Newsletter Term 2 Week 10

Principal

Ms toni riordan

Sometimes, human beings behave like bees. If you put several bees in an open-ended bottle and lay the bottle on its side with the base toward a bright light, the bees will keep on flying to the bottom of the bottle towards the light. It never occurs to them to reverse gears and try another direction. This is a combination of genetic programming and learned behaviour.

 

Put a bunch of flies in that bottle and turn the base towards a bright light. Within a few minutes, all the flies will have found their way out. They try all directions—up, down, towards the light, away from the light, often bumping into the glass and into each other—but sooner or later they find the neck of the bottle and fly out of the opening.


This term, students at St Aidan’s were faced with many challenges as they sought the bright light of learning. Were they the bee sticking to the way they have always done things or the fly, trying everything they could until they found the answer?

We often allow ourselves to become locked in our comfortable ways of doing things, even if we are getting nowhere and really want to be reaching in a new direction. What we’re doing may not be helping us, but at least it’s familiar. One of the most important factors in achieving success at school and in life, is the willingness to try things out, to experiment, to test new ground. In fact, this is the only way to learn and progress – by trial and error.

My hope is that everyone at St Aidan’s will try to be more like the fly, to try one way and then another until they succeed. They won’t worry about making mistakes along the way because they know that is the way we all learn. 

I wish all in St Aidan’s community who are fortunate to be able to take a break in this holiday period, a restful and rejuvenating time. Thank you to everyone for your contribution to St Aidan’s this semester. In whatever shape or form you have added to the rich ‘tapestry of life’ here at St Aidan’s. I very much look forward to seeing you in Semester 2 and on a personal note I sincerely thank you for your support of me as I have settled into leadership.

Acknowledgment: Adapted from Denis Waitley

As many parents are aware, Semester Two of this year will see our Year 10 students commence their transition to the new senior syllabus and ATAR program. This is an exciting time for schools in Queensland as it will allow our senior programs to be more aligned than ever before with other Australian states. For St Aidan’s this will also mean the commencement of new courses in Literature, Psychology and Digital Solutions. 

As we transition to new courses in the middle of the school year, these changes have also created the need for additional staff. We have just completed a rigorous recruitment process to appoint new teachers across a range of learning areas. We will announce all new appointments in the first newsletter of next term. 

With some staff finishing contracts and / or taking leave in Semester Two, as well as the new staff commencing, it does mean that some students will experience a change of teacher for elements of their Semester Two programs. We apologise in advance for these changes but assure parents of the quality of our current staff as well as those who will be joining us at the start of Term 3. 
At the end of this semester we farewell the following teaching staff:

Ms Betty Yanardasis – After 29 years teaching within the Science Department at St Aidan’s we wish Ms Yanardasis all the best as she embarks on new challenges and experiences in her life. In her time at St Aidan’s Ms Yanardasis has not only been an exceptional teacher of Chemistry and Science, she has also run the Student Representative Council, been a passionate Head of House for Hartland House and Assistant Head of the Science Faculty.  Ms Yanardasis will be greatly missed at school and we wish her absolutely all the best for her future adventures.

Miss Adele Johnston – Miss Johnston has taught Drama at St Aidan’s for the last 2 years and leaves us to follow her passion in Positive Psychology. She will take up the position of Head of Positive Education at Sheldon College. We wish her all the best in this new career move and thank her for her commitment to the St Aidan’s Drama program during her time with us. 

Miss Ellen Shanley – Miss Shanley has requested twelve months leave to take up the exciting opportunity of a year teaching in California in the United States. We look forward to seeing Miss Shanley back at St Aidan’s in 2019. 

Dr Dimeng Pang – Dr Pang joined our Science Department to complete a one semester contract this year. We thank her for all she has done during her short time at St Aidan’s and wish her all the best with the arrival of her second child.  

During Term 3 Mr Steve Baker will take 5 weeks Long Service Leave at the beginning of the term (Weeks 1 to 5) and Ms Di Cameron will take 5 weeks Long Service Leave at the end of Term 3 (Weeks 6 to 10). We wish both Mr Baker and Ms Cameron a relaxing break. During this time Ms Rebecca Sullivan will take on the responsibilities of Year Level Co-ordinator.

