Message from the Principal

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends,

As a leader in educating girls and empowering them to be the best they can be, Stuartholme was proud to support Queensland Women’s Week and International Women’s Day last week. If you follow us on Facebook you would have seen our series of interviews with various members of our community including Alumnae, staff and a student on what Queensland Women’s Week meant to them. On Wednesday, I hosted a table at the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia’s (AGSA) International Women’s Day event and shared lunch with a range of inspiring women who have contributed generously to our Stuartholme community.

As I have mentioned, I spent most of my first year observing how Stuartholme operates, what we do well and what I believe we can improve. I would now like your feedback on a variety of aspects of our School. Shortly, I will be asking all members of the Stuartholme community to complete a survey, including students, staff and of course, parents. I intend to use the results from the survey, along with a diverse range of data, in drafting the School’s next Strategic Plan.

Next week, we will also have two educational researchers in the school visiting classes and interviewing staff, students and parents. This research is part of a National School Improvement process. I am looking forward to seeing the results.

Finally, on Saturday 11 March we held our annual Open Day which is one, if not the biggest, day in our calendar. While Open Day is a Marketing event, it is an unreserved, authentic expression of who we are. I believe we truly shone as a community.  The Stuartholme community owns the day. From our wonderful teachers who talked so passionately about their subjects and their students, the students who led tours, parents who staffed the BBQ or supported their daughters on the day, our school officers who greeted visitors and everyone else who participated. This is your day and you should be extremely proud of its success. This year we had a record attendance of over 1270 visitors. From this, we received overwhelmingly positive feedback, a number of applications on the day and many more during the week.

From the bottom of my heart, I thank you all. I’ve often commented on the warm and gentle welcome I received when I started at Stuartholme and I’m delighted that future families have experienced the same welcome.

God bless and take care,
Kristen Sharpe

 

Key Dates

Please find below the key dates for  Terms 1 and 2 2017

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Key Dates

Please find below the key dates for  Terms 1 and 2 2017

DateEvent
Mon 20-Tues 28 MarchYear 12 assessment block including QCS testing
Fri 17 MarchTwilight Concert
Mon 20 MarchYear 10 career testing
Mon 20-Fri 24 MarchYear 11 assessment block
Thurs 30 MarchYear 10-12 Parent Daughter Breakfast 7am
Classes finish
Fri 31 MarchBoarders travel day
Mon 17 AprilEaster Monday Public Holiday
Tues 18 AprilBoarders return
Boarder Parent Network meeting 11.30am-1pm
Parent Teacher interviews 10am-7pm
Wed 19 AprilStudents return
Fri 21 AprilInterhouse Cross Country
Tues 25 AprilANZAC Day Public Holiday
Thurs 27 AprilParent Teacher Interviews 3.30-7pm
Fri 28 AprilYear 9 Retreat
Mon 1 MayLabour Day Public Holiday
Thurs 4 MaySchool Photos
Fri 7 MayYear 7 Retreat
Mon 8 MayP&F Meeting 7pm
Tues 9-Thurs 11 MayYears 7 & 9 NAPLAN
Wed 10-Fri 12 MayYear 8 Camp
Fri 12 MaySLC Mothers' Day Lunch 11am-3pm
Sat 13 MayYear 12 Charity event 4-8pm
Mon 22-Tues 23 MayYear 11 Biology & Geography Camp
Mon 22 MayYear 7 immunisations
Thurs 25 MayMadeleine Sophie Day celebrations
Fri 26 MayNational Sorry Day
Alumnae Cocktail Party
Sun 28 MayAlumnae Mass & morning tea
Interhouse Music Vocal & Instrumental Awards Showcase
Wed 31 MayInterhouse Athletics Carnival
Fri 16 JuneInterhouse Choral Competition
Mon 19-Tues 20Year 11 Leadership Days
Wed 21 JuneYear 12 photo
Thur 22 JuneYears 7-9 Parent Daughter Breakfast 7am
Year 11 Harmony Day
Classes finish
Fri 23 JuneBoarders Travel Day
Year 12 Formal

Another successful Open Day event

Stuartholme had another very successful Open Day last Saturday with over 1270 people visiting us on the day! The event could not have been possible …

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Another successful Open Day event

Stuartholme had another very successful Open Day last Saturday with over 1270 people visiting us on the day! The event could not have been possible without the support, enthusiasm and spirit of our staff, parents and students. You are the essence of Open Day and truly demonstrate how to be the best you can be. Thank you!

“Lot’s of activities, the teachers, parent helpers and especially the tour guides (ie, student) were all extremely helpful and very passionate about the school”. Open Day visitor.

