Message from the Principal

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends,

On our long weekend, I hosted the Provincial Council of the Sacred Heart and the Principals and Chairs from our ANZNet Sacred Heart Schools: Kincoppal Rosebay Sydney, Baradene Auckland and Sacre Coeur Melbourne. Each year we meet to report on how we live up to our Sacred Heart Goals. This is an opportunity for the leaders of our four schools to share how we express our Sacred Heart ethos. I was initially daunted at the thought of accounting for our spiritual expression; how do you prove how religious or spiritual you are? However, once I worked through this with our Acting Chair, Helen Spain, we scoffed at ourselves and gained much confidence about who we are as a community. Our Sacred Heart ethos is foundational to all we do and who we are. We had endless anecdotes, data and concrete examples of our sense of care for our girls, educating them in a holistic manner, challenging them intellectually, our strong sense of community, our social justice focus and, of course, our atmosphere of wise freedom. Each school reported on different goals and the nature of their schools; consequently, it was a joyous occasion. In an ironic way it was much more satisfying than a Finance Meeting or Governance Meeting, which dominate my time. All four schools honoured our traditions and our contemporary expression of being essentially Sacred Heart.

And of course, our work with our students in spiritual development continues through our Year 7 Retreat and Year 9 Retreat. The Retreat days allow the students to come together as a cohort, away from school, to stop and reflect on their personal relationship with not only God, but themselves and others.

On Saturday 28 April, our Rowing community held the Glamour on the Grass function on our adjacent property – Freers. It was a successful night in terms of strengthening community and fundraising – with close to $40,000 raised for rowing. Thank you to our fun loving and generous Rowing community.

That same weekend Deanne Johnston and I attended the Equestrian Dressage Event at Burpengary Equestrian Centre which Stuartholme hosted. Our Equestrian community were so warm and welcoming, ensuring our day was enjoyable and informed. In terms of competition, we had many wins and placements, several Personal Bests especially girls with new horses. Judges, parents and riders from other clubs commented on how respectful and kind our competitors were. Our girls were great ambassadors for Stuartholme. The following weekend we won the Regional Equestrian Championship for the 9th year in a row. A huge thank to our Equestrian Champions and to our dedicated and generous equestrian families who support Sarah Drane in her leadership of our Equestrian Team. Well done Sarah and our girls!

On Tuesday evening Stuartholme hosted the first heat of the Queensland Youth Theatre sports competition for 2018. Theatre sports is where teams of improvisers compete in a variety of games for points.  Nothing has been rehearsed.  Scenes are all invented on-the-spot.  It’s all about supporting and encouraging risk and allowing improvisers to be fearless in their endeavour to create stories in the spontaneous moment. Stuartholme’s bravest and finest improvisers have been selected to compete in the Youth Theatresports competition against over 120 other schools!

As we got to “press”, I am aware we have a few significant events which we will report on in our next issue of our Newsletter: Year 8 Camp, Mothers’ Day Lunch and Stu-eat-holme.

Kind regards and God bless

Kristen Sharpe
Principal

 

Key Dates

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Key Dates

DateEvent
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
Fri 22 JuneBoarders travel day
Year 12 Formal

Message from the Deputy Principal

Beef Expo 2018 This week, I had the pleasure of attending Australia’s national beef expo, held just once every three years in Rockhampton. It provided …

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Message from the Deputy Principal

Beef Expo 2018

This week, I had the pleasure of attending Australia’s national beef expo, held just once every three years in Rockhampton. It provided an ideal platform to gain insight into aspects of the lives of many of our rural families and to gain greater understanding of the importance of the industry to the national economy. It was also a good opportunity to see two of our Year 8 girls, Annabelle Peart and Charlotte Gibson, who attended the expo and paraded Santa Gertrudis bulls in the main arena.

Whilst at the expo, I spent most time talking with families about our lovely school and all the features that make it such a fantastic community. I spoke with some current parents, past parents, past students and a number of families who are considering sending their daughters to Stuartholme. It was a good chance to hear what families are looking when they choose a school and to encourage them to consider Stuartholme as the community for their daughters.

