Newsletter Term 3 Week 7 2019

Principal

Ms toni riordan

2019 Alumni Award Recipients

As part of our recent St Aidan’s Day celebrations, I had the honour of revealing this year’s Alumni Award recipients. Each year, we call for nominations from our community to acknowledge the achievements of Old Girls, via the Emma Betts Award for our Distinguished Alumni under the age of 30 years; the Caroline Amy Award and for the first time this year, the new Mother Emma Award, introduced in our 90th year to acknowledge innovation and enterprise. Congratulations to:

Emma Betts Award recipient - Eloise Skinner (Stephenson, 2007), who held a Post doctorate position at Stamford University working on community-based projects involving mosquito-borne diseases and deforestation in areas such as Costa Rica.

Mother Emma Award recipient – Jano Kotzas (Robertson, 1986), who established The Prop House, now a multi-award winning and nationally acclaimed company trading as The Prop House, VM+ and Christmas Decorations Brisbane.

Caroline Amy Award recipient - Miranda Kalinowski (Dowie, 1986), lives in New York and heads Global Recruiting for Facebook.

The diverse and inspiring careers of Eloise, Jano and Miranda will be celebrated at our Annual Awards Ceremony, in November.

Women as All Rounders
US sociologist Andrew Penner stated in an interview that one reason for under-representation of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) careers is that women are more likely than men to have strengths in both maths and verbal areas. He believes that they therefore may be less attracted to STEM careers than men whose strengths are skewed towards maths. Penner argues that women who leave STEM careers, like German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who earned a PhD in physical chemistry, and the former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, who obtained a chemistry degree from Oxford University, demonstrate their talent in other ways and make valuable contributions in a variety of fields, including health, education and politics.

Penner was commenting on a study, co-led by Princeton University philosopher Sarah-Jane Leslie and University of Illinois psychologist Andrei Cimpian, which shows that women who excel academically are underrepresented not only in certain STEM fields, but also in a variety of non-STEM disciplines, all of which take the view that only men possess the required “raw, innate intellect” and academic talent. Leslie and Cimpian write that the greater the emphasis on innate talent or giftedness in an academic field, the fewer the number of PhDs awarded to women.

In the US, women are awarded over 50% of PhDs in molecular biology and neuroscience and over 70% of PhDs in psychology, but less than 35% of PhDs in economics, philosophy and engineering and less than 20% of PhDs in physics, computer science and music composition. After quizzing 1,800 US academics and postgraduate students from 30 STEM and non-STEM disciplines about working hours, competitiveness, the importance of analytical reasoning and the innate skills required in their respective fields, Leslie and Cimpian found “no evidence that fields with more women have weaker applicant pools” or that women are “less likely to possess innate intellectual talent”. They also found no evidence that women prefer family-friendly, non-competitive and empathetic careers. Instead, they found strong evidence to support their hypothesis that “across the academic spectrum, women are underrepresented in fields whose practitioners believe that raw, innate talent is the main requirement for success, because women are stereotyped as not possessing such talent”.

Leslie and Cimpiani concluded that some academic fields are “inhospitable” to women and that the biases and discrimination exhibited in these fields may make women “vulnerable to stereotype threat”, meaning that they internalise the stereotype that they are not as talented as men and “decide that these fields are not for them”. The result is that women are persuaded to believe that they do not belong in “talent-required” fields despite being as academically gifted as men. A follow-up study has since found evidence that a woman’s motivation to pursue a career is reduced in fields that emphasise talent over effort.

Penner agrees that it is not lack of intellectual talent that keeps women out of some fields. Molecular biology, neuroscience and psychology are all academically demanding fields, he says, but “effort is viewed as important”, unlike in philosophy and physics, where academic ability is viewed as innate. He writes that Leslie and Cimpian’s “intriguing finding” not only explains why women are well represented in some STEM fields and not others, but also why women are now pursuing careers in law at the same rate as men, “even though law school has a competitive culture, lawyers work long hours, and law firms are not yet as family friendly as one might hope”.

Conclusions
Leslie and Cimpian recommend that academics “downplay talk of innate intellectual giftedness and instead highlight the importance of sustained effort for top-level success in their field” in order to attract more women to their disciplines. Penner, however, takes a different tack, arguing that “when we define success as becoming a STEM professor at a research university”, we “risk trivialising the contributions” of women “who choose to pursue other endeavours”. He has even questioned the wisdom of using “men’s curricular choices … as the baseline for women to emulate”. Instead he points out that female graduates now outnumber male graduates and asks, “Would society be better off if men were more like women?”
At St Aidan’s, we endeavour to celebrate the sustained efforts of our students, present and past, no matter their chosen field of study or interest.
References available upon request.         

