Monthly Archives: February 2016

Enews – Week 4, Term 1 2016

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From the Director of Early Learning

2016: A year of innovation in the ELC

Kate-MountWith one year already successfully accomplished in terms of operation and delivery of excellence in early learning it is essential we embark on the next year with new challenges and invigorated energy. We begin the year with 25 quality staff, expanded operational hours and goals. It is with great pride that I outline our ELC’s focus areas for 2016.

Our authentic delivery of the key principles of the Reggio Emilia inspired practice sees our ongoing commitment to send an educator each year on an intensive study tour to this famous northern Italian city. Mrs Leanne Williams will be going in April as part of an Australian tour, spending ten days engaged in deep learning. Our ELC has been selected as a prototype ELC in our State, leading the way in exemplary practice and prepared to share this on a State and National level.

Our goal is to continue to prepare our students for the future by offering digital technologies that enable them to encounter learning through multiple lenses and also participate in an innovative coding and robotics program. This follows the incredible success of our work with Thomas the Robot in 2015 which attracted much attention from the researchers conducting this project.

Nature Pedagogy is also at our forefront in terms of delivery of an innovative curriculum. Research demonstrates the positive impact of student learning both in and with nature. With Ferguson Park on our doorstep we are committed to establishing rich and meaningful outdoor classrooms. Our students are spending extended learning periods in the outdoor environment and are using these times as an extension of the learning that takes place indoors. We are able to combine this learning with both our digital technologies and our focus on Numeracy across the centre.

Each key teacher is leading one of the focus areas, this being an essential component of building their leadership capacity across the centre. Our investment in developing leadership skills is our key area of professional learning. This ensures that the delivery of this progressive curriculum is being led by excellent educators who utilise reflective practice in their daily life. After all, a vision without excellent practitioners will go nowhere!

We are in a privileged position to share resources and create strong and seamless links from ELC to Junior School. Our ePortfolios provide families with an up-to-date digital online record of their child’s learning and these will be fully implemented from ELC to Reception in Term 2. This gives real visibility to student learning.

I look forward to sharing our journey with our school community during the year and invite you to visit us to view this exciting learning in action.

Kate Mount

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Strategic Planning process

As I announced at P&F Drinks at the start of the year, St Peter’s Girls will this year prepare a new strategic plan that will outline the way forward for the School over the next three years. This document will provide a clear path of improvement across a number of areas to ensure we continue to deliver excellence in education to our students.

Our community is invited to be part of the planning process. From next week, students, staff and parents will be sent details of an electronic survey that will seek your opinion on a range of issues at the School. Your feedback is very important to us and will be used as we move forward with plans for the coming three years.

The survey will be conducted by an external provider and all responses will be kept strictly private and confidential. No member of the leadership team or board will have access to your individual responses. We will be provided with a summary of collated results only. There are no right or wrong answers and we ask that you respond honestly.

Following this survey process, we will also be holding a series of open forums which you may like to attend. Parents will be invited to contribute to areas such as the academics, co-curricular and well-being domains. This is a vital way for us to hear your feedback and discuss ideas in an open and transparent way. Please mark these dates in your diary and attend the session/s that interest you most:

Monday 4 April – Academic
Tuesday 12 April – Wellbeing
Thursday 14 April – Co-curricular

Sessions will be held in the Humzy Theatre from 7pm. More information will be circulated closer to the time.

As always, if you have an idea, issue or topic to raise with me, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly at jshea@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au or make an appointment. Please call 8334 2226 to arrange a convenient time.

I look forward to getting this consultation phase underway and hearing your feedback.

Julia Shea
Principal

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Year 9 Aquatics Camp

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We headed off to Murraylands. The trailer was packed in record time and the adventure had begun. The noise on my bus was indicative of the excitement of heading off somewhere where mum and dad could not intervene and ask, “Have you done your homework yet?” or “Have you cleaned your room?”

The girls were singing along with the radio and an hour later were unpacking the trailer like a ‘well oiled’ machine. Everyone chipped in and gave a hand. Rows of bags and sleeping bags were set out on the lawns and the girls had a quick recess and then got ready for their first activity.

The girls enjoyed learning how to handle a boat, sail a catamaran, knee board, kayak and ski on the River Murray. What a beautiful setting for an amazing day of challenges and accomplishments!

The evening was spent playing good old Aussie cricket, tip and go. Much laughter and awesome hits later, we were assembled for dinner. After our bellies were full we got into our home groups and conducted a debrief of the day and participated in getting to know you activities and finished the evening with some relaxation/meditation to wind down. Everyone got ready for bed and were all asleep by 10pm.

107_5144Students arose the next morning to the delight of a homemade alarm clock; Ms Stef said, “Oh, what a beautiful morning.” They quickly ate breakfast and got ready for the day’s activities. It was great to see the girls push themselves in the activities that they were unsure about. After lunch it was pack-up time. I have never seen girls work so cohesively as a unit to accomplish the tasks so quickly. A record was broken: all packed and ready to go in 40 minutes. Considering that bags and tents had to also be packed within a 40 minute time frame, I was very impressed.
The bus ride was so quiet that I had to check continuously that I had students still on the bus; everyone fell asleep on my bus. This is a sign of a great two days of full-on activities. What was even more astonishing was that only two items remained on the Chiverton lawns at the end of the day when all the girls had gone home….. and guess what?….. the items were labelled and returned to their owners the next school day.

DSC02767The girls’ feedback reveals that a great time was had by all:

“I enjoyed trying new things in a fun and accepting environment with supportive teachers and instructors.”

“One of the favourite things I did on camp was skiing. It was really fun and a great experience. I also got to know my tent partner. I never used to speak to her but now I talk to her all the time.”

“The camp was a good chance to know each other more and also to know the teachers a bit more.”

“I felt that on camp I got closer to everyone and the whole year level was supportive of each other.”

“I enjoyed getting to know people in my class and walking around with socks and thongs.”

The Home Group staff were thrilled with the girls’ behaviour and teamwork. We now look forward to our next camping challenge.

Anna Stefopoulos
On behalf of the Home Group teachers

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Another successful Twilight Cinema

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Last Saturday, the St Peter’s Girls community groups came together for the annual Parents’ & Friends’ Association Twilight Cinema.

The cooler weather didn’t deter people, who began to arrive and take up their spots well before the official opening time. It was great to see such a fantastic turn out again this year. The pre-film entertainment was supplied by our special guests, the Sparkling Howards, who treated us to an eclectic mix of songs, old and new.

For those with more energy there were activities such as baseball pitching, a water slide, bouncy castle and a soccer skills competition. However, despite all of this organised activity, there was still nothing quite so thrilling as a water spray bottle!

As the sun went down, the audience wrapped up to enjoy the movie, Oddball.

There were food offerings aplenty and the audience munched their way through 130kgs of hot chips, 170 pizzas, 150 sausages and an enormous paella, not to mention ice-cream, popcorn, cupcakes and more.

The Twilight Cinema goes from strength to strength and the P&F thanks those who attended for being mindful of clearing up after themselves, supporting the School and helping to raise funds. The profits from the night will be returned to the respective community groups who participated.

Tangible evidence of previous fundraising in the form of the School’s new NAO humanoid robot was on display on the night and the competition to seek a name for it was launched. We encourage all students to get involved in this competition – details are below.

Just as the Twilight Cinema grows from year to year, so does the complexity of the event. The P&F would like to say a big thank you to all who contributed to the night, especially the staff, volunteers, suppliers, sponsors, community groups and stall holders. A very big thank you goes to the Sparkling Howards and a final appreciative thank you to Adelaide Bite who supplied the screen, without which there would be no movie.

Ed Parker
P&F President

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Give our new robot a name: entries open

NAOMany of you will remember Thomas the robot who was loaned to the School as part of a pilot educational project last year. Thomas captured the imagination of the students and as a result of their fundraising activities, the Parents’ and Friends’ Association were able to purchase a NAO Humanoid Robot for the School.

The new robot has remained nameless for long enough and so the time has come to name it. At the recent Twilight Cinema, the P&F launched a naming competition. The competition is open to all students to enter their suggested name for consideration.

Please put your suggestion on one of the available slips, together with a gold coin donation, and return them to the Development Office by 7 March 2016. A shortlist will be presented to Ms Shea who will decide on the final name.

Now is your chance to go down in St Peter’s Girls history, so get thinking and maybe it will be your suggestion that makes it.

Ed Parker
P&F President

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Music Camp raises the roof

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The 2016 music camp in Ardrossan was, yet again, a huge success. With ensembles such as Stage Band, Chamber Ensemble, Enchante, Senior Strings, Developmental Band, and for the first time, Chamber Choir and Quartet attending, the camp was bound to be a lot of fun. Within these ensembles, the students were given incredible opportunities to develop their own personal skills, as well as their music skills in each ensemble.

Being so early in the year, music camp is always a fantastic opportunity to build friendships across all year levels, especially for the new girls at Saints. One thing I have always loved about the Saints music program is its emphasis on bonding with girls from different year levels, through which I have made strong friendships that I know will extend even after school. Music camp really allows each girl to do this, through working cohesively and closely with all the girls participating each year. The camp also sets the tone for what will be an amazing year in the Music Department.

With so many upcoming opportunities in 2016, music camp is predominantly for each ensemble or band to learn repertoire for the forthcoming year and, for our senior ensembles, to learn the pieces that we compete with at Generations In Jazz in Mount Gambier. Three days of intensive rehearsal and technique classes give each ensemble a huge head start. Old Scholar, Erin McKellar (Patteson ’13), worked closely with our Chamber Choir, Enchante and Quartet over the three days, providing excellent knowledge about vocal technique and performance skills. I’m sure all the girls will agree that Erin was an excellent asset to the program.

Having provided me with many fantastic memories and skills I know I will take with me in my future studies of music, I was slightly sad when realising this music camp was my last. I hope that, in years to come, this program only grows each year, with more girls fully embracing this amazing opportunity Saints provides each year.

IMG_0846Every year at camp we are lucky enough to have multiple instrumental tutors come along to assist in the program. Our regular music tutors, Warren Heading, Karen Fletcher, Nicole Bates, Fiona Major and Louise Beaton, and teachers, Miss Rounsevell and Ms Noble, were all incredibly helpful, allowing the girls to be split into smaller groups and providing more intensive and personal learning. This year we had the incredible percussionist, Nick Parnell, come and assist the percussion girls, developing their skills and showcasing the versatility of percussion techniques. We also had Paul Jancovich help the rhythm section girls, giving particularly valuable information to our senior Stage Band and preparing them for competition later in the year. Ms McKay’s presence as a mentor was invaluable as she provided not only musical experience and flexibility, but a reliable adult to speak to and a proficient organiser of all the logistical requirements of camp.

The camp was not only jam-packed with rehearsing, but also had scheduled activities to provide fun downtime and a way for the girls to bond. The daily walks to the beach were great fun, with girls finding crabs in the sand and admiring the red cliffs of Ardrossan. The local cafes and supermarket were also big hits, with the Saturday afternoon sugar rush providing much entertainment and excitement. On the Thursday night we had a movie night complete with a big screen and pillows, and this was enjoyed immensely by the younger girls. And on the Friday night the Year 12s led the now traditional student-run activity – Disney Charades. This was great fun, with eight groups performing skits of different Disney favourites and ending in a dance party. Overall, the camp was not only a fabulous way to extend students’ musical abilities, but also to strengthen bonds between year levels and in the Music Department.

On the Friday a few girls went to the local hospital and performed for the patients there. The patients look forward to this concert every year, and whilst it is a concert put on purely for their entertainment, it is a great opportunity for the girls to give back to the community and share their skills with members of the public not able or well enough to leave their beds. As well as the hospital concert being held, the main concert was held on Saturday afternoon in the Ardrossan Town Hall. This allowed parents to come down to Ardrossan to watch the girls perform the repertoire they had been consistently working on for the past few days. As well as the parents and members of the Ardrossan community being able to see the various musical performances, the concert is a way to help raise funds for the people of Ardrossan. It was announced that over the past five years, Saints Girls has raised $5500 for the town, a spectacular effort. Once again, music camp was a success for both the school and the Ardrossan community.

Amelia French
Music Captain/Chorister

Chelsea McGuinness
Head Chorister

Laura Bleby
Chorister

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Friends of the Arts update

Friends of the ArtsAt the end of Week 3, Friends of the Arts was proud to assist our girls in the Ardrossan Music Camp. This camp is an intense few days of musical instruction and rehearsal for our girls from Years 5 to 12, who are involved in the School’s music program.

