Newsletter Term 1 Week 3

Principal

Ms toni riordan

Parent Information Evenings
It has been very encouraging to see so many parents in attendance at our Parent Information Evenings, with our P-6 Evening and Years 7 and 8 Evenings held last week and our Years 9 and 10 and 11 and 12 Evenings held this week.

These events provide a great opportunity to build networks with parents of girls in your daughters’ cohort and to meet teachers, Year Level Coordinators and members of the Educational Leadership Team whom have significant responsibility for your daughters’ schooling for the year. Each evening covered a range of topics, including an overview of the School’s core values, focus points for academic programs, key pastoral care information, suggestions for assistance with home study and instructions on how to install the up-graded St Aidan’s App. The new App consolidates our online communication and gives users direct access to Aidan’s Central, our Learning Management System, TASS parent portal, Learning Analytics, the School Calendar, Cocurricular Activities News and Information. Please contact the IT Department in the Senior School, if you are not yet connected to our online platforms.

The Benefits of Being Active
This week, we had our inter-house swimming carnivals in the Junior and Senior Schools and it was wonderful to see all of our girls participating, cheering for each other and ultimately exercising together. Inter-house activity has always been an important part of St Aidan’s school life and allows for staff and students to develop school spirit and togetherness. In modern times, we now also have a clearer understanding of the benefits of physical activity on our brains, thanks to neuro and cognitive sciences.

In 2016, The British Journal of Sports Medicine included a consensus statement signed by 24 international researchers, which asserted that physical exercise is vital to children’s physical and mental health and improves academic health. “Physical activity and cardiorespiratory activity are beneficial to brain structure, brain function and cognition … and activity before, during and after school promotes scholastic performance in children and youth.” Just a single session of moderate exercise has been shown to have an “acute benefit” on brain function, cognition and academic performance in children, along with benefits in mental health, the researchers added. Self-esteem as well as relationships with other children, parents and teachers are enhanced via exercise, which also promotes social inclusion.

Well done to everyone involved in our swimming carnivals. The colour and spectacle of each event celebrates much more than a winning house team!

Congratulations
Congratulations to the following young sportswomen for their achievements over the summer break:

Charlie Bell (Year 12) who has been selected to represent Queensland U17 at the National Netball Championships in Adelaide.
Ruby Harris (Year 12) who has been selected for the Queensland U18 Hockey team and will compete at the National Championships in Launceston in March.
Georgina West (Year 8) who captained the Queensland U13 Indoor Hockey team at the National Championships in Goulbourne, where Queensland Fire won the silver Medal.
Jasmine Fleming (Year 10) who has been selected in the Queensland U17 Beach Volleyball squad.
Ella Williamson (Year 8) who has been selected in the U13 Australian Indigenous Netball team and will compete at an International Carnival later in the year.
Angelina Tignani (Year 8) who became a National Champion when she won gold in the 13 Years Javelin and Gemma Casaceli (Year 8) who won a silver medal in the 12 Years Long Jump at the Pacific School Games in December. 
Cassidy Mataia (Year 9) and Sophie Idzikowski (Year 10) who have been selected in the 13 to 19 years Met West Tennis Team that will compete at the state Championships in March.  

 

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Chaplain

Rev Gillian Moses

Resting in the grace of the world

When despair for the world grows in me
 and I wake in the night at the least sound
 in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be,
 I go and lie down where the wood drake
 rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
 I come into the peace of wild things
 who do not tax their lives with forethought
 of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
 And I feel above me the day-blind stars
 waiting with their light. For a time
 I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.          – The Peace of Wild Things, Wendell Berry

 

 

