Message from the Acting Principal

Last week on assembly I shared with the girls some of the research I’d been looking at on girls’ schools. Some key findings include that girls who attend a single-sex school show greater confidence, are more competitive and assertive, demonstrate stronger study habits, are more involved in volunteer work, are more aspirational and are more likely to participate in male dominated fields.

There is a great deal of evidence to support the choice of a single-sex environment for girls. One key reason is that girls’ schools specialise in girls. They tailor every aspect of teaching and learning to girls, to developing their self-efficacy, growing their leadership potential and empowering them with the skills and confidence to learn, experiment and grow.

Another important reason is that girls’ schools provide visible access to strong, capable girls and women.  Girls need to see confidence, leadership and achievement in other girls and women to see themselves with those qualities. Put simply, “A girl can’t be what she can’t see”. Strong role models show girls how to unearth their talents, find their voice and courageously pursue their own path.

This is even more significant when it comes to disrupting gender biases and beliefs, particularly in traditionally male-dominated industries. A 2018 study by Microsoft found that girls were more likely to consider careers in science, technology, engineering or mathematics if they had a role model who inspired them. The study found that girls with a strong STEM role model were more likely to see themselves as high performers across the range of STEM subjects, but most notably in mathematics. Other studies have also shown this correlation, as well as a correlation between role models and women in leadership.

At Stuartholme, we are blessed with fantastic role models who inspire, empower and encourage. Our Cor Unum Committee and student leaders are confident, warm, strong individuals who advocate respectfully for themselves and their peers. Our Year 12 leaders lead by example, collaborating to coordinate, promote and manage whole-school events. They communicate with, engage and inspire younger girls and they represent themselves and their school honourably. Across the whole school, our students engage in university competitions and workshops and pursue a range of STEM opportunities including game design and robotics. Our Science Ambassadors are proactive in the promotion of scientific research and discoveries and encourage and facilitate active participation and engagement in scientific endeavours.  Stuartholme girls role model a deep respect for intellectual values – at all year levels they strive for academic achievement and many of our seniors commence university studies whilst still at Stuartholme. Last year 97% of our Year 12s received an OP 1-15 or completed a VET qualification providing them with significant post-schooling pathways. Our girls pursue academic enrichment, performing in a range of state-wide, national and international competitions. On that note, it is timely to wish our Year 10 girls – Lily Alessandra, Annalise Barnes, Kathryn Capstick and Grace Deeran – much success as they head to Boston to compete in the International Finals of the Future Problem Solvers Competition.

Our staff’s commitment to student wellbeing and attainment of opportunities and outcomes for every single girl makes them excellent role models. Our staff build relationships with the girls, encourage them to challenge gender stereotypes, to pursue careers and activities they may not have otherwise considered, to advocate for themselves and to connect with possibilities previously unimagined.

I am grateful to be part of the Stuartholme community and I thank all those staff, students, parents/carers and volunteers, who by their everyday examples, interactions and role modelling, encourage our girls to dream big and be the best they can be.

Mothers’ Day

On Friday 10th May Stuartholme hosted the annual Mother’s Day Lunch. Attended by close to 300 women, the day was a lovely celebration of community, friendship and celebration. Special thanks to Nikki MacQueen who was a wonderful mc and Alison Fenton as guest speaker – both women connected with the audience with warmth, humour and compassion.

Special thanks must go to our parents and friends who selflessly gave of their time to ensure a successful event. I’d like to thank Barbara Roads for her coordination, time and energy in organising the day and liaising with our many, many generous volunteers.  So many people contributed so I thank each and every one but I’d like to make mention of Fiona Woodard, Victoria Brown, Sandra Boland, Karen Stock, Alexandra Orchard-Gibb, Heather Blair, Melissa Murchison and Debbie Gibbons. We are also grateful for the beautiful photographs taken by Marzena Alfonso Photography.

My thanks also go to the Stuartholme staff who provided assistance but particularly to Dearna Law, the Manager of our Development Team and Mr Andrew Mear for providing our musicians.

