2017 Good Careers Guide is now available

Please find attached the most recent Options Career Information Bulletin. The links down the bottom are a great starting point for navigating the document. In this edition you will find links to the 2017 Good Careers Guide, on page 8, which is a wonderful resource for students starting their career exploration.

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

Stacey Wallace
Careers Counsellor

 

 

 

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends, During Term 1, we have collected an enormous amount of data from a range of sources. One of the most …

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Message from the Principal

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends,

During Term 1, we have collected an enormous amount of data from a range of sources. One of the most significant being our Community Surveys. I thank the 236 parents, the 592 students and 80 staff members who contributed to our online survey. From your feedback we have been able to identify our strengths and the areas we will address in our Strategic Plan.

Our strengths were identified through numerous sources and aligned with our Community feedback:

  • Our community is proud to be part of Stuartholme and would recommend us to their friends. Students, teachers and parents all express their pride and appreciation of connection to the school, and of the calm, nurturing and supportive atmosphere.
  • The rich history of the school creates the vision for education as articulated by the five Goals of Sacred Heart Education. The ethos of Cor Unum permeates school culture and life, and frames the holistic educational experience of students. Stuartholme provides meaningful opportunities for spiritual development and opportunities with engagement for social justice issues.
  • Student wellbeing is a key strength of the school. The school places great emphasis on the wellbeing of students. The inclusive culture of the school is evident. The school actively seeks ways to enhance student learning and wellbeing. It is clear that there are strong and positive relations between all members of the school community.
  • Our community is satisfied overall with the standard of education achieved at Stuartholme School. The school has sustained very high levels of academic results for its Year 12 students.
  • The school facilities are rated highly by our parents and students.
  • The staff of the school is highly experienced and deeply committed to the school. Students and parents alike speak very highly of teachers’ knowledge of their subject matter, and the quality of care shown.
  • Our Boarding community are deeply satisfied with our Boarding House and its inclusive welcoming nature.

These are the values and achievements we need to hold dear or make ‘sacred’ as we move forward with our improvement agenda.

Our emerging Strategic Plan will address the areas which we have identified in need of improvement. You can read my overview of these areas in my presentation at the P&F meeting on 8 May. I will expand on these deficiencies in my future newsletter articles. I am keen to provide an information evening that will launch our Strategic Plan for 2018-2020 and offer strategies for moving forward in the next three years to address these growth areas. If you would be interested in attending a launch of the Strategic Plan, please register your interest with Kate Gilmore, Communications Advisor.

God bless and take care,

Kristen Sharpe

 

Key Dates

Please find below the key dates for  Term 2 2017

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Key Dates

Please find below the key dates for  Term 2 2017

DateEvent
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
Tues 23 MayBSRA Indoor Rowing Championships
Wed 24 MayProcession of the Lanterns Liturgy
Thurs 25 MayMadeleine Sophie Day celebrations
Fri 26 MayNational Sorry Day
Alumnae Cocktail Party
Sat 27 MayBSRA Friendly Regatta
Sun 28 MayAlumnae Mass & morning tea
Interhouse Music Festival Solo Music Awards
Wed 31 MayInterhouse Athletics Carnival
Fri 16 JuneInterhouse Choral Competition
Mon 19-Wed 21Year 11 Leadership Days and Retreat
Wed 21 JuneYear 12 photo
Thurs 22 JuneYears 7-9 Parent Daughter Breakfast 7am
Year 11 Harmony Day
Classes finish
Fri 23 JuneBoarders Travel Day
Year 12 Pre-Formal (5pm) and Formal

School funding update

This week, the Federal Government released information via the Quality Schools website which purports to show what federal funding flows to our school. We would …

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School funding update

This week, the Federal Government released information via the Quality Schools website which purports to show what federal funding flows to our school.

We would like to make you aware of some issues with the figure listed for Stuartholme School.

The model used to generate the figures does not accurately show actual funding received by our school.  The 2017 figures for our school have been generated using projections and assumptions which the Government has not fully disclosed to Catholic School Authorities. The projections must therefore be viewed with considerable caution.

Furthermore, the Government’s projections do not take into account the way Catholic schools operate as a system.  The Government recognises the benefit of local knowledge and allows the Catholic sector to redirect funding to ensure that these locally identified areas of particular need for students and schools are most appropriately supported. This enables our Catholic systems to most effectively provide students in all our schools with the best possible opportunities for success.