P & F General Meeting
A reminder that this term’s P&F General meeting will be held at 6:30pm, in S101, on the first level of the Science and Technology building. I look forward to seeing those who can make it.

Congratulations to:
Annabel Lee, Sienna Kim, Sophia Zhang, Joy Yin and Brenda Lee who were specially elected to represent the school at the prestigious String Fest event for advanced string musicians held at Brisbane Grammar School.
Anh Bui (Year 9) for successfully completing her Grade 8 piano exam. Anh has also been selected by the AMEB to record duets for the new syllabus later this year.
Stephanie Pettigrew (Year 5) and Olivia Middleton (Year 9) who have both received Highly Commended Awards in the 2019 IEUA-QNT Awards for Excellence in Art Design.
Bridget McCormack (Year 9), Mackenzie Cullinane (Year 12), Isabelle Mortensen (Year 5), Emma-Kate Watt (Year 9), Tayla Behr (Year 11) who represented Queensland at the Australian Cross Country Championships in Wollongong.
Charlie Bell (2018) who has been named in Netball Queensland’s 2019/2020 Elite Development Program

Best Wishes
• To Year 11 students for Block Testing
• To our Junior School community for the success of their Father’s Day stall
• Best wishes to our Year 3 students for their visit to St John’s Cathedral
• Good luck to all students involved in this term’s Performing Arts Recital
• Best wishes to all senior school students who will play tennis, hockey, netball or volleyball for QGSSSA Round 7 of Winter fixtures, this weekend
• Finally, the best of wishes to all our rowers for the Head of the River this Saturday. I look forward to being out at Wyaralong Dam to cheer you on.

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Chaplain

Rev Gillian Moses

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

Dean of Studies

Ms lynda wall

• Year 12 2020 information evening
• QCS test Year 12 2019
• Block testing Year 11 and 12
• Family holidays and senior schooling
• Year 7 and 8 subject selections 2020

Year 12 2020 information evening
Parents and current Year 11 students are invited to attend an information evening on October 10th at 6:30pm to talk through the senior year timelines and processes. We hope that as many families as possible can attend this session as an opportunity to engage with ‘the big picture’ of the students’ final year of schooling. The school leadership team is looking forward to working with the students and families throughout Year 12 2020.

QCS Test for Year 12 students 3rd and 4th September
It is now less than 1 week until the QCS test. It is important that students continue to undertake individual practice each day. They may use their workbooks for this. Additional resources include:
https://www.qcaa.qld.edu.au/downloads/senior/qcs_test_parents_guide.pdf

Additionally, sample questions that draw on assumed mathematical knowledge for the Queensland Core Skills Test can be found at:
https://www.qcaa.qld.edu.au/downloads/senior/qcs_test_parents_maths_sample.pdf

I urge all students and parents to try some of these questions on the weekend. It is important that students revise their mathematical formula and procedures. More exercises are available in the back of the student’s workbook and in their year 11 QCS workbook, Pathways to Success
On the day of the test, students need to approach the test calmly and with confidence. They have worked well in preparation for this examination. I ask that parents ensure that students have the correct equipment for each of the four tests; items such as protractors, rulers, compasses, coloured pencils are essential equipment. Spare batteries for calculators should also be considered. Students should have a plan for how they vary the equipment for each test, as some equipment allowed in some sessions is not allowed in others.
Students should arrive at school no later than 8.15am each day. They may not leave the school grounds during the break. We anticipate that on each day, students will finish by approximately 2.30pm, upon which they are permitted to leave the school grounds to travel home.
Please note, there will be no program provided for students who are non-OP eligible who have elected not to sit the QCS test. If students wish to attend school on these days, they are reminded to wear full school uniform and to sign in at the start of the day. The library will be available for these students. Parents are asked to call the student absentee line if their daughters remain at home.

Block Testing Year 11 and Year 12
Year 11 students commenced block testing this week. Year 12 students commence their block testing with a Home Study Day on Monday 9th September. Students have been issued with a block testing calendar and a copy is also uploaded in Aidan Central.
The final day of block testing for Year 11 is Friday 6th. The final day of testing for Year 12 is Tuesday 17th. Year 12 students working towards a Diploma of Business or Certificate in Hospitality are expected to be present all day on the 16th and 17th September to finalise these qualifications.
This session of examinations is important for Year 12 in the preliminary allocation of Levels of Achievement and Bands. Where a student is ill, medical certificates are required for the application of special provisions. I wish all students well as they prepare for this set of examinations.

