Newsletter Term 4 Week 4

Principal

MRS Karen Spiller OAM

QGSSSA Athletics
What a wonderful day of outstanding performances by our girls! The team achieved their goal of keeping the Percentage Cup for the 4th year in a row and came 4th in the aggregate just 6 points behind Somerville House which has a much larger student enrolment. 

Special congratulations to our 39 girls who scored in the top three placings and our 13 year age group who placed 1st, 16 and 17 years who came 2nd and the 14 year group coming 3rd. All girls are to be congratulated on their efforts and well done to the supporters on the day for spirited cheering. Thank you to Head Coach and Director of Athletic Development Ms Murry, Ms Bolger, our PE staff and all coaches, supporters and parents for your efforts. Please see Mr McGregor-Lownde’s article for more detail.

World Teachers’ Day
This Friday we celebrate World Teachers’ Day and use this time to acknowledge all our staff for their professionalism and passion in their daily work with our students. We are blessed to have such a dedicated staff and I thank them all for their efforts.

We wish Mrs McGuire all the best for the finals of the Queensland College of Teachers Excellence Awards.

Activities Captains announced
This week we announced our debating captains for 2018. Congratulations to Emmaline Monteith and Genevieve Rule. We look forward to their leadership of debating next year.
We also congratulate the following girls on their selection as captains for a variety of sports and activities across the school for 2018. We look forward to their leadership of the student body.
sports captains 2018

activities captains 2018

Annual Awards Ceremony
It’s that time of year when I am starting to prepare my address for our Annual Awards Ceremony. In my research I came across George Saunders Advice to Graduates.  George Saunders is an American Writer and a Professor at Syracuse University, New York City. I really enjoyed the full transcript of the speech he delivered to graduates of Syracuse University in 2013. I will not be talking about this particular topic at the Annual Awards Ceremony, but I still wanted to share the ideas in it with you. To do that, I have reproduced sections of it below for you. If you would like to read the whole speech it can be accessed here.

In his speech, Saunders refers to the tradition at Graduations of the older, wiser person delivering sage advice to the young people about to embark on their careers and adult life. As is the tradition, in such advice, people talk about their regrets. I will now let George Saunders words do the rest.

‘So: What do I regret? Being poor from time to time? Not really. Working terrible jobs…No. I don’t regret that. Skinny-dipping in a river in Sumatra,…. and looking up and seeing like 300 monkeys sitting on a pipeline, pooping down into the river, the river in which I was swimming, with my mouth open, naked? And getting deathly ill afterwards, and staying sick for the next seven months? Not so much. Do I regret the occasional humiliation? Like once, playing hockey in front of a big crowd, including this girl I really liked, I somehow managed, while falling and emitting this weird whooping noise, to score on my own goalie, while also sending my stick flying into the crowd, nearly hitting that girl? No. I don’t even regret that.

But here’s something I do regret:

In seventh grade, this new kid joined our class. In the interest of confidentiality, her name will be “ELLEN.” ELLEN was small, shy. She wore these blue cat’s-eye glasses that, at the time, only old ladies wore. When nervous, which was pretty much always, she had a habit of taking a strand of hair into her mouth and chewing on it.

So she came to our school and our neighborhood, and was mostly ignored, occasionally teased (“Your hair taste good?” — that sort of thing). I could see this hurt her. I still remember the way she’d look after such an insult: eyes cast down, a little gut-kicked, as if, having just been reminded of her place in things, she was trying, as much as possible, to disappear. After a while she’d drift away, hair-strand still in her mouth. At home, I imagined, after school, her mother would say, you know: “How was your day, sweetie?” and she’d say, “Oh, fine.” And her mother would say, “Making any friends?” and she’d go, “Sure, lots.”

Sometimes I’d see her hanging around alone in her front yard, as if afraid to leave it.

And then — they moved. That was it. No tragedy, no big final event.

One day she was there, next day she wasn’t.

End of story.

Now, why do I regret that? Why, forty-two years later, am I still thinking about it? Relative to most of the other kids, I was actually pretty nice to her. I never said an unkind word to her. In fact, I sometimes even (mildly) defended her.

But still. It bothers me.

So here’s something I know to be true, although it’s a little corny, and I don’t quite know what to do with it:

What I regret most in my life are failures of kindness.
 
Those moments when another human being was there, in front of me, suffering, and I responded . . . sensibly. Reservedly. Mildly.

It’s a little facile, maybe, and certainly hard to implement, but I’d say, as a goal in life, you could do worse than: Try to be kinder.’ 

I encourage us all to try to be kinder, so that we are not dogged by the regret of living with these failures of kindness.

Congratulations to:

Jayde Ramsey (Year 11) and her team, ‘Iceskateers Elite’, who came 1st at the recent Queensland Championships and are now off to Nationals at the end of November.
Tayla Behr (Year 9) who has been selected as a Batonbearer for the Gold Coast 2018 Queen’s Baton Relay. Tayla will have the honour of carrying the Queen’s Baton as it travels around Australia on its 100-day journey to the Opening Ceremony of the XXI Commonwealth Games.
Imogen Taylor (Year 10) and Grace Macdonald (Year 10) who have been accepted into the QUT Future Leaders Program for 2018-2019
Our Year 7 team (Monica Behrenbruch, Trisha Kasa, Alyse Dowd, Juliette Pepin and Leila Riemann) who recently won the Brisbane West Interschool Readers Cup competition.
Isabelle Skinner (1979) is a finalist in the Telstra Business Women Awards in the Entrepreneur category.
Skye Castanho (Year 7) who has received a part in the movie Thor.

