Newsletter Term 4 Week 7 2018

Principal

Ms toni riordan

Building St Aidan’s community through participation and service
A few weeks ago, we launched the fifth edition of our Alumni publication, Born To Fly. At the launch, Councillor Nicole Johnston, a long-time friend of St Aidan’s was the guest speaker. She shared her reflections on St Aidan’s students and their school community. I thought you might like to read a section of Cr Johnston’s speech:

“I have been watching the remarkable women of St Aidan’s for many years now as the School’s local Councillor, sharing in your successes and quietly problem solving in times of need. My enduring impression of the school, tucked away in suburban Corinda (just around the corner from my home), is that their mission is to empower young women. To open their minds to the world and to encourage them to explore and expand it through the application of their own unique talents. The good news is this approach is working.

Whether it’s in science, creative pursuits like art or design, the law, charitable and humanitarian works, business or medicine St Aidan’s girls excel. We know that St Aidan’s regularly tops Queensland’s academic lists, state and national sporting and debating competitions, and produces world class musicians. As children’s activist, Marian Edelman, says “you can’t be what you can’t see”. That’s what makes St Aidan’s vision for its school community so important.

Smart and capable women are not created by accident. To coin a phrase – it takes a village or a community. This approach of school, family and community is central to the St Aidan’s experience.
So what makes a great community? Depending on whether you talk to a social worker or an engineer you might get a slightly different response but across all disciplines there are some common traits – these are membership/inclusion, common values and shared experiences, influence, services and the fulfilment of needs. To me it is very simple, I see it every day in my job, great communities are made of up caring people, a shared vision and vibrant places.

So how is the St Aidan’s community perceived?

Behind the scenes the School imbues a strong sense of social justice in all students. I am thinking back a few years to the extraordinary production of Remember This, a musical celebrating the role of women through 100 years of Australian history. Not only were the performances and production values good enough to be on stage at QPAC but all funds raised from the season were donated to Second Chance.

These young women, no doubt inspired by their parents and teachers, aged 14, 15, 16 and 17 recognised that they could pursue their creative passions and help others at the same time. Knowing some of the families involved in that production, it was just the start of a life-long journey of creativity, service and giving for them.

The Second Chance Programme of course is a long term-partner of St Aidan’s, with the School raising funds each year through its International Women’s Day Luncheon to help women and their children experiencing homelessness.

Throughout the year, and every year, students are also undertaking class and cohort projects to raise funds for a variety of good causes, usually initiated by the students themselves and always with a fun attitude to encourage participation.

Whilst I haven’t seen this year’s annual year in review report yet, I feel certain that St Aidan’s Girls will have fundraised generously for drought affected Queensland farmers among many other thoughtful endeavours this year.

I know the School used to track the community and charitable contribution of its students with more than 3,000 hours of volunteering and community service undertaken in 2013. I suspect its similar today or even higher.

The School has also been integral in extending the hand of friendship and creating innovative learning opportunities for other schools around Queensland. One of the most impressive is the Aspiring Women in Science Conference, which I hope will find a renewed life in some form in the School’s STEM programme in coming years. For young women from both private and state schools in city, regional and rural areas to visit St Aidan’s and participate in a dedicated programme of science extension activities, with professional and world renown speakers like Professor Ian Fraser, made possible only through St Aidan’s professional and community connections, was a unique opportunity.

This year, I was very pleased to meet with grade six students and have a spirited discussion about issues in their community. We talked about politics, how legislation is created - petitions, community protests, how to contact your local politician, what politicians do, how to run a community campaign, the challenges around change and the issues of importance to them (the environment was a big one if you are wondering). One year six student even has an e-petition going right now on Council’s website aimed at creating more walkable neighbourhoods in Graceville.

What all of these curriculum-based, extra-curricular, charitable and leadership activities are teaching young women is that to create a caring, creative and resilient community you must be involved. One of the very strong values, I observe through the St Aidan’s approach to community, is building the capacity of students to develop and implement their own solutions to problems in a way that helps them shape their environment whether that is at school, at home or in life.

It is through the activities of St Aidan’s curriculum, teachers and families, that you can see the School’s aim of developing and promoting authentic, caring, confident, creative and connected women who value reason, imagination, truth, compassion and responsibility is a lived reality every day.

