Message from the Acting Principal

Remembrance Day

On Monday 11th November, I attended the Toowong RSL Sub-Branch’s Centenary of Armistice Remembrance Day Service, together with our 2020 Cor Unum Committee, Imogen Fraser, Lucy Baker, Hayley Bowden and Meghan Todd. It was a pleasure to attend with these girls, who represented Stuartholme beautifully and lay a wreath at the cenotaph on behalf of the School.

At School, we also included a prayer to reflect on Remembrance Day and held a minute’s silence at 11 a.m., to reflect the time the guns on the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare. 101 years after the cessation of World War 1, Remembrance Day remains a time to reflect on a conflict that saw more than 60,000 Australians killed, including 45,000 who died on the Western Front in France and Belgium and more than 8,000 who died on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey. As Australians, on Remembrance Day we pay tribute to all Australians who have fought or suffered, not just in World War 1, but in all conflicts since. We also use it as an opportunity to pray and hope for peace.

Class of 2019

This week we farewelled our Class of 2019. The girls finished their exams and assessment last week, so this week was an opportunity for them to engage in a range of presentations and activities, but it was also a chance for them to relax and have fun with their friends before they embark on their separate pathways and journeys.

The final week of school is always an interesting mix of emotions for our Year 12s. I am quite sure the overwhelming emotions include relief that assessment is completed, sheer joy at celebrating the final day, and excitement that secondary schooling is finally over! For many, there is also a twinge of nervous tension, perhaps even trepidation or some sadness, that comes when thinking about a future that doesn’t include being at Stuartholme every day.

As is tradition, we hosted a number of events, including the Valedictory, which allows us to thank the Year 12s for their gifts to our community and to wish them every joy and blessing in their future lives. However, whilst we have every confidence that they all have the success within them to do great things, we also know that life does have its inevitable highs and lows.

This is why it is so reassuring to know that they leave us equipped with a Stuartholme education which goes far beyond just academic knowledge. When our girls face hard times, not only will they have the strong foundations their family, friends and loved ones have provided, they will also have Stuartholme as a clear small voice in their hearts. Stuartholme, and the 5 goals of Sacred Heart education, have a profound impact on all our girls and provide comfort, direction and reassurance throughout life.

Goal 1 – Through experiences such as participation in the Eucharist, prayers, retreats and assemblies, our girls have been supported and encouraged to live and grow in their personal faith. We hope the personal relationship with God that they have developed will continue to have a deep impact on the rest of their lives and that they will, even in little ways, incorporate their faith beliefs into their daily lives, not just in the difficult times but also in the joys and celebrations.

Goal 2 – Stuartholme is a community where girls are nurtured, challenged and supported to participate, collaborate, think critically and achieve. Over their time at Stuartholme, our Year 12s have developed self-efficacy, grown in leadership and been empowered with the skills and confidence to compete, lead and take risks. They leave us as lifelong learners, capable of being creative and adaptable, of engaging in interconnected, complex and diverse societies, and of creating their own opportunities.

Goal 3 – Our Year 12s have exemplified the closeness that reflects understanding of connecting with others, fostering right relationships and giving generously of themselves and their gifts. They are not just socially aware, they are willing to stand up, act and make a genuine difference. They approach their adult lives willing to make a difference, not just locally, but nationally and globally.

Goal 4 – In everything they’ve done this year, our seniors have prioritised the building of community. By freely sharing the warmth of a simple smile, supporting their sisters with an act of kindness, accepting and respecting each other’s differences, they have worked together to build spirit and make this community stronger.

Goal 5 – As a school community, we take great pride having watched our Year 12s grow into the confident and talented young women who are now graduating. It is clear they understand what is truly important as well as the responsibility that comes with an atmosphere of wise freedom. The many lessons learned along the way have made them the women they are today and these memories and learnings will shape the women they continue to grow into.

We hope our Year 12s leave with fond memories of their time at Stuartholme School. On behalf of the Stuartholme community, I thank them all for their contributions and the many moments of joy, enlightenment and success they have provided. Every single one of our Year 12s will be remembered fondly and we wish them every blessing as they explore all their future possibilities and options.

Year 11

Our Year 11 students are about to commence their first pieces of assessment for Unit 3 of the Queensland Certificate of Education. For those students who are ATAR eligible, this is the first assessment that will count towards the calculation of their Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank. Our Year 11s are part of the first cohort in Queensland to study the new QCE and we have been proud of the way they have embraced the new approaches, challenges and learnings. We wish them every success with their final pieces of assessment for the year and a well-earned break over the holidays.

Years 7-10

Students in Years 7 to 10 will now be in the thick of assessment, including preparing for examinations. Being well prepared for examinations is the best way to increase confidence and reduce anxiety. Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons, many students try to learn the facts, concepts, skills or procedures needed for an examination the night before.  Many argue that cramming keeps the information fresh.  Whilst this may appear to be the case in the short term, over the longer term it will not facilitate the desired levels of success because a single study session, no longer how long it goes for, does not support long term learning.

It is important that girls in Years 7 to 10 develop the habits they will need when they enter later years where the types of assessment, and the depth and complexity of skills required, are more demanding. As they progress through high school, cramming for tests will not allow students to develop the understandings or practise the variety of skills required for success.

If they haven’t yet done so, I encourage all students to establish a study plan that spaces out their study and practice, to reduce distractions when studying and make use of any revision sheets, past papers or practice questions to practise the skills of the assessment. Girls should also talk to their teachers if they are feeling worried about upcoming assessment.

We wish all our students well as they finish the final two weeks of the school year.

God bless,

Deanne Johnston
Acting Principal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Key Dates

DateEvent
Fri 15 NovemberGoals Assembly
Year 12 final day
Fri 22 NovemberYear 11 Performance Night 6pm
Thurs 28 NovemberCarols Evening 7pm
Fri 29 NovemberChristmas Liturgy and Final Assembly
Classes finish 12noon
Boarders travel day
Year 12 final fee statement issued
Wed 4 DecemberFinal day to return library books and textbook hire
Fri 13 December2020 School Fees (with discount) due
Fri 20 DecemberSchool closes

Message from the Acting Dean of Mission

Courageous, resilient, persistent and discerning – these are fine qualities which many of us would aspire to! These are words which have been used to describe Saint Philippine Duchesne, one of our Sacred Heart wisdom women. Monday the 18th November is Saint Philippine Duchesne’s feast day. Last year we celebrated 200 years since our pioneer missionary from France, founded the first free school west of the Mississippi.  May we continue to be inspired by her story of determination and faith. Please read more about her story at this link: https://rscj.org/who-we-are/heritage/st-rose-philippine-duchesne

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Our fourth Sacred Heart Goal, to educate to a social awareness that impels to action, has been clearly evident in our community recently: 39 students were recipients of the Sister Mollie Ahern rscJ awards, at Celebration of Excellence. These awards recognise students who participate in service learning.  I congratulate and thank these girls for giving so freely of their time and effort to our service programs. I also acknowledge the dedicated work of Ms Claire Lawler, our Social Justice Coordinator, who makes these opportunities available to our students.

Whilst our Year 7 – 11 students are working diligently towards their final assessment submissions and exams, our wonderful Year 12’s have reached the end of their academic journey with Stuartholme. This is most certainly not the end of their association with Stuartholme; as Neave Duff (Yr 11) prayed at the Valedictory Mass, “For the Seniors of 2019, forever daughters of the Sacred Heart. Inspire them to be confident, committed and compassionate. Guide them that they might find purpose and happiness wherever their paths take them. May they live the call of Jesus in the spirit of Madeleine Sophie to be beacons of light and love in our world. “ Our students will always be daughters of the Sacred Heart – what a beautiful notion for our Year 12s to take with them, as they move to the next phase of their lives. In the words of Mother Janet Eskine Stuart: “Your life is a sacred journey. It is about change, growth, discovery, movement and transformation….It is continually expanding your vision of what is possible, stretching your soul, teaching you to see clearly and deeply, helping you to listen to your intuition.”  We thank our Year 12’s for all they have contributed to our community and wish them every happiness.

Blessings,

Liz Foxover
Acting Dean of Mission

Message from the Dean of Boarding

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Well today we farewelled our Year 12 girls of 2019. Over the last three days we have had the most amazing ceremonies to express our deepest sense of well wishes for all our girls as they conclude 13 years of education and begin their adult life. This Wednesday we had our Boarder Parent Liturgy and Farewell – the liturgy was really beautiful with an array of girls assisting us to make this very special including Maddie Sandell-Hobbs beautiful singing of the reflection song ‘You are Mine’.

My sincere thanks to Melissa Robinson for her attention to detail of all things associated with the Farewell Dinner, it was just wonderful from start to finish, and so very special with the junior girls offering a number of different songs that summed up how they were feeling towards our graduating Year 12 girls. Stuartholme is so very lucky to have wonderful rituals that allow us all to engage with the deeper spirit of this place. Melissa was wonderful in having the right team to support her and my sincere thanks goes to all who made our night in Boarding the best in could be, outstanding ladies in every sense of the word.

Thursday night saw us regather to celebrate the Mass of Thanksgiving – Vale Class of 2019 and Cocktail evening. Again, what an amazing opportunity to gather as a community to celebrate these wonderful young women and watch the families gather to reminisce ‘where has the time gone?’ Ms Sharpe spoke passionately about finding themselves and their true heart, their centre of what is really important to them, words from a wisdom figure that I hope has inspired our girls to be more. Somehow the girls were still excited enough to go to Pancake Manor for more sweets! And once we returned after 1.00am it was time to start to say goodbye, to read the beautiful affirmations and to take the time to say farewell genuinely with those girls who have made a difference over the past five years. It has been a very special time in the House.

For the girls in Years 7-11, there are still two more weeks left of the year, with those last few exams or assessment tasks due. After this, we begin to really pack up for the end of the year, for some this is going to be a major job, but hopefully the girls have been taking a few more things home each visit so that it is not such a mammoth task. As everything the girls have brought with her throughout the year needs to go home, no storage at Christmas break – sorry girls!

Can I please encourage our families to complete their daughter’s leave requests for the end of the year asap – this will really assist us in those final days. Day school closes at 12 noon and we would like girls to be picked up as close to that time as possible on Friday 29 November.

So to our last fortnight of 2019, take care and know that your girl is on her way home very soon.

Have a great fortnight,

Karen Davies
Dean of Boarding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Message from the Dean of Student Wellbeing

Farewell to our amazing Seniors of 2019

There have been many special events in our Stuartholme community to acknowledge and farewell our Seniors of 2019. On Thursday evening, they were offered the opportunity to celebrate their graduation at our Vale Mass and Cocktail function. At our Goals and Farewell Assembly today it was our school community’s opportunity to say farewell to the amazing Seniors of 2019 and offer our prayers and blessings as they move forward to the exciting adventures that await.

The Cor Unum Committee was given the responsibility to choose a senior gift and made the decision based on a close link with the goal for this year “a social awareness that impels to action”.

The Cor Unum presented the 2019 Senior gift as a symbol of their gratitude for the community and the principles which have raised them and guided their lives over the past five years.

This year’s gift from the Seniors of 2019 is a painting entitled ‘A Strong Heart’ by the artist, Jo White which they remarked “is inspired by, and to us, indeed an embodiment of, our theme for this year ‘Sisters Support Sisters’.

It was a very special moment when we farewelled from the Chapel for the very last time our senior group. The whole school community warmly applauded our Senior class of 2019 as they departed through the Year 8 guard of honour lining the Stuartholme chapel to embark on a bright future which awaits them.

Student Wellbeing Guidance and information for Parents

As I mentioned in my previous article to parents, a small sub-committee of the wellbeing team comprising: Eloise Conrad – school psychologist; Margaret Devlin – Leader of Student Wellbeing (11) and myself have worked together to create a parent portal offering advice and guidance on a range of student wellbeing topics.

I am very excited to announce that this is now available through My Stuartholme.

The parent portal covers tips related: to mental health, cyber safety, positive coping strategies, respectful relationships, study habits and helpful contacts.

Brisbane City Council Leadership opportunities

Lord Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council (LMYAC)

This year, Sophia Buller has represented Stuartholme on the LMYAC.  Sophia has thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to discuss issues that are important to her directly with the Lord Mayor and other Council officers.  Sophia was involved in a number of forums where she furthered her skills including active listening, negotiation and team work.  During one of the sessions, as part of a team, Sophia was asked to consider how to make a more inclusive Brisbane.  Her team’s idea was to develop an APP that would encourage residents to meet up with like-minded people through a platform that allowed the sharing of events of interest.  Sophia has shown great passion, innovation and leadership in working to make Brisbane a better place and played an important role in shaping the future of our city.   Congratulations Sophia!

 

Student Environmental Network (SELN)

For a number of years, the Brisbane City Council has facilitated the Green Heart Schools Student Environmental Network (SELN).  In 2019, Stuartholme was represented by Mekenzie Hermann and Grace McIntosh who worked diligently in making a valuable contribution in this unique learning and leadership program.  Through a project based, active learning model the girls were empowered to create a positive environmental change at Stuartholme.  Mekenzie and Grace completed a waste audit of bins to find that a significant amount of waste could have been recycled.  This led the girls to formulate their project which focussed on engaging the student body to recycle thoughtfully through an education program.  Through their efforts, Grace and Mekenzie, have directly influenced their peers to take action to be cleaner, greener and more sustainable.

Deb Lonsdale-Walker
Dean of Student Wellbeing

 

 

 

 

 

Message from the Acting Dean of Studies – Year 12 2019 results

On Monday 11 November, the QCAA released individual QCS test results (A-E) for students who sat the QCS Test in September this year. Students who have not yet seen their results can access them by logging in to the QCAA Learning Account in Student Connect. I have emailed the students with information about how they can access their Learning Account and what to do if they have problems doing so.

This is a timely reminder that individual QCS results do not determine a student’s OP. Instead, subject and group results from the QCS Test are used as part of statistical scaling processes to calculate OPs. Further data will be released to schools at the end of this month.

The QCAA mandates that all schools must release SAI (Subject Achievement Indicator) data for students to view. SAIs are a numerical way of showing how Year 12 students have achieved compared with others in their subject groups, within their school. Students are assigned a number between 400 (highest) and 200 (lowest) to show their position in the rank order of students in each subject. Stuartholme will publish SAIs on Wednesday 20th November and they will be available to view between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Main Reception. The SAIs are available for viewing only and no copies can be made. Further information about SAIs are available in this information brochure from the QCAA: https://www.qcaa.qld.edu.au/downloads/senior/sai_factsheet_1_basics.pdf

Our Careers Counsellor, Mr Tom Lillyman, and our VET Coordinator, Mrs Laurence Somerset, have also communicated with the Year 12s outlining some key information, including:

  • Checking Student Connect to ensure all their confirmed qualifications appear (e.g. completed Diplomas)
  • QTAC processes, including the final date for applications for the first major offer round (6th December)
  • Educational Access Scheme applications (find more information here: https://www.qtac.edu.au/applying/educational-access-scheme)
  • Release of Year 12 results, including OPs (from 9 a.m., Saturday 14 December)
  • Information and advice for Rank-only students.

Year 12 students should be regularly checking their emails to ensure they are keeping up-to-date. I offer my sincere thanks to Mr Lillyman and Mrs Somerset for all they have done this year to support the students with careers and pathways advice.

We are very proud of the way the Class of 2019 have dedicated themselves to their studies and learning opportunities this year, and we wish them well as results are released over the coming month.

Best wishes

Shannon Lacey

Acting Dean of Studies

 

Message from the Careers Counsellor

Hi everyone,

It’s been a busy couple of weeks again.

Last week, UQ visited Stuartholme to deliver a Law & Morality workshop to interested students from Years 9-11. Students explored a fictional homicide case and flexed their mooting (mock court) skills. It was a great way for students to get a taste of what studying law could be like and the feedback has been incredibly positive from our students and from lovely UQ staff.

This week I attended the Queensland Investment Commission’s IM/Pact Seminar to learn more about their commitment to attracting more women to the fund management industry. A couple of Stuartholme alumnae are forging impressive careers at QIC and we’re looking forward to working together with QIC in the future.

And finally, we farewell our wonderful Year 12 students this week and wish them all the best for the future! It has been a privilege working with them this year.

Warm regards,

Mr Tom Lillyman

Co-curricular News

Debating

On Sunday, 10 November, Verity Blair (Year 7) competed in the junior competition grand final for the United Nations Youth Voice Competition.

At this stage of the competition, the top 12 students from across Queensland gathered at Queensland Parliament House to present their ideas to a range of issues our society is trying to solve. The cohort consisted of Year 7 to Year 9 students, and each student presented a 4 minute solution and then participated in question time where their idea and logic was quizzed.

Verity presented a database and transparent tracking system which would improve business ethics and encourage fair practices. Stuartholme is incredibly proud of Verity and her phenomenal effort!

 

Stuartholme Swim Team – Annual Pool Marathon

Monday saw lots of swim squad members coming to school bearing heavy arms and tired legs – and why wouldn’t that be the case if you had spent Sunday afternoon, 3 November, punching out up to 400 laps in our beautiful pool.

Our 100 x 100s challenge is commonly referred to as the “marathon” of pool swimming. It’s 10km and it has been part of the Stuartholme swim team culture for the last 10 years.

This year saw about 60 Stuartholme swimmers start at 1pm (together with another equal number of parents, siblings, girls on future enrolment lists and others in our swim program) and work through to a 5pm finish.

It’s a serious challenge both physically and mentally. As has always been the case, every Stuartholme swimmer who started, finished and that is a tradition about which our swimmers are justly proud.

Peter Rosengren (Head Coach)

 

Last day for 2019

A friendly reminder that school finishes for the year at 12pm on Friday 29 November and that school buses will depart at 12.15pm on this day.

2020 Stationery lists

2020 Stationery lists are now available via MyStuartholme under the School Shop tile.  Please note, the last day for placing orders is Friday 13 December 2019.

Uniforms and Hats

I am pleased to advise that we have once again been able to access the services of a milliner who will re-block, clean and mend school hats. If you ascertain that your daughter’s hat is in need of cleaning or repairs, please place it in a plastic shopping bag with your daughter’s name and class on the outside of the bag and have your daughter drop it into my office on either Wednesday 27 or Thursday 28 November. Cost will be $25.00 and is to be placed into an envelope accompanying the hat. If your hat needs a new trim as well, the cost is $35.00. Hats that require further mending will be charged slightly more and the money will be collected once the hats are returned to school. Hats will be ready for collection at the beginning of Term 1, 2020.

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

Deb Lonsdale-Walker
Dean of Student Wellbeing

Honour Pockets

Honour Pockets – Special Awards

Your daughter will be emailed the Honour Pocket Selection Criteria and an application for Special Awards for Honour Pockets This application is for any co curricula sporting activities not recognised through the District (Northern Eagles), Regional (Metropolitan West), State (Queensland School Sport) pathway.  It is to recognise achievements obtained through the club sport pathway.  All achievements through the school sport pathway will be captured by the sports department so students do not need to apply for these Awards.  This form should also be used to notify the sports department or other co-curricular areas of three years’ service for awards pockets.

If your daughter is eligible for a Special Award (which includes service awards), she needs to complete the Special Awards application form that was emailed to her and have the teacher-in-charge sign and then she needs to sign the form and return it to Ms Lonsdale-Walker by 9.00am on Thursday, 7 November 2019.  Year 12 Blazers need to be handed in to the Uniform shop on Monday, 11 November or Wednesday, 13 November 2019 and Years 7 to 11 Blazers need to be handed in to the Uniform shop on either Monday, 18 November, Wednesday, 20 November or Friday, 22 November 2019.

Honour Pockets – other than Special Awards

Please note that students who are eligible for Honour Pockets Awards – other than for Special Awards, will receive a direct email from the Student Wellbeing office following nomination by the teacher in charge of these activities.  This email needs to be printed and your daughter needs to sign and date the acknowledgement on the bottom of this email.

Year 12 blazers must be delivered to the School Shop with a copy of this email on Monday, 11 or Wednesday, 13 November 2019 and Years 7 to 11 blazers need to be delivered to the School shop on either Monday, 18 November, Wednesday, 20 November or Friday, 22 November 2019.

All blazers can be collected from the School shop from Monday, 13 January 2020.

 

Business Update

Year 9 Economics and Business at Stuartholme encourages creativity as well as follows active learning principles.  By transferring concepts of the circular flow model into 3D shapes using modelling clay, students were able to demonstrate their understanding and knowledge of economics whilst having fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 10 Economics and Business – Plan Your Own Enterprise (PYOE) Competition – Queensland winners!

Business planning enables students to see the interconnectedness in business operations allowing them to have an in-depth understanding of business functions. In Year 10 Economics and Business, students create a Business Plan to simulate the seed stage in the business life cycle, giving students a real-world context for learning. Analytical skills, including SWOT analysis, Competitor and USP analysis and positioning maps are introduced, which align with our senior Business subject. Students also produce forecast financial statements, including a break-even analysis and projected sales forecasts and cash flows, to align with our senior Accounting subject.

Stuartholme has a strong record of achievement in the PYOE competition and we have been successful again in 2019 in Division 2 (small groups) as the Queensland winners. The winning plan was created by Lily Thomson and Juliet Wynn, with the product ‘Sunease’, a patch that indicates the amount of sun exposure. Congratulations to Lily and Juliet on their outstanding work – this is well deserved recognition.

The Business Educators Association of Queensland (BEAQ) presented this award at the annual presentation evening on Friday 11 October 2019.

 

 

 

 

Geography Update

Geography is a diverse discipline, clearly seen in the Year 10 and 11 classrooms at present.

Geography touches the STEM disciplines through the application of geospatial technology in the classroom. This term, our Year 10 geographers have been making maps using ESRI ‘s Australia GIS for Schools program (ArcGIS). Skye Rodgers, ESRI’s Education Program Manager has been a great support and has been impressed with the work of our students.

Year 11s have also used ArcGIS in their data reports and field reports earlier this year. They produced some very professional maps and graphs using the software. This year, as in previous years, we nominated some of this excellent assignment work to the annual Planning Institute of Australia (PIA) Awards for Planning Excellence. This is an opportunity for planners to ‘demonstrate leading practice, leadership and achievement in planning and the planning profession.’ One of the Award categories is the Outstanding Student Project Award- Secondary.   Field reports from two of our Year 11 Geography students were entered and both girls need to be commended for their efforts here.

This year’s Awards for Excellence judging in the Planning Institute of Australia Awards for Planning Excellence -Queensland, saw Year 11 Stuartholme Geography student, Hayley Bowden, win the Award for Planning Excellence-Student Category. The judges citation for her entry can be found below. Congratulations are offered to Hayley and we hope to present Hayley with her Award at a School Assembly soon.

The 2019 Outstanding Student Project (Secondary) is awarded to Hayley Bowden for her project ‘Livability and Sustainability: A Field Report’. Hayley’s study demonstrates a sound understanding of the intricacies that can apply to planning principles of liveability and sustainability.

Her approach is both refreshing in terms of her understanding of key contemporary macro principles and desired community outcomes and the part that specific aspects can contribute towards their understanding and finding of solutions. The level of research in terms of identifying key relationships, relevant data and well explained and presented analyses provides a level of understanding that is engaging and easy for a reader to understand.

Hayley’s study follows sound and principles and demonstrates how these can be readily applied in many similar situations. Hayley’s study had a clear methodology that was clearly set out in the report and explained. Hayley’s presentation in the report is nothing short of excellent, and overall should be congratulated for the standard of work produced in this category 

The new Senior Geography syllabus mandates field work across the two-year course. We made large inroads into that time earlier this term.

Year 11 students spent a 24-hour field trip recently, exploring Noosa National Park and investigating land cover transformations taking place in the park for their summative (Year 12) field report due this term. We put in a big effort with great rewards in our data and much fun was had. Many thanks to Ms Juliette Johnson for accompanying us on our field trip.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wendy Bolton

Geography Teacher

Science Snippets

Why do glow worms glow?

Glow worms at Natural Bridge, Springbrook National Park

Glow worms are the larvae of a small fly. This larval stage is the only stage in their life cycle that can glow. The adults do not have working mouthparts and can only live for a few days (female two days, male six days). As the adults cannot feed, glow worms must gain sustenance during the larval stage to get them throughout the rest of their lifecycle. The larvae can live between five and 12 months but this is dependent on abiotic (non-living) factors. When it is ready to pupate, a mucus tube hardens around it and an adult develops over about seven days. This transformation is similar to that of a caterpillar to butterfly.

Only three glow-worm species have been found in Australia: Arachnocampa flava in Queensland, A. richardsae in New South Wales, and A. tasmaniensis in Tasmania. This name Arachnocampa literally meaning ‘spider grub’ refers to the web of silk threads used to capture prey.

Glow worms glow to attract small insects that emerge from the leaf litter and water to where the glow worms reside. Glow worms construct “snares” (like a spider’s web) made from silk threads and sticky droplets to capture and eat the insects attracted to their glow. When an insect is caught, the glow-worm reels its catch upwards using its mouthparts and attaches it to a mucus tube to prevent escape.

The light of a glow worm is also known as bioluminescence (light produced by a living organism). Other organisms that possess bioluminescent properties include:

  • Fireflies, glow worms and some other insect larvae
  • Some arachnids (spiders)
  • Some annelids (ringed worms)
  • Some deep-sea fish and squid
  • Certain varieties of bacteria and fungi

In the case of glow worms, the light they emit is produced by a chemical reaction. A pigment called “luciferin” reacts with the luciferase enzyme and adenosine triphosphate (ATP) and with oxygen in the air, it creates the blue-green light that you see the glow worms emitting in caves.

Glow worms at Melba Gully

Glow worms in an abandoned railway tunnel, New South Wales.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sources:

https://www.glowwormcavetamborinemountain.com.au/about-glow-worms.html

https://www.abc.net.au/science/slab/glowworm/

Upcoming events

We hope you all have been enjoying the weekly science quizzes! If you haven’t completed one yet make sure to let your TM teacher know because they are a lot of fun and a great way to test your science knowledge!

As it nears the end of the year, there are still a few events occurring that you can get excited about!

There is a Physics Experience Day coming up at UQ. It is taking place Saturday 23 November from 8:45am-11:45am in Room 309, Steele Building on the St Lucia Campus. Students will attend an interactive lecture on special relativity, participate in a hands-on lab activity on movement and momentum, and learn about the diverse range of careers that await you after the completion of a Bachelor of Science. You also have the opportunity to mingle with lecturers, current students and other future students. This is open for anyone aged 15 or over!

To find out more, visit: https://future-students.uq.edu.au/physics-experience-day

There is a Mathematics Experience Day also coming up at UQ. It is taking place Saturday 23 November from 12:00pm-3:30pm at The Great Court on the St Lucia Campus. Students will attend an interactive lecture on graph theory, participate in hands-on activities, and learn about the diverse range of careers that await you after the completion of a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Mathematics. Like the physics day, you will also be able to mingle with lecturers, current students and future students. This is also open for anyone aged 15 and over!

To find out more, visit: https://future-students.uq.edu.au/mathematics-experience-day

The ConocoPhillips Science Experience is a fun 3 or 4 days of science activities for students in grade 9 and 10. Programs are designed to provide students with an opportunity to engage in a wide range of fascinating science activities under the guidance of scientists. You will tour the facility, hearing from some of Queensland’s leading scientists, participate in hands-on workshops and explore science based careers. Areas covered include forensic and biological science, physics, mathematics, astronomy, environmental sciences and engineering. There is one occurring at UQ in St Lucia from 22-24 January, 2020. There are only 17 places remaining and it is recommended that registration occurs prior to 20 November, 2019.

