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eNews – Week 3, Term 2 2022

Issue no. 14Enews-banner

From Our Deputy Principal /
Head of Senior School

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It’s hard to believe we are a third of the way through the term already. As we reach this point, students and their Home Group Teachers are coming together to have their 1:1 meetings during Home Group lessons. These meetings allow for relationships to be built and further strengthened which, in turn, creates a wider network to support the girls throughout their schooling journey. It is a feature of the #EMPOWHER wellbeing program that provides valuable insight into our students’ lives, any concerns they might have and the goals they are hoping to achieve.

To further support our new ‘Leadership Matters’ program launched to students across Years 7 to 11, the 1:1 conversation format will now also invite our girls to discuss with their Home Group Teachers moments where they have demonstrated leadership. They will investigate what they have learnt from the experience while also reflecting on times when they have supported a leader. It is our hope that by including these points of discussion and reflection, our students will continue to grow in confidence as leaders and that they recognise leading doesn’t always require official titles or badges. We are all capable of leading each day in the smallest of ways.

Working in conjunction with #EMPOWHER is the Career.Ready program. The Career.Ready team has had the pleasure of interviewing Year 12 students to discuss their post-school options. It is a privilege to help guide our Year 12s as they investigate what life can look like after Saints. Their energy and excitement was palpable as they began to envision themselves in years to come as doctors, lawyers, allied health workers, businesswomen and many other roles. Through the Career.Ready program, students have now gone on to research university options and will have the opportunity to meet with industry leaders over the coming term.

The beauty of the Career.Ready program is its reach to students from Years 7 to 12. That’s not to say we expect our girls to know what job they want in Year 7! However, they have the chance to understand themselves better, to know their strengths and areas of passion, which are themes also supported through #EMPOWHER and Leadership Matters. The Year 11 cohort has spent the past two weeks delving into areas of interest and then linking these into possible career pathways. Likewise, the Year 10 cohort will take part in Work Experience later this term, providing them with the opportunity to experience life in a work field of their choosing.

#EMPOWHER, Career.Ready and Leadership Matters all have the development and progress of Saints Girls at their very core. It is our hope that through these programs, students feel supported to explore new opportunities, to take risks in a safe environment and to grow as young women.

Lauren Sutton
Deputy Principal/Head of Senior School

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Spellbinding Production Captivates Crowds

Congratulations to our Year 12 Drama and IB Theatre students on their production of The Eyes of Her Beholder, a somewhat twisted re-telling of the story of Snow White which captivated Arts Centre audiences this week.

It has been a lot of fun working with talented students who are willing to commit wholeheartedly to the process in order to play with a story with which people are familiar and use that familiarity to develop something a little unpredictable and thought-provoking. It is also, as always, creatively stimulating to make theatre that is entirely original: from the writing, to the design, to the performances, to the final product itself, it is a unique (and risky!) approach to make something from nothing, but also tremendously rewarding. Thank you for supporting our creative endeavours, and we hope theatregoers enjoyed watching the show as much as we enjoyed crafting it.

Special thanks to the following:

As always, to Chris Morden and Neil Fuller who, once again, constructed an amazing set and solved many problems along the way to do so! Anne Ninnes for her unwavering support in designing, making and collecting costumes. Wesley Hiscock who took on so many features of the show and made sure they were possible. Asha Eaton and Mollie Kennett who came in during their holidays to help paint the set. The Arts Faculty for supporting the process in all sorts of ways and for allowing me to completely commandeer the Arts Centre. Staff who helped with Front-of-House and accepted the disruptions caused by rehearsals. And, as always, to Rach, Bella, Hope and Quinn – for their encouragement, support and help!

Michael Butler-Wills
Writer and Director

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Cross Country Interhouse Results

Last Friday saw students from Reception to Year 9 compete in our Interhouse Cross Country. The course in neighbouring Bell Yett Reserve ranged from 1km for our Reception students, up to 3km for students in Years 8 and 9. Interhouse Cross Country is a fantastic opportunity for students to challenge themselves over a course which we train on during PE lessons.

In a close event with only 39 points separating the top 3 Houses, congratulations goes to Selwyn for taking out the 2022 Cross Country Shield!

