Newsletter Term 3 Week 4

Principal

Ms toni riordan

Last week on whole-school assembly we acknowledged the act of kindness demonstrated by five of our Year 9 students. The girls showed consideration to a mother and a small group of younger girls from St Aidan’s while at a restaurant at Indooroopilly Shopping Centre. On the last day of last term, on a busy afternoon, our Year 9 students gave up their booth for the group. The girls were unprompted and quick to respond to a need. Their care for others, consideration and kindness were recognised and appreciated by members of our community.

Kindness is like Character, repeating it over and over, builds kindness in a person. We can teach kindness to our children by modeling kindness. Only through being kind to ourselves can we teach this skill. Research shows that teaching social and emotional skills like kindness improves behavior and academic success.  Kindness creates conditions which lead to a caring environment for students, teachers and community members. Everyone benefits when individuals, schools, and communities embrace kindness.

We feel happier when we perform acts of kindness – for our children, students, families, friends, and communities. Not only do good deeds make us feel better, but as David Brooks explained in the New York Times article, Nice Guys Finish First, people who are kind and compassionate are usually the most successful.

It is also worth noting that we don’t make children happy by simply enabling them to be receivers of kindness. We increase their feelings of happiness and well being, and improve their friendships by teaching them to be givers of kindness. A recent study conducted by researchers from the University of British Columbia and the University of California, Riverside, highlighted the benefits derived by tweens when they were taught happiness-increasing strategies.

For a month, several hundred 9-11 year-olds performed and recorded three acts of kindness each week for anyone they wished. Another several hundred kept track of three pleasant places they visited during the week. Not surprisingly, the results were consistent with adult studies. When children performed acts of kindness or took notice of the pleasant places they visited during the week, they significantly increased feelings of happiness and satisfaction.

But those who performed acts of kindness received an additional benefit.  Measuring how well children were liked or accepted by their peers, the study showed those who performed acts of kindness gained an average of 1.5 friends during the four-week period – good support for the idea that “nice guys finish first.”

Like many others, this study demonstrated that being kind to other people benefits the giver. For children, it earns them increased well-being and also popularity and acceptance among peers.

Threads of kindness are interwoven with many other positive behaviors and benefits for youth. Well-liked tweens exhibit more positive, less bullying behaviors when they become teens. Happier children are more likely to have higher academic achievement. And the list goes on.

I commend our year 9 girls for their recent act of kindness.

(Reference:   Price-Mitchell, M, (2013), Acts of Kindness: Key to Happiness for Children and Teens in Psychology Today).

Congratulations:
Barrett House who won the Aggregate Trophy at the Inter House Athletics Carnival. 
Maxine Monteith (Year 7) who won the St Aidan’s Gift (100m Handicap Race).
Jasmine Fleming (Year 10) who represented Australia in the International Youth Team (U17) at the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships in Oklahoma. 
Ella Idzikowski (Year 7) who will represent Met West at the 10-12 Years Queensland Secondary Schools Tennis State Championships in Rockhampton. 
Lili Tamai (Year 12) who placed 3rd in Intermediate Individual and 1st in Preliminary Pas De Deux at the Queensland Vaulting State Championships. 
Our Dressage state team who placed 3rd   at the Recent State Championships consisting of Kirsten Mackie, Eloise Smith and Holly Willmore.
Holly Willmore (Year 12) who has been awarded the Queensland Combined Training Captain for Equestrian.
Kirsten Mackie (Year 12) who has been awarded the Queensland Overall Vice-Captain for Equestrian. 

 

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Chaplain

Rev Gillian Moses

Mountain tops and plains
Monday 6 August was the Feast of Transfiguration in the Church’s calendar. This feast day remembers the story of Jesus going up a mountain with Peter, James and John, and there being ‘transfigured’ into a supernatural being. The disciples see him shining brightly, in company with Moses and Elijah, the Law and the Prophets of the Jewish tradition. And they suddenly realise that there is more to their friend Jesus than first meets the eye.

