Newsletter Term 3 Week 1

Principal

Ms toni riordan

Welcome back!
It’s great to be back after the winter break and I wish everyone a warm welcome to Semester 2 at St Aidan’s! I extend even warmer wishes to all new members of the St Aidan’s community. I wish new students and their families the very best as they settle into life at St Aidan’s and am pleased to introduce you to our new staff members, commencing with us this term. I take this opportunity to thank Ms Cate Begbie and Ms Ros Humphrey for their tireless dedication and commitment to finding the right people for the right positions for us throughout last term. I also thank Heads of Faculty, Senior Leadership Team members and Ms Louise McGuire for their support of our extensive recruitment process.

Assistant Head of Junior School – Kelly Swan.  Kelly joins us from St Margaret’s AGS where she held the role of Mathematics Specialist. She also deputised for the Head of Junior School during a period of leave, mentored and coached staff and pre-service teachers and led professional development sessions.

Science (Chemistry) Teacher – Kathryn Gardner.  Kathryn joins us from Rochedale SHS where she has been a science teacher for the past 11 years.  Kathryn taught Chemistry, Biology and Agriculture during her time at Rochedale SHS.

Science Teacher (part-time) – Stacey Hollis.  Stacey joins us from Cavendish Road SHS where she has been a science teacher for the past 18 years.  Stacey completed some relief teaching work last term for us.

Senior English Teacher – Sharon Harris.  Sharon joins us from Sheldon College where she was in the role of Acting Head of Faculty – English and Languages Education.

French Teacher – Nathaele Dawes.  Nathaele joins us from Loreto College, Coorparoo.  Nathaele completed her practicum experience at St Aidan’s five years ago.

PE Teacher (part-time) – Nik Bojic.  Nik has been a relief teacher and Sports Coach at St Aidan’s for the past 18 months and now joins us in a part-time capacity.

Drama Teacher – Nicole Jones.  Nicole joins us from St Mary’s College, Ipswich where she held a Drama and English teaching role.

Science & Maths Teacher – Jennifer Pambou.  Jennifer joins us from St Mary’s College, Ipswich. Jennifer has over 30 years teaching experience and will cover Steve Baker and Di Cameron’s long service leave in Term 3.  During this time, Rebecca Sullivan will take over year level coordinator responsibility for Year 7 and Year 8.

Community Liaison & Marketing Assistant – Liesa Hogg.  Liesa will be joining us from Brisbane Marketing South Bank & Roma Street Parklands.

50 years of ISQ

I am pleased to represent St Aidan’s on Wednesday evening at the Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ) 50th anniversary, celebrated on the same day and month at the same venue as the inaugural meeting of the Association on 18 July 1968 at Brisbane Grammar School. 

The Association of Independent Secondary Schools of Queensland was formed in 1968 principally in response to changes proposed to senior secondary curriculum and assessment and the recognition that independent schools needed a united voice. The original membership included 50 schools and with a couple of names changes later, the membership of ISQ is now 200 schools, with close to 121, 000 enrolled students. Independent schools in 2018 enrolled 15% of all students compared to just 4% in 1968. It is the only sector of schooling to have had a significant increase in the percentage of students enrolled. 

One of the key trends in independent schooling over the past 50 years has been growth in size and diversity, with a recognition that Queensland parents have embraced school choice over the last half a century. Other changes have included increased retention rates of Year 10 students through to Year 12, the changing nature of the teaching workforce, increased Federal Government funding and resultant intervention and leadership in schools and many changes and amendments to assessment in secondary schools and tertiary entrance qualifications.