Last Saturday was pretty close to a perfect day for me. A slow start and a leisurely breakfast set us up for a trip to our favourite nursery to spend some Christmas money.  We spent up big on plants for our rainforest corner in the garden, then came home to plant them in the rain. I had put a roast in the oven before we began digging, so that when all was done there was a good hot meal to sit down to at the end of the day.
It was the afternoon that really shone, because there is little better than making a garden, especially when there is a gentle rain falling. It is a time to find earthworms, to observe the plant treasures that we did not know were there, to see how much our jackfruit is growing, to divide and replant some older plants, to imagine the garden growing and thriving. It is a time of re-creation, when I feel like I am truly partnering with God in the work of creating the world. And surrounded by birds, butterflies, the aforementioned earthworms and even our dogs who like to help us, it is a time to experience the peace of wild things.
Most of my Saturdays are not like that, and I am sure most of yours are not either! Often there is sport to attend, weekly shopping to do, chores to catch up on and even work to finish off. That is what makes these special days so important. It is easy for us to be overcome by stress and anxiety, all too conscious of looming deadlines and complex problems requiring our solutions. We all need to make space for peace, and the busier our lives, the more we need space.
As Wendell Berry observes, the peace of wild things has its own power, inviting us to ‘rest in the grace of the world’. The wild things (animals and plants) do not need anything from us, other than to be left alone, and they are willing to extend the same hospitality to us. In my rainforest corner, I can hear the lorikeets discovering the new fruits on the umbrella tree, the butcherbird piping away in the jacaranda, and the happy buzzing of the bees and other insects who help my garden to thrive. I can’t hear traffic, washing machines, loud music or inane chatter, and the absence of those sounds alone is a balm!
In last Sunday’s gospel reading, as he so often did, Jesus slipped away into the peace of wild things, leaving the demands of the sick, the possessed and the curious, to rest in the grace of the world (Mark 1.35). Jesus called it prayer but it was not necessarily prayer that requires words, only presence. Being present in the natural world is a deep prayer that reminds us how we are connected to so much else, and feeds our souls in a way little else can. Like Jesus we emerge re-energised and ready to resume our work.
As Term 1 picks up speed, and as the demands of the school year and your own lives crowd in, I encourage you to find your own wild place. Make time, and plenty of it, for idling. And if you would like to, tell me about your wilderness and what you find in the peace of the wild things.

Blessings
Rev Gillian    
g.moses@staidans.qld.edu.au

Generations Together Launch
For a year of special events, programs and emphasis on the whole family of God in our diocese, 2018 will be unlike any other! There’s more to say and an exciting story to come but for now, mark this date in your calendars for the launch:
Thursday February 15th, 2018 - 6:30PM, St John’s Cathedral
And bookmark the new, ever-changing website where all of the resources, ideas and stuff for the year will be housed!
www.generationstogether.org.au 

 

 

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Dean of Studies

Ms lynda wall

Honours Assembly
Blessing of “Pearl”, the gift from the senior students of 2017
Year 11 and 12 parent information evenings

 

 

Honours Assembly
The Honours Assembly this year will recognise the academic achievements of students in Years 4-11 from 2017 and will 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. 
On the morning of the awards assembly, students receiving an award should report to the Christine Hartland Centre by 8.00am so they can be seated in order.  Dress for students in Years 8 – 12 is the formal white school uniform. This is worn with flesh-coloured stockings and brown leather shoes. For students without a formal white uniform, they are available for hire from the uniform shop.
Students in Year 7 who are receiving an award based on Year 6 Semester 2 results should wear their blue school uniform.

Blessing of “Pearl”
Prior to the Honours Assembly, Reverend Gillian will bless “Pearl”, the sculpture of a St Aidan’s girl gifted to the school by the seniors of 2017, and created by sculptor Dawn Conn. The blessing will take place at 8am in the reception foyer where Pearl is on display. Senior students from 2017 or their parents are welcome to attend the blessing.   

Year 11 and 12 parent information evenings
Parent information evenings will be held at 6:30 on Thursday, 8 February, as per the school calendar. The Year 12 evening will be held in the Auditorium. The Year 11 evening will be in the Link, room 110. We look forward to providing an overview of the year ahead.

 

 

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Guidance Counsellor

ms Jennie Robinson

QSFT
Exchanges
UMAT Preparation
UQ – FEAST Camp

 

QSFT
FILM IT! - Introduction to Video Production 
DATE: Saturday - 17th 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/     

UQ
UQ

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

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Senior School

Sport

Physical Education Department
The Back Page

 

 

This year St Aidan’s is participating in the Coles Sports for Schools program to encourage healthy lifestyles. Families will be able to collect Coles Sports for Schools vouchers for St Aidan’s from Coles stores across Australia. For every $10 spent at Coles during the program, will earn a Coles Sports for Schools voucher. When the program ends, schools can exchange those vouchers towards sporting equipment to encourage all kids to get healthy and active at school. The more vouchers we collect, the more gear we can receive. There will be a box in Senior School reception for you to place your vouchers in.
Thank you for participating in this fantastic program. We will keep you updated with our school community's progress.

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The Back Page
Please click here to view this week’s edition of ‘The Back Page’. 
‘The Back Page’ is a weekly sports newsletter for students which will include; news, photos, results and information about upcoming events and fixtures. We will also use this space to recognise the success and sporting achievements of our students.

 
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Music

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

Music Examinations
Congratulations to Eloise Sinclair-Ford who has recently been awarded AMEB Grade 4 in Flute. Well done Eloise. 

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@stiadns.qld.edu.au 

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.

