Newsletter Term 3 Week 1 2019

Principal

Ms toni riordan

2019 Term 3 Week 1

Welcome back!
Welcome back after the winter break. I extend a special welcome 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 I look forward to meeting with you throughout the coming term. As usual, we have a busy schedule of school events and activities planned for Term 3.

Holiday happenings
Over the holidays, students and staff members, Mrs Cath Grant and Mrs Jo Wise travelled together as part of the Red Earth Immersion program. We also conducted rowing camps on the Sunshine Coast for both our junior and senior rowers. Thank you to Ms Maddy Hole, Mrs Meg Bishop and Mr Saxon Mosely, rowing coaches and supporters for a successful event. On the Pupil Free Day, students rehearsed for our upcoming Drama Production. I thank Ms Nicole Jones for her leadership of this activity and very much look forward to being in the audience in just a few weeks’ time!

Staff news
This term we welcome back Ms Patricia Hosking and Ms Ellen Shanley who have been on a leave of absence. We also welcome back Ms Natalie Rose from parental leave.
We thank the following casual staff for covering classes in the Junior School and Senior School this term. They will assist us in covering some staff members on personal or professional development leave. Thank you to Mrs Sandy Meyers who is covering Ms Deb Koh’s class; it is wonderful to be able to rely on the consistency of casual teachers who know St Aidan's students and staff so well. In the same vein, we welcome back Ms Jennifer Pambou, who will cover Ms Ros McCracken’s classes for the first three weeks of term. We welcome Ms Leanne Laboo who will take Music classes in Dr James Cuskelly and Ms Carla Trott’s absences over the first half of the term.
Ms Nadia Millecam joins us at St Aidan’s for the semester as she teaches Mr Matt Lowe’s classes, while he is on Long Service Leave. Finally, we also welcome Mr Kevin Van Der Weide who will teach Mrs Linda Gothard’s classes for the first half of the term.
We welcome to St Aidan’s Ms Hannah Cromarty who joins us as our new Year 5 teacher and Ms Nicola Gordon who joins the International Students’ team in the roles of International Homestay Coordinator and EALD teacher. Finally, many of you will know Ms Libby Jacques who assists us with sport coaching. Libby picks up the role of Sports Administration Assistant in the Senior School for the rest of the year.

St Aidan’s Foundation
I congratulate and thank our hard-working Foundation Board for two significant initiatives. Firstly, on the last day of last term, we were fortunate to be able to launch the Foundation’s Karen Spiller Fellowship for staff at St Aidan’s. The annual Fellowship program is designed to support innovative projects that will improve teaching and learning practices at St Aidan’s, ultimately enhancing student experiences and outcomes. Named after past Principal, Karen Spiller OAM, the Fellowship honours one of her legacies, of ensuring quality teaching at St Aidan’s through continual improvement, self-reflection, professional learning, research and further study.

Secondly, I thank in advance the support of the Foundation and the tireless efforts of its Events Sub Committee as final preparations are made for our 90th Birthday Signature Ball. This coming Saturday evening, I look forward to joining over 300 St Aidan’s community members – Old Girls, current and past parents, current and past staff and friends of the school as we share the view from the Rivershed at Howard Smith Wharves, honour our school’s great heritage and to acknowledge the generous assistance of many in our community over the years, in delivering outstanding education for girls.

Wellbeing
We know that the wellbeing of all members of our St Aidan’s community is important. Our Wellbeing House, situated next to The Link is a tangible reminder of the need to nurture students and staff wellbeing at school. While I do believe we have a great culture of looking out for each other, it is timely to consider what we do ourselves to take care of our own wellbeing, especially in the busy times and when we face tough situations.
For me, I run – not very well – but I run. I know that getting outside to run 5km every other day is just as much a ‘head thing’ as it is physical exercise. Over the break, I came across columnist and runner Kristin Armstrong’s brief piece on why she runs. I share it in the spirit that I hope everyone in our school community has at least one wellbeing practice, which allows them to respond to challenges that bit more calmly, wisely and clearly. All the best for the term ahead.
“If I run, I might not say something I regret. If I run, I might choose to stay connected rather than pull away. If I run, I might come up with a totally different option, invisible to me when I was overwhelmed or frustrated. If I run, I might forgive someone else or possibly even myself. If I run, I might resurrect my gratitude. If I run, I might be able to see someone else’s point of view. If I run, I might decide to wait to respond another day. If I run, I might decide to think about something else entirely – because what I focus on expands. If I run, I might unravel the knot in my stomach and in my head. If I run, I might decide to choose love instead of ego or fear. If I run, I might remember who I am instead of reacting like the person I used to be. If I run, I might revive my confidence, tapping into my strength. If I run, I might regain perspective and see my problem as temporary. If I run, I might release my grip and wisely decide to let go. If I run, I might move in order to find my stillness … If I run, I am always, without fail, a better person than when I stay home.”

