Newsletter Term 1 Week 2 2019

Principal

Ms toni riordan

Happy 90th birthday, St Aidan’s!
90 birthday

I thought you might like to share a wonderful moment with me. Over the weekend, staff at St Aidan’s ‘kicked off’ the 90th birthday celebrations with staff drinks. While I was celebrating with staff, I received a text message from the husband of my best friend, Kathy. Kathy and I met on the first day of university, decades ago now and we have since shared the ups and downs of life, the good times and the not-so-good times. The text message read: These ads were in ‘The Brisbane Courier’ the day Kathy’s father was born.’ The date of the edition of ‘The Brisbane Courier’ was January 17, 1929. What a lovely surprise it was and what a delight it is to share with you these advertisements about our school from so many years ago.
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Senior Induction and Investiture

Congratulations to our 2019 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’.

St Aidan’s P & F Association

I take this opportunity to introduce new parents to and remind continuing parents of the St Aidan’s Parents and Friends Association (P&F). The P&F is one of the school’s three Peak Bodies; along with the School Council and Foundation, it works hard to support the endeavours of the school.

The P&F operates two commercial businesses within the School – Text Hire and the Uniform Shop, as well as operating a network of Support Groups to support the many extra-curricular activities enjoyed by the girls in the Senior School. Support Groups cover the interests of our sporting and cultural activities – Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Cricket, Cross Country, Debating, Equestrian, Artistic Gymnastics, Hockey, Music, Netball, Rowing, Soccer, Softball, STAGE (dance), Swimming, Tennis, Touch Football, and Volleyball. Support Groups assist Coordinators, Coaches and the girls.

Parent volunteers in each year level of the School take on the responsibilities and role of ‘Class Representatives’. They are a highly effective liaison between parents, the P&F and the School, for communication and community-building purposes.

The P&F is overseen by an Executive Committee, which consists of President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary, plus the School Principal, Head of Junior School and a representative from the School Council. The P&F employs paid part time staff to provide services and essential administration. It provides a valuable service of contributing resources and amenities to the school that cannot be generated purely from fees.

P&F meeting dates are advertised in the School Newsletter and on behalf of the P&F, I extend their invitation to attend the Annual General Meeting of the P&F, coming up at the end of this month. Further details will be advertised closer to the date.

If you wish to know more about the P&F or to become involved in a Support group, please contact Claire Rush, our P&F Officer (c.rush@staidans.qld.edu.au). Connecting with the P&F is a great way to meet other parents, make new friendships and to feel a valued part of the St Aidan’s family.

90th Birthday P&F Cocktail Party & Art Exhibition

What better way to connect than to join the P&F for their beautiful evening of art, music, drinks and canapes in Eunice Plaza, within The Link? Details for purchasing tickets for this event to be held on Saturday, 23 February are included in this edition of the newsletter. Please keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates and if you wish to view the works for sale, see the event’s Instagram @staidansartshow.

Congratulations to:
Georgina West (Year 9) and Stella Harris (Year 10) who competed at the national under 15 indoor hockey championships in January. Qld Maroon team (Georgina West) were national champions, while Qld gold team (Stella Harris) were placed 4th. Georgina has also been named in the Qld 1 team to compete at the outdoor hockey national championships in Narellan in April.
Rev Gillian on the birth of her beautiful granddaughter Margaret Abigail Gardiner, born in the afternoon on Sunday 3rd February.

Best wishes to:
• Year 6 students for their Leadership Day on Thursday
• Year 6 students and their special guests for the first meeting of the Girl Zone Book Club on Thursday evening
• Year 3 students for their Geckoes Wildlife incursion
• All Senior School students involved in the Activities Trade Show at Friday lunch-time
• Junior School parents and Homestay parents attending Information Evenings this week
• Senior softball players for the first week of QGSSSA fixtures

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Deputy Principal

Ms cate begbie

Parking
We ask that all parents take note of the ‘Loading Zone’ areas around the school, especially the ones on Ruthven Street. These areas are designated as two (2) minutes standing time between the hours of 7.00-9.00am and 2.00-4.00pm on school days.

