Message from the Principal

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends,

In the last two weeks of Term 1, we undertook a range of surveys about Stuartholme School. I would like to unreservedly thank you for your support in completing the online Parent Survey, or taking part in the National School Improvement Tool (NSIT) Review.

Staff from the Australian Council of Educational Research (ACER) were thrilled with their experience at Stuartholme School. Two days of collecting your opinions, staff, students and Board Directors opinions as well, and one day of collating the data and providing feedback to the Leadership Team (LT) and the Senior Education Leadership Team (SELT).

The Leadership Team and I are invigorated as a result of the feedback. The feedback, which included commendations, affirmations and recommendations, will form the basis of our Teaching and Learning Strategic Plan and our Professional Learning agenda in the next terms.

Thank you to the parents who braved the weather on Thursday to attend our Parent Daughter Breakfast. With the announcement by the Queensland Government that Schools would be closed that day, I was unfortunately unable to attend the breakfast, instead, organising messages to parents and working with the Leadership Team to ensure all our students were safe.

We know a number of our Boarding families have been impacted by Cyclone Debbie, our thoughts and prayers are with them. With flooding now in and around Brisbane, we hope all our families are safe.

God bless and take care,

Kristen Sharpe

 

Key Dates

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

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Key Dates

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

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

Changes to Senior Assessment and Tertiary Entrance

The Queensland Government is introducing new senior curriculum and assessment for the Queensland Certificate of Education. Work is underway to ensure teachers, students and parents …

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Changes to Senior Assessment and Tertiary Entrance

The Queensland Government is introducing new senior curriculum and assessment for the Queensland Certificate of Education. Work is underway to ensure teachers, students and parents have time to understand the new arrangements.

A new tertiary entrance system will move from the current Overall Position (OP) and tertiary rank – based on results in five senior Authority subjects – to a more inclusive rank which may also include a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification or Subject Area Syllabus (SAS) subject. The new rank will take the form of an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR), as used in other Australian states and territories.

Stuartholme is committed to keeping families informed with the latest information we receive from the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA).

The QCAA recently released a number of documents which you may be interested in reading.

Should you have any further questions, please email Ken Turnbull, Deputy Principal Learning.

 

Bus registrations now open for Term 2

School Bus registrations for Term 2 are now open. If your daughter is intending to use the Stuartholme School Bus network, please register and pay …

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Bus registrations now open for Term 2

School Bus registrations for Term 2 are now open. If your daughter is intending to use the Stuartholme School Bus network, please register and pay on the Stuartholme website. Seats are limited, so we recommend registering as soon as possible.

Project Compassion fundraising

The students held a range of stalls this week as part of our Project Compassion fundraising. At lunch time, students had the option of purchasing …

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Project Compassion fundraising

The students held a range of stalls this week as part of our Project Compassion fundraising.

At lunch time, students had the option of purchasing some tasty treats, bath bombs and vouchers or taking part in origami, bead making, pamper stall with braids, face masks, hand massages and face painting.

Thank you to all the students, staff and parents for your generosity. Look out for more opportunities to contribute shortly!

 

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Science Snippets

Did you know that on March 30 in 1791, after a proposal by the Académie des sciences, the French National Assembly finally chose that a …

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Science Snippets

Did you know that on March 30 in 1791, after a proposal by the Académie des sciences, the French National Assembly finally chose that a metre would be a 1/10 000 000 of the distance between the north pole and the equator, setting in place the metric system which is a central part of our everyday lives?

On the same date 162 years later in 1953, Albert Einstein, theoretical physicist and one of the most well-known scientists of the 20th Century, announced his revised unified field theory equation. This theory in physics is a type of field theory that allows all of the fundamental forces between elementary particles to be written in terms of a single field. Above is an image of the article titled “Einstein Offers New Theory to Unify Laws of the Cosmos”, that was published in the New York times on this day 64 years ago.

Although these events occurred long ago, science is still progressing. You can easily get involved with all the different events happening in Brisbane this April!

