Newsletter Term 2 Week 6

Principal

Ms toni riordan

Continuous learning
You may be aware that your daughters and sons in Kindy are encouraged to adopt a growth mindset to approach their learning, that they are explicitly taught the aptitudes and attitudes to develop a growth mindset daily, in the classroom, on the stage and on the playing fields.

At our Monday evening staff meeting this week, we focussed on our own growth mindsets. As educators and as staff who support the delivery of education at St Aidan’s we considered the mindsets that we bring to the implementation and management of change across the wider school and within our specific areas. 

In September last year, McKinsey Quarterly published an article, ‘Putting lifelong learning on the CEO agenda’. According to the authors, if CEOs are to sustain the value and impact of their organisation in an era of massive technological disruption, they must make continuous learning a focus not only of their own job but a focus for the entire workforce. Change is now so rapid, claim the authors, learning must take place while adaption is actually occurring.

Within the leadership and culture dimension, resilient leaders possess a ‘learning’ mindset rather than a ‘performance’ mindset. They prepare the ‘what if’ as individuals and organisationally. They are optimistic and create a ‘can do’ atmosphere that takes failures and turns them into positive learning experiences to drive a resilient organisational culture.

Business Aspect, a management consultancy asserts that a positive learning culture is grown through the key dimensions of organisational resilience: leadership, networks, partnerships and change readiness across people, processes and technology.

Research by Australian academics, posted in a Harvard Business Review article, ‘Good leaders are good learners’ show that leaders who operate in ‘learning mode’ develop stronger leadership skills than their peers. Both learning and teaching at St Aidan’s are based on a platform of strong leadership and has been for many years. Leadership development permeates senior leadership levels, classroom teachers and of course our students’ leadership skill development and the skills, aptitudes and attitudes required for leading and learning holds us in good stead to educate St Aidan’s girls who are ‘future ready’, optimistic and can approach change with a ‘can do’ approach.

2018 Next Step survey
The Queensland Government is conducting its annual statewide survey of all students who completed Year 12 in 2017. The Next Step survey is a brief, confidential survey that gains a comprehensive picture of the employment, study and life choices made by Queensland school completers in the year after they finish Year 12. 
Between March and June, all our students who completed Year 12 last year can expect to receive instructions to complete a web-based survey or a telephone call from the Queensland Government Statistician’s Office. Please encourage them to take part. If their contact details have changed, please assist the interviewer with their updated details or forward the survey to their new address so they can participate. 
Thank you for your support of the Next Step survey in 2018.
Further information on Next Step is available online at www.education.qld.gov.au/nextstep/ or on toll free telephone 1800 068 587.
Congratulations to:
Lexi Nothdurft (2016) who is currently rowing for Ohio State University and has been named the 2018 Big Ten Rowing Freshman of the Year
Phoebe McAuliffe (Year 12) who has made it into the Grand Final of the English Speaking Union’s Public Speaking competition.

 

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Guidance Counsellor

ms Jennie Robinson

Tertiary Studies Expo
ADF Gap Year
Qld School of Film and Television- Introduction to sound production
Exchanges
Latitude Science and Design experiences
British Council
UMAT preparation
ACU
Flinders University
GU
QUT
UQ
UTS

Tertiary Studies Expo
21/22 July
Brisbane Showgrounds
10.00am - 4.00pm

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

ADF wk 6

Qld School of Film and Television- Introduction to sound production
WORKSHOP DETAILS 
DATE: Saturday - 9 June 2018
TIME: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM 
VENUE: QSFT Campus - 22 Warwick Street, Annerley, QLD 4103 
TO APPLY:
Download & Complete Application Form
Email application form to applications@qsft.qld.edu.au
OR Fax to (07) 3392 7511
You will receive a confirmation email once your application is processed
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Call (07) 3392 7788
Email: marketing@qsft.qld.edu.au       

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.

