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eNews Week 11, Term 1 2024

Issue no. 21Enews-banner

From Our Principal

It seems like such a short time ago that I was welcoming you to another exciting year here at Saints Girls, and as Term 1 concludes I can’t help but reflect on what a great start to the year we have had. I have been fortunate to witness so many examples of the dedication and achievements of our students, and I am incredibly proud of every one of them.

Term 1 has been marked by numerous exciting events such as Girls in Tech, our Swimming Carnival, Choral Night, the Head of the River, the Summer Intercol, and just last week our Year 10 production of Shakespeare on the Lawn.

Throughout this term, I’ve seen our girls consistently demonstrate the values of our School – Courage, Creativity and Compassion. Whether it is through their commitment to the academic challenges of a new school year, acts of kindness towards their peers, or their willingness to take risks and to be involved in co-curricular opportunities, our students really show what it means to be true representatives of our School’s culture.

The annual Girls in Tech event was a resounding success. We had the privilege of welcoming experts from the tech industry, alongside girls from local schools for a day dedicated to all things STEM. Thank you to our exhibitors for their engaging workshops. Special thanks to our dedicated staff for their hard work in ensuring the event’s success, and to the students whose enthusiastic participation made the experience truly unforgettable.

The Year 4 – 12 Swimming Carnival held at the Adelaide Aquatic Centre, was a day filled with team spirit, fierce competition, and enthusiastic participation. While Kilburn claimed first place, every girl shone throughout the day whether it was competing individually, in a team medley, or cheering on their fellow Housemates.

While our older students were competing and having fun in the pool, our students in Reception to Year 3 were celebrating Friendship Day at Stonyfell. The girls participated in special activities to reinforce the URSTRONG program, a focus in the Junior School in Term 1 as part of our #EmpowHER program. They showcased their friendship skills by participating in a treasure hunt, crafting friendship flowers, creating friendship ninja headbands, and performing a collective dance.

Our 80th Choral Night saw a historic turnout, with Kennion securing victory. Choral Night is one of the most anticipated events on the Saints Girls’ calendar. This year the theme was ‘Love’ and the quality of the singing was extraordinary, remembering that the choirs are not filled with choristers. The Year 12 dancers amazed the audience and caused much angst for the staff who as tradition demands, will present sections of the four dances to the students at the Year 12 final assembly in October. The most impressive aspect of all was the camaraderie demonstrated between our students. When each House performed, the girls from the other Houses supported their presentations wholeheartedly. There is no question as to why Choral Night was sold out this year (1,700 tickets reserved), as it is indeed a unique Saints Girls spectacle.

Our achievements at the Head of the River were remarkable. Our teams showcased exceptional skill, with first place victories in the 7/8B, 7/8C and 7/8D crews, while our 8/9B and 8/9D crews secured second place and our 8/9A crew proudly claimed third. This year also marked a historic moment as Saints Girls won the Rowing Intercol for the very first time!

Our achievements in rowing were just the beginning of a successful Summer Intercol with Saints Girls taking home the Trophy against Walford across five different sports, firstly Rowing, then Basketball, Cricket, Tennis and Volleyball. The girls showed admirable determination and energy in all sports and were greatly encouraged by the cheers and support of fellow students and their families.

Our ELC staff and students have also been very busy this term, many of them learning in different locations to accommodate the building works. I have been impressed by the children’s ability to adjust to these changes and to see these accommodations as an opportunity to embrace change and build resilience; two qualities which will be much needed by our future world citizens. The renovations that have been undertaken in the ELC, have not only resulted in a very attractive façade for our Centre but the children will also be the beneficiaries of the high-quality facilities and newly created learning spaces. I would like to thank and congratulate the ELC children and our Property Services Team for the beautiful Fairy Garden that they designed and constructed at the entrance to our centre.

Last Friday, our Chiverton Lawns became the stage for some real fairies as our Year 10 students brought Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream to life. This was another Arts spectacular with Chiverton House lit up as the backdrop for one stage, and a swing hung from the Himalayan Cedar tree creating another performance space. The lighting, staging, sound, dancing and acting made for a most memorable evening for upwards of 200 family members who enjoyed wood oven pizzas and picnic boxes prepared by our Food of the World students as they watched quality theatre, produced by talented students and staff in an enchanting setting at our very own School.

Last month I shared with you the progress of the North West Build. I deeply appreciate the feedback and thoughts our community has shared. We have complied your questions into FAQ’s, available on our website. Click here to view FAQ’s.  We are now in the final stages of the design process and look forward to sharing with you the final renders of the building once this process is completed.

Finally, I would like to once again, congratulate our students and the Music and Dance staff for the production of the video Girls which was released on International Women’s Day in March. This poignant and powerful collaboration showcased the artistry and talents of the students at St Peter’s Girls’ School. Watching this video brings a tear to my eye every time. I am not only moved by the sheer talent of our students, but it encapsulates so profoundly the Courage, Creativity and Compassion that are the foundations of our girls’ School. The video has been shared 141 times (a record for Saints Girls), with over 38,000 impressions and an overwhelming number of comments.

