Newsletter Term 2 Week 3

Principal

Ms toni riordan

Creative, connected and engaged
In July 2017 Mr David Gonski AC accepted the role of Chair of the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools to provide advice on how to improve student achievement and school performance. This week the Review Panel’s final report, Through Growth to Achievement: Report of the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools was presented to the Prime Minister, The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP and Commonwealth Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham. The report identifies three priorities and makes recommendations across five areas to address them.

I took particular note of the report’s second priority, to equip every child to be a creative, connected and engaged learner in a rapidly changing world. “Every young Australian should emerge from schooling as a creative, connected and engaged learner with a growth mindset that can help to improve a student’s educational achievement over time.” *

It is affirming for all those in our community who contributed to St Aidan’s Strategic Plan, launched in 2015 to see that our strategic priority areas of Educational Excellence; Connecting Community; Enriching Environment, Living Faith and Inspiring Professionals encompass most of the proposed reforms for improved school performance and student achievement. I congratulate the foresight of St Aidan’s, which in 2014 shaped the Strategic Plans ‘Our Values’, focussing us to develop and promote authentic, caring, confident, creative and connected women who value reason, imagination, truth, compassion and responsibility. There are many other aspects of the school’s Plan which reflects the findings of the Review Panel, one such as in the Educational Excellence Priority area: St Aidan’s provides an excellent education based on balance, rigour and challenge, through developing a growth mindset in academics, engagement and wellbeing. I take this opportunity to thank staff and parents who continue to work in partnership to address the strategic intent of our current School Plan. (The Strategic Plan is accessed on the St Aidan’s website – About Us).

I also extend my congratulations to our Year 10 Tech and Innovation students, team Speechability, Aeshlein Ralston and Lilyan Sullivan together with team HELPA, Gabrielle Preston, Anouk Johnson and Alex Spalding who have just returned from the Conrad Innovation Summit at NASA in the USA. Well done to both teams but a particular mention made with pride to Speechability who won the Cyber-Technology and Security section of the Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge and a Peter Conrad scholarship. The girls will now head to Calgary for the SMART Summit.

It has been a delight to witness the growth in learning and confidence of our Speechability girls. If you have had a chance to view the girls’ pitch to the competition judges, I am sure you were like me – brimming with pride and awestruck by their polished delivery and confident presentation style. It has been a journey of many years for the girls, who first saw other girls go before them and succeed in Tech Girls and Technovation forums. They have collaborated with their peers, various staff have guided them, been mentored by Mr Tim Kemp and have practised their pitch to the largest tech companies in the world, including Microsoft, Google and Facebook. Experience, perseverance and making the most of every opportunity are hallmarks of Speechability’s success and models the Schools values of confident girls so aptly. 

* Source Haimotvitz, K. & Dweck, C. (2017) ‘The origins of children’s growth and fixed mindsets: new research and a new proposal’. Child Development, vol. 88(6), pp. 1850 in ‘Through Growth to Achievement’. Report of the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools. March 2018.

Congratulations to:
Georgina Sawyer, Gemma Rowell, Jaidaeja Gaffney Hintz for their involvement in the BBC production of Hamlet. Also Emma Sargent, Lucinda Bankouski, Emily Robertson and Georgia Scott for hair and make-up. 
Our STAGE girls who will this week attend their first eisteddfod of the year at the Ipswich Combined Teachers Eisteddfod. 
Angelina Tignani who won the U13 Javelin at the Little Athletics National Championships over the weekend with a throw of 47.26m, setting a new Australian record.
Year 11 International student, Selina Wang, who has been selected as one of Brisbane’s 40 International Student Ambassadors for 2018. Selina is one of four students representing the high school sector and was recently invited to City Hall to receive her certificate from Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Graham Quirk.

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Deputy Principal

Ms cate begbie

The Star Tutoring Grant 
Star Tutoring was established in 2001 by a group of Old Girls as a tutoring service for St Aidan's students. In appreciation of their ability to maintain links with the school and as a sign of their affection for the school, in 2004 the tutors decided to contribute a small percentage of their wages to a fund which, when matched dollar for dollar by Star Tutoring, could then be used to help current Years 7 to 12 students in the realisation of their goals. This means that students may apply for the grant to assist them with a particular project. 