St Aidan’s have been recognised on many occasions for a diverse range of extra-curricular activities that achieve a dual purpose – creating smart, adventurous independent problems solvers who are actively helping to build strong and inclusive communities not just within the school but as they thrive and grow throughout our city, state, country and even globally.

St Aidan’s community of teachers and staff, well educated, dedicated professionals who go the extra mile, volunteering, through professional development and extra-curricular activities, are a critical component of St Aidan’s success as a vibrant community. That they keep being poached or promoted is a pretty good sign I think.

A strong and vibrant community is made of people with a shared set of values and experiences but it is also defined by its places and spaces. How they create a sense of joy and inclusion; the aesthetics; a safe place to grow, explore and thrive is a critical element in creating a vibrant community.

St Aidan’s has transformed from its humble beginnings in 1929 through the physical investment in school infrastructure over many decades, culminating in the opening of $5m The Link last year. The Link is a remarkable building project that has transformed old, bland buildings into a modern, flexible collegiate learning and recreational space. This extraordinary investment into the social infrastructure of our local community will create a tangible legacy for many future generations of local families who will send their girls to St Aidan’s. And it is not a one off. In my first year as a Councillor the PAC had only just opened, a huge building project in its own right.

This bricks and mortar investment by local families over many generations into educating girls and young women is something the School community should be very proud. In fact, we often hear stories in the media today about how walls divide people but when they are built right they can create, as Jano Dawes (1986 St Aidan’s graduate) says, “an underlying sense of love within the walls of the school”.

I hope through this brief insight I have been able to share with you my thoughts about the St Aidan’s community.”

Congratulations
Cassidy Mataia (Year 9) who will be heading to Melbourne in December for the Australian Nationals Championship Tennis Tournament. Cassidy had made direct acceptance into 14 Under Australian Championship and this past weekend was successful in qualifying for one of two Qld qualifying positions for the 16 Under Australian Championship age group too.
Isabel Goffage (Year 6) who has been selected in the Queensland School Sport 10-12 years girls Cricket team and will travel to WA next month to compete at the School Sport Australia National Championships.

Best Wishes
•To Year 10 and 11 students who continue with their Block Testing
•To Year 6 students for their Eucharist and Dinner celebrations
•To Junior School students involved in the Kidpreneur Market Stall and Year 9 Business Students for their Business Venture
•To Year 11 students for their QCS Trial (SR and MC2)
•To our Kindy students and staff for the highly anticipated Kindy Christmas Concert

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Chaplain

Rev Gillian Moses

Please see the chaplain’s blog on Aidan’s Central https://central.staidan.qld.edu.au/homepage/1842.

 
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Guidance Counsellor

ms Jennie Robinson

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

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Senior School

Sport

• Training Schedule Week 7
• Training Schedule Week 8
• Swimming & Cross Country Camp 2019
• Run Club

Training Schedule Week 7
https://central.staidan.qld.edu.au/send.php?id=15580

Training Schedule Week 8

https://central.staidan.qld.edu.au/send.php?id=15624   

Swimming & Cross Country Camp 2019
As part of the preparation for the 2019 QGSSSA Swimming Carnival and the QGSSSA Cross Country Championships, St Aidan’s will be hosting a combined camp for these two core sports.
In previous years, separate camps have been held for each sport. Recognising that there is often a large contingent of athletes who compete in both Swimming and Cross Country seasons, and considering the close overlap of the two seasons, we have decided to combine the camps. This camp will cater for cross-over athletes as well as those who compete exclusively in each sport. The camp will feature extended opportunities for training, technique improvement, individual and age group goal setting and fostering team and school spirit.
Cut off for camp is November 30 so get in quick!
A summary of relevant camp details is outlined in the camp letter.
https://central.staidan.qld.edu.au/send.php?id=15427

Run Club
Run Club is back for another year! Plenty have already signed on so I look forward to seeing you there! Don’t forget, Yr7 2019 are welcome to come along. Run Club is every Tuesday afternoon and Saturday morning, throughout the holidays as well! We can cater for all ability levels and take plenty of breaks when it’s really hot. Please see the link to the poster for more information.
https://central.staidan.qld.edu.au/send.php?id=15585

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Music

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

Congratulations – AMEB Results
Congratulations to Emma Aziz who has recently completed her AMEB Grade 7 violin exam. Well done Emma.