In honour of Mothers’ Day, I’d also like to acknowledge Stuartholme’s mothers, grandmothers and honorary mothers. It is clear our girls have intelligent, courageous women in their lives who inspire them, guide them, love them and lead them. Thank you for role modelling to the girls how to be strong. Thank you for teaching them that things don’t always work out but that they will survive and thrive nonetheless. Thank you for believing in them, encouraging them, making them persevere, showing pride in them and nurturing their self-belief. The girls are blessed to have you as their role models and Stuartholme is richer for having you as part of our community.

Deanne Johnston
Acting Principal

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Key Dates

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Key Dates

DateEvent
Mon 20-Wed 22 MayYear 10 Camp
Fri 24 MayMadeleine Sophie Day Mass & celebrations
Dad's Night Out
Lord Alfred Hotel, Caxton Street, 6pm
Sun 26 MayInterhouse Solo Music Awards
Mon 27 MayNational Sorry Day Liturgy
Thurs 6 JuneInterhouse Athletics Carnival (UQ)
Tues 11-Mon 17 JuneYear 12 Assessment block
Fri 14 June25th Anniversary of Stuartholme Rowing - see website for details
Mon 17-Wed 18 JuneYear 11 Program ' To lead is to serve'
Tues 18-Wed 19 JuneYear 12 QCS practice test
Thurs 20 JuneYear 11 Harmony Day
Year 12 classes finish 3pm
Fri 21 JuneYears 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 JuneSki Trip (NZ)
Mon 15 JulyBoarders return
Boarder Parent Network Meeting 10-11.30am
Parents of Stuartholme meeting 6pm
Parent Teacher interviews 10am-8pm
Tues 16 JulySchool fees due
Wed 17 JulyCo-curricular photos
Fri 26 JulyStudent free day - Sacred Heart Conference

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 ourselves and 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.

The Year 9 retreat day used Stuartholme’s theme for the year, ‘Compassion, Connection, Change’ to explore the Catholic concept of human dignity. To do this, the Year 9s contemplated the characteristics of God and reflected on how they see them within themselves and those around them. In the first session students focused on self-compassion and the importance of exercising kindness to ourselves like you would a good friend.  The students then created beautiful symbols that represented their partners strengths and painted them on their face as a gift. It was beautiful to watch the whole cohort connect and give something meaningful to another person. Finally, the girls contemplated how they as a cohort allow others to be their authentic selves and in doing so, change our community for the better.

The Year 7s were lucky enough to go offsite for their retreat day to Lavalla Centre, Paddington. As new members of our Sacred Heart family, they focused on what is sacred to not only our Catholic faith, but to our school community at Stuartholme. Through exploring concepts of God and their experiences as Stuartholme students, the Year 7s offered personal reflections on what it means to be part of ‘Cor Unum – One Heart’ and find God or the sacred in everyday moments of life.

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

 

Message from the Dean of Boarding

Dear Parents and Guardians, Term 2 is all about getting out and about meeting our families through opportunities of attending Regional Shows. Our school Registrar, …

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Message from the Dean of Boarding

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Term 2 is all about getting out and about meeting our families through opportunities of attending Regional Shows. Our school Registrar, Natasha Pay and I have booked and attended a couple of Shows already. Most recently was the Goondiwindi Show. Each Show has a different rhythm and flow of when it will be the busiest day or time, Natasha and I found that in Goondiwindi it was the later part of the day on the Saturday, where we met a great number of young families interested about life in a Boarding school. We were impressed with the other stalls so much so that I think I need to restrict my spending at each show!

It was lovely to have one of our current parents, Rebecca Cover drop by several times to see how we were going, and to take photos of us at our stand. We also invited families who lived relatively ‘close by’ to have dinner with us on the Saturday at the local ‘Vic’ Hotel. My sincere thanks to the Carrigan, Savill, Cover and Loughman families who joined us for a chance to meet and catch up with how life is going in the Boarding House. Today, Natasha and I are flying into Longreach and are looking forward to seeing more of our families over the weekend. If you are nearby, please come and find us and say hello.

Last Friday 10 May was my first Stuartholme Mothers’ Day Luncheon, and what a delight it was to be there. The atmosphere was one of genuine friendship towards all the ladies who attended, and it was a day of celebration. The two guest speakers were inspirational in telling their individual stories, and my sincere thanks to Nikki Macqueen’s highlighting of Boarding, and the important role played by all in our House as we daily care and support the girls. A group of  Year 12 Boarders, all of whom had a mother at the function, attended in the early part of the day to assist with fundraising. They were wonderful ambassadors for the school. At the end of the day we had a photo opportunity for all Boarding mums, it was wonderful to see how many were able to attend and lovely to meet more of you along the way.

