Newsletter Term 2 Week 3 2019

Principal

Ms toni riordan

Mother’s Day

I take this opportunity to wish all mothers in the St Aidan’s community a Happy Mother’s Day for Sunday and this week, I hand over my ‘column space’ to one of our students. Evelyn Unwin, Sacristan and Year 12 student shared the reflection below with students and staff at our weekly whole-school assembly on Tuesday. I hope you enjoy reading Evelyn’s words as much as I did and appreciate the power of student voice, as we live out the mission of our school.

Reflection

Mother’s Day is approaching fast and I’m sure everyone is busily organising what they’re going to do. But today I would like to talk to you more specifically about mothers. The image of a mother is continually changing, for example 100 years ago a mother was someone who supported her husband, provided care and compassion for her children, and most likely stayed at home and did activities expected of women at that time. Now while in some communities and cultures there are still expectations and restraints placed upon women throughout their whole lives, society is largely much more liberal in its ideas of what a woman is expected to do and not do, and I think that’s rather beautiful.

You girls are the epitome of strong powerful young women and you will grow up to be the CEO’s, doctors, designers, lawyers, physios, teachers, engineers and mothers of our world. Having grown up in environments such as St Aidan’s, that promotes strong and independent women and allows you to have opinions and ideas, you will be able to pass these ideas and beliefs onto the next generation of boys and girls. However, you as young women will still experience moments in your lives where you will be criticised for your choices and ideas. You will be criticised if you take maternity leave, if you don’t take maternity leave, if you have to take time off to care for your children. You will be criticised if you don’t have children, if you have too many children, if you don’t have enough children. You will be told that you baby your children too much but also that you don’t care for them enough. You will hear the phrases “it’s not worth educating her because she’ll just have a baby” or “shouldn’t you be at home?” or “there’s no point giving her that job she’ll just leave in a couple of years to have a kid”. You will hear all of these and more; and you can’t do anything about that. You can’t stop people saying things and for some people there is no way of changing their opinions.

But, you can choose how you react, and hopefully you’ll think back to this time in your lives where you were told ‘you can do it’ and ‘keep trying’ and you were told that you can be. That you can be independent, strong, educated, and powerful; and when it comes to the point in your life where you’re a mother figure to a child, whether that’s your own children, or a niece or nephew, or anyone, you will pass these ideas and beliefs on to them. So, this Mother’s Day, while you’re making your mum breakfast in bed or writing in her card -because she deserves those things - think about what kind of mother figure you want to be. Because you may not think about it now but there are already many grades of girls below you looking up to you.
Thanks girls and have a great week.

P & F news

Thank you to all of our class reps who were able to meet recently with Claire Rush, our P & F Officer and our new P & F President, Craig Mitchell. Your ideas and input are invaluable, and it is great to see that the seeds planted through lively discussion at this meeting will likely bear fruit as soon as the upcoming P & F Trivia Night. Please stay tuned for more details!

With the P & F Executive team, I extend a warm welcome to attend next week’s P & F General Meeting, held on Wednesday, 15 May, 6:30pm – 7.30pm. Please note the venue change from the usual S & T Auditorium to Room S101. The room is in the S & T building on the level above the auditorium. We’ll have signs and friendly faces on the night to guide you to S101. I look forward to seeing you there.

Why the 2019 Federal Election matters for independent schools

Australians will be voting for their next Commonwealth Government on May 18. Did you know that of the total public funding independent schools receive, the Commonwealth Government provides the majority? That’s why the school funding and policy promises made during the 2019 Federal Election matter. Learn what’s already been announced and how the needs of independent schools are being championed during the campaign via the Independent Schools Queensland 2019 Federal Election web page.

Congratulations to:
Tammy Vo (Year 8) who has been selected to compete at the Australian Gymnastics Championships in Melbourne.
Cindy Liu (Year 11) who has been selected as a finalist for the gen[in] student innovation challenge.
Leah Dargan (Year 8) who represented Queensland in the National School Triathlon and placed 12th.
Mr Hayden Goodwin who completed a marathon on the weekend.

