Newsletter Term 4 Week 5 2019

Principal

Ms toni riordan

Around our School
Last week saw our Year 12 students commence their last ever Block Testing at St Aidan’s. Teachers in the Senior School joined me in their faculty teams for lunch each day to share and discuss the results of our annual Staff Survey.

We dedicated a special edition to our Junior School garden and the cubby houses on the northern side of The Link, in loving memory of special friend and student, Charlotte Horwood-Young. On Friday morning, a small group of staff, students and parents joined Reverend Gillian for our 7.00am All Souls’ Service, in the Chapel.

Teachers and Technology
The Educational Leadership Team are currently looking to the Staff Days, scheduled each year in December, after your daughters leave us for the year and then again in January, before they arrive for the new academic year. The team is finalising the schedule of professional learning, planning and preparation. Through this task, I am reminded of the frequent up-skilling and training, which teachers undertake on a regular basis. We know we work in a profession that requires us to address many changes, none so more than those related to technologies for learning. It may seem that computer-based instruction is now a natural and expected way of learning in our schools; however, at St Aidan’s, we continue to check our pedagogy against requirements for technology in the classroom.

In an article, written by Pollock, Yonezawa, Gay and Rodriguez’s from earlier this year, ‘blended’ classrooms were explored and the assertion that teachers still very much have an ‘in-person’ role in supporting computer-based learning is loud and clear. The authors of this research suggest there are seven ways that teachers support students’ successful engagement with computer learning. 

1 Teacher as fixer and explainer of the technology. On any given class day, tech glitches occur that classroom teachers, supported by Info Technicians have to fix in order to provide course access.
2 Teacher as monitor of student pacing. Teachers play a vital role looking over students’ shoulders (and checking remotely) to follow their individual progress.
3 Teacher as highlighter of necessary content. Teachers draw students’ attention to content that is particularly important to upcoming assessments – and further success. Teachers also explain confusing and unfamiliar on-line material and help students digest difficult concepts.
4 Teacher as explainer of the content. When students are confused with online material, teachers are there to help, and can answer follow-up questions in a way that the online program cannot provide.
5 Teacher as extender and applier of ideas. Many teachers supplement the computer-based material with additional assignments, lectures, activities and small-group discussions in which students make connections to prior knowledge and personal experiences.
6 Teacher as provider of feedback and assessment. Teachers create additional assessments to monitor learning, pick up on student misconceptions and errors, and fill in knowledge gaps.
7 Teacher as caretaker of student well-being. Teachers provide humour, smiles and tough-love tactics to support students’ progress. Tellingly, their supports are geared toward gradually growing students’ confidence to tackle more of the learning themselves with less teacher help.

Clearly, we are not expecting computers to take over the job of teachers, any time soon. Instead, teachers continue to hone their skills to best support our students to learn and live with computers.

Upcoming Events
• Kidpreneur Market Stall, Wednesday, 12:50pm in the Junior School Courtyard,
• Special Awards Assembly, Thursday 7 November, 8:45am in the CHC
• Senior School Sports Awards Evening, Thursday 7 November, 6:30pm in the CHC
• Prep Late Night, Friday, 5:30pm, in Prep classroom
• Annual Awards Ceremony (Years 4 – 12), Monday 11 November, 7.00pm at QPAC
• Junior School Extra-curricular Assembly, Wednesday, 13 November, 9.00am, in the CHC
• Year 12 Valedictory Eucharist, Thursday 14 November, 2.00pm, St John’s Cathedral
• Year 12 Valedictory Dinner, Thursday 14 November, 6.00pm, Brisbane Entertainment Centre
• Year 12 Breakfast and Final Assembly, Friday 15 November, 8.00am, S&T Apron and CHC

Congratulations

Tayla Sykes and Amielia Chadburn (Year 9) who were members of the QLD U15 Touch team who defeated NSW 7-1 in the final of the School Sport Australia National Championships. Amielia was Co-Captain of the QLD team and has been named in the School Sport Australia All Australian Team. Tayla was named Player of the Final, Player of the Tournament and also selected in the All Australian Team!
Alice Ebinger (Year 8) and Old Girls Jayde Ramsey (2018), Isabelle Howroyd (2016), Tegwen Marsdon (2012) and Liesda Marsdon (2009) competed at the 2019 Queensland Figure Skating Championships, where they won their divisions! They will now all compete for Australia at the California Cup Challenger Series in November and then at the Australian Figure Skating Championships in Melbourne.

