Newsletter Term 3 Week 8

Principal

Ms toni riordan

Team-St Aidan’s!
We are incredibly proud of our girls in years 3, 5, 7 and 9 and their overall NAPLAN results.

Recently released school results place St Aidan’s year 5 students first in Queensland, students in year 9 second, third for students in year 3 and year 7 students, fourth in the state. I extend congratulations to students, their teachers, support staff and to families, too. We approach everything we do at St Aidan’s as a team, including sitting NAPLAN testing. Teams are dynamic and team members work together and support each other. It’s what we do at St Aidan’s!

Most of our year 12 students sat the Queensland Core Skills (QCS) Test on Tuesday and Wednesday and like NAPLAN, our seniors prepare for the two days of testing guided by expert EPP facilitators and supported by all the teaching staff, as well as their peers, by those who sit the test alongside them and those who do not sit the test show their support in many ways. We know that our girls currently in year 12 and in year 11 are studying in a system which relies on a ‘school result’ from the QCS Test for the calculation of Overall Positions. Working as a team is crucial in the senior years of study.

You may remember reading in the newsletter recently that some of our year 10 students travelled to Silicon Valley, California with Mr Tim Kemp. Part of their trip includes experiencing GOOGLE headquarters and so I thought of Mr Kemp and the girls, in the first instance and then all of our diverse and interconnected teams hard at work at St Aidan’s as I read over the weekend, “The Five Keys to a Successful Google Team”, written by Julia Rozovsky and published in 2015 in re: Work.

Google learned what makes some of its teams more effective than others, hoping to find the perfect mix of individual traits and skills. But it was discovered that who is on a team matters less than how the team members interact, structure their work and view their contributions. The conclusion boiled down to the following key dynamics:
Psychological safety: Team members feel comfortable taking risks and being vulnerable in front of each other (this was by far the most important);
Dependability: Team members get things done on time and meet a high standard of excellence.
Structure and clarity: Roles, plans and goals are clear.
Meaning: The work is personally important to each member.
Impact: People fundamentally believe that what they are doing matters.
I am confident that team-St Aidan’s consistently looks at how it’s doing on each of these dynamics. Our culture of excellence, school values and development of a growth mindset in our students and all who work and learn at St Aidan’s allows for strong and confident teams to thrive.

Congratulations to:
• All of our girls who attended the Andrews Cup Athletics Championships last week. We came 4th in the percentage cup with 11 first places, 10 second places and 17 third places.
• All of our crews who rowed at the BSRA Head of the River and to Eve Paynter who won the Year 8 Single Scull.
Jasmine Fleming (Year 10) who represented Queensland at the School Sport Australia 15ys Volleyball National Championships and was one of four Queensland players named in an Australian Merit team.
Amelia Chadburn (Year 8) who has been selected for the 13-15 Girls Touch Football: School Sport Australia Touch Football National Championships in Hobart this October.
Rebecca Chae (Year 11) who has been invited to participate in the UQ Young Scholars Program.
Angelina Tignani (Year 8) who broke the 14yrs Javelin Record and Emma-Kate Watt (Year 8) who broke the 2000mSC record at the Met West Athletics Trials.
Rachel Leathers, Lucinda Davies and Samantha Congreve (Year 9) who are State Finalists in this year’s Search for the Next Techgirl Superhero competition for developing an app called Blue Buddy which aims to provide support for the families of those suffering depression.

Best Wishes
• To Junior School staff and students for their ‘Fiver for a Farmer’ project to support farmers in drought.
• Year 12 students who sat the QCS test
• Year 11 students who are undertaking Senior Leader interviews and House Captain Presentations

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Guidance Counsellor

ms Jennie Robinson

• Bright Awards
• Qld School of Film and TV
• IMPORTANT CHANGES TO TERTIARY ENTRANCE
• Universities

Bright Awards
Design awards for year 11 and 12 students- see my careers site for the brochure.
https://brightawards.com.au/

