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.
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.
The message is simple - get active, stroke can happen to anyone and lastly please learn the signs. F.A.S.T
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!
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 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.
• Non-perishable Xmas foods
• Non-perishable family foods
• Christmas decorations
• Board games
• Christmas themed reusable bags in which to pack the donations
Please click here for Important Dates.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org