Message from the Principal

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends,

Please click here to watch my Newsletter issue 9 address.


Take care and God Bless,

Kristen Sharpe





Key Dates

Fri 19 JuneLast day of Term 2
Classes finish at midday
Mon 13 JulyParent/Student/Teacher Conferences 10am-8pm
Boarder Parent Network Meeting 11.30-1pm
Parents of Stuartholme Meeting 6pm
Tues 14 JulyClasses start
Wed 15 JulyCo-curricular photo day
Thurs 16-Fri 17 JulyYear 11 Leadership Days
Tues 21 JulyYr 10 to 11 Parent & Student Subject Info – via Zoom
Wed 22 JulyCentennial Photo
Fri 24 JulyYear 9 Retreat
Wed 29 JulyYear 8 Retreat
Mon 27-Fri 31 JulyYear 10 into 11 SET Plan interviews (offered via zoom or face-to-face)
Wed 5 AugustBook Week Celebration and Harry Potter's birthday (amended activities)
Fri 7 AugustAcademic Assembly
Thurs 13 AugustYear 7 Retreat
Fri 14 AugustRevised Ekka Holiday date
Thurs 20 AugustYear 9 French Immersion afternoon
Fri 21 AugustCross Country
Tues 25 AugustYear 10 immunisations
Sat 12-Sun 13 SeptemberCentennial Art Show
Tues 15 SeptemberRACQ Docudrama
Wed 16 SeptemberYear 8 Arts Fiesta
Friday 18 SeptemberLast day of Term 3

Message from the Deputy Principal

Reflection on a remarkable semester

As we come to the end of Semester 1, I cannot help but pause, reflect, and be in awe of the achievements of our community. Over this term, we have witnessed firsthand the generosity of spirit, agility and support of our entire school community that has buoyed us through to the end of the term.

2020 will be remarkable for several reasons, most notably navigating considerable change in such a short period. On the one hand, I feel as though we have lived a full year already in just the last term; however, as I reflect on this term, I am reminded change is also a key indicator of growth. Growth is at times uncomfortable and is not without its challenge. It is through this growth we develop the strength, resilience, and tenacity to keep keeping on. This last term has demonstrated just how much we have grown together as a community. We are stronger through the experiences we have shared.

Supporting your daughter to build a culture of thinking at home

With assessment feedback and Parent/ Student/ Teacher Conferences on the horizon, now is an opportunity to make the learning visible through having discussions with your daughter around her progress. Dr Ron Ritchart provides the following conversation starters for parents that are useful in supporting a culture of thinking within the home (

  1. Name and Notice Thinking

Use the language of thinking to name and notice the thinking your child is using and thus make it more visible. I like how you used what you already know to make connections. That’s a perspective I hadn’t thought about.

  1. Develop a Growth Mindset

Develop a growth mindset in your child by focusing your praise on process, learning, and effort (You really worked hard on this and have learned a lot. You’ve really developed as a musician.), as opposed to ability (You’re so clever. You’re good at Math.)

  1. Challenge but Don’t Rescue

When your child encounters difficulties, don’t jump in and solve the problem and rescue him/her. Instead, ask questions that will help him/her to think through the problem, identify, and choose a course of action to moving forward.

  1. What Questions Did You Ask Today?

Our questions drive us as learners. Instead of asking your child, “Did you learn anything today?”, you could say, “Did you ask a good question today?” This will encourage your child to be more invested in the types of questions they ask at school.

  1. Focus on the Learning Over the Work

Learning is the goal of an assignment. Take a moment to ask your child what the purpose of each homework assignment is, what do they think the teacher wants them to learn and get better at as a result. Then monitor the learning, not the work.

  1. Support Your Child in Arguing Effectively and Persuasively

Research has shown that teenagers who argued constructively with their parents by building a case and providing evidence for their position were more enabled to speak up, voice an opinion, and use evidence in other facets of life.

  1. Provide Time to Pursue Passions

Students need time and space to pursue their passions and interest. Pay attention to your child’s learning and passions outside of school and make time for them.

  1. Make Your Own Thinking Visible

You are a model for your child of what it means to be a thinker and a learner. Model your own interests, passions, curiosity, reflection, learning, and thinking for your child.

  1. What Makes You Say That?

By simply asking, “What makes you say that?”, in a curious and non-judgemental tone after someone has given a response, we are able to get a window into the thinking behind that person’s initial response.

Stuartholme finalist in 2020 Australian Education Awards

I would like to take the opportunity to celebrate the excellent news that Stuartholme School is a finalist in the 2020 Australian Education Awards for Best Professional Learning Program. The Australian Education Awards bring together hundreds of educational leaders from across the country and acknowledge the star performers in the profession. This acknowledgement is a testament to the emphasis Stuartholme School places on staff development – a key indicator for student success. Our relationship with Dr Ron Ritchart and Project Zero at Harvard University has been instrumental in progressing this goal.


As we lead into the break, I wish you and your families a safe and happy holiday period. I encourage students to access downtime and take the chance to reboot in preparation for Semester 2.

Best wishes,

Daniel Crump
Deputy Principal









Message from the Dean of Mission

What Makes a School Catholic? 

Thomas Groome, professor of Theology at Boston College in the USA, has devoted much time to researching about what makes a school Catholic. In doing so, he names five distinct and inter-related characteristics: 

  1. Its positive anthropology, which recognises the innate dignity and goodness in each person. 
  1. Its sacramental life and the belief that God is present in all things. 
  1. Its communal emphasis and the fact that we are called to live in relationship with each other and all creation. 
  1. Its commitment to tradition and the importance of its story and vision for human life. 
  1. Its appreciation for rationality and learning, epitomised through its commitment to education. 

Hopefully, you can identify these in action through your experience at Stuartholme. 

Goodness & Dignity 

This idea of positive anthropology is built on the fundamental belief that we are made in the image and likeness of God.  For us in Catholic schools, this means that: 

  • we affirm the goodness of all of our students, promote their dignity, honour their fundamental rights, and develop their gifts to the fullest; 
  • we educate them to live responsibly, for the fullness of life that God offers through faith; 
  • we form and mould them to believe that their lives are worthwhile and have significance, and that their every good effort advances the wellbeing of everyone in our community and beyond. 

Our Current Times 

In considering these aspects of what it means to be a part of a Catholic school, I’m drawn to also consider the Black Lives Matter campaign in USA along with the local protests concerning the treatment of indigenous people in Australia and our response as a Catholic school. 

Today at our Assembly we recognised Reconciliation Week and Sorry Day. In doing so, several of our Year 12 girls passionately addressed our community of the need for reconciliation. Nieve Dickman and Maia Craig highlighted: 

Sorry is an acknowledgement of the atrocities that have pervaded our nation’s history and a call to action against those that affect our present society. Sorry is an acknowledgment that we are listening and willing to understand the stories of those that have been brutally impacted by our past – for it is only by listening to those who have been silenced throughout our history that we can amplify – rather than smother – their voices.  

The forced removal of Indigenous children from their families continues to have a lasting and horrific impact on their families, the children themselves and the broader Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. This cannot be ignored.  

Together we must work towards understanding this pain. Together we must listen to the stories of these peoples. Together we must acknowledge the resounding grief felt around us. For if, in our present society, we are to rightly advocate that black lives matter we must first show solidarity in sorrow for the many ‘lives that could have been’ that were taken over 50 years ago during the Stolen Generation. 

While Tillie Alleluia stated: 

this day is not just about acknowledgment, it is not just about saying sorry it is about BEING sorry. We’ve all heard the phrase “an apology is nothing without action,” therefore we must take action. It is not asked of you to apologise for your ancestors, what is asked of you is to dismantle the systems of oppression that stand today. We cannot say we are sorry and continue to let indigenous lives be governed by a system that didn’t take into consideration their culture, history, social structure and way of life.  We must actively work towards making a change. 

Tillie also emphasised the need to be educated on these matters and provided suggestions groups that our students might engage with for this. 

The Gift of a Catholic Education 

In listening to the girls speak today, what really stood out for me is the way that they affirmed the goodness of all people, promoted the dignity of a marginalised culture, highlighted the need for education and the responsibility it brings to take action, and they did so in a way that advanced the wellbeing of all. Through their words and actions, we saw first hand evidence of the goodness that sets us apart as a Catholic and Sacred Heart School. 

To conclude, Maia and Nieve say it best: 

Today, in alignment with our with our Sacred Heart goals, we commit to inviting all in our Christian community into genuine and authentic interpersonal relationships, in which we ‘all may grow together’; we commit to providing a living, dynamic and inclusive culture in which the school nurtures and values each person in our community; we commit, through collaboration and dialogue, to build authentic relationships with our indigenous peoples. We commit to reconciliation. 

Peace and blessings for the weeks ahead. 

Justin Golding
Dean of Mission

  1. Groome.(1996). What Makes a School Catholic? In The Contemporary Catholic School: Context, Identity & Diversity. T. McLaughlin, J. O’Keefe & B. O’Keefe (Eds.). Washington: Falmer Press.  











Message from the Dean of Boarding

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Well we have almost made it to the end of Term 2, and although I am unsure of what Term 3 will bring I want you to know we have been working hard to bring our whole Boarding community back together. I thank all of our families who were able to be present at our meeting on Thursday evening and I would encourage every one of you to please send in any questions you may have as we want to ensure everyone is fully briefed.

This term, we started with only our 7 International girls and have watched the number grow to our current number of 28 girls. At each step along the way we have seen a gradual increase in the energy around the House and during this time the need for Recreation activities has been paramount. These activities have provided opportunities for the girls to share in some fun, in the face of ‘social distancing’. I do wonder if our life will return to what it was before, or will we now live in a ‘new’ way? You will see in the pictorial of the term that the girls had an Easter moment, celebrating to a wistful ‘We miss you all’ . What started as small group gathering around the fire pit on Friday gradually increased to more and more, not to mention the dumpling making and pizza eating that was going on. Life is slowly returning to what we knew before and I was very happy to allow the International girls to have an outing to our local shops following 12 weeks on the hill with no leave. Thankfully those girls who have returned recently have been more than happy that some our restrictions have been slightly eased to allow the girls to go for a run down to the Bardon corner store, or for a walk with others to Slaughter Falls, or even to host their family here on the hill.

It has been wonderful that Claire Lawler has continued with her Academic tutoring similar to what we would normally have had in the House on a Tuesday and Thursday. This has supported a number of our girls studying both from home and here in the Boarding House. Claire has been very flexible in communicating with the girls via Zoom early in the term and now by appointment for those girls still at home. I know this week has been an intensive time in regards to Assessment Tasks for our junior and Year 11 girls. I certainly hope they will receive lots of positive feedback from this unusual term of learning. I believe the girls are a credit to themselves, and I have been so proud of my own Boarding students who have remained faithful to all their class work and attendance in Zoom lessons this term. We will be returning back to our routine of two supervised study times on Monday and Thursday while Sport will also be available throughout the week and the girls will be able to apply for leave.

Yesterday we received word from the Metro North Public Health Unit that our Risk Management Plan was accepted with no further recommendations. This will allow us to return in Term 3 with 50% of our Boarders back in the House. It is our aim to increase that number steadily from 50 % to 75% to 100%, by the middle Term 3.

I would strongly encourage all girls at home to make the effort to connect with us during our last Monday night House Meeting at 6pm which hopefully will provide a little light relief in these trying times. It is a great way to see who of their friends have returned but to also keep up to date with any new endeavours that we are working on.

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 returning to a more normal world, as I am sure you are as well.

Take care and be well,

Karen Davies
Dean of Boarding

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Message from the Dean of Student Wellbeing

Your example, even more than your words, will be an eloquent lesson to the world. – Madeleine Sophie Barat

Being respectful

One of the areas of my job I enjoy the most is working proactively with the students to support their development of skills to assist them both now and in the future.

Last Thursday, I had the great pleasure of working alongside Ms Meehan, Mr Crump and the Year 11 Wise Wellness Teachers facilitating a workshop with the Year 11 Cohort designed to challenge them to think deeply about the concept and role of a Stuartholme leader.

The Year 11s enthusiastically participated in a process whereby we unpacked what it means to enact the Stuartholme Student Positive Expectations which are framed by the Sacred Heat Educational Goals and centre on respect.

Building Respectful Relationships

Building respectful relationships is also a key focus in our Wise Wellness Program delivered across Years 7-12. To support our work at school through our partnership with parents, I am delighted to provide advice from our school psychologists Ms Eloise Conrad and Ms Natalie Morgan who contribute in a significant way to the creation of the ‘Stuartholme Village’.

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

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

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

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

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

References: Kids Helpline (, ReachOut (, Greater Good Science Center ( and Brene Brown (book “Dare to Lead”).

Helpful contacts over the break

As the term wraps up and your daughter embarks on the holiday period, it is a great opportunity for her to recharge her batteries and relax.

I hope that you have a restful time together with your families and the chance to unwind and enjoy some downtime free from the technology which has characterised this term of school.

I encourage you to visit the Wellbeing tile in the parent portal on My Stuartholme where we have established a range of helpful contacts for parents to access if you require further support.

Deborah Lonsdale-Walker
Dean of Student Wellbeing







Message from the Careers Counsellor

Hi everyone,

Hope you’re all having a great end of term. I can’t quite believe how quickly these last few weeks have gone!

It’s been wonderful to be back onsite, working with students in classes and seeing a lot of students for individual careers counselling sessions.

What’s coming up?

  • 17-21 June: Virtual Careers Expo – because it’s not possible to visit universities in person this year, I’d encourage students in Year 10, 11 and 12 to attend this expo to talk to different institutions about interests and options.
  • 24 June: Mock UCAT test – I’ll be running a practice UCAT test for Year 12 students who will be sitting the UCAT in July. Students have been doing a great job preparing!
  • 23 July: QTAC speaker via Zoom – Year 12 students and parents will be invited to join us for a QTAC presentation. A QTAC representative will explain the application process and be available to answer all of your questions. More details will be shared shortly.
  • 4 August: QTAC, UAC, VTAC open for applications – a very exciting time!
  • 30 September: Year 12 students aim to have TAC application(s) in – students can still change their preferences after this date.


Please find below a summary of key information and events that you and your daughters may be interested in.

Warm regards,

Tom Lillyman
Careers Counsellor


Beyond QCE: Virtual Careers Expo

Because it’s not possible to visit universities in person this year, you might like to attend this virtual expo to talk to different institutions about your interests and options. All the big Queensland universities will be there, plus some other big universities from other states. Click here to learn more and register.

ACU: Talk with industry series

Join ACU for at one of the Talk with Industry events. They are a series of webinar panel discussions featuring ACU graduates across a range of different professions. Get helpful advice and find out what it’s really like to work in your area of interest. Join the webinars to hear from ACU graduates about their work experiences and get tips and advice for pursuing a career in your area of interest.

  • Talk with Occupational Therapists and Speech Pathologists – Wed, 17 June at 5.00pm
  • Talk with Exercise Scientists and Physiotherapists – Wed, 1 July at 6.00pm
  • Talk with Nurses, Midwives & Paramedics – Thurs, 17 Sept at 5.00pm

Griffith Uni: Elite Athlete Webinar

On Thursday, June 18, 4.30-6.00pm, students can join Griffith’s Sports College to learn more about going to university while continuing to play sport at a competitive level.

This event is designed specifically for students of Years 10-12 and their families and will provide information on:

  • Elite athlete support at Griffith
  • Sports scholarship opportunities for 2021
  • Gaining entry to the Sports College post COVID-19, with limited competition during 2020

To register, click here!


Early Entry Schemes

Some universities offer early entry programs for Year 12 students. Offers are usually made much earlier than the QTAC major offer rounds (December and January). Read more about each program by visiting the links below:

University of New England (UNE) Early Entry Program

ACU Community Achiever Program

Sunshine Coast University Early Offer Guarantee Program

University of Southern Queensland Early Offer Guarantee Program

Southern Cross University STAR Program

ACU Passion for Business Program

ACU Passion for Law Program (NB: ACU will offer Bachelor of Laws + double degrees at their Brisbane campus from 2021)

Students who are interested in studying in NSW are also encouraged to check out the UAC School Recommendation Scheme, which offers early entry to many universities in NSW.

Griffith: Guarantee Admission Scheme

The Guarantee Admission Scheme has three different categories:

  • Guarantee Admissions Scheme – ATAR 90+/IB 33+
    • This category recognises your performance and guarantees entry to a set of competitive and high demand undergraduate degrees.
  • Guarantee Admissions Scheme – ATAR 80+?IB 28+
    • This category recognises your achievements and guarantees entry to a wide range of creative, generalist and professional undergraduate degrees.
  • Guarantee Admissions Scheme – VET
    • This category recognises your capabilities and guarantees entry to a set of undergraduate degrees that build on your vocational skills if you have completed Certificate lll or lV or Diploma level study,

Visit the website to learn more!


Become Rewarded Scholarships

The University of Southern Queensland’s Become Rewarded Scholarships are back. The suite of scholarships applies to high-achieving Year 12 students who list USQ as their number-one preference on their QTAC application. The scholarships are available to school leavers studying full-time at any USQ campus in Semester 1, 2021. The scholarships are:

The  Chancellor’s Excellence Scholarship valued up to $29,000- For students awarded an ATAR 97 or above who order USQ as first preference on their QTAC application.

The  Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship valued up to $20,000 – For students awarded an ATAR 88 or above who order USQ as first preference on their QTAC application.

The  Executive Dean’s Scholarship valued up to $6,000 – For students awarded an ATAR 84 or above who order USQ as first preference on their QTAC application.

UQ Sporting scholarships

2021 UQ Sporting Scholarship applications will be open from Tuesday 4 August to Saturday 31 October 2020. Be prepared! For further information on UQ Sporting Scholarships email

University of New South Wales (UNSW) Co-op Scholarship Program

The UNSW Co-op Program is a scholarship that incorporates industry experience, leadership and professional development, networking and mentoring. It is open to high achieving students studying in the fields of business, technology, engineering, science, building and construction. It is worth $19,600 per year for up to four or five years (depending on your). Applications are now open and close on 30 September. See more information here.

Robertson Scholars Leadership Program Scholarships

Each year up to two Australian students are selected to complete the four-year undergraduate degree, Robertson Scholars Leadership Program scholarship at Duke University or the University of North Carolina in the United States. The scholarship provides for full tuition fees, accommodation expenses and other costs associated with undertaking a degree abroad. Australian selections are organised through the University of New South Wales (UNSW). Applications open in August.




Co-curricular News

We’re back in rehearsals!

Our Stuartholme musicians are back and making beautiful sounds around our Music Department and school facilities. Due to restrictions, the large ensembles have been creative with rehearsal locations. Many thanks to all the parents for supporting the musicians and music staff throughout the last term and we look forward to further creative opportunities next semester.

Check out the great video of the girls back in rehearsal here.

August Ensemble Workshops and Performance

Despite the cancellation of the Queensland Catholic Colleges and Schools Music Festival this year, the Stuartholme Music Workshops will still go ahead in August. On Friday 7 August, the Choirs Workshop will take place from 3.45 – 6.45pm and on Sunday the 9 August the Instrumental Workshops will take place for the Bands from 9.00am – 1.00pm and Strings from 10.00am – 3.00pm. At the conclusion of the workshops a short performance will be presented (restrictions pending) for our school community.

Return of Representative Sport

The long anticipated return to the representative school sport program has arrived. As of 4.00pm yesterday afternoon, the Director General – Department of Education, has announced that the department will recommence a staged reintroduction of school sport from term 3 2020. From 10 July 2020, in line with the Queensland Government’s Stage 3 easing of restrictions, the representative school sport program for both outdoor and indoor sports can begin. Selected state championships, regional trials and district trials will take place in term 3 and term 4 2020. The Department of Education has worked closely with stakeholders to recommence sports and the return to play plan aligns with the latest Queensland Government Roadmap to easing Queensland’s restrictions released on the 31 May 2020, the AIS Framework for Rebooting Sport in a COVID 19 Environment and the Return to Play Guide for Queensland sport, recreation and fitness industries .

All the information about the reboot of the representative school sport program is on the Queensland School Sport website.

A calendar of Qld School Sport State Championships events for the remainder of 2020 can be located on the Queensland School Sport website.

There are 18 QSS state championships listed. There will be no Qld School Sport Cross Country or Track and Field State Championship this year. The Metropolitan West School Sport Board will conduct regional trials to select teams to attend the updated 2020 QSS state championships events. MWSS will not be conducting regional cross country or regional track & field trials in 2020 due to the Qld Government’s stage 3 COVID 19 restrictions.

The Metropolitan West School Sport office will distribute an updated 2020 MWSS Regional School Sport calendar once we have venues confirmed for the remaining regional trials. We are ready to go, but please be mindful that a lot of the venues we use for our regional trials are working diligently to ensure that they are following the new government regulations to ensure a safe playing environment for our students. We are all going to need to exercise our patience’s in this area while working with our sporting community, which in a majority of cases are run by volunteers.

We anticipate releasing a new calendar over the coming week.

Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions on the Queensland School Sport website for return to sport requirements.

Science Snippets

UQ set for a sustainable future

The University of Queensland (UQ) is set to become the first major university in the world to have 100 per cent of its electricity consumption sourced from its own solar power farms. UQ currently has a solar farm at UQ Gatton Campus with 37 000 solar panels, and is nearing completion on another 220,000 panel farm.

The facility aims to make the University energy neutral by the end of 2020 and will also be home to a flock of sheep who will live harmoniously alongside the panels. The sheep will graze on the grass around the panels, keeping maintenance costs low.

“The 64 megawatt (MW) solar farm located just outside of Warwick, on Queensland’s Southern Downs, will provide research, teaching and engagement opportunities in addition to its environmental and financial benefits,” UQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj said.

The farm is built on a 150-hectare property in Warwick and will generate roughly 154,000 megawatt hours of clean energy each year. That’s enough to power 27,000 average homes!

As for the sheep, they seem to love living in the fields with the solar panels. They even take naps under the shade of the panels on hot days.

The solar farm is a bright step towards a sustainable future for Queensland and Australia, and is one of the many ways UQ is taking steps towards building a more sustainable future.

By Annella Casey (Year 11 UQ Science Ambassador)


Science competition opportunities:

o Australian Physics Olympiad

o Australian Chemistry Olympiad

o Australian Biology Olympiad

Science camps and ‘schools’:

o Australian Science Olympiads Summer School for Physics ANU

o AMOC School of Excellence (Uni Melb) (training camps)

o UQ Junior Physics Olympiad Camp

o Informatics Summer School

Please be mindful that some of the above are still to be confirmed and /or may be cancelled due to COVID-19. Any questions, please get in touch

Kind regards,

Wendy Macdonald
Leader of Learning – Science


Social Justice News

We understand that we will never understand.

Although Wednesday, 3rd June saw the closing of National Reconciliation Week, Social Justice and Mission at Stuartholme facilitated the opportunity for our community to reflect on historical and current events surrounding our First Nation People through a Sorry Day liturgy.  The poignant coincidence of the Black Lives Matter movement gaining awareness during National Reconciliation Week was clearly noted by our students. Below are the reflections of JPIC Committee members Maia Craig and Nieve Dickman and the call the action from Tilie Allelulia, Multicultural captain, which were presented during our Sorry Day liturgy.

Maia Craig and Nieve Dickman – Year 12 – JPIC Committee

National Sorry Day is a day to remember the forced removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals during the Stolen Generations; to remember the irrevocable loss of language, loss of culture, and loss of family that stained our country’s past and continues to both directly and indirectly impact the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of this nation. It is a day to take responsibility and express sorrow for the intergenerational trauma that occurred, and understand that trauma through the stories of those who survived it. It is a day to acknowledge that while we will never be able to conceptualise the pain that the Indigenous communities have endured, we will try, and we will listen, and we will stand together.

National reconciliation week is a moment for all of Australia to stand in solidarity with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of this nation and to uncover the contribution we can all have towards reconciliation and healing. The anniversary of two critical events in our nation’s reconciliation journey are held throughout this week. It marks the 1967 referendum in which our First Nations became legally regarded as people, and were finally given the right to vote in their own country as well as the High Court Mabo Decision, which recognised the rights Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have to their land as the traditional owners before British colonisation.