Best Wishes
• To all students participating in Performing Arts Studio Concerts
• To Junior School Andrews Cup Basketball and Gymnastics representatives
• To Year 6 students and their guests for the Girl Zone Book Club dinner
• For the Senior School Debating End of Year break up and Music Lunch
• To Prep students for their Late Night on Friday evening

 

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Deputy Principal

Ms marcia forness 

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

Special Awards Assembly – 7th November 2019
Parents are welcome to attend the Special Awards Assembly which will be held in the Christine Hartland Centre on Thursday, 7th November at 8.45am. Congratulations to the following students who will be presented awards at this assembly:

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

The Kelly-Anne Kopittke Prize
Yuna Kondo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Chaplain

Rev Gillian Moses

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

Dean of Studies

Ms lynda wall

• Block testing day Year 9
• Block testing Years 10 and 11
• Year 12 results release

Block testing day, Year 9
Our Year 9 students will have their first experience of a ‘block testing’ day on Wednesday 13 November. It is useful for the students to remember that exams give them the opportunity to show what they’ve learnt, and to reflect on their learning. At Year 9 level, the exams are ‘low-stakes’ in the sense that they are not about credentialing or university entrance. Therefore, please encourage your daughter to do her best but to avoid comparing her results to others. The exams are not a competition against other students.

Some questions that parents might like to ask their daughters, rather than “What mark do you think/ hope you’ll get?” include “What have you learned that was new in this unit of work?” “What was the most challenging or interesting aspect of the work this term?” Sometimes, in Year 9, students need reminding that intellectual development involves struggle and hard work, and that the desired pay-off is expanded knowledge and capacity rather than a particular mark.

The Year 9 block day is also an important first experience for the students of a ‘block’ testing procedure, where the entire group sits the same exams at the same time, supervised by a range of teachers. Students should attend school all day as per usual. They will be supervised for independent study between the exams. The English exam will be sat in the morning session, and the Maths exam in the afternoon. All students will receive their schedules this week giving them room allocations for each of the two exams, as well as their allocations for private study.

Block Testing Year 10 and 11
Block Testing commences on Wednesday, November 13.

Earlier in the semester, students in these year levels heard from sports psychologist Kai Morris, who spoke of the need to practice many times prior to a performance. For example, a tennis player will have practised a shot in training multiple times prior to producing that shot in the pressured situation of a Grand Slam. We encourage the students to think of exam block as like a sporting event; they have trained hard and now they have the chance to show what they can do. So many of our students love their sporting matches in the QGSSSA competition, and it is with the same sense of bravery and confidence that we hope they bring to their block testing experience.

We also hope that students draw on the resilience that they show from sporting endeavours; every now and then the game doesn’t go as well as they have hoped, but they head back to training and to other matches the following day or week. The same is true of exam experiences. Bravery, confidence and resilience are the characteristics that will enable students to show what they have learned.

The Year 10 and 11 students have been provided with their exam schedules. Year 10 and Year 11 students are only required to be in attendance when they have exams. For a student with two exams in one day, the student must remain on campus from the commencement of the first exam until the end of the final exam. Students are expected to attend exams in full school uniform.

If a student is sick on the day of an exam, please contact the school as early as possible, and please also obtain a medical certificate.

We wish the students well in their preparations for exam block.

Year 12 results releases
It’s a very exciting time of year for Year 12 as results begin to be released from the QCAA. We ask the Year 12 students to be aware of the following information and dates:

Individual QCS Test Grades will be released from 9.00am on Wednesday, 13th 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. All Year 12 students have been issued with their LUI.

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 2nd December. Students will be asked to sign that they have checked the SAIs, as these form the basis of the OPs. This involves a visit back to the school after students have graduated. As visitors, the graduated Year 12s will need to sign in at reception. We cannot allow anyone other than 2019 seniors to check the SAIs.