Our Loading Zones enable the free flow of traffic; when traffic is backed up, visibility of the surrounding area proves difficult and we run the risk of not seeing our children step out onto the road. Ultimately the safety of our children is endangered when we do not follow parking instructions. Please do not park in these areas beyond two minutes. The police will check that these areas are being used correctly, particularly at the start of each school year.

Staff in the Senior School have noticed the number of parents dropping off or picking up their daughters in the car park during the first week of school. 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.

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Chaplain

Rev Gillian Moses

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

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

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Dean of Studies

Ms lynda wall

• Subject changes
• QCS Year 12 Applications for Special Provision
• Academic Awards and 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 test application for Special Provision
Applications for special provisions for the Queensland Core Skills Test open on March 25 and close on May 21 for students with long-term impairments. If any current Year 12 student believes they are eligible for special provisions for the QCS test (e.g. use of a computer, separate seating) please contact Ms Wall to establish what documentation is required, and to confirm an appointment time to complete the application in late March or April.

Academic Awards and Honours Assembly
The Honours Assembly this year will recognise both the academic achievements of students in Years 4-11 from Semester Two 2018 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 19 in the CHC and will commence at 8.40am.
Students are advised that there is a rehearsal at lunch time for all award winners on Monday February 18 in the CHC at 1:30pm.
For current years 8-11, Fine Academic Achievement Awards are based on the achievement of both a grade point average of greater than 80 on a 100-point scale, and an A standard achievement in the majority of subjects studied, with the exclusion of RVE and Core PE. 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 8-10 students for a GPA improvement of greater than 8 in their second semester of 2018. Year 11 students are not awarded Academic Progress Awards until semester two when they have completed 12 months in senior subjects. Progress awards are awarded to current Year 12 students for a GPA improvement of greater than 1.0 on a 15-point scale.

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 2018 Fine Academic Achievement Awards
Rebecca Chae, Ella Lau, Bianca Leathers, Mei Tong Luo, Scarlett Rowe, Imogen Taylor, Katie Vidler

Year 10 Semester Two 2018 Fine Academic Achievement Awards
Lilley Bishop, Renee Byrne, Lillian Carley, Joanna Figurado, Jasmine Fleming, Anna Hulme, Lara Kirwood, Anna Kyprios, Jung Min Lee, Evelina Limboro, Linyun Liu, Yasmin McDonald, Rebecca Moses-Hills, Eloise O'Donnell, Aeshlein Ralston, Harriet Robertson, Akshaya Selvarajan, Alexandra Spalding, Imogen Stocks, Erin Sullivan, Lilyan Sullivan, Elisa Tamai, Georgina Whittle, Scarlett Winter

Year 9 Semester Two 2018 Fine Academic Achievement Awards
Jessica Allen, Clare Allison, Rosie Bartley, Molly Bell, Jami Bonifant, Lucy Boyle, Chelsea Cheadle, Lucinda Davies, Xanthia DeBoer, Rachel Eng, Yessica Eom, Emily Huang, Priyanka Jaisinghani, Tihari Jayasuriya, Lily Ji, Sienna Kim, Rachel Leathers, Annabel Lee, Isabella Lemond, Brooke Liddelow, Isabel Lin, Paige Martin, Aisha McDonald, Sophia McIntosh, Imogen Mitchell, Georgia Smith, Tiarna Tong, Esther Wong, Christine Yang, Isabel Yu, Sophia Zhang

Year 8 Semester Two 2018 Fine Academic Achievement Awards
Imaan Ahamed, Lekshmy Ananthan, Kavindi Athuraliya, Lucy Auton, Emma Aziz, Sheridan Baillie, Mia Brown, Talia Devendra, Alyse Dowd, Rhea Gupta, Valentina Kostiono, Claire Lau, Bridget McCormack, Olivia Middleton, Sarah Ott, Juliette Pepin, Leila Riemann, Poppy Roberts, Ava Schwennesen, Rosie Sellars, Lucy Thompson, Dilki Unantenna, Eloise Wood, Tian Yuan Yin