Best wishes:
• Year 10 students and their parents attending Subject Selection evening on Tuesday.
• JS cross country runners for the Andrews Cup Metro Meet at UQ
• SS students for QGSSSA Autumn fixtures, Round 6, played on Thursday afternoon this week
• To our QG cross country team – run your hardest this Saturday at Rivermount!

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Chaplain

Rev Gillian Moses

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

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

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Dean of Studies

Ms lynda wall

• Special provisions QCS Test Year 12
• Subject selections Year 10
• Reporting Years 7-11

Special Provisions QCS Test
Students who believe they may eligible for special provisions for the QCS test should see Ms Wall as soon as possible. Applications close on May 28.

Continuous Reporting of Curricular Activities: Year 7 – Year 11
Continuous Reporting is available for Years 7-11 students, following last year’s trial with Year 7. This means that parents can access all results for individual assessment items as they are assessed by teachers. Teachers provide overall marks for each assessment item, and a comment for students on the assessment item. At the end of the Semester (or unit, for Year 11), Overall Grades for each subject are released, along with a result for approaches to learning.
Continuous reporting is accessed through Parent Lounge; this is the same area where Parent-Teacher Interviews are booked. Once logged into Parent Lounge, Continuous Reporting is accessed through the side menu labelled Curricular Activities Due or under the link Student Details/Curricular Activities. Due dates for all assessment items are also provided to assist with planning.
Any parents who are requiring support to access Parent lounge should contact IT Services: itsupport@ssa.qld.edu.au.

Subject selections Year 10
Year 10 students are in the process of making subject selections. The online forms were emailed to students on the 8th of May and are due to be returned by 14 May. Parents and students have also received the curriculum handbook via email, and this is on Aidan’s Central in the Senior Studies section. The final page of the curriculum handbook includes contact details of relevant Heads of each subject. For more general enquiries about subject selections, please contact Ms Lynda Wall on 33735975.
Subject lines will be constructed based on the preferences expressed on the selection forms, along with staffing and timetabling considerations.
Students are reminded that it is most advantageous that they should stay in the subjects they have selected for their senior years. Any decisions to change subjects should be made by the end of the third week of Term Three; changes are dependent on space being available in the desired classes.

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Guidance Counsellor

ms Jennie Robinson

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

Senior School

Sport

• Rowing
• Back Page Newsletter
• QGSSSA Autumn Fixtures – Thursday 9 May
• STA Club Fixtures – Week 3
• Week 4 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 attached invitation 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.

Back Page Newsletter
https://central.staidan.qld.edu.au/send.php?id=18223

QGSSSA Autumn Fixtures – Thursday 9 May
https://central.staidan.qld.edu.au/send.php?id=18110

STA Club Fixtures – Week 3
https://central.staidan.qld.edu.au/send.php?id=18111

Week 4 Training Schedule
https://central.staidan.qld.edu.au/send.php?id=18222

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Music

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

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 A4

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 Sausage Sizzle ($2.50 each), cupcakes ($2.50) and poppers ($1.00) from 5:00pm in the S&T under croft. Students will be allowed to purchase food when not in rehearsals.

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

Term 2 Recital
St Aidan’s AGS students are invited to perform in the Term Two Performing Arts Recital, held in the Auditorium on Thursday 6 June from 6.00-7.00pm. This concert is a wonderful opportunity for students to perform polished repertoire and to learn about performance etiquette.
This concert is strictly a one hour event and the order is determined on the receipt of the permission form; as permission forms are submitted, students will be added to the concert order. If the hour concert order becomes full, any additional students will be asked to perform at a later Recital.

The order of performers will be published in the emailed newsletter in the week of the recital. Students are to arrive at least fifteen minutes before the start of the concert. All students should wear their blue school uniform to the performance.

All students must hand in the permission form no later than Friday 31 May. All forms are to be returned to Senior Staff Reception or music@staidans.qld.edu.au. Additionally, piano accompaniment will be provided on the night and music must be handed in with the permission slip. No accompaniment will be available if music is not supplied by due date. Due to the potential length of recitals, we ask that students perform one item only for each study area.
Permission slips will be distributed via the private tutors.

