Final Day of Term 4
On Wednesday 29 November, all students Prep-Year 6 will conclude the day at 3.05pm following our final assembly for the year. Please note, students are invited to wear ‘free dress’ on this day. The theme is ‘brightly coloured’ (sun safe) clothes (no gold coin donation required). Please remember to pack a hat for your daughter and ensure she is wearing enclosed shoes for safety.
Form Teacher List - 2018
It is my pleasure to announce a staffing appointment for 2018. Ms Emma Swan has accepted a position as one of the Year 4 Form Teachers. Emma has been working in the St Aidan’s and St Margaret’s Outside School Hours Care program for the past three years and has also recently undertaken her internship in the St Aidan’s Junior School. Many students and parents will already know Emma from the time she has spent at St Aidan’s, and we are very excited to welcome Emma to the teaching staff next year.
Please find below the full list of Form Teachers (as it currently stands). However, please be aware that due to unforeseen circumstances, late changes sometimes need to be made to staffing.
Kindergarten Ms Emma Schafer, Ms Melissa Welsh (Assistant)
Prep Ms Caitlin Clarke, Mrs Narelle Levander (Assistant)/Mrs Fiona Bird (Assistant)
Year 1 Mrs Kylie Black
Year 2 Mrs Megan Hannan
Year 3 Mrs Susie Rigby
Year 3 Ms Jen Rowe
Year 4 Ms Kristine Cairns
Year 4 Ms Emma Swan
Year 5 Mrs Kirby Egan
Year 5 Mrs Cathy Grant
Year 5 Mrs Deb Koh
Year 6 Ms Josephine Mitchell
Year 6 Ms Jann Manser
Year 6 Mrs Kate Grayson
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 Georgia Douglas, School Captain for 2018 (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 in order 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 “have a go” 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
Voroteliak Encouragement Award – Year 5 – Louisa Atkin, Amelia Perry
Excellence in Music Award - Year 6 – Samara Herath
Best All Round at Sport – Year 6 – Zara Larke
Best All Round at Sport – Runner Up - Year 6 – Jemima Bennett, Katya Hirst
Core Sports Cup
Club Kidpreneur – Market Stall – Ms Jen Rowe and Ms Caitlin Clarke
This year, interested students in Year 5 and 6 took part in the first St Aidan’s Junior School Club Kidpreneur program (extra-curricular activity). Club Kidpreneur is an innovative business program that aims to develop and ignite entrepreneurial spirit and skills. 32 kidpreneurs learnt how to create and build a business with a purpose to solve an identified problem in the community. With dedication, resilience and problem-solving by their side, the kidpreneurs designed and created products that represented their business. Bath bombs, stress balls, wishing dolls, motivational posters, bunting and pom poms, clay animals, hair accessories, dream catchers, bracelets, bandanas and glow jars were all on display and were sold at the 2017 Club Kidpreneur Market Stall day last Wednesday. Each business sold out, and collectively, the Kidpreneurs raised $1 323.45 for the Starlight Children’s Foundation.
Last Saturday evening, we held our first Junior School Film Night. Unfortunately, the rainy weather meant that the movie was moved indoors to the CHC; however, this did not ‘dampen’ the enthusiasm of the movie goers.
The aim of the night was to provide an opportunity for students and family members to ‘catch up’ in a casual and friendly environment and, without a doubt, it was a huge success. Some attendees even watched the movie!
I take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank our event sponsors –
Principal sponsor - Yeerongpilly Green
Gold sponsors - Fighter Pilot, Skobi Shoes, Instant Security, Sayers Dance Centre
Silver sponsors - Aquatic Achievers, Vanilla Pod Bakery
I also extend my sincere thanks to Alex Boyd and Belinda Murray for co-ordinating this event. It was a huge undertaking and the time and energy invested in the lead-up and on the day were enormous. I would also like to thank the many other parents who contributed and assisted in some way.
Precipitation Penguins at First Lego League – Mrs Jackie Child
Last Saturday, ten girls from Year 4 – 6 took part in this year’s First Lego League. The theme was Hydrodynamics which enabled our girls to learn more about our precious resource ‘water’. They spent an exciting and very challenging day presenting to judges in four activities; Robot game, Research Project, Robot Design and Core Values task. Our team, ‘Precipitation Penguins’ had prepared for these challenges during Term 4 (for more details click here) and competed enthusiastically and with confidence.
Possibly the most exciting part of the competition is the Robot Game. ‘Ptula’ our robot had performed five missions successfully at different times leading up to the challenge. On the day, Ptula was not so obliging in completing the missions; however, she successfully entertained us with new moves!