To find out more, visit: https://www.scienceexperience.com.au/

Kind regards,

Melanie Ashley (UQ Science Ambassador)

Christmas Carols Service

Message from the Acting Principal

A school is more than a building. As a vibrant community of students, staff, families, Alum, volunteers and other stakeholders, Stuartholme more than reflects this. Every single member of our community is necessary to continue to build upon the school’s proud history of providing holistic education for girls. Without each individual’s input, we could not provide the depth and range of opportunities that make being a Stuartholme girl so rewarding and memorable.

Term 4, with its incredibly busy schedule, is a good time to reflect on this. The number of events, activities and milestones highlight that education in the 21st century is not just about learning content within the confines of a classroom. It is about engagement in various forms that allows us to be curious, to collaborate, to build social networks, to problem-solve, to think critically and creatively, and to communicate. Importantly in a school community, we must also acknowledge our hard work, energies and dedication and celebrate our individual and collective achievements.

I think it is appropriate, therefore, to outline some of the many happenings within our community since our last newsletter two weeks ago.

  • Year 11 semi-formal –Monday 21st October was a wonderful evening with our Year 11 girls and their partners at the Queensland Tennis Centre. It was a great opportunity for the girls to reflect their individual styles and to spend time with their friends in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. I would like to commend the students and their partners – it was a pleasure to spend the evening with them. Thanks must go to Mrs Margaret Devlin, for her hours of organisation and attention to ensuring a well-planned, safe and enjoyable night. Thank you too to all the staff who supported the girls by attending and to those who assisted in any way with the organisation and preparation.
  • Civic Advocacy Forum – on Tuesday 22nd October Stuartholme hosted a Civic Advocacy Forum attended also by students from St Joseph’s Gregory Terrace and St Joseph’s Nudgee College. Students Molly McCann and Bridget Lloyd-Morgan chaired the evening, asking a panel of experts their experiences of advocacy in the areas of refuges, environmental sustainability and diffability. Following the panel discussion, students participated in a range of workshops and activities to build their capacity to advocate for opportunities and change for those who are marginalised or suffering. The workshops provided hands on learning activities, reinforcing the understanding that although young people deserve to be heard, in order to do this, they must learn how to make people listen through positive and proactive techniques. Thanks to Ms Claire Lawler, our Social Justice Coordinator, for providing this experience for our girls.
  • QUT extension activity – on Wednesday 23rd October, 24 students participated in a day-long workshop at QUT, organised by our Director of Enrichment, Mr Michael Elliott. The workshop involved learning across science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, and included hands-on experiences underpinning the concepts of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. Whilst the day was very enjoyable, importantly it also helped provide an insight into STEM studies and the skills essential for STEM careers of the future.
  • World Teachers’ Day – Celebrated in more than 100 countries world-wide, World Teachers’ Day was established in 1994 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) to recognise the role of teachers in society. Across Australia, World Teachers’ Day is held on 25th October, providing an opportunity for us as a community to celebrate the mission that is teaching. Working in a school requires a great deal of time, dedication and energy. At Stuartholme, we are blessed with great teachers who love working with young people, who want to make a positive difference, and who want to empower the minds of young people. I’d like to acknowledge and thank our teachers for being great educators and role models. I’d also like to warmly thank our wonderful parents who baked a fabulous morning tea to celebrate World Teachers’ Day – it was very genuinely appreciated, and very much enjoyed, by our staff.
  • Spring Spectacular and Music Awards – Friday 25th October was our annual Spring Concert and to say it was a wonderful evening would be an understatement – there really aren’t enough superlatives to cover just how good Stuartholme’s music program is. For two hours we were treated to performances from our bands, strings, percussion and clarinet ensembles and choirs. It was such a joyful evening and very evident that the girls and their teachers all love being part of the program. Thank you to Director of Music, Mr Andrew Mear, and to all his staff for their ongoing commitment and dedication to the provision of a quality music program.
  • A Year 11 student leaders’ gathering was conducted in the Boarding House on Sunday 27th Students were provided with workshops introducing them to the theory of leadership, focusing on developing group skills and providing them with strategies to meet leadership challenges they may encounter. My thanks to Mrs Karen Davies for her initiative and efforts in offering this learning opportunity for our 2020 leaders.
  • Boarder Mass with St Ignatius – on Sunday 27th October our Boarders attended St Ignatius Toowong’s Youth Mass with Marist College boarders and other young people from schools around Brisbane. It was a joyous celebration of the young people in our Church and I thank Ms Liz Foxover for coordinating our participation and the boarding staff for their support and attendance.
  • Celebration of Excellence – on Monday 28th October we hosted our annual Celebration of Excellence at Brisbane City Hall. The venue is a magnificent building, fitting to showcase the variety and depth of achievements of Stuartholme’s many generous, talented and hard-working students. It was lovely to see so many of our community come together to celebrate the year we have had and to congratulate our students on their many successes. There were many, many people involved in the organisation and coordination of the evening and I am very grateful to them for their commitment and energy. Special mention must go to my PA, Ms Stephanie Volkman, for overseeing and project managing the evening.
  • Over the coming weeks there will be many “last of” events for Year 12s and this week saw the last of their timetabled classes. As is tradition, the girls celebrated with various themed days including “Tourist Tuesday”, “Westside Wednesday” and “Throwback Thursday”. On Friday morning we enjoyed a parent/daughter breakfast with the 12s and later in the day they engaged in Stuartholme’s long held tradition of ringing the school bell. It was clear that they very much enjoyed the rituals of the final week of classes. Their outward appearance definitely exuded excitement and joy, however, underneath I am sure they were feeling mixed emotions, including sadness and a little bit of nerves. Stuartholme has been such a part of their lives for the last six years that it is difficult to really comprehend daily life without their routines, sisters and supports. We wish them success, and our support, as they complete their final assessments and examinations and look forward to sharing their remaining milestones over the coming weeks.

Term 4 is a great example of Stuartholme’s energy. Pausing to enjoy the moments, and reflect on the achievements, highlights what a vibrant and special community we have!

God bless,

Deanne Johnston
Acting Principal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Key Dates

DateEvent
Mon 4-Fri 8 NovemberYear 12 Assessment block
Wed 13 NovemberYear 12 Boarders Farewell Liturgy and dinner
Thurs 14 NovemberYear 12 Valedictory Mass and Cocktail Party
Fri 15 NovemberGoals Assembly
Year 12 final day
Fri 22 NovemberYear 11 Performance Night 6pm
Thurs 28 NovemberCarols Evening 7pm
Fri 29 NovemberChristmas Liturgy and Final Assembly
Classes finish 12noon
Boarders travel day
Year 12 final fee statement issued
Wed 4 DecemberFinal day to return library books and textbook hire
Fri 13 December2020 School Fees (with discount) due
Fri 20 DecemberSchool closes

Message from the Acting Dean of Mission

This week I have been reflecting on the Sacred Heart Goals of Education and the many and divergent ways they are evident at Stuartholme School. I am truly heartened to conclude that our goals are embedded in our structures; from our educational program which seeks to educate our students to a deep respect for intellectual values by catering for the needs of each individual student and continually developing staff to facilitate this process; the wellbeing program which allows our students to grow in an atmosphere of wise freedom; the thoughtful and discerning opportunities provided by our Social Justice Coordinator Claire Lawler, to educate to social awareness that impels action and build community.  These name just a few.  However, none can be more important than all we do to educate our students to grow in their personal and active faith in God.

Our Sunday evening Youth Mass was a testament to the joy of celebrating our active faith in God as an extended community. St Ignatius Parish organised a beautiful Mass, hosted here at Stuartholme, and attended by both the Marist and Stuartholme boarders and well as St Ignatius Parishioners.  A stand out of the Eucharistic celebration was the music and singing. Our own Cate Ostwald (Year 12) delivered an engaging homily, reflecting on Gospel messages, showing how consistently relevant these messages are for everyone, but in particular, our young people today. I wish to express gratitude to the students from Marist and Stuartholme who participated and fulfilled all duties including, reading, Eucharistic ministry and altar serving. Our celebration concluded by sharing a BBQ dinner with some great music to add to the atmosphere.  We look forward to our next Youth Mass which brings our community together. Thank you to Mrs Karen Davies, Mrs Shannon Lacey, Ms Diana Carrigan, Ms Adrienne Costello, Sr Bannon and Sr Carroll who joined with us.

Our Celebration of Excellence evening included a reflection by our drama students on the themes of compassion, connection and change.  Thank you to Ms Harkin for her work with these students; it was a clear reminder, through the eyes of our students, how these themes are evident in our community.

As we move into Week 5, our Year 12 students are in our prayers as they enter exam block and the final phase of their journey. We pray that they enjoy these milestones, most significantly their upcoming Valedictory Mass.

 

Blessings,

Liz Foxover
Acting Dean of Mission

Message from the Dean of Student Wellbeing

Building Brave

Last week a small group of Stuartholme staff attended a workshop in the theatre at school titled Building Brave. The session was delivered by well-regarded psychologists Karen Young and Michelle Mitchell and focussed on equipping parents, carers and professionals with powerful strategies to help children and teens build resilience, thrive through anxiety and reach their potential. It was wonderful to see some of our Stuartholme parents in attendance also. The session was most valuable in its exploration of the impact a caring adult can have on anxiety and resilience.

At Stuartholme we are fortunate to have two of our very own psychologists who support student wellbeing. I have asked them to contribute to my article this week in offering advice to parents about supporting adolescent anxiety.

 

 

 

 

 

Parent portal

A small sub-committee of the wellbeing team comprising: Eloise Conrad – school psychologist; Margaret Devlin – Leader of Student Wellbeing (11) and myself have worked together to create a parent portal offering advice and guidance on a range of student wellbeing topics. This will be available through My Stuartholme and is due to go live this term. The portal covers tips related: to mental health, cyber safety, positive coping strategies, respectful relationships, study habits and helpful contacts. I presented a preview of the portal at the recent Parents of Stuartholme meeting and this resource for parents was warmly welcomed.

 

 

 

 

 

Supporting Adolescent Anxiety

From the Wellbeing Team

Eloise Conrad & Natalie Morgan (School Psychologists)

According to Youth Beyond Blue statistics, approximately 1 in 14 young people are diagnosed with anxiety at a clinical level (Youth Beyond Blue, 2015). Anxiety is a physiological response that has evolved to keep us safe (characterised by the flight/fight response) and is common and adaptive. It becomes a problem when it starts to interfere with a person’s daily life and affects regular participation in academic, social, co-curricular and family activities. Anxiety maintains itself by feeding off avoidant behaviours and tiring us out. There are a range of things parents can do to support their daughter who may be having difficulty managing her anxiety:

  • Validate and acknowledge what they are going through: This is KEY! Active listening and finding a way to chat with your daughter about her anxiety will help her feel supported. Telling your daughter to calm down unfortunately isn’t going to have much of an effect. Spending quality time and making routines for the week by working together with your daughter can establish better connection.
  • Avoid avoidance: Encourage your daughter to take small steps towards facing her fears. Avoidance maintains anxiety triggers and can also generalise it across multiple situations.
  • Build self-confidence: It is easy to fall into the trap of constantly noticing when your daughter is struggling with managing their anxiety. It’s so important to praise them for their accomplishments and facing their fears. Find activities they can participate in that instill a sense of belonging.
  • Avoid giving excessive reassurance: Giving constant reassurance prevents your daughter from learning how to cope on their own. Model how you think through problems or challenges.
  • Modelling stress management: If you’re taking small amounts of time out for yourselves each day or setting some time to relax (take a walk, meditate), your daughter will see the importance of doing that for themselves.
  • Seek professional support: Speak to a GP or one of the School Psychologists about further support for your daughter in order for her to build strategies to cope with anxiety triggers and cope more effectively with life’s demands.

Further information can be found through the following links:

ReachOut Parents: https://parents.au.reachout.com/common-concerns/mental-health/anxiety-and-teenagers
Raising Children: https://raisingchildren.net.au/teens/mental-health-physical-health/stress-anxiety-depression/anxiety
Headspace: https://headspace.org.au/friends-and-family/mental-health/anxiety/

References:

Youth Beyond Blue: https://www.youthbeyondblue.com/footer/stats-and-facts

 

Deb Lonsdale-Walker
Dean of Student Wellbeing

 

 

 

 

 

Message from the Careers Counsellor

Hi everyone,

What a fantastic couple of weeks.

We had the wonderful opportunity to take five Year 11 students along to the 2019 Wesley Healthcare Careers Day. Our girls learnt more about careers in medicine, allied health and nursing professions, and tried out some fun hands on activities. And Holly Roads won a resuscitation race, with a 97.87% compression accuracy!

 

 

Last Wednesday, alumnae Emily Ballard and Ally Kemp returned to Stuartholme for our UNI101 event. Emily and Ally answered questions, de-mystified plenty of things (like Census Date, double degrees, and who can live at college) and gave great advice to our Year 12s about making the most of uni life. There was great attendance from students and some very thoughtful questions.

 

This week, we held our Where will you live after school? event, alumna Georgia Jung, Duchesne College’s Shona Clayton, and Mr Timothy Butler answered student questions and shared their advice about living overseas, navigating sharehouses, and ways to get involved in college life. Again, a great turn out from our students and some really interesting questions.

 

We also welcomed ACU Speech Pathology, Nursing and Paramedicine students on to campus to host a Health pop up. Students came by with their questions about different allied health professions and had the chance to try out some different health equipment, including neck braces, splints and medical kits.

 

As always, please find below some opportunities your daughter might be interested in. More information and options are available in Bulletin 17 on the Careers page of My.Stuartholme.

Warm regards,

Mr Tom Lillyman

SRJ Walker Wayland Cadetship Program

SRJ Walker Wayland is a Queensland based accounting, audit and advisory firm with offices in Brendale, Brisbane, Caboolture and Sunshine Coast. The firm is now accepting applications for its 2020 cadetship program. A cadetship incorporates study with paid work experience. The SRJ Walker Wayland Cadetship Program is open to Year 12 students and first-year university students who have or are planning to apply for an accounting, business or dual degree including one of these majors. You can download the Cadetship Guidelines Form and the Cadetship Application Form from the website. Applications are now open and can be submitted by emailing it to careers@srjww.com.au

Queensland Government: Fee-free vocational training for Year 12 graduates

This Queensland Government program supports Queensland Year 12 graduates in transitioning to employment by providing fee-free training for Certificate III qualifications in high priority vocational areas. Find out more on the Queensland Government Training website.

Most university scholarship applications are open!

And close soon! I recommend students apply for any scholarships where they may meet the eligibility criteria.

 

UQ scholarships

QUT scholarships

Griffith scholarships

ACU scholarships

Bond scholarships

USC scholarships

USQ scholarships

UNE scholarships

Spotlight: CAS Hawker Scholarships

The Charles Allan Seymour Hawker Scholarship commemorates the achievements of one of Australia’s most respected statesmen. Selection for this scholarship is based on personal qualities, demonstrated leadership as well as academic ability. A full C.A.S. Hawker Scholarship is valued at up to $60,000 over 3 years and normally covers all college fees and university HECS fees. Successful applicants can choose to study at one of the following institutions:

Applications for the 2020 C.A.S. Hawker Scholarships open on 9 December 2019 and will close on 8 January 2020.

Crimson Education Extracurricular and Leadership Summit

Crimson Education are holding a free Extracurricular and Leadership Summit for Years 7-10 students. The Summit features two panels throughout the day; The Community Impact Panel and the Academic Excellence Panel. Both will feature 4-5 panelists from leading organisations in their respective fields. These panels will give students insights as to what steps they could potentially be taking in their extracurricular activities. Tanya Meessmann, founder of Girl Shaped Flames will be a panel member. Click here to find out more and to register.

Co-curricular News

Concert

 

 

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Speech and Performance

Congratulations to the following students on their outstanding results at the recent Voice and Communications exams.

Jemma Stiles Voice and Comm Grade 3 – (A result)
Sharon Komenang Voice and Comm Grade 7 – (A+ result)
Alice Sevil Voice and Comm Grade 5 – (A result)
Ellen Veleski Speech and Performance Grade 3 – (A+ result)
Elizabeth O’Driscoll Voice and Comm Grade 4 – (A result)

It was wonderful feedback from the AMEB examiner who commented that the commitment to their work was outstanding.

Tennis

From 15 to 18 October, myself and 10 other girls were given the opportunity to travel to Sydney to compete in the Alumnae Cup competition for tennis. Alumnae Cup is a 3-day tournament, where the four Sacred Heart Schools; Baradene, Kincoppal, Sacre Cour and Stuartholme, get together to compete against each other every two years. It was a really great experience to get to socialise with girls who come from similar schools with similar histories, and the best part was that we all knew the song Cour de Jesus. The day we arrived, before we headed to Kincoppal Rose Bay school, we were lucky enough to have visited Bondi beach and get a few snaps with the Bondi Life Guards! We then met the families that we were staying with, and we were given a tour of Kincoppal. It was amazing how similar it was to Stuartholme, there was even a photo of Sister Rita hanging in the hallway! After staying with our host families, we all met at the White City tennis courts each morning for a long, gruelling, but fun 3 days of tennis. At the end of the 3 days, Stuartholme placed 3rd overall in the A grade, and 4th in the B grade. It was a great effort by all the girls and I couldn’t be more proud. On behalf of all the girls, we would like to say a massive thank you to both Ms Ferguson and Mrs McMain for putting up with us and making the week run so smoothly.

Zara Wareham

Tennis Captain 2019

 

 

 

 

 

Basketball

Our Sweet 16 Basketball team finished with a silver medal in division two in the Sweet 16 Competition. The girls played over four days against schools from across South East Queensland. This is a fantastic result for a team that will all still be eligible for this competition in 2020.

Congratulations to Yasmin Squires, Catia Wood, Milana Berghan, Kei Wynn, Audrey Fraser, Sophie Horswill, Jessica Gelderblom, Zoe Morris and Scarlett Bradley. The team was coached by Nick Spiller. A special mention to Sophie Horswill who was named in the All Star 5 team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Debating

The Debating community would like to congratulate Verity Blair in Year 7 who is through to the state grand final of the UN Youth Voice Competition on Sunday 10 November. Verity’s proposal of an intensive holiday camp that provides regional and rural students the opportunity to engage with high performing teachers and new subject material that isn’t normally offered at their school, is a creative solution to creating education opportunities for regional and rural students. We will you the best of luck and are so proud that you have reached the top twelve in Queensland!

Athletics

Congratulations to Gretta Johnson (13yrs), Samantha Snowden (13yrs), Holly Robertson (15yrs) & Lily Hunter (16yrs – couldn’t compete due to injury) on recently representing Metropolitan West at the Queensland Athletics Championships in Cairns.

The girls finished with some amazing results including personal bests.

  • Holly Robertson (15yrs) 3000m FINAL

2nd place – 10:16.15

Qualified for the Queensland team for the Australian School Sport Athletics (13-19yrs) Championships to be held in Perth from Friday 06-Sunday 08 December 2019

  • Gretta Johnson (13yrs) 1500m HEATS

13th place – 5:09.50 PB

Narrowly missed out by 0.32 in making the final

  • Holly Robertson (15yrs) 1500m HEATS

Qualified for the final

  • Samantha Snowden (13yrs) 200m HEATS

9th – 26.35 PB

Qualified for the semi-finals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 12’s last day of classes

Today we celebrated with our Year 12 students their last day of classes. The day began with breakfast with their parents and teachers. At morning tea, they surprised the school with a flash mob, followed by lunch in their House groups. After Chapel in the afternoon, the Year 12s had the joy of ringing one of the original bells around the school and finishing with the tradition of ringing the old school bell.

On behalf of the Year 7 to 11 students, we thank the Year 12s for reminding everyone how long they still had until graduation!

We wish all the Year 12s well as they begin assessment block (for the last time!).

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Spring Spectacular and Awards Nights

On Friday 25 October the Spring Spectacular was held in the Joigny Theatre. The evening featured performances from the Concert Band, Jazz Band, Year 7 RnB Band, Stuartholme Rocks, Joigny String Orchestra, String X, Clarinet Choir, Year 7 Choir, Stuartholme Choir and the newly formed Joigny Symphony Orchestra. The evening concluded with ‘Somebody to Love’ by Queen featuring Bridget Lloyd-Morgan (voice) and the entire Music Department!

Many thanks to the wonderful Music Support Group for their organisation of the food, drinks and raffle and to the Senior Music Committees (2019 and 2020) for their efforts and speeches throughout the evening. Finally a massive thank you to all the Music and Arts staff, students and supporters for making Music at Stuartholme such an exciting year.

Andrew Mear
Director of Music

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Ensemble information for new and returning students

Year 7 2020 Instrumental Ensemble placements

Students commencing in Year 7 2020 who play string, brass, woodwind and percussion instruments and are interested in joining a Stuartholme Ensemble in 2020 are invited to attend our informal ‘Meet, Greet and Play’ session.  Students are asked to play a very short piece of something they have played with their current ensemble or teacher and are very familiar with.

We are seeking students who play the following instruments:

  • Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass
  • Flute, Saxophone, Clarinet
  • Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, French Horn, Euphonium
  • Percussion

This session is to enable us to place the student in the ensemble which best meets their current level, commencing early 2020.

Day:  Wednesday, 4 December

Time:  3.30 – 5.00pm

Place:  Stuartholme Music Department, Level 1, Joigny Building

For further information or to request an invitation, please contact:

Mrs Sandy Beanland, Co-curricular Arts Assistant

Email:  music@stuartholme.com     ph:  3510 6473

 

Current Student Wind and Brass Ensemble Auditions for 2020

All continuing students must audition.

All auditions are by 5 minute appointments.  The sign-up sheet is on the Music Department noticeboard.

Students are to perform:

  1. 16 bars of their own choice from their current ensemble repertoire or solo repertoire;
  2. Conductor’s choice of excerpt from their current ensemble repertoire

Day:  Wednesday, 6 November

Time:  9.30am to 3.00pm

Celebration of Excellence video

The full video of our recent Celebration of Excellence is now available to watch via MyStuartholme: https://my.stuartholme.com/homepage/2988

 

Social Justice News

On Tuesday 22 October, Stuartholme hosted its first Civic Advocacy Forum. This student designed and led experience provided an opportunity for 35 Stuartholme students, 10 St Joseph’s Gregory Terrace students and 8 St Joseph’s Nudgee College students to explore and learn what role they play in becoming positive and respectful civic advocates.

To begin the afternoon we heard from a panel of five experts in civic advocacy, each person represented a difference sector and style of advocacy, but together they worked consistently to advocate for equality and respect for all. The key message of working and speaking with those who are marginalised, as opposed to for, resonated with students. Building on this, the panel discussed the idea of ‘conversation droughts’ caused by social media and mobile devices, and people’s hesitancy to stand up and be heard when they are hiding behind certain technologies. The students enjoyed interacting with the panel in regards to their opinions on strikes and positive action, and importantly how civic advocacy can become an everyday action. The Civic Advocacy Forum finished with breakout workshops, each student choosing to engage with either designing and implementing campaigns, or how to choose and use our words effectively. A huge thank you to our JPIC students and Mrs Elizabeth Foxover for their outstanding work and support.

On Thursday  24 October, 13 of our Year 10 to 12 students attended Griffith University’s Integrity 20 Conference at the State Library. Stuartholme joined 12 other schools from across South East Queensland to investigate, discuss and learn about emerging world issues and their potential solutions. The event was designed to challenge students through a variety of workshops, lectures and flash presentations, so that they can understand both sides of the issues. Aurelia Byrne (Year 10) reflected:

I found Integrity 20 to be a very valuable experience. While sometimes talking about issues like ‘freedom of speech’ and the grey areas associated with it made it difficult to comprehend, it also helped me to understand and respect people’s opinions that I don’t agree with. Integrity 20 made me realise that as a young person, I have the power to so many things I didn’t think was possible. It challenged me to think more deeply about issues like freedom of speech, climate change and genetic engineering and the ethics behind it all. Overall it was a wonderful experience that featured very accomplished panellists and getting their insight into issues like climate change was an experience I will never forget.

Stuartholme’s JPIC students would like to invite Stuartholme to attend our DanDaLion Christmas Party on Sunday 17 November. This inclusive event will see Stuartholme students work alongside a young person with a diffability. Beginning at 8am, together they will create Christmas themed baked goods, crafts, dances and play games, with the event finishing by 1:30pm. Students are encouraged to celebrate with us alongside Ambrose Treacy College students and Dandalion volunteers. Limited volunteering spots are available, so please check student notices for the registration link next week.

Science Snippets

Scientists Have Invented Animal-Free Testing of Lethal Neurotoxins

A neurotoxin is a substance that alters the structure or function of the nervous system. Over 1000 chemicals (such as pesticides, heroin and cocaine) are known to have lethal neurotoxic effects on animals. A University of Queensland led research project has invented a new technique that allows the testing of lethal neurotoxins without the use of animals. Professor Bryan Fry of UQ’s venom laboratory says, that the new technique could replace conventional methods which previously resulted in death for the test subject in order to obtain the necessary tissue. The new method utilises optical probes dipped into a venom solution and the binding to the probes is measured through analysis of the changes in the reflected light. Professor Fry predicts that it will not only save the lives of animals tested but also presents significant biomedical implications. The testing of neurotoxins is not only critical in producing antivenoms, it is also significant in developing treatments to many diseases and conditions.

For more information about the neurotoxin news visit:

https://www.uq.edu.au/news/article/2019/10/scientists-invent-animal-free-testing-of-lethal-neurotoxins

Biology Excursion

The Year 11 Biology students attended an ecology experience day at the University of Queensland on Tuesday 29 October. The full day experience entailed hands on field orientated skill building and a 2-hour lecture which involved analysing and interpreting data which can be used as a scaffold for future assessment tasks. The girls had heaps of fun while gaining vital skills required to succeed in completing the syllabus. During the field work each class was accompanied by a university science student who whilst teaching us skills and knowledge on data collection also gave us insight into student life. This day is just another reason to study senior biological science!

Upcoming events:

The ConocoPhillips Science Experience

If you are in Year 9 or 10 and love performing experiments or want to learn what university life is like, this program could be for you. It lasts three days from 22 to 24 January (but applications are due by 30 November) and takes place at UQ. Participants perform experiments with senior lecturers, attend site tours, have social activities, and gain information on tertiary studies in STEM fields. This is also a chance to connect with students from other schools with similar interests.

https://www.scienceexperience.com.au/about-the-program

Enhanced Studies Program

High achieving Year 11 students are invited to study a UQ university subject whilst in Year 12, free of cost. You can also gain one adjustment (equivalent to approximately one ATAR point), which is highly advantageous is your desired course requires a high ATAR. Furthermore, this can prepare students for university study and familiarise them with the grading system, course structure etc. There is a vast range of courses available, which you can check out in the following link

https://future-students.uq.edu.au/files/19465/enhanced-studies-program-guide.pdf

Kind regards,

Rebecca Brown (Year 11 UQ Science Ambassador)

Honour Pockets

Honour Pockets – Special Awards

Your daughter will be emailed the Honour Pocket Selection Criteria and an application for Special Awards for Honour Pockets This application is for any co curricula sporting activities not recognised through the District (Northern Eagles), Regional (Metropolitan West), State (Queensland School Sport) pathway.  It is to recognise achievements obtained through the club sport pathway.  All achievements through the school sport pathway will be captured by the sports department so students do not need to apply for these Awards.  This form should also be used to notify the sports department or other co-curricular areas of three years’ service for awards pockets.

