Newsletter Term 3 Week 3

Principal

Ms toni riordan

The joy of learning

Last week, I experienced the joy of learning first hand as I visited many classes at work in the Junior School. I had the privilege of being a part of learning activities as varied as: 
Space exploration with 5K – the girls accessed an app which included live footage from the space settlement and completed accompanying learning activities;
Kindy’s PE activities – trapping and kicking the soccer ball was just one of their tasks;
Library lessons with Mrs Daley, Mrs Grant and Mrs Rigby, assisting the girls to prepare for upcoming Book Week and for our visiting author – researching for information to include on ‘trading cards’ and completing mindfulness worksheets on where in the body we ‘feel’;
Literacy and reading rotations with 2H and 3R and joining in with the Year 3’s awesome Kung Fu punctuation;
Setting up for Robotics with Ms Child;
Listening in on 6M’s homework research presentations about where in the world their families were from;
The Prep students’ fun and challenging circuit of outdoor activities and
Year 6 students completing their water colour artworks of artist, Frida Kahlo

Education policy makers and researchers have spent much of the past decade intensely focused on trying to understand and promote student engagement. In Engagement in Australian Schools, a paper prepared by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL), engagement is noted as “an ambiguous term; poorly defined and difficult to measure. Engagement is not simply about good classroom behaviour but a connection with learning.” The paper outlines a framework which considers the relationship between behavioural, cognitive and emotional engagement.

Cognitive engagement of students is the hardest to detect by behaviour alone; it’s all about “something happening inside their heads”. So, teachers check in, looking for students concentrating, focussing on achieving goals, flexibility in their work and coping with failure. Behavioural engagement is reflected in students’ participation in learning and classroom activities, such as adhering to behavioural rules, or collaboration and communication with peers, while emotional engagement is captured in the relationships between students and their teachers, their classmates and their school. 

I was blessed last week to witness ‘close up’, St Aidan’s students engaging with the people involved in their learning. Motivation is a fundamental part of engagement and motivation is grown in safe, happy and nurturing environments. I saw mutual respect between enthusiastic teachers and energetic students, driving high expectations. This promotes self-regulated learning (and thus engagement), where students from a very young age can shape their own goals, growing in academic confidence and independence. This is the joy of learning at St Aidan’s!

Congratulations:
Gabbii Preston, Anouk Johnson and Alex Spalding (Year 10) who are participating in the Techgirls Movement Official Ambassador Tour of Silicon Valley and attending the Technovation World Pitch. 
Georgina Whittle (Year 10) who is St Aidan’s School representative for the Lord Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council.

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Chaplain

Rev Gillian Moses

Milestones
Last Wednesday night in the school chapel we celebrated the confirmation of two students, and the reception of a member of staff into the Anglican Church. We were joined by the recently consecrated Bishop of the Southern Region, the Rt Rev’d John Roundhill.

Confirmation is a rite of passage in the spiritual life. It used to be a significant milestone, marking the passage into adulthood of the young believer, as they confirmed for themselves the promises made on their behalf at their baptism. Being old enough to make these promises yourself was a good indication of your maturity, and as such was marked by white dresses, cakes, and often jewellery. Usually, large numbers of teenagers and young adults would be confirmed together – sometimes so many that the confirming bishop would take a Noah’s Ark approach and confirm candidates two-by-two!

Today Confirmation is more low key, and numbers are smaller, but it remains one of the few ways we still have to celebrate the milestone of a young person reaching adulthood. As 18 takes over from 21 as the age of legal majority, and as young people continue to live with their parents well into their twenties, the exact moment when someone gains the ‘keys to the door of their own house’ (that is why many 21st birthday cards are shaped like keys) is less clear.

Yet the importance of marking milestones in life is well-known. Rituals develop around birth, death, marriage, coming of age and many other milestones because they matter. Even simple milestones such as the changing of seasons, the beginning and ending of the school year, or of formal schooling itself, all warrant some kind of ritual. We can think we are too sophisticated for such things, but we are not. Rituals give our lives structure and help us to make meaning of the events of our lives, and to reflect on them with intention.