The OP and FP results, along with all results contributing to the Queensland Certificate of Education, will be available in student learning accounts on the Student Connect website on Saturday 14 December. Information about OPs is available at:https://www.qcaa.qld.edu.au/senior/tertiary-entrance/op and information about FPs is available at: https://www.qcaa.qld.edu.au/senior/tertiary-entrance/fp

Students who are OP eligible and who have also completed a Diploma or subject that attracts bonus ranks should be aware that these ranks are taken into consideration by QTAC when making university offers. The ranks from Diplomas etc do not appear on the Tertiary Entrance Statement or Senior Statements.
From Monday 16 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

Whatever the results are that students receive, we remind them that there are many options available for further study and employment. All of our seniors are graduating with the qualifications and education needed for future success.

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Dean of Students & Academic Welfare (7-9)

Ms holly o'sullivan williams

Student Protection Officers

Student Protection Officers
Senior school students are regularly reminded of the St Aidan’s Student Protection Officers. Student Protection Officers are persons designated as liaison people to whom students may refer if they are not feeling safe; or to whom they make complaints of harm, inappropriate behaviour or physical/sexual abuse. The St Aidan’s Student Protection Officers are:

• Ms Louise McGuire – Head of Junior School
• Ms Holly O’Sullivan Williams – Dean of Students & Academic Welfare (7-9)
• Ms Jennie Robinson – Guidance Counsellor

Our school website has the policy and procedures document available for all members of the community, found at: http://www.staidans.qld.edu.au/our-school/quick-links/student-protection-resources

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Guidance Counsellor

ms Jennie Robinson

For all Careers news please visit the Careers tile on Aidan's Central.

Senior School

Music

Please click read more for all Senior School music information

Congratulations – AMEB results
Congratulations to the following students who recently completed their AMEB Speech and Drama Exams:

Grade 10
Brooke Liddlelow - CVCA
Adair Davidson - CVCA

Grade 9

Lucinda Guest - grade 7
Estella Sherlock - grade 7
Charlotte Traynor - grade. 7
Sophie Rose - grade 7

Grade 7
Zoe Wang - grade 5

Harp Tuition 2020
St Aidan’s is one of few schools in Brisbane to offer a specialist Harp Tuition Program. We are very privileged to have Ms Korzacic, an accomplished performer and teacher to instruct the girls. Openings now exist for new and existing students to commence lessons on this rare and exquisite instrument for 2020. Please direct all enquires to Music@staidans.qld.edu.au

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

Annual Awards
On Monday, 11 November 2019, 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
Paganini Strings
All Chamber String Ensembles
Chorale
Children Crossing
St Aidan’s Community Choir
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 2019 and 2020 are required to attend a morning rehearsal at the Concert Hall at QPAC on Monday 11 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 12.00pm, with the exception of the musicians who will remain at QPAC for the day.
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). 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 (Pirates of the Caribbean)
3.00 – 4.00pm 1-hour rehearsal Combined Band (Blue Ridge Saga)
4.00 – 5.30 pm Dinner rotations (Bands; Strings; Choir)
5.30 – 6.30pm Awards Choir rehearsal
6.00pm Chamber Strings meet Mr Bonetti in foyer
6:00 - 6:40pm String Quartets perform in foyer
6:45 - 6:55pm Paganini perform Concertos on stage
6:55pm Combined Bands on stage
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 will be performing prior to the ceremony so will be required to meet Mr Bonetti in the foyer at 6.00pm 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. Dietary requirements not already communicated to the school should be emailed to Mrs Humphrey (r.humphrey@staidans.qld.edu.au) as soon as possible.
Dress Requirements
Please click herefor more information.
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_19/. This link is also located in the latest school newsletter. Please note that Award Recipients, musicians, 2019 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.

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

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

Music Groups
All students are welcome to participate in the Music Ensembles on offer at St Aidan’s. Students need to have some proficiency on the instrument appropriate to the ensemble but all students are encouraged to sing in the choir! Any girl who is interested is encouraged to discuss their involvement with Dr Cuskelly j.cuskelly@staidans.qld.edu.au Ms Trott c.trott@staidans.qld.edu.au or Mrs Figliano s.figliano@staidans.qld.edu.au

Music Support Group
The St Aidan’s Music Support Group, made up of parents, students and staff, provides vital support to the school’s young musicians through its fundraising endeavours and its smooth organisation of concerts and other music events. The group regularly purchases much-needed instruments, music and other equipment, and also helps support other activities such as workshops and overseas tours.

