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eNews – Week 7, Term 4 2021

Issue no. 37Enews-banner

Farewell From Deputy Principal Kate Mortimer

Adelaide Schools

When I consider what I will miss the most about Saints Girls, the answer is immediate and clear: the wonderful sense of community. On the day of my interview for my current role, I first noticed the strong relationships between the staff and the girls. As a teacher, you get a great sense of the culture of a school from walking through the corridors, visiting classrooms, and watching and listening to staff and students interact. What was evident on that first visit, and what remains true to this day, is that Saints is a community where people take care of each other.

My thanks to the staff, who always give above what is required. Not only to the girls, but to each other. There is rarely a recess or lunchtime when teachers are not meeting with girls to offer further educational or pastoral support. I have watched our IT staff dedicate time to working on projects with students and our Tuck Shop ladies advise the girls undertaking Service Learning, dedicating their time before, during and after school – all the while embodying a positive attitude and a delightful sense of fun. Their caring nature also extends to how they treat each other. There is compassion and empathy, and the Saints’ staff will always step up to support each other.

Undoubtedly, I will miss the girls. Every day, they live the School values of courage, creativity and compassion. They are advocates for social justice, they challenge societal norms and they participate in every facet of School life. I will miss the candour and humour of the senior girls, and the hairstyle advice of the Reception students. I have appreciated their openness and value their ability to help when they see another girl in need, to offer support and advice. My advice to them, which they have embraced, has been to be brave, take risks and back yourself.

Finally, my thanks to the many parents I have spoken with over the past five years. I have valued their feedback and willingness to communicate. If the School is one side of the coin, parents are the other. Our currency is stronger together and Saints would simply not be the School it is without their support and, most importantly, their trust.

Kate Mortimer
Deputy Principal/Head of Senior School

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‘Good-Goodbye’ From Director of Early Learning Kate Mount


As my time with St Peter’s Girls’ ELC comes to an end, I have had the chance to pause and reflect on what I would like to say to this wonderful community – one that I have been heavily involved in for the past 16 years. Unsure how I could possibly say goodbye to everyone I treasure so dearly, I have thrown myself into my work these past few months. But in the back of my mind, I have been well aware the end of term is fast approaching. This moment is bittersweet, to say the least.

My final message is one of immense gratitude, pride and togetherness. We are stronger together, and without this beautiful community of families, children and teachers, we could not have achieved the incredible milestones we have. They say it takes a village to raise a child, and together we have built a village that has guided so many children through our ELC, starting in Playgroup, and on through their educational journeys as they begin school. I have seen it first-hand as I guided my daughter Lucy through the School, which was one of my greatest joys.

My passion for the early years and my advocacy for early childhood has been the driving force behind my work. I have been privileged to become a leader in the early childhood sector, being recognised at local, State and National levels. I have advocated for our children and ensured they have access to the highest quality environments, educators and opportunities, including the ELC expansion in 2015. Dear to my heart is our work with reconciliation, and it was truly humbling for the Centre and my teaching team to be the only South Australian school or early learning centre shortlisted at the 2021 Narragunnawali Awards. This honour has proven that, while there is still work to do, we are forging the path towards reconciliation together.

My teaching team has grown tremendously over the past 16 years, and I’ve had the privilege of sending staff to Reggio Emilia in Italy for study tours. The growth they have displayed and shared with us when they return has been incredible. Together, we place great emphasis on research in practice and shifting perspectives, ensuring a culture of continued professional growth is at the heart of everything we do.

I’m grateful for everything we have learned and achieved together during my time at Saints Girls, including the incredible support I’ve had along the way from families and our parent group, the Friends of the ELC. I’m grateful to have been part of the School’s Senior Leadership Team, advocating for the children while working alongside such incredible leaders in the School and in our wider professional community.

It’s been an absolute privilege to share this time of my life with such a wonderful community. This truly is a good-goodbye, as each and every one of you holds a special place in my heart.

Kate Mount
Director of Early Learning

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Hats Off to Our Year 9 Graduates!


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

This event is a chance for parents, staff and fellow students to celebrate the achievements of every Year 9 throughout their Middle School journey. The audience was entertained by excellent musical performances from Year 9 students Zoe Pool and Jasmin Baker, as well as pieces by our largely Middle School choir, In-Ta Jazz.

The following video was also played during the ceremony, featuring some of the highlights of Year 9 in 2021.

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Career Ready with Media Professional Rosanna Mangiarelli

As part of our #EMPOWHER wellbeing and Career.Ready platforms, our Year 11 girls were fortunate to hear from Seven Network journalist and presenter Rosanna Mangiarelli who has launched her own program to help inspire and embolden young people.

‘Paratus’, which is Latin for ‘ready and prepared’, aims to instil knowledge, tools and confidence across vital areas such as public speaking, job interviewing, social skills, personal presentation and online etiquette.

After the one hour group session, our 2022 Head Prefect Sophie Norman and Deputy Head Prefect Chi Chi Zhao interviewed Rosanna for some sage advice:

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Stroke of Brilliance at Visual Arts Exhibition

Our incredibly talented Year 12 Visual Arts students have showcased stunning pieces of work at their final exhibition which was recently held in the Elizabeth Pike Art Centre.

The pieces represent hours of hard work, dedication and creativity. For some of the students, this is the first time that their work has been publicly displayed. There was a range of media on show with the students presenting their final pieces and an artist statement explaining their concept, inspiration, process and personal reflection. Both SACE and IB Visual Arts pieces were exhibited.

Thank you to the families, friends and staff who supported the students on the night.

Kirsten Mansfield
Visual Arts Teacher

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ELC Shares Festive Joy

Our ELC End of Year Celebration was a truly delightful occasion last Friday night as our youngest children performed some of their favourite Christmas songs for their families on Chiverton Lawns.

Watch our video to see the joy!

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Warm Reception at Christmas Assembly

Congratulations to our Reception girls who welcomed in the festive season by lighting up the stage at their Christmas Assembly!

Take a look at some of the heart-warming highlights:

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Positive Reaction to Our First Scientist in Residence


It’s nearly the end of the year, but my lunchtime science activities are still in full swing. The last couple of weeks we have tried our hand at making bottle rockets and crushing cans without using our hands! I have a group of regular attendees from Years 3 – 11 for activities every Monday which gives an opportunity for the older girls to look after the younger, enthusiastic scientists.

The girls learnt the process of chemical reactions by looking at reactants and products when we combined baking soda and vinegar in the bottle rocket experiment. The production of carbon dioxide occurs so rapidly that the cork shoots out of the bottom of the rocket and propels the bottle into the air. Like all science experiments, they do not always go to plan, and the girls had an opportunity to think like a scientist and use their problem-solving skills to get the rocket to launch.

We also examined how rapid temperature shifts can cause a change in pressure large enough to crush an empty can without applying any force at all. The girls were enthralled with this experiment and had a lot of fun and laughs setting this up and getting it to work.

I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the girls and getting to know them this year. I am very grateful to witness their interest in science grow and am excited to see what the future holds for these young scientists.

