Newsletter Term 4 Week 6

Principal

MRS Karen Spiller OAM

At this time of year, it can be important to consider how to assist your child deal with disappointment.

The following are some pieces of advice from a variety of practitioners:

Help your children identify the emotions they feel and express them in an acceptable way. Keep a clear head yourself. Sometimes you can get emotional too and logic goes out the window. The simple act of remaining calm will defuse some of your child's negative feelings.
Give them an opportunity to talk about why they think things didn’t go the way they expected them to go. This way they can get it out of their system especially if you just quietly listen without criticising or jumping in with solutions. Venting to a trusted adult can be a helpful release.
Celebrate having a go as if it were a win. Give as much praise for having a go as you would do for winning. Reinforce the message that winning isn't always the most important thing – what’s important is the effort you put in, your positive attitude, and the fact that you can learn from everything and should keep on trying are equally important life lessons.
Hugs and words of encouragement can ease the pain of disappointment.
When people are gushing about one child’s achievement, siblings may feel sorry for themselves. Raise your children to congratulate each other. Being able to put your own disappointment aside to be generous to others is a sign of maturity.
Medals or certificates can cause upset when a child misses out, especially for younger children.  Sometimes they just want to have something to show for all the hard work and effort they’ve put in. That’s when parents can find a special treat to show they recognise the child’s good work. 
Children watch how you respond to failures in your own life. It's helpful sometimes to share your disappointment and show them how you learn from the experience.
Learning to lose at something with grace will eventually help your child develop into a more resilient person in life. Congratulate them on handling a setback so well.
Teach self-calming skills. This may be going outside to kick a ball, listening to upbeat music, taking a deep breath, having a chat, using positive self-talk, reading a book, getting a hug, watching a funny movie, going for a walk. Give suggestions if your child is little or provide a diversion but by the time they are 7 or 8, they should be able to figure out for themselves what helps them calm down and move on.

This week’s activities
The launch of the P and F Cookbook was a delightful occasion. Held in The Link, the High Tea was beautifully presented and enjoyed by all attending. Thank you to Jenny Whelan for taking the lead in creating the Cookbook and to Alex Boyd and Claire Rush and all others who assisted to bring this event to fruition. Please consider purchasing a cookbook for yourself and for loved ones for Christmas. Purchases can be made through flexischools

Our Seniors are almost finished their assessment and are awaiting their final results. We will announce Dux and some other year twelve prizes at our Special Awards Assembly this week, when we will also award a number of students of all year levels for their commitment, effort and achievement. Parent and family members are welcome to attend this ceremony.

Seven St Aidan’s teams entered the Conrad Spirit of Design Challenge with Speechability and Empower Pads selected as finalists. Speechability went on to win the “Best Power Pitch” award and have been selected to represent Australia at the international competition at NASA in April 2018. 

Thank you to Mr McGregor-Lowndes and all staff who organised the annual Sports Awards Evening. Guest speaker Kim Brennan AM was inspirational in telling her story and sharing her advice to those attending. Thank you to our sports captains, Romany Beckinsale and Kate Russell, for overseeing the evening through fine MC duties.

I thank all students and staff who are participating in the Sherwood Street Festival this Friday. 

It’s that time of year again. That time where we celebrate the end of year, graduating students, special awards, Christmas and the list goes on. As a school, this is a busy period with marking, reports, special assemblies and evenings blended with the everyday running of the school. At St Aidan’s we pride ourselves on our approach to teaching, learning and engaging with students. Through SEL and the work of Michael Knight from Peer Power, amongst other support networks at our school, we aim to equip our girls with strategies to deal with stress that comes from growing up in a world that is ever changing. Our focus is not just on what happens here at St Aidan’s but on the student as a whole.  With these things in mind, the end of year and more importantly your child’s wholistic development, this is a time to remember our core values as a community. 
Although social activities which take place outside of our “business” hours are not our responsibility in terms of supervision, it is through research, experience and care for your child that we offer the following considerations. As a school we do not support large parties or gatherings that are without adult supervision. A party where underage drinking takes place is not only dangerous, but illegal. Of course, we realise that what happens outside of school is deemed by many as “not our problem” yet it would be remiss to not remind us all of the dangers that can come with hosting a party for several young adults who are experiencing rapid growth and change in their personal development. Your children are precious to us. 
For further research and advice, we invite you to read the following articles from Parent Link and Paul Dillon.      

