Message from the Principal

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends,

Please click here to watch my Newsletter issue 7 address.

 

Take care and God Bless,

Kristen Sharpe
Principal

 

 

 

 

Message from the Deputy Principal

While it has been wonderful to welcome back some of our students this week, I know we will feel complete when we have our boarding …

view ARTICLE

Message from the Deputy Principal

While it has been wonderful to welcome back some of our students this week, I know we will feel complete when we have our boarding community back in full as well. We continue to be challenged by the impacts of the pandemic; however we are resolute in our stance that we will continue to support the learning of all in our community in the interim before we can return “physically” as one in community into the future.

Celebrating our educators:

As educators navigating this continually changing landscape, I have been impressed by the way our teaching staff have supported student success across all aspects of learning at Stuartholme. It has indeed been a collaborative and holistic approach to supporting our young women in their academic, spiritual, social, emotional and wellbeing learning. I have full faith in our staff to continue to care for our students no matter what challenges we face as a community together over the coming period.

Fortunately, we are blessed by a teaching staff who love to learn, and this pandemic has provided an opportunity for us as educators to explore different approaches in pedagogy. While challenging, it has also been invigorating as we as teachers have embraced being in the shoes of the learner. Of course, this carries with it nerves; however, it is also exciting. Consequently, it is our students who are reaping the rewards of these innovative practices.

I thought it would be remiss not to highlight some of these successes this week whereby our teaching faculty have completely pivoted their practice. Over the term, our teachers have:

  • Navigated the world of Zooming and have become more comfortable with facilitating learning in an online context
  • Learned how to flip the learning through the production of instructional videos using Screen-o-Matic
  • Experimented with technology producing quizlets and kahoots as a way of checking for understanding in a virtual context
  • Modified assessment to suit the learning progression in a remote teaching and learning program
  • Enhanced their OneNote knowledge and developed more interactive ways of engaging with the platform
  • Enhanced the ‘fun’ in learning through experimenting in the virtual environment.

While this is only a taste of what has been happening behind the scenes, it is clear we have a passionate group of educators who love being teachers and who genuinely love and care for the learning of our girls.

Our impressive young women

It is not only our teachers who have pivoted their practice but also our students who are finding innovative ways for students to connect. While our Cor Unum has done impressive work in leading our student body, this has been complemented by our House Captains and Academic Committees. One example has been the Year 12 Academic Committee running a Brain Buster Quiz for our students with fun problem-solving. It is through the caring nature of keeping our community connected that our impressive young women are also supporting thinking and learning success for our students.

The Stuartholme Village

In closing, I am reminded of that adage that aligns so beautifully with the Stuartholme Way that “it takes a village to raise a child”. COVID-19 has certainly presented our village with many challenges; however, the silver lining is that we emerge much stronger as a community, having re-imagined just what it takes to work together in an endeavour to optimise outcomes for every single student in our village.

Best wishes,

Daniel Crump
Deputy Principal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Message from the Dean of Mission

The Month of May – The Month of Mary   Do you know of the great tradition in the Church that dedicates the month of May to Mary, …

view ARTICLE

Message from the Dean of Mission

The Month of May – The Month of Mary 

 Do you know of the great tradition in the Church that dedicates the month of May to Mary, the Mother of God? Having been associated with Catholic education since I was 5 years old, I knew of this tradition, but didn’t understand its origin. 

 Ancient Origins 

 Like many traditions in the Church, the origin of this custom is linked with the ancient times. For the Ancient GreeksMay was dedicated to Artemis, the goddess of chastity and protectress of childbirth, whilst for the Ancient Romans, May was dedicated to Flora, the goddess of blooms and the season of spring.1 Knowing this, I can see the connection to Mary, whom we know as virgin and the mother of Jesus, the one who offers us new life through his life, death and resurrection. It wasn’t until the Baroque period (1600 – 1750’s) that the actual month of May was given to Mary, establishing a tradition that continues today. 

