Newsletter Term 3 Week 9 2019

Principal

Ms toni riordan

No complaining

I am conscious that a busy academic term is drawing to a close and I will admit, that I have caught myself complaining more than normal! It is when I continue to complain that warning bells ring, heralding the same message that our focus on mindfulness intends to tell students and staff – that complaining may become habitual and will have adverse effects on our wellbeing.

We all like a good grizzle. It helps to vent our feelings about how everyone else might be wrong. We don’t always get what we want and blowing off some steam can help us get over it. I’ve learnt from many years of friendship about what happens to people who make a habit out of complaining. I’ve had friends whom I met at university who are chronic complainers. The first conclusion they jump to is negative. But I’ve also witnessed what happens when complainers stop moaning. Once they stop finding fault in everyone and everything, they notice the new positive attitude, which helps them think about everyday situations from a different perspective. Suddenly, they don’t seem to think life is so unfair, after all.

As I said, I’ve learnt from people close to me, hopefully, what not to do because we know that good things happen when we don’t complain all the time.
• We stop attracting other complainers. After a bad day, it’s okay to have a moan about it. But when our venting becomes constant complaining, we attract people who are usually pessimistic, negative and constant complainers themselves. We are all highly influenced by the people around us. A pessimistic attitude attracts other pessimists. The more we complain, the more people around us complain and we’ll become part of a group that spends more time complaining than getting things done. I have family members on high alert, ready to challenge me to stop complaining and to make sure I see the glass as half full rather than half empty. At school, in the workplace and at home, it is so much happier when we are with people who have a positive outlook rather than finding fault in everything.
• We find solutions to problems. Chronic complainers are always focused on problems. When all energy is spent on problems, there is no energy left for solving those problems. Complaining prevents us finding solutions. When we complain our brain releases a stress hormone that slows down our problem-solving skills.
• We will be more positive, healthier, more successful and productive. Positive thinking means retraining our brains to scan for the good things in life – to help us see more possibilities, to feel more energy and to do better. By practising mindfulness and positive thinking, we are training our brains – like athletes train their bodies – to react in a specific way, creating a positive loop. We know positive people are healthier, more successful and even more productive in their daily tasks.
• We will be less judgemental. Complaining about people prevents us from really listening to people. We can focus less on the things that rub us the wrong way and instead pause and think about the things which may help us become a better person, parent, or student, or teacher and/or leader. After all we can’t learn more about people if we are always complaining about the ones we don’t like!
Acknowledgement: Vivian Giang. May 31, 2015. Glassdoor.

Term 4 Date Claimers
For all who have experienced at least one Term 4 at St Aidan’s, I am sure you would agree with me that it is a particularly joyous yet busy term. It feels like we start the term, blink and the end of the year is upon us. With that in mind, I hope by highlighting some key dates for our community in the first two weeks of next term, we will be able to assist scheduling at home. I hope you are able to join us at one or more of these engagement events, next term.
• Thursday, 10 October, 6:30pm, S&T Auditorium – Parent Info Evening for Year 12, 2020
• Saturday, 12 October, 4:30pm, The Link - Year 3/4 Family Service and Pet Blessing (all humans in our community welcome, along with their furry, hairy, scaly and/or feathery family pets)
• Tuesday, 15 October, 6:30pm, S&T Auditorium - Parent Info Evening for Year 7, 2020,
• Wednesday, 16 October, 4.00pm, CHC & The Link - Glow Festival, incorporating the JS Music and Art Show
• Wednesday, 16 October, 6:30pm, JS Library – Parent Info Evening for new JS students, 2020

dog
Lenny and Wasabi are looking forward to next term’s Pet Blessing in The Link.

Ministerial Infrastructure Delegation
As per last week’s newsletter, a reminder that we have requested that the Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning designate our premises at Kathleen Street and Ruthven Street, Corinda, Queensland 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:
• Our Year 6 and Year 7 Tech Girl teams who presented their apps at the Qld Tech Girls Showcase at QUT on Sunday. Elise Davies and Isabella Williams in Year 7 were announced Queensland winners of the 2019 Search for the Next ‘Tech Girls are Superheroes’.
• Our Year 4-6 students who participated at the 2019 MLTAQ Brisbane Primary Languages Speech Contest at Griffith University on Sunday. Milly Allen and Elise Williams Hernandez in Year 6 were both awarded medals. Milly won first place for Year 6 Japanese and Elise placed 5th for Year 6 French. Tia Perry also received a Highly Commended award for Year 4 Japanese.
Mrs Sue Russell in the Alumni office for being Highly Commended at the recent Educate Plus Awards Ceremony. Mrs Russell was recognised for her work on our annual Reunion Week in May.
Mr James Roache, International Business Manager, for the second year in a row that Trade and Investment Queensland has acknowledged his submission. St Aidan’s has been announced as a Finalist for the International Education and Training Award for the Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards, held on 10 October.