Dr Nicole Foster
Scientist in Residence

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Once Upon a Time…Year 8 Arts Night

Last week, audiences were treated to an all-singing, all-dancing, dramatic display of The Arts! The Year 8 cohort spent seven weeks planning, creating, rehearsing and performing Once Upon a Time – a series of four fairytales with some unexpected and unusual twists. The production was delivered through Project-Based Learning, which is an educational approach where students take the lead, guided by the teachers as mentors.

All costumes and sets were designed and made by our Visual Arts students, choreographers were responsible for some incredible dance routines, and the directors and producers managed the actors. In addition, there was an amazing crew backstage running the show from the wings, and musicians on stage showcasing their talents in a variety of ways.

The most heart-warming part of this entire process was the way the girls worked together, supported one another and committed their time and energy, making this a fantastic show. Special thanks to Kirsten Mansfield, Robyn Habel and Katherine Kitching for all their guidance and efforts in inspiring these students to appreciate and enjoy The Arts.

Kate Burnett
Head of The Arts

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Old Scholar’s Class Act


The Year 9 students were privileged to have Old Scholar Julia Vosnakis (Kilburn 2015) visit the School to speak about her latest role in the Windmill Theatre production of Amphibian. After studying Drama at Flinders University, she is now working in theatre and television, and recently won the role of Chloe in Amphibian, a show that has toured Australia in the past five months and which the students were fortunate to see in Term 3.

Julia spent a lesson with all of the Year 9 students answering a broad range of questions including those about the process of becoming an actor, what it is like to work in the industry, how actors develop characters and how the rehearsal process works, as well as questions about the show itself. It was a delight to have Julia back in the School and exciting to hear where her career is taking her.

Michael Butler-Wills
Head of English/Drama Teacher

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Great Escape for EDGE Girls

A group of Saints Girls from Reception to Year 10, along with staff and Year 12 volunteers, recently headed to the Adelaide Gaol to research the best way to escape! The girls split into small groups to explore and gain evidence for their plans and then had to use the information provided to support their ideas for the most effective and ethical escape from the gaol.

On return to school, after a pizza lunch, the girls presented their ideas. It was great to see the relationships build between the older and younger girls, as well as the development of skills such as time management, ethical thinking, problem-solving and critical thinking.

Becca Burton-Howard
EDGE Coordinator

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Upcoming Events

Carols in the Chapel
St Peter’s Girls’ School Chapel
7pm, Monday 6 December
Once again, due to capacity restrictions in St Peter’s Cathedral, our annual Carols service will be held in our School Chapel. As such, student attendance is only compulsory for Music students, and parent attendance is limited to Music parents and Year 12 parents, who have received details separately.
This event will be live-streamed to our School community. A link will be provided in next week’s eNews.

Presentation Night
Influencers Church, Paradise
Tuesday 7 December
Students arrive at 6.30pm (unless advised otherwise by the Music Department)
Doors open at 7pm
Presentation Night is a compulsory event for students in Years 7 – 12.

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Be Involved in ‘Our Saints’ Community

Would you like your daughter’s Grandmother, Grandfather, Aunts and/or Uncles to receive our biannual Saints Alive magazine and our weekly eNews updates? Sign up for the free ‘Our Saints’ membership for Grandparents, other treasured family members and friends.

For more information and to join this unique group, please click here and email the completed form to Foundation Manager Melissa Westgate via mwestgate@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au.

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Farewell for Director of Early Learning Kate Mount

Join us for a morning tea on Chiverton Lawns as we farewell our beloved Director of Early Learning Kate Mount after 16 phenomenal years at Saints Girls.

9am, Thursday 2 December
Chiverton Lawns

A light morning tea of scones, coffee and tea will be served.

For COVID-Safe and catering purposes, RSVP via www.trybooking.com/BVTCY by 5pm, Friday 26 November.

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Professional School Photo Offers

Focus School Portraits is offering Saints Girls’ families two special packages to purchase professional photos taken at various School events including House Dinners, the Old Scholars’ Reunion Dinner, The Long Lunch and Valedictory Dinner, as well as upcoming events such as Carols in the Chapel and Presentation Night.

Offer 1 – $88
To view the photos, visit events.focusschoolportraits.com/gallery/15398423/
Select Gallery
To access, use the password: SaintsGirls
Email Mark at orders@focusschoolportraits.com.au quoting the photo numbers and event. He will be in contact with you to finalise the order.

Offer 2
The Special Groups offer includes photos of House Captains, Generations, Originals, Year 12 cohort and the Year 12 image from the Chiverton Balcony
Visit www.focusschoolportraits.com
Select School Portraits
Enter access key: AU6Z7HZ5

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Mark via orders@focusschoolportraits.com.au or 8389 9002.

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Bushfire Action Plan

As summer approaches, it is timely to remind families about the School’s Bushfire Action Plan.

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

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

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Junior School 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 excursions and on-site adventures, there is plenty of fun to be had.

December 2021/January 2022 Vacation Care Program
Places are limited, so secure your booking now!

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Uniform Requirements for 2022 Year 4 Students

If your daughter will be in Year 4 next year, there are a few different uniform requirements that you will need to purchase before Term 1, 2022.

The junior blazer (cardigan) is no longer worn and is replaced by a navy blue jumper and a wool blazer.

It is advisable to make an appointment on 8334 2228 as the School Shop is currently busy with new student fittings.

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2022 Swimming Requirements for Years 4 – 10

In preparation for the 2022 school year, we ask parents to check that their daughters have correctly-sized bathers for swimming in the new year. Swimming activities will commence in Week 1 of Term 1 for all girls in Years 4 – 10.

If your daughter requires new bathers, we highly recommend making an appointment with the School Shop on 8334 2228 and purchasing before the end of Term 4.

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School Shop Closing/Opening Dates

The School Shop will be closed from 4.30pm Friday 3 December 2021 until 9am Monday 24 January 2022.

January Opening Dates

Monday 24th: 9am – 4pm
Tuesday 25th: 9am – 4pm
Thursday 27th: 9am – 4pm
Friday 28th: 9am – 4pm
Monday 31st: 8am – 4pm

To help reduce your waiting time, and if you require a full fitting, it is advisable to call the School Shop on 8334 2228 prior to coming in.

New School Shop hours commencing Monday 31 January 2022:
Monday to Friday: 8am – 4pm
(closed for lunch 12 – 12.30pm)

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Entertainment Membership

To support Saints Girls and secure your Entertainment Membership, click here.

Adelaide Schools

Terms and conditions apply. Visit www.entertainment.com.au for more information.

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Absences from School

If your child is going to be absent, late to school or leave early, please use one of the following methods to notify the School providing student name, class/Home Group and reason:

Text: 0428 601 957

Email: attendance@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au

Phone: 8334 2200

Feel free to include the class/Home Group teacher when emailing. It would be appreciated if notifications could be made prior to 9am.

It is absolutely imperative to keep unwell children at home until they have recovered, even if symptoms are mild. This is not only for their own health and safety, but for that of all students and staff.