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Blazer Fitting Appointments

Blazer appointments are now available to book online here Please refer to the Instruction Booklet to assist with booking your appointment. Appointment days and times are: …

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Blazer Fitting Appointments

Blazer appointments are now available to book online here
Please refer to the Instruction Booklet to assist with booking your appointment.
Appointment days and times are:

Saturday 18 March 9am-4pm
Monday 20 March, Wednesday 22, Friday 24, Monday 27, Wednesday 29 – before school, 1st and 2nd breaks
Friday 31 March 7.30am-2pm

If you can’t make these times, please email me at schoolshop@stuartholme.com.

Also, if you have some spare time to help volunteer with blazer fittings, please click here to volunteer your time.

Your assistance enables the blazer fitting appointments to run smoothly and speeds up the fitting process. Your help is greatly appreciated.

 Thank you,

Andrea McAvoy
School Shop Manager

Honour Pockets and blazer embroidery

As we approach the end of Term 1 some of the Co-curricula activities are drawing, or have drawn to a close. This is now the time …

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Honour Pockets and blazer embroidery

As we approach the end of Term 1 some of the Co-curricula activities are drawing, or have drawn to a close. This is now the time for girls to apply to receive lines on their blazer in recognition of their achievements. It is also the last time that students can receive honour pockets for their achievements from 2016.

The criterion used to award an honour pocket is available on the Student and Parent Portals under ‘Student Information’ and within ‘School Procedures’. Students need to refer to this before completing their application form. Please note that the Pocket Criteria for 2017 has changed significantly. Application forms have been emailed to students along with a copy of the Stuartholme Pocket Criteria 2017 (Jan).

Application forms are to be completed, including the signature of the teacher in charge, and handed into my office by 9am Monday 27 March. Students are to ensure that their blazer is clean, is named and is handed into my office by 9am Tuesday 28 March so that the embroidery can be completed promptly and returned to the girls early in early Term 2. The girls will then be able to collect their blazers from my office when advised.

Mrs Nicola Johnson
Deputy Principal, Staff Wellbeing and Administration

 

Can you help with Boarder transportation to appointments?

The Stuartholme Ladies Committee (SLC) is seeking parent volunteers who have some flexibility in their day and can help take Boarders to designated appointments now …

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Can you help with Boarder transportation to appointments?

The Stuartholme Ladies Committee (SLC) is seeking parent volunteers who have some flexibility in their day and can help take Boarders to designated appointments now and again through the term.

Appointments are announced and sent to the Boarder Transport List and should the timing work, you can offer both your parenting and taxi services.

This effort and kindness is greatly appreciated by the Health Centre, the Boarders and their families.

If you think this might interest you, please send an email to slc@stuartholme.com and we will add your name to the Boarder Transport list.

Thank you!

Barbara Roads
SLC Chairperson

 

7 Maths visits Silverado Middle School in San Francisco

Thanks to the internet, our global village is getting smaller! This week a Year 7 maths class connected to the other side of the world …

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7 Maths visits Silverado Middle School in San Francisco

Thanks to the internet, our global village is getting smaller!

This week a Year 7 maths class connected to the other side of the world and interacted with students of Silverado Middle School in San Francisco via Skype!

We kept the location a secret, so the first task for the students was to figure out which city the students were from. They did this by asking a series of yes/no questions. These included: Are you north of the Equator? Are you on the east side of the United States?

Stuartholme girls guessed first! After the Silverado Middle School students guessed where we were from, they were able to ask each other more questions.

Students were also asked to share what they were learning in maths. Stuartholme girls went through fractions and Silverado Middle School talked to us about Algebra. The students were also interested in talking about time zones; we skyped on a Thursday morning when it was actually Wednesday in San Francisco!

This was a wonderful opportunity for students at both schools to make global connections and also help improve their communication and collaboration skills.

Andrew Webster
Teacher

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Free App gives access to our ebooks and audiobooks

As a complement to our extensive print collections, the Stuartholme Library offers students access to both non-fiction and fiction ebooks and audiobooks. OverDrive and Wheelers …

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Free App gives access to our ebooks and audiobooks

As a complement to our extensive print collections, the Stuartholme Library offers students access to both non-fiction and fiction ebooks and audiobooks.

OverDrive and Wheelers are the two main platforms that allow students to access our ebook and audiobook collections.  Both have an App that can be downloaded onto laptops, iPads, Android tablets and smart phones.  These Apps are free and can be downloaded from the Windows Store, Google Play and the App Store.

