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eNews – Week 7, Term 4 2020

Issue no. 37Enews-banner

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From Our Director of Early Learning

Building Citizenship Through Our Service Learning Program

Kate-ProfileI would like to sincerely thank all members of our ELC and School for your community spirit in 2020. Despite the many challenges that we have faced, some wonderful opportunities across our School have emerged. One of these, for me, has been my involvement in the Service Learning Program.

This year, I have had the privilege of working alongside our School Chaplain, Thomas Bassett, in the area of establishing an ELC to Year 12 Service Learning Program as part of our School’s Strategic Plan. This has involved writing a School Mission for Service Learning, as well as creating a clear plan of Service Learning opportunities across the four Sub-Schools for 2021.

As part of the program, the Early Learners’ Centre has been cultivating a key partnership with The Smith Family. We were keen to establish a plan to ensure we are upholding our School’s Service Learning Mission:

For all students from ELC to Year 12 to grow in genuine, meaningful and practical service towards others through school-supported Service Learning opportunities.

How could we connect our students with The Smith Family in order to provide genuine and meaningful service? We decided to embark on the ‘Giving Tree’ concept for Christmas as a starting point. We invited Rhianna from The Smith Family in to explain the purpose behind giving to others via the Toy and Book Appeal. In contrast to previous years where we have established a giving tree, this year is different. It is about the children taking responsibility for driving the purchase of the gift to place under the tree knowing that it will make a difference in the lives of others. Having Rhianna talk to the children at the commencement of this mission enabled us all to hear a shared message, and for the teachers to build upon this in the remaining weeks of Term 4. Our intention is to make an impact through more than a one-off event.

Working in partnership with Rhianna, next year, we will create opportunities for the children to contribute to other campaigns. For example, the ‘Back to School Appeal’ where children can contribute items to go in backpacks for students going to school. Choosing meaningful opportunities for the age group is important, and with our older ELC friends preparing for School, it is indeed a relevant area. This will assist us in meeting two of the intentions of the program with our ELC students:

• Service Learning builds an attitude of citizenship and empathy for others
• Service Learning promotes students to work in collaboration with others towards a common purpose

We know that Rhianna is going to be pivotal in our work as she continues to come into our ELC to talk to our students, building their understandings about The Smith Family Trust and the benefits of service to others. Partnering with our Friends of the ELC community parent group, we will be able to creatively find other ways of providing service to this important cause. In addition, we will be able to connect with our older school students as they also support The Smith Family through the House Charity program. We are excited to be able to launch our 2021 vision now and lay the foundation for the year ahead.

Kate Mount
Director of Early Learning

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Year 9 Graduation

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Congratulations to our Year 9 girls following their graduation this afternoon, marking their transition from Middle to Senior School.

This event is a chance to celebrate the achievements of every student throughout their Middle School journey. With superb musical pieces showcasing talented Year 9 musicians and vocalists, and a rendition of ‘We Are St Peter’s Girls’, it was a fitting lead in to the celebratory season.

The following video was played during the ceremony, featuring highlights from 2020 with a focus on the girls’ involvement in co-curricular activities.


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Nativity Stars Shine on Stage

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Christmas magic was in the air on Wednesday morning as the Year 1 and 2 Nativity was broadcast live to the Saints Girls’ community.

The story of the birth of Christ was retold through the eyes of the ‘Inn-Spectors’ who arrived in Bethlehem to ensure that all the guests were well provided and cared for in the town’s inns. They were shocked to discover that in the stable of a lowly inn, a baby was born; King of the world no less! But with the help and love of the Bethlehem guests and the stars shining from above, the inn was declared ‘Fit for a King!’

This was an amazing event to welcome the Christmas spirit into the hearts of the students, staff and Saints Girls’ community.

Kathryn Clark, Rebecca Greenhalgh, Michelle Liddy and Liz Sandercock
Year 1 and 2 Teachers

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Special Reception for Festive Season

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The Receptions from 0ZWE, 0ALE and 0MKA lit up the Arts Centre yesterday morning with their annual Christmas Assembly.

Countdown to Christmas depicted a family busily preparing for the festive season and counting down the days to Christmas. With special help from the arrival of a Fairy Clock Mother and some Tick & Tock clocks who kept a close eye on the time, the family was able to tick off all the important jobs in readiness for Christmas Day, including enlisting the help of some festive decorators who decked out the family home, going gift shopping and planning a Christmas feast. The girls dazzled the audience with their outstanding courage and confidence when reciting their lines, singing and dancing.

A very special thank you to Sarah Casson, Sally Rounsevell, Wesley Hiscock, Garth Coulter, Thomas Bassett and the Property Services team for their tremendous efforts and contribution to the assembly.

Meg Karvonen, Alana Lesiw and Zoe West
Reception Teachers

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Prestigious Honour for Education InnovationW7 - E4GC

We’re excited to announce that we have been included on The Educator’s list of Innovative Schools in 2020. Acknowledging the growing importance of STEM and the need to attract more girls into STEM disciplines and careers, we have worked diligently for several years to be particularly cutting-edge with our Year 10 electives selection. Recent offerings have included Forensic Science; Business, Innovation and Technology; Girls in Engineering, Maths and Science; and, Psychology. This year, the School launched a creative new Year 10 elective subject entitled ‘Engineering for Global Change’ or E4GC for short. This subject is intentionally cross-curricular in nature. It was designed by a small team of teachers from the Humanities, Science and Technology faculties, and the class has been taught by two teachers – the Head of Humanities and the Head of Technology – sometimes separately and sometimes through team-teaching.

E4GC acknowledges that humanity will face increasingly complex challenges in the decades ahead (and the course was created and planned before the global pandemic struck!). These challenges will relate to, amongst other things, climate change, population growth, shifts in global power bases, and evolving social attitudes and trends across diverse groups around the world. Creative and agile solutions will be needed, and arriving at them will require collaboration, effective problem-solving approaches, and a sound understanding of how different strands of engineering and advanced technology can be applied, and maybe invented!

Assignment focus areas have included UNESCO’s 2030 Global Goals, understanding and applying the Quadruple Bottom Line of Sustainability, career investigations into different branches of engineering, robotics and assistive technologies, designing and building processes, and project work with external/industry mentors. Honours students from the University of Adelaide’s STEM Academy have delivered Zoom workshops to the class and have mentored students through their projects. Other partnerships have been scoped out with a view to future post-COVID collaborations, notably with the Civil Contractors Federation and with a local ‘Internet of Things’ company.

It is pleasing that the School and this innovative subject have been recognised by The Educator because it harnesses many of the approaches that research tells us lead to the best outcomes for students: collaborative planning and delivery, partnerships with external agencies and student-led project-based learning. Furthermore, students take knowledge and concepts from one area of learning and transfer them to others. Aspects of Geography, Technology, Science, Business, Economics and Mathematics are covered, and the subject also addresses significant elements of the Australian Curriculum’s General Capabilities and Cross-Curricular Priorities. We review our elective offerings every year, so look out for some more dynamic and futures-focused subjects in 2022 and beyond!

Nigel Scoggins
Director of Teaching and Learning

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Young Composers Strike a Chord

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This semester, a number of our Junior, Middle and Senior School students submitted compositions to the Young Composers’ Award competition. We are proud to announce that we have been nominated for two awards and have received a number of Honourable Mentions.

Year 6 student Eliza Brill Reed has been nominated for her original rock-pop song, entitled ‘Mine’, written for Mother’s Day. Year 9 student Emma Pool has been nominated for her song, entitled ‘Jealousy’, in the Year 8 – 12 Rock-Pop song category. Honourable Mentions were given to Zara Blight, Annie Bui, Stella Rasheed, Emma Pool and Chi Chi Zhao for their original compositions. The winners will be announced on 7 December during an online YCA concert where Emma Pool will be performing her song. The awards are very competitive and there are hundreds of entries, so congratulations girls!

This year, the Year 6, 7 and 9 Music classes have been studying songwriting. The students write lyrics, create a harmonic backing track of piano, bass and drums on their iPads or laptops, and record the song’s vocal melody to the backing.

“The songwriting program at Saints from Year 6 through to Year 9 has been a great opportunity to be creative and learn about composition. It has really fostered our love of songwriting.” – Annie Bui and Emma Pool

Once again, congratulations girls!

Robyn Habel
Music Teacher

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Georgie Charts Course with Music Debut

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Georgie Raftopoulos, who performs as ‘Georgie Raft’, made the move to Saints Girls in 2019 and hasn’t looked back. This year, she was a member of both Enchante and Esperanza, and as a Year 11 student, also completed two SACE Stage 2 Music subjects: Ensemble Performance and Creative Arts. Next year, Georgie plans to study Solo Performance as well as Music Explorations, a Year 12 subject which allows students to pursue a specific music focus. A passionate singer-songwriter, this will form the basis of Georgie’s Music study in 2021.

Georgie has experienced considerable success as a semi-finalist in the world’s biggest songwriting event, the International Songwriting Competition. Four of her songs have made the top 30 of the Australian Songwriting Contest (Youth Category). Georgie has also co-written with our own Old Scholar and now Sony ATV artist, Alex Hosking, the song ‘Better Off’, which reached top 10 in this contest.

This year, Georgie released her first EP, working with award-winning music producer Mario Spate. ‘Breathing to Prove That I Can’ explores topics of toxicity, mental health, relationship complications and the struggles of adolescence.

Georgie’s EP is now available on Spotify, and/or if preferred, CDs can be purchased directly from Georgie for $10 each. I encourage you to have a listen to this talented young singer-songwriter’s work.

Sari Noble
Music Teacher

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Enterprising Student’s Icing on the Cake

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I have always found baking interesting and have always had a desire to develop a business based on baking. In March, my dream became a reality when ‘Jensbakes’ was born and I delivered my first commercial cake.

I offer a range of cakes and treats for all kinds of celebrations and have had the privilege of making cakes for some very special occasions including a book launch, a communion, a confirmation, a 1st birthday, and a 50th. I take pleasure in the fact that people trust me to produce a cake that competes with professional products, and that my cake is worthy of their event and that I am a part of their important celebration.

I am currently studying Year 11 Business Innovation and have learnt a number of skills and managed to incorporate my business into several of the assignments for the subject. COVID-19 has posed a number of challenges for all businesses (including my own!), and I am grateful for the support of the School community, classmates and especially my family (whose kitchen and oven get a workout!) for their support. I use social media platforms to host my business, and everything from past examples, options and orders can be found at ‘Jensbakes’ on Instagram and Facebook.

Jenna Bowden
Year 11 student

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Engage with a Book…It’s Important!

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Here come the holidays and a chance to read.

With the summer break fast approaching, Saints Girls in Years 7 – 11 will be encouraged to select books to take home over the holidays, to visit our School’s eBook Library ‘Wheelers’ which contains eBooks and audiobooks, or to engage with their local public library. For those unable to access a physical library, online access to LIBBY, the public libraries’ online collection of eBook and audiobooks, requires families to simply register as members. An extra bonus is that the LIBBY collection is for adults as well as children.

