Issue no. 21
From Our Principal
One of the many highlights of Term 3 was our students’ participation in the Community of the Sisters of the Church Music Festival held at Canberra Girls’ Grammar School. While attending this event I had the opportunity to meet and work with the Principals of our five sister schools from Australia and New Zealand. Many of you will be aware that our School was founded in 1894, however our legacy as an ‘Emily School’ is less known. Mother Emily Ayckbowm was the founder of the Anglican Community of the Sisters of the Church. Seven sisters of this Church set forth from England travelling to Hobart in 1892. Their motivation was a love of God, a sense of duty and a commitment to be of service. They were trailblazers, courageous, creative and compassionate. They were seven women whose faith in God imbued in them a fortitude and optimism that informed their educational enterprise.
In the years between 1892 and 1926, they founded seven schools across Australia and New Zealand. The sisters were committed to providing girls with an education – an education that would result in graduates being well-rounded, virtuous people who would contribute to society beyond the school gates. This is the very mission that our School still holds.
Six of the seven ‘Emily Schools’ that the Sisters founded are still operating today, with five of the six remaining committed to girls’ only education. St Michael’s Collegiate in Tasmania was founded in 1892, and we were next in 1894. St Michael’s Grammar, which is now co-ed, was founded in Melbourne in 1895 with Perth College following in 1902. The Sisters then founded St Margaret’s in New Zealand in 1911 and finally Canberra Girls Grammar in 1926.
Music students from these six schools gathered in Canberra, where they had the opportunity to work together under the tutelage of world class conductors, composers and musicians. The resulting concert was a wonderful celebration of our shared history with that sense of connectedness that music can achieve. I felt incredibly privileged to have attended the festival and I could not have been prouder of our students – the way they conducted themselves, their superb musicianship, the joy they brought to their performances, and the pride they showed in being St Peter’s Girls. I thank Sally Rounsevell, our Director of Music, for providing our students with another inspirational music experience, and Mairi Walker and Louisa Giacomini for accompanying our musicians.
Our School’s rich history not only forms the foundation of our identity and traditions but helps to create a sense of belonging amongst our community, instilling a strong sense of school spirit. As an Emily School we are thankful for our courageous sisters and their commitment to service in providing education for girls in a time when this went against the norm. In today’s world I am sure the Sisters would have been labeled as disrupters! I think of their courage, creativity and compassion and am proud that their legacy lives on in our students today. Their commitment serves as inspiration for us all to strive for excellence and contribute to our communities in an impactful way.
I wish you a wonderful and safe term break as we rest, reconnect with loved ones and prepare for a full and festive Term 4.
Year 5s Amaze in Aladdin Jr.
Term 3 is finishing on a high note with our Year 5 Production of Aladdin Jr. Our girls have been showcasing their amazing stage talents, culminating in their final performance tonight.
The girls dazzled as they took audiences on a journey into a world of wonder and adventure in their spectacular performance including heroes, heroines, a genie and a magic carpet. Audiences were left toe-tapping and clapping with big smiles on their faces!
The Year 5 Production is a cherished highlight on our Performing Arts calendar as our girls develop courage, creativity and compassion through acting, song and dance. It also provides our students with rich insights into the many other elements involved in stage production.
Congratulations to our Year 5 stars and staff on such an outstanding show!
Tonight’s final performance starts at 7pm; tickets can be purchased at the door.
Old scholars Aditi Tamhankar and Amy Rice relive their time as Aladdin and Jasmine in Year 5 with current cast members Dilini and Charlotte.
Saints Success at da Vinci Decathlon Finals
On Saturday 23 September, two teams of St Peter’s Girls students from Year 7 and Year 9 headed to Sydney to represent South Australia in the National Finals for the da Vinci Decathlon.
The da Vinci Decathlon is an academic competition designed to challenge and stimulate the minds of school students. Students compete in teams of eight across 10 disciplines: Engineering, Mathematics, Code Breaking, Art & Poetry, Science, English, Ideation, Creative Producers, Cartography and Legacy; this year’s theme was ‘Flight’.