 Mater Admirabilis & our Wisdom Women 

 Our own wisdom women, Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat, Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne and Mother Janet Erskine Stuart rscJ, had great devotion to Mary, as one who is near to us and helps us draw nearer to Jesus. Throughout every Sacred Heart school and home over the world the image of Mater Admirabilis is present. At Stuartholme we see a grand sized version looking over us from the stairwell of the Renard building. 

 What is it about this depiction of Mary that captures our hearts?  Why have generations of children and alumnae of the Sacred Heart schools across the world been comforted by this simple image? What is so striking about Mater? Suzannne Cooke RSCJ helps us to understand: 

 I invite each of us to consider Mary’s expression. No one can spend any time before the image of Mater without sensing that Mary knew something entirely wonderful, something entirely extraordinary – God loved her unconditionally, without reserve, without limit, freely, and gratuitously. In the face of such love, Mary came to understand herself as beloved of God, God’s favoured one, one filled with the Spirit. Mary’s clarity of her own self-understanding as the handmaiden of God flows from her absolute conviction that with God all things are possible. Luke explains that Mary was greeted by the angel with the words …Hail Mary full of grace, the Lord is with you… I think evidence of this grace can be seen in Mater’s face.2 

 Praying to Mary 

 For the month of May this year in these unprecedented times, Pope Francis has invited the Church “to rediscover the beauty of praying the Rosary.” He says, “Dear brothers and sisters, contemplating the face of Christ with the heart of Mary our Mother will make us even more united as a spiritual family and will help us overcome this time of trial.”3 In these May days of MaryI invite you to take a moment or two to pray: 

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. 

Blessed are you among women,  

and blessed is the fruit of your womb Jesus. 

Holy Mary, Mother of God, 

prayer for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.  

Amen. 

 

Peace and blessings for the weeks ahead. 

Justin Golding
Dean of Mission

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Message from the Dean of Boarding

Dear Parents and Guardians, It is with great delight that we are welcoming the return of more of our Senior Year 11 and 12 girls …

view ARTICLE

Message from the Dean of Boarding

Dear Parents and Guardians,

It is with great delight that we are welcoming the return of more of our Senior Year 11 and 12 girls to Boarding this weekend. The House feels like it has been in a winter hibernation time so quiet and feeling empty, except that we have had Boarding staff coming in and supporting the International girls who are still with us. It will be great to see some more faces and I am sure as the restrictions slowly, evolve we will see more and more of the girls returning to our life here on the hill.

The Assistant Heads of Boarding have been unstinting in their support of the girls during this time and it is wonderful that so many for the Boarders have made an effort to be part of our Year group Zoom gatherings. My time over the past three weeks has been in working through the regulation to have our House open and being in conversation with our Year 11 and 12 parents to ensure that they are fully briefed at this time. I hope to spend the next two weeks talking to our Year 7 – 10 families.

We have been very thankful of the girls who join us for the Monday night House Meeting time, a little light relief at 5.30pm. And it is an opportunity for the International Girls to see others. We will continue this gathering as we grow slowly in numbers as more Boarders return.

Photography Competition

We have had two winners in our Photo Competition so far, Leilani and Mariska Hale for their Learning Space photo and Lily Haddad for her really beautiful Sunset shot. The next two weeks we are looking for photos of your pets and then looking forward into the next week we are asking for photos of your family.

 

Please contact me if you have any questions about this time of COVID-19, I have just accepted that it is movable feast, and I am looking forward to having a more normal world, as I am sure you are as well.

Take care and be well,

Karen Davies
Dean of Boarding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Message from the Dean of Student Wellbeing

Foundation to student success – The Stuartholme Wise Wellness Program “Education means: to liberate, rebuild, empower, speak, to open them to life” – Sister Maureen …

view ARTICLE

Message from the Dean of Student Wellbeing

Foundation to student success – The Stuartholme Wise Wellness Program

“Education means: to liberate, rebuild, empower, speak, to open them to life” – Sister Maureen Glavin rscJ, 2019 Sacred Heart Schools Conference

The Wellbeing team is committed to keeping up to date with the latest research in a bid to ensure that we are offering our students the very best of care.

