In this issue
- Co-curricular News
- Music News
- Bus 4 route/time change
- Winter uniform
- Science Snippets
- Mothers’ Day Lunch
- Dad’s night out
- PoS Update
- Private tuition – Speech, Drama and Communication Skills
- Non State School Transport Assistance Scheme
Message from the Acting Principal
Welcome back to Term 2. I hope all our families had a relaxing and blessed Easter break. Term 2 is traditionally very busy and this term is already living up to that expectation. School resumed on Tuesday with a full day of parent-teacher interviews. Across the day we held 1884 …
Message from the Acting Principal
Welcome back to Term 2. I hope all our families had a relaxing and blessed Easter break. Term 2 is traditionally very busy and this term is already living up to that expectation.
School resumed on Tuesday with a full day of parent-teacher interviews. Across the day we held 1884 interviews with individual teachers holding as many as 50 interviews. This year we encouraged our students to attend with their parents and it was pleasing to see many take the opportunity to ask for and listen to the feedback about their academic performance. Global evidence shows that students who receive high quality feedback can make an additional eight months’ progress over a year (AITSL https://www.aitsl.edu.au/docs/default-source/feedback/aitsl-feedback-factsheet.pdf?sfvrsn=2b2dec3c_4). Feedback on both individual tasks and learning is designed for students so that they can develop and use more effective learning strategies and close the gap between their current and desired performance. Therefore, student engagement in the academic conversations is important to maximise academic growth. Effective feedback delivered to students also increases their autonomy, ownership and self-regulation of their learning which is vital for success in schooling.
On our first day of term we also hosted our Boarder Parent and Parents of Stuartholme meetings and we are grateful to all the parents who were able to attend. These forums provide an opportunity for us to build Stuartholme’s community, to work in partnership to get the best outcomes for our girls and to build relationships based on shared understandings.
Last Wednesday was our first day back with the girls and we started with a very reflective and poignant Anzac Day liturgy, reminding all gathered that we don’t celebrate Anzac Day to romanticise or glorify war, but to pray for peace. Year 11 Boarder, Torue Palm, commenced the service by sharing the historical difficulties indigenous Australians have had enlisting in our military, despite having served in almost every conflict since the beginning of last century. Dr Donna McGrath, Our Leader of Learning – English, spoke to the girls about her 10 years in the Australian Airforce and her family’s experiences in the military, sharing photographs as she explained the significance of Anzac Day to her family history. Year 12 student Suzannah Lake also spoke of the importance of Anzac Day to her, shaped not only through having close family members in the military, but also by her own five years as a cadet in the Australian Army Enoggera Unit. She spoke of her continued commitment to the army upon graduation at the end of the year. Later Suzannah led the catafalque party at our final part of the ceremony. It was here, in front of our Outdoor Heritage Learning Centre, where Olivia Nancarrow, Isabella Smith, Hayley Letica, Edie Campbell and Lucinda Freeman, beautifully played the Last Post.
On Anzac Day it was my privilege to attend the Toowong RSL Sub-Branch’s 100th Dawn Service, accompanied by Dean of Boarding, Ms Karen Davies, Boarding Assistant Ms Claire Lawler and approximately 30 of our boarders. Year 12 students Grace Cover and Kate O’Donoghue laid wreaths on behalf of Stuartholme School at the cenotaph at Toowong Memorial Park. Later in the morning, the boarders gathered for their annual Anzac Cup, a hotly contested competition between Grenoble and Amiens. It was a wonderful day of spirit, camaraderie, teamwork and glitter and I congratulate Amiens on winning the Cup and Grenoble for winning the spirit bell. I thank all the girls for including me in their fun.
Over our first weekend, our Term 2 sport commenced with almost 200 girls participating in the first round of netball at Downey Park and the launch of our rowing season on Saturday. Round 3 of QDU debating continues this week and we wish all our debaters well.
We also congratulate those students who represented Stuartholme over the holidays. Elli Veleski, Laura Manson and Chloe Carew qualified for the Global Round of the World Scholar’s Cup.
Over the Easter weekend, three of our students, Piper Searle, Ellie Townsend and Grace Beatty, represented Stuartholme in the South East Queensland Regional Equestrian Championships. We congratulate the girls on taking away the Combined Training Team award and winning the Percentage Cup.
You can read more about these wonderful results and more, in the co-curricular section of the Newsletter.
Tuesday we held our cross country competition, another really enjoyable time of community building and House spirit. It was wonderful to see our girls dressed in House colours, supporting their friends and immersing themselves in the fun of the event. Our thanks go to the Sports Department and to our Cross Country Coordinator, Mr Chris Gale, for the smooth and safe organisation of the event. Congratulations to all our girls who ran and to our age winners and place getters. Mornings like this remind us of what a great community we are blessed with.
