Newsletter Term 1 Week 9

Principal

Ms toni riordan

Single-sex versus co-ed schooling and STEM pathways for girls 
A report commissioned by the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia has found that girls in single-sex schools in Victoria are more likely than girls in co-educational schools to study chemistry, intermediate mathematics, advanced mathematics and physics in their senior years, but that a low proportion of girls in both types of schools take IT or computing subjects.

Overall, girls in single-sex schools in Victoria in 2015 were far more likely to study chemistry than girls in co-ed schools (27.6% vs 15.4%), significantly more likely to study intermediate mathematics (Mathematical Methods) (36.3% vs 21.6%), more likely to study advanced mathematics (Specialist Mathematics) (8.9% vs 4.8%), and more likely to study physics than girls in co-ed schools (7.5% vs 5.1%).
The report by Professor Helen Forgasz and Adjunct Professor Gilah Leder of Monash University also surveyed male and female graduates of single-sex and co-educational schools across Australia, finding that a higher proportion of females from single-sex schools than co-ed schools had completed tertiary studies in STEM-related health/medicine fields (28.3% vs. 19.0%) and that a higher proportion of females from co-ed schools than single-sex schools had completed engineering studies (14.3% vs. 3.9%).
For female graduates of single-sex schools, the most influential factors on their initial career choice were parents (43.4%), being good at STEM subjects (37.6%) and good employment prospects (31.8%), leading Forgasz and Leder to ask: “Are parents of girls in single-sex schools more likely to encourage girls into health-related areas than the hard sciences, including engineering?” They conclude that it would appear to be worthwhile for future studies to explore this issue further.
Forgasz and Leder also found that 43% of women thought a single-sex school would promote a girl’s interest in STEM, compared with 8% who would recommend a co-ed school for a girl interested in STEM studies. This finding, they write, is “consistent with the widespread belief that single-sex schools are more likely than co-educational schools to promote girls’ interest in STEM”.
Finally, Forgasz and Leder also found that “the traditional gender stereotyped role expectation that females serve as the main carer for children was evident not only among older participants, but also, disappointingly, among younger participants”. The “gendered expectation” that women will be the main carer of children, as well as harassment and bullying in male-dominated fields like engineering, “were provided by many survey respondents as explanations for career changes away from STEM”.
References available on request. Thank you to the Alliance of Girls Schools, Australasia for this research.

Indooroopilly Shopping Centre Bunny Decorating Competition
Please support our Kindy students who will be participating in the Indooroopilly Shopping Centre Bunny Decorating Competition. Our bunny will be on display at Indooroopilly Shopping centre from 19 March – 1 April. Customers will be asked for their favourite bunny design and the top 5 schools will win a share of $3000 worth of Indooroopilly vouchers. Please ‘hop on down’ to Indooroopilly and vote for us!

Plan your Brisbane
I encourage students to go online and plan their future Brisbane via the Brisbane City Council online game available at brisbane.qld.gov.au/planyourbrisbane
The game focuses on the challenges our city faces, such as making sure housing is affordable for everyone, making it easier to get around the city, and creating more greenspace. It may be of specific interest to students studying geography, civics or related fields. 
As the game will be closing in mid-April, it is important that students participate during this school term.
Council will use the data generated from the online game, along with other data collected since September 2017, to develop a Charter of Principles that will help guide the future of our city.

Congratulations to:
Mrs Megan Daley who was a guest panellist at the Somerset Literature Festival
U15 Javelin National Champion, Angelina Tignani (Year 8) who set a new record at the Australian Junior Athletics Championships in Sydney.

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Deputy Principal

Ms cate begbie

Car Park
Homestay Program

Car Park
Staff in the Senior School have noticed the number of parents dropping off or picking up their daughters in the car park has significantly increased in recent weeks. There have also been occasions when our disability car space has been occupied by cars without the required permit displayed. 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.

Homestay Program
I thought I would take this opportunity to remind families of the opportunity to join our Homestay Program. We are continuously looking to develop our list of families who may be available for hosting a student from overseas, particularly for our short-term Study Experience program. Many of our Study Experience students are accommodated in Homestay arrangements with local families. Homestay is a very worthwhile cross-cultural experience for both the hosting family and for the visiting student. For further information about hosting a short-term student, please contact Claire Jackson at c.jackson@staidans.qld.edu.au or phone 3373 5937.

