Stuartholme School Review

Stuartholme School is an independent Catholic secondary school for girls in Years 7 to 12. It is both a day school and a boarding school. Located in Toowong, Stuartholme School is just six kilometres from Brisbane CBD, yet its setting on 21 hectares of natural beauty in the foothills of Mount Coot-tha make it an ‘educational sanctuary’ from busy city life.

Established in 1920 by the Society of the Sacred Heart, the School currently caters for approximately 700 students, including around 150 boarders. The School provides an educational experience with opportunities for girls to achieve their potential in all areas of their school-life and beyond. The School’s ethos is to provide a balanced and well-rounded educational programme in order to encourage each girl to discover, develop and value her talents, and to be the best she can be.

Stuartholme School Philosophy and Values

Stuartholme School follows the philosophies of Sacred Heart Education, which enables students to understand, appreciate and celebrate Catholic traditions within a supportive school environment. The spiritual life of the School and the Student Wellbeing Programme work together to ensure the holistic development of each student.

“The Goals of Sacred Heart Education articulate the forward-thinking and dynamic educational philosophy of Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat. These frame and infuse the holistic educational experience for each of our girls. We educate to:

  • A Personal and Active Faith in God
  • A Deep Respect for Intellectual Values
  • Building Community as a Christian Value
  • A Social Awareness that Impels to Action
  • Personal Growth in an Atmosphere of Wise Freedom”

Facilities at Stuartholme School

Nestled on the foothills of Mount Coot-tha, Stuartholmes’ campus is spread over 21 hectares with two main buildings, the original Main Building that houses classrooms, main reception along with the boarding house and the Joigny Performing Arts Centre. On-site sporting facilities include five tennis courts (also used for netball and basketball), a grassed oval and recently built Aquatic Precinct. There are also plans for a new gymnasium and multi-purpose facility, and the Brisbane River is used for rowing.

Music facilities include three large classrooms, six rehearsal rooms and a recording studio. Art facilities include art classrooms, a sculpture courtyard and a kiln. For performing arts, there is a 500-seat, air-conditioned theatre, tree-top level Green Room and spacious foyer. The library has an extensive collection of resources, space for study and research, as well as a chill-out area with bushland views. There are also two adjoining multimedia classrooms. Technology includes the use of tablet PCs to facilitate teaching and learning, high speed wireless broadband access across the campus, plus networked data projectors in every teaching space.

Special Needs

Stuartholme School provides wheelchair access through a system of lifts to ensure inclusive opportunities for all members of the community.

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Stuartholme School Extra Curricular Activities

The curriculum at Stuartholme School is extensive and promotes ‘learning as a meaningful experience’. It involves many experiences within and beyond the classroom and teaches effective study techniques to equip all students with the ability to achieve their study goals at school and beyond.

Stuartholme boasts a comprehensive Co-curricula Programme to encourage students to explore opportunities to enrich their learning. There are currently 47 co-curricula activities on offer for a full range of sports, music, clubs and societies.

Enrolment at Stuartholme School

Enrolment at Stuartholme School can be initiated by completing the enrolment application form via the schools’ website or contacting the Enrolments Team. Stuartholme provides regular opportunities for families to visit the School and take part in an Action Tours. An open day is held annually during Term 1 and provides an opportunity for families considering Stuartholme to observe and interact with current students and teachers. There are two Scholarships and three bursary programs on offer at Stuartholme each with individual requirements and remissions. The boarding options at Stuartholme School include full-time boarding, weekly boarding, senior boarding, co-curricula boarding and extended school day.

Stuartholme School at a Glance

  • Location: 365 Birdwood Terrace, Toowong
  • Phone: 07 3369 5466
  • Enrolment capacity: 700 students, 150 boarders
  • Years 7 to 12
  • Catholic girl’s day school and boarding school
  • Open Day: There is approximately one Action tour per month and bookings are required
  • Two Scholarships and Three Bursaries
  • Student exchange program
  • Study tours
  • Vocational Education and Training courses
  • Annual camps and retreats for all grades
  • Personal training sessions
  • Health & Wellness Centre – open 7.30am to 3.30pm, Monday to Friday and 6.00pm to 10.00pm every evening for Boarders.
  • Catholic Secondary School Sport Association (CaSSSA) sports include:
    • Athletics
    • Basketball
    • Indoor Cricket
    • Cross Country
    • Soccer
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Volleyball
  • Club sport:
    • Equestrian
    • Hockey
    • Netball
    • Rowing
    • Touch Football
    • Water polo
  • Groups and ensembles offered include:
    • Celtic Ensemble
    • Concert Band
    • Flute Ensemble
    • Jazz Band
    • Joigny String Orchestra
    • Joigny Voices
    • Percussion Ensemble
    • Stuartholme on Stage
    • Voice Harmonies
  • Individual and group private music tuition
  • Clubs & Societies:
    • Art
    • Dance
    • Debating
    • District Readers’ Cup
    • Drama
    • Enrichment Programmes
    • Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation (JPIC)
    • Liturgy
    • Languages
    • Public Speaking
    • Technologies

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Why parents would choose Stuartholme School

Stuartholme School is Brisbane’s only Catholic girls’ boarding school, and has been educating girls in Brisbane for over 90 years. Stuartholme has a reputation as a devoted, supportive learning environment, fostering a sense of community and belonging for each girl. The School values of faith, learning, community, social justice and personal growth aim to empower students to become confident, compassionate and committed young women and future leaders.

As part of the international network of Sacred Heart Schools, Stuartholme School is built on a dynamic educational philosophy that centres around a holistic educational experience for the students, with the goal of ensuring each student is well-balanced in all aspects of school life. As such, the School offers many opportunities for personal development and learning outside the classroom, including house activities and events, annual camps and retreats, and membership to clubs and societies. The School believes that active participation in such activities enables students to discover, develop and value their talents and grow in self-confidence.

In addition, with a strong boarding community at the School, Stuartholme offers girls a home away from home and gives its students a sense of belonging in a rich and culturally diverse environment.

Stuartholme School is located at 365 Birdwood Terrace, Toowong. For further information on the school or enrolments, visit stuartholme.com, or call Lyn Robinson on 07 3369 5466 or email [email protected]

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