Newsletter Term 2 Week 4

Principal

Ms toni riordan

Future STEAM Careers
An investigation of the gender gap in STEM education by Microsoft and KRC Research, based on interviews with 6,000 girls and young women aged 10 to 30, has found that the high priority placed on encouraging girls and young women into STEM in the United States has not been as successful as hoped, especially in technology and engineering. 

The report, Closing the STEM gap: Why STEM classes and careers still lack girls and what we can do about it, found that girls’ confidence in coding and programming wanes as they get older, highlighting the need to connect STEM subjects to “real-world people and problems”, as well as tapping into girls’ desire to be creative.  
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the highest growth in job numbers between now and 2030 will occur in the technology sector. This is already creating unmet demand for technology and computing professionals. According to the Smithsonian Science Education Center, 2.4 million STEM jobs will go unfilled in 2018, while a survey found that 42% of STEM jobs on LinkedIn require computer science or coding skills.   
A December 2017 report by LinkedIn listing the top emerging jobs in the United States over the past five years found that “tech is king”, with seven of the top ten being tech-based, including the top two emerging jobs: machine learning engineers (usually computer scientists or mathematicians who work in artificial intelligence) and data scientists. 
 There were 9.8 times more LinkedIn members listing machine learning engineer as their profession in 2017 than in 2012. There were also 6.5 times more data scientists, 5.5 times more big data developers, 5.5 times more full stack engineers, 5.1 times more Unity developers, 4.9 times more directors of data science, and 4.5 times more full stack developers. 
LinkedIn concludes that “the prevalence of machine learning and data science roles and skills indicates a shift in the types of technology we can expect to be using in the near future, as well as what professionals should be preparing themselves for”.  
The Microsoft and KRC Research report investigating the gender gap in STEM found that one of the reasons that girls and young women fail to identify with STEM is that “they assume it doesn’t align with their desire to be creative and make an impact in the world”. Of the 6,000 survey participants, 91% of girls and 80% of young women described themselves as creative, while 72% of girls and 66% of young women said that it was important that their job or career “helps the world”.
However, as noted in the report, “relatively few girls and young women associate STEM jobs with either of those things”. As a consequence, writes Microsoft, “we are missing opportunities to teach girls and young women how varied, engaging and impactful STEM and computer science jobs can be”. Microsoft’s action plan to address the STEM gender gap includes providing female role models, generating excitement in STEM, providing hands-on experiences for girls, and encouraging a growth mindset, (the same strategies we use here at St Aidan’s!).
Even just the simple strategy of presenting girls with brief descriptions of the real-world accomplishments of STEM professionals helps to generate interest in STEM careers. Girls who took part in the study “dramatically” changed their perceptions after reading about real-life computer scientists, engineers and mathematicians. In some cases, “the perception of the creativity and positive impact of STEM careers more than doubled”.  
In a careers market where “tech is king“ — dominating seven of the top ten emerging jobs — illuminating the exciting and world-changing opportunities for girls in STEM, particularly in technology and computing, has never been more vital.

References available on request. Thank you to the Alliance of Girls Schools, Australasia for this research.

Congratulations to:
Charlie Bell (Year 12) who represented the QLD U17 team at the National U17 Netball Championships. For the second year in a row, Charlie and her team placed 3rd
Cassidy Mataia (Year 9) who is representing QLD at the U19 School Sport Australia Tennis Championships at UQ
Mekenzie Hermann (Year 9), Stella Harris (Year 9) and Georgie West (Year 8) who competed at the Hockey Australia U15 National Championships. Mekenzie’s team came away with a Bronze Medal 
Mr Tim Kemp who has been shortlisted for the 2018 Advance Queensland Community Digital Champion for his commitment to improving the digital capabilities of Queenslanders
The STAGE girls who placed 3rd at the Ipswich Eisteddfod
Mr Tom Banks, and his partner Kaylee, on the birth of their son, Henry James Banks. Congratulations also to proud Grandpa, Mr Howard Banks!
Junior School students and staff who have raised enough money through the Penguin Aid Kids Cancer Project to buy 13 Teddy Bears for the oncology ward. Thank you also to the P&F Association who are donating an additional 6 bears   
Our Equestrian team on their achievements at the SEQ Regional Championships at Beaudesert last weekend. The team was the Reserve Champion Secondary Team with team members Holly Willmore, Kirsten Mackie, Jade Hughes & Phoebe Glover
Equestrian Captain Holly Willmore was awarded the Reserve Champion Secondary and 3rd Showman and Kirsten Mackie awarded Overall Secondary Medium Champion and Reserve 100cm Champion.

