Monthly Archives: October 2019

eNews – Week 3, Term 4 2019

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From the Director of Teaching and Learning

N Scoggins - webExams can be a stressful time for students and parents, but this does not have to be the case. Here are some last-minute tips that may come in handy over the next few weeks:

• Students should plan to get to their exams early; this minimises the risk of rushing and accounts for any unforeseen delays or last-minute crises

• The brain needs some time to wake up in the morning, so having a shower and some breakfast is a good routine for students on exam mornings

• Before the exam, it is a good idea for the students to do a final check of the exam format – time, sections, whether there is a choice of questions etc. This can be done at the start of the exam itself, but there shouldn’t be any shocks or confusion at this point; the students should already be fully aware of what they are required to do

• Students should double-check that they have all of the equipment they need for the day, especially ‘one-off’ things like their Mathematics ‘note sheets’

• Getting a good night’s sleep before an exam is critical, so a normal bedtime is better than late-night cramming

• Some nervousness before an exam is normal, and there is evidence that a ‘healthy’ amount of nerves and the adrenalin produced by them can help the brain cope with the effort required in exams. Too much anxiety is counter-productive, and can be managed by taking some deep breaths and by ‘training the brain’ to use some perspective and to focus on more positive thoughts

• Students need to keep hydrated in exams, so check that your daughter has a full water bottle and remembers to drink from it!

• It is common at the start of an exam for students to feel as though they have forgotten everything. This is not the case! If they have revised effectively then it will all come back to them during the exam. Remind them of this

• Students often feel that they need to race straight into answering questions in their exams. Instead, they should take a few deep breaths, try to relax, read through the instructions and questions carefully, and then begin in a more calm, controlled and strategic manner

• Checking through answers at the end of an exam is time well spent, and evidence suggests that it can make a significant difference to the overall score/grade

• Your child is likely to get at least a little stressed at some point during their exams. Don’t rise to the bait when limits are pushed – untidy bedrooms and other issues can be revisited when the exams are over

• If you know of any strategies that help your daughters to stay calm, remind them before their exams. Tell them often that you love them, and wish them luck!

Nigel Scoggins
Director of Teaching and Learning

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World-Class Rower Returns to Saints Girls

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Saints Girls recently welcomed back Old Scholar Olympia Aldersey (Kennion 2011) to the School for a visit. Olympia won a Gold medal in the Women’s Four event at the 2019 World Rowing Championships in Austria, and is currently working towards her goal of competing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Rowers Molly Bond (Year 10) and Hannah Keough (Year 11) interviewed Olympia, who shared some valuable advice for our rowers and spoke about how she began rowing, how to overcome challenges while working towards a goal, and how it felt to win gold. Take a look at the interview highlights in this video:

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Open B Basketball’s Winning Season

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Congratulations to our Open B Basketball team for claiming the IGSSA B Grade pennant with a well-earned victory over Immanuel College.

“The girls had an amazing season with new coach Sarah Turnbull, winning most of our games easily, and faced only a few tough matches. After many seasons of only winning one or two games the new team worked well together and ultimately came away with the pennant after a tough and well-played game. Sarah Turnbull provided a great atmosphere in her first season as our coach, and worked with the players at training to develop skills and plays that allowed us to work together more and become more successful. The girls have grown immensely from their first game together and I couldn’t be more proud. The team was almost completely full of girls that were new to the team and some who were new to basketball. The girls all worked well together and the scoring was distributed across the whole team. Hopefully the team will continue their success with a very young team which included two Middle School players.”

Sarah Matheson (Year 12) and Emma Matheson (Year 11)

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Staff Dance 2019

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It’s one of the biggest highlights of the Celebration Day Assembly, and yet again, the audience enjoyed the dancing skills of our wonderful staff in their parting gift to our Year 12 students.

Many of our staff sweated through lunchtime and after school rehearsals in an attempt to replicate the slick moves from the Year 12 Choral Night dances.

If you didn’t catch the show live, then you’re in luck, as we’ve compiled a short snapshot of the dance in all its glory:

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Year 3 Coastal Camp Adventures

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Sand, sun, penguins, tribal teams, cuddling koalas and ‘Survivor’ challenges – these are just some of the highlights from Year 3 camp to Adare, Victor Harbor in Week 2!

We were lucky to have gorgeous warm weather and spent our days competing in water obstacles, beach activities and ‘Survivor’ challenges to earn tribal points and build our communication and teamwork skills.

Congratulations to The Crumpets (Selwyn) for their overall win! On our visit to Granite Island we were fortunate to see penguins, hear their squawks and see two fluffy chicks. Before heading home, battling the change in weather and crazy wind, we visited Urimbirra Wildlife Park where we patted koalas and fed lots of hungry kangaroos and wallabies.

Lizzy Mitchell and Mark Routley
Year 3 Teachers

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Farm Fun for Year 2 Campers

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Thursday morning was filled with the sound of excited Year 2 campers as they raced to school eager for their Narnu Farm experience as part of the ‘where we are in place and time’ unit of inquiry. This camp is the first of many amazing camp and outdoor opportunities at Saints Girls which allow our girls to develop independence, deepen friendships and engage in authentic learning experiences outside the classroom.

After waving parents goodbye, the Year 2 girls boarded the bus, ready for the adventure to begin. The first stop was Strathalbyn Playground and then onto Narnu Farm! Within minutes the girls were unpacked and they were ‘sun-safe’ ready for hand-ploughing, feeding the farm animals, and horse-riding! The girls were almost as entranced as Kit Kat (the resident cat), was with the eggs-periments and chicken hatchery. The fresh air made everyone very hungry and very sleepy. The girls were so excited to snuggle down inside their sleeping bags after their big day. The following morning was filled with the promise of a vintage truck ride on Elsie, a wilderness survival course and making butter!

This incredible camp has left our girls with many amazing memories and a treasure trove of new experiences and skills to feel incredibly proud of.

Kathryn Clark and Rebecca Greenhalgh
Year 2 Teachers

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Saints Girls in the Mix!

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In Year 11 Music this term the girls are studying music technology and composition. The class has been exploring recording and production techniques using GarageBand audio software.

The girls have composed their own songs, or instrumental pieces, and recorded their compositions using MIDI instruments, loops and USB microphone techniques. Once their parts are recorded the girls will learn to mix and produce the tracks using a variety of effects and production techniques. The final result will be a fully produced song…..Spotify here we come!

Robyn Habel
Music Teacher

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Visit Our New Science Centre

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With our new Science Centre now open for business, we welcome community members to join us for a tour of this transformational facility.

Featuring three purpose-built laboratories for Biology, Chemistry and Physics, four general labs, an expanded Visual Arts space and a new Junior School Art hub, the Science Centre will take teaching and learning to new heights.

Tour Dates
Monday 4 November 4 – 4.30pm
Tuesday 5 November 7.45 – 8.15am

If you would like to attend, please meet by the Junior School playground behind the Science Centre.

