Newsletter Term 3 Week 4 2019

Principal

Ms toni riordan

At school
Congratulations to all involved in our Senior School Drama Production, Never, Never Alone. It was a joy to be in the audience on Friday evening and to view such a wonderful performance from the girls. Productions like Never, Never Alone take lots of hard work and focused team work. I thank the team – Ms Nicole Jones, our playwright, Ms Natalie Nunan, Mr Matthew Duncan, Mrs Karen Madden, our fantastic student actors and backstage crew, staff who assisted front of house, students from BBC and Mrs Catherine Heffernen, Head of Theatre at BBC.

St Aidan’s regatta
Our competitive rowing season continued last week at Wyaralong Dam. Congratulations to all our crews and coaching staff for their hard work. Thank you also to our Rowing Support group for their huge effort to organise and run the St Aidan’s Regatta. It was highly organised and successful!

Languages Week
Last week we welcomed students and staff from Gifu Girls’ High School in Japan who were with us on exchange for the week. Thank you to Mrs Lewis for arranging the exchange and thank you to our families who recently hosted students.

I wonder if you saw the bright and fun highlights of last week’s Languages Week featured on our Facebook page? Thank you to all staff and students involved in Languages Week; this was a colourful event with interesting activities, lovely music and plenty of conversation.

Year 3 Camp
We welcome back our Year 3 students from a wonderful time on camp and thank Mrs Rigby, Ms Cairns and Ms McGuire for giving their time to ensure a safe and enjoyable learning experience for our girls.

Student leadership selection
We commenced our student leader interviews for those 31 year 11 students who have been short-listed for the positions of either School Captain and/or Vice Captain. More than half of the students in the cohort applied to be considered for these roles, submitting a written letter of application and a script of their first speech in the role. The next stage of selection included a collaborative task in which groups of ten students worked through an issue to pitch their solution to members of the ELT who were with them to observe their ways of working. Voting is open this week to staff and students from Years 7 to 12.

Recognising Strengths
It is an incredibly enriching experience to sit with my colleagues and to hear from our year 11 aspirant leaders. So much of their confidence stems from their ability to see their own strengths and recognise strengths in others. This important skill reminds me of an article I once read. As adults we can also recognise strengths in our young people:

Make a point of noticing strengths in children and compliment them on, or thank them for their strengths. Children respond well to this recognition and want to use their strengths even more.

For example:
• Thank a child for their honesty in admitting to a mistake
• Congratulate a child on their perseverance in getting a task finished
• Say how much you enjoyed their humour when a child makes you laugh
• Point out their fairness when they treat their friends equally
• Tell them how kind they are being when they do a favour without being asked
• Tell them they have good self-control when they are able to wait for a treat
• Show them you are proud of them when they forgive their sister, brother or classmate for having upset them
• Celebrate good teamwork
• Tell a child they are showing great courage when you see them coping with a difficult situation
• Look out for glimmers that you can fan into a brighter characteristic

“We change the world by tiny, individual acts of honesty, courage, kindness and integrity, by celebrating our own strengths, just a little more each day, and helping others to do the same.”
Jenny Fox Eades

Congratulations to:
• Leah Dargan (Year 8) who placed third at her very first BSRA Regatta the previous weekend.
• Emily Galvin (Year 7) and Jade Hughes (Year 12) who recently represented St Aidan’s at the State Equestrian Championships
• Izzi Galvin (Year 10) who competed in the Young Rider Dressage Championships.
• Juliette Pepin (Year 9) who has been chosen as a judge for the 2019 INKY Teen Choice Awards, run by the State Library of Melbourne. Juliette will also be the Student Chair for the Lili Wilkinson session at the Brisbane Writers Festival in September.
• Rachel Leathers, Lucinda Davies and Samantha Congreve (Year 10) who are official Australian ambassadors for the Tech Girls Movement and will be attending the Technovation World Pitch in Silicon Valley.
• Miss Sarah Poulgrain, our Art Technician, who is a finalist in the Churchie Art Awards. This is a national competition where 19 artists were selected from over 450 entries.
• Ruby Harris (2018) who has been named in the Hockey Australia 2019 Women's National Junior Squad.

Best Wishes:
• To our Year 8 and 9 students as they select their elective subjects for next year
• To all who played a part in bringing us our RSPCA craft and cupcake stall
• To Senior School sportswomen for the third round of QGSSSA sport on the weekend

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Chaplain

Rev Gillian Moses

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

Guidance Counsellor

ms Jennie Robinson

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

Senior School

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Music

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AMEB Exam Results
Congratulations go to Grace Campbell in Year 9 for recently completing her Grade 3 AMEB Singing Examination. Well done Grace.

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 29th 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 16th August – Forms are available from the private tutors. 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.

