Newsletter Term 1 Week 7 2019

Principal

Ms toni riordan

Mother Emma’s Day

Mother Emma’s Day is celebrated each year on 9 March. For the last three years we have marked Mother Emma’s Day by joining with St Margaret’s students and staff for a service at St John’s Cathedral. Monday’s service allowed us to give thanks for the presence of The Society of the Sacred Advent and to acknowledge what makes our “sister” schools so special. Sisters Sandra and Eunice attended on Monday, with Sister Gillian preaching a very thought-provoking sermon for all who were gathered.

Fancutt’s house is coming to Ambiwerra

You may have seen some works occurring down at Ambi. In January 1962, Mrs Fancutt (86) and her husband Trevor (84) embarked on a venture that would cement their name among Brisbane families for decades to come. I wonder if they would have imagined that their tennis centre would go on to operate for over 50 years and then their pre-1911 house would find a new home of tennis, at Corinda in 2019. 
In the coming weeks, Fancutt’s house will be relocated to its new tennis home at Ambiwerra. While the relocation itself has been approved by Brisbane City Council, a moving date is yet to be confirmed. 
We are very excited to be receiving such a historical and iconic home. The house will be restored and then put to use as offices and meeting spaces until a long-term use is determined through the current master planning process. 

St Aidan’s Signature Ball

I warmly invite community members to our Signature Ball. St Aidan’s Foundation Signature Ball will be held on Saturday 20 July at the Rivershed, Howard Smith Wharves. The evening at this spectacular new city venue includes a three course dinner, premium beverages and entertainment. Please mark your diary and join us at this 90 year celebration as we welcome friends, families, staff and past students. This is an 18+ event. Tickets are available on Thursday 14 March at www.eventbrite.com.au
ball

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 won the Regional Final of the Lions Youth of the Year competition and will go on to compete at the District Finals held in Maleny on 23 March.
• Leah Dargan (Year 8) who came 4th at the Queensland School Triathlon on the weekend and has made the Queensland team to compete at Nationals.

Best wishes to:
• Year 11 students for Block Testing
• QGSSSA Open Softballers for their last game of the season
• Senior School students competing in QGSSSA Autumn Fixtures sports for Round 1 – St Hilda’s
• Junior School students for their Inter-house Cross Country competition
• QDU Debaters

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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 Students & Academic Welfare (7-9)

Ms holly o'sullivan williams

• Senior School Interhouse Cross Country
• Sibling Photographs and Uniform
• Student drop offs/pickups

SS Interhouse Cross Country: The Cross Country Carnival is to be held at the Arboretum on Monday 18 March. Year 12 rolls will be marked at 8.30am at the Arboretum. Years 7 to 11 rolls will be marked in Form Class before they walk to the Arboretum.

Senior School Photos and Uniform: A reminder that Sibling photos will be taken on Thursday 21 March. Please ensure your child is wearing the correct uniform ie Blues. Whilst most girls are consistently wearing their uniform correctly, some students still need to take care that they are adhering to the school rules and expectations. In particular, please note that:
- Necklaces or bracelets are not to be worn unless they are medical identification ones. Only one earring is to be worn in each ear, in the lower lobe (not ‘seconds’ or those in the top of the ear).
- The correct sports uniform must also be worn during PE lessons and for trainings before and after school.
- Students must also have their shoes polished and their hair tied back with a ribbon (white, blue or brown).

Year Level Co-ordinators and Form Teachers have had a number of conversations with students and we appreciate parent assistance as well. Students who do not wear the uniform correctly will unfortunately be given either a Tuesday or Friday lunchtime detention.

Student drop off / pick up: Parents are kindly asked to not park in the 2-minute loading zones at the front of the school during drop off and pick up times. These zones assist us in ensuring school traffic continues to move and safety is paramount as children are dropped off and picked up each day.