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Barefoot Bowling

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Join us for an afternoon of barefoot bowling! This is a fundraising event hosted by the Friends of Rowing and all School community members are welcome to attend.

Date: Sunday 1 December 2019
Time: 3pm onwards
Venue: Sturt Bowling Club

Corner of Trimmer Tce and Edmund Ave, Unley
Tickets $25 via

Includes entry, bowling fees, BBQ and nibbles. Drinks available for purchase at the bar.

Bookings close 9am Friday 29 November.

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National Recycling Week

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National Recycling Week is coming up between 11 – 17 November. To promote this, we will be encouraging our School community to take advantage of our e-waste recycling. If you have any e-waste items please drop them off into our two purple TechCollect bins. These bins are located near the entrance/exit to the School (in front of the Property Services sheds). They will be out for the duration of National Recycling Week. They will come out again on the first Friday of the new month.

The Environment Club

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The Athletes Foot – School Rewards Program

The Parents’ and Friends’ Association are excited to be collaborating with the amazing team at The Athletes Foot Burnside by joining their School Rewards Program.

The School Rewards Program is a great fundraising opportunity, with $5 from every pair of shoes purchased being donated back to our school. This applies for each pair of shoes purchased for the whole family, across the complete in-store range of adults and/or kids sports, school, work and casual shoes.

So head on down to The Athletes Foot Burnside and check out their exclusive MyFit 3D fitting technology and the school approved range of shoes.

Please check with your school’s uniform policy to ensure shoes are approved before purchasing.

The Athletes Foot – School Rewards Program Information

Bronwyn Bartter
Parents’ and Friends’ Association

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Charging for Charity – Cambodia Service Learning Trip

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To support fundraising for the Cambodia Service Learning Trip, the fundraising team is selling portable chargers for just $40 via

We are all very excited to take part in this trip, making life-long memories and seeing the impact of our fundraising in a community where we can improve the quality of life.

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Community Golf Day

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Don’t miss out on our upcoming Community Golf Day on Thursday 14 November. Individual players or teams of 4 are welcome.

It’s shaping up to be a fantastic day!

Register now:

If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Westgate via 0407 394 183 or email

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Sports News

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Congratulations to the following girls who competed in the South Australian All-Schools Championships:

Holly Cardone (Year 11) – Under 18 High Jump (Silver), Long Jump (6th), 100m (8th)
Keely Fahey (Year 11) – Under 18 100m Hurdles (Bronze), High Jump (5th), Pole Vault (Gold)
Olivia Kelly (Year 11) – Under 16 100m (14th), 200m (12th), High Jump (Bronze), Shot Put (8th)
Sophie Barr (Year 11) – Under 18 Discus (Gold), Hammer (Bronze), Shot Put (Bronze)
Lady Murphy (Year 8) – Under 14 80m Hurdles (4th)


GymnasticsCongratulations to Year 3 student Maisy Ion who came third overall in the State gymnastics competition for Under 9. She received a Bronze for beam, floor and vault and placed third overall.


Year 5-6 White – Saints 0.6-6 defeated by Loreto 8.5-53
The Year 5/6 White football team played against Loreto in another hot Wednesday night at Park 17. Due to Loreto only having 10 girls, we played 9-a-side for the match which was excellent considering the hot temperatures. The girls got off to a slow start with Loreto kicking multiple goals early in the game, however, Saints picked it up in the last half where the ball stayed in our forward half for the majority of the game. Although no goals were scored for Saints, Olivia Ng and Januri Wagaarachchi both had great marks, to then have set shots for goals which only just missed. In defence, we had some great pressure from Lyra Cox, Levanya De Silva and Sophia Holoviak who made some awesome tackles to stop certain goals. Well done to all the girls in what was a tough match! – Lane Trenorden (Coach)


Open A – Saints 31 defeated Immanuel 26
The girls had an amazing last game taking out the IGSSA B Grade basketball pennant. Ashlyn May had an amazing offensive game scoring 13 of our 31 points and Emma Matheson played amazing defence. Sivanthi fitted well into the team and Paris, Millie, Indya and Bella all played extremely well, each scoring when they had the opportunity. The girls played well in attack and played strong hard defence. Overall a good game and a good way to end the season. – Sarah Matheson (Captain)

Middle A – Saints had a bye

Middle B – Saints had a bye

Middle C1 – Saints 33 defeated Pembroke 21
The girls played an amazing game this week to defeat Pembroke! They are beginning to bond well as a team and this is evident as they use each other’s strengths on the court. The scores were very close during the first half. We were behind at half time but the girls fought hard and created a very exciting second half to take the game. Lilli Bennett was the top scorer again this week with a total of 16 points, followed by Emily McCorley with 10 points, Bella Sanders-Wills with 6 points and Alyssa Trinh sinking her first basket as well. Fantastic effort by all! – Louise Neale (coach)

Middle C2 – Saints 2 defeated by Pembroke 33
The girls showed substantial improvements from last week and are all starting to get really involved in the game. Monica Isaac is finding great space in offense and Tiffany Wang and Yitong Chen have improved their defensive pressure significantly. Despite our best efforts we were beaten by a more experienced team, but the girls’ spirits remain high as they are eager to continue improving each week. – Louise Neale (Coach)


Year 8/9 Knockout
Saints’ team played in the second round of the knockout competition and faced a very difficult first opponent in Adelaide High School unfortunately going down 5-1. The team of Ruby Deakin, Maiya Jakupec, Imogen Nienaber and Charlotte Staples then rebounded with a strong performance to defeat Gleeson College 6-0. Unfortunately Adelaide High School also defeated Gleeson to proceed to the State Finals.

The Open A and B teams played a tough match against Pembroke, with the Open A girls losing 6-0 and the Open B girls losing 4-2. All girls tried extremely hard but faced formidable opponents. The overall scores do not reflect the hard-fought points and the determination of all the girls. All players gave Monday night their best efforts and never gave up. I look forward to next Monday’s match where the girls will play finals, with the Open As playing for third place and the Open B girls playing for seventh place. – Annabel Baldwinson (Captain)

Premier League – Saints 0-7 defeated by Pembroke 6-36
Singles: Ruby Deakin 2-6, Annabel Baldwinson 0-6, Maiya Jakupec 1-6, Emily Loh 2-6

Premier Reserves – Saints 2-17 defeated by Seymour 4-24
Singles: Imogen Nienaber 0-6, Charlotte Staples 2-6, Georgia Mallick 2-6

Division 1 – Saints 5-33 defeated Scotch 1-11
Singles: Ella Dnistriansky 3-6, Grace Beaumont 2-6, Adele Eaton 6-0 (forfeit), Bridgette Leach 6-0 (forfeit)