Part of the story has Peter asking if they can build three dwellings on the mountain top – one for Jesus, one for Moses and one for Elijah. Peter’s question is often ridiculed as being a bit dumb, but I see exactly where he was coming from. There must have been something utterly terrifying about the vision – this Jesus who they travelled with, ate with and joked with is suddenly revealed as being equal to Moses and Elijah, legendary figures and also long dead. Peter sees that Jesus is not like him after all, but far more important, far closer to the divine. 

I think it is completely understandable that Peter would prefer to leave this Jesus safely tucked away on the mountain top, rather than bringing him back with them to the plains of everyday life. How do you go back to ordinary, to regarding Jesus as ordinary, after an experience like that? It changes everything. It would be like finding out your best friend was actually the Queen of England, and you never knew.

Most of us have a lot in common with Peter. We are happy to meet Jesus in church on Sunday or in another service, but we would prefer not to bring him with us into everyday life. Jesus complicates things! He makes us think about how we behave towards others, how we speak and think, what our actions say about what we really believe. There is a fine tradition in this country of keeping religion private, and church leaders who speak out on public affairs are often told that their views have no place in public discourse. One only has to look at the fuss caused by the church signs outside Gosford Anglican Church to see this!

Well Jesus does come down from the mountain top with them and goes on doing what he has done until this point – healing the sick, forgiving people, and preaching about God’s love. And it does complicate things enormously, to the point of Jesus’ own arrest and execution. But Peter and the others have also been transfigured by the experience. They have begun to realise that something very different is emerging, something that we will come to understand as the new creation, which has a habit of breaking in where it is least expected.

Once we have caught a glimpse of the real Jesus, it is impossible to leave him behind on the mountain, no matter how much we wish we could. So we find ourselves called insistently to do as Jesus did, to heal the world, to feed the hungry, to practise radical peace-making, to show God’s love to others. For we are constantly confronted with the reality of not doing this. 

I think it no coincidence that the Feast of Transfiguration is also the anniversary of the dropping of an atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima in 1945. For the opposite of Transfiguration must be Disfiguration, and how better to encapsulate disfiguration than through the image of destruction wrought by such a weapon? It is a long way from feeding the hungry and healing the sick.

The choice is always ours: do we allow ourselves to be transfigured by the experience of meeting Jesus, or do we leave him behind on the mountain top and continue to disfigure ourselves and one another on the plain? We may only ever catch glimpses of our own transfiguration as it unfolds, but hopefully that is enough.

Blessings, Rev Gillian 

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Dean of Studies

Ms lynda wall

Year 10 2019 (current Year 9) subject information evening
Parent teacher interviews, Years 6-12
Year 10 2018 (current Year 10) ATAR update

Year 10 2019 subject information evening
Parents of current Year 9 students should have received an email detailing the subject information evening, held on 8 August (Wednesday) at 6:30 in the auditorium. The evening includes an introduction to the ATAR system, as well as a discussion of subject offerings for Semester One 2019. More detailed information about ATARs will be provided prior to the Semester Two subject selections in May next year.

Parent teacher interviews 6-12
Parent teacher interviews commence on this Thursday 9th of August and continue next week. Please book via Aidan’s Central. If you are unable to attend a booked interview, please let the school office know. 
Teachers look forward to the opportunity to build their partnerships with parents so that together we can support our students. We strongly encourage a collaborative approach to the education of our students, with positive dialogue and keeping lines of communication open. If you have any concerns, please phone Lynda Wall, the Dean of Studies, for Years 10-12, and Holly O’Sullivan Williams, the Dean of Students, for Years 7-9.
 
