Newsletter Term 3 Week 8 2019

Principal

Ms toni riordan

NAPLAN
Once again, I proudly acknowledge our girls in years 3, 5, 7 and 9 and their overall NAPLAN results. School results released last week place St Aidan’s year 3 students seventh in Queensland, students in year 5 fourth, sixth for students in year 7 and year 9 students, second in the state. I extend congratulations to students, their teachers, support staff and to families.

We know that NAPLAN assesses the fundamental skills of literacy and numeracy, with the data provided used by families, schools, and education systems to ensure students are supported in their learning. As always, NAPLAN provides a snapshot of a child’s assessment at a point in time, and individual student results should be considered together with other school-based assessments. I like to think that this year’s ‘snapshot’, just as it has done consistently over many years now, captures a broader picture of what happens here on a daily basis, the ‘every day’ commitment to learning, dedicated teaching, hard work and high standards.

QCS
Congratulations to most of our year 12 students who sat the very last of the Queensland Core Skills (QCS) Test on Tuesday and Wednesday. With the introduction of the new Senior system, year 12 students will no longer sit a Core Skills test in Queensland. Like NAPLAN, our seniors prepare for the two days of testing guided by expert preparation facilitators and are supported by all the teaching staff, as well as their peers, by those who sit the test alongside them and all other students who show their support in many ways.

Ministerial Infrastructure Delegation
As part of our ongoing work on the school’s Master Plan, we have requested to the Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning designate that our premises at Kathleen Street and Ruthven Street, Corinda, Queensland be designated as educational facilities and at which an education and care service under the Education and Care Services National Law (Queensland) is operated. This designation will give us an opportunity to acknowledge and reflect what we use this land for today.

I appreciate that some of our neighbours will have questions about the Ministerial Designation process and our refurbishment plans.

I invite anyone in our community to find out more about the infrastructure designation process and the draft Environmental Assessment Report by clicking here. Here, you will also find information about how to provide feedback to us about the proposed infrastructure designation. Please note, that we would like to receive any feedback before 5pm on 20 September 2019.

If you are interested in discussing the infrastructure designation with a school representative and members of our leadership team, you can contact the school on 3373 5999 to make an appointment.

Congratulations to
• All of our crews who rowed at Head of the River last week. Well done to Eve Paynter, who placed 2nd in her Single Scull and Leah Duggan, who won her Single Scull race.
• The senior team of athletes who competed in last Saturday’s Nitro Schools Qld Athletics Competition. They placed first and will go to the Nationals in Perth in December. Well done to our Intermediate team, placing 4th and our Juniors, in 8th place.
• Our open Hockey team for their record-breaking win against BSHS last Saturday.
• Hannah Doncon (Year 7) who competed in the Brisbane Speech and Drama Eisteddfod Open (over 13) division and placed in all items entered with honours. Hannah was also awarded the ‘Adjudicators Choice’ trophy.

Best Wishes
• To our Year 12 students who sat the very last QCS test for Queensland
• To Year 11 students as they continue their Block Testing
• To our Year 2 to 6 students completing the ICAS Science exam
• For Thursday evening’s JS TechMate event, held in The Link
• For Round 8 of QGSSSA Winter Fixtures

 

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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 Students & Academic Welfare (7-9)

Ms holly o'sullivan williams

Cybersafety

The Anglican Schools Commission through its Cyber Champions Network offers much assistance for schools in terms of providing up-to-date information regarding the use of technology in schools, mobile phone use and exploring data of online behaviour. Furthermore, the Office of the eSafety Commissioner’s website provides resources for students, parents and educators alike (https://www.esafety.gov.au/parents).

At St Aidan’s, we understand the importance for students to have time in their day to disconnect themselves from technology and instead, engage in face to face interactions. Information delivered from the Cyber Champions Network makes it very clear that for many students who have mobile phones, it is highly addictive which often makes it very difficult to remove themselves from devices throughout the school day and at home. Research shows that children often model their mobile phone usage from not only their peers but also other adults including parents, teachers, coaches and the list goes on. Not all students in the Senior School have mobile phones. However, for those that do, here are a list of strategies that may prove helpful in terms of allowing your child opportunities to switch off and be present when having face to face communications and of course, when studying.