That is why the church has developed beautiful and sometimes complex rituals around such events, including funerals, baptisms, marriages and coming of age (confirmation). But there are many milestones we can celebrate within the family too. Ritual doesn’t need to be complicated. Often it will centre around a gathering of people, a shared meal, and sometimes there are gifts. There is almost always an expression of gratitude.

I encourage you to think about the way you celebrate milestones in your family life. It might be something small and simple, such as a Sunday sleep-in, the first day of school, the arrival of a new pet, or even the first fruits from a home veggie garden. Establishing strong family rituals around such events encourages family ties and gives children some tools for their own meaning-making as they get older. And it’s fun! 

In my family we always celebrated the first day of the school year with a trip to the ice cream shop, courtesy of grandma. As my girls got older and led increasingly busy lives, we would try to keep some Saturday mornings free for brunch at our local café. I would love to hear how your family celebrates milestones, and I would be really interested to know which less common milestones you celebrate. Please feel free to email me!

Blessings
Rev Gillian

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Guidance Counsellor

ms Jennie Robinson

Le Cordon Bleu
IMPORTANT CHANGES TO TERTIARY ENTRANCE
UK and US university entry information session – Crimson Education 
Universities

Le Cordon Bleu
Please see my careers page for updated information.

IMPORTANT CHANGES TO TERTIARY ENTRANCE
UQ

From 2020 onwards 

UQ will not be considering 'alternative' qualifications from current school leavers for tertiary entry in the year following Year 12.
UQ will accept the inclusion of VET qualifications and performance ranks in the calculation of an OP.

QUT
At the moment they will accept a stand alone qualification, however, from 2021

School leavers who obtain an ATAR will be assessed on their ATAR -, if they have completed an eligible qualification at school, then that qualification can also be assessed for entry independently.
School leavers who pursue only a qualification as a secondary school outcome will not be eligible for entry to QUT on the basis of their completed qualification alone for a period of two years following their secondary studies.
School leavers with neither an ATAR nor a VET qualification (ATAR-ineligible applicants) will not be eligible for entry to QUT.
Performing arts qualifications will not be assessed for admission for any applicant.

UK and US university entry information session – Crimson Education 

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

Flinders University
Flinders University is once again offering this entry pathway for 2019 to your current Year 12 students.
What is uniTEST?
uniTEST is an aptitude test that has been developed to assess the kinds of generic reasoning and thinking skills that underpin studies at higher education and that are needed for students to be successful at this level. uniTEST is offered to your students at no cost and they cannot be disadvantaged by participating. Flinders University will select applicants based on both their Year 12 results (60% weighting toward the ATAR score) and uniTEST performance (40%).
Please see the uniTEST FAQs for additional information.
See me if you wish to sit this test.
More details on my careers site.

GU
Open Day 2018

As the Advice Nights are for students in Years 9 – 11, Year 12 students and their parents are invited and encouraged to attend Griffith University Open Day which includes program specific Griffith Business School information sessions, allowing students and parents to find out more about the options available and have their questions answered.
Date: Sunday 12 August 2018
Time: 9.00 am – 2.00 pm
Venue: Gold Coast, Nathan and South Bank campuses
Register here for updates.   

Music and performing arts programs - new and simplified application process
Griffith University has simplified the application process for audition and admission to the Queensland Conservatorium. Now, applicants only need to apply through QTAC by 24 August 2018.
If students have any questions regarding the new process, they should contact the Queensland Conservatorium at qcgu.programsupport@griffith.edu.au.
For more information on the new application process, audition requirements and dates visit griffith.edu.au/conservatorium-auditions.      

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

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.

Vet Science entry exam
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.

