Newsletter Term 1 Week 4 2019

Principal

Ms toni riordan

Camps
We welcome back Year 7 girls who were on camp on Bribie Island last week, along with Year 8 girls who were at camp at Kenilworth. Thank you to Ms Bolger and Mrs Bishop and all staff involved for their work to coordinate the camps. Year level camps are significant inclusions in the school calendar and provide the opportunity for students to make new friends and challenge themselves. I wish Year 4 students and staff the very best for their camp, occurring at the end of this week.

Women supporting other women
On Tuesday, we had our annual Academic and Honours Assembly. It is always an anticipated event as we await to hear from our high-achieving, recent old girls who share their plans for the future and give students insight into some of the strategies for study that they employed while at St Aidan’s. While I was on assembly I took special note of the frequency of the comments our 2018 seniors made about being supported by peers or assisting each other in general. I tallied 11 comments about supporting each other.

While a third of the 2018 senior body accepted tertiary offers in the area of Health (Medicine, Pharmacy, Veterinary Science, Nursing, Speech Pathology etc), and nearly a fifth of the girls intend to further their study in Management and Commerce, only 4% of our 2018 school leavers will begin their tertiary study in ‘Tech’. Parents who attended our Years 9 and 10 Parent Information Evenings may remember guest speaker, Associate Professor John Steen from UQ Business School telling the audience that one of the most hostile environments for women to work is the technology industry. Women in Tech are faced with many challenges.

The Women in Tech Survey Report released by Ivanti, last year highlighted 63% of women who cited ‘being taken seriously’ as the number one challenge faced by women working in the field. ‘Having no female role models, (43%) and the ‘gender pay gap’ (40%) followed closely behind. These findings may be what John Steen was flagging for us at the Parent Info Evening, yet I know John’s motivation was not to scare-monger. Instead, he advocates for young women. He believes that to be future game changers, young girls need to be leaders.

At Australia’s largest girls-only leadership event, the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia’s Student Leadership Conference, held in January, our School Captain, Sarah and Vice-Captain, Lily spent time with well-known gender equality and women’s empowerment advocate Julie McKay, currently the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer (CDIO) at PwC. She was previously Executive Director of UN Women Australia and Gender Advisor to the Chief of the Australian Defence Force. Ms McKay talked on the theme of women supporting other women. As leaders, she challenged the girls to have a mission; to learn to lead and to empower women. This may be thinking actively about how to make their school a place for all people to be able to bring ‘their best selves’ or it may be doing something to disrupt the status quo – to make a difference when it comes to gender equality.

Reboot Digital Marketing Agency, which analysed the Ivanti survey, was inspired to highlight what women believed was the best thing about being a woman in tech. 67% of respondents believe making a positive impact on their organisation and/or industry is the best thing about being a woman in tech. The second-best thing about being a woman in tech (so say just over half (54%)) of women surveyed is ‘encouraging other women’ – arguably one of the most important factors.

Congratulations to our 2018 OP 1-5 students for modelling the critical action of supporting each other in their endeavours while at school. I am sure you will agree with me that this powerful lesson learnt and shared with our audience on Tuesday will go a long way in setting up our Old Girls for further leadership and success, no matter the field in which they work.

(Reference: Industry Insights (https;//www.wnie.online/category/industry-insights)

Best wishes to:
• Students sitting the ACER scholarship exam on Saturday
• QGSSSA Open Softball team for Round 3 of fixtures
• Girls attending the Duke of Edinburgh camp at Ambiwerra over the weekend
• Parents and friends who are attending the P & F Cocktail Evening and Art Show on Saturday night

Congratulations to:
Lilyan Sullivan who won the Lions Youth of the Year Competition for the Oxley-Sherwood Branch and will compete in the zone final in a couple of weeks. Lilyan was also awarded best public speaker.
Molly Bell and Imogen Mitchell (Year 10) who have been chosen as finalists in the International Design Competition.
Charlotte Boothey (Year 7) whose team was undefeated and won gold at the Australian Youth Water Polo titles during the Christmas holidays.
Bronte House who won the Senior School Inter House Swimming Carnival and Abigail Sweeney (Year 11) who won the ‘Fastest Girl in the School’ race.
Phoebe McAuliffe (2018) who was the recipient of a QCE Achievement Award which recognises Queensland’s top-performing Year 12 students. Phoebe was one of 34 award winners from all graduating Queensland students.

