Newsletter Term 4 Week 7

Principal

MRS Karen Spiller OAM

Year Twelves
This week we farewell our year twelve students. Thank you to Annalise and Rimaz, all senior student leaders and girls of year twelve who have demonstrated leadership this year through powerful role modelling, energy, passion, responsibility and commitment. We wish you and your families, all the very best for the future. 

 

It was lovely to witness the genuine regard and affection that our years 7 and 8 and 12 buddies have for each other at the buddy farewell lunch held recently and also at the various other farewells. 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.

Thank you also to so many parents who will be finishing with us this week. Special thanks to Barbie and Kevin Nagle, Shaleen and Marty Prowse, Jessica and Alan Tsai and Susan and Andrew Thornton who will have the third of their three daughters graduate this week. 

Thank you also to our Seniors whose gift to the School included the lovely sculpture of St Aidan’s girl, Pearl.

Our Annual Awards Ceremony was a stunning night and I thank Ms. Riordan, Ms. Humphrey and all staff involved in its organisation for their efforts. Congratulations to Dr. Cuskelly, our music staff and all members of the music ensembles for the stunning musical performances on the evening.  

We also enjoyed the Special Awards Assembly last week, where a variety of awards were presented to students and in particular, the announcement of academic and special awards for year twelve students were made. Congratulations to Nashonie Paul and Meg Tait, joint recipients of the Enid Stuckley Prize for Dux of the Junior School; Elizabeth Hay who was awarded the Helen Amies Prize for Runner Up to the Dux and Ruby Turner who was awarded the Barrett Prize for Dux of the School. Congratulations to each of these girls for their diligence and focus in their studies.

Independent School Students Deserve Government Investment in their Future
The 2017 Queensland State Election is well underway. Education is a key social service accounting for almost one quarter of State Budget expenses. Families would therefore rightly expect to see it feature prominently during the current election campaign.
The recently released Productivity Commission report Shifting the Dial; 5 year productivity review reiterated an obvious but crucial point, that education is a critical element in driving future labour productivity, improved individual lifetime outcomes and national prosperity. It also stated that states and territories had “the greatest” policy responsibility to enact change.
Queensland’s schooling system has undergone significant reform over the past decade, including the addition of the Prep year, moving Year 7 to high school and comprehensive senior schooling changes that will start with Year 11s in 2019.
Many of the big reforms have been structural in nature and sought to bring Queensland into line with education systems interstate. Looking ahead, there is extensive national and international research that political parties can draw upon to develop a comprehensive and coordinated education policy platform that lifts student and state outcomes.
Schools, teachers and parents know that there are no silver bullets in education. Improvement at any level takes time and effort. But the rewards, such as seeing students find their passion or surpass their own expectations and excel, is what inspires and motivates educators. It should also be the driving force behind education policy formation and implementation. Impactful education reforms take time to craft, trial and implement. That’s why the ideas and policies put forward at this election are critical not only for students in school now, but for those starting their education tomorrow. 
Independent Schools Queensland has created a dedicated 2017 State Election web page to keep schools and their communities informed about the latest election policy announcements on education.
Queensland students deserve the attention and investment of their next State Government. It would be a disservice to future generations to halt the education reform momentum in schools that has been built over the past decade. A world class education system, including a robust and diverse independent schools sector, is essential for a prosperous and economically strong Queensland.
From an economic perspective alone, Queensland independent schools support 31,000 jobs and add over $4 billion to the state economy each year. Independent school students also achieve world-leading results, with the most recent Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) results revealing they achieved the highest scores in reading and were second only to Singapore in science. 
I encourage all members of our school community to be informed about the policy commitments of candidates in the election and if you have the chance to also let them know about the important role played by our school in educating future generations of Queenslanders.

This week at School
We celebrate our Junior School Extra Curricula commitment at a special assembly this week. Our annual Music lunch was hosted; thank you to members of the MSG for their support of this event. Our final Mother- Daughter book club for the year will also be held this week. 

Thank you to all involved in the organization and running of the annual P and F Melbourne Cup Function. Special thanks to Katie Forbes for taking the lead in this event. The P and F also hosted our final school dance for the year and featured the year twelves joining us for a short period, as is tradition.

