Newsletter Term 4 Week 8 2019

Principal

Ms toni riordan

Around our School
Last week we enjoyed our Year 6 Transition Eucharist in the CHC and the Dinner at Hillstone. Both were joyful events and special to mark this important time in the girls’ educational journey. Thank you to Rev Gillian, Ms Louise McGuire, Mrs Kelly Swan and Ms Wil Morrison, our Year 6 form teachers and Year 6 Class Representatives for their organisation of these special events. Our Year 6 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 delight of our Kindy students and of their impressive learning this year. Thank you to all parents and family members who assisted with this huge event, the children themselves and of course, Ms Emma Schafer and Mrs Melissa Neal.

This week sees our Senior School students participating in SEL Day activities and our Junior School students involved in our annual Robotics Inter-House Competition.

We will end our school year with Messy Church for our Prep to Year 4 students and our Christmas service and Final Assembly, for Year 5 to Year 11 students, on Wednesday.

Sad News
We wish to share with the school community the sad news of the passing of Old Girl and day one student Helen Barrett (1938).
Helen Barrett – after whom Barrett house is named – commenced at St Aidan’s on the very first day the school was opened in 1929, she completed her schooling as School Captain in 1938 before graduating and becoming a missionary. For Helen, attending St Aidan’s was a joy and a privilege, and led her to her calling to spread her Anglican faith via nursing and the education of young women in the Solomon Islands.

After completing her nursing training in Brisbane and Sydney, Helen was invited by the Bishop of Melanesia to join his diocese. She didn’t hesitate in her response, relocating to the Solomon Islands in 1947, and promising to assist for as long as was required.

Until the time of her return to Australia in 1984, Helen touched the lives of many Islanders. Working as a nurse and educator on Ysabel, Ugi, Guadalcanal, and Malaita Islands, she devoted many long hours to local schools and medical clinics, and even a school veterinarian. Occasionally confronted by locals’ superstitious beliefs and reliance on witch doctors, Helen’s determination to improve the education of young people never wavered. Among her many accomplishments, she coordinated activities of the Mothers’ Union, established the first girls’ school on Ysabel with the assistance of another nurse, treated locals at a remote village that was 20 miles’ trek to the nearest hospital, and tutored hundreds of young girls who were training to become nurses.

For her indefatigable work and undying support of women’s education, Helen was appointed a Member of the British Empire (MBE) in 1970 in recognition of her efforts in establishing this school and promoting girls’ education. Helen also received the Premier’s Award in 1992 for outstanding service to the citizens and community of Queensland, and the Archbishop of Brisbane’s Medal in 1997. She was named a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2002, in recognition of her service to the community, particularly in relation to the women and children of the Solomon and Torres Strait Islands through the Anglican Board of Missions and the Mothers Union.

Helen has remained connected with St Aidan’s throughout all of her travels and accolades, regularly attending our Annual Awards Ceremony and yearly Ascension Day celebrations, to the delight of our students. This year we were very privileged to have Helen, our oldest Old Girl and a Kindy student cut the cake for our 90th birthday celebrations.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Barrett family at this time.
helen

Enriching Environment
Over the holiday break, we have a number of Facilities’ projects and programmes to upgrade and/or maintain our school environment. The toilets in The Link will be refurbished; the kitchen in The Link will be converted to a classroom; exterior painting of the Senior School; the fitted lounges in the Senior School library will be refurbished; four tennis courts at Ambiwerra will be resurfaced as well as on-going maintenance of Ambiwerra will be managed. I thank Mr Steve Fleming, Mr Howard Banks and the team for their hard work over the break.

Christmas Reading
Over the Christmas break, my family has made a pact that each of us put all digital devices away in a common drawer in the kitchen, for great chunks of time, daily. The intention is to not only allow undivided attention to each other but to give our brains a break from the way they need to work when using mobile phones, ipads and laptops.

When humans invented reading and writing about 5,000 years ago, our brains needed to re-wire to make possible more sustained and logical thought, perspective-taking and less impulsivity. In present day, under the influence of our smart phones and tablets, our brains need to be re-wired again.

We are reading less – and differently. On the digital screen we are reading fleetingly and flittingly. Our brains have what scientists refer to as ‘novelty bias’. Reading sets up a cycle of expectation and gratification. We are consistently distracted by what pops up, rewarded for each distraction with a tiny surge of dopamine. This attraction to the ‘new’ crowds out reflection, creative association, critical analysis and empathy.

