Newsletter Term 1 Week 10 2019

Principal

Ms toni riordan

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 on Friday evening at the Senior Formal with our seniors, their partners, teachers and parents. I wish everyone at St Aidan’s the opportunity for a well-earned rest and coming together with loved ones over the Easter holidays and I look forward to welcoming everyone back next term.

Road Safety message

At the end of last week, school principals received correspondence from the Queensland Police Service seeking assistance with communicating the Police’s road safety message to parents and care givers within our school communities.

The Easter Road Safety Campaign, which is being conducted between 5 April and 26 April is a coordinated state-wide policing activity designed to improve road safety and reduce the number of fatal traffic crashes for the Easter and associated back to school period.

During this period, a multi-faceted strategy will be employed which will include high visibility policing on major roadways and enforcement of the Fatal Five factors: speed, drink/drug driving, seat belts, fatigue and distraction.

Unfortunately, our police are still attending devastating road crash fatalities and serious traffic crashes whereby poor driver behaviour has been the primary contributing factor to the crash. The effects on loved ones, friends, the greater community and our local police and other emergency services is devastating and far reaching.

I remind everyone to drive safely and to the conditions of the road.

Staff news
Congratulations to Ms Laura Cooke, who is expecting her second child. Ms Cooke will be on parenting leave from the start of term 3.

Ms Ellen Shanley will be returning from her leave at the start of term 3.

Congratulations to Mrs Jenny Crome who will step into the Acting Assistant Head of Faculty – English role while Ms Cooke is on leave.

We wish Ms Jen Rowe the very best for her upcoming wedding to Peter.

Finally, please keep Ms Jennie Robinson in your thoughts and prayers. Ms Robinson broke her ankle last Saturday and we wish her well for her recovery.

Congratulations to:

  • Year 12 students who sat their trial QCS tests over Monday and Tuesday

  • Elizabeth Wilkins (Year 9) who has achieved the highest result in Queensland for AMEB (Drama and Performance) Fifth Grade examinations in 2018 and will receive her award at Parliament House in June.

Best wishes to:
• Year 10 students for the remaining days of Futures Week
• Girls who will be participating in the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Qualifying Camp at Ambi this weekend
• Seniors and their partners for the Senior Formal on Friday evening

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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

• Numeric marking system and feedback on assessment Years 7-11
• Parent teacher interviews
• Year 11 Unit One Reports
• Year 10 subject selection evening

Numeric marking system and feedback on assessment
• Marking
Students in Years 7-11 receive numeric marks on assessment. This move is in line with the senior syllabuses that are being introduced for the new ATAR system.
At the end of each semester, the numeric marks will be converted to letter grades. The cut-offs are:
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These cut-offs are specific to St Aidan’s. The QCAA has not released information about what numeric result will be required to achieve specific grades. Although students will no longer receive marks that include a “plus” or “minus” grade, the percentages give a more defined indication of where students sit within the grade band.

• Feedback
Parents have access to students’ marks and teacher comments in Parent Lounge and in Learning Analytics. Students also have access to marks and comments through Learning Analytics.
Teachers provide classes with much more detailed feedback in lessons when they hand back assessment items; this will frequently involve going back through the test paper, working through model responses, and having students take item-by-item notes. If you have any queries about your daughter’s performance on assessment, the first person to ask is your daughter as she should be able to show you the notes that she has made during the feedback lesson.

Parent teacher interviews
Parent teacher interviews are being held on Wednesday April 24, Monday April 29, and Wednesday May 1.
Parent teacher interviews are a good opportunity for parents and teachers to discuss student progress, expectations for the coming year and to work together for the student.
The online booking system is now available through Parent Lounge. Parents can find Parent Lounge on the Aidan’s Central dash. The link to Aidan’s Central can be found on the website or can be accessed through the app. For help with your parent code or your password, please email ITsupport@staidans.qld.edu.au. Once you have logged in to Aidan’s Central, you will be able to access Parent Lounge. You will find the link to Parent Teacher Interviews in the side menu of Parent Lounge.

Year 11 Unit One Reports
Year 11 parents will receive reports at the commencement of Term Two. These reports are specifically to record the student’s achievement and completion of Unit One. If your daughter has not achieved a Satisfactory standard for a subject in Unit One, please contact me on l.wall@staidans.qld.edu.au so we can discuss how to support your daughter to achieve her certificate of education.