Towards this end, we continue to participate in a series of webinars and engage with experts of international panels focussed on “Helping our girls navigate 2020”.

A fundamental pattern emerging from the research is that schools with the most compelling wellbeing and academic data all subscribe to a discrete wellbeing subject offered as part of the curriculum, designed to target need from Years 7 – 12.

At Stuartholme, we are proud to offer our evidence based Wise Wellness Program for every student which provides them with a solid foundation for learning and wellbeing success. This program is designed to develop skills in: self-management, self-awareness, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision-making.

 

What the research told us we need to do

In creating our Wise Wellness Program, there were clear markers about what we needed to do to ensure academic progression. These included:

  • Building resilient young women.
  • Pursuing an integrated approach to wellbeing with learning.
  • Adopting a proactive approach to educating the whole student.
  • Implementing a team approach – the key to success in caring.
  • Maximising student success through partnering with parents.
  • Ensuring the Sacred Heart Educational Goals are front and centre.

What topics best maximise student success?

The literature also revealed that there are key topics that students would benefit most from engaging in at differing stages in their development. These included:

  • a focus on: gratitude, mindfulness, growth mindset, developing positive emotions, engagement, relationships, meaning and accomplishment.
  • showing students that wellbeing is not about them being happy all the time, but rather exposing them to a wellbeing continuum
  • building the skills to assist in scenarios where they are languishing to support them to survive and thrive.

Regarding senior students there was a prominent emphasis that they would also benefit from:

  • skills in mental toughness
  • positive coping strategies
  • managing anxieties
  • building social connections; and
  • futures and transition work.

The Wellbeing Team work very hard to take on board the research to develop the meaningful lessons delivered each week in the program to augment wellbeing and learning success for every single student.

A spotlight on Year 12 Wise Wellness

This week we were delighted to see the return of our Year 11 and 12 students in person and our boarders via technology. As a teacher it is this very human interaction which is central to my passion. I was therefore elated to deliver this week’s Wise Wellness lesson to my Year 12 Class face to face and to beam in our boarding students who joined us via Zoom.

We started the lesson with a mindfulness activity from the Smiling Mind app aimed at showing the students some strategies to relax and encourage quality sleep. This was followed by a gratitude activity which science has now proven is linked to improved wellbeing. The lesson activities which followed were linked to the overarching objective aimed at unpacking procrastination and exploring strategies to combat this.

The students engaged in the lesson with enthusiasm including group work with our boarders, and added to their toolkit some very valuable skills for sustaining success well beyond the Stuartholme school gate.

Deb Lonsdale-Walker
Dean of Student Wellbeing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Message from the Careers Counsellor

Hi everyone, What another great fortnight! And next week is National Careers Week! Since I can’t launch this wonderful week with students on assembly, I’ve …

view ARTICLE

Message from the Careers Counsellor

Hi everyone,

What another great fortnight!

And next week is National Careers Week!

Since I can’t launch this wonderful week with students on assembly, I’ve put together a quick video to introduce NCW 2020 and Stuartholme’s theme for this year. Click on the image below to watch the video!

As always, please see some info and opportunities you and your daughters may be interested in below my update about what’s happened this fortnight.

Year 10 Wise Wellness

Year 10 unpacked the rest of their Career Profile results this week, including their problem-solving skills, industry interests and specific career interests. Next fortnight, we’ll be talking about QCE, ATAR and post-school pathways, which I’m really looking forward to!

Year 11 Wise Wellness

We’ve had two fantastic Wise Wellness sessions with Year 11 this fortnight.

Last week, students imagined their lives 5, 10 or 15 years in the future and then worked backwards to find actions that would get them closer to their goals.

This week we were joined by four amazing alumnae who shared more about life after school and finding careers that they enjoyed. Their career advice to our girls was gold and included things like “it’s okay to try things and change your mind”, “talk to people who know you well when you’re trying to make decisions”, and “be kind to everyone, because you never know who knows who”.

LinkedIn for Young Alumnae webinar

Last Friday, I also had the pleasure to run a webinar for our young alumnae to skill up in using LinkedIn to advance their careers. The feedback has been really positive, so I hope this will be the first of many things that can do to support our alumnae to continue to be the best they can be.

