Newsletter Term 4 Week 1 2019

Principal

Ms toni riordan

Around Our School
Welcome back for the final term of the 2019 academic year. We know this term provides all of us the opportunity to finish well and support each other to be the very best we can be.

Thank you to Ms Maddy Hole for accompanying our four rowers to State Championships over the Spring break. Well done to the girls for the positive completion to a great 2019 rowing season!

Junior School Play Area

This week, it was a joy to join our younger students to discover all the activities and equipment that the newly refurbished play area in the Junior School has to offer. I thank Ms McGuire and all Junior School teachers for their considered planning for the space, the Facilities team for their coordination and assistance with the build and to the P & F Association for its financial contribution to the project. I believe we have ‘hit the mark’ in encouraging imaginative and active play, when I hear from one of our Year 1 students that her favourite part of the play area is where the timber disks sit on the spools across the log ‘because they are the buzzers just like in her favourite restaurant and all she has to do is walk it over to the counter to collect the meal made by one of her class mates’.

Make way for Girls’ Future Making…


Over the holiday break, I attended the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA) 2019 Biennial Conference, at which Dr Jordan Nguyen was a Keynote Presenter. You may have seen Dr Jordan (DocJordy), biomedical engineer and inventor, who is best known for creating a mind-controlled wheelchair, on the ABC’s Catalyst program, or on the Discovery Channel. I was interested but not surprised to learn from last week’s presentation that while Dr Jordan’s motivation for his work came from a life-changing injury, his capacity to build innovative, intelligent and assistive technology stems from the time spent ‘tinkering’ and learning from his dad at home, as a young person.

It affirmed for me that our two dedicated Maker Spaces are critical in opening our students to the possibilities for making, engineering and inventing from a very young age, or indeed simply for supporting the wonderful ‘tinkering’ they may already be doing at home.

I am aware of a recent study of makerspaces in American co-educational schools, which has found evidence that despite one of their aims being to encourage girls into STEM, they are, in fact, highly-gendered environments dominated by male students. While boys and girls were found to participate equally in makerspaces in primary school, girls’ participation halved to 25 per cent in the high school years. In addition, boys were twice as likely to hold leadership positions in group makerspace activities, and were more likely to steer major projects such as robotics challenges or a solar car design team.

The 2018 study, carried out by researchers with Drexel University’s ExCITe Center for Expressive and Creative Interaction Technologies, examined makerspaces offering formal (in-school) or informal (extracurricular) programming within K-12 educational settings. A total of thirty co-educational schools, were selected to provide a diversity of perspectives on maker culture.

Many of the makerspaces in the study used pre-constructed lessons, makerspace kits, or pre-fab curricula developed by external organisations. Other makerspaces had a more open curriculum based on self-directed projects. While some students enjoyed the more formal, step-by-step approach of a kit or explicit curriculum, as well as the ability to access a large online community where they could share ideas and get tips, other students preferred the more flexible, creative approach of an open curriculum which empowered them to apply or modify the skills they had learned outside of the makerspace environment.

The Drexel University study, led by Dr Youngmoo Kim, found that students who participated in makerspaces developed a “markedly more positive mindset”. They saw new connections between what they learned at school and the world around them, and viewed specific aspects of maker culture — practice, competition and building — as helpful in overcoming what they perceived as barriers in traditional classrooms, including insufficient time, grades, and testing.

“These self-reflections,” write Dr Kim and his colleagues, “reveal a significant shift in mindset, no longer focusing on the impediment, but rather on the outcome from the challenge presented.” While clearly there are many positive aspects of makerspaces, the study also found that materials used to promote makerspaces and recruit instructors were dominated by images of male engineers, dynamite, power tools, hammers and rocket ships. The researchers said that this not only highlights “the implicit bias embedded within emerging makerspace culture”, but also contributes to and reinforces gender disparities in makerspace student and instructor leadership.

Interviews with makerspace staff revealed the depth and pervasiveness of this bias, with instructors referring to male students as geeks (20), builders (18), designers (15) and engineers (13), but referring to female students as “girls” (92) or even “helpers” (11). Only five instructors used the more gender-neutral terms of entrepreneur (3), creator (1) or innovator (1). The Drexel University researchers described this finding as “deeply unsettling”.