NAPLAN

Next week our girls in Years 7 and 9 will participate in the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) which assesses literacy and numeracy skills in the areas of reading, writing, language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy.

The data generated from NAPLAN is used in a number of ways:

  1. It provides governments with a nationally consistent measure of aspects of the literacy and numeracy skills of Australian students at set points in their schooling. This can be used to guide future education policy and funding priorities.
  2. It can be used by teachers, schools and sectors to evaluate the effectiveness of their own literacy and numeracy programs and inform their teaching programs.
  3. It provides additional information that can be used to inform learning support or extension to students.
  4. In addition to the data provided through the school’s assessment programs, it provides parents with another measure of their child’s progress in literacy and numeracy.

Despite these uses, it is important to remember that NAPLAN only measures a narrow skill set and therefore results only tell part of the story of literacy and numeracy achievement. NAPLAN tests do not represent student achievements across the year, nor across the breadth of the curriculum which schools provide. They do not replace ongoing assessments made by teachers about student performance and they should never be used as the sole measure of a child’s achievement at school.  Independent Schools Queensland Executive Director David Robertson stated, “It’s important that parents remember that NAPLAN provides a single point-in-time snapshot of their child’s literacy and numeracy proficiency. It is not a high stakes, pass or fail test.”

Importantly, NAPLAN does not provide a measure of the richness of curriculum or learning experiences on offer at a school. For example, NAPLAN does not measure student engagement in learning or school life, their enjoyment of reading, their willingness to engage in numeracy tasks or whether they apply these skills outside the test situation. Furthermore, NAPLAN doesn’t measure collaborative learning, problem-solving abilities or creativity, skills that underpin the Australian Curriculum and are essential for knowledge and understanding. Critical and creative thinking is required to conquer real-life challenges and therefore, to learn, students need to take risks and understand that problems may have multiple solutions.

If your daughters are participating in NAPLAN next week, please help them to put the tests into context. They are not something they should feel pressured or stressed about. Certainly, there is an element of life skills to the testing: life is full of tests, sometimes we need to work hard under pressure, sometimes we need to complete tasks within timeframes and sometimes we will be evaluated on our results. Sometimes, despite our efforts, we don’t achieve the levels we hope for. Understanding all of this is important for resilience. But it is also important that students know that all anyone can ask of them is to arrive prepared and try their best. When the results come out in Term 3, schools and parents know that the data is just one little piece of information about one aspect of learning at a point in time. 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.

Sarah Wagner, Year 12, visits the Stuartholme display

Bridget Daykin, Class of 1990

Annabelle and Charlotte

Deanne Johnston
Deputy Principal

Message from the Dean of Mission

Our first goal of Sacred Heart education is ‘A Personal and Active Faith in God’. This goal calls to us in two-ways. It encourages us …

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Message from the Dean of Mission

Our first goal of Sacred Heart education is ‘A Personal and Active Faith in God’. This goal calls to us in two-ways. It encourages us to explore, contemplate and grow in our relationship with God, others and the world in which we live. In doing this, we are given the opportunity to find and truly understand God’s love and blessings in our lives and in the world. It also calls us to be active in this contemplation. We must use our understanding of this love and see ways to be expressions of it in all that we do, particularly for the marginalised, poor and oppressed. In doing this, this goal urges us to not be idle, but to actively work to transform our relationships, and through this, the world with one simple thing – love. One way we live out this goal in our lives at Stuartholme is through our annual retreat days. These days see each cohort coming together and leaving the busyness of their everyday lives to stop, be present and reflect on their relationship with God, themselves and others. So far this year we have had three retreat days.  The Year 10 retreat day occurred at the end of last term and was called ‘Friends in Faith’; the Year 9 day called ‘Me, You, Us’ occurred two weeks ago and the Year 7 day which focused on the theme of ‘Cor Unum – One Heart’ occurred last Friday.