Congratulations to:
Georgia Douglas and Lilly Van Gilst (Year 11) who this weekend presented Tour de Cure with the $5500 cheque that the Year 11’s raised for cancer research.
Softball 8A for placing 2nd and Softball 7A for placing equal 2nd overall.
2017 Sportswoman of the Year – Ruby Harris (Year 11)
2017 Junior Sportswoman of the Year – Jasmine Fleming (Year 9)
2017 Team of the Year – Open Tennis 

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

Special Awards Assembly 
We look forward to parents and friends joining us at the Special Awards Assembly on Friday, in the Christine Hartland Centre. 

Students from Years 4 – 12 will be presented with special prizes, while the Assembly will also feature the presentation of the symbols of office to the Senior Leaders of 2018. Year 12 Academic Awards and Special Awards will also be announced at this assembly, with the Year 12 Prize Winners being presented with their prizes at the Annual Awards Ceremony, next Monday evening.

Annual Awards Ceremony 
Our Annual Awards Ceremony is a formal celebration of student achievements and all members of the school community are welcome to attend.  A list of Award Recipients is published in this week's newsletter and an email has been sent to parents of award recipients, 2018 Student Leaders and musicians, outlining the details of the morning rehearsal at the QPAC Concert Hall on Monday 13 November. Students will be travelling by bus to the rehearsal and they are to wear their blues for the rehearsal day. 
In the evening, Years 7 – 12 students will wear their 'Whites' and Years 4 – 6 students will wear their 'Blues'. Musicians will wear their performance uniform. Students receiving awards will have allocated seating.

Booking tickets for Annual Awards Ceremony 
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, 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.  Please visit the flexischools website to order your tickets – www.flexischools.com.au – Select Annual Awards Ceremony and book the number of seats you require.

List of Award Recipients – Special Awards Assembly Friday 10 November 2017
 
Old Girls’ Association Certificates of Commitment
Prep Elodie Boyd 
Year 1 Ella King 
Year 2 Jennifer Atkin
Year 3 Sophia Evenden
Year 4 Regan Saayman
Year 5 Felicity Horrocks
Year 6 Rachael McFarlane
Year 7 Emily Hodge
Year 8 Xanthia DeBoer
Year 9 Renee Byrne
Year 10 Grace Macdonald
Year 11 Jessica Forbes
Year 12 Sachini Godamunne

The Kelly-Anne Kopittke Prize
Olivia Cheng
 
University of New South Wales (UNSW) Medal Winner – ICAS Science Competition (Year 11)
Phoebe McAuliffe
 
House Captain Awards for Leadership and Contribution
Austen: Keely Brannigan, Kimberly Bessinger
Barrett: Lara Thornton, Georgia Trainor
Bronte: Hannah Robinson, Donna Tromp
Cavell: Georgia Goffage, Sarah Thompson
Hartland: Sachini Godamunne
Nightingale: Gina Danckwerts, Tamsin Oswin
 
Best All Round Contribution
Austen (Alma Bowman Cup): Ruby Harris
Barrett: Jasmine Fleming
Bronte: Kate Russell
Cavell: Olivia Doherty
Hartland: Tamryn Burnton
Nightingale: Rosie Bartley

Year 7 Merit Certificates
Lekshmy Ananthan, Olivia Bailey, Monica Behrenbruch, Anh Bui, Grace Campbell, Sasha Craft, Talia Devendra, April Fitzsimmons, Emily Hodge, Mia Hughes, Stella Jaramazovic, Sacha Lee, Brenda Lee, Sarah McArthur, Bridget McCormack, Lily Paige, Hannah Snowden,Sienna Toomey, Charlotte Traynor, Natasha Whittle
 
Year 12 Citizenship Certificates
Tyler Budden, Tia Butler, Freya English-Tait, Rachel Fong, Elizabeth Hay, Guoyi He, Isobel Jarousek, Zoe Lawrence, Thao Le, Katie Lee, Iris Li, Madeleine Lovell, Danielle Morris, Rosie Nagle, Erin Sorrenson, Isabelle Thwaites, Jamie Tromp, Chelsea Trotman, Hayley Walker, Ashleigh Weeks, Blythe Xiang, Cindy Zhang
 
Diploma of Business
Ava Brennan, Tamryn Burnton, Tia Butler, Tian Cross, Freya English-Tait, Georgia Goffage, Guoyi He, Isobel Jarousek, Alicia Kwag, Zoe Lawrence, Madeleine Lovell, Victoria Lyu, Margot Martin, Ava O’Callaghan, Lily Prowse, Sway Randle, Kate Russell, Erin Sorrenson, Sarah Thompson, Georgia Trainor, Chelsea Trotman, Amy Tsai, Hayley Walker, Blythe Xiang
 