We thank all of our families for their cooperation.

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Sports News

TOUCH FOOTBALL

Middle A: Saints 1 v Wilderness 8
Middle B: Saints 0 v St Dominic’s 4

WATER POLO

I started water polo in Year 7 after finishing up swimming the previous year and had never heard of the sport before. In just my second season in Year 8, I was fortunate to be selected in the U14 State team alongside fellow Saints Girl Lara Wakeham. Since then, I have played several games at club and State level, and even had the opportunity to play in the National League against current Olympians.

Now, at Saints Girls, we have over 40 players across 5 teams from Years 6 to 12. All teams have been very successful this season, with the 3 Open teams finishing top of the ladder in Term 4, and I hope that this success continues as we develop our Water Polo program at Saints in the coming years. During my time as Captain this past season, I have really enjoyed passing on my knowledge by coaching younger teams and encouraging the girls to pursue the sport at a higher level.

A big thank you to our Coach James Powers who has led the Open A team through an undefeated winning streak over his four seasons of coaching. His enthusiasm and knowledge surrounding the game is infectious, and we will always be grateful for his support and dedication to our team. Saskia Jonats (Water Polo Captain)

STUDENT SUCCESS

ATHLETICS

In October, our U16 girls took out 1st place at the VIVA SA All Schools Games. The team was made up of Charlotte McAuliffe, Amelia Lucas, Carys Kinsella-White, Malaika McLeod, Daisy Braithwaite, Elodie de Wit (U16 3000m Runner Up) and Isla Fahey (U16 3000m Runner Up, 2000m Steeplechase Runner Up).

In addition to this recent success, last weekend was the SA Relay State Championships where Saints had fantastic representation with the following results:

Amelia Lucas
4×4 Medley Relay – 2nd
4x100m Relay – 3rd

Charlotte McAuliffe
4x100m Relay – 3rd
4x400m Relay – 1st
Field Relay – 2nd

Chloe Richardson
4x800m Relay – 4th

Phoebe Lucas
4x100m Relay – 4th
4×4 Medley Relay – 4th

Isla Fahey
4×4 Medley Relay – 4th

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eNews – Week 6, Term 4 2021

Issue no. 36Enews-banner

From Our Head of Junior School

Adelaide Schools

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

The end of the school year is speeding towards us, and Junior School students and teachers have their feet firmly on the accelerator. Students continue to work hard, refining their understandings and improving their skills while bringing units of work to their conclusions and preparing for the many special moments that are integral to the final weeks of the school calendar.

Last week saw the culmination of the Junior School’s ‘Light Up Vanuatu’ Service Learning initiative, with the Year 6 students assembling 50 portable solar buddy lights which will be gifted to primary students in Vanuatu. They will provide a safe light source for students and their families currently experiencing energy poverty, improving educational outcomes, safety and overall family life. The girls would love you to watch their video below, showing a little more about this vital campaign and the assembly of the lights here.

This week, some of our Junior School girls kick-started another Service Learning project, setting up and decorating a Christmas Giving Tree in the Arts Centre Foyer to support AnglicareSA. Families are welcome to donate toys or hamper items until the end of term.

Today, our Receptions shared the festive spirit with their Christmas Assembly. We never fail to be impressed by how our youngest students learn their abundant lines of dialogue and perform so many complex songs and actions. They were incredibly excited to perform and justly proud of their achievements, and the adults left the Arts Centre with smiles on their faces and joy in their hearts. We now eagerly await the Year 1 and 2 Nativity, telling the story of Christmas, and reminding us all of the Christian messages of hope, love, joy and peace. The Year 2s have been rehearsing their parts, and the Year 1s have been eagerly learning their songs in preparation for next week’s performance.

Our Year 5 students will head off for their camp in the State’s South East next week, staying in Robe and investigating South Australian history and geology. They will undoubtedly enjoy the camaraderie they have built up over the year while they experience first-hand many of the things they have recently learned about in class.

We will thank our Year 6 students and celebrate their contributions to the Junior School at their Graduation and Exhibition in Week 8. They are currently researching an area of interest relating to a concept that will lead to real-world action. They will present their findings and proposed actions to their parents and other students during their final week of school in conjunction with their Graduation. This Exhibition will be the culmination of their studies under the IB Primary Years Programme framework and a valuable opportunity to showcase the skills and attributes they have acquired during their Junior School years.

Each year level will hold a celebration event to mark the end of another successful year of development and achievement, and to express gratitude for the experiences they have shared. I thank our teachers and families for all they have collectively contributed to the Junior School and wider School community in 2021, and I wish everyone well for the final weeks of the school year.

Suzanne Haddy
Head of Junior School

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ELC Christmas Giving Tree

This week, the Friends of the ELC decorated the ELC Christmas Giving Tree with the help of some very excited children. The tree is a treasured tradition for our ELC community and is part of our ELC – 12 Service Learning program.

In 2021, we are partnering with AnglicareSA, and families are invited to donate a gift to a child less fortunate. Gifts could include books, board games, craft sets, push and pull toys, footballs, soccer balls, toy cars and dolls. All items must be new, not wrapped and delivered to the ELC by Thursday 9 December.

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Maths and English Learners Put to the Test

Earlier this year, many Year 3 to 6 students participated in the Australian Mathematics Competition, and the Mathematics and English papers of the International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS).

They were required to resolve unfamiliar problems across all domains of Mathematics, applying skills in reasoning and problem-solving. The English tasks involved thinking deeply about a wide range of texts, interpreting written and visual information, deciphering less familiar vocabulary, and seeking to understand authors’ intent.

We are proud of all students who chose to participate in these challenging experiences, persevere with difficult questions and step outside their comfort zones. Congratulations to the girls, and a special mention of the following students who received Distinction and High Distinction awards:

Awarded Students

Suzanne Haddy
Head of Junior School

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From Our 2022 Aussie Rules Captain

This term, Lucy White, Adele Eaton and I have had the pleasure of coaching some of the Year 5 and 6 Aussie Rules girls as part of the School’s summer sport program. As keen members of the Senior School team, it was terrific to mentor some of our youngest players and observe how women’s footy has evolved so rapidly since we were in primary school. As coaches, we have been delighted to see how well the girls’ gameplay has progressed over just six weeks. They’ve picked up and improved upon a variety of new skills such as kicking, handballing and tackling, and growing in their ability to work as a team and support one another to succeed. With many of the Year 6 girls considering playing footy for the Middle School team next year, the future of footy at Saints looks bright.

For me, it is absolutely amazing that these girls are already so involved in footy at such a young age, especially considering that I didn’t get the opportunity to play footy until I came to Saints in Year 8. Speaking to Lucy and Adele, I found that we all had very similar experiences: while footy wasn’t necessarily a taboo sport for girls, it certainly wasn’t one that many girls played just a few years ago. In 2005, fewer than 20,000 women and girls played football in Australia. The AFLW was only established seven years ago in 2014, and there remains a huge pay inequality between male and female players today. That said, more than 460,000 women played footy in 2017, representing 30% of all footy players, and this number continues to rise, making footy the nation’s fastest growing sport for women. It remains a real possibility that with the continuous growth of the sport, by the time our Year 5 and 6 girls graduate as Year 12s, they may also have the opportunity to pursue professional women’s footy.