Star Tutoring is offering a small grant to one student, or smaller amounts to a number of students, to enable them to put this money towards a school-related venture or extra-curricular activity. All senior students may apply for funding to assist with a wide range of projects or endeavours and is not limited to girls being tutored. For example, a student could apply for financial assistance for attendance at workshops, travel to inter-state competitions, attendance at youth conferences, music lessons, even capital for a small business venture. This list is certainly not exhaustive and all types of applications are welcomed. 
The application form, including relevant information is available from the Student Forms section of Aidan’s Central. Application forms are due on Friday 1 June 2018.  All applications are to be submitted electronically to my email address: c.begbie@staidans.qld.edu.au.

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Guidance Counsellor

ms Jennie Robinson

ADF Gap Year
S.T.E.M Aviation Careers Day & Young Women
QSFT
Exchanges
Projects Abroad
WEP Student Exchange Scholarships Available Now!
Latitude Science and Design experiences.
British Council
UMAT preparation
Griffith University
QUT
UQ

ADF Gap Year
ADF Gap Year applications for 2019 have opened. It's a unique opportunity for your students to try out a career in Navy, Army or Air Force and get a feel for a military life without committing for a longer period.
Through an ADF Gap Year they'll
Gain valuable skills and work experience
Enjoy a great salary package plus free healthcare
Live a varied, active and healthy lifestyle
Make friends with like-minded people
Get the opportunity to see more of Australia 
In 2019 there are 14 roles to choose from ranging from admin to artillery and even flight crew, plus this year we’re offering 30 Army Officer roles - places are limited.
ADF wk 3

S.T.E.M Aviation Careers Day & Young Women: 9am – Midday, SUNDAY 27 MAY, 2018 
(Gate opens at 8:45am for security screening) 
Hangar 2 Qantas Base Maintenance, 
52 Priors Rd, Brisbane Airport 4008

1. The Event is open to female high school students from Years 7 – 12. 
2. The Event is only for S.T.E.M-related aviation careers such as civilian and military flying, air traffic control, air safety investigation, engineering – it does NOT include information on flight attending. 
3. Interested students are considered to be representing their school and are advised that completion of a Registration Form shows a clear and firm commitment to attend the careers day, as places are limited and there are significant costs and time associated with organising this event - thank you for your cooperation. 

Please see me if you are interested.

QSFT
Introduction to directing workshop
WORKSHOP DETAILS

  
DATE: Saturday, 28th April 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.
You will receive a confirmation email once your  application is processed. 
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Call (07) 3392 7788
Email marketing@qsft.qld.edu.au          

Open Day
QSFT

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

Projects Abroad
Information Night
Date: Tuesday 8th May
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Venue: Hotel George Williams, 325 George Street Brisbane 4000
Details: Projects Abroad organises volunteer and work experience programmes in 29 developing countries for year 10 and 11 students as well as school leavers. These projects are in areas such as teaching, childcare, conservation, human rights, healthcare, and community work in countries including Kenya, Nepal, Cambodia and Peru. The day will feature presentations from staff and past volunteers, along with lots of opportunity to chat and ask questions.
Registrations can be made here: https://www.projects-abroad.com.au/more-info/information-events/             

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

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

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

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

GU
Event details

Year 9, 10 and 11 students and their parents are invited to attend the parent and student advice nights, giving them an opportunity to tour the campus and meet current Griffith University students, providing valuable insight about their experiences transitioning from school to university.
Nathan campus 
Date: Tuesday 22 May
Time: 5.00 - 7.00 pm
Venue: To be confirmed
Gold Coast campus   
Date: Thursday 24 May
Time: 5.00 - 7.00 pm
Venue: To be confirmed
Register Now             

Open Day 2018
As the Advice Nights are for students in Years 9 – 11, Year 12 students and their parents are invited and encouraged to attend Griffith University Open Day which includes program specific Griffith Business School information sessions, allowing students and parents to find out more about the options available and have their questions answered.
Date: Sunday 12 August 2018
Time: 9.00 am – 2.00 pm
Venue: Gold Coast, Nathan and South Bank campuses
Register here for updates         

QUT
Get your students ready for the real world with the 2018 QUT Vice-Chancellor’s STEM Camp!