In addition, the recruiting of students and instructors to join makerspaces was found to be exclusionary and to discourage girls, women and ‘non-geeks’ from participating. Job advertisements and student recruitment flyers overwhelmingly used terms such as “techie”, “gear-heads”, “tinkerers”, “geeky” and “smart”, leaving many girls, but also boys, reluctant to participate if they did not identify as a hacker or geek. Similarly, staff of both genders indicated they were reluctant to apply for positions if they did not view themselves as a technology expert or professional. As a result, only one-quarter of makerspace staff teams were led by female instructors.

I know many parents, grandparents, family and friends of our students have had the opportunity to see Mrs Jackie Child at work in our Maker Spaces via Tech Mates, the JS Science & Technology Showcase or Open Day. If you haven’t had a chance, I do encourage you to pop in to one of our Maker Spaces to support and encourage our future, female ‘techies’.
(References available on request)

Upcoming Events
• Parent Evening for Year 12 2020, 6.30pm, this Thursday, 10 October, in the S&T Auditorium
• Year 3/4 Family Service and Pet Blessing in The Link at 4:30pm, this Saturday, 12 October
• STAGE auditions, 10.00am, this Sunday, 13 October. in the CHC
• 2020 Senior Investiture Service, 8.45am, next Tuesday, 15 October in the CHC
• Parent Evening for Year 7 2020, 6.30pm, next Tuesday, 15 October in the S&T Auditorium
• GLOW / JS Art and Music Show, 4:30pm, next Wednesday, 16 October in the CHC and the Link
• The Grande Concert, 1.30pm, next Sunday, 20 October, in the CHC

Congratulations to:
Leah Dargan (Year 8), Cora Masterson (Year 8), Mia Hughes (Year 9) and Genevieve Paynter (Year 9) who competed in the Rowing State Championships.
• Our QGSSSA Athletics team who placed 5th and won the Del Mellefont Percentage Trophy for the sixth consecutive year.
Angelina Tignani (Year 9) who set a new 15yrs Javelin record of 44.09m. A record that has not been broken since 1985.
Gemma Casaceli (Year 9) who set a new 14yrs Long Jump record of 5.75m.
Madison Farrell-Thomas (Year 12) who received a Creative Generation Excellence Award for her sculpture that explores ocean acidification. Madi’s work will be part of the state exhibition at GoMA next year.
Olivia Doherty (Year 12) who competed for Australia in the 2019 New Zealand National Gymnastics Championships in Auckland. Oliva won gold in the individual all round competition and led her team to a first place as well.
Grace Smith (Year 7) who won a bronze medal at the National Schools Judo Championships in the Senior Girls Division 1 U57kg category.
Ms Carla Trott who is a finalist in the Queensland College of Teacher’s TEACHX Awards, formally known as the Excellence in Teaching Awards.

Best Wishes
• A very warm welcome to our new students and families, commencing this term
• Our U15 girls Division Team competing in the Queensland All Schools competition over the course of Thursday to Friday. Good luck!

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Deputy Principal

Marcia Forness

It’s that time of year again, when we celebrate the achievements of our students with Special Awards Assembly and Annual Awards Ceremony. Please note the following information regarding these awards:

Prize Reading Assembly – 29th October 2019
Annual award recipients (excluding Year 12) will be announced at assembly on the 29th October with communication to parents to follow. Some of these awards will be presented at the Special Awards Assembly and some at the Annual Awards Assembly.

Special Awards Assembly – 7th November 2019
Parents are welcome to attend the Special Awards Assembly which will be held in the Christine Hartland Centre on Thursday, 7th November at 8.45am. This assembly will present a number of special awards and the announcement of Year 12 student prizes and Pinnacle awards will be featured.

Annual Awards Ceremony – 11th November 2019
The Annual Awards Ceremony at 7.00pm at the QPAC Concert Hall. At this ceremony, there will be speeches from our Principal Toni Riordan, Chair of School Council, and our School Captain. The evening is also an opportunity to showcase the talent of our music students to the whole school community.

Tickets for the Annual Awards are available free of charge direct through QPAC: https://www.qpac.com.au/event/sn_st_aidans_19/. Award recipients and all Year 12 students will have allocated seating. Musicians performing will be backstage and will also not require a seat.