House Results

1st Selwyn (442 points)
2nd Kilburn (414 points)
3rd Kennion (403 points)
4th Patteson (283 points)

Individual Results

Reception: 1st – Darcey Wilson, 2nd – Chloe Liu, 3rd – Zoey Zhao
Year 1: 1st – Charlotte Kelly, 2nd – Millie Dougherty, 3rd – Alex He
Year 2: 1st – Mia O’Brien, 2nd – Scarlett Drake, 3rd – Florence Cleland
Year 3: 1st – Lucy Dougherty, 2nd – Jiaen Lu, 3rd – Amber Guo
Year 4: 1st – Aurelia Tan, 2nd – Milly Richardson, 3rd – Olivia Ianniello
Year 5: 1st – Emily Robinson, 2nd – Mika Valmorbida, 3rd – Ella King
Year 6: 1st – Lauren Disney, 2nd – Audrey Fox, 3rd – Lois Burton-Howard
Year 7: 1st – Isla Fahey, 2nd – Aleesha Gray, 3rd – Ava Fox
Year 8: 1st – Elodie de Wit, 2nd – Chloe Richardson, 3rd – Abigail Hawkes
Year 9: 1st – Carys Kinsella-White, 2nd – Ella Warrick, 3rd – Charlotte McAuliffe

Tommy Peak
Director of Sport

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‘A Touch of Blue’ for Young Old Scholars

‘A Touch of Blue’ for our young Old Scholars was held last Friday evening in the School Library. This was the first event on the OSA calendar for our most recent graduates with alumni from 2018 – 2021 attending.

It was fabulous to welcome the girls back to Stonyfell for this reunion event which continued with a fun bus ride to the Feathers Hotel.

Megan McCormack
Community Relations Manager

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Raw Reflections from Moving History Excursion

In Week 2, the Year 10 History cohort visited the Andrew Steiner Centre/Adelaide Holocaust Museum as part of their Depth Study into World War 2 in Europe. While learning about the causes, course and consequences of the Holocaust through the interactive displays, students were also able to meet a Holocaust survivor and reflect on the legacy of such a traumatic event.

To read some of the students’ insights, click here

Gregor Dingwall
Head of Humanities

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Iconic Work by Year 6 Art Leaders

 

Last term, the Year 6 Art Leaders worked with Junior School Art Teacher Sarah Casson to develop icons for each IB Learner Profile attribute. The Learner Profile attributes are central to the International Baccalaureate programme. They represent the capacities and responsibilities of people, and help us to strive to be the best citizens we can. These attributes support our students to take action, whether that be with their learning, in their relationships with others or in the community.

These icons were launched at last week’s Junior School Assembly where each Art Leader shared the thinking behind her artwork. These icons will soon be displayed around our School.

Helen Smith
Deputy Head of Junior School

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Saints Make a Splash in Little Mermaid Production

We’re excited for Saints Girls who’ll be appearing in the production of The Little Mermaid JR. by Shane Davidson Presents. Journey under the sea with Ariel and her aquatic friends. Featuring wonderful songs such as ‘Part of Your World’, ‘Under the Sea’ and ‘Poor Unfortunate Souls’, a vibrant cast of 40 will sing and dance their way through colourful scene after scene.

Venue: Arts Centre, St Peter’s Girls’ School
Dates: Saturday 11 June and Sunday 12 June
Tickets: $35 via TryBooking – click here

Shane Davidson
Year 4 Teacher

Music by Lyrics by Book by Alan Menken Howard Ashman & Glenn Slater Doug Wright. Based on the Hans Christian Andersen Story and the Disney Film produced by Howard Ashman & John Musker and written & directed by John Musker and Ron Clements. Licensed exclusively by Music Theatre International (Australasia). All performance materials supplied by Hal Leonard Australia.

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Kilburn House Charity Day

On Friday of Week 6, the Year 10 Kilburn girls will be running a sausage sizzle to raise money for our House Charity, Treasure Boxes. This organisation helps people from all walks of life who are experiencing poverty, domestic violence or homelessness.

Sausages with bread and soft drinks will be sold for $2 each and juice boxes for $1. Soft drinks are only available for Years 3 – 12. We will also be offering a vegetarian option, gluten-free bread will be available (at no additional cost), and we’ll have a meal deal consisting of one sausage with bread and a drink for the total of $3.

A TryBooking link and further details will be provided next week. Thank you and we hope to see you supporting our House Charity on the day!

Alysa Trinh
Year 10 Student

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Nude Food Tuesdays

The Environment Club is encouraging all Saints Girls to minimise their plastic usage, especially in the packaging of their recess and lunch. Many of us pack our recess and lunch in zip lock bags and cling wrap. But the issue with this is that we use these once and then toss them into the bin. These plastics are not biodegradable, and over many years will simply break down into microplastics contaminating our water sources and even our food.

So, to decrease this impact, the Environment Club is inviting everyone to participate in Nude Food Tuesdays. On this day, we ask that students’ lunch and recess are not packaged in single use plastic and are instead packed in other items such as containers, beeswax wraps or even multi-use silicon bags.

If everyone participates, the amount of plastic which the School contributes to landfill will decrease greatly, thus benefitting our environment. You can even do this every day if you are extra keen to help our environment!

Nathara Perera
Environment Club

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Piano Eisteddfod – Coming Soon!