As we conclude another term, I wish to thank our staff for their ongoing commitment to excellence, making Saints Girls’ a leading school in the education for girls. Heading into the term break, I extend my best wishes to each member of our community and thank you for your continued support and active involvement. May you enjoy this time with your families and loved ones, and I look forward to the opportunities and adventures that await us in Term 2.

Cherylyn Skewes

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Important Dates

Last Day of Term: Friday 12 April
Vacation Care and ELC Vacation Care: Monday 15 April – Friday 26 April
Anzac Day Public Holiday: Thursday 25 April (ELC and Vacation Care Closed)
Start of Term 2: Monday 29 April
Sports Day: Friday 10 May

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream- Celebrating the Work of Our Year 10 Students!

Last Friday evening, Chiverton Lawns were buzzing with excitement as families set up picnic spots and settled in for an evening of Shakespeare. The music ensembles set the scene with their harmonious flutes and strings and the beauty of Chiverton House and our gardens was in full display, decorated by the Visual Arts students to represent a magical fairyland. The wonderful Friends of the Arts served beverages and people tucked into delicious picnic boxes created by Jenni Manson’s Year 10 World of Food students. The smell of wood oven pizzas wafted over the Lawns as our School community had a chance to catch up with their friends and families. It was such an amazing sight to see!

Undertaking Shakespeare is never an easy task. I was blown away with the progress that the Year 10 Drama students made under the guidance of Katherine Kitching. From the early rehearsals to the end performance, their confidence, clarity and commitment to their character showed enormous growth. The Stage 1 Dancers were responsible for all the choreography throughout A Midsummer’s Night Dream. With different strengths and abilities, they worked diligently to create a variety of performances which showcased creativity and diversity. From eerie fairies, to learning the Zorba and an energetic Hip Hop routine to end the night, their ability to create interesting dance work and teach and support one another was impressive.

As the sun set, the way our School was illuminated was simply breathtaking. Scott Lorian’s creative and technical genius was certainly on display and took this production to a level of immense professionalism.

A huge thank you to the Property Services Team, Fiona McGregor and Jeanne Phillips, as well as the incredible Arts staff who all worked so hard to bring this play to life in the great outdoors. Katherine Kitching and Kirsten Mansfield- thank you for everything you do for our students!

Kate Burnett
Head of The Arts

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Congratulations to Our Year 9 Leaders

Last week at assembly, I had the pleasure of announcing our 2024 Year 9 Leaders and presenting them with their badges. They are not only expected to support our School’s values of Courage, Creativity, and Compassion, but to take active roles in School life, bringing energy, enthusiasm, and creativity to their positions.

House Captain – Isabella Blake
Sports Captain – Zoe White

House Captain – Ruby Marschall
Sport Captain – Phoebe Lucas

House Captain – Lauren Fuller
Sports Captain – Neffy David

House Captain – Isla Fahey
Sports Captain – India Goodall

Library Captains
Mack Atkinson, Shwethakie Karunarathna, Lily Forby

Reconciliation Action Plan Ambassadors
Tia Bal, Jasmin Cetinkol

Arts Leaders
Hannah Beaumont, Emma Sayers, Matilda Simonis, Zara Perrone

Music Captains
Jana Song, Molly Liu, Samantha Li, Chen Chen Han, Leia Hui, Chloe Chan

Chapel Leaders
Naomi Meng, Annabelle Birdsey, Skyla Hutchinson, Nishka Soodan

Events Leaders
Lola Storer, Jie-Xi Tam, Wei Ning Khoo, Charlotte Hocking, Imogen Wallace, Scarlett Parker, Matilda Wilkin, Charlotte Catchpole, Grace Mayen, Nathalie Randeniya

I know you will join me in congratulating all students on their appointments.

Mrs Emma Smerdon
Head of Middle School


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The Story of St Peter’s Girls’ School

Our Year 3 girls have been hard at work learning about the 130 year history of St Peter’s Girls’ School. They have been investigating different sources of information to uncover the stories and facts behind our wonderful School. They had a special visit to the School museum, a local history walk, and have also been treated to Old Scholar guest speakers, Lynne Spry (Selwyn 1974) and Emma Smerdon (nee Bailey, Patteson 2005).

The girls were thrilled to showcase their learning in a moving performance at the Friends of the Founders Day Chapel Service. They told ‘The Story of St Peter’s Girls’, dressed in the uniforms from over the years, with a backdrop of photographs from the earliest days of the School. Their singing and dancing raised the roof of the chapel to remind all of us that the work and spirit of the Founding Sisters lives strong in us today.

Sarah Mulraney
Year 3 Teacher

Monique McLeay
Year 3 Teacher

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Girls Win the Day at the Battle of the Saints

In Week 9 the Year 12 Debating team faced students from St Peter’s College on the novelty topic, ‘fake tan is amazing’. After a heated debate, the girls came out with the win of a 5-2 margin from the adjudication panel. It was great to see the support from a large audience of students across the Middle and Senior School (some of whom had never even been to a debate before!) We hope that this support can continue as we kick off the Debating season in Term 2. We look forward to further competition with St Peter’s College and other schools in the official SADA competition. The girls should be extremely proud of their efforts in what was a highly entertaining and exciting debate. Well done to all involved!

