Newsletter Term 2 Week 9

Principal

Ms toni riordan

What do you do best?
The role dads play in developing their daughters’ confidence
I have recently started to read The Confidence Code for Girls: Taking Risks, Messing Up, and Becoming Your Amazingly Imperfect, Totally Powerful Self by Katy Kay, Claire Shipman and Jill Ellyn Riley. This empowering, and rather entertaining guide to raising gives girls the essential yet elusive code to becoming bold, brave, and fearless.

When it comes to young girls’ confidence, there’s a clear conundrum. “Girls are doing super well in school, but they don’t believe in themselves,” said Kay. “They stop taking risks, they think they need to be perfect, they have to please everybody.” “You can tell that there is a need to have confidence, to be more assertive,” agreed Scarborough, pointing to the tendency for girls and women to apologise when an apology isn’t warranted.

The authors present simple ways for parents to spot a confidence issue and effective steps to address it.

In a poll, the authors found that girls are losing their confidence as young as the age of eight, but interestingly, fathers are better at spotting this than mothers. In part, this is because mothers, too, tend to have a confidence gap, Kay explained.

“If we can’t catch girls as young as the age of eight, we’re not going to have confident women,” Kay said. While mothers might think my daughter isn’t going for the soccer team, but she’s getting ‘As’, dads are seeing, “wow, my daughter is so talented, and she’s holding herself back,” Kay explained.

Fathers are not only great at spotting a confidence gap, but they also play a crucial role in teaching their daughters to believe in themselves. When fathers engage with their daughters, they will push them more to take risks, to fail, to just try it. 

Indeed, there are hormonal differences between boys and girls, especially during puberty, but girls have their advantages. “You’re on the winning side of that equation; you’ve got emotional intelligence,” Scarborough said. “If girls can understand their brains, it’s a huge asset,” Shipman said. “If they can understand why they think so much, the fact that they do have this high EQ, if they can understand the positives, then they can see, now I’m overthinking and I ought to be able to put this aside. Imagine if girls can get their confidence in line with their abilities,” Shipman said, “Imagine where we would be.”

The more that parents can encourage their daughter to do things that are slightly uncomfortable, the more confidence they’ll have. Essentially, it’s about getting girls to be comfortable with being uncomfortable. “Show them that failure is normal,” Kay said “that everybody does it and you can get through it.”
“The great up side of taking a risk is that you grow your confidence because you’re trying something new and hard and you can master it,” Kay added. “The down side is that at some time, we’re going to fail. Show them that failure is normal, and that everybody does it and you can get through it. It’s all about putting yourself out there,” Brzezinski.

While I have not had the opportunity to finish reading The Confidence Code (but hold all hope to complete it over the upcoming holidays!), I am comforted by the fact that the advice for parents included in this book, reflects one of St Aidan’s values which is courage. 

Congratulations to:
Dr James Cuskelly who has been awarded a Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia for service to music education
Erin Sundstrom (2015) who has been selected in the Gold Coast Sun’s first ever women’s team. Erin will lace up for her debut game with the Gold Coast Suns this Saturday for the AFL Winter Series.
Izzi Galvin (Year 9) who has qualified to represent St Aidan’s in the State Equestrian competition
Charlie Bell (Year 12) who has been selected for the Australian U17 Netball squad to play against England and New Zealand U17 at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra in October.
Ruby Harris (Year 12) who has been selected for the QLD U21 Hockey team alongside old girl, and current St Aidan’s coach, Morgan Gallagher (2014).
Jasmine Fleming (Year 10) who has been selected for the Qld U15 Volleyball team to compete at the School Sport Australia National Championships in Bendigo.

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Chaplain

Rev Gillian Moses

Birds of a feather
Some of you at the Blessing of the Rowing Fleet last weekend might have been aware that at the end of the service, there was a corella caught in one of the soccer nets on the Terrace sports field. As I was leaving I noticed quite a commotion in the trees as all the birds were atwitter. Down at the net, one poor bird was succeeding only in entangling itself further and further in the net as it tried to escape the kind folk who were desperately trying to free it.