Division 2 – Saints 3-23 defeated Scotch 3-22
Singles: Ariel Spartalis 1-6, Sophie Abbott 0-6, Eva Young 6-2, Astrid Teague 6-2

Division 3 Blue – Saints 5-32 defeated Scotch 1-16
Singles: Lilly Alexander 2-6, Stella Clark 6-2, Victoria Thorp 6-0, Helen Zhang 6-2

Division 3 White – Saints did not play

Division 4 – Saints 2-25 defeated by Saints 4-30
Singles: Gloria Zou 6-1, Nathara Perera 3-6, Tara Nedumaran 6-5, Lydia Tolley 3-6

Junior Division 1 – cancelled due to rain

Junior Division 2 – cancelled due to rain

Junior Division 3 – cancelled due to rain


Open A – Saints 0 defeated by Marryatville 5
Marryatville is a well-respected team and is considered one of the top teams in the school competition. However, Saints Girls were persistent and performed strongly in defence creating many turnovers. In the first half, the girls defended the ball enthusiastically with Marryatville only scoring two tries. The girls put in play strategies and set plays that were learnt during training. All the girls tried their hardest and kept their heads up with support from one another. I was really impressed with the game and the cohesion of the team. – Hannah Freeman (Captain)

Open B – Saints 3 defeated St Ignatius 0
In an impressive game against St Ignatius, the girls were able to come away with a confident win. All players worked together and created a strong rucking front that allowed us to quickly move the ball down to our tri-line. It was great to see the set plays that we have been working on in training allow Poppie Goldsmith to score 2 tries and Maggie Bailey to score 1. Overall the game was a great success and the development of skills such as defence will be focused on in upcoming trainings. – Maggie Bailey

Open C – Saints 4 defeated Wilderness 1
This week the Open Cs played a really good game. The team won with Aroha Munroe, Adele Russell, Kellie Bested and Lucy Benn scoring. The team’s strengths were defence, not allowing the other team to gain much ground and making sure that everyone was back on side. There was also some great rucking which allowed us to gain a lot of ground quickly. Overall, the team played a really strong game and it looks like it will be a good season. – Sophie Johnson

Middle A – Saints 6 defeated Marryatville 0
This week, the Middle As played an excellent game against Marryatville. The team improved from last week, with better speed in the attack and more communication and techniques in the defence. The scorers were Charlie Piper (1), Lauren Parton (2), Ellie Humphrey (1), Grace Richards (1) and Maddy Liddy (1), but a huge congratulations to the whole team for the improvement on last week. Great job team! – Maddy Liddy

Middle B – Saints 2 defeated St Michael’s 1
The Middle Bs played a great game against St Michael’s. For the first half our defence was really strong, and we stopped any attempt of tries that came out way. Going into the second half, Jasmine Segredos succeeded with a great run down the field to score a great tri. After they scored a Try on us, Apurva Ichalkaranje scored a great tri just getting through. The final score was 2-1. The girls played a great game in attack and defence. Next week we will be working on communication out on the field. – Mathilda Thomas


Open A – Saints 3 defeated Seymour 0 (26-14, 25-12, 15-8)
Seymour put up strong competition in set one and our girls had to be patient, play their own controlled game and trust in themselves and each other for the set to begin to go their way as it did in the final few points 26:24. Following set one, Open A played with more confidence, better tracking of the ball to make strong net defence and took the remaining sets convincingly 25:12, 15:8. MVP Ankita Rajbhoj. – Vicki Dent (Supervisor)

Open B – Saints 3 defeated Seymour 0
Seymour unfortunately had only 4 players, and had to play a forfeit game enlisting a few of their A-team players to provide our girls with a game that really tested their skills. Moving forward, the Open B team aims to work on pushing free balls deeper across the net away from opposition spiking returns. MVP was Tilly McCormack for good consistency in her passes and strong net play. Open B won by forfeit ….but points in the scratch match were 13:25, 25:22, 12:15. – Vicki Dent (Supervisor)

Open C – Saints 1 defeated by Seymour 2
The Open Cs has a strong start to the game with Sophie Norman’s strong serving winning us the first set confidently. Unfortunately, we dropped off in the second set, letting the opposition fight back. As a result, there was a lot of pressure going into the final set and sadly, despite a large effort from all the girls, we were not able to come away with the win. – Victoria Neale (Coach)

Middle A – Saints 3 defeated Seymour 0
The Middle As had another great win this week, maintaining their undefeated status for the year with only one game remaining. The girls remained composed throughout the whole game and continued to put the opposition under pressure. Sivanthi Sivasuthan had a great game, throwing her body at every ball in an effort to keep it off the ground. – Victoria Neale

Middle B – Saints 3 defeated Seymour 0
The girls started strong with acting captain Gracie Ganzis leading the girls in a Saints chant. The energy and enthusiasm stayed high throughout the three sets. Ruby Adams is to be commended on her fantastic serve, with Eliza Monaghan calling and moving to all the right spots. Great job all round. – Alana Glapa (Coach)

Middle C – Saints 3 defeated Seymour 0
The game still went ahead, despite Seymour not having enough players, with Lilli Bennett leading the team as Captain. All girls are to be commended on their skills on court with Kathy landing excellent serves while Drishti and Aveeshkha were not afraid to hit with a powerful dig! Job well done girls. – Alana Glapa (Coach)


Open A – Saints 5 defeated Seymour 2
The girls had a tough game against Seymour, eventually securing the win by an advantage of 3 goals. The team worked hard to limit the attacks by the strong opposition players, maintaining a strong defence-based game. Best players were Saskia Jonats and Lara Wakeham. Saskia was an absolute powerhouse in goals, stopping almost every goal that came anywhere near her and managed to fend off a few lone attackers. Lara constantly gave 100% during the game and played a strong defence while also having many counter attacks. Overall, it was a really strong team effort! – Fiona Lethbridge (Captain)

Open B – Saints had a bye

Open C – Saints 0 defeated by Mercedes 15
The girls had a difficult game this week against Mercedes B Grade, but fought hard until the final whistle. The girls were extremely game-aware and worked hard together to stop many attacks on goals. The girls managed to get a penalty against Mercedes, and while unfortunately no goal was scored, it was amazing to see the team come together and support one another. Best player went to Ashlyn May who was amazing while in goals for the first half, where she stopped many attempts on goal. When coming onto field in the second half, Ashlyn showed her diverse skills and continued to work hard, and even managed to complete a spin that shocked all coaches due to the difficult nature of the skill which she accomplished with ease. Overall, it was an amazing effort by the whole team, and a great learning experience for the rest of the season! – Fiona Lethbridge (Captain)

Year 7-8 – Saints 11 defeated Loreto 10

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eNews – Week 2, Term 4 2019

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From the Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

Kate MortimerToday, we say farewell to Year 12. They have certainly embraced the week with great excitement and fanfare. Their light-hearted approach, wonderful sense of humour and the variety of outfits and hairstyles on display have provided the staff and the girls with a consistent level of comic relief. My congratulations also on the fact that they managed to keep working this week. Their ability to continue with their learning, whilst being so close to the end, has been impressive.