Diploma of Project Management
Tyler Budden, Jessica Johnson, Harriet Sawyer, Lilian Stoermer, Lily Wolf

Annual Awards Ceremony – Yr 4 – 11 Prize winners
 
Special Prizes
Rebecca Chae, Georgia Douglas, Lilly Van Gilst, Ella Lau, Bianca Leathers, Phoebe McAuliffe, Olivia Miley, Adelaide Pope, Emily Pell, Caroline Puri, Emma Sargeant, Claire Todd, Katie Vidler, Melanie Watson, Eloise Wood, Thea Woolley, Sophia Zhang

Religious and Values Education Awards
Annabelle Burke, Alyse Dowd, Jessica Forbes, Niraasha Munasinghe, Alita Reihana-Smyth

Academic Excellence Awards

Year 4
Isabelle Dunn, Shirley Liang, Poppy Morrison, Regan Saayman

Year 5
Millie Bloomfield, Hannah Doncon, Charlotte Horwood-Young, Eliska McAuliffe, Laura McGlennon, Freya Woodman

Year 6
Tara Bourke, Lucy Bristow, Jadey Clarke, Georgia Feros, Annabelle Hammonds, Katya Hirst, Cora Masterson, Ariana McCulloch, Rachael McFarlane, Charli McGaw, Nashonie Paul, Meg Tait, Ellen Walker

Year 7
Imaan Ahamed, Kavindi Athuraliya, Lucy Auton, Emma Aziz, Dimity Beckinsale, Mia Brown, Lauren Cunningham, Alyse Dowd, Emily Hodge, Isobel Hughes, Claire Lau, Olivia Middleton, Jade Nguyen, Sarah Ott, Juliette Pepin, Leila Riemann, Ava Schwennesen, Rosie Sellars, Krissy Teng, Lucy Thompson, Dilki Unantenna, Georgina West, Eloise Wood, Joy Yin

Year 8
Jessica Allen, Clare Allison, Lucinda Davies, Xanthia DeBoer, Rachel Eng, Yessica Eom, Priyanka Jaisinghani, Tihari Jayasuriya, Lily Ji, Rachel Leathers, Annabel Lee, Amy Riethmuller, Eloise Sinclair-Ford, Georgia Smith, Hannah Stopford, Melinda Sun, Esther Wong, Christine Yang, Sophia Zhang

Year 9
Sharada Athuraliya, Renee Byrne, Lillian Carley, Gabrielle Christou, Joanna Figurado, Jasmine Fleming, Samantha Gehrke, Alexia Hirst, Lara Kirwood, Anna Kyprios, Caitlyn Lee, Justine Lee, Rebecca Moses-Hills, Emily Pell, Gabrielle Preston, Aeshlein Ralston, Harriet Robertson, Akshaya Selvarajan, Imogen Stocks, Lilyan Sullivan, Elisa Tamai, Paris Teevan, Alisa Timofeeva, Elizabeth Wessling-Smith, Georgina Whittle

Year 10
Rebecca Chae, Stephanie Fanshawe, Ella Lau, Bianca Leathers, Jessie Luo, Grace Macdonald, Natarshya Martin, Rachel Pavlovski, Adelaide Pope, Caroline Puri, Scarlett Rowe, Imogen Taylor, Katie Vidler, Melanie Watson

Year 11
Phoebe McAuliffe, Emmaline Monteith, Kate Riethmuller, Emily Robertson, Genevieve Rule, Lilly Van Gilst

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Chaplain

Rev Gillian Moses

A Different Christmas
As my students like to remind me, it is only 46 days until Christmas.

That seems like ages away, but we all know how fast this year has passed, and how very quickly these next few weeks will be. So 46 days is not very much at all.

At home, we have decided to try something different this year. In the past, I have written about my annual gift challenge – to source (and wrap) all my gifts before the First Sunday of Advent. This means that I don’t have to spend the season of Advent spending money in a shopping centre, and instead I can focus more on the things that make it a season of waiting and preparation (such as choosing music for the Christmas services in our parish, and singing carols at the local shopping precinct).