 Karen Spiller


St Aidan’s Dance 11 November
The LAST and BEST School Dance of the Year!
Join in on the 500 BALLOON DROP and say farewell to the year 12’s.
This Dance is open to all students Year 7 -10 and year 11 and 12 St Aidan’s students only.
Tickets can be purchased via Flexischools.com.au for students Year 7 -10.
Tickets for Years 11 & 12 students to be purchased from P&F Office.
All parent VOLUNTEERS are WELCOME. Contact P&F c.rush@staidans.qld.edu.au.

 

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Deputy Principal

Ms Toni Riordan

World Teachers’ Day
Many of us can remember specific teachers who made a difference to our lives. Teachers can make a significant difference to the life of each and every student, so it is a good thing that World Teachers' Day recognises this worthy profession.

Celebrated in over 100 countries, World Teachers' Day acknowledges the efforts of teachers and is a day on which students, parents and community members can demonstrate their appreciation for the contributions that teachers have made to their community. 
Appreciation for our inspirational St Aidan's teachers on World Teachers' Day is shown on Friday, 27 October. Teachers enjoy a special morning tea and our international student captains always gift our teachers with something special, on behalf of the whole student body.

Special Awards Assembly – Friday 10 November 8:45am 
Parents are welcome to attend the Special Awards Assembly which will be held in the Christine Hartland Centre on Friday, 10 November at 8.45am. The presentation of Symbols of Office to the Senior Leaders of 2018 and announcement of Year 12 student prizes will be featured at this assembly.
This Special Awards Assembly is followed on Monday, 13 November with the Annual Awards Ceremony at 7.00pm at the QPAC Concert Hall. At this ceremony, there will be speeches from our Principal Karen Spiller, 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: The Awards Choir comprising the Chorale, Children Crossing, the St Aidan's Community Choir; Concert Band; and Symphony Strings; will be featured. Although the ceremony does not actually start until 7.00pm, String Quartets will be performing from 6.30pm and the Concert Band will perform on stage from 6.40pm to 6.55pm. You are all very welcome to come early and listen to these fine performers.

 

 

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Chaplain

Rev Gillian Moses

All Souls Service
The annual All Souls service and Commemoration of the Faithful Departed will be held at 7.30am on Thursday 2 November, in the Chapel of St Aidan. All are welcome to this short service of Holy Communion where we will remember before God those whom we have loved and whom we see no longer. 

There will be a chance to light a candle, and there may even be soul cakes to take with you. If you would like someone close to you who has died to be remembered formally, please send their names to me by Tuesday 31 October.

Spooky stuff!
Is it just me, or does Halloween seem more low-key this year? I had noticed in the past decade that Halloween was becoming a bigger deal each year, with shops displaying their decorations, costumes and spooky food, all in readiness for this ghostly festival. Perhaps I just don’t get out that much, but the show at my local supermarket seemed much more subdued this year. I was tempted by the giant carving pumpkins, but other than lots of wrapped lollies for trick or treating, there wasn’t much else to indicate that the Eve of All Saints was almost upon us.
That actually makes my job harder! When the shops are full of ghouls and vampires and things that go bump in the night, people are more likely to ask me what I think about it all. As a priest, I think I am supposed to be disapproving of all this pagan nonsense. So I tend not to tell them that I will be watching a horror movie or two (if I can find good ones) and maybe slinging up the odd pumpkiny garland or ghostly decoration.
What I will tell them, if they want to know, is that Halloween is part of a three-day commemoration of the dead in the church calendar – beginning with All Hallows’ Eve (these days generally called All Saints’ Eve), All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. While the shops celebrate the first part, churches will usually celebrate the second two-thirds. Together they remind us that the dead are still around, although not usually in ways we can detect. But if we believe in eternal life (which Christians claim to do) then we believe that those who have died continue to exist somewhere. And these feast days help us to give thanks for them.
Halloween is the curtain-raiser that says the barrier between this life and the next is especially thin, so be on guard! All Saints’ Day remembers the great and the good - the red letter saints or celebrities of the calendar, like St Aidan, Mother Emma, and those whose names many of us know. All Souls remembers the ordinary people – our parents and grandparents, friends and loved ones – who may not have been famous or influential, but who were known to us, and who influenced us.
As you can see, Halloween is a legitimate Christian celebration, though perhaps not best observed by chocolate and skimpy costumes. But lighting candles for the dead, leaving out treats for them, and being especially conscious of the thinness of the veil between us and them is not a bad start. And if all that moves you to come and join us for the All Souls service later in the week, then we will be more than happy to join you in giving thanks.
Blessings
Rev Gillian 

 

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Dean of Studies

MRS Kim Wickham

Diploma of Project Management 2018
Block testing timetables, Years 11 and 12
University of Southern Queensland free public lecture

 

Diploma of Project Management 2018
Each year, Management Frontline offers St Aidan's students the opportunity to study a Diploma of Project Management alongside their senior subjects. On Wednesday 25 October, Dr Elaine Roberts from Management Frontline, will be speaking about the Diploma in SG02 at 5:30pm, for any current Year 10 or 11 students who are interested in taking up the Diploma, and their parents.

