Newsletter Term 3 Week 5

Principal

Ms toni riordan

Master Plan
St Aidan’s is undertaking a process of master planning its school and Ambiwerra sites and during this term, I have met with students, staff, our alumni, School Council, P&F Association and Foundation representatives as part of the consultative process.

Master plans are tangible statements of what our school is now, what it could be in the future and what is required to reach our desired goals. With recent building projects, including the refurbishment of the Science and Technology Centre and The Link paving the way for state-of-the-art facilities inspiring innovative ways to teach and learn together, it has been exciting to share conversations about what St Aidan’s may look like, feel like and be like in 5 years, 10 years, even 30 years’ time.

We have engaged the services of Blight Rayner Architects to work closely with the Building and Grounds sub-committee of the Council to complete three phases of the Master Plan program.

Stage 1 - The Thinking Phase
Development of an Aspirational Brief and ideas generation.

Stage 2 - Aspirational Brief
Planning principles and illustration of ideas.

Stage 3 - Master Plan Report
Including staging plan, projects and precincts.

Stage 1 (The Thinking Phase) will conclude at the end of August. If you wish to input into the consultation phase with your ideas for the ‘People, Priorities and Place’ and the future of our school, I invite you to email your ideas to Kim Williams, EA to the Principal at k.williams@staidans.qld.edu.au.

Parties

Prior to school functions such as the Senior Formal and Year 11 Dinner Dance students are told by the Principal or member of the Educational Leadership Team of the schools’ expectations whilst at school events. All school events for students are alcohol-free functions, with no alcohol, recreational drugs or smoking permitted by students or their partners, even if they are 18 years of age or over. A private security firm is present on the night and random breath testing is conducted during the functions. Testing includes both girls and their partners. The school’s policy on Post-Dance parties is long-standing and remains the same. It is neither encouraged nor condoned in any form. Pre-Dance gatherings should be by direct invitation from the parents responsible for holding the event. The invitations should not extend or be advertised beyond the immediate guests. Direct and appropriate supervision of this type of gathering is the responsibility of the parents holding the event. I remind parents that the school’s Substance Misuse Policy (to be read in conjunction with the Drug Education Program) is accessed via the school website and Aidan’s Central.

Congratulations to:
Our Junior School who have been awarded the RNA’s Education on Show Overall Champion School of Show for 2018

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Chaplain

Rev Gillian Moses

Testing the Limits 
This week, on account of it being Science Week, I have been thinking and reading a little more about science than I might usually. Although I was never moved to study science formally after school, I do remember encountering the wonder of chemistry at school (I also remember the wonder of achieving higher grades in chemistry than I ever expected!). I am drawn to the wonder of discovery, and the irresistible urge we humans seem to have to understand. How much of our progress has been driven by that deep curiosity about the world around us?

For me, science and faith have never been at odds. I think they share a common interest in riding the boundaries or testing the limits. Science, like faith, is less interested in the uncontested ground of common knowledge but is drawn over and over to the very edges of the known and the knowable. Perhaps science dances on the side of the knowable, while faith imagines what lies beyond that?
In preparing a meditation to use with the Year 9s this week, I encountered the fact that our bodies are made up mostly of nothing. If all the space that makes up 99.99% of each of our atoms could be removed, the actual matter left would take up less space than a grain of sand! So while we think of ourselves as creatures of substance, we are in fact much ado about nothing. Science, I suppose, asks blunty how we experience such ethereality as solid reality, while faith asks, then who am I?
It is hard to conceptualise that all my thoughts and dreams, my experiences and my relationships, are so immaterial. Science tells us, of course, that we are not just dust and air, but that we are a complex relationship of energy and forces, and it is these things which make us real and tangible. The interplay of energy and force makes we humans glow like candles. As the physicist Michael Faraday observed, like candles we turn oxygen and hydrocarbons into carbon dioxide, water and heat, just through our breathing. In addition we emit light constantly, although it is not visible light, and our bodies absorb light from others. We are constantly shining light towards one another! 
That is not so far from the business of faith. At Christian baptisms the newly baptised are called to shine as lights in the world. For the believer, this is a call to be more than a collection of matter held together by force and energy.  We are called to care, to love, to pay attention to the world around us. Christians contend that at least some, if not all, of the force which shapes the universe might also be attributed to God. It is not God of the gaps, in the traditional sense, only filling in the pieces we don’t have other answers for, but God who inhabits, permeates and transcends the gaps, and the matter.
We are specks, but we are specks who matter. We are aware and called to be wisely aware. We are forces, held by the force of Love. We are dancing at the limits, and it is amazing!