The support group relies on the goodwill of parents to help with ticket sales, catering, publicity, and fundraising which are vital to the seamless running of concerts throughout the year. Meetings are scheduled for Monday evenings at 7:00pm in the Science and Technology Building meeting room (SG02). Please feel free to contact the group’s president, Paula Hodge, paula.hodge@bigpond.com if you have any questions, or if you would be willing to volunteer but are unable to attend regular meetings.

Rehearsal Schedule for 2019
In order to assist parents and students in planning, please see the rehearsal schedule for 2019. This schedule has been prepared in consultation with the Head of Sport and every effort has been made to minimise clashes. However, please bear in mind that there are usually a minimum of 2 sports training scheduled in any week and should there be a clash between a music rehearsal (offered once a week only) and a sport training students are to attend the musical rehearsal on the set day and attend the alternative sports training on the other.
Please click here for the 2019 Rehearsal Schedule.

CHOIRS
• Ensemble Volar (auditioned)
• Chorale (Yrs 9-12)
• Children Crossing (Yrs 6-8)
• Junior Singers (Yrs 3-5)
• Community Choir (Semester Two only)

STRING ENSEMBLES

• Paganini Strings (AMEB Grade Five and above, auditioned)
• Corelli Strings (AMEB Grade Two and above)
• Chamber String Ensembles: Volar Strings, Allegro Strings, Arco Strings, Four Seasons Strings, Da Capo Strings (auditioned)
• Vivaldi Strings (Yrs 5-8)
• Dolce Strings (Yrs 2-4)
• Clementi Celli
• Beginner Strings Program
• Combined Orchestras (Symphonic Winds and Paganini Strings)

BAND ENSEMBLES
• Symphonic Winds (AMEB Grade Four and above)
• Con Brio Band (AMEB Grade Two and above)
• Taffanel Flutes (Yr 5 and above)
• Charma Band (Yrs 5-7)
• Back-beat Band (Yr 5 and above)
• Percussion Ensemble (Yr 5 and above)
• Taffanel Flutes (Senior Chamber Flute Choir)
• Yr 4 Beginner Band Program
• Yr 3 Beginner Band Preparation Program (Semester Two only)
• Combined Orchestras (Symphonic Winds and Corelli Strings)

2019 Music Calendar
Please click here for Term 4 Music Calendar. Changes and additions may be made throughout the year. Updates will be provided in the Newsletter.

 

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Junior Jottings

Mrs Louise Mcguire 

• ICAS English Competition
• Year 1 and Year 2 Late Night
• Library News
• TechMate – Thursday 21 November
• Year 6 Transition Eucharist and Dinner
• Anglicare Christmas Collection – All donations welcome
• Important Dates

ICAS English Competition
Congratulations to the following students who have been awarded a Merit, Credit, Distinction or High Distinction for this year’s ICAS English Competition. Please bear in mind that this competition was not compulsory and only a small percentage of our girls in Years 2-6 were involved.

Merit
Year 2: Suzuka Haga
Year 3: Zara Smith
Year 4: Inez Hancock, Annabel Twidale
Year 5: Penelope Bale, Kailyn Jayasuriya

Credit
Year 2: Olivia Alford, Minali Ariyarathne, Charis Chan, Lily Degeling, Olivia Kemp
Year 3: Ella King, Aria Lloyd, Lulu Lochran, Georgia Pettigrew, Elizabeth Shonhan, Amber Xi
Year 4: Jennifer Atkin, Kaylee Leo, Sophie Lin, Maggie Masterson, Amelia McAuliffe, Sydelle Zhang
Year 5: Rose Choi, Shae Jones, Stephanie Pettigrew, Annika Turley, Jasmine Walsh
Year 6: Matilda Allen, Cass Chan, Emma Dart, Lily Koundakjian, Vanning Kuo, Linda Meng

