Year 5 – Admission to Holy Communion
On Sunday, it was a privilege to witness the baptism of 3 of our St Aidan’s Junior School students, followed by 18 girls making their first communion. The Year 5 girls assisted Reverend Gillian in what was a lovely service to recognise such significant events in the lives of these young ladies.
Thanks must be extended to Reverend Gillian, Mrs Megan Hannan, Mrs Jen Gibbons, Mrs Deb Koh and the Year 5 students for the time and effort they put into preparing for such a special occasion.
Special thanks must also be given to Reverend Gillian’s daughter, Charli, for lovingly making the beautiful (and delicious) cake that was enjoyed by the girls and their families at the end of the service.
Public Speaking and Debating
On Wednesday afternoon, St Aidan’s hosted the first round in the annual Debating and Public Speaking Competitions with our sister school St Margaret’s. Both competitions are conducted in a friendly and supportive environment, giving the girls the opportunity to speak in front of an audience. These experiences are designed to prepare the students for future speaking roles and debates they might choose to partake in when they are in the Senior School.
In debating this year, we had four teams competing from St Aidan’s. The St Aidan’s teams were arguing, “That all political parties should have quotas for female candidates.” Students met twice a week to prepare for the afternoon and learnt many new skills such as rebuttal, summarising a team’s case, thinking on their feet and using high modal language to convince the audience. The Year 9 and 10 Debaters from the Senior School adjudicated the girls on the day and gave excellent detailed feedback on manner, matter and method. They were very impressed with the confidence of the students from both schools and how they rebutted the opposition's points with conviction.
In the Public Speaking Competition, St Aidan’s had twelve enthusiastic Year 5 girls participate. Miss Swan, Mrs Gibbons, Mrs Hannan and staff from St Margaret’s adjudicated the presentations and gave feedback to all speakers. They were particularly impressed with the level of preparation, confidence and enthusiasm displayed by all girls. Congratulations to Phoebe Finlay, Ava Robinson and Yolanda Wang for being awarded St Aidan’s ‘Speakers of the Night’. We extend a special thanks to the many teachers who assisted on the day and all the parents who came to support and provided a wonderful afternoon tea. Students will now begin preparing their next speeches and debates for Round Two which will be held on 11 September at St Margaret’s.
TechMate evenings are for girls from Years 4 – 6 once a term to spend time with a significant male in their lives discovering the wonders of technology.
Last week, our TechMates enjoyed an evening of designing, making, testing and finally playing interactive games, which they made using @littleBits (magnetic electronic building blocks). They were first inspired by watching the fabulous video of Caine’s Arcade followed by the TED talk by Ayah Bdeir, inventor of littleBits.
TechMates explored a wide variety of resources and discovered the capabilities of the magnetic electronic building blocks whilst creating with them.
Imaginations were in overdrive as the girls and their TechMate made challenging games which everyone then enjoyed playing. Click here to view some of the games.
Penguin Aid – Cheer up the Children Free Dress Day
At last Wednesday’s Free Dress Day, the Junior School came alive with bright coloured clothes, pretty tutus, tiaras and princess costumes. Year 6 Penguin Aid and Year 12 Leaders also provided some extra fun to “Cheer up the Children” with face painting and dance music for everyone. The purpose of the fun day was to raise necessary funds for the Queensland Children’s Hospital – Prof Ian Frazer Research Centre supporting the new Immunotherapy treatments for children’s cancers. The fund has been recently set up in loving memory of Charlotte Horwood-Young. Our total funds raised from K-12 students and staff - $1600.
Thank you to all St Aidan’s families who donated so generously to this very worthy cause.
Funds can still be donated to the foundation via the link below.
Premier’s Reading Challenge 2019
The reading period for the 2019 Premier's Reading Challenge is officially underway and will run until Friday 23 August. Students will be able to collect their reading record forms from their teachers. All reading record forms must be handed in no later than Friday the 23 August. Students can either give completed forms to their classroom teachers, or directly to the library staff.
This year, the Premier has invited all state and non-state school students to take the challenge:
• Prep to Year 2 should read or experience at least 20 books,
• Years 3 and 4 should read at least 20 books, and
• Years 5 to 9 should read at least 15 books.
Experiencing books can include shared reading, listening to stories, or reading picture books. The aim for the 2019 challenge is to engage more students in reading more books than ever before.
Every student who completes the challenge will receive a Certificate of Achievement signed by the Premier. Students who participate but don’t complete the challenge will receive a Certificate of Participation from the school.
For more information about the Premier’s Reading Challenge, please visit:
Cyber Tips - Digital Reputation
Your digital reputation is defined by your behaviours in the online environment and by the content you post about yourself and others.
A poor digital reputation can affect your friendships, relationships and even your job prospects, so it is very important that you are aware of what picture you are painting of yourself online and protect your digital reputation today.
What do I need to know?
Protecting your digital reputation
Remember your online information could be there forever and your personal information may end up being seen by people you don’t know, including potential employers.
For more information to share with your daughter watch BTN
Train-To-School Morning – Tuesday 18 June
On Tuesday 18 June 2019 (Week 9) there will be a supervised Train to School morning for Junior School students (P-6). The purpose of this activity is to help students learn how to catch the train safely and confidently to school. Please read the information below and see the permission note 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 (Taringa, Indooroopilly, Chelmer, Graceville, Sherwood) before arriving at Corinda Station at approximately 8:05am.
Students can also meet the teachers 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, Taringa, Indooroopilly, Chelmer, Graceville, Sherwood, Oxley or Springfield Central stations.
Parents MUST confirm the student’s participation in this travel day by signing the permission slip no later than Tuesday 11 June, indicating which station your daughter will be leaving from.
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 your daughter finds she is unable to participate on the day.
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.
Please click here for Important Dates Term 2, 2019.
St Aidan’s Outside School Hours Care: Vacation Care Program
For more information about our outside school hours care click here.