Over the next few weeks we will be asking students in Years 7-10 to bring their smart phone, iPad or Android tablet to their reading class – if they wish.  During the lesson, they can download the App, link it to our library and become familiar with how to use it.

Students can also download both the Apps at home before the lesson.   They will also download it onto their school laptop.  Accessing ebooks and audiobooks on mobile devices provides the girls with more opportunities to read and listen.  For example, they can listen to an audiobook while travelling or at times when they have to wait.

Should you have any enquiries, please contact me via email lskinner@stuartholme.com

Liz Skinner
Library and Information Services Director

 

Science Snippets

Did you know that on March 15 2017 scientists discovered the gene which controls how fast the brain ages which is fundamental in the prevention …

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Science Snippets

Did you know that on March 15 2017 scientists discovered the gene which controls how fast the brain ages which is fundamental in the prevention against dementia? Science will always have a valuable role in our ever-changing world, whether its preventing diseases, discovering new ways to protect the environment or developing new technology.

In case you were unaware, there are three new Science Ambassadors for 2017, Ava Lambert, Tessa Buzzo and me, Bridie Nebe. We are very pleased to have these positions and are looking forward to building science knowledge and raising awareness of the value of science in our community.

There are a number of events coming up that may be of interest to you.

  • ‘Careers That Shape the World’ is an interactive session to help discover possible career options for you. It is being held at the UQ Centre, University of Queensland St Lucia campus on Wednesday 19 April. This is an exciting experience for all Year 11 and 12 students. For more information, go to https://www.uq.edu.au/shape-your-world/
  • Also, and more importantly, from 22 to 26 March, Brisbane will be hosting the World Science Festival. This festival includes presentations on a wide range of topics including the Science behind the Arts, Science and Faith, and a live viewing of 2001: A Space Odyssey. You can find out more here- http://www.worldsciencefestival.com.au/.

Thank you.

Bridie Nebe, 2017 UQ Science Ambassador

Lions Youth of the Year

On Saturday 11 March, Sarah Long, Year 12, participated in the Regional Final of Lions Youth of the Year at Windsor.  Lions Youth of the …

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Lions Youth of the Year

On Saturday 11 March, Sarah Long, Year 12, participated in the Regional Final of Lions Youth of the Year at Windsor.  Lions Youth of the Year is a program designed to encourage, foster and develop leadership in conjunction with public speaking abilities in young people.  Participants are required to participate in an interview where they are questioned on their general knowledge and current affairs prior to the public speaking section of the program. In the public speaking portion they are required to answer two impromptu questions and give one five minute prepared speech.

In order to progress to this level of the competition Sarah had to beat other contestants at a Club and Zone level.  Unfortunately Sarah was not able to progress past the Regional level but we are incredibly proud of her efforts, getting further than any Stuartholme student has in many years.

Alexandra Cashin
Leader of Learning – Religious Education

Entertainment Books for sale

Support Stuartholme School fundraising and put $$$’s in your pocket The Entertainment™ Fundraiser is a favourite with everybody at Stuartholme School. Last year we raised …

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Entertainment Books for sale

Support Stuartholme School fundraising and put $$$’s in your pocket

The Entertainment™ Fundraiser is a favourite with everybody at Stuartholme School. Last year we raised $1637. This year we want to do even better! We are raising funds to send girls to Student leadership seminars. The Memberships sell for $65, and we keep $13 for every one we sell.

The Entertainment™ Membership gives you access to thousands of up to 50% off and 2-for-1 offers for Brisbane’s best restaurants, cafés, attractions and the theme parks. Plus it offers the best in market prices for over 2,000 hotels and resorts that you can use whenever you like until 1 June 2018.

And it’s not just the fun stuff… You can also get 5% off on your groceries and petrol all year with WISH eVouchers sent directly to your phone, and 10% off at David Jones!

The Entertainment™ Memberships are available as a Book (with a gold card and vouchers) or as a Digital Membership that puts all the offers included in the Book, on your smartphone to redeem at the touch of a button.

So you can see what is in the Entertainment™ Book for you and your family, we will be sending one home with Year 7 Day students on Tuesday, 28 March 2017 and a copy will be in the Student wellbeing office for perusal. Pre-order your new Entertainment™ Membership today to receive up to $120 in Early Bird Offers that you can use straight away! 


Order online at http://www.entbook.com.au/22157g0

Debating News

Our Debating season is well underway with the first round of QDU and the second round of BGDA now completed for all year levels.  We …

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Debating News

Our Debating season is well underway with the first round of QDU and the second round of BGDA now completed for all year levels.  We have seen some really encouraging results across these competitions, especially with our Year 8 and Year 12 debaters.

