In this issue

Co-curricular News
Sustainability and recycling at Stuartholme
Logging into MyStuarthome
General Chapter Update
Bus updates
Stuartholme is going cashless
Honour Pockets
Year 9 Economics and Business
Plus much more!

 

Message from the Acting Principal

This week I’ve been talking to my Year 10 English class about how they can develop their skills in English. They are all dedicated, hard-working students who take on board feedback and try to implement all the advice they’re given in class. The problem with English though is that a …

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Message from the Acting Principal

This week I’ve been talking to my Year 10 English class about how they can develop their skills in English. They are all dedicated, hard-working students who take on board feedback and try to implement all the advice they’re given in class. The problem with English though is that a lot of success comes not from knowledge or effort, but from the ability to write effectively. Good writing is a skill that needs to be honed and crafted over time. Unfortunately, it is also a skill that can’t be narrowed down to mastery over grammar rules, punctuation marks and different writing techniques.

I explained to my students, if you want to get better at running, you spend time running, several times a week. You might do speed work, or distance or even cross training but you invest time into developing your body’s capacity to run. If you want to get better at music, you spend time practising, getting feedback, fine-tuning your performance and practising some more.  If you want to improve at netball, you attend training with your team, do drills and skill development, engage in fitness training and play matches.

So it is with English. If you want to master the skill of writing effectively, you need to engage in deliberate, focused practice. One way to do this is to read – a lot. This advice was recently mirrored by Australian Chief Scientist, Alan Finkel, in a letter he wrote to a Year 10 student (https://australiascience.tv/a-letter-to-a-year-10-student-from-australias-chief-scientist/). Within the letter he highlights the importance of developing English proficiency:

Mastery of language is crucial to succeeding in whatever you do – whether it’s writing a report to advise the government on electricity markets or a job application. Your ability to “win friends and influence people” will only be as good as your language skills. The best way to hone them is to read a lot, and read some more. Novels, histories, science-fiction – it doesn’t matter, just read!

American author Stephen King, famous for his horror, suspense and supernatural fiction, stated, “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”

Reading provides us with exposure to effective expression, figurative language, other voices, other forms and other genres of writing. It exposes us to writing that is better than our own and helps us to improve. Through reading, we find inspiration, we develop vocabulary, we understand the nuances of language and we learn to recognise the difference between good and bad writing.  Even grammar sinks in when we read books written by adept writers. Eventually it all becomes part of our mental makeup. Therefore, if we want to write well, we must read widely. Twentieth Century American writer William Faulkner said, Read, read, read. Read everything—trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it.”

From a broader academic perspective, research also indicates that the impact of reading for pleasure cannot be understated. Reading provides background knowledge and comprehension skills necessary for student achievement in the sciences, mathematics, and history. In fact, a study by the Institute for Education found that pleasure readers had a 14.4% advantage in vocabulary and a 9.9% advantage in math (Sellgren, 2013). The National Center for Educational Statistics (2006) and Fulks (2010) maintained that there was a positive relationship between pleasure reading and achievement in mathematics (cited in Whitten, Labby and Sullivan 2016).

Over the holidays, please encourage your daughters to engage with a book – or even better, lots of books. Reading is a great holiday activity as it promotes relaxation, lowers stress, builds empathy, invites us to escape into a fantasy world, promotes creativity, aids memory and helps promote sleep.

More importantly, however, once the holidays are over, and we return to the hustle and bustle of another term, please encourage your daughters to continue to find 30 minutes a day to read. The long term benefits to health and wellbeing, the positive flow on effects to their studies and the long term impact on proficiency in writing are so important to our girls’ futures.

As we prepare to commence holidays after what has been another busy but successful term, it is important that we remember that this isn’t just a holiday break but one of the most significant seasons on the Christian calendar – Easter.

Easter is a time of rejoicing, of enjoying the company of our families and friends, of renewing and refreshing, and of showing gratitude for the blessings and gifts that we have received. The message of Easter is that God’s love triumphs over death and God’s grace and mercy defeat sin.

This Christian message of Easter can so easily be overshadowed by commercialism. Whilst we should enjoy the festivities of Easter, we need to also remember the origins and meaning of the season.  Easter is a good time to challenge ourselves to display the values Stuartholme has undertaken as our theme this year: compassion, connection and change. It is a time where we can pause, reflect on the school term that has passed and consider the ways we have shown compassion and offered peace to others, including our families, other members of our community and ourselves. The break provides an opportunity to think about how we can connect with others and foster right relationships, to think about what changes we would like to make to have a positive impact on our community. It is also an opportunity to engage in prayer, an important Lenten spiritual practice. Prayer provides us with a time to spend time with God, to reflect on who we are and how we can be the best versions of ourselves.

Term 1 has been incredibly busy. The girls have worked hard and had many successes, in sport, music, enrichment, debating, leadership and academics. Our staff have continued to provide a high quality, holistic educational environment for our girls. Our teachers have also worked tirelessly as we commenced implementation of some significant changes: the new senior system and the new online feedback system.  I thank parents for their support and understanding of our staff during the term and as we return to commence Term 2.

Best wishes for Easter. I hope you all have a safe and wonderful holiday break and we will look forward to seeing you all again when we return, strengthened and renewed ready in Term 2.