If your daughter is eligible for a Special Award (which includes service awards), she needs to complete the Special Awards application form that was emailed to her and have the teacher-in-charge sign and then she needs to sign the form and return it to Ms Lonsdale-Walker by 9.00am on Thursday, 7 November 2019.  Year 12 Blazers need to be handed in to the Uniform shop on Monday, 11 November or Wednesday, 13 November 2019 and Years 7 to 11 Blazers need to be handed in to the Uniform shop on either Monday, 18 November, Wednesday, 20 November or Friday, 22 November 2019.

Honour Pockets – other than Special Awards

Please note that students who are eligible for Honour Pockets Awards – other than for Special Awards, will receive a direct email from the Student Wellbeing office following nomination by the teacher in charge of these activities.  This email needs to be printed and your daughter needs to sign and date the acknowledgement on the bottom of this email.

Year 12 blazers must be delivered to the School Shop with a copy of this email on Monday, 11 or Wednesday, 13 November 2019 and Years 7 to 11 blazers need to be delivered to the School shop on either Monday, 18 November, Wednesday, 20 November or Friday, 22 November 2019.

All blazers can be collected from the School shop from Monday, 13 January 2020.

 

Uniforms and Hats

I am pleased to advise that we have once again been able to access the services of a milliner who will re-block, clean and mend school hats. If you ascertain that your daughter’s hat is in need of cleaning or repairs, please place it in a plastic shopping bag with your daughter’s name and class on the outside of the bag and have your daughter drop it into my office on either Wednesday 27 or Thursday 28 November. Cost will be $25.00 and is to be placed into an envelope accompanying the hat. If your hat needs a new trim as well, the cost is $35.00. Hats that require further mending will be charged slightly more and the money will be collected once the hats are returned to school. Hats will be ready for collection at the beginning of Term 1, 2020.

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

Deb Lonsdale-Walker
Dean of Student Wellbeing

Christmas Carols Service

Support for Success Program – Senior Boarding Option

Stuartholme School is offering a unique opportunity for current day students to enter the Boarding House for Year 12 as part of our Support for Success Program, which is offered to all senior boarders.

As part of the program, students will have access to set study times after school, including specific content tutoring. This program is ideally suited to students who would benefit from consistent study plans and routines and on hand academic support. They will build social connections with the existing boarders and enjoy the many benefits of being a boarder.

This program sees successful study that includes:

  • First study from 5 – 6pm in classrooms downstairs
  • Second study 7:15pm – 8:30pm in rooms with the option to extend through consultation
  • Senior students to access library on weekends
  • Monday first study skills, open forum, study groups, review classes, peer review, critical friend
  • Monday second study – 7:15pm to 9pm with content tutoring available
  • Supervisors tracking study habits

At this time, we are looking for expressions of interest from our day families. If you would like to find out more and register your interest, please email Ellen McLean, Assistant Head of Boarding  emclean@stuartholme.com or Karen Davies, Dean of Boarding kdavies@stuartholme.com

 

 

 

Rowers Boarding Program

Stuartholme is offering day students who are keen to also row the opportunity to board during the rowing season (Terms 2 and 3).

This program is aimed at Rowers how are looking to further their rowing skills while maintaining academic structure.

Benefits of the program include:

  • Set routine
  • Structure around meals, study and transport
  • Support from boarding staff
  • Wellbeing check ins with Rowing Director and Assistant Heads of Boarding
  • Teaches discipline and independence beyond school
  • Special catered dietary meal plans
  • Extra academic support from tutors
  • A holistic approach to elite sport

At this time we are looking for expressions of interest from our day families. If you would like to find out more and register your interest please email Melissa Robinson, Assistant Head of Boarding mrobinson@stuartholme.com or Karen Davies, Dean of Boarding kdavies@stuartholme.com

Class of 2022 event wrap

Year 9 parents and students enjoyed a great afternoon of bowling at Bardon Bowls last Sunday. Parents had a chance to enjoy each other’s company and met parents they hadn’t met before. This great community event was the perfect way to see out 2019.

2020 school fees discount due date and donations update

We would like to remind families of the discount available for payment of fees one year in advance.

For those families who wish to pay the 2020 tuition and/or boarding fee in advance and receive the 2.5% discount, this payment is due by Friday 13 December.  Please contact the Finance Office at receivables@stuartholme.com by Friday 15 November to receive an annual invoice.

We would like to thank the families who generously donated to the Stuartholme School Building and Maintenance Fund and Foundation. The school is committed to match the donations made by the Term 4 fees due date, which was Tuesday 9 October. We had a total of $24,249.60 donated which we will match, making a total of $48,499.20 to be deposited.

 

 

Do you have a daughter starting in 2023?

Stuartholme will be holding interviews for the Year 7 students starting in 2023 during Term 4. If you have a daughter starting in 2023, please ensure you have submitted an application so she can included in this round of interviews.

 

 

Celebrating 100 years book

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.

Pre-order sales are now being taken at an early bird price of $69.95 (plus postage if needed). Sale price next year is $89.95 (plus postage if needed).

Click here to purchase.

Orders will be shipped in May, 2020.

Message from the Acting Principal

Welcome to the last, and shortest, term of the year. Term 4 is always jam-packed and, as we celebrate many events and milestones, the time passes quickly. I encourage everyone to find the time and space to enjoy the term and relish the achievements, successes and memorable moments of the year.

Leadership handover

Last week we welcomed back all our girls, but we also celebrated the leadership of our 2019 Year 12s and acknowledged our 2020 school leaders. I thank our Acting Dean of Mission, Elizabeth Foxover, and our Dean of Student Wellbeing, Deb Lonsdale-Walker, for their organisation and running of the liturgy and ceremony.

In speaking to the girls at the handover ceremony, I reflected on servant leadership at Stuartholme, which requires more than influencing, guiding and controlling the thoughts, feelings and behaviour of others. Madeleine Sophie Barat modelled this for us. Her leadership style was instinctively to consult, to seek the middle ground, not to command. What we learn from her is the spiritual dimension of leadership which is anchored in compassion, loving service and quality caring.

I’ve seen many great leaders at Stuartholme who have not just led at their best, they’ve lived at their best. They have understood that to lead others effectively, they first have to lead themselves effectively.

This has meant they have needed to self-reflect, to show great vision and insight, to listen. At times, they have needed deep perception, they have needed to empathise with other members of the community, they have had to accept that others have different ideas or opinions, they have needed to advocate respectfully. They have chosen to prioritise the needs of others in order to build community. They have understood that a small gesture can make a big difference. In short, they have been servant-leaders.

I thank our 2019 seniors for their leadership, for the spirit they have instilled, the connections they have made and the positive influence they have had. I have every confidence that the 2020 leaders have been blessed with great role models in the seniors who have come before them. I am sure that they will also approach their leadership with an attitude of caring, service and compassion, with commitment to the growth of themselves, their peers and all Stuartholme girls. We wish them every success and all our support as they undertake this very important role in our school.  Madeleine Sophie’s words provide a final piece of advice for the 2020 leaders: “Be humble, be simple, and bring joy to others”.

Year 7 2020 Orientation Day

This week we welcomed our 2020 Year 7s for their orientation day. What I love about the day is the enthusiasm and excitement of the girls as they experience their first day at Stuartholme. The initial nerves settle as they are guided through a series of activities and rotations, starting with a liturgy in our beautiful chapel and finishing in the school’s auditorium. Overwhelmingly, parents report that their daughters had a wonderful day and it is a significant milestone for them in their transition to secondary school.

The success of this day does not happen without a great deal of organisation so I thank Nicole Bradford, who will be the Year 7 Leader of Student Wellbeing in 2020, Deb Lonsdale Walker and Liz Foxover for their leadership of the day. I also thank our Year 10 girls for their support and encouragement of our new students.

Why a girls’ school?

Over the last two weeks, through our Action Tours and our Year 7 2020 Orientation Evening, I have been blessed with the opportunity to meet new and prospective families and, with the help of Sr Rita, our Green Ribbon girls, the Leadership and Development Teams, to showcase our vibrant and dynamic community.  It is a pleasure to talk about Stuartholme and to highlight how a Sacred Heart education prioritises faith, learning, community, social justice and personal growth.

It is this holistic approach to education that makes Stuartholme unique. Our learning is successful because it is underpinned by strong spiritual and wellbeing foundations. Our girls are encouraged to take risks, supported by a philosophy of wise freedom. They have multiple and varied opportunities to engage and grow through our broad curriculum and our extensive co-curricular enrichment, sport and Arts programs. At 92%, our girls’ participation rate in sports far outweighs the national average.

Our girls are confident, respectful individuals with good self-efficacy who can advocate respectfully, support and lead their peers and communicate effectively. We value them all for their individual gifts and for the rich contribution they make to our community.

What we see at Stuartholme is reinforced by research. A recent report to come out of the University of Queensland has shown that the choice of a single-sex school is important for closing gender gaps. In a single-sex school, girls are surrounded by female role models, self-confidence is nurtured in a supportive environment, and any stereotypes about what girls can or should study don’t exist. Girls in girls’ schools are also more likely to continue to play team sports into their senior years.

It is always a pleasure to be able to communicate these messages to families, knowing that our girls themselves are the best examples of what a Stuartholme education provides.

Celebration of Excellence

On Monday 28 October we will hold our annual Celebration of Excellence, commencing at 7.00 p.m. at City Hall. All girls are asked to attend and to arrive by 6.30 p.m. Details were provided in Issue 14 of the School’s newsletter and further information has been sent home this week for all students who are required for the rehearsals. Importantly, please note that Monday 28 will be a normal school day, commencing as usual at 8.25 a.m. and concluding at 3 p.m. Due to anticipated conclusion time of 9.15 p.m., school will not commence on Tuesday 29 until 10.30 a.m.

The Celebration of Excellence is a wonderful evening that showcases student leadership and achievement across all areas of the school. We look forward to sharing this night with our school community.

If you have any questions about the evening, please do not hesitate to contact the PA to the Deputy Principal, Stephanie Volkman.

Finally, please be aware that Monday, 21 October is a pupil-free day in Queensland secondary schools.

God bless,

Deanne Johnston
Acting Principal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Message from the Board Chair

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends,

On behalf of the Stuartholme School Board, I offer you a very warm welcome to Term 4. As the parent of Stuartholme alumnae, I know this term is a very busy one. Throughout the year the members of the board and I have followed the progress of the school closely. We have enjoyed reading about the news and events in Cor Unum magazine, the newsletter and on the various social media platforms. We are incredibly proud of the Stuartholme community and the work you produce, both inside and outside of the classroom.

Our very best wishes go to the Seniors of 2019 as they prepare to sit their final exams. You have led the school admirably and shown yourselves to be excellent role models to the younger years. I hope you continue to keep Stuartholme close to your heart and remember the Five Goals of Sacred Heart Education as you leave school for the final time next month.

The Board Members and I  look forward to attending a number of key events in the coming weeks such as the annual Celebration of Excellence and Valedictory. Although we meet regularly throughout the year, it is the times we can spend with the Stuartholme Community that mean the most to us.

Warm regards,

Helen Spain
Chair Stuartholme School Board

 

 

Key Dates

DateEvent
Mon 21 OctoberStudent free day - verification
Year 11 Semi-formal
Fri 25 OctoberSpring Spectacular and Music Awards Night 6pm
Mon 28 OctoberCelebration of Excellence 7pm
Tues 29 OctoberSchool starts at 10.30am
Fri 1 NovemberYear 12 Parent Daughter Breakfast 7am
Mon 4-Fri 8 NovemberYear 12 Assessment block
Wed 13 NovemberYear 12 Boarders Farewell Liturgy and dinner
Thurs 14 NovemberYear 12 Valedictory Mass and Cocktail Party
Fri 15 NovemberGoals Assembly
Year 12 final day
Fri 22 NovemberYear 11 Performance Night 6pm
Thurs 28 NovemberCarols Evening 7pm
Fri 29 NovemberChristmas Liturgy and Final Assembly
Classes finish 12noon
Boarders travel day
Year 12 final fee statement issued
Wed 4 DecemberFinal day to return library books and textbook hire
Fri 13 December2020 School Fees (with discount) due
Fri 20 DecemberSchool closes

Message from the Acting Dean of Mission

It has been a strong start into Term 4 and appropriate that we have commenced our journey with two significant liturgies: The Leadership Handover Liturgy and the Year 7 Orientation Liturgy. It is an important reminder of who we are as a Sacred Heart community that these events, which mark beginning and end of journey moments in our students’ lives,  invite Christ into our celebrations.

Some of our current Year 7 students lead the Orientation liturgy beautifully. They told the incoming Year 7s a story written by St Madeleine Sophie Barat, which emphasised how important is was to her that each child feels welcomed and loved in a Sacred Heart school. As an extension of this sentiment, thank you to those who donated uniforms which were sold at the Year 7 Parent Information evening. Funds raised will be sent to St Theresa’s in Mumbai, which will help employ teachers to ensure the students there feel welcomed and loved. It is wonderful to see our Goal, “educate to a social awareness which impels to action” alive in our community.  Thank you to Karen Stock who coordinated this stall.

Our students will be familiar with the painting of Mater Admirabilus, which is located on the second floor of Renard Building as you go up to the Boarding House. This is a copy of the painting done by Pauline Perdrau as a young girl and who later joined the Society of the Sacred Heart.

Copies of this image are to be found in every Sacred Heart school and community throughout the world. Some are paintings, some statues, all attempt to be faithful copies of the original. (Read more about the history of the painting and Mother Perdrau https://rscjinternational.org/news/mater-through-years-pauline-perdrau)

This Sunday marks the Feast of Mater Admirabilis.  Helen McLaughlin rscJ offered these words of reflection at a conference in 1983:

Mary, woman of faith,
woman of courage in the people of God
remain close to us, today and always.

 

Date claimer:  October 27 Youth Mass at Stuartholme with St Ignatius Parish and Marist Boarders. All are welcome. In the past this has been a most joyous occasion. Please see flyer for details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blessings,

Liz Foxover
Acting Dean of Mission

Message from the Dean of Boarding

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome Back for Term 4 and what a very busy time it is going to be for all of us.

Last Friday we had the Leadership Handover ceremony inducting the Year 11 girls into their Leadership positions for 2020. I am very thankful that Ellen McLean was sitting next to me during the ceremony live streaming the occasion onto the Boarding Facebook page. It was one way to have you as parents able to see this very special moment in your daughter’s life, until we can have you physically present and room for the whole school to attend.

In consultation with the Year 11 leaders I have changed the dates of the Leadership Workshops to two Sundays – Sunday 27 October and Sunday 3 November, trying to ensure as many of the Year 11 girls are present and able to participate.

On Monday 28 October we have the Celebration of Excellence evening at Brisbane City Hall. I hope many of you can join your daughters at this event. I know the Boarding supervisors are very keen, as I am, to be there and cheering for all our Boarders who will be recognised on the night. This evening is one that acknowledges those girls who strive for excellence in a broad range of activities in school life. It will commence at 7pm and conclude by 9.15pm. Thankfully the girls will have a sleep in the next day with school starting at 10.30am on the Tuesday.

While the following are a few weeks away, I do hope that all our Year 12 parents are able to be at the following events starting with the Year 12 Boarder Farewell Liturgy and Dinner on Wednesday 13 Nov, commencing at 5.30pm, then joining all of the families of the Graduating Class of 2019 on the Thursday 14 Nov for the Year 12 Valedictory Mass and Cocktail Party, which then leads us into the Last Night in Boarding – a very special rite of passage for our Boarders here at Stuartholme. Then Friday 15 November it is the final day of school for Year 12. I have spoken to all Year 12 about what makes a genuine farewell one that is remember fondly by all, and I believe it is in making sure that the people who have accompanied the girls well over their time in the Boarding House should be recognised authentically by the girls. I am looking forward to seeing our Year 12 parents at these events so that I can also thank you for your support of us here at Stuartholme.

Have a great fortnight,

Karen Davies
Dean of Boarding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Message from the Dean of Student Wellbeing

Leadership Liturgy handover

On Friday 11 October, we welcomed the Senior Class of 2020 with the annual Leadership Handover Liturgy. Each of the incoming senior girls was presented with their badge in a powerful liturgy within which we were called to give thanks for the leadership of the 2019 cohort and ask Christ’s blessings for the Senior leaders of 2020.

Our prayers focussed on the Spirit of Cor Unum continuing to flourish at Stuartholme characterised by service, care and compassion for all in the school community.

Putting safety online at the forefront

I have written a great deal about keeping your daughter’s safe online and in the real world this year. As we embark on Term 4, I thought it worthwhile to revisit one of our key priorities at Stuartholme -creating and maintaining safe environments for students.

Student protection is the formal term that we give to this priority and we achieve it by working together with a wide range of members across the community.

Stuartholme staff keep up to date on Student Protection through annual compliance training and ongoing professional learning. I recently enjoyed delivering Student Protection training to all new staff at the school regardless of their role.

We also arm the girls with strategies for ensuring that they are safe in a wide range of situations through our Wise Wellness Program.

In our modern world it is imperative that we work to make them aware of the risks associated with online behaviour. Parents also have a key role to play in this regard.

Digital reputation

It is important that your daughter understands that she will develop, like all internet users, an online reputation. This is the view that others will form of her based on her actions and behaviours online.  The Office of the E-Safety Commissioner states a poor digital reputation can affect friendships, relationship and even job prospects – so it’s essential that you and your young person are aware and protect their digital reputation

Key tips to help them manage the risks online and with her mobile phone include:

  • Talk often.
  • Tell her to speak up if she is ever worried and can come to you regardless.
  • Promote confidence and respect for others.
  • Encourage her to think before she posts messages or images online or on her phone.
  • Help her set her profiles to private.
  • Ensure she knows that any information posted even with her friends on private settings can be shared broadly.
  • Make sure she understands the legal age, terms and features of social networking sites she is accessing.
  • Teach her about how she may be committing a criminal offence when /if sharing, producing or creating provocative or sexually explicit images of herself or others.
  • Teach her it is ok to say “no” to requests made.

 

Understand that actions taken may lead to possible criminal charges

The Office of the E-Safety Commissioner strongly warns adults that if you have intercepted any content that may constitute child pornography to not interact, forward or share it in any way. Rather, immediately seek guidance from your local police.

There are also tough laws in place for those who share, or threaten to share intimate images of others without consent in Australia.

There are a range of resources available on the Office of the safety website to assist parents in supporting their children in managing the risks online and I would encourage you to explore these.

References and further information:

https://esafety.gov.au/education-resources/iparent/staying-safe/digital-reputation

https://esafety.gov.au/education-resources/iparent/staying-safe/photos-videos-and-social-media

 

Deb Lonsdale-Walker
Dean of Student Wellbeing

 

 

 

 

 

 

Message from the Careers Counsellor

Hi everyone,

I hope you’re all having a fantastic Term 4 so far.

We have some great Careers events coming up this term, including:

  • UNI101 alumnae panel – next Wednesday, lunchtime
  • Hands on: Design workshop (with Torrens Uni) – next Thursday, lunchtime
  • Post-school living options alumnae panel – 30 Oct, lunchtime
  • Hands on: Health workshop (with ACU) – 31 Oct, lunchtime
  • Hands on: Law & Morality workshop (with UQ) – 7 Nov, lunchtime

I’m also delighted to be taking five Year 11 students to the Wesley Healthcare Careers Day this week, to get an inside look into different health careers.

As always, please find below a summary of opportunities, experiences and scholarships that you might be interested in. Many more can be found in the full Bulletin, which is available on the Careers page of my.stuartholme.

And you can always get in touch if you’d like to talk about your future plans.

Warm regards,

Mr Lillyman

UQ Sport Scholarship applications due this month

Applications for the following scholarships are due on 31 October 2019:

  • Clem Jones Sporting Scholarships are awarded based on financial need, sporting achievements to date and potential to perform in your chosen sport at a high level. The award is valued at $18,000 over three years.
  • UQ Sport Scholarship Ambassador Program is awarded to professional and/or elite athletes. It is valued at $1500 in support services per athlete per year.
  • UQ Sports Achievement Scholarships are awarded to outstanding new and continuing students who have demonstrated exceptional ability in their chosen sport. It is valued annually but the university.

UQ: Non-resident/Associate Membership programs at residential colleges

Several residential colleges at UQ have programs for non-residents. The programs may include participation during O-Week, access to tutorials, pastoral care and academic support. Non-residents can use the college as a ‘home base’. Check the residential college websites at Live UQ for information about these programs

In Year 11 and interested in the Australian Defence Force Academy or the ADAF Education Award?

The optimum time to apply for entry into the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) is Semester 2 of Year 11. Year 11 students who are interested in an attractive salary while studying Arts, Business, Engineering, Information Technology, Science or Technology at the ADFA are encouraged to commence their application this year. You can explore life at ADFA and start your application on the ADFA website, or ring 13 19 01. Before you do this, read about the ADFA Education Award.

Year 11: Take a university unit over summer with Griffith’s GUEST program

The Griffith University Early Start to Tertiary Studies (GUEST) program provides senior students with an opportunity to study Griffith university subjects while still at school. 2019 Year 11/2020 Year 12 students are eligible to apply for a GUESTS course if they are an ATAR or IB student, achieving a minimum grade of C (or Satisfactory Achievement) across all subjects, including a General English, or equivalent grades in interstate ATAR or IB Diploma subjects and meet any other subject prerequisites. You will also need to have approval from your school and the support of your parents or guardian. You can choose courses across across 11 different faculties.  Current Year 11 students are invited to apply for the third trimester of 2019 (28 October 2019 – 31 January 2020) and/or first trimester in 2020 (from 24 February – 29 May 2020). Applications for both trimesters close on 15 October 2019. Visit the GUESTS website for details and to apply.

Study Assist – information about government financial assistance

The Australian Government provides financial assistance in several forms to young people wanting to take on a study program. On the Study Assist website you can find information about:

  • What to do before you study
  • HELP Loans (including HECS)
  • VET studies
  • Support while you study
  • Paying back your loan

What do different jobs do all day?

Check out the Slate Working podcast. Each episode is an interview with a professional about what they do all day. How does a neurosurgeon work? How does an Instagram influencer work? How does a museum curator work? You get the idea.

SAE Qantm Creative Media Institute Study for a Day

Are you interested in studying Animation, Audio, Graphic Design, Film, or Games? If so, study with SAE Qantm for a day to experience student life at its Brisbane Campus in West End. This is a great way to experiment with the creative media fields. It will be held from 9 am – 4 pm on Saturday 19 October 2019. For more information and to register, visit the event page on the SAE Qantm website.

TAFE Priority Training Program Courses

The TAFE Priority Training Program (TPTP) provides additional support to eligible Queensland residents in a specific range of diploma, certificate IV and certificate III programs. This funding is available to eligible students to commence study in applicable programs after 1 July 2018. This funding will be available from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2020. The following study areas offer courses that come under this program and for more information visit their website.

YEAR 12 – Remember your QTAC application number

You may need this number when applying for scholarships. This number was on the last screen of your QTAC application after you paid the application fee. It is also in your application confirmation email. This number has nine digits and starts with ‘20’.

 

Co-curricular News

Equestrian

Six talented members of the Stuartholme equestrian team travelled to Interschool Nationals over the September holidays, Piper Searle, Aalia Lucchetta, Georgia Rink, Bella Anthony, Ellie Turnbull and Grace Anthony all headed to Sydney International Equestrian Centre. Over the five days of competition the girls had great success over the Eventing, Dressage, Combined Training and Showjumping disciplines. Results: Bella Anthony – 7th place 2 star & 21st Place EvA 95 Eventing, Georgia Rink – 3rd place 1 star Eventing and 13th Place 105cm Combined Training, Piper Searle – 7th place 1 star Eventing and 7th Overall Showjumping 110cm, Ellie Turnbull – 5th place EvA 95 Eventing, Grace Anthony – 14th place EvA80 and Aalia Lucchetta winning the Elemantary Freestyle and 1st place 60cm Combined Training.

A huge congratulations to the QLD nationals team & Stuartholme Equestrian.

Future Problem Solving 

Good luck to the Year 9 team of Lara Carter, Anna Coman, Ciara Royds and Alessa Wiltshire who will be participating in the national finals of the Future Problem Solving this weekend.

 

Music News

National Youth Concerto Competition – Prize Winners Recital

On Wednesday 9 October a recital was held in the Joigny Theatre featuring three of the finalists in the National Youth Concerto Competition. The performers were:

Andrew Namgung (Year 10, Violin, Brisbane Boys College), Josh Jones (Year 10, Cello, Brisbane State High) and Lily Dai (Year 11 – Cello, PLC – Sydney)

The three soloists each performed several works from memory were of an outstanding level.

 

 

 

Spring Spectacular and Awards Night

Auditions – 2020 Music Ensemble

Auditions for the 2020 Music Ensembles will take place on the following days:

Strings: Tuesday 29 October (12.00 – 1.15pm) and (3.00pm – 4.00pm)

Band: Wednesday 6 November (9.30am – 3.00pm)

Students are to perform:

  1. 16 bars of music of their own choice from their current ensemble repertoire/or solo repertoire
  2. Conductor’s choice of excerpt from their current ensemble repertoire.

All auditions are by 5 minute appointments. Please sign up on the Music Noticeboard in the Music Department before the audition dates.

Annual Carols Service – Thursday 28 November

The Annual Carols Service will be held on Thursday 28 November at 7.00pm in the Chapel. Rehearsals will take place throughout the day from 8.45am – 2.45pm. The musicians will return to school by 6.00pm for their warm up with the service to take place at 7.00pm. Further information will be sent home in the coming weeks regarding this event.

 

Celebration of Excellence – Monday 28 October

On Monday, 28th October 2019 we will hold our annual “Celebration of Excellence” in the Main Auditorium of Brisbane City Hall.  Parents, siblings and other family members are very welcome to attend.

The proceedings will commence at 7.00 pm and will include recognition of student success across a range of areas.  The ceremony will be completed by 9.15 pm.  All students are expected to attend and be in full school uniform, including blazer and stockings. No hats are required for this event.

Details will be provided for all students involved in the rehearsals early next term.

 The program for the day is as follows:

 

Monday, 28th October
8.30 am – 3.00 pm Musicians, awardees and students involved in the opening reflection (students required at various times throughout the day) Rehearsals at City Hall – students wear full school uniform and bring a small bag with morning tea/lunch/water Students involved will be sent details early in Term 4

 

Parents will need to complete the Consent2Go permissions to enable students to attend the rehearsals.

