Newsletter Term 2 Week 5 2019

Principal

Ms toni riordan

St Aidan’s Alumni Awards, 2019

Do you know a former St Aidan’s student making a difference?

The St Aidan’s Alumni Awards celebrate the diverse achievements of our alumni and provide an opportunity to inspire others through their recognition.
From leadership in their professions, enterprise and entrepreneurship, or service to global and local communities, the accomplishments of St Aidan’s alumni bring honour to themselves and to their School.

This year, St Aidan’s Alumni are pleased to announce a third award category to recognise distinguished young alumnus, the Mother Emma Alumni Award. It is fitting to include this third award in the year of our 90th birthday, as we not only capture the significant place in the school’s history, which Mother Emma holds, but as you’ll see below from the biographical detail we have for Mother Emma’s accomplishments, she was a role model for students of St Aidan’s, who had a future-focussed approach to her work, was innovative and entrepreneurial. Thank you to the Archives Office for the following:

Mother Emma (Emma Crawford)

“It isn’t life that matters, but the courage you bring to it.” Fortitude by Hugh Walpole.

Mother Emma, (born Emma Crawford), lived by these words and sentiment.

Born in 1859 in England, she travelled to Australia and joined the work of Caroline Amy, Founder of the Sisters of the Society of the Sacred Advent, before being admitted to the SSA in 1896. She was professed in 1897 and became Sister in Charge of Eton High School (which later became St Margaret’s Anglican Girls’ School).

As Mother Superior from 1906, Mother Emma led the Society for 33 years during the difficult social times of the First World War and then through the Great Depression. It is remarkable that, led by Mother Emma, a small number of women were able to operate so efficiently, eleven institutions, including schools, a hospital and an orphanage. With her courage and calm approach, Mother Emma accepted the invitation by Bishop Feetham for the Sisters to open boarding schools in Townsville, Herberton, Charters Towers, Yeppoon and Stanthorpe. Beneath her gentleness was strength and determination to accept new challenges.

Children loved Mother Emma and her kind nature appealed to them. In her everyday life and her spiritual life, she exhibited sincerity and simplicity. The Sisters remember her patient, “motherly” caring at Community House.

Under her leadership, the Sisters of the Society of the Sacred Advent were hallmarked by their concern for the welfare of women and children.

Mother Emma passed away after a battle with Cancer in 1939.

St Aidan’s Alumni Award Categories:

Emma Betts Alumni Award
• Mother Emma Alumni Award
(new this year, in honour of St Aidan’s 90th year celebrations)
Caroline Amy Alumni Award

Emma Betts Alumni Award Criteria

Recognises young alumni (30 years or younger at the time of nomination) whose professional or volunteer accomplishments demonstrate a significant positive impact – locally, nationally or internationally.
As an inspirational role model, they have raised their profile and standing within the community to create a positive impact in their field.

Emma Betts (1991 – 2017)
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Emma Betts’ life was defined by a desire to help others. She worked internationally in the rehabilitation of people with physical disabilities and volunteered in youth-run aid and development organisations. Following her melanoma diagnosis, she was a dedicated cancer awareness campaigner.

Mother Emma Alumni Award Critieria
mother emma

In celebration of St Aidan’s 90 year history, the Mother Emma Award celebrates achievement in areas of entrepreneurship and innovation. The award recipient demonstrates game changing and trail blazing endeavours across community or professional life. They may have pursued an alternative study or experience pathways to create their mark on the world.

Caroline Amy Alumni Award Criteria
This pinnacle Alumni award recipient exemplifies continuous and significant contributions in professional, community, cultural, sporting or leadership achievement. They inspire and uplift those around them through their lifelong pursuits.

Caroline Amy Balguy (1833 – 1915)
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Known as Sister Caroline Amy and later Mother Caroline, Caroline Amy Balguy started her religious life at the Community of St John Baptist in Clewer, England. She came to Australia in 1892 and founded the Society of the Sacred Advent, focusing on ministering to the needs of women and children. Under her guidance, the Sisters of the Society of the Sacred Advent established several schools and children’s homes throughout Queensland.

2019 Key dates

1 August Nominations for the awards close
16 August St Aidan’s Day – awardees are announced
11 November Annual Awards Night – awardees receive their award

Please email:- paststudents@staidans.qld.edu.au for a nomination form.

Congratulations to:

Maddy Bloor (Year 9) who represented Met West at the Queensland Secondary Schools AFL State Championships last week. Met West placed 3rd at the competition.
Olivia Doherty (Year 12) who was a member of the Queensland Women's Artistic Gymnastics Level 10 team that won a silver medal at the 2019 Australian Gymnastics Championships in Melbourne this weekend. Olivia has also been selected as captain of the Queensland team.