I did talk to the girls last week about the differences I have noticed this year. What has been evident is that these girls have maintained their perspective. There is no doubt that they have felt the additional pressure that accompanies Year 12. But, what has been obvious to me, is that they were able to effectively manage this pressure and navigate their way through the academic challenges they have faced.

In reflecting upon their leadership, they have continuously led from the front and participated widely in the co-curricular life of the School. Sport, music, debating and all co-curricular activities are an integral part of school life. The girls certainly demonstrated that a balanced approach to Year 12 is possible, setting an excellent example to younger students.

My thanks to the Prefect team; their work behind the scenes and their organised and diligent approach ensured the success of whole-school events including Choral Night, Swimming Carnival, Sports Day, House meetings and a significant number of school assemblies.

My thanks to Mr Dan Searle and Mr David Stuart who, in the Eucharist this morning, presented a personal anecdote about each girl. Whilst it was evident they had managed to conceal a great many antics from staff over the years, the sharing of these stories is what distinguishes St Peter’s Girls’ School from others. It is extremely rare in a school that each graduating student is celebrated, and taking the time to do so is reflective of the strong relationships between the girls and the staff. The staff also took part in a play written by the students, where I must say they certainly identified all traits that could be exploited. The highlight for many girls was, as always, the Staff Dance. I would like to say we felt no pressure, until Ms Shea ordered us into extra rehearsals last night.

Finally, this evening, the Year 12 students will attend the Valedictory Dinner with their parents and staff, which will be a wonderful closure to their time at Saints Girls. We wish you well Class of 2019. Good luck in your final exams and make your lives count for the greater good of our world.

Kate Mortimer
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

A send-off tradition is the Year 12 run through the School watched on by staff and younger students; take a look at the Class of 2019 in action:

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Head Prefect Reflects on Her Journey

As we farewell our Class of 2019, our Head Prefect Isabella Villani this week took time out to reflect on her incredible journey at Saints Girls.

Have a listen to some of her personal highlights dating all the way back to her commencement at the School in Year 1:

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Congratulations to our 2020 Student Leaders

There were moving scenes at the School on Wednesday as our 2020 Student Leaders were inducted in a Chapel Service where they were presented with their badges of office by our outgoing Prefects.

Families watched on with pride as our new Prefects and Co-Curricular Leaders pledged to serve St Peter’s Girls with distinction.

It was a touching occasion, and we can’t wait to see how the girls lead the School in 2020.

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School Community Glitters at 125 Gala Ball

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Celebrations for St Peter’s Girls’ School’s 125th anniversary reached a stunning crescendo last Saturday when 600 guests converged on Adelaide Oval for our Gala Ball.

Current and past parents, staff, Old Scholars and other community members shared a spectacular evening in the William Magarey Room.

Highlights included stirring speeches by Principal Julia Shea and Chair of the School’s Board of Governors Jeremy Schultz, a sensational student musical performance and a spectacular SACE Dance routine showcasing historic uniforms.

Past Principals Diane Nicholls OAM and Fiona Godfrey were in attendance, as well as our oldest Old Scholar, 105 year old Lorna Henstridge (nee Paterson, Selwyn 1933), who received a standing ovation.

Another focal point was this nostalgic presentation to mark 125 years of excellence in education:

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Birthday Bash for the Ages

The School is still on a high following last Friday’s birthday celebrations at Stonyfell which featured a momentous ‘Generations’ photo with Old Scholar mothers and grandmothers of current students, and a special Assembly where our oldest Old Scholar Lorna Henstridge cut the birthday cake with one of our youngest students, Emma Corbet.

Watch the video for highlights:

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Lorna’s Starring Role in Celebrations

As well as playing a starring role at our birthday Assembly last Friday, our guest of honour Lorna Henstridge (nee Paterson, Selwyn 1933) also enjoyed a tour of our new Science Centre before its official opening. In addition, Lorna was delighted to visit a class of Reception students and take a walk down memory lane in the School Museum.

Lorna’s remarkable visit was captured by Channel 7’s Today Tonight, which produced this touching story:

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E-Waste Collection Reminder, Friday 1 November

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A reminder to bring your e-waste to school on the first Friday of every school month. The first collection for this term is next Friday 1 November and the last one for the school year will occur in Week 8, on Friday 6 December.

You can drop off your e-waste into the purple Tech Collect bins, located near the entry/exit of the School’s car park, between 7.30am and 5pm.

Any old electronics can be dropped off, such as:

· Personal and laptop computers and all cables
· Tablets, notebooks and palmtops
· Computer monitors and parts (e.g. internal hard drives and CD drives)
· Computer peripherals and accessories (e.g. mice, keyboards, web cameras, USBs)
· Printers, faxes, scanners and multi-functional devices

The Environment Club

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Charging for Charity – Cambodia Service Learning Trip

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To support fundraising for the Cambodia Service Learning Trip, the fundraising team is selling portable chargers for just $40 via

We are all very excited to take part in this trip, making life-long memories and seeing the impact of our fundraising in a community where we can improve the quality of life.

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Inaugural China Exchange

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Three students recently returned from the inaugural China Exchange Trip, where they spent time at Qingdao Grand International School.

“China was an incredible experience that brought me out of my comfort zone and gave me the chance to experience a new culture. I had a great time meeting new people, visiting new places, trying new foods (like eel, jellyfish and mealworms!) and going to a school that works very differently from our own. We would arrive between 6.30 and 7am every morning for breakfast, eat all three meals of the day at school, and finally go home at 8pm, which was an hour earlier than the other students. Spending more than 13 hours at school every day was almost double our normal school hours, which was quite a tiring new routine, but it allowed us to make plenty of friends and get to know what school life is like in China. Regardless of being a bit tired at the end of the day, I had a really good time trying a bunch of new things like calligraphy, Tai Chi and Peking Opera mask painting.” – Victoria Thorp (Year 10)

“The Chinese Exchange has been the best two weeks of my life. We participated in a variety of activities with the students and were warmly welcomed by the school community. Although the school day structure was long and sometimes a bit tiring, partaking in the classes and activities was beneficial and provided us with a lot of opportunities to learn and improve our Chinese skills. The school community is very similar to our school where all of the teachers and students treat others with respect and everyone receives equal opportunities. Teachers also offer students a lot of support in and out of school time academically and socially because all of the students in the international department have to board at school. The trip provided us with many new experiences in a different culture and I wish it could’ve been longer.” – Candy Feng (Year 10)

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National Philosothon Success

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During the Term 3 holidays, the National Philosothon team, composed of eight girls spanned across four age categories from Year 8 to Year 11, embarked on a trip to Canberra for three days to compete in the Australasian Philosothon. During the competition, we discussed philosophical theories such as free will versus determinism, knowing a person, a fair society, and digital death, and were marked on the criteria of creativity, critical thinking and collaboration. After placing 1st at the State competition in October 2018, we were privileged enough to be able to compete against the best teams in the country. Following months of practice, we came 4th overall out of the 20 teams present, with Holly Wallman-Craddock performing particularly well, placing 1st in her age group!

