As a school community we also congratulate Old Girl, Kate Miller-Heidke (1998) for her selection (by both jury and popular vote at the recent ‘Australia Decides’) to represent Australia at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. We look forward to supporting Kate in May, when she heads to Tel Aviv, Israel for Eurovision, which in Kate’s own words, gives her ‘permission to go a bit bonkers.’
We also congratulate Imogen McCluskey (2011) who directed and co-wrote her debut film, Australian Indie feature, ‘Suburban Wildlife’, which will have its world premiere at Cinequest Film Festival in California, early next month.
Year 6 Leadership Eucharist
We celebrated our Year 6 Leadership Eucharist and ceremony on Tuesday. We wish our Year 6 students all the very best for their year of leading our junior school. They have already started so well. Thank you to all parents in attendance, to Reverend Gillian Moses and all staff who helped create a very meaningful celebration.
P&F Cocktail Evening and Art Show
Thank you to everyone in the St Aidan’s community who supported this year’s P&F Cocktail Evening and Art Show. What could have been a ‘rained out event’ with wild weather threatened due to Cyclone Oma, we instead were able to enjoy the amazing art work on display in the beautiful surroundings of The Link. My sincere gratitude to the P&F Executive, the Art Show Committee, P&F Officer, Claire Rush, the Boyd and Sherlock families, our amazing sponsors for the event and as always, our hard-working staff involved in putting together a night not to forget!
I invite you on behalf of the P&F Association to attend the annual welcome drinks from 6.00pm on Thursday evening 28 February, followed by the Annual General Meeting of the P&F, 6:30pm, in the S&T Auditorium.
Tickets are still available for the International Women’s Day Breakfast, held in the CHC. This year’s guest speaker, St Aidan’s Old Girl, Julia McKenna, will share her story and her inspiration for Friends with Dignity. Julia says, “I’ve always had a social conscience, even growing up” however, career and family took the forefront of Julia’s life for many years, like it does for most people, and therefore less time for volunteering. That was until whilst she was living in Singapore, one of Julia’s family members, Allison Baden-Clay, was murdered by her husband. The very extreme of Domestic Violence.
On returning to Australia, Julia knew this was where she needed to focus her time and energies. “No man, woman or child should ever face what Allison did.”
IWD Breakfast invitation is for 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.
Open Day, 26 March 2019
This year, we wish to trial a new format for Open Day at St Aidan’s. Instead of our regular Saturday morning event, we are offering prospective new families and local community the opportunity for a look into a normal school day, thus this year’s Open Day will be held on a week day, with regular classes scheduled for the day.
It may help you to know some of the plans for Open Day so that you are able to pass on information to family and friends who are interested in a St Aidan’s education for their daughters and sons of Kindy age.
This year’s Open Day will run from 8:45am to 1.00pm with two distinct sessions as options for attendance. Principal’s presentations will occur in the S&T Auditorium at 9.00am and 11.00, with our year 6 and 9 student guides leading tours of the junior and senior school from 9.30 and 11.30am. Key to the change in format is the chance to see a normal school day. Timetabled classes will be running for visitors to observe and during morning tea and lunch breaks, Open Day visitors will be able to see musical performances, sport demonstrations and to participate in a robotics and coding activity.
Best wishes to:
• Students in the Junior School for ‘Februhairy’
• QGSSSA Open Senior Softball players for fixtures on Saturday
• The many, many students, friends and family members who will join ‘Team St Aidan’s’ to run or walk in the International Women’s Day Fun Run