Monthly Archives: June 2017

Enews – Week 9, Term 2 2017

Issue no. 20

From the Principal

juliashea_web-200x300-200x300I was reminded last weekend just how multi-dimensional a Saints Girls’ education has become. On Friday afternoon I watched our Australian Rules football team take on Pulteney in their first ‘home’ game at Payneham Oval. Our girls didn’t take a backwards step. They were hard at the ball, laid some solid tackles and went on to record a hard-fought 23 point win. I jumped in the car and moved seamlessly from watching a tough physical sport to viewing amazing artworks at the official opening of Arts Alive. Our Junior School girls had spent the day proudly showing their parents and grandparents works of art based on a STEM theme. Then on Saturday night, I watched three of our girls compete in the final of the Rostrum Voice of Youth public speaking competition at Parliament House, with Holly Wallman-Craddock winning the Junior Division and Zaina Khan winning the Senior Division. It reinforced the point that there is no stereotyping at Saints Girls. Be they academic, sporty, artistic, musical or exhibiting eloquence – all pursuits are valued and all are recognised. We have an environment in which our girls can be themselves at their best. And that’s what makes Saints Girls such a special place.

Building Works

Our Middle School girls had their final lessons in the old classrooms today. At the start of next term they will move into the brand new facility. Whilst there’s still a lot of work to be done over the holiday break, it looks amazing. With flexible spaces, breakout areas, an abundance of natural light, transparency between rooms, views over Ferguson Park and direct access to the oval, our girls will be inspired to explore and engage. Whilst the internal works will be completed by day one of Term 3, the external works are running slightly behind schedule. Access to the new stairs and lift will not be available until late August. In the interim, girls will enter the building via the double door outside the Junior School Library and use the internal staircase in front of Student Services to move upstairs. There will be a number of opportunities for parents to view the new facility next term. We can’t wait to show you the colour, choice, flexibility and complexity that underpins the wonderful design.

Traffic Flow and Pick-up Procedures

Despite the extension of the Bell Yett Reserve car park, there is still significant traffic congestion at the conclusion of the school day. From the start of next term, the Mid-Year Reception class will finish at 3.15pm each day, 15 minutes prior to the rest of the School. The girls, accompanied by their teacher, will walk to the designated drop-off and pick-up zone. Parents will be able to drive through and collect their daughters. In order for this to work effectively it’s imperative that all drivers are aware of the following:

> Cars must not be parked in the drop-off and pick-up zone;

> Drivers must not exit their car when in the drop-off or pick-up zone. If your daughter is
not in the designated area when you arrive to collect her, you must find legal parking
before exiting your car and coming to look for her.

> Senior staff will be on duty. If you are asked to move on, please do so. It may be
necessary to circle the block and rejoin the pick-up line;

> Girls must always enter or exit from the passenger side of the vehicle;

> Our girls’ safety is paramount and hence the driver’s full attention is required. Please
refrain from talking on your mobile phone whilst using the drop-off or pick-up zone.

> Out of consideration for others in line, girls should ‘load up’ quickly, allowing the traffic to move smoothly through the zone.

I appreciate that pick-up time can be a source of frustration. However, if we all adhere to the guidelines above, it can be a positive experience!

Teaching Staff News

We wish Olivia Coulter all the best as she commences maternity leave. Heng Wang returns from her maternity leave next term so we bid farewell to Lin Nie and thank her for her contribution to Saints Girls. Similarly, Sarah English returns from maternity leave at the start of next semester. As mentioned previously, Vicky Charlton has decided to retire at the end of this term. We wish Vicky and her family well as she enters the next exciting phase of her life.

Finally I wish you all a safe and enjoyable holiday and look forward to welcoming the girls back on Tuesday 25 July.

Julia Shea

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Arts Alive 2017 went off with a BANG!

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Held last Friday, with over 500 visitors including grandparents, parents and special friends, this Junior School exhibition was electric!
W9 Arts Alive 1This year’s theme was STEAM: a celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics through the Arts. Each Junior School artist created an individual artwork that explored, connected or demonstrated an aspect of one or more of the STEM disciplines.

The artists encouraged the audience to view their artwork as a metaphor….

“Throughout the exhibition we encourage you to view Art as a ball of wool. Art (the wool) is the connector and the integrator.” – Maddy Lisle.

“It winds in and around, wraps and intertwines and has been the vehicle behind all our projects.” – Stella Rasheed.
W9 Arts Alive 2Exploring STEM in their art lessons each week promoted wonder, critique, inquiry, creativity and innovation. Art has a magical way of releasing students’ imagination and opening their minds to new perspectives, identifying alternatives and solving problems in an experimental way. When creativity is provoked, encounters with the world become newly-informed and exciting connections are made in their own unique way.

“In Art, we learn about making things stronger and higher and sticking things together.” – Amy (Year 2)

“Art comes into a lot of things like Technology and Maths, because it gives you different ways to problem-solve.” –  Amelia (Year 6)

From our youngest artists’ exploration of texture and colour through microscopic photography, to laser cut Australian animals, magical sound sculptures, stop animation movies, digital illustrations, engineered flying birds and 3D printed flora, the exhibition was a feast for the senses, as well as a representation of Art as meaningful platform for STEM learning.

Sarah Casson
Junior School Art Teacher

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Transition to St Peter’s Girls Reception: Hat Ceremony

Week 9 Hat Ceremony
Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away.”

– Dr Seuss

“As children make transitions to new settings (including school) educators from early childhood settings and schools commit to sharing information about each child’s knowledge and skills so learning can build on foundations of earlier learning. Educators work collaboratively with each child’s new educator and other professionals to ensure a successful transition. In partnership with families, early childhood educators ensure that children have an active role in preparing for transitions.” (The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia)

At St Peter’s Girls Early Learners’ Centre we are committed to ensuring that any child leaving our community has a smooth transition to their new environment. We feel this is an essential part of a child’s foundation to their education. We aim to work in partnership with the new educational setting where information is communicated to the educators to provide a seamless transition for both the child and their family.

Next term, a group of ELC girls will be joining the St Peter’s Girls Reception Learning Community in the Junior School. Many of the girls’ journeys at St Peter’s Girls first began when they attended playgroup as a young toddler or the two year old program in the Stonyfell Room. Over the past few weeks, the girls have been reminiscing about the special times that they have had throughout their time at the ELC and the special friendships that they have made along the way. The girls have engaged in transition visits where they have had the privilege of meeting their new School teacher, Meg Karvonen. The girls have returned to the ELC after their transition visits beaming with excitement and eagerness to share their experience with their teachers and peers. Transition visits are extremely important for the children to familiarise themselves with their new environment, teacher and peers. It is also a wonderful opportunity for the children to have time to discover School life and begin to recognise new expectations.

The ELC children are formally welcomed into the St Peter’s Girls’ School community at a School assembly and presented with a very special gift from a member of the School leadership team. When communicating with parents and families of children involved in this presentation in the past, they have placed high importance of the sense of community and belonging that this gives the children when entering a new environment. Children and families’ sense of belonging in a setting is strengthened by the transition practices that identify and place the child at the forefront.

On Monday 26 June, the ELC girls ‘moving up the path’, along with their peers and teachers, attended the School assembly, another component in their transition journey to School. Ms Suzanne Haddy, Head of Junior School, presented the girls with their special gift of a school bag and hat to celebrate their transition. We were thrilled to share this special moment with them and, as you can see by the photographs, the children were beaming with pride. We wish all girls a wonderful start to School next term and look forward to hearing more about their continued journey at St Peter’s Girls.

Kirsty Porplycia

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Saints Girls shine at public speaking competitions

Rostrum Voice of Youth State Final

W9-Voice-of-YouthSome of the finest young speakers in Australia descended upon Parliament House last weekend to compete in the State Final of the Rostrum Voice of Youth public speaking competition for secondary school students. Year 8 student Holly-Wallman Craddock competed in the junior section and Year 10 students Aditi Tamhankar and Zaina Khan were senior finalists. Whilst it was an extremely tight competition, we are thrilled to announce that Zaina and Holly were winners of their respective sections, which is an unprecedented accomplishment! The poignant, stirring and thought-provoking words took the spellbound audience on a rollercoaster of emotions. The National Final is being held in Brisbane on 29 July. Good luck girls!

Burnside Probus Club public speaking competition

W9-BrookeYear 11 student Brooke Oliver represented Saints Girls at the annual Burnside Probus Club public speaking competition on Tuesday 20 June, where she was an outstanding ambassador. Brooke impressed the adjudicators with her ability to articulate her ideas on the ‘Lottery of Life’, probing the topical nature vs nurture debate. She competed against a number of schools including Pembroke, Marryatville High School and Seymour College.
Catriona Davies
English Teacher

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Year 9s take home third place at the National da Vinci Decathlon


What an amazing four days! The girls and I flew out on Saturday morning, arriving after an uneventful trip to the site of the competition, Knox Grammar School. After a plane trip that consisted of revising for Science and Maths tests, a coach journey of story writing, the girls were hungry so we set off in search of food. A lovely Thai lunch gave us time to relax, chat and prepare for the competition ahead.

Throughout the trip we stayed in a boarding house that belonged to one of the local schools. It was a brief trek over hill and down dale from Knox Grammar School, but it did ensure that we got our daily exercise and maintained our fitness levels. At the boarding house, we discovered that yet another task lay ahead of us, thankfully this one was not being graded. Bed making is not a strength of the da Vinci Decathlon team to say the least, unless you consider the comedy factor!

The next day was amazingly busy with the students facing four papers before they’d even had morning tea! A further two followed before lunch and a final two after tea. There was barely a spare moment and all hands were needed on deck to solve the wide array of mind-bending problems that crossed the da Vinci Decathlon table during that day. By the end of day one, the girls had tackled Mathematics, Science, English, Creative Producers, Code Breaking, Ideation, Cartography and Engineering.

Quickly it became clear that no da Vinci Decathlon day would be complete without a hot chocolate and music, be that a ‘rager’ in one of the rooms or a rousing rendition of oceans around the piano! The girls went to bed every night exhausted but laughing.

Day three was an early start and a bus journey into Sydney where we toured around The Rocks, Goat Island and Hyde Park barracks. By the end of the day, the girls had answered over a hundred questions and walked an amazing 25,000 steps and were more than ready for free time. After a bit of shopping it was home time, dinner and yet another task, this time in Art and Poetry.

The girls stormed through a further quiz and on to our final night which consisted of more piano playing, hot chocolate, yoga and the odd student getting locked in their bedroom. But no trip would be complete without the pleasant high pitch of a faulty fire alarm quietly ringing out all night.

Our final day started with a wake-up call of trucks and the warning sound of a reversing vehicle. The girls were ready and eager to hear the results of the competition but not before the final event which was the General Knowledge quiz. That dealt with, it was time for a final morning tea and a morale boosting ‘teacher speech’ from myself. So I covered all the bases, told them all how proud I was of their effort and how I didn’t mind if we won or lost, it was the taking part that mattered!

Well, little did I know how incredibly proud of them I was going to be. Sitting waiting for the results, I practiced all the positive things I could to say to the girls, how I would clap, the look on my face and the careful positive tone I would use. As they started calling out the different categories all my practices to soften the blow became redundant, as we slowly amassed a staggering five certificate places. These included a first in Engineering, a second in Ideation and Code Breaking and two thirds in Art and Poetry, and Science. This incredible result meant an overall placement of third in the Year 9 competition, a first we think for any school in SA to be placed at the national event, and a first for St Peter’s Girls.

Our journey home was jubilant with medals worn through the airport and even onto the plane. There was much delight taken in explaining to the flight attendants the competition and the awards achieved.

These girls dedicated hours of research, practice and revision before school, at lunch, weekends and even in the holidays. It paid off; every code they had to learn, every poem they wrote, every map reference and calculation they solved led to this moment. Well done girls!

They didn’t get there on their own so a big shout out to all those teachers who helped coach them in specialist areas and the parents who brought them to early practices, weekend and holiday sessions.

Congratulations team and, watch out, because St Peter’s Girls is on the da Vinci Decathlon map to stay.

Becca Burton-Howard
Gifted and Talented Teacher

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In the Arts Centre with Year 8CDA


In Year 8, Dance is studied for one term per class as part of the Arts rotation. The students learn technique in the style of Jazz, research the history of the genre and apply their new skills to developing a class routine.

In addition, the students are given many opportunities to explore their own movement style through composition tasks. They use the elements of Dance (space, time, relationship and dynamics) to create original movement sequences.

As part of their assessment this term, the students worked in small groups to create appropriate vocal choreography in the style of Motown. It was exciting to see the girls engage with music from this era such as the Supremes, Jackson 5 and Marvin Gaye, and further develop their knowledge about vocal choreography in the 1960s and how this has evolved today.

Dance provides a very collaborative, unthreatening, experimental environment for the girls where they are encouraged to challenge their creativity and try new things.

Kate Burnett
Dance Teacher

“My favourite aspect of Dance is it is relaxed and is really fun. The subject allows me to be active and work with other students in my class.” – Kellie Bested

“I like Dance because it is completely different to any other subject and really fun for me. My favourite aspect is the musicality and feel of each style of Dance. The subject allows me to express my feelings with no judgement.” – Stephanie Smalls

“I like Dance because I can express myself and relax in between other stressful lessons during the day. My favourite style is contemporary and hip-hop. The subject enables me to learn Dance in a more detail way other than just dancing, like learning the right techniques for each style and going into depth about the history and background of that style.” – Candy Feng

“I like Dance because it allows me to express my emotions through different styles of movement and dance to what my heart is feeling. It allows people to have fun and try new things.” – Charlotte Stewart

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Reception Recital

Over the past nine weeks of Term 2, Year 11 students Amira Shahin and Sindhu Nedumaran have been rehearsing with the two Reception classes to create a Reception Recital:

At the beginning of the term we assigned ourselves nine weeks, in which we would spend a lunchtime with each class. By the end of the term, including the extra rehearsals that took place on the stage, it amounted to 25 rehearsals with both of the Reception classes.

Although we were very excited to spend time with the Receptions, we were also quite nervous as we had never worked with so many young children before. Therefore, we wanted to make this experience something the girls would thoroughly enjoy and remember. So, after listening to many songs, we decided to sing ‘Let it go’ (Frozen) and dance to ‘You’re never fully dressed without a smile’ (Annie) for one class, and for the other class we decided to sing ‘Tomorrow’ (Annie) and dance to ‘How far I’ll go’ (Moana).

W9 Reception Recital 2To begin with, we taught both the classes their songs which they were going to sing. However, this proved to a bit more difficult than we originally thought, as we overlooked the fact that these girls were only starting to read and therefore could not read the lyrics. Nevertheless, they managed to learn the lyrics with great enthusiasm and we were soon able to move on to the dances.

We each choreographed and taught a dance to the respective class. This was definitely a new skill which we developed, as neither of us had any previous experience in choreographing or teaching children! We gained valuable skills and had a lot of fun throughout the process, and after rehearsing a few times on the stage, the performance drew near.

On 28 June, both classes took to the stage in the Arts Centre to perform their song and dance in front of their families and teachers. The girls performed to the best of their abilities with eagerness and huge smiles across their faces. We could not be prouder of the Reception girls and the effort they have put into the recital. We will definitely miss spending time with them and we are extremely grateful for the opportunity and for all the help and support from parents and teachers along the way.

Sindhu Nedumaran and Amira Shahin
Year 11 students

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Business and Enterprise excursion


The Year 12 Business and Enterprise class attended the Adelaide City Council Business and Enterprise Centre as part of their assignment investigating the requirements involved in setting up a cafe in the Adelaide CBD. They were addressed by a number of experts including Sergio Mattiazo, Adelaide City Council Business and Enterprise Centre Director, Rebecca Rutschack, Council Planning Officer, Michael Grey, Managing Director, DFK Gray Perry, Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors, Julia Schinella, DW Fox Tucker Lawyers and Leon Trento, Murray and Trento Associates, Director, Patent and Trademark Attorneys. The girls participated in a guided walk to the Peel St Business Hub and were addressed by James Findlay, Community Manager. En route they visited and interviewed a number of cafe owners to complete their business experience.

Gabriele Trobbiani
Business and Enterprise Teacher

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Year 1 classes explore food

W9 Year 1

Throughout Term 2, whilst discovering how the world works, the Year 1s explored a central idea that food can go through stages of production to meet people’s needs. After a visit to Platform 1 Farm and the Little Sprouts program at the Botanic Gardens, as provocations to stimulate their interest, the girls learnt about growing their own food and investigated the difference between raw and processed food. This led to them gaining an understanding of the systems involved in producing and processing food. It proved to be an engaging topic, complementing a unit of inquiry we undertook earlier in the year, by further enriching the students’ knowledge about the role invertebrates play in food production. Each student demonstrated her new learning by creating a flow chart to describe how one food goes through a journey from ‘paddock to plate’.

Through experiential learning such as growing cress and a snow pea plant and cooking a variety of food, to viewing and hearing about where different food comes from, combined with immersion in factual text, the students were able to build enriched knowledge and understanding about this topic. A time-lapse video of fruit and vegetables disintegrating proved to be intriguing to many of the girls and was viewed more than once! It led to conversations about the importance of recycling vegetable scraps and composting in home gardens. We used newly acquired skills in using PicCollage to photograph the contents of each lunch box on two separate occasions then analysed how much raw food was there compared to processed food. This led to a discussion on the importance of eating a healthy diet and a suggested plan of action for each student to assume greater responsibility for packing her lunch box each day. Throughout this Unit of Inquiry the students displayed the PYP attributes of successful learners: being an inquirer, a good communicator, thinking and reflecting and when tasting a range of foods, like vegetables (for some) being open minded and risk-takers!

Alana Lesiw and Liz Sandercock
Year 1 Teachers

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Maths at the Adelaide Central Market

W9 Year 5
On 27 June, Year 5 ventured out on a gourmet Maths excursion. This was an integral summative activity which culminated in an inquiry into money, discounts and budgets. Girls worked in small collaborative teams with parent helpers to design a budget for two days for a family of four, using products found at the Adelaide Central Market. The girls were asked to try keep “costs” under $100, whilst still finding foods that were nutritious and high quality. The task involved much mathematical discussion and calculation of amounts. Girls presented their final data and budget as a powerpoint, using photos taken on their iPads.

No visit to the market would be complete without actually eating something there; those smells and colours are so good! Girls ventured into the Food Hall and sampled various foods from Asia. This involved them budgeting their own $10 to ensure they had value for money. Amazingly, most found enough money left over to purchase a few lollies!

Shelley Hampton and Shane Davidson
Year 5 Teachers

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Year 4 classes study decision-making systems

W9 Year 4
During the last four weeks of this term, the Year 4 students have been focussing on the central idea that, ‘Societies have different systems for making decisions that influence the lives of citizens.’

We started this Unit of Inquiry by hearing from our Principal Julia Shea and also Head Prefect Uthpala De Silva about some of the decision-making processes that they are involved in. Following that, we investigated some other decision-making systems such as absolute monarchy, consensus and representative democracy.

On Monday 26 June, we visited Burnside Town Hall to learn more about how Local Government is run. In the Council Chambers, Mayor David Parkin answered many of our questions and showed us his office called the Mayor’s Parlour. In the Library, we watched an information video about the services that Burnside Council offers.

Some interesting facts we learned were:
“Burnside Council has a home assistance program to help elderly people with cleaning their houses.” – Charlotte Udall
“If there were 6 ‘yes’ and 6 ‘no’ votes in a Council meeting then the Mayor gets to decide.” – Mabel Cook
“The first Chairman of Burnside was Dr Penfold in 1856.” – Elysia Scarr
“At local council meetings there are 12 councillors who debate and sort out issues.” – Coco Dimond

We really liked:
“The Mayor’s Parlour because it was interesting seeing photos of all of the Mayors.”
“When I got to wear the Mayor’s ribbon with all the badges on it .” – Sophie Bafile
“Being able to know how decisions can be made.” – Grace Stewart
“How they have seats in the Council Chamber so that other people can listen to the meetings.” – Nicole Wang
“Meeting the Mayor in the Council Chambers because it was cool to be in a meeting area where they discussed ideas.” – Charlize Lim

“The Burnside Council do a lot more than you think. They do planning, rubbish removal, cleaning roads, and picking up dead animals from the roads!”
– Alannah Godfrey

“I really like how we all got to sit in the councillor’s chairs and that Caroline and Mayor Parkin spoke in a confident voice and explained things clearly.”
– Arabella

Rebecca Riley Dillon and Louisa Mitchell
Year 4 Teachers

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2018 HASSE Space School International Study Program

W9 HASSE Space School
I am pleased to announce that St Peter’s Girls will be involved in the 2018 HASSE Space School International Study Program. Through our partnership with the Alliance of Girls Schools of Australasia (AGSA), our students have the unique opportunity to join other girls from participating Alliance schools on this once in a lifetime, Science and Technology-based experience at NASA in the USA.

The program is tailored to expose the girls to women who are leaders in Science and Technology. It will give them access to NASA facilities and training programs, while learning foundation personal and leadership skills to apply through their school years and beyond.

More details will be emailed to you at the beginning of Term 3. In the interim, please find more information at

Please keep 15 August free as there is a one-hour information session about this international study program to be held at Seymour College’s Centre of Performing Arts.

Brian Parsons
Acting Director of Teaching and Learning

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Meet the Writers Festival

W9 Meet the Writers
Each year the South Australian English Teachers’ Association hosts a Meet the Writers Festival for students from South Australia in Years 7 to 12. This year’s festival was held on Thursday 22 June at the Adelaide Convention Centre, where YA authors conducted a series of workshops enabling students to attain valuable guidance on writing. Authors attending this year included Isobelle Carmody, Andy Griffiths, Rosanne Hawke, Stephanie McCarthy and Phil Cummings.

Feedback from the girls was glowing!