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Deputy Principal

Ms cate begbie

Star Tutoring Grant
St Aidan’s School Student Handbook and Study Planner

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.

St Aidan’s School Student Handbook and Study Planner
As we reach the mid-point of term 2 and each week appears to be busier than last one, it is timely to review our expectations for students’ use of the St Aidan's Student Handbook and Study Planner, often referred to as 'the Diary'. One of the important keys to school success for students is the effective use of ‘the Diary’. Most of our students are very busy, with significant time and energies devoted to balancing academic work with extensive involvement in the extra-curricular activities. Effective use of the handbook and planner is vital, as it allows girls to maintain a complete record of school commitments and tasks. 
Using a diary is a lifelong skill. We all know the frustration of people in our working and social lives who turn up late, miss meetings, lack organisational systems and fail to meet deadlines. Therefore, teachers at St Aidan's guide students to use their planners effectively. I encourage you to talk to your daughter about incorporating the list of 'must dos' for successful use of the handbook and planner into her study regime.
Effective handbook and planner use means: 
All homework is recorded and the date by which the work has to be completed is clearly marked. 
All dates for assignments and tests are recorded at the beginning of the semester. This includes the dates that the final copy and the draft are due. On nights when little homework has been set, students should be checking on up-coming assignments and tests and work towards preparing for these. 
Students take 'the diary' to every lesson and have it at home each night to be referred to as work is being completed. 
Students check their handbook and planner at their locker to ensure that they are taking all the books home they need to complete the homework and other set tasks. 
Entries in the handbook and planner are easy to read. ‘The diary’ should be kept clean for the recording of school tasks and commitments. Therefore, it should not be a repository for 'graffiti', notes from friends and photographs and pictures.

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Chaplain

Rev Gillian Moses

What a tangled web!
Royal Commissions: what shady dealings they uncover! It was not so long ago that the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse revealed that churches, along with other organisations, had engaged in truly abhorrent dealings with children and young people in their care. The Anglican Church rightly stands condemned for the behaviours we overlooked, ignored or condoned by members of our church. It became apparent through the Royal Commission that there were networks of clergy and church workers who enabled one another to commit these crimes: they shared victims, they covered for each other, and they spread misinformation to protect themselves.

Now the Banking Royal Commission is uncovering similarly unhealthy networks in parts of the banking sector. It appears the same few people are appointed again and again to positions of power in the big banks, and they work together to cover up shady practices, to encourage abuses and to share strategies for new ways of extracting money out of unsuspecting clients. While of course there are some decent people working in the banking industry, like the church the banks must all shoulder responsibility for the structures and practices that allowed these behaviours to flourish.
Humans are hard-wired to network. It is becoming more and more evident that our well-being is linked to our belonging to communities. We need others and we need to work, play and live with others. How, then, does something that is so good for us so easily become a destructive and abusive force?
For me, the critical question is, what is it that holds us together? On what basis do we form groups? When we bond as a way of furthering our own self-interest, we are bound to run into trouble. But when we work together for a common, life-giving purpose, then we create communities that themselves give life.
Jesus alluded to this dynamic in his reflection on the vine and the branches in John 15. He said that we branches cannot remain alive unless we are connected to the vine itself. The sap that runs through Jesus and into us is a way of living for others, and for the whole community. When we cut ourselves off from that common purpose, like branches we wither and die. Whether we are abusing children, defrauding pensioners or committing other self-interested, life-denying acts, there is no life in us. We are a distortion of the vine and branches, less a network than a web of tangled lives, catching dead flies and broken twigs.
At school we have the opportunity to grow together, and to share a number of common purposes. We serve, we care for one another, we use our powers for good, we seek to make life better for all, and not just for ourselves. It is essential that we remain deeply planted, in the values of the Sisters, and in their faith in God, so that we may continue to bear fruit that will last.
Blessings
Rev Gillian 

