Newsletter Term 1 Week 10

Principal

Ms toni riordan

Positive Results for Students at Alliance Schools
The 2017 Mission Australia Youth Survey has revealed, for the first time, that students at girls’ schools across Australia are more likely to be born overseas than the average student, more likely to speak a language other than English at home, and more likely to be involved in extra-curricular activities such as sport, arts and music, volunteering and leadership. 

Now in its 16th year, the 2017 Mission Australia Youth Survey collected data from 24,055 young people aged 15 to 19 from every state and territory in Australia, providing a unique snapshot of students and young people from every walk of life. While individual girls’ schools have taken part in previous Youth Surveys, 2017 represents the first time that data from participating girls’ schools has been combined into a summary report for the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia. In total, just over 3,000 girls from over 20 Alliance member schools anonymously took part in the survey. St Aidan’s has been a long-standing member school of the Alliance.

The data reveals that 16.6% of students at Alliance schools were born overseas compared with the Australian average of 15.1%, while 25.9% speak a language other than English at home, compared with the Australian average of 18.3%. These figures illustrate the diversity of students attending girls’ schools and reflect Australian census data for 2016 showing that 26% of Australians were born overseas and that 49% of Australians are first- or second-generation migrants. 

Girls at Alliance schools are more likely to complete Year 12 and attend university than other young people, with 99.1% of Alliance students intending to complete Year 12 versus the Australian average of 97.0%, and 85% of Alliance students planning to go to university compared to the Australian average of 70.0%. 

Students at Alliance schools were also more satisfied with their studies than the average Australian student. 14.7% of Alliance students were very satisfied with their studies (Australian average 13.3%) while 60.3% were satisfied (Australian average 56.4%). In total, 75% of Alliance students were very satisfied or satisfied with their studies, compared to the Australian average of 69.7%. 

The Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia represents 171 member schools in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and South Africa from the government, independent and Catholic sectors. The Alliance has championed girls’ schools and the unparalleled opportunities they provide to educate girls for over 25 years. The 2017 Mission Australia Youth Survey reveals a variety of positive results for students at Alliance schools and achievements for which Alliance schools can be justifiably proud. It confirms that students at Alliance schools are from diverse backgrounds, happy with their studies and are involved in sport and the community, including in vital leadership roles. They appear to be both engaged with the world and thinking broadly about issues and challenges of relevance to women, particularly equity and discrimination.

References available on request. Thank you to the Alliance of Girls Schools, Australasia for this research.

This week at School

I find it very hard to believe that this first term has neared its end! I thank everyone – students, staff, parents and carers – for their dedication and cooperation over the term. It has been a fast-paced, yet fantastic start to the academic year. 
As this week draws to a close, I look forward to supporting our gymnasts at the QGSSSA Artistic Gymnastics on Wednesday and then later in the evening at the Senior Formal with our seniors, their partners, teachers and parents. I look forward to sharing Tayla Behr’s moment with many others from the St Aidan’s family this coming Friday, as she runs the Queen’s Baton for the Commonwealth Games through Sherwood to hand over the baton to swimming legend, Susie O’Neill. And then I look forward to a rest and a break to spend Easter with family and friends. I wish everyone at St Aidan’s the same opportunity for rest and coming together with loved ones over the holidays and I look forward to welcoming everyone back next term.

Congratulations to:
Emily Hodge, Eloise Wood, Joy Ying, Jade Nguyen, Lucy Thompson and Lauren Cunningham who contributed to the video ‘Find your Treasure’ (2018 Book Week theme) and met The Governor of Queensland at the Children’s Book Council Shortlist Announcement at City Hall.
Jessica Forbes, Adelaide Pope, Jayde Ramsey, Melanie Watson, Olivia Payne and Akshaya Selvarajan who have been chosen to meet His Royal Highness Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex at the 150 year Duke of Edinburgh celebrations on 16th April. Mrs Kate Atkin has been asked to speak at a function following the morning tea where Prince Edward is the guest of honour. 
Ruby Harris (Year 12) who has been selected as an Australian shadow player of the youth Olympic hockey team.
Phoebe McAuliffe (Year 12) who was awarded Best Public Speaker in the Lions Youth of the Year District Final.
Miss Carla Trott for her work founding the Emerging Music Teachers Network, which has been recognised in a video made by the Queensland College of Teachers as part of their ‘Mentoring Beginner Teachers’ series. 