This year we had more than 100 students and staff come together to combine their musical talents, which resulted in a concert for the Ardrossan community on Saturday afternoon. Money raised from this event was returned to the Ardrossan Community Hospital. A total of $5,500 has been raised over the past 5 years of music camp.

As parent helpers we organised the serving of food, most of which was wonderfully prepared by local suppliers, Ardrossan Foodland, Port Clinton Pizzas and Ardrossan Bakery. Whilst preparing in the kitchen we were serenaded by the wonderful music produced by the girls. A big thank you to the staff and tutors who ran the event and the parent helpers who kept everyone well cared for. Most of all, well done, girls – you shone like the stars you are and represented our School very well.

Friends of the Arts is a group of parents who support our artistic students at different events throughout the year. We meet twice a term and the meetings are held in the Music Office at School.

Our next meeting is Wednesday 16 March at 7.30pm. New members are always very welcome.

Donna Fitzgerald
FOA President

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SPAA workshop: Conducting for Choirs

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Just in time for Choral Night 2016, our SPAA workshop with Timothy Sexton is here to help!

Are you doing Senior Music?
Do you sing in a choir or a group?
Would you like to sing in a choir or a group?
Are you simply interested in music for voice and want to learn more?

If you have answered yes to even one of the questions above, you need to come along to the Conducting for Choirs Workshop. The workshop will be at the:

St Peter’s Girls’ School Arts Centre
Tuesday 1 March
4.30 – 6.30pm

Tickets $25 each

RSVP online at www.trybooking.com/JRQN.

Timothy Sexton has been the CEO and Artistic Director of the State Opera of South Australia since July 2011, and has been a supporter of the Saints Performing Arts Academy since its inception, officially opening the academy in 2012.

As a freelance composer, conductor, arranger, singer, writer, adjudicator and ABC broadcaster, Timothy Sexton is one of the most prominent musicians in South Australia. Since gaining an Honours degree in Music Composition at the Elder Conservatorium, University of Adelaide, he has created more than 200 works, ranging from opera and music theatre to choral and orchestral works and film scores. Timothy has sung in over 30 productions for the State Opera of South Australia, he was Chorus Master and a Rehearsal Conductor for the 2004 Adelaide Ring Cycle and Chorus Master and Associate Conductor for the 2010 Adelaide Festival of Arts opera, Le Grand Macabre.

In late 2001 Timothy founded the Adelaide Art Orchestra, working with such entertainment luminaries as Kate Ceberano, Hugh Sheridan, Anthony Warlow, David Hobson, Christine Anu, Rachael Beck, Tim Campbell, David Campbell, Natalie Cole, Bernadette Peters, Rhonda Burchmore, Silvie Paladino, Rob Guest, Marina Prior, Doug Parkinson, Glenn Shorrock and Julie Anthony.

Timothy was twice awarded the Henry Krips Memorial Conducting Scholarship and in 2003 received a Centenary of Federation Medal for Services to Music. In 2008, Timothy was awarded a prestigious Ruby Award for Sustained Contribution to the Arts by an Individual and was the 2009 South Australian of the Year (Arts Category).

We are indeed incredibly fortunate to have Timothy running this workshop.

Contact me on akimber@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au for further details.

Amanda Kimber
Director of SPAA

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Ride2SchoolNational Ride to School Day

On Friday 4 March, it is National Ride to School Day. We are encouraging you to get out your bikes, strap on a helmet and take a ride to school. If you don’t have a bike, that’s okay, just take a walk to school with your family. So come on, be active and start your day the healthier way.

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Tutor Program proving popular

OIMG_6291ur new Tutor Program for Years 7-12 students is proving popular with students. It’s already providing excellent support for students as they navigate the complexities of their Middle and Senior School studies.

Our tutors are all recent Old Scholars, who’ve been carefully selected to cover key subject areas such as Maths, Science, English and Humanities. They are employed directly by the School.

Importantly, this is a free service provided to students so you can attend as many sessions as you need.

The tutors have access to course outlines and assessment requirements and provide clear feedback and reinforce understanding of subjects for students. They are also in direct communication with subject teachers if required.

If you are keen for your daughter to get involved with the tutoring sessions, which occurs before and after school, please contact me on 8334 2238 or email kskinner@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au.

Kerry Skinner
Deputy Principal & Head of Senior School

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Save the date, dads

Dads Night Out Enews

A reminder to save the date for the upcoming Dads Night Out.

A Night on the Green will be held at the Toorak Burnside Bowling Club at 7pm, Friday 1 April.

Dads are invited to bring a mate and get involved with Barefoot Bowling. It’ll be a fun and social evening. Remember – no bowling experience is necessary! This fundraising event is hosted by the Mothers’ Club.

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Last chance: Buzz Book data update

Buzz Book 2016 coverThere are just a few days left to check your details and provide your consent for inclusion in this year’s Buzz Book.

All changes and consent must be completed by Monday 29 February 2016 for inclusion in the Buzz Book.

The Buzz Book is an integral part of each St Peter’s Girls’ School family home. It’s the go-to resource for all our families – filled with lots of helpful information, including family contact details and class lists, from ELC to Year 12. The Buzz Book will be distributed to all students in Term 1.

The School appreciates that some families may not wish their contact information to be included in the Buzz Book.

We have moved to an electronic system for this year’s update process. To review your contact information, and provide your consent for your family’s details to be included in the Buzz Book, please complete the following steps:

> Log in to the Link Portal using your individual username and password
> If you can’t remember your password, click on ‘Forgot your password’ so that it can be emailed to you
> Once logged in, click on the Buzz Book tab
> Check your details and tick the items you wish to be included in the Buzz Book
> Your consent will be saved
> Repeat the process for any other daughters/children you have at the School
> If changes are required, email admin@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au and confirm your consent to be included in the Buzz Book.

If you do NOT submit your consent, your information will NOT be included in the Buzz Book this year. Both contacts will need to provide their individual consent.

Should your family’s contact information change through the year, please use the ‘Change Details’ tab in the Link Portal.

If you experience difficulties using the Link Portal, please contact link@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au or phone 8155 5791.

Thank you for your assistance in keeping the School’s records accurate. We look forward to distributing the Buzz Book as soon as possible.

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Junior School banking reminderbanking

Don’t forget that Wednesday is School Banking day and students should bring in their weekly deposit.

For every deposit made at school, no matter how big or small, students will receive a cool Dollarmites token. Once students have individually collected 10 tokens they can redeem them for an exclusive School Banking reward item in recognition of their continued savings behaviour.

Thank you for supporting the School Banking program at St Peter’s Girls’ School.

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Focus Photography package deal

Focus-PhotosFocus School Photography is offering St Peter’s Girls families a chance to purchase unlimited event photos throughout the year for one low price.

Select as many images of your child or family as you like, from many events that will be photographed this year. Focus will attend events such as Swimming Carnival, Choral Night, House Dinners, Sports Day, Celebration Day, Carols in the Cathedral and our end of year graduations. (Please note that this package deal excludes the Years 11-12 Formal, Valedictory Dinner and Year 5 production, which will be sold separately.)

All at the special price of $95. To order your photographs, visit the Focus website and login with the password SaintsGirls

For further details, please contact Focus School Portraits on 8389 9002 or orders@focussp.com.au.

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Come and support us at Head of the River

The countdown is on for the Head of the River, to be held on Saturday 12 March at West Lakes. Students, parents and families are invited to attend and support our girls from the edge of the rowing course. It is always inspiring to see a large and enthusiastic support team cheering on the students at the School’s marquee.

This year’s rowing is expected to be bigger and better than last, with the girls’ lead-up training being exceptional. Please come along to attend this historic regatta and support our rowers.

As with previous years, students are expected to wear full School uniform, including hat. If the weather is cool and an outer garment is required, students must wear their blazer.

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Head of the River dinner

Rowing HOR dinner Enews

Rowers and their families are warmly invited to attend the Head of the River dinner to celebrate the end of the rowing season.

This special event will be held at 6.30pm on Saturday 12 March in the Arts Centre.

The dress code is smart casual, and students will be required to wear their full summer uniform.

Tickets $45 per person, $22.50 for children 11 and under
To book, visit www.trybooking.com/GWGJ by Thursday 3 March

Soft drinks will be provided and parents can BYO wine.

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Sport News

Rowing selection

Congratulations to Old Scholar, Olympia Alderney (Kennion ’11), who has been selected to represent Australia at the Rio Olympics in the women’s VIII squad for rowing.

Basketball – Wednesday 17 February

Open A – Saints 17 defeated by Seymour 48

Teeball – Wednesday 17 February

Year 4/5 – Saints 8 defeated by Seymour 16
Starting off as a young team with many new players, Saints had a rough start against Seymour. However, with the combination of confidence and teamwork in the second innings, Saints was able to secure 7 runs. While unfortunately this was not enough to secure a win, the team is well on their way to doing very well. Claire Hale (Coach)

Junior Tennis – Friday 19 February

Year 5/6 Blue –Saints 6-28 defeated Scotch 0-6
Singles: Maiya Jakupec 4- 0, Tahlia Louca 4-2, Georgia Langley 4-1, Chloe Venning 4-1

Year 5/6 Silver – Saints 5-27 defeated Wilderness Green 1-7
Singles: Fleur Maris 4-0, Emily Baldwinson 4-0, Marina Viese Vivaldi 4-2, Lara Slape 3-4

Year 5/6 White – Saints 6-28 defeated Wilderness White 0-6
Singles: Siena Glazbrook 4-0, Mia Dodd 4-0, Willow Stewart-Rattray 4-3, Olivia Slivak 4-3

Year 6 Blue – Saints 5-24 defeated Seymour Green 1-5
Singles: Adele Eaton 4-0, Chase Hocking 4-0, Sivanthi Sivasuthan 4-0

Year 6 White – Saints 3-15 defeated Seymour Blue 2-9
Singles: Gracie Ganzis 4-0, Azaan Singh 0-2, Charlotte Parker 1-1, Anushka Rajbhoj 2:1

Year 5 Blue – Saints 2-11 defeated by Seymour Green 4-20
Singles: Ellie Anderson 0-4, Georgie Owler 0-4, Bridgette Leach 4-0, Ruby Kirwan 0-4

Year 5 White – Saints v Seymour Blue
The girls played two very close doubles matches which hindered the time to play singles. The girls have already shown some great improvement and should be congratulated.

Rowing – Saturday 20 February

1st VIII – Last Saturday the Saints first eight had their most successful row of the season. The girls raced the 2nd grade women’s eight race and placed in second, behind Seymour. Walford placed in third, pushing the Saints girls to row their fastest time ever of 7:05. The girls are looking forward to racing this weekend and are hoping to improve on their time in the coming weeks. Belle Hannon (cox)

Year 9A – The crew, consisting of Amy Rice, Rachel Kameniar, Zoe Vine Hall and Brooke Weymouth, did exceptionally well on the weekend. Despite a few of the girls being tired from music camp, they were still able to row with power and determination. Although we did not get the results we hoped for, the girls were still happy with their times. With Head of the River approaching quickly the girls are training harder than ever and are ready to smash the next regatta. Amy Carrodus

Year 9B – The 9Bs rowed two good, solid races at Saturday’s regatta to gain first place in their first race and second to Seymour in the second race. A big thank you to Olivia Zito and Shunem Josiah for joining the 9Bs this week. This week’s regatta followed a sensational Murray Bridge regatta last week when the crew hit their personal best time and had two first places in the Saturday races. The crew then fired up on the Sunday to win their first race and then set another personal best time that also placed them second to a highly skilled and experienced Torrens Club crew in the final Sunday race. The 9Bs continue to push themselves above and beyond –perseverance pays! Zoë Scobie (cox)

This week I coxed the B crew’s second race. It was an extremely tight race but I feel that the girls pushed so hard. Their race start commenced a little roughly but their finish is always their highlight. Seymour swiftly moved ahead and won about four boat lengths ahead of us. We raced very well, coming in a close second. It was a very tough race but our girls conquered gracefully and although now winning they were immensely proud of their amazing effort. I loved this opportunity to cox using another view and to learn some strategies to take back to my crew. Shunem Josiah

On Saturday my crew (Kate Reade, Hannah Freeman, Hannah Keough and Scarlett Hocking) raced in 2 races and came 4th in both. The girls need to focus on keeping their heads in the boat and their catches. The girls really need to continue to push hard in training so that they can improve under pressure when we race. Charlotte Creek (cox)