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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 Studies

Ms lynda wall

• Year 10
• Year 11
• Year 12

Year 10
Year 10 students are now commencing Unit One of their senior studies. Any subject changes must be finalised this week so that students can have the best opportunity to succeed in Unit One. Some subjects are now full and further students cannot be accepted into these classes so please consult with me if a subject change is being considered. Following the end of Week 1, no further subject changes can be made until the end of Unit One (at the end of Term One 2020) unless a student is moving to a VET pathway.

Year 11
Year 11 students are now commencing Unit Three of their senior studies. All subject changes should now be finalised. Units Three and Four combine to provide results towards an ATAR, therefore no further subject changes can be made unless a student is moving into a VET pathway.
Students are expected to attend school every day throughout Units 3 and 4, other than in cases of illness.
Families are reminded that an information evening outlining the calendar and processes for the senior year will take place this Thursday October 10th at 6:30pm in the auditorium. We hope that as many families as possible can attend this session as an opportunity to engage with ‘the big picture’ of the students’ final year of schooling. The school leadership team is looking forward to working with the students and families throughout the senior year.

Year 12
Year 12 students’ folios of work have now been sent to the QCAA for the review panels’ verification of results, and we look forward to the finalisation of this process. For each subject, students are working on final assessment pieces. These pieces contribute to student outcomes and may be used as part of the final confirmation process for student results. Therefore, all students are urged to keep working diligently until the final celebrations at the end of term. This is a short term for Year 12, with the final test block commencing in Week 4.

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Dean of Students & Academic Welfare (7-9)

Ms holly o'sullivan williams

Welcome back to the last term of the school calendar. Please find below two important messages:

Absences: Please note that when there is an absence at the beginning or end of any term or extended absences during the term, the principal should be advised in writing of the circumstances at the earliest possible time so that a considered decision can be made. This information can also be found in the parent handbook.

CYRMS: At St Aidan’s, our staff, students and parents are involved in several committees and initiatives that assist us to inform our practices and ensure we continue to provide the best possible academic and pastoral care for all our students.

This term, we will have our final Child and Youth Risk Management Strategy committee meeting for 2019. This committee is made up of staff (teaching and support), students and parents from our Junior and Secondary communities.

The Child and Youth Risk Management Strategy (CYRMS) is a legislative requirement for all Queensland schools. It is designed to create safe and supportive environments for children, to minimise the risk of abuse, harm and inappropriate behaviour. The CYRMS is to be clear, easily understood, implemented and monitored to ensure its effectiveness. You can find this document by following the link at: https://www.staidans.qld.edu.au/our-school/quick-links/student-protection

Part of the monitoring process involves this committee coming together throughout the year to share ideas and information about the contents of this strategy, in order to ensure that we are meeting the needs of our young people in regard to student protection. Although we officially review the strategy with the School Council in October each year, we continue to adjust the document to best suit the needs of the young people in our community.

I urge all members of our school community to read this document. Feedback is encouraged; please feel free to email lsaul@ssa.qld.edu.au with any suggestions or additions you may wish to see reflected in this document.

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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

Please click read more for all Senior Sport information.

This term, Sports News will be posted directly to the newsfeed on the Sports Portal. Please see the newsfeed to view Student Sporting Achievements and other sports news.

Week 2 Training Schedule

QG Athletics Review

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Music

Please click read more for all Senior School music information.

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

Big Sing
On Sunday 27th October, students from Ensemble Volar will be involved in a day of rehearsals and a performance as part of the annual Brisbane Big Sing. Many choirs as well be involved on the day and the event will take place at St Aidan’s.

The schedule for the day is as follows:
8:30am Registration
9:00am Workshop One - James Cuskelly
10:00am Workshop Two – Robert Stewart
11:00am Morning Tea (provided)
11:30am Workshop Three – James Cuskelly and Robert Stewart
1:00pm Lunch (provided) and Concert Preparation
2:30pm Final Concert (Massed and Community Choirs)

Students should wear their blue school uniform for the duration of the day and the performance. Students will be provided with food over the course of the day, but they will need to bring a water bottle and their music.
Families are welcome to attend the concert at 2:30pm and concert tickets cost $5. Please note that there is no cost for Ensemble Volar students who participate on the day.