National Sorry Day itself marks the anniversary of the Bringing Them Home Report being tabled in parliament. This report condemned the events that occurred during the Stolen Generations and outlined 54 recommendations to support national healing and reconciliation, of which many have still not been implemented.

Today, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are 10.6 times more likely to be removed from their families than non-Indigenous children. Furthermore, many of the 54 recommendations of The Bringing Them Home Report are unfulfilled, compensation for the harms of the Stolen Generations are inadequate, and constant and immense discrimination is faced by our First Nations. In alignment with our sacred heart goals of dignity of the human person and solidarity we all have a responsibility to work towards an Australia where its First Peoples are treated with the justice and integrity they deserve, and where their voices are heard. Madeleine Sophie Barat taught us to treat everyone – especially those who have been marginalised – with compassion. With the privilege we have to attend such an incredible school and have access to such abundant resources, we have a responsibility to stand by our First Nations in both closing the gap and working towards reconciliation. For as stated by St Madeleine Sophie Barat, we must show others ‘by the care with which you help them to advance along every line for which you are responsible’.

In order to achieve this Australia and combat the abhorrent treatment of Indigenous Australians we need to start with taking accountability.

The theme for this year’s National Reconciliation Week is In This Together – a message that has now taken on an even greater meaning as we are faced with the effects of a global pandemic and one which has been guiding Australia’s journey towards a more reconciled, equitable and fair nation for the past 20 years.

Sorry is an acknowledgement of the atrocities that have pervaded our nation’s history and a call to action against those that affect our present society. Sorry is an acknowledgment that we are listening and willing to understand the stories of those that have been brutally impacted by our past – for it is only by listening to those who have been silenced throughout our history that we can amplify – rather than smother – their voices.

The forced removal of Indigenous children from their families continues to have a lasting and horrific impact on their families, the children themselves and the broader Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. This cannot be ignored.

Together we must work towards understanding this pain. Together we must listen to the stories of these peoples. Together we must acknowledge the resounding grief felt around us. For if, in our present society, we are to rightly advocate that black lives matter we must first show solidarity in sorrow for the many ‘lives that could have been’ that were taken over 50 years ago during the Stolen Generation.

Today, in alignment with our with our sacred heart goals, we commit to inviting all in our Christian community into genuine and authentic interpersonal relationships, in which we ‘all may grow together’; we commit to providing a living, dynamic and inclusive culture in which the school nurtures and values each person in our community; we commit, through collaboration and dialogue, to build authentic relationships with our indigenous peoples. We commit to reconciliation.

Tilie Alleluia – Year 12 – Multicultural Captain

Today on National sorry day we acknowledge the injustices inflicted on our Indigenous people at the hands of colonisation and at the hands of modern systematic racism. However, this day is not just about acknowledgment, it is not just about saying sorry it is about BEING sorry.

We’ve all heard the phrase “an apology is nothing without action,” therefore we must take action. It is not asked of you to apologise for your ancestors, what is asked of you is to dismantle the systems of oppression that stand today. We cannot say we are sorry and continue to let Indigenous lives be governed by a system that didn’t take into consideration their culture, history, social structure and way of life.  We must actively work towards making a change.

Unfortunately, racism is a universal evil and the common denominator is that across cultures melanin has become connoted with inferiority, the education, employment, life expectancy and health outcomes of black people around the world are a clear indicator of this. It is not enough to not be racist you must be anti-racist as neutrality is a win for the oppressor.

It is imperative that we treat our neighbours as Jesus taught us to, with dignity, compassion and love, therefore it is our job to be active change agents. And I know that you’re probably thinking that your means to help are pretty limited, but I can assure you every action counts.

 The first thing you can do is donate. Donate to the legal costs of the inquiries of Indigenous families who are trying to find answers as to why their loved ones died in police custody.

 Secondly, support Indigenous businesses and social enterprises which the multicultural committee will make accessible to you. Furthermore, get involved by joining a social justice group like JPIC or even an external group which can be discovered through social media. You could even help by even telling Stuartholme what you think should be a part of their Reconciliation Action Plan. And lastly and most importantly, get educated.

 You cannot fight for an issue that you do not understand. There are various social media pages you can follow to gain an understanding, some of these will be included in student notices or even posted around the school.

 So, there you have it, now you are aware of the ways in which you can make a difference and now the ball is in your court. I saw an extremely fitting quote the other day that read “if you’ve ever wondered what you would’ve done during the civil rights movement, now’s the time to show it,” this is our civil rights movement. What part will you play in this history?



Auslan demo

This term Stuartholme students from Year 7 to 12 have been learning Auslan, otherwise known as Australian sign language. Initially our lessons were conducted via Zoom, and now we are learning in person (our Boarders still join us via Zoom). Together we are covering the foundations of handshapes, fingerspelling, greetings, pronouns, relationships, conversation starters, the importance of non-verbal signals and grammar. Further to this the class also covers hearing impaired culture, all in an aim to create accessibility and inclusion. Over the holidays our Auslan students will help create a Stuartholme sign bank, which will allow easier revision for current students and the opportunity for new students to catch up on established content so they could join us for classes in Term 3.  If you are interested in learning Auslan, please email


Image – Stu Case Rummage Publish


Our Justice Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) club are still collecting donations for Stu Case Rummage. These donations will be used to create and manage our own Op Shop during the first few weeks of Term 3. The opportunity encourages Stuartholme students to engage in business practices, whilst being aware of consumer patterns, the effects of fast fashion and how even through our clothing choices we can be sustainable and ethical. With an estimate 500, 000 tonnes of clothing and leather being sent to Australian landfill each year, we have a responsibility as Stewards of Creation, to care for not only the earth but those who will be effected by our negligence. Donations will be open until the end of Week 1, Term 3. Remember for each item donated, one house point will be awarded.


Image – Stu Case Rummage – House Points Update

Sr Kiran teaches students to make dahl

On Wednesday, Sr Kiran, who is visiting Stuartholme from India, joined students in the kitchen and shared with them how to real Indian dahl. It was a wonderful (and delicious!) experience for the students and we are so grateful to Sr Kiran for sharing this skill with us.

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Bus Network

With Term 2 finishing next Friday 19 June at 12noon, the buses will depart school at 12.15pm.

Term 3 buses will operate from the morning of Tuesday 14 July.  If your daughter will need the bus in Term 3 and does not have an Annual Pass, a Term 2 & 3 Pass, or a Casual Pass, please pay and register for Term 3 here:

Honour Pockets in Term 3

The Honour Pockets Committee is pleased to have confirmed the 2020 criteria.  The criteria handbook is available on My Stuartholme in the Co-Curricular folder. As in 2019, all students who are eligible for an Honour Pocket Award will receive an email invitation in Week 1 Term 3 from Student Wellbeing Office.

All achievements through the school pathway will be captured by the heads of each department so students do not need to apply for these Awards. However, students are then invited in Week 2 Term 3 to apply for Special Awards relating to co curricula activities not recognised through the school and that fit within the selection criteria for 2020.

If your daughter is eligible for a Special Award (which includes service awards), she needs to complete the Special Awards application form after it is emailed to her and have the teacher-in-charge sign and return it to Mrs Blazak by 9.00am on Monday, 24 August 2020.  Blazers need to be handed in to the Uniform shop on Friday, 28 August 2020.


Refer a Student and help us build our community

School Shop

Just a reminder to please check you have purchased the correct size before you write your daughter’s name on an item.

Unfortunately, items that have been named cannot be exchanged or refunded as they are deemed to be second hand.


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.

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. To view the items, please click here.

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


Message from the Principal

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends,

Please click here to watch my Newsletter issue 8 address.

Click here to watch the Madeleine Sophie Day Mass


Click here to watch our Music Department’s Let it be video

Take care and God Bless,

Kristen Sharpe





Message from the Deputy Principal

United as a Sacred Heart community

It was wonderful to welcome back our day students this week while remaining connected to our boarding students to celebrate as a community the Feast Day of our foundress St Madeleine Sophie Barat. Students were able to beam in for the mass, the picnic at lunch, and learning in the classroom. Through the power of technology, we have been able to remain connected and to share these experiences with our full Stuartholme community.

The Mass was a significant celebration of all that is Stuartholme, and the second reading, which provided a collection of reflections about community from our wisdom women was incredibly powerful. The words of Mother Janet Erskine Stuart resonated deeply with me and summed up a rich Sacred Heart education:

“There is deep-down unity, but there is no forced uniformity. The spirit is one, but its manifestations are many…no one is ‘made to order’ of this or that shape, but each gives what she can for the common good. The common good demanding for its own sake, as well as for hers, that she should remain – herself…” 

I found these words affirming of the Stuartholme experience and the transformative power of a Sacred Heart education. At Stuartholme, it is never a ‘one size fits all’ approach. It is targeted and individualised.

An individualised approach through continuous feedback

We are blessed at Stuartholme to have a comprehensive process of feedback and support that enhances our individualised approach. Through the myStuartholme platform, we capitalise on technology through the provision of regular updates on student academic learning to target improvement in a timely manner.

Even during these unprecedented times of COVID-19, our teaching faculty have worked to support student learning by providing feedback on individual assessment tasks. In addition, some of these tasks were modified to suit the adjusted learning conditions we have experienced. You can find feedback on individual assessment pieces in the Results section of myStuartholme. The Results section provides an excellent platform for students and parents to monitor progress.

Feedback on individual assessment tasks is direct and targeted. It outlines:

  • How well the task has been understood or performed;
  • How well the student understood the main processes required to perform the task; and,
  • The student’s management of their learning – planning and self-monitoring.

While the comments focus on what the student has done well, there is distinct attention placed on the language of improvement and ways to optimise learning success.

Supporting your daughter to learn about her learning

As teachers and parents/caregivers are the most influential adults in the lives of our students, the partnership in education is paramount to support students navigating feedback.

While it is important to collectively acknowledge work well done, research suggests if parents can support the learning journey through exploring feedback with their daughters in a more detailed way, this can further optimise student success.

In this light, Carol Dweck suggests being specific with affirmations and unpacking with your daughters how the outcome was achieved. This ensures they connect effort with the result. It is through this process; students can celebrate the struggle in the pursuit of mastery. Building both resilience and a growth mindset where mistakes are a platform for success allows students to realise learning requires both effort and strategy.

As Carol Dweck affirms, “if parents want to give their children a gift, the best thing they can do is to teach their children to love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort and keep on learning.

As a Sacred Heart community, we are united in our efforts to ensure our young women experience a love of learning and want to keep on learning well beyond the gates of Stuartholme. It is apparent we do this in a unified way that considers individual achievement and growth.

I wish you all the best for the final few weeks of term.

Daniel Crump
Deputy Principal









Message from the Dean of Mission

Since the dawn of time, fire has been a primordial symbol. For the ancient Greeks it was associated with energy, assertiveness, and passion. We know the expression ‘fire in the belly’ and have a sense of what that means. And of course we’ve seen its destructive force – think back to summer this year and the horrific bushfires that swept across our land. For us at Stuartholme, it’s a symbol deeply connected to our Christian roots and the beginning of the Society of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. 

Pentecost and the birth of the Church. 

This coming Sunday, the Church celebrates the Feast of Pentecost. As scripture tells us, Pentecost is that moment when the Holy Spirit descends upon the apostles as tongues of fire (Acts 2:3), giving birth to the Church. One can only imagine what the disciples were thinking and feeling in this moment, given the events that had unfolded. Consider this – they’d lost their closest friend and teacher through the most gruesome of deaths (Luke 23:43); miraculously, they encountered him when he presented himself alive to them in a resurrected form (Acts 1:3); they then lose him again when he ascends to the heavens, having commissioned them to be witnesses to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8-9). A string of events, that no doubt left the disciples in great turmoil as they tried to make sense of it, culminating in the Pentecost moment. 

Born into Fire: The birth story of Madeleine Sophie 

Curiously, fire was also prominent at the birth of our Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat, whose feast day we celebrated on Monday. We hear in her biography that on December 12, 1779, a fire raged in JoignyBurgandy, France, close to the Barat home, where Sophie’s mother, Madeleine, was heavily pregnant. Frightened by the threat of danger, she prematurely gave birth to a daughter, who was christened Madeleine Sophie. 1 If this wasn’t enough, this period of France’s history was marked by the well-known revolution, a time of great political turmoil that provided Sophie numerous challenges later in life as she went about growing the Society of the Sacred Heart. With fire in her heart, she persevered with courage and confidence. 

Leading with Courage & Determination 

Fire. Fear. Uncertainty. It seems that 2020 has delivered the trifecta here in Australia when you consider the bushfires of our summer and these recent COVID times. Whilst each of these stories is packed with challenges and difficulties, a defining character of each is the way that hope is never lost. Through faith, hope, courage and hard work, good things come from difficult times though the presence of the Holy Spirit. The growth of the Church from Pentecost, along with the growth of the Society of the Sacred Heart from humble beginnings gives evidence of this. Similarly, the response to the challenges of our current times has provided numerous examples of courage and determination in the face of adversity.  

Hope. Community. Spirit. 

Whilst our celebration of the Feast of Saint Madeleine Sophie did not eventuate as we’d planned, there was a special character to what eventuated. Signs of hope and the Spirit abounded! Our eucharistic celebration in the chapellivestreamed and watched locally and as far as Indonesia, was deeply moving; the superb rendition of Let IBe courtesy of our music staff and students united us in communion; the array of colour on the pavement of the school to welcome back our Year 7 to 10 students on their first day, courtesy Ms Margaret Devlin and the Year 11 and 12 students, would have made Sophie proud; the numerous hours of work and dedication behind the scenes to make our Livestream a success, courtesy of Mr Rory Edwards in IT, was deeply appreciated by all; and of course, the picnic that we shared with the school community at lunchtime, somewhat eucharistic, as we gathered as one body on our special day. 

Signs of hope. Signs of community. Signs of the Holy Spirit. 

Happy Madeleine Sophie Day to all. 

Justin Golding
Dean of Mission








Message from the Dean of Boarding

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This coming weekend we will welcome another eight girls into the House this brings us to a total of 28 girls.  In the table below you can see how many are either at home, being a day student or living with us in Boarding.  These 28 girls bring us to our limit of 25% of ‘normal’ occupancy that the Australian Health Principles Protection Committee (AHPPC) have originally outlined as the way to minimise risk in a Boarding school. We are currently working on updating our Risk Management Strategy document to send to the Metro North Public Health unit to investigate what we would need to do to return above 75%, and hopefully even more to Boarding for the beginning of Term 3.

Last Friday evening we had our first Recreation activity out under the stars and it was wonderful to see our International girls have some fun with the returned Boarders, as it has been a very long time with no other distractions than each other or the Boarding supervisors. We also allowed for the first time an opportunity for these girls to go off the site with a supervisor to a local shopping centre for an hour. During these next three weeks we will offer supervised times for the girls to choose to go off site to either Slaughter Falls or a local shopping centre in groups of 3 – 5 at a time. We have also encouraged the girls with us to invite immediate family and/or Grandparents in for a picnic on our site, but no other unsupervised leave is allowed at this time.

Ellen McLean and Melissa Robinson, our 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. With Catherine Sagin’s departure I have asked Melissa Robinson to be the direct contact for our girls in Years 8, 9 and 10. Ellen McLean will continue to be the direct contact person for all Year 11 and 12 girls and their families and I have asked our two Senior Supervisors to take on added responsibilities, firstly Ursula Cooper to be the direct contact person for Year 7 and secondly Ming Du to be our direct contact person with our International girls and liaising with Ms Jane Verity in the day school world.

I would strongly encourage all girls at home to make the effort to connect with us during our Monday night House Meeting time, a little light relief at 5.30pm. It is one way to see who has returned to Boarding but to also keep up to date on any new endeavours that we are working on. Last Monday I didn’t award a prize for our photo competition as we didn’t have any entries, but this coming Monday I hope to see an overwhelming amount of photos showing the girls ‘favourite place’ from around their home.

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

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Message from the Dean of Student Wellbeing

Supporting our young women to stand up on their own two feet bravely and sing of victory

“Even though you have fallen a thousand times in one day, if in the evening you stand up again on your own two feet, you may sing of victory.” St Madeleine Sophie Barat.

I was inspired on St Madeleine Sophie Day by the joint homily delivered by Sr Rita Carroll rscJ, and our 2020 Cor Unum Captain – Imogen Fraser during the mass.

Drawing on the brave leadership of St Madeleine Sophie Barat in the wake of COVID-19 was a theme they shared.

Continuing to work together to support our young women to be brave is at the heart of the Sacred Heart Educational Goals and our ongoing pursuit to support every single student to be her very best.

Madeleine Sophie provides much wisdom about why it is critical to rise to this challenge and it is fitting to draw on her words.

 Developing brave to support success

“Let us respect childhood: let us honour the soul of that small creature of God who can already make choices of the best if we take the time to awaken reason and make her use her judgment.”

St Madeleine Sophie Barat.

Psychologists suggest that building brave children is a concept that can be meaningfully developed rather than being left by chance.

In our Wise Wellness Program bravery is one of the attributes we aim to develop. In the interests of supporting parents at home to reinforce this work we do at school, I share the following advice:

  • Encourage her to dream big.
  • Embolden her to take risks.
  • Teach her to speak bravely, even if she gets called bossy.
  • Continually remind her she is lovable and worthy, no matter what.
  • Help her define herself beyond beauty, brand or brains.
  • Model the bravery you hope to inspire.

 Bravely building community and spirit

“Your example, even more than your words, will be an eloquent lesson to the world.”  St Madeleine Sophie Barat.

We look no further than our Senior students to see a modern example of young people displaying bravery in building community and spirit in their endeavours to welcome back our Junior School.

Our seniors left a positive messaging on every single student’s locker, including our boarders, and created fabulous chalk drawings across the school which were superb to see.

At morning tea, the Year 7s took absolute delight in looking for their names written in chalk on the ground in their area!

Congratulations to our Ms Devlin, Ms Meehan, our Years 11 and 12 Students and all of their Teacher Mentors for this terrific leadership and collaboration.

 Finishing strongly!

As we embark on the final three weeks of Term, let’s draw on the inspiration of our founder in continuing to support our young women to stand up on their own two feet bravely and sing of victory.

Deb Lonsdale-Walker
Dean of Student Wellbeing

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  1. St Madeleine Sophie Barat, various.
  2. Warrell, M. 2016. How to Raise Brave Girls. Women’s Advocate & Ambassador in Global Business Blog.






Message from the Careers Counsellor

Hi everyone,

What a fun fortnight!

National Careers Week

Thank you to everyone who got involved in National Careers Week last week. It was wonderful to see the creativity, imagination, research skills and interest from all year levels.

The winners were:

Challenge 1: Your family tree of careers

Winner: Melanie Ashley, Runner up: Jennifer Chung

Challenge 2: From the horse’s mouth!

Winner: Eleanor O’Brien, Runner up: Emma Barry

Challenge 3: DIY job design

Winner: Isabella Brown, Runner up: Elyse Johns

Challenge 4: To interview-finity and beyond!

Winner: Elyse Johns, Runner up: Phoebe Cranitch

Challenge 5: Suit up!

Winner: Annabelle Fisher, Runner up: Holly Carrington

National Careers Week Scavenger Hunt (run across all five days)

Winner: Zara Woodham


Here is a slideshow of some of the amazing entries for the daily challenges:

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Alumnae panels

We also had a couple of wonderful alumnae panels this fortnight.

Last week, we were joined by some mid-career alumnae who were doing jobs that are not very well known, including Experience Design Consultant, Digital Marketing Specialist, Industrial Design Consultant and HealthTech Company Founder, and Intelligence Analyst. It was very cool to get advice from these amazing ladies about what had helped them find careers they enjoyed, but hadn’t heard about in school.

We were also joined by some young alumnae in this week’s 12 Wise Wellness class. The focus was on transitioning out of school and finding a pathway that suits you. There was some really amazing advice shared by the alumnae who joined us from all over the country and world: Brisbane, Melbourne, Canberra and Norway! Year 12 then worked through some activities and videos designed to get them prepared for whichever pathway they want to pursue after school.


Please find below some opportunities that you and your daughters might find interesting.


Warm regards,

Mr Lillyman

Careers Counsellor





Griffith: Live Stream careers events

Are you interested in a career in STEM? You might like to join one (or more) of the following live stream sessions with Griffith experts:

2-2.30pm, Thursday 28 May 2020    Careers in Biomedical and Medical Science

2-2.30pm, Tuesday 2 June 2020        Careers in Marine Science

2-2.30pm, Thursday 4 June 2020      Careers in Structural Engineering

2-2.30pm, Tuesday 9 June 2020        Careers in Physics

2-2.30pm, Thursday 11 June 2020    Careers in Robotics

2-2.30pm, Tuesday 16 June 2020      Careers in Mechanical Engineering

2-2.30pm, Thursday 18 June 2020    Careers in Big Data Analytics

If you’re interested, you can register here. I’ll also share recordings from these sessions in next fortnight’s newsletter.

Beyond QCE: Virtual Careers Expo

Because it’s not possible to get to uni Open Days this year, you might be interested in checking out the free Beyond QCE Virtual Career Expo. Most major universities will be exhibiting online at this expo. Find out more and register here.

ADFA: Learn more about doing uni with the Defence Force

The Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) have a virtual info session coming up on 10 June. Learn more about what you could study and what the lifestyle at ADFA is like. For more info, and to register, click here.

 Inspirational women in STEM

Role models can have a big impact on your career. You might like to read more about some amazing women in STEM on the Careers with STEM website. There are also some very interesting career ideas on the Australian Science Channel website, if you love maths or science and would like to see where these could take you after school.

Good to know

Facts and myths about university

UQ have published a very handy facts and myths about uni here. Most of these facts and myths apply across all universities, not just UQ, so I’d encourage you to have a read!

Griffith: Using VET and other alternative qualifications for entry

Griffith will continue to accept VET and AMEB qualifications as a basis for entry to uni, regardless of a student’s ATAR eligibility. Attached is a list of qualifications that may be accessible with different levels of VET qualifications – Cert III, Cert IV and Diplomas.

UQ: Changes to Bachelor of Science entry requirements for 2021 & beyond

UQ has relaxed the prerequisite subjects for their Bachelor of Science and most related dual degrees. In 2020, the prerequisites were English, Mathematical Methods plus one of Chemistry or Physics. For entry in 2021, the prerequisites are English, Mathematical Methods plus one of Chemistry, Physics, Biology or Earth and Environmental Science.

What is coming up?

1-30 July UCAT tests are happening (last date to book is 1 June)
Early Term 3 QTAC speaker for Stu students and parents via Zoom (date TBC)
29 July ACU Community Achiever Program applications close
4 August QTAC, VTAC, UAC applications open
Aug-Sept TAC Attac weekly drop ins at Stu
13 August Applications for UQ B Music auditions close
4 September Queensland Conservatorium applications due to QTAC and Griffith
20 September UAC School Recommendation Scheme closes

QUT fine arts applications due to QUT and QTAC – for courses like Music, Acting, & Visual Arts.

25 September UNE Early Entry Scheme closes
30 September VTAC & UAC applications due

Most medicine applications due to QTAC (and to uni if another application required – e.g. JCU)

Aim to have all QTAC applications in by this date





Co-curricular News

Stu Run Challenge

Feast Day of Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat

Monday 25 May is the Feast Day of our foundress, Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat. Ordinarily our Chapel would have been filled with all our students and guests.

Of course this year, we couldn’t celebrate in that way. Instead, we sent out an invitation to our community to attend virtually and sent them a link. At 9am on Monday morning, people from literally all over the globe could join us for Mass. Students watched together in their classrooms and our boarders who cannot yet return to school, watched with their families.

In her reflection, Sr Rita Carroll rscJ summed it up beautifully, she said:

“We gather back at Stuartholme after a long absence, at the time when we had planned to be celebrating our Centenary in St Stephen’s Cathedral with our Archbishop presiding. It is Sophie’s Feast Day and it seems she wanted to gather her family around her again as any mother does on a special day. We are not yet permitted to be together in the chapel as a whole assembly. Most of us are at home again in our classrooms while the majority of our boarders are still scattered, but we are all forming one community again at Stuartholme linked in cyberspace.”