David Robertson, Executive Director of Independent Schools Queensland says, “Despite the changes in many aspects of schooling provision, there has been surprising little change to schools as institutions. Schools are still based around year levels, classes with a teacher instructing pupils, led by a Principal and delivering lessons from 9.00am to 3.00pm, Monday to Friday across four terms. Schools are located on discrete sites, and although now comprised of well-designed and modern facilities, are still based on General Learning Areas and specialist facilities such as libraries designated as primary or secondary.” He continues by suggesting that globalisation, rapid technological change and disruption will likely impact the nature of schooling and ponders how interesting it would be to reflect in 2068 what changes were made from 2018 onward.

It is a very interesting exercise to consider what school will be like in 50 years’ time and I hope that many members of our school community will be able to investigate our preferred future through dialogue over the coming academic term. I am looking forward to consulting with students, parents, staff and the wider school community about the vision for St Aidan’s Strategic and Master Plans, for the future. With recent building projects, including the refurbishment of the Science and Technology Centre and The Link paving the way for state-of-the-art facilities inspiring new and collaborative ways to teach and learn together, it will be exciting to share conversations about what St Aidan’s may look like, feel like and be like in 10 years, 30 years, even 50 years’ time.

Do you know a former St Aidan’s student making a difference?

The accomplishments of St Aidan’s alumni bring honour to themselves and to their School in a multitude of ways – through leadership in their professions, business and government; ground-breaking advances in science and medicine; accomplishments in athletics, humanities and the arts; and service to the global and local communities.

This year, St Aidan’s is again looking to recognise these exceptional Alumni with the

Distinguished Young Alumnus (under 30).
Caroline Amy Alumni Award

These annual awards will recognise outstanding achievements made by alumni locally and outside of Australia in community service and their professional field. The Awards will celebrate the diverse achievements of alumni and provide an opportunity to share these inspirational stories throughout the year. The winners will be widely celebrated and promoted, leading up to and after the School’s Annual Awards Night.

Key dates
10 August Nominations close for the awards
19 September St Aidan’s Day – recipients are announced
12 November Annual Awards Night – recipients receive their award

Distinguished Young Alumnus (under 30)
Recognises young alumni (30 years or younger at the time of nomination) whose early accomplishments inspire and provide leadership to students and alumni. Nominees must comply with all the following eligibility criteria:
 
Recognises young alumni whose early accomplishments inspire others.

Work, whether professional or volunteer, demonstrates a significant positive impact that has been felt by many - locally, nationally or internationally.
Their accomplishments raise their profile and standing within their community and/ or bring greater recognition of their profession.
Demonstrates leadership qualities in a variety of contexts that could include volunteerism or community work or through their profession.

Caroline Amy Alumni Award
Recognises the significant contributions made by St Aidan’s alumni in their local communities and beyond.  Nominees must comply with all of the following eligibility criteria:

Demonstrates sustained and significant contributions in one or more of the following areas: professional achievement, community, cultural, sporting or leadership achievement.
Work, whether professional or volunteer, demonstrates a significant positive impact that has been felt by many.
Through prominence in their field/ profession, brings distinction to St Aidan’s.
Has achieved sustained success over their career that is noteworthy and exceptional.

Further details and nomination form
 
Nominations for our Alumni Awards close 10 August 2018

If you need a hand with your nomination please contact us at
E: s.russell@staidans.qld.edu.au or P: 3373 5961.

Congratulations:

Caitlin Haughton (Year 12) who achieved a distinction for her University subject Animal Behaviour Handing and Wellbeing at the University of Queensland.
Amy Kuskopf (Year 12) was successful in receiving one of three Concerto performance opportunities, alongside Robert Smith (Violin) and Reuben Johnson (Piano), in her recent Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition at the Young Conservatorium, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. 
Ruby Harris (Year 12) who went to South Africa for Hockey and was named team Vice-Captain.
Charlie Bell (Year 12) who represented Australia U19 in a netball test v England U19 while she was at the AIS as part of a Netball Australia Tall Athletes camp. Charlie has been drafted into the Australia 17s as an extension of this experience. 
Mrs Tracey Jeanes-Fraser has passed the last practical component for her high performance coaching accreditation with Netball Australia. 