Our Year 9 team placed first in four categories: Code Breaking, Art & Poetry, Ideation and Creative Producers. This earned them third place overall and makes them the top all-girls Year 9/10 Da Vinci team in Australia for 2023. The Year 7s also performed well, placing second in Art & Poetry and third in Cartography, well done girls!
On Monday, all the teams participated in a Race Around Sydney, a friendly competition involving a range of activities along the theme of flight, such as hoop throwing, semaphore with flags, cheerleading and activities that relied upon teamwork for success.
It was wonderful experience for all of the girls, involving collaboration, creativity and competition. We look forward to next year’s State da Vinci Competition in May 2024.
IGSSA Athletics Champions!
This week, Saints Girls took out The Reid Trophy at the IGSSA Athletics Carnival. 40 girls competed in the events and came out on top, beating Immanuel College by 45 points.
There were also some outstanding individual achievements, including Charlotte McAuliffe winning the Di Burge 100m Championship Trophy for the second year in a row and also getting a Championship Record in the Under 16, 200m. Charlotte now holds the record for the Under 14, Under 15 and Under 16 200m for IGSSA.
Elodie de Wit broke the record in the Under 15 3000m race, a record which has stood since 2010. The previous record holder was Sophie Linn – another Saints girl!
Saints also took out the pennants for Under 13, Under 14 and Under 15 age groups.
An amazing effort by all involved and very well lead by Athletics Captain, Amelia Lucas. Go Saints!
Community and Connection in the APY Lands
Our inaugural immersion to the APY Lands can be summarised using three words, community, connection and kindness. Ms Fryer, Mrs Burnett and five of our Year 11 students ventured 1200km north with an unwavering commitment to engage and learn.
The girls travelled to the schools located in the communities of Indulkana, Amata, Kenmore Park, Fregon and Ernabella. During the visits they taught Lacrosse, led STEM activities, played games and assisted with the styling of students for the Ernabella Dance.
Privileged to be taken out onto country, our girls showed the utmost respect, deeply listening to stories and being truly present at the beautiful landscapes they stood upon. They embodied our School values of compassion and courage wholeheartedly.
Our school communities will continue to connect through our shared love of dance and sport, strengthened now with a true understanding of our desires to both walk together.
We thank the members of the Adelaide Football Club, Adelaide Crows Foundation and Crimestoppers for supporting our School to travel alongside them.
Year 9s Kangaroo Island Adventure
Last week, the Year 9 students travelled to the beautiful Kangaroo Island. The girls took part in a variety of activities and sightseeing opportunities each day, some of which put the girls well outside of their comfort zone. The cold wind and rain on snorkelling and boogie-boarding day was challenging but the girls persevered and were surprised by the skills they learned.
Fortunately, the weather was perfect for our two hikes, we observed how resilient and hardy the Australian landscape is, having endured multiple bushfires in recent times, the regeneration was incredible. We waited, without luck, at a small pool in Flinder’s Chase hoping to catch a glimpse of a platypus in the wild.
One of the highlights of the week was attending an incredible raptor show. The girls were given the chance to hold kookaburras, owls and other raptors whilst learning about the rehabilitation process for these precious birds. The star of the show was Spook, the one-year-old white owl, who walked across our laps allowing us to pat him. Much to our horror, this cute little thing managed to devour a whole mouse in one gulp at the end of his presentation, which sparked lots of screaming.
Visiting Remarkable Rocks gave the students an opportunity for some quiet, reflective time as we contemplated the power of the ocean and took in the breathtaking views. Admiral’s Arch allowed us time to understand the world of the sea lion and enjoy watching them relax and bask in the sun.
Finally, the Year 9s were required to prepare meals using a Trangia. Sometimes cooking went well into the night as students waited for rice to boil regretting their choice of carbohydrate as they enviously watched their peers eat gnocchi that conveniently cooked in two minutes. Popular comments on the experience included ‘hey, I’m cooking this at home!’ or ‘there’s dirt in my pasta’.
Overall, the challenges on Year 9 camp required the girls to function outside their comfort zone, overcome fears, take calculated risks, work together as a team and trust their classmates.
We were so very proud of the way the girls faced their fears, came together as a class and rose to the significant physical and emotional challenges. It was a journey that will be marked in their memories for years to come.