If you would like to watch the Mass please click here.

At lunch time, students set up their picnic blankets on the lawn and enjoyed lunch with their friends.

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Chief Medical Officer outlines COVID boarding school protocols

Queensland Country Life ran the following story on Thursday 28 May. We wanted to share it with our community, to keep you updated on the issues around returning all our boarders to school.


A number of risk management procedures have been put in place at boarding schools that are re-opening.

The Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association has welcomed a letter from Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young that sets out the protocols developed to manage the return of students to boarding schools.

Regional interpretations on what constitutes a dormitory were among the items that have been causing confusion among Queensland’s boarding community trying to understand whether they were able to return their children to school.

At the beginning of May, the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee released a statement about risk management for re-opening boarding schools and school-based residential colleges, advising on ways to reduce the potential risk of COVID-19 transmission in schools.

On the topic of sleeping arrangements, it states that if there is “no option but to keep dormitory accommodation, then significant reduction on normal occupancy to 25 per cent of usual level” must take place.

Australian Boarding Schools Association CEO Richard Stokes said some regional education units were being particularly pedantic and old-fashioned in their understanding of what constituted a dormitory.

“Some are thinking of the big open rooms of the old days, whereas now they’re divided into smaller, more private rooms,” he said.

“Metro North is calling that a dorm whereas Toowoomba is calling the same thing separate rooms.

“It’s not OK at the Gold Coast but it is at Townsville.”

Mr Stokes said the confusion was causing grief to already-stressed parents, some of whom had sons at one school and daughters at another, with two different interpretations.

The organisation has been working closely with the Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association at federal and state levels to try and bring some form of standardisation and clarity, and this is ongoing.

Queensland ICPA vice president Louise Martin said Thursday’s information release from Chief Medical Officer Jeannette Young would go a long way toward clearing up other uncertainty in the boarding community.

“There was a period of real unrest when some schools re-opened to boarders and others didn’t,” she said. “The letter that’s been put together shows this is health advice that schools have to conform to.”

According to the letter, available on the Queensland ICPA Facebook page, boarding schools and school-based residential colleges are required to develop a COVID-19 risk management plan for review and feedback by their local Public Health Unit prior to re-opening.

Some schools, such as Stuartholme School where her daughters are in Year 9, have been unable to accommodate a full complement of boarders because of the AHPPC directive for a preference for individual use of bathrooms/toilets.

Ms Martin said they weren’t taking boarders from Years 7-10, except for siblings, dependent on numbers.

“Some Year 11 and 12 students have decided to be day scholars too, but that’s an individual decision,” she said.

Parents were also choosing not to return their children to schools that were able to open to all boarders, partly because of the timing with the end of term two, and others because of concerns around managing possible future lockdowns.

“The distance factor is at play,” Ms Martin said.

“It doesn’t make economic sense for some, and some want to play it safe.

“They’re sincerely hopeful all boarding students will be able to start at the beginning of term three though.”

Mr Stokes said it was important to understand that despite the statement by Education Minister Grace Grace that all students were now back at school, that wasn’t the case for boarding schools, because of the rules put in place.

The concern was that online learning opportunities would drop now that most students were back at school, he said, adding that schools would find it hard to teach both face-to-face and online equally well.

According to Ms Martin, if a family had chosen to keep their child at home, a school may not be able to guarantee the same educational experience for them.

“Stuartholme is endeavouring to make every effort for our girls, because there’s no other choice for them.

“Schools who are unable to accommodate all their boarders are still providing the best level of education they can.”

On the area of crossing state borders to return students to school, Mr Stokes said Queensland’s Chief Medical Officer had given an exemption for that to happen, and for parents to take them to school, as long as they weren’t coming from a hot spot.

A variety of exemptions have been made to the 14-day self-quarantine rule, including for any boarder travelling to Queensland from the Northern Territory, who had been in the NT for 14 days before entering Queensland.

Any boarder living within a border community, approximately 200km from NSW, South Australian or NT borders is also exempt, providing they’ve had no contact with known or suspected COVID-19 cases in the preceding 14 days.

Term three speculation

Louise Martin said families with children still at home were resigned to seeing the term out but looking forward to having them start at school in term three.

“There’s still a level of uncertainty around term three but I’ve quickly learnt not to speculate – it’s fruitless in the current environment,” she said. “I know our school is missing the girls terribly and desperately want to have the whole boarding family back, because it’s an integral part of the school.”

Outlining the difficulties facing boarding school managers, she said a consistency of care was an important factor and schools had built up strong levels of rapport with their boarder families, and put a lot into skilling staff to create a home away from home.

“If students can’t go back next term, some will have to seriously consider how many staff they can continue to support,” she said.

Science Snippets

Covid-19 tests, we have all heard about them, but do we actually know what they are? Well, there are two different types of tests, the molecular test and the antigen test. The molecular test detects genetic material of the virus using a lab technique called polymerase chain reaction (PCR). A health care worker collects fluid from a nasal or throat swab or from saliva. Results may be available in minutes if analysed onsite or one to two days if sent to an outside lab. Molecular tests are considered very accurate when conducted correctly. An antigen test is a newer COVID-19 test that detects certain proteins that are part of the virus. Using a nasal or throat swab to get a fluid sample, antigen tests can produce results in minutes. Because these tests are faster and less expensive than molecular tests are, some experts consider antigen tests more practical to use for large numbers of people. A positive antigen test result is considered very accurate, but there is an increased chance of false negative results — meaning it is possible to be infected with the virus but have negative antigen test results. So antigen tests aren’t as sensitive as molecular tests are.

Sources used:

By Kathryn Capstick (Year 11 UQ Science Ambassador)


Opportunities for Year 11 and 12 students:

UQ Science Twilight Talks –  UQ academics will deliver short seminars on topics directly relevant to Year 11 and 12 subjects to complement what you may be learning in your classroom. These are for students and teachers in QLD and Northern NSW, and free for students, parents, and teachers to attend.

Register here on

Here is an example of what I have registered for:

How to hunt for dark matter: telescopes, lab experiments, colliders, and putting it all together (Monday 1st June 5 – 5:45pm)

The Smart City: Friend of Foe? (Friday 5th June 5 – 5:45pm)

The Biology of Viruses: Cladistics, CRISPR and COVID19 (Saturday 6th June 2 – 3:30pm)

If you register and then are unable to zoom, you will be sent the video link to watch later. There are some interesting topics to engage with. I hope you enjoy!

Kind regards,

Wendy Macdonald (Leader of Learning – Science)

Social Justice News

Social Justice at Stuartholme has had the opportunity to reflect and act on four significant opportunities in the last two weeks. These have been:

Stu Can’t Ask That – On Friday 15th May Social Justice hosted Stu Can’t Ask That for not only Stuartholme students, but our sister Sacred Heart school, Sacre Coeur. This was an opportunity for our students to join a Zoom meeting with two young women, Sara and Nas, who have experienced the refugee journey to Australia. Sara and Nas were impressed by the compassionate, intelligent and curious questions asked by our students. Tara Nic Phaidin in Year 8 commented, “I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the Stu can’t ask that zoom session this afternoon. I just loved learning about these two ladies’ lives and their immigration stories.”

Laudato Si Week – From Monday 18th May to Sunday 24th May, Stuartholme celebrated Laudato Si Week, by recognising our roles in creating a just and sustainable future. Social Justice at Stuartholme acknowledged this week by analysing the environmental and ethical impact of our everyday necessities, including something as simple as a cup of coffee, to a picnic table we eat lunch at. Our students learnt that these material items not only have an impact in the process of being constructed, but also in how they will be effectively disposed of, or even potentially recycled. These actions and choices not only effect our world and our duty as stewards of creation, but in the long term can negatively impact the Common Good.


National Volunteer Week – From Monday 18th May to Sunday 24th May Social Justice at Stuartholme asked our students to reflect on and nominate their peers, who they believed deserved to be acknowledged as outstanding volunteers. We were humbled by the number of nominations, and from this very deserving group, five students and one staff were selected for profiling. These women reflect the Sacred Heart charism of mission and education, not only acting on issue, but working on understanding why it happens initially. Stuartholme’s National Volunteer Week profiles are:

  • Elyse Johns (Year 10) – creating and running a YouTube children’s story telling channel, Elyse reminds us that when you find your strength you inspire others
  • Annella Casey (Year 11) – a dedicated RSPCA volunteer, she cares and provides safety for neglected and injured dogs, Annella’s warm heart demonstrates that all creatures deserve love
  • Holly Clemson (Year 10) – for her willingness to volunteer for social justice activities such as mass and Big Night Out, but more so her ability to empower and encourage new volunteers
  • Emma Barry (Year 11) – a long serving member of JPIC Emma has a key interest in environmental issues and seeks to always understand both sides of the problem
  • Nieve Dickman (Year 12) – aligning her passion in helping the marginalised to an avid interest and participation in volunteering and in turn her future university aspirations. Nieve volunteers weekly with Active8 and demonstrates to younger students that volunteering can be a lifestyle.
  • Sr Kylee Brain (Nurse Manager, staff) – is one of the key staff in planning, training, and managing Sony Camp. Kylee spends her time ensuring our students, and campers are well cared for and safe.


National Reconciliation Week – Wednesday 27th May to Wednesday 3rd June marks National Reconciliation Week. The theme for 2020 National Reconciliation Week is In this together, it reminds us that we all have a role to play when it comes to reconciliation, and in playing our part we collectively build relationships and communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories, cultures, and futures. Stuartholme students have reflected on National Reconciliation Week through access to free screenings of In My Blood It Runs, presented by World Vision and creating a ‘Sorry’ banner through interpreted Indigenous colours and artwork.


Statue of the Sacred Heart

If you look up as you leave the chapel, you will see the statue of the Sacred Heart which dominated the original front entrance of the school. Our records show that it arrived in May 1926. Here is the entry from the Economat Journal.

With the gift of our Ipswich Road friends and others, we got a statue of the Sacred Heart for the entrance of the House. We ordered it in Paris through Messrs Pellegrini & Co. It is in white terra cotta and the cost, freight included, was £56.0.0. In May Mr Cunningham came to put it up. It was a difficult piece of work – a scaffold had to be built from the second storey – the work took about ten days but we took the opportunity that the scaffolding was up to get the gable and front of the house painted with water proof composition. The walls had got very damp during a long spell of rain in 1924 and it was to prevent this happening again that the wall was painted.
Mr Cunningham’s invoice for erection and painting was for £65 and £45 of this was paid with money given for the statue of the Sacred Heart.

Over the years the statue of the Sacred Heart lost its arm, so it became one of our Centenary projects to have it restored. We searched for photos to show what it had been like originally but we were defeated by the technology of the age. Photography was generally limited to the famous Brownie Box camera so distant photos of the school did not have the resolution that we needed. We relied on the common images of the day to restore our statue. Access to the statue was still a challenge as scaffolding had to be erected in the tribune to carry out the task.

Now as you walk out of the chapel remember to look up to see our renewed statue of the Sacred Heart reminding us that we draw our spirit, Cor Unum, from the Heart of Jesus.

Sr Rita Carroll rscJ

Refer a Student and help us build our community

View the Mass for Pentecost at Holy Spirit Church, Auchenflower

St Ignatius Parish has recorded a Mass for Pentecost at Holy Spirit Church, Auchenflower – the 50th Anniversary of Pentecost in the church.

You are warmly invited to watch the Mass here


Free subscription to Catholic Leader

The Catholic Leader is offering a free digital subscription to Stuartholme families and employees.

The Catholic Leader is Australia’s most widely read Catholic newspaper and regularly includes education features, as well as providing a Catholic perspective on important news across South East Queensland.

You can sign up to receive your weekly digital newspaper here.

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. To view the items, please click here.

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


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





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, 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.  



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 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 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 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


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.


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.


 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 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.


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:


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).


  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. 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

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 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 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!


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 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!


Betsy Duff (Year 11 UQ Science Ambassador)


Anderson, G. (2017, November 21). NASA Confirms Evidence That Liquid Water Flows on Today’s Mars. Retrieved from NASA:

Crockett, C. (2020, May 11). Salty water might exist on Mars, but it’s probably too cold for life. Retrieved from Science News:


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 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 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.  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).

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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.

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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 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 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 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.


Message from the Principal

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends,

Please click here to watch my Newsletter issue 6 address.


Take care and God Bless,

Kristen Sharpe





Message from the Deputy Principal

Engaging students in learning to optimise success

As I reflect on the first two weeks of the delivery of STU@HOME, it is clear as a community we are agile and adaptable and have embraced the move to learning and teaching from home in an impressive way.

In a very considered and systematic approach, STU@HOME has supported our mission to provide quality teaching and learning for the young women under our care. While I am grateful that during this pandemic, we have had the technology to support and facilitate our program, a highlight has been through the way our teachers have constructed and delivered lessons. These lessons have transformed the learning for our girls.

For learning to be effective, it must be deeply rooted in purpose and connection, and STU@HOME has sustained this intent. Therefore, effective teaching must provide students with the opportunity to engage in deep thinking where teachers guide and instruct the students learning. In this context, learning experiences are cultivated in a way to develop their capacity to improve the big picture skills that they need in the future – creative problem solving, perseverance, critical thinking, independence and above all adaptability. Ironically, the remote teaching and learning environment has become the ideal platform for this learning to thrive.

The success of STU@HOME is evident in the creative and diverse modes of delivery of lessons from our teachers to suit the specific context of the learning and discipline. Also, the feedback and connection provided through multiple platforms of OneNote, email, ZOOM, and other collaboration tools work to optimise success for our girls. Our learning approach has been purposefully aligned with the meticulous care of our Wellbeing Team to ensure wellbeing is maximised in a remote learning environment. Consequently, our students are safer, happier and ready to engage in their learning. It has been a genuinely collaborative effort from the entire Stuartholme staff to realise STU@HOME, and we are immensely proud of what has and will continue to be achieved for our girls.

A key indicator for success is attendance, and I would like to congratulate our girls on well above 90% attendance of students in the program daily. It is evident our girls are engaged in their learning, and we as community work in partnership to support them in optimising their success.

Well done to all involved in a successful first two weeks of STU@HOME.

As we look to what is ahead for us over the coming weeks and months, the following poem that has been doing the rounds has certainly resonated with me, and I thought I would share with you all to conclude.

And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently.

And the people healed. And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.

And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed.   K O’Meara

I wish you all good and blessings over this time and thank you on behalf of the Stuartholme staff for your faith and support as we collectively navigate these unprecedented times together.

Best wishes,

Daniel Crump
Deputy Principal









Message from the Dean of Mission

Sacred Heart Spirituality – Contemplative & Active 

One of the hallmarks of the Sacred Heart community is to be both contemplative and activeBy contemplative we mean cultivating those practices in our lives that help us to see as God sees. And by active we mean having a heart for justice. The Society of the Sacred Heart – England and Wales say it like this: 

 We are called to be contemplative in spirit, generous and educative in mission and passionate for justice, peace and the integrity of creation. We are contemplatives in action, rooted in prayer and reflection, and by looking deeply at the world around us, we try to see it as God sees it, so that we can better love and serve others. i 

 Take 5 

 One of the ways that we try to cultivate a contemplative spirit at Stuartholme is through Take 5. Each day, we ask the students to stop and reflect on the beauty and wonder of the world that surrounds them and review their day. A simple way to do this is by reflecting on the following questions: 


  1. Breathe – Become aware of your breathing.  
  1. Rewind – Review your day – all of your actions, interactions and feelings up until that present moment.  
  1. Say Thanks – What am I grateful for today?  
  1. Examine – How have I not been my best self today?  
  1. Grow – How have I grown today? 


There is also a number of other simple activities for Take 5 on the Mission page of the STU@HOME portal  

 Consistent dedication to this kind of exercise is essential to spiritual wellbeing and also enables success academically, emotionally, and spiritually. 

 As we continue in these unprecedented times of STU@HOME, I encourage you to ensure that Take 5 is a part of the daily rhythm of your daughter’s school day. 


What we make it 

 To conclude this week, I share with you a reflection that we used recently for staff prayer by L.R Knost. 

All is not as it should be. But all is as it is. 
And as it is 
we can still see wishes in stars 
and new leaves sprouting on trees 
and shapes in the clouds 
and silver webs with tiny owners 
and flowers tilting toward warm sunlight 
and love in our children’s eyes 
and hope in the mirror. 
Yes, it is as it is. 
But it is also what we make it. 

Creator God, even though we are unable to gather together in our usual way, we pray for the recognition of Your presence and action among us through prayer and new awareness. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. 


Peace and blessings for the weeks ahead. 

Justin Golding
Dean of Mission








Message from the Dean of Student Wellbeing

The essence of Sacred Heart education continues under the STU@HOME Model

The essence of a Sacred Heart school is that it is deeply concerned for each student’s total development-spiritual, intellectual, emotional, physical”. Sr Suzanne Cooke, rscJ.

A key point of difference characterising our Stuartholme school community is ensuring the wellbeing of our students so that we optimise success.

I am proud that as schooling in Term Two has been implemented in a different way, that we have worked hard together to ensure that each young woman is deeply cared for and protected.

Building connectedness during social distancing – a key to success in caring

The Leaders of Student Wellbeing for each Year level and the Teacher Mentors of each House group in the Year level have enjoyed setting the students up for success.

Teacher mentors have connected with their groups at the start of each week checking in with them via Zoom and ensuring a solid start from the outset. The Leaders of Student Wellbeing have sustained this connection with each Teacher Mentor Group Zooming across the fortnight and via email to trouble shoot and keep in touch.

Student Reception has remained open every day with Ms Alison Oatway at the helm, and our school psychologists are on hand, all contributing in a significant way to the creation of the ‘Stuartholme Village’.

The Cor Unum Committee and House Captains have also worked hard behind the scenes involving SRC representatives to help build connectedness to community; one of the essentials to a strong sense of wellbeing.

Self-regulation and resilience – the silver lining

The Wellbeing team participated in a webinar and panel of international experts this week examining how to help our students navigate COVID-19.

Research presented suggested that the skills in self-regulation and dealing with set-backs that are being developed by young women now will increase their chances of success. Notably, that COVID-19 presents a rich opportunity of what it means to be human and to showcase for young people how to problem solve around this.

I am pleased that we are capitalising on this through our Wise Wellness program delivered in regular lessons in the school timetable across all year levels under the STU@HOME model.

Wellness lessons are based on firm evidence from research which clearly links wellbeing with academic success.  The program is a proactive team approach underpinned by our model which aims to build students’ resilience and maximise their success.

Continuing to work together in partnership with parents

A hallmark of the approach to wellbeing at Stuartholme is the close bond with our parents.

We have always worked together, both in the real world and online, to always be bigger, wiser and stronger.

Parental support during COVI-19 remains important and I encourage you to continue to engage with our parent portal on STU@HOME to seek advice and guidance on a range of topics. By continuing to work together during these unprecedented times we optimise the chance for every single young woman to be the very best that she can be.


Deb Lonsdale-Walker
Dean of Student Wellbeing








Co-curricular News

Speech & Performance

Congratulations to Elli Veleski, Year 8 who won a ‘Top Of The State’ award for her Speech and Performance AMEB exam results for 2019.  Elli will perform at Parliament House at the annual CSPT Awards evening when current restrictions are relaxed. Well done Elli!

Interstate Indoor Rowing Championships

Stuartholme girls showed their Queensland pride recently by competing in the Interstate Indoor Rowing Championships – which Queensland won!

Stuartholme past and present participants:

Betts Family (Georgia, Emily, Matthew)
Georgi Hedberg
Lucy Hope (alumni)
Zavier & Alex Horder
Erin Lafferty
Emily Lucht
Ella McKenzie (alumni)
Emma McCarthy
Louise Pattie (alumni)
Chloe & Georgia Sharp
Lucy Theodore (alumni)

Interstate Indoor Rowing Championship of Australia (full results on RA website)

State       Total Meteres     No of Participants     Metres per Participant

Qld         22,483,408m                580                     38,764m

Vic          14,531,913m                 302                           48,119m

Tas          13,428,577m                 225                           59,683m

NSW       12,747,667m                316                            40,341m

SA             5,386,765m                113                            47,670m

ACT          4,277,246m                107                            39,974m

WA            3,761,302m                 93                             40,444m

NT            1,830,361m                  19                             96,355m


Music rehearsals in full swing

Don’t forget to check the student notices for updates on Music Rehearsals.

Mr Mear’s neighbours were treated to him “air conducting” the Concert Band last week. You can watch the Hans Zimmer piece he’s “conducting” here

Our Music Tutor, Evalyn also created this clip from a project the Joigny Strings are working on. It is the demo clip that they will use to create their own virtual ensemble:

During rehearsals, Mr Mear mutes all participants and plays the backing track through his computer for students to play along to. He then unmutes each individually so he can hear how they are going.  Great job everyone!







Auslan classes

We had 29 students at our first Auslan class on Tuesday, from Years 8-12. Great job girls! It’s not too late to join, please email Claire Lawler for the details.




Message from the Careers Counsellor

Hi everyone,

What a great first two weeks of STU@Home! I’ve really enjoyed making the most of this opportunity to engage with our students and families in different ways.

Please find some opportunities and information that might be of interest below my update about Year 10, Year 11, Year 12 and alumnae careers activities that have been happening this fortnight.

Warm regards,

Tom Lillyman
Careers Counsellor


Year 10

Year 10 have kicked off their Careers and SET Planning sessions that will be running in Wise Wellness all term. We’ve started by unpacking the first section of students’ Career Profiles – Personality Type. It’s been wonderful to see students engaging and posting thoughtful, reflective responses to the different activities. Thanks to all the parents and carers who are supporting their girls with these activities!


Year 11

I’m also working with Year 11 for the next three weeks in Wise Wellness, focusing on career exploration and aspiration. We kicked this off with career exploration bingo this week, where students could choose the kinds of exploration activities that they were most interested in. Some of my favourite responses have been to the light-hearted pet careers square, where students nominated careers that suited their pets. Here are a few of many great ideas!

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Next week we’ll focus on envisioning the future, before a Zoom panel with some amazing young alumnae in Week 4, who’ll de-mystify life after school and the different pathways they’ve taken to find careers they enjoy.

Year 12

I’ll be seeing Year 12 in Wise Wellness on 26 May for a session and panel focused on transitioning out of school. In the meantime I’ve been staying in touch regularly via email, keeping everyone up-to-date on different opportunities and information and answering any questions.

We’ve also re-imagined activities that support students interested in medicine for STU@Home this term. This week, I ran Zoom sessions with UQ and Griffith that allowed Year 12 students to learn more about pathways to the Doctor of Medicine and ask their questions. Entry to medicine can be very confusing, so talking directly to universities about their requirements is a really valuable opportunity for students!

Webinar for young alumnae

I’ll also be running a free LinkedIn for Young Alumnae webinar next Friday, 8 May.

Recruiters and HR professionals almost always use LinkedIn to vet and qualify candidates. In this session, we’ll discuss how to get started with LinkedIn if alumnae have never used it before. We’ll also touch on other ways LinkedIn can be used to help them on their career journey.

If you have a daughter who graduated in 2018 or 2019, she might like to join by registering here.


Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards

The Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards Competition is now open and closes 30 June. Poets are encouraged to take inspiration from wherever they may find it, however, if you are looking for some direction you can use the 2020 optional theme – “We used to live there”. Find out more at the website.

Wool4School Student Design Competition

Want to work in the fashion industry? Fancy yourself as a designer? If so, you are invited to enter the Wool4School student design competition. This is purely a design competition, you don’t actually need to make the outfit; you submit your sketched designs online. Find out more on the competition website. Registrations close on 29 May 2020.

Bond University Film and Television Awards (BUFTA) Short Film Competition

Bond University Film and Television Awards (BUFTA) is a short film competition for aspiring filmmakers from Years 11 and 12 across Australia. There are six categories in the competition – Animation, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Experimental Film and Music Video. Entries open on 1 May 2020 and close on 18 September 2020. Visit the BUFTA website for more details.

