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eNews Week 9, Term 2 2024

Issue no. 22Enews-banner

From Our Principal

As we reach the halfway point of another academic year, I reflect on the remarkable achievements and milestones we have shared as a School community.  We have experienced an exhilarating three-day South Australian da Vinci Decathlon, another spirited Saints Girls’ Sports Day, mesmerising Jazz in the Hills and an awe-inspiring FUSION performance. The completion of the second stage of renovations in our Early Learners’ Centre, further enhancing our strong foundation of a love of learning for our youngest learners has also been an important milestone in our commitment to providing the best learning environments for our students. These events remind us of the power of collaboration, perseverance, and excellence in showcasing the diverse talents and passions of our students, the camaraderie and unity of our community, and the spirit of courage, creativity and compassion that defines our School.

Term 2 is significant in the lives of our Year 12s as it marks the halfway point in their final year of schooling. During this term I invited the Year 12 students in their Home Groups to have lunch with me. Together we reflected on their time at Saints Girls, and they enjoyed sharing memorable moments of life at School. The conversations reflected the diversity and uniqueness of each student’s experience, and reinforced the commonalities that resonate with every Year 12 student as they look back at the years gone by and move towards the next important transition point in their lives. Comments made on a number of occasions referred to:

  • the camaraderie that comes from belonging to one of our four Houses, where students bond across year levels in the friendly but fierce rivalry of the House competitions such as Choral Night, Sports Day and Swimming Carnival,
  • a learning environment where everyone wants you to do your best,
  • the size of our School where you get to know everyone regardless of your year level,
  • teacher-student relationships where the teachers know us really well and you can have a friendly chat, but the teachers still have high expectations for our learning and behaviour, and
  • being supported and not judged by your peers and the staff to try new things and to take opportunities.

Together, we explored the profound sense of belonging that comes from being part of a community where every voice is heard, every passion is celebrated, and every individual is valued. These conversations reinforced the powerful impact that our School community has on shaping not just academic achievements, but also the personal growth and lifelong bonds that makes you a Saints Girl for life.

Of great significance in Term 2, is the much loved ‘Hat Ceremony’, held earlier this week. We officially welcomed our Mid-Year Reception students into the ‘big School’, marking the commencement of their school journey. This event included both our current students who have been part of our community in our ELC, and the new students who are starting with us. We look forward to getting to know our new students and their families, and sharing with them what it means to be a Saints Girl.

I would like to take a moment to express my heartfelt gratitude to all those who have contributed to making this term another successful one at St Peter’s Girls’ School. I wish you a relaxing term break, with time for sharing cherished moments with your family and friends.

Cherylyn Skewes
Principal

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Important Dates

Term 3 Commences: Tuesday 23 July
Year 11 Relationships Day: Friday 26 July
Mid-Year Reception Meet the Teacher: Tuesday 30 July
Senior Drama Performance: 31 July & 1 August
Patteson House Dinner: Friday 2 August
ELC Coffee Van: Friday 2 August
ELC Teaching and Learning Evening: Wednesday 7 August
Rock Band Concert: Thursday 8 August
Selwyn House Dinner: Friday 9 August
Kilburn House Dinner: Friday 16 August
Book Week: 19 – 23 August
ELC Book Week Parade: Wednesday 21 August
Hear me Roar: Friday 23 August

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ELC Hat Ceremony

On Monday, 12 of our ELC children participated in one of our most special traditions at St Peter’s Girls’ School, the Hat Ceremony. This tradition was established many years ago and is now one that is looked forward to by many.

The Hat Ceremony involves children transitioning into our Mid-Year Reception class being formally welcomed during a School Assembly. During this Assembly, they are presented with new school bags and hats by our Senior Prefects and Head of Junior School, Marika Taylor.

This important tradition supports families and their children who are entering the Junior School to feel a wonderful sense of community and belonging that St Peter’s Girls’ School is renowned for. We wish these children a wonderful start to school next semester and look forward to hearing more about their continued learning journey.

Chloe Skoss
ELC Pathway Ferguson Teacher

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Year 9s Shine at Arts Collab Night

The Annual Year 9 Arts Collab showcased the artistic abilities of our Visual Art, Dance, Drama and Music students in one evening of creativity and fun! This year the Drama students presented two highly entertaining plays; ‘Lip Service’ and ‘Bad Auditions by Bad Actors’. The dancers presented their own choreography, representing many themes including fame, being envious of others and disloyal friendships. They also raised the Jeffreys Linn Arts Centre roof with a Hip Hop dance performance inspired by Barbie.

The Visual Arts students exhibited some exquisitely detailed acrylic paintings in the foyer, and three highly talented musicians impressed everyone with their instrumental skills. It was another night dedicated to celebrating our students and their artistic endeavours, which allowed them to express themselves in a variety of ways. Watching the performers leave, filled with pride and the excitement and adrenaline of performing, it was a very rewarding conclusion to an Arts-packed term!

Kate Burnett
Head of The Arts

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Year 11 and 12 Drama Productions

This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing and Josephine In-Between

The SACE Stage 1 and 2 students have been working separately on two plays that explore similar themes of journeys, growth, and self-discovery through the theatrical form of Children’s Theatre.