ACU
Open Day- Saturday 28 July

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
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)
Register Now         

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 - https://www.qut.edu.au/study/undergraduate-study/do-you-advise-school-students/news-and-events/news?news-id=127022&utm_source=silverpop&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=qut_undergraduate_guidanceofficer&utm_content=2018_04_18_GOs_QUT%20News%20(1)&spMailingID=56423869&spUserID=ODM5ODgzNjMzMjES1&spJobID=1382643966&spReportId=MTM4MjY0Mzk2NgS2                   

UQ
Changes to the Vocational Education and Training (VET) selection rank schemes

From 2020 onwards however, UQ will no longer allow school-leaver applicants to receive a standalone selection rank on the basis of a VET award alone. This change will only impact students applying for tertiary entry in the year immediately following Year 12.
Non-school-leaver applicants will still be able to use their VET qualifications to apply for entry to UQ in subsequent years, and this change will not impact students completing their OP in 2018 (current Year 12 students) or 2019 (current Year 11 students).
Questions?
Contact UQ Admissions on admissions@uq.edu.au or call us on (07) 3365 2203.

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)

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.
Discover more here.

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.
Discover more here.         

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
Discover more here.        

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.
Discover more here.           

UTS
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.
Scholarships for Women      

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.
IT Scholarships 

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Senior School

Sport

QGSSSA Winter Trial Information 
QGSSSA Autumn Fixtures Week 6
Club Sport Week 6

 

QGSSSA Winter Trial Information
https://central.staidan.qld.edu.au/send.php?id=11649

QGSSSA Autumn Fixtures Week 6
https://central.staidan.qld.edu.au/send.php?id=11718                              

Club Sport Week 6
https://central.staidan.qld.edu.au/send.php?id=11731

 

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Music

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Anglican Schools Music Festival
Congratulations to the following girls who represented St Aidan’s at the Anglican Schools Music Festival last Friday: Annabel Lee, Emma Aziz, Sophia Zhang, Rachel Eng, Ella Lau, Isabel Lin, Sarah McArthur, Niraasha Munasinghe, Krissy Teng and Joy Yin. The concert at QPAC was a resounding success with very high standard performances from all groups. The girls performed superbly and were excellent ambassadors for our school. 

Gold Coast Big Sing
The members of Ensemble Volar are also to be congratulated for their involvement in the Big Sing held on the Gold Coast last weekend. This community event enabled our students to once again represent the school. The girls sang with enthusiasm and musicianship and had an educationally rewarding day. 

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 30 May. During this time, a light afternoon snack will be provided by the Music Department. Students will be required to change into their performance uniform at school before travelling to the cathedral. 
Students will be transported from St Aidan’s to the cathedral via a school bus, which will leave Kathleen St at 4:45pm. Students will be involved in further rehearsals with guest choirs from 5:30pm at the Cathedral. 
Students are reminded that the allocation of pockets/badges later in the year is dependent on attendance at all performances.
There will be limited on-street parking at the venue. However, the Cathedral Square Car Park (410 Ann Street) offers ‘Night Parking’ for $5, which can be purchased at https://www.secureparking.com.au/en-au/car-parks/australia/queensland/brisbane/brisbane-cbd/cathedral-square-car-park. Alternatively, Central train station is a short walk from the cathedral. 
Please note that there is no cost for admission to this concert. However, donations which could be used to defray associated costs would be most appreciated and can be made at the door on the night. 
As this is one of the main performance events of the year, we hope you take this opportunity to support your daughter in her musical endeavours through your attendance at this concert. 
Please send all enquiries to music@staidans.qld.edu.au

Gala Instrumental Concert
On Tuesday 29 May, the St Aidan’s AGS Music Department and Music Support Group will present the annual Instrumental Gala Concert. This concert will be held in the Christine Hartland Centre and will start at 6:00pm. We anticipate the concert will conclude by 7:30pm.  
Please note that there is no cost for admission to the Gala Concert. 
The following ensembles will need to meet in their allocated rooms at 5:30pm in preparation for their performance:

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

Some students will be required to meet for a rehearsal prior to 5:30pm. The schedule for rehearsals on Tuesday 29 March is 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
The Performing Arts Recital for term 2 will take place on Monday 28 May at 4.00pm in the Auditorium. The following is a list of those students performing.
Performing Arts Recital
Term Two