Family holidays and senior schooling
The senior school schedule is organised to maximise classroom learning time, with most assessment occurring at the end of terms. It is important that students are present for assessment and to receive feedback prior to the designated school holidays. We ask families to avoid taking holidays during term time, as this will disadvantage students. No student studying Units 3 and 4 of senior syllabuses should miss school time for avoidable reasons.

Year 7 and 8 subject selections 2020
Families of students entering Year 7 and Year 8 2020 should have received curriculum handbooks and subject selection information by email early this week. If you have not received an email, please contact Ms Tina Henson at t.henson@staidans.qld.edu.au. Teacher contact details are included at the end of the curriculum handbook should you have further questions about subjects.

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Dean of Students & Academic Welfare (7-9)

Ms holly o'sullivan williams

Student Protection Officers


Student Protection Officers

Senior school students are regularly reminded of the St Aidan’s Student Protection Officers. Student Protection Officers are persons designated as liaison people to whom students may refer if they are not feeling safe; or to whom they make complaints of harm, inappropriate behaviour or physical/sexual abuse. The St Aidan’s Student Protection Officers are:

• Ms Louise McGuire – Head of Junior School
• Ms Holly O’Sullivan Williams – Dean of Students & Academic Welfare (7-9)
• Ms Jennie Robinson – Guidance Counsellor

Our school website has the policy and procedures document available for all members of the community, found at: http://www.staidans.qld.edu.au/our-school/quick-links/student-protection-resources

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Guidance Counsellor

ms Jennie Robinson

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

 

Senior School

Sport

• QG Fixtures Round 7
• Club Fixtures Term 3 Week 7
• Training Schedule Week 8
• The Back Page

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Music

Click Read More for all Senior School music news including upcoming performances and rehearsal schedule.

AMEB Results
Congratulations to Ella Lau in Year 12 who was recently awarded her Associate Diploma of Music (AMus) on Flute. A wonderful achievement. Well done Ella.
Congratulations also go to Tihari Jayasuriya in Year 10 who has completed her Grade 4 Clarinet examination.

Eisteddfod Results
Grace Houghton has recently competed at the Silkstone Eisteddfod and was awarded
first in the woodwind sonata section and second in the open woodwind solo – a great achievement.

St Aidan’s and St Laurence’s Combined Music Project
The members of the Paganini Strings and the Symphonic Winds performed a workshop and concert with the St Laurence’s string orchestra and band last Tuesday. The students enjoyed the chance to collaborate and pool their musical talents. Parents from both schools were treated to a polished performance from the combined groups at the final concert. Many thanks to the students and staff for making the event successful and memorable.

Term 3 Recital
The following girls will be performing at the Term 3 Recital on Thursday 29th of August from 6.00pm in the Auditorium.
N.B. Due to the large number of performers, the recital has been split into Junior and Senior School sections. The Junior School sections will run from 6.00 until approximately 6.45pm and the Senior School Section from 6.45-7.30pm. The accompanist will be in attendance from 5.00pm for those girls requiring a rehearsal prior to their performance.

Senior School Section
Allegro Strings String Quartet
Grace Sun and
Annabelle Hammonds Mama Mia Duet Violin
Tessa Kift Comptine d’un autre ete Piano
Samantha Jolly Cry Me a River Voice
Charlotte Worthington TBA Piano
Sophia Ortiz TBA Piano
Grace Houghton Sonata No. 3 in E Minor - Quantz Flute
Natsu Lu Mo Li Hua Piano
Annabel Ott TBA Clarinet
Emma Kibsgaard Jeunes Fillette – Tradition French folksong Voice
Annabelle Hammonds TBA Piano
Monica Behrenbruch Misty Voice
Gina Ganjoo Chargrin d’enfant – Peeters Piano

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.

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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Library

Book Fair

The Senior Library is holding a Book Fair this week from Mon Aug 26 - Friday Aug 30. The books are being supplied by Avid Reader Book Store and will be on sale before and after school & during breaks.
Students may pay by cash or card at the Book Fair and books can also be purchased via the online book fair links which will apply to be Wild Things and Avid Reader

http://wherethewildthingsare.com.au/?ref=aidans
http://avidreader.com.au/?ref=aidans

After books have been added to cart:
In Any Special Instructions box, please write St Aidan's, student's name and class.
Please tick Pick Up in Store which in this case means the store will deliver to the school for collection.