Music Groups
All students are welcome to participate in the Music Ensembles on offer at St Aidan’s. Students need to have some proficiency on the instrument appropriate to the ensemble but all students are encouraged to sing in the choir! Any girl who is interested is encouraged to discuss their involvement with Dr Cuskelly j.cuskelly@staidans.qld.edu.au Ms Trott c.trott@staidans.qld.edu.au or Mrs Figliano s.figliano@staidans.qld.edu.au

Instrumental lessons in 2019
Don’t forget to complete the electronic private tuition form as soon as possible and return to us here at the school. Knowing which students are continuing with their lessons really assists in organising instruments, timetables and rooms. And of course, we are very keen to hear from any new students who are interested in learning an instrument. The link to the online enrolment form is as follows:
https://au1.documents.adobe.com/public/esignWidget?wid=CBFCIBAA3AAABLblqZhA6JM5HtbLwCed2S0TO047YiiTGdXfRFLn2AQer-VgcswmKKHCGd4cE8SZZDkT29Eg*

Music Support Group
The St Aidan’s Music Support Group, made up of parents, students and staff, provides vital support to the school’s young musicians through its fundraising endeavours and its smooth organisation of concerts and other music events. The group regularly purchases much-needed instruments, music and other equipment, and also helps support other activities such as workshops and overseas tours.

The support group relies on the goodwill of parents to help with ticket sales, catering, publicity, and fundraising which are vital to the seamless running of concerts throughout the year. Meetings are scheduled for Monday evenings at 7:00pm in the Science and Technology Building meeting room (SG02). Please feel free to contact the group’s president, Paula Hodge, paula.hodge@bigpond.com if you have any questions, or if you would be willing to volunteer but are unable to attend regular meetings.

Rehearsal Schedule for 2019
In order to assist parents and students in planning, please see the rehearsal schedule for 2019. This schedule has been prepared in consultation with the Head of Sport and every effort has been made to minimise clashes. However, please bear in mind that there are usually a minimum of 2 sports training scheduled in any week and should there be a clash between a music rehearsal (offered once a week only) and a sport training students are to attend the musical rehearsal on the set day and attend the alternative sports training on the other.
Please click here for the 2019 Rehearsal Schedule.

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

STRING ENSEMBLES
• Paganini Strings (AMEB Grade Five and above, auditioned)
• Corelli Strings (AMEB Grade Two and above)
• Chamber String Ensembles: Volar Strings, Allegro Strings, Arco Strings, Four Seasons Strings, Da Capo Strings (auditioned)
• Vivaldi Strings (Yrs 5-8)
• Dolce Strings (Yrs 2-4)
• Clementi Celli
• Beginner Strings Program
• Combined Orchestras (Symphonic Winds and Paganini Strings)

BAND ENSEMBLES
• Symphonic Winds (AMEB Grade Four and above)
• Con Brio Band (AMEB Grade Two and above)
• Taffanel Flutes (Yr 5 and above)
• Charma Band (Yrs 5-7)
• Back-beat Band (Yr 5 and above)
• Percussion Ensemble (Yr 5 and above)
• Taffanel Flutes (Senior Chamber Flute Choir)
• Yr 4 Beginner Band Program
• Yr 3 Beginner Band Preparation Program (Semester Two only)
• Combined Orchestras (Symphonic Winds and Corelli Strings)

2019 Music Calendar
Please click here for Term 4 Music Calendar. Changes and additions may be made throughout the year. Updates will be provided in the Newsletter.

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French

Bon Appetit

As part of Term 3 French Unit “Bon Appetit”, Year 8 students had the chance to cook in the school’s kitchen. While practicing their French speaking skills, they had the opportunity to bake delicious chocolate biscuits.

French

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GLOW 

Please click herefor more information about the Glow event.

Junior Jottings

Mrs Louise Mcguire 

• Child and Youth Risk Management Strategy
• Student Protection Officers
• Safety of Students – NUT/EGG ALLERGIES
• Absentees/Late Arrivals/Early Departures
• Sunscreen
• New Play Area – Sausage Sizzle
• Blessing of the Animals – Saturday 12 October
• Glow - Art and Music Evening – Wednesday 16 October
• Student Free Day – Monday 21 October (Outside School Hours Care program will be offered)
• Interhouse Ball Games – Wednesday 23 October
• Free Dress Day – Red Theme - Friday 25 October
• ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Disco – Friday 25 October
• Melbourne Cup Lunch – Tuesday 5 November
• One Girl Project – ‘Do it in a Dress’ Campaign
• Important Dates

Welcome to the final term of the 2019 school year. 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.

