Newsletter Term 3 Week 10 2019

Principal

Ms toni riordan

Staff News
It is with sadness that I inform the school community that two of our staff members will be leaving St Aidan’s, in the near future. Firstly, Dr James Cuskelly has recently announced his resignation from teaching at St Aidan’s to enable a move to the country at the end of the year. We are fortunate to continue our long-standing relationship with Dr Cuskelly through the continuation of the Cuskelly Summer School, held each January, here at St Aidan’s. After 9 years of service, I thank Dr Cuskelly for his expertise and passion for music and look forward to farewells later in the year.

Secondly, Ms Glenda Hamilton, our teacher of Design Technologies – Food and Textiles and our VET Coordinator has informed the school that she will need to return to New Zealand to attend to commitments. Ms Hamilton will finish her time with us on October 25 and Ms Yvonne Boonman, a familiar face and regular Relief Teacher here at St Aidan’s will cover Ms Hamilton’s classes.

In other staff news, we look forward to the return of Mrs Kelly Swan, Deputy Head of Junior School, after her parental leave and we wish the best to Rev Gillian Moses for her long service leave at the start of Term 4.

Recruitment
You may note on our website and via other recruitment sites that we are advertising a range of professional positions to commence either late 2019 or into 2020. We have a national recruitment strategy to select our new Head of Junior School, as Ms Louise McGuire finishes with us at the end of the year. We will also be advertising for the positions of PAR (Position of Added Responsibility) – Music and Head of Performance, with Dr Cuskelly’s resignation from St Aidan’s and an opportunity to extend the music team to support our growth in the music program over the years.

Also advertised will be a new position, Director of Community and Development, which will assist the Foundation Board with philanthropic work and to develop strategy for connectedness with our key stakeholders. Next year, our current Executive Assistant (EA) to the Deputy Principal will move into a full-time position as our Manager of Human Resources and an advertisement for the EA to the Deputy Principal is also advertised. We know the power of word-of-mouth at St Aidan’s and I encourage you to share news of our available roles and subsequent recruitment with your professional networks, friends and families.

Student Protection Guide
I draw your attention to an important document, which is relevant to all Anglican schools in Southern Queensland, including St Aidan’s. The guide outlines the processes about how St Aidan’s will respond to harm, or allegations of harm, to students under 18 years and the appropriate conduct of the school’s staff and students, according to section 16 of the Education (Non-State Schools) Accreditation Regulation 2017). It also highlights that there are strategies for communication and support, including information for parents and persons engaged by St Aidan’s that includes details of the risk management strategy and where it can be accessed (section 3 of the Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening Regulation 2011).

The Safeguarding our Children – Student Protection in Anglican Schools: A Guide for Parents and Students may be downloaded here: https://secure.ermonline.com.au/education/gateway/intranet_gateway.cfm?eu=TU-8E66C425-0BC6-0C67-A696D1C634056B7F-8E66C426-C8D5-461E-DAC6795B35485A76 or accessed on our Student Protection pages on the school website and on Aidan’s Central.

Spring Vacation
In this final week of Term 3, I wish everyone a restful break, the time to renew and a safe return to us for the final academic term of 2019. 

I thank everyone for their commitment and dedication over the term. We had record-breaking participation in sport for senior school students and outstanding sporting achievements in both the Junior and Senior School. We’ve had events and activities varied and too numerous to overview here; a busy assessment period, including the last ever QCS test and the first block testing of Unit 2 work for Year 11 students. Also, we held the last of our official 90th birthday celebrations, commencing the term with the Foundation’s Signature Ball and then with St Aidan’s Day celebrations in August. It’s been busy and incredibly rewarding for our school community.

Congratulations
• QGSSSA 2019 Winter Fixtures Premiership teams. Our Open Tennis team who secured the premiership for the fourth year in a row and our undefeated 7C Netball team for securing our first premiership in Netball since 2005.

 

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Deputy Principal

Ms marcia forness

Special Awards Assembly and Annual Awards Ceremony

It’s that time of year again, when we celebrate the achievements of our students with Special Awards Assembly and Annual Awards Ceremony. Please note the following information regarding these awards:

Prize Reading Assembly – 29th October 2019
Annual award recipients (excluding Year 12) will be announced at assembly on the 29th October with communication to parents to follow. Some of these awards will be presented at the Special Awards Assembly and some at the Annual Awards Assembly.