In the next week we have our very special Madeleine Sophie Day, and at our Liturgy at the beginning of the day several girls will be recognised with Blue and Green Ribbons. I am hopeful that you have heard from your daughter if she is one of the recipients. In Boarding we have a wonderful Liturgy the night before called the Procession of Lantern, that will occur on Thursday 23 May from 6.45pm, and I invite any Boarding parent who would like to attend to please RSVP here and advise if you can stay for dinner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Karen Davies
Dean of Boarding

 

Message from the Dean of Student Wellbeing

One of the points of difference of Stuartholme as a school is that we proudly advocate a focus on educating the whole girl. We encourage …

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Message from the Dean of Student Wellbeing

One of the points of difference of Stuartholme as a school is that we proudly advocate a focus on educating the whole girl. We encourage academic success, but it will never be at the detriment of a students’ wellbeing. One of the keys to our success in caring is the dedicated wellbeing team who work in partnership with parents.

Our school psychologists Ms Eloise Conrad and Ms Natalie Morgan are valuable professional support staff who contribute in a significant way to the creation of the ‘Stuartholme Village’. I am pleased to provide their advice below about how to build respectful relationships.

Respectful Relationships

It is critical that young people develop the skills to build healthy, respectful relationships with others. The adults in their lives play a key role in modelling and teaching young people what a respectful relationship looks like. This includes fostering supportive friendships and managing conflict situations appropriately.

The following are some key indicators for the development and maintenance of healthy relationships with others:

  • Active listening skills: Young people seeking to understand their friends’ needs, wants and points of views as well as looking to support and care for that person. Active listening involves not only providing time to stop and pay attention to our friends but also to aim to understand what they are thinking and feeling. One simple way this can be achieved is by repeating back what our friend’s tell us and check we’ve understood, rather than rushing to fix a problem.
  • Empathy: A young person’s ability to empathise assists greatly in the building of relationships with others. Contemporary researchers often differentiate between two types of empathy: “Affective empathy” is the feeling we get in response to others’ emotions; this can include mirroring what that person is feeling. “Cognitive empathy,” sometimes called “perspective taking,” refers to our ability to identify and understand other people’s emotions.
  • Careful use of humour: A common defence of young people is “it was just a joke”. When using humour, it is important for young people to understand that they need to be sensitive to others’ feelings when telling jokes to avoid embarrassing their friend or making them feel small.
  • Communicating directly: When there is a conflict, it is critical to approach the person directly and having an assertive conversation after everyone has cooled down. This is often one of the most difficult skills to build and action for young people (and adults!), and it becomes easier to speak behind the other person’s back. A simple template for an assertive conversation: “I feel____when you___in the future I would like____”.
  • “The vault”: “What I share with you in confidence, you don’t share with other people” – Brene Brown. Trust is a fundamental part of respectful relationships and is made up of small moments. The more often young people can show their friends that they are trustworthy by avoiding the temptation to gossip, the more that they will be able to display honesty and behave how they would like to be treated.

If your daughter is unsure whether her friendships are healthy ones, here are some questions she can ask herself: “Do I feel safe?” “Do I feel appreciated?” “Have they got my best interests at heart?” “Do I feel supported?” “Are they willing to listen when I have a concern?”.

For further information or support, please contact our school psychologists, Eloise Conrad (econrad@stuartholme.com) and Natalie Morgan (nmorgan@stuartholme.com) or your daughter’s Leader of Student Wellbeing.

References: Kids Helpline (https://kidshelpline.com.au), ReachOut (https://au.reachout.com/), Greater Good Science Center (https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/) and Brene Brown (book “Dare to Lead”).

Deb Lonsdale-Walker
Dean of Student Wellbeing

 

 

 

 

Message from the Careers Counsellor

Happy National Careers Week, everyone! Thank you to all the students who got involved in the CV & cover letter crash course on Monday and/or …

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Message from the Careers Counsellor

Happy National Careers Week, everyone!

Thank you to all the students who got involved in the CV & cover letter crash course on Monday and/or the Mock Job Interviews event on Wednesday!