Child and Youth Risk Management Strategy
At St Aidan’s, our staff, students and parents are involved in several committees and initiatives that assist us to inform our practices and ensure we continue to provide the best possible academic and pastoral care for all our students.
This term, we will have our final Child and Youth Risk Management Strategy committee meeting for 2019. This committee is made up of staff (teaching and support), students and parents from our Junior and Secondary communities.
The Child and Youth Risk Management Strategy (CYRMS) is a legislative requirement for all Queensland schools. It is designed to create safe and supportive environments for children, to minimise the risk of abuse, harm and inappropriate behaviour. The CYRMS is to be clear, easily understood, implemented and monitored to ensure its effectiveness. You can find this document by following the link at:https://www.staidans.qld.edu.au/our-school/quick-links/student-protection
Part of the monitoring process involves this committee coming together throughout the year to share ideas and information about the contents of this strategy, in order to ensure that we are meeting the needs of our young people in regard to student protection. Although we officially review the strategy with the School Council in October each year, we continue to adjust the document to best suit the needs of the young people in our community.
I urge all members of our school community to read this document. Feedback is encouraged; please feel free to email lsaul@ssa.qld.edu.au with any suggestions or additions you may wish to see reflected in this document.

Student Protection Officers
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)
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

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 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.

You can also now log on to Aidan’s Central and register your daughter’s absence. Details below -
Parent Lounge – NEW!
1. Logon to the Parent Portal and access “Parent Lounge”
2. Click on Student Details > Attendance and select +Add Absence Notification
3. Enter the details (you can enter more than one child and a range of dates)
4. Attach a document (medical certificate, letter, etc) if required
5. Add comment noting the reason for absence (sickness etc)
6. Click Submit New
If we are not notified, you will receive a text message asking you to confirm the reason for the absence.
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.

New Play Area – Sausage Sizzle
The P&F Association is ‘hosting’ a sausage sizzle at lunchtime on Thursday 17 October (Week 2) to celebrate the completion of the new Junior School play area. Parents should have received an email seeking permission for their child to have a sausage on bread (gluten free and vegetarian options will be available) and a piece of celebratory cake on this day (no cost). Please ensure you have responded to this email. Contact Wil Morrison w.morrison@staidans.qld.edu.auif you did not receive the message.
Thank you again to the P&F Association for their support of this project.
playground

Blessing of the Animals – Saturday 12 October
Saturday 12 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 in the Link 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.

Glow – Art and Music Evening 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.

Student Free Day – Monday 21 October
Please be reminded that there is a Student Free Day on Monday 21 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 23 October
On Wednesday 23 October at 1pm in the CHC, we are having our Interhouse Ball Games Carnival (P-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 25 October
On Friday 25 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 – ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Friday 25 October 6pm
The annual Junior School Disco will be held on Friday 25 October commencing at 6pm. Tickets for this year’s ‘Dancing with the Stars’ themed disco (students are invited to bring their grooviest dance partner – dad, granddad, uncle, friend) can be purchased via Flexischools ($25 children/$35 adults). 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 or the Junior School Reception by Tuesday 22 October.
Thank you for your support.

Melbourne Cup Luncheon – Date Claimer – Tuesday 5 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!

One Girl Project – ‘Do it in a Dress’ Campaign
Last year, a small number of St Aidan’s staff signed up for the “Do it in a Dress Campaign” to raise funds to educate girls in Sierra Leone and Uganda. The fundraising efforts of the St Aidan’s staff educated 11 girls last year. This year, many of the Junior School staff are supporting this very worthy cause. To raise awareness of the One Girl Project, these staff members will be wearing a school uniform (provided) during Week 3. If you would like to support this very worthy cause, please see the links below (for each participating staff member or for the St Aidan’s ‘team’).