JMC The Canvas Award 2020

Are you a high school designer who is comfortable with drawing, painting or using digital mediums to convey your concept?  The inaugural Canvas Award is dedicated to showcasing the talent of aspiring young designers and their versatility in different mediums, either traditional, digital or both! Click here for more information.


ACU Virtual Campus Tour

Want to take a look around the ACU Campuses from the comfort of your own home?  Well you can! ACU has a 360 Virtual Tour of their Melbourne, Strathfield, North Sydney and Brisbane Campuses.

USQ Two Day Experiences

USQ Two Day Experiences are an engaging and immersive way to explore fields you are interested in. These events should run in September 2020 and cover 3 areas:

Film, TV & Radio | Surveying | Aviation

Find out more and register by visiting the USQ Two Day Experiences website.

QUT Vice-Chancellor’s STEM Conference

Applications are open for the QUT Vice-Chancellor’s STEM Camp, a week-long conference-style program of exciting talks, hands-on workshops and research projects to explore a future that combines creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship through STEM. The Conference should be held in the school holidays between 28 September and 2 October, 2020. Click here to find out more.

Slate’s Working podcast

Slate have a huge range of interviews on their Working podcast with the most diverse groups of professionals I’ve seen. Check it out if you want to hear more about all different kinds of jobs directly from people doing them.

Virtual work experience

A friendly reminder that The Careers Department offer virtual work experience in areas like:

  • Landscape design
  • Web design
  • Social media
  • UX/UI (User Experience/User Interface) design
  • Sports marketing
  • Journalism
  • Fashion buying

If you don’t have an account yet, you can find instructions and the school password on the Careers page of my.Stuartholme.

Free screen industry workshops (and other fun resources)

ACMI and Media Mentors are hosting twice-weekly workshops for screen industry professionals and enthusiasts. Learn more about everything from presentation skills to lighting to budget management. Workshops will be uploaded to ACMI’s YouTube channel every Wednesday and Friday at 10am.

Find out more about the workshops here and explore other online learning available through ACMI here.


Virtual Careers Expo

It’s very uncertain at the moment whether any in-person university Open Days will be going ahead this year.

So if you’d like to talk to universities, you might like to attend the free virtual careers expo hosted by Torrens!

There are more than 50 exhibitors from all over Australia, including: UQ, UNE, University of Sydney, Griffith, RMIT, James Cook University, UNSW, QUT, TAFE Queensland, USQ, University of Technology Sydney (UTS), TAFE NSW, University of Newcastle, and a lot more.

See more and register here.

QUT VET entry update

QUT have announced that they will now consider students who have completed a Certificate IV or higher, without completing an ATAR, as long as they finish Year 12.

Find out more about this update here!

Early entry to university

Some universities offer early entry programs for Year 12 students. These programs allow students to apply directly to the university. Offers are usually made much earlier than offers made through QTAC. Read more about each program by visiting the links below:


University of New England (UNE) Early Entry Program

ACU Community Achiever Program

Sunshine Coast University Early Offer Guarantee Program

University of Southern Queensland Early Offer Guarantee Program

Southern Cross University STAR Program

ACU Passion for Business Program


JCU: Applying for medicine/dental/physiotherapy/veterinary science/Health Science courses

The following courses offered by JCU require a QTAC application as well as a direct application to JCU.

  • B Medicine/B Surgery
  • B Dental Surgery
  • B Veterinary Science
  • B Physiotherapy
  • B Health Science (Physician Assistant)

These JCU courses have a rural, remote, tropical and Indigenous communities focus.  Consequently, an important requirement of the JCU direct application is to demonstrate interest, experience, understanding and/or exposure to rural and/or remote locations and conditions.  Applicants living in metropolitan areas will find this challenging.  You will need to think creatively about how you can obtain the experience/knowledge this year.

Here are a few ideas:

  • interview practitioners who have worked in rural/remote areas
  • research the challenges for practitioners in rural/remote areas
  • learn about Northern Australia
  • find out as much as you can about the content of the JCU courses from brochures, the JCU website, career expos, TSXPO and other career/course events
  • attend a JCU webinar:





The Stuartholme Morning Herald

Hey Stu sisters, guess who’s back and better than ever. That’s right, it’s the Cor Unum committee here to be the lights of your life once again. We can all safely say that we are keen to see our friends again and get away from our families for just a little bit of serenity. With this in mind, we just wanted to encourage everyone to keep in good spirits and push through these uncertain times. Hopefully this fun filled and light-hearted newsletter can provide a little break amongst the craziness of life right now. This is a super exciting edition of the Stuartholme Morning Herald with girls who are making Sophie Proud, left, right and centre. So, without boring you to death enjoy the read!

Getting the Academic Juices Flowing from the Humble Abode:

The exciting ways that we can get cracking with all of our super fun (not sarcastic K) school work.

Albert Einstein 01/05/20

Hey Stuartholmies!

STU@Home has been quite the change for everyone in our community but the Cor Unum Committee just want to say how proud we are of all of you for continuing to be the physical embodiment of our school motto “to be the best she can be”! We understand that learning at home might be a little overwhelming at the moment, luckily, we have the wonderful Academic Committee offering some amazing assistance!

The organised activities include a new tab located under the STU@Home webpage that the committee will be filling with useful information for studying at home this term and will be called Academic Committee. Over the next few weeks it will be including features such as ‘study skill tips’, ‘inspiring messages’ and ‘other study bonuses’ (e.g. list of brain food, timetable template, relaxing study music). Furthermore, over the next term, in the student notices, they will be running a brain buster ‘quiz’. This will offer us, as students, the opportunity to get ready for the day with a fun problem that stimulates the brain. A survey monkey link will be included in the notices to answer the question. Prizes will be awarded – when we go back to school – for both weekly correct answers and to those who answer the most questions correctly over the course of the term. Finally, the Academic Committee has selflessly decided to continue their maths tutoring program between grade 12s and grade 8s over email this term. This is an opportunity for grade 8 students to ask questions, talk through problems they may have in maths and receive support in maths from a grade 12 student. It is also a change for the grade 12 students to understand what is required to be a tutor and meaningfully contribute to the Stuartholme community.

These compassionate initiatives are definitely ‘Making Sophie Proud’ and reflecting the sacred heart goals we are taught as Stuartholme girls!

A big thank you to the Academic Captain Nieve Dickman and her awesome committee! If you have any questions don’t be afraid to send an email to Nieve at or any of the Cor Unum girls will be happy to direct in the right way as well!

Rowing Her Way to a spot in the Stuartholme Morning Herald:

Claire Loughman is but a humble Gundy girl, doing her part in Making Sophie Proud.

Usain Bolt 01/05/20

As I sat down to zoom with Claire, I was holding back a gag I must admit. The thought of doing voluntary exercise was making my head spin, but I had to keep it together for the sake of this newsworthy rowing powerhouse. Claire Loughman has been a quiet achiever these past few weeks and was nominated as a student who was making Sophie proud by Emma McCarthy because of her dedication to the extensive rowing training schedule that all the rowers are completing over term 2. One of the innovative ways that Stuartholme has overcome the troubles of sport from a distance is the Stu Virtual Fitness Club, something that can be found on the portal, and allows everyone to engage in physical activities with other Stuartholme girls. Personally I might be steering clear but you do you boo. Now you’re probably thinking, what does this have to do with Claire? Well, Claire has been tearing it up and has attended all of the scheduled sessions thus far, providing a brilliant example of what it is to make Sophie proud outside of the classroom. As I was speaking to Claire she revealed that she is, in fact, human, telling me that ‘even though exercise isn’t all that enjoyable I have loved being able to connect through zoom to other girls and coaches to get me motivated.’ Thank gosh she finds it hard because I would be starting to question my perception of reality otherwise. Claire also mentioned that her family has come around to joining some of the sessions, however they took a bit of convinced. Like many of us, the Loughman household is fuelled by family competition, however at the end of the day it’s all about beating her personal best for Claire. Many Stuartholme girls aren’t rowers, but I think we can all be inspired by Claire’s efforts and the idea of beating your personal best. If we can give it a crack, I am sure we will all feel a little better (maybe you might even cop a feature in a future edition of the Stuartholme Morning Herald), so head on over to the Stu Virtual Fitness club!

Celebrate Harmony Day from Home:

How to Make Sophie Proud with some Delicious Delicacies

Written by:

Unfortunately, due to, you guessed it, corona virus, multicultural committee wasn’t able to celebrate harmony day with us as planned. We got in touch with some of its members. Tilie Alleluia is multicultural captain for 2020. Tilie’s parents were both from Rwanda but left in 1994 because of the Rwandan genocide. Afterwards they relocated to Tanzania where they lived for 5 years where her two older brothers were born. Eventually her family settles in Nairobi, Kenya where they lived for 12 years, where Tilie and her other brother were born. Today she identifies with being both Rwandan and Kenyan, however she is more familiar with Rwandan Culture.

During isolation Tilie has caught up on about a months’ worth of sleep and has learnt heaps of new recipes and become friends with the trees in her neighbourhood. When asked to choose between Cardi B and Nicki Minaj, Tilie will always choose Nicki. Barbs for life.  If you are finding yourself bored during social isolation, multicultural committee has provided us with some recipes and activities to occupy your time:


To learn how to make Chinese lanterns Click: HERE



If you’re interested in learning how to make French Cheese Puffs Click: HERE


To learn how to make Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup Click: HERE




Devastated about DOF? We’ve got news for you!

If I was asked what one thing is that sets Stuartholme apart from other Schools, I would say dance off Friday without a second thought. Nothing screams Cor-Unum like a Friday mosh with a solo performance by Molly Buckley. We asked the senior cohort for some help creating something to commemorate our missed dance off Friday today. Lets just say that the first dance off Friday we are allowed to run when we get back will be a DOF to remember





We know that seeing people’s pets makes everyone feel warm inside, so we thought that we would bring that feeling to you. Here is a collection of pets, great and small for everyone to enjoy!

Click on a photo to start gallery


Owner: Holly Clemson

Name: Milly

Interests: Unknown (she is a mystery dog)


Owner: Ms Sharpe

Name: Chanel

Fun Facts: She is 10 weeks old and at the moment her favourite thing to do is to have my attention and a cuddle. I also have a 15-year-old cat called Dior, who is struggling with an energetic and zealous pup. Her favourite thing to do is to also cuddle!


Owner: Mr Crump

Names: Chloe and Clifford

Fun Facts: They are 14 years old and are brother and sister. As you can see from the photo they love their afternoon river walks, but given they are ‘oldies’ they also love lots and lots of sleep (and more sleep).

Owner: Alice and Molly McCann

Name: Monty

Interests: eating


Owner: Annalise Barnes

Name: Benji

Fun Facts: I can say his border collie genes definitely make him a crazy and energetic yet a smart dog! He loves runs, swims and eating peanut butter (his fave treat).


Owner: Ms Lonsdale-Walker

Name: Leo

Fun Facts: He is 8 months old and has just mastered walking on a lead. He was afraid of cars but has overcome this fear now.


Owner: Ms Gilmore

Names: Rosie (dog, 4 years old ), Bluey (red cat – obviously! 17 years old) Sydney (asleep, 4 years old) and Luna (kitten, 6 months old).


Owner: Hayley Bowden

Name: Milo

Interests: she’s 1 year old and she’s likes chasing the chickens


Owner: Immy Fraser

Name: Clive


Owner: Lucy Baker

Names: Craig and Des

Interests: Eating, eating and more eating (they aren’t scary they just look kinda funky in this photo)



Bye Bye:

We hope that you all enjoyed the read, we can’t wait to hear from you all in the future with the exciting things that you are doing from home. Stay safe and stay positive.

Lots of love from the Cor Unum committee.


Science Snippets

In this unique period, everyone is worried about the health and safety of themselves and their loved ones, and understandably so. However, it is always good to look for a silver lining to the raincloud, and when it comes to the coronavirus, we have seen one benefit that is very unexpected. The environment! I am sure everyone has seen pictures on the news of clear water and blue skies, and it might seem small but when you look into there is a truly heart-warming amount of improvement.

First, there has been a reduction in gas emissions. For example, satellite images have shown a dramatic decrease in nitrogen dioxide (caused by cars, power plants and industrial facilities) in China during the Lunar New Year. Some experts believe that this reduction in air pollutant may have saved more lives than the death toll cause by the coronavirus in China. Areas all around the world are also experiencing this decrease after going into extreme lock down measures.



Big cities can visibly see the improvements in the air pollution after lockdowns. Citizens share before and after pictures, where a shocking blue sky replaces a dirty polluted one.




Water canals around the world are also appearing even clearer. In Venice, the absence of tourists and boats ahas made the water clearer than most locals could ever remember. Its so safe that dolphins and swans have aappeared in the waterways!



If you’re still looking for something to do in lockdown, maybe try out some at home science experiments! CSIRO’S Double Helix magazine has some fun and easy experiments to help you keep busy:

By Revelle Rolfe (Year 11 UQ Science Ambassador


Reference List:

Ball, S., 2020. Clearer Water, Cleaner Air: The Environmental Effects Of Coronavirus. [online] France 24. Available at: <> [Accessed 29 April 2020].

Ellis-Petersen, H., Ratcliffe, R., Daniels, J., Cowie, S. and Kuo, L., 2020. ‘It’s Positively Alpine!’: Disbelief In Big Cities As Air Pollution Falls. [online] the Guardian. Available at: <> [Accessed 29 April 2020].

Yosufzai, R., 2020. How The Coronavirus Crisis Is Helping Improve The Environment Across The World. [online] SBS News. Available at: <>




Under one sky

Our Year 11s sent in photos of the sky above their house.

This beautiful collage reminds us that we are all living under the one sky but we sometimes see it so differently!

Frequently Asked Questions

Please remember to check our FAQs on MyStuartholme

If you have a question, please email we will continue to update the FAQs based on your questions to us.



Introducing our new staff

I am thrilled to join the Stuartholme community as the new Director of HR.

It is certainly an interesting time to begin at a new school while so many staff are working remotely! Everyone I have met so far have made me feel very welcome and I am looking forward to meeting the rest of the community in the near future.

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce our new staff members who have also started this term.

Hannah Robinson has returned to work following her parental leave.
Annie Von Homrigh – Science teacher
Adrienne Costello – Religion teacher

Best wishes,

Paul Davey
HR Director

Year 11 Wise Wellness

Pivoting our Year 11s towards their careers

Wise Wellness lessons are based on firm evidence from research which clearly links wellbeing with academic success.

Consistent with research this term our Year 11 students will be engaged in lessons which aim to develop key skills related to responsible decision-making, social awareness and self-management.

In our first lesson we discussed the importance of embracing new experiences – to see opportunities that may surprise. The next few weeks will provide the girls with that opportunity as they participate in workshops focussed on career exploration, culminating in a panel of alumnae who will share their stories of post-school life.

Our lesson this week, developed by Mr Lillyman, Careers Counsellor, provided our students with a Career Exploration Bingo that allowed the girls to examine future career options in a fun and self-directed manner.

Louise Meehan
Leader of Student Wellbeing – Year 11


Social Justice

During this time of learning through Stu@Home, Social Justice at Stuartholme want to encourage our students to be the change they want to see in their feed.

Although we are social distancing this does not necessarily mean Stuartholme women cannot support and assist others through volunteering, whilst learning how to fairly and effectively be an advocate. To provide opportunities in these areas Social Justice has launched several on-line programs, including:

Fortnightly JPIC (Justice Peace and Integrity of Creation, Stuartholme’s student led social justice club) meetings. These meetings are held Thursday lunchtime, 12:50pm of Week B via Zoom

  • Auslan classes, every Tuesday 3:15pm – 4pm via Zoom
  • Stu Story Time – record yourself reading a children’s story for our YouTube channel
  • Free online social justice courses offered from universities around the world
  • Online volunteering with Harvard University through Project Implicit or assist researchers in counting baby penguins or identifying migrating beluga whales
  • Help reduce landfill and repurpose old/ruined uniforms by creating see and no sew items for JPIC’s social enterprise, P4P
  • Start sorting through your cupboards to sort and donate item to Stu Case Rummage. For each acceptable item of clothing donated house points will be awarded. Education around clothing sustainability, greenwashing and landfill are available on Social Justice on Stu@Home
  • You Can’t Ask That – Refugees. On Friday, 15th May at 3:15pm, Stuartholme students will have the opportunity to join a live Zoom call with two young female refugees who will discuss their experiences of arriving to Australia and answer student’s questions.

There will be more opportunities emerging in the next few weeks, so please check Stu@Home news and your email for updates. Please note time spent engaging and learning about social justice through these programs will be recognised throughthe recording of social justice hours.

If you are interested in any of the current opportunities please visit Social Justice on Stu@Home or email Claire Lawler (


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 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.



Non State Schools Transport Assistance Scheme (NSSTAS)

Applications for Non State School Transport Assistance Scheme are now open. Parents can apply via

Please note – applications close on Friday 29 May 2020.

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends,

For this edition of the Newsletter, I want to share my message via video. This is my first attempt at using screen-o-matic, so I hope that by the time I am proficient at it, we will all be back at school.

Message from the Principal


Take care and God Bless,

Kristen Sharpe





Message from the Deputy Principal

And when inventions multiply and science does so much, we rather tend to minimise the vital human touch.


When reflecting on my first term at Stuartholme, I certainly didn’t expect a global pandemic to form part of this picture. It’s interesting how life challenges our best-laid plans, and we are encouraged to grow in ways we never imagined.

Over the past few weeks, we have become ever too familiar with the word’s isolation and social distancing. In the world of education, these words are indeed jarring. For at its essence, the magic of education is captured through it being a highly relational art form.

As educators, we have been dealing with the quandary of maintaining our core relationships with our community in the virtual learning environment. Maintaining relationship has been the key focus in the development of Stuartholme’s ‘learn from home’ model, and relationship underpins the philosophy of STU@HOME.

STU@HOME is our way of ensuring we maintain the relational in a virtual context. We believe at its very core; maintaining relationships is what will assist our community to get through the physical distance and ensure our academic, spiritual and social wellbeing is supported.

In the STU@HOME model, you will see some key features to support you and your daughters. From explicit learning experiences outlined through class OneNotes, specifically designed instructional videos, to Zoom Connect, Clarify and Confirm sessions. These virtual online sessions with your daughter’s teachers, mentors and leaders will ensure at every opportunity relationship is central, and we bring Stuartholme to your home.

Also, parents and students are supported through a full suite of material and resources on the myStuartholme platform under the STU@HOME tile. I encourage you to take the time to explore this and read over the STU@HOME protocols for both parents and students. These have been developed to support the safety of all in the online learning context.

Over the past week, our teachers have worked tirelessly being trained and preparing for a virtual Stuartholme environment. For professionals who have had their well-tuned craft shifted on their head in the past few weeks, I am wholeheartedly impressed with the way our staff have rallied together to support one another. Our staff have pivoted their thinking to ensure we continue to place our students and their development at the core of what we do through the virtual context. It is clear our teachers are passionate and genuinely see the call to teaching as a vocation where relationship is central.

As the term draws to a close, I reflect on the warm welcome I have received at Stuartholme. I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the community and forming relationships with staff, with the parents and of course our impressive students. Despite the challenge of what we have faced as a community, we have risen to this, and we will continue to evolve and learn. For the welcome I have received, and for this beautiful community, I feel truly blessed.

I wish you and your families all the joy and grace of the Easter season. I look forward to remaining connected with you throughout Term 2.

Blessings and best wishes,

Daniel Crump
Deputy Principal









Message from the Dean of Mission

How are you celebrating Easter this year?

Have you given any thought to how you will celebrate Easter this year? With the various social restrictions that the Government is using to protect us, it’ll be an Easter like no other. Even hosting a small gathering at home with extended family is off the table, let alone participating in some form of worship with your local parish.

Due to the importance it holds in the lives of Christians, for many, Easter is often that one time in the year that families try to get to Church. Whilst that is not possible this year, our local Toowong Parish have provided us with some liturgical resources that you may wish to use in your family home.


Palm Sunday

The End of Lent

Holy Thursday

Good Friday

Easter Sunday

Even though things are different this year, it’s important that we recall the events of the life of Jesus in our own way. Afterall, these events contain the richest and most ancient symbols of the Catholic faith such as:

  • The waving of palms on Palm Sunday reminds us that we are called to be followers of Jesus.
  • The feet washing on Holy Thursday speaks of the selfless love that we are called to practice in imitation of Jesus.
  • The veneration of the cross on Good Friday is a reminder, that as Christians, we believe that Jesus can overcome anything, even death.
  • The lighting of the Easter fire in a darkened church and the celebration of baptisms on Holy Saturday point to the new life that is available through the resurrection of Jesus.

In considering Jesus’ journey to the cross, it is also important to remember how difficult that journey was. He carried his cross through the narrow, crowded streets of Jerusalem. It was Passover time and so the city was full of people, many of whom mocked, jostled and took pleasure in watching as he struggled with his heavy burden.

“Let us bear our cross and leave it to God to determine the length and the weight.”

The journey that Jesus made on that day remains a symbol of Christianity in the world, as it struggles with its own crosses in the challenges of our modern life. Our wisdom woman, St Philippine Duchesne knew this well when she said “Let us bear our cross and leave it to God to determine the length and the weight.” The streets of our towns are filled with people who carry their personal crosses – who are weighed down by the cards that life has dealt them. The same can be said for our School community. Each of us has our own struggles in life and burdens to bear.

“Let us fix our eyes on the cross in every difficult moment, and that gaze will renew our courage.”

As we reflect on these Easter mysteries, Jesus is inviting us to journey with him and to reflect on his suffering as it continues in the lives of you and me and the people of the world. This is particularly significant this year, with the COVID-19 pandemic. He is also calling us to be free of our struggles through the hope and freedom that is offered by the resurrection. St Madeleine Sophie Barat knew this when she said “Let us fix our eyes on the cross in every difficult moment, and that gaze will renew our courage.”

Beating with One Heart in Prayer

As we begin the Easter break and enter into a STU@HOME model of operating, I encourage all families to explore our Mission site on the STU@HOME portal. Here you will find numerous resources to nourish your spiritual journey in these times. I particularly draw your attention to our Beating with One Heart in Prayer COVID-19 prayer book.

In these times of distance, let us remain united in one heart – Cor Unum.

Peace and blessings to all for the Easter season.

Justin Golding
Dean of Mission






Message from the Dean of Boarding

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The end of term has come, and I can only say a huge THANK YOU to all in our community for your willingness to work with us as the COVID-19 situation asked us to look and relook at each and every aspect of our life here on the hill. The Assistant Heads of Boarding have been unstinting in their support of the girls during the earlier part of term as usual, but over the last three weeks much more work has been completed particularly in the new landscape called STU@Home.

So, for once Boarding is coming to you! For many of our Boarders STU@HOME sees a return to their primary education via distance and/or home education. We feel confident that many of our Boarders will be more than ok in this space, but we also recognise that Stuartholme has provided you all with some comforts in the learning space as well.

For a number of years Stuartholme Boarding has had a closed Boarding Facebook Group which has been a great space for us to share photos and happenings from Boarding with parents at home. STU@HOME Boarding will now see the students and parents sharing what’s happening at home with us.

So we will be reproducing some of the great things about Boarding via STU@Home so that we keep you all connected throughout this time with events like our:

Monday Night House Meeting

The Boarding Leadership Team will pre-record a message to go on the closed Boarding Facebook Page as well as the Year 7 and 8 OneNote. We would love the girls to send stories or updates from home which can also be shared in this space. Information around what’s happening in Brisbane and Stuartholme will be shared, including any updates regarding the COVID-19 situation.

What’s Up Wednesday

Our usual routine for Wednesday night is a BBQ outside with music and dancing. ‘What’s Up Wednesday’ will be an opportunity for the wider Boarding staff to be connected with the Boarders. Boarding Supervisors will be asked to contribute to a segment which will be aired on Wednesday nights. Topics may include:

  • Book club
  • Cooking at home
  • Origami with me
  • Craft with me
  • Fun fitness
  • Walk with me

Photography Competition

In the first Monday Night House Meeting we will be announcing our term long photography competition. The girls will be asked to take and submit a range of photographs on differing themes in order to foster community spirit and maintain connection with each other.

