Newsletter Term 1 Week 3 2019

Principal

Ms toni riordan

Girls’ schools give girls confidence

In 2016 and 2017, St Aidan’s participated in research designed to examine self-confidence, career intentions and leadership. The study surveyed over 10, 000 boys and girls in high performing single-gender schools in Brisbane. The resultant report, Hands up for Gender Equality was completed last year and identifies 16 findings and 11 recommendations regarding the developing of self-confidence in adolescents as well as practical ways in which schools can mitigate against gender stereotypes acquired in the adolescent years.

Prior research into self-confidence across 48 countries showed girls to be significantly less confident than boys, and that the gap in confidence, which appears in late childhood, remains constant across a lifetime. In other words, those who develop self-confidence early in life tend to retain it and those who do not, find it harder to gain self-confidence later, making adolescence a key formative time for this critical attribute.

This latest research found that in single sex schooling environments there are no significant differences between the self-confidence levels of boys and girls, though as expected, there were still significant gender differences in interest in various careers and a gender divide in activities that influence career decisions.

The study, led by Dr Terrance Fitzsimmons of the University of Queensland, suggests that girls and boys are not innately less or more confident that one another. The lack of confidence experienced by some women in the workplace may very likely be due to external factors such as sexism and gender stereotyping, not the social and emotional development of girls and women.

Providing learning environments free from gender stereotyping, which encourage girls to choose any career pathway including in areas such as mathematics, sciences and engineering is crucial. Giving young women the confidence to enter male-dominated careers which may be the gateway to senior management and leadership roles is also essential.

The Hands up for Gender Equality study – which also examined over twenty activities commonly undertaken by adolescents – found that the top three activities correlated to self-confidence were travel, team sport, and participation in leadership roles and leadership development.

We know that the view of the Sisters at St Aidan’s - that education for girls needed to equip them for life - has done much to improve the balance for girls and women at our school over its ninety-year history. To this day, the school’s mission remains the same: to encourage confidence and success in students through pursuit of their academic, sporting, cultural and community pursuits within a caring environment. Our extensive extra-curricular programs, promoting sports, travel and leadership opportunities and our classrooms which allow girls’ voices to be heard, in all disciplines, including mathematics and sciences help our students’ grow self-confidence, not only here at school, but we believe has the flow-on effect to when girls enter universities and the workplace.

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 Years 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 and suggestions for assistance with home study.

International Women’s Day Breakfast, Friday 8 March
I draw your attention to an annual event held at St Aidan’s, in the CHC. At this year’s International Women’s Day Breakfast, our special guest speaker (and St Aidan’s Old Girl) is Julia McKenna (1990), Director and Chief Financial Officer of Friends with Dignity. We welcome students from Year 5 to 12, parents, family and friends, female and male. Please note that Julia’s presentation will discuss family and domestic violence, so parent discretion is recommended for student attendance. Tickets are now on sale at www.flexischools.com.au.

Congratulations to:
Charlie Bell (2018) who has been named in the Queensland U19 netball team for the nationals in Brisbane in April.
Bella Lemond (Year 10) who won the Junior Women’s division of the Shimano Gravity Enduro mountain bike series. Bella also placed 2nd and 3rd in the Asia-Pacific series.
Isabella Goffage (Year 7) who was Vice-Captain of the 12 years and under Queensland team that placed 2nd overall at the School Sport Australia Cricket Championships.
Phoebe Sweeney (Year 9) who competed in the Australian Age Open Water Championships in Adelaide and overcame tough conditions to place 15th in the 15 Years 5km Open Water Swim.
Ella Idzikowski (Year 8) whose team placed 3rd in the Australian National U12 Tennis Championships.

Best wishes to:
• Year 7 and Year 8 students attending camp this week
• Year 10 students leaving for DSG for exchange in South Africa
• QG Open Softball players for Round 2 of fixtures
• Years 10 – 12 Debaters for the QDU Trial

P&F AGM
On Behalf of the P&F, I invite you to attend the P&F Association Inc’s AGM:

DATE: Thursday 28 February 2019
TIME: 6.00pm Welcome Drinks followed by AGM at 6.30pm
VENUE: Auditorium, S&T Centre
RSVP: By Tuesday 26 February 2019 to c.rush@staidans.qld.edu.au.

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Chaplain

Rev Gillian Moses

• "Songs of Hope and Healing" Fund-Raiser
• Please see the chaplain’s blog on Aidan’s Central https://central.staidan.qld.edu.au/homepage/1842.

