. Application for General Awards Students applied and Co-Curricular staff approved Staff will identify eligible students and will be notified by email
3. Application for Special Awards eg State Rep, National Rep or Gold Laurels Students apply Students apply
4.  Criteria Confirmed criteria determined by Honour Pocket Committee and published Confirmed criteria determined by Honour Pocket Committee and published
5. Delivery of Blazer and Application form submitted Blazer and Application form submitted to Deputy Principal, Staff Wellbeing and Administration for signing off Blazer and Application form delivered to the Uniform Shop

Honour Pocket Committee 2018 

 

Blazer Fitting Appointments

Further to the notice in the last newsletter, if you haven’t already got a blazer, tights, jumper or other winter accessories for the coming Winter …

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Blazer Fitting Appointments

Further to the notice in the last newsletter, if you haven’t already got a blazer, tights, jumper or other winter accessories for the coming Winter Uniform period, please book an appointment for either a fitting/re-fitting below.  If you are a new student this year and had an appointment late last year/early this year and an indication of blazer size was taken then, this is the time to book your appointment to organise your daughter/s winter uniform.  Appointments are now available to book online at the link below with appointments from 19th March 2018 before school and at lunch time on Monday, Wednesday and Friday until the end of term. It is the same booking system used for the new student appointments for this year. The appointment is 10 minutes long.

https://app.smoothbook.co/calendar/59acd3bf16d9f06eb70ead0b#/class

Please note, Blazers are compulsory as part of the Winter Uniform and they need to be worn to and from school. The Winter Uniform period is from Tuesday, 8 May, 2018 to 17 August , 2018.  The navy blue tights are also compulsory for the formal photos in May and other formal occasions. Jumpers, vests and scarves are also available to purchase but these items are not compulsory.

If you can’t make the times available or need help accessing the online booking system, please email Andrea at amcavoy@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.

 

Kindest regards,

Andrea McAvoy
School Shop Manager

 

 

 

Options Career Information Bulletin Edition 4

The latest Options Career Information Bulletin is now available.   Ken Turnbull Careers Counsellor  

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Options Career Information Bulletin Edition 4

The latest Options Career Information Bulletin is now available.

 

Ken Turnbull
Careers Counsellor

 

Volunteers needed at the School Shop

If you would like to help out in the shop, there are some great opportunities coming up. The Shop is doing blazer fitting/re-fittings for new …

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Volunteers needed at the School Shop

If you would like to help out in the shop, there are some great opportunities coming up. The Shop is doing blazer fitting/re-fittings for new students that have their blazers and jumpers in the last 2 weeks of school this term. If you have time to help out before school or during the breaks, please click on the volunteer roster link here for blazer fittings assistance.

Also, the Term 2 volunteer roster is out now. If you have some time to help out in the shop, there are available times before school and during the breaks. Click here is the link for the Term 2 volunteer roster.

Thank you for offering your time, it is really appreciated.  If you have any questions, please contact Andrea on 35106497 or at schoolshop@stuartholme.com

 

Parents of Stuartholme (PoS) Invite to Mothers’ Day Lunch

As Term One is coming to a close and school holidays are nearly upon us, you might want to circle a date on your social …

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Parents of Stuartholme (PoS) Invite to Mothers’ Day Lunch

As Term One is coming to a close and school holidays are nearly upon us, you might want to circle a date on your social calendar to avoid disappointment.

Parents of Stuartholme’s annual Mothers’ Day Lunch is being held at Hillstone, St Lucia Golf Club on Friday, 11 May from 11am until we are done.

This school community event brings mothers past, present and future, as well as Alumnae, together to celebrate “all things Stuartholme”.  The primary focus of the lunch is catching up and sharing time together over a lovely 3 course meal.  A secondary goal of this event is fundraising via Raffles and a Silent Auction.  Last year, profits made from the Mothers’ Day Lunch were spent across a number of areas.  Charities such as Orange Sky Laundry and Sony Camp were once again supported as Stuartholme girls volunteer with these two worthy causes.  $1000 of sanitary products was also donated to Brisbane-based Share the Dignity, a group that solely cares for women and children fleeing domestic violence and avoiding homelessness.  School projects that funds assisted were new stools for the Drama department, two umbrellas to shelter student eating areas and the supply and install of those magnificent fairy lights on the feature tree in the Stuartholme courtyard.

Please don’t wait to book your tickets, seating is limited at Hillstone. Book now via Trybooking.