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Deputy Principal

Ms cate begbie

Harmony Day 
Student Free Days
Car Park
Homestay Program

Harmony Day 
Did you know?
nearly half (49 per cent) of Australians were born overseas or have at least one parent who was
we identify with over 300 ancestries
since 1945, more than 7.5 million people have migrated to Australia
apart from English, the most common languages spoken in Australia are Mandarin, Arabic, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Italian, Greek, Tagalog/Filipino, Hindi, Spanish and Punjabi
more than 70 Indigenous languages are spoken in Australia.

Last week the Junior and Senior School celebrated Harmony Day. Harmony Day is about inclusiveness, respecting and belonging for all Australians, regardless of cultural or linguistic background, united by a set of core Australian Values. Held every year on 21 March, Harmony Day coincides with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. 
Last week, every student and many members of staff created orange ‘Harmony Hands’ which are now hanging in the Christine Hartland Centre. Orange is the colour chosen to represent Harmony Day. Traditionally, orange signifies social communication and meaningful conversations. It also relates to the freedom of ideas and encouragement of mutual respect. 
If any parents happen to be in the Christine Hartland Centre, you will see the hands hanging around the upper level. Whilst you cannot see the pictures or read the messages, I can say that I was impressed with the thoughts and images shared by the girls. Inspiring reflections of hope and courage as well as commitments to build respect and belonging fill the hands and show the collective commitment of our community to creating an inclusive school environment.

Student Free Days
A reminder that the following two dates are student free days:
Thursday 29 March Maundy Thursday (whole school closed)
Monday 16 April Student Free Day for Commonwealth Games

Car Park
Staff in the Senior School have noticed the number of parents dropping off or picking up their daughters in the car park has significantly increased in recent weeks. There have also been occasions when our disability car space has been occupied by cars without the required permit displayed. I know it is very busy at the start and end of the school day but I remind you that the school expects parents to use the allocated pick up zones in the Senior and Junior Schools. Waiting for your daughter in the carpark, while not parked appropriately causes unnecessary hazard for our school community. I would ask that we all be considerate of members of our community and mindful of providing a safe environment for our students.

Homestay Program
I thought I would take this opportunity to remind families of the opportunity to join our Homestay Program. We are continuously looking to develop our list of families who may be available for hosting a student from overseas, particularly for our short-term Study Experience program. Many of our Study Experience students are accommodated in Homestay arrangements with local families. Homestay is a very worthwhile cross-cultural experience for both the hosting family and for the visiting student. For further information about hosting a short-term student, please contact Claire Jackson at c.jackson@staidans.qld.edu.au or phone 3373 5937.

I wish everyone a restful break and all parents, carers and students, much happy, family time over the end-of-term vacation. We look forward to welcoming you back for Term 2 on Tuesday, 17 April, 2018.

 

 

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Chaplain

Rev Gillian Moses

Following the Leader 
My Facebook feed over the weekend, when not being dominated by calls to leave Facebook (which is something I am still thinking about) was awash with the scandal that emerged from the Australian Cricket team in South Africa.  Every other story featured someone’s take on what happened, what should happen and what it all means.

