Newsletter Term 2 Week 8

Principal

Ms toni riordan

What do you do best?
How many of us know what we are uniquely good at? When we are able to articulate to ourselves and then to other people what it is that we do best it improves confidence, rate of progress and overall fulfilment in life, according to Anita Alexander, organisational coach and psychologist. 
“People tend to think it’s easy to do this so everybody must be doing it but what we don’t realise is that usually what we are good at is very unique and not everybody can do it at all.”

It is important then to do some research to understand our strengths as once we understand what we do best, we shift from unconscious competence to conscious confidence.
“Once you discover what you’re good at, it is a very empowering state, you can then choose where to direct your attention and what paths to follow.” 
Ms Alexander suggests we consider what the best-selling points about us are and how we might be able to showcase them effectively. At St Aidan’s, programs such as SEL (Social Emotional Learning), Futures Week and Leadership Development activities allow opportunities for our students to discover what they do best and provide guidance what paths to take to develop these strengths.

Alexander also opines that there are ‘clues’ to individual strengths, which can help us identify where we have the potential to excel.
Yearning – what are you really drawn to? Do you ever see someone doing something and think – I’d love to do that? 
“Using your strengths feels good and being drawn to something is a sign of a potential strength that you may have realised you had,” explains Alexander.
Rapid learning – have you been in a seminar or class and you just ‘get it’? 
“If you are in a class and find you’re really interested in what the facilitator is saying, you’re asking questions, you’re engaged and motivated, chances are you’re using your strengths. 
Flow – do you sometimes get so engrossed in what you’re doing, you have no concept of how much time has passed? This is what happens when you use your strengths – you become totally immersed to the exclusion of the world around us.
Glimpses of excellence – have you ever found something you did in the past and forgotten about it, perhaps something you wrote or created and appreciated its value and then realised it was you who did it? 
Satisfaction – what are the things you do that are deeply satisfying and energise you? “Using your strengths and talents gives us energy, drawing on our weaknesses tires us,” says Alexander.
And how do you make your strengths even stronger?
Stretch your strengths – put your hand up for things you are good at or would like to do more of that will force you to draw on and expand your strengths.
Do courses to stretch and strengthen your strengths.

We should be thinking about what we want to achieve in our lives and how we can use our strengths to get there. Surprisingly, Alexander explains that it is actually more important to focus on further developing our strengths than it is to spend time working on our weaknesses. 
“You’re going to get much better return on your efforts if you are strengthening and developing your strengths as well as managing your weaknesses.”

“You should be thinking about how much you use your strengths and ask yourself if you have drifted back to trying to overcome your weaknesses. Ask yourself: how can I use my strengths more? How can I use them for the benefit of my learning, the people around me and the wider world?” Using our strengths is where we will make our greatest contribution and achieve the deepest fulfilment and satisfaction.

Reference: http://www.womeninfocus.com. Accessed 09/02/2018

Congratulations to:
Miss Skye Bolger for being recognised in the 2018 The Educator Rising Stars report.
Old girl Emma Schoutrop (2017) whose visual art assessment has been recognised in the QCAA 2017 assessment highlights.
Old girl Dr Isabelle Skinner (1979) who has been appointed as the chief executive officer of the International Council of Nursing (ICN) representing more than 20 million nurses worldwide.

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Chaplain

Rev Gillian Moses

God on the line?
A parent sent me a photo of a sign in a French Cathedral that said “Upon entering you may hear God calling you but it is unlikely to be on your mobile phone so please put your phone on silent.”
chaplain

