Year 6 Canberra Trip
Last week, our Year 6 students undertook a tour of our national capital, Canberra, with a focus on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy. It was four very full days of visiting new places, learning new things, making new friends, and having lots of fun. Our program included the following sites of national significance:
- Parliament House – with a guided tour of both houses and an education session where students were able to role play the introduction of a bill into the Senate.
- The Australian War Memorial which also included a guided tour of the museum, laying of poppies at the Wall of Valour in honour of deceased relatives and a wreath-laying service at the conclusion of the tour. We also conducted a guided walk of ANZAC parade and the various community artworks.
- Reconciliation Place Walking tour of artworks.
- Old Parliament House and the Museum of Australian Democracy programme.
- High Court of Australia (the High Court, the Constitutional and final court of Appeal for Australia) and we were able to sit in on a case with seven High Court Judges and Chief Justices presiding.
- Government House – the official residence of the Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove and Lady Cosgrove. We were given a tour of the grounds, Reception Room and were even greeted by Sir Peter who popped in and said gidday! We also viewed the immaculate Rolls Royce Phantom Vl.
- The Deep Space Communication Complex in the hinterland of Canberra – site of the huge antenna the (DSS-46) that was responsible for returning the first pictures of Neil Armstrong walking on the moon in July 1969.
- The National Arboretum
- The Australian Institute of Sport
- Questacon – the National Science and Technology Centre
- The Royal Australian Mint
We are very grateful that the Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit the national capital as part of their Civics and Citizenship education. To assist families in meeting the cost of the excursion the Australian Government is contributing funding of $60 per student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program towards those costs. The rebate is paid directly to the school upon completion of the excursion.
I was extremely proud of every single one of the girls for participating in all activities with great enthusiasm and an extremely positive attitude. I was particularly impressed with the way in which they supported one another in a new environment such a long way from home. The girls’ behaviour was OUTSTANDING – our group attracted heartfelt compliments from our coach drivers, staff at our accommodation, tour guides at the major attractions, and members of the public.
I would sincerely like to thank Ms Jann Manser, Ms Jo Mitchell, Mrs Jenny Crome, Mrs Jackie Child and Mrs Kelly Swan for their involvement in this inaugural trip. I’m sure the girls would wholeheartedly support me in saying how much they appreciated the care, support and encouragement provided by these ladies.
I would like to extend a special thanks to Jann Manser for the enormous amount of time and energy she invested in co-ordinating and organising this trip. She did an amazing job!
Last Sunday, four Year 6 students (Isabelle Dunn, Jada White, Lily Koundakjian and Lillian Walker) represented St Aidan’s at the 2019 Queensland Junior School Philosothon at the University of Queensland. They participated in three Socratic Circles where they discussed themes such as: perfection, reality and knowledge. They established a philosophical community of inquiry with over 40 students from a range of primary schools. Working together to dissect and build a greater understanding of some very challenging concepts. Key skills of focus were thinking critically, accepting opposing viewpoints, and justifying and reasoning. To conclude the day, students participated in a Logician’s Cup. Here they worked as a group of four, putting their minds together to solve a number of mind-bending problems. It was a wonderful day for all involved and everyone walked away with a feeling of accomplishment (and a cool pair of sunnies)!
Last Friday afternoon saw the commencement of the Fitter Futures program for Years 2 and 3. As part of our Friday Clubs, the students will be participating in a specifically designed fitness, strength and conditioning program throughout the remainder of the Term. Thanks to all the coaches from Fitter Futures for a fun-filled afternoon.
Messy Church - Mothers’ Day
Last Friday, Kindy to Year 2 came together for our Messy Mothers’ Day. The children were able to celebrate all the wonderful things that their mums, grandmas and other special people do for them. They enjoyed making some gifts for their mums and thinking about the amazing things that make their mums so special. The morning concluded with prayers written by the girls in Prep to Year 2. It was a lovely morning to share with our special guests.
Author Visit: ‘Love your Body’ by Jessica Sanders – Monday 20 May
On Monday 20 May, the Junior School Library is hosting Jessica Sanders, author and social worker from Melbourne for a talk about her latest book, Love Your Body. Year Three, Year Four, 5H and Year Six will be in attendance.
At a time when young girls are bombarded with unrealistic body images and expectations about beauty, Love Your Body encourages young girls to admire and celebrate their bodies for all the amazing things they can do, and to help girls see that they are so much more than their bodies, seeking to normalise diverse body types and teach self-care.
There is a copy of Love Your Body available in the Junior Library if you would like to view the content. Please see Megan Daley, Monday - Wednesday.
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.
Free Dress Day – Cheer up the Children - 29 May
On Wednesday 29 May, we will be having our Free Dress Day for Term Two. Gold coin donations will go towards raising funds for the Queensland Children’s Hospital – Prof Ian Frazer Research Centre supporting the new immunotherapy research for children’s cancer. This fund has been recently set up in loving memory of a past student, Charlotte Horwood-Young who lost her long battle with cancer in April.
Funds can also be donated through the link: https://chf-memory.everydayhero.com/au/charlotte-s-memory
The dress theme is “Cheer up the Children” – send a gold coin and dress brightly as a Princess with tiaras, tutus or any bright coloured clothing.
Year 6 Penguin Aid girls will also be doing Face Painting and craft for an extra $1 in the Courtyard on this day.
Students must wear enclosed shoes and abide by sun safety rules. Girls involved in sporting activities (PE or training) must remember to dress appropriately for their activity or change into their Browns. All students must remember to bring a hat.
We look forward to seeing everyone brightly dressed on Wednesday Week 6.
Ascension Day Service – Thursday 30 May (Year 4-12)
Parents should have received information last week in relation to the Ascension Day service at St John’s Cathedral on Thursday 30 May. Please be reminded that the service concludes at 3.30pm at which time the Year 4-6 students will board the buses and return to school. Therefore, there will be a late finish to the school day on this occasion (approximately 4.00pm – depending on traffic).
Holiday Writing Workshop – nearly sold out!
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.
Social Media Safety Centres – Resources for Parents
Social media safety centres provide advice to help you deal with a range of online safety issues, including cyberbullying, online abuse and protecting your privacy. If you need to find information about settings, privacy and reporting cyber bullying, the safety website has a wealth of information. Just follow the link here.
Please click here for Important Dates Term 2, 2019.