Sorry Day Ceremony
St Aidan’s will once again be participating in the local Sorry Day ceremony at the Sherwood Arboretum. The RAP Working Group would like to encourage as many students and families as possible to attend this ceremony. We have also been asked to provide some students for the official welcome team so please let me know if you would like to be part of the school’s participation.
sorry day

 

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Dean of Students & Academic Welfare (7-9)

Ms holly o'sullivan williams

NAPLAN

NAPLAN tests will occur next week from Tuesday until Thursday (15 May – 17 May). We have set times that the tests need to be delivered, so students will adhere to a different timetable on those days. All students will receive this timetable and their allocated room / spaces for the tests. It is important that all students arrive at school before 8:30am each day, so they can be prepared for these tests.
All students and parents have received a memorandum with this information.
Please contact me directly if you any concerns regarding your daughter’s participation in NAPLAN and we wish all students the very best for the upcoming assessments.

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Senior School

Sport

Fixture Schedule Week 4 (QGSSSA XC and BSHS Autumn Fixtures)
Winter Sport Sign on
The Back Page
Club Fixtures Week 4

Fixture Schedule Week 4 (QGSSSA XC and BSHS Autumn Fixtures)
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Winter Sport Sign on
Sign on for Tennis, Hockey, Volleyball or Netball.
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The Back Page
https://central.staidan.qld.edu.au/send.php?id=11402      

Club Fixtures Week 4
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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.   

Term 2 Recital
St Aidan’s AGS students are invited to perform in the Term Two Performing Arts Recital, held in the Auditorium on Monday 28 May from 4.00pm – 5.00pm.  
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 Monday 21 May 2018. All forms are to be returned to Senior Staff Reception or music@staidans.qld.edu.au.      

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

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 music bursaries, workshops and overseas tours.
The support group relies on the goodwill of parents to help with catering, publicity, and fundraising which are vital to the seamless running of concerts throughout the year. The Music Support group meets for just an hour on the following evenings starting at 7:00pm in the Science and Technology Building meeting room (SG02): Monday 21 May; Monday 30 July; Monday 27 August; Monday 8 October and Monday 5 November.
New members are not only most welcome, but also very much appreciated. Please feel free to contact the group’s president, Paula Hodge,  paula.hodge@bigpond.com if you have any questions, or if you would be willing to volunteer but are unable to attend regular meetings.

Rehearsal Schedule for 2018
In order to assist parents and students in planning, please see the rehearsal schedule for 2018. This schedule has been prepared in consultation with the Head of Sport and every effort has been made to minimise clashes. However, please bear in mind that there are usually a minimum of 2 sports training scheduled in any week and should there be a clash between a music rehearsal (offered once a week only) and a sport training students are to attend the musical rehearsal on the set day and attend the alternative sports training on the other.

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

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

STRING ENSEMBLES
Paganini Strings
(AMEB Grade Five and above, auditioned)
Corelli Strings (Yrs 7-11)
Chamber String Ensembles: Volar Strings, Da Capo Strings, Allegro Strings, Arco Strings, Four Seasons Strings (auditioned)
Vivaldi Strings (Yrs 5-8)
Dolce Strings (Yrs 2-4)
Staccato Strings (Beginner Ensemble)
Year 1 and 2 Beginner Strings Program
Combined Orchestras (Symphonic Winds and Paganini Strings)

BAND PROGRAM
Symphonic Winds
(AMEB Grade Three and above)
Con Brio Band (Yrs 7-9)
Chamber Winds (auditioned)
Charma Band
(Yrs 5-7)
Percussion Ensemble (Yrs 4-7)
Yr 4 Beginner Band Program 
Yr 3 Beginner Band Program
(Semester Two only)
Combined Orchestras (Symphonic Winds and Corelli Strings)

2018 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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stage

STAGE competed last Thursday at Ipswich Eisteddfod with great results, following a challenging start to the year with a late change in coach.