 

Warm regards,

Mr Tom Lillyman
Careers Counsellor

Explore

CICA National Careers Week activities

In addition to the activities I’ll be running at Stuartholme for National Careers Week, you might like to check out the online events that are being run through the Careers Industry Council of Australia.

18 May: Your career in Space…right here, right now!

19 May: Make your move – International freight, transport and logistics

20 May: Australia’s next generation shipbuilding industry

22 May: Early Childhood Teaching Careers with Future Tracks

See the Air Force in 360 degrees

Are you interested in a career in the Air Force? You might enjoy exploring the Air Force in 360 degrees through this interactive site from the Australian Defence Force.

Online events from universities around Australia

Because universities are not expecting to have in-person Open Days this year, there are now lots of online events you can attend to learn more about your options. Here are some of the upcoming events you might like to check out:

17 May: University of Adelaide – Health degrees

              19 May: University of Notre Dame – Doctor of Medicine information session

              20 May: Macquarie University – Year 12 information session

              26 May: Monash University – information evening

 UQ Science Twilight Talks

UQ offers free, live-streamed talks to Year 11 and 12 students. These talks are a great opportunity for students to deepen their understanding of scientific concepts, while also getting a taste of an undergraduate science learning experience. Find out more and register here. And if this sounds interesting, you might also like to check out UQ BrisScience live-streamed talks as well.

 Queensland Premier’s Reading Challenge

The Premier’s Reading Challenge is a way to encourage you to develop a love of reading for life. Doing this challenge will encourage to explore and enjoy a wide range of books. You can participate in the challenge within your school or as individual reader. When you complete the challenge you will receive a Certificate of Achievement signed by the Premier of Queensland.

You can register now to start reading on 11 May and finish on 28 August 2020.

Compete

UQ “Wish you were here!” postcards from future Queensland competition.

This new competition is aimed at empowering you to imagine what a better Queensland post-COVID-19 might look like by submitting a series of postcards.

The postcards should reflect what kind of world you would like to grow up in. What do you hope will be the same? What do you hope will change forever?

Every fortnight throughout Term 2 and 3, prominent authors Kim Wilkins and Helen Marshall will produce a short video lesson in creative writing and propose a challenge. Selected entries will be published online as a snapshot of a world that could be.

Find out more here.

QUT Creative Industries competition

The QUT Creative Industries Real World competition encourages teams of high school students to work together on designing and producing a creative entry, such as a music video, fashion collection or dance performance or other creative work, based on a specific theme chosen by QUT. Prizes of up to $3,000 are on offer. Find out more and how to enter here.

USQ Get Songwriting Prize

If you are a high school student in Years 9 -12, it is time to put your pen to paper or fingers to keys and try your hand at songwriting. Entries are now open for your chance to win a prize pool valued at over $1700, including:

  1. $1000 worth of music equipment, products or services of your choice
  2. Registration in the 2021 McGregor Summer Music Retreat, held in January 2021 at USQ Toowoomba. – Valued at $695.
  3. Registration at one of USQ’s Two-Day Music Experiences held in July or September at USQ Springfield, including an opportunity to have your song recorded in our TV & Radio facilities – Valued at $50

Click here for more details and to enter.

 Apply

 QUT: VET qualifications completed at school – an important update for this year!

In recognition of the unique challenges of this year, QUT will consider VET qualifications (Certificate IV and above) for entry in 2021 for any student who completes Year 12 this year – that is, any student who receives a QCE or ATAR or IBD.

This is only for entry in 2021, so if you would like to take a gap year before starting at QUT, it’s recommended that you apply this year and defer your offer for 12 months.

Learn more here.

UQ Ramsay Undergraduate Scholarships

Applications for the Ramsay Undergraduate scholarship schemes will open on 1 July. Thirty scholarships of $30,000/year for the duration of the program (up to 5.5 years) are offered to high achieving students who study Western Civilisation at The University of Queensland in 2021.

