Newsletter Term 4 Week 8

Principal

MRS Karen Spiller OAM

This week at school

Year Twelve students

The 2017 seniors left with dignity and continued to be excellent role models until the end. 

The girls enjoyed a full week of activities blended with celebrations. One of the highlights for me is watching them leap into the pool, in their uniforms and then witnessing them doing the Charma in the pool; what a delight! 
We wish the girls and departing families all the best for the future and look forward to them staying in touch with us. Thank you to all staff involved in arranging the events of the last few weeks. Thank you also to the year eleven parents and students who provided such a beautiful breakfast for our departing year twelves and their families.

Junior School
We celebrated the extensive commitment and involvement of our junior school students at the Junior School Extra Curricular Awards Assembly last week. I commend all students and staff on their active enjoyment of so many sports, musical ensembles and community activities and clubs. Congratulations, in particular, to the following girls who were awarded the peak awards:

Excellence in Music
Samara Herath (Year 6)

Voroteliak Encouragement Award
Amelia Perry (Year 5) and Louisa Atkin (Year 5)

Best All Round at Sport
Zara Larke (Year 6)

Best All Round at Sport Runner Up
Jemima Bennett (Year 6) and Katya Hirst (Year 6)

Our Prep students enjoyed a “late night” at school and a number of activities associated with that. Thank you to Mrs Alex Boyd and primary parents for their running of the Junior School Movie Night. I am sure that great fun was had by all.

Our Junior School students were busy with their Club Kidpreneur activities where they raised $1,323.45 for the Starlight Children’s Foundation through their market stalls and our Junior School girls also participated in the QUT Lego League competition and were recognised with the “Gracious Professionalism” award.

Parent Fundraising 
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.

Congratulations to:
Jessica Forbes (Year 11) and Caitlin Haughton (Year 11) who have both been chosen for Leadership positions with the Australian Girls’ Choir next year. Caitlin will be the 2018 Soprano Section Leader and Jessie will be the 2018 Dance Leader. 
Jessica Garcia, Madeleine McInnes-Smith and Ava O’Callaghan (Year 12) who have all received offers into Visual Art at QUT. Jessica Garcia has been awarded a $10,000 Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship (Creative Industries). 
Grace Longwill (Year 12) who has received an early offer through QTAC for Drama at QUT.

Karen Spiller OAM

Long-term Education Vision Needed this Election
During the 2017 State Election campaign more than 50,000 Year 12s will graduate from Queensland schools. During their short lives these young people have witnessed more versions of the iPhone than state elections. Change is a constant companion for these members of the iGeneration and will be for life with predications they will face 17 jobs over five careers. 
If this is the future that awaits today’s graduates, what will it hold for our youngest Prep students who will graduate in 2029? This is a question we should all be urging politicians to consider carefully when framing the content and horizon of their education policy commitments this election. With education accounting for almost 25 percent of the Queensland Budget, it demands priority attention.
Decisions governments make about education today matter even more tomorrow. Building new infrastructure to accommodate growth requires careful long-term planning as does ensuring every child receives the necessary support to have the literacy and numeracy skills required in a global and uncertain future.
Parents fund the majority of the costs for independent schools such as ours through the payment of fees. You as parents are making a significant financial contribution to school education and a valuable investment in schooling. The existence of independent schools saves the taxpayer over $1 billion annually in Queensland. This is the extra cost to taxpayers if all students currently enrolled in independent schools went to state schools.
Independent schools like ours have and will continue to make a significant contribution to the social and economic future of this state. 
All children deserve a fair and equitable level of support from their State Government, regardless of the school they attend. Ongoing recurrent and capital support for non-state schools are among the key commitments independent schools are seeking from the next Queensland Government. 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.
I encourage all members of our school community to be informed about the policy commitments of the candidates in the election and if you have the chance, to let candidates know of the important role played by our school in educating our future generations. 

 

 

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Deputy Principal

Ms Toni Riordan

Farewell Year 12
Last week we said ‘farewell’ to the Seniors of 2017 through a series of events to mark the end of thirteen years of schooling.

Farewell means "may you fare well" - may you be happy and successful. We say, ‘go well’, or ‘journey well’ through the next stage of life rather than just say goodbye. At St Aidan's, there are a number of rites of passage for our graduating Seniors. Friday's farewell celebrations marked the true end of school life, leading to the beginning of something entirely new and different to what came before. Across the last two weeks, Year 12 students’ emotions were varied as they experienced their final exams, spent the remaining time together as a cohort and crossed a stage to shake hands and receive a graduating gift at the Valedictory Dinner. 
Parents and teachers watched with their range of emotions, including pride, relief, excitement and, perhaps for some, a little sadness. The Valedictory Eucharist was a powerful service full of symbolism and etched with meaning for students, their parents and staff. The rites of passage provide a remarkably moving series of events that appropriately acknowledge all that our 2017 seniors have achieved in their time at St Aidan's. It has been a time to celebrate a transition from their life as secondary students and adolescents into the world of further study, work, adulthood and independence. Our sisterhood of 2017 seniors are a true source of joy to all within our school community. It is with deep gratitude that we thank them for their individual and group contribution to the broader life of St Aidan's. I wish them well in life's journey and I look forward to meeting up with them at reunions and future milestones in their lives. 