Best wishes to:

• Andrews Cup Cross Country runners for their breakfast on Wednesday and for competition next Monday.
• Our musicians and their supporters for the Gala Instrumental Performance on Thursday evening
• Junior School students, staff, grandparents and special guests for our Grandparents morning on Friday
• Senior School students for Round 8 of QG Autumn fixtures, Friday
• Our students representing the school at Sorry Day events on Sunday
• Our 10-year and 40-year alumni attending reunion events over the 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

• Training Schedule
• QGSSSA Fixtures
• Club Sport Fixtures
• Upcoming QGSSSA Winter Fixture Trials
• Rowing

Training schedule
Week 5 Training Schedule (UPDATED)
Week 6 Training Schedule

QGSSSA Fixtures
Round 8 v St Margaret’s 24 May
Round 9 v SPLC 28 May & 31 May

Club Sport Fixtures
Week 5 Fixtures
Week 6 Fixtures

Upcoming QGSSSA Winter Fixture Trials

NETBALL – Mr Mosley netball@staidans.qld.edu.au
Venue: Ambiwerra
Sunday 2 June
Year 7                 3.30pm – 5.00pm
Year 8                 4.30pm – 6.00pm
Year 9                 5.30pm – 7.00pm

VOLLEYBALL – Ms Gardner volleyball@staidans.qld.edu.au
Venue: Centenary SHS
Saturday 25 May
Year 10-12         8.30am - 11.00am

 Saturday 1 June

\Year 7 – 9           8.30am – 11.00am

TENNIS – Ms Mesch tennis@staidans.qld.edu.au
Venue: Ambiwerra
Saturday 25 May
Year 10-12         1.00pm – 4.00pm

Saturday 1 June
Year 7 – 9           1.00pm – 4.00pm

HOCKEY – Ms Mesch hockey@staidans.qld.edu.au
Venue: Ambiwerra
Saturday 25 May
Year 7 - 12          2.00pm – 4.00pm

Rowing
The St Aidan’s Rowing Program held their 30 year celebration and season launch on Saturday 18 May. Thank you to all the families, alumni and friends who joined the St Aidan’s Rowing Program for celebration! It was lovely to see family and friends connect with one another at such an event.
The Rowing Program would like to thank Reverend Gillian Moses for the beautiful service she conducted and to each Rower who spoke such thought provoking prayers. Even more special, was the opportunity to hear from our Head Coach Ashely Dighton, current Captain, Lucy Edgecombe and some of the members of the 2004 winning 1st VIII; Genevieve Gray, Laura Stephenson, Eliza Henderson, Elizabeth Goldfinch and Katie Stenzel. Their words were inspirational, particularly, the 2004 crew victory and it is hoped this year’s rowers and coxswains will aspire to do the same this season.
Finally thanks must go to the families of the RSG, Ann Ringelstein and Natasha Thompson for their enormous efforts coordinating the preparation for the evening. Without their organisation the evening would not have run as smoothly.
Lastly, the program would like to thank our sponsors Finlayson’s Trade Base, Ray White Sherwood and CGH Construction, for supporting the St Aidan’s Rowing. Without sponsorship assistance we cannot have high quality equipment and resources.
Congratulations on a successful 30 year celebration and season launch, let’s hope the season ahead is just as promising.

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Music

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

AMEB Exam Results
Congratulations go to Aeshlein Ralston who has successfully completed her Grade 6 piano exam. Well done Aeshlein.

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

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

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

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

Permission slips will be distributed via the private tutors.

Performance Pinafore
Please be advised that members of the following ensembles will be required to perform in the St Aidan's Performance Pinafore in 2019.
Chorale, Ensemble Volar, Paganini Strings, Symphonic Winds and Chamber Strings.
Students who are members of these groups for the first time, are encouraged to purchase a pinafore new or second hand. Second hand uniforms are available on the following website:
https://www.sustainableschoolshop.com.au.

Music Groups
All students are welcome to participate in the Music Ensembles on offer at St Aidan’s. Students need to have some proficiency on the instrument appropriate to the ensemble but all students are encouraged to sing in the choir! Any girl who is interested is encouraged to discuss their involvement with Dr Cuskelly j.cuskelly@staidans.qld.edu.au, Ms Trott c.trott@staidans.qld.edu.au or Mrs Figliano s.figliano@staidans.qld.edu.au. A full list of St Aidan’s music ensembles/rehearsals is attached below.