‘Camp was an amazing experience, I loved bonding with my class and the boogie boarding because it was so fun and enjoyable. At first, I was a bit scared going on camp but I am so happy I went because I had an amazing time and wish I was still there.’
– Evie 9ANKE
‘I really enjoyed visiting Remarkable Rocks, as it was a great experience and there were spectacular views.’
– Charlotte 9KABU
‘Personally, one of the highlights for me was when my class gathered around the campfire, sharing our stories and reflecting on our experiences promoting such a positive atmosphere whilst fostering long-lasting bonds between classmates.’
– Eliza 9SEN
Year 10s Head to the Flinders Ranges
Last week the Year 10s went to the Flinders Ranges for camp. We were given the opportunity to complete a variety of activities, including bush walking, mountain biking, abseiling and rock climbing. We faced challenges such as the heat and the insane number of flies.
During the week, each House hiked up Mt Arden which bonded each Home Group together as the hike proved to be a struggle for many. Mountain biking was a very new and scary experience for most, and almost everyone did it without a fall. I really enjoyed creating new memories and friendships with people in my Home Group. On behalf of the Year 10 students, we would like to thank our camp instructors and teachers for supporting us and giving us this opportunity that we are all grateful for.
Year 12 Family Breakfast
This morning, Year 12 students and their families joined staff on Chiverton Lawns for a shared breakfast. Blessed with sunshine, coffee and good company, the morning was a wonderful opportunity to gather informally as we near the end of the schooling journey for our Year 12 cohort. It was lovely to reconnect with families and to see the girls relaxed and outdoors not worrying about final assignments or tests but instead laughing with friends reflecting on their time at school. Thank you to all who joined us and to those who worked tirelessly behind the scenes. Events such as these continue to add to the wonderful sense community we have here at Saints Girls, a community equally unique as it is special.
Deputy Principal and Head of Senior School
Saints Girls Compete eSports at Fuse Cup
Four pairs from St Peter’s Girls travelled to Pulteney Grammar School on Wednesday to compete in the Fuse Cup – Rocket League – eSports Tournament . What is eSports you may ask? A multiplayer video game played competitively for spectators, typically by professional gamers. What is Rocket League you may ask? Its soccer but with cars as players.
Mr Coulter, Mr Irvine and our school eSport captain Mya travelled with the team, with Andi and Cleo making it through to the quarterfinals. With home ground advantage, the team from Pulteney Grammar took home the Fuse Cup Trophy.
Most of our girls had never played the game before and having only three weeks training, each teammate put in a huge effort for an amazing trip. This event has been a great opportunity for each team.
This all followed on from our recent success with the Mario Kart Tournament held in Term 2 where again Andi finished 2nd overall. Keep an eye out for more APEX led competitions in the future!
Voyage of Learning for Year 4
On Friday 22 September, the Year 4 students visited the South Australian Maritime Museum. The excursion linked with our central idea, ‘Exploration has led to discovery and change’ through the transdisciplinary theme, ‘Where we are in place and time’.
The students participated in several activities; viewing the museum’s current exhibition through a self-guided tour, a tour of a replica ketch, a presentation about Australia’s first encounters and a boat ride on the Archie Badenoch on the Port River, led by a man named James (not Cook, the students confirmed). The students enjoyed sketching figureheads, spotting jellyfish, navigating the museum and completing the scavenger hunt aboard the ketch. The students shared some personal comments regarding the excursion:
‘I am very glad I don’t have a sandbag for a pillow and mattress!’
‘Caw caw went the seagulls as the Archie from World War II whooshed through the water.’
‘In the lowest level of the museum we saw how the beds on the ships had changed over time. The quality was really bad. As soon as I sat on the bed, it was rock hard! I could not believe people had to sleep on that!’
‘Ketches are types of ships, they can carry livestock such as sheep, cows and food. Did you know that some ships have cats on them to scare the mice/mouse away from the ship?’