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 here for 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.

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subject news

Mathematics Assistance Program Term Two

It is important that students develop as independent learners. By using the additional resources on the class One Note, textbook and Pearson Places or Cambridge Go, girls can ensure they get enough practice at the range of skills. For extra assistance in understanding a concept, interactive tutorials provide hints and examples to support students through the skill.
When difficulties arise, individual assistance can help to improve understanding. All the Mathematics teachers are aware of this and make it a priority to allow time for this to happen in their lessons. As another facility, members of the Mathematics department provide free tutorials to provide further assistance to any girls who are experiencing difficulty. Any girl can turn up to the room below and ask for help with a specific difficulty. Students need to attend the session at the starting time and ensure that they record their name on the attendance roll. Girls should make use of all opportunities to ask their own teacher for assistance in and out of class.
MAP T2

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news

• St Aidan's Anglican Girls School Peru Expedition Nov/Dec 2020
• STAGE
• Signature Ball
•Rowing Support Group

Peru

For students currently in Years 9 and 10

Parent Information Night - 9 May 2019
6.30pm - 7.30pm at the St Aidan's AUDITORIUM

Dear Parents and Guardians,

St Aidan's is excited to announce the launch of the 2020 Antipodeans Expedition to Peru. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for your child to challenge themselves, embrace the world beyond the classroom and develop skills of leadership, resilience and mindfulness.

On the expedition, your child will have the chance to:

• Contribute to a sustainable, hands-on community service project aligned with UN Global Goals
• Participate on an adventurous team trek through stunning mountain scenery.
• Explore the incredible lost city of the Incas - Machu Picchu - from the stunning Sun Gate

I'd like to invite you and your child to an information evening with Antipodeans, who have over 27 years of experience conducting high school Expeditions in the developing world. We'll discuss the Peru Expedition and its benefits, the pre-departure program, safety procedures, fundraising, and answer any questions you have about this unique and rewarding educational opportunity.

Parent Information Evening - Please RSVP
9 May 2019, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm, in the St Aidan's AUDITORIUM

RSVP NOW

For further information about Antipodeans click here or feel free to get in touch with Antipodeans (Dan Donati: ddonati@antipodeans.com.au) or me here at the School. If you have any difficulty or are unable to RSVP before the event, we encourage you to attend regardless!
We look forward to seeing you at the information evening.

Regards,
Tim Kemp
Year 11 Coordinator/PAR - Design & Innovation Studies/Digital Solutions

STAGE
STAGE competed last Thursday at Ipswich Eisteddfod. The girls should be very proud of all their performances, performing strongly against schools with extensive dance excellence programs and large teams. Special mention of the following results: Highly Commended for their Lyrical dance, The Greatest. Prior to the eisteddfod, STAGE performed The Greatest at school assembly on 5 May. STAGE will be competing in further upcoming competitions, including DanceLife Unite and for the first time, the Quota Beenleigh Eisteddfod.
stage

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.
For more information or to become an event sponsor, email foundation@staidans.qld.edu.au.

Rowing Support Group
The Rowing Support Group would like to thank the Ray White Sherwood & Graceville team for their recent support.

Proud of our well-deserved reputation as the leading force in real estate, we are a dedicated team of high performers. This, combined with the support of the nationally renowned Ray White network, means we have our finger on the pulse, offering premium service and exceptional results every time. Call us on 07 3379 3535, email sherwood.qld@raywhite.com or drop into either of our offices at 606 Sherwood Road, Sherwood or 306 Oxley Road, Graceville anytime for a chat. We look forward to catching up with you. Website: http://raywhitesherwood.com.au/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/raywhitesherwood.

