Newsletter Term 4 Week 8 2018

Principal

Ms toni riordan

Final events for the year
Last week we enjoyed our Year Six Transition Eucharist in Eunice Plaza and the end of year Dinner at Indooroopilly Golf Club. Both of these special events were most enjoyable and helped us recognise this important time in the girls’ educational journey. Thank you to Rev Gillian, Ms McGuire, Ms Swan and Ms Morrison, our Year Six form teachers and Year Six Class Representatives for their organisation of these special events. Our Year Six students complete their transition with the formal Crossing of the Road on Wednesday.

Last week also saw the Kindy Concert, which was a wonderful celebration of the natural joy of our Kindy students and of their learning this year. Thank you to all parents and family members who assisted in this huge event, the children themselves and of course, Ms Schafer and Ms Welsh.

This week sees our Year Eleven students at their Leadership Conference, the Junior School Hour of Code and Robotics Inter-House Competition and St Aidan’s Got Talent.

We will end our School Year with Messy Church for our junior school students and a Eucharist and Final Assembly on Wednesday.

Staff farewells

As the year closes, we say farewell to Ms Rebecca Sullivan in the Senior School. Thank you Rebecca for all you have done for our students as History PAR, Senior English Teacher and Year Level Co-ordinator. We wish you all the very best for your new role as Dean of Students at Ipswich Girls’ Grammar School.

We wish Mr Tom Woodley the very best as he takes up his position as Mathematics Teacher at Ambrose Treacy College and thank him for his work with us this year.

We also wish Mr Bob Wagner the best for his semester of long service leave next year.

Best wishes as well, to all students involved in competitions over the break and for those maintaining their training over the holidays. I wish our competitors in the National Space Station Design Competition in January well for their competition and our students participating in the Antipodeans trip who will travel to India. They have worked hard in preparation and we wish staff and students safe travels.

Thank you to all in our school community for your support this year. I also wish everyone a safe and happy Festive Season. Finally, I look forward to 2019 as I hope you do too, as we look to our year of our school’s 90th birthday celebrations.

Congratulations
Imaan Ahamed (Year 8) who entered The Queens Commonwealth Essay Competition and was awarded a Silver Certificate for her poem ‘The Silent Orchestra’ by the Royal Commonwealth Society.
• Staff who participated in the Do it in a Dress fundraiser for girls’ education. They raised $3,345.

The School offices will reopen on Monday 7th January 2019.

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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.

The blog is accessible through the Living Faith tab on your dashboard when you first open Aidan’s Central. If you have not yet signed in to Aidan’s Central or you have forgotten how, please contact IT for assistance.

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Dean of Studies

Ms lynda wall

Reports Years 7-11

Reports for students in Years 7-11 will be emailed to parents in the coming fortnight.

For students in Years 7-9, the marks allocated are based on the work completed in Semester Two.

For students in Year 10, separate marks for Term 3 and Term 4 will be included. The Term 4 marks will be carried forward to 2019 and included in the student’s results for Units One and Two of the senior syllabuses. The weighting of each of the Term Four assessment items differs depending on the subject syllabus and will be explained on the report.

Year 11 report results are based on the whole year. Including a whole year result enables the school to provide a stronger indication of student progress towards final senior results.

Parents and students are also able to access Learning Analytics, through Aidan's Central or Parent Lounge which will show the spread of results by students at St Aidan’s, and the individual result for the student in relation to the other students in large subjects. We ask that parents and students take the time to read the comments written by teachers which can provide valuable feedback in identifying students’ areas of strength as well as suggestions for improvement.

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Guidance Counsellor

ms Jennie Robinson

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

Senior School

Sport

• Run Club
• Holiday Training Schedule
• St Aidan’s Club Touch & Club Netball Registration

Don’t forget Run Club will continue over the holidays! Yr7 2019 are welcome to come along as well. Run Club is every Tuesday afternoon and Saturday morning. Throughout the holidays we are changing our Tuesday start time to 4:30pm so please check the schedule, accessed via the link closely. 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

Holiday Training Schedule
Please click here for the holiday training schedule.

St Aidan’s Club Touch & Club Netball Registration
Touch Football and Netball continue to be two of the most popular sports at St Aidan’s. Recently we have been looking at ways in which we can further support the development of students who represent St Aidan’s in these two sports. We have found over the last three years that the girls have benefited by playing together in a strong club competition and the opportunity to gain valuable playing experience has ultimately made them more competitive during the QGSSSA season. St Aidan’s is affiliated with Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association (BMTA) at White’s Hill, and Western Districts Netball Association (WDNA) at Graceville.

At this stage, we are asking for expressions of interest from parents and students. Please click here for more information about each of the competitions. To register your interest and to be included on the mailing lists please click here (you will need to complete a survey for each daughter).