What became very clear to me was that the Australian public has very clear ideas of what it expects from its Cricket captain, and that those expectations had not been met. Further, the disappointment of expectation brought some commenters to tears, such was their emotional investment in the issue.
In reflecting on the events and the fallout, I am interested in the image of a leader that was revealed in the perceived failures of Steve Smith and the backlash he encountered from players and fans alike. It turns out we Aussies expected our captain to be a moral leader as well as a sporting one, and any comparisons with the great Don Bradman, beyond a numerical one, were henceforth not to be entertained. I can’t help but wonder if Smith knew what he had signed up for, or if virtue had come up in the job interview at all? Or is it only when something is not present that we decide it is exactly what we need?
The other story that dominated my Facebook feed, running in parallel to the Cricket scandal, was the story of Palm Sunday. Whether it was moving prayers and meditations from Iona, sublime music from St Bart’s in New York, or images from the Palm Sunday rallies for refugees around the country, the palms were everywhere. And of course the story of Palm Sunday, then and now, throws up its own images and critiques of leadership.
A leader who rides in triumph, heralded by palm branches and feted by all, is a leader we can get behind. One who takes it to the people in charge, challenging them and rallying support, is a leader we might follow. But a leader who is arrested, beaten and ultimately executed is a much more difficult proposition. One imagines how disappointed some of Jesus’ followers were when he turned out not to be the military genius they were looking for, but someone who was ready to take non-violent resistance to its logical conclusion. I am sure Judas had tears in his eyes as he contemplated the dashing of his own hopes for the rebellion.
And yet, it is in the areas of non-violent resistance, humility and servant leadership where Jesus brings good news. We are awash with leaders who can make a triumphal entry. But leaders who can lead us to a different, transformative way of being together are much harder to find. So often the ones who look good prove to have little to offer us that is worth following. And once again, it is the absence of something that we notice, when we never realised we were looking for it. Rallies around the world, whether demanding better treatment of refugees or sane gun laws, are signs that we realise something is missing in our leaders, and we are determined to find it somewhere.
The story of Holy Week is a roller-coaster ride of triumph, mystery, despair and joy. The leadership of Jesus challenges our ideas of what a leader looks like, and what we want life to look like. Yet it is the only leadership story capable of letting life emerge from death, and hope to rise from disappointment. It is a story at least worth listening to. It is the only story, the only leadership, I am prepared to follow.

Blessings
Rev Gillian

Easter Services
St David’s Chelmer Graceville

Maundy Thursday 7.30pm Holy Communion
Good Friday 9.00am  (Church open from 8.00am to 11.00am for Prayer)
Easter Eve 6.00pm 
Easter Day 8.00am
More details at stdavidschelmer.com.au

St Matthew’s Sherwood/ St John’s Oxley
Maundy Thursday (Foot Washing) @ St John’s 7.30 pm. Combined with Oxley Uniting and Sherwood Uniting
Good Friday Stations of the Cross @ St John’s 8.00 am
Messy Good Friday @ St Matt’s 9.00 am
Easter Day All-Age Easter Day Celebration @ St Matt’s 9.00 am
Holy Communion @ St John’s 8.00 am

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Guidance Counsellor

ms Jennie Robinson

ADF Gap Year
Queensland School of Film and Television
WEP Student Exchange Scholarships Available Now
Exchanges
Victorian Police Recruiting
British Council
UMAT Preparation
UQ

ADF Gap Year
ADF Gap Year applications for 2019 have opened. It's a unique opportunity for your students to try out a career in Navy, Army or Air Force and get a feel for a military life without committing for a longer period.

 • Gain valuable skills and work experience
Enjoy a great salary package plus free healthcare
Live a varied, active and healthy lifestyle
Make friends with like-minded people
Get the opportunity to see more of Australia

In 2019 there are 14 roles to choose from ranging from admin to artillery and even flight crew, plus this year we’re offering 30 Army Officer roles - places are limited.

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Closing dates are driven by demand and may close sooner than listed.

Queensland School of Film and Television
Holiday Filmmakers Bootcamp

DATE: 11 - 12 April 2018 (Two day workshop: Wed./Thu.)
TIME:      9:30 AM to 4:30 PM 
VENUE:   QSFT Campus - 22 Warwick Street, Annerley, QLD 4103 

TO APPLY:
Download & Complete Application Form
Email application form to applications@qsft.qld.edu.au OR Fax to (07) 3392 7511
You will receive a confirmation email once your application is processed.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Call (07) 3392 7788
Email: marketing@qsft.qld.edu.au

Introduction to script writing- WORKSHOP DETAILS
DATE: Saturday, 14 April 2018
TIME: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM 
VENUE: QSFT Campus - 22 Warwick Street,  Annerley, QLD 4103

TO APPLY:
Download & Complete Application Form
Email application form to applications@qsft.qld.edu.au OR Fax to (07) 3392 7511.
You will receive a confirmation email once your  application is processed.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Call (07) 3392 7788
Email marketing@qsft.qld.edu.au .