  • On Wednesday 12 April is the 8th Annual Steve Irwin Memorial Lecture, which is presented by The University of Queensland and Australia Zoo. The lecture recognises the legacy of Steve Irwin and highlights the work of enthusiastic and outstanding conservationists. The 2017 speaker is Brad Norman, director of ECOCEAN Inc, the non-for-profit group dedicated to whale shark conservation. For more information and to register click here.
  • As mentioned in the previous Science Snippets, ‘Careers That Shape the World’ will be on Wednesday 19 April. It is being held at the UQ Centre, University of Queensland St Lucia campus and involves various interactive sessions to help discover possible career options for you, whether that involves science or not. This is an exciting experience for all Year 11 and 12 students. For more information and to register click here.
  • Applications for the National Youth Science Festival will also be closing on  Wednesday 31 May. The National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) is a 12-day residential program for students entering Year 12 in 2018 who are passionate about science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). The NYSF program aims to show participants the wide variety of study and career options in STEM fields. Click here for more information. Mathilda Saunders (UQ Science Ambassador of 2016) attended this forum last year and had a fabulous experience.
  • Queensland Junior Physics Olympiad (Monday 26 June – Friday 30 June, 2017). The Queensland Junior Physics Olympiad (JPhO) is a five day (non-residential) program for Year 10 students with an interest in science and mathematics. By presenting physics in a manner that complements senior physics, JPhO aims to develop problem solving skills as well as an appreciation and understanding of physics. JPhO is about doing physics and having a lot of fun. The week is filled with lectures, tutorials, experiments, forums, workshops, and interactive discussions with your tutors. JPhO students are taught by current University lecturers, and enjoy a student-tutor ratio better than four to one. This extremely high tutor ratio ensures that there is always assistance available, students can work at their own pace, and still have time to ask questions about what they’re interested in.
  • Students who enjoy the Queensland Junior Physics Olympiad are encouraged to sit the National Qualifying Exam for the Australian Physics Olympiad (APhO). More information can be found on the Australian Science Olympiads web site.
  • The ‘Aspiring Women in Science Conference 2017’ is aimed at exposing young women to a variety of opportunities available in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The conference is designed to engage girls in Years 9 to 12 from around Australia who wish to continue their education in STEM.  During the conference, there will be opportunities to hear from inspiring female scientists who are part of the dynamic local and international scientific community and to discover the world-leading scientific research being conducted throughout Australia. Female scientists working in areas of Engineering, Genetics, Pharmacology, Physics, Psychology, Technology and Zoology will present not only their research but deliver a personal insight into their career. Date and Times:  Friday 5 May 2017 (7–8.15pm), Saturday 6 May 2017 (9am – 4pm); Age group: Year 9 – 12 female students; Cost: Student Ticket $85 (includes attendance for both Friday night and Saturday; catering provided on Saturday – morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea). RSVP by Wednesday 3 May 2017 Registration: visit flexischools.com.au and search for “St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School”

Finally, if you’re in need of some holiday fun be sure to check out http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/experiments.html for some cool science experiments that you can do at home! A personal favourite of mine would have to be the classic diet coke and Mentos geyser eruption.

Tessa Buzzo
UQ Science Ambassador 2017

 

Above are pictures of the Year 7 girls enjoying the Green Hearts Future BNE Challenge last Friday (as part of the World Science Festival). They were tasked with designing a solution to secure Brisbane’s water feature.

Girls in Computer Science

The University of Queensland, Digital Careers and the Australian Computer Society invite girls in Years 8-12 to participate in their upcoming event on Thursday 27 …

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Girls in Computer Science

The University of Queensland, Digital Careers and the Australian Computer Society invite girls in Years 8-12 to participate in their upcoming event on Thursday 27 April.

The event will feature key presentations from alumni speakers, networking with current students studying information technology, and the opportunity to try hands-on activities, including creating your own binary bracelet, viewing student displays and experiencing virtual reality.

The event will be held from 6-7.30pm in the GHD Auditorium of the Advanced Engineering Building at UQ’s St Lucia campus.

RSVP by Friday 21 April here.

For information, contact:
Marie Boden
Phone: 07 3365 4666
Email: generalenquiries@eait.uq.edu.au
Web: http://www.girlsincomputerscience2017.eventbrite.com.au

 

 

 

 

 

 

Options Career Information Bulletin

Please click here to view the latest edition of Options Career Information Bulletin. The fortnightly Career Information Bulletin provides current, timely and informative career information …

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Options Career Information Bulletin

Please click here to view the latest edition of Options Career Information Bulletin.

