St Aidan’s Day Celebrations
On Friday 16 August, students and staff took part in our St Aidan’s Day celebrations.
To begin the day, Kindy-Year 4 students attended Messy Church led by Reverend Gillian. Students excitedly took part in craft activities to help them learn more about Aidan of Lindisfarne. Girls in Years 5-12 participated in a beautiful Eucharist attended by Helen Barrett who was a “Day 1” student at St Aidan’s. Helen had the honour of cutting the birthday cake; she was very capably assisted by kindy student, Bella Lee. It was lovely to have Sister Gillian also in attendance at the Eucharist. House coloured cupcakes were enjoyed by all students to celebrate our 90th year.
After lunch, girls from Prep-Year 12 travelled to Ambiwerra to engage in mixed year level House activities followed by a whole school ‘Charma’. It was wonderful to see girls of all ages interacting so happily and enthusiastically.
Science and Technology Showcase
The Link certainly came alive last Tuesday afternoon when students from K-6 showcased their skills in Science and Technology. This was a wonderful opportunity for the girls (and boys) to demonstrate their knowledge and share their love and passion for these areas of the curriculum.
I take this opportunity to thank all of the Junior School teachers and students for the time and effort they put into presenting their year level displays; staff from Marketing, Maintenance and Secondary Science for their assistance; and finally, Dr Ela Martin for co-ordinating this successful event.
Starlab Education (An Incursion for Year 2 to Year 5)
Why do we have day and night? What are the phases of the moon? Which planet is the hottest planet? How does gravity affect the earth and moon?
These were just some of the big questions that Year 2 to Year 5 students discussed at the Starlab Education presentation as part of Science Week last Thursday.
Starlab Education was set up in the CHC. The giant silver dome simulated a Planetarium of the night sky in our Southern Hemisphere. Inside the dome, students discovered more about space and our solar system through the use of visual projections, demonstrations and multimedia. This interactive experience enabled students to participate by asking questions and making observations about space by looking at the roof of the dome and seeing the visual presentation in action.
This was definitely a fun presentation that whet the students’ appetite for further discussions back in the classroom.
Human Relationships Education
Please be reminded that HRE classes have been organised for students in Years 3-6. Permission letters were emailed to families last week and need to be completed as soon as possible.
I encourage parents to attend the Parents’ Information Evening in the Junior School Library on Tuesday 27 August. An information session for parents of Year 3 students will commence at 6.00pm, followed by a session for parents of Years 4, 5 and 6 students at 7.00pm. During these sessions, Judith Krause will explain the topics to be covered for all classes. It is also an excellent opportunity to ask questions.
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!
Please click here for more information on the TechMate evening.
What is YouTube and why do people use it?
YouTube is a video hosting service that is owned by Google. It allows you to upload and share video content on a platform that is accessed by millions of people every day.
YouTube is the world’s 2nd largest Social Media platform. It is a platform to watch videos, listen to music and educate yourself or your children.
YouTube is a safe and powerful entertainment tool, as long as it’s used correctly whether you are watching or uploading videos. YouTube is highly regulated and governed by Google, so if they find the content of your video breaches their community standards, they will delete it without hesitation. It is very rare to hear about something negative happening to someone who has shared a video online, but it does happen more often than you hear about.
YouTube Age Restrictions
You are meant to be at least 13 years old before you can start uploading videos to YouTube,
the minimum age for creating a Google account, according to US law and their Children’s
Online Privacy Protection Act, which governs most social media platforms. The reality, though, is entirely different. There are vast numbers of underage children uploading content. If you don’t believe that, search for “Am I pretty” and count the number of videos posted by little girls. This is an open invitation to people who may not have your child’s best interests at heart. Protect them by respecting age restrictions! See more information about recommended ages here.
Premier’s Reading Challenge
The 2019 Premier’s Reading Challenge officially ends this Friday the 23rd of August. Please ensure all reading record logs are brought to school on Friday to be handed in. No late forms will be accepted.
We sincerely hope students have enjoyed participating in this years Premier’s Reading Challenge.
Please click here for Important Dates Term 3, 2019.