Block testing timetables
Students in Year 12 have received their block testing timetables and should now be planning their study schedules and communicating with their parents about their test block plans. Year 11 students should expect to receive draft timetables this week.

University of Southern Queensland free public lecture: “Can Education change society?”
Professor Michael Apple will deliver this lecture at USQ’s Springfield campus on Monday 13th November at 5:15pm. Information can be found at: https://educationfordemocracysummit.wordpress.com/free-public-lecture/

 

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Dean of Students & Academic Welfare (7-9)

Ms Cate Begbie

Our Seniors
Leadership
Extra-curricular Activities

 

Our Seniors: We wish our Year 12 students all the best for their upcoming Block Testing week – their final one in their high school career. Much will be happening with these girls in the coming weeks, and we wish them well.

Leadership: This week we announced the next round of student leaders – our activity captains. Thank you to all students who nominated and those who voted. We appreciate and value all our students and believe that all have leadership qualities and capabilities. We look forward to the many ways students can become involved in leadership in the school through both formal and informal ways.

Extra-Curricular Activities: Being the end of the year, many of the extra-curricular activities are winding up. Many have had break-ups and have recognised the efforts of the staff and students involved in these activities. I too wish to add my congratulations and thank you for a wonderful year of extra-curricular activities, and acknowledge the time and effort many staff, parents and students make. Some staff will be moving on from some of these activities and we will be finding new co-ordinators for a number of activities next year.

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Guidance Counsellor

ms Jennie Robinson

ADF
QLD School of Film and TV
Scholarship
Unis

 

Australian Defence Force Careers Information Session
COMMS, IT & INTELLIGENCE INFORMATION SESSION
 
Tap into a future-focused career, using some of the world’s most advanced technology to keep information flowing 24/7. 
Choose an exciting Communications, IT or Intelligence career and work with some of the most sophisticated communication and surveillance systems in the world, as the eyes and ears of the ADF. 
Take responsibility for obtaining, disseminating and communicating information that's critical to missions, ranging from military operations to search and rescue activities. 
To learn more, attend a Comms, IT & Intelligence Roles Information Session. 
When: Tuesday 24th October 2017
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm 
Where: Defence Force Recruiting Brisbane, Level 13, 295 Ann Street, Brisbane. 
To RSVP email cptqld@dfr.com.au or click on http://events.defencejobs.gov.au/event/CLN7K5

QLD School of Film and TV
WORKSHOP DETAILS -introduction to Video Production
DATE:     Saturday - 18 November 2017
TIME:      9:00 AM to 1:00 PM 
VENUE:   QSFT Campus - 22 Warwick Street, Annerley QLD 4103
TO APPLY:
Download & Complete Application Form
Email application form to applications@qsft.qld.edu.au
OR Fax to (07) 3392 7511
You will receive a confirmation email once application is processed.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Call: (07) 3392 7788
Email: marketing@qsft.qld.edu.au

SCHOLARSHIPS
Entry program, scholarships and support for elite athletes
QUT is recognised by the Australian Institute of Sport and The Australian Sports Commission as an elite athlete friendly university. Find out about our entry program, scholarships and support for elite athletes

UQ Sporting Scholarships - apply now
UQ's sporting scholarships support students to balance their studies with the demands of elite-level competition.in addition to financial support, these scholarships offer academic tutoring, facility access, workshops and much more. UQ's sporting scholarships open on Thursday August 3. Applications can be submitted online.
For information, contact:
Ashley Hanger
Phone: 07 3365 6046
Email: ashleyh@uqsport.com.au
Web: https://goo.gl/chcBUB

UNIS

GRIFFITH UNI
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) majoring in electronic and UAV engineering
Brisbane campus
As Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) are rapidly finding application in many areas, the need for both certified pilots and engineers to design and maintain the vehicles grows. The Electronic and UAV Engineering major offers UAV flight training and professional pilot license theory. The major will provide a pathway to being a highly qualified UAV pilot while giving the graduate full engineering qualifications.
» To find out more griffith.edu.au/engineering

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) majoring in civil and architectural engineering
Gold Coast campus
This major combines civil and structural engineering with the creative design and environmental sustainability aspect from architecture. Students will study the planning, design construction and operation of engineered systems for a diverse range of projects. As there is increasing need and demand for sustainable buildings, graduates will have a unique advantage in the workplace with their ability to apply engineering knowledge with design skills to engage in all aspects of a building project.
» To find out more griffith.edu.au/engineering

Bachelor of Computer Science
Brisbane and Gold Coast campuses
The Computer Science program is Queensland's premiere degree for individuals focused on careers in the dynamic software development and software engineering sector. It is designed to prepare students to work on the cutting edge of technology, creating the future rather than just applying existing information technology solutions to business needs or building websites.
» To find out more griffith.edu.au/computer-science

New STEM double degrees for 2018
Bachelor of Environmental Sciences/Bachelor of Business (Brisbane and Gold Coast)
Bachelor of Engineering (H)/Bachelor of Aviation (Brisbane)
Bachelor of Engineering (H)/Bachelor of Computer Science (Brisbane and Gold Coast)
Bachelor of Engineering (H)(Mechanical major)/ Bachelor of Industrial Design (Gold Coast)
» Visit griffith.edu.au/STEM-double-degrees

Advice for students when they know their OP
Students can talk to QUT staff and students about their study options after they know their OP or selection rank at our Real Decisions event on Tuesday 19 December at Gardens Point campus. Experts will be on hand to give advice about gaining entry to QUT, upgrading pathways, accommodation, career planning, financial support and more.