These two pieces, This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing written by Finegan Kruckemeyer and directed by Katherine Kitching, and Josephine In-Between written and directed by Michael Butler-Wills, will be performed on:

Wednesday 31 July at 1.45pm and 7pm
Thursday 1 August at 7pm
Jeffreys Linn Arts Centre, St Peter’s Girls’ School

Bring your inner child and let your imagination take flight as our characters experience the world through the magic of storytelling, with all the highs and lows, the loves and losses, and the joy and heartbreak that might be found on all good journeys.

Book your tickets now!

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Hear me Roar – Save the Date

We are excited to announce our 130 Anniversary Music Concert – Hear Me Roar.
A high-energy concert to celebrate all things women! Featuring renowned Cabaret Festival artists Libby O’Donovan and Amelia Ryan performing their hit cabaret show ‘I am Woman’, plus some of your favourite Old Scholar soloists, all accompanied by our wonderful Choirs and Orchestra.

Save the Date: 23 August 2024, 7pm
Jeffreys Linn Arts Centre, St Peter’s Girls’ School

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Shark Tank Winners!

Please join me in congratulating ‘noobiboobi’ (Soph Langley, Ella Lawes and Anna Venning) on winning first place in the Shark Tank eSchool competition during Week 8 of this term.

In Stage 1 Business Innovation students are asked to solve a problem and develop a solution, turn their solution into a desirable, feasible, and viable business. Then pitch it to the ‘Sharks’ (or judges) and ask for funding to start their business.

Shark Tank eSchool is a National program modelled from the TV show Shark Tank. Many schools from all over Australia compete. Two groups from each school are chosen to participate in semi-finals, and then only a select few qualify for finals. In the finals round, noobiboobi pitched their business and succeeded at convincing the Sharks that their idea was worth investing in.

‘noobiboobi’ was developed to solve the problem of women having to wear uncomfortable boob tape that is insufficient in providing enough security and comfort. They designed a product that allowed women to receive customisable boob tape that was fitted to their individual measurements and the dress or outfit that they wanted to wear.

When you see the members of ‘noobiboobi’, please congratulate them on an excellent achievement.

Maeghan Stace
Year 11 Business Innovation Teacher

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Lots of laughs at ‘The Fall Guy’ at the Ladies’ Night Out!

The ladies who came out to support the Friends of the Arts (FoA) at the Regal Theatre on Wednesday 19 June had a fun time catching up with a glass of bubbles despite the rain.  Thanks to all those who came out to support the Performing Arts Program at St Peter’s Girls.  Recent purchases by the FoA in preparation for ABODA include a bike horn, a travel case for the percussion equipment and a cymbal case.  Hopefully next year, even more of you will be able to join us for a fabulous night out at the movies, travelling back to the 1920s, in the beautifully refurbished Regal Theatre.  Congratulations to the lucky raffle winners and thank you to Victoria Braithwaite for her generous donations of ‘The Family Cook’ vouchers.

  • Early bird Carols and Choral night VIP tickets – Bernard Chong
  • 1st prize – 2 tickets 130 Celebration – R Green
  • 2nd prize – 4 VIP tickets to Carols in The Cathedral 2024 – Margie C
  • 3rd prize – 4 VIP tickets to Choral Night 2025 – G Flynn-Agrawal
  • 4th prize – $100 Family Cook Voucher – T Warrick
  • 5th prize – $100 Family Cook Voucher – L Price
  • 6th prize – $100 Family Cook Voucher – C Valmorbida

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, Community Relations fmcgregor@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au.

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Year 4s Become Politicians for the Day

On Tuesday 25 June, the Year 4s went on an exciting excursion to the Burnside Council and met former staff member and Old Scholar, Mayor Anne Monceaux (nee Harrington, Kennion, 1966), along with her staff. We got to see her parlour and the Council Chambers.

First, we met Sarah McConaghy-Beasley (Environmental Sustainability Officer) and learned about the council bin collection and how to put your rubbish in the right bins. We had a bin relay where we had to put rubbish into the right bins, but fast. The team who put all their rubbish in the bins first wins. Next, we were split into groups and did a word jumble, then played a card game with pictures of rubbish and mini models of bins. After that, we went into the Mayor’s Parlour to learn about the history of Burnside. There were lots of beautiful paintings! Fun fact: Mayor Anne was in Kennion. The Mayor took us to the Council Chambers, we sat in the chairs where the councillors sit in a real Council meeting, this was such an honour. The Mayor explained how a council meeting works and how they come to a decision in real life.

All the Year 4s agree that this was a very fun and educational excursion. We will use the knowledge we learnt about local councils for future years.

Eva Ghai
4OCO

This week the girls from 4JAAN and 4OCO, teachers and amiable parent helpers went on an excursion and got to see Burnside’s Mayor, former staff member and Old Scholar, Anne Monceaux. We got to see the Mayor’s fancy parlour and the Council Chambers.