Emily McCorley
Debating and Public Speaking Prefect

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Year 4s Explore the Botanic Gardens

On Wednesday 3 April, the Year 4s embarked on an excursion to the Adelaide Botanic Gardens as part of our ‘Sharing the Planet’ unit of inquiry. Our trip provided numerous opportunities for students to delve into the intricate interconnectedness that exists within the plant world.

As we wandered through the greenery, students witnessed the symbiotic relationships plants have with each other and the environment. From the towering River Red Gums providing shade and shelter to the delicate flowers attracting pollinators, every plant plays a vital role in maintaining the balance of the ecosystem.

One of the highlights was a guided tour led by Trent Hill, an Aboriginal storyteller and educator, who shared his knowledge about the traditional uses of trees and plants by Aboriginal people.

Throughout this unit of inquiry, students have gained a deeper understanding of the importance of preserving and protecting our plant life. They have been inspired to take action in their own lives to promote sustainability and conservation.

Jane Angove and Olivia Coulter
Year 4 Teachers

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Year 5 Students Visit Parliament

On Wednesday 3 April the Year 5 students were fortunate to visit Parliament House as part of our Inquiry unit ‘How We Organise Ourselves – Focusing on Australian Democracy’.

Our local member for Bragg, Jack Batty MP, showed us around the two chambers in the South Australian Parliament. Jack took us through the basic information of Parliament House, Democracy and a little bit of his role as a politician.

We slowly and quietly walked through the building as other members of Parliament House were working. We went into the red chamber first, the Legislative Council. Followed by the Green house, the House of Assembly. We were fascinated by the origins of our Parliament from England and the traditions as well as the roles of people, including the speaker and how the politicians vote for new bills which can only be passed by the Governor.

Shane Davidson
Year 5 Teacher

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Saints Girls Team Up with the Tjindu Foundation

Empowering Aboriginal Youth through STEM

We are thrilled to announce a heart-warming initiative undertaken by St Peter’s Girls’ School Reconciliation group for the Tjindu Foundation, an organisation dedicated to creating positive change for Aboriginal children.

In a recent collaborative effort, our students, under the guidance of Ms. Kendall Fitzgerald, our Cultural Liaison Officer, have come together to pack microscope kits for Tjindu and donate microscopes that are surplus to our needs. This initiative is part of our Reconciliation Action Plan, reflecting our commitment to fostering an appreciation and understanding of Indigenous cultures. Kendall, a proud Kaurna/Narungga woman, brings invaluable knowledge and experience, enriching our students’ learning through her role. The microscope kits, complete with various supplies, are intended to inspire and educate Aboriginal students in the fascinating world of science, particularly in studying plants and cells.

We aim to nurture global citizens who value justice, respect, and intercultural understanding through these efforts.  This gesture of support and collaboration signifies more than just an educational donation; it is a step towards bridging gaps and nurturing a relationship of mutual respect and understanding. Together, we are taking meaningful steps towards reconciliation and empowering the next generation of leaders in our communities and beyond.

Melissa O’Loughlin
STEM Innovation Leader

Kendall Fitzgerald
Cultural Liaison Officer

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ELC – New Environments can Inspire Curiosities

This term, our ELC community has embraced the recent changes to their learning environment by drawing on the Reggio Principles of using the environment as a third teacher. Take a look at what our Learning Community 2, Pathway Ferguson and Pathway Hallett children have been up to!

Chloe Skoss and Tori McDonnell
Pathway Ferguson and Pathway Hallett Educators

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It’s Oliphant Science Award Time!

What Can You Expect?

🔬 Real-Life Investigations: Conduct and report on scientific inquiries in real-world settings.

🎨 Unleash Creativity: Explore your interests, talents, and creativity through science.

🧠 Expand Knowledge: Develop a deeper understanding of science concepts and principles.

🌍 Share Your Work: Showcase your projects to a broader audience and inspire others.

Why Participate?

🏆 Prizes Galore: Win a variety of prizes including cash prizes!

🚀 Career Insights: Discover the vast array of career opportunities in science and technology.

💡 Innovation & Inquiry: Foster innovation, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.

🌐 Tech Integration: Embrace new technologies, including ICTs, to enhance your learning experience.

🎉 Open to All: Any and all students are encouraged to participate.

Categories to Explore:

🌱 Citizen Science: Sponsored by the University of Adelaide, engage in scientific projects that involve the public in data collection, analysis, and problem-solving.

💎 Crystal Investigation: Delve into the fascinating world of crystals and explore their properties through scientific investigation.

🎮 Games: Develop educational games that make learning science fun and interactive for players of all ages.

🛠️ Models & Inventions: Sponsored by the Australian Institute of Energy, design and create models or inventions that address real-world challenges or showcase innovative solutions.