Sarah Preston TBA Piano
Bethany Williams TBA Flute
Annabelle Hammonds Morning Song – Bailey Piano
Isabella Williams Hedwigs Theme Cello
Charlotte Worthington TBA Piano
Sienna Mahoney TBA Piano
Olivia Dunn TBA Piano
Lillian Walker La Mon Guichet Viola
Kirra Greatorix TBA Piano
Jasmine Clarke You are the Reason Voice
Charlotte Traynor Misty Day Piano
Amelia Ng Gavotte and Aria Flute
Natsu Lu Miss Miles Piano
Madeleine O’Dwyer Venezuelan Holiday Flute 
Mia Ghobrial TBA Cello
Penny Bale Theme from the New World Clarinet
Thea Woodman Castle on a Cloud Piano
Freya Woodman Musette from English Suite #3 Cello

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 30 July; Monday 27 August; Monday 8 October and Monday 5 November.
New members are not only most welcome, but also very much appreciated. Please feel free to contact the group’s president, Paula Hodge,  paula.hodge@bigpond.com if you have any questions, or if you would be willing to volunteer but are unable to attend regular meetings.

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

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

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

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

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

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science

ConocoPhillips Science experience 

For year 9 and 10 students in 2018
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       

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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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mathematics

Mathematics Assistance Program 

It is important that students develop as independent learners. By using the additional resources on the class One Note and the chapter review in the text 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 development.

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.  

Maths schedule

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Junior Jottings

Mrs Louise Mcguire 

2018 Philosothon
Interhouse Spelling
National Walk to School Safely Day
Penguin Aid – Free Dress Day
A morning for Grandparents and Special Friends
Education on Show 2018
Important Dates
St Aidan’s OSHC 

2018 QLD Philosothon
On Saturday 12 May, four St Aidan’s students from Year 6 (Stella Coulohan, Camille Bloomfield, Grace Smith and Bridie Allen) travelled to the University of Queensland to participate in the 2018 Queensland Primary Philosothon. The program was designed to develop the ability of students to critically analyse ideas and concepts, improve skills in argumentation and to collaboratively explore philosophical issues. In the Socratic seminar, students discussed three topics: identity, happiness, and war and conflict. 
The St Aidan’s team was truly outstanding and was awarded second place. This was an incredible effort and the girls should be extremely proud of themselves. Following the Socratic seminar, students participated in a Logician’s Cup. The Logician’s Cup saw teams compete against each other to solve a number of challenging, mind-bending, logic puzzles. Once again, the St Aidan’s girls did a tremendous job and successfully placed second. It was a highly rewarding opportunity for the four St Aidan’s students who will now return to share their new-found wisdom with their Year 6 Philosophy Club members.
philosothon 

Interhouse Spelling Competition
We recently held the final of our Interhouse Spelling Competition. Students from each House (Years 1-6) who scored the highest mark in their year level in the House spelling test represented their House at this event. All students from Year 1-Year 6 were in attendance in the CHC to cheer on their House representatives in the “battle of the best spellers”. 

The Percentage Cup (for the House with the most overall points earnt from correctly spelt words in classroom tests, relative to the number of students in the House) was awarded to Barrett. The Winning House trophy was also awarded to Barrett for scoring the most points for correctly spelt words in the final. Congratulations to the Barrett finalists – Year 1 Olivia Alford Year 2 Kirra Greatorix Year 3 Sydelle Zhang Year 4 Maggie Bladen Year 5 Tahlia Ferguson Year 6 Millie Bloomfield

 
National Walk Safely to School Day
Last Friday morning on 18 May, about 40 eager and enthusiastic Junior School students and staff walked from Francis Lookout into the Junior School to help students learn to be safe pedestrians around our school drop-off zones. Students were reminded to use their eyes and ears, and to check both directions for traffic when walking on footpaths and crossing the road. It is a timely opportunity to thank the wonderful volunteer crossing supervisors who monitor our busy pedestrian crossings around our school each and every morning and afternoon.
Walk to school 3

Penguin Aid Free Dress Day
Today (Wednesday 23 May) we held our Term 2 Free Dress Day and Cupcake Sale to raise money for the Stroke Foundation. The Stroke Foundation is a national charity that partners with the community to help raise funds to prevent, treat and beat stroke. Our funds raised will support stroke survivors and their families to live the best possible life after a stroke. We would like to thank Mrs Amanda Clayton and Sophie Clayton for their generous help with the delicious cupcakes and the Penguin Aid girls for their promotion and running of the stall.