Should you have any questions about your daughter’s timetable at the beginning of next term, please contact Ms Holly O’Sullivan Williams (for students in Years 7-9) or Mrs Lynda Wall (for students in Years 10-12). 

Many parents will also know that we also farewelled Mrs Lyn Raven after 26 years of service to the school. A much loved member of staff, Lyn leaves us to embrace retirement and the opportunity to spend more time with her family. 

Lyn Leishman also retires from our Finance Department after 22 years with us. In that time, Lyn has undertaken a number of roles and worked tirelessly to support the school. Lyn will be returning in a part-time capacity in Term 4. 

Congratulations to:

Paris Irwin (2016) who has written a song ‘Mute Me’ which is currently number one on the Triple J Unearthed Charts. 

 

 

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Dean of Studies

Ms Lynda wall

Reporting Years 7-10
Reporting Years 11-12
VET qualifications under the ATAR system

 

Reporting Years 7-10
We have implemented Continuous Reporting for Year 7-10 students. This means that parents can access all results for individual assessment items as they are assessed by teachers. Teachers provide marks for each assessment items, marks for individual domains in some subjects and a comment on the assessment item. At the end of the Semester, marks out of 100 and grades (A-E) for each subject will released. 
Continuous reporting is accessed through Parent Lounge; this is the same area where Parent-Teacher Interviews are booked. Once logged into Parent Lounge, Continuous Reporting is accessed through the side menu labelled Curricular Activities Due or under the link Student Details/Curricular Activities. Additional information regarding historical student progress is provided through the link General Links/Learning Analytics.
Any parents who are requiring support to access Parent lounge should contact IT Services: itsupport@ssa.qld.edu.au  
Because teachers have provided comments on each assessment item, at the end of the semester, the reports for Year 7-10 students will contain only the overall results for each subject (and domains as appropriate). A comment from the Year Level Co-ordinator will be provided.  

OP prediction meetings Years 11 and 12
Most students in Years 11 and 12 have now booked in for their OP prediction meetings. Any students who have not yet booked should do so immediately.
St Aidan’s provides students with a predicted OP range to help students in thinking about their post-schooling options. The predictions are also useful motivators for students to set themselves goals to improve in the following semester.
Parents and students should be aware that the OP range predictions are based off incomplete data, and therefore should be considered as a general guide rather than as a definitive indication of the student’s outcome. The OP predictions use the student’s results at the end of Semester One. Data from previous cohorts’ QCS test performance is used to scale the results. 
Students in Year 11 and 12 will have individual meetings with members of the ELT to receive their predicted OP range at the beginning of Term Three. In the first instance, these meetings are brief (usually 5-10 minutes) sessions for the students. If parents have more detailed enquiries after the predicted range has been explained to the students, they are welcome to contact Lynda Wall, the Dean of Studies.

VET qualifications under the ATAR system

In week 8’s newsletter, I reported UQ and QUT’s positions on using VET qualifications for university entrance from 2021. Last week the University of Southern Queensland released the following statement. This is an encouraging indicator that there are pathways to university for VET students:
The workforce of the future needs skill-based learning and theoretical knowledge. That's why USQ will be accepting VET qualifications as well as ATARs for applicants from 2021.
If your Year 10 students are planning on using their Vocational Education and Training (VET) as an entry point to USQ, you can assure them that USQ supports alternative pathways to uni.
USQ believes everyone should have the opportunity to access tertiary education, which is why we offer a range of preparation and alternative entry options.

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Dean of Students & Academic Welfare (7-9)

Ms holly o'sullivan williams

Activity Photos
Athletics Carnival

 

 

Activity Photos: Please note activity photos are this Thursday 21 June. Students have been sent a schedule for photos to be taken. Whilst every effort is made not to schedule students into two photos at the one time, sometimes this is unavoidable. The photographer will wait no longer than 5 minutes past the scheduled time to take the photo so it is important that students are arriving early and in the correct uniform.

Athletics Carnival: Please note that the Senior School Interhouse Athletics Carnival will be held on Thursday 26 July at Ambiwerra. Information will be emailed to parents during Week 1, Term 3.