Blessings
Rev Gillian 

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Guidance Counsellor

ms Jennie Robinson

Qld School of Film and TV
Student Exchange
IMPORTANT CHANGES TO TERTIARY ENTRANCE
Universities

Qld School of Film and TV
Record It Workshop
DATE: Saturday - 1 September 2018
TIME: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM 
VENUE: QSFT Campus - 22 Warwick Street,  Annerley, QLD 4103 
TO APPLY: Download & Complete Application Form
Email application form to applications@qsft.qld.edu.au OR Fax to (07) 3392 7511.
You will receive a confirmation email once your application is processed.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: Saturday, 8 September 2018
TIME: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM 
VENUE: QSFT Campus: 22 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, 16 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 31 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.

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 
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.       

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 day
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 Springfield and Online
Date Wednesday 22 August
Time 6.00-7.30pm
RSVP 20 August 2018

Uni Melbourne
University’s Open Day on Sunday 19 August 

 

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Senior School

Sport

Week 5 Training Schedule
Week 5 Fixtures Schedule
Week 4 Results
Week 6 Training Schedule

Week 5 Training Schedule
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Please click here for Week 5 fixtures schedule.

Week 4 Results
Please click here for Week 4 results.

Week 6 Training Schedule
Please click here for Week 6 training schedule.

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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 must bring their instruments and bags to CG04 – String Room at lunch time. At 3.20pm students will need to collect their belongings and make their way directly to the bus. The bus will leave promptly at 3.25pm 
Updated information has been received from St Laurence’s College. Please be advised of the following schedule for the afternoon

Rehearsals:
4:00-4:45pm Rehearsals – combined strings/combined band
4:45-5:30pm Rehearsal – combined Symphony
5.30pm Dinner outside ERPAC        
6.20pm Tuning on stage
6:30pm Performance
St A Paganini Strings - Polka from The Jacobin (Opera),  Antonin Dvorak 
SLC Strings - (Own choice piece)
SLC and St A Combined String Orchestra – Mythos – Soon Hee NewBold 
SLC and St A Combined Band - Dam Busters arr. Duthoit 
Combined Symphony orchestra – Into the Storm by Robert W. Smith and Russian Sailor Dances from ‘The Red Poppy’ by Reinhold Gliere, arranged by Belisario Errante 
 
Finish by 7:15pm.

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.

Please click here for information regarding The Grande Concert.

Please click here for information regarding the Music Lunch.

Music Summer School
music summer school 

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Library

Book Week Happenings  -   Senior School Library
find your treasure

the great book swap

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news

All Hallows’ Maths Team Challenge
English
International Dpartment

All Hallows’ Maths Teams Challenge
On Thursday 9 August a Year 6 and a Year 7 team travelled to All Hallows’ for a morning of friendly rivalry as they completed in two challenging rounds of mathematical problem solving. In the first round they worked as a team to solve problems in a limited time frame. In the second relay round they solved problems in alternating pairs again in a limited time frame. All girls acquitted themselves well and enjoyed what was a very different mathematical experience, learning the importance of collaboration when facing new and difficult problems.

