Newsletter Term 4 Week 6 2019

Principal

Ms toni riordan

St Aidan’s 2019 Seniors
The time has come to farewell our wonderful Year 12 students. Thank you to Sarah and Lily and to the 2019 Senior cohort for your leadership. You are a ‘small but mighty’ group and your powerful role-modelling has enabled your year’s theme: Aidan’s Amplify: Turn up the Spirit’. Your energy, intelligence and responsibility have benefited our school this year. We wish you the very best for your future endeavours.

As in previous years, the genuine regard and affection that our younger students and our senior girls have for each other, have been so clearly evident at all of our farewell events for Year 12 students. The supportive and caring relationships that exist between our girls of different year levels is certainly a hallmark of life here at St Aidan’s.

I thank Ms Vera Coleman, Year 12 Coordinator, Year 12 Form Teachers, Mrs Kate Grayson and Mrs Kristen Lewis, staff, P & F Association and parents of seniors for your joint effort and care for our girls, especially this final week of their schooling.

Award Celebrations
Monday evening’s Annual Awards Ceremony was truly special and I thank Acting Deputy Principal, Ms Marcia Forness and her assistant, Mrs Ros Humphrey for their coordination of this significant event. Thank you to so many staff for their organisation and involvement, and I congratulate our music staff and all members of the music ensembles for the exceptional musical performances on the evening.

This year’s Emma Betts Alumni Award Winner, Mrs Eloise Skinner (Stephenson, 2007) delivered the guest speech. She shared that she was successfully average until she found her spirit, her passion and then went on to achieve exceptional milestones in her career. Eloise truly connected with Monday’s audience and we will continue to find opportunities for our wonderful alumni to be in front of our girls, to share their inspirational stories. Please contact the school if you know of such women or better still, please nominate them for a St Aidan’s Alumni Award, next year.

We also enjoyed the Special Awards Assembly last week, where a variety of awards were presented to Year 6 and Year 12 students and announcement of academic and special awards for Year 12 were made. Congratulations to Junior School Runner up to Dux, Regan Saayman, Junior School Dux, Annabel Bristow, Ella Lau (School Dux) and Stephanie Fanshawe (Runner up to Dux) for their diligence and focus in their studies.

The Sports Awards Evening was thoroughly enjoyed by all in attendance. Congratulations to Sportswoman of the Year, Jasmine Fleming, Junior Sportswoman of the Year, Angelina Tignani and Team of the Year, the Intermediate Soccer team. Congratulations also to all students who were awarded prizes for their contribution to sport at St Aidan’s in 2019.

Guest speaker, slalom canoeist, Jess Fox is an inspirational role model to all our girls. Her messages of balance, presence and persistence resonated with us all and I am sure that we will be closely watching Jess’ preparations for the Tokyo Olympics next year.

Finishing well
In these last couple of weeks of school, it remains important for students to continue to pay attention to their uniform and personal presentation. In readiness for next year, I encourage all families to look carefully at school uniforms, hats and shoes and to replace or repair these in readiness for the new year. Our presentation reflects strongly on our school’s reputation, and we urge parent support in this area.

Upcoming events
• 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, 5.00pm, BCEC
• Year 12 Breakfast and Final Assembly, Friday 15 November, 8.00am, S&T Apron and CHC
• Year 6 Eucharist and Dinner, Wednesday 20 November, 5.00pm, The Link and Hillstone
• Kindy Christmas Concert, Friday, 22 November, 12.30pm, in the CHC

Congratulations
Arin Aditya (Year 7) and Isla Williams (Year 8) who received High Distinctions in the ICAS English Competition, placing them in the top 1%!
• To the following girls who received Distinctions in the ICAS English Competition:
o Alise Davies, Hannah Doncon, Imogen Foley, Eliska McAuliffe (Year 7)
o Imaan Ahamed, Leila Riemann and Joy Yin (Year 9)
o Adela Nowak-Campbell (Year 11)
• To the following girls who received Distinctions in the ICAS Writing Competition:
o Novia Yin, Imogen FOley Mia Stephensen, Arin Aditya and Claire Jung (Year 7)
o Imaan Ahamed, Kavindi Athuraliya, Leila Riemann and Joy Yin (Year 8)
o Emily Huang (Year 10)

