Newsletter Term 4 Week 5 2018

Principal

Ms toni riordan

GLOW Celebrations
What a spectacular event all of us in attendance at the inaugural Glow celebration experienced last Friday evening! If you were in The Link, you would have been offered canapes by our Food Tech girls, walked through incredible displays of visual art from students in Years 7 to 11, with Year 12 students’ Body of Work displays featured prominently, joined teachers in our workshop to try your hand at laser cutting or 3D printing and viewed Drama Productions on level one. If you were in Eunice Plaza at 6.00pm, you would have been guided by our Link Captains to delight in Musical and STAGE Performances, a fashion show featuring our Textiles and Fashion students’ designs, along with Sup-paw-ter Dog Wear, the Speechability girls’ Pitch and Year 10 students ‘wearing themselves’.

It was wonderful to have our environment for design thinking, learning for innovation, creativity and entrepreneurial practices opened up to everyone to see how we make and create beyond 'the four walls' at St Aidan’s. This time last year, at the opening of The Link, we set out to use the space to grow an exciting ecosystem of learning in which people, place, ideas and technology would be connected by a sense of 'play', inspiring all to imagine and dream. The ecosystem was truly thriving at GLOW! Thank you to Mrs Gaye Brown and the team of staff for their vision and energy in bringing GLOW and The Link alive to visitors. Thank you to parents for your support of Arts and Creative Technologies at St Aidan’s and thank you to all students who shared their interest and passions with us. It was a fun evening!

Student Leadership

If I was to compose a quick list of events, scheduled over the next two weeks, to celebrate achievement, the year-that-was and our Year 12 students finishing school, it might look like this – Sports Awards Evening; Special Awards Assembly; STAGE Celebration Breakfast; Music Lunch; Annual Awards Assembly; Junior School Extra-Curricular Assembly; Valedictory Eucharist and Dinner and Year 12 Farewell Assembly and Year 6 Eucharist and Graduation. While this list might give a certain principal and I am sure a few parents joining her cause for some panic in ensuring to fit it all in, this range of events does give me pause to reflect on the diverse experiences of student leadership on offer to students at St Aidan’s.

Girls from all year levels frequently ‘step up’ and take the lead. To prepare students to take their place in society, St Aidan's provides opportunities for girls to take on varied roles of responsibility. Strong, future leaders need an educational environment which encourages, nurtures and provides direction so that aspiring young people may reach their full potential in their future endeavours. Many of our end-of-year events require critical student leadership.

Our leadership program fosters relationships, character development and the skills necessary to form and maintain teams. Students are encouraged to engage with the many opportunities available to develop initiative and motivation. They can contribute to the Student Representative Council through their year levels, involve themselves in House activities, and be active in a range of community service projects. The School also promotes leadership through a wide variety of co-curricular opportunities including sport, debating, drama, music, enterprise and innovation. Our various camp experiences also provide a setting in which students can develop a range of skills and build confidence, competence and resilience.

Teamwork is fundamental to the workplace of the 21st century, and our students embrace co-operative learning with enthusiasm. Each Prefect role in the Senior School co-ordinates a committee of Year 12 students, working together for the benefit of the whole school community. I am looking forward to attending the leadership conference in a few weeks, which is an important opportunity for the Year 11 students to gather, discuss the year ahead and make their plans.

Congratulations
Ella Idzikowski (Year 7) who was a member of the Qld School Sport U12 Tennis team who were undefeated at the School Sport Australia National Championships to win the Bruce Cup. Ella placed in the top 10 for her age group at the Championships.
Claire Todd who has been offered a place in the Diploma of Nursing at Mater Education.
Amy Kuskopf who has been offered a place at the Queensland Conservatorium.
Paris Teevan, Taya Kesby and Eloise O’Donnell (Year 10) who won the Years 10-12 category of the Buy Smart Competition and Elisa Tamai, Gabby Christou and Rose Ringelstein who placed 2nd. Lily Ji and Tiana Tong (Year 9) who received a Highly Commended award in the Years 7-9 category.

Best Wishes
• To Year 6 students and their mothers for the Girl Zone Book Club dinner
• To Prep students for their Late Night on Friday evening
• To QGSSSA Junior Softball players for fixtures this week
• To student leaders and staff who play key roles in leading our celebratory events, Special Awards Assembly, Sports Awards Evening and STAGE Breakfast
• To our Year 12 students who will attend their last dance at St Aidan’s on Saturday evening

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Chaplain

Rev Gillian Moses

Please see the chaplain’s blog on Aidan’s Central https://central.staidan.qld.edu.au/homepage/1842.