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Chaplain

Rev Gillian Moses

Emergence or Emergency?
This week I attended the Abundant Justice and Prophetic Imagination Conference, hosted by the Brisbane Diocese’s Social Responsibilities Committee. The overarching theme of the conference was how we come to terms with the complexities of the modern world and what are the stories we tell that really help us to make sense of the world?

It is worth pondering some of the narratives or stories that are offered to us to help with our meaning-making. The stories are usually pretty simple. There is, for example, the story of economic rationalism, which tells us that all commercial activity is blessedly free from morality because enlightened self-interest will surely guide corporations to make ethically sound decisions. The only moral imperative is to make money, by any and all means. This story puts profit above human welfare in the mistaken belief that corporations will look after their workers. Once this might have been true – it was Henry Ford who believed he ought to be paying his workers enough that they could afford one of his cars! Today that is much less likely as work and wages become less and less secure.

There is the story of the self-made person, which says that my success or failure is entirely dependent on my own efforts. While it is nice to believe this story – it makes us want to strive to achieve success – the reality is that for most of us, our successes are also predicated on our time and place of birth, the families into which we are born, our health and many other factors we can’t control.

So our stories contain some truth, but they are not the whole truth. And life is far more complex than most of our narratives suggest. We must look for stories that accommodate complexity and help us to make meaning of the world in ways that are life-giving, not in ways that shut down opportunity and engagement.

In more recent times, quantum physics has opened our eyes to the ways in which complex systems in nature self-organise. It has taught us that order usually emerges from apparent chaos in surprising and fruitful ways. And what we are learning is that the same principles apply to human systems. When faced with complexity, sometimes our only task is to slow down, and let something emerge. 

One of the most common examples given of the principle of self-organisation is the way just about everyone in Brisbane gets dinner at night – nobody is in charge of this, nobody coordinates the delivery and preparation of food, and yet every single night, almost everyone in Brisbane gets dinner. We organise ourselves to ensure that our needs are met. 

How might this be extended to other situations? How often do we try to control all the factors and predetermine the outcomes, when we could instead allow something to emerge that we neither imagined nor organised? And how can anything emerge organically unless we allow time and space for the unexpected?

This is an invitation to slow down, do less and worry less. To simply be around, and to watch for what begins to emerge. I have been thinking about what this might look like in work situations, when we often regard emergence as emergency, and worry that we must control every aspect of the day. How much time in your day is there for simply dreaming, or waiting, or noticing? Maybe we need to make time to do less and to allow the unexpected to enter in, upending our stories and our expectations of how things should be.

It is both terrifying and enticing. But that is how life is.

Blessings
Rev Gillian 

 

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Dean of Studies

Ms lynda wall

Academic Awards Assembly
OP prediction meetings
Diploma of Business Years 10 and 11

Academic Awards Assembly
The Academic Awards Assembly will be held on Tuesday, July 24, commencing at 12.30pm. Students receiving awards should also bring their lunch to the brief rehearsal in the CHC on Monday 23rd at lunchtime. 

At this assembly, we recognise students’ academic achievement and progress for all of Semester One, 2018. Parents are most welcome to attend this assembly in the Christine Hartland Centre next week, where certificates will be given to students who received Fine Academic Achievement Awards and Academic Progress Awards as a result of their hard work in Semester One, 2018. 

For Years 11 and 12, Fine Academic Achievement Awards are based on the Grade Point Average (GPA) of a 15-point scale. Current Year 11 and Year 12 students are eligible for this award if they received a GPA of 13 or above based on their academic performance in their best 5 subjects in Semester One. 

For students in Years 7-10, Fine Academic Achievement Awards are awarded for students who have achieved an overall grade of A in a minimum of 4 subjects, and have a Grade Point Average of greater than 80 on a 100-point scale, for all subjects excluding RVE and Core PE.  

