Newsletter Term 4 Week 2 2019

Principal

Ms toni riordan

Around our School
Term 4 feels like it is passing quickly already, especially when there are just as many events orientating us for the new year ahead as there are ones, which celebrate and say farewell to the current year.

Looking ahead to 2020 in the Senior School
Thank you to parents of Year 11 students and many of the Year 11 students themselves who attended last Thursday evening’s Parent Information Evening for Year 12, 2020. The focus of the event was to learn about the girls’ academic program, under the new ATAR system. The academic calendar, assessment, reporting and ATAR accreditation were covered and I thank Dean of Studies, Ms Lynda Wall and Year Level Coordinator, Mr Tim Kemp for their succinct and clear presentations, and for their careful and considered leadership of the changes we are managing in the senior years of schooling.

Tuesday was book-ended by the 2020 Senior Leaders’ Induction and Investiture Service in the morning with the Parent Information Evening for Parents of Year 7, 2020 in the evening. It was a special occasion indeed for our school community to celebrate the handover of leadership from our current senior body to our Year 11 students via our traditional exchange of symbols, to share Eucharist and to induct our new senior leaders into their roles. For this year, our 2020 leaders will continue to shadow our 2019 leaders and seniors for the remaining weeks of the year.

Interact Fundraiser
Congratulations to Imogen Taylor (Year 12) and the Interact Board for a very successful QuizIt fundraising afternoon last week. The Interact Club hosted students from St Aidan’s, BBC and Ambrose Treacy College. Thank you to Mrs Kristen Lewis, Ms Jenny Crome and Mr Keith Rogers from Jindalee Rotary Club for their support of their girls, as well as staff who assisted on the day. I acknowledge STAGE performers and all musicians and vocalists who shared their wonderful gifts to entertain us throughout the afternoon. Well done to The Incredibles team for taking out top spot in the Trivia Competition.

Parent Survey 2019
From time-to-time, we ask parents and guardians for feedback and we do so in the spirit of a commitment to continual improvement of the delivery of excellence in education at St Aidan’s. For instance, you might have recently completed a brief on-line survey regarding Parent/Teacher Interviews.

You may have also received an email from MMG education with our 2019 Parent Survey. If you haven’t opened this email yet, I encourage you to do so.

We distribute a parent survey every two years and coupled with our annual staff survey, this research provides an important temperature gauge for how we are going as staff, leaders and as a school, in general.

The research is being conducted by MMG Education, a specialist education consultancy, which works with schools in the areas of school strategic reviews and stakeholder satisfaction.

The survey will be open until Friday 18 October. All responses are anonymous and treated in confidence by MMG, the school does not have access to respondent data and we encourage you to share your views honestly.

At the conclusion of the research period, MMG Education will provide the school with a report. In turn, I will provide the School community with feedback from the research. I thank all who take the time to complete our parent survey.

Upcoming Events
• GLOW / JS Art and Music Show, 4:30pm, Wednesday, 16 October in the CHC and The Link
• JS New Parent Info Evening, Wednesday, 16 October in the Auditorium
• The Grande Concert, 1.30pm, Sunday, 20 October, in the CHC
• Pupil Free Day and Year 7 2020 Orientation Day, next Monday, 21 October
• Free Dress Day (Day for Daniel), next Friday, 25 October
• K-6 Disco, next Friday, 25 October, 6:30pm in the CHC
• QGSSSA Badminton for Senior students, next Saturday, 26 October
• Big Sing Workshop and Concert, next Sunday, 27 October in the CHC

Congratulations
Renee Byrne, Jenny Gao, Justine Lee and Akshaya Selvarajan (Year 11) who came 3rd in the Open Interschool Readers Cup Competition.

Best Wishes
• To our Junior School students and Staff for the annual Junior School and Art Show
• To all Senior School students and staff for the Glow Festival
• To our Senior School students attending the Healthcare Careers Day at the Wesley Hospital
• To all our musicians for this Sunday’s Grande Concert

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Deputy Principal

Ms marcia forness

It’s that time of year again, when 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

Nominations for Griffith University Excellence Award (Arts, Education, Law)

Nominations for Griffith University Excellence Award 2020
Griffith University have instituted a $5000 award, available to one of our Year 12 students. This award will recognise a remarkable Year 12 student from St Aidan’s for demonstrated academic excellence in the Arts (performing or creative), Humanities, and/ or Languages in 2019. The student must be enrolling at Griffith University for 2020 and be enrolled at next year’s census date. I have called for nominations from our Year 12 students and will close nominations on Monday 21st October.

