Newsletter Term 2 Week 4 2019

Principal

Ms toni riordan

At School

It is wonderful to see our Year 6 students return happy and safe from their Canberra trip. By all accounts, our school adventure to Canberra was a great success and I believe that one of the highlights for the girls was personally meeting General Sir Peter Cosgrove, our Governor-General. Thank you to Ms Louise McGuire, Ms Kelly Swan, Mrs Jen Crome, Ms Jann Manser, Ms Jo Mitchell and Ms Jackie Child for your special care and guidance of our girls last week.

Open Morning, Thursday 23 May 2019

We have Open Morning coming up next week, on Thursday, 23 May. As always, we welcome any friends and family members who may be interested in learning about an education at St Aidan’s into the future. Details for Open Morning are available on our Facebook page and on YouTube. For those who may know of interested families, may I ask that you please let them know that we are now taking applications for a wait list for Year 7, 2020 and a wait list for Year 7 in 2021.

NAPLAN

I am sure you have our Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 students in your thoughts as they undertake NAPLAN testing this week. While it is a significant event in our school calendar, we also know that NAPLAN is just one method of assessment we undertake.

Dr Angelique Howell of the University of Queensland has completed several studies on NAPLAN; one of these looked at 105 children’s experiences of NAPLAN at two schools. While the experiences of these children cannot speak for each child, the study revealed some of the sources of extra pressure, which students may feel and some strategies for dealing with the pressure.

Not all children experience NAPLAN negatively, says Dr Howell, and thankfully, this is something we witness at St Aidan’s on a large scale.

“Some kids don’t mind it at all, some kids look forward to it, so each child’s experience is unique.”

Sometimes students do feel pressure when they are receiving different messages about NAPLAN at home and at school.

“The clear message that kids need to get from home and school is that nothing is going to happen to them if they don’t do well. The best thing everyone can do is be consistent in their messages,” Dr Howell says.

At St Aidan’s our message is always consistent – to be prepared and do your best on the day – and our approach, always positive. Our teachers listen to our students and make an effort to answer their questions, because we know that their experiences of NAPLAN can be quite different to what we might assume or expect.

Congratulations to:

• The St Aidan’s Senior School Cross Country team for securing the Joan Benson Percentage Shield at the QGSSSA Championships for a record fourth year in a row. Congratulations to the 12years and 15years teams who placed third.
Kate Miller-Heidke (1998) for her Eurovision performance on Thursday morning.
Ruby Fraser and Sophie Idzikowski (Year 11) who represented Queensland at the School Sport Australia 18&U National Tennis Championships in Adelaide and broke NSW 10 year winning streak to be crowned National Champions.

Best Wishes:

• To Year 3, 5, 7, and 9 students for NAPLAN testing. Go well, girls.
• Our Equestrian team and Support Group for representing the school at the Brookfield Show this weekend. If you are out at the Show, please find the St Aidan’s tent near the entrance gate and say hi!
• Senior School competitors in QG Autumn Fixtures this Friday afternoon.
• To everyone in our rowing community for Saturday afternoon’s Blessing of the Boats and 30 years of rowing celebration
• Staff and students attending the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Camp, held at Ambi this weekend.

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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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Guidance Counsellor

ms Jennie Robinson

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

Senior School

Sport

• The Back Page
• Week 4 QGSSSA Fixtures
• Week 4 Club Fixtures
• Week 4 Training Schedule
• Week 5 Training Schedule

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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 Sausages Sizzle $2.50, 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 31st of 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.
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*all students welcome to attend these tutorials, however; priority will be given to those students listed.

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RAAF
• International Department
• University of Queensland Supports International Space Settlement Design Competition

RAAF
Last Friday, our Year 10 Digital Engineering class visited the Royal Australian Air Force in Amberley (RAAF) – this is the largest military base in Australia and hosts several squadrons of jets. We spoke with pilots and engineers about their experiences and learnt more about aviation. Unfortunately, we weren't allowed to take pictures of the planes or night vision goggles because our phones would be confiscated…forever! However we did get to explore the jets and see where missiles are launched from and the types of equipment the pilots wear while flying. We also had the opportunity to speak to a female air force officer who was one of the first female pilots in the Australian Airforce to fly the Hornet and Super Hornet jets. She has travelled around the world on missions for Australia, once flew for over 20 hours (at once, in a hard chair), and has undergraduate and postgraduate degrees that have been paid for by the RAAF. Of all the new things we learnt from the experts, their journey and experience was most fascinating. Thanks for the amazing opportunity. Bella
raaf

International Department
To become one of our international student homestay families, please contact our Homestay Coordinator to find out more!
Claire Jackson, c.jackson@staidans.qld.edu.au.
Please also share with any close family or friends that maybe interested in hosting. Thank You.