What does this mean?

The Queensland Catholic Education Commission (QCEC) receives all the funding from the Federal Government. QCEC then uses its own methods to calculate the appropriate funding per school. The figure on the Quality Schools website is most likely not the figure Stuartholme School will receive.

Where to from here?

QCEC is still waiting for more detailed information. Until that is received, our advice to parents is to wait until we can release the final figure rather than relying on information from websites which are not accurate.

 

 

Options Career Information Bulletin

Please find attached the most recent Options Career Information Bulletin. The links down the bottom are a great starting point for navigating the document. Should …

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Options Career Information Bulletin

Please find attached the most recent Options Career Information Bulletin. The links down the bottom are a great starting point for navigating the document.

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

Stacey Wallace
Careers Counsellor

 

 

 

Retreats

Our first goal of Sacred Heart Education is ‘A Personal and Active Faith in God’. This goal calls us to contemplate and grow in our …

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Retreats

Our first goal of Sacred Heart Education is ‘A Personal and Active Faith in God’. This goal calls us to contemplate and grow in our relationship with God, and asks us to actively work to make God’s love known in this world. To do this, we must have moments that remove us from the ordinary and allow us the time, stillness and peace that such contemplation deserves. One of the ways Stuartholme offers students this opportunity for reflection is through our retreat program. Each year the students participate in a full-day program that allows them to contemplate, explore and grow in their relationship with God, themselves, each other and the world.

Our first two retreats of the year occurred this term and have been run with the Years 7 and 9 students. The Year 7 day called ‘Cor Unum’ focused on what it means to be a part of our Sacred Heart community. Our motto, Cor Unum, teaches us that we are each a special and integral part of the one community, or the ‘One Heart’. As such, the Year 7 students focused on what they bring to our Stuartholme family, and the ways in which they personally find God. From the personal Rosary Beads they made, to the small polaroids they took of where God is for them at Stuartholme, the girls relished in the opportunity to stop and contemplate our Sacred Heart community and God’s presence within it.

The Year 9 retreat, ‘Me, You, Us’, gave the students the opportunity to reflect on their unique gifts and abilities, and the ways in which they find God within themselves, each other and the wider community. To do this, the girls discussed the unique qualities of God and the ways they are reflected in themselves and others. A joyful moment came when the girls used face paint to express to their partner what makes them a unique and special creation of God. We then used this to discuss the use of labels, and the ways in which they obstruct our ability to see past these stereotypes to what truly matters.

In the busyness of our daily lives it can sometimes be hard to take the time needed to contemplate and grow in our spirituality. However, watching both year levels participate in their retreats, reinforced how integral this time is to ensuring that our students nurture a positive relationship with God and grow in their understanding of themselves and others.

Sarah Daff
Director of Mission

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Saint Madeleine Sophie Day

May 25 is the Feast Day of St Madeleine Sophie Barat, founder of the Society of the Sacred Heart. Our Feast Day celebrations will embrace …

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Saint Madeleine Sophie Day

May 25 is the Feast Day of St Madeleine Sophie Barat, founder of the Society of the Sacred Heart. Our Feast Day celebrations will embrace moments of prayer, sacrament and reflection, joyfulness, playfulness and the sharing of a meal, the recognition of good qualities and works, and collegiality.

This year, our day will commence with the Feast Day Mass during which the Blue and Green Ribbons will be presented to Year 12 and Year 10 students respectively. The primary role of girls to whom a Blue or Green Ribbon is awarded is to exercise leadership and give example in enriching the ethos of the school as lived through the five Goals of Sacred Heart Education. Recipients have been selected by fellow students and staff.

Each year a theme is chosen to add to the fun of Madeleine Sophie Day celebrations. This year the Cor Unum girls have developed the theme around our theme for 2017, ‘Eggs’ which inspired the theme for Madeleine Sophie Day of ‘Back to the Beginning’. Girls are encouraged to dress up as a favourite memory from their childhood.

All students are encouraged to put their imagination to the test to produce a wonderful outfit for the day. Full formal school uniform including blazer will be required for travel to and from school and for the Feast Day Mass. We would like to see every member of the school community contributing to this day by running and visiting stalls, as well as enjoying the traditional rides and shared lunch.