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Dean of Students & Academic Welfare (7-9)

Ms holly o'sullivan williams

Red Earth

In 2020 St Aidan’s is continuing its legacy of supporting remote Indigenous communities with a unique opportunity for student in Years 8 to 11 to visit remote Indigenous Homelands in Arnhem Land and Kakadu National Park in conjunction with Fairholme College Toowoomba. Dates for this immersion will be Friday 19 June – Saturday 27 June 2020.

Students will have the rare opportunity to make real connections with Indigenous Australians living on their own land with a deep connection to their culture and history. They will learn from Elders and Traditional Owners, and play with young Indigenous children.

The group will stay in safe areas on privately held Aboriginal land, not accessible outside of this setting. They will learn, make, gather, eat, give, grow and connect with Traditional Owners and Indigenous Australia.
There will be a presentation to students on Wednesday 30 October and an Information Evening for parents on Tuesday 5 November at 6pm in Room S101 in the Science & Technology Building.

red earth

Student Protection Officers
Senior school students are regularly reminded of the St Aidan’s Student Protection Officers. Student Protection Officers are persons designated as liaison people to whom students may refer if they are not feeling safe; or to whom they make complaints of harm, inappropriate behaviour or physical/sexual abuse. The St Aidan’s Student Protection Officers are:

• Ms Louise McGuire – Head of Junior School
• Ms Holly O’Sullivan Williams – Dean of Students & Academic Welfare (7-9)
• Ms Jennie Robinson – Guidance Counsellor

Our school website has the policy and procedures document available for all members of the community, found at: http://www.staidans.qld.edu.au/our-school/quick-links/student-protection-resources

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Guidance Counsellor

ms Jennie Robinson

For all Careers news please visit the Careers tile on Aidan's Central.

Senior School

Sport

Please click read more for all sports updates.

Training Schedule Week 3: https://central.staidan.qld.edu.au/send.php?id=21310

Club Fixtures Schedule Week 2: https://central.staidan.qld.edu.au/send.php?id=20982

QGSSSA Badminton Fixture Schedule: https://central.staidan.qld.edu.au/send.php?id=21053

Sports Awards Evening Invitation: Thursday November 7

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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@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 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 – 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

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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Free Dress day

On Friday 25 October, the Senior school students are invited to participate in a Free Dress Day.

The theme is ‘Day for Daniel – Keeping Kids Safe’.
The ‘Day for Daniel’, is a National Day of Action that raises awareness about Child Safety Protection & Prevention in the community. Students are encouraged to wear red and donate a gold coin to the Daniel Morecombe Foundation.
Also remember that normal school rules apply such as sun safe shirts, closed in shoes and a hat to wear at lunchtime.

day for daniel

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ICAS

This year, 39 students participated in the 2019 ICAS (International Competitions and Assessment for Schools) competition. The competition is skills based and focuses on five key skill areas: Observing, Interpreting, Investigating, Predicting and Reasoning.

An analysis of the results reveals that 80 percent of St Aidan’s students received a Certificate of Merit or higher. There were 2 High Distinctions, 8 Distinctions, 17 Credits and 4 Merit awards. A special mention goes to the two students who were awarded a High Distinction certificate. These students scored in the top 1 percent of participants in Australia.

A full list of High Distinction, Distinction, Credit and Merit award winners are listed below. We congratulate all these students on their achievements and they will receive these certificates on assembly later in the term.

For the full list please click here

There is the option of accessing the results online at https://www.unswglobal.unsw.edu.au/educational-assessments/results-and-reports-portal/. Your daughter's paper report will include 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 Science or other subject areas previously. We strongly encourage parents and their daughters to access their test results online. 

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Elders Lunch

The Elders Lunch is an event to celebrate the contributions Aboriginal Elders contribution to the local community.