A corella is a large bird. With its wings out and flapping in distress, it is even larger. And with its sharp claws and beak striking at anyone who comes near, it is a difficult bird to help. You will be relieved, no doubt, to hear that we were able to free it, with the aid of a chaplain’s scarf (not a liturgical garment) and a pair of scissors. Corella 1 – Soccer Net 0.
chaplain

The moment the bird was free, its flock descended from the trees and scooped it up in their midst to fly off to other, more distant trees. There, I am sure, the trapped bird told the others all about the terrible creatures who grabbed it and twisted it up in their nets, and even threatened it with blades, and how lucky it was to work itself free!

I was just grateful for such a visceral demonstration of the reflection I had shared with the Rowing community about the power of wild affection and friendship. For I had reflected on what can happen when we remember that friendship and love are not just warm feelings that help us get along with one another and row in the same boat. That feeling is a pale imitation of the real power of love and friendship to bind us together, to transform us, and to set us free.

So often we settle for friendship-lite: the act of getting along with people, of smiling at each other and saying nice words. There is a much greater power at our disposal, should we choose to harness it. The power of untamed love is the power to form deep bonds with people who are nothing like us. It is the power to act sacrificially for the benefit of others. It is the power to risk everything in the belief that other people matter more than ‘every thing’ and are therefore worth risking things for. In daily life, untamed love may look like flocking together, standing with those who are in pain, or in trouble, and not simply going about our own lives untouched by the suffering of others. 

We are more than corellas, gathered around an injured bird and hoping for the best. Unlike the birds who were dependent on the kind intervention of creatures with opposable thumbs, we have our own power to free one another, to help each other. We can see ahead and imagine different possibilities. We only lack the will to act, and the courage to risk getting hurt.

Jesus healed a few people in the gospel accounts, but he didn’t heal everyone. His real work was that of transformation. He spoke to the crowds not about miracle cures for withered arms and chronic bleeding, but about the power of love to include the excluded, and to love the unlovely. He dreamed of a world where a withered arm made no difference to one’s belonging. Only love was powerful enough to transform his world, and only love is enough to transform us and our world. 
If we have time and energy to stop and help a trapped bird, and make a huge difference to its life, what else could we achieve if we try? The possibilities are endless. And untamed.

Blessings
Rev Gillian 

 

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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
The University of Adelaide
UQ
UTS
UNI Melb

Tertiary Studies Expo
21/22 July
Brisbane Showgrounds
10.00 - 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
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 – Introduction to editing
DATE: Saturday - 23 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.

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. 
Music and performing arts programs - new and simplified application process
Griffith University has simplified the application process for audition and admission to the Queensland Conservatorium. Now, applicants only need to apply through QTAC by 24 August 2018.
If students have any questions regarding the new process, they should contact the Queensland Conservatorium at qcgu.programsupport@griffith.edu.au .
»  For more information on the new application process, audition requirements and dates visit griffith.edu.au/conservatorium-auditions.         

QUT
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

The University of Adelaide
Watch information sessions about the following degrees:
Bachelor of Nursing
Bachelor of Dental Surgery and Bachelor of Oral Health
Bachelor of Psychological Science
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences

UQ
Open days
St Lucia – 5 August
Gatton – 19 August

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  
 

UNI Melb
Information Day for interstate students to be held at our Parkville campus on Thursday 12 July 9:00am – 6:00pm.
Focus - application process, scholarships, student services, accommodation options and financial assistance.
Optional additional accommodation tours will take place.
Friday 13 July ‘A Day at Melbourne’ -find out about undergraduate courses structure, majors, graduate pathways, enhancement programs and activities that can be done within each faculty. To find out more about the A Day at Melbourne program go to http://go.unimelb.edu.au/3bfn .
REGISTER NOW

 
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Senior School

Sport

Team selection – dealing with setbacks
The Back Page (Sports Newsletter)
Senior School Inter-house Athletics Carnival Information (Nominations close 22 June)
Week 9 Training Schedule
Week 9 Club Fixtures
Week 10 Training Schedule

TEAM SELECTION – DEALING WITH SETBACKS
This year we have nominated 10 teams (2 in each age group) in the QGSSSA Netball competition. This is a sustainable number of teams for a school of our size and represents the largest number of teams St Aidan's enters in any QGSSSA competition. We have also entered 3 Netball teams in the Western Districts Netball Association Competition as a development pathway for players to gain more experience. 