While in Canberra, we were also lucky enough to visit Questacon, the National War Memorial, Cockington Gardens and many other tourist destinations; however, I can definitely say the highlight for me and the rest of the team was placing 4th and finding out that all our hard work had paid off!

Sara Peak
Year 10 student

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Community Golf Day

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Don’t miss out on our upcoming Community Golf Day on Thursday 14 November. Individual players or teams of 4 are welcome.

It’s shaping up to be a fantastic day!

Register now:

If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Westgate via 0407 394 183 or email

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Space School Information Evening

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St Peter’s Girls’ School is offering students the opportunity to join the CASE Space School International Study Program in December 2020.

Students return with big dreams and lasting confidence, inspired by the ultimate STEAM experience at NASA.

CASE Space School is an amazing opportunity for students seeking to pursue success in a STEAM career. Students will be immersed in enriched and exclusive space science activities to explore the multi-facets of STEAM. Students will also learn and engage in an inspiring personal and leadership development program to truly empower them for changing times.

Space School is an engaging, hands-on adventure. Students learn about space travel and the development of space-related technologies, and are led through several simulated missions.

Students are meticulously cared for by dedicated Group Managers who are trained and certified by the California Association for STEAM Education. All Group Managers are Working with Children and Australian Federal Police checked, and hold current CPR, asthma and anaphylaxis certification.

A combined Alliance of Girls’ Schools information evening will be held on Wednesday 30 October in Hender Hall, Wilderness School, where students and parents can learn more about the program. Click here to RSVP.

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Sports News

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Year 5/6 Blue – Saints defeated by Seymour Blue
The girls’ first game is done and dusted. We faced a very strong Seymour Year 6 team which contained girls playing football at club level. The girls continued to improve throughout the game. Savannah Walls and Jodhi Pincombe held down the backline with lots of strong tackles and good runs into the midfield. Nellie Ion and Millie McDonald both had an awesome game and gained confidence. In the forward line, Shirley Liu and Lucy Kitching took some good marks and contested the ball. The girls had a really good game and I’m looking forward to seeing how they develop throughout the season. – Millie Gentle (Coach)

Year 5/6 White – Saints 2.0-12 defeated by Seymour Green 4.7-31
The team had their first game in hot and sunny conditions against the Year 5 Seymour team, in which we played 9 a side due to low numbers. It was a great first game in which we played a very solid team. Lucy Shigeno and Anna Venning were our goal kickers with 1 goal each. In defence, JiaHui Zhang, Levanya De Silva and Alannah Godfrey made some really good tackles to stop certain goals. Anna Venning took some excellent marks in defence. Great work to all the girls and hopefully we can have another cracking game next week! – Lane Trenorden (Coach)


Open A – Saints 33 defeated Pembroke 22
The girls worked well to defeat Pembroke in their second match back. They made lots of shots from fast breaks and worked well in defence, setting up many traps and creating numerous turn overs. – Emma Matheson (Captain)

Middle A – Saints 19 defeated by Pembroke 67
A slow start really cost the team and, at half-time, we only had 2 points. Afterwards, Sivi Sivasuthan lit up the scoreboard with three consecutive 3-pointers and the team found their shooting form to put points on the board. We battled hard but were just outclassed by a much taller team. – Brenton Davies (Coach)

Middle B – Saints 8 defeated by Pembroke 33
This was a bit like the A grade game with a slow start and trailing 14-nil. From this point, we picked up our intensity and the team hussled in defence which created some scoring opportunities. Once again Helen Zhang was outstanding with the ball and had good support from Gloria Gao and Lilli Bennett. – Brenton Davies (Coach)

Middle C1 – Saints 13 defeated by Concordia 14
The girls have shown amazing improvement since Term 1. They were up all game until the last 5 minutes and ended up losing by 1 point. We had an opportunity to win with the last possession and 10 seconds left on the clock, but the ball rattled in and back out. Lilli Bennett top-scored with a total of 7 points, very impressive for her first game ever although she couldn’t have scored all those points without the efforts from the team giving her the ball! Very proud of them. – Sharnee Jones (Coach)

Middle C2 – Saints defeated by Concordia
Unfortunately, the girls lost but all played with their best effort. Many had never played a game before. Nonetheless, improvements in teamwork and spatial awareness were evident over the course of the game as they adjusted to the complexity of a new sport. Special mention to Rosanna Stone who scored her first 2-point basket and imparted knowledge of the game to her teammates from the previous season – well done! – Louise Neale (Coach)


Millie Wilkin (Year 11) was awarded the Margaret Pallant Trophy for the second year running at the LAX SA awards on Friday night for being the Best and Fairest in the Under 18 girls’ competition.

Saints Girls in National Lacrosse Tournament
Congratulations to Year 7 students Dani Cox, Jenna Maione and Ashlyn May who represented South Australia in the Under 15 National Lacrosse Tournament in Adelaide during the holidays. The girls’ team, the ‘Hurricanes’, an Under 13 development squad, were exceptionally competitive and held their own against much older and experienced teams from New Zealand, Western Australia, Victoria and South Australia. Well done girls!


The Open A and B teams played a tough match against Seymour College, with the As losing 6-0 and the Bs losing 5-1. All players did well, with the overall scores not reflecting the hard-fought matches. The girls had a tough time adjusting to the grass courts, as this was a new surface for many. A special congratulations to Charlotte Staples of the Open Bs who won her singles 6-2, an excellent effort. All girls showed amazing sportsmanship and gave the match their best efforts. Good luck for all the remaining teams tomorrow! – Annabel Baldwinson (Captain)

Premier League – Saints 0-9 defeated by Seymour 6-36
Singles: Ruby Deakin 2-6, Annabel Baldwinson 1-6, Emily Loh 1-6, Maiya Jakupec 1-6

Premier Reserves – Saints 1-14 defeated by Seymour 5-32
Singles: Imogen Nienaber 2-6, Charlotte Staples 6-2, Georgia Mallick 1-6, Tahlia Louca 0-6

Division 1 – Saints 1-27 defeated by Pulteney 5-34
Singles: Ella Dnistriansky 6-4, Grace Beaumont 5-6, Adele Eaton 4-6, Bridgette Leach 5-6

Division 2 – Saints 3-25 defeated Scotch 3-20
Singles: Ariel Spartalis 6-0, Eva Young 0-6, Chase Hocking 3-6, Sophie Abbott 6-0

