Newsletter Term 3 Week 2

Principal

Ms toni riordan

In this last week we have celebrated the academic achievers of Semester 1, 2018 and acknowledged girls who have demonstrated academic progress by increasing their GPA. Year 9 students bravely met the challenges of camp and senior school students participating in QGSSSA winter fixtures experienced the brisk, early morning chill of Ipswich in their first round of games. 

Academic resilience

Since 2003 over 137,00 students enrolled in over 700 Australian primary and secondary schools have completed The Survey of Social-Emotional Well Being developed by Professor Michael Bernard and published by ACER. 

“The attitude of self-acceptance is the core of student wellbeing. It combats the tendency to take things personally, which creates the high levels of depression and anxiety young people today are experiencing.”

“In some schools, problems with resilience, including anxiety management, top the list of concerns – especially in ‘high performing’ schools with parents who tend to over-protect and who communicate extremely high expectations for achievement.”

Resilience can be defined as the capacity to cope with, adapt to, and recover from situations of adversity. I believe resilience can be taught and strengthened with the right training and conditions (like a muscle can be strengthened through exercise), helping us to protect ourselves against hardship or difficult times. Without resilience we are vulnerable. Again, I believe that even the most vulnerable can develop resilience and grow strength to face adversity head on. Resilient people endure and grow strong on the inside.

Unfortunately, as human beings we do not always know what we are capable of enduring, so resilience cannot be taught on its own because even if we are capable of surviving and thriving, we may not know it. Have you experienced someone telling you that, “you are stronger than you know.”? Well, we don’t always know, and when the time comes to test out our strength, we may feel like we cannot cope or suffer more (and for longer) than we need.

Developing self-confidence – establishing a good sense of self-concept, and an understanding of our values – what is important to us, and believing in ourselves – is what grows resilience. This is what makes us robust. I am not suggesting that we need to be emotionally ‘hard’. I do not wish for children to “toughen up” so much that they grow into unemotional adults. Even the most resilient people are still breakable, emotional human beings. We can feel the emotions of hardship while knowing that we will survive the difficult feelings. 

We cannot protect our children from all the knocks of life, especially as they grow into adolescence and adulthood. What we can do, is provide them with their own self-protection – their capacity to endure the hardships and to have confidence that it is always possible to overcome adversity. This is the connection between confidence and resilience and what can drive our girls to achieve their best.

“It is simply not possible for a single teacher to positively influence the wellbeing of every student in a school, but when all school staff work together with parents and the wider community to provide a gold-class social and emotional education, the potential of every child can be realised,” says Professor Bernard.

“Parents and teachers do a world of good when they act as coaches of young people’s social-emotional development, including not taking too much responsibility for the young person’s welfare and discussing ways they can help the young person manage their emotions.”

Coaching provides the right training and conditions, which help our girls endure and to grow strong on the inside. I encourage all families to continue the conversations about personal best with their daughters and to consider how to coach them through the ‘hard’ days, when they really need to believe in themselves to just keep going.

Congratulations:
Amy Kuskopf (Year 12) whose audition was successful to be a soloist with Young Con Symphony Orchestra. 
Our dressage team who placed 3rd overall, out of 110 schools, at an Interschool State Championship competition. Holly Willmore and Kirsten Mackie who both qualified to represent Queensland at the Australian Interschool Championships in Victoria in September.
Sammi Neil (Year 8) who has been selected for the Qld U13 Hockey team following her performances at the State Championships during the holidays.
Cassidy Mataia (Year 9) who won the 14U Singles and Doubles at the 2018 Rod Laver Junior Tennis Tournament recently.
Kiara Jayasuriya (Year 7) who will represent Met West at the Queensland Secondary Schools Golf State Championships in Kingaroy at the end of the month.  
Krissy Teng (Year 8) who has been accepted into an international Harp camp held in Hong Kong and will be mentored by some of the wold’s leading Harpists. 
Our STAGE dancers who performed in their final local eisteddfod for 2018, placing in all performances and qualifying to attend the national finals in Sydney in October in all dances.  

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Dean of Studies

Ms lynda wall

QCS Calculator Update
Subject Changes
OP Estimated Ranges (Years 11 and 12)
Parent-teacher Interviews (Years 6-12)

QCS Calculator Update

Calculators to be used by students in the QCS Test must be handheld and solar- or battery-powered. They should be able to perform addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, square roots and powers. 

Calculators must not allow access, during the QCS Test sessions, to the following functions: 
• CAS 
• spellchecker 
• dictionary 
• thesaurus 
• translator. 

