Newsletter Term 1 Week 9 2019

Principal

Ms toni riordan

PARENTING 101
My eldest son turns 21 in a week’s time and it has given me some cause to reflect on how I have parented him though childhood, adolescence, into young adulthood and to now reach this significant milestone-age. I am not sure what ‘score’ I would award my parenting and I often wonder how much of my teaching practice and experience in education has merged with my home life and how I parent my two children (they would both say – ‘too much’!).

We know there is no ‘one’, magic formula for teaching, no ‘one-size-fits-all’ theory of learning. And we know it is the same for parenting. The act of teaching, learning and parenting intersects for me and I suspect it does for you too. The virtual Venn Diagram for parenting, teaching and learning would most definitely have the unique and individual child at the centre. Across my teaching career, I have picked up various tools, strategies and approaches, through reading, observation and by others sharing their practice with me. I have gathered resources to improve outcomes and while not as cognisant on the home-front, I am sure I have done the same these past 21 years, as parent to Liam.

The following has been featured in the newsletter previously; however, I think that the suggestions below provide a great reminder to be mindful when we parent so that we may give ourselves the best opportunity to truly nurture the ‘child at the centre’.

According to Erica Reischer, in “What Great Parents Do: 75 Simple Strategies for Raising Kids Who Thrive”, there is a range of effective strategies that have been synthesised from research and clinical experience to help parents reshape kids’ challenging behaviour; create strong family bonds; and guide children toward becoming happy, kind, and responsible adults. Reischer’s work explores what great parents do, which include:

Great parents do what they say they are going to do
• Great parents see that actions speak louder than words
• Great parents are transparent about their decision-making process

One easy-to-implement tip is to replace the word ‘but’ - which can have negative connotations - with ‘and’, which sounds more agreeable. For instance, instead of saying, “That was a good job but you missed out an important part”, you could say, “You did a great job and you could consider this part too”.

Another technique is to pivot. This means to use words that get your point across in a more positive way. Pivoting is the art of saying yes instead of no - and meaning the same thing. For instance, “No, we can’t go to the park until after you have a nap” may get a better response if pivoted to “Yes, we can go to the park as soon as you’ve finished your nap”.

It is best to avoid labels. If your child is reluctant to join an activity, resist commenting to other adults that “She’s just shy”. Acting shyly is a behaviour and not always a permanent characteristic. Your child is listening and could come to think of herself in the manner you are describing.

Even a positive label should be avoided. By labelling your child clever, they may internalise this as “I am smart/creative/good at sports and I want to stay that way”, which might lead to a reluctance to try new things for fear of failure and no longer being defined by that label.

Great parents focus near and far. Focusing only on the moment and not the long term can create problems. If your daughter typically whines for something at the store and you usually buy it for her, she’ll learn that whining helps her get her way. A short-term solution has created a long-term issue. This is also true of yelling to get your point across. If we habitually yell to get our kids’ attention, we are teaching them to ignore us until we yell, and we are also teaching them that yelling is the way to get someone’s attention.

For parents with older children, there is one last principle: Great parents start where they are. Rather than fretting over past actions, keep in mind that you can only act on what you know, and most parents have been doing the best they can with what they know so far. Thankfully, most kids are both resilient and forgiving; they are more like hardy weeds than delicate flowers.

Acknowledgement: “What Great Parents Do: 75 Simple Strategies for Raising Kids Who Thrive,” Erica Reischer

Staff News
Susan Lewis will be on leave for the last two weeks of Term 1 and the first week of Term 2.

Congratulations to our Sports Administration Assistant, Kate Veitch. Kate has a secondment to the QGSSSA and will take up her position of Executive Officer in Semester 2 of this year.

Congratulations to:
Ruby Fraser, Sophie Idzikowski and Cailin Rienecker (Year 11) who were members of the Met West 19/U Tennis team that won the Queensland Secondary Schools State Championships. Ruby and Sophie have been selected for the Queensland 19/U Tennis team and will compete at the School Sport Australia National Championships in Adelaide in May.
Lilyan Sullivan (Year 11) who performed admirably in the District Final of the Lions Youth of the Year.
Lucy Auton (Year 9) who has qualified to represent Queensland at the upcoming Australian Gymnastics Championships in Melbourne, both as a Junior International Individual gymnast and Team Captain of the Junior Group.
Cassidy Mataia (Year 10) who has been invited by Tennis Australia to go on a Fed Cup Foundation USA ITF Tour. Eight of Australia’s brightest up and coming teenagers will travel to the United States for three weeks and have the opportunity to train at the Chris Evert Tennis Academy in Florida, before competing in junior ITF tournaments and visiting US colleges.