• Limiting the hours of use – valuing the importance of disconnecting
• Not permitting the use of their mobile phone device in their own room or private spaces
• Storing all phones in a central area in the house
• Not engaging in use during meals or family time – this is prevalent for all members of the family
• Maintaining a clear expectation. Part of the parent/school relationship is to educate how everyone should engage and respond to texts, images and online content – this involves parents accessing children’s phones. This is not about breaking trust rather, communicating that mobiles phones are not a private tool. You share something with one person, it can easily be on shared…
• Discussing your child’s need to connect with online social media including Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram and importantly, the legal/recommended ages applied to these communities
• Reminding, reminding and reminding that once a message is sent – that message becomes public and cannot be retrieved. A photo/image/text is never private.

At the end of the day, we want our children to speak with parents/guardians and teachers if they experience difficulties navigating this everchanging technological world. The relationship between school and home is vital. Being an active presence when your child is online can highlight the positive attributes of the internet. Please remember, if your child makes errors in their judgement whilst using technology, it is more beneficial to have a conversation regarding their use, rather than responding in an emotional manner.

Regarding online behaviour, the key message remains that parents, guardians and teachers provide boundaries. Here at St Aidan’s, we have made it very clear that respect between our students is not limited to our school grounds but extends to the online community. It is an expectation that all students are respected, respectful and feel safe in their physical and online relationships.

If you are interested in learning more, please visit our Cybersafety page on Aidan’s Central where you can access resources, policies and strategies.

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

Music

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

Term 3 Recital
Congratulations to the girls who performed at the Performing Arts Recital last week. Special thanks to Ms Smith who stepped in at the last minute to assist with organising the performers on the evening

The Grande Concert
On Sunday 20th October 2019, 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 and will start at 3.00pm. The following ensembles will perform: Ensemble Volar, Chorale, Children Crossing, Community Choir, Paganini Strings, Corelli Strings, Symphonic Winds, Back-beat Band, Percussion Ensemble, Combined St Aidan’s and BBC Strings, Combined Band (Symphonic Winds and Con Brio Band).
Prior to the concert there will be some short rehearsals/sound checks for groups as follows:

1.00 pm Combined St Aidan’s Strings and BBC Strings CHC Floor
1.30 pm Paganini Strings CHC Floor
1.30 pm Corelli Strings CG04
1.45 pm Combined Band/Symphonic Winds CHC Stage
2.00 pm Percussion Ensemble CHC Stage
2.15 pm Back-beat Band CHC Stage
2.15 pm Chorale/Children Crossing Auditorium
2.30 pm Ensemble Volar Auditorium
2.30 pm Children Crossing CHC Floor

Students who are involved in all groups will need to arrive 15 minutes before their first rehearsal in order to warm up and organise their instruments, music etc.

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 11th 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 8, 2019. Everyone who has participated in this program has thoroughly enjoyed the experience and more details about the Summer School can be found at: https://cuskellycollegeofmusic.com/summer-school/

Alternatively, if you wish to offer some time to assist with preparation, serving or clean-up please contact Paula Hodge paula.hodge@bigpond.com 0411 860 433. Your assistance would be greatly appreciated. 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

GLOW (Formerly the Junior School Art and Music Show)

GLOW will be held on Wednesday, October 16th 2019, in the Christine Hartland Centre. The performance part of this event runs from 4.00pm – 6:00pm and the following groups will be involved:

Da Capo Strings (Meet 3.30pm in CGO4; perform 4.00pm
Four Seasons Strings (Meet 3.30pm in CG04; perform 4.10pm)
Clementi Cellos (Meet 3.45pm in C108; perform 4:20pm)
Con Brio Band (Meet 3.45pm in C112; perform 4.30pm)
Moyse Flutes (Meet 4.00 in C112; perform 4.40pm)
Arco Strings (Meet 4.15pm in CG04; perform 4.50pm)
Junior Singers (Meet 4.30pm in Auditorium; perform 5.00pm)
Dolce Strings (Meet 4.30pm in C108; perform 5.10pm)
Taffanel Flutes (Meet 4.45pm in C112; perform 5.20pm)
Charma Band (Meet 5.00pm in C112; perform 5.30pm)
Vivaldi Strings (Meet 5.15pm in the CG04; perform 5.40pm)

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

A free sausage in bread will be provided to every performing junior school student and these will be available from 3.30 – 4.30pm. Additional sausages can be purchased for $2.50 and an assortment of other refreshments will be available for purchase by parents and senior school students.