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Junior Jottings

Mrs Louise Mcguire 

• Andrews Cup Athletics
• Book Week
• New Playground
• National eSmart Week
• Important Dates

Andrews Cup Athletics
Last Thursday, the Andrews Cup Athletics team travelled to QSAC to compete in their long awaited carnival. The girls must be congratulated for their hard work and commitment to training leading up to the event, and for their determination on the day.
We had an extremely successful day, placing 3rd in the Andrews Cup – our best overall result in years. Special congratulations to our girls in the 10 years division for placing 1st in their age group. Mention must also be made of our 10 years A division circular relay team – Amy Andrews, Amelie Boyd, Aurelia Boyd and Fifi Cottell who won this event in record time.
Sincere thanks must go to Ms Tracey Jeanes-Fraser for her role in co-ordinating the team throughout the season; coaches Lauren Murry, Kristine Cairns, Saxon Mosely, Libby Jacques, Loren Morssinkhof, Sarah Thorpe, Tereka Fasala and Cade Fasla for their commitment to training sessions.
Congratulations to our Athletics Captains, Eva Bougoure, Adelaide Himstdt and Emma Thallon for their leadership throughout the season.

Book Week 2019 – Mrs Megan Daley
So many schools around Australia take time to celebrate CBCA Book Week and celebrations at St Aidan’s this year were enjoyed by all. This year’s theme ‘Reading is My Secret Power’ became the thread for an array of activities in the Junior School Library throughout the week.
Buddy Reading on Tuesday gave time for all girls to drop everything and just read. Older girls spent time reading picture books to younger students and spending quiet time interacting with the words and illustrations.
Wednesday’s Book Character Free Dress day was undoubtedly our favourite day despite the technology hiccups with the music and microphone! Special mention must be made to the Year 6 students for getting into the spirit for their last parade and to Emma Schafer and Melissa Welsh who, with their artistic kindy students, created their own costumes for The Very Hungry Caterpillar and the Butterfly from Eric Carle’s famous book.
A total of $516.40 raised from the Free Dress Character Day has been donated to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF), where many literacy programs and resources will be funded for Indigenous students around Australia.
Students in Years 2-5 were enthralled by visiting author Rosanne Hawke who uses her many years of experience as a foreign aid worker to inform her writing. An award-winning author of over 25 books, Rosanne’s visit cemented our 2019 Book Week aim of helping others to experience the power of reading.
The Second-Hand Book donations were thankfully received, and these will be sent to Romana’s Garden Children’s Orphanage in India to create a much-needed library in their school. Thank you to all families who donated. This exercise, together with the ILF donations, helped our students learn about education in other parts of the world and the need to help other communities.
Many students also completed the Premier’s Reading Challenge as part of daily reading at home or at school. Forms were due on Friday and certificates will be presented next term.
Overall, we must take the opportunity to thank Megan Daley (Junior School Librarian) for her infectious enthusiasm and tireless efforts in building a very special culture of literacy and love of reading in our school.

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New Playground
The Junior School staff have been very excitedly working with the team from Everything Outside to design a new play area in the Junior School behind the Prep, Year 1 and Year 2 classrooms. The work is expected to commence at the beginning of the September holidays and hopefully the area will be ready for ‘action’ at the beginning of Term 4.
I take this opportunity to thank the P&F Association for contributing a portion of the funds for this project – funds raised by Junior School families who so generously contribute to Junior School events (Mother’s and Father’s Day Stalls, Movie Night, Junior School Disco). Thank you so much to all families for your support.


National eSmart Week
St Aidan’s is participating in the Alannah & Madeline Foundation’s National eSmart Week from 1-7 September 2019 to show its commitment to keeping children, teens and adults safe online. Held to coincide with National Child Protection Week, National eSmart Week creates awareness, solutions and ideas and encourages the whole community to be smart, safe and responsible when using digital technology.
The Alannah & Madeline Foundation CEO, Lesley Podesta says, “The internet is a great place to learn, be creative and stay connected, but with one in five young Australians found to have been cyber bullied each year, it is important that we invest in giving our communities the skills they need to be responsible and safe online.”
At Assembly next Monday 2 September, the Year 6 Peer Support girls will be sharing some important reminders about being a good cyber citizen.
Don’t forget there is information about Cyberbullying on the Junior School Cybersafe page on Aidan’s Central. (You will need to log in to Aidan’s Central to access the content)

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 7 and Week 8 Term 3.

On Thursday 22 August, the Andrews Cup Athletics Competition was held at QSAC, Sports Complex, Nathan and an outstanding team effort saw the St Aidan’s Junior School Athletics team place a fantastic third position in the Aggregate Cup. Particular mention must go to our fabulous 10 Years Age Group who also won their division. All team members are to be congratulated on their commitment leading into the competition and on the day of the competition as all participated with amazing character and determination.

