Newsletter Term 4 Week 5

Principal

MRS Karen Spiller OAM

Staff and Community

We are very proud of Ms McGuire who was selected as a finalist for the Queensland College of Teachers Excellence in Teaching Awards in the category of Excellence in Teaching and Leadership.

While not the winner ultimately, we are delighted that Ms McGuire was recognised in this manner. She joins a wonderful group of staff including Mrs Wickham, Ms Hosking and Mrs Koh who share this significant recognition.

Our P and F Association

Thank you again to all parents for your support of the P and F. This year, in addition to the support of the Book Hire scheme, the P and F have contributed $25,000 towards equipment for The Link. 

Foundation

Thank you to the Foundation who has also contributed to the school again this year; $494,463 to the various programs of The Link and $130,000 in general infrastructure.

Annual Awards Ceremony Monday 13 November

This event is a highlight in the year. The entire ceremony is usually complete in just over two hours and features musical performances by a number of choirs and ensembles from the school community. The focus is on recognising the achievement of our girls in a variety of areas of the school with academic and peak awards for students in years 4-12 presented. 
I hope that St Aidan’s families and friends make this night a priority.

Ambiwerra

For many Brisbane families the name Fancutts will immediately be familiar; an iconic tennis family who for many years owned Fancutts Tennis Centre which was a Brisbane institution, and of course for Daphne who played at Wimbledon.
St Aidan’s has been fortunate to secure the original Fancutts historic house which we hope to relocate to Ambiwerra. While we are still determining the use for the House, we expect that in the first instance we will use it for various school purposes including meetings.

Student activities

Our final rounds of QGSSSA Badminton are now complete and I thank all girls, coaches and parents for their commitment to the sport.

Many of our students were involved in the Big Sing Workshop and Concert on Sunday at school. Thank you again to all involved in preparation for and the running of the event.
We wish our year twelve students all the best for their final exams which start this week.
We also wish all students involved in the primary school artistic gymnastics and senior school softball, the very best for their competitions.

I recently read of the four qualities that every successful leader now needs, according to Claudio Fernandez-Araoz, senior advisor at Executive Search firm Egon Zehnder.
Potential to learn, grow and change are the new must have qualities for aspiring CEOs. The qualities leaders must possess now are curiosity, insight, engagement and determination. Without these characteristics, leaders will not have the “right stuff” to navigate through chaos and rapid change.

So, the potential to adapt to change is now the key to finding great leaders because the only thing we know about jobs of the future is that they will be different and more complex.

I am confident that our educational program and school experience encourages engagement and both fosters creativity and curiosity through subjects such as Design and Innovation, Art, Science as well as English and Mathematics just to mention a few. It is always our teachers’ intentions to provide insight and to stimulate inquiring minds and critical thinking.

www.afr.com/brand/boss/the-four-qualities-every-successful-leader-needs-20151019

Congratulations to:

  • Acting Dean of Studies, Ms Lynda Wall whose research, “Institutional logics and curriculum decision making: enacting the Australian Curriculum English and NAPLAN literacy”, has been published in The Australian Educational Researcher Journal.

  • Mrs Megan Daley who was the 2017 recipient of the Dromkeen Librarian Award.

  • Phoebe Sweeney (Year 7) who finished 2nd in the Girls 12 & Over 2.5 Open Water event at the Queensland Open Water State Championships held at Lake Kawana.

Karen Spiller OAM

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

Annual Awards Ceremony – Monday 13 November 7:00pm 
At our whole school assembly on Tuesday, 24 October, the names of the Years 4 – 11 students who are recipients of Special Prizes and Academic Excellence Awards were announced.

Students receiving awards are required to attend the Annual Awards Ceremony on Monday, 13 November at 7.00pm at the QPAC Concert Hall. Years 7 – 11 students will wear their 'Whites' (unless they are performing on the evening) and the Junior School girls will wear their 'Blues'. All students receiving awards will have allocated seating. 
Students who are Award recipients from Years 4 - 11; musicians performing on the evening; 2018 Year 12 student leaders and current Year 12 students are allocated seating. Therefore, parents with daughters in any one of these groups do not need to order tickets for their children if they belong to one of these groups. 
Parents are able to access complimentary tickets for reserved seats for the Annual Awards Ceremony via the Flexischool facility. Please visit the Flexischools website to order your tickets – Select Annual Awards Ceremony and book the number of seats you require.
All students in Years 3 – 12 are encouraged to attend the Annual Awards Ceremony and I would encourage all parents to request tickets as soon as possible as entry to the venue is only possible with a pre-allocated ticket. 
For parents and students, the Annual Awards Ceremony is a wonderful celebration of student achievements and all members of the school community are welcome to attend. This year’s ceremony will include formal farewells to Mrs Karen Spiller, Principal and Mrs Kim Wickham, Dean of Students.
Year 12 Prize winners will be announced at the Special Awards Assembly on Friday, 10 November which begins at 8.45am in the Christine Hartland Centre. 
At this Special Awards Assembly there is also a formal Presentation of Senior Leaders for 2018. Students receiving awards and participating in presentations at this ceremony will be provided with details via email.