📽️ Multimedia: Combine your scientific knowledge with your creativity to produce engaging multimedia presentations that communicate complex concepts in an accessible way.

📸 Photography: Sponsored by the SA Museum, capture the beauty of science and nature through stunning photographs that tell a story or convey scientific concepts.

🖼️ Posters: Design visually captivating posters that communicate scientific ideas, research findings, or experimental results.

🤖 Programming, Apps & Robotics: Sponsored by Defence Science and Technology Group, showcase your programming skills by creating apps, software, or robotics projects that tackle scientific problems or enhance scientific exploration.

🔍 Scientific Inquiry: Sponsored by the University of South Australia, conduct scientific investigations into topics of interest and present your findings in a clear and concise manner.

📝 Science Writing: Sponsored by Flinders University, hone your writing skills as you communicate scientific concepts, research findings, or personal insights through articles, essays, or creative writing pieces.

Click here for more information on the categories.

How to Get Involved?
Click here to complete the application form and share your project idea and plan by Monday 13 May 2024.

There will be weekly check-ins Mondays at recess in SC304.
Click here to learn more!

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ELC – News from Learning Community 2

A Reflection from the Erindale Room

This term the children in the Erindale room have been exploring the story of the Rainbow Serpent. As the term progressed, this exploration shifted from the focus of the dreamtime story and the connection to our outdoor environment towards creating representations of the serpent using a range of creative languages. The children were offered a range of materials to explore including:

  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Collage
  • Wool
  • String
  • Beading

These materials were carefully chosen by the Educators to capture the child’s imagination and allows them to build on their creativity. We believe it is important to offer a range of materials that give children the freedom to express themselves as well as to explore and create their own unique representations. Many of these have been documented in your child’s portfolio, and it has been a joy to share these during our Parent Teacher Conversations over the past few weeks. These materials have also been intentionally chosen to build on the children’s fine motor skills and ability to manipulate small materials and build the muscles in their hands.

To celebrate our term’s inquiry, this week the children worked on a collaborative artwork inspired by the Rainbow Serpent combining all these creative languages. We will gift this piece of art to our new rooms to hang as a reminder of this learning and our connection to this important symbol.

Laura Reiters
Learning Community 2 (Erindale Room) Educator

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Farewell Celebration for Mrs Jordan

This week, our Year 1 classes hosted a beautiful party for Mrs Jordan, who is going to be starting maternity! We wish Mrs Jordan all the very best. We will miss her but can’t wait to meet bubs!

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ELC Mothers and Treasured Friends’ Afternoon Tea – Book Now!

Dear ELC families

Join us on Friday 10 May at 2pm to celebrate the Mothers and Treasured Friends’ Afternoon Tea in the ELC!

Our Centre will be celebrating Mother’s Day and the inspirational women in the children’s lives including mothers, grandmothers, and aunties.

Click here to book by Tuesday 7 May.

We hope to see you there!

ELC Mothers and Treasured Friends’ Afternoon Tea
Friday 10 May
2pm in the ELC

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The Fall Guy – Don’t Miss the Opportunity of Two Chances to Secure VIP Seats



Bring your girlfriends, mothers and sisters and join us for an unforgettable night of action and comedy as Emily Blunt and Ryan Gosling entertain us with an ‘epic story of cosmic proportions’.

You’ll be greeted on arrival with a complimentary glass of bubbles and chocolate, ready to sit back and enjoy the show.

Date: Wednesday 19 June 2024 (Week 8)
Time: 6.30 pm for 7 pm Movie
The Fall Guy
Venue: Regal Theatre, 275 Kensington Road, Kensington Park SA 5068
Cost: $25 per person (includes bubbles and chocolate on arrival)
Raffle tickets: $5 for 1 ticket, $10 for 3 tickets
Early-bird offer: Purchase your movie tickets by 19 May for a chance to win an ‘early-bird-only’ special prize draw.

Our coveted raffle prizes are returning, including tickets to Choral Night 2025 and Carols in the Cathedral 2024. Waltz past the queues straight to your reserved seats with the VIP guests!

Raffle tickets can be purchased online with your movie ticket and will also be available on the night. Get your tickets before 19 May to be in the running for our fabulous EXTRA prize just for early-bird purchasers – a bundle of 2 tickets for Choral Night 2025 and 2 tickets for Carols 2024. Even better, you’ll still be in the draw for all other prizes on the night, including 4 tickets to Carols in the Cathedral and 4 tickets to Choral Night 2025 or one of three $100 vouchers for The Family Cook, generously donated by Victoria Braithwaite (current Year 10 parent).

This wonderful event is hosted by The Friends of The Arts community group. All proceeds go directly to support the many wonderful Arts programs at St Peter’s Girls’ School.

Please join us for an evening to remember.

To book tickets – click here.

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Years 4-12 Sports Day Notice

On Friday 10 May (Week 2, Term 2), the Year 4-12 Sports Day will be held at the SA Athletics Stadium. The day will begin at 8.30am and will conclude by approximately 3.15pm.

