Issue 14 | 8 September 2017

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents, Friends and Caregivers,

As Term 3 comes to a close and our students sit exams and finalise assessments the school has been noticeably quieter. I commend the students in the way they have conducted themselves over this time. Our Year 12 students sat the QCS tests on 29 and 30 August with dignity, inner strength and collegiality. I congratulate them on their calm and purposeful approach. I also thank Shannon Lacey and her team of teachers, who steward the girls individually and collectively to the QCS right of passage.

On 24 and 25 August our Year 12 Drama students performed their annual Senior Production. “A Fish out of Water” was a contemporary and challenging artwork. The intensity of the performances was awe inspiring. I thoroughly enjoyed the performance and commend the students and staff for their hard work and dedication to rehearsals and for all the work behind the scenes to produce such a wonderful performance.

Around 60 fathers and daughters took part in the Father Daughter Lawn Bowls on 1 September. Many thanks to the P&F for organising the event. All proceeds were donated to Prostate Cancer Research and Beyond Blue.

If you are walking through our grounds you will notice new umbrellas which were very kindly purchased by the Stuartholme Ladies Committee. These umbrellas will provide the students with additional shade while relaxing in our beautiful school environment.

Stuartholme is hosting Biannual Alumnae Cup Tennis Competition next week. Many thanks to the Stuartholme families who volunteered to host a student from one of our Sister Schools.

God bless and take care,

Kristen Sharpe









Key Dates

Please find below the key dates for Terms 3 and 4.

Mon 11- Wed 13 SeptemberYear 12 Retreat
Tues 12 SeptemberDrama Fiesta 5pm
Wed 13 SeptemberQTAC Preferences due
Thurs 14 SeptemberClasses finish
Fri 15 SeptemberBoarders travel day
Sat 16- Mon 18 SeptemberSony Camp
Mon 2 OctoberBoarders return
Boarder Parent Network meeting 11.30am-1pm
Queen's Birthday holiday
Tues 3 OctoberStudents start Term 4
Fri 6 OctoberYear 10 Retreat
Sun 8 OctoberWelcome back Class of 2016 morning tea
Thurs 12 OctoberStudent Art Exhibition 6pm
Year 7, 2018 Parent Information evening 6pm
Fri 13 OctoberYear 7, 2018 Orientation Day
Mon 16 OctoberStudent free day
Year 11 Semi-formal
Tues 17 OctoberYear 7 immunisations
Fri 20 OctoberSpring Spectacular
Fri 27 OctoberHarry Potter Day
Sun 29 OctoberMusic Awards Breakfast 2017 9am
Wed 1 NovemberCelebration of Excellence
Fri 3 NovemberYear 12 Parent Daughter Breakfast 7am
Year 12 last day of classes. Leadership handover 2pm
Mon 6-Fri 10 NovemberYear 12 assessment block
Tues 14-Wed 22 NovemberYear 11 assessment block
Wed 15 NovemberYear 12 Boarders Farewell Liturgy and dinner
Thurs 16 NovemberYear 12 Valedictory 5.30pm
Fri 17 NovemberYear 12 final day
Thurs 23 NovemberCarols evening 7pm
Fri 24 NovemberBoarders travel day
Christmas Liturgy
Classes finish 12pm

Curriculum – assessments and reporting

As we move towards the end of Term 3, all year level assessments are underway with Years 11 and 12 finishing exam block today. Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 assessments will continue next week as per each year level’s assessment schedule published on the Portal.

The Results Report has been turned off whilst our marking and moderating process takes place and will be reactivated on Tuesday 10 October at 12 noon. Your daughter’s Term 3 assessments will be available for you to view from 12 noon on Tuesday.

The School does not issue a Term 3 report.  Your daughter’s End of Year Report will be published to the Community Lounge at the end of the school year.  An email advice will be issued advising a publish date.

Enrolment applications for siblings

This is a reminder for parents to please submit an enrolment application now if you have another daughter starting Stuartholme in 2018, 2019 or 2020.

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 by the beginning of Term 3 when the next round of interviews will be scheduled.

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



Bus registrations now open for Term 4

School Bus registrations for Term 4 are now open. If your daughter is intending to use the Stuartholme School Bus network, please register and pay on the Stuartholme website. Seats are limited, so we recommend registering as soon as possible.