This year, in addition to getting the gifts out of the way before 3 December, we are also celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas. Contrary to what the retailers will tell you, these 12 days come after Christmas, not before, and run through to the Feast of Epiphany on 6 January. We plan not to celebrate Christmas before Christmas, wherever possible. More importantly, we plan to celebrate all twelve days, instead of feeling like we have to see all our family and friends on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day or Boxing Day! We will pace ourselves, allowing plenty of time to graze on leftovers, play board games, and watch Christmas movies, while still having energy and space to socialise.

It will require some persuasion to convince the grandparents that 29 December is still Christmas, but the first year is always the hardest! I will let you know how it goes, but I am hoping Christmas will feel more relaxed and less squeezed, and maybe we won’t be quite so exhausted at the end of it!

Meanwhile, over these final weeks of term I will be making some suggestions about how else we might do Christmas differently. Anything which moves our attention away from spending money recklessly, and towards building and celebrating our relationships, has to be a more accurate reflection of the true Christmas Spirit – God with us, in our daily life, on this planet we call home.

Blessings
Rev Gillian

Christmas Tip No 1: 
Support the Tree of Joy and the Anglicare Hamper Drive. Each year St Aidan’s supports Anglicare Southern Queensland in collecting food for people in need, and supplying gifts for foster children and children in crisis. Gifts of Christmas food and other non—perishable food items can be left in the big purple wheelie bins. Unwrapped but new toys, toiletries, and movie/itunes vouchers can be placed under the Tree of Joy in the Senior Library. There are also collection points in the Junior School.

Primary Ichthus Camp 
The Primary Ichthus Camp will once again be held in the January holidays, for all students who will be in Years 4-7 in 2018. Details can be found on the Living Faith pages on Aidan’s Central or at https://aycf.org.au/camps/ichthus/primary-ichthus/. Ichthus camps are run by accredited leaders under the auspices of the Anglican Church Southern Queensland.

Benarrawa Day Celebrations
You’re invited to celebrate Benarrawa Day!
Sunday 19 November
4pm to 7.00pm
79 Waratah Avenue, Graceville 4075
Phone: 3379 9925
Click here for more information.

 

 

 

 

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Dean of Studies

MRS Kim Wickham

Release of QCS results to Year 12 students
Year 12 checking of SAIs
Block testing timetables Years 9 and 10

Release of QCS results
Individual QCS Test grades will be available in student learning accounts from 9 am on Wednesday 15 November. An administrative problem at the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority recently resulted in students being able to see provisional QCS results in their learning accounts. It is important that students realise that these were not finalised results. 
All Year 12 students should have logged into their learning accounts and changed their email addresses to non-school accounts and checked that their home address is correct. This will ensure that OP results and QCEs are delivered efficiently.

Year 12 checking of SAIs
Year 12 students must check their SAI results, which show the distribution of students for each subject, when they are published at the school, from the 22nd November to the 15th December. These will be in the senior library group study room. This process is required by the QCAA, and is a final check to eliminate errors that may have been made in school data entry. It is important that all Year 12 students make these checks and sign to show that they have done so.

Block testing timetables Years 9 and 10
Year 9 and 10 will be having block tests on Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st of November. The timetables will be released to students this Friday. Please check these with your daughter and discuss her study schedule, including sensible habits of sleep and exercise. Girls have been allocated to supervised study during the school day when they do not have exams. 
There will be an early release time after the final exam on the Monday; students may go home at this time, or they may remain in the school library or under Le Fanu building. Students are not to leave the school grounds and then return during this time. 

 

 

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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.

USC
New pathway to medicine

USC 1

USC is excited to announce a new pathway to study medicine on the Sunshine Coast.
In 2018, USC will offer a new Bachelor of Medical Science with successful graduates receiving provisional direct entry into Griffith University 's Doctor of Medicine program at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital*.

USC 2

The new Bachelor of Medical Science is part of USC's commitment to unlocking the full potential of our region. We're helping to train a new generation of doctors and other medical professionals on the Sunshine Coast, ensuring our community has access to the highest quality outcomes in both healthcare and health education.
USC's competitive Bachelor of Medical Science program is open to high-achieving school leavers who have completed Year 12 no more than three years before admission.

USC's Medical Science Degree

 

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Senior School

Sport

2017 Sports Awards Winners 

Physical Education

Click here for the 2017 Sports Awards Winners. 