Students who usually travel on school buses will be transported directly to and from the venue, departing from and returning to their regular stops. School Bus Drivers will inform families of any expected changes to pick-up and drop-off times.

To assist other families, we are offering a special bus service to transport students from School to the SA Athletics Stadium and back. Buses will depart School at 7.45am and return by approximately 4.15pm. All other students will need to be dropped off at the SA Athletics Stadium in the morning and picked up from there in the afternoon.

We encourage all girls to compete in a number of events, with their preferences being discussed in PE lessons and House meetings. Sports Day is to be treated like a normal School day; therefore, attendance is compulsory for the whole day. If a student is unable to participate in their events, a note must be emailed to Miss Katherine Perkas via

The Friends of Sport will be running a raffle with excellent prizes on offer. They will also be selling House merchandise prior to the day. To purchase raffle tickets or pre-order merchandise Click Here. Orders will close at 5pm, Monday 6 May.

Thank you for your support as we count down to another epic Sports Day!

Katherine Perkas
Head of PE, Health and Outdoor Education

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Vacation Care Bookings are Open!

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.

April 2024 Vacation Care Program

Places are limited, so secure your booking now – click here

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Winter Uniform Appointments

A reminder that it’s time to check Winter Uniforms ready for the start of Term 2.

To avoid long wait times on the first day back at School, click here to book a School Shop appointment to purchase any Winter Uniform items required.

Alternatively, School Shop items can be purchased online via the Flexischools platform.

School Holiday Opening Times

Tuesday 23 April, 9am – 4pm
Wednesday 24 April, 9am – 4pm

The School Shop will resume regular hours on Monday 29 April.

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

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Sports News


Senior A Water Polo Grand Final

After remaining undefeated throughout the term, our Senior A Water Polo team earned a spot in the Grand Final. The Grand Final would be played against St Domonic’s and having not played them in the rounds due to forfeiture, the girls went into the game unsure what to expect from the opposition. Saints Girls’ maintained a positive mindset throughout, hitting the front early and building on their lead throughout the match, demonstrating strong defensive and attacking skills from all players.

The whole team has come so far since the start of the season and improved so much as a team. This was definitely shown during the game, resulting in an outstanding 16-2 win.

Well done to all players and coach!

Lacrosse SA Junior Carnival

Well done to Violet Tulloch, Jiaen Lu, Olivia Ianniello, Clementine Christo and Mimi (Amelia) Birmingham on their efforts at the Lacrosse SA Junior Carnival, winning the final in a dominant display of skill!

Throughout the day, the girls were very keen to learn and implement new skills and demonstrated fantastic teamwork, sharing and passing the ball between themselves as they worked it to goal. In some matches, the ‘mercy rule’ was implemented, which meant Saints Girls’ needed to come back to halfway and the opposition were allowed to play with extra players on the field. The girls understood why this was implemented and demonstrated brilliant sporting behaviour throughout the day.

Coach Rebecca Halloran said, ‘skills learnt during the day included ground balls, catching and throwing, dodging, movement around the goal, cradling, defensive positioning, stick tricks and shooting styles.’

Thank you to Rebecca and Miss Brennan for attending the carnival. Great job, girls!

SAPSASA Swimming State Championships

It was a successful day for the Adelaide District Swimming team, in which Emily Wang, Amy Liau and Mia O’Brien were a part of, winning the SAPSASA State Metro Division 1 Championships!

Emily Wang placed 3rd in the 10 Year Old Girls 50m Freestyle, getting a new Personal Best in doing so, with a time of 36.73. Emily finished 4th in the 50m Breaststroke, before teaming up with Mia O’Brien in the 4x 50m Freestyle relay, where their team placed 1st! In the 11 Year Old 50m Breaststroke, Amy was quick off the blocks but didn’t quite place in what was a very strong heat!

Well done to all girls on their contributions to the team!

My First Ever Triathlon

On the weekend, I competed in my first ever triathlon!

In the morning, I woke up at about 5am to be ready for the race which started at 7.45am. I felt nervous and excited.

When we arrived, I walked down to the flags on the beach and started to warm up. When I touched the water, I was shocked how freezing the water was.

The man counted down “4, 3, 2, 1,” and we all lined up horizontally. He shouted, “go,” so I sprinted down to the water. As I hit the water, I lifted my legs as high as I could to skim the water. I passed two lifeguards and knew I had almost finished the 50m swim.

I ran up the sand and removed my cap and goggles. At the transition area, I grabbed my
t-shirt and pulled it onto my soaking wet body. Squeezing my sandy feet into my shoes, I slid my helmet on and grabbed my bike. Once the 2km ride ended, I unclipped my helmet and started the 500m run. The finish line was in sight, so I sped up until I was at full speed. I dashed through the finish line.

Overall, I came 1st in my age category (ages 7-9), 4th in the female category and 6th overall (out of 30 kids)!

