Newsletter Term 1 Week 1 2019

Principal

Ms toni riordan

Welcome to 2019 – a new academic year and the 90th year of St Aidan’s AGS. 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.

I take this opportunity to acknowledge our hard-working school staff and the support from dedicated parents, which contributed to the many successful activities – camps, overseas trips and competitions – conducted over the Christmas break. Also, I congratulate our Senior students of 2018 and all staff who worked with the girls over their years at St Aidan’s. They achieved outstanding QCE and OP outcomes and we look forward to hearing more at our Academic Awards and Honours Assembly in a few weeks’ time.

The Power of Reading

Having returned to work a few weeks ago now, the feel for the lazy days of summer has just about dwindled for me but I am still hanging on to the wonderful feeling of having the time to read what I liked. I am very fortunate to have family and friends who gift me books for Christmas. Did you receive a great pile of books for Christmas too? I think that Christmas and the holiday period provide a valuable opportunity for parents to both gift their children some new books and to get reading themselves.

Recent research shows that people born between 1950 and 1990 who did not go to university but grew up in homes surrounded by books had similar levels of literacy and numeracy to their bookless peers who graduated from university. While the world of learning is changing, it is a reasonable assumption that the importance of books in the home will continue into the future.

The study is based on data from 31 countries, including Australia and 162, 955 participants. Its lead author, Dr Joanna Sikora is an educational sociologist based at Australian National University (ANU). The exact mechanisms through which having more books improves literacy and numeracy are not yet fully understood, though Dr Sikora has some ideas. She emphasises that the results are not just because wealthier and more educated parents have more books; this was accounted for in her study.

“Forty percent of books’ positive effect”, said Dr Sikora and her co-authors, “is not explained by socio-economic attainment or demographic factors.”

Yet it is not about putting the books on shelves and leaving them there.

Books are absolutely important but it is the kind of lifestyle they are woven into that is significant – one in which ideas, vocabulary building, discussion, exploration, investigation and imagination are valued. “Books”, said Dr Sikora “form part of a culture of learning” in which learning is pursued for its own sake.

This learning culture at home may be seen in the social interactions between parents, children, extended family and family friends – such as storytelling and imaginative games like charades. At the same time, a crucial part of it is making space and time for reading itself.

“But why” you might ask “should we bother with books, when so much is available online?” While it is great if children are absorbed in reading a novel on an e-reader, Dr Sikora suggests that printed books are far from obsolete. While the greatest benefits for book-filled homes were for literacy and numeracy, they also led to greater digital literacy, making books as relevant as ever in an age when digital skills are increasingly important. Dr Sikora cites other studies showing that reading books rather than text on screen is better for “deeper comprehension of complex content”, “retrieving specific information” and “facilitating family reading time”.

Last week at our Combined Staff Learning Day with St Margaret’s staff, Teachers and Support Staff explored key messages, including the value of reading to counteract some of the negative aspects of our contemporary world. Staff heard from Professor Jeffrey Brand, Associate Dean of Learning and Teaching at Bond University. Prof Brand lectures on emerging media and the interactive media industries. As the realities of online gaming and social media grow ever more invasive, Prof Brand compelled all of the educators in the room to teach students to read and to read critically so that they may be ‘ahead of the machines’ in the future. And if they don’t like to read, he suggests they learn to like to read. It’s that important. My hope is that the rich reading time you and your family may have experienced over the holiday break may continue throughout the year. I certainly hope it will at my home.

Reference –
Sikora, J., Evans, M.D.R., Kelley, J., (2018) ‘Scholarly culture: how books in adolescence enhance adult literacy, numeracy and technology skills in 31 countries’. Social Science Research

Welcome to new staff:

Miss Lily Bougoure Trainee Sport Admin Assistant
Dr John Cantwell PAR History & English Teacher
Ms Noelle Finnerty Psychology, Maths & Science Teacher
Ms Shannon Hunter Finance Manager
Ms Catherine Huxtable Senior Payroll Officer
Mrs Shantelle Janek Teacher Intern (JS)
Mrs Louise McNamara Scientific Officer
Mrs Anna Morse SWAN Teacher Aide (Junior School)
Mr Saxon Moseley PE Teacher
Ms Anne Smith SWAN Teacher Aide (Senior School)

Congratulations to:

• Our St Aidan’s team (Alice Baumann, Georgia Scott, Amber Mitchell, Evelyn Unwin, Harriet Robertson, Sharada Athuraliya, Mai-Lyn Foong, Cindy Liu, Rachel Leathers and Lucinda Davies) who have been awarded the Australian Space Design Competition National winners and have qualified to represent Australia at the international competition at NASA Kennedy Space Centre in the USA in July. Congratulations also to Sharada Athuraliya (Year 11) who won Best Female Presenter.
Lily Holt (Year 7) who competed at the Australian Youth National Water Polo titles during the holidays. Lily’s team was undefeated and won the gold medal in the Grand Final. Lily’s team also won gold at the State Titles in December.
Angelina Tignani who competed in the National All Schools Athletics Championships in Cairns in December and was crowned national Javelin Champion and became the youngest to win the U16 age group.
• Our Junior team (Angelina Tignani, Emma-Kate Watt, Tayla Sykes, Gemma Casaceli, Ella Edwards and Isabella Donaldson) who finished second at the National Nitro Schools Challenge behind Pymble Ladies College, a large athletics school from Sydney.
• Two of our community members who have been appointed Members of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day Honours List. Past student, Dr Geraldine Moses AM for significant service to medicine as a pharmacist, particularly through advisory and educational roles and past staff member, Ms Lyndall De Marco AM for significant service to youth development, to the tourism industry, and to the community.

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Chaplain

Rev Gillian Moses

Please see the chaplain’s blog on Aidan’s Central https://central.staidan.qld.edu.au/homepage/1842.

The blog is accessible through the Living Faith tab on your dashboard when you first open Aidan’s Central. If you have not yet signed in to Aidan’s Central or you have forgotten how, please contact IT for assistance.

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Dean of Studies

Ms lynda wall

Subject changes Years 10-12
• Assessment calendars Years 7-12
• Year 11 access arrangements for assessment (QCAA requirements)
• Parent information evenings
• Year 11 and 12 Study Sessions

Assessment Calendars Year 7-12
Assessment calendars for each year level will be released in Week 3. The calendars indicate the due date for tests and assignments, offering students a useful way of planning their time. Parents can also expect that results and comments will be available in Parent Lounge three weeks after assessment is completed (for Years 7-11).

Subject changes Years 10-12
Students in Years 10-12 who would like to discuss a subject change should make an appointment to see Ms Wall. This can be done by emailing Ms Wall’s assistant, Mrs Wise, on j.wise@staidans.qld.edu.au or by coming in person to Mrs Wise’s desk in the administration area. Subject changes should be completed as early as possible to ensure that students do not miss the initial stages of new subjects. The deadline for changes is the end of Week 2. Students should be aware that some classes are now full, so not every change is possible.

Year 11 access arrangements for assessment (QCAA requirements)
There are times when students need assessment conditions adjusted due to medical conditions or life events. At the end of 2018 the QCAA released information on how “Access Arrangements and Reasonable Adjustments” (AARA) will be managed for Year 11 and 12 students undertaking the new senior assessment systems. A letter will shortly be sent home explaining these to all Year 11 parents, and particularly explaining the different requirements for short term conditions such as illness and ongoing conditions.
The QCAA has provided guidelines to take to medical practitioners when requesting supporting documentation. These are that the medical support provide:

• Diagnosis of disability and/or medical condition
• Date of diagnosis
• Date of occurrence or onset of the disability and/or medical condition
• Information about how the diagnosed disability, impairment and/or medical condition affects the student participating in assessment, particularly timed assessment when considering exams
• Professional recommendations regarding AARA, for example: rest breaks, the provision of food or medication during exams, varied seating in an exam room.

Please note that the school will only implement AARA that are reasonably able to be resourced, and which are within the QCAA guidelines. We cannot implement AARA that alter the assessment objectives.
St Aidan’s has an online form to be completed when students are applying for AARA due to temporary illness or injury. This is located on the student’s Aidan’s Central page, under the ‘general information’ tile. Communication with the relevant teacher should take place prior to submitting the form. For longer term conditions, please contact Lynda Wall or the SWAN co-ordinator, Rosie Sanders r.sanders@staidans.qld.edu.au.
Should you have questions after the more detailed letter is sent home in Week 2, please contact Lynda Wall on l.wall@staidans.qld.edu.au.