With this in mind, the experience and joy these young girls take out of playing footy are all the more valuable. A massive thank you should also go out to the staff and parents for their support of this program – your enthusiasm has not gone unnoticed. As Captain of Aussie Rules for 2022, I am looking forward to seeing the mark these girls will make on our Middle School footy team next year, and indeed, the impact that programs like this will have on the progression of women’s footy at Saints and beyond for years to come.

Emily Teague
2022 Aussie Rules Captain

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Exam Tips from Our 2022 Selwyn Captain

Exams can be stressful for us as students, and alongside the chaos of everyday life, it becomes crucial that we manage as best we can. This means practising wellbeing daily and ensuring that we have a healthy balance of work and play. From personal experience, I have created four key exam tips I have learned over my many years of exams.

Ensure that sleep requirements are met
Aim for 8 – 10 hours of sleep per night, especially around exam time. Cramming the night before will only make you more tired rather than help you retain more knowledge. Having a full night’s sleep can help with your ability to think, concentrate and feel more alert and confident with your knowledge going into an exam.

Guarantee time for exercise during study schedules
I cannot stress enough how important it is to take breaks during exam revision periods. Your brain is capable of so many amazing things, but no break or opportunity to relax can lead it to become overworked, meaning the revision isn’t actually improving your knowledge. One way to take a break is to incorporate regular exercise into your study schedule. Even if it is just 30 minutes outside, in the pool or on a walk with your dog, exercise can relieve stress and improve your mood with the release of endorphins.

Don’t dwell before or after completing your exams
Trust me, it’s not worth it. At Saints, as long as you try your best, there are always different options and pathways for you to have a go at instead. Remember that Year 8 – 11 exams are all learning experiences for your final exams in Year 12, and they are offered as an opportunity to improve. Try to leave the last exam behind you and focus on what you can do in the future.

Maintain perspective!
Ask yourself this: in 10 years, are you likely to remember what grades you got in an exam? It is very unlikely that one grade will reflect your ability to do well in life. Understand that exams are a learning experience and effort isn’t only measured in a grade. And remember, exam time is limited; there is a long, fun and enjoyable summer holiday ahead!

Ultimately, keep in mind that exams are a learning experience, and with a regular sleep schedule, time for exercise, not dwelling on past exams and by maintaining your perspective, you should be mentally, physically and emotionally prepared for the challenges ahead. Good luck to all those girls heading into exams next week, and we wish the Year 12s who have completed their final exams all the best for the future.

Adele Eaton
2022 Selwyn House Captain

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Year 9 Drama Out of the Box

This week, the two Year 9 Drama classes combined to present Box by Lindsay Price to a large audience of their peers. This play uses the metaphor of boxes to describe the different experiences each of us has during Middle School.

Some of us are Pandora’s Box – we open our mouths and all the bad things spill out. Some of us are locked boxes, some are open-ended, some are shiny on the outside and plain on the inside, and some are full of secrets.

Made up of a series of vignettes, monologues and movement sequences, the play gave our audience plenty to consider about how we fit in or stand out, and what we choose to make of our ‘box’.

Katherine Kitching
Drama Teacher

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Published Poets and They Know it!

Each year, the South Australian English Teachers Association runs a spring poetry competition. Work deemed of exceptional quality is published in an annual journal, and The Friendly Street Poets award prizes to the best three poems in the collection.

Alysa Trinh (Year 9) and Monica Isaac (Year 9) had their poems ‘Song of the Elm’ and ‘Broken Love’ published in the journal. Xingzi Zhang (Year 11) was also published, as well as being awarded 2nd prize for ‘Who’s the best remembered?’ – an outstanding result!

Michael Butler-Wills
Head of English

Who’s the best remembered?

Shapeless, nameless, faceless—
That was you in my memory.
If it helped to know,
You made it into the top fifteen
Without the help of Regret, Shame or
Other big shots that finance the game
(called memory).

No. fourteen.
Unfortunately,
You were the yellow curly edge
Of a Polaroid.
Eleven,
You were lost in an USB, a Nokia
Or an old computer somewhere.

Among the contestants,
Some will soon be forgotten.
Some forgiven.
The rest will forever bring warmth.

No. two
You will always be the perfect dog.

No. one
(Interestingly enough)
Beating everyone I once loved,
Is a person I hated most.

Xingzi Zhang

Song of the Elm

They approach me, day or night
They are hungry souls by nature
Who believe in the glass crown adorning their brow
They like things that once belonged to the Earth.
Shiny things. Sharp things.
Any things, really.

They like to ask for things that are not theirs.
For sticky sweet apples and solace in my shadow
For fragrant pink blossoms and the beauty of autumn
For branches to build their fruitless houses and wood to make their precious paper and bark
to make their cherished cloth –

They ask for roaring flames that blaze with intensity
They ask to set the world on fire.
And what has taken centuries to grow
Only takes seconds to destroy
They ask too much of me without saying please.

And yet I give and give and give and give.
Until
there is
nothing
left.

Alysa Trinh

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Language and Lunch for Chinese Learners

On Monday, the Year 8 Chinese students had the privilege of visiting Chinatown, where we put our knowledge from class into practice. We ate lunch at Dumpling King, ordering our food in Chinese. The most popular dish was dumplings (饺子 jiǎozi). We also tried traditional hot Chinese tea (茶 chá). After this, we went on a scavenger hunt around the plaza, where we learnt many new characters. We also explored a Chinese supermarket where we all could try new foods including Hi-Chew, a popular Chinese candy. We were also fortunate to visit Gong Cha (贡茶) where we all had bubble tea. Our outing finished with a visit to a popular Chinese arcade called ‘Million Life’.

This excursion has helped us further increase our confidence in speaking and reading Chinese. We all really enjoyed ourselves and hope we can do something similar again. Thank you to our teachers Wang Lāoshí and Kan Lāoshí for organising such a wonderful excursion.

Alix Douglas
Student

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Sports Lunch 2021

Thank you to our wonderful community members who attended our exclusive Sports Lunch last Friday at the Alma Tavern as part of our fundraising campaign to give Saints Girls a new Gym sooner.

It was a fantastic and fun afternoon of hospitality and sporting insights with three very talented panellists connected to our School community. Led by our MC and sports journalist Nicki Barnet, it was a pleasure to host Mark Ricciuto (AFL Legend, Saints Girls’ Parent and Aussie Rules Coach), Olympia Aldersey (Olympic and World Champion Rower – Kennion 2011) and Hitaf Rasheed (Executive Director, Events SA – Selwyn 1986). We’d like to formally thank them for their ongoing commitment to the School and for giving their time so generously on Friday. Thank you also to Principal Julia Shea and Director of Sport Tommy Peak for speaking so passionately about sport and how it plays a huge role in our lives.