Zoe West and Olivia Coulter
Year 4 Teachers
Adventure in the French Alps
On Monday 18 September, the Year 8 French classes visited the Palace Nova Cinema in Prospect to watch Belle and Sebastian: The Next Generation. This French film is about 10-year-old Sebastian reluctantly spending his school holidays with his aunt and grandmother in the beautiful French Alps. Sebastian soon learns how different farm life is compared to city life, which he has always known. Sebastian unenthusiastically helps his grandmother herd and take care of the sheep – but that’s all before he meets Belle, a massive mountain dog who has been mistreated by her owner. Ready to go to great lengths to fight the injustice and protect his fluffy friend, Sebastian spends the craziest and most memorable summer of his life fighting for what’s right. This film showcased country lifestyle in France, picturesque visuals of the French Alps, as well as providing authentic French in real-life conversations and contexts. The Year 8s thoroughly enjoyed this film and look forward to seeing more French films in the future.
Year 8 student
Year 8s Dance Their Way to Cultural Understanding
Last week our Year 8 Chinese students had an unforgettable experience as they participated in an exciting Chinese dance workshop. During this workshop, they learned how to use traditional Chinese fans and water sleeves for dance performances, compared different dance types from around the world, and successfully translated their newfound knowledge into a group dance choreography at the workshop’s conclusion.
This workshop provided not only an educational experience but also an opportunity for cultural exchange. Students were actively engaged in the lesson, acquiring skills and movements in Chinese dance, and immersing themselves in Chinese traditional culture. They demonstrated excellent teamwork and talent throughout the workshop.
Following the workshop, students gathered to enjoy bubble tea, adding a delightful flavour to their cultural experience.
The Chinese dance workshop was a fun and educational adventure, and students perceived it as an opportunity to deepen their understanding and respect for different cultures. We eagerly anticipate more cultural exchange activities in the future, enabling our students to continue growing and learning.
Year 8 Chinese Teacher
Enchante Originals Launches on Spotify!
It is with pleasure that we announce the release of Enchante’s E.P. Enchante Originals, now available on Spotify! Even more exciting is the launch of our video single which features Year 9 student Abigail Hawkes’ incredible composition, ‘Memory.’
This E.P. has been a labour of love for Enchante who have worked extremely hard perfecting their vocals to the high standards required for this musical platform. To our talented composers Emma Pool, Stella Rasheed and Abigail Hawkes, we thank you for allowing Enchante to work with you in seeing your musical dreams become a reality.
We are greatly indebted to David Goodwin who has been responsible for recording, production, mixing and mastering the E.P. and LS Creative Co. for producing our video single. Special thanks to Naomi Crellin for two of the amazing vocal arrangements and to Rachel Vanderzon for the stunning artwork.
Thank you also to our beautiful Reception students who are a prominent feature in our video; Lara Miller, Alessandra Chau, Molly Coulter and Anna Lucas, and to their parents Cara, Julie, Olivia, Garth and Jo for their assistance on the day of filming.
Without further ado, we hope you enjoy our newest video, ‘Memory’ presented by Enchante and composed by Abigail Hawkes.
Fundraising for Lisa Fahey Foundation
This week, Saints Girls have been honoured to support the Lisa Fahey Foundation; a non-profit foundation who extends financial assistance, kindness and support to families with a parent or caregiver suffering from cancer.
Old Scholar Amelia Fahey (Patteson 2011) and her father Steve visited the School and shared how the Foundation was established in 2005, in memory of Lisa Fahey and her wish to help families faced with cancer. Since its inception, the Foundation, which partners with the Royal Adelaide Hospital Cancer Centre and Cancer Centre at Flinders Medical Centre, has assisted more than 250 families with a parent or carer who has cancer. On Wednesday, the SRC hosted a sausage sizzle, ran various activities and wore a yellow accessory to raise funds for the Foundation, generating a total of $1,230. Well done girls!
Friends of Rowing Season Opening Picnic
The Friends of Rowing invite you to attend the Season Opening Picnic on Sunday 29 October from 5 to 7pm on Chiverton Lawns. This event will be an opportunity to welcome our new and returning Rowing families for the 2023/24 season, as well as christen our newest boats!
All rowers are expected to attend, and Rowing families are encouraged. The event is open to the School community; Old Scholars and friends of the Rowing program are very welcome.
Tickets can be purchased here
$30 per adult, $25 per student/child
Tickets include nibbles, yiros and soft drinks. Refreshments will also be available for purchase.