In Term 1, Year 10s studied different world religions and spiritualities in Religious Education. To give them a first-hand experience of these religions, the ‘Friends in Faith’ retreat saw the girls visiting the Tara Kadampa Buddhist Centre in West End and the Jewish Synagogue in Brisbane City, and listen to guest speaker Yasmin Khan, a recipient of the 2017 Local Hero awards for Queensland. The students had open discussions with each faith tradition and learnt first-hand about their beliefs and practices, which deepened their understanding of different faith traditions and promoted interfaith dialogue and understanding. One Year 10 student said, “It is very important to learn about other religions, their rituals and traditions. Please keep this day of visiting other religious places for the next Year Tens. Thank you for the day!”

‘Me, You, Us’, the Year 9 retreat day, allowed the students an opportunity to explore how they are unique reflections of God’s image. To do this, they contemplated the characteristics of God and reflected on how they see them within themselves and their partner. For their partner, the girls then created beautiful symbols that represented their gifts and painted them on their face as a gift. It was beautiful to watch the whole cohort being immersed in the experience of giving something heartfelt to another person. Finally, the girls contemplated how they as a cohort allow others to be their authentic selves by focusing on labels and the way they use them in their everyday interactions with each other.

The Year 7s were lucky enough to go offsite for their retreat day to Mercy Place in Bardon. As new members of our Sacred Heart family, they focused on what sacredness to them and the way we experience the it at Stuartholme and in ourselves. To give them opportunities to explore this, they made rosary beads, reflected on images of God and found examples of the sacred in their surrounding environments.

It is astounding to watch the insight and deep level of reflection that the students bring to these days, and reiterates the centrality of spirituality to them and their development in today’s world.

Sarah Daff
Dean of Mission

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Message from the Dean of Boarding

Stuartholme attended ABSA’s (Australian Boarding Schools’ Association) State Symposium last week at The Southport School for an incredibly informative day based primarily around teenage mental …

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Message from the Dean of Boarding

Stuartholme attended ABSA’s (Australian Boarding Schools’ Association) State Symposium last week at The Southport School for an incredibly informative day based primarily around teenage mental health and boarding. Renowned adolescent psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, author of, most recently, The Princess Bitchface Syndrome, The Prince Boofhead Syndrome, Real Wired Child and  Beyond Cyberbullying  was the keynote speaker and he is a passionate advocate for the advantages of boarding. Dr Carr-Gregg’s opening address stated that “all teenagers in Australia should be at boarding school! The world would be a better place!”

Dr Carr-Gregg believes that the major issues Australian parents face today in parenting adolescents are online behaviours and inadequacy of sleep. These two issues, he says, are managed very well within the highly structured environment of boarding.

Whilst he summarised the current and very concerning rise in teenage mental health issues in Australia (girls 1 in 4 and boys 1 in 5), he offered a fascinating analysis of the protection factors that can mitigate against the development of a mental health problem.

These included:

  • Characteristics of a particular child eg temperament, intelligence, attachment to family, independence
  • Parenting style eg competent, stable care and positive attention from parents
  • Family factors and life events eg extended family relationships, family size
  • Community factors eg positive social networks, relationships with teachers, peers, neighbours, being part of a community

Dr Carr-Gregg went on to highlight key building blocks to good mental health for teenagers:

  • A healthy diet which includes enough glucose through carbohydrates (eating breakfast is a must!)
  • Regular exercise (it gets rid of the angries and helps teenagers form an identity in a safe, group way)
  • 9 hours sleep a night (sleep deprivation is the biggest problem facing teenagers today)
  • Mindfulness practices
  • Restricted mobile phone and internet use
  • Ability to connect to others and feel a sense of belonging (boarding offers this in bucket loads!)

He ended by stating that boarding schools are in a unique position to lead the way in Australia in terms of promoting practices that set teenagers up for good mental health because boarding builds resilient young people who develop the capacity to face difficulties (like being away from their families and homes) and be transformed by adversity. You cannot be brave, he says, if you’ve only had wonderful things happen to you.

Some of the resources referred to in his talk were:

If you are concerned that your daughter might be going through some mental health difficulties, please contact us so that we can work with you to support her.

We have wonderful school psychologists, Danielle Baker and Jodie Johnstone, a terrific system of Student Wellbeing in place and we work with external agencies where necessary and can help you with referrals out.

No problem is so big it can’t be talked about or shared and made easier and lighter in the long run.