Year 7 Semester Two 2018 Fine Academic Achievement Awards
Rosie Bell, Tara Bourke, Lucy Bristow, Jadey Clarke, Georgia Feros, Leena Gayed, Shreya Jayaram, Sue Seo-hyun Kim, Cora Masterson, Ariana McCulloch, Rachael McFarlane, Charli McGaw, Maxine Monteith, Nashonie Paul, Vienna Truc Tran, Mila Vajagic, Ellen Walker, Isla Williams

Year 11 Semester Two 2018 Progress Awards
Phoebe Barnes, Jade Buckingham, Mackenzie Cullinane, Olivia Doherty, Yuxiang Du, Courtney Dwyer, Lucy Edgecombe, Jude Jaramazovic, Isabella Kenny, Georgia Peapell, Caroline Puri, Molly Roessler, Bianca Stewart, Ruiyi Sun, Imogen Taylor, Katie Vidler

Year 9 Semester Two 2018 Progress Awards
Molly Bell, Adair Davidson, Hannah Donaldson, Abby Douglas, Verity Heagney-Smith, Freya Johnson, Isabella Lemond, Brooke Liddelow, Paige Martin, Imogen Mitchell, Le Pan, Alyssa Whelan, Stefanie Wilmott, Isabel Yu

Year 8 Semester Two 2018 Progress Awards
Thrishali Kasa, Scarlett Sullivan, Yongyi Zhu

Year 7 Semester Two 2018 Progress Awards
Zoe A-Khavari, Rosie Bell, Julia Day, Olga Kypriadakis, Rachael McFarlane, Lily McGregor, Asha Olford, Leilani Sellar, Hannah Shelburn, Olivia Shoesmith, Isabella Todd, Sofia Vidovich

Honours Pockets
In addition, to the Fine Academic Achievement Awards, we also present Full Academic Pockets and Half Academic Pockets to current Year 11 students. Full academic pockets are presented to students with a GPA of 81 or higher across Years 8-10, with the following weightings given to each year’s GPA: Year 10 50%; Year 9 30%; Year 8 20%
Half pockets are awarded to students with a GPA between 80.1 and 80.9 with the same weightings.
To be eligible for academic pockets, students must have been enrolled for a minimum of 18 months.

Year 10 2018 Honours Pocket (full)
Renee Byrne, Lillian Carley, Gabrielle Christou, Joanna Figurado, Jasmine Fleming, Yizchen Guo, Anna Kyprios, Jung Ming Lee, Caitlyn Lee, Linyun Liu, Rebecca Moses-Hills, Emily Pell, Gabrielle Preston, Aeshlein Ralston, Harriet Robertson, Akshaya Selvarajan, Imogen Stocks, Elisa Tamai, Paris Teevan, Elizabeth Wessling-Smith, Georgia Whittle

Year 10 2018 Honours Pocket (half)
Sharada Athuraliya, Lara Soo, Erin Sullivan

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Dean of Students & Academic Welfare (7-9)

Ms holly o'sullivan williams

• Parent Information Evenings
• Swimming Carnival
• Year 7 and Year 8 Camp

Events
Happy 2019! We have a number of events coming up in the next few weeks of Term 1 that I would like to outline below. It is proving to be an exciting term!

Parent Information Evenings: All parents are invited to attend these evenings which aim to provide information about your daughter’s year ahead. All events begin at 6:30pm and aim to finish approximately 8:00pm on the following dates:

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

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

Swimming Carnival: Our Interhouse swimming carnival is also fast approaching, taking place on Monday 11 February at the Valley Pool. Students in Year 7 will travel together to and from the venue by school bus, with students in Years 8-12 meeting us there. Further information about this day should arrive in your email inboxes this week.

Year 7 and Year 8 Camps: Year 7 and 8 Camps will be held during Week 3 (Feb 13 – 15) of this term. Please refer to all information sent to you by Sarah Church and contact your Year Level Co-ordinator should you have any questions.

