Newsletter Term 2 Week 7

Principal

Ms toni riordan

Skills to help students Flourish

Students who know how to cope with their emotions will do better at school.

As we move into the formal assessment period of this academic term and as we appear to be managing more cases of illness than expected at this time of the year, we know that some of our girls will take all that life offers them (the good and the bad) in their stride, while others will feel the effects of illness, feel fatigued and stressed. As parents and teachers, how do we build on students’ ability to navigate personal and academic challenges? Recent research highlights five social and emotional skills that you can foster in your child to enable them to make the most of their time at school.

Dr Rebecca Collie is a Scientia Fellow and Senior Lecturer in Educational Psychology at UNSW. Through her extensive research, she has found that the following five attributes are key:
self-awareness, which refers to a person’s ability to be aware of and understand their emotions, values, strengths, and weaknesses (such as being able to identify feelings of frustration or anger when they occur)
self-management, the ability to control or adjust our emotions and behaviour as needed in different situations (such as being able to control one’s temper)
social awareness, the ability to take other people’s perspectives and feel empathy (such as being able to consider how a situation may be perceived by others) 
relationship skills, which entail the capacity to listen effectively, communicate clearly, cooperate with others, and offer help as needed (such as being able to work well in a group) 
responsible decision-making, which refers to the capacity to make choices in diverse settings that are respectful and constructive (such as understanding that actions appropriate at home may be different from those appropriate at school). 

Dr Collie says that these skills will help your child flourish, both in school and in life. Researchers have also been able to link these skills in childhood with positive mental, physical and financial outcomes in adulthood,” she said. “Whether we look at our personal lives, school, work or sport, interpersonal interactions are critical to our capacity to integrate and succeed.”
We focus on developing these skills at St Aidan’s, and you can grow them at home too, by helping your child reflect on these attributes. Talk to your child about their feelings, and how they might react to different situations. Discuss how others might be feeling – encourage them to see situations from other people’s points of view. Let them know that it is okay to fail sometimes: we all do. 
By helping our students and children develop these five key skills, we will empower them to achieve better outcomes in school, and to live more fulfilling lives. 

If you’d like more information on Dr Collie’s book, you can find it here: Rebecca Collie, Andrew Martin and Erica Frydenberg. (2017). ‘Social and Emotional Learning: A Brief Overview and Issues Relevant to Australia and the Asia-Pacific.

Another book on this topic, which may be of interest to you is, Rachel Simmon’s new book Enough As She Is: How to Help Girls Move Beyond Impossible Standards of Success to Live Healthy, Happy, and Fulfilling Lives. It has been met with widespread acclaim for its down-to-earth advice designed to help adults give girls the tools to overcome the growing culture of self-criticism that means that “no matter how hard they try, they will never be smart enough, successful enough, pretty enough, thin enough or popular enough”.
Simmons — author of Odd Girl Out and The Curse of the Good Girl, and an educator at the well-known American women’s university, Smith College — warns that “we have raised a generation of young women so focused on achieving that they avoid healthy risks, overthink setbacks, and suffer from impostor syndrome, believing they are frauds”. In addition, while they spend more and more time projecting an unrealistic image of themselves online, they are withdrawing “from the essential relationships that offer solace and support” and which bolster their self-esteem.
Outwardly exceptional girls are inwardly anxious and overwhelmed, under pressure to be a super girl and constantly comparing themselves in person and online to their peers. All too often this success is fuelled by intense self-criticism and fear, leading girls to feel anxious and overwhelmed. What girls need is practical advice from trusted adults to help them reject super girl pressure and toxic stress so they can become resilient adults leading happy, healthy and fulfilling lives.

