Newsletter Term 1 Week 4

Principal

Ms Toni Riordan

Years Seven and Eight Camps 
I am sure parents of Year 7 and 8 students have heard many tales of the challenging and enjoyable experiences of the camps held last week. Thank you to Mrs Bishop and Mr Baker and all staff involved for their work to coordinate this significant opportunity, which allows the girls to make new friends and challenge themselves.

Camps
I wish Year 4 students well for their camp, occurring at the end of this week and also wish Year 6 students the very best for their camp experience scheduled for next week.

Honours and Academic Awards Assembly
On Tuesday, we had our annual Honours and Academic Awards Assembly. It is always a highly anticipated event as we all await to hear from our high achieving recent old girls as they share their plans for their future study pathways and give students insight into their attitudes, skills and strategies for study that they employed while at St Aidan’s. What has sat with me since our assembly was the consistent message of our 2017 seniors that ‘success takes hard work’.

As we know by now, quantum physicist, Michelle Simmons was named the 2018 Australian of the Year, in recognition of her ground-breaking work in quantum computing and nanotechnology.

Professor Simmons is leading a team at the University of NSW in what has been described as ‘the space race of the computing era’, working to build a quantum computer that is capable of solving problems in minutes that would otherwise take thousands of years. The team has already developed the world's first transistor made from a single atom, as well as the world's thinnest wire.

We also know that Prof Simmons’ work has taken much more than just her talent. In her Australia Day address, she implored us to tackle difficult problems and challenge ourselves more in our work – particularly in the area of science. She argued that it starts with education: “If we want young people to be the best they can be (at anything) we must set the bar high and tell them we expect them to jump over it. My strong belief is that we need to be teaching all students – girls and boys – to have high expectations of themselves.”

And that includes girls and women in STEM. As we work to close the STEM diversity gap, Professor Simmons stands out as a shining example of what women can achieve, hopefully inspiring other future physicists to follow in her footsteps.

Her call to action to set the bar higher is inspiring:

“In our innovation policies, in our education system, and in the ambitions of our scientists and discoverers, I want Australians above all to be known as people who do the hard things.”

I’d like to think that St Aidan’s students in STEM and other areas of study continue to rise above adversity and “do the hard things” over the coming year.

Congratulations to:
Phoebe McAuliffe (Year 12) who is representing the School in Lions Youth of the Year. 
Freya Woodman (Year 6) who has donated her hair to the Variety children’s charity Hair With Heart program and has raised over $2,500 for the charity.
Lili Tamai (Year 12) who was awarded Participant Vaulter of the Year at the recent Equestrian Queensland Awards.

 

 

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Deputy Principal

Ms Cate begbie

International Women's Day Breakfast – Thursday 8 March, 2018
Open Day – 3 March

 

 

International Women's Day Breakfast – Thursday 8 March, 2018
This year we invite all members of the St Aidan’s community to celebrate International Women's Day at a special breakfast to be held in the CHC on Thursday, 8 March at 7.00am. Each year, International Women's Day gives us a very good reason to focus on the wonderful women in our world and hopefully it inspires our young women to actively pursue their goals and aspirations. Guest Speaker, Lucy Strickland will speak about her journey since graduating from St Aidan's, at this year’s breakfast. We hope that family members and friends can join us. An invitation was emailed to parents last week and is attached here.

Open Day – 3 March
Please remember all students are required to be at school on Open Day, Saturday, 3 March. If your daughter is unable to attend please write a note excusing her and forward it to her form teacher prior to the day. All parents, family and friends are very welcome to attend. Students must arrive by 8.50am for an attendance roll call and will depart after 12.00pm. Each student will be provided with a program of the planned activities for Open Day. Over the next two weeks, she will sign up for special classroom activities or displays or helping out with a stall, so that she can create her Open Day timetable, which she needs to bring on the day.

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Chaplain

Rev Gillian Moses

Ash Wednesday 
This is the day 
We freely say
We are scorched
This is the hour
We are marked
By what has made it
Through the burning – Jan Richardson