Director of Rowing
Jetsetting to Greece at the Ladies’ Night Out
The ladies who came out to the Regal Theatre last Wednesday night had a fun time catching up with a glass of bubbles and dreaming of travels to the Greek Islands with a screening of My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3.
Thank you to all those who came to support the Performing Arts Program at St Peter’s Girls. Hopefully next year, even more of you will be able to join us for a fabulous night at the movies transporting us back in time to the 1920s in the beautifully refurbished Regal Theatre. Thank you to Alice Kennett for arranging the perfect venue for us. Congratulations to the lucky raffle winners and thank you to Susanna Parkinson for her generous donations of OSX personal training sessions.
1st prize: Carols in the Cathedral VIP tickets – Nadia Maione
2nd prize: Choral night VIP tickets – Rebecca Trude
3rd prize: OSX voucher – Isabelle Wilson
4th prize: OSX voucher – Jo Curry
5th prize: OSX voucher – Nadia Maione
6th prize: OSX voucher – Karen Blight
For anyone who would like to join the Friends of the Arts and contribute to the Performing Arts community at St Peter’s Girls, please contact Fiona McGregor via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Library Book Treasure Hunt
This school holidays, have a treasure hunt and see if you can help track down some lost library books. A few of the Library books have wandered of the shelves without being borrowed. It would be greatly appreciated if your child would collect any Library books from home (the ones on the book shelves, under the bed, in the wardrobe, or the toy box, in the car and anywhere else they may be hiding) and return them to the Library at the beginning of Term 4 or to the Front Office Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm during the school holidays.
Cyber Security Awareness Month
October is Cyber Security Awareness Month (CSAM), a time for all Australians to improve their cyber security knowledge and take action to protect their information and devices.
The theme for 2023, ‘Be cyber wise – don’t compromise’, encourages you to take 4 simple steps to be more cyber wise:
- Update your devices regularly
- Turn-on multi-factor authentication
- Backup your important files
- Use passphrases and password managers.
You can get involved by accessing the resources and guidance for Cyber Security Awareness Month 2023. Complete a quiz to test your cyber security knowledge, watch a video about Cyber Security Awareness Month and access guides to improve your cyber security.
School Shop Notice: School Holidays
During the school holidays, the School Shop will be open on Friday 13 October from 9am to 4pm.
Parents can also order items via our Online School Shop. This is accessible via the Flexischools platform which also administers our Online Tuck Shop. To sign in or sign up to Flexischools, click here.
Regular School Shop Opening Hours
Monday to Friday: 8am – 4pm (closed for lunch 12 – 12.30pm)
Vacation Care – October Holidays – Book Now!
Our next exciting instalment of Junior School Vacation Care starts next week! We have some great activities guaranteed to keep the children entertained throughout the October school holidays. With an array of excursions and on-site adventures, there is plenty of fun to be had.
Click here to view the program.
It’s not too late to book, so secure your spot now – Click here
School Health Centre Notices
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 email@example.com
Please find the latest guidance from SA Health:
- It is strongly recommended that students stay home if they have cold or flu-like
symptoms, and test for COVID-19.
- Whether they receive a positive or negative result, they should stay home until symptoms subside (usually five to seven days).
- While face masks are no longer mandated, they are an important physical barrier to help stop the spread of COVID, particularly when indoors.
If your child tests positive to COVID-19, please inform the School. Please also notify the School each day of absence, or provide the expected period of absence.
You can notify us via one of the following methods. Please include the name of the ELC Room, Class or Home Group. If emailing, feel free to ‘CC’ the teacher of the Room/Class/Home Group as well.
Text: 0428 601 957 (save to phone contacts as SPGS)
Phone: 8334 2200
For more SA Health information, click here
Please note that if your child is unwell, they should remain home until they have recovered, irrespective of the illness.
Absences from School
If your child will be absent from school/ELC or is arriving late or leaving early, please notify the School via one of the following methods:
Text: 0428 601 957
Phone: 8334 2200
Please ensure to include your child’s name, the name of the ELC Room, Class or Home Group and the reason for the absence ie illness/appointment/family/sport etc.
If notifying via email, feel free to ‘cc’ the teacher of the Room/Class/Home Group as well.
It would be appreciated if notification is received prior to 9am.