Advice from Qld Police to anyone visiting North Stradbroke Island

The Queensland Police Service and North Stradbroke Island Police would like to wish all students, parents and their families an enjoyable and safe September School Holidays this year and respectfully request that be mindful of the following advice and information with regards to those attending North Stradbroke Island this year.

In previous years, North Stradbroke Island has been subject to a large influx youths which in combination with alcohol and illegal drugs has resulted in anti-social youth related activity. This year, as in previous years, the Queensland Police Service will be heavily enforcing any behaviour deemed to be anti-social, disorderly, violent, or infringing the laws legislated to protect Queenslanders. Laws to limit this behaviour include and are not limited to, noise complaints from private premises and public places, out of control events in private premises, public violence and/or intoxication, drink/drug driving, possession of illegal drugs.

Youths caught committing these offences in public places or private residences could be subject to the following consequences and may be charged and summonsed to appear before a magistrates Court:
– Parties in private premises where more than 12 people are gathered and any combination of three offences are occurring or likely to occur, the ‘Responsible Guardian/Organiser’ of the party may receive up to three years imprisonment and up to $18,000.00 in fines plus be required to pay all costs incurred in respect to Police attendance and resources utilised that is now inclusive of the Police Helicopter.
– Noise complaint attendance by Police at private premises can incur a 96 hour ‘Noise Abatement Direction’ to the primary occupier. Contravention of this direction may result in up to $4400.00 in fines.
– Any disorderly, violent behaviour will result in on the spot fines of $378.00 and/or a summons to appear before the Magistrates Court.
– More serious offences such as assaults and drug related matters could result in incarceration in a watchhouse, earliest appearance before the Magistrates Court and being placed on Bail Reporting conditions.
The further ongoing consequences of having convictions of these offences on a person’s criminal history can detrimentally affect a person’s future job and travel prospects. In previous years Police are aware of medical implications from unsupervised parental attendance that has resulted in youth pregnancy, transmission of STD’s and injuries sustained from incidents/accidents related to intoxication and/or violence.
Police advise that parents attend North Stradbroke Island with their children and reside at the same accommodation in order to properly supervise being mindful of Liquor Act Legislation relating to minors on premises consuming alcohol whereas the ‘Responsible Guardian’ they can appropriately supervise any gathering. Infractions of these laws could result in fines to the Responsible Guardian.
In years past, Parents have booked accommodation for their children and either not attended the North Stradbroke Island or resided at a different address. Real Estates and Resorts have policies in place forbidding this. Consequences will lead to immediate eviction and/or loss of any bond paid.
The North Stradbroke Island community and Police welcome all tourists to the island and ask that they respect the laws and the environment. We further would like to extend our best wishes for a safe, exciting and happy holiday for all.

Options Career Information Bulletin Edition 15

The latest Options Career Information Bulletin is now available.

The Bulletin gives updates from education institutions. You too can stay up to date with the latest information from a tertiary institution that you are interested in, by connecting with them on social media (the platform/s of your choice).

I’m here to help you with questions in relation to the bulletin. If you would like to meet with me, please make an appointment through Mrs Hurley or by visiting Student Reception (behind Main Reception). Your parents/caregivers are always welcome too.

Stacey Wallace
Careers Counsellor


Science Snippets

Did you know that on this date in 2040, the first visible conjunction during the 21st Century of the crescent moon with the five naked-eye visible planets – Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn – will occur. They will be seen clustered within a small distance of each other in the early evening sky, well east of the Sun. When a similar grouping happened in the sky on 5 May in 2000, the moon and the same five planets were lost to view because of the glare of the Sun from among them.

This isn’t for another 23 years so until then, make note of the following science events that are happening next month!

  • Registrations for the 64th Queensland Science Contest close on 9 October. This is a great opportunity for students from Prep to Year 12 to have their scientific work judged for awards and prizes. Judging is on Saturday 14 October. For more information, contact:
  • The EmpowHer Conference is an event run by ChangeMakeHer Australia for female students in Years 9-11 on 9 October. This is an exciting conference aimed at providing practical advice and inspiration for young women with an interest in business, leadership, gender politics and STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Arts, Maths). The conference will feature prominent keynote speakers from leading women, engaging Q&A panels and workshops aimed to equip the girls with real-life skills that they will be able to takeaway. It will be delivered at the start-up venue River City Labs in Fortitude Valley, who are sponsoring the event.