Taya Kesby and Olivia Gabauer attended the luncheon on Saturday 12 October. They helped prepare and serve the food and acted as hostesses for the event welcoming and assisting the Elders as required. They were outstanding representatives of the school and showed a real appreciation of the Elders and a sensitivity to their needs.

Elders

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Junior Jottings

Mrs Louise Mcguire 

• Form Captains
• ICAS Science
• Academic and Extra-curricular Recognition
• Blessing of the Pets
• Ice-blocks in the Junior School
• Student Free Day – Monday 21 October
• Interhouse Ball Games – Wednesday 23 October
• Free Dress Day – ‘Day for Daniel’ 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

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 4G Annabel Twidale
Porsha Cassimatis
Year 4S Inez Hancock
Mikayla Aponso
Year 5H  Tempest Lott
Yuika Hashimoto
Year 5J Neve Hewson
Thien-Nhi Tran
Year 5K Poppy Lochran
Sascha Wall
Year 6C Emma Thallon
Phoebe Everingham
Year 6J Cass Chan
Samantha Cooper
Olivia Totten
Year 6M Liliana Davies
Lillian Walker

ICAS Science
Congratulations to the following students who have been awarded a Merit, Credit, Distinction or High Distinction for this year’s ICAS Science Competition. Please bear in mind that this competition is not compulsory and only a small percentage of our girls in Years 2-6 were involved.

Merit:
Year 3: Ella King, Lulu Lochran
Year 4: Amelie Boyd, Inez Hancock
Year 5: Annika Turley
Year 6: Lily Koundakjian

Credit:
Year 2: Olivia Alford, Minali Ariyarathne, Elodie Boyd, Charis Chan, Lily Degeling, Suzuka Haga, Olivia Kemp, Mia Samaranayaka
Year 3: Auhona Aditya, Aria Lloyd, Matilda Murray, Georgia Pettigrew, Elizabeth Shonhan, Zara Smith, Amber Xi
Year 4: Jennifer Atkin, Porsha Cassimatis, Sophie Lin, Maggie Masterson, Amelia McAuliffe, Eloise McLellan, Holly Nguyen, Isabella O’Connor, Tia Perry, Annabel Twidale
Year 5: Georgia Boyne, Grace Cadwallader, Sophia Evenden, Seoirsin Greer, Remy Hancock, Yuika Hashimoto, Kailyn Jayasuriya, Sienna Mahoney, Stephanie Pettigrew, Emily Rae, Ava Robinson, Amy Tran, Jasmine Walsh, Yolanda Wang
Year 6: Emma Dart, Isabelle Dunn, Vanning Kuo, Linda Meng, Grace Scroggie

Distinction:
Year 5: Rose Choi
Year 6: Cass Chan

High Distinction
Year 3: Isabella Butler

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 2019 (Year 4-6) will be presented at the Annual Awards Ceremony (QPAC) on Monday 11 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 13 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.

Special thanks to Reverend Michael Stalley who kindly conducted the service in Reverend Gillian’s absence and blessed many pet dogs, a cat, guinea pigs and a fish. All were remarkably calm and well-behaved in the enclosed space of Eunice Plaza. Thanks must also be extended to Susie Rigby, Kristine Cairns, Cath Grant, 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 attended and shared in this beautiful service with members of the St Aidan’s community.
pet blessing

Ice-blocks in the Junior School
We would like to continue to offer ice blocks for purchase by Junior School students (Monday-Thursday). To enable this to occur, we would love to have some volunteers who are happy to put their name down to volunteer once, or more, each month to sell ice blocks for around 20 minutes during the girls' lunch time.

The procedure involves collecting change for the ice blocks from the Senior School tuckshop at approximately 1:10pm, then collecting the key to the Charma Place kitchen from Wilhelmina Morrison at the Junior School Reception (sign in). Once the bell has sounded for the girls to be able to finish their lunch and start playing, the girls will form a queue at the door to the Charma Place kitchen and eagerly await their ice block purchase (1.30pm).