On Sunday some of our Year 5 students were baptised into the family of God, and more students were admitted to Holy Communion. In the service we read the bible story of the boy Samuel who heard someone calling his name in the middle of the night.  He thought it must be the old priest Eli, who lived with him in the Temple, but Eli soon realised it must be God calling Samuel. It was obviously not on a mobile phone, but it does raise the question of just how God calls, and how do we know it is God?
Christians often speak of vocation, especially the vocation to ordained ministry. Vocation is simply another word for calling, in the sense that someone says they feel called to be a teacher, or a doctor, or a priest. These professions are seen as vocations because they are not simply a job that one checks into each day. They are ways of living as much as ways of making a living.  Someone who is called to be a teacher will often find they are always teaching, even when they are not ‘at work’. Members of the healing professions are healers of more than just physical ailments, if it is truly a vocation. And priests are certainly priests of God well beyond Sunday mornings.
But the truth is we all have a vocation. We are all called to live in a particular way, and each person’s vocation is to be themselves. While this might sound simplistic, it is actually profound. I am called to be me, not to copy someone else, or pretend to be something I am not. I am called to spend time getting to know myself and finding out what I am good at, and what I love to do. Then my job is to be that person to the best of my ability and not to settle for being a pale imitation of someone else. It is harder that it seems.
Fortunately we have help. If we are to speak about being called, it invites us to wonder who is doing the calling. I remember learning that the root of the word God was possibly a Sanskrit word meaning ‘the one who calls’. If it is God who calls us to be us, it is God who helps us to discover what that means.  Just as Samuel wondered who was calling him, and as Eli realised it was God, we look for clues as to what we are being called to. If it is a call to be more alive, to flourish, and to bring life to others, then it is likely to be of God. If it causes division, stress, anxiety and unhappiness then the call is probably a wrong number.
We also belong to communities which, if we are lucky, will help us to discover these best versions of ourselves. They might be our families, our school communities or our faith communities. They will call us to do and be things we didn’t think we could, and they will help us to succeed. It is most often in the company of others that we learn about ourselves, that we are teachers, healers, artists, storytellers, and keepers of mystery. 
So it turns out that God might not use a mobile phone, but she calls us just the same. By talking with others, we can clarify the call. I pray that we remember how to listen and how to respond with confidence, so that we can each live out our own calling. 
Blessings
Rev Gillian

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Dean of Studies

Ms lynda wall

Block testing day Year 10
Block testing Years 11 and 12
Reporting Years 7-10
OP prediction meetings Years 11 and 12
VET qualifications under the ATAR system
Biology teachers recognised for teaching of 21st Century Skills

Block testing day Year 10
Year 10 will have their English and Science tests on Friday 8 June. Students will have break times and supervised study when they are not in exams. They are expected to be at school for the full school day. The English exam commences at 8:30, so students are asked to arrive at school in good time to line up and be seated for the exam. 

Block testing Years 11 and 12
Block testing has commenced for students in Years 11 and 12. For Year 11, the final day of testing is Monday 11 June. Year 11 students are expected in class for regular lessons from the 12 June. 
Year 12 block testing continues until Wednesday 13 June. Year 12 students are expected in class from the 14th.  
Students have been made aware of the expectations around block testing. Students attend school only for sessions where they have exams. Should a student have two exams on one day, they should not leave the school grounds between sessions. Full school uniform must be worn when on the school grounds. 
If a student cannot sit a scheduled exam due to illness or injury, please contact the school office as soon as possible on the day of the exam. Alternative arrangements will be made in consultation with the Dean of Studies. A medical certificate will be required.
We wish the girls all the best for this period of their education. The exams serve the purpose of accreditation, which creates the opportunities for students to pursue their tertiary education ambitions. For this reason, we encourage all students to try hard and to make the most of their study time. 

Reporting Years 7-10
We have implemented Continuous Reporting for Year 7-10 students. This means that parents can access all results for individual assessment items as they are assessed by teachers. Teachers provide marks for each assessment items, marks for individual domains in some subjects and a comment on the assessment item. At the end of the Semester, marks out of 100 and grades (A-E) for each subject will released. 
Continuous reporting is accessed through Parent Lounge; this is the same area where Parent-Teacher Interviews are booked. Once logged into Parent Lounge, Continuous Reporting is accessed through the side menu labelled Curricular Activities Due or under the link Student Details/Curricular Activities. Additional information regarding historical student progress is provided through the link General Links/Learning Analytics.
Any parents who are requiring support to access Parent lounge should contact IT Services: itsupport@ssa.qld.edu.au.  
Because teachers have provided comments on each assessment item, at the end of the semester, the reports for Year 7-10 students will contain only the overall results for each subject (and domains as appropriate). A comment from the Year Level Co-ordinator will be provided.  

OP prediction meetings Years 11 and 12
St Aidan’s provides students with a predicted OP range to help students in thinking about their post-schooling options. The predictions are also useful motivators for students to set themselves goals to improve in the following semester.
Parents and students should be aware that the OP range predictions are calculated using incomplete data, and therefore should be considered as a general guide rather than as a definitive indication of the student’s outcome. The OP predictions use the student’s results at the end of Semester One. Data from previous cohorts’ QCS test performance is used to scale the results. 
Students in Year 11 and 12 will have individual meetings with members of the ELT to receive their predicted OP range at the beginning of Term Three. We are implementing a booking system similar to parent-teacher interviews. In the first instance, these meetings are brief (usually 5-10 minutes) sessions for the students. If parents have more detailed enquiries after the predicted range has been explained to the students, they are welcome to contact Lynda Wall, the Dean of Studies.
A limited number of bookings for OP predications will be available on the final Thursday and Friday of the school holidays in July. It is recommended that students considering subject changes avail themselves of these appointments, so that any changes are in place before the semester commences.   