WEP Student Exchange Scholarships Available Now!
Ready to discover the world? Apply now for WEP’s incredible There’s A Whole World Out There scholarship which could save you $2,000 off your year-long student exchange program departing in early 2019! With two scholarships available, you’ve got double the chances of a win! Submit your scholarship video entry by April 29! Find out more at WEP.ORG.AU or request your free info pack by texting ‘EXCHANGE’ to 0428 246 633.

Latitude Science and Design experiences
Check out the science and design opportunities now available from Latitude in the documents on my Careers site.

Exchanges
Letzlive and Tutors Worldwide
 
Information Evening
Indooroopilly Library
Level 4 Indooroopilly Shopping Centre
Thursday 15 March
7.00 - 8.00pm
Girls - now is the time to be applying for Gap exchanges. Cutoff dates will be before Easter for 2019. Try these sites for a tutor experience: 
http://www.ukgapyear.com.au/
http://www.ukprivateschools.com/gap-year.htm
http://www.tutorsworldwide.org/
or see the document with Gap Year URL’s on my careers site on Aidan’s Central.

Projects Abroad
High School Volunteer Projects designed for year 10 and 11 students.
These programmes are quite different from our broader volunteer programmes which many school leavers would take part in. These programmes are tightly scheduled and chaperoned to ensure a well-structured, safe and supported short stay for younger students which packs a lot of experience and volunteer work into a short period of time.
There are programmes in 
Cambodia - Childcare and renovations
Nepal - Childcare and renovations
Nepal - Medicine experience and observation
Nepal - Building
Sri Lanka - Childcare and renovations
Fiji - Childcare and renovations in a traditional village
Thailand – Marine conservation
Full details are available on our High School Projects page. And in the files section of the Careers page.

WEP student exchange
Info session
21 February
Fulton Trotter Lounge
129 Leichardt St
Spring hill
WEP.org.au
1300884733

Victorian Police Recruiting

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Victoria Police provides policing services to the state’s community 24 hours a day, seven days a week, working to keep over six million people safe.
We are currently in the midst of our biggest recruitment drive ever, looking to recruit over 3,000 new Police Officers, as well as additional Protective Services Officers and Police Custody Officers by 2021.
We are looking for people who are ready to embark on a career that is diverse, challenging and rewarding. 
In addition to policing roles, Victorian Public Servants work across more than 500 locations in Victoria, playing supporting roles in specialist professions such as IT, law, communications, recruitment, forensic science and many more. 
As a Victoria Police Officer, you will have access to great benefits, including generous leave entitlements and ongoing training throughout your career. 
Looking for a job that benefits your career and your community?

Apply now   

British Council
For some really interesting UK experiences and British Council events in Australia check out this website - https://www.britishcouncil.org.au/        

UMAT preparation
MedEntry - https://www.medentry.edu.au/
NIE - http://www.nie.edu.au/
ACER - https://www.acer.org/
Please see files on my careers page for updated information and a UMAT simulated day.

UQ
UQ

Future Experiences in Agriculture, Science and Technology (FEAST) Camp - registrations open  
Students in Years 11-12 are invited to attend the FEAST residential camp held at the UQ Gatton campus from Sunday 1 - Thursday, 5 July in 2018
Future Experiences in Agriculture, Science and Technology (FEAST) is a five day residential program designed to inspire and inform high school students of the range of exciting and rewarding science careers in the agriculture, animal, plant and food sectors.
Discover more here.