Wednesday 20 September – Friday 22 September
Year 4 – 6 Blue: Saints (4) v Seymour Blue (46)
Best Player: Maggie Will for being excellent on rebounds and worked with her team.
Superwoman: Amelia Birmingham for getting her first goal and being a key player bringing down the ball.
Coaches comment: The whole team were fantastic and have shown how much they have improved since their first game.
Year 4 – 6 White: Saints (2) v Wilderness Blue (47)
Best Player: Clementine Christo
Superwomen: I would like to name all the girls as superwomen today for playing and defending hard throughout the game despite only having 5 players and facing a much taller opposition, well done to Leqi (Grace) Lin, Ming Hei (Sophia) Lau, Jingyao (Esther) He and Jiaen Lu!
Year 3/4: Saints (1) v Pembroke Blue (1)
Best Player: Claire Lucas
Superwoman: Emma Brooks
Year 4 – 6 Silver: Saints (21) v Concordia (19)
Best Player: Anisha Pahuja for playing in C for a half and turned the game. Dominated with her great defensive work and strong drive out of defence.
Superwoman: Grace Lau for great movement and reading off her teammates. Excellent connections on court when bringing the ball into attack.
Year 4 – 6 White: BYE
Year 4 – 6 Navy Blue: Saints (6) v Concordia (14)
Best Player: Emma Willington
Superwoman: Charlotte Layton
Year 4 – 6 Royal Blue: Saints (5) v Saints Skye Blue (12)
Best Players: Christie Psaromatis, Colette Palmieri and Grace Osborne
Superwoman: Ava Duldig for amazing leads
Year 4 – 6 Skye Blue: Saints (12) v Saints Royal Blue (5)
Best Player: Claire Xiao
Superwoman: Yeuying Ouyang and Alexandra Teh
Year 4 – 5 Blue: Saints (N/A) v Wilderness Blue (N/A)
Year 4 – 5 White: Saints (N/A) v Seymour White (N/A)
Year 3 Blue: Forfeit
Year 3 White: Saints (N/A) v Pembroke Red (N/A)
Year 4 – 6 Blue: Saints (N/A) v Saints (N/A)
Year 4 – 6 White: Saints (N/A) v Saints (N/A)
Junior School Interhouse
Junior School sport has wrapped up for another term. Our final training for Basketball, Netball and Soccer saw the girls come together in their House colours for a Winter Interhouse sport competition. It was an opportunity for the girls to have fun and showcase the skills they have learnt over the season in a friendly event.
Netball played a fast five games which saw Patteson going undefeated in the Year 5/6 competition, while Kilburn claimed 1st place in the Year 3/4 competition. Emily Ebert (Year 6) said, ‘It was a really supportive, fun environment and exciting to play in an interhouse competition because I got to play with new teammates.’
Soccer saw Kilburn as the overall winner. Arabella Morgante and Ella Zappia (Year 4) shared, ‘It was exciting to play against my friends and with a different team.’
In Basketball we had some combined teams, but Patteson won overall. Penny Coulter (Year 4) said, ‘It was fun to play with new people in my House.’
Hockey players also enjoyed their final training where they played fun games and shared food. Claire Lucas (Year 3) enjoyed it because ‘everyone was supportive and we had lots of fun!’
We’d like to say a big thank you to the parents, guardians, coaches, and student mentors who have been involved in Junior Girls Sport this term! We are looking forward to our summer sports starting up again in Term 4.
State Under 13 Hockey
This week, Claris Stolcman and Jess Woods played in the 2023 Australian Girls Under 13 Hockey Carnival in Newscastle, New South Wales. It was tough competition, with South Australia achieving one win, four draws and five losses. The win came against Tasmania and was scored by Claris late in the fourth quarter. Claris was also awarded player of the match in the draw with ACT. Both girls enjoyed the experience and will come away with wonderful memories from the tournament.
State Under 15 Lacrosse
In last week’s eNews, we wished Alannah Godfrey good luck with the National Under 15 Lacrosse carnival she played in this week, however Saints had six girls there representing SA at the carnival! As well as Alannah, Lara Maione, Chelsea Francis, Ruby Kelly, Mabel Cook and Ivy Pratt also competed. Lois Burton-Howard was selected as an alternate.