Special Awards Assembly – 7th November 2019
Parents are welcome to attend the Special Awards Assembly which will be held in the Christine Hartland Centre on Thursday, 7th November at 8.45am. This assembly will present a number of special awards and the announcement of Year 12 student prizes and Pinnacle awards will be featured.

Annual Awards Ceremony – 11th November 2019
The Annual Awards Ceremony at 7.00pm at the QPAC Concert Hall. At this ceremony, there will be speeches from our Principal Toni Riordan, Chair of School Council, and our School Captain. The evening is also an opportunity to showcase the talent of our music students to the whole school community.

Tickets for the Annual Awards are available free of charge direct through QPAC: https://www.qpac.com.au/event/sn_st_aidans_19/. Award recipients and all Year 12 students will have allocated seating. Musicians performing will be backstage and will also not require a seat.

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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

• Year 10
• Year 11
• Year 12

Year 10

Year 10 students have completed their introductory units prior to commencing Unit One of the senior syllabuses. Results will shortly be available for each subject in Parent Lounge. Students are encouraged to reflect on the strategies they have learnt in this unit.

Any Year 10 student who wishes to make a subject change should contact Ms Wall this week. Students need to be aware that some classes are full and no more students will be able to join these classes. In general, it is recommended that students avoid making excessive changes to subjects, as continuity in learning is important for success. After the commencement of Unit One, the next opportunity for subject changes is at the end of Term One 2020. Students are discouraged from mid-unit subject changes over the Christmas break.

I wish Year 10 students a restful holiday; they should be proud of the way they have made the adjustment to senior subjects.

 

Year 11
Year 11 students have now completed Unit Two of the senior syllabuses. Reports will be emailed giving both a Unit Two result and a combined Units One and Two total result. The result for the combined units gives some indication of the student’s likely level of success in ATAR Units 3 and 4 should they apply the same level of commitment and study habits.

I have recently had conversations with many of the Year 11 students about their approach to the Unit Two exams. Most students have reflected that they found exams covering a full year’s work challenging; however, most students believe they now know what they now need to do to be successful for Units 3 and 4.

We were also privileged to have a sport’s psychologist, Kai Morris, speak to the students during their academic preparation sessions. Thinking about exams as a time to show off the preparation of the term is a good way for students to enter exams in a spirit of positive competition. Many of our students enjoy QGSSSA competitions following periods of training, and we heard from our guest speaker how assessment can be thought of in the same way.

I wish all of the Year 11 students a restful holiday before the ATAR work in Term Four. Students are expected to be in attendance at school every day throughout Units 3 and 4, other than in cases of illness.

Families are reminded that an information evening outlining the calendar and processes for the senior year will take place on Thursday October 10th at 6:30pm. We hope that as many families as possible can attend this session as an opportunity to engage with ‘the big picture’ of the students’ final year of schooling. The school leadership team is looking forward to working with the students and families throughout the senior year.

Year 12

Year 12s are congratulated on the positive and committed way they approached the recent QCS tests and block testing. The students’ maturity was evident and was commented on by community observers at QCS.

I wish the Year 12 students a restful holiday before the important final term. Term Four is a short, full term in which students have a final opportunity to improve their outcomes. Many are preparing for the final sprint to the finish of their schooling, and the whole St Aidan’s community wishes them well. 

 

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Dean of Students & Academic Welfare (7-9)

Ms holly o'sullivan williams

Student Protection Officers

Student Protection Officers
Senior school students are regularly 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:

• Ms Louise McGuire – Head of Junior School
• Ms Holly O’Sullivan Williams – Dean of Students & Academic Welfare (7-9)
• Ms Jennie Robinson – Guidance Counsellor

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

For information on the extra Curricular Groups Photo day, please click here. 

 

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Guidance Counsellor

ms Jennie Robinson

For all Careers news please visit the Careers tile on Aidan's Central.