This poem popped up in my Facebook memories yesterday, as the poem I used in my Ash Wednesday reflections 5 years ago (also an early Lent!). I liked it then, as today, because of the hopefulness of its understanding of ashes.
So often we think of burning as loss: bushfires that ravage our forests, housefires that consume property and lives, even the injury of a burn in the kitchen grieves us and hurts. But Jan Richardson, a priest and artist, invites us to focus not on the loss but on what survives the burning. What is it that emerges from our ashes?
This is the theme I have taken with my Ash Wednesday reflection here at school today. While Ash Wednesday and the whole of the Lent season invite us to reflect on our failings and to face the reality of death and loss, they do so with a very specific intent. We always look ahead to Easter, to resurrection and to life where we thought there was only death. And knowing that this is where we are heading, we are free to think about ashes hopefully.
What is it that we are happy to finally let go of? What has outlived its usefulness? What leads not to our flourishing, but to our diminishment? These are the things we consign to the ashes of the Lenten fires. These are the things we are better off without.
Ash Wednesday and Lent, then, are not about loss but about freedom and becoming unchained. Yes it hurts, because it hurts to retrain ourselves out of any bad habits! We know how that first day after a new workout feels! But it is good pain. It is the pain of rebirth, of growth, of healing.
As we journey into Lent for another year, I invite you to reflect on what you would like to consign to the ashes. And if you are ashed this Ash Wednesday, wear the ashes as a reminder of the new growth that has become possible, because the old things are passing away.

Blessings
Rev Gillian

Lent resources for use at home
The Anglican Church Southern Queensland has prepared a series of Lent reflections to address some of the issues raised by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse. https://anglicanchurchsq.org.au/parish-portal/lent-study-journey-to-hope/
ABM once again has a digital resource available as an app to provide reflections and prayer points for the 40 Days of Lent https://www.abmission.org/pages/apps.html

 

 

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Dean of Students & Academic Welfare (7-9)

Ms holly o'sullivan williams

Year 7 and 8 camp
QGSSSA Swimming

 

Year 7 and 8 Camp: Congratulations to the students and teachers who attended the Year 7 and 8 school camps last week. I was fortunate enough to be able to visit both camps and it was great to see so many happy and enthusiastic students who were showing such a positive approach to new challenges and experiences. Thank you to all teachers for their attendance and in particular to Mr Steve Baker and Mrs Meg Bishop for their organisation of these successful camps.

QGSSSA Swimming: This week all parents in Years 7-12 will be emailed information about the upcoming QGSSSA swimming carnival to be held at Sleeman Aquatic Centre, Chandler on Wednesday 7 March. School times will be slightly altered on this day to allow for the final class to finish at 3.00pm and for students to make their way to the buses for transport out to Chandler. We ask that attendance slips are returned to form teachers no later than Friday 23 February as this allows us to finalise transport arrangements.

 

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Guidance Counsellor

ms Jennie Robinson

EDA Family Information Day
QSFT
Exchanges
UMAT Preparation
UQ

Eating Disorders of Australia
EDA

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
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.

Change to Vet Science entry 
In 2018, The University of Queensland will be introducing an additional entry requirement for prospective students applying for the Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours). This change will impact current Year 12 students applying for study in 2019.
This new entry requirement, a Situational Judgement Test (SJT), is an on-line, video-scenario based test with 12 sections and open-ended questions.
The University recognises that attributes such as resilience, critical thinking and communication skills that are essential for veterinarians are not reflected in academic performance alone. The SJT will be used to assist in the selection of a student cohort best equipped for the rigours of the profession.
The test will be held between July and September 2018 with multiple tests dates. Students need to have access to a computer with reliable internet connection, a web-cam and hold photo identification and can be completed at home or at a library/community centre or another suitable location. The cost to complete the test is approximately $80 and students should allow 90 minutes to complete the test.

Further details about how and when to complete the SJT will be available soon on https://future-students.uq.edu.au/study/program/Bachelor-of-Veterinary-Science-Honours-2378

 

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Senior School

Music

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

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.

Music Stands for Sale
The music department has recently updated their stock of music stands and as a result have several older Manhasset stands for sale for $40 each. These stands are in excellent condition and usually retail new for $100. If you would like to purchase one of these stands, please make contact with Mrs Figliano s.figliano@staidans.qld.edu.au .     

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 8 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 no later than Friday 23 February 2018. 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.
Please click here for the permission form.

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 • Mathematics Assistance Program • Theatre Sports • Interact • RACQ International Women’s Day Fun Run 2018

 

Senior Library
Love Your Library

Wednesday 21 February
5.00pm - 6.30pm
Parents of students in years 7 & 8 are invited to join us for drinks and nibbles in the Senior Library. 
Please click here for more information.

Mathematics Assistance Program Term 1 2018
It is important that students develop as independent learners. By using the additional resources on the class One Note and the chapter review in the text girls can ensure they get enough practice of 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

Theatre Sports
All students in Grade 7 – 12  are invited to participate in a Theatre Sports Competition. 
Theatre sports is improvised theatre played as a spectator sport. Teams of players invent scenes from given suggestions, while following particular sets of rules we call “games.” Everything is made up on the spot; the lights, music, dialogue, mime and song. Teams are judged on their ability to follow the rules of each game, deliver a cohesive story line and entertain the audience.
Details
Where: BBC and St Aidan's
When: Every Monday (beginning 19th February) 3.30 – 5pm Term 1,2,3 
Who: All grades ST AIDANS GIRLS and BBC BOYS 
Register: Email Miss A Johnston (a.johnston@staidans.qld.edu.au) to register your interest.

