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