Reminders for students
Applications for the QUT Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarships, both academic and elite athlete, close on 17 November. Year 11 students wanting to participate in START QUT in Year 12 must apply by 31 October. Students planning to study at university in 2018 will need to apply for a tax file number if they don’t already have one. Apply early as they can take 28 days to process.

Education suitability statement deadline
Students applying for education courses must complete the written statement before the QTAC documentation due dates. To be considered in the 21 December or 16 January (major) offer rounds, students must submit their statement by 8 December. Further details including the selection guidelines and a video explaining the requirement are available on the QTAC website.

Admission updates: elite athlete entry via QTAC and video about suitability statement for education courses
Students can now apply for QUT's elite athlete entry scheme through QTAC, rather than through QUT. Also, a new video explaining details about the written statement required for education courses is now available on the QTAC website.

QUT real-world experiences and holiday activities
AdSpace, the competition that gives high-school students the chance to pitch an advertising campaign to a real-word client, is returning next year on 20 July 2018. The Faculty of Law has developed an activity with the Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council for visiting high school students, allowing them to apply legal knowledge in an interactive way. In January the QUT Art Museum and the Cube will offer a holiday program with free activities to suit everyone from the tech-inclined to fans of good old fashioned art making.

UQ
School of Economics Scholarships - apply now
Applications are open for two exciting scholarship opportunities at the UQ School of Economics.
The Year 12 Domestic Australian Scholarship is for outstanding Australian domestic students who are completing Year 12 studies. A $5000 bursary each year for three years is granted to the successful application. Applications close 3 November, 2017.

The Year 12 Equity and Diversity Scholarship is for students who can demonstrate a very keen interest in economics but who have been disadvantaged during high schooling. A $5000 bursary each year is granted in addition to a mentoring scheme. Applications close 28 November, 2017.
Students seeking admission to the Bachelor of Economics are encouraged to apply.
For information, contact:
UQ School of Economics
Phone: 07 3365 6570
Email: scholar@economics.uq.edu.au
Web: https://economics.uq.edu.au/


 

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Senior School

Sport

Inala District T20 Blast School Cup. Click here for information.

Read the latest edition of The Back Page by clicking here. 

Music

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AMEB Exam Results
Congratulations go to the following girls who obtained their AMEB exam certificates this week.
Jade Nguyen - Grade 3 Violin
Kavindi Athuraliya - Grade 3 Violin
Maddison Neale - Preliminary Violin

Sherwood Community Festival Performance
On Friday 10 November, students in Vivaldi Strings, Four Seasons Quartet and Allegro Strings will be performing in the Sherwood Community Festival from 6.00 - 7.00pm.
All students are required to wear the blue school uniform, and are asked to arrive by 5:30pm for tuning/warm up before performing at 6.00pm. 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.

Upcoming performances from Ensemble Volar – BIG SING
On Sunday 29 October, students from Ensemble Volar will be will be involved in a day of rehearsals and a performance as part of the annual 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 
10:30am Morning Tea (provided) 
11:00am Workshop Two – Megan Flint 
12:30pm Lunch (provided) 
1:30pm Concert Preparation 
2:30pm Final Concert (Massed and Community Choirs)

Students may wear comfortable casual clothes for the workshops but will be required to change into their full performance uniform (pinafore, white blouse, stockings and black shoes) for the performance. They will also need to bring a water bottle and their music. N.B. Girls will need to be collected at 4.00 pm after the final concert. 
Families are welcome to attend the concert at 2:30pm and concert tickets cost $5.

Rehearsal 
Students receiving an award and Student Leaders for 2017 and 2018 are required to attend a morning rehearsal at the Concert Hall at QPAC on Monday 13 November. They will depart St Aidan’s by bus at 9.00am and travel to QPAC.  These students will be accompanied by St Aidan’s staff at all times. Students will return to school, after 11.45am, with the exception of the Musicians.
All musicians who are involved in performances for the ceremony will depart school by bus at 10.45am. Please meet at Kathleen Street at the end of morning tea (10:35am). Those who are receiving an award will have left the school at 9:00am and already be at QPAC. Students involved in a Senior School music group will remain at QPAC for the remainder of the day.
All Junior School students (ie. Children Crossing Year 6) follow the timetable below:
10.45am                  Musicians leave school, travel to QPAC and enter via Stage Door 1
11.35am                  QPAC Fire & Evacuation Debrief
11.45 – 12.30pm 45-minute rehearsal Choirs, 
12.30 – 1.15pm        45-minute rehearsal Strings, Children Crossing break (lunch)
1.15pm                    Depart QPAC and return to school on bus

