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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Cleopatra and the Sphinx
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.
Please click here for Important Dates Term 3, 2019.