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St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School

ANNUAL SCHOOL REPORT 2007

Forward

This report is compiled to comply with State and Federal Government Reporting requirements. The school also provides information to the school and wider community through the Annual Report (sent to all families and available to all) each year; the school’s weekly newsletter, the school website, the school magazine (The Recorder) and other documentation provided by the school from time to time.

Introduction

St Aidan’s AGS was established as an Anglican Day School in 1929 by the Sisters of the Society of the Sacred Advent and is one of two schools operated by the Sisters.  In 2004, the Sisters inaugurated a Trust: the Society of the Sacred Advent Schools’ Trust, to operate the schools (St Aidan’s and St. Margaret’s AGS) in accordance with the Sisters’ philosophy (Link to Sister's Philosophy)

Located in the western suburb of Corinda (11 Ruthven Street) St Aidan’s is well known for our focus on academic excellence, quality learning & teaching and our commitment to Pastoral Care.

St Aidan’s provides for the education of girls from Prep to Year Twelve.  In 2007 there were 278 students enrolled in the Junior School and 579 in the Senior School.

St Aidan’s mission and vision are:

MISSION

St Aidan's strives to provide
excellence in education,
in a caring, friendly environment,
where each individual, nurtured and shaped
by the values of the Christian Faith,
has the opportunity to achieve her full potential
and to develop a passion for life and for learning.

VISION

To be recognised as the Premier Girls’ School in Queensland.

 

Curriculum Offerings

Junior School

St Aidan’s Junior School provides quality learning experiences for girls from Preparatory level to Year Seven.

We know the early years of schooling provide a foundation for worthwhile learning experiences in later years, for individual success, and for lifelong learning.

We strive to help our girls:

·         be motivated to achieve and to excel

·         be curious, creative, enthusiastic and energetic

·         complete tasks to the best of their abilities

·         work well individually, and co-operatively in groups

·         be confident, self-assured and assertive

·         be clever and critical thinkers

·         become skilled in the use of information technologies

These goals are universally shared by our teachers and provide the basis for curriculum design and development.

Our curriculum is built around the Key Learning Areas as outlined in the Queensland Studies Authority’s syllabuses. These include: English, Mathematics, Studies of Society and Environment (SOSE), Science, The Arts – Drama, Art and Music, Languages Other Than English (LOTE), Health and Physical Education, Technology. Religious and Values Education is also an important component of our curriculum in the Junior School.

We progress from an integrated approach in the early years of schooling to a more specialised, subject-specific curriculum in Year Seven. We strive for a seamless and continuous curriculum, with programs being designed to specifically suit the needs of individual students at St Aidan’s. We recognise that students learn differently from each other and strategies and programs implemented in classrooms reflect that reality.

Throughout the Junior years, and especially in the earlier years, particular attention is devoted to literacy and numeracy – the natural foundation of many learning outcomes encountered in later years. Of great importance is the acquisition of thinking skills. We want our girls not only to be “deliberative and clever thinkers” but also “creative and critical thinkers”.

All Junior School students benefit from the expertise that is provided by our specialist staff members in Physical Education, Music, LOTE and Library. Students from Year 4 also receive specialist lessons in Art. Girls in Year 7 have specialist teachers for all subjects as well as a distinct precinct of rooms more closely aligned to the Secondary School. This greatly assists girls with their transition into Year 8.

Use of computers and information technology is made accessible for the curriculum at all year levels.  The teachers and students make use of learning technologies throughout the day in many subject areas – each classroom is equipped with an Interactive Whiteboard and a minimum of five computers.  Students also have weekly access to computer laboratories where a sequential program is implemented to develop appropriate skills.

Excursions and camps are an integral feature of the school curriculum. They are designed to widen girls’ horizons and to develop knowledge and skills that might prove more difficult to teach in the classroom. Our formal school camp program involves students in Years 3-7, offering a variety of opportunities for girls to develop independence, initiative, leadership and skills related to the specific activities at the different venues. The girls in Prep and Years 1 and 2 participate in a ‘Late Night’ which is a wonderful introduction to our formal school camp program.

The Prep Program

St Aidan’s Prep is designed to provide a seamless transition from a “play’ environment of a kindergarten to the more formal classroom environment of Year One.  The girls bring with them a sense of wonder and enthusiasm and we endeavour to build on and extend these qualities.

The purpose of the Preparatory Year at St Aidan’s is to prepare each child for the experiences they will encounter later in their school lives. We recognize that children have an innate desire to learn and we focus on providing a high quality early education program that supports intellectual, physical, social, spiritual and emotional development. In the promotion of these developmental areas, we recognize play as a major vehicle for learning. Our program is carefully structured to allow teachers to consider the emotional needs of individual children. This enables them to adapt, in a comfortable way, to the new learning environment at their own pace.

In order to achieve the vital preparation for Year 1 and beyond, the Prep curriculum is based upon the Queensland Studies Authority’s Early Years Curriculum Guidelines.  It has been broken into 5 key learning areas: Social and Self Development; Communication; Investigating and Understanding Environments; Creating and Designing; Health and Physical Development.  To enhance these curriculum areas, Prep students are also involved in the following specialist lessons: LOTE; Physical Education; Music; Library; Religious and Values Education.  “Play” is integrated into all Key Learning areas.

St Aidan’s Prep provides a five day program (9am-2.30pm) with a maximum class size of 20 with a full time teacher’s aide.

Senior School

St Aidan’s offers a wide range of subjects catering predominately for students who wish to proceed to University studies. A Vocational Education Program is also offered.

Curriculum 8-10 Compulsory Schooling

In Year 8, students undertake a core program of English, Mathematics, Science History, Geography, Religious and Values Education and Health and Physical Education. They also choose a Language other than English (LOTE – German, French, Japanese and Chinese) to study and three subjects from the following electives: Computer Studies, Drama, Health and Design Technology, Music and Visual Art. In this way, students still maintain significant curriculum time in the mandatory program, and they and their parents are able to choose some of their subjects according to their needs, abilities and interests.