Change to Vet Science entry 
In 2018, The University of Queensland will be introducing an additional entry requirement for prospective students applying for the Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours). This change will impact current Year 12 students applying for study in 2019. 
This new entry requirement, a Situational Judgement Test (SJT), is an on-line, video-scenario based test with 12 sections and open-ended questions. 
The University recognises that attributes such as resilience, critical thinking and communication skills that are essential for veterinarians are not reflected in academic performance alone. The SJT will be used to assist in the selection of a student cohort best equipped for the rigours of the profession. 
The test will be held between July and September 2018 with multiple tests dates. Students need to have access to a computer with reliable internet connection, a web-cam and hold photo identification and can be completed at home or at a library/community centre or another suitable location. The cost to complete the test is approximately $80 and students should allow 90 minutes to complete the test.
Further details about how and when to complete the SJT will be available soon on https://future-students.uq.edu.au/study/program/Bachelor-of-Veterinary-Science-Honours-2378

New in 2018: Bachelor of Computer Science
UQ's new three-year Bachelor of Computer Science offers exciting opportunities for students to specialise in emerging technologies such as cyber security, data science and artificial intelligence.
Students will develop an innovative skillset to take their place at the forefront of the digital technology revolution by combining the study of algorithms and data structures, with practical challenges of implementing them in hardware and software systems.
Coursework explores programming, databases, operating systems, networks and algorithms. Students will exit this program with strong analytical, logical, and development skills necessary to advance computing, its applications and beyond.
Computer Science is available as a dual program with: Arts, Science, Engineering (Honours) and Mathematics. Majors in this program include:
Cyber Security
Data Science
Machine Learning
Programming Languages
Scientific Computing
Discover more here.    

Experience Science - register now
Keep your students engaged in Science these winter holidays!
Experience Science is a free event, providing students in Years 10-12 the opportunity to discover what studying Science is like at UQ.
With programs occurring across Thursday 12 July - Tuesday 17 July, this event is facilitated by experts from UQ and industry, and provides hands-on, interactive Science workshops.
Discover more here.     

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Senior School

Sport

Inter-House Cross Country
The Silver Slipper
Easter Holiday Training
QGSSSA Touch Football Re-scheduled Games

INTER-HOUSE CROSS COUNTRY
Please click here for information about the Inter-House Cross Country on Thursday 19 April. 

THE SILVER SLIPPER
The ‘Silver Slipper’ is a prelude to the Senior School Inter-House Cross Country Carnival and an opportunity to establish bragging rights ahead of the big day! Please click here for more information.

EASTER HOLIDAY TRAINING
There is training available for Cross Country, Strength & Conditioning, Basketball, Touch, Soccer and Rowing during the Easter Holidays. Please click here to view the training schedule. 


QGSSSA TOUCH FOOTBALL RESCHEDULED GAMES
Unfortunately, our Round 2 Touch and Soccer fixtures against Clayfield College were cancelled due to field closures. Soccer has been declared an ‘Abandoned Round’ across the QGSSSA competition and no games will be replayed. 
Touch fixtures have been rescheduled for the following dates – 
Tuesday 17 April (first day back Term 2) 
7A, 8A, 9A and 10A A return bus will be provided and fixture details will be posted on Aidan’s Central.

Tuesday 15 May
Senior A and Open A return bus will be provided and fixture details will be posted on Aidan’s Central.

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Music

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

Brass Music Bursary
The Music Department in conjunction with the Music Support Group are currently offering two music bursaries. These bursaries are open to students in years 7 or 8 who wish to commence lessons on a lower brass instrument – trombone, euphonium or tuba. If you are interested please contact music@staidans.qld.edu.au for further information.

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 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).  Meeting dates are found in the school calendar 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.

ASMF 2018
A selection of senior school string students will be performing at the Anglican Schools Music Festival to be held on Friday 18 May at QPAC. Tickets for the evening concert are now available from QPAC – qpac.com.au. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

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.
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
(AMEB Grade Five and above, 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 5-8)
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 Music Calendar
Changes and additions may be made to the following calendar. Updates are provided through the newsletter.

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ICAS Science Competition
Lions Youth of the Year
Queen’s Baton Relay


Senior School - ICAS Science competition 29 May 2018
The ICAS (International Competitions and Assessment for Schools) Science competition will be compulsory for students in Year 6 and 8 and offered (on a voluntary basis) to all students in Year 7, 9, 10, 11 and 12 students. The cost of the competition will be covered by the Science Faculty.
ICAS Science assesses students’ skills in the key scientific areas of:

Interpreting data, including observing, measuring and interpreting diagrams, tables and graphs
Applying data, including inferring, predicting and concluding
Higher order skills, including investigating, reasoning and problem solving