Qld School of Film and TV
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

IMPORTANT CHANGES TO TERTIARY ENTRANCE
Teacher entry
Changes to the Non-Academic Entry Requirements for Teaching
From August 2018, QTAC will discontinue their current Non-Academic Requirements for Teaching Entrance (NARTE) personal statement process and introduce an online tool to measure a student's suitability for entering into the teaching profession.
The online tool will use several measurable exercises to replace the function of the two, 500-word NARTE statements, removing the focus on writing and placing it upon suitability to the profession.
The first exercise directly elicits the student's motivation to teach, with the second exercise measuring the student's committment to benefiting young people and understanding the traits of a successful teacher.
When applying through QTAC, all students listing teacher education programs as a preference will receive correspondence with instructions directing them to the online tool. Students are required to complete the online tool by Friday 14 December in order to be considered in the January offer round.

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.

Universities

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
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.

Bachelor of Creative Industries
This degree, available at our Gold Coast campus in 2019, has been designed for students who have a head for business, a passion for creative arts and a flair for entrepreneurial thinking.
This program will prepare you for a career as a highly skilled creative entrepreneur, arts facilitator, arts program manager, creative practitioner, community art consultant, festival producer or creative consultant. Majors in this degree include drama, creative writing, photo media and sound design.
Find out more about this exciting new degree at griffith.edu.au/bachelor-creative-industries.

Bachelor of Intelligent Digital Technologies
This new degree brings together technical and practical skills in the fields of intelligent digital technologies. You will learn the fundamentals of IT problem solving and high level programming skills for application in cutting-edge fields such as the internet-of-things, robotics, app and web development, big data analysis and virtual and augmented reality applications.
This degree is available at both our Gold Coast and Nathan campuses.
Learn more about this degree griffith.edu.au/it.

Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology
This new degree available at our Gold Coast campus leads to being a dual qualification as an accredited Exercise Scientist and Exercise Physiologist (EP). EP's design and deliver effective exercise programs for people who have medical conditions, injuries and disabilities. This may include providing expert advice on lifestyle modification programs that focus on changing behaviours.
EP's have knowledge and skills that overlapping knowledge and skills with Physiotherapists, and they often work together with them in teams to provide effective patient care.
Read more about this new degree online at griffith.edu.au/exercise-science-sport.

Bachelor of Communication and Journalism
As the highest ranked university for Communications in Queensland*, Griffith is excited to launch a next generation communication degree.
Developed in close consultation with industry, this new degree responds to the demand for graduates who are ready for the opportunities of future media. It will equip students to take advantage of the evolving range of communication careers and opportunities in the digital age, across media, journalism, public relations and communication.
*2017 Uni Review.
More information about this new degree can be found at griffith.edu.au/study/humanities-languages/journalism-communication-public-relations.

Bachelor of Construction Management
Construction is one of the fastest growing industries in Australia and Asia-Pacific, and demand for construction professionals continue to expand globally.
Our new Bachelor of Construction Management program is unique due to its strong focus on IT applications and emerging technologies in the built environment. Our strong links with industry will allow students to learn from construction professionals and gain a practical understanding of the latest industry trends.
We are keeping up with the pace of change by making our programs more relevant, adaptable and flexible – enabling students and industry to benefit now and into the future.
Read more about this new degree online at griffith.edu.au/construction.

Mechanical engineering major
Griffith is introducing a new engineering major starting at Nathan campus in 2019. Built on a strong foundation of theory and reinforced by practical experience and innovation, the mechanical engineering major will equip students with a fundamental understanding of how things work, and enable them to apply this knowledge to design and develop next generation technologies.

