Newsletter Term 4 Week 4 2019

Principal

Ms toni riordan

Around our School
We know it is Term 4 by the vast array of end-of-year and celebratory events so many of us are attending.

Last week saw our Year 6 students joined by new students at Monday’s Year 7 2020 Orientation and Testing Day; we had our Junior School Interhouse Ball Games, which was full of bright house colours and loud cheers and war cries; it was the Seniors’ Charity Week and I thank our senior students for coordinating the many events and activities to encourage all of us to ‘give’ a little more; we had our Year 7 and 11, Year 8 and 12 Buddy Lunch and on Saturday, Senior School students competed in the Open Badminton QGSSSA Competition and I am proud to acknowledge our Open team who took out the premiership!

Our Peak Bodies were busy, with a Council, Foundation and P & F Association General Meeting all in the one week, with the annual Peak Bodies Dinner rounding out the week. At this event, senior staff join members of Peak Bodies and their partners to thank them for the hours and hours of voluntary contribution they give to our school, each year.

Finally, the highly anticipated parent and student engagement activity, our K-6 Disco was held last Friday evening. Approximately, 240 students and their significant male guests danced the early evening away, in the CHC. I thank so many staff and parents for their hard work and assistance to make this such a wonderful event every year. I acknowledge Mrs Angela Kerr and Mrs Claire Rush for their long-standing commitment to the K-6 Disco.

Prize Reading Assembly
At Tuesday’s School Assembly names were read of students in Years 4 to 11, who will be presented special prizes and academic excellence awards at our Annual Awards Ceremony, to be held on Monday evening, 11 November, in the Concert Hall at QPAC. We read the names of recipients of awards and prizes at Assembly so that students may acknowledge the outstanding achievement of their peers and other students, older and younger. Prizes and awards for our Year 12 students are read at our Special Assembly, scheduled for Thursday, 7 November.

I share in this column what I wrote last year at this time of the term, as the message continues to be an important one for all of us at St Aidan’s. Firstly, we will always acknowledge the outstanding achievements of our students and staff; it is in this school’s DNA and it is a tradition set by the Sisters; however, as we near the close of the academic year, it is timely to pause to recognise the inspirational efforts and diversity of success experienced by many, many students, whom either have just missed the ‘cut off’ for a prize or have instead excelled by meeting their individual goals or achieving their Personal Bests. Sometimes, I feel like ‘Prize-giving’ time of the year needs a bit of ‘Perspective-giving.’ Let me explain.

The most powerful influence on a child’s perspective is the modelling by the adults in her life. We need to be very careful that our understandable desire to succeed and encourage does not translate into responses which promote the effect of believing that an A result is a success and that a B result is a failure, so that not achieving an academic excellence award renders all other achievements in the year as negligible.

It makes me sad when parents share with me stories of their daughters, seemingly in desperate situations as they pursue the blinkered option to only be satisfied with their learning each semester if they receive an academic award.

It is very nice to win awards and prizes and we are incredibly proud of our prize-winners this year, but I would send a warning, that if we link motivation to winning prizes in life, we set ourselves up for disappointment, or possibly worse, encourage the perfection-praise loop for our girls. I believe the greatest prize of all is when I can look myself in the eye and say, “I tried my absolute best and I know I’ve done a good job.” I commend each girl at St Aidan’s who has worked diligently this year to achieve her learning goals.

Activities and Sports Captains Announced
This week we presented pockets to our 2020 Sports and Activities Captains, we congratulate the following girls on their selection as captains for a variety of sports and activities across the school and look forward to their leadership of the student body in 2020.
For the full list please click here.

Upcoming Events
• Frances Whiting in The Living Room, Wednesday 30 October, 6.00pm in the Auditorium
• All Souls’ Service, Friday 1 November, 7.00am in the Chapel
• P & F Melbourne Cup Lunch, Tuesday 5 November, Indooroopilly Golf Club
• Special Awards Assembly, Thursday 7 November, 8:45am in the CHC
• Sports Awards Evening, Thursday 7 November, 6:30pm in the CHC

Congratulations

Open Badminton Team who won the QGSSSA Senior Badminton premiership!
Grace Smith (Year 7) who achieved a Distinction in the Big Science Competition.
• The following girls who achieved the following awards in the Australian National Chemistry Quiz:
o High Distinction Cindy Liu (Year 11), Camilla Hughes and Jessica Allen (Year 10),
o Distinction Mahima Gupta (Year 9), Kyla McCulloch (Year 11), Imogen Mitchell (Year 10)
o Credit Lekshmy Ananthan (Year 9)