Parent information evenings Years 10-12
I look forward to seeing parents at the upcoming parent information evenings. The Year 10 evening on 12 February will include details about the semester one/ semester two transition into senior subjects, as well as having a guest speaker from UQ discussing the Future of Work and creativity. The Year 11 evening on the 14 February will include further information on the organisation of the senior years. The Year 12 evening, also on the 14 February, will include discussion of the significant dates around senior certification.

Year 11 and 12 Study Sessions
Our STAR tutoring service is offering supervised group study sessions for Years 11 and 12. These study sessions are for the girls to work on homework, assignments, exam preparation and any other general work that they have. Each session will be run by two tutors who will be available to assist girls with their studies. Girls will be encouraged to work independently and then use the tutors for assistance when required. This is a less personalised service than one-on-one STAR tutoring but should enable students to stay on task.
The study sessions will be taking place twice a week, from 3:30-5:30 on Mondays and Wednesdays. The cost is $20 for the term. A more detailed letter explaining the operation of the sessions will be sent to parents this week.

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Guidance Counsellor

ms Jennie Robinson

For all Careers news please visit the Careers tile on Aidan's Central.

Senior School

Sport

Sports Portal
• The Back Page
• Term 1 Senior School Sport Training Overview
• Senior School Sport - Key Dates 2019

Sports Portal
All relevant information regarding training, competition draws, representative trials etc. can be found on the Sports Portal which is accessed via Aidan’s Central. Cancellations and wet weather updates will be posted in the news section on the Sports Portal home page.
https://central.staidan.qld.edu.au/homepage/1665/

The Back Page
‘The Back Page’ is a weekly sports newsletter for students which will include; news, photos, results and information about upcoming events and fixtures. We will also use this space to recognise the success and sporting achievements of our students.
Term 1 | Week 1
https://central.staidan.qld.edu.au/send.php?id=15994

Term 1 Senior School Sport Training Overview
https://central.staidan.qld.edu.au/send.php?id=15993

Senior School Sport - Key Dates 2019
https://central.staidan.qld.edu.au/send.php?id=15756

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Music

Click Read More for all Senior School music news including upcoming performances and rehearsal schedule.

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 to come to the first rehearsal in week 2 or sign up at the Activities Trade Show 12.50pm in the CHC on Friday 8 February. (A full list of St Aidan’s music ensembles/rehearsals is attached below.)

Instrumental lessons in 2019
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://au1.documents.adobe.com/public/esignWidget?wid=CBFCIBAA3AAABLblqZhA6JM5HtbLwCed2S0TO047YiiTGdXfRFLn2AQer-VgcswmKKHCGd4cE8SZZDkT29Eg*

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, 2019 and forms are available from the Music Department - music@staidans.qld.edu.au.

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 4 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.
Music Support Group Meeting
Mon 4 Feb 
Music Captains
SG02 7:00pm-9.00pm

Rehearsal Schedule for 2019
In order to assist parents and students in planning, please see the rehearsal schedule for 2019. 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.
Please click here for the 2019 Rehearsal Schedule.

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
(AMEB Grade Five and above, auditioned)
Corelli Strings (AMEB Grade Two and above)
Chamber String Ensembles: Volar Strings, Allegro Strings, Arco Strings, Four Seasons Strings, Da Capo Strings (auditioned)
Vivaldi Strings (Yrs 5-8)
Dolce Strings (Yrs 2-4)
Clementi Celli
Beginner Strings Program
Combined Orchestras (Symphonic Winds and Paganini Strings)

BAND ENSEMBLES
• Symphonic Winds
(AMEB Grade Four and above)
Con Brio Band (AMEB Grade Two and above)
Taffanel Flutes (Yr 5 and above)
Charma Band (Yrs 5-7)
Back-beat Band (Yr 5 and above)
Percussion Ensemble (Yr 5 and above)
Taffanel Flutes (Senior Chamber Flute Choir)
Yr 4 Beginner Band Program
• Yr 3 Beginner Band Preparation Program
(Semester Two only)
Combined Orchestras (Symphonic Winds and Corelli Strings)

2019 Music Calendar
Please click herefor Semester 1 Music Calendar. Changes and additions may be made throughout the year. Updates will be provided in the Newsletter. 

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english

• Junior English
• Senior English

Junior English
There are a lot of wonderful opportunities coming up for students in junior English this term.

