Newsletter Term 2 Week 9 2019

Principal

Ms toni riordan

The time to rest
In this final week of Term 2, I wish everyone a restful break and hope that there is family time together for rest and recreation.

In Arianna Huffington's book, Thrive, she suggests that taking holidays, meditating and having adequate sleep is essential for anyone hoping to succeed in life. She believes that by shifting the goal posts to include the importance of mindfulness, meditation and 'unplugging devices', we can enjoy even greater success in life. Rest is an important part of a healthy lifestyle for all ages. It rejuvenates our body and mind, regulates our mood, and is linked to learning and memory function. On the other hand, not getting enough rest can negatively affect our mood, immune system, memory, and our capacity to manage stress.

Research in The New York Times suggests that if we want our brains to work at peak efficiency, we should be segmenting our day and ensuring that tasks don't bleed into each other. For example, engaging on social media should be one part of our day and responding to emails should be another. When we check both regularly throughout the day, we're letting our attention resources be zapped, making it impossible to focus completely on one task.

By segmenting our time, taking time truly for ourselves, and making the most of holidays, we can restore our energy levels and boost our creative abilities. Know that when we're taking a break, the time is not being ‘wasted’ – it is in fact an investment in ourselves and in our abilities as a high-functioning and successful person. Along with family time, mealtime and weekends, it is an important way that we can make the most of our brains.

I encourage you to rest to renew energy for learning and look forward to seeing everyone return to school for Term 3.

At school

Last Friday’s Interhouse Athletics Carnival at Ambi was just as full of colour, music, fun and energy as in previous years. Thank you to all staff who made such a wonderful day possible. We had record participation and congratulations to Barrett House for taking out the cup.

This week sees our annual Year 7 Quiet days. Thank you to, Rev Gillian, Ms Bolger and all staff involved in this important activity.

We also see the final Year 12 QCS Trial on Tuesday and Wednesday, held in the CHC. I thank Ms Wall, Mrs Wise and many other staff at St Aidan’s for their work in preparing our students for the QCS Test, either through teaching the EPP program, highlighting skills required for the test in their subjects or one-to-one mentoring and coaching for targeted skill development. I know the girls appreciate the support and are working diligently toward the last QCST, conducted at the end of August this year.

Staff update

Next term, Mr Matt Lowe, Ms Ros McCracken, Mrs Deb Koh and Mrs Linda Gothard will be taking long service leave for varying periods of time. We wish them the very best for their time away.

We look forward to hearing news of the safe arrival of two beautiful babies as Ms Kelly Swan and Mrs Laura Cooke commence maternity leave.

Best wishes to Miss Kate Veitch for her leave of absence to take up a secondment at QGSSSA as Executive Officer.

We also wish Mr Bob Wagner all the best for his retirement and for Mrs Jen Gibbons and Ms Claire Jackson, we wish them well for their future endeavors.

Finally, we farewell Ms Cate Begbie and we all know that PLC – Perth is a lucky school to have Ms Begbie as their new Principal.

Congratulations to:

Alexandra Jolly, Maxine Monteith, Gemma Casaceli, Bridget McCormack, Angelina Tignani, Ella Edwards and Jasmine Fleming who all broke records at the Inter-house Athletics carnival. A special congratulations to Gemma Casaceli who broke the Long Jump record that has been held by Jenny Howell since 1976.
Bridget McCormack (Year 9) who broke Libby Jacques 15yrs 1500m record (2012) by 9 seconds.
Jasmine Fleming (Year 11) who will travel with Volleyball Australia to Europe during the school holidays. Jasmine has also just returned from the QLD Secondary Schools State Championships where she was a member of the Met West team that won Gold and she was selected in the QLD team. Jasmine will travel to Singapore and Malaysia in September with the QLD team.
Georgie West (Year 9) and Stella Harris (Year 10) who helped Met West to a bronze medal at the Qld Secondary Schools U19 Hockey State Championships in Cairns. Georgie West has been selected for the Qld team.

Best wishes to:
• Junior School students for their Inter-house Athletics Carnival at Ambi on Wednesday
• Kindy students for their Kindy Sports Morning at Ambi on Friday
• Students and staff attending the Red Earth trip over the holiday break
• Our rowing community for the Junior (Years 8 & 9 students) and Senior (Year 10 and Opens) Rowing Camps scheduled over the holiday break

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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 Students & Academic Welfare (7-9)

Ms holly o'sullivan williams

Students in Years 7 to 9 will be attending a Cybersafety session facilitated by Kirra Pendergast at 2.00pm on Wednesday 24 July (Week 2, Term 3).