Year 6 team:
Millie Bloomfield, Felicity Horrocks, Angela Hu, Adheera Warrier, Novia Yin

Year 7 team:
Lucy Bristow, Kiara Jayasuriya, Ariana McCulloch, Charli McGaw, Jade Perina

Maths team challenge all

English Faculty
In our new Year 10 Literature course, we are currently studying the film Wadjda, by Haifaa Al Manour. It is a Saudi Arabian film that explores a young girl’s quest to own her own bicycle to race her friend Abdullah. It also tells the story of her father and mother’s relationship, as her father searches for a second bride, in the hopes of conceiving a son. This film is on the prescribed text list for Literature and is proving to be very well-received by the girls.
For their assessment task, the students will need to write an imaginative response to the film. They can either fill a gap in the story, tell the story of a particular event/moment from another character’s perspective or explore what might have happened before the film or immediately after it (prologue/epilogue). The purpose is to shape an authentic, consistent and plausible imaginative story that conveys a strong understanding of the film and its representations of Saudi Arabian culture, particularly attitudes towards girls.
This Friday, we are very excited to have Roseanne Hawke, award-winning Australian author, visiting us to talk with our Literature students. Roseanne will be sharing what she has learnt about life for women in places like Saudi Arabia and some insight into how to craft a story that it set in a very different culture to own own, along with other creative writing strategies. The students will really benefit from being able to work with a published author and hear all about what makes a quality piece of writing. We are planning on making the visit more of a workshop experience for the girls, so they will be able to have some time to ask their own questions and get some help in shaping their own individual narratives, which will be invaluable as they move forward with their own imaginative responses to the film.
St Aidan’s is very grateful to Roseanne for taking the time to fly from South Australia just to work with our students, and we hope that the experience will be a memorable one for our girls.
rosanne 

International Department
Congratulations to one of our homestay hosts, Mary Suen, who is the lucky winner of the ‘International Department’s Homestay Family Term 3 Prize Draw’. 
Mary won a $200 voucher to dine at the Boucher French Bistro in Graceville.
Also a big shout out and Thank You to all our valued homestay families for their time and effort hosting.
mary

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Junior Jottings

Mrs Louise Mcguire 

All Hallows’ Maths Teams Challenge
Free Dress Day – Wednesday 22 August
RSPCA – Cupcake Stall – Friday 24 August
Father’s Day Stall – Wednesday 29 August
A winter SunSmart warning! 
Congratulations
Important Dates

All Hallows’ Maths Teams Challenge
On Thursday 9 August, one Year 6 and one Year 7 team travelled to All Hallows’ for a morning of friendly rivalry as they completed in two challenging rounds of mathematical problem solving. In the first round, students worked as a team to solve problems in a limited time frame. In the second relay round, they solved problems in alternating pairs, again in a limited time frame. All girls acquitted themselves well and enjoyed what was a very different mathematical experience, learning the importance of collaboration when facing new and difficult problems.

Year 6 team:
Millie Bloomfield, Felicity Horrocks, Angela Hu, Adheera Warrier, Novia Yin

Year 7 team:
Lucy Bristow, Kiara Jayasuriya, Ariana McCulloch, Charli McGaw, Jade Perina

Maths team challenge

Father’s Day Stall/Raffle
In conjunction with the Father’s Day Stall (gifts $15) being held on Wednesday 29 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 Monday 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!

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.

Cupcake Day – RSPCA – Friday 24 August
cupcake day

This is a fundraising event for the RSPCA – last year the whole school community raised $1,300. Parents and/or students are most welcome to contribute by baking a dozen (or two) cupcakes. Donations (nut free) can be dropped at the undercover entrance of the Science & Technology Building in a named container on Cupcake Day. Please contact Jenny Sherlock if you have any questions (jenny@sherlockc.com). 
The cupcakes will be sold at Morning Tea and Lunch Time for $3 each.
This is a fun event for all involved – parents, students and staff – everyone loves a cupcake and the funds go to such a great cause.
If you prefer to donate to St Aidan’s Team fundraising page, the link is:
https://cupcakeday-qld-2018.everydayhero.com/au/jenny-4      