Be Engaged …. one way or another

If you know you are unable to attend this year’s Mothers’ Day Lunch (Fri 11 May) but are still keen to support the event, all is not lost!  On the booking site there is a “Raffle ticket only” option that allows all Stuartholme parents to purchase general raffle tickets at $5 each (or 5 for $20 – what a deal!) and this year we are holding a SPECIAL LIMITED Thermomix Raffle with ONLY  50 tickets for sale at $50 each.  This provides a 1 in 50 chance of winning a thermomix worth $2300!  Don’t miss this opportunity, Kitchen Connoisseurs!

As always, contributions towards the raffle prizes and auction items are often sourced directly through Stuartholme parents.  A number of previous contributors have been contacted already but the committee is seeking new ideas of donations and potential businesses who may consider supporting this Stuartholme event.

Presently, we are seeking donations from within the school community of service vouchers (ie massage, beauty therapy, hair salon), a weekend escape, a week’s accommodation anywhere but here, sports memorabilia/event tickets, pieces of artwork, fine jewellery and any other item that might be sought after by a room full of women!

If you have a donation you’d like to give and/or have a contact that a committee member could reach out to, please do not hesitate to contact Parents of Stuartholme on pos@stuartholme.com .  There is a draft “letter of request” available from PoS that can be used if a business is to be contacted and committee members available to contact said businesses if you point them in the right direction.

There are also two working bees planned for Friday, 27 April and Wed, 2 May for any parents who are willing and able to assist with the Mothers’ Day Lunch preparations around table centrepieces and presentation of prizes.  More details to follow in Term 2.

If you’d like to speak with someone regarding any of the above information around the 2018 Mothers’ Day Lunch, please contact me directly on bjathome@optusnet.com.au at your convenience.

Yours in parenting teenage daughters,

Barbara Roads
PoS Social Events Coordinator
M: 0401 832 235

 

Marist French Dinner

The French Dinner held at Marist on Tuesday 6 March 6 was an excellent opportunity for the Year 11 and 12 Senior French students to …

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Marist French Dinner

The French Dinner held at Marist on Tuesday 6 March 6 was an excellent opportunity for the Year 11 and 12 Senior French students to practice our French. This year there were 150 students from schools all over Brisbane. The French meal was prepared by the Marist Catering Students. The girls participated in a French quiz and enjoyed meeting students from all over Brisbane who are also learning French.

 

Drama students visit local schools

Year 11 Drama students have been creatively busy this term by devising, rehearsing and presenting an original piece of Children’s Theatre. The Performances toured local …

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Drama students visit local schools

Year 11 Drama students have been creatively busy this term by devising, rehearsing and presenting an original piece of Children’s Theatre. The Performances toured local primary schools in our community this week. This experience was not only rewarding for our young audience but a fantastic way for our Drama students to develop their presenting skills in different environments.

Jennifer McGrath
Drama Teacher

Visiting artist shares skills

For the last fortnight we had the pleasure of a visiting artist printmaker, Wayne Singleton, to work with the Year 10s and also an eager  …

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Visiting artist shares skills

For the last fortnight we had the pleasure of a visiting artist printmaker, Wayne Singleton, to work with the Year 10s and also an eager  group of Year 12s who are anxious to extend their knowledge of relief block printing.  Wayne specialises in black and white, and hand coloured, linocut prints and has been an exhibiting printmaking artist since the 1980s. He brought with him stunning samples of his large intricately carved blocks some of which were a metre in length.   The Year 10’s have almost completed their exciting compositions for their linocut designs and Wayne was so generous with his expertise and guidance for these young artists, helping them to solve difficult problems associated with each individual block.

A small group of  Year 12s were intent on sharing in this splendid opportunity for enrichment and Wayne was gracious in accommodating their wishes, giving them their own special two hour workshop.  Much was learnt by all and my own printmaking techniques were revised and refined- many tips to add to an already complex process with many stages.

We thank Wayne for his patient guidance and enthusiastic support for our young artists and will welcome him back to see the fruits of their labours at the end of Term 2.

Nan Chesterman
Art Teacher

Tertiary courses, gap years and studying overseas

There is a host of information on My Stuartholme about Tertiary Courses, UMAT preparation and dates, GAP Years and studying overseas. You can access this …

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Tertiary courses, gap years and studying overseas

There is a host of information on My Stuartholme about Tertiary Courses, UMAT preparation and dates, GAP Years and studying overseas.

You can access this information via the Academic Services tile, the Careers.

Under the Careers tile you will also find a range of resources including resume tips, options after Year 12, QTAC and career decisions.

If you have any further questions, please speak with our Careers Advisor, Mr Ken Turnbull.

 

Music at Twilight tonight!

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Music at Twilight tonight!

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.

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 Friday 16 March 2018

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

 

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