Best Wishes
• To Year 10 and 11 students on Block Testing
• To everyone in the Junior School for the Junior School Extra Curricular Assembly
• To our Seniors as they move through the Valedictory Eucharist, then Dinner on Thursday and the Seniors’ Farewell Breakfast and Assembly on Friday
• Students and staff members representing the School at the Sherwood Community Festival on Friday evening

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Chaplain

Rev Gillian Moses

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

Dean of Students & Academic Welfare (7-9)

Ms holly o'sullivan williams

Student Protection Officers

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

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

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

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Guidance Counsellor

ms Jennie Robinson

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

Senior School

Sport

Please click read more for all sports information.

Week 7 Training Schedule
Week 7 Club Fixtures

Congratulations to our Sportswoman of the Year Jasmine Fleming (Year 11), Junior Sportswoman of the Year Angelina Tignani (Year 9) and Team of the Year Intermediate Soccer. Please click here to view a full list of Award Winners. Congratulations also goes to our Australian and State Representatives (full list can be viewed here and our Sporting-All Rounder Award Recipients (full list can be viewed here. It was wonderful to have two-time Olympian Jessica Fox share her inspiring story and advice to the girls. Below, is Jessica pictures with our Sportswoman of the Year and Junior Sportswoman of the Year.


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Sporting Achievements
Congratulations to Amielia Chadburn (Year 9) and Tayla Sykes (Year 9) who were members of the Queensland School Sport U15 Touch team who defeated NSW 7-1 in the final of the School Sport Australia National Championships. Amielia was Co-Captain of the Queensland 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 was also selected in the All Australian Team.
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Congratulations to our 7A and 9A Softball teams who won joint QGSSSA Premierships last week!
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Well done to five of our girls who represented Metropolitan West at the Queensland School Sport Secondary School 13-15yrs Cricket State Championships in Mackay. Congratulations to Mia, Eliza, Isabel, Naiya and Scarlett. Isabel was the highest run scorer and was the Met West Player of the Tournament.
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Music

Please click read more for all Senior School music information

Congratulations – Annual Awards
Congratulations to all the choristers and instrumentalist for their rousing performances at the Annual Awards Ceremony on Monday night. Thanks to Dr Cuskelly and the music staff for their co-ordination and support.

Congratulations – WINNER SUMMER SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP
Congratulations to Lillian Parker from Year 7 who is winner of a Senior School Scholarship to The Sound Thinking Australia Summer School 2020.

Congratulations – AMEB Results
Congratulations to Freya Woodman who recently completed her AMEB Grade 3 Cello Examination. Well Done Freya.

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

Private Tuition Studio Concerts
Studio Concerts will be running over the next three weeks. Parents and friends of performing students are invited to the following Studio Concerts:
Piano – Le-Ann Smith and Natalie Moloney – 18th of November 6-8 pm Auditorium
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 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 

• Annual Awards Ceremony – Awards
• ICAS Writing
• Kidpreneur 2019 – Market Stall
• Andrews Cup Gymnastics
• Andrews Cup Basketball
• Prep Late Night
• Junior Library
• New Student Orientation Day
• Anglicare Christmas Hampers
• Worried about your kids on social media?
• Important Dates

Annual Awards Ceremony
Congratulations to the following students who received Academic Excellence Awards at the Annual Awards Ceremony on Monday evening of this week. Academic Excellence Awards are based on the Grade Point Average (GPA) of a 15 point scale. Students in Years 4-6 are eligible for this award if they received a GPA of 13 or above on their academic performance in Semester One and Term Three in the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science, History/Geography.

Year 4
Academic Excellence Awards

Olivia Cheng
Sophie Colston
Sophie Lin
April Palling
Sydelle Zhang

Year 5
Academic Excellence Awards

Margaret Bladen
Grace Cadwallader
Lauren Deighton
Sophia Evenden
Seoirsin Greer
Remy Hancock
Kailyn Jayasuriya
Emily Rae
Ava Robinson
Miranda Tyler
Yolanda Wang

Year 6
Academic Excellence Awards

Olivia Banh
Annabel Bristow
Cass Chan
Isabelle Dunn
Rebecca Kerr
Vanning Kuo
Audrey McGregor
Linda Meng
Poppy Morrison
Regan Saayman
Jada White
Dora Xu

Junior School Dux – Annabel Bristow
Junior School - Runner Up to Dux – Regan Saayman

Year 6 Citizenship Award – Claudia Chin

ICAS Writing
Congratulations to the following students who have been awarded a Merit, Credit, Distinction or High Distinction for this year’s ICAS Writing Competition. Please bear in mind that this competition was not compulsory and only a small percentage of our girls in Years 3-6 were involved.