St Aidan’s School Hire Instrument Returns
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS USING ST AIDAN’S SCHOOL HIRE INSTRUMENTS
Please be advised that all school hire instruments will need to be returned to your instrumental tutor or to Mrs Figliano by the following dates:
BEGINNER BAND STUDENTS – Tuesday Week 7 - 20th of November.
PREP– YEAR 11 STUDENTS – Friday Week 7 - 23rd of November.
It is very important that all instruments are returned by the dates listed above as they need to be assessed and sent away for repairs.
Please be aware that Clarinets, Flutes and Trumpets are on short term loan only and students are encouraged to purchase their own instrument after one year of private tuition if possible. All larger more expensive instruments are on long term loan and can be re-hired at the start of 2019.
Please contact music@staidans.qld.edu.au for further information.

2019 Private Tuition Enrolment
We are currently taking enrolments for private music and speech & drama lessons for 2019. Please follow the link below to the online form.
https://au1.documents.adobe.com/public/esignWidget?wid=CBFCIBAA3AAABLblqZhA6JM5HtbLwCed2S0TO047YiiTGdXfRFLn2AQer-VgcswmKKHCGd4cE8SZZDkT29Eg*

Harp Tuition
We are very lucky at St Aidan’s to have a harp tuition program. We currently have some openings for harp lessons and our accomplished harp tutor (see bio below) is taking new enrolments. The school owns several harps that can be used for lessons and practice. If you would like to take advantage of this special opportunity, please contact music@staidans.qld.edu.au for further information.          

Introducing Tijana Kozarcic – Harp Tutor
Tijana Kozarcic is a Brisbane based professional harpists. After finishing her Master of Music degree at the Faculty of Music Art in Belgrade(Serbia), she moved to Australia and completed a Master of Music degree at the Queensland Conservatorium under the instruction of professors Sayo and Sebastien Lipman.
Besides teaching, Tijana performs extensively as a solo, orchestral and chamber musician. She has performed the Debussy’s Danse Sacree et Profane for harp and strings with the Revision Orchestra and Handel’s Harp Concerto in B-Flat Major as a soloist with the Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as a soloist in concerts organised by the Harp Society of Queensland.
She is a casual Harpist with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) and one of the Next Generation Artists in the Southern Cross Soloist's Next Generation Artist Program for 2018.
Tijana has performed with many orchestras throughout Australia, such as:
Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO), Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO), Camerata
Orchestra in Neil Finn’s Concert at the Home of The Arts Performance Cente, Gold Coast, and in Kate-
Miller Heidke’s Concert at QPAC, Ensemble Q - the ensemble in residence at the Queensland
Conservatorium, as well as with a number of orchestras including the Amadeus
Orchestra, Queensland Wind Orchestra, Queensland Philharmonia Orchestra, Ipswich City Orchestra,
The Ady Ensemble, Kelvin Grove Wind Orchestra, Queensland Choir and Gold Coast Philharmonic
orchestra.

Music Support Group 2019
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 music bursaries, workshops and overseas tours.
The support group relies on the goodwill of parents to help with catering, publicity, and fundraising which are vital to the seamless running of concerts throughout the year. New members are not only most welcome, but also very much appreciated. 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.

Music Groups 2019
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

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.
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 (auditioned)
Vivaldi Strings (Yrs 5-8)
Dolce Strings (Yrs 2-4)
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)     

Semester 2, 2018 School Music Calendar
Changes and additions may be made to the Calendar. Updates are provided through the Newsletter.

Thank you from Dr Cuskelly – PAR Music
As the year draws to a close, I would like to take the opportunity to offer an enthusiastic vote of thanks to everyone involved in the Music Department. Thank you to all of the classroom , instrumental and ensemble teachers – your expertise and focus is much valued. Thank you to all members of the Music Support Group – your hospitality and support is great appreciated. Thank you to the Maintenance, IT and Marketing teams – your cheerfulness and willingness to help makes everything work more smoothly. And thank you to all of the student musicians – you are commended on your interest, enthusiasm and dedication. Well done everyone!