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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:

Piano for Leisure – Grade6 – Isabel MacDonnell

Speech and Drama – Grade 6 - Grace Campbell
Speech and Drama – Grade 4 - Thea Woolley
Speech and Drama – Grade 5 - Natasha Whittle
Speech and Drama – Grade 5 - Olivia Miley
Speech and Drama – Grade 5 - Alexandra Osborne
Speech and Drama – Grade 7 - Adair Davidson
Speech and Drama – Grade 5 - Jihansa Gunatthilaka

Grade 5 Flute - Eloise Sinclair-Ford

ANZCA Examination Results
Congratulations to the following girls who have recently completed their ANZCA Music Exams.
Piano – Preliminary - Divleen Singh; Emily Kim; ; Zoe Watson; Laetia Gallagher; Asha Olford
Piano – Grade 1 - Jemima Bennett
Piano - Grade 2 - Lily Paige
Piano Grade 3 - Ella Gover; Charlotte Traynor; Vienna Tran; Olivia Muldowney
Piano - Grade 6 - Annabelle Hammonds; Zewei Lu (Natsu); Kaira Kapur
Theory Grade 4 - Annabelle Hammonds
Theory Grade 3 - Charlotte Traynor; Adair Davidson; Georgina Whittle; Bianca Leathers


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*

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.

Extra-Curricular Music Ensembles
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.

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science

QUT Modelling with data: Advancing STEM in the primary curriculum

This week, our Year 6 science students have finished their last STEM activity with QUT. These students have been part of this research project since Year 3. Each year the students have carried out practical activities which enabled them to collect, analyse and make decisions from the data. This research, funded by the Australian Research Council, has been conducted in two schools – one in Hobart and the other being St Aidan’s.
The activity this year was an investigation of how the inundation distance of a tsunami wave varies with the slope of the land. It was a perfect activity to complete our study of natural disasters.
Thanks to the girls who worked exceptionally well and thanks to Jo Macri from QUT.
Mr Baker and Mrs Hollis (Year 6 Science teachers)

yr 6 science

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stage

Do you want to be part of STAGE in 2019?

stage

DATE CLAIMER – SUNDAY 3 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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Junior Jottings

Mrs Louise Mcguire 

Year 6 Dinner
• Kidpreneur 2018 – Market Stall
• Kindergarten – End of Year Concert
• New Student Orientation Day
• Important Dates – First few weeks of Term 1, 2019
• QUT Modelling with data: Advancing STEM in the primary curriculum

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped ensure that our girls have had yet another wonderful year in the Junior School: to the teaching and support staff for their dedication, professionalism and care of the students; to parents for their much appreciated assistance and support; and of course, to the girls, for their hard work and enthusiasm in the classroom and when participating in the extra-curricular life of the school. Please enjoy a safe and relaxing vacation and a happy and Holy Christmas. We look forward to seeing you in the New Year.

Please note that you will receive Semester Two student reports electronically. Reports should be finalised early in the holidays. Class lists will also be emailed to families at the beginning of the vacation.

Year 6 Dinner
Last Wednesday evening, the Year 6 girls were involved in a special celebratory Transition Eucharist and Dinner. Thank you to the following people for their special contributions to this memorable occasion – Reverend Gillian Moses; Year 6 Teachers – Kate Grayson, Jann Manser and Jo Mitchell; Class Reps – Louise Gibson, Amanda Leiper, Sophie Weitemeyer and Luisa Uriate; and all of our wonderful support staff, especially Wilhelmina Morrison. I would also like to particularly congratulate all of the Year 6 girls for their involvement in the evening.

Kidpreneur 2018 – Market Stall
Kidpreneur 2018 gave twenty-six Year 5 and 6 girls the chance to experience the excitement of creating and building a new business. Their brief was to establish a business that would solve a problem or a need in the community or to create something for entertainment. To support the idea of sustainable practices, all businesses had to include an element of up-cycling.
Due to a sudden storm on Thursday 22 November, the Kidpreneur Team identified a problem – the stalls couldn’t be held outside! They found a solution by suggesting the Library as the new location and took action to solve the problem by quickly moving all of their products to the Library to set up their stalls. Without a doubt, this culminating activity showcased all their entrepreneurial skills.
Designer jars, pouches for your everyday needs, colourful cards and bookmarks, calming galaxy bottles, message stones, mini clay creations and whimsical animal creatures were on display and sold at 2018 Kidpreneur Market Stall Day.
From sales and donations, the 7 businesses raised 1,401.80 which was donated to the RSPCA. This is a credit all students and teachers involved in the program.
If you want to turn an idea into a business this club is for you! See you in 2019.
Kidpreneur all

Kindy – End of Year Concert
I had the pleasure of attending the Kindergarten end of year concert in the CHC on Friday of last week (along with many St Aidan’s staff and Kindy family members and friends).
It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience - the children delighted us with their beautiful singing and actions. They were simply magnificent!
Emma Schafer and Melissa Welsh must be congratulated for the time and energy they devoted to the creation of such a professional production. Thank you to all of the parents who contributed to the delicious afternoon tea feast! Your support of the St Aidan’s Kindergarten is very much appreciated.

New Student Orientation Day
On Monday, we welcomed many new students for 2019 into the Junior School classes for Orientation Day. With smiles on their faces and a great feeling of excitement, students met their year level teachers for 2019. Students in Prep and Year 1 participated for the morning session only, and students in Years 2 – 6 enjoyed the opportunity to interact with their new classmates until after lunch.

