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Swimming Carnival 2020: And the Winner is…

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Swimming Carnival 2020: And the Winner is…

Swimming Carnival 2020 exploded off the blocks today, with girls in Years 4 – 12 going stroke-for-stroke across the four Houses at the Adelaide Aquatic Centre.

As always, determination, team spirit and participation were hallmarks of the event, with impressive performances in the serious races and colourful entertainment in the novelty events, including the annual crowd favourite, the Crocodile Relay!

House spirit was in overdrive, the Year 12 costumes lived up to all the hype and it was terrific to see so many parents cheering their girls on from the stands.

By the end of proceedings with all results tallied, the 2020 overall champions were announced: KENNION!

McGill Shield
Kennion – 1751 points
Selwyn – 1725 points
Patteson – 1591 points
Kilburn – 1586 points

Congratulations to all involved! Detailed results will appear in next week’s eNews.

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From the Deputy Principal / Head of Middle School

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Richard Lisle inside 220Life in the Middle School is deliberately busy at the start of the year. Year 9 Aquatics Camp, Swimming Carnival, Years 7 and 8 Camps, and Girls in Tech Expo give our students the chance to connect with a range of girls both from their own year group and from others. Studies have shown that such opportunities greatly help build connections, and a sense of community and belonging. Further, transition between schools and sub-schools is smoother, and instances of isolation and bullying are vastly reduced.

I have already talked this year to all Middle School students and parents of Years 7 and 8 students about intentionally showing courage in small ways this year. Making the first move in forming a new friendship, attempting a new event at Swimming Carnival or Sports Day, taking up a new instrument, joining a choir, attending her first debate, asking questions in a class that she would normally be reticent to do so, owning up to mistakes…these are all opportunities to show courage and to benefit from the personal development that occurs as a result of that courage.

Clearly, with Years 7 and 8 Camps upon us, much talk has been about the opportunity to show courage on a slightly grander scale by being prepared to overcome discomfort, experience new challenges, reveal a slightly less composed ‘sense of self’, and develop new skills and strategies. Our staff too, will also be placed in similarly challenging situations, and I thank them in advance for not only their work in supporting students on camp away from friends and family, but also their willing and courageous approach to the opportunities that our Outdoor Education provides.

Finally, I’m delighted that our Year 8 students will be able to visit Kangaroo Island despite the devastation that beset that beautiful location over the summer holidays. I’m pleased that our revised program will still allow our students to enjoy some spectacular and unspoilt natural scenery, whilst also helping support local businesses and communities that endured so much and displayed such courage during the fires. I look forward to accompanying them and watching their growth across the week.

Richard Lisle
Deputy Principal / Head of Middle School

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A Message from the Kennion House Captain

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Today, the wait was over for the highly-anticipated Swimming Carnival. Years 4 to 12 gathered at the Adelaide Aquatic Centre to showcase their talent in the pool and impressive House spirit. Swimming Carnival is the first of many House events in the school year and is loved by all, whether it is the Junior School looking forward to cheering with the older girls or Year 7s entering the Crocodile Relay for the first time!

Every year, it is amazing to see how much House spirit every girl shows. The Aquatic Centre was transformed into a sea of blue, yellow, red and green with girls (and staff!) cheering and supporting their House all day. As Year 12s, it was exciting for the cohort to follow the Saints’ tradition of dressing up in costumes and running into the pool followed by a deafening cheer from the rest of the House.

This year, girls were encouraged to participate in a range of events, and what a day it was! Highlights from the action-packed agenda included the famous staff relay, Sub-School medleys and the Crocodile Relay! Whether you’re in Year 7 or Year 12, the Crocodile Relay never gets old…there is nothing quite like swimming in a conga line down the pool with all heads bobbing out of the water at once.

During my last Swimming Carnival, I thoroughly enjoyed watching the enjoyment on everyone’s faces and seeing the infectious blue spirit around the pool! It is definitely an event I am going to miss.

Olivia Goldsmith
Kennion House Captain

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Swimming Carnival 2020 Pump Up Video

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In what is fast becoming a tradition here at Saints Girls, we produced a pump up video for the 2020 Swimming Carnival. Led by the four House Captains – Michelle Rupert (Selwyn), Olivia Goldsmith (Kennion), Tilly McCormack (Kilburn) and Emily Downie (Patteson) – the girls focused on four key elements for a fun and successful Swimming Carnival campaign: Competition, Participation, House Spirit and Year 12 Costumes and Accessories. From the exquisite art form that is the Crocodile Relay, to the girls’ pre-race routines, there are definitely plenty of laughs to be had throughout the video. Check it out below!

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Triple Threat at Triathlon Carnival

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A strong contingent of Saints Girls was enormously successful at this week’s School Sport SA Triathlon Championships.

The day started with Alice Braithwaite claiming Gold and Daisy Braithwaite taking Silver in the U15 girls’ division, and Adelaide Murphy winning Bronze in one of her first individual events in the U15 Come ‘n’ Try category.

In the team events, Matilda Braithwaite’s cycle leg concluded her successful years of competing in this event, claiming Bronze with teammates Lily-Rose Spartalis (swim) and Sophie Barr (run). In the U15, Alice Braithwaite (cycle) and Daisy Braithwaite (run) then teamed up with Georgina Wakeham (swim) to win the teams title.

Additional Results
Open – Lara Wakeham (swim), Saskia Jonats (cycle) and Anda Ceplite (run) finished 4th
Intermediate – Tara Young (swim), Charlie Fishlock (cycle) and Imogen Elliott (run) finished 7th
Intermediate – Sophie Dansie (swim), Ellie Humphrey (cycle) and Willow Stewart-Rattray (run) finished 8th
Intermediate – Emily Baldwinson (swim), Annie Bui (cycle) and Lilly Maerschel (run) finished 10th
Intermediate – Emily Whittaker (swim), Lady Murphy (cycle) and Isabella Lowry (run) finished 13th
Junior – Charlotte McAuliffe (swim), Carys Kinsella-White (cycle) and Dani Cox (run) finished 5th

Neil Fuller
Director of Sport

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Tribute to the Stolen Generations

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13 February is the anniversary of the National Apology which was delivered in 2008 by then-Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to the Stolen Generations. He issued the formal apology on behalf of the Australian Parliament to the many indigenous Australians who were forcibly removed from their families at a young age (at least 100,000 Aboriginal children); a practice that continued until as recently as 1970.

This year, as our School’s Reconciliation Ambassadors, Tara Young, Letitia Page-Thomson and Lucy Young with Mrs Trish Tynan were invited to attend the National Apology Breakfast at the Adelaide Convention Centre with 1800 other guests. It was a wonderful experience where we heard about different perspectives from Stolen Generations survivors and the steps currently being put in place to ensure such discrimination never occurs again. Many survivors are still working with the organisations to help reunite family members who were separated so many years ago. Reconciliation SA organised an emotional tribute to the survivors and others impacted by inviting those present to light a candle during a minute’s silence. Seeing the room light up as people began lighting the candles was truly moving. Even more extraordinary was the visual this created in showing how many people are affected by the Stolen Generations.

As Reconciliation Ambassadors, we hope to be able to enlighten and share our experience with students and invite guest speakers to talk about the importance of reconciliation throughout the year.

Lucy Young, Letitia Page-Thomson and Tara Young
RAP Ambassadors

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MasterChef Meets Our World of Food

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The Year 10 World of Food students were recently treated to a guest presentation from Ben Trobbiani. Ben is a Top 10 MasterChef Australia contestant from 2019 who has a passion for ingredients that grow natively in Australia.

Post-show, Ben spent time at acclaimed restaurant Orana learning more about the broad range of ingredients and drawing inspiration on how they can be used. This led to him hosting two pop-up dinners using Australian ingredients in tasting menus based around Mexican and Italian cuisines. Ben’s goal is to continue to educate people in the wide variety of ingredients, how to source them from indigenous business owners and how to use them in the everyday kitchen.

Ben’s presentation to the students was an introduction to our unit on Australia’s food identity. Ben developed the girls’ awareness of traditional Australian ingredients and furthered their understanding of their uses in modern cuisine through tastings of ingredients such as wattle seed, strawberry gum eucalyptus, desert lime, mountain pepper, green ants, finger lime, saltbush and lemon myrtle.

Ben followed the tastings with a masterclass highlighting Australian ingredients. His dish of Coorong mullet with macadamia, beach succulents and lemon myrtle beurre blanc was a highlight of the visit. The students’ also tasted wattle seed choc chip cookies. In the coming weeks, we will be creating the Coorong mullet dish and cookies plus a Geraldton wax Pannacotta. As part of our research into Australia’s food identity, we will also be creating further dishes that incorporate a greater variety of Australian ingredients.

We would like to thank Ben for his visit which was very informative and enjoyable.

Jenni Manson
World of Food Teacher

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Music Camp Fundraising Tops $10K for Ardrossan Hospital

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Music Camp is one of the most enjoyable events on the Music calendar for both staff and students. It is a chance for girls to consolidate their repertoire for the first six months of the year, take huge leaps in skill and understanding of the music they play, make connections with new Music girls to the School and deepen their friendships with each other.

The atmosphere is always highly-charged with a great mix of hard work and fun. Our concert for the community on Saturday afternoon was a huge success yet again. We are proud to announce that we have fundraised over $10,000 for the local hospital across the nine years we have been holding Music Camp in Ardrossan.

“Music Camp has always been my favourite Music event every year, and this year was no different. All the girls were incredibly enthusiastic in rehearsals and always keen to lend a helping hand. It was especially great to see the new girls quickly settle in to our welcoming Music community – there’s no doubt that the bonds we made on this camp will strengthen our playing as a group for the rest of the year. I would like to give a massive thank you to everyone involved: teachers, mentors, the mums and the Ardrossan community for having us.” – Faye Ma (Year 12 student)

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Wetlands Walk on the Wild Side

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On 13 February, the Year 3s visited Urrbrae Wetlands to learn about vertebrates and invertebrates as part of our ‘Sharing the Planet’ Unit of Inquiry. Urrbrae has a special ecosystem with lots of insects and wetland animals. We went for a walk and learnt about water systems, and we collected aquatic macroinvertebrates to look at under microscopes. These are beetles and other insects that don’t have a spine.

Did you know that when you pour water into your drains and gutters, it goes to wetlands and eventually makes its way to the ocean? We learnt that wetlands help clean out the salt, dirt and pollution from water to help the environment.