Senior School

Sport

• The Back Page – Week 10
• Sports Awards Evening – Nomination Information & Criteria
• Holiday Training Schedule

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Music

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

AMEB Results

Congratulations to the following girls who have successfully completed their AMEB Speech and Drama Exams recently.
Year 9 - Emma Aziz - grade 7
Year 9 - Monica Behrenbruch - grade 7
Year 9 - Emily Hodge - grade 7
Year 9 - Natasha Whittle - grade 7
Year 8 - Lily McGregor - grade 5
Year 7 - Gisele Vitale - grade 5

The Grande Concert
On Sunday 20th October 2019, the St Aidan’s AGS Music Department and Music Support Group will present The Grande Concert. This concert will be held in the Christine Hartland Centre and will start at 3.00pm. The following ensembles will perform: Ensemble Volar, Chorale, Children Crossing, Community Choir, Paganini Strings, Corelli Strings, Symphonic Winds, Back-beat Band, Percussion Ensemble, Combined St Aidan’s and BBC Strings, Combined Band (Symphonic Winds and Con Brio Band).

Prior to the concert there will be some short rehearsals/sound checks for groups as follows:

1.00 pm Combined St Aidan’s Strings and BBC Strings CHC Floor
1.30 pm Paganini Strings CHC Floor
1.30 pm Corelli Strings CG04
1.45 pm Combined Band/Symphonic Winds CHC Stage
2.00 pm Percussion Ensemble CHC Stage
2.15 pm Back-beat Band CHC Stage
2.15 pm Chorale/Children Crossing Auditorium
2.30 pm Ensemble Volar Auditorium
2.30 pm Children Crossing CHC Floor

Students who are involved in all groups will need to arrive 15 minutes before their first rehearsal in order to warm up and organise their instruments, music etc.

We anticipate the concert will conclude by 5.30pm and encourage students performing earlier in the afternoon to support other performers through their full attendance. Students are reminded that the allocation of pockets is dependent on attendance at all performances.

Ensemble and choir members are required to dress in the performance uniform. Full details of the performance uniform may be found overleaf. Performance uniforms are available from the Uniform Shop. Students from the Junior School who are performing may wear their formal blue school uniform.

In order to run an event such as this, some parental assistance is required. The Music Support Group is looking for offers of support for the afternoon; all families are asked to bring a plate of sweet or savoury snacks for afternoon tea.           

They will also run one of their famous raffles and would greatly appreciate donations of prizes for the hampers. Raffle donations (chocolates, biscuits, bottles of wine, small gift items) can be dropped at the P & F Office by Friday 11th October.

Additionally, The Music Support Group are running a Senior School Raffle with the main prize a full scholarship to the Cuskelly College Summer School Music Program. This prize is valued $880 and tickets will be available on the day of the concert for $10. The raffle will be drawn at Music Lunch on Friday November 8, 2019. Everyone who has participated in this program has thoroughly enjoyed the experience and more details about the Summer School can be found at: https://cuskellycollegeofmusic.com/summer-school/

Alternatively, if you wish to offer some time to assist with preparation, serving or clean-up please contact Paula Hodge paula.hodge@bigpond.com 0411 860 433. Your assistance would be greatly appreciated. This is a great way to support the work of the MSG in fundraising for the Music Department!

There is no audience charge for this concert and refreshments will be available for purchase during the intermission. As this is one of the key events for our performance ensembles and choirs, we hope you take this opportunity to support your daughter in her musical endeavours through your attendance at this concert.

Please address any enquiries regarding the event to the teacher of the relevant ensemble or music@staidan.qld.edu.au

GLOW (Junior School Art and Music Show)

GLOW (formerly the Junior School Art and Music Show) will be held on Wednesday, October 16th 2019, in the Christine Hartland Centre. The performance part of this event runs from 4.00pm – 6:00pm and the following groups will be involved:

Da Capo Strings (Meet 3.30pm in CGO4; perform 4.00pm
Four Seasons Strings (Meet 3.30pm in CG04; perform 4.10pm)
Clementi Cellos (Meet 3.45pm in C108; perform 4:20pm)
Con Brio Band (Meet 3.45pm in C112; perform 4.30pm)
Moyse Flutes (Meet 4.00 in C112; perform 4.40pm)
Arco Strings (Meet 4.15pm in CG04; perform 4.50pm)
Junior Singers (Meet 4.30pm in Auditorium; perform 5.00pm)
Dolce Strings (Meet 4.30pm in C108; perform 5.10pm)
Taffanel Flutes (Meet 4.45pm in C112; perform 5.20pm)
Charma Band (Meet 5.00pm in C112; perform 5.30pm)
Vivaldi Strings (Meet 5.15pm in the CG04; perform 5.40pm)

All students are required to perform in their blue school uniform.

A free sausage in bread will be provided to every performing junior school student and these will be available from 3.30 – 4.30pm. Additional sausages can be purchased for $2.50 and an assortment of other refreshments will be available for purchase by parents and senior school students.

The Music Support Group will be running some raffles on the day of the concert and would greatly appreciate donations of prizes for the hampers. Raffle donations (chocolates, biscuits, bottles of wine, small gift items) can be left with Mrs Morrison at the Junior School Office and will be collected on Friday 11th of October. Additionally, The Music Support Group are running a Whole School Raffle with the main prize a full scholarship to the Cuskelly College Summer School Music Program. This prize is valued $880 and tickets will be available on the day of the concert for $10. The raffle will be drawn at Music Lunch on Friday November 8, 2019. Everyone who has participated in this program has thoroughly enjoyed the experience and more details about the Summer School can be found at: https://cuskellycollegeofmusic.com/summer-school/
If you have any further enquires please email music@staidans.qld.edu.au

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 2019
Don’t forget to complete the electronic private tuition form as soon as possible and return to us here at the school. Knowing which students are continuing with their lessons really assists in organising instruments, timetables and rooms. And of course, we are very keen to hear from any new students who are interested in learning an instrument. The link to the online enrolment form is as follows:
https://au1.documents.adobe.com/public/esignWidget?wid=CBFCIBAA3AAABLblqZhA6JM5HtbLwCed2S0TO047YiiTGdXfRFLn2AQer-VgcswmKKHCGd4cE8SZZDkT29Eg*

Music Support Group
The St Aidan’s Music Support Group, made up of parents, students and staff, provides vital support to the school’s young musicians through its fundraising endeavours and its smooth organisation of concerts and other music events. The group regularly purchases much-needed instruments, music and other equipment, and also helps support other activities such as workshops and overseas tours.

The support group relies on the goodwill of parents to help with ticket sales, catering, publicity, and fundraising which are vital to the seamless running of concerts throughout the year. Meetings are scheduled for Monday evenings at 7:00pm in the Science and Technology Building meeting room (SG02). Please feel free to contact the group’s president, Paula Hodge, paula.hodge@bigpond.com if you have any questions, or if you would be willing to volunteer but are unable to attend regular meetings.

Rehearsal Schedule for 2019
In order to assist parents and students in planning, please see the rehearsal schedule for 2019. This schedule has been prepared in consultation with the Head of Sport and every effort has been made to minimise clashes. However, please bear in mind that there are usually a minimum of 2 sports training scheduled in any week and should there be a clash between a music rehearsal (offered once a week only) and a sport training students are to attend the musical rehearsal on the set day and attend the alternative sports training on the other.
Please click here for the 2019 Rehearsal Schedule.

CHOIRS
• Ensemble Volar (auditioned)
• Chorale (Yrs 9-12)
• Children Crossing (Yrs 6-8)
• Junior Singers (Yrs 3-5)
• Community Choir (Semester Two only)

STRING ENSEMBLES
• Paganini Strings (AMEB Grade Five and above, auditioned)
• Corelli Strings (AMEB Grade Two and above)
• Chamber String Ensembles: Volar Strings, Allegro Strings, Arco Strings, Four Seasons Strings, Da Capo Strings (auditioned)
• Vivaldi Strings (Yrs 5-8)
• Dolce Strings (Yrs 2-4)
• Clementi Celli
• Beginner Strings Program
• Combined Orchestras (Symphonic Winds and Paganini Strings)