The blog is accessible through the Living Faith tab on your dashboard when you first open Aidan’s Central. If you have not yet signed in to Aidan’s Central or you have forgotten how, please contact IT for assistance.

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Dean of Studies

Ms lynda wall

• Assessment and attendance
• Online Application for Adjustments to Assessment Conditions
• Year 11 QCS trial
• Release of QCS Grades
• Release of Year 12 results, OPs and FPs
• QCE Eligibility
• Year 12 SAI checks
• Block Testing Year 11

Assessment and attendance
Students in Year 10, 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.
Please 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.

Online Application for Adjustments to Assessment Conditions Years 7-12
St Aidan’s Senior School now has an online form that can be used by students when they are sick or injured and need to apply for an extension for assessment tasks.
The form is located on the student’s Aidan’s Central page, behind the ‘General Information” tile. Students or parents should first communicate with teachers by phone, email or in person to organise adjustments, before completing the form and uploading supporting documents to have the decisions approved and recorded.

Year 11 QCS trials
Year 11 students have completed their first trial of the Multiple Choice QCS paper. They will complete the remaining three papers on the 16 and 23 November. The information from these trials will provide an indication of student progress towards the QCS test in Year 12. Students are asked to ensure they have the correct equipment for each paper, and to treat the trials as assessment.

Release of QCS Grades
Year 12 students will be able to access their individual QCS Test Grades from 9.00am on Wednesday, 14 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. 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
On Saturday 15 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 17 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)

Year 12 SAI checks
Year 12s must check their SAIs for each subject. The SAIs (subject achievement indicators) will be published in the study room in the back of the library from midday on 21st November until midday on 3rd December. Students will be asked to sign that they have checked the SAIs, as these form the basis of the OPs.

Block Testing Year 11
Block Testing commences on Wednesday, November 14 and finishes on Wednesday, November 21. Please note there is no Home Study Day for Year 11 this term. Students are expected to attend school on Tuesday, November 13.

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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

• Training Schedule Week 5
• Training Schedule Week 6
• Sports Awards Evening
• Swimming & Cross Country Camp 2019

Training Schedule Week 5
Please click here for week 5 training schedule.

Training Schedule Week 6
Please click here for week 6 training schedule.

Sports Awards Evening
SPORT

Swimming & Cross Country Camp 2019
As part of the preparation for the 2019 QGSSSA Swimming Carnival and the QGSSSA Cross Country Championships, St Aidan’s will be hosting a combined camp for these two core sports.
In previous years, separate camps have been held for each sport. Recognising that there is often a large contingent of athletes who compete in both Swimming and Cross Country seasons, and considering the close overlap of the two seasons, we have decided to combine the camps. This camp will cater for cross-over athletes as well as those who compete exclusively in each sport. The camp will feature extended opportunities for training, technique improvement, individual and age group goal setting and fostering team and school spirit.
A summary of relevant camp details is outlined in the camp letter.
https://central.staidan.qld.edu.au/send.php?id=15427

Lauren Murry
Director of Cross Country and Athletics

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Music

Click Read More for all Senior School music news including upcoming performances and rehearsal schedule.

Congratulations – GLOW
Congratulations to all the students who performed as part of the GLOW Festival last Friday in the Link. Your music was enjoyed by all visitors, staff and students. Special thanks go to our two music captains Jade and Amy who were a great support throughout the evening.

Congratulations – AMEB results
Congratulations to the following students who recently completed their AMEB Speech and Drama Exams:
Sophie Rose - grade 5
Charlotte Traynor - grade 6
Emma Aziz - grade 5
Congratulations also go to Sue Kim who successfully completed her Grade 5 Theory Examination.
Well done girls.

Arrangements for Musicians – Annual Awards
On Monday, 12 November 2018, 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:

Symphonic Winds Chorale
Paganini Strings Children Crossing (Year 7 and 8 only
Chamber Winds St Aidan’s Community Choir
All Chamber String Ensembles Con Brio Band

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.

Rehearsals
Students receiving an award and Student Leaders for 2018 and 2019 are required to attend a morning rehearsal at the Concert Hall at QPAC on Monday 12 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 at 11.45am, with the exception of the musicians who will remain at QPAC for the day.
All other 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). Students involved in music ensembles will remain at QPAC for the remainder of the day.