Simmons’ top three tips for parents are to:
1. Tell your daughter about your mistakes and failures so she won’t make the mistake of trying to be perfect. Resilience can’t be learned by watching a parent excel at everything but by watching them fail and handle setbacks.
2. Model self-compassion when something goes wrong in your life so that she will learn to be less self-critical when she makes a mistake. People who are gentle on themselves when they make mistakes are less stressed, anxious and depressed. They are also happier and more highly motivated.
3. Model body acceptance. Between 40% and 60% of primary school age girls monitor their weight. “Overthinking about the body,” writes Simmons, “is partly responsible for the gender disparity in depression.” Avoid negative comments about your daughter’s body or your own. Don’t talk about what you’ve eaten or how little you have exercised. Instead, talk to your daughter about being healthy, strong and agile.

Simmons also has the following advice for parents:
• Empathise with your daughter and tell her that stress is normal.
• Keep your own anxiety in check so it doesn’t add to hers.
• Cultivate gratitude in your daughter for who she is and what she has right now.
• Tell your daughter about “imposter phenomenon” — that everyone feels like they are a fraud or don’t belong sometimes.
• When your daughter is upset, ask her whether she wants advice or just to vent — and if it’s to vent, then “sit on your hands and just listen!”
• And, finally, remind your daughter why she is enough as she is because, “when girls know why they matter inside, they become more resilient in the face of stress”.

Congratulations to:
Giselle Graham who won the Year 8 Individual Race at the BSRA Indoor Rowing Championships last week.
Our string quartet (Annable Lee, Rachel Eng, Sienna Kim and Isabel Lin) who played at the Order of Australia Medal presentation ceremony where our past Chaplain Rev Paul Bland received his medal. 
Tammy Vo (Year 7) who won the National title in the Level 8 Under 14 division of the 2018 Australian Gymnastics Championships in Melbourne. Tammy won a medal in every single Individual Apparatus Final, Bronze on Vault, Silver on Bars, and Gold on both Beam and Floor.
Phoebe McAuliffe (Year 12) who achieved equal 1st place in the Grand Final of the English Speaking Union’s Public Speaking competition.

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Chaplain

Rev Gillian Moses

National Reconciliation Week
This year’s theme for National Reconciliation Week is “Don’t keep history a mystery: Learn, share, grow.” It is an invitation to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, and to regard it as part of our shared story.
The Reconciliation Australia website offers some fascinating snapshots of this history, much of which will be a mystery to many of us. I encourage you to read some of the stories: https://www.reconciliation.org.au/national-reconciliation-week/.

I think of the local stories that I have become aware of only recently. There is the story of Dundalli, a famous Aboriginal leader and warrior of the Dalambara people north of Brisbane. He mediated many of the local clans’ interactions with European settlers, and had both productive and destructive engagements with local farmers and settlers. Dundalli was executed at what is now Post Office Square in the Brisbane CBD, and his was the last official public execution in Queensland.
I also remember the story of the Quandamooka, Jagera and Turrubul people who met and assisted three hapless convicts shipwrecked in Moreton Bay, long before Europeans had travelled this far north. Pamphlett, Parson and Finnegan survived for around 14 months with the help of local clans, and eventually led their rescuer John Oxley to the river that he named the Brisbane River. It is worth seeking out the Bronze Canoe sculpture by the river at Tennyson, just near Pamphlett Bridge, and remembering the local people who thrived in this area long before European settlement.
Further afield, it is worth reading the work of those historians who are beginning to record a more complex and surprising account of Aboriginal histories, including people like Bruce Pascoe (Dark Emu) and Bill Gammage (The Biggest Estate on Earth). We can also seek out stories about the Aboriginal stone temples such as the one located at Wurdi Youang near Melbourne, or another formation that once stood on a farm near Mullimbimby, and think about how these discoveries fit with previous theories of human development.
Time and again, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander elders I meet express their desire that we should understand their history as our history, and take pride in the accomplishments of their cultures. As I wrote in my column for Reconciliation Week last year, this echoes Jesus’ final prayer for his followers that they find unity. “As Jesus prepared to face his own death, his prayer was that his friends would find in his teachings, and in their experiences with him, something that would continue to draw them together when the rest of the world would act to scatter and separate them.  This was not about a budding church community but an everyday human community that was struggling to work out how to do life differently. “

A year on, the challenge remains.

