Newsletter Term 2 Week 5

Principal

Ms toni riordan

NAPLAN Testing 

Two studies completed last year demonstrate that students in single-sex schools achieve higher academic results than their counterparts in co-educational schools, even when socio-economic status is taken into account. The ACER study of Year 3, 5 and 7 numeracy and literacy (NAPLAN) scores showed that Year 7 girls in single-sex schools were 4.2 school terms ahead in numeracy. Similarly, the study by University College London found “robust evidence” that both girls and boys at single sex schools outperform students in co-ed schools. 

The results of both of these studies are consistent with a 2014 study of government single-sex schools in New South Wales which found that even after considering factors including academic selection and socio-economic status, there were “positive effects of single-sex schooling in the NSW government system.” The report found a statistically significant effect in favour of students attending the state’s 24 girls’ and 21 boys’ state high schools in terms of numeracy and literacy testing (NAPLAN) and tertiary entrance results. The report authors, Dr Lucy Lu and Karen Rickard, wrote that this finding “warrants further investigation as to reasons why students appear to achieve more in these schools than co-educational schools”.

At a girls’ school such as St Aidan’s, teaching is tailored to girls and they learn in an environment free from gender stereotyping. Just as importantly, girls acquire confidence and resilience, allowing them to embrace calculated risks and to step up into leadership roles. Clearly this approach – combining excellence in teaching with an emphasis on student leadership and wellbeing – is noticeably effective and provides some of the reasons why single-sex schools are so successful, particularly for girls.

As NAPLAN testing for our Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 students concludes today, my hope is that each girl who sat the numeracy and literacy tests felt ‘test ready’ and had a healthy, practical confidence in her abilities to achieve her personal best.

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

Domestic and Family Violence Prevention

Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month is an annual event held each May to raise community awareness of the social and personal impacts of domestic and family violence. Across Australia police deal with an estimated 657 domestic and family violence matters on average everyday. In Queensland, the average is 180 per day. More than 239, 000 families are impacted by domestic and family violence every year in Australia.

The cost to our economy is estimated to be between $2.7b and $3.2b; our police, emergency service and support workers diligently respond to calls for service involving domestic and family violence. Despite the recent call to action, the focus from government, police and legislation, we have not as a society been able to make adequate progress to tackle domestic and family violence. Many thousands of women and children have been murdered or harmed by most typically men who love them. We recognise men also experience violence and this is unacceptable.

Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Kate Jenkins asserts that the research is indisputable – gender inequality lies at the heart of domestic and family violence. The research tells us our ideas about gender start at a very early age and these attitudes and values are very difficult to change. Our Watch defines gender inequality as the “unequal distribution of power between women and men and adherence to rigid or narrow gender roles and stereotypes.”

Legislation and federal budget allocations are important to solve the domestic and family violence crisis but none of these can change or influence the attitudes of our children or the deeply entrenched gender narratives that exist in our society. We must all be on watch regarding our attitudes to gender if we are to make progress on domestic and family violence.

(Reference: The National Coalition of Women of Queensland Inc. June 2016. Newsletter 236)

Congratulations to:
Sophie Clayton (Year 6) who has won a Stroke Foundation Courage Award for her continuous dedication to educating people about the signs of stroke
Year 7 students, Alice Ebinger and Tiana Tan, who were both selected to be part of the Disney on Ice show in the school holidays. 
Our QGSSSA Cross Country team who won the Joan Benson Percentage Cup. 
Danielle Morris (2017) who has been awarded a full athletic scholarship at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville Tennessee. Danielle will be studying a Chemistry major, specialising in Biochemistry. 
Jasmine Fleming (Year 10) who has received commendation for her excellent sportsmanship, unwavering determination and positive attitude throughout her Bronze Medal performance at the recent 4 day State Volleyball tournament.  

 

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Deputy Principal

Ms cate begbie

St Aidan’s School Student Handbook and Study Planner

As we reach the mid-point of term 2 and each week appears to 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

More?