Just before the holidays, Stuartholme was contacted by QCEC to advise we had been identified by ACARA as a school demonstrating substantially above average NAPLAN gains. Each year ACARA provides data about schools who have demonstrated an overall gain that exceeds the national average by more than one standard deviation in either reading or numeracy. Stuartholme was one of only two Catholic schools in Brisbane, and three across the state, with significant gains made in Years 7 to 9 reading scores. Receiving this information from ACARA is evidence that the programs Stuartholme has in place are making a measurable difference to our girls’ knowledge and interpretation of language conventions. English literacy and fluency are needed in every curriculum area and strong skills will allow our students to maximise their outcomes as they progress through their schooling. Over the last few years our English program has been rewritten to provide a strong grounding in the foundations of English language. This grounding is reinforced by the work all our teachers do in teaching the subject-specific language demands required for success in each discipline. It is clear from the evidence that the hard work of all our teachers is making a measurable difference to our students’ academic outcomes.
This message is timely given that in Week 4 our Year 7 and 9 students will commence NAPLAN testing. Whilst it is good to know that our programs are having a positive impact, it is equally important to put the tests into their context as a point-in-time snapshot that measures a narrow set of skills. Over the coming weeks there will again be media attention given to NAPLAN and therefore we must remember that NAPLAN does not represent student achievements across the year, nor the breadth of curriculum offered by a school, nor a host of other important elements such as the richness of learning experiences, student engagement, collaborative learning, creativity or enjoyment.
If your daughters are participating in NAPLAN this year, please reassure them that we do not want them to feel pressured or stressed. All we ask of them is to arrive prepared and try their best. When the results come out in Term 3, we will continue to view the data as one piece of information to discern whether our programs are working. They are not a measure of student worth, of what makes our girls valuable as learners or individuals nor a measure of the varied, significant contributions they make to their families, friends or life at Stuartholme School. It is important we all approach NAPLAN with these understandings in mind.
I am looking forward to the coming weeks and I wish all our students a productive and enjoyable term.
|Mon 6 May||Labor Day public holiday|
|Fri 10 May||Year 7 Retreat|
|Mothers' Day Luncheon, Hillstone|
|Tue 14-Thurs 16 May||Years 7 & 9 NAPLAN testing|
|Wed 15- Fri 1 May||Year 8 Camp|
|Mon 20-Wed 22 May||Year 10 Camp|
|Fri 24 May||Madeleine Sophie Day Mass & celebrations|
|Dad's Night Out
Lord Alfred Hotel, Caxton Street, 6pm
|Sun 26 May||Interhouse Solo Music Awards|
|Mon 27 May||National Sorry Day Liturgy|
|Thurs 6 June||Interhouse Athletics Carnival (UQ)|
|Tues 11-Mon 17 June||Year 12 Assessment block|
|Fri 14 June||25th Anniversary of Stuartholme Rowing - see website for details|
|Mon 17-Wed 18 June||Year 11 Program ' To lead is to serve'|
|Tues 18-Wed 19 June||Year 12 QCS practice test|
|Thurs 20 June||Year 11 Harmony Day|
|Year 12 classes finish 3pm|
|Fri 21 June||Years 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 June||Ski Trip (NZ)|
|Mon 15 July||Boarders return|
|Boarder Parent Network Meeting 10-11.30am|
|Parents of Stuartholme meeting 6pm|
|Parent Teacher interviews 10am-8pm|
|Tues 16 July||School fees due|
|Wed 17 July||Co-curricular photos|
|Fri 26 July||Student free day - Sacred Heart Conference|
Message from the Dean of Mission
Peace Prayer of Saint Francis On Easter Sunday 290 people lost their lives as a result of eight blasts that were set off at churches …
Message from the Dean of Mission
Peace Prayer of Saint Francis
On Easter Sunday 290 people lost their lives as a result of eight blasts that were set off at churches and hotels in three cities. Pope Francis states that during Easter we are “touched by the consoling message [of Easter] and wrapped in its glorious light, which dissipates the darkness of fear and sadness.” We as a community stand in solidarity with those victims of the terror attacks and offer our prayers for those touched by this violence. We also pledge that we will work to build bridges between faith communities and be people who wrap ourselves in light and spread love, compassion and justice wherever we go.
We offer St Francis’ Prayer of Peace and keep those victims, their families and communities in our thoughts.
Peace Prayer of Saint Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
ANZAC Day Liturgy
Last Wednesday we celebrated our ANZAC Day school liturgy. During the ceremony we paid tribute to the thousands of men and women who have served in the Australian forces. To show our community that those who hear the call to serve come from within our midst, we invited ex-servicewoman Dr Donna McGrath and Year 12 student Suzannah Lake, an army cadet for the past 5 years to offer their reflections on what ANZAC spirit means to them. Here is Suzannah’s reflection:
Most people have never fought in a war and given the choice, never will. Most people hope and pray they never know what it’s like to be surrounded by gunfire and explosions, or witness death as a consequence of violence and modern warfare. Today as Australians, we are fortunate to have a choice; a choice as to whether or not we wish to personally fight in Australia’s wars. A choice denied to us in the past.