To be eligible for a scholarship, students must study one of the following programs:

  • Bachelor of Advanced Humanities (Honours) (extended major in Western Civilisation)  or
  • Bachelor of Humanities/Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

To apply for a scholarship, students will need to submit their CV, two references and a personal statement that addresses the scholarship criteria by 10 August 2020. Milly Starky, our wonderful school captain from 2019, was a recipient of one of these scholarships last year!

Learn more here.

When do QTAC, VTAC and UAC open?

You may be wondering when QTAC, VTAC and UAC open. The answer is in August. I’ll send around a lot more information as we get closer to this date!

Good to know

Adjustment Factors – How can they assist me?

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 to every university you are interested in attending, to fully understand their eligibility requirements.  Visit the QTAC website for information on the following Assistance schemes:

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

 

 

 

Co-curricular News

Stu Run Challenge In lieu of the 2020 Interhouse Cross Country competition, which was cancelled in March due to coronavirus, the Sport Department presents… The …

view ARTICLE

Co-curricular News

Stu Run Challenge

In lieu of the 2020 Interhouse Cross Country competition, which was cancelled in March due to coronavirus, the Sport Department presents…

The 2020 Run Challenge

The aim of the Challenge is to complete as many kilometres as possible over a 1-week period. 1km = 1point for your house.

In support of our Sacred Heart goal to build community in 2020, staff and families are also encouraged to participate. Staff are allocated houses (email the sport department to enquire) and parents/siblings have the option to allocate their distance to their students’ house.

Participants should aim to complete the minimum cross-country distance as below, but are encouraged to complete as many kilometres as possible:

  • Year 7 – 3km
  • Year 8 – 3km
  • Year 9 – 4km
  • Year 10 – 4km
  • Year 11 – 4km
  • Year 12 – 4km
  • Staff & Family – 4km

Participants can complete the challenge walking or running outdoors or on a treadmill.

Challenge Dates:

Friday 15 May 12:00am – Friday 22 May 11:59pm.

Prizes:

The winning house will be announced during the week beginning Monday 24 May. Points will be accrued for the 2020 House Cup.

Individual prizes will be presented to the students in each house who complete the most distance in the allocated time frame. There are no prizes for family members/staff.

A daily leader board will be published on the Virtual Fitness page on STU@Home. The fastest runners in each age group will be published in a separate leader board.

How to Compete:

  1. Between the dates outlined above, log any completed run/walk activities on the form at the top of the Virtual Fitness Club page or here:
  2. Upload a screenshot/photo of your run/walk activity to the File Dropbox folder at the top of the Virtual Fitness Club page:

Please use this format to save & upload your image:

SurnameFirstName.Date

Eg: McCarthyEmma.120520

We recommend any of the following apps/websites:

You can also measure your distance on Google.

  1. On your computer, open Google Maps. …
  2. Right-click on your starting point.
  3. Choose Measure distance.
  4. Click anywhere on the map to create a path to measure. …
  5. Optional: Drag a point or path to move it or click a point to remove it.
  6. At the bottom, you will see the total distance in miles (mi) and kilometres (km).

Conditions:

  1. The honour system applies to the STU Run Challenge and results must be submitted in good faith and sportsmanship. By submitting entries to this Challenge, you confirm that you are the only person to complete this result. The Stuartholme Sport Department may contact you to verify evidence of your activity. Please retain all data/information for the duration of the Challenge.
  2. Only data collected during the dates outlined above will be included.
  3. Overall house rankings will be counted towards the overall House Cup for 2020.
  4. This event does not count toward selection for any Stuartholme Cross Country or Athletics teams to represent Stuartholme in future CaSSSA competitions. Members of the Stuartholme Cross Country/Athletics squads will be given opportunity to be selected at a later date.
  5. Your personal data will not be shared with any other third parties.
  6. If you feel unwell or not fit for this Challenge, please do not take part.
  7. Please only take part at a level based on your current fitness and abilities.