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Guidance Counsellor

ms Jennie Robinson

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

Senior School

Sport

• The Back Page
• Training Schedule | Week 2
• Training Schedule | Week 3
• Autumn Sport Trials
• Open Softball Draw
• Inter-house Swimming Carnival Program
• Valley Swim Meet | 15 Feb
• Term 1 Training Overview

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Music

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

AMEB – Exam Results
Congratulations go to Grace Houghton in Year 9 for being awarded her Grade 8 Piano and Grade 6 Flute Certificate. Well done Grace – a fantastic achievement.

Music Groups
All students are welcome to participate in the Music Ensembles on offer at St Aidan’s. Students need to have some proficiency on the instrument appropriate to the ensemble but all students are encouraged to sing in the choir! Any girl who is interested is encouraged to discuss their involvement with Dr Cuskelly j.cuskelly@staidans.qld.edu.au,  Ms Trott c.trott@staidans.qld.edu.au, or Mrs Figliano s.figliano@staidans.qld.edu.au. Students are encouraged come to the first rehearsal in week 2 or sign up at the Trade Show 12.50pm in the CHC on Friday 8 February. (A full list of St Aidan’s music ensembles/rehearsals is attached below.)

Instrumental lessons in 2019
Don’t forget to complete the electronic private tuition form as soon as possible and return to us here at the school. Knowing which students are continuing with their lessons really assists in organising instruments, timetables and rooms. And of course, we are very keen to hear from any new students who are interested in learning an instrument. The link to the online enrolment form is as follows:
https://au1.documents.adobe.com/public/esignWidget?wid=CBFCIBAA3AAABLblqZhA6JM5HtbLwCed2S0TO047YiiTGdXfRFLn2AQer-VgcswmKKHCGd4cE8SZZDkT29Eg*

Music Bursary
The Music Support Group provides Music Bursaries for the part or whole remission of music tuition fees (private lessons). There are bursaries available for Terms 2 and 3, 2019 and forms are available from the Music Department - music@staidans.qld.edu.au. These forms are due back by the end of Week 5.

Music Support Group
The St Aidan’s Music Support Group, made up of parents, students and staff, provides vital support to the school’s young musicians through its fundraising endeavours and its smooth organisation of concerts and other music events. The group regularly purchases much-needed instruments, music and other equipment, and also helps support other activities such as workshops and overseas tours.
The support group relies on the goodwill of parents to help with ticket sales, catering, publicity, and fundraising which are vital to the seamless running of concerts throughout the year. Meetings are scheduled for Monday evenings at 7:00pm in the Science and Technology Building meeting room (SG02). The first meeting for 2018 is on Monday February 4 and new members are not only most welcome, but also very much appreciated. Please feel free to contact the group’s president, Paula Hodge, paula.hodge@bigpond.com if you have any questions, or if you would be willing to volunteer but are unable to attend regular meetings.

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.

Introducing – Christina Gronborg – Vocal Tutor
Christina Grønborg is a professional singer and experienced singing teacher. She studied Voice and Music Dramatic Improvisation at The Danish Royal Academy of Music before moving to Perth. Here she sang at the WA Opera and lectured at WAAPA. Since relocating to Brisbane, Christina has been a specialist lecturer at Queensland Young Conservatorium and taught at private schools. Through her extensive experience teaching young singers, Christina enjoys helping them grow in confidence and ability. Individual and group lessons are conducted in a fun and engaging environment. Technique and repertoire choices are based on her sound knowledge on children’s unique vocal anatomy and physiology and are adapted to suite the individual student. Christina has successfully prepared singers for professional engagements, tertiary exams, tertiary entrance auditions, Eisteddfods, Trinity, AMEB and ABRSM exams. Christina was recently awarded a Master of Music studies in Vocal pedagogy with distinction from Griffith University and is currently researching female adolescent voice as part of her PhD candidature.