Last week, along with other members of the ELT, I attended the Anglican Schools Commission ASCent Conference at Noosa. We had two days of stimulating and challenging speakers who ranged over a wide variety of topics: everything from the healing properties of apples to how to deploy your jet fighters to see off a threat from the Indian Ocean! Trust me, it all related to education and wellbeing. Some of it was metaphorical.

While there were many valuable take-home messages from the speakers, there was one message that really concerned me. Our first speaker, a marketing expert, addressed us on the need to constantly exceed expectations. He called this ‘expectation inflation’ and advised us that we are all conditioned to only notice the exceptional. In order to keep being noticed, as a school, we therefore must always be More.

This is quite unsustainable, of course, no matter how true it might be.  The need to exceed expectations because of expectation inflation ensures only one thing, and that is that we will never be happy. We will never arrive. There will never be enough. We will always be looking for More. 

Arguably, this drive to seek more is not a universal Bad Thing. Our instinct to reach further, to have better, had powered our sense of exploration and investigation. We are who we are today because we aspired to more than our ancestors did. The important question is at what point does the hunger for more become destructive? When is it time to ease up, or at least search for a different More?

It doesn’t take much looking around to see the dangers of the Mores we have settled for. We have more goods than ever before, bigger houses, more choice, and we also have more pollution, more plastic to dispose of, and more environmental degradation. More working hours (in the pursuit of more money) leads to more overwork, and, counter-intuitively, more wage stagnation  and more underemployment. When More becomes about consumables, there has to be enough or we will exhaust all our resources. 

So what is the alternative? 

The theme of the conference was Life in Abundance, and here is the clue. The theme is a quote from the Gospel of John, chapter 10. Jesus tells his disciples that, unlike the thief who comes in the night to rob, kill and destroy, Jesus comes that we might have life, and have it in abundance. The life that we are promised, and for which we are designed, is not ever something we need to rob, kill or destroy for. This should be a clue that endless consumption is not the point.

What brings us life in abundance is relationship and community. This is not religion talking, but all the wisdom from psychology and sociology. We thrive when we spend time with one another, when we are in healthy relationships, when we share a common purpose, when we are serving together. It might be easier, in the short term, to buy happiness, but it won’t last.

I like to imagine what our school, and indeed life itself, might be like, if we focused our expectation inflation on our relationships and our common life. Imagine if our relationships with our families, and our friends, were our highest priority? If we were conditioned to expect that our happiness lay with others, and that we looked for more opportunities to serve others, to spend time with people, to have fun together? If we didn’t see people as demands that cut across our work time but we actively looked for ways to involve others in our work, in ways that are mutually empowering?

I look forward to having my expectations exceeded in this way!
Blessings

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.

 

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Dean of Studies

Ms lynda wall

Special provisions QCS Test Year 12
Student Connect Login Year 12
Subject selections Year 10
Reporting Years 7-10
Block testing Years 11-12
Study Tips

 

 

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

Student Connect Login Year 12
Students in Year 12 have been issued with QCAA’s Student Connect magazine. Students are encouraged, in this magazine, to log in to their learning account through the student connect website https://studentconnect.qcaa.qld.edu.au to check their details and become familiar with the login process before results are released at the end of the year. 
In order to login to their learning account, students need to know their LUI. Students who have forgotten their LUI should see Mrs Wise.