Rehearsal Schedule for 2018
In order to assist parents and students in planning, please see the rehearsal schedule for 2018. This schedule has been prepared in consultation with the Head of Sport and every effort has been made to minimise clashes. However, please bear in mind that there are usually a minimum of 2 sports training scheduled in any week and should there be a clash between a music rehearsal (offered once a week only) and a sport training students are to attend the musical rehearsal on the set day and attend the alternative sports training on the other.
Weekly instrumental rehearsals are held in the CHC.
2018 Rehearsal Schedule   

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

STRING ENSEMBLES
Paganini Strings
(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)

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
5.00pm – 6.30pm
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 5.00pm – 6.30pm, where we highlight the joy of reading and showcase our literature collection.

Please click here for more information.

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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!
Thank you to everyone who has already registered for the Fun Run. Please see the updated Women’s Day Fun Run poster where you can register for the event. For your race pack to be delivered to school this must be done by this Friday – Feb 9.
When registering make sure you follow the instructions on the poster.
**To register, please select ‘join a team’, create an account, select a distance and search for ‘St Aidan’s’ through the following links**

Please click here for more information.

 

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Junior Jottings

Mrs Louise Mcguire 

Interhouse Swimming Carnival
Parent Information Evening
Year 6 Leadership
Coding and Robotics Room…..Gingerline (Jackie Child)
Open Day
International Women’s Day Fun Run/Walk – Sunday 4 March 2018
Important Dates

 

 

Interhouse Swimming Carnival
Congratulations must go to Ms Tracey Jeanes-Fraser, Greg Fasala and all of the staff for their involvement in the smooth running of the carnival. Thank you to all those parents and friends who assisted in some way and to those who cheered and supported the girls. Special thanks are also extended to our Swimming Leaders – Stella Cuolahan, Amelia Perry and Sarah Preston who carried out a variety of duties with reliability and responsibility. I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of our House Leaders: Austen – Lara Koekoek, Catherine Manton, Maddison Miettinen Barrett – Louisa Atkin, Millie Bloomfield, Ella Jackson Bronte – Sienna Alves, Madeline Buchanan, Olivia Very Cavell – Lucia Brice, Adelaide Morgan, Rebecca Paul Hartland – Annabelle Barton, Genevieve Peabody, Isabel Weitemeyer Nightingale – Maddison Neale for fostering maximum team and House spirit. 
Most importantly, congratulations must be extended to each and every one of our girls who competed in so many different events. It was certainly fantastic to see all of our girls given the opportunity for maximum participation.

 Parent Information Evening
I hope that parents gained valuable information from the Parent Evening last Tuesday. Teachers outlined plans for the year and I hope that you will continue to support us as we endeavour to provide your daughter/s with the best year possible.
During year level sessions, teachers would have highlighted the most effective methods of communication between home and school. I would like to reinforce that the Student Planner (diary) is a particularly valuable communication tool, especially if the message is one that needs to reach a particular staff member at the beginning of the day. Due to the nature of a teacher’s day, it is often difficult for them to check their emails until the end of the day or into the evening. However, emails are a convenient form of communication for many of us, particularly if the message does not require immediate action or response. Teachers will respond to such messages at their first possible convenience. Urgent messages can be phoned through to the Junior School reception (3373 5944) and messages passed on to the appropriate people. Finally, meetings with teachers to discuss issues are also encouraged. Appointments with teachers should be arranged ahead of time in order for discussions to be conducted without interruption.

Year 6 Leadership
A most successful and enjoyable day was spent as a whole Year 6 group at the Leadership Day last Friday. Clare and Louise from Character Builders spoke to the girls about developing their leadership qualities of respect, co-operation, setting the right example and active listening. The girls participated in activities that were great fun but also allowed them to reflect on the necessary skills to create the best results for their team. 
The leadership Positions of Responsibility have been announced and we congratulate the girls and look forward to working with them during the year ahead. I am sure that they will learn much by taking on the challenges and opportunities this year, to develop and hone their leadership skills.
The full list of Positions of Responsibility appears below. The Year 6 Leaders will be acknowledged and presented with their Leadership badge and Year 6 badge at a special Junior School Service on Tuesday 20 February at 8.45am in the CHC.

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Coding and Robotics Room…..Gingerline (Jackie Child)
It was an exciting time last week when Year 4 students had their first time exploring and discovering LEGO WeDo in our Coding and Robotics room in The Link
The girls enjoyed the informal space, ideal for collaborating, problem-solving and exploring new materials. 4C students were fortunate to unpack and sort the contents of our new boxes. They spent time in small groups creating and discovering each component. It was lots of fun with plenty of learning!

