Newsletter Term 2 Week 1

Principal

Ms toni riordan

Welcome 
Welcome back to a new term at St Aidan’s and a very special welcome to families of our seven new students who join us this term. I hope everyone enjoyed the break and you feel rested and renewed. We have much to look forward to in Term 2!

We also welcome the following new staff this term:
Mr Hayden Goodwin, IT Customer Services Officer
Mrs Toni Vowles, Student Services Officer (Mon-Tues)
Mr Sam Dutney, Director of Rowing
We welcome back Mrs Laura Cooke (Assistant HOF- English) as she returns from Maternity Leave.

The Link Landscaping
We have now completed the landscaping around the northern side of the Link precinct, which sits adjacent to the pool. I encourage you to have a wander down the path to experience the designated well being space for the girls. I am incredibly proud to finally see many seeds of ideas come to reality. Much of what you will see – the two tree house structures, the writeable walls, the ‘chess table’, the footbridge and decking are all ideas generated by year 7 students who were studying Design and Innovation Studies in 2017.
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Last year, students were tasked with the brief to design an outdoor area that would enhance their learning and inspire their creativity. Groups of students pitched plans and models to the focus group of staff, which coordinated the fit out and furnishing of the Link. The playful nature of the space reimagines playground space so that it caters for adolescent girls in a contemporary learning setting. I am sure it will be a favourite spot ‘to be’ for many girls, allowing them to be part of an exciting ecosystem of learning in which people, place, ideas and technology are connected by a sense of 'play', inspiring all to imagine and supporting everyone at St Aidan’s to reach beyond their imagination.
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Creativity and Innovation
Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne, Barry Jones recently reflected on the impact that Sir Ken Robinson has had on the fields of creativity and education. Jones asserts that while the terms, innovation and creativity are sometimes used synonymously, there are distinctions and that they overlap through the complex relationship of cause and effect they have with each other. Some of the areas Jones hopes that educators of the future will continue to work on include:
- Emphasis on music and art, promoting creativity as central to human experience and self-discovery;
- Emphasis on the importance of design as a major tool for understanding;
- Seeing education as a transformative experience, which includes self-mastery; understanding and managing time, encouraging innovative thinking, learning to learn, and recognising that the goal of learning is to grasp complexity and possibilities, not always aiming at uncertainty.

Our emphasis on STEAM education, both in the curriculum and co-curricular spaces, our Maker Space, our Coding and Robotics Club reflect St Aidan’s Commitment to providing diverse opportunities for students to develop creativity and to innovate across the breadth of subjects and activities. 

Note: Sir Ken Robinson chaired the UK National Advisory Committee on Creative and Cultural Education and is accessible on TED.

Morning Tea with the Earl of Wessex
It was a joy to join Mrs Kate Atkin, our Duke of Edinburgh Program Coordinator, and six of our girls participating in the Duke of Edinburgh International Award on Monday morning at Brisbane Grammar School.
St Aidan’s joined a small group of other schools to have morning tea, to meet HRH The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and to share stories about The Duke of Edinburgh program.  The girls, Jessica Forbes, Adelaide Pope, Jayde Ramsey, Melanie Watson, Olivia Payne and Akshaya Selvarajan, were wonderful ambassadors for our school. We also congratulate Mrs Atkin and Old Girl Pippa Sheehan (2005) for their presentation on The Duke of Edinburgh’s impact on work skills delivered at the lunch event with Prince Edward. 

Congratulations to:
Mrs Rosie Sanders who gave birth to a beautiful and healthy baby boy, John (Jack) Graham Sanders, on 29th March. 
Our Long Jump Coach, Miss Naa Anang, who competed at the Commonwealth Games. Naa made it to the final and finished 9th overall. 
Emily Evans who was a member of the QLD Pathways VIII that placed 3rd at the National Titles over the weekend. 
Our Open team who placed 3rd at the QGSSSA Artistic Gymnastics. Olivia Doherty finished 3rd on Floor and Georgia Gullo finished 3rd on Beam.
Our C Grade team who both placed 3rd at the QGSSSA Artistic Gymnastics. Avalon Ormiston and Sarah Campbell tied 3rd on Beam.
Isla Williams who came 1st on Floor at the QGSSSA Artistic Gymnastics.