 

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD)

The Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD) is a yearly count of students by all Australian schools across the country. …

view ARTICLE

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD)

The Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD) is a yearly count of students by all Australian schools across the country. The aim of the NCCD is to provide the Australian Government with information about the number of students with disability in Australian schools and the type of adjustments they need in order to access and participate in education on the same basis as other students. From 2018, the NCCD will be used by the Australian Government to inform funding for schools, known as the ‘student with disability loading’.

If you are a parent, guardian or carer of a child with disability who requires ongoing adjustments at school, a teacher or another school staff member will consult with you to understand your child’s needs. This collaborative approach ensures the most appropriate adjustments are chosen to support your child’s learning and participation at school. In some cases, an individual learning plan (ILP) may be developed to document specific educational goals and to review your child’s progress over time.

Your child will be included in the NCCD if they require ongoing adjustments at school due to a disability as defined by the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (the DDA). This is a very broad definition of disability, which includes physical and intellectual disabilities, learning disorders such as dyslexia and dysgraphia, and mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression.

The Disability Standards for Education 2005 (the Standards) set out the obligations of schools towards students with disability.

While it is not possible for schools or families to ‘opt out’ of the NCCD, the privacy and confidentiality of all students and their families is treated with utmost importance. Data is collected within each school, and personal details, such as student names and other identifying information, are not provided to local or federal education authorities.

Further information about the NCCD can be found on the NCCD Portal  https://www.nccd.edu.au/for-parents-guardians-and-carers.

If you have any questions about the NCCD, please contact Karyn Richardson – Leader of Learning Diverse Learners.

Stu@Home Music Project

It’s fabulous to see all of the musicians already submitting their videos to be featured! It’s important to note that the cut-off date for submission …

view ARTICLE

Stu@Home Music Project

It’s fabulous to see all of the musicians already submitting their videos to be featured! It’s important to note that the cut-off date for submission of these videos is no later than Wednesday 20th of May. Please be advised that any submissions received after this date will not be able to be featured as the video editing process will already be underway. If you are having trouble locating the permission form, it can be found here: Photograph/Video Permission Form. Please have these completed and returned to music@stuartholme.com at your earliest convenience. 

The folder to upload your submissions can be found here: Let it Be Video Submissions. Can you please ensure that you submit your video to your corresponding folder (Concert Band, Choir, Strings) and that your video file is labelled NAME_INSTRUMENT. 

Last but not least, remember this is a performance! This video will be shared to the entire Stuartholme Community so make sure you are dressed appropriately in your music polo or school uniform, your footage is clear and focused and you are performing with energy! 

Thank-you so much for being a part of this exciting project, we can’t wait to share the immense talent and ability the Stuartholme Music Community holds with everybody!

Thanks,

Mr Mear, Mr Moynihan, Mrs Legried, Miss Sutherland

Science Snippets

Fires, disease, the mystery of Kim Jong Un’s doppelganger. If the turmoil of 2020 is making you want to take a break from life on …

view ARTICLE

Science Snippets

Fires, disease, the mystery of Kim Jong Un’s doppelganger. If the turmoil of 2020 is making you want to take a break from life on Earth, well there might be some good news for you! Until now, there has been no evidence of liquid water on the Red Planet due to its incredibly cold temperatures. However, researchers have recently discovered that flowing water could exist on Mar’s surface, although it would be very salty. NASA has detected salts known as perchlorates in the Martian soil, leading researchers to believe that such salts may make transient brines possible.

The salts lower the freezing temperature of water, hence why they are used on roads and driveways to melt ice and snow faster. An imaging spectrometer on MRO has detected signatures of these hydrated minerals where mysterious streaks can be seen and seemingly ebb and flow throughout the seasons.

So far, this salty water remains to be found but there have been hints of water dribbling out from underground. Scientists say the dark streaks are likely from a shallow subsurface flow, evidence that liquid water does exist on Mars, albeit very salty water. It has taken many years to solve this mystery and maybe in many more researchers will determine whether or not life can be sustained and supported on the Red Planet.