Performance/Arrival Times
Students in Chamber Strings A, B, C, D and E will be performing prior to the ceremony so will be required to meet Mr Bonetti at Stage Door 1 (QPAC) at 6.00pm
All Junior School students will need to be at the Concert Hall at QPAC to meet Ms Josephine Mitchell at 6.15pm at Door 1. At the conclusion of the ceremony after 9.00pm, parents of these students will meet the same teacher at Door 1, to collect their daughter.
All Senior School students will be required to stay at QPAC for the entirety of the afternoon and will be provided dinner. 
The Annual Awards Ceremony will begin at 7.00pm and should conclude at 9.00pm. Parents are to collect their daughters in the foyer of the Concert Hall after the ceremony.
Meals
All students will need to bring their morning tea and lunch but Senior School music students should also bring afternoon tea (to be consumed at QPAC). A hot dinner (provided at QPAC) will be provided for those students who have remained at QPAC for the whole day. This meal will be provided and paid for by the School. 
Dress Requirements
Rehearsal 

All students must wear their formal blue school uniform.
Concert
Please refer to the table below for required dress at the concert.
Annual awards dress requirements
Required equipment
•          Uniform/s as required (see above)
•          Instrument (if applicable)
•          Music folder
•          Water bottle
•          Lunch, afternoon tea

Absences
If, for any reason, your daughter is absent from school on this day, please phone reception and leave a message for Mrs Humphrey.
Tickets
Parents are able to access complimentary tickets for reserved seats for the Annual Awards Ceremony via the Flexischools facility.  Entry to the QPAC Concert Hall is only possible with a pre-allocated ticket.  Please note that Award Recipients, musicians, 2017 Student Leaders and all Year 12 students have allocated seating.  Therefore, parents of these students only need to reserve tickets for themselves or family members for QPAC.  Please visit the Flexischools website to order your tickets and select Annual Awards Ceremony to book the number of seats you require.
Please address any queries to Ms Toni Riordan on 3373 5999.

Music Support Group AGM
The Music Support Group will be holding their Annual General Meeting on Monday 6th of November at 7pm. The Music Support Group provide valuable assistance to the music department through fund raising and support of music functions throughout the year. Parents who would like to be involved in the MSG for 2018 would be warmly welcomed at this meeting.

Student Commitment 
In order to maintain and improve the high standards achieved by our ensembles and choirs, it is expected that students punctually attend all rehearsals and concerts. Just like a sporting team, a commitment by students to attend all rehearsals and performances is imperative. In the case of illness, absences from school or attendance at a camp or school excursion, parents are required to notify the School or the teacher in writing. It is important that this is done, both as a courtesy and to assist teachers in the delegation of “pockets” or “badges” later in the year. 

Pockets in the Senior School
Full and half music pockets are awarded to senior school students based on the level of the ensemble attendance at rehearsals and performances. Students are eligible for Strings, Bands or Choir pockets if there is evidence of 100% participation in performances and at least 90% attendance at rehearsals. Excused absences, such as illness and school camps, are not penalised from an attendance record.

Rehearsal Schedule

Events Calendar

 
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Library

Interschool Readers Cup Wrap Up

Congratulations to all girls who participated in Brisbane West Inter-School Readers Cup competitions over the past 3 weeks. This involved reading 5 set books and working collaboratively as a team answering the questions. Throughout the Semester the students have all worked very hard, reading, re reading, meeting regularly and quizzing each other on the books. All teams did very well and a special congratulations to the Year 7.1 team who came first and the Year 7.2 team and 9.1 team who placed fourth.

Year 7
Team 1: Alyse Dowd, Trisha Kasa, Juliette Pepin, Leila Riemann and Monica Behrenbruch
Team 2: Imaan Ahamed, Talia Devendra, Abbey Robinson, Ava Schwennesen and Dilki Unantenna

Year 8
Team 1: Priyanka Jaisinghani, Tihari Jayasuriya, Annabel Lee, Isabel Lin and Melinda Sun
Team 2: Lucinda Davies, Rachel Leathers, Eloise Sinclair-Ford, Esther Wong and Sophia Zhang

Year 9
Team 1: Sharada Athuraliya, Lillian Carley, Joanna Figurado, Anna Reynolds and Marika Reynolds
Team 2: Renee Byrne, Jenny Guo, Justine Lee, Akshaya Selvarajan and Kayleigh Viviers
Team 3: Anna Kyprios, Olivia Payne, Imogen Stocks, Haley Webster and Georgina Whittle
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Science

Australian National Chemistry Quiz Results 

A group of Year 11 students nominated to complete in the 2017 Australian National Chemistry Quiz provided by Royal Australian Chemistry Institute. The results were very impressive including 4 students placing with a distinction or high distinction as follows:

Phoebe McAuliffe

High distinction

Alice Gao

Distinction

Alexandria Neilsen

Distinction

Jingxi Yu

Distinction

Congratulations are extended to these students.

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Junior Jottings

Mrs Louise Mcguire 

Junior School Reception - Staffing
Super Hero Disco
Interhouse Ball Games
Face Painting – Friday 27 October 
Free Dress Day – Friday 27 October
World Teachers’ Day – Friday 27 October 
Andrews Cup Softball – Monday 30 October
Special Awards Ceremony/Annual Awards Ceremony/Extra-curricular Assembly
Train-to-School Morning – Wednesday 1 November
St Aidan’s Cookbook Launch – Friday 3 November
Melbourne Cup Lunch – Tuesday 7 November
Junior School - Outdoor Film Night – Saturday 18 November
Important Dates

 

Junior School Reception – Staffing
We congratulate Lyn Raven on the birth of her second granddaughter (Millie Clare) last Thursday. Lyn has taken leave until the end of the term to undertake her ‘grandmotherly duties’. We wish Lyn all the best for her leave. 
In Lyn’s absence, Anne Ferguson and Wilhelmina Morrison will be sharing the Junior School Reception duties.