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Year 7s Spellbound by English

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In Miss Moxon’s Year 7 English class, we are learning about prefixes, suffixes and Latin and Greek root words. We were given a task to create our own Harry Potter spells to help us understand these word parts. We shared our made-up spells with the class and explained what they did based on their word parts.

For example, I made the spell ‘extraporthy’ which means ‘to transport things outside’. I would use this spell to help me carry my books between classrooms! On the day, the classroom was set up to have a Harry Potter mood. We were allowed to bring in our own wands and props to add to the atmosphere. My wand looked exactly like some of the wands in the movies. We also played the Harry Potter theme music while we performed our spells. This was a great way to have fun while learning, and everyone really enjoyed participating in this activity!

Anna Venning
Year 7 student

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Old Scholar Mums and Grandmothers’ Morning Tea

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We are looking forward to morning tea with our current Old Scholar mums and grandmothers on Friday 28 February at 9am. This is a wonderful opportunity to see the new Science Centre Rooftop Terrace and catch up with Old Scholars.

We hope to see you there!

Megan McCormack
Community Relations – Old Scholar Officer

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Saints Girls’ Rowing Bingo Night

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Join us for a fun night of bingo to support the Rowing Program at St Peter’s Girls!

Harry’s Bar
12 Grenfell St, Adelaide
Saturday 29 February 2020 at 7pm

Tickets
$45 per person or $450 per table of 10 via www.trybooking.com/BHGZV.

Tickets include pre-game drinks for the first hour, a bingo card in each of the three rounds (more cards can be purchased), and platters on tables. Amazing prizes will be up for grabs in each round, with a grand prize for the final round. Fantastic auction items will also be on offer. Additional drinks can be purchased from the bar.

We encourage you to invite your friends and book a table of 10!

Everyone in the School community is welcome to attend.

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Saints Girls Centre Stage in Annie JR.

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Saints Girls’ students Alison Francis, Lara Maione, Matilda Wilkin, Millie McDonald, Chelsea Francis, Lauren Fuller, Eve Dillon, Mabel Cook, Eloise Harrington, Lola Storer, Lois Burton-Howard and Jenna Maione are performing in an upcoming production of Annie JR. by SHANE DAVIDSON PRESENTS.

With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. She eventually foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations, finding a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell and a lovable mutt named Sandy. This show features wonderful songs such as ‘Tomorrow’, ‘You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile’ and ‘It’s A Hard Knock Life’.

Details
7 March at 4pm and 7pm / 8 March at 4pm and 7pm
St Peter’s Girls’ School Arts Centre
Tickets can be purchased at https://www.trybooking.com/BIHUB

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Join Our Team of STAR Volunteers!

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Our Learning Strategies volunteers are all enormously valued within the department and the broader School community. Our girls LOVE working with them, and the teachers are so appreciative of their generous donation of energy, expertise and enthusiasm. We have some exciting developments within our department in 2020 and we’d love you to join us.

Our volunteers work with our girls on areas such as literacy, anywhere between a couple of lessons a week through to a couple of days per week. They include parents, grandparents, Old Scholars, retired staff and university students who are keen to gain further experience and enjoyment working with children.

To register your interest, please contact Aleasha Francis as soon as possible via afrancis@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au

We will send you a volunteer information sheet to fill out and then invite you in for a chat. We will also provide training for some of our Junior School programs.

Learning Strategies Team

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Saints Girls’ Rowing Rashies

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The School Shop is having a sale of the previous style of Rowing rashie – selling for just $45! Stock is limited, so act fast if you would like to purchase one. Please note that these can be worn at Rowing training only, with the new version of the rashie expected to be worn at regattas.

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How to Apply to US and UK Universities

For students interested in applying to US and UK universities, a special event is being held on 27 February at Prince Alfred College. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the application processes and how to plan ahead for international applications. The event is suitable for students in Years 9 – 12.

Event Information

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School Banking

Our School is excited to offer the Commonwealth Bank School Banking program to all students:

BankingSchool Banking is a fun, interactive and engaging way for young Australians to learn about money and develop good savings habits. Children who deposit money into their Youthsaver account through School Banking earn Dollarmites tokens, which they can save up to redeem exciting rewards.

Rewards available during 2020 are:
o Terry Denton’s Activity Book
o Mini Soccer Ball (size 2)
o Treetop Stationery Set
o Treetop Handball
o Tomato Seed Kit
o Magic Mist Drink Bottle
o Emoji Wallet
o Snakes & Ladders Game

School Banking is also a great fundraiser for the School, which receives a Regular Savers Contribution of $5 for every 10 deposits processed per student as well as an Annual Contribution which is based on the number of students who made at least one School Banking deposit in the prior year.

School Banking day is Wednesday. Each week, you need to hand your book to your classroom teacher.

If you are interested in opening a Commonwealth Bank Youthsaver account for your child, you can visit www.commbank.com.au/schoolbanking and click on the link to open a Youthsaver account.

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OSHC Temporary Relocation

Parents of R – 6 students are advised that the OSHC program, which was based in the Food Tech building, has been temporarily relocated to the transportable on the Oval.

To access the transportable, please use the main staircase outside the Stott Wing (with the St Peter’s Girls’ sign). Children will need to be dropped off and collected from the transportable.

Beck Kranz
OSHC Supervisor

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Sports News

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At Saints Girls, we love hearing about and sharing sports results and news, whether it be achievements at school or externally.

Please email details to nfuller@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au.

SCHOOL SPORT SA – Selection Information

The following sports have selection information and nominating details available online. A list of all interstate teams including the nomination process is available via https://www.education.sa.gov.au/teaching/sport/sports-and-competitions/interstate-nomination-process.

For specific sport selection information, see the sport page.

Football (Soccer)
12 and under – Wednesday 26 February (girls)
12 and under – Wednesday 8 April (boys)

Tennis
18 and under – Monday 2 March

Softball – girls
17 and under – Wednesday 11 March

Cricket
12 and under – Wednesday 11 March (girls)
12 and under – Wednesday 18 March (boys)

Netball
15 and under – Tuesday 24 March

Softball – boys
12 and under – Wednesday 25 March

Swimming including Multiclass
12 and under – Friday 3 April
13 – 19 years – Friday 24 April

BASKETBALL

Open – Saints 18 defeated by Wilderness 41
The girls tried their hardest but were lacking against a team with good shooters getting many easy shots. The first half was played well, keeping the score even for most of it, however, we let it get away from us during the second half. – Emma Matheson (Captain)

Middle A – Saints 24 defeated Wilderness 21
A great defensive effort saw the girls win their first game for the season. With only 6 players, it was pleasing to see they kept up their intensity for the whole game. All played well, with Januri Wagaarachchi capitalising on some good passing to score 14 points. – Brenton Davies (Coach)

Middle B – Saints 9 defeated by Wilderness 37
This was a tough game against much taller opponents. We only had 6 players and I was happy with the effort throughout the game, but we could not compete with their size. We definitely improved as the game went on. – Brenton Davies (Coach)

Middle C – Saints 12 defeated by Concordia C1 35
The team had a lot of fresh, new players who aren’t familiar with basketball but they took us all by surprise! Although we didn’t win, we played very well and it was encouraging to score 12 points in our first game. The team was able to get so many different opportunities to score but they just weren’t falling for us. The girls all clicked and played so well, it was like they have been playing together for years! Top scorer was Alysa Trinh followed by Zara Wallace. – Sharnee Jones (Coach)

SOFTBALL

Year 5/6 Blue – Saints 5 defeated by Walford 10
During our first home game of the season, the girls worked really hard to show off their new skills. The girls did a great job going for lead runners and catching pop ups and fly balls. Pitching was a combined effort by Aurelia Pyne, Jiahui Zhang and Cleo Hart who did their best against some strong Walford hitters. The girls had great energy and really enjoy playing with each other. Looking forward to another week of training and working on our defensive and offensive skills. Jessica Dreswick (Coach)

Year 5/6 White – Saints 1 defeated by Pembroke 9
At training, we worked on batting technique which was a clear improvement in this game. The girls had stronger swings and were much more confident both against a pitcher and off the tee. The game gave us some other things to work on at training including plays to first and not chasing the runner! Highlights from the match include Lola Storer’s powerful pitching and a great catch by Rishita Raghav at 3rd base. Thanks again to Diya Bhinder and Phoebe Fan for having a go at catcher. – Mimi Long (Coach)

Year 3/4 Blue – Saints 18 defeated by Walford 28
Improvement has already been displayed by all the girls. Batting was outstanding, and they are having an absolute ball! Keep up the good work girls. – Payne Sowter (Coach)

Year 3/4 White – Saints 35 defeated Wilderness 11
Yes, the score is correct. The girls were on fire offensively, as we played 5 innings in an hour and they scored the mercy 7 runs each inning. I think we got out a total of 2 or 3 times in all 5 innings, which showed me how well our hitting was. Defensively, we still need some work. Allowing 11 runs was 11 too many in my eyes and will hopefully be sorted at training. Lois, Maddie, Victoria and Stella were all standouts as well as Eleanor with a fantastic throw from right field to take the runner out at home.  Daniel Di Tomaso (Coach)

ROWING

Once again, the regatta on Saturday 15 February was held in challenging conditions. It seems almost as if we are destined to race only in the wind and rain this term.

Our Junior and Intermediate crews were also faced with an unusual challenge. Unlike most regattas where crews race in ‘A’ or ‘D’ divisions, all crews from each year group were seeded randomly into heats from which any crew could reach any final. Furthermore, between injury and conflicting co-curricular commitments, a number of crews were forced to change composition on the weekend. This made it doubly promising that both the 10A and 9A crews progressed comfortably through to their respective A Finals. Certainly, all crews gained valuable racing experience.

The highlights of the day came from the Senior squad. In the morning, the 1st 8+ split into two coxed fours for the SG 4+ event and comfortably won both divisions of the event before taking out the SG 8+ division in the afternoon. Although the SG 8+ event did not feature a full field this weekend, it did include the winning crew from the previous School Premiership Series regatta. It will be interesting to see where the Seniors place this coming weekend in School Premiership Series #3.

