In this issue

Music Camp
Year 10 Art Excursion
Science Snippets
Stuartholme and QUT partnership
General Chapter Meeting
Stuartholme is going cashless
School Shop news and specials
Life drawing classes
Years 10-12 Parent Daughter Breakfast
Mothers’ Day lunc
Plus much more!

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends, On Saturday 10 March 2019, we hosted our Open Day! This is one of our biggest events of the year, where our entire community comes together and invites newcomers in to see what is special about Stuartholme School. I would like to say a huge …

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Message from the Principal

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends,

On Saturday 10 March 2019, we hosted our Open Day! This is one of our biggest events of the year, where our entire community comes together and invites newcomers in to see what is special about Stuartholme School.

I would like to say a huge thank you to our Parents of Stuartholme (PoS). Our parents worked very hard on a warm day to provide our food and refreshments to our visitors. We are so grateful for their generosity and stamina, while it was hard work our parents’ happy, friendly faces and warm welcoming ways conveyed our wonderful partnership.

Our incredible girls gave generously as well. Leading tours and engaging with our visitors, especially our youngest visitors. Whenever, I want Stuartholme to shine, I ask our girls to step forward. I have received numerous emails thanking us for our Open Day. Each email complimented us on the confidence and authenticity of our girls, indicating how proud we should be.  Thank you to our girls for your generous contributions, we are unreservedly proud of you!

I would also like to thank our staff for their hard work in the planning, the logistics of the day and the way they engaged with our visitors. Every layer of our teaching and non-teaching staff and our contractors, all made concerted efforts to ensure our day was a success. Thank you to our staff for your generosity, your highly relational approach and warm welcoming ways.

The spirit of the day is what gives me most joy! It was “a-buzz” with a positive community feel. And while the day is very affirming to our community, it is also a significant marketing strategy. Following are some of the statistics from the day.

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Take care and God Bless,

Kristen Sharpe
Principal

 

 

Key Dates

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Key Dates

DateEvent
Fri 22 MarchMusic at Twilight 6-8.30pm
Mon 25 - Fri 29 MarchYear 12 Assessment Block
Mon 25 MarchYear 10 Careers Testing
Mon 1 - Tues 2 AprilYear 12 QCS Practice Test
Mon 1 AprilYear 7 Immunisations
Wed 3 AprilYear 10 Retreat
Fri 5 AprilYears 10-12 Parent Daughter Breakfast 7am
Classes finish at 12pm
Boarders travel day
Tues 23 AprilBoarders return
Boarder Parent Network Meeting 10-11.30am
Parents of Stuartholme Meeting 7pm
Parent Teacher interviews 10am-8pm
Wed 24 AprilStudents start
School fees due
Wed 25 AprilANZAC Day public holiday
Tues 30 April Interhouse Cross Country

Message from the Deputy Principal

Recently we celebrated International Women’s Day and we invited the girls to dress as women they found to be aspirational. Seeing the girls dressed up …

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Message from the Deputy Principal

Recently we celebrated International Women’s Day and we invited the girls to dress as women they found to be aspirational. Seeing the girls dressed up gave me pause to think about some of the remarkable achievements of Australian women over the last thirty or so years:

  • 1983 – Dr Helen Milroy became Australia’s first indigenous medical doctor.
  • 1985—Sallyanne Atkinson AO became Queensland’s first female Lord Mayor.
  • 1986 – Janine Haines became the first woman to lead a major political party.
  • 1987 – Mary Gaudron became Australia’s first female High Court judge.
  • 1990 – Carmen Lawrence became the first leader of an Australian state (Western Australia)
  • 1990 – Betty Churcher became the first female director of a national cultural institution, the National Gallery of Australia.
  • 2000—Cathy Freeman won gold in the 400m track event at the Sydney Olympics.
  • 2002—Queensland architect Brit Anderson was the first woman to receive the Royal Australian Institute of Architects’ Gold Medal
  • 2008 – Quentin Bryce became Australia’s first female Governor General in the 107-year history of that position.
  • 2010 – Julia Gillard became Australia’s first female prime minister.

We have much to be grateful to these women and to so many women around the world who have pioneered the way.  But their achievements also remind us of the importance of education. Forty years ago, just one in four university students was female. Today, women account for almost 60% of students enrolled in university and women are leaders in every industry and profession. There is no doubt that the progress we have seen, particularly over the past 25 years, has resulted in the widening of opportunities for girls.

Unfortunately, this progress is slower in science, mathematics and technology, subjects which are foundational for so many future careers. Aust­ralian Mathematical Science­s Institute figures reveal­ that fewer than 7 per cent of girls study advanced or higher-level maths in their final year of school. This is despite findings, including a report released by the University of New South Wales last year, that showed that girls perform just as well as boys in STEM subjects. Building girls’ confidence in these areas is fundamental to further study and careers in science, commerce, economics, medicine, engineering, architecture and IT. It is also vital for nurturing an environment of equal opportunities and economic empowerment among women. Professor Emma Johnston from UNSW recommends that schools, parents and significant adults work to break down negative stereotypes that might be holding girls back from seeing themselves in STEM careers.

At Stuartholme we are committed to providing our girls with opportunities to gain experience and success in STEM. In addition to the suite of curriculum offerings, teachers seek engaging activities, competitions and experiences.

