Message from the Principal

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends,

Lent is the Christian season of preparation before Easter. Ash Wednesday marks the first day, or the start of the season of Lent, which begins 40 days prior to Easter. Lent is a time when many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, reflection, moderation and self-discipline. The purpose is to set aside time for reflection on Jesus Christ – his teachings on how to relate better to others.

 Lent commemorates the 40 days and nights Jesus went into the wilderness to weigh up the good and the bad of choosing a path where He challenged the status quo of His time. If we were to apply modern psychology to Jesus’ crossroad experience, it was a time of self-reflection and a time to strengthen His resolve to change the world. As Catholics, we gently impose a period of self-reflection, where we challenge ourselves to be the best version of ourselves that we can be – a healthy practice for everyone, whatever your beliefs. In contemporary times, a popular idea is: “It takes 40 days to make a new habit”.

What habit would make us a better person, a more Christ-like person?

The three traditional pillars of Lent are prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

Prayer is a highly personal and spiritual form of communication. At the very least, prayer should be a reflection on ourselves and how we could improve ourselves – how can we be the best version of ourselves, guided by our understanding of Jesus’ teachings.

Fasting is a means of developing self-discipline. Traditionally fasting was a concrete way of empathizing with the poor. Which is more challenging: giving up chocolate for 40 days or working more positively in our relationships?

Self-discipline for adolescent girls could be about developing better interpersonal skills and empathy, and abstaining from negative comments and thoughts about others.

 Almsgiving during Lent is Stuartholme’s community forte. It is when we shine as a community; our care for those in need, our works of charity and the promotion of justice are integral elements of the Stuartholme’s expression of Lent.

As we enter Easter, we ask ourselves did we challenge ourselves in any way?

Did we pray, fast or give to charity? Did we reflect on ourselves?

Did we moderate our tendencies to mediocre behaviour?

Did we contribute to another’s need in a manner that required some personal effort?

In our preparation for Easter did we practise self-reflection and self-discipline, hoping to renew our self-improvement in alignment with Jesus’ teaching of ‘love one another’?

Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Resurrection may symbolically mean: rebirth, renewal and revitalization. Are we to emerge through Easter re-energized to be a better version of ourselves? We often have New Year resolutions; as Catholics we should resolve to aspire with new energy after a period of self-refection and self-discipline – our Lent. Easter is our most significant liturgical calendar event. Is the giving of Easter chocolate the limit of our expression? Could we be more generous in the giving of ourselves to others? A kind word, an encouraging smile and a joyful acknowledgement require so little of us yet empower others if offered without reservation and regularly. These are the daily habits we could develop to enhance our relationships and our Christian expression – to challenge the status quo of our times!

Such an expression of kindness touched my heart this week. Students from Ms Rice’s Year 9 RE class offered words of kindness and encouragement painted on rocks discreetly left around the school – and at my door.

In the spirit of Easter’s new energy, it is important to acknowledge our successes:

  • in almsgiving with our Alumnae function on Saturday night: Art, Bubbles and Canapés which raised $17,000 for bursaries;
  • in our community building – with our local sports finals and our success at a national level with Rowing;
  • Our academic prowess in our Debating achievements – two students in the Queensland Debating Team including the Captain.

You can read more about our sports achievements in this edition of the Newsletter.

Easter is the end of a period of time we challenge and develop ourselves.

Term 1 has been a wonderful time of celebration of our successes. We are a strong community growing with every effort.

Best wishes for Easter. Please take care, drive carefully if travelling.

We look forward to everyone returning to Term 2 strengthened and renewed.

God Bless,

Kristen Sharpe
Principal

 

Key Dates

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Key Dates

DateEvent
Thurs 29 MarchYears 10-12 Parent Daughter Breakfast 7am
Easter Liturgy
Classes Finish at 12pm
Boarders travel day
Mon 16 AprilExtra day off for students due to Commonwealth Games
Tues 17 AprilBoarders return
Boarder Parent Network meeting 10-11.30am
Parent Community Groups Principal Meeting 11.30am-12.30pm
Parent Teacher Interviews 10am-7pm
Parents of Stuartholme (POS) 6.30-7.30pm Green Room
Wed 18 AprilStudents start Term 2
School fees due
Fri 20 AprilInterhouse Cross Country
Tues 24 AprilANZAC Day Liturgy
Wed 25 AprilANZAC Day Public Holiday
Thurs 26 AprilParent Teacher Interviews 3.30-7pm
Fri 27 AprilYear 9 Retreat
Sat 28 April Glamour in the Grass 6pm, Freers
Fri 4 MayYear 7 Retreat
Mon 7 MayLabour Day Public Holiday
Wed 9-Fri 11 MayYear 8 Camp
Wed 9 MayYear 10 immunisations
Fri 11 MayMothers' Day Luncheon 11am
Sat 12 MayYear 12 Charity Event
Tues 15-Thurs 17 MayYears 7 & 9 NAPLAN Testing
Fri 25 MayFeast of St Madeleine Sophie Barat. Madeleine Sophie Day Mass and Celebrations
Alumnae Awards and Cocktail Evening
Sun 27 MayAlumnae Mass & Reunion morning tea
Interhouse Solo Music Awards
Mon 28 MayNational Sorry Day Liturgy
Wed 6 JuneInterhouse Athletics Carnival
Thurs 7-Thurs 14 JuneYear 11 assessment block
Fri 8-Thurs 14 JuneYear 12 assessment block
Fri 15 JuneInterhouse Choral Competition
Mon 18-Wed 20 JuneYear 11 Leadership Days
Mon 18-Tue 19 JuneYear 12 QCS practice test
Wed 20 JuneYear 12 photo
Thurs 21 JuneYears 7-9 Parent Daughter Breakfast
Year 11 Harmony Day
Classes finish
Boarders travel day
Year 12 Formal