This morning I stand here before you, wearing my uniform. The uniform I have been privileged, proud and honoured to wear for the past 5 years. As proud as I am of the Stuartholme blue and white stripes, this morning I wear the uniform of the Australian Army. The same uniform worn by Australian men and women who HAVE fought wars, who HAVE been surrounded by gunfire and explosions, and by those who DID make the ultimate sacrifice for the preservation of our safety, our peace and our freedom as Australians.
Ms Daff asked me to prepare a reflection on what ANZAC Day and the ANZAC spirit means to me and at first, I thought it would be an easy task, but I quickly discovered otherwise. It took me days to figure out how to even write my first sentence, how to convey to each and every one of you the immense and overwhelming emotion I feel whenever I reflect on this day. A day that I hold so close to my heart.
Whether or not Australia should have become involved in any of the battles we were, whether or not it was the right thing to do, and whether or not it was necessary, are all arguments for other days. For me, Anzac Day is not about the politics of war, it’s about the ANZAC Spirit. The unwavering mateship found in the hearts of Australians on the battlefield and the supreme sacrifice that so many have made in the past and continue to make today. Today we stop, we remember them, and we thank them.
I come from a family with extensive military background. My dad, both grandfathers and both grandmothers have served in our Australian Defence Forces and at the end of the year, I will be following in their footsteps as I leave my role as a Platoon Sargent in the Australian Army Cadets and become and enlisted soldier in the Australian Army as a combat medic.
Every day, I pray for the safety of a good friend of mine who is currently serving a 7-month deployment in Afghanistan in what is considered to be arguably the most dangerous posting you can receive in the Australian Army. But today, more than ever and more than anything, I thank him.
Today, more than any other day of the year, I am beyond what words will ever begin to describe, proud to be wearing the Australian Army uniform and that pride is the ANZAC spirit that lives within me.
I have never fought in a war but given the choice I will.
Dean of Mission
Message from the Dean of Boarding
Dear Parents and Guardians, Welcome Back to Term 2! The House is alive again of girls laughing and catching up after the holidays and before …
Message from the Dean of Boarding
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Welcome Back to Term 2!
The House is alive again of girls laughing and catching up after the holidays and before the rigour of second Term takes over. My meeting with the Boarding Parents representative group, led by Susan Shay, on the first day back was a wonderful opportunity to discuss how life in Boarding has gone during first Term. I have included my presentation that I spoke to in this newsletter article for you all to read by clicking here.
On Anzac Day, the Boarding House was “closed” which means that every student had to stay in for the day and evening. This ensures full participation in the very special Stuartholme boarding event that is Anzac Cup. The day began at 3.30 am with 30 boarders gathered in the Nest for the dawn service at Toowong. Our girls were magnificent ambassadors for the school and Grace Cover and Kate O’Donoghue laid a wreath at the cenotaph. We returned to school for a hot breakfast and then the ringing of the bell – inviting all girls of both Amiens and Grenoble to commence their vigorous and imaginative war cries.
The Anzac spirit is one that we all can be encouraged to be part of and certainly our Anzac Day Cup was one such opportunity. The girls where challenged and encouraged to give more than they normally would, all in the name of House spirit. We were incredibly proud of the MATESHIP, TEAMWORK, INITIATIVE and PERSEVERANCE shown on Anzac Day by the boarders who really did live out the Anzac Spirit in a special way. Special mention goes to Grace Cover and Lucy Bond who led Grenoble to take out the Spirit Bell for their innovative song and dance at the beginning of the day. Kate O’Donoghue and Eleanor Orchard- Gibb gathered their House and encouraged them to take out the final event of the day and therefore narrowly winning the Points Cup for Amiens! Highlights of the day were tug of war and the obstacle race which ended in a slip n’ slide to cool off!
Fortnightly news for boarding families:
- Boarder of the Week was our wonderful House Captain of Grenoble – Grace Cover for outstanding leadership all day on Anzac Day and through out the year so far – Well done Grace!
- We welcomed new boarders this term, Amelia Davies in Year 7. We also welcomed a temporary boarder, Mimi Dignan in Year 9.
- Free, in-house tutoring has started again for boarders. Mr Fred Schuetz, Miss Josephine Copley (boarder 2016) and Miss Claire will be working with all year levels including a 5-6 pm session from Monday to Thursday evenings with the Year 7s and 8s. Please contact Ms Melissa if you would like your daughter in Years 7 or 8 to get some extra help in these sessions (email@example.com).
- Please ensure that leave for the weekend is in by Thursday morning at 8.30 am so that Miss Ellen can process it. Once again, a reminder that if we have concerns about where your daughter might be going, we will not approve the leave and will contact you directly about it. Trust and honesty as well as good decision making are important qualities that we emphasise in boarding all the time.