Kirra is the Director of Safe on Social Media Pty Ltd. She has 27 years’ experience in the Australian and New Zealand Information Technology industries in Information Security and Business Consulting. Since 2014 she has presented to more than 300,000 students, teachers and parents at schools across Australia and at countless legal seminars, government and business events, and conferences.

Safe on Social Media’s purpose is to educate and support students, teachers, parents and community members about the law, information security and privacy when using Social Media.
They offer a variety of age-appropriate presentations. Some topics covered in the presentations include but are not limited to:

Cybersafety - using social media with awareness
• What you signed up for – we explain terms and conditions of use and what they mean
• Keeping your personal information private
• Online stranger danger
• Posting and sharing photos
• Managing your digital footprint positively
• Curating your online image
• Cyber-bullying, online harassment and how to report it
• Known scams and hoaxes
• Identity theft
• Legal responsibilities
• Privacy settings
• Online gaming safety
• Strategies to build resilience


Parents are invited to an evening session about Cybersafety, also conducted by Kirra, on 24 July commencing at 6.00pm in the Auditorium. You will receive an email invitation to this parent session with RSVP details included.
Please feel free to contact me if you require further information in relation to these Cybersafety sessions.

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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

The Back Page | Week 9
• Term 3 Sport Overview
• Club Fixtures | Week 9
• Training Schedule | Week 9
• Training Schedule | Holidays
• Training Schedule | Term 3, Week 1
• QGSSSA Fixtures Week 1

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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)
5:20p  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.

French Horn Tutor
Claudia
Claudia Leggett is in her fourth year of study at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University where she majors in French Horn.
She is passionate about teaching, orchestral playing, and solo and chamber performance.
Claudia is a casual musician with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and has participated in an internship with the orchestra. She has toured internationally with the Australian International Opera Company and has travelled to Brazil with members of the QCGU Horn Ensemble to perform at the 49th International Horn Symposium. Claudia currently plays with the Queensland Youth Symphony and in several chamber music ensembles. She also tutors brass players at numerous beginner band camps throughout the year.

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news

• Signature Ball 2019
• SunSafe Student Ambassador Program

Signature Ball 2019
Planning to attend the Signature Ball on 16 July with a group of friends? Now is the time to check everyone in your group has purchased their tickets to ensure you will be seated together. 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.

SunSafe Student Ambassador Program
We are proud to be hosting a SunSafe Student Ambassador Program  in our school on Friday 11 October. Our students will join representative students from other local schools in years 8 and 9 to learn about melanoma, sun safety and to improve their presentation skills with a TEDx speaker. They will then share their knowledge with their peers at their own school to help prevent melanoma – the most deadly form of skin cancer. Find out more at melanoma.org.au/sunsafe.

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subject news

Mathematics Assistance Program

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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Junior Jottings

Mrs Louise Mcguire 

Staffing Update
• Train Travel Morning
• CBCA West Region Readers’ Cup
• Year 3 Excursion – Planetarium
• Cyber Tips for the Holidays
• Term 3 – Parent/Teacher Interviews
• Important Dates

It is amazing to think that we are already half way through the school year. So much has happened in what feels like such a short amount of time. The girls have been involved in many exciting activities in and out of the classroom, and celebrated many successes and achievements both individual and group. They certainly must be commended for their continuous efforts and enthusiasm throughout the semester. I would also like to pay tribute to the wonderfully dedicated St Aidan’s staff who support the girls in all of their endeavours.

It has been my pleasure to read the girls’ Semester One reports and to see the wonderful academic results achieved by so many. It was particularly pleasing to note that our girls really working hard to continuously improve their results in order to achieve the best they possibly can. After receiving the Semester One report via email (towards the end of the first week of holidays), it would be a good opportunity to take the time to help your daughter reflect upon the results she achieved in the first semester and set some goals for the remainder of the year. The formal Parent/Teacher interviews early next term will be an excellent time to discuss your daughter’s results and progress with her teachers.

