In this issue

  • Launch of the High Academic Potential Student Program
  • Science Snippets
  • Sisters Support Sisters
  • From the Library
  • Uniforms and hats
  • Athletics Carnival – Please note!
  • Interhouse Music Fesitval
  • Rowathon results
  • Year 12 Formal – Parents cocktail night
  • Short term boarding options
  • St Ignatius Under 8s week

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends, Late May at Stuartholme is known for our Madeleine Sophie Celebrations. Last week, our Madeleine Sophie celebrations began on Thursday evening where our Boarding community participated in the Procession of the Lanterns in our beautiful Chapel. The candle lit procession is a sentimental and spiritual …

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Message from the Principal

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends,

Late May at Stuartholme is known for our Madeleine Sophie Celebrations. Last week, our Madeleine Sophie celebrations began on Thursday evening where our Boarding community participated in the Procession of the Lanterns in our beautiful Chapel. The candle lit procession is a sentimental and spiritual favourite ritual for our Boarders. Karen Davies, our Dean of Boarding, who experienced this for the first time, was deeply touched by this time-honoured tradition. On Friday, the school celebrated Madeleine Sophie’s Feast Day with a Mass, where our student leaders are acknowledged with the Blue and Green ribbons. Switching from the formal and reverent to the fun and revelling, our school community changes into their costumes reflecting our theme for 2019 – Australiana. This year we moved our Choral Competition to conclude the day’s celebrations. The intensity of the competitiveness between Houses is palpable.

We move from our current students to our former students, with our Alumnae Cocktail Party on the Friday night. Many alumnae cohorts (usually 10, 20, 30, 40 and 60 years) dedicate this weekend annually to our reunions. On Sunday, our Boarders and our Alumnae came together for Mass on Sunday morning, followed by a morning tea. As you may imagine, all of these events require thorough organisation, every staff member is involved in one way or another to ensure our Madeleine Sophie Celebrations salute our founding saint. I would like to thank everyone who contributed to our special week.

Our Sunday continued with the Music Solo Awards, where our Music students performed in our Australia Room. Andrew Mear and Sandy Beanland and the Music teachers and Tutors, we thank you for all your work in preparing our girls and for the opportunity for these talented and dedicated musicians to perform.

 

 

On Monday, our indigenous girls authentically led us through our Reconciliation Liturgy. All of us, both indigenous and non-indigenous, are called to acknowledge our past and to move forward pledging a better future for our nation. I was overwhelmed with pride, as our indigenous girls shared their families’ stories of their experiences of the Stolen Generation. They called each member of our community forward to pledge a genuine desire to close the gap for our indigenous peoples. This shared experience was a solemn and positive experience for our community.

Last week, Louise Meehan and our Year 10 Teacher Mentors and staff led our Year 10 students through an outdoor education program at Camp. Stuartholme believes in educating the whole girl. Our outdoor education programs, which are centred around four camps from Year 7 through to Year 10, ensures our girls are supported and challenged in a cleverly constructed sequence of courses. In a time where mental health is a significant concern, we are committed to offering our girls opportunities to develop social, emotional, and physical skills and to establish a healthy self-belief.

As many of our community may be aware, I have been on Long Service Leave for several weeks. I enjoyed my holiday knowing I was leaving the school in good, strong, capable hands. I believe very strongly that a good leader can step away from the “bridge” and all should “stay on course”. I would like to thank Deanne Johnston for Acting as Principal and Jarod Costantini for Acting as a Dean of Staff, and my Leadership Team, Laura Wedmaier, Deb Lonsdale-Walker, Sarah Daff and Karen Davies. I am affirmed in my confidence in our staff, whose hard work and compassionate care of our girls, ensures a steadfast course. I am very happy to be back at school and have loved reconnecting with both students and staff.

Take care and God Bless,

Kristen Sharpe
Principal

 

 

Key Dates

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Key Dates

DateEvent
Thurs 6 JuneInterhouse Athletics Carnival (UQ)
Tues 11-Mon 17 JuneYear 12 Assessment block
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 Deputy Principal

A report released earlier this week has shown that Australian girls are disengaging from sport by the age of 15. Suncorp’s 2019 Australian Youth Confidence …

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Message from the Deputy Principal

A report released earlier this week has shown that Australian girls are disengaging from sport by the age of 15. Suncorp’s 2019 Australian Youth Confidence Report included the following findings:

  • Only 55% of Australian 11-17 girls participate in sport in a typical week, compared to 69% of boys of the same age.
  • 15-17-year-old girls are significantly more likely to be playing less sport (46%) in the last 12 months or to have completely stopped, compared to 15-17 boys (30%).
  • 11-17-year-old girls are significantly less active (-1 hr 18 mins) than boys of the same age in a typical week.
  • 15% of girls don’t like playing sport because they don’t think they’re ‘any good’, a close second to ‘having too much schoolwork’.