Friday Favourites

The girls will be asked to send a photo of their favourite things/activities which will be posted on the Facebook

Communications with all our Community

Fortnightly Phone Calls to Parents from Dean of Boarding

I would like to call each family on a fortnightly basis to keep connections with you all and be a conduit of information for how we can support your daughter at this time. I will be asking what is/is not working, how is the NBN assisting you or not, do we need to look at other creative ways to ensure that your daughter has access to her learning during this time, if we can do anything to support them in their new normal, and how you are going in this new space of all the family under one roof.

Weekly Phone Calls to Students from Assistant Head of Boarding

Each Assistant Head of Boarding (AHOB) will call the students in their year groups on a weekly basis. This will replace the regular check in which would happen in person normally. AHOB will ask about the following:

  • Access to schoolwork including internet quality and connectivity
  • How are things at home?
  • Any questions for us or teachers?
  • Conversations around sharing of photos or stories in year level forums.

Our Assistant Heads of Boarding will create a OneNote page for each year level, for group chat and written communication with each other, their AHOB, and their year 12 Student Mentor.

All Year groups will be using Zoom for face to face meetings, which at this stage are scheduled for week 3, 6, and 9.

Online Tutoring

I am delighted to say that Ms Claire Lawler will continue to assist us in our Tutoring space, through an online and interactive tutoring platform for Boarders using One Note and Zoom. Boarders will have access to support through a tutor, and parents will have a point of call for academic concerns and queries, whilst also being given the opportunity to monitor student’s progress and help support your daughter. This will be conducted through collaborative spaces such as One Note and video conferencing support through Zoom. The tutoring schedule will be emailed at the beginning of every week to Boarders, so that they can book in a tutoring time slot. The program will not only provide opportunities for academic assistance but preserve the overall wellbeing of Boarders during time away from school, by maintaining contact with Stuartholme.

Weekly Updates from International Students in Boarding House

We have eight International students from mainland China who have been unable to go home for the holidays. Stuartholme made the decision to keep these students in our Boarding House to keep them well and healthy. While they are in the Boarding House, the International Students will take turns to give an update to the wider Boarding Community of what’s happening in the Boarding House.

This holiday break is an opportunity for us all to stop and rest, to start to experience life in a very different fashion. For us here at school, life has been running at a million miles an hour, so I am also looking forward to some home time with my family over the Easter break.  I will be going home from Holy Thursday until the following weekend. Travelling over the border has never been a challenge but each and everyday rules and regulations change, so it is all part for the journey.

I hope you can engage with our Catholic faith over this Easter celebration time, as it is the pinnacle of our Church’s year. At this time, we remember the sacrifice of Jesus giving His life for us all, and we have at the heart of our Christian belief that He rose from the dead, and this invites us all to spread this Gospel message of Good News that we can all be saved. It is the message of hope, which I believe our world community can be enriched by at this time. This Easter break, and the public holidays, can allow us time to more reflectively engage with our faith, and to create more opportunities for us as family to gather and share our love for each other.

Stay safe and well and know that you are all very much at the forefront of our minds

Happy Easter

Karen Davies
Dean of Boarding










Message from the Dean of Student Wellbeing

Holding a large amount of Gratitude

The benefits of both gratitude and mindfulness to a person’s wellbeing are now scientifically proven. Both are integrated into the approach to wellbeing at Stuartholme.

Cultivating gratitude doesn’t cost any money and it certainly doesn’t take much time, but the benefits are enormous. Research reveals gratitude can have these seven key benefits:

  • Gratitude opens the door to more relationships.
  • Gratitude improves physical health.
  • Gratitude improves psychological health
  • Gratitude enhances empathy and reduces aggression.
  • Grateful people sleep better.
  • Gratitude improves self-esteem.
  • Gratitude increases mental strength.

As we embark on the Easter Break after a term characterised by unprecedented events, I asked our Principal and the Wellbeing Team to think about what they have to be thankful for.

I am pleased to share their reflections below and encourage you to create the space to engage in this thinking with your own families in the next little while.

Reflections from our Principal and the Wellbeing Team

I am grateful for the creativity and comradery in the Stuartholme community at this time. – Kristen Sharpe (Principal)

What I am most grateful for is the friendship and laughter that keeps me uplifted at a time we may only see negative aspects and the support of a caring community, large and small, that works together. – Margaret Devlin (Leader of Student Wellbeing – Year 12)

I am grateful for my loving, supportive family who are always there when times are tough, standing together, and always there to enjoy the good times, the shared activities, the laughs.

I am grateful for being part of the Stuartholme community where I feel so at home, safe, supported and energised, and where the driving force is love and care for others.

I am grateful for my friends, the people with whom I can share stories, relax and laugh with, and who are always ready to listen. – Marilyn Byron (Leader of Student Wellbeing – Year 10)

I am grateful for the precious people in my life who I can laugh with. Humour is often a refuge for humanity. – Deb Lonsdale-Walker (Dean of Student Wellbeing).

As we head towards the Easter break, I am grateful for the opportunity to spend quality time with my husband and 3 daughters. – Jeanette MacGregor (Leader of Student Wellbeing – Year 7)

I am grateful for many things – my health, my children, my home, my friends, my work, my pets.  I am grateful to all the people guiding us through this pandemic – the doctors, nurses, scientists, public servants and politicians.  I am grateful for blue skies and warm days.  I am grateful for clean drinking water and green trees.  I am grateful for technology that allows us to keep connected with each other.  I am grateful for the love we show each other through this unusual time. – Pierina Curties (Leader of Student Wellbeing – Year 9)

At this time I am grateful for my photos and fond memories I can reflect on from my most recent trip to Vietnam and Cambodia. Some of these memories include the various connections I made with people along the way from different cultural backgrounds, as well as my hiking adventures and exploring all that nature has to offer.  – Natalie Morgan (Psychologist)

I am grateful for my network of kind, funny and wonderful close friends as well as the stack of books I have to keep me company during the upcoming house-bound Easter holidays. – Eloise Conrad (Psychologist)

I am grateful for this time so that I am able to enjoy the small and free pleasures of life – the love of my family, the comfort of my home, the joy of listening to music, the warmth of the sun, the hope of tomorrow.Louise Meehan (Leader of Student Wellbeing – Year 11)

I am grateful for my dog’s wagging tail every day when he sees me walk in the door when I get home from work. It brings a massive smile to my face. – Sue Harris (Leader of Student Wellbeing – Year 8)

I pray that you may each rejoice in the miracle, the gift and the promise that Easter brings and look forward to connecting with you and supporting your families in Term Two.


Deb Lonsdale-Walker
Dean of Student Wellbeing








Message from the Commercial Director

Dear Parents and Caregivers, 

The Australian Government has provided $20 million in Special Circumstances Funding to schools affected by ongoing drought conditions. The Minister for Education, the Hon Dan Tehan MP, announced that the Morrison Government would provide $10 million additional funding through the Special Circumstances Fund to support non-government schools facing financial hardship as a result of ongoing drought conditions.  

The funding round targeted schools with students from the 128 local government areas eligible as at November 2019 for assistance under the Australian Government’s Drought Communities Programme. It complements a range of initiatives in the package announced by the Government for drought-hit farmers, small businesses and rural towns. Many rural towns are doing it tough as a result of the drought and many schools have introduced fee relief and/or curtailed their operations to cope with this drastic situation. 

We are pleased to announce that Stuartholme School applied for this funding and has been awarded $106,532.00 to assist drought-affected families with fee relief.   

We understand that there are many families in our community who are experiencing hardship in these uncertain times for a range of reasons.  However, we hope that access to this funding will assist our drought-affected families. 

Families whose businesses and income have been impacted by the drought are invited to apply for a share of the drought-assistance by completing a bursary application  

How to apply: Please apply online for the 2020 Special Circumstances Funding – Drought Bursary at 

Eligibility criteria: 

  • Daughter is currently enrolled at Stuartholme 
  • Income has been impacted by the drought 
  • Reside in an eligible local government area, as identified by the Government (see Appendix) 

We look forward to hearing from affected families and supporting you through these times. 

Applications close 1 May 2020 and successful applicants will be informed by 1 June 2020. 

Appendix  Eligible local government areas 

The following councils are identified by the Government as eligible based on need and the economic impact of drought in the region. 

The government assessed this using: 

  • rainfall deficiency data from the Bureau of Meteorology 
  • population and industry data – particularly reliance on agriculture 

The Government monitors drought conditions across the country and may add more councils depending on conditions. 


New South Wales 

Armidale Regional  Federation  Murrumbidgee 
Balranald  Forbes  Musellbrook 
Bathurst Regional  Gilgandra  Narrabri 
Bega Valley  Glen Innes Severn Shire  Narrandera 
Berrigan  Greater Hume  Narromine 
Bland  Gunnedah  Oberon 
Blayney  Gwydir  Parkes 
Bogan  Hay  Richmond Valley 
Bourke  Hilltops  Snowy Monaro 
Brewarrina  Inverell  Tamworth Regional 
Broken Hill  Junee  Temora 
Cabonne  Kempsey  Tenterfield 
Carrathool  Kyogle  Unincorporated Far West 
Central Darling  Lachlan  Upper Hunter 
Clarence Valley  Leeton  Upper Lachlan 
Cobar  Lismore  Uralla 
Coolamon  Lithgow  Walcha 
Coonamble  Lockhart  Walgett 
Cootamundra-Gundagai  Liverpool Plains  Warren 
Cowra  Mid-Western Regional  Warrumbungle 
Dubbo Regional  Moree Plains  Weddin 
Edward River  Murray River  Wentworth 


Northern Territory 

Barkly  Central Desert 



Balonne  Flinders  Quilpie 
Banana  Goondiwindi  Richmond 
Barcaldine  Lockyer Valley  Scenic Rim 
Barcoo  Longreach  Somerset 
Blackall Tambo  Maranoa  South Burnett 
Boulia  McKinlay  Southern Downs 
Bulloo  Murweh  Toowoomba 
Bundaberg  North Burnett  Western Downs 
Diamantina  Paroo  Winton 


South Australia 

Adelaide Plains  Kangaroo Island  Port Pirie City and District 
Alexandrina  Karoonda East Murray  Renmark Paringa 
Barossa  Kimba  Scenic Rim 
Barunga West  Light*  Southern Mallee 
Berri Barmera  Loxton Waikerie  Streaky Bay 
Ceduna  Mid Murray  Tatiara 
Clare and Gilbert Valleys  Mount Remarkable  The Coorong 
Cleve  Murray Bridge  Unincorporated Far North SA 
Copper Coast  Northern Areas  Wakefield 
Flinders Ranges  Orroroo/Carrieton  Wudinna 
Franklin Harbour  Peterborough  Yorke Peninsula 



Break O Day  Devonport  Glamorgan Spring Bay 



Benalla  Glamorgan Spring Bay  Strathbogie 
Break O Day  Greater Shepparton  Swan Hill 
Buloke  Latrobe  Wangaratta 
Devonport  Mildura  Wellington 
East Gippsland  Moira  Yarriambiack 
Gannawarra  Pyrenees   


Western Australia 

Albany  Denmark  Lake Grace 
Beverley  Donnybrook-Balingup  Mingenew* 
Bridgetown-Greenbushes  Dumbleyung*  Moora 
Brookton*  Esperance  Nannup 
Broomhill-Tambellup  Gnowangerup  Narembeen* 
Bruce Rock*  Irwin  Pingelly 
Busselton  Jerramungup  Plantagenet 
Carnamah*  Katanning  Quairading 
Coorow  Kellerberrin  Ravensthorpe 
Corrigin  Kent*  Three Springs* 
Cranbrook  Kojonup  Wickepin* 
Dandaragan  Kulin*   


Laura Wedmaier
Commercial Director



The Stuartholme Morning Herald

The rundown

Hey guys! We know nobody really asked, but trust us, you’re in for the read of a lifetime. With your help, the Cor Unum committee is planning on getting this up and running, turning it into the highlight of everyone’s week. In the future, we want this paper to be filled with fun stories about any of you or your mate’s achievements that can provide even a remote spark of entertainment for your Stuartholme sisters, especially if it is something that would have made Sophie proud.

Just like a real newspaper (except way less boring), we will have sections on all aspects of the school and for those of you who only read the paper for the comics, we will have those too! So stay tuned for any future editions of The Stuartholme Morning Herald and get keen to get involved in Stuartholme’s new student run newsletter.

STU at ho(l)me

After hours of discussion and sleepless nights, the Cor Unum committee have come up with some interesting ways to stay entertained during this unusual period of our lives. We know that some of you guys are probably just watching non-stop Netflix, not that there is anything wrong with that, but we thought we could provide some inspiration on how to fill your time:

  1. Yoga – start your spiritual journey to inner peace, or just take some time to move about
  2. Minecraft – it’s a classic and we all know it
  3. Puzzles – who doesn’t love a good puzzle
  4. Scrapbooking – relive your fave memories (so cute)
  5. Baking – if your self-isolating, may as well eat yummy food while you’re at it
  6. Learn a new language – duolingo is calling your name
  7. Build a tree house – or just build a fort, we all know it’s fun
  8. Sewing – fix all your uniforms while you can
  9. Dance – practice your moves for the next DOF
  10. Read the dictionary – vocabulary is key
  11. Learn to backflip – just don’t break anything
  12. Walk your pets – perfect bonding time with your friends
  13. Gardening – plant some fun stuff, or just look busy outside
  14. Become a gamer girl – it’s in your DNA

You can watch our video here

The Man, The Myth, The Legend, The Real Immy Fraser

 2020 Cor Unum Head; a Stuartholme girl making Sophie proud with her radical renegading and drama dedication. 

Santa Claus 31/03/20

As Immy tiktokked her heart out with the grade 7 girls of Stuartholme I just had to ask our school captain a few burning questions. Initially, I was blocked by her body guards, I mean I get it, she’s an important woman around these parts. But out of the kindness of her heart she took a few minutes to talk to a humble reporter from The Stuartholme Morning Herald. As we sat and chatted on the blue benches of the year 7 area I realised that Immy was much more than a dancing queen who loved to bust out some of Stuartholme’s most iconic moves on Dance Off Friday. Immy is also a smart cookie, with her favourite subject being drama she provides the artsie pizzaz that the Cor Unum committee would have been lacking without her. During our conversation Immy also told me that she ‘loved chillin’ with her axolotl, Clive’. I mean you have to be a pretty cool chick to have an axolotl, but calling it Clive is an entirely unprecedented level of wow that I didn’t even know existed. As we sat there chatting, I realised that although Immy is super inspiring with her amazing speeches during assembly and her cool pets that very few other people have, she is really just a regular Stuartholme girl that loves a laugh and a dance. Just when I thought I had heard all that I could about Immy she told me that her favourite sport was water polo. I mean I don’t know about you, but before I came to Stuartholme I didn’t even know what that was, did they put horses in the pool, I just don’t get how it works. As we sat there, surrounded by our best bush turkey friends listening in, the bell went for fifth period. We walked to class and I realised that our school is in safe hands, I mean this girl’s got it all covered, with her trusty Cor Unum committee by her side she is sure to make Sophie proud.


Elite Sportswoman – More Like Master Chef

Get to know Hayley Bowden, the farm girl with too many talents to count.

Gossip Girl 31/03/20

I sat in my room talking to the pocket rocket that is Hayley Bowden, during this time I had two extremely enlightening revelations. The first of which being that my room was a dump and I really needed to clean it, but the second was far more profound. Hayley Bowden really is a weapon. As I sat there yarning to the reincarnation of Einstein herself I realised many things about the esteemed member of the Cor Unum committee. Hayley is a studious example for our younger Stuartholme sisters, with her favourite subjects being Geography and English. However, when interviewing Hayley for her piece in the Stuartholme Morning Herald, it became clear to me that she was much more than just a big brain. When asked about her hobbies I was initially disappointed to hear Hayley say that she didn’t really have any, maybe she wasn’t as cool as she once seemed. However, redemption followed shortly after when Hayley told me that she ‘can make some mean French toast’, I mean who doesn’t love French toast. Also subtly flexing that ‘until our season was cut short I was a proud devotee to the firsts volleyball team’. Not only was Hayley a volleyball champ but she is a bit of a beast on the netball court and a speed demon on the touch field, what can’t this girl do? But it doesn’t end there, Hayley is also one of those few crazy people that enjoys horror movies so watch out she is probably after us all. Haha jk… unless. I must admit, when I first came across Hayley I was intimidated, I mean who wouldn’t be, she’s a giant. Rest assured, she is an easy going chick who is happy for a chat, especially considering she did distance education (but we won’t hold that against her). All I can say is, Hayley is definitely making Sophie proud of one of Stuartholme’s leaders for 2020.


Meg Todd – The Underdog

The silent assassin making her mark on Stuartholme

Pitbull 31/03/20

Meg Zoomed in from her humble abode in Toowong, during our chat there was much that I learnt about the enthusiastic member of Toohey house. Meg started at Stuartholme in Year 9, originally living in Dubai. After she became accustomed to the constant ‘is that a Dubai thing’ jokes, Meg truly started to discover her true potential as a Stuartholme girl. Blowing everyone away as she tore up the touch field and showed us all how to really play soccer, there seems to be nothing that Meg couldn’t do. Surely she has a kryptonite, there has to be something that she isn’t good at. As I continued to interview the prestigious member of the Cor Unum committee I tried to uncover Meg’s weakness. I mean, a blind man could see that she was born a dancer, have you seem those aerobics moves at Dance Off? When asked about her favourite subject she answered that she ‘loves health and PE’, two solid answers. Not only is Meg a sporty gal but she’s also smart. To top it off, Meg’s an involved member of liturgy committee who loves a good Sunday night boarders mass. As I thanked Meg for her time chatting to us here are the Stuartholme Morning Herald I had the opportunity to think and reflect on all that she told me. I sat there spinning in my chair for hours on end, embracing my inner Sherlock Holmes as I tried to uncover the secret weakness of Meg Todd. After hours of contemplation, I finally had it. Meg’s impaired vision, if anyone stole her glasses she wouldn’t have much fun reading what was on the whiteboard. Really, I was grasping at straws. So I gave in, maybe Meg really was just a good person, a reputable Stuartholme sister who is making Sophie proud. The big thing that I took away from my chat with Meg is that Stuartholme’s got nothing to worry about with Meg showing us how it’s done.


The Lunatic Who is Supposed to Help Run the Show

Lucy Baker, a Stuartholme girl dedicated to Making Sophie Proud.

Mr Incredible 31/03/20

As Lucy drove me into town in her family’s old Prado I began to question the abilities of the Glen Innes testing officer who had allowed such a lunatic on the road. My heart was in my throat until we finally arrived at woollies, where we patrolled the aisles and slowly filled the shopping list as I tried to understand the true nature of Lucy Baker. I was beginning to wonder how she was even remotely capable of being a member of the Cor Unum committee when she continued to trip over her own feet walking around the shops. Lucy, picking up a handful of apples, told me that her two favourite subjects were Physics and Modern History, maybe she was a little bit smarter than she looked – I was still on the fence with that one. As we cruised through the aisles she also talked about how she ‘loved a good game of tennis’, especially with the boarders on a weekend and how even though she didn’t appear to be the biggest fan of rowing, somewhere deep down there was some love for the sport. As we were checking out, Lucy realised that we had forgotten the milk and she told me she ‘would be sleeping with the dogs’ if we returned home with none, so she ran as fast as the wind and her stumpy legs would take her. Back in a flash, puffing like she had just run a marathon, she insisted that she ‘went to core’ as she scanned the milk. We finally left the woollies car park, with Lucy chewing my ear off about all of her numerous pets I realised that she wasn’t as incompetent as I once thought. After we arrived home safely I realised that, maybe, Lucy was alright at this whole Cor Unum business. With the help of her Stuartholme sisters, she was doing a half-decent job of leading our school in 2020.


Most embarrassing moment at Stuartholme:

I’d have to say the whole period of years 7 through to 9 were pretty embarrassing looking back at it. Second place comes that time on year 7 camp, on my birthday, when I got stuck on the flying fox for a considerably long time and my camp instructor didn’t know how to get me down because it was his first day.


My most embarrassing moment was definitely last year at the year 11 soirees when my TMG performed Umbrella by Rihanna. We had come up with a great routine and were determined we had a real shot at winning. We even had the idea of using umbrellas in our soiree, but apparently this was not such a great decision. When we actually performed our soiree, we were all cramped on the stage and the umbrellas had a mind of their own. People were getting hit with umbrellas left, right and centre and Ms Moran was our only saving grace, strutting across the stage to finish the disaster it was. People were laughing, staring at us, and our TMG was just cringing as we sat back down. The best part is we still managed to beat Parker coming 5th overall, which they were not exactly happy about.

Throwing up at cross country? This is literally the only one coming to my head despite knowing everything I do is embarrassing.


I only started at Stu in year 8 and about three weeks into me Stuartholme experience I decided that it would be good idea to fall down the entire set of stairs from B floor to A floor. To make matters worse, it was just before chapel so every man and his dog got to witness grade 8 Lucy with her dress at her ankles role down the entire flight of stairs. When I got my biggest worry was if I had broken my watch (I hadn’t if you were wondering). This cute little experience haunted me for a long time and I still walk down those steps extra slow so I don’t do the same thing again.



The great debate: Nicki Minaj or Cardi B

In 2013 Nicki Minaj said, ‘I gotta keep an eye out for Selena’, and I live by that. Hearing this line when I was 13 truly opened my eyes and I haven’t closed them since. I will always stand on team Nicki. Barbie tings


Both are very strong, empowered women but the real question is, if their music isn’t played at Dance off Friday then how relevant are they? Nicki Minaj invented the rap game and it’s for this reason that Cardi B will always live in her shadow. End of story.

Micki Ninaj.


I have to admit, I’m no expert in the word of female rappers but in my humble opinion Nick Minaj just has that extra something that Cardi just doesn’t seem to have. Call it talent, I don’t know. Plus, there is a belting vine about Ninki Minjaj.




Obviously, the holidays are coming up but after a break from school we would love to share everyone’s stories so if you guys have anything that you would like to share just email any of the Cor Unum committee and they can get your story out.

Our emails are:

Finally, we’ve made a special video for all our Stuartholme sister, you can watch our video here

Have a good week girls, we hope you enjoyed the first ever edition of the Stuartholme Morning Herald xox

Science Snippets

Dear Stuartholme community,

This newsletter science snippet has been written by Ebony Anderson, one our Year 11 UQ Science Ambassadors. The ambassadors discussed at our last meeting together the need to ensure that people are reading information from credible sources and Ebony chose to write about the scientific knowledge we know about vaccines and how they work. I hope you find her article informative.

In light of the current coronavirus pandemic, we thought that you might find it interesting to develop some basic knowledge around vaccines. Looking into the process of development, addressing some myths raised about vaccines by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and looking at the progress scientists have made in developing a COVID 19 vaccination.

Vaccines are substances commonly injected into the muscle to stimulate the production of antibodies and provide immunity against one or several diseases, without inducing the disease. They are typically made by taking viruses or bacteria and weakening them so that they can’t reproduce or replicate themselves. This way when people are given vaccines they are exposed to enough of the virus or bacteria to develop immunity, but not enough to make them sick.

There are four main ways that scientists weaken viruses and bacteria to make vaccines:

  1. The virus genes are modified by a technique called cell culture adaptation, which prevents the virus from replicating. Because viruses can still, to some extent, make copies of themselves after cell culture adaptation, they are often referred to as live vaccines (Please note however, that viruses are not organisms as they require a host cell to invade and instruct for its replication. They are unable to replicate on their own). This is how the measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella vaccines are made.
  2. Destroy the virus blueprint so that the virus can’t replicate at all, meaning the vaccination is not live. This is how the polio vaccine is made.
  3. Use only a part of the virus or bacteria. This is how the Hib, hepatitis B, and (in part) pertussis vaccines are made. Because the viral or bacterial genes are not present in the vaccine, the viruses or bacteria can’t replicate.
  4. Some bacterial diseases are not caused by replicating but by manufacturing harmful proteins called toxins. For example, bacteria like diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (whooping cough) all cause disease by producing toxins. To make vaccines against these bacteria, toxins are purified and killed with chemicals (such as formaldehyde). Once again, preventing the bacteria from reproducing because bacterial genes are not part of the vaccine.

