Monthly Archives: October 2017

Enews – Week 2, Term 4 2017

Issue no. 32

From the Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

Farewell Year 12

Kate MortimerToday we said farewell to Year 12 and what a week it has been. The girls have approached each day enthusiastically and provided both staff and students with a consistent level of comic relief. The play they wrote for the staff, which was performed today at their final assembly, demonstrated once again, the ability of students to pick up on the habits of their teachers, and exploit these when provided the opportunity. This does come with the job and it is always a timely reminder to the staff – the girls see all!

The Eucharist Service this morning afforded us the opportunity to listen to a personal anecdote about each girl. This I believe was the most telling aspect of the day. It is extremely rare in a school that each graduating student is spoken of and it certainly demonstrates how St Peter’s Girls is different. Thank you to Karen Alderson and Lisa Hollis who provided us with 53 memorable stories.

This is also the time to reflect upon the impact the leadership of the Year 12 girls has had on the School and wider community. My sincere thanks to all of Year 12 for their fabulous leadership, in what is always a challenging year. At Choral Night, Sport carnivals, Interhouse events, House meetings and House dinners, to name just a few, their inclusive and caring approach ensured that these were events that were enjoyed by all girls, regardless of age.

Finally, tonight the Year 12 students, their parents and staff will attend the Valedictory Dinner, which will be a wonderful closure to their time as Saints Girls.

We wish you well Year 12. Good luck in your final exams, but more importantly go forth with the drive to challenge yourselves in every aspect of your lives.

Leadership Induction Service

This week also saw the Induction of our 2018 Student Leaders. Our Prefects, Deputy House Captains and Co-Curricular Captains were officially presented their badge of office and made a formal commitment to serving the School for the coming 12 months.

Congratulations to the following girls; we are excited to see the differences you can make.
Prefect Leaders

Head Prefect Antonia Kirsten-Parsch
Deputy Head Prefect Olivia Compare
Chapel Prefect Catherine Neale
Debating and Public Speaking Prefect Emma Bleby
Music Prefect Charlene Lee
Sport Prefect Holly Cunningham
Community Service Prefect Dominique Rigby
International Student Prefect Erica Reid
Kennion House Captain Alexandra Reade
Kilburn House Captain Ava Loechel
Patteson House Captain Bethany Cross
Selwyn House Captain Sophie Auricht
SRC Prefect Lucy Cox

Deputy House Leaders

Kennion Deputy House Captain Jessie Rundle
Kilburn Deputy House Captain India Deere
Patteson Deputy House Captain Amy Steele
Selwyn Deputy House Captain Charlotte Kelly

Co-Curricular Captains

AFL Holly Cunningham
Athletics Jemimah Simpson
Badminton Erica Reid and Catherine Neale
Basketball Ella Robinson
Cross Country Bethany Cross
Gymnastics Emma Auricht
Hockey Carla Lawrence
Lacrosse Sophie Auricht
Netball and Touch Football Ebony-Jade Nash-Smith
Rowing Olivia Compare
Rowing Vice Captain Emily Webb
Soccer Dominique Rigby
Softball Lucinda Tierney
Swimming and Water Polo Erin Barrera
Tennis Yasmin Glazbrook
Volleyball Charlotte White
Head Chorister and Band Captain Tiffany Babidge
Chorister and Band Captain Charlene Lee
Choristers Ava Loechel, Emma Bleby and Nicola Jones
Strings Captains Cheryl Wang and Felicia Mi
Library Captains Kate McKellar-Stewart and Olivia Compare
Environment Club President Kate McKellar-Stewart
Technical Theatre Captains Dominique Rigby and Madison McGregor-Simms
Chess Captain Michelle Ziyi Yeoh



Finally, last week Ms Shea introduced our new Wellbeing information platform, SchoolTV. The information provided addresses many relevant topics that are navigated by young people during their school years. I encourage you to visit the site and review the topics which include: Social Media and Digital Reputation, Sexting, Cyberbullying, Drug and Alcohol Use, Depression and Anxiety. All topics can be accessed via the following link:

Kate Mortimer
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

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Historic Competition Success

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The Australian History Competition, administered by the History Teachers’ Association of Australia, is a nation-wide, Australian curriculum-based multiple choice quiz. Our Years 8 and 10 students participate in the competition annually, and this year witnessed some very noteworthy achievements.

Whilst the percentage of students who achieved a merit or higher was extremely pleasing, 13 students were awarded Distinctions:

Year 8
Alyssa Woolley, Asha Krywanio, Candy Feng, Holly Wallman-Craddock, Keely Flannagan, Sara Peak, Sophie Barr, Stephanie Demmrich and Victoria Thorp.

Year 10
Aditi Tamhankar, Amy Rice, Anneliese Thomas and Poppy Kirwan.

Well done to these students and to all participants, who will receive their certificates from their History teacher.

Gregor Dingwall
Head of Humanities

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Students Take the Cake

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Throughout the Stage 2 Food and Hospitality Curriculum, the girls are encouraged to research the contemporary nature of Australian cuisine. As part of this, they have investigated traditional processes and trends in food and culture. Our most recent Summative task involved research into the traditional techniques and processes used to decorate cakes for special occasions, and the requirement of adapting and developing these techniques to create a contemporary cake. The students used a variety of research techniques and sources including relatives and friends, the internet and also visiting experts at local cake decorating stores. They came away with some very exciting contemporary ideas and a range of techniques that could be used in their own cakes.

They showed excellent organisation skills and were able to prepare aspects of the cake over a period of time to enable each stage to set, and so that they could achieve their highest possible standard. They all chose to decorate with fondant and incorporated a range of amazing colours, creative use of shapes and clever and challenging designs, resulting in very effective cake creations as can be seen in the photo.

Jenni Manson
Food and Hospitality Teacher

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Beyond Saints – Year 10 Food and Hospitality

W2 Curry Day

As part of our Year 10 Food and Hospitality Entrepreneurial Unit, our class prepared Butter Chicken and Vegetable Curry for the Middle and Senior School students and teachers on Tuesday of Week 2. It involved creating and distributing a survey of food preferences of our target group, receiving orders, advertising the products on offer, ordering accurate quantities and allocating tasks to group members.

We received nearly 80 orders, which was well over what our food class anticipated. We certainly learnt a lot about the organisation and time management required to run a food-related business.

Profits from the event will be evenly distributed between the House Charities.

Marley Banham
Year 10 Food and Hospitality Student

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Augmented Reality in GEMS

W2 Hololens

Augmented reality superimposes vision and sound on an existing environment. One of the most exciting forms of augmented reality uses holograms; 3-Dimensional images. This week in GEMS, Charlie Rocklyn from SAAB Australia introduced the girls to Microsoft HoloLens, a computer-built into a headset that enables holograms to be viewed. Charlie, who has a background in computer science, is part of an engineering team at SAAB that is creating and developing applications for augmented reality which will make the most of technology such as HoloLens.

