Newsletter Term 4 Week 1 2018

Principal

Ms toni riordan

Moments of Joy

I wish you all a warm welcome back and my hope is that you and your family had an opportunity to rest and re-charge over the break. One of the special family rituals I enjoy over the Spring vacation is to attend the annual River Fire fireworks along the Brisbane River. This year we had a great vantage point on the north east side of the Story Bridge. The bridge was lit up in its beautiful jacaranda-purple and provided the perfect backdrop for an awe-inspiring light show. Watching the dazzling colours light up the spring evening sky with family and friends was truly a joyful moment.

Wordsworth wrote, “My heart leaps up when I behold a rainbow in the sky”.

What fills your heart with joy? Smiling faces, bubbles, a rainbow, a happy tune, cute puppies, tulips?
What gives us that wonderful feeling that makes us smile and laugh and jump up and down?

Jumping for joy is actually a scientific fact. Wanting to jump up and down is one of the ways that scientists measure joy. It's different from happiness, which measures how good we feel most of the time. Joy is about feeling good in one special moment, right now. We often say that we are bursting with joy.

Why do we feel joy when we see a stream of bubbles glistening in the sun? It’s because our hearts are lifted by bright colours, lots of things together like balloons, upbeat music and things that move us. They give us all joy. On the last Saturday evening of September, it feels like everyone in Brisbane stops and looks up to the sky where we see multi-coloured, shooting arcs of fireworks. These things aren't joyful for just a few people; they're joyful for nearly everyone. They're universally joyful.

In the hustle and bustle of our busy lives, it sometimes feels like our differences are so vast we can never find agreement. And yet there's a part of each of us that finds joy in the same things. They might be passing pleasures but we all share them.

I look forward to the little moments of joy which we will encounter this term at St Aidan’s. I look forward to celebrating the co-curricular life of the school at the Junior School Art and Music Show, our Sports Awards Evening, our Junior School Extracurricular Assembly and our inaugural Glow Festival, which will celebrate all the magic that happens in The Link. I look forward to celebrating with year 11 students when their 2019 leadership positions are announced, acknowledging achievements at our Special Awards Assembly and Annual Awards Ceremony and of course farewelling our senior students in style and colour and fun as they conclude their schooling journey.

There are so many moments to look forward to in Term 4 and we can truly make the most of them. Students in brightly coloured schools learn better; people working in colourful spaces are more confident and friendlier. Colour gives us joy because it is a sign of life, a sign of energy. And we love the feeling of abundance, like a shower of colourful confetti or like fireworks!

Each moment of joy may only be small, but over time, they add up and bring us great happiness. Look forward to the moments of joy this term brings us. We are surrounded by joy and colourful life at St Aidan’s.

Reference: TED Talk by Ingrid Fetell Lee

Congratulations

Amber Mitchell (Year 12) who received a Highly Commended award in the 2018 IEU Literary Competition.
Lucy Guy (Year 7) who recently competed at the QLD State Championships (Bronze) and QLD Cup (Silver) events for Rhythmic Gymnastics. This caps a successful season for Lucy who also competed at the National Championships earlier in the year.
Rebecca Chae (Year 11) and Katie Vidler (Year 11) who won the U19 Doubles at the Badminton Queensland Brisbane Schools Championships.
Tayla Sykes and Amielia Chadburn (Year 8) whose team placed third at the Touch Football Australia National Youth Championships (U18).
Eve Paynter who won the Year 8 Single Scull at the BSRA Head of the River.
Ms Tracey Jeanes-Fraser who was the Head Coach for the QGSSSA Netball team at the Gold Coast during the holidays.
Kayleigh Viviers (Year 10) and Charlie Bell (Year 12) who were selected in the QGSSSA Representative Netball team. Unfortunately, Charlie sustained an injury and was unable to play however the girls did a wonderful job. The QGSSSA team overall came 3rd.
Amy Kuskopf (Year 12) who participated in the Australian Honours Ensemble Program in the September holidays with Dr Ralf Hultgren AM and a team of eminent internationally recognised Conductors from Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University.
• The following girls who made the finals at the State Rowing Championships:
o Elise Graham and Georgina Chandler (Open Paired Scull)
o Jess Hulme, Annie Hulme, Lilly Richards and Amelie Graham (Year 10 Four Quad)
o Eve Paynter and Mia Hughes (Single Sculling & Year 8 Double Scull)
o Giselle Graham (Single Scull)
Jessie Forbes (Year 12) who has achieved her Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award
• The following 3 groups of girls who have been selected as Finalists for the Buy Smart Competition:
o Lily Ji and Tiana Tong (Year 9)
o Paris Teevan, Taya Kesby and Eloise O’Donnell (Year 10)
o Elisa Tamai, Gabby Christou and Rose Ringelstein (Year 10)

Best Wishes
• A very warm welcome to our new students and families, commencing this term
• Best wishes to students competing in the Queensland All Schools Touch Tournament
• Good luck to Interact members and everyone joining in the Interact QuizIt! fun.