Thank you also to staff and students who performed and attended the Sherwood Street Festival last week. This is a lovely time for the general community to see the calibre of our student musical ensembles and to meet key members of staff.

Uniform
In these last few 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 the blue uniforms, hats and shoes and to replace or renovate these in readiness for the new year. Our presentation reflects strongly on our school’s reputation, and we urge parent support in this area.

Congratulations to:

Phoebe McAuliffe who is a University of New South Wales (UNSW) Medal winner in the ICAS Science competition (Year 11). 
Team Speechability (Aeshlein Ralston, Alisa Timofeeva and Lily Sullivan) and Team Empower Pads (Georgina Whittle, Gabrielle Taylor, Renee Byrne and Anna Kyprios) who made it to the final stage of the Australian Comrade Design Challenge, selected to pitch to the Shark Tank. 
Team Speechability won the Best Powerpitch Award and will represent Australia in the international competition next year at NASA in Florida. 
Mrs Sue Russell has been appointed as the Vice President of the Educate Plus Queensland Chapter
Miss Adele Johnston will complete her Masters of Positive Psychology this year, graduating with Honours
Ms Patricia Hosking who has been invited to be a keynote speaker for the Queensland Association of Mathematics Teachers Senior Maths Day
Our departing Year 12 art students on such a vibrantly creative year. A snapshot of their work can be viewed here

Karen Spiller

 

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Deputy Principal

Ms Toni Riordan

Leadership 
Observing our senior students’ participation at last Friday’s Special Awards ceremony and this week’s Annual Awards Ceremony gave me pause to reflect on the experiences of student leadership I have witnessed this year. 

I have seen so many girls from all year levels ‘step up’ and take the lead. To prepare students to take their place in society, St Aidan's offers many opportunities for girls to take on responsible roles. Future leaders need an educational environment which encourages, nurtures and provides direction so they can reach their full potential in the future. Leadership skills are developed in various ways through Academic and Social/Emotional Learning and Co-curricular Activities at St Aidan's. 
Our leadership program fosters relationships, personal development and the skills necessary to form and maintain teams.  Students are encouraged to engage with the many opportunities available to develop initiative and motivation. They can contribute to the Student Representative Council through their year levels, involve themselves in House activities, and be active in a range of community service projects. The School also promotes leadership through a wide variety of co-curricular opportunities including sport, debating, drama, music and technology. Our various camp experiences also provide a setting in which students can develop a diverse range of skills and build confidence, competence and resilience. 
Teamwork is fundamental to the workplace of the 21st century, and our students embrace this co-operative learning with enthusiasm.  Each Prefect role in the Senior School co-ordinates a committee of Year 12 students, working together for the benefit of the whole school community. I am looking forward to being with the senior leaders of 2018 at the leadership conference in week 9. This week of planning will allow for our future leaders to set goals, determine tasks and roles to spend time together in preparation for the year ahead.

 

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Chaplain

Rev Gillian Moses

Saying Goodbye
The week our Year 12 students thought would never arrive has arrived. After more than a decade of formal schooling, they are now down to a few hours. It is a time that is both exciting and terrifying!

 

 

It is exciting because a different future lies ahead of them. Regardless of what they do next, it will not be like school. Work, university, travel all have a different rhythm and structure to the school year, and all of these offer a freedom our girls have not really experienced before. They will begin to exercise more autonomy and hopefully take on more responsibility as one of the real advantages of adulthood.
It is also terrifying, for much the same reasons. Less structure, more choice, and more responsibility can all be scary concepts when we are accustomed to others making plans for us. Suddenly it is up to us to make our choices work and to organise ourselves. For many young people this doesn’t necessarily come easily.
But before the future arrives, our senior students have one last task to complete at school, if they so choose. That is the task of saying goodbye.
It is true that much of their leave-taking is already organised: the valedictory service and dinner, and the final assembly constitute most of the public farewell process for the girls. These are really important events to participate in, and are probably the moments that will be remembered, not least through Instagram or other social media recording. But I hope that our students will also participate in another leave-taking that is more personal, and that is in saying goodbye to individuals.
It is important to say good bye to friends, especially those in the same year level. While the celebrations may continue immediately at Southbank, or later at schoolies, there will come a time when most of our students will go their separate ways. There will be plans to catch up, and indeed through the Alumni Office events there will be organised catch ups for years to come. But it will never again be like the everyday friendships they had at school. And it is important to recognise that, and to properly end some of those friendships, at least in their current form.
Then there are the team mates and band mates, buddies and teachers (yes even the teachers). Some of these relationships will have been important, formative relationships that have shaped students’ lives. It is good to say goodbye to these people, to take 5 minutes to tell them how much you have enjoyed their friendship or mentoring, and to tell them what you will remember about them.  
Saying goodbye properly is such an underrated activity, yet it can have a profound effect on those leaving and those remaining. Above all, saying goodbye to your school experience is good practice for the other goodbyes we all have to make in life. Tears and laughter may both form part of the experience, and that is only right.
We will have some other goodbyes to say as the term winds down. I hope we might all take the opportunity to say what we need to say, to look into one another’s faces, and to be grateful for the shared journey we have made this year.
Blessings
Rev Gillian 