USQ
Year 11 & 12 students to attend the USQ Film, Television and Radio (FTR) Two Day Experience
LocationUSQ Springfield – B Block Atrium
Date: Monday 24 & Tuesday 25 September 2018
Time9:30am – 4:00pm (both days)
Cost$50.00 (including lunch)
RSVPMonday 17 September 2018
The USQ Film, Television and Radio (FTR) Two Day Experience is designed for those students who have a high interest in the industry and future aspirations to study a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Film, Television and Radio) or a Bachelor of Communication and Media (Television and Radio).
This is an opportunity, limited to just (21 Film, 25 Television and 10 Radio) 56 school students, to engage with USQ academics, current students and our industry partners. The event will outline some of the opportunities and the future needs the industry is facing, and give attendees a chance to experience the industry first-hand.
https://usq.ungerboeck.com/prod/emc00/PublicSignIn.aspx?&SessionID=ej9fd8fe4fhkfh7ff5&Lang=*

Exhibitions open from Tuesday 13 to Friday 16 November. Book a free guided tour of our Creative Industries graduate work at Creative Industries, Kelvin Grove by emailing our School Engagement Officer ciexternalrelations@qut.edu.au with your preferred dates and times.

Applications are now open for Acting, Dance, Dance Performance, Fashion, Music and Visual Arts 2019 courses. Apply by 5.00 pm 14 September.
• Course information on Additional Entry
• The ‘Entry requirement’ tabs for each course holds information on dates, locations and preparation documents for auditions/interview/portfolios
• View Destination videos before you apply

Vice Chancellor's Scholarships
The Vice Chancellor's Scholarships (Creative Industries) are awarded to students who are ranked highly in their portfolio, interview or performance for entry into creative industries courses with additional entry requirements. Scholarships up to $30,000 are awarded to top creative applicants.
There are two specific scholarships associated with additional entry that only additional entry applicants can qualify for.
scholarships/vice-chancellors-scholarship-elite-visual-and-performing-arts
scholarships/vice-chancellors-scholarship-creative-industries

Our Creative Industries Precinct is adjacent to La Boite's Roundhouse Theatre so another idea is to attend a La Boite production with your school group this semester. We could then entertain your school group pre or post show with a tour of our Creative Industries precinct.
Click here to book a show https://laboite.com.au/ and email ciexternalrelations@qut.edu.au to book your school tour.

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
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).

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.

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 

UNI Melbourne
Mission Discovery - a five day space, STEM and leadership program for secondary school students.
https://latitudegrouptravel.com.au/special-programs/mission-discovery/

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Senior School

Sport

• Head of the River
• HPE Day

• Back Page (Sports Newsletter)
• QGSSSA R7 Results
• Week 8 Fixtures
• Week 9 Training Schedule

Head of the River
Last Saturday St Aidan’s competed at the annual Head of the River Championship at Wyaralong Dam. The weather conditions were far from ideal with gusty winds and rough water; however, this did not stop the students from putting their best foot forward. The girls each put their heart on the line for their crew members and the wider school community. The parents and St Aidan’s supporters made the atmosphere feel electric with their passionate and enthusiastic cheering. The rowers cannot thank-you enough for the enormous support. St Aidan’s improved their aggregate points from 101 in 2017 to 141. We also improved from 9th to 6th place in the percentage cup. Congratulations to all athletes on the hard work and dedication to training throughout the season. Regardless of the results on the day you should all be immensely proud of your efforts.

A special congratulations must go to Eve Paynter who won the Year 8 Skull in convincing fashion. It has been 7 years since St Aidan’s have placed at Head of the River and the rowers could not be more proud of her achievement. To Elise, Georgina and the seniors, thank-you for your guidance and leadership of the athletes at the shed this season. You have left a caring legacy behind. Thank you to the members of the Rowing Support Group for your continued support of the Rowing community, particularly for; regatta logistics, breakfasts and functions throughout the season.

On Sunday the St Aidan’s Rowing community celebrated the student’s achievements with the annual end of season lunch.

Congratulations to the award recipients:

Don Boscher Award – Year 10 1st Quad
David Murray Award - Holly Wilmore
Gayle Mayes Award - Eve Paynter
Shanneen Leishman Award for Coxing- Jenna McGuire
Spirit Cup RSG Club Woman of the Year- Georgina Whittle
Rob Garnsworthy Oarswoman of the Year Award - Georgina Chandler
Year 8 Most Improved - Stella Jaramazovic
Year 8 Most Outstanding - Giselle Graham
Year 9 Most Improved - Camilla Hughes
Year 9 Most Outstanding - Alyssa Whelan
Year 10 Most Improved - Maisie Lilienstein
Year 10 Most Outstanding - Lilly Richards
Open Most Improved - Holly Wilmore
Open Most Outstanding - Elise Graham