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Chaplain

Rev Gillian Moses

Please see the chaplain’s blog on Aidan’s Central https://central.staidan.qld.edu.au/homepage/1842.

The blog is accessible through the Living Faith tab on your dashboard when you first open Aidan’s Central. If you have not yet signed in to Aidan’s Central or you have forgotten how, please contact IT for assistance.

Blessings
Rev Gillian

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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

• The Back Page
• Week 1 Fixtures Schedule
• Badminton Fixture Schedule
• Junior Softball Fixture Schedule
• Week 1 Training Schedule
• Week 2 Training Schedule

The Back Page
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Week 1 Fixtures Schedule
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Badminton Fixture Schedule
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Junior Softball Fixture Schedule
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Week 1 Training Schedule
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Week 2 Training Schedule
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Music

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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, starting at 3.00pm and featuring 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 12 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.

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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 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 evening starting at 7:00pm in the Science and Technology Building meeting room (SG02): 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.

Introducing Annie Lower – Vocal Tutor
Annie Lower is a soprano and singing teacher who has sung extensively on both national and international stages in opera, oratorio, chamber music, musical theatre and jazz. A Masters-level graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Annie brings a wealth of performing and teaching experience to her studio. Alongside her teaching at St Aidan’s, Annie also teaches at the Pathways to Music Program and is director of the Pre-tertiary Classical and Children’s Musical Theatre programs at the Sound Thinking Australia Summer School.
While based in London, Annie appeared regularly on the concert platform, performing as soloist with the English Concert Singers in such prestigious venues as St John’s Smith Square. In Australia, Annie has performed as soloist with Opera Queensland, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Army Band, Underground Opera and The Seven Sopranos. She is also a founding member of critically acclaimed chamber ensemble, Soirées Musicales Quintette.
Annie has a great interest in staying up-to-date with current research about singing and singing teaching. This interest has led to her being published in Australian Voice, the journal of the Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing (ANATS). She has also been a presenter at ANATS symposiums and a guest speaker for the Vocal Pedagogy department at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music.
Annie has a wholistic, student-centered approach to her teaching, tailoring her lessons to each individual student's abilities and interests. In her studio, Annie combines a rigorous technical knowledge of singing with a fun and dynamic exploration of music. Her training in drama and dance also informs her work with singers, as she helps them to develop essential stagecraft skills. Annie is delighted to be working with students at St Aidan’s and looks forward to helping them achieve their singing goals!

Annie

Full Size Cello - For Sale
A family in Sherwood has a full size cello for sale for $500. It comes with a spare set of strings (value $100), a hard case and some cello music. Please phone Richard & Sarah Smith 0418 794 825 / 0408 195 110.
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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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news

• Mathematics Competition News
• China Trip
• Red Earth - Saturday 22 June 2019 – Monday 1 July 2019

Mathematics Competition News
The Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC) was held on the 10th August. This competition tests everything from basic numeracy skills through to advanced problem solving and is a benchmark for mathematical ability throughout the Pacific and South-East Asia. The following students can be congratulated on their achievement.
maths comp
Participation and Credit certificates will be awarded at Year Level Assemblies. Distinctions, High Distinctions and Prizes will be awarded at a whole school Assembly early in Term 4.

China Trip
During the September holidays, thirteen girls participated in the 2018 School China trip. We visited Beijing, Hangzhou, Suzhou and Shanghai. It was an interesting mix of old and modern from these cities.
While in Beijing, we visited the Great Wall where we spent a good hour walking on the wall. The trip up to the Scenic Hill gave girls a glimpse of the whole Forbidden City. They also dressed up in beautiful traditional Chinese dresses. Their photo session was one of the highlights of the tour.
The trip to Tongli, water town, was delightful as it’s a pleasant break from the everyday busy life. We enjoyed the boat cruising down the river and seeing the locals walk along the street and cross the overpass bridges.
The view from the Oriental Pearl Tower was spectacular. However, the highlight for the students was walking along the transparent walkway which is 259 meters above ground.
We completed the trip by celebrating the Chinese National Holiday in China on October 1st, the huge crowd was something I personally do not wish to encounter again.
Josephine Chu

