Newsletter Term 1 Week 6 2019

Principal

Ms toni riordan

Celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD)
Congratulations to everyone who braved showery weather on Sunday morning and headed to Southbank to run or walk as part of the massive St Aidan’s team at the annual Mater Chicks in Pink IWD Fun Run. I am pleased to share the news that this year we once again came away with highest fundraising school and biggest team trophy. Well done, all!!

principal fun run

International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated around the world on the 8th of March and is a day to reflect on how far we have come and how far we still have to go to truly achieve gender equality. UN Women’s global theme for IWD 2019 is ‘Think equal, build smart, innovate for change’, linking with the UN Commission on the Status of Women’s focus on social protection, public services and sustainable infrastructure.

In Australia, for IWD 2019, UN Women NC Australia is joining forces with Chief Executive Women and Male Champions of Change – the two pre-eminent organisations focused on women in leadership and gender equality in business – to showcase events focused on our national theme, ‘More Powerful Together’. The Australian theme recognises the important role we all play – as women, men, non-binary and gender diverse people. It takes all of us, working in collaboration and across that which sometimes divides us, breaking down stereotypes and gendered roles to create a world where women and girls everywhere have equal rights and opportunities.

Currently 47% of the Australian workforce is female but only 13.7% of chair positions in this country are held by women and only 16.5% of Australian CEOs are women. In fact, 70.9% of reporting organisations in Australia have a male-only team of key management personnel. Internationally, only 25 of the CEOs in the Fortune 500 are women. It has been estimated by the World Economic Forum that the gender gap won’t close entirely until the year 2186. Do we really need to wait that long?

Source: Sarah McDuling from Booktopia in Leadership Matters, p. 48 February 2019

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We look forward to sharing IWD Breakfast at St Aidan’s this coming Friday with Old Girl, Julia McKenna (1990). I have no doubt that Julia’s reflections on her life, her education and her passionate energy to make a difference with her work for Friends with Dignity will show our young women the power of intelligence, courage and compassion working together.

Thank you to parent reps

For those who were able to join us at the annual AGM of the P&F Association, you would know we have a newly formed P&F Executive. I wish the following parents the very best as they undertake representative roles and I look forward to working with them through 2019.

President – Craig Mitchell Vice-President – Ben O’Dwyer
Secretary – Alex Boyd Treasurer – Reuben Saayman

Sincere gratitude to Frank Terranova, outgoing President of the P&F Association and Sandy Roessler, outgoing P&F Secretary, for their years of service and dedication to the school.

We have also finalised our list of class representatives for 2019. I wish all class reps the very best for the year and thank them for playing a significant role in community engagement at St Aidan’s.

• Kindy Jay Memory

• Prep Alison Cadman

• Year 1 Alisha Wallace

• Year 2 Tanya Angus

• Year 3 Sarah Donald
Natalie White
Anne-Marie Rice
Sophie Lyons
• Year 4 Michelle Hancock
Amy Russ
Kathryn Quarterman
Sophie Lyons

• Year 5 Alisha Wallace
Jay Memory
Kiri Pettigrew

• Year 6 Angela Kerr
Verity McGregor
Beata O'Dwyer
Allison Hamilton

• Year 7 Luisa Uriarte
Amanda Leiper

• Year 8 Ivy Woolley

• Year 9 Jenny Sherlock

• Year 10 Jenny Whelan
Simone Cheadle

• Year 11 Ange Sullivan
Linda Burridge

• Year 12 Diane Fanshawe

Finally, I share our group of Parent Ambassadors for 2019. We had our first meeting of the year recently in preparation for our upcoming Open Day on March 26. I thank in advance all Parent Ambassadors for your assistance throughout the coming year.

• Angela Kerr
• Ann Ringelstein
• Jenny Whelan
• Lisa Baumann
• Louise Gibson
• Sally Harris
• Diane Fanshawe
• Alex Boyd
• Lyn Jacobsen
• Kylie Bolton
• Amanda Clarke
• Ivy Woolley
• Ilham Ahamed

2019 Next Step survey

The Queensland Government is conducting its annual statewide survey of all students who completed Year 12 in 2018. The Next Step survey is a brief, confidential survey that gains a comprehensive picture of the employment, study and life choices made by Queensland school completers in the year after they finish Year 12.