Mia O’Brien
Year 4 Student

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eNews Week 10, Term 1 2024

Issue no. 21Enews-banner

From Our Director of the Early Learners’ Centre

Transitions, whether the movement between our daily rituals or larger shifts between learning environments, are pivotal moments in a child’s educational journey. Through these transitions, we are committed to fostering a deep sense of belonging, nurturing strong connections, and promoting engagement for both children and their families and supporting children’s holistic growth and development. Our vision of transition goes beyond merely looking ahead to future milestones; we celebrate and cherish each step and phase of a child’s journey with us. Supporting transitions requires the development of knowledge, skills and capabilities that are nurtured from the moment a child starts at St Peter’s Girls’ ELC.

As we look ahead to the transition of our Pathway to School children into Reception in the middle of the School year, we are reminded of the significance of this transition. The symbolism of the name Pathway is such a wonderful reminder of the way that children’s growing independence, resilience, persistence and their ability to embrace change has been supported throughout their journey in the ELC. These skills are developed in a rich learning environment that nurtures and promotes our Pillars of Assessment including ‘sense of belonging and identity, social skills, communication skills, cognitive thinking skills, academic learning and motor development’.

Our Pathway children are immersed in a rich language environment where they have their theories and ideas challenged and extended upon. The current investigations around geometric shapes, inspired by our recent extension and upgrade to our building and facilities, has fostered profound learning and engagement. Furthermore, the children have explored with technical language as they articulate the changes they’ve noticed, engaging in discussions with the lead architect to delve into the finer details of their new environment. Additionally, they’ve also put pen to paper to represent their thoughts and ideas regarding how this new space should be transformed.

During the extension and upgrade Pathway children have relished spending additional time in the Junior School and have been warmly embraced by the wider St Peter’s Girls’ School community. As they prepare to transition into Reception, supported by our intentional approach and enriched by their time in the mid-year Reception room, they are well-prepared to confidently embark on the next stage of their learning journey.

Here are some wonderful comments from our Pathway children about their time in the mid-year Reception room in the Junior School.

‘My favourite part of being in the Junior School is going up to the playground. We use buckets and shovels and get to go on the big swing. Sometimes we get to see the big girls, they are practicing in the swimming pool. With our buddies we read books together and do drawing. In the buddy classroom we looked down from a bird’s eye view at Ferguson Park.’ Clara 

‘My favourite thing is the playground and the vehicles in the sandpit.’

‘We get to see the big girls Frankie and Jiani and get to play with them outside.  At the big School I like going to the playground.’

Liz Schembri
Director of Early Learner’s Centre

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Important Dates

Shakespeare on the Lawn, A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Friday April 5
Summer Interhouse: Friday 12 April
Cross Country Interhouse: Friday 12 April
Last Day of Term: Friday 12 April
Start of Term 2: Monday 29 April

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Junior School Playground Update

During Week 11, our Junior School students will have the exciting opportunity to trial the brand-new playground they have been patiently observing take shape this term. This trial period will allow them to explore the playground and share their thoughts and feedback with us.

Looking ahead to Term 2, we’re planning a ceremony to open the playground, students will be able to enjoy the new space before the official opening.

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Market Day at Saints Girls

This week, the Year 7 students presented an Eco-Market as part of their Futures subject. With great enthusiasm, the girls exhibited a diverse range of upcycled products, reflecting their resourcefulness and creativity.

Throughout the project, the girls explored the process of planning, designing, creating, budgeting and marketing their products. They embraced the principles of environmental consciousness, repurposing discarded materials into unique and practical items.

By actively engaging in this hands-on process, the students developed important skills, such as project planning, critical thinking, problem-solving and teamwork. They learnt to manage challenges, adapt designs and optimise resources, all while fostering a genuine appreciation for the environment.

Congratulations to all Year 7 Futures students for their creativity, hard work and commitment to sustainability. Thank you to the students and staff who supported us at the Eco-Market Event.

Joni Combe, Kyle Martelle, Ann Li, Thomas Bassett, and Randal Irvine
Year 7 Futures Teachers 

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Exploring Culture and Science

A Journey Through Dreamtime Stories and STEM

In a recent initiative, our Year 5 students participated in a fresh cultural learning experience that integrated a First Nations Dreamtime story with STEM principles. Cultural Liaison Officer, Kendall Fitzgerald, shared the mesmerising Dreamtime story of ‘How the Birds Got Their Colours’ with Ms Hampton, Ms Heath, and Mr Davidson’s classes. Using the Western Australian Bardi people’s Dreamtime story, ‘How the Birds Got Their Colours,’ we linked this with a STEM paper chromatography activity to find out ‘How the Texta Got Its Colour’.

The lesson’s goal was to connect the creative elements of the story with a tangible scientific process. The students discovered that a black texta, like the bird in the story, is composed of a spectrum of colours. This revelation was an awe-inspiring moment that led to independent thinking and creative direction, as the girls could test how paper chromatography works with different materials such as pencils, permanent markers, and colours.

The girls further explored components of other texta colours, permanent markers, and pencils, followed by group reflections. This enhanced their scientific understanding and appreciation for the cultural narrative intertwined with the activity.

This integrative learning experience encouraged the girls to view the world through a lens of curiosity, respect and wonder, complementing our School values of Courage, Creativity and Compassion.