Interact – Cambodia Tour
Over the December break the Interact Club continued their relationship with Feeding Dreams School in Siem Reap in Cambodia. The students on the tour were in years 9 -11 and they spent a week volunteering at the school, which provides free education for children from the slums of Siem Reap. They also visited the cities of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. Here they experienced the wonders of Angkor Wat and of other temples, traditional Khmer food and shopping at the markets.
Together with the support of the St Aidan’s community, Interact club and Jindalee Rotary, the students raised $3,200 for the school. This money goes towards providing daily meals and education for children. In the class rooms the students assisted in teaching English and Maths to the children and they were also able to distribute the many donated clothes from our school community. It was an amazing experience for all involved.
cambodia

RACQ International Women's Day Fun Run
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. 
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 

Academic Awards
Open Day – 3 March
Girl Zone Book Club
Lost Property
‘Februhairy’ (Free Hair Day) - 28 February
International Women’s Day Fun Run/Walk – Sunday 4 March 2018
Important Dates

Academic Awards 
In the Junior School, we are very proud of our girls’ academic results. Students work extremely hard and are acknowledged for their achievements at various assemblies throughout the year. The first of these assemblies was conducted on Tuesday of this week. Girls from Years 4-12 were recognised for fine academic achievement for Semester Two, 2017. Students who achieved a Grade Point Average increase by one point from Semester One to Semester Two in 2017 also received progress awards at this assembly.
In Week Two of Term Three, girls will be recognised for fine academic achievement for Semester One, 2018. These awards will be calculated on the Grade Point Average (GPA) of a 15 point scale. Years 4, 5 and 6 students eligible for these awards will receive a GPA of 13 or above using results from English, Mathematics, Science and History/Geography.
Academic Achievement badges for excellent academic achievement across both Semester One and Term Three 2018 will be presented at the Annual Awards Ceremony (QPAC) in November. The recipients of these awards will have achieved a grade point average of 13 or above on a 15 point scale (A- or above) in English, Mathematics, Science and History/Geography. Junior School Dux and Runner Up to Dux, for our highest academic achievers in Year 6, will also be presented at this time.

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.

Girl Zone Book Club – Megan Daley
All information regarding this book club has now been emailed and added to Aidan’s Central. Thank you to the many people who came along last Tuesday night to our inaugural meeting for 2018. The book we are reading is here http://childrensbooksdaily.com/book-club-reach/. Dates for 2018 meetings are in the Aidan’s Central ‘Girl Zone Book Club’ group. Thank you to Hannah Baillie for her first report for the year which can be seen below. 

Captain’s Report
Girl Zone Book Club is a completely different type of activity in the Junior School. While we have clubs such as Chess Club or Philosophy Club, I honestly think that nothing can beat taking a moment to read a good book on a school night. Book Club is an awesome way to spend your Tuesday evening - everyone brings delicious food and personally I absolutely love the atmosphere with everyone happily contributing to the conversation. We have just had our first meeting and I was happy to see such a large group of enthusiastic girls accompanied by the significant ladies in their lives. This is an amazing start to the year and I wish to see more new faces as the year progresses.
By Hannah Baillie (Year 6 Leader - Girl Zone Book Club)

Lost Property
Please ensure that all of your daughter’s items of uniform (Blues, Browns, socks, swimming togs, sunshirt, goggles, cap, towel, shoes) and lunchboxes and drink bottles are clearly labelled so that when possessions are misplaced they can be returned to their rightful owner immediately. It would be greatly appreciated if parents could regularly check their daughter’s items to ensure that they have not accidentally picked up another student’s belongings without knowing it. If your daughter has misplaced any of her belongings, please encourage her to see Mrs Raven/Mrs Morrison in the Junior School Reception.

FEBRUHAIRY – Free Hair Day Wednesday 28 February (by Penguin Aid Leaders)
On Wednesday 28 February, all Junior School students are invited to participate in ‘Februhairy’ – A Free Hair Day to support global girls’ education month. Please bring a gold coin donation to participate. Money raised will be sent to support girls’ education such as the Malala Fund (Australia). Our aim is to help create a world where all girls have the opportunity to go to school.
We encourage all Junior School girls to wear their hair in a fun hairstyle with brightly coloured ribbons, crazy wigs, high pony tails or lots of plaits. Coloured hair spray is allowed, but not permitted if students are swimming in school pool on Tuesday. All hair dyes must be washed out by the next school day. Hats are to be still to be worn at lunchtime.
Please see the Penguin Aid girls and Mrs Rigby s.rigby@staidans.qld.edu.au for any further information.
februhairy

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.