- Boarder parents are invited to the Parade of Lanterns Mass on Thursday night 23 May.
We cannot do the work with do nor achieve the highs of a day like Anzac Cup without working in partnership with you so please keep the communication channels open and make contact if you have any feedback, concerns or questions (my email is firstname.lastname@example.org)
Term 2 has started very strongly and we are looking forward to what lies ahead for each of our girls and the boarding community.
Blessings to you and your families
Dean of Boarding
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Message from the Dean of Student Wellbeing
Planning for Relaxation Activities At different times of the term it is hard to relax when you have so many things to do. However, far …
Message from the Dean of Student Wellbeing
Planning for Relaxation Activities
At different times of the term it is hard to relax when you have so many things to do. However, far from wasting time, relaxation helps us to be more productive and effective (except of course if you do too much relaxing!)
As we look ahead – the fact that Term 2 will be both rewarding and busy is a certainty. I therefore thought it timely to share the benefits of relaxation to a student’s wellbeing. I trust that the information provided below also supports some forward planning in your households for relaxation.
Ten Benefits of Relaxation
- Reduction of general anxiety.
- Prevention in the accumulation of stress.
- Increased energy level and productivity.
- Improved concentration and memory.
- Reduction of insomnia and fatigue.
- Increased self-confidence.
- Relaxing protects your heart.
- Relaxing lowers your risk of catching a cold.
- Relaxing can improve your mood and make you less resentful towards all the ‘jobs’ you have to do.
- Relaxing helps you make better decisions.
Ideas for small but effective relaxation
- Have a little snooze or just rest your eyes. Even 15 minutes of mental stillness can work wonders.
- Engage in “Take 5” or 5 minutes of mindfulness like we do at school each day after lunch.
- Make yourself a cup of tea or hot chocolate. The act of doing this says “it is ok to stop”.
- Read one chapter of a book that has nothing to do with school.
- Do something creative… draw, sing, dance, paint your toenails, decorate your room, knit, make a digital photobook.
- It is OK to switch off… your phone, your computer, your light, your brain.
Dean of Student Wellbeing
Message from the Director of Enrichment
QUT STEM CAMP (Year 11) The QUT STEM Camp provides an exclusive opportunity for Year 11 students to spend a week working alongside QUT researchers …
Message from the Director of Enrichment
QUT STEM CAMP (Year 11)
The QUT STEM Camp provides an exclusive opportunity for Year 11 students to spend a week working alongside QUT researchers and undergraduate students on real-world STEM research.
The program is fully-funded and open to Year 11 students from across Queensland and Northern NSW. Students are able to choose their own project or projects!
This year’s camp will offer a number of full week and mini projects in real-world research areas such as biotechnology, sustainable engineering, robotics, patient care, big data and virtual reality. The Camp runs from Monday 30 Sep – Friday 4 Oct 2019 and is conducted at the QUT Gardens Point Campus.
Application requirements include achieving an A grade in two STEM Subjects, uploading a Letter of Recommendation from your teacher, Head of Department or Principal, completing a parent/guardian permission form and submitting a written ‘statement of claims’. Applications are made on-line and close on Monday 20 May 2019. Students who are interested should, in the first instance, please contact me (email@example.com).
WORLD SCHOLARS CUP
On the first two days of the term break three of our Year 7 and 8 students, Chloe Carew, Elli Veleski and Laura Manson, competed in the World Scholar’s Cup at Anglican Church Grammar School. This was the first time a team from Stuartholme had entered a team in this competition. The girls did very well for first-timers and achieved a score that qualified them for the regional round to be held in Sydney later in the year.
Director of Enrichment
Message from the Careers Counsellor
Welcome back to Term 2 everyone! I hope you’ve all had a restful holiday and are feeling energised for the new term. This term I’m …
Message from the Careers Counsellor
Welcome back to Term 2 everyone!
I hope you’ve all had a restful holiday and are feeling energised for the new term.
This term I’m excited to be running a few activities for National Careers Week, including:
- The Future Jobs competition – can you imagine a job that might exist in the next 10 years? Grab an entry form and enter at the Library. Uni swag to be won! Entries are open now and close on 17 May.
- The first Career Conversations event: Questions About Nursing – will be running on Friday, 17 May at lunchtime. Come along, learn more about nurse life, and ask questions of our lovely Registered Nurse, Sister Kylee.
As always, here is a summary of the most recent Options Career Bulletin. This bulletin is a great resource, filled with opportunities, information, competitions and updates. Check out the full current Bulletin (and previous editions) on the Careers page of the Stuartholme Hub.
Online resources for Year 12 parents
Transitioning from high school to university can be a challenging journey for students and their parents. Several universities provide resources for parents to support them and their children through the transition. Some examples are:
- Australian Catholic University – How parents can help
- James Cook University – Parents and partners
- Griffith University – Family and Friends
- Queensland University of Technology – Are you the parent of a school student?