Ekka RNA Education On Show 2018 – Schedule now available
Education on Show is a competition devoted to showcasing work by Queensland students and covers a wide range of contemporary curriculum related skills and activities. The competition has been designed to encourage teachers to use it in conjunction with the curriculum and is open to Prep to Year 12.
The theme for 2018 is Heroes, in honour of the 2018 Commonwealth Games. 
This internationally renowned sporting spectacular showcases inspirational sporting heroes and the Education on Show competition will embrace the theme of heroes and encourage students to identify someone they consider to be a hero. Students are welcome to explore all fields, including medical, arts, science, sporting, political and volunteer work, or even family and friends. 
Students who are interested in entering this year’s competition are now encouraged to read the schedule and to begin planning their entries. Entries are not due until Week 1 in Term 3. The Education On Show Schedule is now available from the link or from Mrs Susie Rigby. Education on Show Schedule 2018.

A morning for Grandparents and Special Friends
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.

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 Friday 22 June.
Categories, eligibility & criteria
Excellence in Beginning to Teach 1 - 4 years of service
Excellence in Teaching 4 + years of service
Excellent Leadership in Teaching & Learning
Outstanding Contribution to Teaching 15 + years of service
Outstanding Contribution to School Community
Go to http://www.qct.edu.au/eit/eit-awards for more information and nomination forms.

Important Dates Term 2, 2018          

after school care
ST AIDAN’S OUTSIDE SCHOOL HOURS CARE
GOVERNMENT REBATES UPDATE (CCR, CCB AND CCS)
The Service is an approved CCB (Child Care Benefit) and CCR (Child Care Rebate) child care/OSHC centre for before and after school care as well as vacation care.
To be eligible for the CCB or the CCR, families must register with the Family Assistance Office (FAO) to receive a parent and child registration number (CRN). These numbers must be supplied to the Service in order to receive your CCB or CCR. To test your eligibility for CCB and CCR contact the Family Assistance office on 13 61 50.
From 2 July 2018, Australia will have a New Child Care Package. Under the new package, the Child Care Subsidy (CCS) will replace the existing Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate. 
CCS will be the main way the Government assists families with their child care fees. Families using child care will be contacted in early 2018 by the Department of Education and Training, with more details about the changes. 
Please refer to www.education.gov.au/new-child-care-package-families-2-july-2018 for further information. 

 

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Junior Sport

Please click here for the Junior School Training Schedule for Week 6  and Week 7, Term 2.

West Taylor Bridge Friday Clubs Competition
The West Taylor Bridge Semester 1 sport will have its final week of competition this Friday 25 May 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. 
Please note that as Walter Taylor Bridge concludes this week Touch Football and WTB Netball training will no longer be offered.  The Netball focus after this week will move to the Andrews Cup Netball Competition and trialing for these teams which will commence on 1 June during Friday club times (during the school day).  

Netball Training
Tuesday - Ambiwerra - 3.45-4.45pm

Touch Football Training
Friday - Ambiwerra - 6.45-7.45am

Andrews Cup Netball
The Andrews Cup Netball competition will be held on Thursday 26 July at Metropolitan District Netball Association at Coorparoo. Trials for the teams will commence on Friday 1 June during club times (during the school day) at Ambiwerra. Further trials will be held on Tuesday 5 June from 3.45pm-4.45pm and Friday 8 June from 6.45am-7.45am at Ambiwerra.  All girls have been advised to nominate through their teachers. The Andrews Cup teams will be announced in Week 10 of 2018 and the team selection will be based on skill, game application, combinations and attendance.