Year 10 2018 assessment and reporting update
Students in Year 10 are currently completing introductory units in senior subjects, giving them an experience of the subjects and an indication of their aptitude. 
It is usual for all students to experience some discomfort when changing subjects and teachers, and particularly when encountering a higher-degree of specialisation.  Thus far, the Year 10s have been very positive in their approach to new challenges.
We recommend that students avoid making significant changes to their academic programs if possible. If, however, a student finds that she isn’t coping with a subject, a change prior to Term Four may be needed. I will be at school over the last days of the holidays, and would like to talk to any student, and her parents, who are requesting a change to her program ready for Term Four. All Year 10 subject changes must be finalised by Friday 12 October, at the end of the first week of Term Four; sooner is preferable. 
We strongly advise parents to consider the continuous reporting for each subject at the end of Term 3, to talk to their daughters about how they have fared in their first senior assessment. 
The reporting for the ATAR Unit 1 will fall at the end of Term 1 2019, and for ATAR Unit 2 at the end of Term 3 2019. This marks a shift from our traditional semester based reporting; continuous reporting will provide parents with report information until the end of Term 1. 

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Guidance Counsellor

ms Jennie Robinson

International College of Hotel Management
Le Cordon Bleu
Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School
Qld School of Film and TV
Student Exchange
IMPORTANT CHANGES TO TERTIARY ENTRANCE
UK and US university entry information session – Crimson Education 
Universities

International College of Hotel Management
OPEN DAY on Sunday August 12 from 2.30pm. 
Location: Regency International House, 163 Days Road, Regency Park 
Please email: admissions@ichm.edu.au or call (08) 8228 3664 with your details.
https://www.ichm.edu.au/program/open-day-2018

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

Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School
Course and Career Information Afternoon on Saturday, 11 August at the Sofitel Brisbane Central.

This event is a great opportunity for high school students to learn more about the Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School (BMIHMS) at Torrens University and the hospitality industry. They will meet staff and alumni - discussing our specialist business degrees in hotel and event management. 
Included in the afternoon will also be an exclusive behind the scenes tour of Sofitel Brisbane Central. Students will see the various teams and departments of an operational hotel and premiere events venue in action, giving an idea of where they may be working in the future.
Complimentary refreshments and canapes will be available throughout the afternoon. Registrations are essential for catering purposes.
If you have any questions about the event, please contact Bryahne Khouri, our Hospitality Course & Career Advisor.
BRYAHNE KHOURI - 0435 697 700 or bryahne.khouri@laureate.edu.au.
Register here
https://info.bluemountains.edu.au/infosessions/?utm_source=organic&utm_medium=edm.ca&utm_campaign=brisbane       

Qld School of Film and TV
EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Saturday, 8 September 2018
TIME: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM 
VENUE:   QSFT Campus:, 2 Warwick St, Annerley, QLD 4103

OPEN DAY AGENDA:
Creative Industry Talk
Career Pathways FAQ
Student Work Showcase
Program Information
Demo Workshop
Sausage Sizzle
Lucky Door Prizes

Student Exchange
FREE LIVE ONLINE INFORMATION SESSION FOR St Aidan's Anglican Girls School STUDENTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE IN 2018

Student Exchange Australia New Zealand is a not-for-profit organisation that is registered with all state and territory Departments of Education around Australia and with the Ministry of Education in NZ. We are the first and only secondary exchange organisation in Australia and New Zealand to be certified to ISO 9001 (Quality Management System) and we ensure the highest standards of care and support to our participants. 
We would like to invite your students and families to our FREE Live Online Sessions on Thursday, 16th August at 7.30pm (AEST).
The LIVE Online session gives students and families the opportunity to learn more about becoming an exchange student and the various scholarship options that are available in 2018. 
Students can find out more about our exchange programs to over 25 countries, listen to former exchange students share their experience and learn about our scholarships and discounts on offer in 2018. Please note that the deadline for Scholarship and Early Bird Discount applications is 31st October for programs departing between April 2019 - September 2019.
Please be aware that we now offer 14 partial scholarships each year for semester and year applicants. See our website for more information.

"You come back a different person, with so much more confidence & you feel that you can conquer the world"  Jessica, Semester Program to Italy.
  
FREE LIVE ONLINE INFORMATION SESSION 
Hear from our very experienced, Senior staff, find out more about discounts and scholarships available and ask questions.
Thursday, 16 August at 7.30pm
Register now
Visit www.studentexchange.org.nz or call 0800 440 079 for more 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.