Message from the Deputy Principal

Term 1 is traditionally a very busy and dynamic term and this year has been no exception. So it is no wonder that so many …

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Message from the Deputy Principal

Term 1 is traditionally a very busy and dynamic term and this year has been no exception. So it is no wonder that so many people are looking forward to the break from school and a well-deserved rest. The Easter holidays provide a good opportunity for students to clear their heads, relax, spend time with friends and family and have a little fun. For their own health and wellbeing, it is important that they do this.

However, it is equally important that students keep their neurological pathways stimulated over the holidays to maintain the gains they’ve made in the classroom and prevent regression. Catherine Scott, senior lecturer in education and cognitive psychology at the University of Melbourne, says, “There is a well-known phenomenon of memory decay. Particularly when you first learn something, you have to practise it fairly regularly or the ability to retrieve it gets worse. If you are not using it every day, your brain makes a decision for those connections to weaken.”

Working our brains over the holidays does not mean non-stop studying every day. It means choosing activities to stimulate and learn, ideally in fun or energising ways. It also means considering the age of the student and what they need for their stage of schooling. Some simple things students may do include reading interesting books on a subject, drawing and painting, writing creative stories and attending activities on offer at universities, libraries or council centres.

Opportunities to visit museums, art galleries or the theatre are also worthwhile. A study that appeared in the New York Times in November 2013 found that students who visited museums demonstrated stronger critical thinking skills, higher levels of social tolerance, exhibited greater historical empathy and developed a taste for cultural institutions. By visiting places like GoMA, the Queensland Science Centre or the Queensland Museum, teenagers learn about art, history, culture, the environment and science outside of the school environment and without the pressures of assessment. The different learning experiences foster more active engagement with topics and ideas that transfer into their curriculum when they return to school.

Students in Years 11 and 12 may decide to take a few days out to get ready for the learning that will occur in Term 2. They may organise their notes from Term 1, write up summaries, complete revision worksheets or read ahead. For senior students, getting a head start over the holidays could actually reduce stress and improve their results.

Regardless of their age, one of the most important things you can encourage your daughters to do over the holidays is to read. Studies show students’ reading achievement has a direct correlation with academic success due to improvements in vocabulary, reading comprehension, verbal fluency and knowledge acquisition. Generally, students who read independently become better readers, score higher on achievement tests, and have greater content knowledge than those who do not.  Students who don’t read often may be able to read ‘mechanically’, but they lack the flair for language which can affect their cognitive functioning and hinder their ability to communicate their ideas as effectively as they want.

Reading is also beneficial beyond the classroom in that it promotes positive life choices, morals and wellbeing. It provides a method of coping with stress and anxiety, and it provides a forum for relaxation and escape.

For Stuartholme’s students, the Easter holidays are 19 days this year, a long time for brains to be out of action. Doing low level study, engaging in stimulating activities and reading daily can keep brains active.  This means when the girls return to school in April, they’ll be more likely to adjust back into the classroom environment, ready and prepared to engage in the new learning on offer.

Deanne Johnston
Deputy Principal

Message from the Dean of Student Wellbeing

Actively building the leadership capacity of our students Stuartholme makes a strong commitment to student leadership development across the school. This commitment is reflected in …

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Message from the Dean of Student Wellbeing

Actively building the leadership capacity of our students

Stuartholme makes a strong commitment to student leadership development across the school. This commitment is reflected in initiatives both within the school environment and also opportunities afforded to students beyond the school gate. It is timely to share some of the wonderful work of our current students in representing Stuartholme and making a real difference in a range of community events.