Important Dates - First Few Weeks of Term 1, 2019

QUT Modelling with data: Advancing STEM in the primary curriculum
This week, our Year 6 science students have finished their last STEM activity with QUT. These students have been part of this research project since Year 3. Each year the students have carried out practical activities which enabled them to collect, analyse and make decisions from the data. This research, funded by the Australian Research Council, has been conducted in two schools – one in Hobart and the other being St Aidan’s.
The activity this year was an investigation of how the inundation distance of a tsunami wave varies with the slope of the land. It was a perfect activity to complete our study of natural disasters.
Thanks to the girls who worked exceptionally well and thanks to Jo Macri from QUT.
Mr Baker and Mrs Hollis (Year 6 Science teachers)

yr 6 science

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Junior Sport

Please click here for the Junior School Training Schedule for Week 8 Term 4 and Week 1, Term 1 2019.

2019 Cross Country Preparation Training
2019 Cross Country preparation training will recommence on Monday 4 February form 3.45pm to 5.00pm.
This training is designed to enable the students to improve their general fitness before the Junior School Cross Country which is to be held on Thursday 14 March at Ambiwerra. Four sessions will be offered on a weekly basis to students from Year 2-Year 6 with one compulsory session required per week should your daughter be wishing to make the Andrews Cup Team - either a Wednesday morning or Wednesday afternoon. All sessions will have a bus to collect students and take them back to school in the mornings and take them to the training location for the afternoons. Parents are to collect students no later than 5.00pm at Ambiwerra. Ms Lauren Murry, our Head Cross Country Coach, will be overseeing the program.
cross country training wk 8

2019 Beyond Athletics
The 2019 Beyond Athletics concluded with the official Ambiwerra session being held last Wednesday. There is also an optional session to be held 1 December 2018 at the Sherwood Arboretum. Congratulations to all girls who have participated in the ‘Towards 2019’ Cross Country and Athletics Development Squad.

Swimming Squad Training (Target Andrew 2019)
The Junior School is offering five sessions at the school pool for 2019 and will recommence on Thursday 31 January 2019. One compulsory session is required should your daughter be wishing to make the Andrews Cup Team - either a Tuesday morning or Tuesday afternoon.
swimming training wk 8

• 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.
holiday training

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 3.00pm 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 Trials
The Andrews Cup Touch Football competition is being held on Tuesday 19 March at Kearney Springs, Ruthven Street, Toowoomba. Trainings will commence in Week 2 of Term One with a focus on skill development and match play. New students who commence at St Aidan's in 2018 will be provided the opportunity to nominate and train for a position in the team. 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.

Training Dates and Times
touch training

Andrews Cup Touch Football Match Play
The St Aidan’s Junior School has placed our Touch Football teams into the “Metro Meets” competition. The games will be held on Monday 25 February after school at the Ambiwerra Sports Fields against some of the schools that are involved in the Andrews Cup competition, as well as St. Peters and All Hallows. The games will assist our girls in their continued development through match play. These games will be considered one of the set training days for our girls leading into the Andrews Cup competition. A school bus will be provided to take students to the venue.

Metro Touch Football Meet
metro touch meet

2019 Andrews Cup Tennis Trials
The Andrews Cup Tennis is being held on Tuesday 19 March at University of Queensland. Trainings will commence in Week 2 of Term One with a focus on skill development and match play. 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 in 2019 will be provided the opportunity to nominate and train for a position in the team.

Training Dates and Times
tennis training

House Swimming Carnival
The House Swimming Carnival for students in Year 2 to Year 6 is scheduled for Tuesday 12 February at Ambrose Treacy College, Twigg Street, Indooroopilly. An information letter providing further details for the carnival will be distributed to all parents via email in the first week back. A return slip will be required to be returned to Ms Ferguson by Monday 4 February 2019. Please ensure this information is returned as soon as possible to enable rolls and supervision to be organised. Girls in these year levels will be time-trialed in the programmed PE lessons to assist in the nominations for events.

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 end 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.

key dates wk 8

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Junior Music

Click on Read More for all the Junior School music news, rehearsal schedules and upcoming performances.

AMEB Exam Results
Congratulations to Adheera Warrier who has recently completed her Grade 3 AMEB Speech and Drama Exam. Well done Adheera.

ANZCA Examination Results
Congratulations to the following girls who have recently completed their ANZCA Music Exams.
Piano – Introductory - Yunxi Han (Sissi); Caitlin Shelburn; Sora Ho; Minali Ariyarathne; Lily Degeling
Piano – Preparatory - Penny Herron; Holly Nugyen; Ariella Meehan; Sienna Mahoney; Arlie Richardson; Kinsey Taylor
Piano - Preliminary - Amelie Boyd; Aurelia Boyd; Bria Saayman; Mia Rogers; Olivia Dunn
Piano - Grade 1 - Regan Saayman
Piano - Grade Two - Charlotte Worthington
Piano Grade 3 - Jinani Ariyarathne
Theory Grade 2 - Isabel Woodruff

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*

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.

Extra-Curricular Music Ensembles
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.

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