Division 3 Blue – Saints 2-22 defeated by Pembroke 4-26
Singles: Stella Clark 4-6, Lilly Alexander 6-0, Zihan Huang 0-6, Helen Zhang 4-6

Division 3 White – Saints 2-15 defeated by Pembroke 4-28
Singles: Astrid Teague 6-0, Nathara Perera 2-6, Tara Nedumaram 1-6

Division 4 – Saints 2-14 defeated by Concordia 4-27
Singles: Amy Hu 6-2, Jasmine Si 0-6

Junior Division 1 – Saints 5-23 defeated St Ignatius 1-8
Singles: Sophie Blight 4-1, Nicole Wang 4-0, Alison Francis 4-0

Junior Division 2 – Saints 4-20 defeated Pembroke 0-1
Singles: Alexandra Nguyen 4-0, Shirley Liu 4-0

Junior Division 3 – Saints 1-5 defeated by Scotch 5-22
Singles: Abbie An 0-4, Amelia Olesen 1-4, Freya Hermann 0-4


Open A – Saints 2 defeated by Wilderness 11
Despite the score, the girls played an impressive game, working as a unit against much of the State team. They incorporated some new attacking set plays learnt in training while maintaining a strong defence down the middle of the field. The team is very united and supportive which meant the girls never lost spirit and still enjoyed themselves. We will look to build on some set plays at training and get better each week. – Eve Habel

Open B – Saints 2 defeated Mary MacKillop 0
We competed in our first game of the season against Mary MacKillop College, resulting in a 2-0 win! The girls all played a great game, especially being the first time everyone has played together. Special mention to Holly Cardone, who scored both of the tries. It was great to see the girls implementing some of the skills that we’ve been working on in trainings. We did a top job of rucking up the field and performed very well in defence. There are definitely areas to improve, but the girls display great potential and I’m looking forward to the season ahead! – Ellie Anderson

Open C – Saints 3 defeated by St Michaels 4
The whole team played very well, communicating and ensuring our defence was tight. Imogen Elliott scored 1 try and Kendra Ware made 2. The girls all agreed there was room for improvement when it came to catching and passing the ball on the run, making sure that, in future, they come from depth and at pace. Next time, the team will also ensure that there is support for players who make breakaway runs towards the try line. The match was very successful for the fact it was the first time some of the team members had ever played touch. – Kendra Ware

Middle A – Saints 2 drew with Marryatville 2
The Middle As played a great first game of Term 4 against Marryatville. The first half was difficult because many girls hadn’t played together and it was the first game since Term 1. Once we got into the swing of things, we played exceptionally well. In defence, we were a bit slow and weren’t shooting very well, but once we put some tactics into play, it became a lot easier. In attack, we pushed forward and gained ground really well. The score was 0-1 at half-time but Ellie Humphrey and Grace Richards both scored tries in the second half, resulting in a draw. – Grace Richards

Middle B – Saints 2 defeated by Sacred Heart 5
The try scorers were Mathilda Thomas, who succeeded with a quick run and a dive, and Apurva Ichalkaranje who scored through an amazing run, passing three players before getting low and diving over the line. The girls played a strong attacking game and are now working or their defence, which leaked too many tries, ready for the next game against St Michaels. – Lauren Parton


Five Saints Girls recently represented South Australia at the Australian Junior Volleyball Championships in Canberra: Charlotte White U19, Anna White and Georgina Keough U17, and Lucy White and Ruby Deakin U15. Congratulations to all players.

Open A – Saints 2 defeated Immanuel (A2) 0 (25-19, 25-20, 13-13)
A sluggish start to Term 4 Volleyball with players taking it a little too easy against Immanuel’s second team. Anna White stepped up with a serving run to steady the ship in the first set. Two Year 9 players, Lucy White and Ruby Deakin, were welcomed into the side for their first appearance in A grade. Both players started on the bench but had immediate impact when substituting on the court. We were able to stay ahead for the first and second sets, with any balls overpassed by the opposition sent back with thunderous power and lighting speed by Charlotte White. Due to the Immanuel multi-court layout, there was a number of replayed points, cutting short some good rallies. Switching off having won the match with limited time left in the 3rd set, the girls allowed the opposition to get in front. Anna and Clair Kao with strong serving made sure we did not give away the 3rd set to take the points in the end. – Alistair Keough (Coach)

Open B – Saints 3 defeated Woodcroft 0 (25-9, 25-13, 25-17)
A number of players backed up from the Middle A game to assist with numbers in Open B. They were warmed up and eager from the starting whistle. Standout serving runs by Lucy White and Charlotte Cohen made sure Woodcroft were on the back foot from the start. Tilly McCormack captained the side with her infectious energy, and the girls carried their superior teamwork and skills into the second set, with Woodcroft having little answer to Ruby Deakin’s serves. The girls scrambled really well to win rallies and set up points, making it a fun match to watch and coach. – Alistair Keough (Coach)

Open C – Saints 2 defeated Immanuel 1
Term 4 has seen a couple of changes to the Volleyball teams. Open Cs, in particular, have welcomed a handful of Year 9s. Despite the introduction of these younger girls, the team looked strong and confident. Martha McCormack looked especially confident, serving 19 points in a row to start us off in the second set. Throughout the game, the girls were energetic and looked like they were enjoying themselves, which is always the best outcome. – Victoria Neale (Coach)

Middle A – Saints 2 defeated Woodcroft 1
The Middle As had a comfortable win over Woodcroft. The girls set up their three hits well and put their opponents under pressure early. Once securing a win in the first and second set, the girls relaxed a bit and used the third set to practise new skills. Unfortunately, this resulted in us losing the third set; however, this didn’t matter as we had already won the game. Hilary Clark particularly impressed me during the match as she showed a lot of leadership and maintained a positive attitude throughout. – Victoria Neale

Middle B – Saints 2 defeated Woodcroft 1
Although we dropped the last set, we had a convincing win, by over 15 points one set, due to consistent serving from all players to put the opposition under pressure. MVP to Eliza Monaghan for making some really good saves and a concerted effort not to let the ball touch the court. – Vicki Dent (Coach)

Middle C – Saints 1 defeated by Woodcroft 2
The Middle Cs started strongly, winning the first set with the girls showing Immanuel what they were made of. In the second set, it was a close finish but the girls lost that round. In the last set, it was neck-and-neck with Lilli Bennett notching up 6 points in a row with a killer serve followed by Yang Yang Gu. Unfortunately, the girls lost their final set 16 – 25, but it was a wonderful performance by all involved – Alana Glapa (Coach)


Open A – Saints 12 defeated Pembroke 3
The As had a triumphant first game. The girls played a strong defence-based game, resulting in Pembroke only scoring 3 goals. Best players were Emily Baldwinson and Lara Wakeham. Emily played a strong attack, scoring 3 goals. Lara was a key part of our relentless counter attacks. It was a good game and a fierce start to the season. Fantastic effort team!