- The University of Queensland – UQ Guide for Parents
- University of the Sunshine Coast – USC Parent Lounge.
- TAFE Queensland – Information for Parents and Guardians
- Year 11
- Tertiary prerequisites, assumed knowledge and recommended study
- Wanting to know any tertiary prerequisites, assumed knowledge and recommended sutudies? QTAC has published tertiary prerequisite information by institution. These documents include details on prerequisites, assumed knowledge and recommended study for courses starting 2021.
ACU: Do you help others? It could help you – Community Achiever Program (CAP)
If you volunteer regularly for your school, community, or a social justice, sporting or cultural cause, then the Community Achiever Program (CAP) may help you gain early conditional entry into your desired degree. Applications for Year 12 students open Wednesday 1 May 2019 and close on 30 July 2019 for study in 2020. For younger students, we encourage you to start getting involved in volunteer activities now in preparation for your future application. Find out if you’re eligible for CAP and how to apply.
Queensland Conservatorium auditions
Most of the courses offered by the Conservatorium require an audition as one of the entry prerequisites. Audition applications usually open in June. The Auditions website will be updated for 2020 applications shortly. Note that if you don’t apply for an audition by the due date, you will not be considered for any courses requiring an audition at the Conservatorium.
UQ OP Guarantee
Under this scheme, if you achieve an OP 1 – 5, you are guaranteed entry into your highest eligible course preference in the January 2020 offer round for most of UQ’s undergraduate courses, regardless of the minimum selection threshold.
Bursaries for Female Students
- Counsellor Vicki Howard Bursary for a female student, aged between 16 – 24 years, living in the Brisbane City Council area, enrolled in high school or tertiary studies, and identifying with the LGBTIQ community.
- Elsie Byth Bursary for Year 12 students planning to study teaching at the completion of Year 12.
- NCWQ Young Woman from a Refugee Background Bursary for a female high school student from a refugee background, having lived in Australia for at least 1 year.
Visit the website for more information and to download the application form. Applications close on 20 May 2019.
Experience Days at Bond University
Architecture Experience Day – Architects design for the present, with an understanding of the past, for a future which is unknown! Discover the art and science behind architectural studies for a fearless career in design. Meet our academic teaching staff, get hands-on, take a tour of our state-of-the-art workshops and award-winning Abedian School of Architecture at our Architecture Experience Day! This event is complimentary for Year 10, 11 and 12 students and one parent. Visit their website to register.
Film and television Experience Day – Do you have a passion for storytelling and filmmaking or considering a fast-paced career in television? If you see yourself behind the camera, screenwriting, editing, assisting in sound and production design or delving into cinematography, then our hands-on Film & TV Experience Day will be perfect for you. Visit their website to register.
Go Health, Go Griffith Experience Days
These one-day events are designed for students to experience aspects of a health degree through practical and theoretical sessions delivered by health professionals and scientists. Talk to your science teacher or school guidance counsellor/officer if you are interested in attending a program as registrations are through your school. Visit the website for further information.
JCU: Applying for medicine/dental/physiotherapy/veterinary science/Health Science courses at James Cook University
The following courses offered by JCU require a QTAC application as well as a direct application to JCU.
- B Medicine/B Surgery
- B Dental Surgery
- B Veterinary Science
- B Physiotherapy
- B Health Science (Physician Assistant)
These JCU courses have a rural, remote, tropical and Indigenous communities focus. Consequently, an important requirement of the JCU direct application is to demonstrate interest, experience, understanding and/or exposure to rural and/or remote locations and conditions. Applicants living in metropolitan areas will find this challenging. You will need to think creatively about how you can obtain the experience/knowledge this year.
Some ideas are:
- work-experience during the holidays with a rural practitioner
- attend FEAST and/or TASTE (for vet science)
- interview practitioners who have worked in rural/remote areas
- research the challenges for practitioners in rural/remote areas
- learn about Northern Australia
- find out as much as you can about the content of the JCU courses from brochures, the JCU website, career expos, TSXPO and other career/course events
- organise a guided tour of the relevant JCU campus (see the website)
- if possible, attend a JCU open day (11 August 2019 for the Townsville campus and 25 August 2019 for the Cairns campus).
You can view last year’s (2018 applications for entry in 2019) JCU direct application here. The applications website is usually updated in July for the following year. The date for submitting the JCU direct application form is normally the same as the QTAC due date. This date will be confirmed in the QTAC Guide and on QTAC’s website under the JCU link in May/June. You can access the prerequisites for the courses from the JCU website.
QUT: QUT Career Workshops
If you are considering university after school, explore your options with a series of free workshops. Learn how to future-proof yourself in our rapidly changing world, with workshops run by QUT Career Educators.
Head online to book your place in these free workshops.