Congratulations to:
MS Ellen Shanley who has won the Writing for Television Drama Pilot award as part of UCLA’s Professional Program. Click here to read more.
Lily Degeling (Year 2) who represented St Aidan’s at the Northern NSW & QLD Snowsports Interschools Championships at Perisher. Lily competed in the Division 6 (5-7 year olds) Skier X (skier cross) and won the gold medal for Queensland.
Alex Spalding (Year 11) who was chosen for a writing immersion program held over three days during the holiday break at the Institute of Modern Art. Alex will now write an article, while being mentored by the editing team at the IMA, to be published in the Art Enquirer magazine.

Best wishes to:
• Our Year 9 students and accompanying staff for camp this week
• Everyone attending this week’s Girl Zone Club meeting, held in the Junior School Library
• All involved in the Year 6 Kokoda Challenge at Mt Coot-tha
• Year 11 students for their Leadership Day on Friday, marking the commencement of the process for senior leadership
• Senior School students playing in their first round of QGSSSA winter fixtures on Saturday
• Both Drama Club members and STAGE dancers for respective dress rehearsals over the weekend
• All attending the Foundation’s 90th Birthday Signature Ball

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Chaplain

Rev Gillian Moses

Please see the chaplain’s blog on Aidan’s Central under the Living Faith tile.

Dean of Studies

Ms lynda wall

• Academic Awards Assembly
• OP prediction meetings
• Year 12 2020 parent information evening: ATAR update (current Year 11 parents)
• Year 9 and 10 2020 subject selection parent information evening (current Year 8 and 9 parents)

Academic Awards Assembly
The Academic Awards Assembly will be held on Tuesday, July 23rd, commencing at 12.30pm. Students receiving awards should also bring their lunch to the brief rehearsal in the CHC on Monday 22nd at lunchtime.

At this assembly, we recognise students’ academic achievement and progress for Semester One, 2019. 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 Year 12, Fine Academic Achievement Awards are based on the Grade Point Average (GPA) of a 15-point scale. 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 11 students, Fine Academic Achievement Awards are awarded for students who achieved an overall grade of A in a minimum of 4 subjects in Unit One of their senior studies, and had a Grade Point Average of greater than 80 on a 100-point scale, for all subjects excluding RVE and Core PE.

For Years 12, Academic Progress Awards are awarded to current Year 12 for a GPA improvement of 1.0 from Semester Two, 2018 until Semester One, 2019. Year 11 students are not eligible for Academic progress awards until the completion of Unit 2 of their senior studies.

For students in Years 8-10, Academic Progress Awards are awarded based on a GPA improvement of 8 or greater on a 100-point scale.

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
Louisa Atkin, Amy Atkinson, Caitlin Bailey, Claudia Brown, Yanny Cai, Holly Cunningham, Elise Davies, Briti Dogra, Hannah Doncon, Sophia Haber, Ella Jackson, Viana Jamali, Abigail Jones, Claire Jung, Tessa Kift, Eliska McAuliffe, Laura McGlennon, Elisabeth Nicholas, Annabel Ott, Lillian Parker, Amelia Perry, Mia Stephensen, Zoe Wang, Adheera Warrier

Year 8 Fine Academic Achievement Awards
Rosie Bell, Jemima Bennett, Lucy Bristow, Zoe Cain, Jadey Clarke, Georgia Feros, Leena Gayed, Katya Hirst, Ella Idzikowski, Kanon Iizuka, Shreya Jayaram, Kiara Jayasuriya, Kaira Kapur, Aditi Kataria, Sue Kim, Olga Kypriadakis, Lucy Maki-Neste, Cora Masterson, Rachael McFarlane, Charlie McGaw, Maxine Monteith, Nashonie Paul, Jade Perina, Margaret Tait, Isabella Todd, Vienna Tran, Mila Vajagic, Sofia Vidovich, Ellen Walker, Zoe Watson, Isla Williams, Thea Woolley