 

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Chaplain

Rev Gillian Moses

Things can only get better
Last week in chapel with the Year 5 cohort, we talked about looking forward, and looking back.

It was an opportunity to think about what we had really enjoyed this year, and to say thank you for those good things. Expressing gratitude has been shown to have very positive effects on wellbeing and optimism, and we can all do with a little more wellbeing.
It was then an invitation to look ahead to the year that will be – 2018. Predicting the future is never a very profitable business, but I asked the students to think about what they hope for in the coming year, and to express their anticipation and hopefulness. You can see the resulting bunting in the chapel.
The catalyst for our activity was a beautiful reading from the Prophet Isaiah, where Isaiah speaks a prophecy of the new heaven and new earth (Isaiah 65.17-20). The image he paints of this new earth is extraordinary: a city full of happy people with no more tears, where all people will live to a ripe old age, and anyone who dies before the age of 100 will be considered unlucky! The words of Isaiah are meant to remind us that things will always get better.
That doesn’t just mean that when life is hard, we should look on the bright side a la Monty Python. It is true that hope means expecting that something good lies ahead, even if it is hard to see right now. But Isaiah also suggests that no matter how good life is now, it will be even better!  This is a subtle, yet important, nuance.
For most of us, life is good. I was reminded of this yesterday when I spoke with a friend. He was a child soldier in the Sudan, who survived that experience, and refugee camps, and now finds himself living in Brisbane with a loving family, good work and plenty of everything. He regularly pinches himself in disbelief that he has so much now, when once he had so little. For my friend, who once had so little, every day brings uncountable blessings, and the future stretches before him in hope and expectation.
But for we who have grown up comfortably, who have always had enough, and whose lives have been mostly safe and predictable, it is easy to fall into the trap of expecting bad news. We worry that we will have to cut back, that we might have to do with less, that we could miss out, and that things might actually get worse. We can be easily dismayed, and we forget how to expect blessings. We are so used to them that we start to forget they are there.
Isaiah’s picture of a rosy future is so exaggerated that it reminds us how much we already have. It challenges us to expect better. It encourages us to hope for the best at all times. If we can learn to expect the best, then we might not be so resistant to sharing our fortune with others. If the future is only going to continue to improve, then why not share our blessings with others. There will always be more!
My friend knows he is living a dream each day. His smile tells me that. I would like to be as optimistic as he is about the future. The best is yet to come.

All Souls
Don’t forget our All Souls Service tomorrow morning (Thursday 2 November) in the chapel, beginning at 7.30am. It is also not too late to add any names to the list of the departed who will be remembered in the service.
Blessings
Rev Gillian

 

 

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Dean of Studies

MRS Kim Wickham

Assessment and attendance
Year 11 QCS trial
Subject changes for 2018
Release of QCS Grades
Release of Year 12 results, OPs and FPs
QCE Eligibility
Block Testing Year 12
Block Testing Year 11

 

 

Assessment and attendance
Students in Year 11 and 12 must provide a medical certificate if they miss assessment due to illness or injury. Arrangements should be made with the Dean of Studies and teachers to complete missed assessment as soon as practical and appropriate after their return.
Avoid making any non-urgent appointments when assessment is scheduled.
Students who are unwell should go to Student Services, who will then contact parents if girls need to be collected. 

Year 11 QCS trial
Year 11 students will complete their first full trial of the QCS Multiple Choice Paper 1 in their EPP classes on Friday. This is an important trial because it provides the information used to inform OP predictions and advice to students. Students have received a list of the equipment needed for the trial, and they should make every effort to perform well on Friday. Any student who is absent on Friday will be required to complete the paper as soon as possible on her return to school. 

Release of QCS Grades
Year 12 students will be able to access their individual QCS Test Grades from 9.00am on Wednesday, 15 November. These can be found in the students’ learning accounts on the Student Connect Website https://studentconnect.qcaa.qld.edu.au. Students’ QCS grades will be confirmed on the senior statement they receive as part of their senior education profile sent to them in December. In order to access this website, students must know their LUI and password to log in and check their results online. Students will gain faster access to their results if they have previously activated their learning account. All Year 12 students have been issued with their LUI.

