Newsletter Term 4 Week 3 2019

Principal

Ms toni riordan

Staff News
Congratulations to Mrs Kelly Swan, who will take up the position of Head of Junior School, in January next year. Her current position of Assistant Head of Junior School will be filled by Mr Steve Baker. I know that our Junior School community are delighted at the prospect of Kelly’s leadership and thrilled to have Steve back with them in the Junior School.

I also congratulate Mrs Kate Atkin – Old Girl 1999 who will be next year’s Year 7 Coordinator. Mrs Samantha Lee will also join the Pastoral Care Team in an acting capacity, as Year 11 Coordinator while Ms Dianna Cameron completes a year’s leave of absence.

We say good bye at the end of the week to our much-loved Food and Textiles Technologies teacher, Mrs Glenda Hamilton and wish her, daughter, Dilan, in Kindy and husband, Mick all the very best for their adventures in New Zealand. It is with sadness that I share news also that Ms Ellen Shanley, English Teacher will resign from her English Teaching position to pursue her writing career and Mrs Sandy Parsons will retire from her Science Technician role at the end of the year. I look forward to being able to farewell Sandy and Ellen, in due course.

Inspirational Women
Last Saturday, Dean of Studies, Ms Lynda Wall and I hosted our final reunion event for the year in Melbourne. Just as for every other reunion event that I have attended, I was struck by the diverse array of inspirational women who so proudly stay connected to St Aidan’s. There is much to learn from these St Aidan’s Old Girls and others like them.

A recent study, conducted in Britain, ‘Disrupting the Feed’ comes to mind. It urges girls to follow at least four inspirational and ‘positive’ role models, flagging positive figures like Michelle Obama, Emma Watson, Serena Williams and Greta Thunberg, in order to diversify their social media, well beyond sometimes ‘negative’ influencers, such as photo-shopped models.

Researcher, Dr Terri Apter from Cambridge University asserts that social media is ‘embedded’ in the lives of teenagers and believes material including photo-shopped models and often unrealistically enhanced images is today’s “social junk food”. She suggests that social media use can be re-shaped to give access to a more ‘diverse’ landscape.

The study was found to dramatically increase girls’ mental health, with 93 percent of respondents indicating that their outlook had improved over a six-month period. Before the study, each girl was interviewed about her interests, values, goals, friends and social media use. They were encouraged to follow a wide range of inspirational women, not only famous role models but strong women, such as those who were survivors of genocide and human trafficking.

In following the female role models, the girls’ digital footprint changed and therefore a more diverse feed of people and topics were available to them.

Six months later, after the girls had followed at least four inspirational women, a second interview was conducted. Almost all of the girls reported that their outlooks had changed and their horizons had been expanded. Many of the interviewees said their self-esteem had improved and others set higher goals and achieved them.

My hope for our young women of St Aidan’s is to see beyond today’s ‘typical’ women of social media and take the time to thoughtfully consider women of genuine social influence they might like to research to ‘follow’.

Parent Engagement
Many thanks to P & F Vice-President, Mr Ben O’Dwyer for rallying a small band of fathers for two recent ‘sausage sizzle’ events at school; firstly, for the Opening of the Junior School refurbished playground and secondly for Monday’s Orientation Day for Year 7 students in 2020. When dads volunteer time, they do a great deal more than cook a BBQ for hungry children (and staff!). The presence of fathers in the day-to-day business of school is significant for girls’ educational outcomes and the interest fathers show in their daughters schooling is backed up with good research!

I take this opportunity to remind parents of up-coming P & F engagement events. The first of which is tonight. All are welcome to the P&F Meeting, at 6:30pm. The meeting is held on the first floor of the Science and Technology building, in the Senior School. The second event falls on this Friday evening and I wish all Dads and special male carers, relatives and friends, along with the girls, lots of fun at the K-6 Disco. Finally, a reminder to purchase your tickets, or even better your table at the upcoming Melbourne Cup Lunch.

Parent Survey
I am super-impressed with a couple of parents who approached me, at last week’s GLOW evening to let me know they had completed the parent survey! Thank you to all the dedicated folk who have found some time to share feedback with us.

I hope everyone has 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 has been extended to Sunday, 27 October; in previous years, we have had between 30 and 40% response rate from our community. This year, our stretch target is 50% of families responding. Please help us to reach our goal.

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.

World Teachers’ Day
Every day, our teachers are making a positive difference – creating opportunities for our students, empowering minds and proudly teaching our future leaders and innovators. Celebrated in more than 100 countries world-wide, World Teachers’ Day was established by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in 1994 to recognise the role of teachers in society. World Teachers’ Day is held internationally on 5 October. As the day usually falls during school holidays in Queensland we hold celebrations on the last Friday of October each year.