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Chaplain

Rev Gillian Moses

Living in the Easter Season
It always surprises the students when I tell them after the holidays that we are still celebrating Easter.  They immediately look around for more chocolate! And I like to think they are only slightly disappointed when I suggest that it doesn’t mean the Easter Bunny might come for an encore visit. Yet somehow, the knowledge that the liturgical colour is still white, and the Paschal candle is still burning until Pentecost, doesn’t have the same impact as chocolate. Oh well…

For those of us slightly less fixated on chocolate, what does it mean to still be celebrating Easter, all these weeks after the long weekend? Apart from still dressing the church in white, noticing that the Paschal candle continues to burn, we listen to the stories about Jesus appearing to the disciples after his resurrection. His followers are agog! Jesus, who was dead, is alive. And not just alive, but meeting them, talking to them, explaining stuff, eating fish, hosting a bbq. What is happening?
For those of us who live at a distance from these events, either chronologically or philosophically, it might not seem like a big deal. We knew the ending to the story before it began. There would be no Easter without a resurrection. We would only have a vague historical memory of a guy who said some things and got executed for it, if that. So we expect all that follows, and it brings a sense of familiarity. It is not so extraordinary anymore. It’s how the story goes.
Of course if we don’t believe any of this, then it sounds like a bunch of stories told by a group of traumatised people to assure themselves that things weren’t quite as hopeless as they seemed. Nothing to get excited about.
But what if it were true? What if there were resurrection following death? Tolkien used to say that there is no other story that people wish could be true. We would love resurrection to be real, even if deep down we are convinced it is not. Imagine if death were merely the door through which we pass to eternal life – not life that has no ending but life which is altogether different, and whole, and enfolded by love? it seems too good to be true, so we are persuaded that it is not. How could it be?
What difference would it make to your life if it were eternal? Would you live differently if there really was life beyond death? What if we didn’t have to be afraid of death and endings? I think this is what living in the Easter Season is all about. In the end, in this life, what we believe about death only matters because of how it changes the way we live. If I am not afraid of things dying, I think about how much I can let go of, confident that something better will emerge in its place. I can allow dreams to die, because better dreams will come. I can acknowledge that a hope is forlorn, because there will be something else to hope for. I will live with the expectation that there is more, better, beyond. I will be a person of hope and optimism, and that changes everything.
Experience shows that when we live in the expectation of resurrection, we will notice new life emerging all around us.  It has always been there. We only had to look.
So enjoy the rest of the Easter season, right up until Pentecost (20 May). If you are lucky, by that time, resurrection will have become a habit!

Blessings
Rev Gillian.

Admission to Holy Communion
All of our Year 5 students participate in classes in preparation for admission to Holy Communion as part of the Religious and Values Education program. Some girls will also take up the invitation to make their first communion on Sunday 3 June. It is necessary that students have already been baptised before they make their first communion so there will also be an opportunity for girls to be baptised first if that is something that has not already happened.
Baptism and Admission to Holy Communion are also available to other students who may have joined us after Year 5, or who have decided now that they would like to take these steps in their faith formation.  If your daughter would like to make her first communion and/or be baptised and she is in Year 6 or above, please email me with your expression of interest by May 4. If there is interest, preparation classes will be held at school for these students at a mutually agreed time. Thank you to those parents who have already contacted me.

Confirmation 
Confirmation is the second part of the rite of Christian initiation which begins with baptism. Where children have been baptised previously, and the promises of baptism were made on their behalf by parents and godparents, Confirmation is an opportunity for them to make those promises for themselves. Where an adult has not previously been baptised, the services of baptism and confirmation take place together.
The Anglican Church offers confirmation to baptised adults from around 15-16 years of age. This year Bishop John Roundhill will preside at a service for the Laying on of Hands and Confirmation in the School Chapel on Wednesday 25 July. I invite all members of the school community, including students 15 years and older, parents and staff to consider if you would like to be part of the group who will be preparing for adult baptism and/or confirmation on this occasion.
Preparation will take place over a number of weeks this term and next term at a mutually arranged time. Please email me with your expression of interest by May 4.
Thank you to those parents and students who have already contacted me.