Year 9 Fine Academic Achievement Awards
Imaan Ahamed, Lekshmy Ananthan, Kavindi Athuraliya, Olivia Bailey, Morgan Baker, Dimity Beckinsale, Monica Behrenbruch, Mia Brown, Lauren Cunningham, Talia Devendra, Alyse Dowd, Lucinda Guest, Rhea Gupta, Stella Jaramazovic, Thrishali Kasa, Claire Lau, Brenda Lee, Bridget McCormack, Rhea Naganna, Jade Nguyen, Sarah Ott, Juliette Pepin, Leila Riemann, Ava Schwennesen, Lucy Thompson, Dilki Unantenna, Georgina West, Eloise Wood, Joy Yin, Jessica Yu

Year 10 Fine Academic Achievement Awards
Amelia Adderson, Jessica Allen, Claire Allison, Lucy Boyle, Chelsea Cheadle, Amber Cormack-Thompson, Lucinda Davies, Xanthia DeBoer, Rachel Eng, Yessica Eom, Priyanka Jaisinghani, Tihari Jayasuriya, Lily Ji, Emma Kibsgaard, Emily Le, Rachel Leathers, Annabel Lee, Isabel Lin, Aisha McDonald, Eloise Sinclair-Ford, Georgia Smith, Hannah Stopford, Tiana Tong, Esther Wong, Christine Yang, Isabel Yu, Sophia Zhang

Year 11 Fine Academic Achievement Awards
Renee Byrne, Lillian Carley, Joanna Figurado, Jasmine Fleming, Mai-Lyn Foong, Anna Hulme, Anna Kyprios, Justine Lee, Caitlyn Lee, Eve Limboro, Cindy Liu, Yasmin McDonald, Rebecca Moses-Hills, Eloise O’Donnell, Gabrielle Preston, Aeshlein Ralston, Harriet Robertson, Akshaya Selvarajan, Alexandra Spalding, Imogen Stocks, Lilyan Sullivan, Erin Sullivan, Elisa Tamai, Amy Thompson, Georgina Whittle, Scarlett Winter, Phoenix Yuksel

Year 12 Fine Academic Achievement Awards
Rebecca Chae, Susan Du, Stephanie Fanshawe, Ella Lau, Bianca Leathers, Jessie Luo, Niraasha Munasinghe, Avalon Ormiston, Rachel Pavlovski, Caroline Puri, Scarlett Rowe, Bianca Stewart, Skye Sun, Imogen Taylor, Katie Vidler, Melanie Watson

Year 8 Progress Awards
Zane Chen, Olivia Fairlie, Hannah Fletcher, Amy Guo, Lola Harris, Samara Herath, Kokoda Holloway, Angeline Hsu, Kanon Iizuka, Georgia Lane, Ellie Reid, Leilani Sellar, Zoe Watson

Year 9 Progress Awards
Monica Behrenbruch, Charlotte Boston, Anh Bui, Lauren Cunningham, Bella Fang, April Fitzsimmons, Marnie Garate, Brooke Gralton, Lucinda Guest, Stella Jaramazovic, Ashleigh Kearnan, Sophie Rose, Paige Sankey, Angelina Tignani, Scarlet Trevanion, Emma-Kate Watt, Jessica Yu

Year 10 Progress Awards
Samantha Congreve, Verity Heagney-Smith, Eloise Sinclair-Ford

Year 12 Progress Awards
Stephanie Fanshawe, Isabella Kenny, Niraasha Munasinghe, Avalon Ormiston, Scarlett Rowe, Imogen Taylor, Rina Toto, Brydee Trevanion, Katie Vidler

Academic Honours – Full Pocket, Semester 2, 2018
Jessica Allen, Clare Allison, Lucinda Davies, Xanthia DeBoer, Rachel Eng, Yessica Eom, Priyanka Jaisinghani, Tihari Jayasuriya, Lily Ji, Rachel Leathers, Annabel Lee, Aisha McDonald, Sophia McIntosh, Georgia Smith, Hannah Stopford, Tiana Tong, Esther Wong, Christine Yang, Sophia Zhang

Academic Honours – Half Pocket, Semester 2, 2018
Chelsea Cheadle

OP Prediction meetings Year 12
Students in 12 will soon be 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. 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.