Super Hero Disco
Thank you to all the fathers, uncles, friends, grandfathers and daughters who attended the P&F’s Super Hero disco last Friday evening. It was a great opportunity for the significant men in the girls’ lives to spend time with them. I was most impressed by the spirit in which all super heroes entered into the evening – the costumes were amazing! The men danced the night away (perhaps the embarrassment wanes over the years for those who have attended previously) and the girls were particularly encouraging of their efforts. It was lovely to see girls of all ages so eager to dance with their ‘super hero’ and have such fun with their friends. 
Many thanks must go firstly to Junior School Class Rep, Angela Kerr for co-ordinating such a fabulous event. Angela was instrumental in all facets of the evening and she is to be commended for her efforts. Thank you also to Claire Rush from the P&F Association for her support. Thanks must also be extended to St Aidan’s staff (marketing, grounds and maintenance) for their assistance; to the members of the school and wider community who donated raffle/auction prizes; to the willing mums who supported the event by assisting in so many ways; and to the ‘super heroes’ who kindly helped pack up at the end of the evening.
If you missed out on purchasing the photos taken on the evening, they can be viewed at the Junior School Reception and purchased for $10. These photos are a lovely memento of this special event. 

Interhouse Ball Games
On Wednesday of last week, we held our Interhouse Ball Games carnival was held in the CHC. It certainly was a colourful spectacle, with students from Prep to Year 6 adorned in House shirts and surrounded by colourful House banners, coloured streamers and balloons, joining wholeheartedly into the activities led by our enthusiastic Year 6 House Captains.
The Junior School leaders must be congratulated for their enthusiasm, organisation and the manner in which they interacted with their younger House members. Their efforts leading up to the carnival and on the day were certainly very much appreciated by everyone involved.
Special thanks must be extended to Tracey Jeanes-Fraser for co-ordinating this wonderful event!
Congratulations goes to Cavell – the winning House!
Ball Games photo 1

Penguin Aid Lolly stall
Last Thursday, the Junior School was buzzing with excitement as the students enjoyed the special occasion of the Penguin Aid Lolly Stall. Bags of mixed lollies, jelly cups and popcorn were prepared by the Year 6 Penguin Aid Leaders over the past couple of weeks. Approximately $750.00 was raised from the stall and these proceeds will go to our World Vision sponsor for 2017; Phonxay Community in Laos. 
Thanks must go to all Year 6 students who donated lollies for the stall and to Mrs Jeanne Shelburn for her help and support on the day.
Lolly stall 1     Lolly stall 2

Face Painting – Friday 27 October 
On Friday 27 October (free dress day), the Prefects will be ‘crossing the road’ for the last time this year to spend some more time with our Junior Sisters and also introducing them to their new Prefects of 2018. We will be blowing bubbles and face painting from 8:00-8:20am and we will be coming back during lunchtime. 
Bella and Rommy – Junior School Prefects

Andrews Cup Softball
The Andrews Cup Softball scheduled for Monday 23 October has been re-scheduled to Monday 30 October due to inclement weather.

World Teachers’ Day – Friday 27 October 
World Teachers' Day will be celebrated in Australia on Friday 27 October 2017. It is a day on which students, parents and members of the public can demonstrate their appreciation for the contributions that teachers (and support staff) have made to their community.
Please join me in thanking our teachers for their professionalism, hard work and dedication to the care and education of your children. They really do an exceptional job.

Free Dress Day – Day for Daniel Friday 27 October  
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.
Daniel Morcombe image

Special Awards Ceremony/Annual Awards Ceremony/ /Extra-curricular Assembly
In Term Four each year, we conduct a number of special ceremonies to recognise the achievements of St Aidan’s students. The Special Awards Ceremony is a P-12 event to be held in the CHC at 8.45am on Friday 10 November. At this assembly, one student from each year level will be presented with the Old Girls’ Association Certificate of Commitment awarded to students who have demonstrated genuine school spirit, and who have exhibited dedication and consistent effort in both academic and extra-curricular endeavours. Along with the presentation of a number of significant Senior School awards, the Kelly-Anne Kopittke Award will also be presented at this assembly to a Year 2 student who has made significant progress throughout the year.

The next special event is the Annual Awards Ceremony on Monday 13 November at 7.00pm at QPAC. As part of this ceremony, students from Years 4-6 will be recognised for fine academic achievement. The Year 6 Citizenship prize will also be presented at this time. 

On Wednesday 15 November at 9:00am in the CHC, 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. 
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.