Blessings
Rev Gillian

RAP survey
The RAP Working Group invites all members of the St Aidan’s community to take part in our National Reconciliation Week survey. We wish to establish a baseline of knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and history in the school community so that we can better design our Reconciliation Action Plan. Please use this link and take a few minutes to complete the 11 questions.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RR68BLJ 

St Matthew’s Harvest Labyrinth
St Matt’s Anglican Parish Sherwood is creating a harvest Labyritnth this Sunday 3 June. Members of the St Aidan’s family are invited to join the parish in building a labyrinth from tins of non-perishable food. The labyrinth will remain for a while to be used for prayer and meditation, then the food will be donated to St Hugh’s Parish community pantry in Inala. For more information contact the parish on 3379 3437.

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Dean of Students & Academic Welfare (7-9)

Ms holly o'sullivan williams

Year 10 Immunisations 
Uniform

Year 10 Immunisations: Please note that Year 10 immunisations will be done at 2.00pm on Wednesday 6 June. 

Uniform: I would like to thank parents for their assistance in ensuring the girls are wearing the correct uniform each day. St Aidan’s students continue a proud history of wearing their uniform well whilst in school and out in our wider community. Our students’ behaviour and uniform are noticed in our local area. Whilst most girls are consistently wearing their uniform correctly, some students still need to take care that they are adhering to the school rules and expectations. In particular, please note that:
- Necklaces or bracelets are not to be worn unless they are medical identification ones. Only one earring is to be worn in each ear, in the lower lobe (not ‘seconds’ or those in the top of the ear). 
- The correct sports uniform must also be worn during PE lessons and for trainings before and after school. 
- Students must also have their shoes polished and their hair tied back with a ribbon (white, blue or brown). 
Year Level Co-ordinators and Form Teachers have had a number of conversations with students and we appreciate parent assistance as well. Students who do not wear the uniform correctly will unfortunately be given either a Tuesday or Friday lunchtime detention.

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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

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.
ADF wk 7 

Qld School of Film and Television- Introduction to sound production
Open day
16 June
10.00am - 12.00pm
22 Warwick St Annerley
RSVP via one of the following methods:
Register online via Eventbrite
Email to marketing@qsft.qld.edu.au
Call us on (07) 3392 7788

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!
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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

Training Schedule Week 7
Autumn Fixtures Week 7 & 8
Winter Trial Information

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Music

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Gala Instrumental and Choral Concerts - Congratulations
Congratulations go to all the music students who performed at the annual Gala Instrumental and Choral Concerts this week. Wonderful performances from all groups were well received by parents and friends. The girls are to be commended on their musicianship and dedication. Special thanks go to all the staff associated with the concert and to the MSG for providing the refreshments and organising the raffles. 

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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mathematics

Mathematics Assistance Program Term Two 2018

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.
MAP  

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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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stage

STAGE will be competing at the Brisbane Performing Arts Challenge, held at St John’s Anglican College at Forest Lake this week on Thursday 31 May and Friday 1 June. 

The junior team will be competing in the Middle School Lyrical section, starting at 6.35pm on Thursday. The full STAGE team will be performing in various sections on Friday 1st June, with their first section starting at 11.40am with the senior Contemporary group, followed by Musical Theatre at 2.00pm and Jazz at 5.15pm. The competition at BPAC is always strong and it is no different this year with large numbers in each of the sections however the girls are looking forward to representing St Aidan’s. This competition  follows from the Ascension Day assembly performance where they performed their energetic musical theatre piece, Mamma Mia, choreographed by the dance captains, Jessie Forbes and Gemma Rowell.
STAGE would love to see as many people as possible from the St Aidan’s community come to support the girls in this competition. Tickets can be pre-purchased at a discounted price at www.trybooking.com/373789. All performances are in the main auditorium at St John’s Anglican College, College Avenue, Forest Lake. We hope to see you there.
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Junior Jottings

