Newsletter Term 2 Week 1 2019

Principal

Ms toni riordan

At School
In the last week of term 1, Year 10 students enjoyed our Aspiring Futures Conference, which provides girls with an opportunity to consider not only possible subject options for next semester, year eleven and twelve but also to explore different career options as well as their own professional aspirations. Thank you to Ms Cameron for leading this week, in Ms Robinson’s absence. Thank you also to Ms Lockwood and Ms Kotis for their administrative assistance over the week.

The Year 12 formal was held on the last Friday of last term at The Hilton Hotel and was truly a beautiful occasion. Thank you to Ms Coleman and the Year 12 formal committee for their work in bringing this significant event to fruition.

Junior School Robotics, competing at the Conrad International Summit at NASA and training for cross country were just some of the school activities, which took place over the break. Thank you to all staff who were involved in leading these. I also thank the finance and facilities teams for the extensive work completed over the term, focusing on our school grounds.
Members of the school community will be aware of the sad passing of Year 7 student, Charlotte Harwood-Young. Charlotte will be forever remembered by students and teachers as a wonderful friend and a bright, positive and determined member of our community. Charlotte will always hold a very special place in the hearts of all who knew her.

Staff update
We welcome back from her leave Ms Louise McGuire and thank Mrs Kelly Swan for covering for Ms McGuire as Acting Head of Junior School for the second half of last term. We also welcome Ms Robyn Dean who will be filling in for Mrs Kristen Lewis while she is on Long Service Leave for the first half of this term

Date Claimers:
Ascension Day – All members of the school community are invited to join students and staff for our 90th year celebration and Ascension Service in St John’s Cathedral, at 2.00pm on Thursday, 30 May. Details regarding student travel and pick up arrangements will be emailed to parents and care givers.
St Aidan’s 90 Years Signature Ball – Rivershed, Howard Smith Wharves, 6.00pm, Saturday, 20 July. A reminder to secure your tickets. Initial sales indicate that it will be a sell-out event. Don’t miss out!

Reflecting on learning:

Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless and add what is specifically your own.

The beginning of Term 2 traditionally is the time for targeted reflection on the academic progress of our students. Students and parents will have received feedback via continuous reports and/or on specific completed tasks and will be preparing to meet with teachers for the first round of parent teacher interviews, starting this week.

All students at St Aidan’s are exposed to a developmentally-appropriate, skills building program to assist their learning. Specific techniques to help students learn, which are supported by neuroscience research are accessed through Social and Emotional Learning Program (SEL) in younger years, in Academic Preparation and Skills Building (APSB) in Years 10 and 11 and in the QCS Preparation Program in Year 12.

Some key principles and techniques which are taught in these programs and are embedded in the curriculum across the school include:
- Visualisation, deliberate practice, spaced repetition and interleaving.
- Moderate pressure is beneficial for learning, while mild and extreme pressure are detrimental to learning.
- Adequate sleep, nutrition and exercise encourage robust learning.
- Active learning in which students engage with the material they study by reading, writing, talking, listening, and reflecting. It takes advantage of processes that stimulate multiple neural connections in the brain and promote memory.
- Spaced learning – Neuroscientists have discovered that repeated stimuli, with precisely timed gaps, are one of the most reliable ways to convince neurons that an event is memory-worthy.
- Metaphors and analogy are one of the best techniques to remember and to more easily understand concepts; often, the more visual, the better.