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.
Location USQ Toowoomba USQ Springfield and Online
Date Wednesday 8 August Wednesday 22 August
Time 6.00-7.30pm 6.00-7.30pm
RSVP 6 August 2018 20 August 2018

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Senior School

Sport

Active Lunch Breaks
Interhouse Athletics Carnival 
Outstanding QGSSSA Winter Sport Levies
Training Schedule
Fixture Schedule

ALB, Term 3
ALB T3

Interhouse Athletics Carnival 
It was great to see so many girls participating at the Inter House Athletics Carnival last week. Congratulations to Barrett House who won the Aggregate Trophy this year. There will be a full wrap up of the carnival in this week’s Back Page which will be published later in the week. 

Outstanding QGSSSA Winter Sport Levies
If your daughter is playing a Winter Sport, you would have recently received an invoice for a $50 levy. If you have not paid your levy can you please ensure that it is paid before your daughter takes the court / field against Moreton Bay College this weekend. 

St Aidan’s has a system of individual levies that apply to a student participating in extra-curricular sport. The exceptions to this are the ‘Core Sports’ of Swimming Cross Country and Athletics. Levies are charged instead of a single lump sum that some schools charge all students regardless of the activities or sports they participate in.  Levies are primarily used for replacement of equipment such as balls, bibs, training aids; afternoon / morning teas; end of season break-up function catering; awards and trophies for players, uniforms, coach presents and any additional activities/workshops that a sport may wish to run. Levies are also used to fund the ‘3 Year’ and ‘5 Year’ badges that students are awarded after the requisite time competing in the activity.

Please arrange payment by Direct Credit to -

BSB:       064 126
Acc:        1003 1462
Acc:        St Aidan’s P&F
Ref:        Surname and Invoice number

If you have difficulty with making this payment, please contact either Andy McGregor-Lowndes or Claire Rush at the P&F Office to make alternate arrangements.  
Thanks in advance for your support.

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

Week 4
Please click here for Week 4 Training Schedule.

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Music

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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 Tutor News
Our accomplished Head of Strings, Antoni Bonetti has recently conducted a performance of 'Rhapsody in Blue' by George Gershwin with Noosa Orchestra and Simon Tedeschi -pianist, as part of the Noosa Alive – Long Weekend Festival, 21 July. He also conducted the String Orchestra for the Catholic Education Mulkadee Arts Festival, Townsville, 27 July. Mr Bonetti is also the founder and conductor of the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra who will be perform a concert “From Russia with Love” on Sunday 19 August 2018 (see flyer attached).

Congratulations to our singing teacher Christina Gronborg who has completed her Masters of Music Studies (Vocal Pedagogy) with Distinction. Christina is pictured below.
christina

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 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.

Thank you Music Support Group
Many thanks for the hard work and dedication of the members of the Music Support Group at St Aidan's. Through funds raised by the group, the Music Department has been able to purchase a new set of timpani drums for use by the Charma Band, Con Brio Band, Symphonic Winds and St Aidan's Symphony Orchestra. Thank you MSG!!
msg

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

Junior School Art and Music Show
Please click here for more information about the Junior School Art and Music Show.

The Grande Concert
Please click here for more information about The Grande Concert.

Music Lunch
Please click here for more information about the Music Lunch.

music photos week 3

 

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Library

Great Book Swap

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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Junior Jottings

Mrs Louise Mcguire 

Andrews Cup Netball
Readers’ Cup
Book Week
STEMies After School Club
Winter STEMies Holiday Program
Discover Bright Sparks - Science and Technology Showcase – Tuesday 14 August
Important Dates

Andrews Cup Netball
Our Andrews Cup netballers had an enjoyable day last Thursday. It was a very warm, long day and our girls displayed their fitness, skills and determination until the very last match was played. 
Congratulations must be extended to our Netball Captains, Felicity Horrocks and Charlotte Thallon for their leadership; every single team member from Year 4-6 for competing with enthusiasm; our wonderful supporters; and our fantastic coaches Tracey Jeanes-Fraser, Bob Jeanes, Megan Hannan, Cathy Grant, Kirby Egan, Ali Zillmann, Loren Morrsinkhof, Sarah Earl, Holly Braithwaite and Josie Bingham.