2019 scholarships are now open
Each year Griffith provides more than $40 million in direct financial support to help new and continuing students successfully complete their degrees. More than 600 scholarships are available to cover tuition, education and living expenses. It's well worth encouraging students to apply for these opportunities, as they can apply for multiple scholarships with just one application.
Explore scholarship options and apply online at griffith.edu.au/scholarships

Aptitude for Engineering Assessment (AEA): applications now open
The aptitude for engineering assessment (AEA) offers Year 12 students an admissions pathway into engineering at Griffith University.
The exam is a two-and-a-half hour multiple choice test that assesses the candidate's aptitude to think scientifically, solve quantitative problems, critically analyse information and display interpersonal understanding.
Students who successfully pass the exam will receive admission directly into the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or Bachelor of Engineering Technology in Electronic and Computer Engineering at Griffith University.
For more details and to register for the assessment go to griffith.edu.au/aptitude-engineering-assessment.

Music and performing arts programs - new and simplified application process
Applications close 24 August 2018
We have simplified the application process for audition and admission to the Queensland Conservatorium. Applicants now 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

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 asthe 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

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Training Schedule
Fixtures Schedule
Results

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Music

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Term 3 Recital
St Aidan’s AGS students are invited to perform in the Term Three Performing Arts Recital, held in the Auditorium on Thursday 30 August from 6.00pm – 7.00pm.  
This concert is a wonderful opportunity for students to perform polished repertoire and to learn about performance etiquette.
This concert is strictly a one hour event and the order is determined on the receipt of the permission form; as permission forms are submitted, students will be added to the concert order. If the hour concert order becomes full, any additional students will be asked to perform at a later Recital. 
The order of performers will be published in the emailed newsletter in the week of the recital.  Students are to arrive at least fifteen minutes before the start of the concert. All students should wear their blue school uniform to the performance. 
All students must hand in the permission form no later than Friday 17 August.  All forms are to be returned to Senior Staff Reception or music@staidans.qld.edu.au.
Additionally, piano accompaniment will be provided on the night and music must be handed in with the permission slip. No accompaniment will be available if music is not supplied by due date. The accompanist will be available for rehearsals immediately prior to the Recital from 4.45pm – 5.45pm. 
Due to the potential length of recitals, we ask that students perform one item only for each study area. 
N.B. Permission Slips are available from the private tutors or can be downloaded via Aidan’s Central.

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.

The Spring Sing
On Sunday 16 September, students from Ensemble Volar will be will be involved in an excursion to Toowoomba for day of rehearsals and a performance as part of the annual Spring Sing. Many choirs will be involved on the day and the event will be held at the University of Southern Queensland Arts Theatre. Students will be transported to and from Toowoomba via a school bus. 
The schedule for the day is as follows:
7:15am Meet bus at Kathleen St
7:00am Depart St Aidan’s AGS
8:30am            Arrive in Toowoomba – USQ Arts Theatre
9:30-11:15am          Workshop One
11:15-11:45am Morning tea
11:45–1:30pm  Workshop Two
1:30 – 2:30pm          Lunch
2:30pm Concert (all families are welcome)
4:00pm    Travel to St Aidan’s for a 5:45pm arrival

As this is a school event, students are required to wear their full blue school uniform with brown stockings. As this can still be quite a cold time of year in Toowoomba it is recommended that students also have the school jumper/blazer/scarf. They will also need to bring a water bottle and their music. 
Families are welcome to attend the concert at 2:30pm. Entry to this concert is a gold coin donation. Parents wishing to take their child home from the concert are required to inform the school by filling out the permission slip. 
N.B. Permission Slips have been emailed to families and additional copies can be downloaded from Aidan’s Central. 