  • This week, as part of the offerings of the World Science Festival, a group of Year 10 students attended Griffith University’s Drug Discovery Process lab workshop.
  • Years 9 and 10 Digital Technologies students compete in robotics competitions such as The QUT bluebox Robot Rumble workshop, part of Cirrus Robotics’ Engaging with Robotics program.
  • Our Years 9 and 10 Digital Technologies students will also attend the Big Day in IT Careers Event hosted by the Australian Computer Society Foundation, in conjunction with University of Queensland.
  • In May, a group of Year 7 students will attend QUT to attend a workshop using Arduino, an open-source electronic prototyping platform enabling users to create interactive electronic objects. Other QUT opportunities include Year 10 Arduino: Cars of the Future workshop; Year 8 Clean Energy: Wind Power, Virtual Reef Cube experience workshop; Year 9 Green Energy: Big Data, Mechatronics: Bionic Arms workshop.
  • Griffith University’s opportunities include a STEM Cup for Years 7 and 8 and a Science and Engineering Challenge for Years 9 and 10.
  • In Year 11 we have four new UQ Science Ambassadors, Maia Craig, Nieve Dickman, Melanie Ashley and Rebecca Brown who encourage our girls to pursue learnings in Science by writing regular articles and updates for our newsletter and hosting events and activities at school.

Stuartholme will continue to seek out opportunities and showcase achievements and we will ensure a diverse range of curriculum offerings through to the senior years including opportunities for students to specialise in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Psychology as well as the full suite of Mathematics subjects, including Specialist Mathematics. I also ask parents to encourage girls to avail themselves of, and confidently engage in, STEM opportunities into their senior years.

A concerted effort from parents, teachers, guardians and carers is also needed to create a positive and gender-neutral view of STEM, says Dr Linda Hobbs, co-author of Girls’ Futures – Our Future, a report co-developed by Deakin University and the University of Melbourne. Parents and schools are key influencers in girls’ attitudes to subjects and learning so it is also important our interactions and communications maintain the partnership to support our girls.

Australian women have a great deal to celebrate and there is no doubt that a good education is vital. Much of the success of the coming generation will depend on today’s students having the confidence, self-belief and determination to pursue learning despite stereotypes and negative messages. And if your daughters need further evidence of just how many really talented women there are in science and engineering these days, tell them to check out NASA’s first ever all women spacewalk, scheduled for March 29th! https://www.nasa.gov/nasalive

 

Deanne Johnston
Deputy Principal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Message from the Dean of Mission

Today, our students and staff participated in a Reconciliation Liturgy. In the Catholic tradition, reconciliation is used to acknowledge to God the ways we have …

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Message from the Dean of Mission

Today, our students and staff participated in a Reconciliation Liturgy. In the Catholic tradition, reconciliation is used to acknowledge to God the ways we have not been the best versions of ourselves. We bring these moments out from the darkness and into the light of God’s love so that we may find God’s compassion and forgiveness, and build a world based on the light of joy and not the darkness of hate. In doing this, we also offer ourselves an opportunity to learn from our mistakes. I’ve included the reflection offered today in the liturgy and draw your attention to the passage about peace.

In the wake of the horrific events in Christchurch, New Zealand, we join with Pope Francis – and all Christians and people of good will around the world – in prayer for the healing of the wounded, the consoling of those who grieve the loss of their loved ones, and for all affected by this tragedy.

We stand as one against all who would seek to destroy the freedom to pray, no matter which religion; the freedom to live, no matter which country; the freedom to flourish, no matter which people.

We pray for those who have lost their lives to violence, particularly the 50 who were murdered last week in Christchurch. May God hold each of the victims and their families and friends in the palm of God’s hand. As a community, we strengthen the resolve within us to be people who break down divisions, speak out against injustice and stand in solidarity with those who are marginalised.

Reconciliation Reflection

I have a favourite hoodie – I’ve bought it here today to show you. It’s one I got nearly five years ago when I travelled to Cape York on Stuartholme’s Red Earth immersion. For the immersion we flew to far North Queensland and spent 10 days meeting and yarning with local indigenous elders and families in their communities and traditional homelands. It was an amazing 10 days. I got this hoodie just before I left for the trip. I wore it most nights whilst we sat around the campfire debriefing about our day. Five years on from that trip and me and reddie  – my hoodie – are still going strong. She’s like all good hoodies should be…soft on the inside from being worn consistently, stained from the pasta sauce that has been spilt down the front and nice and worn around the hood from the extra snuggling. She is the best hoodie a girl could ask for. I know you’re probably thinking ‘lol Ms Daff has finally lost it’, but there is a good reason I’ve been talking about my favourite hoodie. The first reading you heard from Paul’s letter to the Colossians says, ‘As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, we should clothe ourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive’. Those lines, those two simple lines, would be amongst my favourite from the bible. I think I love them because I can feel the closeness of the connections it talks about. It starts by talking about being loved, truly and deeply, as special and unique creatures. And it continues by saying that because of this love we must ‘clothe ourselves’ with the values that goodness is built upon. The passage does not merely ask us to understand those values of compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, patience and forgiveness, but to put them on, to become really comfortable with them and to show the world through our words and actions that this is what we value, this is who we are. I love my hoodie because the characteristics that make it my favourite – its softness, imperfections and snuggliness (yes, that’s a word) have come about because it has been loved and chosen countless times just as the passage states we are. But I also love the hoodie because when I pull it on, when I clothe myself in it, I am reminded of the values of Red Earth. Of being present, listening to others, learning, growing, standing in awe of nature and working side by side with our indigenous brothers and sisters to close the gap. These are values that I continually want to aspire to live out in my words and in my actions and I am reminded of that when I pull ol’reddie.

