Newsletter Term 1 Week 1

Principal

MS Toni Riordan

Welcome to 2018. I am incredibly proud and excited to be Principal of St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School and I extend a warm welcome to our new and continuing students with a special welcome to our Prep and Year 7 students and their families, as they commence their journeys in the Junior and Senior schools respectively. 

Over the last couple of weeks staff have been planning for another dynamic year ahead, paying particular attention to how we grow our learning culture and all of our learners at St Aidan’s. Also, I know that our wider community are looking forward to a celebration of academic achievement through recognition at events in the coming weeks.

Starting at a new school is an emotion-filled experience for new students (and staff!).  I go back to an article, which was written a few years ago now but still reflects my views and experiences of starting at a new school. My parents were small business owners and moved around Southeast Queensland frequently when I was a young child. Consequently, I attended seven different primary schools!!

Maccoll writes in “New School Year, Different Teachers, No Old Friend:  I only changed school once, in Year 10, and not by choice.  I spent the first week trying to find my way around on my own.  It was hard to get to know kids and to understand the teachers and rules.  Some kids were mean, probably just because I was new, but I didn’t know that; I thought it was just me.  And then, one lunch time in the second week, a girl named Leanne Earl said, “Come and sit with us.”  We remained friends until she left school at the end of that year.  (Maccoll, 2014, QWeekend, 25/01/14, p.8)

So what helps ‘new kids’? What should teachers, parents, and students do to ensure an effective start at a new school? Overwhelmingly, friendliness helps – Leanne Earl’s style of friendship of reaching out – is certainly at the top of most lists.  A staff member whose child started at a new school this week suggests approaching a “carefully selected” member of the class, or a group, who have interests in common with the new student, and ask them if they could keep her company in the first week.  She said this is especially important at lunch and morning tea, when the last thing we want is for someone to have to sit by themselves in a new place.  Even if they don’t remain friends, it provides crucial, initial support. 

A parent asked her daughter, a St Aidan’s girl, who spent some time in an international school a couple of years ago what had worked for her when she was the ‘new girl’. Friendship was high on her list too, having friends who ‘know the school and what to do’.  Also being nice ‘to the nice people but,’ she said, ‘You have to be yourself’, and ‘It’s up to you’.  

Maccoll also offers a timely reminder of the role of parenting in helping our children develop resilience, reminding us that our job is not to protect our children from everything.  It is encouraging to reassure parents joining our St Aidan’s community, that we include advice and learning activities for developing friendships and resilience as part of our induction processes; it is part of our aim to help our new students make a positive transition to St Aidan’s life.

Similarly, to help our new parents feel part of our St Aidan’s school family; I take the opportunity to introduce you to our Parents and Friends (P & F) Association.  Within the P & F, a network of Support Groups operates, with the function of fundraising for and supporting co-curricular activities enjoyed by both Junior and Senior school girls.  St Aidan’s Support Groups cover the interests of our sporting and cultural activities – Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Cricket, Cross Country, Debating, Equestrian, Artistic Gymnastics, Hockey, Music, Netball, Rowing, Soccer, Softball, STAGE (dance), Swimming, Tennis, Touch Football, Volleyball and Ministry & Worship.  Support Groups assist Teachers in Charge, Coaches and the girls.  P & F meeting dates are advertised in the School Newsletter and on behalf of the P&F, I extend their invitation to attend the Annual General Meeting of the P & F on February 28, at 6:30pm. Further details will be advertised closer to the date.

In the meantime, if you would like to know more about becoming involved in a Support group, please contact Claire Rush, our P & F Liaison Officer (c.rush@staidans.qld.edu.au).  It is a great way to meet other parents, make new friendships and to quickly feel a valued part of the St Aidan’s family.

I wish everyone a joyful and fruitful 2018.

Welcome to new staff:

Bess Sellars SWAN Coordinator (when Ms Rosie Sanders commences leave)
Deirdre Forristal DIS/Art Design Teacher
Dimeng Pang Chemistry/Maths Teacher (Semester 1)
Eldene Johnston Teacher Intern
Emma Swan Year 4 Teacher
Kristeen Courtney Financial Controller (SSA)
Krisztina Mesch Japanese/English Teacher
Samantha Lee Maths Teacher
Thomas Woodley Maths Teacher
Yvonne Boonman English Teacher (Term 1)

Congratulations to:

Kate Riethmuller (Year 12) who was selected to participate in the Fiftieth ANU-AAMT National Mathematics Summer School that was held at the Australian National University over the holidays. 
Katie Vidler (Year 11), Sharada Athuraliya (Year 10), Georgia Scott (Year 12), Amber Mitchell (Year 12), Adelaide Pope (Year 11), Rebecca Chae (Year 11), Jaidaeja Gaffney-Hintz (Year 12), Gabrielle Terranova (Year 12), Imogen Taylor (Year 11), Phoebe McAuliffe (Year 12) and Alice Baumann (Year 12) who competed in the National finals of the Australian Space Design Competition. 
Phoebe McAuliffe was awarded Best Female Presenter for the second year running and Georgia Scott won the Richard Gale Silent Leadership Award.
Jayde Ramsey (Year 12) who has been selected as a member of Queensland Synchronised Iceskating Club’s Junior Synchronised skating team Iceskateers Elite for the 2017/2018 season. Jayde will represent Australia in events in both Switzerland and Sweden this month.
Ruby Harris (Year 12) who was selected for the School Sport Australia U16 Hockey team following her performances at the Pacific School Games in December. The Australian team will tour South Africa in June.  
Charlie Bell (Year 12) who has been selected to represent Queensland U17 at the National Netball Championships in Adelaide.  
Georgina West (Year 8) who captained the Queensland U13 Indoor Hockey team at the National Championships in Goulbourn, where Queensland Fire won the silver Medal. 
Angelina Tignani (Year 8) who won gold in the 13 years Javelin at the Pacific School Games in December.
Gemma Casaceli (Year 8) who won a silver medal in the 12 years Long Jump and in the Medley Relay at the Pacific School Games in December

 

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Deputy Principal

Ms Cate Begbie

Welcome to 2018! and I hope that this year brings a successful and happy time for everyone in our St Aidan’s community.  I extend a warm welcome to our continuing students, with a special welcome to all new families and staff.