In the Mayor’s parlour we got to see the Royal Burnside Council crest and the council fur coat. Mayor Anne told us about how the first thing she did as Mayor was to add Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags because before, Mayor Margret Bond (the previous Mayor of Burnside) didn’t have any Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander recognition at all. We also got to see the Council Chambers and sit in the Councillors’ chairs and learned all about the board meetings that were held in that room. At the end Mayor Anne even let us eat some of the mentos that were for the councillors.

Overall, I think that the Year 4 girls really enjoyed going to the Burnside Council, we loved meeting the mayor of Burnside and it helped us improve our understanding of the local government and now our understanding is excellent.

Matilda Mollison
4JAAN

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Year 3s are Scientists in the Making

Our Year 3 students have spent Term 2 as astronomers, researchers, fossil hunters, chemists, physicists and weavers. They have used the language and curiosity of scientists to find out more about ‘How the World Works’.

The girls conducted wonderful experiments in the laboratories under the guidance of our Senior Science Teacher, Mr Craig Byrne and Scientist-in-Residence, Lene Van Schalkwyk. They looked into ways that traditional weaving was used by our Indigenous Australians and created a woven item with the help of our Indigenous Liaison Officer, Kendall Fitzgerald. They researched famous scientists, learned about the movement and effect of the sun and moon, and designed their own magnificent inventions.

It has been a rich and exciting unit of inquiry, and we look forward to seeing how our budding young scientists help make the world a better place in the future.

Sarah Mulraney & Monique McLeay
Year 3 Teachers

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ELC – News from Learning Community 1

As we conclude the term in Learning Community 1, our unit of inquiry into how ‘curiosity can drive research’ has led us to deeply explore the concepts of responsibility and causation. Reflecting on how we share the planet, our goal was to foster critical thinking and research skills across our classrooms. By promoting these skills, we aim to nurture knowledgeable and thoughtful students within the ELC.

During our inquiry, our children engaged in many experiences that stimulated their curiosity and problem-solving abilities. For instance, when we experimented with sowing seeds and researching what vegetables can be planted in the cooler seasons, the children explored biological processes and developed their awareness of scientific and mathematical concepts. These playful interactions encouraged them to ask questions, make predictions, and test their ideas, laying the groundwork for more advanced research skills.

Throughout the term, both rooms have used a story book to help drive the inquiry and further literacy initiatives. Through imaginative play such as role-playing scenarios from the books, the children developed the ability to critically think about different situations and make decisions. This playful learning environment not only nurtured their cognitive development but also fostered creativity and resilience, ensuring essential components of lifelong learning.

In conclusion, we have observed that our children have enthusiastically embraced their roles as budding scientists and biologists, eagerly researching and discovering new aspects of their environment. This natural drive of curiosity and exploration has been a significant part of their learning journey. We look forward to harnessing this enthusiasm and continuing to foster their inquisitive minds into the next term.

Kathy Mc Cabe, Dot Kelly, Annabelle Redmond and Nell Tierney
Learning Community 1 Teachers

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Year 4 and 6s Represent Saints at Poetry Recital

Last Wednesday, the IPSHA Poetry Recital Competition was held at St Peter’s College.

Poetry recital is a valuable and engaging part of the classroom oral language program. This competition is designed to encourage students to enjoy reading, appreciate poetry, develop memorisation skills, promote good elocution, and gain confidence in performing before an audience.

Students in Years 4, 5 and 6 all presented a poem to their class over recent weeks. From this stage, a group of students from each year level performed a set poem from a work of Shakespeare and a poem of their choice at the in School final.

Eva Ghai from Year 4, Alyssia Moro from Year 5, and Dilini Ranathunga from Year 6 went on to present engaging performances at the final. Each student showed amazing poise and presence and captured the rhythm and interesting language in their poems beautifully.

Congratulations to each student for representing our School so admirably. Dilini Ranathunga is to be commended on placing second in her division.

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Elodie Runs for The Smith Family Charity

The Smith Family is Selwyn’s House Charity, and the Year 10 Selwyn Home Group are currently involved in the Student2Student reading program to help disadvantaged students become better readers. Each week, the Selwyn girls meet with their buddy and support them to improve their reading, mentoring them to meet their goals. Supporting disadvantaged students and communities is a worthy cause and I have found the experience of providing reading support to my buddy very rewarding.

In addition to the reading program, I was keen to see what else I could do for The Smith Family as this cause is important to me. During the month of June every year, The Smith Family hold an annual fundraising event known as the Dream Run. This challenges participants to run or walk 50km, 100km or 150km in one month and raise money to provide support for disadvantaged Australian kids so they can achieve their dreams. I set myself a goal to run 100km this June and to raise $1000 in the process. I have successfully achieved this goal which will support a child’s education for two years, allowing them to pursue their future aspirations.

Through my participation in the Student2Student reading program, and fundraising for the Smith Family, I have gained an insight of the many children who do not receive the same valuable education.

Elodie de Wit
Year 10, Selwyn

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Annual House Dinners – Book Now!

During Term 3 all Middle and Senior School girls have the opportunity to enjoy a night away from homework to get creative and colourful at our annual House Dinners.

The Year 11s have been working hard organising decorations, food and games for each event. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone’s creative costumes and enjoying a fun night with our Houses. Each House’s Year Level categories can be found on the posters located around the school so keep an eye out.

