Newsletter Term 2 Week 2 2019

Principal

Ms toni riordan

ANZAC Day services and commemorations

Thank you to Ms O’Sullivan Williams and the Prefects for leading an informative and moving ANZAC Day assembly last week. Thank you also to Old Girl, Lara Perkovic (2014), our guest speaker. Lara shared her pathway as an Engineer in the Defence Services and stories of the efforts of two women at war, whom have inspired her career.

Thank you also to the many students who represented St Aidan’s at the Dawn Service and marched for the Graceville Service. Thank you to staff and families who were present to support our students.

Giving up is the most common form of failure

We know that remembering is a significant aspect of our ANZAC Day commemorations and so is hearing inspirational stories of courage, support for others and resilience. We hear how, with the power of resilience, so many people who serve and have served our country are able to recover quickly from difficulties, to get back up when faced with horrendous situations and to just keep going.

We build our resilience by learning to cope with challenges -- it’s an on-going, step-by-step process of adapting that bit better when faced with disappointment, loss, tragedy or significant stress. The reality is, we need to experience setbacks – to get knocked down – in order to learn how to pick ourselves back up. Over time, successful people learn not only how to overcome, but to embrace these challenges. They understand that each crisis they face is a chance to learn and grow. At St Aidan’s, a key component of students’ character education is developing resilience. Listed below are some of the principles and strategies that St Aidan’s students encounter over their time at school to help build their resilience and continue to grow beyond the crises that would otherwise hold them back.

Building a tight-knit circle of people we can trust is a key part of strengthening our resilience and weathering difficult times. Close friends, family and teachers are our social support -- they encourage and motivate us and let us know that we are not alone. When we surround ourselves with supportive people, who encourage us to be ourselves, we are able to share our feelings and concerns without fear of being judged.

The way we view a potentially stressful situation can either make the crisis worse in our mind or minimise it. This is called cognitive reframing, and it involves looking at things in a way that creates less pressure and promotes a greater sense of control and peace. Reframing things in a more positive way can alter our perceptions and relieve our stressful feelings.

This mindful exercise may change our physical responses to pressure situations. If we are constantly feeling like a crisis is looming, our bodies will react as if that is true and our fight-or-flight response will be enacted. Instead of seeing a difficult situation as an insurmountable problem, let’s be optimistic instead of pessimistic. Try cognitive reframing. See it as a challenge that we are capable of overcoming.

Next, avoid procrastinating in the face of adversity. We need to know that we can control events - we can always do something. By initiating action and taking the first small steps, we can gain confidence to take bigger steps. We build resilience by learning to take decisive action during critical situations. We don’t wait for someone else to swoop in and save the day. Instead, we consider what steps we can take and put ourselves in command of a situation.

Finally, successful people see change as necessary to revise the old way and embrace innovation. Many people spend their lives trying to avoid change; the idea of facing change may leave them fearful of the unknown. One important way successful people build resilience is by accepting that change will come. They focus on being prepared for change and they learn to adapt and adjust when change is imminent.

We will constantly be experiencing change in our lives, through our relationships and in our physical bodies. Our school environment and our homes will change, and even the world around us will experience unimaginable change in our lifetimes. If we pay attention to how we respond to our feelings of stress in response to change, we are able to work to reframe how we think about change – to see the possibilities and opportunities that come with any new development.

Staff update

Over the holiday break, Mr Bob Wagner shared news that he has made the decision to retire at the end of his long service leave, which will be complete at the end of this term. We look forward to wishing Mr Wagner well for this new chapter in his life at a time, later this term.

Community news

It is with sadness, I pass on news that Michele Grant (1963 to 2019) passed away recently. Michele was a past parent of St Aidan’s who suffered a long-standing illness and was a generous contributor to both our Huddle and Born to Fly publications. May Michele Rest in Peace.

Congratulations to:
Hannah Doncon (Year 7) whose review has been published in the online Magazine Alphabet Soup.
Lucy Guy (Year 8) who was runner up at the Rostrum Voice of Youth public speaking competition at QUT last weekend.
Eve Limboro (Year 11) who has been selected to be a part of the Australian Centenarian intergenerational portrait event.
Tayla Sykes (Year 9) who competed at the All Girls International Rugby Sevens in Hong Kong and whose team won the final.
Lily Holt (Year 7) has been selected in the U12 Met West Netball team that will compete at the State Championships in Bundaberg.