The Year 7s will work through a Firm Foundations unit, which aims to develop their core literacy skills of reading, writing, spelling and grammar. For the written component, students learn about both persuasive and short story text types, and practise writing in both assignment and examination conditions. They will be given plenty of free writing opportunities to help them to develop confidence in their writing ability, and provide them with creative writing opportunities. For their assessment tasks, they will be required to write an unseen persuasive essay under controlled conditions, as well as a short story assignment.

The Year 8s will start with Poetry Passport, which focuses on introducing students to poetry from different cultures. The objective of the unit is to develop students’ skills in poetry analysis. The unit will culminate in an assignment, where students will prepare and present a panel discussion that explores poetry from a culture of their choice. They will then move on to their What Matters unit, where they will compose original short stories on the theme of what matters to them. Once their stories are completed, they will complete a Project Based Learning task that will see them create team digital anthologies that will enable them to share their writing with the year level.

The Year 9 students will begin a new unit this year entitled Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed. This unit will provide students with the opportunity to think about traditional versus progressive ideas and debate whether or not advancements are positive or not – for society and/or the individual. They will also explore the way that new stories often draw on stories of old, and consider the concept of transformations in texts. They will ultimately create their own original composition that draws on a text from their past.

In addition to this, students in Years 7, 8 and 9 will also work explicitly on improving their reading skills by undertaking our wide-reading program. We encourage all students to consistently be reading something, and we will work with them on expanding their reading repertoire throughout the year.

Senior English
Year 10 students this term will begin by studying Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and consider how his textual choices engage readers imaginatively, emotionally and critically. They will also consider how their own views and values influence their interpretation of the play, as well as developing an understanding of how more studied and critical responses to the play can enhance their own initial personal responses. As they read the play, they will reflect on the conflicts that the characters encounter and identify the options that each character might consider, and the potential consequences that each option might present them. This will help them reflect on how experiences shape our character and how our attitudes, values and beliefs influence the choices that we make. This unit will culminate in a monologue performance.

Year 11 English students will continue the work on Unit 1, Perspectives and Texts, that they began in Term 4 of last year. This term, they will study the graphic novel Persepolis and use this as a springboard for their own imaginative response. They will write a short story that is designed to shape readers’ perspectives on a social or cultural issue that Australians are facing today.

Year 11 Literature students will also continue their Unit 1 work by studying Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. The unit will continue with the theme of gender, and students will analyse the way that Shakespeare plays with notions of gender identity and cultural norms. They will take their understanding of the play and demonstrate it by transforming aspects of the base text into a different cultural context, such as setting it in contemporary Australia. This will be presented through a pre-recorded monologue performance.

Finally, the Year 12 English students will begin the year by studying love poetry through the ages. They will begin by looking at Elizabethan poetry, before comparing these representations of the theme with both metaphysical and modern poems. Their first assessment task will require them to present an expository oral that compares either an Elizabethan or metaphysical poem with a contemporary poem, exploring the similarities and differences in the way that the poets construct their invited readings about love. The unit will then culminate in them using one of the love poems that they have studied as a prompt for an original short story.

If you have any questions about what your daughters will be doing in English this term, please do not hesitate to email either Samantha Doig (HOF – senior English) or Laura Cooke (Assistant HOF – junior English).

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news

• Interact
• STAGE
• International Students

Interact
Once again the Interact Club will be participating in the International Women’s Day Fun Run on Sunday March 3, and everyone in the school community is invited to join our team.
By taking part, you'll also be helping to raise vital funds for practical breast cancer support services and breast cancer research at Mater. Register now to join 10,000 others in creating a sea of pink through the streets of Brisbane.
As this event is likely to sell out we encourage you to register as soon as possible and for your race backs to be delivered to school you must register before Feb 8. Please click here to register.
If you register after that date, they will need to go and pick up their kits on the Saturday prior to the run.
If you need any assistance please contact the Mater Chicks in Pink team directly on 3163 2102/ roxy.morton-owen@mater.org.au.
We hope you can be part of the fun,
Mrs Lewis, Mrs Crome and the Interact Club

STAGE
stage

Do you want to be part of STAGE in 2019?

STAGE Auditions - SUNDAY 3 FEBRUARY 2019
11.00am – 1.00pm CHC
If you are interested in auditioning, please contact STAGE Coordinator, Mrs Samantha Lee (s.Lee2@staindans.qld.edu.au) so that an audition form can be sent to you. These need to be completed and signed by parents by the auditions.
We hope to see many of you there.