Please view our Year 8 Curriculum Handbook for more information.


In Years 9 and 10 students are provided with more choice in their program. They continue to undertake studies in the core areas of English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Physical Education and Religious and Values Education. These studies are combined with choice from a number of Key Learning Areas. Subject units available include History, Geography, Science electives, Visual Art, Health and Design Technology, Graphics, Business, Computer Studies, Music, LOTE, Drama, Dance and Health and Physical Education.

The curriculum at St Aidan's provides learning opportunities which take into account the latest developments in brain research and learning styles. All Year 8 students are tested so that they are aware of their own learning styles. The use of technology is integrated across the curriculum.

Link to Yr 9 Handbook

Link to Yr 10 Handbook

Curriculum 11 & 12 Compulsory Participation

In Years 11 and 12 at St Aidan’s, students follow the guidelines for senior studies set by the Queensland Studies Authority. In doing this, students may choose the Vocational Education pathway or the OP Eligible pathway. Both pathways may lead to tertiary studies.

St Aidan’s offers a wide variety of subjects. In Years 11 and 12, studies in English (or English Communication) and Mathematics (either Mathematics A, Mathematics B or Pre-vocational Mathematics) are compulsory.  In addition to these compulsory subjects, students choose four subjects from the following list: 

Accounting  

Home Economics

Ancient History  

Hospitality Operations

Biology  

Information Processing and Technology (IPT)

Business Communication and Technologies  

Japanese

Chemistry  

Mathematics C

Chinese

Modern History   

Drama 

Music

Economics  

Music Extension (Year 12)

English Extension (Year 12) 

Physical Education

French

Physics

Geography

Study of Religion

German

Visual Art

German Extension (Year 12)

Graphics

Certificate 1 in Hospitality (Operations); is part of the Vocational Education Program.

For further information about the academic program, please consult the Years 11 and 12 Curriculum Handbook.   This publication provides descriptions of the content and details of the work and study requirements for each subject.

Within and in addition to the academic curriculum, students at St Aidan's have the opportunity for enrichment and extension.

In addition to the modification of student tasks that can occur by classroom teachers in a range of subjects, St Aidan’s has developed its own enrichment programme for students in Years 7 to 9. At present, students in Years 8 and 9 are either being withdrawn from classes (one lesson per week) to work with a teacher facilitator on a special programme designed to further develop students’  critical thinking and problem-solving skills.  Other students in Year 8 are working on Enrichment programmes within Mathematics; focussing on activities designed to extend the students’ range of problem-solving techniques and independent thinking skills. Students are working to further develop the skills needed to work collaboratively to solve problems.

Generally speaking, the Enrichment programme offers an opportunity for students in Years 4 – 9 to experience aspects of the curriculum in more depth and to challenge or accelerate their learning. This initiative is designed to better meet the needs of our high performing and able students through a form of curriculum differentiation. The aim of this programme is to provide specifically for the needs of academically able students, by offering an enrichment experience which challenges the students to think critically, solve problems and further develop their abilities and interests.

Students across the school and within a wide range of subjects are offered the opportunity to participate in a variety of competitions, which are promoted as enrichment activities. These include:

·         The Australian Mathematics Competition

·         The Australian Schools Science Competition

·         The Australian Schools English Competition

·         The Australian Schools Computer  Competition

·         Optiminds

·         The Simpson Prize

·         The QHTA Historical Writing Competition

·         The Year 8 Rio Tinto Mathematics Problem Solving Competition

·         The QAMT Problem Solving Competition

 

Academic results

Year 2 Diagnostic Net

The Year 2 Diagnostic Net is used to identify students requiring additional support in the areas of Reading, Writing and Number.

Through the processes of validation and moderation, no St Aidan’s students were identified as needing additional support in literacy and numeracy.

The vast majority of Year 2 students achieved within Phases C and D for all areas tested.

Junior School

2007 Years 3, 5 and 7 Test Results

The year 3, 5 and 7 tests are a Queensland State Government conducted assessment of literacy and numeracy.  The Government has set benchmarks to measure the performance of Queensland students against the rest of the nation.

St Aidan's Anglican Girls' School

Year 3/5/7 Benchmark Test Results

BENCHMARK DATA

Year 3

Mean Score (School)

Mean Score (State)

% above benchmark

Numeracy

559

521

100

Reading & Viewing

568

527

97

Writing

590

523

100

Year 5

Mean Score (School)

Mean Score (State)

% above benchmark

Numeracy

595

588

86

Reading & Viewing

623

606

92

Writing

652

600

100

Year 7

Mean Score (School)

Mean Score (State)

% above benchmark

Numeracy

672

648

96

Reading &Viewing

705

672

96

Writing

713

681

99

Senior School

St Aidan's students continue to achieve academic excellence.  Our congratulations to all Year Twelve students (and staff) who have worked so hard to achieve these excellent results.  We are proud of the scholars of 2006.

OP 1

  3.92% (State = 2.46%)

OP 1-2

  5.88% (State = 5.49%)

OP 1-5

 26.47% (State = 17.16%)

OP 1-7

 40.19% (State = 26.47%)

OP 1-10

 61.4% (State = 42.45%)

OP 1-13

 73.53% (State = 58.37%)

OP 1-15

 81.37% (State = 69%)

QCST Results

A total of 70.7% of students received an A or a B on the QCST.

A

27.3% (State = 17.8%)

B

35.4% (State = 30.2%)

C

25.3% (State = 34.9%)

D

12.1% (State = 16.7%)

E

0% (State = 0.4%)

1st Round Tertiary Offers

We are delighted to advise that 100% of students received a 1st round offer of a tertiary place; with 93% receiving their 1st or 2nd preference.