On Thursday 16 June in Week 7 of Term 2, the Arts Department will hold St Peter’s Girls’ Piano Eisteddfod. It is open to all Junior and Middle School students who play piano. Parents are welcome to attend, and the time of each student’s performance will be communicated to families.

Girls will have the opportunity to perform a piece to a panel of judges, who will critique their performance based on accuracy, technique and musicality for their specific music level. This is a great opportunity for girls to perform in a supportive environment and receive some valuable feedback.

Girls are asked to play one piece that best displays their musicality and technical ability at their own musical level. There will be no minimum or maximum time limit. While the Eisteddfod provides our top piano players with a platform to perform, the aim is to give performers of all levels the opportunity to participate.

A Piano Recital will be held at 6pm on Thursday 23 June. Students will be chosen from the Eisteddfod performers who show confidence and a high level of musicianship. Selected recital students will be notified by the beginning of Week 8.

If your daughter would like to be involved, please fill out and return the Piano Eisteddfod consent form by Friday June 3. Girls can collect the form from the Arts Office or you can download it via the link below. Students will later receive their time slot to perform in the Eisteddfod.

Download the Piano Eisteddfod Consent Form

Sari Noble
Acting Director of Music

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Starry Night Gala Ball

Saturday 18 June

Saints Girls is over the moon about our Starry Night Gala Ball to celebrate and support our fundraising efforts for a new Gym, including our ‘Saints Girls All-Stars’.

Don’t miss out on this amazing evening with our Saints Girls’ community.

7pm, Saturday 18 June
Adelaide Convention Centre

Tickets: $200 per person
Includes three-course meal, beverages and live entertainment

To book your tickets, CLICK HERE

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Star Struck Major Lottery

As momentum builds for our Gym fundraising campaign featuring our ‘Saints Girls All-Stars’, we are thrilled to share our Star Struck Major Lottery.

Ticket sales are now open, so get in quick!

First Prize: Toyota Yaris Ascent Sport from Northpoint Toyota (valued at $27,811)
+ a personalised car park at St Peter’s Girls’ School from 1 January 2023 to 31 December 2023.

This stunning new car could belong to you or someone in your family! Spread the word and feel free to share this opportunity with your friends and relatives.

To buy your tickets: CLICK HERE

Lottery Licence No: M14175

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COVID-19 Information

SA Health has advised that asymptomatic COVID-19 close contacts no longer need to quarantine. Therefore, asymptomatic children and students can attend school or ELC despite being a close contact, provided they undertake 5 RATs over the subsequent 7 days and receive negative results.

Please also be reminded of these vital requirements:

Should your child develop any symptoms, even mild ones, they must not attend school or ELC and should be tested for COVID-19. They require a PCR test with receipt of a negative result and resolution of symptoms before return to school/ELC can be considered. Students who have previously tested positive and have completed isolation in the past 12 weeks do not need to undertake testing.

If your child tests positive to COVID-19, notify us immediately. Please also advise the type of test (RAT/PCR), the date your child’s test was taken and the date symptoms started (if no symptoms, note ‘asymptomatic’).

Please notify us via email or text:

Email:  attendance@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au
Text:  0428 601 957 (save to phone contacts as SPGS)

If you need to notify us over the phone, please call the Front Office on 8334 2200.

Please note that if your child is too sick to attend school, they are therefore also too sick to be working remotely from home.

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School Medical Information Reminder

It is imperative that all medical information, including immunisations, is up to date on the School’s myLink parent portal.

Please follow this pathway to check and/or update details: myLink > Community Portal > My Details > select child name

If you have any questions, please email healthcentre@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au

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Warm Up with Saints’ Scarves and Beanies

With the cooler weather, the School Shop has some branded winter warmers:

Saints Girls’ Supporter Scarf – perfect for staff, coaches and parents

Saints Girls’ Beanies
– can be worn by students during their sport training sessions and warm ups, and also available for staff coaches and parents

To get your hands on these fabulous new items, please visit the School Shop.

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General 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 the 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.

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eNews – Week 2, Term 2 2022

Issue no. 13Enews-banner

From Our Deputy Principal / Head of Middle School

Adelaide SchoolsLast Friday, I was delighted to speak with students in Years 7 – 11 about our new student Leadership Program: Leadership Matters.

It’s named after Muriel Matters who was studying at university in Adelaide when our School was founded in 1894, the same year women in South Australia gained the right to vote. Muriel went on to campaign courageously for female suffrage in the UK. Her clear vision and determination to take action about something she believed in passionately, developing a variety of skills along the way, and showing perseverance, determination and being able to act with agility in a changing environment, make her a fabulous catalyst for thought about contemporary female leadership.

The program is based on research from academic papers on student leadership from around the world, as well as an audit of best practice from national and international schools. We arranged the program into four domains:

Self-Leadership: where students will look at the role that understanding emotions, self-regulation, personal values, motivation, strengths, weaknesses and personal wellbeing all play in our ability to lead successfully.