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Guidance Counsellor

ms Jennie Robinson

Tertiary Studies Expo
Important Changes to Tertiary Entrance 
Old School of Film and Television 
ACU
Flinders University 
GU
QUT
The University of Adelaide
UQ

Tertiary Studies Expo
21/22 July
Brisbane Showgrounds
10-4pm

IMPORTANT CHANGES TO TERTIARY ENTRANCE
UQ

From 2020 onwards 
UQ will not be considering 'alternative' qualifications from current school leavers for tertiary entry in the year following Year 12.
UQ will accept the inclusion of VET qualifications and performance ranks in the calculation of an OP.

QUT
At the moment they will accept a stand alone qualification, however, from 2021

School leavers who obtain an ATAR will be assessed on their ATAR -, if they have completed an eligible qualification at school, then that qualification can also be assessed for entry independently.
School leavers who pursue only a qualification as a secondary school outcome will not be eligible for entry to QUT on the basis of their completed qualification alone for a period of two years following their secondary studies.
School leavers with neither an ATAR nor a VET qualification (ATAR-ineligible applicants) will not be eligible for entry to QUT.
Performing arts qualifications will not be assessed for admission for any applicant.

Qld School of Film and Television- Introduction to sound production
School Holiday Filmmakers Bootcamp 11th - 12th July 2018
WORKSHOP DETAILS
DATE:     11th - 12th July 2018
               (Two day workshop: Wed./Thu.)
TIME:      9:30 AM to 4:30 PM 
VENUE:   QSFT Campus -
                22 Warwick Street, Annerley,
                QLD 4103 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Call (07) 3392 7788
Email: marketing@qsft.qld.edu.au

WORKSHOP DETAILS – Introduction to editing
DATE:     Saturday - 23rd June 2018
TIME:      9:00 AM to 1:00 PM 
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

ACU
Open Day- Saturday 28 July
Flinders University
Flinders University is once again offering this entry pathway for 2019 to your current Year 12 students.

What is uniTEST?
uniTEST is an aptitude test that has been developed to assess the kinds of generic reasoning and thinking skills that underpin studies at higher education and that are needed for students to be successful at this level. uniTEST is offered to your students at no cost and they cannot be disadvantaged by participating. Flinders University will select applicants based on both their Year 12 results (60% weighting toward the ATAR score) and uniTEST performance (40%).

Please see the uniTEST FAQs for additional information.

Participation success
Since 2012 almost 11,000 students from 248 schools across Australia have participated, resulting in many students gaining entry into their preferred course at Flinders University by using a combination of their ATAR and uniTEST score. In 2017/18, approximately 300 students received an offer to Flinders University based on their uniTEST performance.

GU
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

Music and performing arts programs - new and simplified application process
Griffith University has simplified the application process for audition and admission to the Queensland Conservatorium. Now, applicants only need to apply through QTAC by 24 August 2018.
If students have any questions regarding the new process, they should contact the Queensland Conservatorium at qcgu.programsupport@griffith.edu.au
»  For more information on the new application process, audition requirements and dates visit griffith.edu.au/conservatorium-auditions                               

QUT
QUT Design degrees
From 2019, we will introduce a three-year Bachelor of Design, replacing the four-year Bachelor of Design (Honours), and offer a number of new double degrees.
More information - click here.                                

The University of Adelaide
Watch information sessions about the following degrees:
Bachelor of Nursing
Bachelor of Dental Surgery and Bachelor of Oral Health
Bachelor of Psychological Science
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences

UQ
Open days
St lucia – 5 August
Gatton – 19 August

Changes to the Vocational Education and Training (VET) selection rank schemes
From 2020 onwards however, UQ will no longer allow school-leaver applicants to receive a standalone selection rank on the basis of a VET award alone. This change will only impact students applying for tertiary entry in the year immediately following Year 12.
Non-school-leaver applicants will still be able to use their VET qualifications to apply for entry to UQ in subsequent years, and this change will not impact students completing their OP in 2018 (current Year 12 students) or 2019 (current Year 11 students).
Questions?
Contact UQ Admissions on admissions@uq.edu.au or call us on (07) 3365 2203.                         
There are two main changes to the selection process for the MD Program at UQ:
The introduction of a Mini Multiple Interview as part of the selection process (only impacting current Year 10 students, or younger)
The introduction of prerequisite courses to ensure students are well prepared for the first two years of the program (impacting all students)

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.

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.