Year 10 subject selection information
I look forward to seeing Year 10 parents at the subject selection information evening on Tuesday 7 May from 6.00pm. On this evening, I will outline the senior ATAR system in some detail and will explain the choices students can make for the commencement of senior subjects in semester two. Heads of Faculty and subject co-ordinators will also be present to answer questions about senior subjects.

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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

• The Back Page | Week 10
• Club Fixtures | Week 10
• Training Schedule | Week 10
• Training Schedule | Easter Holidays
• QGSSSA Results
• Rowing

The Back Page | Week 10
https://central.staidan.qld.edu.au/send.php?id=17633

Club Fixtures | Week 10
https://central.staidan.qld.edu.au/send.php?id=17610

Training Schedule | Week 10
https://central.staidan.qld.edu.au/send.php?id=17480

Training Schedule | Easter Holidays
https://central.staidan.qld.edu.au/send.php?id=17631

QGSSSA Results
http://qgsssa.com.au/

Rowing
The next Rowing Support Group Meetings is scheduled for Wednesday 24 April at 6:30pm in SG04 (the laboratory opposite the auditorium in the Science and Technology Building). Parents who have daughters in the Rowing program are encouraged to come along to assist with preparing for the upcoming 30 year celebration and preparation for the second regatta that we will host this season. Please contact the group’s President – Prins Ralston, rowingsupportgroup@staidans.qld.edu.au if you have any questions, or if you would like to get involved but not able to attend the RSG meeting.

2019 Season Launch - St Aidan's Rowing
To all families in the St Aidan’s School Community, you are invited to the 2019 Season Launch and celebration of 30 years of St Aidan’s Rowing. Entry is free and there will be live entertainment, food, drinks, including a variety of exciting activities throughout the afternoon- a not to be missed event! Please see the attached invitation for further details. We hope you can join us for a fun filled afternoon.

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Music

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

Instrumental Gala Concert
GALA INSTRUMENTAL CONCERT INVITATION

On Thursday 23 May, the St Aidan’s AGS Music Department and Music Support Group will present the annual Instrumental Gala Concert. This concert will be held in the Christine Hartland Centre and will start at 6:00pm. We anticipate the concert will conclude by 7:30pm.
Please note that there is no cost for admission to the Gala Concert.
The following ensembles will need to meet in their allocated rooms at 5:30pm in preparation for their performance:

• Corelli Strings (CG05)
• Vivaldi Strings (CG05)
• Dolce Strings (C108)
• Con Brio Band (C112)
• Charma Band (C112)
• Percussion Ensemble (C111)
• Symphonic Winds (C112)
• Paganini Strings (CG01)
• Back-beat Band (C112)

Some students will be required to meet for a rehearsal prior to 5:30pm. The schedule for rehearsals on the afternoon of the concert is as follows. When you are not rehearsing please report to C108 for quiet study.

Rehearsals
3:30-4.00 Symphonic Winds (CHC Floor)
4.00-4.30 Symphony Orchestra (CHC Floor)
4.30-4.45 Con Brio Band (CHC Floor)
4.45-5.00 Back-beat Band (CHC Floor)

3.30-4.00 Paganini Strings (CG05)
4.00-4.30 Vivaldi Strings (CG05)
4.30-5.00 Corelli Strings (CG05)

5:00-5:30 Percussion Ensemble (CHC Stage)

Attendance
We ask that all students remain in attendance for the duration of the concert and encourage students performing earlier in the evening to support other performers through their full attendance. Students are reminded that the allocation of pockets/badges later in the year is dependent on attendance at all performances.

Uniforms
Performers are required to dress in the performance uniform relevant to the ensemble. Full details of the performance uniform may be found in the Music Handbook and on Aidan’s Central. Students are encouraged to check details with their ensemble director if unsure.

Catering
The Music Support Group will be providing food for sale for parents and students from 4.30pm on the lawn. Students will be allowed to purchase food when not in rehearsals.

Music Support Group
The Music Support Group is looking for support from the music community for the event to run the catering and for raffle donations. Raffle donations (e.g. chocolates, biscuits, bottles of wine, gift voucher, etc.) can be left at the Senior or Junior School reception.
If you are able to offer your time to assist with preparation, serving or clean-up please contact on the night, please contact Paula Hodge (paula.hodge@bigpond.com). This is a great way to support the work of the MSG in fundraising for the Music Department and all assistance here is greatly appreciated!