Train-to-School Morning – Wednesday 1 November
Junior School students (P- 6) are invited to participate in the Traint-to-School Morning next Wednesday 1 November 2017. If you wish your daughter to participate, please send back the permission note (sent in the diary last week) by Thursday this week indicating which station you will catch the train from. 
On this morning, teachers will meet the students at designated meeting points and will travel with the students on the train service together. We will meet the students at Indooroopilly, Chelmer, Graceville, Sherwood and Oxley. Students are asked to have their Go Card or ticket with them ready to catch the train to Corinda on that morning.
Confirmation notes will be sent home by Monday 30 October. For any other information, please contact s.rigby@stadians.qld.edu.au   

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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Week 4 Sport Schedule  

Interhouse Ball Games 
The Interhouse Ball Games Carnival was held on Wednesday 18 October in the Christine Hartland Centre. Girls from Prep through to Year 6 were involved in an extremely colourful and competitive afternoon of Tunnel Ball, Unders and Overs and ZigZag. All the girls showed amazing House spirit with lots of cheering, themed warcrys, and decorations. A huge thank you must go to our fantastic House Captains who assisted incredibly with the overall smooth running of the afternoon.  
Congratulations to Cavell Cowgirls for their sensational victory!
interhouse ball games

Andrews Cup Gymnastics
The Andrews Cup Gymnastics teams are working extremely hard with early morning starts.  Trainings will continue Tuesday and Friday mornings at 6am – 7.30am at Western District Gymnastic, Purtell Park, (entry via Carwoola Street), Bardon. A full dress rehearsal will be held on Friday 27 October and Tuesday 31 October. Further information of requirements will be advised closer to the date. On the conclusion of each session, a bus will take the girls back to school.  The competition is being held at Somerville House on Thursday 2 November.

 
West Taylor Bridge Friday Clubs Competition Semester 2 Interschool Sport
The 2017 Walter Taylor Bridge competition continues each Friday, I would encourage all girls to commit to their weekly trainings at Ambiwerra. On the conclusion of each session, a bus will take the girls back to school.

 
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.

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 Ambi
Term 4 training will recommence on Friday 6 October 2017
Girls are reminded to bring their glove and water bottle.
Ms Rowe, Ash Johnson and Hannah King

Basketball Training Sessions 
Friday morning 6.45am-7.45am at Ambi
Term 4 training will recommence on Friday 6 October 2017
Ms Child, Raquel Spies and Ms Jeanes-Fraser

Andrews Cup Softball Teams
The Andrews Cup Softball trainings continue this coming Wednesday morning at Ambiwerra from 6.45am to 8.00am due to the competition being rescheduled to Monday 30 October.  Girls should aim to attend Wednesday’s training to finalise team strategies.  On the conclusion of each session, a bus will take the girls back to school.
Girls are reminded to meet at Kathleen Street on Monday 30 October at 7.00am for a 7.15am departure wearing their brown PE shirt, brown softball knickerbockers, long, navy St Aidan’s and PE cap.  Please ensure all girls have packed their lunches, plenty of water and sunscreen.  The competition should conclude approximately 4.15pm and girls travelling back to school on the bus should arrive between 5pm-5.15pm.
Wishing all girls and coaching staff involved in the Andrews Cup Softball the very best of luck!

Swimming Squad Training (Target Andrew 2018)
Preparation for the 2018 swimming competition season has commenced at the school’s pool. 
Squad trainings are based around preparing our girls for the competitive swimming season in 2018 (Andrews Cup, District and Interschool).  Girls are required to have a certain level of swimming ability as a prerequisite for involvement (please see below). Training sessions aim to provide our girls technical correction, with a focus on race preparation and endurance.
Sessions are available to girls in Years 1 – 6.
Girls attending trainings from Year 3 - Year 6 should be confident in swimming 25 – 50m repeatedly in freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke and they must also be able to perform a dolphin kick. 
Girls attending trainings from Year 1 and Year 2 must be comfortable in swimming 25 m repeatedly in freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke.
Girls must sign-in the St Aidan’s swimming attendance book at the pool for every session that they attend.
The Junior School is offering four afternoon squad sessions and one morning session at the school pool from week 5 of Term 4.
swimming training

2018 Beyond Athletics
The 2018 Beyond Athletics continues this week on Wednesday 25 October at Ambiwerra from 3.45-5.00pm for girls selectedThe program’s final Ambiwerra session will be held on Wednesday 22 November with the optional session to be held 2 December 2017 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.

Basketball Invitation Tournament for Schools within the Andrews Cup Association
MBC Invitational Basketball
The Andrews Cup MBC Invitational Basketball Teams have been announced and information letters have been sent home to team members providing information on the competition which is to be held at the Hibiscus Sports Centre Carina, 90 Klumpp Rd Upper Mt Gravatt on Thursday 2 November 2017.  The games will be an all-day carnival held against some of the schools that are involved in the Andrews Cup competition.  
Trainings will be held on Tuesday 24 and 31 October at Ambiwerra from 6.45-7.45am at the Ambiwerra Basketball courts.  A school bus will transport the girls to school after training.

Andrews Cup and Interschool Sport Photos
With the Semester One 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)

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AMEB Exam Results
Congratulations go to the following girls who obtained their AMEB exam certificates this week.
Jade Nguyen - Grade 3 Violin
Kavindi Athuraliya - Grade 3 Violin
Maddison Neale - Preliminary Violin