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 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
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                                                             

UTS
Do your female students have a passion for Engineering or IT? UTS and our industry partners proudly support women as they transition through uni, offering scholarships up to $66,000.
The Bachelor of IT Cooperative Scholarship supports the next generation of IT and business leaders offering $49,500 plus two internships with leading tech employers. 

UNI Melb
Information Day for interstate students to be held at our Parkville campus on Thursday 12 July 9:00am – 6:00pm.
Focus - application process, scholarships, student services, accommodation options and financial assistance. Optional additional accommodation tours will take place.
Friday 13 July ‘A Day at Melbourne’ -find out about undergraduate courses structure, majors, graduate pathways, enhancement programs and activities that can be done within each faculty. To find out more about the A Day at Melbourne program go to http://go.unimelb.edu.au/3bfn 
REGISTER NOW
https://futurestudents.unimelb.edu.au/explore/events/victoria_and_interstate/victoria/interstate-student-and-parent-information-day-jul    

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Senior School

Sport

Week 10 Training Schedule
June/July Holiday Training Schedule

 

Week 10 Training Schedule
https://central.staidan.qld.edu.au/send.php?id=12122

June/July Holiday Training Schedule
https://central.staidan.qld.edu.au/send.php?id=12223

 

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Music

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

Congratulations
Congratulations go to Thea Woolley who has successfully attained her Grade3 ABRSM Theory. A great achievement – well done Thea. 

Brass/Bassoon 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, tuba or bassoon. 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 music bursaries, workshops and overseas tours.
The support group relies on the goodwill of parents to help with catering, publicity, and fundraising which are vital to the seamless running of concerts throughout the year. The Music Support group meets for just an hour on the following evenings starting at 7:00pm in the Science and Technology Building meeting room (SG02): Monday 21st May; Monday 30th July; Monday 27th August; Monday 8th October and Monday 5th November.
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 2018
In order to assist parents and students in planning, please see the rehearsal schedule for 2018. This schedule has been prepared in consultation with the Head of Sport and every effort has been made to minimise clashes. However, please bear in mind that there are usually a minimum of 2 sports training scheduled in any week and should there be a clash between a music rehearsal (offered once a week only) and a sport training students are to attend the musical rehearsal on the set day and attend the alternative sports training on the other. 
Weekly instrumental rehearsals are held in the CHC. 
2018 Rehearsal Schedule                                                   

Ensembles: 
CHOIRS
Ensemble Volar (auditioned)
Chorale (Yrs 9-12)
Children Crossing (Yrs 6-8)
Junior Singers (Yrs 3-5)
Community Choir (Semester Two only) 

STRING ENSEMBLES
Paganini Strings (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 Paganini Strings)

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

music summer school

music end

 

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MATHEMATICS

Mathematics Assistance Program Term Two 2018

It is important that students develop as independent learners. By using the additional resources on the class One Note and the chapter review in the text girls can ensure they get enough practice at the range of skills. For extra assistance in understanding a concept, interactive tutorials provide hints and examples to support students through the skill development.

When difficulties arise, individual assistance can help to improve understanding. All the Mathematics teachers are aware of this and make it a priority to allow time for this to happen in their lessons. As another facility, members of the Mathematics department provide free tutorials to provide further assistance to any girls who are experiencing difficulty. Any girl can turn up to the room below and ask for help with a specific difficulty. Students need to attend the session at the starting time and ensure that they record their name on the attendance roll. Girls should make use of all opportunities to ask their own teacher for assistance in and out of class.  

 
Math assitance program

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Junior Jottings

Mrs Louise Mcguire 

Farewell Mrs Raven
Prep BBC visit
Ekka RNA Education On Show 2018 
Lost property
Important Dates

 

 

It is amazing to think that we are already half way through the school year. So much has happened in what feels like such a short amount of time. The girls have been involved in many exciting activities in and out of the classroom, and celebrated many successes and achievements both individual and group. They certainly must be commended for their continuous efforts and enthusiasm throughout the semester. I would also like to pay tribute to the wonderfully dedicated St Aidan’s staff who support the girls in all of their endeavours.

It has been my pleasure to read the girls’ Semester One reports and to see the wonderful academic results achieved by so many. It was particularly pleasing to note that our girls really working hard to continuously improve their results in order to achieve the best they possibly can. After receiving the Semester One report via email (towards the end of the first week of holidays), it would be a good opportunity to take the time to help your daughter reflect upon the results she achieved in the first semester and set some goals for the remainder of the year. The formal Parent/Teacher interviews early next term will be an excellent time to discuss your daughter’s results and progress with her teachers.