Best Wishes

• To all of our students participating in the Performing Arts Studio Concerts this week
• To our Year 12 students completing their last Block Testing
• To our QGSSSA Year 7 – 9 Softball players for their fixtures this week and QGSSSA Year 7 – 9 Badminton players for their Tournament on Saturday

 

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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:

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. Congratulations to the following students who will be presented awards at this assembly:

Old Girls’ Association Certificate of Commitment
Year 12 Jessie Luo
Year 11 Justine Lee
Year 10 Rachel Eng
Year 9 Bridget McCormack
Year 8 Olivia Shoesmith
Year 7 Annabel Ott
Year 6 Amelia Hefner
Year 5 Grace Cadwallader
Year 4 Caitlyn Mathers
Year 3 Leila Binesh
Year 2 Aerin Ford
Year 1 Charlotte Cheng
Prep Olivia Binesh

The Kelly-Anne Kopittke Prize
Yuna Kondo

Best All Round Contribution to House
Austen Mia Hughes
Barrett Katie Vidler
Bronte Aeshlein Ralston
Cavell Samantha Watkin
Hartland Emma-Kate Watt
Nightingale Mai-Lyn Foong

Year 7 Merit Certificate
Bonnie Buckingham
Briti Dogra
Isabel Goffage
Genevieve Johnston
Olivia McPherson
Vivian Nguyen
Eliza O'Rourke
Rebecca Paul
Isabella Pocknee
Wendy Wu

Year 12 Citizenship Certificate
Georgia Bishop
Susan Du
Adelaide Pope
Skye Sun
Lucy Wheatley

Diploma of Business – Barrington College
Georgia Bishop
Mackenzie Cullinane
Olivia Doherty
Courtney Dwyer
Lucy Edgecombe
Madison Farrell-Thomas
Mary Gordon
Jude Jaramazovic
Isabella Kenny
Olivia Marega
Kiera Meier-Elliott
Molly Roessler
Rina Toto
Brydee Trevanion

Year 12 Awards and Pinnacle awards will be announced at this assembly.

Annual Awards Ceremony – 11th November 2019
The Annual Awards Ceremony is being held on Monday, 11th November 2019 commencing 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.

Award recipients and musicians will be required to attend the rehearsal on Monday. Further information will be sent to these students directly regarding logistics for the day.

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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

Sport

Please click read more for all the Senior Sport news.

Cross Country Camp 2020
All St Aidan’s Cross Country runners are invited to attend our annual Cross Country Camp! To take place on Mon 20 - Thu 23 Jan 2020 back at our favourite venue, Gold Coast Recreation Centre, Tallebudgera. This year we will again be running with the wildlife at Lake Coombabah and spending our last day at Wet'N'Wild! We also have the pleasure of welcoming 2-time Commonwealth Gold Medal winning Marathon Runner, Michael Shelley as our guest speaker! We have a variety of other fun activities that will be a great kick start to the school year and 2020 Cross Country Season and a chance for you to get to know your fellow St Aidan's runners.

Please see the camp letter in the files section of Aidan's Central for full information. Forms and payment are due on Friday 22 November 2019. It is important to get your payment and forms sorted by this date as this is the last date that I can order training singlets. The Camp payment link is now available on Flexischools, please contact me if you require a payment plan.

Swimming Clinic 2020
In 2020, Head Swim Coach, Josh Smith will be running an External Swim Clinic at Hibiscus Sports Complex Pool in place of the annual camp. This clinic will go across Wednesday 15, Thursday 16 and Friday 17 January 2020 and will have attendees from St Aidan’s swim squad, Hibiscus swim squads and others who wish to improve their skills. The clinic is designed to be flexible for your availability and you can choose to attend and pay for as many or few days as you like, and there will be catered lunches each day! The whole range of swim skills will be covered on each day, including start and finish skills, each stroke technical skills and drills and strength and conditioning. There will be a cost per day involved for this with St Aidan’s students receiving a discount. More information, final cost and sign on forms will be available in the coming weeks, but for now, save the date!

 

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Music

Please click read more for all Senior School music information

Congratulations - Music Exam Results.
Congratulations go to the following girls who have successfully completed their ANZCA piano exams: Preliminary - Olivia Kemp and Kinsey Taylor; Grade 1 – Emily Kim, Zane Chen, Laetia Gallagher; Grade 3 – Helen You, Charlotte Worthington; Grade 4 – Charlotte Traynor. Well done girls!!