The parent attendance and school support on the day was greatly appreciated and I would like to particularly thank Miss Emma Swan and Imogen Alexander as team officials. A big thank you must also go to our dedicated coaches – Miss Lauren Murry, Ms Cairns, Libby Jacques, Loren Morssinkhof, Sarah Thorpe, Tereka Fasala and Cade Fasala who assisted in the preparation for the Andrews Cup. Special thanks must be given to our Athletic Captains Eva Bougoure, Adelaide Himstedt and Emma Thallon for being such wonderful role model both in the lead up at all the Metro Meet and on the day of the Andrews Cup Competition.

Andrews Cup Gymnastics
The Andrews Cup Gymnastics Team has been announced. Information letters have been sent home to team members providing information about the competition which is to be held at Somerville House on Thursday 7 November. Trainings will continue on Tuesday and Friday mornings at 6am – 7.30am at Splitz Gymnastics, Sumner Park. At the conclusion of each session, a bus will take the girls back to school.
Team members are to note that there is no training during the holidays; however, recommencement of training will occur on Tuesday 8 October.

Walter Taylor Bridge Friday Clubs Competition Semester 2 Interschool Sport
Walter Taylor Bridge Club competition will commence this Friday 30th August from 1pm to 2.30pm.
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 30 August 2019
Friday morning 6.45am-7.45am at Ambiwerra
Girls are reminded to bring their glove and water bottle.
Miss Swan, Hannah King and Ashlee Johnson

Basketball Training Sessions Will Commence Friday 30 August 2019
Friday morning 6.45am-7.45am at Ambiwerra
Mrs Egan, Miss Cromarty and Raquel Spies

Andrews Cup Softball Trials
The Andrews Cup Softball trials will be held for Year 4, 5 and 6 girls on Wednesday 4 September and 11 September from 6.45am-7.45am at Ambiwerra. Girls wishing to be selected into the teams will need to nominate through their class teachers
Girls wishing to trial for the Andrews Cup Softball Team (competition in October) who are playing a different interschool sport are still eligible to trial; however, they must attend one of the softball trainings to assist in their skill development and the AC trials. Girls interested in training are to advise their class teacher.

Andrews Cup Basketball Trials
The Andrews Cup Basketball trials will be held for girls, aged 10 to 12 years on Tuesday 3 September and Tuesday 10 September from 3.45am-4.45am at Ambiwerra. Girls wishing to be selected into the teams will need to nominate through their class teachers.
Girls wishing to trial for the Andrews Cup Basketball Team who are playing a different interschool sport are still eligible to trial; however, they must attend one of the basketball trainings to assist in their skill development and the AC trials. Girls need to note that the Andrews Cup Basketball is held on the same day as the Andrews Cup Gymnastics and therefore girls already committed to gymnastics will not be eligible. On selection of the teams, girls will train on Tuesday afternoons at the Ambiwerra Basketball courts from 3.45pm-4.45pm. A school bus will be provided to take students to the venue.

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).            

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.

Key Dates

 

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Junior Music

Click on Read More for all the Junior School music news, rehearsal schedules and upcoming performances.

Congratulations
Congratulations go to Yolanda Wang in 5H for her multitude of awards from performances at several local Eisteddfods over the past month. Her achievements are to be commended. Well done Yolanda!

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Term 3 Recital
The following girls will be performing at the Term 3 Recital on Thursday 29th of August from 6.00pm in the Auditorium.
N.B. Due to the large number of performers, the recital has been split into Junior and Senior School sections. The Junior School sections will run from 6.00 until approximately 6.45pm and the Senior School Section from 6.45-7.30pm. The accompanist will be in attendance from 5.00pm for those girls requiring a rehearsal prior to the performance.

Junior School Section

Neala Wilson-Mills Ode to Joy Piano
Sienna Mahoney TBA Piano
Yuika Hashimoto Cuckoo Flute
Savannah Weldon TBA Piano
Olivia Dunn TBA Piano
Jenna King-Daly Allegro Violin
Elisabeth Tan A Day in the Life of a Tall Giraffe Piano
Lauren Deighton A Thousand Years Flute
Josephine Tse Ode to Joy Piano
Poppy Lochran Moonlit Pagoda Piano
Kiralee Neale The Bee Violin
Edwina Everingham Swans on the Lake Piano
Olivia Kemp TBA Piano
Rose Choi Musette Flute
Lulu Lochran A Day in the Life of a Tall Giraffe Piano
Matilda Murray TBA Piano
Clementi Celli At the Ball - Mooney
Happy Farmer - Schumann Cello Ensemble

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).
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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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