Academic Results

Course Type

2006

Architecture/Built Environment

3%

Creative Arts/Fashion

7%

Education/Child Services

8%

Health/Physio etc

9%

IT

3%

Business/Commerce

16%

Science/Engineering/Pharmacy

18%

Art/Humanities

25%

Law

6%

Other

5%

Tertiary Institutions Destinations

Institution

2006

UQ

43%

QUT

31%

Griffith University

10%

CQU

1%

ACU

1%

TAFE

12%

Other (Qantm, Aust. College Natural Medicine)

2%

Staff Professional Development

St Aidan’s offers all staff a wide range of professional development on both an individual and group basis. Staff are assisted by the school in accessing workshops and conferences. All staff are encouraged to attend a Quiet Day led by the Chaplain at Community House, the home of the Sisters (SSA). This day is an opportunity for reflection and silence. Some themes have included, Myers Briggs Type Indicator and Spirituality and the Bible and the Leadership of Jesus.

Corporate staff development days are also provided for all staff and include themes/ activities such as First Aid and CPR, Workplace Health and Safety, Child Protection, School Culture, Customer service, Brain Research and Teaching Girls, Pastoral Care and Welfare and Education, Management and Leadership.

A leading proponent of single-sex education. In 2006 Dr Leonard Sax was a key presenter.  34 staff completed a Quiet Day with the Sisters at Community House and 68 staff had completed First Aid/ CPR courses. In 2007 Marie Wilson, author of Closing the Leadership Gap, why women can and must help run the world, spoke o staff, students, parents and invited guests about women and  leadership.

Additionally 13 staff continue to complete Masters/Doctoral studies.

Each term the school conducts staff development opportunities which have included Anglican Ethos and Religious & Values Education, Report Writing, Subject Specific Matters as well as curriculum development strategies.

In 2007, 2 staff were members of State subject panels and 21 teachers were members of District subject panels (3 were chairs of their committee).

In total over $160,000 was spent on staff development (69 FTE teachers full time equivalent in 2006).

This is approximately $2320/fte per teacher.

Social Climate of St Aidan’s AGS

Care for each individual is at the basis of all we do. A Social and Emotional Learning program operates across the year levels from Prep to Year Twelve. In the Junior School, the Head and Deputy Head of Junior School work with form teachers and the Chaplain and Counsellor to lead this program. In the Senior School (Years 8-12) the Dean of Students works with the Pastoral Care Team (Chaplain, Counsellor, Year Co-ordinators and Deputy Head of Junior School) to lead the program.

Year Co-ordinators (Years 8-12) provide both pastoral and academic support for students in their grade.

A number of specific programs operate in the school (including The Peer Support Program, and Beyondblue) while the Counsellor leads parents in the Positive Parenting Program (Triple P).  The introduction of Triple P, available to parents of Junior School students, provided a positive and practical vehicle for parents to hone and enhance their parenting skills.  Building capacity in parents is one of the ways we are helping to resource our school families for the future.

The Peer Support Program, developed by The Peer Support Foundation and supported by the NSW Department of Health, provides peer led programs which foster the physical, social and mental wellbeing of young people and their community.  The program involves all Year 12 and Year 8 students at St Aidan’s.  In addition the Beyond Blue program, developed through state project teams in Victoria, South Australia and Queensland, builds awareness and capacity in students to deal with education-health issues.

Over 80% of students represented the school in at least one sporting team while a further 60% did so in at least one of the musical ensembles.

House system provides opportunities for interaction between year levels and across the Junior and Senior Schools as well as participation in events such as Swimming, Debating, Readers’ Cup, Sing Offs, Athletics and Charity events.

Pastoral Care/Form Time is provided weekly for all students with a program of Social and Emotional Learning being taught.

Each year level raises money for Local, Australian and International Charities.

Community service is a compulsory part of the Year Ten Academic program through the Religious and Values Education program.

Students in Years Eight and Eleven complete a Quiet day with the Sisters at Community House where they reflect on key themes such a Leadership and Being a good Samaritan.

The spiritual development of students is reinforced with weekly opportunities for prayer, reflection and worship. Age appropriate liturgies and whole school celebrations of major Christian festivals are supported by mid-week Chapel services and Sunday Eucharistic services during term time. The compulsory subject, Religious and Values Education gives grounding in the five-strand approach of Biblical and Christian Tradition, Ethics, Philosophy of Religion, Major World Religions and the Affective experience of faith and spirituality. This subject supports the worship life of the school, underpins our ethos, and reinforces the continuity of the Christian values and ethics on which our school was founded.

Average Student Attendance

Average student attendance in 2007 was 95.09%.

Strategies used in involving parent in their child’s education at St Aidan’s AGS

St Aidan’s Parents and Friends’ Association has a large number of support groups operating under its umbrella. Meetings are held each month where the Principal makes a report and is available to parents for questions.

Each year the school seeks feedback from the parent body through written and verbal (small group) feedback sessions or a parent survey. In 2007 an online survey was sent to all parents with a return rate of 25%. Summarised results will be included in the 2008 Annual Report which will be sent to all 2007 parents and available by contacting the school.

The School Council comprises Sisters of the Society of the Sacred Advent, current and past parents as well as past students and “independent “members from the broader community. The St. Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School Foundation Board also comprises current and past parents and community members.

Each year the school holds parent teacher interviews although parents are invited to set meetings to discuss their daughter’s progress with members of staff at any time though the year.  Teachers are accessible; parents are able to contact teachers through email or by phone.

Parent Information Evenings are held for the Junior School, Secondary School Year levels and at transition times (Orientation to the Senior School, QTAC, Year 11 Subject Choice).

The production of parent handbook, subject handbooks together with detail provided on the web through the Parents Member area and Parent Lounge, assists parents with information.