"Songs of Hope and Healing" Fund-Raiser
Please click here for more information about this concert being held at QPAC.

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

• Honours Assembly
• Year 11 and 12 parent information evenings
• Oxbridge Academic Programs

Honours Assembly
The Honours Assembly this year will both recognise the academic achievements of students in Years 4-11 from 2018 and will showcase the students who graduated 2018 with an OP 1-5.
Parents of Senior School students will have been contacted if their daughter is receiving an award at this event; please ask your daughter to contact me if she believes there has been an error: l.wall@staidans.qld.edu.au. The Honours assembly will be held on Tuesday, February 19 in the CHC. The assembly 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.
On the morning of the awards assembly, students receiving an award will be required to report to the Christine Hartland Centre by 8.00am so they can be seated in order. Dress for awardees 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.

Year 11 and 12 parent information evenings
Parent information evenings will be held at 6:30 on Thursday 14 February, as per the school calendar. The Year 11 evening will be held in the Auditorium. The Year 12 evening will be in the Link room 110. We look forward to providing an overview of the year ahead and we hope it doesn’t detract from the romance of Valentine’s Day!

Oxbridge Academic Programs
Information about short study programs available in Europe during the European summer is available at https://oxbridgeprograms.com/About-Oxbridge. These may be of interest to Year 10 or Year 11 students. We do not recommend these programs for Year 12 students as the holiday dates do not directly align with St Aidan’s dates.

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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

• Training Schedule Term 1 | Week 3
• Training Schedule Term 1 | Week 4
• Valley Swim Meet
• QGSSSA Open Softball Draw
• UPDATED Term 1 Training Outline
• Inter-house Swimming Results

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Music

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

Term 1 Recital
St Aidan’s AGS students are invited to perform in the Term One Performing Arts Recital, held in the Auditorium on Thursday 7 March from 6.00pm – 7.00pm.
This concert is a wonderful opportunity for students to perform polished repertoire and to learn about performance etiquette.
This concert is strictly a one hour event and the order is determined on the receipt of the permission form; as permission forms are submitted, students will be added to the concert order. If the hour concert order becomes full, any additional students will be asked to perform at a later Recital.
The order of performers will be published in the emailed newsletter in the week of the recital. Students are to arrive at least fifteen minutes before the start of the concert. All students should wear their blue school uniform to the performance.
All students must hand in the permission form (available from their private tutor) no later than Friday 1 March 2019. All forms are to be returned to Senior Staff Reception or music@staidans.qld.edu.au.
Additionally, piano accompaniment will be provided on the night and music must be handed in with the permission slip. No accompaniment will be available if music is not supplied by due date.
Due to the potential length of recitals, we ask that students perform one item only for each study area.

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

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

Music 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) 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 Helen Carvolth – Violin Tutor
Concertmaster of Ipswich City Symphony Orchestra since 2014, Helen Carvolth graduated from the School of Music at the University of Queensland with a Masters degree in Performance (violin) She has played professionally for Qld Symphony Orchestra, Qld Philharmonic Orchestra, Qld Pops Orchestra and Qld Festival Philharmonic, the Sinfonia of St Andrews and Ady Ensemble. She has been teaching strings for more than 25 years, both privately and at West Moreton Anglican College, St Peter Claver College, St Aidans' (2004-2006), and currently at Ipswich Girls' Grammar School. Mrs Carvolth has a diverse range of teaching experience across many levels, including experience as an ensemble director and lower strings tutor.
Helen Carvolth

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

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

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

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

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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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subject news

• Mathematics Assistance Program
• Chinese

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

Chinese
Happy Chinese New Year – the year of the pig.
pig
During the week of Chinese New Year, the Chinese classes celebrated Chinese New Year with some craft activities. Students made red pocket, paper cutting of Spring character 春, Chinese hanging ornament 平安 - peace and safety. Some students also created a Chinese New Year decorative canvas with Chinese writing 福 – fortunate, on it. Students have enjoyed the activities as well as learning what to do and not to do during this festive season.
chinese

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News

• St Aidan’s International Women’s Day Breakfast
• Interact – International Women’s Day Fun Run

St Aidan’s International Women’s Day Breakfast
Friday, 8 March (Year 5 to 12)
6.45am for 7.00am start
The Christine Hartland Centre
St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School
Cost: $20.00 per person
Register via www.flexischools.com.au by Wednesday, 27 February

Join us to celebrate International Women’s Day with special guest speaker (and St Aidan’s Old Girl) Julia McKenna (1990), Director and Chief Financial Officer of Friends with Dignity. We welcome students from Year 5 to 12, parents, family and friends, male and female. Note: This presentation discusses family and domestic violence – parent discretion is recommended for student attendance. Please click here for further information.