This is a compulsory event for all Year 7 – 12 students. Visit the TryBooking links below to book your daughter(s) a ticket for the night.

Patteson 2 August (bookings close Friday 26 July at 5pm)
Theme: Icons

Book now

Selwyn 9 August (bookings close Friday 2 August at 5pm)
Theme: Aussie Icons

Book now

Kilburn 16 August (bookings close Friday 9 August at 5pm)
Theme: Met Gala

Book now

Kennion 30 August (bookings close Friday 23 August at 5pm)
Theme: High School Cliques

Book now

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July Vacation Care

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

July 2024 Vacation Care Program

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

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School Shop Notice

School Shop Holiday Opening Hours

1 – 17 July CLOSED
Thursday 18 July 9am – 4pm
Friday 19 July 9am – 4pm
Monday 22 July CLOSED

The School Shop will resume regular hours on Tuesday 23 July.
Monday to Friday: 8am – 4pm (closed for lunch 12 – 12.30pm).

Parents can also order items via our Online School Shop. This is now accessible via the Flexischools platform which also administers our Online Tuck Shop. To sign in or sign up to Flexischools, click here

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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
Email: attendance@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au
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

Sport Results

Wednesday 19 June – Tuesday 25 June

AUSSIE RULES

Senior A: Saints (13.6.84) v (0.0.0)
Best players: Mathilda Thomas, Ella Ridge and Daisy Kennett
Superwoman: Emily Conti pushed off defenders and used her speed to run into the forward line and kick a great goal.

Middle A: Saints (9.2.56) v Immanuel College (2.1.13)
A great game, well matched against Immanuel.
Best player: Grace Mayen for great repeat efforts through midfield and aggressive on ball.
Superwoman: Ruby Pahuja put in excellent work and effort through midfield which was a new position for her. Applied feedback and gave it everything.

BADMINTON 

Senior A: Saints (3/5/126) v Pembroke Senior A (3/6/153)

Senior B Blue: Saints (1/2/104) v Wilderness Senior B1 (5/9/170)

Senior B White: Saints (3/5/93) v Walford Senior B (3/5/126)

Senior C Blue: Saints (2/2/91) v Wilderness Senior C2 (4/4/109)

Senior C White: Saints (3/3/90) v Woodcroft Senior C (2/2/79)

Senior C White: Saints (3/3/90) v Woodcroft Senior C (2/2/79)

Senior D Blue: Saints (0/0/35) v Seymour Senior D (3/3/63)

Senior D White: Saints (2/2/101) v Woodcroft Senior D (4/4/114)

Senior D Silver: Saints (2/2/84) v Pembroke Senior D (4/4/114)

Senior E Blue: Saints (5/5/135) v Seymour Senior E2 (2/2/129)

Senior E White: Saints (4/4/99) v Pembroke Senior E Blue (2/2/100)

BASKETBALL

Year 5-6 Silver: Saints (22) v Pembroke Year 5/6 Blue (17)
For once we were the team with extra numbers, which came in handy with Pembroke having four. Special mention to Ruoyu, Emilia, Esther and Isabella for playing a quarter for the other team. Our shooting was hot, and our defence was impeccable – led from the back as always by Sohpia Lau.
Best Players: Ruoyu Chen, Esther He, Emilia Wang, Isabella Zhu.
Superwoman: Isabella Zhu played for the first time in a few weeks and hit the ground running.

Year 4 White: Saints (8) v Seymour Year 5/6 Blue (48)
Best Player: Emily Do
Superwoman: Lucy James

Year 4-6 Blue: Saints (17) v Wilderness Year 6 White (39)
Best Players: Amelia Bartter and Maggie Will
Superwoman: Indy Stankiewicz played a great game, showing her improvement across the term, finished some great baskets and played some great defence!

NETBALL

Premier League: Saints (47) v Seymour Premier League (69)

Premier League Reserves: Saints (35) v Seymour Premier League Reserves (84)

Senior C: Saints (25) v Scotch Senior C Navy (17)
Best Player: Linna Song
Superwoman: Aliya Trench

Senior D White: Saints (50) v Concordia Senior D (25)

Year 7/8C: Saints (15) v Scotch Year 7C Navy (15)
Best Player: Ginny Farag
Superwoman: Joshitaa Reddy

Year 7A: Saints (18) v Immanuel Year 7A (62)
Best Player: Eliza Phillips made great drives onto the circle, good positioning
Superwoman: Ruby Pahuja did a mountain of work on centre passes, worked hard in attack and defence

Year 8B: Saints (24) v Scotch Year 8B (31)
The girls played a great game, working well as a team! After playing Scotch just last week and going down 41-9, the girls were eager for redemption. I am so proud of how they rallied around one another and kept with the opposition all game. Although they didn’t get the win, a score of 24-31 is such a better result and definitely a more accurate reflection of their skills.

Year 8C: Saints (19) v Woodcroft Year 8C (9)

Year 8D: Saints (8) v Immanuel College Year 8C (27)
Best Player: Anvika Singh had awesome consistent shooting the entire match
Superwoman: Aarcha Rakesh was always supporting her team members and had a positive mindset.