Rowing Very exciting news for our rowing program – two of our past Stuartholme students, Phoebe Robinson and Lucy Theodore have been selected to represent …
Very exciting news for our rowing program – two of our past Stuartholme students, Phoebe Robinson and Lucy Theodore have been selected to represent Australia at the World Rowing Championships.
Phoebe will compete at the World Junior Rowing Championships in the Coxless Pair with former Somerville House student, Laura Chancellor. The World Junior Championships will be held as a test event for the 2020 Olympics in August in Tokyo, Japan.
Lucy will compete in the Under 23 World Championships in the Women’s Lightweight Coxless Pair with her partner from Canberra. The U23 World Championships will be held in Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida, USA in July.
Three of our coaches, Jethro Gifford, Ben Pincus and Tom Williamson (pictured with Lucy – attached) will also row for Australia in the U21 team, competing in the Trans-Tasman Regatta against New Zealand in June & August.
Great role models for our current students to aspire to!
Director of Rowing
Over the Easter weekend, three of our students, Piper Searle, Ellie Townsend and Grace Beatty, represented Stuartholme in the South East Queensland Regional Equestrian Championships. Starting on Good Friday, the competition spanned three days with our girls competing in dressage and show jumping. We congratulate the girls on taking away the Combined Training Team award and winning the Percentage Cup.
World Scholar’s Cup
Elli Veleski, Laura Manson and Chloe Carew represented Stuartholme over the holidays in the World Scholar’s Cup and qualified for the Global Round. World Scholar’s Cup is an academic competition which asks students to study a given theme across six subject disciplines and to apply what they have learned in debating, persuasive writing, an examination and a collaborative quiz. The program places a strong emphasis on both collaboration and fun but also allows students to extend themselves by considering material from across science, history, literature, the arts and music and social studies. The girls will now compete in Sydney in August and we wish them every success.
Interhouse Cross Country
On Tuesday 30 April the Inter House Cross Country carnival was held at Stuartholme School. Congratulations to the following girls who finished in the top three:
1st Gretta Johnson
2nd Emma Stringer
3rd Lucinda Freeman
1st Alex O’Brien
2nd Sophie Gallagher
3rd Maddie Hirn
1st Holly Robertson
2nd Sophia Henderson
3rd Milly Berghan
1st Georgia Rink
2nd Sarah Connors
3rd Grace McIntosh
1st Zoe Tracy
2nd Molly Cowan
3rd Octavia Scobie
1st Ella McKenzie
2nd Kyla O’Shanassy
3rd Emma Cheel
The winning house, and the fastest runner around the course will be announced at the next assembly.
District (Northern Eagles) Cross Country
30 athletes represented Stuartholme at the Northern Eagles District trials on Friday 26 April at Rangakarra, Fig Tree Pocket. All girls put in an awesome effort coming up against some strong competitors from our neighbouring schools. Congratulations to the following girls who will compete next Tuesday at Limestone Park at the Regional trials for selection into the Metropolitan West team.
Met West Water Polo and Queensland Selection
Congratulations to the girls who represented Metropolitan West at the recent State Championships in Rockhampton. The Met west team coached by Stuartholme head coach Rachel Byron finished with a silver medal. Let’s hear the roar for Molly Nasser and Phoebe Leech who were name in the Queensland school girls team and Alice Rogers, Sophie Fern and Abbey Pomeroy who were named as shadow players.
The Interhouse Music Festival has kicked off this term with the heats for the Solo Music Awards being held during lunchtimes this week. Due to …
The Interhouse Music Festival has kicked off this term with the heats for the Solo Music Awards being held during lunchtimes this week.
Due to the large numbers involved, selected entrants in the Junior Vocal and Instrumental Sections (Years 7, 8, 9) will compete in a second round on Tuesday 7 May (Instrumental) and Wednesday 8 May (Vocal).
Successful entrants will be invited to perform at the Solo Awards Gala Concert to be held in the Australian Room on Sunday, 26 May commencing at 2.00pm for the Junior Sections (Years 7, 8, 9) and 5.00pm for the Senior Sections (Years 10, 11, 12).
All members of the Stuartholme community are invited to come along and enjoy the Gala Concert and witness the hard work and talent of our music students.
The Choral Competition rehearsals have been underway since last term with each House performing an ABBA song. The competition will take place on Friday, 24 May from 1.30pm in the Joigny Theatre.
Teacher Mentor groups are looking forward to the Lip Sync Challenge which will take place on Friday, 31st May (Year 12/11), Monday 3rd June (Year 10/9) and Tuesday 4th June (Year 8/7). It’s a very exciting challenge, with awarded points going to the overall Interhouse Music Festival Trophy – which includes the points from all three events: Solo Music Awards, Choral Competition and Lip Sync Challenge.