Congratulations to Teresa Aldersey, James Kitching, Brad Stolcman, Mark Glazbrook and Chris Wakeham who won some fabulous raffle prizes including signed merchandise from the Adelaide Crows, Adelaide Thunderbirds and the Sturt Football Club, generously donated for this event.

For more information regarding our Gym fundraising campaign or to discuss becoming a Saints Girls All-Star, please get in touch with me at any time via 0407 394 183 or mwestgate@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au.

Melissa Westgate
Foundation Manger

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Season’s Feastings from Food and Hospitality

Celebrations of significant events is an important aspect of Food and Hospitality. The Stage 1 Food and Hospitality students recently planned and created 20 Christmas-inspired gift boxes infused with festivity.

Through group work and collaboration, they aimed to present a gift box demonstrating their knowledge of healthy food trends and sustainable food choices. Aussie Christmas-inspired foods, which showcase various flavours, colours, textures and purposes, were selected. This task required the students to demonstrate their understanding of food presentation and packaging, food preservation and portion control. Elements included gingerbread cookies, lavosh, dried oranges and limes, rosemary oil, Monte Carlos, strawberry jam, tomato chutney, breadsticks and cranberry biscuits. They also selected rustic packaging and labelling with festive colours.

The design and creation of the gift boxes was certainly a highlight of the year for the class.

Mrs Manson and the Stage 1 Food and Hospitality girls

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Japanese Students on a Roll

This term, the Year 8 Japanese class had the opportunity to make sushi. Sensei supplied us with a variety of ingredients such as rice, seaweed (のり), cucumber, carrot, tuna, mayonnaise and avocado. We had the freedom to choose what to put in our sushi rolls. Sensei showed us the proper technique for rolling the sushi and helped with our chopstick skills.

We learnt about the vocabulary used in Japan when eating food, such as what to say before and after you eat. We had to say いただきますwhich means, ‘I receive this food’, and is a thank you to the person who made the meal. After eating, we said ごちそうさま which means, ‘It was quite a feast.’

Our class had so much fun making sushi and learning about the Japanese food culture, and we can’t wait for our next food unit.

Asha Eaton and Carys Kinsella-White
Students

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French Connection for Foreign Filmgoers

This term, both Year 9 French classes went on an excursion to the Prospect Palace Cinema to see the film Of Love and Lies. It told the inspiring story of Théo, a 12 year old boy who was an incredible soccer player. When a chance presents itself for Théo to try out for Arsenal’s youth training program, he wants nothing more than to give his disillusioned father, Laurent, hope. Théo is rejected despite his evident skill because he is too small, so he spontaneously creates a well-intentioned fiction. This ‘fiction’ gradually spirals and consumes not only his life, but all those around him.

We all had a great time watching the movie and learned a lot about spoken French as it was spoken in French with English subtitles. We were all amazed to discover that we could understand many phrases, and that our listening and pronunciation skills have improved significantly. We had a fantastic time learning about how French people speak in real life, and we are grateful for the opportunity!

Zoe Pool
Student

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Farewell for Director of Early Learning Kate Mount

Join us for a morning tea on Chiverton Lawns as we farewell our beloved Director of Early Learning Kate Mount after 16 phenomenal years at Saints Girls.

9am, Thursday 2 December
Chiverton Lawns

A light morning tea of scones, coffee and tea will be served.

For COVID-Safe and catering purposes, RSVP via www.trybooking.com/BVTCY by 5pm, Friday 26 November.

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Professional School Photo Offers

Focus School Portraits is offering Saints Girls’ families two special packages to purchase professional photos taken at various School events including House Dinners, the Old Scholars’ Reunion Dinner, The Long Lunch and Valedictory Dinner, as well as upcoming events such as Carols in the Chapel and Presentation Night.

Offer 1 – $88
To view the photos, visit events.focusschoolportraits.com/gallery/15398423/
Select Gallery
To access, use the password: SaintsGirls
Email Mark at orders@focusschoolportraits.com.au quoting the photo numbers and event. He will be in contact with you to finalise the order.

Offer 2
The Special Groups offer includes photos of House Captains, Generations, Originals, Year 12 cohort and the Year 12 image from the Chiverton Balcony
Visit www.focusschoolportraits.com
Select School Portraits
Enter access key: AU6Z7HZ5

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Mark via orders@focusschoolportraits.com.au or 8389 9002.

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Bushfire Action Plan

As summer approaches, it is timely to remind families about the School’s Bushfire Action Plan.

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

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

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Junior School 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 excursions and on-site adventures, there is plenty of fun to be had.

December 2021/January 2022 Vacation Care Program
Places are limited, so secure your booking now!

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Uniform Requirements for 2022 Year 4 Students

If your daughter will be in Year 4 next year, there are a few different uniform requirements that you will need to purchase before Term 1, 2022.

The junior blazer (cardigan) is no longer worn and is replaced by a navy blue jumper and a wool blazer.

It is advisable to make an appointment on 8334 2228 as the School Shop is currently busy with new student fittings.

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School Shop Closing/Opening Dates

The School Shop will be closed from 4.30pm Friday 3 December 2021 until 9am Monday 24 January 2022.

January Opening Dates

Monday 24th: 9am – 4pm
Tuesday 25th: 9am – 4pm
Thursday 27th: 9am – 4pm
Friday 28th: 9am – 4pm
Monday 31st: 8am – 4pm

To help reduce your waiting time, and if you require a full fitting, it is advisable to call the School Shop on 8334 2228 prior to coming in.

New School Shop hours commencing Monday 31 January 2022:
Monday to Friday: 8am – 4pm
(closed for lunch 12 – 12.30pm)

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School Banking: A Message from Commonwealth Bank

‘For 90 years, our School Banking program has helped children learn about money, reinforced the importance of regular savings and provided structure for parents to support their children to save.

Though the program continues to have strong support from schools, parents and teachers, recent decisions by some state and territory governments because of a review by the corporate regulator mean we are unable to continue providing programs in schools, and we have had to make a difficult decision to close our School Banking program for all government and non-government schools across the country.

Our School Banking program was established in 1931 at a time when having a bank account was not commonplace, and since then we have helped more than 15 million Australians take their first financial steps. This would not have been possible without the wonderful support we have received from schools like yours, including all the parents and volunteers, and for this we are deeply grateful. Thank you.

School Banking has taught so many young Australians, past and present, the value of money and we believe this should be celebrated. We have created a place for you to share your stories, fondest memories and lessons learnt through the program. To share your story, please visit commbank.com.au/schoolbanking.

Even though the CommBank School Banking program will not be returning to your school after this year, you can continue to make deposits into your child’s Youthsaver account through online transfers or at any CommBank branch. If you need further information please phone 132 221 or visit your local CommBank branch.’

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Entertainment Membership

To support Saints Girls and secure your Entertainment Membership, click here.

Adelaide Schools

Terms and conditions apply. Visit www.entertainment.com.au for more information.

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Health Notices

The School has been notified of several suspected cases of viral gastroenteritis.