We are very proud to say that Stuartholme girls challenge this national trend, relishing the opportunity to participate in the large variety of sports and physical activities on offer across the school. Over the last twelve months, an increasing number of girls have signed up to represent Stuartholme in one or more sports, with 90% of our girls now participating in school sport.

Netball continues as one of our high-engagement sports, with over 194 girls signing up in 2019. The season is well underway, and every Saturday twenty teams don the red and yellow to play at Downey Park. Congratulations also go to the 29 girls who represented Stuartholme so well last week at the QLD Catholic Schools Netball Competition. My thanks also to all our netball coaches, and particularly our Netball Coordinator Skye Cater, for providing access to a quality competition for our girls. As a school, we also appreciate the many parents and supporters who give of their time to manage teams and provide support each week for the girls.

The rowing pre-season has also commenced and one of the highlights of Term 2 is the BSRA Indoor Rowing Championships. Once again Stuartholme was very well represented, not just by students who competed, but by a very loud and proud group of supporters. Congratulations to Lucy Hope, this year’s Captain of Boats, for her own success in the Year 12 individual event and for leading the girls over the evening. There were many great results across the evening and we are looking forward to the season ahead. Thanks also must go to our new Rowing Director, Emma McCarthy, who does a wonderful job of ensuring our girls are provided with a rigorous, safe and effective rowing development program. Testament to the quality of Stuartholme’s program is the number of past students who return to coach and we are very excited to have so many of our 2018 students back this year. These Alum were not only highly successful rowers themselves, they are excellent role models, encouraging our girls to remain active and involved in the sport.

 

Today, our cross country team competed in the CaSSSA Cross Country Competition at Limestone Park, Ipswich. I am thrilled to announce the team took out CaSSSA Champions for 2019! Outstanding job by all our runners and our coaches, Chris Gale and Skye Cater.

 

 

Sunday evening Stuartholme will host our cross country break up dinner. Our program has continued to grow over the years, in numbers and quality, and this is directly attributable to the hard work, knowledge and enthusiasm of our Coordinator, Chris Gale. He is incredibly generous with his time and we are blessed to have him as a member of our community. Our cross country carnival, held earlier in the term, is also a wonderful community day where our runners and non-runners alike come together in physical activity – most Houses fielded over 100 runners in their teams, again reflecting that Stuartholme girls value and enjoy physical activity.

Next week we look forward to our annual athletics carnival at the University of Queensland. It is a lovely day of participation where our girls have a go and cheer each other on. We look forward to a great day of athletics.

Participation in sport is part of a healthy lifestyle which supports the management of stress, worry or depression. It allows girls to grow in self-confidence as well as develop mentally, physically and emotionally. These benefits can also be achieved through participation in the broad range of non-sporting co-curricular activities offered at Stuartholme. Our cultural and academic activities, including music, enrichment and debating, help girls to discover, develop and value their talents, to build resilience, deal with pressure and improve academic performance.

Participation in co-curricular activities, both sporting and cultural, teaches girls to work with and respect others, to problem-solve, build self-belief and embrace healthy lifestyles.

At Stuartholme, we are very proud of the high level of engagement of our girls and we are committed to the continued provision of quality programs. We also acknowledge that our success in these programs wouldn’t be possible without the support of parents, family and friends. We thank our community for their willingness to volunteer, donate, coach, support and transport our girls.

Deanne Johnston
Deputy Principal

Suncorp (2019) Suncorp Australian Youth and Confidence Research 2019, https://www.suncorp.com.au/learn-about/teamgirls/teamgirls-powered-by-suncorp-research.html

 

 

 

 

 

Message from the Dean of Mission

The word ‘liturgy’ comes from the Greek ‘Leitourgia’ which referred to any public service or function exercised by the people as a whole. It is a …

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Message from the Dean of Mission

The word ‘liturgy’ comes from the Greek ‘Leitourgia’ which referred to any public service or function exercised by the people as a whole. It is a communal activity that allows us to move out of our everyday routine and contemplate God’s presence amongst us, the community who worship together, and the world at large. It is through liturgy that we deepen our understanding of God’s call in our lives, give thanks for all that is and be reinvigorated in our mission to be God’s love in the world.

In the past week, Stuartholme has had the pleasure of participating in many liturgies. We began last Wednesday with the Procession of Lanterns. The Procession of the Lanterns is a much-loved and time-honoured tradition at Stuartholme. It is held on the eve of the day we celebrate the Feast of Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat. It has always been a beautiful ceremony with the boarders processing into the Chapel in darkness illuminated only by the small candles they hold. As the theme for the night is light, Year 11 students Neave Duff and Alice Cook reflected on a reading from the Gospel of Matthew that focuses on light. Here is an excerpt from their speech:

Matthew told us “You are the light of the world”. More importantly, we are the light of each other’s. We are the centre of our own universes, but we seek warmth and light from those around us. And what better place to find this light than boarding? On those days when we are exhausted and feel like we can’t possibly face another day at school, we are immediately surrounded by our friends, our substitute family offering to give us some of their light. They transfer their warmth and energy in hugs and kind words and kisses and it is this light that lets us know that we can continue on….

