Newsletter Term 1 Week 2

Principal

Ms toni riordan

Taking risks for learning
The word ‘risk’ often carries negative connotations, sometimes linked to dangerous or harmful behaviours; however, educators take a broader view of the word ‘risk’ and encourage ‘appropriate risk-taking’ as part of the learning experience. It’s about encouraging students to step outside their ‘comfort zones’ to try activities where success is not necessarily guaranteed.

 

In a week’s time, our Year 7 and 8 students will be heading off to camp where they will meet challenging activities such as ropes courses, climbing and abseiling. The student who approaches the ropes course fearing she may be unable to climb it, but soon finds herself scrambling to the top with agility and skill, suddenly reaps a powerful educational reward. As well as the power of knowing she is building new capacity, she’ll also carry confidence with her into the world of adulthood, where the mountains are both real and metaphorical.

Effective education programs, both academic and co-curricular include opportunities for students to experience such break-through moments, to take on intimidating challenges and stretch their sense of what they can accomplish if they summon the will to give it a try. Completing a climbing course is just one example. The challenge may be a physical activity, but it also comes in the classroom and cultural pursuits such as debating and public speaking.

We acknowledge that there are gender differences in the way girls and boys approach risk, even appropriate risks. While decades of research support the idea that males are more likely to take risks for reasons both biological and cultural (Croson, R., and Gneezy, U., (2004), Gender Differences in Preferences, Journal of Economic Literature), in girls’ schools, we know that biology is not destiny, and that negative cultural influences are examined and overcome. It just takes attention, focus and challenging the status quo. The goal at St Aidan’s is to provide students with opportunities for individual growth, within a supportive environment, in order to nurture development.

I wish year 7 and 8 girls well as they prepare for camp over the coming week.

Senior Induction and Investiture 
Congratulations to our 2018 senior leaders. We celebrated Eucharist on Tuesday with seniors, their families and friends and the wider school community. Seniors pledged to uphold the values and rules of this School, ensuring that at all times their own lives are a model for younger students under their care.  As senior students, they are committed to working together as a team to achieve the goals they have discussed and set as a group, to honour and support the ethos and heritage of the School and to enthusiastically and wholeheartedly uphold the motto of St Aidan’s – ‘PER VOLAR SUNATA’.

Inaugural P & F Cocktail Evening
Please join us for what promises to be a lovely evening on the 24th of February. Our P & F are hosting their first social event of the year and are putting together a beautiful event, with our very own Link precinct as the stunning back drop. Details for purchasing tickets are included in this edition of the newsletter and I encourage you all to note the date in your diaries. It will be the perfect chance for parents of new students to meet parents of continuing students and to bring along friends to introduce them to the St Aidan’s family too!

Congratulations to:

The Reverend Paul Bland (Current School Council member, past School Council Chair and past School Chaplain) who has been recognised in the 2018 Australia Day Honours List, awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for his services to education and the Anglican church.
Emily Evans (Year 12) who has been selected in a Pathways 8 Qld rowing team which will compete against the other States early next term. 

 

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Deputy Principal

Ms cate begbie

International Women’s Day Breakfast – Save the Date

Date 8 March 2018
Time 7:00am 
Venue Christine Hartland Centre
International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. International Women's Day has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD run by the Suffragettes in 1911. International Women's Day belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. 
This year at St Aidan’s we welcome students from all year levels as well as all members of the community to come together at our International Women’s Day Breakfast. We really encourage not only female family members to attend, but also as many fathers, grandfathers and male family members as possible.
We have an exciting guest speak this year, with Old Girl Lucy Strickland. Lucy Strickland works as a UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) Global Education in Emergencies Specialist. Representing some of the world’s most recognised and respected humanitarian organisations – and speaking six languages – Lucy has dedicated her career to improving the quality of children’s lives. For the past 15 years, Lucy has worked tirelessly in more than 20 countries including fighting female education exclusion in Afghanistan by returning girls to the classroom.
More details will be provided in the weeks to come but we encourage you to save this date and look forward to seeing as many community members as possible at our 2018 International Women’s Day Breakfast.