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 packs to be delivered to school you must have registered 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 

Staffing Update
• Parent Information Evening
• Year 6 Leadership
• Dr James Fielding visited STEMies
• TechMate
• International Women’s Day Fun Run/Walk – Sunday 3 March
• International Women’s Day Breakfast – Years 5-12 – Friday 8 March
• Important Dates

Staffing Update
I take this opportunity to advise parents that I will be taking long service leave from the beginning of Week 5 (Monday 25 February) until the end of Term 1.
In my absence, Mrs Kelly Swan (Assistant Head of Junior School – k.swan@staidans.qld.edu.au) will move into the position of Acting Head of Junior School.

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. Damon and Bridie 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 here. 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 26 February at 8.45am in the CHC.

Dr James Fielding visited STEMies – Mrs Jackie Child
STEMies started the year with an inspirational presentation from Dr James Fielding, CEO and co-founder of Audeara Headphones. Dr Fielding spoke about his journey in developing the headphones from the need he saw as a doctor and as a musician. Using Kickstarter with colleagues, James explained to the girls his desire and passion to make it possible. He provided the girls with the opportunity of using the headphones which are unique for having a hearing test inbuilt which allows you to hear sound perfectly through the headphones as they adjust to your specific hearing needs.
"Everyone hears differently, so Audeara tailors the sound to be perfect for you, now and always," Dr Fielding explained.
Girls were able to ask plenty of questions and consider the issues and challenges which Dr Feilding encountered on his journey. The presentation has given the students plenty to think about and a springboard to research, investigate, ideate, prototype, test and evaluate a project this term.
Stemies

TechMate (Year 4-6)

Girls will have the opportunity to enjoy spending time with a significant male in their lives where they can share experiences and create wonderful memories.

TechMate is an evening once a term when dads, big brothers, grandads or uncles can have fun with their daughter, sister, granddaughter or niece, tinkering, creating and playing with electronics, technology or raw materials.
Our first evening will be exploring robotics, completing challenges together with the large variety of robots we have at St Aidan’s.

Venue: The Link
Time: 6.30pm until 8.00pm
Date: Thursday, 14 March 2019

Please contact Jackie Child j.child@staidans.qld.edu.au to reserve a spot, numbers are limited.
Please click here for more information.

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. 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.

International Women’s Day Breakfast – Years 5-12 – 8 March
Join us to celebrate International Women’s Day with special guest speaker Julia McKenna (1990). We extend a warm welcome to our St Aidan’s community – students from Year 5 to 12, parents, family and friends, male and female.
Note: This presentation discusses family and domestic violence - parent discretion is recommended for student attendance.

Friday 8 March 2019
6.45am for 7.00am Start
The Christine Hartland Centre
St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School

Julia McKenna (1990) is the Director and Chief Financial Officer of Friends with Dignity, a national not-for-profit organisation which provides assistance to men, women and children who have been displaced by domestic violence. Hear Julia’s inspiring professional journey from international business to Founder of the 2018 Australian Charity of the Year, Friends with Dignity.
Cost: $20.00 per person
Register via www.flexischools.com.au by Wednesday, 27 February.
Enquiries: marketing@staidans.qld.edu.au

Important Dates
Please click herefor Important Dates Term 1, 2019.

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Junior Sport

• Junior School Training Schedule Weeks 2 and 3
• Swimming Squad Training (Target Andrew 2019)
• Junior School Swim Squad Selection
• Andrews Cup Swim Meet Preparation
• 2019 Andrews Cup Touch Football Trials
• Andrews Cup Touch Football Match Play
• 2019 Andrews Cup Tennis Trials
• 2019 Cross Country Preparation Training
• Eastern Taipans District Basketball
• Eastern Taipans District Touch Football
• Congratulations – Isabelle Mortensen
• Bus Travel to and from Ambiwerra – For Training
• 2019 Key Dates Term 1

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.
js swimming squad training

• Note: Tuesday is a compulsory day for all girls wishing to make the Andrews Cup Swimming Squad
• Sessions are available to girls in Years 2 – 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.