Best wishes to:
• Year 12 students for Block Testing
• Year 7 Geography students for your excursion to Oxley Creek Common
• Senior School students playing QG Autumn sports for Round 3
• Girls attending the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Camp at Ambi over the weekend.

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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 | Week 9 
• QG Fixtures | Week 9
• Club Fixtures | Week 9
• Training Schedule | Week 9
• QGSSSA Artistic Gymnastics | Week 10
• Training Schedule | Week 10
• QGSSSA Fixture Results

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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.

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. The pinafores should be arriving in the Uniform Shop in week 10. Alternatively, second hand uniforms are available on the following website: https://www.sustainableschoolshop.com.au/.

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 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

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
• Friends with Dignity Kitchen Drive

Signature Ball
Tickets selling fast! Limited tickets available at www.eventbrite.com.au.

The St Aidan’s Foundation invites friends, families, staff and past students to the Signature Ball 2019, Saturday 20 July, 6pm.

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.

This is a 18+ event. $200 per person. Ticket sales close strictly on 10 July.

Please click here for more information or to become an event sponsor, email foundation@staidans.qld.edu.au

Friends with Dignity Kitchen Drive
Please click here  for information on the Friends with Dignity Kitchen Drive. Donations can be left in the senior school library and junior and senior school receptions until 17 May.

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Junior Jottings

Mrs Louise Mcguire 

• P&F Movie Night
• Andrews Cup Touch/Tennis
• Parent/Teacher Interviews
• BBC Visit to Prep
• Cyber Tips
• Important Dates
• Outside School Hours Care - Easter School Holiday Program

Movie Night
Last Saturday evening, we held our Junior School Movie Night in the CHC. Now in its third year, the night was another huge success with over 100 people in attendance. It was a great opportunity for students and family members to ‘catch up’ in a casual and friendly environment and students enjoyed a range of activities including face painting, a teddy bear parade and of course the viewing of the movie, “Paddington 2”.
I take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank our event sponsors who made the night possible.

Sponsors
• Skobi Shoes (McLellan Family)
• Studio Pilates
• Fighter Pilot (Boyd Family)
• Sayers Dance
• Chapman Builders (Rogers Family)
• SurePipe (Colette & Stewart Andersen)
• Instant Security
• Communication in Action (Jules McMenimen)

Thank you also Coles, Corinda and Woolworths, Mt Ommaney for assisting with vouchers and food items for the night.
I also extend my sincere thanks to Alex Boyd for co-ordinating this event, the P&F, Matt Duncan and the many other parents who contributed and assisted in some way.
movie night all

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.
The girls competed admirably and showed great spirit and determination. Congratulations to our tennis C Social Team who won the premiership and our A Grade Team that placed 4th. A special mention must go to Touch Captains, Chloe Duce and Olivia Totten, and Tennis Captain Cass Chan 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.

BBC Visit to Prep
The prep girls had a great time last Friday when Mrs Gardener and the Prep class from Brisbane Boys College came to visit St Aidans. We saw a couple of our old friends from Kindy and made some new friends. We participated in lots of fun activities with teacher Ms Clarke and Mrs Bird. We read ‘Under my love Umbrella’ and learnt about the letter ‘Uu’! We made rockets in a STEM task and flew our rockets to all the different planets. We had a music lesson from Mrs Figliano, and Sensei Mesch taught us some new Japanese words. Next term we are visiting Brisbane Boys College. We can’t wait to see what exciting activities they have in store!
BBC visit

Parent/Teacher Interviews Kindy-Year 6
Junior School Parent Teacher interviews are scheduled for Week 1 and Week 2 of Term Two. Kindy interviews will be held on 29 April, 30 April, 1 May and 2 May. Prep to Year 6 interviews will be held on 24 April, 29 April and 2 May.
All families should have received information outlining the process for the online Parent/Teacher Interview appointment booking system. If you have not received this information, please contact the Junior School Reception 3373 5944.

Cyber Tips by Mrs Cath Grant
Family Online Safety Contract
One way to encourage a discussion on cyber safety with young people is by creating a family contract together. This way everyone knows what is expected of them when they’re using the internet - including mobile phones, tablets and other devices.
We've teamed up with the Carly Ryan Foundation to develop a Family Online Safety Contract for you to print and sign with your family. We’ve also designed a blank template if you want to specify your own online family rules.
More details can be found at http://www.thinkuknow.org.au/parents-portal.  

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

St Aidan’s Outside School Hours Care: Vacation Care Program 
oshc

BOOKINGS CLOSE 29 MARCH 2019! SECURE YOUR SPOT!