Throughout the competition, our girls demonstrated First Lego League Core Values. By embracing the Core Values, competitors learn that friendly competition and mutual gain are not separate goals, and that helping one another is the foundation of team work. Mrs Grant, Alyse Dowd (mentor) and I were extremely pleased and proud when the girls received the ‘Gracious Professionalism’ Award which was presented to the team who worked hard to overcome problems, while treating all people with respect and kindness.
Well done to all girls on a fabulous day of competition.
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.
Year 6 – “Crossing of the Road”
At 1.30pm on the last day of term (Wednesday 29 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.
School Fundraising/Events 2018
As we plan the fundraising and event program for 2018, please note that if you have any proposals for fundraising for any cause or activity within the school and any proposed event, these must be approved in the first instance by Alice Tidmarsh (Director of Marketing) or via Claire Rush (P and F Liaison Person) prior to approval by the Principal. It is important that our fundraising proposals are approved and are in line with the other events and activities of the School.
St Aidan’s Junior Library: Holiday Reading with E-Books and Audio Books!
Did you know that the Junior Library has a subscription to Wheelers e-books and audio books which you can access 24/7 from your favourite reading device? The loans are similar to a library loan but there is no need to remember to return your book to the library. After a two week period, the e-book or audio book automatically disappears from your device. From Aidan’s Central, you can click to start borrowing or you can download the ePlatform app on the App Store, Google Play or Windows10.
What do you need to borrow eBooks?
• Your St Aidan’s student username & password
• Internet access
• A compatible device to read an eBook on or listen to an Audiobook (a computer, tablet or smartphone) with a modern web browser (eg. Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer 10, Safari etc.)
How do you read eBooks or listen to Audiobooks?
The simplest way to read eBooks or listen to Audiobooks is to access the free ePlatform app.
The app can be accessed on an iPad, iPhone, Galaxy and most other devices.
1. Download the ePlatform app from the Apple, Google Play or Windows app stores.
2. Look for St Aidan’s library and log in - you’ll only need to do this once.
3. Search for, borrow and read or listen to any book you want!
For more information on the app and where to download it from visit the Wheelers help page.
Both the ePlatform app and website allow eBooks to be read via your browser. This means users can read either online or offline, and have access to a full range of display settings so they can customize their reading experience to match their preferences.
Audiobooks can be accessed just like the eBooks, but for offline listening, you will have to download the title first. To download an Audiobook you only need the ePlatform app - no extra software is acquired. After that you can listen to your Audiobook anywhere and anytime.
Email Mrs Daley, Mrs Child or Mrs Morris if you have any problems! We are keen to hear about all the great books you have accessed over the holidays!
St Aidan’s Junior Library: Holiday Storytelling with Story Box Library!
Did you know that the Junior Library has a subscription to Story Box Library which you can access 24/7 from any web enabled device? Our school subscription now covers home use so you can enjoy more read aloud stories from home, perfect for holiday reading for our K-3 students. For older students we have Wheelers ePlatform which allows students 24/7 access to audio and e-books…please email Mrs Daley, Mrs Child or Mrs Morris for more details on Wheelers.
Story Box Library is a subscription based storytelling service which provides a vibrant, interactive experience via a diverse range of everyday Australian storytellers - sportspeople, musicians, grandparents, teenagers, comedians, actors, with varying accents and from different cultures - each sharing past and present book titles. The result is meaningful, entertaining readings that focus on both teller and tale.
Most students in the Junior School will be familiar with Story Box Library already. To access Story Box Library from home, just visit the website and login as a school with the credentials below.
Username: St Aidans Junior School
Email Mrs Daley, Mrs Child or Mrs Morris if you have any problems!
NO Tuckshop – Last Day of Term 4
Please note that there will be no Flexischools orders for tuckshop on the last day of Term 4. The tuckshop will only be selling drinks and snacks to the Secondary School students.
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 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
Discover some top birds this Sunday, 26 November!
A bird walk with some top birds and an expert guide is certainly an experience not to be missed.
Professor Hugh Possingham, Chief Scientist with The Nature Conservancy, will introduce you to Sherwood Arboretum’s stunning birdlife at 6.30am on Sunday 26 November, starting at the Jolimont Street entry.
Over the past 15 years, some 170 species of birds have been recorded in Sherwood Arboretum thanks to its well-protected wetlands, a stunning collection of more than 1000 Australian native trees and the ‘wildlife corridor’ of the Brisbane River at the front door.
Sunday’s walk will finish with a relaxing morning tea by the river. The cost of just $5.00 for adults for morning tea (students are FREE) helps support the voluntary work of the Friends of Sherwood Arboretum Association.
Please remember to RSVP as soon as possible by emailing email@example.com or by calling (07) 3278 6525.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org