Brynley Millward
Director of Rowing

Seniors
U19 W2x (Maerschel/Maerschel) – 4th – 8:50.81
SG 4+ [Divison 1] – 1st – 8:14.02
SG 4+ [Divison 2] – 1st – 7:41.35
SG 8+ – 1st – 6:58.19

10A
SG 9/10 4x+ [A Final] – 5th – 6:25.54

10B
SG 9/10 4x+ [B Final] – 4th – 7:19.00

9A
SG 8/9 4x+ [A Final] – 7th – 4:12.46

9B
SG 8/9 4x+ [C Final] – 5th – 4:52.73

9C
SG 8/9 4x+ [C Final] – 8th – 5:24.95

TENNIS

The Open A girls faced tough competition against Immanuel, losing 6-0. All girls played with great determination and exceptional sportsmanship. Tahlia Cahill and Ruby Deakin played well-fought singles matches, showing great promise for the rest of the season.

The Open B Girls also faced a challenging match against Immanuel, losing 6 sets to 1. All played well and remained positive throughout. Congratulations to Imogen Nienaber and Georgia Mallick who won their doubles, the only set of the night! A big thank you to Georgia Mallick and Grace Beaumont for filling in at the last minute.

We have many new faces in the Tennis program in 2020 and I am looking forward to an excellent year ahead. Good luck for next week girls! – Annabel Baldwinson (Tennis Captain)

Premier A – Saints 0-14 defeated by Immanuel 6-36
Singles: Sienna Glazbrook 0-6, Tahlia Cahill 4-6, Ruby Deakin 4-6, Britney Korir 1-6

Premier B – Saints 1-19 defeated by Immanuel 5-33
Singles: Annabel Baldwinson 2-6, Ella Dnistriansky 3-6, Imogen Nienaber 0-6, Georgia Mallick 5-6, Grace Beaumont 3-6

Division 1 Blue – Saints 5-33 defeated Pembroke 1-16
Singles: Georgia Mallick 6-4, Grace Beaumont 6-1, Eva Young 3-6, Chase Hocking 6-4

Division 1 White – Saints 2-26 defeated by Pembroke 4-33
Singles: Bridgette Leach 4-6, Adele Eaton 3-6, Malaika McLeod 4-6, Soph Ryan 6-4

Division 2 – Saints did not play

Division 3 Blue – Saints 1-16 defeated by Pembroke 5-34
Singles Helen Zhang 4-6, Tara Nedumaran 1-6, Lydia Tolley 3-6, Kayla Park 1-6

Division 3 White – Saints 4-25 defeated Pembroke 2-22
Singles: Gloria Zou 1-6, Sophie Blight 6-0, Olivia Reynolds 6-3, Jackie Balasis 0-6

Division 4 – Saints did not play

Junior Division 1 Blue – Saints 3-20 defeated by Scotch 3-19
Singles: Sophie Blight 0-4, Alison Francis 4-0, Mia Bennett 1-4, Charlotte Thorpe 3-4

Junior Division 1 White – Saints 3-16 defeated Pembroke 3-14
Singles: Emily Bates 0-4, Chloe Richardson 4-1, Aleesha Gray 4-0, Lily Forby 1-4

Junior Division 2 – Saints 2-13 defeated by Pembroke 2-26
Singles: Sophie Wiggins 6-7, Eve Dillon 3-3

Junior Division 3 – Saints 5-20 defeated Pulteney 0-6
Singles: Ziyuan Qin 4-0, Emily Ludewig 4-2, Eleni Schulze 4-3

TOUCH FOOTBALL

Open A – Saints 6 defeated Pembroke 5
What a game! The team played an exciting, fast-paced match. All girls stepped up to the challenge and worked persistently, resulting in our first win of the term. The girls successfully executed set plays with intent and determination. Ehi Oyugbo scored a remarkable 4 tries and Hannah Freeman scored 2 with the assistance of Ellie Anderson’s amazing set ups. Olivia Goldsmith and Sarah Wishart played with enthusiasm in the middle, controlling the ball when attacking down the field. Ella Liddy, Chelsea Walls and Belle Black performed outstanding ‘shooting’ in defence, preventing Pembroke from scoring easy tries. Our two Year 11s, Holly Cardone and Poppie Goldsmith, played an amazing game against one of the toughest teams in the school competition. – Hannah Freeman (Captain)

Open B – Saints had a bye

Open C – Saints 4 defeated Loreto 2
The team played a strong attacking game using depth and speed to create holes in the Loreto defence. The girls worked hard on their defence using shooters to prevent Loreto from gaining space or pace in their attack. The tries in the first half came thick and fast, resulting in a half-time score of 4-1. It was great to see a try from our newest player Emma Carrodus, others from Holly Cardone and Poppie Goldsmith, and a fourth by Imogen Parkinson. The second half was tougher, although our defence stayed strong through the work of a number of key players as well as Lucy Benn who tirelessly shut down any attempts to break through our defence. Unfortunately, we conceded one more try, leading us to focus on communication, initiating the touch and ensuring that even in the second half, we attack from depth. An awesome start to the year! Keep up the great work girls. – Becca Burton-Howard (Coach)

Middle A – Saints 6 defeated Mercedes 0
The team competed against Mercedes and came out victorious. The girls worked together really well and continued to communicate throughout the game. Phoebe Black filled in due to a shortage of numbers and ended up scoring a try, and many of the other girls scored tries with the help of their teammates. We will still look to improve our attacking lines to score more often. Overall, it was a very successful game.  Ruby Richards

Middle B – Saints 9 defeated Pembroke 0
We played very well; our defence was strong, we moved up on the try line and made sure we didn’t have any gaps for the opponents to run through. We need to practise different techniques to get a try once we’ve done the 3 rucks because we were sometimes unsure of what to do. Phoebe and Jasmine scored 2 tries each, while Daisy Braithwaite, Alice Braithwaite, Poppy Oswald, Mathilda Thomas and Naomi scored 1 each. – Naomi Singh

Middle C – Saints 5 defeated Loreto 1
The Middle Cs began their first game with lots of running and quickly picked up game play. The girls were all looking to move into half and set up plays by the line. Some great running from Carys Kinsella-White and Charlotte McAuliffe ensured excellent scoring opportunities. The girls are learning to play as a team and defended extremely well, preventing Loreto from moving forward with any momentum. We are looking forward to the next challenge. – Izzy McCabe (Year 7)

VOLLEYBALL

Open A – Saints did not play

Open B – Saints 0 defeated by Pembroke 3 (20-25, 15-25, 15-18)
A great opportunity on the Exeat weekend to work on team and individual skills with no pressure. Progression to a new system was the goal. After a quiet, tentative start, the team settled and started to put together some good plays. Challenges with serving and communication while learning new roles were worked through with stronger play coming in the final set. Setting the platform for the rest of the season is exciting to see where this team can go. – Alistair Keough (Coach)

Open C – Saints 0 defeated by Pembroke 3 (16-25, 13-25, 10-15)
Working together better as a team was the focus of the match. Some early nerves allowed Pembroke to get a handy lead that kept the girls quiet for most of the first set. Charlotte Adam’s serving run was a highlight, with Pembroke substituting players to break the run. A spark can start a fire. With some sound individual skills by Georgina Devine and Joss Forster dominating at net and Jenna Bowden’s good serving, the team found their voice and showed good signs calling and working together. Well done team! – Alistair Keough (Coach)

Middle A – Saints did not play

Middle B – Saints did not play

Middle C – Saints did not play

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eNews – Week 3, Term 1 2020

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From the Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

Work hard, be kind

Kate MortimerIn the first week of school, I spoke to all senior girls about what our expectations should be for the year. I say ‘our’ as I would not ask the girls to do something that I would not expect of myself or of our teaching staff. It is also worth noting that schools do not need to be complicated places. Very often, our actions and intent can be guided by entirely simple principles.

So, the first principle we addressed was to ‘work hard’. One reality of life, both at and beyond school, is that you can’t wish yourself success or happiness. You have to work for it. The application of effort to achieve grades that reflect potential, a healthy social life, making the choice to apply a growth mindset, practising gratitude and being aware of your mental health are all things that need to be worked at. Most importantly, the choice to ‘work hard’ at something is entirely in the hands of each girl. It is therefore important that we provide the girls with time to consider where they are expending their effort, question if this suitable and to process possible adjustments. These conversations have been happening across Years 7 – 12 this week, in the 1:1 meetings that each girl has with her Home Group teacher. I encourage you to talk with your daughter about these meetings, in particular, the specific goals that she has set this term.

Secondly, ‘be kind’. Not an uncommon statement and, again, very basic. Furthermore, kindness costs nothing, yet intentionally unkind behaviour can significantly impact the wellbeing of another. Our aim each day at Saints, through our interactions with others, should be to leave people in a better state than we found them. By and large, the girls treat each other with respect and are wonderful at looking out for and caring for each other. However, unkindness, whilst rare, does occur and it simply has no place in our community. It is always important for us to be mindful of our comments and ensure we are intentional in our treatment of others.

Finally, I must say that it has been a fantastic three weeks. It is always exciting to welcome the girls back and, to date this year, they have been entertaining, great company and an absolute pleasure to work with. I have been impressed with their enthusiasm, and with the Swimming Carnival next week, I am very keen to see the girls from the Senior School in action and leading from the front.

Kate Mortimer
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

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Cycling Adventurer’s Positive Spin

This week, as part of our #EMPOWHER wellbeing program, we were visited by inspirational cycling adventurer Kate Leeming. She spoke to us about her charity program called ‘Breaking the Cycle’, where she organises and completes incredibly difficult cycling expeditions to highlight the importance of education.

Amazingly, she has covered enough distance on bike to circle the equator twice! But more than physical fitness, Kate needs mental strength to complete these daunting journeys and persist through the challenging conditions of her rides, such as heat, sand, marsh and wind. Her ability to achieve the seemingly impossible and push both her mind and body to the limits is a credit to her impressive work ethic. In her speech, she told us that despite everything, she never felt like giving up. She knew that she couldn’t let her sponsors, her team or herself down. Her advice to us was to break down the challenge into smaller goals, then make those goals smaller still. Then, by completing and celebrating all these small goals, you will eventually complete your main goal.

Another major point I took away from Kate’s speech was to see the positive in everything. While enduring the extreme conditions of her expeditions, she made sure she looked up to appreciate the beauty of her surroundings in order to maintain a positive attitude that would motivate and allow her to achieve her goal. Kate’s speech not only proved the capabilities of the body and mind, but explained to us the tools we need to achieve the impossible.