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

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

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

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

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Library

Loving Your Library

Parents and students in Years 7, 8 & 9 are invited to join us for drinks and nibbles in the Senior Library on Wednesday February 20 from 5.00pm - 6.30pm, where we highlight the joy of reading and showcase our literature collection. Please click here for more information.

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mathematics

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

*all students welcome to attend these tutorials, however; priority will be given to those students listed.

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news

• Blazer Fittings 2019
• Interact – International Women’s Day Fun Run

Blazer Fittings
The blazers are $260.00 with payment at time of fitting or minimum $100 deposit.
Approximate delivery date - end of May.

Fittings for 2019
Morning Tea or Lunch

Thursday 7 February
Thursday 14 February
Thursday 21 February
Thursday 28 February

NB. Blazers are not compulsory.

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

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Junior Jottings

Mrs Louise Mcguire 

• Staff Update
• Safer Internet Day
• Honours and Academic Awards Assembly
• Form Captains
• Februhairy
• Supervision Before/After School
• Drive-through
• Ice-blocks in the Junior School
• International Women’s Day Fun Run – Sunday 3 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 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 student handbook each evening is considered important not only for the valuable information contained within but for the expedience of being able to contact teachers.

It is my pleasure to announce that Mrs Kelly Swan, Assistant Head of Junior School, is expecting a baby in July. We congratulate Kelly and her husband Brandon on this wonderful news. Kelly is planning to take leave at the end of Term 2 and return to school for the commencement of Term 4.

Safer Internet Day
Safer Internet Day (SID) is an annual, worldwide event. This year, it was held on Tuesday 5 February 2019.
In the spirit of the Safer Internet Day 2019 theme ‘Together for a better internet’, all Australians are encouraged to collaborate with their communities and support each other in developing the critical skills required for navigating the online world. These skills can help us in all areas of life, online and off. They are the 4Rs of Online Safety…

Respect – I treat myself and others the way I like to be treated.
Responsibility – I am accountable for my actions and I take a stand when I feel something is wrong.
Reasoning – I question what is real.
Resilience – I get back up from tough situations

During the Junior School Assembly on Monday of this week, a group of Year 6 students led the whole Junior School in pledging their support for the 4Rs of Online Safety. The girls used role play and a short video to raise awareness of the importance of becoming a responsible and respectful online citizen.

Honours and Academic Awards Assembly
On Tuesday 19 February at 8.40am in the CHC (Week 4), Academic Awards for Semester Two, 2018 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, 2018. 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, 2018.
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 2018 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 2018 in the core subjects.

Congratulations to the following students who will receive their awards at this assembly.

Fine Academic Achievement Certificates (2018)

Year 4
Maggie Bladen
Sophia Evenden
Remy Hancock
Kailyn Jayasuriya
Harriette O’Dwyer
Ava Robinson
Yolanda Wang

Year 5
Olivia Banh
Cass Chan
Isabelle Dunn
Lily Koundakjian
Vanning Kuo
Audrey McGregor
Poppy Morrison
Regan Saayman

Year 6
Hannah Baillie
Hannah Doncon
Isabel Goffage
Angela Hu
Ella Jackson
Eliska McAuliffe
Laura McGlennon
Maddison Neale
Amelia Perry

Progress Certificates (2018)

Year 4
Penelope Bale
Harriette O’Dwyer
Mia Rogers
Candy Song

Year 5
Aparna Anand
Jinani Ariyarathne
Olivia Banh
Chanmoni Cominos
Hannah Daly
Ella Dart
Chloe Duce
Isabella Gjorgioski
Sophie Hannaford
Millicent Harris
Adelaide Himstedt
Rebecca Kerr
Lily Koundakjian
Maisie Leisemann
Ella Smith
Emma Thallon
Elise Williams
Liana Zhong

Year 6
Lily Holt
Abbey McNeill
Amelia Perry
Gisele Vitale
Wendy Wu

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 11 February (Week 3).