Netball Trials
Friday 1 June - 1.00-2.30pm
Tuesday 5 June - 3.45-4.45pm
Friday 8 June - 6.45-7.45am
Mrs Grant, Ms Hannan, Ms Jeanes-Fraser, Bob Jeanes, Ashlee Johnson, Loren Morssinkhof, Ali Zillmann

2018 Andrews Cup Netball Match Play Preparation
St Aidan’s Junior School will be participating in an afternoon of netball match play known as the “Metro Meet” competition. The games will be held on Monday 11 June after school at the Metropolitan Netball Association, Coorparoo against some of the schools that are involved in the Andrews Cup competition, as well as St Peters and All Hallows.  The games will assist our girls in their continued development through match play and provide coaches additional opportunity to view students for Andrews Cup Netball selection. Girls wishing to be considered for our Andrews Cup Netball teams are encouraged to attend this meet.  A school bus will be provided to take students to and from the venue.

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 attend 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:
athletics training wk 6

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 a background to Tennis and playing experience.   Girls who are interested need to see Ms Jeanes-Fraser for the appropriate paperwork.
Trial Details are:
Thursday 7 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

Bus Travel to and from Ambiwerra – for training
Please be reminded that for morning training sessions, girls should be dropped at the Ambiwerra sporting fields (Erinvale St, Corinda) by parents. At the conclusion of the session, they will be transported to school on the school bus. In the afternoons, students will travel to Ambiwerra on the school bus (Kathleen St) and parents should collect them from the sporting fields at the designated time.

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Junior Music

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Gala Choral Concert 2018
On Wednesday 30 May, the St Aidan’s AGS Music Department will present the Gala Choral Concert at St John’s Cathedral (Ann St). The concert will start at 6:30pm and conclude by 8:00pm. This concert will require the attendance of all students in Children Crossing, Chorale and Ensemble Volar. Performing alongside the St Aidan’s choirs will be the Ambrose Treacy College choirs (Junior Choir, Senior Singers and Chamber Choir) and the Queensland Kodály Choir. 
All St Aidan’s choral groups will attend a rehearsal in the CHC from 3:30-4:45pm on Wednesday 30 May. During this time, a light afternoon snack will be provided by the Music Department. Students will be required to change into their performance uniform at school before travelling to the cathedral. 
Students will be transported from St Aidan’s to the cathedral via a school bus, which will leave Kathleen St at 4:45pm. Students will be involved in further rehearsals with guest choirs from 5:30pm at the Cathedral. 
Students are reminded that the allocation of pockets/badges later in the year is dependent on attendance at all performances.
There will be limited on-street parking at the venue. However, the Cathedral Square Car Park (410 Ann Street) offers ‘Night Parking’ for $5, which can be purchased at https://www.secureparking.com.au/en-au/car-parks/australia/queensland/brisbane/brisbane-cbd/cathedral-square-car-park. Alternatively, Central train station is a short walk from the cathedral. 
Please note that there is no cost for admission to this concert. However, donations which could be used to defray associated costs would be most appreciated and can be made at the door on the night. 
As this is one of the main performance events of the year, we hope you take this opportunity to support your daughter in her musical endeavours through your attendance at this concert. 
Please send all enquiries to music@staidans.qld.edu.au

Gala Instrumental Concert
On Tuesday 29 May, the St Aidan’s AGS Music Department and Music Support Group will present the annual Instrumental Gala Concert. This concert will be held in the Christine Hartland Centre and will start at 6:00pm. We anticipate the concert will conclude by 7:30pm.  
Please note that there is no cost for admission to the Gala Concert. 
The following ensembles will need to meet in their allocated rooms at 5:30pm in preparation for their performance:

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


Some students will be required to meet for a rehearsal prior to 5:30pm. The schedule for rehearsals on Tuesday 29 March is 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

The Performing Arts Recital for term 2 will take place on Monday 28th of May at 4.00pm in the Auditorium. The following is a list of those students performing. 
Performing Arts Recital
Term Two