Softball – Saturday 20 February

Open A – Saints 19 defeated Pulteney 1
This week was another great outcome, with an exceptional win. Each girl should be proud of her efforts in both batting and fielding innings. Everyone gave their all in the batting box which resulted in some awesome hits and getting onto bases. All girls also got around all bases and home at least once, scoring us the runs to win the match. Aroha Munroe’s pitching was exceptional, making our fielding innings short as a result of her consistent strikes; she is a great addition to this year’s team. Thank you to Jasmine Ledgard who stepped up to catch as both our catchers were absent; she did a great job. Another win has us all eager for this season to improve our skills and work together. Georgia Naughton (Captain)

Open B – Saints 9 defeated Pulteney 4
This week the B’s played an excellent game against Pulteney Grammar. The girls were extremely energetic and enthusiastic and some great plays were made. They were confident and disciplined in the batting box and alert on the field. Overall a very positive game and a well-deserved win.  Ruby Oliver (Open A)

Open C1 – Saints 12 defeated by Pulteney (C1) 13
Disregarding the score, this week the C1 team played well again, both in batting and fielding. Holly Cardone continued to pitch well and Portia Maerschel followed this with an outstanding number of strikes being thrown. Still trying new positions, the girls moved well in the field and a special mention goes to Amelia Pudney for an excellent catch at second. Ella Waltham also batted with great strength and determination. Congratulations to all girls. Mimi Long (Coach)

Open C2 – Saints 11 defeated by Pulteney (C2) 12
After a tough game the week before, the C2 team showed clear improvement in various aspects of the game. Securing runs was a top priority for the team, and several innings a strong sense of team batting in several innings allowed for many runs. Unfortunately, Pulteney was quite strong in the batter’s box and was just a little too strong for Saints. Congratulations to Lauren Porter, Jenna Bowden and Grace Dodson for pitching quite successfully each innings. Claire Hale (Coach)

Tennis – Saturday 20 February

Division 1 – Saints 6-36 defeated Pembroke Division 2 0-6
Singles: Neve McCormack 6-0, Chelsea Staples 6-2, Violette Maris 6-2, Olivia Wilkinson 6-1

Division 2 Blue – Saints 4-39 defeated Pulteney 2-22
Singles: Lola Dimond 5-6, Mahala Truscott 6-1, Lilly Rose Spartalis 3-6, Shamilla Dhillon 6-3

Division 2 White – Saints did not play

Division 3 Blue – Saints did not play

Division 3 White – Saints 4-33 defeated Pembroke 2-20
Singles: Lilly Alexander 6-4, Taj Shahin 6-1, Sivani Sivasuthan 6-1, Emily Downie 6-4

Division 4 Blue – Saints v Concordia

Division 4 White – Saints 3-23 defeated by Pulteney 3-28
Singles: Amelie Eaton 6-3, Aleisha Elliott 4-6, Charlotte Stewart 1-6, Natasha Lau 6-2

Volleyball – Saturday 20 February

Open A – Saints 3 defeated Seymour 0 (25-8, 25-7 and 25-17)
The Open As had a terrific win this week against Pulteney. All players worked extremely well together, winning in straight sets. Our backcourt setters, Emily and Abbey, played extremely well, moving around the court smoothly and passing the ball well. A special mention to Megan for serving out the second set with 10 in row. Georgia Howe and Mila Loechel (Captains)

Open B – Saints defeated Seymour 0
The Open Bs played their most impressive game for some time, not allowing Pulteney any chance to use their skills to put pressure on the girls and winning in convincing fashion. Ally Murray served and defended with great consistency while Madison Bateman did not let the ball hit the ground when it was in her vicinity. Sophie Schultz and Emma Fogarty worked well in tandem at the net while Georgia Bateman and Charlotte Carney continued to pass the ball to setter on many occasions. We hope to keep this momentum going next week. Georgia Howe and Mila Loechel (Captains)

Open C – Saints 2 defeated Pulteney 1
The Open Cs had a victory over Pulteney, with the girls displaying great improvement by the end of the match. This was especially the case in relation to calling for the ball and pressure on the net. When the girls got this correct, they looked much more likely to win the game. Maddy Glynn placed the ball into gaps over the net and Carla Lawrence, in her first game, was able to set balls into difficult positions for the opponents. The girls should gain some confidence from this victory for the rest of the season. Dan Searle (Supervisor)

Middle A – Saints 3 defeated Pulteney 0 (25-14, 25-9, 25-19)
What a game the Middle As played this week! The game began with point for point serving, but improved as the sets continued. Isobel Tan’s serving and moving for backup was fantastic, as well as all girls on court playing with lots of energy and calling. Our focus for the remaining sets was to strategically play with 3 hits, rather than digging the ball straight back to the opposition. By the third set we had already won the game; therefore, we used this set to refine utilising 3 hits. Ellana and I are extremely proud of how far the girls have come, and congratulate the girls on another win! Ellana Welsby and Eliza Falconer

Middle B – Saints 3 defeated Pulteney 0 (25-11, 25-14, 25-16)
Congratulations to the girls on a fantastic win this week in winning three straight sets. Although the game was slow moving we would like to commend the girls on how they played the game. It was great to see that the girls were thinking about their passes and were controlling the play of the ball the way we have been practising in training. Amelie Dunda put 100% effort in throughout the game and provided some core passes and backup for the team along with Sophie Lemire and Jiayi Wang. Everyone should be proud of their efforts this week; well done! Ellana Welsby and Eliza Falconer

Volleyball Middle Cs – Saints (3) vs. Pulteney (0) (25-21, 25-23, 25-20)
After a few close scores the girls came out on top this week by winning three straight sets. Throughout the game serving was consistent, with Katelin Calandro taking the lead with the highest rally and Millie Han closely behind. Sara Peak moved very well on court, following through with some excellent passes. Helen Han and Poppy Kirwan also provided some great pressure and backed up their teammates well. Overall, the girls played a great game and should be proud of themselves this week! Ellana Welsby and Eliza Falconer

Basketball – Monday 22 February

Middle C1 – cancelled due to hot weather

Middle C2 – cancelled due to hot weather

Tennis – Monday 22 February

Open A – cancelled due to hot weather

Open B – cancelled due to hot weather

Enews – Week 3, Term 1 2016

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From the Deputy Principal/Head of Senior School

KerrySkinner_webThe new Tutor Program commenced this week. This is a wonderful new service – offered to the girls free of charge.

As I walked through the Resource Centre, the excitement and exchange of learning was omnipresent. Our recent Old Scholars shared their skills and expertise with small groups of Middle and Senior School students. I overheard students asking questions, Old Scholars explaining formulae, outlining what mitosis was and challenging students on their grammar and punctuation. There was genuine positive reinforcement occurring and there were numerous “lightbulb” moments.

The purpose of the program is to nurture positive study habits, while supporting students to understand their classroom learning and consolidate their knowledge. The aim is for students to become successful and independent learners, who approach their studies with confidence.

While our expert teachers impart information to students every day, our very talented tutors can support the students by reinforcing the work being taught. This personalised attention, allows students to ask questions in an environment where they feel comfortable, and the tutors support them to increase their knowledge and understanding of the content of the subjects.

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Success was evident in the way the students left the sessions: feeling positive, happy and they walked tall from the experience. Tutoring allows students to review skills that are not being taught in the classroom and to practise and prepare for examinations and tests. It is well known that when students master skills and feel confident, their self esteem increases and they feel more willing and ready to accept new challenges.

Students are also able to attend a morning session to help them navigate through some homework that caused some concern. The tutor can guide them and prepare them for the next lesson with confidence. The Tutor Program currently focusses on supporting students in English, Humanities, Mathematics and Science. I encourage students to email me if there is another subject that could be of value and I commend a Year 8 group who did just that; we were pleased to arrange a session on Japanese to support their learning.

The sign-up sheets are situated outside the Resource Centre where students can book sessions. There is a maximum of six students per tutor per session. Sessions are held Monday to Thursday after school from 3.40 – 4.40pm. We are also holding two morning sessions Wednesday and Friday from 7.30 to 8.30am. Ideally students need to sign up on the Friday of the week before, so I can ensure we have enough tutors in attendance. Initially, we have some some drop in vacancies, but as the program expands, this cannot be guaranteed.

If our first week was anything to go by, I am certain that this program will be popular and I commend our Old Scholars for embracing this and their genuine desire to give back to the students and the School.

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“I think it was very organised and very good. I think the best thing was how all the tutors understood what we were talking about. I would recommend this to other girls if they need help with any subject.” – Renee Lawrence, 8DSE

“I really liked having a tutor. It was very helpful and allowed me to understand what we are learning in class better.” – Charlotte Creek, 8AKI

“I found that this morning worked really well and I enjoyed tutoring.” – Yvette Jones (Patteson ’14)

Kerry Skinner
Deputy Principal/Head of Senior School


Buzz Book data update underway

Buzz Book 2016 coverIn preparation for the release of the 2016 Buzz Book, we now invite families to check their contact details are up to date in our database.

The Buzz Book is an integral part of each St Peter’s Girls’ School family home. It’s the go-to resource for all our families – filled with lots of helpful information, including family contact details and class lists, from ELC to Year 12. The Buzz Book will be distributed to all students in Term 1.

The School appreciates that some families may not wish their contact information to be included in the Buzz Book.

We have moved to an electronic system for this year’s update process. To review your contact information, and provide your consent for your family’s details to be included in the Buzz Book, please complete the following steps:

> Log in to the Link Portal using your individual username and password
> If you can’t remember your password, click on ‘Forgot your password’ so that it can be emailed to you
> Once logged in, click on the Buzz Book tab
> Check your details and tick the items you wish to be included in the Buzz Book
> Your consent will be saved
> Repeat the process for any other daughters/children you have at the School
> If changes are required, email admin@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au and confirm your consent to be included in the Buzz Book.

If you do NOT submit your consent, your information will NOT be included in the Buzz Book this year. Both contacts will need to provide their individual consent.

All changes and consent must be completed by Monday 29 February 2016 for inclusion in the Buzz Book. Should your family’s contact information change through the year, please use the ‘Change Details’ tab in the Link Portal.

If you experience difficulties using the Link Portal, please contact link@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au or phone 8155 5791.

Thank you for your assistance in keeping the School’s records accurate. We look forward to distributing the Buzz Book as soon as possible.


Year 4 Unit of Inquiry with PAC

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This term, the Year 4 students have been studying the Central Idea, “Developing an understanding of ourselves and others can be associated with success.” It falls under the transdisciplinary theme of ‘Who we are’ – a strand of the Primary Years Programme encapsulated by these descriptors: the nature of the self; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships, including families, friends, communities, and cultures; rights and responsibilities; and what it means to be human.

The focussing lines of inquiry are:

  • Impact of thoughts, words and actions on self and others
  • Ways to help achieve respectful relationships
  • Nature of success

yr4-pacThis unit has been developed in conjunction with the Year 4 teachers at PAC and together we have run an enriching program where the two schools collaborate for students to work in mixed gender groups on team challenges. Last Friday, the Year 4s from PAC joined us at School for two team challenges. The first was a quiz and the second, ‘The Great Egg Drop’, completed a dynamic day where the students needed to apply some of the skills we have been learning about. Students worked in groups to create a ‘capsule’ to safely cradle an egg which was to be dropped from the balcony of the St Michael’s Wing.

It was extremely interesting watching the various ways the teams went about this task and observing the positive communication and team skills. Out of the seventeen groups that created a capsule, only four of the eggs were ‘standing’ at the end of the session. The creativity and commitment of the students was excellent. We would also like to acknowledge the assistance of our parent helpers on the day, who made everything run so smoothly. Our work with PAC will continue with a reciprocal visit to their school, on Tuesday of Week 4, to undertake a team “Amazing Race” challenge.

This unit continues to challenge the girls to focus on their abilities to make good choices and manage their emotions in a way that will have a positive impact on both themselves and the people they work and live with.

We have also begun discussions about what constitutes ‘real’ success, and that success takes many forms other than simply winning. Rather, reaching personal goals and having a positive influence on the world can actually be considered great success. These discussions have been fuelled by looking at some successful role models and the impacts they have made on others, despite resistance and often personal sacrifice. These include Malala Yousafzai and Fred Hollows and comparing their ‘success’ as humans to those that often fill the media, such as Taylor Swift.