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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 Week 7
• Fixture Schedule Week 7
• Training Schedule Week 7
• Rowing

The Back Page Week 7
https://central.staidan.qld.edu.au/send.php?id=16984

Fixture Schedule Week 7
https://central.staidan.qld.edu.au/send.php?id=16914

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

Rowing
This year the St Aidan’s Rowing Program is offering an excellent opportunity for any new students to try Rowing. We will be holding two ‘Learn to Row’ events at the Pine Rivers Rowing Club on Lake Kurwongbah. Students will have the opportunity to try Rowing in both Quads and Single Sculls in a safe and controlled learning environment.
This event will be held on two Saturday mornings; 23 March and 4 May 2019. The event will run from 6.15am to approximately 11.45am. A bus will be provided to take the students to Pine Rivers Rowing Club and return the students to St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School at the conclusion of the event. Please visit the Rowing page on Aidan’s Central to view the finer details of the events including the sign-on survey and a list of what to bring on the day.

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Music

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

Term 1 Recital
Congratulations go to all the students who performed at the Term 1 Recital last week. It was lovely to see musicians from Year 1 – 12 perform with such confidence and musicality. Many thanks to the parents and music tutors who came to support the girls. Our Year 6 music captains did a wonderful job introducing each performer – thank you girls.

Music Family Service
All Junior and Senior School Music and STAGE students are invited to attend the Music and STAGE Family Service to be held on Wednesday 20 March in the CHC, commencing at 5:00pm. The Service should conclude by 6:30pm. It is expected that all Music students in year 7-12 attend this service as part of their yearly commitment. Younger students are welcome to attend, but it is not compulsory.
As it will be “Free Dress Day” students attending this service are permitted to wear free dress.
N.B The following groups will be performing at the service:
• Chorale
• Ensemble Volar
• Children Crossing
• Selected Instrumental Students
Please address any queries to music@staidans.qld.edu.au or the teacher of the relevant ensemble.

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.

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 herefor 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 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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subject news

• Queensland Junior Physics Odyssey
• Maths

Queensland Junior Physics Odyssey
Queensland JPhO is a five-day (non-residential) program for Year 10 students with an interest in physics, science and mathematics. The program aims to develop students' problem-solving skills as well as an appreciation and understanding of physics.

What's on offer at JPho?
• Lectures on specific physics concepts like energy, force and momentum.
• Tutorials to apply knowledge to conceptual problems.
• Tours to a variety of research labs (organic chemistry, lasers and quantum physics).
• Interactive workshops exploring physical effects, including the scientific basis for circus tricks, acrobatics, tesla coils and electronic circuits.
• Support from UQ lecturers, researchers, tutors, the UQ Demo Troupe and volunteers.

JPhO presents physics in a format that complements senior physics, while also providing techniques for problem solving and great team-work experiences. It is also a fun environment for students to meet like minded people.

Applications
Students need to apply before 30 April 2019 and provide a letter of reference from their teacher. If your daughter is interested, I would encourage her to promptly ask her Science teacher for a letter of reference so that it can be provided by the due date.

When: Monday, 1 July - Friday, 5 July 2019.
Time: 8:50am-5:00pm - Monday, Wednesday and Friday
8:50am-8:00pm - Tuesday and Thursday
Cost: $260.00 (covers all meals, program materials and the highly coveted JPhO t-shirt)
Location: The University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus, Brisbane.
Enquiries: jpho@uq.edu.au
For more information on JPhO, as well as a link to the online application form, please visit the event website.

Mrs Hicks

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

Signature Ball 2019

Signature Ball 2019
The St Aidan’s Foundation invites friends, families, staff and past students to the Signature Ball 2019, Saturday 20 July, 6.00pm.
Join us for a sparkling evening celebrating St Aidan’s 90 years at Brisbane’s hottest new venue, Howard Smith Wharves overlooking the Story Bridge and city lights. Indulge in a three course dinner, premium beverages and live entertainment by the energetic Red Tie Band.
Limited tickets are on sale Thursday 14 March at www.eventbrite.com.au, $200 per person.
This is a 18+ event. Ticket sales close strictly on 10 July.
For more information or to become an event sponsor, email foundation@staidans.qld.edu.au.