Finally, we encourage students to avoid actions that hinder learning effectively, such as procrastination, over-learning, multi-tasking, illusions of learning and lack of sleep.
(Reference: Neuromyths: The Top 10 Misconceptions about your Brain. https://medium.com/swlh/neuromyths-the-10-top-misconceptions-about-your-brain.                                               

Congratulations to:
Ms Megan Daley, JS Teacher Librarian for her profile in the QWeekend, The Courier Mail, (20/04/19). Signed copies of Megan’s book, ‘Raising Readers’ are available in the uniform shop, until sold out.
Bridget McCormack (Year 9) who won a silver medal in the Final of the U16 800m at the Athletics Australia National Championships in Sydney before the holidays.
Angelina Tignani (Year 9) who won the U16 Javelin at the Australian Junior Athletics Championships in Sydney.
• Our Open Gymnastics team who placed 2nd at the QGSSSA Artistic Gymnastics Championships.
Juliette Peppin (Year 9) who has been selected as a judge for the 2019 Inky – Australia’s Teen Choice Book Awards.
Charlie Bell (2018) whose Qld U19 Netball team came 3rd at the Nationals. In her first year of eligibility Charlie was selected in the Australian U19 Netball side to play at the AIS in May. She was also selected in the Australian Tall Athletes Squad to assemble at the AIS in June.

Best wishes:
• Parents, teachers and students attending Parent/Teacher Interviews on Wednesday.
• All students representing St Aidan’s at local ANZAC Day services
• Students playing in QGSSSSA Autumn Fixtures Round 4 on Friday afternoon
• Year 11 students, their guests and teachers for the Dinner Dance held on Saturday evening

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Chaplain

Rev Gillian Moses

Please see the chaplain’s blog on Aidan’s Central https://central.staidan.qld.edu.au/homepage/1842.

The blog is accessible through the Living Faith tab on your dashboard when you first open Aidan’s Central. If you have not yet signed in to Aidan’s Central or you have forgotten how, please contact IT for assistance.

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Dean of Studies

Ms lynda wall

• Parent teacher interviews
• Year 10 subject information evening

Parent teacher interviews
Parent teacher interviews for the Senior School are being held on Wednesday April 24, Monday April 29, and Thursday May 1.
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 Years 10, 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.

Year 10 subject information evening
Parents of current Year 10 students are invited to attend the subject information on Tuesday May 7, commencing from 6:30pm in the CHC. The first hour is available for parents to move between the various subject stands and ask questions about specific subjects. At 7:30pm I will speak about the process of subject selections and will explain senior pathways. A curriculum handbook will be emailed to parents prior to the evening. Year 10 students are also welcome to attend; however, it is not essential that they do. The girls have received the information in their Future’s Week sessions, and I will also be attending their year level meeting in Week 3 to answer their questions.
Year 10 subject selection forms are due for return on 14 May.

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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 1
• QGSSSA Fixtures | Week 1
• Club Fixtures | Week 1
• Training Schedule | Week 1
• Training Schedule | Week 2

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Music

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

Instrumental Gala Concert
On Thursday 23 May, the St Aidan’s AGS Music Department and Music Support Group will present the annual Instrumental Gala Concert. This concert will be held in the Christine Hartland Centre and will start at 6:00pm. We anticipate the concert will conclude by 7:30pm.
Please note that there is no cost for admission to the Gala Concert.
The following ensembles will need to meet in their allocated rooms at 5:30pm in preparation for their performance:

• Corelli Strings (CG05)
• Vivaldi Strings (CG05)
• Dolce Strings (C108)
• Con Brio Band (C112)
• Charma Band (C112)
• Percussion Ensemble (C111)
• Symphonic Winds (C112)
• Paganini Strings (CG01)
• Back-beat Band (C112)

Some students will be required to meet for a rehearsal prior to 5:30pm. The schedule for rehearsals on the afternoon of the concert is as follows. When you are not rehearsing please report to C108 for quiet study.

Rehearsals
3:30-4.00 Symphonic Winds (CHC Floor)
4.00-4.30 Symphony Orchestra (CHC Floor)
4.30-4.45 Con Brio Band (CHC Floor)
4.45-5.00 Back-beat Band (CHC Floor)

3.30-4.00 Paganini Strings (CG05)
4.00-4.30 Vivaldi Strings (CG05)
4.30-5.00 Corelli Strings (CG05)

5:00-5:30 Percussion Ensemble (CHC Stage)

Attendance
We ask that all students remain in attendance for the duration of the concert and encourage students performing earlier in the evening to support other performers through their full attendance. Students are reminded that the allocation of pockets/badges later in the year is dependent on attendance at all performances.