China 1

China 2

red earth
Saturday 22nd June 2019 – Monday 1st July 2019

Next year St Aidan’s is very proud to be running another Indigenous cultural immersion. This experience will give students the chance to travel to the remote Indigenous homelands of Arnhem Land, the single place on earth where Aboriginal culture is at its rawest and most authentic. Arnhem Land is dotted with hundreds of homelands where families live and maintain their connections to their traditional land protected by a strict permit system for those wishing to enter. The homelands are where students will spend the majority of their immersion, volunteering on a project and learning about history and culture from Elders and Traditional Owners. This includes anything from learning traditional Dance, fashioning tools, learning about bush tucker (and searching for some of your own) to making and playing didgeridoos (known as yadakis). Students will work on a service project alongside and chosen by Traditional Owners, whether that means spending time in the classroom with local kids or digging veggie gardens and installing water tanks. The immersion will be bookended with a tour of Adelaide River and its jumping crocs and 2 days in Kakadu National Park, cruising Yellow Waters and taking a dip at the stunning Maguk Gorge. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for students to be welcome onto private lands, made part of the family and to walk beside Australia’s first people in a safe and meaningful way.
Red Earth will be visiting the school to give a presentation at assembly on October 23, and a parent information session will follow on Tuesday October 30 at 6.00pm in Room S101. All interested families are encouraged to attend this evening to find out more and ask questions directly to the representatives from Red Earth.

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Junior Jottings

Mrs Louise Mcguire 

• Student Protection Officers
• Safety of Students – NUT/EGG ALLERGIES
• Absentees/Late Arrivals/Early Departures
• Sunscreen
• Blessing of the Animals – Saturday 13 October
• Art and Music Evening – Wednesday 17 October
• Student Free Day – Monday 22 October (Outside School Hours Care program will be offered)
• Interhouse Ball Games – Wednesday 24 October
• Free Dress Day – Friday 26 October – Red Theme
• ‘Greatest Show on Earth’ Disco – Friday 26 October
• Melbourne Cup Lunch – Tuesday 6 November
• Chess Club
• Important Dates

Welcome to the final term of the 2018 school year - a special welcome to our new students and their families. I hope you have had the opportunity to take some time to relax and enjoy quality time with your children during the holidays. As always, Term 4 is a very busy one with many important events occurring within a relatively short space of time. I look forward to seeing many of you on these occasions.

Student Protection Officers – Child Protection Manual
I draw your attention to an important document, which was recently published by the Anglican Schools Commission and is relevant to all Anglican schools in Southern Queensland, including St Aidan’s. The guide outlines the processes about how St Aidan’s will respond to harm, or allegations of harm, to students under 18 years and the appropriate conduct of the school’s staff and students, according to section 16 of the Education (Non-State Schools) Accreditation Regulation 2017. It also highlights that there are strategies for communication and support, including information for parents and persons engaged by St Aidan’s about the risk management strategy and where it can be accessed (section 3 of the Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening Regulation 2011).

The Safeguarding our Children – Student Protection in Anglican Schools: A Guide for Parents and Students may be downloaded here: https://secure.ermonline.com.au/education/gateway/intranet_gateway.cfm?eu=TU-8E66C425-0BC6-0C67-A696D1C634056B7F-8E66C426-C8D5-461E-DAC6795B35485A76 or accessed here: https://www.staidans.qld.edu.au/our-school/quick-links/student-protection via the icon “student protection” on the quick links page on the school website and on Aidan’s Central.
https://www.staidans.qld.edu.au/our-school/quick-links/student-protection

This week, Junior School students will be 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 the:
• Head of Junior School (Louise McGuire)
• Dean of Students and Academic Welfare (7-9) – (Holly O’Sullivan Williams)
• School Guidance Counsellor (Jennie Robinson)

Safety of Students – NUT/EGG ALLERGIES
There are several students in the Junior School who suffer from life-threatening allergies to nuts. These students will suffer an anaphylactic reaction if they come into contact with even the smallest trace of certain types of nuts. Passing contact with another student who has been eating nuts or products containing nuts can trigger a reaction.
We ask that parents and children avoid any products containing nuts when preparing lunches or snacks for school. This will assist in reducing the risk for these students.

We also have students who are highly allergic to eggs. Girls may bring eggs to school in their lunchbox; however, we ask that you remind them (as will the teachers) to wash their hands after eating (as this reduces the risk of cross-contact). It is extremely important that we are vigilant in order to keep our students safe.

Thank you for your support.