Between March and June, all our students who completed Year 12 last year can expect to receive instructions to complete a web-based survey or a telephone call from the Queensland Government Statistician’s Office. Please encourage them to take part. If their contact details have changed, please assist the interviewer with their updated details or forward the survey to their new address so they can participate.

Thank you for your support of the Next Step survey in 2019.

Further information on Next Step is available online at www.qld.gov.au/nextstep or on toll free telephone 1800 068 587.

Congratulations to:
Lilyan Sullivan (Year 11) who is now in the regional finals for Lions Youth of the Year.

Best wishes to:
• Year 5 students on camp this week
• QGSSSA swimmers and supporters for QG Swimming on Wednesday
• Students performing in this term’s Performing Arts Recital on Thursday
• Senior Softball Open players for Saturday’s games

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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

• The Back Page
• Fixtures Schedule Week 6
• Training Schedule Week 7
• Rowing

The Back Page
https://central.staidan.qld.edu.au/send.php?id=16832

Fixtures Schedule Week 6
https://central.staidan.qld.edu.au/send.php?id=16833

Training Schedule Week 7
https://central.staidan.qld.edu.au/send.php?id=16834

Rowing Support Group (RSG) Meeting
Tuesday  12 March in SG04 - 6:30pm

The St Aidan’s Rowing Support Group draws on an active body of parents and staff to help with the provision of breakfast at the Shed on training days, trailer and boat towing, supporting the crews at Regattas, fundraising for capital investment and general organisation which are all vital to ensuring the program runs efficiently and smoothly. This season we are holding a Season Launch and Blessing of the Boats on May 18, hosting the second regatta at Wyaralong on August 3, and towards the conclusion of the season, a Rowing Season Celebration. Assistance at these events will be warmly welcomed and greatly appreciated.
RSG Meetings are scheduled for the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm in the Science and Technology Building meeting room (SG04). The first meeting for 2019 is on Tuesday March 12 and we look forward to seeing returning parents and meeting those new to rowing. Please contact the group’s President – Prins Ralston, rowingsupportgroup@staidans.qld.edu.au if you have any questions, or if you would like to get involved but are not able to attend the RSG meetings.

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Music

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

Term 1 Recital Program
The following students will be performing at the Term 1 Recital in the Auditorium on Thursday 7 March at 6.00pm.

Angel Lu Western China Fantasy Guzhong
Ruby Freidin The Rainbow Connection Voice
Genevieve Johnston Tequila Sunrise Flute
Belinda Lee Minuet – Reinagle Piano
Yolanda Wang Etude #8 – Dotzauer Cello
Four Seasons Strings March – Elgar String Quartet
(Emma Aziz; Rachel Eng; Niraasha Munasinghe; Sarah McArthur)
Kirralee Neale Click Goes the Shears Violin
Tessa Kift The Little Clown Piano
Angel Lu Rain Song Harp
Lucy Thompson Ashokan Farewell Violin
Tia Perry TBA Cello
PERFORMING ARTS POSTER A3 2019 - TERM 1

Performance Pinafore
Please be advised that members of the following ensembles will be required to perform in the St Aidan's Performance Pinafore in 2019.
Chorale, Ensemble Volar, Paganini Strings, Symphonic Winds and Chamber Strings
Students who are members of these groups for the first time, are encouraged to purchase a pinafore new or second hand by the end of Term 1 to ensure that they have the correct uniform for performances in Term 2. Uniforms are available new from the uniform shop or second hand via the Sustainable School Shop. Please contact Mrs Figliano for further information.