Vaccine development typically begins in a research laboratory in a university, medical organisation or biotechnology company. Scientists in these laboratories are commonly funded by the government or private foundations. These scientists often spend years researching whether their ideas work, developing reagents and tests to measure their progress, and finally, using animals to test their ideas.

Once an idea appears promising, it must be tested in a small number of healthy adults. This is done in order to test if the vaccine generates the expected immune response and if it is safe.

This process is like the one that is currently taking place in about 40 companies and academic institutions around the world, in the race to develop a vaccine for Covid-19. UQ is one of these academic institutions and are the only Australian organisation tasked by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations to attempt this project. UQ was lucky enough to receive funding of up to $17 million from federal and state governments towards their research. They say that this funding could help cut the timeline for an effective vaccine for COVID-19 by six months from the original 18 months. At least 4 of the 40 global organisations already have candidates they have begun testing on animals. The first of these, produced by Boston-based biotech firm Moderna, will enter human trials imminently. However, even if these tests go well and a vaccine is found, there are many barriers before global immunisation is feasible. That is a conversation for another article.


The World Health Organisations busted MYTHs about vaccines

As we are all aware, there are speculations around vaccinations and the potential health concerns surrounding them. We live in a world where we receive so much information, from so many sources and it is often hard to know who to trust and what to believe. Whilst looking into vaccinations we thought it would be interesting to look at some claims that the WHO has published as ‘myths’ and addressed, with evidence to back up their accusations.


Claimed ‘MYTH’ Evidence
Vaccines cause autism
  • There is no evidence of a link between measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine (or any other vaccine) and autism or autistic disorders.
  • A Danish study with 537 303 children in 2002 provided strong evidence against any link between MMR vaccine and autism. For all these children there was no link between the age at the time of vaccination, the time since vaccination or the date of vaccination and the development of autistic disorder.
Vaccines contain mercury, which is dangerous
  • Thiomersal is an organic, ethylmercury-containing compound added to some vaccines as a preservative.
  • Mercury is a naturally occurring element that is found in air, water and soil.
  • If used in vaccines, the amount of Thiomersal is very small.
  • There is no evidence to suggest that the amount of thiomersal used in any vaccines poses a health risk.
More than one vaccine at a time could increase the risk of harmful side effects and could overload the child’s immune system
  • Scientific evidence shows that giving several vaccines at the same time has no negative effect on a child’s immune system.
  • A child is exposed to far more antigens from a common cold or sore throat than they are from vaccines.
Diseases will not spread if we just ensure proper hygiene and sanitation
  • Many infections can spread regardless of how clean we are.
  • Vaccination prevents diseases that have become uncommon, such as polio and measles.
It is better to be immunised through disease than through vaccines
  • The immune response to vaccines is similar to the one produced by natural infection.
  • The price paid for immunity through natural infection can be detrimental.
Vaccines can contain microchips enabling governments or others to track the whereabouts of an immunised person
  • This is technically impossible and doesn’t take place.
  • Vaccines are produced in a very restricted setting.

Source: WHO Regional Office for Europe 2015



Children’s Hospital. (2014, November 20). Making Vaccines: Process of Vaccine Development. Retrieved from

Centre for Disease Control. (2016, June 07). Common Vaccine Safety Questions and Concerns. Retrieved from

How Are Vaccines Made and Why Do They Work? (n.d.). Retrieved from (Note: This source may possibly be biased as it is a non-profit organisation run by parents and not medical experts).

Spinney, L. (2020, March 31). Coronavirus vaccine: When will it be ready? Retrieved from

Subramanian, S. (2020, March 27). ‘It’s a razor’s edge we’re walking’: Inside the race to develop a coronavirus vaccine. Retrieved from

I also ask students to ensure that when using newsletter articles to check that the information being used comes from a research article (E.g. Are there direct quotes from a published journal? Or do they reference a credible journal?) and preferably that the author is a science journalist.

University of Queensland. (2020, March 26). $17m shot in the arm for UQ’s COVID-19 vaccine research. Retrieved from’s-covid-19-vaccine-research.

World Health Organisation. (2019, September 19).  Vaccines. Retrieved from


Many thanks to Ebony for writing this informative article. It is very important that students critically evaluate the credibility of sources of information and this is a skill that we focus on in our science program.

Wishing you a safe and restful Easter break.

Kind regards,

Wendy Macdonald (Leader of Learning – Science)

Honour Pockets

The Honour Pockets Committee look forward to supporting this important initiative in 2020. A copy of the criteria for this year and the associated timeframes will be shared with families in Term Two.


Year 12 Field Trip – Southern Cross Austereo

During Week 7, Year 12 Business attended Southern Cross Austereo, home of stations MMM and Hit105.  Students had the opportunity to meet the breakfast teams for both stations and learn about the branding strategies and target markets for both brands.

As part of our study of mature businesses in hostile competitive environments, students had a presentation based on insight and ideation, the anatomy of a campaign and the role of research insights. The key takeaway was to be ‘first of mind’ in terms of brand awareness. Students used this primary research for the Internal Assessment during Term 1.

Sally Adams
Leader of Learning – Business


Congratulating our Big 3 winners

We recently congratulated our students who represented Stuartholme in the BIG 3 CaSSSA Carnivals in 2019 – Swimming, Athletics and Cross Country.

We think that is an awesome achievement and they’re now part of an exclusive group of student athletes, so were rewarded with a T-shirt. We will continue to make this a tradition for 2020 and beyond.

In lieu of a presentation on assembly, we made the attached fun video which you can see on our Facebook page.

Congratulations to:

Edie Campbell
Gretta Johnson
Lily Hunter
Ella Cole
Molly Cowan
Sophie Kathage
Grace McIntosh (absent from video)
Alex O’Brien
Georgina Twigg

Social Justice opportunities through STU@HOME

As a Sacred Heart school, Stuartholme has a deep commitment to the principles and practices of social justice. We encourage our young women to educate themselves on issues of concern in our world so that may act with wise freedom, working towards fair and positive change in society.

Stuartholme strongly encourages the intellectual growth of our young women and also their spiritual and moral development. We believe we cannot allow our current situation to interrupt this growth and development and so we are excited to launch our online social justice program on Stu@Home.

Through this platform students will be able to further explore the Sacred Heart charism of education and mission. They will develop their knowledge, acquire skills and be encouraged to action for justice. Participation will allow acknowledgement of their social justice hours.

Opportunities in social justice in Stu@Home include:

  • Stu Storytime
  • Fortnightly JPIC meetings
  • Development of products for our social enterprise – P4P
  • Key Word Sign tutorials and introduction to Auslan webinars
  • Online workshops with guest speakers covering the topics including refugees, diffability, environmental sustainability
  • Free online social justice courses

We encourage Stuartholme parents and students to visit social justice on Stu@Home to continue engagement with the co-curricular program and to help preserve connectiveness and wellbeing within our community. The social justice page can be found in Mission, just click the Mission tile on the Stu@Home homepage and you will be directed to us.

Stuartholme’s focus goal for 2020 is Building Community as a Christian Value. When our world feels isolated and insular, this can be challenging. Despite this we look forward to reinforcing the strength of our community and developing the knowledge, generosity and kindness of our students.

Claire Lawler
Social Justice Coordinator

STU Virtual Fitness Club

As part of our STU@HOME model, we are also launching our STU Virtual Fitness Club which will start on day 1 Term 2.

Students will have access to a range of programs to ensure they keep up their physical fitness. The site includes a Virtual Fitness Schedule with activities from yoga, running, circuit and mindfulness to name a few.




Key Dates

Tues 31 MarchLast day of Term 1
Wed 1-Fri 3 AprilStudent Free Days
Fri 10 AprilGood Friday
Sun 12 AprilEaster Sunday
Mon 13 AprilEaster Monday
Mon 20 AprilBoarders return
Boarder Parent Network Meeting 11.30-1pm (TBC)
Parents of Stuartholme Meeting 6pm (TBC)
Tues 21 AprilAll classes start
School fees due
Sat 25 AprilANZAC Day

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends,

I would like to start my newsletter article with an overwhelming expression of gratitude. Thank you to our parents who are offering support and assistance in varied ways for our girls. Thank you to my staff who are soldiering on, keeping cool heads while managing many unanswerable questions. And an unreserved thank you to our beautiful girls, who have expressed compassion and empathy to me in the corridors, at the café, in TMs, in every exchange. You energise and inspire me.

The purpose of this newsletter article is to provide you with a succinct summary of the exhaustive amount of information. Stuartholme School is working tirelessly to access and implement the Government and Health authority’s advice. In providing this summary, I intend to be short and sharp!

Key messages include:

  • Stuartholme School remains open
  • Boarders have been encouraged to leave early following the National Cabinet media release
  • Term 1 at Stuartholme finishes on Tuesday 31 March 2020
  • 1-3 April 2020 are student free days – staff will continue working
  • Year 7 – 10 examinations are cancelled, effective Monday 23 March
  • Year 11 – 12 examinations are postponed pending advice from the QCAA
  • A “Learn from Home” phase will only be enacted if we cease face-to-face learning for over 3 days
  • All school events that are not teaching and learning have been cancelled to the end of May
  • This global health crisis will continue for 10-20 weeks, this is a marathon not a sprint


What will happen if the school closes?

There are two scenarios under which the school would need to close.

  1. Short-term closure due to someone in our community testing positive to COVID-19. This closure would only be for one to two days while the school is cleaned, and contact tracing is undertaken. Once the contact group have been identified, everyone else returns to school to resume face to face learning.
  2. Federal Government forces schools to close. In the event the school is closed for a long period of time, the school will send out communication which will detail how learning will continue. Stuartholme staff will continue to work. Learn from home model will be implemented.

Over this last week, I have spoken to staff and students about COVID 19 and how Stuartholme is moving forward. My overriding message is to be strong, calm and compassionate. If this is the global crisis of my time, I intend to be capable and strong, with the biggest heart I can manage! We are agile, able and ready to respond when called upon. The irony of our centennial year being the year of community building while being instructed by the government to promote social distancing, we are called to think laterally, critically and compassionately. Physical distancing is an act of love, not an act of fear. We want to stay strong and healthy to ensure the safety of our elderly and vulnerable members of our families and our community.

Stuartholme is well positioned in our sense of community and our Cor Unum spirit.

We are well positioned to facilitate learning from home with our resources and our teaching capabilities.

When this global crisis ends, we want to be stronger, more capable and most importantly we want to maintain and grow our compassionate Cor Unum spirit.

I thought it appropriate to share a prayer:

Merciful God,


Lover of the human race,

nurture us in this time of crisis.

Grant wisdom and courage to our leaders.

Watch over all medical people

as they tend the sick and work for a cure.

Animate in us a sense of solidarity beyond all isolation.

If our doors are closed, let our hearts be open.

May the power of your love

Inspire us to love one another,

destroy the virus of fear,

and ensure hope may never die.

In our service of others,

may we go forth spreading compassion and peace to all.

Through Christ our Lord,


Take care and God Bless,

Kristen Sharpe





Message from the Deputy Principal

Building staff capacity – the key to sustaining our outstanding results

In my first article to the school community I shared the solid results of Stuartholme being achieved by our young people.

The research clearly shows a key success factor in sustaining teaching and learning success is the capacity of our teaching staff.

Stuartholme is a lighthouse example in strengthening the professional capacity of staff and I thought parents would appreciate some insights into this investment.

Strength in our staff professional learning program resides in the model which enables staff to engage in continuous self-knowledge through collaboration with their peers to improve learning outcomes.

Supporting students to become thinkers and learners

Program delivery centres on targeted workshops delivered by Dr Ron Ritchhart, senior researcher at Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education, and skilling staff in this ground-breaking work which places at its core students becoming thinkers and learners.

Timetabled Professional learning communities support the process of educational innovation enhancing cross-organisational relationships and ensuring a safe forum to solve complex problems with a dedicated focus on teaching and learning. Thus, the program at Stuartholme has successfully transformed classrooms into places designed to develop thinking and understanding instead of merely completing work.

Being on the front foot in responding to challenges

The impact on teaching and learning as a result of the program is that relationships across departments have been established, collaborative practice has been enabled, self-reflection supported and staff well-positioned to make sense about how to respond to challenges inherent in a modern, global context.

The current unprecedented environment as a result of COVID-19 is a prime example of a modern challenge. Our school community will navigate this seamlessly owing to the work achieved in the teaching and learning space at our school.

These outcomes are indicative of the educational change leadership required for sustainability and for teachers to respond to the needs of a 21st century classroom. Following implementation of this educational innovation, hard data on student outcome is evidence of further success where the school is ranked in the higher echelons of Catholic Girls Schools.

Notably, whilst the Harvard supported Cultures of Thinking approach has a strong international uptake, Stuartholme is the first girls’ school in Queensland to work with this university.

This bespoke program has also supported broader systemic changes being implemented at a state level through the sharing of key learnings with other educators in State and National Forums.

Stuartholme can therefore look forward to ongoing success in terms of our outstanding results. I look forward to keeping in touch with parents about our work in building the capacity of all staff within our community and the positive impacts on your daughter’s academic outcomes.

Best wishes,

Daniel Crump
Deputy Principal









Message from the Dean of Mission

Repentance, Reconciliation & Forgiveness

They say that Lent is a time of repentance. Repentance is when someone reflects on an aspect of their life with feelings of regret or remorse, and sets about to make things right. In reflecting on this dimension of our faith with the students, we tend to frame it as a change of heart for the better, which resonates with our Sacred Heart charism, where we are called to develop a discerning attitude and heart that learns through experience[1].

The learnings that bring about repentance are a key ingredient to forgiveness and reconciliation, which is the fruit of a change heart. To bring this important dimension of our faith alive, today we celebrated a liturgy of reconciliation in our TMGs. Whilst somewhat distinct to the sacrament of reconciliation, this liturgy provided a space for the students to reflect and identify situations in need of healing, forgiveness and reconciliation in their own lives.

Why would we choose to participate in such an act here at Stuartholme?

Peace, Harmony & Healing

Forgiveness is a call of the Gospel. Stories such as the Prodigal Son[2] reveal as much, where we  glimpse the abundant mercy and forgiveness of our God, revealed through the embrace of the forgiving father to his wayward son. As Christians, we are called to do the same. Forgiveness also builds and strengthens relationships, bringing peace and harmony to situations of conflict and hurt. And forgiveness heals, where we let go of any pain or resentment towards others, providing us with an inner freedom through a fresh start.

It is also important to acknowledge that forgiveness requires a deep humility, as we confront the ways in which we may not have been our best selves, and set about making amends. With this kind of approach to life, we grow in wisdom and understanding of ourselves and those we are in relationship with.

As we continue on this lenten journey to Easter, let us be conscious of our need to forgive and be forgiven. After all forgiveness, given and received, is ultimately an act of grace and love.

Peace and blessings for the weeks ahead,

Justin Golding

Dean of Mission


[1] Sacred Heart Education Goal – Personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom.

[2] Luke 15:11-32





Message from the Dean of Student Wellbeing

Our Stuartholme Psychologists – valuable members of the Wellbeing Team

Our school psychologists Ms Eloise Conrad and Ms Natalie Morgan are valuable professional support staff who contribute in a significant way to the creation of the ‘Stuartholme Village’.

In 2020, these professional staff will also contribute to my newsletter article in order to provide support to parents. I am pleased to provide their advice below about how to assist young people at home to cope with COVID-19 Anxiety.

Assisting Young People to Cope with COVID-19 Anxiety

We as a community are currently provided with a constant stream of information regarding COVID-19 every day through the media. The following information has a focus on providing support for parents and families to help students understand and manage anxiety related to COVID-19 and its uncertainties. It is important that if-needed, students take a break from news and/or social media.

Dr Michael Carr-Gregg (Child and Adolescent Psychologist) recently communicated the following video to parents through the SchoolTV resource: Main points discussed in the video are as follows:

  1. Keep it simple and factual: parents should be the purveyors of hope.
  2. Reassure young people that most people who are diagnosed with COVID-19 only get a mild illness and fully recover within a few weeks. Explain the main symptoms and encourage young people to tell you if they’re feeling unwell.
  3. Explain what is being done to protect them (via government restrictions and health care).
  4. Embrace the opportunity to explore and learn new things together (e.g. how our bodies fight viruses).
  5. Encourage self-efficacy and good hygiene practices.
  6. Stick to routines – this is really important, especially when self-isolating.
  7. Know the signs of anxiety or that your young person may not be coping. These could include: irritability, being overly clingy, changes in sleep/eating behaviours, issues focussing and problems with memory.

Further readings and support:


Support available while you are at home

Phone and online services:

  • Youth Beyond Blue: 1300224636
    • Beyond Blue: online chat is available 3pm to 12 am
  • Kids Helpline: 1800551800
  • eHeadspace: 1800650890
  • CYMHS (child and youth mental health service) Acute Response Team: 30682555

Face-face appointments:

  • See your GP who can refer you to a Psychologist
  • Psychologists are able to see you in person or via eHealth

For Parents: 

  • Parent line: 1300301300    8 am – 10 pm 7 days a week
  • Lifeline: 131114
  • Mindspot Clinic: 1800614434  Online and phone support for anxiety and depression
  • Beyond Blue: 1300224636

Emergency Support

In the event of a mental health emergency, or if you are at immediate risk of harm to yourself or others, please contact emergency services on 000 or present to Queensland’s Children’s Hospital Accident and Emergency Department.

Eloise Conrad & Natalie Morgan (School Psychologists)


The Stuartholme Way – Stand up to Bullying!

This week at school we have been celebrating the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence which will take place nationally later this year. Ms Harris, the Leader of Student Wellbeing – Year 8, the Year 8 Teacher Mentor Team and students have worked very hard to raise awareness about this important issue.

The theme for 2020 is “Take Action Together”. To promote the idea of “Taking Action Together”, our students have worn wrist bands or ribbons for the week.

Every student in the school has also completed the school’s bullying survey and engaged with a number of resources on the Bullying. No Way! Website. The Year 8 students as a class used authentic student voice to create class tips on responding to bullying and displayed these in their classrooms.

Our Strong and positive school culture

Stuartholme has a very strong and positive school culture promoting positive relationships and a clear policy to sustain this.

To make this policy accessible to students, we proudly display The Stuartholme Way – Stand up to Bullying! statement in every Teacher Mentor Group room.  This statement articulates what bullying is and provides advice about the role every girl can play in continuing to create a safe and happy school environment.

The Student Representative Council remain a key forum for consultation on action to be taken in this space. Based on their advice, The Stuartholme Way – Stand Up to Bullying electronic mailbox was established and is located at to deal discreetly with any reports. Anonymous reports cannot be accepted. A real mailbox is also located in Student Reception.


Deb Lonsdale-Walker
Dean of Student Wellbeing








Message from the Careers Counsellor

Hi everyone,

I hope you’ve been keeping well.

As I’m sure you’re aware, some upcoming activities that I have shared with you may be cancelled due to COVID-19.

For this reason, this week I’ll be sharing a range of online resources and competitions that your daughters may be interested in exploring.

Warm regards,

Mr Tom Lillyman
Careers Counsellor


QCT 2020 Photo Competition

The Queensland College of Teachers and Schoolzine are giving you and your school the chance to win a share of $9000 in cash prizes in the 2020 Photo Comp. To enter, simply capture an inspiring teaching moment, choose which category your image fits into (Teaching in the sunshine state, Collaborating with colleagues or Learning in action), get the necessary permissions and complete an online entry form. Entries close on Wednesday 8 April.

ATOM Photo Comp

The ATOM Photo Comp is an initiative of Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM). It provides Australian and New Zealand student and adult photographers with an opportunity to submit a set of three photographs adhering to the theme Fragility.  Find out more information about the theme here. The competition has five age-group categories: Lower Primary (years prep-3), Upper Primary (years 4-6), Lower Secondary (years 7-9), Upper Secondary (years 10-12) and Open. The prize includes a Ted’s Camera gift voucher valued at $500 for the primary categories, $750 and for the secondary categories and $1000 for the Open category. Entries are open now and close on 9 April, 2020. For more information or to enter visit the ATOM Photo Comp website.

International Film Scoring Competition

The Indie Gathering International Film Festival and Convention has two film scoring competitions for 2020. One is our standard TRAILER scoring. The second is a full SCENE. You may enter one competition or both, but you must register separately for two submissions if you compete in both. Each 1st place winner will then be in the running for BEST OVERALL SCORE (championship belt). Click here for more information and how to apply.

Writing competitions

Hatchlings (8 to 18 year olds) – Writing for the children’s and young adults’ markets. Eligibility: All writers/illustrators who are 8 – 18 years old (as at 4 April 2020) worldwide, who have not been published in book format within the CYA genres; All entries must have a parent or guardian’s details on the entry form; Contest entry may not be contracted or published in any form when entered. Entries close 4 April 2020.

Aspiring (Unpublished) Writing for the children’s and young adults’ markets. Eligibility: All writers/illustrators worldwide, who have not been published in book format within the CYA genres. This contest is also open to current published writers/illustrator worldwide who are either; published with one book in print within the CYA genres ONLY; OR Published in e-book format with one book within the CYA genres ONLY; OR Self-published with one book within the CYA genres ONLY; Published with books in print and e-book format in other genres; contest entry may not be contracted or published in any form when entered. Entries close 4 April 2020.


Try out virtual work experience

Since large gatherings are out at the moment, you might want to try some virtual work experience activities on The Careers Department.

Experience jobs like:

  • Landscape designer
  • Web designer
  • Social media officer
  • UX/UI designer (User Experience/User Interface Designer)
  • Sports marketer
  • Journalist
  • Fashion buyer

If you don’t have an account yet, you can find instructions and the school password on the Careers page of my.Stuartholme.

Hear it from the horse’s mouth

Sometimes its hard to find someone who does the job you’re interested in to ask them your questions.

Conveniently, here are a bunch of phone interviews with professionals in different fields. Listen in to learn more about their careers, including how they got where they are now.

Event Coordinator

Agricultural Journalist

Herpetologist (reptile and amphibian expert) at Taronga Zoo

Commodity Advisor in Grain Marketing


Homicide Detective


Carbon Trader

Working in sales at Macquarie Bank

Account Executive in Digital Marketing

Graduate Nurse

IT Business Advisor


Have you tried myfuture?

Myfuture is a fantastic government resource for exploring careers.

I always recommend students create an account so they can explore the different tiles of the site.

There’s a great career profile tool, industry and occupation information, videos, study pathways, and great articles.

Parents can also sign up for accounts to get access to information that might help them to assist others (and to do some of the activities themselves!).



Science Snippets

I’ve been noticing a lot of butterflies around recently. It could be because the weather is perfect for them or maybe it’s because I consistently try and look for them but whenever I see one or any insect for that matter, it always brings my mind back to the impending doom of the ‘The insect apocalypse’.

So, what is the ‘insect apocalypse’? The insect apocalypse is the informal name that entomologists and scientist have given to the sudden decrease in insect populations.  When thinking of an apocalyptic landscape I think of a barren wasteland of dirt and dust, while this is very extreme – it might not be far from the potential result of this so called ‘insect apocalypse’.

Among terrestrial vertebrates, 322 species have become extinct since 1500, and populations of the remaining species show 25% average decline in abundance. With invertebrates, their patterns are equally dire with 67% of monitored populations showing a 45% mean abundance decline.

A study conducted in Germany (covering 63 nature protection areas) estimates a seasonal decline of 76%, and a mid-summer decline of 82% in flying insect biomass over the 27-year study. What is the actual significance of these numbers? Although many people despise insects for their creepy eyes, twiggy legs and the fact that they’re a pest, they serve an important role in our ecosystem. They are a source of pollination for plants, they aerate soil and encourage plant growth, they feast on decomposing plants and animals, thereby getting rid of waste and recycling nutrients back into their habitat and they are also a source of food for many other organisms such as frogs, birds and possums. Their decline threatens the numbers of many other animals. For example, the mountain pygmy possum. This possum is a native Australian marsupial and its primary food source (the Australian bogong moth) is being threatened by climate change and drought, causing pygmy possums to go hungry. These impacts reverberate up the food chain and will affect animals who feed off of insects, invertebrates, insectivores and even further to animals whom feed off particular insect pollinated plants.

