Newsletter Term 1 Week 5 2019

Principal

Ms toni riordan

Old Girls Achieve in the Arts
What a delight to have three of our old girls join us as guests and to celebrate their work on show at last Saturday’s P&F Cocktail Evening and Art Show. Congratulations to artists, Joanna Davies nee Brown (1986), Alison Douglas nee Hill (1987) and Lily Van Gilst (2018). Old girl, Anne Wallace (1987) also had a beautiful piece exhibited in the show.

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!

Upcoming Events
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

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Deputy Principal

Ms cate begbie

Parking
We ask that all parents take note of the ‘Loading Zone’ areas around the school, especially the ones on Ruthven Street. These areas are designated as two (2) minutes standing time between the hours of 7.00-9.00am and 2.00-4.00pm on school days.

Our Loading Zones enable the free flow of traffic; when traffic is backed up, visibility of the surrounding area proves difficult and we run the risk of not seeing our children step out onto the road. Ultimately the safety of our children is endangered when we do not follow parking instructions. Please do not park in these areas beyond two minutes. The police will check that these areas are being used correctly, particularly at the start of each school year.

Staff in the Senior School have noticed the number of parents dropping off or picking up their daughters in the car park during the first week of school. I know it is very busy at the start and end of the school day but I remind you that the school expects parents to use the allocated pick up zones in the Senior and Junior Schools. Waiting for your daughter in the carpark, while not parked appropriately causes unnecessary hazard for our school community. I would ask that we all be considerate of members of our community and mindful of providing a safe environment for our students.

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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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Dean of Studies

Ms lynda wall

• Assessment Planners
• Senior External Exams Year 12 2019
• Block Testing Year 11

Assessment Planners
Students in years 7-12 should now have received their assessment planners. These can also be found under General Information on Aidan’s Central. It is good for students to backward map their assignments and study to ensure that they are organised prior to the pressure points that develop at the end of each term. Any changes to the planners will be communicated to the students via email and updates will be made to the online versions.

Senior External Examinations 2019
The Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority offers 21 individual subject examinations in October and November. A Sound achievement or better may contribute four credits towards the QCE and four semester units for the calculation of an Overall Position (OP). Students are eligible to sit a maximum of two examinations if they cannot study subjects at school.
Parents should note that these examinations are not intended for students who are studying the subject at school; they are usually sat by students who are attending some form of after hours schooling, such as at a language school. Parents of students must ensure that they are receiving an appropriate level of tuition in the examination subject, and that the tuition is focused on the QCAA external examination syllabus content. Parents are responsible for all costs.

Examinations are offered in the following subjects:

Accounting Modern Greek
Ancient History Modern History
Arabic Philosophy & Reason
Biology Physics
Chemistry Polish
Chinese Punjabi
English Russian
Korean Spanish
Legal Studies Vietnamese
Mathematics A Visual Art
Mathematics B

Any students who are interested in applying need to see Ms Wall prior to March 22.

Year 11 Block Testing
Year 11 Block Testing will commence on Monday 11 March. This testing, and the completion of assignment work, will finalise student results for Unit One of the senior syllabuses. Students will be recorded with the QCAA as “satisfactory” or “unsatisfactory” for each subject, accruing credits towards their Queensland Certificate of Education for each “satisfactory” recorded. The block testing timetables will be available to students early next week. Students should have been studying regularly throughout the term and are expected to be completing the culminating work for Unit One in each subject.
Year 12 block testing commences in Week 9.

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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

•  The Back Page
• Fixtures Schedule Week 5
• Training Schedule Week 6
• Swim Team Information Letter

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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.
PERFORMING ARTS POSTER A3 2019 - TERM 1

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. 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.

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.

Introducing – Lower Brass Specialist Teacher – David Scaife
David Scaife is a Trombonist and brass teacher currently living in Brisbane. Originally from Hobart, David and his wife moved to Queensland to pursue further study and during that time had a wonderful daughter, Emma. David holds a Bachelor of Music from the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music and is completing a Master of Music Studies at the Queensland Conservatorium. He regularly performs with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and other ensembles around Brisbane. He has taught at a variety of schools in Hobart and Brisbane and is very much looking forward to working with the staff and students at St Aidan’s to make great music and have fun doing so.
david scaife

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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subject news