Release of Year 12 results, OPs and FPs
From 9am on Saturday 16 December, all results contributing to the Queensland Certificate of Education, OPs and FPs will be available in student learning accounts on the Student Connect website. From Monday 18 December, students will begin receiving their Senior Education profiles in the mail. Depending on students’ individual circumstances, their profile will comprise one or more of the following documents:
• QCE
• Tertiary Entrance Statement
• Senior Statement
• Queensland Certificate of Individual Achievement

QCE Eligibility
When results are returned to students to review and track their own progress, it is important for Year 11 and Year 12 students to also monitor their results in consideration of the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE).  As our Senior students are aware, the attainment of a QCE at the end of Year 12 requires a certain amount of learning at a particular standard along with particular literacy and numeracy requirements. Students should be checking carefully that they have the following:
-A pass (Sound Achievement) in both an English and a Mathematics subject
-At least 20 credit points of study (the equivalent of 20 semesters passed)
-At least 12 credit point of core studies that are continuous (core studies include any subjects at school, Certificates 2, 3 and 4)   

Block Testing Year 12
Block testing commences on Wednesday, November 1 and concludes on Tuesday, November 7. Students should work right through to the end and to the best of their ability. Changes to overall results in each subject are still quite possible at this point. Please note that Wednesday 1 November is a Home Study Day. 

Block Testing Year 11 
Block Testing commences on Wednesday, November 15 and finishes on Wednesday, November 22. Please note that all year 11 students are required to attend the upcoming QCS test practices to be held on Friday, November 3, Friday, November 17 and Friday November 24. Please note there is no Home Study Day this term. Students are expected to attend school on Tuesday, November 14.

 

 

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Guidance Counsellor

ms Jennie Robinson

ADF
QLD School of Film and TV
Scholarships
Unis

 

 

ADF
Australian Defence Force Careers Information Session.   
 ADF CAREERS INFORMATION SESSION
 
Australia’s Navy, Army and Air Force can give you experiences money can’t buy – a career that not only improves you personally, but means doing something worthwhile for your country. 
There really is something for almost everyone – from fully paid university degrees and graduate entry schemes, rewarding trade and technical careers, exciting combat roles, through to support and administration positions. 
With more than 250 jobs on offer, with a multitude of entry avenues, there has never been a better time to find out more. 
To learn more, attend an Australian Defence Force Careers Information Session
When: Monday 13 November 2017 Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm 
Where: Defence Force Recruiting Brisbane, Level 13, 295 Ann Street, Brisbane. 
To RSVP visit http://events.defencejobs.gov.au/event/7P2XZ5/ or email cptqld@dfr.com.au  

ADMIN & LOGISTICS CAREERS INFORMATION SESSION 
Australia’s Navy, Army and Air Force can give you experiences money can’t buy – a career that not only improves you personally, but means doing something worthwhile for your country. 
If you’ve ever considered a career in administration or logistics then find out how you can keep things running smoothly behind the scenes in the Navy, Army or Air Force. From clerks to financial managers, warehouse coordinators and supply chain specialists, we have roles where you can make a real difference. 
To learn more, attend an Australian Defence Force Careers Information Session
When: Tuesday 21 November 2017 Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm 
Where: Defence Force Recruiting Brisbane, Level 13, 295 Ann Street, Brisbane. 
To RSVP visit http://events.defencejobs.gov.au/event/2SNNSE/ or email cptqld@dfr.com.au   

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

Introduction to Editing  
DATE:     Saturday - 25 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

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.

UNIS
GRIFFITH UNI
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) majoring in electronic and UAV engineering
Brisbane campus» To find out more griffith.edu.au/engineering

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) majoring in civil and architectural engineering
Gold Coast campus To find out more griffith.edu.au/engineering

Bachelor of Computer Science» To find out more griffith.edu.au/computer-science

» Visit griffith.edu.au/STEM-double-degrees

QUT
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. 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.


 

 

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Music Lunch
All senior school music students are cordially invited to attend the annual Music Lunch. This luncheon will be held in the CHC at 12.40 on Friday 10 November. Please ensure you let Mrs Figliano know if you have any special dietary requirements.

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.

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.

Music Support Group AGM
The Music Support Group will be holding their Annual General Meeting on Monday 6 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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Mathematics Challenge

From April through to September a group of students from Year 7 to Year 9 participated in the Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians Enrichment Stage.