8.25 am – 3.00 pm All other students Normal school day – classes run as usual Note: Classes finish at 3pm which is a change from our previous practice.
5.30 pm Boarder students Boarder buses depart Stuartholme Buses will return to Stuartholme on completion of the evening
6.00 pm Musicians Arrive at City Hall Report to Mr Mear in the Sherwood Room
6.15 pm All awardees, Green Ribbon recipients and students involved in the opening reflection Arrive at City Hall Move directly to allocated seats in the main auditorium
6.30 pm All other students need to arrive at City Hall Report to Teacher Mentors in the foyer When roll is marked, move to allocated seats in the main auditorium
6.45 pm Parents, family members and other guests Take seats in auditorium
7.00 pm Celebration of Excellence commences
9.15 pm Celebration of Excellence concludes

Due to the late evening, school will commence at 10.30 a.m. on Tuesday, 29th October 2019. We are currently making arrangements so that girls who use the school buses will arrive by 10.15 a.m. Further details will be provided early next term.

Students will be asked to go to TMG at 10.30 a.m. to have the roll marked and classes will commence immediately afterwards at the usual time. The day will finish at 3.00 pm.

Awards

A number of awards will be presented on the evening, the criteria for which are outlined below:

Academic prizes are awarded to the top student in each subject as at the end of Term 3.

Academic Excellence is awarded to students in Years 7-11 who have received an ‘A’ in all subjects or who have a GPA of 13 or above.

Madeleine Sophie Barat Academic Honours are awarded to students in Year 12 who have achieved straight A’s or are modelling at the highest level of exit outcomes.

Sharon Beirne Memorial Award is awarded to a Year 10 student of character and generosity who has been dedicated to her studies, contributed to wider activities such as sport or the arts, displayed the qualities of a friend and is a person who might honour the character of Sharon Beirne who “had a vigorous and passionate embrace of life, a love of people and justice, and always a great sense of humour.”

Moreen Acton Award is presented to a Year 12 student who shows an appreciation of the ethos and values of the School, is conscientious in her studies, is ready to offer service, demonstrates a potential for leadership, and contributes to the spirit of the community.

The Samantha Kelly Prize is awarded to a Year 7 student who, in light of the Goals of Sacred Heart Education, demonstrates kindness, generosity of heart, cheerfulness, gentleness in offering a hand of friendship or assistance to others.

The University of Queensland Award for Service and Leadership recognises the achievements of a Year 11 or 12 student who has consistently demonstrated academic, school and service leadership.

Australian Defence Force Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork Awards acknowledge the achievements of a Year 10 and a Year 12 student who have demonstrated outstanding qualities of leadership and teamwork either within the School or the wider community.

Co-curricular Excellence Awards recognise students who have represented Stuartholme in a co-curricular activity and have competed at a national or international level in that activity.

Cultural Awards are presented to students in Years 7 to 11 (one per year level) who have made an outstanding contribution to the cultural life of the School in their current year.

Sports Awards are presented to students in Years 7 to 11 (one per year level) who have made an outstanding contribution to the sporting life of the School in their current year.

Service to Community Awards are presented to students in Years 7 to 11 (one per year level) who have excelled in service to the school community through sporting teams, cultural activities and/or committees.

Cor Unum Spirit Awards are presented to students in Years 7 to 11 (one per year level) who have demonstrated leadership and excellence through commitment to, and respect for, the religious values of Stuartholme: generosity of service; strength of character; strong self-respect and being an inspiration to others by example.

Parents of Stuartholme trophy seeks to acknowledge a student or group of students who demonstrate commitment to social awareness which impels to action.

The Sister Mollie Ahern Service Awards are presented to students who have lived out a spirituality of service at Stuartholme.

Cultural Award Cup is awarded to a Year 12 student who, in addition to demonstrating a personal standard of excellence in co-curricular performance, has consistently collaborated with others through encouragement, initiative and consideration.

Edwina Howard Sports Award is awarded to a Year 12 student for outstanding dedication to sport, a striving for excellence in sport, true sportsmanship and team spirit through successfully representing Stuartholme over a period of at least 3 years.

RS Cooper Quiet Achiever Award recognises a Year 12 student who has worked consistently to achieve her best, is a role model to others in supporting the ethos of the School and is a positive influence wherever she is.

All Rounder Award recognises a Year 12 student for her participation and excellent achievement in academic, co-curricular and service activities.

Janet Stuart Award recognises and promotes the strength of character shown by a Year 12 student in the completion of her studies and in the activities undertaken concurrently with her studies.  The student needs to have demonstrated, through application to her studies and through her co-curricular record: endurance; perseverance; courage; an indomitable spirit; inspirational achievement and a fixed resolution to win what is worth winning.

Margaret Parer Award is selected by the Year 12 class and presented to a Year 12 student in memory of Margaret Parer. The student must have displayed the qualities of loyalty and generosity in friendships, a spirit of joy and enthusiasm and gentleness and generosity in the care of others.

The Spirit Cup is Stuartholme’s service award and is presented to the senior student who has excelled in the school community through sporting teams, cultural events and / or service activities.

The Cor Unum Awards were introduced in 2009 to recognise the girls who were shortlisted for the Cor Unum Shield.

The Cor Unum Shield is the School’s highest award for leadership and general excellence.  Year 12 students are nominated for the Cor Unum Shield by other students or staff.

The Principal’s Award recognises Year 12 students who have embraced the opportunities presented to them in their time at Stuartholme.  Each recipient was nominated for a number of Senior Awards.

Support for Success Program – Senior Boarding Option

Stuartholme School is offering a unique opportunity for current day students to enter the Boarding House for Year 12 as part of our Support for Success Program, which is offered to all senior boarders.

As part of the program, students will have access to set study times after school, including specific content tutoring. This program is ideally suited to students who would benefit from consistent study plans and routines and on hand academic support. They will build social connections with the existing boarders and enjoy the many benefits of being a boarder.

This program sees successful study that includes:

  • First study from 5 – 6pm in classrooms downstairs
  • Second study 7:15pm – 8:30pm in rooms with the option to extend through consultation
  • Senior students to access library on weekends
  • Monday first study skills, open forum, study groups, review classes, peer review, critical friend
  • Monday second study – 7:15pm to 9pm with content tutoring available
  • Supervisors tracking study habits

At this time, we are looking for expressions of interest from our day families. If you would like to find out more and register your interest, please email Ellen McLean, Assistant Head of Boarding  emclean@stuartholme.com or Karen Davies, Dean of Boarding kdavies@stuartholme.com

 

 

 

Rowers Boarding Program

Stuartholme is offering day students who are keen to also row the opportunity to board during the rowing season (Terms 2 and 3).

This program is aimed at Rowers how are looking to further their rowing skills while maintaining academic structure.

Benefits of the program include:

  • Set routine
  • Structure around meals, study and transport
  • Support from boarding staff
  • Wellbeing check ins with Rowing Director and Assistant Heads of Boarding.
  • Teaches discipline and independence beyond school
  • Special catered dietary meal plans
  • Extra academic support from tutors
  • A holistic approach to elite sport

At this time we are looking for expressions of interest from our day families. If you would like to find out more and register your interest please email Melissa Robinson, Assistant Head of Boarding mrobinson@stuartholme.com or Karen Davies, Dean of Boarding kdavies@stuartholme.com

2020 school fees discount due date and donations update

We would like to remind families of the discount available for payment of fees one year in advance.

For those families who wish to pay the 2020 tuition and/or boarding fee in advance and receive the 2.5% discount, this payment is due by Friday 13 December.  Please contact the Finance Office at receivables@stuartholme.com by Friday 15 November to receive an annual invoice.

We would like to thank the families who generously donated to the Stuartholme School Building and Maintenance Fund and Foundation. The school is committed to match the donations made by the Term 4 fees due date, which was Tuesday 9 October. We had a total of $24,249.60 donated which we will match, making a total of $48,499.20 to be deposited.

 

 

Social Justice

On the last Wednesday of Term 3, our Year 7 to 9 students were given the opportunity to attend a henna workshop run by the social enterprise, Ethni.

This purposeful business aims to educate and broaden young people’s understand of refugees and migrants through learning about different cultural practices. We were honoured to have our session facilitated by Sara who arrived as an asylum seeker from Iran when she was 10 years old.

Sasha de Aboitiz, a Year 9 student reflected on the workshop:

Not only was the Ethni Henna Workshop a true pleasure to partake in but it also provided insight on the perspectives of immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees. These topics were discussed throughout the workshop and the stories that were told were awe-inspiring and impressive. I thoroughly enjoyed how the ladies organised the workshop and tried to let everyone experience a part of their culture. They were super sweet, kind and approachable and didn’t get annoyed or mad when I completely screwed up my henna piping bag. This was an amazing experience and I would highly recommend that when given the opportunity too, you should participate in it.

On Tuesday 22 October, JPIC are running a Civic Advocacy Forum for Stuartholme students and other local high school students. This student led initiative is focussed on young people learning that civic advocacy isn’t necessarily a one off event, but can also create significant change caused by our day to day actions.

The session, running from 4pm to 6:30pm, will feature a panel of civic advocates who have a special interest in the topics of refuges, environmental sustainability and diffability. Following on from the panel will be workshops which provide hands on learning activities, reinforcing the understanding that although young people deserve to be heard, in order to do this we must learn how to make people listen through positive and proactive techniques. This includes how to reach out and communicate with relevant political members about issues of concern, how to keep yourself safe and legal when advocating and how to introduce advocacy into your everyday life. If your young person is interested in attending, please register through the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/K7TXT32

 

 

Debating news and opportunities

Although debating doesn’t run all year round, some of our debaters choose to practice their skills and refine their techniques through public speaking competitions. Two of our debaters, Verity Blair (Year 7) and Sasha de Aboitiz (Year 9) competed at the UN Youth Voice competition on Saturday 12 October. Sasha discussed “How can Australia improve economic equality between citizens?” and Verity presented “How can we improve access to educational opportunities in regional and remote areas of Australia?”. Congratulations to both students who did an excellent job!

Additionally any Year 10 or 11 debaters who may be interested in 2020 debating are encouraged to attend another of our point of information workshops, on Tuesday 29 October from 3-4pm in R206. This workshop is designed to help you learn about how to structure and execute point of information, or simply improve your existing skills. Please note this workshop is also open to students in Year 10 and 11 who may not debate now, but are interested in joining in 2020. Any questions please email Claire Lawler (clawler@stuartholme.com).

Science Snippets

Think you’ve had a bad day? Try being one of the caterpillars that Glyptapanteles wasps inject their babies in, eat from the inside out, whilst chemically brainwashing to defend the wasp’s abominable pupae.

As someone who thoroughly hates and fears wasps, I was confident they could not get any more terrifying. However Central American wasps of the genus Glyptapanteles have proved me very, very wrong.

These wasps are parasitoids, meaning they leech off other organisms at its expense, killing their hosts. This journey begins when the Glyptapanteles wasp injects up to 80 eggs into a living caterpillar using its ovipositor (the long tail-like organ pictured below).

Once inside the caterpillar, the eggs hatch into larvae and feed off the caterpillar’s nutrients. The larvae are biologically programmed to avoid any major organs and at this stage the caterpillar’s behaviour is completely normal (excluding its increased appetite).

The wasps continue to develop inside the caterpillar, repeatedly shedding their exoskeleton to allow for more growth. Tiny, sharp teeth develop as they prepare for their exit and they grow to the size of about a grain of rice. It is at this stage that a chemical is released, presumably responsible for the caterpillar’s absurd behaviour.

Before their exit the caterpillar becomes extremely bloated, and the larvae release another chemical that paralyses the helpless caterpillar. They then use tiny, saw-like teeth to eat through the caterpillar’s thick skin, 80 larvae erupting at once. However, the caterpillar survives this horrific exit, potentially because the larvae time their final molt with their departure, blocking the exit wound.

Once outside, the larvae huddle together and begin spinning their cocoons. As the paralysis chemical wears off, the caterpillar contributes its own silk to this protective barrier, something usually reserved for its own cocoon. When complete, the caterpillar acts as an unwavering bodyguard. Proving that this species is in fact the worst, and that karma exists, the larvae are at most risk of being injected by other Glyptapanteles wasps, and being the host of a range of new larvae.

But the brainwashed caterpillar does not let this happen. Channelling its natural aggression, the caterpillar circles the wasp cocoon and strikes at any predators who come near. The caterpillar becomes so determined to protect these wasps that it does not leave the cocoon, not even to find food or water. So, despite having parasitic wasps feasting on its blood and tissue, having 80 larvae simultaneously eat their way through its skin, and despite fighting off a plethora of nasty predators, including those of the same species it is protecting, the wasp eventually dies… of hunger.

If you would like to read more about these truly awful creatures national geographic provides a very detailed description:

https://www.wired.com/2014/10/absurd-creature-week-glyptapanteles-wasp-caterpillar-bodyguard/

Or if you would like to watch a video of this process follow the next link. Note this video may be uncomfortable to some viewers, so if you are squeamish you probably should not watch it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMG-LWyNcAs&t=208s

On a less terrifying note, there are many science-based activities coming up so feel free to email Ms Macdonald if you were interested in participating.

The ConocoPhillips Science Experience

If you are in Year 9 or 10 and love performing experiments or want to learn what university life is like, this program could be for you. It lasts three days from the 22nd to 24th of January (but applications are due by the 30th of November) and takes place at UQ. Participants perform experiments with senior lecturers, attend site tours, have social activities, and gain information on tertiary studies in STEM fields. This is also a chance to connect with students from other schools with similar interests.

https://www.scienceexperience.com.au/about-the-program

Enhanced Studies Program

High achieving Year 11 students are invited to study a UQ university subject whilst in Year 12, free of cost. You can also gain one adjustment (equivalent to approximately one ATAR point), which is highly advantageous is your desired course requires a high ATAR. Furthermore, this can prepare students for university study and familiarise them with the grading system, course structure etc. There is a vast range of courses available, which you can check out in the following link

https://future-students.uq.edu.au/files/19465/enhanced-studies-program-guide.pdf

Queensland Maths Summer School

The Queensland Mathematics Summer School at UQ (QMSS) is a five-day program from 20 to 24 January 2020, for mathematically talented Year 10 students planning to study Year 11 Mathematical Methods and Specialist Mathematics in 2020. As well as preparing participants for their future subjects, this is a great opportunity to meet people of a similar interest and build your problem-solving skills.

https://smp.uq.edu.au/outreach/queensland-maths-summer-school?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=UQ+Science+Ambassadors+Update+8+2019&utm_content=smp.uq.edu.au%2Foutreach%2Fqueensland-maths-summer-school&utm_source=www.vision6.com.au

 

Maia Craig (Year 11 Science Ambassador)

Students send water to communities in need

Our Year 7 and 11 students recently put the call out for donations of water to help Stanthorpe, Applethorpe and Warwick communities. Thanks to their hard work and our generous community, they exceeded their target.

In addition to bottles of water, the students raised approximately $1150 to buy around two trucks of water.

Great job girls!

 

Spring Spectacular

Do you have a daughter starting in 2023?

Stuartholme will be holding interviews for the Year 7 students starting in 2023 during Term 4. If you have a daughter starting in 2023, please ensure you have submitted an application so she can included in this round of interviews.

 

 

School Transport funding

Celebrating 100 years book

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.

Pre-order sales are now being taken at an early bird price of $69.95 (plus postage if needed). Sale price next year is $89.95 (plus postage if needed).

Click here to purchase.

Orders will be shipped in May, 2020.

Building Brave Presentation – get your discounted tickets!

Stuartholme is pleased to be partnering with Karen Young and Michelle Mitchell for their presentation on Building Brave. The presentation will be in the school Theatre on Wednesday 23 October from 6.30pm. Please see details on the flyer below, including how to purchase your discounted tickets.

Invitation to Nick Olsen exhibition

Stuartholme’s artist-in-residence, Nick Olsen is currently holding an exhibition at the Red Hill Gallery along with fellow artists Paul Margocsy and Adrienne Williams. The Stuartholme community is warmly invited to attend this exhibition featuring the work of these talented local artists.

 

2020 Centennial Art Show

Save the date!

The 2020 Centennial Art Show Opening Night will be held on Saturday 12 September 2020.

This beautiful evening will feature guest speaker Davida Allen.

Look out for further information about the night and how to book tickets.

 

 

 

 

Key Dates

DateEvent
Fri 20 SeptemberClasses finish 12pm
Boarder travel day
Sat 21-Mon 23 SeptemberSony Camp
Mon 7 OctoberBoarders return
Boarder Parent Network Metting 10-11.30am
Queen's Birthday public holiday
Tues 8 OctoberStudents start
Parents of Stuartholme Meeting 6pm
Years 7-11 school fees due
Wed 9 OctoberWelcome back Class of 2018 Breakfast,7-8.30am
Fri 11 OctoberLeadership handover
Thurs 17 OctoberYear 7, 2020 Orientation Day and Parent Information Evening
Mon 21 OctoberStudent free day - verification
Year 11 Semi-formal
Fri 25 OctoberSpring Spectacular and Music Awards Night 6pm
Mon 28 OctoberCelebration of Excellence 7pm
Fri 1 NovemberYear 12 Parent Daughter Breakfast 7am
Mon 4-Fri 8 NovemberYear 12 Assessment block
Wed 13 NovemberYear 12 Boarders Farewell Liturgy and dinner
Thurs 14 NovemberYear 12 Valedictory Mass and Cocktail Party
Fri 15 NovemberGoals Assembly
Year 12 final day
Fri 22 NovemberYear 11 Performance Night 6pm
Thurs 28 NovemberCarols Evening 7pm
Fri 29 NovemberChristmas Liturgy and Final Assembly
Classes finish 12noon
Boarders travel day
Year 12 final fee statement issued
Wed 4 DecemberFinal day to return library books and textbook hire
Fri 13 December2020 School Fees (with discount) due
Fri 20 DecemberSchool closes

Message from the Deputy Principal

Cultures of Thinking

Last Wednesday, Stuartholme hosted the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Twilight Networking session with Dr Ron Ritchhart from Harvard Graduate School of Education as guest speaker. Over 120 teaching professionals attended the evening to hear Dr Ritchhart talk about the benefits of developing classrooms focused on thinking, learning, understanding and collaboration. Dr Ritchhart explained that taking time for thinking, using a language of thinking, and documenting the thinking processes are just some of the ways that teachers can create cultures of thinking in their classrooms. This allows classrooms and schools to become places of intellectual stimulation where the focus is not just on improving test scores, but on more deliberately developing young learners who can think, create and question.

The following evening Dr Ritchhart spoke to a group of Stuartholme’s current and future parents about the work he has been doing with Stuartholme’s teachers and how parents can also create a culture of thinking within the home. He argued that “children grow into the intellectual life around them” (L.S. Vygostky’s Mind in Society), and he talked about the kinds of things that parents can do to provide a home environment where thinking is valued, visible and actively promoted. He provided the following 9 conversation starters for parents (http://www.pz.harvard.edu/resources/9-apps-for-parents):

  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 have 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 to 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 interests. 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-judgmental tone after someone has given a response, we are able to get a window into the thinking behind that person’s initial response.

Dr Ritchhart will return to Stuartholme School in 2020 to continue to build our teachers’ capacity to create cultures of thinking in their classrooms, foster thinking opportunities that lead to deep understanding, and look for evidence of student thinking and understanding. As we continue our work with Dr Ritchhart, we hope also to continue to provide opportunities for parents to engage in partnership with us to foster their daughters’ thinking dispositions and support their daughters as thinkers and learners.

Deanne Johnston
Deputy Principal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Message from the Dean of Mission

As my final newsletter piece, I would like to share my farewell speech to the students on Assembly today.

As part of their induction program, new staff are asked to contemplate what their hopes are for a Stuartholme student as she walks through the gates on her last day of schooling, and in the years that follow her graduation. On the drive back from my final Year 12 Retreat on Wednesday and in the days since, I’ve been contemplating this question in more depth. So, as part of my farewell, I wanted to offer some of my hopes for each of the strong, courageous and intelligent Stuartholme women who sit before me as I leave Stuartholme.

I hope, within the depths of your being, that you understand and feel, completely and fully, that you are loved. Madeleine Sophie said, ‘for the sake of one child, I would have founded the Society’. She, and each Sacred Heart educator surrounding you, hope you know that you are that one child. You were especially created by a God who is love, to know and feel this love in the very depths of your heart. In the busyness of our world with the constant bombardment of what you should look like, feel like and sound like, I hope you find moments of prayer, contemplation and stillness, to nurture your spirituality and to cultivate these feelings of love within yourself and to know you were created to be exactly who you are and that that is enough.

I also hope that this self-belief encourages you to look critically upon this weird and wonderful world and allows you to find your voice within it. I have no doubt that your education at Stuartholme will develop, a discerning mind that constantly questions the status-quo and seeks to find truth, beauty and wisdom. In doing so, I hope you understand that emotions are not weakness and that empathy and compassion are some of the strongest intellectual values you can possess.

One of my favourite quotes is from Viktor Hugo who says, ‘to love another person is to see the face of God’. Madeleine Sophie knew that the only way to fully experience God and God’s love was through our relationships with others. We are blessed in this little haven on the hill to know a community where each person can be their authentic self and belong. But this sense of belonging does not happen without effort. And so, I hope that each of you, no matter where you find yourself, actively build community. To do this, we must lift up those around us – choosing to support, rather than belittle and build up rather than tear down. A candle does not diminish its light by lighting another candle – #sisterssupportingsisters.  We must also not just tolerate diversity, but celebrate it – learning from each other’s opinions, backgrounds and experiences so that each person can contribute with an open heart and be received with an open mind.

In building community, I hope you look with compassion upon those within it and the world who need help the most. Compassion calls us to recognise the fundamental connection we share as human beings and to see the dignity and worth that each of us possess. To do this, we must firstly understand the realities and nuances of another person’s experience. Education like this is an act of justice and I hope you never stop learning about the world and the issues that are present within it, but more than that, I hope that you never stop using this education and self-belief to know that you can transform the world. Each of you sitting before me are change makers and don’t ever let the cynics and those who say you can’t stop you from realising this potential. As Madeleine Sophie said, ‘Your actions, even more than your words, will be an eloquent lesson to the world’.

The journey that lies ahead for each of you will be paved with triumph, laughter, love, fulfilment, and inevitably, struggles and obstacles. I hope that you see the failures that are inevitable in life as not a reflection of who you are at the depths of your being, but more an opportunity to grow and learn wisdom. In doing so, I hope you share that wisdom with those around you and empower others to be the best version of themselves they can be. As Mother Janet Erskine Stuart once said “Life faces you with courageous challenges at every step of the way. You are on the path, exactly where you are meant to be right now…and from here, you can only go forward, shaping your life story into a magnificent tale of triumph, of healing, of courage, of beauty, of wisdom, of power, of dignity, of love.” So, wherever the journey that is to come leads you, may you live in the here and now, always finding joy in God’s day-to-day blessings and miracles. May you laugh openly and often, with a joy that opens your heart and encourages others to do the same. And may you spread love wherever you go.

You may have noticed, but it is no coincidence that the hopes I have for you are framed around the five goals of Sacred Heart education. So, my final hope is that these goals become part of the fabric of your being and plant seeds within you that allow you to flourish and have life in all its abundance.

Thank you, from the depths of my heart, for allowing me to be part of this community and for the joy you have brought me – I am eternally grateful. And so, I leave you with a blessing…

May the road rise up to meet you,

May the wind be always at your back,

May the sun shine gently on your face,

And until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of God’s hand.

 

Sarah Daff
Dean of Mission

 

Message from the Dean of Boarding

Dear Parents and Guardians,

These last two weeks of term have been challenging, with Year 11 and 12 girls involved in end of Term exams, Year 7 – 10 girls completing those last few assessment tasks, and then getting ready to go HOME! Year 12 this week have been on the annual Retreat, which in their words ‘was a really wonderful experience’. The Retreat constructed activities that were about who have they become at this stage in their life, about finishing well, understanding the richness that has been provided to them in this journey at Stuartholme, and how the school knows that they are ready for life as young adults. Next term Claire Lawler and Ellen McLean will be conducting a course for Year 12 girls called ‘How to Adult’ which I am sure will provide rich conversations as we lead into finishing their time at Stuartholme. More details will follow early next term.

With the Year 12 girls out of the House for the first three days, the House took on a relatively relaxed space, that over each night got quieter and quieter, until we got to Swimming Carnival preparations. I am very proud to say that most of the Borders remained for the Swimming Carnival and the girls had a glorious day. These community building days are not to be missed lightly for they allow that deepening of friendships across the school as girls compete in House groups and have those incidental conversations that draw girls together.

Over this term we have had Ms Ursula Cooper and Mrs Ming Du take on leadership roles due to Ms Catherine Sagin working on her Clinical Placement for her degree.  My sincere thanks go to both ladies for their willingness to take on this opportunity and for the wonderful way in which they embraced this opportunity. We also look forward to Catherine’s return for Term 4 and hope that her studies and placement have provided her with a deeper understanding of the complex world of young people, so that we can all benefit from her expertise.

So as the House becomes so very empty this afternoon, I know that in less than twenty- four hours we are welcoming young people here for the Sony Camp and then Queensland Theatre Company will also be staying in our house over the next week. I am very grateful that girls know the drill in packing up their rooms and being prepared to unpack at the beginning of the next term. This is important in the rhythm of life here, for while this is the girls home during the term they really belong to you their parents and they know they have their own rooms where much stays the same for them to come home to which then allows them to recharge and regenerate in readiness for what the next term will throw at them.

Next term I would like to host a Student Leadership conversation with all our Year 11 leaders in preparation for the year ahead, so I would like each girl to be available on Sunday 20th October and Monday 21st October to work with Ms Ellen McLean and myself on a range of activities. A letter will be sent to you and the girls over the holiday break with more information.

So finally, I would just like to say thank you to those parents who continue to work in partnership with us as we care and provide a safe environment for your daughters to live, learn and grow. I am very confident in the care and attention to ‘our duty of care’ that all the Boarding staff provide and do thank the entire team for a wonderful term, and I look forward to seeing everyone back in the House on Monday 7th October.

Blessings to you and your families,

Karen Davies
Dean of Boarding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Message from the Dean of Student Wellbeing

Supporting the mental health of your daughter

“Health is the state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity” – World Health Organisation

Continuing to provide quality advice and support to parents is really important to the Wellbeing Team. Towards this end, two of my Leaders of Student Wellbeing: Marilyn Byron – Year 12 and Margaret Devlin Year 11 and I accepted an invitation to St Peter’s Lutheran College recently to learn more about how parents can support the mental health of their daughters.

Proactively addressing positive coping strategies is a key plank in our Wise Wellness Program delivered at Stuartholme.

This term we have had a range of experts in this field work with students from Years 7-12 including: our very own highly qualified psychologists, Community Engagement Coordinators from Headspace; and facilitators from BATYR – an organisation dedicated to empowering young people to give them the knowledge and skills to lead mentally healthy lives.

This final newsletter article of the term aims to share with you key tips we gained from the evening at St Peters Lutheran College attended by these same industry experts and to complement some of the work we have been doing here at school.

The Spring break often affords families the chance to reconnect after a busy term. It might also offer you the space to revisit how what you can do as a parent or caregiver to support your daughter’s mental health or reflect on the extent to which the five strategies for bolstering wellbeing are being met in your household.

What you can do to help as a parent or caregiver?

Your relationship with your child is the most important tool you have to support them:

  1. Focus on the positives – what is great about who they are?
  2. Encourage communication – about all things
  3. Listen hard – your ability to ‘fix the problem is far less important than your ability to listen to it.
  4. Seek information, advice and support together – taking that step together can really break down barriers.+

 

 

 

 

 

Deb Lonsdale-Walker
Dean of Student Wellbeing

 

 

 

 

 

 

Message from the Careers Counsellor

Happy Week 10, everyone!