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

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

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

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Guidance Counsellor

ms Jennie Robinson

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

Senior School

Sport

• Cross Country - River Run
• Fixtures Schedule Week 4
• Training Schedule Week 4
• Training Schedule Week 5
• The Back Page Week 4

Cross Country - River Run
This year our River Run is scheduled for next Saturday 23 February. We meet at Captain Burke Park at 6:15am for a 6:30am start. Long 7.5km and 4-5km options available. Those in the Run Club Squad, please come to River Run instead of Sherwood as we can also put on a shorter run group. Parents are also welcome to run! Student’s please wear a St Aidan’s top and colourful pants! Our fantastic Parent Support Group will also be putting on a breaky spread afterwards to refuel from our run. Any parents interested in helping out with the BBQ please email me. Please sign on so I have numbers for staffing and Breakfast! Senior School Only.
Ms Murry

Fixtures Schedule Week 4
https://central.staidan.qld.edu.au/send.php?id=16554

Training Schedule Week 4
https://central.staidan.qld.edu.au/send.php?id=16389

Training Schedule Week 5
https://central.staidan.qld.edu.au/send.php?id=16555

The Back Page Week 4
https://central.staidan.qld.edu.au/send.php?id=16561

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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.

ANZCA PIANO EXAMS
Congratulations to the following girls who successfully completed their ANZCA Piano Exams at the end of 2018.

Introductory Yunxi Han, Caitlin Shelburn, Sora Ho, Minali Ariyarathne, Lily Degeling
Preparatory Arlie Richardson, Holly Nugyen, Ariella Meehan, Sienna Mahoney, Penny Herron, Kinsey Taylor
Preliminary Mia Rogers, Amelie Boyd, Aurelia Boyd, Bria Saayman, Emily Kim, Zoe Watson, Divleen Singh, Laetia Gallagher, Asha Olford, Olivia Dunn
Grade 1 Regan Saayman, Jemima Bennett
Grade 2 Charlotte Worthington, Lilya Paige
Grade 3 Charlotte Traynor, Vienna Tran, Jinani Ariyarathne, Olivia Grace Muldowney, Ella Gover
Grade 6 Annabelle Hammonds, Natsu Lu, Kaira Kapur

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

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

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

Music Support Group
The St Aidan’s Music Support Group, made up of parents, students and staff, provides vital support to the school’s young musicians through its fundraising endeavours and its smooth organisation of concerts and other music events. The group regularly purchases much-needed instruments, music and other equipment, and also helps support other activities such as workshops and overseas tours.
The support group relies on the goodwill of parents to help with ticket sales, catering, publicity, and fundraising which are vital to the seamless running of concerts throughout the year. Meetings are scheduled for Monday evenings at 7:00pm in the Science and Technology Building meeting room (SG02) 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.

Introducing Sarah Dietz – Violin Tutor
sarah
Sarah Dietz graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours in Performance, as well as the University Medal, in 2000. This was followed by a Master of Music, which included studies at the Royal College of Music, London, and was supported by the Lord Mayor’s Performing Arts Fellowship. Sarah has performed regularly with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra since 2001, as well as freelancing with other national orchestras. Since becoming a St Aidan’s parent and seeing the philosophy behind the Every Day Music Program, Sarah is undertaking further studies, now with a focus on education. Upcoming performances with the QSO include Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and a season with the Australian Ballet’s production of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

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.

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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mathematics

Mathematics Assistance Program Term One 2019
It is important that students develop as independent learners. By using the additional resources on the class One Note, textbook and Pearson Places or Cambridge Go, girls can ensure they get enough practice at the range of skills. For extra assistance in understanding a concept, interactive tutorials provide hints and examples to support students through the skill.

When difficulties arise, individual assistance can help to improve understanding. All the Mathematics teachers are aware of this and make it a priority to allow time for this to happen in their lessons. As another facility, members of the Mathematics department provide free tutorials to provide further assistance to any girls who are experiencing difficulty. Any girl can turn up to the room below and ask for help with a specific difficulty. Students need to attend the session at the starting time and ensure that they record their name on the attendance roll. Girls should make use of all opportunities to ask their own teacher for assistance in and out of class.
MAP

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news

• St Aidan’s International Women’s Day Breakfast
• Interact – International Women’s Day Fun Run
• Melanoma March - Sunday 24 March
•Megan Daley in The Living Room

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.
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

Melanoma March
Sunday 24 March
Riverstage
3.00pm - registration
5.00pm - march commences
Please click here for more information.