Representing Stuartholme in the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence

Friday 16 March was marked by an Education Queensland event at the State Library where representatives of students from a variety of schools were able to both contribute and learn. Stuartholme was represented with distinction by Year 11s, Sophia Tully and Imogen Cusack. The Premier and the Minister for Education attended and were interested in hearing from students first-hand on the recently much publicised issue of bullying in schools. Both Sophia and Imogen were engaged in conversation by the Premier and they were able to contribute their views with insight and poise. This was followed by a Project Rockit workshop where the students were guided to see that leadership is in each one of us and leadership requires us to stand up and speak when we see an injustice. It is this action that is required to put an end to bullying.

Lord Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council (LMYAC)

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

Student Environmental Network (SELN)

In 2018, Stuartholme is proud to have two School representatives in the Green Heart Schools Student Environmental Network (SELN) program –  Hayley Bowden and Imogen Fraser. We are proud to support these girls in this unique learning and leadership program that directly engages and supports school communities to take action to be cleaner, greener and more sustainable.

Deb Lonsdale-Walker
Dean of Student Wellbeing

 

Bus Information Reminder

Please note with the commencement of the Easter holidays, on Thursday 29 March, classes will finish at 12noon.  Therefore, buses will depart Stuartholme at 12.15pm …

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Bus Information Reminder

Please note with the commencement of the Easter holidays, on Thursday 29 March, classes will finish at 12noon.  Therefore, buses will depart Stuartholme at 12.15pm (rather than 3.15pm).

 To enable a smooth and easy transition to Term 2,  existing Bus Network users do not need to re-register each term (unless they need to change details).  However, please note

  • Term Pass holders will need to pay $295 online if they wish their daughter to continue using the buses in Term 2; please pay this amount by the end of the week to allow the bus drivers to expect your daughter from day 1 – Wednesday 18 April
  • Casual Pass holders only need to pay when their 10 trips have expired
  • Annual Pass holders -no action required

At this time only, we are offering current Term Pass users the option of upgrading to an Annual Pass for the price difference of $695, which would see them through until the end of November.  If you would like to take advantage of this offer please go to the school portal and pay the $695 and let me know so that I can upgrade your daughters pass to annual.

If you have not used the Bus Network this year, you do need to register as well as pay so that we now which Bus and Bus Stop your daughter requires.  https://stuartholme.com/parents/bus-network/

Also a reminder of the slight variation to the Bus 3 route as of 18 April 2018.  The new route will include a stop on Payne Rd at the end of Dillon Rd, instead of at the current Gymea Rd stop.  We anticipate this will have very little impact on travel time and will monitor the effect of these changes throughout the term and of course  keep all Bus 3 users informed of further outcomes.  Please check the revised Bus Route Map on the website for clarification of the new route.  Moving forward I will be the main contact from Term 2, should new or existing Bus Network users have any queries. Should you have any further queries please contact School Operations Manager, Kathy Wone at kwone@stuartholme.com

Term 1 curriculum matters

Preliminary reports and results reports will be released on My Stuartholme from 1 pm on Thursday 29 March. As assessment continued until the last days of …

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Term 1 curriculum matters

Preliminary reports and results reports will be released on My Stuartholme from 1 pm on Thursday 29 March. As assessment continued until the last days of term, please be aware that some results may not be available until Week 2 of Term 2.  Preliminary reports provide a general indication of how your daughter has commenced the year. Parents are also invited to attend parent teacher interviews to discuss their daughter’s progress in more detail and to discuss strategies for working in partnership to best support learning and growth.

Parent teacher interviews will be held on Tuesday 17 April from 10 am until 7 pm and again on Thursday 26 April from 3.30 pm until 7 pm  Interviews can be booked via my.Stuartholme.com from Wednesday 28 March. Bookings will close at 9 pm on Tuesday 10 April.

 For further information, please refer to the email sent to all families on Monday 19 March

Download the Stuartholme App

To complement our new online portal – My Stuartholme, you can now download our school app. By downloading the app, you will: receive push notifications …

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Download the Stuartholme App

To complement our new online portal – My Stuartholme, you can now download our school app.

By downloading the app, you will:

  • receive push notifications when important news is released;
  • be able to notify us of any absences, late arrivals or early departures;
  • be able to check your daughter’s class information; and
  • read the latest copy of the Newsletter.

The app is available for iPhone, Android and iPad from either the App Store or Google Play.

Options Career Information Bulletin Edition 5

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

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Options Career Information Bulletin Edition 5

The latest Options Career Information Bulletin is now available.

 

Ken Turnbull
Careers Counsellor

 

Sport – Term 1 highlights

“Don’t count the days… make the days count”. Muhammad Ali CROSS COUNTRY The sport of cross country has experienced a 30% growth with a record …

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Sport – Term 1 highlights

“Don’t count the days… make the days count”. Muhammad Ali

CROSS COUNTRY

The sport of cross country has experienced a 30% growth with a record number of girls signing on for the 2018 season.