I would like to thank all students, teachers and parents who have come along to watch and support our girls so early in the season as it really does make a big difference to have an audience to debate in front of.

Please note there has been a postponement issued for the Round 4 QDU debates for our Year 9 teams.  When the new day, times and location are confirmed I will pass this information onto coaches.  The most up to date information for QDU debates will be on the CMS part of their website – cms.qdu.org.au from there you click on ‘View debates and results for your school or team’, select 2017 Brisbane Competition and then Stuartholme, and you can find everything you need.

2017 QDU RESULTS

Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4
Senior A Win (by 1.5)
11.1 Loss (by 3)
11.2 Loss (by 2)
10.1 Loss (by 4)
10.2 Loss
9.1 Loss (by 2)
9.2 Win (by 1)
8.1 Win
8.2 Win (3)
8.3 Win

2017 BGDA RESULTS

Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Finals
Team 1 Win Forfeit
Team 2 Win (by 2) Loss (by 1)

 

Alexandra Cashin
Leader of Learning – Religious Education

Equestrian News

Thank you to the parents and riders who helped at our Open Day on Saturday 11 March. Led by Shannon, Emma, Lily, Zoe, Clare and …

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Equestrian News

Thank you to the parents and riders who helped at our Open Day on Saturday 11 March. Led by Shannon, Emma, Lily, Zoe, Clare and Claire the team set up an eye-catching display and were engaging in their approach to the visiting parents.

A few team members competed at the Emmaus College Interschool qualifier at Parkridge on Sunday 12 March, achieving some lovely results towards their qualifiers for States.

  • Combined Training 95cms; Bella Anthony 1st place, Ellie Turnbull 6th place. Grace Anthony 60cms primary 1st place and also 2nd in the 45cms class.
  • Show Horse; Claire Abercrombie was 3rd overall in her first competition for Stuartholme.

Congratulations to all the riders.

We have a very busy weekend coming up with the team split over two venues; – Eventing at Warwick and the Wide Bay Regionals at Queensland State Equestrian Centre in Caboolture. Wishing the riders every success.

Anna Starosta
Equestrian Coordinator

CaSSSA Cup Swimming

On Thursday 2 March, 82 of the most deserving swimmers made their way to Chandler to see what they could deliver in our new competition …

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CaSSSA Cup Swimming

On Thursday 2 March, 82 of the most deserving swimmers made their way to Chandler to see what they could deliver in our new competition with five other CASSSA schools in the medium schools division. The squad was supported by about 40 other deserving swimmers who were unlucky not to be selected, but who were outstanding in cheering them on.

The atmosphere and camaraderie between the participating schools was fabulous and certainly a highlight of our entry into this new level of the CASSSA competition – so much so that getting back there next year can’t come quickly enough.

After four hours of simply wonderful individual and relay team efforts we were lucky enough to bring home the Aggregate Points trophy. The commitment, energy and enthusiasm of this bunch has to be seen to be believed  – and is inspiring in every way!

Peter Rosengren
Senior Coach

Drama Club starting in Term 2

Stuartholme Drama Club is an active club in the school community that offers students a variety of theatrical opportunities.  Drama Club includes directed projects, culminating …

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Drama Club starting in Term 2

Stuartholme Drama Club is an active club in the school community that offers students a variety of theatrical opportunities.  Drama Club includes directed projects, culminating in public performances.

This year the Drama Club will be split into Junior Drama Club (Years 7 – 10) and Senior Drama Club (Years 11 and 12) with each ensemble working on different style and script performance to present or compete with.  In order to ensure that this program is both enriching and creative, the program requires a minimum of 30 students.

Drama Club is a year-long program, with rehearsals every Wednesday morning from 7.30–8.15am.

For more detailed information and/or to sign on, please click here.

Lucy Harkin
Drama Co-Ordinator

Co-curricula Art Activities

Art Club welcomes students from all year levels and with all levels of ability.  It is an opportunity to enjoy art activities that can bring …

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Co-curricula Art Activities

Art Club welcomes students from all year levels and with all levels of ability.  It is an opportunity to enjoy art activities that can bring out the creative artist within you and enjoy learning new skills.  The projects are simple, fun and founded on a serious intent to develop the artist within.

The sessions will be taken by Pierina Curties who holds a Master of Visual Art from Queensland College of Art, Griffith University.  Ms Curties has also studied and taught Photography and silversmithing.  She teaches in the Visual Art Department at Stuartholme.