Staffing Update
I take this opportunity to farewell one of our much-loved teachers, Jen Gibbons (Rowe). Jen is leaving St Aidan’s in order to join her husband who is living and working in Canberra. While she will be deeply missed, we sincerely congratulate Jen on securing a position at Burgmann Anglican School to commence at the beginning of next term.
Jen has worked in a number of year levels in the Junior School during the past four and a half years. She has also made significant contributions to the extra-curricular life of the Junior School and encouraged many students involved in these activities.
Jen is well known for her professionalism and expertise, and unwavering support and care of the students for whom she develops great affection. Not only will she be missed by the girls, the Junior School staff have great respect for Jen’s dedication and will miss her enthusiasm and support. We have certainly been blessed with having Jen as one of our Junior School teachers. The Year 5 girls look forward to catching up her for dinner next year as a highlight of our 2020 Year 6 Canberra trip!
We wish Jen much happiness, good health and lots of fun times as she begins a new chapter of her life in Canberra. We hope she continues to make people laugh, feel special and, above all, enjoys spending time with her favourite people.
I also take this opportunity to wish Deb Koh all the best for her much deserved Long Service Leave at the beginning of next term. We wish Deb safe travels and look forward to seeing her towards the end of Week 4. Mrs Sandy Meyers, one of our very well-known relief/contract teachers, will be working in Year 5 during Deb’s absence.

CBCA West Region Readers’ Cup 2019
Five Year 6 students competed in the West Region’s CBCA Readers’ Cup at St Augustine’s College, Springfield last Tuesday 11 June.
We had outstanding results coming second among 24 schools. We lost to our ongoing rivals in this competition, Graceville State School, by half a mark! However, we defeated Brisbane Boys College by a solid one and a half marks, while the other schools trailed behind the three winners, with the next nearest competitor four points behind!
Our team: Cass Chan, Claudia Chin, Ava Daley, Isabelle Dunn and Audrey McGregor were a talented and passionate group who were worked hard in learning the five books in great detail and conducted themselves extremely graciously on the day. Our congratulations go to each of them.
readers cup

Year 3 Excursion to the Brisbane Planetarium
Last Friday, the Year 3 students enjoyed a visit the Planetarium and Botanical Gardens.
The girls listened attentively to the presentation in the theatre and then enjoyed question time with Tom in the courtyard, followed by a tour of the displays in the foyer. Outside, the girls also discovered a large sundial, consisting of a flat plate (the dial) and a gnomon, which casts a shadow onto the dial showing the time. Amazing! The girls are to be commended on their excellent behaviour and enthusiasm for their science topic this term.
yr 3

Train Travel Morning – 18 June
On Tuesday of this week, a large and enthusiastic group of Junior School students participated in the annual ‘Train to School’ morning. About 88 students from Prep to Year 6 met teachers at the local stations from Auchenflower, Indooroopilly, Chelmer, Graceville, Sherwood, Oxley and Springfield Central, and travelled together to Corinda. Younger students who were travelling for the first time on the train, were taught how to use their GO Card by ‘touching on’ and ‘touching off’. More importantly, students were shown safety procedures at the station by Qld Rail Staff and teachers. These tips included staying together in groups and knowing who to ask if you need help. Our School Prefects also came along and really enjoyed meeting the Junior School girls to help travel by train together. Thank you to all the Junior School staff, parents and prefects who were involved assisting to make this year’s Train Morning a huge success.

The following train travel reminders will continue to be reinforced by Form Teachers and through assembly items throughout the year.
• Avoid carrying expensive digital devices and wearing ear phones as this may draw unwanted attention from strangers
• Be aware of your surroundings and property.
• Always travel straight to school. If you feel uncomfortable, alert an adult or train staff. Do not hop off the train. Each carriage has an alarm if required.
• Walk near busier roads and always sit on carriages that have lots of people in it.
• Always sit in groups with other St Aidan’s students. Sit near Senior School students whenever possible.
• If walking to and from the train station, think about ‘safe places’ like a shop, police station or school in case of emergency.
• If someone makes you feel uncomfortable, do not make contact with them (eye contact or verbal). Speak to a Queensland Rail staff member and let them know.

train to school

Cyber Tips for the Holidays
Every year, travellers are targeted by cybercriminals who are hunting for financial details, personal information and any means of financial gain.

Naive travellers are easy targets, but there are some simple tips to protect yourself while enjoying your holiday.

1. Use public Wi-Fi safely
Public Wi-Fi in hotels, airports and even cafes can be a prime spot for phishing. Phishing is when someone attempts to take sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and, indirectly, money), often for malicious reasons. It’s also best not to do banking or access sensitive accounts on a public network. Read more about using public Wi-Fi.
2. Don’t over share on social media
Want thieves to know your house is empty or to know exactly where you are? Be very careful about sharing too much of your travels on social media. Instead, post about them once you’re home. Read more about using social media safely.
3. Password protect your devices
If you’re taking any devices on holiday, make sure they are password protected, preferably with two-factor authentication. You can also enable location tracking in the event the device is lost or stolen. Read more about strong passwords and two-factor authentication.
4. Notify your bank of your travels
Inform your bank that you are travelling and keep an eye on your accounts for fraudulent transactions. The sooner you notice a fraudulent transaction and report it to your bank, the sooner they can stop the scammer and issue you a new card or account.

