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 email@example.com
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".
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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.
I have led Stuartholme School as the Principal since the beginning of 2016 and discovered a vibrant and compassionate community that encompasses the values of faith, learning, community, social justice and personal growth that empowers young women to lead.
I have learnt that Stuartholme is a school that lives by its mantra – for each girl to be the best she can be. Its meaning is derived from the way each student is treated by her teachers and peers, as an individual person with strengths, passions, fears and hindrances. The way we teach, adapting to each student’s learning style, is aimed at providing the best educational outcome for each girl. We pride ourselves on supporting, extending and challenging our students to optimise pathways for their future learning.
For the students – it’s the ‘norm’ at Stuartholme to try your best, to give it a go, to strive. However, this is not the same for all adolescent girls in Australia. Australian research shows many teenage girls opt out, hang back or make excuses. Stuartholme students are on the front foot and leaning in. They are developing and sharing their gifts. They make mistakes and learn from them, in the safest environment we can provide. These girls are confident decision makers, global thinkers and innovators.
Our stunning yet compact grounds and small student population ensure each girl is not ‘lost in the crowd’. With less than 700 students, the School prides itself on being small enough for each student to be personally known, yet large enough to offer an extensive, ever-changing and dynamic range of opportunities.
As Brisbane’s only Catholic girls’ boarding school, Stuartholme’s boarding community remains at the heart of the School. 150 girls live at Stuartholme and every interaction I experience is friendly and open-hearted. It is delightful to share this space with such joyful young souls.
The spiritual life of the School and our Student Wellbeing Program work together to ensure the holistic development of our girls. In the words of one of our Sisters, Mother Janet Erskine Stuart, a “Sacred Heart education is not meant to turn the children out small and finished but seriously begun on a wide basis. They must leave us with self-knowledge, energy, and purpose.”
I encourage you to learn more about Stuartholme School. Explore our website, visit us for an Action Tour and join us for our annual Open Day for the opportunity to meet our expert staff and talk with our students and Alumnae. Our community is a true testament of what a Stuartholme School education can provide.
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