This fully-funded camp is open to high-achieving Year 11 students and provides an exclusive opportunity for regional and local students to spend a week working alongside QUT researchers and undergraduate students on real-world STEM research in areas such as sustainable engineering, vision robotics, patient care, big data and virtual reality.
To apply, students must complete the online application form, including a letter from a Teacher/HOD/Principal. Don’t let your students miss this incredible opportunity!  
The 2018 Program Details:
Camp Dates: Sun 23 Sep – Fri 28 Sep 2018
QUT Gardens Point Campus
Applications close: Mon 7 May 2018
Student Application Requirements include:  
Be a current QLD or northern NSW Year 11 student 
Demonstrate that you have 2 x VHAs in science, mathematics B or C, engineering technology or computer science
Upload a Letter of Recommendation from your teacher, Head of Department or Principal 
Upload the parent/guardian permission form 
Write a ‘statement of claims’ in the online application form
Submit the online application. 
Join the Facebook event to keep up with all of the important dates and application information!
Application Page           

STEM Careers Evening!
Find out which subjects in senior high school prepare students for successful studies at QUT in science, IT, engineering, mathematics, health and education on Wednesday 9 May 2018.
Not only will you hear the latest information on QUT’s STEM courses and subject selection; you will also go into the draw to win some great lucky door prizes drawn throughout the night.
Date: 9 May 2018
Time: 4:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: QUT Gardens Theatre, X Block
Cost: Free

Register Now            

Parent Information Seminar.
We'll provide information on:
making course and career decisions
getting in to university
life as a university student
transition to university and support for students
study costs and financial support
resources for parents and students.
You’ll also have the option to attend a twilight campus tour with a QUT student before the seminar.
Date:  Tuesday 15 May
Time: From 5:15pm

Register Now          

Engineering Link Project
The two-day Engineering Link Project invites Year 11 and 12 students to get hands on in university-level projects, working with practising engineers and experiencing activities that will open their eyes to possible career paths.
Date: Thursday 12 & Friday 13 July 2018, 8.45am start
Location: QUT Garden Point campus
Cost: $66 (includes course, materials, lunches)

Register Now          

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.
The Bachelor of Design will offer majors in:
architecture
interior architecture
landscape architecture
fashion
industrial design
interaction design
visual communication.
Double degrees include:
architecture with business, construction management, engineering, property economics
landscape architecture with business, engineering, science, urban and regional planning
fashion with business
industrial design with business, engineering, law
interaction design with business, engineering, information technology
interior architecture with business, construction management, property economics
visual communication with business.
More information - https://www.qut.edu.au/study/undergraduate-study/do-you-advise-school-students/news-and-events/news?news-id=127022&utm_source=silverpop&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=qut_undergraduate_guidanceofficer&utm_content=2018_04_18_GOs_QUT%20News%20(1)&spMailingID=56423869&spUserID=ODM5ODgzNjMzMjES1&spJobID=1382643966&spReportId=MTM4MjY0Mzk2NgS2

UQ
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)
Why the change?
Our revised admission process is designed to ensure the highly sought-after places in the MD program are offered to applicants who demonstrate the attributes and abilities most suited to the profession of medicine, and most likely to succeed in the MD program.
We aim to select applicants who are representative of the populations we serve and whose goals align with our vision:
Critical scientific thinkers: Our graduates are research literate and curious. A significant proportion pursue clinical academic careers, expanding the boundaries of knowledge in their field.
Socially accountable: They are champions for integrating patient care and committed to improving health disparities in their communities. As patient-centred professionals, our graduates practice values-based medicine.
Global leaders in health care: Our graduates are actively engaged in improving the quality of patient care and public health globally. They are effective team players, bringing skills in leadership and innovation to improve health care in their communities.
Questions?
Contact UQ Admissions on admissions@uq.edu.au or call us on (07) 3365 2203.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Senior School

Sport

Rowing Information Night
QGSSSA Autumn Fixtures – R5 v Somerville House (Friday 4 May)
QGSSSA Autumn Fixture Results – R4 V BGGS
The Back Page

If your daughter has ever thought about being involved in Rowing, then now is the perfect time to find out more!   On Thursday, 3 May, there will be an information evening for parents of any girls interested in Rowing in 2018.  
Come along and discover more about this unique sporting opportunity offered at St Aidan’s.  Learn about the sport, the program at St Aidan’s, how it fits in with other activities your daughter may be doing, and about what the sport can offer.  This is a no-obligation opportunity to learn, and ask any questions you may have about the St Aidan’s Rowing program.
The Information Evening will take place in the Auditorium from 6:00pm, there will be a presentation lasting approximately 30 minutes, followed by a Q&A.  If you or your daughter has ever wanted to know about rowing at St Aidan’s, this is the perfect opportunity. 
For general information about Rowing at St Aidan’s, please click HERE, or contact Director of Rowing, Mr Sam Dutney, on 0478 693 506, or by email at S.Dutney@staidans.qld.edu.au .       