Please find below a collection of interesting career-related experiences, quite a few of which are happening during this coming school holidays!

There’ll also be a series of careers events at Stuartholme in the first half of next term. These include a series of hands on career activities and a UNI101 panel, featuring recent Stuartholme alumnae, who will de-mystify GPA, HELP loans, majors & minors, lectures vs tutorials, and more!

As always, the full Options Bulletin can be found on the Careers page of the my.Stuartholme hub.

UQ: Women in Engineering Workshop

The University of Queensland’s Women in Engineering team facilitate a free hands on Renewable Energy workshop which allows high school students to discover new ways to generate power. The workshop is an introduction to engineering and how various disciplines such as electrical and chemical engineers are needed to explore and develop alternative and efficient energy sources in real world applications. The workshops are suitable for Years 7 – 10. See your guidance officer or school counsellor if you would like to atttend.

UQ: Business, Commerce and Tourism Experience Day

At these free, interactive sessions, students will have the opportunity to understand and experience what it means to study, work and succeed in the fields of business management, commerce and tourism at UQ. The day will be held on Sunday 8 September from 10am – 1.00pm at the St Lucia campus. Register here.

GU: GUESTS Trimester Three

The Griffith University Early Start to Tertiary Studies (GUESTS) program provides senior students the opportunity to study a single Griffith university subject while still at school. Current Year 11 students are invited to apply for Trimester Three (28 October 2019 – 31 January 2020). Year 11 applications for trimester 3 are due by 29 September 2019. Visit the GUESTS website for more details and to apply.

USQ: Inspiring Health Two-Day Experience (Years 11 – 12)

The Inspiring Health Experience will be held on Thursday 3 and Friday 4 October from 9.30am – 4.00pm and costs $50 at the Ipswich campus. It is designed for students with a high interest in the industry and future aspirations to study:

This is an opportunity to engage with USQ academics, current students and industry partners. The experience will outline some of the opportunities and the future needs the industry is facing, and give attendees a chance to experience the industry first-hand. Click here to register.

ADF: STEM Activities day

Considering a Science, Technology, Engineering or Math’s career? The ­Navy, Army & Air Force have roles that need STEM skills. They are now recruiting for jobs that didn’t even exist a few years ago such as piloting military drones and working in electronic warfare.

The STEM Pathways Activities Day is on 25 September in the Recruiting Centre Brisbane. You’ll interact with current serving military personnel with backgrounds in trades and engineering whilst enjoying some practical learning activities. It is open to students in Years 10-12. RSVP Via cptqld@dfr.com.au  with your full name, session preference (morning or afternoon), school and any dietary requirements.

USQ: TV & Radio Two-Day Experience (Years 10, 11 & 12)

The USQ Television and Radio Two Day Experience will be held on Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 September from 9.30am – 4.00pm costing $50 (includes lunch) at their Springfield campus. It is designed for students who are interested in the industry and future aspirations to study a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Film, Television and Radio) or a Bachelor of Communication and Media (Television and Radio). This is an opportunity to engage with USQ academics, current students and industry partners. The experience will outline some of the opportunities and the future needs the industry is facing, and give students a chance to experience the industry first-hand. Click here to register.

MedView is holding a Medical Experience Day

Student consulting organisation MedView will be hosting ‘A day in the life of a doctor’ for parents and students in years 10 – 12 wishing to gain entry into medical school. This medicine experience day will allow guests to learn medical skills, talk face-to-face with some of Queensland best surgeons and physicians, and receive firsthand tips for when applying for UCAT, GAMSAT, Multiple Mini Interviews. The event will run from 9:00am – 1:30pm on Saturday 26 October 2019 in Brisbane (exact location to be confirmed). Read more about the event and book your spot on the event website here.

Billy Blue College of Design: A Day in the Life Creative Workshops

Billy Blue College of Design will be holding a free half-day workshop at its Brisbane campus on Saturday 21 September 2019. The workshop is designed for those interested in a creative career. During the workshop you will be involved in your registered area of interest, meet current students and see what it is like to work in that area.

Places are strictly limited, so visit the website for more information and to register.

Bond: Headstart Day at Bond University

Ambitious Queensland high school students in year 10 and 11 are invited to Bond University’s Headstart Day. This free event will be held on Monday 21 October 2019. It will provide these students with an opportunity to try university subjects from across Bond’s four academic faculties. Please contact me if you are interested in attending this event.

Warm regards,

Mr Tom Lillyman

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends,

A few moments ago I posted a notice to all parents in MyStuartholme regarding staff changes in the Leadership Team. For those who may not have seen it, I have included it below.

Before we start school holidays, I would like to advise our community of staff changes to the Stuartholme School Leadership Team.

Ms Sarah Daff, Dean of Mission, has accepted a role with Headspace in Sydney.  Sarah has been an instrumental part of our Leadership Team and school community, we have all valued her work in leading our girls in Mission and Social Justice.  Sarah’s new role has an immediate start.  I am delighted to announce Mrs Liz Foxover will be Acting Dean of Mission for Term 4.  Stepping into the role of Leader of Learning – Religious Education will be Ms Kristy King.

I would like to take this opportunity to announce the appointment of Mr Justin Golding to the role of Dean of Mission from 2020.  Justin brings a wealth of experience of youth ministry, spirituality and religious leadership and we look forward to welcoming him in the new year.

Congratulations are offered to Mrs Deanne Johnston on her appointment as Principal of Rockhampton Girls Grammar School from 2020.  I acknowledge Deanne’s enormous contribution to Stuartholme in her leadership of Teaching and Learning, Staff Development and Co-curricular.

Both Sarah and Deanne will be missed by staff and students and we wish them all the best in their future endeavours.  We hope they remember their time at Stuartholme with both pride and affection.

As you may be aware in Term 2 I underwent some minor surgery.  Unfortunately, further surgery is required.  This will require a longer recovery period and I will be on leave for most of Term 4.  However, I look forward to being present to farewell our Seniors in November and to attend our beautiful end of year and Christmas liturgies.

Yesterday, we held two exciting events at Stuartholme. The first was our annual Interhouse Swimming Carnival. It was a wonderful day of competition, comradery and Cor Unum spirit! A very big congratulations to Stuart House for winning the Spirit Stick!

 

 

We were also proud to partner with Aurecon for their Bridge Building Competition. This competition saw schools from all over south-east Queensland and northern New South Wales come to Stuartholme for a day of bridge testing and judging. The day was a excellent STEM event and I was so proud of the Stuartholme teams who competed – well done girls!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, I would like to wish everyone a safe, happy and relaxing school holiday. I leave you in the safe hands of Ms Johnston and look forward to seeing you again later in Term 4.

Take care and God Bless,

Kristen Sharpe
Principal

 

 

Co-curricular News

Equestrian

In the up and coming September/October holidays the equestrian team have six talented individuals selected to compete at national level at Sydney International Equestrian Centre representing Queensland.

Piper Searle; selected for Eventing & Showjumping, Georgia Rink; Eventing, Ellie Turnbull; Eventing, Aalia Lucchetta; Dressage & Combined Training, Bella Anthony; Eventing & Grace Anthony Eventing, have all competed throughout the year to qualify for this level of competition and been selected on performance at States earlier this year.

Piper Searle (Year 12) has additionally been selected to be the National captain for the Eventing Team, congratulations to Piper for obtaining such highly contended and prestigious position. Wishing the equestrian team safe travels and success for the competition ahead.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Debating

One of the greatest lessons from debating is learning to logically convince others that your opinion benefits the greater good. Establishing the moral and social obligation of your case requires the ability to think laterally and then clearly and concisely step out your reasoning. This may seem like a lot to do in a 4 minute speech, but for our Year 7 debaters they not only achieved this, but did so with only an hour of preparation. As round 4 of the Junior Secondary QDU Competition was the unseen topic of ‘that we should ban zoos’, Stuartholme Debating is very proud of all our Year 7s who all spoke with conviction and demonstrated their skill development. As the Year 7s do not have finals, their debating season has come to an end, but we look forward to welcoming the teams back for the QDU Secondary Competition in early 2020. A big thank you to our coaches, families and friends of debating who have supported us!

Any Year 10 or 11 debaters who may be interested in 2020 debating are encouraged to attend our point of information workshop, on Thursday 10th October from 3pm – 4pm in R207. This workshop is designed to help you learn about how to structure and execute point of information, or simply improve your existing skills. Although we are starting a bit earlier than usual, this allows our debaters time to gain confidence in this new mid-speech rebuttal style.

Please note this workshop is also open to students in Year 10 and 11 who may not debate now, but are interested in joining in 2020.

Any questions please email Claire Lawler (clawler@stuartholme.com)

 

Qld Conservatorium of Music State Honours Ensemble Program

Congratulations to the following music students who have been selected to represent Stuartholme at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music State Honours Ensemble Program in October. The students will join 1160 of Queensland and Australia’s finest young secondary school musicians.

First name Surname Instrument
Bridget Lloyd-Morgan Voice Soprano
Georgia Manthey Clarinet
Abigail Moore Flute
Olivia Nancarrow Trumpet
Sophie Smith Violin


Swimming and Core sign on now available

Term 4 Swimming and Term 4 Core program sign ons now available on mystuartholme.

Swimming:

Season Dates & Trials
Term 4 Swimming will commence on 8 October and continue through to 29 November.

Training will be held every:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 5:30am through to 6:45am and 6:45am – 7:30am.
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 4:45pm – 6:00pm.
Saturday 6:00am – 7:00am

Other key dates:
Burleigh Ocean Swim – Sunday 20 October
100 x 100’s – Sunday 3 November

http://forms.stuartholme.qld.edu.au/form.asp?i=77&contentID=880

Core Fitness:

Core will run:

  • Monday Morning – 6:30am to 7:30am – Freers
  • Wednesday Morning – 6:30am to 7:30am – Freers
  • Thursday Afternoon – 3:30pm-4:30pm – Freers (meet at the cafe and Andy will walk you down)

Hard Core will run:

  • Tuesday Afternoon – 3:30pm-4:30pm – Freers (meet at the cafe and Andy will walk you down)
  • Friday Morning – 6:30am to 7:30am – Freers

Term 4 Classes will commence on Tuesday 8 October and conclude Thursday 28 November.

http://forms.stuartholme.qld.edu.au/form.asp?i=72&contentID=875

Celebration of Excellence

On Monday, 28th October 2019 we will hold our annual “Celebration of Excellence” in the Main Auditorium of Brisbane City Hall.  Parents, siblings and other family members are very welcome to attend.

The proceedings will commence at 7.00 pm and will include recognition of student success across a range of areas.  The ceremony will be completed by 9.15 pm.  All students are expected to attend and be in full school uniform, including blazer and stockings. No hats are required for this event.

Details will be provided for all students involved in the rehearsals early next term.

 The program for the day is as follows:

 

Monday, 28th October
8.30 am – 3.00 pm Musicians, awardees and students involved in the opening reflection (students required at various times throughout the day) Rehearsals at City Hall – students wear full school uniform and bring a small bag with morning tea/lunch/water Students involved will be sent details early in Term 4

 

Parents will need to complete the Consent2Go permissions to enable students to attend the rehearsals.

8.25 am – 3.00 pm All other students Normal school day – classes run as usual Note: Classes finish at 3pm which is a change from our previous practice.
5.30 pm Boarder students Boarder buses depart Stuartholme Buses will return to Stuartholme on completion of the evening
6.00 pm Musicians Arrive at City Hall Report to Mr Mear in the Sherwood Room
6.15 pm All awardees, Green Ribbon recipients and students involved in the opening reflection Arrive at City Hall Move directly to allocated seats in the main auditorium
6.30 pm All other students need to arrive at City Hall Report to Teacher Mentors in the foyer When roll is marked, move to allocated seats in the main auditorium
6.45 pm Parents, family members and other guests Take seats in auditorium
7.00 pm Celebration of Excellence commences
9.15 pm Celebration of Excellence concludes

Due to the late evening, school will commence at 10.30 a.m. on Tuesday, 29th October 2019. We are currently making arrangements so that girls who use the school buses will arrive by 10.15 a.m. Further details will be provided early next term.

Students will be asked to go to TMG at 10.30 a.m. to have the roll marked and classes will commence immediately afterwards at the usual time. The day will finish at 3.00 pm.

Awards

A number of awards will be presented on the evening, the criteria for which are outlined below:

Academic prizes are awarded to the top student in each subject as at the end of Term 3.

Academic Excellence is awarded to students in Years 7-11 who have received an ‘A’ in all subjects or who have a GPA of 13 or above.

Madeleine Sophie Barat Academic Honours are awarded to students in Year 12 who have achieved straight A’s or are modelling at the highest level of exit outcomes.

Sharon Beirne Memorial Award is awarded to a Year 10 student of character and generosity who has been dedicated to her studies, contributed to wider activities such as sport or the arts, displayed the qualities of a friend and is a person who might honour the character of Sharon Beirne who “had a vigorous and passionate embrace of life, a love of people and justice, and always a great sense of humour.”

Moreen Acton Award is presented to a Year 12 student who shows an appreciation of the ethos and values of the School, is conscientious in her studies, is ready to offer service, demonstrates a potential for leadership, and contributes to the spirit of the community.

The Samantha Kelly Prize is awarded to a Year 7 student who, in light of the Goals of Sacred Heart Education, demonstrates kindness, generosity of heart, cheerfulness, gentleness in offering a hand of friendship or assistance to others.

The University of Queensland Award for Service and Leadership recognises the achievements of a Year 11 or 12 student who has consistently demonstrated academic, school and service leadership.

Australian Defence Force Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork Awards acknowledge the achievements of a Year 10 and a Year 12 student who have demonstrated outstanding qualities of leadership and teamwork either within the School or the wider community.

Co-curricular Excellence Awards recognise students who have represented Stuartholme in a co-curricular activity and have competed at a national or international level in that activity.

Cultural Awards are presented to students in Years 7 to 11 (one per year level) who have made an outstanding contribution to the cultural life of the School in their current year.

Sports Awards are presented to students in Years 7 to 11 (one per year level) who have made an outstanding contribution to the sporting life of the School in their current year.

Service to Community Awards are presented to students in Years 7 to 11 (one per year level) who have excelled in service to the school community through sporting teams, cultural activities and/or committees.

Cor Unum Spirit Awards are presented to students in Years 7 to 11 (one per year level) who have demonstrated leadership and excellence through commitment to, and respect for, the religious values of Stuartholme: generosity of service; strength of character; strong self-respect and being an inspiration to others by example.

Parents of Stuartholme trophy seeks to acknowledge a student or group of students who demonstrate commitment to social awareness which impels to action.

The Sister Mollie Ahern Service Awards are presented to students who have lived out a spirituality of service at Stuartholme.

Cultural Award Cup is awarded to a Year 12 student who, in addition to demonstrating a personal standard of excellence in co-curricular performance, has consistently collaborated with others through encouragement, initiative and consideration.

Edwina Howard Sports Award is awarded to a Year 12 student for outstanding dedication to sport, a striving for excellence in sport, true sportsmanship and team spirit through successfully representing Stuartholme over a period of at least 3 years.

RS Cooper Quiet Achiever Award recognises a Year 12 student who has worked consistently to achieve her best, is a role model to others in supporting the ethos of the School and is a positive influence wherever she is.

All Rounder Award recognises a Year 12 student for her participation and excellent achievement in academic, co-curricular and service activities.

Janet Stuart Award recognises and promotes the strength of character shown by a Year 12 student in the completion of her studies and in the activities undertaken concurrently with her studies.  The student needs to have demonstrated, through application to her studies and through her co-curricular record: endurance; perseverance; courage; an indomitable spirit; inspirational achievement and a fixed resolution to win what is worth winning.

Margaret Parer Award is selected by the Year 12 class and presented to a Year 12 student in memory of Margaret Parer. The student must have displayed the qualities of loyalty and generosity in friendships, a spirit of joy and enthusiasm and gentleness and generosity in the care of others.

The Spirit Cup is Stuartholme’s service award and is presented to the senior student who has excelled in the school community through sporting teams, cultural events and / or service activities.

The Cor Unum Awards were introduced in 2009 to recognise the girls who were shortlisted for the Cor Unum Shield.

The Cor Unum Shield is the School’s highest award for leadership and general excellence.  Year 12 students are nominated for the Cor Unum Shield by other students or staff.

The Principal’s Award recognises Year 12 students who have embraced the opportunities presented to them in their time at Stuartholme.  Each recipient was nominated for a number of Senior Awards.

NAPLAN Results

Recently, ACARA released the 2019 preliminary NAPLAN data. Stuartholme School’s 2019 scaled scores show that, as expected, our students con

Continue to perform above or substantially above state levels.

 

Seeing data that reinforces high performance is obviously pleasing but the data also provides an important function in that it allows the school to identify cohort trends, including strengths and areas for improvement.  This allows us to implement evidence-based learning programs and take steps to ensure every student is provided with the best possible opportunity to grow.

We have already seen significant improvements in our reading scores with Stuartholme identified by ACARA as a school demonstrating substantially above average NAPLAN gains in this area.

Next year Stuartholme will participate in NAPLAN online and we are currently testing and preparing our structures and systems to ensure a seamless progression to this method of assessment.

Shannon Lacey

Director of Studies

Parents of Stuartholme (PoS) Meeting

We warmly invite all parents to the next PoS meeting on Tuesday 8 October in the Greenroom. The evening will start with light refreshments at 5.45pm before the meeting at 6pm.

The agenda includes a brief information session and voting for PoS spending.

We are still looking for parent representatives for all year groups in 2020. The Year Level Parent Representative role is a great way to meet other Stuartholme parents. The main function of this position is to organise social events for their year group. If you are interested in finding out more, please email Dearna Law dlaw@stuartholme.com

 

 

Proposed changes to bus/car pick-up/set-down locations

Thank you to all the parents who completed our survey on a proposal to change the set-down and pick-up arrangements in the school.

The feedback provided to us was very divided on the proposal to restrict cars to the Jolimont area. At this stage we will not be undertaking a trail in Term 4 as proposed. We will continue to monitor the internal roads and how they are being used to determine if more work needs to be done.

 

Do you have a daughter starting in 2023?

Stuartholme will be holding interviews for the Year 7 students starting in 2023 during Term 4. If you have a daughter starting in 2023, please ensure you have submitted an application so she can included in this round of interviews.

 

 

2020 Centennial Art Show

Save the date!

The 2020 Centennial Art Show Opening Night will be held on Saturday 12 September 2020.

This beautiful evening will feature guest speaker Davida Allen.

Look out for further information about the night and how to book tickets.

 

 

 

 

Celebrating 100 years book

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.

Pre-order sales are now being taken at an early bird price of $69.95 (plus postage if needed). Sale price next year is $89.95 (plus postage if needed).

Click here to purchase.

Orders will be shipped in May, 2020.

Save the date – Music at Twilight

Building Brave Presentation

Stuartholme is pleased to be partnering with Karen Young and Michelle Mitchell for their presentation on Building Brave. The presentation will be in the school Theatre on Wednesday 23 October from 6.30pm. Please see details on the flyer below, including how to purchase your discounted tickets.

School Transport Bus Fare Threshold Changes

The Non-State Schools Transport Assistance Scheme (NSSTAS) provides financial assistance to families transporting children to non-state schools in Queensland.

The Scheme’s Bus Fare Assistance Program (BFAP) provides a rebate above a threshold amount to eligible families whose students attend schools outside the Brisbane City Council boundary. Funding for this program is capped and thresholds set based on forecast demand.

The Semester 1, 2020 weekly threshold that families pay before the BFAP rebate will be:

  • $25 (up from $20 in 2019)
  • $20 concession* (up from $15 in 2019)
    *applicants who hold a current Health Care, Pensioner or Veterans’ Affairs Pensioner card

Further information about the Scheme is available at https://SchoolTransport.com.au. Applications can be made online at that website in May (for Semester 1) and October (for Semester 2).

 

Message from the Acting Principal

Time and time again I am reminded of our wonderful community and the last fortnight is no exception.

Academically, we have seen that Stuartholme girls perform well on formal testing, reflecting the Sacred Heart goal of a deep respect for intellectual values.

Last week, NAPLAN results were released, with our students once again performing above or significantly above like schools. When looking at data released in the media, it is important to remember that comparing simple numerical scores does not measure the growth students achieve since joining a school community. It is pleasing to see that the improvement shown by Stuartholme girls far exceeds the state average, reflecting Stuartholme implements high-quality programs that support the development of our girls’ skills in literacy and numeracy.  Shannon Lacey, our Director of Studies, will provide a comprehensive summary of this data shortly.

QCS test – 3rd and 4th September

On Tuesday and Wednesday this week our Year 12s sat the Queensland Core Skills Test. Implemented for the first time in 1992, the QCS test will be used for the last time this year as the Overall Position (OP) is phased out to be replaced next year by an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). As has been Stuartholme’s tradition for many years, we commenced the testing with a buffet breakfast served in the dining room followed by reflection and prayer in the chapel. This routine ensured our girls were relaxed and focused and they approached the tests calmly and confidently. Throughout the year, Director of Studies, Mrs Shannon Lacey, and I have very much appreciated the dedication, commitment and determination of our Year 12s – we have found them a joy to work with and I’d like to thank them for their attitude and approach.  I must also thank Mrs Lacey for her hard work and commitment to preparing our Year 12s. The QCS test is a very rigorous testing regime and a great deal of expertise is required to ensure the best outcomes for all our seniors. I also thank Mrs Christine Heath, PA to the Director of Studies, who works tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure everything runs smoothly. I have every confidence that our girls were thoroughly prepared and we look forward to receiving their results later in the year.

Sport

Congratulations go to all our athletes who participated in CaSSSA Athletics on Friday 23rd August. The girls competed extremely well with lots of blue ribbons and a number of records broken. With the help of our Athletics Coordinator, Chris Gayle, Stuartholme is continuing to build upon our athletics program so we were very pleased to finish 3rd overall with a 1st place in track events and 4th place in field events. Whilst we are very proud of all our girls and year levels – who more than exemplified their mantra faster, higher, stronger – special mention must go to our 13 years age group who finished 1st.

Our athletics team have also been successful in attaining representative places with 23 of our athletes competing at Districts and 13 members of the team progressing to compete at Met West. From these trials, Gretta Johnson, Samantha Snowden, Holly Robertson and Lily Hunter gained selection in the Met West team to compete at State Championships in Cairns in October.

 

On Saturday 31st August our rowers competed at Head of River, finishing an admirable 2nd in the Percentage Cup and 4th in the Aggregate. Our First VIII finished in second place behind St Margaret’s, a great result for their hard work over the year. I’d like to congratulate all our girls on the 2019 season, and also thank Emma McCarthy, our Director of Rowing, who has done a brilliant job in her first year in the role. I’d also like to thank the coaches, the support staff and the many parents and volunteers who worked so hard over the season. Rowing is a huge team commitment and the success that Stuartholme has enjoyed over the years would not be possible without the generosity of so many people.

I would also like to mention the team spirit displayed by our crews. I was most proud of the girls for their attitude when they finished. Regardless of the result, they were humble. They were positive – they were proud of their efforts and celebrated their achievements. They praised each other and they congratulated the teams that beat them. I’ve no doubt there were some twinges of disappointment but there was also a good deal of team pride for what had been achieved over the season.  Overwhelmingly, I saw smiles. It made me think how blessed we are at Stuartholme – we really do have amazing girls!

And, just in case I sound biased, this sentiment was mirrored in the following email we received from a parent from another school:

Good morning and hello. As you are most probably aware, we have come to the end of a very exciting rowing season with the Head of River last Saturday, from that I felt compelled to write to you about the fantastic, exemplary behaviour of your students. My daughter’s crew raced and placed first in the Senior 4 Quad race on Saturday, with your girls coming in a close second. What I saw after the race was nothing more than amazing, to see the Stuartholme girls run up to our Lourdes girls, bear hug them with excitement and congratulate them, made my heart lift, such great spirited sportsmanship and camaraderie cannot go without being mentioned. Your girls should be so proud of their actions, and other schools should look up to them and take note. For me and the parents of my daughter’s crew, it will be cherished as something very special adding to the moment our girls got their win, it made it even more memorable and from the bottom our hearts and our daughters’, please pass on our thanks and congratulations to those girls, they are truly special.

 

This sportsmanship and team spirit have also been very evident throughout our netball season. With 20 teams this season, netball has definitely been one of Stuartholme’s more popular sports and I would like to commend the girls for how they have represented themselves and the school. The girls have worked so hard, and won some tough games, and their skills, camaraderie and teamwork have all noticeably developed. We are so excited that 5 of our teams are now representing Stuartholme in the grand finals on Saturday. Thank you to all the coaches, parent managers, volunteers and supporters – we have a wonderful netball culture because of the girls who play and the community who support them. I thank our Netball Coordinator, Skye Cater, who has done a great job of organising all our teams and supporting them every Saturday. We wish all our finals teams good luck and look forward to the Stuartholme community coming out in a sea of red and yellow to cheer them on.

Community events

Last Tuesday, Karen Davies, Claire Lawler and I travelled to Goondiwindi where we had a very enjoyable dinner with some of our current parents, as well as some who we hope will become future parents. Wednesday we drove to Weengallon, 130 kms from Goondiwindi, to attend the Pink Ladies Luncheon, a wonderful event that provides much needed funds to support medical care in the region.

We love the opportunity to spend time in the communities from which our girls’ come, to chat with parents, meet siblings who will one day be Stuartholme girls and look around the towns and regions to gain a better understanding of the places our girls call home. We thoroughly enjoyed spending time with our Stuartholme mums and loved hearing the stories from alum about their time at Stuartholme. It was a privilege to meet so many strong, well-educated, well-rounded women and it was very clear that the network of sisters built throughout the time at Stuartholme was genuinely cherished.

Closer to home, but certainly not forgotten, Stuartholme hosted a special Fathers’ Day event on Friday evening.  Over 150 dads and daughters attended the event which included games, activities and great food. It was a wonderful community event which allowed our dads to get to know each other and share a special night with their daughters. I hope all Stuartholme’s fathers, grandfathers, honorary fathers and significant males got a chance to relax and enjoy time with their families on Sunday.

Cultures of Thinking

This year our teachers have been working with Dr Ron Ritchhart, a Principal Investigator and Senior Research Associate at Harvard Graduate School of Education. His research spans over twenty years and his work is now used in schools on every continent in the world. He argues that learning is a product of thinking and if we want our students to learn well and develop understanding, we must create cultures of thinking that actively engage students in thinking on an ongoing basis (ronritchhart.com). As we enter a new senior assessment and tertiary entrance system, it is vital our students are provided with the kinds of thinking opportunities that lead to deep understanding.

We are delighted that next week we will be hosting two evening events with Dr Ritchhart. On Wednesday 11th September Dr Ritchhart will be the guest speaker at the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia twilight networking event. Stuartholme staff will be joined by over 100 educators from other schools who are keen to hear about Dr Ritchhart’s work and learn more about implementing the evidence-based strategies in their schools and classrooms.