Congratulations to Rhea Gupta, Eva Braz and Talia Devendra who were our 3 finalists in the year 7 Nutrition Poster Competition. Students from year 7 participated in a formative assessment in term 3 which had a key focus on promoting healthy eating. We had some fantastic entries! Well done to all of the year 7s for working extremely hard during the term to produce some very informative and creative Nutrition posters. 
Rhea Gupta has been awarded the overall winner. Click here to see fantastic Poster.

 

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Music

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

Congratulations
Congratulations go to Emma Kibsgaard who has successfully attained her AMEB Grade 2 for Leisure in Voice.

Annual Awards Ceremony
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 
All Chamber 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) follow the timetable below:
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
1.15pm Junior School Students depart QPAC and return to school on bus

All Senior School students follow the timetable below:
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 (Camp Meeting)
3.00 – 4.00pm 1 hour rehearsal Symphony Strings (Winter)
4.00 – 5.00pm 1 hour rehearsal Concert Band

Performance/Arrival Times
Students in Chamber Strings 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 one of the Junior School teachers (TBA) 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. https://www.flexischools.com.au/FM/FM.aspx?t=DemoLogin&uid=staidansags
Please address any queries to Ms Toni Riordan on 3373 5999.

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 10th of 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.

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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2018 Bus Route Update

Each year we aim to update the bus routes to reflect the needs of our current students as well as those commencing next year.

In 2017, we introduced the Bardon bus routes at St Aidan’s which will continue in 2018. 
For each of the routes offered, we have identified the stops that were not utilised in Term 2 and 3 and will be removed from the official bus routes in 2018. 
If you believe this will affect your child, please email schoolbus@staidans.qld.edu.au by 20 November to notify the school which stop your child is likely to use in 2018. 

Moggill Bus Route

Remove stop - Pinjarra Rd Bus Stop (District Services Only) - Moggill Rd
Remove stop - Jindalee Bowls Club Bus stop 11 - on Sinnamon Rd
Additional stop - Bus stop 60 Avondale Road

Bardon Bus Route

Remove stop - Bus Stop 31 Birdwood Tce at Stuartholme
Remove stop - Bus Stop 31 Jerrang St near Jainba St
Remove stop - Bus Stop Jesmond Rd (District Bus Stop)
Remove stop - Bus Stop 41 Gunnin St near Tandawanna Lane
Remove stop - Bus stop 45a Kenny St near Ormsby St
Change - Bus stop 37 Figtree Pocket Rd near Kenmore Rd (in 2018, afternoon drop off only)
Remove - Bus stop 34 Figtree pocket Rd near Aylesbury St
Remove - Bus stop Sinnamon Rd at Windermere
Change - Goggs Rd near Seventeen Miles Rocks Rd (in 2018, afternoon drop off only)
Change - Bus stop 77 Windermere Ave at Ellerwood Pl (in 2018, afternoon drop off only)
Change - Bus stop 76 Seventeen Miles Rocks Rd at Mosman crt (in 2018, afternoon drop off only)
Change - Bus stop 72 Seventeen Miles Rocks Rd at Argyle St to Bus Stop 73 Seventee Miles Rocks Rd at Argyle St

Mt Gravatt Bus Route

Remove stop - Bus stop 48 Ainger St Henson Rd
Remove stop - Bus stop 36 Esther St
Remove stop - Bus stop 23 Kadumba St near Eversley Tce
Remove stop - Bus stop 44 Graceville/Nadine on Graceville Ave
Remove stop - Bus stop 47 Graceville/Errol on Graceville Ave
Change - Bus Stop 49a Meynell Henson Rd (in 2018, morning pick up only)
Change - Bus stop 38 Ellington St (in 2018, morning pick up only)

Final 2018 bus routes
Finalised 2018 bus routes will be published on the school website prior to the commencement of the 2018 school year. 

Request for additional stops
Bus stops are predetermined by the School. Should you wish to suggest an additional bus stop for consideration please email schoolbus@staidans.qld.edu.au with the suggested stop details. We will contact you to advise if this request can be accommodated. Please do not contact the bus company directly. Please note that to achieve a fair service to all travellers we do not offer a door-to-door service.

Bus Registration
In 2018, we will require all students to register to be on the bus. This will allow the school to contact all travellers with updates of the bus routes directly, including if the bus is running late. Further details of how to register will be provided in early 2018.

Payment Information 
We continue to have many students catching the bus without presenting their student card or bus pass (purchased from finance) when boarding. 
It is very important that students have a valid bus pass when they travel on the bus as this helps the bus to run on time as well keeping the cost of administering the service affordable.

