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Stuartholme School

Stuartholme School is a Catholic, day and boarding school for girls, located in Toowong, an inner suburb of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Stuartholme School
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TypeDay and boarding, independent, girls school
MottoLatin: Cor Unum
(One Heart)
DenominationRoman Catholic, Sacred Heart
PrincipalKristen Sharpe
Enrolment~700 (7–12)[1]
SloganTo be the best she can be

Established in 1920 by the Society of the Sacred Heart, the school currently caters for approximately 700 students from Years 7 to 12, including 150 boarders.[1]

Stuartholme is a member of the Alliance of Girls' Schools Australasia (AGSA),[2] the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA),[3] the Australian Boarding Schools Association (ABSA),[4] and the Catholic Secondary Schoolgirls' Sports Association (CaSSSA).


Stuartholme is a part of the Society of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, started in 1800 by Madeline Sophie Barat in France.[5] The school itself was established in 1920 by Archbishop James Duhig, at a time when Reverend Mother Janet Erskine Stuart was Superior General of the Society of the Sacred Heart, and this led to the school being named after her half-brother, Richard Wingfield Stuart.[6]

During World War II the school was used as a hospital, and the students did their studies at Canungra and Southport.[6]

In 1914 Mother Janet Stuart visited Brisbane to meet Archbishop Duhig and thought it was a good idea to buy the property to start a school in Brisbane.[6] The order of the Sacred Heart came to Stuartholme in 1917 because the Archbishop had invited them to run the school.[6]

The foundation stone of the building was laid on 25 May 1919 and in January 1920 the nuns moved in.[citation needed]

On 1 August 1920 Stuartholme was officially opened.[citation needed] In the first year the school was run on the verandas of the cottages. The nuns and pupils lived in the cottages and only six students were enrolled.[citation needed] The number of pupils grew and between 1925–1940 there were 36 students attending Stuartholme.[citation needed]

During the war years many students returned home. The remaining students had to be evacuated to Canungra and later to Southport as Stuartholme had been made into an American hospital.[6]

In the 1960s and 70s young women had stopped entering the religious life so Sacred Heart and other catholic schools were staffed mainly by lay people.[citation needed] In 1983 the first lay principal was appointed, David Manning who resigned in 2003. Kristen Sharpe is the current principal.[7]

In the past 10 years Stuartholme has had some significant changes including a lot of re-modelling, but the Sacred Heart education has remained a part of the school curriculum.[8]



Stuartholme students may compete in sporting competitions conducted by the Catholic Secondary Girls School Sports Association and the Independent Schools Association.[9]

The sports Stuartholme compete in are: Athletics, Australian Rules Football, Basketball, Cross Country, Equestrian, Hockey, Netball, Rowing, Sailing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Touch Football, Volleyball, and Water Polo.[9]

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  1. ^ a b Stuartholme Community Report (accessed:14-05-2007)
  2. ^ Butler, Jan (2006). "Member Schools". Members. The Alliance of Girls' Schools Australasia. Archived from the original on 19 May 2008. Retrieved 18 October 2007.
  3. ^ "Queensland". AHISA Schools. Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia. April 2007. Archived from the original on 29 August 2007. Retrieved 18 October 2007.
  4. ^ "Stuartholme School". Queensland Schools. Australian Boarding Schools Association. 2005. Archived from the original on 29 August 2007. Retrieved 18 October 2007.
  5. ^ Our history (Religious of the Sacred Heart of Jesus – RSCJ), — Society of the Sacred Heart
  6. ^ a b c d e History, — Stuartholme School
  7. ^ From the Principal, — Stuartholme School
  8. ^ Philosophy, — Stuartholme School
  9. ^ a b "Sports". Extra-Curricular. Stuartholme School. Retrieved 18 October 2007.
  10. ^ a b Brasch (ed.), Nicolas (1996). Contemporary Australian Women 1996/97. Port Melbourne, Vic.: Reed Reference Australia. ISBN 1-875589-92-9.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)

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