Emily Downie
Patteson House Captain

 

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Murray Magic at Year 9 Aquatics Camp

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On the Thursday and Friday of Week 2, the Year 9 cohort travelled to the Murraylands for their Aquatics Camp. The weather was perfect – hot enough for swimming but not too hot for camping. Over the two days, students had the opportunity to try a host of activities, many of which most girls had never attempted. These included kneeboarding, water skiing, stand up paddleboarding, small boat handling, sailing and kayaking.

The schedule was demanding, with the girls spending nearly five hours each day learning new skills, falling head-first into the Murray, and – for some of the lucky ones – standing up on two skis and conquering the river. The girls enjoyed themselves so much that five hours simply was not enough and many participated in a free swim in the afternoon; the sight of bright yellow lifejackets bobbing in the water was quite something to behold.

Students were heartily rewarded with delicious food carefully prepared by French chef Isobel. The girls enjoyed lasagne for dinner and pancakes in the morning, with many other options available. Thank you Isobel, it was so tasty! However, what we will not thank are the birds and the mosquitoes! My goodness! Who knew birds talked all night? What a racket they produced!

The tired but happy faces of the girls on the bus as they travelled home reflected the wonderful connections made, the personal lessons learned, the challenge of the river and the eagerness to pursue those activities.

Emily Moxon and Sarah English
Year 9 Home Group Teachers

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Saints Girls Reach Summit on USA Exchange

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In early January, four Year 10 students – Ayshviina Nair, Sophie Norman, Indya Dodd and Annie Bradshaw – travelled to Summit, New Jersey to commence their four-week exchange to Kent Place School. Soon, their host students from the USA will arrive in Stonyfell for their Australian adventure.

“My time on the US exchange was an experience that I will remember forever. We visited many exciting places such as New York, seeing Times Square, Philadelphia and Washington DC. Kent Place School was such a welcoming place and within the first few days, it felt like home! The friendships we all made will last forever and I am very grateful that I had the opportunity to visit such an amazing country as well as experience life as an American!” – Indya Dodd

“This exchange has truely made all of us develop so many of our social skills and become more confident girls. A highlight was seeing Mean Girls, the off-Broadway show; I loved every part of the musical and was extremely grateful to see such talent live. During school hours, I loved participating in all the classes and seeing how Kent Place compared with Saints, and I found they are very similar! I highly recommend this trip to any girls who are interested as you will make so many incredible memories that will remain with you forever.” – Sophie Norman

“Participating in the US exchange was an amazing experience as it built my confidence and responsibility and helped me gain many different social skills. My favourite part was visiting Washington DC and seeing the White House and the Washington monument (where a massive scene in Spiderman was shot!). I also really enjoyed going to school and seeing how they went about their classes compared with Saints. This trip allowed me to make so many new friends and memories, and I recommend it to everyone as I had an awesome time.” – Ayshviina Nair

“The exchange was such an amazing experience and opportunity for all four of us. We each dramatically developed as individuals as we learnt about ourselves through our interactions with the new people we were surrounded with. We made strong friendships with the girls at school and the buddies we were living with that will last forever! A highlight for me was going to New York and being able to explore and see such a busy city that is full of life. Going to school with such lovely girls who were so kind to us made the experience so much more memorable.” – Annie Bradshaw

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Beach Volleyballers Dig Deep for SA

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Congratulations to Ruby Deakin (Year 10), Lucy White (Year 10) and Anna White (Year 11) who have been selected to represent SA at the Australian Junior Beach Volleyball Championships in Coolangatta, Queensland. The girls have also been selected into the Volleyball SA Academy program for 2020.

It is designed to identify, develop and nurture young athletes holistically (physically, technically, and mentally) so they can aspire to compete at national and international levels in volleyball. Athletes have access to experienced coaches, fantastic facilities and resources provided by the South Australian Sports Institute (SASI) and Volleyball Australia’s Centre of Excellence, also based at SASI. The program can provide a pathway to the National Centre of Excellence, with the aim of achieving Olympic podium success.

“Aside from the obvious difference between indoor and beach volleyball – playing on the beach – there are a couple of other big differences. The first being that instead of the six on court in indoor, there are only teams of two in beach volleyball! This means that there is a lot more movement, although the court is also slightly smaller (8m by 8m instead of indoor which is 9m by 9m). Beach volleyball is such a fun game to play whether competitively or socially, I highly recommend trying it out even if you’ve never picked up a volleyball before!” – Ruby Deakin

“Apart from obvious differences like playing surface and size of the playing court, the beach volleyball is slightly lighter and bigger than an indoor ball. The light weight of the ball allows them to float more in the air, allowing you to use the weather to your tactical advantage. I love being able to spend the whole day playing the sport I love on the beach.” – Anna White

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UK Exchange – From Stonyfell to Sherborne

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Early in the new year, two Year 10 students – Lucy Moten and Charlotte Adams – travelled to England for their exchange at Sherborne Girls. Here are some of their highlights:

“For three weeks, Charlotte and I were lucky enough to go on an exchange to Sherborne Girls in Dorset. This trip was a once in a lifetime opportunity that I’m sure neither of us will forget anytime soon. Due to the nature of the school, which is 90% boarding, both of our exchange girls boarded which meant that Charlotte and I stayed in a boarding house. This was definitely a very different experience, but a fun one! While there was always an abundance of chatter when all you wanted was silence, and absolutely zero sense of privacy, it was like having a family of 80 girls where everyone was there to comfort and support you at all times, which helped us make so many close friends and led to lots of tears when the three weeks were up. The school day ran very similar to Saints, except for the fact that it was 8 hours long, with a 1.5 hour lunch break to come back to the boarding house and relax. It was one of the best and most memorable experiences of my life, and I would recommend it to any girls going into Year 10 next year!” – Lucy Moten

“Lucy and I stayed in an all-girls’ boarding house in a small town called Sherborne, and I thought that it was a really great experience. Boarding was fun because I enjoyed being with my friends all the time. During the three weeks, the school took us to Bath, Stonehenge and to netball games at other schools. The last weekend was an exeat, so I was lucky enough to go to London. I made lots of good memories and can’t wait for our exchanges to come in July!” – Charlotte Adams

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Language Learners Visit Sensational Spain

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During the holidays, the Year 12 Spanish ab initio class spent 20 days in Spain developing their language skills in Salamanca and Granada. We attended Spanish classes at Enforex language school from 8am to 1pm which were fully in Spanish. After classes and on weekends, we had cultural tours to Segovia, Avila and Toledo.

One of the highlights was in Segovia where we took photos of the beautiful aqueduct. It spans 728 meters long and has a height of 28.5 meters. Interestingly, the rocks are not held together by any concrete, but rather the weight of all the rocks holds the aqueduct together. On the same day, we visited the castle of Segovia, also known as Alcázar of Segovia. Construction began in 1102 and finished during the reign of Emperor Alfonso VIII. Later that the day, we visited the cathedral of Santa Teresa de Avila who was a writer and a very intelligent woman. In Spain, she is as important as Mary MacKillop is to Australia.

In Granada, we visited the Alhambra and the Sacro Monte, using a Segway to get there. It was adventurous and fun.

Flor Groenen
Spanish ab initio Teacher

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Cheerleading in Palm Springs

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In the summer holidays, I was fortunate to travel to Palm Springs, California as part of an audition-only cheerleading team. This was an amazing experience and, prior to competing, we undertook many tourist activities such as Disneyland, Hollywood Boulevard and Santa Monica Pier. I have been competing for 10 years and this was an incredible way for me to celebrate that!

Cheerleading is a team sport where teams are comprised of 6 to 40 people. The routine that you perform features a variety of different skill sets: tumbling, stunting, dance and jumps, and you are scored on your execution, technique, difficulty and performance. We competed over two days and it was incredible to see so many American teams, whose routines were phenomenal! My team achieved a State record of 95.18 which is outstanding for a team that trained only a couple of months prior to leaving. If you have any questions about cheerleading or my trip, I’d love to answer them, so feel free to ask!

Madison McGregor-Simms
Year 12 student

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Welcome Drinks on the Lawns

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Our Welcome Drinks on the Lawns, proudly hosted by the Parents’ & Friends’ Association, is always a great event to start the year. It was fantastic to see so many new parents joining our wonderful Saints Girls’ community, and also returning parents out in force enjoying the celebration of food, drinks and the DJ spinning some top tunes. The threat of rain didn’t deter the masses who enjoyed what turned out to be a perfect night on the beautiful Chiverton Lawns. It is so important to come together as a community and not only show support to one another but to lead by example and show our girls how truly special it is to be part of something greater than yourself.

On behalf of the P&F, I would like to thank all the volunteers, staff, the Property Services team and, of course, our Year 12 Prefects for making this event one of the highlights on the school calendar.

Looking forward to seeing you all at our next event, our school fair, The Garden of Saintly Delights on Sunday 29 March.

Bronwyn Bartter
President of the Parents’ and Friends’ Association

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Swimming Carnival 2020 – next FRIDAY!

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Next Friday 21 February, St Peter’s Girls’ School will be holding the annual Swimming Carnival for Years 4 to 12 at the Adelaide Aquatic Centre, North Adelaide. Students are expected to be at the Aquatic Centre no later than 8.30am, with the carnival concluding at 3.30pm.

Students who regularly travel to school on school buses will automatically be taken to the Adelaide Aquatic Centre in the morning and will be dropped home in the afternoon.

To assist other families, we are offering a special bus service to transport students from school to the Aquatic Centre and back. Buses will depart school at 7.45am and return by approximately 4.30pm. To register your daughter’s place on this bus service, please visit www.trybooking.com/BIEBC before 4pm Wednesday 19 February. All other students will need to be dropped off at the Aquatic Centre in the morning and picked up in the afternoon.

Upon arrival, all students must sign in at their House table inside the entrance to the pool deck before taking a seat in their House area. A roll will be taken at the end of the day before the final announcements and the winners are announced.

Students are reminded to wear their complete PE uniform with bathers underneath, as well as their House swimming cap which can be purchased from the School Shop. Extra House-coloured ribbons are encouraged, but coloured zinc and body paint are not permitted in the pool. House caps are available for purchase on the day. These can then be worn during all Interhouse events throughout the year. House tattoos will also be sold at the carnival. We ask that the tattoos are not visible outside the girls’ school uniforms when returning to school.