W2 Hololens 2One of the applications that the girls used this week was a moving model of the solar system. The girls could move around the hologram, selecting and enlarging aspects of it to learn more. Another application was a video game that utilised the ability of HoloLens to map the walls and other features of the room to make a highly realistic experience. It demonstrated the changing nature of technology that our students will engage with in the future, and gave another example of how studies in STEM open doors for future careers.

Brian Parsons
GEMS Teacher


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Sky’s the Limit for Year 2s

W1 Kite Flying

Last Friday, the Year 2 girls celebrated the completion of their Unit of Inquiry, ‘There are many ways to be physically active’ with an Assembly and launching of their handmade kites.

As the kites rose into the sky, the clouds parted and the sunshine came out. The girls enjoyed sharing this moment with their parents and special friends.

Sallyann Bruun and Kathryn Clark
Year 2 Teachers

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Term 4 International Student Event

On Friday 20 October, a combined international student event was held between Saints Girls and Prince Alfred College, involving both international and non-international students.

It was divided into three sections: participating in indoor sports activities, having dinner in the PAC boarding house and ice skating. All girls were extremely excited and energetic, with many singing together during the trip to PAC.

Once we arrived at PAC’s health and sporting centre, the boys had already set up courts and prepared equipment for us. Some of us played basketball and indoor soccer, while most played badminton. Everyone had a great time hitting with the PAC boys, although some girls who play badminton for School started to compete with the boys formally as an international Saints Girls and PAC ‘Intercol’. After an hour of laughter and sweating, all girls enjoyed dinner in the newly-built dining hall.

We later travelled to the ice skating venue and could not wait to get in! Most girls had experience and knew exactly what to do, while some had never been ice skating before. Friendships were formed with the PAC boys, and the girls strengthened their own bonds with each other.

This event was a great opportunity for the girls to interact with each other and the boys in a fun and exciting way. 2017 has been a successful year for all international students at St Peter’s Girls, and I wish all the best for the girls to have a great time at school, while achieving their potential.

Nancy Huang
2017 International Student Captain

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French Connection

The Year 10 French students recently made a trip to Le Carpe Diem crêperie on Grenfell Street for lunch. It was a great opportunity to eat some authentic French food, and to speak with the serving staff in French. Back at school, we wrote this account of our excursion in French (followed by an English translation) to practise using the three different past tenses we have learned this year:

Une sortie à la crêperie
Vendredi le 20 octobre, la classe de français d’année dix est allée à la crêperie Le Carpe Diem en ville. Nous y avons rencontré une ancienne étudiante de l’école (de notre classe) qui a déjeuné avec nous. Nous avions déjà commandé nos plats, parce que nous avions pensé que nous n’allions pas avoir beaucoup de temps. Nous avons choisi nos boissons : les jus de fruits, les chocolats glacés, les chocolats chauds et les « diabolos ». Puis, nos repas étaient prêts. La plupart des élèves avait choisi des crêpes sucrés, mais certaines avaient choisi les galettes salées. Tous les crêpes et les galettes étaient délicieux. Nous avons reçu un crêpe gratuit parce que le chef s’était trompé avec les commandes. Malheureusement, Sarah devait attendre sa galette pendant longtemps. Quand nous avons fini notre déjeuner, nous avons quitté le restaurant pour nous promener dans les Jardin Botaniques. Il faisait très beau. Il y avait du soleil et nous avons vu beaucoup de plantes intéressantes et quelques canards très mignons.

Quelle belle journée !

An excursion to the crêperie
On Friday 20 October, the Year 10 French class went to Le Carpe Diem crêperie in the city. We met a former student of the School there (from our class), who had lunch with us. We had already ordered our meals because we had thought that we were not going to have a lot of time. We chose our drinks: fruit juices, iced chocolates, hot chocolates and “diabolos”. Then, our meals were ready. Most of the students had chosen sweet crêpes, but some had chosen savoury galettes. All the crêpes and the galettes were delicious. We received a free crêpe because the chef had made a mistake with the orders. Unfortunately, Sarah had to wait a long time for her galette. When we had finished our lunch, we left the restaurant to go for a walk in the Botanic Garden. The weather was very fine. It was sunny and we saw lots of interesting plants and some very cute ducks.

What a beautiful afternoon!

Year 10 French

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St Peter’s Girls’ School Community Golf Day

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Hosted by the St Peter’s Girls’ Old Scholars’ Association

Mount Osmond Golf Club | 60 Mount Osmond Road | Mount Osmond
Stableford Competition | 18-hole round | Multi-tee start 9am

Golf and Lunch: $75
Golf and Lunch (Mount Osmond Golf Club Members): $60
Lunch only: $20

Lunch at 1pm includes baguettes, wraps, dessert, tea and coffee. Other beverages may be purchased from the bar.

Great fun with prizes to be won!

Book via or contact Megan McCormack on 8334 2239.

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Christmas Drinks on the Deck

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We would like to thank all members of the St Peter’s Girls’ community for your support by inviting you to celebrate the successes of 2017.

Thursday 9 November 2017
5.30 – 7.30pm
Middle School Deck

Drinks and nibbles will be provided, and children can use the playground.

RSVP via

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Sports News

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Thursday 23 November
Please place in your diaries Thursday 23 November for the Years 7 to 12 Sports Awards which recognise outstanding individual and team performances. The function will commence immediately after school. Students will be able to purchase food and drinks from the Saints Sport Support Group. The awards ceremony commences at 4pm. Our guest speaker will be Women’s AFL player Sarah ‘Tex’ Perkins.

All students who have participated in sport are expected to attend. Parents are also warmly encouraged to come along and will be able to purchase wine supplied by Friends of Rowing.


Please note: all of the Term 4 sports draws can be found on the myLink Parent Portal, which also contains a link for match venues. Any changes and cancellations will be conveyed in advance via email and, where possible, directly to parents.


All Schools Games
Results from the All Schools Athletic Championships:
Jasmine Ledgard – Under 20 Hammer (Gold), Under 18 Shot Put (Gold), Hammer (Gold and New Record)
Rose Pittman – Under 18 400m (Gold and New Record), 800m (Gold and New Record)
Bethany Cross – Under 18 1500m (6th), 5000m walk (Gold)
Katherine Woolley – Under 18 400m Hurdles (Silver), High Jump (4th)
Nicolette Miller – Under 18 Javelin (6th), Discus (5th)
Ella Byrne – Under 16 100m (13.09), 200m (8th), 400m (5th)
Milly Wood – Under 16 90m Hurdles (5th), High Jump (=4th), Pole Vault (Gold)
Keeley Fahey – Under 16 Javelin 1.45m (=4th)
Sophie Barr – Under 16 Shot Put (4th), Discus (4th), Hammer (Silver)
Olivia Kelly – Under 14 100m (9th), 200m (9th), High Jump (4th), Shot Put (8th), Javelin (7th)


Wednesday 18 October
Middle A – Saints 12 defeated by Pulteney 72
The team came up against a very strong Pulteney side, but despite this, they never gave up and produced some good passages of play. Paris Robinson had a solid game, rebounding extremely well. Keep working girls. – Peter Krantis (Coach)