On Thursday 12th September, Dr Ritchhart will be guest speaker at an event exclusively for Stuartholme’s parents and community. Dr Ritchhart will share 9 strategies, thereby providing an excellent opportunity for our community to learn how to support our girls to reinforce the thinking that happens in the classroom when completing homework and study at home. Parents who are interested in understanding more about how cultures of thinking are embedded at Stuartholme, and implementing the strategies at home to maximise their daughters’ academic outcomes, are warmly encouraged to attend the parent seminar.

God bless,

Deanne Johnston
Acting Principal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Key Dates

DateEvent
Mon 9-Fri 13 SeptemberYear 12 assessment block
Thurs 12 SeptemberParent Information Seminar - Cultures of Thinking. Dr Ron Ritchhart 6-7.30pm
Fri 13 SeptemberYear 9 Parents Dinner
6pm Newstead Brewery
Mon 16-Wed 18 SeptemberYear 12 Retreat
Wed 18 SeptemberYear 8 Arts Fiesta, 4.30pm, Theatre
Thurs 19 SeptemberInterhouse Swimming Carnival
Fri 20 SeptemberClasses finish 12pm
Boarder travel day
Sat 21-Mon 23 SeptemberSony Camp
Mon 7 OctoberBoarders return
Boarder Parent Network Metting 10-11.30am
Queen's Birthday public holiday
Tues 8 OctoberStudents start
Parents of Stuartholme Meeting 6pm
Years 7-11 school fees due
Wed 9 OctoberWelcome back Class of 2018 Breakfast,7-8.30am
Fri 11 OctoberLeadership handover
Thurs 17 OctoberYear 7, 2020 Orientation Day and Parent Information Evening
Mon 21 OctoberStudent free day - verification
Year 11 Semi-formal
Fri 25 OctoberSpring Spectacular and Music Awards Night 6pm
Mon 28 OctoberCelebration of Excellence 7pm
Fri 1 NovemberYear 12 Parent Daughter Breakfast 7am
Mon 4-Fri 8 NovemberYear 12 Assessment block
Wed 13 NovemberYear 12 Boarders Farewell Liturgy and dinner
Thurs 14 NovemberYear 12 Valedictory Mass and Cocktail Party
Fri 15 NovemberGoals Assembly
Year 12 final day
Fri 22 NovemberYear 11 Performance Night 6pm
Thurs 28 NovemberCarols Evening 7pm
Fri 29 NovemberChristmas Liturgy and Final Assembly
Classes finish 12noon
Boarders travel day
Year 12 final fee statement issued
Wed 4 DecemberFinal day to return library books and textbook hire
Fri 13 December2020 School Fees (with discount) due
Fri 20 DecemberSchool closes

Message from the Dean of Boarding

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Last week saw Mrs Deanne Johnson, Ms Claire Lawler and me travelling out to Weengallon for the 20th Anniversary of the Pink Ladies Lunch. Shades of pink was the theme of the day, with red dirt the accessory. To travel a number of hours west to suddenly arrive to see a marque that had over 750 women seated for a luncheon was a feat in itself. To realise that the caters actually feed over 900 people that day was a testament to the thorough planning by the organisers. Those wonderfully tempting stalls with lots of goodies were just too hard to resist. But most enjoyable was the lovely Mothers who joined us at our table and who were also seated at surrounding tables. It was a delightful day to share with Rebecca Cover, Natalie Carrigan, Nikki McQueen, Deb Frecklington, Karen Sullivan, Felicity Philp, Anna Tait, Anna Savill, and two our mum’s who were part of the organising community Amelia Sevil and Georgina Donelan, and Kay Graham- an Alumni of ours from the 1960’s and the Deputy Mayor of St George Fiona Gaske. The conversation flowed and lots of laughs were had. We sincerely thank each of you who were part of our day. It is just a little disappointing that I have been introduced to this wonderful day and it looks like it might have been the last. We will just have to wait and see.

The Year 12 girls have completed their QCS exams this week and I think that relief is the most common theme from the girls. I have been most impressed with the consistent application of all the girls at this time and I do sincerely hope that they will experience the fruits of their labour in the results. All of the girls in the House are involved in completing Term 3 assessments, and I would expect that results will be posted over the next three weeks, via My Stuartholme.

The Term is certainly into the last few weeks, and I am sure that Miss Ellen would appreciate all leave requests for the end of Term to be in asap. It is one of the most interesting logistical jigsaw puzzles that happens at the end of every term. Over the break we will be hosting the Sony Camp here at Stuartholme for the first weekend and then we have some 100 people for the Queensland Theatre Company here for a week, and then a Spring Camp for 140 students. This will mean that rooms with Year 7 – 11 students will need to be totally packed up and cleaned out at the end of term. I would encourage our girls to take home as much of the winter woollies that they can as summer is on its way.

My sincere apologies to Piper as this article was meant to be included in a recent Newsletter page and unfortunately it wasn’t uploaded on time.

Congratulations to Piper Searle, Year 12.

Piper has been competing for the Interschool Equestrian Association since being a pupil at the Kilcoy Primary School. Over the years Piper has become a highly successful rider across all the IQ disciplines Eventing, Show Jumping, Combined Training and Dressage on her horses.

Piper has been given awarded the position as the State Team Show Jumping Captain at Nationals in Sydney this year. The State Team of 91 riders and 101 horses will travel to SIEC, the Olympic grounds, to compete against riders from all States including Tasmania and W A.

On her 2 horses Piper is competing in the 110cms Show Jumping and also the CCN 1 star eventing. It is wonderful in this her final year of Interschool Equestrian that she has been awarded this leadership position and we wish her every success. Ms Anna Starosta said “I have worked with Piper over a number of years and I know that she will lead by example from all aspects.

Best of luck from all of us here at Stuartholme!

Wishing you and your daughter/s a happy and fulfilling fortnight and I look forward to continuing to share the boarding experience with you.

Blessings to you and your families,

Karen Davies
Dean of Boarding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Message from the Careers Counsellor

Hi everyone,

This is a big week for our Year 12 students, and all the staff and families supporting them. Congratulations to all the students who sat the QCS, and everyone preparing for exam block next week. Holidays are only a few weeks away now!

Since this has been such a big week for Year 12 students, our TAC attac drop in sessions have become SNAC ATTAC sessions for this week only. Year 12 students can drop in to the library between 3-4pm on Monday, Thursday and Friday this week for QTAC/UAC/VTAC help and snacks.

And as always, please find below a summary of the events, opportunities and resources that students might find useful for career exploration and development. The full Bulletin can be found on the Careers page of the my.Stuartholme hub, along with plenty of other useful resources and information.

Architect for a day

Have you ever considered studying architecture? The Australian Institute of Architects are inviting grade 10, 11 and 12 secondary students to a morning to experience being an Architect at a special workshop designed by the Australian Institute of Architects. Read more about the event and register here.

Torrens University Day in the Life holiday workshops

These are FREE workshop days where students can get a glimpse of what it is like to study Design, Business or Health at Torrens in Brisbane! The links to registrations are below:

Day in the Life – Design

Workshops in Graphic Design, Fashion Design, Interior Design, Digital Media, Game Art and Gaming

Day in the Life – Business

Workshops in Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Sports Managements and Event Management.

Day in the Life – Health

Workshops in Nutrition, Beauty and Sports Development

ACU: Simone Weil lecture on human value

On Tuesday 17 September 2019 the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy is delighted to announce details of the 2019 Simone Weil lecture on human value.  The lecture is inspired by Simone Weil’s ethical vision that is rooted in the attentive compassion and obligation to others, her unstinting desire for the Good and her non-negotiable commitment to justice. Click here to Register

What is deferment?

Deferment means that when you get an offer of a course place from QTAC, you can delay enrolling in the course until a later date – usually in a year’s time. When you receive an offer from QTAC, you must respond. Deferment is one of the responses available. Each institution has its own rules on deferment. You can find these on the QTAC website. Note that not all courses can be deferred. If you wish to defer for a longer period than that stated in the institution’s policy, you should contact the institution directly.

Are you an aspiring filmmaker? Win a scholarship to Bond

Submissions for the Bond University Film and Television Awards (BUFTA) opened 1 May 2019 and will close on 30 September 2019. BUFTA is a short film competition for students in Years 11 and 12. The first prize is a full-fee scholarship to study B Film and Television at Bond. Find out more on the Bond website.

Other Scholarships

University scholarships are open! Try to apply for any scholarships where you meet the eligibility criteria.

UQ scholarships

QUT scholarships

Griffith scholarships

ACU scholarships

Bond scholarships

USC scholarships

USQ scholarships

UNE scholarships

You could also look for scholarships administered by community organisations, professional associations and governments. For example, the Australian Computer Society Foundation have a number of scholarships listed on their website aimed at students studying Computer Science/IT at university.

UNE: University of New England’s (UNE) Early Entry Program – A reminder

UNE 2020 Early Entry applications will close on Friday 27 September 2019. The Early Entry program enables Year 12 students to be considered for entry to UNE courses before their final Year 12 results are available. Applicants are selected based on information from their school, rather than an OP.  Successful applicants receive an offer directly from UNE in early November. Visit the Early Entry website for details of the application process.

Kind regards,

Mr Lillyman

 

 

Co-curricular News

Debating

One of the greatest joys for our debating community is witnessing the development of skills, and the growth in confidence of our Year 7 debaters. These young women are not just impressing the adjudicators, but their coaches and peer mentors often mention the group’s willingness to learn. Georgia Perissinotto, coach of 7.2 remarked how well the teams work together. Particular mention needs to be made of Verity Blair from 7.2, who even though she was not debating in Round 3, still attended the debate and became the official cheerleader of the team, writing support messages and positive feedback for her fellow presenting team mates. It is moments like these that we are proud of our debaters, regardless of the debate outcome.

With three rounds of the Junior Secondary QDU Debating Competition now done, particular congratulations is to be given to 7.3 (Jemima Beehag, Rachael Henderson, Georgie Nasser, Susannah Streeton, Grace Power) who are undefeated. Best of luck to all teams as they work towards their final round of the competition, a short prep debate.

 

Athletics – CaSSSA Friday 23 August

Faster – higher – stronger was the mantra for the 2019 Stuartholme athletics team. The team placed third at the CaSSSA Athletics Championships. This result was very pleasing in the fact that with a very young group of athletes, the improvement from 2018 was evident across all events. You could see from the onset, there was a real buzz within the team and that showed through for the entire championships.

As one of the big 3 (swimming – cross country – athletics), athletics is once again coming to the fore at Stuartholme with an increase in students signing up, an increase in numbers at training and at warm-up events. It was commented at one of the recent warm-up meets, the improvement from the athletes at Stuartholme this season. It was great to see the other schools taking notice and this will only continue to improve over the next few years.

CaSSSA Records

  • Lucinda Freeman (12yrs) – 1500m
  • Samantha Snowden (13yrs) – 200m
  • Ellen Gett (15yrs) – javelin
  • Holly Robertson (15yrs) – 800m | 1500m
  • Lily Hunter (16yrs) – 800m | 1500m
  • Stuartholme School (all ages) – 6 x 100m Relay

CaSSSA Results

  • 3rd – aggregate cup
  • 5th – percentage cup
  • 1st – track events
  • 4th – field events
  • 2nd – 12yrs
  • 1st – 13yrs
  • 4th – 14yrs
  • 5th – 15yrs
  • 2nd – 16yrs
  • 3rd – 17yrs

Representative Level – Met West – State Championships (Cairns)

  • Gretta Johnson (13yrs) – 1500m
  • Samantha Snowden (13yrs) – 200m
  • Holly Robertson (15yrs) – 1500m | 3000m
  • Lily Hunter (16yrs) – 1500m | 3000m

 

 

 

 

 

Rowing – Head of the River Saturday 31 August 

Our rowers were blessed with fantastic conditions and success on the water, finishing fourth overall and second in the percentage cup.

Overall, we are really happy with the squad’s performance, particularly when most reported they had their best race of the season!

Shout out to the following medal winners:

  • Lucy Hope – Year 12 Single Scull – GOLD
  • First VIII (Charlie Stock, Emma Tucker, Sophia Tully, Lucy Hope, Clare Tayler, Claire Loughman, Estella Berghan, Kyla O’Shanassy, Ella McKenzie – SILVER
  • Second VIII (Issy Mailli, Lucy Baker, Zara Wareham, Ruthie Heagney, Erin Lafferty, Erin Tucker, Eleanor Orchard-Gibb, Gabby Bailey, Holly O’Shanassy – SILVER
  • Senior Four (Grace Cover, Jess Hardman, Kate O’Donoghue, Mim Walton, Zara Munro, Emily Sullivan) – SILVER
  • Year 9 Third Quad (Lydia Kenny, Seoro Brady, Annabelle Peart, Gabby Lyons, Ebony Tait) – SILVER
  • Year 9 First Quad (Fia Mailli, Issy Allen, Harriet Tully, Georgia Betts, Georgi Hedberg) – BRONZE
  • Year 9 Second Quad (Holly Clemson, Elena Henry, Madi Ryan, Lucia Allen, Lucy Sullivan) – BRONZE

Thank you all for your support of our rowing team in 2019!

Have your say on proposed changes to bus/car pick-up/set-down locations

Stuartholme is committed to ensuring the safety of students and is assessing an option to separate the school buses from cars for drop-off and pick-up.

In addition to improving safety of all internal road users, we are looking at a solution that will keep traffic flowing faster for parents who use the facility.

Proposed option

One option we are considering is to restrict all cars to the Jolimont pick-up/drop-off area and buses to the oval pick-up and drop-off area.

This option will improve the service for parents, who will be able to move faster through the zone and not be held up by buses. In 2020 our student population will exceed 700, so it is timely for us to ensure our internal traffic arrangements support this number.

Have your say

We would like to hear your thoughts. If you would like to comment on this proposal please click here for a short survey. Pending the results of the feedback we may trial the new arrangements in Term 4.

Social Justice opportunities for all ages

To examine Stuartholme’s 2019 social justice theme of refugees there are two upcoming opportunities for our students. In the last week of Term 3, a henna workshop for our Year 7 – 9 students and in the first week of Term 4 a social enterprise workshop for our Year 10 – 12 students.

As a way of celebrating the last week of Term 3 and to learn about a refugee’s journey, a henna workshop for Year 7 – 9 students will be hosted Ethni on Wednesday 18 September, from 3:30 – 5pm.

Henna is a natural plant based dye that is used to create intricate temporary designs on parts of the body. Each of these designs tell a story and that is what Ethni, the organisation running the henna workshop are creating. Ethni is a social enterprise celebrating cultural diversity through fun and creative experiences for young people. They do this by training and employing young women from culturally diverse backgrounds as Facilitators, providing them a platform to share their stories and culture with the community, while also gaining crucial mentoring and work experience in Australia.

Through the workshop our Facilitators, who arrived in Australia as a refugee and/or Asylum Seeker, will teach you how to make the henna from scratch, help your design your own henna pattern and also share their stories of their journey to Australia. The workshop costs $12 and includes instructions on how to make henna, the design and application of henna and a hands on learning experience for our Year 7 – 9 students. If you are interested please contact Claire Lawler (clawler@stuartholme.com).

 

Stuartholme want to explore and understand how we can make a positive impact on our world, even when shopping or choosing a business to work with. Organisations that focus on profit for purpose, or in other words maximising positive social impacts are called a social enterprise.

You may have heard of Thank You Water, founded by Daniel Flynn a young man in Melbourne who created a bottled water company, whose profits went into providing clean water for third world countries. This is a social enterprise. In the first week of Term 4, on Saturday 12 October and Sunday 13 October, Stuartholme will be hosting a social enterprise workshop hosted by Ground Chai. This organisation uses tea and stories to change lives and our social landscape, and they will be teaching us how we can achieve the same.

This workshop is facilitated by a social enterprise leader Mikz Ramsing, who is also a Foundation of Australia’s Young Social Pioneer, a 2019 Young Australian of the Year nominee and the current face of the Westpac Change Fellowship. The weekend includes visiting and learning from Brisbane social enterprises that focus on assisting refugees, developing our own Stuartholme social enterprise product and workshops with step by step assistance on how you can create your own social enterprise. This opportunity is ideal for Year 10 to 12 students. If you are interested in getting more information including the cost please look out for further details in student notices and posters around the school, speak to a JPIC member or email clawler@stuartholme.com.

Year 8 Arts Fiesta!

The Stuartholme Arts Department warmly invites you to the Year 8 Arts Fiesta on Wednesday 18 September.

The evening will commence with a pizza and wine bar at 4.30pm. The first drink is included in your dinner price with a cash bar also available.  The Arts Fiesta is a celebration of our Year 8 Arts students’ achievements in Drama, Visual Art and Music.

Inspired by Sara West’s Trolleys the Year 8 students have worked together to create drama performances, music and art in the form of lanterns. The collaborative performance will start at 5.30pm.

Date: Wednesday 18 September
Time: 4.30pm for a Performance start at 5:30pm
Where: Theatre

There is no cost for the performance, however you can purchase a ticket for dinner via Flexischool. Tickets will be available to purchase from Monday.

Celebrating 100 years – the fishpond

From time to time when Master Plans for the School are the topic of discussion the question of landscaping around the Boarders’ entrance has been raised. The fishpond then becomes a focus of interest. When I was asked for an opinion on whether it might be removed my response was, “It has always been there.” I volunteered to check out what other alumnae from different generations thought about it. All of them began with the words “It has always been there,” and followed with stories of being sent to look at the fish when they visited Stuartholme as children.

Before the days of iPhones and iPads to distract and keep children occupied, here at Stuartholme children were encouraged to take a look at the fish in the fishpond and say “Hello” to cocky who lived in a cage on the other side of the building. As a Science teacher, I found it a useful source of pond water when introducing students to the joys of looking down a microscope to see the tiny creatures inhabiting a drop of water.

A look through the photos of the archives at Stuartholme indicates that it was considered a good place for a formal photo and for the students an informal one as well. It originally had no cover over it, while later photos show it with a lattice shade structure, perhaps to discourage birds from finding a meal there. In the 1980s as we become more concerned about exposure to the sun a couple of “sails” provided shade and a cosmetic layer of pebble dash added to its walls. The posts to which the sails were anchored never proved popular and eventually they were removed.

In the past couple of years, the historic Renard building has been heritage listed along with some other buildings in Brisbane designed by the architect Mr Hennessy. The fishpond, because “it has always been there” has received the same classification as the building. As we prepare for our centenary next year, recent work has seen the pebble dash scraped away and the fishpond returned to its original simplicity. We await the arrival of the fish in their newly renovated home. It looks as if the fishpond’s future at Stuartholme is secure and “it will always be there”!

Sr Rita Carroll

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Celebrating 100 years book

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.

Pre-order sales are now being taken at an early bird price of $69.95 (plus postage if needed). Sale price next year is $89.95 (plus postage if needed).

Click here to purchase.

Orders will be shipped in May, 2020.

Cultures of Thinking – Parent Seminar 12 September

Stuartholme is pleased to invite current and future parents to the Cultures of Thinking – Parent Seminar on 12 September from 6-7.30pm.  Our guest speaker, Ron Ritchhart, will discuss with our community his work on Making Thinking Visible as well as sharing 9 strategies which parents can use at home to support their daughter’s learning. Parents who are curious about how their daughter is being taught to value thinking should register for this event and we look forward to seeing you at the seminar.

To find out more and to register, go to  https://stuartholme.com/event/cultures-of-thinking-parent-seminar/ 

For further questions or information please contact Jarod Costantini at jcostantini@stuartholme.com

 

 

Maths Tournament

Last Wednesday, 28 August 15 Year 7 students competed in a Mathematics Tournament at All Hallows’ School.

In addition to having a great time, one Stu team finished in third place, well done girls!

 

Library Update

Stuartholme library is offering many screen-free activities during lunchtime and after school, including Manga Club, board games, card games, knitting, Book Club and of course Chess.

Our numbers are growing in those who join in a game of chess or learn to play it.  Our resident Chess champion, Ellen McLean, guides the students each Thursday in the library. Last week, staff were asked to have a go and as a result we had some great competition between staff and students going on.

We have quite a few students and staff who also enjoy our knitting club.  We are aiming to create a very long blanket to use on our very long couch in the library where students escape to relax and read.  For those who are mastering the art of knitting we are starting a project to knit baby booties for the Mater Ladies Auxiliary.

If you have a chance at lunch time pop into the library for some relaxation, reading and competition.

Deb Gaggin
Leader of Learning – Library Services

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Fathers’ Day event

What better way to kick off Fathers’ Day weekend than with a dads and daughters night!

Dads and daughters enjoyed burgers and games including table tennis, quoits, chess, draughts, giant Jenga and a few competitive rounds of  ‘fathers against daughters’ ball games (daughters won!).

The crowd was entertained by our very own rock band – Obsidian. A huge thank you to Zac and the girls for performing.

Thank you to all the dads who attended, we hope you had a great time and enjoyed the company of other Stu dads.

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Save the date – Music at Twilight

Building Brave Presentation

Stuartholme is pleased to be partnering with Karen Young and Michelle Mitchell for their presentation on Building Brave. The presentation will be in the school Theatre on Wednesday 23 October from 6.30pm. Please see details on the flyer below, including how to purchase your discounted tickets.

Upcoming events!

Year 9 Parent’s dinner

School Shop September Specials!

All Canterbury supporters jerseys and shirts at 25% off.

We also have a range of Canterbury red shorts which are unbranded (no Stuartholme on them) for $10 in various sizes. Great for sporting clubs etc.

 

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends,

On Friday 9 August we honoured our hard-working academic achievers at our Academic Assembly in the Chapel.

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Unfortunately, on Saturday 10 August, BSRA needed to cancel the Regatta that Stuartholme hosts biannually due to extreme wind. While I am confident we made the correct decision to ensure the safety for all rowers, we were disappointed at the lost opportunity to raise money for our rowing community. However, out of adversity comes the opportunity for community bonding; our Rowing Parent Support Group rallied selling all bake goods at Brookfield and negotiating with kind and generous suppliers for goods to be returned. Our supporters worked so hard to ensure all was not lost in terms of fundraising. In stark contrast to the previous week, we had a glorious day (almost too warm) this last Saturday. Two more regattas are yet to happen to complete our Rowing Regatta Season: one this Saturday 24 August and Head of the River, of which we are the defending champions, next Saturday 31 August.

Our annual Boarder family BBQ braved the wind and weather for a lovely social event ‘warmly’ hosted in our courtyard. We align this Boarder family event with the EKKA holiday for families who may be in Brisbane for the show. As always, good company and good cheer was the nature of the evening. Many thanks to our boarding staff, Melissa and Ursula and to the Orchard-Gibb family for setting up the event.

 

 

A significant event in our Music calendar is the Queensland Catholic Music Festival, which ran from Thursday 15 to Sunday 18 August. As always Andrew Mear and his talented and hardworking team led our musicians through an intense and demanding program. We were highly successful with the following results: Concert Band, Gold; Jazz Band, Gold; Joigny String Orchestra, Silver; String X, Silver; Joigny Voices, Silver; Year 7 Choir, Gold, Clarinet Choir, Gold; Percussion Ensemble, Bronze.

 

As part of our marketing and enrolment process, Stuartholme Green Ribbon Student Leaders conduct Action Tours for families of young potential Stuartholme girls. The interaction with our girls is authentic and endearing to our potential families. Recently we conducted a Principal’s Boarding Tour where I presented in a similar manner to Open Day followed by our student leaders guiding tours throughout the school. We have received very positive feedback from the families who participated. Stuartholme always shines when our girls speak unreservedly and proudly about their school community.

Our Senior Production  has continued in its outstanding style – both sophisticated in intellectual nature, challenging social understandings and beautifully simple in its streamlined execution. Thank you to Jen McGrath for her outstanding directing and to Lucy Harkin, Leader of Learning – The Arts on producing an excellent production – Matilda Women. Our Year 12 Senior Drama class should be very proud of their performances both highly disciplined and highly expressive. I truly believe Stuartholme Senior Productions could readily belong in any professional performing arts context.

Today our Stuartholme Athletes are blitzing it at our CaSSSA Athletics Carnival. We have posted some results on Facebook, with further successes to be shared as the results come in.

Please remember our Netball semi-finals are on this Saturday at Downey Park Netball courts in Windsor.

In another weeks time our Year 12s will undertake the last QCS tests – 3 and 4 September. This is a significant milestone for our current Year 12’s and we offer our prayers and thoughts to support them. We are confident in their preparation and diligence in their approach to this academic task.

As we can see, Term 3 is a full and robust term, we have four more weeks where we need to focus on our application to our studies and yet be kind to ourselves and kind to others.

Take care and God Bless,

Kristen Sharpe
Principal

 

 

Key Dates

DateEvent
Friday 23 AugustSenior Production
Tues 27 AugustYear 10 immunisations
Fri 30 AugustFathers' Day Event 6-8.30pm
Tues 3-Wed 4 SeptemeberYear 12 QCS test
Mon 9-Fri 13 SeptemberYear 12 assessment block
Thurs 12 SeptemberParent Information Seminar - Cultures of Thinking. Dr Ron Ritchhart 6-7.30pm
Fri 13 SeptemberYear 9 Parents Dinner
6pm Newstead Brewery
Mon 16-Wed 18 SeptemberYear 12 Retreat
Thurs 19 SeptemberInterhouse Swimming Carnival
Fri 20 SeptemberClasses finish 12pm
Boarder travel day
Sat 21-Mon 23 SeptemberSony Camp
Mon 7 OctoberBoarders return
Boarder Parent Network Metting 10-11.30am
Queen's Birthday public holiday
Tues 8 OctoberStudents start
Parents of Stuartholme Meeting 6pm
Years 7-11 school fees due
Wed 9 OctoberWelcome back Class of 2018 Breakfast,7-8.30am
Fri 11 OctoberLeadership handover
Thurs 17 OctoberYear 7, 2020 Orientation Day and Parent Information Evening
Mon 21 OctoberStudent free day - verification
Year 11 Semi-formal
Fri 25 OctoberSpring Spectacular and Music Awards Night 6pm
Mon 28 OctoberCelebration of Excellence 7pm

Message from the Deputy Principal

Throughout this term, Stuartholme’s students have been or will be asked to select their subjects for 2020. For the Year 7s, this means choosing which language to pursue in Year 8 and narrowing their Arts subjects to two of the three options. For Year 8s, it means selecting two electives to study in Year 9 and for Year 9s it means choosing three electives that will help prepare them for their senior studies. Our Year 10s have now completed our most comprehensive subject-selection process, including SET planning interviews, leading them to the course of study they will undertake in their senior years.

Whilst for many students the process of selecting subjects can be straightforward, for others it requires a great deal of time, thought and sometimes angst. We recommend students always select subjects they enjoy and are interested in but there can also be other factors to consider, including whether the learning is sequential and therefore necessary for future study as well as whether the subject is required for senior pathways and university entrance.

As parents, there are some other factors that can be worth reflecting on when it comes to guiding daughters with subject choices. One significant factor is confidence. A study done at Cornell University found that women underestimate both their abilities and performance and this can be evident when selecting subjects.

Nicole Stott, a former NASA astronaut, wrote to students providing advice when choosing subjects, including the following three points:

  1. Have self-confidence: It’s amazing how we can take ourselves out of the running from something by just doubting ourselves. I always thought that being an “astronaut” was really cool, but it always seemed like a job that only other special people got to do, and it took me a long time before I considered applying. I always also second-guessed that I wasn’t good enough to be an astronaut – “why would they pick me?” I thought.
  2. Go with your gut and choose the subjects that truly inspire you: Doing what you truly love is a certain way to achieve your best!
  3. You will learn things you never thought possible when you give yourself permission to shine.