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Chaplain

Rev Gillian Moses

Living in Harmony
This week we celebrate Harmony Day at St Aidan's. Harmony Day is a great occasion to celebrate multiculturalism and diversity within our community, especially at a time when diversity seems to be under attack in parts of our community. While there is plenty of material about Harmony Day to read on the internet, I thought it might be interesting to reflect on the theological understandings of harmony: what do Christians mean by harmony?

Harmony is not simply getting along with one another, although I would also argue there is often nothing simple about getting along. If we look to music for inspiration, harmony is the complex interweaving of different melodies to produce a richer, denser sound. While a single line of melody can be beautiful, a harmony enriches the tune and brings out otherwise unnoticed aspects. Sometimes a harmony includes an unexpected and even discordant chord, but always there is a movement towards incorporating even the discord to make something bigger, fuller and brighter than before.
When it comes to us people, the discord often seems to throw us off. It is as though we believe we must agree about everything, all the time, or there is no common ground at all. And whether it be religion, politics or even sporting teams, we can be much quicker to seize on the things we disagree about than to celebrate all that we have in common.
The gospels are full of stories of Jesus healing the sick and curing those who seemed to be possessed by demons.  The blind are made to see, the lame can walk, even the dead are raised to life. The communal implication of these miracles lies in the way they bring the sick person, the discordant note, back into the community. Time and again, Jesus insisted that these people belonged in the thick of the community and not on its margins, or expelled altogether. They were essential to the wholeness (salvation) of the community, and without them, all were sick.
Today we tend to be kinder to people who are sick, but we still tend to exclude people on the basis of difference. The determining factor may be mental illness, or poverty, or country of origin, or religious belief. The outcome is the same: we push them to the margins and beyond, insisting that they do not harmonise well with the dominant group so they must be removed. Rarely do we question how easily the dominant group makes space for a new theme or an unexpected harmony, or if our tune has become dull and predictable and needs refreshing.
This Harmony Day, I hope we might be surprised by some of the quieter themes we detect in our own community, helping to make the St Aidan’s symphony beautiful, complex and diverse. I hope we might each be encouraged to sing our own part with confidence, listening intently to the music around us and finding the chords that make our souls sing.
Blessings
Rev Gillian 

Easter Service times - St David’s Chelmer Graceville
Maundy Thursday 7.30pm
Good Friday 9am  (Church open from 8am to 11am for Prayer)
Easter Eve 6pm 
Easter Day 8am
More details at stdavidschelmer.com.au .

Iona Passion Play
For 60 Years the Iona Passion Play has been performed over Easter, throughout Australia. This year the play returns to Iona College, where it began. The Passion Play is an opportunity to discover the story of Easter and is suitable for all ages. This year the Play will be performed over Holy Week from Saturday 24 March to Good Friday 30 March, in the IPAC theatre at Iona College, Lindum. Tickets start from $7 for children (5-14 years) and group/concession discounts are available. For more information go to the Passion Play website www.passionplay.org.au .

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Dean of Studies

Ms lynda wall

Numeric marking system and feedback on assessment Years 7-10
Parent teacher interviews
21st century skills: Critical Thinking 

Numeric marking system and feedback on assessment
Marking
Students in Years 7-10 are now receiving numeric marks on assessment, rather than the letter grades they have received in previous years. This move is in line with the senior syllabuses that are being introduced for the new ATAR system. At St Aidan’s, we are determined that all assessment processes will be thoroughly trialled and evaluated before they are used for senior assessment. 
At the end of each semester, the numeric marks will be converted to letter grades. The cut-offs are:
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These cut-offs are specific to St Aidan’s. The QCAA has not released information about what numeric result will be required to achieve specific grades. Although students will no longer receive marks that include a “plus” or “minus” grade, the percentages give a more defined indication of where students sit within the grade band. 