 

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Dean of Studies

Ms lynda wall

Subject changes
QCS Year 12 Applications for Special Provision
Honours Assembly

Subject Changes
Subject changes for Semester One close at the end of this week. Students should return any subject change forms immediately so that they don’t miss further crucial work.

QCS - Application for Special Provision
QCAA has set May 21 as the cut-off date for applications for Special Consideration and exemption, now called Special Provision, for long-term impairments for the Queensland Core Skills Test, QCST.  If any current Year 12 student believes they are eligible for this, please see Ms Robinson or myself.  Information will become available on the QCAA website.

Honours Assembly
The Honours Assembly this year will recognise both the academic achievements of students in Years 4-11 from 2017 but will also showcase the students who graduated last year with an OP 1-5. Parents of Senior School students will have been contacted if their daughter is receiving an award at this event. The Honours Assembly will be held on Tuesday, February 13 in the CHC and will commence at 8.40am. 
Parents and students are advised that there is a rehearsal at lunch time for all award winners on Monday February 12 in the CHC. 
Fine Academic Achievement Awards are based on the Grade Point Average (GPA) of a 15 point scale. Current Year 8 and 9 students are eligible for this award if they have received a GPA of 13 points or higher across all subjects in Semester Two with the exclusion of RVE and Core PE. Current Years 10 and 11 students are eligible for this award if they received a GPA of 13 or above based on their academic performance in their final Semester in 2017. Current Year 12 students are eligible for this award if they have received a GPA of 13 or above based on their best 5 subjects in Semester Two, 2017.
Academic Progress Awards are awarded to current Years 8-12 students for a GPA improvement of 1.0 in their Second Semester of 2017.

Congratulations to the following students who will receive their awards at that Assembly. Please note that Junior School students receiving these awards will be contacted through the Junior School.

Year 11 Semester Two 2017 Fine Academic Achievement Awards
Lucinda Bankowski, Phoebe McAuliffe, Emmaline Monteith, Alexandria Neilsen, Lucia O'Donnell, Kate Riethmuller, Emily Robertson, Genevieve Rule, Lilly Van Gilst, Jingxi Yu

Year 10 Semester Two 2017 Fine Academic Achievement Awards
Rebecca Chae, Stephanie Fanshawe, Sarah Hodge, Ella Lau, Bianca Leathers, MeiTong Luo, Grace Macdonald, Natarshya Martin, Rachel Pavlovski, Adelaide Pope, Caroline Puri, Scarlett Rowe, Imogen Taylor, Katie Vidler, Melanie Watson

Year 9 Semester Two 2017 Fine Academic Achievement Awards
Sharada Athuraliya, Renee  Byrne, Lillian  Carley, Gabrielle Christou, Joanna  Figurado, Jasmine Fleming, Samantha Gehrke, Yizhen Guo, Lara Kirwood, Anna  Kyprios, Caitlyn Lee, JungMin Lee, Linyun Liu, Nabaat Moghaddam, Rebecca Moses-Hills, Emily Pell, Aeshlein Ralston, Marika Reynolds, Harriet Robertson, Akshaya Selvarajan, Imogen Stocks, Lilyan Sullivan, Elisa Tamai, Paris Teevan, Haley Webster, Elizabeth Wessling-Smith, Georgina Whittle

Year 8 Semester Two 2017 Fine Academic Achievement Awards
Jessica Allen, Jami Bonifant, Lucinda Davies, Xanthia DeBoer, Rachel Eng, Priyanka Jaisinghani, Asini Jayasuriya, Lily Ji, JuHae Kim, Rachel Leathers, Annabel Lee, Amy Riethmuller, Georgia Smith, Melinda Sun, Esther Wong, Sophia Zhang

Year 7 Semester Two 2017 Fine Academic Achievement Awards
Lekshmy Ananthan, Kavindi Athuraliya, Emma Aziz, Dimity Beckinsale, Lauren Cunningham, Talia Devendra, Alyse Dowd, Emily Hodge, Claire Lau, Bridget McCormack, Jade Nguyen, Sarah Ott, Juliette Pepin, Leila Riemann, Ava Schwennesen, Rosie Sellars, Krissy Teng, Lucy Thompson, Dilki Unantenna, Georgina West, Natasha Whittle, Eloise Wood, Tian Yuan Yin