If you have any questions or concerns about the new bus routes, please email schoolbus@staidans.qld.edu.au

 

 

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Junior Jottings

Mrs Louise Mcguire 

Andrews Cup Gymnastics/Andrews Cup Basketball
Year 1 ‘Late Night’
New Student Orientation Day
Train-To-School Morning
Junior School - Outdoor Film Night – Saturday 18 November
Anglicare Christmas Hampers  
Sun Safety Reminder
Lost Property
Important Dates
2018 Bus Route Update

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 Cathy Grant for her support at training sessions, and the Western District coaches who helped prepare the girls for this event. 
Finally, congratulations to our Year 6 Gymnastics Captains, Kiara Jayasuriya and Georgia Lane for their leadership and support throughout the season.
Gymnastics 1 

Gymnastics 2

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 throughout a long day of competition, and the girls went from strength to strength as the day progressed. 
Thank you to all of the parents for their support at the event – your cheering was duly noted! Also, thank you to the coaches; A Grade – Mr Kelvin Anderson, B Grade - Mr Jordan Greenish, Under 10 Team - Ms Raquel Spies for ensuring our girls were well prepared for the competition; and to Ms Jeanes Fraser and Mrs Hannan for their involvement.
Finally, congratulations to all of the girls involved in our very first Andrews Cup Invitational Basketball event.
Basketball 1

Year 1 ‘Late Night’ – Mrs Kylie Black
On Friday night, the Year One students were treated to an evening of campsite fun for their annual Late Night celebration. Excitement was in the air as the girls participated in craft activities followed by a barbeque dinner, disco, ice-blocks in the staffroom and a piñata. Thank you to our wonderful parents and maintenance staff who helped make this event possible. The girls had a fun-filled night that they will remember for years to come.
late night

New Student Orientation Day
On Monday 27 November, new students to the Junior School in 2018 will join current students to spend some time getting to know their new class mates and teachers in preparation for the start of the new school year.
Prep and Year 1 students (2018) will be involved from 8:45am-10:30am. Years 2-6 students will take part from 8:45am-2:00pm.
Current students are to wear their school uniform as per a normal Monday’s timetable.
Current parents are welcome to join new parents to St Aidan’s for morning tea in the Library at 8.45am.

Train – To – School Morning 
Last Tuesday about 45 students from the Junior School participated in the Train to School Morning. Girls met staff members and parents at the different stations along from Indooroopilly, Chelmer, Graceville, Sherwood and Oxley. Some girls who were travelling for the first time on the train, were taught how to use their GO Card to ‘touch on’ and ‘touch off’ and were also shown other safety procedures at the station by the station stewards. The girls really enjoy meeting their friends and travelling in the train together. Thank you to Ms McGuire, Miss Clarke, Mrs Chapman, Ms Rowe, Mrs Black, Mrs Cairns, Mrs Rigby and parents for their assistance at the stations.
Train Travel

Train Travel 2

Outdoor Film Night
Tickets are almost ‘sold out’ for the Outdoor Film Night (we have almost reached our capacity). Final tickets are still available – hurry or you might miss out!

Film Night Invitation

 

anglicare

Anglicare Christmas Collection – All donations welcome
As you start your Christmas shopping, please add something to your trolley for our Christmas Hamper Collection. 
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 Junior School Reception until the end of the Week 9.
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

slip slop slap

Did you know that skin cancer is caused by exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet radiation?
It’s the UV (ultraviolet) radiation in sunlight that causes skin cancer, not the sun’s heat or its brightness. In Australia we have access to a weather forecast and a UV alert. The UV alert tells us what the UV level is likely to be at different times of the day, and the maximum UV level for the day.
When the number gets to 3, we protect against UV
A UV level of 1 or 2 will not damage most skin types, but a UV level of 3 or above can be harmful and means we need to protect our skin. UV can easily pass through clouds, so whether it’s sunny or grey outside, when the number gets to 3 we protect against UV.
The UV alert is easy to find 
The free SunSmart app for smart phones is the quickest way to check the UV levels for your local area, download it from the App Store or Google Play, or check the UV alert daily at www.cancercouncil.com.au/sunsmart
The UV alert is also in daily newspaper weather forecasts.
sun smart

Lost Property
With only a few weeks of the school year remaining, I ask that parents check all items of their daughter’s uniforms, hats etc and ensure they do not have another student’s belongings. Also, if your daughter is missing any of her belongings, please come to Reception and check our ‘lost property department’!