Deanne Johnston
Acting Principal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Key Dates

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Key Dates

DateEvent
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
Wed 1 MayYear 9 Retreat
Mon 6 MayLabor Day public holiday
Fri 10 MayYear 7 Retreat
Mothers' Day Luncheon, Hillstone
Tue 14-Thurs 16 MayYears 7 & 9 NAPLAN testing
Wed 15- Fri 1 MayYear 8 Camp
Mon 20-Wed 22 MayYear 10 Camp
Fri 24 MayMadeleine Sophie Day Mass & celebrations
Dad's Night Out
Lord Alfred Hotel, Caxton Street, 6pm
Sun 26 MayInterhouse Solo Music Awards
Mon 27 MayNational Sorry Day Liturgy
Thurs 6 JuneInterhouse Athletics Carnival (UQ)
Tues 11-Mon 17 JuneYear 12 Assessment block
Fri 14 June25th Anniversary of Stuartholme Rowing - see website for details
Mon 17-Wed 18 JuneYear 11 Program ' To lead is to serve'
Tues 18-Wed 19 JuneYear 12 QCS practice test
Thurs 20 JuneYear 11 Harmony Day
Year 12 classes finish 3pm
Fri 21 JuneYears 7-9 Parent Daughter Breakfast
Years 7-11 classes finish 12pm
Boarders travel day
Year 12 Formal
Sat 22 June - Mon 1 July Red Earth Immersion
Sun 23-Sun 30 JuneSki Trip (NZ)
Mon 15 JulyBoarders return
Boarder Parent Network Meeting 10-11.30am
Parents of Stuartholme meeting 6pm
Parent Teacher interviews 10am-8pm
Tues 16 JulySchool fees due
Wed 17 JulyCo-curricular photos
Fri 26 JulyStudent free day - Sacred Heart Conference

Message from the Dean of Mission

The following article is written by Aurelia Byrne, a Year 10 student about their retreat day. Wishing you many Easter blessings as you enter this …

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Message from the Dean of Mission

The following article is written by Aurelia Byrne, a Year 10 student about their retreat day.

Wishing you many Easter blessings as you enter this time of rest and rejuvenation.

On Wednesday 3 April, the wonderful Ms. Daff organised the Year 10 retreat day to further enlighten us on the topic of world religions. The retreat was focused specifically on Buddhism, Judaism and Islam with Year 10 being able to visit two of these places of worship. We visited the Kadampa Meditation Centre in the city where we had the opportunity to deepen our understanding of Buddhism. The resident teacher and Buddhist monk, Gen Kelsang Rabten led us in two simple meditations and discussed the key ideas and teachings within Buddhism.  One of these that we discussed is suffering. Buddhist believe that everything has suffering, but that meditation can allow us to understand the origins of it and work to alleviate it. This experience was very valuable as we realized that everyone, regardless of religion, will experience suffering in their life.

After a morning tea in the City Botanical Gardens, we were lucky enough to visit a Synagogue and learn about the teachings and practices within Judaism. As Judaism is an Abrahamic religion that worships the same God as Christianity and Islam, it was very interesting to extend our knowledge on the subject and see how similar, yet different Judaism is compared to Christianity.

The final session of the day was completed back at school and focused on broadening our understanding of Islam, particularly some of the prejudices it experiences. We discussed media portrayals of Muslim and the impact this has on them in the community. During the discussion, we talked about stereotypes that Muslims experience, the media portrayals of them and debunked myths associated with the religion itself. In a study run by Deakin University 49% of those who were interviewed believes that Muslims should not be welcomed into Australia because of pre-conceived ideas that Muslims are terrorists. What was interesting was that many of these people know little to nothing about the religion of Islam. In order to break the stereotypes that Muslims are terrorists, we must educate ourselves and others about the religion. Through education, comes enlightenment and we must replace that fear with knowledge.

The retreat day deepened our understanding about world religions and was a big success thanks to Ms. Daff and our RE teachers.    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah Daff
Dean of Mission

 

Message from the Dean of Boarding

Dear Parents and Guardians, The end of term has come, and I would certainly say there has been lots to learn from my perspective! I …

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Message from the Dean of Boarding

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The end of term has come, and I would certainly say there has been lots to learn from my perspective! I can only say a huge THANK YOU to all in our community for your welcome of me into this lovely family called Boarding. The Assistant Heads of Boarding have been unstinting in their support of me, as have all the Boarding Supervisors. This community is strong due to the wonderful women who work here at Stuartholme. I know the girls were apprehensive, which was understandable, but they too have supported me and been generous in showing me what is so special about Stuartholme. I am certainly blessed to be here and genuinely thankful.

One significant group that has supported the Boarding House all term has been our Nurses, led by Kylee Brain, and supported by Jane Smith, Joanna Wright and Georgia Barton. These ladies have been working literally 24/7 some weeks, providing medical support and care above and beyond what I would have thought was able to be done in a school. We are so fortunate to have such capable staff and I know I have certainly relied on their professional opinions more than once this term. I would like to say a ‘Sincere thanks for all you have done’ to the team.

I know the letter concerning health in the Boarding school came to some as a surprise, but it was great to see the support of all families in making pertinent decisions that would support not only their own daughter but the whole Boarding House. When we live in a communal space it is extremely important that we follow the advice of Qld Health and are all doing what we can to be healthy and well. This is more than just using hand sanitiser, it is taking up opportunities to be fully vaccinated and aware of our genuine immunity levels to all infectious diseases. I would like each family to seriously consider the offer to have a Flu Shot in early May, to assist all of us in the Boarding House to remain as healthy as possible in the winter months.