Christmas tip No 2
This website has some great ideas for those of you looking for a more ethical Christmas this year. Whether it be through spending less money, generating less waste of generally being more caring of the environment, there is something to think about and challenges to try:  http://www.ethical.org.au/consumer/ethicalshopper/christmas.html

Interested in Theology?
If you would like to explore some formal study of theology, St Francis Theological College is offering one free set of lectures to any member of the St Aidan’s faith community. Contact St Francis College directly to enquire about enrolling. In Semester 1, 2018 the following subjects are on offer:

Liturgical Theology
God, Humanity and Difference 
Introduction to the Old Testament
The Pentateuch 
The Early Church to 600 CE 
The Synoptic Gospels Thursdays
Introduction to Christian Theology

Concerts in the Cathedral 
The Brisbane Chamber Choir is celebrating their 20th anniversary with two concerts at St John’s Cathedral in December.
Saturday 2 December, 7 pm      Jan Dismas Zelenka’s ‘Missa Dei, Patris’ and Claudio Montiverdi’s
‘Cantate Domino’  & ‘Beatus Vir’.
Sunday 3 December, 2 pm     George Frideric Handel’s ‘Dixit Dominus’ and the ‘Coronation Anthems’, joined by choir alumni.

Single concert Adults $35 | Concessions $25
Both concerts  Adults $60 | Concessions $40
Tickets www.trybooking.com/323981     www.brisbanechamberchoir.com 

Benarrawa Day Celebrations
You’re invited to celebrate Benarrawa Day!
Sunday 19 November
4.00pm 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

Year 9 and 10 block testing
Year 11 block testing
Year 11 QCS trial Friday 17 November

 

Year 9 and 10 block testing
Students now have their timetables for block testing on Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 November. The schedules for both days require students to be at school by 8:30. 
On Monday, students may go home after their final exam is finished. For Year 9, this will be 3pm. For Year 10, this will be 2:40pm. Students who are remaining at school after these times must wait in the Senior School library or in the area under Le Fanu. Students are not permitted to leave and then return to school. Please discuss with your daughter your expectation as to whether she will be remaining at school following her exam. 
On Tuesday, students return to normal classes in the afternoon and are expected to be at school all day.

Year 11 block testing
Year 11s have now commenced their block testing. During block testing, students are to be in complete uniform (blues) whenever they attend school. This includes if they are meeting with teachers or working in the school library.
Students should arrive in time for commencement of exams and may leave immediately after exams.
The exception to the above is for days when students have two scheduled exams; in this instance, students must remain at school from the beginning of the first exam until the end of the last exam.  On these days, students will need to bring food to school or purchase from the tuckshop, as they may not leave the premises to go to cafes.
If a student is sick and unable to complete an exam at the scheduled time, parents should contact the school prior to the exam, and provide a medical certificate as soon as possible thereafter.

Year 11 QCS trials
Year 11s will complete a QCS trial writing task on Friday 17 November, following the final Year 12 assembly. Year 11 students must attend the assembly and then move directly to the trial rooms for the test. Students may leave school immediately after the trial QCS test, as per block testing procedure. Students should be undertaking the trial, whether they are OP eligible or not. 