 

 

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Chaplain

Rev Gillian Moses

What’s the time?
I remember reading a novel many years ago, in which dates became very important. 

Specifically, the book was set in England in the 1700s, and a plot point hinged on something that had happened on New Year’s Day. The twist was that until 1752, England celebrated New Year’s Day on 25 March, not 1 January, because until that time they followed the Julian and not the Gregorian calendar.
I can still recall how surprised I was to learn that 1 January had not always been New Year’s Day. 25 March seemed like such an insignificant date (apologies to any of you who have a birthday on that date!). Even the idea of the god Janus (after whom January is named) looking backward and forward seemed to me to suggest January had always been the first month of the year! How could I have not known this? And if I found that unsettling, imagine what it was like for those poor English people who suddenly had to wish each other a Happy New Year almost 3 months early!
Right about now I feel a bit like some of those English people must have felt, juggling two calendars in their heads. Here at school we are winding down (or up, depending on your workload). Christmas will be next week, so I am singing Christmas carols in my head and thinking about the nativity.
Meanwhile in the outside world Christmas is still weeks away, and in my church circles at least we aren’t even at Advent yet! My daughter suggests that in the church calendar at least, Christ the King (this coming Sunday) is when Jesus comes to judge all the shops for selling Christmas things in September. Of course the church has no right to complain, as it begins its new year on 3 December this year.
All this confusion of calendars is simply an example of how we still live according to many different rhythms. I often remind my parish colleagues that the school liturgical calendar still hits all the high points, just at a slightly different time from the rest of the church. The school calendar also runs at a different pace from wider society, through the ebb and flow of term time and holiday time. The frenetic pace of those 10 weeks of term must give way to a slower pace of life in the breaks, even if it isn’t always a holiday! And the regimentation of lesson times and lunch periods is quite foreign to most other people.
We do live in different times and spaces. None of this is bad, or in need of straightening out. It is a gentle reminder that we are complex and multidimensional people and we lead complex and multidimensional lives. What matters is that we continue to make time for simplicity and presence in the busyness. Find a rhythm, take a break, make time for the special people in your life. Whether you celebrate Christmas next week or on 25 December, and whether you wish one another Happy New Year in December, January or any other time, we all benefit from making time to celebrate something, and to wish one another the blessing of a new beginning.
Blessings
Rev Gillian

Christmas Tip no 3:
If you are hoping to attend a church service over the Christmas period, here are some local services. Don’t forget about the beautiful musical and other services that pop up before Christmas Eve. Some of our greatest artists and musicians drew inspiration from the waiting time of Advent.

St Matthew’s, Sherwood (Cnr Oxley Rd and Sherwood Rd):
Sunday 10 December 9.00 am – St Matt’s “Shoe Box Nativity” service. All-age, friendly, fun and we will be making, as households, a shoe box nativity.
Christmas Eve (Sunday 24 December) 6.00 pm – “Messy Christmas” – combing Messy Church and a Nativity play using anyone present who would like to get involved. A great close to Messy Church for 2017.
Christmas Eve (Sunday 24 December) 10.30 pm – Holy Communion and Carols (Contemporary)
Christmas Day (Monday 25 December) 8.00 am – Holy Communion Christmas morning service (contemporary)

St John’s, Oxley (California Rd, Oxley):
Sunday 10 December 4.00 pm – Carols and Sausage Sizzle in the grounds of St John’s (California Rd, Oxley).
Christmas Day (Monday 25 December) 8.00 am – Holy Communion Christmas morning service (traditional).

St David’s, Chelmer (Chelmer St East, Chelmer):
Sunday 17 December, 5pm onwards – St David’s Christmas Festival:  Free activities for children, Homemade Christmas Store (gifts, food and drinks available), Carols from 6.30pm
Christmas Eve (Sunday 24 December) 6.30pm - Family Worship with Holy Communion
Christmas Day (Monday 25 December) 8am – Traditional Holy Communion

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, 7pm - 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

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Dean of Studies

MRS Kim Wickham

Changes to assessment marking for 2018 Years 7-10
Year 11 QCS trial Friday 24 November
Congratulations to all Years 9-11 students on the completion of block testing

Changes to assessment marking for 2018 Years 7-10
In 2018, assessment items will be marked numerically in all subjects. At the end of each semester, the numeric marks will be converted to an A-E result. The changes are in keeping with the QCAA senior syllabuses that will be in use for current year 7-10 students when they reach the senior years. The learning represented by the numbers will continue to be detailed on criteria sheets. Detailed information about these changes will be released to parents early in 2018.