Fostering Positive Relationships: in this domain, students will look at the way that empathy, trust, inclusiveness, conflict resolution, collaboration, and the ability to motivate and empower others all combine to help build great teams.

Goal Achievement: where students will learn specific communication, problem-solving, agile thinking, time management and project management skills to enable them to bring their ideas and projects to fruition.

Taking the Lead – Taking Action: the practical component of the course, where students will be given carefully curated opportunities to experience and reflect upon leadership moments.

Underpinning the program is the firm belief that leadership skills and processes can be learnt by all students, and that everyone has the capacity to seek out and embrace ‘moments of leadership’, whether they hold a formal leadership role or not.

On Tuesday, we were excited to welcome back Old Scholar and former Deputy Head Prefect Thenu Herath (Patteson 2015) to talk to students in Years 5 – 12. Thenu is currently studying part-time the Juris Doctor course (graduate Law degree) at the University of Melbourne, whilst also being the CEO of the Oaktree Foundation. Oaktree is a youth-run international development agency. It believes that every young person should have an equitable chance to reach their potential, no matter where they are born. It exists to empower young people across the Asia-Pacific region to become agents of change and lead sustainable development in their communities.

Thenu’s talk was an excellent illustration of how young people can seize upon leadership moments to enact positive change. It also left all those present with a clear understanding of how young people can make a valid and measurable contribution to national and international issues, and a solid belief in the power and influence that young people can have if they act with integrity whilst utilising some learnable key leadership skills.

As the course develops across this year and beyond, I look forward to sharing some of the leadership learning and experiences that the girls are involved with as they develop their skills across the four domains of leadership.

For more information on Muriel Matters – click here

Richard Lisle
Deputy Principal/Head of Middle School

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Welcome to Term 2 in Our ELC

Term 2 is off to a terrific start in our Early Learners’ Centre.

We’ve loved reconnecting with our families, and the autumn leaves have provided the perfect landscape for our term’s learning theme of ‘transformation’.

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Senior Drama Production – Next Week!

The final countdown is on for this year’s Senior Drama Production, The Eyes of Her Beholder. The play involves a somewhat twisted re-telling of the story of Snow White, using six distinctive theatrical styles to share its familiar tale. Both humorous and thought-provoking, the play explores the nature of beauty, the horrors of betrayal and the power of familial love.

Don’t miss this original work, written, designed and performed completely in-house.

7pm, Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 May
Arts Centre, St Peter’s Girls’ School

To book your tickets, click here

Check out a sneak peek from rehearsals below.

Michael Butler-Wills
Head of English/Drama Teacher

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Year 5 Adventure Out of this World

The Year 5 students visited the Adelaide Planetarium last week as a part of their ‘How the world works’ unit of inquiry, with the central idea that ‘Advances in technology have enhanced our understanding of the Earth and its place in the solar system.’

The girls were fascinated by the view of the stars and planets above Adelaide’s sky as well as the incredible vision into the centre of a black hole. They were able to experience the constellations as we see them in the southern hemisphere and will now be finding many of these when looking at the night’s sky.

Kim Butler-Nixon, Shelley Hampton, Shane Davidson
Year 5 Teachers

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Operatic Dream for Talented Performer


Congratulations to Year 8 student Eliza Brill Reed who performed in Benjamin Britten’s iconic opera, The Turn of the Screw, with the State Opera of South Australia. It traces the story of a young, inexperienced governess who is charged with the care of Flora (played by Eliza) and Miles, two orphaned children abandoned by their uncle at his grand country estate.

The Arts Hub review stated, ‘Max and Eliza were faultless as Miles and Flora. Together they are on stage for most of the two-hour production and are exceptionally good, in both their operatic singing and their stagecraft.’

This was an amazing opportunity for Eliza as she branches out into professional musical theatre.

Sari Noble
Music Teacher

Photo credit: Soda Street Productions

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Saints Girls Represent in Rowing

Well done to Year 11 student Georgina Wakeham who was selected to represent South Australia in the Women’s Pathway 8+ during the school holidays. The Pathway 8+ is a State representative development crew for U19 athletes still at school which races alongside the 2022 Australian U19, U21, and U23 Rowing Team Selection Trials. This provides these athletes with not only the chance to represent their state and compete, but also to observe the best athletes in the country as they strive for National team selection.

Georgina was joined at trials by Old Scholars Sophie Barr (Kilburn 2021) and Amy Carrodus (Selwyn 2019) who were invited to trial for the U21 and U23 Australian Rowing Teams based on their results at the recent 2022 Australian Rowing Championships.

Congratulations to Georgina, Sophie and Amy for their success in being selected/invited to compete at selection trials. It is great to see current students and Old Scholars continuing to strive and excel in Rowing.