Continuous Reporting of Curricular Activities: Year 7 – Year 10
This year, we have implemented Continuous Reporting for Years 7-10 students, following last year’s trial with Year 7. This means that parents can access all results for individual assessment items as they are assessed by teachers. Teachers provide overall marks for each assessment item, marks for individual criteria in some subjects and a be comment for students on the assessment item. At the end of the Semester, Overall Grades for each subject will released. 
Continuous reporting is accessed through Parent Lounge; this is the same area where Parent-Teacher Interviews are booked. Once logged into Parent Lounge, Continuous Reporting is accessed through the side menu labelled Curricular Activities Due or under the link Student Details/Curricular Activities. Due dates for all assessment items are also provided to assist with planning. 
Our provider, Learning Analytics, is working on providing additional information regarding historical student progress through the link General Links/Learning Analytics. We apologise for the delay in this information, as the people from Learning Analytics are working on the conversions needed for Queensland’s new mark-based, rather than grade-based, system. 
Any parents who are requiring support to access Parent lounge should contact IT Services: itsupport@ssa.qld.edu.au.   
Because teachers have provided comments on each assessment item, at the end of the semester, the reports for Year 7 – Year 10 students will contain only the overall grade for each subject. A comment from the Year Level Co-ordinator will be provided.  

Subject selections 
Year 10 students will be issued with their completed subject allocations later this week. There were changes made to subject blocks to resolve many potential clashes. Students are asked to email Mrs Henson or Ms Wall as soon as possible if they have any concerns about their subject allocations. 
Students are also reminded that it is most advantageous that they should stay in the subjects they have selected for their senior years. Any decisions to change subjects should be made by the end of the third week of Term Three; changes are dependent on space being available in the desired classes. 

Block Testing Timetable
Year 11 and 12 students will be issued with a Block testing timetable this week. It is extremely important that students check this timetable now for any issues and contact Mrs Wise regarding these: jwise@staidans.qld.edu.au .  Block testing commences on Tuesday, June 5th. Monday, June 4th is a study day for Year 11 and 12 students. There will be no classes for year 11 and 12 students on this day. The last day of block testing for Year 11 is Monday 11th June. The last day of tests for Year 12 is Tuesday 12th June.

Study Tips
Now that students are in the middle of term, they may be finding that their workloads are increasing and that time management may be coming an issue. Effective study techniques implemented now are essential for success. Some tips to help students include:
1. Organise your study space
2. Create flow charts and diagrams- the act of transforming information from text to visual (and vice versa) is extremely important in helping deepen understanding
3. Keep a vocabulary list, and make visual representations of challenging or specialist terminology
4. Practice - the importance of practising questions, skills and procedures on numerous occasions is a predictor for success. This is also true of writing practice – write full practice paragraphs and essays throughout the term.
5. Spaced practice - repetition is good but spaced repetition is even better. Repeating the practiced skill/concept/procedure every 3-4 days will help it stick
6. Get adequate sleep and exercise.

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Guidance Counsellor

ms Jennie Robinson

ADF Gap Year
Exchanges
Latitude Science and Design Experiences
UMAT Preparation 
QUT
UQ
UTS

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

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

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

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

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

UMAT preparation
MedEntry - https://www.medentry.edu.au/
NIE- http://www.nie.edu.au/
ACER - https://www.acer.org/
Please see files on my careers page for updated information and a UMAT simulated day.
Flinders University
Flinders University is once again offering this entry pathway for 2019 to your current Year 12 students.

What is uniTEST?
uniTEST is an aptitude test that has been developed to assess the kinds of generic reasoning and thinking skills that underpin studies at higher education and that are needed for students to be successful at this level. uniTEST is offered to your students at no cost and they cannot be disadvantaged by participating. Flinders University will select applicants based on both their Year 12 results (60% weighting toward the ATAR score) and uniTEST performance (40%).

Please see the uniTEST FAQs for additional information.

Participation success

Since 2012 almost 11,000 students from 248 schools across Australia have participated, resulting in many students gaining entry into their preferred course at Flinders University by using a combination of their ATAR and uniTEST score. In 2017/18, approximately 300 students received an offer to Flinders University based on their uniTEST performance.

See me if you wish to sit this test.
More details on my careers site

GU
Event details
Year 9, 10 and 11 students and their parents are invited to attend the parent and student advice nights, giving them an opportunity to tour the campus and meet current Griffith University students, providing valuable insight about their experiences transitioning from school to university. 