Feeling Connected, Protected and Respected
Professional development continues to remain a key focus at St Aidan’s as we head into 2018. Last week all staff had the opportunity to hear from renowned author and speaker Andrew Fuller about a number of aspects of learning and child development. Andrew spoke at length about encouraging resilient mindsets within our students and also of the critical importance of young people feeling connected, protected and respected. The start of a new school year is one filled with a range of emotions as some members of the community to return to an environment in which they already have a feeling of being connected, protected and respected but also feel a sense of anticipation as they join new classes and meet new teachers. This year we also have a large number of new students, families and staff who have not yet had the time and opportunity to develop that same sense of security and belonging. The start of a new school year is a time for all of us to be mindful of ourselves, those around us and our place in our community, the positive influence we can have on others and the role we can each play in helping each other to have a positive and successful year. 
Andrew Fuller gives a number of suggestions to set yourself up for a successful year ahead, suggestions that are relevant to staff, students and parents alike. 
Make this the year that you will remember for the rest of your life as the time you really set yourself on the pathway to success. There are several sure-fire ways to make this the best year so far.  

1. Make friends with everyone you know  
Parents, teachers, friends, everyone! One of the ways of reducing your stress levels is to set out to have as many positive friendships this year as you can.  

2. Acknowledge your inner genius  
You are much, much smarter than you know. If you practice doing your best in life you will succeed because very few people ever practice doing their best.  To do your best you have to get out of the habit of predicting that things won’t go well for you. If you look for what’s going to go wrong, you will always find it. If you look for what works, life just gets a lot easier.  Aim to develop at least one positive aspect of yourself this year. The easiest way to start this is to appreciate the quality you want to develop in yourself.  

3. Know that geniuses make mistakes  
People who achieve a lot know that you have to make mistakes to learn. In fact, learning often involves making a mistake and then figuring out what went wrong. If you get too scared to make a mistake, you will not do anything different or new in your life and that would be, well, a mistake!  

4. Prepare yourself for learning  
Thinking positively isn't enough for successfully achieving goals. You have to focus and do things differently. Concentration is hard to achieve and very easy to lose. Find ways to reduce distractions, at least while studying.  Not everyone in your life will be a well-wisher in your self-improvement and learning plans. They may discourage you from your goal. Surround yourself with people who encourage you. Take time to be an encourager of other people rather than being a critic.  

5. Liven up your life and get enough sleep  
Sleep helps you to manage stress, stay happy and also increases your marks. The best way to protect yourself from being stressed or depressed is to get enough sleep. You need at least 8 hours and sometimes as much as 9 and quarter hours a night. If we don't get enough sleep we often become tired, moody, bored and boring.  

6. Be healthy - eat breakfast  
Some people skip breakfast, but you often learn best at school in the morning and it helps to have some protein in you to feed your brain. A lack of protein can actually cause headaches, concentration problems and low energy.  Do the most important things first  Get into the habit of being effective. Write a to-do list each week. Ask yourself the question, “What is the one thing I could do  this week in each subject area that would improve my results?” Then do it.  

7. Use your time well  
Many people muck around in school and then wonder why they have to do so much work to do outside of school. If you can focus and listen well while at school you can save yourself endless hours. Hours that you can spend doing the things you really want to do. Some people find if they sit at the front they are less distracted.  Teachers want their students to do well. Watch your teachers closely. Observe the things that they emphasise or repeat. Take notes of these things. It is a fair bet that these things will feature in tests and exams.  

8. From little things big things grow  
Do a little bit, often. Succeeding at school can be easy if you do a little bit each day. The best learning occurs when you do spaced interval training. This means do a little bit of practice every day. Interval training is especially powerful in subjects like maths and the sciences.  

9. Focus and immerse yourself  
For at least some time every day switch all forms of technology off and focus on whatever you're studying. Don't try to watch TV, listen to music or gaze at a screen at the same time as learning something. Technology is not going to be there in exam rooms so you need to be used to performing without it.  

10. Don’t try to predict the future  
Most students are really bad at predicting how well they are going to do. In fact, they are hopeless at it. So don’t spend the year thinking how awful your results could be. Just do the most important things first and do them regularly.  

11. Be curious  
Think of someone you know who always seems to know interesting things- weird facts, strange occurrences, funny jokes, and whacky stories. Try to be one of these people. Look out for and learn things that are fun and interesting.  

12. Play more  
Be active; break out into a sweat now and then. Lack of blood flow is a common reason for lack of concentration. If you've been sitting in one place for a while, stand up and stretch or bounce one of your legs for a minute or two. It gets your blood flowing and sharpens both concentration and recall. Even if you are really busy, three twenty minute bursts of exercise a week makes a massive difference to your stress levels, happiness and sleeping.  

13. Decide to be happy  
Lots of people wait to be happy. They wait for the situation to be right. Or they wait for the right friends to show up. Some people spend their entire lives waiting to be happy. Decide to be happy now.  Have a look at the things in your life you can feel lucky that you have.  Appreciate the people who like you and love you.  Make the most of the moment and seize the day. Help and encourage other people. Be a really good friend.  Laugh more.  Have fun.  Have a fantastic year. 
 
Andrew’s most recent book is “Unlocking Your Child’s Genius” (Finch, 2015).  

 

 

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Chaplain

Rev Gillian Moses

Getting in the Boat
As we begin another year at St Aidan’s, it seems timely that the gospel reading of last Sunday was the Calling of the Fishermen by Jesus. 