“A group of avid readers and their teacher Mrs Davies headed to the Convention Centre to ‘meet the writers’. We listened to fascinating author Isobelle Carmody speak about her childhood experiences that led her to writing stories. We all then headed to our first small-group author session with many of us choosing Andy Griffiths, a famous Aussie author whose hilarious books are a favourite among many. We were able to purchase books and get them signed – an exciting experience! We also heard Andy Griffiths speak to everyone with his funny, interesting speech that involved decapitation of childhood toys to foster our imaginations! We then headed back to school after a thoroughly enjoyable and exciting afternoon.” – Elise Cornfield

“The excursion was definitely worthwhile, I enjoyed every minute of it. There were authors I met that I had never heard of before, which was an absolute privilege. I loved how there were a variety of different authors with their own unique writing skills. I learnt useful tips on how to be a great writer. I would definitely recommend this opportunity for anyone who can do it as it is a great experience.” – Portia Maerschel

“At the festival we didn’t just meet the writers, we became the writers! As we listened to incredibly informative (not to mention hilarious!) speeches from writers like Andy Griffins and Isobelle Carmody, we grew as writers. It was an afternoon full of learning and laughter, and left us yearning to go home and read (or write) a good book!” – Holly Wallman-Craddock

“All types of authors from a range of differing genres were at the festival – from fantasy to graphic-novel. The diversity made it a thoroughly enjoyable and mind-opening experience, which definitely left us inspired to write and read more.” – Hattie Maerschel

Catriona Davies
English Teacher

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Years 5/6 Netball Interhouse

W9 Netball
On Wednesday 28 June, the Year 5/6 netballers concluded their season with their first Netball Interhouse.

In Round 1 Selwyn took on Kennion and defeated them 6 goals to 3. Kilburn and Patteson played in a high scoring affair, with Kilburn coming away with the points winning 11 goals to 9. Round 2 saw Patteson and Kennion fight it out with only one goal separating them at the end of the match, Patteson winning 6 goals to 5. Selwyn had a harder time against Kilburn and although the play through the court was excellent, they couldn’t finish off with goals and Kilburn made it two wins from two matches defeating Selwyn 5 goals to 0.

Going into Round 3, Kilburn needed to win or draw to take home the trophy, and Patteson needed a win and for Kilburn to lose and they would be the winners.

Patteson took on Selwyn and, in another closely-fought match, managed to come out triumphant 5 goals to 4. Now it was up to Kilburn and Kennion to decide the winners! Kennion hadn’t had a win yet and came out very determined to rectify this. They moved the ball well and their goalies finished off nicely. At half-time they were up 3 goals to 1. The cheering was deafening in the second-half; with the Interhouse trophy on the line, all the girls got behind either Kilburn or Kennion! Kilburn dug deep and managed to peg back the deficit and the game ended in a draw which was all Kilburn needed to take out the win!

Congratulations to all the girls who took part in the Interhouse and all the matches throughout the season. Games were played in the right spirit and you all showcased your skills to the best of your ability. A huge thank you to Anna White, Ailani Cox, Sarah Wishart and Olivia Kelly who umpired the matches on Wednesday and to Ava Loechel who also umpired for the teams throughout the season.

Finally, to the wonderful, talented and dedicated coaches and student coaches who gave up their time to train these girls – thank you! The skills on display this week are a testament to the work you have done with the teams this term. The girls were lucky to have you.

Year 6 Blue – Karen Braund and student coach, Sarah Matheson
Year 6 Silver – Sue Jones and student coaches Tahlia Towers, Brooke Elliott and Sivi Sivasuthan
Year 6 White – Amy Wishart, Sophia West and student coaches Ammi Yagnik, Georgie Bafile and Molly Lucas
Year 5 – Ally Reade, Charlotte Parker and student coaches Ruby Bouhamdan and Olivia Kelly

Alice Johnswood
Director of Netball

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Spotlight on 9B netball

W9 9B netball
Following on from our article on 7B Netball, we visited the 9B girls on the same weekend, and asked them to provide a few words about how they are enjoying Netball and why they love the sport:

“I have been playing Netball for seven years now. I play shooter/defender of the Year 9B team but my favourite position is GS. This year our B team has drastically changed with only four girls from the Bs last year. We have welcomed Emma, Stella, Ellen and Paris from the Cs, Sophie who is new to the School and Lucy, who is new to the sport! Nevertheless, we smashed Concordia College in round one. Sadly, in the second round we went down; the game clearly highlighted the fact we are a newly-formed team as we struggled to work together. But, our team has great potential, especially with our talented coach, Denni. I am really looking forward to spending the rest of the season improving with each other.” – Charlotte Sellars

“I have been playing Netball for six years, starting at my old school. This year I am in the Year 9B team along with Ellen Zhang, Charlotte Sellars, Lucy White, Sophie Stewart, Paris Greene, Stella Clark, Emma Matheson and Lucy Young. There has been great change since last season with new coaches and new team mates. Denni, our new coach has taught us many new skills and has helped us improve our technique. I am very excited to continue this journey with my team this year and hoping we can develop a great relationship.” – Clair Kao

“I have been playing Netball for seven years now and I originally played goal keeper and goal defence. I now play goal shooter and goal attack. Netball is one of my favourite sports and I love how team-oriented it is. My team is making great improvement and they are all really funny and amazing girls.” – Emma Matheson

“I’ve been playing Netball at Saints for two seasons and it is a sport I thoroughly enjoy playing! The coaches and all involved are so nice and supportive of our efforts on the court, regardless of the score or outcome. I love playing with my team because we all rely on each other and build great friendships and teamwork skills.” – Lucy White

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Receptions explore music

W9 Reception Xylophone
This term in Reception Music, the girls have been developing their ensemble skills by playing songs on the xylophone. Through playing as a group, they have investigated the relationship between high and low pitch, increased their hand-eye coordination, improved their aural acuity and developed their skills in playing on the beat. There was also a strong focus on connecting their music playing with their literacy skills by linking their knowledge of letter names to the notes on the xylophone both visually and aurally. The Receptions hope to share some of their songs with the Junior School at an assembly next term.

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Winter Interhouse Meal Deal

Winter Interhouse Meal Deal
The Winter Interhouse will be held on Saturday 12 August, and to feed the hungry players and supporters, the Saints Sport Support Group is providing breakfast!

Parents, give yourselves the morning off from making breakfast and let us do it for you.

Orders can be collected from the BBQ area, just follow the yummy smells from 8 – 10.30am.

This year we’re offering delicious sausages in bread, egg and bacon sandwiches, and a variety of beverages. Food options start at $2.

To purchase your Winter Interhouse Meal Deal please visit

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Kirby Shaw Concert and Workshops coming to Saints Girls

Kirby Shaw Banner
In Week 3 of Term 3 (12 and 13 August) Saints Girls will be hosting American arranger Kirby Shaw. He is recognised as one of the most prolific arrangers of Choral Jazz and pop music of our time and we are truly honoured to have him in Australia and lucky enough to host him here at Saints Girls.

Our Concert Choir, a 60-piece choir made up of Middle and Senior School students, has the opportunity to workshop with Kirby on Friday 11 August between 12.15 – 1.45pm and then be a part of the Kirby Shaw Concert on Sunday 13 August in the Arts Centre.

As part of this concert there will be a combined finale with all the other School and Community Choirs who are participating in this amazing event. Kirby has requested an Aussie BBQ for dinner so everyone is invited to stay between the rehearsal from 4.30 – 5.30pm and concert at 7pm for a BBQ dinner.

Tickets for the concert will go on sale soon through trybooking.

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The Long Lunch

W9 The Long Lunch

Join us on a Greek Odyssey at the St Peter’s Girls’ Foundation Long Lunch

Sunday 24 September 12 noon – 5pm
Held at a secret location on the St Peter’s Girls’ School grounds

Early Bird $100 (book before Tuesday 25 July)
Book at

Auction Items needed

The St Peter’s Girls’ Foundation is also seeking donations for our silent auction to be held at The Long Lunch. If you or a family member have any products or services you are able to donate, we are happy to promote your business. Every item counts and any donations will be greatly appreciated. Without the generosity of our community and our amazing volunteers, these events would not be possible. Thank you in advance for your kind and generous consideration.

Please contact Melissa Westgate 8334 2244 or if you have any queries and items can be dropped off to Melissa in the Community Relations Office.

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Focus School Portraits

Visit the Focus School Portraits to check out the photos taken of some of our groups including Prefects, Year 6 Leaders, Tech Leaders, SRC both Junior School and Senior School – 8’ x 10” (20cm x 25cm) prints can be purchased for $22.

The Generations photo is a beautiful reminder, and this is one of the largest groups of students we have had in this photo – we even had our ELC friends be a part of it.

To access photos:

> Visit
> Click on the Events Photography tab
> Click on St Peter’s Girls’ logo
> Click on Open Gallery
> Type in password (SaintsGirls)
> Ppen gallery and click on 2017 Extra Curricular Groups

Fiona McGregor
Community Relations Office

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Term 3 Important Music Dates

W9 Music Dates

Week 1

Alliance of Girls Schools    5.30 – 7.30pm Wednesday 26 July in the Arts Centre

Week 2

FAME – The Musical performances    3 – 5 August 7pm in the Arts Centre

Week 3

Kirby Shaw Workshop   12.15pm Friday 11 August in MB120
Kirby Shaw Workshops   Saturday 12 August in the Arts Centre
Kirby Shaw Concert   Sunday 13 August in the Arts Centre

Week 4

Year 12 Drama Production  Arts Centre
Percussion Performance   6 – 7pm Thursday 16 August in MB120
High Tea Fundraiser   2 – 5pm at The Grand Hotel

Week 5

ABODA Band Festival   23 – 25 August at Westminster School

Week 6

Thursday Club Concert and SACE Stage 2 Ensemble Performance Summative
7 – 9pm in the Arts Centre

Week 7

SACE Dance performance   Arts Centre
SACE Stage 2 Music Performance   6.30 – 9.30pm in MB120

Week 8

FOA meeting   7.30pm in the Arts Office

Week 9

Year 2/3/4 Music afternoon   2.30 – 3.30pm in the Arts Centre

Week 10

Year 5 Production   The Lion King in the Arts Centre

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Sunday Mail City-Bay training (parents are invited, too!)

Are you interested in regular training for the Sunday Mail City-Bay? The School will be offering training for students (Year 4 and up), staff and parents on Wednesday mornings and afternoons. The training will be an eight-week program for those looking at running the 3km, 6km or 12km events. The Sunday Mail City-Bay will be held on the Sunday at the end of Week 8.

Please contact Dan Searle if you are interested in attending the training. The Sunday Mail City-Bay is a fundraiser for our House Charities and this is a great opportunity to get yourself in great shape for the event!

While we are discussing parents and students training together for the Sunday Mail City-Bay, below is some information about an important initiative called AusPlay which talks about the correlation between parents’ engagement in sport and their children’s involvement as a result.

What does AusPlay tell us about parents and kids? It is well known that parents’ activities and behaviours strongly influence the way children develop. Recent AusPlay results confirm a high correlation between a parent’s engagement in sport and that of their child, indicating that active parents can be a positive influence on their children. 72 per cent of children who have at least one active parent* are physically active in organised sport or physical activity outside of school compared with just 53 per cent of children with at least one inactive parent*. Active is good, sporty is better. We know that kids with active parents are more likely to be active. Being an active parent is a good start—but being involved in organised sport is even better, and there are lots of ways that parents can be involved. Nearly 90 per cent of kids with at least one parent* who plays and volunteers in sport are active in organised sport or physical activity outside of school. Those who only play without being involved as a volunteer in sport are also much more likely to have active kids compared to those parents who are not involved at all.

Please click here for more information about AusPlay.

W9 AusPlay

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FAME – The Musical tickets on sale now!

FAME - The Musical BANNER - St Peter's Girls' School

Book early to secure great seats!

Do you want to live forever? Do you want to learn how to fly?

Here’s your chance! Tickets for FAME – The Musical are now on sale! Come share in this 80s-inspired, pop musical extravaganza!

Performance dates:  3 – 5 August 2017 at 7pm
Place: St Peter’s Girls’ School, Arts Centre
Ticket prices: Adult $15
Student/Concession $10
Family (2 Adults/2 Children) $35

Visit to book your seats to see this great show!

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Academic Report Access

With the latest Academic Reports out this week, a reminder for parents to access them via our new Parent Portal myLink.

Once you’ve logged in and arrive on the Welcome page, click the ‘Community Portal’ tab in the top menu. On the next page, click on ‘Current Report’.

For more details on using myLink, watch this instructional video:

To log in to myLink, your username and password are the same as you would’ve used for the old Link portal. You can contact if you need any assistance.

The site will be continually updated and we look forward to cementing it as the key information hub for parents. We hope you enjoy using myLink!

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New to the School Shop

W8 JacketCosy and warm jackets for Junior School students

* Waterproof with hood & fleecy lining
* Sizes 4-12
* Price $45

Clearance Sale – navy tights (x/tall size only – 170-185cm) normally $10 each – now $6 each or 2 for $10


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Entertainment Book

Enews Entertainment Book

The 2016 | 2017 Entertainment Membership expired on 1 June 2017

As a Mothers’ Club fundraiser, part-proceeds from every book sold will go to the exciting redevelopment of the outdoor areas surrounding our new Middle School.

If you would like to buy a book, you can fill out the form at the Front Office or simply go online. Order your Entertainment Book here!

The Entertainment Book and new phone app offer our community members a great way to try out restaurants and activities around SA, save money and, at the same time, support our girls.

Thank you in advance for your kind support and consideration.

Your Mothers’ Club Committee

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Learn how to build your own iPhone app!

Code Camp Enews

Are you looking for an indoor school holiday activity?

St Peter’s Girls’ School will be hosting Code Camp Spark for students in Years 2 – 7. Code Camp runs 17 – 19 July from 9am – 3.30pm. Cost for Code Camp Spark is $350 for three days.

Code Camp Information Flyer
Visit the Code Camp website for more information
Visit the St Peter’s Girls’ School booking page

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Sports News

All students are once again reminded to check notice boards for team selections and other relevant information pertaining to their sport. If you have any further news items or sporting success stories, please email them through to me at


Wednesday 21 June
Open A – Saints 1 drew with Pulteney 1

Open B – Saints 3 defeated Pulteney by forfeit

Middle A – Saints 1 defeated Pulteney 0
A great game by the girls, with them getting their first win of the season. After weeks of good performances and unlucky results they were finally able to fight out the game after scoring midway through the second half. The girls dominated the game and could’ve won by more if they had been more clinical in front of goals but, overall, a fantastic performance. Vincent Talladira (Coach)

Middle B – Saints 0 defeated by Wilderness 2
The team showed improvement again but were unlucky in the loss. The girls created numerous chances in front of goal but could not score. Wilderness were able to convert their chances early in the second half, which gave them the win. Keep working hard, girls. Manni Katopolis (Coach)

Year 7 – Saints 1 drew with Seymour 1
The team played their best game of the season and showed good improvement from the last time they played Seymour. Some great defending and midfield play enabled a solid performance. A special mention to Mia Dodd who was goalkeeper for the whole game and did a great job. Well done, girls. Kosta Bakopanos (Coach) 


Wednesday 21 June
Year 6 White – Saints 5 defeated by Pembroke Blue 23
The girls were enthusiastic and played well, especially in defence, with Montana Melisi making some really good intercepts. The plays that we practised at training were done very well. The players should remember to work on driving towards the ball and making strong passes to players who are free. Georgina Bafile (Student Coach)

Year 5 – Saints 7 defeated by Wilderness Green 15
The week was the girls’ final game for the season and each girl played exceptionally well. We had some great goals from Marcella Tolley, Ayla Blaskett and Lydia Burrough this week and the mid-court worked really well together to get the ball moving down the court. We’d just like to also say thank you to Marcella for filling in for our team this week. Overall, the girls have improved so much since their first game and should be proud of their achievements. Ally Reade and Charlotte Parker (Student Coaches)


Friday 23 June
Year 5/6 – Saints 2 defeated Wilderness 1


Friday 23 June
Saints 4.8 (32) defeated Pulteney 1.3 (9)
Saints faced Pulteney in a re-match from three weeks ago where Pulteney won narrowly late in the game. Saints, playing at their new home venue hosted by Norwood/Payneham Union and wearing their new playing tops, were bolstered by a large crowd. It was a tense start and Pulteney scored the first and only goal of the first quarter. In the second, Saints started to gain some ascendency with some strong tackling and Jasmine Ledgard taking a number of strong marks in the forward line. When the forward did not mark, it was Saints’ smaller players who worked hard to gain possession as soon as the ball hit the ground. It was an opportunist goal by Thandi Murada to post Saints’ first goal to allow Saints to lead by a point at half-time. Many rotations were made, with a number of players standing out once again and contesting the ball strongly and Willo Fowler, Chanel Stefani, Holly Cunningham, Charlie Kelly and Grace Dawson all having an impact.

Saints dominated the second half, with Thandi Murada adding to her tally and scoring all of Saints’ goals while restricting Pulteney’s opportunities. A strong team performance in defence allowed Saints to run out comfortable winners. – Neil Fuller


Saturday 24 June
Another successful weekend, with six of our seven teams convincingly defeating their opposition. Congratulations to the B, C and D1 teams who are undefeated so far this season. Well done to Gloria Gao who played her first match for the A team and won both her singles and doubles. All players mentioned below won both singles and doubles on Saturday. I look forward to our teams continuing their skill development and positive match play in Term 3. – Sonya Risbey (Badminton Coordinator)

Open A – Saints 6 defeated Pulteney 0
Best Players: Emily Murdoch, Cate Neale, Erica Reid, Gloria Gao

Open B – Saints 6 defeated Immanuel 0
Best Players: Laura Sivewright, Amy Li, Lola Dimond, Charlene Lee

Open C – Saints 6 defeated Immanuel 0
Best Players: Mahala Truscott, Georgia Bowden, Sophia Casanova Clarke, Michelle Yeoh

Open D1 – Saints 6 defeated Immanuel 0
Best Players: Amelie Dunda, Candy Feng, Nicola Jones

Open D2 – Saints 5 defeated Westminster 1
Best Players: Tiffany Zhou, Meredith Li, Ashley Rogers

Open E1 – Saints 6 defeated Seymour 3
Best Players: Millie Han, Lauren Hernan

Open E3 – Saints 0 defeated by Wilderness 9


Saturday 24 June
Open A – Saints 1 defeated by Seymour 5

Open B – Saints 0 defeated by Seymour 1


Saturday 24 June
Under 15 – Saints 3 defeated by Brighton 14

Under 11 – Saints Blue defeated North Adelaide by forfeit
Despite the opposition not having enough players, Saints played a scratch match which enabled them to continue working all the things they have been learning at training. All players are definitely improving and we hope this continues. Sophie Auricht (Lacrosse Captain)

Under 11 – Saints White 1 defeated by Burnside 9
This was another tough game for the girls. Burnside were older, more experienced and aggressive. Despite this, Saints continued to try and run the ball down the field and pass the ball to a free player. There were some perfect passes and a number of shots on goal that only narrowly missed. Special mention goes to Alannah Godfrey for scoring our goal and Grace Jones for goalkeeping in the first half and Mabel Cook in the second. Courtney Tasker (Coach)


Saturday 24 June
Open A – Saints 33 defeated by Seymour 42

Open B – Saints 25 defeated by Seymour 77

Open E (Year 11) – Saints 25 defeated Seymour 17

Year 10A – Saints 30 defeated by Seymour 59
Coming out after exam time, the girls seemed tired and this showed on court early. To the team’s credit, they played the best they could under the circumstances and it was great to see the girls continue to fight through all four quarters. Grace Russo (Coach)

Year 10B – Saints 11 defeated by Seymour 54
Well done to the 10B girls this week, understandably tired after exams, they came out and put their best effort forward. The girls communicated well on court which resulted in the entire team playing a sound game. Seymour presented a very competitive team and given the energy levels of our girls, I am proud of the way the 10Bs faced their opposition. Grace Russo (Coach)

Year 9/10C – Saints 16 defeated Wilderness 12
The Year 9/10 team had their first win of the season last weekend against Wilderness. The girls fought hard for the whole match, never letting their opponent back into the game. We showed great defensive pressure all the way down the court, which resulted in a huge number of turnovers. The game was low-scoring because of this defensive pressure by both teams. Emily Braggs (Coach)

Year 9A – Saints 63 defeated Seymour 24
The girls had a great start to the game, especially in defence, with Tilly McCormack and Hannah Freeman getting many intercepts which allowed us to have many shooting opportunities. With a great first quarter, we had a 16-point lead, giving us a positive and optimistic mind-set to play well for the rest of the game. The mid-court brought the ball down well with strong passes, which then enabled the shooters to shoot, which was extremely consistent. It was great to be able to successfully use many of our centre pass strategies, which we had previously learnt in training. Great work from Charlotte Sellars who shot some impressive goals. Overall, an amazing game by all the girls, being one of our strongest so far! Sarah Wishart (Year 9)

Year 9B – Saints 21 defeated by Seymour 22
This week’s game against Seymour was a close one with great defence from the girls. We were able to move the ball down the centre-third well in the first and second quarter but our passing accuracy dropped by the third and fourth quarter, and a few shooting opportunities were consequently missed. However, all the girls put in a great effort and, despite losing to Seymour by 1 goal, it was an entertaining and well-played match from the 9Bs! Ellen Zhang (Year 9)

Year 8A – Saints 41 defeated Seymour 25
The girls had a fantastic game this week and the pressure applied the whole way down the court in the first quarter put them in front and they only continued to get stronger throughout the game. The girls worked together as a team and their support for each other encouraged each player to achieve her goals for the game. Best player this week goes to Keeley Fahey. She had a breakthrough game and made a huge difference, securing many intercepts. Well done to all the girls; it was one of their best games so far and they should be proud of their constant improvement. Sophia West and Amy Wishart (Coaches)

Year 8B – Saints 15 defeated by Seymour 35
The girls played a strong opponent in Seymour. The attackers were able to bring the ball down and get the shot on many occasions. Saints’ defence was strong and they were able to get many rebounds; however, Seymour intercepted a lot of balls. Overall, the girls should be proud of this term, as they have improved each week. Special thanks for Sophie Barr for filling in from the As, and best players go to Ailani Cox and Keely Flannagan with her strong defence. Sophia West and Amy Wishart (Coaches)

Year 7A – Saints 12 defeated by Seymour 29
The Year 7A netball team played Seymour on Saturday and our defensive play was strong across the court but we struggled to convert the ball time and time again, resulting in limited opportunities to score. The final score did not reflect how hard the girls tried; it just reinforced our need to play smarter. Michelle Blackburn (Coach)

W9 7C netballYear 7C – Saints 22 defeated Scotch 12
Another exciting match from the 7C team on Saturday. The girls all contributed to a convincing win with multiple turnovers and an extremely strong defence. Special mention to Letitia Page-Thomson who excelled in centre and wing attack. All the girls should be proud of their sportsmanship and team spirit. It was a pleasure to coach them in Sarah’s absence. Lee Walker (Parent)

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Enews – Week 8, Term 2 2017

Issue no. 19
W8 Yeah the Girls

‘Yeah the Girls’: a Prefect-led initiative

‘Yeah the Girls’ is an initiative both designed and led by the 2017 Prefect team. It is an opportunity to recognise the successes of girls across all year levels, from Reception to Year 12. The aim is to build a stronger and more united School community by bridging the gaps between the Junior, Middle and Senior Sub-Schools. We would like this community to have an atmosphere of confidence, where girls feel proud to share their successes and are not afraid to try new things.