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 11th 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 8, 2019. Everyone who has participated in this program has thoroughly enjoyed the experience and more details about the Summer School can be found at: https://cuskellycollegeofmusic.com/summer-school/

If you have any further enquires please email music@staidans.qld.edu.au

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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Mathematics

Mathematics Assistance Program Term Three 2019

It is important that students develop as independent learners. By using the additional resources on the class One Note, textbook and Pearson Places or Cambridge Go, girls can ensure they get enough practice at the range of skills. For extra assistance in understanding a concept, interactive tutorials provide hints and examples to support students through the skill.

When difficulties arise, individual assistance can help to improve understanding. All the Mathematics teachers are aware of this and make it a priority to allow time for this to happen in their lessons. As another facility, members of the Mathematics department provide free tutorials to provide further assistance to any girls who are experiencing difficulty. Any girl can turn up to the room below and ask for help with a specific difficulty. Students need to attend the session at the starting time and ensure that they record their name on the attendance roll. Girls should make use of all opportunities to ask their own teacher for assistance in and out of class.

For the days and times please click here.                                  

 *all students welcome to attend these tutorials, however; priority will be given to those students listed.

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text hire

A reminder that Year 11 girls are to return all their current text book loans (with the exception of Modern History and The Crucible) on Tuesday 10th September at the arranged time of 12.40pm.

Junior Jottings

Mrs Louise Mcguire 

• Father’s Day Stall
• eSmart Week
• TechMate – Thursday 5 September
• Author Visit: Lisa Harvey-Smith
• Waste Free Wednesdays
• Important Dates

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. This is Angela’s final year as a parent of a Junior School student; therefore, she will be handing over the job of organising the stalls to someone else. I can’t thank Angela enough for her support over many, many years – so many gifts beautifully packaged for the students of the Junior School to purchase for their loved ones.
Thank you also to the ladies who assisted at the wrapping morning. Appreciation is extended to Angela Kerr and her team of helpers for their assistance on the day of the stall. The support from our parent body is tremendously appreciated.

eSmart Week
As part of eSmart week activities (September 2-6), the Peer Support students shared reminders of the importance of being safe online. They reminded all girls of the information Kirra Pendergast shared in recent sessions and they all recited the St Aidan’s pledge from Safer Internet Day in February. Finally, all girls thought about how they could become Cyber Heroes to create a safer online world for everyone. They wore Cyber Hero masks and shared ideas with each other.
Parents are reminded of the important role they play in developing positive skills to help their children navigate the digital world. The Office of the safety Commissioner has a wide variety of resources for parents.

Remember to…
1.Talk to your child before a stranger does.
2.Download the guide for parents and carers to get practical advice about online safety and how to tackle the big issues. Available in multiple languages https://bit.ly/2CjI3GH
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TechMate
This Thursday, there are a few spots left to come along and enjoy the opportunity to design, engineer and build with and without technology in this term’s TechMate evening. Girls from Year 4 – Year 6 may bring along a significant male; dad, brother, uncle, granddad or friend to engage in a fun ‘Making’ and ‘Creating’ evening.