Congratulations – Big Sing
Well done to all the members of Ensemble Volar who represented the school admirably at the annual community Big Sing hosted by St Aidan’s on Sunday 27th of October. Over 250 community members participated in this special event to inspire excellence in choral music. A big thank you to Dr Cuskelly, Miss Trott and the other presenters for their musical efforts and for co-ordinating such a fantastic community event.

Private Tuition Studio Concerts
Studio Concerts will be running over the next three weeks. Parents and friends of performing students are invited to the following Studio Concerts:

Piano – Le-Ann Smith and Natalie Moloney – 18th of November 6-8 pm Auditorium
Voice – Annie Lower – 28th of October 4.30-6.00 pm Auditorium
Cello/Double Bass – Evalyn Legried – 31st of October 3.30-6.00pm Auditorium
Brass/Percussion – Kerrie-Anne Looi, Adrian, Moran, David Scaife and Claudia Leggett –
4th of November 3.30-6.15pm Auditorium
Flute – Julie Fixter - 19th of November 3.30-6.00 Auditorium
Harp/Clarinet – Tijana Kozarcic and Sue Figliano – 29th of October 1.15pm CG02
Violin – Helen Carvolth – 19th of November 1.15pm C108

Music Lunch
To celebrate a fantastic year of music making, all Senior School Extra-Curricular Music students are invited to attend the Music Lunch on Friday 8th of November at 12.50 in the CHC.

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.

Symphonic Wind Auditions
All girls in Years 6-9 who are members of the Band Program are invited to audition for our most senior band at St Aidan’s – Symphonic Winds for 2020. The audition music has been sent via email and hard copies are available from the Band Room. Auditions will take place in Week 7 on Monday after school or Thursday morning before school. An audition sign-up sheet will be in the Band Room this week.

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 herefor Term 4 Music Calendar. Changes and additions may be made throughout the year. Updates will be provided in the Newsletter.

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mathematics

The Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC) was held on the 1st August.

This competition tests everything from basic numeracy skills through to advanced problem solving and is a benchmark for mathematical ability throughout the Pacific and South-East Asia. The following students can be congratulated on their achievement. To see the list of students please click here. 

ICAS Mathematics (International Competitions and Assessment for Schools) was held in August by nomination. The notification that accompanies the certificate outlines how you can access your daughter’s detailed results. It also contains a TAP-ID and PIN to access.

Students receiving a High Distinction certificate scored in the top 1% of participants in Queensland, Distinctions are awarded to the next 10% and Credits for the next 25%. A full list of High Distinction, Distinction and Credit award winners is listed below in order of achievement. We congratulate all these students on their achievements. To see the list of students please click here.
All certificates will be presented at upcoming Year Level Assemblies.

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Junior Jottings

Mrs Louise Mcguire 

• Special Awards Ceremony/Annual Awards Ceremony/Extra-curricular Assembly
• ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Disco
• Interhouse Ball Games
• Interhouse Spelling Competition
• Andrews Cup Tee Ball/Softball
• Day for Daniel
• Year 6 Transition Eucharist and Dinner – Wednesday 20 November
• Office of the eSafety Commissioner
• Important Dates

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 Thursday 7 November. At this assembly, one student from each year level (Prep-12) 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.

Congratulations to the following Junior School students -

Old Girls’ Association Certificate of Commitment
Year 6 Amelia Hefner
Year 5 Grace Cadwallader
Year 4 Caitlyn Mathers
Year 3 Leila Binesh
Year 2 Aerin Ford
Year 1 Charlotte Cheng
Prep Olivia Binesh

The Kelly-Anne Kopittke Prize
Yuna Kondo

The next special event is the Annual Awards Ceremony on Monday 11 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.
There will also 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.

Award recipients and musicians will be required to attend the rehearsal on Monday. Further information regarding logistics for the day will be sent to these students and parents.
On Wednesday 13 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 present some special Music and Sports awards. Parents of award recipients will be notified via email this week.
It would be wonderful to see as many parents as possible join us in these celebrations.