The ‘Yeah the Girls’ campaign is based on three ‘e’ words: empowerment, encouragement and equality. Each of these words can be linked to specific areas of success and achievement such as: charity, music, sport, the Arts and academia.

To commence the ‘Yeah the Girls’ program, the Prefects are leaving suggestion boxes in each Home Group. We will be inviting girls to anonymously nominate their friends and classmates who they consider worthy of a public mention in assembly or, as it will become known, a ‘Yeah the Girls shout-out’.

The Prefect team would also like to encourage parents to contact the School with information regarding your daughters’ successes and achievements, which will also be celebrated during assembly. Additionally, this will be published in the newsletter on alternate weeks.

This week, we would like to acknowledge Olivia Compare (Year 11), Charlotte White (Year 10), Lucy Kitching (Year 4), and Samantha Li (Year 2).

Olivia Compare recently took part in the ‘Living Below the Line’ campaign which raises awareness for those living in poverty. For the past week, Olivia has been living on $2 worth of food per day. She decided to complete this challenge because she says she did not fully understand or appreciate the privilege that she, her family and her friends have when it comes to food. She is impressed with the contribution the challenge has had to the outlook and perspective that others around her possess about poverty and its effects on daily life.

Charlotte White has been selected in the Under 17 South Australian State Volleyball Team, The Volleyball South Australia (VSA) Development Squad and the Norwood Bears Under 19 State Junior League. Charlotte, who was introduced to volleyball through our School program, found that she was ‘hooked’ from the first training and believes that her selection in these teams comes from her determination to improve and succeed. She believes that setting goals has pushed her to achieve her best and she takes every opportunity that comes her way.

Lucy Kitching, who has been participating in gymnastics since she was eight months old, recently competed in the Victorian State Championships for Gymnastics. She competed in the four events of beam, floor, vault and, her favourite, bars, in the division of International level 8. She was awarded third place. This is an incredible achievement and we would like to congratulate Lucy on her efforts.

In May, Samantha Li achieved her Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) Exam Grade 5 pianoforte (classical piano). She achieved a High Distinction (A+) in this exam. This is an amazing achievement for Samantha, who has only been playing for two years. She enjoys playing the songs because of their ‘nice musical sound’. She is currently learning pieces for her grade 7 exam.

Yeah the Girls!

Sophie Freeman
Kilburn House Captain

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From the Director of Early Learning

W8 ELC Ladies' Day Out

Ladies’ Day Out; but it was so much more!

Kate-Mount-ELC-picOnce again, the annual ELC Ladies’ Day Out organised by The Friends of the ELC was a huge success. Held last Sunday, with over 50 participants, we ventured up to the Adelaide Hills winery Barristers Block. There was a lovely combination of ELC families and staff along with some Reception parents with Ms Haddy and Mrs Davies. What were the ingredients that provided such a rich experience for us?

From my perspective it is all about relationship building. As families enter the ELC there are so many unknowns about what lies ahead. Who better to inform them than our current parent group? The round table discussions were a forum for the sharing of stories, a passing on of knowledge and a building of new relationships. We had the right recipe to create this very special foundation.

Significance must be given to the importance of participation. To come along on a day like this when you have not yet formed your friendship group is extremely brave. The staff ensured everyone was introduced and given the opportunity to meet a range of new faces. The unfolding of the history of these celebrated days out is quite astonishing. Mums were telling us that this is where their friendships began, an extension of Playgroup, and now the firm friendships continue with regular catch ups. One group of friends were celebrating four years of friendship through the ELC and there are many more.

The importance of our School’s community groups is also essential in building relationships. Joining the Friends of ELC committee and/or attending their events has provided a pathway for families to meet others. Ladies’ Day Out is one of several events hosted throughout the year.

Clearly the parents benefit from these relationships but it must not be overlooked that the children are the true beneficiaries. Having their families involved in their School community is critical. As authentic partners in their child’s education, parents are informed about the Early Years of education, they are listened to and have their point of view valued. The children witness the trust and respect that is built between home and School. They can see that it is a place for their family to be welcomed. One event does not create this, there must be many, many steps along the way, but each step builds a part of this very solid foundation. Communication opportunities are key, families need to be informed and have opportunities to ask questions: our staff along with other families, can provide these. If we build and foster community, we are working in a consistent direction to benefit our children and families as they develop their sense of belonging and feeling of value.

Ladies’ Day Out has been and gone, however the traces of this event will stay with us and grow. The Friends of the ELC and staff can feel very proud of themselves for providing ongoing opportunities for families to connect and for relationship building to be at the forefront of our mission.

Kate Mount
Director of Early Learning

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Staff Update

The School’s Chaplain, the Reverend Natasha Darke, has resigned from her role in order to pursue post-graduate study. The position is being advertised and we will advise you when we have selected the successful candidate. Although Natasha is sad to be leaving the School, she is looking forward to the next stage of her career. We wish her all the best for her future endeavours and thank her for the contribution she has made to St Peter’s Girls.

Julia Shea

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Year 7 Visual Arts

W8 Art
The Visual Arts program at St Peter’s Girls’ School promotes a positive learning environment and curriculum that encourages and nurtures creativity, critical thinking skills and artistic expression. Our vision is to provide a structured and creative environment that enables students to develop a life-long commitment and appreciation of the visual arts.

The Year 7 Visual Arts students have been considering the art elements by exploring and experimenting with a variety of media and materials. They have created one-point perspective artworks. When we draw in perspective, the closer an object is to us, the larger it will appear to be; the further away it is, the smaller it looks. These artworks were inspired by photographs the girls took themselves. They created a simplified lead pencil sketch that was then outlined in a fine black pen. Watercolour paints were later added, first as an overall wash of colour before finer details were painted. The completed pieces effectively represent their chosen image in a creative manner.

Kirsten Mansfield
Visual Arts Teacher

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Fore! Year 6 golf takes over the oval

W8 Golf
Old Scholar, former School Sports Captain and former Prefect Susie Mathews (Selwyn ’99) who was at St Peter’s Girls from Reception until Year 12, returned to the School this month to help the Year 6s with their golf skills during PE lessons.

Susie graduated from The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Studies. She was a member of the winning national championship UCLA Women’s Golf Team (2004) earning First-Team All-America honours. Susie has a strong background as a professional golfer having played on the ALPG (Australian Ladies Professional Golf), Japanese LPGA and Chinese LPGA Tours. In 2001, Susie won the Australian Ladies Foursomes Championship and then in 2002 a professional golf tournament in Sweden, the Kalmar Ladies Open.

She now works at Kooyonga Golf Club as the Golf Operations Manager and provides individual and group golf lessons as a part of her role. Earlier this year, she completed a Diploma in Sport Coaching and became a Certified PGA Professional – advanced in coaching, management & small business. Susie taught the girls the importance of a good set up and consistent tempo when swinging the golf club. Numerous competitive games were also played during the sessions.

Check out this video to see the girls and their golf skills.

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Year 7s head to Adelaide Zoo

W8 Year 7 Zoo Excursion
On Friday 9 June, all Year 7 girls took part in an excursion to Adelaide Zoo as part of their studies on Habitats and Classification in Science. As well as seeing all of the animals at the zoo, we were treated to a talk in the Envirodome. We then attended a private presentation in the Education Centre where we were able to get up close with Maizey a Corn Snake from North America, as well as seeing a number of interesting biofacts.

I really enjoyed the zoo excursion and I think that it was a great experience. I really loved how we could go about in the zoo and it felt a bit like a scavenger hunt. There was a bit of chaos and a lot of running around trying to find a particular animal, but it all worked out in the end. Looking at the animals was really fun and we were able to point out the adaptations of them from what we learnt in class. We had to work as a group to find information and that was one of the highlights. My favourite thing was probably the giant pandas and it was really interesting watching them and learning about their adaptations and habitat. Overall, it was an amazing day.
– Chi Chi Zhou

During our time at the zoo we got given a work booklet with places we had to visit throughout the day. At every site we visited, we had to answer the questions given in the booklet. By filling out this booklet, I found that it was much easier to understand and was a really fun way of learning about it.
– Ruby Bruun

The zoo was overall a great learning experience. We went to an education centre which was very exciting. We had lots of opportunities to see all different animal skins and we also got to feel a corn snake, which we found lived out in cornfields.
– Hilary Clark

The excursion to the zoo was a great experience. We were able to learn about all different types of animals and learn about new animals that we didn’t know existed. I learnt that when snakes shed  their skin they go blind for a few days.
– Chase Hocking

I enjoyed our trip to the zoo, being able to see things we’d been learning in class applied in a real-life situation. It was helpful to see the animals in something similar to their natural habitat.
– Adele Russell

The zoo was a fun and challenging experience for me. We had to search around for information, as we had an activity booklet to do while we were there. I truly believe that it was an educational experience that made us use the prior knowledge we had about the topic. Overall, it was a fun experience where I definitely learnt a lot about animal adaptations and the habitat of animals, the topic we are currently learning at School.
– Sivanthi Sivasuthan

Dr Christine Smith
Science and Psychology Teacher

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Junior School Vacation Care

W7 Vacation Care 2
* Please note: Monday 24 July is also a Vacation Care day but is missing from the program flyer. Care will be available on this day with a ‘Back to School’ theme.

Our next instalment of Vacation Care is almost here! We have three weeks of action-packed activities to keep the children busy through the break. With two excursions/incursions in each week, there is plenty of fun to be had. Some of our home-based days will include making lava lamps, foil art and dream catchers.

Our excursions/incursions include the movies, The Beachouse, Menz FruChocs shop, Latitude, ten-pin bowling and a jumping castle.

View the Vacation Care program here

In recent times, Vacation Care has booked out very quickly and places are limited, so please click here to fill out the form and secure your booking now!

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Year 10 High Performance class attend UniSA Connect workshop

W8 High Performance
The Year 10 High Performance class participated in a UniSA Connect workshop at Mawson Lakes campus last Monday. The girls were introduced to smart basketballs that had Bluetooth technology within them, linking dribbling and shooting to an iPad. The girls looked to improve their dribbling speed and shooting release points through seeing the feedback data and adjusting for the next effort. The girls also discussed acute responses in their respiratory system, measuring their respiratory rate before and after exercise. This data can then be used to develop our understanding of changes during exercise.

Dan Searle
Head of PE, Health & Outdoor Education

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Stage 2 Nutrition students testing our tastebuds

W8 Nutrition

W8 Nutrition 2The SACE Stage 2 Nutrition class has studied topics looking at dietary diseases caused by overnutrition or undernutrition, and the factors that affect our food choices. They were tasked with designing a practical investigation exploring the modification of a recipe for a dietary disease and the impact this has on sensory characteristics of the food. On Wednesday of Week 6, they undertook the implementation phase of this task. This involved cooking both the original and modified recipes and surveying participants on the different sensory characteristics of each recipe. These participants included fellow students and staff. This allowed them to collect data that they could then analyse to compare sensory characteristics of both recipes and also evaluate the procedure as a method for recipe modification and sensory evaluation.

Emma Smerdon
Stage 2 Nutrition Teacher

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Master Plan Update: From the construction zone

W8 Building Site 2
The new Middle School is really beginning to come alive as we enter the final stages of construction. The timber decking is continuing and glass has been installed along the eastern side adjacent to the decking. Concrete that leads to the lift shaft has been poured. The aluminium partition frames are being installed. The lovely atrium, which will allow plenty of natural light to enter the Middle School, has had the roof framing installed and this should be opened up in the next couple of weeks.

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Teaching them young: The Receptions tackle football!

W8 Football
This term, the R-2 girls have been developing their kicking skills in both soccer and Australian Rules football. With the wonderful weather, they have enjoyed the opportunity to run about on the top oval learning new skills, practising with their friends and playing modified games. Year 2 students have also been introduced to attacking and defending.

Pauline Noblet
Physical Education Teacher

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Year 6 students venture into Parliament House

W8 Year 6
On Tuesday 13 June, the Year 6 girls went on an inspiring trip to our South Australian Parliament House as well as visiting the Governor of South Australia’s residence:

At Parliament House, we learnt about how the State Government works, visiting the House of Assembly and Legislative Council Chambers which are the State Government’s equivalent of the House of Representatives and the Senate in Canberra. Did you know that there is a Blood line in the House of Assembly? In early parliament, this line was put in place to ensure politicians would not cross over it if debates went too far (politicians from opposite sides drew their swords).

When we went inside the House of Assembly, we were guided by Vickie Chapman, who is the Member for the electorate of Bragg in SA. We all sat on the seats and noticed that each of the desks had a specific name on it and that they all had a section of the seat. We learnt that the House of Assembly and the House of Representatives were derived from British Parliament and associated with the House of Commons. On the walls in the House of Assembly were the portraits of some of South Australia’s most recognised and celebrated politicians, who were from years and years ago in early parliament.

Next, we visited the Legislative Council where we found out that no portraits were allowed on the ground floor of the chamber, the reason being because the wood on the walls was a gift from Britain, and if any portraits were to be nailed to the wood, it would be permanently damaged. Once again, we got to sit in the chairs, and the desks had more advanced microphones attached to them. One thing that was different about the Legislative Council was the way that the seats were more spread out, as the chamber only has 22 members. There was no blood line there as the early members thought they were more civilised as, in British Parliament, the red house is called the House of Lords. One difference between the House of Assembly and the Legislative Council is that the House of Assembly doesn’t have a viewing balcony that goes all the way around the chamber, whereas the Legislative Council does. In both houses, there are three seats right in front of the Speaker, which are for the Clerk and Deputy Clerk. Overall, we had an amazing experience at Parliament House.

At the Governor of SA’s residence, Government House on North Terrace, the building was very old with the original part constructed in 1840. After the years went on, extensions were made. Did you know that if it wasn’t for the auctions, Government House would be full of priceless artefacts? We were told that once at an auction, the Governor at the time had security out at the front gate. The policeman was known for not doing his job properly, so without knowing, let a man with a dangerous weapon into the auction. There were many huge portraits of previous rulers of South Australia, including Queen Adelaide, who the city was named after in early settlement, King William, who had a major road named after him, and Queen Victoria, who was a previous Queen of England. There was a big eating room, but we learned that the Governor and his wife mainly ate in the smaller dining room, and only if they had large amounts of guests would they use it for meals. We all learned so much at Government House; it was a great experience.

Our opportunity to go to SA’s Government House and Parliament House was full of enthusiasm and excitement as well as many educational chances. This was an excellent excursion which was thoroughly enjoyed by the Year 6s.

Mikaela Udall and Olivia Downie
Year 6 students

Prior to this excursion, the Year 6 students embarked on an educational tour to Canberra. They participated in a variety of educational programs with a focus on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy. The Australian Government recognises the importance of all young Australians being able to visit the national capital as part of their Civics and Citizenship education. To assist families in meeting the cost of the excursion, the Australian Government contributes funding of $60 per student via the School under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program.

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Reconciliation Action Plan


As a School, we are committed to a national initiative titled ‘RAP’ (Reconciliation Action Plan). Within our School’s vision, we aim to develop global citizens who will:
· make connections and develop pride
· rejoice in differences
· promote justice and respect
· understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories
· embrace the values and traditions of other individuals and communities.

Through our Reconciliation Action Plan, our students will create a better, more peaceful world based on intercultural understanding and shared humanity.
With the introduction of the Australian Curriculum cross-curriculum priority of ‘Histories and Cultures’, a committee of interested teachers, students and members of the broader community was formed. This year we are hoping to expand those involved in this special interest group and invite members of the School community with a special interest in promoting these cultures within our School to join the RAP team. We are particularly interested in having representation from members of the Kaurna community.

The team meets once a term and reviews ways to embed the cross-curriculum priority into everyday experiences for our students by facilitating activities or events that contain an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander focus. Over the past two years, this has already provided opportunities for interaction with members of the indigenous community as well as class-based activities designed around promoting an understanding of our indigenous peoples. The recent School-wide involvement with Reconciliation Week at assembly, though library sessions and within classrooms was driven by team members.

If you are interested in becoming a member of this group or would like further information, please contact Lisa Hollis via This offered is extended to all members of our School community, students through to grandparents.

Lisa Hollis
Resource Centre Coordinator

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Academic Report Access

With the latest Academic Reports due out next week, a reminder for parents to access them via our new Parent Portal myLink.

Once you’ve logged in and arrive on the Welcome page, click the ‘Community Portal’ tab in the top menu. On the next page, click on ‘Current Report’.

Please note that reports will not be available until the end of next week.

For more details on using myLink, watch this instructional video:
To log in to myLink, your username and password are the same as you would’ve used for the old Link portal. You can contact if you need any assistance.

The site will be continually updated and we look forward to cementing it as the key information hub for parents. We hope you enjoy using myLink!

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New to the School Shop

W8 Jacket
Cosy and warm jackets for Junior School students

* Waterproof with hood & fleecy lining
* Sizes 4-12
* Price $45

Clearance Sale – navy tights (x/tall size only – 170-185cm) normally $10 each – now $6 each or 2 for $10


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Entertainment Book

Enews Entertainment Book

The 2016 | 2017 Entertainment Membership expired on 1 June 2017

Order your new 2017 | 2018 Entertainment Membership before 30 June 2017 to go in the draw to win a $50 Archer Hotel dining voucher AND a pass for 2 adults and 2 kids to Adelaide Zoo!

As a Mothers’ Club fundraiser, part-proceeds from every book sold will go to the exciting redevelopment of the outdoor areas surrounding our new Middle School.

If you would like to buy a book, you can fill out the form at the Front Office or simply go online. Order your Entertainment Book here!

The Entertainment Book and new phone app offer our community members a great way to try out restaurants and activities around SA, save money and, at the same time, support our girls.

Thank you in advance for your kind support and consideration.

Your Mothers’ Club Committee

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Learn how to build your own iPhone app!

Code Camp Enews

Are you looking for an indoor school holiday activity?

St Peter’s Girls’ School will be hosting Code Camp Spark for students in Years 2 – 7. Code Camp runs 17 – 19 July from 9am – 3.30pm. Cost for Code Camp Spark is $350 for three days.

Code Camp Information Flyer
Visit the Code Camp website for more information
Visit the St Peter’s Girls’ School booking page

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Sports News

W8 Sport
All students are once again reminded to check notice boards for team selections and other relevant information pertaining to their sport. If you have any news items or sporting success stories, please email them through to me:


Congratulations to Thandi Murada (Year 11) who has been selected in the SA Schools team to contest the National Schools Cross Country at the School Sport Championships in Tasmania in August.


Wednesday 14 June
Open A – Saints 1 drew with Westminster 1
The girls played a great game and came out with a great result against Westminster’s team which had many State players as well as an NTC player. Olivia Law once again scored a great goal, which was set up by Isabella Villani’s hard work in the midfield. The girls dominated the majority of the game and, unfortunately, they couldn’t manage to score another goal to walk away with a win. Dominique Rigby (Captain)

Open B – Saints 1 defeated by Walford 3
The girls started the game well, dominating the first ten minutes without scoring. Walford then gained control of the match by scoring three quick goals before half-time. In the second half, the girls won the half and Millie Wilkin scored a great goal with her left foot. Overall, a solid performance. Charlie Capogreco (Coach)

Middle A – Saints 0 defeated by Pembroke 1
A really good performance by the team and very unlucky not to have got the win. The girls conceded a goal mid-way through the first half but pushed to get one back. However, they couldn’t convert their chances. Plenty of opportunities to get back into the game were narrowly missed but the girls kept fighting until the end, even after starting the game with just nine players. Vincent Talladira (Coach)

Middle B – Saints 1 defeated by Pembroke 3
The team started well by scoring the first goal after five minutes of play. They created more chances but were unable to score again in the first half. After half-time, Pembroke were able to capitalise on some of our mistakes to score three goals and take the win. Despite the loss, the team is improving every week. Keep trying, girls. Manni Katopolis (Coach)


Wednesday 14 June
Year 5 – Saints 8 drew with Pembroke 8
It was an amazing and exciting game, and all the girl’s improvements really showed. With Pembroke winning in the first half, the girls worked together and ended up in a tie: 8-8. Our shooters Jasmine Segredos, Maddy Penley and Ayla Blaskett scored some fantastic goals from many great distances! And our defence girls did some amazing work stopping Pembroke from getting any goals in the last half. Ally Reade Charlotte Parker (student coaches)

Year 6 Blue – Saints 28 defeated Seymour Blue 14
The girls played a much harder game this week but still managed to win. They played strongly in attack with good passes and accurate shooting. The defenders had a tough game but played extremely well, creating lots of turnovers and attacking opportunities. Sarah Matheson (Student Coach)

Year 6 Silver – Saints 8 defeated by Wilderness Gold 29
Each girl played a great game intercepting, getting rebounds and leading towards the ball throughout the match. Charlie Piper and Olivia Downie both played an amazing game. Charlie listened very well in quarter-time breaks, doing exactly what was told and bringing that onto the court. Olivia also had a successful game in defence, stopping the other team from getting the ball into the ring, getting rebounds and putting pressure onto the opposition. Well done to all the girls and good luck for next week! Brooke Elliott and Tahlia Towers (Student Coaches)

Year 6 White – Saints 14 defeated by Seymour Green 15
The girls had a narrow loss this week, however, they demonstrated good effort throughout the game. They worked well and performed the centre plays with accuracy. The attack girls played well but we need to focus on running towards the ball and making space. Maddie Harrex as goal defence was a standout player as she had a very tall, tough opponent but was able to get some turn overs. Georgina Bafile (Student Coach)


Friday 16 June
Year 5/6 – Saints 6 defeated Pembroke 0
Another strong team performance from all players. It has been amazing to see a team of different ages band together so well against often older opponents. The support and encouragement amongst the team has been rewarded with some outstanding results. Sophie Fry (Coach)


Friday 16 June
Saints 8.5 = 53 defeated Trinity College 3.4 = 22
W8 Football TeamSaints travelled to Gawler to face Trinity College and the girls were keen yet again to get into the game. The intensity started high and the pressure resulted in Saints getting away to an early lead of 2 goals by quarter-time, both being scored by new recruit, Isabella Bernardi (Year 9). Trinity fought back before Thandi Murada added another 2 goals in the second quarter. Jasmine Ledgard was again ferocious with her tackling as was Talah Gobell who was sidelined with a clash of heads leaving her with a bloody nose and a headache. Saints dominated the third quarter with some solid defence and some accurate passing and marking. Holly Cunningham added another 2 goals and Ally Reade snuck a great goal from a tight angle, sending Saints to a 5-goal lead. Trinity scored before Saints steadied in the last quarter and Thandi added another goal to give Saints their historic first win, with all players singing loudly and proudly after the game.