QGSSSA Autumn Fixtures
Please click here for more information.

QGSSSA Autumn Fixture Results - R4
Please click here for more information.

The Back Page
Please click here for the latest edition of The Back Page.

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Music

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Gala Choral Concert 2018
On Wednesday 30 May, the St Aidan’s AGS Music Department will present the Gala Choral Concert at St John’s Cathedral (Ann St). The concert will start at 6:30pm and conclude by 8:00pm. This concert will require the attendance of all students in Children Crossing, Chorale and Ensemble Volar. Performing alongside the St Aidan’s choirs will be the Ambrose Treacy College choirs (Junior Choir, Senior Singers and Chamber Choir) and the Queensland Kodály Choir. 
All St Aidan’s choral groups will attend a rehearsal in the CHC from 3:30-4:45pm on Wednesday 30 May. During this time, a light afternoon snack will be provided by the Music Department. Students will be required to change into their performance uniform at school before travelling to the cathedral. 
Students will be transported from St Aidan’s to the cathedral via a school bus, which will leave Kathleen St at 4:45pm. Students will be involved in further rehearsals with guest choirs from 5:30pm at the Cathedral. 
Students are reminded that the allocation of pockets/badges later in the year is dependent on attendance at all performances.
There will be limited on-street parking at the venue. However, the Cathedral Square Car Park (410 Ann Street) offers ‘Night Parking’ for $5, which can be purchased at https://www.secureparking.com.au/en-au/car-parks/australia/queensland/brisbane/brisbane-cbd/cathedral-square-car-park. Alternatively, Central train station is a short walk from the cathedral. 
Please note that there is no cost for admission to this concert. However, donations which could be used to defray associated costs would be most appreciated and can be made at the door on the night. 
As this is one of the main performance events of the year, we hope you take this opportunity to support your daughter in her musical endeavours through your attendance at this concert. 
Please send all enquiries to music@staidans.qld.edu.au.       

Gala Instrumental Concert
On Tuesday 29 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)
Some students will be required to meet for a rehearsal prior to 5:30pm. The schedule for rehearsals on Tuesday 29 March is attached below:

Rehearsals 
3:30-4:00 Combined Band - Con Brio and Symphonic Winds (CHC Floor)
Paganini Strings (CG05)
4:00-5:00 Symphony Orchestra – Paganini Strings and Symphonic Winds (CHC Floor)
4:00-4:30 Charma Band (C112) 
Vivaldi Strings (CG05)
4:30-5:00 Con Brio Band (C112)
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 in regards to correct uniforms. 

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 Anne Kuskopf (mylittlekitchen@bigpond.com) or 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.         

The Big Sing
On Sunday 20 May, students from Ensemble Volar will be involved in an excursion to the Gold Coast for the inaugural Gold Coast Big Sing. Ensemble Volar, along with several community choirs, will participate in a day of rehearsals and a performance at the Helensvale Library and Cultural Centre (Sir John Overall Dr & Lindfield Road, Helensvale QLD 4212). Students will be transported to and from the Gold Coast via a school bus. 
The schedule for the day will be:

7:15am Arrive at Kathleen St, St Aidan’s 
7:30am Bus departs from Kathleen St
8:45am Arrival and Registration 
9:00am Workshop One - James Cuskelly 
10:30am Morning Tea (provided) 
11:00am Workshop Two – Astrid Jorgensen  
12:30pm Lunch (provided) 
1:30pm Concert Preparation 
2:30pm Final Concert (Massed and Community Choirs)
4:30pm Students must be collected from Kathleen St, St Aidan’s unless other arrangements have been pre-arranged (please notify school staff). 

Students may wear comfortable casual clothes for the workshops but will be required to change into their full performance uniform (pinafore, white blouse, stockings and black shoes) for the performance. They will also need to bring a water bottle and their music. 
There will be no cost to students to participate in this event and food will be provided. 
Families are welcome to attend the concert at 2:30pm and concert tickets will be $5. 
Please complete the slip below and email/hard-copy return to Staff Reception or music@staidans.qld.edu.au by Monday 7 May 2018.      

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

Brass Music Bursary
The Music Department in conjunction with the Music Support Group are currently offering two music bursaries. These bursaries are open to students in years 7 or 8 who wish to commence lessons on a lower brass instrument – trombone, euphonium or tuba. If you are interested please contact music@staidans.qld.edu.au for further information.