 

 

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Dean of Studies

Ms lynda wall

Parent teacher interviews

Parent teacher interviews
Parent teacher interviews are being held on Wednesday April 18, Monday April 23, and Thursday April 26. 
Each interview will be 8 minutes in length and will be by prior appointment only. These interviews will be conducted in the Christine Hartland Centre.
The online booking system (found via the school website through the Member Portal Login) is now closed. 
Please print your Record of Appointments sheet and bring it with you. We trust you enjoy this opportunity to formally discuss your daughter’s progress with her teachers. Students in Year 11 and 12 are encouraged to attend with their parents.
On the day of the interview, if you are unable to attend, please contact the school on 3373 5999, during school hours so that staff can be informed.

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Guidance Counsellor

ms Jennie Robinson

ADF Gap Year
Aviation Australia
QSFT
Exchanges
Projects Abroad
WEP Student Exchange Scholarships Available Now!
Latitude Science and Design experiences
Victorian Police recruiting
British Council
UMAT preparation
Griffith University
UQ

ADF Gap Year
ADF Gap Year applications for 2019 have opened. It's a unique opportunity for your students to try out a career in Navy, Army or Air Force and get a feel for a military life without committing for a longer period.
Through an ADF Gap Year they'll: 
Gain valuable skills and work experience
Enjoy a great salary package plus free healthcare
Live a varied, active and healthy lifestyle
Make friends with like-minded people
Get the opportunity to see more of Australia

In 2019 there are 14 roles to choose from ranging from admin to artillery and even flight crew, plus this year we’re offering 30 Army Officer roles - places are limited.
ADF

Closing dates are driven by demand and may close sooner than listed.

Aviation Australia
Open Night - AA Hangar (March 2018)

QSFT
Introduction to directing workshop
WORKSHOP DETAILS

DATE: Saturday, 28 April 2018
TIME: 9:00AM to 1:00PM 
VENUE: QSFT Campus - 22 Warwick Street Annerley, QLD 4103
TO APPLY: Download & Complete Application Form
Email application form to applications@qsft.qld.edu.au
OR Fax to (07) 3392 7511
You will receive a confirmation email once your  application is processed.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Call (07) 3392 7788
Email marketing@qsft.qld.edu.au     

Exchanges
http://www.ukgapyear.com.au/
http://www.ukprivateschools.com/gap-year.htm
http://www.tutorsworldwide.org/

Projects Abroad
High School Volunteer Projects designed for year 10 and 11 students.
These programmes are quite different from our broader volunteer programmes which many school leavers would take part in. These programmes are tightly scheduled and chaperoned to ensure a well-structured, safe and supported short stay for younger students which packs a lot of experience and volunteer work into a short period of time.
There are programmes in 
Cambodia - Childcare and renovations
Nepal - Childcare and renovations
Nepal - Medicine experience and observation
Nepal - Building
Sri Lanka - Childcare and renovations
Fiji - Childcare and renovations in a traditional village
Thailand – Marine conservation
Full details are available on our High School Projects page. And in the files section of the Careers page.

WEP Student Exchange Scholarships Available Now!
Ready to discover the world? Apply now for WEP’s incredible There’s A Whole World Out There scholarship which could save you $2,000 off your year-long student exchange program departing in early 2019! With two scholarships available, you’ve got double the chances of a win! Submit your scholarship video entry by April 29! Find out more at WEP.ORG.AU or request your free info pack by texting ‘EXCHANGE’ to 0428 246 633.

Latitude Science and Design experiences
Check out the science and design opportunities now available from Latitude in the documents on my Careers site.

Victorian Police recruiting
Apply now
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Events | Resources | Industry news | Membership    

British Council
For some really interesting UK experiences and British Council events in Australia check out this website- https://www.britishcouncil.org.au/     

UMAT preparation
MedEntry - https://www.medentry.edu.au/
NIE- http://www.nie.edu.au/
ACER - https://www.acer.org/
Please see files on my careers page for updated information and a UMAT simulated day.

GU
Event details

Year 9, 10 and 11 students and their parents are invited to attend the parent and student advice nights, giving them an opportunity to tour the campus and meet current Griffith University students, providing valuable insight about their experiences transitioning from school to university.
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Register now   

Open Day 2018
As the Advice Nights are for students in Years 9 – 11, Year 12 students and their parents are invited and encouraged to attend Griffith University Open Day which includes program specific Griffith Business School information sessions, allowing students and parents to find out more about the options available and have their questions answered.