We hope that this unit of work encourages the girls to look further than surface level within themselves and to consider the role their thoughts and actions can play in building who they are.

Shelley Hampton and Rebecca Dillon
Year 4 Teachers


SPAA workshop: Conducting for Choirs

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Just in time for Choral Night 2016, our SPAA workshop with Timothy Sexton is here to help!

Are you doing Senior Music?
Do you sing in a choir or a group?
Would you like to sing in a choir or a group?
Are you simply interested in music for voice and want to learn more?

If you have answered yes to even one of the questions above, you need to come along to the Conducting for Choirs Workshop. The workshop will be at the:

St Peter’s Girls’ School Arts Centre
Tuesday 1 March
4.30 – 6.30pm

Tickets $25 each

RSVP online at www.trybooking.com/JRQN.

Timothy Sexton has been the CEO and Artistic Director of the State Opera of South Australia since July 2011, and has been a supporter of the Saints Performing Arts Academy since its inception, officially opening the academy in 2012.

As a freelance composer, conductor, arranger, singer, writer, adjudicator and ABC broadcaster, Timothy Sexton is one of the most prominent musicians in South Australia. Since gaining an Honours degree in Music Composition at the Elder Conservatorium, University of Adelaide, he has created more than 200 works, ranging from opera and music theatre to choral and orchestral works and film scores. Timothy has sung in over 30 productions for the State Opera of South Australia, he was Chorus Master and a Rehearsal Conductor for the 2004 Adelaide Ring Cycle and Chorus Master and Associate Conductor for the 2010 Adelaide Festival of Arts opera, Le Grand Macabre.

In late 2001 Timothy founded the Adelaide Art Orchestra, working with such entertainment luminaries as Kate Ceberano, Hugh Sheridan, Anthony Warlow, David Hobson, Christine Anu, Rachael Beck, Tim Campbell, David Campbell, Natalie Cole, Bernadette Peters, Rhonda Burchmore, Silvie Paladino, Rob Guest, Marina Prior, Doug Parkinson, Glenn Shorrock and Julie Anthony.

Timothy was twice awarded the Henry Krips Memorial Conducting Scholarship and in 2003 received a Centenary of Federation Medal for Services to Music. In 2008, Timothy was awarded a prestigious Ruby Award for Sustained Contribution to the Arts by an Individual and was the 2009 South Australian of the Year (Arts Category).

We are indeed incredibly fortunate to have Timothy running this workshop.

Contact me on akimber@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au for further details.

Amanda Kimber
Director of SPAA

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Twilight Cinema on tomorrow

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The annual Twilight Cinema Carnival is on tomorrow 20 February from 5pm.

We will be screening the movie, Oddball, and there will be plenty going on to keep everyone happy – including some sporting challenges, a waterslide, bouncy castle, live music and much more. There will be a licensed bar and a range of food options from pizza and paella to ice cream and popcorn. Tickets are still available through Trybooking or at the gate on the day. Parking will be available on the school oval.

Tickets $40 per family or $15 per adult and $10 per child/student

Tickets are available from www.trybooking.com/GVFE or at the gate on the day.


Focus Photography package deal

Focus-PhotosFocus School Photography is offering St Peter’s Girls families a chance to purchase unlimited event photos throughout the year for one low price.

Select as many images of your child or family as you like, from many events that will be photographed this year. Focus will attend events such as Swimming Carnival, Choral Night, House Dinners, Sports Day, Celebration Day, Carols in the Cathedral and our end of year graduations. (Please note that this package deal excludes the Years 11-12 Formal, Valedictory Dinner and Year 5 production, which will be sold separately.)

All at the special price of $95. To order your photographs, visit the Focus website and login with the password SaintsGirls

For further details, please contact Focus School Portraits on 8389 9002 or orders@focussp.com.au.


Term 1 Calendar dates

In an effort to provide clearer information to parents about school events and activities, we will circulate a list of calendar events each term.

Our online calendar resource is available on our website and will provide the most up-to-date information available.

> Download the Term 1 calendar flyer

We hope this is a helpful resource for families.


Get involved in Junior School Banking

You can get involved in the School Banking program by opening a Commonwealth Bank Youthsaver account at any Commonwealth Bank branch, over the phone on 13 2221, or via NetBank if you are an existing customer with NetBank access.

bankingRemember to take in identification for you and your child (driver’s license and birth certificate). You will receive a Dollarmites wallet and deposit book that your child will use to participate in the program.

Our school receives $5 when a student makes their first ever School Banking deposit and 5% on every deposit made through the school (to a maximum of $10 per individual deposit).

Thank you for supporting our school and helping to teach your child the benefits of saving regularly.

Commonwealth Bank of Australia ABN 48 123 123 124. Call 13 2221 at any time. As this advice has been prepared without considering your objectives, financial situation or needs, you should, before acting on this advice, consider its appropriateness to your circumstances. Full terms and conditions for transaction and savings accounts are available from any branch of the Commonwealth Bank and should be considered in any decision about the product. If you have a complaint in respect of this product, the Commonwealth Bank’s dispute resolution process can be accessed on 13 2221.

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Swimming Carnival: Years 4–12

On Friday 26 February, St Peter’s Girls’ School will be holding the annual Swimming Carnival for Years 4-12 at the Adelaide Aquatic Centre, North Adelaide. Students are expected to be at the Aquatic Centre no later than 8.30am, with presentations concluding by 4pm. The day is to be treated like a normal school day; therefore, attendance is compulsory for the whole day.

Girls who travel to school on school buses will automatically be taken to the Adelaide Aquatic Centre in the morning and will be taken home in the afternoon. As the girls will be dismissed directly from the venue, all other students will need to be dropped off at the Adelaide Aquatic Centre in the morning and picked up in the afternoon.

> Download program of events

There will be no specific lunch break but girls can eat during breaks between their races. Students have the option of bringing money for the pool canteen for their recess and lunch on the day; otherwise they will need to bring their own food. Water bottles should be brought for the day.

Students are reminded to wear their complete PE uniform with bathers underneath as well as their House swimming cap that can be purchased from the School Shop. Extra House-coloured ribbons are encouraged, but coloured zinc and body paint is not permitted in the pool. House tattoos will be sold on the day of the carnival. We ask that the tattoos are not visible outside the girls’ school uniforms when returning to school (tea tree oil works well to remove them).

We encourage all girls to compete in a number of events, with their preferences being discussed in PE lessons and House meetings. A program for the day will soon be given to the girls and placed in the School Enews, outlining all event times and records. We will be using both 25m pools in the morning session and only the deep-end pool in the afternoon session. We look forward to lots of parent support on this exciting day in the calendar.

School teams for SAPSASA (Years 4 to 7), SSSSA (Years 8 to 12) and IGSSA (Year 7s to 12) will be selected from the Swimming Carnival results.

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Sports News

Sports draws

Sports draws for Term 1 are now available.

Basketball
Junior Softball
Junior Tennis
Softball
Tennis
Volleyball

Athletics

State multi events championships
Zoe Wilmshurst – Gold – under 16 heptathlon

State championships
Zoe Wilmshurst – U/16 Shot Put (Silver), 100m (13th), 90m Hurdles (4th), High Jump (Bronze), Long Jump (6th), Discus (Bronze)  U17 High Jump (Silver), Long Jump (6th)
Sophie Barr – U/14 100m (5th), 200m (4th), 80m Hurdles (Silver), Discus (Gold), Hammer (Bronze), U/15 Discus (Gold)
Amelia Wood – U/15 High Jump (Gold), Pole Vault (Gold)
Jemimah Simpson – U/16 200m (9th), 400m (4th), U/20 800m (Bronze)
Hannah Brown – U/16 Long Jump (5th), Triple Jump (Silver)
Rachael Disney – U/17 200m (6th), 400m (Silver)
Jasmine Ledgard – U/17 Discus (Gold), Hammer (Gold)
Bethany Cross – U/17 5000m Walk (Silver)
Anna Cross – U/20 5000m Walk (Gold)


Sports Results

Basketball – Monday 15 February

Middle C1 8 defeated by Seymour 2 12
It was a solid first match for the girls this week. There was plenty of promising play with many intercepts and good run down the court into attack. Our girls had many more scoring opportunities than Seymour; however, unfortunately we were unable to slow down, steady and convert the shots. Well done to Maddison Tilley-Brooks who listened to the coach’s feedback and positioned herself well in the key in both attack and defence, providing valuable height. Special mention also this week to our point scorers, Ebony Lohe, Siena Kulinski and Emily Downie. Looking forward to more competitive matches throughout the term. Vanessa Brooks (Assistant Coach).

Tennis – Monday 15 February

Open A – Saints 6-36 defeated Seymour 0-8
Shamilla-DhillonSingles: Yasmin Glazbrook 6-2, Tiana Glazbrook 6-0, Jade Leyden 6-1, Olivia Teh 6-2

Open – Saints 6-36 defeated Seymour 0-14
Singles: Olivia Harby 6-2, Emily Loh 6-4, Claire Kao 6-2, Sarah Richards 6-2
Olivia Teh (Captain)

Rowing – Saturday 13 February

On Saturday my crew (Kate Reade, Emma Carrodus, Hannah Freeman and Scarlett Hocking) raced in two races and came first in the 7/8 race and last in the uni race. We found the uni race challenging but despite the competition we did rather well. Some techniques that the girls need to work on are squaring up at the same time and also making sure that their blades are fully buried in the water before they take a stroke. This will help resolve the issue of an unbalanced boat. Charlotte Creek

This week Imogen Parkinson (bow), Paris Robinson (two), Zara Stefani (three), Sophie Johnson (stroke) and Abbie Lisle (cox) were down in Murray Bridge and we weren’t very familiar with the course. In both races the girls did really well and should be proud of themselves. The second race was slightly confusing with the wind and the officials calling things out but the girls did very well. Abbie Lisle

Softball – Saturday 13 February

Open A – Saints 18 defeated Westminster 2
Kate-McKellar-StewartThe As had a great start to the season this week, having a great win defeating Westminster in a fantastic game. We worked well together as a team both out on the field and in the batting box. The training sessions that we have been attending have led to an improvement in fielding balls as getting outs were smooth, efficient and very rewarding. Each girl gave their best effort, having lots of swings which gained us the runs to win. The four girls from Year 8 who have stepped up to play in the As all played an extremely well for their first game. The whole team should be proud of their efforts and hopefully we can keep improving, winning and working well as a team to have a fun season.
Georgia Naughton (Captain)

Open B – Saints 9 defeated by Gleeson 19
Despite it being the first game of the season, the Saints Open Bs went into the game with optimism and energy. Playing a strong batting team, the girls had to step it up in the field and tried their best to get the outs needed. All girls displayed excellent batting skills in the last innings, with both Ella Robinson and Lucinda Tierney getting home runs. Kate McKellar-Stewart should also be commended for her consistent pitching and fantastic catch. Lydia Smalls (Open A)

Open C1 – Saints 14 defeated Scotch (C1) 8
Aroha-MunroeThe first game of the year proved to be a breeze for the Open C1 team. As all batting innings were completed with the 7 run mercy rule, the game was highlighted with many outfield hits. Our pitcher for the game was newcomer, Holly Cardone, and she did very well for her first game. This is only the start of what is gearing up to be a successful term for the C1 team. Claire Hale (Coach)

Open C2 – Saints 3 defeated by St Johns 13
Although it was a tough return to softball, the girls, most new to the game, fought a strong match by working well together as a new team. Drawing upon the batting skills we began to develop at training, most were able to make contact with the ball or use their perceptive instincts to judge balls from strikes and bat accordingly. With convincing pitching from Jenna Bowden and catching from Ashley Piper, some more fielding training will build supportive strength in the field and give the girls more confidence for future games. Mimi Long (Coach)

Tennis – Saturday 13 February

Division 1 – Saints 6-36 defeated Wilderness 0-19
Lilly-Rose-SpartalisSingles: Neve McCormack 6-3, Annabel Baldwinson 6-4, Daveena Dhillon 6-2, Georgina Thrower 6-4

Division 2 Blue – Saints 3-29 defeated Walford 3-25
Singles: Violette Maris 6-0, Lola Dimond 2-6, Mahala Truscott 5-6, Lily-Rose Spartalis 6-4

Division 2 White – Saints 1-19 defeated by Walford 5-31
Singles: Olivia Wilkinson 6-1, Annabelle Langley 3-6, Rose Pittman 1-6, Lilly Alexander 2-6