Feedback 
Parents have access to students’ marks and teacher comments in Parent Lounge. Currently, students have been given access to the teacher comments, without the marks, through the Learning Analytics program. We have the providers of Learning Analytics working on the program so that the marks are also visible for students. 
Teachers provide classes with much more detailed feedback in lessons when they hand back assessment items; this will frequently involve going back through the test paper, working through model responses, and having students take item-by-item notes. If you have any queries about your daughter’s performance on assessment, the first person to ask is your daughter as she should be able to show you the notes that she has made during the feedback lesson. 

Parent teacher interviews
Parent teacher interviews are being held on Wednesday 18 April, Monday 23 April, and Thursday 26 April. 
The online booking system will be available from 7.00pm 19 March via Parent Lounge until 5.00pm on 16 April. Parents can find Parent Lounge on the Aidan’s Central dash. The link to Aidan’s Central can be found on the website or can be accessed through the app. Login details for Aidan’s Central on PCs are in this form: staidan\p12345 (the number after the \ is your parent code). If you do not remember your parent code or your password, please email ITsupport@staidans.qld.edu.au. Once you have logged in to Aidan’s Central, you will be able to access Parent Lounge. You will find the link to Parent Teacher Interviews in the side menu of Parent Lounge. 

21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking
The new senior syllabuses emphasise six skill-sets that have been identified as essential for learners in the 21st century. Each week for the next six weeks I will take the opportunity to outline one of these skills. The QCAA position paper can be found at: https://www.qcaa.qld.edu.au/downloads/senior/snr_syll_redev_21st_century_skills_position_paper.pdf .

The first of the identified 21st century skills is Critical Thinking. Within this area are the cognitions of:
analytical thinking
problem-solving 
decision-making 
reasoning 
reflecting and evaluating 
intellectual flexibility 

At St Aidan’s, we encourage critical thinking using a range of strategies appropriate to individual subject disciplines. These strategies include: 

Providing choice and encouraging flexibility in approaches to tasks
Teaching processes that support increasing independence in learning
Encouraging an interest in the human condition, asking questions about individual perspectives and how these may change based on experience and context
Connecting learning and assessment to authentic local, national and international contexts
Encouraging students to evaluate their study practices and learning routines
Providing wider reading, viewing and other resources associated with focus topics, and facilitating reflection on these experiences
Facilitating classroom discussions and debates, and challenging assumptions
Inquiring into problems and possible design solutions, applying human-centred design thinking
Experimenting and refining inquiries to produce methodologically sound responses
Evaluating their own and others’ reasoning against a range of criteria. 

These approaches to Critical Thinking are underpinned by explicit teaching and revision of core knowledge, concepts and skills. Parents can also encourage critical thinking at home by asking students to analyse, to problem solve and to consider a range of perspectives when approaching contentious or challenging situations. Wide reading, viewing and discussion of the world beyond school is also fundamental to critical thinking. 

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Senior School

Sport

Please click here for QGSSSA Autumn Fixtures Round 2 Draw
Please click here for QGSSSA Autumn Fixtures Round 1 Results
Please click here for Week 10 training schedule

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Music

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

Music and STAGE Family Service
Thank you to all students and families who attended the Music and STAGE Family Service held last Wednesday evening. This service is such a wonderful way for our students to reflect upon and give thanks for their gifts and talents. Special thanks to Rev Gillian and all the performers helping to make the service memorable. 

Term 1 Recital
It was great to see the high quality of performances at the Term One Performing Arts Recital, held in the Auditorium on Thursday 8 March. Congratulations to all performers and thanks to all friends, family and supporters who were in attendance. 

Brass Music Bursary
The Music Department in conjunction with the Music Support Group are currently offering two music bursaries. These bursaries are open to students in years 7 or 8 who wish to commence lessons on a lower brass instrument – trombone, euphonium or tuba. If you are interested please contact music@staidans.qld.edu.au for further information.

Instrumental lessons in 2018
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://secure.netols.com/schools/gateway/intranet_gateway.cfm?eu=TU-CD1ECB42-C292-7EED-BE73B2DE78B58B7A-CD1ECB43-C292-7EED-BE1057D7703411E8 .  

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). Meeting dates are found in the school calendar  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. Rotational times for the Beginner Band lessons are as follows:
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Rehearsal Schedule for 2018
In order to assist parents and students in planning, please see the rehearsal schedule for 2018. 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.