Date: Sunday 12 August 2018
Time: 9.00 am – 2.00 pm
Venue: Gold Coast, Nathan and South Bank campuses
Register here for updates 

UQ
Program update: Bachelor of Advanced Business (Honours), QTAC Code: 709101
Run by internationally respected industry experts and academics, the Bachelor of Advanced Business (Honours) is designed to ensure students stand out to employers.
This program can be tailored to help students achieve their career goals, with the option to choose up to three majors consisting of six courses from the one area of specialisation. The program's unique capstone course in leadership and ethics will give students the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills to real business cases.
Entry is limited to a small, highly motivated and high-achieving cohort aspiring to leadership roles in business, the community or academia.
Discover more here.    

Pharmacy Experience Day
Pharmacy Experience Day is an annual UQ showcase which invites students to discover where a Bachelor of Pharmacy can take them.
Throughout the day guests will take part in a range of hands-on laboratory activities, meet and quiz current students, and participate on a guided tour through the world class facilities.
All members of the public are invited to attend the Pharmacy Experience Day being held on Sunday 19 August 2018.
Discover more here.    

Future Experiences in Agriculture, Science and Technology (FEAST) Camp - registrations open  
Students in Years 11-12 are invited to attend the FEAST residential camp held at the UQ Gatton campus from Sunday 1 - Thursday, 5 July in 2018
Future Experiences in Agriculture, Science and Technology (FEAST) is a five day residential program designed to inspire and inform high school students of the range of exciting and rewarding science careers in the agriculture, animal, plant and food sectors.
Discover more here.

Change to Vet Science entry 
In 2018, The University of Queensland will be introducing an additional entry requirement for prospective students applying for the Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours). This change will impact current Year 12 students applying for study in 2019.
This new entry requirement, a Situational Judgement Test (SJT), is an on-line, video-scenario based test with 12 sections and open-ended questions.
The University recognises that attributes such as resilience, critical thinking and communication skills that are essential for veterinarians are not reflected in academic performance alone. The SJT will be used to assist in the selection of a student cohort best equipped for the rigours of the profession.
The test will be held between July and September 2018 with multiple tests dates. Students need to have access to a computer with reliable internet connection, a web-cam and hold photo identification and can be completed at home or at a library/community centre or another suitable location. The cost to complete the test is approximately $80 and students should allow 90 minutes to complete the test.
Further details about how and when to complete the SJT will be available soon on https://future-students.uq.edu.au/study/program/Bachelor-of-Veterinary-Science-Honours-2378

New in 2018: Bachelor of Computer Science
UQ's new three-year Bachelor of Computer Science offers exciting opportunities for students to specialise in emerging technologies such as cyber security, data science and artificial intelligence.
Students will develop an innovative skillset to take their place at the forefront of the digital technology revolution by combining the study of algorithms and data structures, with practical challenges of implementing them in hardware and software systems.
Coursework explores programming, databases, operating systems, networks and algorithms. Students will exit this program with strong analytical, logical, and development skills necessary to advance computing, its applications and beyond.
Computer Science is available as a dual program with: Arts, Science, Engineering (Honours) and Mathematics. Majors in this program include:
Cyber Security
Data Science
Machine Learning
Programming Languages
Scientific Computing
Discover more here.

Experience Science - register now
Keep your students engaged in Science these winter holidays!
Experience Science is a free event, providing students in Years 10-12 the opportunity to discover what studying Science is like at UQ.
With programs occurring across Thursday 12 July - Tuesday 17 July, this event is facilitated by experts from UQ and industry, and provides hands-on, interactive Science workshops.
Discover more here.
 

 

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Senior School

Sport

HPE ALB Term 2
Rowing
The Back Page
QGSSSA Autumn Fixtures 
St Aidan’s Club Fixtures 
Interhouse Cross Country

HPE - Active Lunch Breaks
Please click here  for more information.

Rowing
Try something new and fun as part of a revamped program in the ultimate team sport
Be part of a tight-knit community that works to improve fitness, strength and confidence
Compete for your School, and develop crucial personal skills and great friendships
Be a STAR in 2018!