The story goes that Jesus was walking by the shores of Lake Galilee, when he spied Simon and Andrew in their fishing boat. He called them to come and follow him, and they immediately left their boat and followed. Down the beach he met James and John, another pair of fishing brothers, who were mending their nets. Jesus called them too, and they too immediately left their boat and followed.
Jesus called the fishermen to follow him, and immediately they left their boats and followed!
The story is timely because, as Ms Riordan has written elsewhere, we had just spent a couple of days on a leadership conference where we talked about getting into the boat. So are you in or out?
Simon and Andrew, James and John, paradoxically had to get out of their boats in order to get into Jesus’ boat. They had to leave their own plans and occupations behind in order to get on board with what Jesus was offering them. Jesus called the men to follow him, to see what he was doing and ultimately to join in. It would not be plain sailing, but he did promise them a voyage of discovery through some uncharted waters and into a strange new world.
Enough of the boat metaphors. Jesus calls us, like the disciples, to leave our occupations and follow him. It is a call to adventure and discovery. It is not a call to abandon all we are and everything that matters to us, but a call to do it Jesus’ way. Jesus said he would make the brothers a different kind of fishermen (fishing for people not fish). They would still be fishing, but using Jesus’ nets and Jesus’ techniques, and gathering in the catch Jesus was interested in.
So it is for us. We are all called by God to use our skills and talents in the gathering of God’s people. God’s ‘catch’ is not fish to be served up for supper, but the gathering of people into God’s family. Here at school we gather as God’s people in a particular way. We gather as students and teachers, parents and staff, young and old, new and familiar. We gather as those who are loved and known by God and who wear the St Aidan’s badge. We gather as the Sisters have gathered girls for nearly 90 years. We gather as friends and colleagues.
To return to the boat metaphor, we are invited once again this year to get on board Jesus’ boat, and to hoist the Aidan’s sail. We may not know exactly where we are heading, but we have a rough idea and a firm trust that we are going in the right direction.  I pray that we may have fair winds and smooth seas for the voyage ahead. Are you brave enough to get into the boat? Immediately?

Blessings
Rev Gillian  

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Dean of Studies

MS Lynda Wall

Subject changes 
New marking and reporting systems for Years 7-10
Pathways to Medicine information afternoon
OP predicted range interviews for Year 12
QCS test – Application for Special Provision

 

Welcome back to a new school year. It has been an exciting few days with the orientation of new students and the awarding of their badges. I hope everyone has a happy and productive year.

Subject changes
Any students who are considering subject changes for this semester must have their signed subject selection forms into the office by the end of Week Two (Friday, February 3). Changes after this time are not possible until semester two.

New marking and reporting systems for Years 7-10
Marking
As part of St Aidan’s transition to the new senior ATAR system, years 7-10 will begin receiving numeric marks for each assessment item, rather than letter grades. Each assessment item will include a marking guide which details the standards required for an award of a grade. At the end of semester, the overall numeric mark for the student will be converted to an A-E grade based on cut-off marks. More information about this system will be presented to students in year level assemblies and to parents at the parent information evenings.   
At St Aidan’s we are committed to ensuring that all systems for the new senior assessment are in place prior to students reaching senior studies, and that any “bugs” are identified and eliminated. The change to numeric marks and marking guides is a stage in this transition.
Reporting
In 2017, St Aidan’s implemented continuous reporting for Year 7 students. This system will now be implemented across years 7-10. Additionally, students will also have access to the continuous reporting system and will be able to see their teacher’s comments and marks as they are uploaded.
Continuous reporting is a system where teachers enter a comment every time students complete an assessment item, rather than writing a report at the end of semester. These comments will be visible to parents through the parent lounge portal of Aidan’s Central. The advantage is that students and parents receive feedback that is timely and targeted to the specific task. More information on accessing continuous reporting will be provided with the assessment calendars.

Pathways to Medicine information afternoon
On Thursday afternoon, 25 January, Ms Robinson will provide information about entry into Medicine degrees for interested students. This information session will be in the auditorium from 3:35pm. We also have several old girls coming to speak about their experiences studying medicine, and to answer students’ questions. The session has been advertised to students and parents via email.

OP predicted range interviews for Year 12 students
In the next two to three weeks, Year 12 students will receive information about their ranking position in Authority subjects studied last year. This is based on interim information from Year 11 work only. Students have also received an OP Comparison Selection sheet showing past students’ OP level, subjects studied and their Exit Level of Achievement. A memo explaining both these pieces of information will also be given to students. This provides an opportunity for students to view their interim academic performance, and consider their goals and strategies for the year.  
Students will also have an interview in which a predicted OP range is given. This is a range, and is based on the performance of past cohorts on the QCS test; therefore, it is an indication rather than a definite statement about the likely OP if the student and cohort maintain current performance. 
OP ineligible students will also have interviews to discuss their academic performance and goals.

QCS Test – Application for Special Provision, including exemption
QCAA has set 21 May as the cut-off date for Special Provision, including exemptions, for long-term impairments for the Queensland Core Skills Test. If any current Year 12 student believes they may be eligible for this, please see Mrs Robinson or Ms Wall. Information is also available on the QCAA website. 

 

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Dean of Students & Academic Welfare (7-9)

Ms Holly O'Sullivan Williams

Parent Information Evenings
Swimming Carnival
Year 7 and Year 8 Camp

 

 

Events
We have a number of events coming up in the next few weeks that I would like to outline below:

Parent Information Evenings: All parents are invited to attend these evenings which aim to provide information about your daughter’s year ahead. All events begin at 6:30pm and aim to finish at approximately 7:30pm on the following dates:

31 Jan – Year 7 (Auditorium) and Year 8 (L106)
6 Feb – Year 9 (L106) and Year 10 (Auditorium)
8 Feb – Year 11 (L110) and Year 12 (Auditorium)

You will receive further information about these evenings from Michelle Lane (Registrar).

Swimming Carnival: Our Interhouse swimming carnival is also fast approaching, taking place on Monday 5 February, at the Valley Pool. Students in Year 7 and 8 will travel together to and from the venue, with students in Years 9-12 meeting us there. Further information about this day should arrive in your email inboxes at the beginning of next week.

Year 7 and Year 8 Camps: Year 7 and 8 Camps will be held during Week 3 of this term. Please refer to all information sent to you by Sarah Church and contact your Year Level Co-ordinator should you have any questions. 