We are fortunate in having plenty of keen readers here at Saints Girls and sound participation rates in activities such as the Premier’s Reading Challenge.

I recently attended a National Summit on Reading Research which highlighted the latest implications of reading for our students and families. The overwhelming message was that reading is in decline in Australia and yet the benefits of reading extend beyond literacy. Books enable students to develop empathy and positive interpersonal characteristics, can contribute to improved performance in Mathematics and Science, not just Humanities subjects, and have been shown to offer additional health-related benefits, especially with mental health.

By engaging in reading, students gain syntactic knowledge (gather word meaning), word recognition and expanded vocabularies, as well as better reading comprehension, spelling and language skills. Exposure to new words through reading during school years accounts for a substantial proportion of vocabulary acquisition. Yet, a pattern that is emerging is that as students progress from primary to secondary schooling, reading habits are declining and this is contributing to the decrease in NAPLAN results in many schools. Developing and maintaining reading skills needs to be seen as a lifelong process that does not end with the acquisition of reading skills.

Readers must be motivated to read, an essential factor in successful reading, and enjoy what they are reading. This is where the role of teachers, parents and librarians is crucial. Children’s attitudes towards reading can be positively influenced by adults modelling personal enjoyment and engagement. Visible reading by adults at school and home is as important as offering encouragement to a child to read. Reading becomes part of the child’s culture.

And the final message: engage with each other and share what you are reading. This only adds to the positive message about the value of reading.

Lisa Hollis
Head of Library and Information Services

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School Shop Holiday Hours

The School Shop will be closed from 6pm on Thursday 10 December 2020 until 9am Monday 18 January 2021.

Opening hours from 18 – 22 January are as follows:

Monday 18 from 9am – 4pm; Tuesday 19 from 9am – 4pm; Wednesday 20 from 1 – 4pm; Thursday 21 from 9am – midday; Friday 22 from 9am – 4pm.

For parents of Year 4 students in 2021, please note that they will be required to have a jumper and blazer from the first day of Term 1.

To help reduce your waiting time, it is advisable that you call the School Shop on 8334 2228 prior to coming in. Social distancing will likely still be applicable and we have many new students booked in for uniform fittings.

The School Shop

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Junior School Vacation Care

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Our next awesome instalment of Junior School Vacation Care is almost here. We have some great activities guaranteed to keep the children entertained through the break. With an array of onsite adventures and excursions, there is plenty of fun to be had.

December 2020 / January 2021 Vacation Care Program

Places are limited, so click here to secure your booking now!

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Year Level Parent Reps for 2021

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There have been many fantastic events planned by our community groups and year levels this year, especially over the past few months. We’ve also received great feedback in the Community Relations Office from our new families, relaying that everyone has felt included and welcomed into our community.

We are now recruiting and looking forward to receiving nominations for Year Level Parent Representatives for 2021!

We’ve simplified our structure and this will not be an onerous or time-consuming task in 2021. This is, however, a great way to socialise and connect with other School families. In early 2021, the Community Relations Office will communicate information to all Year Level Parent Reps, along with the representatives of all community groups at the School. This collaborative information will set the scene for 2021 and give you the opportunity to appropriately plan your social calendar for your year level.

Thank you to our 2020 Year Level Parent Reps for all your hard work and dedication this year!

We are looking to recruit 2 to 4 parents per year level. If you are interested in becoming a Parent Representative for 2021, please contact me in the Community Relations Office for more information via 8334 2244 or

Melissa Westgate
Foundation Manager


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Saints Girls on Social Media

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Celebrate Saints Girls by staying connected with us on social media.

Like us on Facebook:

Follow us on Instagram:

Enjoy fun and uplifting news and content, like this snapshot of our girls in action:

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Meningococcal ACWY – Catch Up Program

The School Immunisation Program for 2020 includes Meningococcal ACWY (Nimenrix) for all Year 10 students only. Young people aged 15 to 19 are eligible for a government-funded Meningococcal ACWY catch up program.

As your School’s immunisation provider, Eastern Health Authority can offer this free vaccination service to students in Year 10 who may have missed vaccination this year, or Year 11 and 12 students who have not previously been immunised. For families residing within our council areas, we are also able to offer this catch up vaccination to adolescents under the age of 20 who may have left the School in recent years.

Meningococcal is a rare but very serious and often life-threatening disease, with adolescents at increased risk. Available vaccination for Meningococcal includes protection from B strain (Bexsero – provided at Year 10 at school) and A, C, W and Y strains (Nimenrix – provided at Year 10 at school). W and Y strains are becoming more prevalent in Australia, with Meningococcal W having a higher fatality rate than other types of Meningococcal disease.

We strongly encourage those eligible for this vaccination to visit one of our clinics to help protect themselves from this disease.

Book online via or phone 8132 3600 for further information.

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eNews – Week 6, Term 4 2020

Issue no. 36Enews-banner

W6 - Year 11 Retreat

From Our Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

Kate Mortimer

In Term 1 last year, Paul de Gelder, an ex-Navy clearance diver who lost an arm and a leg in a shark attack in Sydney Harbour, visited the School and spoke to girls in Years 6 to 12. Despite the challenges Paul faced in rebuilding his mental and physical health, his underlying message to the girls was clear: ‘Improvise, Adapt and Overcome’.

Given our current circumstances, it is timely to reflect upon his message. There is no doubt that the initial announcement of a lockdown of six days and a return to online learning threw everyone a little off centre. However, a flexible approach and willingness to adapt was demonstrated by our staff and our girls, who today transitioned back to our online platforms. Despite the absence of students in classrooms, it was evident there was much laughter throughout lessons and that both the staff and the girls were genuinely happy talk to each other. To the parents who sent emails of support, these were greatly appreciated. With that said, we are very much looking forward to welcoming the girls back to the School on Monday morning.

After our first experience of remote learning, the School developed online fitness sessions that can be utilised by the girls during Home Group. The ‘Witness the Fitness’ resources, which can be accessed by clicking here, provide a video-guided, 20 minute, equipment-free workout that can be completed at home. My thanks to Olivia Goldsmith and Millie Wilkin for their willingness to film over 80 exercises. I encourage the School community to make use of these resources in any future lockdown experience.

Year 11 Camp

Last week, the Year 11 students attended their Leadership Camp at Glenhaven. The girls were energised, enthusiastic and wholeheartedly embraced a variety of challenges including high ropes, giant swing, initiatives, obstacle course, tower building and a blind-folded leap of faith from the top of a telegraph pole. Importantly, the camp required them to collaborate, problem solve and negotiate. These are skills that are crucial throughout the many events they lead in Year 12. It was a pleasure to spend time with the girls and I am confident they will lead the School exceptionally in 2021.

Kate Mortimer
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

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Microsoft AI for Good Schools Challenge

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A pair of Artificial Intelligence students have won 3rd place in the Microsoft AI for Good Schools Challenge, outscoring hundreds of teams around the country.

Year 10 Business, Enterprise and Technology students Genevieve Lochowiak and Chi Chi Zhao were also crowned State champions in September.

Their concept ‘DIVE’ – Drones In Voicing Emergencies – is a sophisticated system aiming to prevent and detect bushfires.

It follows the creative endeavours of another team of Saints Girls who won the National title last year with their concept of an AI midwife to support pregnant women living in remote communities and developing countries.

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Fortune Favours the Brave!

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Our 1st VIII Rowing squad put our new boat ‘Courage’ to the test for the first time at the weekend, claiming victory in the Round the Island Regatta at West Lakes. Congratulations girls, looking forward to a fantastic season!

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Dance Choreography Evening

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For the past eight weeks, Year 9, 10 and Stage 1 Dancers have been using skills learnt throughout the year to create their own choreographic works. For each year level, this has had a different focus: Year 9 ‘Raising Awareness About a Social or Political Issue’, Year 10 ‘Integrating Technology and Dance’, and Stage 1 tackled the theme ‘Trapped’ as soloists.

Completely their own movement, theme, lighting and costuming ideas, the girls explored some very relevant and topical issues such as gender equality, mental health, homelessness, deforestation and body image.

It was very powerful to watch these dancers perform their own work and express these concepts through dance, for a live audience (luckily). Some having years of dance experience and some with very little, everyone was celebrated and encouraged. I was very impressed by and proud of all dancers involved.

Kate Burnett
Head of The Arts

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At the Heart of Year 3

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The Year 3 students have been learning about the choices people make that affect their health and wellbeing. They have been focusing on the different body systems and their interconnectedness. This term, the girls have had a number of special guests come into the classroom to assist their understanding of the vital roles organs play in their bodies.

Dr Christine Smith ran a session in the Science Centre about the nervous system. She spoke about the brain, spinal cord, nerves, and how the nervous system is the body’s communication system that controls much of what your body does.

Clare Gaskell ran an interactive session in the Science Centre where she dissected a lung and a heart. This presentation really captivated the students and got them thinking more deeply about the role of the circulatory system. Clare explained the circulatory system is made up of blood vessels that carry blood away from and towards the heart. Arteries carry blood away from the heart and veins carry blood back to the heart. The circulatory system carries oxygen, nutrients and hormones to cells, and removes waste products like carbon dioxide.

We have been fortunate to have had expert parents come in and share their knowledge. Carla Valmorbida, a nutritionist, helped us learn more about the importance of a healthy diet, unveiled the hidden sugar in our lunchboxes and helped us understand the role of nutrition in having a healthy body. Alison Robinson also ran an informative session about the circulatory system. Thank you to the University of Adelaide Simulation Department for the equipment that was lent. The girls were all captivated by the interactive presentation which involved CPR on their teddies.

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

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

Mark Routley and Lizzy Mitchell
Year 3 Teachers

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Parents’ & Friends’ Association AGM

W6 - Cheque Presentation

Our P&F AGM took place on Monday 16 November in our Food Tech Centre and was very well attended. After the formalities, members enjoyed some socialising, refreshments and nibbles on the Science rooftop.

We were so fortunate to be able to come together in these uncertain times to celebrate our successes together as a group. As always, it was a reminder of what an amazing and supportive community of volunteers we have here at Saints Girls.

At the AGM, as President, I had the opportunity to present Principal Julia Shea with a cheque for $40,000 to go towards the fit-out of our new Media Hub. Digital media has never been more important, not only in education but also in the wider world. Throughout 2019 and 2020, the Parents’ and Friends’ Association has been fundraising for our state-of-the-art facility which is already being enjoyed by our students. In the photo, P&F Secretary Danielle Palmieri is holding the plaque that has now been placed beside the Media Hub.

We would like to thank our teams of volunteers and staff connected to the School who always make our P&F events possible.

Bronwyn Bartter
Parents’ and Friends’ Association President

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Junior School Vacation Care

W6 - Vacation Care
Our next awesome instalment of Junior School Vacation Care is almost here. We have some great activities guaranteed to keep the children entertained through the break. With an array of onsite adventures and excursions, there is plenty of fun to be had.

December 2020 / January 2021 Vacation Care Program

Places are limited, so click here to secure your booking now!

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Year Level Parent Reps for 2021

W6 - Parent Representatives

There have been many fantastic events planned by our community groups and year levels this year, especially over the past few months. We’ve also received great feedback in the Community Relations Office from our new families, relaying that everyone has felt included and welcomed into our community.