Middle B – Saints 12 defeated by Pulteney 24
The team put in a solid performance in their first game. They were unlucky as they had twice as many shots but could not convert their chances. They didn’t give in and kept playing to the end which was very positive. – Peter Krantis (Coach)


Thursday 19 October
Open A – Saints 3 drew with St Ignatius 3
After an incredibly successful week and a brilliant start to the term, I have never been more excited to work with such an amazing group of girls. The C team won their game against Wilderness by a staggering 17-0, the B team won their game 14-1 against Saint Ignatius B team and the A team drew 3-3 against St Ignatius A team. An honourable mention to Saskia Jonats, Hattie Maerschel, Matilda Braithwaite and the Woolley sisters (Katherine and Alyssa); these girls all shone this week. I am incredibly proud of the players and I cannot wait to see what the rest of the term brings. – Erin Barrera (2018 Captain)

Open B – Saints 14 defeated St Ignatius 1
The Open B team played a fantastic game against St Ignatius. They worked well in attack, setting up multiple goals and displaying great teamwork and making the play flow. Well done Carys Jones and Mikaela Georgiadis for an outstanding game. Great work girls! – Sarah Richards (2017 Captain)

Open C – Saints 17 defeated Wilderness 0
Saints started the term in an emphatic way with a resounding win against Wilderness. Every played contributed in a stellar performance with strong passing, swimming and great defence, providing a large number of turnovers which Saints capitalised on.

Year 7/8 – Saints 10 defeated Pembroke 8
The Saints 7/8 water polo team started Term 4 with a great win. Despite a slow start that saw Saints behind 1-3 at quarter time, they fought back with Lara Wakeham scoring five goals, Poppie Goldsmith scoring three, and Adele Eaton and Mia Humphrey both scoring one goal each. – Georgia Barclay


Saturday 21 October
Open A – Saints 14 defeated Walford 11
A great start to the second half of the season for the Open A group this week, pulling out a good win against Walford! The girls were enthusiastic and prepared to win the game. Highlights included Ruby Oliver’s outstanding hitting, scoring a triple and a home run. Special thanks go to Kellie Bested and Stephanie Smalls for stepping up and playing in a higher grade. The girls showed their skills in an outstanding win and hopefully there are more wins to come in the next few weeks. Great work girls! – Lulu Tierney (2018 Captain)

Open B – Saints 23 defeated Walford 5
Another great win for the Open B team this week to coincide with the win in the Open A team. The girls worked fantastically together to beat Walford with some amazing hitting and base running. Amelia Pudney threw some amazing pitches to reduce the oppositions’ runs. Well done girls. – Lulu Tierney (2018 Captain)


Saturday 21 October
Division 1 – Saints 3-27 defeated Pembroke 3-21
Singles: Toni Christiansen 6-2, Imogen Nienaber 6-1, Lily-Rose Spartalis 4-6, Mahala Truscott 3-6

Division 2 Blue – Saints 2-24 defeated by Pembroke 4-27
Singles: Taj Shahin 3-6, Izzy Harker 3-6, Georgia Langley 2-6, Tiffany Zhou 6-1

Division 2 White – Saints 0-13 defeated by Pembroke 6-36
Singles: Renee Lawrence 3-6, Olivia Zito 0-6, Amelie Eaton 2-6, Annabelle Langley 2-6

Division 3 Blue – Saints 3-27 defeated Pembroke 3-23
Singles: Anneliese Thomas 3-6, Louisa Reid 4-6, Hattie Xu 4-6

Division 3 White – Saints 4-28 defeated Pembroke 2-14
Singles: Adele Eaton 6-0 (forfeit), Mia-Rose Taliangis 6-0 (forfeit), Orla Clayton 6-2, Sophie Abbott 0-6

Division 4 Blue – Saints 1-11 defeated by Pembroke 3-18
Singles: Funto Komolafe 6-0, Ammi Yagnik 0-6, Eva Young 2-6

Division 4 White – Saints 4-28 defeated Pembroke 2-17
Singles: Hilary Clark 3-6, Chase Hocking 1-6, Letitia Page-Thomson 6-1

Monday 23 October
Open A – Saints 4-31 defeated Immanuel 2-15
Singles: Tiana Glazbrook: 2-6, Yasmin Glazbrook: 6-1, Jade Leyden: 5-6, Olivia Harby 6-1

Open B – Saints 6-36 defeated Immanuel 0-12
Singles: Sienna Glazbrook: 6-2, Clair Kao: 6-3, Annabel Baldwinson: 6-3, Mia Dodd: 6-2


Saturday 21 October
Open A – Saints 1 defeated by Mercedes 4
For the first time this year, St Peter’s Girls’ Open As Touch Football team participated in SACSSGSA Touch Football. We were defeated by Mercedes but played extremely well considering it was our first game together. Holly Cunningham took a clean intercept to score. Best players were Holly, Anna Pryor and Tahlia Towers who worked well in the midfield and kept Mercedes’ score to a minimum on the wing. At training, we need to work on our over-step and team tactics. Great game girls. – Ebony-Jade Nash-Smith (Captain)

Middle B – Saints 2 defeated by St Ignatius 4
The inaugural weekend of Touch Football for Saints continued with the Middle B team playing their first game of the season against St Ignatius. The girls have had three training sessions and were nervous heading into the game. St Ignatius got off to a strong start scoring two tries early before the girls began to find their rhythm and understand what was required defensively. Tilly McCormack got through the opponent’s defence and sprinted to the line to score our first try of the season. St Ignatius scored two more before Ashley Piper did something similar in the second half to end the game in a 4-2 loss. Considering it was all our girls’ first game, they did fantastically well and improved significantly. We need to work on our ‘rucking’ to move the ball forward during our first four touches and this will come with more practice. The girls enjoyed their first taste of Touch Football, with special mention to Kate Hunt and Adele Russell who held strong in defence.


Saturday 21 October
Open A – Saints 3 defeated Immanuel 0
The team was focussed and determined after being eliminated by Immanuel in the State knockout finals last term. A fast start with fantastic execution from our pairing of setter Emily Murdock and National All-Star Charlotte White left Immanuel reeling with little answer and having to use all their timeouts to no avail. The pair was backed up superbly by the rest of the team led by Abbey Goodwin with strong voice and big actions by all, ensuring Immanuel never had a look-in. Hungry for more success, the girls must maintain pressure on undefeated Westminster who they will face in the final game of the season. – Alistair Keough (Coach)

Open B – Saints 1 defeated by Immanuel 2
The team settled into a new system and structures with Ava Loechel directing traffic and Isobel Tan making sure the opposition heard our successes. Charlotte Carney accepted the responsibility of setting all-around and executed brilliantly. Isabella Villani ensured our defence was up to the task if anything got past Nicolette Miller at the net.