We are looking forward to promoting the wonderful work that boarding does in providing community and connection to our young people next week in National Boarding Week so watch out on MyStuartholme and on our Boarding Facebook page!

A number of our Year 12 boarders have been actively informing the school community including the Leadership Team about the ways that the changes to Qld vegetation laws are affecting rural families and communities. They have been articulate and thoughtful in their responses and are able to engage in respectful dialogue in a most adult way. You will see the photo here of the girls wearing green in support of Qld farmers. This was led by Charlotte Curran, Charlotte Connelly, Grace Muirhead and Zoe Dennis.

I hope all the mothers, grandmothers, aunties and amazing women who mother to our boarders feel cherished on Sunday. This includes our devoted boarding supervisors who care for your girls with great love. We will be praying for you all at Mass here at 5 pm.

Until then, take care and please do not hesitate to contact me to talk through anything.

Warm regards,

Andree Rice
Dean of Boarding

BOARDING EQUESTRIAN NEWS

Our two equestrian boarders, Piper Searle and Maddy Armstrong have had an amazing few weeks riding in the Stuartholme colours at various competitions.  Piper has a new horse to add to her collection, a beautiful chestnut young mare called Sammi.  Sammi and Piper have already had many placings in the last three weekends.  This is a fantastic effort for a new combination.  Look out for these two in the near future.  Piper went to Scots College on 22 April and took out the champion preliminary dressage on Floss and then reserve champion preliminary dressage on Sammi.  At the same event she was crowned reserve champion on Floss in the 105cm combined training (both phases of dressage and show jumping) and reserve combined training champion on Sammi in the 80cm class. Our own Stuartholme dressage day was held at Burpengary on 28 April.  Maddy placed 5th and 6th respectively in her two preliminary dressage classes.  Stuartholme became the overall champion and reserve champion teams on the day with both Maddy and Piper contributing to the results.

Over the long weekend the South East Qld Regional Championships were held at Beaudesert.  Both Piper and Maddy with the rest of the Stuartholme Equestrian Team won the overall school trophy.  Maddy was reserve champion in the Showman 3 phase riding the Ballard’s great horse, Chewy.   This is an amazing achievement as Maddy has only ridden the horse a handful of times. Piper had a great weekend achieving Champion Show jump rider, champion dressage rider and reserve champion in the combined training.  Both Maddy and Piper have qualified to represent Stuartholme at the State Championships in June!  Well done both riders.

Sarah Drane
Equestrian Coordinator

Maddy Armstrong 2nd from left Champion team for Showman SEQ regionals

Maddy riding Chewy in the dressage phase.

Piper Searle – Dressage Champion SEQ regionals

Piper Searle 2nd from left with other Stuartholme riders – Champion team for combined training. SEQ regionals.

Message from the Dean of Student Wellbeing

Working together to build resilience in our girls As I have reported to parents previously, at the end of the Easter break the Leaders of …

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Message from the Dean of Student Wellbeing

Working together to build resilience in our girls

As I have reported to parents previously, at the end of the Easter break the Leaders of Student Wellbeing and I attended the biennial AHISA “Leading, Learning and Caring” conference in Hobart.

I thought it was worthwhile sharing with parents a key theme which emerged from many of the sessions we attended ‘that our children will face challenges and it is our responsibility to arm with the powerful strategies required to deal with the inevitable setbacks they will face’.

Resilience is the term given to this capacity to recover from adversity and the good news is it is something which we can nurture together and is associated with many economic and social benefits.

Defining Wellbeing

When we think of wellbeing, some of us call to mind an image of feeling happy all of the time. The research clearly shows that this is not the case. To the contrary, wellbeing is well-documented by the experts at quite the opposite.

Wellbeing “is not”

 

feeling ‘happy’ all the time
Wellbeing “is”

 

accepting challenges, taking responsibility, being resilient, showing perseverance.