VET qualifications under the ATAR system
Last week, QUT released its position on VET qualifications being used for university entry from 2021 (current Year 10 students). QUT states that they will accept school leavers for entry only if they have completed the ATAR or IB qualifications. If a school leaver has a VET qualification (Diploma or Certificate) these can be considered independently for admission, if the school leaver also has an ATAR. This is different from the current OP system, where OP ineligible students can achieve university entrance on the basis of a Diploma alone. It is, however, an indication that the university will have alternate recognition for the VET qualifications, outside of their inclusion in an ATAR calculation. We have no indication of what rank that might correlate to, or which faculties will consider the VET qualification entry ranks. 
UQ’s position is that they will not consider VET qualifications for entry to university for school leavers from 2021. 
Ms Robinson has sent this information to all Year 10 students, and she will continue to provide updates as other universities announce their positions. 

Biology teachers recognised for their teaching of 21st Century Skills 
I extend congratulations to our teachers of Biology, Mrs Sylvia Hicks, Mrs Meg Bishop and Dr Ela Martin. The QCAA has recognised that Biology at St Aidan’s provides students with excellent opportunities to develop 21st century skills, through the everyday practices of teaching and learning. 
Our Biology teachers have been invited by the QCAA to have lessons filmed, to be used in a series of vignettes being produced to promote the explicit teaching and learning of these skills. Details will be provided to and permission sought from parents of any students involved in the filmed lessons.

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Guidance Counsellor

ms Jennie Robinson

Tertiary Studies Expo
Important changes to tertiary entrance
Qld School of Film and Television- Introduction to sound production
ACU
Flinders University
GU
QUT
UQ
UTS
Durack College

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

IMPORTANT CHANGES TO TERTIARY ENTRANCE
UQ
From 2020 onwards 
UQ will not be considering 'alternative' qualifications from current school leavers for tertiary entry in the year following Year 12.
UQ will accept the inclusion of VET qualifications and performance ranks in the calculation of an OP.

QUT
At the moment they will accept a stand alone qualification, however, from 2021
School leavers who obtain an ATAR will be assessed on their ATAR -, if they have completed an eligible qualification at school, then that qualification can also be assessed for entry independently.
School leavers who pursue only a qualification as a secondary school outcome will not be eligible for entry to QUT on the basis of their completed qualification alone for a period of two years following their secondary studies.
School leavers with neither an ATAR nor a VET qualification (ATAR-ineligible applicants) will not be eligible for entry to QUT.
Performing arts qualifications will not be assessed for admission for any applicant.

Qld School of Film and Television- Introduction to sound production
Open day
16 June
10.00 - 12.00
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

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
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.
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         

Durack College
Limited vacancies—Apply now for 2019.
Please click here for more information. 

 

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Senior School

Sport

Week 8 QGSSSA Fixtures 
Week 8 STA Club Touch & Netball Fixtures  
2018 Interhouse Athletics – Information for Parents and Students
Training Schedule Week 8 and Week 9

Please click here for QGSSSA Fixtures - Week 8.

Please click here for Club Touch and Netball fixtures.

Please click here for Interhouse Athletics information.

Please click here for Week 8 and here for Week 9 training schedule.

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Music

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

Congratulations
Congratulations go to Sue Kim in Year 7 for her outstanding results at the Redlands Eisteddfod as follows: 
1st place in Woodwind Solo, own choice, 12 and under.
2nd place in Brass/Woodwind Solo – Diploma Level.

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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Future Direction of English
Mathematics Assistance Program Term Two 2018
CBCA Readers Cup
Stage
From the International Dept

Future Direction of English
Senior subjects are changing with the implementation of the incoming syllabuses, starting Semester 2 this year for the current Year 10 students. It is timely to communicate with you what these changes might mean for students in English specifically.

One of the most significant changes is the introduction of the new subject Literature. This subject focuses on the study of literary texts, whereas the subject English focuses on literary and non-literary texts. Senior students can choose to study either or both of these subjects. 