Open C – Saints 2 defeated Immanuel 0
Quiet and determined, it took a while for the team to find their voices but they were soon cheering to celebrate their successes with Immanuel reaching for their timeout buttons. Molly Lucas showed no signs of tiring after also playing the previous match and executed well. Cate Neale ensured the pressure was kept high with Immanuel having little answer to her serves. The game was fought at the net with the Saints “wall” prevailing for the win.

Open D – Saints 0 defeated by Westminster 3 (12-25, 21-25,13-15)
The girls went down to Westminster, despite a great effort to catch up in the second and third sets. Being the first time that most of these girls had played together, they adapted really well and displayed a high level of volleyball. Best players were Ally Reade, Lauren Hernan and Sarah Matheson, who all showed great covering both on the court and at the net, as well as great enthusiasm. I look forward to watching this team grow. – Georgia Howe (Coach)

Middle A – Saints 0 defeated by Immanuel 3 (16-25, 18-25, 15-25)
After losing narrowly to Immanuel in the knockout, Saints looked forward to another tough contest. Despite the loss, the middle As displayed great determination which was demonstrated with some great shots to save points and some very long rallies. Best players were Anna White and Jess Wishart who not only showed great consistency, but high enthusiasm throughout the game. I look forward to seeing this team grow during the season. – Georgia Howe (Coach)

Middle B – Saints 1 defeated by Immanuel 2 (15-25, 25-21, 20-25)
Despite a great fight, the middle Bs were defeated by Immanuel. Throughout the game the girls’ displayed great team essence and fight. Best players were Sarah Gulliver and Paris Greene with their great covering and rallying. – Georgia Howe (Coach)

Middle C – Saints 0 defeated by Immanuel 3 (14-25, 22-25, 10-25)
Saints faced a tough and more experienced opponent and it took a while for team spirit to generate into scores. The second set was very good, emphasised by some great serving by Chloe Venning and Lara Slape. The team will improve with more work on anticipating the flight of the ball and getting into better receiving positions. Overall, there were some encouraging signs for the first game of the term. – Neil Fuller (Supervisor)


Monday 23 October
Open A
 – Saints 41 defeated Immanuel 14
First game back for the final term of basketball, with the Open A team taking the win against Immanuel 38-14. It was a top effort from all the girls and the first win for the season. Best players go to Bella Bernardi and Paris Robinson, with Sarah Matheson using her club experience to great effect. This was 2017 Basketball Captain Chelsea Marchetti’s last game, so a big thank you to her for her amazing work this season and we wish her all the best for the exams and the future! – Ella Robinson (2018 Captain)

Middle C – Saints 8 defeated by Immanuel 14
The girls started the season off well by working together as team down the court and with strong passing and dropping. The team was down 12-nil at half-time, but in the second half they came out more aggressive. Alyssa Woolley put in a good second half finishing with 8 points. The girls got the majority of the rebounds, and despite the other team coming back, they showed strong determination and never gave up. – Sophia West (Coach)


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Enews – Week 1, Term 4 2017

Issue no. 31
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From the Principal

juliashea_web-200x300-200x300Welcome back to Term 4. It’s hard to believe that Christmas is just 10 weeks away!


This term I’m pleased to announce the introduction of ‘SchoolTV’. This is a world-first wellbeing platform featuring Michael Carr-Gregg, Susan McLean and other leading industry experts. It addresses relevant issues faced by schools and parents who need clear, factual and easily accessible information around raising safe, happy and resilient young people.

There is much information available in the wider community, but this can be confusing and overwhelming for parents looking for guidance and advice. SchoolTV addresses this issue and is designed to empower parents with credible information and practical strategies across a range of topics.

We’ve chosen to launch SchoolTV with the topic of ‘Exam Jitters’. The girls themselves have identified this as an area in which they would like to improve. It’s also an area that is relevant across all Sub-Schools. Exam and test-related stress is not only reserved for those girls completing SACE or IB examinations.

SchoolTV provides a range of resources on how you can assist your daughter in managing stress, starting in the junior years right through to Year 12. Questions addressed in this area include:

• How common is exam-related stress?
• What can students do the night before an exam?
• How do you help primary school children get comfortable with exam conditions?
• How can students de-stress before an exam?
• What are the top four tips for great study?

I also encourage you to take the ‘How much do you know about Exam Jitters?’ quiz. You may be surprised by some of the answers.

Access to SchoolTV is available through myLink. Simply go to the home page and click on the ‘Wellbeing’ tab. Please don’t hesitate to contact the IT Help Desk if you experience any difficulties logging on.

Staffing News

Following many years of distinguished service in the role of Director of Teaching and Learning, Meredith Beck is moving into the newly-formed position of SACE Coordinator. I’m delighted to announce that Nigel Scoggins has been appointed to the role of Director of Teaching and Learning commencing at the start of 2018. Nigel has a BA Honours Degree in English and European Literature and is currently Head of English at Scotch College. In 2007, he attained the National Professional Qualification for Headship, a post-graduate qualification awarded by the National College for School Leadership in the UK. Prior to his arrival in Australia in 2010, Nigel worked in two large schools in the UK where he held a number of senior positions including Assistant Principal responsible for Teaching and Learning. I look forward to welcoming Nigel to Saints Girls at the start of next year.

With Abby Davey leaving the School at the end of the year, it is a pleasure to announce that Kate Burnett has accepted the role of Head of Arts. The Dance program has risen to new heights under Kate’s leadership and I’m sure the full Arts program will benefit greatly from her knowledge and professionalism.

We have a number of staff on leave this term so we welcome some new teachers to Saints Girls. Danielle McGregor joins the English Department to cover for Mel Barratt, Sophie Trevorrow joins the Science Department as Emma Smerdon commences maternity leave and Sarah Mulraney joins the Junior School staff while Shelley Hampton takes some well-deserved long service leave. All staff have had a detailed handover but please don’t hesitate to contact them should you have any concerns.

End of Year

Over the years, I have heard many parents comment that Carols in the Cathedral is not only their favourite occasion of the year but the event that should be our final celebration of the year. So this year we are trialling a new order with Presentation Night being held on Friday 8 December and Carols in the Cathedral being held on Monday 11 December. Normal classes for all girls will conclude at 3.30pm on Friday 8 December with Presentation Night being a compulsory event for all girls in Years 7 – 12. There will be no formal classes on Monday 11 December. However, there will be an extensive timetable of rehearsals in the Cathedral during the day. The Music Department will provide details of that schedule closer to the time. The Carols service is a compulsory event for all girls in Years 3 – 12 and the School year officially concludes at the end of that ceremony. These two iconic events are dependent upon the strong participation of our girls and the support of our wider community. Please take note of the dates so that we ensure a packed house at both the Town Hall and Cathedral.

Building Works

Unfortunately, the works around the staircase and lift shaft are not quite complete. Entrance to the Middle School will continue to be via the Junior School corridor until the railing for the new staircase is in place.