Year 11 Semester Two 2017 Progress Awards
Georgia Brown, Xinran Gao, Zishan Gao, Yi Geng, Qichang Liu, Yankuo Ma, Ashleigh Neill, Madison Peabody, Isabella Savage, Eloise Smith, Maddison Varidel, Melody Ward, Holly Willmore

Year 10 Semester Two 2017 Progress Awards
Ainsley Mathiesen, Lucy Wheatley, Yi Wu

Year 9 Semester Two 2017 Progress Awards
Samantha Barrett, Anqi Feng, Eojin Kim, Linyun Liu, Nabaat Moghaddam, Riley Putt, Peng Tu, Xinyu Wang, Haley Webster

Year 8 Semester Two 2017 Progress Awards
Lucy Boyle, Samantha Congreve, Hannah Donaldson, Georgia Gullo, Elizabeth Jones, Jessica Kim, Imogen Mitchell, Eleanor Vidovich, Georgina Walker, Stefanie Wilmott, Isabel Yu

Year 7 Semester Two 2017 Progress Awards
Rosie Bergin, Amy Carpenter, Ming Fang, Brooke Gralton, Brenda Lee, Olivia Miley, Elizabeth Miller, Scarlett Sullivan

Honours Pockets and Progress Certificates
In addition to the Fine Academic Achievement Awards, we also present Full Academic Pockets, Half Academic Pockets and Academic Progress Certificates to current Year 11 students. Full academic pockets are presented to those students who have achieved a GPA of 13.5 and above (on a fifteen point scale) on their subjects studied from Years 8-10. Half Academic Pockets awarded to students with a GPA of 13 and above.  Academic Progress Certificates are awarded to students for improvement of one full grade point average point over each year from Year 8, Semester 2 until Year 10, Semester 2 across the core subjects of English, Maths, Science and History.

Year 10 2017 Honours Pocket (Full)
Rebecca Chae, Ella Lau, Bianca Leathers, Adelaide Pope, Caroline Puri, Imogen Taylor, Katie Vidler

Year 10 2017 Honours Pocket (Half)
Stephanie Fanshawe, Sarah Hodge, Grace Macdonald, Rachel Pavlovski, Scarlett Rowe, Melanie Watson

Year 10 2017 Progress Certificate
Ainsley Mathiesen, Natarshya Martin, Jade Hughes, Phoebe Barnes, Mengyao Han, Grace Macdonald, Rachel Pavlovski, Adelaide Pope, Isabella Kenny

 

 

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Guidance Counsellor

ms Jennie Robinson

Parent Seminar - 'Tackling Anxiety and Building resilience in Children'
QSFT
Exchanges
UMAT preparation

 

Tackling Anxiety and Building resilience in Children. 
Please click here for more information.

QSFT
FILM IT! - Introduction to Video Production 
DATE: - Saturday - 17 February 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
Your will receive a confirmation email once application is processed.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Call: (07) 3392 7788
Email: marketing@qsft.qld.edu.au   

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

UMAT preparation
MedEntry - https://www.medentry.edu.au/
NIE- http://www.nie.edu.au/
ACER - https://www.acer.org/

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Senior School

Sport

Active Lunch Breaks

Please click here for the Active Lunch Breaks timetable.

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Music

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

Music Folders
Any senior school student who would like a new St Aidan’s Music Folder, can sign one out from Text Hire. Ensemble Directors also have some second hand folders that can be borrowed. 

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

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

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

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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.
Please click here for the 2018 Rehearsal Schedule.

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

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

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

Please click here for the 2018 School Music Calendar.
Changes and additions may be made to the Calendar. Updates are provided through the Newsletter.

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Senior Library

Loving Your Library
Wednesday February 21
5 pm – 6.30 pm
Senior Library
Parents of students in Years 7 & 8 are invited to join us for drinks and nibbles in the Senior Library on Wednesday February 21 from 5 pm – 6.30 pm, where we highlight the joy of reading and showcase our literature collection.