 

The Value of Wellbeing

The economic and social value in actively investing in the wellbeing of our girls is well documented in scientific research. Some of the benefits include:

  • Increased ability to cope with stress
  • Stronger communication skills
  • Improved memory
  • Fewer illnesses
  • Increased creativity
  • Higher academic results
  • Improved academic engagement and improved retention rates
  • Improved social and emotional skills
  • Strategies for Building resilience

Some Practical Strategies to Build Resilience
There is a plethora of strategies for building resilience in our girls that are backed by science. I have selected five key tips and encourage you to explore the wide range of advice provided by Karen Young at the link below. Resilience can be changed and as parents you can play an active role in shaping how your daughter can deal with times of stress.

  1. Supportive relationships – young people are more likely to develop resilience in the context of supportive relationships. Research now shows that it is not inner strength that helps young people deal with setbacks but supportive relationships.
  2. Asking for help – young people need to understand that being brave is actually about asking for help and knowing who to turn to.
  3. Encouraging mindfulness – research now shows that mindfulness creates changes in the brain that support a healthy response to stress. At Stuartholme we engage in mindfulness each day during ‘Take 5” after lunch and through our Wise Wellness program in Yrs 7-10. This could also be practised at home.
  4. Exercise – exercise can strengthen the brain’s response to stress and it is important that girls get exercise even at the busiest times.
  5. Don’t rush to their rescue – in dealing with a setback with the support of a caring adult, young people are better equipped to deal with stress as an adult than if they are scooped up every single time they fall during adolescence.

References:

  1. https://www.heysigmund.com/building-resilience-children/ by Karen Young
  2. 2018 AHISA Presentation by Dr, Stephen Dinham, Emeritus Professor Melbourne Graduate School of Education, Melbourne University.
  3. 2018 AHISA Presentation by Paula Robinson, Positive Psychology Institute, Sydney.

Co-curricular News

Cross Country – and the winner is…. Parker House! Results 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th Parker Woodlock Coen Stuart Macrae Toohey 416 369 354 …

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Co-curricular News

Cross Country – and the winner is….

Parker House!

Results

1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
Parker Woodlock Coen Stuart Macrae Toohey
416 369 354 350 339 316

Congratulations to Sarah Connors (Year 9) who recorded the fastest time across the course: 11:39 minutes

 

Equestrian News

Nine time South-East Queensland Champion School! Congratulations to the Stuartholme Equestrian team who competed at the SEQ Regional Championships over the long weekend. Stuartholme was awarded champion school team across four disciplines and as a result, gained its 8th consecutive secondary school championship.

  • Champion Dressage team: Piper Searle, Aalia Lucchetta, Bella Anthony and Emily Ballard
  • Champion Show jumping Team: Piper Searle, Georgia Rink, Remy Conescu and Emily Ballard
  • Champion Combined Training Team: Piper Searle, Bella Anthony, Alexandra Obrien and Emily Ballard
  • Champion Showman Team: Ellie Turnbull, Claire Abercrombie, Madeline Armstrong and Emily Ballard

With the qualifiers gained at these regional championships, the Stuartholme team will begin preparing for the Interschool State Championships held in late June. However, before the state titles, the riders will have the opportunity to gain their last qualifiers at our Stuartholme Show jumping and Combined Training event. This event will be held on the 9th and 10th of June, at the Moggill Pony Club, O’Brien Road, Pullenvale where all Stuartholme supporters are welcome to attend. So we hope to see you there!

Emily Ballard,
Equestrian Captain

SE Qld Combined Training Champion Team: L-R: Bella Anthony, Piper Searle, Alex O’Brien & Emily Ballard

SE Qld Showman and combined training champions

SE Qld Dressage Champion Aalia Lucchetta (R) and reserve dressage champion Bella Anthony (L)

2018 Equestrian Captain

 

Debating

On Wednesday night the Year 10 and 12 teams had their Round 3 QDU debates.  A huge congratulations to all the girls and their coaches as we again had a clean sweep of victories across all debates.

10.1 won against The Gap SHS

10.2 won by 4 against BGGS

12.1 won by 3 against Kedron SHS

A reminder that the BGDA Grand Final is on next Monday (14th) at BGGS from 5.30pm and I know the girls would love your support if you can make it on the night.

 

State Honours Ensemble Middle School Program (SHEP)

Congratulations to the following students who have been selected to represent Stuartholme at the State Honours Ensemble Middle School Program (SHEP) to be held at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music from June 1 – 3.