The whole letter is available at https://www.agsa.org.au/news/inspiring-our-youth-to-achieve-great-things-letter-from-a-female-astronaut/

When it comes to choosing studies, it is important to be realistic and consider teacher feedback and reflect realistically on your skills, aptitudes and knowledge. However, it is also important to reflect on your academic achievements to date with confidence, which arguably is as valuable as competence. Confidence breeds commitment and enthusiasm, it leads to action, risk-taking, resilience and self-belief. These qualities, together with determination, hard work and self-belief, lead to success in studies.

Many students will receive subject selection forms next week and we ask that these be returned by the dates indicated to assist us in the process of planning and timetabling for 2020.

Students who need assistance with subject selections are welcome to discuss them with Ms Shannon Lacey, Director of Studies, or Mr Tomas Lillyman, Careers Counsellor.

Deanne Johnston
Deputy Principal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Message from the Dean of Mission

Two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of traveling to the Tiwi Islands where our previous Dean of Boarding, Ms Andree Rice, is the principal of Xavier Catholic College in Wurrumiyanga (formerly Nguiu). Wurrumiyanga means ‘land of the giant cycads’ and is traditionally owned by the Tiwi people. At the school, Tiwi and non-Tiwi staff work together to provide the best educational opportunities for their students. During my time in the school, I had the privilege of delivering the staff retreat on compassion.

Emotion researchers define compassion as the feeling that arises when we are confronted with another’s suffering and feel motivated to relieve that suffering. Dr Thupten Jinpa, from his talk ‘The Science of Compassion: Origins, Measures and Interventions’, states there are therefore four components of compassion. There is the affective or emotional component, or a feeling of concern; the cognitive component, which is the cognitive perception of another’s suffering; the intentional component or the wishing to see the suffering relived and finally the motivational component, the response to try and end the suffering. It therefore means that compassion is both the processing of the suffering AND the act to try and stop it.

As Christians, we have the ultimate model of compassion in Jesus. God became human with the man of Jesus and not only walked amongst us to be with us in our own suffering but also suffered Himself for each of us. Jesus exemplifies what it means to be moved by compassion and act with justice, hope and love.  One of my favourite passages from the bible is from Paul’s letter to the Colossians which says, ‘As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, we should clothe ourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive’ (Col 3: 12). I love this passage because I can feel the closeness of the connections it talks about. It starts by talking about being loved, truly and deeply, as special and unique creatures. And it continues by saying that because of this love we must ‘clothe ourselves’ with the values that goodness is built upon. The passage does not merely ask us to understand those values of compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, patience and forgiveness, but to put them on, to become really comfortable with them and to show the world through our words and actions that this is what we value, this is who we are.

The staff retreat at Xavier Catholic College concluded with a Mass. We celebrated this significant Christian ritual that symbolises our gratitude for the compassion of Jesus, sitting on the ground, under the shade of a big tree with the wind whistling and whirling around us. As I sat there, I had the thought that Jesus would be happy with this scene. Here were two cultures, both Tiwi and non-Tiwi, coming together to dialogue and learn from each other about what compassion is and how Jesus teaches us to ‘clothe ourselves’ in it in our everyday interactions with ourselves and others. As the Tiwi staff taught me on this day, we do this by not judging others, by meeting them where they are, by respecting their experiences and life journeys, and by always responding with the hope of connecting with another so that you can ultimately transform this world. Whilst I delivered the retreat day, I believe I learnt more from them then they from me, and for that, I am eternally grateful.

Sarah Daff
Dean of Mission

 

Message from the Dean of Boarding

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The term has well and truly sped up over the last fortnight. All girls in the House have a number of assessment tasks to prepare for and complete over the upcoming fortnight. The girls have been taking advantage of the tutoring help on offer and asking for support and guidance when needed. I encourage the girls to always ask for support from our Boarding Supervisors or Tutors, who are here to help with any aspect of their life at school.

The Boarder Family BBQ was a lovely night, relaxed and enjoyable, one that I hope we can see more families attend next year. I really value these opportunities to get to know you as the parents of the girls. The food was certainly a highlight, and I sincerely thank the catering crew for creating us such a delicious meal. My sincere thanks also to Melissa Robinson for her preparation and to Ursula Cooper in setting up this event. Thanks also to the Orchard -Gibb family, particularly to Lal for setting up of the hay bales, tables and the wattle that Nick had to find on our property. This is one event that it felt like we all came together as a community to ensure we all had a beautiful evening.

It was a stunning Saturday morning out at the rowing last weekend, and great to see just how many of the girls are involved in this sport. I truly admire their tenacity to be able to get up so many mornings before dawn and train to be the best they can. While we have had some sickness, I am hopeful that next Saturday will be a great springboard to the Head of the River event on 31 August. Ms Sharpe and I spent time chatting with the girls and their coaches before moving to the parent section, it was great to see so many parents there supporting the girls. The community at Stuartholme is certainly one of inclusivity. With the Head of the River event approaching I will be writing to all our Rowing Boarder parents this week to highlight our expectations around any parties. Please look out for this email from the school.

Wishing you and your daughter/s a happy and fulfilling fortnight and I look forward to continuing to share the boarding experience with you.

Blessings to you and your families,

Karen Davies
Dean of Boarding

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Message from the Dean of Student Wellbeing

Stress Management

Rest when you’re weary. Refresh and renew yourself, your body, your mind, your spirit. Then get back to work.Ralph Marston

As we reach Week 6 of the term I thought it fitting to focus on how stress influences performance and to provide some strategies to assist you in supporting your daughters to overcome stress. The goal is to manage stress. Stress management is also a topic that is covered in the Wise Wellness Program delivered at school.

Causes of Stress

Stress can be caused by a range of experiences, including:

  1. Self-talk and your daughter’s perception of a situation can cause stress.
  2. Factors in the environment e.g. an electronic device that sounds and wakes your daughter from her sleep.
  3. School and study.
  4. Relationships.
  5. Illness.
  6. A life event.
  7. Pushing the body too hard.

Stress symptoms

It is important to recognise signs of stress so that you can help your daughter manage them. Some of these include, but are not limited to:

  • Trouble sleeping.
  • Difficulty relaxing.
  • Poor decision-making.
  • Poor performance.
  • Difficulty in making decisions.
  • Feeling tense and angry.
  • Headaches and neck or shoulder pains.
  • Feeling breathless.

Tips for managing stress

  1. Reframe your thoughts – stress isn’t a bad thing; it can motivate us to problem-solve. Aim to manage and not eliminate stress.
  2. Talk with loved ones – discussing how you feel with a trusted other can reduce negative feelings, even if you don’t solve stressors.
  3. Prioritise – aim to complete smaller tasks before tackling bigger ones.
  4. Attend to basic needs – eating well, sleeping 9 hours every night and exercising are important.
  5. Nurture yourself – factoring in down time and a chance to relax even when things get hectic.
  6. Keep things in perspective – be unafraid to take a step back. Problems can seem bigger than they really are in the heat of the moment. Try challenging negative thoughts by writing them out. Will your stressor matter in a week? In a year?

Other sources of support and help for managing stress

  • reachout.com.au
  • Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800
  • Parents
  • Teachers
  • Teacher Mentors
  • Leader of Student Wellbeing
  • Dean of Student Wellbeing
  • School psychologists

Deb Lonsdale-Walker
Dean of Student Wellbeing

 

References:

  1. Branden, C. and Ivens, C. 2009. Thinking Skills for Peak performance. Macmillan: Melbourne.
  2.  Stress management tips retrieved from Therapistaid.com

 

 

 

 

Message from the Commercial Director

Safety and Buses

Our team are constantly assessing and reassessing all aspects of safety at School and for related activities.

One area we are currently assessing is an option to separate the school buses from cars for drop-off and pick-up.

In addition to improving safety of all internal road users, we are looking at a solution that will keep traffic flowing faster for parents who use the facility.

Proposed option

One option we are considering is to restrict all cars to the Jolimont pick-up/drop-off area and buses to the oval pick-up and drop-off area.

This option will improve the service for parents, who will be able to move faster through the zone and not be held up by buses. In 2020 our student population will exceed 700, so it is timely for us to ensure our internal traffic arrangements support this number.

Have your say

We would like to hear your thoughts. If you would like to comment on this proposal please click here for a short survey. Pending the results of the feedback we may trial the new arrangements in Term 4.

Affordability Initiatives

Reminder – Discount for fees paid in advance

Stuartholme School understands that school fees are a significant investment for families.  We offer a discount for fees paid a year in advance.  If a full year’s tuition fee and/or boarding fee is paid in advance by no later than 4:00pm the second Friday in December (13/12/2019), a discount of 2.5% will apply. Please note that Incidental Charges are not included in the fees will still need to be paid as and when they fall due.

Additional discounts may be available for fees paid in advance beyond one year, if you are interested in this please contact Adeline Viniko, Finance Manager, for a specific quotation.

The School’s fee policy is available on the website here: https://stuartholme.com/wp-content/uploads/Stuartholme-Fees-Policy-2017.pdf

Centenary Boarding Bursary for new families

Stuartholme School is pleased to have launched the Centenary Boarding Bursary for 2020 entrants to coincide with our 100 year celebrations.

The Bursary is designed to assist families who live more than 200 kilometres away from the school and would be unable to consider Stuartholme School due to financial reasons.

This Bursary is open to new year 7 and 9 students wishing to commence at Stuartholme School in 2020 as a Boarder. For more information please visit our website here: http://go.stuartholme.com/centenary-boarding-bursary

Laura Wedmaier
Commercial Director

Message from the Careers Counsellor

Hi everyone,

Hope you’re having an excellent Week 6 and enjoyed your Ekka Holiday last week.

It’s a busy time of year for our 12s, but I’ve been really impressed with how proactive and organised students have been, juggling all of their different commitments and making plans for next year. TAC attac sessions will continue and be on in the Library multiple times before the end of term.

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

ACU: Talk with Exercise Scientists and Physiotherapists

On Thursday, 22 August ACU is providing an opportunity to speak to exercise scientists and physiotherapists. You will get the chance to speak to ACU graduates on their experiences and get tips and advice. To register, click here.

SAT and ACT for USA

Universities in the USA may require you to sit for a test as part of the application and/or scholarship process. The SAT and the ACT are the most commonly required tests. The SAT and ACT generally test the same types of content. If you are given a choice of which test to sit for, it would be useful to know something about both tests. The Khan Academy website has a free SAT preparation module and the ACT Organisation can provide you with Sample test questions.

UMelb: University of Melbourne International House: 2020 Film making Summer School

This intensive summer film school program is open to aspiring filmmakers of all ages and backgrounds. It is designed to cover the essential skills, basic knowledge and industry insight needed to make films.  It will be held 3 – 12 January 2020 at International House, The University of Melbourne. For more information visit the summer school’s website. Courses offered include:

  • From Script to Screen
  • Documentary Filmmaking
  • Acting and Directing
  • Screenwriting
  • Cinematography intensive
  • Low budget/No budget filmmaking

UQ: Careers that Started in Science website

Love science but don’t know where it can lead you?  Visit this website to explore the pathways that open for UQ’s science graduates. You can browse their stories by study areas: agriculture and environment, architecture and planning, health and behavioural sciences and sciences and mathematics.

UQ Sport scholarships

Applications for UQ sporting scholarships are now open. 2020 Scholarship dates follow QTAC, but below is a general guide of what to expect when:

  • Applications now open
  • Applications close 31 October 2019
  • First offers made in January 2020

Visit their website for more information.

USQ Early Round Scholarships

The USQ Year 12  Early Round Scholarships are now open. You can apply for the Future Community Leader Scholarship, awarded for community leadership or involvement, and the Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship, awarded for academic excellence. There are 50 scholarships available and applications close 1 September 2019. Visit their website for more information.

Upcoming QTAC closing dates – Don’t miss out!

QTAC fixed closing dates for some courses are as early as September 2019. Make sure you check your QTAC book or the QTAC website to see if a course you are interested in has a fixed closing date. Fixed closing date means you MUST have you QTAC application submitted by that date and may need to also submit a portfolio, audition or interview application to the institution also. See your Career Advisor or Guidance Officer if you have any questions.

Win an Apple iPad Pro by just logging in to your student connect account!

The QCAA is offering Year 12 students the chance to win an Apple iPad Pro.  All you need to do is log into your learning account on the Student Connect website before 31 August 2019.  You will need your LUI and password.  When you are on the website, click on ‘My learning account’ to download the Student learner accounts user guide for instructions on how to log in and activate your account.  If you don’t know your LUI, ask your school for it.  While you are in your learner account, check that your personal and enrolment details are accurate.  If you know how to access your learning account, you can get your Year 12 results a couple of days earlier than waiting for them to arrive in the mail in mid- December.

Bond: In a world of course guides, take a Test Drive!

Test Drive a class to experience university life first-hand. Year 12 students or recent school leavers can join a class of their choice in an area they are passionate about and get all their questions answered by the experts. With more than 100 classes to choose from, observe what happens in an undergraduate level program, experiencing Bond’s small class sizes, practical and personalised learning, and student support. Register now

Warm regards,

Mr Lillyman

 

 

Co-curricular News

Music – QCMF

Congratulations to all the musicians involved in the Queensland Catholic Colleges and Schools Music Festival, held last weekend at Villanova College and St James’ Church, Coorparoo.

Stuartholme musicians were outstanding in their efforts and received the following awards: Concert Band, Gold; Jazz Band, Gold; Joigny String Orchestra, Silver; String X, Silver; Joigny Voices, Silver; Year 7 Choir, Gold, Clarinet Choir, Gold; Percussion Ensemble, Bronze.

Many thanks to the Music Staff and Music Support Group for their endless energy and support of the musicians throughout this enormous weekend of music making!   

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Sony Children’s Holiday Camp – Health Care Recruitment

An invitation to Registered Nurses, Physiotherapists and Doctors to help at the Sony Foundation Children’s Holiday Camp

Are you a nurse with a passion for helping others? If so we need your help!

We are looking for nurses to help at our annual Sony Camp which runs from Saturday 21 to Monday 23 September at Stuartholme School, Birdwood Terrace, Toowong.

The Sony Foundation Children’s Holiday Camp Program gives Year 11 students the opportunity to care for a child with special needs for a three day period, in what is a unique and life-changing experience for all involved.

Nurses

What you would need to do:

  1. You need to be registered but not necessarily currently practicing.
  2. Most of the ‘nursing’ is assisting the Companions (senior students) with their child. The Companions are in charge of everything except medications.

Remember, these children are disabled and may have medical needs, but this is a fun Camp away from hospital. So, don’t be put off if you haven’t been nursing for a while!

Doctors

If you are a doctor, we only need you to be on call, at times you nominate. Experience from other Camps shows there is very rarely a necessity to call on a doctor.

If you are available contact the Stuartholme Health Centre Manager Kylee Brain on (07) 3369 5466 or email kbrain@stuartholme.com for enquiries about the Camp. 

Goondiwindi Deputies’ Dinner – RSVP extended

We have extended the RSVP date until Monday 26 August. If you are in the Goondwindi area we would love to see you for the Deputies’ Dinner.

Cultures of Thinking – Parent Seminar 12 September

Stuartholme is pleased to invite current and future parents to the Cultures of Thinking – Parent Seminar on 12 September from 6-7.30pm.  Our guest speaker, Ron Ritchhart, will discuss with our community his work on Making Thinking Visible as well as sharing 9 strategies which parents can use at home to support their daughter’s learning. Parents who are curious about how their daughter is being taught to value thinking should register for this event and we look forward to seeing you at the seminar.

To find out more and to register, go to  https://stuartholme.com/event/cultures-of-thinking-parent-seminar/ 

For further questions or information please contact Jarod Costantini at jcostantini@stuartholme.com

 

 

Winter Uniform

As of Monday 19 August, it is no longer compulsory for all girls to wear their school blazers and stockings to and from school each day.

Congratulations to Amelia on her mascot design!

Congratulations to Amelia Whitehead, Year 9, who designed the mascot for the upcoming INAS Global Games. Her amazing design of Lorri the Lorikeet, celebrates the diversity of our community. Lorri’s big personality and big heart will welcome the national and international athletes, delegates and visitors to Brisbane. Well done Amelia!

 

Science Snippets

The overlooked scientist behind the discovery of the “secret of life”.

Fifty-seven years ago, three men received the Nobel prize for Physiology and Medicine. Their names were James Watson, Francis Crick, and Maurice Wilkins and they were publicly and internationally credited with the discovery and understanding of DNA.

Scientifically named deoxyribonucleic acid, DNA consists of two intertwined strands in the form of a double helix shape. These chains are composed of nucleotides, which further consist of three distinct parts – a sugar group, a phosphate group, and a base. The sugar and phosphate groups combine to form the repeating ‘backbone’ of the DNA strands. There are additionally four different bases that can potentially be attached to the sugar group: adenine (A), thymine (T), guanine (G) and cytosine (C). The importance of this chemical compound lies in the genetic instructions it provides for all inherited traits. DNA is thus required for the development, growth, functioning and reproduction of every living organism, with variation in this DNA being what makes us unique.

While DNA was first discovered in 1869 it was not until 1953 that Watson, Crick and Wilkins were attributed with determining that the structure of DNA is a double-helix polymer. Yet when acknowledgements for this vital discovery were given out one person was deliberately disregarded. Her contribution was ignored, her work stolen. Her name was Rosalind Franklin.

Franklin graduated from the University of Cambridge in 1941 when women were still not recognised as full members of the university or entitled to a degree award. Despite consistently publishing work in the top scientific journals she was continually subjected to lower pay compared to her male colleagues – and consistently protested against it. She was a strong-willed and forthright woman who often questioned her overseers and professors – not in an effort to undermine them but to rather hone her ideas. Unfortunately, with her gender only recently being allowed to participate in the field by most institutions, and generally encouraged to be quiet and docile this led to her conflicting with many of her co-workers – the most famous of which led to her being air-brushed out of history.

In 1951, Franklin was offered a 3-year research scholarship at King’s College in London where Wilkins, Crick and Watson were already working on attempting to identify the structure of DNA. Franklin’s expertise with x-ray could help them solve it for good. She was set to work with Wilkins but a misunderstanding – in which Wilkins thought Franklin was an assistant – and clashing personalities led to immediate friction between them. Frustrated and isolated, Wilkins sought company from Francis Crick and James Watson. Without her permission and unknown to her, Wilkins secretly handed over some of Franklin’s work including the significant “Photograph 51” – a diffraction result demonstrating that clearly demonstrates a helical shape. Crick and Watson used this image as ‘inspiration’ and used it as well as their own data to develop and publish a paper on the DNA model that is known today.

In 1962 those three men involved in stealing Rosalind Franklin’s work won the Nobel Prize for “the most important scientific discovery of the 20th Century.”* Franklin remained unaware that they had used “Photo 51” for the rest of her life which was tragically short. At the age of 39 she died of ovarian cancer.

It was only ten years after this award when Watson published a book known as the Double Helix in which he characterised Rosalind as a bumbling ugly shrew, unable to understand her own results that many began to look into what really happened in the hunt for the ‘secret of life’. In the decades since, many awards, scholarships, and university departments have been named after her – the world now recognising Rosalind’s great contribution to science.

Even in contemporary society there is still a gender imbalance within the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) with women needing to search for strong female role models in these fields of study. It is thus vital that we acknowledge those women – like Rosalind Franklin who have helped to shape science as we know it today and who continue to inspire the next generation of scientists.

*Nobel prizes are not given out posthumously but regardless no acknowledgement was given to her for her work during this presentation

For more information about Rosalind Franklin visit:

https://www.nature.com/scitable/topicpage/rosalind-franklin-a-crucial-contribution-6538012/

http://www.dnaftb.org/19/bio-3.html

https://theconversation.com/rosalind-franklin-still-doesnt-get-the-recognition-she-deserves-for-her-dna-discovery-95536

https://www.rejectedprincesses.com/princesses/rosalind-franklin

For more information about DNA visit:

https://www.compoundchem.com/2015/03/24/dna/

https://www.britannica.com/science/DNA

 

Upcoming Events

  • NASA: A Human Adventure is an amazing exhibit running at the Queensland Museum until the 9thof October provides the most comprehensive and extensive touring space flight exhibition in the world. Featuring over 250 historically significant displays from the United States and Soviet Union space programs, it includes detailed replicas, scale models as well as original objects that have journeyed to space. For more information, visit: https://space.qm.qld.gov.au/?gclid=CjwKCAjw_MnmBRAoEiwAPRRWW5_Sci0JK-R9kgeKoZcCIWvaRBOpwhEIHJv3DjoEDh4Hlxpa-hzTDxoCb78QAvD_BwE
  • The ASD Work Experience Program is designed for students in Years 11 and 12, and high achieving Year 10 students, who have a passion to learn more about ICT, cyber security, programming and network engineering. Students are given a cyber security incident to solve. Every day, students are presented with a series of workshops learning and using the tools and techniques required solving the problem in an ASD Cyber Security work environment. You can choose from three sessions throughout the year:

Session 2 23 – 27 September

Session 3 30 September – 4 October

Session 4 25 – 29 November

For more information visit:

http://dayofstem.org/asd-cyberexp/asd-work-experience-program/

  • 66th Queensland Science Contest in 2019 is an opportunity for Queensland students from Prep to Grade 12 to have their scientific work judged for awards and prizes.

To enter:

  1. Read the Handbook & other information page then choose a contest category and complete your project.
  2. Register your entry online and pay $5 per individual entry or $10 per group entry (maximum of 3 students per group) before Tuesday 8 October 2019
  3. Post, email or bring your entry (with completed consent form) to the University of Queensland on either 11th (after 4pm) or 12th of October (before 9am) 2019 and pick up on the 13th October. Allow plenty of time for postage!!! Please note we have limited space & cannot store posters & large projects until the 11th October. Room drop off is at Sir James Foots Building (Bldg 47A) in room 241 on level 2. Best parking is in the Conifer Knoll Car park adjacent to the UQ Lakes.

The Awards Ceremony will be held at the University of Queensland on 26 October 2019.  Winners and highly commended students & families are invited to attend the Award Ceremony via their teacher. Over $12000 worth of prizes available! Please let Ms Macdonald know if you are interested in this contest.

  • A Day in the Life Experience Sessions for students interested in nursing and midwifery, and pharmacy are coming up. On Sunday, 8th September from 10am-2pm a day in the life of Nursing and Midwifery student at UQ will occur at the Whitty Building, Mater Hospital Brisbane. This day will offer hands-on activities and will provide students a chance to get a feel of what this profession involves. For more information visit:

https://future-students.uq.edu.au/nursing-and-midwifery-experience-day

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

Kind regards,

Nieve Dickman (UQ Science Ambassador)

Science Week

Last week, from 12 to 18 August Stuartholme, along with countless other businesses, schools and universities across Australia celebrated National Science Week. There were many exciting activities throughout the week that enabled the student body and staff to engage in science and earn a few House points and tasty chocolate as well!

On Monday there was a fun teacher vs student quiz. It was very competitive, and many interesting questions were asked but the winners – who just scraped into first place – were the students! Congratulations, we hope you enjoyed those tasty chocolates!

Tuesday saw us playing element bingo in J31. There was great attendance for this activity and we were able to play five rounds which everyone enjoyed. Students were able to pick up a few House points and some more tasty treats.

On Wednesday we let you all have a day off from science, including science classes. We hope you all enjoyed your day off! We were back again on Thursday with the space quiz straight away in morning TM time. Congratulations to 11 Parker who got the most answers correct and to 11 Woodlock and 10 Macrae who tied in second. Later that day a few of you joined us to build your rocket to launch on Friday. We had a great time getting a bit messy and having some fun designing and creating amazing rockets!

On Friday you may have seen the water rockets shooting into the sky. They were very fun to launch and flew so high! We also had the opportunity to test the rockets that the girls had made the day before.

We hope you all had as much fun as we did last week!

But without further ado, we have tallied up the points for the week and the winning house with 20 house points was…

…Macrae!

Woodlock and Parker both received 10 house points and Stuart obtained 5 points.

Congratulations girls! Thank you to all the girls who participated and we hope to see you again at our other science activities throughout the year!

Kind regards,

Nieve Dickman (UQ Science Ambassador)

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Geography news

Geographers have been outside in their lessons over the last few weeks.

Year 11 students spent a recent Tuesday afternoon exploring the built environment around Newstead and Teneriffe, observing the rapid growth in higher density apartment living Brisbane’s inner suburbs.  On August 27, this class will experience a virtual visit to Yarabilba, a master-planned sustainable development to the south of Brisbane. Karen Greaves, Yarrabilba Sustainability Manager with Lend Lease, will present to the class on this topic of sustainable cities.

On Tuesday 13 August, Year 10 Geographers enjoyed an encounter with the natural environment. The girls observed and interpreted the Tweed River sand by-pass system from Point Danger and then worked in the field observing wave action and measuring beach and dune features further south at Kingscliff. Back in the classroom, their field data is now being transformed and analysed for their assignment.

Mrs Wendy Bolton

Geography teacher

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Year 9 Economics and Business – Marketing and Virtual Reality

As part of our studies in the elective subject Economics and Business, we had the opportunity to participate in a virtual reality incursion. Related to our multi-modal assessment, our three classes were challenged to create an innovative ride which would be presented to the ‘Board of a theme park’. Instead of attending a theme park, we embarked on a different experience of the industry. We had a virtual reality company send a team of five people to present a simulated version of several rides; approximately 5 – 10 were supplied that we could try without even leaving our Theatre! Through this experience we were given the opportunity to understand the various aspects which contribute to the making of a ride and how it fits with a business theme. This taught us how each ride varies to one another, hence seeks uniqueness to flourish. Moreover, the course of developing technology accompanied by nuanced motion and haptic tracks – enhanced features stimulating the five sensors – enabled the classes to experience the immersive, 3-dimensional visuals of virtual reality.

This virtual reality experience gave Economics and Business students a strong understanding of the theme park industry and the need to have unique selling points for marketing. We now have real-world understanding to link to completing our assessment, while having an interesting and interactive experience.

By Bella, Ella and Kei, 9.1 Economics and Business

 

Year 11 Business guest speaker and alumnae

Last week, Year 11 Business students had the opportunity of listening to Dr Paula Dootson (Class of 2006) from QUT about marketing and personal communication.

This presentation was extremely beneficial, as we are covering marketing in our current unit and will be completing an assignment on this topic. Dr Dootson spoke about several marketing concepts, including strategic advantage, business growth and USP. It was very interesting to hear about different ways a business may approach an issue and the strategies they might use to overcome this.

Dr Dootson discussed examples of several businesses she had worked with in the past, which allowed us to understand the practical application of various analytical tools we have spent time in class learning about. An example of this was an Australian producer of timber products that had no control over the market (a demand-slave business) so employed a strategy ‘to flip the business model’ in order to remain more competitive within their market. Dr Paula Dootson’s visit provided us with many real-life ideas regarding marketing and presented several new approaches towards business issues, which was very useful in furthering our understanding of the current unit of study.