For Year 12, Academic Progress Awards are awarded to current Year 12 students for a GPA improvement of 1.0 from Semester Two, 2017 until Semester One, 2018.  Year 11 students are not eligible for Academic progress awards as they are undertaking new programs this semester.

For students in Years 7-10, Academic Progress Awards are awarded students based on a GPA improvement of 8 or greater on a 100-point scale, with demonstrable improvement in at least two subjects continued from the previous semester. As students have previously been marked on a 15-point scale, a conversion schedule has been applied to semester 2 2017 results. Considerable scrutiny has been given to ensuring that the conversion to the 100-point scale, followed by the requirement for an 8-point improvement and improvement in at least two continuing subjects identifies students who have made significant progress. The scale will be re-evaluated for the beginning of 2019, when the conversion schedule is no longer in effect.

I thank parents and students for their understanding this semester as our systems from Years 7-10 have been updated in line with changes to senior schooling in Queensland. 

Congratulations to the students who will receive their awards at that Assembly. Please note that Junior School students receiving these awards will be contacted through the Junior School. Any questions regarding these awards should be directed to Lynda Wall l.wall@staidans.qld.edu.au

Year 7 Fine Academic Achievement Awards

Tara Bourke, Lucy Bristow, Jadey Clarke, Katya Hirst, Shreya Jayaram, Cora Masterson, Ariana McCulloch, Charli McGaw, Maxine Monteith, Nashonie Paul, Jade Perina, Margaret Tait, Vienna Tran, Ellen Walker, Aarya Wijemanne, Isla Williams

Year 8 Fine Academic Achievement Awards

Lekshmy Ananthan, Lucy Auton, Dimity Beckinsale, Monica Behrenbruch, Mia Brown, Talia Devendra, Alyse Dowd, Ella Edwards, Rhea Gupta, Emily Hodge, Claire Lau, Bridget McCormack, Sarah Ott, Juliette Pepin, Leila Riemann, Ava Schwennesen, Rosie Sellars, Ananya Soni, Krissy Teng, Lucy Thompson, Dilki Unantenna, Georgina West, Natasha Whittle, Eloise Wood, Joy Yin

Year 9 Fine Academic Achievement Awards

Jessica Allen, Clare Allison, Rosie Bartley, Lucy Boyle, Lucinda Davies, Xanthia DeBoer, Rachel Eng, Yessica Eom, Cecelia Farrah, Priyanka Jaisinghani, Asini Tihari Jayasuriya, Lily Ji, Rachel Leathers, Annabel Lee, Amy Riethmuller, Georgia Smith, Hannah Stopford, Melinda Sun, Tiana Tong, Esther Wong, Christine Yang, Sophia Zhang

Year 10 Fine Academic Achievement Awards

Renee Byrne, Lillian Carley, Gabrielle Christou, Joanna Figurado, Jasmine Fleming, Yizhen Guo, Anna Kyprios, Jung Min Lee, Caitlyn Lee, Linyun Liu, Yasmin McDonald, Rebecca Moses-Hills, Eloise O’Donnell, Gabrielle Preston, Aeshlein Ralston, Harriet Robertson, Akshaya Selvarajan, Lara Soo, Imogen Stocks, Erin Sullivan, Paris Teevan, Haley Webster, Elizabeth Wessling-Smith, Georgina Whittle, Scarlett Winter

Year 11 Fine Academic Achievement Awards

Ella Lau, Bianca Leathers, Mei Tong Luo, Adelaide Pope

Year 12 Fine Academic Achievement Awards

Lucinda Bankowski, Isabella Cosgrove, Jessica Forbes, Lola Hammond, Porche Le Cheng, Phoebe McAuliffe, Emmaline Monteith, Kate Riethmuller, Genevieve Rule, Liliana Tamai, Lilly Van Gilst, See Yu Wong