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STAGE

Do you want to be part of STAGE in 2019?

DATE CLAIMER – SUNDAY 3RD FEBRUARY 2019
STAGE AUDITIONS FOR 2019

If you are interested in auditioning, please contact Sarah Smith (sarik@bigpond.com) in the STAGE support group or Mrs Lee (s.Lee2@staindans.qld.edu.au) so that an audition form can be sent to you, when they are available.

We hope to see many of you there.
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FRENCH

New Caledonia 10-day French Exchange Tour

If you are a current student of French in Years 7, 8 and 9, you can participate in a reciprocal exchange with our sister school Jean-Mariotti College in Noumea, New Caledonia next year in the September holidays. You will have received information on this previously. The first deposit is due next Friday 23rd of November. Please email Mrs Dawes for more information N.Dawes@staidans.qld.edu.au

french

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Junior Jottings

Mrs Louise Mcguire 

• Last Day of School – Friday Times
• Extra-curricular Assembly
• Penguin Aid Leaders visit to Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital
• STEMies Club Term 4 – Jackie Child
• New Student Orientation Day – Monday 26 November
• Year 6 – ‘Crossing of the Road’
• National Skin Cancer Action Week November 18-24
• Tuckshop – Last Day of Term 4
• Lost Property
• Anglicare Christmas Hampers
• Important Dates
• St Aidan’s Outside School Hours Care: Vacation Care Program

Final Day of Term 4
On Wednesday 28 November, we will be following Friday finishing times.

Extra-curricular Assembly
Last Wednesday morning, we held our Extra-curricular Assembly. This assembly provided the forum for the presentation of some very special Music and Sports awards. I also took the opportunity to highlight the myriad of activities offered in the Junior School and to acknowledge the support of our Year 6 students who have been the Leaders of many of them.
A special thank you must go to Sarah Hodge, School Captain for 2019 (guest speaker at the assembly), for her thought-provoking words about making the most of the opportunities provided at St Aidan’s and giving 100% to reap the rewards.
The Junior Singers, directed by Ms Carla Trott, performed beautifully and must be congratulated.
At St Aidan’s, there are many people this year who have taken the time to encourage the girls to “show how smart they are” and to support them in some way towards fulfilling their goals. I would sincerely like to thank all of our staff, external coaches, parents and friends who have wholeheartedly supported the extra-curricular life of the Junior School this year.

Special Award Recipients
Music

Voroteliak Encouragement Award – Year 5 – Olivia Banh
Excellence in Music Award - Year 6 – Isabella Williams, Freya Woodman
Sport
Best All Round at Sport – Year 6 – Abigail Jones
Best All Round at Sport – Runner Up - Year 6 – Isabel Goffage
Core Sports Cup
Hartland House

Penguin Aid Leaders visit to Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital
Last Friday, the Penguin Aid Leaders visited the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital Oncology Ward to deliver twenty Kids’ Cancer Teddy Bears, bought with funds raised by the Junior School. The Year 6 Leaders were able to meet some young children who were having treatment for cancer and present them with a cuddly teddy bear. They also met the nurses and spoke to them about the fundraising project. The Penguin Aid Leaders are to be congratulated on their initiative, excellent conduct and for learning to help others in need in the community. The School’s P and F are also to be acknowledged for their contribution to this fundraising project.
Peguin aid

STEMies Club Term 4 – Jackie Child
In STEMies Club, we invite our girls to engage with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). During Term 4, the girls played, explored and discovered features of Adobe Illustrator software to design jewellery which could be cut and engraved on the Laser Cutter. The task involved the girls in - Science: understanding how high intensity beam of infrared light is generated and focused onto a surface to ‘melt’ it, and thereby cutting; Technology: using software, a laser cutter and tools to complete the making; Engineering: designing, constructing and building their pieces of jewellery; Mathematics: calculating the correct measurements to print and the correct settings for cutting.
The focus on these subject areas is to provide students with skills and an education to cope with the ever-increasing changes and advancements in technology. We like to include ‘A’ into STEM to create STEAM. The ‘A’ for Arts incorporates aspects of arts, design and the humanities into STEM based activities. It adds creativity and ingenuity into the mix with the ‘makers’ principle of ‘getting your hands dirty’ to design, create solutions to ‘real issues’.
To read more about STEM, STEAM and STEAMS TinkeringChild.com


Our club members have demonstrated STEAMS throughout the term.

stemies

 

New Student Orientation Day – Monday 26 November
On Monday 26 November, new students to the Junior School in 2019 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 (2019) will be involved from 8:45am -10:30am. Years 2-6 students (2019) 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.