A calculator that has any of these functions — whether inbuilt or downloaded — must be in test mode during the QCS Test sessions. The test mode must prohibit access to the functions. If the calculator cannot be put into test mode, a different calculator that meets the requirements must be used instead.

All other electronic devices — such as mobile phones, laptops, tablets and wearable devices — are not permitted in the QCS Test unless permission has been granted under special provision arrangements. If such permission has been granted, students cannot rely on using the calculator function in any of these electronic devices (including mobile phones) during the test.

Subject Changes

Please note that all subject changes for students in Years 10-12 close at the end of the second week (Friday July 27) of Term 3. If your daughter is considering a subject change, she should make an appointment to see Ms Wall as soon as possible. 

Overall Position Predicted Ranges

All OP-eligible Year 11 and 12 students should have received their final Overall Position predicted range by the beginning of next week; several students have missed scheduled appointments and it is their responsibility to book new appointment times. Please note that the OP predicted range is a guide only, as further assessment can impact on the students’ position within each cohort and the final ranking. The rankings used are not final or detailed until all assessment is completed. Results from the QCS test are used in the scaling process to determine a student’s Overall Position. Students sit this in September of Year 12 and the final results are not available until the end of the academic year. Year 12 students will receive their actual Overall Position from QCAA in December. Students are encouraged to see Ms Wall should they have any questions regarding their OP predicted range.

Parent-Teacher Interviews Years 6-12

Information regarding Parent-Teacher Interviews (Years 6-12) will be emailed to parents this week. Interviews are scheduled for Thursday August 9, Monday August 13 and Thursday August 16. This is a valuable opportunity for parents to meet with teachers to discuss their daughter’s academic performance.  Interviews will be held in the CHC for parents of students in Years 6-12. We encourage students in Years 11 and 12 to attend these meetings with their parents. Please note that the booking system will open Monday 30 July at 9.00am and close on Tuesday, August 7 at 4.00pm.  To book, parents should access Parent Lounge on the Aidan’s Central dash. The link to Aidan’s Central can be found on the website or can be accessed through the app. You will find the link to Parent Teacher Interviews in the side menu of Parent Lounge.
If there are any issues with obtaining interviews or accessing the Parent Lounge, please contact Joanne Wise directly on j.wise@staidans.qld.edu.au or itsupport@ssa.qld.edu.au.

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Guidance Counsellor

ms Jennie Robinson

ADFA
Important Changes To Tertiary Entrance
UK and US university entry information session – Crimson Education 
Universitie
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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
Thursday, 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 Open Day: Sunday 29 July

Open Day is the best opportunity for your students to talk to staff, students and graduates, and check out QUT. Information tents and seminars for all study areas will be at Gardens Point campus. Students can tour Kelvin Grove campus and see selected facilities on the day. Students can register to receive reminders and enter the draw to win a Macbook.

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          

USQ
Event details
USQ Engineering and Surveying lecturers will be available to answer any questions about scholarships, pathways, entry requirements and industry experience. Friends and family are welcome to join and there will be food provided.

USQ Toowoomba
Date: Wednesday 8 August
Time: 6.00 - 7.30pm
RSVP: 6 August 2018

USQ Springfield and online
Date: Wednesday 22 August
Time: 6.00 - 7.30pm
RSVP: 20 August 2018

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Senior School

Sport

Athletics
Inter-house Athletics
BSRA Rowing
Training Schedule
Fixture Schedule

Calling all Athletics Parents!
We are eager to support our girls to achieve their best in this year’s Athletics season. Our aim is to provide the girls with a BBQ on Thursday afternoons at the end of training. In order to do this, we need some help. We are hoping that we could have a parent or two to help us on Thursdays with the BBQ (one of us will always be there). Later in the season, the girls will be competing in lead up meets at UQ and we would like to organise tasty afternoon teas for the girls. Any assistance is great, no matter how small a contribution. If you can assist in any capacity please email our co-ordinator Ms Skye Bolger S.Bolger@staidans.qld.edu.au or Shona charles_shona@bigpond.com if you would like to be involved.

Thank you in advance for your support, we are looking forward to a great 2018 Athletics Season.

Kind regards
David & Annabel Wolf & Shona Fisher
Athletics Support Group

Inter-house Athletics
Please click here for carnival information.

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BSRA Rowing
Saturday 28 July BGGS/Stuartholme Regatta Schedule        

Week 2
Please click here  for Week 2 Training Schedule.
Please click here for Week 2 Fixture Schedule.