Instrumental lessons in 2019
Don’t forget to complete the electronic private tuition form as soon as possible and return to us here at the school. Knowing which students are continuing with their lessons really assists in organising instruments, timetables and rooms. And of course, we are very keen to hear from any new students who are interested in learning an instrument. The link to the online enrolment form is as follows:
https://au1.documents.adobe.com/public/esignWidget?wid=CBFCIBAA3AAABLblqZhA6JM5HtbLwCed2S0TO047YiiTGdXfRFLn2AQer-VgcswmKKHCGd4cE8SZZDkT29Eg*

Music Support Group
The St Aidan’s Music Support Group, made up of parents, students and staff, provides vital support to the school’s young musicians through its fundraising endeavours and its smooth organisation of concerts and other music events. The group regularly purchases much-needed instruments, music and other equipment, and also helps support other activities such as workshops and overseas tours.
The support group relies on the goodwill of parents to help with ticket sales, catering, publicity, and fundraising which are vital to the seamless running of concerts throughout the year. Meetings are scheduled for Monday evenings at 7:00pm in the Science and Technology Building meeting room (SG02) and new members are not only most welcome, but also very much appreciated. Please feel free to contact the group’s president, Paula Hodge, paula.hodge@bigpond.com if you have any questions, or if you would be willing to volunteer but are unable to attend regular meetings.

Rehearsal Schedule for 2019
In order to assist parents and students in planning, please see the rehearsal schedule for 2019. This schedule has been prepared in consultation with the Head of Sport and every effort has been made to minimise clashes. However, please bear in mind that there are usually a minimum of 2 sports training scheduled in any week and should there be a clash between a music rehearsal (offered once a week only) and a sport training students are to attend the musical rehearsal on the set day and attend the alternative sports training on the other.
Please click here for the 2019 Rehearsal Schedule.

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

STRING ENSEMBLES
• Paganini Strings
(AMEB Grade Five and above, auditioned)
Corelli Strings (AMEB Grade Two and above)
Chamber String Ensembles: Volar Strings, Allegro Strings, Arco Strings, Four Seasons Strings, Da Capo Strings (auditioned)
Vivaldi Strings (Yrs 5-8)
Dolce Strings (Yrs 2-4)
Clementi Celli
• Beginner Strings Program
• Combined Orchestras
(Symphonic Winds and Paganini Strings)

BAND ENSEMBLES
• Symphonic Winds
(AMEB Grade Four and above)
Con Brio Band (AMEB Grade Two and above)
Taffanel Flutes (Yr 5 and above)
Charma Band (Yrs 5-7)
Back-beat Band (Yr 5 and above)
Percussion Ensemble (Yr 5 and above)
Taffanel Flutes (Senior Chamber Flute Choir)
Yr 4 Beginner Band Program
• Yr 3 Beginner Band Preparation Program
(Semester Two only)
Combined Orchestras (Symphonic Winds and Corelli Strings)

2019 Music Calendar
Please click here for Term 2 Music Calendar. Changes and additions may be made throughout the year. Updates will be provided in the Newsletter.

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subject news

• Mathematics Assistance Program Term Two
• ConocoPhillips Science experience
• Physics Seminar
• ICAS English Competition and the ICAS Writing Competition

Mathematics Assistance Program Term Two
It is important that students develop as independent learners. By using the additional resources on the class One Note, textbook and Pearson Places or Cambridge Go, girls can ensure they get enough practice at the range of skills. For extra assistance in understanding a concept, interactive tutorials provide hints and examples to support students through the skill.
When difficulties arise, individual assistance can help to improve understanding. All the Mathematics teachers are aware of this and make it a priority to allow time for this to happen in their lessons. As another facility, members of the Mathematics department provide free tutorials to provide further assistance to any girls who are experiencing difficulty. Any girl can turn up to the room below and ask for help with a specific difficulty. Students need to attend the session at the starting time and ensure that they record their name on the attendance roll. Girls should make use of all opportunities to ask their own teacher for assistance in and out of class.
map t2
*all students welcome to attend these tutorials, however; priority will be given to those students listed.