Please click here for more information.

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RACQ International Women’ Day Fun Run 2018

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

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Junior Jottings

Mrs Louise Mcguire 

Honours and Academic Awards Assembly
Form Captains
Supervision Before/After School
Late Arrivals/Early Departures
Drive-through
Ice-blocks in the Junior School
International Women’s Day Fun Run – Sunday 4 March
Important Dates

It has been wonderful to see both new and continuing students mixing in such a positive and friendly manner in the first week of the school year. After discussions with the Junior School teachers, it appears that most girls seemed to have settled very quickly into their new classes. However, it is certainly not uncommon for some students (new and continuing) to take a little while to get used to new teachers, classmates and routines. Please feel free to contact your daughter’s teachers in order to clarify any questions you may have and also encourage your daughters to ask their teachers to explain anything they may be unsure about. Perusing your daughter’s diary each evening is considered important not only for the valuable information contained within but for the expedience of being able to contact teachers.

Honours and Academic Awards Assembly
On Tuesday of Week 4, Academic Awards for Semester Two, 2017 will be presented at the Honours and Academic Awards Assembly.
Last year at the Annual Awards Ceremony in November, awards were given based on results as at the end of Term Three. However, it is appropriate that recognition be given for academic achievement and progress for all of Semester Two, 2017. Therefore, certificates will be given to students who received Fine Academic Achievement Awards and Academic Progress Awards as a result of their hard work in Semester Two, 2017.
Fine Academic Achievement Awards are based on the Grade Point Average (GPA) of a 15 point scale. Students in Years 4-6 are eligible for this award if they received a GPA of 13 or above based on their academic performance in their final semester in 2017 in the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science and History/Geography. 
Academic Progress Awards are awarded to students in Years 4-6 for a GPA improvement of 1.0 in their second semester of 2017 in the core subjects.
Congratulations to the following students who will receive their awards on Wednesday.

Fine Academic Achievement Certificates (2017)

Year 4
Isabelle Dunn
Vanning Kuo
Audrey McGregor
Poppy Morrison 
Regan Saayman   

Year 5 
Amy Atkinson
Millie Bloomfield
Hannah Doncon
Felicity Horrocks
Charlotte Horwood-Young
Eliska McAuliffe
Laura McGlennon
Amelia Perry
Freya Woodman

Year 6 
Tara Bourke
Lucy Bristow
Jadey Clarke
Georgia Feros
Katya Hirst
Annabelle Hammonds
Kiara Jayasuriya
Cora Masterson
Ariana McCulloch
Rachael McFarlane
Charli McGaw
Nashonie Paul
Meg Tait
Ellen Walker

Progress Certificates (2017)

Year 4
Matilda Allen
Maggie Clarke
Emma Dart
Chloe Duce
Phoebe Everingham
Amelia Hefner
Audrey McGregor
Madeline O’Dwyer
Ella Smith
Olivia Totten
Lillian Walker
Jada White
Elise Williams
Liana Zhong

Year 5
Bridie Allen
Arabella Bishop
Madeline Buchanan
Stella Cuolahan
Sophie Gibson
Felicity HOrrocks
Angela Hu
Abbey McNeill
Genevieve Peabody
Emma Sullivan
Lauren Wilson

Year 6
Amber Arthurs
Amy Guo
Kiara Jayasuriya
Georgia Lane
Charlotte Lin
Ella Love
Selina Wang
Lauren Whitla
Thea Woolley

Form Captain Assembly
The following girls have been elected to the very important position of Form Captain for Term 1. Form Captains will be presented with their badges at a Special Junior School Assembly in the CHC on Monday of next week.

Congratulations – 

Year 4C Penelope Bale 
Harriette O’Dwyer

Year 4S Unity Maxwell
Caitlin Memory  

Year 5E Zahra Fraser
Audrey McGregor 

Year 5G Poppy Morrison
Olivia Totten  

Year 5K Phoebe Everingham
Regan Saayman 

Year 6G Amy Atkinson 
Taylor Bonifant

Year 6J Stella Cuolahan
Adheera Warrier

Year 6M Camille Bloomfield
Eliska McAuliffe

Supervision Before/After School 
I would ask parents to note that teachers are rostered on grounds supervision from 8:00am each day. It is expected that girls arriving at school prior to this time will attend Before School Care. Teachers also supervise the drive-through from 3:00pm. After 3:40pm, (or 3:25pm Friday) girls still waiting in the Junior School grounds will be directed to After School Care.