• Maths
• Science

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

Science
Peter Doherty Awards for Outstanding Senior STEM Student Awards
Nominations now open for 2019 Peter Doherty STEM awards https://education.qld.gov.au/about-us/events-awards/awards-competitions/peter-doherty-awards-for-excellence-in-STEM.
Awards of $5000 are on offer for the Outstanding Senior STEM Student Awards in this year’s Peter Doherty Awards for Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education. The Peter Doherty awards recognise students, teachers, schools (both state and non-state), volunteers, mentors and organisations that demonstrate an outstanding and innovative contribution to STEM education in Queensland.
The awards are named after Professor Peter Doherty, a Brisbane-born Nobel Prize winning scientist who was educated at Indooroopilly State High School and the University of Queensland. STEM subjects are increasingly recognised as being vitally important for Queenslander’s jobs of the future.
Students can apply for a Peter Doherty Award if they have completed Year 11 in a Queensland school and are currently enrolled in at least 2 Year 12 approved senior science or technology or engineering or mathematics subjects. It is a requirement to have attained a very high level of achievement or equivalent in at least 2 applicable Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority or other approved curriculum senior science, technology, engineering or mathematics subjects in Year 11.
Nominations are now open and close COB 28 March 2019, with winners to be announced at an awards presentation ceremony to be held on 9 August.
Mrs Hicks

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news

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

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, 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.

International Women’s Day Fun Run – Sunday March 3
We now have almost 200 participants registered in our school team and have raised over $1,600. There is still time to register (limited places left) and to make donations via our team page.
Everyone who registered before February 8 should receive the race pack to your home address sometime in the next week. If it does not arrive by Wed please call the Mater Chicks in Pink on 1800 440 155 or see the Women’s Day Fun Run FAQ page.
If you registered after this date, you will need to collect the pack from Southbank near the Brisbane Wheel on Sat March 2 (8.30am – 1.00pm) or Sunday March 3 (5.30–6.30am)
Location:
The event starts on Melbourne Street next to QPAC and the finish line is located at the Cultural Forecourt. See the map for details. http://www.visitsouthbank.com.au/files/South_Bank_map-north.pdf

Scheduled event times:
6.00am 10 km run
6.15am 10 km jog
6.35am 10 km walk
7.45am 5 km run
7.50am 5 km jog
8.10am 5 km walk

As the organisers are expecting over 12,000 people, parents/guardians must be responsible for their daughter(s), ensuring they are dropped off and collected from the finish line in the Cultural Forecourt. We also encourage students to come to the event in a group.
As there are 6 different starting times for the event, this year we won’t be doing a school group photo. However, we do encourage you to dress up, wear a St Aidan’s cap and take photos!
If you have any further questions do not hesitate to contact us.
Regards,
Kristen Lewis and Jenny Crome
Interact Club Co-ordinators

International Students Homestay
“Ni hao”, “Annyeonghaseyo”, “Kon’nichiwa”, “Hello”….If you are interested in your family experiencing a different culture first hand in your own home and have the space, care and a little extra time to host one of our international students, please contact the International Students Homestay Coordinator for more information.
Please feel free to pass on the below details to any family or friends that may also be interested.
Claire Jackson c.jackson@staidans.qld.edu.au

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Junior Jottings

Mrs Louise Mcguire 

• Honours Assembly
• Year 4 Camp
• Drop Off/Pick Up – Student Safety (Ruthven St, Drive-through)
• FEBRUHAIRY – Free Hair Day Tuesday 28 February
• Movie Night
• Open Day
• Interact: International Women’s Day Fun Run
• Cyber Safety
• Term 1 Important Dates

Honours Assembly
Students receiving an OP 1-5 (2018) were recognised at the Academic and Honours Assembly last Tuesday. Many of these girls were able to attend the assembly, speak about their plans for 2019 and give some personal advice to the girls in the audience. They delivered some excellent guidance to current students on how to manage assessment items though staying organised and explained the importance of maintaining a healthy balance between school and extra-curricular activities. They also spoke about the importance of seeking help and speaking to a trusted person in times of stress. These students, together with other academic awards recipients Years 4-11 (2018), were celebrated for their academic excellence and achievement.

Year 4 Camp
Last week, Louise McGuire, Cath Grant, Emma Swan and the Year 4 girls attended camp at the Maroochy Camp and Conference Centre. They enjoyed many various outdoor activities including dragon boating, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, and a scooter tour. They also thoroughly enjoyed the team challenges and the chance to work with students from both classes. We were very impressed with the girl’s independence, positive spirit and resilience.
The camp staff spoke very highly of our students and commended them for their excellent attitude, behaviour and manners. Some girls even took the time to leave a little note to say thank-you to the cleaners! The camp was a huge success thanks to the dedicated staff who organised and prepared the camp carefully and ensured that the girls were well cared for.
yr 4 camp all

Drop Off/Pick Up – Student Safety (Ruthven St, Drive-through)
In order to create a safe environment for students to be dropped at school in the mornings and collected in the afternoons during very peak traffic times, it is essential that drivers of vehicles adhere to traffic signs in Ruthven St, and drive-through “rules” within the Junior School grounds.