Not only will animals feel these consequences but so will us humans and our ecosystem. In places like China, the decrease in bee and pollinator populations have forced farmers and agricultural workers into manually pollinating their crops due to the uncertainty that leaving the duty of pollination to a struggling population will allow for a consistent yield. But there are simple solutions; studies in Europe and North America have found that planting strips of wildflowers on farms, and leaving patches of natural vegetation such as forests, can greatly boost pollinator populations. These practices can also increase populations of natural predators, decreasing the need for pesticide sprays.

To summarise, the loss of insects is bad. There are things that need to be done to work toward something better, but those things can’t be done without awareness and responsibility.

Inserted below is a list of butterfly host plants, planting these in your garden can help boost certain butterfly populations and can attract more beneficial butterflies to your yard!


  1. Orchard Swallowtail (Papilio aegeus) – Citrus species
  2. Fuscous Swallowtail (Papiliofuscus) – Citrus species
  3. Dainty Swallowtail (Papilio anactus) – Citrus species
  4. Chequered Swallowtail (Papilio demoleus) – Cullen tenax
  5. Clearwing Swallowtail (Cressida cressida) – Aristolochia species
  6. Blue Triangle (Graphium choredon) – Cryptocarya species, Camphor Laurel
  7. Pale Triangle (Graphium eurypylus) – Melodorum leichhardtii
  8. Common Crow (Euploea corrinna) – Parsonsia species
  9. Purple Crow (Euploea tulliolus) – Trophis scandens
  10. Blue Tiger (Tirumala hamata) – Secamone elliptica
  11. Wanderer/Monarch (Danaus plexippus) —Asclepias, Gomphocarpus
  12. Lesser Wanderer (Danaus chrysippus petilia) —Asclepias, Gomphocarpus
  13. Lemon Migrant (Catopsilia pomona) – Cassia brewsteri
  14. Yellow Migrant (Catopsilia gorgophone) – Senna gaudichaudii
  15. White Migrant (Catopsilia pyranthe) – Senna barclayana
  16. Grass Yellow (Eurema hecabe) – Breynia oblongifolia, Sesbania cannabina
  17. Caper White (Belenoisjava) – Capparis species
  18. Jezebel Nymph (Mynes geoffroyi) – Pipturus argenteus
  19. Meadow Argus (Junonia villida) – Verbenas
  20. Blue Argus (Junonia orithya) – Asystasia gangetica, Hygrophila

Courtesy of Dave St Henry for publication by the Butterfly and Other Invertebrates Club Inc. (BOIC)

Emma Barry (UQ Science Ambassador)

Resources consulted:


Upcoming events:

Please note that the Brisbane World Science Festival ( has been cancelled.

Future Experiences in Agriculture, Science and Technology (FEAST) is a four-day residential program to inspire high school students about rewarding science careers in the agriculture, animal, plant and food industries. It is open to students in years 11 and 12 and is held each July at UQ Gatton.

By participating in FEAST you’ll get to:

  • test-drive university and meet other students with similar interests
  • explore science disciplines through hands-on activities and workshops
  • meet UQ students and staff and attend industry-run sessions
  • experience living in the UQ Halls of Residence and take part in social and sporting activities
  • expand your knowledge of UQ Science study options and programs
  • learn about current challenges faced by scientists, including climate change, biosecurity, feeding the world and protecting endangered wildlife.

Numbers are limited, and due to high demand, you can only attend FEAST once. Applications for FEAST 2020 close Monday 30 March 2020. Head to:


Wendy Macdonald (Leader of Learning – Science)

Lions Youth of the Year zone champion

Congratulations to Imogen Fraser, Year 12 on winning the zone final of Lions Youth of the Year. Imogen will progress to the regional competition of this prestigious event in two weeks time.

Imogen inspired the audience with her passionate prepared speech about female leadership and addressed two impromptu topics without preparation for two minutes each with class and composure.

Notice to parents who use Ongoing Purchase Authority forms in the School Shop

From Term 2, Stuartholme will not be using the Ongoing Purchase Authority forms currently being used by some parents in the School Shop.

Since the introduction of Flexischools, students can use their school ID card, or a debit/credit card to make purchases at the School Shop.

The benefit for parents include:

  • Parents will be able to receive itemised receipts. At the moment, when transactions using the form are processed, parents will only see the charge in their credit card.
  • The transaction will be charged to the customer account immediately.
  • If paying with Flexischools, our staff can double check the students with their photo and parents are able to see their transaction history for future purposes.


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.



Message from the Principal

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends,

Our fortnight began with our most successful Music Camp to date, with 129 students attending. Taking a large group of students away with such diverse needs and talents always creates a dynamic and fertile foundation for growth and excellence. Mr Andrew Mear expressed how proud he was to hear such an amazing transformation throughout the three days of rehearsals and practice. I know many of our girls found this weekend inspiring and rewarding. Our student leaders contributed generously and supported our younger musicians on many levels – musically and personally. A huge thank you to Andrew Mear and his music team of teachers and tutors, who gave generously of their time and talents to ensure such a successful Music Camp for 2020.

This creative camp was quickly followed by our annual Year 7 Camp. Year 7 Camp is a Term 1 milestone, where girls make new friends, challenge themselves beyond their comfort zones and learn to work in the team context. Each girl is required to extend their emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills when making rafts, climbing crate ladders and overcoming the flying fox. This year’s attendance has been the best on recent records. Our Year 7s and our generous staff returned happy and weary on Friday afternoon. An unreserved thank you to the teachers, Jeanette MacGregor, and her team who stepped away from their own families to support our Year 7s on their first outdoor adventure camp at Stuartholme.

Our Lenten season began with our Ash Wednesday liturgy. Each year I take pride in deconstructing and offering my reflections on the meaning of Lent, however, this year the student voice is far more powerful in conveying this message. Our inspiring and insightful Liturgy Captain, Neave Duff calls us to consider Lent as a time “to better yourself, a time for personal reflection, a period in which to instil a change of heart… Lent is a time to look inwards and reflect on which positive qualities you want to foster most. …. Lent shouldn’t be a time that you dread because it is not supposed to be a time of punishment, it is a time for friendship, love and self-improvement.” Neave’s full reflection can be read in the Mission section of our Newsletter. It is invigorating to know our Stuartholme approach to be intelligent and to interpret the scriptures and consequently offer new insights is embraced. Thank you Neave for inviting us to work as one, to be self-reflective and to be willing to find better ways to love another.

Our Interhouse Swimming Carnival was magnificently held at our Stuartholme pool, with our great spirit of rivalry and wonderful sense of fun. It was a bright sunny day, enjoyed by all. Thank you to our Co-curricular staff for all their organisation. Thank you for our staff who ensured all were safe and well during the energetic day. And a huge thank you to our girls who displayed their House spirit and their love of our community in their hard work in the pool and their vigorous chants of support poolside.

Year 11 Drama Performance on Wednesday evening 4 March was outstanding. As part of their first formative internal performance assessment, the Year 11 students devised performances inspired by Wesley Enoch and Debra Mailman’s The 7 Stages of Grieving and Shawn Tan and John Marsden’s The Rabbits. These performances focused on grief, healing and reconciliation.


Sunday 8 March is International Women’s Day, but Stuartholme marked this important day today. This year’s theme for IWD is  I am Generation Equality: Realising Women’s Rights. Our students could dress as an inspirational woman, with the best dressed receiving an invitation to a special morning tea. Judging by the outstanding dress choices, it is clear the girls embraced this theme. At lunch time our JPIC committee took over ‘Dance off Friday’ with a specially selected playlist of strong, inspirational women.

Saturday 14 March is our annual Open Day and our chance to show off our beautiful school to the public. From 10am-1pm we will be welcoming hundreds of people to tour our School and speak with staff and students. For parents dropping off their daughters to assist at Open Day, please use the normal student drop-off zones. For parents assisting the school on the day, please feel free to use the staff car parks located near the tennis courts and pool. Please avoid the oval car park and visitor parking at the front of the school as this will be reserved for visiting families.

A huge thank you to all the parents, students and staff who have volunteered to help on the day.

Take care and God Bless,

Kristen Sharpe





Key Dates

Sat 14 MarchOpen Day 10am - 1pm
Mon 16 MarchYear 10 Careers testing
Tues 17 MarchNew Rowing parent information evening, Theatre, 6.30pm
Thurs 19 MarchYear 7 immunisations
Fri 20 MarchReconciliation Liturgy
Music at Twilight
Sat 21 MarchWater polo and swimming presentation evening
Mon 30 MarchCASE Junior (Year 7-9) Space School Information night 6-7pm
CASE Senior (Year 10 – 12) Space School Information night 7.30-8.30pm
Tues 31 MarchInterhouse Cross Country
Wed 1 AprilYear 10 Retreat
Thurs 2 AprilYears 10-12 Parent Daughter Breakfast
Fri 3 AprilEaster Liturgy
Boarder travel day
All classes finish 12pm
Year 12 Formal
Sat 4-Sun 5 AprilYears 8-9 Rowing Skills Day
Fri 10 AprilGood Friday
Sun 12 AprilEaster Sunday
Mon 13 AprilEaster Monday
Mon 20 AprilBoarders return
Parent Teacher interviews 10am-8pm
Boarder Parent Network Meeting 11.30-1pm
Parents of Stuartholme Meeting 6pm
Tues 21 AprilAll classes start
School fees due
Fri 24 AprilANZAC Day Liturgy
Sat 25 AprilANZAC Day

Message from the Deputy Principal

What makes an individual high performance?

“Unless you have done something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.” Ronald E. Osborn

In the last edition of the Newsletter, I took some time to reflect on what makes a school high performance, and this week I felt it is important to consider what are the factors that impact on the high performance of an individual.

At Stuartholme, we intentionally develop opportunities and experiences for our young women to thrive. Luke McKenna (2015) suggests there are three critical inhibitors to being able to thrive:

  • A belief that our talents and intelligence are fixed traits
  • A lack of resilience and persistence
  • Poor mental health

Carol Dweck (2006) highlights the need for the learner to shift from a fixed mindset where intelligence is seen as static, to a growth mindset where intelligence is developed. Neuroscience reinforces, the brain is a malleable muscle that forms new connections and attitudes to learning impact this. While the default language might be “I can’t” when you first commence a new learning experience, it is crucial to shift this internal dialogue to, “I can’t…yet”.

This approach requires resilience, persistence and a hard-working, tenacious attitude where failure is a positive learning challenge. Through getting things wrong, those who adopt a growth mindset question the reasons behind the failure to improve and move forward. In this case, learning is not always safe. It can be uncomfortable and unfamiliar, but also quite exciting and ground-breaking. McWilliam argues when we experience “the pleasure of the rigor of learning [we will] always choose to learn” (McWilliam, n.d.).

For a learner to truly embrace this attitude, wellbeing is crucial. As a proud Year 12 Wise Wellness teacher this year, I have witnessed firsthand the commitment Stuartholme School places on this integral dimension of learning. Wise Wellness is a crucial aspect of the curriculum offered at the school and is a key point of difference for Stuartholme.

This week in Year 12 Wise Wellness, students were mentored by Darren Pereira from Success Integrated. During this session, he identified vital learnings to assist our girls in setting themselves up to be high performance and successful as they move to the pointy end of their formal schooling education. Some key indicators of high performance include:


  • Analysing the quality of your self-talk
  • Setting goals that are out of reach, but not out of sight – pushing yourself to an appropriate level of discomfort
  • Observing the qualities of those you consider are high performance and how you might adopt some of their approaches in your practice
  • Working smarter, not harder
  • Never giving up

Through the Stuartholme mission to provide exceptional teaching and learning outcomes combined with relationship and wellbeing as central, we continue to work with each student as an individual. Through embracing qualities of high performance, she is enabled to achieve success, reach her potential and ultimately thrive.






International Women’s Day Fun Run

I am looking forward to joining the Stuartholme team (along with Ms Lonsdale-Walker) this weekend to celebrate International Women’s Day and the Mater Chicks in Pink. This event is a great way to celebrate community, the achievement of women, along with supporting a great cause. I look forward to catching up with many of you at the race.

Best wishes,

Daniel Crump
Deputy Principal



Dweck, C. (2006). Mindset: the new psychology of success. New York: Random House.
McKenna, L. (2015). Thrive: unlocking the truth about student performance. Publicious P/L.
McWilliam, E. (n.d.). Personally Significant Learning. Retrieved from






Message from the Dean of Mission

Ash Wednesday and Lent

Last Wednesday was Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent, the 40-day journey to Easter. As a time of repentance, which means a change of heart for the better, these 40 days have traditionally been a time of prayer, fasting and almsgiving – a time to do without, so that others can have more, and a time to pray with increased fervour to deepen our relationship with God. Our faith teaches us that these are the ingredients that enable a change of heart, where we place the needs of others before our own in solidarity, for justice and dignity, so that our change of heart becomes a way of life beyond the 40 days of Lent.

A change of heart about Lent

In our celebration as a school community, our Liturgy Captain, Neave Duff wrote a magnificent reflection that encapsulates the real and deeper significance of this special time of year for Christians in a way that connects with our current times. Neave wrote:

When you think of the Lenten period, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Do you think of it as a period of struggle and restrictiveness, a time that you do not look forward to or do you think of it as a time to better yourself, a time for personal reflection, a period in which to instil a change of heart? For Lent this year, I am giving up Instagram and while this will mean that I will have more time to focus on my studies and hopefully get a bit more sleep, the main reason I have chosen to give up Insta is because I so deeply value the time I get to spend with my friends and the hours that I used to waste on my phone, I will now to get to spend with those I love. And this is what I mean by a change of heart. Yes, giving up chocolate or lollies might help you be a little healthier and giving up Netflix might help you get that A in math, but I want you to ask yourselves how does this make me a better person? There is a reason that Project Compassion is run throughout the Lenten period. Lent is a time to look inwards and reflect on which positive qualities you want to foster most. Maybe you want to be more compassionate or generous or forgiving. What is most important however, is to remember that whatever change of heart you choose to develop during Lent, does not die with the coming of Easter but continues to better the lives of those around you for years to come. Lent shouldn’t be a time that you dread because it is not supposed to be a time of punishment, it is a time for friendship, love and self-improvement. As you leave our liturgy today, hopefully thinking about your Lenten promises, I want you to have a change of heart about Lent. I want you to be excited to reflect on how you can better yourself over the next 40 days and how you can better the lives of those around you. I want you to remind yourselves that this is not a time for restriction but for growth, not a time for punishment but for spiritual nourishment.








Neave’s words challenge us to take a long, hard look at ourselves, with a call to action to respond positively, to grow, to improve, to be better! And so, as we continue our Lenten journey to Easter, I encourage you to take some time to reflect on how you might put these sentiments into action in your own life.

Project Compassion

It’s been well advertised that one of our Lenten commitments is the support of Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion Campaign. I encourage all students to support the various initiatives that are being organised by our Year 11 students. I also encourage families to familiarise yourselves with the Project Compassion resources that highlight different communities who will benefit from our charity. You can find these at

Peace and blessings for the weeks ahead,

Justin Golding
Dean of Mission




Message from the Dean of Boarding

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We are looking to a bring a little bit of home into the Boarding House this year by displaying photographs of where you live. We are asking for one landscape photograph from your home/property/town to display in the Boarding House. We would also like to get to know all the members of the girl’s families so we can get a sense of what is home for your daughter. Could you please email a photograph of your family (with names) to Karen Davies ( and indicate whether you would be happy for us to display this photograph on our noticeboard at Boarding Reception. Your daughters are Boarders at Stuartholme, but her whole family is part of our Boarding Community and we would love to celebrate that. We are looking to display a number of photographs for Open Day on 14th March, so if you could email your pictures by Monday 9th March it would be most appreciated.

At one of our recent formal dinners we announced our ‘Boarder of the Month’ and recognised our International Chinese girls, who were isolated from the community for 14 days, without one girl complaining about the justice of the isolation or questioning ‘why?’ I know that I wouldn’t have liked to be isolated for 14 days straight with no opportunity to leave Level 5 for any reason. It is certainly challenging for these girls who now cannot return home for these upcoming holidays and maybe will have this extended for other holiday periods this year.

This term we continued our training of all girls in how to respond in an Evacuation emergency. Dynamiq, a global emergency management company, is working with the whole school to assist us in how we prepare and train staff and students in how to respond effectively in the event of an emergency. This year we have chosen to train all Year 12 to be Fire Wardens, and so that no matter who is present in the House at any time we will have enough people to assist the younger girls and themselves to evacuate the House safely. We have had our first drill, in a planned time and day, our next one this Term will be unannounced. These are very important to ensure that we have the right processes in place and that the girls develop a level of comfort in knowing what to do and how to do so should a real emergency unfold one day.

Our Community Eucharist is conducted each Sunday at 5pm. This year we are looking to invite our wider community to also come and join us here in Boarding for this celebration. You are always welcome to join us in celebrating Mass and to stay with us for dinner.  Can I please ask that you assist us in having all girls returned to Boarding by 4pm after the weekend leave so that your daughter can be organised for Mass and fully participate. Please note we will decline leave requests if they are for students to be out during Mass time; Mass is a compulsory part of being a Boarder at Stuartholme.

 Important Things to Note this Week:

  • All weekend leave must be in by 11 am on Thursdays. If we receive leave requests on Friday that have hosts designated we are not familiar with or that asks for groups of older girls to go out together to non-parent hosts, we are not going to approve this.
  • If we are concerned that boarders have been invited to parties where there might be alcohol or inadequate parent supervision, we will contact you immediately to talk through our concerns. We will also contact you if we have not heard of the host your daughter has asked to go to. It is our prerogative to refuse any leave requests if we are concerned about risk.
  • This is because our duty of care continues unless your daughter is in your care on the weekend.
  • End of Term is Friday 3 April and we would ask that all girls have exited the House by 12 pm as mirrored in the close of the day school at this time.
  • End of term leave must be in via REACH on Friday 13 March by 5 pm.
  • Once again, all leave must be submitted via REACH: contact Ms Ellen McLean on if you cannot access REACH.

As we move forward into the pointy end of the term when assessments are due and girls can start to get a little stressed and ready to come home, let us remember that love, wellbeing and connection can help us respond to chaos with calm. Thanks to all parents and guardians for so often being the calm and supportive voices on the other end of the phone!

Term 2 commences on Monday 20 April, and we would ask that girls are returned to the House from 12pm with all back by 5pm. We understand that in some cases this is not convenient and of course, we will work with you to to accommodate special requests. It is also a day of Parent/Teacher/Student interviews, which appointments will be able to be made in the coming weeks.

It is great working in partnership with you. Know that you can contact me via email at anytime or phone (if urgent).  Ms Melissa, Miss Ellen and Ms Catherine are your first point of contact for day to day issues regarding your daughter (

Wishing you a wonderful fortnight ahead.

Karen Davies
Dean of Boarding










Message from the Dean of Student Wellbeing

Actively building the leadership capacity of our students

“Educate means to liberate, rebuild, empower, speak, open them to life”. – – Sr Maureen Glavin rscJ, 2019 Sacred Heart Schools’ Conference.

Building the leadership capacity of students is one of the key indicators identified in the research of schools that are successfully working toward optimising success for their students.

Leadership growth is also central to a holistic Sacred Heart Education deeply concerned for each student’s total development.

Stuartholme makes a strong commitment to student leadership development across the school. This commitment is reflected in initiatives both within the school environment and also opportunities afforded to students beyond the school gate.

At Stuartholme, all students are considered to be leaders.  All students are expected to strive:

  • to be a personal example of the goals of Sacred Heart Education
  • to show initiative
  • to be well organised
  • to show responsibility
  • to have strength of character in her ability to live within the school rules and display strong self-respect
  • to be a person who has good support from her own year group
  • to be an inspiration to others by example.

The qualities of leadership each student should exhibit come from a clear personal knowledge of the five Goals of Sacred Heart Education. In this way, leadership is about community, noticing the needs of others, clear and respectful communication and a deep regard for the differing needs of individuals.

The 2020 Seniors recently exemplified outstanding leadership at our Interhouse School Swimming Carnival held on Monday as they animated the school with their participation and spirit.

I thought it was timely to share some of the other wonderful work of our current students in representing Stuartholme and also making a real difference both at school and in a range of community events.

Strong Leadership from our 2020 Cor Unum Committee

I am enjoying working closely with the 2020 Cor Unum Captain – Imogen Fraser, and Committee – Lucy Baker, Hayley Bowden and Meghan Todd. They have certainly displayed strong leadership from the outset.

The Cor Unum are very excited about leading the school leaders in our centenary year. Their recent theme launch on assembly “Make Sophie Proud’ was warmly received as the girls inspired all gathered to share 100 years of academic excellence, sportsmanship and compassion with our community and desire to be the very best version of ourselves.

Our newest members of the school community – being an inspiration by example

Last week Ms Sharpe and I visited the Year 7 Camp facilitated by Adventure Alternatives at Woodford, supported by our own Stuartholme staff.

Camps are an integral part of our Wise Wellness Program based on firm evidence which clearly links wellbeing with academic success. Consistent with the data, this program operating in Years 7-12 covers: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision-making. The learning experiences offered on camp also target the general capabilities.

The Year 7 students are to be commended for the way that they leaned into a range of challenging outdoor activities, built new connections with each other and bravely seized the opportunity to build on and reinforce their learning.







Representing Stuartholme in the Lions Youth of the Year Competition

On Saturday afternoon Imogen Fraser and Hannah Pye represented Stuartholme in the Brisbane Bardon and Hestia Lions Clubs 2020 Youth of the Year Club Competition.

This event is progressive in nature and seeks to identify a youth capable of leading and influencing other young people and society successfully; and who will be the best ambassador for all round Australian youth.

Our students were interviewed by a panel of three judges from the community on a range of issues. They then delivered both a 5-minute prepared speech and two impromptu speeches to the audience without preparation time.

I am pleased to advise that both Imogen and Hannah represented Stuartholme very proudly and these young women are to be commended for the way in which they performed with such grace and skill in a high-pressured situation. Imogen was announced as the local winner and we wish her well as she progresses to the Zone finals held in mid-March.

Lord Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council (LMYAC)

The Lord Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council has been running since 2008 and over the years has developed to become a forum where young people discuss issues that are important to them directly with the Lord Mayor and Council officers.  This year Lucy Hutchings has been selected to represent Stuartholme in this forum. Lucy will be working to make Brisbane a better place and is playing an important role in shaping the future of our city.

Student Environmental Network (SELN)

In 2020, Stuartholme is proud to have two School representatives in the Green Heart Schools Student Environmental Network (SELN) program –  Alessa Wiltshire and Amelia Pothecary. We are proud to support these girls in this unique learning and leadership program that directly engages and supports school communities to take action to be cleaner, greener and more sustainable.

To be the best she can be

Through supporting our girls to develop their leadership capacity we are optimising their success and the chance for them to be the best that they can be. As the year continues, I look forward to sharing the work of our girls.

Deb Lonsdale-Walker
Dean of Student Wellbeing








Message from the Careers Counsellor

Hi everyone,

Happy Week 6! I hope all students and families are enjoying the term so far.

As always, please find below a selection of opportunities and information that your daughter may be interested in.

Warm regards,

Mr Tom Lillyman
Careers Counsellor


ADF Gap Year applications are now open

The ADF offer a 12-month taste of life in the Navy, Army or Air Force for students interested in taking a Gap Year straight after school. 2021 ADF Gap Year program applications just opened and will fill up very quicklyClick here to find out more about the program and jobs available.

Queensland Youth Engagement Panel

Applications are now open to join the Queensland Youth Engagement Panel. The QYEP provides young Queenslanders with opportunities to inform decisions that affect their lives and have their say in shaping relevant government policies, programs and projects. If you are 16-25 years old, you might like to apply. Applications close 12 March.