BAND ENSEMBLES

• Symphonic Winds (AMEB Grade Four and above)
• Con Brio Band (AMEB Grade Two and above)
• Taffanel Flutes (Yr 5 and above)
• Charma Band (Yrs 5-7)
• Back-beat Band (Yr 5 and above)
• Percussion Ensemble (Yr 5 and above)
• Taffanel Flutes (Senior Chamber Flute Choir)
• Yr 4 Beginner Band Program
• Yr 3 Beginner Band Preparation Program (Semester Two only)
• Combined Orchestras (Symphonic Winds and Corelli Strings)

2019 Music Calendar
Please click here for Term 3 Music Calendar. Changes and additions may be made throughout the year. Updates will be provided in the Newsletter.

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stage dance

STAGE 2020 team auditions

STAGE 2020 team auditions are being held on Sunday 13th October 2019. Please see the attached flyer for audition and rehearsal details and to request an audition form.

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Junior Jottings

Mrs Louise Mcguire 

• Year 4 French
• STEMies Learn Through Building
• Activity Photographs – Friday 20 September
• Blessing of the Animals – Saturday 12 October
• Glow – Art and Music Evening Wednesday 16 October
• Disco – ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Friday 25 October
• Melbourne Cup Lunch – Tuesday 5 November
• Cool Coding Apps and Websites for Kids – Advice from Common Sense Media
• Important Dates

It’s hard to believe that we are already at the end of Term 3 and about to embark on two weeks of rest and relaxation in preparation for the final term of the year. Congratulations must go to the girls for their diligence and enthusiasm throughout the term. They have had the opportunity to be involved in so many wonderful experiences, including external excursions and guest speakers. A very big thank you must go to all of the staff for their hard work and dedication with regard to providing such an extensive range of curricular and extra-curricular activities. I wish everyone a restful and safe holiday.

Year 4 French
Last Friday, Year 4 students demonstrated their French language skills through a joyous rendition of the old favourite, The Three Little Pigs. Carers, parents and grandparents came along to watch their talented children performing in a second language. Well done, girls!
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STEMies Learn Through Building
This term, the girls in STEMies Club had the opportunity to develop skills in following instructions both written and visual to build cardboard, mechanical Kinetikits. The kits provided students with opportunities to discuss the instructions and understand the language and illustrations to complete each stage of building. This activity promoted fantastic conversations and led to creative and critical thinking with plenty of problem solving.

Students built -
• and painted all-terrain bugs which presented problems they had to solve
• Zoetropes, adding decorations to personalise
• a theatre with scenes and wrote a script ready for filming
• cars that had solar panels which could be used instead of the electric circuit
• a motorised model of the moon orbiting the earth.
The look on the girls’ faces when they finally had a working, moving, finished product was
priceless!
Video of STEMies Term 3

Activity Photographs – Friday 20 September
On Friday 20 September, a range of Junior School Activity Photographs (as per the email sent to parents) will be taken. The girls are to wear “browns” (with brown shoes and St Aidan’s white sports socks) for sports activities (including Year 6 students) and “blues” for all other photographs. 
For more information on the Extra Curricular Groups photo day, click here.

Blessing of the Animals – Saturday 12 October
Saturday 12 October is the annual St Aidan’s Blessing of the Animals which is once again being held in conjunction with our Year 3 & 4 Family Service. All members of St Aidan’s community are invited to come along, and all pets are welcome regardless of size or shape! We will gather in the Link for a 4.30pm start and we will finish by 5.30pm. Please make sure your pets are appropriately restrained and if you can’t bring your pet in personally you are welcome to bring a photograph with you.

Glow – Art and Music Evening Wednesday 16 October
This year, the Junior School Art and Music Show is incorporated into Glow – a school-wide celebration of Making and Creating. It is being held on Wednesday 16 October (second week of Term 4), commencing at 4:00pm and concluding by approximately 6:30pm. The Junior School artwork will be displayed in the Christine Hartland Centre and the music groups will perform intermittently throughout the evening. The artwork will remain on display for further viewing on the morning of Thursday 17 October.