 

 

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Senior School

Sport

St Aidan's Cross Country

Cross Country season is upon us! Training kicks off next week, Monday and Thursday afternoons at Ambi and Tuesday afternoons at Sherwood Arboretum. Training will build to QGSSSA Championships on Saturday 12 May and will cater for all levels so everyone is welcome to come and give it a go! You will be training with our team of coaches, Miss Murry, Director of Cross Country and Athletics, Mr Bailey, Cross Country Co-Ordinator, Clare Geraghty, Australian Marathon runner, and Libby Jacques, Old Girl and Australian Cross Country representative. Please sign on to Cross Country in the sports survey to receive further information on all the fun events we will do throughout the season, including our first event of the year, the River Run.
Cross Country Camp is also coming up very quickly! This camp is held at Tallebudgera Recreational Centre at the end of week 7, Friday March 9 – Sunday March 11 and is open to students in grades 7-12. As is the tradition for many years now, across the weekend we will do plenty of running, stretching and planning for the QG season as well as some fun beach activities and Stand Up Paddle Boarding! Queen of the Mountain will again be contested on our last morning at camp and this year we are also adding in a running analysis session, similar to the 2017 Athletics Camp, where athletes will be recorded running, then be able to look back at it to receive feedback and technical cues from our coaches. Camp letters will be out very soon, so mark the date!
For all Cross Country enquires please email Miss Murry and Mr Bailey at: crosscountry@staidans.qld.edu.au 

 

 

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Music

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Music Groups 
All students are welcome to participate in the Music Ensembles on offer at St Aidan’s. Students need to have some proficiency on the instrument appropriate to the ensemble but all students are encouraged to sing in the choir! Any girl who is interested is encouraged to discuss their involvement with Dr Cuskelly j.cuskelly@staidans.qld.edu.au  Ms Trott c.trott@staidans.qld.edu.au or Mrs Figliano s.figliano@staidans.qld.edu.au. Students are encouraged come to the first rehearsal in week 2 or sign up at the Trade Show 12.50pm in the CHC on Friday 2 February. (A full list of St Aidan’s music ensembles/rehearsals is attached below.)

Instrumental lessons in 2018
Don’t forget to complete the electronic private tuition form as soon as possible and return to us here at the school. Knowing which students are continuing with their lessons really assists in organising instruments, timetables and rooms. And of course, we are very keen to hear from any new students who are interested in learning an instrument. The link to the online enrolment form is as follows: https://secure.netols.com/schools/gateway/intranet_gateway.cfm?eu=TU-CD1ECB42-C292-7EED-BE73B2DE78B58B7A-CD1ECB43-C292-7EED-BE1057D7703411E8

Music Bursary
The Music Support Group provides Music Bursaries for the part or whole remission of music tuition fees (private lessons). There are bursaries available for Terms 2 and 3, 2018. Forms are available in the Senior School from Reception (downstairs) or from Student Reception (upstairs), and from Reception in the Junior School. Completed forms are due by Friday 23 February 2018.

Music Support Group
The St Aidan’s Music Support Group, made up of parents, students and staff, provides vital support to the school’s young musicians through its fundraising endeavours and its smooth organisation of concerts and other music events. The group regularly purchases much-needed instruments, music and other equipment, and also helps support other activities such as workshops and overseas tours.
The support group relies on the goodwill of parents to help with ticket sales, catering, publicity, and fundraising which are vital to the seamless running of concerts throughout the year. Meetings are scheduled for Monday evenings at 7:00pm in the Science and Technology Building meeting room (SG02). The first meeting for 2018 is on Monday February 6 and new members are not only most welcome, but also very much appreciated. Please feel free to contact the group’s president, Paula Hodge,  paula.hodge@bigpond.com if you have any questions, or if you would be willing to volunteer but are unable to attend regular meetings.
msg meeting

Rehearsal Schedule for 2018
In order to assist parents and students in planning, please see the rehearsal schedule for 2018. This schedule has been prepared in consultation with the Head of Sport and every effort has been made to minimise clashes. However, please bear in mind that there are usually a minimum of 2 sports training scheduled in any week and should there be a clash between a music rehearsal (offered once a week only) and a sport training students are to attend the musical rehearsal on the set day and attend the alternative sports training on the other.
Weekly instrumental rehearsals are held in the CHC.

2018 Rehearsal Schedule   

Ensembles: 
CHOIRS
Ensemble Volar (auditioned)
Chorale (Yrs 9-12)
Children Crossing (Yrs 6-8)
Junior Singers (Yrs 3-5)
Community Choir (Semester Two only) 

STRING ENSEMBLES
Paganini Strings
(Yrs 7-12, auditioned)
Corelli Strings (Yrs 7-11)
Chamber String Ensembles: Volar Strings, Da Capo Strings, Allegro Strings, Arco Strings, Four Seasons Strings (auditioned)
Vivaldi Strings (Yrs 5-7)
Dolce Strings (Yrs 2-4)
Staccato Strings (Beginner Ensemble)
Year 1 and 2 Beginner Strings Program
Combined Orchestras (Symphonic Winds and Paganini Strings)

BAND PROGRAM
Symphonic Winds
(AMEB Grade Three and above)
Con Brio Band (Yrs 7-9)
Chamber Winds (auditioned)
Charma Band (Yrs 5-7)
Percussion Ensemble (Yrs 4-7)
Yr 4 Beginner Band Program 
Yr 3 Beginner Band Program
(Semester Two only)
Combined Orchestras (Symphonic Winds and Corelli Strings)

2018 School Music Calendar
Changes and additions may be made to the following Calendar. Updates are provided through the Newsletter.

 

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News

RACQ International Women’ Day Fun Run 2018
Debating
STAGE Dance
Technovation Club
Antipodeans India Expedition

 

RACQ International Women's Day Fun Run 2018
On Sunday 4 March 2018, St. Aidan’s will be lacing up to support women with breast cancer and reclaiming the Top Fundraising School prize! Please click here for more information.

Debating
Debating offers students a fantastic way to engage in team work and hone their persuasive speaking skills. Students who are interested in participating in Debating this year are encouraged to look for details in the morning notices about how to get involved.