To start off the cross country season, the School welcomed one of the world’s greatest ever marathon runners, Steve Moneghetti, to visit and take members of the cross country team for a training session. After the session, Steve spoke to the girls and parents on his upcoming role as Chef de Mission of the Australian Tteam at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. This was a fascinating insight into his role and duties and gave us all a closer look inside the inner workings of the games.

The girls are training for the CaSSSA cross country which will be held on Thursday 31 May at Limestone Park, Ipswich.  They are hoping to defend their title as CaSSSA Champions.

 

INDOOR CRICKET

Indoor cricket has experienced a 100% growth this year. For the first time we have fielded two Open teams (Open A & Open B) in the CaSSSA competition.

The season continues in Term 2 with the teams currently sitting in:

Open A:                3rd place

Open B:                 1st place

 

EQUESTRIAN

It’s early in the season for our Equestrian Team but the riders have been extremely successful so far.  We have a total of 19 riders this year and over a third of our riders have been in the top 3 placings at every competition.  They have travelled locally with placings at Westmac and Somerville Show jumping competitions at Moggill, then on to Parkridge to face extremely wet conditions but still pull out podium finishes.

Our Stuartholme riders have travelled west to Glennie and Fairholme College for interschool show jumping, dressage, combined training, show man and show horse.  On the weekend of 3 March, Piper Searle, Georgia Rink and Bella Anthony placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively in the Junior EvA 105cm class at Fig Tree Pocket one-day event,  an amazing achievement.

Notable performances include Bella Anthony riding two horses this year, Woody and Chance.  The partnership between Bella and Woody is extremely successful winning almost every competition they have entered or coming a close 2nd!  Bella went to Warwick Eventing and won her class last weekend as well as winning the weekend before at Glennie.  Ellie Turnbull placed 2nd in her EvA80cm class at Warwick Eventing in a very tough field.  Ellie and her new horse are starting to find their bond with each other – a nice partnership in the making.  On the same weekend as Warwick Eventing (ODE), the Wide Bay Regionals were held in Caboolture.  Our Captain, Emily Ballard had a great weekend with placings too.  Maddy Armstrong, our new rider in the boarding school had her first competition at Wide Bay Regionals and won her show man class!!   Amazing achievement as she’s only been riding Chewy (Emily Ballard’s retired horse) for a month now.

We look forward to our own Dressage Day competition being held in April at Burpengary.  The girls will then travel to Beaudesert for the SE Qld Regional Champs.

 

NETBALL

This year we started the 2018 Netball season with the two-day Netball Clinic. We were very fortunate to have three of the current Suncorp Super Netball Champions from the Sunshine Coast Lightning Netball Team Erena Mikaere, Cara Koenen and Karla Petorius. These amazing young women came straight from their team training session early in the morning and drove down from the Sunshine Coast, to do the specialised skills session with the girls.

Netball at Stuartholme continues to steadily grow in numbers. This year we have 151 players with a total of 16 teams, a 15% increase in teams from 2017.

We welcome back 11 Stuartholme Alumnae as coaches for the 2018 season:

2016 Alumnae: Charlotte O’Sullivan, Lily Hogan, Sophie Cranitch, Caiti Rosengren, Edwina Peisker.

2017 Alumnae: Hana Barretto, Alexie O’Connor, Sarah Turner, Sophie Nicol, Amy Scott, Tara Griffin.

We look forward to a successful season. Success isn’t always about winning, but to see individuals and our teams grow and improve during the year. Our season starts Saturday 21 April, the girls would love to see you come down and show your support.

In the last edition of the Newsletter, we congratulated students who had qualified for the Western District Netball teams. We would like to add Charlotte Reid to the list of girls who made the 12 Years Black Team – well done Charlotte!

 

ROWING

Last week, 12 Stuartholme girls travelled to Sydney to compete in the 2018 Sydney International Rowing Regatta – 7 girls competed for their rowing clubs and 5 girls competed for Stuartholme throughout the regatta.

Over 1500 athletes attended the Sydney International Rowing Regatta last week, with the best school and club rowers participating, including National, International and Olympic rowers.

The Stuartholme girls as a whole had a fantastic regatta, bringing home 4 Gold, 4 Silver and 2 Bronze Medals.

The girls all represented proudly whether through their club or for the school. It was a wonderful experience for the girls and one they will keep with them forever.