As this is one of the main performance events for our instrumental ensembles, we hope you take this opportunity to support your daughter in her musical endeavours through your attendance at this concert.
Please address any enquiries regarding the event to the teacher of the relevant ensemble or Dr James Cuskelly on 3373 5999 or j.cuskelly@staidans.qld.edu.au

Performance Pinafore
Please be advised that members of the following ensembles will be required to perform in the St Aidan's Performance Pinafore in 2019.
Chorale, Ensemble Volar, Paganini Strings, Symphonic Winds and Chamber Strings.
Students who are members of these groups for the first time, are encouraged to purchase a pinafore new or second hand. The pinafores should be arriving in the Uniform Shop in week 10. Alternatively, second hand uniforms are available on the following website: https://www.sustainableschoolshop.com.au/.  

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. 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 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) 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.

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.

Concert featuring St Aidan’s Music Tutors Helen Carvolth and Evalyn Legried
IPSWICH CITY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT 27 APRIL
St Aidans' string tutors Mrs Helen Carvolth (violin), and Mrs Evalyn Legried (cello) will assume the roles of Concertmaster and Principal Cello respectively at the Ipswich City Symphony's next performance. This concert, entitled "The Romance of the Movies", will explore the relationship between movies, and music, and romance. It is an exciting program, which will include music from, Romeo and Juliet, Dances with Wolves, Lawrence of Arabia, Forrest Gump and Cinema Paradiso. We welcome a number of guest artists – Tim McCallum, the wonderfully sensitive performer who featured on "The Voice"; operatic superstar Hannah Dahlenburg, and rising young piano virtuoso Francis Atkins. This is an exciting opportunity to introduce young players to live orchestral music. We hope you will join us!
concert
Saturday 27 April, at 7.30pm
Ipswich Civic Centre
Bookings can be made online at ipswichciviccentre.com.au.
Please like and follow the orchestra on Facebook (Ipswich City Symphony) and on Instagram @ipswichcitysymphony.

Annie Lower – Vocal Tutor is currently performing in the Opera Queensland production of A Flowering Tree
https://oq.com.au/whats-on/a-flowering-tree/
annie lower

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 here for Semester 1 Music Calendar. Changes and additions may be made throughout the year. Updates will be provided in the Newsletter.

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news

• Signature Ball 2019
• Athlete Performance Centre (APC)
• 2019 BBC Production - Brisbane
2019 Season Launch - St Aidan's Rowing

Signature Ball 2019
Don’t miss your chance to be part of the 90th birthday celebrations. Tickets selling fast! www.eventbrite.com.au
The St Aidan’s Foundation invites friends, families, staff and past students to the Signature Ball 2019, Saturday 20 July, 6.00pm.
Join us for a sparkling evening celebrating St Aidan’s 90 years at Brisbane’s hottest new venue, Howard Smith Wharves overlooking the Story Bridge and city lights. Indulge in a three course dinner, premium beverages and live entertainment by the energetic Red Tie Band.
This is a 18+ event. $200 per person. Ticket sales close strictly on 10 July.
Please click herefor more information or to become an event sponsor, email foundation@staidans.qld.edu.au.

Athlete Performance Centre (APC)
Holiday opening hours - April - 2019
apc

2019 BBC Production - Brisbane
2 May 2019 - 4 May 2019
6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Location: Schonell Theatre
Address: Union Road, St Lucia, 4067, QLD
Cost: $20 Adults, $15 Concession, $60 Family (2 Adults, 2 Concession)

SYNOPSIS:
Danny Fisher is coming of age at a time when Brisbane faces the threat of extinction. Surrounded by an eccentric family, a best friend who’s constantly threatening everyone around her and an invading army of Americans, Danny navigates his way through familiar landmarks to find his place in an unpredictable story.
This year’s production offers audiences a very exciting opportunity to witness a preview of the show. The pre-show commences at 6.30pm prior to the commencement of the show at 7.00pm.
Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity.
Please click here for more information.
Enquiries: Catherine Heffernan
Email: cheffernan@bbc.qld.edu.au.

2019 Season Launch - St Aidan's Rowing
To all families in the St Aidan’s School Community, you are invited to the 2019 Season Launch and celebration of 30 years of St Aidan’s Rowing. Entry is free and there will be live entertainment, food, drinks, including a variety of exciting activities throughout the afternoon- a not to be missed event! Please see the attached invitation for further details. We hope you can join us for a fun filled afternoon.