Uniforms
Performers are required to dress in the performance uniform relevant to the ensemble. Full details of the performance uniform may be found in the Music Handbook and on Aidan’s Central. Students are encouraged to check details with their ensemble director if unsure.

Catering
The Music Support Group will be providing a Sausages Sizzle ($2 each) from 5:00pm in the S&T under croft. Students will be allowed to purchase food when not in rehearsals.
For adult guests, wine, beer and cheese platter ($5 each) will be available in the CHC for purchase.

Music Support Group
The Music Support Group is looking for support from the music community for the event to run the catering and for raffle donations. Raffle donations (e.g. chocolates, biscuits, bottles of wine, gift voucher, etc.) can be left at the Senior or Junior School reception.
If you are able to offer your time to assist with preparation, serving or clean-up please contact on the night, please contact Paula Hodge (paula.hodge@bigpond.com). This is a great way to support the work of the MSG in fundraising for the Music Department and all assistance here is greatly appreciated!
As this is one of the main performance events for our instrumental ensembles, we hope you take this opportunity to support your daughter in her musical endeavours through your attendance at this concert.
Please address any enquiries regarding the event to the teacher of the relevant ensemble or Dr James Cuskelly on 3373 5999 or j.cuskelly@staidans.qld.edu.au.

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. 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@stiadns.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.

Concert featuring St Aidan’s Music Tutors Helen Carvolth and Evalyn Legried
IPSWICH CITY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT 27 APRIL
St Aidans' string tutors Mrs Helen Carvolth (violin), and Mrs Evalyn Legried (cello) will assume the roles of Concertmaster and Principal Cello respectively at the Ipswich City Symphony's next performance. This concert, entitled "The Romance of the Movies", will explore the relationship between movies, and music, and romance. It is an exciting program, which will include music from, Romeo and Juliet, Dances with Wolves, Lawrence of Arabia, Forrest Gump and Cinema Paradiso. We welcome a number of guest artists – Tim McCallum, the wonderfully sensitive performer who featured on "The Voice"; operatic superstar Hannah Dahlenburg, and rising young piano virtuoso Francis Atkins. This is an exciting opportunity to introduce young players to live orchestral music. We hope you will join us!
symphony
Saturday 27 April, at 7.30pm
Ipswich Civic Centre
Bookings can be made online at ipswichciviccentre.com.au.
Please like and follow the orchestra on Facebook (Ipswich City Symphony) and on Instagram @ipswichcitysymphony.

Annie Lower – Vocal Tutor is currently performing in the Opera Queensland production of A Flowering Tree
https://oq.com.au/whats-on/a-flowering-tree/
Annie

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 Term 2 Music Calendar. Changes and additions may be made throughout the year. Updates will be provided in the Newsletter.

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Signature Ball 2019
• Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on Students with Disability

Signature Ball 2019
Have you organised your table for the Signature Ball? 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.

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on Students with Disability
The Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (the national data collection) is an annual collection that counts the number of school students receiving an adjustment due to disability and the level of adjustment they are receiving to access education on the same basis as other students.
Every year, the school collects the following information for each student receiving an adjustment due to disability:
• the student’s year of schooling
• the student’s level of adjustment
• the student’s broad type of disability.
No student names or other details are provided as part of this collection. The aim of the national data collection is to collect quality information about Australian school students receiving adjustments due to disability.

For further information please see https://www.nccd.edu.au/tools/fact-sheet-parents-guardians-and-carers.