Symptoms usually last one or two days and include:

  • mild fever
  • nausea and vomiting
  • stomach cramps
  • diarrhoea

Viral gastroenteritis is spread through contamination of hands, objects or food with infected faeces or vomit. The virus is then taken in by the mouth. It can also be spread through coughing and sneezing.

People should be excluded from childcare, pre-school, school and work until there has been no diarrhoea or vomiting for at least 24 hours. If the gastroenteritis is known or suspected to be caused by norovirus, the exclusion period is 48 hours.

For further information on symptoms, treatment and prevention, click here. Please note the recommendations regarding hand washing in particular. The School applies strict hygiene protocols for the safety of our community, and we ask families for their cooperation and vigilance.

If your child will not be attending school/ELC, please notify the School via one of the methods listed in the following absences article.

If you have any queries, please contact the Health Centre via 8155 5762 or healthcentre@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au.

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Absences from School

If your child is going to be absent, late to school or leave early, please use one of the following methods to notify the School providing student name, class/Home Group and reason:

Text: 0428 601 957

Email: attendance@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au

Phone: 8334 2200

Feel free to include the class/Home Group teacher when emailing. It would be appreciated if notifications could be made prior to 9am.

It is absolutely imperative to keep unwell children at home until they have recovered, even if symptoms are mild. This is not only for their own health and safety, but for that of all students and staff.

We thank all of our families for their cooperation.

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Sports News

TENNIS

Div 1:
Saints Yellow 6 (36) v Scotch 0 (8)
Saints White 1 (6) v Seymour 3 (19)
Saints Blue 4 (29) v Scotch 2 (21)
Div 2:
Saints 0 (14) v Scotch 6 (36)
Div 3:
Saints 3 (32) v Wilderness 3 (30)

TOUCH FOOTBALL

Open A: Bye
Open B: Saints 0 v St Dominic’s 3
Middle A: Saints 1 v Marryatville 6
Middle B: Saints 1 v Pembroke 2

VOLLEYBALL

Middle A: Saints 0 v Westminster 3
Middle B: Saints 3 v Westminster 0
Middle C: Saints 0 v Westminster 3
Middle D: Bye

WATER POLO

Open A: Saints 15 v Wilderness 3
Open B: Bye
Open C: Saints 8 v Wilderness 3
Middle A: Saints v Pembroke – Cancelled

Open A: Saints 15 v Wilderness 3
The team had a fantastic final match! The girls worked well together, demonstrating strong communication skills and encouraging each other. Best player was Lara Wakeham (Year 12) who shot 5 amazing goals, displaying her counter-attack skills. A special thank you to Saskia Jonats, our 2021 Water Polo Captain, who has been an amazing role model and teammate over many years. Saskia has put a great deal of time and effort into Water Polo this year. A very special goodbye and good luck to our much-loved Year 12 teammates (Saskia Jonats, Lara Wakeham, Stephanie Smalls and Poppie Goldsmith). We are going to miss you. A big thank you to James for coaching us all season and making trainings so much fun. Great job everyone!

Open C: Saints 8 v Wilderness 3
A terrific game against Wilderness. The girls have been training hard in their weekly sessions and it certainly showed. All demonstrated their defence, counter-attack and shooting skills, with a smile on their faces. Best players were Claudia Pearce (Year 9) and Sophie Ricciuto (Year 9). A big thank you to Nikki for coaching the team and making our trainings enjoyable. Amazing work girls!

STUDENT SUCCESS

SwimmingSA recently announced selection of the State Swimming Team, including three Saints Girls: Poppy Marshall, Alyssa Tran and Emma Everitt. Congratulations girls on this outstanding achievement.

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eNews – Week 5, Term 4 2021

Issue no. 35Enews-banner

From Our Deputy Principal / Head of Middle School

Adelaide Schools

Yesterday was the 11th of November, Remembrance Day. As has become our tradition, the whole School gathered to commemorate the official end of World War 1. This year, due to weather not untypical to that which the soldiers of World War 1 faced so regularly, we had to move the service to the Chapel. It never fails to impress me how respectful our students of all ages are at this moving commemoration, but also how keen they are to learn more about the struggles of serving women and men, past and present, and to pay their respects to those who have suffered as a consequence of conflict around the world. At a time when many students’ thoughts might be consumed by upcoming exams, the looming long summer break and perhaps an interstate or even international trip, this short time to reflect upon and give thanks for our own current state of relative safety is particularly poignant. I thank all those students and staff who prepared material for and contributed to this special service.

Whilst it is right to look back and reflect, it’s also impossible not to look forward to what the next few weeks bring by way of diverse artistic entertainment, before the more formal events that conclude the year are upon us.

In the next week alone, our students will be involved in the following showcase events:

– Year 9 – 11 Choreography Evening
– Year 9 Drama Production
– Year 8 Arts Night

Details of these events will be circulated via eNews or email as appropriate, and I hope to see you at one or more of these events as we celebrate the progress of those girls who have chosen to study curriculum Arts subjects. Always featuring high levels of student agency with opportunities for girls to design and direct performances, they are a great way for us to appreciate the physical, philosophical and artistic freedoms we are lucky and proud to have available to us.

Richard Lisle
Deputy Principal / Head of Middle School

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Fun Morning for Young Sports

Today’s R to 3 Sports Morning was a fantastic opportunity for our youngest students to enjoy their first taste of Sports Days to come. The girls worked tirelessly to prepare for the various activities and were super excited to showcase all they have learnt.

The events are based on different FUNdamental movement skills to build the girls’ physical literacy and inspire our future athletes to enjoy being physically active. They work in House groups to develop teamwork while fostering healthy competitiveness and respect to carry into all of their future sporting endeavours.

Alastair Eglinton
PE Teacher

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PE Week Flexes its Muscle

This week, Saints Girls celebrated PE Week. All year levels came together to participate in different sporting activities.

On Monday, the Junior School girls challenged themselves by taking on the ninja warrior obstacle course in the Gym. Tuesday saw a rock, paper, scissors game for girls in Reception to Year 3, while on the Oval, middle and senior students challenged staff in Touch Football. The students ran away with a 6 – 1 victory! It was great to see many of our girls on the Oval again on Wednesday as the tennis ball machined fired balls in the air for ‘classic catches’.

Yesterday, Years 4 to 6 enjoyed ‘capture the flag’ on the Oval, while the middle and senior volleyballers lined up for a friendly match against staff in the Gym. The atmosphere was buzzing, and the students secured a 2-set win. Today, our younger girls participated in the R to 3 Sports Morning, and we ran an energetic dodgeball competition for Years 4 to 12, concluding a successful week of friendly competition, fun and unity.

Thank you to the students and staff who contributed to PE Week, particularly the Year 6 Athletics and T-ball Captains, Year 9 Sport Captains and the Captains of individual sports.

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From Our 2022 Patteson House Captain

Every House plays an important role at Saints Girls. Throughout each year, all four Houses come together and compete in events such as Swimming Carnival, Sports Day and Choral Night. Beyond competition, however, that role is all the more important, providing an amazing opportunity for girls from Junior School to Senior School to work together and support each other. Another critical aspect of our House system is that teamwork and participation are key to success. For example, at Sports Day and Swimming Carnival, Houses with the best results usually have the highest participation rates. The novelty events require excellent communication and collaboration amongst the House members competing.