Best wishes:
• For the final session of parent-teacher interviews on Thursday.
• For the Junior School Mothers’ Day stall.
• To STAGE dancers for their performance at the Ipswich Eisteddfod.
• To debaters for QDU competition on Wednesday evening.
• To Junior School students for the first round of Walter Taylor Bridge competition on Friday afternoon.
• To Senior School students playing basketball, touch or soccer in Round 5 of QGSSSA Autumn fixtures.
• To Year 6 students who will depart next Tuesday for their Canberra trip.

Read more

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.

Read more

Dean of Students & Academic Welfare (7-9)

Ms holly o'sullivan williams

NAPLAN for Years 7 to 9

NAPLAN tests will occur from Tuesday until Thursday, 14 May – 16 May. We have set times that the tests need to be delivered, so students will adhere to a different timetable on those days. All students will receive this timetable and their allocated room / spaces for the tests this week. It is important that all students arrive at school before 8:30am each day, so they can be prepared for these tests. With Music and Sport commitments, there are no penalties if students do not attend. However, our message to students is that maintaining routines is always a good thing! With training, all buses will leave venues a little earlier to ensure that ample time is provided for Years 7 and 9 sporting students to be on time for their tests.
All students and parents will receive a memorandum with this information by the end of the week.
Please contact me directly if you any concerns regarding your daughter’s participation in NAPLAN. We wish all students the very best for the upcoming assessments.

Read more

Guidance Counsellor

ms Jennie Robinson

For all Careers news please visit the Careers tile on Aidan's Central.

Senior School

Sport

• Rowing
• The Back Page
• Week 2 QGSSSA Fixtures
• Week 2 Club Fixtures
• Week 3 Training Schedule

Rowing
To all families in the St Aidan’s School Community, you are invited to the 2019 Season Launch and celebration of 30 years of St Aidan’s Rowing. Entry is free and there will be live entertainment, food, drinks, including a variety of exciting activities throughout the afternoon- a not to be missed event! Please see the invitation attached for further details. We hope you can join us for a fun filled afternoon.
RSVP by 10 May 2019 to rowingsupportgroup@staidans.qld.edu.au.

The Back Page
https://central.staidan.qld.edu.au/send.php?id=17952

Week 2 QGSSSA Fixtures
https://central.staidan.qld.edu.au/send.php?id=17897

Week 2 Club Fixtures
https://central.staidan.qld.edu.au/send.php?id=17883

Week 3 Training Schedule
https://central.staidan.qld.edu.au/send.php?id=17954

Read more

Music

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

Congratulations
The Communication, Speech and Performance Teachers Inc. presents the Barbara Sisley Awards annually. Recipients are students who have attained the highest results in Queensland in AMEB (Drama and Performance) and Trinity College London (Speech and Drama) examinations in the preceding year.
Congratulations go to Elizabeth Wilkins in Year 9, who achieved the highest result in Queensland for AMEB Fifth Grade examinations in 2018. Well done Elizabeth.

Urgent call for Raffle Donations for Gala Instrumental Concert
Please find information below RE the Gala Instrumental Concert to be held on 23 May. The Music Support Group is looking for support from the music community to provide raffle donations (e.g. chocolates, biscuits, bottles of wine, gift voucher, etc.). Any donations would be greatly appreciated and can be left at the Senior or Junior School reception. Many thanks.

Instrumental Gala Concert
GALA INSTRUMENTAL CONCERT INVITATION
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, 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@staidans.qld.edu.au. A full list of St Aidan’s music ensembles/rehearsals is attached below.

Instrumental lessons in 2019
Don’t forget to complete the electronic private tuition form as soon as possible and return to us here at the school. Knowing which students are continuing with their lessons really assists in organising instruments, timetables and rooms. And of course, we are very keen to hear from any new students who are interested in learning an instrument. The link to the online enrolment form is as follows:
https://au1.documents.adobe.com/public/esignWidget?wid=CBFCIBAA3AAABLblqZhA6JM5HtbLwCed2S0TO047YiiTGdXfRFLn2AQer-VgcswmKKHCGd4cE8SZZDkT29Eg*.