Distinction
Year 3: Auhona Aditya, Matilda Murray
Year 4: Isabella O’Connor, Tia Perry
Year 5: Sophia Evenden, Seoirsin Greer, Remy Hancock, Emily Rae, Ava Robinson, Yolanda Wang
Year 6: Isabelle Dunn, Regan Saayman

High Distinction

Year 3: Isabella Butler

Year 1 and Year 2 Late Night
Last Friday, Year 1 and Year 2 participated in their year level Late Nights. There was much anticipation for what the night would hold, and the girls were bursting with excitement as they were dropped back to school at 5:00pm in their free clothes!
Working on building their teamwork and co-operation skills, the girls competed in a number of friendly ‘Minute to Win It’ games. There was a lot of cheering and plenty of words of encouragement to support their teammates ‘across the line’. Some of the most memorable games played were ‘Ping Pong Knock Down’ which had the girls attempting to knock off ping pong balls (using a tennis ball inside a stocking which was placed over their head) and ‘Hula Hoop Hop’ where the girls raced through a hula hoop course to battle it out in ‘Scissors, Paper, Rock’!
It was a wonderfully successful night and I’m sure that the girls will remember their 2019 Late Night with fond memories of laughter and friendship.
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Library News
Week Five is the final week of student borrowing of books from the Junior School Library as we prepare for end of year stocktake. Notices regarding outstanding resources will be sent out in Week 6 and it would be greatly appreciated if all books could be returned by the start of Week 7. Students are able to borrow throughout all holidays except the Christmas break as this is the time that stocktake occurs.
Over the holidays, please make use of the fabulous facilities and books available through Brisbane City Council Libraries. They have a great program of free holiday events which will be in the next ‘What’s On’ magazine and of course they are always available for book borrowing. The Brisbane Square Library is now open until midnight several evenings a week for late night borrowing and they also have some lovely evening events open to families in the lead up to Christmas.
Story Box Library and Wheelers eBooks can be accessed throughout the holidays – please email Megan Daley at m.daley@staidans.qld.edu.au for instructions on how to log in if you do not already have them.

TechMate
The final TechMate evening for 2019 will be held on Thursday 21 November commencing at 6.30pm in the Link. The evening is for St Aidan’s girls and a significant male in their lives (Dad, Grandad, Brother, Uncle) to share experiences and create memories using technology. Please email Jackie Child to reserve a place j.child@staidans.qld.edu.au.                         
For more information please click here. 

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

Anglicare Christmas Collection – All donations welcome
As you are doing your weekly 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
Please click here for Important Dates Term 4, 2019.


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Junior Sport

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

Andrews Cup Gymnastics
The Andrews Cup Gymnastics team will compete at Somerville House on Thursday 7 November against 9 other schools. Congratulations to all girls who have put in many hours of training and best of luck for Thursday!

Andrews Cup Basketball Trials
The Andrews Cup Basketball teams will compete this Thursday 7 November at the 35 Beattie Road, Coomera, 4209, commencing at 9.00am.
Congratulations to all girls who have been selected and the best of luck!

West Taylor Bridge Friday Clubs Competition Semester 2 Interschool Sport
The 2019 West Taylor Bridge Club competition continues this Friday and I would encourage all girls to commit to their weekly trainings at Ambiwerra.
As with previous years, we have attempted to cater for as many students as possible with the training times but we recognise that due to the commitments of so many girls, we will not always be able to find a suitable time for all involved. Girls involved in Interschool Basketball and Softball are expected to attend a training session but if any difficulties exist, please contact Ms Jeanes-Fraser.
As a courtesy to staff and other coaches, please note the starting and finishing times for each session.
Girls are reminded of the expectation to attend a minimum of one training session of their chosen sport each week. Training for all teams for all sports (Basketball and Softball) is located at Ambiwerra.
Training sessions and coaches have been confirmed for Basketball and Softball teams – please see below.