Year 6 – “Crossing of the Road”
At 1.30pm on the last day of term (Wednesday 28 November), the Year 6 girls will mark the end of their Junior Schooling with the long awaited ‘Crossing of the Road’ into the Senior School. Surrounded by K-5 students, staff and parents, the Year 6s will have their final roll call in the Junior School, followed by a year level ‘Charma’ in the drive-through, before crossing Ruthven St through a guard of honour of Year 5 students and Senior School students. The girls will be met on the other side of the road by Senior School students and staff, and then move to the CHC for the end of year Eucharist and Assembly to finish the day.
Parents and friends are invited to join us for this special occasion.

National Skin Cancer Action Week November 18-24
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.
Most skin cancers can be prevented by the use of good sun protection, yet too many Australians still have a tan.
Despite many Australians referring to a “heathy tan”, a tan is not a sign of good health or wellbeing. In fact, tanning is a sign that you have been exposed to enough UV radiation to damage your skin. This will eventually cause premature aging – including sun spots, wrinkles and sagging. Worst of all it increases your risk of skin cancer.
That’s why this National Skin Cancer Action Week and throughout summer Cancer Council is encouraging everyone to #OwnYourTone and embrace your natural skin tone. Make the pledge today to protect yourself from UV radiation and abstain from tanning.
During National Skin Cancer Action Week and throughout summer, whenever the UV index is three or above, use the five forms of sun protection and #OwnYourTone by:
• 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.
To coincide with National Skin Cancer Action Week, the Junior School students were reminded of the importance of protecting their skin from the sun by the Peer Support Leaders at this week’s assembly.

Tuckshop – Last Day of Term 4
Please note that there will be Flexischool orders for tuckshop on the last day of Term 4; however, some items will be unavailable. The Flexischool website will be updated regularly.

Lost Property
All items of lost property currently being held in the Junior School will be placed outside the reception area during the last week of term. All unclaimed items will be sent to the uniform shop or local charities. There are many unnamed items so please encourage your daughters to check for any of their belongings.

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

Christmas Tree (decorated by Junior School students) – Indooroopilly Shopping Centre
The girls in the Junior School have created a beautiful tree as part of the Christmas celebrations for 2018 at Indooroopilly Shopping Centre. They worked very hard on this project and each one of the individual cones were constructed by Junior School students’ hands. Girls in Year 7 helped them to place the pieces on the tree.
The tree will be on display in the centre from this Saturday 10 November – Monday 24 December (Level 3, near David Jones). Visitors to Indooroopilly Shopping Centre are invited to

1.Pick up a Christmas Tree Trail Map from the Information Desk (Located Level 2, Near Country Road)
2.Find all the Christmas Trees decorated by local kindies and schools to write down the 7 hidden codes
3.Complete your Trail Map and visit the Information Desk to collect your FREE Christmas Surprise
4.Plus, don’t forget to VOTE for your favourite Christmas Tree with the top 5 receiving a total of $5,000 worth of Indooroopilly Shopping Centre Gift Cards.) *Winners announced Thursday 27 December via email once all votes are counted.
tree

Important Dates Term 4, 2018

St Aidan’s Outside School Hours Care: Vacation Care Program
OSH

BOOKINGS CLOSE FRIDAY 23 NOVEMBER! SECURE YOUR SPOT!
The School Holidays are just around the corner and we can’t wait to show you the fun-filled and exciting activities we have planned in our December/January School Holiday Program. Further details of the program can be found here.
Bookings for the St Aidan’s OSHC December/January School Holiday program opened Monday 5 November. If you require care for the upcoming School Holiday period please return your booking form before 23 November 2018.
How do I book?
Complete the official booking form attached to the program. For further details please email oshc@staidans.qld.edu.au
What is the cost?*
$60 per day. Incursions and excursions incur additional costs. These are compulsory for all students and therefore you are able to claim CCS for these.
What are the hours of operation?
The service is open from 7.30am until 6pm.
How can I obtain more information?
If you would like further information regarding our OSHC program or if you would like to make a booking, feel free to contact me via mobile on 0423 547 653 or email on oshc@staidans.qld.edu.au