Neil Fuller (Director of Sport)


Saturday 17 June
Congratulations to the Open B, C and D1 teams who played excellent matches on Saturday. The Open A and D2 teams fought hard in some very close matches, but ultimately lost on points. The Open B team is so far undefeated and we hope to see their success continue throughout the season. Emily Murdock (Captain)

Open A – Saints 3 defeated by Westminster 3
Best player: Nancy Huang

Open B – Saints 6 defeated Westminster 0
Best player: Laura Sivewright

Open C – Saints 6 defeated Westminster 0
Best player: Mahala Truscott

Open D1 – Saints 6 defeated Westminster 0
Best player: Tiffany Zhou

Open D2 – Saints 3 defeated by Seymour 3
Best player: Nicola Jones

Open E1 – Saints 3 defeated by Woodcroft 6
Best player: Yujia Sun

Open E2 – Saints 1 defeated by Seymour 8
Best player: Alice Liang

Open E3 – Saints 3 defeated by Wilderness 6
Best player: Zaina Khan


Saturday 17 May
Open A – Saints 0 defeated by Scotch 6
This was a hard-fought match, with our girls constantly encouraging one another both on the pitch and from the bench. There was a lot of play in the midfield as the ball was turned over from team to team, with our halfback players playing strongly. A special mention goes to Jade Leyden, Olivia Goldsmith, Carla Lawrence and Grace Edwards, our goalie, who all played amazing defence and managed to prevent Scotch scoring on more occasions. All the Saints girls did step up this week against a very strong team and all played exceptionally well. Lara Khoury (Captain)

Open B – Saints 5 defeated Trinity Blue 3
Saints played well in the first half but found themselves caught out ball-watching which allowed Trinity to have a 2-goal lead at half-time. In the second half, Saints pressured the ball carrier and won many more tackles, creating multiple opportunities as Georgia Keough (2 goals), Alyssa Woolley (2 goals) and Annabelle Black were linking well in the forward line. In the midfield, Aroha Munroe, Renee Lawrence and Olivia Tenten all defended and pressured well with Charlotte Creek, Aroha Munroe and Alice Girdler playing well defensively. In goal, Alice Reid had an outstanding second half, making a number of important saves and clearances. Neil Fuller (Supervisor)


Saturday 17 June
Under 15 – Saints 11 defeated Glenelg 7
Saints held on to their winning streak this season and played incredibly well against Glenelg who put up a strong fight. At one point the scores were tied, but the girls persisted and the outcome was a good one. Portia and Hattie Maerschel were both outstanding in their roles in attack and midfield, scoring 9 goals between them. A special mention goes to Millie Wilkin for overcoming some very aggressive play from Glenelg and showing impressive speed and agility, especially in attack. Ellie Anderson played very well in defence, moving quickly and recovering the ball from several tricky situations. Congratulations to every single player this week; a great team effort led to a fantastic win! Izzy Norman (Year 9)

Under 11 – Saints Blue 5 defeated by Burnside 17
The girls started the match really well as they all ran forward into attack and marked up with the Burnside players in defence. Jenna Maione (Year 5) did a great job at running out to the side of the field to get the ball from our goalie and transition it into attack. Once again, Sophie Lively (Year 3) showed persistence with ground balls and her ability to run with the ball. During the second half of the match the girls worked on running into space to get the ball in attack; Serae Stolcman (Year 3) and Matilda Wilkin did this well. Lara Maione (Year 4) used her speed to run onto the ball on the ground and did a great job at keeping her stick up in defence. Madison Dornbusch (Year 3) was our goalie and showed her skills by running out of the goal circle to pass the ball. Goal scorers were Jenna Maione, Sophie Lively and Serae Stolcman. The girls played a great team game and should be very proud of their efforts. Lucy Martin (Coach)

Under 11 – Saints White
This week’s game saw the girls implement many of the things we have been working on at training. They marked their opponents, didn’t panic too much when they had possession of the ball and looked for team-mates. When this was successful they transitioned the play down the field and they also fought hard to win the ground balls and were able to complete more accurate passes. Special mention goes to Alannah Godfrey (Year 4) and Mabel Cook (Year 4) for their skilled passing, and to the goalkeepers, Grace Jones (Year 4) in the first half and Lauren Pearce (Year 4) in the second. Well done to Ella Pearce (Year 2) for getting a couple of intercepts in defence. Courtney Tasker (Coach)


Saturday 17 June
Open A – Saints 44 defeated Pembroke 34
This week, the girls were a force to be reckoned with. The entire team came out firing to defeat Pembroke in a hard-fought match. Abbey Goodwin worked hard to bring the ball down the court, her excellent transitional movement creating many scoring opportunities for Fiona Dawson and Sivanthi Sivasuthan. Sophie Freeman stood out this week, with her excellent pressure in defence ensuring the other team’s goals were minimised and providing plenty of turnovers for the girls to capitalise on. Overall, a solid performance was executed by all players on court; keep up the good work, girls! Sue Sumsion (Coach)

Open B – Saints 44 defeated Pembroke 42

Open E (Year 11) – Saints 27 defeated by Westminster 56
The girls had a close game in the first half; we were down by 2 at half-time. Westminster were all bigger bodies and a little rough at times. The 3rd quarter was bad; we lost the quarter 19 to 1. The last quarter was more respectable 17/7 but still a half of netball the girls would like to forget. However, they all tried hard and listened to my feedback. Joanne Knapp (Coach)

Open E (Year 11) – Saints 27 defeated by Westminster 56
The girls had a close game in the first half, we were down by two at half time.  Westminster were all bigger bodies and a little rough at times. The third quarter was terrible, we lost the quarter 19 to 1.  The last quarter was more respectable 17 to 7 but still a half of netball the girls would like to forget. They all tried hard and listened to my feedback. Joanne Knapp (coach)

Year 10A – Saints 19 defeated by Pembroke 40
The girls played a strong game and although the score seems that the team was out of reach of the win, the game did not seem as far of a stretch and the girls held their own against a team of bigger, taller girls. Movement in the attacking end will be a main focus of the game and the girls will only continue to improve throughout the season. Emily Wishart (Coach)

Year 10B – Saints 18 defeated by Pembroke 23
The team played their strongest game yet with much of the game being even. The strength and teamwork as well as the drills focussed on at training, indicate how much the team has improved, specifically bringing the ball out of defence and into our goal shooters. Although they couldn’t hold a lead in the final quarter, the girls showed great improvement this week and will definitely succeed in coming weeks. Emily Wishart (Coach)

Year 9/10C – Saints 11 defeated by Pembroke 46
It was a good learning experience for the girls as the Pembroke team was very tall, meaning the girls had to come in front of their player as lobs were easily picked off. Zara Sadri played an awesome game in goal defence getting lots of intercepts to give her attacking line another opportunity for scoring a goal. Emily Braggs (Coach)

Year 9A – Saints 45 defeated Pembroke 36
The girls showed great enthusiasm and skill in the first half, giving us a 12-point lead, with Tilly McCormack and Sarah Wishart consistently turning the ball around and tapping it out of play. We were able to drive the ball down through centre court quickly with the help of Tesse Parker in wing attack and Bella Bernardi in centre. Then it was passed off to Ella Liddy or Jess Wishart in the goal ring. In the second half, Pembroke came out strongly and scored many goals but Saints kept their cool and stayed consistent under pressure. Also, well done to Tesse Parker with her successful debut of playing wing defence. Overall, a big well done to the girls; you all did an amazing job and can’t wait for our next game. Hannah Freeman (Year 9)

Year 9B – Saints 28 defeated Pembroke 24
The girls had a strong defence and our shooting was good, except for the last quarter when Pembroke mounted a challenge. Most passes were strong, especially through the centre third, with the mid-court and defenders working the ball in to the goal circle. Overall, the game was played really well, the whole team worked together and it was a great 4-goal win. Sophie Stewart (Year 9)

Year 8A – Saints 23 defeated by Pembroke 33
The girls put up a good fight this week, but couldn’t quite secure a win. We didn’t get off to a solid start and so, despite their efforts, they were unable to get back the goals and trailed the rest of the game. However, they remained in high spirits and positive which should be commended. Steph made a difference in the mid-court, managing a few turn overs, but mainly keeping her player out of the game as much as possible through tight one-on-one defence. The girls should not be disappointed; despite the loss they kept persisting and tried their best. Amy Wishart (Coach)

Year 8B – Saints 5 defeated by Pembroke 43
The girls played a strong game against Pembroke with the use of leading in front and passing; however, Pembroke came back. The girls kept up their determination, despite the score. Overall, they should be proud of their improvements each week as team. Best players go to Jenna Bowden and Harriet Gilroy, despite suffering an injury. Sophia West (Coach)

Year 7A – Saints 26 defeated by Pembroke 40
The team experienced their first loss on Saturday. Saints struggled to find their rhythm from the first quarter and allowed Pembroke to stretch their lead with each quarter. Not our best game and our trademark teamwork and determination seemed to be MIA. However, we have learnt some valuable lessons and now know that we need to work harder to make it to the finals. Michelle Blackburn (Coach)

Year 7B – Saints 27 defeated Pembroke 5
The girls played an amazing game together this week. Everyone has improved their skills in different areas on the court and specifically on what we have focussed on in training such as getting in front of players, stepping and defensive throw-ins. Defenders put in hard work, causing multiple turn overs which resulted in many goals scored by the shooters who were very consistent throughout the game. Well done to all the girls for the work they have been putting in for both trainings and games. Georgia Naughton (Coach)

Year 7C – Saints 17 defeated Immanuel 14
Another amazing match from the 7C team on Saturday. The girls started strong, with the defenders turning over a lot of balls and the goalies converting. There were a few unforced errors throughout the match but consistency was key, with all players giving 100% until the very end. Special mention to Gracie Ganzis who excelled in GK during the final quarter, shutting down on of the oppositions best players. All the girls should be proud of their effort, team spirit and commitment- I am looking forward to our next match. Sarah Miller (coach)

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Enews – Week 7, Term 2 2017

Issue no. 18

From the Deputy Principal/Head of Senior School

Let’s talk about exams…a little differently.

Kate MortimerSchools will always talk about exams. This is not a bad thing, nor is it unexpected.

In fact, it is common.

But, what is unfortunate, is that society, schools and therefore students commonly focus on examination results. Which is not exactly helpful in reducing the pressure or stress that students associate with exams.

So what then should we be talking about when it comes to exams?

The best thing we can do for our girls is to keep it simple. So what is an exam? The answer is so basic that it can change the way students approach them.

An exam is a piece of paper with questions on it, and you write down what you know. That’s right…you write down what you know. It is the application of what you have already learnt in class and how well you understood and can remember this.

All of us have been there. There has been a time that we did not know all of the answers in an exam. It is the unpacking of the ‘why’ we did not know, that actually makes exams less stressful and allows us to approach them as a learning experience.

This week, the girls easily identified ‘why’ they may not know an answer. Some reasons were:

1. They studied for the exam, but could not recall all of the information required to answer this question. Their answer was patchy, as their neural pathway was not quite strong enough. They simply could not remember all of the information. The lesson? A more thorough preparation was needed. It takes all of us a different amount of time to ‘remember’ what is needed. Therefore make use of a range of studying strategies that assist in retention. For example, ‘read it, write it, see it, say it, do it’. Specifically saying something aloud and teaching someone else are most effective to retain information.

2. They had absolutely no idea of the answer. They had not studied the content and therefore they had nothing to write or they ‘guessed’. The lesson here is to ensure in future exams you allow yourself enough time to cover all the content in detail.

3. The question was just too hard. They had studied thoroughly and covered everything. They felt confident, but this question was the ‘deal breaker’. The key here is to remember, exams are meant to be challenging. Expect the deal breaker and prepare for it. The best preparation for the ‘deal breaker’ is to do sample questions. Become comfortable in the areas you know you may find difficult.

Examinations start for Years 10 and 11 next week, and many other girls in both the Middle and Senior Schools will be sitting a range of tests in the coming weeks. Tests and exams are meant to make you feel a little uncomfortable, and there is nothing alarming about this.

But I encourage all of us to look past both the discomfort and the final result. Look at and talk about the ‘why’.

After all, exams are just pieces of paper and you write down what you know.

Kate Mortimer
Deputy Principal/Head of Senior School

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Stage 2 Business and Enterprise forum

W7 Business and Enterprise

Adelaide business identities and parents of students, Daryl Bateman (Cota Insurance CEO), Mark Nicholls (Arrium company lawyer) and Peter Khoury (ElectraNet Executive Manager Corporate Development), were panel members of a Business Enterprise forum at the School this week. Girls studying Stage 2 Business and Enterprise asked them questions on contentious topics relating to their individual Issue Studies, including:

· Does UBER have a competitive advantage in the teenage girl transport market?
· Are penalty rates in South Australia stifling small businesses?
· What impact does online shopping have on South Australia’s bricks and mortar retailers?

The panel members were forthright in their answers and provided varied and valuable information for the girls to incorporate into their assignments. The School takes this opportunity to further thank all the participants for their valuable contributions.

Gabriele Trobbiani
Business and Enterprise Teacher

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Saints Girls challenge their thinking


Science and Engineering Challenge, UniSA, Mawson Lakes

In the real world, there is not always only one right answer. There can often be several effective ways of solving a problem. Engineering is a field where creativity and understanding come together, designing and implementing a process or product to meet a need.

The Science and Engineering Challenge is conducted by the University of Newcastle, with assistance from Rotary and local universities. Eight teams represent each school, trying to develop the most effective solution to the problem. This year the activities were:

• Building the lightest and strongest bridge
• Designing a ‘Mars Rover’ vehicle to carry a load across a rough surface
• Creating and transmitting a coded message using light signals
• Developing an electricity network for a city and responding to challenges posed by various scenarios
• Constructing light but strong tables and chairs
• Making a bionic hand that can pick up objects and communicate using sign language
• Building a tall and strong tower that can withstand an earthquake
• Developing an efficient transport network for a rural region

Thirty-two St Peter’s Girls’ School Year 10 students took part in this year’s Science and Engineering Challenge heat at UniSA Mawson Lakes. They demonstrated a highly motivated and dedicated approach to the challenges. Discussions about the strategies they were trialling were animated as they cooperated on their solutions to the problems posed. Most impressive was the way that our students spontaneously applied Mathematics and Science concepts in their designs.

All students enjoyed the day, gaining a real sense of accomplishment when they grappled with a problem and completed the task. Check out this video that captured some of the activities the students participated in on the day.

Brian Parsons
Acting Director of Teaching and Learning

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Master Plan Update: From the construction zone

W7 Building Site

Big developments are in store for our new Middle School this weekend. A giant metal canopy is scheduled to be craned into place tomorrow morning, creating a striking entrance.

The timber deck on the back oval is starting to come together, steel work is in place for the new walkway to the lift and Stott Wing, and the interior fit out of the building continues to progress.

Stay tuned for next week’s Enews to see the latest from the construction site as we count down to next term’s opening!

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FAME – The Musical gets ready to take the stage

W7 Fame - The MusicalEmma Carrodus and Michelle Rupert

As we get closer to showtime, we sat down with a couple of the performers to see how rehearsals are going and what they’re looking forward to about the production! Tickets are on sale soon, so please stay tuned for more details in future editions of Enews.

“I am thrilled to be a part of FAME – The Musical. I have met great new people and learned so much about acting, dancing and singing. So much effort goes into a production and so we learned the importance of responsibility, cooperation and teamwork. I am privileged to be working with such a talented and hardworking cast and support crew. My role as a boy has been a great challenge. I felt nervous at first and out of my comfort zone but everyone has been positive and supportive. I love seeing all the scenes come together after a lot of hard work. Recently, we tried on our costumes for the first time and it was very exciting. We can feel the final stages of preparing for this musical. It is set in New York in the 80’s so try to imagine all the tacky neon clothing that will fill the stage. The final pieces come together to create this awesome musical!”
– Michelle Rupert

“FAME – The Musical rehearsals have been an amazing experience for all actors, dancers and musicians contributing to the musical, no matter if you have a main role or are in the dancing chorus. As a part of the Acting Chorus, I contribute to singing and dancing in the big numbers such as Dancin’ on the Sidewalk and There She Goes/Fame, as well as acting in a few scenes.

My favourite part in the musical is learning the dances and the choreography as I like the upbeat music and moving around. I also think the whole cast sounds really good when we’re all singing the songs confidently with sharp cut offs and strong harmonies.

There are limited weeks and rehearsals before our performances in Term 3, so the Fame cast have already tried on their costumes for their individual characters (some boys, girls or in between). I really like the bright colours of the costumes and the edginess some of them have, even though they can be slightly tacky. The main cast have also had their head shots in their black clothes for the FAME – The Musical program and some of the cast have even seen the mini model of what the set will look like on stage (made by Ms Mansfield), and I think it will look so cool!”
– Emma Carrodus

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Making Musical Connections

W7 Music
Left: Enchanté performing with Adelaide Connection
Right: (L to R) Music Teacher Sari Noble, Michelle Nicolle, Old Scholar Lucy Mount (Selwyn ’15), Anita Wardell, Year 9 student Izzy Norman, and Old Scholar Chelsea McGuinness (Kilburn ’16)

One of our primary goals in the Music Department this year has been to form strong connections within the tertiary sector, in the areas of Music Performance and Music Education. Many of our girls go on to study music at tertiary level, be it in music education, music theatre, classical or jazz performance.

More recently, many of our students have chosen to pursue a pathway specialising in vocal jazz. With the aim of tertiary collaboration in mind, Enchanté has been working hand-in-hand with the award-winning university jazz choir , “The Adelaide Connection” culminating in last Thursday’s fabulous performance as part of the Winter Cabaret. Last weekend, St Peter’s Girls also played host to an amazing jazz vocal workshop for university vocal students, our own music girls, the university music staff and the St Peters Girls’ music staff. The workshop featured the un-paralleled talents of highly-acclaimed jazz singer Michelle Nicolle, arguably one of the best in her field. Michelle has toured extensively both internationally and nationally, has won multiple aria awards, the Australian Entertainment MO award and the Wangaratta Jazz Festival National Jazz award. Joined by the equally talented UK artist and BBC jazz award winner Anita Wardell, students learnt the finer points of vocal improvisation, story-telling, lyric delivery and band direction.

Special congratulations must go to our very own Year 9 Music student Izzy Norman, who showed great risk-taking during the workshop, capably holding her own against final year university students. The workshop culminated in a performance at the Publisher’s Hotel at which Izzy delivered an outstanding rendition of “Feelin’ Good” to great applause. In Izzy’s own words:

“The workshop last weekend was such an amazing, life-changing experience! Both Michelle and Anita taught me so much and inspired me to devote myself to singing from the heart and loving the beautiful art form that is jazz.”

W7 Winter Cabaret - Jade LeydenThroughout the year, the Music Department has also been busily connecting and forming relationships in the wider community. We have forged strong ties with 5MBS Radio and more recently, ABC Radio Adelaide. Our latest appearance featured our talented SACE Stage 2 vocalist, Jade Leyden (pictured right) with ABC host Peter Goers.

Click here to listen to her wonderful performance.
Sari Noble
Music Teacher

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Spotlight on 7B netball

W7 7B netball
Recently, while at the School on a Saturday morning taking some snapshots of the lift walls being installed for the new Middle School, Communications Coordinator Hayley McLauchlan headed over to the netball courts to watch Saints Girls in action. The players from 7B were kind enough to have a team photo and a few of them shared their experiences playing netball at the School.