The fortnightly Career Information Bulletin provides current, timely and informative career information to Queensland schools, students and parents. The bulletins cover information including:

  • Alternative pathways
  • Apprenticeships and traineeships
  • Career decision making strategies
  • Course and institution updates
  • Financial assistance and scholarships
  • Frequently asked questions
  • Gap year program news
  • Less well known occupations
  • QTAC and tertiary entry

Should you or your daughter have any questions in relation to the above, or if I can assist you in any other way please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Stacey Wallace
Careers Counsellor

 

 

 

Music at Twilight

On Friday 17 March, the musicians of Stuartholme held a St Patrick’s Day concert in the Theatre. The evening featured performances by the Jazz Band, …

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Music at Twilight

On Friday 17 March, the musicians of Stuartholme held a St Patrick’s Day concert in the Theatre. The evening featured performances by the Jazz Band, Concert Band, Duchesne and Barat String Orchestras, an Irish Band, Year 7 Choir and Joigny Voices. Interspersed between the ensembles were solo performances by members of the Piano Collective. To close the evening, a massed choir of girls in Years 7–12 classroom music sang “Danny Boy.”

Many thanks to the Music Support Group who worked tirelessly to organise decorations, refreshments and a raffle and to the Senior Music Committee who fundraised throughout the evening with all proceeds going towards Project Compassion.

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Equestrian News

Congratulations to the competitors at the recent Wide Bay Open Regional Competition held at the State Equestrian Centre in Caboolture.  All the riders had a …

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Equestrian News

Congratulations to the competitors at the recent Wide Bay Open Regional Competition held at the State Equestrian Centre in Caboolture.  All the riders had a very successful weekend competing in Dressage, Show Jumping and Combined Training.

Results:

Emily Ballard – Champion 110 and 120 Show Jumping on her horse Bramley Star, Elementary Dressage 5th on San Churo.
Phoebe – 4th overall Combined Training 95 on her very new horse Charles.
Piper Searle – Dressage 3rd Novice on AJ, 7th Preliminary on Danny, Reserve Champion Combined Training 95 on Floss, Champion 100cms Show Jumping on AJ and Reserve Champion on Benson.
Remy Conescu – Dressage 4th Overall Preliminary on Meeka.
Aalia Luchetta – Novice Dressage overall 2nd on Imperial Austin.
Grace was very happy with her progress in only her second competition on her new horse Little Miss Indi.

Congratulations to all the competitors.

On the same weekend we had riders at the Warwick Eventing. Having had some well needed rain the grounds and Cross Country courses were beautiful. It was a very tough competition for all the riders; Emily Rink, Isabel Gilley, Amy Munro, Emma Bickford, Bella Anthony, Ellie Turnbull, Georgia Rink and Clare Munro. Despite experiencing some issues on the testing Cross Country course, the Stuartholme competitors rode very professionally.

RESULTS:

Emily: 1 star 2nd Junior class
Amy: Intro 16th Junior
Ellie: 105 Pre Novice 5th Junior
Bella: EVA 95 15th Junior
Georgia: Intro 8th Junior
Emma and Clare were very happy with their progress in this discipline. Congratulations again to everyone.

Stuartholme Interschool Association Competition

We are hosting our first weekend event of the year at Fig Tree Pocket on 1 and 2 April involving Dressage, Showman and Combined Training. We will be hosting riders from the region and as far afield as St George. An enormous thank you to all the parents for their work over the coming weekend especially the discipline conveners Liz Owens, Michelle Beatty, Rosie Turnbull and Lisa Rink.

The team and parents would love your support so please come along anytime on either day.

All the very best to the team for the weekend.


Photo (L to R ) Phoebe Menzies, Aalia Luchetta, Grace Beatty, Remy Conescu, Emily Ballard and Piper Searle.

Equestrian Triequithon

Emily Rink, Year 12, who currently competes in both 1 and 2 Star levels of Eventing, was invited to take part in this years’ Triequithon …

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Equestrian Triequithon

Emily Rink, Year 12, who currently competes in both 1 and 2 Star levels of Eventing, was invited to take part in this years’ Triequithon at Doomben with her thoroughbred Rosthwaite Venice Beach on Saturday 25 March.