Division 3 Blue – Saints 3-26 defeated Pulteney 3-20
Singles: Shamilla Dhillon 6-0, Taj Shahin 1-6, Cheri Wong 4-6, Sivanthi Sivasuthan 6-2

Division 3 White – Saints had a bye

Division 4 Blue – Saints 0-9 defeated by Scotch 6-36
Singles: Amelie Eaton 2-6, Mia-Rose Taliangis 0-6, Orla Clayton 2-6, Yunfei Ma 1-6

Division 4 White – Saints 1-15 defeated by Scotch 5-28
Singles: Aleisha Elliott 0-6, Emily Downie 6-0, Charlotte Stewart 1-6, Natasha Lau 2-6

Volleyball – Saturday 13 February

Open A – Saints 3 defeated Seymour 0
The team started the season well, playing a terrific game against Seymour. Having travelled to Melbourne at the end of last year for the Australian Volleyball Schools Cup, all girls have improved immensely and are working very well as a team. It was especially great to see so much enthusiasm on the court! Playing a back court setter for the first time caused some initial confusion, but all girls adapted to this well, and some great passing and movement was seen. Congratulations must go to Emily Murdock and Abbey Goodwin for their fantastic setting, and all round efforts, despite this being a new form of play for us. Georgia Howe and Mila Loechel (Captains)

Open B – Saints 0 defeated by Seymour 3
Despite the loss, the Open B volleyball girls played a good game to start off the season. After only losing the first set by a narrow margin of 2 points, enthusiasm was high and it was great to see so much encouragement on the court. Serving was particularly good, and there was obvious improvement in passing and blocking. Congratulations must especially go to Madison Bateman and Charlotte Carney for their efforts all over the court. Georgia Howe and Mila Loechel (Captains)

Open C – Saints 1 defeated by Seymour 2
The Open Cs played a close game against Seymour on the weekend, losing 2 sets to 1. The girls took some time to gain confidence in their movement to the ball and this allowed the opposition to score easy points early in the match. The girls improved during the 2nd and 3rd sets, with Mengyuan Li working hard in defence and Taylor Biessel passing the ball strongly. The girls are looking forward to improving on their performance this week against Pulteney. Dan Searle

Middle A – Saints 2 defeated Seymour 1 (25-22, 25-17, 25-27)
The game begun with heaps of energy, something both coaches considered a vital factor in the final result. The opposition failed to return our girls’ difficult serves in the first set, and most of our points were gained from this, consequently leading to our win. There was a great set up for 3 hits; however, our focus for the preceding set was to get the third hit over the net. The girls continued to win the second set convincingly, with the assistance of Brooke Young’s strong serving deep into the back of the court. Congratulations Middle As for a win in the first game of the season! Ellana Welsby and Eliza Falconer

Middle B – Saints 3 defeated Seymour 0 (25-16, 25-19, 25-22)
To kick off the volleyball season the Middle B team smashed out a 3 set to 0 victory. The girls came out winning the toss to serve first and kept up a great serving rally that was continued by all players throughout the game. It took a few ‘go’s to get our setting and digging back into motion but when we did we saw some excellent plays from the girls. Congratulations on the win this week, girls, and we look forward to a great season and continuing to fine-tune your skills. Ellana Welsby and Eliza Falconer

Middle C – Saints 1 defeated by Seymour 2 (26-24, 19-25, 20-25)
This was some of the girls’ first volleyball game and their good positioning on the court reflected the effort they have put into training each week. There was a lot of energy from all team players, as well as Paris Greene showing some good serving during the first set. Unfortunately, the energy lulled in the second set and it was very quiet on court with no one calling for the ball, and we were just unable to beat Seymour in our final set. The girls should be happy with their efforts in this first game, and we are keen for games this season. Ellana Welsby and Eliza Falconer

Enews – Week 2, Term 1 2016

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From the Director of Teaching and Learning

MeredithBeck_webThe new school year brings a fresh start, great opportunities, and excited anticipation of what is to come. Everyone is revitalised from a well-deserved break and time spent with family, friends and neglected pursuits. We see new faces, enjoy new facilities and refreshed classrooms. The energy is palpable. By the beginning of the year, the results from the graduates of 2015 have been published and we celebrate their achievements. However, we just received news that four of our students received the highest of awards. These are as follows:

  • Governor of South Australian Commendations (5 Merits at SACE Stage 2) – Thenu Herath and Theodora Galanis
  • IB Merit student for candidates achieving a score of 40 plus – Anna Mullin 44 of a possible 45 points.
  • Tennyson Medal for excellence in English – Theodora Galanis.
  • Hardwicke College Prize for excellence in Biology – Dana Spajic.

These commeIMG_5554ndations are affirmations of the academic acumen of the girls and quality of the programs that we offer.

The Tennyson Medal, for example, is awarded to the student who achieves the highest grade in English Studies across South Australia and the Northern Territory. With a century-old tradition it is a highly regarded award and the only specific subject prize that is presented at the SACE Merit Ceremony. It is remarkable that over the last four years consecutively, the medal has been awarded to a student from St Peter’s Girls’ School. This is indicative of the calibre of student, the tradition of success, and the exceptional work ethic that is embedded into the fabric of the school. The Tennyson Medallist must achieve an A+ for all school based components of the course, and achieve the highest score in the examination at the end of the year.

The new faces are not only those of the students, but of teachers too. It is my pleasure to introduce two new members of staff. They have quite different roles but their positive impact will be felt throughout the School.

Introducing Carolyn Farr: IB Diploma Coordinator

IMG_5806Carolyn has been a passionate IB educator for over 20 years and has lived and taught in Sydney, Istanbul, Beijing and now Adelaide. She is a Deputy Chief Examiner for Mathematics SL which supports an insight into the rigorous and world-respected curriculum and assessment that the Diploma provides. Her particular love of the Diploma lies in its breadth across multiple disciplines, including study in languages, humanities, sciences, mathematics and the arts – a truly liberal education. The Diploma asks students to participate in subjects which aren’t all necessarily their strength, building resilience and a sense of achievement beyond that which comes easily. At the core of the Diploma, the Theory of Knowledge, Extended Essay and Creativity Activity Service aid in developing a solid base for which students can springboard their future direction of lifelong learning, well-being and service. In preparing students for the Diploma, and indeed a holistic education, the philosophies and global vision of the International Baccalaureate influence our practice from ELC to Year 12.

Introducing Rebecca (Becca) Burton-Howard: Gifted and Talented Education Coordinator

IMG_5660Becca has taught for 16 years in England and worked with the full spectrum of students, both those who find learning engaging and stimulating and those for whom it is more challenging.

She credits that working with gifted and talented students has taught her so much as an educator. It has opened her mind, improved her teaching and challenged concepts of quality education. A gifted and talented program that has at its heart differentiation benefits all students. Although Becca is new to the School she sees the potential that lies within our students and looks forward to inspiring our girls to be the next generation of leaders, scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs and creators. Becca will launch our Gifted and Talented program, EDGE (Extended, Differentiated and Gifted Education) in Term 2.

Please save the date for an information evening for Reception to Year 10 parents, which will be held on Wednesday 17 March at 6.30pm in the Arts Centre.

We congratulate Carolyn, Becca and all the new teachers on their appointment and look forward to their contribution to this wonderful school.

Meredith Beck
Director of Teaching and Learning

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Global Academy – Japanese Exchange opportunity

In August 2015 two of our students successfully completed a three week stay in Tokyo at Senzoku Gakuen Girls’ School. This well respected Independent school provided an excellent experience for our girls, who were able to experience life in a Japanese School, studying in both Japanese and English, as well as taking part in an array of co-curricular activities. The girls had an excellent time, improving their language and deepening their understanding of Japanese culture.

The girls stayed with students from the school as a member of their family, and this provided a rich experience both for our girls and their Japanese hosts. Such was the impression that our girls made at Senzoku Gakuen, they have now had well over 50 applicants to spend a similar amount of time at St Peter’s Girls’ School, with a view to sending 5-10 students.

We are therefore looking for families who would like the opportunity of hosting a Japanese student for approximately three weeks. The proposed dates are March 13 – April 3, but these will depend upon flight availability.

Hosting a student does not mean your daughter will have to return to Japan on exchange. However, this is an excellent opportunity for those students studying Japanese to have a native speaker ‘at home’ for a short time. Although the visiting students will be of Year 9 age, we are opening this opportunity out to families with students from Year 7 upwards.

If you are interested in finding out further details, please contact me on rlisle@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au or 08 8334 2200.

Richard Lisle
Head of Middle School

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Meet the new School Counsellor: Nicole Letch

Nicole Letch headshotTell us a little bit about yourself?
As well as being new to Saints, I am also new to Adelaide. Although I grew up in Melbourne, I have been living and working in London for the past 15 years. Before becoming a psychologist, I was a psychology teacher. I have 3 daughters (Year 7, Year 6 and Year 4).

What are you looking forward to most in this new position?
I believe that school counsellors have a unique role in the school community. I am looking forward to making a meaningful difference to students who may be experiencing challenges at school or home and making a contribution to the successful learning environment at Saints.

What are your top tips to enhance and maintain psychological well-being in children and young people?
By building their social and emotional skills. Children and young people who possess sound social and emotional skills are generally better able to cope with the stressors of daily life. They also tend to have better relationships with parents, teachers and peers, and perform better academically. Very importantly, having these skills makes it less likely that a young person will experience mental health problems in the future.

The skills which help children and young people interact effectively with others and cope with life’s changes and challenges include: helpful thinking and self-talk; emotion recognition and regulation; good problem-solving skills; good planning and time management; and ‘keeping well’ (getting adequate sleep, eating healthily, use of relaxation and stress management techniques, and seeking help when needed).

What are your first impressions of the School/staff/students?
I know it sounds trite, but I have genuinely found both staff and students to be incredibly warm and welcoming. I have been impressed with the clear structures and systems in place in the school and how the strong House system gives everyone a sense of belonging.

What advice do you have for students starting at Saints Girls this year?

  • Smile: be open with people, friendly and say ‘hi’ if you see someone you know
  • Join in: a fast way to get to know others is to join a team or club and engage in as many activities as you can
  • Get oriented: study a map of the layout of the school, and don’t be shy to ask others for directions
  • Be yourself: never change who you are to fit in
  • Look out (for other girls who are new too): you already have one thing in common – you’re both in a new, unfamiliar environment.

Parents and students are welcome to contact Nicole on 8334 2259 or nletch@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au.

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Shrove Tuesday

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To celebrate Shrove Tuesday, the last day before the season of Lent, the Junior Students enjoyed making and sharing pancakes as part of the traditional preparation for Lent. Lent is a season in the Church calendar that leads us towards Easter. It is traditionally a time for reflection, fasting and prayer. The pancake tradition came about because people would empty their cupboards of delicious preserves and prepare for a time of living more simply. In doing so, we recall the time Jesus spent fasting in the wilderness before he began his ministry of sharing God’s love.

In Chapel, the students were asked to reflect upon times of feasting and times of fasting. It’s in the times when we go without that we are able to fully appreciate the abundant lives that we have. In doing this, the students were encouraged to develop an ‘attitude of gratitude’.

Reverend Natasha Darke
Chaplain

Olivia Coulter
Year 5 Teacher

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Term 1 Calendar dates

In an effort to provide clearer information to parents about school events and activities, we will circulate a list of calendar events each term.

Our online calendar resource is available on our website and will provide the most up-to-date information available.

> Download the Term 1 calendar flyer

We hope this is a helpful resource for families.

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General reminders and housekeeping

The annual data update will soon be released to parents. This will involve each family checking that your contact details are up-to-date. Parents will also be able to update your daughter’s medical information later this term.

Of course, if there are any updates we need to be aware of throughout the year, please contact the School directly on 8334 2200.

Absenteeism

Please notify the Front Office by 9.30am via either of the following methods if your daughter(s) will be absent due to illness, or arrive at School late. If your daughter will arrive after 8.30am (due to an appointment etc.) please advise an approximate time of arrival and ask that she reports to the Front Office upon arrival.

Phone: 8334 2200
Text: 0428 601 957
Email: attendance@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au 

Lost property

Unnamed lost property items are held at the Front Office. Please clearly label all items of clothing and personal effects.

Lost property from each term will be displayed outside Student Services during the last week of term. Please ask your daughter to check the table for any items she may have misplaced.