Nathan campus 
Date: Tuesday 22 May
Time: 5.00 - 7.00 pm
Venue: To be confirmed


Gold Coast campus   
Date: Thursday 24 May
Time: 5.00 - 7.00 pm
Venue: To be confirmed 

 

Open Day 2018
As the Advice Nights are for students in Years 9 – 11, Year 12 students and their parents are invited and encouraged to attend Griffith University Open Day which includes program specific Griffith Business School information sessions, allowing students and parents to find out more about the options available and have their questions answered.

Date: Sunday 12 August 2018
Time: 9.00 am – 2.00 pm
Venue: Gold Coast, Nathan and South Bank campuses
Register here for updates 

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

QUT Design degrees
From 2019, we will introduce a three-year Bachelor of Design, replacing the four-year Bachelor of Design (Honours), and offer a number of new double degrees.
The Bachelor of Design will offer majors in:
architecture
interior architecture
landscape architecture
fashion
industrial design
interaction design
visual communication.
Double degrees include:
architecture with business, construction management, engineering, property economics
landscape architecture with business, engineering, science, urban and regional planning
fashion with business
industrial design with business, engineering, law
interaction design with business, engineering, information technology
interior architecture with business, construction management, property economics
visual communication with business
More information - click here                        

UQ
There are two main changes to the selection process for the MD Program at UQ:
The introduction of a Mini Multiple Interview as part of the selection process (only impacting current Year 10 students, or younger)
The introduction of prerequisite courses to ensure students are well prepared for the first two years of the program (impacting all students)
Why the change?
Our revised admission process is designed to ensure the highly sought-after places in the MD program are offered to applicants who demonstrate the attributes and abilities most suited to the profession of medicine, and most likely to succeed in the MD program.

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

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

Entry is limited to a small, highly motivated and high-achieving cohort aspiring to leadership roles in business, the community or academia.

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

Future Experiences in Agriculture, Science and Technology (FEAST) Camp - registrations open  
Students in Years 11-12 are invited to attend the FEAST residential camp held at the UQ Gatton campus from Sunday 1 - Thursday, 5 July in 2018

Future Experiences in Agriculture, Science and Technology (FEAST) is a five day residential program designed to inspire and inform high school students of the range of exciting and rewarding science careers in the agriculture, animal, plant and food sectors.
Discover more here.
Change to Vet Science entry 
In 2018, The University of Queensland will be introducing an additional entry requirement for prospective students applying for the Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours). This change will impact current Year 12 students applying for study in 2019.
This new entry requirement, a Situational Judgement Test (SJT), is an on-line, video-scenario based test with 12 sections and open-ended questions.
The test will be held between July and September 2018 with multiple tests dates. Students need to have access to a computer with reliable internet connection, a web-cam and hold photo identification and can be completed at home or at a library/community centre or another suitable location. The cost to complete the test is approximately $80 and students should allow 90 minutes to complete the test.
Further details about how and when to complete the SJT will be available soon on https://future-students.uq.edu.au/study/program/Bachelor-of-Veterinary-Science-Honours-2378
New in 2018: Bachelor of Computer Science
Cyber Security
Data Science
Machine Learning
Programming Languages
Scientific Computing

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

Do your female students have a passion for Engineering or IT? UTS and our industry partners proudly support women as they transition through uni, offering scholarships up to $66,000.
The Bachelor of IT Cooperative Scholarship supports the next generation of IT and business leaders offering $49,500 plus two internships with leading tech employers. 