Weekly instrumental rehearsals are held in the CHC.
2018 Rehearsal Schedule

Ensembles: 
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
(Yrs 7-12, auditioned)
Corelli Strings (Yrs 7-11)
Chamber String Ensembles: Volar Strings, Da Capo Strings, Allegro Strings, Arco Strings, Four Seasons Strings (auditioned)
Vivaldi Strings (Yrs 5-8)
Dolce Strings (Yrs 2-4)
Staccato Strings (Beginner Ensemble)
Year 1 and 2 Beginner Strings Program
Combined Orchestras
(Symphonic Winds and Paganini Strings)

BAND PROGRAM
Symphonic Winds
(AMEB Grade Three and above)
Con Brio Band (Yrs 7-9)
Chamber Winds (auditioned)
Charma Band (Yrs 5-7)
Percussion Ensemble (Yrs 4-7)
Yr 4 Beginner Band Program 
Yr 3 Beginner Band Program
(Semester Two only)
Combined Orchestras (Symphonic Winds and Corelli Strings)

2018 Music Calendar
Changes and additions may be made to the following Calendar. Updates are provided through the Newsletter.

 

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Physical Education

The Importance of Swimming

Our country is surrounded by an enormous body of water, not to mention a hot climate. Many families own pools or travel to beaches, lakes and public pools to escape the heat. With the great deal of exposure to water, learning to swim has become a necessity, not just a fundamental skill.
Swimming has many benefits: it can see your child improve on their physical development with respect to their coordination, swimming stroke and muscle tone. However, it can also have social, emotional and health benefits; for example, building confidence and independence in an aquatic environment. 
Children learn to respect water, teaching them water safety skills so that they are less likely to find themselves in a life threating situation. Studies have shown there is a positive link between swimming lessons and drowning prevention.
To be a confident swimmer and see continual improvement one needs to be exposed to continuous opportunities for practice. Ceasing lessons for any period of time throughout the year can result in the regression of skills and confidence in the water. Physical Education lessons once a week are not enough. Make swimming skills a priority and ensure your child is exposed to lessons outside of school to guarantee they feel water confident and safe. 
Even the most confident and competent swimmers can regress without consistent practice- thus aspiring Olympians will commit to four years of training without skipping a season!

 
Maddy Hole

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Mathematics

Mathematics Assistance Program Term One 2018

It is important students develop as independent learners. By using the additional resources on the class One Note and the chapter review in the text 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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Junior Jottings

Mrs Louise Mcguire 

Andrews Cup Touch/Tennis
National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence 16 March 2018 
Parent/Teacher Interviews
BBC Excursion – Prep
Kindy - Indooroopilly Shopping Centre Bunny Decorating Competition
Important Dates

 

 

Andrews Cup Touch/Tennis
On Tuesday of last week, our girls competed in the Andrews Cup Touch (in Toowoomba) and Tennis (in Brisbane). The girls competed enthusiastically throughout a long and hot day of tough competition. 
Although there were no official placings to be had in the competitions, the girls competed admirably and showed great spirit and determination. Congratulations to our Touch Captains, Laura McGlennon and Gisele Vitale, for their commitment and enthusiasm throughout the season. 
Thanks is extended to all of the St Aidan’s staff and external coaches for their support of Touch and Tennis. We certainly appreciate and value the time and energy they have committed to St Aidan’s.