Year 12 2020 Parent Information evening: ATAR update
Students currently in Year 11 will progress to Units 3 and 4 of the senior syllabuses in Term Four. At this time, the marks awarded will begin contributing to their ATAR outcomes. A parent information evening will be held on 10th October at 6:30pm to discuss timelines, assessment requirements, and to answer questions about ATAR studies.

Year 11 parents are reminded that students should not miss school, other than for illness, during Units 3 and 4 of senior studies.

Year 9 and 10 2020 subject selection information evening
An information evening will be held at 6:30pm on 7th August for parents of students in Years 9 and 10 in 2020. The evening will outline the curriculum and subject selection options for students in these year levels. Students will also be addressed at year level meetings during the school day. Subject selection forms will be due for return for these year levels on 19th August.

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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

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Welcome Back
I hope you all had a relaxing and enjoyable break! Thank you to all the girls who attended the preseason Rowing camp during the holidays. I would also like to thank and acknowledge Ms Hole for organising and Mr Mosely and Mrs Bishop for assisting at camp.
It was great to see so many girls at Athletics training over the holidays. QGSSSA isn’t too far away so it is important the whole team is regularly attending training.
Good luck to all teams for the first round of QGSSSA Winter Fixtures this weekend against St Hilda’s. A reminder if you wake up ill on Saturday morning or are unable to play, please contact Mr McGregor-Lowndes on 0420 306 324 and he will notify the relevant co-ordinator. Please click here to view the QGSSSA Winter Fixtures Round 1.

Term 3 Sport Overview

Week 2 Training Schedule

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Music

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St Aidan’s and St Laurence’s Combined Project
On Tuesday 20th 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 20th of 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:
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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 21st of 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@stiadns.qld.edu.au Students are encouraged come to the first rehearsal in week 2 or sign up at the Trade Show 12.50pm in the CHC on Friday 8th of February. (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:
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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). The first meeting for 2018 is on Monday February 4 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 herefor 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 3 Music Calendar. Changes and additions may be made throughout the year. Updates will be provided in the Newsletter.

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Mathematics 

Mathematics Assistance Program Term Three 2019

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 

• Welcome
• Staff Update
• Safety of Students – NUT ALLERGIES
• Student Protection Officers
• Safety of Students – Internal Drive-through Crossing
• Semester One Academic Awards Assembly
• Parent / Teacher Interviews Term 3
• Safe on Social Media – Parent/Carer Information Session
• Online Research Tips
• Important Dates
• The Living Room - Growing Readers and Writers

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 feel equally welcomed by our parent body.

Staff Update
It is my pleasure to welcome Miss Hannah Cromarty to St Aidan’s. Hannah is replacing Jen Gibbons as a Year 5 Form Teacher. Hannah has taught across the lower and upper primary for five years in both independent and Anglican schools and is currently completing her Master of Education at Curtin University.
Hannah will regularly be engaging with students from a variety of year levels through her involvement in extra-curricular activities (Kidpreneur, Basketball) and when she is out and about in the grounds of the Junior School.
Please make Hannah feel welcome if you see her in the Junior School.

Safety of Students – NUT/EGG ALLERGIES
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

Safety of Students – Internal Drive-through Crossing
To assist in ensuring the safety of students in peak drop off/pick up times, I ask that parents/carers follow the directions of Junior School staff when they are using the internal drive-through pedestrian crossing.

Semester One Academic Awards Assembly
This special assembly will take place on Tuesday 23 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 Olivia Cheng, Sophie Colston, April Palling, Sydelle Zhang
Year 5 Maggie Bladen, Grace Cadwallader, Lauren Deighton, Sophia Evenden, Seoirsin Greer, Kailyn Jayasuriya, Remy Hancock, Emily Rae, Ava Robinson, Miranda Tyler, Yolanda Wang
Year 6 Annabel Bristow, Olivia Banh, Cass Chan, Isabelle Dunn, Rebecca Kerr, Vanning Kuo, Audrey McGregor, Linda Meng, Poppy Morrison, Arlie Richardson, Regan Saayman, Jada White

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 was emailed to parents earlier this week. Please contact Wilhelmina Morrison (w.morrison@staidans.qld.edu.au/33735944) if you have any questions.