St Aidan’s Team https://www.onegirl.org.au/fundraiser/St-Aidan--s-AGS
Louise McGuire https://www.onegirl.org.au/fundraisers/louisemcguire/do-it-in-a-dress-2019
Kelly Swan https://www.onegirl.org.au/fundraisers/kellyswan/do-it-in-a-dress-2019
Wilhelmina Morrison https://www.onegirl.org.au/fundraisers/wilhelminamorrison/do-it-in-a-dress-2019
Trina Crawford https://www.onegirl.org.au/fundraisers/trinacrawford/do-it-in-a-dress-2019
Megan Daley https://www.onegirl.org.au/fundraisers/megandaley/do-it-in-a-dress-2019
Emily Olive https://www.onegirl.org.au/fundraisers/emilyolive/do-it-in-a-dress-2019
Anna Morse https://www.onegirl.org.au/fundraisers/annamorse/do-it-in-a-dress-2019
Bess Sellars https://www.onegirl.org.au/fundraisers/besssellars/do-it-in-a-dress-2019
Caitlin Clarke https://www.onegirl.org.au/fundraisers/caitlinclarke/do-it-in-a-dress-2019
Kylie Black https://www.onegirl.org.au/fundraisers/kylieblack
Kirby Egan https://www.onegirl.org.au/fundraisers/kirbyegan/do-it-in-a-dress-2019
Susie Rigby https://www.onegirl.org.au/fundraisers/susierigby/do-it-in-a-dress-2019
Kristine Cairns https://www.onegirl.org.au/fundraisers/kristinecairns
Emma Swan https://www.onegirl.org.au/fundraisers/emmaswan/do-it-in-a-dress-2019
Cath Grant https://www.onegirl.org.au/fundraisers/catherinegrant/do-it-in-a-dress-2019
Deb Koh https://www.onegirl.org.au/fundraisers/debkoh
Megan Hannan https://www.onegirl.org.au/fundraisers/meganhannan/do-it-in-a-dress-2019
Hannah Cromarty https://www.onegirl.org.au/fundraisers/hannahcromarty/do-it-in-a-dress-2019
Jen Crome https://www.onegirl.org.au/fundraisers/jennifercrome
Sandy Meyers https://www.onegirl.org.au/s/1823/1905

More information about the One Girl Project can be found here: https://www.onegirl.org.au/.

When a girl is educated, her health, status, income, and entire future changes for the better, and she’ll go on to educate her (smaller, healthier) family and community. The ripple effects are incredible – and best of all, everyone in her community will benefit! It’s hard to imagine, but a girl in Sierra Leone is more likely to be married before the age of 18 than she is to finish high school – and only 16% of girls ever complete high school. But when you educate a girl, her income will increase by 10–25% for every year she stays in school. She’ll get married when she chooses to, be able to think for herself, have control over her own income and break the cycle of poverty. The power of education creates immediate and long-lasting change!

Important Dates
Please click here  for Important Dates Term 4, 2019.

 

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Junior Sport

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

Andrews Cup Gymnastics
The Andrews Cup Gymnastics team is working extremely hard with early morning starts. The competition will 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.

West Taylor Bridge Friday Clubs Competition Semester 2 Interschool Sport

West Taylor Bridge Club competition will 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.
Miss Swan, Hannah King and Ashlee Johnson

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

Andrews Cup Softball
The Andrews Cup Softball squad 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 22 October.
Girls are expected to attend Wednesday morning compulsory training at the Ambiwerra sport fields from 6.45am-7.45am.

Training Dates

Wednesday 9 October 6.45am – 7.45am at Ambiwerra
Friday 11 October 6.45am – 7.45am at Ambiwerra
Wednesday 16 October 6.45am – 7.45am at Ambiwerra
Friday 18 October 6.45am – 7.45am at Ambiwerra

Andrews Cup Basketball Trials
The Andrews Cup Basketball Squad have been announced and information letters have been sent home to team members providing information on the competition which is to be held at the 35 Beattie Road, Coomera, 4209 on Thursday 7 November, commencing at 9.00 a.m.
Girls are expected to attend Tuesday afternoon compulsory training at the Ambiwerra Basketball courts from 3.45pm-4.45pm.