Readers’ Cup 2018
readers

Readers’ Cup is always a thrilling event each year where the girls read books with enthusiasm, create fabulous team names and adorn themselves in fantastic outfits. 
And…. it’s getting close; only 3 weeks until two exciting evenings of fast and furious fun! Teams are reading and preparing to answer as many questions as they can using the game-based learning platform Kahoot!  Year 3 and 5 girls will be involved on Monday 20 August and Year 4 and 6 on Tuesday 21 August. After our teams have competed and are busy ‘making’ and ‘creating’, our audience is invited to show their knowledge of literature with a Kahoot! 
 So, come prepared with your mobile phone ready to play.

glasses

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 6, with a prize for each year level. Please see the posters below for further information. 

Megan Daley Junior School Library

book week

STEMies After School Club
Last term in St Aidan’s STEMies After School Club, the students enjoyed prototyping with LittleBits. We have been fortunate to be able to purchase the LittleBits Pro-Library which has over 300 bits. 
LittleBits is a platform of easy-to-use electronic building blocks that empowers children to invent anything, from remote controlled cars, to a smart home device. The Bits snap together with magnets; no soldering, no wiring, no programming needed. LittleBits were developed by Ayah Bdeir while working on her Master’s degree in Computing Culture at MIT. Ayah Bdeir created the first LittleBits™ prototypes on her own in 2011.
In small groups, the girls came up with a solution to an issue which they felt needed addressing. They had some interesting designs: an ‘inchworm’ to pass messages to a sibling; an alarm to alert others that someone is entering a room; a DJ set-up and a drum with a touch sensor stick; an art bot to draw circles; and remote controlled cars which presented plenty of problem-solving to get the wheels rotating the same way.
The girls are now looking forward to sharing their prototypes on assembly. The Junior School staff also enjoyed a staff meeting where there was plenty of playing and discovering the capabilities of LittleBits. Many teachers have brought their classes to visit our Makerspace in The Link and have created circuits to learn about inputs and outputs and discover fun circuits

Videos of the girls:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDGW__o8INU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39wSWySa-NA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ae0h4ScY1w
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAgcdIdaTSU          

littlebits

Mrs Child, JS Technologies Coordinator

Winter STEMies Holiday Program
It is always so rewarding to see young people enjoying their learning through creating, playing, building and discovering. STEMies Holiday Program provided challenging activities of making Beeswax Wraps, Lip Balm, Mechanical Story Wheels KinetiKits and Marble Runs. 
The girls also spent time defining the term 'engineering' and discovered the many and varied fields. Engineers are scientists, inventors, designers, builders and great thinkers. They improve the state of the world, amplify human capability and make people's lives safer and easier. So, it was fitting that we too become ‘engineers’ in our day of exploring, discovering, building and inventing.

Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULcRKpP8A5k
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5G5yefp8MV8        

stemies

 

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 3 and Week 4, Term 3.

Andrews Cup Netball
The Andrews Cup Netball competition was played on Thursday 26 July at the Metropolitan District courts at Coorparoo. Girls from all teams are to be congratulated on their commitment leading into the competition and on the day of the competition. St Aidan’s played with determination and wonderful team spirit against our opposition throughout the day.  Mention must go to our Junior A netball team who placed 3 overall, our Junior B team who won 6 from 7 games and our Open and B teams who both played off for a place in the finals, with our Open Team finishing in 4th position by 1 goal.  The girls’ success on the day can be attributed to the dedication, enthusiasm and support of the coaching staff and parents. In particular, I would like to thank the coaches; Mrs Grant, Mrs Hannan, Mrs Egan, Bob Jeanes, Ali Zillmann, Loren Morrsinkhof, Sarah Earl, Holly Braithwaite and Josie Bingham for ensuring our girls were well prepared for the competition.  Special mention must go to our captains Felicity Horrocks and Charlotte Thallon for their fantastic leadership and role modeling during trainings and the Andrews Cup competition.  I would also like to extend my sincere thanks to the parents who supported the netball teams at Coorparoo – your encouragement was appreciated by all girls.
andrews cup netball