Appreciation for our highly dedicated and inspirational St Aidan's teachers on World Teachers' Day will be shown this Friday, 25 October. It is also on this day that the Queensland College of Teachers announces the winners of their annual QCT Excellence in Teaching Awards. We are very proud of Ms Carla Trott who is a finalist and will attend the Awards Ceremony on Friday. Best wishes, Ms Trott!

Upcoming Events
• Free Dress Day (Day for Daniel), Friday, 25 October
• K-6 Disco, Friday, 25 October, 6:30pm in the CHC
• QGSSSA Badminton for Senior students, Saturday, 26 October
• Big Sing Workshop and Concert, Sunday, 27 October in the CHC
• Prize Reading Assembly, Tuesday, 29 October, 12:40pm in the CHC
• Kindy 2020 Orientation, Tuesday, 29 October, 6:30pm
• All Souls’ Service, Friday, 1 November, 7.00am in the Chapel

Congratulations
Juliette Pepin, Leila Riemann, Monica Behrenbruch and Poppy Roberts (Year 9) who won the Year 9 Interschool Readers Cup Competition at St Peters last week.

Best Wishes

• Go to our Interschool Readers Cup competitors
• To all teachers across the world on World Teachers’ Day this Friday
• To everyone attending the K-6 Disco on Friday evening
• To our QGSSSA Badminton Senior players
• To everyone participating or just enjoying the Big Sing Workshop and Concert on Sunday

 

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Deputy Principal

Ms marcia forness 

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

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

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

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

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

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Chaplain

Rev Gillian Moses

Please see the chaplain’s blog on Aidan’s Central under the Living Faith tile.

Dean of Students & Academic Welfare (7-9)

Ms holly o'sullivan williams

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

Music

Please click read more for all Senior School music information.

Congratulations
Congratulations go to all students who performed at GLOW and the Grande Concert last week. Wonderful performances from all groups were enjoyed by parents, friends and staff. Many thanks to the members of the Music Support Group for their involvement in making the concerts a resounding success.

AMEB Results
Congratulations to the following girls who have recently completed their AMEB Speech and Drama Examinations.
Amy Wake - grade 5
Thea Woolley - grade 5
Charlotte Thallon - grade 5
Adelaide Morgan - grade 5
Well done girls.

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 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.

Sherwood Community Festival
On Friday 15th of November, students in Vivaldi Strings, Corelli Strings and Allegro Strings will be performing at the Sherwood Community Festival from 6.30-7.30pm. The performance location is Sherwood Road in the area directly in front of SNAP Fitness.
All students are required to wear the blue school uniform and are asked to arrive by 6.00 pm for tuning/warm up before performing at 6.30pm. As this is an evening event, parents will need to organise transport for students.
General information about the Festival can be found at www.sherwoodfestival.com.au.
We would love to see as many families as possible coming along to lend their support to our younger musicians.

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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Junior Jottings

Mrs Louise Mcguire 

• Glow - Art and Music Evening
• Opening of the Playground
• ICAS Mathematics Competition
• Nothing to Like about an app called Likee
• 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

Glow - Art and Music Evening
The Christine Hartland Centre and the Link were transformed with creative displays of artwork and design. I am constantly amazed by the abilities of the students and the staff. The Junior School work was produced under the guidance of many talented teachers – Jann Manser, Emma Schafer, Caitlin Clarke, Kylie Black, and Kirby Egan. Thank you also to the support staff who were instrumental in the quality of the displays. Many parents and visitors also took the opportunity to admire work produced by secondary students.

Congratulations must be extended to the girls who thoroughly entertained the audience with their voices and instruments under the direction of James Cuskelly, Carla Trott, Sue Figliano and the amazing directors of all groups.
All in all, it was a wonderful evening - a great display of talent (student and staff). A special thanks to Jann Manser for co-ordinating the Junior School Art Showcase. Also, thanks to the dedicated parents involved in the Music Support Group for providing the delicious food and drinks for the evening; all other Junior School parents who helped with a variety of tasks; and the maintenance team for setting up.

Opening of Playground
The girls were very excited to receive their sausage and celebratory cake last Thursday in honour of the “opening” of the new Junior School play area. Thank you again to the P&F Association for their support of this project.
Thanks particularly to Claire Rush (P&F Accountant/Operations Manager), Ben O’Dwyer (dad and member of the P&F Executive) and Wil Morrison for helping with the organisation of the sausage sizzle. Appreciation is also extended to the following dads for their assistance with the BBQ – Ben O’Dwyer, Cameron Hancock, Peter Cottell, JP Shelburn, Rick Masterson, David Smith and Anthony White
playground

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. 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: Ella King, Lulu Lochran
Year 4: Porsha Cassimatis, Iris Kemp
Year 5: Georgia Boyne, Grace Cadwallader, Yolanda Wang, Mary Zheng
Year 6: Grace Scroggie