Training Dates
Tuesday 8 October 3.45pm – 4.45pm at Ambiwerra
Tuesday 15 October 3.45pm – 4.45pm at Ambiwerra
Tuesday 29 October 3.45pm – 4.45pm at Ambiwerra
Friday 1 November 6.45am – 7.45am at Ambiwerra
Tuesday 5 November 3.45pm – 4.45pm at Ambiwerra

2019 Beyond Athletics
The 2020 Beyond Athletics will recommence this Wednesday 9 October at Ambiwerra from 3.45-5.00pm for girls selected. The program’s final Ambiwerra session will be held on Wednesday 20 November with optional sessions to be held on 26 October 26 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.

2020 Cross Country Preparation Training
2020 Cross Country preparation training will commence in Term 4 with sessions created to enable the students to improve their general fitness leading into next year’s Junior School Cross Country season. Whilst the sessions are 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 girls each week moving into the 2020 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. Trainings will commence Monday 14 October, 2019.

Cross Country Training at Ambiwerra

Monday Time: 6.45am – 7.45am

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 session days and times. 

• 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.

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.

2019 Key Dates Term 4
22 October • AC Softball
23 October • Interhouse Ball Games
7 November • AC Basketball
7 November • AC Gymnastics

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Junior Music

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Speech and Drama Examinations
Congratulations go to the following girls who have successfully completed their examinations for AMEB Speech and Drama.
Inez Hancock - grade 1
Remy Hancock - grade 2
Maggie Clarke - prelim
Maisie Leisemann - prelim
Audrey McGregor - grade 3
Jada White - prelim
Chanmoni Cominos - grade 3
Tara Bourke - grade 5
Lily McGregor - grade 4
Sasha White - prelim
Emma Dart - prelim
Maddison Meittenen

AMEB Results
Congratulations to Hannah Ballie who recently completed her Grade 1 Percussion Exam. Well done Hannah.

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
Week Three Rehearsal
Week Four Rehearsal
Week Five- Monday 5th Nov Rehearsal
Week Six Rehearsal
Extra-Curricular Assembly             Meet in CHC 8:45am
Wed 14th Nov Perform at 9:00am
Week Seven Rehearsal
Week Eight Last day - no rehearsal

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:
Term Four

Week Date Rehearsal
Week Three Tues 23rd Oct
Week Four Mon 29th Oct Combined
Week Five Tues 6th Nov
Week Six Tues 13th Nov
Week Seven Mon 19th Nov Combined

Music Groups
All students are welcome to participate in the Music Ensembles on offer at St Aidan’s. Students need to have some proficiency on the instrument appropriate to the ensemble but all students are encouraged to sing in the choir! Any girl who is interested is encouraged to discuss their involvement with Dr Cuskelly j.cuskelly@staidans.qld.edu.au Ms Trott c.trott@staidans.qld.edu.au or Mrs Figliano s.figliano@staidans.qld.edu.au

Instrumental lessons in 2018
Don’t forget to complete the electronic private tuition form as soon as possible and return to us here at the school. Knowing which students are continuing with their lessons really assists in organising instruments, timetables and rooms. And of course, we are very keen to hear from any new students who are interested in learning an instrument. Please enrol via Aidan’s Central – Music; Private Tuition; click on Private Tuition Form.

Music Support Group
The St Aidan’s Music Support Group, made up of parents, students and staff, provides vital support to the school’s young musicians through its fundraising endeavours and its smooth organisation of concerts and other music events. The group regularly purchases much-needed instruments, music and other equipment, and also helps support other activities such as music bursaries, workshops and overseas tours.
The support group relies on the goodwill of parents to help with catering, publicity, and fundraising which are vital to the seamless running of concerts throughout the year. The Music Support group meets for just an hour on the following evenings starting at 7:00pm in the Science and Technology Building meeting room (SG02): Monday 21st May; Monday 30th July; Monday 27th August; Monday 8th October and Monday 5th November.
New members are not only most welcome, but also very much appreciated. Please feel free to contact the group’s president, Paula Hodge, paula.hodge@bigpond.com if you have any questions, or if you would be willing to volunteer but are unable to attend regular meetings.

Rehearsal Schedule for 2019
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.
Please click here for the 2019 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)

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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Melbourne Cup Luncheon

Please click here for more information about the Melbourne Cup Luncheon.

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