Safe on Social Media – Parent/Carer Information Session
On Wednesday 24 July commencing at 6pm, St Aidan’s is delighted to welcome Kirra Pendergast, to share her expertise in social media and some practical skills and strategies in Term 3.
Concerned about your children’s safety on social media? Looking for the answers but not sure where to turn? The Safe on Social Media face-to-face presentation and Q&A session delivers real life case studies and strategies to help parents support their children.
You can read more about topics that will be covered and register to attend this free event by clicking here.
In addition to the parent/carer session, Kirra will also be making presentations to the students in Year 3-6 and also Year 7-9 on the same day.

Online Research Tips
Parents are encouraged to support their child’s research but often it is difficult to decide whether a website is credible. See below some tips for helping your child research effectively.
Some key questions to help you evaluate a website's credibility:
Domain — sometimes domains that include .gov or .edu come from more trustworthy education or government sources.
Author information — look at the author bio or About page. How qualified is this person?
Design — we can’t judge a book (or website!) by its cover but sites that are cluttered, difficult to navigate, or look amateurish may be worth avoiding.
Sources — trustworthy articles usually link to other sources or cite where their facts come from.

Important Dates
Please click here for Important Dates Term 3, 2019.

Growing Readers and Writers

Our next event in The Living Room is bound to be a popular one! Join Megan Daley, Allison Rushby and Allison Tait, the team behind the popular Your Kid’s Next Read Facebook group as they look at how to get kids reading and keep them reading, how to help kids with their writing, and how to find the perfect next read for YOUR kid. PLUS, we'll have giveaways, wine, nibbles, the opportunity to meet Brisbane members of the wonderful YKNR community AND a lot of fun. 

For more information about Growing Readers and Writers, click here.  To secure your tickets, click here. 

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Junior Sport

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House Athletics Carnival
The Interhouse Athletics Carnival was held on Wednesday 19 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 assembly on Monday 22 July 2019. 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
Following the carnival held in Term 2, the full Andrews Cup Athletics squad for 2019 will be announced by the end of the week. 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.
The St Aidan’s Junior School Athletics Squad will be participating in a Metro Athletic meet. The meet will be held on a Wednesday 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:
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West Taylor Bridge Friday Clubs Competition
The 2019 Walter Taylor Bridge competition for Semester One concluded with some outstanding performances. Congratulations to all girls who participated during the season. Particular mention must go to the Year 6 White Netball Team who were crowned Premiers.

Walter Taylor Bridge Friday Clubs Competition Semester 2 Interschool Sport
During the first two 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 Two.

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 Three training will commence on Tuesday 16 July 2019.
Netball Trials -
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 as to the training and selection procedures. During the first 2 weeks of trials, girls will be expected to attend at least three of the first four sessions. This will hopefully enable the squads to be finalised as early as possible and also enable the coaches to confirm the number of weekly sessions girls will be required to attend for training. Trials will commence approximately Week Five of Term Three.

Congratulations to Lily Degeling who represented St Aidan's at the Northern NSW & Qld Snowsports Interschools Championships last week at Perisher ski resort. Lily competed in the Division 6 (5-7 year olds) Skier X (skier cross) and won the gold medal for Queensland.
Congratulations Lily!

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.

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

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Junior Music

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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 Trottc.trott@staidans.qld.edu.au or Mrs Figliano s.figliano@staidans.qld.edu.au Students are encouraged come to the first rehearsal in week 2 or sign up at the Trade Show 12.50pm in the CHC on Friday 8th of February. (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:
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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). The first meeting for 2018 is on Monday February 4 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).
JS Music 1

Dolce Strings Rehearsals - Term Three
JS Music 2

Junior Singers Rehearsals - Term 3
JS music 3


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 3 Music Calendar. Changes and additions may be made throughout the year. Updates will be provided in the Newsletter.

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