Yesterday I was speaking to two of the liturgy committee as we were finalising details for today. We were talking about the prospect of finishing high school and how that moment felt surreal and incomprehensible to them. I was recalling that it only fully sunk in for me that I had finished high school when I first saw a student wearing the uniform the following year and I realised I would never put it on again. You think about it, you each pull on a Stuartholme uniform every day for the better part of six years, but when do you take the time to really think about what it means to clothe yourself in it? What values are you called to show to the world through your words and action when you don the blue and white?

As Stuartholme students, formed in the Sacred Heart tradition, you are called not only by the staff and parents of our community but more so by the thousands of Stuartholme sisters and RSCJ who have come before you to be young women who clothe yourself in compassion, intellect, kindness, gratitude, respect, justice, joy and peace.  Peace is such a big word, and one that given the atrocities of the past week may seem unattainable. But we cannot possibly expect peace in the wider community if we do not actively work for it within our own relationships. And one of the best ways to work for peace is to seek and grant forgiveness. We must make the space, as we will do in a moment, to consider the times we have not clothed ourselves in these qualities and lived them out in our actions. Similarly, we must make space to consider those in our lives who have hurt us, to put ourselves in their shoes and consider the reasons for their actions so that we may let go of past hurt and heal.  

So, how do we do it? How do we clothe ourselves in these qualities? In the gospel passage we heard earlier it states ‘And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.” It seems like a bit of a nothing act, in the scheme of things, giving someone a glass of cold water, something that you may do without even understanding its impact, and yet, it is Jesus emphasises that it is in performing small acts of kindness to the ‘little ones’ those who are in need or are considered lesser in society that our reward will be found.

As we ponder the presence of compassion and connection in our lives and the way we go about living it, we understand that small acts of compassion have the ability to change and transform the world. If collectively, we meet those around us who are experiencing difficulty or suffering and chose to bring water to them, however small or incidental the action may be, if we clothe ourselves with compassion and love, we will change the world. So, when you get home tonight put on your favourite jumper and consider what you clothe yourself in as we move forward in our Lenten journey.

 Further on in the liturgy, the students received a symbol of their reconciliation journey. It linked with the passage from the gospel of Matthew the school’s theme of compassion, connection and change. Sr Rita Carroll rscJ organised for each student to receive their own cup. It is to be a reminder that the smallest act of compassion and kindness, if done collectively, has the ability to change the world and that we are each impelled to do this so that we can bring about justice, peace and integrity of creation.

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Sarah Daff
Dean of Mission

 

Message from the Dean of Boarding

Dear Parents and Guardians, A highlight of our past fortnight was Open Day. With more than 800 registered guests and 1200 attending on the day, …

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Message from the Dean of Boarding

Dear Parents and Guardians,

A highlight of our past fortnight was Open Day. With more than 800 registered guests and 1200 attending on the day, it was wonderful to see how vibrant the school became. Here in the Boarding House we welcomed over 80 people for tours and our girls acted as tour leaders and speakers. The visitors commented on the upgrade of facilities, delighted to see the newly renovated bathrooms and shared spaces. Each tour commenced with a short presentation on what life is like in the Boarding House from some of our Year 7 students (thank you Parmida Bagloo, Mariska Hale, Eve Hallman, Mary Sevil and Brooke Tait). All of the girls did their part in ensuring their room was immaculately presented. We are very proud of our boarding community each day.

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 125 other adolescent girls!

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 Fiona Woodard who has 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 ‘Boarder of the Week’: Emily Sullivan of Year 11 and Alice Cook also of Year 11. Both girls were recognised for being wonderful role models for everyone in House.

With the end of term almost here, some logistical information for boarder parents please:

  • Girls from Years 7-11 can only leave one bag plus a vacuum seal bag of bedding, and a fan in storage at the school these holidays and bags cannot weigh over 21 kgs each.
  • End of term leave was due in by last Friday 15 March.  We need to know how and when your daughter is being picked up on Friday 5 April. School ends at 12 pm on this day for all students and the Boarding House is closed from 3.00pm.
  • Boarders are required to be back at school by Tuesday 23 April, which is also a Parent/ Teacher interview day. Interviews are available from 10.00am to 8.00pm.
  • 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)
  • Boarding Parent Network meeting will be Tuesday 23 April at 10am and Parents of Stuartholme meeting at 6pm.

 

Have a lovely fortnight

Blessing with you and your family,

Karen Davies
Dean of Boarding

 

Message from the Dean of Student Wellbeing

Our Stuartholme Psychologists – valuable members of the Wellbeing Team Our school psychologists Ms Natalie Morgan and Ms Eloise Conrad are valuable professional support staff …

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Message from the Dean of Student Wellbeing

Our Stuartholme Psychologists – valuable members of the Wellbeing Team

Our school psychologists Ms Natalie Morgan and Ms Eloise Conrad are valuable professional support staff who contribute in a significant way to the creation of the ‘Stuartholme Village’.