Mrs Louise Mcguire 

Lyn Raven – Farewell Assembly
Author Visit
Sorry Day
School Photographs – Delay
Train-to-School Morning – Wednesday 6 June
Education on Show (Royal Queensland Show – Ekka)
Congratulations
Important Dates
Outside School Hours Care

Lyn Raven – Farewell Assembly
After 28 years, our beloved Mrs Raven has finally decided to hand over the Junior School Reception ‘bell’ to someone else (Mrs Wilhelmina Morrison). Lyn’s final day at St Aidan’s will be Wednesday 20 June (last week of Term 2). We will be formally farewelling Lyn at an assembly on Thursday 14 June at 10.00am. Parents are most welcome to attend.

Author Visit – Jaqueline Harvey
Last Monday, Junior School students enjoyed an author visit from one of Australia’s best loved authors, Jacqueline Harvey. Jacqueline spoke about her latest book series, Kensy and Max and how she went about writing a series all about spies and the amount of research that went into this new series. She encouraged students to write regularly, spoke about the discipline of writing and her notebook of ideas -  which everyone should carry! 
Jacqueline Harvey spoke with library staff about ‘books for boys’ and ‘books for girls’ – something we all have a shared passion for, and later in the day, she emailed her thoughts, which can be seen here http://childrensbooksdaily.com/thegenderdebate/. Feel free to join the discussion by leaving a comment on this blog post. 

Sorry Day
“Don’t Keep History A Mystery: Learn. Share. Grow”

On a chilly Saturday morning last week, a small group of our Year 6 students gathered with some students from the Senior School to mark ‘Sorry Day’ with the local community at the Sherwood Arboretum. This national day of remembrance, marked twenty years since the historic handing down of the ‘Bringing Them Home Report’, and the first Sorry Day at the Sherwood Arboretum. Sorry Day remembers the Stolen Generation, the time in our history when First Nations’ people were forcibly removed from their families as part of government policies at the time.
‘Sorry Day’ also marks the beginning of Reconciliation Week (27 May – 3 June). This year’s theme is “Don’t Keep History A Mystery: Learn. Share. Grow”. This is particularly pertinent to our Year 6 students who have been studying ‘Indigenous Voices’ in their History unit and the important Indigenous figures who have made a significant impact on Indigenous rights since 1945. 
The Sorry Day ceremony organised by the Benarrawa Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Solidarity Group included a welcome to country by local elders, reflections, a reading of the Apology of the Stolen Generations, music and students from neighbouring schools laying flowers on the plaque of remembrance, alongside the elders.
Sorry Day

P&F Trivia Night
Last Saturday evening’s P&F Trivia Night was a fantastic success. The event raised in excess of $17000 which enables the P&F to cover the full cost of the new ‘Ptula’ Penguin School Mascot costume. For those who attended the night, they will attest to the fact that our current mascot is in desperate need of retirement!
I wish to extend my thanks to all of the Junior School families who contributed items/funds to help create the wonderful array of raffle prizes (of which there were many). I would also like to thank the Junior School parents and friends who attended the event and had a night of fun, friendship and fast thinking!
Finally, congratulations must go to Claire Rush and her team of helpers for the enormous amount of time and effort they put into organising such a wonderful St Aidan’s community event.

School Photographs – Delay
We have had recent communication from the school photo company about the delay in issuing school photos. Due to a technical hitch, some of the individual student photos had to be retaken (last week). Class and individual photos will be disseminated as soon as possible. We apologise for the delay.