‘Dancing with the Stars’ Disco
Thank you to all fathers, uncles, friends, grandfathers, daughters and sons who attended the P&F’s ‘Dancing with the Stars’ disco last Friday evening. It was a great opportunity for the significant men in the students’ lives to spend time with them. I have heard (in great detail) about the spirit in which all ‘groovy dancers’ entered into the evening – the costumes were amazing (I have seen many photos)!

Sincere 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. Angela’s support of the Junior School has been unwavering over many years – her patience, commitment, enthusiasm and ongoing and relentless contributions to the Junior School have been appreciated immensely.

Thank you also to - Claire Rush from the P&F Association for her support; St Aidan’s staff (catering, marketing, grounds and maintenance) for their assistance; members of the school and wider community who donated raffle/auction prizes; willing mums who supported the event by assisting in so many ways; and to everyone who kindly helped pack up at the end of the evening.
dance

Interhouse Ball Games
On Wednesday of last week, we held our Interhouse Ball Games carnival 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 in 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 (for the third year in a row)!
cavell

Interhouse Spelling Competition
On Monday of this week, we held the final of our Interhouse Spelling Competition. Students from each House (Years 1-6) who scored the highest mark in their year level in the House spelling test represented their House at this event. All students from Year 1-Year 6 were in attendance in the CHC to cheer on their House representatives in the “battle of the best spellers”.

The Percentage Cup (for the House with the most overall points earnt from correctly spelt words in classroom tests, relative to the number of students in the House) was awarded to Barrett. The Winning House trophy was also awarded to Barrett for scoring the most points for correctly spelt words in the final. Congratulations to the Barrett finalists – Year 1 Caitlin Shelburn Year 2 Olivia Alford Year 3 Olivia Cadwalladar Year 4 Sophie Colston Year 5 Grace Cadwalladar Year 6 Lulu Olford

Andrews Cup Tee Ball/Softball
On Tuesday of last week, the Andrews Cup Softball was held at Downey Park. I would like to congratulate the girls for their sportsmanship and determination. They played many hard fought and close matches throughout the long, hot day.
Particular mention must go to our B Grade team who placed equal 1st, and our Tee Ball A Grade team who placed 2nd. I acknowledge our Year 6 Softball Captains for their leadership both on and off the field - Hannah Daly, Vanning Kuo and Audrey McGregor.
Thank you to - Ms Jeanes-Fraser for co-ordinating Softball; the dedicated coaches A Grade - Miss Hannah King, B Grade - Miss Ashlee Johnson, Tee Ball - Ms Emma Swan and Mr Saxon Moseley for ensuring our girls were well prepared for the competition.
Thank you also to our parent and friend supporters on the day. I know how much the girls appreciated you being there.

Day for Daniel
Last Friday, Junior School students were brightly dressed in red to raise money for the Daniel Morcombe Foundation. Thank you to the Penguin Aid and Peer Support Leaders who helped to organise and promote the day.
daniel


Year 6 Transition Eucharist and Dinner

Parents of our Year 6 girls have received their official invitation to the Year 6 Eucharist and Dinner to be held on Wednesday 20 November. This is a wonderful way for students, family members and staff to celebrate the girls’ final year in the Junior School. Please RSVP via Flexischools as soon as possible so that we can finalise details for this event.

Office of the eSafety Commissioner
The Office of the eSafety Commissioner has just announced an updated version of their website. The website provides parents, schools and communities with access to an extensive range of resources to assist them safely navigate the online world. Click here to see the new website.

“The eSafety Commissioner (eSafety) is Australia’s national independent regulator for online safety. eSafety leads and coordinates online safety efforts across Commonwealth departments, authorities and agencies, and we engage with key online safety stakeholders internationally, to amplify our impact across borders. The activities of the eSafety Commissioner are governed by the Enhancing Online Safety Act 2015 (Cth) but our mission has been extensively broadened since our establishment four years ago.” Julie Inman Grant is the eSafety Commissioner.

Important Dates
Please click herefor Important Dates Term 4, 2019.

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Junior Sport

Please click here for the Junior School Training Schedule for Week 4 Term 4 and Week 5 Term 4

The Andrews Cup Softball and Tee Ball competition was played on Tuesday 22 October at the Downey Park Softball fields, Windsor. All St Aidan’s team members are to be congratulated on their dedication and enthusiasm in the lead up to the competition and their fine efforts and sportsmanship on the day. Particular mention must go to our B Grade Team who was named as equal premiers and our Tee Ball A Grade who placed 2nd. I would acknowledge our Captains for their leadership both on and off the field - Hannah Daly, Vanning Kuo and Audrey McGregor. I would also like to thank the coaches; A Grade – Miss Hannah King, B Grade Miss Ashlee Johnson, Ms Swan and Mr Moseley for ensuring our girls were well prepared for the competition.
softball

Interhouse Ball Games
The Interhouse Ball Games Carnival was held on Wednesday 23 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 war cries, and decorations. A huge thank you must go to our fantastic House Captains who assisted incredibly with the overall smooth running of the afternoon and for all their House spirit, enthusiasm and encouragement to each of their House members throughout the entire 2019 season.