ConocoPhillips Science experience

For year 9 and 10 students in 2019/2020

Be part of a three to four-day ConocoPhillips Science Experience program conducted across several universities. During this program, student will have the opportunity to tour the scientific facilities of these universities in Queensland. Students will hear from some of Queensland’s leading scientists and explore the myriad of science based careers. There will be opportunities to participate in workshops that cover a number of different areas such as forensic science, physics, astronomy, environmental sciences, engineering, mathematics, chemistry and biological sciences. The 3-day program costs $190 and the 4-day program costs $260. Applications and further information can be found on https://www.scienceexperience.com.au/.
science
Mrs Hicks

Physics Seminar
On 14 May, several senior students attended Churchie’s 2019 Physics Seminar leaving all of us feeling in total awe. Keynote Speaker Lucy Sim shared insight into her current work in the Mater Hospital as a medical physicist. Lucy is currently working to develop cutting edge radio-imaging technologies to treat cancer as she combines studies of both physics and medicine. Professor Brad Carter from the University of Southern Queensland captured the audience with astrophysics and stellar astronomy. Dr Jennifer McLeod discussed nanotechnologies and her latest research into 2D materials.
Towards the end of the night we had the opportunity to ask questions and further lead discussion around each panellists’ exciting endeavours. Leaving the seminar each of our minds were buzzing with inspiration after learning about the diverse applications of physics in many different career paths. Physics opens up endless opportunity in the future, allowing one to work in an abundance of areas, all the way from curing cancer to fighting climate change.
Science enables us to think critically and question the many wonders of our universe around them. So, even if you don’t quite consider yourself a “sciency person” I highly recommend you think again and consider studying a STEM subject (preferably physics). After all, science really does make the world go round!
Alex Spalding

ICAS English Competition and the ICAS Writing Competition
Each year, St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School provides students with the opportunity to participate in the ICAS English Competition and the ICAS Writing Competition. These competitions are run on a voluntary basis, after school. The English Competition assesses text comprehension, writer’s craft, syntax and vocabulary. The Writing Competition will provide your daughter an additional opportunity to extend, and showcase, her writing skills.

Students who sit the ICAS English Competition, or the Writing Competition, will receive:

• An individual diagnostic report highlighting strengths and areas for development.
• Online access to their own ICAS results, which can be viewed and downloaded.
• A UNSW Global certificate recognising their achievement – Participation, Merit, Credit, Distinction and High-Distinction.

Please note, these competitions are held on separate dates:

1. ICAS English Competition

This competition will be held on Tuesday 17 September from 3.30pm-4.30pm.
Cost: $14.95

2. ICAS Writing Competition

This competition will be held on Tuesday 10 September from 3.30-4.00pm.
Cost: $14.95

If you would like your daughter to sit either the ICAS English Competition and/or the Writing Competition, could you please make the relevant payment/s via Flexischools by Friday 14 June 2019. Please note, if your daughter wishes to enter both competitions, two separate payments will need to be made via Flexischools.

As papers need to be purchased and sent to the school, students will not be able to compete in either of these competitions if payment is not made by Friday 14 June 2019.

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Samantha Doig, the English Head of Faculty.

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Free Dress Day
• Signature Ball 2019

FREE DRESS DAY WEDNESDAY 29 MAY (Week 6)
On Wednesday 29 May, everyone is invited to participate in 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 to this research centre through the link: https://chf-memory.everydayhero.com/au/charlotte-s-memory.

The dress theme is “Cheer up the Children”. Please send a gold coin and dress brightly or dress as a Princess with tiaras, tutus or any bright coloured clothing.
Year 6 Penguin Aid girls will also be doing Face Painting for all Junior School girls for an ‘extra’ gold coin in the courtyard at morning tea and lunchtime.
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 for lessons.
All students must remember to bring a hat.
We look forward to seeing everyone brightly dressed on Wednesday 29 May (Week 6).
Don’t forget to bring your donations for free dress and face painting and let’s cheer up the children!

Signature Ball 2019
Almost sold out! Have you purchased your tickets for the Signature Ball on 16 July? Please purchase your tickets now to avoid disappointment. Seating requests can be made as part of your purchase, tables are strictly limited to 10.
Tickets available now at www.eventbrite.com.au.
This is a 18+ event. $200 per person. Ticket sales close strictly on 10 July.
Please click here  for more information or to become an event sponsor, email foundation@staidans.qld.edu.au

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Junior Jottings

Mrs Louise Mcguire 

Year 6 Girls – Congratulations to the Year 3 and 5 Girls
• Junior School Library Author Visit
• Free Dress Day – 29 May
• Ascension Day Service – Thursday 30 May (Year 4-12)
• Technology Integration in the Junior School – Jackie Child
• Cyber Tips – Are they old enough?
• Health in the Junior School
• Important Dates