ANZAC Day Musicians
Thank you to Bridget Lloyd-Morgan, Year 12, for her rousing performance of the National Anthem at the ANZAC Day Service. Special thanks must also go to our trumpet players: Olivia Nancarrow, Year 10; Hayley Letica, Year 8; Isabella Smith, Year 8; Edie Campbell, Year 7; and Lucinda Freeman, Year 7 for their moving rendition of ‘The Last Post’.
Director of Music
Stuartholme is now cashless
From the start of this term, students have not been able to use cash at the Cafe and School Shop. Stuartholme uses Flexischools as a …
Stuartholme is now cashless
From the start of this term, students have not been able to use cash at the Cafe and School Shop.
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. Students can use their debit card.
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.
NOTE: please ensure you have successfully linked your daughter’s account.
Bus 4 route/time change
From Thursday 2 May, Ashgrove Ave will be closed to all traffic from Enoggera Rd, as repairs are done to the bridge there. Bus 4 …
Bus 4 route/time change
From Thursday 2 May, Ashgrove Ave will be closed to all traffic from Enoggera Rd, as repairs are done to the bridge there. Bus 4 will be affected from the morning of Thursday 2 May until the afternoon of Thursday 9 May, when works should be complete. We anticipate that the necessary detour via Banks St will add 10-15min to the Bus 4 route, although the potential traffic jams could make this even longer.
To help ensure students arrive at school on time, the bus will depart Raymont Rd, Alderley at 7am (instead of 7.15am), and should reach Wilston Village by 7.05am. After the detour, the bus will return to Ashgrove Ave via Lindsay St, and the bus will make just one stop on Ashgrove Ave – at BT 25 (instead of the usual BT 22) – before continuing past Woolworths and onto Waterworks Rd. We hope that the usual collection times will apply from Ashgrove Ave, but we cannot really be sure of the traffic flow during this disruption. The afternoon route will use this altered morning route in reverse; please be prepared for delays from Ashgrove on.
Although Brisbane City Council have advised works should be complete by Thursday 9 May, please be alert for emails on the afternoon of 9 May, in case works are delayed, and the changes affect Friday 10 May as well.
As of Tuesday May 7th, all girls will be required to wear their school blazers to and from school each day. Once at school, girls …
As of Tuesday May 7th, all girls will be required to wear their school blazers to and from school each day. Once at school, girls may remove their blazers and store them in their locker if they wish. Girls may still wear socks but if they choose to wear the navy stockings, please ensure these are free from ladders or holes.
There may be official school occasions during the term where girls will be requested to wear stockings.
The treatment for brain damage? Figure 1. 10 hours after death, brain cells normally deteriorate (left). BrainEx was able to keep nerve cells (green) alive …
The treatment for brain damage?
Figure 1. 10 hours after death, brain cells normally deteriorate (left). BrainEx was able to keep nerve cells (green) alive and supported astrocytes-glial cells (red) (right).
Scientists have been able to restore cellular activity to pig brains four hours after their death. This feat could lead to better treatment of brain damage in humans caused by stroke or other injuries which may starve brain tissue of oxygen. Although the pig brain showed no signs of widespread neural activity, thought to be required for consciousness, individual nerve cells were still firing.
No pigs died for this study- they were destined to become pork. 300 pig heads were put on ice and taken to a Yale laboratory where their brains were surgically removed by researchers. 32 of these brains were put into BrainEx – “a chamber with specially designed blood replacement fluid that pumps through the blood vessels, delivering oxygen, sugar and other sustaining ingredients at body temperature to keep the brains operating.”
6 hours in the BrainEx chamber, the brains showed signs of activity. Oxygen and sugar went in, and carbon dioxide came out. This suggested that the brains were still functioning metabolically. Some nerves cells in the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex appeared healthy under the microscope. Nerve cells continued to fire off signals. The brains not stored in the BrainEx chamber deteriorated.
The study did not observe brain activity or any sort of awareness. In BrainEx, the fluid was designed to block neural activity. It is unclear that if the blocking compound in the fluid was removed, more complex patterns of brain activity or other signals could have emerged after more time.
For more information about research into this experiment visit:
Black holes or cosmic vacuum cleaners have always been invisible to telescopes because light cannot escape their attraction. In the past, it was hard to know if they were even real or just speculation due to limited evidence. However, now almost nobody doubts they exist. On April 10, the Event Horizon Telescope collaboration released the first picture of a black hole:
For more information, visit:
Hey everyone! This term the UQ Science Ambassadors have a quiz to celebrate the 150th year of the Periodic Table. Each week we will be putting a different question in the student notices that corresponds to a different element.
The first letter of each element’s symbol will be used to spell one final, 7-letter word.
Three people each week, who submit the correct answer will receive a tasty treat. Additionally, three people who submit the final answer will receive a big prize.
We look forward to receiving your answers!
Submit your answers to the link provided in the student notices!!!