This holiday break is an opportunity for us all to stop and rest, but also to engage with our Catholic Faith as the Easter celebration is the pinnacle of our Church’s year. At this time, we remember the sacrifice of Jesus giving His life for us all, and we have at the heart of our Christian belief that He rose from the dead, inviting us all to spread this Gospel message of Good News that we can all be saved. This Easter break can allow us time to more reflectively engage with our faith, and create more opportunities for us as family to gather and share our love for each other.

l am looking forward to the girls returning to school on Tuesday 23 April. This is also a Parent/ Teacher interview day. These opportunities are essential for the girls and yourselves to receive feedback on the term and what constructive opportunities are available for your daughter to become more successful in her learning environment. Interviews are available from 10.00am to 8.00pm.

Our final ‘Boarder of the Week’ was awarded to Amy Greber, for being a quiet achiever, consistent in her application to her studies and being a positive force in the Boarding House – well done Amy!

Blessings to you and your families.

Happy Easter.

Karen Davies
Dean of Boarding

 

Message from the Dean of Student Wellbeing

Connecting with people As the term draws to a close, my household has been characterised by activity, conversations and interactions focussed heavily on exams and …

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Message from the Dean of Student Wellbeing

Connecting with people

As the term draws to a close, my household has been characterised by activity, conversations and interactions focussed heavily on exams and assessment and how my own children are travelling in terms of new transitions they have made. Perhaps you have experienced this within your own households also. This has certainly been a focus in our boarding house too. Offering moral support, getting enough sleep and adopting the mindset required to embark on each day have been a key focus in making a solid start to the year.

The upcoming break provides an opportunity for us to change the pace, recharge our batteries and refocus on a genuine connection with the important people in our lives. We are particularly aware of how significant this time is for our boarding community.

The Harvard Study of Adult Development began in 1938 and followed 724 people over a 75-year period to find out what makes a good life. The three things they discovered were:

  • “Social connection is good for us …. and loneliness turns out to be toxic” (Waldinger, 2015).
  • “It’s not just the number of friends you have… but it’s the quality of your close relationships that matters” (Waldinger, 2015).
  • “Good relationships don’t just protect our bodies, they protect our brains” (Waldinger, 2015).

Investing in relationships

As we embark on the holiday period it is timely to seize the moment to reflect on how well we are investing in our relationships. To live a full and happy life we must remember to:

  1. Be kind to each other
  2. Try to limit conflict
  3. Hold close those who are important to us
  4. Include everyone so that nobody has to feel lonely.

I wish your family a refreshing Easter break and hope that you have the chance to really invest in those relationships that bring meaning and purpose to life.

Deb Lonsdale-Walker
Dean of Student Wellbeing

 

 

 

 

Message from the Director of Enrichment

There are a number of wide-ranging enrichment opportunities coming up for students, covering the fields of aerospace, engineering, photography and debating. The Australian Youth Aerospace …

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Message from the Director of Enrichment

There are a number of wide-ranging enrichment opportunities coming up for students, covering the fields of aerospace, engineering, photography and debating.

The Australian Youth Aerospace Forum (AYAF) is an annual five-day interactive conference designed to showcase the aerospace industry to Year 11 and 12 students from across Australia and provide them with insight into the career and training options available after high school. This year the camp will run from Monday 8 to Friday 12 July (i.e. during the mid-semester break) at The University of Queensland, with day trips to other Universities and industry locations. Applications open Monday 1 April and close Sunday 5 May. The forum includes lecturers at UQ, QUT and Griffith universities on a range of aviation and aerospace based topics including careers in the aerospace industry, quadcopters, rockets, scramjets, shock tunnels and UAVs, hands on activities such as the design, construction and launch of a model rocket, the programming of a small autonomous vehicle and introduction to electrical systems and components, presentations from the aerospace industry, including companies such as Raytheon, BAE Systems, Airbus Helicopters, Boeing, DST Group and the Australian Defence Force  and tours of industry facilities, including QANTAS, Airbus Helicopters, Brisbane Airport, Aviation Australia and RAAF Base Amberley. The forum costs $300, including all meals, accommodation and activities. More information is available at https://ayaa.com.au/AYAF-Bris

An opportunity exists for Year 10, 11 and 12 students who are interested in engineering. The QUT Engineering Link Project that involves students participating in two full-day workshops in different engineering disciplines.  Each workshop is designed to challenge their creativity, their knowledge of the maths and science they are learning at school, and introduce them to the engineering paradigm. A professional engineer will outline their career and what a day in the life of an engineer is really like. Students are then presented with a problem or scenario that they will have to solve in small teams.  They will test materials, complete design calculations and submit a proposal to the engineer.  If approved, they will construct their solution.  The engineer will evaluate each solution against the criteria and declare the winning consortium. If your daughter is interested in this program more information and registration details are available at https://goo.gl/hbFYUb

The ATOM (Australian Teachers of Media) Photo Comp 2019 provides Australian and New Zealand student and adult photographers with the opportunity to submit a set of three (3) photographs adhering to a theme, and win fantastic prizes in the process. More information can be obtained from the competition web site – http://atomphotocomp.org/

Finally, next week three of our Year 7 and 8 students, Chloe Carew, Elli Veleski and Laura Manson, will be competing at the World Scholar’s Cup at Anglican Church Grammar School. This is the first time we have entered a team in this competition which the organisers describe as celebration rather than a competition. The “celebration” features a debate, a collaborative writing task and a Scholar’s Bowl and Challenge with questions on subjects ranging from Science to History to Music. We wish the girls the best of luck. May the alpacas be with you.
Michael Elliott
Director of Enrichment

Message from the Careers Counsellor

Happy end of term, everyone! I’m happy to report that the university brochures and Careers Info area in Student Reception have been updated! There are …

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Message from the Careers Counsellor

Happy end of term, everyone!