“I have been playing netball in school for a few years now. In the past, I have mostly played goal attack but now I like to play centre and wing attack because I love running around, receiving and passing the ball. I love the amount of teamwork that it takes to play a successful game of netball. Every position is important no matter what, and if everyone plays it well, you are unstoppable! I enjoy playing with everyone on my team because we have so much fun and always find something to improve on individually or as a team.” – Eva Young

“This is my second season of playing netball. I played for the first time for Saints in Year 6 and really loved it. I enjoy the exercise and developing new skills and hanging out with girls in my year. My favourite position is goal defence because I like intercepting the ball, but we often play a range of different positions. My team is really great. They are friendly and relaxed, and we play well together. I appreciate that our Coach pushes us to do better but doesn’t get upset if we lose.”
– Adele Russell

“I love playing netball and have played since I was in Year 1 so this is my eighth year. I can’t really remember what position I played but I think it was either centre, wing defence or goal defence – either way, I loved being on the court. When I was younger, I always loved the idea of shooting goals for my team and getting the ball in my hands. I love netball because it’s fun, you get to be with your friends, you get to build your teamwork skills with other girls and you build your confidence – not just as a player but as a person as well. I love netball so much and I definitely encourage everyone to do it because it is a great way to be active and have fun with your friends.” – Efua Yawson

“I really love playing netball for the school and have been playing since Year 2. It’s a really fun game and I love how we are in teams with people who are around the same level as us.”
– Charlotte Adams

“I absolutely love netball as it is my favourite sport that I play at school. The reason why I love netball is because it is a lovely team sport. I love working with people and you really do make a connection with your team as you go through the season. I have been playing netball for a couple of years and I have always been a shooter. Goal attack has always been my favourite as I love running, but also shooting. I have never really liked defence but whenever I have to practice in that position I do it. I have always been an attacker and our last game I was put into centre but it really isn’t my strong position. I love netball, I will continue playing it for a long time. – Izzy Gilroy

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Junior School Vacation Care

W7 Vacation Care 2

Our next instalment of Vacation Care is almost here! We have three weeks of action-filled activities to keep the children busy through the break. With two excursions/incursions in each week, there is plenty of fun to be had. Some of our home-based days will include making lava lamps, foil art and dream catchers.

Our excursions/incursions include the movies, The Beachouse, The Menz FruChocs Shop, Latitude, ten-pin bowling and a jumping castle.

View the Vacation Care program here

In recent times, Vacation Care has booked out very quickly and places are limited, so please click here to fill out the form and secure your booking now!

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Unlock your children’s potential with Dr Lea Waters

W7 Book

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Arts Alive 2017

Arts Alive invitation

You are warmly invited to attend the 2017 Junior School Arts Alive Exhibition.

STEAM: A celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics through the ARTS

Friday 23 June
Grandparents and Special Older Friends
R – 2    11am – 12.30pm
Years 3 – 6    1.30 – 3pm
Morning and afternoon tea will be provided.

Parents and friends
Open from 4pm for viewing
R – 2     Opening Ceremony at 5pm
Years 3 – 6    Opening Ceremony at 6pm
Wine for sale by the glass and finger food provided.

Saturday 24 June
Friends, Family and Community
10.30am – 12.30pm

Entry by donation

For catering purposes, please book through

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School Shop

New to the School Shop – elastic ties in House colours – $25

W5 House Ties

The School Shop will be open during the last week of the school holidays on Monday 17 and Tuesday 18 July from 10am – 4pm. We will also be open Monday 24 July 10am – 4pm, resuming normal trading hours on Tuesday 25 July.

For any enquiries or uniform appointments please call the School Shop on 8334 2228 or email

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Entertainment Book pre-sales

Enews Entertainment Book

The 2016 | 2017 Entertainment Membership expired on 1 June 2017

Order your new 2017 | 2018 Entertainment Membership before 30 June 2017 to go in the draw to win a $50 Archer Hotel dining voucher AND a pass for 2 adults and 2 kids to Adelaide Zoo!

As a Mothers’ Club fundraiser, part-proceeds from every book sold will go to the exciting redevelopment of the outdoor areas surrounding our new Middle School.

If you would like to buy a book, you can fill out the form at the Front Office or simply go online. Order your Entertainment Book here!

The Entertainment Book and new phone app offer our community members a great way to try out restaurants and activities around SA, save money and, at the same time, support our girls.

Thank you in advance for your kind support and consideration.

Your Mothers’ Club Committee

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Learn how to build your own iPhone app!

Code Camp Enews

Are you looking for an indoor school holiday activity?

St Peter’s Girls’ School will be hosting Code Camp Spark for students in Years 2 – 7. Code Camp runs 17 – 19 July from 9am – 3.30pm. Cost for Code Camp Spark is $350 for three days.

Code Camp Information Flyer
Visit the Code Camp website for more information
Visit the St Peter’s Girls’ School booking page

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Sports News

W7 Sport

If you have any news items or sporting success stories please email them through to me at


South Australia recently hosted the National Lacrosse Championships and this allowed the Saints under 15 team to travel to Payneham to watch SA play a combined NSW/Qld team. With Sarah Lowe (Burnside) familiar to the players representing SA, it was a great opportunity for the team to watch and learn what State level Lacrosse is like. For me personally, it was a terrific experience and did indeed showcase the speed, skill and great teamwork that Lacrosse provides. SA were outstanding and won the game comfortably, but it is the way they played that hopefully will assist our own players to become better as individuals and as a team. Neil Fuller (Director of Sport)


Congratulations to Lucy White (Year 7) and Willow Stewart-Rattray (Year 6) who represented East Adelaide at the State Primary Netball Championships. While both were in different teams, they were both successful. Well done girls!


Wednesday 7 June
Year 6 Blue – Saints 31 defeated Wilderness Purple 1
The Year 6 Blue team had another very successful game with every girl playing well in attack and throughout the mid-court. Unfortunately for our defence, the ball was turned over by the strong work of our attackers before it got to their end. The girls made great leads in attack, used their shoulder passes and shot well. Sarah Matheson (Student Coach)

Year 6 Silver – Saints 8 defeated by Seymour Blue 28
The team had a tough game against Seymour this week. Each girl worked hard and listened very well. Marcella Tolley was one of our best players, demonstrating her quick dodging and clean leads into the circle, particularly in the last quarter. Isobel also had a very good game, as she had good vision down the court and worked hard at waiting for the ball. Well done to all the girls and the hard work they put in, keep improving. Brooke Elliott and Tahlia Towers (Student Coaches)

Year 6 White – Saints 22 defeated Pembroke Red 17
The girls had a great win this week and worked well together as a team. The last quarter was the best as they scored the most goals and the defence performed really well. Isabel Burmester played especially well and has improved over the last few weeks. With a couple of games to go, we will aim to continue to focus on strong passes so they make their destination. Georgina Bafile and Ammi Yagnik (Student Coaches)

Year 5 – Saints 3 defeated Wilderness Red 1
It was a great and very close game with a lot of teamwork by the girls. The ball was constantly passed back and forth along the court due to the great work from both our attackers and defenders. The girls showed large improvements and put our training drills into play with more shoulders passes and less of the looped, chess passes. It was a great team effort from the all of the girls and especially Jasmine Segredos and Zara Chessell who shot our three goals. Great win girls!! Charlotte Parker and Ally Reade (Student Coaches)


Wednesday 7 June
Open A – Saints 1 defeated Concordia 0
Undeniably, this has been the best game of the girls’ season so far. They worked hard as a team for the entire game and were rewarded with their first victory of the season. Congratulations to Olivia Law for scoring a great goal.  Ellie Anderson kept the defence controlled, let nothing pass her and was a standout player in the match. Once again, congratulations to the girls and I hope we’ll be able to score another win next week. Dom Rigby (Captain)

Open B – Saints 1 defeated by Seymour 3
The team started the match well, scoring the first goal and taking a 1 nil lead into half-time. In the second half, Seymour created more chances in front of goal to come away with the win. Special mention to Katelin Calandro in goals who made some great saves. Peter Krantis (Director of Football)

Middle A – Saints 2 defeated by Concordia 4
Although the score might not show it, this performance was by far our best this season. The girls conceded some unlucky goals but still fought back to get two of their own. Overall, we should be happy with the game as it showed a lot of what the girls have been working on at trainings and if we continue to put the effort in, we will continue improving. Vincent Talladira (Coach)

Year 7 – Saints 1 defeated by Woodcroft 6
After a long trip, the girls were still welcomed by a sunny afternoon. Woodcroft had longer before the game to get ready and this showed with Saints starting slowly and conceding an early goal. Tahlia Louca and Annie Bradshaw showed determination in defence but Woodcroft often had more players around the contest. Mia Dodd and Emily Elston also had good games and while the team created a number of good scoring chances, they couldn’t find the net as often as their opponents. Kosta Bakopanos (Coach)


Friday 9 June
Year 5/6 – Saints 5 defeated Walford 1
With strong team play the girls were able to pass the ball around and have some fast breaks up the field resulting in brilliant team goals. It was a great team effort with all girls showing steady improvement and ensuring all players are part of the team. Sophie Fry (Coach)

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Enews – Week 6, Term 2 2017

Issue no. 17
W6 Winter Cabaret

2017 Winter Cabaret

Last night, our music and dance talent put on an incredible show for a packed Arts Centre crowd during the 2017 Winter Cabaret. The atmosphere was electric as our choirs, ensembles, bands, soloists and SACE dancers blitzed the stage. It was a mammoth logistical undertaking with almost 200 girls from Years 3 – 12 taking part. Backstage was abuzz with a vibe of organised chaos as streams of girls donned in black flowed back and forth during frenetic set changes. On the stage, a variety of genres unfolded. A guest appearance by ABC Radio Host Eddie Bannon dressed in Saints Girls’ uniform left the crowd in stitches as he collaborated with our vocal quintet. Later, an air of inspiration swept the Arts Centre as trombone virtuoso Bob Johnson teamed up with our Stage Band to smash out the theme song from the Rocky films. At the end of the evening, our powerful Enchante singers joined acclaimed jazz choir Adelaide Connection for a rousing finale that received rapturous applause. There were so many highlights from each performance and many guests who attended were running out of superlatives to describe what they were witnessing from early on in the night. It is yet another example of the calibre of our Music program and the wider Performing Arts platform. When you add to that the passion and discipline of the students involved, it makes for a formidable and stunning combination. Nights like these don’t happen without a small village working feverishly in the background for many weeks and months. Saints Girls would like to thank the following:

Special guests Eddie Bannon, Bob Johnson and Adelaide Connection directed by Lauren Henderson
Rhythm Section – Robyn Habel, Dave Goodwin and Max Tulysewski
Peter Howie and the Tech Crew
Communications and Community Relations Team
Property Services
Dance Teacher Kate Burnett
Our dedicated instrumental teachers
Strings Coordinator Fiona Patten
Arts Administrator Jeanne Philips
Music Directors Sari Noble and Sally Rounsevell
Middle School Arts and Music leaders
Year 12 Music leadership team led by Music Captain Sarah Brownridge
Friends of the Arts

And, most importantly, our dedicated and talented students

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From the Acting Director of Teaching and Learning

Parsons, BrianQuiz night; a remarkably successful phenomenon. For many, the attraction comes from dressing up; for others it is the entertainment provided by the quiz master and team-mates. Some enjoy the collaboration needed to be part of a winning team, whereas other people enjoy the public acclaim showered on them as a result of their uncanny retention of obscure facts.

When reflecting on the popularity of quiz nights, it is interesting to think about how this phenomenon relates to the learning that is valued at school, during further study and in the workforce.

The first instruction at a quiz night is often to turn off your mobile phone, as it is possible to ‘google’ much of what will be asked. In previous times the equivalent instruction may well have been to ‘leave your encyclopaedia at home’. Quiz nights assess the superficial recall of facts; we celebrate how different people manage to remember facts about quite dissimilar topics.

It can be argued that much of what students and adults learn can also be googled, so what is the point? There is no doubt that factual knowledge is important. For example, I’d like my surgeon to have a detailed knowledge of human anatomy. I want my accountant to know the key differences in the new superannuation legislation. A ground announcer at my favourite sporting event who can recite names and key statistics about the players enhances the experience, as does the actor who has memorised his lines and mannerisms.

However, apart from quiz nights, we need more than just factual knowledge. We need to be able to quickly judge what knowledge is relevant and apply our understanding to the problem at hand. We are required to analyse challenges and create a variety of possible solutions for testing. We have to communicate our thinking and negotiate the desired course of action. Furthermore, we must be open to changing our knowledge and thinking in the face of new experiences and information.

It is how we balance the learning of facts and skills with learning how to think, collaborate and problem-solve that continues to make teaching both challenging and rewarding. There are many initiatives and innovations in education that aim to address these challenges. I look forward to exploring how these can benefit the learning of our students in my role and to presenting and explaining our findings and chosen directions to you.

And, if you do fancy the odd quiz night, as it happens our Parents’ and Friends’ Association is holding one at the School next Friday; details here. Just make sure you switch off your mobile phone and leave your encyclopaedia at home.

Brian Parsons
Acting Director of Teaching and Learning

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Royal Society for the Blind visit


We were extremely fortunate to have guests from the Royal Society for the Blind (RSB) visit us in Reception yesterday morning. This enabled us to dig deeper with our inquiry, ‘We experience and learn about the world through our senses’. Cyndi, who is visually impaired, shared her day-to-day experiences and discussed the various aids she uses.

The students appreciated looking at Cyndi’s cane, alarm clock and audible watch. They were able to touch the Braille alphabet, a system of raised dots that can be read using fingers to assist people who are blind or who have low vision.

The highlight of the session was to learn how Kippy and Alan assist people like Cyndi in our local community. Volunteers like Lina and her daughter Amelie (Year 9) who are members of our School community, donate enormous amounts of their time training the guide dogs in their homes.

The girls said:

“If you want to pat a guide dog, you have to be careful because it might be working. You have to make sure you ask the owner first.” – Matilda Purvis

“Guide dogs wear a special purple coat.” – Lola Meo

“Guide dogs help people from bumping into things or getting into trouble.” – Amber Smith

“I liked patting the guide dog because it was cute but I was a little bit scared at first.” – Ellerslie Wong

“People who are blind read Braille – this helps them to read.” – Hannah Ibrahim

“We loved having a class photograph with Alan the guide dog because we can then remember why the special visitors came to our school.” – Georgia Baghurst

“I loved hearing the watch because it told you the time and date.” – Anisha Pahuja

“Simon showed us lots of different things blind people use. If people can’t see, they have to use different senses like their hearing, touch, smelling and taste so that they know what things are.” – Willow Chong

“I didn’t know that the guide dogs could be so quiet.” – Christine Zhang

“I didn’t know that blind people could see better if they have operations.” – Natalia Quinn

The girls experienced first-hand the importance of team work. Thank you to all of the volunteers in the RSB and the guide dogs for the work they do in our community. A special thank you to Simon for organising a worthwhile session. The girls thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

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National Reconciliation Week

W6 National Reconciliation Week
Each year, National Reconciliation Week (NRW) celebrates and builds on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians. The week started on 26 May with National Sorry Day which recognises the impact of the forced removal of indigenous children from their parents, commonly known as the Stolen Generations. This day is often confused with requiring expressions of guilt, when it is more about acknowledgment and the future.

This year’s National Reconciliation Week represented the 50th anniversary of the referendum on indigenous citizenship and 25 years since the landmark Mabo Native Title court ruling. Recognition as citizens to be counted in the census allowed the Federal Government to make laws to meet the needs of indigenous Australians and to establish the Council for Aboriginal Affairs. It’s remarkable that indigenous Australians had previously been classified as flora and fauna. This recognition came after decades of discriminatory policies, in spite of the fact that Aboriginal Australians fought and died for our country in World Wars One and Two. This year was the first year indigenous veterans led the ANZAC Day March.

Mabo was a 10-year legal case to recognise indigenous Australians’ unique connection to the land and it led to the Native Title Act. This meant that indigenous Australians won the right to live on the land; to access the area for traditional purposes; to visit and protect important places and sites; to hunt, fish or gather traditional food or resources on the land; and to teach Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander laws and customs on the land. This is something we recognise in our acknowledgement of the Kaurna people and hopefully continues to grow in our understanding of the role of indigenous Australians as custodians of this land.

Many indigenous Australians met two weeks ago at Uluru to debate the next step in reconciliation, such as recognition of our first peoples in the constitution and establishing a more representative body to meet the needs of indigenous peoples in areas of health, education and employment. There has been some disagreement on what is the best way forward, some believing recognition is not enough, but this still reflects how actively indigenous Australians are involved in shaping their own future and the progress made since the recognition of the 1967 referendum.

As this year’s theme ‘Let’s take the next steps’ reflects, there is still a long way to go for all Australians to make true reconciliation a reality. If you have a look at the major steps so far, there is great reason for hope. Only discussing reconciliation when it’s part of the curriculum is not enough; using limited indigenous enrolments or connections to the local indigenous community as reasons for not getting involved isn’t acceptable either. Saints Girls has a role, too, as we review our own Reconciliation Action Plan, so we need students to take leadership as we take the next step as a School. Students and staff have been asked to reflect on what reconciliation means to them as we look to the future in a spirit of respect and hope.

National Reconciliation Week events included workshops in the Resource Centre for our Year 7s and 9s to consider literature using a past/present/future model to guide the students through Australia’s history from 1770 onwards, highlighting key dates.

The Year 9s also completed an activity whereby the burdens of the Aboriginal people became the focus. Here are some of their insights:

“Thank you for teaching our class on Friday about National Reconciliation Week. I especially enjoyed the girls reading from the books and learning about how the children felt.” – Annabelle Black

“I especially enjoyed learning about all of the challenges and burdens that the Aboriginals had to endure because I didn’t know anything about Aboriginal history.” – Ellie Anderson

“…I had no idea British settlement had such an impact on the indigenous people.”
– Maddison Tilley-Brooks

“From this session, I now understand how horrible the ‘white’ people were to the Aboriginals. I knew that they didn’t treat them well but I never realised that they were tried to be killed off and the children were taken away from their parents.” – Amelie Eaton

“I especially enjoyed the game that we played as it provided us with a good understanding about how the Aboriginals have to carry such heavy burdens. It really put it into perspective.” – Hattie Maerschel

The Environment Club also ran a lunchtime workshop for Junior School students to create their own indigenous art forms. Our aim is to make National Reconciliation Week not only a cross-disciplinary curriculum focus, but a more prominent part of our School Calendar into the future.

Gregor Dingwall
Head of Humanities

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Years 2 – 4 Disco

W6 Disco

Oh, what a night!

Thanks to the terrific team of Junior School SRC, Year 6/7 helpers and teachers, the Years 2 – 4 Disco last Friday night was a resounding success. The School Rock Band entertained us with a rocking repertoire to kick it off, led by Robyn Habel.

The girls let loose and carved it up on the dance floor, dancing their way through the Bus Stop and Macarena and seeing how low they could go with the Limbo! The girls took the opportunity to dress up and capture the moment with friends in the fabulous photo booth. Oh, what a great night was had by all!

Deb Cope
Year 3 Teacher

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Saints’ Rock Band

W6 Rock Band

Last Friday’s Junior School Disco was the first-ever gig for the Saints’ Rock Band and The Guitar Ensemble… and what a gig it was! The Guitar Ensemble opened with the Henry Mancini classic, Peter Gunn, creating an atmosphere of anticipation and excitement. The Guitar Ensemble were followed by the new Saints’ Rock Band who performed three songs. They opened with the 1950s Elvis rocker Hound Dog and, as the Junior School Disco goers danced their way through a sea of balloons, the band then ripped into the highly popular Riptide by Vance Joy. They finished their set with the super catchy pop anthem by Echosmith entitled Cool Kids, which saw many cool kids clapping and singing along.

The bands have been rehearsing for only two terms and, as their Director, I was extremely proud of the girls’ efforts, their professionalism and the level of performance that they have achieved in such a short time. Special mention goes to the Georgina Keough, Emily Loh and Amelia Pudney who ripped out some cool improvised blues solos throughout the set. Guitar Ensemble and Rock Band ROCK!

Guitar ensemble
Georgina Keough (lead guitar), Dominique Rigby (bass), Taylah Simpson (rhythm guitar),
Lily-Rose Spartalis (drums), Chi Chi Zhao (rhythm and lead guitar).

Rock Band
Lily Alexander (percussion), Ruby Bouhamdan (drums), Emily Loh (piano), Madison McGregor-Simms (bass), Amelia Pudney (guitar), Chi Chi Zhao (vocals).

Robyn Habel
Music Teacher

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Staff vs Student Debate proves to be another hit!

W6 Staff Student Debate
Last Friday, the second Staff vs Student debate was held and what an exciting event it was. Hattie Maerschel, Holly Wallman-Craddock and Abbie Lisle represented the student affirmative team and Mr Lisle, Ms Davey and Mr Davidson represented the staff negative team on the debate, “The school uniform requirements at Saints should be abolished.”

It was the second of this year’s staff/student debates and it was just as entertaining as the first. From raps to the throwing of cue cards onto the floor, this debate had it all! There wasn’t a single speech that didn’t leave the audience in laughter and, overall, it was quite the heated debate. In the end, the students were crowned the winners of this encounter!

Hattie Maerschel
Year 9 student

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Music Archive Project

W6 Music ArchivesThis year, an opportunity has arisen to finally enter the many thousands of music manuscripts held by our Performing Arts Department into the School’s library database. The project, which is being coordinated by Julia Norman (university student and Music Teacher at Saints Girls), has had a slow but productive being. A small group of volunteers has already processed and catalogued over 500 manuscripts but there are many thousands to go.

Julia is seeking assistance from the broader School community to support this project. Volunteers are needed on Wednesday or Friday afternoons between 2 – 3.30pm to carry out a range of activities from labelling and typing titles to entering data. No experience or skills are required. It is very much a learn-on-the-job experience.

Any time you can offer would be gratefully received.

Please contact Julia via email on or myself at if you can assist with this project or would like to find out more.

Miss Lisa Hollis
Resource Centre Coordinator

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Scholarships at St Peter’s Girls’ School for 2018

If you know anyone in your networks who may wish to join our Saints Girls’ community, the School has a range of 2018 Scholarships open to external students. Opportunities include academics, IB, Music and Performing Arts. Some applications close from next week, so interested parents will need to act swiftly.

Please click here for further details.

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Arts Alive 2017

Arts Alive invitation

You are warmly invited to attend the 2017 Junior School Arts Alive Exhibition.

STEAM: A celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics through the ARTS

Friday 23 June
Grandparents and Special Older Friends
R – 2    11am – 12.30pm
Years 3 – 6    1.30 – 3pm
Morning and afternoon tea will be provided.

Parents and friends
Open from 4pm for viewing
R – 2     Opening Ceremony at 5pm
Years 3 – 6    Opening Ceremony at 6pm
Wine for sale by the glass and finger food provided.