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 highly accomplished singing tutor Rosina Waugh graduated with a Diploma of Music in 1987. She has had a wonderful career singing professionally with both Opera Australia and Opera Qld for over 30 years. With Opera Qld as a principal artist and member of the chorus in many hundreds of performances. She recently sang in 93 performances in the Sydney Opera House with Opera Australia during 2016-2017. She has just finished performing in The Merry Widow for Opera Qld and is currently in rehearsal for Peter Grimes for the Brisbane Festival/Opera Qld.
peter grimes

She has been a teacher of voice at St Aidan’s for 15 years. 

Evalyn Legried is a local performer, researcher, and educator. In 2017, Evalyn graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music with a Master of Music Studies (Performance, Advanced Standing) with Distinction. Evalyn also holds a Bachelor of Music (2007), Graduate Certificate of Music Studies (2015), and qualifications in TESOL.
Evalyn performs regularly with the Queensland Festival Philharmonic Orchestra, Queensland Pops Orchestra, as principal cellist of the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra, as soloist and chamber musician with performance agency Koda Music, and as soloist and chamber musician at salon style venues such as 4MBS studios.
As a researcher, Evalyn’s area of expertise is the life and music of composer and educator John Gilfedder. Evalyn also researches historic manuscripts and holographs for scholarly editing and publication.
As an educator, Evalyn has taught music and ESL across Queensland and South Korea for almost 20 years. She especially enjoys directing student string orchestras and cello ensembles. 

During term 3 Evalyn will be performing in the following productions:
August 11: ‘Broadway on Screen’ – Queensland Pops Orchestra
August 12: ‘From Russia with Love’ – Brisbane Symphony Orchestra (principal cello)
August 26: ‘National Geographic – Symphony for our World’ – Queensland Festival Philharmonic
September 7-15: ‘Cinderella’ – Queensland Ballet & Queensland Festival Philharmonic

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Kerrie-Anne Looi is the Percussion Tutor and Percussion Ensemble Director at St. Aidan’s. She also teaches at All Hallows’ School and Clayfield College and directs five ensembles across the three schools. Kerrie-Anne started at St. Aidan’s in 2016 with only three private students. Fortunately, this number has now tripled, and this year saw the creation of the new Percussion Ensemble. This un-auditioned ensemble consists of fifteen girls in Years 5-9 who want to show everyone that percussion is more than just the ‘back row of the band’, and that girls can hit too! You can catch their next performance at the Grande Concert in October. 
Kerrie-Anne is also a member of the contemporary percussion ensemble, Percussimo, who are celebrating 5 years in 2018. A special thank you to the Baillie, Cominos, Dart, and Osborne families who came to the special anniversary show on Saturday 28 July!

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.

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 5 and above)
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
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music photos week 4

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Library

Book Week Happenings  -   Senior School Library
find your treasure

the great book swap

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Junior Jottings

Mrs Louise Mcguire 

Year 3 Camp 
‘Child Writes’ – Writing Workshop
Year 5 Public Speaking/Year 6 Debating
Ice-blocks in the Junior School 
Discover Bright Sparks - Science and Technology Showcase – Tuesday 14 August
Free Dress Day – Wednesday 22 August
Readers’ Cup
Book Week
2018 RNA Education on Show Results
Important Dates

Year 3 Camp
I had the pleasure of accompanying Mrs Susie Rigby, Ms Jen Rowe and the Year 3 girls on their camp to Kindilan Recreation Centre, Redland Bay last Thursday and Friday. This group of girls must be commended for their exemplary behaviour, enthusiasm, helpfulness and desire to do their absolute best at every activity. It was wonderful to spend this special time away with them on their first school camp. 
Special thanks must go to Susie Rigby and Jen Rowe for the time and effort they put into the camp organisation and preparation.
Year 3 Camp 5

‘Child Writes’ - Emma MacTaggart
Last Monday, Year 4 St Aidan’s students took part in ‘Child Writes’ – writing workshop delivered by Emma MacTaggart.  Emma is a renowned author and publisher who believes that children themselves should be at the forefront of writing and illustrating books for children. The workshop entitled ‘Where DO ideas come from?’ stimulated the girls to delve into their creativity and recognise their potential as authors of stories. The girls were encouraged to engage with the stories hidden inside that are bursting to be told and were guided through some tips and tricks to help kickstart the creative process of illustration and story-writing. 