House meetings are also a great opportunity for girls from Years 7 to 12 to connect and establish relationships across year levels. The Houses provide a platform for Senior School girls to mentor and become role models for the younger girls, enabling the older girls to develop their leadership skills whilst helping younger students. These interactions create a great environment where everyone is comfortable and can achieve their very best, especially in House events.

In the Senior School, Houses become especially important for the girls, with House-based Home Groups for all three years. In Home Group sessions, girls plan events such as the House Dinner, House Charity activities and the biggest night of the year, Choral Night. This planning teaches the importance of organisation and working together efficiently to get the best results possible.

Without the House system, I would not have become as close to girls from across the year levels. Seeing so many girls give everything a go and then being supported by fellow House members is amazing. Next year, I look forward to watching the girls demonstrate their wonderful House spirit and seeing everyone come together in support of each other.

Ruby Deakin
2022 Patteson House Captain

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Volleyballers Net IGSSA Glory in 3-Set Thriller

Congratulations to our Open A Volleyball team who took out the IGSSA Shield with a nail-biting 3-set win!

After dropping the 1st set, the girls showed courage and resilience, making a tremendous comeback to seal victory.

Read the match report in our Sports News section below.

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Choreography Countdown to CREATE21

Our Year 9 – 11 Dance students are counting down to their Choreography Evening on Monday in our Arts Centre where they’ll present their routines in CREATE21.

Using the contemporary dance form to express ideas and concepts, the Year 9s will explore social, environmental and political issues, while the Year 10 and 11s will unpack the theme of ‘trapped’, each with different interpretations.

We hope to see you at our Choreography Evening; secure your free tickets via TryBooking

In the meantime, take an exclusive look behind the scenes:

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Final Act for Year 10/11 Drama in 2021

This week saw the Year 10 and 11 Drama classes deliver their final performances for the year. On Tuesday evening, the Year 10 class presented two plays in ‘A Night of the Absurd’. The Real Inspector Hound and The Bald Soprano were co-directed by students Zara Blight and Astrid Teague, giving the girls an opportunity to step into a leadership role and support their actor classmates. The surreal scenarios and absurd situations provided lots of laughs.

On Thursday evening, the Year 11 class, performing as production company ‘LimeLight’, presented the self-devised play Eve. It was a product of the girls writing and workshopping around themes of sexism, inequality and gender stereotypes. The piece used a variety of theatrical forms such as musical theatre, naturalism, film, puppetry and physical theatre to engage the audience in the life of ‘Eve Everywoman’, a character who represents the experiences of women in our society.

I am incredibly proud of the girls and their hard work over the past semester. Having the opportunity to present work to a live audience is an incredibly important part of the Drama experience, so thank you to all who attended!

Katherine Kitching
Drama Teacher

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Golden Opportunity for Global Science Olympian

Congratulations to Heidi Gong for winning a place at the UNESCO-sanctioned International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO). Heidi is one of six Science students selected for Australia’s first national team. We wish her all the best for next month when she’ll venture to Canberra to compete.

‘Over the course of my involvement in the IJSO program, I have been inspired by the possibilities for science moving into the future. The work has been difficult but highly rewarding. I am looking forward to going to Canberra and meeting my teammates in person.’ – Heidi Gong

‘Heidi has done the School proud in her efforts this year. To gain a High Distinction in the Junior Science Olympiad, be invited to the inaugural Junior School Olympiad Spring School, and then be selected to represent Australia in the international team is an incredible achievement in just over six months. She has shown commitment to her scientific studies and is a great role model to other students.’ – Craig Byrne

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Year 11s Shown the Ropes at Retreat

Last Thursday, the Year 11s set off on their group dynamics and leadership retreat to Glenhaven Park, just out of Roseworthy. After a warm welcome, they began activities, splitting into Home Groups and out into the beautiful weather.

The girls participated in assorted activities such as initiative games, high rope elements, the ‘giant swing’, the ‘leap of faith’, and low rope elements including the Mohawk Walk. They were exhilarated to try the giant swing and had to work collaboratively during other rope elements. Many attempted the leap of faith where they jumped off a high post hoping to catch hold of a swinging bar.

At night, the girls enjoyed a lovely meal and some time to organise Year 12 events in 2022. It was a fun evening followed by more activities on the Friday before returning to school in the afternoon. The girls felt it was a thoroughly worthwhile retreat with a range of activities maintaining high motivation levels across all House groups.

Dan Searle
Head of PE, Health & Outdoor Education

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Out of the Blue Arts Journal Launch

Congratulations to the Arts Journal Student Committee and Ms Burton-Howard for launching the 2021 edition of the Out of the Blue. On Wednesday, students, staff and parents attended the launch which was held in the School Chapel. Guests were fortunate to hear from artist and Old Scholar Jill Allen (nee Pavia, Patteson 1959). Jill spoke of her love and passion of The Arts, and students took the opportunity to ask questions about her exciting journey.

Students, Old Scholars and staff contributed incredible works to this year’s journal such as photographs, art, poetry and song lyrics.

To order your Journal and for more information, please email outoftheblue@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au

Well done to everyone involved in this special publication!

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Practice Makes Perfect for Aspiring Applicants

As part of their Personal Learning Plan, all Year 10 students recently took part in practice interviews. They were required to prepare an application letter and resume, and 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 was certainly beneficial and is a life skill with many other applications. The guest ’employers’ were impressed by how the girls approached the experience.

Thanks must go to our volunteers, all of whom gave up their time willingly, some year after year, to provide the girls with a valuable experience. This year, I would like to thank the following people: Megan McCormack, Stuart Manson, Beba Brunt-Lawes, Fiona McGregor, Melissa Westgate, Susanna Anderson, Geoff Farr, Lisa Hollis and Tami Portakiewicz.

Karen Alderson
SACE Coordinator/Careers Advisor

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Saints Star in Hating Alison Ashley – Shows Tomorrow!

We’re excited for Saints Girls who’ll be appearing in the production Hating Alison Ashley by Shane Davidson Presents.

Stella Fuidge plays Alison, while Maggie Cannon and Lola Storer are sharing the role of Erica Yurken. Erica is destined for a glittering career on the stage, that is until Alison Ashley arrives. Alison is a talented, rich and beautiful girl – the sort of person many people hate! This production is based on the famous Australian novel by Robin Klein, and this hilarious comedy will entertain audiences of all ages.

Saturday 13 November – TOMORROW!
1pm and 7.30pm
Holden Street Theatres, Hindmarsh

Tickets via TryBooking

Shane Davidson
Year 5 Teacher

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Bushfire Action Plan

As summer approaches, it is timely to remind families about the School’s Bushfire Action Plan.

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

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

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Community at Saints Girls

Parents are a vibrant and integral part of the St Peter’s Girls’ community. Many opportunities are available to become involved with the School, connect with other community members, and build strong and lasting friendships.