In 2019, these professional staff will also contribute to my newsletter article in order to provide support to parents. I am pleased to provide their advice below about how to handle a conversation with your daughters about the Christchurch Massacre.

How to talk to your daughter about the Christchurch Massacre

Following last week’s attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand, which saw 50 people killed in two mosques, we can expect people of all ages to experience grief and loss. As a parent, you may be finding it difficult to talk to your daughter about the attacks. However, it is important to remember that young people will often look to their parents to make them feel safe. Taking a proactive approach and discussing difficult events with your daughter, in an age-appropriate manner, can help them feel more safe and secure. The following tips, adapted from the American Psychological Association (APA), may be helpful in guiding a conversation with your daughter:

  • Have a conversation: Ask them what they have heard and understand about the attacks. Listen to their thoughts and feelings. Don’t interrupt and allow them to fully express their understanding before you respond. Listen for misinformation and gently correct these. Lay out the facts at a level your daughter can understand. You do not need to provide graphic details. If you are unsure, be honest and say, “I don’t know”. For example, “Why would someone do this?” the answer “I don’t know” is appropriate. At the end of the conversation, reassure your child that you will do everything you can to keep them safe and that they are loved.
  • Keep home a safe place: During times of crisis, your daughter may come home seeking feelings of safety. Be available to talk as they need and check in regularly. Continue regular routines, such as family meals and co-curricular commitments, to provide a sense of normalcy and security. Consider planning a favourite family activity to increase the sense of connection.
  • Take a ‘news break’: Your daughter may want to keep informed by watching the news daily or gathering information online. It is important to limit and supervise the amount of time they spend viewing news as this may heighten their anxiety.
  • Watch for signs of stress and anxiety: After a traumatic event, it is normal for young people to experience a wide range of emotions. Encourage your daughter to discuss these feelings or write them down via journaling. Some young people may prefer to express their feelings through art, such as drawing or painting. It is recommended that you contact your General Practitioner (GP) or one of our School Psychologists if your daughter experiences changes in sleep, appetite, or concentration levels that persist for more than two weeks following the incident. If you have concerns about your daughter, please contact their Leader of Student Wellbeing (LoSW) who can make arrangements for counselling support.

(Resource: https://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/coping-after-disaster-trauma)

Eloise Conrad & Natalie Morgan (School Psychologists)

Consistent attendance at school is very important

As we have reached that time of the term where exams and assessment are underway and feedback is being received, I thought it timely to highlight to parents some key messages regarding student attendance to support future goal-setting.

Often when we talk about setting goals to do with school these can be related to our learning behaviours and habits. Whilst this is very important, the research clearly shows that consistently attending school every single day and aiming to be on time are equally as important.

It is generally accepted that when student attendance falls below 80% that a student’s educational attainment, academic achievement and student wellbeing can be compromised.

In terms of the law (s176 of the Education (General provisions) Act 2006), the parents of a young person who is of compulsory school age must ensure that they are enrolled at school and that they attend every school day for the educational program in which they are enrolled unless the parent has a reasonable excuse.

Stuartholme also works very hard to monitor student attendance and punctuality and contacts parents in instances where the school identifies that an unsatisfactory absence or pattern of absenteeism exists. This is because studies show that young people who have a low rate of absenteeism and are more likely to:

  • Build excellent habits for life beyond school
  • Develop a wider range of skills such as working in teams, problem-solving and meeting expectations and deadlines
  • Build great relationships with others to support their learning
  • Earn more money, have better job prospects and are generally healthier.

Punctuality is important too

Being on time to school is important too.

Sometimes getting to school on time can be helped by establishing a good routine. If your daughter struggles to get to TMG on time or her Leader of Student Wellbeing has raised concerns about punctuality, you could support her to try the following strategies:

  1. Getting sufficient sleep – 9 hours is recommended
  2. Having boundaries in place around technology – keep devices out of your room!
  3. Pack your bag the night before
  4. Plan to meet a friend so you can travel to school on time together.

Stuartholme Student Attendance Policy

To support parents in managing their daughter’s attendance and optimising achievement and wellbeing, the school has developed the Stuartholme Student Attendance Policy. A copy of the policy is located at: https://stuartholme.com/discover/school-policies/

 More support

If you need extra support you could:

  1. Discuss your concerns with wellbeing staff at school. They can help address any school-based issues and make recommendations about extra professional support.
  2. Make an appointment to see your GP.

Deb Lonsdale-Walker
Dean of Student Wellbeing

 

 

 

 

Message from the Careers Counsellor

Dear Parents and students, Hi, my name is Tomas Lillyman and I am Stuartholme’s new Careers Counsellor. I look forward to providing you with the …

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Message from the Careers Counsellor

Dear Parents and students,

Hi, my name is Tomas Lillyman and I am Stuartholme’s new Careers Counsellor. I look forward to providing you with the latest information to help you make informed decisions. I also welcome you to contact me at tlillyman@stuartholme.com should you have any questions.

Applications are open

Australian Defence Force GAP Year

You can now apply for the 2020 Australian Defence Force Gap Year, to experience life in the Navy, Army or Air Force.

There are 25 roles to choose from, including air defence operator, aviation support technician, maritime logistics officer, combat engineer, and training and development coordinator.

To be eligible to apply, you’ll need to be an Australian citizen aged between 18 and 24 on completion of military training (dates vary by job). You’ll also need to have completed Year 12 (subject passes required vary by job) and have passes in Year 10 English and Maths. Refer to individual job pages for more information.