Our final NCW event will be running during lunchtime on Friday. If you’re interested in nursing, come along and ask Sister Kylee, a Registered Nurse, all your burning questions about the profession.

Below is a summary of the most recent Career Options Bulletin, plus upcoming dates for SE QLD university Open Days. As always, you can find the full Bulletin and more career-related info on the my.stuartholme Careers page.

Warm regards,
Mr Lillyman

Applying to university

Getting ready for QTAC

Did you know there are only four months left until the QTAC online application is activated (1 August 2019)? Starting this term, there are many opportunities to explore your post-school options.  For example:

  • 24 – 25 May 2019 – Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.  Also, careers expos will be held in regional centres throughout Queensland.
  • From May to September most of the institutions have open days where you can obtain information about courses and check out the campuses.
  • You will receive the QTAC Guide in June/July.  This booklet contains information about courses you can apply for through QTAC and application processes.
  • 20 – 21 July 2019 – Tertiary Studies Expo (TSXPO) at the RNA showgrounds.  Interstate universities will be represented at this expo.
  • From 1 August 2019, you can access a range of up-to-date information about the 2019/20 QTAC application and offer processes and the courses offered from the QTAC website.

What are adjustment factors?

Adjustment Factors help you gain entry into university courses. If you are eligible for Adjustment Factors, your position on the merit scale for entry into a course will be ‘adjusted’ to give you a new, more competitive score.

Universities award Adjustment Factors for a variety of reasons and programs so you will have to enquire with every university you are interested in attending, to fully understand their eligibility requirements.  The process for applying for ‘Adjustment Factors’ may vary so it’s important that you start your research now.

Visit the QTAC website for information on the following Assistance schemes:

  • Year 12 subject scheme
  • Access and equity schemes
  • Regional preference scheme / Rural Access Scheme
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander schemes
  • Elite Athlete and Performer Schemes
  • QUT Elite Athlete Special Entry Scheme
  • Access USC Elite Athlete Adjustment Scheme
  • Other special admissions schemes

 

Scholarship news

2020 Scholarships at the International College of Hotel Management (ICHM)

ICHM, located in Adelaide, prepares students for hotel management roles based on the Swiss Hotel Association (SHA) model. Find out more about their scholarships at the ICHM Scholarship website.

GU: Griffith University Scholarships video

Griffith has developed a YouTube video to explain the scholarships they offer and the application process. Access the video here. For more information, visit Griffith scholarships. Scholarships open on 6 July 2019.

Events & experiences

Griffith Schoolgirls’ Breakfast Career Experience Day

Griffith Business School’s Department of Tourism, Sport and Hotel Management and the School of Engineering offers students an insight into a variety of industries from sport management to exercise science at the schoolgirls’ breakfast each year. This free half day event is open to Year 9-12 school girls and includes breakfast, a panel presentation, and three workshops. Register via email projectofficehsl@griffith.edu.au and visit their website for more information.

The Big Day In IT Conference

If you are interested in future jobs and opportunities in the computer/IT field, consider attending the ‘The Big Day In’ conference.  This conference is designed by students for students in high school (Years 9 – 12) and university students interested in a career in technology. During the day you will hear from speakers and talk with exhibitors and organisations involved. The event in Brisbane will be on Wednesday 5 June at the University of Queensland. Click here to find out more and purchase a $10 ticket.

GU: GriffithBUSINESS Ambassadors Program

The GriffithBUSINESS Ambassadors Program offers students their first real look at university life, whilst providing them with a greater understanding of social innovation and social enterprise through working with academic staff from Griffith University.  These full day workshops at Nathan, Loganlea and Gold Coast are free to attend. Students will receive a Certificate of Participation and will officially become a Griffith Business School Ambassador. To find out when the workshops are and/or more information visit their website and talk to your Business teacher. Click to Register.

Le Corden Bleu workshops

LCB Brisbane are opening their doors to high school students in Years 11 & 12, to experience a ‘day in the life’ at one of the world’s leading culinary and hospitality institutions to provide a taste of what a future career in global hospitality will be like. The residential will run 2 & 3 July 2019 and cost $250. More information here.

QUT: STEM Camp

QUT’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) camp provides high-achieving Year 11 students with an exciting opportunity to attend an interactive 5-day camp and engage in solving some of the major challenges facing our society and planet today. The camp is free and accommodation and transport options for rural and regional students will be provided.