First name Last name School Year Instrument Result
Lara Carter 8 Percussion Reserve
Harriet Moore 7 Saxophone Tenor Reserve
Charlotte Reid 7 Flute Reserve
Emma Smith 8 Percussion Reserve
Amelia Ashley 8 Saxophone Alto Successful
Ashlie Beauchamp 8 Voice Alto Successful
Lily Beck 8 Saxophone Tenor Successful
Georgia Betts 8 Saxophone Tenor Successful
Seoro Brady 8 Voice Soprano Successful
Caitlin Forbes 8 Voice Soprano Successful
Prudence Herbertson 8 Voice Soprano Successful
Giaan Hoffman 8 Voice Soprano Successful
Isabella Huynh 8 Voice Soprano Successful
Georgia Manthey 8 Clarinet Successful
Allegra Marino 8 Voice Soprano Successful
Charlotte Perkins 8 Voice Soprano Successful
Ciara Royds 8 Voice Soprano Successful
Josie Silins 7 Violin Successful
Lara Trevor 8 Voice Soprano Successful
Alessa Wiltshire 8 Saxophone Alto Successful

SHEP gives Middle School wind, brass, percussion, string and vocal students the opportunity to work in an intensive environment of musical excellence, with their peers from South-East Queensland offering a unique opportunity to extend and develop their musical skills.

 

Science Snippets

Did you know that astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have detected helium in the atmosphere of the exoplanet WASP-107b? This is the first …

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Science Snippets

Did you know that astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have detected helium in the atmosphere of the exoplanet WASP-107b? This is the first time this element has been detected in the atmosphere of a planet outside our Solar System. The discovery demonstrates the ability to use infrared spectra to study exoplanet extended atmospheres.

The exoplanet WASP-107b is a gas giant, orbiting a highly active K-type main sequence star. The star is about 200 light-years from Earth. Using spectroscopy, scientists were able to find helium in the escaping atmosphere of the planet — the first detection of this element in the atmosphere of an exoplanet.

(Reference:https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/astronomers-spot-helium-on-exoplanet-for-first-time/)

There are many amazing science related events coming up that may be of interest to you.

  • For all the Year 11 Students, The National Youth Science Forum is an amazing opportunity for students who are interested in science and technology careers. There will be a residential program held over two weeks in January 2019. Applications close on Thursday 31 May. For more info, go to https://www.nysf.edu.au/
  • Again, this year on Tuesday 5 June UQ is holding their annual ‘Careers that Shade the World’ sessions. This applies to all Year 11 and 12 students whether they are interested in pursuing science or not, to find out about a range of inspiring career opportunities across STEM, health, medicine, business, law, arts and humanities. For more info, head to https://www.uq.edu.au/shape-your-world/
  • Finally, between Sunday 8 and Saturday 14 July the Youth Without Borders’ Spark Engineering Camp will be held. Spark is a week-long university experience camp specifically for students in Years 10 to 12 who face barriers to realising their potential. The camp consists of personal development, engineering and social activities. Nominations/Applications are now open so hop on to http://spark.ywb.com.au/students/ to sign up or for more information.

Hope all you have good next few weeks as assessment is looming but a word of advice, be like a proton, be positive.

Jacqui Buttula
UQ Science Ambassador 2018

A note from the Humanities and Social Science Department

Many of our History students are studying Ancient Egypt this year so it is quite timely that the Queensland Museum has partnered with the British …

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A note from the Humanities and Social Science Department

Many of our History students are studying Ancient Egypt this year so it is quite timely that the Queensland Museum has partnered with the British Museum top present this exhibition which runs until 26 August. Ticket costs are Adult: $21, Concession $18, Child 3-15 years $12 and family ( 2A,2C) $58.