Merit
Year 3: Georgia Pettigrew
Year 5: Penelope Bale, Remy Hancock, Poppy Lochran
Year 6: Jinani Ariyarathne, Emma Dart

Credit
Year 3: Leila Binesh, Matilda Murray, Amber Xi
Year 4: Amelie Boyd, Porsha Cassimatis, Olivia Dunn, Penelope Herron, Isabella O’Connor, Tia Perry, Annabel Twidale
Year 5: Grace Cadwallader, Sophia Evenden, Shae Jones, Ava Robinson, Amy Tran, Yolanda Wang
Year 6: Matilda Allen, Aparna Anand, Charlotte Herron

Distinction
Year 3: Auhona Aditya, Isabella Butler, Lulu Lochran, Elizabeth Shonhan, Zara Smith
Year 4: Inez Hancock, Sophie Lin, Maggie Masterson, April Palling, Harriet Pillans, Mira Wang-Lee, Sydelle Zhang
Year 5: Seoirsin Greer, Kailyn Jayasuriya, Annika Turley, Jasmine Walsh
Year 6: Isabelle Dunn

High Distinction
Year 6: Vanning Kuo

Kidpreneur 2019 – Market Stall
Kidpreneur 2019 gave thirty-four Year 5 and 6 girls the chance to experience the excitement of creating and building a new business. This year, the girls were focused on creating a product that would help to solve a problem they identified in the community. The girls got to work brainstorming where they would like to see change in the world. They touched on issues of eliminating plastic waste, encouraging reading for our students, solving friendship issues, promoting kindness and gratitude to name just a few.

On Wednesday 6 November, a Market Stall was held in the Junior School Courtyard. Bookmarks, badges, lip balms, positivity stones, pom pom pets, pencil toppers, recycled plant pots and handmade soap were on display and sold at the 2019 Stall Day.
From sales and donations, the 9 businesses raised $1,130.25 which was donated to the Starlight Foundation. This was a massive achievement and a credit to all students and Ms Caitlin Clarke and Ms Hannah Cromarty who led the program.
If you want to turn an idea into a business this club is for you! See you in 2020.
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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. Special congratulations to the D2 team for placing second in their competition.

Thanks must go to all of the parents for their support - ensuring the girls were at the early morning training sessions on time, cheering and praise for all competitors on the day, and for the time devoted to the immaculate hair styles! Thank you also to Ms Jeanes-Fraser for co-ordinating Gymnastics, Mrs Cath Grant for her support at training sessions, and the Splitz coaches who helped prepare the girls for this event. Special mention must also go to the Gymnastics Captain, Ella Smith for her assistance and leadership during trainings and the Andrews Cup competition

Andrews Cup Invitational Basketball
Three teams of very energetic girls from Year 4-6 participated in the Invitational Andrews Cup Basketball Carnival at Coomera also last Thursday. Many games were played and won throughout a long day of competition.
Congratulations to all of the girls for their enthusiasm, determination and skill throughout the carnival. We are very proud of the overall outstanding results – the Open team placed second in their A Division competition and our B and C Division teams placed third in their competition.
Thank you to all of the parents for their support at the event. Also, thank you to coaches Mrs Kirby Egan, Ms Hannah Cromarty, Raquel Spies, Charlie Bell and Lily Van Gilst for ensuring our girls were well prepared for the competition, and to Ms Jeanes Fraser for co-ordinating the teams.
Finally, our Basketball Captains Regan Saayman, Grace Scroggie and Lillian Walker must be commended for their outstanding leadership throughout the season.