This week (Week 4B), the UQ Science Ambassadors introduced Science Fun Facts! Keep an eye out in the notices to learn something new for the day. Additionally, this fortnight’s Science Teacher Mentor quiz is on science general knowledge by Revelle Rolfe. Now that we are beginning to see the light at the end of the quarantine tunnel, stay tuned for some new updates and ideas as we prepare for science week in August!

Regards,

Betsy Duff (Year 11 UQ Science Ambassador)

 

Bibliography
Anderson, G. (2017, November 21). NASA Confirms Evidence That Liquid Water Flows on Today’s Mars. Retrieved from NASA: https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-confirms-evidence-that-liquid-water-flows-on-today-s-mars

Crockett, C. (2020, May 11). Salty water might exist on Mars, but it’s probably too cold for life. Retrieved from Science News: https://www.sciencenews.org/article/mars-water-liquid-salty-brine-simulation-cold-life

 

Alum provide great advice to our Year 11s

This week in Year 11 Wise Wellness, our Careers Counsellor, Mr Tom Lillyman, organised a panel of Stuartholme alumnae to speak with the students about …

view ARTICLE

Alum provide great advice to our Year 11s

This week in Year 11 Wise Wellness, our Careers Counsellor, Mr Tom Lillyman, organised a panel of Stuartholme alumnae to speak with the students about post-school study and work.  Here are some comments from three of our Year 11 students:

The Stuartholme alumnae panel enlightened us as to what to expect following our graduation. It was good to hear a variety of experiences with both studying at university and entering the work force. Their responses to our questions reassured us and it would be great to have similar activities in the future.  ~ Sophia Buller

Hearing from the alumnae panel during Wise Wellness was a really valuable experience. For me, it prompted me to think deeply about my future and what possibilities and opportunities may lie ahead. Moving forward through the final years of high school, we will be required to make decisions, particularly regarding tertiary study options and what we may do after school. After this experience I was able to take away many valuable points from the girls, great insights from their experience after school and their careers which I will definitely take into consideration when making decisions in the future. ~  Annalise Barnes

I found the alumnae panel was a great source of information from women with real life experiences and advice on the transition from senior school. Each girl shared a different experience that offered us an insight into different pathways into university and career options without tertiary education. Listening to their experiences and advice I feel far more comfortable with units 3 and 4 now knowing the multiple pathways that there are if you don’t get the ATAR you need. The girls answered many questions from students regarding gap years and the idea many of us had that “once you stop study you won’t start again”. They beneficially suggested that this may be the case for some but otherwise having a year off may mean you come back to study refreshed. I really valued listening to the women on the alumnae panel and would defiantly recommend it! ~ Ebony Anderson

A very big thank you to our panellists:

Eloise Miscamble – graduated 2011

Alice Sinclair – graduated 2013

Olivia Evans – graduated 2014

Ella Beatty – graduated 2016

Social Justice News

Social distancing does not mean you have to be socially distant, at least not for Social Justice at Stuartholme. In the last two weeks we …

view ARTICLE

Social Justice News

Social distancing does not mean you have to be socially distant, at least not for Social Justice at Stuartholme.

In the last two weeks we have seen the return of our Year 11 and 12 students and JPIC Committee. This has enlivened our fortnightly JPIC meetings and allowed the launch of Stu Case Rummage. JPIC will be operating its very own op shop and we are calling on our community for donations. We are accepting clothes, shoes and belts that are still in good condition, meaning you can ‘Marie Kondo’ your wardrobe, promote sustainable fashion choices and avoid adding to landfill! To sweeten the deal we will be awarding one house point for every item (that is in fair and reasonable condition) donated. The items can be dropped to Main Reception, but please ensure that your donated items are bagged altogether and your full name and year level is labelled clearly on the bag.

We have continued to explore different aspects of social justice, including our weekly Auslan classes. Our students have mastered handshapes, the alphabet, number, pronouns, greetings and their first full sentences! It is not too late to join, so if you are interested please email clawler@stuartholme.com. If you have had a hard day and just want to read a good story, why not check out the Stu Story Times uploaded to Stuartholme’s YouTube and let our students entertain you and lull you to sleep.