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Junior Jottings

Mrs Louise Mcguire 

• Open Day
• Year 5 Camp
• Free Dress Day
• National Day of Action Against Bullying
• Andrews Cup Touch and Tennis
• Drive-through Reminders
• Class Photographs
• Cyber Tips
• Movie Night
• Important Dates

Open Day
Open Day is being held this year on Tuesday 26 March 8:45am-1:00pm. Open Morning is a great opportunity to meet members of our Educational Leadership Team, hear our Principal, Toni Riordan, speak about St Aidan's and take a tour with one of our current students. There has already been an overwhelming response to the day and families who will be attending are encouraged to register through the school website.  

Year 5 Camp
Last week, the Year 5 students attended Camp Currimundi for a fun filled three days and two nights. A huge thanks must go to the staff who attended; Mrs Koh, Mrs Hannan, Miss Rowe, Mrs Child and Mrs Sellars. I had the pleasure of attending and witnessed the excitement of the girls as they challenged themselves in canoeing, caving, mini Olympics and rock climbing. Many students were pushed out of their comfort zones and must be commended on their perseverance and willingness to embrace the tasks set and they should be proud of their ability to work effectively in teams.
yr 5 camp

Free Dress Day for the 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 are have scheduled PE lessons must have their Browns uniform and sports shoes to change into for lessons. All students must remember to bring and wear a hat.

National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence – Friday 15 March
This year’s theme for the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence is ‘Take Action Every Day’.  As part of the Social and Emotional Learning Program, students in the Junior School have been discussing and participating in activities that build positive social relationships in different contexts at school. They have also been discussing what to do if they hear or see or know about students who are being treated disrespectfully.
Year 6 Leaders have been promoting the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence by giving students a wrist band to wear all week and discussing the topic on Assembly. Parents are encouraged to view and use the resources on the website (link below) and on our Cyber Safety web page on Aidan’s Central.
Bullying No Way

Andrews Cup Touch and Tennis
My best wishes are extended to the Andrews Cup Touch and Tennis teams competing on Tuesday 19 March. Touch Captains, Chloe Duce and Olivia Totten must be commended for their efforts in encouraging the team in the lead up to the competition which will be held in Toowoomba. The Andrews Cup Tennis will be held at the University of Queensland and will be led by Tennis Captain Cass Chan. All team members have been training hard and we wish them the best of luck!

Drive-through
In order to assist in a safe, fast drive-through please note the following –

• Enter the drive-through with a LEFT hand turn from Ruthven St.
• Join the queue from Watt Street, not Aidans Way.
• Proceed to the playground end of the drive-through to enable as many cars into the drive-through as possible.
• Leave adequate room between vehicles.
• Give pedestrians absolute right of way.
DO NOT LEAVE YOUR VEHICLE UNATTENDED. 
• “Do a lap” if your daughter is not there.
• Park in the street and walk to meet your daughter if you arrive early.
• Exit the drive-through with a LEFT turn only.
• Insist that your daughter is looking out for you and waiting on the paved area behind the yellow safety line.

Teachers will do their utmost to ensure that girls are released from class on time in order to assist with this process.
If your daughter has a lesson in the secondary school last lesson of the day (check timetables), please keep in mind that although we endeavour to finish on time, she may take a little longer to make her way to the collection area.

Class Photographs
Class photos (K-6) and sibling photos will be taken on Thursday 21 March. Parents can pre-order photographs online and these must be made prior to the day. Photo package pricing & details can be found on the MSP Photography website (www.msp.com.au).

Cyber Tips
Each week, Mrs Grant will be providing some useful tips to families about cyber safety and protecting children as they use the internet, online games and apps. For further information and resources please go to https://central.staidan.qld.edu.au/homepage/3864 on Aidan’s Central. The password for Internet Safe Training for Parents is staidans.