Year 9A: Saints (27) v Seymour Year 9A (46)
So proud of the girls’ efforts, they were only three down going into the third quarter, but with a couple of injuries leaving only six on the court, they weren’t able to hold on. Then came back in the last quarter equalling Seymour’s score.

Year 9C: Saints (31) v Immanuel Year 9C (27)
Best Player: Grace Davies
Superwoman: Diya Bhinder

SOCCER

Premier League: Saints (2) v Mercedes Premier League (1)


Pink Round – Get your Socks!

IGSSA is once again running Pink Round to support Breast Cancer awareness and research. Pink Round will take place in Week 2, Term 3 and will include all matches and trainings that week. Year 3 to 12 students participating in co-curricular sport will be able to wear Pink Socks (if purchased) and a Pink Ribbon throughout that week’s sporting sessions.

Friends of Sport have kindly offered to supply ribbons to all players for Pink Round.

Our Sports Captains will be holding a bake sale during Pink Round, along with some other initiatives. More about this will be communicated early in Term 3.

If you wish to purchase pink socks for your daughter/s to wear during Pink Round please fill out the form via the link below.

Click here to order.

Orders will close on Thursday 4 July at 5pm, no further orders will be accepted after this time.

Alice Johnswood
Director of Sport


Summer Sports Awards

Despite the cold wet weather this week, on Monday we celebrated our Summer Sports Award winners at a special Sports Assembly. While participation from all girls is a key focus of our co-curricular program it is also important to recognise those who excel in their chosen sports. Coaches selected a Best and Fairest Player. This was their most skilful and influential player, who not only showed dedication to training and matches but also played with fierce competitiveness and respect for her teammates, coaches and the opposition. The coaches were then able to choose either a Coaches Award or Most Improved, with the following selection criteria:

COACHES AWARD
The player who was coachable, took on board feedback and had a ‘team first’ attitude. The player who consistently supported and helped her teammates and demonstrated our School values – courage, creativity and compassion.

MOST IMPROVED
The player who showed the most improvement in skill (both technical and tactical) throughout the term. The player who sought feedback and could be seen trying to implement that feedback in both training and matches.

Well done to all girls who received an award. Click here to see our full list of award winners.

 

Saints Teams Selected for Aerobics National Championships

On Saturday 22 June, our Aerobics teams competed in the FISAF State competition held at the Shedley Theatre in Elizabeth. Since the first competition, all teams have been working extremely hard to perfect their routines and it paid off onstage as we had three teams invited to attend the National Championship! This is the biggest number of teams Saints Girls has ever had invited to Nationals, so we are very proud of these amazing results.

In the Secondary pre-choreographed phase 1 section, Synergy placed fourth overall but were lucky enough to be invited to Nationals based on their scores! In the Secondary pre-choregraphed phase 2 section, Intensify came fourth overall but once again the scores were close, so they too were invited to Nationals! Finally, Fiesta came first in the Secondary fitness team category, which secured their spot at Nationals! These sections had fierce competition, so it is a great achievement for everyone.

This year Nationals will be held in the Gold Coast in Queensland from August 29 to September 1. This is an amazing opportunity for the girls, and we are excited to help develop their routines in preparation for this competition.

Although not all Saints Girls teams were invited to Nationals, we are exceptionally proud of their hard work and effort over the past few terms. Their aerobics season is not over yet as they still have the opportunity to compete in the ‘Blitz It’ challenge which will be held in August, and we would love to see everyone return to the sport next season!

We are proud of all the girl’s effort and commitment throughout this season, and we couldn’t be happier with the improvement in every team this year!

Saints Girls Kicking Goals

Congratulations to Aleesha Gray and Chloe Richardson who have been named in the South Australian State Soccer Team. Aleesha and Chloe will be competing in the Youth National Championships in Victoria from 3 to 8 July. Aleesha will compete in the Under 15 competition and Chloe in the Under 16 team. The girls will be competing at the home of the Matildas – La Trobe University.

Chloe and Aleesha are very dedicated to their training and have heavy loads, which they work in with schoolwork and other commitments. Congratulations girls, we are very proud of you, and we can’t wait to hear all about your experiences when you return.

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eNews Week 8, Term 2 2024

Issue no. 22Enews-banner

From Our Head of Junior School

Our delightful Mid-Year Reception students, who will commence in the Junior School at the start of Term 3, have recently enjoyed three transition visits to their new classroom. We extend a very warm welcome to our Reception students, their families and new teacher Mrs Stasia Vigor. Stasia is a highly experienced Junior Primary Teacher who is thrilled to be joining our Saints Girls’ community.

Starting school is a significant milestone in a child’s life; our Reception transition program provides a lovely opportunity for our youngest learners to become familiar with our learning environment, their teachers and peers. The smiles and excitement shared during these visits were delightful to see. With each transition experience their confidence grew, and a strong sense of belonging and connection was nurtured.

We are committed to nurturing every student’s wellbeing and academic needs across the School. We are currently holding Student Review meetings to discuss every student from Reception to Year 6. Specialist staff who lead our Learning Strategies, EAL/D and enrichment programs have joined team meetings with our Deputy Head of Junior School, our classroom teachers and me to review the social, emotional, and academic development of each girl and to design personalised programs that build on her strengths and areas for growth.