AUSTRALIAN CHAMPIONS

U17 Quad Scull – Stuartholme (Issy Mailli, Emma Tucker, Sophia Tully, Zara Wareham, Kyla O’Shanassy)

U17 Double Scull – Lucy Hope

U19 Four – Phoebe Robinson

U19 Eight – Phoebe Robinson

Silver Medallists 

U17 Single Scull – Lucy Hope

U17 Quad Scull – Lucy Hope

U19 Pair – Phoebe Robinson

Queensland Youth 8+ – Phoebe Robinson

Bronze Medallists

U17 Double Scull – Stuartholme (Emma Tucker, Sophia Tully)

Schoolgirls Quad Scull – Stuartholme (Issy Mailli, Emma Tucker, Sophia Tully, Zara Wareham, Kyla O’Shanassy)

The girls also won the inaugural School girls Pointscore Trophy at the regatta. Schools scored points by placing on the podium in the events throughout the regatta. This was an unexpected and exciting way to finish off the regatta!

One of our athletes Phoebe Robinson was selected into the Queensland Youth Eight Rowing team that competed at the Sydney International Rowing Regatta winning a silver medal at this event. She is one of three current years 12 girls from across Queensland to be selected in the boat. All other crew members have graduated high school. Phoebe is attending the National Selection trials at the end of the Easter holidays, trialling to make the Australian Junior Worlds team.

Another of our Year 12s, Belle Townsend, is part of the QLD Pathway squad who will also be attending National selection trials at the end of the Easter holidays.

 

REPRESENTATIVE SPORT

The following girls represented or will be representing Stuartholme through the Queensland School Sport pathway in the following sports:

Amy Horn 9 Met West Swimming Team 10 – 19 Years
Phoebe Dobson 8 Northern Eagles District Swimming 10 – 19 Years
Molly Nasser 9 Met West Swimming Team 10 – 19 Years
Elizabeth Nolan 9 Met West Swimming Team 10 – 19 Years
Taylah Tyerman-Webster 10 Met West Swimming Team 10 – 19 Years
Ruby Pinn 10 Met West Water Polo Team
Maya White 10 Met West Water Polo Team
Sophie Fern 11 Met West Water Polo Team
Emma Cheel 11 Met West Water Polo Team
Phoebe Leech 11 Met West Water Polo Team
Abbey Pomeroy 10 Met West Water Polo Team
Molly Nasser 9 Met West Water Polo Team
Alice Rogers 9 Met West Water Polo Team
Gretta Berge 12 Northern Eagles District Netball 16-19 Years
Annella Casey 9 Northern Eagles District Netball 13-15 Years
Sarah Connors 9 Northern Eagles District Netball 13-15 Years
Riley Muller 8 Northern Eagles District Hockey
Ella Lyons 10 Northern Eagles District Hockey
Lily Hunter 10 Northern Eagles District Hockey
Zoe Tracey 10 Northern Eagles District Hockey
Emelia Pyle 10 Northern Eagles District Hockey
Sophie Sharp 11 Northern Eagles District Softball
Annabelle Atterton 11 Northern Eagles District Basketball
Tara-Jade Garnswothy 11 Met West Soccer 16-19 Years
Ellen Gett 9 Met West Soccer 13-15 Years

 

SWIMMING

We had over 150 (80 competitive, 70 fitness/social) swimmers joining us on the pool deck each morning and approximately 40 over the Christmas holidays. The girls participated in extra training during ‘hurt week’, and competing the 100 x 100m swim.

CaSSSA Swimming Results:

12 Years               2nd Place

13 Years               1st Place

14 years               1st Place

15 Years               1st Place

16 Years               1st Place

17+ Years            2nd Place

2018 Overall Champion School

2018 Champions All Age Relay – setting a new record (beating the 2017 record set by Stuartholme)

One of our swimmers Taylah Tyerman-Webster qualified to trial for the Commonwealth Games. Taylah finished 40th in Australia in the 50m freestyle event. Taylah Tyerman-Webster will be running with the Queen’s Baton as part of the Commonwealth Games Baton Relay. Taylah is running along Jephsen Street Toowong at 4:08pm on 30 March – you can see the map on the website https://www.gc2018.com/qbr# just click on explore the map.

 

TENNIS

We fielded 14 teams in the CaSSSA Tennis Competition this season. The season was unfortunately heavily affected by inclement weather meaning teams were not able to play all eight rounds.

Despite the weather conditions our teams did exceptionally well this season:

6 teams finished in the Top 4

6 teams finished in the Top 2

1 Premiership Intermediate B

Stuartholme was named the Runner Up 2018 Champion School, and the 2018 percentage cup winner.

 

VOLLEYBALL

Unfortunately, the volleyball season was heavily affected by rain which means the remainder of the matches will be played as ‘friendlies’ with no premierships being awarded for the Trimester one season.

Trimester one caters for year levels 9 – 12. We had over 50 athletes across 6 teams (3 Senior, 3 Intermediate) in the CaSSSA competition.

