Newsletter Term 2 Week 8 2019

Principal

Ms toni riordan

The Key to working in the age of Artificial Intelligence is: making meaning
I am currently in the process, along with many other Heads of schools across the nation, of working with an administration team in preparation for delivering NAPLAN tests online in 2020. This work has given me opportunity to broadly reflect on the relationship humans have had with computers in the education space, over the past four to five decades. For me, I first experienced a PC as part of a bank of PCs in the ‘Computer Lab’ back in 1985 as a school student in my mathematics course. How far we have come …

Computers outpaced human performance in chess a long time ago. In 1997, the computer called Deep Blue beat then-world champion Garry Kasparov in a game, seemingly shutting the door on that matter; however, the story doesn’t end there. What we’ve found in subsequent years is that we’re better than computers at chess, when we work with other computers.

In a series of tests, amateur chess players who played alongside computers were able to beat not only grandmasters (elite chess champions), but also computers, and even grandmasters who used less powerful computers. This hints at incredible possibilities for the future. Not only does this indicate that we will always have a place working alongside computers, but it proves that when we work with computers, we will be better than we’ve ever been before.

What does this mean for the workforce today? It’s commonly agreed upon, when looking at Artificial Intelligence (AI)and the modern workforce, that there are four main types of work:

1. Routine Manual
2. Routine Cognitive
3. Non-routine Manual
4. Non-routine Cognitive

Manual and Cognitive just about speak for themselves, but what about Routine? Routine work is essentially anything that happens repetitively, or in a pattern. For example, factory assembly work is routine: the assembly line requires the same jobs be done in the same section, over and over again.

On the contrary, plumbing is an example of non-routine manual work. It’s finnicky, fiddly, and vastly different from job to job, day to day. This is the major reason that so many factories are becoming automated, or roboticised, while something like plumbing, is not.

Artificial Intelligence is really, really good at understanding and repeating patterns. This is why computers are so good at chess.
Researchers suggest that routine work is the work that is most likely to be automated, and it will be the fastest to be automated, too.

So aside from just listing all the different jobs that fall into each category, how can we know what kind of work needs humans, and not computers? I like to think of it in the opposite way to how we approach AI: when we look at automating work, we ask, what do humans need computers for? Instead, we can ask - what do computers need humans for? The answer, to perhaps over-simplify it: formulating questions.

Computers are great at storing and sorting enormous stores of information. This is why we don’t need to be able to hold as many facts and figures in our heads these days – how many phone numbers have you committed to memory today, compared to even 15 years ago? Computers can do it better, and more conveniently, which frees our mental space for more important, abstract thinking. But, without humans to formulate the questions and set the parameters, no program would know what information to seek out in the first place. For example, the Google search engine might hold an incomprehensible amount of information, but it doesn’t do its job until you search for something.

Only we can decide what it is we’re looking for, and when we find it, we can make use of those findings, in a way that computers cannot. This is non-patterned thinking, and it is the exact intersection of human and computer workers: it’s where we make meaning.

What is making meaning, then? Making meaning is mobilising knowledge. Knowledge is essentially useless, a waste of time and mental space, if it’s immobile. That is to say, if it does nothing for us.

The uses for knowledge, or the places we can take our knowledge, are of course many, and varied, and can wander into the abstract. Knowing what the green light in The Great Gatsby represents, for example, seems immobile at first: it applies to one specific book.

But when we learn about the green light in order to learn about metaphor, and symbols, suddenly that knowledge can go a lot further, a lot wider. That’s because we can make meaning with it.

For example, I’m using it as a metaphor right now: for learning, for making meaning. I’ve mobilised my knowledge about learning, to share it with you, in the hope that you will be able to mobilise it for yourself and your daughters, in whatever ways are most useful.

This need for knowledge that moves will only increase as time goes on, and as technology automates more and more of our work. The key is not to face this upcoming challenge with fear, but with excitement, for the opportunities it may bring. Because that is how we will best position ourselves to work with AI: to be better than we were before.