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Junior Sport

Please click here for the Junior School Training Schedule for Week 7 and Week 8, Term 4

With the end of 2018 upon us, I would like to acknowledge and thank each of the Junior School families for their support and encouragement of their daughters in the 2018 sporting program. To our Junior School girls, your commitment and dedication to St Aidan’s sport has been truly amazing and I applaud you for your tremendous spirit on the field, track, pool, gym and court. I send a very merry and safe Christmas cheer to our St Aidan’s community and wish our year 6 girls a wonderful future. Finally, to the St Aidan’s staff and coaches, sport would not be the same without your continued assistance to myself and our girls – thank you for your devotion to our girls. 2018 has been a year to shine in the sporting program and ‘shine’ our girls did!
Merry Christmas and a Happy 2019!

West Taylor Bridge Friday Clubs Competition Semester 2 Interschool Sport
The 2018 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 5 White Basketball Team and Year 5 White Softballers who won their grand finals and became premiers for the season. Congratulations must also go to our Year 6 White and Year 6 Blue Basketballers and Year 6 White and Year Blue Softballers who were runners-up and our Year 6 Brown Basketball Team who placed overall 3rd. A big thank you to all staff and coaches; your assistance was greatly appreciated.

2019 Cross Country Preparation Training
2019 Cross Country preparation training continues with sessions created to enable the students to improve their general fitness leading into next year’s Junior School Cross Country season. Whilst the session is designed for girls in Years 2 – 6, younger students are also welcome to attend. One training session (Monday 6.45am-7.45am at Ambiwerra) will initially be available to the girls each week moving into the 2019 season. A bus will collect students and take them back to school in the morning. Ms Lauren Murry, our Head Cross Country Coach, will be overseeing the program.

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

2019 Beyond Athletics
The 2019 Beyond Athletics continues at Ambiwerra from 3.45-5.00pm for girls selected. The program’s final Ambiwerra session will be held this Wednesday 21 November with the optional session to be held 1 December 2018 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.

Swimming Squad Training (Target Andrew 2019)
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.
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•Note Tuesday is a compulsory day for all girls wishing to make the Andrews Cup Swimming Squad
•Sessions are available to girls in Years 1 – 6.
•Sessions are designed to prepare girls for the competitive swimming in 2018 (Andrews Cup, Districts and Interschool) and a certain level of swimming ability is a prerequisite for involvement. Girls intending to participate must be competent in swimming 25 – 50m in freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke and they must also be able to perform a dolphin kick.
•Girls must sign-in the St Aidan’s swimming attendance book at the pool for every session that they attend.                       

Holiday Training
Holiday training will commence on Thursday 29 November 2018 at the school pool from 3.30pm-5.00pm.
The program will offer four sessions a week (Tuesday and Thursday 7.00am-8.30am and 3.30pm-5.00pm) as of 29 November 2018 through to and including Thursday 20 December 2018.
The sessions will then recommence on 15 January.
Training Sessions Offered:
Training Sessions

Holiday Swim Camp
St Aidan’s Junior School will be conducting a Swim Camp during the January 2019 school holidays on Thursday 24 at Dunlop Park Swimming Complex and Friday 25 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 2019 and are competent to swim a minimum of 25m in swim squad training.

2019 Andrews Cup Touch Football and Tennis Trials
With the date already set for next year’s Andrews Cup Touch Football and Tennis competitions - Tuesday 19 March, nominations are being called from Year 3 to Year 5 girls (current 2018). 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 2019 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.

Congratulations to our Pinnacle Sporting Award Winners
Best All Round at Junior Sport: Abigail Jones
Runner Up – Best All Round at Junior Sport: Isabel Goffage
Core Sports Cup Champions: Hartland Heroes, Captained by: Annabelle Barton, Genevieve Peabody and Isabel Weitemeyer
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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 conclusion 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 should collect them from the sporting fields at the designated time.