We began with this light. The Sacred Heart Sisters saw it and carried it with them one night a year so that others could see it too. Some of our Year 12 sisters have carried this light since Year 7 and now get to carry it one last time. Tonight, we remember and reflect on how Madeleine Sophie brought us this light and we invite you to decide how you are going to continue to share your light with the world.

We next had our St. Madeleine Sophie Feast Day Mass on the Friday, where we gathered as a community to participate in the thanksgiving ritual of Eucharist. It is customary at this mass for Sr Rita Carroll rscJ and the Cor Unum Head to offer their reflections on the gospel passages of the day and St. Madeleine Sophie’s legacy. Here is part of Sr Rita’s reflection:

The Scripture readings today really speak to our theme for the year “Compassion, Connection and Change”. St Paul tells us that “The love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the holy Spirit that has been given to us.”  This helps us to take the first step to developing compassion. We have to learn to see, not just with our eyes, but also with our heart. After that we shall be ready for “Connection” – the connection that reaches out to bring another back into the flock or seeks help or advice for oneself or another. Sophie learned about making connections in her family and her village. The large cities we live in today make it harder to create those wider connections, so we have to make our own village here at Stuartholme to learn the skills to reach out beyond our comfort zone.

When we have learned to see the needs of others and make the sort of connections that invites others into community, we shall bring about the change. The change we wish for is described in the first reading. Our loving God says of his sheep “I will bring them back to their own country…There they shall lie down on good grazing ground, and in rich pastures shall they be pastured on the mountains of Israel.”

In her reflections Milly Starky, our Cor Unum Head for 2019, reflected on the importance of knowing yourself and the influence a Sacred Heart education has on this.

…Because in order to be yourself you must first know yourself. Knowing yourself is the first step towards being yourself. Because how are we to know who we will become, who we are yet to be, without first knowing who we are?

I think St. Madeleine Sophie knew this. I think she knew a lot of things. But I know that she knew the fundamental importance of one’s self. Of their spirit and of their love. This very school is a testament of her knowing this. A testament of her knowing that your words, your actions, are founded on what you know about yourself.

What do you know? The circumference of the Earth perhaps? The imagery of the Black Death and its cultural impacts in medieval artworks? Or maybe just the 5 goals of Sacred Heart education?

The Goals of Sacred Heart education are actually just 5 ways of knowing yourself.

The first goal is you knowing your spirituality or relationship with God and what you believe your life is for. The second goal is you knowing what you don’t know; a desire to learn about those things. The third goal is you knowing others, and the love you have for them and they for you. The fourth goal is you knowing what you feel compelled to do in the face of injustice. The fifth goal is you knowing that you’ll never stop learning about yourself.

We were also fortunate to have many alums come back to Stuartholme to participate in a Mass together on Sunday. Celebrated with the boarders, it was a beautiful reminder of the power of Cor Unum and bonds that were forged as a result of it. As one of the readings used during the Mass stated:

Your Sacred Heart education is a way of life which calls you to change and, like Jesus, grow in “wisdom, age, and grace.” Wherever you go, whatever road you may travel, you will always be at home at the Sacred Heart. Your relationships will endure and transcend all confines of times and space because they are founded on faith, hope and love.”

(Life in Schools of the Sacred Heart. Ed. Elizabeth Snedden rscJ)

And finally, on Monday we participated in our annual National Sorry Day Liturgy led courageously by our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. This is a very special liturgy for our community as we reflect on the personal stories of trauma that were experienced by the families of our students and look forward with renewed commitment and passion to work towards a more reconciled Australia. As Year 11 student Ziphoria Minniecon reflected:

When I was a young girl Sorry Day was just another passing day for me. I didn’t understand it. Why did we have to go to the park and walk down Cairns’ main streets? Why did we wear three colours and dance and sing? I was young and uneducated. But I could still understand the emotion behind the day.

I could see the pain, the hurt, the suffering. The tears that fell down my peoples face when they yelled as we walked for our people. For our grandparents. For our mums, dads, sisters and brothers. As a nation we all suffer from intergenerational trauma. And that, my friends, fellow students, teachers and invited guests, is why Sorry Day is important to me.

It is important to me because everyone I have interacted with, either Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, have been directly or indirectly affected by this horrible period of time in Australia’s History since European colonization. I mean no disrespect as I want Sorry Day to turn from hurt into something positive for our community and future generation. I also want our community to realize that some people may be a part of our history, but they do not determine our destiny.

This year’s National Reconciliation Week’s theme is ‘walk with courage, grounded in truth.’ It challenges us as individuals to walk alongside our indigenous nation with courage, grounded in the truth and knowledge of Australia’s history and the blood that was shed during it.