Saturday 24 June
Friends, Family and Community
10.30am – 12.30pm

Entry by donation

For catering purposes, please book through

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School Shop

New to the School Shop – elastic ties in House colours – $25

W5 House Ties

The School Shop will be open during the last week of the school holidays on Monday 17 and Tuesday 18 July from 10am – 4pm. We will also be open Monday 24 July 10am – 4pm, resuming normal trading hours on Tuesday 25 July.

For any enquiries or uniform appointments please call the School Shop on 8334 2228 or email

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Quiz Night

W2 Quiz Night 2017

Our Parents’ & Friends’ Association is calling for donations of wine. We are offering a fundraising Wine Wall at our upcoming Quiz Night on Friday 16 June.

Please drop off wine donations to the Community Relations Office across from the School Shop.

To book Quiz Night tickets, please visit

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Entertainment Book pre-sales

Enews Entertainment Book

The 2016 | 2017 Entertainment Membership is expired on 1 June 2017

Order your new 2017 | 2018 Entertainment Membership before 30 June 2017 to go in the draw to win a $50 Archer Hotel dining voucher AND a pass for 2 adults and 2 kids to Adelaide Zoo!

As a Mothers’ Club fundraiser, part-proceeds from every book sold will go to the exciting redevelopment of the outdoor areas surrounding our new Middle School.

If you would like to buy a book, you can fill out the form at the Front Office or simply go online. Order your Entertainment Book here!

The Entertainment Book and new phone app offer our community members a great way to try out restaurants and activities around SA, save money and, at the same time, support our girls.

Thank you in advance for your kind support and consideration.

Your Mothers’ Club Committee

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Learn how to build your own iPhone app!

Code Camp Enews

Are you looking for an indoor school holiday activity?

St Peter’s Girls’ School will be hosting Code Camp Spark for students in Years 2 – 7. Code Camp runs 17 – 19 July from 9am – 3.30pm. Cost for Code Camp Spark is $350 for three days.

Code Camp Information Flyer
Visit the Code Camp website for more information
Visit the St Peter’s Girls’ School booking page

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Sports News

W6 Sport
As always, students are reminded to check notice boards for team selections and other information relating to their sport.

If you have any news items or sporting success stories, please email them to


Congratulations to Olivia Goldsmith (Year 9) who has been selected in the U16 State Hockey Team to compete in the Pacific School Games in December.

Further congratulations to Bridgette Leach (Year 6) and Molly Dwyer (Year 5) who have been selected in the East Adelaide SAPSASA team to compete at the State Primary School Carnival.


Well done to Keeley Fahey (Year 8) who recently competed at the National Trampolining Championships where she won the U17 National Synchro Tramp championship and U15 National Championship for Individual Tramp for the second year in a row.


Over the last week or so, Saints has had a number of teams compete in Knockout Netball, with some resounding results seeing most teams progress into the next round.

Year 10 Knockout
On Wednesday 31 May the Year 10 Knockout Team headed to Blackwood to face Unley HS in the first match and came out firing! We led 20-1 at quarter-time and continued our dominance throughout the match, finishing up winning 64-15. It really was a complete performance, with our defenders (Charlotte White, Milly Wood and Rachel Kameniar) all outstanding, picking off many intercepts. Our mid-court (Eve Habel, Anna Pryor and Tahlia Towers) worked hard and drove strongly through the middle of the court, hitting the circle edge repeatedly and feeding our goalies very skilfully. Our goalies (Sivi Sivasuthan, Brooke Elliott and Nikki Miller) finished off the team’s work with very accurate shooting. Their movement was excellent and they presented very strong targets in the circle. In the second game against netball specialist school Blackwood High, both teams started nervously with errors on both sides and the goalies were finding it difficult to score. However, Saints settled first and led 12-5 at the first break. Our defenders continued their solid effort in the second quarter; however, we struggled to get the ball down court through Blackwood’s mid-court press and couldn’t convert this good work. Our goalies and mid-court were working overtime but things just weren’t falling our way. At the half-time break we were 20-13 up. The girls were determined to put in their best effort in the last quarter, and that’s exactly what they did, winning the last quarter 14-5 to run out eventual winners 42-25.

Year 6/7 Knockout
Our Year 6/7 team took on Marryatville PS in Round 2 of the Knockout competition on Thursday 1 June. We were very evenly matched, with defenders from both teams turning the ball over and the attackers moving the ball well and scoring consistently. We were 9-8 up at the first break and then 14-13 at half-time. Our defenders, Charlotte White, Adele Eaton, Charlie Fishlock and Chloe Porter, were fantastic, picking off intercepts and pouncing on loose balls. Mia Humphrey, Ellie Humphrey and Sivanthi Sivasuthan worked hard through the mid-court to get the ball on the circle edge and get off some excellent feeds. Toni Christiansen and Willow Stewart-Rattray shot well all game and presented strongly in the circle, making it easy for our mid-courters to feed them. The girls didn’t let up in the last quarter and fought hard all the way to the final whistle, notching up a 29-18 victory.

Year 8/9 Knockout
In their first round of matches on Friday 2 June, our Year 8/9 Knockout netballers had to take on two schools that run special interest netball programs. Firstly, we played Adelaide HS and dominated from start to finish, winning 42-17, with all girls contributing well throughout the game. Our second match was against Gleeson College and we knew when we watched them warm up that this would be a much tougher game. They had height down both ends and a quick mid-court, so the girls would have to be at their best to beat them. We started well, with our defenders turning over a lot of balls and our goalies converting, but some unforced errors meant we went into the break 8-12 down. Unfortunately, our second quarter wasn’t our best. While our effort was there throughout the quarter, some silly errors, tight defence from Gleeson and excellent shooting saw us lose this quarter 4-14. The girls were disappointed with this quarter and knew they could play better. In the second half, they showed just how well they could play, winning the half 17-16, but unfortunately this wasn’t enough to secure the win, as they eventually went down 29-42. Hannah Freeman, Sarah Wishart and Gemma Schaedel were fantastic in defence all day. They gave away a fair bit of height, but what they lacked in height they made up for in relentless effort, never letting Gleeson get an easy ball and taking some amazing intercepts. Ruby Bouhamdan, Ella Liddy and Bella Bernardi gave everything they had in the mid-court, consistently re-offering and showing great patience when feeding into the goalies. Captain Anna White led from the front in goals all game, scoring 26 of our 29 goals, and was very well supported by Jess Wishart, Imogen Parker and Bella Bernardi. While they were all disappointed at being knocked out, the girls showed fantastic team spirit and never gave up and should be very proud of the way they conducted themselves. Alice Johnswood (Director of Netball)


Wednesday 31 May
Open A – Saints 1 defeated by Pembroke 2
Facing one of the top teams in the competition, the girls did an amazing job to keep the score at 1-1 for most of the game. Unfortunately, a last minute goal by Pembroke led them to victory; however, the girls’ performance is one to be commended. Funto Komolafe worked hard as our centre forward for the entire game and was rewarded with a goal. Bethany Cross kept the midfield under control, and was vital to the team’s defensive work. Hopefully, the girls will have their first win of the season next week. Dom Rigby (Captain)

Open B – Saints 0 drew with Pembroke 0
The team had many chances in front of goal but could not convert their chances. They put in a better performance from the week before. The girls never stopped trying and nearly scored in the last minute. Keep working, girls. Charlie Capogreco (Coach)

Middle A – Saints 0 defeated by Pembroke 2
Another week where the team has improved upon last week’s efforts but still couldn’t get the victory. We are continuing to improve so as long as we keep up with the way we are training and playing, we will start to win games. As always, plenty of positives have come from the game, which have highlighted more areas we can work on in the coming weeks.
Vincent Talladira (Coach)

Middle B – Saints 1 defeated by Immanuel 5
With only 10 players in the first half, the girls put in a determined effort but could not contain the pressure applied by Immanuel. Amelie Eaton had an outstanding game with lots of chasing and strong tackling. Emily Downie and Imogen Parkinson also had good games. In the second half Sara Peak helped the team despite having a sore neck and this helped the team show good improvement and dominate the half. Keep trying, girls.
Manni Katopolis (Coach)

Year 7 – Saints 2 defeated by Seymour 3
Seymour scored the first three goals, but the team never gave up and scored two goals to narrow the lead. Seymour’s keeper pulled off some good saves in the last minutes to enable them to deny Saints a share of the points. Keep working hard, girls.
Kosta Bakopanos (Coach)


Wednesday 31 May
Year 6 Blue – Saints 34 defeated Walford Gold 3
Year 6 Blue had another successful game and played very strongly in both defence and offence, turning the ball over quickly and converting it to scores. The ball rarely got down to the defensive end due to the girls’ abilities to switch from attack to defence quickly. Each girl tried to implement the shooting technique that was practised at training.
Sarah Matheson (Student Coach)

Year 6 Silver
Saints 29 defeated Wilderness Purple 9
The silver team had another successful game and applied their learnt skills magnificently! Congrats especially to Maddie Harrex and Marcella Tolley; Maddie, after coming from a recent injury, played a great game with many turn overs and great energy. Marcella was very accurate with her shooting, missing rarely. Overall, the girls incorporated excellent defence skills and pressure on the court. We are looking forward to a great term.
Brooke Elliott and Tahlia Towers (Student Coaches)

Year 6 White
Saints 6 defeated by Seymour Blue 20
The team worked well in both attack and defence; however, we need to focus on leading towards the ball instead of away from it and making strong, obvious leads. The girls had a good first quarter, scoring the most goals. Overall, the girls had a good game but we have some things to improve on for next week. Georgina Bafile (Student Coach)

Year 5
Saints 6 defeated by Walford 31
The Year 5 girls were given the opportunity to play in positions they’d never played in before and all did exceptionally well. The girls showed big improvements as the game went on and by the end, both coaches were very pleased with their efforts. Both Zara Chessell and Jasmine Segredos scored some fantastic goals from great distances! Unfortunately, we were defeated by Walford in the end; however, still a wonderful effort. A massive thank you to Charlie Edwards and Scarlett Dillon for filling in for us. Great game, girls! Charlotte Parker (Student Coach)


Thursday 1 June
Saints had a small representation at the State Cross Country Championships but recorded some fantastic results yet again. This year, despite it being cold, the championships were held in sunny conditions and with 12 students split between representing East Adelaide (Years 4 to 7) and Secondary (Years 8 to 12) Saints had 12 runners, with four finishing in the top 10 and seven in the top 20 in the State. Top placegetters:

11 year girls: Willow Stewart-Rattray 5th, Molly Dwyer 7th. Team Gold for East Adelaide
13 Year girls: Imogen Elliott 6th. Team Bronze for East Adelaide
14 year girls: Matilda Braithwaite 10th
16 year girls: Eve Habel 16th
Open girls: Thandi Murada 8th, Bethany Cross 19th


Friday 2 June
Year 5/6 – Saints 6 defeated Loreto 0
The girls were lucky enough to be given the experience of playing with an 11-a-side team as they played on a larger field. This allowed all of them to showcase the skills they have learnt, as the larger field gave them more time and space. The team played a very strong, cohesive game, sharing the ball around, linking up strong passes and having a run in a variety of positions. The girls finished the game with a strong win. Well done to everyone who played. Sophie Fry (Coach)

Australian rules football

Friday 2 June
Saints 1.1 = 7 defeated by Immanuel 9.9 = 63
Saints faced a tough encounter against Immanuel but showed determination and fierce tackling yet again, which enabled many free kicks to be won. Despite the overall score, Saints had many forward entries but were unable to get past a tough Immanuel defence. Each week, Saints improve and some of the passing and link play through the middle created many highlights. Even a bloody nose to Grace Dawson could not deter the intensity of Saints. It was hard to name best players, as all girls are developing and improving not only individually, but also as a team. Ella Robinson, Thandi Murada, Jasmine Ledgard, Bethany Cross and goal scorer, Holly Cunningham, all made significant contributions, but all players are commended on their efforts which received great feedback from Immanuel who said we have been their toughest opponent so far.
Neil Fuller


Saturday 3 June
This week the Open A team had an extremely close match, with two of the singles matches going to three sets. The Open B, D1 and D2 teams played excellently, winning their matches 6-0. Congratulations to Amelie Dunda on her incredible 21-0 win in her singles match. Overall, Saints had a successful week, with four of our seven teams defeating their opponents. Emily Murdock (Captain)

Open A – Saints defeated by Pembroke 2-4
Best player: Erica Reid

Open B – Saints defeated Seymour 6-0
Best player: Lola Dimond

Open C – Saints defeated Seymour 4-2
Best player: Gloria Gao

Open D1 – Saints defeated Seymour 6-0
Best player: Amelie Dunda

Open D2 – Saints defeated Pulteney 6-0
Best player: Meredith Li

Open E2 – Saints defeated by Seymour 3-6
Best player: Lauren Hernan

Open E3 – Saints defeated by Pembroke 3-6
Best player: Alice Liang


Saturday 27 May
Open A – Saints 1 defeated by Wilderness 4
The opening minutes of the game were very strong, with Grace Packer scoring a goal from a short corner. The whole team performed at a much higher standard this week, setting up a strong press every time the opposition had the ball. The communication on the field was great and it was wonderful to see all the girls working together to move the ball into our attacking side. There were many opportunities for a goal but we were unable to convert our great work onto the score board. Lara Khoury (Captain)

Open B – Saints 5 defeated Wilderness 1


Saturday 3 June
Under 11 – Saints Blue 2 defeated by Eagles 6
Despite the cold and frosty morning, the girls were eager to play. They fought hard for ground balls, particularly Savannah Walls (Year 3) and Sophie Lively (Year 3). Many of the players showed their increasing confidence by running with the ball; Madison Dornbusch (Year 3) did a great job doing this. At half-time the girls were down by two goals and went back out ready to try to even the score by making sure they were in front of their player in attack. Lara Maione (Year 4) and Jenna Maione (Year 5) did well at running into attack and throwing the ball into space. Serae Stolcman (Year 3) was our goalie for the match; she saved a number of shots and showed great courage when hit with the ball but still wanted to be goalie for the rest of the match. Goal scorers were Jenna Maione and Savannah Walls. All the team showed great determination and should be very proud of the effort they put in. Lucy Martin (Coach)

Under 11
The girls arrived to a very cold morning with our field covered in frost! Despite the cold, they warmed up very quickly during the game against ETP. The girls played exceptionally well, with excellent running, passing and goal shooting. It was so pleasing to see them begin to understand the importance of “finding a player” and defending them! Even though we lost the game, great teamwork skills were displayed too, with encouragement, cheers and lots of communication on-field. I have thoroughly enjoyed coaching this team for the last two weeks and am looking forward to watching their confidence grow this year. Sophie Auricht (Lacrosse Captain)


Saturday 3 June
Open A – Saints 30 defeated by Immanuel 59
This week, the girls played against Immanuel but unfortunately had their first loss. They put up a great fight. Charlotte White’s amazing defensive work maintained the defensive end, giving the girls many opportunities to turn the game around. Fiona Dawson maintained a strong forward line that helped keep the goal margin to a minimum. The girls hope to regain their winning streak in the following weeks. Abbey Goodwin (Co-Captain)

Open B – Saints 16 defeated by Immanuel 74

Open E (Year 12) – Saints 47 defeated Wilderness 16
Another great game for the Open Es this week, with the whole team working really well together to get the ball to easily flow down the court. Dimity Pittman and Chelsea Marchetti did an amazing job as our shooters and Alice Petchey made a number of excellent intercepts in mid-court to turn the ball over into our possession. Looking forward to another game and hopefully another win next round! Emma Mockridge (Year 12)

Open E (Year 11) – Saints 27 defeated Seymour 20
The Year 11C team had a fantastic win against Seymour. The focus was on our passing and leading in front and it showed in every quarter. As we were short of defenders, Charlotte Sapio and Ava Loechel agreed to give defence a go and did a fabulous job. The defensive pressure from the entire team was what set up the win. Joanne Knapp (Coach)

Year 10A – Saints 27 defeated by Immanuel 88
The team faced a tough opponent and Immanuel controlled their passing to great effect. Despite being outmatched, Saints stayed committed, focussing on specific goals set out for the game. The girls tried for the entire game and remained positive. Grace Russo (Coach)

Year 10B – Saints 9 defeated by Immanuel 36
The girls played their strongest game and showed improvement as a team, despite the loss. The movement of the ball throughout the mid-court indicated that several new drills at training are paying off and allowing the ball to smoothly move from our defensive end to our goal end. This week we will continue to focus on ball movement at both ends of the court to assist our goalies, and handy tips to ensure that space is made and utilised in attack. Emily Wishart (Coach)

Year 9/10C – Saints 28 defeated by Pembroke 48
The team had a great start and three strong quarters where they were almost even with their opposition; however, they let the opposition get ahead of them in the third quarter. The goalies worked very well together in the circle and scored off almost every ball that came down there. Emily Braggs (Coach)

Year 9A – Saints 74 defeated Wilderness 29
The 9As all played an amazing game this week, defeating Immanuel. We played a strong game in both attack and defence, while the mid-courters worked together to bring the ball down the court, feeding into the circle with well-timed passes. The goalies played a fantastic game, using the circle well and jumping for rebounds, giving us many opportunities to have a second chance at a goal. In defence, a number of great turn overs and intercepts were made, resulting in a lot of goals being scored off the opposition’s centre passes. Well done to all the girls, especially those who played out of position! Ella Liddy (Year 9)

Year 9B – Saints 16 defeated by Immanuel 34
This week we had a tough away game against Immanuel college. All odds were against us, with only 7 players and missing Lucy White and Clair Kao and Immanuel needing players from their As to fill their team. It was a long game, with everyone playing all four quarters, and by the end we had given it our all. Despite a loss, we still had some highlights and tried some centre pass set-ups that worked extremely well. Next week, we will all be determined for a win and will try even harder. Charlotte Sellars (Year 9)

Year 8A – Saints 33 defeated Immanuel 10
The first half of this week’s game was outstanding. The pressure applied the whole way down the court resulted in many turn overs and we were able to get a strong lead going into the second half. In the last two quarters, the girls set individual goals and it was great to see each of them determined to achieve what they set out to in the third quarter. Mentions must go to Sophie, Gemma and Steph who worked extremely well together in defence, managing to really cut Immanuel out of most of the game! Well done to all girls – a fantastic effort and win! Amy Wishart (Coach)

Year 8B – Saints 2 defeated by Immanuel 44
The Year 8Bs had a tough game this week; however, the emphasis was working on skills learnt at training including two specific centre pass set plays. Seeing them incorporate and successfully execute these at the game was great. The girls individually showed improvement, which was great to see. Sophia West and Amy Wishart (Coaches) 

Year 7A – Saints 30 defeated Immanuel 28
Saints had a great start in the first quarter, leading 5 to nil, but a lapse in concentration (and confidence) allowed Immanuel back into the game and by half-time Immanuel led 16 to Saints 14. Some changes to our defensive line-up and fresh legs in attack at half-time allowed us to turn the game around in our favour and we won the 3rd and 4th quarters each by 2 goals. A fantastic game which allowed the team to see what they were really capable of when put under pressure. Great work, team! Michelle Blackburn (Coach)

Year 7B – Saints 16 defeated by Immanuel 23
Although the girls didn’t go home with a win this week, they still played a great game and worked well as a team to play a constant game against a tough opponent. Both defence and attack were strong and all girls have done well to focus on particular skills we have been improving at training. I am very impressed with how each girl is putting in effort and working hard in both games and training. Georgia Naughton (Coach)

Year 7C – Saints 15 defeated Seymour 7
Saints def Seymour 15-7
The girls played an absolutely amazing game when they came up against rivals Seymour. The girls were focused during all four quarters and each player gave 100% the entire match. Defence down the entire court was strong, in particular the combination of Primrose in goal keeper and Sophie in the mid-court working together to produce many turnovers, with the attacking line working hard to get the ball into the goal circle. Shooting from all girls was extremely consistent, capitalising on many turn overs. Special mention to Katie who excelled in her first game as goal shooter, rarely missing a shot. I believe this is just the beginning of what a fantastic season the girls have to come. Sarah Miller (coach)

Enews – Week 5, Term 2 2017

Issue no. 16
W5 da Vinci Decathlon

Great success at the 2017 South Australian da Vinci Decathlon

da Vinci season has come and gone, and what a season it has been. The girls have been amazing and dedicated in their approach to this year’s competition. They have been in before school, lunchtimes, weekends and even holidays, living and breathing the da Vinci process. Every girl has had a part to play and has played it well, as Da Vinci is very much a team event.

St-Peters-Girls-School-56-team-2-photo-2-SMALLTuesday saw the Year 5/6 teams open the decathlon, with some of these girls encountering their first experience in a tough field of 23 competing schools.  Both Saints Girls’ teams did very well, with one gaining first in Ideation and Coding, second in Creative Producers and Art and Poetry and a third in Engineering. An incredible performance that led to our first ever overall victory at the decathlon. I would also like to commend the superb sportsmanship displayed by our second team who celebrated the win as though it were their own, demonstrating the School spirit admirably.

Wednesday was a beautiful but chilly day with the Year 7 team meeting early to do some last-minute cramming and then we were off. It was another very challenging day with 21 teams competing. Many of our team were again experiencing da Vinci for the first time, but they were all ready and raring for the opportunity to compete and represent the school.  The girls worked tirelessly trying to solve numerous problems and scenarios placing fourth in both Maths and Coding. I have never seen a student so excited to see a code written in binary before; there might even have been a bit of a squeal!

Thursday was the final instalment with our Year 9 team taking the floor to compete against 15 other teams.  A number of these girls were seasoned veterans, excited and saddened by the prospect of their final da Vinci.  It was a tough day with our girls moving in and out of the top three.  A first in Ideation and a second in Art and Poetry resulted in a final position of fifth and, as we are the Chapter School, Year 9 earned their place to go to Sydney. The team spirit shown by these girls was amazing, as they worked as one seamless unit to complete the mountain of tasks throughout the day.  Never has team laughed so much or presented me with such entertainment!