Absentees/Late Arrivals/Early Departures
If your daughter (P-6) is unable to attend school for any reason, please inform Lyn Raven/Wilhelmina Morrison (3373 5944) or call the Absentee line (3373 5978) by 9:00am of her absence. Also, if girls are late for school or need to leave early, they (or parents) must sign the Late/Departure books held in the Junior School Reception. 
If your daughter/son is in Kindergarten, please ring the Kindergarten direct phone line – 3270 5369.

Drive-through
Thank you to all drive-through users for the patience and consideration you have shown in our first week of school. As soon as before/after school activities commence, and students resume their regular travel to school on public transport, the amount of traffic in the drive-through will reduce, helping to assist the flow of traffic in this area.

In order to assist in a safe, fast drive-through please note the following –

Enter the drive-through with a LEFT hand turn from Ruthven St.
Join the queue from Watt Street, not Aidans Way
Proceed to the playground end of the drive-through to enable as many cars into the drive-through as possible.
Leave adequate room between vehicles.
Give pedestrians absolute right of way.
“Do a lap” if your daughter is not there.
Park in the street and walk to meet your daughter if you arrive early.
Exit the drive-through with a LEFT turn only.
Insist that your daughter is looking out for you and waiting on the paved area behind the yellow safety line.

Teachers will do their utmost to ensure that girls are released from class on time in order to assist with this process
If your daughter has a lesson in the secondary school last lesson of the day (check timetables), please keep in mind that although we endeavour to finish on time, she may take a little longer to make her way to the collection area.

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.
It is a lovely way to get to know more of the girls within the Junior School and for your daughters to see you at school being engaged with them.  
If this sounds like something you would like to do, please email Lyn Raven (l.raven@staidans.qld.edu.au ). Your designated days and dates will then be confirmed with you.
Unfortunately, if we do not have enough volunteers, we will be unable to continue offering ice-blocks for sale.

International Women’s Day Fun Run/Walk – Sunday 4 March 2018
Once again, the Secondary School Interact Club has registered a team from St Aidan's to participate in the International Women's Day Fun Run/Walk (the Early Bird registration is now open). 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. We are defending our trophy as the largest school team and the highest fundraising school 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 on Sunday March 4. 
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 9. See attached information sheet to register. Please note, this year we have four teams depending on distance you would like to do (10km walk, 10km run, 5km walk, 5km run); just click on Join Team in your preferred distance.
Please contact the Mater Chicks in Pink team directly if you need any assistance on 3163 2102/ emma.mochan@mater.org.au or click on the fast facts  or the Frequently Asked Questions page.
We hope you can be part of the fun.

​Important Dates
Term 1 2018

 
 

 

 

 

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Junior Sport

Click on Read More for all Junior School sport news, training schedules and upcoming events.

Please click here for the Junior School Training Schedule for Week 2 and Week 3.

Swimming Squad Training (Target Andrew 2018)
Preparation for the 2018 swimming competition season commenced this week at the school’s pool. Session times are below.  
The Junior School is offering four afternoon sessions at the school pool and one morning session.

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Sessions are available to girls in Years 2 – 6.
Sessions are designed to prepare girls for the competitive swimming in 2018 (Andrews Cup, Districts and Interschool) and a certain level of swimming ability is a prerequisite for involvement. Girls intending to participate must be comfortable in swimming 25 – 50m in freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke and they must also be able to perform a dolphin kick. 
Girls must sign-in the St Aidan’s swimming attendance book at the pool for every session that they attend.