Car park and traffic management

The start of a new term provides an ideal opportunity to remind members of the School community about the importance of complying with the guidelines the School has developed for our car park. We want to ensure the safety of all members of our community.

The most important points to remember are:

  • keep the car park entrance and exit zones clear
  • use the set down and pick up zones appropriately during peak times
  • obey speed limits when driving through the car park
  • to allow traffic flow, the car park entrance and exit zones must be kept clear at all times. Please do not queue across these areas.

In peak times, do not park in the set down and pick up zones for extended periods. When cars overstay in this area, the car park quickly becomes gridlocked, also bringing traffic on Stonyfell Road to a standstill.

Drivers must observe the 10 kilometre per hour speed limit at all times in the car park, whether entering, exiting or travelling through it. Speed limit signs are clearly displayed in prominent locations and, in order to ensure the speed limit is observed, speed humps were installed two years ago.

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Tutor Program sign ups now open

This year St Peter’s Girls’ School is offering a new Tutor Program for Years 7-12 students.

The initiative aims to support our students as they navigate the complexities of their Middle and Senior School studies.

Our team of tutors are all recent Old Scholars, who know the demands of being a student.  These Old Scholars are some of our best and brightest minds, who excelled in their studies and have gone on to great academic success in their life after school.

Our tutors have been carefully selected to cover key subject areas such as Maths, Science, English and Humanities and will be employed directly by the School. The Tutoring sessions will occur before and after school.

The Tutors will have access to course outlines and assessment requirements and be able to provide clear feedback and reinforce understanding of subjects for students. They will also be communicating directly with subject teachers if required.

Sessions will commence on Tuesday afternoon in Week 3, and students can now sign up to the sessions they wish to attend.

Sessions will be held from 7.30-8.30am on Wednesdays and Fridays, as well as 3.40-4.40pm  from Mondays to Thursdays.

Tutor details and sign up sheets are available on the noticeboard near the Resource Centre.

For further information about how your daughter can benefit from this initiative, please contact me on 8334 2238 or email kskinner@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au

Kerry Skinner
Deputy Principal and Head of Senior School

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Drinks on the Lawn tonight

The St Peter’s Girls Parents’ and Friends’ Association is hoping you will attend the traditional Drinks on the Lawns from 6.30pm tonight, Friday 12 February. This annual event is a great way for new parents to meet and socialise with existing parents in an informal atmosphere.

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Last chance to advertise in the Buzz Book

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Advertising bookings for this year’s Buzz Book have been extended to Friday 19 February.

But you must be quick! This is your last chance to be included in the Buzz for 2016.

The Buzz Book is an integral part of each St Peter’s Girls’ School family home. It’s the go-to resource for all our families – filled with helpful information and family contact details.

This is an annual fundraising initiative of the Parents’ and Friends’ Association where all funds raised go towards resources for the girls. The fundraising efforts of the P&F have been integral in such initiatives as the purchase of a NAO Humanoid Robot worth over $20,000. The P&F’s contributions to the School are all the more possible thanks to the support and generosity of local businesses and school families who contribute to the Buzz Book each year.

Advertising starts from just $120.

Last-minute spots are still available. Bookings and artwork must be submitted by Friday 19 February. Visit www.trybooking.com/JGEN today!

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Twilight Cinema

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The annual Twilight Cinema Carnival will take place on Saturday 20 February from 5pm. We will be screening the movie, Oddball, and there will be plenty going on to keep everyone happy – including some sporting challenges, a waterslide, bouncy castle, live music and much more. There will be a licensed bar and a range of food options from pizza and paella to ice cream and popcorn. Tickets are available in advance through Trybooking or at the gate on the day. Parking will be available on the school oval.

Tickets $40 per family or $15 per adult and $10 per child/student

Tickets are available from www.trybooking.com/GVFE.

Can you lend a hand for an hour?

As always, we would love to have a few parents to help set up and pack down this event. Helpers are required throughout the day and event on Saturday, as well as Sunday morning. You only need to assist for a an hour or two. If you are interested in lending a hand, please complete the registration form and return to the Development Office.

Ed Parker
P&F President

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Gift boxes are back

Last call for Mothers’ Club Twilight Cinema gift boxes to be returned!

By now, you should have received a box, ready to be filled with a special gift and wrapped in the cellophane provided. You can decide what to put in the box – we recommend something you would want to receive yourself.

Popular items are stationery (especially Smiggle), lollies, accessories, nibbles and chocolates. Price points can be anywhere from $5 to $20. Remember, no homemade food products can be included.

Alternatively, send in a cash donation with the empty box for re-use, and return to class by Wednesday 17 February 2016.

Thank you so much for your support last year – we raised $3000! This money goes straight back into projects at the School to benefit our girls. It really makes a difference!

Emma Robinson
Mothers’ Club President

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Music Camp

For any students in Years 5 – 12 involved in a school musical ensemble, our annual Music Camp will be held in Week 3 this term, from Wednesday 17 to Saturday 20 February.

Music Camp is a wonderful opportunity to make friends with girls from across year levels in a relaxed environment, receive fantastic tuition from our instrumental tutors and enjoy playing fun music in large ensembles. Different ensembles will depart for Ardrossan on different days.

The camp will culminate in a special concert at the Ardrossan Town Hall to help fundraise for their local hospital. We encourage parents and family members to join us in Ardrossan for the concert. Tickets are available for $10 at the door. The concert should finish at 5.30pm. The town hall is located on the corner of First and Fourth Street.

If you have any questions regarding Music Camp or the ensembles offered at School, please contact Jeanne Phillips or me in the Arts Office.

A draft rehearsal schedule for our different music groups is also now available:

> Download the ensemble rehearsal schedule

Sally Rounsevell
Director of Music

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Support Abseil for Anglicare SA

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Former Chairman of the Board and past parent, Bruce Linn, has been appointed Chairman of the Anglicare SA Board. With a little trepidation, he has also signed up for what may be his most exciting challenge yet: Abseil for Anglicare SA. Anglicare SA serves 55,000 South Australians in need every year.

Bruce will step off the top of the Intercontinental Hotel in Adelaide, with the aim of showing leadership in fundraising for Anglicare’s important mission.

If you would like to show your support for Bruce, please sponsor him here: https://abseilforanglicaresa2016.everydayhero.com/au/bruce

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Focus Photography package deal

Focus-PhotosFocus School Photography is offering St Peter’s Girls families a chance to purchase unlimited event photos throughout the year for one low price.

Select as many images of your child or family as you like, from many events that will be photographed this year. Focus will attend events such as Swimming Carnival, Choral Night, House Dinners, Sports Day, Celebration Day, Carols in the Cathedral and our end of year graduations. (Please note that this package deal excludes the Years 11-12 Formal, Valedictory Dinner and Year 5 production, which will be sold separately.)

All at the special price of $95. To order your photographs, visit the Focus website and login with the password SaintsGirls

For further details, please contact Focus School Portraits on 8389 9002 or orders@focussp.com.au.

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Don’t forget that Wednesday is School Banking day and students should bring in their weekly deposit.

For every deposit made at school, no matter how big or small, students will receive a cool Dollarmites token. Once students have individually collected 10 tokens they can redeem them for an exclusive School Banking reward item in recognition of their continued savings behaviour.

Thank you for supporting the School Banking program at St Peter’s Girls’ School.

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Friends of Rowing partnerships

Throughout the season, Friends of Rowing have continued to focus on increasing revenue, with the single aim of supporting the Saints Rowing program. So far this season we have injected almost $20,000 into the program through our sponsorship offering.

FOR_MizoneRecent discussions with potential sponsors have allowed us to incorporate some new supporters into Saints Rowing. We are very pleased to
announce that Chobani Yoghurt and Mizone Sports Water have come on board to supply us with healthy products for sale at our upcoming regattas and events.
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These supporters are in addition to our season partner, Southern Cross Cleaning, and our boat sponsors, Brown Falconer and Rightway Automotive. Partners, sponsors and supporters of the Saints Rowing program receive differing levels of recognition as part of the value proposition we provide for their brands.

We thank our new supporters, along with our ongoing season partner and sponsors, for their commitment to Saints Rowing and look forward to growing these relationships into the future. To have your brand involved in Saints Rowing please contact Barney Habel on 0419 690 259.

Andrew Hannon
Friends of Rowing President

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Join the Girl Guides

Local guide units have vacancies for girls.

Knightsbridge Dolphin Guides have vacancies for girls aged 5-7. The group meets on Mondays from 5.45-6.45pm at Knightsbridge Guide Hall, corner of Rochester Street and Glynburn Road, Leabrook.

There are a number of benefits to being part of the Guides.  These include:

  • Making new friends
  • Camping
  • Have fun and adventures outdoors
  • Making ‘crafty’ things
  • Trying new activities – abseiling, caving, surfing and more!

For more information, contact Ruth on 0405 742 944 or email dolphinguides@hotmail.com.

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Come and Try sessions at Payneham Swimming Club

Finishing swim centre lessons? Love to swim? Join Payneham Swimming Club for an easy transition into club swimming. New members are welcome for the summer season, commencing mid-October 2015 to April 2016.

Swim for fun, fitness and competition in a family friendly environment.

For more information, phone 0427 525 148 or visit www.payneham.swimming.org.au.

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Swimming Carnival: Years 4–12

On Friday 26 February, St Peter’s Girls’ School will be holding the annual Swimming Carnival for Years 4-12 at the Adelaide Aquatic Centre, North Adelaide. Students are expected to be at the Aquatic Centre no later than 8.30am, with presentations concluding by 4pm. The day is to be treated like a normal school day; therefore, attendance is compulsory for the whole day.

Girls who travel to school on school buses will automatically be taken to the Adelaide Aquatic Centre in the morning and will be taken home in the afternoon. As the girls will be dismissed directly from the venue, all other students will need to be dropped off at the Adelaide Aquatic Centre in the morning and picked up in the afternoon.

There will be no specific lunch break but girls can eat during breaks between their races. Students have the option of bringing money for the pool canteen for their recess and lunch on the day; otherwise they will need to bring their own food. Water bottles should be brought for the day.

Students are reminded to wear their complete PE uniform with bathers underneath as well as their House swimming cap that can be purchased from the School Shop. Extra House-coloured ribbons are encouraged, but coloured zinc and body paint is not permitted in the pool. House tattoos will be sold on the day of the carnival. We ask that the tattoos are not visible outside the girls’ school uniforms when returning to school (tea tree oil works well to remove them).

We encourage all girls to compete in a number of events, with their preferences being discussed in PE lessons and House meetings. A program for the day will soon be given to the girls and placed in the School Enews, outlining all event times and records. We will be using both 25m pools in the morning session and only the deep-end pool in the afternoon session. We look forward to lots of parent support on this exciting day in the calendar.

School teams for SAPSASA (Years 4 to 7), SSSSA (Years 8 to 12) and IGSSA (Year 7s to 12) will be selected from the Swimming Carnival results.

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Sports News

Sport commenced in Week 1 with most teams training and having trials to establish early teams ahead of Round 1. With many new faces to the School it is fantastic that the number of teams continues to be very healthy.

We envisage having the Term 1 Sports draws available next week and all students should receive a copy from the coordinator or coach. These draws will also placed on the sports notice boards for Junior, Middle and Senior students and will be uploaded onto the School website. It is very important that students check the boards, and especially the teams and venues as these can change.

Parents should receive an email each Friday for Middle and Senior sport teams on the Saturday, so if you know in advance that your daughter is unavailable could you please phone or email the PE office to let us know, in case teams need changing. – Neil Fuller (Director of Sports)

Contact Numbers:

Basketball
Open – Mr Peter Krantis – 0414 609 795
Middle – Ms Vanessa Brooks – 0437 840 419

Tennis
Open, Middle and Junior
Mr Neil Fuller – 0433 518 461
Mrs Chris Flynn – 0409 696 856

Softball
Open, Middle and Junior
Mr Neil Fuller – 0433 518 461

Volleyball
Open and Middle
Mr Dan Searle – 0402 460 052

Athletics

 Congratulations to Jemimah Simpson (10 KIL) who recently competed in Canberra, narrowly missing a Paralympic B qualifying standard by just 1 second in the 400m. Jemimah ran 64.07 and needs to run 63.10.

Jemimah also set a personal best in the 200m, and has another chance to qualify at the SA State Championships, as well as having a number of other opportunities to try and achieve the standard and book a place for Rio later in the year.