Teacher Mentor Groups will develop and operate stalls throughout the day. All funds raised by the stalls will be directed to the Society of the Sacred Heart’s international efforts. We are hoping the girls will have a few spare dollars in their pockets to spend at the stalls.

After lunch the girls will come together in House groups for some further preparation for participation in some childhood games. Points will be awarded towards the House Cup.

The much anticipated celebration day is a great opportunity for new students to be inducted into the traditions of Sacred Heart education at Stuartholme, and for continuing students to contribute to the preservation and enrichment of these traditions. We know that you will want to support this celebration and encourage the full participation from your daughter.

With every good wish,

Lucy Lloyd-Morgan, Romy Cole, Tara Griffin, Imogen Weston-Kelly
Cor Unum Head and Committee

 

Andrea Reddan
Deputy Principal, Student Wellbeing

Uniform Shop

A reminder that the Uniform Shop is open this Friday, 12 May from 7.30am- 11.30am. The normal opening hours are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 7.30am-2pm …

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Uniform Shop

A reminder that the Uniform Shop is open this Friday, 12 May from 7.30am- 11.30am. The normal opening hours are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 7.30am-2pm Term time.

A BIG thank you to the lovely volunteers (Candi, Victoria, Sandra, Pauline, Fiona, Clare, Julie, Kaylene, Helen and Michelle) who have volunteered in the shop during Term 1 and this Term so far. If you have a spare hour or two and would like to help out, please contact me at schoolshop@stuartholme.com or call the shop on 3510 6497.

Andrea McAvoy
Uniform Shop Manager

Entertainment Books

We are once again selling the 2017/2018 Entertainment Books. These are packed with discount offers. A copy was sent home with all Year 7 day …

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Entertainment Books

We are once again selling the 2017/2018 Entertainment Books. These are packed with discount offers.

A copy was sent home with all Year 7 day students, if you do not wish to purchase it, can you please return asap. Alternatively, if you do want to buy the book, please follow the directions and go online to purchase at: http://www.entbook.com.au/22157g0 .

Any other members of the school community can also purchase, there is a sample book at Student Reception for your perusal.

We raise $13 from each book sold and we use these funds to send girls to Leadership Seminars.

Andrea Reddan
Deputy Principal Student Wellbeing

Who to contact when you have a general question

Knowing who to contact at Stuartholme when you have a question or query can be confusing. If you have a general house-keeping type question, an …

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Who to contact when you have a general question

Knowing who to contact at Stuartholme when you have a question or query can be confusing.

If you have a general house-keeping type question, an issue you would like to raise (not student related) or general feedback, you are welcome to email me any time at kgilmore@stuartholme.com or call me on 3510 9710.

If I can’t answer your question immediately, I will find out the answer and get back to you.

We have a quick reference guide for other key school contacts, which you can also find in the Parent Handbook on the School Portal.

 

Kate Gilmore
Communications Advisor

 

 

Science Snippets

Were you aware that on 12 March 1755 a steam engine was first reported to be used in America? Exactly 168 years later in 1923 …

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Science Snippets

Were you aware that on 12 March 1755 a steam engine was first reported to be used in America? Exactly 168 years later in 1923 sound was first added to film in the motion picture, The Phonofilm? Now in 2017, a recent discovery shows that a prehistoric dinosaur sported modern looking feathers and Harvard Scientists turned hydrogen into a metal! Professor Isaac Silvera commented on this discovery, “It takes a tremendous amount of energy to make metallic hydrogen, and if you convert it back to molecular hydrogen, all that energy is released, so it would make it the most powerful rocket propellant known to man and could revolutionise rocketry. That would easily allow you to explore the outer planets.” How mind blowing is that?

Many scientists are revolutionising our world and the best part is you can too. Get involved by:

  • Attending SCINEMA:

SCINEMA is a celebration of the power of the moving image to tell stories about the world, how it works, and our place in it. There are hundreds of science stories to be told on screen. Festival screenings will take place across Australia, with Brisbane screening at the Palace Barracks Cinema at Petrie Terrace. Book your tickets online here-http://scinema.australiascience.tv/

  • AYAF Brisbane:

The Australian Youth Aerospace Forum (AYAF) is a five-day residential conference which provides students in years 11 and 12 the opportunity to investigate careers and pathways in the aerospace industry. The forum showcases university and industry opportunities available to students upon completion of secondary school. Applications close Friday 26 May 2017. Enquiries: ayafbris@ayaa.com.au

  • NYSF:

Applications for the National Youth Science Forum 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.