These holistic conversations are invaluable and provide information that we use to track and monitor student progress. We ensure every student is known to us and has every opportunity to flourish and excel, both now and in the future.

As we conclude another fabulous school term, we look forward to our Year 3 to 6 House Quiz afternoon, the Reception/Year 1 Dance performance, and the Year 2 to 12 String Concert held in Week 9. I’d like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank our teaching team for their dedication, care, and exceptional teaching this term and wish all staff and families a relaxing and enjoyable July school holiday break.

Marika Taylor
Head of Junior School

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Important Dates

OSA Sydney Reunion: Saturday 22 June
Strings Concert (Years 2 to 12): Monday 24 June
Year 9 Arts Night: Thursday 27 June
Last Day of Term 2: Friday 28 June
OSA Annual Reunion Dinner and St Peterstide: Friday 28 June
OSA Canberra Reunion: Saturday 29 June

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Let us Introduce our New Chair

 

 

After fifteen years as a member on the Board of Governors at St Peter’s Girls’ School, six of those years as Chair, Jeremy Schultz’s tenure on the Board has come to an end. We thank him for his years of dedicated service to our School.

We are pleased to introduce James Lawes as the new Chair of the Board of St Peter’s Girls’ School. James brings with him extensive expertise as a Chartered Accountant, auditor and Not-for-profit board member with more than 25 years’ experience at Ernst & Young (EY) across Queensland, Victoria, and South Australia. His advisory roles span diverse sectors including media and entertainment, manufacturing, aged care, and education.

James, together with his wife Beba, is involved in our community, with their three daughters, Ella, Piper and Faith, currently attending the School. At our Board, James has led the Executive and Finance Committee, and is a member of the Project Control Group and Risk Management Committees.

Please join us in welcoming James Lawes as our new Chair of the Board.  We look forward to his leadership and the positive impact he will undoubtedly bring to our School.

 

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Students Shine at FUSION Performance

On Friday 7 June, a packed audience was treated to a night of Performing Arts Fusion! This year it was structured differently, focusing on highlights from four different musicals. These included Cats, Legally Blonde, Hamilton and Chicago. With 65 students involved in this performing arts experience, it was a delight to showcase the talent and commitment of our students from Years 7 to 12. Fusion aims to celebrate all students involved, who display collaborative rehearsal skills throughout the four months of preparation. There is further opportunity for students to assist with choreography and show leadership in this space. A huge thank you to our Performing Arts Captains Zoe Pool and Sienna Huxtable for all their enthusiasm and support. Although jazz hands and impressive vocals are important, the chance to make friends with others from different classes and year levels was a highlight. The girls certainly appreciated this most of all, bringing them together by working towards a common performance goal is what the Arts do best! I stood in the wings watching every performer on stage with an enormous sense of pride and gratitude.

Kate Burnett
Head of the Arts

A Reflection from the Performing Arts Captains

FUSION 2024 was definitely not one to miss this year! As Performing Arts captains, we both had an active role in helping bring this show to life, and we adored every second of performing and rehearsing with some of the talented Middle and Senior School students!

Having the opportunity to perform on stage with such an extraordinary group of girls has been an incredible experience. Over the past two terms, the amount of effort and dedication poured into this show from every member has been genuinely boundless. The consistent energy and excitement brought by the girls to every rehearsal is truly inspiring for the Performing Arts program and we can’t wait to see what the future holds!

Helping the teachers choreograph and teach some of the younger students was also an experience we greatly enjoyed, building strong connections with girls from all year levels over the weeks and seeing the show come together! Throughout this experience, we had the privilege to delve into a diverse array of dance styles, including ballet, jazz, musical theatre, hip-hop and tap.

We are very proud of every member of FUSION and the performance we produced; we can’t wait to see what the future holds for Saints Performing Arts program!

Zoe Pool and Sienna Huxtable
Performing Arts Captains 2024

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Kura Yerlo – By the Sea

With the help of Kendall Fitzgerald, the School’s Cultural Liaison Officer, we have been able to donate surplus school furniture to Kura Yerlo Council Incorporated, Children’s Centre located at Royal Park. The Council commenced operations in Largs Bay, the name Kura Yerlo was adopted due to its location with ocean views. In 2020, after 30 years at Largs Bay, the Council relocated to several locations. In doing so has strengthened and expanded its community service delivery in the Western suburbs, and support for Port Adelaide Enfield Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island residents.

In this instance St Peter’s Girls’ School has played a small part in realising their vision of ‘walking for a strong culture and sustainable future’ ensuring their funding continues to be directed to the community it serves.

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Q&A with Charlotte McAuliffe (Year 11)

 

Charlotte McAuliffe tells us about her experience competing for Australia at the recent Oceania Athletics Championships in Fiji.  Charlotte won silver medals in the U18 Women’s 400m (54.35) and the U18 Women’s 200m (24.32). She was also part of the winning 4×400 and 4×100 Women’s Relay teams setting a championship record in the 4×100.

Can you please tell us what you were selected for?
I was selected for the Oceania Under 18 Championships in Fiji.