Senior School Visual Art, Engineering, Design and Home Economics will be on display in the Link and you are invited to wander into the area and view the creative pathways and outcomes of senior students. It is the intention that this event will continue to become more inclusive and “carnival-like” in the future; as such, we will have ice-cream and snow-cone vans to complement the fund-raising activities of the music support group. We will also have a wandering children’s entertainer outside creating bubble displays and balloon animals for the younger children.

Disco – ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Friday 25 October
The annual Junior School Disco will be held on Friday 25 October commencing at 6pm. Tickets are now available for purchase through Flexischools for this year’s ‘Dancing with the Stars’ themed disco (girls are invited to bring their grooviest dance partner – dad, granddad, uncle, friend).
We are seeking raffle/silent auction prize donations from Junior School families. Ticket sales from the much sought-after prizes contribute significantly to the funds raised on the night.

Raffle prizes: Suggested donations from each year level-

Kindy and rep: Art & craft supplies/ board games/ books
Years 1 & 2: Smiggle items
Year 3: $5 Donations to purchase an Instamatic Camera
Year 4: Summer holiday hamper – pool toys, beach towels, sunscreen, frisbees, etc
Year 5: Princess Hamper – hair accessories, nail polish, lip gloss etc.
Year 6: Typo items

Of course, if you have anything else that you would like to donate as a raffle prize, it would be very much appreciated. Donations can be delivered to the Junior School Reception or your daughter’s classroom by Tuesday 22 October.
Thank you for your support.

Melbourne Cup Luncheon – Date Claimer – Tuesday 5 November
This year, the Melbourne Cup luncheon will be held at the Indooroopilly Golf Club. Tickets are on sale (Flexischools) $110 per person. For more information see the P&F section on Aidan’s Central. Start organising your table now so you don’t miss out!

Cool Coding Apps and Websites for Kids – Advice from Common Sense Media
Computer programming can help kids develop vital problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. Not sure where to begin? This list offers ways to jump-start a coding adventure. It also encourages children to become creators and not simply consumers of technology. Teaching everything from simple commands to complex programs, coding apps and websites come in a range of formats designed for different ages and abilities.

For popular picks to spark your children’s interest in coding, be sure to check out the following tools that cover STEM topics and the Learning with Technology topic centre.
For more information click here.

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

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Junior Sport

Please click read more for all Junior School Sport information.

Please click here for the Junior School Training Schedule for Week 10 Term 3 and Week 1 Term 4

Andrews Cup Gymnastics – 7 November

Trainings will continue Tuesday and Friday mornings at 6am – 7.30am at Splitz Gymnastics, Sumner Park. On the conclusion of each session, a bus will take the girls back to school.
Team members are to note that there is no training during the holidays; however, recommencement of training will occur on Tuesday 8 October.

West Taylor Bridge Friday Clubs Competition Semester 2 Interschool Sport
West Taylor Bridge Club competition will conclude for Term 3 on Friday 20 September and recommence on Friday 11 October.
As a courtesy to staff and other coaches, please note the starting and finishing times for each session.
Girls are reminded of the expectation to attend a minimum of one training session of their chosen sport each week. Training for all teams for all sports (Basketball and Softball) is located at Ambiwerra.

Training sessions and coaches have been confirmed for Basketball and Softball teams – please see below.

Softball Training Sessions

Friday morning 6.45am-7.45am at Ambiwerra
Girls are reminded to bring their glove and water bottle.
Ms Swan, Hannah King and Ashlee Johnson

Basketball Training Sessions
Friday morning 6.45am-7.45am at Ambiwerra
Ms Egan, Ms Cromarty and Raquel Spies

Andrews Cup Softball Trials
The Andrews Cup Softball Squad will be announced on Thursday 19 September with information letters sent home to team members providing information on the competition which is to be held at Downey Park, Windsor on 22 October.
Girls are expected to attend Wednesday morning compulsory training at the Ambiwerra sport fields from 6.45am-7.45am. A school bus will be provided to take students to the venue.