Miss Hole

HPE Day
Since 2012, National Health and Physical Education (HPE) Day has been the annual day on the calendar to raise awareness of and advocate for the value of HPE in Australian schools.
The 2016, Active Healthy Kids Australia Report Card showed 80% of 5-17 year old’s are not meeting the Australian Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines of at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity every day.
To help promote and develop an educated nation, comprising active and healthy young people, on Friday September 7, 2018, St Aidan’s Senior School will hold their celebration with a focus on how the HPE learning area is ‘good for schools’.
The St Aidan’s AGS HPE department encourages all students to walk or ride to school. To celebrate we will be holding a DANCE OFF at morning tea as well as a staff verse student dodgeball game during lunch. Students are encouraged to continue to be active after school with their family!
Parents, why not commit to a ‘parent pledge’ on the website below to ensure your child/children participate in 30 minutes of physical activity or other health promoting practices on the day. For more information visit; http://hpeday.com.au/parent-pledge.
Schools, teachers, students, parents and members of the local community we encourage you to participate in physical activity and document your involvement on social media using #HPEday.

ACHPER MEDIA RELEASE -29 August 2018
Wednesday 5 September is a good news day - no politics please!

Research shows that children's participation in physical activity leads to better student engagement, improved academic achievement during school years, and better outcomes in adult life.
Health and Physical Education (HPE) is one of the eight Learning Areas of the Australian School Curriculum. Some of the focus areas of the HPE curriculum include - fundamental movement skills, games and sports, mental health and wellbeing and understanding the health benefits of physical activity.
"But not all students in Australia are getting the benefit of quality HPE" says ACHPER CEO, John Stokes. "Whilst HPE is part of the Australian Curriculum, inconsistencies in its delivery mean that many students are not receiving the benefit of daily PE". He continued "Given the research findings that link an increase in physical activity to better academic performance, the delivery of daily PE is a no brainer". Unfortunately, with the pressures on student class-room time, often HPE is relegated in preference to subjects focused on literacy and numeracy.
"Delivering a balanced day of learning areas from the Australian Curriculum areas which includes HPE, is essential" John Stokes said. "Daily physical activity has been shown to not only have benefits at school but also in developing good habits for adult life". The community benefits of improved health and well-being have both positive social and economic outcomes.

The Back Page
Please click here for this week's edition of The Back Page.

QGSSSA Round 7 Results
Please click here for Round 7 results.

Week 8 Fixtures
Please click here for Week 8 fixtures.

Week 9 Training Schedule
Please click here for Week 9 training schedule.

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Music

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

Term 3 Recital
Congratulations to the following girls who performed at the Performing Arts Recital last week:
Grace Houghton, Mariya Pan, Aparna Anand, Yolanda Wang, Belinda Lee, Naomi Pan, Charlotte Cheng, Grace Houghton, Sissi Han, Eliska McAuliffe, Claire Jung, Annabelle Hammonds, Jenna King-Daly, Kirra Greatorix.
music

The Spring Sing
On Sunday 16 September, students from Ensemble Volar will be will be involved in an excursion to Toowoomba for a 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.

Grande Concert
On Sunday, 21 October, 2018 the St Aidan’s AGS Music Department and Music Support Group will present The Grande Concert. This concert will be held in the Christine Hartland Centre, will start at 3.00pm and will feature the following ensembles:

• Children Crossing
• Chorale
• Ensemble Volar
• Community Choir
• Symphonic Winds
• Paganini Strings
• Corelli Strings
• Chamber Winds
• Percussion Ensemble
• Volar Strings
• Symphony Orchestra (Symphonic Winds/Paganini Strings)
• Combined Band (Con Brio/Symphonic Winds)