This Enrichment consisted of very challenging weekly problems designed to encourage and foster an interest in and awareness of the power of mathematics, a desire to succeed in solving interesting mathematical problems and to discover a joy in solving mathematical problems.
Four of our students have succeeded in achieving a Credit Award and these will be presented at a forthcoming assembly.
Euler Series:
Year 7: Lekshmy Ananthan
Year 8: Sophia Zhang and Esther Wong
Gauss Series:
Year 9:
Cindy Liu

 

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Junior Jottings

Mrs Louise Mcguire 

Andrews Cup Softball
Annual Awards Ceremony
Year 6 Transition Eucharist and Dinner
Andrews Cup Gymnastics
Andrews Cup Basketball
Face Painting
A Fairy Garden Reading Collection
Melbourne Cup Lunch – Tuesday 7 November
Junior School - Outdoor Film Night – Saturday 18 November
Anglicare Christmas Hampers
Important Dates

 

 

Andrews Cup Softball
On Monday of this 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. 
Thank you to Ms Jeanes-Fraser for co-ordinating Softball and to our coaches Ms Jen Rowe, Hannah King, and Ashlee Johnson for their support and encouragement throughout the season. Thank you also to our parent and friend supporters on the day. I know how much the girls appreciated you being there.

Annual Awards Ceremony
Last week at Tuesday’s whole school assembly, the names of the Years 4 – 11 students who are recipients for Special Prizes and Academic Excellence Awards were announced. These prizes and awards will be presented at the Annual Awards Ceremony, which is a wonderful celebration of student achievements and all members of the school community are welcome to attend.  
Students receiving awards are required to attend the Annual Awards Ceremony on Monday, 13 November at 7.00pm at the QPAC Concert Hall.  Years 7 – 12 students will wear their 'Whites' (unless they are performing on the evening) and Years 4 – 6 students will wear their 'Blues'.  All students receiving awards will have allocated seating.

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.
Children Crossing (choir) students will depart school by bus at 11.00am and return to school leaving QPAC at 1.00pm. Students involved in a Senior School music group will remain at QPAC for music rehearsals (12.00pm – 4.00pm, 5.15pm – 6.00pm) for the remainder of the day. Students attending music rehearsals will receive separate communication with exact details on their travel and meal arrangements.

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 the music students and paid for by the School.
 
DRESS
All students: formal blue school uniform to be worn to the rehearsal (but formal white for the evening).
 
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT
Water bottle
 
ABSENCES
If, for any reason, your daughter is absent from school on this day, please phone reception and leave a message for Mrs Humphrey.

Parents should have received full details about the rehearsal via email.
 
TICKETS
Parents are able to access complimentary tickets for reserved seats for the Annual Awards Ceremony via the Flexischool facility.  Entry to the QPAC Concert Hall is only possible with a pre-allocated ticket.  Please note that Award Recipients, musicians, 2018 Student Leaders and all Year 12 students have allocated seating or will be backstage.  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: https://www.flexischools.com.au/FM/FM_Auth.aspx?p=Menu, select Annual Awards Ceremony and book the number of seats you require.
 Tickets ordered via Flexischools will be available for collection from the school Reception from Monday, 6 November.
 
Year 12 Prize winners and special award winners will be announced at the Special Awards Assembly on Friday, 10 November which begins at 8.45am in the Christine Hartland Centre.  The Year 12 Prizewinners are then presented at the Annual Awards Ceremony.  At the Special Awards Assembly there is also a formal Presentation of Senior Leaders for 2018. Students receiving awards at this ceremony will be advised within the coming week.
Please address any queries to Mrs Ros Humphrey on 3373 5999.

Year 6 Transition Eucharist and Dinner
Parents of our Year 6 girls will have received their official invitation to the Year 6 Eucharist and Dinner to be held on Thursday 23 November. This is a wonderful way for girls, 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.

Andrews Cup Gymnastics 
We wish all of the girls competing in the Andrews Cup Gymnastics on Thursday 2 November, led by Captains, Kiara Jayasuriya and Georgia Lane all the best for a successful day. The girls have been training extremely hard in the lead up to this event with many very early sessions. They have put great effort into their preparation and will hopefully reap the rewards of their preparation.
Good luck, girls!

Andrews Cup Basketball
We also wish all of our girls who are participating in the Invitational Andrews Cup Basketball Carnival, hosted by Moreton Bay College at Hibiscus Sports Centre Carina (90 Klumpp Rd Upper Mt Gravatt) on Thursday 2 November 2017, all the very best for their competition. 