In the wise words of Jakkie Huggins, an Indigenous Australian author, historian and Aboriginal rights activist of the Bidjara Central Queensland and Birri-Gubba Juru North Queensland peoples; “The true essence of reconciliation is more than making friends with non-indigenous people. Our motto is united Australia, one that respects the land and the heritage of its indigenous peoples and provides justice and equity for all. I think reconciliation is about changing the structures that govern us and trying to influence opinion leaders in whatever way we can.”

As young people, each of us has the power to change the structures that govern us and do as Jackie suggests in influencing leaders to promote a more united Australia. But first, we must listen to the stories of our elders, understand their pain, look forward with them to figure out what is needed to change society and walk beside them as we work to enact it.  We must ‘walk with courage, grounded in truth.’

Sarah Daff
Dean of Mission

 

Message from the Dean of Boarding

Dear Parents and Guardians, The Procession of Lanterns was the beginning of a lovely weekend at Stuartholme. So very special to see the girls all …

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Message from the Dean of Boarding

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The Procession of Lanterns was the beginning of a lovely weekend at Stuartholme. So very special to see the girls all enter in procession with a lit candle. The recognition that all our schools in Australia, New Zealand and South Asia also involved themselves in this liturgy, just makes it all that more special. It was wonderful to also have over 20 guests’ parents and staff new to the school, join us for dinner before the Procession. I would like to encourage more of our Boarding families to consider attending this beautiful liturgy with us at least once in the time your daughter attends Stuartholme.

Friday was a delightfully fun day from Mass and Ribbons in the morning to activities and rides to a Choral comp in the afternoon. Our girls from Boarding were well represented in the receiving of the Blue and Green ribbons. I would like to personally congratulate all students who were recipients of the Cor Unum Ribbons and Badges reflecting everyone’s ability to bring the sense of One Heart alive here at Stuartholme. Our Boarders were very well represented, and we had from Year 10 receiving Green Ribbons Grace DEERAN, Leilani HALE, Maeve SHAY and Lily THOMSON.  I also take this opportunity to congratulate the following Year 12 girls who received a Blue-Ribbon Lucy BOND, Grace COVER, Daisy LIU, Bridget LLOYD-MORGAN, Kate O’DONOHUE, Harriet O’NEILL, Catherine OSTWALD and Milly STARK. I do believe that each of you bring the spirit of Cor Unum alive with us here in the Boarding House.

Following the morning Mass, we had each TMG organise a stall plus had a collection of rides for the girls to all enjoy. At the same time there were rehearsals for the Choral Competition which was conducted after lunch. The Choral Competition was wonderful a real showcase of the talent across the whole school. Many of our Year 12 Boarders were instrumental in the preparation, rehearsal and leadership of the ABBA song chosen for each House group. Congratulations to Toohey House on winning the 2019 Choral Competition.

This day was certainly a showcase of what makes this place special.

On Sunday we joined the Alumni Mass at 10.00am. It is special to meet those women who have fond memories of Stuartholme and want to reconnect with this place. That afternoon several our Boarders were preforming in the Interhouse Solo Music Awards and I would like to say well done to each and everyone of you your performances were wonderful, from Year 7 Eve HALLMAN, Year 8 Mia SAVILL, Year 10 Leilani HALE, Year 11 Maddy ARMSTRONG, Maddi SANDELL-HOOBS, Emma COOK, and Year 12 Jessie SHI, and Bridget LLYOD-MORGAN

Next week I will be journeying to Townsville for a Boarding Symposium and then onto Charters Towers for the ICPA Queensland State Conference, where I hope to meet more of our families. Please keep in touch of you have any concerns and I hope your fortnight goes very smoothly.

Blessings to you and your families

Karen Davies
Dean of Boarding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Message from the Dean of Student Wellbeing

St Madeleine Sophie Day I would like to acknowledge and thank our Cor Unum Committee for their leadership and contribution towards our Feast Day celebrations …

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Message from the Dean of Student Wellbeing

St Madeleine Sophie Day

I would like to acknowledge and thank our Cor Unum Committee for their leadership and contribution towards our Feast Day celebrations embracing moments of prayer, sacrament and reflection, joyfulness and collegiality.

Their chosen theme “Australiana” certainly added to the fun of St Madeleine Sophie Day celebrations encouraging the school to dress up as an icon, symbol, individual or group who has contributed to our unique Australian story.

This was a wonderful celebration enjoyed by our whole school community.

Leading with Heart

Student leadership development at Stuartholme is a priority consistent with the research that shows the merits in developing skills transferable beyond schooling.  This sustains a positive school culture.

An analysis of the current opportunities for students raised some exciting new future prospects.

Leading with Heart is a joint initiative being led by myself and our Leader of Student Wellbeing Year 9 – Nicole Bradford.  This initiative is being delivered over four afternoons and includes:

  • Leading from the front through public speaking
  • Strong organisational skill and understanding of balance
  • Working successfully with others and building on strengths
  • Student leadership in a Sacred Heart environment.

The Year 9 students who are about to embark on their final session have really appreciated the chance to experience this opportunity and work with some of our Senior Leaders and take on board their wise counsel.