Students who are involved in instrumental groups will need to arrive by 2.00pm in order to warm up and organise their instruments, music etc. All string students are to meet in CG04 (Strings room) and all band students are to meet in C112 (Band room).
All choral students will need to arrive no later than 2.30pm for a warm up in the Auditorium.
We anticipate the concert will conclude by 5.30pm and encourage students performing earlier in the afternoon to support other performers through their full attendance. Students are reminded that the allocation of pockets is dependent on attendance at all performances.
Ensemble and choir members are required to dress in the performance uniform. Full details of the performance uniform may be found overleaf. Performance uniforms are available from the Uniform Shop. Students from the Junior School who are performing may wear their formal blue school uniform.
In order to run an event such as this, some parental assistance is required. The Music Support Group is looking for offers of support for the afternoon; all families are asked to bring a plate of sweet or savoury snacks for afternoon tea.
They will also run one of their famous raffles and would greatly appreciate donations of prizes for the hampers. Raffle donations (chocolates, biscuits, bottles of wine, small gift items) can be dropped at the P & F Office by Friday 12th October.
Additionally, The Music Support Group are running a Senior School Raffle with the main prize a full scholarship to the Cuskelly College Summer School Music Program. This prize is valued $880 and tickets will be available on the day of the concert for $10. The raffle will be drawn at Music Lunch on Friday November 9, 2018. Everyone who has participated in this program has thoroughly enjoyed the experience and more details about the Summer School can be found at: http://documents.soundthinkingaustralia.info/summerschool2019.pdf.
Alternatively, if you are able to offer some time to assist with preparation, serving or clean-up please contact Anne Kuskopf mylittlekitchen@bigpond.com 0402 121 739. Your assistance would be greatly appreciated. Please contact Paula Hodge paula.hodge@bigpond.com 0411 860 433 if you have any questions or would like to volunteer in some way. This is a great way to support the work of the MSG in fundraising for the Music Department!
There is no audience charge for this concert and refreshments will be available for purchase during the intermission. As this is one of the key events for our performance ensembles and choirs, we hope you take this opportunity to support your daughter in her musical endeavours through your attendance at this concert.
Please address any enquiries regarding the event to the teacher of the relevant ensemble or music@staidan.qld.edu.au.

ensemble

Junior School Art and Music Show
The Junior School Art and Music Show will be held on Wednesday, October 17 2018, in the Christine Hartland Centre. The performance part of this event runs from 4:15 – 6:30pm and the following groups will be involved:

Four Corners (Meet 4.15pm in CG04; perform 4.30pm)
Clementi Cellos (Meet 4:15pm in C108; perform 4:40pm)
Junior Singers (Meet 4:30pm in the Auditorium; perform 5.00pm)
Arco Strings (Meet 4.45pm in CG04; perform 5:15pm)
Con Brio Band (Meet 5.00pm in C112; perform 5.25pm)
Dolce Strings (Meet 5:15pm in C108; perform 5.35pm)
Charma Band/Stage Band (Meet 5.15pm in C112; perform 5.45pm)
String Quintet (Meet 5:30pm in CG04; perform 6.00pm)
Vivaldi Strings/Corelli Strings (Meet 5.45pm in the CG04; perform 6.15pm)

All students are required to perform in their blue school uniform.

The Music Support Group will be running some raffles on the day of the concert and would greatly appreciate donations of prizes for the hampers. Raffle donations (chocolates, biscuits, bottles of wine, small gift items) can be left with Mrs Morrison at the Junior School Office and will be collected on Friday 12 October. Additionally, The Music Support Group are running a Whole School Raffle with the main prize a full scholarship to the Cuskelly College Summer School Music Program. This prize is valued $880 and tickets will be available on the day of the concert for $10. The raffle will be drawn at Music Lunch on Friday November 9, 2018. Everyone who has participated in this program has thoroughly enjoyed the experience and more details about the Summer School can be found at: http://documents.soundthinkingaustralia.info/summerschool2019.pdf.
If you have any further enquires please email music@staidans.qld.edu.au.

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.

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. Please enrol via Aidan’s Central – Music; Private Tuition; click on Private Tuition Form.

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 8 October and Monday 5 November.
New members are not only most welcome, but also very much appreciated. Please feel free to contact the group’s president, Paula Hodge, paula.hodge@bigpond.com if you have any questions, or if you would be willing to volunteer but are unable to attend regular meetings.