Students who are not pursuing an ATAR can choose Essential English, that focuses on communication in work, community and social contexts. These three subjects have opened up a range of opportunities for students, giving them greater choice as to what types of texts and responses they wish to explore.

The second significant change that English will see is the implementation of a prescribed text list.  The prescribed text list was developed by the Prescribed Text Selection Working Group. The texts have been approved by the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) as suitable for study.

Texts were selected in accordance with the following criteria and guidelines:
a. The text list as a whole will:
• meet the syllabus requirements
• reflect the cultural and social diversity of the Australian context and student cohorts
• provide a range and balance of texts and writers in respect to time, place and gender
• encourage critical and creative engagement
• include texts that provide affirming perspectives
• consider broad community standards and expectations in the context of a senior secondary study of texts.
b. Texts selected for the list will:
• have merit in genre and style
• provide opportunities for sustained intensive study and challenge
• provide opportunities for student engagement.

These prescribed text lists reflect a number of texts that have been taught previously here at St Aidan’s, but they have also provided us with the exciting opportunity to explore new novels, films, television shows, plays and poems. Some of the texts that will be studied as part of the new syllabus are outlined below. Please note that this is subject to change, as we continue to develop our units throughout the course; however, it will give you some ideas as to the types of texts that students will study over the next two and a half years.
english

The English Faculty are currently doing a lot of work with students in Years 7-10 to prepare them for the new senior syllabuses. This includes:
introducing new genres/response types that will be assessed in the senior curriculum, such as monologues, feature articles and the transformations of texts.
reviewing our approach to analytical essay writing and beginning to prepare students for an external examination situation. This includes strategies to help students ‘study’ for English, and how to respond to an analytical question without having a novel in front of them (as will be required for the external examination at the end of Year 12).
assessing using Instrument Specific Marking Guides (ISMGs), which has enabled us to provide more specific feedback to students, and given us the opportunity to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of the language reflected in the new syllabuses.
If students are particularly keen to begin reading some of the texts that will be studied either in Semester 2 this year, or Semester 1 next year, please direct them to the following:

English:  Term 3 will be difficult for students to prepare for, as the unit will involve students selecting their own texts. This will only be possible once students have been given the task at the beginning of next term. In Term 4, students will be studying the media and are encouraged to regularly read or watch the news and stay up-to-date with current affairs. In Term 1 of 2019, students will be required to read the graphic novel Persepolis, so are welcome to begin that in preparation for next year.

Literature: Students will begin Term 3 by viewing the film Wadjda, which can be accessed on Clickview. In Term 4, we will be studying Jane Austen’s Persuasion and I do encourage students to begin reading this as soon as possible.

Overall, the future direction of English is a very exciting one and the English Faculty are looking forward to what the next two years will bring. I hope that this has given you a little more insight into what will be happening in English very soon. If you have any questions, or would like to discuss anything that I have mentioned, please do not hesitate to email me.
Samantha Doig
HOF - English

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 arange of skills. For extra assistance in understanding a concept, interactive tutorials provide hints and examples to support students to develop their skills.

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

Senior Library – CBCA Readers Cup
Congratulations to both the Year 7 and Year 8 Readers Cup teams, who last week participated in the Children’s Book Council (Qld), regional Readers Cup interschool competition. Twenty one teams took part and both our teams led throughout and went to a tie breaker round. The Year 8 team won the competition by 1 point!

The students in the Year 8 team were Monica Behrenbruch, Alyse Dowd, Leila Riemann and Juliette Pepin. The students in the Year 7 team were Arianna McCulloch, Olivia Muldowney, Charli McGraw, Vienna Tran and Isla Williams. The quizmaster for the event was the author James Moloney.
In preparation the students spent the term reading, re reading and quizzing each other on the five set books. Skyfire by Michael Adams, Frogkisser by Garth Nix, Bridget: a new Australian by James Moloney, Maybe by Morris Gleitzman and Saving Paul by Paul Griffin.