In Semester 2, 2019, these students look forward to putting their new skills into practice and aim to lead Wellness campaigns that align with our school-wide program in Student Wellbeing.

Deb Lonsdale-Walker
Dean of Student Wellbeing

 

 

 

Message from the Careers Counsellor

Hi everyone, Thanks for a great National Careers Week! And a big congratulations to Emma Barry for winning the Future Jobs competition! Last weekend, the …

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Message from the Careers Counsellor

Hi everyone,

Thanks for a great National Careers Week! And a big congratulations to Emma Barry for winning the Future Jobs competition!

Last weekend, the Brisbane Convention Centre hosted the Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo. As well as promoting the event to Year 11 and 12, I headed along and brought back a few bagfuls of information from the stalls. These kinds of expos are an excellent way to meet a large number of universities, training providers and industry representatives in one place.

I would highly recommend students attend TSXPO, a similar event, later this year. The event will be held at the Brisbane Showgrounds on 19 & 20 July. Learn more about the event and who will there via the TSXPO website.

Please find below a summary of the events, opportunities and resources that students might find useful for career exploration and development. As always, the full Bulletin can be found on the Careers page of the my.Stuartholme hub.

Experience

ADF GAP Year

A Gap Year in the Australian Defence Force is not only a chance to experience what a career in the Navy, Army or Air Force could be like, but also to have a year full of adventure, new friends, new skills, leadership, and travel. An ADF Gap Year is a truly unique opportunity for you to grow and figure out what next step you’ll take in life. Time is running out to apply for a place in the 2020 Gap year program. Visit the GAP year website page for more information and how to apply … but don’t leave it too long or you will miss out.

UQ: Young Scholars Program for 2019 – 2020

This program provides high achieving Year 11 students with an opportunity to discover, learn and engage with UQ’s academic community and like-minded students from across Queensland. For more information, visit the Young Scholars Program webpage. The 5 day residential camp at St Lucia campus will be held from 1 to 5 December 2019. Applications for the program open on 27 May 2019.

Upcoming Events:
27/05/2019 UQ Young Scholars Program Applications Open
01/12/2019 UQ Young Scholars Program St Lucia Campus

ACU University Experience Day

This event will be held at the ACU Brisbane campus on Thursday 4 July 2019. On the day you can participate in workshops related to the degrees offered at ACU, meet staff and current students, check out the campus, get tips on preparing for uni and enjoy the entertainment. Registrations for this ACU event are now open.

USC: Voices on the Coast

This is an annual youth literature festival for students in Years 4 – 12 presented by Immanuel Lutheran College and USC. It will be held from 17 to 20 July 2019 at the USC Sippy Downs campus. See the Voices on the Coast website for details.

Info sessions

ADF Women in Defence Information Session

Find out about more about the ADF by visiting an information session, such as the Women in Defence Information Session which will be held on 3/6/19 in the Brisbane CBD. More event and information session details can be found on the Defence Jobs website.

Queensland Police Recruiting seminars

If you are interested in exploring the career opportunities within the Queensland Police Service, you can attend a seminar. Seminars are held throughout the year. Queensland Police also have a stall at most career expos in Queensland. Visit the website for dates and bookings.

Scholarships

Bond University scholarships for 2020 are open online

Bond’s scholarship program offers many full-fee and part-fee scholarships as well as cash bursaries. Most scholarships can be used for any single or combined program (except for the Medical Program). Visit the Scholarship webpage for more information, to download the scholarship brochure and to access the application tips. Scholarship applications for Year 12s must be lodged online using the Bond University application form.

Competitions

ReelOzInd – Short film competition

Submissions are now open for the 2019 ReelOzInd – Australia Indonesia Short Film Competition. You are required to submit animation, documentary or fiction short films of no longer than 10 minutes that relate to the competition theme, ‘berubah / change. Details are on the ReelOzInd website

The One–Minute Film Competition 2019

This competition provides Australian and New Zealand primary and secondary students with the opportunity to make a 60-second short film or animation. The theme for this year’s competition is ‘Loyalty’. Find out more on the 1-minute film competition website.

Explore your options

Ultimate Careers – Explore careers of the future

Australia’s Science Channel has developed the Ultimate Careers website. From this site, you can access resources and activities that explore jobs of the future, with a focus on STEM career opportunities. You can watch videos, read articles and sign up to receive the latest news.

ADF Job Finder

If you are interested in joining the ADF but find it difficult to choose an ADF job, use the Job Finder on the home page to get you started. There is a short questionnaire that gathers information about you and then comes up with ADF job suggestions.

Warm regards,

Tomas Lillyman
Careers Counsellor

 

Co-curricular News

Indoor Rowing Championships  Congratulations to our rowers who were outstanding at the recent Indoor Rowing Championship! Gold – Year 12 Lucy Hope Gold – Year …

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Co-curricular News

Indoor Rowing Championships 

Congratulations to our rowers who were outstanding at the recent Indoor Rowing Championship!