Athletics Training
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
West Taylor Bridge Club trials will commence on 10 August from 1pm to 2.30pm at Ambiwerra for all girls in Years 4 – 6. 
The Walter Taylor Bridge sport competition will commence on Friday 31 August 2018.
As with previous years, we have attempted to cater for as many students as possible with the training times but we recognise that due to the commitments of so many girls, we will not always be able to find a suitable time for all involved.  Girls involved in Interschool Basketball and Softball are expected to attend a training session but if any difficulties exist, please contact Ms Jeanes-Fraser.
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 will commence Friday 31 August 2018
Friday morning 6.45am-7.45am at Ambiwerra
Girls are reminded to bring their glove and water bottle.
Ms Rowe, Hannah King

Basketball Training Sessions will commence Friday 31 August 2018
Friday morning 6.45am-7.45am at Ambiwerra
Mrs Egan, Raquel Spies and Ms Jeanes-Fraser

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.

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Junior Music

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Congratulations
Congratulations go to Seoirsin Greer in Year 3 who has achieved her AMEB Preliminary Grade on the Viola.  

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
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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:
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Music Groups 
All students are welcome to participate in the Music Ensembles on offer at St Aidan’s. Students need to have some proficiency on the instrument appropriate to the ensemble but all students are encouraged to sing in the choir! Any girl who is interested is encouraged to discuss their involvement with Dr Cuskelly j.cuskelly@staidans.qld.edu.au  Ms Trott c.trott@staidans.qld.edu.au or Mrs Figliano s.figliano@staidans.qld.edu.au

Instrumental lessons in 2018
Don’t forget to complete the electronic private tuition form as soon as possible and return to us here at the school. Knowing which students are continuing with their lessons really assists in organising instruments, timetables and rooms. And of course, we are very keen to hear from any new students who are interested in learning an instrument. The link to the online enrolment form is as follows: https://secure.netols.com/schools/gateway/intranet_gateway.cfm?eu=TU-CD1ECB42-C292-7EED-BE73B2DE78B58B7A-CD1ECB43-C292-7EED-BE1057D7703411E8.       

Music Support Group
The St Aidan’s Music Support Group, made up of parents, students and staff, provides vital support to the school’s young musicians through its fundraising endeavours and its smooth organisation of concerts and other music events. The group regularly purchases much-needed instruments, music and other equipment, and also helps support other activities such as music bursaries, workshops and overseas tours.
The support group relies on the goodwill of parents to help with catering, publicity, and fundraising which are vital to the seamless running of concerts throughout the year. The Music Support group meets for just an hour on the following evenings starting at 7:00pm in the Science and Technology Building meeting room (SG02): Monday 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.

Thank you Music Support Group
Many thanks for the hard work and dedication of the members of the Music Support Group at St Aidan's. Through funds raised by the group, the Music Department has been able to purchase a new set of timpani drums for use by the Charma Band, Con Brio Band, Symphonic Winds and St Aidan's Symphony Orchestra. Thank you MSG!!
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Music Tutor News
Our accomplished Head of Strings, Antoni Bonetti has recently conducted a performance of 'Rhapsody in Blue' by George Gershwin with Noosa Orchestra and Simon Tedeschi -pianist, as part of the Noosa Alive – Long Weekend Festival, 21 July. He also conducted the String Orchestra for the Catholic Education Mulkadee Arts Festival, Townsville, 27 July. Mr Bonetti is also the founder and conductor of the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra who will be perform a concert “From Russia with Love” on Sunday 19 August 2018 (see flyer attached).

Congratulations to our singing teacher Christina Gronborg who has completed her Masters of Music Studies (Vocal Pedagogy) with Distinction. Christina is pictured below.
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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
music summer school

Junior School Art and Music Show
Please click here for more information about the Junior School Art and Music Show.

The Grande Concert
Please click here for more information about The Grande Concert.

Music Lunch
Please click here for more information about the Music Lunch.

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