The outcome of the test will become available to both the school and parents via the website http://www.eaa.unsw.edu.au
The competition (1 hour in duration) will be held in Period 3 and Activities to minimise class disruption. However, if your daughter elects to complete the test, she will be responsible for catching up on missed work. 
Girls will need to ensure that they bring: 
2B or HB pencils [no pacers] 
Eraser 
Pencil Sharpener 
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Lions Youth of the Year Program 2018
After successful wins at the club, zone and regional levels of the Lions Youth of the Year competition, Phoebe McAuliffe in Year 12, competed in the district finals on Saturday 24 March. At each level, Phoebe was involved in an interview, responded to two impromptu questions and delivered a five-minute speech in front of a large audience. This was a challenging experience and Phoebe embraced the opportunity with confidence and determination.  Approximately 200 people were entertained with Phoebe’s outstanding performance and she took out the award for the best public speaker for her speech entitled “The True Value of Things. “  Well done Phoebe.

Queen's Baton Relay
Celebrate the Queen's Baton Relay as part of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games as it travels through Sherwood on Friday 30 March from 4pm, our very own Tayla Behr is a Batonbearer for this leg! Click here for details.   

 

 

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Coles Sports for Schools vouchers

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Thank you to everyone who has been collecting Coles Sports for Schools vouchers! We have sent 4 bags away and have 4 more to fill. We only have 8 days left to collect. Due to school holidays, collection will be difficult so bring in your vouchers by Wednesday! A box will be left at the Corinda Coles over the holidays for you to add to. 
You can collect vouchers when shopping in Coles Supermarkets, Coles Online, and at Coles Express, until 3 April. 
Thank you for your contribution so far and keep them coming!

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Junior Jottings

Mrs Louise Mcguire 

Happy Holidays 
Raising Awareness of Cyber Bullying – Peer Support Leaders (Sophie Clayton, Ella Flux and Lauren Wilson)
STEMies – Student Free Day Event – 16 April 2018
STAGEies -  Student Free Day Event – 16 April 2018
Kindy - Indooroopilly Shopping Centre Bunny Decorating Competition
Film Night – Saturday 28 April
Parent/Teacher Interviews Prep-Year 6
Harmony Day
Important Dates

Happy Holidays 
It is hard to believe we are already at the end of Term One. I take this opportunity to congratulate the Junior School students on a very successful term. I must commend the new girls for the way in which they have settled so easily into the St Aidan’s community and become involved in every aspect of school life. Term One is renowned for the many events that occur within a very short period of time. Hopefully, everyone has been able to keep up and make the most of the wonderful opportunities offered. 
I would like to thank all of our classroom teachers and support staff for their dedication and enthusiasm throughout such a busy term, and the staff, coaches and parents for giving so generously of their time to support the myriad of activities within the Junior School.
I wish you a safe and refreshing break from the school routines. I will be on Long Service Leave for the first week of Term Two; I look forward to returning energised and ready for a wonderful term at the beginning of Week 2.
Please note that school resumes on Tuesday 17 April. 

Raising Awareness of Cyber Bullying – Peer Support Leaders (Sophie Clayton, Ella Flux and Lauren Wilson)
Sophie Clayton (Year 6) was invited to a reception at Parliament House on the 7 March to recognise women who are making a difference in our Queensland community. This event was hosted by the Honourable Di Farmer, Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women and Minister for Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence. This invitation was extended to Sophie because of the outstanding work she has been doing to raise awareness of the signs of Stroke and the support she is giving through her Facebook page ‘Stroke Kids’. 
At the parliament event, Sophie listened to the Premier as she spoke about the power of women in the community and how young girls can do anything. The Premier announced two areas she was personally focusing on this year; Breast Cancer and Cyber Bulling awareness. Sophie took the opportunity (without batting an eyelid) to let the Premier know what she and the other Peer Support Leaders (Ella Flux and Lauren Wilson) are doing at St Aidan’s to raise awareness about Cyber Bullying and Safety.
Please take a moment to watch the clip of Ms Jess Pugh (ALP) Member for Mt Ommaney speaking about Sophie, St Aidan’s and the other Peer Support Leaders.   