Each Year Level has designated Class Representatives to both liaise with the School Leadership and to welcome new parents,

A number of events are held throughout the year which include:

·         Introductory and Valedictory Eucharists and celebrations in Years Seven and Twelve;

·         Grandparents Day (Junior School); and

·         Open Day

Weekly newsletters and other regular school/home communications are provided.

A recent (Oct 2007) parent survey notes the following:

·         95.8 % satisfaction with the School’s co-curricular program

·         86.6% satisfaction with the Educational program

·         89.7 % satisfaction with the support and care provided

·         93.6 % satisfaction with the school values and reputation

·         89.2 % satisfaction with the quality of teaching and learning

·         95.5 % satisfaction with the school leadership

Overall Satisfaction rating was 90.3%

Portion of Teaching Staff retained in 2006-7

96% of teaching staff continued their employment in 2007 at St Aidan’s.

Value Added Information

The following are some of the ways in which our School ‘value adds’ to our students:-

  • Small class sizes
  • Current brain research and girls’ learning styles theory informs pedagogy
  • A wide range of extra and co-curricula programs
  • A comprehensive community service commitment
  • A highly dedicated and committed staff who engage in on-going professional learning and who are committed to improving student outcomes
  • Specific pastoral care programs
  • Extension and enrichment programs to complement in-class activities
  • Comprehensive outdoor education and leadership program
  • Transition programs for new students in the Junior School and between Years Seven and Eight.
  • Social and curriculum interaction with Brisbane Boys’ College
  • A rich overseas and interstate exchange and Sister School Program
  • Many opportunities for parents to be involved in the school support base
  • Extensive participation in the extra curricula program of the School
  • Inter year relationships between students

Ultimately though, our full enrolments and the satisfaction of current parents are the greatest testimony of “value addedness”.

Student Retention Rates

Year

Year 8 Enrol

Year

Year 12 Enrol

Year 8-12 Apparent Retention Rate

1998

102

2002

101

99.0

1999

104

2003

110

105.8

2000

99

2004

95

96.0

2001

103

2005

113

109.7

2002

119

2006

112

94.1

These above calculations are based on enrolment data collected from St Aidan’s by the Commonwealth Department of Education Science and Training (DEST) as part of the annual National School Statistics Collection.

Co-curricula and Extra curricula activities at St Aidan’s AGS

Sporting Program

Junior School

Andrew’s Cup

St Aidan’s Junior School is a member of the Queensland Girls’ Primary Independent School’s Andrew’s Cup Association. There are eight member schools competing in eight sports throughout the year. Students in Years 3-7 compete in Athletics, Swimming and Artistic Gymnastics. Year 4-7 in cross country and Years 5-7 Netball, Tennis, Touch Football and Softball.

Inter school Sport- Friday Afternoon

Students in Years 5-7 are also encouraged to compete in Friday afternoon sport (softball, basketball, soccer and netball) against local schools.

Ambiwerra Sport- Friday afternoon

A variety of sports is offered to girls not involved in other Friday sport competition.

Swimming Training

Commences in October each year.

Rowing

The Junior Rowing program at St Aidan’s is for Year 7 students.  It is designed to introduce rowing and to teach basic skills progressing towards rowing technique refinement.

Equestrian

St Aidan’s has proven to be very successful at Equestrian as an interschool sport. We provide a fully accredited coach for training and assistance at competitions. Our members compete in the full range of disciplines.


 Senior School

Sport at St Aidan's is available for all students as part of their extra curricular activities. Senior School students are able to participate in the sports set out in the table below. St Aidan's participates in a variety of sports associations; the main Association we compete in is the QGSSSA system (Queensland Girls' Secondary Schools Sports Association) which enables athletes to be considered for selection through to national level teams. The training program for each sport is available via the School Newsletter and will vary with the individual sport.

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Equestrian

Equestrian

Equestrian

Equestrian

Cricket

Artistic Gymnastics

Hockey

Cricket (commences and continues into Term 1 the following year)

Softball (Open & Senior A)

Cross Country

Netball

Softball (Years 8, 9, 10)

Basketball

Basketball

Tennis

Track & Field Athletics

Touch Football

Touch Football

Volleyball

Badminton

Soccer

Soccer

Rhythmic Gymnastics

Swimming

Rowing

Metropolitan West Teams

Our School's regional competition is Metropolitan West. Three cluster days are held in the School year for trials in all sports. Students are able to participate in these trials for sports that are an extension of the QGSSSA program, or for sports that are not traditionally part of the school program, e.g. golf, surfing.

Students are given school recognition for participation.

Carnivals

Interhouse for Year 8 - 12 - Swimming, Cross Country and Track & Field Athletics.

QGSSSA for Years 8 - 12 - Swimming, Cross Country and Track & Field Athletics.

In addition to these a sporting excellence program is in place to allow students to complete their senior studies over three years. Strategic Alliances are in place with Splitz Gymnastics and Lifetime Tennis to assist students who aspire to elite levels in these sports to maintain their strong academic focus as well as achieve in their chosen sport.

Music Program

Junior School

Ensembles and Choirs

Many opportunities exist for student participation in ensembles and choirs in the Junior School. These opportunities cater for a wide range of student ability and musical taste and include:

Vivaldi Strings

Year 3 Choir 

Year 5 (Woodwind, Brass and Percussion) 

Allegro Strings

Year 4 and 5 Choir  

Year 6 Band

Year 4 Strings  

Year 6 and 7 Choir  

Wind Ensemble

All Strung Out 

Year 6 Vocal Class

Stage Band

 Private Instruction

Many of our accomplished teachers instruct on a range of instruments, voice, music theory and speech and drama. Individual and small group instruction (upon consultation with the teacher) is available on:

Piano 

Theory of Music

Voice 

Violin 

Tuba

Art of Speech

Viola 

Cello

Double Bass

Flute/Piccolo

Oboe   

Bassoon

Clarinet/Bass

Clarinet  

Trumpet

French Horn  

Trombone  

Euphonium

Guitar-acoustic, electric, bass

Saxophone-soprano, alto, tenor, baritone

Senior School

The Music Department at St Aidan's is a vibrant and diverse one that allows students the opportunity to participate in music education at all levels. A wide range of curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities are offered in both the senior and junior schools.