Brynley Millward
Director of Rowing

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IB EXPO 2022 – Next Tuesday

Tuesday 17 May 5.30 – 7pm

Would you like to learn about the IB Diploma Programme? In Years 11 and 12, students can undertake the excellent and world-renowned IB Diploma. Before they do, it is helpful to understand the structure of the programme, its courses and assessments, so your daughter can choose the pathway/courses that best suit.

We particularly encourage parents from Years 8 – 10 to attend the IB EXPO which will be held next Tuesday 17 May, 5.30 – 7pm, in the Chapel and Middle School. As well as our Year 8 – 10 parents and their daughters, all members of our community and the public are also welcome.

Our IB Diploma Coordinator Carolyn Farr will present the structure of the Diploma, including differences with SACE and how universities recognise IB Diploma achievement. An excellent way to understand the benefits and experiences that the IB Diploma offers is to speak with our graduates. There will also be students who are currently undertaking their Diploma to talk to. IB teachers will be present to share their enthusiasm for the Diploma and perspectives from a subject specialist point-of-view.

5.30 – 6.15pm
Carolyn Farr, IB Diploma Coordinator: What is the IB Diploma? (Chapel)

6.15 – 7pm
Parents and students can chat with current IB students, IB teachers and IB graduates. (Middle School)

Year 9 and 10 students will also have information sessions during the school day this term; however, the IB EXPO experience is a great way to hear from different people all at the same event.

Please do contact me if you have any questions. I look forward to seeing you and sharing my passion for this programme.

Carolyn Farr
IB Diploma Coordinator

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Piano Eisteddfod – Coming Soon!

On Thursday 16 June in Week 7 of Term 2, the Arts Department will hold St Peter’s Girls’ Piano Eisteddfod. It is open to all Junior and Middle School students who play piano. Parents are welcome to attend, and the time of each student’s performance will be communicated to families.

Girls will have the opportunity to perform a piece to a panel of judges, who will critique their performance based on accuracy, technique and musicality for their specific music level. This is a great opportunity for girls to perform in a supportive environment and receive some valuable feedback.

Girls are asked to play one piece that best displays their musicality and technical ability at their own musical level. There will be no minimum or maximum time limit. While the Eisteddfod provides our top piano players with a platform to perform, the aim is to give performers of all levels the opportunity to participate.

A Piano Recital will be held at 6pm on Thursday 23 June. Students will be chosen from the Eisteddfod performers who show confidence and a high level of musicianship. Selected recital students will be notified by the beginning of Week 8.

If your daughter would like to be involved, please fill out and return the Piano Eisteddfod consent form by Friday June 3. Girls can collect the form from the Arts Office or you can download it via the link below. Students will later receive their time slot to perform in the Eisteddfod.

Download the Piano Eisteddfod Consent Form

Sari Noble
Acting Director of Music

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Starry Night Gala Ball

Saturday 18 June

Saints Girls is over the moon about our Starry Night Gala Ball to celebrate and support our fundraising efforts for a new Gym, including our ‘Saints Girls All-Stars’.

Don’t miss out on this amazing evening with our Saints Girls’ community.

7pm, Saturday 18 June
Adelaide Convention Centre

Tickets: $200 per person
Includes three-course meal, beverages and live entertainment

To book your tickets, CLICK HERE

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Star Struck Major Lottery

As momentum builds for our Gym fundraising campaign featuring our ‘Saints Girls All-Stars’, we are thrilled to share our Star Struck Major Lottery.

Ticket sales are now open, so get in quick!

First Prize: Toyota Yaris Ascent Sport from Northpoint Toyota (valued at $27,811)
+ a personalised car park at St Peter’s Girls’ School from 1 January 2023 to 31 December 2023.

This stunning new car could belong to you or someone in your family! Spread the word and feel free to share this opportunity with your friends and relatives.

To buy your tickets: CLICK HERE

Lottery Licence No: M14175

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COVID-19 Information

SA Health has advised that asymptomatic COVID-19 close contacts no longer need to quarantine. Therefore, asymptomatic children and students can attend school or ELC despite being a close contact, provided they undertake 5 RATs over the subsequent 7 days and receive negative results.

Please also be reminded of these vital requirements:

Should your child develop any symptoms, even mild ones, they must not attend school or ELC and should be tested for COVID-19. They require a PCR test with receipt of a negative result and resolution of symptoms before return to school/ELC can be considered. Students who have previously tested positive and have completed isolation in the past 12 weeks do not need to undertake testing.

If your child tests positive to COVID-19, notify us immediately. Please also advise the type of test (RAT/PCR), the date your child’s test was taken and the date symptoms started (if no symptoms, note ‘asymptomatic’).