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

We encourage all girls to compete in a number of events, with their preferences being discussed in PE lessons and House meetings. The carnival is to be treated like a normal school day; therefore, attendance is compulsory for the whole day. If a student is too ill to attend (Years 7 to 12), the School will require a medical certificate the following Monday and absent students will meet with Mr Lisle and Ms Mortimer. If a student is unable to participate in their events, a note must be provided to PE staff.

Click here for a program of events with approximate times. We will be using both 25m pools in the morning session and only the deep-end pool in the afternoon session. School teams for SAPSASA (Years 4 to 7), SSSSA (Years 8 to 12) and IGSSA (Years 7 to 12) will be selected from the Swimming Carnival results.

We encourage parents to come out and support the School at one of the most exciting events on the calendar.

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Old Scholar Mums and Grandmothers’ Morning Tea

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We are looking forward to morning tea with our current Old Scholar mums and grandmothers on Friday 28 February at 9am. This is a wonderful opportunity to see the new Science Centre Rooftop Terrace and catch up with Old Scholars.

We hope to see you there!

Megan McCormack
Community Relations – Old Scholar Officer

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Adelaide Fringe Star Performers

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Year 9 students Olivia Slivak, Montana Melisi and Cartia Lanzoni, and Year 8 student Sienna Huxtable will be joined on stage at the Adelaide Fringe by Year 3 student Isabelle O’Toole. They are performing in a production called Good is the New Bad, to be held at Empire Theatre at Gluttony in Rymill Park.

Here are a few words from our youngest performer in the show:

“I’m so thrilled to be performing in the Adelaide Fringe. My mum and I have gone to the Fringe every year as long as I can remember, as I love every show. Then, we started going with my friends at school and we have the best times. I can’t believe I am now performing at the Fringe, and hopefully my friends will come and watch. It will be fun and I think my friends will love the show.” – Isabelle O’Toole

It would be great for the girls to see some familiar faces in the audience!

To purchase tickets, visit https://adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix/good-is-the-new-bad-af2020

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Musical Moment for Talented Saints Girl

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Congratulations to Year 8 student Zara Chessell, another Saints Girl who will be performing in the Adelaide Fringe.

Musical Moments is a series of four shows presented by Promise Adelaide featuring hits from popular musicals such as Les Miserables, Wicked and Grease, as well as material from newer Broadway shows and films. Showcasing the best of Adelaide’s youth talent under the age of 21, each show will feature a brand new set list and a different cast! All shows will take place at the Morphettville Racecourse with full production in the stunning Upper Gerard Pavilion.

Production Flyer

“This will be my first show with Promise Adelaide and, so far, it has been a great experience. Every show has a cast of around 12 people who each perform a solo song as well as a few small group numbers and two pieces with the whole cast. We are quite far along the rehearsal process with our final rehearsals coming up soon. If you like watching and listening to musical theatre, music or dancing, this is the show for you. I hope to see you there!” – Zara Chessell

Zara will be performing in the show on Thursday 20 February, and it would be great to get behind her!

To purchase tickets, visit https://adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix/musical-moments-af2020

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Chorus of Support at Music Camp – TOMORROW!

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Once again, the Music Department has made its pilgrimage to Ardrossan for Music Camp. This year, almost 100 girls from Years 5 to 12 have been invited, and we look forward to sharing all that we learn over the three days in our ninth Music Camp Concert which will be held at 2pm tomorrow at Ardrossan Town Hall. Family and friends are welcome to drive up for the afternoon. Tickets are $10 and funds raised will go directly to the local hospital to purchase extra resources and lifestyle facilities such as BBQs, plants and even chickens. Over the years, we have raised money for the residents of the aged care facility in the hospital, and each year, we take a small group of girls to perform for them as part of our Service Learning component at camp.

We love travelling to Ardrossan every year and feel very welcomed by the residents of this wonderful community.

Sally Rounsevell
Director of Music

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How to Apply to US and UK Universities

For students interested in applying to US and UK universities, a special event is being held on 27 February at Prince Alfred College. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the application processes and how to plan ahead for international applications. The event is suitable for students in Years 9 – 12.

Event Information

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Bushfire Action Plan

In light of recent fire crises, it is timely to remind families about the School’s Bushfire Action Plan.

The policy was developed in consultation with the CFS, MFS, Education Department and other stakeholders to ensure staff and students are prepared in the event of an emergency.

For more information, you can access our Bushfire Action Plan on the myLink parent portal by clicking the ‘School Documents’ menu item, followed by the ‘Whole School’ tab.

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School Banking Information Session

Our School is excited to offer the Commonwealth Bank School Banking program to all students:

BankingSchool Banking is a fun, interactive and engaging way for young Australians to learn about money and develop good savings habits. Children who deposit money into their Youthsaver account through School Banking earn Dollarmites tokens, which they can save up to redeem exciting rewards.

Rewards available during 2020 are:
o Terry Denton’s Activity Book
o Mini Soccer Ball (size 2)
o Treetop Stationery Set
o Treetop Handball
o Tomato Seed Kit
o Magic Mist Drink Bottle
o Emoji Wallet
o Snakes & Ladders Game

School Banking is also a great fundraiser for the School, which receives a Regular Savers Contribution of $5 for every 10 deposits processed per student as well as an Annual Contribution which is based on the number of students who made at least one School Banking deposit in the prior year.

School Banking day is Wednesday. Each week, you need to hand your book to your classroom teacher.

We will be holding a School Banking Information Session at the School:

Wednesday 19 February
8.30 – 9.30am
Meet beside the Food Tech Deck

Please join us and find out more about the School Banking program and how your child can get involved.

If you are interested in opening a Commonwealth Bank Youthsaver account for your child, you can visit www.commbank.com.au/schoolbanking and click on the link to open a Youthsaver account. A School Banking representative will be available at the Information Session to explain how you can do this. In order to verify yourself and your child, you will need your driver’s licence and your child’s birth certificate, but if you don’t have these with you on the day, you can complete verification online at home.

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Join Our Team of STAR Volunteers!

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Our Learning Strategies volunteers are all enormously valued within the department and the broader School community. Our girls LOVE working with them, and the teachers are so appreciative of their generous donation of energy, expertise and enthusiasm. We have some exciting developments within our department in 2020 and we’d love you to join us.

Our volunteers work with our girls on areas such as literacy, anywhere between a couple of lessons a week through to a couple of days per week. They include parents, grandparents, Old Scholars, retired staff and university students who are keen to gain further experience and enjoyment working with children.

To register your interest, please contact Aleasha Francis as soon as possible via afrancis@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au

We will send you a volunteer information sheet to fill out and then invite you in for a chat. We will also provide training for some of our Junior School programs.

Learning Strategies Team

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OSHC Temporary Relocation

Parents of R – 6 students are advised that the OSHC program, which was based in the Food Tech building, has been temporarily relocated to the transportable on the Oval.

To access the transportable, please use the main staircase outside the Stott Wing (with the St Peter’s Girls’ sign). Children will need to be dropped off and collected from the transportable.

Beck Kranz
OSHC Supervisor

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Saints Girls’ Rowing Bingo Night

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Join us for a fun night of bingo to support the Rowing Program at St Peter’s Girls!

Harry’s Bar
12 Grenfell St, Adelaide
Saturday 29 February 2020 at 7pm

Tickets
$45 per person or $450 per table of 10 via www.trybooking.com/BHGZV.

Tickets include pre-game drinks for the first hour, a bingo card in each of the three rounds (more cards can be purchased), and platters on tables. Amazing prizes will be up for grabs in each round, with a grand prize for the final round. Fantastic auction items will also be on offer. Additional drinks can be purchased from the bar.

We encourage you to invite your friends and book a table of 10!

Everyone in the School community is welcome to attend.

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Sports News

At Saints Girls, we love hearing about and sharing sports results and news, whether it be achievements at school or externally.

Please email details to nfuller@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au.

SCHOOL SPORT SA – Selection Information

The following sports have selection information and nominating details available online. A list of all interstate teams including the nomination process is available via https://www.education.sa.gov.au/teaching/sport/sports-and-competitions/interstate-nomination-process.

For specific sport selection information see the sport page.

Baseball
18 and under – Wednesday 12 February

Triathlon
13 – 19 years – Friday 14 February

Football (Soccer)
12 and under – Wednesday 26 February (girls)
12 and under – Wednesday 8 April (boys)

Tennis
18 and under – Monday 2 March

Softball – girls
17 and under – Wednesday 11 March

Cricket
12 and under – Wednesday 11 March (girls)
12 and under – Wednesday 18 March (boys)

Netball
15 and under – Tuesday 24 March

Softball – boys
12 and under – Wednesday 25 March

Swimming including Multiclass
12 and under – Friday 3 April
13 – 19 years – Friday 24 April

BASKETBALL

Open – Saints 22 defeated by Seymour 29
The girls played a great game, leading in the first half but, unfortunately, Seymour got the best of us by the second. The girls worked well with moving the ball in offence, especially in the last quarter, but struggled to score. – Emma Matheson (Captain)

Middle A – Saints 21 defeated by Seymour 51
For the first game of the year and still getting used to our teammates, we started slowly but had a much better second half where we restricted Seymour’s scoring and scored 14 points. With only 6 players, the girls played with great-spirit and determination to run the game out. – Brenton Davies (Coach)

Middle B – Saints 17 defeated by Seymour 20
It was very much like the A grade game where everyone took a while to settle with their new teammates, and we were 10 to 0 behind before we knew it. From that point, we really improved and outscored Seymour for the rest of the game. Special mention to Olivia Reynolds with 10 points and Bella Sanders-Wills who had a great game. – Brenton Davies (Coach)

SOFTBALL

Year 5/6 Blue – Saints 10 drew with Walford 10
The girls showed up with lots of energy and were very excited to play. All of them did a great job batting and base running and we will be practising more defence as the season progresses. In our first at bats, we scored 7 runs to get the lead and with great pitching, we had a quick inning. We look forward to training more as a team. – Jesse Dreswick (Coach)

Year 5/6 White – Saints 5 defeated by Walford 6
The girls had a great first game of the season, with some fantastic fielding efforts including a double play featuring a catch by Phoebe Lucas. While we need to focus on our batting technique at training, all were brave with some good hits into the field. Special mention to Diya Bhinder and Maddison Sims for having a go at catcher, a tricky position! – Mimi Long (Coach)

Year 3/4 Blue – Saints 14 defeated Wilderness 11
A great effort by the girls in their first game. Everyone hit the ball really well and everyone ran the bases very well. There were some good fielding efforts and throws and we will be working on that at training. All played well. – Payne Sowter (Coach)

Year 3/4 White – Saints 16 defeated Walford 1
An excellent start to the season. Really nice fielding efforts by Maddie Davidson at first base and Lois Burton-Howard in the pitcher’s spot in the first inning. This was backed up by Eleanor Bartter in the pitcher’s spot and Matilda Birmingham on base. Defensively, it was very pleasing, and our offence was firing on all cylinders in the first two innings. All girls had at least one hit and got home at least once. We will continue to work on base running, but the girls played a fantastic first game. – Daniel Di Tomaso (Coach)

ROWING

On Saturday 8 February, the St Peter’s Girls’ Rowing Program competed in the second School Premiership Series regatta of the 2019/20 Rowing season. The results from these regattas contribute towards the overall School Premiership, as well as qualification and seeding for the 2020 SA Schools’ Head of the River.