Water polo

Congratulations to Fiona Lethbridge (Year 8) who has been selected to represent South Australia as part of the 14&U Girls Adelaide Jets Water Polo team at the National Championships in Albury/Wodonga in March.

Rowing – Saturday 6 February

 The 9/10 B crew had their first races of the year. We kicked off the year with a great start, coming 3rd in both races, although we were very close to 2nd in each.

Our first race was early in the day and in great conditions, and we were coming second in the first 200m. We were neck and neck for about 200m before Scotch edged ahead. As we entered the middle of the race Walford was inching their way up and the crews pushed against each other through to the last 400m, where Walford started overtaking us just before the sprint. We all held our places through the final sprint to finish third. Our next race was much the same; we started out second, but dropped back to third after pushing against Walford through the middle. Despite finishing third, again, we felt we had improved as a crew after working hard through the holidays and on rowing camp. Good effort, girls!

Grace Edwards (cox)

On Saturday my crew of Kate Reade, Emma Carrodus, Hannah Freeman and Scarlett Hocking raced really well. We had two races, with one in the Year 7/8 division in which we came 1st and then a more challenging race in the Year 8/9 where we managed 3rd. The girls raced really well but need to focus on their catches and not talking in the boat. Charlotte Creek (Cox)

This week the girls were given the opportunity to show off all their training during the holidays and demonstrate their skills at the first regatta of this year. With the lack of regattas the races did not go as well as we had hoped. In the first race the girls struggled to continuously row smoothly and lacked pressure, resulting in placing 5th. Although they did a great job rowing, without a consistent crew it is quite difficult. In the second race the girls were very determined to prove their abilities and pushed for third place. They improved immensely as they always do in the second race. It was a close one but with a consistent crew and some more training sessions I believe that we will keep improving. Shunem Josiah (Coax)

 On Saturday Imogen Parkinson (bow), Paris Robinson (two), Zara Stephani (three), Sophie Johnson (stroke) and Abbie Lisle (cox) rowed in 2 races. In the first race they started well but the race stopped because of a crash and had to start again. The race was good, with a second place. In the second race we started really well and were so close to finishing first; we finished second by 0.94 seconds. Overall, the girls did very well and I am really proud. Abbie Lisle (Cox)

Enews – Week 1, Term 1 2016

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From the Principal

JuliaShea_webWelcome to the start of the 2016 school year. It’s been a wonderful first week in what will be an incredibly busy term. Please take time to familiarise yourself with the key dates outlined later in the Enews.

Academic results

I’m delighted to report that 19.6% of our girls received an ATAR of 99 or above. That is, one in every five of our girls finished in the top 1% of the state. Special mention must be made of our overall Dux of the School, Anna Mullin, who achieved the highest possible ATAR of 99.95. Anna completed the IB Diploma Programme and received a total of five merit awards across her six subjects. In the SACE program, Theodora Galanis and Thenu Herath both received five merits and have been awarded Governor of South Australia Commendations. Statewide 2% of English Studies students were awarded an A+. In comparison, an incredible 39% of our girls achieved that level. In Biology the percentage of girls awarded an A+ was seven and a half times the state wide figure. In the Creative Arts, one third of our girls achieved an A+ in Ensemble Performance. These are just a couple of examples to indicate that our outstanding results were recorded across all faculties. In the IB Diploma Programme the average ATAR amongst the cohort was an astonishing 98.25.

Hence, extraordinary results were achieved in both our senior programs and, quite rightly, the girls should be congratulated. We look forward to welcoming many of them back to School for the Academic Excellence Assembly later this month. We are currently drawing together all the information on post-school destinations for the 2015 cohort and will have more detailed information to you in the week ahead.

Staff news

We are delighted to welcome the following people onto our teaching staff and I encourage you to take the opportunity to meet them at the upcoming information evenings.

  • Suzanne Haddy – Head of Junior School
  • Matthew Durant – Head of Mathematics
  • Carolyn Farr – IB Diploma Coordinator
  • Becca Burton-Howard – Enrichment, Differentiation and Gifted Education (EDGE) Coordinator
  • Nell Tierney – ELC Educator
  • Monique Green – Digital Technologies and Coding
  • Gabriele Trobbiani – Economics and Business
  • Amanda Gunawan – Japanese
  • Isabel Feng – Chinese

In addition, we welcome Nicole Letch to the role of School Counsellor. Nicole is with us on a full-time basis and her office is located in Chiverton.

Term dates for 2017

Term dates for 2017 are as follows:

Term 1: Monday 30 January – Thursday 13 April
Term 2: Monday 1 May – Friday 30 June
Term 3: Tuesday 25 July – Friday 29 September
Term 4: Monday 16 October – Monday 11 December

Holiday projects

sisters-garden2As is always the case, the holiday period was an exceptionally busy time at the School. The Sisters’ Garden in the centre of the School has been redeveloped. This space was rarely occupied by the girls. However, the addition of some tables and chairs and a much more open landscaping plan has seen it become the new favourite spot for our girls. I’d like to acknowledge Liam Blanden for his wonderful design and the Property Services Department under the leadership of Paul Ziesing for creating such a lovely space. This project was funded by the P&F and again I thank them for their ongoing support.
There has been some much needed refurbishment of the Drama and Music rooms. As a consequence, a new change room area has been developed near the Gymnasium. Our youngest Junior School students will benefit from some new furniture which allows them some flexibility in the design of their learning space. They have the opportunity to sit, stand, lie on the floor, and work collaboratively or individually. This is just the start. Our classroom spaces will continue to evolve to ensure our girls receive the best possible classroom experience.

sisters-garden1The new AARnet fibre optic connection has been installed in the School and is now live. This was the major component of a significant IT infrastructure upgrade which will ensure our girls ubiquitously utilise the most appropriate device for their learning.

Unfortunately, work on the Bell Yett car park did not commence over the holiday break. We anticipate that this work will commence very shortly and I’ll keep you posted on the progress in that area.

Finally, a reminder to please join me at the P&F Drinks on the Lawns next Friday evening from 6.30pm. This year is going to be an extremely busy one as we commence work on our new Master Plan and begin consultation around our new Strategic Plan. I look forward to updating you on both of those initiatives at this event, as well as introducing you to our key new members of staff.

Julia Shea
Principal

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Term 1 Calendar dates

In an effort to provide clearer information to parents about school events and activities, we will circulate a list of calendar events each term.

Our online calendar resource is available on our website and will provide the most up-to-date information available.

> Download the Term 1 calendar flyer

We hope this is a helpful resource for families.

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Meet Suzanne Haddy – the new Head of Junior School

What’s your background in education?

ms-haddyBorn and bred in Adelaide and with a strong desire to be a teacher from an early age, I began teaching in the late 1980s. Having taught for 25 years in independent schools, the last 18 of which were at St Peter’s College, first as teacher and subsequently as Head of Junior Years – Teaching and Learning, the opportunity to become Head of Junior School at St Peter’s Girls was a natural progression.

Why did you want to be the Head of Junior School at St Peter’s Girls?

St Peter’s Girls has a reputation throughout Adelaide as being an inclusive school which provides an excellent academic education, while embracing a strong sense of community. Numerous graduates and Old Scholars have impressed me with their sense of purpose, compassionate nature and ability to positively impact the world outside themselves. These qualities tend to be coupled with great fondness for their school and it’s for all of these reasons that I applied for the position. I feel incredibly privileged to be leading the Junior School and I look forward to working with the staff, girls and parents to lead it into its next phase of development and improvement.

What have you noticed during your first couple of weeks at the School?

First and foremost, I’ve noticed the dedication and professionalism of the staff. From all members of the School services staff to the teachers and leadership team, there is no doubt that everyone is passionate about their work and they are driven to provide the best outcomes for the girls. My first impression of the girls is that they are eager to learn, they are having a fabulous time re-acquainting with friends and they value and respect their school and their teachers.

What’s important to you as Head of Junior School?

As Head of Junior School it is my job to facilitate improvement in teaching and learning. I believe in setting the bar high and supporting staff and students to reach it. Academic education and well-being are equally important and ways to enhance well-being should be incorporated into all aspects of our programs. Literacy and Numeracy are foundations for all future learning and must be a priority for Junior students. Alongside these, we need to ensure that students develop the skills and dispositions required to be successful learners as well as responsible citizens. It is important that there is a culture of mutual respect and care for one another throughout the School, and that there is an understanding that education is a shared responsibility and is most successful when teachers, students and parents work respectfully together to meet common goals.

What do you do when you’re not at School?

When I’m not working, I enjoy getting into the fresh air, walking or bike-riding. Good food (both cooking and eating), good wine and good company are always pleasurable, and spending time with family and friends is a priority. I love to travel, music nourishes me, the creative arts inspire me, and I like to read when I get the time. I enjoy learning and truly believe that all of us should strive to be ‘life-long learners’. One of my more recent explorations into adult learning outside the field of education was studying French, in France, intensively for 8 weeks, having hardly read or spoken the language for well over 30 years. With no English allowed, each day was incredibly challenging and felt like an exhilarating, though somewhat exhausting, mental gymnastics workout! It was a wonderful reminder of what it is to be a student, the importance of developing students’ confidence in themselves, the value of encouraging risk-taking in learning, and acknowledging that real learning can and should feel a little uncomfortable.

What advice do you have for students starting at Saints Girls this week?

Starting at a new school can be very exciting but also a little nerve-wracking! There is an enormous amount to learn and it’s important to remember that you can’t learn it all in a day or two! There is an endless supply of willing and able staff and students who are more than happy to answer your questions or point you in the right direction. Everyone is very friendly and helpful. I encourage you to have an open mind, stay positive and understand that it gets a little bit easier each day.

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General reminders and housekeeping

The annual data update will soon be released to parents. This will involve each family checking that your contact details are up-to-date. Parents will also be able to update your daughter’s medical information.

Of course, if there are any updates we need to be aware of throughout the year, please contact the School directly on 8334 2200.

Absenteeism

Please notify the Front Office by 9.30am via either of the following methods if your daughter(s) will be absent due to illness, or arrive at School late. If your daughter will arrive after 8.30am (due to an appointment etc.) please advise an approximate time of arrival and ask that she reports to the Front Office upon arrival.

Phone: 8334 2200
Text: 0428 601 957
Email: attendance@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au 

Lost property

Unnamed lost property items are held at the Front Office. Please clearly label all items of clothing and personal effects.

Lost property from each term will be displayed outside Student Services during the last week of term. Please ask your daughter to check the table for any items she may have misplaced.

Car park and traffic management

The start of a new term provides an ideal opportunity to remind members of the School community about the importance of complying with the guidelines the School has developed for our car park. We want to ensure the safety of all members of our community.

The most important points to remember are:

  • keep the car park entrance and exit zones clear
  • use the set down and pick up zones appropriately during peak times
  • obey speed limits when driving through the car park
  • to allow traffic flow, the car park entrance and exit zones must be kept clear at all times. Please do not queue across these areas.

In peak times, do not park in the set down and pick up zones for extended periods. When cars overstay in this area, the car park quickly becomes gridlocked, also bringing traffic on Stonyfell Road to a standstill.

Drivers must observe the 10 kilometre per hour speed limit at all times in the car park, whether entering, exiting or travelling through it. Speed limit signs are clearly displayed in prominent locations and, in order to ensure the speed limit is observed, speed humps were installed two years ago.

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Tutor Program coming soon

This year St Peter’s Girls’ School is offering a new Tutor Program for Years 7-12 students.

The initiative aims to support our students as they navigate the complexities of their Middle and Senior School studies.

Our team of tutors are all recent Old Scholars, who know the demands of being a student.  These Old Scholars are some of our best and brightest minds, who excelled in their studies and have gone on to great academic success in their life after school.

Our tutors have been carefully selected to cover key subject areas such as Maths, Science, English and Humanities and will be employed directly by the School. The Tutoring sessions will occur before and after school.

The Tutors will have access to course outlines and assessment requirements and be able to provide clear feedback and reinforce understanding of subjects for students. They will also be communicating directly with subject teachers if required.

Sessions will commence in Week 3, and students will be able to sign up to the sessions they wish to attend from next week.

Students will be given more information next week about the program and the sign up process.

For further information about how your daughter can benefit from this initiative, please contact me on 8334 2238 or email kskinner@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au

Kerry Skinner
Deputy Principal and Head of Senior School

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Out of School Hours Care

St Peter’s Girls’ School provides an Out of School Hours Care program which includes Before School Care and After School Care for Primary school age students. The program enriches the children’s well-being and development as they engage in a range of planned play and leisure experiences.