Please notify us via email or text:

Email:  attendance@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au
Text:  0428 601 957 (save to phone contacts as SPGS)

If you need to notify us over the phone, please call the Front Office on 8334 2200.

Please note that if your child is too sick to attend school, they are therefore also too sick to be working remotely from home.

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School Medical Information Reminder

It is imperative that all medical information, including immunisations, is up to date on the School’s myLink parent portal.

Please follow this pathway to check and/or update details: myLink > Community Portal > My Details > select child name

If you have any questions, please email healthcentre@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au

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School Shop Notices

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday: 8am – 4pm
(closed for lunch 12 – 12.30pm)

Winter Uniform Requirements

Year 4 Students
The pinafore is replaced by a skirt of the same fabric, so if the pinafore still fits, the bib can simply be removed. The grandpa shirt is replaced by a collared shirt and tie, and the junior blazer (cardigan) is no longer worn and is replaced by a navy blue jumper and a wool blazer.

Year 10 & 12 Students
Year 10 students move into our pale blue seniors jumper.
Year 12 students move into our white Year 12 jumper. We also have a matching white scarf available for $30, however this is not a compulsory item.

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General 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 the 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.

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Sports News

WINTER SPORT

It has been fantastic to begin our Winter Sport season. We have seen Junior games start this week, with both Netball and Hockey matches underway, whilst Year 7 – 12 games will commence in Week 4. Our Middle and Senior School girls are currently partaking in trials, and teams will be finalised next week.

LACROSSE

The U11s had their first game on Saturday 7 May, and they went out and smashed it! They all played hard and worked well together. They ended up taking victory against Eagles with a final score of 6 – 2. Our two goalkeepers were Matilda Purvis and Mimi Birmingham and they both did an amazing job, making some fantastic saves. Our goal scorers were Maddie Romeo (1), Willow Chong (1), Violet Tulloch (2) and Christie Psaromatis (1). Great game girls, well played! – Dani Cox (Lacrosse Captain)

SAPSASA CROSS COUNTRY

Last Friday, a group of our Junior School students represented Saints Girls at the SAPSASA Cross Country. They completed a 2km or 3km course (depending on age group) around Foxfield Oval in Athelstone, competing against students from across the East Adelaide district. It was wonderful to see the compassion modelled by our more experienced students in supporting those new to the competition, and to see the courage shown by all of our girls in representing the School.

Adelaide Schools

Congratulations to the following students who achieved Top 10 placings in their age group:

Audrey Fox – 3rd (12yo)
Lois Burton-Howard – 8th (12yo)
Emily Robinson – 4th (11yo)
Ella King – 9th (11yo)
Milly Richardson – 3rd (10yo)

Based on these results, Audrey, Emily and Milly have been selected to represent East Adelaide at Oakbank. Well done to all of our students on their efforts, and good luck to Audrey, Emily and Milly for the next race!

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eNews – Week 1, Term 2 2022

Issue no. 12Enews-banner

From Our Principal

One of the great privileges of living in a country like Australia is our willingness to engage in open academic debate. As we’ve manoeuvred our way through the pandemic, even the medical experts haven’t reached consensus on the value of lockdowns or the use of masks. And as a community, we are no different. I’ll often receive two emails on the same day, one fully supporting the latest restriction imposed on the School and another incredulous that I should continue to submit the girls to such unnecessary and unjustifiable practices! Such open contestability comes at a cost – there is genuine fatigue and morale has taken a hit.

As parents, you’ve been asked to tolerate limited access to the campus over the past two and a half years. Numerous functions have been cancelled, and with socialising significantly reduced, many of us are feeling a little socially ‘rusty’ when it comes to school events. Our worlds became a little smaller and the thought of re-immersing ourselves in crowded social settings doesn’t sit comfortably with some. Things that were automatic to us in the days before COVID now need to be re-established as we seek to regain our confidence in gathering in numbers. For some members of our community, this will not be an easy thing to do.

I often talk about our sense of community. You know when you’ve got it, and you know when you don’t, but it’s not easy to explain exactly what it is. Yes, we all share an emotional connection, a desire to give our daughters the best start to life that we can. But it’s more than a common goal. Our community has an authenticity, a genuineness which makes it unique. And that sense of connection, that awesome vibe, is abundantly clear when we gather en masse.

So, let’s give it a go – reach out to those you haven’t seen for some time and meet up at our Starry Night Gala Ball on Saturday 18 June. It will be a night of wonderful food and wine, fabulous entertainment (the amazing band from the 125th Anniversary celebrations is back, so bring those dancing shoes!) and of course, fantastic company. It’s time to reconnect and rediscover the sense of community that makes Saints Girls such a special place.

In staffing news, I’m delighted to announce that Jess Geraghty has commenced in the role of Director of Enrolments, Marketing and Advancement. Please join me in congratulating Jess on her appointment.