STAGE Dance 
STAGE Dance is a year-long extra-curricular activity offered at St Aidan’s to girls in Years 7 to 12. (Please note that although it is considered a year-long extra-curricular activity, the majority of training and competing takes place in Semester One, with a very reduced commitment in the second half of the year. )
STAGE Dance provides an excellent avenue for girls with previous dance experience to showcase their talents. In 2018, STAGE students will work under the leadership of the Dance Co-Captains Jessie Forbes and Gemma Rowell, supported by coach and choreographer Chelsea Clark, to create exciting dance routines in Jazz, Contemporary and Entertainment styles. 
In Semester One, the group’s focus will be on learning routines and performing them at Eisteddfods and at school performances. Training sessions will occur as follows:
Tuesday afternoons 3.30-5pm – whole group training for the Jazz and Entertainment routines
Wednesday mornings 6:30am-8:00am – Senior STAGE girls (Years 10-12) learn the Senior routine.
Friday mornings 6:30am-8:00am – Junior STAGE girls (Years 7-9) learn the Junior routine.
In Semester Two, the group will have reduced training but will continue to perform at a number of school functions, with occasional training sessions as required to “polish” routines prior to each performance.  
Auditions will be held in the CHC on Sunday 28 January 2018, over two sessions. Students auditioning for the Junior Team will need to attend the morning audition session (11.00am – 12.30pm) and those students audtioning for the Senior team will need to attend the afternoon session (1.00pm – 2.30pm).  Students only need to come to one of the sessions. (If girls are unable to attend the relevant session due to other commitments, please advise).  Auditions are open to all new and current students in Years 7-12 who are presently attending or have previously attended a private dance school/academy. 
A maximum of thirty places will be offered in STAGE Dance for 2018 – these numbers are limited due to the size of the Studio. Technical skill, rhythm and performance ability will be the main criteria for judgement. There is particular emphasis on how quickly girls are able to learn the choreography, as the rigour of each training session is quite intense and requires students to learn choreography quickly. Students will be required to wear comfortable attire suitable for dance. They should also bring jazz shoes or socks, a water bottle and any necessary medical items.  
Please note that it is highly likely that not every girl who auditions will get into the final STAGE team.  
Girls who are successful at audition will be required to sign a contract acknowledging their commitment to rehearsals throughout the year. A full calendar of Eisteddfods and performances for the year will be provided. Girls will also be required to obtain a STAGE blue polo shirt (to wear when travelling to Eisteddfods) and a black training singlet. Information on shirts will be provided once the audition process has been completed.   
If you are interested in attending the audition, please contact Sarah Smith, STAGE Support Group Secretary on sarik@bigpond.com.  

Technovation Club
Technovation is a global technology entrepreneurship competition for girls. Students work in teams to identify a problem in their community, design and build an app to solve the problem, develop a business plan and pitch video. St Aidan’s has a very strong track record in this competition. For the last two years we have had teams invited to attend the Global Pitch event in San Francisco. 
Technovation Club is held after school on Wednesday afternoons 3.30-5.00pm in The Link. The first meeting for 2018 will be next Wed 31st Jan. It is open to all students in years 6-12 and new students are especially invited this Wednesday to find out more. No program or business experience is necessary. Students will be supported with workshops, online curriculum and industry mentors. Girls need to bring their laptops, phones and a willingness to improve the lives of others through technology. For more information, go to http://technovationchallenge.org or contact the Technovation Coordinator, Tim Kemp on t.kemp@staidans.qld.edu.au .   

Antipodeans India Expedition
We currently have some spaces available in our teams that are heading to India at the end of the year on a 3-week expedition with Antipodeans. The trip will include sight-seeing, a community project and a 4-5 day trek in the Indian Himalayas. The trip will give students the opportunity to experience independent travel and students will be responsible for organising the itinerary, accommodation, transport and expenses. Teams have already started planning the trip and will shortly start fundraising for the community project. Any students currently in Years 10 or 11, including new students, are welcome to join us. If you would like to find out more about the expedition please contact the expedition Coordinator, Tim Kemp on t.kemp@staidans.qld.edu.au .

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Mathematics

Mathematics Assistance Program Term One 2018

It is important that students develop as independent learners. By using the additional resources on the class One Note and the chapter review in the text girls can ensure they get enough practice at the range of skills. For extra assistance in understanding a concept, interactive tutorials provide hints and examples to support students through the skill 
When difficulties arise, individual assistance can help to improve understanding. All the Mathematics teachers are aware of this and make it a priority to allow time for this to happen in their lessons. As another facility, members of the Mathematics department provide free tutorials to provide further assistance to any girls who are experiencing difficulty. Any girl can turn up to the room below and ask for help with a specific difficulty. Students need to attend the session at the starting time and ensure that they record their name on the attendance roll. Girls should make use of all opportunities to ask their own teacher for assistance in and out of class.
Maths timetable T1

 

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Junior Jottings

Mrs Louise Mcguire 

Welcome – Staffing Update
Student Protection Officers
Parent Information Evening
Safety in the Junior School
Ice-blocks in the Junior School
School Hours
Important Dates

Welcome – Staffing Update
A very warm welcome to all members of the St Aidan’s community for the 2018 school year. To all our new students, parents and staff, we hope your years at St Aidan’s will be happy, rewarding and successful. To all our continuing students and parents, it is has been lovely catching up with many of you. 
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Junior School staff for the fantastic work they have been doing in preparation for the start of school. We are all looking forward to working with our parent body to ensure that all girls in the Junior School are happy and safe; enthusiastically involved in our extensive range of extra-curricular activities; and working to their potential in the year ahead. It may be helpful for families to see our Junior School staff list as it currently stands.

Kindergarten Ms Emma Schafer (e.schafer@staidans.qld.edu.au
Assistant - Ms Melissa Welsh
Prep Ms Caitlin Clarke (c.clarke@staidans.qld.edu.au
Assistants - Mrs Narelle Levander (3 days)/Mrs Fiona Bird (2 days) 
Year 1 Mrs Kylie Black (k.black@staidans.qld.edu.au
Year 2 Mrs Megan Hannan (m.hannan@staidans.qld.edu.au)
Year 3 Mrs Susanna Rigby (s.rigby@staidans.qld.edu.au)
Ms Jen Rowe (j.rowe@staidans.qld.edu.au)
Year 4 Ms Kristine Cairns (k.cairns@staidans.qld.edu.au)
Ms Emma Swan (e.swan@staidans.qld.edu.au
Year 5 Mrs Kirby Egan (k.egan@staidans.qld.edu.au)
Mrs Cathy Grant (c.grant@staidans.qld.edu.au)
Mrs Deb Koh (d.koh@staidans.qld.edu.au)
Year 6 Mrs Kate Grayson (k.grayson@staidans.qld.edu.au
Ms Jann Manser (j.manser@staidans.qld.edu.au
Ms Josephine Mitchell (j.mitchell@staidans.qld.edu.au)   