Best Wishes
• Year 12 girls for their block testing, this week.
• Year 5 students for Public Speaking and Year 6 students for Debating at St Margaret’s AGS, on Thursday.
• All attending the Year 6 Girlzone Bookclub meeting, this Thursday evening.
• All senior school students playing in the final round of Winter QGSSSA fixtures, this weekend.

 

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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

[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

• Week 9 QGSSSA Fixtures v St Peters (Away)
• Week 9 Club Touch Fixtures
• Week 10 Training Schedule
• Sports Portal – Back Page

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Music

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

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 (Junior School Art and Music Show)

GLOW (formerly the Junior School Art and Music Show) 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 herefor 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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Junior Jottings

Mrs Louise Mcguire 

• Congratulations - IEUA-QNT (Independent Education Union of Australia – Queensland and Northern Territory Branch) Awards for Excellence in Art Design 2019
• Congratulations - MLTAQ Primary Language Competition
• Congratulations - Australian Interschool Snowsports Championships
• TechMate
• Technovation
• RACQ – Streets Ahead
• Gaming and Families
• Activity Photographs – Friday 20 September
• Glow - Art and Music Evening – Wednesday 16 October
• Disco – ‘Dancing with the Stars’ - Friday 25 October
• Important Dates

IEUA-QNT (Independent Education Union of Australia – Queensland and Northern Territory Branch) Awards for Excellence in Art Design 2019
Stephanie Pettigrew (Year 5) was the recipient of a Highly Commended award in the Year 5-6 category of the IEUA-QNT Awards for Excellence in Art Design 2019 for her artwork titled “The Hive”. Steph received her award at a presentation ceremony at the Queensland Multicultural Centre last Wednesday evening.
Congratulations, Steph!
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MLTAQ Primary Language Competition
A number of Junior School students competed in the MLTAQ Japanese/French speech contest at Griffith University last Sunday. Our students competed against other Primary schools all over Brisbane. Although the girls were nervous, they overcame their fear and presented their speeches with confidence in front of the judges. We are proud of all those who participated.
Congratulations to Year 6 student Matilda Allen who achieved 1st place and Tia Perry in Year 4 who received a Highly Commended in the Japanese speaking section. Elise Hernandez Williams (Year 6) placed 5th (out of 25 students) in the French speaking section, and Ava Daley, Arlie Richardson (Year 6), Adelaide James and Indiana Allen (Year 5) were awarded Highly Commended certificates.
Well done to all girls who participated.
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Australian Interschool Snowsports Championships
Last weekend, Lily Degeling (Year 2) competed in Division 6 Skier X (5-7 year olds) for St Aidan’s in the Australian Interschool Snowsports Championships at Mt Buller (in blizzard conditions).
Living in Brisbane, Lily has the opportunity to train for only a couple of weeks a year, compared with other competitors (particularly the winners at a National level) who train every week through winter. Lily was the only competitor to make it through to Nationals from Qld in her age group and discipline. There were 334 schools represented.
There were 61 other competitors in Lily’s race and, although she missed out on the finals, we are extremely proud of Lily’s achievement.
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RACQ – Streets Ahead
Last week, students from Prep to Year 5 participated in the RACQ Streets Ahead Program. Of importance were the safety reminders for young pedestrians who cross roads around our school zones and for children who are passengers in cars. That’s just about every student!
The younger students were taught to ‘Slip, click and clap’ when putting on a seatbealt every time they sit in the car. Older students were given timely reminders about correctly wearing helmets (that are fitted properly) when riding bicycles, skateboards and mini-bikes on roads, farms and in designated parks.
All students were reminded not to distract drivers (who are concentrating on the road) by using noisy devices and playful behaviour in the passenger seat.
The engaging presentations involving games, songs and demonstrations were helpful, informative and fun for all students.
The photo below shows the Prep students who were practising ‘slip, click and clap’ – a great seatbelt safety tip for children riding in the back seats of cars.