The winning Year 8 team now go on to the CBCA Readers Cup state final which is to be held in September as part of the Brisbane Writers Festival. 
Next semester we also have forty students from Year 7 – Year 10 participating in Interschool Readers Cup competitions taking place in the Brisbane West region. Reading is certainly alive and well at St Aidan’s!
readers cup
Kristen Lewis
Head of Library Services – Senior School

Stage
STAGE competed last Thursday evening and Friday at the Brisbane Performing Arts Challenge, held at St John’s Anglican College, Forest Lake. The performances for STAGE are improving all the time, with another successful competition. The junior team achieved Very Highly Commended for their lyrical performance ‘Hideaway’ and the full team achieved Highly Commended in the jazz section with ‘Americano’ and a fantastic 3rd place in the Musical Theatre section for ‘Mamma Mia’. Scores for all dances were high, indicating the level of competition at the challenge. The adjudicator’s remarks for Mamma Mia were particularly impressive, saying, “This is a celebration of girl power and I say that because you all look so happy in your skin – that’s priceless!” Dance captains Jessie Forbes and Gemma Rowell choreographed this dance and have done an amazing job, along with coach Grace Nicholls who helped get the girls ready to produce such great performances. STAGE would especially like to thank Ms Riordan and Ms O’Sullivan Williams for their support by attending the challenge, Samantha Lee and the STAGE Support Group. 
Next exciting instalments in the competition program for STAGE are the Redlands Eisteddfod on the 15 July and DanceLife Unite on the 21 or 22 July.
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From the International Dept
Congratulations to one of our well respected homestay families, and Old Girl (2005), Jennifer Green and her husband Matthew Green, who have welcomed the safe and healthy arrival of their second child, Abigail Clare Green born on Friday 25 May 2018. 

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foundation

St Aidan's Foundation Lunch

Friday 15 June
Queensland Cricketers Club
Please click here for more information or contact Wilhelmina Morrison (w.morrison@staidans.qld.edu.au) for tickets.

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Junior Jottings

Mrs Louise Mcguire 

Under 8s’ Week Activities – Peer Support Girls
Morning for Grandparents and Special Friends
Year 5 – Admission to Holy Communion
Education on Show (Royal Queensland Show – Ekka)
Important Dates

Under 8s’ Week Activities – Peer Support Girls
Last Wednesday in activities time, a group of enthusiastic Peer Support Leaders and Year 6 helpers led fun games and activities in the courtyard for Under 8s’ Week celebrations.

The Prep and Year 1 classes enjoyed parachute games, bubble blowing, mural painting, and egg and spoon races. Although the time allocated was quite short, a huge amount of enjoyment was had by all. Thanks must go to Mrs Rigby and the Year 6 girls for their preparation and help with the younger girls on the day.
Under 8s

Morning for Grandparents and Special Friends
It was our pleasure to host around 330 guests at our annual morning for grandparents and special friends. We attracted visitors who live locally and those who travelled from interstate and even overseas specially to spend the morning with us. The students were extremely excited about introducing their grandparents/special friends to their teachers and friends and showing them around our wonderful school.

I take this opportunity to thank the staff and students for the time and energy they devoted to making this event a very special one for everyone. I also make mention of Janie Rowe and her team from the ‘Shared Plate’ for again providing the most amazing morning tea for all our guests.
Most importantly, we thank the grandparents and special friends for making the time to spend the morning with us. It is truly one of our favourite days of the year! 

Year 5 – Admission to Holy Communion
On Sunday, it was a privilege to witness the baptism of 2 of our St Aidan’s Junior School students, followed by 19 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 Cathy Grant, Mrs Kirby Egan, 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.

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            

Important Dates, Term 2 2018


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Junior Sport

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

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 commenced 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. Due to the Metro Netball Meet, no training will be held on Tuesday 12 June; however, training will commence on Friday 15 June from 6.45am-7.45am and Tuesday 19 June 3.45pm-4.45pm at Ambiwerra – there will be no training on Friday 22 June due to the last day of school. 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
Tuesday 5 June - 3.45-4.45pm
Friday 8 June - 6.45-7.45am

Netball Training
Friday 15 June - 6.45-7.45am
Tuesday 19 June - 3.45-4.45pm
Mrs Grant, Ms Hannah, Ms Jeanes-Fraser, Bob Jeanes, 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 from 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

Athletics Holiday Training
To assist students to maintain their training fitness over the mid-term break, holiday trainings will continue at Ambiwerra.

Training Days and Time
Wednesday afternoon - 3.30pm – 4.45pm
Thursday afternoon - 3.30pm - 4.45pm

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.
key dates wk 8

 

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Junior Music

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Congratulations
Congratulations go to Yolanda Wang in 4C for her outstanding results at the Ipswich and Redlands Eisteddfods as follows:
Ipswich music

Redlands music

Junior Singers Rehearsal Schedule – Term 2
junior singers wk 8

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:
beginner band wk 8

 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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