Training Dates
Wednesday 9 October 6.45am – 7.45am at Ambiwerra
Friday 11 October 6.45am – 7.45am at Ambiwerra
Wednesday 16 October 6.45am – 7.45am at Ambiwerra
Friday 18 October 6.45am – 7.45am at Ambiwerra

Andrews Cup Basketball Trials
The Andrews Cup Basketball Squad has been announced and information letters have been sent home to team members providing information on the competition which is to be held at the 35 Beattie Road, Coomera, 4209 on Thursday 7 November, commencing at 9.00am.
Girls are expected to attend Tuesday afternoon compulsory training at the Ambiwerra Basketball courts from 3.45pm-4.45pm. A school bus will be provided to take students to the venue.

Training Dates
Tuesday 17 September 3.45pm – 4.45pm at Ambiwerra
Tuesday 8 October 3.45pm – 4.45pm at Ambiwerra
Tuesday 15 October 3.45pm – 4.45pm at Ambiwerra
Tuesday 29 October 3.45pm – 4.45pm at Ambiwerra
Friday 1 November 6.45am – 7.45am at Ambiwerra
Tuesday 5 November 3.45pm – 4.45pm at Ambiwerra

2019 Beyond Athletics
The 2020 Beyond Athletics commenced last week on Wednesday 11 September at Ambiwerra from 3.45-5.00pm for girls selected. The program’s final Ambiwerra session will be held on Wednesday 20 November with the optional sessions to be held on October 26 and 23 November at the Sherwood Arboretum. With the weather being so hot, girls are reminded to bring their water bottles, sunscreen and wear their sports cap. On the conclusion of the school day, students have the option of being transported to Ambiwerra via the school bus. Parents are to collect their girls at the end of the session at Ambiwerra.
As a courtesy to staff and other coaches, please note the finishing times for each session.

2020 Cross Country Preparation Training
2020 Cross Country preparation training will commence in Term 4 with sessions created to enable the students to improve their general fitness leading into next year’s Junior School Cross Country season. Whilst the session is designed for girls in Years 2 – 6, younger students are also welcome to attend. One training session (Monday 6.45am-7.45am at Ambiwerra) will be available to the girls each week. A bus will collect students and take them back to school in the morning. Ms Lauren Murry, our Head Cross Country Coach, will be overseeing the program. Trainings will commence Monday 14 October, 2019.

Cross Country Training at Ambiwerra
Monday Time: 6.45am – 7.45am

Swimming Squad Training (Target Andrew 2020)
Preparation for the 2020 swimming competition season is commencing on Wednesday 9 October at the school’s pool. Session times are below.
The Junior School is offering five sessions at the school pool. One compulsory session is required should your daughter be wishing to make the Andrews Cup Team - either a Tuesday morning or Tuesday afternoon.
For more information please click here. 

• Note: Tuesday is a compulsory day for all girls wishing to make the Andrews Cup Swimming Squad
• Sessions are available to girls in Years 1 – 6.
• Sessions are designed to prepare girls for the competitive swimming in 2020 (Andrews Cup, Districts and Interschool) and a certain level of swimming ability is a prerequisite for involvement. Girls intending to participate must be competent in swimming 25 – 50m in freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke and they must also be able to perform a dolphin kick.
• Girls must sign-in the St Aidan’s swimming attendance book at the pool for every session that they attend.

Swimming in PE Term 4
Swimming in PE will commence for all classes in Week 1 of Term 4.

Activity Photographs – Friday 20 September
On Friday 20 September, a range of Junior School Activity Photographs will be taken. The girls are to wear “browns” (with brown shoes and St Aidan’s white sports socks) for sports activities for all photographs.

Andrews Cup and Interschool Sport Photos
With the Term 3 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 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.

For 2019 Key Dates please click here. 

 

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Junior Music

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AMEB Results
Congratulations to the following girls who have successfully completed their AMEB Speech and Drama Exams recently.