How did you get selected? What was the process?
I was required to run a qualification time and then the selectors picked the top three U18s in the country per event to compete.

How did you find out you were selected?
I found out I was selected via email during the school holidays.

How did your races go?
My races went well, I placed second in my individual 200m and 400m, first in the 4×400 and 4×100 Relays where we also ran a meet record.

Can you tell us about the experience of being over in Fiji?
Being in Fiji was an amazing experience. Being able to compete against the best in the region was so good and I loved competing in the green and gold. I really enjoyed being able to meet new people from around the country and make new friends.

What were the best/most exciting parts?
The best part was the 4×400 Relay on the first day. It was super fun to be able to compete as a team and racing on the track for the first time was a surreal experience.

Did you get to meet other athletes from other countries? Tell us about that.
It was great being able to meet other athletes from other countries at the track. I got the opportunity to talk to the girls I was racing against in call room and after the race which was really interesting to hear about athletics in each of their different countries.

How do you prepare for your races? Do you have any pre-race rituals/superstitions?
I prepare for my races by listening to music to calm any pre-race nerves. I always eat red frogs when I’m warming up before I race.

When you are preparing for a big meet like this, can you tell us what a typical week looks like? Training, school, rest, recovery, food etc.
In preparation for a big meet, I train Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday usually for about 1.5 to 2 hours each day. After training I normally do my schoolwork and always make sure to stretch every night to adequately recover from training sessions. I always have a post training snack to aid recovery and try to get at least 8 hours sleep each night to ensure I’m best prepared to compete.

What are some of the things you’ve learnt from being involved in athletics?
I’ve learned many things from being involved in athletics. One of the main things I’ve learned is that not every race is going to be your best and that’s okay, the main thing is to enjoy yourself and to always believe in yourself because if you need to believe you are capable of the results you want to achieve.

Why do you enjoy being involved?
I love running and competing, I love the thrill of being able to race and compete and being able to push myself to the limits. I especially love 400s at they have an element of tactic.

Who are some of the athletes who inspire you and why?
I’m really inspired by Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone. She is an amazing competitor who’s extremely determined and always looks so comfortable and relaxed when she competes.

What advice would you give to young people, who may want to follow in your footsteps?
The advice I would give to young people is to never give up and to celebrate every win. Although sometimes things may not go your way it’s important to keep persisting and to always recognise the positives in every situation.

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Design Thinking to Create AI Robots

In Term 2, the Year 7 cohort have followed the design thinking process to create an AI robot which solves a common problem in today’s world. Students had a selection of industries to choose from, as well as locally here at school, to construct a robot which uses APIs (Application Programming Interface) to function. This included text to speech, translation ability, computer vision and anomaly detection just to name a few.

Each week students brainstormed, delegated tasks, created problem statements, prototype sketched and finally built the final cardboard design to showcase to their classes.

Oral Presentations (pitches) of their ideas allowed students to gain a better understanding of the groups decision-making process, the robots abilities and justifications on why such a concept was needed in today’s society. Valuable insights, communication skills and group work were made over this unit, and I look forward to seeing the next set of ideas in Term 3.

Randal Irvine
Digital Technologies Teacher / Futures Teacher

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Native Animals Visit to Playgroup

Caring fosters compassion, respect, and responsibility in children. At St Peter’s Girls’ Playgroup, our youngest attendees have demonstrated their innate curiosity and enthusiasm for scientific exploration, driven by a strong sense of caring.

During week 7 of this term, Playgroup had a visit from The Nature Education Centre.  Our host Christina introduced the children and families to a range of native animals from cuddly possums, hopping marsupials and a large range of reptiles. This visit provided the families with a hands-on approach to learning how to care and respect for our local animals.

Young children have a remarkable ability to act as researchers. Through their natural inclination toward inquiry, they learn to observe, ask questions, and listen attentively. By using their senses to explore the world around them, they develop their own hypotheses. These early experiences are crucial for the development of scientific reasoning.

Playgroup runs every Wednesday during school term from 9.30-11am. Please contact Kathy McCabe at kmccabe@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au for more information of this weekly event.

Kathy McCabe 
Playgroup Coordinator

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ELC – News from Learning Community 2

Colour Theory in the Erindale Room: Can you get Orange from Orange?

This term, the children in the Erindale Room have been investigating the colours in our world. As we have progressed through the term, we have begun exploring the colours we can notice from a range of fresh produce with a focus on fruits and vegetables. The children have been supported to build their vocabulary and knowledge of a range of fruits and vegetables, as well as the names that make up the parts of the produce. To fully understand this, the children have been invited to investigate each part of the fruit they are exploring from the skin, the fruit itself, the juice, and the pulp. This has led us to the question if an orange (fruit) is orange (colour), then what can we use it to paint with?

Can we get orange from orange?

We have tried a range of fruits in this way and the most successful has been a pink dragon fruit which provided us with a beautiful shade of deep pink to paint with.

The purpose of these experiments has been to deepen the children’s relationship with fresh foods, build on their observational skills and to slow down and take the time to carefully notice. An orange on the surface is just orange, but if you look closely, you can notice subtle differences. There is variation between varieties, the flesh can contain soft hues and the skin can have deeper shades. We want to continue to build the children’s capacity for slowing down and carefully noticing their world around them.