2019 Term Dates

Dates for 2019 are as follows:
Term 1: Wednesday 30 January – Friday 13 April
Term 2: Monday 30 April – Friday 29 June
Term 3: Tuesday 23 July – Friday 27 September
Term 4: Monday 14 October – Tuesday 10 December

Drinks on the Deck

Thursday 9 November at 5.30pm

Before we find ourselves in those chaotic weeks leading into Christmas, please join us for drinks on the new Middle School deck. It’s an opportunity to catch up with other members of our School community and reflect on another wonderful year.

Have a great term!

Julia Shea

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Our New-Look Website is Now LIVE!

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St Peter’s Girls’ School has kicked off Term 4 by launching a new-look website. Following the successful introduction of the myLink Parent Portal for internal communications, the public site now focuses on showcasing all aspects of our wonderful School, giving the wider community a window into life at Saints Girls. Be sure to check it out, simply click this link.

Here’s a snippet from our Principal, Julia Shea:

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Rowing Season Preview

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From our 2018 Captain of Boats

Rowing CaptainsEmily and I are extremely excited for the season ahead. Beginning with a five-day rowing camp has allowed the juniors through to the seniors to develop a clean and sharp technique and I believe this will benefit the entire squad as we begin racing in the coming weeks. As a collective, our goal for the season is for each rower to feel confident in the boat and to improve each week. Regardless of the final outcome, I am hoping for a positive and motivated season where we create a stronger bond between all the sub-levels of rowing and strengthen the Saints Girls’ rowing culture, remembering that we are only as strong as our weakest member, therefore each rower’s individual improvements and achievements need to be embraced and celebrated by the rowing community. The girls have worked really hard in the pre-season and I am hoping this will result in the boats moving fast for the official start of the 2017/18 rowing season.

Olivia Compare
2018 Captain of Boats

October Rowing Camp Recap

Saints Rowing recently ran its October rowing camp and it went extremely well. It was held up at Murray Bridge and we had beautiful weather for the majority of the five days. It is a camp that we use to get the girls rowing technically well, which really means getting the basics right. All the girls are very positive which I believe will make for a great season. I know many people don’t like early mornings, but up at the Murray first thing, there is nothing better: flat water, no noise except from the motor on the tinny and beautiful scenery. One of the things that is a key focus is culture and, if the camp is anything to go by, we will be very successful.

I am looking forward to the next camp in January.

Ben Flannagan
Director of Rowing

Rowing Camp was possibly the most amazing and rewarding thing I have ever done. Although this is only my first one, I feel like everyone, throughout all year levels, made it so easy to fit in and be part of the loving rowing family. On camp we did all kinds of activities to improve our technique and therefore our rowing capability. We had to do running and fitness, working on ergos and rowing on the water. Although I am partial to rowing on water, all of these activities were enjoyable and stretched me and my fellow rowers. We also did team-building activities like making friendship bracelets and just talking and hanging out in our dorms between rows. This season, I am looking forward to doing regattas and being able to work together with the other rowers to win with them!

Madeline Symon
Year 7 Rower

I enjoy rowing camps and think they are a really important part of the training program. I have attended many St Peter’s Girls’ rowing camps since Year 8 when I first started rowing. The camps have enabled me to make new friends, work on my rowing technique and develop a passion for the sport. When I was in Year 8 and 9, I looked up to the senior girls and waited for the time to come when it was my turn to be a senior. Now that I am, I understand how hard the girls work, the responsibility they take on and the fun they have in doing something they enjoy.

During the camp, our fitness levels improved from the start to the end. We completed 4km runs, ergo challenges and completed pieces on the water. Our technique significantly improved so much that, by the end, we were able to set up and balance the boat and apply pressure in a technical way. We also strengthened bonds as a group and got to know each other on a more personal level, as it is vital in rowing that you have a crew that work together as a team.

I am really looking forward to what this season has to bring!

Emily Webb
Vice Captain of Boats

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Former Softball Captain Proves a Hit at Top US College

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St Peter’s Girls’ School is extremely proud of Old Scholar and former Softball Captain Stephanie Trzcinski (Patteson ’13) who has been honoured as a leading student-athlete at the University of California, Berkeley.

Beyond her success with a rigorous STEM major, she has served as a peer advisor, providing freshman student-athletes with academic and campus life guidance during their transition process.

Steph provided us with some background on her remarkable journey:

I attended Saints from Year 8 to 12 and was in Patteson House. I was Softball Captain in Year 12 and was also in the Open A Softball and Netball teams. I competed in IGSSA swimming and athletics carnivals almost every year, and was the IGSSA Sports Person of the Year in 2013. I was also a part of the String Orchestra in 2009, playing the violin.

During Year 12, I was on the Australian U19 Softball team and travelled to the USA and Canada to compete, which exposed me to many college coaches including ones from Cal (University of California, Berkeley). They were very interested in me and we stayed in close contact. The process of coming to Cal had an endless amount of paperwork and required me to sit my SATs the same week as my Year 12 mock exams. SATs are the American university entrance tests. Cal offered me a scholarship (100%) to play on their team and attend their university, so I left Australia in January 2014, a month after graduating from Saints.

The American college system allows you the flexibility of taking a variety of classes in your first two years before deciding on a definite degree. After a few semesters, I chose a BSc in Nutritional Science with a specialisation in Toxicology. My studies emphasise biology, general and organic chemistry, biochemistry, toxicology and applications of each (i.e. Drug Design, Computational Toxicology, Pesticide Chemistry).

Being a student-athlete is an extremely demanding lifestyle which consists of countless hours of lectures, studying, weight training, conditioning, tutoring, practising, travelling and competition. A typical day involves 6am weights/conditioning, classes from 9am ‘til 1pm, followed by practices until 5/6pm. Then tutoring/studying hours until late at night and competition/travelling on weekends. I have travelled all over the country competing for Cal including Oregon, Washington, Utah, Arizona, Alabama, Michigan, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Oklahoma and every corner of California. When we are in season (spring: February – May), we travel either every weekend (Thursday – Sunday) or every other weekend to play against other colleges, which means I ultimately miss a lot of classes and constantly have to put in extra work to make up for what I miss. Lucky Saints taught me some exceptional time-management skills!

Because I started in the middle of the academic year (January), I am no longer on the softball team as I have used up all of my athletic eligibility (you are allowed four years of athletic competition after you graduate from high school). I am enrolled in a half-semester load of units and will graduate this December then return home. Because of this, I have found time to intern with the Cal Athletics Sport Science division where I manage some of the awesome technology like GPS and heart rate data many of our teams use during their practices and competitions.

Berkeley is in Northern California, about a 20 minute train ride east of San Francisco (you can see the Golden Gate Bridge from campus). It has been deemed the number one public university in the WORLD on several occasions by Forbes. It has an incredible STEM reputation and has been home to some ground-breaking research and technology (including CRISPR technology that has recently received a lot of press), as well as 71 Nobel Prizes. Also, there are a bunch of other student-athletes from Australia on teams like Rowing, Field Hockey, Basketball, Water Polo, Tennis and even American Football, and every year we get together and throw a huge Australia Day party where we serve all of our American guests complimentary sausage rolls, fairy bread, vegemite scrolls and pavlova.