International Students
A warm welcome to our new international students who are from Japan, USA, Korea and China. We’d also like to wish all of our international students, both new and continuing, an enjoyable term.

Secondly, congratulations to the following homestay families who were the lucky winners of the second ‘End of Year Homestay Family Raffle’;

1st prize: Melissa Anderson.
2nd prize: Jennifer and Matthew Green.
3rd prize: Julianna Forbes.

If you are interested in becoming a St Aidan’s Homestay Family please contact the International Homestay Student Coordinator, Claire Jackson c.jackson@staidans.qld.edu.au.

Lastly, if at any stage throughout the year you have any unwanted uniform items that are in good condition which you would like to donate to the International Department for the Study Experience program, please drop of the items to Senior School Reception.

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Junior Jottings

Mrs Louise Mcguire 

Welcome
• Student Protection Officers
• Parent Information Evening
• Safety in the Junior School
• Absentees/Late Arrivals/Early Departures
• Ice-blocks in the Junior School
• International Women’s Day Fun Run/Walk – Sunday 3 March 2019
• School Hours
• Important Dates

Welcome
A very warm welcome to all members of the St Aidan’s community for the 2019 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 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 students 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 Kirby Egan (k.egan@staidans.qld.edu.au)
Year 3 Ms Kristine Cairns (k.cairns@staidans.qld.edu.au)
Mrs Susanna Rigby (s.rigby@staidans.qld.edu.au)
Year 4 Ms Emma Swan (e.swan@staidans.qld.edu.au)
Mrs Cathy Grant (c.grant@staidans.qld.edu.au)
Year 5 Mrs Deb Koh (d.koh@staidans.qld.edu.au)
Mrs Megan Hannan (m.hannan@staidans.qld.edu.au)
Ms Jen Rowe (j.rowe@staidans.qld.edu.au)
Year 6 Mrs Jenny Crome (j.crome@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 Bess Sellars (b.sellars@staidans.qld.edu.au), Mrs Vanessa Alexander (Aide), Mrs Trina Crawford (Aide), Mrs Anna Morse (Aide)
PE and Sports Co-ordinator – Ms Tracey Jeanes-Fraser (t.jeanes-fraser@staidans.qld.edu.au)
Junior School Receptionist 3373 5944 – Mrs Wilhelmina Morrison (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 (and many other resources) 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 5 February (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 5 February.

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
nut allergy

There are several students in the Junior School who suffer from life-threatening allergies to nuts. These students 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 students who are highly allergic to eggs.

Girls may bring eggs to school in their lunchbox; however, we ask that you remind them (as will the teachers) to wash their hands after eating (as this reduces the risk of cross-contact). It is extremely important that we are vigilant in order to keep our students safe.

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 – engage in mindfulness practices; 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 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.   

Absentees/Late Arrivals/Early Departures
If your child (K-6) is unable to attend school for any reason, please inform Wilhelmina Morrison at the Junior School Reception (3373 5944 -w.morrison@staidans.qld.edu.au) or call the Absentee line (3373 5978) by 9:00am.
If we are not notified, you will receive a text message asking you to confirm the reason for the absence.
Also, if girls are late for school (P-6) or need to leave early, they (or parents) must sign the Late/Departure books held in the Junior School Reception.

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 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 Wil Morrison (w.morrison@staidans.qld.edu.au). Your designated days and dates will then be confirmed with you.

International Women’s Day Fun Run/Walk – Sunday 3 March 2019
Once again, the Interact Club will be participating in the International Women’s Day Fun Run on Sunday March 3, and everyone in the school community is invited to join our team. This Fun Run/Walk is a wonderful opportunity to bring our school community together with students and their family members participating. We are encouraging Junior School families to participate alongside the Secondary School girls.
By taking part, you'll also be helping to raise vital funds for practical breast cancer support services and breast cancer research at Mater. Register now to join 10,000 others in creating a sea of pink through the streets of Brisbane.
As this event is likely to sell out, we encourage you to register as soon as possible and for your race packs to be delivered to school you must register before Feb 8. See attached information sheet to register. If you register after that date, you will need to pick up your kits on the Saturday prior to the run.
If you need any assistance, please contact the Mater Chicks in Pink team directly on 3163 2102/ roxy.morton-owen@mater.org.au.
We hope you can be part of the fun.