We are now recruiting and looking forward to receiving nominations for Year Level Parent Representatives for 2021!

We’ve simplified our structure and this will not be an onerous or time-consuming task in 2021. This is, however, a great way to socialise and connect with other School families. In early 2021, the Community Relations Office will communicate information to all Year Level Parent Reps, along with the representatives of all community groups at the School. This collaborative information will set the scene for 2021 and give you the opportunity to appropriately plan your social calendar for your year level.

Thank you to our 2020 Year Level Parent Reps for all your hard work and dedication this year!

We are looking to recruit 2 to 4 parents per year level. If you are interested in becoming a Parent Representative for 2021, please contact me in the Community Relations Office for more information via 8334 2244 or

Melissa Westgate
Foundation Manager

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Saints Girls on Social Media

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Celebrate Saints Girls by staying connected with us on social media.

Like us on Facebook:

Follow us on Instagram:

Enjoy fun and uplifting news and content, like this snapshot of our girls in action:

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Sports News


Middle – Saints 0 defeated by Walford 21
For our last game of the year we played Walford for the Intercol trophy. The girls played an amazing game against the very experienced Walford side, which contained four A-grade players. Special mention to Kate Thomas who put her hand up to give catcher a go! Although we could not win back the Intercol trophy, each player had at least one highlight in their game and I hope they continue to play and rebuild our strong Softball program. Great effort girls. – Kellie Bested (Softball Captain)


This week saw a limited number of games played to finish the season. Fantastic work to all players and I hope as many of you continue with Tennis next year, to maintain your individual progress, as well as represent Saints. – Ruby Deakin (Captain)

Division 1 Blue – Saints 6-36 defeated Pembroke 0-15
Singles: Bridgette Leach 6-0, Ariel Spartalis 6-4, Eva Young 6-3, Adele Eaton 6-5

Division 2 – Saints 5-34 defeated Pembroke 1-17
Singles: Ayanna Roy 6-3, Sapphire Moser 6-0, Eva Chassiotis 6-1, Alison Francis 4-6

Division 3 Blue – Saints 6-36 defeated Walford 0-5
Singles: Chloe Richardson 6-0, Elodie De Wit 6-4, Shirley Liu 6-0, Olivia Reynolds 6-0

Division 4 – Saints 5-28 defeated Wilderness Blue 1-18
Singles: Nathara Perera 6-0, Kaylah Park 6-0, Amy Hu 4-6, Freya Hermann 0-6

Junior Division 1 – Bye

Junior Division 3 – Saints 3-20 defeated Pembroke 3-16
Singles: Beatrice Tolley 4-1, Emily L 3-4, Ziyuan Qin 4-3, Grace Cao 3-4


Open A – Saints 3 defeated by Pembroke 4
The Open A girls played a strong last game against Pembroke on the weekend. The girls worked really hard this game, using many tactics learnt in training including arrows and twins. Holly Cardone was able to score a try in the first half and assist Grace Richards in her great try. Poppie Goldsmith was able to catch Pembroke offside and run through a hole leading to a perfect try. Special mention to Willow Stewart-Rattray who did an amazing job in defence throughout the entire game! Overall the girls played a great last game to finish off the season, well done! – Holly Cardone (2021 Captain)

Open B – Saints had a bye

Open C – Saints 0 defeated by Wilderness 4
The girls worked really hard in our final game of the season, up against one of the toughest, if not the toughest team in our division. Despite the end result, we worked well defensively, however, could not keep up with some of their faster runners. It was great to see the improvements we have made over this term in our attack, as we finally got the hang of rucking down the field. Thanks to all girls who have played this term, it has been a great season! – Isobel Yelland

Middle A – Saints 0 defeated by Wilderness 6
This week the Middle A team played against Wilderness in an intense game. In the first half our defence was not as strong as it was in the second half. Amy defended very well on the wing and Daisy and Alice Braithwaite constantly defended the middle. Our rucking was good, however, we lost ground quite easily close to the try line. Mathilda Thomas did make a try, however, the umpire called it as a touch by the opposition. In training this week we should focus on our attacking and on finding a good plan to use in games on the try line. – Naomi Singh

Middle B – Saints 3 drew with Pembroke 3
The Middle Bs tied against Pembroke last Saturday. Amelia Lucas scored one try by weaving through the defence with great speed and Charlotte McAuliffe scored two tries through strong rucking and attacks at defensive players. This was a good game to end our season. Although we were ahead 3-2, Pembroke were able to score by the final siren to tie. Our defence was strong and held up against some of their fast runners.

Middle C – Saints 2 defeated by Mercedes 6
Once again, we improved this week as a team but had a difficult game with the opposition having many older girls and fast runners. We made some good passes in the first half and Charlotte McAuliffe scored two excellent tries with her quick speed down the wing. Our defence really helped us keep their scoring opportunities low but we were beaten by a better team. – Emily Ketteridge


Middle A – Saints 1 defeated by Pembroke 2 (24-26, 26-24, 9-15)
A traditional rivalry in the Open teams appears to be carrying through to the Middles. Both teams were neck and neck all game and if one team got a few points ahead, the opposition pegged them back. Both teams were using their 3 hits rather than playing the ball straight over which is a great sign they are looking to improve their skills. We were a little quiet and hesitant at times, which exposed us in the 3rd set when the pressure was on. There are a lot of promising signs for this team, with some great spikes and good serving. Looking to work on consistency and focus, this team will be a force to be reckoned with in the future. – Alistair Keough (Coach)

Middle B – Saints 3 defeated Pembroke 3-0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-17)
The Middle Bs carried their pre-match cheering for the previous matches on to the court with them. There was great energy as well as good attempts to set up play. Lots of confidence and teamwork allowed the girls to set up some good plays. Jenna Maione served well and Stephanie Andrejewskis was a great team player, supporting all the girls with her cheering. Again, a lot of promise in this team and the enthusiasm is infectious. Great game girls! – Alistair Keough (Coach)

Middle C – Saints 3 defeated Pembroke 0 (27-25, 25-16, 25-15)
Saints’ Middle C Volleyball team played Pembroke, and won 3 sets to 0. The girls played a great game, exhibiting excellent teamwork and enthusiasm, and it was clear how much their skills have improved over this season. – Ava Loechel (Coach)

Middle D – Saints 1 defeated by Pembroke 2 (16-25, 15-25, 26-24)
The Middle D Volleyball team were unfortunately defeated. The girls played such a great game, managing to win the last set, and really showed how much they have improved over this season. Serving was the best it has been, and the girls showed a real enthusiasm for the game. – Ava Loechel (Coach)

Year 6 Blue – Saints 3 defeated Wilderness 0 (25-20, 25-21, 15-13)
The girls played one of their best games and gelled incredibly well as a team, supporting each other throughout the match. Everyone’s serving has improved, especially Keira See serving deep, and Eala Arthur-Slattery, who did some amazing short serves that the opposition struggled to return. The team can sometimes lose focus after the first set, but it was clear at the beginning of the second set that they were determined to win again. The girls are clearly striving to improve their skills, which was evident in this set as some of the girls attempted to dig more balls instead of setting them back over the net on the first touch. Sienna Dellapace’s newfound net skills were able to bring us back, and we were able to win the second set. In the third set Millie McDonald and Abiola Ajao worked well together, using two touches and helping each other on the court. This, along with some more incredible serving, allowed us to take the set only by two points. This was our first 3 set win which the girls were super excited about. Although this season is being cut short, I hope to see the girls progress next year for those starting Middle School volleyball. Again, great work girls! – Georgina Keough (Student Coach)

Year 6 White – Saints 1 defeated by Seymour 2 (25-19, 19-25, 20-25)
The girls played an amazing, yet tough, game against Seymour. The team started strong in the first set, excited to get the game underway with some amazing digs and sets from Nethushi Ratnayake and Ashmitha Ramesh over the net, which resulted in Saints winning the first set. Seymour brought pressure in the second set, but Jiahui Zhang’s strong serves allowed Saints to gain important points. However, the pressure and great skills from Seymour unfortunately led to Saints losing a close set. The girls were so determined to win the game and take home the final set. Amelia Olesen and Chiara Ranasinghe hit some amazing shots over the net, and the whole team had great energy. The girls showed improvement in their skills and went for every ball that Seymour hit over, which showed commitment and courage. Unfortunately, Seymour was able to win the close last set which meant they had won the game. The girls should be so happy with how they played and have shown so much improvement which is great to see as a coach. – Dayna Petruzzella (Student Coach)

Year 5 Silver – Saints 2 defeated Wilderness 1
Another great game on Friday night where the girls won against Wilderness. The girls continue to amaze me with their improvement and progress each week. The girls’ serving has become stronger and more consistent, and the setting and digging has also improved in accuracy and height. All the girls should be proud of how far they have come and continue to keep up the good for the rest of the season! – Toni Christiansen (Student Coach)


Open B – Saints 14 defeated Loreto 1
The girls played a fierce game of polo and quickly took the lead. Willow Stewart-Rattray showed off some great skills consistently turning her defenders to shoot multiple goals. Sophie Dansie was fantastic on the wing, and scored again and again. – James Powers (Coach)

Open C – Saints 5 defeated St Ignatius 0 (by forfeit)

Year 7/8A – Saints 11 defeated St Ignatius 0
A great way to end the year with all the girls putting in a strong effort over the whole field for the entire game. Best players were Alice Braithwaite and Claudia Pearce. Both girls worked very hard in defence and supported each other well in attack. Great win this week! – Nikki Miller (Coach)

Year 7/8B – Saints 7 defeated Wilderness 6
It was a very close game this week with the girls fighting hard until the end to finish with the victory. The girls’ team-work, game awareness and the structure of their attack has improved significantly over the last few games which has created better opportunities for successful shots at goal. It was pleasing to see how the defence practise we did in training was very effectively translated into the game. Well done girls! – Nikki Miller (Coach)

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eNews – Week 5, Term 4 2020

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From Our Head of Junior School

PE Week

Suzanne HaddyWe’ve enjoyed a fabulous range of events celebrating physical activity at Saints Girls this week. For Junior School students, it started on Monday with a ‘flash mob’-style dance routine on the oval. The Year 6 House Leaders taught their R – 6 House groups a health hustle last week, and to celebrate the beginning of PE Week, this became a dance en masse. It was an absolute delight to see the entire Junior School coming together for a routine in unison.

Sports activities at lunchtimes were organised for students of all ages by our Senior School Sports Captains, and as always, it demonstrated the lovely connections between students across the year levels. The Staff vs Student touch football match on Wednesday drew a huge crowd and was a great demonstration of our students’ skills and fitness, while giving the staff something to work towards next year!

On Thursday, students from Years 4 to 6 enjoyed a presentation by Olympic marathon runner Jess Stenson (née Trengove). Her talk about goal-setting, starting small, persistence, self-belief and aiming high resonated with the students and linked beautifully with the messages learned through our #EMPOWHER sessions.