We also have a new Science quiz that you can be a part of here at Stuartholme. Starting on 12 May we will hold a fortnightly five question quiz where you can win… Freddo Frogs!

Here’s how it works:

  1. Every Friday Week B, a new quiz will be available in the library to collect.
  2. The quiz consists of one true or false question, two multiple choice questions and two short answer responses.
  3. Once the quiz is completed, write your name and TMG on the top and leave your answer sheet in the box located in the library.
  4. Entries close the following Monday (Week A) at 3pm.
  5. The winners will be announced on the next Friday and will receive a Freddo frog.

I hope to see everyone joining in this quiz and winning some chocolate.

Bridie Nebe
UQ Science Ambassador

Year 12 Geographers assess biodiversity in Noosa Heads

On Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 May, the Year 12 Geography class made their way to Noosa Heads to assess how biodiversity is being impacted by tourists …

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Year 12 Geographers assess biodiversity in Noosa Heads

On Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 May, the Year 12 Geography class made their way to Noosa Heads to assess how biodiversity is being impacted by tourists and residents. The trip included two excellent guest speakers, Kylie Moses from Noosa Community Biosphere and Rob Cameron from Queensland Parks and Wildlife. Together, these speakers gave first-hand information regarding the threats to biodiversity in the Noosa region as well as possible management strategies.

The field trip included a park assessment in the Noosa National Park, whereby students assessed modifications that have been made to accommodate people. Finally, assessments were made on Hastings Street to determine the impacts of a fragmented national park.

I would like to thank Mrs Wendy Bolton for accompanying me and the Year 12 Geography class on this field trip. We all had an excellent time and were able to collect the data required for our field report.

Sarah Adams
Teacher

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Year 9 Drama

According to headspace.org.au anxiety disorders are the most common mental health problem experienced by young Australians. Anxiety disorders are estimated to affect 1 in 5 …

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Year 9 Drama

According to headspace.org.au anxiety disorders are the most common mental health problem experienced by young Australians. Anxiety disorders are estimated to affect 1 in 5 females aged 16-24 years.  As educators we believe the importance of providing opportunities to build on students’ innate positive psychology, promoting feelings of connectedness to others and having a growth mindset are crucial to success.

In support of Stuartholme’s Wise Wellbeing program and the relationship the school has with our local community, Year 9 Drama students are creating a Verbatim Theatre experience on the theme of RESILIENCE.  Ms McGrath’s class listened to stories of overcoming adversity from Sr Rita Carroll rscJ and Sr Genevieve Bannon rscJ and 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 were invited to also interview mature members of their own families, and use the real words of these real events to create a performance and ultimately share learnings of their own.

 

 

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Debating News

Year 7 students who missed the debating sign-up last week, but still wish to participate please email Ms Cashin by Monday 15 May so you can be placed …

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Debating News

Year 7 students who missed the debating sign-up last week, but still wish to participate please email Ms Cashin by Monday 15 May so you can be placed in a team.

Sign-up and payment is available via the Portal until Monday 22 May.  Dates for the debates and further information can be found on the Portal and the QDU website.

 

 

Cross Country Winners 2017

Congratulations to all the students who took part in the Cross Country. It was wonderful to see so many participants, especially in the fun run, …

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Cross Country Winners 2017

Congratulations to all the students who took part in the Cross Country. It was wonderful to see so many participants, especially in the fun run, where we had almost 100% of students involved.

Congratulations to the following students on their achievements and to Parker House on their win:

Year 7
1st place: Rachel Brown
2nd place: Sophia Henderson
3rd place:  Millie Bergh

Year 8
1st place: Georgia Rink
2nd place: Ella Cole
3rd place:  Sarah Connors

Year 9 
1st place: Lily Hunter
2nd place: Zoe Tracey
3rd place:  Sammy Kelley

Year 10
1st place: Emma Cheel
2nd place: Ella Mackenzie
3rd place:  Caitlin Scott

Year 11
1st place: Lily Chapman
2nd place: Emma Stebbens
3rd place:  Harriet Williams

Year 12
1st place: Sarah Long
2nd place: Jasmine Robertson
3rd place:  Lucy Doyle

House Results

1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
Parker Coen Macrae Woodlock Stuart Toohey
394 354 340 294 290 230

Spirit Stick Results

1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
Woodlock Coen Parker Stuart Macrae Toohey

Netball news

Congratulations to Georgia Manthey, Year 7 on making the Queensland Catholic Netball Association’s 13 years Team 2, to compete in the State Age Netball Junior …

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Netball news

Congratulations to Georgia Manthey, Year 7 on making the Queensland Catholic Netball Association’s 13 years Team 2, to compete in the State Age Netball Junior Rep Carnival in July.