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subject news

Mathematics Assistance Program Term One 2019

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

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Junior Jottings

Mrs Louise Mcguire 

• Happy Holidays
• Parent/Teacher Interviews Prep-Year 6
• Mother’s Day Stall
• Cyber Tips
• STEMies Club
• Coding and Robotics Holiday Program

Happy Holidays
It seems like just yesterday that we stared Term One and welcomed back our current families from holidays and met our many new families to St Aidan’s. The last nine weeks have passed very quickly and we have enjoyed the many various busy activities that fill our Term One calendar. 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.
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. We look forward to welcoming Louise McGuire back from Long Service Leave in Term 2 and wish Jen Rowe all the very best with her upcoming wedding to her partner Pete.
I hope you all have a safe and refreshing break from the school routines and I look forward to seeing an energised and refreshed group of students beginning of Week 2.

Please note that school resumes on Tuesday 23 April.
Kelly Swan

Parent/Teacher Interviews Prep-Year 6
Junior School Parent Teacher interviews are scheduled for Week 1 and Week 2 of Term Two. Kindy interviews will be held on 29 April, 30 April, 1 May and 2 May. Prep to Year 6 interviews will be held on 24 April, 29 April and 2 May.
All families should have received information outlining the process for the online Parent/Teacher Interview appointment booking system. If you have not received this information, please contact the Junior School Reception 3373 5944.

Mother’s Day Stall/Raffle – Thursday 2 May
In conjunction with the Mother's Day Stall, we hold the now famous Mother's Day Raffle which raises money that is directly used by the Junior School to provide specialised learning materials for the students of the Junior School. To enable the raffle to proceed and to provide you with the opportunity to win some great prizes, we would love donations of some products so we can assemble gourmet hampers. For this to happen and to make it easy for you to pick something up when shopping, we have the following suggestions for each year group (of course if you have something else you would like to contribute as a prize, this would be very much appreciated):

Kindergarten Wine or chocolates/toffees

Prep Twinings Tea or Tea 2 Tea

Year 1 Shortbread or gourmet sweet biscuits/fudge

Year 2 Savoury crackers suitable for cheese, or gourmet jam

Year 3 Shortbread/ gourmet sweet biscuits/fudge

Year 4 Wine or chocolates or gourmet jam

Year 5 Wine or chocolates/toffees

Year 6 Twinings Tea or Tea 2 Tea

Thank you very much for your assistance in contributing to these prizes which give much enjoyment to the girls at the lunchtime draw. Any contributions to the raffle can be dropped into the classroom. You will receive your raffle tickets in the first day of Term 2. These are then to be returned to the Junior School Office.
The Mother’s Day Stall will take place on Thursday 2 May. We will be having a ‘wrapping day’ on Wednesday 1 May (in the Junior School Library) to package the gifts to be sold at the stall. If you are able to assist for any length of time, your help would be greatly appreciated. We will be commencing at ‘drop off’ time and concluding as soon as all of the gifts are beautifully wrapped and ready to be scrutinised by many excited shoppers the following day! The cost of gifts will be $15.

Cyber Tips by Ms Grant
Computer Games and Classification

We are continuing to see an extraordinary amount of Primary School age children using Grand Theft Auto, the violent bestselling video game with an R+ rating. There are also some Primary School age children using Grand Theft Auto V which is an M-rated version also brimming with gang violence, nudity, extremely coarse language, and drug and alcohol abuse. None of the main characters in the game makes for a decent role model. Also known as “GTA” it glorifies crime and violence. GTA lets a child watch such things as prostitutes performing sex acts; this prostitute can then be gruesomely murdered to take back any money they spent on engaging her services. The sound effects should be enough to make any parent cringe. Some reviews say that all the sexual content is avoidable. That is NOT TRUE. Some of the material is avoidable, like the strip clubs which offers topless dancers or the fact that you can pick up prostitutes on the street and have intercourse with them in your car (it does show the scene with an option to skip). However, the game story does have sex scenes that bare all. We see this more and more often being used by kids under the age of 12yrs.
Many parents trust their child to stay away from the optional sexual content the game provides. However, we've all been kids and did you ever do something that your parents told you not to do? Please be cautious.
The violence towards women, in this game, is unacceptable and unavoidable. Search Grand Theft Auto on YouTube you can see for yourself. It won’t be hard to find. We are not linking YouTube videos here for obvious reasons. When kids spend hour upon hour using a game console to kill people, hire prostitutes, be violent towards women it starts to impact on what is ok and not ok in real life. There have been numerous studies that prove first-person violent video games do affect us, even if we don’t realise it at the time.
For more information see Safe on Social http://tinyurl.com/y5hox6zb.