Coding and Robotics room 3

Coding and Robotics room 4

Open Day 
Open Day is being held this year on Saturday 3 March 9:00am-12noon; students will be required at school from 8:45am. Throughout the day, we will be showcasing our wonderful teaching and learning programs to prospective families. All girls are expected to attend and must be wearing Blues (unless otherwise specified). Parents of students who are unable to attend due to exceptional circumstances should inform Form Teachers so that lessons and activities can be planned accordingly.

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. 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 backs 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

Please click here for the Junior School Training Schedule for Week 3 and Week 4.

Swimming Squad Training (Target Andrew 2018)
The Junior School is offering four afternoon sessions (for girls chosen in the Andrews Cup squad) at the school pool and one morning session.

Swimming training_Jschool 

Sessions are available to girls in Years 2 – 6.
Girls must sign-in the St Aidan’s swimming attendance book at the pool for every session that they attend.

House Swimming Carnival
The Interhouse Swimming Carnival was held on Tuesday 6 February at Ambrose Treacy College. Congratulations to all swimmers for a wonderful day of House spirit, participation and competition. A big thank you to the fantastic work by our Swimming Captains, Stella Cuolahan, Amelia Perry, Sarah Preston and our Houses Leaders who supported and encouraged their entire House members, demonstrated great leadership and role modeling skills throughout the day. I would further like to express my appreciation to all staff who completed various officials’ duties. It is with this support that days like the swimming carnival run so successfully. House Champions and Age Champions will be announced at a Junior School Assembly.  Girls will be advised of the date of this assembly.

Junior School Swim Squad Selection 
Following the Interhouse carnival, a Junior School Andrews Cup Swim squad will be selected based upon the performances at this carnival, school swim meets and training attendance.  Training will then be available to selected students as of Monday 12 February to prepare them for the Metropolitan West Trials, Metro Meet and the Andrews Cup carnival. Students not initially selected are able to apply for inclusion in the squad by seeing Ms Jeanes-Fraser, however, this must occur before they start to attend squad training.

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 Wednesday 21 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
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 commenced in Week 2 of Term One 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

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 have placed our Touch Football teams into the Metro Touch Football Meet which has an alignment to the Andrews Cup Competition. The games will be held on Monday 12 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 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 commenced 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 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

Wednesday - Ambiwerra - Time 6.45am – 7.45am
Friday - Ambiwerra - Time 6.45am – 7.45am

2018 Cross Country Training
Cross Country training commenced last week with a great turnout.  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 6.45-7.45am 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
Wednesday - 3.45-5.00pm - Locality Ambiwerra Sports Fields
Thursday - 3.45-5.00pm - Locality Ambiwerra Sport Fields

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

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Junior Music

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

Music Examinations
Congratulations to Eloise Sinclair-Ford who has recently been awarded AMEB Grade 4 in Flute. Well done Eloise. 

Music Groups 
All students are welcome to participate in the Music Ensembles on offer at St Aidan’s. Students need to have some proficiency on the instrument appropriate to the ensemble but all students are encouraged to sing in the choir! Any girl who is interested is encouraged to discuss their involvement with Dr Cuskelly j.cuskelly@staidans.qld.edu.au  Ms Trott c.trott@staidans.qld.edu.au or Mrs Figliano s.figliano@staidans.qld.edu.au 

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

Music 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.

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:

beginner band

Rehearsal Schedule for 2018
In order to assist parents and students in planning, please see the rehearsal schedule for 2018. This schedule has been prepared in consultation with the Head of Sport and every effort has been made to minimise clashes. However, please bear in mind that there are usually a minimum of 2 sports training scheduled in any week and should there be a clash between a music rehearsal (offered once a week only) and a sport training students are to attend the musical rehearsal on the set day and attend the alternative sports training on the other.
Weekly instrumental rehearsals are held in the CHC.
2018 Rehearsal Schedule     

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

STRING ENSEMBLES
Paganini Strings
(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)

2018 School Music Calendar
Changes and additions may be made to the following Calendar. Updates are provided through the Newsletter.

 

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P&F

P&F

St Aidan’s AGS – Parents & Friends Annual General Meeting
Cocktail Part and Art Show
Cookbook
Blazer Fittings 2018

 

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.

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.

Cookbook
Cookbooks are still available for purchase via Flexischools, Uniform Shop and P&F Office.

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 1 February
Thursday 8 February
Thursday 16 February
Thursday 22 February
For any further information please contact the Uniform Shop 3373 5956 or a.edwards@staidans.qld.edu.au .

 

 

 

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