Best wishes for Term 2!

Julia Shea
Principal

Starry Night Gala Ball tickets: www.trybooking.com/BXABL

Star Struck Car Lottery tickets: www.trybooking.com/BWVMS

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Highlights of Term 1

Term 1 was action-packed at Stonyfell as our girls plunged into exciting events and activities across academics, The Arts, sport, Gym fundraising and much more.

Take a look at some of the highlights from our flying start to 2022:

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Team the Theme for Young Leaders

This week, our Year 6 girls developed their leadership skills in a Team Building Day with Beyond Limits Outdoor Education. The focus was to promote participation, communication and teamwork, as well as developing the girls’ leadership traits. They took part in a variety of fun activities including archery, relays, water challenges, sling shots, a tower tumble and shelter building.

These activities equipped the girls with the skills to run their own peer leadership sessions later in the year. The Team Building Day was a huge success in empowering the leaders of our Junior School.

Mark Routley
Year 6 Teacher

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Year 2s Plant Seed for Science

Last term, the Year 2 classes joined our Scientist in Residence Sophie Dolling for a scientific investigation into the way seedlings grow. Sophie is a PhD student in Marine Biology and Chemistry, studying the chemistry behind plastic pollution in seafood species across South Australia.

As part of our ‘How the World Works’ unit of inquiry, the Year 2 girls have been exploring lifecycles of plants and animals and the process of change that occurs as they grow. They were introduced to the Senior Biology Science Lab and noticed how it was different to their classroom by identifying that scientists might need special equipment to carry out their experiments.

The girls discussed that seeds need water, soil and light to grow. Different groups had varied conditions such as a grow-light, coloured light, limited water and cold climate. They then observed the seeds and measured and compared their growth carefully by drawing detailed diagrams. With the seeds having grown over the school holidays, the girls are very much looking forward to continuing their explorations this term.

Kathryn Clark and Rebecca Greenhalgh
Year 2 Teachers

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High Notes for SACE Music Students

A group of our talented SACE Music students performed their first summative assessment pieces in Elder Hall on Saturday 9 April. Year 11 girls Lauren Parker, Matilda Chu and Chomilka Hattotuwa are currently completing Stage 2 Music Ensemble.

Lauren and Matilda played the musically challenging work ‘Scheherazade’ by Rimsky Korsakov as part of the Adelaide Youth Orchestra, and Chomilka presented a varied program of works as part of the Adelaide Youth Wind Orchestra. It was also lovely to see up-and-coming young musicians Jasmin Baker and Heidi Gong amongst the on-stage talent. Congratulations to all involved on a fine performance.

Sari Noble
Music Teacher

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Water Polo Girls Strike Gold


Congratulations to Sophie Dansie and Claudia Pearce on their selection in the Adelaide Jets U16 Water Polo team and for winning Gold in their division at the Australian Youth Water Polo Championships played in Brisbane over Easter. The girls shared:

I found the competition a fantastic experience as I expanded my skillset by competing against experienced players from other states. I was so proud of how our team composed ourselves and came out with Gold, which was so rewarding as we have been training for this competition for two years. – Sophie

As goalie, I was constantly faced with different challenges and situations, but with this came an amazing experience and I have made some great friendships along the way. Ending in a penalty shootout was definitely something that I didn’t expect and we were extremely happy to come out on top. – Claudia

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Sculptural Gift a Fairytale Ending

Saints Girls has received a generous donation of a sculpture for our Library titled ‘Girl Reading a Fairytale’ from Linda Klarfeld. This renowned Australian sculptor creates bronze and granite works of art that focus on the human figure. Her work ranges from small miniature portrait busts to three metre high, larger-than-life pieces.

In her early years, she studied at an international Stone Sculptors School in Horice, Czech Republic. Over the past decade, her name has become synonymous with the production of bronze portrait sculptures, capturing well-known Australians such as Dr Victor Chang, Alan Jones, Gai Watehouse and John Singleton, amongst many more figurative pieces.

Linda says, ‘I am European trained and Australian Made. I had a vision of being a sculptor when I was very young. I have always wanted to be able to capture a thought, feeling or person and hold them forever.’

Linda’s sculpture has found a home in our Library and offers inspiration for our community while providing an example of sculptural excellence for aspiring artists.

Lisa Hollis
Head of Library and Information Services

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Senior Drama Production – Book Your Seats Now!

The Year 12 Drama and IB Theatre students are busy working on this year’s production, The Eyes of Her Beholder. The play involves a somewhat twisted re-telling of the story of Snow White, using six distinctive theatrical styles to share its familiar tale. Both humorous and thought-provoking, the play explores the nature of beauty, the horrors of betrayal and the power of familial love.

Be sure not to miss this original work, written, designed and performed completely in-house.