Rehearsal Schedule for 2018
In order to assist parents and students in planning, please see the rehearsal schedule for 2018. This schedule has been prepared in consultation with the Head of Sport and every effort has been made to minimise clashes. However, please bear in mind that there are usually a minimum of 2 sports training scheduled in any week and should there be a clash between a music rehearsal (offered once a week only) and a sport training students are to attend the musical rehearsal on the set day and attend the alternative sports training on the other.
Weekly instrumental rehearsals are held in the CHC.
2018 Rehearsal Schedule

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

STRING ENSEMBLES
Paganini Strings
(AMEB Grade Five and above, auditioned)
Corelli Strings (Yrs 7-11)
Chamber String Ensembles: Volar Strings, Da Capo Strings, Allegro Strings, Arco Strings, Four Seasons Strings (auditioned)
Vivaldi Strings (Yrs 5-8)
Dolce Strings (Yrs 2-4)
Staccato Strings (Beginner Ensemble)
Year 1 and 2 Beginner Strings Program
Combined Orchestras
(Symphonic Winds and Paganini Strings)

BAND PROGRAM
Symphonic Winds
(AMEB Grade Three and above)
Con Brio Band (Yrs 7-9)
Chamber Winds (auditioned)
Charma Band (Yrs 5-7)
Percussion Ensemble (Yrs 5 and above)
Yr 4 Beginner Band Program
Yr 3 Beginner Band Program
(Semester Two only)
Combined Orchestras (Symphonic Winds and Corelli Strings)

Semester 2, 2018 School Music Calendar
Changes and additions may be made to the Calendar. Updates are provided through the Newsletter.

Music Summer School
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St Aidan's Father's Lunch

Fathers, grandfathers, uncles, friends and colleagues are all welcome to attend the Fathers Lunch on 14 September with special guest Andy Bichel.
Purchase your last chance tickets by Friday 6 September - book online now.
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Junior Jottings

Mrs Louise Mcguire 

• Long Service Leave
• Father’s Day Stall
• Year 3 Visit to St John’s Cathedral
• Drought Assistance - Aussie Picnic Fundraising Day - Donate ‘A Fiver for a Farmer’ and support Aussie Helpers.org.au
• Important Dates
• Outside school Hours Care

Long Service Leave
We wish Mrs Narelle Levander and Mrs Susie Rigby all the best for their Long Service Leave. Mrs Levander will be on leave for the last three weeks of Term 3 and Mrs Rigby will be on leave for the last two weeks of this term. Mrs Fiona Bird will be replacing Mrs Levander and we welcome Mrs Sandy Meyers to Year 3R during this time.

Father’s Day Stall
The day of our Father’s Day stall was again one of great excitement. In most cases, the students very carefully chose the gift they think best suited their Dad/Grandfather. I hope all recipients of gifts were pleased with their goodies and enjoyed a lovely Father’s Day.
I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank Angela Kerr for co-ordinating this stall again this year in addition to co-ordinating the Mother’s Day stall. Thank you also to the ladies who assisted at the wrapping morning. Appreciation is extended to Angela Kerr and Jo Pilans for their help on the day of the stall. The support from our parent body is tremendously appreciated.
Funds raised (almost $3000) will be used to buy new classroom readers for Junior School students.

Year 3 Visit to St John’s Cathedral
Last Thursday, the Year 3 students accompanied by their teachers, enjoyed a special outing to St John’s Cathedral to celebrate St Aidan’s Day.
Led by Reverend Gillian Moses and Mrs Lugton (a volunteer guide from St John’s), the students toured the Cathedral searching for interesting treasures and historical artefacts. One of their favourite artefacts was the beautiful Millennium window at the western end of the Cathedral. At the conclusion of the tour, the students sat in the choir stalls and participated in a short service in honour of St Aidan of Lindisfarne. The students are to be commended on their exceptional behaviour on the excursion.
Cathedral Visit 2018