Today saw the Junior Sports Morning being enjoyed enormously by our Reception to Year 3 students and parents. There was much excitement to begin the day, as our Year 6 leaders led their enthusiastic younger House members in out-cheering the other House groups. A wide variety of activities followed, with Year 6 students overseeing and assisting at each location. Our younger students are to be congratulated for the skills and determination they showed as they moved through each station, throwing, catching, running, balancing and racing. It was a great end to PE Week.

Suzanne Haddy
Head of Junior School

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Good Sports Rally at Saints Girls

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PE Week featured girls from a number of year levels participating in a range of physical activities at lunchtimes. This was a great opportunity for girls to stay active during the school day and try some of the different sports offered at Saints. The week kicked off on Monday with Years 4 – 6 in the Gym playing badminton and Receptions to Year 3 out on the oval playing catch with the ball machine. Games of dodgeball, soccer, water polo and even a 100m rowing challenge were also held throughout the week involving girls from Reception right through to Year 11.

On Tuesday, girls in Years 5 – 10 had the expertise of Payneham Aussie Rules coaches to practise their footy skills on the oval. On Thursday, Years 4 – 6 were lucky enough to speak to Olympic marathon runner Jess Stenson (née Trengove) about her experiences.

The most anticipated event of PE Week, Staff vs Student touch footy, took place on Wednesday. The students managed to continue their winning streak, much to the teachers’ disappointment. The week was rounded out on the oval with the Receptions to Year 3s enjoying their Junior Sports Morning.

Sophie Barr
2021 Sport Prefect


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Remembrance Day 2020

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The annual Remembrance Day Service at St Peter’s Girls was a wonderful opportunity for students and staff to come together at the end of a challenging year for many in the community. The anniversary of the end of World War 1 affords us the opportunity to pause in our busy lives to give thanks for the sacrifice of Australia’s servicemen and women, past and present. It is also the 75th anniversary of the end of World War 2. In a year when so much attention and concern has been devoted to safety and security at home, it was a timely opportunity to acknowledge the members of our defence personnel currently serving abroad.

Insights From Across the School Community

Year 6 student Holly Robinson read her own poem composition which reflects on the impact of war and is dedicated to her grandparents and extended family. Here is an extract:

I wear this pin,
Upon my chest,
In memory,
Of those who rest.
In poppy fields,
Of red and black,
Who fought in war,
And didn’t come back.

I imagine now,
What it was like to be,
My ancestors,
Who came before me.
Their families,
Who cried and prayed,
For their soldiers,
To come back one day.

So I wear my poppy,
Of red and black,
To remember those,
Who fought back.
To honour the brave,
Who gave their lives,
And to support the souls,
Who selflessly died.

Staff member Michelle Cox also spoke of what Remembrance Day means to her following her more than 20 years’ military service in a number of conflict zones throughout her career. It was a privilege to hear Michelle’s unique insights into the ongoing significance of the occasion. This is an extract of her reflection:

To be a part of these significant services has always been important to me throughout my military career; a time when men and women throughout the world put aside their differences to acknowledge this day.

For me, Remembrance Day is a day I feel indebted. Without the sacrifice of the many men and women who put their lives on the line daily for our proud nations, we would not live in the safety we do today.

I not only remember our fallen, I also remember those who returned home, broken and not the same as when they left. Friends and people close to me who did not get on the plane to come home, or now struggle with day-to-day life due to injury or reliving nightmares from their experiences.

After serving in Iraq, Northern Ireland and other conflict areas, I am glad to be one of the many who returned home, safely to my family. It is important to me to also remember those people whose lives have been affected by wars and conflict, who do not get to welcome home their loved ones.

Our Year 10 Reconciliation Ambassadors Tara Young and Letitia Page-Thompson also shed light on how Remembrance Day coincided with NAIDOC Week for the first time, and how indigenous servicemen were called upon to make an immense sacrifice:

Indigenous servicemen could only enlist in World War 1 by denying their heritage, as non-citizens were not allowed to serve. The flip side of this was that, if someone identified as indigenous, they were denied the benefits given to veterans and their families after the war.

NAIDOC Week allows us to acknowledge that no one should have to deny their proud heritage, especially when they were volunteering to fight and prepared to die for Australia.

As a School community, it is important to reinforce the significance of these occasions to younger Australians and come together in a spirit of reverence and reflection that past sacrifices have helped us to preserve the rights and freedoms of the present day.

Gregor Dingwall
Head of Humanities

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Mind Lab Players at Top of Their Game

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As part of the Junior School curriculum, the girls participate in Mind Lab sessions, developing their cognitive, emotional and ethical skills through game play. They learn methods and strategies through the problems that arise, building their resilience and challenging their mind. On Monday 9 November, I was fortunate to accompany seven Year 6 girls and a Year 5 student selected to play for St Peter’s Girls after a rigorous tournament involving their peers. The girls represented the School at the Mind Lab Interschool Competition with pride, competing against a number of independent schools from around Adelaide.

As there are four Mind Lab Olympic Games – Abalone, Quoridor, Checkers and Octi – two girls were selected for each game. I am proud to announce that in their respective teams, St Peter’s Girls finished in 4th and 6th position, with individual awards received by Nethushi Ratnayake (Checkers, 1st place) and Jiahui Zhang (Abalone, 3rd place). This is an outstanding achievement as it was an extremely tough competition. All of the girls demonstrated courage, handling themselves with grace in defeat and humility in victory.

Sarah Mulraney
Year 5 Teacher

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Oarsome New Chapter for Saints’ Rowing

On Sunday 8 November, the Friends of Rowing hosted their Season Opening Picnic on Chiverton Lawns. This annual event is an opportunity to celebrate the beginning of the new Rowing season. It is also a great time for us to welcome both new and returning families to the Rowing community. This particular event held special significance, as it doubled as the christening of the School’s first-ever boat, a new 1st VIII boat for our Senior rowers.

The new boat was christened ‘Courage’. Although compassion and even creativity are needed by our rowers, it is courage that resonates most strongly. The Rowing Program at Saints Girls is underpinned by a courageous spirit. We ask our rowers to show courage in so many ways: it takes courage to try rowing for the first time; it takes courage to rely on the rest of your crew; it takes courage to ask your coach for help, to have a tough conversation with a crew mate. We hope that every time our rowers see the name ‘Courage’, they will have the courage to strive, to dare, to be ambitious, and to do everything they can to be their best.

Thank you to the Friends of Rowing and all of the parents who volunteered in preparing for the event and assisting on the evening. It was a fabulous night enjoyed by all, and it would not have been possible without these contributions.

Emma Robinson – Friends of Rowing President
Brynley Millward – Director of Rowing

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Great Job at Year 10 Interviews

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As part of their Personal Learning Plan, all Year 10 students took part in a practice interview on Friday 6 November in the Library. This task requires all students to prepare a letter of application and resume and to attend an interview with a potential employer.

Although the girls were nervous and some approached their interview with a great deal of trepidation, the experience is very beneficial and is a life skill that has many other applications. It was noted by all of the employers the impressive way that the girls approached the task.

Thanks must go to our volunteer employers who gave up their time willingly, some year after year, to provide the girls with this most valuable experience. This year, I would like to thank the following people: Geoff Farr, Megan McCormack, Stuart Manson, Melissa McCormack, Beba Brunt, Tami Portakiewicz, Tony Houey, Susanna Anderson, Lisa Hollis, Fiona McGregor and Di Nicholls.

Karen Alderson
SACE Coordinator/Careers Advisor

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EDGE Day Out of this World

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Yesterday, the girls in the EDGE program were fortunate to be involved in a day full of creativity, ideation and collaboration. Students from Reception all the way through to Year 10 travelled to the planetarium at UniSA where they participated in team-building activities, watched films about space and were given the task of creating a machine to solve the issue of ‘space junk’. We then returned to school where, in teams, we had to present a model of our creation. EDGE Day was a great opportunity to form connections and friendships with girls in other year levels.

Lucy Moten
Year 10 student

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May the Force be with Year 2

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The Year 2 scientists participated in a special ‘Motion Mission’ workshop on Tuesday as part of PE Week. They engaged in six activities with everyday toys to investigate the push and pull forces. The girls thoughtfully considered the way each item moved and identified the push or pull force that created the motion. There was some lively discussion about friction and how this causes the motion to stop! The girls love being observational scientists as they develop and test real-world theories.

Kathryn Clark and Rebecca Greenhalgh
Year 2 Teachers

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Senior Drama Girls Wow Crowds

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On Tuesday, the Year 10 and 11 Drama students presented two plays, Juliet and This Guy Romeo and Oz, both by playwright Don Zolidis. The girls combined to form their own theatre company, ‘10.5 Productions’, which aims to present work that ‘relates, creates and fascinates’. The audience was delighted by the humorous parodies of well-known stories, laughing along to the antics of some much-loved characters delivered with a contemporary twist. The girls would love to thank all of the people who came along to support them as they shared their hard work.

Katherine Kitching
Drama Teacher

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Green Light for Out of the Blue

W3 - Out of the Blue Committee

It is finally reaching that time of the year – no, not Christmas, but the release of our first-ever Out of the Blue Arts Journal! A group of senior students has spent the year bringing this massive project to life, creating a journal showcasing the best of art from ELC to Year 12, and even including some pieces from our esteemed staff and Old Scholars.

This coffee table book contains select poems, photographs, drawings, paintings, songs, and even dances, from across our School community with more than 250 pieces from over 150 of the best artists St Peter’s Girls has to offer. Out of the Blue doesn’t just show the incredible art of our community, it is also a snapshot in time; art reveals our values, and so this journal represents the thoughts, feelings, aesthetics and principles of Saints Girls in 2020. It contains reactions to the coronavirus, the bushfires and feelings of isolation, but also the love, hope, support and joy that many of us have experienced this year.

Parents are able to pre-order a copy via and a launch will be taking place on 17 November, to which parents of students with showcased art will be invited.

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Step Up to Help Others

On Monday 23 November, we have our new student orientation and ‘step up’ day for students currently in Reception to Year 9. This will be a non-uniform day and students are asked to come to school in neat casual clothes. This year, we would like to extend the invitation to the students in Year 10 and 11 to participate. For the privilege of not wearing uniform and to extend our service to others less fortunate than ourselves, we ask that all students bring an item to put under our Giving Tree.

The Giving Tree will be set up in the Arts Centre foyer for the final three weeks of term. All donations will be given to AnglicareSA. This year, AnglicareSA aims to hand out over 1500 food hampers and gifts to support families and individuals this Christmas who have no one else to turn to. They also provide Christmas lunch to 200 people at the Elizabeth Mission. Students are welcome to bring additional items at any time until the end of term.

AnglicareSA – Food Hamper Ideas
AnglicareSA – Christmas Gift Ideas

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School Shop – Student Transition from Year 3 to Year 4

As current Year 3 students transition to Year 4, they will be required to have a jumper and blazer from the first day of Term 1, 2021.

With the end of term approaching, a high number of new student fittings and health restrictions, it is advisable to contact the School Shop to make an appointment on 8334 2228.