Congratulations

Year 4G Willow Austin
Penny Heron

Year 4S Amelia McAuliffe
Aurelia Boyd

Year 5H Charlotte Cadman
Caitlin Memory

Year 5J Sophia Evenden
Emily Rae

Year 5K Sophie Himstedt
Miranda Tyler

Year 6C Adelaide Himstedt
Maisie Leisemann

Year 6J Ella Dart
Poppy Morrison

Year 6M Olivia Braga
Annabel Bristow

Februhairy – Free Dress Day – Thursday 28 February
On Thursday 28 February, all Junior School students are invited to participate in Februhairy – A “Free Hair Day” to support global girls’ education month.
Junior School students are reminded to bring a gold coin donation to participate. We are raising money to support www.OneGirl.org.au. Our aim is to create a world where all girls have an opportunity to go to school.
We encourage all Junior School girls and Kindy boys to wear their hair in a fun hairstyle with bright coloured ribbons, crazy wigs, hair chalk, high pony tails or lots of crazy plaits. Coloured hair spray is allowed (but not permitted if you are swimming in school pool on Thursday), and all dyes must be washed out by the next school day.
We look forward to seeing some crazy hair styles in the Junior School on Thursday, 28 February!

Supervision Before/After School/Playground
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.

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 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.
The procedure involves collecting change for the ice blocks from the Senior School tuckshop at approximately 1:10pm, then collecting the key to the Charma Place kitchen from Wilhelmina Morrison at the Junior School Reception (sign in). Once the bell has sounded for the girls to be able to finish their lunch and start playing, the girls will form a queue at the door to the Charma Place kitchen and eagerly await their ice block purchase (1.30pm).
It is a lovely way to get to know more of the girls within the Junior School and for your daughters to see you at school being engaged with them.
If this sounds like something you would like to do, please email Wil Morrison (w.morrison@staidans.qld.edu.au). Your designated days and dates will then be confirmed with you.

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

Important Dates
Please click here for Important Dates Term 1, 2019.

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Junior Sport

• Junior School Training Schedule Weeks 2 & 3
• Swimming Squad Training (Target Andrew 2019)
• House Swimming Carnival
• Andrews Cup Swim Meet Preparation
• 2019 Andrews Cup Touch Football Trials
• 2019 Andrews Cup Tennis Trials
• 2019 Cross Country Preparation Training
• Eastern Taipans District Basketball
• Eastern Taipans District Touch Football
• Bus Travel to and from Ambiwerra – for training
• 2019 Key Dates Term 1

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

Swimming Squad Training (Target Andrew 2019)
The Junior School is offering five sessions at the school pool for 2019. One compulsory session is required should your daughter be wishing to make the Andrews Cup Team - either a Tuesday morning or Tuesday afternoon.
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• Note: Tuesday is a compulsory day for all girls wishing to make the Andrews Cup Swimming Squad
• Sessions are available to girls in Years 1 – 6.
• Sessions are designed to prepare girls for the competitive swimming in 2019 (Andrews Cup, Districts and Interschool) and a certain level of swimming ability is a prerequisite for involvement. Girls intending to participate must be competent in swimming 25 – 50m in freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke and they must also be able to perform a dolphin kick.
Girls must sign-in the St Aidan’s swimming attendance book at the pool for every session that they attend.

House Swimming Carnival
The House Swimming Carnival for students in Year 3 to Year 6 is scheduled for Tuesday 12 February at Ambrose Treacy College, Twigg Street, Indooroopilly. An information letter providing further details for the carnival was distributed to all parents via email in the first week back. Please ensure you have sent the return slip to either Anne Ferguson (a.ferguson@staidans.qld.edu.au) or your daughter’s Form Teacher to enable rolls and supervision to be organised. Girls will be time-trialed in the programmed PE lessons to assist in the nominations for events. Girls in Prep – Year 2 will have their swim carnival held on 21 November at St. Aidan’s school pool. Students in Year 2 who are looking to be selected in the Andrews Cup Swim Squad will have their times recorded in PE lessons also.