It was promising to see all of our crews from all squads progress to their respective A Finals. Both Junior and Intermediate squads produced strong results, placing consistently within their fields. As the first real challenge of Term 1 2020, the regatta exposed a number of technical areas where our crews can still improve, but this is why we race. Hopefully, all of our crews should have a clear vision of our pathway moving forward.

The highlight of the regatta was a 2nd place in the Schoolgirl 1st 8+ division. This result might have come as a surprise to some, but was no surprise within the Senior squad. With six weeks to go until Head of the River, there is still plenty of work to be done, and plenty of time to move within the field, but these are exciting times for the 1st 8+.

Brynley Millward
Director of Rowing

1st 8+
SG 1st 8+ [A Final] – 2nd – 07:03.7

9/10 A
SG 9/10 A 4x+ [Final] – 5th – 06:32.8

9/10 B
SG 9/10 B 4x+ [Final] – 3rd – 06:54.8

8/9 A
SG 8/9 A 4x+ [A Final] – 5th – 04:18.59

8/9 B
SG 8/9 B 4x+ [Final] – 6th – 05:04.67

8/9 C
SG 8/9 C 4x+ [Final] – 5th – 05:06.08

8/9 D
SG 8/9 D 4x+ [Final] – 5th – 05:34.20

7/8 A
SG 7/8 A 4x+ [Final] – 6th – NTT

TENNIS

Premier A – Saints 6-36 defeated Wilderness 0-2
Singles: Sienna Glazbrook 6-0, Tahlia Cahill 6-0, Ruby Deakin 6-0, Britney Korir 6-0

Premier B – Saints 5-35 defeated Wilderness 1-19
Singles: Annabel Baldwinson 6-2, Charlotte Staples 5-6, Ella Dnistriansky 6-2, Imogen Nienaber 6-4

Division 1 Blue – Saints 1-28 defeated by Immanuel 5-34
Singles: Georgia Mallick 5-6, Adele Eaton 3-6, Eva Young 5-6, Chase Hocking 5-6

Division 1 White – Saints 5-33 defeated Immanuel 1-14
Singles: Grace Beaumont 3-6, Bridgette Leach 6-3, Ariel Spartalis 6-0, Malaika McLeod 6-0

Division 2 – Saints 4-31 defeated Immanuel 2-26
Singles: Soph Ryan 3-6, Sophie Abbott 6-5, Zihan Huang 4-6, Ayanna Roy 6-1

Division 3 Blue – Saints 4-28 defeated Immanuel 2-14
Singles: Gloria Zou 1-6, Helen Zhang 6-1, Tara Nedumaran 6-0, Sophie Blight 6-1

Division 3 White – Saints did not play

Division 4 – Saints 5-33 defeated Immanuel 1-12
Singles: Lydia Tolley 6-0, Nathara Perera 6-3, Olivia Reynolds 6-1, Kaylah Park 3-6

TOUCH FOOTBALL

Open A – Saints 1 defeated by Wilderness 7
The girls started the season with a strong trial match against Wilderness. Our line defence was outstanding, preventing them from scoring off penalties. The team’s excellent communication allowed us to make sufficient ground within the 6 allowed touches. Olivia Goldsmith and Ella Liddy were players of the match, setting up plays in attack (running from half and wrapping around our own players) in attempting to score. – Hannah Freeman (Captain)

Open B – Saints 1 defeated by Wilderness 4
The girls had a challenging morning with only one substitution in humid conditions. It was excellent to see the effort but also to begin learning some new attacking moves. This is something that will be a focus moving forward. Amelie Eaton and Stephanie Smalls both worked hard through the middle. – Dan Searle (Coordinator)

Open C – Saints 0 defeated by Wilderness 4
All of the girls played really well despite not having any subs in the warm weather. Generally, our defence was quite strong, although in the last half of the match, the opposition managed to create overlaps with their players which allowed them to make gaps that they were able to get through. There was also some really good movement on the field with some wraps to create space and some good rucking to gain ground quickly. For the season ahead, we will focus on clear communication, initiation of the touch and running from depth. This was a really good game for everybody to get a feel for the season. – Sophie Johnson (Year 12)

Middle A – Saints 1 defeated by Wilderness 3
We started off strongly against Wilderness in a close match due to their rucking and defence. Both teams scored a try early on, and continued to work hard in attack and defence. Saints put huge pressure on Wilderness in defence which was demonstrated in the number of technical errors that they made, resulting in a large number of penalties. The team demonstrated excellent execution of their rucking in the first half, but in the second half, fatigue got the better of the players and some additional trys were scored. – Tracey Hunt (Coach)

Middle B – Saints 1 defeated by Wilderness 3
The girls began brightly with the first try of the match but could not hold onto the lead, eventually losing 3-1. It was great to see them begin to work well together and use their voices which need to be even louder on the pitch. Phoebe Black and Mathilda Thomas were strong and set up a number of attacking plays. We look forward to building on this trial game as the season proper begins this week. – Zahli Clark (Coach)

Middle C – Saints 2 defeated by Wilderness 4
We played a fantastic first game against Wilderness, although the score did not reflect the team’s effort. Everyone put their knowledge from only four trainings into play and successfully transitioned the ball down the field from defence to attack. The girls’ determination often allowed them to gain ground, allowing the opportunity to score. Additionally, their ability to adapt and take on feedback during the game from coaches and team members is very rewarding! Everyone should be proud of their effort and positivity; I am sure it will be a great term and I look forward to supporting the girls’ growth and development! – Ebony-Jade Nash-Smith (Coach)

VOLLEYBALL

Open A – Saints 2 defeated Immanuel 0 (26-24, 25-19, 8-8)
What a great way to start the season! With three new faces in the Open A team – Martha McCormack, Charlie Fishlock and Toni Christiansen – little training, as well as it being our first game together, winning our first match has given us a lot of confidence moving forward. With Immanuel known as a strong opponent, we fought hard and gave it our all. Serving was great throughout the entire match. After trailing in the first set, our excellent teamwork enabled us to take a close win with 26-24. Starting out strongly in the second set gaining 5 points, Immanuel wasn’t able to catch up. Some really great work at the net and, again, good serving, enabled us to keep our lead and take the set 25-19. With not enough time to complete a third set, we used the time to challenge our skills and to keep working as a team. I hope we continue to work as hard as we did in this game and have a successful season together! – Georgina Keough (Captain)

Open B – Saints 0 defeated by Immanuel 3 (16-25, 18-25, 16-25)
Progression was the game plan for Open Bs in the opener that was always going to be a tough assignment. Missing Tilly McCormack due to injury, Charlotte Cohen led the team of new players onto the show court. Winning the toss and electing to serve, the girls started with some trepidation. Slowly but surely, the confidence grew and they were all chasing down balls all the while soaking up the knowledge of the increased speed in match play. With Sivanthi dominating on her serves and Sophie encouraging the girls to lift, the team worked on playing 3 touches, with Chloe Venning able to finish with some solid spikes. It was great to see the progression of all players working together as a team in the first match and good signs for the season to come. Well done girls! – Alistair Keough (Coach)

Open C – Saints 0 defeated by Immanuel 3
The Open Cs had a difficult first match against a solid Immanuel side. They had a good start with some great overarm serving by Joss Forster. Efua Yawson also had a top game with some energetic spiking at the net. There are still things to work on at training but I have no doubt that this team will be winning matches in no time. – Victoria Neale (Coach)

Middle A – Saints 0 defeated by Immanuel 3
The first match of the year saw a team consisting of almost a completely new players from last year with all but one girl moving up into the opens. This allowed a variety of younger players to step up including four Year 7s. Despite such an inexperienced team, the girls came out hard and put the opposition under pressure. Although they weren’t able to win a set, each one was close and it was a great way to start the season. – Victoria Neale (Coach)

Middle B – Saints 0 defeated by Immanuel 3
The team showed great improvement from their first game. After losing the first two matches 25-3 and 25-8, they really focused in and challenged Immanuel with a final of 25-23. All of the girls did a great job cheering and supporting each other. Lots of things to keep working on but an overall good start to the season. – Jesse Dreswick (Coach)

Middle C – Saints 0 defeated by Immanuel 3
The girls learned a lot for their first matches of the season and did a great job not giving up. After dropping the first two sets 25-4 and 25-6, our third featured plenty of improvement despite losing 25-15. The girls worked together more and communicated throughout. Lots of smiling faces were on the court and we are looking forward to more training to work on our serves! – Jesse Dreswick (Coach)

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WATER POLO

Open A – Saints 5 defeated by St Ignatius 8
The first game of the season was a tough competition for the girls, who worked extremely hard to keep the score within a 1 goal margin until the final quarter. They were constantly making an effort to support each other both in attack and defence, where they could stop many advances made by Ignatius. Best player was Lara Wakeham for her ability to constantly swim down into attack, giving the girls many opportunities on goal. Top scorer this week was Olivia Goldsmith with 2 goals. Good work girls! – Fiona Lethbridge (Captain)

Open B – Saints 17 defeated Wilderness 0
The girls had an amazing first game, winning by 17 goals. They worked extremely hard in defence, stopping all attempts at goal. Best player was Sophie Dansie who was also the top scorer with 6 goals. This game allowed the girls to show their strengths in attack where they worked together as drivers, providing constant opportunities for passes and many successful shots at goals. Keep it up girls! – Fiona Lethbridge (Captain)

Open C – Saints 20 defeated Sacred Heart 0
This was a triumphant result, with the girls consistently making an effort to score goals. Best player was Lila Gosse for her constant support in attack leading to many successful shots on goal. She was also top scorer, managing an amazing 9 goals. Every girl who played scored a goal, including goalie Ashlyn May, who came out of goals in the last quarter to score a brilliant goal. An amazing start to the season girls! – Fiona Lethbridge (Captain)

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eNews – Week 2, Term 1 2020

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From the Director of Early Learning

Our Community Welcomes You

KM ELC photoAt St Peter’s Girls’ Early Leaners’ Centre, we understand the importance and value of bringing our community together, and the special events that allow this to happen are something we take great pride in.