• Please be reminded that there is a loading zone (2 mins) in Ruthven St (opposite the Junior School playground) – drivers of vehicles should not be parking and disembarking from their vehicles or sitting in their vehicles for periods of time exceeding 2 mins while in this zone.
• When exiting the Junior School drive-through, cars must turn left at all times.
• To protect the safety of students, staff and other cars, do not overtake other vehicles in the drive through.

FEBRUHAIRY – Free Hair Day Thursday 28 February (by Penguin Aid Leaders)
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 the 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!
Please see the Penguin Aid girls and Mrs Rigby s.rigby@staidans.qld.edu.au for any further information.
februhairy 2019

Movie Night – Saturday 23 March
Following on from the success of the Junior School Film Night last year, we are very much looking forward to another great movie event in the CHC on Saturday 23 March commencing at 5.00pm. Tickets can be purchased through Flexischools.
Please note, the RSVP is Wednesday 20 March I look forward to seeing you there!
Please click here for movie night information.

Open Day
Open Day is being held this year on Tuesday 26 March 8:45am-1:00pm. Throughout the day, we will be showcasing our wonderful teaching and learning programs to prospective families. There will be a myriad of activities and displays to see as well as a choice of two tour times through the school so families can see what a general school day looks like at St Aidan’s.

International Women’s Day Fun Run – Sunday March 3
We now have almost 200 participants registered in our school team and have raised over $1,600. There is still time to register (limited places left) and to make donations via our team page. Everyone who registered before February 8 should receive the race pack to your home address sometime in the next week. If it does not arrive by Wed please call the Mater Chicks in Pink on 1800 440 155 or see the Women’s Day Fun Run FAQ page. If you registered after this date, you will need to collect the pack from Southbank near the Brisbane Wheel on Sat March 2 (8.30am – 1.00pm) or Sunday March 3 (5.30–6.30 am).
Location:
The event starts on Melbourne Street next to QPAC and the finish line is located at the Cultural Forecourt. See the map for details. http://www.visitsouthbank.com.au/files/South_Bank_map-north.pdf.
Scheduled event times:
6.00am 10 km run
6.15am 10 km jog
6.35am 10 km walk
7.45am 5 km run
7.50am 5 km jog
8.10am 5 km walk

As the organisers are expecting over 12,000 people, parents/guardians must be responsible for their daughter(s), ensuring they are dropped off and collected from the finish line in the Cultural Forecourt. We also encourage students to come to the event in a group. As there are 6 different starting times for the event, this year we won’t be doing a school group photo. However, we do encourage you to dress up, wear a St Aidan’s cap and take photos!
If you have any further questions do not hesitate to contact us.
Regards,
Kristen Lewis and Jenny Crome
Interact Club Co-ordinators

Cyber Safety
There are many great resources available to families that explain the importance of cyber safety as well as ideas for ensuring children are safe when gaming, using the internet or social media. The Anglican Schools Commission outlines the 4 Rs of Cyber Safety in their latest edition of Cyber Bytes.
https://www.anglicancsaw.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Cyber-Bytes-Issue-8-Jan-2019.pdf
St Aidan’s families also have access to a range of resources, articles and websites through the school Parent Portal on Aidan's Central.
https://central.staidan.qld.edu.au/homepage/3864

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

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Junior Sport

• Training Schedule for Weeks 5 and 6
• Swimming Squad Training (Target Andrew 2019)
• 2019 Andrews Cup Touch Football Trials
• 2019 Andrews Cup Tennis Trials
• 2019 Cross Country Preparation Training
• Interhouse Cross Country Details
• Eastern Taipans District Netball Trials
• Eastern Taipans District Hockey Trials
• Bus Travel to and from Ambiwerra – For Training
• 2019 Key Dates Term 1

Please click here for the Junior School Training Schedule for Week 5 and Week 6.

Swimming Squad Training (Target Andrew 2019)
Preparation for the 2019 Andrews Cup swimming competition season commenced last week at the school’s pool. Session times are below.
The Junior School is offering five sessions at the school pool for 2019. One compulsory session is required for all girls selected in the Andrews Cup Squad - either a Tuesday morning or Tuesday afternoon.
js swimming squad training
• Note: Tuesday is a compulsory day for all girls wishing to make the Andrews Cup Swimming Squad
• Sessions are available to girls in Years 2 – 6.
Girls must sign-in the St Aidan’s swimming attendance book at the pool for every session that they attend.

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. The Teams have been announced based on skill, game application, combinations and attendance. Congratulations to all girls. An information letter has been distributed to all students selected, with a return slip due back to Ms Anne Ferguson no later than Monday 11 March 2019.
Please note that coaches have the ability to make alterations to the teams prior to the Andrews Competition based on review of match play during training sessions.