Please see musician’s schedule as follows:
10.45am Musicians leave school, travel to QPAC and enter via Stage Door 1
11.35am QPAC Fire & Evacuation Debrief
12.00 – 1.15pm 45-minute rehearsal Awards Choir
2.00 – 3.00pm 1-hour rehearsal Symphony Orchestra (Into the Storm)
3.00 – 4.00pm 1-hour rehearsal Combined Band (Fanfare to the Third Planet)
5.00-6:00pm Dinner rotations
5:45-6:30pm Choir rehearsal
6:10pm Chamber Strings and Winds meet Mr Bonetti at Stage Door 1
7:00-9:00pm Ceremony

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.

Chamber Group Meeting Times
Students in Chamber Strings and Chamber Winds will be performing prior to the ceremony so will be required to meet Mr Bonetti at Stage Door 1 (QPAC) at 6.10pm in preparation for their performances.

Meals
All music students will need to bring their morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. Lunch and afternoon tea will be consumed at QPAC. A hot dinner from the QPAC kitchen will be provided for those students who have remained at QPAC for the 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.
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Absences
If, for any reason, your daughter is absent from school on this day, please phone reception and leave a message.

Tickets
Parents are able to follow this link to website to reserve tickets (complimentary) for the Annual Awards Ceremony https://www.qpac.com.au/event/sn_st_aidans_18/. This link is also located on Aidan’s Central. Please note that Award Recipients, musicians, 2018 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.

Private Tuition Studio Concerts
Throughout this week, the private music tutors at St Aidan’s will be running their annual Studio Concerts. Please see the following list for details. If your tutor is not listed, please contact them directly for times and locations.
Mrs Figliano’s Clarinet Concert: Thursday 8/11 at 1.15pm in the band room C112.
Mrs Legried’s Lower Strings Concert Thursday 8/11 at 5.30pm in the band room C112.

Sherwood Community Festival Performances
On Friday 9 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.

St Aidan’s School Hire Instrument Returns
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS USING ST AIDAN’S SCHOOL HIRE INSTRUMENTS
Please be advised that all school hire instruments will need to be returned to your instrumental tutor or to Mrs Figliano by the following dates:

YEAR 12 STUDENTS – Wednesday Week 6 - 14 November.
BEGINNER BAND STUDENTS – Tuesday Week 7 - 20 November.
PREP– YEAR 11 STUDENTS – Friday Week 7 - 23 November.

It is very important that all instruments are returned by the dates listed above as they need to be assessed and sent away for repairs.
Please be aware that Clarinets, Flutes and Trumpets are on short term loan only and students are encouraged to purchase their own instrument after one year of private tuition if possible. All larger more expensive instruments are on long term loan and can be re-hired at the start of 2019.
Please contact music@staidans.qld.edu.au for further information.

Harp Tuition
We are very lucky at St Aidan’s to have a harp tuition program. We currently have some openings for harp lessons and our accomplished harp tutor is taking new enrolments. The school owns several harps that can be used for lessons and practice. If you would like to take advantage of this special opportunity, please contact music@staidans.qld.edu.au for further information.

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.

Instrumental lessons in 2018
Don’t forget to complete the electronic private tuition form as soon as possible and return to us here at the school. Knowing which students are continuing with their lessons really assists in organising instruments, timetables and rooms. And of course, we are very keen to hear from any new students who are interested in learning an instrument. Please enrol via Aidan’s Central – Music; Private Tuition; click on Private Tuition Form.

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 music bursaries, workshops and overseas tours.
The support group relies on the goodwill of parents to help with catering, publicity, and fundraising which are vital to the seamless running of concerts throughout the year. The Music Support group meets for just an hour in the Science and Technology Building meeting room (SG02).
New members are not only most welcome, but also very much appreciated. 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.