I’m happy to report that the university brochures and Careers Info area in Student Reception have been updated! There are now fresh undergraduate guides from Queensland and interstate universities available for you to take home and peruse, with more on the way.

There is also now a Careers Info space in the library. You can borrow tertiary course brochures and career-related magazines or books from this section. There are also some handy resources to take home, including resume writing tips and a guide to using the myfuture website.

Finally, the Careers section of the my.Stuartholme website has been updated. There is now a lot more information available on here, covering topics like: career exploration, planning tertiary study, comparing courses and institutions, and understanding QTAC/QCE/ATAR. You can also get copies of current and past Options Career Bulletins here.

Wishing you all a very happy Easter!

Career spotlight

Do you like:

  • Visual Arts/Science/Geography/Digital Technologies?
  • Finding solutions to challenging problems?

You might like Geospatial Science.

The Geospatial Science industry is expecting a skills shortage in the next 10 years. There already aren’t enough qualified geospatial scientists to meet industry demand.

Explore the Geospatial Science website to learn more.

Opportunities

The Australian Youth Aerospace Forum (AYAF)

AYAF is an annual five-day conference for students in Years 11 and 12 who are interested in careers and pathways in the aerospace industry (e.g. aerospace engineering, aerospace trades, military aerospace work and pilot training). In 2019, the AYAF will be run from 8 – 12 July in Brisbane.

Applications open on 1 April 2019 and close on 5 May 2019.

2019 Chrysalis International Young Leaders Conference

The Chrysalis International Young Leaders Conference will be held Saturday 27 July – Saturday 3 August 2019 in Brisbane. It will be available to Year 9 – 12 students from around the world to come together for a fun and stimulating one-week program of leadership education, extra-curricular and recreational activities. Applications are now open.

2020 National Youth Science Forum (NYSF)

The 2020 NYSF Year 12 Program is a 12-day residential program designed to give students a broader understanding of the diverse study and career options available in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and to encourage continued studies in these fields.

To apply for the NYSF Year 12 program, you must:

  • be in Year 11 in the year you apply, to attend the following January,
  • be an Australian citizen or resident, and/or studying full-time in an Australian high school, and
  • be considering pursuing a university degree at an Australian university to study science, engineering, technology, or a related discipline.

Applications are open to Year 11 students now and close on 31 May 2019.

Torrens University Creative Workshops

Torrens University are holding free workshops for students to try out creative disciplines.

Workshops are available in the following areas:

  • Communication (Graphic) Design
  • Interior Design
  • Branded Fashion Design
  • Photography
  • Digital Media
  • Gaming

Workshops will be held Saturday 13 April, from 9:30am–1:30pm at the Torrens University campus in Fortitude Valley.

Any interested students can register here.

USQ Year 11 and 12 Student Experience Days

Student Experience Days are a way for Year 11 & 12 students to explore their fields of interest at USQ Springfield or Toowoomba campus. Students can choose a study stream for the day, consisting of interactive sessions led by USQ’s team of academics. Students will also learn about pathways and scholarships, as well as take tours of the campuses and residential colleges (at Toowoomba). The current university students are involved throughout the day, offering high school students the opportunity to learn about their journey to university.

UQ: St Lucia campus tours

If you are interested in studying at UQ in the future, a campus tour is a great way to become familiar with the UQ St Lucia campus. To register a tour of the campus, access the online registration form. For future students, tours leave at 10:00am on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays (with the exception of public holidays) from the front entrance of the Student Centre (Building 61) and take approximately 1 hour. Please check the “Booking Date” for availability as bookings are essential and required 24 hours in advance.

Applications open soon for the QUT Vice-Chancellor’s STEM Camp

This free, five-day STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) camp is for high achieving Year 11 students. It will be held from Sunday 29 September – Friday 4 October 2019. During the camp, students will work with QUT researchers and current students and engage in solving some of the major challenges facing our society and planet today. The camp is free to attend and QUT can provide accommodation and transport options for rural and regional students. Visit the STEM Camp webpage for details of the camp. Applications open in April 2019.

Tomas Lillyman
Careers Counsellor

 

Co-curricular News

In addition to the updates below, click here to read all about the sporting highlights from Term 1. Debating Our debaters have just completed round …

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Co-curricular News

In addition to the updates below, click here to read all about the sporting highlights from Term 1.

Debating

Our debaters have just completed round 2 of the Queensland Debating Union (QDU) Brisbane Secondary Schools Competition, and the confidence and skill displayed by our students is incredible. It is wonderful to see each debater improve their technique, arguments and rebuttals each week. Starting in Term 2 our debaters will begin to move from prepared speeches to short prep rounds. These speeches which are prepared an hour before presenting are a challenge, but one which our debaters thrive in.