Week 3
Please click here  for Week 3Training Schedule.
Please click here for Week 3 Fixture Schedule. 

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Music

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

St Laurence’s and St Aidan’s Combined Orchestra Project
On Tuesday 21 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 travel directly to St Laurence’s College after school by bus. Students are asked to bring their instruments and bags to CG04 – String Room at lunch time on the day so that they can collect their belongings quickly after school and make their way directly to the bus for departure at 3.25pm. 

What: St Aidan’s and St Laurence’s Combined Music Project
Where: ERPAC – St Laurence’s College
Who: St Aidan’s AGS Symphonic Winds and Paganini Strings students
When: Wednesday 21 August 2018, from 3:25-7:15pm 
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 St Laurence’s College. The schedule for the event is as follows:

3:25pm Bus departs St Aidan’s (Kathleen St)
3:50pm Arrive at St Laurence’s
4.00pm Rehearsals commence
(4.00pm–4:35pm - Band and Strings rehearsals, 4:35pm–5:15pm - Combined Symphony rehearsal)
5:15pm Dinner
5:50pm Tune and gather on stage
6:00pm Concert commences, featuring:
o Combined Strings
o St Laurence’s Strings
o St Aidan’s Strings
o Combined Band
o Combined Symphony
7:15pm Event finishes. Students to be collected by parents. 

All family and friends are invited to support these students by attending the concert (6:00-7:15pm). Parents are asked to collect their daughters from St Laurence’s College ERPAC at the conclusion of the evening. There will be no return bus provided. Please complete the attached permission slip and return by 27 July, 2018 to the Music Department either via email (Music@staidans.qld.edu.au) or via Mrs Lockwood at Staff Reception.

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 30 July; Monday 27 August; Monday 8 October and Monday 5 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         

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)

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

Spring Sing 2018
Please click here for more information about Spring Sing 2018.

Music Summer School
music summer school

 

band photos wk 2  

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Library

Great Book Swap

The Senior Library will be holding The Great Book Swap during Book Week at lunch times from Monday August 20 – Friday August 24. All money raised will be donated to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. This Foundation is a national book industry charity, which aims to reduce the disadvantage experienced by children in remote Indigenous communities across Australia, by lifting literacy levels and helping to create a lifelong love of reading. This year the Foundation hopes to raise $300,000 to buy 30,000 books.
In the weeks leading up to this please donate any pre loved books suitable for teenagers through to adults. The collection box is at the front desk of the library.
During Book Week, bring a $2.00 donation so you can buy one of the pre-loved books. All money raised will be donated to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. 
For more information go to https://www.greatbookswap.org.au/.        
library
Thank you for your support,
Mrs Lewis

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science

ICAS Science
Biology Field Trip 

Science 
This year, all students in Year 8 participated in the 2018 ICAS (International Competitions and Assessment for Schools) competition, along with several students in Years 7, 9 - 11 electing to sit the test. The competition is skills based and focuses on five key skill areas: Observing, Interpreting, Investigating, Predicting and Reasoning.

An analysis of the results reveals that with the 134 students who competed, 60 percent of St Aidan’s students received a Certificate of Merit or higher. There were 2 High Distinctions, 21 Distinctions, 40 Credits and 18 Merit awards. A special mention goes to the two students who were awarded a High Distinction certificate. These students scored in the top 1 percent of participants in Australia.

Please click here for the full list of High Distinction, Distinction, Credit and Merit award winners. We congratulate all these students on their achievements. Students awarded certificates of Distinction and High Distinction will receive these certificates on assembly. Students will receive certificates of Credit and Merit at Year level assembly.

All students will receive a certificate and a paper report that summarises her performance in the ICAS Science test. The report outlines how they went in each question and their performance relative to Australia. 

There is also the option of accessing the results online. Your daughter's paper report includes a ten-digit ICAS ID number (known as the TAP ID) and four digit PIN number (both found towards the bottom of the report), which can be used to access results online. The advantage of accessing results online is that individual questions can be viewed in a more interactive way. The online facility also produces interesting reports regarding the performance of your daughter, combined with longitudinal data if they have been part of ICAS testing for Science or other subject areas previously. We strongly encourage parents and their daughters to access their test results online. To do this, simply visit the website http://www.eaa.unsw.edu.au.

At the top right of the home page, click on 'student portal'. Then enter your daughter's ten-digit ID number and four-digit PIN number. Access is then granted to the online portal. The portal will show all your daughter's ICAS results, across all subjects and years.