The School Holidays are just around the corner and we can’t wait to show you the fun-filled and exciting activities we have planned in our Easter School Holiday Program. Further details of the program can be found here.
Bookings for the St Aidan’s OSHC Easter School Holiday program has opened. If you require care for the upcoming School Holiday period please return your booking form before 29 March 2019.

How do I book?
Complete the official booking form attached to the program. For further details please email oshc@staidans.qld.edu.au.

What is the cost?*
Early Bird Fees: $60 per day*
Early Bird Bookings close: 25 March 2019
Fees: $65 per day*
*Incursions and excursions incur additional costs. These are compulsory for all students and therefore you are able to claim CCS for these.

What are the hours of operation?
The service is open from 7.30am until 6.00pm.

How can I obtain more information?
If you would like further information regarding our OSHC program or if you would like to make a booking, feel free to contact me via mobile on 0423 547 653 or email on oshc@staidans.qld.edu.au.

Palu Ingram
Outside School Hours Care Coordinator - SSA

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Junior Sport

• Training Schedule for Weeks 9 and 10
• 2019 Andrews Cup Touch Football Trials
• 2019 Andrews Cup Tennis Trials
• Cross Country Training
• Bus Travel to and from Ambiwerra – For Training
• Key Dates Term 2

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

2019 Andrews Cup Touch Football Trials
Tuesday, 19 March saw 5 Teams of St. Aidan’s Touch Footballers travel to Toowoomba for the Andrews Cup Competition. Girls from all teams are to be congratulated on their commitment leading into the competition and on the day of the competition. St Aidan’s played with determination and wonderful team spirit against our opposition throughout the day. I would like to thank the parents who travelled to Toowoomba – your support was appreciated by all girls. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our Captains, Chloe Duce and Olivia Totten for all their assistance at trainings and on the day and our coaches who were involved in preparing the girls – Mr Moseley, Ms Rowe, Ms Swan, Ashleigh Johnson, Hannah King, Loren Morssinkhof and Imogen Alexander.

2019 Andrews Cup Tennis Trials
On Tuesday 19 March, the Andrews Cup Tennis teams competed at the University of Queensland Tennis Centre at St Lucia. The girls are to be commended on their dedication and hard work leading into and on the day of the competition. Particular mention must go to our C Social Team who won the premiership and our A Grade Team that placed 4th. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our Captain, Cass Chang for her assistance at trainings and on the day, and our coaches from Lifetime Tennis in particularly Leon Frost for all the assistance in the preparation of the girls and their guidance on the day. Finally, I would like to thank the parents who supported the tennis in Brisbane – your encouragement was appreciated by all girls.

Cross Country Training
The Andrews Cup Cross Country Squad has been selected and permission letters have been distributed. Trainings will be open only to girls selected in the Andrews Cup Cross Country Squad.
Four sessions are offered on a weekly basis to Andrews Cup Cross Country squad members with one compulsory session required per week. Should your daughter be wishing to make the Andrews Cup Team – she must attend 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.
cross country training wk 8

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 Monday and Thursday afternoons from 3.45pm to 5.00pm at Ambiwerra and Wednesday afternoon at the Arboretum from 3.45 - 5.00pm. Parents are asked to collect their girls at 5.00pm. Girls are asked to ensure they have a cap and water bottle when training.

Training dates:
8 April Monday 3.45pm – 5.00pm Ambiwerra
10 April Wednesday 3.45pm – 5.00pm Arboretum
11 April Thursday 3.45pm – 5.00pm Ambiwerra
15 April Monday 3.45pm – 5.00pm Ambiwerra
17 April Wednesday 3.45pm – 5.00pm Arboretum
18 April Thursday 3.45pm – 5.00pm Ambiwerra

No training Easter Monday.

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 9

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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. 

AMEB Results 
Congratulations to Mira Wang-Lee in Year 4 who has successfully completed her AMEB Grade 3 cello examination. Well done Mira.

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

Year 4 Beginner Band
St Aidan’s has an outstanding Classroom Music Program, and the introduction of Every Day Music from Kindergarten to Year 3 means that students are not only immersed in music, but that they are developing an independent and sophisticated understanding of essential musical skills and knowledge for the level. It is clear to the classroom and music teachers that students are reaching musical benchmarks early and with greater competence. In an attempt to ensure that students receive every opportunity to learn a musical instrument, the students in Year 4 are invited to again be part of the Beginner Band Program at St Aidan’s. The Beginner Band lessons will occur weekly on Tuesdays during assembly time (12.40pm).

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

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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