Particular congratulations needs to be given to our three Year 10 debating teams who are undefeated and 9.1 who won by a margin of 15 points in Round 2.

To our Year 7s who may be interested in debating, we will hold an information afternoon on Thursday 2nd May, 3pm – 4:30pm. Information will be emailed out in week 1 of Term 2.

Athletics

Holly Robertson (16yrs) – 3000m and Zoe Tracy (17yrs) – 2000m steeplechase were selected after very strong performances at the recent Queensland Athletics Championships held in Brisbane. Holly and Zoe are members of the Stuartholme cross country and athletics teams.

On behalf of the Stuartholme community, we wish Holly and Zoe all the best as they proudly represent Queensland at these championships!

Rowing

I am happy to report our Stuartholme Rowers continued their success with back-to-back bronze medals in the Schoolgirls Quad Scull over the weekend at the Australian Rowing Championships.

The crew of Lucy Hope, Emma Tucker, Sophia Tully, Ella McKenzie and Issy Mailli won their heat and semi, but found the competition from Kinross Wolaroi and Ruyton Girls too strong in the final.

The girls, along with Georgia Weston, also competed in club events throughout the week, representing Toowong Rowing Club and University of QLD Boat Club, winning a number of medals.

Results:

Lucy Hope – Bronze U19 Single, Gold U19 Coxless Four, Bronze Schoolgirl Quad, Silver U19 Eight
Emma Tucker – Bronze Schoolgirl Quad, Silver U19 Eight
Sophia Tully – Bronze Schoolgirl Quad, Silver U19 Eight
Ella McKenzie – Bronze Schoolgirl Quad, Silver U19 Eight, 10th U21 Lightweight Single

Issy Mailli – Bronze Schoolgirl Quad
Georgia Weston – Bronze U17 Quad, 6th U17 Double

Alumni:

Elke Marriott – Silver U19 Eight, Bronze U19 Coxless Four
Phoebe Robinson – Gold U19 Pair, Gold U21 Double, Gold U19 Coxless Four, Silver U19 Eight, Silver Interstate Women’s Youth Eight

Lucy Theodore – Gold U23 Lightweight Single, Silver U23 Lightweight Double, Gold U23 Lightweight Quad, Silver Interstate Women’s Youth Eight
Belle Townsend – 7th U19 Coxless Quad

Coaching Team:

Ben Pincus – Gold U21 Pair, Silver U21 Four, 5th U23 Eight, 4th Interstate Youth Eight
Jethro Gifford – Gold U21 Pair, Silver U21 Four, 5th U23 Eight, 4th Interstate Youth Eight
Jack Kibble – Silver U21 Four, 5th U23 Eight, 4th Interstate Youth Eight

Ben Spits (Coach) – Bronze U17 Quad, 4th U17 Quad, 6th U17 Single, 4th U17 Double, 6th U17 Double
Emma McCarthy (Coach) – Bronze Schoolgirls Quad, Silver Interstate Youth Eight


Looking forward to a successful season ahead!

Emma McCarthy
Director of Rowing

Equestrian

On 9 and 10 March the Stuartholme Equestrian team held their annual event for dressage and show jumping at the Fig Tree Pocket equestrian grounds. These two days saw a myriad of rides from all different levels come together to compete, some even making the drive from Warwick. A huge thank you on behalf of the riders, parents and the Stuartholme Equestrian team goes to those that helped to organise and run the event and to the amazing sponsors who donated supplies and supported the event.

Results:

Show jumping

120 cm

  • 5th – Piper Searle on Miss Florentine

110cm

  • 3rd – Bella Anthony on Under Contract
  • 7th – Piper Searle on Hunter Mischief
  • 10th – Ellie Turnbull on Rangeview Amigo

100cm

  • 9th – Georgia Rink on Remi Fiorente

90cm

  • 9th – Grace Anthony on X Factor
  • 12th – Bella Anthony on Cil Dara Oscar
  • 20th – Grace Beatty on Lighten Up

80cm

  • 10th – Grace Anthony on Pure Chance

70cm

  • 5th – Alexandra O’Brien on Manellae Rocky
  • 6th – Sienna Pelto on Binnowie Special Edition

Dressage

Secondary Prelim

  • 3rd – Grace Anthony on Pure Chance
  • 6th – Bella Anthony -on Cil Dara Oscar
  • 9th – Alex O’Brien on Manellae Rocky
  • 11th – Sienna Pelto on Binnowie special edition

Secondary Novice

  • 3rd – Georgia Rink on Wade Equine Oki Doki
  • 5th – Georgia Rink on Remi Fiorente
  • 8th – Piper Searle on Hunter Mischief
  • 9th – Ellie Turnbull on Rangeview Amigo
  • 10th – Grace Anthony on X Factor
  • 15th – Grace Beatty on Lighten Up
  • 19th – Zoe Henderson on Marcus Sirocco

Elementary

  • 1st – Bella Anthony on Under Contract

Medium

  • 3rd – Piper Searle on Miss Florentine

We wish our rider well for the upcoming regional competition being held at Gatton over Easter.

Piper Searle
Equestrian Captain 2019

 

 

Co-curricular News

In addition to the updates below, click here to read all about the sporting highlights from Term 1. Debating Our debaters have just completed round …

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Co-curricular News

In addition to the updates below, click here to read all about the sporting highlights from Term 1.