 These include:

·         Core and elective classroom music for Prep - Year 12

·         Senior extension Music (performance)

·         Private and small group instrumental and vocal tuition

·         Class instruction on strings, woodwind, brass and percussion in the Junior School

·         Choirs

·         Chamber ensembles

·         Concert bands and stage bands

·         String orchestras

·         Recitals and concerts

·         Annual Gala Concert and School Musical

·         Music tours

·         Student Music Committee

·         CD recording and music technology

Private Instruction

At St Aidan's many of our accomplished teachers instruct on a range of instruments, voice, music, theory and speech and drama. Individual and small group instruction (upon consultation with the teacher) are available on:

Piano

Theory of Music

Voice

Violin

Tuba

Speech and Drama

Viola

Cello

Double Bass

Flute/Piccolo

Trumpet

Oboe

Bassoon

Clarinet Bass

Clarinet

French Horn

Trombone

Euphonium

Guitar - acoustic, electric, bass 

Saxophone-soprano, alto, tenor, baritone    

Lessons are held in private music studios situated in the Performing Arts Complex. Students from the Junior School and in Years 8 - 10 receive lessons predominantly on a rotational basis, in school time. Students in Years 11 and 12 receive lessons before and after school, and in lunch breaks. Lessons are paid by the term and require a private arrangement between the instructor and the parents. Five weeks notice in advance must be given for cessation of tuition.

Enrolment forms for private lessons, choirs and ensembles are distributed to all new students. They may also be obtained from the Head of Music, the Registrar or the Junior School Secretary.

School Musical

The annual school musical is produced in conjunction with Brisbane Boys' College. Performances are held in early May. Tickets can be obtained through the St Aidan's Finance Office.

Ensembles and Choirs

The opportunity for student participation in ensembles and choirs is available at St Aidan's. These cater for a wide range of student ability and musical taste and include:

Chorale (auditioned group)

Show Choir

String Consort (auditioned group)

Symphony Orchestra

Stage Band

Concert Band (auditioned group)

Accompanying and Chapel Club (pianists) 

String Quartet (auditioned group)

Wind Ensemble (may include Junior School students) 

Instrument Loans

Many of the larger and more expensive instruments are available for loan from the School. Hire fees are payable to the school office. Some smaller instruments are also available for loan from the School, however, it is expected that instruments be purchased after a one-year school loan. Parents are responsible for damages and loss of instruments while under loan from the School.

Other Activities and Clubs

Junior School

Chess Club

Chess Club operates in the Junior School as a lunch time or after school activity. Students from all year levels are encouraged to participate.

OPTI Minds (Formerly Tournament of Minds)

OPTI-Minds is a problem-solving program for teams of Years 5-7 students where students are required to solve quite demanding open-ended challenges in an exciting, vibrant and creative way.  OPTI-Minds promote creative thinking, strategies for collaboration and team work, and presentation and drama skills.

Club Cortex

Club Cortex is a program aimed at gifted students in Years 7, 8 and 9. This program complements co-curricular opportunities, enrichment activities and challenges already incorporated into all subjects. The program emphasizes intellectual, social and emotional development. Students learn how the brain works, about multiple intelligences and learning styles. They use co-operative learning strategies, CoRT thinking skills and many other tools to help them become astute researchers and problem solvers.

Debating and Public Speaking

Year 6 and 7 students participate annually in the Brisbane Independent Schools’ Debating and Public Speaking Competition, enabling students to extend the skills already developed in class into the public arena. This competition takes place on Tuesday evenings in Term 2. Through Public Speaking in Year 6 and Debating in Year 7, the girls are given advice and guidance in a positive and encouraging atmosphere so as to continue gaining the confidence to continue these challenging activities in secondary school.

Children’s Book Council Readers’ Cup Challenge

One team represents the school in the Brisbane West heat of the Children’s Book council Readers’ Cup challenge state competition for Year 7.

Penguin Aid

Penguin Aid is a voluntary community service club offered to all girls in Year 7 as a lunchtime activity. Each term, the girls choose a specific cause to support and then decide upon suitable fundraising activities to raise money for that particular charity. Girls are encouraged to take initiative in these activities, allowing further development of leadership, planning, organisational and marketing skills.

Art Club

Art Club is an after school activity offered by a specialist Art Teacher for girls from Multi-age–Year 7. Students participate in a variety of art and craft activities such as doll-making, drawing, painting (watercolours) and folk art.

Dance Club

Dance Club is a lunchtime/after school activity providing the opportunity for Junior School students to enjoy movement to music. Girls enjoy performing their routines on assemblies and for other special occasions.

Junior School Library Club

Library S.T.A.R.S – St Aidan’s Resource Students.  Library S.T.A.R.S assist in providing the best possible service to the school community.  S.T.A.R.S have the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills to assist in the Junior School Library and to increase their own research skills and library knowledge.  S.T.A.R.S undertake duties such as re-shelving, finding resources for class themes and displays, assisting younger students to use library OPACS, and helping with library events.

Environmental Club

The Junior School Environmental club (Years 5-7) strives to promote sustainable living at school, at home, and in the community.  The students are empowered to make a positive contribution to responsible, environmentally friendly living by coordinating and leading initiatives.

