Newsletter Term 4 Week 2 2018

Principal

Ms toni riordan

2019 Senior Student Leaders Announced
On Tuesday, senior student leadership positions for 2019 were announced. We congratulate Sarah Hodge (School Captain) and Lily Hannaford (School Vice-Captain) on their selection into these two pinnacle positions. All students named are to be congratulated for their endeavours in working through the leadership application process. Leadership brings with it an incredible responsibility and one which carries a requirement for respectful and nurturing behaviour together with a genuine focus on serving others and our school.

One of my regular joys is the ‘check in’ morning teas I share with our senior student leaders throughout the year. Last week, our current leaders anticipated the announcement of senior leaders for 2019 and reflected on their feelings a year ago when they were announced as leaders. Our discussion then landed on what St Aidan’s community looks for in their student leaders. With a year’s experience now complete and as they make way for our 2019 leaders, I thought you might like to read about the girls’ insights as they described their selection criteria for future student leaders at their school.

The girls talked at length about authenticity, confidence and reach. They believe St Aidan’s expect its leaders to be genuine above all else, to always be able to ‘walk the talk’. Respect from their cohort starts earlier than year 12 of course; leaders emerge throughout their years together. They are the girls who hear the silence after a guest speaker asks for questions and are willing to put up their hand, prepared to speak on behalf of their cohort, or they are the girls who unconsciously ‘put themselves out there’ at events like inter house athletics for the sake of house spirit and engaging others and they are the girls who rally everyone together to get the job done, no matter what the job may be.

Confidence is also a significant element of leadership for the girls. For them, it is the ability to be confident at the right time; it is not an over-confidence driven by ego. Instead the girls spoke of the need for confidence in decision-making. Leaders at St Aidan’s should listen to others’ views respectfully, make their decision based on best evidence, be prepared to justify their decision and to have the confidence to stand up to criticism of their decision.

Finally, this year’s senior leaders spoke of the importance of selecting Year 11 girls who already have and will continue to have significant reach and impact on diverse groups of students. Students who have the capacity to represent diverse interests within their cohort, students who are involved and participate in school life and therefore know students from other grades and students who are willing to share a range of traits and talents, like creativity, problem solving and connecting people should all be on future student leadership teams.

In the next few weeks other significant leadership positions, including Interact Board members, music, individual sport and other captaincies will all be announced. We endeavour to share the formal leadership positions across the cohort and certainly work hard to allow every Year 12 student the opportunity to take on informal leadership through the senior year.

School Captain Sarah Hodge

School Vice-Captain Lily Hannaford

Prefects Gabriella Camilleri
Rebecca Chae
Lily Hannaford
Sarah Hodge
Bianca Leathers
Jessie Luo
Caroline Puri
Scarlett Rowe
Katie Vidler
Melanie Watson

Sacristans Evelyn Unwin
Rina Toto

Sports Captains Rachel Pavlovski
Phoebe Barnes

Music Captains Ella Lau
Niraasha Munasinghe

Debating Captains Stephanie Fanshawe
Bianca Stewart

International Captain Selina Wang

House Co-Captains Austen Cavell
Isabella Kenny Avalon Ormiston
Grace Macdonald Chloe Pillig

Barrett Hartland
Stephanie Fanshawe Phoebe Barnes
Molly Roessler Mary Gordon

Bronte Nightingale
Mackenzie Cullinane Lucy Edgecombe
Olivia Marega Jude Jaramazovic

Congratulations

Dr Wendy Mercer who has been selected as a finalist in the 2018 Queensland College of Teachers Excellence in Teaching Awards to recognise outstanding performance by teachers and leaders in the community.
Ruby Harris (Year 12) who was called in to play for the Queensland U23’s Hockey team in Sydney during the holidays.
Jasmine Fleming who represented Queensland at the School Sport Australia U15 Volleyball National Championships. The team won the competition without dropping a set.
Phoebe Sweeney who placed 4th in the 14 years 5km event at the Brisbane Open Water Championships with a time that qualified her for the Nationals in January. Phoebe has also been invited to join the Brisbane Swimming Association Open Water Development Squad.
Lucy Auton who performed her club’s routine at the QGSSSA Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships as an invited guest.
Isla Williams (Level 6) placed 3rd All round at the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Junior State Championships.
Georgina West who represented Brisbane 1 in the U15 State Outdoor Championships in Hervey Bay. Georgina’s team placed 3rd overall, and she was selected for the U15 Queensland Squad.
Amy Guo (Year 7) who achieved the 2018 National Championships Girls’ Singles Ranking of 8 at the 2018 Under 15 National Badminton Championships.
Jenny Guo (Year 10) who has been awarded her A.Mus.A on piano.
Our QGSSSA Athletics team who equalled our best ever result at the 100th QGSSSA Championships, 3rd in the Aggregate Cup and winning the Percentage Cup for the 5th consecutive year.