Megan Daley in The Living Room
Join us for a celebration as we launch Raising Readers by Megan Daley.
Featuring special guests Jessica Rudd and Fiona Stager.
Megan, Jessica (author) and Fiona (owner of Avid Reader) will share tips on how to nurture your children’s love of books as well as some of their favourite reads for every age and stage.
Please click here for more information.
Bookings via: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/megan-daley-in-the-living-room-tickets-56858839319?aff=ebdssbdestsearch.

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Junior Jottings

Mrs Louise Mcguire 

Interhouse Swimming Carnival
• Academic Awards
• Galentine’s Day
• Geckoes Wildlife
• Sun Safety
• Junior School Library
• Lost Property
• Junior Library: Sharing Words
• ‘Februhairy’ (Free Hair Day) - 28 February
• International Women’s Day Fun Run/Walk – Sunday 4 March 2018
• Important Dates
•QUT Research

Interhouse Swimming Carnival
Congratulations must go to Ms Tracey Jeanes-Fraser, Ricki, Tereka and Cade Fasala, and all of the staff for their involvement in the smooth running of the carnival. Thank you to all parents and friends who assisted in some way and to those who cheered and supported the girls (in the heat). Special thanks are also extended to our Swimming Leaders – Milly Harris, Mia Kirk and Arlie Richardson 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 – Maggie Clarke, Libby Oelkers, Barrett – Olivia Braga, Ava Daley, Zahra Fraser, Rebecca Kerr, Bronte – Madeleine O’Dwyer, Lily Davies, Cavell – Sophie Hannaford, Bella Gjorgioski, Poppy O’Sullivan Williams, Elise Williams, Hartland – Sam Cooper, Amelia Hefner, Poppy Morrison, Miranda Shoesmith, Nightingale – Arpana Anand, Charlotte Herron, Willow Taylor, 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.

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 4-11(2018) were recognised for fine academic achievement for Semester Two, 2018. Students who achieved a Grade Point Average increase by one point from Semester One to Semester Two in 2018 also received progress awards at this assembly.
In Week Two of Term Three, girls will be recognised for fine academic achievement for Semester One, 2019. 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 2019 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.

Galentine’s Day
Last Wednesday, Junior School girls wore bright pink ribbons and socks to raise money for Galentine’s Day. Over $500 was collected from the Junior School which will be sent to the Townsville and North Queensland Flood Appeal. Thanks must go to all families for their generous donations and to the Year 6 Penguin Aid leaders for raising awareness for communities in need.

Geckoes Wildlife
As part of the Science unit for Year 3, students enjoyed learning about native animals and their characteristics in a hands-on presentation by Geckoes Wildlife. A carpet snake, frilled neck lizard, a young crocodile, tree frog, tawny frogmouth, sugar glider and a bettong (wallaby) were some of the animals included in the fascinating and exciting presentation.
geckoes wildlife

Sun Safety
This week, Junior School students have been reminded about the importance of Sun Safety. The Year 6 Peer Support Leaders presented a bright sunflower to display in classrooms and diary stickers for everyone reminding students to “Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide”. More information can be found on the Sun Safety website at Sun Smart .
sun smart

Junior School Library
As we settle into the school year, now is the perfect time to establish some strong reading habits at home to support the reading education occurring at school. Don’t forget that parents are welcome to join the Junior Library and borrow extra books for home.

5 ‘Start of Year’ Reading Tips from Mrs Daley

1. Read aloud with passion! When a child is read to by a loved adult, they are hearing the rhythm and flow of language, building a rich and diverse network of words and seeing a love of reading modelled.
2. Keep buying books. Continue to build up a home library full of adored books. School reading material is designed for teaching the skill of reading whereas recreational reading is all important.
3. Talk about book choices. Talk with your child about why they have chosen books from the Junior School Library in order to develop an idea of your child’s reading interests.
4. Read the rainbow! Embrace any book or series your child is keen to read, while gently encouraging them to expand their reading horizons. A balanced reading diet is the healthiest by far.
5. Bring Books to life. Research author visits via your local bookstores and libraries and stay up to date with who is vising the Junior School Library (RA Spratt this term). Meeting an author helps form a bond between the child and their favourite books as they gain insight into the ‘story behind the story’.