“We know regular reading of long form prose is linked to better results at school and getting a better job later in life, but recreational reading has other benefits,” says Associate Professor Leonie Rutherford, from Deakin University’s School of Communication and Creative Arts.

“Reading fiction has been linked to important citizenship competencies, such as empathy and understanding of the perspective of others. Studies also show that readers have enhanced brain connectivity, sleep better and exhibit lower stress levels.”

At home, my family and I wish to ensure the time and space for deep reading, presence to each other and reflection. I have the same hope for our students over the break but at school too, so they may reap the benefits of the digital age by being disciplined and self-aware as they switch between screen and print.
Source: Lemov, D., (2019), “Book Reviews: Forgetting How to Read: A Neuroscientist Examines Reading in the Age of Screens: In Education Next, Spring 2019

Best wishes over the holiday break
Best wishes to all students involved in competitions over the break and for those maintaining their training over the holidays. In particular, I wish well students and staff travelling to Perth for the Australian All Schools Championships and the Nitro Schools National Final. We also send off our girls and staff who will be travelling to China and Taiwan. Finally, our best wishes to Junior School students who will be training for swimming over the break and our Senior School students who are attending the Swim and Cross Country camps.

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 seeing everyone return, refreshed and re-energised in 2020.
Toni Riordan

The offices in the Junior School and Senior School will be closed from Friday, 23 December 2019 to Monday, 6 January 2020.

 

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Chaplain

Rev Gillian Moses

Please see the chaplain’s blog on Aidan’s Central under the Living Faith tile.

Dean of Students & Academic Welfare (7-9)

Ms holly o'sullivan williams

Student Protection Officers

Student Protection Officers
Senior school students are regularly reminded of the St Aidan’s Student Protection Officers. Student Protection Officers are persons designated as liaison people to whom students may refer if they are not feeling safe; or to whom they make complaints of harm, inappropriate behaviour or physical/sexual abuse. The St Aidan’s Student Protection Officers are:

• Ms Louise McGuire – Head of Junior School
• Ms Holly O’Sullivan Williams – Dean of Students & Academic Welfare (7-9)
• Ms Jennie Robinson – Guidance Counsellor

Our school website has the policy and procedures document available for all members of the community, found at: http://www.staidans.qld.edu.au/our-school/quick-links/student-protection-resources

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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

Please click read more for all Senior School sport information.

Week 8 Club Fixtures
Holiday Training Schedule

3 Day Swimming Camp (Non Residential)
In 2020, Head Coach Josh Smith will be running a Non Residential Swimming Camp for St Aidan’s and Hibiscus Swimming Squads. Girls are welcome to attend one, two or three days.

Venue: Hibiscus Sports Complex, Mt Gravatt.
Dates: Wednesday 15, Thursday 16 and Friday 17 January
Please note that Friday will be for St Aidan’s students only and if girls can only attend 1 day Friday would be preferable.
Time: 9.00am – 12.30pm
Cost: All 3 days ($140), 2 days ($100) 1 day ($70)
To register your interest please click here.
To RSVP, please e-mail Josh directly at hibiscus@rackleyswimteam.com.au. You will then receive payment information.

Cross Country Camp 2020
All St Aidan’s Cross Country runners are invited to attend our annual Cross Country Camp! To take place on Mon 20 - Thu 23 Jan 2020 back at our favourite venue, Gold Coast Recreation Centre. This year we will again be running with the wildlife at Lake Coombabah and spending our last day at Wet'N'Wild! We also have the pleasure of welcoming 2-time Commonwealth Gold Medal winning Marathon Runner, Michael Shelley as our guest speaker! We have a variety of other fun activities that will be a great kick start to the school year and 2020 Cross Country Season and a chance for you to get to know your fellow St Aidan's runners.

Please see the camp letter in the files section of Aidan's Central for full information. Forms and payment are due on Friday 22 November 2019. It is important to get your payment and forms sorted by this date as this is the last date that I can order training singlets. The Camp payment link is now available on Flexischools, please contact me if you require a payment plan.

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Music

Please click read more for all Senior School music information

AMEB Exam Results
Congratulations to Gina Ganjoo who has been awarded her AMEB Grade 2 Piano Certificate.
Well Done Gina.

Private Tuition 2020
We are now taking enrolments for Private Music and Speech and Drama Lessons for 2020. Please follow the link to the online form if you would like to enrol your daughter.
2020 Private Tuition Enrolment Form
Please note that all 2019 enrolments will be carried over for 2020 unless advised by parents.