Absentees/Late Arrivals/Early Departures
Please be reminded if your child (K-6) is unable to attend school or will be late for any reason, please inform Wilhelmina Morrison at the Junior School Reception (3373 5944/w.morrison@staidans.qld.edu.au) or call the Absentee line (3373 5978) by 9:00am.
If we are not notified, you will receive a text message asking you to confirm the reason for the absence/late arrival.
Also, if girls are late for school (P-6) or need to leave early, they (or parents) must sign the Late/Departure books held in the Junior School Reception.

Sunscreen
As the weather continues to get warmer, it would be very helpful if parents could reinforce the importance of applying sunscreen as a daily practice. Ideally, students should apply sunscreen before coming to school and keep it in their school bags for re-application throughout the day. In each classroom, we will also have sunscreen available for emergency use for students who have forgotten to pack their own. Classrooms will be equipped with sunscreen for students who have forgotten to bring their own.

Blessing of the Animals – Saturday 13 October
Saturday 13 October is the annual St Aidan’s Blessing of the Animals which is once again being held in conjunction with our Year 3 & 4 Family Service. All members of St Aidan’s community are invited to come along, and all pets are welcome regardless of size or shape! We will gather on the lawn outside the Science and Technology Centre for a 4.30pm start and we will finish by 5.30pm. Please make sure your pets are appropriately restrained and if you can’t bring your pet in personally you are welcome to bring a photograph with you.

Art and Music Evening – Wednesday 17 October
This year’s Art and Music event is being held on Wednesday 17 October (second week of Term 4), commencing at 4:00pm and concluding by approximately 6:30pm. The art work will be displayed in the Christine Hartland Centre and the music groups will perform intermittently throughout the evening. The art work will remain on display for further viewing on until the end of morning tea on Thursday 18 October.

Student Free Day – Monday 22 October
Please be reminded that there is a Student Free Day on Monday 22 October for students except the current Year 6s. These girls will be meeting with the new Year 7 students for 2019 and should have received detailed information outlining the day’s program.
We will be offering an Outside School Hours Care program at St Aidan’s on this day.

Interhouse Ball Games – Wednesday 24 October
On Wednesday 24 October at 1pm in the CHC, we are having our Interhouse Ball Games Carnival (K-6). All students are encouraged to wear their House coloured shirts on this day. They may wear these shirts all day.

Free Dress Day – ‘Day for Daniel’ Friday 26 October
On Friday 26 October, students are asked to support the Daniel Morcombe Foundation by wearing red and donating a gold coin. ‘Day for Daniel’ is Australia’s largest day for child safety awareness and education day.
The Daniel Morcombe Foundation's key role in the community is the education of all children about their personal safety. By directly assisting educators and parents through the funding and development of child safety educational resources as well as assisting young victims of crime, the Foundation continues to empower all Australians to make their local communities safer places for all children. The Foundation is strongly committed to the development and education of Respectful Relationships for children and teenagers in our schools and communities.
Students must wear enclosed shoes and abide by sun safety rules. Girls in Years 4-6 who are involved in Interschool Sport (Friday Sport) must remember to bring their Browns and sports shoes. All students must remember to bring a hat.

Disco – ‘Greatest Show on Earth’ Friday 26 October 6pm – Tickets on sale 1 October
The annual Junior School Disco will be held on Friday 26 October commencing at 6pm. Tickets for this year’s ‘Greatest Show on Earth’ themed disco (students are invited to bring ‘the greatest showman in their life’) can be purchased via Flexischools ($25 children/$35 adults) commencing 1 October. This ticket price includes entry into the disco and a BBQ dinner for children and adults in attendance.

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 your daughter’s classroom by Tuesday 23 October.
Thank you for your support.

Melbourne Cup Luncheon – Date Claimer – Tuesday 6 November
This year, the Melbourne Cup luncheon will be held at the Indooroopilly Golf Club. Tickets are on sale (Flexischools) $110 per person. For more information see the P&F section of the newsletter. Start organising your table now so you don’t miss out!

Chess Club
Please see attached flyer for Chess Club information.

Important Dates Term 4

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Junior Sport

Please click here for the Junior School Training Schedule for Week 1 and Week 2, Term 4.

Andrews Cup Gymnastics
The Andrews Cup Gymnastics teams are working extremely hard with early morning trainings. 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 6am – 7.30am at Splitz Gymnastics, Sumner Park. On the conclusion of each session, a bus will take the girls back to school.