Teacher Librarian – Mrs Megan Daley (m.daley@staidans.qld.edu.au)
Junior School Technologies Co-ordinator - Mrs Jackie Child (j.child@staidans.qld.edu.au)

Student Support – Mrs Rosie Sanders (r.sanders@staidans.qld.edu.au) /Mrs Bess Sellars (b.sellars@staidans.qld.edu.au ), Mrs Vanessa Alexander (Aide), Mrs Trina Crawford (Aide)

PE and Sports Co-ordinator – Ms Tracey Jeanes-Fraser (t.jeanes-fraser@staidans.qld.edu.au)

Junior School Receptionist 3373 5944 – Mrs Lyn Raven - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday (l.raven@staidans.qld.edu.au) /Mrs Wilhelmina Morrison – Thursday, Friday (w.morrison@staidans.qld.edu.au

Student Protection Officers 
This week, Junior School students will be reminded of the St Aidan’s Student Protection Officers. Student Protection Officers are persons designated as liaison people to whom students may refer if they are not feeling safe; or to whom they make complaints of harm, inappropriate behaviour or physical/sexual abuse. The St Aidan’s Student Protection Officers are:
Head of Junior School (Louise McGuire)
Dean of Students and Academic Welfare (7-9) – Holly O’Sullivan Williams
School Guidance Counsellor (Jennie Robinson)
Our school website has the policy and procedures document available for all members of the community.
https://www.staidans.qld.edu.au/our-school/quick-links/student-protection    

Parent Information Evening
The Junior School Parent Information Evening is Tuesday 30 January (Week 2). The evening will follow the following format – 

Parents of Prep-Year 3 students – 6.00pm 
Presentations by Form Teachers in Form Classrooms

Parents of Year 4-6 – 7.00pm 
Presentations by Form Teachers Year 4 and 5 in Form Classrooms and Year 6 in the Junior School Library

Junior School Sport Information Sessions
Tracey Jeanes-Fraser will be conducting information sessions about the Junior School sporting competitions (Andrews Cup/Metro Meets/Walter Taylor Bridge), awards and general communication in relation to sport, also on Tuesday 30 January.

Parents of Year 4, 5, 6 – 6.00pm (Junior School Library)

Parents of Year 2, 3 – 7.00pm (Year 3 Classroom) 

*Light refreshments will be available at the Junior School Sport Information Sessions.

Safety in the Junior School
We strive in every way to make the Junior School a safe environment for children. 

Allergies 
There are several students in the Junior School who suffer from life-threatening allergies to nuts. These girls will suffer an anaphylactic reaction if they come into contact with even the smallest trace of certain types of nuts. Passing contact with another student who has been eating nuts or products containing nuts can trigger a reaction.
We ask that parents and children avoid any products containing nuts when preparing lunches or snacks for school. This will assist in reducing the risk for these students.                                                           
We also have a student who suffers an anaphylactic reaction if she comes into contact with whole, cooked eggs. I ask that you also bear this in mind when packing school lunches.
Thank you for your support.

Social and Emotional Well-being
During the timetabled SEL (Social and Emotional Learning) lesson each week, all Junior School students will be involved in activities designed to assist students to -recognise safe and unsafe situations and how to react to any such situations; prevent or reduce bullying; develop strategies to help cope with bullying; and further develop social skills and resilience. 

Sun Safety
With respect to sun safety, please remember that while in the grounds before school, at morning tea and lunch times, all girls must wear their panama or the blue play hat. It is compulsory for girls to wear a sun shirt for PE swimming lessons unless they are swimming time trials in preparation for the forthcoming swimming carnival. Long sleeved sun shirts are available at the uniform shop. It is important for girls to have sunscreen with them at school at all times. Sunscreen can also be found in each of the classrooms. Please also ensure that girls bring their water bottle every day so that they may be encouraged to drink plenty of fluids throughout the school day.

Road Safety (Drive-through Zone)
One extremely important aspect of road safety is the drive-through area. The procedure for all users to follow is to drive safely into the area to allow girls to either disembark or be collected. At drop-off and pick-up times, cars must not be ‘parked’ in the drive-through zone as this causes a stream of traffic to build in the drive-through and neighbouring streets. This creates an extreme hazard for our girls, for other traffic and our neighbours. 
Junior School staff are rostered on drive-through duty in the afternoons in order to help ensure the safety of the girls as they cross the internal crossing and climb into vehicles. If your daughter is not waiting for you when you arrive, please continue around the block and re-join the queue. 
Please be patient, particularly in the first few weeks of school. The drive-through zone will be unusually busy until students begin their routines of catching public transport and attending before and after school activities.

Ice-blocks in the Junior School
We would like to continue to offer ice blocks for purchase by Junior School students (Monday-Thursday). To enable this to occur, we would love to have some volunteers who are happy to put their name down to volunteer once, or more, each month to sell ice blocks for around 20 minutes during the girls' lunch time.
The procedure involves collecting change for the ice blocks from the Senior School tuckshop at approximately 1:10pm, then collecting the key to the Charma Place kitchen from Lyn Raven/Wilhelmina Morrison at the Junior School Reception (sign in). Once the bell has sounded for the girls to be able to finish their lunch and start playing, the girls will form a queue at the door to the Charma Place kitchen and eagerly await their ice block purchase (1.30pm).
It is a lovely way to get to know more of the girls within the Junior School and for your daughters to see you at school being engaged with them.  
If this sounds like something you would like to do, please email Lyn Raven (l.raven@staidans.qld.edu.au ). Your designated days and dates will then be confirmed with you.

School Hours
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Important Dates 
Term 1, 2018

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Junior Sport

Please click here for the Junior School Training Schedule for Week 1 and Week 2.