Open B – Saints 9 defeated Loreto 4
The first game of the season saw the Bs winning by 5 goals. The girls won every swim-up, leading to a strong and effective first attack. Best player was Georgina Wakeham for her strong defence work, stopping many attempts at goal. The result could not have been achieved without Tara Young’s formidable speed, spearheading a successful offence for the team. Good work, girls!

Open C – Saints 6 defeated by St Aloysius 18
The girls had a tough first game. This was their first outing together as a team, and they played amazingly, completing each attack with the same level of determination no matter the outcome. Best players were Ashlyn May and Emily Whittaker. Ashlyn was an absolute powerhouse in goals, and when coming onto the field for the second half, she worked hard to support the ongoing attacks by the team. Emily was the top goal scorer for the team with 3 goals, and constantly supported the girls with her lightning-fast agility in offence, leading to many scoring opportunities. A great effort, keep it up girls!

Year 7/8 – Saints 9 defeated St Ignatius 7
The girls won a thrilling game against St Ignatius. For many, it was their first-ever game. They showed excellent resilience and sportsmanship, and played a wonderful attacking game. Claudia Pearce, one of our more experienced players, stood up and played exceptionally, scoring 6 goals, and Lauren Parton scored a goal in her first-ever game. I am very proud of the girls’ efforts and look forward to a fantastic term ahead. – Gemma Rowe (Coach)

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eNews – Week 1, Term 4 2019

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Welcome to our New Science Centre!

St Peter’s Girls’ School is delighted to launch our new Science Centre!

Featuring three purpose-built laboratories for the three pillars of Science – Biology, Chemistry and Physics – and four general laboratories, this transformational facility will cement Saints Girls as a national leader in STEM education.

The project has also given rise to an expanded Visual Arts space, a new Junior School Art hub, and upgraded pool facilities with much sought-after changerooms.

Thank you to everyone who has helped make our new Science Centre a reality.

With South Australia at the forefront of technology, particularly in defence and now space, there has never been a more important time to ignite in our girls a spark for Science.

This afternoon’s official launch featured an inspiring speech by Australia’s Chief Defence Scientist Tanya Monro and other powerful highlights:


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From the Principal

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Happy 125th Anniversary!

In March of 1892, Bishop Kennion wrote to Mother Emily in England urging her to send Sisters to Adelaide to start a school for girls. That letter set in a motion the train of events that led to the opening of St Peter’s Girls’ School (St Peter’s Collegiate High School as it was then called) on Monday 8 October 1894. It was a modest beginning, with Sisters Lucy and Bridget, and the one lay teacher, Miss Trevenen, welcoming a cohort of just four pupils. It’s both amazing and humbling to think of how far we have come and how much we have achieved across the past 125 years. It is very true that from little things, big things grow.

To truly understand what makes Saints Girls tick, is to know Mother Emily. A deeply Christian woman, her compassion was boundless. She lost her mother when just five years of age and often accompanied her father, Reverend Frederick Ayckbowm, when he went to minister to the needy, the sick and the dying. These images made an indelible impact on her life. She spent her final years of schooling studying in Germany and Italy, and was deeply impressed by the devotion of Christians of all creeds on the continent. She returned to England at 20 years of age, knowing there was much work to be done. She fought hard to remove the abominable pew system that operated in the churches, a system that ensured that the poor were never welcome. While acting as a volunteer nurse in the Chester slums during the cholera epidemic of 1866, Emily realised that she could not achieve all that she wished as a single woman. She noticed that a lady could not minister to the poor except on an occasional basis. A lady could not teach and, through education, help change the lives of the poor. Emily realised that a religious Sister could nurse, teach in an elementary school, visit the slums and help with feeding and clothing those on the margins. And so, in a small chapel in the suburb of Kilburn, on 5 April 1870, Emily was clothed as the first Novice of the Community of the Sisters of the Church. The Sisters were the first Anglican Order to receive certificates as registered teachers. And the rest as they say, is history.

Emily was a woman before her time. She was a woman of courage, pursuing opportunities with confidence and strength. She was a creative woman. Had she not built a professional platform that engaged and ignited new ideas, the Community of the Sisters of the Church would never have been born. And she was a woman of compassion, a woman who connected globally (quite a feat in the late 1890s!) via respect and service. As we celebrate our anniversary, we must not only give thanks for all that has brought us here, we must also be keenly aware that our good fortune carries with it an obligation to keep that flame burning brightly into the future. The challenge for each of us is to ensure that Emily’s legacy lives on; that we continue to value and to model the courage, creativity and compassion that has underpinned our exceptional School for 125 years.

These few days promise to be a true celebration of everything Saints Girls. Be it the cutting of the cake in Assembly today, the opening of the Science Centre this afternoon or the 125th Anniversary Gala Ball tomorrow night – it’s all about celebrating our history, reflecting on those memorable moments and reveling in the strength of our community. And while it’s an incredibly exciting time for the School, the future looks even brighter. I feel privileged to lead Saints Girls at this pivotal time and to guide the next chapter of our history.

Julia Shea

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Generations Unite for 125th Anniversary

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This morning, as part of the School’s 125th anniversary celebrations, Old Scholar mothers and grandmothers of current students participated in the annual ‘Generations’ photo with their girls before enjoying morning tea and a tour of the School.

Some stayed on for our special 125th anniversary Assembly, which included cutting the official birthday cake, student reflections and a rousing performance of the School Song.

Click here for the ‘Generations’ photo order form.

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State Hockey Hotshot

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Congratulations to Year 7 student Amelia Lucas who represented South Australia in the National Hockey Championships in Hobart during the holidays. Amelia was also fortunate to have a training session with the Hockey SA team (SA Fire) and have a photo with SA Captain Jane Claxton.

“I really enjoyed the State Hockey trip as it was a great experience. It really gave me an opportunity to improve my skills and move forward with my overall hockey journey. I have been playing hockey since Year 3 and I love it. I train twice a week, but after the State competition, SA offers a Developmental Athlete Program which focuses mainly on hockey and strives to improve skills and game play. I am really excited to start this new program.”

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Rowing Camp Highlights

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The girls had a blast on the 2019/20 season October Rowing Camp. This year, the Intermediate and Senior girls attended camp in Mannum. It was the perfect opportunity for them to improve their skills. The girls did three sessions a day of rowing, both in crew boats and singles. For most of the Intermediate rowers, this was the first time they had rowed in single boats. Prim Robinson found “Rowing in the singles was a fun and new experience for a lot of us and allowed us to improve our technique individually.” Another activity the girls did was a movie night complete with lollies and popcorn, which was a highlight. Isabella Bernardi from Year 11 said, “The camp was a great opportunity to get to know the entire squad before the season starts to pick up intensity.” Some girls on camp did face the issue of sickness but it was amazing to see their persistence and ability of the girls to support one another. The camp was a great success and a high note to start the season on. It will be great to all come together again at the Season Opening BBQ at 5pm on Sunday 27 October.