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TechMate
TechMate evenings are for girls from Year 4–6 to invite a significant male in their lives to join them for an evening of designing, creating and building sometimes with technology and sometimes without! This term, TechMates became Rube Goldberg Machine inventors after being introduced to the life and times of Reuben Garrett Lucius Goldberg who was best known as Rube; an American cartoonist, sculptor, author, engineer, and inventor. He was probably best known for his popular cartoons depicting complicated gadgets performing simple tasks in indirect, zany and convoluted ways.
TechMates watched some videos of machines created by others and then went off to think of a simple task to complete and design a fun and crazy way of completing the task. Everyone gathered materials and equipment, sketched possibilities, planned and started to build. The photos show how much problem-solving, testing, redesigning and building took place with plenty of ‘ooohhs’ and ‘aaahhhs’ and laughter!
It was an exciting evening, and thanks to Mrs Koh and her photographic talent it has been captured in this short video TechMates Inventing Rube Goldberg Machines.
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Technovation
Three Year 6 teams entered this year’s Technovation, part of the Tech Girls’ Movement competition against 58 Queensland schools. Students worked through a 12-week program to solve a real-life problem by creating an app. Our girls tackled some critical problems like; how to get kids to do chores in the family; how to remember to do their homework and how to respond to the issue of endangered animals; from the inception of a problem or idea through to a working app at their fingertips. As part of their submission, students also included a Business Plan, story boards, screen shots and wire frames of their app, coding, branding and logo designs and a pitch video to promote their product to potential industry experts.

One of the exciting elements of the program is that our girls are mentored by women in the STEM arena, throughout their Technovation journey. We are enormously grateful for the mentors who volunteered their time to meet up with our girls via Skype or at a local coffee shop to discuss their progress.
Congratulations to our Year 6 students: Isabelle Mathers, Madeleine McGraw, Maggie Clarke, Olivia Banh, Anna Whiteoak, Lily Koundakjian, Jinani Ariyarathne, Regan Saayman and Rebecca Kerr for their hard work and dedication to the program.
Special mention to Olivia Banh, Lily Koundakjian and Anna Whiteoak for the confident manner in which they “pitched” their app at last Sunday’s Showcase Event celebrating the 2019 Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero Competition at QUT.

Our mentors came from the businesses:
Vodaphone
Cleopatra and the Sphinx
Fulcrum Suspension
Agility Applications
Technology One

Gaming and Families
In 1978, the first Space Invaders machine was unpacked at an arcade in Japan. Since then, adults have had concerns over young people losing their souls to video games. Gaming is now everywhere. After 40 years, the gaming industry has become very accomplished at creating powerfully addictive entertainment.

It is useful to look beyond the old argument of banning or not prohibiting games outright. Rather than banning, we need to look closely at the time spent online gaming in relation to time spent playing outside developing physical and social skills and time spent doing activities that are proven to increase happiness and wellbeing.

Some important tips to help parents -
1. Set healthy boundaries
2. Respect classifications
3. Find out how to block and report
4. Think about your own screen use
5. Encourage healthy habits and interaction with nature
6. Don't let gaming consoles become the babysitter

Activity Photographs – Thursday 20 September
On Friday 20 September, a range of Junior School Activity Photographs will be taken. The girls are to wear “browns” (with brown shoes and St Aidan’s white sports socks) for sports activities (including Year 6 students) and “blues” for all other photographs. A schedule for the photos will be distributed in the near future.

Glow – Wednesday 16 October
This year, the Junior School Art and Music Show is incorporated into Glow – a school-wide celebration of Making and Creating. It is being held on Wednesday 16 October (second week of Term 4), commencing at 4:00pm and concluding by approximately 6:30pm. The Junior School artwork will be displayed in the Christine Hartland Centre and the music groups will perform intermittently throughout the evening. The artwork will remain on display for further viewing on the morning of Thursday 17 October.
Senior School Visual Art, Engineering, Design and Home Economics will be on display in The Link and you are invited to wander into the area and view the creative pathways and outcomes of senior students. It is the intention that this event will continue to become more inclusive and “carnival-like” in the future; as such, we will have ice-cream and snow-cone vans to complement the fund-raising activities of the music support group. We will also have a wandering children’s entertainer outside creating bubble displays and balloon animals for the younger children.

Disco – ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Friday 25 October
The annual Junior School Disco will be held on Friday 25 October commencing at 6pm. Tickets are now available for purchase through Flexischools for this year’s ‘Dancing with the Stars’ themed disco (girls are invited to bring their grooviest dance partner – dad, granddad, uncle, friend).