• Austen House : Maggie Clarke, Libby Oelkers
• Barrett House : Olivia Braga, Ava Daley, Zahra Fraser, Rebecca Kerr
• Bronte House : Lily Davies, Madeleine O’Dwyer
• Cavell House : Sophie Hannaford, Bella Gjorgioski, Poppy O’Sullivan-Williams, Elise Williams Hernandez
• Hartland House : Samantha Cooper, Amelia Hefner, Poppy Morrison, Miranda Shoesmith
• Nightingale : Aparna Anand, Charlotte Herron, Willow Taylor

Finally, a massive congratulations to Cavell Captains for their sensational victory!
house

Andrews Cup Gymnastics
The Andrews Cup Gymnastics team is working extremely hard with their competition preparation. The competition will be held at Somerville House on Thursday 7 November. Trainings will continue Tuesday and Friday mornings at 6am – 7.30am at Splitz Gymnastics, Sumner Park. On the conclusion of each session, a bus will take the girls back to school. Full dress rehearsals will be held on Friday 1 November and Tuesday 5 November. 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.

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 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 9.00am.
Girls are expected to attend Tuesday afternoon compulsory training at the Ambiwerra Basketball courts from 3.45pm-4.45pm.

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

2020 Beyond Athletics
The 2020 Beyond Athletics Program is currently running with trainings on Wednesday afternoons 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. One compulsory session is required should your daughter be wishing to make the Andrews Cup team - either a Tuesday morning or Tuesday afternoon.
For the full schedule 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

Congratulations
Congratulations must go to the following girls who competed in the inaugural Brisbane Primary All Schools Touch Football Competition on Saturday 26 October at Ambiwerra: Amy Andrews, Stella Brown, Zahra Fraser, Adelaide Himstedt, Sophie Himstedt, Vanning Kuo, Caitlin Memory, Olivia Totten, Bethany Williams
Girls had a fabulous day and played with true St Aidan’s Spirit!
congrats

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
24 January • Swim Camp – St Aidan’s School Pool


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Junior Music

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Congratulations - Music Exam Results.
Congratulations go to the following girls who have successfully completed their ANZCA piano exams: Preliminary - Olivia Kemp and Kinsey Taylor, Grade 1 – Emily Kim, Zane Chen, Laetia Gallagher, Grade 3 – Helen You, Charlotte Worthington, Grade 4 – Charlotte Traynor. Well done girls!!
Congratulations also go to Jenna King-Daly who recently completed AMEB Grade 1 violin. Well done Jenna.

Studio Concerts
Studio Concerts will be running over the next three weeks. Parents and friends of performing students are invited to the following Studio Concerts:
Piano – Le-Ann Smith and Natalie Moloney – 18th of November 6-8 pm Auditorium
Voice – Annie Lower – 28th of October 4.30-6.00 pm Auditorium
Cello/Double Bass – Evalyn Legried – 31st of October 3.30-6.00pm Auditorium
Brass/Percussion – Kerrie-Anne Looi, Adrian, Moran, David Scaife and Claudia Leggett –
   4th of November 3.30-6.15pm Auditorium
Flute – Julie Fixter - 19th of November 3.30-6.00 Auditorium
Harp/Clarinet – Tijana Kozarcic and Sue Figliano – 29th of October 1.15pm CG02
Violin – Helen Carvolth – 19th of November 1.15pm C108

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.

Symphonic Wind Auditions
All girls in Year 6 who are members of the Charma Band are invited to audition for our most senior band at St Aidan’s – Symphonic Winds for 2020. The audition music has been sent via email and hard copies are available from the Band Room. Auditions will take place in Week 7 on Thursday before school. An audition sign-up sheet will be in the Band Room this week.

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 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 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 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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Stationery orders 2020

A reminder that Stationery orders close this Sunday. Please follow the link to order online.
www.sequelbooks.com

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