Gold – Year 12 Lucy Hope
Gold – Year 9 team Georgia Betts Georgi Hedberg Harriet Tully Elena Henry Isabelle Allen
Gold – Year 12 team Lucy Hope Emma Tucker Kyla O’Shanassy Clare Tayler Ella McKenzie
Silver – Year 11 team Erin Lafferty Ruthie Heagney Claire Loughman Lucy Baker Estella Berghan
Bronze – Year 10 Stella Hosking

Debating

Stuartholme is proud to have three Year 7 teams registered for the Queensland Debating Union Junior Secondary competition, which will begin on Wednesday 12th June. Luckily Stuartholme has been allocated to the Central West zone, which means all our debates will be held at St Peter’s Lutheran College. A map of SPLC can be found on the My Stuartholme Debating page, along with the Year 7 draw for the four rounds of competition.

In regards to peer mentors, Stuartholme Debating is excited to announce that each Year 7 team has had two senior Stuartholme debaters volunteer to guide them. Our peer mentors will be the go to person for our Year 7 debaters when they have questions or concerns about creating arguments, rebuttals or any debating queries between trainings. This way Year 7 debaters are prepared and have completed required work when they meet with their coach and the time is spent learning, rather than catching up. Our peer mentors for Year 7 debating are:

7.1 – Molly McCann (Senior A) and Ebony Anderson (10.3)

7.2 – Sophia Buller (10.1) and Revelle Rolfe (10.2)

7.3 – Grace Deeran (10.1) and Alice Cook (11.1)

A huge thank you to these young women for leading by example!

Future Problem Solvers

Congratulations to the four Stuartholme students, Lily Alessandra, Annalise Barnes, Kathryn Capstick and Grace Deeran, who are leaving for the United States of America over the weekend to compete in the internal Future Problem Solvers (FPS) Competition. FPS is now an international educational program for students of all ages, focusing on the development of critical, creative and futuristic thinking skills.

The program challenges students to apply their minds to some of the significant issues facing the world of today and the future, equipping them with the vision, skills and tools to design and promote positive futures for the society in which they live.

Good luck girls!

 

Cross Country

Today our Cross Country Team competed in the CaSSSA Cross Country competition at Limestone Park, Ipswich. The team won with outstanding results:

12 years 1st

13 years 1st

14 years 2nd

15 years 1st

16 years 1st

19 years 1st

High Academic Potential Student (HAPS) Program

On Wednesday night, around 30 parents attended the launch of Stuartholme’s High Academic Potential Student (HAPS) Program. On the night, Michael Elliott, Stuartholme’s Director of Enrichment, …

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High Academic Potential Student (HAPS) Program

On Wednesday night, around 30 parents attended the launch of Stuartholme’s High Academic Potential Student (HAPS) Program. On the night, Michael Elliott, Stuartholme’s Director of Enrichment, outlined the aims of the program and the processes the school will be using to differentiate the curriculum for girls who show high academic potential.

Whilst Stuartholme offers a rich educational environment with wide-ranging co-curricular activities, the focus of the HAPS program will be tailoring the day-to day curriculum experienced by the girls to ensure Stuartholme’s highest academic achievers are challenged and extended. Michael told parents that there is a widely-held belief that children with high academic potential will make their way no matter the educational environment. However, that isn’t the case. A one-size-fits-all model of schooling under-serves all students. As well, a significant body of research suggests that academically gifted girls, in particular need to be catered for if their potential is to be fully realised.

Michael used a range of data including PAT tests scores, NAPLAN results and in-school academic achievement to identify around 10 girls in each of Years 7, 8 and 9 whose academic ability would place them in the top 10% of their age group nationally. These girls will have an individual learning plan developed for them that will set out how the core curriculum will be modified to ensure they continue to be challenged and extended. Acceleration, alternative assessment, individual project based learning, and small group withdrawal are some of the strategies that will be considered as part of each girl’s individual learning plan.

The program reflects Stuartholme’s individualised approach to teaching and learning and its call for each girl “To be the best she can be”.

Sisters Support Sisters

Earlier in the year the Cor Unum Head, Milly Starky and Committee Mim Walton, Kate O’Donoghue and Harriet O’Neill launched their theme for the year, …

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Sisters Support Sisters

Earlier in the year the Cor Unum Head, Milly Starky and Committee Mim Walton, Kate O’Donoghue and Harriet O’Neill launched their theme for the year, ‘Sisters Support Sisters’. Today on assembly they gave every student a sticker as a physical reminder of the theme.

In Milly’s address to the school she said, “As Cor Unum Committee, this is something, that though pretty small, we wanted to give back to you, and so we designed them inspired by the school crest, which as you all know shows the Sacred Heart symbol and the Immaculate Heart of Mary symbol; the thorns and sword respectively.

And to you girls, as the children of the Sacred Heart and the bearers of the spirit of Cor Unum, we want to thank you. For being the school, the girls who are more than amazing achievements and successes of talent, but the hearts that form the whole, that one: Cor Unum.