Year 11 QCS trial
On Friday, Year 11s will complete the final two papers for their full QCS trial. Students should check the required equipment list to ensure they have all of the correct equipment. Students should be undertaking the trial, whether they are OP eligible or not.

Congratulations to all Years 9-11 students on the completion of block testing
At the time of writing, block testing has finished for Years 9-10 and will soon be over for Year 11. Congratulations to all students who have managed their study schedules and exam timetables. Students have conducted themselves with discipline and integrity through these end of year processes and have earned some rest and reflection time during the coming break. Thank you also to parents for your support and care for your daughters through the test period.

 

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Dean of Students & Academic Welfare (7-9)

Ms Cate Begbie

SEL Days
Absences
Year 7 Immunisations

SEL Days: For the last week of school (Week 9) whilst Year 11s are attending the Leadership Conference, Years 7 to 10 students will be participating in a range of activities as part of the SEL Program. These activities have been carefully selected by the corresponding Year Level Coordinators to promote friendships and a sense of belonging in our community. At this time of year, balancing assessment schedules and deadlines, with participation in these days allows students to have some much needed downtime and fun. From skating to rock climbing to swimming and barbeque lunches, each day is scheduled to be socially active and enjoyable.

Absences: Please also note that when there is an absence at the beginning or end of any term or extended absences during the term, the principal should be advised in writing of the circumstances at the earliest possible time so that a considered decision can be made. This information can also be found in the parent handbook.

Year 7 Immunisations: These will take place on Thursday, November 23 at 2pm in the CHC.

 

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Senior School

Sport

Physical Education
St Aidan’s 2018 Swimming Camp

Physical Education
The year 7 Physical Education students 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 who suffers from a congenital vision impairment, spoke to our students on Tuesday about his experiences. Gerrard is 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. 
We would like to thank Gerrard for his time and we hope that all year 7 students learnt a great deal from Gerrard as well as from the Inclusive Education unit, in general.

St Aidan’s 2018 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. Full payment is due at the time of booking. Payments can be made via www.flexischools.com.au from now until Monday 8  January 2018. Search for St Aidan’s Anglican Girls School and select your daughter’s year level from the drop down box on the left (see picture below), then select St Aidan’s Swimming Camp 2018 and follow the prompts. 
Please note, there will be no refunds for students who withdraw from the trip. Further information and the appropriate swimming forms are to be sent to Ms Hole – swimming@staidans.qld.edu.au  and can be found on the swimming page of the sports portal or on the sports app.

swimming camp
 

 

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Music

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

AMEB Exam Results
Congratulations go to the following students who were recently awarded their AMEB exam certificates:
Lilian Stoermer – AMEB Grade 7 Saxophone for Leisure
Charlotte Fraser-Rieck – AMEB Grade 2 Saxophone
Anna Kyprios – AMEB Grade 4 Clarinet
Veronique Cobbold – AMEB Grade 4 Clarinet

Keyboards for Sale
The music department currently have 27 x M-Audio 49 note electronic keyboards for sale for $100 each. These instruments can be used with headphones for practice and can also be plugged into a computer for use with midi-software. If you would like further information or are interested in purchasing, please contact Mrs Figliano music@staidans.qld.edu.au       

Private Tuition Enrolment 2018
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      

Events Calendar

2018 Rehearsal Schedule       

Ensembles:
 
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 (Yrs 7-12, auditioned)
Corelli Strings (Yrs 7-12)
Chamber String Ensembles: Volar Strings, Da Capo Strings, Allegro Strings, Arco Strings, Four Seasons Strings (auditioned)
Vivaldi Strings (Yrs 5-7)
Dolce Strings (Yrs 2-4)
Staccato Strings (Beginner Ensemble)
Year 1 and 2 Beginner Strings Program
Combined Orchestras (Symphonic Winds and Corelli Strings)

BAND PROGRAM
Symphonic Winds (AMEB Grade Three and above)
Con Brio Band (Yrs 7-9)
Chamber Winds (auditioned)
Charma Band (Yrs 5-7)
Percussion Ensemble (Yrs 4-7)
Yr 4 Beginner Band Program 
Yr 3 Beginner Band Program (Semester Two only)
Combined Orchestras (Symphonic Winds and Corelli Strings

 

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News

Ptula’s Café
Year 12 Art

Ptula’s Café
Please note Ptula’s Café will not be taking Flexischools orders on Wednesday, 29 November.  There will be counter sales only of limited drinks and snacks.