 

WATERPOLO

The overall results for each team:

U13A placed 5th overall – coached by Ash Southern & Bronte Colenso

U13B placed 10th overall – coached by Meg Lawes

U13C placed 11th overall – coached by Eloise Dwyer

U14A placed 8th overall – coached by Bronte Colenso

U14B placed 10th overall – coached by Caiti Rosengren

U15B made the Semi Final, defeated by St Rita’s 3rd overall – coached by Nic Porter

U15C placed 9th overall – Coached by Georgia Hole

U16B placed 9th overall – coached by Nic Porter

U17A placed 5th overall – coached by Jess Rosengren

U18B made the Grand Final, defeated by St Peters 2nd overall- coached by Jess Rosengren

 

STATE WATER POLO CHAMPIONSHIPS

Eight Stuartholme girls recently competed at the Queensland School’s State Water Polo Championship for the Met West Team, these girls were: Emma Cheel, Molly Nasser, Ruby Pinn, Sophie Fern, Maya White, Phoebe Leech, Abbey Pomeroy and Alice Rogers; and they were coached by Stuartholme old girl, Rachel Byron. Their Manager, Alan Cheel, commented that the girls were so respectful to all the officials; humble in their big victories; gracious in defeat; and displayed true sportsmanship when they missed out on the Bronze medal. They were a wonderful credit to their parents and outstanding ambassadors for Stuartholme School and the Met West region.

Well done girls!

Congratulations to Molly Nasser who won a gold medal at the Queensland States Swimming competition for the 4×200 freestyle and swam a PB of 28.52 seconds, which is a qualifying time for Nationals. Molly will be heading to Albury next week for the Australian National Water Polo Competition U14 playing for Mermaids.

 

 

Debating News

On Monday night,  for the first time in Stuartholme history, it was announced we have two out of four students in the QLD State Debating …

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Debating News

On Monday night,  for the first time in Stuartholme history, it was announced we have two out of four students in the QLD State Debating Team. Lauren Gunther, who was also awarded the top position of QLD State Team Captain and Ineka Tabrett were absolutely outstanding. The girls will now continue their training in preparation for the National Schools Debating Championships in Perth in May.

 

Next Principal Address and Parents of Stuartholme (PoS) Meeting

The Term 2 Principal’s Address will be held on the following dates and times. These Addresses are a great way to find out what is …

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Next Principal Address and Parents of Stuartholme (PoS) Meeting

The Term 2 Principal’s Address will be held on the following dates and times. These Addresses are a great way to find out what is happening in the School. The presentation is the same at each time.

  • Tuesday 17 April 2018 11.30am in the Boardroom
  • Tuesday 17 April 5.30pm in R106 and R107

Following the 5.30 session, there will be Parents of Stuartholme (PoS) Meeting at 6pm in R106 and R107.  All parents are very welcome to attend.

Water Security Challenge

On Friday 23 March I had the pleasure of accompanying 10 Year 7 students to the Green Heart Schools Future BNE Water Security Challenge, held at …

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Water Security Challenge

On Friday 23 March I had the pleasure of accompanying 10 Year 7 students to the Green Heart Schools Future BNE Water Security Challenge, held at South Bank Parklands, as part of the World Science Festival.

After an official welcome by the Right Hon. Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Councillor Graham Quirk, we enjoyed presentations by YouTube sensation, Will from Will’s Wildlife Kingdom, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki and a fantastic Street Science show full of amazing demonstrations on the science of water (with help from lots of liquid nitrogen!).

Then the real fun began as teams from schools all over Brisbane came together to engage in a context based challenge involving critical analysis of water use from a global and local perspective. This culminated in a project to design an innovative and creative solution to secure Brisbane’s water future in 2100.

The girls enjoyed putting their teamwork and role play skills into action, executing timed activities to complete their task. We finished off the day with a quick trip to the Queensland Museum, exploring white shark, dinosaur and giant squid exhibits and had a chance to get up close and pat a python!

Dr Trish Denton
Teacher

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Geography news

The current Senior Geography syllabus mandates a minimum of 20 hours of field work across the two-year course. We made inroads into that time over …

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Geography news

The current Senior Geography syllabus mandates a minimum of 20 hours of field work across the two-year course. We made inroads into that time over recent weeks, completing both field work and learning in the field. Connections to career opportunities were also explored.

Year 12 students spent a recent Tuesday exploring (by bus and City Cat) urban processes evident in Brisbane’s inner suburbs and the city of Springfield. We would like to thank Dianne from Lendlease who showed us the general overview of the Greater Springfield project using their model. The students found this very interesting.

The following week, Year 11 students, their teacher and Russell Thompson (our driver) enjoyed a most informative visit to the State Disaster Coordination Centre at the Emergency Services Complex in Kedron. The connections the work done at the Centre has to Geography, our unit on Responding to Natural Hazards and geospatial technologies was plain for all the students to see. The visit reinforced how the management of disasters covers many professions from planners to politicians, meteorologists and geospatial technicians to members of the fire and police services.