National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence
At the Junior School Assembly this week, the Peer Support Leaders (Ella Flux, Sophie Clayton and Lauren Wilson) presented a role play about Cyber Bullying. The girls’ presentation focused on the role of the bystander in a cyber bullying situation. They explained how important it is to be upfront when disclosing information, and to promptly tell a trusted adult, including teachers, parents and Head of Junior School. They also explained how to directly support the person being bullied and ask them, ‘Are you OK?’. The audience also viewed a video clip from educational resources www.eSafety.gov.au . The students were reminded that there is a clear school policy in relation to student behaviour (including the guidelines for using devices safely, respectfully and responsibly).
In addition to the presentation today, students will continue to discuss this important topic as part of the SEL program in their year level classrooms.
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BBC Excursion
The Prep girls had a wonderful time last Friday during our first excursion to visit the Prep boys at Brisbane Boys’ College. We took our very first school trip on the bus and enjoyed singing songs on the way. Once we arrived, we met Mrs Gardiner and Mrs Pratt who introduced us to the Prep boys. We participated in lots of fun activities; we made an under the sea collage and learnt all about bees from one of the student’s Grandpas. We made lots of new friends and saw some of our old friends from Kindy last year. We can’t wait until the boys visit us at St Aidan’s in Term 2.
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Kindy - Indooroopilly Shopping Centre Bunny Decorating Competition
Kindy will be participating the Indooroopilly Shopping Centre Bunny Decorating Competition. Our bunny will be on display at Indooroopilly Shopping centre from 19 March – 1 April. Customers will be asked for their favourite bunny design and the top 5 schools will win a share of $3000 worth of Indooroopilly vouchers. Please ‘hop on down’ to Indooroopilly and vote for us! 

Parent/Teacher Interviews Prep-Year 6
Junior School Parent Teacher interviews are scheduled for Week 1 and Week 2 of Term Two (18 April, 23 April, 26 April). 
All families should have received information outlining the process for the online Parent/Teacher Interview appointment booking system. If you have received this information, please contact the Junior School Reception 3373 5944.

 Film Night
After the success of our inaugural Junior School Film Night last year, we are very much looking forward to another great movie event in the CHC on Saturday 28 April commencing at 5pm (invitation attached). Tickets can be purchased through Flexischools. 
I look forward to seeing you there! Please click here for the invitation.

Important Dates
Term 1 2018

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Junior Sport

Please click here for the Junior School Training Schedule for Week 9 and Week 10.

2018 Cross Country Training
Cross Country trainings are designed to enable the students to improve their general fitness before the Junior School Cross Country which is to be held on Thursday 22 March at Ambiwerra. Whilst sessions are mainly designed for girls in Years 2 – 6, younger students are also welcome to attend.  Four training sessions are offered – Wednesday and Thursday 3.45pm-5.00pm, Monday and Wednesday 6.45am-7.45am.  All sessions are held at Ambiwerra Sports grounds and a bus will collect students and take them back to school in the mornings and take them to Ambiwerra 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. 

2018 Cross Country Training at Ambiwerra
Monday - 6.45-7.45am - Locality Ambiwerra Sports Fields
Wednesday - 6.45-7.45am - Locality Ambiwerra Sports Fields 
Wednesday - 3.45-5.00pm - Locality Ambiwerra Sports Fields
Thursday - 3.45-5.00pm - Locality Ambiwerra Sport Fields

Please note there will be no cross country training in the afternoon of Wednesday 21 March or Thursday 22 March.

Holiday Training
Holiday training sessions will be available for all students wishing to continue their training over the holiday break.  Sessions will be held on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 3.00pm to 4.30pm at Ambiwerra.  Parents are asked to collect their girls at 4.30pm.  Girls must ensure they have a cap and water bottle when training.

Training dates:
29 March Thursday 3.00pm – 4.30pm
4 April Wednesday 3.00pm – 4.30pm
5 April Thursday 3.00pm – 4.30pm
11 April Wednesday 3.00pm – 4.30pm
12 April Thursday 3.00pm – 4.30pm

West Taylor Bridge Friday Clubs Competition

Netball Training
From Tuesday 20 March 
Tuesday - Ambiwerra - 3.45-4.45pm

Touch Football Training
Friday - Ambiwerra - 6.45-7.45am

The West Taylor Bridge Friday Club competition presents students with the opportunity to develop skills, match play and team work against a variety of local schools.  The competition is held at a variety of local venues between 1.00pm and 2.30pm every Friday. Touch Football is to be held at Souths-Graceville Junior Rugby League Club, Graceville Avenue, Graceville and Netball at Faulkner Park (Western District Netball Association) Graceville. Parents who are wishing to collect their daughters directly from the venue are to contact the form teacher on Friday morning so that teachers in charge of that sport are advised early.  Parents are to sign students out with the allocated teacher. All Touch Football and Netball training sessions are held at Ambiwerra Sports grounds and a bus will collect students and take them back to school in the mornings and take them to Ambiwerra for the afternoons. Trainings – Netball is held on a Tuesday afternoon from 3.30-4.45pm and Touch Football will be held on Friday mornings from 6.45am-8.00am. It is an expectation that girls wishing to participate in the Interschool Netball and Touch Football attend a training session each week.