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

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

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

Music Support Group
The St Aidan’s Music Support Group, made up of parents, students and staff, provides vital support to the school’s young musicians through its fundraising endeavours and its smooth organisation of concerts and other music events. The group regularly purchases much-needed instruments, music and other equipment, and also helps support other activities such as workshops and overseas tours.
The support group relies on the goodwill of parents to help with ticket sales, catering, publicity, and fundraising which are vital to the seamless running of concerts throughout the year. Meetings are scheduled for Monday evenings at 7:00pm in the Science and Technology Building meeting room (SG02) and new members are not only most welcome, but also very much appreciated. Please feel free to contact the group’s president, Paula Hodge, paula.hodge@bigpond.com if you have any questions, or if you would be willing to volunteer but are unable to attend regular meetings.

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

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

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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Interact: International Women’s Day Fun Run

Congratulations to everyone in our school community who participated in the International Women’s Day Fun Run on Sunday March 3. South Bank was a sea of pink, as approx. 13,000 people took part in this sold out event.
We had over 200 participants in our school team, either walking, jogging or running the 5km or 10km course. We raised $4,300 and congratulations goes to Thea Wooley in Year 8 who was our highest fundraiser, raising $1,290. All proceeds go to the Mater Chicks in Pink.
Thank you to all students, parents, teachers and friends who joined us on the day to support women with breast cancer.
The Interact Club
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Junior Jottings

Mrs Louise Mcguire 

• Student Representative Council (SRC)
• Author: Megan Daley
• International Women’s Day Fun Run/Walk
• Penguin Aid Fundraising and upcoming events
• Free Dress Day
• Andrews Cup Swimming
• Junior School Class Photographs
• Movie Night
• Open Day
• Coding and Robotics
• Important Dates

SRC
Congratulations must be extended to the following girls who have been elected to the Student Representative Council and will join representatives from Years 7-12. These girls represent the student body and meet monthly to discuss school wide issues.

Year 4G Jennifer Atkin
Year 4S Tia Perry
Year 5R Harriette O’Dwyer
Year 5H Kailyn Jayasuriya
Year 5K Jasmine Walsh
Year 6C Milly Allen
Year 6J Stella Brown
Year 6M Sophie Hannaford

Author: Megan Daley
It is with great pleasure that we congratulate our very own Teacher Librarian, Megan Daley on the publication of her first book “Raising Readers”. In this book, she answers questions many parents have on how to inspire reluctant readers using research and firsthand accounts from well-known authors. She will be launching the book on Thursday 4 April in the Living Room at St Aidan’s. Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite here.  

International Women’s Day Fun Run
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Congratulations to all the Junior School girls, parents and staff who dressed in pink and enthusiastically participated in the International Women’s Day Fun Run at South Bank on Sunday. Our St Aidan’s team were awarded the trophy for the largest school team and for the highest funds raised for a school team. Money raised will fund research projects and improve treatments for the many women in our community diagnosed with breast cancer. We look forward to seeing you all again next year.

Penguin Aid Fundraising and upcoming events
februhairy photos

Last Thursday, the Junior School girls participated in Februhairy (our crazy hair day). Many different styles, colours and creations were displayed in the hair styles from children in Kindy to Year 6. Teachers, too, wore amazing styles and this added to the great fun and creativity of the day.
Februhairy is a fundraising platform encouraging schools and organisations to raise awareness and money to educate girls around the world during the month of February. Donations from the Junior School totalling over $420 and will be donated to www.onegirl.org.au; an Australian organisation that supports girls who largely do not have the opportunity to attend school in countries including Uganda and Sierra Leone in Africa.

melanoma
Free Dress Day Wednesday 20 March Melanoma Foundation (Yellow Theme)
On Wednesday 20 March, students are invited to support the Melanoma Research Foundation by wearing yellow and donating a gold coin. Melanoma Research Foundation is committed to supporting research and education into the prevention and causes of melanoma and skin cancers. This free dress day will give the students the opportunity to collect donations and learn about sun safety.
Students must wear closed in shoes and abide by sun safety rules for clothing. Girls who have PE lessons must have their Browns uniform and sports shoes to change into for their lesson. All students must remember to wear a hat.

Andrews Cup Swimming
My best wishes are extended to the entire Andrews Cup Swimming team, led by Milly Harris, Mia Kirk and Arlie Richardson when they compete at Chandler on Tuesday 12 March. The girls have been training extremely hard in the lead up to the carnival. Good luck, girls!