Year 8 Progress Awards

Charlotte Boston, Eliza Goffage, Paige Sankey, Ella Williamson

Year 9 Progress Awards

Jessica Allen, Cecilia Farrah, Stella Harris, Isabella Lemond, Holly Nahrung, Ellyse Sheppard

Year 10 Progress Awards

Joanna Figurado, Erin Sullivan

Year 12 Progress Awards

Jenna Behr, Harriet Edgecombe, Madison Fanshawe, Jessica Forbes, Zishan Gao, Julia Harley, Porsche Le Cheung, Kexin Lyu, Amber Mitchell, Emmaline Monteith, Ciara O'Sullivan, Georgia Scott, Elke Smith, Eloise Smith, Olivia Spitaleri, Claire Todd

OP Prediction meetings
Students in Years 11 and 12 are currently meeting one-on-one with members of the Education Leadership Team to receive their OP predictions based on their results from their Authority subjects studied this semester. This is based on interim information only, and offers a predicted range to give some guidance to students as to their progress towards gaining an OP. A memo will also be sent home to Year 11 parents next week explaining OP predictions and exit levels of achievement. The meetings offer the girls the opportunity to discuss their academic pathways and progress with members of the school leadership. Students should also be discussing the outcomes of these meetings with their parents. It is a good opportunity for students to set some goals in terms of progress for the coming semester. Any student who misses a meeting is responsible for rescheduling by coming to see Mrs Wise in the downstairs administration area of the senior school.  

Diploma of Business Years 10 and 11
Students enrolled to commence the Diploma of Business course through Barrington College this semester will be commencing this course in Week 3. During Week 1 and 2, students will be able to use this lesson for private study, but they must attend in the classroom as scheduled. The decision to commence in Week 3 is due to our awareness that students frequently decide to join the cohort subsequent to OP prediction meetings; we anticipate that the class roll will be finalised so that everyone can commence together in Week 3. 
This only applies to those students who are newly enrolled in the Diploma program, not to continuing students. 

 

 

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Guidance Counsellor

ms Jennie Robinson

Tertiary Studies Expo
ADFA 
IMPORTANT CHANGES TO TERTIARY ENTRANCE
UK and US university entry information session – Crimson Education 
Universities

Tertiary Studies Expo
tsxpo

ADFA 
We’re giving three lucky students the opportunity to win the ultimate ADFA Open Day VIP experience across two days, 24-25 August. It will give them an exciting taste of life at ADFA, where they could have the added advantage of gaining a world-class University of New South Wales degree with no HELP debt.
All they have to do to enter is take our fun quiz to find out which famous leader they're like; then tell us why they’ll make a great leader themselves one day. Entries are now open and close on July 19, 2018, so be sure to direct them to our website for their chance to enter and win.
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Your students will benefit from a unique education that combines degree study with Service training — and they’ll acquire valuable leadership and management skills at the same time.
They can undertake a world-class degree in Arts, Business, Engineering, Science or Technology and get paid while they study. Once they graduate they’ll head straight into an amazing job as an Officer in the Navy, Army or Air Force.
The benefits they'll enjoy at ADFA include:
The best student/teacher ratio in the country
A salary plus superannuation while they learn
Leadership and management training
Subsidised food and accommodation
Free medical and dental care
Free fitness, sports and leisure facilities
A world-class degree with no HELP debt
A guaranteed job once they've graduated.

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.

UK and US university entry information session – Crimson Education 
DATE AND TIME
Thu, August 2, 2018
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM AEST
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LOCATION
Lightspace Studios
30A Light Street
Fortitude Valley, QLD 4006
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Learn why top US & UK unis are worth chasing. All ticket proceeds will be donated to local charities.