The girls should be very proud of all their performances, performing strongly against schools with extensive dance excellence programs. Special mention of the following results: the Junior team was awarded 3rd place for their beautiful Contemporary routine, Hideaway, and the full STAGE team achieved 2 - Highly Commended awards for their engaging Jazz routine Americano and their Musical Theatre routine, Mamma Mia. Prior to the eisteddfod, STAGE performed Americano at school assembly on the 3rd May and will dance at the upcoming Ascension Day assembly. STAGE’s next competition will be the highly competitive Brisbane Performing Arts Challenge on 31 May – 1 June.
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Junior Jottings

Mrs Louise Mcguire 

Mothers’ Day Stall
National Walk to School Safely Day
Premier’s Reading Challenge 2018
A morning for Grandparents and Special Friends – Friday 1 June
Are you inspired by an exceptional teacher? Queensland College of Teachers – Excellence in Teaching Awards
Important Dates
 

Mother’s Day Stall
I extend my thanks to everyone who assisted at the gift wrapping morning on Tuesday of this week. As they say, “Many hands make light work.” The gifts were beautifully packaged in world record time in readiness for Wednesday’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. She has a reputation for her enviable organisational skills. 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.

walk to school
National Walk Safely to School Day – Friday 18 May 2018

Now in its 19th year, Walk Safely to School Day is a national campaign and annual event where all primary school children, their parents and carers are encouraged to walk safely to school. The event aims to promote road safety, good health and care for the environment.
Junior School students are encouraged to participate in our Walk Safely to School Day on Friday 18 May at 8:00 a.m. Parents, carers and students can meet Mrs McGuire and teachers at Francis Lookout (on the corner of Hilda St and Dewar Tce) and walk to the Junior School via Dewar Tce and Ruthven Street. Please do not ‘drop’ your daughter at the corner if there are no staff members present.
Students in Prep, Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 will receive a sticker in their diaries next week to promote the Walk Safely to School day. Teachers will also remind students about road safety rules in their SEL Lessons during the week.
We look forward to meeting you at Francis Lookout on Friday 18 May at 8:00 a.m.

A morning for Grandparents and Special Friends – Friday 1 June
Please note that our morning for Grandparents and Special Friends will be held on Friday 1 June. 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.

Premier’s Reading Challenge 2018
St Aidan’s Junior School students are invited to join in the 2018 Premier’s Reading Challenge. Reading plays an important part in students’ lives during their school years and beyond. It allows children to actively engage their imagination and opens up a world of educational opportunities. Premier's Reading Challenge commences on Monday 14 May and closes Friday 24 August.
This year, the Premier has challenged all school students from Prep to Year 2 to read or experience 20 books, Years 3 and 4 to read 20 books and Years 5 to 9 to read 15 books. Experiencing books can include shared reading, listening to stories, or reading picture books. The aim for the 2018 challenge is to engage more students than ever before. 
Participation will happen in class and in library lessons, with some recording of reading at home.
Every student who completes the challenge will receive a Certificate of Achievement signed by the Premier. Students who participate but don’t complete the challenge receive a Certificate of Participation from the school. 
For more information about the Premier’s Reading Challenge, please visit:
http://education.qld.gov.au/schools/readingchallenge/. We look forward to seeing as many of our students as possible embrace the 2018 Premier’s Reading Challenge.

Are you inspired by an exceptional teacher? Queensland College of Teachers – Excellence in Teaching Awards
Nominations have opened for the 2018 QCT Excellence in Teaching Awards, which recognise and celebrate the achievements of inspiring teachers across Queensland.
Classroom teachers, those in early childhood settings, heads of departments, heads of special education services, deputy principals and principals are all eligible for the awards.
This year, the QCT has launched a fifth award (Community Choice Award) to add to the awards’ existing categories, see below. 
Nominations close Friday 22 June.
Categories, eligibility & criteria
Excellence in Beginning to Teach
1 - 4 years of service
Excellence in Teaching 4 + years of service
Excellent Leadership in Teaching & Learning
Outstanding Contribution to Teaching
15 + years of service
Outstanding Contribution to School Community
Go to http://www.qct.edu.au/eit/eit-awards for more information and nomination forms.

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.