Training Dates and Times
AC touch football

2019 Andrews Cup Tennis Trials
The Andrews Cup Tennis is being held on Tuesday 19 March at University of Queensland. The teams have been announced based on skill, game application, combinations and attendance. Congratulations to all girls. An information letter has been distributed to all students selected, with a return slip due back to Ms Anne Ferguson no later than Monday 11 March 2019.
Please note that coaches have the ability to make alterations to the teams prior to the Andrews Competition based on review of match play during training sessions.

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. The bus will also take them to the training locality for the afternoons. Parents are to collect students no later than 5.00pm at Ambiwerra. Ms Lauren Murry, our Head Cross Country Coach, will be overseeing the program.
cross country training

Interhouse Cross Country Details
The Interhouse Cross Country will be held on Thursday 14 March at Ambiwerra Sports Fields. Whilst girls in Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 will still be dropped off at school as normal, parents of girls in Years 3 to 6 are requested to drop off their daughters at the Ambiwerra fields in the morning after 8am. Where parents are not able to do this, girls in Years 3 to 6 may still be dropped off at school and they will be taken down to Ambiwerra at 8.20am. Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 girls will be transported to the Ambiwerra fields by bus before their race. A note will be distributed to all students in Years 3 – 6 next week, with a return slip specifying drop-off details due back to Ms Ferguson no later than Monday 4 March 2019.
A program for the carnival will be distributed to each girl in the Junior School closer to the date. This program will provide details of race distances as well as results from the previous year.
cross country

Requirements
• House coloured shirt, checked skirt / shorts and sports cap are to be worn on this day. Girls may compete in the brown athletics shorts or bike pants. The sports uniform, including sports shoes, may be worn all day (including to and from school).
• Years 3 – 6 students will need to bring their morning tea with them to Ambiwerra.
• All students must bring a water bottle and sunscreen.
• All students to bring a towel, spare socks and spare shoes.
• All students are expected to participate – those with a medical condition must bring in a note. These students will receive a job to do for the morning.

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

Eastern Taipans District Hockey Trials
Nominations are being called for girls interested in trialing for the Eastern Taipans U11/12 Hockey Teams.
Girls need to nominate through Ms Jeanes-Fraser by Monday 4 March. Numbers are limited and therefore girls must have a strong background in Hockey and playing experience.
Date: Wednesday 13 March 2019
Time: 3.45pm – 5.00pm
Where: Warrigal Road SS

Students will need the following
Hockey stick, hockey shoes or appropriate footwear, shin pads and long socks, mouthguard (must be worn), water bottle, hat and sunscreen. If possible, please wear a shirt with a number on it.
Please also note that articles of clothing with zips are not to be worn.

Students will need to present the following forms to the Convenor at the start of the trial, otherwise they will not be permitted to trial:
• Signed Principal Approval Form
• Completed Playing History Form
• Completed and signed Parental Consent, Contact and Medical Details Form
• Completed and signed Mouthguard Consent 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.
PERFORMING ARTS POSTER A3 2019 - TERM 1

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.

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).

Rehearsal Schedule for 2019
In order to assist parents and students in planning, please see the rehearsal schedule for 2019. This schedule has been prepared in consultation with the Head of Sport and every effort has been made to minimise clashes. However, please bear in mind that there are usually a minimum of 2 sports training scheduled in any week and should there be a clash between a music rehearsal (offered once a week only) and a sport training students are to attend the musical rehearsal on the set day and attend the alternative sports training on the other.
Please click here for 2019 Rehearsal Schedule.

Introducing – Lower Brass Specialist Teacher – David Scaife
David Scaife is a Trombonist and brass teacher currently living in Brisbane. Originally from Hobart, David and his wife moved to Queensland to pursue further study and during that time had a wonderful daughter, Emma. David holds a Bachelor of Music from the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music and is completing a Master of Music Studies at the Queensland Conservatorium. He regularly performs with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and other ensembles around Brisbane. He has taught at a variety of schools in Hobart and Brisbane and is very much looking forward to working with the staff and students at St Aidan’s to make great music and have fun doing so.
david scaife

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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Cocktail Party and Art Exhibition

Thank you to all of our wonderful supporters for coming out on Saturday night for an evening of art and entertainment. The night was a great success because of you all. We have raised just over $20 000 for the School’s Artist in Residence Program.
Thank you to our sponsors for their support:-
Lexus Indooroopilly, Raywhite Sherwood/Graceville, Promogear, Sequel Books, Airrite, Honey & Bear, Clovely Estate, Oxley Nursery and the Boyd and Sherlock families.
We look forward to seeing you all again in 2020!
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