STEMies – Student Free Day Event – 16 April 2018
We are again hosting a STEMies holiday event for students in Years 4-6 at St Aidan’s. We encourage your daughters to ‘bring a friend’ and enjoy the exciting activities on offer. Please see the information attached for more details.

STAGEies -  Student Free Day Event – 16 April 2018
STAGEies will take place on the student free day at the beginning of Term Two for Years 5 and 6 students interested in high energy theatre games, improvisations, role plays and developing acting skills. Please see the information attached for more details.

Kindy - Indooroopilly Shopping Centre Bunny Decorating Competition
Kindy will be participating the Indooroopilly Shopping Centre Bunny Decorating Competition. Our bunny will be on display at Indooroopilly Shopping centre from 19 March – 1 April. Customers will be asked for their favourite bunny design and the top 5 schools will win a share of $3000 worth of Indooroopilly vouchers. Please ‘hop on down’ to Indooroopilly and vote for us next week! 

Parent/Teacher Interviews Prep-Year 6
Junior School Parent Teacher interviews are scheduled for Week 1 and Week 2 of Term Two (18 April, 23 April, 26 April). 
All families should have received information outlining the process for the online Parent/Teacher Interview appointment booking system. If you have received this information, please contact the Junior School Reception 3373 5944. 

Film Night – Saturday 28 April
After the success of our inaugural Junior School Film Night last year, we are very much looking forward to another great movie event in the CHC on Saturday 28 April commencing at 5pm (invitation attached). Tickets can be purchased through Flexischools.
Please note, the RSVP is Tuesday 24 April.
I look forward to seeing you there!

Harmony Day in the Junior School – Megan Hannan
Harmony Day is celebrated across Australia on Wednesday 21 March. This year, the Junior School participated in several activities to celebrate Harmony Day. The theme for Harmony Day is “Everyone Belongs.” In recognition of this theme, the students from Kindy to Year 6 participated in discussions about Harmony Day, family and unique differences. They viewed video clips to build understanding and they created their own unique hand print. This orange hand symbolised what is unique and different about them all. We then used the individual hand representations to create a unified line of joint hands. This symbolised our efforts to celebrate and recognise diversity and build respect amongst our community. The orange Harmony Day hands were proudly displayed around the Junior School courtyard for several days. The students and parents enjoyed looking for their own design and the joint hands created a visual display of our bond with each other and the broader community.

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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 9 and Week 10.

2018 Cross Country Training
Cross Country training is designed to enable the students to improve their general fitness before the Junior School Cross Country which is to be held on the new scheduled date of Wednesday 18 April at Ambiwerra. Trainings also cater for students who are training for the Andrews Cup Competition. Whilst sessions are mainly designed for girls in Years 2 – 6; younger students are also welcome to attend.  Four training sessions are offered during term time with two afternoons - Wednesday 3.45pm-5.00pm, Thursday 3.45pm-5.00pm and two morning sessions - Monday 6.45-7.45am, Wednesday 6.45-7.45am.  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
Monday 6.45-7.45am Locality Ambiwerra Sports Fields
Wednesday 6.45-7.45am Locality Ambiwerra Sports Fields 
Wednesday 3.45-5.00pm Locality Ambiwerra Sports Fields
Thursday 3.45-5.00pm Locality Ambiwerra Sport Fields

Please note there will be no cross country training in the afternoon of Wednesday 18 April.

Holiday Training
Holiday Training sessions will be available for all students wishing to continue their training over the holiday break.  Sessions will be held on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 3.00pm to 4.30pm at Ambiwerra.  Parents are asked to collect their girls at 4.30pm.  Girls are ask to ensure they have a cap and waterbottle when training.

Training dates:
29 March Thursday 3.00pm – 4.30pm
4 April Wednesday 3.00pm – 4.30pm
5 April Thursday 3.00pm – 4.30pm
11 April Wednesday 3.00pm – 4.30pm
12 April Thursday 3.00pm – 4.30pm

Metro Cross Country Meet
This year, St Aidan’s Junior School will be participating in a Metro Cross Country Meet at the University of Queensland against some of the schools that are involved in the Andrews Cup competition, as well as St. Peters and All Hallows. The meet will be held on  Tuesday 24 April after school and will assist our girls in their continued development with race practice.  This will give both the girls and the coaches the opportunity to be provided with updated times. Girls wishing to be considered for our Andrews Cup Cross Country team will need to attend this meet.  A school bus will be provided to take students to the venue.