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 Andrews Cup 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:

Trainings
athletics training

Eastern Taipans
Congratulations to the following girls for their selection into the following Eastern Taipans Teams:

Cross Country
Taylor Bonifant
Stella Brown
Abigail Jones
Bethany Williams

Hockey
Sophie Hannaford
Caitlin Memory
Isabella Williams

Netball
Felicity Horrocks
Eliska McAuliffe
Charlotte Thallon

Soccer
Taylor Bonifant
Isabel Goffage

Eastern Taipans Tennis  
Nominations are being called for girls 11-12 years to trial for the Eastern Taipans District School Sport Girls’ Tennis.  Girls need to nominate through Ms Jeanes-Fraser by Monday 14 May. Numbers are limited and therefore girls must have a background and experience in playing Tennis.   Girls who are interested need to see Ms Jeanes-Fraser for the appropriate paperwork.
Trial Details are:
Tuesday 22 May at Corinda State High School from 3.30pm to 4.45pm
Students will need the following 
Tennis shoes or appropriate footwear, water bottle, hat and sunscreen
Completed and signed Parental Consent, Contact and Medical Details Form

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 29th 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) 

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.  

Term 2 Recital
St Aidan’s AGS students are invited to perform in the Term Two Performing Arts Recital, held in the Auditorium on Monday 28 May from 4.00pm – 5.00pm.  
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 Monday 21 May 2018. All forms are to be returned to Senior Staff Reception or music@staidans.qld.edu.au.

Junior Singers Rehearsal Schedule – Term 2
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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 4 

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 music bursaries, workshops and overseas tours.
The support group relies on the goodwill of parents to help with catering, publicity, and fundraising which are vital to the seamless running of concerts throughout the year. The Music Support group meets for just an hour on the following evenings starting at 7:00pm in the Science and Technology Building meeting room (SG02): Monday 21 May; Monday 30 July; Monday 27 August; Monday 8 October and Monday 5 November.
New members are not only most welcome, but also very much appreciated. Please feel free to contact the group’s president, Paula Hodge,  paula.hodge@bigpond.com if you have any questions, or if you would be willing to volunteer but are unable to attend regular meetings.

Rehearsal Schedule for 2018
In order to assist parents and students in planning, please see the rehearsal schedule for 2018. This schedule has been prepared in consultation with the Head of Sport and every effort has been made to minimise clashes. However, please bear in mind that there are usually a minimum of 2 sports training scheduled in any week and should there be a clash between a music rehearsal (offered once a week only) and a sport training students are to attend the musical rehearsal on the set day and attend the alternative sports training on the other.
Weekly instrumental rehearsals are held in the CHC.
2018 Rehearsal Schedule       

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

STRING ENSEMBLES
Paganini Strings
(AMEB Grade Five and above, auditioned)
Corelli Strings (Yrs 7-11)
Chamber String Ensembles: Volar Strings, Da Capo Strings, Allegro Strings, Arco Strings, Four Seasons Strings (auditioned)
Vivaldi Strings (Yrs 5-8)
Dolce Strings (Yrs 2-4)
Staccato Strings (Beginner Ensemble)
Year 1 and 2 Beginner Strings Program
Combined Orchestras
(Symphonic Winds and Paganini Strings)

BAND PROGRAM
Symphonic Winds
(AMEB Grade Three and above)
Con Brio Band (Yrs 7-9)
Chamber Winds (auditioned)
Charma Band (Yrs 5-7)
Percussion Ensemble (Yrs 4-7)
Yr 4 Beginner Band Program 
Yr 3 Beginner Band Program
(Semester Two only)
Combined Orchestras (Symphonic Winds and Corelli Strings)

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

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P&F

P&F

Trivia Night
P&F General Meeting
Cookbook
Uniform Shop

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.

Cookbook
cookbook
Available for sale through Flexischools. Get mum a copy for Mother’s Day now.

Uniform Shop
Uniform Shop is now ONLINE!
Simply go to Flexischools.com.au 
Go to “Uniform Orders” 
There is a minimum of 2 working days to complete an order for PICKUP.

The steps to buy online are:
1. Go to Flexischools.com.au 
2. Go to “Uniform Orders” 
3. Select PICKUP date button
4. Select PICKUP place – either JUNIOR SCHOOL RECEPTION or P&F OFFICE (save and continue)
5. Add items you wish to purchase (there are photos for all catalogue items), size and number.
6. Check order and pay

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