Staying Cyber Safe Tips:
• As parents, the most important thing you can do is establish an open dialogue with your kids as young as possible, so they know if they see anything weird that makes them feel icky in the stomach or scared to tell you so you can help block and report.
• Implement parental controls. Most web browsers will allow you to block certain websites, limit what kids can see and report about what sites have been visited. You can limit screentime and access to apps. YouTube for Kids will allow you to disable search and “autoplay”. There is no need to pay for a third party filtering app to do this for you as you will get the same result.
• Make rules that devices are kept out of the bedroom or at least have a curfew.
• Use fact checking sites like snopes.com (who for example, reported Momo as a challenge that first appeared in mid-2018 linked to suicide reports without actual evidence. YouTube said it has not received “any recent evidence of videos showing or promoting the Momo challenge.” The videos you may see about Momo are not the challenge they have been created by others. We advise that you talk to your child as we suggested above….if they see something scary or hear about something scary to tell you.
• Implement parental controls but don’t rely on them for YouTube – hoaxes are notorious for sliding around the child protection algorithms.
• It is frustrating and scary for parents/teachers/carers when you hear of these hoaxes and challenges and whether they are real or not. It highlights the fact that we never know what kids are looking at and the information that they are retaining through online content. This is why talking to kids is so important. Take the time and have an age-appropriate conversation, help your kids understand that not everything they see on the internet is real.

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 herefor movie night information.

Important Dates
Please click herefor Important Dates Term 1, 2019.

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Junior Sport

• Training Schedule for Week 7 and 8
• Swimming Squad Training (Target Andrew 2020)
• 2019 Andrews Cup Touch Football Trials
• 2019 Andrews Cup Tennis Trials
• 2019 Cross Country Preparation Training
• Interhouse Cross Country Details
• Congratulations
• Bus Travel to and from Ambiwerra – For Training
• Key Dates

Please click here for the Junior School Training Schedule for Week 7 and Week 8.

Swimming Squad Training (Target Andrew 2020)
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.

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 Andrews Cup teams have been named based on skill, game application, combinations and attendance. Congratulations to all girls. Final training days for the Andrews Cup Teams are as follows:
AC touch training wk 7

2019 Andrews Cup Tennis Trials
The Andrews Cup Tennis is being held on Tuesday 19 March at University of Queensland. The Andrews Cup teams have been named based on skill, game application, combinations and attendance. Congratulations to all girls. Final training days for the Andrews Cup Teams are as follows:
AC tennis training wk 7

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 this week 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. Please note there will be no training on Thursday 14 March after the Interhouse Cross Country.
cross country training wk 7

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.
interhouse 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.

Congratulations to Zahra Fraser who have been selected into the Eastern Taipans 12 Years Netball Team. Zahra will be competing for a position in the Metropolitan West Team in early April at the Ipswich Netball Associations. Wishing Zahra all the very best of luck!

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.

key dates wk 7

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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
Congratulations go to all the students who performed at the Term 1 Recital last week. It was lovely to see musicians from Year 1 – 12 perform with such confidence and musicality. Many thanks to the parents and music tutors who came to support the girls. Our Year 6 music captains did a wonderful job introducing each performer – thank you girls.

Music Family Service
All Junior and Senior School Music and STAGE students are invited to attend the Music and STAGE Family Service to be held on Wednesday 20 March in the CHC, commencing at 5:00pm. The Service should conclude by 6:30pm. It is expected that all Music students in year 7-12 attend this service as part of their yearly commitment. Younger students are welcome to attend, but it is not compulsory.
As it will be “Free Dress Day” students attending this service are permitted to wear free dress.
N.B The following groups will be performing at the service:
• Chorale
• Ensemble Volar
• Children Crossing
• Selected Instrumental Students
Please address any queries to music@staidans.qld.edu.au or the teacher of the relevant ensemble.

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 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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