Past student and town planner Chiara Towler addressed the Year 12 Geographers in class to assist their understanding of the current planning debate on urban consolidation as against urban sprawl. It was wonderful to see Chiara return to Stuartholme. Chiara is now a Senior Planner at RPS after completing her Bachelor of Urban Development (Urban and Regional Planning) at QUT. She has worked in the industry for 6 years (2 years part time while studying / 4 years full time as post grad). At the moment, Chiara is working on urban fringe residential subdivisions in Springfield and Pallara, and a mix of infill developments including student accommodation towers in Toowong and South Brisbane, aged care and retirement projects in Nundah and Logan, master planning of the Carseldine Urban Village, and a new craft beer brewery at Murarrie. By sharing her knowledge and experience in this way, Chiara clearly demonstrated to the girls the connection between her work and their learning.

Mrs Wendy Bolton
Geography Teacher

Meeting a pioneer of science

On Friday 23 March, myself and five other Year 11 and 12 students (with Ms Macdonald) attended an interview with the 2017 Australian of the Year, …

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Meeting a pioneer of science

On Friday 23 March, myself and five other Year 11 and 12 students (with Ms Macdonald) attended an interview with the 2017 Australian of the Year, Alan Mackay-Sim, held at the Queensland Museum as a part of the Pioneers in Science, World Science Festival Brisbane.

Alan Mackay-Sim answered questions regarding his work on adult stem cell research and gave advice to students wishing to pursue a career in science. His recent recognition was attributed to his studies in linking nerve cells in the nose, referred to as olfactory ensheathing cells, to the regeneration of damaged nerve cells in the spinal cord. This method of stem cell regrowth has enabled a Polish man, who had been paralysed from the chest down, to walk with the assistance of a frame.

Alan Mackay-Sim informed us that he saw numerous opportunities for adult stem cell research to advance over time, with possible medical treatments for schizophrenia, Parkinson’s disease and motor neuron disease as future prospects. Overall, it was an enlightening experience, and we all enjoyed learning about his research in such a dynamic field of biomedical science.

Chloe Venus, Year 12

Art, Bubbles and Canapés Alumnae evening

The Art, Bubbles & Canapés Event on Saturday evening was very successful. Thanks to our community the Alumnae raised enough funds to help support the …

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Art, Bubbles and Canapés Alumnae evening

The Art, Bubbles & Canapés Event on Saturday evening was very successful.

Thanks to our community the Alumnae raised enough funds to help support the bursary program at Stuartholme.

Thank you to all the Artists who donated and displayed their stunning work:
– Nick Olsen
– Tracey Lennon
– Naomi White
– Kristen Sharpe
– Catherine Baudet
– Finn O’Sullivan
– Liz Cullinan
– Barbara Forde
– Dylan Jones
– Megan Grinstead
– Megan Forward
– Yasmine Alroe
– Ingrid Bartkowiak
– Kristen Mountjoy
– Meredith Howse
– Nick Coulson
– Anna Wilson

Art works by Nick Olsen (artist in residence), Tracey Lennon & Naomi White were auctioned for record prices.

Raffle prizes were art works gifted by Principal Kristen Sharpe, Catherine Baudet, Finn O’Sullivan and Liz Cullinan.

Thank you to the sponsors Medlab & the Hopkins family.

Click on a photo to start gallery

Share the Dignity

April Collection for Share the Dignity 1–30 April 2018 Share the Dignity believes that access to sanitary items should be a right not a privilege …

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Share the Dignity

April Collection for Share the Dignity 1–30 April 2018

Share the Dignity believes that access to sanitary items should be a right not a privilege and with the support of the Australian public our team of over 1,000 volunteers across 200 Australian locations have successfully collected over 450,000 packets of pads and tampons in an 18 month period. The ongoing nature of a woman’s period means that each year this supply is exhausted and Share the Dignity relies on donations during their April and August #dignitydrive to continue the supply of products to homeless women.

The first of Share the Dignity’s 2018 sanitary drives will kick off on the 1st of April 2018 and run for the month of April, a small gesture of a packet of pads or tampons will ensure dignity for at least one woman during her period.

As a school community endeavouring to both empower women and develop a social justice conscience amongst students and their families, the Parents of Stuartholme will be a collection point for Share the Dignity during the month of April.  A collection box will be at Student Reception for boarding and day students to drop off donation from the first day of Term 2 until Monday, 30 April.

If you have any questions regarding this collection, please do not hesitate to contact Barbara Roads on pos@stuartholme.com or to find out more information about this charity go to www.sharethedignity.com.au .