As I look back, I think of the village that it took to host such a mammoth event, ensuring everything was in place and we were all fed. Behind the competition itself were our wonderful Chan Chau and Richard Lisle, communicating with schools and coordinating the competition in the many months before and the days during the event. Behind me was an army of specialist teachers who gave up lunchtimes to help our girls in particular disciplines, teachers carrying out reliefs and a learning strategies department who were regularly invaded by da Vinci girls. However, we mustn’t forget the parents who brought their girls to all sorts of practices, tested girls at home and helped support them as their excitement mounted.

So, at the end of a thrilling week, I can’t think of a better display of our School ethos. Our girls and community demonstrated that, to be part of Saints Girls, you truly have to be creative, courageous and compassionate. My final question then is, who’s up for next year?

Becca Burton-Howard
Gifted and Talented Teacher

I was part of a team of eight girls who participated in the Year 5/6 competition. We had a tremendous time solving problems, working together and being creative. My favourite activity was Art and Poetry, but I also enjoyed the other nine subjects. It was an amazing experience, topped off with a win.

Madison Liddy
Year 6 student

Over Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, the da Vinci Decathlon took place in the Arts Centre and schools from all around Adelaide came to participate. I was lucky enough to make it into the Year 7 team. The day consisted of three sessions, during each session 2-4 events out of the 10 took place and as a team had to organise who would do which subject as to have it nicely balanced. Over all, it was a really fun experience and it was great to be so challenged in a fun way.

Charlotte Adams
Year 7 student

I really enjoyed the whole experience from the preparation to the actual event. I think that our team worked really well together because we all contributed and communicated well. We struggled with Engineering and Coding, however we excelled in the Ideation and Art and Poetry categories.

Ellie Anderson
Year 9 student

I wanted to write to recognise and thank you (Becca Burton-Howard) for all your tireless work with the Year 5/6 teams. It was absolutely fantastic to see the Blue team emerge as winners, but we do realise that this was not by chance. Both you and they have dedicated many hours preparing for the competition so that when the day arrived, they were ready to take on any challenge thrown at them. It really is a testimony to how you have helped them to organise themselves, focus on their strengths within the team and keep level-headed. Each girl knew their strength and worked to complete their part. What an amazing opportunity to be involved in, thanks so much again Becca.

Samantha Humphrey
Parent of Ellie, Year 6 student

As I have only been working at St Peter’s Girls for a few months, this was my first da Vinci Decathlon. I was the ‘official’ photographer, updated our Facebook page and uploaded the results and team photos onto the School website. I was thrilled to be involved and, just as the students worked as a team to complete the tasks, it really was a team effort to ensure the event ran smoothly – Fiona McGregor (Events Officer), Chan Chau (PA to the Deputy Principal/Head of Middle School), Becca Burton-Howard (Gifted and Talented Teacher) and Richard Lisle (Deputy Principal/Head of Middle School) worked incredibly hard to create a wonderful experience for the students. As a new member of the Saints Girls’ community, it was an honour to represent the School and contribute to such a large-scale event.

Hayley McLauchlan
Communications Coordinator

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From the Head of Junior School

Suzanne HaddyLiteracy and numeracy are the foundations of an effective primary education. Running alongside these and the other academic disciplines, is the development of skills, attitudes, work habits and character traits that our students will need to be successful learners and citizens in a fast-changing world; a world which will require them to be flexible, creative, innovative problem-solvers and collaborators.

These and associated skills were highlighted in the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians, written back in 2008, and elaborated on by many since. While the list continually evolves, and is by no means definitive, there is general agreement that what students need from a 21st century education is markedly different from that of their 20th century predecessors.

To enhance and expand the opportunities our students have to develop the skills that will enable them to flourish in their schooling and in life, we have recently introduced Mind Lab to the Reception to Year 3 curriculum. Our Year 5 and 6 students have been invited to be involved during lunchtime co-curricular sessions and we plan to extend this opportunity to Year 4 students later in the year.

Mind Lab develops specific cognitive, social, emotional and ethical thinking skills through playing hands-on strategy board games. The effectiveness of this learning is strengthened through teacher mediation. The Mind Lab methodology requires teachers to help students transfer the skills and strategies learned in game-playing situations to real-life situations. The learning spans all traditional learning areas and encourages risk-taking and flexibility of thinking. After just a few weeks of beginning Mind Lab, our students are already learning how to think more strategically, concentrate for extended periods, overcome emotional disappointments, analyse complex information, work cooperatively, find patterns, apply memory, experiment with problem solving strategies and reflect upon their effectiveness.

It has been delightful to watch and listen to the students’ interactions, experimentation and learning. Equally pleasing, were the spontaneous responses of the Year 2 students when asked, “Why are we doing Mind Lab games in our class?”

Amelia “To learn how to work together and be nice to each other.”
Zara “To learn to work as a team”
Charlotte “To cooperate with each other”

Our Reception students have been likewise engaged, and when asked what they thought of the Mind Lab games, said:

Emily “You have to think about other friends’ Mindster cards, because if you don’t look carefully others can win!”

Isabelle “It’s fun because we get to play lots of thinking games. My favourite game is Rush Hour because you have to work together to solve problems”.

Amelia T “I like playing the Mind Lab games because we get to work with lots of different people and we work together as a team”.

They certainly hadn’t missed the key objectives of their recent sessions!

Suzanne Haddy
Head of Junior School

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Rostrum Voice of Youth finalists

W5 Voice of YouthCongratulations to our five students who competed in the semi-final heat of the Rostrum Voice of Youth public speaking competition on Saturday at Immanuel College: Aditi Tamhankar, Zaina Khan, Emily Downie, Aleisha Elliott and Holly Walman-Craddock. All were outstanding ambassadors for the school and delivered their speeches with conviction and aplomb. We are delighted to announce that Aditi, Zaina and Holly have all progressed to the State final which will be held at Parliament House on Saturday 24 June at 7pm. This means that a third of the State finalists hail from St Peter’s Girls’ School which is an incredible achievement!

Cat Davies
English Teacher

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Master Plan Update: From the construction zone

W5 Building Site

There have been some exciting developments since our last update in Enews. On Saturday morning, a large crane was brought in to install the walls of the lift shaft. The floor joists supporting the timber decking are also coming together and the new canopy has arrived – as seen in the top right image.

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Year 8s explore rocks at Hallett Cove

W5 Hallett Cove

This term in Year 8 Science, we have been studying the topic of ‘Rocks’ and the process of how these rocks are formed on Earth. In South Australia, we are lucky enough to have a world-renowned geological site at Hallett Cove.

Last Friday, the girls took the long bus ride to experience the site for themselves. Hallett Cove contains rocks and sediments, some dating back 600 million years ago. The girls were able to explore how the sand was deposited on the beach and observe the landscape of cliffs formed over time. This gave the girls a real-world perspective of all the theory learnt in the classroom, enabling them to make conclusions about our past. Hallett Cove is famous for the glacial striations than can be seen in the rock formations. The girls were able to look at the clues left behind from the glacier and determine how the surrounding environment has been shaped over millions of years.

“My favourite part about Hallett Cove was being able to actually see examples of the rocks in real life.” – Ashley

“My favourite part of the excursion was the beach and looking at all the rocks there.” – Olivia

“I really enjoyed drawing all the diagrams and looking at all the details for each type of rock.” – Lily-Rose

This was an excellent excursion for the girls to understand how rock formations are important in our history. The weather was on our side which made the day very enjoyable.

Clare Gaskell
Science Teacher

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Poetry in Action

Years 7 – 11 students began Week 4 with a treat: on Monday morning, Poetry in Action presented two plays to the girls, one to the Years 7 – 9 girls about Australian poetry and its development through history and a second to Years 10 – 11 about the power of speeches to influence human behaviour. Dramatic, funny, thought-provoking and entertaining, the three-person troupe engaged the audience and contributed to the richness of the English program by bringing the power of words to life.

Here are some reflections provided by students who attended:

We saw a performance by Poetry In Action called ‘The Citizenship Test’. This gave us an insight into Australian poetry and how it has been shaped through Australia’s history. The protagonist was Emily, a young woman in the ‘resistance’ who believes that citizenship should be a human right, instead of having to earn it every two months or so by doing tests – as you had to do in their wacky world.

Several classic poems were recited such as ‘Waltzing Matilda’ (Banjo Paterson) and ‘To Love a Sunburnt Country’ (Dorothea Mackellar), along with a few lesser known poems. In the play, it was said that you had to be tested on these poems to get your citizenship for Australia. How very odd!

Overall, this play was about what it is to be Australian and how there is no right or wrong way to do it; there is no specific set of values or beliefs. ‘The Citizenship Test’ provided an interesting look into different people’s opinions and experiences of what it means to be Australian. We thoroughly enjoyed the performance and look forward to Poetry In Action visiting Saints Girls again soon.

Sara Peak and Tiffany Zhou
Year 8 students

The Poetry in Action performance was a fun and engaging production that tackled a very controversial issue in a light-hearted yet powerful way. It explored the importance of discussion over argument and persuasion over silence by re-creating and exploring various famous – and even infamous – speeches. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire performance and loved the way that the actors approached each issue and taught us – the generation who need these lessons the most – how to deal with them.

Georgia Nairn
Year 11 student

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Collections for Winter Drive end soon – donate before it’s too late!

Do you have any old suitcases?

W5 Winter Drive SmallAs we approach the end of our Winter Drive, it has come to our attention that we need suitcases to pack all the clothes in. Therefore, at home if you have any old suitcases in good condition it would be greatly appreciated if you could bring them to the School.

The Winter Drive commenced this term, with Amira Shahin, Felicia Mi, Sindhu Nedumaran and Grace Edwards (CAS students) collecting donations from students, parents, friends and other members of the community to send to a refugee camp in Bekaa Valley, Lebanon. We have chosen this camp in particular as when winter hits, many children and parents die from lack of coverage and essentials. The purpose of our Winter Drive is to educate students about this issue and ask for help by bringing donations. We will stop taking donations from the end of next week, as we will need time to pack the donations and send them off to the camp.

Acceptable donations include (all items must be in good condition):
• Jumpers
• Socks
• Gloves
• Waterproof coats
• Tracksuit pants
• Jackets
• Heating equipment
• Blankets
• Sleeping bags


Thank you for your support! We will keep you updated on the end result of the Winter Drive.

Amira Shahin, Felicia Mi, Sindhu Nedumaran and Grace Edwards
Year 11 CAS students

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2017 Piano Competition

W5 Piano RecitalOur annual piano competition held last Friday saw over 50 piano students perform on our beautiful ‘Fiona Hale’ Grand Piano in MB120. The competition was open to all students from Reception all the way to our advanced Senior girls. It was wonderful to see such diversity of music and performance experience. From the pool of performers, a dozen girls were chosen to present a piece at our piano recital on Wednesday evening. The girls demonstrated great confidence and musicality in their chosen works. In addition we invited special guest artists Nick Parnell and Michael Ierace, who performed a 20 minute set featuring vibraphone and piano duets and piano solos at the evening recital. This was a wonderful way to demonstrate how piano could be used as a solo and accompanying instrument.

Congratulations to all involved!

Sally Rounsevell
Director of Music

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Year 3 and ELC buddy classes

W5 Buddy Class

The Year 3 students and the Ferguson Room have been working collaboratively this year to develop strong relationships as buddy classes. These sessions are planned to integrate with our PYP Units of Inquiry. We are presently working with the Ferguson friends on their Unit of Inquiry which is organised under the central idea that ‘Identity can be shaped over time.’ The focus for this unit is that our empathy is developed through listening to the stories of others. In partnership with our buddies we have looked at telling stories and listening to each other’s stories. The girls are working together in bookmaking sessions and have looked at different characters as well as the structure of a narrative. The Year 3 students have used their knowledge from their narrative genre study earlier this term to teach their buddies about problems and solutions in their books.

In this week’s session the buddies looked at plots; here are some of their thoughts:

Colette and Georgia
“Our story is about a princess who gets locked up by a witch but the princess gets saved by a King.”
“I liked making my book with my buddy” – Colette
“I liked helping Colette; we designed the front cover together” – Georgia

Audrey and Hayley
“We wrote a book about a pteranodon who eats shapes. The books title was the mysterious shapes.”
“The pteranodon is going to eat heart shapes, triangles, squares and a little tiny egg” – Audrey
“I think that Audrey’s ideas about pteranodons were really creative. She is a very smart girl and a fabulous buddy” – Hayley

Kyan and Hayley
“We made a book and it was called the naughty, muddy dog.”
“The naughty dog went in muddy puddles and then went in the house.” – Kyan
“I think that Kyan is a very creative and imaginative boy. He is very funny and a great buddy to have.” – Hayley

Charlotte and Emily
Charlotte and Emily wrote a story about a butterfly and a dog. The dog tried to chase the butterfly.
“I liked drawing with my buddy Emily” – Charlotte
“I liked watching Charlotte draw, I like how creative she was and her amazing ideas” – Emily

Sophie and Elsie made a book about Cinderella.
“I drew a picture of Cinderella on the front cover. The problem in the story is that Cinderella loses her glass slipper. Prince Charming finds Cinderella’s glass slipper. He looks around for a while to see who fits the glass slipper. They get married at the end in a big wedding” – Elsie
“I think Elsie is a wonderful buddy because she is so creative with ideas. She knew the problem in the story and she could put them into her own words.” – Sophie

Lily and Sydney
“We created a book about a princess who finds a monster and a knight.”
“I liked drawing my story in my book with Sydney” – Lily
“I liked helping Lily write the story” – Sydney

Mithi and Lila
“In our story, there was a cranky lion who falls in the mud.”
“He gets lots of mud in his fur. He stays muddy for the whole story.” – Lila
“I was really impressed with Lila’s ideas when we were making the book. Her problem was really creative. I enjoy working with her in our buddy sessions because we do a lot of fun activities together” – Mithi

All the girls really enjoy each other’s company and have developed really strong bonds across the Sub-Schools. The girls can’t wait for buddies and regularly ask “Are we going to buddies today?”

Mark Routley
Year 3 Teacher

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School Shop

New to the School Shop – elastic ties in House colours – $25

W5 House Ties

The School Shop will be open during the last week of the school holidays on Monday 17 and Tuesday 18 July from 10am – 4pm. We will also be open Monday 24 July 10am – 4pm, resuming normal trading hours on Tuesday 25 July.

For any enquiries or uniform appointments please call the School Shop on 8334 2228 or email

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Year 6 trip to Canberra

W5 Canberra

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The Year 6 students spent Week 3 of Term 2 exploring Canberra, where they visited locations such as Old Parliament House, the Australian Institute of Sport, and the Australian War Memorial. Please read on for an interesting recap of the trip, written by some of the students themselves.

After our arrival, we adventured to the National Capital Exhibition. This was the first place we had visited and we were filled with exhilaration in anticipation for our first activity. When we had filed inside the building we stopped at a map of Australia. Highlighted on this map were the many places that were considered in the process of choosing a capital for our nation. As there was much rivalry between where, it was decided to create a new place and that place was Canberra. Did you know that Canberra means meeting place in an Indigenous language? We created a model out of Lego of a building that had not yet been built in Canberra. We also watched a movie on how Canberra was named and designed. Canberra was designed by Walter Burley Griffin who won the design challenge with a stunning plan for the city. It was clear to the judges that not only had Walter thought about how his design looked, but also the practicality and how it would be used in the future. Canberra is based on the three-main axes of a triangle. We learnt this fact when we saw a huge model of the city and watched a light show which was projected onto the diorama. – Maddy Liddy

Our second stop was the Mount Ainslie Lookout, which provided a striking view of the city. We then rushed back to our accommodation where everyone waited with bated breath to learn who they would be sharing a dorm with. After having dinner, we were herded straight into bed, thus concluding our day. The second day of our lively week was no less hectic. Dressed in our uniforms, we first visited the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. – Bronwyn Gautier

During our visit to the museum we completed a keycard activity which helped test and expand our knowledge of parliament. We swiped a card at various screens and at each point we were supplied with different information and quizzes thrown into it. Later on, we went into the old House of Representatives where we took part in a role play of a parliamentary discussion. Some of the Year 6s dressed up in parliamentary robes and re-enacted a debate, while the rest of us responded with a loud “Hear, hear,” when we agreed with what was being said. – Georgina Wakeham

Old Parliament House is a grand old building full of history. It was built as a temporary house for parliament to meet until Australia had enough money to build a new one. It was used as Australia’s official Parliament House from 1927-1988. Because of the old and precious heritage of this very important building, we were required to wear gloves so as to preserve the building and the artefacts inside of it. We learnt about parliament’s first ever speaker, the first female speaker, how traditions changed and how parliament runs.

After going to Old Parliament House, we had recess at Senate Gardens and then headed to the Electoral Education Centre. It was a very interesting and enjoyable experience. First, we watched a video and we were delighted by images that were projected underneath the screen to make the video more realistic. Then we headed into a room to do activities in groups. One of the most popular ones was to search your family members who are on the voting list. I couldn’t do that though, as my family and I are not Australian Citizens yet. After a while we headed into another room where we had my personal favourite activity at the Electoral Education Centre. We had a mock referendum where we voted for our favourite ‘candidates’. – Marina Viese Vivaldi
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We also visited New Parliament House. Going through and learning about both chambers of parliament was an amazing experience. We found out when Federation was (which was the 1st of January 1901), we also learnt about the coat of arms and why the emu and kangaroo are on it. Did you know it is because they can’t walk backwards? After the wonderful tour, all the students participated in a role play about ‘Passing a Bill’. The bill was about animals and that farmers should give up 5% of their land to provide more natural reserves for our native animals. The role play was held in the House of Representatives. Some students had roles such as Usher of the Black Rod, Speaker, Clerk, Government representatives and Opposition representatives. We all had a spectacular time! – Madeline Lisle

The same day we went to Parliament House we went to the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS). I was bouncing off the wall, I was that excited! We went to the gymnasium where some men were practicing on the rings and the vault. They were really good. Then we went to the volleyball with girls practising and they were tall and hit the ball extremely hard. After the volleyball arena, we went to the best place, the swimming pool. We learnt that Michael Phelps dived off one diving block because it had lots of smart technology to show you how you dive. After our tour, we went into an amazing space with lots of things to do and games to play. – Sophie Dansie

W5 Canberra 3The next morning everyone was ready for the exciting trip to the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex. We were told about the space dishes and how the biggest was 70 metres in diameter and the antenna as tall as a three-storey house. These dishes communicate with robots, often referred to as satellites, that explore space and the planets around us. One is currently communicating with a satellite which is flying in between Saturn’s rings! Amazed by this and the dishes around us, the class followed our tour guide inside to learn more about the secrets of space. There we discovered that NASA scientists have found another solar system with a planet that could support life. We also learned that there is no life on Mars or on any other planet in space besides Earth. There are plans to send people to Mars around 2030 and the moon may be used for tourism in the future. It was a lot to process, but soon we were let loose to look at things in the Museum. There was space food, models of the robots exploring Mars and interactive games. In the Space Theatre, we looked at pictures of stars, planets and galaxies, answering questions about their shape and features. – Emma Pool

At the Ian Potter Technology Centre, we learnt all the different ways to produce electricity and all about prototypes. We even got to make our own prototypes and we learnt about how fish fins can generate electricity. After this exciting visit, we had a short stop at the National Portrait Gallery. We learnt a lot about significant Australians. – Ruby Richards

W5 Canberra 4We visited the Australian War Memorial early on the fourth day. I learnt so much about the Australian solders, WWI, WW2 and the impact they made globally. We walked around the ‘Roll of Honour’ to commemorate everyone who has died fighting for our country. We were also given the opportunity to place a poppy by a name to remember them. We went to see the Unknown Soldier’s Grave. No one knows his name or who his family is; they made this tribute on purpose so that anyone can remember relatives who never returned. Whilst at the memorial we were taken on a tour to see what food the ANZACs survived on, the rough terrain they fought in, how messages got around during war and other important details. Everything we found out was very interesting and I found a lot of it quite shocking and surprising. One of the interesting facts we learnt was that, during some of the wars, a soldier would walk out to the nearest water source and collect all the water for every soldier. They were given one cup each. This included washing clothes, hygiene and drinking all from that one cup. I found this astonishing because they worked so hard and would get extremely dehydrated in summer. I found this visit an amazing opportunity that changes your perspective on things. I am very grateful that we don’t live in a time of war in our country and am thankful for the people that have given their lives for us. – Ellie Humphrey

W5 Canberra 2My favourite part of going to the War Memorial was putting a poppy where my Uncle’s name was. He fought in World War II in Alamein, where he died from wounds. It made me want to discover more about his story, so when I arrived home I went to my Grandad’s house. He showed me letters that were sent between my Uncle and his family. It was quite emotional because nobody knew what was going to happen and whether he would be okay. – Stella Rasheed

After the memorial, we went to Government House which is home to Governor-General Peter Cosgrove. Many others have lived in this house before him. The site is about 2560 acres. The house was not actually made for its purpose nowadays, it was originally a farm house. Luckily, we got to have a sneak peek of where the Governor-General spends most of his days. We got to go to three rooms. The first was the original office of the house. This is where the Governor-General used to sign documents and bills, or meet important people. Nowadays this room is not used as much – it is just a room where the Governor-General keeps important books, photos and his coin collection. Next, we went to the dining room where Peter Cosgrove and Lady Cosgrove eat. This room gives you a great view of the lake on the property. After that we went to a rather interesting room with a cabinet made for the Governor-General. It had 45 drawers. Lastly, we got to see the famously known Rolls Royce that the Governor-General used to get driven around in. I enjoyed learning about the Governor-General’s main responsibilities. – Isobel Yelland

To conclude our final day, we went to Questacon. We were all very excited because most of us had heard about the free-fall slide (six metre drop). I had some fantastic memories such as seeing a man-made lightning strike and an earthquake simulator. – Monika Ceplitis

At the National Archives of Australia we were split into three groups, each with an instructor. My group excitedly walked into a dark room that had three tables covered in black material. Our instructor pulled back one of the black sheets and revealed an old discoloured scroll with Queen Victoria’s signature. We were told that this was the signing of Australia’s Constitution, signed because Britain was Australia’s mother country. I learned that this room was so dark because all of the documents are very old and precious and the light damages them. Another highlight was a dictation test which immigrants used to take when entering Australia. If they failed, they were sent back on the next boat home. – Lucy Schirripa

We also visited the Royal Australian Mint. You guessed it! We did learn about coins and how they’re made. Coins evolved a little while after settlement in Australia, by the British and Europeans. We got to take a peek through a window to see what people at the factory do with coins. There were mostly robots working, more than people, that’s because robots speed up the process. – Aamya Salaria

We went to the shop where we minted our own coins to take home. It was a big machine which you put $2 in and you then see the coin roll down and a machine stamps on the print. It then falls down a tunnel and you can keep it. – Phoebe Black

Afterwards, we went to the National Museum of Australia where we looked at a suitcase. It was from a man from Latvia who wanted to live in Australia because of what was happening around the world during WWII. After this personal story, we were taken on a tour through the museum, looking at all of the exhibits. – Annie Bui

Our final activity for the week was going to KSpace where there were touch screens and you had to complete all sort of missions and games. In teams, we created our own individual robots and customised them. Soon after, we got to play games and we had to move our robot by jumping and turning in all directions. It was a bit hard at the start but it was fantastic to play with. At the end, we had to work together as a team to move one robot to complete team tasks and collect things. – Tara Nedumaran

Overall, this was an amazing, unbelievable, engaging, intriguing and fun trip that taught me so much! When we arrived home after a long, tiring and exciting week we were all very happy to see our families and to have a long sleep before returning back to school on Monday. I loved this trip so much and the information that we were given has taught me so many useful and exciting things that I will use later on in my life. It was a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity that I enjoyed so much! – Ellie Humphrey

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Spanish Students’ Conference – Conference de estudiantes de Español

W5 Spanish IB

On May 22, our IB Spanish ab initio students were invited by STASA – Spanish Teachers’ Association of South Australia – to participate in a Student Conference at Flinders University where they were immersed in the Spanish language and Hispanic culture alongside 100 other students.