Applications for all roles are now open – and will close as positions are filled. This is a very popular program, so if you have genuine interest, we recommend applying immediately. Learn more at the ADF Gap Year website.

Australian Defence Force Work Experience Program

Work experience is one way to find out if the Defence Force is for you. Visit the Defence Work Experience website for a list of work experience opportunities and talk to Ms Somerset if you’d like to learn more.

Australian National University (ANU) Tuckwell Scholarship

Applications close soon for ANU’s unique Tuckwell Scholarship.

  • 25 scholarships are awarded to school leavers each year
  • Student receive significant financial support, priority access to on-campus accommodation, mentoring, a health centre membership, membership to Scholars House, and other personal development opportunities.
  • Students can study a single or double undergraduate program, including honours and vertical degrees (degrees that combine undergraduate and graduate study, across a range of disciplines, completed in a reduced time-frame), in any discipline offered at ANU for up to five years.
  • Students must directly apply for admission to ANU in order to complete a Tuckwell Scholarship application.

Applications close on 28 March 2019To learn more, visit the Tuckwell Scholarship website.

University of Queensland’s FEAST Program

Are you in Year 10, 11 or 12 and interested in agriculture, animals, vet science, food or the environment? Consider attending UQ’s FEAST (Future Experiences in Agriculture, Science and Technology) Program.

By participating in FEAST you’ll get 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.

Applications are now open and close on 1 April. The cost is $450 per student, which includes accommodation, food and all activities. Bursaries are available.

Learn more on the FEAST website.

Oxford and Cambridge Summer Academy

This program is for students aged 14 to 19 years who are interested in a short study experience at Oxford or Cambridge Universities in the United Kingdom. Several sessions of the program are offered during July and August in 2019. Find out more at the Oxford and Cambridge Summer Academy website.

Updates

UMAT to UCAT: Changes to admissions test for medical, dental and clinical science programs

The University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) ANZ is here. UCAT replaces UMAT as the admissions test for medical, dental and clinical science degree programmes at UCAT ANZ Consortium of universities in Australia and New Zealand.

Which universities require UCAT

The university programs that require UCAT can be found here. Some pathways to medicine/dentistry/clinical sciences will not require the UCAT, but may have other admission requirements and tests.

How to prepare for UCAT

UCAT is a very different testing process to UMAT. The most effective preparation is to practice sitting for the test, using the same conditions and time limits as the real test. Universities recommend using the UCAT website resources to help you prepare. These include practice tests, banks of practice questions, an app, and exam and question tutorials.

No Australian universities are endorsing paid providers of UCAT preparation and the ANZ UCAT website has issued the following warning:

“Candidates should be aware that whilst there are many commercial companies publishing books and offering coaching for our test, the UCAT ANZ Consortium does not work with any of these companies or endorse the use of their materials”.

Booking a test

Registration and test bookings for UCAT opened on 1 March 2019 and close on 17 May 2019. Students are required to sit UCAT by 31 July 2019 if they intend to apply for entry into a relevant university course or programme in 2020. It is important to note that UCAT ANZ 2019 results are only valid for the 2019 university admissions cycle (that is, for entry to university in 2020).

Events

Australian Defence Force Future Leaders Evening

Year 11 students interested in applying to the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) are encouraged to attend the ADFA Future Leaders Evening on 2nd April 2019, 6-8pm at Defence Force Recruiting Centre, Level 13, 295 Ann Street, Brisbane City.

A representative from UNSW will be there to discuss the degree component of life at ADFA as well as ADFA’s dual recruitment process with UNSW.

Read about more opportunities

I will provide a summary of key information, opportunities and updates for you each fortnight. But if you would like more updates about gap year opportunities, apprenticeships and traineeships, competitions and university entry, please visit the Options Career Information website. Access code: stua2019.

Tomas Lillyman
Careers Counsellor

 

Co-curricular News

Rowing Congratulations to ten members of our Stuartholme rowing community were recently announced in the Queensland Rowing Team to compete at the following events: Interstate …

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Co-curricular News

Rowing

Congratulations to ten members of our Stuartholme rowing community were recently announced in the Queensland Rowing Team to compete at the following events:

Interstate Regatta, Australian Rowing Championships – 31 March 2019:

Phoebe Robinson (Alumni) – Women’s Youth VIII

Lucy Theodore (Alumni/Coach) – Women’s Youth VIII

Emma McCarthy (Director of Rowing) – Women’s Youth VIII Coach

Lucy Hope (Rowing Captain) – Women’s Youth VIII Reserve

Jack Kibble (Coach) – Men’s Youth VIII

Ben Pincus (Coach) – Men’s Youth VIII

Jethro Gifford (Coach) – Men’s Youth VIII

 

Rowing Australia Underage Selection Trials – 23-27 April 2019

Charlie Stock (Student) – Pathway Girl’s VIII Squad

Emma Tucker (Student) – Pathway Girl’s VIII Squad

Ben Spits (Coach) – Pathway Girl’s VIII Squad Coach

Music Camp

On Friday 15 March 120 Stuartholme musicians and staff travelled to the annual Music Camp at Alexandra Headland on the Sunshine Coast. The first evening …

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Music Camp

On Friday 15 March 120 Stuartholme musicians and staff travelled to the annual Music Camp at Alexandra Headland on the Sunshine Coast. The first evening was spent unpacking equipment and participating in a variety of student led activities and despite the massive storm cell sweeping across the Sunshine Coast, all girls went to bed early after a very busy day.