Softball Training Sessions
Friday morning 6.45am-7.45am at Ambiwerra
Girls are reminded to bring their glove and water bottle.
Miss Swan, Hannah King and Ashlee Johnson

Basketball Training Sessions
Friday morning 6.45am-7.45am at Ambiwerra
Mrs Egan, Miss Cromarty and Raquel Spies


2019 Beyond Athletics

The 2020 Beyond Athletics Program is currently running with trainings on Wednesday afternoon at Ambiwerra from 3.45-5.00pm for girls selected. The program’s final Ambiwerra session will be held on Wednesday 20 November with optional sessions to be held on 23 November 2020 at the Sherwood Arboretum. With the weather being so hot, girls are reminded to bring their water bottles, sunscreen and wear their sports cap. On the conclusion of the school day, students have the option of being transported to Ambiwerra via the school bus. Parents are to collect their girls at the end of the session at Ambiwerra.
As a courtesy to staff and other coaches, please note the finishing times for each session

2020 Cross Country Preparation Training
2020 Cross Country preparation training has commenced with sessions created to enable the students to improve their general fitness leading into next year’s Junior School Cross Country season. Whilst the sessions are designed for girls in Years 2 – 6, younger students are also welcome to attend. One training session (Monday 6.45am-7.45am at Ambiwerra) will initially be available to girls each week moving into the 2020 season. A bus will collect students and take them back to school in the morning. Ms Lauren Murry, our Head Cross Country Coach, will be overseeing the program.

Cross Country Training at Ambiwerra
Monday Time: 6.45am – 7.45am

Swimming Squad Training (Target Andrew 2020)
Preparation for the 2020 swimming competition season has commenced at the school’s pool. Session times are below.
The Junior School is offering five sessions at the school pool. One compulsory session is required should your daughter be wishing to make the Andrews Cup team - either a Tuesday morning or Tuesday afternoon.
For more information please click here.

• Note: Tuesday is a compulsory day for all girls wishing to make the Andrews Cup Swimming Squad
• Sessions are available to girls in Years 1 – 6.
• Sessions are designed to prepare girls for the competitive swimming in 2020 (Andrews Cup, Districts and Interschool) and a certain level of swimming ability is a prerequisite for involvement. Girls intending to participate must be competent in swimming 25 – 50m in freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke and they must also be able to perform a dolphin kick.
• Girls must sign-in the St Aidan’s swimming attendance book at the pool for every session that they attend.

Congratulations
Isabelle Mortensen
Congratulations to Isabelle Mortensen who competed at the Queensland All Schools Primary School Aquathon on 27 October and placed 13th out of 120 competitors.
Phoebe Finlay
Phoebe competed in the Noosa Special Triathlon on Saturday alongside her dad. It followed the same course as the Noosa Super Kidz Triathlon - a 100m swim, 5km cycle and 500m run. She blitzed the course and absolutely loved every minute, especially all the ‘high 5s’ in the finishing chute!
Well done, Phoebe!

Bus Travel to and from Ambiwerra – For Training
Please be reminded that for morning training sessions, girls should be dropped at the Ambiwerra sporting fields (Erinvale St, Corinda) by parents. At the end of the session, they will be transported to school on the school bus. In the afternoons, students will travel to Ambiwerra on the school bus (Kathleen St) and parents must collect them from the sporting fields at the designated time.

2019 Key Dates Term 4
7 November • AC Basketball
7 November • AC Gymnastics
13 November • Extracurricular Assembly

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

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Junior Music

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Congratulations – AMEB Exams.
Congratulations to the following girls who have successfully completed their AMEB Speech and Drama examinations:

Grade 6
LIana Zhong - grade 4
Grade 5
Manon Cuthbert - prelim
Remy Hancock - grade 3
Sienna Mahoney - prelim
Yolanda Wang - grade 3
Grade 4
Inez Hancock - grade 2
Olivia Cheng - grade 3
Grade 3
Ella King - prelim
Grade 1
Charlotte Cheng - prelim
Caitlin Shelburn – prelim

Harp Tuition 2020
St Aidan’s is one of few schools in Brisbane to offer a specialist Harp Tuition Program. We are very privileged to have Ms Korzacic, an accomplished performer and teacher to instruct the girls. Openings now exist for new and existing students to commence lessons on this rare and exquisite instrument for 2020. Please direct all enquires to Music@staidans.qld.edu.au