This week at school

We recently completed our senior school autumn fixtures of basketball, soccer and touch football. Approximately 260 participated this season; participation has increased (five years ago, 185 senior school students played an autumn sport) and our teams are becoming more competitive. Congratulations to the Intermediate Year 9/10 soccer team and to the 9A touch team, both undefeated premiers. We acknowledge students, coaching staff, coordinators and supporters for all of your combined efforts over the season.

Congratulations to:
Sarah-Jane Clarke (1991) who was recognised yesterday in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for her longstanding charity work and contributions to the fashion industry, alongside business partner, Heidi Middleton. Sarah-Jane and Heidi are the founders of fashion label Sass & Bide.

Best wishes to:
• Junior School students for the Andrews Cup Metro Meet for netball on Thursday
• All attending our latest Living Room talk with Karen Young on Thursday evening
• Year 3 students for their Planetarium excursion
• Senior School students and staff for the Interhouse Athletics Carnival at Ambi on Friday

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Chaplain

Rev Gillian Moses

Please see the chaplain’s blog on Aidan’s Central https://central.staidan.qld.edu.au/homepage/1842.

The blog is accessible through the Living Faith tab on your dashboard when you first open Aidan’s Central. If you have not yet signed in to Aidan’s Central or you have forgotten how, please contact IT for assistance.

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Dean of Studies

Ms lynda wall

Reporting in the senior school
• Year 12 OP prediction meetings
• Braff prize for Science writing

As we approach the end of semester, teachers are finalising assessment results. Formal reports will be released for students in Years 7-10 and for Year 12 during the holidays and emailed to parents. Year 11 reports are released at the end of Term One, and again at the end of Term Three.
For Years 7-10, the semester reports contain results, an A-E grade for each subject, and an indication of the students’ approach to learning for each subject. Subject-based comments have been provided on Parent Lounge throughout the semester as assessment has been completed.
Year 12 reports are unchanged from previous years, with comments from each teacher on the report. Year 12 students will have individual meetings with members of the school leadership team in the first weeks of Term 3 to discuss progress towards graduation and OP predictions.
Any Year 7-11 parents requiring support to access Parent lounge should contact IT Services: itsupport@ssa.qld.edu.au.

OP prediction meetings Year 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 based off 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 12 will have individual meetings with members of the ELT to receive their predicted OP range at the beginning of Term Three. 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.

Prize for Science Writing
The University of New South Wales Braff Prize for Science Writing is now open for students in years 7-10. Information, tips and guidelines are available at the website: https://careerswithstem.com.au/bragg-student-science-prize/.
The theme is “Not so Smart Technology”.

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Guidance Counsellor

ms Jennie Robinson

For all Careers news please visit the Careers tile on Aidan's Central.

Senior School

Sport

• Inter-house Carnival Information (14 June)
• Club Fixtures | Week 8
• Training Schedule | Week 9
• Training Schedule | Week 8

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Music

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

St Aidan’s and St Laurence’s Combined Project
On Tuesday 20 August, students of the Symphonic Winds and Paganini Strings will be taking part in a combined rehearsal and concert in conjunction with the musicians from St Laurence’s College. Participating students will remain after school on the day to attend the event, which will conclude at 7:00pm.

Where: Christine Hartland Centre
Date: Tuesday 20 August
Time: 3.30-7:00pm
Uniform: Blue school uniform with stockings

Students are asked to ensure they have a snack with them for afternoon tea. There will be a break at 5:15pm, during which a BBQ dinner will be provided by the Music Support Group. The schedule for the event is as follows:

3:45pm St Laurence’s students arrive
3:50pm Rehearsals commence
(3:50pm – 4:50pm Band and Strings rehearsals)
(4:50pm – 5:20pm Combined Symphony rehearsal)
5:20pm Dinner
5:55pm Tune and gather on stage
6:00pm Concert commences, featuring:
1. St L/St A Combined Band – Declaration Overture
2. St A Ascension Strings - Haydn’s Minuet and Trio
3. St L/St A Combined Strings
4. St L String Orchestra 1
5. St L/St A Combined Symphony – Espana Cani (Spanish Folk Song)
6:50pm Pack up
7:00pm Event finishes