Instrumental lessons in 2018
Don’t forget to complete the electronic private tuition form as soon as possible and return to us here at the school. Knowing which students are continuing with their lessons really assists in organising instruments, timetables and rooms. And of course, we are very keen to hear from any new students who are interested in learning an instrument. The link to the online enrolment form is as follows: https://secure.netols.com/schools/gateway/intranet_gateway.cfm?eu=TU-CD1ECB42-C292-7EED-BE73B2DE78B58B7A-CD1ECB43-C292-7EED-BE1057D7703411E8            

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

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 Music Calendar
Changes and additions may be made to the following calendar. Updates are provided through the newsletter.

music summer school

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Foundation

St Aidan's Foundation Lunch

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

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news

What Parents Want
New research to explore how parent-adolescent relationships influence youth mental health

What Parents Want 
Why did you send your child to an independent school and how is St Aidan’s different from the others? These are critical questions many of you faced before deciding on St Aidan’s as your school of choice. 
We wish to find out what’s important to St Aidan’s parents. What Parents Want – an Independent Schools Queensland Survey examines the decision-making process parents undertake when choosing a school, including: 
cultural influences, 
varying sources of information, and; 
the importance of different factors that may guide school choice. 
We urge all parents of Prep, Year 7 and new students to complete this valuable survey. It should take approximately 15-20 minutes. 
Click here to take the survey 
http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4279373/What-Parents-Want-2018-Survey
Thank you in advance for helping us understand how and why parents make schooling decisions. The results will provide a framework for St Aidan’s to continue to meet the needs of our parents, while giving a strong basis on which to formulate strategy and decision-making in the future.
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New research to explore how parent-adolescent relationships influence youth mental health
Are you concerned about your teenager’s behaviour or development?    
Would you like to learn how to better manage your teenager's emotions?    
The Parenting and Family Support Centre at The University of Queensland is seeking parents and their teenager (aged between 11 and 17) to take part in new research on the links between supportive parent-adolescent relationships and adolescent well-being.    
Parents and teenagers will take part in an assessment session at the UQ St Lucia Campus. Parents of participating families will also have the opportunity to attend a free 2-hour parenting discussion group on "Coping with Teenagers' Emotions" based on the successful Teen Triple P (Positive Parenting Program).    
The 2-hour Teen Triple P discussion group will give parents strategies to understand and support their teenager in dealing with difficult emotions. Results from this study will help researchers develop better ways to support young people experiencing anxiety or conduct behaviour problems, and their families.   
 Further information on the study, eligibility criteria, and online registration are available via the Parenting Teenagers website https://exp.psy.uq.edu.au/parentingteens or contact the research team at parentingteens@uq.edu.au.  

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Junior Jottings

Mrs Louise Mcguire 

ANZAC Services
Andrews Cup Cross Country
Movie Night
Mother’s Day Stall/Raffle – Wednesday 9 May
Penguin Aid
Important Dates

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 Wednesday 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.

Andrews Cup Cross Country
On Monday of this week, the St Aidan’s Andrews Cup Cross Country team competed at our very own sports fields - Ambiwerra. Competitors must be congratulated for their hard work and commitment to training leading up to the event, and for their determination on the day. As one of the smallest schools in the ten-school competition, every team member deserves congratulations for their contribution. Special mention and congratulations must go to the girls in the 9 years division who won their age group.
Huge thanks must go to Ms Tracey Jeanes-Fraser for her role in organising the day as the ‘Host School Sports Co-ordinator’. A big thank you must also go to Miss Lauren Murry for her coaching expertise (and assistance with the organisation of the event), Ms Kristine Cairns and Libby Jacques for their support of Lauren and all of the girls involved in the Cross Country program. 
Finally, Layla Aghaie, Abigail Jones and Eliska McAuliffe, our Year 6 Cross Country Captains, must be acknowledged for their commitment and leadership throughout the season.

Movie Night
Last Saturday evening, we held our second Junior School Movie Night in the CHC. The aim of the night is to provide an opportunity for students and family members to ‘catch up’ in a casual and friendly environment and, without a doubt, it was a huge success. 
I take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank our event sponsors – 
Sponsors
Skobi Shoes (McLellan Family)
Studio Pilates
Fighter Pilot (Boyd Family)
JS Dance
Chapman Builders
Communication in Action
SurePipe (Colette & Stewart Andersen)
Business Depot Legal (Hancock Family)
Merge Programs (Hancock Family)
Dream Puffs (Dunn Family)
Aesthetic & Reconstructive Plastic Surgery (Cheng Family)
Woolworths Mt Ommaney (for supplying the Sausage Sizzle supplies)
Thank you also to our supporters who donated products for gifts/prizes and goodie bags - Ruby Olive, Tiddlywinks, Aquatic Achievers, Cr Nicole Johnson, Coles Kenmore.
I also extend my sincere thanks to Alex Boyd (with support from Claire Rush – P&F) for co-ordinating this event. It was a huge undertaking, and the time and energy invested in the lead-up and on the day, were enormous. I would also like to thank the many other parents who contributed and assisted in some way.
movie night