STEMies Club
STEMies Club girls responded to Dr James Fielding’s (CEO and co-founder of Audeara Headphones) visit by designing and creating an artefact with a theme of sound. At the start of Term 1, James provided the girls with the opportunity of using Audeara headphones which are unique for having a hearing test inbuilt which allows you to hear sound perfectly through the headphones as they adjust to your specific hearing needs.

The girls set about designing and creating different games and artefacts relating to sound and light. Last week the girls demonstrated their creations for each other. These included a game to crack a code where sound and two-coloured LED’s were sequenced, and a player had to crack the code by elimination. Another used slide dimmers to control sound levels where a player responded by pressing a button corresponding to the colour. Other artefacts included a remote-controlled car with speakers, materials to muffle sound and an awesome hat with EL wire and sound created by buzzers. The younger students in the Club created caravans, houses and apartments with at least one circuit.
The term has included lots of fun activities such as building and making with LittleBits, balsa wood, cardboard, recycled materials, batteries, Brain Box snap circuits and Roominate.
To read more visit http://tinkeringchild.com/stemies-club-responds-to-innovator/.

coding

Mrs Child
Technologies Coordinator

Coding and Robotics Holiday Program
On 8-9 April, Junior Engineers will be running a Coding and Robotics program for students aged 7-13 at St Aidan’s. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

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Junior Sport

• Training Schedule for Week 10 and Week 1 Term 2
• Cross Country Training
• Metro Cross Country Meet
• Metro  Meet
• Walter Taylor Bridge Friday Clubs Competition
• Netball Training
• Touch Football Training
• Congratulations
• Bus Travel to and from Ambiwerra – For Training
• 2019 Key Dates Term 2

Please click here for the Junior School Training Schedule for Week 10 and Week 1 Term 2.

Cross Country Training
The Andrews Cup Cross Country Squad has been selected and permission letters have been distributed. Trainings will be open only to girls selected in the Andrews Cup Cross Country Squad.
Four sessions are offered on a weekly basis to Andrews Cup Cross Country squad members 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. All sessions will have a bus collect students and take them back to school in the mornings and take them to the training locality 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 wk 7

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 Monday and Thursday afternoons from 3.45pm to 5.00pm at Ambiwerra and Wednesday afternoon at the Arboretum from 3.45-5.00pm. Parents are asked to collect their girls at 5.00pm. Girls are asked to ensure they have a cap and water bottle when training.

Training dates:
8 April Monday 3.45pm – 5.00pm Ambiwerra
10 April Wednesday 3.45pm – 5.00pm Arboretum
11 April Thursday 3.45pm – 5.00pm Ambiwerra
15 April Monday 3.45pm – 5.00pm Ambiwerra
17 April Wednesday 3.45pm – 5.00pm Arboretum
18 April Thursday 3.45pm-5.00pm Ambiwerra

No training Easter Monday.

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 a Wednesday 8 May 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
Wednesday 8 May University of Queensland 4.00pm-5.30pm

Walter Taylor Bridge Friday Clubs Competition
The Walter Taylor Bridge competition presents students with the opportunity to develop skills, match play and team work on a Friday afternoon 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 and will commence on 3 May 2019. Parents who are wishing to collect their students directly from the venue are to contact their form teacher the morning of sport so that teachers in charge of that sport are advised early. Parents are to sign students out with the allocated teacher of their child’s team to confirm. 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 are on a Tuesday afternoon from 3.30-4.45pm for Netball and Touch Football will be held on Friday mornings from 6.45am – 7.45am. It is an expectation that girls wishing to participate in the Interschool Netball and Touch Football attend a training session each week.

Netball Training
Commence Tuesday 30 April
Tuesday Ambiwerra 3.45-4.45pm

Touch Football Training
Commence Friday 3 May
Friday Ambiwerra 6.45-7.45am

Congratulations
eloiose
Congratulations to Penelope Bale, Eloise McLellan and Stephanie Pettigrew who competed at the Qld Schools Swimming Titles at Chandler last week. All girls are to be commended for their outstanding performances on the day. Particular mention must go to Eloise McLellan who has been selected into the Queensland School Swimming Team. Eloise had a fabulous day in the pool where she made all finals, placing second in the 50 m Breaststroke and Third in the 100m Breaststroke. Eloise will be competing in the Melbourne later in the year – Best of Luck!!