Stephanie Trzcinski (Patteson ’13)
Old Scholar

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Circulating Health Knowledge

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The Year 3 students have been learning about the choices people make that affect their health and wellbeing. They have been focusing on the different body systems and their systems interconnectedness. This week they have had three special guests come into their classroom to assist them with their understanding of the circulatory system and the role it plays in their bodies.

Dr Shekhar Sharma, parent of Mithi (3MRO), gave an informative, entertaining presentation and managed to get all girls involved and thinking about the circulatory system. He used his knowledge as a General Surgeon from North Eastern Community Hospital.

Dr Emilie Rasheed, parent of Soraya (3MRO), came in to tell us about providing an echocardiography service to various private cardiology practices across Adelaide.

She engaged the girls’ interest with video clips of patients’ hearts: normal, abnormal and those experiencing illness. It was amazing to have the knowledge of a Senior Cardiac Technician in the room.

W1 Year 3 Heart Lesson 2Mr Roger Mills ran an interactive session where he inflated a lung and dissected a heart. This presentation really captivated the students and got them thinking more deeply about the role of the circulatory system.

I have been extremely impressed by the girls’ knowledge and enthusiasm this week. Another element that has really touched me has been the commitment and eagerness of parents and staff to assist the girls with their learning.

These meaningful parental and Sub-School connections should be celebrated, as this is something that our School does so well.

Mark Routley
Year 3 Teacher

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Philosophy Students Challenge Their Thinking

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Is it moral to create a donor baby?
Is the mind a physical thing?
Is privacy important?
Will machines ever become human?

These are the issues under discussion at the first ever SA Philosothon to be held at Prince Alfred College next Wednesday evening. Philosothons started seven years ago in Perth, with a view to helping students improve and develop the level of ethical and philosophical discourse. Since then, the Philosothon has grown substantially each year; having starting with eight schools, we now have well over 300 involved throughout Australasia. This growth has resulted in an annual national competition called the Australasian Philosothon where the top schools from each state and territory participate.

With teams of five students, each discussion is facilitated by an official with a PhD or a trained facilitator, and adjudicated by a Philosophy professor from one of the major universities. It is one of the few similar initiatives that involves all educational sectors. A Philosothon differs from a debate in that students can agree with each other and are encouraged if faced with evidence to the contrary to change their mind. In this regard, it is also a unique and important opportunity for young people to build skills in Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Creative Thinking.

The 2017 St Peter’s Girls’ School team is being coached by Ms Burton-Howard, Ms MacLaren and myself. The team consists of:

Holly Wallman-Craddock
Natacha Zisos Troupakis
Emily Loh
Ammi Yagnik
Ebony-Jade Nash-Smith

Go girls!

Matthew Wills
Philosophy and Religion Teacher

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Success Adds Up in Maths Competition

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Year 6 student Ellie Humphrey was recently rewarded for her stellar results in the Australian Mathematics Competition. We asked Ellie to tell us a little more about her terrific results:

“The Australian Mathematics Competition is a test that was originally only taken in Australia but is now held in more than 30 countries. You are given 60 minutes to complete 30 questions. A majority of the questions are multiple choice and the last four you give your own answer. They get increasingly harder throughout the test. I received a High Distinction and Best in School award at the presentation on Monday 16 October. High Distinctions are awarded to students who achieve in the top 3% of their state.

I enjoy entering these types of competitions because of the challenge they give you. What I find intriguing about mathematics and why I enjoy it is that it can be found anywhere in the world and it is such a massive topic. There are so many different forms of maths, so you can always find something new to learn and discover.”

Ellie Humphrey
Year 6 student

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Year 9 Geography Soars to New Heights

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Students in Year 9 Geography recently investigated the use of drones in our society. We were fortunate to have Property Services team member, Liam Blanden, demonstrate how his drone worked and students were provided with the opportunity to operate the drone over the School oval. Liam uses his drone to help him plan his landscaping projects. His drone has also been used to film various school events from a different perspective.

Students have researched how drones are used in society and have also read articles that identify how members of the community felt that drones would be invasive of their space. One of the reflection tasks set was to identify how the girls would feel if a drone invaded their airspace. Here are some of their responses:

What is the probability of crime, particularly in this day and age? Drones capturing our every move, scanning our housing areas, so easily hacked, is it even necessary? Use it for emergency rescues, use it in the military, but in our airspace – no way. Modern society has enough technology to deal with aside from buzzing drones lurking in our private lives.
Ellen Zhang

The idea of a drone entering my airspace would not bother me if I knew it was there for the right intentions (e.g. the government mapping our area.) However, the idea would bother me if the pilot was filming my airspace for the wrong reasons (such as spying or planning an attack.) Aside from my feelings, I believe that drones would be a great addition to our society. This is due to the fact that drones can help police to prevent crime, make our roads safer, map areas effectively and capture amazing video footage! However, I believe in order for this technology to be used appropriately, the government should implement rules, including the drone owner receiving a licence, ensuring that the person is using the drone for the correct reasons and checking the drone before its used to make sure it is safe in society. A check of approval within the area the footage of a drone is being taken would be necessary when non-official government workers are using a drone for their personal pleasure. I believe that this would prevent terrorists using drones to negatively impact society and therefore be only used for positive reasons.
Lucy White

Drone technology is something I’d feel excited to be around. However, the use of drones can pose issues of privacy if not used with extra care. This could most particularly become an issue if the wrong person gets their hands on a drone, given that they are available for the public to purchase. When used by the right people, drones can be useful for our airspace and its environment without disturbing animals and people. In fact, they can help conservationists to keep track of the numbers of wildlife in the area or take beautiful shots of them. They can even protect species numbers from declining by spotting illegal hunting or helping to study the animal behaviours. Who wouldn’t be excited about that?
Aleisha Elliott, Becky Ratnayake, Lola Dimond and Michelle Rupert

I have mixed emotions about drones operating in the space around me. I feel positively towards it because drones are fairly quiet, low-energy pieces of technology that have a low impact on the environment. I also like that they can discreetly film incredible, informative footage. I also feel positively about this because they are using drone technology for good causes, such as stopping rhino poaching, recording agricultural progress and animal population surveys. I feel negatively about drones entering my airspace because I feel in ways it can be an invasion of privacy, especially if the drones are operating in a large-scale way for major experiments and data collections. I also do not like how they can potentially harm certain species if contact is made with either the animal or plant itself or its food source. Animals feel threatened by drones. Drone crashes can also be harmful to people and the environment.
Elise Cornfield, Paris Greene, Fiona Lethbridge

Monique Green and Anna Stefopoulos
Year 9 Geography Teachers

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Year 11 IB French Excursion

On Wednesday 13 September, the Year 11 IB French class was fortunate enough to attend the stage play of ‘Le Prince des Jouisseurs’, put on by the Adelaide University’s French Club. Performed completely in French but with English subtitles, the show was an excellent opportunity for the girls to practise their aural comprehension outside of the classroom. It was based on Georges Feydeau, a French playwright who lived during the Belle Epoque which was a period of prosperity and artistic boom in the years before the WW1. In preparation for the performance, the girls researched this period of France’s history, which connected to their current investigation of French culture. Funny, thought-provoking and exciting, the play was a lovely way to spend the afternoon and is an excursion the class won’t soon forget.