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Meningococcal ACWY – Catch Up Program

The School Immunisation Program for 2020 includes Meningococcal ACWY (Nimenrix) for all Year 10 students only. Young people aged 15 to 19 are eligible for a government-funded Meningococcal ACWY catch up program.

As your School’s immunisation provider, Eastern Health Authority can offer this free vaccination service to students in Year 10 who may have missed vaccination this year, or Year 11 and 12 students who have not previously been immunised. For families residing within our council areas, we are also able to offer this catch up vaccination to adolescents under the age of 20 who may have left the School in recent years.

Meningococcal is a rare but very serious and often life-threatening disease, with adolescents at increased risk. Available vaccination for Meningococcal includes protection from B strain (Bexsero – provided at Year 10 at school) and A, C, W and Y strains (Nimenrix – provided at Year 10 at school). W and Y strains are becoming more prevalent in Australia, with Meningococcal W having a higher fatality rate than other types of Meningococcal disease.

We strongly encourage those eligible for this vaccination to visit one of our clinics to help protect themselves from this disease.

Book online via or phone 8132 3600 for further information.

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Sports News

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Year 5/6 Blue – Saints 2.2 – 14 defeated by Walford 5.8 – 38
The girls again tried their best and are consistently improving each time. Maddison Sims played a great game in defence and had some excellent runs to bring the ball up the field. Chyndelle Capobianco also played well, picking up ground balls and never giving up. – Maia Schnaars (Coach)

Year 5/6 White – Saints 3.7 – 25 defeated by Pembroke 6.13 – 49
Pembroke and St Peter’s Girls were evenly matched and were both putting on a very skilled display. Lyra Cox, Charlotte Catchpole, Lucy Tulloch and Izzy Huf all got amongst the ball up forward, before Lucy had to come from the ground after a courageous contest. Cleo Hart, Isabella Blake and Phoebe Lucas all started in defence and were kept busy for the majority of the match. The tackling pressure and the girls’ endurance really impressed. Congratulations to the best players for this match: Elodie de Wit who was willing to be involved in every contest, broke tackles and kicked a huge goal, Emily Bates who rucked the entire game and provided a marking option, and Phoebe Lucas who provided line breaking run and carry. – Mark Routley (Coach)


Middle – Saints 17 defeated Pembroke 15
The girls played an amazing game against Pembroke who also had a strong side, but were unable to obtain the win. Zara Wallace and Elysia Scarr were outstanding in the field, and Mollie Kennett had a strong batting game. Yvanda also had an amazing game, making some great contact with the ball! Nellie Ion and Georgie Williams were both much more confident when batting, an awesome achievement considering Pembroke had the advantage of a State pitcher. Great job to all the girls! – Kellie Bested (Softball Captain)

Year 3/4 Teeball – Saints White 15 defeated Saints Blue 8
The game showed the improvement that has been made this term in fielding and batting skills which will hopefully be beneficial as the girls progress into softball in the future. With just a couple of more games to go, let’s hope we can continue to develop skills and gain confidence. – Payne Sowter (Coach)


This was the last round for Saints’ Open A and Bs. Conditions were harsh for the second week in a row, being extremely hot on the court. However, our girls prevailed with a set score of 4-2 against Concordia. Britney and I had a strong start with a 6-0 win in doubles, whilst Tahlia and Sienna lost 2-6 in a hard-fought game against two very good players. Tahlia showed great fighting spirit in her singles and played some awesome tennis which all the spectators really enjoyed to watch, but ultimately lost 2-6. Fortunately, even after an initial loss in doubles, Sienna went out firing and managed to claim a win, 6-2. Britney also played some great tennis, hitting some amazing winners to take the match 6-2, and I managed to claim a 6-0 win. This was a great end to the season with some fantastic tennis being played and we were able to claim a 4th place finish. Once again, a big thank you and good luck to Year 12 student and 2020 Tennis Captain Annie Baldwinson as she starts her new adventure. – Ruby Deakin (2021 Captain)

Premier League – Saints 4-28 defeated Concordia 2-16
Singles: Tahlia Cahill 2-6, Sienna Glazbrook 6-2, Ruby Deakin 6-0, Britney Korir 6-2

Premier Reserves – Saints 4-28 defeated Concordia 1-13
Singles: Imogen Nienaber 6-3, Grace Beaumont 6-1, Bridgette Leach 6-3

Division 1 Blue – Saints 0-6 defeated by St Ignatius 6-36
Singles: Georgia Mallick 1-6, Ariel Spartalis 3-6, Eva Young 2-6, Adele Eaton 0-6

Division 1 White – Saints 4-27 defeated St Ignatius 2-20
Singles: Bridgette Leach 6-3, Malaika McLeod 6-1, Soph Ryan 2-6, Ayanna Roy 6-3

Division 2 – Saints 5-30 defeated St Ignatius 1-14
Singles: Sapphire Moser 6-2, Sophie Abbott 0-6, Eva Chassiotis 6-1, Alison Francis 6-1

Division 3 Blue – Saints 3-27 defeated St Ignatius 3-26
Singles: Chloe Richardson 6-3, Elodie de Wit 4-6, Shirley Liu 6-2, Olivia Reynolds 1-6

Division 3 White – Saints 0-12 defeated by St Ignatius 6-36
Singles: Gloria Zou 0-6, Zihan Huang 1-6, Tara Nedumaran 1-6, Lydia Tolley 5-6

Division 4 – Saints 1-11 defeated by Wilderness 5-33
Singles: Nathara Perera 0-6, Amy Hu 0-6, Kaylah Park 6-3, Freya Hermann 0-6

Junior Division 1 – Saints 1-6 defeated by Pembroke Blue 5-22
Singles: Sophie Blight 1-4, Emily Bates 4-0, Charlotte Thorpe 0-4, Mia Bennett 1-4

Junior Division 2 – Saints 6-29 defeated St Andrews 1-6
Singles: Sophie Wiggins 4-0, Abbey Phillips 4-1, Chelsea Francis 4-0, Scarlett Parker 1-4, Stella Fuidge 4-0


Open A – Saints 1 defeated by Marryatville 5
It was great to have the Year 12s back for their final game at Saints. Although Marryatville were very talented, the girls remained persistent in defence, stopping many tries. Hannah Freeman dove and scored an amazing try, assisted by Belle Black. Unfortunately in the end, Marryatville were too strong for us, but there was a great feeling amongst our team that we had pushed them throughout most of the game. All the best to our Year 12 teammates with the rest of their exams. – Holly Cardone (2021 Captain)

Open B – Saints 4 defeated Seymour 3

Open C – Saints 1 defeated by Mercedes 3

Middle A – Saints 0 defeated by Marryatville 5
The girls played a hard game. We had some great attacks and stopped a few attempts along the try line. We tried very hard to score through wraps and ‘quickies’, but unfortunately, we couldn’t quite get there. I think we could improve a bit on our line defence by practising this at training, as well as ensuring our positioning is deep enough to cause damage to opponents. – Mathilda Thomas

Middle B – Saints 1 defeated by Mercedes 6
The girls played a really challenging game this week and improved as the match went on. We had great defence on the line but just couldn’t catch some of the other team’s fast runners. Well done to Dani Cox and Poppy Oswald on their efforts throughout the game. Well done to Alice Braithwaite for scoring our try. – Sophie Edwardes

Middle C – Saints 2 defeated by St Michael’s 5


Open A – Saints 0 defeated by Concordia 3 (16-25, 21-25, 8-23)
With both sides going undefeated into the final match of the season and the pennant on the line, the result would be decided by who was able to manage under pressure. We started slowly, struggling to find rhythm in the cauldron that is the Concordia gym. Clair Kao served up a storm, but the opposition did not let up and were strong from the start, taking the first set. The second set began much like the first until Charlie Fishlock and Anna White served us into contention and we led going into the backend of the second. Concordia proved they are a quality team and came back strongly on the back of some powerful hits to win the second. The girls should be proud of their achievements, finishing the season in 2nd place overall and only dropping one match, unfortunately it was the final. We say goodbye to Clair Kao who has proved to be a huge asset to the team, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the girls for all their efforts and wish them good luck for the future. – Alistair Keough (Coach)

Open B – Saints 3 defeated Concordia 0 (25-23, 25-19, 22-13)
Nerves gave Concordia a 0-7 head start after losing the toss. Samantha Keough served brilliantly and got us back to 14-14, and Sophie Norman served out the set under pressure. Again starting slowly, we dropped serve and found ourselves 0-8 in the second. The girls rallied and got themselves back on top on the back of some great control and closed out the second a little more easily. With their tails up and a much more confident start in the third, Sivanthi Sivasuthan served strongly to give the team every chance of retaining 2nd spot on the ladder. A great team effort showed the cohesion and confidence growing in the team. It is terrific to see the girls still learning and challenging themselves and each other right to the last point. An exciting match to finish a great season, 2nd on the ladder with so much promise to come. – Alistair Keough (Coach)

Open C – Saints 0 defeated by Concordia 3 (12-25, 11-25, 6-25)
A tentative start where the girls took a while to find their voice and energy. It was a tough match against a team that had two good servers and we struggled to return. There were some solid set ups and rallies by the girls, but Concordia were are able to close out the sets on the back of their strong serving. A serving run by Rebecca Holloway in the second set and Georgina Devine finding some spark in the third demonstrated a great team effort for the last match of the season. – Alistair Keough (Coach)

Middle A – Saints 0 defeated by Concordia 3 (22-25, 14-25, 18-25)
Saints played a competitive game against a strong opponent who were well organised and clinical in their attack. Saints had to defend tough serves and tried to use 3 hits more effectively. The team impressed with the response against a quality side and tried serving overarm with great improvement. – Milli Gentle (Coach)

Middle B – Saints 0 defeated by Concordia 3

Middle C – Saints 0 defeated by Concordia 3 (10-25, 16-25, 14-25)
The girls played really well, improving in their teamwork and enthusiasm as the game progressed. – Ava Loechel (Coach)

Middle D – Saints 0 defeated by Concordia 3 (13-25, 19-25, 17-25)
Despite the loss, the girls are improving every week. The game saw some good serves and a real enthusiasm for the sport which was great! – Ava Loechel (Coach)

Year 6 Blue – Saints 1 defeated by Saints White 2
The girls had a tough game coming up against their friends and now rivals, the Saints’ Year 6 White team. They started off neck-and-neck with their opponents. Some great serving helped them stay in the game, but unfortunately, the ability of the other team to keep getting the ball up and over the net allowed them to win the first set by 2 points. The second set began with a serving run by the other team. Despite the slow start, great serving, rallies and receives allowed the girls to get right back in contention; however, Saints’ Blue team managed to scrape past for victory. In the third, the girls managed to claw their way back to win the set. Some amazing resilience and skill was displayed and the girls should be proud of themselves. – Ruby Deakin (Student Coach)