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 must collect them from the sporting fields at the designated time.

2019 Key Dates Term 2
key dates wk 10

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Junior Music

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

Instrumental Gala Concert
GALA INSTRUMENTAL CONCERT INVITATION

On Thursday 23 May, the St Aidan’s AGS Music Department and Music Support Group will present the annual Instrumental Gala Concert. This concert will be held in the Christine Hartland Centre and will start at 6:00pm. We anticipate the concert will conclude by 7:30pm.
Please note that there is no cost for admission to the Gala Concert.

The following ensembles will need to meet in their allocated rooms at 5:30pm in preparation for their performance:

Corelli Strings (CG05)
• Vivaldi Strings (CG05)
• Dolce Strings (C108)
• Con Brio Band (C112)
• Charma Band (C112)
• Percussion Ensemble (C111)
• Symphonic Winds (C112)
• Paganini Strings (CG01)
• Back-beat Band (C112)


Some students will be required to meet for a rehearsal prior to 5:30pm. The schedule for rehearsals on the afternoon of the concert is as follows. When you are not rehearsing please report to C108 for quiet study.

Rehearsals
3:30-4.00 Symphonic Winds (CHC Floor)
4.00-4.30 Symphony Orchestra (CHC Floor)
4.30-4.45 Con Brio Band (CHC Floor)
4.45-5.00 Back-beat Band (CHC Floor)

3.30-4.00 Paganini Strings (CG05)
4.00-4.30 Vivaldi Strings (CG05)
4.30-5.00 Corelli Strings (CG05)

5:00-5:30 Percussion Ensemble (CHC Stage)

Attendance
We ask that all students remain in attendance for the duration of the concert and encourage students performing earlier in the evening to support other performers through their full attendance. Students are reminded that the allocation of pockets/badges later in the year is dependent on attendance at all performances.

Uniforms
Performers are required to dress in the performance uniform relevant to the ensemble. Full details of the performance uniform may be found in the Music Handbook and on Aidan’s Central. Students are encouraged to check details with their ensemble director if unsure.

Catering
The Music Support Group will be providing food for sale for parents and students from 4.30pm on the lawn. Students will be allowed to purchase food when not in rehearsals. 

Music Support Group
The Music Support Group is looking for support from the music community for the event to run the catering and for raffle donations. Raffle donations (e.g. chocolates, biscuits, bottles of wine, gift voucher, etc.) can be left at the Senior or Junior School reception.
If you are able to offer your time to assist with preparation, serving or clean-up please contact on the night, please contact Paula Hodge (paula.hodge@bigpond.com). This is a great way to support the work of the MSG in fundraising for the Music Department and all assistance here is greatly appreciated!
As this is one of the main performance events for our instrumental ensembles, we hope you take this opportunity to support your daughter in her musical endeavours through your attendance at this concert.
Please address any enquiries regarding the event to the teacher of the relevant ensemble or Dr James Cuskelly on 3373 5999 or j.cuskelly@staidans.qld.edu.au.  

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. 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 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) 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.

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).

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.

Concert featuring St Aidan’s Music Tutors Helen Carvolth and Evalyn Legried
IPSWICH CITY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT 27 APRIL
St Aidans' string tutors Mrs Helen Carvolth (violin), and Mrs Evalyn Legried (cello) will assume the roles of Concertmaster and Principal Cello respectively at the Ipswich City Symphony's next performance. This concert, entitled "The Romance of the Movies", will explore the relationship between movies, and music, and romance. It is an exciting program, which will include music from, Romeo and Juliet, Dances with Wolves, Lawrence of Arabia, Forrest Gump and Cinema Paradiso. We welcome a number of guest artists – Tim McCallum, the wonderfully sensitive performer who featured on "The Voice"; operatic superstar Hannah Dahlenburg, and rising young piano virtuoso Francis Atkins. This is an exciting opportuity to introduce young players to live orchestral music. We hope you will join us!
concert

Saturday 27 April, at 7.30pm
Ipswich Civic Centre
Bookings can be made online at ipswichciviccentre.com.au.
Please like and follow the orchestra on Facebook (Ipswich City Symphony) and on Instagram @ipswichcitysymphony.

Annie Lower – Vocal Tutor is currently performing in the Opera Queensland production of A Flowering Tree
https://oq.com.au/whats-on/a-flowering-tree/

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 here for Semester 1 Music Calendar. Changes and additions may be made throughout the year. Updates will be provided in the Newsletter.

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