Junior Library: Sharing Words
For those of you who may not be aware, 2019 is the International Year of Indigenous Languages. The theme is Indigenous languages matter for development, peace building and reconciliation. UNESCO emphasises that “languages play a crucial role in the daily lives of people, not only in education, communication, social integration and development, but also as a repository for each person’s unique identity, cultural history, traditions and memory”. Each week, the State Library promotes a Word of the Week. This week’s International Year of Indigenous Languages, State Library's Word of the Week is...
word of the week

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 Morrison in the Junior School Reception.

Februhairy – Free Dress Day – Thursday 28 February
On Thursday 28 February, all Junior School students are invited to participate in Februhairy – A “Free Hair Day” to support global girls’ education month.
Junior School students are reminded to bring a gold coin donation to participate. We are raising money to support www.OneGirl.org.au. Our aim is to create a world where all girls have an opportunity to go to school.
We encourage all Junior School girls and Kindy boys to wear their hair in a fun hairstyle with bright coloured ribbons, crazy wigs, hair chalk, high pony tails or lots of crazy plaits. Coloured hair spray is allowed (but not permitted if you are swimming in school pool on Thursday), and all dyes must be washed out by the next school day.
We look forward to seeing some crazy hair styles in the Junior School on Thursday, 28 February!
februhairy 2019

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.

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

Participation in QUT Research
Please click here for further information.

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Junior Sport

• Training Schedule Weeks 4 and 5
• Swimming Squad Training (Target Andrew 2019)
• House Swimming Carnival
• Junior School Swim Squad Selection
• Eastern Taipans District Swim Meet
• 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 Netball Trials
• Bus Travel to and from Ambiwerra – For Training
• 2019 Key Dates Term 1

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

Swimming Squad Training (Target Andrew 2019)
The Junior School is offering five sessions at the school pool for 2019. One compulsory session is required - either a Tuesday morning or Tuesday afternoon.
js swimming squad training

• Note: Tuesday is a compulsory day.
• 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.

House Swimming Carnival
The Interhouse Swimming Carnival was held on Tuesday 12 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, Milly Harris, Mia Kirk and Airlie Richardson and our Houses Leaders who supported and encouraged their entire House members, demonstrated great leadership and role modeling 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.
The Interhouse Swimming House Champions and Age Champions were announced at the Junior School Assembly on 18 February 2019. Congratulations to Bronte The Brave on their success in being named Champion House for Swimming in 2019 and to the following girls who placed in the top 3 positions in their age group.
House Results
Champion Swimming House 2019 Bronte The Brave 993
Runner Up Cavell Cadets 920
Third Nightingale Neon’s 842
Fourth Austen Ambassadors 758
Fifth Hartland Hollywood 721
Sixth Barrett Parrots 683

8 Years
Age Champion Georgia Pettigrew (NI)
Runner Up Charlotte O’Dwyer (BR)
Third Leila Binesh (BA)

9 Years 
Age Champion Harriet Pillans (AU) 
Runner Up Lulu Lochran (HA) 
Third Sicily Morgan (CA) 

10 Years
Age Champion Eloise McLellan (AU)
Runner Up Stephanie Pettigrew (NI)
Third Penelope Bale (BR)


11 Years 
Age Champion Adelaide Himstedt (AU) 
Runner Up Olivia Morgan (CA) 
Third Grace Cadwallader (BA) 

12 Years
Age Champion Olivia Totten (BA)
Runner Up Madeleine O’Dwyer (BR)
Third Zahra Fraser (BA)


100 m Freestyle 
Age Champion Annabel Bristow (AU)
Runner Up Olivia Totten (BA) 
Third Madeleine O’Dwyer (BR) 

100m Individual Medley
Champion Olivia Totten (BA)
Runner Up Madeleine O’Dwyer (BR)
Third Annabel Bristow (AU)


Congratulations
Congratulations must be extended to Eloise McLellan and Georgia Pettigrew who broke records at the 2019 Swimming Carnival.
Eloise broke the 10 Years Championship Breaststroke Record held by Stephanie Pace. The time that was held by Stephanie Pace was 46.50 sec; Eloise swam the race and won it in 45.57 secs.
And
Georgia broke the 8 Years Championship Butterfly Record held by M. Vuksan. The time that was held by M. Vuksan was 28.00 secs; Georgia swam the race and won it in 22.56 secs.