Junior School Swim Squad Selection
Following the Interhouse carnival, a Junior School Andrews Cup Swim squad will be selected based upon the performances at the Swimming Carnival, school swim meets and training attendance. Training will then be available to selected students as of Monday 18 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 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 have commenced 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.

Training Dates and Times
AC touch football

Andrews Cup Touch Football Match Play
St Aidan’s Junior School have 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
metro touch meet

2019 Andrews Cup Tennis Trials
The Andrews Cup Tennis is being held on Tuesday 19 March at University of Queensland. Trainings have commenced 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 commence 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
AC tennis

2019 Cross Country Preparation Training
2019 Cross Country preparation training has commenced. 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
cross country training

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 in 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 in Touch Football and playing experience.

Date: 28 February 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

Congratulations – Isabelle Mortensen
Isabelle

Congratulations to Isabelle Mortensen who has qualified for the Little Athletics Qld McDonald’s State Championships which will be held in Townsville from 22-24 March. Isabelle has qualified for the 800m, 400m and 200m. Wishing you all the very best of luck!

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

key dates wk 3

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Junior Music

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

Term 1 Recital
St Aidan’s AGS students are invited to perform in the Term One Performing Arts Recital, held in the Auditorium on Thursday 7 March from 6.00pm – 7.00pm.
This concert is a wonderful opportunity for students to perform polished repertoire and to learn about performance etiquette.
This concert is strictly a one hour event and the order is determined on the receipt of the permission form; as permission forms are submitted, students will be added to the concert order. If the hour concert order becomes full, any additional students will be asked to perform at a later Recital.
The order of performers will be published in the emailed newsletter in the week of the recital. Students are to arrive at least fifteen minutes before the start of the concert. All students should wear their blue school uniform to the performance.
All students must hand in the permission form (available from their private tutor) no later than Friday 1 March 2019. All forms are to be returned to Senior Staff Reception or music@staidans.qld.edu.au.
Additionally, piano accompaniment will be provided on the night and music must be handed in with the permission slip. No accompaniment will be available if music is not supplied by due date.
Due to the potential length of recitals, we ask that students perform one item only for each study area.

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

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

Music 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) and new members are not only most welcome, but also very much appreciated. Please feel free to contact the group’s president, Paula Hodge, paula.hodge@bigpond.com if you have any questions, or if you would be willing to volunteer but are unable to attend regular meetings.

Year 4 Beginner Band
St Aidan’s has an outstanding Classroom Music Program, and the introduction of Every Day Music from Kindergarten to Year 3 means that students are not only immersed in music, but that they are developing an independent and sophisticated understanding of essential musical skills and knowledge for the level. It is clear to the classroom and music teachers that students are reaching musical benchmarks early and with greater competence. In an attempt to ensure that students receive every opportunity to learn a musical instrument, the students in Year 4 are invited to again be part of the Beginner Band Program at St Aidan’s. The Beginner Band lessons will occur weekly on Tuesdays during assembly time (12.40pm), 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 Helen Carvolth – Violin Tutor
Concertmaster of Ipswich City Symphony Orchestra since 2014, Helen Carvolth graduated from the School of Music at the University of Queensland with a Masters degree in Performance (violin) She has played professionally for Qld Symphony Orchestra, Qld Philharmonic Orchestra, Qld Pops Orchestra and Qld Festival Philharmonic, the Sinfonia of St Andrews and Ady Ensemble. She has been teaching strings for more than 25 years, both privately and at West Moreton Anglican College, St Peter Claver College, St Aidans' (2004-2006), and currently at Ipswich Girls' Grammar School. Mrs Carvolth has a diverse range of teaching experience across many levels, including experience as an ensemble director and lower strings tutor.
Helen Carvolth

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

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

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

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

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P&F

P&F

• Cocktail Party and Art Exhibition
•P&F AGM

cocktail party

With thanks to our Emerald sponsor, Lexus of Indooroopilly.
Lexus Company Profile and Info

P&F AGM
You are all invited to attend the P&F Association Inc’s AGM:

DATE: Thursday 28 February 2019
TIME: 6.00pm Welcome Drinks followed by AGM at 6.30pm
VENUE: Auditorium, S&T Centre
RSVP: By Tuesday 26 February 2019 to c.rush@staidans.qld.edu.au.

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