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

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

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

STRING ENSEMBLES
• Paganini Strings
(AMEB Grade Five and above, auditioned)
Corelli Strings (AMEB Grade Two and above)
Chamber String Ensembles: Volar Strings, Allegro Strings, Arco Strings, Four Seasons Strings, Da Capo Strings (auditioned)
Vivaldi Strings (Yrs 5-8)
Dolce Strings (Yrs 2-4)
Clementi Celli
• Beginner Strings Program
• Combined Orchestras
(Symphonic Winds and Paganini Strings)

BAND ENSEMBLES
• Symphonic Winds
(AMEB Grade Four and above)
Con Brio Band (AMEB Grade Two and above)
Taffanel Flutes (Yr 5 and above)
Charma Band (Yrs 5-7)
Back-beat Band (Yr 5 and above)
Percussion Ensemble (Yr 5 and above)
Taffanel Flutes (Senior Chamber Flute Choir)
Yr 4 Beginner Band Program
• Yr 3 Beginner Band Preparation Program
(Semester Two only)
Combined Orchestras (Symphonic Winds and Corelli Strings)

2019 Music Calendar
Please click here for Term 2 Music Calendar. Changes and additions may be made throughout the year. Updates will be provided in the Newsletter.

Read more

news

• Signature Ball
• STAGE
• QUT STEM camp 2019

Signature Ball 2019
Planning to attend the Signature Ball on 16 July with a group of friends? Now is the time to check everyone in your group has purchased their tickets to ensure you will be seated together. Seating requests can be made as part of your purchase, tables are strictly limited to 10.
Tickets available now at www.eventbrite.com.au.
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.

STAGE Dance
STAGE Dance is our very own St Aidan’s dance troupe and we have been training long and hard, twice a week, for our very first competition of the year.
The girls have managed to learn 3 challenging and competitive dances that we will be performing at the Ipswich Civic Centre on this Thursday evening, 2 May. As a group we will be performing a lyrical to a cover of “The Greatest” by Sia, an up-tempo Jazz to “Do You” by “Golden Features”, as well as an exciting musical theatre routine from the Broadway musical, “The School of Rock”.
On the night, it would be great to see as many of you there as possible and have a crowd of our very own supporters to cheer us on.
We are looking forward to a thrilling evening of dancing, success, and of course amazing costumes.
Your captains,
Avalon and Emily
stage

QUT STEM camp 2019
The QUT Vice-Chancellor's STEM camp held in the September holidays (Mon 30 Sep – Fri 4 Oct 2019) 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 fully funded places available for students attending day sessions 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 20 May 2019.

Applications open Tuesday 20 April 2019 via the STEM for Schools website. Details are provided on the website https://www.qut.edu.au/study/stem-for-schools/vice-chancellors-stem-regional-camp
Mrs Hicks

Read more

Junior Jottings

Mrs Louise Mcguire 

Form Captains – Term 2
• ANZAC Services
• The Junior School Library is Spreading Kindness
• Cyber Tips - Online Safety, Start the Chat campaign
• Mother’s Day Stall/Raffle – Thursday 2 May
• Art Club – commences Week 4
• Morning for Grandparents and Special Friends – Friday 24 May
• Important Dates

Form Captain Assembly
The following girls have been elected to the very important position of Form Captain for Term 2. Form Captains were presented with their badges at a special Junior School Assembly in the CHC on Monday of this week.

Congratulations –
Year 4G Sophie Lin
Hannah Williams

Year 4S Amelie Boyd
Eloise McLellan

Year 5H Lizzie Morgan
Yolanda Wang

Year 5J Charlotte Parker
Ava Robinson

Year 5K Maggie Bladen
Unity Maxwell

Year 6C Lulu Olford
Poppy O’Sullivan Williams

Year 6J Maggie Clarke
Lily Koundakjian

Year 6M Isabella Gjorgioski
Issy Mathers

ANZAC Services
St Aidan’s girls have always been actively involved in ANZAC services and this year was no exception. A number of students from various year levels in the Junior School, particularly Year 6, participated in local services on Thursday of last week. Such involvement reflects the high standard of citizenship displayed by St Aidan’s students. Thank you to those girls who represented St Aidan’s in such a fine manner.

anzac day

The Junior School Library is Spreading Kindness
Did you know that reading supports the development of personal and social capabilities strand of the Australian Curriculum?

• recognising and regulating emotions
• developing empathy for others
• understanding, establishing and building positive relationships
• handling challenging situations constructively
• developing leadership skills

As part of our ongoing work in library lessons, with a particular focus on personal and social capabilities, the Junior School library is beginning a ‘Kindness Project’. Students have the opportunity in lessons and during break time to pen an anonymous message of kindness or encouragement on a kindness card. These cards will be slipped inside library books and as the book is borrowed the kindness cards will be discovered and hopefully taken home and treasured.