West Taylor Bridge Friday Clubs Competition Semester 2 Interschool Sport
The 2018 Walter Taylor Bridge competition will recommence this Friday 12 October and I would encourage all girls to commit to their weekly trainings at Ambiwerra.
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
The Andrews Cup Softball teams has been announced with information letters sent home to team members providing information on the competition which is to be held at Downey Park, Windsor on Tuesday 23 October.
Girls are expected to attend the 3 compulsory lead up trainings on Wednesday 10 and 17 October and Friday 19 from 6.45-7.45am at Ambiwerra. Girls are reminded to have arranged their hiring of the school softball pants from the Uniform Shop at the cost of $27 which includes a refund of $20 upon the return of the pants. They must also have the long, navy St Aidan’s socks (which must cover all of the lower part of the leg).

Training Dates
Wednesday 10, 17 October - 6.45am-7.45am Ambiwerra
Friday 19 October - 6.45am-7.45am Ambiwerra

Andrews Cup Basketball Trials
The Andrews Cup MBC Invitational Basketball teams have been announced and information letters have been sent home to team members providing information about the competition which is to be held at the Hibiscus Sports Centre Carina, 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 are expected to attend Tuesday afternoon compulsory trainings at the Ambiwerra Basketball courts from 3.45pm-4.45pm. A school bus will be provided to take students to the venue.

Training Dates
Tuesday 9, 16, 30 October - 3.45pm-4.45pm
Friday 26 October - 6.45am-7.45am

2019 Cross Country Preparation Training
2019 Cross Country preparation training has commenced with sessions created 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
Monday: 6.45am – 7.45am

2019 Beyond Athletics
The 2019 Beyond Athletics resumes this week on Wednesday 10 October at Ambiwerra from 3.45-5.00pm for girls selected. The final session at Ambiwerra will be held on Wednesday 21 November with the optional session to be held 1 December 2018 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.

Interhouse Ball Games
The Interhouse Ball Games Carnival will be held on Wednesday 24 October in the Christine Hartland Centre from 1.00pm – 2.00pm. Girls from Prep through to Year 6 will be involved in an extremely colourful and competitive afternoon of Tunnel Ball, Unders and Overs and ZigZag. All girls are encouraged to wear their House shirts and bring their House spirit for a very entertaining afternoon.

Swimming Squad Training (Target Andrew 2019)
Preparation for the 2019 swimming competition season is commencing on Tuesday 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).

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• 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 2019 (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.

Andrews Cup and Interschool Sport Photos
With the Term Three 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).

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 conclusion 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 should collect them from the sporting fields at the designated time.

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Junior Music

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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 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.

Beginner Programs in Instrumental Music

Junior Singers Rehearsal Schedule – Term 4
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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 evening starting at 7:00pm in the Science and Technology Building meeting room (SG02): 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.

Introducing Annie Lower – Vocal Tutor
Annie Lower is a soprano and singing teacher who has sung extensively on both national and international stages in opera, oratorio, chamber music, musical theatre and jazz. A Masters-level graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Annie brings a wealth of performing and teaching experience to her studio. Alongside her teaching at St Aidan’s, Annie also teaches at the Pathways to Music Program and is director of the Pre-tertiary Classical and Children’s Musical Theatre programs at the Sound Thinking Australia Summer School.
While based in London, Annie appeared regularly on the concert platform, performing as soloist with the English Concert Singers in such prestigious venues as St John’s Smith Square. In Australia, Annie has performed as soloist with Opera Queensland, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Army Band, Underground Opera and The Seven Sopranos. She is also a founding member of critically acclaimed chamber ensemble, Soirées Musicales Quintette.
Annie has a great interest in staying up-to-date with current research about singing and singing teaching. This interest has led to her being published in Australian Voice, the journal of the Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing (ANATS). She has also been a presenter at ANATS symposiums and a guest speaker for the Vocal Pedagogy department at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music.
Annie has a wholistic, student-centered approach to her teaching, tailoring her lessons to each individual student's abilities and interests. In her studio, Annie combines a rigorous technical knowledge of singing with a fun and dynamic exploration of music. Her training in drama and dance also informs her work with singers, as she helps them to develop essential stagecraft skills. Annie is delighted to be working with students at St Aidan’s and looks forward to helping them achieve their singing goals!
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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

Full Size Cello - For Sale
A family in Sherwood has a full size cello for sale for $500. It comes with a spare set of strings (value $100), a hard case and some cello music. Please phone Richard & Sarah Smith 0418 794 825 / 0408 195 110.
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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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P&F

P&F

P&F General Meeting
• Melbourne Cup Luncheon

P&F General Meeting
Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend the next P&F General Meeting to be held on Wednesday 24 October 2018 at 6.30pm in the Mathers Family Auditorium.

Melbourne Cup Luncheon
Please click here for information regarding the Melbourne Cup luncheon.

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