One heart and one mind in the heart of Jesus.

 

Science Snippets

With increased antibiotic immunity, researchers in Orlando, Florida have raised the question: could fish slime be used to treat diseases? In the last decade we …

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Science Snippets

With increased antibiotic immunity, researchers in Orlando, Florida have raised the question: could fish slime be used to treat diseases?

In the last decade we have seen a massive increase in antibiotic-immune pathogens, caused by improper antibiotic use. This includes doctors prescribing antibiotics when useless or unnecessary, and patients not taking antibiotics for the whole prescribed time (i.e. stopping antibiotic use as soon as they feel better). The World Health Organisation estimates that by 2050, drug-resistant infections will affect more people than cancer (approximately 10 million). With our main treatment of illness becoming ineffective it is vital that new ways of fighting diseases are found.

This is Oregon State University researcher, Sandra Loesgen’s job. Many in her position have investigated the ocean for such disease-fighting organisms, but few have investigated fish. Marine biologist Erin Paig-Tran brought this to her attention, and aided her in collecting slime swabs from 17 species of juvenile fish.

If you have ever held a fish you know that they have a very slippery coating. This slimy exterior aids not only in helping them break free from your grasp, but in fighting pathogenic microbes. To test the usefulness of these bacteria, Loesgen smeared the samples in separate petri dishes. These dishes are filled with agar jelly, which is rich in nutrients required for bacterial growth.  When these swabs were smeared on petri dishes various colours and patterns formed, from orange splotches to blue-green streaks. This allowed them to be classified and viewed under a microscope.

They were then tested for their ability to fight human pathogens, specifically MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus). This pathogen could not be killed by most antibiotics, but about half of the bacteria form the fish swabs were able to kill it. Furthermore, five strains of bacteria from a pink surfperch were particularly good.

Though there’s still a lot we don’t know about the microbes from fish, they may prove promising as a new source of antibiotics. So, one day when you take a pill to fight a disease, you may be able to attribute your recovery to the tiny microbes found on the mucus that coats fish.

https://theconversation.com/microbes-that-live-in-fishes-slimy-mucus-coating-could-lead-chemists-to-new-antibiotic-drugs-114278

https://www.sciencenewsforstudents.org/article/slimy-fish-could-aid-search-new-antibiotics

Also, this week’s element for the science quiz, is the element that appears twice on this periodic table:

Events to look out for:

 

Kind regards,

Maia Craig (UQ Science Ambassador)

From the Library

There are a lot of exciting activities starting up this term;- We are running a book club once a month, starting 29 May.  There will …

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From the Library

There are a lot of exciting activities starting up this term;-

  • We are running a book club once a month, starting 29 May.  There will be an open forum for those who love to discuss their favourite books or any that they have just finished.
  • A new ‘Manga and Graphic novel’ club will be up and running soon – date to be advised.  Chloe Carew , our resident expert, will be running discussions.
  • We have a great range of board games, card games and UNO available everyday near area 3.
  • There will be a tough competition of UNO between students and staff.
  • Don’t forget Typesy
  • AND because ‘Winter is coming’, we have set up a new FabLab – a knitting club for those who like the quiet relaxation or want to learn to knit.  We are creating a blanket for the library.  Starts this today!

Just a reminder – Chess Club is happening in the library every Thursday in JELC2 for quiet concentration. Encourage your teachers to join in.

For quiet study in the library during lunch, after school, and during study periods, there will now be a designated ‘Quiet ‘ area near JELC2, area one booths and the meeting rooms near the Research help desk.

Thank you,

From the Library and Mrs Gaggin

Uniforms and hats

I am pleased to advise that we have once again been able to access the services of a milliner who will re-block, clean and mend …

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Uniforms and hats

I am pleased to advise that we have once again been able to access the services of a milliner who will re-block, clean and mend school hats.  If you ascertain that your daughter’s hat is in need of cleaning or repairs, please place it in a plastic shopping bag with your daughter’s name and class on the outside of the bag and have your daughter drop it into my office on either Wednesday 19 or Thursday 20 June.  Cost will be $25.00 and is to be placed into an envelope accompanying the hat.  If your hat needs a new trim as well, the cost is $35.00.  Hats that require further mending will be charged slightly more and the money will be collected once the hats are returned to school.  Hats will be ready for collection at the beginning of Term 3, 2019.

The holidays are also an opportune time to check school uniforms.  Many girls have had a growth spurt throughout the year and outgrown their current uniform or splits are starting to appear in the seams. Your assistance in checking your daughter’s uniform would be much appreciated.  A reminder that the formal day uniform should be worn just below the knee.  Thank you in anticipation of your attention to these matters.