Drought Assistance Fundraiser – ‘Bring a Fiver for a Farmer’
On Monday of this week, the Junior School students swapped their panamas for farmers’ hats and participated in an Aussie Picnic in the courtyard. The Penguin Aid Leaders promoted this fun day to raise money for farmers in Queensland who are currently affected by the ongoing drought in local and rural areas.
Mrs Annabel Tully (an ‘old girl’), Mr Stephen Tully, Hugo and Eve were guest speakers on assembly. They described a ‘day in the life’ on their property near Quilpie. They also spoke about ‘a typical school day’ for Eve and Hugo who are educated via Distance Education. This presentation was very special for the Junior School students and helped them understand a little about life on a rural property.
The Peer Support Leaders led activities at lunchtime to help the students learn about how our food and fibre is produced.
Thank you to everyone who supported this very worthwhile fundraising activity in the Junior School. Our donations (approximately $1100) will be sent to Aussie Helpers.
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Important Dates, Term 3 2018

Outside School Hours Care
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BOOKINGS OPEN 20 August 2018. BOOKINGS CLOSE 14 September 2018! SECURE YOUR SPOT!
The School Holidays are just around the corner and we can’t wait to show you the fun-filled and exciting activities we have planned in our September School Holiday Program. Further details of the program can be found here.
Bookings for the St Aidan’s OSHC September School Holiday program open Monday 20 August. If you require care for the upcoming School Holiday period please return your booking form before 14 September 2018.

How do I book?
Complete the official booking form attached to the program. For further details please email oshc@staidans.qld.edu.au.

What is the cost?*
$60 per day. Incursions and excursions incur additional costs. These are compulsory for all students and therefore you are able to claim CCS for these.

What are the hours of operation?
The service is open from 7.30am until 6.00pm.

How can I obtain more information?
If you would like further information regarding our OSHC program or if you would like to make a booking, feel free to contact me via mobile on 0423 547 653 or email on oshc@staidans.qld.edu.au.

Palu Ingram
Outside School Hours Care Coordinator - SSA

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Junior Sport

Please click here for the Junior School Training Schedule for Week 7 and Week 8, Term 3.

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 1 November. Trainings will continue on Tuesday and Friday mornings at 6.00am – 7.30am at Splitz Gymnastics, Sumner Park. On 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 9 October.

West Taylor Bridge Friday Clubs Competition Semester 2 Interschool Sport
West Taylor Bridge Club commenced last 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
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
Friday morning 6.45am-7.45am at Ambiwerra
Ms Egan, Raquel Spies and Ms Jeanes-Fraser

Andrews Cup Softball Trials
The Andrews Cup Softball trials will be held for Year 4, 5 and 6 on Wednesday 5 September and 12 September from 6.45am-7.45am at Ambiwerra.
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
St Aidan’s Junior School has nominated to compete in the MBC Invitational Basketball competition at the Hibiscus Sports Centre, 90 Klumpp Rd Upper Mt Gravatt on Thursday 1 November 2018. The games will be an all-day carnival held against some of the schools that are involved in the Andrews Cup competition. Girls aged 10 to 12 years wishing to be selected into the teams will need to nominate through their class teachers. 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. Trials will be held on Tuesday 4 September and Tuesday 11 September from 3.45am-4.45am at Ambiwerra. 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.

2019 Cross Country Preparation Training
2019 Cross Country preparation training is on Monday mornings 6.45am to 7.45am. This training is designed to enable the students to improve their general fitness leading into next year’s Junior School Cross Country season. Whilst the session is designed for girls in Years 2 – 6, younger students are also welcome to attend. One training session (Monday 6.45am-7.45am at Ambiwerra) will initially be available to the girls each week moving into the 2019 season. A bus will collect students and take them back to school in the morning. Ms Lauren Murry, our Head Cross Country Coach, will be overseeing the program.

Cross Country Training at Ambiwerra
Commencing Monday 3 September 2018 Time: 6.45am – 7.45am.

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).