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Senior School

Sport

Winter Sport Trial Information 
Week 5 Club Fixtures
Week 5 QGSSSA Autumn Fixtures v St Margaret’s AGS
Cross Country 

Winter Sport Trial Information 

https://central.staidan.qld.edu.au/send.php?id=11649

Week 5 Club Sport Fixtures
https://central.staidan.qld.edu.au/send.php?id=11618                       

Week 5 QGSSSA Autumn Fixtures v St Margaret’s AGS
https://central.staidan.qld.edu.au/send.php?id=11617                                 

Cross Country
The 2017 Cross Country season culminated on Saturday with the running of the annual QGSSSA Championships at Rivermount College. St Aidan’s placed 6th in the Aggregate Trophy and won the Joan Benson Percentage Shield for a third consecutive year and for the fourth time in the history of the QGSSSA Championships. I would like to thank and acknowledge all team members for their efforts on Saturday and for their commitment over the course of the season. Cross Country captains Phoebe McAuliffe and Emily Heath have demonstrated great leadership and enthusiasm throughout the year. I would also like to thank our Director of Athletics and Cross Country Miss Murry, Teacher Co-ordinator Mr Bailey, Coach Clare Geraghty and all of the teachers who have helped during the season. 

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Music

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Gala Choral Concert 2018

On Wednesday 30th 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 30th 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 29th 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)

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 20th 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.

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 28th of 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 21st of 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 21st May; Monday 30th July; Monday 27th August; Monday 8th October and Monday 5th 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.

Click here to download the 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.

Click here to download the Music Calendar for 2018.

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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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Rowing

Indoor Rowing Championships 

This Tuesday, 22nd May, St Aidan’s is competing in the annual Indoor Ergo Championships at Somerville House from 5:15 – 7:30pm.  If you would like to come along and support the St Aidan’s Rowing Team and would like a seat on the bus, please contact Director of Rowing, Mr Sam Dutney s.dutney@staidans.qld.edu.au .

Try Rowing 
If you have ever wanted to be involved in rowing, but weren’t sure whether or not it’s for you, then come along to any of the Try Rowing sessions held every Saturday morning at the Tennyson Boatshed.  This is open to any students in Year 8 – 12.  For more information, or to sign up for a session, please contact Director of Rowing Mr Sam Dutney s.dutney@staidans.qld.edu.au  . 

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Geography Excursions 

The last few weeks have been very busy for the Geography girls with their excursions. I would like to thank all of the classes who have been out on excursions in term two for their wonderful co-operation and behaviour. The Year 7 Geography classes have enjoyed exploring the Corinda area to learn about the liveability of this suburb and planting trees at Oxley Creek Common with the help of the Oxley Creek Catchment Association. Luckily, our Principal Ms Riordan and Deputy Principal Cate Begbie were both able to join us to plant our trees. The Year 9/10 Geography class experienced being farmers for a day by visiting Tommerup Farm in Kerry to learn about dairy farming. Finally, the Year 8 Geography classes travelled to Tamborine Mountain to learn about the volcanic landforms in this area, and to experience the small, welcoming community there. I would like to sincerely thank Mrs Forness and Ms Adderson for all of their help on the excursions with the Geography classes in term two. 

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Junior Jottings

Mrs Louise Mcguire 

  • Stroke Foundation – National Awards

  • National Walk Safely to School Day – Friday 18 May

  • Free Dress Day – 23 May

  • Uniform Shop is now ONLINE!

  • P&F Trivia Night – Saturday 26 May

  • A morning for Grandparents and Special Friends – Friday 1 June

  • Premier’s Reading Challenge 2018

  • Are you inspired by an exceptional teacher? Queensland College of Teachers – Excellence in Teaching Awards

  • Congratulations

 

Stroke Foundation – National Awards

Sophie Clayton (Year 6) and her mum Amanda were recently awarded the Stroke Foundation's Courage Award (link), sponsored by Australian Physiotherapy Association. Sophie was recognised by the foundation for her amazing work in raising awareness for the signs of paediatric stroke and by showing her community that life after stroke can be both fun and inclusive.

We are certainly very, very proud of Sophie and her achievements.