Best Wishes
• To our Junior School students and Staff for the annual Junior School and Art Show
• To all of our musicians for this Sunday’s Grande Concert

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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

Training Schedule | Week 2
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• Junior Softball Fixtures
• Badminton Fixtures
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Junior Softball Fixtures
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Badminton Fixtures
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Music

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The 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, will start at 3.00pm and will feature 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.

Brisbane Big Sing
On Sunday 28 October, students from Ensemble Volar will be will be involved in a day of rehearsals and a performance as part of the annual Brisbane Big Sing. Many choirs will 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 – Kelly Shepard
11:00am Morning Tea (provided)
11:30am Workshop Three – James Cuskelly and Kelly Shepard
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.

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

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.

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.
cello

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
music summer school

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news

• Mathematics Competition News
• Red Earth
• Duke of Edinburgh Camp

Mathematics Competition News
ICAS Mathematics (International Competitions and Assessment for Schools) was held on 14th August. Participation and Merit certificates will be handed out in class, and Credit certificates awarded at Year Level Assemblies. Distinctions and High Distinction certificates will be awarded at a whole school Assembly in the coming weeks.
The report that accompanies the certificate outlines how your daughter went in each question and their performance relative to Australia. Your daughter's paper report includes a ten-digit ICAS ID number (known as the TAP ID) and four-digit PIN number (both found towards the bottom of the report), which can be used to access results online. The advantage of accessing results online is that individual questions can be viewed in a more interactive way. The online facility also produces interesting reports regarding the performance of your daughter, combined with longitudinal data if they have been part of ICAS testing for Mathematics or other subject areas previously. The comparative reports use data from all participating students across Australia but please remember that, unlike St Aidan’s, many schools have only their highest performing students compete. We strongly encourage parents and their daughters to access their test results online, review the actual questions and her responses in order to improve in the future. The ICAS papers are fantastic numeracy practice and the skills are important for every day numeracy and for the NAPLAN and QCS tests.
To do this, simply visit the website http://www.eaa.unsw.edu.au. At the top right of the home page, click on 'student portal'. Then enter your daughter's ten-digit ID number and four-digit PIN number. Access is then granted to the online portal. The portal will show all your daughter's ICAS results, across all subjects and years.
The number of awards and the success rate on each problem reflects our focus on numeracy and differentiation for all students. All students in Years 6 to 9 competed and any students who nominated from Year 10 to 12.
Students receiving a High Distinction certificate scored in the top 1% of participants in Queensland, Distinctions are awarded to the next 10% and Credits for the next 25%. A full list of High Distinction, Distinction and Credit award winners is listed below in order of achievement. We congratulate all these students on their achievements.
maths

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 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 give back to 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 6pm 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.

Duke of Edinburgh Camp
In the last four days of the holidays, 24 girls completed their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award adventurous journey. We spent two nights camping at Ambiwerra and went to various locations in Brisbane to learn about Aboriginal culture. From this, we learnt about the Indigenous Australians’ deep connection and respect for the land. Upon reflecting on this trip, we discovered how we can more respectfully acknowledge Indigenous culture and history, and actively participate in reconciliation. Throughout the four days, we spoke with an Aboriginal elder, went on multiple cultural walks and tours, and visited art and history museums. We also developed more independence and self-sufficiency by planning each of the days’ events, transport, and our meals. This trip was an insightful and valuable experience that we all enjoyed greatly.
Bianca Leathers, Melanie Watson and Bianca Stewart
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Junior Jottings

Mrs Louise Mcguire 

• Form Captains
• Academic and Extra-curricular Recognition
• Blessing of the Pets
• Sun Safety – long sleeve sun shirt
• Interhouse Ball Games – Wednesday 24 October
• ‘Greatest Show on Earth’ Disco – Friday 26 October
• ‘Nearly a Vet Convention’ – Saturday 27 October
• Melbourne Cup Lunch – Tuesday 6 November
• Important Dates

Form Captains
Form Captains for Term Four have been elected. The girls will receive their badges at a Junior School Assembly on Thursday of this week.
Congratulations to the following girls-