Shane MacDonald
Assistant Head of Faculty (Science)

Biology Field Trip 

The Year 11 Biology students undertook a two-day field trip last week, examining the impact of urbanisation on two sites at Toohey Forest. From obtaining macroinvertebrate samples to investigating the quality of water in Mimosa Creek, Toohey Forest, the excursion provided an opportunity to examine firsthand, the biodiversity of a local ecosystem. The experience of using dip nets to obtain samples of macroinvertebrates and to identify them using a stereomicroscope was rewarding.

Mrs Hicks

biology all

 

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news

STAGE
Uniform Donations for the International Department

STAGE
STAGE has competed in their final competitions for 2018 over the last week, competing in the Redlands Eisteddfod on Sunday 15 July and DanceLife Unite Eisteddfod on Saturday 21 July. This has rounded out a successful season, with places being achieved in both eisteddfods in all dances. DanceLife Unite was especially successful with Highly Commended placings against stiff competition and the scores were so high that STAGE has qualified for the National Eisteddfod to be held in Sydney in October. STAGE would like to thank the St Aidan’s community for their support at both eisteddfods, especially the large number of people at DanceLife Unite – this support really elevated the girls’ performances. Normal rehearsals will finish this week, with technique classes starting in week 3. These will also be opened to the wider school community this week, with the number of places being limited. These will take place on Tuesday afternoons from 3.30-5pm for the rest of term 3.

Moving forward, STAGE will be performing at MADD night this Friday 27 July and the school assembly on Tuesday 31 July, as well as several other performances in term 4.
stage

Uniform Donations for the International Department
The International Department is looking for any unwanted school uniforms that you may like to donate. The uniforms are used for Study Experience students who visit St Aidan’s. 
In particular if you have blazers, hoodies, sports jackets, jumpers, blue skirts, brown leather shoes and panama’s that still have life left in them and are in good, clean condition, please hand in to the Main Reception labelled for the International Department.

 

 

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Junior Jottings

Mrs Louise Mcguire 

Form Captains
ICAS Science 
CBCA Readers’ Cup
Andrews Cup Netball
Book Week
Discover Bright Sparks - Science and Technology Showcase – Tuesday 14 August
Please donate recyclable plastic bottles and containers
Important Dates

Form Captains
Form Captains for Term Three have been elected. The girls received their badges at a Junior School Assembly on Monday of this week.

Congratulations to the following girls-

Year 4C Mia Rogers
Yolanda Wang

Year 4S Elizabeth Morgan
Sophia Evenden 

Year 5E Samantha Cooper
Eva Lenton

Year 5G Stella Brown
Isabella Gjorgioski
 
Year 5K Jinani Ariyarathne 
Mia Ho  

Year 6G Isabelle Woodruff
Grace Smith

Year 6J Louisa Atkin
Gisele Vitale 

Year 6M Adelaide Morgan
Laura McGlennon

ICAS Science
Congratulations to the following students who have been awarded a Merit, Credit, Distinction or High Distinction for this year’s ICAS Science Competition. Please bear in mind that this competition is only compulsory in Year 6 and only a small percentage of our girls in Years 2-5 were involved. 

Merit – Year 2 Matilda Murray Year 3 Amelie Boyd, Aurelia Boyd, Penny Herron, Mira Wang-Lee Year 4 Georgia Boyne, Sienna Mahoney Year 5 Aparna Anand, Jinani Ariyarathne, Emma Dart, Chloe Duce, Audrey McGregor, Poppy Morrison, Olivia Totten Year 6 Ella Jackson, Adheera Warrier, Charlotte Worthington, 

Credit – Year 2 Jemima Freidin, Sasha White, Thea Woodman Year 3 Porsha Cassimatis, Sophie Colston, Ruby Freidin, Eloise McLellan, Holly Nguyen, Sydelle Zhang Year 4 Penny Bale, Rose Choi, Lauren Deighton, Sophia Evenden, Remy Hancock, Ava Robinson, Mia Rogers, Nhi Tran, Jasmine Walsh, Yolanda Wang Year 5 Isabelle Dunn, Lily Koundakjian, Jada White, Liana Zhong Year 6 Bridie Allen, Louisa Atkin, Hannah Baillie, Taylor Bonifant, Hannah Doncon, Lilly Harrison, Eliska McAuliffe, Laura McGlennon, Maddison Miettinen, Grace Smith, Charlotte Thallon, Freya Woodman, Wendy Wu, Novia Yin, Kitty Zhang