All the best for your preparations Georgia, well done!

Stuartholme girls make Queensland Water polo squads

This year there is a new initiative, the Sydney Youth Water Polo Festival. This is a festival were state teams are chosen from all over …

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Stuartholme girls make Queensland Water polo squads

This year there is a new initiative, the Sydney Youth Water Polo Festival. This is a festival were state teams are chosen from all over Australia to compete in a week long tournament in July.

Congratulations to the following Stuartholme girls on making the squads:

Qld 14 and under squad: Ella Mulligan, Abbey Pomeroy, Molly Nasser, Ruby Pinn, Lara Owen, Maya White, Alice Rogers, Oonagh Keogh and Elizabeth Nolan.  (Nine girls from a total of 42 from across the state, great achievement.)

Qld 16 and under squad: April Edwards, Sophie Fern and Phoebe Leech.

Good luck to these girls as they train to earn a position in the Qld team over the next three weeks.  The teams are being announced on 29 May and I look forward to sharing the news with you as to which of our girls have taken the next step to represent Qld.

Nicola Johnson – Coach

Equestrian News

Twenty riders competed at the annual South East Queensland Regional event over the three days of competition in May. The Beaudesert showgrounds benefited from the …

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Equestrian News

Twenty riders competed at the annual South East Queensland Regional event over the three days of competition in May. The Beaudesert showgrounds benefited from the flooding after Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie passed and was in good condition.

The team were a credit to themselves, their parents and the School as they rode very professionally, were extremely well presented both on and off their horses, showed tremendous cohesion and spirit during competition and at the nightly discipline awards. Congratulations to you all.

We had some inspiring results from all riders as individuals and for the team awards. Our coaches were again instrumental in keeping the riders in the correct frame of mind for everything they had to do in their specific individual preparations, warm up and competitions. Sincere thanks to Lesley, Katrina and Mel – who flew back especially after competing in Sydney to be with the team. Their combined expertise is an enormous asset to the progress that all the riders are making. I would also like to thank Lil Ballard and Madison Searle for all their help with the riders.

A very special thank you to Michelle Beatty who took on the role of Showman Convenor on the SEQ committee this year. This can be a daunting task, but she did a very good job and it is very much appreciated. Katie Bickford joined the ranks, very ably assisting Michelle in Sharon Bakers absence.  Thank you also to Lorelle Murphy, an ex- Equestrian parent, for assisting with the convening of the Show Jumping event. A huge thank you to all the parents who did all their helpers duties so efficiently as usual.

Sincere congratulations to all the riders for their contribution to the announcement on Monday afternoon that Stuartholme School is South East Queensland Champion School for 2017!

This award is a credit to each rider and their individual results and personal achievements as everyone’s results count towards the points for the Overall Champion School Trophy.

The Overall Team positions are collated on each school’s top four rider’s results per discipline :-

Dressage Champion School– Shannon Owens, Isabelle Gilley, Aalia Luchetta, Georgia Rink.

Show Jumping Champion School – Emily Rink, Piper Searle,  Abby Munro, Clare Munro.

Combined Training Reserve Champion School – Isabelle Gilley, Piper Searle, Aalia Luchetta,  Bella Anthony.

Individual Results – Some of the discipline classes had 32 riders so all our riders have achieved very good results.

KEY= Dress = Dressage / CT = Combined Training / SM = Showman /SH = Show Horse / S J = Show Jumping; Pre = Preliminary / Nov = Novice / Elem= Elementary.

Shannon Owens- Champion Dressage RWD.

Issie Gilley – Reserve Champion C T 95cms, Overall 3rd Sec Sen Nov Dress, Sec 90cms SJ 15th.

Emily Rink – Overall 3rd and 4th 120 S J.

Julia Rathie- Overall 21st CT 95cms, Overall 21st, Overall 17th Dress Sec Prelim.