We are seeking raffle/silent auction prize donations from Junior School families. Ticket sales from the much sought-after prizes contribute significantly to the funds raised on the night.

Raffle prizes: Suggested donations from each year level-

Kindy and Prep: Art & craft supplies/ board games/ books
Years 1 & 2: Smiggle items
Year 3: $5 Donations to purchase an Instamatic Camera
Year 4: Summer holiday hamper – pool toys, beach towels, sunscreen, frisbees, etc
Year 5: Princess Hamper – hair accessories, nail polish, lip gloss etc.
Year 6: Typo items

Of course, if you have anything else that you would like to donate as a raffle prize, it would be very much appreciated. Donations can be delivered to the Junior School Reception or your daughter’s classroom by Tuesday 22 October.
Thank you for your support.

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 9 and Week 10 Term 3.

Andrews Cup Gymnastics
The Andrews Cup Gymnastics Team is working extremely hard with early morning starts. Information letters have been sent home to team members providing information on the competition which is to be held at Somerville House on Thursday 7 November. Trainings will continue 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
West Taylor Bridge Club competition will conclude for Term 3 on Friday 20 September and recommence on Friday 11 October.
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 Swan, Hannah King and Ashlee Johnson

Basketball Training Sessions
Friday morning 6.45am-7.45am at Ambiwerra
Ms Egan, Ms Cromarty and Raquel Spies

Andrews Cup Softball Trials
The Andrews Cup Softball trials will be held for Year 4, 5 and 6 on Wednesday 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.

Andrews Cup Basketball Trials
The Andrews Cup Basketball trials will be held for girls, aged 10 to 12 years on 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.

2019 Beyond Athletics
The 2020 Beyond Athletics will commence this week on Wednesday 11 September at Ambiwerra from 3.45-5.00pm for girls selected. The program’s final Ambiwerra session will be held on Wednesday 20 November with the optional sessions to be held on 26 October and 23 November 2020 at the Sherwood Arboretum. With the weather being so hot, girls are reminded to bring their water bottles, sunscreen and wear their sports cap. On the conclusion of the school day, students have the option of being transported to Ambiwerra via the school bus. Parents are to collect their girls at the end of the session at Ambiwerra.
As a courtesy to staff and other coaches, please note the finishing times for each session.

Swimming Squad Training (Target Andrew 2020)
Preparation for the 2020 swimming competition season is commencing on Wednesday 9 October at the school’s pool. Session times are below.
The Junior School is offering five sessions at the school pool for the commencement of the term. One compulsory session is required should your daughter be wishing to make the Andrews Cup Team - either a Tuesday morning or Tuesday afternoon.
Please click here for more information. 

• Note Tuesday is a compulsory day for all girls wishing to make the Andrews Cup Swimming Squad
• Sessions are available to girls in Years 1 – 6.
• Sessions are designed to prepare girls for the competitive swimming in 2020 (Andrews Cup, Districts and Interschool) and a certain level of swimming ability is a prerequisite for involvement. Girls intending to participate must be competent in swimming 25 – 50m in freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke and they must also be able to perform a dolphin kick.
• Girls must sign-in the St Aidan’s swimming attendance book at the pool for every session that they attend.

Swimming in PE Term 4
Swimming in PE will commence for all classes in Week 1 of Term 4.

Activity Photographs – Friday 20 September
On Friday 20 September, a range of Junior School Activity Photographs will be taken. The girls are to wear “browns” (with brown shoes and St Aidan’s white sports socks) for sports activities for all photographs.

Andrews Cup and Interschool Sport Photos
With the Term 3 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.

For the Key Dates please click here. 

 

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Junior Music

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GLOW (Junior School Art and Music Show)

GLOW (formerly the Junior School Art and Music Show) 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

Beginner String Ensemble 2019
We are excited to announce that the Beginner String Ensemble will commence rehearsals in Term 4 2019. This ensemble will be open to all beginner string students and will run on Mondays at lunchtime from 1.25-1.55pm. The rehearsals will take place in the OSHC room in the Junior School and the group will be directed by Mrs Dietz. Please direct any enquires to 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:
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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).

Week Activity
Nine Tutor groups
Ten Combined Rehearsal

Dolce Strings Rehearsals - Term Three
Week Nine
Rehearsal
Week Ten
Rehearsal

Junior Singers Rehearsals - Term 3
Week Nine
Rehearsal
Week Ten
No Rehearsal

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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