Sherwood Community Festival Performance
On Friday 10 November, students in Vivaldi Strings, Four Seasons Quartet and Allegro Strings will be performing in the Sherwood Community Festival from 6.00 - 7.00pm.
All students are required to wear the blue school uniform, and are asked to arrive by 5:30pm for tuning/warm up before performing at 6.00pm. 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 Programs in Instrumental Music
The students in Years 3 and 4 are thoroughly enjoying their Beginner Band instrumental lessons. These lessons will continue to operate on a once-a-week basis throughout the semester. For the Year 4 classes, session times will alternate between the Junior School Assembly (Monday) and the Senior School Assembly (Tuesday). Here is a table outlining the planned rotation for the Year 4 Beginner Band Program:
music beginner program
For the Year 3 class, session times will be held each Tuesday after lunch from 2:00 – 2:40pm.
Students are required to bring their instrument and music to each session.
If you have questions, please contact Sue Figliano s.figliano@staidans.qld.edu.au , James Cuskelly j.cuskelly@staidans.qld.edu.au or Carla Trott c.trott@staidans.qld.edu.au  

Annual Awards
On Monday, 13 November 2017, St Aidan’s AGS Annual Awards Ceremony will be held at the Concert Hall at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC). The following groups will be performing in the ceremony, so will be required to attend a dress rehearsal at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) on the day:

•          Concert Band
•          Symphony Strings
•          Chorale
•          Children Crossing 
•          St Aidan’s Community Choir

Please find below details for this event with regards to rehearsal, performance and arrival times, meals, dress requirements, required equipment, absences on the day and tickets for the ceremony.

Rehearsal 
Students receiving an award and Student Leaders for 2017 and 2018 are required to attend a morning rehearsal at the Concert Hall at QPAC on Monday 13 November. They will depart St Aidan’s by bus at 9.00am and travel to QPAC.  These students will be accompanied by St Aidan’s staff at all times. Students will return to school, after 11.45am, with the exception of the Musicians.
All musicians who are involved in performances for the ceremony will depart school by bus at 10.45am. Please meet at Kathleen Street at the end of morning tea (10:35am). Those who are receiving an award will have left the school at 9:00am and already be at QPAC. Students involved in a Senior School music group will remain at QPAC for the remainder of the day.
All Junior School students (ie. Children Crossing Year 6) follow the timetable below:
10.45am Musicians leave school, travel to QPAC and enter via Stage Door 1
11.35am QPAC Fire & Evacuation Debrief
11.45 – 12.30pm 45-minute rehearsal Choirs, 
12.30 – 1.15pm 45-minute rehearsal Strings, Children Crossing break (lunch)
1.15pm Depart QPAC and return to school on bus

Performance/Arrival Times
Students in Chamber Strings A, B, C, D and E will be performing prior to the ceremony so will be required to meet Mr Bonetti at Stage Door 1 (QPAC) at 6.00pm
All Junior School students will need to be at the Concert Hall at QPAC to meet Ms Josephine Mitchell at 6.15pm at Door 1. At the conclusion of the ceremony after 9.00pm, parents of these students will meet the same teacher at Door 1, to collect their daughter.
All Senior School students will be required to stay at QPAC for the entirety of the afternoon and will be provided dinner. 
The Annual Awards Ceremony will begin at 7.00pm and should conclude at 9.00pm. Parents are to collect their daughters in the foyer of the Concert Hall after the ceremony. 
Meals
All students will need to bring their morning tea and lunch but Senior School music students should also bring afternoon tea (to be consumed at QPAC). A hot dinner (provided at QPAC) will be provided for those students who have remained at QPAC for the whole day. This meal will be provided and paid for by the School.
Dress Requirements
Rehearsal
 
All students must wear their formal blue school uniform.
Concert
Please refer to the table below for required dress at the concert.
Annual awards dress requirements
Required equipment
•          Uniform/s as required (see above)
•          Instrument (if applicable)
•          Music folder
•          Water bottle
•          Lunch, afternoon tea

Absences
If, for any reason, your daughter is absent from school on this day, please phone reception and leave a message for Mrs Humphrey.
Tickets
Parents are able to access complimentary tickets for reserved seats for the Annual Awards Ceremony via the Flexischools facility.  Entry to the QPAC Concert Hall is only possible with a pre-allocated ticket.  Please note that Award Recipients, musicians, 2017 Student Leaders and all Year 12 students have allocated seating.  Therefore, parents of these students only need to reserve tickets for themselves or family members for QPAC.  Please visit the Flexischools website to order your tickets and select Annual Awards Ceremony to book the number of seats you require.
Please address any queries to Ms Toni Riordan on 3373 5999.

Student Commitment 
In order to maintain and improve the high standards achieved by our ensembles and choirs, it is expected that students punctually attend all rehearsals and concerts. Just like a sporting team, a commitment by students to attend all rehearsals and performances is imperative. In the case of illness, absences from school or attendance at a camp or school excursion, parents are required to notify the School or the teacher in writing. It is important that this is done, both as a courtesy and to assist teachers in the delegation of “pockets” or “badges” later in the year. 

Badges in the Junior School 
Students in the Junior School are awarded a Bronze (one ensemble), Silver (two ensembles) and Gold (three ensembles) badge based on their involvement in some extra-curricular musical groups. Students who attend all performances and 90% of rehearsals for one year are eligible for a badge if they participate in the following ensembles:

Wind Ensemble
Junior Band
Children Crossing 
Vivaldi Strings
Dolce Strings
Beginner Strings

Music Support Group AGM
The Music Support Group will be holding their Annual General Meeting on Monday 6th of November at 7pm. The Music Support Group provide valuable assistance to the music department through fund raising and support of music functions throughout the year. Parents who would like to be involved in the MSG for 2018 would be warmly welcomed at this meeting.

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