Emily Ballard – Overall 6th/11th  Elem Dress; 1st place Elem 3.2 Test; Overall 9th CT Sec 90cms,

Emma Bickford- Overall 11th Sec 80cms SJ; Overall 19th Sec SJ 90cms.

Olivia Mc Swan- Overall 10th Elem Dress; 1st place Elem Dress 3.3 Test.

Phoebe Menzies – Overall 12th CT 95cms; Overall 15th Sec Prelim Dress.

Remy Conescu – Overall 8th CT 80cms; Overall 16th CT 60cms; Overall 7th SJ 70cms; Overall 13th Sec Prelim Dress

Piper Searle – Champion S J 100cms and 90cms; Overall 4th Sec Nov Dress; Overall 6th Sec Prelim Dress; overall 4th /14th 90cms C T.

Zoe Henderson – Overall 3rd SM 4 phase 45 cms.

Skye Baldock – Overall 9th Inter Nov Dress/ 1st place Nov 2.2 test ; Overall 11th CT 60cms;

Grace Beatty- Overall 6th SM phase 4 60cms; Overall 13th CT 80cms; Overall 8th SJ 80cms; Overall 16th Sec Inter Prelim Dress.

Aalia Luchetta – Reserve Champion Elem Dress; Overall 4th CT 60cms; Overall 11th SJ 90cms.

Bella Anthony – Overall 3rd / 10th CT 95cms; Overall 3rd Inter Nov Dress; Overall 4th Inter Prelim Dress; Overall 8th/ 13th Sec SJ 90cms.

Abby Munro – Overall 4th SJ 70cms; Overall 13th Sec CT 60cms.

Georgia Rink- Champion Inter Nov Dress; Overall 10th Sec Inter Prelim Dress; Overall 11th Sec 110 SJ; Overall 21st Sec SJ 100cms.

Ellie Turnbull- Overall 7th CT 95cms; Overall 10th Sec SJ 100cms/ Sec Inter Nov Dress.

Claire Abercrombie-  Res Champion Sec S Hunter; overall 8th Sec SM Phase 3.

Clare Munro- Overall 6th SJ 80cms.

Congratulations to all our riders on a job very well done.

Anna Startosta
Equestrian Coordinator

 

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National Bronze Medal for 14 and under Water Polo Team

During the Easter holidays, our 14 and under Water Polo Team headed to the Gold Coast for a week to participate in the Water Polo …

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National Bronze Medal for 14 and under Water Polo Team

During the Easter holidays, our 14 and under Water Polo Team headed to the Gold Coast for a week to participate in the Water Polo Australia 14 and under National Championships.

There were 30 teams from all states and territories across Australia with the exception of the NT.  To begin the competition there were 8 groups, we defeated Tamworth 27-1, Tasmania 25-0 and Qld Country 18-2 to progress the top 16 teams, a solid start to the competition.

Our Team then had to face a very strong University of NSW (UNSW), Polo Bears and BGGS. We needed to win 2 of these 3 games to move to the top 8 in the country – the Championship Group.  We lost to UNSW 6-3, then defeated Polo Bears 8-3 and BGGS 6-2, a good result which allowed us to progress to the top 8.

The games were now getting serious.  In the quarter final we played Mermaids and the game went down to the wire, we came away with a 1 goal win to place us in the top 4 in Australia. This was a great achievement as Stuartholme has never had a team at nationals, whether it was by U14, U16 or U18 that has made the semi-finals, the girls were very excited about ‘making history’, top 4 in Australia!

In our semi-final we came across UNSW who had defeated us 6-3 two days earlier. The girls played a fantastic game, we were leading by 2 goals in the last quarter but unfortunately UNSW scored to level the game with 20 seconds left, sending the game into a penalty shoot-out.  The penalty shoot-out was filled with top quality shots from both teams but unfortunately for us, UNSW scored all 5 penalties and we scored 4, UNSW progressed to the Gold Medal and Stuartholme to the Bronze Medal game, this was a heart breaking loss, but the girls had to regroup and come ready to play on the final day for Bronze.

In our Bronze Medal game we faced Cronulla, who are one of Australia’s top clubs in all ages so this was not going to be an easy game.  Again Stuartholme started fantastically, leading at each quarter.  We went into the last quarter with a 5-2 lead, we still had a full quarter of water polo to play and we did not want to let the opposition back into the game as we had done in our semi-final.  The girls fought all the way to the end, defeating Cronulla 6-3, a brilliant team game that saw us secure the bronze medal at the Australian Championships, a fantastic achievement.