Year 6 Girls – Congratulations to the Year 3 and 5 Girls
At morning tea on Thursday, at the conclusion of the final NAPLAN test for 2019, it was lovely to see the Year 6 girls handing out home baked cupcakes to the Year 3 and 5 girls to acknowledge their efforts with NAPLAN.
Thank you so much to the Year 6 students and their families for their thoughtfulness in baking cupcakes for the Year 3 and 5 girls. It was a truly wonderful example of St Aidan’s community spirit in the Junior School.
cupcake

Junior School Library Author Visit
The Junior School Library this week hosted an author visit from author and social worker Jessica Sanders. Jessica is the author of ‘Love Your Body’ which has the central message –‘My body is strong. My body can do amazing things. My body is my own’. She spoke with students from Year Three – Year Six about nurturing a positive body image and seeing that they are so much more than their physical appearance. Jessica talked about her time travelling the world solo and climbing some of the world’s highest mountains, grateful for her strong body! Jessica is based in Melbourne and is a social worker with the Butterfly Foundation educating young people.

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).

Cyber Tips - Are they old enough?
How to navigate key online milestones for your child
Parents and carers play a key role in guiding their children as they first encounter the online world and begin to learn through exploration, play and social interaction.
When is your child old enough to take their first online steps and begin to explore on their own? It is a good idea to protect younger children from online risks such as encountering harmful content, contact with strangers or missing out on physical activity. But it is up to you to decide when and how they take these first steps, and how best to support them as they begin their online journey.
Read more here about guidelines for children having an smartphone.

Technology Integration in the Junior School – Jackie Child
Our students live in a technological world and are supported in their learning with the new and exciting technologies constantly being developed. In the Junior School, we integrate technology effectively across the curriculum by selecting technology tools to assist in obtaining information, analysing and synthesizing the information which is then presented innovatively to an authentic audience.
This semester so far, our girls have developed skills in podcasting, filming using Green Screen technology, programming Blu Bots, Spheros, Pro Bots, Dash and EV3s to complete units of work in HASS and Maths. Students have also delivered RVE research in Scratch (programming language) and interacted with that information using Makey Makey.
LittleBits (electronic building blocks which snap together with magnets) were used in prototyping bird boxes. iPad apps, Book Creator and Pic Collage enabled students to creatively present journaling and excursion feedback.
Providing our students with exciting technologies allows them to develop what is considered the 4Cs of 21st Century skills – creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking.
technology

Health in the Junior School
The cold and flu season is already upon us in the Junior School. I ask that parents keep their sons/daughters at home if they are unwell. Children who feel miserable are in no position to be active participants in the learning process in the school environment.
To minimise the spread of germs, it would be greatly appreciated if you could remind your daughter/son to wash their hands thoroughly throughout the school day and use the hand sanitizers in the classrooms as they enter/exit.

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

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Junior Sport

Training Schedule for Week 5 and Week 6, Term 2
• Cross Country Training
• Athletics Training (Throws & Long Jump Training)
• House Athletics Carnival
• Walter Taylor Bridge Friday Clubs Competition
• Netball Training
• Touch Football Training
• Bus Travel to and from Ambiwerra – For Training
• 2019 Key Dates Term 2

Please click here for the Junior School Training Schedule for Week 5 and Week 6, Term 2.

Cross Country Training
The St Aidan’s Andrews Cup Cross Country Team will compete next Monday 27 May at Ambiwerra Sports Grounds. Congratulations to all girls for their commitment and hard work leading up to the competition. We wish our St Aidan’s Team the very best of luck for a fantastic day!
AC cross country team

All girls are encouraged to attend as many sessions as they can in this last week. All sessions have a bus that will 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. Please note there is no morning training on Wednesday 22 May as the Andrews Cup Breakfast will be held at the Science & Technology building commencing at 7.30am.
Training

cross country training wk5

Athletics Training (Throws & Long Jump Training)
With the Cross Country season focused on the Andrews Cup campaign, the sporting focus has moved towards Athletics. Girls born 2009-2007, 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 wk 5

House Athletics Carnival
The House Athletics Carnival for students in Year 2 to Year 6 is scheduled for Wednesday 19 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 to Year 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.

Walter Taylor Bridge Friday Clubs Competition
The Walter 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

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

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Ipswich Eisteddfod Results
Congratulations go to Mira Wang-Lee in Year 4 for her outstanding results for cello and piano performances at the Ipswich Eisteddfod.
3rd place- Piano 9 years solo
2nd place- Cello (memory) 9 years and under
3rd place- Instrumental Solo - Music of 20th Century and Beyond (Cello) - 12 years and under

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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