Date: Thursday 5 September
Time 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Venue: The Link Makerspace

Email for a spot to Mrs Jackie Child  j.child@staidans.qld.edu.au
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Author Visit: Lisa Harvey-Smith
The Junior Library staff are very excited to welcome Lisa Harvey-Smith next Monday 9 September. Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith is an author/astrophysicist/astronomer/Australian Government Women in STEM Ambassador, and you can all about her on her website. https://lisaharveysmith.com/.
Her latest books bring astrophysics to a younger audience! Under the Stars: Astrophysics for Bedtime transports curious kids and inquisitive adults on an incredible journey through the night sky. Explore our solar system from the comfort of your cosy bedroom. Find out why the sky is blue. Fly around a black hole and peer inside! Learn why Jupiter has stripes. When astrophysicist Lisa Harvey-Smith isn’t looking skyward, she is answering the smart questions of school kids. Lisa’s engaging storytelling in this colourfully illustrated book brings the night sky to life, giving amazing new perspectives to young explorers who are always asking, ‘Why?’
Order forms for books have been circulated to P-6 students. Please return orders to the Junior Library as soon as possible.

Waste Free Wednesdays
We invite you to participate in our ‘Waste Free Wednesday’ initiative. Every Wednesday (commencing 11 September), we ask you to pack a lunch that contains as few items as possible that must be thrown away (packaging). Ideally, your child’s lunch will only contain items that will be eaten or composted.
The ‘Waste Free Wednesday’ is one of our school’s sustainability education initiatives. By participating, students are encouraged to take action to reduce our waste.
Fruit and vegetable scraps will be composted at the school through our compost/worm farming system.
Thank you for supporting your child’s participation in ‘Waste Free Wednesday’.

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. 

Andrews Cup Gymnastics
The Andrews Cup Gymnastics Teams have 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. 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 8 October.

West Taylor Bridge Friday Clubs Competition Semester 2 Interschool Sport
The West Taylor Bridge Club competition commenced on 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 commenced 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 commenced 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 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 afternoon at the Ambiwerra Basketball courts from 3.45pm-4.45pm. A school bus will be provided to take students to the venue.

Congratulations
Congratulations to Isabelle Mortensen who competed at the Australian School Girls Cross Country Titles. Isabelle placed 20th individually and her Queensland relay team placed 3rd in the relay event.
Well done, Isabelle!

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.

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Junior Music

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

Term 3 Recital
Congratulations to the girls who performed at the Performing Arts Recital last week. Special thanks to Ms Smith who stepped in at the last minute to assist with organising the performers on the evening.

GLOW (Formerly the Junior School Art and Music Show)

GLOW will be held on Wednesday, October 16th 2019, in the Christine Hartland Centre. The performance part of this event runs from 4.00pm – 6:00pm and the following groups will be involved:

Da Capo Strings (Meet 3.30pm in CGO4; perform 4.00pm
Four Seasons Strings (Meet 3.30pm in CG04; perform 4.10pm)
Clementi Cellos (Meet 3.45pm in C108; perform 4:20pm)
Con Brio Band (Meet 3.45pm in C112; perform 4.30pm)
Moyse Flutes (Meet 4.00 in C112; perform 4.40pm)
Arco Strings (Meet 4.15pm in CG04; perform 4.50pm)
Junior Singers (Meet 4.30pm in Auditorium; perform 5.00pm)
Dolce Strings (Meet 4.30pm in C108; perform 5.10pm)
Taffanel Flutes (Meet 4.45pm in C112; perform 5.20pm)
Charma Band (Meet 5.00pm in C112; perform 5.30pm)
Vivaldi Strings (Meet 5.15pm in the CG04; perform 5.40pm)

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

A free sausage in bread will be provided to every performing junior school student and these will be available from 3.30 – 4.30pm. Additional sausages can be purchased for $2.50 and an assortment of other refreshments will be available for purchase by parents and senior school students.

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 11th 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 8, 2019. Everyone who has participated in this program has thoroughly enjoyed the experience and more details about the Summer School can be found at: https://cuskellycollegeofmusic.com/summer-school/

If you have any further enquires please email music@staidans.qld.edu.au

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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Community

Community

St Aidan’s Outside School Hours Care: Vacation Care Program

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 June/July School Holiday Program. Further details of the program can be found here.
Bookings for the St Aidan’s OSHC June/July School Holiday program has opened. If you require care for the upcoming School Holiday period please return your booking form before 16 September 2019.

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?*
Early Bird Fees: $60 per day*
Early Bird Bookings close: 9 September 2019
Fees: $65 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 6pm.

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

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