Friends of Rowing Meeting – Next Week

Tuesday 16 November
6.30pm
Senior Art Room

Contact: Ed Parker – edontheroadagain@hotmail.com

Melissa Westgate
Foundation Manager

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School Banking: A Message from Commonwealth Bank

‘For 90 years, our School Banking program has helped children learn about money, reinforced the importance of regular savings and provided structure for parents to support their children to save.

Though the program continues to have strong support from schools, parents and teachers, recent decisions by some state and territory governments because of a review by the corporate regulator mean we are unable to continue providing programs in schools, and we have had to make a difficult decision to close our School Banking program for all government and non-government schools across the country.

Our School Banking program was established in 1931 at a time when having a bank account was not commonplace, and since then we have helped more than 15 million Australians take their first financial steps. This would not have been possible without the wonderful support we have received from schools like yours, including all the parents and volunteers, and for this we are deeply grateful. Thank you.

School Banking has taught so many young Australians, past and present, the value of money and we believe this should be celebrated. We have created a place for you to share your stories, fondest memories and lessons learnt through the program. To share your story, please visit commbank.com.au/schoolbanking.

Even though the CommBank School Banking program will not be returning to your school after this year, you can continue to make deposits into your child’s Youthsaver account through online transfers or at any CommBank branch. If you need further information please phone 132 221 or visit your local CommBank branch.’

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Entertainment Membership

To support Saints Girls and secure your Entertainment Membership, click here.

Adelaide Schools

Terms and conditions apply. Visit www.entertainment.com.au for more information.

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Health Notices

The School has been notified of several suspected cases of viral gastroenteritis.

Symptoms usually last one or two days and include:

  • mild fever
  • nausea and vomiting
  • stomach cramps
  • diarrhoea

Viral gastroenteritis is spread through contamination of hands, objects or food with infected faeces or vomit. The virus is then taken in by the mouth. It can also be spread through coughing and sneezing.

People should be excluded from childcare, pre-school, school and work until there has been no diarrhoea or vomiting for at least 24 hours. If the gastroenteritis is known or suspected to be caused by norovirus, the exclusion period is 48 hours.

For further information on symptoms, treatment and prevention, click here. Please note the recommendations regarding hand washing in particular. The School applies strict hygiene protocols for the safety of our community, and we ask families for their cooperation and vigilance.

If your child will not be attending school/ELC, please notify the School via one of the methods listed in the following absences article.

If you have any queries, please contact the Health Centre via 8155 5762 or healthcentre@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au.

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Absences from School

If your child is going to be absent, late to school or leave early, please use one of the following methods to notify the School providing student name, class/Home Group and reason:

Text: 0428 601 957

Email: attendance@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au

Phone: 8334 2200

Feel free to include the class/Home Group teacher when emailing. It would be appreciated if notifications could be made prior to 9am.

It is absolutely imperative to keep unwell children at home until they have recovered, even if symptoms are mild. This is not only for their own health and safety, but for that of all students and staff.

We thank all of our families for their cooperation.

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Sports News

BASKETBALL

Middle A: Saints 25 v Walford 21
Middle B: Saints 37 v Wilderness 26
Middle C: Saints v Wilderness

CRICKET

Saints 7/39 v Seymour A 2/83
Saints 3/55 v Seymour B 6/77

The girls made big improvements from their previous fixtures, batting first, and putting on a score of 55/3 – their highest tally so far in this short season. Carys Kinsella-White top-scored with 17, including 3 pull shots that went to the boundary. All the girls who batted improved in finding singles, putting the fielding team under pressure, and rotating the strike. They also placed a high value on their wickets, conceding only 3 to Seymour. There were improvements in the field as well, taking 6 wickets, including 4 catches. The bowlers improved, restricting the runs in the later overs, but unfortunately, the opponent’s openers had done the damage early. A strong performance that showed substantial improvement and promise for the future.

TENNIS

Div 1: Saints Yellow 3 (22) v St Ignatius 3 (21)
Saints Blue 2 (24) v St Ignatius 4 (30)

VOLLEYBALL

Open A: Saints 2 v Pembroke 1
Open B: Saints 2 v Woodcroft 0
Open B1: Saints 2 v Woodcroft 1
Middle A: Saints 0 v Concordia 3
Middle B: Saints 0 v Concordia 3

Our Open As finished what has been a fantastic year of Volleyball with a dramatic victory against Pembroke. Our 1st set was not ideal. The girls were so nervous, they weren’t playing their game, and instead playing to Pembroke’s pace, which led to a quick 7 – 25 loss. In the 2nd set, we were down 5 points early, which did not help. However, as if a switch had clicked in the team’s chemistry and performance, the girls suddenly started playing amazingly, from perfect communication, well placed serves, and just tons of support for each other, whether they won or lost the point. The 2nd set was close, but we managed to narrowly win after another great Joss Forster serve from a spot one of the players struggled to reach, resulting in us winning the set 25 – 23. We had the momentum, so I was confident that we could pull ahead and claim victory. The 3rd set was almost the same as the 2nd where the girls were struggling, but at 9 – 15 down, Lucy White came out firing with bullet quick serves and a massive block against one of Pembroke’s biggest hitters which turned the tables. From there, the score was dead even, with us securing a point or 2, then Pembroke winning it back until it was 24 – 23 to us, match point for the IGSSA Shield. I told the girls to relax and treat this last point like any other, and to not rush, or else we lose the pace that we made Pembroke play against and could lose the game. The last few points were too close for comfort, where it was 24 – 25, and a hit just went out which helped us tie the score 25-all. Toni had the right idea to serve the ball safe and force Pembroke to make the mistakes, and it worked. Our defence was stronger which helped us transition better to offence, and because of that, we managed to take out the last set 27 – 25, winning us the game and the Shield. The last and only time that we won the Shield was in 2015 in the 3-way draw with Concordia and Westminster. I can’t express enough how happy I am of the team, overcoming the odds in typical Saints’ fashion. – Shaun Lee (Volleyball Coach)

WATER POLO

Open A: Saints 14 v St Mary’s 7
Open B: Saints 12 v Pembroke 1
Open C: Saints 11 v Mercedes 1
Middle A: Saints 16 v Wilderness 2

STUDENT SUCCESS

CRICKET

In Week 4, from Monday to Thursday, I played 7 twenty matches of SAPSASA Cricket as part of the Eastern Metro Girls’ team. I was very grateful to be selected and had a wonderful experience meeting many new people. Our team was undefeated and won the competition for the third year in a row. – Lucy Lowry (Year 7 student)

SOCCER

Recently, I participated in Football SA’s trial process which includes eight days of selection. I was chosen to be a part of the U15 FFSA State Squad 2022. This program is part of the National Talent Player Pathway which identifies players from each State, providing a direct link to National team programs. This year, I played in the U14 team and had a blast, as well as learning many new things from my amazing coaches and teammates. Sadly, Nationals was cancelled this year due to COVID, so I’m really looking forward to it next year. I am super excited to be a part of this team and to start pre-season next week! – Chloe Richardson (Year 7 student)

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