Full Size Cello - For Sale
A family in Sherwood has a full size cello for sale for $500. It comes with a spare set of strings (value $100), a hard case and some cello music. Please phone Richard & Sarah Smith 0418 794 825 / 0408 195 110.
cello

Rehearsal Schedule for 2018
In order to assist parents and students in planning, please see the rehearsal schedule for 2018. 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.
Weekly instrumental rehearsals are held in the CHC.
2018 Rehearsal Schedule

Ensembles:
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
(Yrs 7-11)
Chamber String Ensembles: Volar Strings, Da Capo Strings, Allegro Strings, Arco Strings, Four Seasons Strings
(auditioned)
Vivaldi Strings
(Yrs 5-8)
Dolce Strings
(Yrs 2-4)
Staccato Strings
(Beginner Ensemble)
Year 1 and 2 Beginner Strings Program
Combined Orchestras
(Symphonic Winds and Paganini Strings)

BAND PROGRAM
Symphonic Winds
(AMEB Grade Three and above)
Con Brio Band
(Yrs 7-9)
Chamber Winds
(auditioned)
Charma Band
(Yrs 5-7)
Percussion Ensemble
(Yrs 5 and above)
Yr 4 Beginner Band Program
Yr 3 Beginner Band Program
(Semester Two only)
Combined Orchestras
(Symphonic Winds and Corelli Strings)

Semester 2, 2018 School Music Calendar
Changes and additions may be made to the Calendar. Updates are provided through the Newsletter.

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news

• Maths Competition
• Buy Smart Competition
• Stationery Lists
• 2nd Hand Uniform Shop
•Red Earth

Maths Competition
From April through to September a group of students from Year 7 to Year 10 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.
Three of our students have succeeded in achieving a Credit Award and these will be presented at a forthcoming Year Level Assembly.

Euler Series:
Year 7: Isla Williams

Gauss Series:
Year 8: Lekshmy Ananthan

Polya Series:
Year 10: Cindy Liu

Four students also participated in the Australian Intermediate Mathematics Olympiad. The AIMO is appropriate for those who have done the Gauss, Noether or Polya stage of the Enrichment stage of the MCYA, high achievers in the Australian Mathematics Competition and students who have acquired knowledge of Olympiad problem solving.

Congratulations to the following two girls. Credit Awards are presented at Year Level Assemblies and Distinction Awards at Assembly.

Distinction Award:
Year 10: Cindy Liu

Credit Award:
Year 9: Rachel Leathers

The Australian Mathematics Trust held its annual Night of Mathematics Awards on Tuesday 23 October. Rachel Leathers, Year 9 was awarded a Prize for her outstanding achievement in both the Australian Mathematics Competition and the Australian Intermediate Mathematics Olympiad.
maths

Congratulations to all of the students on their achievement.

Buy Smart Competition
The Buy Smart Competition, run by the Office of Fair Trading, endeavours to assist students to become more informed consumers.
3 teams from Years 9 and 10 were selected as finalists in the competition and attended a ceremony at Parliament House on Thursday 1 November.

Congratulations to the following students on their outstanding results:

1st Place:
Paris Teevan, Eloise O’Donnell, Taya Kesby

2nd Place
Elisa Tamai, Rose Ringelstein, Gabby Christou

Highly Commended
Lily Ji, Tiana Tong

Certificate of Distinction
An-Ky Matzaris, Emily Pell, Isabella Burridge
Isabel Lin
Christine Yang
buy smart

Stationery Lists
Stationery list orders have been extended and will now close this Thursday 8 November. Stationery lists for 2019 can be found on the school website: https://www.staidans.qld.edu.au/news/2019-stationery-lists.
Orders can be placed online via https://sequelbooks.com following the prompts.
Please contact Alison Tamai STAtexthire@staidans.qld.edu.au if you have any queries.

2nd Hand Uniform Shop
Bargains galore on the 2ND HAND UNIFORM SHOP!
Buying an extra dress is now guilt-free! Buy (and sell) online at: www.sustainableschoolshop.com.au/.
Uniforms – books - more
Try it for the planet and your hip pocket!

Red Earth
red earth

Dear Parents
A reminder to parents of students in Years 6-11 regarding the Red Earth Immersion in June/July school holidays in 2019 to Arnhem Land and Kakadu National Park. “Expression of Interest” forms are due back to Ms Grant in the Junior School or Student Services in the Senior School by this Friday 9 November. Places are limited.
Please feel free to contact the school coordinators of the program for further information: Cathy Grant c.grant@staidans.qld.edu.au or Jo Wise j.wise@staidans.qld.edu.au.

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Junior Jottings

Mrs Louise Mcguire 

• Form Teacher List - 2019
• Year 6 Transition Eucharist and Dinner
• Andrews Cup Gymnastics
• Andrews Cup Basketball
• Junior School Library
• Anglicare Christmas Hampers
• Important Dates
•Stationery Lists
•2nd Hand Uniform Shop
•Red Earth

Form Teacher List - 2019
Please find below the full list of Form Teachers (as it currently stands); however, be aware that due to unforeseen circumstances, late changes sometimes need to be made to staffing.
Please be assured that teachers give careful consideration, taking many factors into account when placing students into classes for the following year.