More information can be found at http://www.mummies.qm.qld.gov.au/

 

St Madeleine Sophie Day letter from our Cor Unum Committee

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St Madeleine Sophie Day letter from our Cor Unum Committee

Stuartholme singers join in ANZAC Day commemorations

On Saturday 28 April, a performance was given in conjunction with the Australian Military Wives Choir as part of the Toowong Cemetery Anzac Day commemorations. Six …

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Stuartholme singers join in ANZAC Day commemorations

On Saturday 28 April, a performance was given in conjunction with the Australian Military Wives Choir as part of the Toowong Cemetery Anzac Day commemorations. Six members of Stuartholme’s Joigny Voices, Indigo Condon, Lili Condon, Olivia Andrew, Octavia Scobie, Cleo Taylor and Bridget Lloyd-Morgan worked with the lead singers to devise and perform backing vocals to several of the songs.

“The Soldier’s Wives”  production commenced as part of the 2015 Anzac Centenary in 2015. Five prominent Australian female singer-songwriters worked with wives, families and widows of veterans throughout Queensland, listening to their stories of love, struggle and loss. These incredibly personal and moving stories became the inspiration for a body of songs reflecting the experience of these Soldier’s Wives. The production has toured Australia since its inception, including a stand-out performance in the Sydney Opera House, and many of the songs have been recorded as part of a project to document these important stories.

Year 9 Drama Excursion to St Paul’s Villa

In support of Stuartholme’s Wise Wellness Program and the relationship the school has with our local community, Year 9 Drama students are creating a Verbatim …

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Year 9 Drama Excursion to St Paul’s Villa

In support of Stuartholme’s Wise Wellness Program and the relationship the school has with our local community, Year 9 Drama students are creating a Verbatim Theatre experience based on real stories of resilience.

The students recently interviewed aged-care residents of St Paul’s Villa, Bardon. The kindness, wisdom and humour of the residents was appreciated and reciprocated by the girls.  Students could also interview mature members of their own families, to use the real words of these events to create a performance and ultimately share learnings of their own.

The importance of providing opportunities to build on student’s innate positive psychology, promoting feelings of connectedness to others and having a growth mindset are crucial to success.

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Stu-eat-holme is on tomorrow!

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Stu-eat-holme is on tomorrow!

Years 7-9 Parent Daughter Breakfast

The Years 7-9 Parent Daughter Breakfast will be held on Thursday 21 June from 7am until approximately 8.30am. This morning provides a special opportunity for …

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Years 7-9 Parent Daughter Breakfast

The Years 7-9 Parent Daughter Breakfast will be held on Thursday 21 June from 7am until approximately 8.30am.

This morning provides a special opportunity for the parents of daughters in Years 7-9 to get together and mingle with their daughters and friends. Please join us for a stand-up breakfast outside the Joigny Cafe before a hearing from our guest speaker, Taylor O’Neill (Class of 2013) in the Theatre.

Taylor’s passion for Ancient Egypt inspired her to take ancient history subjects while at Stuartholme. Exploring the ancient worlds of Greece and Italy only enhanced her interest and led her to study an Archaeology major at the University of Queensland. Taylor has recently had hands-on experience on a dig in Tasmania, uncovering some of Australia’s richest finds. In June, Taylor will travel to the UK where she has been accepted to do a summer school at Oxford and Cambridge University for ancient history.

Taylor will talk to parents and students about her career path and how if you follow your passions, you can achieve the career of your dreams.

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

Paul Kelly and Friends Concert – 2-3 June 2018, Dirranbandi

Paul Kelly and Friends Concert is being organised by one our boarding families and is a locally organised fundraising initiative hosted by the Dirranbandi Pastoral …

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Paul Kelly and Friends Concert – 2-3 June 2018, Dirranbandi

Paul Kelly and Friends Concert is being organised by one our boarding families and is a locally organised fundraising initiative hosted by the Dirranbandi Pastoral and Agricultural Association. This event will raise much needed funds that will ensure the sustainability of opportunities to access future pathways in Agriculture for the local youth in this region and beyond.

As a small, rural community Dirranbandi is committed to giving our youth every opportunity possible to develop knowledge, skills as well as gain experience in local industry.

A few Stuartholme families are travelling out for the weekend. Ticket information can be found here  http://www.paulkellyandfriends.com/ or get in contact with the O’Sullivan’s mandksullivan@bigpond.com

Invitation to attend St Peters Life Symposium Series – Building Future Leaders

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Invitation to attend St Peters Life Symposium Series – Building Future Leaders