Year 4C Manon Cuthbert
Phoebe Finlay

Year 4S Poppy Lochran
Lauren Deighton

Year 5E Vanning Kuo
Poppy O’Sullivan Williams

Year 5G Chloe Duce
Madeline McGraw

Year 5K Jada White
Sophie Hannaford

Year 6G Isabel Goffage
Wendy Wu

Year 6J Charlotte Thallon
Arabella Bishop

Year 6M Genevieve Peabody
Lucia Brice

Academic and Extra-curricular Recognition
At the end of each year, we recognise the academic and extra-curricular achievements of the girls in the Junior School.
Academic Achievement badges for excellent academic achievement across both Semester One and Term Three 2018 (Year 4-6) will be presented at the Annual Awards Ceremony (QPAC) on Monday 12 November commencing at 7.00pm. Junior School Dux and Runner Up to Dux and the Year 6 Citizenship prize will also be presented at this time.
On Wednesday 14 November at 9.00am in the Christine Hartland Centre, we will be conducting an Extra-curricular Awards Assembly to celebrate participation in a wide range of Junior School activities and to present some special Music and Sports awards. Parents and award recipients are invited to join us for morning tea at the conclusion of this assembly.
Recipients of awards will be notified by email prior to the award presentation ceremonies. It would be wonderful to see as many parents as possible join us in these celebrations as it is important to give the girls a clear message that we value excellent academic achievement and extra-curricular involvement.

Blessing of the Pets
St Francis of Assisi’s Feast Day was the 4 October. This day is celebrated in churches around the world with a service for the Blessing of the Pets. At St Aidan’s last Saturday afternoon, we incorporated the Year 3 and 4 Family Service with this special day. The focus was not only to pray for the companionship of our pets, but also for our Australian native animals and the helpfulness of specially trained animals who work in war zones, hospitals and schools.
With her own Westie (‘Tillie’) by her side, Reverend Gillian blessed many pet dogs, cats, chickens and even a turtle. All were remarkably calm and well-behaved in the enclosed space of Eunice Plaza. Special thanks must go to Reverend Gillian, Susie Rigby, Jen Rowe, Kristine Cairns, Emma Swan and all the Year 3 and Year 4 girls who prepared readings, prayers and a mural for this lovely family service. Thank you also to the families who braved the rainy weather to share in this beautiful service with members of the St Aidan’s community.
Pet Blessing - turtle

Sun Safety
Sun Shirts (rashie)
Please be reminded it is compulsory for all Junior School students to wear a sun shirt over their swimmers during PE swimming lessons. A long sleeved sun shirt is available for purchase from the Uniform Shop.

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 1.00pm 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 6.00pm – 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.

‘Nearly a Vet’ Convention – Saturday 27 October
On 27 October, 10.00am-midday, animal loving students are warmly invited along to our next literary event at St Aidan’s. Most suitable for students aged 6-11 years, join Mrs Daley and award-winning author and Science teacher Rebecca Johnson for a very literary and very ‘vet’ event in The Link.
Ticket price includes a vetting kit and books will be available for sale on the day, as will sterling silver pet charm bracelets (Christmas is coming) which can be pre-ordered (details in link below).
St Aidan’s students are encouraged to bring cousins or friends and enjoy a morning of all things animal, with a side serve of literary greatness.
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/rebecca-johnsons-nearly-a-vet-convention-tickets-48822410143?aff=eac2

Melbourne Cup Luncheon – 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!

Important Dates Term 4

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Junior Sport

Please click here for the Junior School Training Schedule for Week 2 and Week 3, Term 4.

Andrews Cup Gymnastics
The Andrews Cup Gymnastics teams are working extremely hard at early morning training sessions. 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 6.00am – 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 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 Trials
The Andrews Cup Softball teams are working very hard with only 2 trainings left before the Andrews Cup competition which is to be held at Downey Park, Windsor on Tuesday 23 October.
Girls are expected to attend the 2 compulsory lead up trainings on Wednesday 17 October and Friday 19 from 6.45-7.45am at Ambiwerra. Girls are reminded to have arranged the 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 and the long, navy St Aidan’s socks (which must cover all of the lower part of the leg).

Training Dates:
Wednesday 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 commenced training in preparation for their 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 16, 30 October 3.45pm-4.45pm
Friday 26 October 6.45am-7.45am

2019 Cross Country Preparation Training
2019 Cross Country preparation training continues 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 Time: 6.45am – 7.45am

2019 Beyond Athletics
The 2019 Beyond Athletics resumes this week on Wednesday 17 October at Ambiwerra from 3.45-5.00pm for girls selected. The program’s final Ambiwerra session 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 commenced last week at the school’s pool. Session times are below.
The Junior School is offering five sessions at the school pool. One compulsory session is required should your daughter wish to be considered for the Andrews Cup team - either Tuesday morning or Tuesday afternoon.

swimming training

• 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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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

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
junior singers wk 2

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:
beginner band wk 2

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.

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.
cello

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
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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