BE A STAR IN 2018!
The St Aidan’s Rowers (STARS) are actively recruiting new rowers and coxswains for the 2018 season.  It doesn’t matter whether or not you have rowed before (nearly half of all Olympic Rowers never touched an oar till University!), we will teach you everything you need to know!  If you want to be part of a great program, build fitness and friendships and compete for your School, then we want you!
This Saturday, 21 April, there will be a Come and Try Day at the St Aidan’s Pool, from 9:30am-11:30am.  This will be a great opportunity to see what its like in a boat, in a safe-controlled and fun environment.  There will be instruction provided on the Ergo (rowing machine), videos, music and a delicious sausage sizzle provided by the Rowing Support Group.
Whether you have rowed before, or just want to try your hand in the ultimate team sport, then we want YOU… to be a STAR in 2018!
For more information, or to register interest, please contact Director of Rowing Sam Dutney at S.Dutney@staidans.qld.edu.au

Rowing Myths Busted:
Myth:  All rowers have to get up REALLY early in the morning for training (like before the sun even!)
FACT: Junior Rowers and Coxswains keep very civilised hours, with training held Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 3:30pm (depart from school) until 5:30pm, with Saturday training from 8:30am-11:00am.  Home in time for dinner and homework of an afternoon, and the perfect finish time for a delicious brunch and an afternoon movie on a Saturday!

Myth:  The rowing sheds and regatta venues are really far away and you have to spend ages driving everywhere!
FACT: St Aidan’s Rowing training takes place at the Gregory Terrace playing fields, just 10 minutes from School!  Its close and handy to shops (and cafes!) and the girls are under the care of professional coaches.  Buses are provided from training to School in the mornings and from School to training in the afternoons.  When regattas take place, St Aidan’s provides a bus for all students to the regattas.  To top it off, the girls receive a sumptuous and hearty breakfast after morning training, how good is that!

Myth: Rowing makes you too tired for study and negatively impacts on academic performance.
FACT: Rowing helps you learn to concentrate, manage your time and improves organisation – leading to better grades.  There is a substantial body of proven academic research on the connection between co-curricular sport and academic performance… the results are in and sport is one of the BEST things kids can do to improve their grades!  Many Old Girl Rowers have gone on to achieve outstanding success in both rowing and academically.  It’s also no coincidence that the world’s finest academic institutions (Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Oxford, Cambridge etc.) are also home to the world’s finest rowing programs!  Their crews are filled with doctors, lawyers, engineers and scientists to-be, serious academics and serious rowers!

Myth: Regattas go all day and you don’t get to do anything else
FACT: Rowing regattas conclude by 1:00pm at the latest, with several regattas finishing prior to that.  During the time at regattas, rowing is a very social sport!  Crews spend a lot of time together at training and regattas, and they develop fantastic relationships and friendships.  The parents as well have a fantastic community and the St Aidan’s Parents tent is often the envy of other School’s parents, with nibbles, drinks and an amazing atmosphere!

Myth:    My daughter already plays an autumn sport/musical instrument/builds shelters for the homeless, so she can’t do rowing…
FACT:    We are flexible and accommodating in allowing people with a broad range of commitments to be involved in the program.  If you believe that other activities prevent your daughter from being involved in rowing, please talk to me about it and we will work with you to ensure she is are able to meet all of your other commitments AND row!

Myth: Rowing builds fantastic character, friendships, life skills along with a strong, healthy body and is great for physical fitness.  If you are looking to develop, tone up and get fit, rowing training and competition is the best thing you can do!
FACT: Actually, this one is true!

The Back Page
Please click here to view this week’s edition of ‘The Back Page’. 
‘The Back Page’ is a weekly sports newsletter for students which will include; news, photos, results and information about upcoming events and fixtures. We will also use this space to recognise the success and sporting achievements of our students.

QGSSSA Autumn Fixtures
Please click here for more information.

St Aidan's Club Fixtures
Please click here for more information.

Interhouse Cross Country
Please click here for information about the Inter-House Cross Country on Thursday 19 April. 

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Music

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

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.

ASMF 2018
A selection of senior school string students will be performing at the Anglican Schools Music Festival to be held on Friday 18 May at QPAC. Tickets for the evening concert are now available from QPAC – qpac.com.au. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

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.
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
(AMEB Grade Five and above, 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.