Debating and Public Speaking
Last Thursday saw six teams of budding Year 6 Debaters converge on St Margaret’s for a ‘friendly’ debate - the topic, ‘That school should be a four day week’. The adjudicators commended the students on the quality of their arguments and poise of their delivery. For some students, it was their very first debate. Special thanks must go Mrs Kelly Swan and Mrs Jann Manser as well as to the parents who were able to cheer on the girls. Hopefully, this informal competition has sparked a desire in the students to sign on for the official QDU debating offered in Year 7 next year. Remember- It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question without debating it… Joseph Joubert 
Ms Kate Grayson

Year 5 students were again provided with the opportunity to gain experience with public speaking through an informal evening with St Margaret’s students. Students wrote and performed the speeches in conjunction with the Year 6 debating competition. Congratulations go to participants who volunteered and performed admirably in front of an audience of parents and peers. Special commendation was given to Poppy O’Sullivan Williams and Poppy Morrison who were recognised as speakers of the night.

Ice-blocks in the Junior School
We would like to continue to offer ice blocks for purchase by Junior School students (Monday-Thursday). To enable this to occur, we would love to have some volunteers who are happy to put their name down to volunteer once, or more, each month to sell ice blocks for around 20 minutes during the girls' lunch time.
It is a lovely way to get to know more of the girls within the Junior School and for your daughters to see you at school being engaged with them.  
If this sounds like something you would like to do, please email Wilhelmina Morrison (w.morrison@staidans.qld.edu.au). Your designated days and dates will then be confirmed with you.

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 Link. We look forward to welcoming many parents and friends to this exciting event.

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readers cup              
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.

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 

Free Dress Day – Wednesday 22 August
On Wednesday 22 August, as part of our Book Week celebrations, students in Kindy-Year 12 are encouraged to come dressed as a character from a book. Students must wear enclosed shoes and abide by sun safety rules. Girls involved in sporting activities (PE or training) must remember to dress appropriately for their activity or change into their Browns. All students must remember to bring a hat. 
Funds raised from gold coin donations will go to the school’s Nepalese sponsor child Sumika and the Children Welfare centre in Nepal.

2018 RNA Education on Show Results
We are very excited to announce that St Aidan’s Junior School has been awarded the RNA’s Education on Show Overall Champion School in Show for 2018. This prize is awarded to the school gaining the highest number of aggregate points across all classes for the Education on Show Competition. The theme for 2018 was Heroes in honour of the recent Commonwealth Games.
Fifteen (15) of our Junior School students won individual prizes and in doing so, contributed 5 points for 1st place, three points for 2nd place, two points for third and one point per entry towards our school aggregate total. 
Almost fifty P- 6 students entered a range of great projects that were thoughtfully designed and presented at a high standard. The projects comprised of several curriculum areas including Visual Arts, English, Science and Design Technology.
Congratulations must go to all the girls who entered and especially those who have won prizes. Prize money and certificates will be presented to individual girls on Assembly in Term 4.
All entries are on display at the RNA Ekka from Friday 10 August until Sunday 19 August 2018.
ekka results

Important Dates Term 3, 2018

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Junior Sport

Please click here for the Junior School Training Schedule for Week 4 and Week 5, Term 3.

Athletics Training
With 2 weeks left till the Andrews Cup Athletics competition, squad members are encouraged to attend as many trainings as possible.  
Trainings being offered for the Athletics Season are as below:
athletics training

Andrews Cup Gymnastics
Girls have received 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
Ms Egan, Raquel Spies and Ms Jeanes-Fraser

Congratulations
Congratulations to Amy Atikinson, Taylor Bonifant and Abigail Jones for their selection into the Eastern Taipains Track and Field Team.