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Junior Jottings

Mrs Louise Mcguire 

Mother’s Day Stall
• A morning for Grandparents and Special Friends – Friday 24 May
• Art Club – commences Week 4
• TechMate – Thursday 30 May
• Junior School Library Holiday Workshop
• Cyber Tips – Aidan’s Central
• Raising Readers - How to Nurture A Child's Love of Books (radio interview)
• Important Dates

Mother’s Day Stall
I extend my thanks to everyone who assisted at the gift-wrapping morning on Wednesday of last week. As they say, “Many hands make light work.” The gifts and raffle prizes were beautifully packaged in world record time in readiness for Thursday’s stall.
As always, the day of the Mother’s Day stall is always one of great excitement. The children deliberate long and hard (in most cases) over their gift selection. I hope all recipients of gifts will be pleased with their goodies and enjoy much love and attention on Mother’s Day.
I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank Angela Kerr for co-ordinating the stall again this year. Angela also co-ordinated the Mother’s Day raffle with support from the Class Reps, with many happy children taking home prizes. Thank you to everyone in every year level who donated prizes, contributing to the fabulous array on offer.
Sincere thanks must also be extended to everyone else who contributed in some way, either leading up to the stall or on the day. The support from so many people is tremendously appreciated.
I will communicate our ‘spending intentions’ from the monies raised once we have finalised the ‘takings’ from the stall/raffle.

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. Please RSVP as soon as possible so we can organise catering.

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

TechMate – Thursday 30 May
TECHMATE

Junior School Library Holiday Workshop
Join bestselling author Jacqueline Harvey for a writing workshop next holidays – Thursday 4 July, 9-3pm. Participants will be led by Jacqueline Harvey and supervised/assisted by St Aidan’s Library staff, Mrs Megan Daley and Miss Emily Olive, as well as Mrs Mel Kroeger (local teacher librarian and St Aidan’s relief staff).
Details and booking here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/writing-workshop-with-jacqueline-harvey-tickets-60967920692.

Cyber Tips
For parents wanting to find information about Cybersafety, general internet usage and resources, the Junior School Cybersafety page is the place to look. Parents will need to be logged in to Aidan's Central in order to gain access to the information.
Follow the link below to the page.
https://central.staidan.qld.edu.au/homepage/3864
cyber

Raising Readers - How To Nurture A Child's Love Of Books
If you are interested in hearing from Megan Daley about the positive impact of parents reading to young children, you may want to take a moment to listen to this recent radio interview.
https://radio.abc.net.au/programitem/pgRGqY54qG?play=true

Also, if you are still hoping to purchase Megan’s book (they have already sold out in most places), there are copies for sale in our Uniform Shop.

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

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Junior Sport

Training Schedule for Week 3 and Week 4, Term 2
• Cross Country Training
• 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 Week 3 and Week 4, Term 2.

Cross Country Training
The Andrews Cup Cross Country Squad has been selected and permission letters have been distributed. Trainings are 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

Athletics Training (Throws & Long Jump Training)
The sporting focus is also moving moved 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. Parents who are wishing to collect their daughter/s 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

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 wk 3

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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 A4

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 Sausage Sizzle ($2.50 each), cupcakes ($2.50) and poppers ($1.00) from 5:00pm in the S&T under croft.  Students will be allowed to purchase food when not in rehearsals.

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.

Term 2 Recital
St Aidan’s AGS students are invited to perform in the Term Two Performing Arts Recital, held in the Auditorium on Thursday 6 June from 6.00-7.00pm. This concert is a wonderful opportunity for students to perform polished repertoire and to learn about performance etiquette.
This concert is strictly a one hour event and the order is determined on the receipt of the permission form; as permission forms are submitted, students will be added to the concert order. If the hour concert order becomes full, any additional students will be asked to perform at a later Recital.

The order of performers will be published in the emailed newsletter in the week of the recital. Students are to arrive at least fifteen minutes before the start of the concert. All students should wear their blue school uniform to the performance.

All students must hand in the permission form no later than Friday 31 May. All forms are to be returned to Senior Staff Reception or music@staidans.qld.edu.au. Additionally, piano accompaniment will be provided on the night and music must be handed in with the permission slip. No accompaniment will be available if music is not supplied by due date. Due to the potential length of recitals, we ask that students perform one item only for each study area.
Permission slips will be distributed via the private tutors.

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

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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.

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