STEM camp applications are now open and close at midnight on Monday, 20 May 2019. Click here for application form.

QUT: Digital Designer workshop

The Digital Designer Workshop will be held on Saturday 25 May and is a hands-on workshop where students will be stepped through the process designers use to create digital experiences. and design a digital activity that could be included in The Living Reef project. Students will receive feedback on their designs by BOP Industries, QUT staff, and ambassadors. No design or digital technology experience is required. There is a $25 fee and bookings are essential.

USQ: Year 11 and 12 Experience Day

Student Experience Days at the Springfield and Toowoomba campuses are an engaging and immersive way for Year 11-12 students to explore their fields of interest. Visit their website for more information.

Upcoming Open Days

27/07/2019 Australian Catholic University Open Day
Brisbane
27/07/2019 Bond University Twilight Open Day

Robina

27/07/2019 University of Southern Queensland Open Day
Springfield
28/07/2019 QUT Open Day
Gardens Point Campus Brisbane
04/08/2019 University of Queensland Open Day
St Lucia Brisbane
10/08/2019 University of Queensland Open Day
Gatton
11/08/2019 Griffith University Open Day
Gold Coast
11/08/2019 Griffith University Open Day
Nathan Brisbane
11/08/2019 Griffith University Open Day
Southbank
18/08/2019 University of Southern Queensland Open Day
Toowoomba
24/08/2019 University of Southern Queensland Open Day – Ipswich
Ipswich

UCAT reminder for Medicine and other health science courses

Students applying for medicine and other health science courses may be required to sit for the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) as part of the application process. You need to register and book a test date and bookings close at 11.59 pm on 17 May 2019. Results will be available at the end of your test. Click here to find out more information and the universities and courses that have UCAT as a prerequisite for entry.

Tomas Lillyman
Careers Counsellor

 

Co-curricular News

Interhouse Cross Country  The Interhouse cross country carnival was held on Tuesday 30 April. It was wonderful to see nearly all house marquees empty for …

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Co-curricular News

Interhouse Cross Country 

The Interhouse cross country carnival was held on Tuesday 30 April. It was wonderful to see nearly all house marquees empty for the fun run event with most houses fielding over 100 runners for this event.

Congratulations to our top 3 fastest runners around the course:

3rd           Georgia Rink                       11.55
2nd          Ella Mackenzie                  11.53
1st           Holly Robertson                 11.35

Congratulations to Stuart for taking our the 2019 Interhouse Cross Country title!

1st           Stuart                    481
2nd          Parker                   466
3rd           Coen                     369
4th           Macrae                 366
5th           Woodlock            358
6th           Toohey                 320

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Met West School Sport Cross Country 

Congratulations to the 7 Stuartholme Girls who competed at the Met West School Sport Cross Country:

14yrs

  • 7th Alex O’Brien 16:59

15yrs

  • 4th Holly Robertson 15:32

16yrs

  • 7th Lily Hunter 17:41
  • 15th Ebony Anderson 20:56

12yrs

  • 6th Lucinda Freeman 11:58

13yrs

  • 3rd Gretta Johnson 11:50
  • 8th Emma Stringer 12:37

 

 

 

 

 

 

Short term boarding options

Did you know Stuartholme offers a number of boarding options? The Boarding House is open to our day families too. Short-term boarding is available during …

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Short term boarding options

Did you know Stuartholme offers a number of boarding options?

The Boarding House is open to our day families too. Short-term boarding is available during term time to help with co-curricular sports or for parents who need to travel.

For more information about our boarding options, including the terms and conditions, please contact Enrolments via email or telephone 3510 6419.

Do you have a daughter starting Year 7 in 2020, 2021 or 2022?

This is a reminder for parents to please submit an enrolment application now if you have another daughter starting Stuartholme in the next few years. …

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Do you have a daughter starting Year 7 in 2020, 2021 or 2022?

This is a reminder for parents to please submit an enrolment application now if you have another daughter starting Stuartholme in the next few years.

First round interviews for these years have already taken place, however the School does have a policy of prioritising siblings.

To ensure your daughter doesn’t miss a spot, please submit your application as soon as possible so she is included in the next round of interviews.

Should you have any questions, please contact our Registrar, Natasha Pay.