The quality care and supervision is conducted by trained/accredited staff. The students have access to indoor and outdoor play experiences with the opportunity for quiet time, as well as a healthy variety of snacks, including fruit and vegetables.

Bookings must be made on a permanent basis per term, with casual bookings only considered if places are available and bookings are made at least 24 hours prior to the day the care is required. In addition, students who catch the bus on Tuesdays and Thursdays are welcome to attend the OSHC before they leave the School grounds.

Before attending OSHC, a Student Registration Form and Booking Form must be completed. Enquiries can be made via the Student Services Desk on 8334 2261.

> Download the registration form
> Download the Term 1 booking form
> OSHC Policy Procedure booklet

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Music Camp

For any students in Years 5 – 12 involved in a school musical ensemble, our annual Music Camp will be held in Week 3 this term, from Wednesday 17 to Saturday 20 February.

Music Camp is a wonderful opportunity to make friends with girls from across year levels in a relaxed environment, receive fantastic tuition from our instrumental tutors and enjoy playing fun music in large ensembles. Different ensembles will depart for Ardrossan on different days.

The camp will culminate in a special concert at the Ardrossan Town Hall to help fundraise for their local hospital. We encourage parents and family members to join us in Ardrossan for the concert. Tickets are available for $10 at the door. The concert should finish at 5.30pm. The town hall is located on the corner of First and Fourth Street.

If you have any questions regarding Music Camp or the ensembles offered at School, please contact Jeanne Phillips or me in the Arts Office.

A draft rehearsal schedule for our different music groups is also now available:

> Download the ensemble rehearsal schedule

Sally Rounsevell
Director of Music

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Support Abseil for Anglicare SA

abseil-for-AnglicareFormer Chairman of the Board and past parent, Bruce Linn, has been appointed Chairman of the Anglicare SA Board. With a little trepidation, he has also signed up for what may be his most exciting challenge yet: Abseil for Anglicare SA. Anglicare SA serves 55,000 South Australians in need every year.

Bruce will step off the top of the Intercontinental Hotel in Adelaide, with the aim of showing leadership in fundraising for Anglicare’s important mission.

If you would like to show your support for Bruce, please sponsor him here: https://abseilforanglicaresa2016.everydayhero.com/au/bruce

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Welcome to 2016 from the P&F

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Drinks on the Lawns

The St Peter’s Girls Parents’ and Friends’ Association would like to extend a warm invitation to all parents to welcome in the new school year at the traditional Drinks on the Lawns from 6.30pm on Friday 12 February. This annual event is a great way for new parents to meet and socialise with existing parents in an informal atmosphere.

Twilight Cinema

We would also like to draw attention to the annual Twilight Cinema Carnival, which takes place on Saturday 20 February from 5pm. We will be screening the movie, Oddball, and there will be plenty going on to keep everyone happy – including some sporting challenges, a waterslide, bouncy castle, live music and much more. There will be a licensed bar and a range of food options from pizza and paella to ice cream and popcorn. Tickets are available in advance through Trybooking or at the gate on the day. Parking will be available on the school oval.

Tickets $40 per family or $15 per adult and $10 per child/student

Tickets are available from www.trybooking.com/GVFE

As always, we would love to have a few parents to help set up and pack down this event. Helpers are required throughout the day and event on Saturday, as well as Sunday morning. You only need to assist for a couple of hours. If you are interested in lending a hand, please complete the registration form and return to the Development Office.

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Making a difference

As a result of its previous fundraising efforts, at the end of 2015 the P&F were proud to present a cheque for $50,000 to the School, which was used to purchase a NAO Humanoid Robot as well as pay for the redevelopment of the Sisters’ Memorial Garden. The garden is now a feature spot on the campus, which the girls have enjoyed this week – and this is proof that the fundraising efforts of the many community groups does have a real impact on the school environment. Many thanks to all of you who have supported the P&F over the past year.

Later this year the P&F will host its main fundraising event of the year, so please keep Saturday 20 August free for what promises to be a fun night!

Ed Parker
P&F President

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Focus Photography package deal

Focus-PhotosFocus School Photography is offering St Peter’s Girls families a chance to purchase unlimited event photos throughout the year for one low price.

Select as many images of your child or family as you like, from many events that will be photographed this year. Focus will attend events such as Swimming Carnival, Choral Night, House Dinners, Sports Day, Celebration Day, Carols in the Cathedral and our end of year graduations. (Please note that this package deal excludes the Years 11-12 Formal, Valedictory Dinner and Year 5 production, which will be sold separately.)

All at the special price of $95. To order your photographs, visit the Focus website and login with the password SaintsGirls

For further details, please contact Focus School Portraits on 8389 9002 or orders@focussp.com.au.

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Get involved in Junior School Banking

You can get involved in the School Banking program by opening a Commonwealth Bank Youthsaver account at any Commonwealth Bank branch, over the phone on 13 2221, or via NetBank if you are an existing customer with NetBank access.

bankingRemember to take in identification for you and your child (driver’s license and birth certificate). You will receive a Dollarmites wallet and deposit book that your child will use to participate in the program.

Our school receives $5 when a student makes their first ever School Banking deposit and 5% on every deposit made through the school (to a maximum of $10 per individual deposit).

Thank you for supporting our school and helping to teach your child the benefits of saving regularly.

Commonwealth Bank of Australia ABN 48 123 123 124. Call 13 2221 at any time. As this advice has been prepared without considering your objectives, financial situation or needs, you should, before acting on this advice, consider its appropriateness to your circumstances. Full terms and conditions for transaction and savings accounts are available from any branch of the Commonwealth Bank and should be considered in any decision about the product. If you have a complaint in respect of this product, the Commonwealth Bank’s dispute resolution process can be accessed on 13 2221.

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Wanted: swimming instructors

The school is looking for qualified swimming instructors to be part of the Junior Swimming program. If you are interested in being a part of this program and can teach on a Tuesday between 11.15am and 3.30pm or a Wednesday between 9am and 1pm, I would love to hear from you on 8334 2242 or dsearle@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au.

Daniel Searle
Head of PE, Health & Outdoor Education

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Sports News

With the start of the New Year, here is a reminder of the School’s hot weather policy pertaining to co-curricular sporting activities.

It will be a busy year, with many sporting opportunities for girls to be involved in. It will be important that they are attentive with communications as many team nominations have due by dates.

The School Swimming Carnival will be on Friday 26 February and more details will be sent out in Week 2.

Please also note the temperatures and the arrangements for hot and inclement weather:

Reception to Year 6 (training and matches)

  • If the forecast temperature on the Bureau of Meteorology website (http://www.bom.gov.au/sa/forecasts/adelaide.shtml) is 35 degrees or higher, checked anytime before 9am on the day of training or match, sport is automatically cancelled.
  • Morning sessions, Rowing and Water Polo are usually not affected.
  • In the event that matches are cancelled due to inclement weather or any unforeseen reason, such as the playing surface is deemed unsafe, the decision to cancel will be made by the Sports Coordinator at the host school no later than 2pm. (refer to cancellation procedures)

 Year 7 to Year 12 (training and matches)

  • Mid-week: (Training and Matches): If the forecast temperature on the Bureau of Meteorology website (http://www.bom.gov.au/sa/forecasts/adelaide.shtml) at 9am predicts the day’s maximum to be 36 degrees or higher, sport is automatically cancelled.
  • Weekends: If the forecast temperature for Saturday on the Bureau of Meteorology website is predicted to be 38 degrees or higher at 12pm on the Friday, ALL Saturday morning sport will be cancelled. (See below for Rowing).
  • Inclement Weather: Matches will only be cancelled due to rain or inclement weather if it is considered that the conditions determine that the playing surface is unsafe or player safety is compromised. (refer to cancellation procedures)
  • Morning trainings, Rowing and Water Polo are usually not affected and WILL NOT be cancelled.

Rowing – SA Regatta Cancellation/postponement

  • Where possible, regattas will not be cancelled due to hot weather forecast. However, regatta programs will be amended and high risk groups removed from the program particularly early in the season where acclimatisation to heat is minimal and rowing fitness is low.
  • On regatta days, climatic conditions will be continually monitored and all factors taken into consideration by the Regatta Referee who will decide on the continuation of regatta participation.
  • The logistics associated with regattas and movement of boats and rowers to various venues require that Rowing SA have procedures in place to assist all clubs/schools with their planning and organisation.

Sport Captains             

Congratulations to the following students who have been selected to captain their sport throughout the year. We look forward to these girls having a positive influence on all students they represent.

Sport Captain:  Anna Cross

Captains of Sport

  • Athletics: Anna Cross (Yr 12)
  • Badminton: Kritika Mishra (Yr 12), Alice Powell (Yr 12) (Co-Captains)
  • Basketball: Jo Dal Pra (Yr 12)
  • Cross country: Anna Cross (Yr 12)
  • Gymnastics: Molly Ellis (Yr 11), Alice Petchey (Yr 11) (Co-Captains)
  • Hockey: Tash Hammond (Yr 12),
  • Lacrosse: Portia Reppucci (Yr 11),
  • Netball: Jo Dal Pra (Yr 12), Madison Bateman (Yr 12) (Co-Captains)
  • Rowing: Jo Dal Pra (Yr 12)
  • VC Rowing: Lara Khoury (Yr 11),
  • Soccer: Krystina Dianos (Yr 12)
  • Softball: Georgia Naughton (Yr 12),
  • Swimming: Elise Schaedel (Yr 12), Krista Ceplite (Yr 12) (Co-Captains)
  • Tennis: Olivia Teh (Yr 12)
  • Volleyball: Mila Loechel (Yr 12), Georgia Howe (Yr 12) (Co-Captains)
  • Waterpolo: Carys Jones (Yr 11)

Saints Sport Group

The Saints Sport Group meet once a term and are looking for interested parents and friends of the school community to assist in fundraising activities that will go to assist the PE and sporting programs further their endeavours of excellence. The first meeting for the year is scheduled for Tuesday 10 February starting at 6.00pm in the meeting room of the Main Building. Any questions can be directed to Neil Fuller in the PE Department on 8334 2242.

Sports uniforms

With a start to 2016, we remind parents to clearly label all clothing items, as we often accumulate a large amount of unnamed items in lost property. Please note that for all interschool competitions students should only wear the designated playing attire and not the coloured house tops.

Triathlon

Expressions of interest are invited from students in Years 7 to 12 who would like to either compete as an individual or in a team in the State Secondary Schools Triathlon Championships being held at West Lakes on Wednesday 24 February. If you are interested please see Mr Fuller in the PE office.

Tennis

jakupecCongratulations to Yasmin and Tiana Glazbrook for their success in the recent AMT tournament in Gawler last week. The Year 10 girls, who represent Saints in the Open A, won the women’s doubles. Yasmin was also runner-up in the singles, with Tiana finishing fourth. It was a great effort against some quality opposition.

Younger sister Sienna Glazbrook and her doubles partner, Maiya Jakupec, won the 12 and under girls doubles at the same tournament. Both girls play tennis for Saints at the top of the junior team. Well done to all girls!

Maiya Jakupec also won the under 10s tournament at Littlehampton in December.

Mrs Chris Flynn (Tennis Coordinator)

Volleyball

On the 6 December the Saints Girls Open A volleyball team flew to Melbourne for the Australian Volleyball Schools Cup. Although they had an early wake-up, everyone was incredibly excited that the day that we had counted down to for hundreds of days had finally arrived. Once we arrived at our home for the next six days, St Hilda’s College, our excitement only grew, as everything became reality. That night we played our first match against Academy.

volleyball It was a very tight game but unfortunately we did not win. We were overwhelmed by the enormous stadiums and the large number of teams in the tournament. Although we struggled against some quality opponents, our spirits remained high, our team grew closer and we were playing volleyball at a standard that we had never played at before. It was excellent to secure a win against Kelvin Grove when we worked so cohesively as a team and kept our team spirits at a very high level, and in turn were rewarded. The tournament brought our team extremely close, taught us so much about volleyball and inspired us to work even harder when we get back to school. We would all like to say a huge thank you to Mr Searle and Mr Fuller for organising the tournament and for their ongoing encouragement. We would also like to thank Ms Brooks for coming along and motivating us through every up and down. And lastly the biggest thank you to our coach, Cambell, who believed in us the entire time and who has helped us to grow as players.

Georgia Howe and Mila Loechel