Parent / Teacher Interviews Term 3
Please note: Prep - 5 parent teacher interviews will take place on 30 July (Week 3), 5 August, 6 August (Week 4); however, Year 6 will have their interviews in the Christine Hartland Centre with the Senior School teachers on 8 August (Week 4), 12 and 15 August (Week 5).
Information about online bookings will be available at the beginning of next term.

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

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Junior Sport

• Junior School Training Schedule
• Athletics Training
• Walter Taylor Bridge Friday Clubs Competition
• Netball Training
• Touch Football Training
• Walter Taylor Bridge Friday Competition - Semester 2 Interschool Sport
• Andrews Cup Netball
• Andrews Cup Gymnastics
• Congratulations
• Andrews Cup and Interschool Sport Photos
• Bus Travel to and from Ambiwerra – For Training
• 2019 Key Dates Term 3

Please click here for the Junior School Training Schedule for Week 9 Term 2 and Week 1 Term 3.

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 9

Holiday Training
To assist students to maintain their training fitness over the mid-term break, holiday trainings will continue at Ambiwerra commencing 24 June at Ambiwerra. Parents are asked to please assist coaching staff by collecting your daughter/s on time.

• Monday 7.15am-8.15am
• Wednesday 3.30pm-4.30pm
• Thursday 3.30pm-4.30pm

Walter Taylor Bridge Friday Clubs Competition
The Walter Taylor Bridge competition will conclude this Friday for Term 2. 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

Walter Taylor Bridge Friday Competition - Semester 2 Interschool Sport
During the first 2 weeks of Term 3, girls in Years 4 – 6 will start to make initial selections for the Interschool Sports competitions to be held in Semester 2.

Andrews Cup Netball
The Andrews Cup Netball competition will be held on Thursday 25 July at Metropolitan District Netball Association at Coorparoo. The Andrews Cup teams have been announced with selections based on skill, game application, combinations and attendance. Term 3 training will commence on Tuesday 16 July 2019.

Netball Trials
Friday 21 June 6.45-7.45am
Tuesday 16 July 3.45-4.45pm
Friday 19 June 6.45-7.45am
Tuesday 23 July 3.45-4.45pm

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

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 3 of the first 4 sessions. This will hopefully enable the squads to be finalised as early as possible and also enable 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.

Congratulations to Hannah Daly and Zahra Fraser who have been selected into the U12 Eastern Taipans Softball team. These girls will be competing for a position in the Metropolitan West Team next Thursday 27 June. Best of luck girls!
Congratulations to Grace Cadwallader who has been selected into the U12 Metropolitan West Tennis team. Grace will compete at the U12 State School Girls Tennis Titles for Metropolitan West in August in Toowoomba. Best of Luck Grace!
Wishing Sophie Hannaford all the very best of luck as she competes at the U12 State School girls Hockey titles for Metropolitan West. Best of Luck Sophie!

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).

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 9

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Junior Music

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

Ipswich Junior Eisteddfod – Results
Congratulations go to Yolanda Wang in Grade 5 for her outstanding results at the Ipswich Junior Eisteddfod.
Jmusic results

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 strings

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 here for 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.

French Horn Tutor
Claudia
Claudia Leggett is in her fourth year of study at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University where she majors in French Horn.
She is passionate about teaching, orchestral playing, and solo and chamber performance.
Claudia is a casual musician with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and has participated in an internship with the orchestra. She has toured internationally with the Australian International Opera Company and has travelled to Brazil with members of the QCGU Horn Ensemble to perform at the 49th International Horn Symposium. Claudia currently plays with the Queensland Youth Symphony and in several chamber music ensembles. She also tutors brass players at numerous beginner band camps throughout the year.

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Community

Community

Australian Futsal Association Holiday Program

The Australian Futsal Association has an upcoming Holiday Program for ages 6 - 13 which caters for both experienced and new players during these school holidays. The Clinic will be held at the AFA QLD State Futsal Centre (98 Factory Road, Oxley). This is a special clinic as this Holidays we have Ex Brisbane Roar player, Henrique Silva, coaching this clinic. It's a great opportunity for the students to meet an A-League quality player and receive tips and tricks in their development. The Clinic will run from 9.00am - 3.00pm on 9 July. Please click here for more information.

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