Last week I personally met with all girls in Year 7-9 who were not successful in gaining selection in a QGSSSA St Aidan’s Netball team in 2018. I wanted to do this before the teams were published on Aidan's Central. As you can understand, we have more girls than places available in teams and not everyone can be selected. I explained to the girls that obviously selection can be subjective but I was confident that the process was conducted fairly. 

I explained to the girls that if they would like, they were welcome to request some feedback from the trials. The process for receiving the feedback was to contact me and I would request this from the selection panel on their behalf. I reinforced that, if there were concerns around not being selected, the appropriate strategy was to take ownership of this process and not have parents enquire on their behalf. I believe this is a key part of the process of empowering them to become confident and successful young women.

It was emphasized that it is okay to be disappointed, but what I was most interested in was how they chose to respond to this setback. There will be various hiccups throughout the school journey but helping the girls devise strategies to deal with these disappointments was my immediate focus. 

I made a commitment to the girls that I would assist them to find another sporting activity and we would explore the possibility of running a weekly skill development clinic for those girls who wanted to continue in Netball. I am pleased to say that I have already seen several emails from girls enquiring with teachers in charge of other sports about the possibility of trialling for a team. I know several girls have crossed over to Hockey which Miss Gilbert is very excited about! 

We offer a comprehensive and diverse sporting program at St Aidan’s and it is fantastic to see so many girls taking advantage of these opportunities. Over 50 girls recently completed a 6 week’ learn to box’ class that was offered through the Athlete Performance Centre. The feedback has been extremely positive and the girls have all developed skill, confidence and fitness. Our girls recognise that being physically active is beneficial for our physical health, mental health and overall wellbeing. 

There was an interesting piece by Rebecca Sparrow this week ‘The sting of failure on the road to success …’ which I would encourage all parents to read. 

The Back Page (Sports Newsletter)
https://central.staidan.qld.edu.au/send.php?id=12125

Senior School Inter-house Athletics Carnival Information
(Nominations close 22 June)

https://central.staidan.qld.edu.au/send.php?id=12017

Week 9 Training Schedule
https://central.staidan.qld.edu.au/send.php?id=12021

Week 9 Club Fixtures
https://central.staidan.qld.edu.au/send.php?id=12123

Week 10 Training Schedule
https://central.staidan.qld.edu.au/send.php?id=12122

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Music

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

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 Paganini Strings)

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

music summer school

senior music


 

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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 updated

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Junior Jottings

Mrs Louise Mcguire 

Train-to-School Morning – Wednesday 6 June
Public Speaking and Debating
Year 1 Visit – Fire Department
Ekka RNA Education On Show 2018 – Schedule now available
Important dDates
OSHC Vacation Care

Train to School Morning
Last Wednesday, almost 60 students from Kindy to Year 6 met the teachers at the local stations for the our ‘Train to School Morning’. This popular activity invites students from all year levels to learn to use their GO Card and travel safely to school with parents, teachers and other students. We have held this activity for a few years now, but this time, we invited students to meet at Auchenflower Station as well as Springfield Central to the south. The girls were excited when they met the teachers and enjoyed the quick ride to school. Many thanks must go to all the Junior School staff who helped supervise at the various stations and to the parents who volunteered and accompanied the students to school for the fun morning.
train to school

Public Speaking and Debating
After much preparation and anticipation, last Tuesday afternoon saw St Aidan’s host the first round in the annual debate with our sister school St Margaret’s. The debates are designed to be friendly and informal in nature to give the girls a ‘taste’ of Debating in preparation for the more formal QDU Debating in Year 7. This year, we have over 26 girls and seven teams competing from St Aidan’s. The St Aidan’s teams were arguing in the negative on the topic, “That the Commonwealth Games are a waste of money.” The Year 9 and 10 Debaters from the Senior School adjudicated the girls. 