The Big Sing
Would you like a day out singing with others?
Would your choir like an opportunity to perform?
Do you want to learn new repertoire for choirs?
Please click here  for more information.

Gala Chorale Concert
Please click here for more information.

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news

QUT Vice-Chancellor's STEM camp 2018
Teens can have their voice heard and make a difference!
Uniform Donations for the International Department

QUT Vice-Chancellor's STEM camp 2018
The QUT Vice-Chancellor's STEM camp held in the September holidays (Sunday 23 September - Friday 28 September 2018 (school holidays)) gives Year 11 students a taste of the STEM disciplines by engaging in a hands-on, intensive exploration of a project in their chosen discipline relating to environment issues, energy, food and medical sectors. There are 160 places available for students attending day session of the camp. 
The camp is fully funded by QUT. There is no cost for students to attend and it is open to all high achieving Queensland Year 11 students. 
Student Application Requirements: 
To be accepted into this program, you must:
be a current Queensland Year 11 student
be studying and have received 2 or more VHAs (A’s) in Science, Mathematics B or C.
Interested students need to:
Upload a Letter of Recommendation from their Teacher, HOD or Principal 
Upload the parent/guardian permission form 
Write their ‘statement of claims’ in the online application form https://www.qut.edu.au/study/stem-for-schools/vice-chancellors-stem-regional-camp/costs-and-accommodation 
Submit the online application. 
Submit the application online by Monday 7 May 2018.

Details are provided on the website https://www.qut.edu.au/study/stem-for-schools/vice-chancellors-stem-regional-camp 
Mrs Hicks

Teens can have their voice heard and make a difference!
Young people aged 13-18 have the opportunity to have their say as part of a new project being run by the Queensland Family and Child Commission.
The Growing up in Queensland survey gives teenagers across Queensland a voice about their experiences, opportunities and challenges.
The QFCC wants to discover:
how Queensland’s children and young people experience life in their community
their career aspirations and the supports and barriers which can impact them achieving their goals
what they think the government should focus on and how they want their communities to look now and in the future.
The QFCC wants to hear from young people from across Queensland, living in different communities, from different cultures and of all abilities. This is an opportunity for young people to make a difference in their own lives and in the lives of people their age and future generations.
The online survey can be accessed from a computer, tablet or phone. All you need is an internet connection and around 20 minutes to have a say on these important issues.
There will also be a weekly prize draw of a $50 gift card.
The Growing up in Queensland survey is now open. Please encourage your teen to have a say today by visiting e-hub.engagementhub.com.au
To find out more about the Growing up in Queensland project visit. www.qfcc.qld.gov.au.

Uniform Donations for the International Department
The International Department would like to Thank the St Aidan’s community who supported the Study Experience program who kindly donated school uniforms. 
We welcome any future donations particularly blue dresses, school jumpers and hats. Please hand any items to the Main Reception labelled for the International Department.
Thank you from the International Department.

 

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foundation

St Aidan's Foundation Lunch

Friday 15 June
Queensland Cricketers Club
Please  click here for more information.

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Junior Jottings

Mrs Louise Mcguire 

Welcome to Term 2
Safety of Students – Nut/Egg Allergies
Student Protection Officers
NAPLAN
ANZAC Badges
Film Night – Saturday 28 April
Mother’s Day Raffle/Stall – Wednesday 9 May
Drive-through
Year Six Girl Zone Book Club
Narelle Oliver Memorial Lecture
Important Dates – Term 2

Welcome to Term 2
Welcome to Term 2. I hope everyone had a relaxing holiday and the girls are ready for another hard-working term. A very warm welcome to our new girls and families. I have no doubt that our new students will be well looked after by their classmates and teachers, and that their parents will be made to feel equally welcomed by our parent body.
I hope you have used some of your time over the break to take stock of all school belongings – books, stationery and uniforms. As we move into the cooler months, jumpers, and track suits will be worn more regularly. These items are taken on and off during the day and are notoriously lost. If items are named, they will be returned to the owner. Unnamed items just pile up in Lost Property.  Check that names can be clearly read and have not faded in the wash. Please ensure too, that your daughter has all necessary stationery items replenished and named.