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Junior Jottings

Mrs Louise Mcguire 

Welcome to Term 2
• Safety of Students – Nut/Egg Allergies
• Student Protection Officers
• NAPLAN
• Cyber Tips - How much is too much screen time?
• Junior Engineers – 2 Day Camp (holidays)
• Mother’s Day Raffle/Stall – Thursday 2 May
• Class/Individual Photos
• Ice-blocks in the Junior School
• Drive-through
• Important Dates – Term 2
• Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on Students with Disability

Welcome to Term 2 – Ms Louise McGuire
Welcome to Term 2. It is wonderful to be back after six weeks long service leave in the second half of Term 1. I hope everyone had a relaxing holiday and the students 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 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.

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 (and many other resources) available for all members of the community.
https://www.staidans.qld.edu.au/our-school/quick-links/student-protection

Safety in the Junior School
We strive in every way to make the Junior School a safe environment for children.

Allergies
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.
nuts

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.

Junior Engineers Holiday Program – Mrs Jackie Child
The first two days of the holidays saw the students from St Aidan’s and local schools participate in a holiday program learning how to code Micro:Bits. Students enjoyed learning how to program the Micro:Bit to become games of ‘Paper, Scissors, Rock’, ‘Snap the Dot’, Flip the Coin’ and ‘Tug of War’. They also created light level meters, compasses and temperature gauges. Students then demonstrated their creations to the group. There was plenty of learning, skills mastered and fun throughout the two days.

Video of activities

NAPLAN (National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy) 14, 15, 16 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.

How much is too much screen time? – Mrs Cathy Grant
There is no magic figure. The right amount of screen time can depend on a range of factors like your child’s age and maturity, the kind of content they are consuming, their learning needs and your family routine.
It can be easy to focus only on the clock, but the quality and nature of what they are doing online, and your involvement, are just as important.
Consider your child’s screen use in the context of their overall health and wellbeing. For example, is online time getting in the way of their sleep and exercise? Is it impacting on their face-to-face connections with family and friends? The answers to these questions will guide you and help strike the right balance of online and offline activities for your child.
Signs that your child’s online activity may be having a negative impact on them or on your family include:

• less interest in social activities like meeting friends or playing sport
• not doing so well at school
• tiredness, sleep disturbance, headaches, eye strain
• changes in eating patterns
• reduced personal hygiene
• obsession with particular websites or games
• extreme anger when being asked to take a break from online activity
• appearing anxious or irritable when away from the computer
• becoming withdrawn from friends and family
For more information click here.

Absentees/Late Arrivals/Early Departures
If your child (K-6) is unable to attend school for any reason, please inform Wilhelmina Morrison at the Junior School Reception (3373 5944 - w.morrison@staidans.qld.edu.au) or call the Absentee line (3373 5978) by 9:00am.
If we are not notified, you will receive a text message asking you to confirm the reason for the absence.
Also, if girls are late for school (P-6) or need to leave early, they (or parents) must sign the Late/Departure books held in the Junior School Reception.

Class/Individual Photos
On the first day of Term 2, school photos were handed out to the students. If your daughter hasn’t received a photo pack and you ordered one, you will need to contact MSP Photography on 3848 3946 to enquire about its whereabouts. It is not too late to order your daughter’s class and individual photo if you had forgotten to do so. To place an order, you will need to contact MSP Photography directly.

Mother’s Day Stall/Raffle – Thursday 2 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):

Kindergarten Wine or chocolates/toffees

Prep Twinings Tea or Tea 2 Tea

Year 1 Shortbread or gourmet sweet biscuits/fudge

Year 2 Savoury crackers suitable for cheese, or gourmet jam

Year 3 Shortbread/ gourmet sweet biscuits/fudge

Year 4 Wine or chocolates or gourmet jam

Year 5 Wine or chocolates/toffees

Year 6 Twinings Tea or Tea 2 Tea

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 or Form Classrooms. You will receive your raffle tickets this week.
We will be having a ‘wrapping day’ on Wednesday 1 May (in 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!