Cyber Tips - Online Safety, Start the Chat campaign – Cath Grant
The Online Safety, Start the Chat campaign is about helping everyone in a child’s life to have a conversation about online safety.
The youngest generation of children are the first to grow up in a fully connected digital world – for them, the online world is now just as much a part of their lives as the offline world.
With technology changing so fast, it’s important to be proactive and talk about online safety early and often.
Everybody can play an important role in helping children and young people to have positive and safe online experiences – including parents, teachers, carers, siblings, grandparents, mentors and sports coaches.
If you feel unsure about how to talk to kids about online safety, you’re not alone. eSafety has a range of tools, tips and resources to help have that conversation – whether it’s today, tomorrow or in the future. For more details click here

Mother’s Day Stall – 2 May – gifts $15 each
A final reminder that the Mother’s Day stall is being held on Thursday of this week. Gifts can be purchased for $15 each.

Art Club – commences Week 4
Please be reminded that Art Club will commence in Week 4 this term.

A morning for Grandparents and Special Friends – Friday 24 May
Please note that our morning for Grandparents and Special Friends will be held on Friday 24 May. It is an event the entire Junior School is looking forward to again this year. It is a wonderful opportunity to involve these very special people in our school. Invitations were sent home with students earlier this week.

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

Read more

Junior Sport

• Training Schedule for Week 2 and Week 3, 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 2 and 3, 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 a 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)
The sporting focus is now moving 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. 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 daughters 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.

key dates t2 wk 2

Read more

Junior Music

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

Urgent call for Raffle Donations for Gala Instrumental Concert
Please find information below RE the Gala Instrumental Concert to be held on 23 May. The Music Support Group is looking for support from the music community to provide raffle donations (e.g. chocolates, biscuits, bottles of wine, gift voucher, etc.). Any donations would be greatly appreciated and can be left at the Senior or Junior School reception. Many thanks.

Instrumental Gala Concert
GALA INSTRUMENTAL CONCERT INVITATION

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
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@staidans.qld.edu.au. A full list of St Aidan’s music ensembles/rehearsals is attached below.

Instrumental lessons in 2019
Don’t forget to complete the electronic private tuition form as soon as possible and return to us here at the school. Knowing which students are continuing with their lessons really assists in organising instruments, timetables and rooms. And of course, we are very keen to hear from any new students who are interested in learning an instrument. The link to the online enrolment form is as follows:
https://au1.documents.adobe.com/public/esignWidget?wid=CBFCIBAA3AAABLblqZhA6JM5HtbLwCed2S0TO047YiiTGdXfRFLn2AQer-VgcswmKKHCGd4cE8SZZDkT29Eg*.

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

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

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

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

STRING ENSEMBLES
• Paganini Strings
(AMEB Grade Five and above, auditioned)
Corelli Strings (AMEB Grade Two and above)
Chamber String Ensembles: Volar Strings, Allegro Strings, Arco Strings, Four Seasons Strings, Da Capo Strings (auditioned)
Vivaldi Strings (Yrs 5-8)
Dolce Strings (Yrs 2-4)
Clementi Celli
• Beginner Strings Program
• Combined Orchestras
(Symphonic Winds and Paganini Strings)

BAND ENSEMBLES
• Symphonic Winds
(AMEB Grade Four and above)
Con Brio Band (AMEB Grade Two and above)
Taffanel Flutes (Yr 5 and above)
Charma Band (Yrs 5-7)
Back-beat Band (Yr 5 and above)
Percussion Ensemble (Yr 5 and above)
Taffanel Flutes (Senior Chamber Flute Choir)
Yr 4 Beginner Band Program
• Yr 3 Beginner Band Preparation Program
(Semester Two only)
Combined Orchestras (Symphonic Winds and Corelli Strings)

2019 Music Calendar
Please click herefor Term 2 Music Calendar. Changes and additions may be made throughout the year. Updates will be provided in the Newsletter

Read more

P&F

P&F

Trivia Night
• P&F General Meeting

trivia night

P&F General Meeting
The P&F general meeting will be held on Wednesday 15 May at 6.30pm in the Auditorium. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.

Read more