On Saturday morning, all the musicians woke early for a 6.00am walk and hot drink at Mooloolaba. The remainder of the morning and early part of the afternoon was spent in intensive rehearsals. Many thanks to Miss Elspeth Sutherland, Miss Kathy Sander, Mrs Marina Grinham, Mrs Evalyn Legried, Mr Zac Moynihan, Ms Miranda Sue Yek, Miss Samantha Blakeney and Mr Andrew Mear for directing all the musicians through their various selections of challenging repertoire.

The girls spent the late part of the afternoon studying, swimming, playing games followed by a session led by Bridget Lloyd-Morgan (Music Captain) and the Senior Music Committee on how to dress for the upcoming Twilight Concert. Hair brushes, bobby pins and hair spray were put to great use and many experiments followed with the girls designing fantastic hair styles. After dinner on the Saturday evening all the musicians and staff combined for the rehearsal of ‘Shallow’ from A Star is Born. The 115 musicians sounded brilliant and left everyone feeling excited about performing this at the upcoming Twilight Concert.

Rehearsals continued throughout Sunday morning with final preparations finishing at lunchtime followed by packing and a long bus ride back to Brisbane.

Many thanks must go to all the musicians for their outstanding commitment to their ensemble and their positive attitude through the weekend, the parents for helping unpack and support when we returned to Brisbane at the same time another storm cell arrived! Finally, a massive thank you to Mrs Sandy Beanland, Miss Pierina Curties and Mrs Deanne Johnston for their contributions and encouragement through the weekend.

Andrew Mear
Director of Music

Year 10 Art Excursion to GOMA

Recently, Year 10 Art students had the opportunity of enjoying an afternoon at GOMA to experience the 9th Asia Pacific Triennial, a diverse collection of …

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Year 10 Art Excursion to GOMA

Recently, Year 10 Art students had the opportunity of enjoying an afternoon at GOMA to experience the 9th Asia Pacific Triennial, a diverse collection of works gathered from Central Asia across to the Pacific Islands.

There was a particularly memorable and very beautiful Take Five meditation to begin our journey through the exhibits. We thought we should share it with you.
As if it was meant to be, we found ourselves alone in a gallery space, facing a long, curved wall with 2000 exquisitely crafted, small sculptures, each one bound with small bouquet of feathers.
This installation mimics flocks of birds swirling with the wind currents.

Artist, Jonathan Jones, is a descendent of Kamilaroi/Wiradjuri people of N.S.W. In the Wiradjuri language, some stories tell of six winds signalling the changing seasons. Our Take Five was an exquisite five minutes of peacefulness enveloped by the installation and a subtle soundscape of hushed Wiradjuri language and the whooshing of wind and wings.

Nan Chesterman
Art Teacher

Science Snippets

Droplets of Oil and Water Can Glow Vibrant Colours! (Image Source: https://www.sciencenews.org/article/oil-water-droplets-glow-vibrant-colors) It is true that water and oil may not mix however, a new …

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Science Snippets

Droplets of Oil and Water Can Glow Vibrant Colours!


(Image Source: https://www.sciencenews.org/article/oil-water-droplets-glow-vibrant-colors)

It is true that water and oil may not mix however, a new discovery has found they do indeed work together to create an example of structural colour. According to Merriam Webster, structural colour “is a colour or colour component due to interference of light (as in thin films), diffraction (as by a grating), refractive dispersion (as in a rainbow), differential scattering, or differential polarization” (Temming, 2019). In essence, it’s the effect of an iridescence, with different colours seen at different angles. Scientists studied two layers of oil, discovering that depending on your perspective, the tiny droplets produced vibrant colours under white light. Researchers then placed same-size droplets in a petri-dish and observed that the colour changed as it was rotated (see video link below).

When studied under a microscope, the reflected light creates an iridescent ring which is dependent of the viewer’s perspective. The light can take numerous different routes through the droplet from the light source to the observer. The vibrant colours are created when waves from a specific wavelength line up and thus reinforcing each other producing a colour. However, light of different wavelength taking the same route get misaligned and wash one another out. Therefore, by changing the viewing angle changes the pathways the observer can see, thus different colours.

Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MoQiZAQcniM

 

 

The picture of the penguin was created using two different oils demonstrating the same effect. The oils had differently curved boundaries which created two different colours when viewed from the same angle creating a picture. This can be observed in the picture to the left.

Reference: Temming, M. 2019. How droplets of water or oil can glow vibrant colors. Science News, March, https://www.sciencenews.org/article/oil-water-droplets-glow-vibrant-colors.

(Image Source: https://www.sciencenews.org/article/oil-water-droplets-glow-vibrant-colors)

 

 

Upcoming Events:

Don’t miss out on the upcoming Brisbane Science Festival from 20-24 March! There is a wide variety of activities to interest people of all ages. From experiments to debates and discussions, there is so much on offer. Tickets are still available for purchase at – https://www.worldsciencefestival.com.au.