Debating

Our debaters have just completed round 2 of the Queensland Debating Union (QDU) Brisbane Secondary Schools Competition, and the confidence and skill displayed by our students is incredible. It is wonderful to see each debater improve their technique, arguments and rebuttals each week. Starting in Term 2 our debaters will begin to move from prepared speeches to short prep rounds. These speeches which are prepared an hour before presenting are a challenge, but one which our debaters thrive in.

Particular congratulations needs to be given to our three Year 10 debating teams who are undefeated and 9.1 who won by a margin of 15 points in Round 2.

To our Year 7s who may be interested in debating, we will hold an information afternoon on Thursday 2nd May, 3pm – 4:30pm. Information will be emailed out in week 1 of Term 2.

Athletics

Holly Robertson (16yrs) – 3000m and Zoe Tracy (17yrs) – 2000m steeplechase were selected after very strong performances at the recent Queensland Athletics Championships held in Brisbane. Holly and Zoe are members of the Stuartholme cross country and athletics teams.

On behalf of the Stuartholme community, we wish Holly and Zoe all the best as they proudly represent Queensland at these championships!

Rowing

I am happy to report our Stuartholme Rowers continued their success with back-to-back bronze medals in the Schoolgirls Quad Scull over the weekend at the Australian Rowing Championships.

The crew of Lucy Hope, Emma Tucker, Sophia Tully, Ella McKenzie and Issy Mailli won their heat and semi, but found the competition from Kinross Wolaroi and Ruyton Girls too strong in the final.

The girls, along with Georgia Weston, also competed in club events throughout the week, representing Toowong Rowing Club and University of QLD Boat Club, winning a number of medals.

Results:

Lucy Hope – Bronze U19 Single, Gold U19 Coxless Four, Bronze Schoolgirl Quad, Silver U19 Eight
Emma Tucker – Bronze Schoolgirl Quad, Silver U19 Eight
Sophia Tully – Bronze Schoolgirl Quad, Silver U19 Eight
Ella McKenzie – Bronze Schoolgirl Quad, Silver U19 Eight, 10th U21 Lightweight Single

Issy Mailli – Bronze Schoolgirl Quad
Georgia Weston – Bronze U17 Quad, 6th U17 Double

Alumni:

Elke Marriott – Silver U19 Eight, Bronze U19 Coxless Four
Phoebe Robinson – Gold U19 Pair, Gold U21 Double, Gold U19 Coxless Four, Silver U19 Eight, Silver Interstate Women’s Youth Eight

Lucy Theodore – Gold U23 Lightweight Single, Silver U23 Lightweight Double, Gold U23 Lightweight Quad, Silver Interstate Women’s Youth Eight
Belle Townsend – 7th U19 Coxless Quad

Coaching Team:

Ben Pincus – Gold U21 Pair, Silver U21 Four, 5th U23 Eight, 4th Interstate Youth Eight
Jethro Gifford – Gold U21 Pair, Silver U21 Four, 5th U23 Eight, 4th Interstate Youth Eight
Jack Kibble – Silver U21 Four, 5th U23 Eight, 4th Interstate Youth Eight

Ben Spits (Coach) – Bronze U17 Quad, 4th U17 Quad, 6th U17 Single, 4th U17 Double, 6th U17 Double
Emma McCarthy (Coach) – Bronze Schoolgirls Quad, Silver Interstate Youth Eight


Looking forward to a successful season ahead!

Emma McCarthy
Director of Rowing

Equestrian

On 9 and 10 March the Stuartholme Equestrian team held their annual event for dressage and show jumping at the Fig Tree Pocket equestrian grounds. These two days saw a myriad of rides from all different levels come together to compete, some even making the drive from Warwick. A huge thank you on behalf of the riders, parents and the Stuartholme Equestrian team goes to those that helped to organise and run the event and to the amazing sponsors who donated supplies and supported the event.

Results:

Show jumping

120 cm

  • 5th – Piper Searle on Miss Florentine

110cm

  • 3rd – Bella Anthony on Under Contract
  • 7th – Piper Searle on Hunter Mischief
  • 10th – Ellie Turnbull on Rangeview Amigo

100cm

  • 9th – Georgia Rink on Remi Fiorente

90cm

  • 9th – Grace Anthony on X Factor
  • 12th – Bella Anthony on Cil Dara Oscar
  • 20th – Grace Beatty on Lighten Up

80cm

  • 10th – Grace Anthony on Pure Chance

70cm

  • 5th – Alexandra O’Brien on Manellae Rocky
  • 6th – Sienna Pelto on Binnowie Special Edition

Dressage

Secondary Prelim

  • 3rd – Grace Anthony on Pure Chance
  • 6th – Bella Anthony -on Cil Dara Oscar
  • 9th – Alex O’Brien on Manellae Rocky
  • 11th – Sienna Pelto on Binnowie special edition

Secondary Novice

  • 3rd – Georgia Rink on Wade Equine Oki Doki
  • 5th – Georgia Rink on Remi Fiorente
  • 8th – Piper Searle on Hunter Mischief
  • 9th – Ellie Turnbull on Rangeview Amigo
  • 10th – Grace Anthony on X Factor
  • 15th – Grace Beatty on Lighten Up
  • 19th – Zoe Henderson on Marcus Sirocco

Elementary

  • 1st – Bella Anthony on Under Contract

Medium

  • 3rd – Piper Searle on Miss Florentine

We wish our rider well for the upcoming regional competition being held at Gatton over Easter.