Senior School

Anam Cara

Named after the Celtic term for ‘soul friend’, this group encourages spiritual exploration and faith development and offers support for the religious and liturgical life of the school. 2006 saw this group present a contemporary version of ‘The Stations of the Cross’ for Holy Week. Anam Cara also works in practical ways to support the needy in our community, with activities such as the knitting of scarves and the collection of toiletries, etc for the Anglican Women’s’ Hostel.

Club Cortex

Club Cortex is a program aimed at gifted students in Years 7, 8 and 9. This program complements co-curricular opportunities, enrichment activities and challenges already incorporated into all subjects. The program emphasizes intellectual, social and emotional development. Students learn how the brain works, about multiple intelligences and learning styles. They use co-operative learning strategies, CoRT thinking skills and many other tools to help them become astute researchers and problem solvers.

Interhouse Readers' Cup Challenge

At the end of first semester, teams representing the different Houses compete in a Readers' Cup Challenge, organised by the Year 11's in conjunction with the Senior School Librarian. Teams consist of six nominees from Years 8, 9 and 10. Team members are expected to answer twenty questions based on young adult literature.

Year 8 Readers' Cup

During Semester One the Year 8’s read novels and then compete in the Class Readers' Cup. Following this competition, each form fields a team of four in an Inter-Class Readers' Cup.

Interschool Readers' Cup Challenge

In Term four, a team of Year 8s and a team of Year 9s represent St Aidan's in the Interschool Readers' Cup Competitions.

The Interact Club

Interact is a Rotary-sponsored service club for secondary school students.  All Interact clubs carry out service projects annually - projects that serve the School or the community and another that furthers international understanding. Every Interact club is sponsored by a specific Rotary club, which provides guidance on a continuing basis. Through Interact, young people develop initiative, leadership skills, a sense of self and community. Club members have the opportunity to be involved in number of activities.

Debating

St Aidan's encourages involvement in the "sport" of debating. Debaters learn to listen actively, to see both sides of an argument, to detect irrelevance and bias, to work as part of a team, to rebut and to learn from feedback provided by adjudicators. They also learn to be effective ambassadors for their school. 

Global Shield

The Global Shield Group aims to increase awareness and promote action within the school within the fields of Global Peace, Justice and Sustainability. Members of the group are encouraged to work as a team, initiate action, lead by example and promote a sense of self within community on all levels from local to global. The Justice arm of the Global Shield Group consists of members of Amnesty International, a worldwide organisation that campaigns for human rights. The Peace arm strives to promote worldwide peace through our connectedness with others and support those less fortunate than we are. The Sustainability arm aims to promote, support and maintain green practice within the school as our contribution to Global Health. This is a student centred group whose main thrust is to educate our community and engender good practice within our school

STAGE Dance Troupe

STAGE is a fun and energetic dance/choreography group in which girls at St Aidan's meet twice a week to construct and rehearse a variety of dances. These dances are showcased at significant St Aidan's events throughout the year.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

This scheme enables St Aidan's students to set and achieve personal goals. Bronze candidates attend their first camp in the Mt Crosby area each April. This area is ideal for training as the bushland of the water catchment area provides a safe yet challenging expedition site in pleasant and interesting surroundings. Many St Aidan's students have achieved success in the Bronze, Silver and Gold levels of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

School Progress Towards Its Goals

Each year St Aidan’s reports to school family members, progress towards the Strategic Gaols in the Annual Report.

To request a copy of this document please click here: 

http://www.staidan.qld.edu.au/content/?id=85

Use of Information Communication Technology to assist student learning

The school offers a 1.04:1 staff: computer ratio and a 2.15:1 student: computer ratio. 5 Computer labs offering 147 PCs are available and 76 laptops complement a further 160 PCs in classrooms around the school.

·         The school is fully wireless networked

·         Dial in is available for all staff and students

·         The school uses EduKate and provides access for parents, students and staff.

·         A staff laptop program exists

·         There is continuing provision of staff training in a variety of software products and systems together with ICDL training.

·         The school has an Acceptable Computer Use policy and Email and internet protocols in place.

·         ICT skills are integrated across various subject areas and Computer Studies is offered in Years Eight- Ten (Please see Curriculum Handbook/Lind for further details)

·         The Intranet provides staff and student access to school policies and procedures, records of meetings and so on.

·         Educational software covering most subject areas is widely available across P-12. Languages other than English specific laboratory is provided for this purpose.

·         Interactive Whiteboards in all Junior School classrooms.

SCHOOL FOUNDERS

Sisters of the Society of the Sacred Advent

SCHOOL COUNCIL

Mr Robert Morphet, FAusIMM (CP), F. App. Sc., Grad Dip (App. Hydrogeology), (Chair)

Ms Anne Marie Rice, B.A., LLB (Hons), (Deputy Chair)

Mother Eunice, SSA

Sister June Ruth Mackay, SSA

Mr Barrie James Fletton, FCA, FCIS

Mrs Jan Mohr, BA (Econ), GAICD

Mr Mark Richard Dillman, LLB

Mrs Pauline Lucas, DipT, B. Ed, MEd, MACEL

Mr Stephen Green, B.E. Civil (Uni NSW), Mt Eliza Business School Program

Mrs Helen Thomas, B. Pharm (UQ)

Prof. Ian O’Connor, PhD (UQ), B Social Work - until October 2007

Mrs Karen Spiller, B.A., B.Ed.St., M.Ed.Admin., M.B.A., M.A.C.E., F.A.I.M., M.A.C.E.L., C.A.H.R.I., F.A.I.C.D.