Equestrian News

A few Stuartholme families went to Warwick last weekend for the Prydes Easifeed International One Day Event. Warwick Horse Trials put on a great event, …

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Equestrian News

A few Stuartholme families went to Warwick last weekend for the Prydes Easifeed International One Day Event. Warwick Horse Trials put on a great event, with a challenging but fun cross-country course. Big congratulations to everyone who competed, you did an amazing job. It was a very fun weekend. Notable mentions must go to:

  • Bella Anthony riding “Under Contract” 1st Junior EvA 105cm
  • Bella Anthony riding “Just Chance” 10th Junior EvA 95cm
  • Ellie Turnbull riding “Rangeview Amigo” 2nd Junior EvA 80cm

Also, well done to the girls who competed at Wide Bay regionals.

Ellie Turnbull, Year 9 Equestrian team member.

Bella Anthony riding her horse Under Contract aka Woody

Equestrian Members Remy Conescu, Madeline Armstrong and Emily Ballard recently represented Stuartholme at the Wide Bay Regional Championships. Despite competing outside the region, at the Queensland State Equestrian Centre in Caboolture, the small team was extremely successful. The team dominated in all disciplines taking home 4 champion titles in Show jumping, Combined Training, Show Horse and Showman. Huge Congratulations to one the team’s newest members Madeline Armstrong. Maddy, a year 10 Boarder, competed her new mount to take home Champion Show Hunter. The Equestrian team is now preparing for the Stuartholme Dressage event next month, the 28th of April. This event will be held at the Burpengary Equestrian Centre (350 Rowley Rd, Burpengary QLD 4505) where all Stuartholme supporters are welcome to attend with the competition running throughout the day. We hope to see you there!

Emily Ballard,
Equestrian Captain 2018

Piper Searle at the recent Fig Tree Pocket ODE taking home second place

Emily Ballard and Celtic Gilligan in the 110cm Show jumping at Wide Bay Regionals

Private Music Tuition Fees

Fees for Private Music Tuition for Term 2 are due to be paid by Friday, 13 April.  An invoice for Term 2 fees has been …

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Private Music Tuition Fees

Fees for Private Music Tuition for Term 2 are due to be paid by Friday, 13 April.  An invoice for Term 2 fees has been sent to all continuing students.  For further information, please contact Sandy Beanland, The Arts Co-Curricula Assistant at music@stuartholme.com

Speech & Drama and Voice & Communication

Communication Skills have become a much sought after skill in everyday student studies as well as post school in the business and academic worlds. Stuartholme offers …

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Speech & Drama and Voice & Communication

Communication Skills have become a much sought after skill in everyday student studies as well as post school in the business and academic worlds. Stuartholme offers private Speech and Drama and Voice Communication classes.

To enrol for Term 2, please go to the Co-curricular tile on My Stuarthome, these classes can be found under ‘Enrichment’.

Pierre de Coubertin Award 2018

Nominations for this annual award are called for from any girl in Year12. This award, named after the founder of the modern Olympics, promotes the …

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Pierre de Coubertin Award 2018

Nominations for this annual award are called for from any girl in Year12. This award, named after the founder of the modern Olympics, promotes the importance of participation in sport and physical activity. It recognises students who demonstrate initiative, teamwork, sportsmanship and fair play through participation in a variety of sports. The recipient would, through their exemplary attitude and participation in sport, be a valuable role model for the entire school community. The award recipient will receive a certificate signed by Mr John Coates AC, President of the AOC, and will have the opportunity to meet Olympians at the official presentation ceremony on Saturday 14 July.

Applicants need to submit a literary or artistic piece of work and have represented the school as a participant in at least three (3) sports in the competitive arena.

For further details and an application form students need to see the Sports Department.

Applications must be received by Friday 4 May.

 We feel highly confident that there are many of you who would be very worthy recipients of this award so do feel free to nominate and or come and the Sports Department about nominating.

Glamour in the Grass

Tickets are now on sale for the not-to-be-missed ‘Glamour in Grass’ paddock party. Money raised from the event will go to support the Stuartholme Rowing …

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Glamour in the Grass

Tickets are now on sale for the not-to-be-missed ‘Glamour in Grass’ paddock party. Money raised from the event will go to support the Stuartholme Rowing Program. Book now to secure the early bird special price! Buy your tickets here! http://bit.ly/2caZTza

 

Mothers’ Day Lunch

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

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Mothers’ Day Lunch

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

As Term One is coming to a close and school holidays are nearly upon us, you might want to circle a date on your social calendar to avoid disappointment. Tickets are selling well.  Click here today to avoid disappointment as tickets are limited …. www.trybooking.com/ULZU

Click here to view the Mothers’ Day Lunch invite with all the details and the link to the booking site.  Please don’t wait to book your tickets.  Seating is limited at Hillstone.

Be Engaged …. one way or another

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yours in parenting teenage daughters,

Barbara Roads
PoS Social Events Coordinator
M: 0401 832 235