Hannah Keough
Captain of Rowing

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Nurturing Nutrition Outing

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The last week of Term 3 was a time for the Year 12 Nutrition class to momentarily escape the stress of study with a field trip to The Food Forest.

Led by enthusiastic organic farm owner Graham Brookman, the girls were able to see working sustainable farming methods in action, from mixed farming with geese (and super cute goslings) in the orchards, to banana trees creating shade for mint to flourish, and beer and linseed traps to ward off pests. The Food Forest and Graham have hopefully left some favourable and lasting memories for the class. These memories will be transferred to examples that should impress end of year examination markers in the extended response section of the paper. Hopefully it has also inspired ways to reduce our own ecological impact. Good luck to all the girls in this end of year examination.

Vicki Dent
Year 12 Nutrition Teacher

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Community Golf Day

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Don’t miss out on our upcoming Community Golf Day on Thursday 14 November. Individual players or teams of 4 are welcome.

It’s shaping up to be a fantastic day!

Register now:

If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Westgate via 0407 394 183 or email

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Space School Information Evening

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St Peter’s Girls’ School is offering students the opportunity to join the CASE Space School International Study Program in December 2020.

Students return with big dreams and lasting confidence, inspired by the ultimate STEAM experience at NASA.

CASE Space School is an amazing opportunity for students seeking to pursue success in a STEAM career. Students will be immersed in enriched and exclusive space science activities to explore the multi-facets of STEAM. Students will also learn and engage in an inspiring personal and leadership development program to truly empower them for changing times.

Space School is an engaging, hands-on adventure. Students learn about space travel and the development of space-related technologies, and are led through several simulated missions.

Students are meticulously cared for by dedicated Group Managers who are trained and certified by the California Association for STEAM Education. All Group Managers are Working with Children and Australian Federal Police checked, and hold current CPR, asthma and anaphylaxis certification.

A combined Alliance of Girls’ Schools information evening will be held on Wednesday 30 October in Hender Hall, Wilderness School, where students and parents can learn more about the program. Click here to RSVP.

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Old Scholar’s Global Perspective

Congratulations to Old Scholar Vienna Tran (Patteson 2014) who has had another article officially published on the International Baccalaureate website as a member of the Alumni community. The ‘Graduate Voices’ project is a collaboration by IB Alumni all over the world that aims to provide some perspectives on tackling secondary and tertiary education in a modern, globalised world.

“I decided to take advantage of my (somewhat) unorthodox journey and attempt to provide a foothold for students who are struggling with decisions around career and higher education.”

You can read the article here –

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You’re Invited! Friends of Rowing Season Opening BBQ

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Sunday 27 October from 5 – 7pm on the School grounds

$25 per adult
$20 per rower/child

(includes yummy chicken, lamb or falafel yiros, nibbles and soft drinks)

Bubbly, white wine, red wine and beer available on the night for purchase.

Join us as we welcome all of our new and returning rowers and their families to mark the opening of the 2019-2020 season.

Tickets available via

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Could You be a Stallholder at The Garden Of Saintly Delights in 2020?

Although it’s still more than six months away, a great event takes planning, and The Garden of Saintly Delights is certainly one that captures the heart of our School community. With rides, food, entertainment and more, there is something for everyone, including shoppers with our ever-growing market place.

This year, I have taken on the role of coordinating our Market Stalls and am looking to gather as many different and varied stalls as possible. When thinking about where to source these from, I realised that we have so many families in our own community who may like the opportunity to display their business products on the day, not only to our School but the surrounding community as well. What better way to showcase the amazing talents of our school families than at our Garden of Saintly Delights Market?

So, if you have a business or sell a product that would suit being a part of our market, please get in touch via my email as I would love to have as many of our families exhibited as possible.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Lorraine Scarr

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Sports News


Please note that all 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 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 any time before 9am on the day of training or match, sport is automatically cancelled.
• Morning sessions, Rowing and Water Polo are usually not affected.
• In the event that matches are cancelled due to inclement weather or any unforeseen reason such as the playing surface being deemed unsafe, the decision to cancel will be made by the Sports Coordinator at the host school no later than 2pm. (refer to cancellation procedures)

Year 7 to Year 12 (training and matches)
• Mid-Week: (training and matches): if the forecast temperature on the Bureau of Meteorology website ( 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 it is considered 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 ARE NOT cancelled.

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


Tara Young represented South Australia at the recent State Teams event at the AIS in Canberra from 3 – 6 October. She swam well with many PBs and placed 7th nationally in the 400IM, 8th in the 200 Freestyle, 14th in the 200IM and 16th in the 200m Backstroke.


Congratulations to Yang Yang Gu (Year 9) who recently represented SA in Badminton at the U15 National championships, helping SA to finish 4th, narrowly missing 3rd place by a few points. Yang Yang reached the Quarter-Finals in her individual event and is now ranked Number 7 in Australia for her age.


Open A – Saints 23 defeated by Immanuel 26
The girls played in a hard-fought first game back, with the outcome determined in the last 10 seconds. It was a close game with a few unlucky shots, but the girls worked well together in offence and played hard in defence, getting plenty of rebounds. – Sarah Matheson (Captain)

Middle A – Saints 12 defeated by Immanuel 52
A good first up effort after the break against a quality team. The score probably did not reflect the game as we had some good opportunities to score but could not make our shots. Definitely improved as the game went on, and special mention to Chi Chi Zhao for her 8 points, and Tilly for her great hustle. – Brenton Davies (Coach)

Middle B – Saints 3 defeated by Immanuel 87
Unfortunately for the team, we came up against a very, very good side and we were just outclassed. The girls need to be congratulated on their effort and for never giving up. Special mention to Helen Zhang who did a fantastic job of bringing the ball down the court and getting her teammates into the game. – Brenton Davies (Coach)


The Open As played a close match against Seymour College, only narrowly defeated on games. All girls who played tried well and demonstrated excellent sportsmanship both on and off the court. A big thank you to Ella Dnistriansky for filling in. Ella also played very well, winning in a tie break.

The Open Bs were narrowly defeated by Scotch College. All girls played well and also demonstrated great sportsmanship. A special congratulations to Charlotte Staples who played tremendously in her singles, winning 6-2. This week has been excellent in preparing the girls for the rest of the games in Term 4. A solid and exciting start to this season! – Annabel Baldwinson (Captain)

Premier League – Saints 3-20 defeated by Seymour 3-26
Singles: Ruby Deakin 6-5, Annabel Baldwinson 0-6 (forfeit), Maiya Jakupec 6-4, Ella Dnistriansky 6-5

Premier Reserves – Saints 2-22 defeated by Scotch 4-31
Singles: Imogen Nienaber 2-6, Charlotte Staples 6-2, Georgia Mallick 2-6, Tahlia Louca 6-5

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