 

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Senior School

Sport

Physical Education

St Aidan's Swimming Camp

St Aidan's Run Club

Students in year 7 have been participating in an Inclusive Education unit, focusing on developing empathy, inclusivity and fair play for all students no matter how diverse the class may be. To collude the unit, Gerrard Gosen will be visiting the school to speak with the year 7 cohort. Mr Gosen suffers from a congenital vision impairment; however, this has not hindered his participation in Physical Activity by any means. Mr Gosen has gone on to become a motivational speaker, adventurer, athlete (runner), pilot, paralympian, mountaineer (climbing Mount Everest), dancer (you may have seen him on Dancing With the Stars), triathlete and chocolatier. 
Please see the following clip: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5rV04pI9zc
Please ensure your daughters are in attendance for the visit on Tuesday 21 November. 
Details: 
Tuesday 21 November from 12.40 until 1.15pm (during activities) in the Auditorium. Students are asked to be prompt to the Auditorium as there is only a short amount of time to hear his presentation.

Ms Bolger

Swimming Camp
As part of our lead up to the 2018 QGSSSA Swimming competition St Aidan’s is running a training camp for those girls who are interested in representing the school this season. The camp will provide a great opportunity to develop competition and training goals, improve training technique and to foster team spirit. The camp will be held on Thursday 18  2018 - Friday 19 January 2018 at The Southport School. The cost is $225.00 per student. Bookings will close on Monday 8  January 2018. Full payment is due at the time of booking. Payments can be made via www.flexischools.com.au from Wednesday 15 November. Search for St Aidan’s Anglican Girls School and select Swimming Camp. Please note, there will be no refunds for students who withdraw from the trip. Further information and the appropriate swimming forms to be sent to Ms Hole – swimming@staidans.qld.edu.au can be found on the swimming page of the sports portal and on the sports app.

St Aidan's Run Club
Click here for information about the St Aidan's Run Club.

 

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Music

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Sherwood Community Festival 
On Friday 10th November, students in Vivaldi Strings, Four Seasons Quartet and Allegro Strings performed at the Sherwood Community Festival. The girls gave a wonderful performance despite the inclement weather. Many thanks to the students who performed and the parents who attended to support the girls. Also, our appreciation goes to Miss Cottone and Mr Hesse for their co-ordination of this performance. 

Music Lunch
Many thanks to the members of the MSG for effort they put in to organising the annual Music Lunch which was held last Friday in the CHC. Both the staff and girls enjoyed a delicious meal and had the chance to farewell those leaving. A lovely way to end another fantastic year of music making in the senior school at St Aidan’s. 

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.

Enrolments for private music and speech and drama tuition for 2018 
Dear Parents, 
As we are approaching the end of 2017, we are now taking enrolments for private music and speech and drama tuition for 2018. 
During 2017, over 300 St Aidan’s students participated in the private tuition program and we welcome any continuing or new enrolments for 2018. St Aidan’s employ highly qualified private tutors to teach all string, woodwind and brass instruments in addition to piano, voice and private speech and drama. All students enrolled in the private tuition program also have the chance to participate in one of the many extra-curricular ensembles at the school.
By enrolling now, parents can be assured that lessons will begin promptly in 2018. Please follow the link below and please contact Carla Trott c.trott@staidans.qld.edu.au or Sue Figliano s.figliano@staidans.qld.edu.au if you have any further questions.
Link to enrolment form: 
https://secure.netols.com/schools/gateway/intranet_gateway.cfm?eu=TU-CD1ECB42-C292-7EED-BE73B2DE78B58B7A-CD1ECB43-C292-7EED-BE1057D7703411E8     

Summer School Raffle Winners
Congratulations go to the lucky winners of the MSG Summer School Scholarship Raffle:
Junior Scholarship: Isabel Dowd
Senior Scholarship: Joanna Figarado

Rehearsal Schedule

Events Calendar

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2018 Cultural Tour of Europe

The Socio-cultural Faculty is currently inviting expressions of interest from students wishing to participate in the 2018 Cultural Experience Tour to Western Europe.

This 19-day cross-curricular tour boasts an exciting itinerary, designed to explore a host of significant historical and cultural sites in France, Germany and Austria. It is scheduled to run during the 2018 September holidays and is offered to current students in Years 8 to 11. 
Students who wish to participate are asked to secure their place on this tour by making payment of a non-refundable deposit of $1000. A Flexischools account has now been established to accept this payment until November 30. 
Parents and students who were unable to attend the recent information evening are encouraged to contact Ms Rebecca Sullivan (PAR History) or Mr Matthew Lowe (PAR French) for an information pack, including a draft itinerary.