ACU
Community Achiever Program 
Applications close 31 July
Learn more               
We believe great work that makes a positive impact should be recognised – and rewarded. So if you are regularly volunteering, we invite you to apply for our Community Achiever Program (CAP). 
New courses now taking CAP applications:
Bachelor of High Performance Sport (Brisbane, Strathfield, Melbourne)
Bachelor of Human Services (Brisbane, Canberra, Strathfield)
Bachelor of Sports and Outdoor Education (Brisbane, Strathfield, Melbourne)
Bachelor of Educational Studies (Brisbane, Ballarat, Melbourne)
Bachelor of Educational Studies (North Sydney, Canberra, Strathfield)
Bachelor of Psychological Science/Bachelor of Commerce (Strathfield, Melbourne)
Bachelor of Psychological Science/Bachelor of Arts (Strathfield, Melbourne)
Bachelor of Psychological Science/Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science (Strathfield, Melbourne)
Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) (Strathfield, Melbourne).

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.
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
QUT Design degrees
From 2019, we will introduce a three-year Bachelor of Design, replacing the four-year Bachelor of Design (Honours), and offer a number of new double degrees.
More information - https://www.qut.edu.au/study/undergraduate-study/do-you-advise-school-students/news-and-events/news?news-id=127022&utm_source=silverpop&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=qut_undergraduate_guidanceofficer&utm_content=2018_04_18_GOs_QUT%20News%20(1)&spMailingID=56423869&spUserID=ODM5ODgzNjMzMjES1&spJobID=1382643966&spReportId=MTM4MjY0Mzk2NgS2              

Southern Cross University
Open Day

Gold Coast Sunday 29 July
Openday.scu.edu.au

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)

Engineering & Computing Careers Evening
Do you want an exciting, fast-paced career, with qualifications that enable you to work around the world, as well as the skills to solve both local and global challenges?
Find out how you can have all this and more with a career in Engineering or Computing.
        - Hear from recent Engineering and Computing graduates
          about their experiences in the industry so far
        - Talk to academic staff and current students about the
          study options available at UQ
        - Ask real engineers and technology innovators about job
          opportunities available in industry
        - Discover why UQ provides students with the best
          foundation for careers in Engineering and Computing
Date: Thursday 23 August
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Venue: GHD Auditorium 200, Advanced Engineering Building (#49)

Women in Engineering Program
The Women in Engineering (WE) program is continuing engagement with prospective high school students at school-led career days, information sessions, as well as hosting annual WE Events across Australia. To spread the message of the importance of diversity within engineering, WE would love to work with you!
WE work closely with teachers and guidance officers and provide content and the knowledge to pass onto your students in a fun and engaging way. Through teacher engagements WE can provide you with the necessary tools needed to inspire and educate students.
Let's work together to engineer a diverse future! To find out more, visit us here or email us at we@eait.uq.edu.au.      

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

Training Schedule
QGSSSA Fixtures
Club Fixtures
The Back Page

Week 1
Please click here for Training Schedule.
Please click here for QGSSSA Fixtures.
Please click here for Club Fixtures.

Week 2
Please click here for Training Schedule.
Please click here for QGSSSA Fixtures.

Please click here for this week’s edition of ‘The Back Page’. 

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Music

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

Congratulations!!
Congratulations go to one of our Music Captains – Amy Kuskopf who is one of only 3 students accepted to perform a Clarinet Concerto as part of the prestigious “Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition” at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. Amy is the only wind player to be accepted and will be performing the Weber Concertino. We commend Amy on her outstanding achievement.

Harp Tuition
We are very lucky at St Aidan’s to have a harp tuition program. We currently have some openings for harp lessons and our accomplished harp tutor is taking new enrolments. The school owns several harps that can be used for lessons and practice. If you would like to take advantage of this special opportunity, please contact music@staidans.qld.edu.au for further information. 