Whilst Science Week for 2017 has come and gone, the science ambassadors are not done! Next term we will be continuing with our ‘Future Earth’ theme and implementing paper recycling bins into all classrooms within the school. This initiative will help to increase our recycling output and make Stuartholme an even more eco-friendly school.

A massive congratulation must go to my fellow Science Ambassador, Bridie Nebe who has been accepted to attend the National Youth Science Forum in Canberra next January. Well done Bridie.

Tessa Buzzo
UQ Science Ambassador 2017

Stuartholme hosts Alumnae Cups Tennis Tournament

Next week Stuartholme plays host to the Biannual Alumnae Cups Tennis Tournament. The competition was instigated in 1996 and is played with our three sister schools: Kincoppal Rose Bay, Sacre Coeur Melbourne and Baradene Auckland.

The teams join their billet families this Sunday 10 September and games are played from Monday to Wednesday. I would like to thank most sincerely the many  families who have so willingly provided homes for our visitors and I know our visitors are getting really excited about meeting their Stuartholme billets.

The tournament will be played at the State Tennis Centre at Tennyson and we thank our school tennis contractor, the Gap Heath and Racquet Club, for their generosity in providing this venue to us.

We wish our Stuartholme players every best wish for the tournament and know they will be wonderful hosts next week.

Finally I would like to thank once again the huge effort put in by the Sports Department in organising  this event.

Louise Jackson
Co-Curricula Director

Equestrian welcome back Lily

Lily Lockhart, pictured jumping her horse Parker, is now back to full training after her serious fall and shoulder injury earlier in the year. She is determined to get back to full competitions as soon as possible and is looking forward to the jumping events that are coming up. Great to see you on board again Lily.

A really nice result at a recent event at Fig Tree Pocket when both coach and pupil won their individual events! Lesley Brodbeck is one of the Stuartholme Eventing coaches and Bella Anthony competes in the Junior 29cms events. Great Result.

The State Team has been finalised and the following riders will be in Toowoomba for a week in the September holidays. Competition starts on Tuesday 25 and finishes on Friday 29 September. The riders would love to have some support but unfortunately pony rides are not available!

Tues 25 SeptemberShow HorseClaire Abercrombie
Thurs 28 SeptemberCombined TrainingPiper Searle 90cms; Aalia Luchetta 60 cms
Wed 26-Fri 29Show JumpingEmily Rink 120 cms; Emily Ballard 120 cms
Eventing all phases Emily Rink 1 star; Isabelle Gilley Eva 95cms; Emily Ballard Eva 95cms; Piper Searle Eva 105cms; Georgia Rink Eva 105; Bella Anthony Eva 95cms

Congratulations to you all. All the very best and have fun.

The team are also competing around the South East at both Interschool and EQ competitions with 2018 States qualifications in mind.

Anna Starosta
Equestrian Coordinator


Save the date – Spring Spectacular

Drama Fiesta!

The Stuartholme Drama Department warmly invites you to Drama Fiesta on Tuesday 12th September at 5pm. Drama Fiesta is a celebration of our Drama students’ achievements. All drama students from Years 9–11, as well as Co- curricular Drama Club are expected to attend to share their Term 3 performance work.

Date: Tuesday 12 September
Time: 5pm
Food: In line with our Mexican theme, a ‘Build-Your-Own-Burrito’ Bar will be available for $10. For all the details, including how to pre-order your food please go to our website.

Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards… because a great teacher can change everything

The Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards are a great initiative from national charity Schools Plus and the Commonwealth Bank with the aim of recognising and celebrating excellence in teaching and school leadership.

We have great teachers working right here in our school. Teachers that are having a positive impact on students’ lives and education outcomes; inspiring change, transforming attitudes and setting students on a path to ongoing success.

Now is our chance to recognise and celebrate their achievements and give them the opportunity to become one of 12 outstanding educators selected to receive a $45,000 Teaching Fellowship.

So if you think there’s a great teacher or principal working at our school, nominate them today at:


“All about you” Deportment and Grooming Workshop

Elizabeth Wilson School of Deportment and Grooming will be running their next course from Monday 9 October at Stuartholme School. The course runs for four weeks and will cover make-up, skin care, nail care, hair care, deportment and etiquette/table manners.

To find out more, including how to book click here. Enrolments close Monday 11 September .