Sarah Preston TBA Piano
Bethany Williams TBA Flute
Annabelle Hammonds Morning Song – Bailey Piano
Isabella Williams Hedwigs Theme Cello
Charlotte Worthington TBA Piano
Sienna Mahoney TBA Piano
Olivia Dunn TBA Piano
Lillian Walker La Mon Guichet Viola
Kirra Greatorix TBA Piano
Jasmine Clarke You are the Reason Voice
Charlotte Traynor Misty Day Piano
Amelia Ng Gavotte and Aria Flute
Natsu Lu Miss Miles Piano
Madeleine O’Dwyer Venezuelan Holiday Flute 
Mia Ghobrial TBA Cello
Penny Bale Theme from the New World Clarinet
Thea Woodman Castle on a Cloud Piano
Freya Woodman Musette from English Suite #3 Cello

Junior Singers Rehearsal Schedule – Term 2
junior singers wk 6

Year 4 Beginner Band
St Aidan’s has an outstanding Classroom Music Program, and the introduction of Every Day Music from Kindergarten to Year 3 means that students are not only immersed in music, but that they are developing an independent and sophisticated understanding of essential musical skills and knowledge for the level. It is clear to the classroom and music teachers that students are reaching musical benchmarks early and with greater competence. In an attempt to ensure that students receive every opportunity to learn a musical instrument, the students in Year 4 are invited to again be part of the Beginner Band Program at St Aidan’s. Rotational times for the Beginner Band lessons are as follows:
Term Two
beginner band wk 6 

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

Instrumental lessons in 2018
Don’t forget to complete the electronic private tuition form as soon as possible and return to us here at the school. Knowing which students are continuing with their lessons really assists in organising instruments, timetables and rooms. And of course, we are very keen to hear from any new students who are interested in learning an instrument. The link to the online enrolment form is as follows: https://secure.netols.com/schools/gateway/intranet_gateway.cfm?eu=TU-CD1ECB42-C292-7EED-BE73B2DE78B58B7A-CD1ECB43-C292-7EED-BE1057D7703411E8

Music Support Group
The St Aidan’s Music Support Group, made up of parents, students and staff, provides vital support to the school’s young musicians through its fundraising endeavours and its smooth organisation of concerts and other music events. The group regularly purchases much-needed instruments, music and other equipment, and also helps support other activities such as music bursaries, workshops and overseas tours.
The support group relies on the goodwill of parents to help with catering, publicity, and fundraising which are vital to the seamless running of concerts throughout the year. The Music Support group meets for just an hour on the following evenings starting at 7:00pm in the Science and Technology Building meeting room (SG02): Monday 30 July; Monday 27 August; Monday 8 October and Monday 5 November.
New members are not only most welcome, but also very much appreciated. Please feel free to contact the group’s president, Paula Hodge,  paula.hodge@bigpond.com if you have any questions, or if you would be willing to volunteer but are unable to attend regular meetings.

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

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

Uniform Shop 

The Uniform Shop is now open on a Wednesday.
Shop hours are:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 7.30-9am
Thursday 7.30-2pm.

Blazer and cap embroidery for line and pockets go to the embroiderer on Thursdays and return the following Thursday.
Please have items to be embroidered in by morning tea on a Thursday.

 

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Community

Community

St Aidan’s OSHC

ST AIDAN’S OUTSIDE SCHOOL HOURS CARE
GOVERNMENT REBATES UPDATE (CCR, CCB AND CCS)

The Service is an approved CCB (Child Care Benefit) and CCR (Child Care Rebate) child care/OSHC centre for before and after school care as well as vacation care.
To be eligible for the CCB or the CCR, families must register with the Family Assistance Office (FAO) to receive a parent and child registration number (CRN). These numbers must be supplied to the Service in order to receive your CCB or CCR. To test your eligibility for CCB and CCR contact the Family Assistance office on 13 61 50.
From 2 July 2018, Australia will have a New Child Care Package. Under the new package, the Child Care Subsidy (CCS) will replace the existing Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate. 
CCS will be the main way the Government assists families with their child care fees. Families using child care will be contacted in early 2018 by the Department of Education and Training, with more details about the changes. 
Please refer to www.education.gov.au/new-child-care-package-families-2-july-2018 for further information. 

 

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