National Youth Science Forum

The National Youth Science Forum is a 10-day residential program designed to give students a broader understanding of the diverse study and career options available in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and to encourage continued studies in these fields. Applications open on 1 March 2020. Find about more about the program, including costs and how to apply, by visiting the NYSF website.

Future Filmmakers at the Gold Coast Film Festival

Are you interested in a future in film? Future Filmmakers is a free event for Year 11 & 12 students that runs on 23 April at Bond University as part of the Gold Coast Film Festival. There are still a few places available at this event. Find out more here.

InspireU Programs

The University of Queensland’s InspireU programs are for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. The camps are themed around the professional disciplines of engineering, science, law, business and health sciences. Participants attend on-campus residential camps, take part in interactive workshops and lectures, workplace/industry visits and receive guidance from UQ and industry experts about study and career opportunities. Dates for 2020 should be out soon so keep an eye on the InspireU website for updates.

US College Applications – upcoming information session

EducationUSA Australia will be running a U.S. College Application Information Session on 11 March, 5.30-7pm at Brisbane Grammar School. Learn more about the U.S. application process and ask questions of an expert in the industry. For further information, and to register, please visit the Event Brite page.

Good to know

UCAT bookings are now open

UCAT bookings opened this Monday for testing in July. If you’re interested in dentistry or medicine, you might need to take the UCAT. Most students who take the UCAT find that 25-30 hours of prep is enough for them to feel well-prepared. Read more about UCAT here.

UQ: Rural Access Scheme adjustment factors

UQ offer up to 2 adjustment factors for students from rural areas via their Rural Access Scheme (RAS). For more information visit UQ’s Special Entry Schemes website. Most health programs are included in the Rural Access Scheme, including: Doctor of Medicine (Provisional Entry), Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours), Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) and Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours).



Co-curricular News

CaSSSA Swimming

We are so proud of our swimming team, who yesterday competed at the CaSSSA Swimming Carnival.

For the first time ever, we took out all three trophies.

  • Champion School
  • Percentage cup champions
  • All age relay champions

Open Champions

17 years champion

15 year champion

14 year champion

13 year champion

16 years runners up

12 years third place

A huge thank you to the coaches, parents and staff in supporting the girls and of course, we give a massive cheer to our girls on such an outstanding achievement!

Interhouse Swimming Carnival

Congratulations to all our swimmers who also took part in the annual Interhouse Swimming Carnival. Each House outdid themselves with their day-long cheering and encouragement.

In the end, the trophy went to Stuart House for swimming and the Spirit Stick for their cheering, costumes and general attitude.

Huge congratulations to Champion Swimmer – Taylah Tyerman-Webster (who also broke Year 12 50m Freestyle record).

The leaderboards finished with:
1. Stuart
2. Woodlock
3. Macrae
4. Parker
5. Coen
6. Toohey

We also announced the Spirit Stick winner today with Stuart taking out top honours in this category too.

1. Stuart
2. Coen
3. Parker
4. Toohey
5. Macrae
6. Woodlock

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Equestrian News

The equestrian year has started and is in full swing! 2020 is once again going to be a very busy year for the Stuartholme Equestrian Team and we are so excited to welcome lots of new families, riders and horses.

The year started with a fantastic night at the Equestrian Queensland Awards night. Stuartholme was a finalist for the School of the Year, however this year’s School of the Year was awarded to The Scots PGC College, Warwick. We congratulate Scots for all their contribution to interschool. We would also like to thank Ms Sharpe and Mr Golding for joining us and our parents to celebrate this event. Ms Sharpe and I were humbled to present the Junior Sports Award, sponsored by Stuartholme, to a very deserving girl who has achieved incredible results in the past year.

Next on the calendar was our fantastic event which was convened by the Stuartholme Equestrian Team at Fig Tree Pocket Equestrian Centre. With all the rain we had the week leading up to it we were a bit nervous that we would have to postpone but the grounds held up beautifully and we were so lucky with the blue sky and sun. We had 120 riders over the weekend competing from a variety of schools. We cannot thank the equestrian parents enough for all the hard work they put into the event from making draws, to organising sponsors and the canteen. All the girls rode exceptionally well despite having fresh horses from the holiday grass. We won the Champion Show jumping and Combined Training Teams!

We are now looking forward to our Super Clinic in May where we will have a variety of guest coaches joining us, including Olympic eventing coach Prue Barrett who is coming up from Sydney to give cross country lessons, and Jacqui Van Mon Frans to give dressage lessons. The team is so privilege to have access to these amazing experienced coaches and will take every opportunity to learn from them. It will be a big weekend full of learning, laughs and fun.

Grace Beatty
Equestrian Captain 2020

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Update medical and contact details

We are asking all parents to please check and update your daughter’s current medical records and contact details. You can do this in MyStuartholme (via the Update Details tile).

It is important for us to have up to date information so that we can continue to provide the best care to our students.

UQ Science Ambassadors

Dear Stuartholme community,

I have asked our UQ Science Ambassadors to write a short paragraph about why they wanted to be an ambassador. Here they are:

 Kathryn Capstick

Ever since I was little I have been interested in science and maths, so when the opportunity to become an UQ Science Ambassador came up I was very excited. I think that becoming a Science Ambassador will give me a great opportunity to spend time with like-minded people, as well as being able to spread my enjoyment of science with the school community. I also thought it would be a great way to learn more about science, as UQ have an amazing science faculty. I am looking forward this year to hopefully being able to inspire others in the school community to pursue science.

Annella Casey

When I was in Year 7, I remember seeing the Year 11 science ambassadors speak on assembly. This is how I first learnt about the UQ science ambassador program. I believe it is important that girls are inspired to pursue a career in science as women are underrepresented in this industry. In senior, I am studying both Chemistry and Biology and I’m particularly interested in animal science. Therefore, the connection with UQ is important to me as they have one of the best animal science programs and facilities in the country at their Gatton campus. By becoming a UQ science ambassador I aim to develop my communication and leadership skills and inspire others to become a science ambassador in the future.

Betsy Duff

About a year ago, I found my old report cards from prep to grade 2 with multiple comments reporting on how much I loved and was interested in science. Almost 12 years later this love hasn’t changed. I still adore the constant evolution and discovery of new ideas and still marvel at the intrinsic way in which the world fits together. By joining the UQ science ambassadors I hope to share this love and passion with the rest of the school and make science a topic that makes people excited and inspired, rather than bored and frustrated.

Emma Barry

I chose to become a science ambassador because I found the role intriguing. The science ambassadors of previous years made everything to do with science sound fun and useful. They would talk at assembly and mention events to go to and activities you could do over the weekend. I commonly went to those events and ended up joining science clubs- furthering my interest. I knew that part of the science ambassador’s role was to spark interest in the school community. I have a deep interest for many fields in science and I want to explore them with the school through events and games. I know that propagating interest and love for science is important, and I wanted to help.

Lily Alessandra

When given the chance to be a Science Ambassador this year, I was beyond excited! I have always loved science in general and am interested in all thing’s science related – in particular, biological sciences that relate to humans and health. This year I am studying both chemistry and biology and absolutely loving it. My goal in the future is to eventually study and practice health/medical sciences. Raising the profile of science at school will be an equally beneficial and rewarding experience that I am grateful to be a part of. I am looking forward to being able to make others in our community more aware of the world of science and the opportunities it can lead to, in a fun and interesting way.

Ebony Anderson

I have a passion for science, and the endless discovery that it generates. Entering Year 11, I have begun to think about what I might like to do for my further study and career. I know that with my love for science, If I were to pursue a career in science, I would definitely enjoy what I do. Being a science ambassador and having the opportunity to work with UQ, I think will be an amazing opportunity, as well as give me a taste for the excitements that science can offer.

Poppy Walklate

I wanted to be a science ambassador because it has many beneficial reasons for my education and my involvement in the school. This opportunity provides grade 11 with a sense of duty and leadership to support the school science program. It will also provide a deeper learning for me into my future science career. Honestly from grade 4 to mid-grade 10 I struggled with science but in term 4 of grade 10 I discovered the wonders of chemistry and I have never enjoyed a subject more nor wanted to participate in something so much. For me being a science ambassador was a really good way to gain further insight into the science world.

Revelle Rolfe

I always loved science, especially since starting high school and having the opportunity to learn more about lots of different areas on science. I am doing Chemistry and even though I am only 5 weeks into the subject I am already loving it! When I realised that there was an opportunity for Grade 11s to become science ambassadors and share their love of the subject with the rest of the school I knew I would want to be one, so I am very excited to share fun science facts through the newsletter, science week, and other fun activities!

Kind regards,

Wendy Macdonald (Leader of Learning – Science)

Science Snippets – Caution: objects in image aren’t as cute as they appear…

Meet the Slow Loris, doesn’t it look adorable? Believe it or not, this creature is one of the world’s only venomous primates.

When humans are bitten, the victim displays symptoms as if they have entered an allergic shock.

After studying the DNA of proteins in the Slow Loris venom, it was found that it is almost identical to the allergenic protein on cats. If you’re allergic to cats, this protein, that they secrete and coat themselves with, is what you are allergic to.

The Slow Loris’ use this protein defensively, meaning it would make sense if cats did too. It has been hypothesized by UQ scientists that this voluntary allergenic weapon might not be restricted to Slow Loris’ but may have separately evolved in cats at the same time.

Little does your cat know, but it may have evolved a toxic defence to repel potential predators.

As only a very small number of mammals are venomous, scientists know very little about this type of evolutionary weaponry. This adds a new piece of information to this section of science. This line of research leads to many more questions. For example, are allergies to ants and bees also something that has been selected for in evolution – where the victim’s immune system is high-jacked?

This is what makes science so incredible! Every answer gives way to several more interesting questions.


Mathematics Problem Solving Competition

Calling all Mathematicians! This competition is open to students from grades 7-12 and involves a two-hour math paper in which points will be awarded for ingenuity and the depth of thought. This competition will be held on Saturday the 14th of March (Pi day J).

Experience Genetics (Year 12 Biology)

Year 12 Biology students are encouraged to attend this skills and knowledge development day held at the UQ St Lucia campus on either the 6th or 7th of July. It is an immersive laboratory experience that relates directly to Unit 4 Topic 1 of the ATAR system. You are also encouraged to attend if you have an interest in genetics, evolution, biotechnology or biomedicine. Below is the link for more information.

Australian Brain Bee Challenge

The Australian Brain Bee Challenge (ABBC) is a competition for students in year 10 to learn about the brain and its functions, neuroscience research, careers in neuroscience and to dispel misconceptions about neurological and mental illnesses.  The competition, held during the month of March, involves a test of knowledge on a range of important facts about the brain involving intelligence, sleep, emotions, sensations, stress and diseases. Below is the link for more information – Round 1 is an online test.

 Future Experiences in Agriculture, Science and Technology (FEAST)

FEAST is a four-day residential program to inspire high school students about rewarding science careers in the agriculture, animal, plant and food industries. It is open to students in years 11 and 12 and is held each July at UQ Gatton.

FEAST will allow you to:

  • Test-drive university and meet other students with similar interests
  • Explore science disciplines through hands-on activities and workshops
  • Meet UQ students and staff and attend industry-run sessions
  • Experience living in the UQ Halls of Residence and take part in social and sporting activities
  • Expand your knowledge of UQ Science study options and programs
  • Learn about current challenges faced by scientists, including climate change, biosecurity, feeding the world and protecting endangered wildlife.

Numbers are limited, and due to high demand, you can only attend FEAST once. Applications for FEAST 2020 close Monday 30 March 2020. Head to:

Lily Alessandra, UQ Science Ambassador

Year 11s promoting Project Compassion

Annually during Lent, we launch and take part in Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion Campaign. This year, our Year 11 cohort is responsible for promoting Project Compassion within our school community, fulfilling the 2020 theme ‘Go Further Together’. Our aim is to increase awareness and raise funds in solidarity, to promote justice and uphold dignity.

We commenced our fundraising for Project Compassion with a wonderful pancake stall last Tuesday morning for Shrove Tuesday. On behalf of Year 11 Coen and Stuart, a big thank you to everyone who supported this initiative; whether you cooked or purchased a delicious pancake,  your generosity allowed us to successfully leap into Project Compassion for 2020.


To embrace a change of heart this Lent, we asked each girl to answer the question “What will your change of heart be?”. The responses were written down on coloured cards which will be arranged beautifully on a wall in the school, to continuously remind us of our change of heart this Lent.

For the remainder of Term 1, we will be collecting donations from TMGs each Wednesday. Every donation you make will assist the work of Caritas and will enrich the lives of our global brothers and sisters. Each week invite you to hear the stories of men and women around the globe who have been supported by the works of Caritas. This week we heard Shirley’s story from the Philippines. Please see the following link to view Shirley’s story:

The upcoming awareness raising and fund-raising initiatives for Project Compassion are linked to selected Caritas stories. In weeks 7 and 8, 11 Macrae and Toohey will be organising a fantastic Bollywood style Dance Off Friday and a Chai Tea Stall. These initiatives will promote awareness of Sakun, a Gond indigenous women living in a village in central-east India. Likewise, in weeks 9 & 10, Year 11 Parker and Woodlock will be organising events linked to the Caritas story of Dominic from Papua New Guinea. We will be sure to keep you updated with details.

Today we celebrate International Women’s Day at Stuartholme. In support of this movement, Year 11s created green and purple ribbons which are the theme colours for IWD. These little ribbons were sold throughout the school, promoting this cause and additionally supporting Project Compassion.

Thank you for your involvement so far, we hope to see you participating in our upcoming initiatives in support of Project Compassion 2020. Let’s go further, together.

Annalise Barnes, Year 11

Space School

Stuartholme School is pleased to announce that we are offering students the opportunity to join the CASE Space School International Study Program in 2020 through our partnership with the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia.

CASE Space School is an amazing opportunity for students seeking to pursue success in a STEAM career. Students will be immersed in enriched and exclusive space science activities to explore the multi-facets of STEAM. Students will also learn and engage in an inspiring personal and leadership development program to truly empower them for changing times.

Junior Space School is training for young explorers and is an engaging, hands-on adventure. Students learn about space travel, the development of space-related technologies and are led through several simulated missions. This program is focused on providing relevance to, and inspiring passion for STEAM through exposure to space and broader ‘earth’ science exploration. Every step of the way they are guided to build skills in goal setting, project planning, critical-thinking and problem-solving.

Senior Space School is management training for young leaders. With greater program depth, students have incredible access to NASA. They visit areas not accessible by the public; and engage directly with NASA experts to design and plan their own space mission within a given budget. An immersive program that hones their individual leadership, project management, resource allocation crisis management and teamwork skills. Students learn from NASA experts and other leading organisations to foster new levels of collaboration and teamwork.

Students are meticulously cared for by dedicated Group Managers who are trained and certified by the California Association for STEAM Education. All Group Managers are Working with Children and Australian Federal Police checked, and hold current CPR, asthma and anaphylaxis certification.

Students return with big dreams and lasting confidence, inspired by the ultimate STEAM experience at NASA.

An information evening will be held at the school on Monday 30 March where students and parents can learn more about the program. We recommend anyone interested to RSVP, if you cannot attend on the night, information can be provided. Click here to RSVP.


Junior Engineers workshops

Stuartholme School is once again hosting the Junior Engineers Easter School Holidays Programs in coding and robotics.

Junior Engineers lets students pursue their passion for technology by offering fun, hands-on and interactive programs in coding and robotics.

From coding fundamentals, app development, website design to robotics, mechatronics and artificial intelligence, the holiday workshops have been designed to educate, entertain and inspire.

Workshop 1: Code and create with Micro:bits is aimed at students in grades 2-8.
Workshop 2: Build and code your own smart watch is aimed at students in grades 4-9.

To find out more and register, please go to

Years 10-12 Parent Daughter Breakfast

The Years 10-12 Parent Daughter Breakfast will be held on Thursday 2 April from 7am until approximately 8.30am.

This morning provides a special opportunity for the parents of daughters in Years 10-12 to get together and mingle with their daughters and friends. Please join us for a stand-up breakfast outside the Joigny Cafe before a hearing from our guest speaker, Senator Susan McDonald (Class of 1987) in the Theatre.

Susan will talk to parents and students about her career path and her time at Stuartholme.

This is a complimentary event, however, for catering purposes can you please RSVP via the website. Parking will be available on the oval.

471 bus route – feedback needed

We are encouraging parents to contact Translink to help change the start time of Brisbane City Council’s 471 bus in the mornings.

This bus services the areas Milton, Paddington, Rosalie, Auchenflower and Bardon. There are many Stuartholme girls who live in these areas and would utilise this service.

However, the first bus of the day leaves the city at 7.45 am and does not get to Stuartholme until approx. 8.15 am (taking into account traffic issues).  This does not leave enough time for the girls to walk up the stairs, through the school, to their lockers and get to their classrooms on time.

The general feedback is that very few girls use the morning service for this reason as it gets them to school too late.

One of our parents has called TransLink and lodged  feedback requesting that the 1st bus start time runs 10 or 15 minutes earlier so that the bus arrives at Stuartholme school at 8.00 am.

If this bus service would suit your daughter, we are encouraging you to contact TransLink and request the same.

TransLink advised that they would need some more feedback before making any changes.

Below is a link which shows the route. Essentially it goes through Milton, along Haig Rd Auchenflower and then Birdwood Tce Bardon – stopping right at the bottom of the school.

If anyone would like to give this feedback  please call TransLink on 13 12 30 and quote case number 0008167.


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 a Centenary fine chain necklace and solid silver bracelet which will be available for sale in the School Shop from next week. We also still have some of the beautiful Stuartholme tea towels available for purchase in the Shop.


Notice to parents who use Ongoing Purchase Authority forms in the School Shop

From Term 2, Stuartholme will not be using the Ongoing Purchase Authority forms currently being used by some parents in the School Shop.

Since the introduction of Flexischools, students can use their school ID card, or a debit/credit card to make purchases at the School Shop.

The benefit for parents include:

  • Parents will be able to receive itemised receipts. At the moment, when transactions using the form are processed, parents will only see the charge in their credit card.
  • The transaction will be charged to the customer account immediately.
  • If paying with Flexischools, our staff can double check the students with their photo and parents are able to see their transaction history for future purposes.


Senior French Dinner

Year 11 and 12 French students recently attended the Senior French Dinner, which was hosted at Marist College Ashgrove. The students enjoyed food in a French style and competed in tables in a French culture general knowledge quiz. The girls also had the opportunity to meet students learning French in other schools in Brisbane. Quelle belle soirée!


Mothers’ Day Lunch

Parents of Stuartholme warmly invite you and your guests the annual Mothers’ Day Lunch.

Venue: Hotel Grand Chancellor, 23 Leichhardt Street, Spring Hill Friday 8th May 2020 at 11.00am

Tickets: $120 – ticket sales close Friday 1st May 2020

Ticket includes champagne on arrival, three course lunch including dessert buffet, tea & coffee.

Cash bar

There will also be raffle prizes and silent auctions.

Click here for registration: Enquiries: Fiona Woodard 0412 500 231 or

Celebrating our Community as a Christian value in 2020


Message from the Principal

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends,

Our Opening Mass was centred around our Focus Goal for 2020, our Centenary year, Community Building as a Christian Value. This goal has clear criteria that encourages us to embrace wholeheartedly our Christian core value of deepening our relationships with each other, along with celebrating the diversity of our community. To help us bring this goal alive, we have developed the theme: Growing as One Body, Beating with One Heart. The words Growing as One Body refers to Paul’s Letters where he uses the metaphor of many parts in one body of Christ. Beating as One Heart is directly connected to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and our own understanding of the spirit of Cor Unum. In our Mass, our Year 12 students received their Cor Unum badges blessed by Fr Wrex Woolnough. In receiving their Cor Unum badge, we pray that our school leaders, through their words and actions will model their united community spirit. We are very grateful to Fr Wrex Woolnough, Mr Justin Golding, Andrew Mear and his musicians and choir, and our student leaders and readers for their contribution to our Opening Mass.

Coming together in another form of expression of Cor Unum was our Co-curricular Market, where a diverse range of activities were promoted. Our girls’ high spirits and great energy is concretely expressed in the following stats (at the time of writing this article).

Our Co-curricular Sports Department have reported 807 participants in Term 1 sports:

  • 76 participants                Core
  • 15 participants                 Cricket
  • 43 participants                Cross Country
  • 11 participants                 Equestrian
  • 140 participants              Netball
  • 144 participants              Swimming
  • 90 participants                Water Polo
  • 120 participants              Volleyball (Open/Senior/Intermediate)
  • 79 participants                Tennis
  • 41 participants                Touch Football (Junior years 7 & 8)
  • 48 participants               Rugby 7s

Our Co-curricular Music Department, which is still having girls signing up reports:

  • 205 students in our 21 ensembles
  • 55 students in our Concert Band – a record number for Stuartholme School
  • 129 students undertaking individual instrument/voice lessons
  • 129 girls participating in our Music Camp this weekend.

We separated our Academic Assembly from our Opening Mass this year, so each celebration was honoured fully.  Today’s Academic Assembly acknowledges the outstanding achievements of the Graduating Class of 2019 and top students in rotational subjects in Years 7, 8 and 9 at the end of Semester 2 2019. This celebration of our students’ achievement honours their hard work and persistence. “What separates the talented individual from the successful one – is a lot of hard work”.


Take care and God Bless,

Kristen Sharpe

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Key Dates

Fri 21-Sun 23 FebruaryMusic Camp
Tues 25 FebruaryShrove Tuesday
French senior dinner at Marist (Yrs 11-12)
Wed 26-Fri 28 FebruaryYear 7 Camp
Wed 26 FebruaryAsh Wednesday Mass
Mon 2 MarachInterhouse Swimming Carnival
Sat 14 MarchOpen Day 10am - 1pm
Mon 16 MarchYear 10 Careers testing
Tues 17 MarchNew Rowing parent information evening, Theatre, 6.30pm
Thurs 19 MarchYear 7 immunisations
Fri 20 MarchReconciliation Liturgy
Music at Twilight
Sat 21 MarchWater polo and swimming presentation evening
Tues 31 MarchInterhouse Cross Country
Wed 1 AprilYear 10 Retreat
Thurs 2 AprilYears 10-12 Parent Daughter Breakfast
Fri 3 AprilEaster Liturgy
Boarder travel day
All classes finish 12pm
Year 12 Formal

Message from the Board Chair

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends,

Hello and welcome to our first Board update. In the spirit of Building Community as a Christian Value the Board wants to engage more with the Stuartholme community in 2020.

After each Board meeting Board members will introduce ourselves to the community and report highlights from the latest Board meeting.

I am Helen Spain and I have been the Chair of the Board for the last year. In my professional life I operate a small legal practice and also conduct community engagement in regional Qld and NSW. As a mother of four, I am passionate about the power of the educational journey to prepare young people for a satisfying professional and personal life.

I joined the Stuartholme Board five years ago because I was thankful to Stuartholme for the positive education my two daughters received . I also wanted to continue my relationship with the mission of the Religious of the Sacred Heart having enjoyed three years at Sancta Sophia College at University of Sydney with Sr. Mary Shanahan as my inspiring leader. Additionally I love working on Boards in different sectors to help organisations meet and exceed their strategic goals.

On Wednesday night the Board met for its first Board meeting this year. We received mandatory Child Protection training from John Hamilton from McInnes Wilson and as always are acutely aware of our governance obligations in this area. We are always satisfied by the comprehensive Child Protection framework that Kristen as Principal manages. The Board resolved to form a new Committee of the Board to further community development. We will report to you more about the Commitment once it is operational and we resolved to host a Board evening with parents and the wider community for drinks, networking and some discussion. As usual we received Principals update on the busy start to the year and considered financial reports. We are always in awe of the depth and variety of activities in the busy life of Stuartholme.

Thank you for joining me in this first Board update. The Board wishes you all well for a productive and exciting first term in this the Centenary of Stuartholme.

Kind regards,

Helen Spain
Chair, Stuartholme School Board