Kindergarten Ms Emma Schafer, Ms Melissa Welsh (Assistant)
Prep Ms Caitlin Clarke, Mrs Narelle Levander (Assistant)/Mrs Fiona Bird (Assistant)
Year 1 Mrs Kylie Black
Year 2 Mrs Kirby Egan
Year 3 Mrs Susie Rigby
Year 3 Ms Kristine Cairns
Year 4 Mrs Cath Grant
Year 4 Ms Emma Swan
Year 5 Mrs Megan Hannan
Year 5 Mrs Deb Koh
Year 5 Ms Jen Rowe
Year 6 Ms Josephine Mitchell
Year 6 Ms Jann Manser
Year 6 Mrs Kate Grayson

Andrews Cup Gymnastics
Students from Years 2-6 competed at Somerville House in the Andrews Cup Gymnastics last Thursday. The girls have been training for many weeks (lots of early mornings) and must be congratulated on their individual and team performances. They were competing against gymnasts with vast amounts of experience and should be proud of the manner in which they conducted themselves in such a competitive environment.
Thanks must go to all of the parents for their support - ensuring the girls were at the early morning training sessions on time, cheering and praise for all competitors on the day, and for the time devoted to the immaculate hair styles! Thank you also to Ms Jeanes-Fraser for co-ordinating Gymnastics, Mrs Cath Grant and Mrs Megan Hannan for their support at training sessions, and the Splitz coaches who helped prepare the girls for this event. Special mention must also go to Year 6 students, Louisa Atkin and Gisele Vitale for their assistance and leadership during trainings and the Andrews Cup competition.

Andrews Cup Invitational Basketball
Three teams of very energetic girls from Year 4-6 participated in the Invitational Andrews Cup Basketball Carnival also last Thursday. Many games were played and won throughout a long day of competition, and the girls went from strength to strength as the day progressed.
Congratulations to all of the girls for their enthusiasm, determination and skill throughout the carnival. We are very proud of the overall outstanding results –

St Aidan’s Brown Team – 1st place
St Aidan’s Tartan Team – 3rd place
St Aidan’s White Team – 3rd place

Thank you to all of the parents for their support at the event – your cheering was duly noted! Also, thank you to coaches Ms Raquel Spies, Ms Loren Morssinkhof and Mrs Kirby Egan for ensuring our girls were well prepared for the competition, and to Ms Jeanes Fraser for co-ordinating the teams.

Finally, our Basketball Captains Amy Atkin and Grace Smith must be commended for their outstanding leadership throughout the season. They most certainly led with determination and enthusiasm!

Junior School Library
As the year draws to a close, the Junior Library is collecting all resources in readiness for stock take and ensuring the library collection is in tip top shape for the start of the 2019 school year. Staff, students and families are requested to return any outstanding resources by the end of Week 7 – unless required for assessment. Borrowing for the year will cease in Week 7 and families are encouraged to utilise the services of Brisbane City Council libraries over the upcoming Christmas holidays. Please note - if you have BCC Library fines, don’t forget the annual amnesty in December! Check their website for details.

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 Wednesday 21 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.

Belinda Murrell – High Tea – Sunday 18 November 1.00pm-3.00pm
BELIND MURRELL

Anglicare Christmas Collection – All donations welcome
xmas hamper

As you start your Christmas shopping, please add something to your trolley for our Christmas Hamper Collection.
Penguin Aid in the Junior school is 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 collection boxes in form classrooms.
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

Important Dates Term 4, 2018

Stationery Lists
Stationery list orders have been extended and will now close this Thursday 8 November. Stationery lists for 2019 can be found on the school website: https://www.staidans.qld.edu.au/news/2019-stationery-lists.
Orders can be placed online via https://sequelbooks.com following the prompts.
Please contact Alison Tamai STAtexthire@staidans.qld.edu.au if you have any queries.

2nd Hand Uniform Shop
2nd Bargains galore on the 2ND HAND UNIFORM SHOP!
Buying an extra dress is now guilt-free! Buy (and sell) online at: www.sustainableschoolshop.com.au/.
Uniforms – books - more
Try it for the planet and your hip pocket!

