STUARTHOLME SCHOOL Toowong QLD
Stuartholme School - empowering young women to be the leaders of their future
Stuartholme School is Brisbane's only Independent Catholic day and boarding secondary school for girls in Years 7 to 12. For Boarders, Stuartholme is their ‘home away from home’. Built at the base of Mt Coot-tha, only 6kms from Brisbane’s CBD, Stuartholme is close to everything yet provides the girls with a quiet, safe environment where they can live and learn.
With a focus on the individual, Stuartholme promotes an education that stimulates creative learning and leadership, enabling every girl to reach her full potential.
As a progressive international Sacred Heart School, Stuartholme School is committed to educating the whole person. The School's rigorous academic program together with their supportive learning environment teaches resilience and self-value where every student feels confident in her ability to contribute to a global society.
Stuartholme is small enough for each student to be personally known, yet large enough to offer an extensive, ever-changing and dynamic range of opportunities. The School’s long tradition of academic excellence reflects the dedication and hard work of their teachers and students.
Stuartholme School provides a supportive and inclusive learning environment where each girl’s gifts and talents are recognised, nurtured and challenged through an individualised educational program.
We offer an extensive curriculum which involves many experiences within and beyond the classroom. Stuartholme offers 25 OP subjects, a broad Vocational Education Programme and 47 co-curricula activities.
The School’s highly educated, talented and creative teachers and specialist staff are experts in their field and challenge their students to become independent, critical thinkers, arming them with the confidence to actively engage in their learning.
Our Co-curricula activities reinforce the value of ‘learning outside of the classroom’. The Co-curricula Program enables students to discover, develop and value their talents, allowing them to grow in self-confidence through a range of age-appropriate learning experiences. Students are encouraged to enjoy and contribute to their community, and to participate in service learning, social justice programmes, study tours, sports, arts and cultural activities, clubs, societies, domestic and international exchanges.
In the classroom students are kept engaged through dynamic teaching strategies and vibrant learning environments. Stuartholme acknowledges a commitment to inclusive education and best practice principles of teaching and learning with opportunities for students to strive for personal excellence.
Enrichment and extension is available through curriculum differentiation, subject offerings, competitions and special programs. In Year 12 students can participate in Music and English extension as well as University Studies in specific subject areas.
Student Wellbeing permeates every activity and interaction at Stuartholme School. The School operates in a sub-school structure (Years 7-9 and Years 10-12); delivering a range of age appropriate wellbeing programmes. Together we strive to celebrate successes, support one another through challenges, and create a community that promotes life-long friendships.
Stuartholme is Brisbane’s only Catholic Girls’ Boarding School. Many of our Boarders are from regional and international locations and their experiences offer richness and cultural diversity to our community.
A culture of welcome and kindness is emphasised at Stuartholme and boarders’ learn the life-long skills of communication and respect. Each Boarder calls Stuartholme their home away from home, and together they form and share special bonds where every Boarder refers to each other as ‘friends and sisters’.
Our Boarding staff inspire each girl to do their personal best – to aim for excellence academically and/or vocationally, aim for high level interpersonal skills and to be compassionate and inclusive.
Stuartholme offers varied Boarding options suited to families with different needs:
Students participating in Weekly Boarding, Senior Boarding and Co-curricula Boarding have access to the same benefits as Full-time Boarders but with greater flexibility. Weekly Boarders go home on weekends and Co-curricula Boarders can board during different sporting seasons.
Stuartholme’s unique location offers Boarders many advantages. The School is ideally nestled on 21 hectares of native bushland in the foot-hills of Mount Coot-tha, and situated only six kilometres from Brisbane’s CBD. This provides a naturally beautiful environment, conducive to a balanced educational and boarding experience.
To learn more about Stuartholme, please arrange a tour with our Registrar on telephone +61 7 3369 5466 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
A broad range of co-curricula activities encourage each girl to be involved in healthy and creative opportunities. Our diverse program reflects the value of a balanced school life for personal wellbeing. We also provide an active outreach network which fosters social involvement and responsibility, in line with the Goals of Sacred Heart Education.
As Brisbane’s only Catholic Girls’ Boarding School, Stuartholme provides a specialist boarding experience for girls in Years 7 to 12.
The Stuartholme Boarding mission is to make every girl feel at home, loved as she is, comfortable and secure. When young women feel like this, they can do anything. They are ready to be challenged and extended to become the very best person they can be.
We know that each of these young women can make the most profound difference to the communities they come from, to their families and to the wider world.
Your daughter will belong at Stuartholme. The Stuartholme Boarding House has a culture of inclusion and kindness, where each girl can feel at home.
Built at the base of Mt Coot-tha, only 6kms from Brisbane’s CBD, Stuartholme is close to everything yet provides the girls with a quiet, safe environment where they can live and learn.