Train-To-School Morning - Wednesday 6 June
train to school        
On Wednesday 6 June 2018 (Week 8) there will be a supervised Travel by Train to School morning for Junior School students (P-6). This is to help students learn how to catch the train safely and confidently to school. Please see the information and permission letter in the student diary.
Groups of Junior School students accompanied by teachers will be departing from Auchenflower Station on the 7:50am train service and collecting girls at stations along the way on the same train service from (Indooroopilly, Chelmer, Graceville, Sherwood) before arriving at Corinda Station at approximately 8:05am. 
Girls can also meet the teacher at Springfield Central Station for the 7:39am service and Oxley Station to catch the 7:49am train to Corinda (arriving at approximately 8:00am).
Parents or guardians should drop the students off at either Auchenflower, Indooroopilly, Chelmer, Graceville, Sherwood, Oxley or Springfield Central stations. Parents MUST confirm the student’s participation in this travel by signing the permission slip (see over page) by no later than Monday 4 June, indicating which station you will meet at. 
A teacher will be present at designated points at each station from 7:30am. (7:20am for Springfield Central Station). Students are to check in with the teacher and have their names checked off on the roll. Once we meet you, we will all be travelling in the last carriage of the train together as a large group.
When we know who is taking part in the morning, we will forward specific details about designated meeting points for each station in a separate confirmation note. We will also ensure that there is a mobile phone contact number listed for each station if the student finds she is unable to participate.
COST: As part of the experience involved in catching the train to school, girls will learn to use a TRANSLINK GO CARD. Therefore, they will be required to have with them their own GO CARD with credit of at least $2.00 for this fare

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

Congratulations
Hannah Doncon (Year 6) attended the Ipswich Junior Speech and Drama Eisteddfod on the 9th and 10th May 2018 to perform in a number of Speech and Drama Items in the 11 and 12yrs age group receiving Honours for all the items she performed.
On Saturday night, Hannah also attended the Combined Speech and Music Eisteddfod Awards Presentations presented by Mr Jim Madden MP at the Ipswich Civic Centre. Hannah was awarded The Pat Costello Trophy for most effective Impromptu reading items in the Eisteddfod, The Anne England Award for most outstanding Humorous Verse in the Eisteddfod and the Recitation Championship Award 12yrs and under. Hannah was also invited by the Convenors to recite her winning Poem on the evening.
We congratulate Hannah on her wonderful achievements.

Important Dates term 2, 2018          

St Aidan’s Outside School Hours Care: Vacation Care Program
oshc

BOOKINGS NOW OPEN! SECURE YOUR SPOT! 
The school holidays are just around the corner and we can’t wait to show you the fun-filled and exciting activities we have planned in our June/ July  School Holiday Program. Further details of the program can be found here.
Bookings for the St Aidan’s OSHC School Holiday Program opened Monday 21 May. If you require care for the upcoming school holiday period, please return your booking form by 15 June 2018

How do I book?
Complete the official booking form attached to the program. For further details please email: oshc@staidans.qld.edu.au.

What is the cost?*
$60 per day. Incursions and excursions incur additional costs. These are compulsory for all students and therefore you are able to claim CCB/CCR for these.

What are the hours of operation?
The service is open from 7:00am until 6.00pm. 

How can I obtain more information?
If you would like further information regarding our OSHC Program or if you would like to make a booking, feel free to contact me on 0423 547 653 or email: oshc@staidans.qld.edu.au.

Palu Ingram
Outside School Hours Care Coordinator - SSA

 

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Junior Sport

Please click here for the Junior School Training Schedule for Week 7 and Week 8, Term 2.

West Taylor Bridge Friday Clubs Competition
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The 2018 Walter Taylor Bridge competition for Semester One concluded last week with some outstanding performances.  Congratulations to all girls who participated this season; the comradery and sporting spirit to do your best both on and off the field was fantastic. Particular mention must go to the Year 6 White and Year 4/5 White Netball Team and the Year 6 White and Year 4/5 White Touch Football teams who were crowned Premiers.

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 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 Hannah, 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 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 7

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 Instrumental and Choral Concerts - Congratulations
Congratulations go to all the music students who performed at the annual Gala Instrumental and Choral Concerts this week. Wonderful performances from all groups were well received by parents and friends. The girls are to be commended on their musicianship and dedication. Special thanks go to all the staff associated with the concert and to the MSG for providing the refreshments and organising the raffles. 

Junior Singers Rehearsal Schedule – Term 2
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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 7 

 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.

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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