Deb Lonsdale-Walker
Dean of Student Wellbeing

Athletics Carnival

On Thursday 6 June our Interhouse Athletics Carnival will be held at the University of Queensland Athletics Centre. As this is a calendared event, all …

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Athletics Carnival

On Thursday 6 June our Interhouse Athletics Carnival will be held at the University of Queensland Athletics Centre. As this is a calendared event, all girls are expected to be in attendance. All students will be transported to and from the event via bus. If you drop your daughter at school, please do not not enter the school grounds after 8.20am or before 3pm on this day. We need access for the buses to pick up and drop off the students for the Athletics Carnival.

Girls may wear full sports uniform to and from school on this day. This includes runners – no thongs permitted. There are limited lunch facilities available so please ensure that your daughter has adequate food and plenty of water packed. Both a hat and sun screen are also essential.

Deb Lonsdale-Walker
Dean of Student Wellbeing

Interhouse Music Festival

The annual Interhouse Music Festival is well underway! The Festival takes in Choral Competition, Solo Music Awards and Lip Sync battle. Toohey House took out …

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Interhouse Music Festival

The annual Interhouse Music Festival is well underway!

The Festival takes in Choral Competition, Solo Music Awards and Lip Sync battle.

Toohey House took out the top prize for the Choral Comp last Friday – well done girls!

Over the weekend, the Solo Music Awards saw some incredible talent, congratulations to all the students who took part!

PlaceNameHouseInstrument
Junior Piano
FirstAlessa Wiltshire, Year 9Parker
SecondAlex O’Brien, Year 8Woodlock
ThirdAnna Newham, Year 7Macrae
Highly CommendedMia Savill, Year 8Coen
Junior Vocal
FirstGeorgia Manthey, Year 9Macrae
SecondTiana Craig, Year 7Toohey
Third
Alice Marriott, Year 7Macrae
Highly CommendedAnnabelle Fisher, Year 8Coen
Highly CommendedAmy Bristow, Year 7Toohey
Junior Instrumental
FirstHarriet Moore, Year 8 Stuart Tenor Saxophone
SecondJosie Silins, Year 8 Stuart Violin
ThirdEmerson Wolodzko, Year 7MacraeFlute
Highly CommendedLucinda Freeman, Year 7 Macrae French Horn
Highly CommendedAlessa Wiltshire, Year 9 Parker Saxophone
Senior Instrumental
First Saskia MacMillan, Year 10 WoodlockViolin
SecondSophie Smith, Year 10 Toohey Viola
ThirdJessie Shi, Year 12 Macrae Flute
Senior Vocal
FirstIndigo Goldston, Year 10 Coen
SecondEmma Cook, Year 11 Woodlock
ThirdMaddi Sandell-Hobbs, Year 11 Stuart
Highly CommendedHolly Ridgway, Year 10 Macrae
Highly CommendedBridget Lloyd Morgan, Year 12 Parker

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Finally, today is the start of the Lip Sync battle with Years 12 and 11 showing the younger year levels how it’s done!

I look forward to bringing more results to you shortly.

Andrew Mear
Co-curricular Music Director

Band Gala Concert

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Band Gala Concert

String Gala Concert

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String Gala Concert

Rowathon raises money for DanDaLion

The Stuartholme Rowing community recently hosted our inaugural Rowathon. We are excited to announce that our rowers, families and supporters completed over 2,000km and raised …

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Rowathon raises money for DanDaLion

The Stuartholme Rowing community recently hosted our inaugural Rowathon. We are excited to announce that our rowers, families and supporters completed over 2,000km and raised over $2,000 for DanDaLion Friends. Thank you all for your support!

Pictured is our Captain of Boats, Lucy Hope and fellow rowers  Eleanor Orchard-Gibb, Kyla O’Shanassy, Georgi Hedberg and Grace Bentley with Laury Bray from DanDaLion.

Year 12 Formal – Parents Cocktail Night

All Year 12 parents are invited to attend the Year 12 Formal Parents Cocktail Night. To book, please click here or at https://www.trybooking.com/BCZKX     …

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Year 12 Formal – Parents Cocktail Night

All Year 12 parents are invited to attend the Year 12 Formal Parents Cocktail Night.

To book, please click here or at https://www.trybooking.com/BCZKX

 

 

 

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.

St Ignatius Under 8s Week

Last week, Under 8s Week was celebrated across Queensland. Early Childhood Centres and Primary schools across the State ran programs for our younger students. We …

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St Ignatius Under 8s Week

Last week, Under 8s Week was celebrated across Queensland.

Early Childhood Centres and Primary schools across the State ran programs for our younger students. We were lucky enough to be involved this year at St Ignatius. The Certificate III Early Childhood Education and Care students were invited to spend the morning participating in the activities on offer on the school oval.

After having some practice in class on Tuesday, Ash and Sophie set up on Wednesday morning and with the help of some mums, face painted a huge number of children’s faces. The Prep – Year 2 children from St Ignatius, visiting kindergartens, some pre prep enrolments plus younger siblings waited patiently in long queues to place their requests – rainbows, hearts, snakes, aliens, skulls and caterpillars were just some of the creations.

This was a wonderful opportunity for some of our girls to engage with younger people whilst building up their own skills for their studies.

Andrea Reddan