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 a Tuesday 19 February afternoon 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
Tuesday 19 February
St Peters Lutheran College
4.00pm-6.00pm

2019 Andrews Cup Touch Football Trials
The Andrews Cup Touch Football competition is being held on Tuesday 19 March at Kearney Springs, Ruthven Street, Toowoomba. Trainings will commence in Week 2 of Term One with a focus on skill development and match play. New students who commenced at St Aidan's in 2019 will be provided the opportunity to nominate and train for a position in the team. The Andrews Cup teams will be named in Week 4 of 2019 where the team selection will be based on skill, game application, combinations and attendance.

Training Dates and Times
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Andrews Cup Touch Football Match Play
St Aidan’s Junior School has placed our Touch Football teams into the “Metro Meets” competition. The games will be held on Monday 25 February, after school, at the Ambiwerra Sports Fields against some of the schools that are involved in the Andrews Cup competition, as well as St. Peters and All Hallows. The games will assist our girls in their continued development through match play. These games will be considered one of the set training days for our girls leading into the Andrews Cup competition. A school bus will be provided to take students to the venue.

Metro Touch Football Meet
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2019 Andrews Cup Tennis Trials

The Andrews Cup Tennis is being held on Tuesday 19 March at University of Queensland. Trainings will commence in Week 2 of Term One with a focus on skill development and match play. The Andrews Cup teams will be named in Week 4 of 2019 where the team selection will be based on skill, game application, combinations and attendance. New students who commenced at St Aidan's in 2019 will be provided the opportunity to nominate and train for a position in the team.

Training Dates and Times
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2019 Cross Country Preparation Training
2019 Cross Country preparation training will recommence on Monday 4 February form 3.45pm to 5.00pm.
This training is designed to enable the students to improve their general fitness before the Junior School Cross Country which is to be held on Thursday 14 March at Ambiwerra. Four sessions are offered on a weekly basis with to students from Year 2-Year 6 with one compulsory session required per week should your daughter be wishing to make the Andrews Cup Team - either a Wednesday morning or Wednesday afternoon. 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
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Eastern Taipans District Basketball
Nominations are being called for girls interested in trialing for the Eastern Taipans Basketball Team 11-12 Years girls.
Girls need to nominate through Ms Jeanes-Fraser by Monday 18 February. Numbers are limited and therefore girls must have a strong background to Basketball and playing experience.

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

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

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

Eastern Taipans District Touch Football
Nominations are being called for girls interested in trialing for the Eastern Taipans Touch Football Team 11-12 Years girls.
Girls need to nominate through Ms Jeanes-Fraser by Friday 16 February. Numbers are limited and therefore girls must have a strong background to Basketball and playing experience.

Date: 28February 2019
Time: 3.30pm – 5.00pm
Where: Algester SS

Students will need the following

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

Students will need to present the following forms to the Convenor at the start of the trial, otherwise they will not be permitted to trial:
Signed Principal Approval Form
Completed and signed Parental Consent, Contact and Medical Details Form

Bus Travel to and from Ambiwerra – for training
Please be reminded that for morning training sessions, girls should be dropped at the Ambiwerra sporting fields (Erinvale St, Corinda) by parents. At the end of the session, they will be transported to school on the school bus. In the afternoons, students will travel to Ambiwerra on the school bus (Kathleen St) and parents should collect them from the sporting fields at the designated time.

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Junior Music

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AMEB – Exam Results
Congratulations go to Yolanda Wang in Year 5 for being awarded her Grade 7 Piano Certificate. Well done Yolanda – a fantastic achievement.

Music Groups
All students are welcome to participate in the Music Ensembles on offer at St Aidan’s. Students need to have some proficiency on the instrument appropriate to the ensemble but all students are encouraged to sing in the choir! Any girl who is interested is encouraged to discuss their involvement with Dr Cuskelly j.cuskelly@staidans.qld.edu.au, Ms Trott c.trott@staidans.qld.edu.au, or Mrs Figliano s.figliano@staidans.qld.edu.au. Students are encouraged come to the first rehearsal in week 2 or sign up at the Trade Show 12.50pm in the CHC on Friday 8 February. (A full list of St Aidan’s music ensembles/rehearsals is attached below.)