Metro Swim Meet
Tuesday 24 April University of Queensland 4.00pm - 5.30pm

West Taylor Bridge Friday Clubs Competition
The West Taylor Bridge Friday Club competition presents students with the opportunity to develop skills, match play and team work against a variety of local schools.  The competition is held at a variety of local venues between 1.00pm and 2.30pm every Friday. Touch Football is to be held at Souths-Graceville Junior Rugby League Club, Graceville Avenue, Graceville and Netball at Faulkner Park (Western District Netball Association) Graceville. Parents who are wishing to collect their daughters directly from the venue are to contact the form teacher on Friday morning so that teachers in charge of that sport are advised early.  Parents are to sign students out with the allocated teacher. All Touch Football and Netball training 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. Trainings – Netball is held on a Tuesday afternoon from 3.30 - 4.45pm and Touch Football will be held on Friday mornings from 6.45am - 8.00am. It is an expectation that girls wishing to participate in the Interschool Netball and Touch Football attend a training session each week.

Netball Training
Recommence Tuesday 17 April 
Tuesday - Ambiwerra - 3.45-4.45pm

Touch Football Training
Recommence Friday 20 April
Friday - Ambiwerra - 6.45-7.45am

Interhouse Cross Country Details
The Interhouse Cross Country is to be held on the new scheduled date of Wednesday 18 April at Ambiwerra Sports Fields. Whilst girls in Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 will still be dropped off at school as normal, parents of girls in Years 3 to 6 are requested to drop off their daughters at the Ambiwerra fields in the morning after 8.10am. Where parents are not able to do this, girls in Years 3 to 6 may still be dropped off at school and they will be taken down to Ambiwerra at 8.20am. Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 girls will be transported to the Ambiwerra fields by bus before their race. 
A program for the carnival has been distributed to each girl in the Junior School closer to the date. This program provides a map of the course and race distances for each age group as well as results from the previous year.  A map of the Cross Country course can be found on the Cross Country page of Aidan’s Central.

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Requirements
House coloured shirt, checked skirt / shorts and sports cap are to be worn on this day. Girls may compete in the brown athletics shorts or bike pants. The sports uniform, including sports shoes, may be worn all day (including to and from school).
Years 3 – 6 students will need to bring their morning tea with them to Ambiwerra. Girls wanting to order lunch from the tuckshop on Thursday must pre-order on Wednesday. 
All students must bring a water bottle and sunscreen.
All students to bring a towel, spare socks and spare shoes.
All students are expected to participate – those with a medical condition must bring in a note. These students will receive a job to do for the morning.

Canteen and Snow Cones
The canteen at the Tennis Centre will be open for coffee and refreshments for parents.  Snow Cones will be available for students to purchase after their race, cost is $4.50.

Parking
Parents are to please note that there will be a change to the parking conditions on the morning of the Cross Country. The gate to Ambiwerra will be closed from 8.30am to ensure the safety of all students racing.  No cars are to enter or depart after this time (until all races are completed). Parents are kindly asked to park within the streets of Ambiwerra.  

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 conclusion 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

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AMEB Results
Congratulations go to Sophie Gibson in Year 6 who has recently been awarded her certificate from the Australian Music Examination Board for Preliminary Clarinet. Well done Sophie. 

Drums Sticks for Sale
The music department currently have 18 sets of drum sticks for sale. All students in percussion ensemble and the beginner band program are invited to buy a pair of sticks for $5. Please bring money to Miss Looi or Mrs Figliano. 

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 .

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 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). Meeting dates are found in the school calendar 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.

Junior Singers Rehearsal Schedule – Term 2
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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:

Term Two
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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
(AMEB Grade Five and above, 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 5-8)
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 calendar. Updates are provided through the newsletter.

 

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P&F

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Trivia Night

St Aidan's Trivia Night
 Saturday 26 May
 Please click here for more information.

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