National Walk Safely to School Day – Friday 18th 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 8:00am. 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 8:00am

Free Dress Day – 23 May

On Wednesday 23 May, we will be having our Free Dress Day for Term Two. Gold coin donations will go towards raising funds for the Stroke Foundation. The Stroke Foundation is a national charity that partners with the community to prevent, treat and beat stroke. They stand alongside stroke survivors and their families, healthcare professionals and researchers. They build community awareness and foster new thinking and innovative treatments. They also support survivors on their journey to live the best possible life after stroke.

The dress theme is simply ‘free dress’.

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.

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:

Go to Flexischools.com.au

Go to “Uniform Orders”

Select PICKUP date button

Select PICKUP place – either JUNIOR SCHOOL RECEPTION or P&F OFFICE (save and continue)

Add items you wish to purchase (there are photos for all catalogue items), size and number.

Check order and pay

More Uniform Shop News

Not only has the Uniform Shop gone online, it will now be open 5 days a week as of next week beginning 14 May 2018. 

Opening Hours – Mon, Tues, Wed and Fri from 7.30am – 9.00am; Thurs 7.30am – 2.00pm

It you are able volunteer your time to assist in the Uniform Shop, any assistance will be gratefully accepted. Please contact Anne Edwards to roster on a suitable day. She can be contacted at a.edwards@staidans.qld.edu.au 

P&F Trivia Night – Saturday 26 May

It is only 2 weeks to go, so if your class or year level hasn’t already organised a table, there is still time. The profits from this event will go towards a brand new mascot for the whole school as our current mascot, P’tula is very much worse for wear and needs to be retired!

Please come along and support the P&F in getting a brand new P’tula. Click here for more details.

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 & nomination forms are available here

Important Dates – Junior School

Term 2, 2018

WEEK 5

 

14

12.50pm House Year 1-6 Spelling Competition Final (CHC)

15

NAPLAN TESTING

16

NAPLAN TESTING

 

10.00am Year 6 Chapel

 

6.30pm P&F Meeting (AUD)

17

19

NAPLAN TESTING

National Walk Safely to School Day

 

 

WEEK 6

 

21

8.30am – 10.00am Jacqueline Harvey – Author Visit

22

9.00am-11am Open Morning

23

Free Dress Day

9.00am-12.30pm Year 5 Excursion – Brisbane Museum (City Hall)

24

26

10.00am Prep/Year 1 Chapel

6.00pm P&F Trivia Night

 

 

WEEK 7

 

28

4.00pm Performing Arts Recital (Aud)

29

ICAS Science Competition (during assembly time)

 

6.00pm Gala Instrumental Concert (CHC)

30

31

6.30pm Gala Choral Concert (Cathedral)

10.00am Year 4 Chapel

June, 1

8.45am – 11.00am Morning for Grandparents and Special Friends (CHC & JS Rooms/Grounds)

3

9.00am Year 5 Family Service/Communion

 

 

WEEK 8

 

5

4.00pm Year 5 Public Speaking/Year 6 Debating V St Margaret’s (at St Aidan’s)

6

“Train-to-School” Morning

3.30pm Andrews Cup Metro Meet Netball (SPLC) (4.00pm – 5.15pm)

7

8

10.00am Year 2 Chapel

Incursion – BBC Boys visiting Prep

 

 

 

WEEK 9

 

11

3.30pm Andrews Cup Metro Netball (MDNA) (4.00pm – 5.15pm)

12

ICAS Writing Competition

4.30pm-7.00pm Book Week – Art Workshop

6.30pm Girl Zone Book Club

13

StartSmart Sessions

14

StartSmart Sessions

 

6.30pm-7.30pm Narelle Oliver – Memorial Lecture – Morris Gleitzman (Aud)

15

12.30pm Foundation Lunch

 

 

 

 

WEEK 10

 

18

Junior School Interhouse Athletics (Ambi)

19

CBCA Readers’ Cup (small group of Yr 6 girls)

20

Junior School Interhouse Athletics (Wet Weather Day)

