‘Fun Palace’ Fun
St Aidan’s Junior students shone at SLQ Fun Palace on Saturday 7 October. The girls shared their knowledge and interest in creating ‘banana pianos’ with Makey Makey kits and circuits with Squishy Dough. Plenty of children and adults experienced using a Makey Makey kit to replace the computer keyboard to play a virtual piano and to play ‘bongo drums’ with marshmallows! Andrew King, author of ‘Engibear’ series, engineer and teacher, performed with one of our students. Using Squishy Dough, both conductive dough and insulating dough, children created circuits to light up LEDs. An electrical engineer had fun with her children making a series to brighten up the table.
Our girls interacted confidently and expertly with their audience. Thank you, Amy Wake, Ellen Walker, Lillian Walker, Thea Woolley and Zahra Fraser, for spending Saturday engaging with other keen ‘Makers’ and STEMies.
Art and Music Evening
The Christine Hartland Centre was again transformed this year with creative displays of art work. I am constantly amazed by the abilities of the students and the staff. This art work was produced under the guidance of many talented teachers – Jann Manser, Emma Schafer, Caitlin Clarke, Kylie Black, and Deb Koh. Thank you also to the many support staff who were instrumental in the quality of the displays.
Congratulations must also be extended to the girls who thoroughly entertained the audience with their voices and instruments under the direction of Carla Trott, Adrian Moran, Sue Figliano, Antoni Bonetti and Matt Hesse. Thank you also to Krissy Teng for her harp performance.
All in all, it was a wonderful evening - a great display of Junior School talent (student and staff). A special thanks to Jann Manser for co-ordinating this event. Also, thanks to Lyn Raven for her support (with lots of things); the dedicated parents for their help with a variety of tasks throughout the day and evening; Matt Duncan for his assistance with the technology; and the maintenance team for setting up.
Finally, thank you to Annabelle Hammonds and Samara Herath, the Year 6 Music Leaders for the outstanding job they did as MCs for the evening.
I take this opportunity to congratulate the Junior School girls who performed so confidently alongside the Secondary School students at the Grande Concert on Sunday afternoon. It really was a wonderful afternoon showcasing the school’s fantastic music program.
Thanks must be extended to – James Cuskelly, Carla Trott, Adrian Moran, Sue Figliano, Antoni Bonetti for their contributions to the Junior School music program.
ICAS Mathematics Competition
Congratulations to the following students who have been awarded a Merit, Credit, Distinction or High Distinction for this year’s ICAS Mathematics Competition. Certificates will be handed out in the coming weeks. Please bear in mind that this competition was not compulsory and only a small percentage of our girls in Years 2-6 were involved.
Merit – Year 3 Sienna Mahoney Year 4 Charlotte Herron Year 5 Stella Cuolahan, Hannah Doncon Year 6 Jemima Bennett, Lucy Bristow, Annabelle Hammonds, Katya Hirst
Credit – Year 2 Ruby Freidin, Inez Hancock, Kiralee Neale, Harriet Pillans, Olivia Rogers Year 3 Georgia Boyne, Unity Maxwell, Ava Robinson, Nhi Tran, Scarlett Pedri, Stephanie Pettigrew Year 4 Jinani Ariyarathne, Olivia Banh, Emma Dart, Madeline McGraw, Poppy Morrison, Adrita Saha, Grace Scroggie Year 5 Louisa Atkin, Felicity Horrocks, Laura McGlennon Year 6 Amy Guo, Kiara Jayasuriya, Charli McGaw, Meg Tait
Distinction – Year 2 Porsha Cassimatis, Sophie Colston, Olivia Dunn, Seoirsin Greer, Eloise McLellan, Tia Perry, Bria Saayman, Gemma Webby Year 3 Remy Hancock, Kailyn Jayasuriya Year 4 Isabelle Dunn, Regan Saayman Year 6 Georgia Feros, Ariana McCulloch, Cora Masterson, Nashonie Paul, Lauren Whitla, Thea Woolley
High Distinction – Year 2 Jennifer Atkin, Holly Nguyen, Sydelle Zhang Year 3 Sophia Evenden Year 5 Amelia Perry
Penguin Aid World Vision Lolly Stall – Thursday 19 October
This Thursday 19 October, Penguin Aid students will be raising money to help our Phonxay Community Sponsorship, Laos. This is a mountainous rural area about 60km from the provincial capital. The climate is sub-tropical and about 33,000 people live there. Most families grow rice but lack of cropland, environmental damage and pests makes it hard to produce enough food. Dirty water and poor sanitation and hygiene help spread illnesses like diarrhoea and respiratory infections; however, due to isolation and superstition, many families don’t seek healthcare. There aren’t enough schools or trained teachers and many children, especially girls, work in the fields and households instead of attending classes.
Funds raised from this stall will be gratefully received by members of this community.
The students will be selling –
Lolly bags $2.00,
Small lolly bags $1.00
Jelly cups $1.00
Gluten free lolly bags and popcorn will be available and sold separately.
Super Hero Disco – Friday 20 October
This year’s Super Hero Disco (for Junior School students K-6 and the ‘special male hero’ in their life) is being held on Friday 20 October. This is a wonderful Junior School event with lots of excitement around costume planning and rehearsal of dance moves! The evening commences at 6pm.
Free Dress Day – Day for Daniel Friday 27 October 2017
On Friday 27 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.
Andrews Cup Softball – Monday 23 October
We wish all of the Years 4, 5 and 6 girls involved in Andrews Cup Softball at Downey Park next Monday 23 October all the very best of luck. I know that the girls will do their best and the St Aidan’s team spirit and determination will be in full force throughout the day.
St Aidan’s Cookbook Launch – Friday 3 November (New Date and Venue)
You are invited to join us for the St Aidan’s Cookbook Launch with a champagne high tea in the newly opened Link.
• 10am Friday 3 November
• $70 per person (includes glass of champagne on arrival and a cookbook RRP $50)
Tickets are available for purchase on Flexischools until Wednesday 1 November
Melbourne Cup Luncheon – Tuesday 7 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!
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