Melissa O’Loughlin
STEM Innovation Leader

Kendall Fitzgerald
Cultural Liaison Officer

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House Spirit Shines with the Spectator’s Cup

At the beginning of the year the Prefect Team introduced the student initiative ‘202for… The Saints Sisterhood’. We know that building an encouraging community significantly boosts the confidence and happiness of the girls here at St Peter’s Girls’ School. A Sisterhood allows everyone to express themselves without feeling judged and creates a sense of family, as the girls know someone will always be there to support them. Through this initiative we aim to develop stronger inter year level connections between students which will generate a positive learning environment and comradery between the girls.

To put this concept into action we have introduced a new award called The Spectator’s Cup. The Spectator’s Cup is awarded to the House that has the most students come out to support their peers at School events. This term we have seen amazing results with a significant increase in students attending events, including Head of The River, The Lynne Spry Cup, and Summer Intercol. Currently, the House in the lead with the most points is Selwyn, however the other houses are not far behind! We would like to thank the girls who have come out to these events this term and we look forward to seeing this level of support continue to grow over the year!

Daisy Kennett and Sophie Ricciuto
Head and Deputy Head Prefects

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ELC – News from Learning Community 1


Loose Parts Play

Loose parts are materials that can be moved, arranged, stacked, overlayed, balanced, lined up, constructed and deconstructed. They can be natural resources like a collection of seedpods, rocks, sticks and stones. Loose parts can also comprise of discarded, repurposed or recycled materials such as plastic lids, egg cartons, curtain railings, fabric swatches, and corks. When incorporated into play, children respond to these materials and use their imagination and creativity to express ideas and make meaning.

This term, the children in Learning Community 1 enjoyed experimenting with all manner of loose parts to represent ideas, make connections and transfer knowledge from one setting to another. During our morning Banbanbalya, children were invited to use different loose parts to represent themselves around our Palti circle. When celebrating Lunar New Year, we incorporated brightly coloured milk lids of red, yellow, and orange to reflect this theme. Later, when our inquiry led us to explore Ferguson Park using the five senses, we incorporated native gum nuts and seed pods reflective of the fragrance and colour palate of the outdoors. In each instance, children practised patience and respect for one another, waiting for their turn to use a tactile material to record their presence while creating the circular shape. This was a beautiful ritual that encouraged the children’s sense of belonging at the ELC and served as a visual celebration of their participation and collaboration.

Inspired by our explorations of the storybook ‘Window’ by Jeanie Baker and our observations of ‘change’, the children took the opportunity to use recycled yoghurt lids, curtain railings, old fabrics, and reused picture frames to create different scenes and changing landscapes. Guided by images to inspect, such as sunny open fields, gardens, backyards with trees and birds, suburban landscapes, houses and the night sky, the children used their imagination to arrange and transform different loose parts into these very scenes. In their careful arrangements that are packed, aligned, and balanced, yellow lids became ‘more birdies’, while red lids were conceptualised as ‘flowers’. Metal curtain railings lined at the top of a frame became ‘smoke’ and layered fabrics functioned as ‘clouds’.

As our inquiry progresses to explore seasonal changes, we are offering new loose parts, diverse in colour, shape and texture for the children to experiment with and make meaning. We look forward to sharing in the creative and carefully considered discoveries the children make using these dynamic materials.

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An Old Scholar Q&A

Applying to Universities in the USA

On Wednesday this week, Old Scholar, Emily Murdock (Kilburn 2017) spent lunch time with Senior School students interested in applying to the USA for university.

She shared her experience of the application process, reassuring the girls there is no magic formula; instead, encouraging the girls to follow carefully the instructions provided by each university and be genuine in their responses. The students were able to ask lots of questions not only about the application process but also about living on campus, living in the States, etc.

Emily has completed her degree at Harvard University in Physics, Environmental Science and Public Policy. She is currently travelling on a Harvard Research Fellowship, after which she will begin her Doctorate in Environmental Science and Policy at UC Berkeley.

Karen Alderson and Carolyn Farr

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Ladies Night at the Movies



Bring your girlfriends, mothers and sisters and join us for an unforgettable night of action and comedy as Emily Blunt and Ryan Gosling entertain us with an ‘epic story of cosmic proportions’.

You’ll be greeted on arrival with a complimentary glass of bubbles and chocolate, ready to sit back and enjoy the show.

Date: Wednesday 19 June 2024 (Week 8)
Time: 6.30 pm for 7 pm Movie
Movie: The Fall Guy
Cost: $25 per person (includes bubbles and chocolate on arrival)

Raffle tickets: $5 for 1 ticket, $10 for 3 tickets

Our coveted raffle prizes are returning, including tickets to Carols in the Cathedral 2024 and Choral Night 2025. Waltz past the queues straight to your reserved seats with the VIP guests!