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2018 School Bus Route

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 

Special Awards Assembly
Annual Awards Ceremony – Awards
New Student Orientation Day
Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb
Prep Late Night
Anglicare Christmas Hampers  
National Skin Cancer Action Week November 19-25
Important Dates
Outside School Hours Care-Vacation Care
2018 Bus Route Update

St Aidan’s Old Girls’ Certificates of Commitment
At a special assembly last Friday, one student from each year level was presented with the St Aidan’s Old Girls’ Association Award for overall commitment and dedication towards everything they attempt. Congratulations to the following girls for this wonderful achievement.

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

The Kelly-Anne Kopittke Memorial Prize was also presented. Congratulations to Olivia Cheng – Year 2.

Annual Awards Ceremony
Congratulations to the following students who received Academic Excellence Awards at the Annual Awards Ceremony on Monday evening. 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 and History and Geography.

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

Junior School Dux – Nashonie Paul and Meg Tait
Year 6 Citizenship Award – Thea Woolley  

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 classmates 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 (2018) 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.

Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb – Sophie Clayton Year 5
Sophie Clayton (Year 5) is a strong, brave and very determined young girl who has overcome so much after having a stroke at the age 4. You would think this would slow her down, but instead it has transformed her into the positive person she is today. 
This year, Sophie decided that she wanted to give back to those who have helped her. Sophie (with help from her family) started a Facebook page for Stroke Kids and began to work with the Stroke Foundation to raise awareness about the signs of stroke.
In September, she made cookies for National Stroke week, then October brought an opportunity to speak in front of a room of Doctors at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital for Grande Rounds. So when the foundation asked her to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge to launch Stride4stroke 2017 two weeks ago of course she said yes.
We are so proud of her and are delighted to share her story this week.
 https://www.bridgeclimb.com/stroke-survivors-sydney-harbour-bridge/    
https://tenplay.com.au/news/national/october-2017/stroke-survivors-take-on-sydney-harbour-bridge-ahead-of-world-stroke-day   

The message is simple - get active, stroke can happen to anyone and lastly please learn the signs. F.A.S.T
Face 
Arm
Speech 
Time

Sophie Clayton 1

Sophie Clayton 2 

Prep Late Night
The Prep girls had an absolute blast last Friday with their Annual Late Night. It was a night of laughter, fun and frolicking around our school after dark. We put on our lab coats and glasses and participated in a ‘Crazy Science’ themed night. We made sticky slime, clouds in jars, and even got to see some explosions when Brett from ‘Big Bang Science’ showed us some special tricks with liquid nitrogen! 
We made our own mini pizzas for dinner and had ice-cream with sprinkles for dessert! After dark, we went on a torch walk searching for wildlife around the school. We changed into our PJs, made a cubby house and listened to the bed time story ‘Ada Twist, Scientist’. It’s safe to say, we are crazy about science now!
Prep Late Night 1

Prep Late Night 2

Prep Late Night 3a

National Skin Cancer Action Week November 19-25 
Each year Cancer Council Australia and the Australasian College of Dermatologists come together for National Skin Cancer Action Week.
With two in three Australians diagnosed with skin cancer by age 70, the action week is an important reminder of sun protection and early skin cancer detection for all Australians.
More than 2,000 people in Australia die from skin cancer each year, and Cancer Council estimates that Australia spends more than $1 billion per year treating skin cancer, with costs increasing substantially over the past few years.
Yet most skin cancers can be prevented by the use of good sun protection.
To encourage Australians to remember to use the five forms of sun protection, we are inviting everyone to join the #SunSmartGeneration.
Today’s children have grown up with the SunSmart message and are our most sun savvy generation ever. Parents understand the importance of protecting their little one’s skin with rashies, hats, sunglasses, shade and sunscreen. However, it’s important that adults protect their own skin too. It’s never too late to prevent further damage and parents play an important role in setting a good example for their kids.
That’s why this National Skin Cancer Action Week, Australians of all ages are urged to use the five forms of sun protection. These are to:

slip on sun-protective clothing
slop on SPF30 (or higher) broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen
slap on a broad-brimmed hat
seek shade
slide on sunglasses

A combination of these measures, along with getting to know your skin and regularly checking for any changes, are the keys to reducing your skin cancer risk.
You can find out more about skin cancer here.