Credit
Year 2: Minali Ariyarathne, Charis Chan, Lily Degeling, Olivia Kemp, Mia Samaranayaka
Year 3: Auhona Aditya, Matilda Murray, Elizabeth Shonhan, Amber Xi
Year 4: Mikayla Aponso, Jennifer Atkin, Inez Hancock, Maggie Masterson
Year 5: Rose Choi, Sophia Evenden, Seoirsin Greer, Remy Hancock, Kailyn Jayasuriya, Emily Rae, Ava Robinson, Jasmine Walsh
Year 6: Jinani Ariyarathne, Annabel Bristow, Emma Dart, Lily Koundakjian, Vanning Kuo, Linda Meng, Regan Saayman, Dora Xu

Distinction
Year 2: Olivia Alford, Suzuka Haga
Year 3: Isabella Butler
Year 4: Sophie Lin, Sydelle Zhang
Year 5: Yuika Hashimoto, Amy Tran
Year 6: Cass Chan, Isabelle Dunn

High Distinction
Year 4: Holly Nguyen

Nothing to Like about an app called Likee
LIKEE or LIKE Video as it was before a rebranding earlier this year, is another video/ karaoke-based app out of Asia that is gaining in popularity. This app can be described as similar to TIKTOK but far worse. The terms and conditions are so loose, as to be non-existent with the developers claiming ownership of all materials, shifting the onus for problems onto users, possessing almost zero content moderation, minimal parental controls, and no facility to make accounts private.

It scores a definitely not!!! from Safe on Social for anyone regardless of age, due to its data mining and shifty terms and conditions, and that’s not even considering the other issues this app possesses.
LIKEE is owned by BIGO-technology, a firm based out of Singapore and data storage located both in Singapore and China. It was one of the most widely downloaded apps in 2019 and had an excess of 300 million users. To date, its main focus for promotion has been within India and Indonesia, but its popularity is gaining momentum further south. It has 29 staff. A number insufficient to effectively moderate such a behemoth.
For more detailed information about the app please click here.

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.

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.

One Girl Project – ‘Do it in a Dress’ Campaign

Dress

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 this week. 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’).

To donate, click here.         
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 3 Term 4 and Week 4 Term 4.

Andrews Cup Gymnastics
The Andrews Cup Gymnastics team is continuing to work extremely hard with early morning trainings. 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. A full dress rehearsal will be held on Friday 1 November and Tuesday 5 November. Further information about requirements will be advised closer to the date.

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

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

2019 Beyond Athletics
The 2020 Beyond Athletics Program is currently running with training on Wednesday afternoon 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 and 23 November 2020 at the Sherwood Arboretum. With the weather being so hot, girls are reminded to bring their water bottles, sunscreen and wear their sports cap. On the conclusion of the school day, students have the option of being transported to Ambiwerra via the school bus. Parents are to collect their girls at the end of the session at Ambiwerra.

As a courtesy to staff and other coaches, please note the finishing times for each session.

2020 Cross Country Preparation Training
2020 Cross Country preparation training 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

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 session 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

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
7 November • AC Basketball
7 November • AC Gymnastics
13 November • Extracurricular Assembly

2020 Key Dates Term 1
23 January • Swim Camp – Dunlop Pool
23 January • Swim Camp – St Aidan’s School Pool

 

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Junior Music

Please click read more for all Junior School music information.

Congratulations
Congratulations go to all students who performed at GLOW and the Grande Concert last week. Wonderful performances from all groups were enjoyed by parents, friends and staff. Many thanks to the members of the Music Support Group for their involvement in making the concerts a resounding success.

AMEB Exam Results
Congratulations to the following students who have recently completed their AMEB Speech and Drama Exams:

Lilian Walker - grade 3
Mira Wang Lee - prelim
Portia Cassimatis - grade 1
Jenna King-Daly - prelim
Well done girls.

Sherwood Community Festival
On Friday 15th of November, students in Vivaldi Strings, Corelli Strings and Allegro Strings will be performing at the Sherwood Community Festival from 6.30-7.30pm. The performance location is Sherwood Road in the area directly in front of SNAP Fitness.
All students are required to wear the blue school uniform and are asked to arrive by 6.00 pm for tuning/warm up before performing at 6.30pm. As this is an evening event, parents will need to organise transport for students.
General information about the Festival can be found at www.sherwoodfestival.com.au.
We would love to see as many families as possible coming along to lend their support to our younger musicians.

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). 

Week 4 Combined Session 
Week 5 Final Session – Concert 

All parents are invited to attend the final Beginner Band session on Tuesday 5th of November in the Band Room C112 at 12.40. The girls will present some of the songs they have been working on during the year and parents will have the chance to discuss the program with the tutors.

Junior Singers – Term 4
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 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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