Year 6 White – Saints 2 defeated Saints Blue 1
The girls played an outstanding game against the other Saints’ Year 6 side. They displayed great teamwork from the sidelines and communication on the court. Their game play and skills highlighted their improvement since the last game, and their determination led to them winning the first set. Going into the second, the girls had amazing energy and boosted confidence. With strong serves and hits across the court, they were able to seal the second set, which meant they had won the game. With relief and excitement of winning their first game, the girls went into the third set more relaxed. They showed improvement in their sets, digs and spikes over the net which was great to see. However, the last set was taken by the other Saints’ team despite the girls’ wonderful efforts to try win straight sets. They should be incredibly proud of their efforts and hopefully we will be able to bring home another win in the next match. – Dayna Petruzzella (Student Coach)

Year 5 Black – Saints 1 defeated by Seymour Blue 2
Solid effort by the girls! We started strongly by winning the first set, but unfortunately couldn’t maintain the momentum. The girls’ serving was consistent and they were able to dig and set really well throughout. We even managed to get a few rallies which was very exciting for the girls. Our enthusiasm to play and to improve kept the spirits high. Next time, we can improve on our consistency with our digging and to hopefully get some 3 hits. Great job girls! – Sivanthi Sivasuthan (Student Coach)

Year 5 Silver – Saints 0 defeated by Seymour Green 3
Despite this loss, the continued improvement the girls are making each week shows the true progress they have achieved. Iris Ran’s setting and serving showed strong accuracy. Nishka Soodan’s serving and digs were consistent; she is always calling and offering her help to other team members. Emily Shi’s confidence has continued to improve, particularly with her serving. Amy Wang also had strong serving and consistent passing, and she made solid hits over the net. Zalia Valmorbida continues to improve every game. Ella Pearce had excellent serves throughout and was always ready when receiving the ball. The girls should be happy with how they performed, and although they didn’t win, the team dynamics continue to strengthen which is lovely to watch as a coach. – Toni Christiansen (Student Coach)


Open A – Saints 10 defeated Seymour 7
A fantastic ending to the 2020 season with the Open A team going undefeated for four years! After a rough, tiring and exciting game, the girls triumphantly pushed through with a 3 goal win over Seymour. Throughout the game, the girls demonstrated fantastic teamwork, sportsmanship and cheering from the poolside. Their determination was never dull, especially during the 1 goal difference in the final quarter. Congratulations to Lara Wakeham, the best player in the pool, who scored 6 magnificent goals, and to Ashlyn May who played in goals, saving many fast-incoming shots. A special mention to Fiona Lethbridge for being an amazing captain for the past year! Awesome game girls! – Emily Baldwinson

Open B – Saints 9 defeated Seymour 6
Our Open B team had an amazing finish to the 2020 season with a well-deserved win against Seymour. The girls were strong in attack and defence, stealing the ball many times from the opposition and demonstrating excellent teamwork with the numerous counter attacks throughout. Although the girls were down by 2 goals at half-time, their determination and teamwork allowed them to secure victory! The best players were Emily Whittaker who shot an outstanding and strong 4 goals via counter attacks, and Isabelle Tran who demonstrated her dominance in the pool with her excellent swimming and drives in front of goals. Well done girls! – Emily Baldwinson

Open C – Saints 11 defeated Pembroke 4
The Open C team had a tremendous win against Pembroke by 7 goals. The girls showed excellent set up and defence throughout. They displayed wonderful teamwork with many accurate and strong passes. Congratulations to Alice Braithwaite who shot an extraordinary 7 goals! Alice also exhibited her amazing swimming skills in the games via her many counter attacks and drives. Congratulations girls! – Emily Baldwinson

Year 7/8A – Saints 4 defeated by Wilderness 9
The girls played a good game, putting in a strong effort right to the end. Their set up in attack was an improvement on previous weeks, allowing for better opportunities for shots at goal. Best players were Scarlett Dillon who had a great game in goals, saving many shots and making long, safe passes down the pool to ignite the team’s attack, and our new Year 6 recruit Stella Spalvins who created many opportunities in attack. – Nikki Miller (Coach)

Year 7/8B – Saints had a bye

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eNews – Week 4, Term 4 2020

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Ain’t No Mountain High Enough for Esperanza

Our immensely talented vocal ensemble Esperanza has enjoyed stunning success across a host of competitions, accruing significant prize money including from their recent Grand Final appearance in Musica Viva’s ‘Strike a Chord’ contest. So the question was then, “Where to from here and how should we spend this money?”

In a time where live performance has become restricted, we were keen to ‘pivot’ and find a way to safely share our music with the largest audience possible. It seemed obvious then, that the next step for Esperanza was to record and release their first full feature video single.

During the Term 2 holidays, the girls spent time with our resident music wizard David Goodwin, laying down their individual tracks for one of the most difficult and challenging pieces of music that Esperanza has tackled to date. During the Term 3 holidays, timelines were put together for video shoots and finding the best locations, which included our own Chapel, Ferguson Park and the dizzying heights of Mount Osmond!

Esperanza experienced first-hand the all-important industry skills crucial to the marketing and promotion of commercial music. Special thanks must go to David Goodwin for audio, Chelsea McGuinness for her continued support and vocal coaching behind the scenes, and the amazing team at Lifesketch Films for video and editing. Featuring our own talented Sophie Norman, we hope you enjoy ‘How Great Thou Art’.

Sari Noble
Music Teacher


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From Our Deputy Principal / Head of Middle School

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The Co-Curricular program at Saints Girls is a crucial part of the holistic education we offer our girls. Involvement in the program is an integral aspect to life at St Peter’s Girls and is one of the reasons that we have such a wonderful sense of community. School life is not restricted to academic learning, and it is through our rich co-curricular program that our girls are able to grow and develop in different areas. Importantly, they are given the opportunity to try their hand in a wide range of areas to truly find what it is they love to do.
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A review of co-curricular offerings revealed the following information.

• There were 72 activities on offer in the Co-Curricular program across sport, Creative Arts and community/club options

• Participation in different activities allowed girls to form strong connections with their peers, with girls of different ages and with our staff

• Many of our girls are involved in a variety of activities and continue with this involvement throughout their senior years of study, when there is no longer a co-curricular requirement

• Students involved in the program as mentors and coaches reported feeling greater connection to the School community as a result

Throughout the year, I have been talking to students about what benefits they can gain from active participation in co-curricular activities. With an easing of health restrictions, there’s never been a better time for girls to start considering what to get involved in for the remainder of the year and into 2021, but also to think about what transferable skills and attributes they’ve picked up through their involvement with the program. Often, we take the opportunities afforded us for granted, but a little time spent considering how those opportunities have allowed us to demonstrate and develop courage, creativity and compassion, just as our founding Sisters did with their pioneering work, is time well spent.

Richard Lisle
Deputy Principal / Head of Middle School

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Maths Achievements Add Up!

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One of the key aims of the PMA Powerful Learners Mathematics and Numeracy Challenge is to further develop students’ appreciation of the scope of mathematics, and their creative and critical thinking skills. Our girls have certainly achieved this.

• Evelyn Gautier in Year 6 investigated the mathematics involved in creating a Disney Theme Park in South Australia and produced an incredible project with more than 100 pages of outstanding problem-solving and creative mathematical planning.

• State Winner: The Reception EDGE group (Imogen Colwell, Vickie Huo, Alison Wang and Jessie Zhang) investigated “How Mathematics can help the Mid-Year Receptions start school”. Video taken during the project clearly shows each of the girls using maths creatively towards their goal.

• State Winner: Year 1/2 EDGE group (Amber Guo, Jiaen Lu, Samaira Soodan, Sanisha Vaidya, Charlotte Di Giorgi, Elise Fuller, Olivia Ianniello and Aarabi Piragalathan) investigated “How the Internet stole all of the female mathematicians.” All sorts of multimedia has been utilised to record the creative mathematical musings of this group as they unearthed the amazing female mathematicians throughout history that the internet had been ‘hiding’.

• State Winner: Year 3 EDGE group (Chloe Li, Mathilda Begg, Bonnie Qu, Grace Marshall, Lily Croser-Barlow and Sophie Edwards) investigated the maths involved in travelling all the way to Mars. Loads of creative and critical mathematical thinking was evident throughout the girls’ hypothetical journey to the Red Planet.

This challenge is open to all students from ELC to Year 7. Anyone interested in entering the 2021 challenge is encouraged to contact me.

Cath Kelly
Reception – Year 6 Learning Strategies Teacher

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Striking Performance by Aerobics Girls

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Following on from their previous placings in State competitions, one of the three Saints Girls’ Aerobics teams had the chance to compete in the South Australia National Series, hosted by FISAF. The G.O.A.T.s presented a striking performance and placed 1st in the Secondary School Pre-Choreographed Teams division. The scores are now being processed and compared with other teams across Australia, and without moderation in consideration, the G.O.A.T.s are currently leading in the division. Congratulations to my teammates Jessica Cao, Ruby Croston-Melling, Annie Warrick and Amelie Zacharia Henley, and all the girls who competed in Aerobics teams this year.

The Aerobics program at Saints Girls is a fun way to build strength, flexibility and stamina through high energy fitness and/or performance routines. The girls meet a few times a week where they rehearse and train to perform at numerous district, State and national competitions. The program requires no prior skills and is a great challenge for anyone looking for a bit of fun while exercising.

Maddi Harmer
Year 10 student

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Youngest Saints Bond with Buddies

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The Mid-Year Reception class is very privileged to visit their Year 5 buddy class on a weekly basis. This time provides rich learning opportunities for both classes. The Year 5 girls have a chance to show leadership and mentoring skills, and for the Reception girls, this is a time to be risk-takers and try a more challenging task with the support of an older student.

This week, the girls worked collaboratively to create a poster that embodies the concept, ‘We explore and learn about our school through our senses’ which is a play on the current inquiry focus in Mid-Year Reception. The Year 5 gurus led their younger buddies around the School for a photoshoot of smells, sights and sounds. They returned to their class to piece together their poster and print the final product. The results were outstanding.

Buddies is a valued time for both classes and an important connection and friendship that can continue throughout their journey at St Peter’s Girls’ School.

Zoe West
Mid-Year Reception Teacher

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Runaway Success at Athletics Carnival

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There were some terrific results from the All-Schools Athletics Championships, with Saints Girls winning 8 Gold, 4 Silver and 2 Bronze medals. Special mention to Charlotte McAuliffe (4 Gold) and Malaika McLeod (2 Gold).


Holly Cardone
Gold U18 High Jump (1.58m), Bronze U18 Triple Jump (10.11m), 9th U18 100m (13.95), 5th U18 200m (28.10)

Keeley Fahey
Gold U18 Pole Vault (3.00m), 4th U18 100m Hurdles (18.05), 5th U18 Javelin (24.55m), 6th U18 Shot Put (9.09m)

Olivia Kelly
Silver U18 High Jump (1.48m), 11th U18 100m (14.35), 5th U18 Shot Put (9.28m), 6th U18 Long Jump (4.68m), 8th U18 400m (1:07.69)

Lady Murphy
6th U16 90m Hurdles (15.35)

Malaika McLeod
Gold U14 1500m (4:53.00), Gold U14 800m (2:17.90 – narrowly missing the meet record of 2:17.56).