Our Friends of the ELC group works alongside the ELC educators to embed a strong feeling of community through events such as today’s Welcome Morning Tea, volunteering and fundraising efforts. The Welcome Morning Tea is just one example of how we begin the St Peter’s Girls’ journey for our families in a warm and inviting manner. Our families love these opportunities to form connections with staff and other families, as well as gaining an insight into the wider St Peter’s Girls’ community. Many of our families begin their whole school journey at this event.

This year in the ELC, we are giving additional value to the language of welcome, embedding this beyond just the physical act of welcoming. As a team, the ELC educators are carefully considering how we can best welcome every family, new or returning, to assist with the transition from holidays to daily life in the ELC, and establishing strategies that will support everyone. Prior to Term 1 commencing, we engaged with an Early Childhood Consultant, Kirsty Liljegren, to unpack the language of welcome at a deeper level, understanding it is more than just an action but an ongoing philosophy that underpins our Centre’s community. She urged us to expand our thinking and dialogue on the value and importance of welcome. We were provoked to deeply consider how our diversity strengthens our work together, and what it means when we consider the notion of belonging.

We are excited to begin this year with a declaration of intent and accompanying strategies on the language of welcome. We finished the workshop with a profound sense of commitment and purpose as an ELC team, and we look forward to sharing our journey of learning with not only our ELC community, but the wider St Peter’s Girls’ community over the coming year.

Kate Mount
Director of Early Learning

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Welcome Drinks on the Lawns – TONIGHT

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The Parents’ and Friends’ Association invites all parents to welcome in the new school year at the traditional Welcome Drinks on the Lawns TONIGHT from 7 – 9pm on Chiverton Lawns.

This annual, parents-only event is a great opportunity for new parents to meet and connect with other parents, teachers and school staff in a relaxed atmosphere.

Food and drinks will be provided courtesy of the Parents’ and Friends’ Association, as well as a DJ spinning some groovy tunes throughout the evening.

Please feel free to seek out our P&F Committee Members on the night to learn about the volunteering opportunities here at Saints Girls.

TONIGHT
7 – 9pm
Chiverton Lawns, St Peter’s Girls’ School

Bronwyn Bartter
Parents’ and Friends’ Association President

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Meet Our New Head of Science

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I started teaching in 1995. I didn’t realise that the teaching career path was for me until one of my mentor teachers told me I was a ‘natural’ and ‘born to be a teacher’ during my first teaching practicum. From there, I haven’t looked back.

I began my teaching journey in London, where I taught at a range of schools and honed my classroom management skills for two years before returning to Australia to teach in regional schools around South Australia. I then spent 18 months teaching in a local school in Vanuatu. My duties there also included providing training to mathematics teachers as part of an AusAID project. I returned to Australia and took up a position at Woodcroft College, where I worked for 18 years teaching senior Physics, Psychology and Mathematics, and Middle School Science and Mathematics, as well as fulfilling a number of leadership roles. Most recently, I returned from teaching International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Physics and IB Middle Years Programme Science at Munich International School in Germany.

I also work extensively with the International Baccalaureate Organisation as an IB Educator, leading teacher workshops in Science, Physics and Mathematics and conducting school site visits. At Saints Girls, I am currently teaching senior Physics and Psychology, and Middle School Science.

I have a wife, Candice, and three sons, Callum, Taran and Nathaniel. I enjoy camping and hiking, music, most sports including golf, soccer, NFL and AFL, reading, and Marvel movies.

Throughout my career, I have endeavoured to model my passion for teaching and inspire a love of learning in the students I teach and the staff I work with. As Head of Science, my aim is to continue to improve the excellent Science teaching and learning at St Peter’s Girls through the use of conceptualised inquiry-based teaching strategies, the innovative use of technology as a teaching tool, and the formation of strategic partnerships with the wider scientific community locally and nationally.

I look forward to seeing you at Saints Girls.

Craig Byrne
Head of Science

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Newest Old Scholars Celebrated at Stonyfell

The St Peter’s Girls’ community was delighted to honour outstanding graduates from our Class of 2019 this week during our Academic Excellence Assembly.

Special thanks to Old Scholar and Dux of 2014 Lauren Simpson (Kilburn 2014) who presented an empowering speech, as well as certificates to more than a dozen of our newest Old Scholars.

Official IB and SACE recognition ceremonies were also held this week, attended by many of our graduates including Dux of 2019 Hannah Brown who received her prestigious Governor of South Australia Commendation – Excellence Award.

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Major Leap for Athletics Program

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Saints Girls has taken a further leap in supporting elite performances in Athletics with upgrades to the Long Jump facility. Over the holidays, the run-up was widened with a synthetic surface laid to provide training for Long Jump and Triple Jump; it’s also a facility students can use to practise block starts.

With students competing in a wide range of inter-school carnivals, Saints hopes to build upon our recent success, having won the IGSSA (7 – 12) Athletics Shield for 4 years running.

The School’s Athletics program continues to grow with more than 50 Year 4 – 12 students now attending training on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, receiving specialist coaching in sprints, distance, hurdles, throws and, of course, jumps.

Neil Fuller
Director of Sport

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Spotlight on New Arts Centre Lighting

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Over the holidays, the Arts Centre underwent a makeover and now features new lights, audio equipment and speakers! Last week, students and staff were treated to a dynamic sound and light display, thanks to Wesley Hiscock, our very own Arts Centre Manager! The upgrade has created much excitement in the School community and sets us apart as one of the best-equipped schools in the State for audio and lighting.

Students in Years 7 to 12, if you are excited by this news, I encourage you to come along to Technical Theatre Club. We meet at 1.05pm every Tuesday in the Arts Centre. Keen to see you there!

Madison McGregor-Simms
Technical Theatre Captain

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UK Teacher Exchange

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Two days was all it took to feel completely at home on my two-week teaching exchange to Sherborne Girls in the south-west of England. The trip was a completely immersive experience, living in one of seven boarding houses, teaching and observing classes during the day in the main school and embracing the co-curricular activities outside of school hours. The school runs Monday through to Saturday morning with comparable academic rigour to Saints. Compulsory school sport takes place on Saturday afternoons, with teaching staff accompanying these trips to schools throughout the region.

A typical day at Sherborne would include a 7.30am breakfast with the staff and girls living in your boarding house. A selection of cooked breakfasts or cereals was provided, as well as lunch and supper every day. For me, it was then a short five-minute walk to the main school building where classes would start at 8.30am after morning prayers. The school day runs from 8.30am to 4.30pm with meals for all staff and students provided during the breaks. Lunch runs for an hour and a half, allowing the students time to return to their boarding house for a cooked lunch and to then enjoy some down-time in the middle of the day as they have very little of this at night. Evening boarding house staff, the majority of whom are teachers, are rostered on ‘duty’ and oversee homework, supper and all other matters that come with caring for teenage girls! These duty shifts run until 10.30pm, making it a very long day for teaching staff.

Each boarding house has its own House Mistress and live-in boarding/teaching staff, with 90% of the school students boarding. Many staff have their families living in the boarding houses with them. For most of the students and many teachers, the school is their home. I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to be completely immersed in this 24/7 working world for two weeks. This experience provided me with a valuable insight into the UK education system, the daily operation of a boarding school and the lifestyle of living on-site as a teaching and boarding house staff member. I thoroughly recommend considering this exchange for your daughter before they start Senior School.

Emma Weber
Mathematics Teacher

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US Teacher Exchange

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What an adventure! I had the privilege of chaperoning four girls to Kent Place School in Summit, New Jersey – a short 40-minute train ride from downtown Manhattan. After a lengthy but exciting flight via Los Angeles, the girls enjoyed a long weekend with their homestay parents prior to commencing school.

The school is a beautiful, historic property, once the summer residence of Manhattan dweller Mr Kent, and is 125 years old like St Peter’s Girls. The weather was kind to us for much of our stay but there was plenty of excitement as we all arrived on day one to see the grounds blanketed in overnight snow.

I was billeted with a primary school teacher who welcomed me into her family and looked after me for my stay. This was a wonderful ‘real’ American experience. The four girls were fortunate to participate in many areas of curriculum not offered at Saints Girls and fully immersed themselves in every aspect, revelling in the no formal uniform policy. Each day, we were provided with lunches including soups and desserts, all included in the school fees.

I was able to meet with different faculty heads to discuss the Junior School’s wellbeing courses, the Head of the Ethics Institute to set up links between the two schools, and the Junior School Mathematics and Language Arts coordinators. I was also fortunate to teach lessons in Pre K (a challenge chasing 3 year olds around!), Years 2, 3 and 5. I prepared and taught lessons on Australia, problem-solving Mathematics and thrilled all by my slightly fabricated stories of sending my pet kangaroo to the shop to buy milk in its very insulated pouch! I was also fortunate on weekends to be able to visit Manhattan, taking in many sights, Broadway shows and museums.

I am very grateful to the School for allowing this opportunity and was extremely proud of how my four exchange students conducted themselves during their stay.

Shelley Hampton
Junior School Wellbeing Coordinator / Year 5 Teacher

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Swimming Carnival 2020

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On Friday 21 February, St Peter’s Girls’ School will be holding the annual Swimming Carnival for Years 4 to 12 at the Adelaide Aquatic Centre, North Adelaide. Students are expected to be at the Aquatic Centre no later than 8.30am, with the carnival concluding at 3.30pm.

Students who regularly travel to school on school buses will automatically be taken to the Adelaide Aquatic Centre in the morning and will be dropped home in the afternoon.