Ice-blocks in the Junior School
We would like to continue to offer ice blocks for purchase by Junior School students (Monday-Thursday). To enable this to occur, we would love to have some volunteers who are happy to put their name down to volunteer once, or more, each month to sell ice blocks for around 20 minutes during the girls' lunch time.
The procedure involves collecting change for the ice blocks from the Senior School tuckshop at approximately 1:10pm, then collecting the key to the Charma Place kitchen from Wilhelmina Morrison at the Junior School Reception (sign in). Once the bell has sounded for the girls to be able to finish their lunch and start playing, the girls will form a queue at the door to the Charma Place kitchen and eagerly await their ice block purchase (1.30pm).
It is a lovely way to get to know more of the girls within the Junior School and for your daughters to see you at school being engaged with them.
If this sounds like something you would like to do, please email Wil Morrison (w.morrison@staidans.qld.edu.au). Your designated days and dates will then be confirmed with you.

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.
• Do not ‘overtake’ stationary vehicles in the queue.
• 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.

Important Dates
Please click here for Important Dates Term 2, 2019.

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on Students with Disability
The Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (the national data collection) is an annual collection that counts the number of school students receiving an adjustment due to disability and the level of adjustment they are receiving to access education on the same basis as other students.
Every year, the school collects the following information for each student receiving an adjustment due to disability:
• the student’s year of schooling
• the student’s level of adjustment
• the student’s broad type of disability.
No student names or other details are provided as part of this collection. The aim of the national data collection is to collect quality information about Australian school students receiving adjustments due to disability.
For further information please see https://www.nccd.edu.au/tools/fact-sheet-parents-guardians-and-carers.

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Junior Sport

Training Schedule for Week 1 and Week 2, Term 2
• Cross Country Training
• Metro Cross Country Meet
• Athletics Training (Throws & Long Jump Training)
• West Taylor Bridge Friday Clubs Competition
• Netball Training
• Touch Football Training
• Bus Travel to and from Ambiwerra – For Training
• 2019 Key Dates Term 2

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

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 – 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

Metro Cross Country Meet
This year, St Aidan’s Junior School will be participating in a Metro Cross Country Meet at the University of Queensland against some of the schools that are involved in the Andrews Cup competition, as well as St. Peters and All Hallows. The meet will be held on Wednesday 8 May after school and will assist our girls in their continued development with race practice. This will give both the girls and the coaches the opportunity to be provided with updated times. Girls wishing to be considered for our Andrews Cup Cross Country team will need to attend this meet. A school bus will be provided to take students to the venue.
Wednesday 8 May University of Queensland 4.00pm - 5.30pm

Athletics Training (Throws & Long Jump Training)
With the Cross Country season focused on the Andrews Cup campaign, the sporting focus will move towards Athletics. Girls born 2007-2009 who are interested in Discus, Shotput or Long Jump are being offered specialist coaching on a Monday afternoon from 3.45pm-5.00pm and Thursday morning 6.45am-7.45am at Ambiwerra commencing Week 2 of Term 2. Please note that whilst training is initially open to these age groups, full athletics training will commence for girls Years 2-6 on Wednesday 29 May in Week 6 in preparation of the Athletics Carnival on Wednesday 19 June.
Trainings being offered for girls wishing to Specialise in Discus, Shotput and Long Jump are as below:
athletics training

West Taylor Bridge Friday Clubs Competition
The West Taylor Bridge competition presents students with the opportunity to develop skills, match play and team work on a Friday afternoon 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 and will commence on 3 May 2019. Parents who are wishing to collect their daughter 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
Commence Tuesday 30 April
Tuesday Ambiwerra 3.45-4.45pm

Touch Football Training
Commence Friday 3 May
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 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.

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Junior Music

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Instrumental Gala Concert
On Thursday 23 May, the St Aidan’s AGS Music Department and Music Support Group will present the annual Instrumental Gala Concert. This concert will be held in the Christine Hartland Centre and will start at 6:00pm. We anticipate the concert will conclude by 7:30pm.
Please note that there is no cost for admission to the Gala Concert.