A warm welcome to all students and parents. The 2018 sporting year will be filled with plenty of fun and exciting events for all girls from Prep through to Year 6. This term, our girls will have two Interhouse carnivals in which to participate and celebrate House and community spirit; Swimming for Year 2 – 6 on 6 February and Cross Country for Prep – Year 6 on 22 March. 
Girls from Year 4 – Year 6 will commence preparation on Friday afternoons for their involvement in the Walter Taylor Bridge competition.  Students will have the opportunity to choose from either Netball or Touch Football to play against our local schools on a Friday afternoon from 1.00pm-2.30pm commencing early in March.  Our Year 2 and Year 3 girls will also be provided the opportunity to be exposed to a wide variety of games at Ambiwerra each Friday from 1.35pm-2.30pm. 
For students who are wishing to represent the school in our pinnacle sporting environment, the Andrews Cup Competition, our teams of Swimming for Year 2-Year 6 and Touch Football and Tennis for Year 4-Year 6 will be selected over the coming weeks, with trainings for all three sports commencing over the next two weeks.  I encourage all parents to please download the St Aidan’s school app (details about the new app will be forthcoming) to keep updated as to when trainings are scheduled or cancelled due to poor weather.
I wish you all a fantastic 2018 and I look forward to working with each of your girls to develop their skills in a wide variety of activities offered and enhance their love of sport. 
Tracey Jeanes-Fraser

Swimming Squad Training (Target Andrew 2018)
Preparation for the 2018 swimming competition season commenced this week at the school’s pool. Session times are below.  
The Junior School is offering four afternoon sessions at the school pool and one morning session.
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Sessions are available to girls in Years 2 – 6.
Sessions are designed to prepare girls for the competitive swimming in 2018 (Andrews Cup, Districts and Interschool) and a certain level of swimming ability is a prerequisite for involvement. Girls intending to participate must be comfortable in swimming 25 – 50m in freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke and they must also be able to perform a dolphin kick. 
Girls must sign-in the St Aidan’s swimming attendance book at the pool for every session that they attend.

Holiday Swim Camp
St Aidan’s Junior School conducted a Swim Camp during the January 2018 school holidays at Dunlop Pool Aquatics, Corinda.  The camp was a huge success with large numbers of extremely excited girls keen to develop and improve their swimming strokes in preparation for the Interhouse Swimming Carnival.
The program included pool training sessions with a specific focus on dives, finishes, turns, stroke correction, stretching, individual and team races and team building. 
A huge thanks must go to our coaches, Greg Fasala, Tereka Fasala, Ali Zillmann and the specialist coaches for their technical knowledge, enthusiasm and encouragement throughout the camp.
holiday swim camp 

House Swimming Carnival 
The House Swimming Carnival for students in Year 2 to Year 6 is scheduled for Tuesday 6 February at Ambrose Treacy College, Twigg Street, Indooroopilly. An information letter providing further details for the carnival will be distributed to all students in their year levels in the first week back.  A slip will be required to be returned to class teachers by Monday 29 January 2018.  Please ensure this information is returned as soon as possible to enable rolls and supervision to be organised. Girls in these year levels will be time-trialed in the programmed PE lessons to assist in the nominations for events.

Eastern Taipans District Swim Meet 
The Eastern District Swimming carnival will be held on Thursday 9 February - locality is to be confirmed. The St Aidan’s Swimming team to compete at the District Carnival will be selected based on times from swimming trainings and the Interhouse Swimming Carnival.

2018 Andrews Cup Touch Football Trials 
The Andrews Cup Touch Football competition is being held on Tuesday 13 March at Kearney Springs, Ruthven Street, Toowoomba.  Trainings will commence in Week 2 of Term One (Wednesday 31 January 6.45 – 7.45am and Friday 2 February 6.45 – 7.45am) with a focus on skill development and match play. New students who commenced at St Aidan's in 2018 will be provided the opportunity to nominate and train for a position in the team.  The Andrews Cup teams will be named in Week 4 of 2018 where the team selection will be based on skill, game application, combinations and attendance. 

Training Dates and Times
Touch Football at Ambiwerra

Commencing Wednesday 31 January 2018 
Wednesday - Ambiwerra - Time 6.45am – 7.45am
Friday - Ambiwerra - Time 6.45am-7.45am

Andrews Cup Touch Football Match Play
St Aidan’s Junior School have placed our Touch Football teams into the “Metro Meets” competition which has an alignment to the Andrews Cup Competition.  The games will be held on a Monday afternoon after school, at the Ambiwerra Sports Fields against some of the schools that are involved in the Andrews Cup competition, as well as St. Peters and All Hallows.  The games will assist our girls in their continued development through match play. These games will be considered one of the set training days for our girls leading into the Andrews Cup competition.  A school bus will be provided to take students to the venue.

Metro Touch Football Meets
Monday February 12 - Ambiwerra Sports Fields 4.15pm to 5.30pm

2018 Andrews Cup Tennis Trials 
The Andrews Cup Tennis is being held on Tuesday 13 March at University of Queensland.  Trainings will commence in Week 2 of Term One (Wednesday 31 January 6.30am – 7.45am and Friday 2 February 6.30am – 7.45am) with a focus on skill development and match play. The Andrews Cup teams will be named in Week 4 where the team selection will be based on skill, game application, combinations and attendance. New students who commence at St Aidan's in 2018 will be provided the opportunity to nominate and train for a position in the team.

Training Dates and Times
Tennis at Ambiwerra

Commencing Wednesday 31 January 2018 
Wednesday - Ambiwerra - Time 6.30am – 7.45am
Friday - Ambiwerra - Time 6.30am – 7.45am

2018 Cross Country Training
Cross Country training will commence on Wednesday 31 January from 3.45 pm to 5.00 pm.  This training is designed to enable the students to improve their general fitness before the Junior School Cross Country which is to be held on Thursday 22 March at Ambiwerra. Whilst sessions are mainly designed for girls in Years 2 – 6; younger students are also welcome to attend.  Two training sessions will initially be available to the girls each week Wednesday 3.45pm-5.00pm and Thursday 3.45pm-5.00pm with an additional session commencing on Monday 12 February from 6.45-7.45am at Ambiwerra.  All sessions are held at Ambiwerra Sports grounds and a bus will collect students and take them back to school in the mornings and take them to Ambiwerra for the afternoons.  Parents are to collect students no later than 5.00pm at Ambiwerra. Ms Lauren Murry, our Head Cross Country Coach, will be overseeing the program. 