New Student Orientation Day
On Monday 25 November, new students to the Junior School in 2020 will join current students to spend some time getting to know their new classmates and teachers in preparation for the start of the new school year.
Prep and Year 1 students (2020) will be involved from 8:45am -10:30am. Years 2-6 students (2020) 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.

Prep Late Night
The Prep girls had a wonderful time last Friday at their Annual Late Night. It was a night of fun and frolicking around our school after dark. The girls put on their dancing shoes and participated in a ‘Disco’ themed party. Shantelle from ‘Footsteps’ dance company taught them an exciting Lion King routine with dance moves to “I just can’t wait to be King”. The girls had a yummy dinner and afterwards they had a piñata! After dark, they changed into their PJs and set up camp in the classroom. It was an exciting night, full of big smiles and laughter!

Junior Library
Last week was 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 have gone home. 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.

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 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

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Important Dates
Please click here for Important Dates Term 4, 2019.


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Junior Sport

Please click herefor the Junior School Training Schedule for Week 6 Term 4 and Week 7 Term 4

Andrews Cup Gymnastics
Last Thursday, the Andrews Cup Gymnastics team competed at Somerville House in South Brisbane. Our girls’ commitment and dedication to this incredibly technical and demanding sport was evident on the day with individuals and teams having some wonderful performances on the different apparatus. I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the parents – your encouragement and devotion to the early starts and on the day, were appreciated by all girls. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs Grant, and the staff from Splitz Gymnastics in particular, Bo Zhang, Annie Zhang, Peri Brown and Elise Baglot for preparing the girls. Special mention must go to Ella Smith for all her assistance and fantastic leadership and role modeling during trainings and the Andrews Cup competition.
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Andrews Cup Basketball
The Andrews Cup (MBC Invitational) Basketball competition was played on Thursday 7 October at the Coomera Indoor Sports Stadium, Coomera. All St Aidan’s team members are to be congratulated for their fine efforts on the day and leading into the competition. The three St Aidan’s teams had an incredibly successful day with our St Aidan’s Open A Division being named as runner-up of the competition, and our B and C Division teams placed a fabulous third in their division. 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; Mrs Kirby Egan, Ms Hannah Cromarty, Raquel Spies, Charlie Bell and Lily Van Gilst for ensuring our girls were well prepared for the competition. Special mention must go to our captains Regan Saayman, Grace Scroggie and Lillian Walker for all their assistance and fantastic leadership and role modeling in the lead up and on the day of the Andrews Cup competition.
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West Taylor Bridge Friday Clubs Competition Semester 2 Interschool Sport
The 2019 West Taylor Bridge Club competition will conclude this Friday.

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 next week 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) is 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, is 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.              

Holiday Swim Training
Holiday training will commence on Thursday 28 November 2019 at the school pool from 3.30pm-5.00pm.
The program will offer four sessions a week (Tuesday and Thursday morning 7.00am-8.30am and afternoon 3.30pm-5.00pm) as of 28 November 2019 through to and including Thursday 12 December 2019.
The sessions will then recommence on 14 January.
For session times please click here. 

Holiday Swim ‘Day’ Camp
St Aidan’s Junior School will be conducting a Swim ‘Day’ Camp during the January 2020 school holidays on Thursday 23 January at Dunlop Park Swimming Complex and Friday 24 January at St Aidan’s School Pool.
An information letter providing further details for the Camp has been 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 2020 and are competent to swim a minimum of 25m in swim squad training.

2020 Andrews Cup Touch Football and Tennis Trials
With dates already set for next year and the Andrews Cup Touch Football and Tennis competitions being held on Tuesday 17 March, nominations are being called from Year 3 to Year 5 girls (current 2019). Girls interested in either of these sports are to confirm their interest by providing their names to their class teachers. The Andrews Cup teams will be named in Week 4 of 2020 where the team selection will be based on skill, game application, combinations and attendance. New students who commence at St Aidan's will be provided the opportunity to nominate for a position in the team and will train with for two to three weeks when final team selections will occur.

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.

Key Dates 

 

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Junior Music

Please click read more for all Junior School music information.

Congratulations – WINNER SUMMER SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP
Congratulations to Porsha Cassimatis from Year 4 who is winner of a Junior School Scholarship to The Sound Thinking Australia Summer School 2020.

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 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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