Mercredi 13 septembre, la classe de français de la première année du BI a a eu la chance d’aller voir une pièce de théâtre qui s’appelle ‘Le Prince des Jouisseurs’, et qui était donnée par le club de français de l’université d’Adelaïde. Jouée tout en français, mais avec des surtitres en anglais, la pièce était une bonne occasion pour les filles de pratiquer leur compréhension orale, hors de la salle de classe. La pièce est basée sur George Feydeau, un auteur de théâtre français qui vivait pendant la Belle Époque, une époque de paix et d’explosion artistique avant les années de la première guerre mondiale. Pour préparer la pièce, nous avons recherché cette période de la France, qui est connectée avec notre étude actuelle sur la Culture et la Diversité. Drôle, palpitante et qui invite à réfléchir, la pièce était une façon vraiment agréable de passer l’après-midi et c’est une excursion que nous n’oublierons pas de bientôt.

Ashleigh Rogers
Year 11 French Student

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School Families Feed the Needy

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In September, members of the Saints Girls’ community spent a few hours at the St Mary Magdalene Drop In Centre in the city, serving a delicious three-course meal to about 70 people in dire need of home-cooked food. Many thanks to our volunteers for heating, stirring, serving and washing up on the evening with good grace and plenty of laughs. From left to right, Inca Pearce (JS parent), Liz Sandercock (Year 1 teacher), Hannah Brown (Year 11 student), Jane Brown (SS parent), Old Scholar Lucy Brown (Selwyn ’15), Susanna Anderson (staff member and MS parent), Andrea Dillon (JS parent), Maria Buttignol (JS parent), Boris (JS grandparent), Garfield (Mary Magdalene Centre volunteer) and Luke Anderson (not pictured). The patrons were very grateful, there was plenty to go around and the remainder was handed out in take-away containers.

Even bigger thanks to all the generous Junior School parents who cooked a record number of meals and soups that were served. As they say, “it takes a village”, and never a truer word was said. Without the generosity of our School community this could not have come together.

In fact, this was the last of three Saturdays this year that we had fed this large group. The School will be volunteering for three Saturday nights again next year and we look forward to the continued generous support of our families with their food donations.

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Update from the Tuck Shop

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The Tuck Shop’s new online ordering system continues to receive great feedback. In order to make the service as efficient as possible, the cut-off time for orders and cancellations on the Flexischools system will now be 9am (earlier than the current time of 9.30am), effective from Monday.

If you haven’t yet taken advantage of the convenient service, now may be the time!

The Flexischools cashless program is used by schools around the country.

To access it, log in to the myLink Parent Portal and select the “Tuck Shop” tab on the top menu. This will take you to the Flexischools site where you can set up and manage an account via the following steps:

  1. Register your details with Flexischools. Search for the School’s name (remembering to add the apostrophe in St Peter’s), add the student name, year level and class/home group teacher.
  2. Top-Up your account using Visa, Mastercard, PayPal or direct deposit.
  3. Place an order and proceed to payment.
  4. Review Orders by logging back in to your Flexischools account. You can set recurring orders, view transaction history or cancel orders.

What does it cost?
Canteen Online Ordering Fees:
$0.29 per order
Account Top-Up Fees:   
Direct Deposit $0.00
Credit card (Visa/Mastercard) $0.15+1%
PayPal $0.15+1%

For a demonstration of how to use the system, please watch this instructional video:

If you experience any issues with the ordering system, please contact Flexischools: or 1300 361 769.

If you have any menu-related queries or are too late to cancel an order online, email the Tuck Shop:

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Term 4 Important Music Dates

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Week 2 Wed 25 Oct Friends of Arts AGM 7.30pm Venue TBA New parents welcome
Fri 27 Oct Celebration Day Arts Centre Chapel Band
Week 3 Thurs 2 Nov Stage 2 Music Performance exam 9am – 1pm MB120 / Arts Centre Ensemble and Solo Performance, Special Study
Fri 10 Nov JS Assembly 8.30am Arts Centre Junior Choir, Junior Percussion, Junior String Orchestra, Dev Band, Junior Jazz
Week 5 Mon 13 and Tue 14 Nov Wendy’s Singing Concert 6pm Arts Centre All Students of Wendy Hopkins
Week 7 Fri 1 Dec Year 9 Graduation 2pm Arts Centre Concert Band, Concert Choir, Senior Strings, Rock Band
Week 8 Wed 6 Dec Year 6 Graduation 2pm Arts Centre Junior Choir
Thurs 7 Dec All day rehearsal for Carols and Presentation Night All Day At School Flute and Brass Ensemble, Senior Strings, Concert Band, all Choirs
Fri 8 Dec Presentation Night Rehearsals all day, 7pm start Adelaide Town Hall Concert Band, Senior Strings, Chamber Choir, Concert Choir, Enchante, Vocal Quintet, Stage Band
Week 9 Mon 11 Dec Carols in the Cathedral Rehearsals all day, 7pm start Cathedral All Choirs, Flute and Brass Ensemble, Concert Band, Senior Strings

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PYP Exhibition – Can you help?

This term, the Year 6 students will undertake the PYP Exhibition. They will engage in a collaborative, transdisciplinary inquiry process that requires them to identify, investigate and offer solutions to real-life issues. The exhibition will have the central idea that scientific and technological advances have an impact on society and the environment. During the first two weeks of this term, the students will participate in an Immersion Program that will open their minds to many possible topics for inquiry. We are looking for volunteers who could come and present a short talk (20 minutes) to our students. We are particularly interested in people who could talk about preferred futures – how science and technology are being used to improve issues that may already exist. If you work in or have an interest in a field that could connect to our central idea, please email me via to arrange a time.

Helen Smith
Deputy Head of Junior School

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3, 2, 1….GO! A New TV Web Series Featuring Saints Girls

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A group of St Peter’s Girls’ students are learning new skills and putting them to test in front of the camera. A new TV web series called ‘GO!’ has students researching, writing and presenting stories to camera. The following girls were chosen from 80 children from around the State – Aditi Tamhankar, Sophie Norman, Tia Bailey, Victoria Thorp, Milana Troon, Bronwyn Gautier, Stella Rasheed and Isabel Burmester – filming at various locations during Term 3 and putting the finishing touches to stories in the holidays. The show focuses on arts and entertainment news. Aditi has attended Adelaide fashion Week, Sophie interviewed local designer Tiff Manuell, Tia interviewed Emma Hack, Milana reviewed the movie ‘Captain Underpants’, Bronwyn visited a radio station, Stella interviewed an opera singer and Isabel visited FITYsixone café on King William Road. As well as interviewing people, the girls did crosses from one segment to the other and learnt how to co-present a show doing the intros and out-tros.