Year 5 Camp
In the last week of Term 1, the Year 5s spent three days at Currimundi filled with challenges, team building, beach activities, and plenty of laughter and memorable moments (including the “Currimundi Shuffle”). I thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent on camp and was very impressed by the girls’ willingness to ‘have a go' at absolutely everything. The camp staff commented on their impeccable manners and excellent behaviour – they were outstanding ambassadors for St Aidan’s in every way.
Camps provide the teachers and students opportunities to interact in so many different situations, and without a doubt, play a vital role in strengthening relationships and building friendships. I would sincerely like to thank Mrs Kirby Egan, Mrs Cathy Grant, Mrs Deb Koh and Mrs Jackie Child for their involvement in this camp. I’m sure the girls would wholeheartedly support me in saying how much they appreciated the care, support and encouragement provided by their teachers.

yr 5 camp pics

Safety of Students – NUT/EGG ALLERGIES
nuts
There are several students in the Junior School who suffer from life-threatening allergies to nuts. These students will suffer an anaphylactic reaction if they come into contact with even the smallest trace of certain types of nuts. Passing contact with another student who has been eating nuts or products containing nuts can trigger a reaction.
We ask that parents and children avoid any products containing nuts when preparing lunches or snacks for school. This will assist in reducing the risk for these students.

We also have students who are highly allergic to eggs.
Girls may bring eggs to school in their lunchbox; however, we ask that you remind them (as will the teachers) to wash their hands after eating (as this reduces the risk of cross-contact). It is extremely important that we are vigilant in order to keep our students safe.

Thank you for your support.

Student Protection Officers 
This week, Junior School students will be reminded of the St Aidan’s Student Protection Officers. Student Protection Officers are persons designated as liaison people to whom students may refer if they are not feeling safe; or to whom they make complaints of harm, inappropriate behaviour or physical/sexual abuse. The St Aidan’s Student Protection Officers are:
Head of Junior School (Louise McGuire)
Dean of Students and Academic Welfare (7-9) – Holly O’Sullivan Williams
School Guidance Counsellor (Jennie Robinson)
Our school website has the policy and procedures document available for all members of the community.
http://www.staidans.qld.edu.au/our-school/quick-links/student-protection-resources     

NAPLAN (National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy) 15, 16, 17 May 
Preparation for NAPLAN has been ongoing, including informal exposure to a variety of opportunities to assist students in becoming familiar with the test format and question types. In the next few weeks, the girls will continue to engage in preparation activities to assist in developing their ability to undertake the tests in a confident and relaxed manner.

Please re-organise any private music lessons until after lunch on these days. 

Film Night – Saturday 28 April
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 5.00pm (invitation attached). Tickets can be purchased through Flexischools. Please note, the RSVP is Tuesday 24 April.
I look forward to seeing you there!

Mother’s Day Stall/Raffle – 9 May
In conjunction with the Mother's Day Stall, we hold the now famous Mother's Day Raffle which raises money that is directly used by the Junior School to provide specialised learning materials for the students of the Junior School. To enable the raffle to proceed and to provide you with the opportunity to win some great prizes, we would love donations of some products so we can assemble gourmet hampers. For this to happen and to make it easy for you to pick something up when shopping, we have the following suggestions for each year group (of course if you have something else you would like to contribute as a prize, this would be very much appreciated):

mothers day

Thank you very much for your assistance in contributing to these prizes which give much enjoyment to the girls at the lunchtime draw. Any contributions to the raffle can be dropped into the Junior School Reception. You will receive your raffle tickets this week.
We will be having a ‘wrapping day’ on Tuesday 8 May (in the Outside School Hours Care classroom – lower level of the Junior School Library) to package the gifts to be sold at the stall. If you are able to assist for any length of time, your help would be greatly appreciated. We will be commencing at ‘drop off’ time and concluding as soon as all of the gifts are beautifully wrapped and ready to be scrutinised by many excited shoppers the following day!

ANZAC Badges
Year 6 students will be selling ANZAC silk badges in the courtyard of the Junior School (before school and during lunch breaks) for $1 each. Girls may wear these badges to school leading up to ANZAC day.

Drive-through
In order to assist in a safe, fast drive-through please be reminded of 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 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.
Discourage your daughter from walking through the line of cars to enter your vehicle further down the queue. This is extremely dangerous. 
Do not leave your vehicle unattended during peak drop off and pick up times.