- Careers that shape the world is a free student experience day for those in Year 11 and 12 to learn from industry professionals and expert academics about careers within different industries. It takes place Tuesday, 4th June from 7:45am to 3:00pm in the UQ centre, UQ St Lucia campus. There are different programs to choose from: Business, Economics and Law; Engineering, Architecture and Computing; Health and Medicine; Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Science. For more information, visit: https://www.uq.edu.au/shape-your-world/
- The Australian Youth Aerospace Forum is a five-day conference for students in Year 11 and 12 that provides the opportunity for exploration into careers and pathways in the aerospace industry. It takes place from the 8th to the 12th of July, in Brisbane. Student application closes 5th May and costs $300. For more information, visit: https://ayaa.com.au/AYAF-Bris
- Experience Science is a free event open to students in years 10 to 12, giving them an insight into studying science at UQ. It takes place 12, 16, 17 and 18 July. For more information, visit: https://science.uq.edu.au/experience-science
- UQ Earth and Environment Day is a free experience day taking place 19 July 9:30am-2:15pm and is for students in years 10-12. Students experience the applications and relevance of geography, planning, earth sciences and environmental management, leading to an understanding of how studying these subjects can lead to a career with real world impact. For more information, visit: https://sees.uq.edu.au/event/session/12650
- Tertiary Studies EXPO (TSEXPO) takes place 20-21 July from 10:00am-4:00pm at the Royal Convention and Exhibition Centre. Entry is free. It allows students to talk to universities and find all the information needed in one place. For more information, visit: https://www.careersevent.com/event/brisbane-careers-event/brisbane-visitors/
- UQ Open Days St Lucia Campus– 4 August 9:00am-3:00pm, Gatton Campus- 18 August 9:00am-3:00pm. For more information, visit: https://future-students.uq.edu.au/open-day
Melanie Ashley (UQ Science Ambassador)
Mothers’ Day Lunch
It’s that time of year again when we turn our thoughts to our mothers. At Stuartholme, we have long held a tradition of gathering together …
Mothers’ Day Lunch
It’s that time of year again when we turn our thoughts to our mothers. At Stuartholme, we have long held a tradition of gathering together on the Friday before Mothers’ Day to celebrate parenting daughters and life itself.
On Friday, 10 May from 11am at Hillstone, the Mothers’ Day Lunch is set for another day of lunch and laughter. There are approx. 30 tickets left for any last minute purchases https://www.trybooking.com/478488 . Please note that the ticket purchase deadline is 9am on Mon, 6 May. No exceptions! Raffle tickets and Stuartholme Tea Towels can also be purchased on the trybookings link.
Following the success of last year’s Treasure Chest, we are pleased to announce that The French Door (now at Indooroopilly) have made a generous donation to fill our Treasure Chest. I wonder what it could be? For $20 per key, you’ll be in with a chance to find out. Keys will be on sale at the Mothers’ Day Lunch through our attending Senior Boarders between 11am-12pm. Get in quick as there is only 250 keys.
We would also like to acknowledge a number of local businesses and Stuartholme families for their contributions towards Raffle Prizes and the Silent Auction. What a blessed community we are at Stuartholme. A big shout out to a new business in Rosalie, Artisan Aesthetic Clinic, who have been plentiful in their support for this year’s lunch.
Click here to find a Sponsors page of those businesses and individuals who have supported this event and a Silent Auction listing for early perusal to those who will be coming along to the lunch. Please consider supporting the sponsor businesses where and when you can.
We look forward to sharing next Friday with those women who are able to attend.
Fiona Woodard, Karen Stock & Barbara Roads
Dads’ Night Out
It was lovely to see interested and engaged parents and teachers in attendance at the Parents of Stuartholme meeting held on Tues, 23 April. Thank …
It was lovely to see interested and engaged parents and teachers in attendance at the Parents of Stuartholme meeting held on Tues, 23 April. Thank you to Dearna Law for organising the refreshments and the meeting presentation. Your input is greatly appreciated.
The summary notes of the meeting have been posted on My Stuartholme on the Parent Tile along with the Acting Principal’s Report for reference.
If you have any questions or comments regarding anything around Parents of Stuartholme, please don’t hesitate to contact myself or Dearna, as Community Liaison on firstname.lastname@example.org . We hold our roles to ensure your voice is heard.
Private Tuition – Speech, Drama and Communications Skills
This program provides an ideal opportunity for students to:- Enhance communication and life skills for personal development Improve clarity of speech Explore performance skills and …
Private Tuition – Speech, Drama and Communications Skills
This program provides an ideal opportunity for students to:-
- Enhance communication and life skills for personal development
- Improve clarity of speech
- Explore performance skills and acting techniques
- Broaden the imagination.
Lessons are conducted weekly on a solo or pairs basis having regard to other academic studies.
For further information please contact Mrs Gallagher on 0404 01 9212.
Non State School Transport Assistance Scheme (NSSTAS)
Applications for Non State School Transport Assistance Scheme are now open. Parents can apply via www.schooltransport.com.au/ Please note – applications close on Friday 31 May …