Mother’s Day Stall/Raffle – 9 May – gifts $15 each
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. You will receive your raffle tickets this week.
We will be having a ‘wrapping day’ on Tuesday 8 May (in the Outside School Hours Care classroom – lower level of the Junior School Library) to package the gifts to be sold at the stall. If you are able to assist for any length of time, your help would be greatly appreciated. We will be commencing at ‘drop off’ time and concluding as soon as all of the gifts are beautifully wrapped and ready to be scrutinised by many excited shoppers the following day!

Penguin Aid
teddy
The Penguin Aid leaders and Junior School Classes are raising money for the Kids Cancer Project. Each class is aiming to raise $55 to buy a Teddy Bear to give to children who are going through treatment for cancer. Please send along $2-3 and any loose change to your class teacher for collection by the end of Week 3. The adorable teddy bears will be purchased and delivered to the Lady Cilento Hospital to help cheer up children in the chemotherapy ward. Childhood cancers are very different from adult cancers and your donations will help ongoing research and improve treatments for cancer currently being used here in Queensland.

Important Dates
Term 2, 2018

 

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Junior Sport

Please click here for the Junior School Training Schedule for  Week 3 and Week 4, Term 2 .

Andrews Cup Cross Country Results
AC cross country

All team members are to be congratulated on their commitment leading into the competition and on the day of the competition. Training commenced in Week Two of Term One and the attendances and efforts have led to great individual and team results at the Andrews Cup.  Particular mention must go to our 9 Years Age Group who placed first in their division.  I would like to thank the parents who supported the runners at Ambiwerra – your encouragement was appreciated by all girls. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our Cross Country Captains, Layla Aghaie, Abigail Jones and Eliska McAuliffe for being such fantastic role models both at trainings and on the competition day.  A further thank you must be extended to our Head Coach, Ms Murry and Ms Cairns and Libby Jacques for your continued support and commitment to the 2018 Cross Country Program.

Cross Country Training
Cross Country trainings will conclude at the end of this week with the focus moving to Athletics. Parents are to collect students no later than 5.00pm at Ambiwerra. Ms Murray, our Head Cross Country Coach, will be overseeing the program.

Training
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West Taylor Bridge Friday Clubs Competition
The West Taylor Bridge competition is held at a variety of local venues between 1.00pm and 2.30pm every Friday. Touch Football is to be held at Souths-Graceville Junior Rugby League Club, Graceville Avenue, Graceville and Netball at Faulkner Park (Western District Netball Association) Graceville. Parents who are wishing to collect their students directly from the venue are to contact their form teacher the morning of sport so that teachers in charge of that sport are advised early.  Parents are to sign students out with the allocated teacher of their child’s team to confirm. All Touch Football and Netball training sessions are held at Ambiwerra Sports grounds and a bus will collect students and take them back to school in the mornings and take them to Ambiwerra for the afternoons. Trainings are on a Tuesday afternoon from 3.30-4.45pm for Netball and Touch Football will be held on Friday mornings from 6.45am – 7.45am. It is an expectation that girls wishing to participate in the Interschool Netball and Touch Football attend a training session each week.

Netball Training
Tuesday - Ambiwerra - 3.45-4.45pm
Touch Football Training
Friday - Ambiwerra - 6.45-7.45am

House Athletics Carnival 
The House Athletics Carnival for students in Year 2 to Year 6 is scheduled for Monday 18 June at Ambiwerra Sports Fields. A carnival program providing details of times and events will be distributed to the girls through their classes.  All girls in Years 2 – 6 will have the opportunity to compete in a variety of track and field events throughout the day. An information letter providing details for the carnival will be distributed in the upcoming weeks.