School Hours
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Important Dates
Please click here for Important Dates Week 1 Term 1, 2019.

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Junior Sport

• Junior School Training Schedule
• Welcome
• Swimming Squad Training (Target Andrew 2019)
• Holiday Swim Camp
• House Swimming Carnival
• Eastern Taipans 10-12 Years District Swim Trials
• Eastern Taipans District Basketball
• 2019 Andrews Cup Touch Football Trials
• Andrews Cup Touch Football Match Play
• 2019 Andrews Cup Tennis Trials
• 2019 Cross Country Preparation Training
• Congratulations
• Bus Travel to and from Ambiwerra – for training
• 2019 Key Dates Term 1

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

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A warm welcome to all students and parents. The 2019 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 3 – 6 on 12 February (with Prep-Year 2s swimming carnival to be held on 21 November) and Cross Country for Prep – Year 6 on 14 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 for Swimming (Year 2-Year 6) and Touch Football and Tennis (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 2019 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 2019)
The Junior School is offering five sessions at the school pool for 2019 and will recommence on Thursday 31 January 2019. One compulsory session is required should your daughter be wishing to make the Andrews Cup Team - either a Tuesday morning or Tuesday afternoon.
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• Note Tuesday is a compulsory day for all girls wishing to make the Andrews Cup Swimming Squad
• Sessions are available to girls in Years 1 – 6.
• Sessions are designed to prepare girls for the competitive swimming in 2019 (Andrews Cup, Districts and Interschool) and a certain level of swimming ability is a prerequisite for involvement. Girls intending to participate must be competent 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 2019 school holidays at Dunlop Pool Aquatics, Corinda and St Aidan’s School Pool. The camp was a huge success with the largest numbers to date (75) 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, Rickie Fasala, Tereka Fasala and Cade Fasala for their technical knowledge, enthusiasm and encouragement throughout the camp and to Melia McCarthy and Ashlee Johnson for their support and assistance with the girls.
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House Swimming Carnival
The House Swimming Carnival for students in Year 3 to Year 6 is scheduled for Tuesday 12 February at Ambrose Treacy College, Twigg Street, Indooroopilly. An information letter providing further details for the carnival will be distributed to all parents via email in the first week back. A return slip will be required to be emailed to Ms Ferguson by Monday 4 February 2019. 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. Girls in Prep – Year 2 will have their swim carnival on 21 November at St Aidan’s school pool. Students in Year 2 who are looking to be selected in the Andrews Cup Swim Squad will have their times recorded in PE lessons.

Eastern Taipans 10-12 Years District Swim Trials
The Eastern District 10-12 Years Swim Trials will be held on Wednesday 13 February at Yeronga Park Pool. The St Aidan’s Junior Swim team to compete at the District Carnival will be selected based on girls who are turning 10-12 years, nominating verified QSA times from summer swimming competitions to Ms Jeanes-Fraser by Thursday 31 January. Alternatively, girls without times can nominate by 31 January through their classroom teacher to attend swimming trials on Friday 1 February during lunch time break at the school swimming pool. Numbers are limited to each school for each age group and therefore girls must meet qualification times, to be considered.

Eastern Taipans District Basketball
Nominations are being called for girls interested in trialing for the Eastern Taipans Basketball Team 11-12 Years girls. 
Girls need to nominate through Ms Jeanes-Fraser by Monday 18 February. Numbers are limited and therefore girls must have a strong background in Basketball and playing experience.

Trial Date: 26 February 2019
Time: 3.30pm – 5.00pm
Where: Corinda SHS

Students will need the following
Appropriate footwear, water bottle, hat and sunscreen. If possible, please wear a shirt with a number on it.
Please also note that articles of clothing with zips are not to be worn.

Students will need to present the following forms to the Convenor at the start of the trial, otherwise they will not be permitted to trial:
Signed Principal Approval Form
Completed and signed Parental Consent, Contact and Medical Details Form
Regional Date: 19 March 2019
(please note this date is the same as the Andrews Cup Touch Football and Tennis Competition)
Locality: Bundamba

2019 Andrews Cup Touch Football Trials
The Andrews Cup Touch Football competition is being held on Tuesday 19 March at Kearney Springs, Ruthven Street, Toowoomba. Trainings will commence in Week 2 of Term One with a focus on skill development and match play. New students who have commenced at St Aidan's in 2019 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
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Andrews Cup Touch Football Match Play
St Aidan’s Junior School have placed our Touch Football teams into the “Metro Meets” competition. The games will be held on Monday 25 February, 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 Meet
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2019 Andrews Cup Tennis Trials
The Andrews Cup Tennis is being held on Tuesday 19 March at University of Queensland. Trainings will commence in Week 2 of Term One with a focus on skill development and match play. The Andrews Cup teams will be named in Week 4 of 2019 where the team selection will be based on skill, game application, combinations and attendance. New students who commenced at St Aidan's in 2019 will be provided the opportunity to nominate and train for a position in the team.