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 4

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Junior Music

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Term 3 Recital
St Aidan’s AGS students are invited to perform in the Term Three Performing Arts Recital, held in the Auditorium on Thursday 30 August from 6.00pm – 7.00pm.  
This concert is a wonderful opportunity for students to perform polished repertoire and to learn about performance etiquette.
This concert is strictly a one hour event and the order is determined on the receipt of the permission form; as permission forms are submitted, students will be added to the concert order. If the hour concert order becomes full, any additional students will be asked to perform at a later Recital. 
The order of performers will be published in the emailed newsletter in the week of the recital.  Students are to arrive at least fifteen minutes before the start of the concert. All students should wear their blue school uniform to the performance. 
All students must hand in the permission form no later than Friday 17 August.  All forms are to be returned to Senior Staff Reception or music@staidans.qld.edu.au.
Additionally, piano accompaniment will be provided on the night and music must be handed in with the permission slip. No accompaniment will be available if music is not supplied by due date. The accompanist will be available for rehearsals immediately prior to the Recital from 4.45pm – 5.45pm. 
Due to the potential length of recitals, we ask that students perform one item only for each study area. 
N.B. Permission Slips are available from the private tutors or can be downloaded via Aidan’s Central.

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 4

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 4

 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.

Music Tutor News
Our highly accomplished singing tutor Rosina Waugh graduated with a Diploma of Music in 1987. She has had a wonderful career singing professionally with both Opera Australia and Opera Qld for over 30 years. With Opera Qld as a principal artist and member of the chorus in many hundreds of performances. She recently sang in 93 performances in the Sydney Opera House with Opera Australia during 2016-2017. She has just finished performing in The Merry Widow for Opera Qld and is currently in rehearsal for Peter Grimes for the Brisbane Festival/Opera Qld.
peter grimes

She has been a teacher of voice at St Aidan’s for 15 years.

Evalyn Legried is a local performer, researcher, and educator. In 2017, Evalyn graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music with a Master of Music Studies (Performance, Advanced Standing) with Distinction. Evalyn also holds a Bachelor of Music (2007), Graduate Certificate of Music Studies (2015), and qualifications in TESOL.
Evalyn performs regularly with the Queensland Festival Philharmonic Orchestra, Queensland Pops Orchestra, as principal cellist of the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra, as soloist and chamber musician with performance agency Koda Music, and as soloist and chamber musician at salon style venues such as 4MBS studios.
As a researcher, Evalyn’s area of expertise is the life and music of composer and educator John Gilfedder. Evalyn also researches historic manuscripts and holographs for scholarly editing and publication.
As an educator, Evalyn has taught music and ESL across Queensland and South Korea for almost 20 years. She especially enjoys directing student string orchestras and cello ensembles. 

During term 3 Evalyn will be performing in the following productions:
August 11: ‘Broadway on Screen’ – Queensland Pops Orchestra
August 12: ‘From Russia with Love’ – Brisbane Symphony Orchestra (principal cello)
August 26: ‘National Geographic – Symphony for our World’ – Queensland Festival Philharmonic
September 7-15: ‘Cinderella’ – Queensland Ballet & Queensland Festival Philharmonic

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Kerrie-Anne Looi is the Percussion Tutor and Percussion Ensemble Director at St. Aidan’s. She also teaches at All Hallows’ School and Clayfield College and directs five ensembles across the three schools. Kerrie-Anne started at St. Aidan’s in 2016 with only three private students. Fortunately, this number has now tripled, and this year saw the creation of the new Percussion Ensemble. This un-auditioned ensemble consists of fifteen girls in Years 5-9 who want to show everyone that percussion is more than just the ‘back row of the band’, and that girls can hit too! You can catch their next performance at the Grande Concert in October. 
Kerrie-Anne is also a member of the contemporary percussion ensemble, Percussimo, who are celebrating 5 years in 2018. A special thank you to the Baillie, Cominos, Dart, and Osborne families who came to the special anniversary show on Saturday 28 July!

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 5 and above)
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
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music photos week 4

 

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