Interhouse Cross Country Details
The Interhouse Cross Country will be held on Thursday 22 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 8.10am. 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 has been distributed to all students in Years 3 – 6 and a return slip specifying drop-off details was due back to class teachers last Monday
A program for the carnival has been distributed to each girl in the Junior School. This program provides a map of the course and race distances for each age group as well as results from the previous year.  A map of the Cross Country course can be found on the Cross Country page of Aidan’s Central.

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. Girls wanting to order lunch from the tuckshop on Thursday must pre-order on Wednesday
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.

Canteen and Snow Cones
The canteen at the Tennis Centre will be open for coffee and refreshments for parents.  Snow Cones will be available for students to purchase after their race - cost is $4.50.

Parking
Parents are to please note that the gate to Ambiwerra will be closed as of 8.30am on the morning of the Cross Country to help ensure the safety of all students racing.  No cars are to enter/exit after this time (until all events are completed). Parents are kindly asked to park within the streets surrounding Ambiwerra.

Nominations are being called for girls 11-12 years to trial for the Eastern Taipans District School Sport 11-12 Years Girls HockeyGirls need to nominate through Ms Jeanes-Fraser by Monday 26 March. Numbers are limited and therefore girls must have a background to Hockey and playing experience.  Girls who are interested need to see Ms Jeanes-Fraser for the appropriate paperwork.

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 conclusion 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 should collect them from the sporting fields at the designated time.

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Junior Music

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

Music and STAGE Family Service
Thank you to all students and families who attended the Music and STAGE Family Service held last Wednesday evening. This service is such a wonderful way for our students to reflect upon and give thanks for their gifts and talents. Special thanks to Rev Gillian and all the performers helping to make the service memorable. 

Term 1 Recital
It was great to see the high quality of performances at the Term One Performing Arts Recital, held in the Auditorium on Thursday 8 March. Congratulations to all performers and thanks to all friends, family and supporters who were in attendance. 

Drums Sticks for Sale
The music department currently have 18 sets of drum sticks for sale. All students in percussion ensemble and the beginner band program are invited to buy a pair of sticks for $5. Please bring money to Miss Looi or Mrs Figliano. 

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 .  

Instrumental lessons in 2018
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://secure.netols.com/schools/gateway/intranet_gateway.cfm?eu=TU-CD1ECB42-C292-7EED-BE73B2DE78B58B7A-CD1ECB43-C292-7EED-BE1057D7703411E8

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). Meeting dates are found in the school calendar  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. Rotational times for the Beginner Band lessons are as follows:

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Term Two

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Rehearsal Schedule for 2018
In order to assist parents and students in planning, please see the rehearsal schedule for 2018. 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. 

Weekly instrumental rehearsals are held in the CHC.
2018 Rehearsal Schedule   

Ensembles: 
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
(Yrs 7-12, auditioned)
Corelli Strings (Yrs 7-11)
Chamber String Ensembles: Volar Strings, Da Capo Strings, Allegro Strings, Arco Strings, Four Seasons Strings (auditioned)
Vivaldi Strings (Yrs 5-8)
Dolce Strings (Yrs 2-4)
Staccato Strings (Beginner Ensemble)
Year 1 and 2 Beginner Strings Program
Combined Orchestras
(Symphonic Winds and Paganini Strings)

BAND PROGRAM
Symphonic Winds
(AMEB Grade Three and above)
Con Brio Band (Yrs 7-9)
Chamber Winds (auditioned)
Charma Band (Yrs 5-7)
Percussion Ensemble (Yrs 4-7)
Yr 4 Beginner Band Program 
Yr 3 Beginner Band Program
(Semester Two only)
Combined Orchestras (Symphonic Winds and Corelli Strings)

2018 School Music Calendar
Changes and additions may be made to the Calendar. Updates are provided through the Newsletter.

 

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Trivia Night

St Aidan's Trivia Night
Saturday 26 May
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