Important Dates       

2018 Bus Route Update
Each year we aim to update the bus routes to reflect the needs of our current students as well as those commencing next year. 
In 2017, we introduced the Bardon bus routes at St Aidan’s which will continue in 2018. 
For each of the routes offered, we have identified the stops that were not utilised in Term 2 and 3 and will be removed from the official bus routes in 2018. 
If you believe this will affect your child, please email schoolbus@staidans.qld.edu.au by 20 November to notify the school which stop your child is likely to use in 2018. 

Moggill Bus Route
Remove stop - Pinjarra Rd Bus Stop (District Services Only) - Moggill Rd
Remove stop - Jindalee Bowls Club Bus stop 11 - on Sinnamon Rd
Additional stop - Bus stop 60 Avondale Road

Bardon Bus Route
Remove stop - Bus Stop 31 Birdwood Tce at Stuartholme
Remove stop - Bus Stop 31 Jerrang St near Jainba St
Remove stop - Bus Stop Jesmond Rd (District Bus Stop)
Remove stop - Bus Stop 41 Gunnin St near Tandawanna Lane
Remove stop - Bus stop 45a Kenny St near Ormsby St
Change - Bus stop 37 Figtree Pocket Rd near Kenmore Rd (in 2018, afternoon drop off only)
Remove - Bus stop 34 Figtree pocket Rd near Aylesbury St
Remove - Bus stop Sinnamon Rd at Windermere
Change - Goggs Rd near Seventeen Miles Rocks Rd (in 2018, afternoon drop off only)
Change - Bus stop 77 Windermere Ave at Ellerwood Pl (in 2018, afternoon drop off only)
Change - Bus stop 76 Seventeen Miles Rocks Rd at Mosman crt (in 2018, afternoon drop off only)
Change - Bus stop 72 Seventeen Miles Rocks Rd at Argyle St to Bus Stop 73 Seventee Miles Rocks Rd at Argyle St

Mt Gravatt Bus Route
Remove stop - Bus stop 48 Ainger St Henson Rd
Remove stop - Bus stop 36 Esther St
Remove stop - Bus stop 23 Kadumba St near Eversley Tce
Remove stop - Bus stop 44 Graceville/Nadine on Graceville Ave
Remove stop - Bus stop 47 Graceville/Errol on Graceville Ave
Change - Bus Stop 49a Meynell Henson Rd (in 2018, morning pick up only)
Change - Bus stop 38 Ellington St (in 2018, morning pick up only)

Final 2018 bus routes
Finalised 2018 bus routes will be published on the school website prior to the commencement of the 2018 school year. 

Request for additional stops
Bus stops are predetermined by the School. Should you wish to suggest an additional bus stop for consideration please email schoolbus@staidans.qld.edu.au with the suggested stop details. We will contact you to advise if this request can be accommodated. Please do not contact the bus company directly. Please note that to achieve a fair service to all travellers we do not offer a door-to-door service.

Bus Registration
In 2018, we will require all students to register to be on the bus. This will allow the school to contact all travellers with updates of the bus routes directly, including if the bus is running late. Further details of how to register will be provided in early 2018.

Payment Information 
We continue to have many students catching the bus without presenting their student card or bus pass (purchased from finance) when boarding. 
It is very important that students have a valid bus pass when they travel on the bus as this helps the bus to run on time as well keeping the cost of administering the service affordable.

If you have any questions or concerns about the new bus routes, please email schoolbus@staidans.qld.edu.au
 

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Junior Sport

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Week 6 Sport Schedule       

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 who supported the Gymnastics – your encouragement and devotion to the early starts and on the day was appreciated by all girls. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the staff from Western Districts Youth Gymnastics in particularly Ms Jessica Gralton for preparing the girls.

Basketball Invitation Tournament for Schools within the Andrews Cup Association
MBC Invitational Basketball

The Andrews Cup (MBC Invitational) Basketball competition was played on Thursday 2 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 results for the day saw all three teams extremely competitive against all schools.  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 – Mr Kelvin Anderson, B Grade - Mr Jordan Greenish and our Under 10 Team - Ms Raquel Spies for ensuring our girls were well prepared for the competition.

West Taylor Bridge Friday Clubs Competition Semester 2 Interschool Sport
The 2017 Walter Taylor Bridge competition concludes this week with finals for all our teams. I would encourage all girls to commit to their final weekly trainings at Ambiwerra.  
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

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 8 November 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.