Kind regards,

Rebecca Brown (UQ Science Ambassador)

Stuartholme and QUT forming partnerships

At the end of 2018, I was approached to be one of the committee members of the newly founded QUT STEM Senior School Cluster. Other …

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Stuartholme and QUT forming partnerships

At the end of 2018, I was approached to be one of the committee members of the newly founded QUT STEM Senior School Cluster. Other committee members are:

Amanda Nuell, Brisbane State High School – HOD Science
Cameron Moir, Kelvin Grove State College – Science teacher
Greg Millican, St Eugene College – Curriculum Leader – Mathematics and Science
Leigh Ferguson, Stuartholme School – Leader of Learning – Technologies
Mark Helmore, Corinda State High School – HOD Maths
Professor Les Dawes, engineering academic, STEM Education, Science and Engineering Faculty
Melissa Nugent, Science and Engineering Faculty
Simone Long, Science and Engineering Faculty
Patricia Hosking, Principal STEM Advisor (Teacher-in-Residence)
Emma Lieschke, STEM for Schools program, QUT
Assoc. Professor Alberto Bellocchi, Leader in STEM Education Research Group, Faculty of Education

The purpose of this cluster is to facilitate an open forum to share aspects of the challenges and opportunities that are being faced in delivering STEM education in Qld.  For the Junior students, we hope to identify opportunities of the development of new resources and develop programs to demystify careers and build aspiration in years 9 and 10. It is difficult to access senior students with the introduction of new syllabuses however, workshops for teachers and developing new resources and making existing QUT resources more visible.

Patricia Hosking, Principal QUT STEM Advisor visited the Digital Solutions Hub meeting held this term. Brisbane Technologies teachers discussed future QUT teacher and / or student workshops as well as resources that QUT students could develop for teachers to use within STEM classes.

One of the QUT STEM workshops that year 9 and 10 Digital Technologies recently visited was the Arduino Cars of the Future. Students learn how to decrypt a SOS message and encrypt messages to each other in the morning. After lunch, they coded driverless cars so that the cars followed a black line and then each group raced their cars against each other around a race track.

Leigh Ferguson
Leader of Learning – Technologies

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General Chapter Meeting

A General Chapter is a significant moment in the life of the Society of the Sacred Heart. It occurs each eight years and calls Sisters …

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General Chapter Meeting

A General Chapter is a significant moment in the life of the Society of the Sacred Heart. It occurs each eight years and calls Sisters from across the world to gather together at one central location so that they may discover and discern the ways they are asked to respond to God’s calls at that moment in their history. They gather to celebrate what God has been doing amongst them and to stop, listen, discuss, pray and contemplate what God is calling them to do in the present and future.

The last General Chapter that the Society had was in 2016.

On Thursday, 21 March forty members of the Stuartholme staff and student community gathered in the spirit of the Society’s General Chapter to do as these strong women did and have done many times before, to listen with open hearts to who God is calling us to be and what God is calling us to do. To do this, we facilitated dialogue and listened to each other and God, as we discerned where we as a school community are called to respond in 2019.

Members from our JPIC group led the introduction activities which assisted in the group understanding the variety of opinions surrounding social justice and how we can unpack the morals that underpin these. Students and staff were then given the opportunity to individually provide their social justice interests, then in smaller groups refine potential themes that resonated with everyone in the group.

Sarah Daff and Claire Lawler look forward to announcing the social justice themes for 2019 later this week, yet in the meantime would like to sincerely thank everyone who contributed to this exciting chapter for social justice and mission at Stuartholme.

Stuartholme is going cashless

Just a reminder that Stuartholme uses Flexischools as a convenient, cashless way for you to pay for many school-related expenses, such as purchases from the …

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Stuartholme is going cashless

Just a reminder that Stuartholme uses Flexischools as a convenient, cashless way for you to pay for many school-related expenses, such as purchases from the School Canteen/Café. In Term 2 students will not be able to use cash at the Cafe and School Shop. Students can use their debit card or pay via their Flexischool account.

All new student data has been sent to Flexischools so parents can now create an account.

You can also check out information about Flexischools on their website including:

  • adding your daughter/s to the account, should you wish to
  • setting Daily Spend Limits
  • how your daughter/s can check their balance
  • general information on Flexischools and how it works.

 

School shop news and specials

Flexischools is now available in the School Shop! Parents can now top up their daughter’s accounts to make purchases from uniforms to stationery. We have …

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School shop news and specials

Flexischools is now available in the School Shop! Parents can now top up their daughter’s accounts to make purchases from uniforms to stationery.

We have a range of stock that will be phased out, but is still valid to wear the rest of this year. These items are all now half price.

Current red Zoot suit – half price at $35

Red Stuartholme bike pants – half price at $17.50

Red cotton bike pants to wear under netball dress – half price at $11

Red Canterbury current shorts – half price at $16.50

Life Drawing Classes

Life Drawing Classes will again be a focus of the Art-Department’s Co-curricular activities. Students, parents, teachers and friends, both art and non-art, are warmly invited …

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Life Drawing Classes

Life Drawing Classes will again be a focus of the Art-Department’s Co-curricular activities.

Students, parents, teachers and friends, both art and non-art, are warmly invited to engage with some creative, relaxing and intelligent observation drawing from life. A professional model will be in swimwear.

All levels from beginners welcome.

The classes offer a special opportunity to draw the nude figure (female) over 6 weeks. These sessions involve concentrated observation over a two -hour period and students find them both stimulating and exhausting, as the brain is forced to function in a way that is different from normal day to day observation of our surroundings.