Described as the 20/20 of Eventing, the Triequithon combines all the excitement and athleticism of the Olympic sport of Eventing with the thrill of thoroughbred racing.

Competitors were invited to take part in a shortened version of the usual Eventing format which involves the three disciplines of Dressage, Cross Country and Show Jumping.

All the event riders had to compete on ‘off the track’ thoroughbreds, showcasing the versatility of this very capable breed of horses.

In some very elite company, Emily did extremely well, achieving 4th place overall. Congratulations Emily and wishing you every success with this sport in the future.

Holy Family Parish Easter Dance Invitation

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Holy Family Parish Easter Dance Invitation

Pierre de Coubertin Award 2017

Nominations for this annual award are open to any student in Year 12. The award, named after the founder of the modern Olympics, promotes the …

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Pierre de Coubertin Award 2017

Nominations for this annual award are open to any student in Year 12.

The 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 Australian Olympic Committee (AOC), and will have the opportunity to meet Olympians at the official presentation ceremony on Saturday 8 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 on the selection process click here.

Applications must be received by April 26

I feel highly confident there are many of you who would be very worthy recipients of this award, so please nominate or come and see me about the nomination process.

Mrs Jackson
Co-curricula Director

Key Dates for 2018

Please find below some key dates for 2018. 2018 Term 1 10 weeks Leadership Team and  Assistants start Mon 15 Jan Middle Leaders start Tues …

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Key Dates for 2018

Please find below some key dates for 2018.

2018
Term 1 10 weeks
Leadership Team and  Assistants start Mon 15 Jan
Middle Leaders start Tues 16 Jan
All staff start Wed 17 Jan
Year 7 & 12 Boarders Arrive (by 9am) Mon 22 Jan
All Other Boarders Arrive (by 5pm) Mon 22 Jan
Year 7s start at 10am Mon 22 Jan
Year 11s start at 12noon Mon 22 Jan
New students (Yrs 8-12) start at 1pm Mon 22 Jan
Students start Tues 23 Jan
Australia Day Holiday Fri 26 Jan
Classes finish Thur 29 Mar
Teachers finish/Boarder travel (12noon) Thur 29 Mar
Good Friday Fri 30 Mar
Term 2 10 weeks
Easter Monday Mon 2 Apr
Teachers start (Parent Teacher interviews) Mon 16 Apr
Boarders return Mon 16 Apr
Students start Tues 17 Apr
ANZAC Day Holiday Wed 25 Apr
Labour Day Holiday Mon 7 May
Classes finish Thur 21 Jun
Teachers Finish/Boarder Travel Fri 22 Jun
Term 3 10 weeks
Teachers start (Parent Teacher interviews) Mon 16 Jul
Boarders return Mon 16 Jul
Students start Tue 17 Jul
Ekka Holiday Wed 15 Aug
Classes finish Thur 20 Sep
Teachers finish/Boarders travel Fri 21 Sep
Term 4 7 weeks
Queen’s Birthday Holiday Mon 1 Oct
Boarders return Mon 8 Oct
Teachers start (Professional Learning Day) Mon 8 Oct
Students start Tues 9 Oct
QCAA – Student Free Day Mon 22 Oct
Year 12s finish Fri 16 Nov
Classes finish Fri 23 Nov
Boarders travel Fri 23 Nov
Teachers finish Fri 30 Nov
Leadership Team finish Fri 7 Dec
School Officers finish Fri 7 Dec

Blazer fitting appointments

A reminder that the School Shop is open tomorrow, Friday 31 March from 7.30am-2pm for blazer fitting appointments. Please click here for the online booking system. To …

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Blazer fitting appointments

A reminder that the School Shop is open tomorrow, Friday 31 March from 7.30am-2pm for blazer fitting appointments.

Please click here for the online booking system.

To assist with booking your appointment, please refer to the online appointment booking information guide. If these times are not suitable, please contact me on 3510 6497 or at schoolshop@stuartholme.com to make an alternative booking.

Andrea McAvoy
Stuartholme Uniform Shop Manager

Quick reference guide to school contacts

To help parents identify whom to contact when you have questions, we have included a quick reference guide which you can also find in the …

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Quick reference guide to school contacts

To help parents identify whom to contact when you have questions, we have included a quick reference guide which you can also find in the Parent Handbook on the School Portal.