Training Dates and Times
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2019 Cross Country Preparation Training
2019 Cross Country preparation training will recommence on Monday 4 February from 3.45pm to 5.00pm. 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 14 March at Ambiwerra. Four sessions are offered on a weekly basis for students from Year 2-Year 6 with one compulsory session required per week should your daughter be wishing to make the Andrews Cup Team - either a Wednesday morning or Wednesday afternoon. After all sessions, a bus will collect students and take them back to school in the mornings and take them to the training location 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.

Cross Country Training
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Congratulations
Congratulations to Eloise McLellan for breaking the 8 yrs 50 metre Backstroke event at the Brisbane Championship Competition. The record was 24 years old.
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Bus Travel to and from Ambiwerra – for training
Please be reminded that for morning training sessions, girls should be dropped at the Ambiwerra sporting fields (Erinvale St, Corinda) by parents. At the end of the session, they will be transported to school on the school bus. In the afternoons, students will travel to Ambiwerra on the school bus (Kathleen St) and parents should collect them from the sporting fields at the designated time.

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Junior Music

Click on Read More for all the Junior School music news, rehearsal schedules and upcoming performances.

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 8 February. (A full list of St Aidan’s music ensembles/rehearsals is attached below.)

Instrumental lessons in 2019
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://au1.documents.adobe.com/public/esignWidget?wid=CBFCIBAA3AAABLblqZhA6JM5HtbLwCed2S0TO047YiiTGdXfRFLn2AQer-VgcswmKKHCGd4cE8SZZDkT29Eg*

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, 2019 and forms are available from the Music Department - music@staidans.qld.edu.au.

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 4 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.
Music Support Group Meeting
Mon 4 Feb 
Music Captains
SG02 7:00pm-9.00pm

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. The Beginner Band lessons will occur weekly on Tuesdays during assembly time (12.40pm), commencing Week 5.

Rehearsal Schedule for 2019
In order to assist parents and students in planning, please see the rehearsal schedule for 2019. 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. 
Please click here for 2019 Rehearsal Schedule.

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
(AMEB Grade Five and above, auditioned)
Corelli Strings (AMEB Grade Two and above)
Chamber String Ensembles: Volar Strings, Allegro Strings, Arco Strings, Four Seasons Strings, Da Capo Strings (auditioned)
Vivaldi Strings (Yrs 5-8)
Dolce Strings (Yrs 2-4)
Clementi Celli
• Beginner Strings Program

Combined Orchestras (Symphonic Winds and Paganini Strings)

BAND ENSEMBLES
• Symphonic Winds
(AMEB Grade Four and above)
Con Brio Band (AMEB Grade Two and above)
Taffanel Flutes (Yr 5 and above)
Charma Band (Yrs 5-7)
Back-beat Band (Yr 5 and above)
Percussion Ensemble (Yr 5 and above)
Taffanel Flutes (Senior Chamber Flute Choir)
Yr 4 Beginner Band Program
• Yr 3 Beginner Band Preparation Program
(Semester Two only)
Combined Orchestras (Symphonic Winds and Corelli Strings)

2019 Music Calendar
Please click herefor Semester 1 Music Calendar. Changes and additions may be made throughout the year. Updates will be provided in the Newsletter.

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P&F

P&F

Cocktail Party and Art Exhibition

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The St Aidan’s P&F is delighted to again be hosting the St Aidan’s P&F Cocktail Party and Art Exhibition on Saturday 23 February 2019.
Join us for a wonderful evening of art and entertainment in The Link. All works in the exhibition will be available to purchase. Funds raised on the night will go to support the newly established Artist in Residence Program.
Tickets: $90, includes drinks & canapés
Click here to book your tickets.
Looking forward to seeing you then!
St Aidan's P&F Association

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