Hair with Heart
I am constantly amazed by the compassion and support shown by members of the Junior School (both young and old). In this instance, I am referring to one of our Year 6 students, Freya Woodman.
In response to Charlotte’s (Year 6) continuing battle with cancer, last week, Freya decided to have 36 cm of her hair cut off (i.e. ALL OF IT!!) for Hair with Heart, which is part of the Variety Children’s Charity. Freya’s luscious locks will be sent to Hair with Heart who will then send it to specialised wig makers who make wigs for those who have lost their hair due to a medical condition. They are given money for the hair which goes directly back into Variety’s programs, helping Aussie kids who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs.
hair with heart

Freya’s family has set up an Everyday Hero fundraising page, which has received wonderful support during the past week!  
For those who would like to support this very worthy cause, here is the link: https://hairwithheart.everydayhero.com/au/ginger-ninja-s-big-chop-freya
We were also fortunate enough to have two representatives from Variety Queensland attend our Junior School Assembly on Monday to talk to the girls about the charity and the difference it makes to the lives of many.
JS Assembly photo

Important Dates
Term 1, 2018

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Junior Sport

Please click here for the Junior School Training Schedule for Week 4 and Week 5.

Swimming Squad Training (Target Andrew 2018)
The Junior School is continuing to offer four afternoon sessions at the school pool and one morning session (for girls chosen in the Andrews Cup squad which will be named by Wednesday 14 February) at the school pool and one morning session.
Swimming training_Jschool

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

House Swimming Carnival 
The Interhouse Swimming Carnival was held on Tuesday 6 February at Ambrose Treacy College. House Champions and Age Champions will be announced at a Junior School Assembly on 19 February 2018 at 12.50pm in the CHC.

Junior School Swim Squad Selection 
Following the Interhouse carnival, a Junior School Andrews Cup Swim squad will be selected by Wednesday 14 February based upon the performances at this carnival, school swim meets and training attendance.  Training will then be available to selected students as of Wednesday 14 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 meet was held last Thursday 8 February at Yeronga Park Pool.  I would like to congratulate the following girls for qualifying to attend this meet to trial for a position in the Metropolitan West trials – Amy Atkinson, Stella Cuolahan, Annabel Bristow, Zahra Fraser, Abigail Jones, Claire Jung and Amelia Perry. Many thanks to our coaches and staff - Greg Fasala, Tereka Fasala and Renae Pollock for assisting our girls on the day.  Particular mention to Stella Cuolahan, Abigail Jones and Amelia Perry who have successfully been selected to attend the Metropolitan Trials on 21 February 2018 at Chandler.  Good luck girls!

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

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’s additional early morning session commenced this week.  The Cross Country 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.  Three training sessions are offered with two afternoons, Wednesday 3.45pm-5.00pm and Thursday 3.45pm-5.00pm and a morning session on a Monday 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
Monday - 6.45-7.45am - Locality Ambiwerra Sports Fields
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

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

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 wk 5

Music Stands for Sale
The music department has recently updated their stock of music stands and as a result have several older Manhasset stands for sale for $40 each. These stands are in excellent condition and usually retail new for $100. If you would like to purchase one of these stands, please make contact with Mrs Figliano s.figliano@staidans.qld.edu.au .  

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 8 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 no later than Friday 23 February 2018. 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.
Please click here for the permission form.

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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P&F

P&F

St Aidan’s AGS – Parents & friends Annual General Meeting
Cocktail Party and Art Show
Blazer Fittings
Year 12 Parents’ Dinner during Formal

St Aidan's AGS - Parents & Friends Annual General Meeting 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.

Cocktail party_art show invitation

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

Fittings for 2018 
Morning Tea or Lunch
Thursday 1st February
Thursday 8th February
Thursday 16th February
Thursday 22nd February
For any further information please contact the Uniform Shop 3373 5956 or a.edwards@staidans.qld.edu.au    

Year 12 Parents’ Dinner during Formal
Inviting year 12 parents to join us for a relaxed dinner, whilst the girls are at the Formal, at Saint Lucy’s (adjacent to Tennis Centre) at University of Queensland on Wednesday 28 March, 7.30pm. There will be plenty of parking and dinner will be an entrée and choice of 3 mains for $35, payable on the night. Cash Bar. Menu attached.
RSVP before 23rd March to  Anna Cottell         
Text:  0419 711304                       
Email:  pcottell@bigpond.net.au

 

 

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