Brass/Bassoon 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, tuba or bassoon. 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 21st May; 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       

Semester 2, 2018 School Music Calendar
Changes and additions may be made to the Calendar. Updates are provided through the Newsletter.

music summer school

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)

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Junior Jottings

Mrs Louise Mcguire 

Welcome
Staff Update
Safety of Students – NUT ALLERGIES
Student Protection Officers
Semester One Academic Awards Assembly
Parent / Teacher Interviews Term 3  
RNA Education on Show 2018 (August 10 – 19)
Important Dates

Welcome 
A very warm welcome to our new girls and families. I have no doubt that our new students will be well looked after by their classmates and teachers, and that their parents will be made to feel equally welcomed by our parent body.

Staff Update
It is my pleasure to welcome Mrs Kelly Swan to St Aidan’s in the position of Assistant Head of Junior School. Kelly joins us from St Margaret’s AGS where she has been the Mathematics Specialist. She has also deputised for the Head of Junior School during a period of leave, mentored and coached staff and pre-service teachers, and led professional development sessions.
Prior to working at St Margaret’s, Kelly has a breadth of experience leading curriculum development in several schools. Although her most recent role has seen Kelly predominantly focus on developing numeracy across the school, over the years, she has been instrumental in leading projects in other curriculum areas. Kelly also has extensive experience in analysing data and using this information to inform teaching practice and develop programs. She has a Master’s Degree in Educational Studies and is currently undertaking a Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership. 
Kelly is very much looking forward to getting to know the Junior School girls when she works alongside teachers in classrooms.

Safety of Students – NUT/EGG ALLERGIES
nuts  
There are several students in the Junior School who suffer from life-threatening allergies to nuts. These students will suffer an anaphylactic reaction if they come into contact with even the smallest trace of certain types of nuts. Passing contact with another student who has been eating nuts or products containing nuts can trigger a reaction.
We ask that parents and children avoid any products containing nuts when preparing lunches or snacks for school. This will assist in reducing the risk for these students.

We also have students who are highly allergic to eggs.
Girls may bring eggs to school in their lunchbox; however, we ask that you remind them (as will the teachers) to wash their hands after eating (as this reduces the risk of cross-contact). It is extremely important that we are vigilant in order to keep our students safe.

Thank you for your support.

Student Protection Officers 
This week, Junior School students will be reminded of the St Aidan’s Student Protection Officers. Student Protection Officers are persons designated as liaison people to whom students may refer if they are not feeling safe; or to whom they make complaints of harm, inappropriate behaviour or physical/sexual abuse. The St Aidan’s Student Protection Officers are the:
Head of Junior School (Louise McGuire)
Dean of Students and Academic Welfare (7-9) – (Holly O’Sullivan Williams)
School Guidance Counsellor (Jennie Robinson)
Our school website has the policy and procedures document available for all members of the community, found at http://www.staidans.qld.edu.au/our-school/quick-links/student-protection-resources.           

Semester One Academic Awards Assembly
This special assembly will take place on Tuesday 24 July in the Christine Hartland Centre commencing at 12:30pm. Students in Years 4-6 receiving Fine Academic Achievement Awards at this whole school assembly have attained a grade point average of 13 or above on a 15 point scale in Semester One in the subjects of English, Mathematics, Science and History/Geography. Congratulations to the following girls -  

Year 4 Sophia Evenden, Remy Hancock, Kailyn Jayasuriya, Ava Robinson, Yolanda Wang 

Year 5 Cass Chan, Isabelle Dunn, Vanning Kuo, Audrey McGregor, Poppy Morrison, Regan Saayman  

Year 6 Hannah Baillie, Camille Bloomfield, Hannah Doncon, Isabel Goffage, Felicity Horrocks, Angela Hu, Ella Jackson, Abigail Jones, Claire Jung, Eliska McAuliffe, Laura McGlennon, Amelia Perry, Grace Smith, Adheera Warrier, Freya Woodman, Novia Yin

Parent / Teacher Interviews Term 3       
Please note: Prep - 5 parent teacher interviews will take place on 31 July (Week 3), 6 August, 7 August (Week 4); however, Year 6 will have their interviews in the Christine Hartland Centre with the Senior School teachers on 9 August (Week 4), 13 and 16 August (Week 5). 
Information about online bookings will be sent to parents this week.  