The following ensembles will need to meet in their allocated rooms at 5:30pm in preparation for their performance:

• Corelli Strings (CG05)
• Vivaldi Strings (CG05)
• Dolce Strings (C108)
• Con Brio Band (C112)
• Charma Band (C112)
• Percussion Ensemble (C111)
• Symphonic Winds (C112)
• Paganini Strings (CG01)
• Back-beat Band (C112)

Some students will be required to meet for a rehearsal prior to 5:30pm. The schedule for rehearsals on the afternoon of the concert is as follows. When you are not rehearsing please report to C108 for quiet study.
Rehearsals
3:30-4.00 Symphonic Winds (CHC Floor)
4.00-4.30 Symphony Orchestra (CHC Floor)
4.30-4.45 Con Brio Band (CHC Floor)
4.45-5.00 Back-beat Band (CHC Floor)

3.30-4.00 Paganini Strings (CG05)
4.00-4.30 Vivaldi Strings (CG05)
4.30-5.00 Corelli Strings (CG05)

5:00-5:30 Percussion Ensemble (CHC Stage)

Attendance
We ask that all students remain in attendance for the duration of the concert and encourage students performing earlier in the evening to support other performers through their full attendance. Students are reminded that the allocation of pockets/badges later in the year is dependent on attendance at all performances.

Uniforms
Performers are required to dress in the performance uniform relevant to the ensemble. Full details of the performance uniform may be found in the Music Handbook and on Aidan’s Central. Students are encouraged to check details with their ensemble director if unsure.

Catering
The Music Support Group will be providing a Sausages Sizzle ($2 each) from 5:00pm in the S&T under croft. Students will be allowed to purchase food when not in rehearsals.
For adult guests, wine, beer and cheese platter ($5 each) will be available in the CHC for purchase.

Music Support Group
The Music Support Group is looking for support from the music community for the event to run the catering and for raffle donations. Raffle donations (e.g. chocolates, biscuits, bottles of wine, gift voucher, etc.) can be left at the Senior or Junior School reception.
If you are able to offer your time to assist with preparation, serving or clean-up please contact on the night, please contact Paula Hodge (paula.hodge@bigpond.com). This is a great way to support the work of the MSG in fundraising for the Music Department and all assistance here is greatly appreciated!
As this is one of the main performance events for our instrumental ensembles, we hope you take this opportunity to support your daughter in her musical endeavours through your attendance at this concert.
Please address any enquiries regarding the event to the teacher of the relevant ensemble or Dr James Cuskelly on 3373 5999 or j.cuskelly@staidans.qld.edu.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@stiadns.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 herefor 2019 Rehearsal Schedule.

Concert featuring St Aidan’s Music Tutors Helen Carvolth and Evalyn Legried
IPSWICH CITY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT 27 APRIL
St Aidans' string tutors Mrs Helen Carvolth (violin), and Mrs Evalyn Legried (cello) will assume the roles of Concertmaster and Principal Cello respectively at the Ipswich City Symphony's next performance. This concert, entitled "The Romance of the Movies", will explore the relationship between movies, and music, and romance. It is an exciting program, which will include music from, Romeo and Juliet, Dances with Wolves, Lawrence of Arabia, Forrest Gump and Cinema Paradiso. We welcome a number of guest artists – Tim McCallum, the wonderfully sensitive performer who featured on "The Voice"; operatic superstar Hannah Dahlenburg, and rising young piano virtuoso Francis Atkins. This is an exciting opportunity to introduce young players to live orchestral music. We hope you will join us!
symphony
Saturday 27 April, at 7.30pm
Ipswich Civic Centre
Bookings can be made online at ipswichciviccentre.com.au.
Please like and follow the orchestra on Facebook (Ipswich City Symphony) and on Instagram @ipswichcitysymphony.

Annie Lower – Vocal Tutor is currently performing in the Opera Queensland production of A Flowering Tree
https://oq.com.au/whats-on/a-flowering-tree/
Annie

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 Term 2 Music Calendar. Changes and additions may be made throughout the year. Updates will be provided in the Newsletter.

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Trivia Night

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