Many of the girls are performing on stage regularly so they have had to adapt their presentation to the intimacy of the camera. Four of the eight episodes of Series 1 are now online and can be seen on YouTube – Celebrity TV Down Under – GO!

Shane Davidson
Year 5 Teacher

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Christmas Drinks on the Deck

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We would like to thank all members of the St Peter’s Girls’ community for your support by inviting you to celebrate the successes of 2017.

Thursday 9 November 2017
5.30 – 7.30pm
Middle School Deck

Drinks and nibbles will be provided, and children can use the playground.

RSVP via

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St Peter’s Girls’ School Community Golf Day

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Hosted by the St Peter’s Girls’ Old Scholars’ Association

Mount Osmond Golf Club | 60 Mount Osmond Road | Mount Osmond
Stableford Competition | 18-hole round | Multi-tee start 9am

Golf and Lunch: $75
Golf and Lunch (Mount Osmond Golf Club Members): $60
Lunch only: $20

Lunch at 1pm includes baguettes, wraps, dessert, tea and coffee. Other beverages may be purchased from the bar.

Great fun with prizes to be won!

Book via or contact Megan McCormack on 8334 2239.

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Garage Sale Trail at St Peter’s Girls’ School

What: The City of Burnside Garage Sale Trail and St Peter’s Girls will be hosting stalls
Where: St Peter’s Girls’ School car park
When: Sunday 22 October 2017
Time: 8am – 2pm

St Peter’s Girls’ School has registered a ‘Group Sale’ – so come along and help support the School!

Any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Melissa Westgate via or 8334 2244.

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Sports News

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Thursday 23 November
Please place in your diaries Thursday 23 November for the Years 7 to 12 Sports Awards which recognise outstanding individual and team performances. The function will commence immediately after school, with students able to purchase food and drinks from the Saints Sport Support Group. The awards ceremony commences at 4pm. Our guest speaker will be Women’s AFL player Sarah ‘Tex’ Perkins.

All students who have participated in sport are expected to attend. Parents are also warmly encouraged to come along and will be able to purchase wine supplied by Friends of Rowing.


Please note: all of the Term 4 sports draws can be found on the myLink Parent Portal, which also contains a link for match venues.
Any changes and cancellations will be conveyed in advance via email and, where possible, directly to parents.


With summer fast approaching, a friendly reminder of the Sporting Hot Weather Policy:

Reception to Year 6 (training and matches)
• If the forecast temperature on the Bureau of Meteorology website is 35 degrees or higher, checked anytime before 9am on the day of training or a match, sport is automatically cancelled.
• Morning sessions, Rowing and Water Polo are usually not affected.
• In the event that matches are cancelled due to inclement weather or any unforeseen reason, such as the playing surface is deemed unsafe, the decision to cancel will be made by the Sports Coordinator at the host school no later than 2pm (refer to cancellation procedures).

Years 7 – 12 (training and matches)
• Mid-week: (training and matches): if the forecast temperature on the Bureau of Meteorology website at 9am predicts the day’s maximum to be 36 degrees or higher, sport will be cancelled.
• Weekends: if the forecast temperature for Saturday on the Bureau of Meteorology website is predicted to be 38 degrees or higher at 12pm on the Friday, ALL Saturday morning sport will be cancelled. (see below for rowing).
• Inclement Weather: matches will only be cancelled due to rain or inclement weather, if the conditions determine that the playing surface is unsafe or player safety is compromised (refer to cancellation procedures).
• Morning trainings and Water Polo are usually not affected and WILL NOT be cancelled.

• Cancellations of Rowing training and regattas will be advised by the Director of Rowing.


With great excitement we have been advised that, as a member of the East Adelaide Primary School district, East Adelaide won the State Metropolitan Athletics carnival. Saints participants were Imogen Elliott (Year 7), Molly Dwyer (Year 5) and Carla Massicci (Year 4).


During the holidays, Millie Wilkin, Chelsea Walls, Isabelle Norman, Kate Reade, Abbie Lisle (all Year 9) and Stephanie Smalls (Year 8) travelled to Perth to play for the Comets independent girls’ schools’ team. We played eight amazing teams from all over Australia and New Zealand. It was an incredible trip as it allowed every single girl to build relationships with girls and boys from all teams. This whole experience has helped me grow as a lacrosse player; it has allowed me to meet lacrosse professionals, some having played for Australia or coached elite teams. The seven-day trip will be forever remembered for travelling to another state with your friends, or the laughs in your hotel room, or the day trip to Rottnest Island. I have made long-lasting friendships and recommend this to any girl wanting to expand on their skills and knowledge of lacrosse. – Kate Reade (Year 9)

Sunday 1
Comets vs SA Lightning cancelled
Comets 7 – 9 Waikato (NZ)

Monday 2
Comets 7 – 11 SA Storm

Tuesday 3
Comets 17 – 8 WA Flames (MVP Isabelle Norman – St Peter’s Girls)

Wednesday 4
Comets 18 – 2 Auckland (NZ)
Comets 5 – 11 Vic Fire (MVP Millie Wilkin – St Peter’s Girls)

Thursday 5 – day off

Friday 6
Comets 3 – 8 WA Stars
Comets 6 – 2 Vic Ice (MVP Kate Reade – St Peter’s Girls)

Saturday 7 (5th place match)
Comets 8 – 9 SA Storm (MVP Chelsea Walls – St Peter’s Girls)


Congratulations to Imogen Elliott (Year 7) who has been selected for the Secondary School Sport Surfing team to compete in Culburra, NSW from 25 November to 2 December.

VOLLEYBALL – Year 8/9 Knockout

Wednesday 18 October
Saints entered the State Volleyball Knockout for Year 8/9. Facing six schools on the same day in a round robin format was difficult, especially given the heat and humidity of the indoor venue. With only the top schools qualifying for the State finals, it was a difficult task ahead. In game 1, Saints recorded a good win against Adelaide High School despite losing the first set. In game 2, Saints won the first set against Concordia but couldn’t maintain the momentum, losing by 8 points. Saints again rebounded well in game 3 with a comfortable 2 set win against St Dominic’s, with Tilly McCormack making a couple of good blocks and Clair Kao serving especially well.

With a well-earned lunch break, Saints returned to face Marymount and again won the first set, with Anna White getting a number of key returns and Jessica Wishart making some great smashes at the net. Saints again couldn’t hold the momentum, losing the second set and going down by 5 points. Game 5 saw Saints face an Immanuel team featuring a number of very tall players. This match was different, with Immanuel claiming the first set. Saints responded amazingly, as Georgina Keough, Ruby Bouhamdan and Sarah Wishart worked hard to get to every return, and Clair Kao and Anna White again wining many points from strong serving. Saints levelled the match and with 2 minutes on the clock and 3 points down, a third set began. With the siren sounding and the scores level, it came down to the final serve, and Saints went down by the solitary point.

In the final match and the girls feeling extremely tired, Saints finished on a high with a victory over Seaview. – Neil Fuller (Supervisor)

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