Looking forward, Social Justice at Stuartholme is preparing for Laudato Si Week and National Volunteers Week, both running from 18th to 24th May. Make sure to check Stuartholme’s Facebook page and Social Justice on Stu@Home for the JPIC run events happening across our community.

 

Zooming in for House Meetings

It was great to see our House Meetings continue today. During Teacher Mentor Group, students were able to Zoom in with their Year 12 House.  …

view ARTICLE

Zooming in for House Meetings

It was great to see our House Meetings continue today.

During Teacher Mentor Group, students were able to Zoom in with their Year 12 House.  The girls enjoyed seeing each again and connecting as one.

The Year 12s used this opportunity to announce the Stu Case Rummage for 2020:

Once again Stuartholme is hosting Stu Case Rummage, JPIC’s own op shop! Originally meant to be run on Madeleine Sophie Day, the event will now be run over a few lunchtimes (most likely at the end of this term). For every item of clothing donated, it will count as 1 House point. All proceeds from the sale of clothing will go towards JPIC’s social enterprise ‘Profit 4 Purpose’.

All items of clothing are welcome and this year we are also welcoming hats and belts! But of course no underwear or togs and all items must be ‘wearable’ (normal wear and tear is of course fine).

Please bring your clothes and drop them to Stuartholme’s Main reception, with your full name and year level (so we know who to allocate House points to).

Click on a photo to start gallery

Year 9 – Art@Home

The Year 9 artists have been learning about ‘Ephemeral Art’ which is temporary or non-permanent artworks, only meant to exist for a short period of …

view ARTICLE

Year 9 – Art@Home

The Year 9 artists have been learning about ‘Ephemeral Art’ which is temporary or non-permanent artworks, only meant to exist for a short period of time and which are recorded through photographs documenting the works as they change over time.  In Week 2 we explored artist Andy Goldsworthy who only uses natural elements he finds at the site he creates his work. Students had to do a similar task at home – go outside and find natural materials with which to make an ephemeral artwork.

Last week, the students studied artist Phil Hansen who learned to use a physical disability to his creative advantage and makes art which is meant to be destroyed or temporary.  He famously ‘tattooed a banana’ so that was the task for the students this week. They had to select a famous artwork which resonated with them and recreate it in a pointillist style on the skin of a banana.  They have done such a wonderful job and are observing and recording how the artwork evolves over time.

Click on an image to start gallery

 

Sam Matinuzzi
Art Teacher

 

Winter uniform

As the cooler weather has started to take hold please remember that students may choose to wear their summer uniform with navy rib stockings and …

view ARTICLE

Winter uniform

As the cooler weather has started to take hold please remember that students may choose to wear their summer uniform with navy rib stockings and navy school jumper at school. However, it is compulsory that all students travelling to and from school after the May long weekend through to mid-August have to wear the school blazer.

Thank you for your support with this matter.

Deb Lonsdale-Walker

School Shop

The School Shop is now live for online orders. Please go to the School Shop tile on MyStuartholme for all the details. Here you will …

view ARTICLE

School Shop

The School Shop is now live for online orders.

Please go to the School Shop tile on MyStuartholme for all the details. Here you will also be able to book an appointment if you need to visit the Shop.

 

Centenary book and merchandise

To commemorate our centenary in 2020 Stuartholme invites you to purchase our  ‘Celebrating 100 years’ book. This beautiful, limited edition, hardcover book follows the history …

view ARTICLE

Centenary book and merchandise

To commemorate our centenary in 2020 Stuartholme invites you to purchase our  ‘Celebrating 100 years’ book.

This beautiful, limited edition, hardcover book follows the history of Stuartholme from humble beginnings, through to the school we know and love today.

Books can still be purchased for the early bird price of $69.95 (plus postage if needed).

Click here to purchase. Orders will be shipped in May, 2020.

100 Year Merchandise

To celebrate our centenary we have commissioned a small range of memorabilia available for sale. The items are now available for sale at the School Shop.

Centenary fine chain necklace – $41.60
Solid silver bracelet – $53
Centennial pin – $4
Stuartholme tea towels – $5 each or 3 for $10.