 

St Madeleine Sophie Day Mass and celebrations

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St Madeleine Sophie Day Mass and celebrations

Interhouse Music Festival

Interhouse Music Festival The Inter-House Music Festival begins next Friday 24 May and will run over the weekend concluding with the Junior and Senior Solo …

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Interhouse Music Festival

Interhouse Music Festival

The Inter-House Music Festival begins next Friday 24 May and will run over the weekend concluding with the Junior and Senior Solo Awards – Gala Concert on Sunday 26 May.


Choral Competition

The 30th Choral Competition will take place in the Theatre on Friday afternoon. The theme for this special anniversary is ABBA!

Final soundchecks and rehearsals will happen on Friday morning after the St Madeleine Sophie Mass. The six Houses will present their ABBA song in the following order:

  1. Macrae – Take a Chance on Me
  2. Woodlock – Ring Ring
  3. Coen – SOS
  4. Parker – Fernando
  5. Toohey – Super Trouper
  6. Stuart – Waterloo

The competition will be adjudicated by Gary Holley from Brisbane Girls Grammar and Emma Wilson (Stuartholme Vocal Teacher). We look forward with great anticipation to this cultural highlight of the year.


Solo Awards – Junior and Senior Gala Concerts

On Sunday afternoon, the successful musicians from the Solo Awards Round 1 and 2 (auditions) will perform in their Gala Concert. The Junior Concert will commence at 2.00pm with the piano section, 2.30pm with the vocal section and 3.00pm with the instrumental section. The Senior sections will begin at 5.00pm with the instrumentalists and conclude with the vocal section beginning at 5.30pm. At the conclusion of each section there will be a short presentation and comments by the adjudicators. The adjudicators are Gary Holley (Brisbane Girls Grammar) and Aileen Bryant (Brisbane Grammar).

All performers have been sent information regarding requirements for their rehearsal with our official accompanist; Kathy Sander.

Please come along and support your daughter and hear the finest musicians at Stuartholme in action!

Science Snippets

Is it possible to teach animals the human language? There is great diversity of communication within the animal kingdom. Each species possesses its own unique …

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Science Snippets

Is it possible to teach animals the human language?

There is great diversity of communication within the animal kingdom. Each species possesses its own unique sounds that have subsequently become recognisable to humans: dogs bark, cows moo and cats meow. Yet is it possible for this basic communication to be developed? Is it possible to teach animals the human language?

We already know that animals as diverse as elephants and parrots can mimic the sounds of human speech, however, to truly consider this communication across species these animals must first understand the meaning of what they are uttering.

There are presently many examples of animal mimicry which is the ability of the animal to hear sounds, learn to imitate them, and then produce them. These animals are referred to as ‘vocal learners’ with only 5 main groups of mammals that possess this genetic: humans, elephants, seals, bats and cetaceans (dolphins and whales). Three species of birds also have this ability: songbirds, hummingbirds and of course parrots which are known for its vocal learning skills.

Each of these animals has a specific feature of their brain that allows them to imitate sounds. Erich Jarvis of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina states in a 2004 research paper that there are particular brain circuits located in the forebrain that controls the muscles for vocalization. Animals that are not vocal learners lack this key section of the brain which facilitates the learning of new sounds and the subsequent control of the vocal tract muscles to produce these noises.

Further study done by Jarvis on animal genes in 2014 also demonstrates this distinction. Specific genes are turned on and off in the brain of distinct animals with vocal learners possessing a comparable pattern of activity within their speech control centres.

However, to be able to create these noises the animal must generally possess – in addition to these cerebral features – a vocal tract that enables them to produce these sounds. This feature is not necessarily evident in all vocal learners, with animals possessing a vocal tract that is anatomically different to humans. Nevertheless, in 2012 an elephant named Koshik spoke several words of Korean. By placing his trunk in his mouth, he was able to imitate both the pitch and timbre of his trainer.

Despite this amazing ability, Koshik was simply repeating his trainer rather than understanding the meaning of the word. This is seemingly illustrated in most vocal learners both in the wild and in captivity. The words or sounds they are repeating have no meaning.

There is one exception to this rule that continues to maintain the belief that animals could learn the human language. An African grey parrot named Alex was trained by cognitive scientist Irene Pepperberg of Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Alex could not only state dozens of words clearly but he could also then use them to identify colours, shapes, materials, numbers and objects.