21

Junior School/Secondary School Activity Photos (CHC)

22

9.00am Kindy Sports Morning

 

END OF TERM 2

 

 

 

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Junior Sport

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Please click here for the Junior School Training Schedule for Week 5 and Week 6, 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 sporting focus on Athletics, girls in Years 2 – 6 are welcomed to trainings to assist in their preparation for the Interhouse Carnival. Girls who are interested in Athletics or who have identified a particular talent in Athletics will be able to attend trainings on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 6.45am-7.45am and Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 3.45-5.00pm at Ambiwerra. Please note that whilst training is initially open to all girls in Years 2 – 6, following the Athletics Carnival on Monday 18 June, only girls selected in the squad will be able to continue training until the end of term and during the holidays.

Trainings being offered for the Athletics Season are as below:

Trainings

Day

Locality

Events

Time

Monday

Ambiwerra

Sprints/Throws/Distance

6.45am-7.45am

Wednesday

Ambiwerra

Sprints/Throws/Distance

6.45am-7.45am

Wednesday

Ambiwerra

Sprints/High Jump/Long Jump/Relay

3.45pm-5.00pm

Thursday

Ambiwerra

Sprints/High Jump/Long Jump/Throws

3.45pm-5.00pm

 

Eastern Taipans Tennis 

Nominations are being called for girls 11-12 years to trial for the Eastern Taipans District School Sport 12 Years Girls’ Tennis.  Girls need to nominate through Ms Jeanes-Fraser by Monday 14 May. Numbers are limited and therefore girls must have playing experience.   Girls who are interested need to see Ms Jeanes-Fraser for the appropriate paperwork.

Trial Details are:

Tuesday 22nd 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

Eastern Taipans Softball

Nominations are being called for girls 11-12 years to trial for the Eastern Taipans District School Sport 12 Girls Softball.  Girls need to nominate through Ms Jeanes-Fraser by Thursday 24 May. Numbers are limited and therefore girls must have playing experience.   Girls who are interested need to see Ms Jeanes-Fraser for the appropriate paperwork.

Trial Details are:

Thursday 7th June at Runcorn Heights SS from 3.30pm – 4.45pm

Students will need the following

             Appropriate footwear, water bottle, hat and sunscreen.

             Completed and signed Parental Consent, Contact and Medical Details Form

Congratulations to Sophie Hannaford who has been selected in the Metropolitan West 12 Years and under Hockey Team.  Sophie will be competing in Cairns between 14 June to 17 June.  We wish Sophie all the very best for her upcoming carnival. 

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.

2018 Key Dates Term 2

11 June

  • Metro Netball Meet – Coorparoo

18 June

  • Interhouse Athletics - Ambiwerra

 

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Junior Music

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Gala Choral Concert 2018

On Wednesday 30th 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 30th 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 29th 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) 

 
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                     

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 28th of 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 21st of May 2018. All forms are to be returned to Senior Staff Reception or music@staidans.qld.edu.au.     

Junior Singers Rehearsal Schedule – Term 2
Music Table 1

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 
Music Table 2

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. Click here to see the link to the online enrolment form. 

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 21st May; Monday 30th July; Monday 27th August; Monday 8th October and Monday 5th 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. 
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 

St Aidan's Trivia Night
Saturday 26 May
Please click hereclick here for more information.
Don't forget it is BYO food.

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Community

Uniform shop

Uniform Shop is now online
More Uniform Shop News

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

More Uniform Shop News

Not only has the Uniform Shop gone online, it will now be open 5 days a week as of next week beginning 14 May 2018.  
Opening Hours – Mon, Tues, Wed and Fri from 7.30am – 9.00am; Thurs 7.30am – 2.00pm
It you are able volunteer your time to assist in the Uniform Shop, any assistance will be gratefully accepted. Please contact Anne Edwards to roster on a suitable day. She can be contacted at a.edwards@staidans.qld.edu.au

 

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