2018 Cross Country Training at Ambiwerra
Commencing Wednesday 31 January 2018 - Time: 3.45pm-5.00pm
Wednesday 3.45-5.00pm - Locality Ambiwerra Sports Fields
Thursday 3.45-5.00pm - Locality Ambiwerra Sport Fields

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Junior Music

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Music Groups 
All students are welcome to participate in the Music Ensembles on offer at St Aidan’s. Students need to have some proficiency on the instrument appropriate to the ensemble but all students are encouraged to sing in the choir! Any girl who is interested is encouraged to discuss their involvement with Dr Cuskelly j.cuskelly@staidans.qld.edu.au  Ms Trott c.trott@staidans.qld.edu.au or Mrs Figliano s.figliano@staidans.qld.edu.au Students are encouraged come to the first rehearsal in week 2 or sign up at the Trade Show 12.50pm in the CHC on Friday 2 February. (A full list of St Aidan’s music ensembles/rehearsals is attached below.)

Instrumental lessons in 2018
Don’t forget to complete the electronic private tuition form as soon as possible and return to us here at the school. Knowing which students are continuing with their lessons really assists in organising instruments, timetables and rooms. And of course, we are very keen to hear from any new students who are interested in learning an instrument. The link to the online enrolment form is as follows: https://secure.netols.com/schools/gateway/intranet_gateway.cfm?eu=TU-CD1ECB42-C292-7EED-BE73B2DE78B58B7A-CD1ECB43-C292-7EED-BE1057D7703411E8     

Music Bursary
The Music Support Group provides Music Bursaries for the part or whole remission of music tuition fees (private lessons). There are bursaries available for Terms 2 and 3, 2018. Forms are available in the Senior School from Reception (downstairs) or from Student Reception (upstairs), and from Reception in the Junior School. Completed forms are due by Friday 23 February 2018. 

Music Support Group
The St Aidan’s Music Support Group, made up of parents, students and staff, provides vital support to the school’s young musicians through its fundraising endeavours and its smooth organisation of concerts and other music events. The group regularly purchases much-needed instruments, music and other equipment, and also helps support other activities such as workshops and overseas tours.
The support group relies on the goodwill of parents to help with ticket sales, catering, publicity, and fundraising which are vital to the seamless running of concerts throughout the year. Meetings are scheduled for Monday evenings at 7:00pm in the Science and Technology Building meeting room (SG02). The first meeting for 2018 is on Monday February 6 and new members are not only most welcome, but also very much appreciated. Please feel free to contact the group’s president, Paula Hodge,  paula.hodge@bigpond.com if you have any questions, or if you would be willing to volunteer but are unable to attend regular meetings.
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Year 4 Beginner Band
St Aidan’s has an outstanding Classroom Music Program, and the introduction of Every Day Music from Kindergarten to Year 3 means that students are not only immersed in music, but that they are developing an independent and sophisticated understanding of essential musical skills and knowledge for the level. It is clear to the classroom and music teachers that students are reaching musical benchmarks early and with greater competence. In an attempt to ensure that students receive every opportunity to learn a musical instrument, the students in Year 4 are invited to again be part of the Beginner Band Program at St Aidan’s. Rotational times for the Beginner Band lessons are as follows:
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Rehearsal Schedule for 2018
In order to assist parents and students in planning, please see the rehearsal schedule for 2018. This schedule has been prepared in consultation with the Head of Sport and every effort has been made to minimise clashes. However, please bear in mind that there are usually a minimum of 2 sports training scheduled in any week and should there be a clash between a music rehearsal (offered once a week only) and a sport training students are to attend the musical rehearsal on the set day and attend the alternative sports training on the other.
Weekly instrumental rehearsals are held in the CHC.
2018 Rehearsal Schedule  

Ensembles: 
CHOIRS

Ensemble Volar (auditioned)
Chorale (Yrs 9-12)
Children Crossing (Yrs 6-8)
Junior Singers (Yrs 3-5)
Community Choir (Semester Two only) 

STRING ENSEMBLES
Paganini Strings
(Yrs 7-12, auditioned)
Corelli Strings (Yrs 7-11)
Chamber String Ensembles: Volar Strings, Da Capo Strings, Allegro Strings, Arco Strings, Four Seasons Strings (auditioned)
Vivaldi Strings (Yrs 5-7)
Dolce Strings (Yrs 2-4)
Staccato Strings (Beginner Ensemble)
Year 1 and 2 Beginner Strings Program
Combined Orchestras (Symphonic Winds and Paganini Strings)

BAND PROGRAM
Symphonic Winds
(AMEB Grade Three and above)
Con Brio Band (Yrs 7-9)
Chamber Winds (auditioned)
Charma Band (Yrs 5-7)
Percussion Ensemble (Yrs 4-7)
Yr 4 Beginner Band Program 
Yr 3 Beginner Band Program (Semester Two only)
Combined Orchestras (Symphonic Winds and Corelli Strings)

2018 School Music Calendar 
Changes and additions may be made to the following Calendar. Updates are provided through the Newsletter.

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P&F

P&F

St Aidan's AGS - Parents & Friends Annual General Meeting 2018
Cocktail Party and Art Show

 

 

Notice of the Annual General Meeting of the St Aidan's P&F Association to be held on Wednesday 28 February at 6.30pm in the Mathers Family Auditorium.
Following the AGM, there will be the usual P&F General Meeting.
Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend to hear about 2017 in review from the P & F perspective.
The times for the evening are as follows: 
AGM 6.30pm – 7.00pm
General meeting 7.00pm – 8.00pm
ALL parents and Support Group members are invited to attend this important meeting.
Please RSVP your attendance to c.rush@staidans.qld.edu.au by 26 February.

COCKTAIL PARTY & ART SHOW – Saturday 24 February 2018, 6.00pm – 10.00pm
The inaugural P&F Cocktail Party and Art Exhibition is a major P&F fundraiser and set to be a fantastic night, raising much needed funds for the P&F association to continue to do their meaningful work within the school. We anticipate the cocktail party and art exhibition will become a must do annual event for our parent body and their friends.
We have been fortunate to secure local artist Adrian Atwood for this inaugural art exhibition.  Adrian was a member of the Oscar-winning make-up team who worked on The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and Wardrobe and his works reflect his style that is a combination of street art, Greek mythology and fables with an undertone of cheekiness. 
Tickets to this event will be available for purchase through Flexischools by the end of this week.

 

 

 

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