The adjudicators’ feedback was that the girls were very impressive considering it was their first debate. They noted their confidence and capacity to think on their feet. Thank you to all the parents and supporters who came to watch and cheer on the girls. Thank you also to the parents who provided a most wonderful and generous afternoon tea. The girls and I are looking forward to the next debate on Thursday 2 August at St Margaret’s from 4-5pm. This time the girls will be arguing in the affirmative, “ That school should be a four day week.” There is no doubt that the girls will have plenty of stimulating arguments! 
Ms Grayson

Last Tuesday, twelve enthusiastic Year 5 girls participated in their first Public Speaking competition against St Margaret’s. All girls are to be congratulated for their confidence, presentation skills and the variety of topics covered - everything from iPads are better than books, Robots taking over the world and Saturday being the best day of the week. Mrs Koh, Mrs Egan and Mrs Grant 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 Regan Saayman, Liana Zhong and Jada White for being awarded St Aidan’s speakers of the night. Special thanks to the parents who came to support and provided a wonderful afternoon tea. On 2 August, another twelve St Aidan’s girls will travel to St Margaret’s to participate in the next round of Public Speaking competition. 
Mrs Grant

Year 1 – Fire Department Visit
Last week, the Year One students were treated to their annual visit from the fire department. They enthusiastically shared their knowledge of fire safety practices and enjoyed exploring the firetruck. Squeals of delight could be heard throughout the school as each student gave the firetruck a good clean with the fire hose.
fire and rescue

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          

oshc

BOOKINGS CLOSE SOON! 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 21st 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 6pm. 

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 9 and Week 10, 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 have concluded and the Andrews Cup teams will be announced in Week 9 with selections based on skill, game application, combinations of players and attendance.  Training for this semester 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.  Term 3 training will commence on Tuesday 17 July 2018.

Term 2
Friday 15 June - 6.45-7.45am
Tuesday 19 June - 3.45-4.45pm

Term 3
Tuesday 17 July - 3.45-4.45pm
Friday 20 July - 6.45-7.45am
Tuesday 24 July - 3.45-4.45pm

Mrs Grant, Ms Hannah, Ms Jeanes-Fraser, Bob Jeanes, Loren Morssinkhof, Ali Zillmann

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.

Athletics Training
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 6

Due to the Athletics Carnival occurring on Monday 18 June there will be no training on Monday 18 June at 6.45am in the morning at Ambiwerra.     

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 to 4.45pm

Andrews Cup Gymnastics
Term Three will see girls who are interested in wishing to trial for the Andrews Cup Gymnastics Team receive information about the training and selection procedures. During the first two weeks of trials, girls will be expected to attend at least three of the first four sessions.  This will hopefully enable the squads to be finalised as early as possible and also enable the coaches to confirm the number of weekly sessions girls will be required to attend for training. Trials will commence approximately Week Five of Term Three.

West Taylor Bridge Friday Clubs Competition Semester 2 Interschool Sport
During the first two weeks of Term Three, girls in Years 4 – 6 will start to make initial selections for the Interschool Sports competitions to be held in Semester Two.

Andrews Cup and Interschool Sport Photos
With the Semester One sports 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).    

Activity Photographs – Thursday 21 June
On Thursday 21 June, a range of Junior School Activity Photographs will be taken. The girls are to wear “browns” (with brown shoes and St Aidan’s white sports socks) for sports activities for all photographs.

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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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 9 

 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 30th July; Monday 27th August; Monday 8th October and Monday 5th 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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Community

Community

Kiah Park Horse Riding Camps

Horse Riding Camps for school-aged children

All riding abilities are welcome – from brand new to advanced riders. 
Includes full accommodation and supervision, arena lessons, trail rides every day, a gymkhana and fun night activities. 

Winter Holiday 7-Day Riding Camps:
30 June – 7 July 2018
7 – 14 July 2018


Long Weekend Riding Camp:
19 – 22 October 2018 (Student Free Day Weekend)


Children have the opportunity to develop independence in a safe environment and enjoy a wonderful outdoor holiday doing what they love - riding horses!
Call us: 5486 6166
Find reviews on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/KiahPark1
Complete your registration form: www.kiahpark.com.au

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