Instrumental lessons in 2019
Don’t forget to complete the electronic private tuition form as soon as possible and return to us here at the school. Knowing which students are continuing with their lessons really assists in organising instruments, timetables and rooms. And of course, we are very keen to hear from any new students who are interested in learning an instrument. The link to the online enrolment form is as follows:
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Music Bursary
The Music Support Group provides Music Bursaries for the part or whole remission of music tuition fees (private lessons). There are bursaries available for Terms 2 and 3, 2019 and forms are available from the Music Department - music@staidans.qld.edu.au.

Music Support Group
The St Aidan’s Music Support Group, made up of parents, students and staff, provides vital support to the school’s young musicians through its fundraising endeavours and its smooth organisation of concerts and other music events. The group regularly purchases much-needed instruments, music and other equipment, and also helps support other activities such as workshops and overseas tours.
The support group relies on the goodwill of parents to help with ticket sales, catering, publicity, and fundraising which are vital to the seamless running of concerts throughout the year. Meetings are scheduled for Monday evenings at 7:00pm in the Science and Technology Building meeting room (SG02). The first meeting for 2018 is on Monday February 4 and new members are not only most welcome, but also very much appreciated. Please feel free to contact the group’s president, Paula Hodge, paula.hodge@bigpond.com if you have any questions, or if you would be willing to volunteer but are unable to attend regular meetings.
Music Support Group Meeting
Mon 4 February
Music Captains
SG02 7:00pm-9.00pm

Year 4 Beginner Band
St Aidan’s has an outstanding Classroom Music Program, and the introduction of Every Day Music from Kindergarten to Year 3 means that students are not only immersed in music, but that they are developing an independent and sophisticated understanding of essential musical skills and knowledge for the level. It is clear to the classroom and music teachers that students are reaching musical benchmarks early and with greater competence. In an attempt to ensure that students receive every opportunity to learn a musical instrument, the students in Year 4 are invited to again be part of the Beginner Band Program at St Aidan’s. The Beginner Band lessons will occur weekly on Tuesdays during assembly time (12.40pm), commencing Week 5.

Rehearsal Schedule for 2019
In order to assist parents and students in planning, please see the rehearsal schedule for 2019. This schedule has been prepared in consultation with the Head of Sport and every effort has been made to minimise clashes. However, please bear in mind that there are usually a minimum of 2 sports training scheduled in any week and should there be a clash between a music rehearsal (offered once a week only) and a sport training students are to attend the musical rehearsal on the set day and attend the alternative sports training on the other.
Please click here for 2019 Rehearsal Schedule.

Introducing – Christina Gronborg – Vocal Tutor
Christina Grønborg is a professional singer and experienced singing teacher. She studied Voice and Music Dramatic Improvisation at The Danish Royal Academy of Music before moving to Perth. Here she sang at the WA Opera and lectured at WAAPA. Since relocating to Brisbane, Christina has been a specialist lecturer at Queensland Young Conservatorium and taught at private schools. Through her extensive experience teaching young singers, Christina enjoys helping them grow in confidence and ability. Individual and group lessons are conducted in a fun and engaging environment. Technique and repertoire choices are based on her sound knowledge on children’s unique vocal anatomy and physiology and are adapted to suite the individual student. Christina has successfully prepared singers for professional engagements, tertiary exams, tertiary entrance auditions, Eisteddfods, Trinity, AMEB and ABRSM exams. Christina was recently awarded a Master of Music studies in Vocal pedagogy with distinction from Griffith University and is currently researching female adolescent voice as part of her PhD candidature.

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

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

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

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

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P&F

P&F

• Cocktail Party and Art Exhibition
• Blazer Fittings 2019

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Blazer Fittings 2019
The blazers are $260.00 with payment at time of fitting or minimum $100 deposit.
Approximate delivery date - end of May.

Fittings for 2019
Morning Tea or Lunch

Thursday 7 February
Thursday 14 February
Thursday 21 February
Thursday 28 February

NB. Blazers are not compulsory.

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