RNA Education on Show 2018 (August 10 – 19)
The Education on Show entries for this year’s Ekka are now due. Thank you to all those students who have spent time in the holidays working on the projects for this year’s competition.
The names of entrants were to be given in to Mrs Rigby before today (Wednesday 18 July). All students who have entered are now encouraged to bring it to Mrs Rigby’s room by Friday this week. The projects will be sent in soon and the Ekka display will be set up for a week from Friday August 10th to August 19.
If you need any other information, please email s.rigby@staidans.qld.edu.au.         

Important Dates Term 3, 2018

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Junior Sport

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

Andrews Cup Netball
The Andrews Cup Netball competition will be held on Thursday 26 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 17 July 2018.

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

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

House Athletics Carnival
athletics 
The Interhouse Athletics Carnival held on Monday 18 June at St Aidan’s Ambiwerra Sports Grounds.  The carnival was a huge success with individual girls from all Houses exhibiting true Penguin Spirit with quality efforts and performances in their events.  House Champions and Age Champions will be announced at a Junior School Assembly on Monday 23 July at 12.50pm.  I would like to express my sincere thanks to the St Aidan's teaching and coaching staff and parents as their enthusiasm and dedication attributed to the wonderful day had by our girls.  I would also like to thank the parents who attended on the day – their support was again second to none and this encouraged the girls even more.

Athletics Training
The full Andrews Cup Athletics squad for 2018 has been selected and announced.  Please note that whilst training was initially open to all girls in Years 2 – 6, following the announcement of the Andrews Cup Athletics Squad, only girls selected will be able to continue training during the holidays and into next term.  
The St Aidan’s Junior School Athletics Squad will be participating in a Metro Athletic meet.  The meet will be held on  Tuesday 7 August at UQ Athletics Track, St. Lucia.  This will give both the girls and the coaches the opportunity to be provided with updated times and further develop their competition practice. Girls wishing to be considered for our Andrews Athletics team will need to attend the meet.  A school bus will be provided to take students to the venue.
Trainings being offered for the Athletics Season are as below:
athletics training

Andrews Cup Gymnastics
Term 3 will see girls who are interested in wishing to trial for the Andrews Cup Gymnastics team receive information as to the training and selection procedures. During the first 2 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 the coaches to confirm the number of weekly sessions girls will be required to attend for training. Trials will commence approximately Week 5 of Term 3.

West Taylor Bridge Friday Clubs 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.

Congratulations to Lily Degeling who competed for St Aidan's last week at Thredbo in the Qld and Northern NSW Interschools Snowsports Championships. Lily is one of our Year 1 students and she competed in the Division 6 competition which is children from Prep to Year 2. Lily had a wonderful tournament placing second out of the Qld contenders competing in the Division 6 competition for SkierX.

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).

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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Congratulations!!
Congratulations go to one of our Music Captains – Amy Kuskopf who is one of only 3 students accepted to perform a Clarinet Concerto as part of the prestigious “Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition” at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. Amy is the only wind player to be accepted as a finalist and she will be performing “Concertino” by Weber. We commend Amy on her outstanding achievement.

Harp Tuition
We are very lucky at St Aidan’s to have a harp tuition program. We currently have some openings for harp lessons and our accomplished harp tutor is taking new enrolments. The school owns several harps that can be used for lessons and practice. If you would like to take advantage of this special opportunity, please contact music@staidans.qld.edu.au for further information.

Beginner Programs in Instrumental Music

Junior Singers Rehearsal Schedule – Term 3
junior singers wk 1

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 Three
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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 21st May; 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           

Semester 2, 2018 School Music Calendar
Changes and additions may be made to the Calendar. Updates are provided through the Newsletter.

music summer school

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)

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