Molly Hoskinson, Year 11 Business student

 

2019 Australian Geography Competition

Geography is an interdisciplinary study of the relationships between people, places and the environment. It involves the Humanities and Social Sciences, and also the natural sciences, information technology and spatial technology.

A group of Geography students from Years 10 to 12 entered The Australian Geography Competition earlier this year. This nation-wide Competition is an initiative of the Royal Geographical Society of Queensland and the Australian Geography Teachers’ Association and is supported by Flinders University, Macquarie University, Monash University, University of Queensland, The University of Western Australia and the Australian Department of Education and Training. Students responded to data represented in thematic and topographic maps, photographs, tables, text, satellite images and a variety of graph types. Questions referred to information on climate, urbanisation and urban density, agriculture, marine parks, Uluru, plastic pollution and marine debris, recycling, tsunamis and population.

I am very pleased with how our students have performed this year and would like to thank all the participants for their efforts in the Competition.

Some of our girls gained impressive results and need to be congratulated.  High Distinction was achieved by Annalise Barnes, Abigail Moore, Hayley Bowden and Molly McCann.  Distinction was achieved by Lauren Barnfield, Amy Horn, Sophie Smith, Juliet Wynn and  Credit was achieved by Lucy Berge, Isabelle Haddon, Hannah Howard and Imogen Lynch.

Mrs. Wendy Bolton,

Geography teacher

MLTAQ Brisbane – Languages Secondary Speech Contest

On Sunday 4 August, a group of Stuartholme students competed in the Brisbane-wide Language Speech contest at Griffith University, run by the Modern Language Teachers’ Association of Queensland.

In the Year 9 French division, Ciara Royds earned first place and was the recipient of a medal for her achievement.

The contest involved writing a speech in the language, memorizing it and delivering it to a panel of judges. The challenge lay in not only in remembering the content without notes and focusing on authentic pronunciation but also in responding to questions from the judges in the target language at the end of the speech.

Well done Ciara!

Save the date – Music at Twilight

Building Brave Presentation

Stuartholme is pleased to be partnering with Karen Young and Michelle Mitchell for their presentation on Building Brave. The presentation will be in the school Theatre on Wednesday 23 October from 6.30pm. Please see details on the flyer below, including how to purchase your discounted tickets.

Upcoming events!

Tickets available for Fathers’ Day  via Flexischools

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 9 Parent’s dinner

School Shop August Specials!

MUSIC PERFORMANCE BLOUSE NOW HALF PRICE $30

NETBALL VISORS AT COST $5.50

BUY 2 AND RECEIVE 2ND ONE AT HALF PRICE OF THE FOLLOWING:

KEEP CUPS ($15 FOR 2)

WATER BOTTLES ($15 FOR 2)

BLUE STUARTHOLME CHAIRS ($45 FOR 2)

RED STADIUM CHAIRS ($60 FOR 2)

SUPPORTER’S JERSEYS AND SHIRTS ALSO AVAILABLE IN THE SCHOOL SHOP

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends,

Stuartholme shone at our Sacred Heart Schools Conference on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 July 2019. The synergy of every aspect of our community came together to ensure our two days were the best they could be: our gardeners, caterers, maintenance and school operations ensured our facilities were beautifully presented, our staff’s hospitality and professionalism won the hearts of our 40 delegates from interstate and overseas. Our theme for our Conference was Competencies of Compassion. Our keynote speakers, Sr Maureen Glavin rscJ and Dr Stephen Brown challenged our thinking and called us forward to be more courageous. Each of our four ANZNet Sacred Heart Schools presented three workshops sharing best practice in a diverse range of areas: teaching and learning, student wellbeing and leadership, and social justice. The Sacred Heart Schools included: Kincoppal-Rose Bay, Sydney; Sacre Coeur, Melbourne; Baradene College Auckland, and schools from Korea and Taiwan. Board Chairs, Board Directors, Principals and staff treasured the connections we made and were invigorated by the sharing of our spirituality and professionalism. Sarah Daff’s vision and Kathy Wone’s implementation ensured that we were a shining example of Sacred Heart community.

This week we celebrated Book Week. We have broadened our Harry Potter focus to include “come dressed as your favourite character”, which enabled students to express their joy in reading across genres. The theme for Book Week was “Reading is my Secret Super-Power”. Acting Leader of Learning – Library Services Deb Gaggin and her team promoted and led the day with enthusiasm and a sense of fun. Every year I wonder who enjoys dressing up more – students or staff?

 

One of our most beloved events is Grandparents’ Day! Thursday we welcomed many grandparents, who were delighted with our beautiful bush setting and our fantastic facilities, finishing off our joyous morning tea with a lovely liturgy in our Chapel. I received an overwhelming positive response from our grandparents about how wonderful the school was physically as well as spiritually.

 

Last week Karen Davies, Dean of Boarding, and I attended the Isolated Children’s Parents Association (ICPA) Federal Conference in Adelaide. To be in a room with so many hard-working passionate women, who are fighting for a decent education for their children in regional, rural and remote Australia is intimidating yet inspiring. Our Stuartholme community was well represented by Patricia Mitchell OAM, Louise Martin and Nikki Macqueen making a difference at every opportunity. I was in awe of the courage and the resilience of all the ICPA women and proud that Stuartholme is a part of this community.

The last two weeks have been an intense time for Year 10 SET Plan Interviews and our Senior Subject Selection process. Deputy Principal, Deanne Johnston and Director of Studies, Shannon Lacey led their team through a very thorough process to ensure each Year 10 student understands their strengths and prepares for a rewarding senior academic program. Tom Lillyman has stepped into the role of Careers Counsellor smoothly and successfully. We are very grateful for all his work in facilitating the Careers Expo and undertaking many interviews.

During week 4 of Term 3 we have taken on the “Strive to be Kind Week”. I have had many beautiful encounters with our girls offering kind words and Kindness Cards this week. We have supported the Allison Baden-Clay Foundation by selling yellow ribbons. Stuartholme School is known as a kind place. In my time in schools over the past 35 years, I do believe kindness is our strongest quality. It is innate to our community nature. Being kind is at the centre of Jesus’ teaching and positive psychology and emotional intelligence emphasises this quality above all others. So, we cannot be complacent about being kind, we continue to strive to be kind.

Take care and God Bless,

Kristen Sharpe
Principal

 

 

Key Dates

DateEvent
Sat 10 AugustBoarder Families BBQ
Wed 14 AugustExhibition public holiday
Thurs 15 -Sun 18 AugustQld Catholic Music Festival
Thurs 22-Friday 23 AugustSenior Production
Tues 27 AugustYear 10 immunisations
Fri 30 AugustFathers' Day Event 5pm
Tues 3-Wed 4 SeptemeberYear 12 QCS test
Mon 9-Fri 13 SeptemberYear 12 assessment block
Thurs 12 SeptemberParent Information Seminar - Cultures of Thinking. Dr Ron Ritchhart 6-7.30pm
Fri 13 SeptemberYear 9 Parents Dinner
6pm Newstead Brewery
Mon 16-Wed 18 SeptemberYear 12 Retreat
Thurs 19 SeptemberInterhouse Swimming Carnival
Fri 20 SeptemberClasses finish 12pm
Boarder travel day
Sat 21-Mon 23 SeptemberSony Camp

Message from the Dean of Boarding

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Firstly, my congratulations to our 2020 Leaders who are also Boarders

Cor Unum Committee:  Lucy Baker, Hayley Bowden, Meghan Todd

Boarding Captains:

Amiens Captain & Vice: Emma Cook & India Connelly

Grenoble Captain & Vice: Claire Loughman & Emily Sullivan

Student Mentors: Alice Cook, Alice Delaney, Elke Frecklington, Annabelle Paterson & Amy Wang

Coen House Spirit Leader: Emily Sullivan, Parker Sport Vice Captain: Claire Loughman, Toohey House Captain: Annabelle Paterson, Woodlock House Captain: Torue Palm, Woodlock Sport Vice Captain: Madeline Armstrong, Woodlock Cultural Captain: Emma Cook, Woodlock House Spirit Leader: Alice Cook.

I am very excited to be working with each of these young women as they prepare to take on the mantle of seniors in a few months’ time.

I also would like to congratulate our Academic Excellence achievers, who have consistently strived to give of their best in their academic endeavours

Eve Hallman        Year 7                                Rose Malone                     Year 8

Elizabeth Duff    Year 10                               Charlotte Spooner           Year 8                  Delilah Jackson                Year 10

Lucy Baker          Year 11                                Hayley Bowden                Year 11                 Alice Cook                         Year 11

Jixuan Liu             Year 12                              Harriet O’Neill                 Year 12                Catherine Ostwald           Year 12

Last week I had the fortune to attend, with our Principal Ms Kristen Sharpe, the 48th Annual Federal Conference of the Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association (ICPA) held in Adelaide. The breadth of issues that face our rural and remote families leaves me quite overwhelmed, but in full admiration of all the parents who strive to provide their children with the best opportunities they can. For those of us who were raised in a city or at least a large regional town, our comprehension and understanding at times, of these families’ realities is quite challenging. I found the reports from the different portfolios extremely interesting and I encourage all our families to go to the ICPA website and have a read through topics such as Boarding Schools/School Term Hostels, Distance Education, Communications, Early Childhood, Curriculum, Rural Schools/ School Transport and the Tertiary Portfolios.

These reports were accompanied by a variety of speakers from organisations such as Telstra, nbn Broadband, Improving the Wellbeing of Rural Australians and a website called ifarmwell.com.au – click here to read the flyer, PIEFA – Primary Industries Education Foundation Australia, and Qantas – click here to read about Qantas extending the number of discounted airfares from 4 per 12 months to 12. One of the presentations was provided from an Alumni of ours Mrs Patricia Mitchell OAM, whose granddaughters Alice and Isabelle Martin are with us here at Stuartholme. Her speech on the importance of ICPA certainly provided facts and figures on the work of this wonderful organisation over the last forty years. It was delightful that at the conclusion of her presentation Mrs Mitchell was presented with life membership recognition.

I am looking forward to seeing our families at the rowing regatta this Saturday and at the Boarders family BBQ. Don’t forget to contact me on kdavies@stuartholme.com if you have any concerns or questions about how your daughter is going. Wishing you and your daughter/s a happy and fulfilling second semester and I look forward to continuing to share the boarding experience with you.

Blessings to you and your families,

Karen Davies
Dean of Boarding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Message from the Dean of Student Wellbeing

Stuartholme’s successful camp program

I was delighted to visit our Year 9 students on camp last Thursday accompanied by one of our school psychologists Ms Natalie Morgan. The students were having a wonderful time and enjoying challenging themselves on various activities and exceeding their own expectations.

The Year 9 camp, led by Ms Nicole Bradford – Leader of Student Wellbeing, was the final year level camp for 2019 rounding off a successful camp program implemented across Years 7-10 in 2019.

This program is an integral part of the wellbeing program at Stuartholme. Scientific reports clearly show that time spent outdoors will reap rewards and has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety, the researchers say.

References: (Source: Scientific Reports, 2019; 9: doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-44097-3).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Connection and conversation

Last Monday evening I enjoyed attending an evening of connection and conversation with both Dearna Law our Community Liaison Manager and Barbara Roads – from Parents of Stuartholme.

The guest speaker Andrew Oberthur, a well-regarded Principal and published author, addressed the issue of parent engagement as part of Catholic Education Week.

This rich presentation provided a myriad of great advice. Of particular note was his assertion about the importance of schools working with parents together on the key issues such as cyber safety and watching out for technology addiction.

As a parent myself, I was particularly interested in his advice about four important gifts we as parents can offer our children: time, boundaries, consistency and routines.

Undoubtedly, a hallmark of the approach to wellbeing at Stuartholme is the close bond with our parents. We do work really hard together, both in the real world and online, to “always be bigger, wiser and stronger”. In this way we optimise the chance for every single girl to be the very best that she can be.

Deb Lonsdale-Walker
Dean of Student Wellbeing

 

 

 

 

 

 

Message from the Director of Studies

It was my privilege to announce the names of our Academic Excellence awardees for Semester I today. The ceremony was an eloquent example of how our students embrace our Sacred Heart goal of A Deep Respect for Intellectual Values, and have challenged themselves to be the best students they can be.

As you would be aware, Queensland education is going through one of its most major changes in 40 years. Our current Year 11s are the first cohort to experience the new QCE system. Teachers have been working very hard behind the scenes preparing new units of work and assessment items. I take this opportunity to thank them most sincerely for all their efforts in this regard – they have been thoughtful, dedicated and collegial in this process and the girls will reap the benefits of their teachers’ expertise.

The introduction of external assessment in General subjects is a key feature of the new QCE system. To give school communities a sense of what external assessment will be like, the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) has published sample papers on its website at: https://www.qcaa.qld.edu.au/senior/senior-subjects. They’re located in the Assessment tab on each syllabus page.

We will incorporate these sample resources in our teaching and learning program to help our students prepare for next year. In the meantime, students and parents are encouraged to view the sample papers.

Parents and students are also encouraged to read the information page published by the QCAA for further information. Click on this link to access the paper: QCAA Information for Parents and Students

Best wishes

Shannon Lacey

Director of Studies

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Message from the Careers Counsellor

Hi everyone,

It’s been a big couple of weeks in the Careers Office!

Last Monday, we had the 2019 Stuartholme Careers Expo, followed closely by the 2020 Year 11 Subject Selection Information Evening. It was wonderful to see so many students and parents there for the events!

Last Tuesday saw SET planning interviews kick off with our current Year 10 students and families. Mrs Lacey, Mrs Johnson, Mrs Somerset and I have had a busy week of meetings with students and families, organized by our capable Mrs Heath. I think we’ve all found this an enjoyable and fruitful process and hope all others involved felt the same.

Last Thursday, QTAC and UAC applications opened and many Year 12 students have started the process of applying to study at university next year. I’ll be running support sessions in the library for the next few weeks, as well as sending around tips and resources, and meeting with students individually to help them plan their next steps.

Last Friday, Year 11 students heard from a panel of Stuartholme alumnae, who graduated between 2012 and 2016. These accomplished women were able to shed some light on life after school, moving out of home, the differences between school and uni, and all the other opportunities out there for our girls after graduating. We’re very grateful to our alumnae for sharing their time and experiences with us.

As always, please find below a summary of the events, opportunities and resources that students might find useful for career exploration and development. For the full Bulletin, please visit the Careers page of the my.Stuartholme hub.

Air Force Camps for young women

The Air Force recognises the importance of diversity and has implemented a range of initiatives to demonstrate their commitment to ensuring a diverse team. One initiative to increase female recruitment and promote Air Force as a career option for young women is experiential Flight Camps and Technical Camps. The ADF plan to host camps around Australia in support of young women who want to pursue military aviation related opportunities. Visit Defence Work Experience Program to register your interest.

UQ: Engineering and Computing Careers Evening

At this event you will hear from recent Engineering and IT graduates, talk to lecturers and current students, find out about job opportunities and learn about UQ’s courses. The evening will be held on Thursday 22 August 2019 from 6 – 8 pm in the GHD Auditorium, Advanced Engineering Building, St Lucia campus. For more information and to register, visit the website.

QUT: The robots are coming

Robotronica, QUT’s all-day, all-ages robotics and technology festival, returns to Gardens Point campus on 18 August. Revealing the latest advancements and innovations in the fields of robotics and interactive design, Robotronica will be abuzz with demonstrations, games and discussions that will inform, inspire and amaze you.

UQ Experience Days

Interested in what it’s like to be a UQ student studying in fields like Pharmacy or Marine Science? You might like to participate in a UQ Experience Day. More info here.

The 2019 STAQ Queensland Science Contest

Registrations are now open for students from Prep to Grade 12. To enter, choose a contest category from Scientific Investigations, Engineering and Technology Projects, Classified Collections, Communicating Science, Environmental Action Projects, Mathematical Investigations or the New Poster Presentation. Enter online before 8 October 2019. Post, email or bring your entry to the University of Queensland on either 11 or 12 October 2019. The awards are announced on 26 October 2019. For more information, visit the Science Teachers Association of Queensland website.

The My Skills website

This website is a national directory of Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses and nationally-accredited providers. On the site, you can search by using a course type, occupation title or location. The information it returns includes:

  • An overview of each course such as average fees and duration
  • A list of providers of that course
  • Career and course pathways
  • Employment outcomes and average salary

The website also includes a list of Government supported courses, training stories, a VET Student Loan scheme calculator (for eligible courses), skills in demand in each state and overall student outcomes.

Which jobs need mathematics?

AMSI Careers, an online career guide, gathers together job advertisements that have recently appeared online. The common theme of the ads is mathematics and statistics, but the actual jobs vary across a broad spectrum. Visit the website and choose a drop down category of interest to see the variety of jobs requiring maths or stats.

Open Days happening this weekend

11/08/2019 Griffith University Open day

SAE Creative Media Institute Brisbane Open day

TAFE Queensland South Bank Open day

Warm regards,

Mr Lillyman

 

 

Co-curricular News

Music

Stuartholme had several girls involved in solos and duets at the Enoggera and District Eisteddfod over the weekend and on Monday night.

On Saturday Ava Hill (Yr 9 – cello), Gretta Johnson (Yr 8 – cello), Maggie de Araujo (Yr 8 – double bass), Rose Hollingdrake (Yr 8 – double bass), Josie Silins (Yr 8 – violin), Isabella Stuart (Yr 8 – cello) were involved in the Baroque Instrumental Solo section and String Solo and Duet sections (Under 15 Years). No places for the solos but in the duet section Josie Silins (violin) collected a first place, Maggie de Araujo/Rose Hollingdrake were awarded third prize and Ava Hill/Gretta Johnson received a highly commended prize.

Last night we had the Wind and Brass section with Claire McCormack (Yr 7 – alto sax), Lucinda Freeman (Yr 7 – French horn), Georgia Manthey (Yr 9 clarinet), Alessia Wiltshire (Yr 9 alto sax), Hayley Letica (Yr 8 – trumpet) and Emilie Letica (Yr 9 clarinet) performing in the Under 15 Solo section.

Lucinda Freeman and Alessia Wiltshire received a highly commended prize, Georgia Manthey was awarded 3rd place and Hayley Letica 2nd place!

We are so proud of all the girls and all their efforts to achieve such a fantastic result!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tennis

KNOWLES CUP & ALUMNAE CUPS TEAM ANNOUCMENT

Thank you to all students who recently trialled for the Knowles Cup and Alumnae Cups Tennis Teams and congratulations to the girls listed below on your inclusion in the 2019 team/s.

The Knowles Cup season runs from 12 October – 9 November. These teams will compete against Fairholme, The Glennie School, All Hallows, Lourdes Hill College, Somerville, St Margaret’s and St Rita’s.

The biannual Alumnae Cups tournament will be held from the 15 – 18 October in Sydney. The competition was instigated in 1996 and is played with our three sister schools: Kincoppal Rose Bay, Sacre Coeur Melbourne and Baradene Auckland.

REPRESENTATIVE TENNIS TEAMS 2019

OPEN A OPEN B INTERMEDIATE JUNIORS ALUMNAE CUP
Chloe Murphy Lucy Berge Chloe Warren Alice Greenan Chloe Murphy
Lucy Baker Sammy Kelley Eliza Jane-Sheehan Mia Savil Lucy Baker
Emma Cheel Annalise Barnes Jayde McCarthy Eve Hallman Emma Cheel
Zara Wareham Ella Lyons Alice Sevil Grace Clulow Zara Wareham
Amelia Walton Ella Zandvliet Brooke Tait Lucy Berge
Annalise Barnes
Chloe Warren
Alice Greenan
Sammy Kelley
Jayde McCarthy

Debating

With Stuartholme’s senior debating competition coming to a close for 2019, I would like to congratulate all our teams and coaches for their dedication and success. In particular to 9.2 (Alex O’Brien, Sasha de Aboitiz, Scarlett Bradley, Anna Coman), 10.1 (Juliet Wynn, Hannah Howard, Sophie Buller, Grace Deeran) and 11.1 (Neave Duff, Alice Cook, Elodie Walter) who finished in the top 16 of their year level across Brisbane. With each year level having at least 80 teams registered, we couldn’t be prouder of our debaters effort. It was wonderful to see how these students have grown, but also how supportive the debating community is with many members coming to support others in the finals.

Our Year 7 junior secondary debating competition is half way through! Our three teams are energetic and fearless when it comes to rebuttal, something their coaches are very impressed by. Congratulations to 7.3 (Susannah Streeton, Georgie Nasser, Grace Power, Rachael Henderson, Jemima Beehag) who are so far undefeated.

It is also with great excitement that I can announce our 2020 Senior A debating team. Congratulations to Molly McCann, Neave Duff, Sophia Buller and Chloe Butler who will be representing Stuartholme at the highest level of school debating. The team will begin training now, to prepare for a successful season.

What’s On In Sport for this weekend 

Science Snippets

Researchers from the University of Queensland have used super-resolution microscopy to observe key molecules at work inside living brain cells. This has allowed further unravelling of the puzzle of memory formation and causes of dementia.

Professors Frédéric Meunier and Jürgen Götz found a protein, Tau, involved in Alzheimer’s disease affecting the organisation of the signalling protein Fyn, which plays a critical role in memory formation.

Professor Meunier said single molecule imaging in living brain cells allowed unprecedented access on the organisation of key proteins in small nanoclusters that were not detectable previously. He went on to investigate a different mutant of Tau found in families with a high risk of developing frontotemporal dementia. It was discovered that Fyn was over-clustered in the spines of dendrites.

What causes Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia continues to be a mystery. However, Fyn is linked to both the plaques of amyloid protein that form between brain cells, and tangles of Tau protein that form inside brain cells- two distinguishing features of Alzheimer’s disease.

See more: https://www.uq.edu.au/news/article/2019/08/super-resolution-microscopy-sheds-light-how-brain-protein-fyn-becomes-dysfunctiona-0

Genes the cause of psychiatric disorders?

A project carried out by the University of Queensland and Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam analysed more than 400,000 individuals to determine the genes linked to five psychiatric disorders. UQ psychiatrist Professor Christel Middeldorp said several sets of genes marked all five disorders (ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder and schizophrenia) tested for.

Professor Middeldorp reported, “We investigated if specific sets of genes were involved in the development of multiple disorders, which genes are not only related to say, ADHD, but also to the other four psychiatric disorders.

“These are genes that play a role in the same biological pathway or are active in the same tissue type. Genes that are highly expressed in the brain were shown to affect the different disorders, and some genes were related to all the illnesses we studied. It shows that there is a common set of genes that increase your risk for all five disorders.”

Dr Anke Hammerschlag, the study’s lead author, said it was due to biological pathways shared by the genes in the brain. “We found that there are shared biological mechanisms acting across disorders that all point to functions in brain cells. The synapse plays a vital role as this is the connection point between brain cells where the cells communicate with each other. We also found that genes especially active in the brain are important, while genes active in other tissues do not play a role,” reported Dr Hammerschlag.

New pharmaceutical drugs could potentially target these pathways. The knowledge gained through this investigation will bring scientists closer to the development of “more effective personalised medicine.”

See more: https://www.uq.edu.au/news/article/2019/07/genes-underscore-five-psychiatric-disorders

Other interesting articles to read:

This article takes a look at the understanding of the evolutionary history of animals: https://stories.uq.edu.au/news/article/evolutionary-discovery-rewrite-textbooks/index.html

This article calls the government to implement a national action plan to fight sepsis: https://www.uq.edu.au/news/article/2019/08/sepsis-plan-needs-action

This article looks at autism: https://www.uq.edu.au/news/article/2019/07/new-understanding-of-autism-may-help-tackle-mental-health-problems

Upcoming events

National Science Week is next week: 10 to 18 August! We have so many fun things planned for this week. This year’s theme is “Destination Moon: more missions, more science”.

On Monday there will be a general knowledge science quiz during lunch at the café. Let’s see if the teachers can be beaten again in 2019. We will have chocolatey prizes!

On Tuesday, there will be element bingo during lunch in J31.

On Thursday, we will be making rockets during lunch in S308.

On Friday, we will be launching these rockets and there will be a competition surrounding topics such as design and distance/height travelled by the rocket. This will occur on the grassed area near the café.

Throughout the week, we will have a space quiz. The best TMG will win a box of chocolates and will earn house points. As well, there will be a space kahoot.

Winners of the various events will be awarded chocolate and/or house points.

UQ Open Day– St Lucia was a great day! If you missed out, UQ Open Day at the Gatton campus is occurring on the 18th of August from 9am-3pm. It is a little over an hour’s drive west of Brisbane. A free bus from UQ St Lucia will depart from Chancellor’s Place at 7:30am, and depart from UQ Gatton (Main Drive) at 2:30pm. Free parking is available all day. Academic information sessions are on veterinary science, agricultural science, wildlife science, equine science, agribusiness and veterinary technology. It should be a fun day!

For more information, visit: https://future-students.uq.edu.au/open-day and for the program: https://future-students.uq.edu.au/files/29201/UQ%20Open%20Day%20Gatton%202019_Web.pdf

Brisbane Science Festival

Brisbane Science Festival is coming up this weekend: Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August at the Southbank Piazza, South Bank Parklands. There are three fun-filled days for spectacular science shows, STEM career talks, robotics, drones, virtuality reality, native animals, rocket science and more! It should be a lot of fun!

For more information, see: http://www.brisbanesciencefestival.com.au/

The ASD Work Experience Program

The ASD Work Experience Program is designed for students in Years 11 and 12, and high achieving Year 10 students, who have a passion to learn more about ICT, cyber security, programming and network engineering. Students are given a cyber security incident to solve. Every day, students are presented with a series of workshops learning and using the tools and techniques required solving the problem in an ASD Cyber Security work environment.

To find out more: http://dayofstem.org/asd-cyberexp/asd-work-experience-program/

A Day in the Life Experience Sessions

Experience days for students interested in nursing and midwifery, and pharmacy are coming up. On Sunday, 8th September from 10am-2pm a day in the life of Nursing and Midwifery student at UQ will occur at the Whitty Building, Mater Hospital Brisbane. On Sunday, 18th August from 9:30am-1:00pm a similar day will occur at the Pharmacy Australia Centre of Excellence. These days will offer hands-on activities and will provide students a chance to get a feel of what these professions involve.

To check it out: https://future-students.uq.edu.au/nursing-and-midwifery-experience-day or https://future-students.uq.edu.au/pharmacy-experience-day

Regards,

Melanie Ashley (Year 11 UQ Science Ambassador)

Science Week Activities 12-16 August

2019 Senior Production tickets on sale now!

The Stuartholme Arts Department warmly invites you to 2019 Senior Production, The Matilda Women – Her story is Our story.

 The Matilda Women is a contemporary take on Sue Rider’s play which celebrates the lives of nine extraordinary women from Queensland’s past. This fast paced performance uses a modern lens to celebrate the strengths and achievements of women in the past, reminding us all that their story, is our story. Her story.

Dates: Thursday 22 and Friday 23 August

Time: 7pm performance start (doors open at 6.30pm)

Cost: Students $10, adults $15. (As this is a Senior Drama assessment, please be aware the performance contains mature themes).

Payment: Pre-payment is required via flexischools. Once you make your purchase, you will receive an e-ticket, please print this ticket and bring on the night.

If you already have an account log in and click ‘online ordering’ go to the Senior Production ‘The Matilda Women’ Event and select