7pm, Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 May
Arts Centre, St Peter’s Girls’ School

To book your tickets, click here

Michael Butler-Wills
Head of English/Drama Teacher

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IB EXPO 2022

Tuesday 17 May 5.30 – 7pm

Would you like to learn about the IB Diploma Programme? In Years 11 and 12, students can undertake the excellent and world-renowned IB Diploma. Before they do, it is good to understand the structure of the programme, its courses and assessments, so your daughter can choose the pathway/courses that best suit.

We particularly encourage parents from Years 8 – 10 to attend the IB EXPO which will be held on Tuesday 17 May, 5.30 – 7pm, in the Chapel and Middle School. As well as our Year 8 – 10 parents and their daughters, all members of our community and the public are also welcome.

Our IB Diploma Coordinator Carolyn Farr will present the structure of the Diploma, including differences with SACE and how universities recognise IB Diploma achievement. An excellent way to understand the benefits and experiences that the IB Diploma offers is to speak with our graduates. There will also be students who are currently undertaking their Diploma to talk to. IB teachers will be present to share their enthusiasm for the Diploma and perspectives from a subject specialist point of view.

5.30 – 6.15pm
Carolyn Farr, IB Diploma Coordinator: What is the IB Diploma? (Chapel)

6.15 – 7pm
Parents and students can chat with current IB students, IB teachers and IB graduates. (Middle School)

Year 9 and 10 students will also have information sessions during the school day this term; however, the IB EXPO experience is a great way to hear from different people all in the same event.

Please do contact me if you have any questions. I look forward to seeing you and sharing my passion for this programme.

Carolyn Farr
IB Diploma Coordinator

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Starry Night Gala Ball

Saturday 18 June

Saints Girls is over the moon about our Starry Night Gala Ball to celebrate and support our fundraising efforts for a new Gym, including our ‘Saints Girls All-Stars’.

Don’t miss out on this amazing evening with our Saints Girls’ community.

7pm, Saturday 18 June
Adelaide Convention Centre

Tickets: $200 per person
Includes three-course meal, beverages and live entertainment

To book your tickets, CLICK HERE

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Star Struck Major Lottery

As momentum builds for our Gym fundraising campaign featuring our ‘Saints Girls All-Stars’, we are thrilled to share our Star Struck Major Lottery.

Ticket sales are now open, so get in quick!

First Prize: Toyota Yaris Ascent Sport from Northpoint Toyota (valued at $27,811)
+ a personalised car park at St Peter’s Girls’ School from 1 January 2023 to 31 December 2023.

This stunning new car could belong to you or someone in your family! Spread the word and feel free to share this opportunity with your friends and relatives.

To buy your tickets: CLICK HERE

Lottery Licence No: M14175

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COVID-19 Information

SA Health has advised that close contacts no longer need to quarantine. Therefore, children and students can attend school or ELC despite being a close contact, provided they undertake 5 RATs over the subsequent 7 days and receive negative results. They must also be asymptomatic in order to attend school or ELC.

Please also be reminded of these vital requirements:

Should your child develop any symptoms, even mild ones, they must not attend school or ELC and should be tested for COVID-19. They require a PCR test with receipt of a negative result and resolution of symptoms before return to school/ELC can be considered. Students who have previously tested positive and have completed isolation in the past 12 weeks do not need to undertake testing.

If your child tests positive to COVID-19, notify us immediately. Please also advise the type of test (RAT/PCR), the date your child’s test was taken and the date symptoms started (if no symptoms, note ‘asymptomatic’).

Please notify us via email or text:

Email:  attendance@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au
Text:  0428 601 957 (save to phone contacts as SPGS)

If you need to notify us over the phone, please call the Front Office on 8334 2200.

Please note that if your child is too sick to attend school, they are therefore also too sick to be working remotely from home.

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School Medical Information Reminder

It is imperative that all medical information, including immunisations, is up to date on the School’s myLink parent portal.

Please follow this pathway to check and/or update details: myLink > Community Portal > My Details > select child name

If you have any questions, please email healthcentre@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au

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School Shop Notices

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday: 8am – 4pm
(closed for lunch 12 – 12.30pm)

Winter Uniform Requirements

Year 4 Students
The pinafore is replaced by a skirt of the same fabric, so if the pinafore still fits, the bib can simply be removed. The grandpa shirt is replaced by a collared shirt and tie, and the junior blazer (cardigan) is no longer worn and is replaced by a navy blue jumper and a wool blazer.

Year 10 & 12 Students
Year 10 students move into our pale blue seniors jumper.
Year 12 students move into our white Year 12 jumper. We also have a matching white scarf available for $30, however this is not a compulsory item.

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General 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 the 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.

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Sports News

2022 WINTER SPORT TRAINING TIMES

Junior School students – click here

Middle and Senior School students – click here

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