To assist other families, we are offering a special bus service to transport students from school to the Aquatic Centre and back. Buses will depart school at 7.45am and return by approximately 4.30pm. To register your daughter’s place on this bus service, please visit www.trybooking.com/BIEBC before 4pm Wednesday 19 February. All other students will need to be dropped off at the Aquatic Centre in the morning and picked up in the afternoon.

Upon arrival, all students must sign in at their House table inside the entrance to the pool deck before taking a seat in their House area. A roll will be taken at the end of the day before the final announcements and the winners are announced.

Students are reminded to wear their complete PE uniform with bathers underneath, as well as their House swimming cap which can be purchased from the School Shop. Extra House-coloured ribbons are encouraged, but coloured zinc and body paint are not permitted in the pool. House caps are available for purchase on the day. These can then be worn during all Interhouse events throughout the year. House tattoos will also be sold at the carnival. We ask that the tattoos are not visible outside the girls’ school uniforms when returning to school.

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

We encourage all girls to compete in a number of events, with their preferences being discussed in PE lessons and House meetings. The carnival is to be treated like a normal school day; therefore, attendance is compulsory for the whole day. If a student is too ill to attend (Years 7 to 12), the School will require a medical certificate the following Monday and absent students will meet with Mr Lisle and Ms Mortimer. If a student is unable to participate in their events, a note must be provided to PE staff.

Click here for a program of events with approximate times. We will be using both 25m pools in the morning session and only the deep-end pool in the afternoon session. School teams for SAPSASA (Years 4 to 7), SSSSA (Years 8 to 12) and IGSSA (Years 7 to 12) will be selected from the Swimming Carnival results.

We encourage parents to come out and support the School at one of the most exciting events on the calendar.

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School Photos

Focus School Portraits will be at school next Monday 10 February and Tuesday 11 February to take our school photos.

This year, to simplify the process for families, a special ‘St Peter’s Girls’ Package’ has been designed for each student to receive the following photos:

1 – 8″ x 10″ Individual Portrait
2 – 5″ x 7″ Individual Portraits
4 – 2.5″ x 3.5″ Individual Portraits
1 – 8″ x 10″ Home Group Photo

There is no additional cost to families as this has been incorporated into your fees. Should you wish to purchase extra packs, photos or items such as key rings, mugs, jigsaws etc., you will be able to order these by contacting Focus School Portraits via orders@focussp.com.au or 8389 9002.

Your daughter’s Home Group/class teacher has the schedule and will have communicated their photo time to them.

If you would like to arrange sibling photos, order forms can be collected from the Front Office.

Please do not hesitate to contact me via fmcgregor@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au should you have any questions regarding school photos.

Fiona McGregor
Event Coordinator

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Chorus of Support at Music Camp

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Once again, the Music Department will make its pilgrimage to Ardrossan for Music Camp. This year, almost 100 girls from Years 5 to 12 have been invited, and we look forward to sharing all that we learn over the three days in our ninth Music Camp Concert which will be held at 2pm on Saturday 15 February at Ardrossan Town Hall. Family and friends are welcome to drive up for the afternoon. Tickets are $10 and funds raised will go directly to the local hospital to purchase extra resources and lifestyle facilities such as BBQs, plants and even chickens. Over the years, we have raised money for the residents of the aged care facility in the hospital, and each year, we take a small group of girls to perform for the residents as part of our Service Learning component at camp.

We love travelling to Ardrossan every year and feel very welcomed by the residents of this wonderful community.

Sally Rounsevell
Director of Music

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How to Apply to US and UK Universities

For students interested in applying to US and UK universities, a special event is being held on 27 February at Prince Alfred College. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the application processes and how to plan ahead for international applications. The event is suitable for students in Years 9 – 12.

Event Information

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Bushfire Action Plan

In light of recent fire crises, it is timely to remind families about the School’s Bushfire Action Plan.

The policy was developed in consultation with the CFS, MFS, Education Department and other stakeholders to ensure staff and students are prepared in the event of an emergency.

For more information, you can access our Bushfire Action Plan on the myLink parent portal by clicking the ‘School Documents’ menu item, followed by the ‘Whole School’ tab.

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School Banking Information Session

Our School is excited to offer the Commonwealth Bank School Banking program to all students:

BankingSchool Banking is a fun, interactive and engaging way for young Australians to learn about money and develop good savings habits. Children who deposit money into their Youthsaver account through School Banking earn Dollarmites tokens, which they can save up to redeem exciting rewards.

Rewards available during 2020 are:
o Terry Denton’s Activity Book
o Mini Soccer Ball (size 2)
o Treetop Stationery Set
o Treetop Handball
o Tomato Seed Kit
o Magic Mist Drink Bottle
o Emoji Wallet
o Snakes & Ladders Game

School Banking is also a great fundraiser for the School, which receives a Regular Savers Contribution of $5 for every 10 deposits processed per student as well as an Annual Contribution which is based on the number of students who made at least one School Banking deposit in the prior year.

School Banking day is Wednesday. Each week, you need to hand your book to your classroom teacher.

We will be holding a School Banking Information Session at the School:

Wednesday 19 February
8.30 – 9.30am
Meet beside the Food Tech Deck

Please join us and find out more about the School Banking program and how your child can get involved.

If you are interested in opening a Commonwealth Bank Youthsaver account for your child, you can visit www.commbank.com.au/schoolbanking and click on the link to open a Youthsaver account. A School Banking representative will be available at the Information Session to explain how you can do this. In order to verify yourself and your child, you will need your driver’s licence and your child’s birth certificate, but if you don’t have these with you on the day, you can complete verification online at home.

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Join Our Team of STAR Volunteers!

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Our Learning Strategies volunteers are all enormously valued within the department and the broader School community. Our girls LOVE working with them, and the teachers are so appreciative of their generous donation of energy, expertise and enthusiasm. We have some exciting developments within our department in 2020 and we’d love you to join us.

Our volunteers work with our girls on areas such as literacy, anywhere between a couple of lessons a week through to a couple of days per week. They include parents, grandparents, Old Scholars, retired staff and university students who are keen to gain further experience and enjoyment working with children.

To register your interest, please contact Aleasha Francis as soon as possible via afrancis@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au

We will send you a volunteer information sheet to fill out and then invite you in for a chat. We will also provide training for some of our Junior School programs.

Learning Strategies Team

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OSHC Temporary Relocation

Parents of R – 6 students are advised that the OSHC program, which was based in the Food Tech building, has been temporarily relocated to the transportable on the Oval.

To access the transportable, please use the main staircase outside the Stott Wing (with the St Peter’s Girls’ sign). Children will need to be dropped off and collected from the transportable.

Beck Kranz
OSHC Supervisor

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Saints Girls’ Rowing Bingo Night

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Join us for a fun night of bingo to support the Rowing Program at St Peter’s Girls!

Harry’s Bar
12 Grenfell St, Adelaide
Saturday 29 February 2020 at 7pm

Tickets
$45 per person or $450 per table of 10 via www.trybooking.com/BHGZV.

Tickets include pre-game drinks for the first hour, a bingo card in each of the three rounds (more cards can be purchased), and platters on tables. Amazing prizes will be up for grabs in each round, with a grand prize for the final round. Fantastic auction items will also be on offer. Additional drinks can be purchased from the bar.

We encourage you to invite your friends and book a table of 10!

Everyone in the School community is welcome to attend.

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Sports News

At Saints Girls, we love hearing about and sharing sports results and news, whether it be achievements at school or externally. Please email details to nfuller@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au.

ATHLETICS

In December, Keeley Fahey and Holly Cardone competed in the Australian All Schools Track and Field Championships in Perth as members of the South Australian team. Keeley won a Bronze medal in the U18 Pole Vault and finished 15th in the U18 100m Hurdles. Holly Cardone finished 14th in the U18 High Jump.

On 18 and 19 January at the SA Athletics Stadium, Olivia Kelly won Bronze in the U18 Heptathlon at the State Multi-Event Championships. The Heptathlon involves Long Jump, High Jump, 200m, 800m, 100m Hurdles, Shot Put and Javelin.

BASKETBALL

Open Saints 18 defeated by St John’s 75
The girls fought hard against tough competition. They tried their best to get back in defence to stop St John’s from scoring. The girls put up many shots in offence but were unfortunately unsuccessful in their attempts. Overall, a hard first game back. – Emma Matheson (Captain)

ROWING

The first regatta of 2020 (West Lakes Regatta, Saturday 1 February) was an unseasonably wet affair. Although the forecast thunderstorms held off, the wind and rain ensured conditions were challenging. But, as they say, “Rowing in the rough makes you tough”, and our rowers tackled the conditions with admirable courage.

Unfortunately, the worsening conditions meant our Junior squad was only able to take part in the first of their two rounds. In completing the first round though, it was good to see all Junior crews consolidating the technical improvements made during camp. This was reflected in their times, with all crews posting considerable improvements since their last regatta in Term 4, 2019.

The Senior squad did not compete in the Schoolgirl 8+ race, instead taking the opportunity to race in smaller boats (doubles and coxed fours). This produced some positive outcomes, with the Seniors placing 1st and 3rd in the Schoolgirl Coxed Four division. But with the first School Premiership Series regatta of the season this weekend, the Seniors will be looking to test themselves in the eight.

Seniors
U19 W2x (Barr/Romaniuk) – 3rd – 07:23.2
U19 W2x (Maerschel/Maerschel) – 4th – 07:39.3
SG 4+ (#1) 1st – NTT
SG 4+ (#2) 3rd – NTT
2W8+ – 2nd – 07:29.9

9/10 A
SG 9/10 A 4x+ – 4th – 06:32.6
2W4x+ – 3rd – 08:56.9

8/9 A
SG 8/9 A 4x+ – 6th – 04:08.36

8/9 B
SG 8/9 B 4x+ – 6th – 04:18.54

8/9 C
SG 8/9 C 4x+ – 5th – NTT

8/9 E
SG 8/9 E 4x+ (Divison 1) – 3rd – 04:25.34

SOFTBALL

Following Aroha Munroe’s performance at the Australian U18 Women’s Softball Nationals last week, she has been selected in the Junior Spirit squad as a reserve. Aroha has also been selected as part of the Junior White Sox (JWSX) New Zealand U18 team to compete in the NFC tournament across the ditch next month. A decision will then be made after that tournament for the final JWSX team to go to the World Cup in August in Peru (and compete against Australia). We wish Aroha well in her preparations and selections. – Neil Fuller (Director of Sport)

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