Holiday Swim Camp
St Aidan’s Junior School will be conducting a Swim Camp during the January 2018 school holidays on Thursday 18 and Friday 19 January at Dunlop Park.
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 2018 and are competent to swim a minimum of 25m in swim squad training.

Andrews Cup and Interschool Sport Photos
With the Semester One sports concluded, I am looking at collating photos from as many Junior School sporting events as possible. If Sporting Captains or parents have any photos, can they please pass them on via usb or email (t.jeanes-fraser@staidans.qld.edu.au).

 
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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.

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 
All Chamber 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) follow the timetable below:
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
1.15pm Junior School Students depart QPAC and return to school on bus

All Senior School students follow the timetable below:
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 (Camp Meeting)
3.00 – 4.00pm  1 hour rehearsal Symphony Strings (Winter)
4.00 – 5.00pm 1 hour rehearsal Concert Band

Performance/Arrival Times
Students in Chamber Strings 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 one of the Junior School teachers (TBA) 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. https://www.flexischools.com.au/FM/FM.aspx?t=DemoLogin&uid=staidansags
Please address any queries to Ms Toni Riordan on 3373 5999.

 
Year 4 Beginner Band
The Year 4 classes for the remainder of the term are as follows:
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Thank you for the support you have shown for the Year 4 Beginner Band Program throughout the semester. As the Program comes to a close, we invite parents and guardians to attend the last session for the semester on Monday 20 November, which will take place in the Band Room (C112) from 12.50-1.15pm. Please be aware that your daughter’s instrument and red “Standard of Excellence” book will be collected after this session.
Should your daughter wish to continue her instrumental learning, enrolments for private tuition in 2018 are now open and can be completed via the school website. Students will be able to continue tuition on a one-on-one basis with the Beginner Band Program instrumental teachers:

Mrs Sue Figliano Clarinet, Saxophone
Ms Rosheen Bicknell Flute
Ms Kerrie-Anne Looi Percussion
Mr Adrian Moran Brass (Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Euphonium)
The enrolment form can be accessed and completed online at the following address and can be submitted now for 2018: 
https://secure.netols.com/schools/gateway/intranet_gateway.cfm?eu=TU-CD1ECB42-C292-7EED-BE73B2DE78B58B7A-CD1ECB43-C292-7EED-BE1057D7703411E8
Please also note that instrument hire for Year 5 students in 2018 will attract a hire charge of $80 per semester, as per the Music Department’s terms and conditions of hire. Students who have enrolled in private tuition for 2018 have the option of keeping their hire instruments over the 2017/18 holiday period free of charge. If you would like to extend your hire over the holidays please fill out the attached “Authority for Holiday Hire” form and return it to the Music Department at your earliest convenience. All Year 5 band students will be invited to join the Junior Band next year. This group will rehearse before school on Tuesday mornings 7.20- 8.20am in C112 – Band Room.
We look forward to seeing your daughter further develop her instrumental skills over the coming year. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Music Department at Music@staidans.qld.edu.au.     

Year 3 Beginner Band
For the Year 3 class, session times will be held each Tuesday after lunch from 2:00 – 2:40pm. 
As the Program comes to a close, we invite parents and guardians to attend the last session for the semester on Tuesday 21 November, which will take place in the Band Room (C112) from 2.00 - 2.40pm. During this session, students will perform a number of the pieces they have been working on throughout the Program.
In 2018 the Beginner Band Program will continue to be offered to all Year 4 students. Lessons will be held on a rotating basis (Monday 12:50-1:15pm and Tuesday 12:40-1:15pm) throughout both semesters of the year. During these sessions, students will receive instruction in small groups as well as continue to play together in a band setting every four weeks. When the Program concludes at the end of 2018, students will be able to continue their instrumental learning through private tuition and will also have the opportunity to participate in the various extracurricular ensembles available to Junior School students, such as the Junior Band.
If your daughter is interested in continuing to hire her Beginner Band instrument over the holiday period, she may do so at no charge. If you would like to make such an arrangement for your daughter, please fill out the attached hire form and return to this to Sue Figliano (s.figliano@staidans.qld.edu.au) by Friday 17 November. If, however, your daughter does not wish to use her instrument over the holiday period, it must be returned during the final Beginner Band session on Tuesday 21 November.
We look forward to seeing your daughter further develop her instrumental skills over the coming year. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Music Department at Music@staidans.qld.edu.au.     

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

Rehearsal Schedule

Events Calendar

 

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