I would like to thank Gaynor Pinn who was our manager for the week and who did an outstanding job, she was ably assisted by Lena White.  I would also like to thank all of the parents, as well as the other Stuartholme supporters, who made their way down to the coast for some or all of our games, your support was certainly appreciated.  Thanks must also go to the Stuartholme Sports Department who had trust in this team and allowed them to enter the national championships.

Finally, I would like to say a huge thank you to the girls, you were a credit to yourselves, your family and your School.  The way you played in the water was the best I have seen and the way you conducted yourselves out of the water supporting the other teams, from Queensland and other states was wonderful to see, that true Cor Unum Spirit.

The girls who were a part of the bronze medal winning team for Nationals were: Ella Mulligan, Abbey Pomeroy, Molly Nasser, Ruby Pinn, Lara Owen, Immy Fraser, Maya White, Alice Rogers, Lily Hunter, Gabby Twigg, Oonagh Keogh and Elizabeth Nolan.

 Nicola Johnson – Coach

Interhouse Music Festival – Solo Music Awards

 Changes to the Vocal Section After due consideration, it has been decided that all singers will be permitted to enter the Vocal Section, even if …

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Interhouse Music Festival – Solo Music Awards

 Changes to the Vocal Section

After due consideration, it has been decided that all singers will be permitted to enter the Vocal Section, even if they are not taking private voice lessons.

These students must contact either Andrew Mear, Leader of the Arts – Co curricula, or Danika Saal, Classroom Music Teacher and Choir/Stuartholme on Stage Conductor, to discuss their repertoire and have their application form signed.

Due to this late change, the cut-off date will now be Wednesday 17 May.

The Annual Solo Music Awards will be held on Sunday 28 May, commencing at 10am. All students who undertake private music lessons, either at Stuartholme or externally, are invited to perform at this event.

The performance sections are as follows:

Junior (Years 7 – 9)
Vocal
Piano
Strings
Band

Senior (Years 10 – 12)
Voice
Piano
Instrumental

Section Categories:
Voice:  Art Song; Musical Theatre; Jazz Standard; Contemporary
Piano:  Baroque, Classical, Romantic; Contemporary
Strings:  Baroque, Classical, Celtic
Percussion & Guitar:  Classical, Contemporary, Jazz
Instrumental:  Classical, Contemporary, Jazz

All participants will earn 5 points towards the Inter-House Music Festival Trophy presented at the Choral Competition. Trophies and/or certificates will be awarded in each category and additional house points will be allocated as follows:

First Place: 40 points
Second Place: 30 points
Third Place: 20 points
Highly Commended: 10 points

 

Time Section Venue
11.00am Senior Piano Theatre
11.45am Junior Piano Theatre
12.00 noon Junior Strings Australian Room
12.30pm Junior Band (Year 7) Theatre
1.30pm Senior Vocal Australian Room
1.45pm Junior Band (Year 8) Theatre
2.30pm Junior Band (Year 9) Theatre
2.30pm Junior Vocal Australian Room
3.15pm Senior Instrumental Theatre

 Entries close on Wednesday 17 May.

Application and information forms are available outside Mr Mear’s office in the Music Department, or on the portal under Music, General Music Information. For any other questions, email the Arts Assistant, Co-Curricula, Mrs Sandy Beanland at music@stuartholme.com

Year 10 event – don’t forget to book your ticket!

Dear Year 10 Parents and Caregivers, We are hoping to see as many of our Year 10 community at our event on 21 May as …

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Year 10 event – don’t forget to book your ticket!

Dear Year 10 Parents and Caregivers,

We are hoping to see as many of our Year 10 community at our event on 21 May as possible.

Have you purchased your ticket yet? If not, we would be grateful if you could do so as soon as you can – just click here.

See you there!

Kellie Broderick
Year 10 Parent Representative
kelliebroderick@yahoo.com.au

Year 9 – Social dance classes at Brisbane Boys’ College

The first dance class for Year 9 students at BBC will start on Tuesday 16 May. Classes are run by the Huelsmann Family, details about …

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Year 9 – Social dance classes at Brisbane Boys’ College

The first dance class for Year 9 students at BBC will start on Tuesday 16 May.

Classes are run by the Huelsmann Family, details about the classes are outlined in the Parent letter. If you are interested please click here for the enrolment form.