Harp Tuition 2020
St Aidan’s is one of few schools in Brisbane to offer a specialist Harp Tuition Program. We are very privileged to have Ms Korzacic, an accomplished performer and teacher to instruct the girls. Openings now exist for new and existing students to commence lessons on this rare and exquisite instrument for 2020. Please direct all enquires to Music@staidans.qld.edu.au

Music Bursaries 2020
Currently seeking applications for 2020 Music Bursaries for students who play the following instruments: Bassoon, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, French Horn or Double Bass.
St Aidan’s educational philosophy fosters excellence, co-operation, compassion and confidence. The Music Program is a dynamic and exciting part of the school and features an outstanding classroom music program as well as a comprehensive range of extra-curricular offerings. It is a key goal of the program to encourage participation and to assist students to find both success and enjoyment in Music.

The Music Department receives invaluable assistance in a range of ways from the Music Support Group. Specifically, in this instance, the Music Support Group offers Music Bursaries for the part or whole remission of music tuition fees on one instrument/voice. These bursaries are particularly offered in areas of need in the instrumental program or where financial assistance may support student participation and learning.
 
Students receiving a Music Bursary must commit to regular attendance at private lessons with an approved tutor, as well as participation in at least one of the extra-curricular ensembles at the school. Applicants also must demonstrate:

• excellence in music as well as in academic studies
• a strong commitment to the specific ensemble
• high levels of organisational skills including punctuality
• consistent attendance
• the capacity to work together in a team
• a co-operative and supportive attitude
• good communication skills

Music learning is part of the overall education of the child and is a shared commitment between the school, the student and parents. Parents play an essential role in supporting the learning and it is important that they:

• encourage consistent practice on the instrument
• ensure suitable transport is arranged so that students attend all rehearsals
• attend concerts and recitals in support of their daughter
• communicate any absences directly to the ensemble director.

Selected candidates may be invited to an audition/interview with the Head of Music and the Instrumental Music Co-ordinator.
Please contact the music department for further information.

Music Support Group 2020
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 workshops and overseas tours.

The support group relies on the goodwill of parents to help with ticket sales, catering, publicity, and fundraising which are vital to the seamless running of concerts throughout the year. Meetings are scheduled for Monday evenings at 7:00pm in the Science and Technology Building meeting room (SG02). 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.

Draft Rehearsal Schedule for 2020
In order to assist parents and students in planning, please see the draft rehearsal schedule for 2020. 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.
Please click here for the 2020 Draft 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 Three and above, students from Yr 7)
• Chamber String Ensembles: Volar Strings, Allegro Strings, Four Seasons Strings, Da Capo Strings (auditioned)
• Vivaldi Strings (Yrs 5-7)
• Dolce Strings (Yrs 2-5)
• Clementi Celli (Cello Students)
• Beginner Strings Program
• Combined Orchestra (Symphonic Winds and Paganini Strings)

BAND ENSEMBLES
• Symphonic Winds (AMEB Grade Four and above, auditioned)
• Con Brio Band (AMEB Grade Two and above Yrs 6-12)
• Charma Band (Yrs 4-6)
• Back-beat Band (Yr 5 and above)
• Percussion Ensemble (Yr 5 and above)
• Taffanel Flutes (Senior Chamber Flute Choir)
• Moyce Flutes (Junior Chamber Flute Choir)
• Yr 4 Beginner Band Program
• Combined Orchestra (Symphonic Winds and Paganini Strings)

2019 Music Calendar
Changes and additions may be made throughout the year. Updates will be provided in the Newsletter.
Term Four
Mon 6th Jan 2020 – Friday 17th Jan 2020 Summer School Music Program • All SS music students, MSG CHC Final Concert: Friday 17th Jan 2020
6:00-8:30pm

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Junior Jottings

Mrs Louise Mcguire 

• Thank You
• Year 6 Dinner
• Kindergarten – End of Year Concert
• New Student Orientation Day
• Christmas TechMate
• Important Dates – First few weeks of Term 1, 2020

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 (and kindy boys), for their hard work and enthusiasm in the classroom and when participating in the extra-curricular life of the school.

I would also like to extend my heartfelt thanks to all members of the St Aidan’s community (especially Junior School families) for the support and kindness I have been shown over many years. It has been a privilege and honour to work in partnership with parents/carers and staff to help provide students with the breadth of educational opportunities offered in the St Aidan’s Junior School. It is difficult to convey in just a few words how rewarding it has been for me to get to know so many students of all ages and share in their accomplishments.