It is evident that while many animals can imitate human speech it is possible for only a small percentage to take meaning from these words. Due to both anatomic and cerebral genetic differences it is thus unlikely that animals will ever talk with the same high degree of understanding as humans do but it may be possible for specific species to respond to simple questions and give basic directions in the future.

For more information about this topic visit: http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20150216-can-any-animals-talk-like-humans

School News

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 so please submit your answers to the link found there.

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 are currently up to the 3rd week of the quiz so if you have not begun checking the student notices for the questions get on it quickly!!!

Here are the clues for the first three quizzes:

The first element:

  • Was discovered by German Researchers at Darmstadt
  • Was named after a remarkable female physicist
  • Is highly radioactive and unstable
  • Can only be synthetically produced

The second element:

  • Found on the bottom row of the Periodic Table
  • Discovered during the examination of hydrogen bomb debris in 1952
  • Named after a renowned physicist with the initials A.E.

The third element:

  • Synthetically produced
  • Radioactive
  • Half-life of 3.6 seconds
  • Transition metal

We look forward to receiving your answers!

Upcoming Events

  • NASA: A Human Adventure is an amazing exhibit running at the Queensland Museum until the 9thof October provides the most comprehensive and extensive touring space flight exhibition in the world. Featuring over 250 historically significant displays from the United States and Soviet Union space programs, it includes detailed replicas, scale models as well as original objects that have journeyed to space. For more information, visit: https://space.qm.qld.gov.au/?gclid=CjwKCAjw_MnmBRAoEiwAPRRWW5_Sci0JK-R9kgeKoZcCIWvaRBOpwhEIHJv3DjoEDh4Hlxpa-hzTDxoCb78QAvD_BwE
  • 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, 4thJune 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 QUT STEM Camp for year 11 students is held in the Term 3 holidays from the 30th September to 4th The camp takes place at QUT Gardens Point Campus and allows students to participate engage in solving some of the major challenges facing our society and planet today in regard to biotechnology, engineering, robotics, patient care and virtual reality. Applications close 20thof May, so if you’re interested please apply. For more information, visit: https://www.qut.edu.au/study/career-advisers-and-teachers/stem-for-schools/stem-camp
  • 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 DaysSt 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

If you have any questions regarding the science opportunities, please get in touch with Ms Macdonald (wmacdonald@stuartholme.com).

Kind regards,

Nieve Dickman (UQ Science Ambassador)

Year 11 Business – field trip to the UQ Business School Idea Hub

Year 11 Business had the opportunity to attend the UQ Business Ideas Hub on Wednesday 8 May. With the help of our facilitator, Tomas, we …

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Year 11 Business – field trip to the UQ Business School Idea Hub

Year 11 Business had the opportunity to attend the UQ Business Ideas Hub on Wednesday 8 May. With the help of our facilitator, Tomas, we spoke about business ideas and unique ways to come to a solution. The UPI method (Users, Problem and Impact) was introduced to us and we participated in smaller group activities, presenting examples of everyday local issues and business opportunities.

Insights of the method showed us the ways in which some entrepreneurs skip the steps of breaking down who is involved and the likely impact of the business concept. The UPI method that we used during this session aims to prioritise the users, problem and impact to have a greater understanding of the issue rather than jumping straight to a solution, which allows a business to not lose sight of their mission and to stay connect with customers.

Visiting the University of Queensland and getting a chance to see some of the St Lucia campus was a great opportunity as it allowed us to see the Business school and observe part of the university. Taking part in the UQ Idea Hub meant we were able to take part in a new way of learning and were presented with different ideas regarding businesses and the ways in which solutions are reached.

By Paris Georghiou and Molly Hoskison

St Ignatius Parish invites you to Youth Mass

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St Ignatius Parish invites you to Youth Mass

Mothers’ Day Lunch Wrap Up

As tradition, the sun was shining which provides the right atmosphere to start a celebration.  It was grand to see so many friends catching up …

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Mothers’ Day Lunch Wrap Up

As tradition, the sun was shining which provides the right atmosphere to start a celebration.  It was grand to see so many friends catching up and making new acquaintances.