All family and friends are invited to support these students by attending the concert (6:00-7:00pm). Parents are asked to collect their daughters from the CHC at the conclusion of the evening.
Please complete the attached permission slip and return by 21 June 2019 to the Music Department either via email (Music@staidans.qld.edu.au) or via Mrs Lockwood at Staff Reception.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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subject news

Mathematics Assistance Program Term Two

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

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Signature Ball 2019

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

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Junior Jottings

Mrs Louise Mcguire 

Upcoming Author/Illustrator Workshops and Talks
• Premier’s Reading Challenge 2019
• Cyber Tips – Act eSafe
• Train-to-School Morning – Tuesday 18 June
• Lost Property
• Important Dates
• Outside School Hours Care

Upcoming Author/Illustrator Workshops and Talks
If you are after a holiday workshop based around reading or writing, Where the Wild Things Are Bookshop at West End has some great options for children from 5 – 15. The whole day writing workshops are great and the wand making workshops are perfect for fans of Harry Potter or Nevermore. https://wherethewildthingsare.com.au/events

The Junior Library is hosting a full day writing workshop at school with author Jacqueline Harvey for Year 3-6 students interested in honing their writing. Jacqueline Harvey is a former Junior School principal from Sydney and the internationally bestselling author of Alice Miranda, Clementine Rose and Kensey and Max. This workshop is open to the public and places are filling up fast. Mrs Daley and Miss Olive will be in attendance at this event, which can be booked here https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/writing-workshop-with-jacqueline-harvey-tickets-60967920692.

If you’re after something more arts/illustration focused, the workshops through Raw Art at West End are excellent https://rawart.com.au/products/holiday-classes-10-12-yrs.

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 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: http://education.qld.gov.au/schools/readingchallenge/.

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.

Act eSafe
Act eSafe encourages students to develop lifelong online safety practices. The animation covers the essentials of online safety as well as safe and ethical use of technology.
This animation uses the ACT acronym to help students think of some ways they can use critical thinking to help them stay safe online.

• ask - others what they do when they’re online to stay safe
• ask - people about their experiences and mistakes
• check - settings and passwords
• check - author information and website security
• think - about the benefits and risks of sharing personal information
• think - about how the situation makes you feel.

To access the animation click here.

Lost Property
The holiday period is a good time to check the name on your daughter’s uniforms. Please check that the name on the uniform article has not faded in the wash. It is much better for everyone if misplaced items can be easily returned to their rightful owners.

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

oshc

BOOKINGS CLOSE 17 JUNE 2019! 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 June/July School Holiday program has opened. If you require care for the upcoming School Holiday period please return your booking form before 17 June 2019.

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?*
Early Bird Fees: $60 per day*
Early Bird Bookings close: 10 June 2019
Fees: $65 per day*
*Incursions and excursions incur additional costs. These are compulsory for all students and therefore you are able to claim CCS for these.

What are the hours of operation?
The service is open from 7.30am 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 via mobile on 0423 547 653 or email on oshc@staidans.qld.edu.au.

Palu Ingram
Outside School Hours Care Coordinator - SSA

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Junior Sport

Junior School Training Schedule for Week 8 and 9
• Athletics Training
• Holiday Training
• House Athletics Carnival
• Walter Taylor Bridge Friday Clubs Competition
• Netball Training
• Touch Football Training
• Andrews Cup Netball
• 2019 Andrews Cup Netball Match Play Preparation
• Andrews Cup and Interschool Sport Photos
• Bus Travel to and from Ambiwerra – For Training
• 2019 Key Dates Term 2

Please click herefor the Junior School Training Schedule for Week 8 and 9, Term 2.