University of Queensland Women in Engineering Supports St Aidan's ISSDC Team

uq

The University of Queensland is proud to support St Aidan’s Anglican Girl’s school in the upcoming International Space Settlement Design Competition (ISSDC).

The Women in Engineering team is actively educating and inspiring high school students about the traditional and emerging opportunities available to them through studying engineering at UQ.

Engineering is evolving and so are we. With the highest number of female engineering students in the state, our graduates will create change by improving healthcare, creating new advanced technologies, and lead us towards a sustainable future. And we will be right there to support them, from their first day of university, to the day they graduate and beyond!

www.eait.uq.edu.au
www.facebook.com.au/UQWomeninEngineering

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Junior Jottings

Mrs Louise Mcguire 

• Year 6 Canberra Trip
• Philosothon
• Messy Church Mothers’ Day
• Fitter Futures
• Author Visit: ‘Love your Body’ by Jessica Sanders – Monday 20 May
• A morning for Grandparents and Special Friends – Friday 24 May
• Free Dress Day – 29 May
• Ascension Day Service – Thursday 30 May (late finish to the school day)
• Junior School Library Holiday Workshop – Thursday 4 July
• Social Media Safety Centres – Resources for Parents
• Important Dates

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!

Philosothon
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)!
Philosothon 2

Fitter Futures
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.
Fitter Futures

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.
Messy Mothers

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.

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

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Junior Sport

• Training Schedule for Week 4 and Week 5, Term 2
• Cross Country Training
• Athletics Training (Throws & Long Jump Training)
• West Taylor Bridge Friday Clubs Competition
• Netball Training
• Touch Football Training
• Eastern Taipans Tennis
• Bus Travel to and from Ambiwerra – For Training
• 2019 Key Dates Term 2

Please click here for the Junior School Training Schedule for Week 4 and Week 5, 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)
In addition to Cross Country, the sporting focus is also moving to 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 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

Eastern Taipans Tennis
Nominations are being called for girls 10-12 years to trial for the Eastern Taipans District School Sport - Tennis. Girls need to nominate through Ms Jeanes-Fraser by Monday 20 May. Numbers are limited and therefore girls must have a background to Tennis and playing experience. Girls who are interested need to see Ms Jeanes-Fraser for the appropriate paperwork.

Students will need the following
• Signed Principal Approval Form
• 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 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.

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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
On Thursday 23 May, the St Aidan’s AGS Music Department and Music Support Group will present the annual Instrumental Gala Concert. This concert will be held in the Christine Hartland Centre and will start at 6:00pm. We anticipate the concert will conclude by 7:30pm.
Please note that there is no cost for admission to the Gala Concert.
The following ensembles will need to meet in their allocated rooms at 5:30pm in preparation for their performance:

• Corelli Strings (CG05)
• Vivaldi Strings (CG05)
• Dolce Strings (C108)
• Con Brio Band (C112)
• Charma Band (C112)
• Percussion Ensemble (C111)
• Symphonic Winds (C112)
• Paganini Strings (CG01)
• Back-beat Band (C112)

Some students will be required to meet for a rehearsal prior to 5:30pm. The schedule for rehearsals on the afternoon of the concert is as follows. When you are not rehearsing please report to C108 for quiet study.

Rehearsals
3:30-4.00 Symphonic Winds (CHC Floor)
4.00-4.30 Symphony Orchestra (CHC Floor)
4.30-4.45 Con Brio Band (CHC Floor)
4.45-5.00 Back-beat Band (CHC Floor)

3.30-4.00 Paganini Strings (CG05)
4.00-4.30 Vivaldi Strings (CG05)
4.30-5.00 Corelli Strings (CG05)

5:00-5:30 Percussion Ensemble (CHC Stage)

Attendance
We ask that all students remain in attendance for the duration of the concert and encourage students performing earlier in the evening to support other performers through their full attendance. Students are reminded that the allocation of pockets/badges later in the year is dependent on attendance at all performances.

Uniforms
Performers are required to dress in the performance uniform relevant to the ensemble. Full details of the performance uniform may be found in the Music Handbook and on Aidan’s Central. Students are encouraged to check details with their ensemble director if unsure.

Catering
The Music Support Group will be providing a Sausages Sizzle $2.50, 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:
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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 here for 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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