Art Club will be held over 3 Terms on Friday afternoons from 3.20-4.20pm.  Details are as follows:

  1. Term 2: 6 weeks, 21 April to 26 May         Cost:  $60.00

Creating Simple Jewellery from Recycled and Natural Materials

 Term 3: 6 weeks, 21 July to 25 August      Cost:  $60.00

Improve your Composition Skills

 Term 4: 4 weeks, 6 October to 27 October  Cost:  $40.00

‘Harry Potter’ Craft      

For further information and to sign-on, go to the school Portal and select Co-Curricula Activities then click on Art, or simply click here.

Music at Twilight is on tonight!

 

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Music at Twilight is on tonight!

 

Years 10-12 Parent Daughter Breakfast

The Years 10-12 Parent Daughter Breakfast will be held on Thursday 30 March from 7am until approximately 8.30am. This morning provides a special opportunity for the parents …

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Years 10-12 Parent Daughter Breakfast

The Years 10-12 Parent Daughter Breakfast will be held on Thursday 30 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, Dr Abby Kamalakanthan (Class of 1998) in the Theatre.

Abby is an Associate Director at KPMG Australia in Sydney and the recent Founder of Abby’s Acumen, a mentoring start up for students and young professionals in the Economics, Accounting, Finance and Business sectors. She has previously worked at multinational consulting firms such as AECOM Australia, PwC Australia and Grant Thornton Australia in Brisbane. Abby holds a PhD in Health Economics, a Master of International Economics and Finance, a Bachelor of Economics and a Bachelor of Business Management (Information Systems), all from The University of Queensland. In 2016, she was nominated for The University of Queensland Distinguished Young Alumni Award. Abby is also the former President of Young Economists Queensland and a former Executive Director on the Board of the Economic Society of Australia (Queensland). She has given interviews nationally on ABC Radio and for Business Review Weekly (BRW) magazine on important health policy issues. Abby is also a published author. Her book titled “The Supply of General Practitioners in Australia: an Economic Analysis” is available online from all leading international and Australian book retailers.

This is a complimentary event, however, for catering purposes can you please RSVP via the website.

Parking will be available on the oval. Please advise us of any special requirements so that we can provide assistance on the day.

Want to keep fit and play touch football?

We are looking for all keen touch football players and any girl who is looking to improve their general fitness and touch football skills. The …

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Want to keep fit and play touch football?

We are looking for all keen touch football players and any girl who is looking to improve their general fitness and touch football skills.

The Stuartholme Touch Football Development Program will be starting in week 2, Term 2 this year.

When: Term 2, Thursday afternoons (3:30–4:30pm)
Who: Year 7-12 Stuartholme students
What: 15 mins fitness, 45 mins skill training and game play.
Why: At the end of the program teams will be selected for the White’s Hill Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association (BMTA) Competition. To be selected in a Stuartholme Touch team, you DO NOT need to be in the program however, you will learn essential skills and game experience that will be valuable for the Touch Football season.
How: Information session and sign on Thursday 20th April at lunch (more details to come in Student Notices).
Cost: FREE

Expectations: 2 x unexplained absences = dismissed from program.

Year 11 and 12 students: We will offer to pay for you to complete a coaching course if you want to assist consistently with the program. This would be very useful if you were looking at studying teaching, sports management, exercise science, coaching or other related areas. Having a qualification is also very helpful in gaining part-time employment as a coach at a school or community club!

Program Coordinator: Mikeely Roberts

* Touch Football Australia accredited Foundation (Level 1) Coach.
* South West QLD representative at 2017 National Touch League.
* Registered School Ambassador for Touch Football Australia.
* Involvement with Brisbane Metro, Toowoomba and Ipswich Touch Club’s.

Mothers’ Day lunch event

The Stuartholme Ladies Committee (SLC) would love you to join us in celebrating our wonderful Stuartholme community. This event is a great way to make …

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Mothers’ Day lunch event

The Stuartholme Ladies Committee (SLC) would love you to join us in celebrating our wonderful Stuartholme community. This event is a great way to make new connections, catch up with old friends and to soak up the Cor Unum spirit that is so much a part of Stuartholme. It is also an ideal time to welcome mothers new to the school, as well as Alumnae and past parents. For all the details, view your Stuartholme Mothers Day Lunch Invitation

Registrations
Registration and payment is now available online via try booking.  Registrations close on Friday, 5 May 2017.
Please note there is a $0.30 Booking Fee with this registration.

2017 Brisbane Archdiocesan P&F Council Annual General Meeting

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2017 Brisbane Archdiocesan P&F Council Annual General Meeting