Red Earth
red earth

Dear Parents
A reminder to parents of students in Years 6-11 regarding the Red Earth Immersion in June/July school holidays in 2019 to Arnhem Land and Kakadu National Park. “Expression of Interest” forms are due back to Ms Grant in the Junior School or Student Services in the Senior School by this Friday 9 November. Places are limited.
Please feel free to contact the school coordinators of the program for further information: Cathy Grant c.grant@staidans.qld.edu.au or Jo Wise j.wise@staidans.qld.edu.au.

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Junior Sport

Please click here for the Junior School Training Schedule for Week 5 and Week 6, Term 4.

Andrews Cup Gymnastics
Last Thursday, the Andrews Cup Gymnastics team competed at Somerville House in South Brisbane. Our girls’ commitment and dedication to this incredibly technical and demanding sport was evident on the day with individuals and teams having some wonderful performances on the different apparatus. I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the parents – your encouragement and devotion to the early starts and on the day, were appreciated by all girls. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs Grant and Ms Daley for their support of the girls and the staff from Splitz Gymnastics, in particular Jing Zhang, Bo Zhang, Annie Zhang and Maria Choulenina for preparing the girls. Special mention must go to Louisa Atkin and Gisele Vitale for all their assistance and their fantastic leadership and role modeling during trainings and the Andrews Cup competition.
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Andrews Cup Basketball
The Andrews Cup (MBC Invitational) Basketball competition was played on Thursday 1 October at the Hibiscus Centre at Mt Gravatt. All St Aidan’s team members are to be congratulated on their fine efforts on the day and leading into the competition. The three St Aidan’s teams had an incredibly successful day with our St Aidan’s Brown team winning the premiership and our St Aidan’s White and Tartan teams finishing the day in third place. 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 Ms Raquel Spies, Ms Loren Morssinkhof and Mrs Kirby Egan for ensuring our girls were well prepared for the competition. Special mention must go to our captains Amy Atkin and Grace Smith for all their assistance and fantastic leadership and role modeling in the lead up and on the day of the Andrews Cup competition.
basketball

West Taylor Bridge Friday Clubs Competition Semester 2 Interschool Sport
The 2018 Walter Taylor Bridge competition concludes in two weeks and I would encourage all girls to commit to their 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.
Ms Rowe, Hannah King

Basketball Training Sessions
Friday morning 6.45am-7.45am at Ambiwerra
Ms Egan, Raquel Spies and Ms Jeanes-Fraser

2019 Cross Country Preparation Training
2019 Cross Country preparation training continues with sessions created to enable the students to improve their general fitness leading into next year’s Junior School Cross Country season. Whilst the session is 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 the girls each week moving into the 2019 season. A bus will collect students and take them back to school in the morning. Ms Lauren Murry, our Head Cross Country Coach, is overseeing the program.
Cross Country Training at Ambiwerra
Monday Time: 6.45am – 7.45am

2019 Beyond Athletics
The 2019 Beyond Athletics continues on Wednesdays at Ambiwerra from 3.45-5.00pm for girls selected. The program’s final Ambiwerra session will be held on Wednesday 21 November with the optional session to be held 1 December 2018 at the Sherwood Arboretum. With the weather being so hot, girls are reminded to bring their water bottles, sunscreen and wear their sports cap. At 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.

Swimming Squad Training (Target Andrew 2019)
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.
swimming squad training

• 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 2019 (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 25m – 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.

Holiday Swim Camp
St Aidan’s Junior School will be conducting a Swim Camp during the January 2019 school holidays on Thursday 24 at Dunlop Park Swimming Complex and Friday 25 January at St Aidan’s school pool.
An information letter providing further details for the Camp will be distributed to all students from Year 1- Year 5. The Swimming Camp will run for one and a half days with commencement time at 9.00am on both days and a finishing time of 3pm on Thursday and 12 noon on Friday.
The program will include pool training sessions with a specific focus on dives, finishes, turns, stroke correction, stretching, individual and team races and team building. The girls will be provided with morning tea on both days as well as lunch on the Thursday. The camp is for those girls who intend to swim for the school in 2019 and are competent to swim a minimum of 25m in swim squad training.

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 conclusion 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 should collect them from the sporting fields at the designated time.
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Junior Music

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Congratulations – AMEB Exams
Congratulations to the following girls who have successfully completed their AMEB Speech and Drama examinations: Scarlett Pedri - grade 2; Liana Zhong - grade 3; Poppy Morrison - grade 3.