Athletics Training
With the Cross Country season finished, the sporting focus moves to Athletics. Girls in Years 2 – 6 have started their preparations for the Interhouse Carnival in their weekly PE lessons to enable them to participate in a minimum of three events at the carnival. Girls who are interested in Athletics or who have identified a particular talent in Athletics will be able to commence training in Week 4 on Wednesday 9 May from 6.45am-7.45am and Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 3.45-5.00pm at Ambiwerra. There will also be training on Mondays 6.45am-7.45am commencing on 14 May. Please note that whilst training is initially open to all girls in Years 2 – 6, following the Athletics Carnival on Monday 18 June, only girls selected in the squad will be able to continue training until the end of term and during the holidays.

Trainings being offered for the Athletics Season are as below:
athletics training

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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Gala Choral Concert 2018
On Wednesday 30 May, the St Aidan’s AGS Music Department will present the Gala Choral Concert at St John’s Cathedral (Ann St). The concert will start at 6:30pm and conclude by 8:00pm. This concert will require the attendance of all students in Children Crossing, Chorale and Ensemble Volar. Performing alongside the St Aidan’s choirs will be the Ambrose Treacy College choirs (Junior Choir, Senior Singers and Chamber Choir) and the Queensland Kodály Choir. 
All St Aidan’s choral groups will attend a rehearsal in the CHC from 3:30-4:45pm on Wednesday 30 May. During this time, a light afternoon snack will be provided by the Music Department. Students will be required to change into their performance uniform at school before travelling to the cathedral. 
Students will be transported from St Aidan’s to the cathedral via a school bus, which will leave Kathleen St at 4:45pm. Students will be involved in further rehearsals with guest choirs from 5:30pm at the Cathedral. 
Students are reminded that the allocation of pockets/badges later in the year is dependent on attendance at all performances.
There will be limited on-street parking at the venue. However, the Cathedral Square Car Park (410 Ann Street) offers ‘Night Parking’ for $5, which can be purchased at https://www.secureparking.com.au/en-au/car-parks/australia/queensland/brisbane/brisbane-cbd/cathedral-square-car-park. Alternatively, Central train station is a short walk from the cathedral. 
Please note that there is no cost for admission to this concert. However, donations which could be used to defray associated costs would be most appreciated and can be made at the door on the night. 
As this is one of the main performance events of the year, we hope you take this opportunity to support your daughter in her musical endeavours through your attendance at this concert. 
Please send all enquiries to music@staidans.qld.edu.au.          

Gala Instrumental Concert
On Tuesday 29 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)

Some students will be required to meet for a rehearsal prior to 5:30pm. The schedule for rehearsals on Tuesday 29 March is attached below:

Rehearsals 
3:30-4:00 Combined Band - Con Brio and Symphonic Winds (CHC Floor)
Paganini Strings (CG05)
4:00-5:00 Symphony Orchestra – Paganini Strings and Symphonic Winds (CHC Floor)
4:00-4:30 Charma Band (C112) 
Vivaldi Strings (CG05)
4:30-5:00 Con Brio Band (C112)
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 in regards to correct uniforms. 

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 Anne Kuskopf (mylittlekitchen@bigpond.com) or 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.         

Junior Singers Rehearsal Schedule – Term 2
junior singers wk 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 Two
beginner band wk 3 

Drums Sticks for Sale
The music department currently have 18 sets of drum sticks for sale. All students in percussion ensemble and the beginner band program are invited to buy a pair of sticks for $5. Please bring money to Miss Looi or Mrs Figliano. 

Music Groups 
All students are welcome to participate in the Music Ensembles on offer at St Aidan’s. Students need to have some proficiency on the instrument appropriate to the ensemble but all students are encouraged to sing in the choir! Any girl who is interested is encouraged to discuss their involvement with Dr Cuskelly j.cuskelly@staidans.qld.edu.au  Ms Trott c.trott@staidans.qld.edu.au or Mrs Figliano s.figliano@staidans.qld.edu.au .

Instrumental lessons in 2018
Don’t forget to complete the electronic private tuition form as soon as possible and return to us here at the school. Knowing which students are continuing with their lessons really assists in organising instruments, timetables and rooms. And of course, we are very keen to hear from any new students who are interested in learning an instrument. The link to the online enrolment form is as follows: https://secure.netols.com/schools/gateway/intranet_gateway.cfm?eu=TU-CD1ECB42-C292-7EED-BE73B2DE78B58B7A-CD1ECB43-C292-7EED-BE1057D7703411E8        

Music Support Group
The St Aidan’s Music Support Group, made up of parents, students and staff, provides vital support to the school’s young musicians through its fundraising endeavours and its smooth organisation of concerts and other music events. The group regularly purchases much-needed instruments, music and other equipment, and also helps support other activities such as workshops and overseas tours.
The support group relies on the goodwill of parents to help with ticket sales, catering, publicity, and fundraising which are vital to the seamless running of concerts throughout the year. Meetings are scheduled for Monday evenings at 7:00pm in the Science and Technology Building meeting room (SG02). The first meeting for 2018 is on Monday February 6 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 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 following Calendar. Updates are provided through the Newsletter.