Thank you to everyone who contributed so generously to my farewell gift. I will treasure the beautiful earrings always – a ‘sparkly’ reminder of 18 very special years of my life.
Please enjoy a safe and relaxing vacation and a happy and Holy Christmas, and all the very best for 2020 and beyond.
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 – Jen Crome, Jann Manser and Jo Mitchell; Class Reps – Angela Kerr, Verity McGregor, Allison Hamilton, Beata O’Dwyer; 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.

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 2020 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 2020. 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.

Christmas TechMate – Mrs Jackie Child
TechMates is held once a term where girls may invite a significant male in their lives - dad, grandad, brother, uncle to join an evening of working with technology together. This term, as it was so close to Christmas, we decided to make it an evening of laser cutting and decorating 3D Christmas trees. The evening ran smoothly thanks to Mr Kemp who was able to answer tricky questions about Adobe Illustrator and Mr MacDonald’s expertise in checking configurations for operating the laser cutter (secondary school teachers).

The evening began with an introductory short session on using Adobe Illustrator and materials available for decorating including LEDs, Chibitronic stickers and electric paint.
TechMates designed small ornaments with or without engraving which could be cut on the laser cutter. Everyone found it quite mesmerizing to watch! After constructing and preparing the surface of the trees, it was time to add lights. Chibitronic stickers and LEDs were used with copper tape or soldered with wire and coin batteries.

TechMates is quality time together; learning, sharing, collaborating and socialising.
And it’s FUN!
Short video of the evening: https://youtu.be/CdtMrZInmvo

tech

Important Dates – Junior School
First Few Weeks of Term 1, 2020

January
Week 1

29 School commences
February
Week 2

4 12.40pm Assembly – presentation of new student badges
6.00pm – P-3 Parent Information Evening
7.00pm – 4-6 Parent Information Evening
7 Year 6 Leadership Day
Week 3
10 Year 2-6 Interhouse Swimming Carnival (Yeronga Pool)
Week 4

18 8.40am Semester Two, 2019 Academic Awards Assembly - CHC

 

 

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Junior Sport

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

With the end of 2019 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 2019 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 track, field, pool, court, diamond and gym. 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. 2019 has been a year to shine in the sporting program and ‘shine’ our girls did!

2019 Beyond Athletics
The 2020 Beyond Athletics Program has concluded with the official Ambiwerra session last Wednesday. Congratulations to all girls who have participated in the inaugural ‘Towards 2020’ Cross Country and Athletics Development Squad.
This program was a wonderful introduction to students to ‘taste’ what it is like to train with the aim of developing training techniques, habits and skills to be well rounded athletes. Well done!

2020 Cross Country Preparation Training
2020 Cross Country preparation training will recommence on Monday 3 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 12 March at Ambiwerra. Four sessions are offered on a weekly basis with 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 collect students and take them back to school in the mornings and take them to the training locality 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.
For training dates please click here. 

Holiday Swim Training
Holiday training will commence on Thursday 28 November 2019 at the school pool from 3.30pm-5.00pm.
The program will offer four sessions a week (Tuesday and Thursday morning 7.00am-8.30am and afternoon 3.30pm-5.00pm) as of 28 November 2019 through to and including Thursday 12 December 2019.
The sessions will then recommence on 14 January.
For training dates please click here.

Holiday Swim Camp
St Aidan’s Junior School will be conducting a Swim Camp (day) during the January 2020 school holidays on Thursday 23 at Dunlop Park Swimming Complex and Friday 24 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 1 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 2020 and are competent to swim a minimum of 25m in swim squad training.

2020 Andrews Cup Touch Football Trials
The Andrews Cup Touch Football competition is being held on Tuesday 17 March at Owen Park
201 Queen Street, Southport, Gold Coast. 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 2020 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 2020 where the team selection will be based on skill, game application, combinations and attendance.
For training dates please click here.

Andrews Cup Touch Football Match Play
St Aidan’s Junior School have placed our Touch Football teams into the “Metro Meets” competition. The games will be held on Monday 24 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.
For training dates please click here. 

2020 Andrews Cup Tennis Trials
The Andrews Cup Tennis is being held on Tuesday 17 March at Clive Berghofer Recreation Centre, 20 Baker Street, Darling Heights. 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 2020 where the team selection will be based on skill, game application, combinations and attendance. New students who commence at St Aidan's in 2020 will be provided the opportunity to nominate and train for a position in the team.
For training dates please click here.