Distinction – Year 3 Jennifer Atkin, Olivia Cheng, Olivia Dunn, Seoirsin Greer, Inez Hancock, April Palling, Tia Perry Year 4 Kailyn Jayasuriya, Amy Tran
Year 5 Cass Chan, Grace Scroggie Year 6 Camille Bloomfield, Angela Hu, Amelia Perry

CBCA Readers’ Cup 
Last month, five enthusiastic reading buffs from Year 6 participated in the Children’s Book Council of Australia Readers’ Cup competition for the Brisbane West Region. The team members were quizzed on the finer details of five allocated titles, competing against 17 other primary schools. It was a nail-biting final round that went to three tie-breaks against previous winners, Graceville State School. St Aidan’s came away with the winning trophy. The girls are now preparing to compete in the State Finals, to be held in September.
 cbca readers cup

Andrews Cup Netball
All the very best to the girls in the Andrews Cup Netball teams, led by Felicity Horrocks and Charlotte Thallon, when they compete on Thursday 26 July at MDNA, Coorparoo. All of the girls have been training very hard in the lead up to the big day.

Book Week
Book Week is just around the corner and we have a number of exciting literary experiences planned for the Junior School. Each year, we hold competitions in the lead up to Book Week and this year we have two available to students from Kindy – Year Six, with a prize for each year level. Please see the posters below for further information. 

Megan Daley Junior School Library

book week

Discover Bright Sparks - Science and Technology Showcase – Tuesday 14 August
This year’s (K-6) Science and Technology Showcase is being held from 1.30pm-3.00pm on Tuesday 14 August in the Archer Templeton Science and Technology Centre and the Link. We look forward to welcoming many parents and friends to this exciting event.

Please donate recyclable plastic bottles and containers
In preparation for the Science and Technology Showcase, we are seeking donations of plastic water bottles, soft drink bottles (especially the coloured plastics) and plastic jelly cups or diced fruit snack cups (rinsed).
Please leave your donations in the box in front of Reception.

Important Dates Term 3, 2018

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Junior Sport

Please click here for the Junior School Training Schedule for Week 2 and Week 3, 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.  
Mrs Grant, Ms Hannan, Ms Jeanes-Fraser, Bob Jeanes, Loren Morssinkhof, Ali Zillmann

House Athletics Carnival 
The Interhouse Athletics Carnival presentation took place on Monday 18 June at the Junior School Assembly.  Final points and places were as follows:

1. Cavell 1484 points
2. Hartland 1181 points
3. Austen 1069 points
4. Bronte 1015 points
5. Barrett 949 points
6. Nightingale 774 points

Age Champions

7 Years 8 Years
1. Lily Timoney (BR) 1. Harriet Pillans (AU)
2. Georgia Pettigrew (NI) 2. Olivia Cheng (NI)
3. Grace Humphrey (CA) 3. Sicily Morgan (CA)

9 Years 10 Years
1. Amelie Boyd (CA) 1. Adelaide Himstedt (AU)
2. Aurelia Boyd (CA) 2. Bethany Williams (HA)
3. Remy Hancock (HA) 3. Chloe Duce (BR)

11 Years 12 Years
1. Taylor Bonifant (BR) 1. Laura McGlennon (AU)
2. Abigail Jones (AU) 2. Charlotte Thallon (CA)
3. Emma Thallon (CA) 3. Isabelle Goffage (CA)
Olivia Totten (CA)

Athletics Training
The full Andrews Cup Athletics squad for 2018 has been selected and announced.    
The St Aidan’s Junior School Athletics Squad will be participating in a Metro Athletic meet.  The meet will be held on a 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.

Andrews Cup and Interschool Sport Photos
With the Semester One sports concluded, I am looking at collating photos from as many Junior School sporting events as possible. If Sporting Captains or parents have any photos, can they please pass them on via usb or email (t.jeanes-fraser@staidans.qld.edu.au).

Bus Travel to and from Ambiwerra – for training
Please be reminded that for morning training sessions, girls should be dropped at the Ambiwerra sporting fields (Erinvale St, Corinda) by parents. At the 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.

key dates wk 2

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Junior Music

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Congratulations
Novia Yin from Year 6 has placed third at the annual Australasian Double Reed Society Oboe and Bassoon Competition last weekend. This a tremendous achievement – congratulations Novia. 

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 2

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:
beginner band wk 2

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 30 July; Monday 27 August; Monday 8 October and Monday 5 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       

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)

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

music summer school

band photos wk 2  

 

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