Junior School Swim Squad Selection
The Andrews Cup 2019 Junior School Target Andrew Swim squad has been announced. The squad has been published on the PE notice board and Aidan’s Central Swimming page based upon the performances at the Junior Interhouse carnivals, District swim meets and training attendance. Trainings are available to the selected students to assist in preparation for 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.

Eastern Taipans District Swim Meet
The Eastern District Swimming meet was held last Wednesday 13 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 – Penelope Bale, Zahra Fraser, Mia Kirk, Eloise McLellan, Madeleine O’Dwyer, Stephanie Pettigrew and Miranda Shoesmith. Many thanks to our coaches and staff Tereka Fasala, Cade Fasala and Ashlee Johnson for assisting our girls on the day. Particular mention to Penelope Bale, Zahra Fraser, Eloise McLellan, Madeleine O’Dwyer and Stephanie Pettigrew who have successfully been selected to attend the Metropolitan Trials on 27 February 2019 at Chandler. Good luck girls!

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.
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Eastern Taipans District Netball Trials
Nominations are being called for girls interested in trialing for the Eastern Taipans U11/12 Netball Teams.
Girls need to nominate through Ms Jeanes-Fraser by Wednesday 27 February. Numbers are limited and therefore girls must have a strong background in Netball and playing experience.
Date: Thursday 7 March 2019
Time: 3.45pm – 5.00pm
Where: Warrigal Road SS
Students will need the following –
Appropriate footwear, water bottle, hat and sunscreen.
Please also note that articles of clothing with zips are not to be worn.
Students will need to present the following forms to the Convenor at the start of the trial, otherwise they will not be permitted to trial:
Signed Principal Approval Form
Completed and signed Parental Consent, Contact and Medical Details Form

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

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Junior Music

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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.

ANZCA PIANO EXAMS
Congratulations to the following girls who successfully completed their ANZCA Piano Exams at the end of 2018.

Introductory Yunxi Han, Caitlin Shelburn, Sora Ho, Minali Ariyarathne, Lily Degeling
Preparatory Arlie Richardson, Holly Nugyen, Ariella Meehan, Sienna Mahoney, Penny Herron, Kinsey Taylor
Preliminary Mia Rogers, Amelie Boyd, Aurelia Boyd, Bria Saayman, Emily Kim, Zoe Watson, Divleen Singh, Laetia Gallagher, Asha Olford, Olivia Dunn
Grade 1 Regan Saayman, Jemima Bennett
Grade 2 Charlotte Worthington, Lilya Paige
Grade 3 Charlotte Traynor, Vienna Tran, Jinani Ariyarathne, Olivia Grace Muldowney, Ella Gover
Grade 6 Annabelle Hammonds, Natsu Lu, Kaira Kapur

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

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

Music Support Group
The St Aidan’s Music Support Group, made up of parents, students and staff, provides vital support to the school’s young musicians through its fundraising endeavours and its smooth organisation of concerts and other music events. The group regularly purchases much-needed instruments, music and other equipment, and also helps support other activities such as workshops and overseas tours.
The support group relies on the goodwill of parents to help with ticket sales, catering, publicity, and fundraising which are vital to the seamless running of concerts throughout the year. Meetings are scheduled for Monday evenings at 7:00pm in the Science and Technology Building meeting room (SG02) 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).

Introducing Sarah Dietz – Violin Tutor
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Sarah Dietz graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours in Performance, as well as the University Medal, in 2000. This was followed by a Master of Music, which included studies at the Royal College of Music, London, and was supported by the Lord Mayor’s Performing Arts Fellowship. Sarah has performed regularly with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra since 2001, as well as freelancing with other national orchestras. Since becoming a St Aidan’s parent and seeing the philosophy behind the Every Day Music Program, Sarah is undertaking further studies, now with a focus on education. Upcoming performances with the QSO include Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and a season with the Australian Ballet’s production of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

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.

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

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With thanks to our Emerald sponsor, Lexus of Indooroopilly.
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With thanks to our Ruby Sponsors.
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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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