Piper Searle
Equestrian Captain 2019

 

 

Sustainability and recycling at Stuartholme

Stuartholme is introducing two very exciting systems at the commencement of Term 2. We have adopted a Baby ORCA that will gobble all our food …

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Sustainability and recycling at Stuartholme

Stuartholme is introducing two very exciting systems at the commencement of Term 2.

  1. We have adopted a Baby ORCA that will gobble all our food waste from the kitchen and convert it to liquid.

What is an ORCA

  • The ORCA is a technology system that recycles food waste by breaking it down into water (mainly), and some carbs, fats and proteins which are then captured or repurposed by your wastewater treatment plant.
  • The ORCA simply mimics a natural digestion process. It works using the same principles that our body, and other living organisms are governed by. ORCA creates the perfect biological environment for the microorganisms to digest food waste into a liquid.
  • ORCA’s effluent is fully recovered and recycled throughout its life.
  • ORCA helps our school to avoid emitting both methane and carbon dioxide by recycling on-site.
  • ORCA is a 100% recycling solution.

Our Baby ORCA will live outside the Kitchen where it is easily accessible for the kitchen staff to feed.  Once we have Baby ORCA settled and staff are confident feeding the machine we will then look at other ways of collecting food waste from student lunches.

 

  1. Return-it. Makes Cent

With food wasted sorted we also want to also tackle recyclable items such as plastic and glass bottles, cans and drink containers.  What better way to do this than to join the refund scheme that the Queensland Government introduced in November 2018.

We will be partnering with the Re.Group to implement the refundable drink container scheme.

From the commencement of Term 2 you will see bright purple bins around the school grounds that will be specifically for these refundable recycling items.  Students will be asked to use the bins responsibly by separating their rubbish and using the appropriate bins.

Parents can also help by utilising the recycling bin to get rid of home refundable recycling.  The larger bin will be placed under the tunnel as you drive through the drop off zone.

Not only will the school be doing it’s bit for the environment and creating good responsible habits in our students we will also benefit from the funds raised from this refundable scheme.  Monies raised can then be used for a specific project or to continue to go towards implementing more sustainable practices.  So join the revolution and RETURN-IT !

 

 

Logging in to MyStuartholme

A reminder that when you login to My Stuartholme you need to use your school supplied email address. This will be in the format XXXX@stuartholme.com. …

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Logging in to MyStuartholme

A reminder that when you login to My Stuartholme you need to use your school supplied email address. This will be in the format XXXX@stuartholme.com. For example 12345@stuartholme.com.

You cannot login with your personal email.

If you cannot remember your password select ‘forgot my password’ to setup a new password.

If you do not know your school supplied email address or are experiencing difficulties please contact ICThelp@stuartholme.com

General Chapter update

As 2019 is the year of Compassion, Connection and Change for Stuartholme, we wanted our community to understand and demonstrate what their definition of these …

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General Chapter update

As 2019 is the year of Compassion, Connection and Change for Stuartholme, we wanted our community to understand and demonstrate what their definition of these terms are. This process, conducted through the First General Chapter held on Thursday 21 March has empowered Stuartholme students to refine what is important to them, and where they can see themselves making a difference. As a result of this contemplation, and with great excitement, we can announce that our three social justice themes which will join our community to Compassion, Connection and Change are:

  • Environmental sustainability – A resonating message amongst the group was that even small changes can make a big impact, not just within the Stuartholme community but beyond us. Further discussions also revealed that environmental sustainability doesn’t necessary look the same everywhere. Therefore, we as a community need to understand how environmental sustainability looks for those in metropolitan areas, compared to rural and regional areas, and importantly what we can learn from each other.
  • Refugees – It is important for Stuartholme as a community to support refugees who have already faced many struggles. It is about lending a hand and showing empathy and in turn creating positive action amongst our community, government and media. Stuartholme has a history with working with refugees and we look forward to strengthening this connection.
  • Disability – Members agreed that Stuartholme needed to be actively involved within disability communities to further understand the challenges they face. This extends to everyday injustices in terms of activities, accommodation, resources, employment, education and wellbeing. By focussing on disability we have the opportunity to reframe our thinking and language around it. This allows us to challenge our traditional understanding of ability and makes us appreciate every individual.

You will see these themes in practice throughout the year, with our community focussing on how civic advocacy, social enterprise and volunteer engagement work within each theme, and what role they play within that.

A huge thank you to the staff and students who participated in our First General Chapter and helped develop the depth and meaning of these social justice themes. The timeline and organisations we will be working with throughout the year will be announced at the beginning of Term 2.

Bus payments for Term 2 users and notice of possible change to Bus 4 route

Families who will require our Bus Network in Term 2 are asked to register and make payment as soon as possible please, so that accurate …

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Bus payments for Term 2 users and notice of possible change to Bus 4 route

Families who will require our Bus Network in Term 2 are asked to register and make payment as soon as possible please, so that accurate passenger lists can be supplied to the drivers this week, ready for the buses’ first day back next term – on Wednesday 24 April.

Bus 4 users should be aware that the Ashgrove Ave bridge will be closed to all traffic in early May,  and thus the existing bus route will be diverted at that point.  Families will be advised early in Term 2 how this will affect bus times and stops during this period, expected to be 2-9 May.