A winter SunSmart warning! 
Please find information below from the Cancer Council about winter sunshine in Queensland, particularly as we are experiencing such lovely warm daytime temperatures.
It’s time to set the record straight in the debate about vitamin D in Queensland. 
Many of us mistakenly think because we’ve hit winter – the days are colder and the weather cloudier – that we should ease up on sun protective behaviours and increase our sun exposure to boost vitamin D. 
This is not the case in Queensland. While other States and Territories change their sun protection messages in winter months, in Queensland we need to protect our skin every day. This is because the UV level is 3 (moderate) or above all year round which is when sun protection is needed - Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide.
Get in the habit of applying sunscreen daily, wear sunglasses and a broad-brimmed hat, or take a sun umbrella when out and about, cover-up with sun protective clothes and seek shade when outdoors. 
You can also download the free SunSmart app to your phone to get on-the-go information. Make it a priority to stay SunSmart – and share this winter warning with your friends!

Congratulations
Kailyn Jayasuriya (Year 4) recently competed in The Brisbane Eisteddfod - Speech and Drama. She placed in all sections in which she competed, and her results were as follows:

1st - Write and Read Own Poem; 1st - Impromptu Reading; 1st - Solo Improvisation; 2nd - One Minute Please – Improvisation; 2nd - Australian Verse; 2nd - Verse Humorous; 3rd - Memorised Prose; 3rd - Solo Mime; 3rd - Character Performance; 3rd - Verse (Not Humorous)

She was also awarded Runner-up Preparatory Champion for the juniors. What a wonderful achievement.

Congratulations
Kailyn Jayasuriya (Year 4) recently competed in The Brisbane Eisteddfod - Speech and Drama. She placed in all sections in which she competed, and her results were as follows:
1st - Write and Read Own Poem; 1st - Impromptu Reading; 1st - Solo Improvisation; 2nd - One Minute Please – Improvisation; 2nd - Australian Verse; 2nd - Verse Humorous; 3rd - Memorised Prose; 3rd - Solo Mime; 3rd - Character Performance; 3rd - Verse (Not Humorous)
She was also awarded Runner-up Preparatory Champion for the juniors. What a wonderful achievement.

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Junior Sport

Please click here for the Junior School Training Schedule for Week 5 and Week 6, Term 3.

Athletics Training
With one week left until the Andrews Cup Athletics competition, squad members are encouraged to attend as many trainings as possible.
No Training on the Ekka Holiday 15 August 2018.

Please Note: 
Andrews Cup Breakfast Wednesday 22 August 7.30am Science and Technology Apron.

Final Trainings:
athletics training final

Andrews Cup Athletics – 23 August QSAC - Nathan
Girls are required to wear their full sports uniform (brown shirt), including sports cap, to and from the carnival.  The school tracksuit is also recommended. Students must compete in the Athletics singlet and either brown bike pants or brown shorts. Running spikes (no longer than 6mm) are allowed in the laned individual events (80m, 100m, 200m), high jump and long jump only. Blanks or blunts may be worn for the 800m and relay. Girls must ensure that they have appropriate footwear for their other events.

Transport
A bus will be provided to transport our athletics team to and from the carnival.   Girls are asked to assemble at Kathleen St. at 7.20am for a 7.30am departure.  At the conclusion of the carnival, girls not returning to school on the bus must see Ms Jeanes-Fraser and have their names signed out by the parent. Girls who will be travelling on the bus back to school will return at approximately 3.45pm.

Celebration Breakfast
All squad members and their parents are invited to attend the Athletics Breakfast, to be held at The Archer & Templeton, Science and Technology Centre on Wednesday 22 August, from 7.30am with a formal presentation at 7.45am in the Auditorium.

Andrews Cup Gymnastics
Andrews Cup Gymnasts have commenced their trials with fantastic numbers. 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 continue this Friday 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

Congratuations
eloise
Congratulations to Eloise McLellan who was named Brisbane champion for the 8 year competition in the 50m Freestyle and 50m Backstroke at the Brisbane Short Course Championship.  Eloise also placed second in the Breaststroke the and third in the Butterfly.

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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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 5

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 5

 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.

Junior School Art and Music Show
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​Music Summer School
music summer school

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