I take this opportunity to farewell our Junior School Receptionist, Lyn Raven. She was acknowledged for her twenty-six and a half years of service at St Aidan’s at a special whole school assembly on Thursday of last week. Lyn commenced her employment in the Junior School as a teacher assistant, and for the past seventeen and a half years, she has been the first person everyone meets when they come to the Junior School Reception. 
Lyn has been a friend to countless girls, parents and of course staff throughout her time at St Aidan’s. You only have to see the number of gifts she receives at the end of every year (she almost needs a trailer to take them home) to understand the depth of appreciation members of this community have for the work she has done and the support she has provided. 
We wish Lyn much happiness, good health and lots of fun times for her retirement. We hope she continues to make people laugh and enjoys spending her newfound spare time with her favourite people. 
We welcome Mrs Wilhelmina Morrison to Junior School Receptionist role in a full-time capacity. Wilhelmina has been sharing the role with Lyn for the past six months.  

Parent / Teacher Interviews Term 3       
Please note: Prep - 5 parent teacher interviews will take place on 31 July (Week 3), 6 August, 7 August (Week 4); however, Year 6 will have their interviews in the Christine Hartland Centre with the Senior School teachers on 9 August (Week 4), 13 and 16 August (Week 5). 
Information about online bookings will be available at the beginning of next term.  

BBC Boys visit Prep
The Prep girls had a great time when the Prep class from Brisbane Boys’ College came to visit St Aidan’s. We saw our old friends and even make some new ones. We participated in lots of fun activities with Ms Clarke and Mrs Bird. We read ‘Do not lick this book’ and learnt all about microbes! We made Gruffalo masks inspired by literary classic, ‘The Gruffalo’. We had a music lesson from Ms Trott, and Sensei Mesch taught us some new Japanese words. Next term, we are visiting Brisbane Boys’ College. We can’t wait to see what exciting activities they have in store! 

Ekka RNA Education On Show 2018 – Schedule now available
Education on Show is a competition devoted to showcasing work by Queensland students and covers a wide range of contemporary curriculum related skills and activities. The competition has been designed to encourage teachers to use it in conjunction with the curriculum and is open to Prep to Year 12.

The theme for 2018 is Heroes, in honour of the 2018 Commonwealth Games. 
This internationally renowned sporting spectacular showcases inspirational sporting heroes and the Education on Show competition will embrace the theme of heroes and encourage students to identify someone they consider to be a hero. Students are welcome to explore all fields, including medical, arts, science, sporting, political and volunteer work, or even family and friends. 

Students who are interested in entering this year’s competition are now encouraged to read the schedule and to begin planning their entries. Entries are not due until Week 1 in Term 3. The Education On Show Schedule is now available from the link or from Mrs Susie Rigby. Education on Show Schedule 2018.                                

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Junior Sport

Please click here for the Junior School Training Schedule for Week 10 and Week 1, Term 3

Andrews Cup Netball
The Andrews Cup Netball competition will be held on Thursday 26 July at Metropolitan District Netball Association at Coorparoo. The Andrews Cup teams have been announced with selections based on skill, game application, combinations and attendance.  There will be no training on Friday 22 June due to the last day of school.  Term 3 training will commence on Tuesday 17 July 2018.
Netball Trials -
Term 3
Tuesday 17 July - 3.45-4.45pm
Friday 20 July - 6.45-7.45am
Tuesday 24 July - 3.45-4.45pm     
Mrs Grant, Ms Hannan, Ms Jeanes-Fraser, Bob Jeanes, Loren Morssinkhof, Ali Zillmann. 

House Athletics Carnival 
The Interhouse Athletics Carnival held on Monday of this week at St Aidan’s Ambiwerra Sports Grounds was a huge success with individual girls from all Houses exhibiting true Penguin Spirit with quality efforts and performances in their events.  With field events still being finalised and points close, House Champions and Age Champions will not be announced until all events are completed.  I would like to express my sincere thanks to the St Aidan's teaching and coaching staff and parents as their enthusiasm and dedication contributed to the wonderful day had by our girls.  I would also like to thank the parents who attended on the day – their support was again second to none and this encouraged the girls even more.