Raffle tickets can be purchased online with your movie ticket and will also be available on the night. Get your movie tickets before 19 May to be in the running for our fabulous EXTRA prize just for early-bird purchasers – a bundle of 2 VIP tickets for Carols 2024 and 2 VIP tickets for Choral Night 2025.  Even better, you’ll still be in the draw for all other prizes on the night, including more VIP event tickets.

This wonderful event is hosted by The Friends of The Arts community group. All proceeds go directly to support the many wonderful Arts programmes at Saint’s Girls.

Please join us for an evening to remember.

To book tickets – click here.

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Vacation Care Bookings are Open!

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.

April 2024 Vacation Care Program

Places are limited, so secure your booking now – click here

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Bookings Now Open for ELC Vacation Care!

School holidays are around the corner, so if you would like your child to attend ELC during this time, please click here to access our online booking form.

ELC Vacation Care will run from Monday 15 April – Friday 26 April. 

Vacation Care runs similar to a normal day within the ELC, led by Valentina Fernandes in Learning Community 1 and Liz Ewers in Learning Community 2. Our days are filled with a range of creative, inquiry-based and hands-on experiences, using our indoor and outdoor spaces as well as our ELC Community Garden and the School lawns. Children will frequently participate in music, dance, picnics on the lawns, gross motor and cooking experiences.

Children will need to bring their own packed lunch, hat, water bottle and a change of clothes each day. ELC children can attend Vacation Care in casual clothing; however, it is important for the children to wear appropriate footwear. Due to allergies, we kindly ask that you do not pack nuts or nut products in your child’s lunch box. A healthy morning and afternoon tea and late snack will continue to be provided to children.

As ELC Vacation Care is staffed based on bookings and catering, please make your bookings by Thursday 11 April 2024 (Week 11). Due to limited spaces during ELC Vacation Care, please book early!

*Please note that ELC Vacation care is strictly for ELC-enrolled children.

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Summer Interhouse Meal Deal

The Friends of Sport (FOS) will be cooking up a storm at Summer Interhouse on Friday 12 April. Offering delicious Cheeseburger Meal Deals (pre-order only), includes a burger and drink (vegetarian option available). A sausage sizzle will also be available on the day (no pre-order required) – $3, EFTPOS and cash accepted on the day.

Reception to Year 2 lunches will be delivered to classrooms, and Years 3 to 12 will collect theirs from the FOS barbecue area.

To get you into the Summer Interhouse spirit, House hats, water bottles and wristbands can also be pre-ordered. Supporter caps and branded keyrings are available for purchase at the School Shop.

Click here to pre-order your daughter’s Cheeseburger Meal Deal or House merchandise before 5pm, Monday 8 April.

All proceeds raised by the Friends of Sport directly benefit our Saints Girls and their sporting endeavours.

Thank you for your kind support.

Friends of Sport

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Winter Uniform Appointments

A reminder that it’s time to check Winter Uniforms ready for the start of Term 2.

To avoid long wait times on the first day back at School, click here to book a School Shop appointment to purchase any Winter Uniform items required.

Middle and Senior School students are welcome to visit during their recess or lunch breaks and can pay via their Flexischools card, EFTPOS or cash.

Alternatively, School Shop items can be purchased online via the Flexischools platform.

School Holiday Opening Times

Tuesday 23 April, 9am – 4pm
Wednesday 24 April, 9am – 4pm

The School Shop will resume regular hours on Monday 29 April.

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

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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 i.e. 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.

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Sports News

SAPSASA Swimming State Championships

Well done to Emily Wang, Amy Liau, Mia O’Brien on their selection in the East Adelaide District (EAD) SAPSASA Swimming Team, set to compete in the State Championships!  After their strong performances representing the School in the East Adelaide District Swimming Carnival, the girls will now wear a different cap as they represent the whole district and swim against other Division 1 Metro schools.

Both Mia and Emily will be racing in the 10 year old 50m Freestyle, with Emily also racing in the Individual 50m Freestyle and Breaststroke. Amy will be competing in the 11 year old 50m Breaststroke and will be hoping for another strong swim after placing first overall in the same event at the EAD Swimming Carnival.

The State Championships take place next Tuesday 9 April at the SA Aquatic Centre.

All the best, girls!

Saints Girls Win for South Australia

Well done to Alannah Godfrey (11SEL), Dani Cox (12KEN) and Ashlyn May (12KIL), who represented South Australia in the National U18 Lacrosse Championships in Victoria over the Easter long weekend.

It was an extremely successful championship; South Australia won all their preliminary games and semi-final taking them into the Grand Final undefeated. South Australia took out the title defeating Western Australia 7 to 6 in a thriller match which came down to the last seconds! This was their first win since 2019.

Congratulations to our Saints Girls.

2024 Australian Athletics Championships

Congratulations to the following students who have been selected to represent South Australia in the upcoming Australian Athletics Championships!

Amelia Sheridan, Ava Field, Charlotte McAuliffe, Daisy Braithwaite, Elodie de Wit, Gisele Chernishev, Gracie Sheridan, India Goodall, Lucille Trengove and Malaika McLeod.

You can catch the girls in action at the SA Athletics Stadium from Thursday 11 – Friday 19 April.

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