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Junior Music

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Congratulations – AMEB EXAMS
Congratulations go to Mira Wang who has successfully completed her Grade 1 AMEB Theory of Music Examination. Well done Mira.

St Aidan’s School Hire Instrument Returns
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS USING ST AIDAN’S SCHOOL HIRE INSTRUMENTS
Please be advised that all school hire instruments will need to be returned to your instrumental tutor or to Mrs Figliano by the following dates:
BEGINNER BAND STUDENTS – Tuesday Week 7 - 20 of November.
PREP– YEAR 11 STUDENTS – Friday Week 7 - 23 of November.
It is very important that all instruments are returned by the dates listed above as they need to be assessed and sent away for repairs.
Please be aware that Clarinets, Flutes and Trumpets are on short term loan only and students are encouraged to purchase their own instrument after one year of private tuition if possible. All larger more expensive instruments are on long term loan and can be re-hired at the start of 2019.
Please contact music@staidans.qld.edu.au for further information.

2019 Private Tuition Enrolment
We are currently taking enrolments for private music and speech & drama lessons for 2019. Please follow the link below to the online form.
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Harp Tuition
We are very lucky at St Aidan’s to have a harp tuition program. We currently have some openings for harp lessons and our accomplished harp tutor (see bio below) is taking new enrolments. The school owns several harps that can be used for lessons and practice. If you would like to take advantage of this special opportunity, please contact music@staidans.qld.edu.au for further information. 

Introducing Tijana Kozarcic – Harp Tutor
Tijana Kozarcic is a Brisbane based professional harpists. After finishing her Master of Music degree at the Faculty of Music Art in Belgrade(Serbia), she moved to Australia and completed a Master of Music degree at the Queensland Conservatorium under the instruction of professors Sayo and Sebastien Lipman.
Besides teaching, Tijana performs extensively as a solo, orchestral and chamber musician. She has performed the Debussy’s Danse Sacree et Profane for harp and strings with the Revision Orchestra and Handel’s Harp Concerto in B-Flat Major as a soloist with the Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as a soloist in concerts organised by the Harp Society of Queensland.
She is a casual Harpist with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) and one of the Next Generation Artists in the Southern Cross Soloist's Next Generation Artist Program for 2018.
Tijana has performed with many orchestras throughout Australia, such as:
Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO), Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO), Camerata
Orchestra in Neil Finn’s Concert at the Home of The Arts Performance Cente, Gold Coast, and in Kate- Miller Heidke’s Concert at QPAC, Ensemble Q - the ensemble in residence at the Queensland Conservatorium, as well as with a number of orchestras including the Amadeus Orchestra, Queensland Wind Orchestra, Queensland Philharmonia Orchestra, Ipswich City Orchestra, The Ady Ensemble, Kelvin Grove Wind Orchestra, Queensland Choir and Gold Coast Philharmonic orchestra.

Beginner Programs in Instrumental Music
Junior Singers Rehearsal Schedule – Term 4
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Music Support Group 2019
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 music bursaries, workshops and overseas tours.
The support group relies on the goodwill of parents to help with catering, publicity, and fundraising which are vital to the seamless running of concerts throughout the year. New members are not only most welcome, but also very much appreciated. 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.

Music Groups 2019
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

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.
2018 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 (auditioned)
Vivaldi Strings (Yrs 5-8)
Dolce Strings (Yrs 2-4)
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)

Semester 2, 2018 School Music Calendar
Changes and additions may be made to the Calendar. Updates are provided through the Newsletter.

Thank you from Dr Cuskelly – PAR Music
As the year draws to a close, I would like to take the opportunity to offer an enthusiastic vote of thanks to everyone involved in the Music Department. Thank you to all of the classroom , instrumental and ensemble teachers – your expertise and focus is much valued. Thank you to all members of the Music Support Group – your hospitality and support is great appreciated. Thank you to the Maintenance, IT and Marketing teams – your cheerfulness and willingness to help makes everything work more smoothly. And thank you to all of the student musicians who are involved in – you are commended on your interest, enthusiasm and dedication. Well done everyone!

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