Studio Concerts
Studio Concerts will be running over the next two weeks. Parents and friends of performing students are invited to the following Studio Concerts:
Piano – Le-Ann Smith and Natalie Moloney – 18th of November 6-8 pm Auditorium
Flute – Julie Fixter - 19th of November 3.30-6.00 Auditorium
Violin – Helen Carvolth – 19th of November 1.15pm C108

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

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

Beginner String Ensemble 2019
We are excited to announce that the Beginner String Ensemble will commence rehearsals in Term 4 2019. This ensemble will be open to all beginner string students and will run on Mondays at lunchtime from 1.25-1.55pm. The rehearsals will take place in the OSHC room in the Junior School and the group will be directed by Mrs Dietz. Please direct any enquires to music@staidans.qld.edu.au

Music Groups
All students are welcome to participate in the Music Ensembles on offer at St Aidan’s. Students need to have some proficiency on the instrument appropriate to the ensemble but all students are encouraged to sing in the choir! Any girl who is interested is encouraged to discuss their involvement with Dr Cuskelly j.cuskelly@staidans.qld.edu.au Ms Trott c.trott@staidans.qld.edu.au or Mrs Figliano s.figliano@staidans.qld.edu.au

Music Support Group
The St Aidan’s Music Support Group, made up of parents, students and staff, provides vital support to the school’s young musicians through its fundraising endeavours and its smooth organisation of concerts and other music events. The group regularly purchases much-needed instruments, music and other equipment, and also helps support other activities such as workshops and overseas tours.

The support group relies on the goodwill of parents to help with ticket sales, catering, publicity, and fundraising which are vital to the seamless running of concerts throughout the year. Meetings are scheduled for Monday evenings at 7:00pm in the Science and Technology Building meeting room (SG02). Please feel free to contact the group’s president, Paula Hodge, paula.hodge@bigpond.com if you have any questions, or if you would be willing to volunteer but are unable to attend regular meetings.

Junior Singers – Term 4
Week Six No Rehearsal
Performance Extra-Curricular Assembly
9am CHC
Week Seven No Rehearsal
Week Eight No Rehearsal

Dolce Strings – Term 4
Week Five Rehearsal
Week Six Final Rehearsal - Christmas Party
Return instruments in lessons with teacher in Wk 7

Rehearsal Schedule for 2019
In order to assist parents and students in planning, please see the rehearsal schedule for 2019. This schedule has been prepared in consultation with the Head of Sport and every effort has been made to minimise clashes. However, please bear in mind that there are usually a minimum of 2 sports training scheduled in any week and should there be a clash between a music rehearsal (offered once a week only) and a sport training students are to attend the musical rehearsal on the set day and attend the alternative sports training on the other.
Please click here for the 2019 Rehearsal Schedule.                        

CHOIRS
• Ensemble Volar (auditioned)
• Chorale (Yrs 9-12)
• Children Crossing (Yrs 6-8)
• Junior Singers (Yrs 3-5)
• Community Choir (Semester Two only)

STRING ENSEMBLES
• Paganini Strings (AMEB Grade Five and above, auditioned)
• Corelli Strings (AMEB Grade Two and above)
• Chamber String Ensembles: Volar Strings, Allegro Strings, Arco Strings, Four Seasons Strings, Da Capo Strings (auditioned)
• Vivaldi Strings (Yrs 5-8)
• Dolce Strings (Yrs 2-4)
• Clementi Celli
• Beginner Strings Program
• Combined Orchestras (Symphonic Winds and Paganini Strings)

BAND ENSEMBLES
• Symphonic Winds (AMEB Grade Four and above)
• Con Brio Band (AMEB Grade Two and above)
• Taffanel Flutes (Yr 5 and above)
• Charma Band (Yrs 5-7)
• Back-beat Band (Yr 5 and above)
• Percussion Ensemble (Yr 5 and above)
• Taffanel Flutes (Senior Chamber Flute Choir)
• Yr 4 Beginner Band Program
• Yr 3 Beginner Band Preparation Program (Semester Two only)
• Combined Orchestras (Symphonic Winds and Corelli Strings)

2019 Music Calendar

Please click here for Term 4 Music Calendar. Changes and additions may be made throughout the year. Updates will be provided in the Newsletter.

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Community

Community

second-hand uniforms

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