Athletics Training
With the Cross Country season concluded, the sporting focus has moved towards Athletics. Full athletics training has commenced for girls Years 2-6 in preparation of the Athletics Carnival on Wednesday 19 June.
athletics training wk 8

Holiday Training
With the June/July Holidays approaching, students are advised that Athletics training will be offered to all students on a Wednesday and Thursday afternoon 3.30-4.30pm and Monday morning 7.15am-8.15am commencing the week of 24 June at Ambiwerra. Parents are asked to ensure to please assist coaching staff by collecting your daughter/s on time.

House Athletics Carnival
The House Athletics Carnival for students in Year 2 to Year 6 is scheduled for Wednesday 19 June at Ambiwerra Sports Fields. A carnival program providing details of times and events will be distributed to the girls through their classes. All girls in Years 2 – 6 will have the opportunity to compete in a variety of track and field events throughout the day. An information letter providing details for the carnival will be distributed in the upcoming weeks.

Walter Taylor Bridge Friday Clubs Competition
The Walter Taylor Bridge competition presents students with the opportunity to develop skills, match play and team work on a Friday afternoon against a variety of local schools. The competition is held at a variety of local venues between 1.00pm and 2.30pm every Friday. Touch Football is to be held at Souths-Graceville Junior Rugby League Club, Graceville Avenue, Graceville and Netball at Faulkner Park (Western District Netball Association) Graceville. Parents who are wishing to collect their students directly from the venue are to contact their form teacher the morning of sport so that teachers in charge of that sport are advised early. Parents are to sign students out with the allocated teacher of their child’s team to confirm. All Touch Football and Netball training sessions are held at Ambiwerra Sports grounds and a bus will collect students and take them back to school in the mornings and take them to Ambiwerra for the afternoons. Trainings are on a Tuesday afternoon from 3.30-4.45pm for Netball and Touch Football will be held on Friday mornings from 6.45am – 7.45am. It is an expectation that girls wishing to participate in the Interschool Netball and Touch Football attend a training session each week.

Netball Training
Tuesday Ambiwerra 3.45-4.45pm

Touch Football Training
Friday Ambiwerra 6.45-7.45am

Andrews Cup Netball
The Andrews Cup Netball competition will be held on Thursday 25 July at Metropolitan District Netball Association at Coorparoo. Trials for the teams have commenced and the final Andrews Cup teams will be announced by the end of this term. The team selection will be based on skill, game application, combinations of players, and attendance.

Netball Trials
Tuesday 11 June 3.45-4.45pm
Friday 14 June 6.45-7.45am

Mrs Grant, Ms Hannah, Ms Jeanes-Fraser, Bob Jeanes, Loren Morrsinkhof

2019 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 that were originally noted for Thursday 13 June have been moved to Tuesday 18 June after school at NEW Queensland Netball Centre (Brisbane Arena) at Kessels Road Nathan 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 an 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.

Andrews Cup and Interschool Sport Photos
With the Semester One sports almost concluded, I am looking at collating photos from as many Junior School sporting events as possible. If Sporting Captains or parents have any photos, can they please pass them on via usb or email (t.jeanes-fraser@staidans.qld.edu.au).

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

key dates wk 8

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Junior Music

Click on Read More for all the Junior School music news, rehearsal schedules and upcoming performances.

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

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

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

Year 4 Beginner Band
St Aidan’s has an outstanding Classroom Music Program, and the introduction of Every Day Music from Kindergarten to Year 3 means that students are not only immersed in music, but that they are developing an independent and sophisticated understanding of essential musical skills and knowledge for the level. It is clear to the classroom and music teachers that students are reaching musical benchmarks early and with greater competence. In an attempt to ensure that students receive every opportunity to learn a musical instrument, the students in Year 4 are invited to again be part of the Beginner Band Program at St Aidan’s. The Beginner Band lessons will occur weekly on Tuesdays during assembly time (12.40pm).

Looking Ahead - Dolce Strings Rehearsals - Term Three
dolce

Looking Ahead – Junior Singers Rehearsals - Term 3
junior singers

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

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

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

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

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

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