Year 6 - Stella Brown - grade 4
Year 6 - Audrey McGregor - grade 4
Year 6 - Poppy Morrison - grade 4
Year 6 - Maisie Leisemann - grade 3
Year 3 - Isabelle Butler - grade 1
Year 1 - Ariella Meehan - prelim

GLOW (Junior School Art and Music Show)

GLOW (formerly the Junior School Art and Music Show) will be held on Wednesday, October 16th 2019, in the Christine Hartland Centre. The performance part of this event runs from 4.00pm – 6:00pm and the following groups will be involved:

Da Capo Strings (Meet 3.30pm in CGO4; perform 4.00pm
Four Seasons Strings (Meet 3.30pm in CG04; perform 4.10pm)
Clementi Cellos (Meet 3.45pm in C108; perform 4:20pm)
Con Brio Band (Meet 3.45pm in C112; perform 4.30pm)
Moyse Flutes (Meet 4.00 in C112; perform 4.40pm)
Arco Strings (Meet 4.15pm in CG04; perform 4.50pm)
Junior Singers (Meet 4.30pm in Auditorium; perform 5.00pm)
Dolce Strings (Meet 4.30pm in C108; perform 5.10pm)
Taffanel Flutes (Meet 4.45pm in C112; perform 5.20pm)
Charma Band (Meet 5.00pm in C112; perform 5.30pm)
Vivaldi Strings (Meet 5.15pm in the CG04; perform 5.40pm)

All students are required to perform in their blue school uniform.

A free sausage in bread will be provided to every performing junior school student and these will be available from 3.30 – 4.30pm. Additional sausages can be purchased for $2.50 and an assortment of other refreshments will be available for purchase by parents and senior school students.

The Music Support Group will be running some raffles on the day of the concert and would greatly appreciate donations of prizes for the hampers. Raffle donations (chocolates, biscuits, bottles of wine, small gift items) can be left with Mrs Morrison at the Junior School Office and will be collected on Friday 11th of October. Additionally, The Music Support Group are running a Whole School Raffle with the main prize a full scholarship to the Cuskelly College Summer School Music Program. This prize is valued $880 and tickets will be available on the day of the concert for $10. The raffle will be drawn at Music Lunch on Friday November 8, 2019. Everyone who has participated in this program has thoroughly enjoyed the experience and more details about the Summer School can be found at: https://cuskellycollegeofmusic.com/summer-school/

If you have any further enquires please email music@staidans.qld.edu.au

Beginner String Ensemble 2019
We are excited to announce that the Beginner String Ensemble will commence rehearsals in Term 4 2019. This ensemble will be open to all beginner string students and will run on Mondays at lunchtime from 1.25-1.55pm. The rehearsals will take place in the OSHC room in the Junior School and the group will be directed by Mrs Dietz. Please direct any enquires to music@staidans.qld.edu.au

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 2019
Don’t forget to complete the electronic private tuition form as soon as possible and return to us here at the school. Knowing which students are continuing with their lessons really assists in organising instruments, timetables and rooms. And of course, we are very keen to hear from any new students who are interested in learning an instrument. The link to the online enrolment form is as follows:
https://au1.documents.adobe.com/public/esignWidget?wid=CBFCIBAA3AAABLblqZhA6JM5HtbLwCed2S0TO047YiiTGdXfRFLn2AQer-VgcswmKKHCGd4cE8SZZDkT29Eg*

Music Support Group
The St Aidan’s Music Support Group, made up of parents, students and staff, provides vital support to the school’s young musicians through its fundraising endeavours and its smooth organisation of concerts and other music events. The group regularly purchases much-needed instruments, music and other equipment, and also helps support other activities such as workshops and overseas tours.

The support group relies on the goodwill of parents to help with ticket sales, catering, publicity, and fundraising which are vital to the seamless running of concerts throughout the year. Meetings are scheduled for Monday evenings at 7:00pm in the Science and Technology Building meeting room (SG02). 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).
Week Activity
Ten Combined Rehearsal

Dolce Strings Rehearsals - Term Three
Week Ten Rehearsal

Junior Singers Rehearsals - Term 3
Week Ten No Rehearsal

Looking Ahead – Junior Singers – Term 4
Week One Rehearsal
Week Two Rehearsal
Performance JS Art and Music (GLOW)
Meet 4:30pm Auditorium
Perform 5:00pm
Week Three Rehearsal
Week Four Rehearsal
Week Five Rehearsal
Week Six No Rehearsal
Performance Extra-Curricular Assembly
9am CHC
Week Seven No Rehearsal
Week Eight No Rehearsal

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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