Most were at least in the second or third year of their Spanish studies, so considering that our girls have been doing it for just over a term, they were very brave and they were ready to take risks, even when they were presented with rather challenging tasks for their current level. Some of them even won some prizes at the end of the day! ¡Buen trabajo, chicas!

During the conference, they could listen to different accents from native speakers from Spanish-speaking countries such as Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, El Salvador and Spain. They also met a Mexican student of the same age who now lives in Adelaide and who they have remained in touch with.

Some of the activities included oral tasks, a fun sentence-building card game and an online team language game about a short film in Spanish.

The girls heard other students’ experiences with Spanish both in Australia and overseas. They received information in ‘Spanglish’ about exchange programs that they can join in the future and scholarships that some universities offer to study Spanish abroad.

They also had a true taste of Hispanic culture with “churros con chocolate” for recess and they were taught how to do the salsa by an Argentinian dance instructor. That is when I discovered the hidden gift of our girls to dance salsa! ¡Qué ritmo!


Carolina Barquero Masero
IB Spanish ab initio Teacher

“Being surrounded by fluent Spanish speakers encouraged me to work hard at the Spanish ab initio course because I could see how far people had progressed in their language skills in a short period of time. I enjoyed the card game because it put participants on the spot, which really helps with conversational skills. I also enjoyed the Kahoot game because it creates friendly competition and my team won!” – Erin Barrera

“We were strongly encouraged to participate in the activities regardless of our Spanish abilities. Learning more about the language encouraged my passion for it to strengthen. I was surprised by how many new skills I learnt. I was also surprised by how many risks I was able to take during the tasks, which helped my confidence with the language grow. Occasionally, we were spoken to in fluent Spanish and had to respond in one-on-one conversations. This is important when travelling and communicating with others in real-life situations.

Finally, we were taught how to dance salsa. This was lots of fun and truly allowed us to immerse ourselves in the Hispanic culture. It was also great being able to meet like-minded Spanish students” – Sophie Auricht

“I found the Spanish excursion really fun and interesting. I especially liked playing the word association game and the salsa dancing was kind of funny. It was also good to meet some other Spanish students from different schools.” – Georgia Bowden

“The Spanish Students’ Conference allowed me to better understand the Hispanic culture and Spanish as a language. It also gave me a better idea on what level I will be reaching by the end of Year 12.” – Helen Xiong


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New myLink Parent Portal – Year 10/11 exams

Parents of Year 10/11 students can now access upcoming exam timetables by logging on to our new Parent Portal myLink.

Once you’ve signed in, click on one of the tiles at the bottom of the Welcome page:

W5 Portal 2

On the next page, select “Click here” to bring up the timetable:

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It’s yet another feature of our new Parent Portal – explore myLink today!

Your username and password are the same as you would use for the old Link portal. If you are unsure of your details, please follow the link provided on the login page to reset your password. For any further assistance, contact our IT Helpdesk on or 8334 2227.

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Year 5 production seeks zebra rug

The Year 5 production of The Lion King needs a large zebra rug (1.5 – 2m) and a small lion cub stuffed toy no smaller than about 35cm.

They are to be borrowed for the production and returned safely.

Shelley Hampton
Year 5 Teacher / Year 5/6 Junior School Coordinator

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Arts Alive 2017

Arts Alive invitation

You are warmly invited to attend the 2017 Junior School Arts Alive Exhibition.

STEAM: A celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics through the ARTS

Friday 23 June
Grandparents and Special Older Friends
R – 2    11am – 12.30pm
Years 3 – 6    1.30 – 3pm
Morning and afternoon tea will be provided.

Parents and friends
Open from 4pm for viewing
R – 2     Opening Ceremony at 5pm
Years 3 – 6    Opening Ceremony at 6pm
Wine for sale by the glass and finger food provided.

Saturday 24 June
Friends, Family and Community
10.30am – 12.30pm

Entry by donation

For catering purposes, please book through

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Winter Cabaret

W4 Winter Cabaret

Join us at the Winter Cabaret on Thursday 8 June

7 – 9pm in the Arts Centre
Cabaret seating with tables of 10
Food and drink available for purchase from the Friends of Arts

Adult – $15
Concession – $10
Table of 10 – $100

Tickets available via

Special guests, award-winning Adelaide Connection – Adelaide University’s Jazz vocal choir featuring old scholars Chelsea McGuinness (Kilburn ’16) and Lucy Mount (Selwyn ’15), and trombone player Robert Johnson.

Groups involved include:
Concert Band
Stage Band
Senior Strings
Junior Jazz
Junior Choir
Concert Choir
Senior Percussion Ensemble
Jazz Vocal Quintet
Flute Ensemble
String Extension
SACE dancers

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Quiz Night

W2 Quiz Night 2017

Our Parents’ & Friends’ Association is calling for donations of wine. We are offering a fundraising Wine Wall at our upcoming Quiz Night on Friday 16 June.

Please drop off wine donations to the Community Relations Office across from the School Shop.

To book Quiz Night tickets, please visit

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Entertainment Book pre-sales

Enews Entertainment Book

The 2016 | 2017 Entertainment Membership is expired on 1 June 2017

Order your new 2017 | 2018 Entertainment Membership before 30 June 2017 to go in the draw to win a $50 Archer Hotel dining voucher AND a pass for 2 adults and 2 kids to Adelaide Zoo!

As a Mothers’ Club fundraiser, part-proceeds from every book sold will go to the exciting redevelopment of the outdoor areas surrounding our new Middle School.

If you would like to buy a book, you can fill out the form at the Front Office or simply go online. Order your Entertainment Book here!

The Entertainment Book and new phone app offer our community members a great way to try out restaurants and activities around SA, save money and, at the same time, support our girls.

Thank you in advance for your kind support and consideration.

Your Mothers’ Club Committee

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Sports News

W5 Sports News

All students are once again reminded to check notice boards for team selections and other relevant information pertaining to their sport.

If you have any news items or sporting success stories, please email them through to me at


Congratulations to Charlotte White (Year 10) who has been selected in the SA Under 17 team and Anna White (Year 8) in the SA Under 15 team. They will both be competing in Queensland at the National Championships in September. Georgina Keough (Year 8) has been named in the SA junior development squad.


Wednesday 24 May
Open A – Saints 0 drew with Mercedes 0
The team went into the game undermanned, missing both Dom Rigby (Captain) and Bethany Cross (Vice-Captain). The team responded and put in a great performance to come away with a nil-all draw against a talented Mercedes side. Everyone played well. Special mention to goal keeper, Taylah Gobell, who stepped up as Captain and showed great leadership. Peter Krantis (Coach)

Open B – Saints 0 defeated by Scotch 4
The team played against a determined Scotch side and a few defensive errors enabled Scotch to be up 3 nil at half-time. Jemimah Simpson ran hard all game and Millie Wilkin made some terrific runs down the wing. The girls lifted in the second half and performed better, creating a few chances in front of goal and were unlucky not to score. Charlie Capogreco (Coach)

Middle A – Saints 1 defeated by Scotch 2
A much better performance this week, with the girls only being defeated by one goal. The team worked together much better and were focussed throughout most of the game. Unfortunately, we eventually went down after coming back from a one goal deficit at half-time and continued fighting until the final whistle. Although it was a better game than the previous one, there are still plenty of things to work on for the weeks to come. Vincent Talladira (Coach)

Middle B – Saints 0 defeated by Seymour 5
The score does not reflect the effort of the game. The girls were only down 1 nil at half-time and had numerous chances in the second half, but could not convert in front of goals. The positives were that all players kept trying to the end. Keep up the good work. Manni Katopolis (Coach)

Year 7 – Saints 5 defeated Wilderness 0
Despite having only nine players, all girls were determined and this was demonstrated with a great team effort. Everyone worked really hard throughout the game, making a number of great passing shots to create scoring opportunities. Overall, a great team effort. Kosta Bakopanos (Coach)


Wednesday 24 May
Year 6 Blue – Saints 24 defeated Walford Blue 3
The Year 6 Blue team had another successful game. They all played a very hard defence and converted many of their turnovers into goals. The attackers led to the ball very well and shot with accuracy. Sarah Matheson (Student Coach)

Year 6 Silver – Saints 8 defeated by Pembroke Red 23

Each girl played a great game, intercepting, getting rebounds and leading towards the ball throughout the game. Charlie E and Isobel both played an amazing game. Isobel listened very well in quarter-time breaks, doing exactly what was told and bringing that onto the court. Charlie E also had a successful game in GD, stopping the other team from getting the ball into the ring, calling for the ball and making helpful leads. Well done to all the girls and good luck for next week! Brooke Elliott and Tahlia Towers (Student Coaches)

Year 6 White – Saints 15 defeated Wilderness Blue 10
The girls had another great game this week. They were determined to start out strongly and the goal of the game was to get a goal for every centre pass we had. The girls achieved this by executing the set plays we went over at training. In the goal third, Montana Melisi, Lucy Schirripa and Maddy Lisle worked very hard and, despite not typically playing in a shooting position, each of them managed to get a few goals each. Best player this week goes to Emma Pool, who played a fantastic game in mid-court. Her defensive pressure resulted in many turnovers. Well done, girls, for another great win! Sophia West and Amy Wishart (Coaches)

Year 5 – Saints 9 defeated by Seymour Blue 13
Saints showed some fantastic teamwork which remained consistent through the whole game. We spent training working on defensive techniques and centre passes and the girls were able to incorporate that into the game with great confidence. The score remained equal all the way up to the last quarter when Seymour managed to just sneak in front. This score didn’t wipe the smiles from the girls’ faces, as Seymour has always been tough competition. Great effort, girls, and best of luck next week! Charlotte Parker (Student Coach)


Friday 26 May
Years 4 – 6 – Saints 3 drew with Seymour College 3
Last Friday the Years 4 – 6 hockey team played Seymour College in a well fought contest. With strong passes and smart play the girls were able to put an early goal away which put the pressure back on the opposition. In an even contest, Seymour managed to match each goal we scored resulting in a 3-3 draw.


Friday 26 May
Saints 4.3 = 27 defeated by Pulteney Grammar School 5.3 = 33

Saints’ second Australian rules football game was against Pulteney Grammar School and once again there was a great vibe and excellent crowd to provide encouragement to players from both teams. The match was close throughout, with some tough physical contests and Saints dominating the tackling, providing a number of turnovers. Thandi Murada again provided drive around the contests, with Jasmine Ledgard, Charlotte Kelly, Willow Fowler all gaining. Ebony-Jade Nash-Smith, Grace and Fiona Dawson provided added run from defence and Saints led by 2 points late in the game. Unfortunately, Pulteney’s pressure and the fading light both went against Saints’ late push for the win. With time, all players will gain more experience but have already demonstrated great teamwork and desire to ensure this sport continues to gain exposure. Neil Fuller


Saturday 27 May
Another great week of badminton, with five of our teams defeating their opposition. The Open D2 team was extremely successful, defeating Pembroke 6-0. Congratulations to Jiayi Wang who won her singles match 21-4. The Open A team had a tough match against Seymour College, but did well to win two of the singles. The girls in the E grade teams did fantastically, considering that this was the first match for some of them, and I look forward to seeing their skills develop as they gain more match experience. Emily Murdock (Captain)

Open A – Saints 2 defeated by Seymour 4
Best player: Cate Neale

Open B – Saints 3 defeated Woodcroft 3
Best player: Laura Sivewright

Open C – Saints 4 defeated Pulteney Grammar School 2
Best players: Sophia Casanova Clarke, Gloria Gao

Open D1 – Saints 5 defeated Pulteney Grammar School 1
Best player: Nicola Jones

Open D2 – Saints 6 defeated Pembroke 0
Best player: Jiayi Wang

Open E1 – Saints 3 defeated by Wilderness 6
Best players: Christina Song, Ashleigh Rogers

Open E2 – Saints 6 defeated Wilderness 3
Best player: Millie Han

Open E3 – Saints 4 defeated by Pembroke 5
Best players: Hattie Xu, Christina Stewart, Vanessa Pols


Saturday 27 May
Open A – Saints 1 defeated by Pembroke 9
This was a disappointing result as we allowed Pembroke to move the ball around constantly up and down the pitch. Our defenders tried keeping the Pembroke attackers out of the goal circle and while our midfielders helped out our defence where they could, Pembroke had too many opportunities. A special mention must go to Grace Edwards who did an amazing job of saving so many shots on goal throughout the game. Emma Carrodus was also incredible in getting our one and only goal. The pressure was maintained throughout the game and definitely picked up in the second half of the match but we need a much better performance in the coming weeks. Lara Khoury (Captain)

Open B – Saints 0 defeated by Pembroke 4
The girls had a number of opportunities to score but gave up their goals on the counter attack. Some excellent defence was played by Georgina Keough, often beating her opponent and then passing forward to our midfield. Trinity Nelson played in goals for the first time and performed well, saving a number of shots. Dan Searle (Supervisor)


Saturday 27 May
Under 15 – Saints 14 defeated Woodville 4
Saints continued their winning season when they got off to a terrific start, outscoring Woodville 9-2 in the first quarter. Millie Wilkin was outstanding in attack, scoring 7 goals, and she was well supported by Portia Maerschel (3), Hattie Maerschel (2), with new players, Ellie Anderson and Paris Robinson, both also scoring. It was a great team effort, with all players contributing to the win. Hattie Maerschel (Year 9)

Under 11 – Saints Blue 9 defeated East Torrens/Payneham 8
Despite the cold weather, all of the girls were very eager to play. In defence, the girls did a great job at calling the opposition’s numbers and sticking with them. Jenna Maione (Year 5) made several intercepts, which caused turnovers. By running into attack with the ball, Lara Maione (Year 4) and Madison Dornbusch (Year 3) showed their excellent stick skills. Mabel Cook (Year 4) did a fantastic job, calling for the ball in attack and dodging around her defender to have a shot at the goal. The girls were up by two goals at half-time but needed to focus on running into attack when our team had the ball. Sophie Lively (Year 3) showed her improving skills by picking up the ball off the ground and using speed to get away from her defender. In addition, Elysia Scarr (Year 4) did well at keeping her stick up in defence. Savannah Walls (Year 3) did a great job in goals, as she used her big throw to clear the ball. It was a great first win for the Blue team, especially as all the girls showed their skills are improving. Lucy Martin (Coach)

Under 11 – Saints White 2 defeated by Wilderness Blue 8
The team played very well, with great teamwork being demonstrated. It is great to see their confidence strengthen each week and they are constantly improving their skills by playing challenging opponents. All of the girls worked exceptionally hard and the skills we have learnt in training such as goal scoring, passing the ball and defending, have all been put into play. Both goals were scored by Lauren Pearce, and Elizabeth McKernan had a great first game in goals. I’m looking forward to coaching the girls again next week and I’m really proud of their efforts this week. Sophie Auricht (Lacrosse Captain)


Saturday 27 May
Open A – Saints 45 defeated Wilderness 37
This week the girls came out firing to defeat Wilderness and remain unbeaten. The team adjusted extremely well to the defence from the opposition, proving how incredibly well the new team has united. Fiona Dawson’s impressive goal work kept the team on top throughout the game, and Sophie Freeman’s amazing intercepts helped maintain this lead. The team is looking promising for the future challenges ahead. Sophie Freeman (Co-Captain)

Open B – Saints 44 defeated Wilderness 36

Open E (Year 12) – Saints 37 defeated Wilderness 12
A great game to all the Year 12 girls this week! A special thanks to India Deere and Willow Fowler for filling in. The girls played an exceptional game; special mentions to Dimity Pittman and Georgia Nichols for turning the ball over well in defence as well as shooting accurately in goals. A great game, girls. Ready to play another amazing game this week against the other Wilderness team! Chelsea Marchetti (Year 12)

Open E (Year 11) – Saints 18 defeated by Wilderness 42

Year 10A
This week proved to be a competitive game and after being 5 goals down at quarter-time, the girls fought back to reduce the margin to 3 at the last change. Unfortunately, we couldn’t maintain the momentum, eventually losing by 7. The team did impress, as they worked together as a team and all displayed a spirited effort and listened to advice and were able to implement it into their game. Grace Russo (Coach)

Year 10B – Saints 17 defeated by Wilderness 33
The 10B team played a solid attacking game against Wilderness and indicated strong improvement, specifically whilst in attack, as we moved the ball a lot more smoothly and were able to get it in to our shooters a lot more easily than previously. Great shooting and teamwork by Neve McCormack and Amy Rice in the goal end, beating their extremely tall defenders! This week we will aim to have stronger plays in defence to hold our opposition’s goalies to minimum attempts to shoot. A bee sting affecting one of our mid-court players showed Tegan Lindsay’s strength in centre, which was great to see, along with the teamwork and support from the rest of the players! Emily Wishart (Coach)

Year 10C – Saints 15 defeated by Seymour Blue 39
The team had a solid start, keeping up with Seymour for the first half in a very fast game of netball. The girls had strong defence all the way down the court, creating many turnovers but unfortunately struggling to consolidate on all of these. Emily Braggs (Coach)

Year 9A – Saints 35 defeated by Wilderness 37
Although the score wasn’t in our favour, the girls were able to put up a great fight until the last second. They worked as a team to move the ball down the court smoothly and with the help of Ruby Bouhamdan and Ella Liddy feeding the ball into the marvellous goalies, the girls were able to portray some great netball. Tesse Parker had a great game in attack and although Jess Wishart had sore ankles prior to the game, she was still able to push through the first quarter, also playing very well. Our defence kept us alive and in the running for a win, with Hannah Freeman, born a netball star, able to intercept the ball more times than anyone could count. With the help of Tilly McCormack and Sarah Wishart, the girls were able to hold their stance and give our offence another crack at scoring. All the players were amazing and although the score didn’t show it, we certainly won that game in my eyes. Great game, girls, and let’s show Immanuel what we can do next week! Bella Bernardi (Year 9)

Year 9B – Saints 21 defeated by Wilderness 37
Saints’ Year 9B team were met with a tough match against Wilderness and had an unfortunate loss. The game started off strongly, with the girls keeping up their hopes. The girls pushed and worked their hearts out until the end; however, in the third quarter we let Wilderness get away from us. Everyone contributed and we look forward to our next game where hopefully we have a better outcome. Emma Matheson (Year 9)

Year 8A – Saints 61 defeated Wilderness 6
This week the team had an incredible game. From the first quarter to the last, the energy and determination shown by each player was fantastic. Set plays were executed consistently and accurately, which allowed all our centre passes to easily be converted to goals. The pressure down the court was evident through the many held balls and our defence line got countless intercepts. Best player this week goes to Anna White, who shot accurately all game and read the play through the mid-court to achieve many turnovers. Anna should also be commended for her support to her team-mates through the entire game. Well done to all girls this week – an amazing game all round! Amy Wishart (Coach)

Year 8B – Saints 16 defeated by Wilderness 19
The girls played well together as a team, with the use of strong defence and moving in front of their players to receive the ball. At the start of the last quarter the girls were leading; however, Wilderness came back with strong intercepts to gain control. Overall, the girls worked hard and never gave up. Best player goes to Ailani Cox for her good shooting and strong attack. Sophia West and Amy Wishart (Coaches)

Year 7A – Saints 35 defeated Wilderness 17
The Year 7A netball team met Wilderness on Saturday and, after a slow start, were able to take control of the game and take the win. A strong team performance by all nine girls who worked well together and backed each other every step of the way. Michelle Blackburn (Coach)

Year 7B – Saints 8 defeated by Wilderness 20
Although the team didn’t have a win this week, they all put their best effort in and played a great all-round game as a team. Each player used the skills we have been working on at training and focussed on improving particular skills as well. Even when put in positions they are not comfortable or familiar with, they gave it a good go. Multiple intercepts were gained and resulted in goals, and all girls should be proud of how they played and how well the team has been working together each week. Georgia Naughton (Coach)

Year 7C – Saints 0 defeated by Concordia 38
It was a very tough game against a bigger and more experienced Concordia team; however, the girls all worked hard and improved as each quarter went on. They are so supportive of each other and encouraged each other all game and kept smiling. We got lots of turnovers but just couldn’t get a goal; we had plenty of shots, just none that went in. Jo Knapps (Coach)