St Aidan’s and St Laurence’s Combined Project
On Tuesday 20th August, students of the Symphonic Winds and Paganini Strings will be taking part in a combined rehearsal and concert in conjunction with the musicians from St Laurence’s College. Participating students will remain after school on the day to attend the event, which will conclude at 7:00pm.

Where: Christine Hartland Centre
Date: Tuesday 20th of August
Time: 3.30-7:00pm
Uniform: Blue school uniform with stockings
Students are asked to ensure they have a snack with them for afternoon tea. There will be a break at 5:15pm, during which a BBQ dinner will be provided by the Music Support Group. The schedule for the event is as follows:

3:45pm St Laurence’s students arrive
3:50pm Rehearsals commence
(3:50pm – 4:50pm Band and Strings rehearsals)
(4:50pm – 5:20pm Combined Symphony rehearsal)
5:20pm Dinner
5:55pm Tune and gather on stage
6:00pm Concert commences, featuring:
1. St L/St A Combined Band – Declaration Overture
2. St A Ascension Strings - Haydn’s Minuet and Trio
3. St L/St A Combined Strings
4. St L String Orchestra 1
5. St L/St A Combined Symphony – Espana Cani (Spanish Folk Song)
6:50pm Pack up
7:00pm Event finishes
All family and friends are invited to support these students by attending the concert (6:00-7:00pm). Parents are asked to collect their daughters from the CHC at the conclusion of the evening.

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

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

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

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

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

BAND ENSEMBLES

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

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

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Last week we celebrated Languages at St Aidans’.

Tuesday was French Day. The girls were able to dress up during their French classes, with French inspired activities offered at lunch time. French songs were played while students tackled the task of making paper Eiffel Towers. When they managed to complete this they were rewarded with a French sweet.
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Wednesday was Chinese Day. Students participated in a paper cutting activity by cutting out the Chinese character of 囍, which means “double happiness”. Year 12 students Susan Du, Selina Wang and Year 7 student Angel Lu also shared their musical talents with us by playing various Chinese instruments, which added to the atmosphere of the day.
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Thursday was Japanese Day. Students were invited to participate in a series of games ranging from calligraphy, Japanese quiz, chopsticks and other traditional Japanese games. We were lucky to have Japanese visitors from our sister school with us to help us celebrate.
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Junior Jottings

Mrs Louise Mcguire 

• Health in the Junior School
• Year 3 Camp
• Cybersafety Tips
• Discover Bright Sparks - Science and Technology Showcase – Tuesday 13 August
• Book Week
• Free Dress Day – Wednesday 21 August
• Father’s Day Stall/Raffle 28 August
• Important Dates

Health in the Junior School
I ask that parents keep their sons/daughters at home if they are unwell. Sick students put other members of our community at risk of becoming ill. Also, children who feel miserable are in no position to be active participants in the learning process in the school environment.
To minimise the spread of germs, it would be greatly appreciated if you could remind your daughter/son to wash their hands thoroughly throughout the school day and use the hand sanitizers in the classrooms as they enter/exit.

Year 3 Camp
I had the pleasure of accompanying Mrs Susie Rigby, Ms Kristine Cairns 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 time this special time away with them on their first school camp.
Special thanks must go to Susie and Kristine for the time and effort they put into the camp organisation and preparation, and their care of the girls while they were away from home.
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Cybersafety Tips
Across the country, children are using social media younger and younger. Our primary position on Social Media use is to ask that parents and carers respect age restrictions, and game classifications - they are there for a reason, and most apps are 13+. However, for those who have decided that their child can use apps younger than the recommended age, we need to make sure children are safe and well educated on risks that are easily avoidable.
YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat and Tik Tok are the most popular with very young children. One of the questions we always should ask children is how they identify that they are following a real celebrity. The reason we should ask is that we have seen multiple fake accounts trying to lure young people into following them. In extreme cases, Safe on Social has been told by young people that they have received private messages from ‘celebrities’.
Conversations with these ‘celebrities’ often involve asking for inappropriate photographs of the young child (this has been reported to the police immediately in all cases). Please make sure that your children know that a celebrity will not send them a private message.
For more information read the Fact Sheet about ‘Verification Symbols’ here.                              

Science and Technology Showcase – Tuesday 13 August
This year’s (K-6) Science and Technology Showcase is being held from 1.30pm-3.00pm on Tuesday 13 August in the Link.
We look forward to welcoming many parents and friends to this exciting event.
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Book Week
Book Week is just around the corner and we have a number of exciting literary experiences planned for the Junior School. The theme for Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book Week is ‘Reading is my Secret Power’ and in library lessons K-6 students are looking at the powers reading gives them and looking closely at the CBCA shortlisted books for 2019.
There are high and low tech learning experiences around the Book Week theme of reading being powerful and our lunchtime makerspace continues the literary themed fun.
Year 3 and Year 6 students last week worked with verse novelist Kat Apel and later in the term various year levels will work with author Rosanne Hawke.
Megan Daley Junior School Library.