Sherwood Community Festival Performances
On Friday 9 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.

Private Tuition Studio Concerts
Throughout this week, the private music tutors at St Aidan’s will be running their annual Studio Concerts. Please see the following list for details. If your tutor is not listed, please contact them directly for times and locations.
Mrs Figliano’s Clarinet Concert: Thursday 8/11 at 1.15pm in the band room C112.
Mrs Legried’s Lower Strings Concert: Thursday 8/11 at 5.30pm in the band room C112.

St Aidan’s School Hire Instrument Returns
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS USING ST AIDAN’S SCHOOL HIRE INSTRUMENTS

Please be advised that all school hire instruments will need to be returned to your instrumental tutor or to Mrs Figliano by the following dates:
YEAR 12 STUDENTS – Wednesday Week 6 - 14 November.
BEGINNER BAND STUDENTS – Tuesday Week 7 - 20 November.
PREP– YEAR 11 STUDENTS – Friday Week 7 - 23 November.
It is very important that all instruments are returned by the dates listed above as they need to be assessed and sent away for repairs.
Please be aware that Clarinets, Flutes and Trumpets are on short term loan only and students are encouraged to purchase their own instrument after one year of private tuition if possible. All larger more expensive instruments are on long term loan and can be re-hired at the start of 2019.
Please contact music@staidans.qld.edu.au for further information.

Harp Tuition
We are very lucky at St Aidan’s to have a harp tuition program. We currently have some openings for harp lessons and our accomplished harp tutor is taking new enrolments. The school owns several harps that can be used for lessons and practice. If you would like to take advantage of this special opportunity, please contact music@staidans.qld.edu.au for further information.

Beginner Programs in Instrumental Music

Junior Singers Rehearsal Schedule – Term 4
Wk 6 junior singers

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. Rotational times for the Beginner Band lessons are as follows:
wk 5 beginner band

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.

Instrumental lessons in 2018
Don’t forget to complete the electronic private tuition form as soon as possible and return to us here at the school. Knowing which students are continuing with their lessons really assists in organising instruments, timetables and rooms. And of course, we are very keen to hear from any new students who are interested in learning an instrument. Please enrol via Aidan’s Central – Music; Private Tuition; click on Private Tuition Form.

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 music bursaries, workshops and overseas tours.
The support group relies on the goodwill of parents to help with catering, publicity, and fundraising which are vital to the seamless running of concerts throughout the year. The Music Support group meets for just an hour  starting at 7:00pm in the Science and Technology Building meeting room (SG02).
New members are not only most welcome, but also very much appreciated. 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 2018
In order to assist parents and students in planning, please see the rehearsal schedule for 2018. 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.
2018 Rehearsal Schedule

Full Size Cello - For Sale
A family in Sherwood has a full size cello for sale for $500. It comes with a spare set of strings (value $100), a hard case and some cello music. Please phone Richard & Sarah Smith 0418 794 825 / 0408 195 110.
cello

Ensembles:
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 (Yrs 7-11)
Chamber String Ensembles: Volar Strings, Da Capo Strings, Allegro Strings, Arco Strings, Four Seasons Strings (auditioned)
Vivaldi Strings (Yrs 5-8)
Dolce Strings (Yrs 2-4)
Staccato Strings (Beginner Ensemble)
Year 1 and 2 Beginner Strings Program
Combined Orchestras
(Symphonic Winds and Paganini Strings)

BAND PROGRAM
Symphonic Winds
(AMEB Grade Three and above)
Con Brio Band (Yrs 7-9)
Chamber Winds (auditioned)
Charma Band (Yrs 5-7)
Percussion Ensemble (Yrs 5 and above)
Yr 4 Beginner Band Program
Yr 3 Beginner Band Program
(Semester Two only)
Combined Orchestras (Symphonic Winds and Corelli Strings)

Semester 2, 2018 School Music Calendar
Changes and additions may be made to the Calendar. Updates are provided through the Newsletter.

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P&F

P&F

Stationery Lists

Stationery list orders have been extended and will now close this Thursday 8 November. Stationery lists for 2019 can be found on the school website: https://www.staidans.qld.edu.au/news/2019-stationery-lists.
Orders can be placed online via https://sequelbooks.com following the prompts.
Please contact Alison Tamai STAtexthire@staidans.qld.edu.au if you have any queries.

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