Face Painting in the Junior School
Last Friday, the Junior School Prefects, Isabella Vuong and Romany Beckinsale, garnered support from their Year 12 friends to ‘treat’ the Junior School students with some much-loved face painting. With only a few weeks to go until the Year 12 girls finish school, it was lovely to see the oldest girls in the school interacting so comfortably with the youngest.  
Thank you to Isabella and Romany for organising this special event for the Junior School students.

face painting _junior school 2017

A Fairy Garden Reading Collection
St Aidan’s Old Girl, Jean Adam (Beard 1940), recently donated a beautiful collection of treasured fairy books to the Junior School Library, together with a monetary donation to purchase some more fairy books for our collection. Fairy books are extremely popular in the Junior School Library so this was a much appreciated gift. Mrs Morris has created a beautiful fairy display in the front display cabinet of the Junior Library, which has been much admired by the girls this week. 
The Junior School Earth Angels have been establishing a Junior School Fairy Garden throughout 2017 – and we welcome donations of upcycled or no longer needed fairy paraphernalia from home. Donations can be left under the fairy tree, which is covered in bunting made from fabric scraps. 
The fairy book donation was timely, and we have now created an outdoor reading space for the Junior School girls to enjoy the new fairy books, under our fairy tree. Each lunchtime, Year Three students will set up our reading mat and our baskets of fairy books and girls from Prep to Year 6 can read, play and create under the shade of the beautiful paperbark tree – with hats on! All the lovely brand new fairy books for the collection are clearly labelled as ‘Fairy Garden Collection’ and are not to be taken home. Students are always welcome to take books home from the community library near the Stingless Native Bee Hive. 
We hope this will be a much enjoyed and relaxing space for Junior School students and a source of creative and magical inspiration!

Fairies 1
Fairies 2
Fairies 3

Anglicare Christmas Collection – All donations welcome
As you start your Christmas shopping, please add something to your trolley for our Christmas Hamper Collection. 
The Year 10 cohort and Penguin Aid in the Junior school are collecting the non-perishable/ Christmas items to make up Christmas hampers for Anglicare to give to families in need. 
Please send in your donation with your daughter to place in the purple Christmas bins in the Senior School Library, Junior School Reception and at the Senior School Reception from Week 5.
Suggested Items
Non-perishable Xmas foods
Non-perishable family foods
Christmas decorations
Board games
Toiletries
Vouchers
Christmas themed reusable bags in which to pack the donations
Film Night Invitation

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Junior Sport

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Week 5 Sport Schedule  

Andrews Cup Gymnastics
The Andrews Cup Gymnastics teams will compete this Thursday 2 November at Somerville House against 9 others schools.  Congratulations to all girls who have put in many hours of training and the Best of Luck for Thursday!

Basketball Invitation Tournament for Schools within the Andrews Cup Association
MBC Invitational Basketball
The Andrews Cup MBC Invitational Basketball Teams will compete this Thursday 2 November at the Hibiscus Sports Centre, 90 Klumpp Rd Upper Mt Gravatt.  The games will be an all-day carnival held against some of the schools that are involved in the Andrews Cup competition.  
Congratulations to all girls who have selected and the best of luck for Thursday!

West Taylor Bridge Friday Clubs Competition Semester 2 Interschool Sport
The 2017 Walter Taylor Bridge competition concludes in 2 weeks with finals commencing this week for some teams. 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
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
Ms Child, Raquel Spies and Ms Jeanes-Fraser

Andrews Cup Softball Teams
The Andrews Cup Softball and Tee Ball competition was played on Monday 30 October at the Downey Park Softball fields, Windsor. All St Aidan’s team members are to be congratulated on their fine efforts on the day and leading into the competition. The results for the day saw our A Grade and B Grade team extremely competitive against all schools and our inaugural Tee Ball team place a tremendous equal fifth position in the 10 team competition.  The girls’ success can be attributed to the dedication, enthusiasm and support of the coaching staff and parents. I would like to thank the coaches; A Grade – Ms Ashlee Johnson, B Grade Ms Jen Rowe, and Tee Ball Hannah King for ensuring our girls were well prepared for the competition.

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.

swimming training wk 5

2018 Beyond Athletics
The 2018 Beyond Athletics continues this week on Wednesday 25 October at Ambiwerra from 3.45-5.00pm for girls selected.  The 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.

Andrews Cup and Interschool Sport Photos
I am 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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Junior Music

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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:

Time

Date

Week Six

Mon 6 Nov

Week Seven

Tues 14 Nov

Week Eight

Mon 20 Nov

 
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.

Rehearsal Schedule

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P&F

P&F

Join us at the Annual Melbourne Cup Lunch this year - read more here.

Stationery Orders

Don't forget to place your Stationery orders by the end of this week. All orders close Sunday 5 November. A copy of the 2018 Stationery Lists can be found on our website 
https://www.staidans.qld.edu.au/news/2018-stationery-lists-now-available

 

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