Year 12 Art
Congratulations to  graduating Year 12 Art students Ava O’Callaghan, Madeleine McInnes-Smith and Jessica Garcia on receiving early offers to study Visual Art at QUT. Also extra congratulations to Jessica Garcia for her Vice-chancellor’s $10,000 scholarship.

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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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Junior Jottings

Mrs Louise Mcguire 

Last Day of School – school concludes at 3.05pm/Free Dress Day
Form Teacher List - 2018
Extra-curricular Assembly
Club Kidpreneur – Market Stall – Jen Rowe and Caitlin Clarke
Film Night
First LEGO League Competition 
New Student Orientation Day
Year 6 – “Crossing of the Road”
School Fundraising/Events 2018
St Aidan’s Junior Library: Holiday Reading with E-Books and Audio Books!
St Aidan’s Junior Library: Holiday Storytelling with Story Box Library!
NO Tuckshop – Last Day of Term 4
Lost Property
Anglicare Christmas Hampers
Arboretum Bird Walk
Important Dates
Outside School Hours Care-Vacation Care

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

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 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
Music
Voroteliak Encouragement Award – Year 5 – Louisa Atkin, Amelia Perry
Excellence in Music Award - Year 6 – Samara Herath

Sport
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 
Hartland House

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.

Club Kidpreneur 1
Club Kidpreneur 2
Club Kidpreneur 3

 

Film Night
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.

Film Night 1a
Film Night 2
Film Night 3

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.

Lego League 1
Lego League 2a
Lego League 3a

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
Password: penguins

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.

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.

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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

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 info@sherwoodarboretum.com.au or by calling (07) 3278 6525.

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

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Junior Sport

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Sports Schedule Week 8      

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.
Please note that there is no training on Wednesday 29 November due to it being the last day of school.

Holiday Training 
Holiday training will commence on Thursday 30 November 2017 at the school pool from 3.30pm-5.00pm.
The program will offer two sessions a week (Monday and Wednesday afternoon from 3.30-5.00) as of 4 December 2017 through to and including the Week 11 December 2017.
Training Sessions Offered:
Thursday 30 November School Pool 3.30-5.00pm
Monday 4 December School Pool 3.30-5.00pm
Wednesday 6 December School Pool 3.30-5.00pm
Monday 11 December School Pool 3.30-5.00pm
Wednesday 13 December School Pool 3.30-5.00pm

2018 Beyond Athletics
The 2018 Beyond Athletics will conclude this week Wednesday 22 November at Ambiwerra from 3.45-5.00pm for girls selected with the optional session to be held 2 December 2017 at the Sherwood Arboretum.  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 has been distributed to all parents via email from Year 1- Year 5. The Swimming Camp will run for one 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.

2018 Andrews Cup Touch Football and Tennis Trials 
With dates already set for next year and the Andrews Cup Touch Football and Tennis competitions to be held on Tuesday 13 March, nominations are being called from Year 3 to Year 5 girls (current 2017).  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 2018 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.

2017 Key Dates Term 4 

2018 Key Dates Term 1

 

 

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Junior Music

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AMEB Exam Results
Congratulations go to Olivia Fairlie in Year 6 who was recently awarded her AMEB exam certificate for Grade 1 Saxophone. 

Keyboards for Sale
The music department currently have 27 x M-Audio 49 note electronic keyboards for sale for $100 each. These instruments can be used with headphones for practice and can also be plugged into a computer for use with midi-software. If you would like further information or are interested in purchasing, please contact Mrs Figliano music@staidans.qld.edu.au   

Private Tuition Enrolment 2018
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    

Events Calendar

2018 Rehearsal Schedule     

Ensembles:
 

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 (Yrs 7-12, auditioned)
Corelli Strings (Yrs 7-12)
Chamber String Ensembles: Volar Strings, Da Capo Strings, Allegro Strings, Arco Strings, Four Seasons Strings (auditioned)
Vivaldi Strings (Yrs 5-7)
Dolce Strings (Yrs 2-4)
Staccato Strings (Beginner Ensemble)
Year 1 and 2 Beginner Strings Program
Combined Orchestras (Symphonic Winds and Corelli Strings)

BAND PROGRAM
Symphonic Winds (AMEB Grade Three and above)
Con Brio Band (Yrs 7-9)
Chamber Winds (auditioned)
Charma Band (Yrs 5-7)
Percussion Ensemble (Yrs 4-7)
Yr 4 Beginner Band Program 
Yr 3 Beginner Band Program (Semester Two only)
Combined Orchestras (Symphonic Winds and Corelli Strings)

 

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Community

Community

Arboretum Bird Walk

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 6.30 am 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 info@sherwoodarboretum.com.au or by calling (07) 3278 6525.
Arboretum bird walk

 

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