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P&F

P&F

Trivia Night
P&F General Meeting

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

P&F General Meeting
Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend the next P&F General Meeting to be held on Wednesday 16 May 2018 at 6.30pm in the Mathers Family Auditorium. 

 

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Community

Community

Brisbane City Council Libraries introduce the Little Stars Reading Club
Brisbane City Council Libraries Gold Star Reading Club

Brisbane City Council Libraries introduce the Little Stars Reading Club
Young children (aged 0-5 years) and their carers will discover the joys of sharing books and stories when Brisbane City Council libraries’ Little Stars Reading Club program begins on Tuesday 1 May 2018. 
The Little Stars Reading Club aims to create opportunities for young children and their parent or carer to connect and bond while developing valuable early literacy skills. 
There are five great reasons for children and their parent or carer to get involved in the 2018 Little Stars Reading Club.
1. Membership to the Little Stars Reading Club is FREE!
2. Babies and children love sharing stories. It’s never too late to talk, read and tell stories with your child. 
3. Record your book sharing with your child to collect exciting monthly incentives – a library bag, bed time song book and CD, and a bath puppet.
4. The opportunity for all participants to enter the monthly draw to win a $25 book voucher.
5. Not only is sharing stories and rhymes, singing, talking and playing with your child fun, but it is good for little brains too. 
How the program works – it’s easy and free!
The Little Stars Reading Club is a three month program for young children aged 0-5 years.
Register for the Little Stars Reading Club at your local library. Your child can be a library member from birth and must be a library member to join Little Stars – library membership only takes a couple of minutes and is free. Each child’s parent or guardian must bring photo identification (i.e. driver’s licence or passport) and proof of their address to any Council library, and you and your child can become members in a matter of minutes. It’s that easy.
Parents and carers of Little Stars members will receive a Little Stars Reading Club activity book that includes early literacy tips and suggestions, competition entry forms plus a place to record stories you have shared with your child.
By sharing a minimum of three books together and recording the details in the activity book, you and your child can collect nine little stars and monthly incentives.
When you collect all nine little stars you and your child are eligible to:
o enter the major prize draw at the end of the program to win a $200 book voucher 
o attend your local Little Stars Reading Club awards ceremony 
o receive a medallion and a certificate of achievement.
For more information about the Little Stars Reading Club, visit your local library or call Council on 3403 8888.

Brisbane City Council Libraries Gold Star Reading Club
Children across the city will discover the joys of reading when the Gold Star Reading Club program commences in Council libraries on Tuesday 1 May 2018.
The Gold Star Reading Club is designed to encourage and develop reading and literacy skills in children.
There are five great reasons for children to get involved in the 2018 Gold Star Reading Club.
1. Membership to the Gold Star Reading Club is FREE!
2. The Gold Star Reading Club can help children improve their reading and literacy skills.
3. Children will be rewarded for reading with exciting monthly incentives – a library bag, maze pen and snake puzzle.
4. The opportunity for all participants to enter the monthly draw to win a $25 book voucher.
5. It’s FUN! Children will have fun sharing their reading experiences with family and friends.
How the program works – it’s easy and free!
The Gold Star Reading Club is a three month program for children aged 6-12 years.
Register for the Gold Star Reading Club at your local library. Your child must be a library member to join Gold Star – library membership only takes a couple of minutes and is free. Each child’s parent or guardian must bring photo identification (i.e. driver’s licence or passport) and proof of their address to any Council library, and you and your child can become members in a matter of minutes. It’s that easy.
Gold Star members will receive a Gold Star Reading Club activity book that includes progress charts, reading suggestions, competition entry forms and heaps of fun activities.
By reading just three books of their choice and completing a reading activity each month before recording the details in their activity book, children can collect nine gold stars and monthly incentives.
Children who collect all nine gold stars are eligible to:
o enter the major prize draw at the end of the program to win a $200 book voucher for themselves and another one for their school
o attend their local Gold Star Reading Club awards ceremony with their families
o receive a medallion and a certificate of achievement.
For more information about the Gold Star Reading Club, visit your local library or call Council on 3403 8888.

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