We are thrilled with the financial results of the fundraising side-bar of the day.  Our nominated charities of Sony Camp and Mater Little Miracles will receive their donations before the end of the financial year and the Treasure Chest Keys raised $4400 to Drought Angels.  As we are still compiling expenses, reimbursements and payments, the final figure is still coming but it is thought $10,000 will be left in the Parents of Stuartholme kitty to spend on nominated projects before May next year.  Do you have some thoughts on this?  Please submit ideas to pos@stuartholme.com for considering at the July PoS Meeting.

The “treasure” took a little longer to discover this year but we were so happy when the unexpecting Sara Alfredson’s key turned in the lock and she discovered she was the winner.  The French Door at Indooroopilly was very generous with their donation of a 9k white gold Trace chain & Rhodium Open Oval pendant necklace.  No doubt Sara is still smiling.

A number of MDL pictures have been posted on the PoS Facebook page for all to have a look at.  Kudos to Marzena Alfonso of Photography by Marzena who took some “cracker” photos.  If you do not follow the PoS Facebook click here to join https://www.facebook.com/groups/382821988783620/

Stuartholme holds great pride and a strong sense of community for many of us and it is with pleasure that the committee work together to organise an annual event that 270 women enjoyed just a week ago.

Special thanks to our beautiful and poignant speakers Nikki Macqueen and Alison Fenton.  Both strong women with compassion and connection to our community who involved themselves in a myriad of ways, not only in words but action, to promote positive change amongst us.  Blessings to you both for your time and inspiration.

Another big shout out to our local businesses and Stuartholme families who were very generous with their donations to the lucky door & raffle prizes and Silent Auction.  Please support these businesses if and when you can.

All in all, another fantastic result for those of us involved in the organisation and hopefully to each guest who attended.  Constructive feedback is always welcome and encouraged so if you would like to share your comments, positive or suggestions for improvement, we’d gladly receive them on this email or to pos@stuartholme.com .

A debrief of the Mothers’ Day Lunch will be held on Friday, 31 May, 8.30-11.30am in the Boardroom.  Please sign in at the Main Entrance before coming to the Boardroom Unfortunately, 260 prospectus shells have been found and require collating so…. there is no rest for the wicked.  Come, chat, debrief and let’s get this job done …. again!

If you feel you have something to bring to the organising team for 2020, we would also like to hear from you. The more, the merrier.

May the warmth and friendship that surrounded us all at the Mothers’ Day Lunch buoy you in the weeks ahead as working, parenting and life in general may wear you down.  Compassion, connection and change is within each of us and I hope you strive to make a difference every day in some capacity to make our community that little bit stronger, brighter and kinder.

Barbara Roads, Fiona Woodard and Karen Stock

Dads’ Night Out

Attention all dads! RSVP now for this not-to-be-missed event! 24th May from 6pm All Stuartholme dads are warmly invited to meet and catch up with …

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Dads’ Night Out

Attention all dads! RSVP now for this not-to-be-missed event!

24th May from 6pm

All Stuartholme dads are warmly invited to meet and catch up with other dads over a few drinks.

Cost is $20 this covers your first drink and starter plates for nibbles.

This event will be held at The Lord Alfred Hotel, corner of Caxton Street and Petrie Terrace.


Payment

Pre-payment is required via flexischools.

If you already have an account log in and click ‘online ordering’ then select ‘order tickets’ for Dad’s Night Out.

If you do not currently have an account you can register here.

If you prefer to check out as a guest please click here.

Please note if you are using a mobile device you will have to visit flexischools.com.au then click ‘Guests’ at the foot of the page then search school name (Stuartholme School).

 

Celebrating 25 years of Stuartholme Rowing

Join us to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Stuartholme Rowing All past and present rowing families are invited. Cocktail Evening (18yr+) Venue: Gambaro’s Restaurant, Caxton …

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Celebrating 25 years of Stuartholme Rowing

Join us to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Stuartholme Rowing

All past and present rowing families are invited.

Cocktail Evening (18yr+)

Venue: Gambaro’s Restaurant, Caxton Street
Cost: $115pp includes food, drinks and entertainment
RSVP: online by Saturday 25 May 2019 (https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=486446&)
Enquiries: nims77@me.com

 

St Ignatius Open Day – Tuesday 28 May

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St Ignatius Open Day – Tuesday 28 May