Year Six Girl Zone Book Club 
Term Two dates for meetings are Wednesday 2nd May, 6:30pm, Junior School Library and Tuesday 12 June, 6:30pm, Junior School Library.
For any members who have been unable to purchase a copy of ‘Marsh and Me’, there are now eight copies available for loan in the Junior School Library, along with many copies of ‘Molly and Pim’, the companion novel.  All Year Six students are welcome to attend; please contact Megan Daley for further information. 

Narelle Oliver Memorial Lecture 
St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School is delighted to host the annual Narelle Oliver Memorial Lecture – this event is open to anyone interested in children’s and young adult literature in Australia. This annual lecture is named in memory of Narelle Oliver, to acknowledge her contribution to children’s literature. The Narelle Oliver Lecture seeks to raise the profile of children’s literature, to stimulate discussion and disseminate the results of current research on children’s literature. St Aidan’s is the proud venue host for this annual event, Narelle and Greg Oliver are past parents of St Aidans, with Jesse Oliver finishing in 2005.
This year’s speaker is Morris Gleitzman, our current Australian Children’s Laureate. For more than 30 years Morris Gleitzman has written celebrated books for young people – sometimes serious, sometimes funny and sometimes confronting. His titles include Two Weeks With the Queen, Boy Overboard, Toad Rage and the acclaimed “Felix” series beginning with Once. His books are published in more than 20 countries and he is celebrated internationally. St Aidan’s is delighted to welcome Gleitzman to speak at the 2018 Narelle Oliver Memorial Lecture. Bookings can be made here http://bit.ly/gleitzmanlecture

Young people need stories more than ever. Stories to delight, stories to beguile, stories to inspire, stories to move deeply. And through these experiences, stories that equip young readers to embrace an often dark and uncertain world with optimism, resolve and creativity.” Morris Gleitzman

Important Dates
Term 2, 2018

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Junior Sport

Please click here for the Junior School Training Schedule for  Week 1 and Week 2, Term 2 .

Cross Country Training
The Andrews Cup Cross Country Team has been selected and permission letters have been distributed. Trainings will be open only to girls selected in the team.  To assist with final team selection and preparation, St Aidan’s has placed the selected Andrews Cup Team into a compulsory Metro Cross Country Meet on 24 April at the University of Queensland, St Lucia. The meet is planned to commence at approximately 4.00pm and conclude at approximately 5.30pm.  All St Aidan’s girls will travel on a bus to the venue. In the two final weeks leading up to the Andrews Cup, all girls selected (including reserves) should aim to continue attending 1-2 trainings.  The training sessions will be as follows:
JS cross country training
Trainings are held at Ambiwerra Sport grounds. Parents are to collect students no later than 5.00pm at Ambiwerra. Ms Murray, our Head Cross Country Coach, will be overseeing the program.

West Taylor Bridge Friday Clubs Competition
The West Taylor Bridge competition will recommence on Friday 20 April.  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 students directly from the venue are to contact their form teacher the morning of sport so that teachers in charge of that sport are advised early.  Parents are to sign students out with the allocated teacher of their child’s team to confirm. 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 are on a Tuesday afternoon from 3.30-4.45pm for Netball and Touch Football will be held on Friday mornings from 6.45am – 7.45am. It is an expectation that girls wishing to participate in the Interschool Netball and Touch Football attend a training session each week. 

Netball Training
Recommence Tuesday 17 April 
Tuesday - Ambiwerra - 3.45-4.45pm

Touch Football Training
Recommence Friday 20 April
Friday - Ambiwerra - 6.45-7.45am

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

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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.

Junior Singers Rehearsal Schedule – Term 2
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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:

Term Two
beginner band 

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.

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

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
(AMEB Grade Five and above, 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.

ASMF 2018
A selection of senior school string students will be performing at the Anglican Schools Music Festival to be held on Friday 18 May at QPAC. Tickets for the evening concert are now available from QPAC – qpac.com.au. Please see the attached flyer  for more information.

Gala Choral Concert
Please click here for more information.

The Big Sing
Would you like a day out singing with others?
Would your choir like an opportunity to perform?
Do you want to learn new repertoire for choirs?
Please click here for more information.

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P&F

P&F

Trivia Night

St Aidan's Trivia Night
Saturday 26 May
Please click herefor more information.

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