The EYE is the external organ of the brain. Drawing on the right side of the brain increases your mental resilience, relaxes the viewer and stimulates a completely different part of the brain than a computer task or a busy work schedule would require.

The ability of the brain to co-ordinate hand and eye movements, which is the basis of all drawing skills, develops rapidly and dramatically and there is clearly discernible improvement in these skills from one lesson to the next.

Maureen Hansen is a professional, practising artist who has taught life drawing for over 25 years. She is a vibrant tutor who keeps students working at a challenging pace. She has exhibited in London, St. Petersburg, Adelaide, Sydney and Brisbane. She was 2007 winner of the Tattersalls Landscape Prize and Winner of the Churchie Art Prize.

 TIME:                   Tuesday afternoons, 3:30pm – 5:30pm

STARTING:        30 APRIL-4 JUNE

PLACE:                 Art Department, Joigny Lower Level, Room J11

COST:                   $150.00 (covers tutor, model, all materials)

Class size is restricted to 20 so be quick to secure a place.

Consent2Go information update

A reminder to update contact and medical information in Consent2Go has been sent to all parents.  Please remember to review the information and make any …

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Consent2Go information update

A reminder to update contact and medical information in Consent2Go has been sent to all parents.  Please remember to review the information and make any necessary changes.  If the information is correct please click SUBMIT to acknowledge the information in the system.

Important points: click ‘information shared’ to share contact information between parents. This will enable one parent to view and update contact information in the future. If you are changing addresses, please update address for all parties.

If you have any questions, please contact the ICT department.

Years 10-12 Parent Daughter Breakfast

The Years 10-12 Parent Daughter Breakfast will be held on Friday 5 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 Friday 5 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, Monica Butel (Class of 2000) in the Theatre.

Monica will talk to parents and students about her career path in Finance and her time as a boarder.

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

Parents of Stuartholme – Care and Concern Roster

Attached is a link to a roster system for three different activities the Care and Concern group has been asked to help with this year.  …

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Parents of Stuartholme – Care and Concern Roster

Attached is a link to a roster system for three different activities the Care and Concern group has been asked to help with this year.  The first is a birthday cake roster (only 12 spots so get in quick) for our boarder girls celebrating a birthday away from home in Years 7 and 8.  The second roster (if we had 100 volunteers this would only be a once a year requirement) will be a list of willing helpers to create a gift pack during the year for our older boarder girls at times when chocolate, chips and a face mask might just make exam block seem a little less stressful.  The third roster will be used as a email list for requests when different transport requirements are needed for the girls to get to appointments and some specialist sporting trials.  This third roster requires no obligation at sign up, when the need arises an email will be sent out to the group and if anyone is able to help out the spot will be filled.

http://signup.com/go/kwgquQr

Please add you name to one or all of the rosters and we will be in contact.  This is our first time using this roster system so please forgive us if any teething problems arise, I can be contacted on 0412500231 if anyone has any questions or concerns.

Thankyou in advance,

Fiona Woodard
Care and Concern Coordinator

 

Mothers’ Day Lunch

Dear Stuartholme Parents: As Term 1 is coming to a close and school holidays are nearly upon us, you might want to circle a date …

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Mothers’ Day Lunch

Dear Stuartholme Parents:

As Term 1 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, 10 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 being together, catching up and sharing time together over a lovely 3 course meal.  A secondary goal of this event is fundraising.  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.  A number of small Stuartholme projects were undertaken with funds raised from the 2018 event and in conjunction with the school there was the purchase and installation of a few more shade umbrellas, the purchase of three new bubblers and fairy lights installed at the Stuartholme Main Entrance.  The remaining funds are held over by Parents of Stuartholme to assist with projects as they arise and/or are requested by parent groups or Stuartholme administration.

Here is the Mothers’ Day Lunch invite  (please share) with all the details and the link to the booking site.  Please don’t wait to book your tickets.  Seating is limited at Hillstone.

If you know you are unable to attend this year’s Mothers’ Day Lunch (Fri 10 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 parents to purchase general raffle tickets at $5 each (or 5 for $20) – what a deal!

Stuartholme Tea Towels are also available for PRE-PURCHASE ONLY for $12 each.  No kitchen is complete without one!

The Mothers’ Day Lunch Committee is also seeking that rare breed of volunteer parent who would be happy to canvas and collect donations  from businesses who have been designated as potential event supporters.  If you feel you could contribute in this way, please meet Barbara Roads outside the Stuartholme Café NEXT Friday, 29 March at 8.30am for approx. 30-45 minutes for a brainstorming session and to formulate a “plan of attack. Click here for more information.

If your family is in a position to make a donation to the Raffle or Auction, please email pos@stuartholme.com or contact Barbara Roads on 0401 832 235.  All donations will be received up until 30 April at the Stuartholme Main Reception.   Please ensure all donations are clearly marked “MDL Attn: B Roads”.

The Mothers’ Day Lunch is an excellent day for Stuartholme mothers to come together and celebrate the bond we share in parenting.

Barbara Green-Roads
Parent Community Liaison
2019 Parents of Stuartholme

Closure to Ashgrove Avenue Bridge – Notice from BCC

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Closure to Ashgrove Avenue Bridge – Notice from BCC

Free workshop – Are you teaching someone to drive?

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Free workshop – Are you teaching someone to drive?