Carys Kinsella-White
Silver U14 High Jump (1.43m), Bronze U14 400m (1:02.91- 2.5 sec PB), 7th 200m (28.40), 6th U14 Triple Jump (9.46m)

Charlotte McAuliffe
Gold U14 100m (13.21), Gold U14 200m (26.63), Gold U14 400m (1:01.08), Gold U14 Long Jump (4.83m), 4th U14 High Jump (1.38m)

Daisy Braithwaite
5th U16 1500m (5:38.99), 4th U16 3000m (12:25.23), Silver U16 3000m walk (15:11.98)

Chloe Richardson
5th U14 800m (2:30.98), 7th U14 1500m (5:17.44)

Elodie de Wit
5th U14 1500m (5:11.59), Silver U16 3000m (11:00.70)

Congratulations girls!

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Year 4 Campers Enjoy Great Outdoors

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Of course we were up for the challenge!

Fifty keen Year 4 students made their way to Woodhouse Activity Centre from Monday 26 October (Week 3) for their three-day camping experience. Not only did this camp link to the inquiry that ‘Living things depend on each other and the environment to survive’, the program facilitated by Active Ed outdoor education also incorporated team problem-solving. Highlights included cultural clay cooking, orienteering, conquering fears on Challenge Hill and painting the ‘story of camp’ using Kaurna symbols. We were all grateful to and inspired by Kaurna elder Tamaru who joined us for an entire day to share his culture with us.

Goals of the program include:

• Strengthening social skills such as the ability to compromise, negotiate, lead and build on each others’ strengths
• Developing independence, resilience and risk-taking
• Gaining an understanding of traditional Aboriginal plant use
• Experiencing some of the ways Aboriginal people lived prior to European settlement
• Fostering reconciliation

As a special treat on the final night, the students enjoyed cooking marshmallows around a campfire. It goes without saying that the Year 4s had a fantastic experience, creating memories that will last a long time.

Rebecca Riley, Shane Davidson and Olivia Coulter
Year 4 Teachers

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Surf’s Up for Year 11 PE

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The Year 11 PE class was able to take part in their surf camp at Middleton this week which was rescheduled from Term 1. They dealt with some cold and windy conditions on the first day but were able to display great resilience in continuing to catch waves and paddle back out through the choppy waves.

By day 2, the girls progressed impressively and were riding waves constantly, developing their turning skills once up. We were fortunate to be able to stay at Chiton Rocks Surf Lifesaving Club and then enjoy much better conditions by Friday. Thanks to the girls for their efforts over the camp.

Dan Searle
Head of PE, Health and Outdoor Education

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Delicious Halloween Delicacies

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Last Friday, in anticipation of Halloween, the Year 5 girls spent some time creating their own creepy crawlies. With liquorice, fondant, icing and chocolate buttons, the girls decorated a couple of biscuits each, making themselves some sweet treats and resisting the temptation to not devour them before they were complete. From all reports, these spooky Halloween delicacies were delicious!

Sarah Mulraney and Shelley Hampton
Year 5 Teachers

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Year 6 Campers Hit the Water

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The Year 6s enjoyed a wonderful week on camp at Hindmarsh Island in Week 1. They let their adventurous spirits shine through, sleeping in tents, canoeing, fishing and night hiking. They enjoyed collaborating to build rafts together, exercised their leadership during problem-solving activities and learned more about the indigenous heritage of the area. The evening campfire, complete with toasted marshmallows, was a tasty highlight. Exhausted and happy, they returned to school with wonderful memories of their final Junior School camp to cherish forever.

“I really enjoyed the night walk we took because when we turned off the torches, we could gaze up at the beautiful night stars.” – Isobel

“I especially enjoyed raft-making as it was an excellent team-building activity. It was also a really great opportunity to have fun and learn some new skills with my friends.” – Ali

“I really enjoyed going canoeing on the river. It was fun to get to know everyone more and trying not to capsize.” – Adjoa

Sarah Braithwaite, Kim Butler-Nixon and Monique McLeay
Year 6 Teachers

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Action Stations: PE Week Next Week!

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With PE Week in Week 5, the Sport Captains led by Sophie Barr (2021 Sport Prefect), have come up with a range of fun activities.

Prizes will be on offer for some activities as well as the daily Sports Quiz Question. The question will be in a range of locations around the School, and the first person to find Sophie and answer correctly will win.

Lunchtime in the Gym – Come and Try Badminton (Years 4 – 6)
Lunchtime on the Oval – Tennis Ball Catch (Reception – Year 3)
Other Activities – Quiz Question

Lunchtime in the Gym – 100m Ergo Challenge (Years 5 – 9)
Lunchtime on the Oval – Activity Session with Payneham Union Aussie Rules Coaches (Years 5 – 10)
Lunchtime in the Pool – Fun Water Polo Activities (Years 5 – 7)
Other Activities – Quiz Question, Year 2 ACHPER Activity Day

Lunchtime on the Oval – Staff vs Student Touch Football
Other Activities – Quiz Question

Lunchtime in the Gym – Dodgeball run by Year 9 Sport Captains (Years 7 – 9)
Lunchtime on the Oval – Soccer Challenge (Reception – Year 3)
Other Activities – Jess Trengove talking to Year 4 – 6 students in Home Group; Quiz Question

Lunchtime in the Gym – Dodgeball run by Year 9 Sport Captains (Years 4 – 6)
Other Activities – R to 3 Sports Morning, Quiz Question

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Road Safety and Courtesy

The School has received concerns about parents and caregivers walking children across the road in front of moving traffic at drop-off and pick-up times. We cannot emphasise enough the importance of using the designated crossing for the safety of all.

In addition, the School continues to receive complaints about traffic blocking Stonyfell Road for lengthy periods during drop-off and pick-up. If the car park is full and you are unable to enter, circle the block until it is clear to enter, find a park elsewhere or, where age-appropriate, meet your daughter in a surrounding street. Unless special circumstances apply, parents of girls in Years 2 to 12 should not enter the car park to collect their daughters prior to 3.30pm. Parents of girls in Reception and Year 1 have exclusive use of the pick-up zone prior to this time for safety and traffic reasons.

Please refrain from turning right into or out of the car park, and please do not queue in the car park’s lanes as this often prevents drivers who are legally parked from exiting.

We have also received complaints about cars being parked too close to driveways or across from other vehicles in surrounding streets, making it extremely difficult for residents and other road users to navigate.

We ask our community members to please show consideration for others and the safety of all; thank you for your cooperation.

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Sports News

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Year 5/6 Blue – Saints 1 defeated by St Ignatius 94
This was a very difficult game with the opposition having several highly-skilled players. Savannah Walls was outstanding in defence, producing many tackles. Isla Fahey tried hard on the wing, constantly running to be first to the ball. Saints didn’t give up despite the score and have learned how much more they can improve to be competitive. – Maia Schnaars (Coach)

Year 5/6 White – Saints 12.12-84 defeated Pulteney 0.1-1
What great game where the girls dominated from the outset. What was rewarding was that 9 of our 11 players scored a goal as they all continue to develop skills that benefit them and the team. The girls are tackling hard, handballing, carrying the football and attempting to bounce. Great result team. – Milli Gentle (Coach)


Middle A – Saints 24 defeated by Seymour 30
For the last game of the season, the Middle As did an excellent job playing as a team and had a high work rate throughout. They did extremely well to keep the margin within 10 points the entire game, even reducing it to as little as 2 at half-time. Special mention of Sophie Ricciuto’s excellent defensive effort with multiple steals, and Januri’s aggressive drives to the basket, scoring half the team’s points. – Kat Perkas (Coach)

Middle B – Saints 8 defeated by Seymour 44
The Middle B team had a tough game but never gave up. Their ball movement and defensive pressure has improved from the start of the season. – Kat Perkas (Coach)


On Saturday 31 October, the St Peter’s Girls’ Rowing program was scheduled to compete in our first regattas of the season: a 4800m time trial for the Seniors and Intermediates, followed by a Junior Regatta over 1000m. The weather was not favourable, with a strong southerly wind making for difficult conditions on the course. As such, we had to make the choice to withdraw our Year 7s and 8s from the Junior Regatta. Although it was unfortunate to cancel the Juniors’ first regatta of the season, they will have many more opportunities ahead of them.

Racing for our Senior and Intermediate crews went ahead, with both squads producing excellent early season results in the 4800m Time Trial Regatta. The 1st VIII showed good speed early on the course, placing 1st at the intermediate time check (2800m), and eventually finished in 3rd with less than 5 seconds separating the top three crews. Similarly, the 9/10 A crew showed consistent pace across the course, placing 3rd at both the intermediate check point and finish line in the Schoolgirl 9/10 Coxed Quad division. Given that both crews were ‘rate-capped’ (intentionally limited in their strokes-per-minute for technical development), these results bode well for what they are capable of achieving at the Round the Island Regatta in Week 5.

1st VIII 3rd 19:43.20
9/10 A 3rd 23:35.70
9/10 B 17th 29:48.00

Brynley Millward
Director of Rowing


Middle – Saints defeated Scotch
Although the game turned out very different than expected, the girls willingly volunteered to help Scotch fill their side. Kate Thomas got the game off to a great start in the field and had an amazing pitching game as well. Although Dani Vari was playing for the other team, her abilities with the bat were again incredible, hitting yet another home run. This was backed up by Ashlyn May, who also hit a home run, however for Saints this time. As always, Nellie Ion had exceptional talk in the field, encouraging each player, creating a positive atmosphere for the game. Georgie Williams also had one of her best games yet, making great contact with the ball! An amazing game all round. – Kellie Bested (Softball Captain)

Year 3/4 Teeball – Saints defeated Walford
A slow start from the girls but as the game went on, the improvement was very obvious. Issy O’Toole and Hannah Ibrahim made some awesome efforts in the field to get good catches and excellent plays to make outs. The girls also managed to get a 7-run inning from good hard running and very smart hitting. – Payne Sowter (Coach)


Despite facing fierce conditions, both the Saints Open A and Open B teams defeated Scotch. The girls were absolutely amazing, even on a day with 30 degree weather, and did not lose a single set – an extremely impressive feat. The Open As started out strongly with both doubles winning 6-0. Tahlia Cahill faced a tough match in her first week as number 1, but fought hard with a comfortable 6-0 win. Britney and I also finished 6-0, whilst Sienna had a closer 6-2 win. Overall, a great effort and we are hoping to bring some of the energy and fight displayed in these matches to our last round against Concordia. – Ruby Deakin (2021 Captain)

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

Premier Reserves – Saints 6-36 defeated Scotch 0-10
Singles: Charlotte Staples 6-2, Ella Dnistriansky 6-4, Imogen Nienaber 6-1, Grace Beaumont 6-1

Division 1 Blue – Saints 6-36 defeated Pembroke 0-4
Singles: Georgia Mallick 6-0, Ariel Spartalis 6-0, Eva Young 6-2, Adele Eaton 6-0

Division 1 White – Saints 5-32 defeated Pembroke 1-11
Singles: Bridgette Leach 6-0, Soph Ryan 2-6, Ayanna Roy 6-1, Sapphire Moser 6-2