Ms Ros Curtis, B.A.(Hons), Dip.Ed, M.Lit.St, M.Ed, ASDA, MACE, MACEL, AIMM

Mr Peter Cartwright, B.Bus, ASA

ST AIDAN’S FOUNDATION

Mr John Bullwinkel, FPNA, MAICD (Chair)

Mrs Jackie Knowlman, LLB (Deputy Chair)

Mr Steven Bridges

Mrs Jenny Rylance

Mr Patrick Dixon, FREIA - until November 2007

Mr Graeme Brien, MBA  - until November 2007

Mr Geoff Bishop, Dip. FP

Mr Ian Brett

Mr Chris Burrell

Mr John Bayly

Mr John Steffensen

Mr Rob Morphet

Mrs Karen Spiller B.A., B.Ed.St., M.Ed.Admin., M.B.A., M.A.C.E., F.A.I.M., M.A.C.E.L., C.A.H.R.I., F.A.I.C.D.

P&F ASSOCIATION

Mrs Brenda Gooding, President

Mr Stephen Lacaze, Vice President

Mrs Sue Firth, Vice President

Mr Gordon Knight, Treasurer

OLD GIRLS’ ASSOCIATION

Mrs Nadine Morley-Drabble, President – until August 07

PRINCIPAL

Mrs Karen Spiller, B.A., B.Ed.St., M.Ed.Admin., MBA, MACE, FAIM, MACEL, CAHRI, FAICD

CHAPLAIN

The Reverend Helen Phillips, B.Theol, Dip. Min

DEPUTY PRINCIPAL

Ms Ros Curtis, BA (Hons), Dip Ed, M. Lit St., M. Ed (Leadership and Management), ASDA, MACE, MACEL, AIMM

DEAN OF STUDIES

Mrs Marie Previte, B.Bus, Grad. Dip. Education (Sec.), MBA (General Management).

DEAN OF STUDENTS

Ms Wendy Lauman, A.A.C.M. (Td), B.Ed., (Drama), M.Ed. (Counselling & Guidance) M.Ed. (Behaviour Management)

HEAD OF JUNIOR SCHOOL

Ms Louise McGuire, Dip. T, B.Ed.

DEPUTY HEAD OF JUNIOR SCHOOL

Mrs Elizabeth Lange, Dip. T, B. Ed

CAREERS & GUIDANCE COUNSELLOR

Mrs Jennie Demnar, Dip T, B. Ed, M. Ed (Guidance and Counselling)

FINANCE MANAGER

Mr Peter Cartwright, B. Bus., ASA

TEACHERS

Mrs Liza Allen, BA (Hons), GradDipEd, MEd(Management), MACE

Mr Steve Baker, BEd (Primary)

Miss Catherine Bayo, B Health Science, BEd (Secondary)

Miss Brooke Bell, BEd(Secondary), BA (Visual Arts)

Ms Jennifer Bergstrum, BMus (Hon 1), BEd (Secondary), AusKodCertMusEd (Primary)

Mr Chris Brennan, BEd (Secondary)

Mrs Gaye Brown, DipArtT, B Art Ed

Ms Sue Burvill-Shaw, BEd, MEd, MACE, MACA

Mrs Marilyn Bush, DipT, GradDip Expressive & Performing Arts

Ms Diana Cameron, BEd

Mrs Julie Caton

Ms Vera Coleman, HDE (Sec Edu)

Ms Terri Cozzi, BA (Mus) A.Mus.A. B Ed Cert IV Assessment & Workplace Training

Mrs Jenny Crome, BA, Grad Dip T (Primary)

Mrs Megan Daley, BEd (Early Childhood), GradDipT (Teacher Librarianship)

Ms Kelly Davies, BEd (Secondary)

Mrs Jan Dixon, BA, Dip Ed, GDipArts

Mrs Pauline Donaldson, (Terms 1 & 2)

Mrs Sandra Dunstan, DipT, DipFineArts, BEd

Mrs Ronelle Ellick, CertT (KGTC), Cert IV Assessment and Workplace Training

Ms Tamara Fahy, BA (Hons), GradDipEd, MEd (Literacy and Leadership)

Ms Andrea Farrer, BA, GradDipEd

Miss Rita Felder

Mrs Marcia Forness, BA, DipT, MEd (Teaching and Learning), Med (Guidance Counselling)

Mr Clayton Forno, BA, GradDipEd, NAATI 2I, MAAppL

Mr David Galbraith, BMus (School Music), AMusA, LTCL

Mrs Joanne Gamble, BA

Ms Karen Gorrie, BA, GradDipT (Sec)

Ms Linda Gothard, DipT(Sec)

Mrs Catherine Grant, DipEd(Primary), BEd, GradDip (Computers in Ed)

Ms Kate Grayson, BA(ModAsianStud), BAAsIntSt, GradDipEd

Ms Kerstin Grevis-James, DipT

Mrs Jane Hacking

Mrs Jan Hannagan, BCom, CertT, Cert IV Assessment and Workplace Training

Mrs Sylvia Hicks, BSc, GradDipT(Sec), MEd

Mr Michael Hillardt

Ms Catherine Hope, DipArts, GradDipEd, BEd, MEd, MACE

Ms Patricia Hosking, BSc, GradDipEd, MEd (research)

Mrs Tracey Jeanes

Mrs Joan Jenkins, BA, AEd, MEd, Grad Dip Ed (Teacher-Librarianship), Grad Cert Gifted & Talented Educ

Ms Corina Juergensen, (Term 3)

Mr Gerry Kay, DipT, BEd

Mr Tim Kemp, BMus, GradDipEd(Sec)

Mrs Catherine Kennedy

Mrs Debbie Koh, BA., Grad Dip Lib., Grad Dip Ed. (Primary), Cert IV (Workplace Training)

Ms Kate Lenz, BA, Bed (Semester 1)

Ms Angelene Lewis, BEd (Primary)

Mrs Kerstin Liebchen-Meades, BA, DipEd

Ms Helen Mackay, DipT(Primary), GradDip(Literacy), GradDip(TESOL), BEd(AdultEd, Training), MastEd(TESOL)

Ms Fiona Mackie, DipT(Sec), GradDip Health Promotion (Dist), MastHealthSc (Health Promotion)