House Swimming Carnival
The House Swimming Carnival for students in Year 2 to Year 6 is scheduled for Monday 10 February at Yeronga Park, Swimming Pool. An information letter providing further details for the carnival will be distributed to all parents via email in the first week back. Girls in these year levels will be time-trialed in the programmed PE lessons to assist in the nominations for events.

Congratulations
Congratulations must be extended to Bethany Williams for winning the 2019 St Aidan’s Equestrian trophies for Show Horse and Combined Training Perpetual Trophy which involves dressage and show jumping. Well done, Bethany!

Key Dates.  

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Junior Music

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AMEB Exam Results
Congratulations go to Kaylee Leo has recently been awarded her Grade 1 AMEB Violin Certificate, Lilly Degeling who has been awarded her Preliminary AMEB Piano Certificate and Belinda Lee who completed AMEB Piano Grade 1.
Well Done girls.

Private Tuition 2020
We are now taking enrolments for Private Music and Speech and Drama Lessons for 2020. Please follow the link to the online form if you would like to enrol your daughter.
2020 Private Tuition Enrolment Form
Please note that all 2019 enrolments will be carried over for 2020 unless advised by parents.

Music Bursaries 2020
Currently seeking applications for 2020 Music Bursaries for students who play the following instruments: Bassoon, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, French Horn or Double Bass.
St Aidan’s educational philosophy fosters excellence, co-operation, compassion and confidence. The Music Program is a dynamic and exciting part of the school and features an outstanding classroom music program as well as a comprehensive range of extra-curricular offerings. It is a key goal of the program to encourage participation and to assist students to find both success and enjoyment in Music.

The Music Department receives invaluable assistance in a range of ways from the Music Support Group. Specifically, in this instance, the Music Support Group offers Music Bursaries for the part or whole remission of music tuition fees on one instrument/voice. These bursaries are particularly offered in areas of need in the instrumental program or where financial assistance may support student participation and learning.
Students receiving a Music Bursary must commit to regular attendance at private lessons with an approved tutor, as well as participation in at least one of the extra-curricular ensembles at the school. Applicants also must demonstrate:

• excellence in music as well as in academic studies
• a strong commitment to the specific ensemble
• high levels of organisational skills including punctuality
• consistent attendance
• the capacity to work together in a team
• a co-operative and supportive attitude
• good communication skills
Music learning is part of the overall education of the child and is a shared commitment between the school, the student and parents. Parents play an essential role in supporting the learning and it is important that they:

• encourage consistent practice on the instrument
• ensure suitable transport is arranged so that students attend all rehearsals
• attend concerts and recitals in support of their daughter
• communicate any absences directly to the ensemble director.
Selected candidates may be invited to an audition/interview with the Head of Music and the Instrumental Music Co-ordinator.
Please contact the music department for further information.

Music Support Group 2020
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 workshops and overseas tours.

The support group relies on the goodwill of parents to help with ticket sales, catering, publicity, and fundraising which are vital to the seamless running of concerts throughout the year. Meetings are scheduled for Monday evenings at 7:00pm in the Science and Technology Building meeting room (SG02). 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.

Draft Rehearsal Schedule for 2020
In order to assist parents and students in planning, please see the draft rehearsal schedule for 2020. 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.
Please click here for the draft 2020 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 Three and above, students from Yr 7)
• Chamber String Ensembles: Volar Strings, Allegro Strings, Four Seasons Strings, Da Capo Strings (auditioned)
• Vivaldi Strings (Yrs 5-7)
• Dolce Strings (Yrs 2-5)
• Clementi Celli (Cello Students)
• Beginner Strings Program
• Combined Orchestra (Symphonic Winds and Paganini Strings)

BAND ENSEMBLES

• Symphonic Winds (AMEB Grade Four and above, auditioned)
• Con Brio Band (AMEB Grade Two and above Yrs 6-12)
• Charma Band (Yrs 4-6)
• Back-beat Band (Yr 5 and above)
• Percussion Ensemble (Yr 5 and above)
• Taffanel Flutes (Senior Chamber Flute Choir)
• Moyce Flutes (Junior Chamber Flute Choir)
• Yr 4 Beginner Band Program
• Combined Orchestra (Symphonic Winds and Paganini Strings)


2019 Music Calendar
Changes and additions may be made throughout the year. Updates will be provided in the Newsletter.
Term Four
Mon 6th Jan 2020 –   Summer School Music Program
Friday 17th Jan 2020    All SS music students, MSG CHC Final Concert: Friday 17th Jan 2020
6:00-8:30pm

 

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