House Swimming Carnival 
The House Swimming Carnival for students in Year 2 to Year 6 is scheduled for Tuesday 6 February at Ambrose Treacy College, Twigg Street, Indooroopilly. An information letter providing further details for the carnival has been distributed to all students in their year levels.  Please ensure the return slip has been returned has be given to class teachers so to enable rolls and supervision to be organized. Girls in these year levels will be time-trialed in the programmed PE lessons to assist in the nominations for events.

Andrews Cup Swim Meet Preparation
This year, St Aidan’s Junior School will be participating in Metro Swim Meet at St Peters Lutheran College 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 Wednesday 21 February 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 Swim team will need to attend this meet.  A school bus will be provided to take students to the venue.

Metro Swim Meet
Wednesday February 21 - St Peters Lutheran College - 4.00pm-6.30pm

Eastern Taipans District Swim Meet 
The Eastern District Swimming carnival will be held on Thursday 8 February - locality is to be confirmed. The St Aidan’s Swimming team to compete at the District Carnival will be selected based on times from swimming trainings and the Interhouse Swimming Carnival.

2018 Andrews Cup Touch Football Trials 
With the Andrews Cup Touch Football competition being held on Tuesday 13 March at Kearney Springs, Ruthven Street, Toowoomba, team nominations have been called from Year 4 to Year 6 girls.  Trainings will commence in Week 2 of Term One (Wednesday 31 January 6.45 – 7.45am and Friday 2 February 6.45 – 7.45am) with a focus on skill development and match play. New students who commenced at St Aidan's in 2018 will be provided the opportunity to nominate and train for a position in the team.  The Andrews Cup teams will be named in Week 4 of 2018 where the team selection will be based on skill, game application, combinations and attendance. 

Training Dates and Times
Touch Football at Ambiwerra

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

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

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

2018 Andrews Cup Tennis Trials 
The Andrews Cup Tennis is being held on Tuesday 13 March at University of Queensland and nominations have been called from Year 4 to Year 6 girls.  Trainings will commence in Week 2 of Term One (Wednesday 31 January 6.45am – 7.45am and Friday 2 February 6.45am – 7.45am) with a focus on skill development and match play. The Andrews Cup teams will be named in Week 4 where the team selection will be based on skill, game application, combinations and attendance. New students who commence at St Aidan's in 2018 will be provided the opportunity to nominate and train for a position in the team.

Training Dates and Times
Tennis at Ambiwerra

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

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

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

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Junior Music

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

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

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

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

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Year 4 Beginner Band
St Aidan’s has an outstanding Classroom Music Program, and the introduction of Every Day Music from Kindergarten to Year 3 means that students are not only immersed in music, but that they are developing an independent and sophisticated understanding of essential musical skills and knowledge for the level. It is clear to the classroom and music teachers that students are reaching musical benchmarks early and with greater competence. In an attempt to ensure that students receive every opportunity to learn a musical instrument, the students in Year 4 are invited to again be part of the Beginner Band Program at St Aidan’s. Rotational times for the Beginner Band lessons are as follows:
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Rehearsal Schedule for 2018
In order to assist parents and students in planning, please see the rehearsal schedule for 2018. This schedule has been prepared in consultation with the Head of Sport and every effort has been made to minimise clashes. However, please bear in mind that there are usually a minimum of 2 sports training scheduled in any week and should there be a clash between a music rehearsal (offered once a week only) and a sport training students are to attend the musical rehearsal on the set day and attend the alternative sports training on the other.
Weekly instrumental rehearsals are held in the CHC.
Please click here for the 2018 Rehearsal Schedule.

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

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

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

Please click here for the 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

P&F

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

 

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

Blazer Fittings 2018
Blazers are an optional uniform item offered to the girls at St. Aidan’s.
The blazers are $260.00 with payment at time of fitting. 
Approximate delivery date - end of May. 
There will be one order placed at the end of February for 2018 blazer stock.

Fittings for 2018 
Morning Tea or Lunch

Thursday 1st February
Thursday 8th February
Thursday 16th February
Thursday 22nd February

For any further information please contact the Uniform Shop 3373 5956 or a.edwards@staidans.qld.edu.au

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

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Community

Community

The cricket season is upon us and we want new girls and boys involved - there is something for everyone!

Please  click here for more cricket information.

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