Mr David Madden, BAppSc (Physics), GradDipEd (Sec)

Ms Karen Madden, BTeach, GradDipEd(RE)

Miss Claire Marshall,  BEd (Primary)

Dr Ela Martin, BMedSci(Hons 1), PhD(Med), GradDipEd(GE)

Ms Miranda Mason, BA, BEd (Primary), GradCertBus, JP

Ms Ros McCracken, DipT, BHMS, BBus (Comm)

Mrs Julie McCullough, DipT (SpecEd), BEdSt

Mrs Jan Mogg, CertT (KGTC), Cert IV Assessment and Workplace Training

Ms Katrina Mothershaw, BA (Mus), BEd(FET)

Mrs Anne Page, M.Env.Mgt., BA (Hons), DipEd

Mrs Wendy Pero, BSc, HDE, BEd, GradCert (OBE)

Mr Jeremy Parsons

Miss Claire Peterson,  BEd(Primary)(Hons)

Mrs Shannon Ravenscroft, BEd (Early Childhood)

Ms Kate Reilly, BA, DipEd, GradCert (TESOL)

Ms Linda Rheault, BSc, MEd

Ms Jacqueline Rose

Mrs Bev Sandaver, BA, BEd

Mrs Helen Shea, BPhty, BA, DipEd

Mr Chris Smith, BEd

Mrs Allyson Starky, BA, Grad Dip T (Primary)

Mr Ben Stein, BSc(Hons), GradDipEd.

Mrs Adele Stoneley, CertEd, BA, DipProfStEd(Special Ed), CertAdvProfSt, CertEdSt

Mrs Judith Stumm, BA (Hons), DipEd

Miss Rebecca Sullivan, BA, BEd

Ms Jan-Maree Thorsen, DipEd, Cert IV Assessment and Workplace Training

Ms Ros Trounson, BA, DipEd, LTCL, LSDA

Mr Bob Wagner, BSc (IndArt), Cert IV Assessment and Workplace Training

Mrs Leigh Wagner, (Term 3)

Ms Lynda Wall, BA, GradDipEd, MEd

Mrs Kim Wickham, AMusA, BA (Mus), GradDipT(Sec), BEdSt, MEdSt

Mr Joel Wise, BEng (Aero Av), MTeach (Secondary)

Ms Hayley Wood, BEd(Secondary)

Mr Nick Vlaisavljevic, B HMS(Ed)

Miss Betty Yanardasis, BSc, DipEd

IT MANAGER

Mr Col Price, B.Info.Tech. (Info Sys), A.Dip.Eng. (Electronics), C.N.E., C.S.M. (Term 1)

Mr Alan Wells, MACS, DipITNet, CNE, MCP, CCA, CCNA, Cert IV Business

APPLICATIONS SUPPORT OFFICER

Mrs Bronwyn Lockwood, CSM

PC/NETWORK SUPPORT OFFICER

Mr Ben Clarke, Dip.E.Bus. (Term 1)

Mr Trevor Friswell (Term 2)

Mr Chris Matthews

AUDIO VISUAL COORDINATOR

Mr Stirling McWhirter JP (Qual.); Grad.Dip.Comm.(Film & Television); ADA (Film & Television), Cert IV Assessment and Workplace Training

MARKETING MANAGER

Mrs Gai Greene Dip.Bus.Man. (Term 1)

Mrs Roz Minnikin, BSc, GradDipT(Sec), MACE, MACEL, MADAPE

REGISTRAR

Mrs Cheryl Parkyn

OFFICE MANAGER

Miss Tina Henson, AssDipBus (O&A), BBus (Admin Manag’t)

ADMINISTRATION STAFF

Ms Janine Barkhuizen (Term 1)

Mrs Wendy Biggs, DipTeach (Primary), GradDip (Teacher Librarianship)

Mrs Rachel Campbell

Miss Carmen Cliffe

Miss Desley Crear

Mrs Sue Elliott

Mrs Annie Fanning, DipVisCom

Mrs Moira Grant B.Bus, CPA, FNIA 

Mrs Veronica Hawkins

Mrs Jan Hunt

Mrs Lyn Leishman

Mrs Vivienne Marsh, JP(Qual)

Ms Renea Martyn

Mrs Jan Mendham

Ms Annette Murray

Mrs Michelle Pearl, Cert IV Business Administration

Mrs Sue Russell, DipTeach (Secondary)

Mrs Tracey Watkins

ANCILLARY STAFF

Mrs Lynne Aurisch, BA, GradDipLibSt

Mrs Julie Cunneen, AssDipSci (Library Technology)

Mr Aaron Davis, BA

Mr Mike Eikens BVA

Mrs B B Johncock (BJ), AssDipAppSci (Library Technician)

Ms Narelle Levander

Mrs Lyn Raven

Mrs Jane Sheehy

Mrs Carolyn Soltau, BEd, Cert III Assessment & Workplace Training, Cert of CELTA

P & F LIAISON OFFICER

Mrs Deborah Green (Term 1)

Mrs Pam McGarrigle (from Term 2)

P&F BOOKKEEPER

Ms Caroline Howrihane

Mrs Heather Knyn

Mrs Kathy Jacques (Term 4)

AMBIWERRA

Ms Sharyn de Kort, Director

CONVENORS

Mr David Robertson – P&F Tuckshop

Mrs Anne Edwards  - P&F Shop (from Nov 06)

Mrs Nanette Marsden – P&F Textbook Hire

Ms Melanie Petzke – After School Care

FACILITIES MANAGER

Mr Alan Clark

MAINTENANCE/GROUND STAFF

Mr Howard Banks

Mr Mal Chester

Mr Vic Underhill

Mr Graham Fea (Ambiwerra)

Mr David Murray

Ms Lisa Culkin

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