Athletics Training
Following the full day carnival on Monday, the full Andrews Cup Athletics squad for 2018 has been selected and announced.  Please note that whilst training was initially open to all girls in Years 2 – 6, following the announcement of the Andrews Cup Athletics Squad, only girls selected will be able to continue training during the holidays and into next term.  
The St Aidan’s Junior School Athletics Squad will be participating in a Metro Athletic meet.  The meet will be held on a Tuesday 7 August at UQ Athletics Track, St. Lucia.  This will give both the girls and the coaches the opportunity to be provided with updated times and further develop their competition practice. Girls wishing to be considered for our Andrews Athletics team will need to attend the meet.  A school bus will be provided to take students to the venue.
Trainings being offered for the Athletics Season are as below:
Training

Athletics Holiday Training
To assist students to maintain their training fitness over the mid-term break, holiday trainings will continue at Ambiwerra.
Training Days and Time
Wednesday afternoon - 3.30pm – 4.45pm
Thursday afternoon - 3.30pm to 4.45pm 

Andrews Cup Gymnastics
Term 3 will see girls who are interested in wishing to trial for the Andrews Cup Gymnastics team receive information as to the training and selection procedures. During the first 2 weeks of trials, girls will be expected to attend at least 3 of the first 4 sessions.  This will hopefully enable the squads to be finalised as early as possible and also enable the coaches to confirm the number of weekly sessions girls will be required to attend for training. Trials will commence approximately Week 5 of Term 3.  

West Taylor Bridge Friday Clubs Competition Semester 2 Interschool Sport
During the first 2 weeks of Term 3, girls in Years 4 – 6 will start to make selections for the Interschool Sports competitions to be held in Semester 2. 

Andrews Cup and Interschool Sport Photos
With the Semester One sports concluded, I am looking at collating photos from as many Junior School sporting events as possible. If Sporting Captains or parents have any photos, can they please pass them on via usb or email (t.jeanes-fraser@staidans.qld.edu).                                  

Activity Photographs – Thursday 21 June
On Thursday 21 June, a range of Junior School Activity Photographs will be taken. The girls are to wear “browns” (with brown shoes and St Aidan’s white sports socks) for sports activities for all photographs.  

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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Junior Singers Rehearsal Schedule – Term 3
Rehersal Schedule Term 3

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 Three
term 3 beginner

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 music bursaries, workshops and overseas tours.
The support group relies on the goodwill of parents to help with catering, publicity, and fundraising which are vital to the seamless running of concerts throughout the year. The Music Support group meets for just an hour on the following evenings starting at 7:00pm in the Science and Technology Building meeting room (SG02): Monday 21st May; Monday 30th July; Monday 27th August; Monday 8th October and Monday 5th November.
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 2018
In order to assist parents and students in planning, please see the rehearsal schedule for 2018. This schedule has been prepared in consultation with the Head of Sport and every effort has been made to minimise clashes. However, please bear in mind that there are usually a minimum of 2 sports training scheduled in any week and should there be a clash between a music rehearsal (offered once a week only) and a sport training students are to attend the musical rehearsal on the set day and attend the alternative sports training on the other. 

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

Ensembles: 
CHOIRS

Ensemble Volar (auditioned)
Chorale (Yrs 9-12)
Children Crossing (Yrs 6-8)
Junior Singers (Yrs 3-5)
Community Choir (Semester Two only) 

STRING ENSEMBLES

Paganini Strings (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.

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Community

Community

ABBA-solutely bubbalicious night out 

Come along to an ABBA-solutely bubbalicious night out with your local community, to support Brisbane charity Act for Kids.
 
Organised by avid hikers Isabel Thomas (Year 8) and her mum Loretta who will be trekking the Bibbulmun Track later this year (also for Act for Kids), this is a great opportunity to round up your friends, make it a girl's night out or a parent-daughter do ... or just come along for some great cinema & music just a week after it is released to the public!
 
All event and ticketing information is in the link below, and we do encourage you to buy your tickets online both to guarantee a ticket as well as to ensure we have enough food, beverage and the right sized cinema! 
We would love to see you there!
 
Izzy and Loretta
https://www.facebook.com/events/157445481778097/?ti=cl

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