Division 2 – Saints 3-25 defeated Pembroke 3-20
Singles: Astrid Teague 1-6, Sophie Abbott 5-6, Eva Chassiotis 6-1, Alison Francis 6-1

Division 3 Blue – Saints 3-26 defeated by Scotch 3-32
Singles: Chloe Richardson 6-4, Elodie de Wit 6-5, Shirley Liu 6-5, Olivia Reynolds 3-6

Division 3 White – Saints 3-24 defeated Pembroke 3-21
Singles: Gloria Zou 0-6, Helen Zhang 6-0, Tara Nedumaran 1-6, Zihan Huang 6-1

Division 4 – Saints 0-14 defeated by Scotch 6-36
Singles: Lydia Tolley 2-6, Nathara Perera 3-6, Amy Hu 2-6, Freya Hermann 1-6

Junior Division 2 – Saints 0-5 defeated by Wilderness White 6-24
Singles: Charlotte Hocking 0-4, Abbey Phillips 0-4, Chelsea Francis 3-4,

Junior Division 3 – Saints had a bye

Year 6/7 Knockout
Saints entered the Year 6/7 Knockout which was unable to be completed in Term 1. Unfortunately, the girls were defeated by Fulham Gardens 5-1 with Fulham now proceeding to the State Finals. Players Malaika McLeod, Sapphire Moser, Eva Chassiotis and Alison Francis represented the School well and certainly gave their best in some windy and tricky conditions. – Neil Fuller (Supervisor)


Open A – Saints 0 defeated by Wilderness 6
Our Open As came up against a difficult opponent in Wilderness but the early signs were good. The girls were making ground strongly and went close to a couple of tries before Wilderness slipped through defensive gaps that opened as the girls tired towards the end of the first half. Our movement improved in the second half and we only allowed 2 tries in, but could not catch them offside to score. Some great communication from Ellie Anderson along with excellent defensive efforts from Stephanie Smalls. – Holly Cardone (2021 Captain)

Open B – Saints 7 defeated Marryatville 3
Great job girls! It was our best game as a team; we had been focusing on communication which was on display. The middles rucked the ball fast up the field which allowed for many tries to be scored. At training, we had been working on many plays which we implemented into the game. Try scorers: Adele Russell (2), Grace Richards (2), Ellie Humphrey (1), Madison Liddy (1), and Ruby Richards (1). Well done girls! – Willow Stewart-Rattray

Open C – Saints 1 defeated by Seymour 4
This was a great opportunity to face a more experienced side and play in a different umpiring environment. Despite the score, we managed to keep our heads up throughout. We played a great first half that consisted of fast rucks and strong communication. Special mention to Phoebe Black for her loud directions! We also started to put in the wraps that we have been working on at training. We set up a few tries but we struggled to score. Well done to Poppy Oswald for scoring! We still need to work on our fitness in the second half as when we are tired, we don’t hit the ball at pace or get on-side quick enough. We also need to work on moving off the line while defending and to not just run sideways. Also, well done to Sophie Edwardes for her fast chasing! Great job girls. – Annie Bui

Middle A – Saints 5 defeated Pembroke 4
The girls played a great game. Our attack was strong and we executed some great quickies, helping us move down the field very quickly. Our defence helped prevent many opportunities for the opposition to score tries. It was a close game at half-time, the score being 1-0 our way. We picked up the pace and managed to score many tries in the second half. Mathilda Thomas played an amazing game scoring 4 tries and Jasmine Segredos scored 1. – Jasmine Segredos

Middle B – Saints 0 defeated by St Ignatius 7
Everyone worked really hard and went all out to score a try but we just didn’t quite get there. The training that we did during the week focusing on defending really helped us. I think that we need to work on making sure that we know some specific rules surrounding the 7 metre line when we are attacking. Good effort girls. – Lucy Mitchell

Middle C – Saints had a bye


Thursday – 29 October

Open A – Saints 2 defeated Seymour 1 (25-16, 25-16, 13-15)
Another change up with an after-school game against Seymour to catch up some games from Term 1. A very confident start with a serving display of excellence from Ruby Deakin, Clair Kao and Georgie Keough, and Anna White setting up plays with brilliant passing, wrapping up the first set quickly. The second set swung wildly back in Seymour’s favour with our girls not taking the opposition seriously enough and making simple errors. A quick timeout at 16-16 refocused the girls, and Georgina served 9 straight to close out the set 25-16. The third set was still a mental challenge with simple errors and very low energy levels giving the set to Seymour 13-15. We will look at further improvements across the final two games. – Alistair Keough (Coach)

Open B – Saints 2 defeated Seymour 1 (21-13, 14-21, 21-17)
Open B had a plan against Seymour. And while it is always good to have a plan, make sure you always have a back up. Saints started the game positively and dominated in most aspects with Chloe Venning and Sivanthi Sivasuthan winning many service points. Sophie Norman and Milly Brett were both strong at the net in attack and defence. Claiming the first set, Saints became complacent in the second with less talk and motivation, and this was evident in the score. Saints however regained the spark in the last set and came from behind with a strong finish to secure the win. – Neil Fuller (Supervisor)

Middle A – Saints 3 defeated Seymour 0 (25-20, 26-24, 15-8)
The girls had a great game with communication the key. They were a lot louder in their calling and demonstrated increased confidence. With improved communication, so to was their team spirit which allowed the girls to enjoy the game more. – Milli Gentle (Coach)

Saturday 31 October
Open A – Saints 2 defeated Pembroke 1 (26-24, 18-25, 15-13)
Saturday morning came around and after a limited training on Friday due to weather causing restrictions of available gym space, there was an energy that had been missing for the past few weeks. The players greeted their club mates in the opposition and proceeded to focus on a determined warm up. The spiking warm up lines became a show of strength, with each team showing off their brands and neither side taking a backward step.

A loss to Pembroke would have placed Saints Open A no higher than 3rd place, with one match left to play against Concordia and the opportunity for the Pennant. The game began with both teams filling up the gym stadium with enough energy to blow off the roof. Clair dominated with serves early and Lucy kill-blocked a huge spike from Pembroke. Both teams slugged it out with the standard of volleyball at a level that would attract advertisers and subscribers on a live stream.

– Georgina Keough (Captain)

Open B – Saints 2 defeated Pembroke 1 (25-15, 14-25, 15-8)
Back to a Saturday morning match for Pembroke, the girls were instantly awake when they entered the gym during the Open As game. Infected by the energy, the girls warmed up well and got straight down to business in the match. Joss Forster had a solid run of serves that stunned Pembroke and Saints took the first set easily 25-15.

Pembroke sprang into action in the second set as our energy dropped and we struggled to convert good passes into attack. Not committing to shots and plays broke down our attack to allow Pembroke back into the match.

With both teams having a nervous start and missed serves, Chloe Venning stepped up and pulled out 3 jump serves in a row. Everyone went wild. Pembroke sided out Chloe’s third serve but we sided out straight back before Samantha Keough displayed calm under pressure by getting her serves in. Pembroke were behind on the scoreboard and tightened after each serve, struggling to get up a decent attack. The girls took the set and match and are energised for a final game against Concordia. – Alistair Keough (Coach)

Open C – Saints 0 defeated by Pembroke 3 (17-25, 19-25, 11-25)
The girls played really well, moving to the ball and working together as a team. – Ava Loechel (Coach)

Middle A – Saints had a bye

Middle B – Saints 2 defeated Pulteney 1 (15-25, 25-17, 25-14)
This was a much improved game from the team with great intensity. After losing the first set, the girls remained positive and started to understand the movement required on the court to meet the ball. – Katie Dancer (Coach)

Middle C – Saints 2 defeated Pembroke 1 (25-13, 25-20, 20-25)
The girls challenged themselves, often trying overarm serves. Players were excellent in communicating and improved in tracking the ball in the air to prepare for shots. We encourage them to keep asking questions to develop their skills. Well done to all. – Katie Dancer (Coach)

Middle D – Saints 0 defeated by Pembroke 3 (23-25, 18-25, 23-25)
This was a very close and entertaining match. The girls are improving every week and did a great job of calling for the ball and covering the court. – Ava Loechel (Coach)

Year 6 Blue – Saints 2 defeated Seymour 1 (18-25, 25-22, 25-13)
A top game with obvious improvement from the last match. After putting a large focus on serving and gameplay at training, it was clear that the girls have taken in what they learned. The team’s serving was amazing, which ultimately won us the game. We introduced a few more players this week, Iszabella Lochowiak, Abiola Ajao and Keira See, who fit in well and did some great work throughout. The girls became more determined after losing the first set and we kept pushing, making sure to celebrate the points we won, and not to lose energy if we lost a few in a row. The girls had a great start in the third set and with their confidence high, they enjoyed the game more. With some great serving, we were able to get ahead and we started to focus on teamwork and trying to use more than one touch to get the ball back over the net. Amazing work girls, keep it up! – Georgina Keough (Student Coach)

Year 6 White – Saints 1 defeated by Wilderness 2
The girls played an excellent and exciting game against Wilderness. Saints started strong in the first set, with Jiahui Zhang and Chiara Ranasinghe sending some strong serves over the net. The girls were communicating on the court and had great support for their teammates which helped win the first set. Saints were leading in the second, with courageous efforts from Ellie Tosolini and Ashmitha Ramesh. However, Wilderness fought back with strong serving to take the second set. In the last set, Nethushi Ratnayake and Amelia Olesen hit some amazing points, but the Wilderness girls brought intensity and were able to close out the third despite the girls’ incredible efforts. They greatly improved from their first game and should all be super proud of their efforts. – Dayna Petruzella (Student Coach)

Year 5 Silver – Saints 3 defeated Seymour Blue 0
All the girls played exceptionally well in their second match. Their game play and performance emphasised the improvement from the last game. The girls’ serves were strong and consistent which was great to see. It was the highlight of the match and the girls should be so proud of how they played. Their enthusiasm and communication with each other developed a strong sense of teamwork which created an encouraging atmosphere where the girls had fun. Their sets and digs also showed improvement in direction and strength of their hits which was advantageous in winning points. I am really proud of the girls and am looking forward to continuing to work with them. – Toni Christiansen (Student Coach)


Open A – Saints 9 defeated Wilderness 4
The girls played a hard-fought four quarters with awesome teamwork and strategy. Lara Wakeham and Stephanie Smalls had astounding communication and collaboration as they organised critical player swaps in defence. Best player was Poppie Goldsmith with another sensational backhand and brilliant aggression and fight in the centre forward position. The team played their best attacking game this season – a very impressive effort girls! – Saskia Jonats (2021 Captain)

Open B – Saints had a bye

Open C – Saints had a bye

Year 7/8A – Saints had a bye

Year 7/8B – Saints 6 defeated by St Ignatius 8
The girls had a much better game, showing considerable improvement in driving and moving the ball down the pool. Their determination to get the ball was evident in their success in achieving many steals. Best player was Claudia Pearce who was strong in attack, being the highest goal scorer for the team with 4 goals. She also read the play very well whilst in defence, enabling her to achieve many intercepts. Well done also to Airlie McCabe and Alyssa Tran who both scored a goal. – Nikki Miller (Coach)

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