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.

 

Honour Pockets in 2019

The Honour Pockets Committee is pleased to have confirmed the 2019 criteria.  These are available on MyStuartholme. As in 2018, the school will encourage all …

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Honour Pockets in 2019

The Honour Pockets Committee is pleased to have confirmed the 2019 criteria.  These are available on MyStuartholme.

As in 2018, the school will encourage all students who are eligible for an Honour Pocket Award to receive this.

Key aspects of this initiative are outlined in the table below:

Honour Pocket Process 
1. TimelinesTwice 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 AwardsStaff will identify eligible students and will be notified by email
3. Application for Special Awards e.g. State Rep, National Rep or Gold LaurelsStudents apply
4. CriteriaConfirmed criteria determined by Honour Pocket Committee and published
5. Delivery of blazer and application form submittedBlazer and application form delivered to the School Shop

 Special Awards

At the beginning of Term 3, your daughter will be emailed the Honour Pocket Selection Criteria and an application for Special Awards for Honour Pockets. This application is for any Co-curricula sporting activities not recognised through the District (Northern Eagles), Regional (Metropolitan West), State (Queensland School Sport) pathway.  It is to recognise achievements obtained through the club sport pathway.  All achievements through the school sport pathway will be captured by the sports department so students do not need to apply for these Awards.  This form should also be used to notify the sports department or other co-curricular areas of three years’ service for awards pockets.

If your daughter is eligible for a Special Award (which includes service awards), she needs to complete the Special Awards application form after it is emailed to her and have the teacher-in-charge sign and then you both need to sign the form and return it to Ms Lonsdale-Walker by 9.00am on Monday, 19 August 2019.  Blazers need to be handed in to the Uniform shop on Friday, 23 August 2019.

Other than Special Awards

Please note that students who are eligible for Honour Pockets Awards – other than for Special Awards, will receive a direct email from the Student Wellbeing office following nomination by the teacher in charge of these activities.  This email needs to be printed and both you and your daughter need to sign and date the acknowledgement on the bottom of this email.

These blazers must be delivered to the Uniform Shop with a copy of the signed email on Friday, 23 August 2019.

 

Year 9 Economics and Business – Real World Learning

As an introduction to the Year 9 Economics and Business subject, students participate in a whole class activity called the Nursery Venture. This engages student’s …

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Year 9 Economics and Business – Real World Learning

As an introduction to the Year 9 Economics and Business subject, students participate in a whole class activity called the Nursery Venture. This engages student’s entrepreneurial behaviours and introduces them to the four key functions of business (marketing, operations, finance and human resources) and the 4 Ps of the marketing mix. Students learn how to conduct a small business venture and work in teams. After the venture, students reflect on personal and team aspects of running a business and evaluate the outcomes of their venture.

This year, the students were very productive and presented professional stalls as part of Open Day. The profits raised by the three classes amounted to $560 and have been donated to Project Compassion.

Sally Adams and Anna Sayers

 

Our Nursery Venture Experience

Written by Kei Wynn, Genevieve Steffenson and Bella Gonzalez, Year 9

In Year 9 Economics and Business, we have had the opportunity to participate in a practical learning experience – the business venture. We worked together as a team during lessons developing entrepreneurial skills for running a business venture at the annual Open Day. This experience taught us the ways in which to create a product for a target market, how to assess likely viability of business ideas and develop the knowledge on how to successfully run and maintain a small business.

On Saturday 9 March each of the three classes gathered in the morning of Open Day, setting up their stores in order to successfully promote their product using different advertisement techniques. The presentation of our class’s venture, Stuartholme Snowman, lured potential customers through the use of decorations, a colour scheme and mascot – a snowman. Another business attracted customers using a Harry Potter theme and being a mobile business.

Overall, this was a new and exciting experience that we undertook and will enable us to link theory to our real-wold experiences.

Queensland Independent Schools – Parents Network

The QIS Parents Network is supported by Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ), a not-for-profit membership body that supports and promotes independent schooling in Queensland. The Parents …

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Queensland Independent Schools – Parents Network

The QIS Parents Network is supported by Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ), a not-for-profit membership body that supports and promotes independent schooling in Queensland.

The Parents Network produces a regular newsletter with information, news and opinion pieces for parents of students attending independent schools. To view the latest newsletter click here.

Chicken Pox update

We are pleased to advise that we do not have any cases of Chicken Pox at the school. Qld Health have asked that we make …

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Chicken Pox update

We are pleased to advise that we do not have any cases of Chicken Pox at the school.

Qld Health have asked that we make the fact sheets available to our community as we approach the school holidays.

Qld Health Letter to parents

Fact Sheet

Need help with your presentations?

We offer a structured approach to improve: Confidence Clarity Presentation skills. Individual or Small Group lessons SPEECH & DRAMA @ Stuartholme Term 2 Margaret Gallagher …

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Need help with your presentations?

We offer a structured approach to improve:

  • Confidence
  • Clarity
  • Presentation skills.

Individual or Small Group lessons

SPEECH & DRAMA @ Stuartholme Term 2

Margaret Gallagher (LTCL) Adrienne Costello (LTCL)

mgallagher@stuartholme.com / acostello@stuartholme.com

Celebrating 25 years of Stuartholme Rowing

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Celebrating 25 years of Stuartholme Rowing

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

 

Dads’ Night Out

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Dads’ Night Out