It is a lovely way to get to know more of the girls within the Junior School and for your daughters to see you at school being engaged with them.
If this sounds like something you would like to do, please email Wil Morrison (w.morrison@staidans.qld.edu.au). Your designated days and dates will then be confirmed with you.

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 2020 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 by Tuesday 22 October.
Thank you for your support.

Melbourne Cup Luncheon – 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/.                    

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

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Junior Sport

Please click here for the Junior School Training Schedule for Week 2 Term 4 and Week 3 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
The 2019 West Taylor Bridge Club competition continues 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.
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 and Tee Ball 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 22 October. Girls are reminded to have arranged 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).
Girls are expected to attend Wednesday morning compulsory training at the Ambiwerra sport fields from 6.45am-7.45am.

Training Dates:
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 has been announced and information letters have been sent home to team members providing information about the competition which is to be held at the 35 Beattie Road, Coomera, 4209 on Thursday 7 November, commencing at 9.00am.

Girls are expected to attend Tuesday afternoon compulsory training at the Ambiwerra Basketball courts from 3.45pm-4.45pm.

Training Dates
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

2020 Beyond Athletics
The 2020 Beyond Athletics resumed last week on 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.
Please note that due to the Glow/Junior School Art Show there will not be training on Wednesday 16 October 2019.

2020 Cross Country Preparation Training
2020 Cross Country preparation training has commenced with sessions created to enable the students to improve their general fitness leading into next year’s Junior School Cross Country season. Whilst the 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.

Cross Country Training at Ambiwerra
Monday Time: 6.45am – 7.45am
Please note that due to the student free day on Monday 21 October there will not be training for cross country.

Interhouse Ball Games
The Interhouse Ball Games Carnival will be held on Wednesday 23 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 2020)
Preparation for the 2020 swimming competition season has commenced 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.
For more information please click here.                 

• 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.
Please note that due to the Glow/Junior School Art Show there will not be training on Wednesday 16 October 2019.

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

Please click read more for all Junior School music information.

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

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

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

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

Year 4 Beginner Band
St Aidan’s has an outstanding Classroom Music Program, and the introduction of Every Day Music from Kindergarten to Year 3 means that students are not only immersed in music, but that they are developing an independent and sophisticated understanding of essential musical skills and knowledge for the level. It is clear to the classroom and music teachers that students are reaching musical benchmarks early and with greater competence. In an attempt to ensure that students receive every opportunity to learn a musical instrument, the students in Year 4 are invited to again be part of the Beginner Band Program at St Aidan’s. The Beginner Band lessons will occur weekly on Tuesdays during assembly time (12.40pm).

Junior Singers – Term 4
Week Three No Rehearsal
Week Four Rehearsal
Week Five Rehearsal
Week Six No Rehearsal
Performance Extra-Curricular Assembly
9am CHC
Week Seven No Rehearsal
Week Eight No Rehearsal

Dolce Strings – Term 4
Week Two No rehearsal on Friday
Week Three Rehearsal
Week Four Rehearsal
Week Five Rehearsal
Week Six Final Rehearsal - Christmas Party
Return instruments in lessons with teacher in Wk 7


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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Community

Community

St Aidan’s Outside School Hours Care: Vacation Care Program

BOOKINGS CLOSE 18 OCTOBER 2019! SECURE YOUR SPOT!
The Student Free Day is just around the corner and we can’t wait to show you the fun-filled and exciting activities we have planned. Further details of the program can be found here.
Bookings for the St Aidan’s OSHC Student Free Day Holiday program has opened. If you require care for the upcoming Student Free Day period please return your booking form before 18 October 2019.

How do I book?
Complete the official booking form attached to the program. For further details please email oshc@staidans.qld.edu.au

What is the cost?*
Early Bird Fees: $60 per day*
Early Bird Bookings close: 14 October 2019
Fees: $65 per day*
*Incursions and excursions incur additional costs. These are compulsory for all students and therefore you are able to claim CCS for these.

What are the hours of operation?

The service is open from 7.30am until 6pm.

How can I obtain more information?

If you would like further information regarding our OSHC program or if you would like to make a booking, feel free to contact me via mobile on 0423 547 653 or email on oshc@staidans.qld.edu.au
For any other information please click here. 

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