Second-hand Book Collection
As part of this year’s Children’s Book Week, our Year 6 Penguin Aid Leaders will be co-ordinating a collection of pre-loved books. Any picture books and easy-to-read children’s books in ‘good condition’ will be suitable for the collection. The books will be donated to a children’s orphanage in India. Information about the charity can be found on the website called Romana's Garden.
Please send any suitable second-hand books to your daughter’s classroom or to the Junior School Library and place in the collection boxes from now until the end of Week 6.

Free Dress Day – Wednesday 21 August
On Wednesday 21 August, as part of our Book Week celebrations, students in Kindy-Year 12 are encouraged to come dressed as a character from a book. We will be having a costume parade in the Junior School Courtyard at 8.30am. Please join us!
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 Indigenous Literacy Foundation.
https://www.indigenousliteracyfoundation.org.au/

Father’s Day Stall/Raffle
In conjunction with the Father’s Day Stall (gifts $15) being held on Wednesday 28 August, we will also be holding a Father’s Day Raffle which raises money that is directly used by the Junior School to provide specialised learning materials for Junior School students. To enable the raffle to proceed and to provide you with the opportunity to win some great prizes, we would love donations to enable us to assemble some gourmet hampers.
For this to happen, and to make it easy for you to pick something up when shopping and drop it in to school, we have the following suggestions for each year group:

Kindergarten Wine or Chocolates/toffees
Prep Speciality coffee or Twinings Tea/ Tea 2 Tea
Year 1 Shortbread or gourmet sweet biscuits/fudge
Year 2 Savoury crackers suitable for cheese, or gourmet jam
Year 3 Shortbread/ gourmet sweet biscuits/fudge
Year 4 Wine or Chocolates or gourmet jam
Year 5 Wine or Chocolates/toffees
Year 6 Speciality coffee or Twinings Tea/ Tea 2 Tea

Of course, if you have something else (eg. book vouchers, Bunnings vouchers etc.) you would like to contribute as a prize, this would be very much appreciated.
Thank you very much for your assistance in contributing to these raffles which give much enjoyment to the girls at the lunchtime draw. Any contributions to the raffle can be dropped in to form classrooms or Mrs Morrison at the Junior School Reception.
We will be having a ‘wrapping day’ on Tuesday 27 August (in the Junior School Library) to package the gifts to be sold at the stall. If you are able to assist for any length of time, your help would be greatly appreciated. We will be commencing at ‘drop off’ time and concluding as soon as all of the gifts are packaged and ready to be scrutinised by many excited shoppers the following day!

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

 

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Junior Sport

Please click read more for all Junior School Sport information.

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

Athletics Training
The full Andrews Cup Athletics squad for 2019 has been selected and announced. Please note that whilst training was initially open to all girls in Years 2 – 6, following the announcement of the Andrews Cup Athletics Squad, only girls selected will be able to continue training.
Trainings being offered for the Athletics Season are as below:
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Note: No Training on Ekka Wednesday

Andrews Cup Gymnastics
Trials for Andrews Cup Gymnastics will commence this Friday 9 August at 6am at Splitz Gymnastics, Sumner Park. Trials will continue on Tuesday 13 August and Friday 16 August. During the first two weeks of trials, girls will be expected to attend at least two of the three 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. The Andrews Cup Squad will be announced by Week 6.

Bus Travel to and from Ambiwerra – For Training
Please be reminded that for morning training sessions, girls should be dropped at the Ambiwerra sporting fields (Erinvale St, Corinda) by parents. At the end of the session, they will be transported to school on the school bus. In the afternoons, students will travel to Ambiwerra on the school bus (Kathleen St) and parents must collect them from the sporting fields at the designated time.

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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 29th 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 16th August – Forms are available from the private tutors. 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.

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

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

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

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

Year 4 Beginner Band
St Aidan’s has an outstanding Classroom Music Program, and the introduction of Every Day Music from Kindergarten to Year 3 means that students are not only immersed in music, but that they are developing an independent and sophisticated understanding of essential musical skills and knowledge for the level. It is clear to the classroom and music teachers that students are reaching musical benchmarks early and with greater competence. In an attempt to ensure that students receive every opportunity to learn a musical instrument, the students in Year 4 are invited to again be part of the Beginner Band Program at St Aidan’s. The Beginner Band lessons will occur weekly on Tuesdays during assembly time (12.40pm).

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

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

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

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

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

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P&F

P&F

General Meeting Invitation

The P&F Executives extends an invitation to all parents and friends to attend its next General Meeting to be held on Wednesday, 28 August 2019. The meeting will commence at 6.30pm and be held in S101, 1st Floor, S&T Centre.
Please come along and join the discussion on fundraising initiatives for the P&F. We look forward to seeing many at this meeting.

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