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

Please click here for Important Dates.

OSHC

Bookings are now open for the December/January School Holiday Program. 
The program contains a number of exciting activities, incursions and excursions which we hope will keep your children entertained in the lead up to Christmas as well as after the New Year. 
We have been contacted by the Brisbane Boys’ College (BBC) OSHC service as they are no longer offering vacation care to their students. As a result, we have had a number of BBC parents contact our service to enrol their children in the upcoming School Holiday Program. As agreed with BBC, our program will be released to St Aidan’s parents from 8-17 November for bookings and after that date, the program will be released to the BBC parents. 
We strongly encourage you to book all the days you require care by 17 November to avoid missing a place. The official booking closure date is 27 November 2017. Importantly, we are unable to accept cancellations once you have placed a booking. We are however happy to change the date of your booking, subject to availability. 
Our service is strictly limited to 30 students per day.
Please click here for a copy of the School Holiday Program
For bookings and information, please contact Palu Ingram, OSHC Co-ordinator on 0423 547 653 or email oshc@staidans.qld.edu.au    

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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West Taylor Bridge Friday Clubs Competition Semester 2 Interschool Sport
The 2017 Walter Taylor Bridge competition concluded last Friday with a number of teams gaining top three positions in both the Softball and Basketball. Congratulations to all girls for their fine display of sportsmanship and conduct throughout the season.  A particular mention must go to our Year 4/5 White Softball Team and Year 5 White Basketball Team who won their grand finals and became premiers for the season and to our Year 4 Basketball Brown Team who fought very hard to place 2nd and our Year 6 Basketball White Team who placed third.  A big thank you to all staff and coaches; your assistance was greatly appreciated.

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
As a courtesy to staff and other coaches, please note the finishing times for each session.

2018 Beyond Athletics
The 2018 Beyond Athletics continues this week on Wednesday 15 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 1 and 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.

Congratulations
Well done to Amy Guo (Year 6) who competed in the 2017 Queensland Badminton Schools Championships U15 division last weekend and won the singles tournament. This is a wonderful achievement.

Key dates 2017_2018

 

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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 performed at the Sherwood Community Festival. The girls gave a wonderful performance despite the inclement weather. Many thanks to the students who performed and the parents who attended to support the girls. Also, our appreciation goes to Miss Cottone and Mr Hesse for their co-ordination of this performance. 

Year 4 Beginner Band
The Year 4 classes for the remainder of the term are as follows:
beginner band wk 7 
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

Enrolments for private music and speech and drama tuition for 2018 
Dear Parents, 
As we are approaching the end of 2017, we are now taking enrolments for private music and speech and drama tuition for 2018. 
During 2017, over 300 St Aidan’s students participated in the private tuition program and we welcome any continuing or new enrolments for 2018. St Aidan’s employ highly qualified private tutors to teach all string, woodwind and brass instruments in addition to piano, voice and private speech and drama. All students enrolled in the private tuition program also have the chance to participate in one of the many extra-curricular ensembles at the school.
By enrolling now, parents can be assured that lessons will begin promptly in 2018. Please follow the link below and please contact Carla Trott c.trott@staidans.qld.edu.au or Sue Figliano s.figliano@staidans.qld.edu.au if you have any further questions.
Link to enrolment form: 
https://secure.netols.com/schools/gateway/intranet_gateway.cfm?eu=TU-CD1ECB42-C292-7EED-BE73B2DE78B58B7A-CD1ECB43-C292-7EED-BE1057D7703411E8    

Summer School Raffle Winners
Congratulations go to the lucky winners of the MSG Summer School Scholarship Raffle:
Junior Scholarship: Isabel Dowd
Senior Scholarship: Joanna Figarado

 

Rehearsal Schedule

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P&F

P&F

This Thursday 16 November is the last Blazer embroidery day.

Please have your blazer in the shop by Thursday morning for it to be returned by 23 November.
All year 12 students will need to pay before sending their embroidery.
Uniform shop

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