The Boarding House
The Boarding House is centrally positioned over two floors in our main building, originally built in 1920. The School’s accommodation has a capacity for 160 students and provides an individual room with study space and high speed wireless broadband for each girl.
One advantage of living in the boarding environment is the additional time girls can apply themselves to their study, which assists in forging healthy learning habits for school and in the future.
Study takes place in a supportive environment under close supervision in Years 7 to 10 with progressively more scope for independent study in senior years.
24/7 high speed wireless broadband and a well-resourced Library Centre, managed by a Teacher Librarian, are available to Boarders until 8.30pm.
Stuartholme’s boarding staff are highly skilled and dedicated to their boarding roles. They undertake high quality personal and professional development and have regular and collaborative team meetings.
The Stuartholme Boarding staff are very proud of every girl who comes into the Boarding House, the culture of inclusion and kindness ensures everyone is cared for and feels welcome.
Each boarding staff member aims to inspire each girl to do their personal best – to aim for excellence academically and/or vocationally, aim for high level interpersonal skills and to be compassionate and inclusive.
Health & wellbeing
Each Stuartholme student is precious. Our dedicated Boarding staff strive to make each girl feel safe, comfortable and happy during their educational journey.
An integral part of the School ethos is to ensure each student adopts a healthy balance in her daily life. All girls are encouraged to develop early independence in their study habits, to enjoy and contribute to their community and to participate in the many programs on offer. This is supported by the pastoral care structure of The House.
Led by a team of dedicated staff, under the Director of Boarding, this small community fosters a sense of family, belonging and inclusiveness with girls developing and building lifelong friendships with their peers. The Boarding House is organised, supervised and provides pastoral care through the structured ‘House System’.
Professional and caring guidance from the School Counsellor, School Chaplain and Careers Advisor is also available to Boarders.
The Boarders are able to enjoy and take advantage of the many programmes, facilities, cultural and co-curricular activities which are offered by the School.
We encourage the girls to extend themselves academically, physically, spiritually and culturally and to participate and involve themselves in boarding life and the many opportunities available.
Student Wellbeing permeates every activity and interaction at Stuartholme School. The School operates in a sub-school structure (Years 7-9 and Years 10-12); delivering a range of age appropriate wellbeing programs. Together we strive to celebrate successes, support one another through challenges, and create a community that promotes life-long friendships.
Shelagh Ryan, 1990 Stuartholme School graduate
Shelagh Ryan graduated from Stuartholme in 1990 and is a successful Restaurateur with three Melbourne inspired cafes located in Central London. Shelagh is also Author of Café Kitchen – Relaxed Food for Friends from the Lantana Café, released in September 2014.
Shelagh attributes her success to the solid foundations she received at Stuartholme.
“Stuartholme gave me a really solid foundation. It’s hard to quantify exactly what Stuartholme gives you, but I think its confidence. It’s a belief in yourself, it’s the knowledge that you really can do anything. The School really does teach you how to be an independent self-starter”.
Corissa Miller, 2002 Stuartholme School graduate
Corissa Miller is a Wildlife Veterinarian and Director of Ecotone Wildlife Veterinary Services. Ecotone’s focus is on wildlife management, providing support and advice for fauna research and management programs with large mammal species.
Corissa graduated from Stuartholme School in 2002, before moving into university studies which included a Masters in Conservation through Murdoch University.
"I felt very supported in everything that I did at Stuartholme. I was always made to feel that I was able to try at everything I wanted to do. That’s why I did such a broad range of subjects at school. All of my teachers encouraged me to think for myself, and to question what I was learning. That’s a really important quality in my work now".
Stuartholme recognises the importance of encouraging gifted and talented students to understand and utilise their unique abilities. Opportunities for enrichment and extension are provided to students through individual curriculum programs, extra-curricular programs, competitions and special events. Examples of programs include Future Problem Solving; mathematics competitions and challenges; and Year 12 extension for music and english.
Find out about diverse learning and academic enrichment programs here.
Structured career guidance and advice begins in Year 10 with an Education Planning and Assessment Program for each student. Each student has a career development session with the School’s Career Advisor. Through a career testing process, our Advisor assists students to identify their strengths and abilities, areas of interest and distinctive personal style. Possible career goals, along with school performance and senior subjects are also discussed.
Throughout Year 11 and 12 the School conducts regular performance reviews to ensure each student is achieving her personal best. In their final year, students meet with the Careers Advisor to discuss tertiary planning and options.
Find out more about the Stuartholme career guidance and resource centre here.
Stuartholme School partner with Belbaker to offer a cost effective and convenient transport option for getting your daughter/s to and from the School.
Belbaker operate four bus routes exclusively for Stuartholme students each morning and afternoon. Each bus varies in size depending on the route, and is equipped with latest technology, GPS tracking, seat belts and air-conditioning.
Find out more about our bus routes and ticket prices here.
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