Junior School Class Photographs
Class photos (K-6) and sibling photos will be taken on Monday 12 March. Parents should have received an email in relation to pre-ordering photographs online. Orders must be made by Friday 9 March. Please note that orders should be placed online rather than sending cash to school. Photo package pricing and details on the Just Photography website.  

Movie Night – Saturday 23 March
Tickets are still available for our Junior School Movie Night which is being held in the CHC on Saturday 23 March commencing at 5.00pm. Tickets can be purchased through Flexischools. 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.

Coding and Robotics
Please see the following flyer for information on a Coding and Robotics Camp taking place at St Aidan’s over the Easter holidays.
coding

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

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Junior Sport

• Training Schedule Weeks 6 and 7
• 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 Hockey Trials
• 2019 Key Dates Term 1
• Congratulations
• Bus Travel to and from Ambiwerra – For Training
• NRL Team: South Graceville Hounds

Please click here for the Junior School Training Schedule for Week 6 and Week 7.

Swimming Squad Training (Target Andrew 2019)
This is the final week of swimming training for this term. Swimming training will recommence in Term 4. Should girls wish to continue swimming, learn to swim and squad trainings are available at Dunlop Park Pool, Corinda. Please ensure you advise the staff that your child is a St. Aidan’s student.
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• 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.
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.
AC tennis

2019 Cross Country Preparation Training
2019 Cross Country preparation training has commenced with trainings 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 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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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 8.00am. 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 Hockey Trials
Nominations are being called for girls interested in trialing for the Eastern Taipans U11/12 Hockey Teams.
Girls needed to have nominated through Ms Jeanes-Fraser by Monday 4 March.

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

Congratulations to our six St Aidans Swimmers (Penelope Bale, Zahra Fraser, Eloise McLellan, Madeleine O’Dwyer, Stephanie Pettigrew and Olivia Totten) who competed at the Metropolitan West Swimming Trials last week. Particular mention must go to Penelope Bale, Eloise McLellan and Stephanie Pettigrew for qualifying as a member of the Metropolitan West Swimming Team. The girls will compete at the Queensland championships between 25 -27 March at the Sleeman Aquatic Complex in Brisbane. Wishing you all the very best of luck!

Congratulations to Eloise McLellan who competed in the Brisbane Junior Mets (9rs) over the weekend of 23 and 24 February. Eloise had a wonderful weekend where she won 2 Gold medals in the 50m Breaststroke and 100 IM, 1 Silver in 50m Backstroke and 1 Bronze in 50m Butterfly
Well done Eloise!

Congratulations to Zahra Fraser and Emma Thallon who have been selected into the Western District Under 12 State Age Netball Squad. These girls will be competing for a position in the final teams to compete at the Queensland Age Championships in the June - July holidays. Best of luck girls!

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.

NRL Team: South Graceville Hounds
The Souths Graceville Hounds are recruiting Under 10’s and 11’s for 2019. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Selina Ansen at southsgraceville@houndsrlfc.com

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Junior Music

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

Term 1 Recital Program
The following students will be performing at the Term 1 Recital in the Auditorium on Thursday 7 March at 6.00pm.

Angel Lu Western China Fantasy Guzhong
Ruby Freidin The Rainbow Connection Voice
Genevieve Johnston Tequila Sunrise Flute
Belinda Lee Minuet – Reinagle Piano
Yolanda Wang Etude #8 – Dotzauer Cello
Four Seasons Strings March – Elgar String Quartet
(Emma Aziz; Rachel Eng; Niraasha Munasinghe; Sarah McArthur)
Kirralee Neale Click Goes the Shears Violin
Tessa Kift The Little Clown Piano
Angel Lu Rain Song Harp
Lucy Thompson Ashokan Farewell Violin
Tia Perry TBA Cello

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. 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 herefor 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 herefor Semester 1 Music Calendar. Changes and additions may be made throughout the year. Updates will be provided in the Newsletter.

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