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Junior Music

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Term 3 Recital
Congratulations to the following girls who performed at the Performing Arts Recital last week:
Grace Houghton, Mariya Pan, Aparna Anand, Yolanda Wang, Belinda Lee, Naomi Pan, Charlotte Cheng, Grace Houghton, Sissi Han, Eliska McAuliffe, Claire Jung, Annabelle Hammonds , Jenna King-Daly, Kirra Greatorix.
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Junior School Art and Music Show
The Junior School Art and Music Show will be held on Wednesday, October 17 2018, in the Christine Hartland Centre. The performance part of this event runs from 4:15 – 6:30pm and the following groups will be involved:

Four Corners (Meet 4.15pm in CG04; perform 4.30pm)
Clementi Cellos (Meet 4:15pm in C108; perform 4:40pm)
Junior Singers (Meet 4:30pm in the Auditorium; perform 5.00pm)
Arco Strings (Meet 4.45pm in CG04; perform 5:15pm)
Con Brio Band (Meet 5.00pm in C112; perform 5.25pm)
Dolce Strings (Meet 5:15pm in C108; perform 5.35pm)
Charma Band/Stage Band (Meet 5.15pm in C112; perform 5.45pm)
String Quintet (Meet 5:30pm in CG04; perform 6.00pm)
Vivaldi Strings/Corelli Strings (Meet 5.45pm in the CG04; perform 6.15pm)

All students are required to perform in their blue school uniform.

The Music Support Group will be running some raffles on the day of the concert and would greatly appreciate donations of prizes for the hampers. Raffle donations (chocolates, biscuits, bottles of wine, small gift items) can be left with Mrs Morrison at the Junior School Office and will be collected on Friday 12th of October. Additionally, The Music Support Group are running a Whole School Raffle with the main prize a full scholarship to the Cuskelly College Summer School Music Program. This prize is valued $880 and tickets will be available on the day of the concert for $10. The raffle will be drawn at Music Lunch on Friday November 9, 2018. Everyone who has participated in this program has thoroughly enjoyed the experience and more details about the Summer School can be found at: http://documents.soundthinkingaustralia.info/summerschool2019.pdf.
If you have any further enquires please email music@staidans.qld.edu.au.

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
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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:
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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. Please enrol via Aidan’s Central – Music; Private Tuition; click on Private Tuition Form.

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 8 October and Monday 5 November.
New members are not only most welcome, but also very much appreciated. Please feel free to contact the group’s president, Paula Hodge, paula.hodge@bigpond.com if you have any questions, or if you would be willing to volunteer but are unable to attend regular meetings.

Rehearsal Schedule for 2018
In order to assist parents and students in planning, please see the rehearsal schedule for 2018. This schedule has been prepared in consultation with the Head of Sport and every effort has been made to minimise clashes. However, please bear in mind that there are usually a minimum of 2 sports training scheduled in any week and should there be a clash between a music rehearsal (offered once a week only) and a sport training students are to attend the musical rehearsal on the set day and attend the alternative sports training on the other.
Weekly instrumental rehearsals are held in the CHC.
2018 Rehearsal Schedule

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

STRING ENSEMBLES
Paganini Strings
(AMEB Grade Five and above, auditioned)
Corelli Strings (Yrs 7-11)
Chamber String Ensembles: Volar Strings, Da Capo Strings, Allegro Strings, Arco Strings, Four Seasons Strings (auditioned)
Vivaldi Strings (Yrs 5-8)
Dolce Strings (Yrs 2-4)
Staccato Strings (Beginner Ensemble)
Year 1 and 2 Beginner Strings Program
Combined Orchestras
(Symphonic Winds and Paganini Strings)

BAND PROGRAM
Symphonic Winds
(AMEB Grade Three and above)
Con Brio Band (Yrs 7-9)
Chamber Winds (auditioned)
Charma Band (Yrs 5-7)
Percussion Ensemble (Yrs 5 and above)
Yr 4 Beginner Band Program
Yr 3 Beginner Band Program
(Semester Two only)
Combined Orchestras (Symphonic Winds and Corelli Strings)

Semester 2, 2018 School Music Calendar
Changes and additions may be made to the Calendar. Updates are provided through the Newsletter.

Music Summer School
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