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Celebrating Language and Culture: The 2024 Spanish Senior Students Conference

On Friday 14 June, Flinders University was host to the 2024 Spanish Senior Students Conference, organised by STASA (Spanish Teachers Association of South Australia). Over 100 students from Years 9 to 11 attended from different high schools in Adelaide to enjoy a fantastic day sharing Spanish culture and language.

St Peter’s Girls was represented by the Year 11 IB Spanish Ab Initio students Lavena Akeel, Georgia Cowie, Charlotte Trude, Emily Wildman, and Xijing (Bella) Zhao.

The theme of the conference, “Aprender Español nos sienta bien” (“Learning Spanish makes us feel good”), set the tone for a day filled with learning, collaboration, and celebration of language and culture.

The conference featured a diverse array of topics, ranging from celebrities and capital cities, to animals, food, physical health and mental wellbeing. This thematic variety not only tested the students’ linguistic abilities but also their cultural awareness and understanding.

The conference began with warm-up activities focused on food and wellbeing, highlighting the importance of a healthy lifestyle. This was followed by inspiring messages in Spanish from Spanish soccer players of the Adelaide United Soccer Football Club, who shared insights about their habits, routines, and food choices that help them stay fit and perform at their best.

Throughout the day, students participated in various activities, including discussions on Spanish modismos (idiomatic expressions) and engaging in conversations related to physical and mental health.

The day concluded with a vibrant dance, where students celebrated their achievements and the joy of learning Spanish through movement and music.

Señor Joaquín Giner
Spanish Teacher

Here is a comment from one of the students, Xijing (Bella):

I really enjoyed today’s conference and my favourite part is when we filled out a question sheet as we listened to Spanish athletes’ interview. It just feels great that I can begin to pick up more and more words when they and the hosts were speaking Spanish. Guessing idioms was also interesting and I was fascinated by the intercultural connections between languages as always. Later I learned from a current student at Flinders university about opportunities like exchange programs that a language can bring us, which gave me more anticipation about college life. The dancing activity at the end was fun as well and once again I felt the passion in Spanish culture.

Xijing (Bella) Zhao
Year 11 Student

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Year 9 Arts Collab Night – Next Week!

The Annual Year 9 Arts Showcase, ARTS COLLAB will be presented on Thursday 27 June in the Arts Centre. The evening aims to provide students with an opportunity to express themselves through choreography, show new skills in the Performing Arts, experience a rehearsal process in a collaborative environment and perform for a live audience! Two plays ‘Bad Actors Acting Badly’ and ‘Lip Service’ will be presented, with group dance routines and solo music performances dispersed between.

The Visual Arts students will be exhibiting work they have been creating over the past term, displayed in the foyer where our incredibly supportive Friends of Arts will be serving beverages and snacks.

We would love the families and friends of all involved to come and support the students’ artistic development throughout this semester.

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Annual House Dinners – Book Now!

During Term 3 all Middle and Senior School girls have the opportunity to enjoy a night away from homework to get creative and colourful at our annual House Dinners.

The Year 11s have been working hard organising decorations, food and games for each event. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone’s creative costumes and enjoying a fun night with our Houses.

This is a compulsory event for all Year 7 – 12 students. Visit the TryBooking links below to book your daughter(s) a ticket for the night.

Patteson 2 August (bookings close Friday 26 July at 5pm)

Book now

Selwyn 9 August (bookings close Friday 2 August at 5pm)

Book now

Kilburn 16 August (bookings close Friday 9 August at 5pm)

Book now

Kennion 30 August (bookings close Friday 23 August at 5pm)

Book now

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Advice for Parents and Carers to Help Kids Stay Safe Online

The eSafety Commissioner has released the eSafety Guide, providing parents with crucial advice on safety features in Apps.

This includes instructions on using settings to report online abuse and safeguard personal information. This knowledge can help our parents confidently navigate our girl’s online safety at home.

Before choosing to use any online service or platform, it’s best to:

  • Do your own research to understand the risks and benefits
  • Check the age rating and requirements
  • Consider privacy
  • Check the permissions and other settings
  • Check the in-app reporting options.

If you are a parent or carer who is deciding whether a child should be allowed to use an online service or platform, you can also:

  • Consider your child’s readiness for the types of content and experiences they might encounter
  • Help them understand what to do if they need help
  • Provide ongoing support and monitoring, for example, through regular check-ins with your child
  • Agree to some rules about the use of each service or platform

To find out more, you can read the following articles:

App checklist for parents

Parental controls in social media, games and apps

Mental wellbeing resources for families

This information can be found on the eSafetyparents page of the eSaftey website.

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July Vacation Care – Book Now

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.

July 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!

Dear ELC Families,

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 1 to Monday 22 July.

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.

During Vacation Care, children are required to wear their ELC uniform to support consistency and continuity throughout the school year. Children will need to bring their own packed lunch, hat, water bottle, and a change of clothes each day. 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 staffing and catering are based on bookings, please make your bookings by Thursday 27 June 2024 (Week 9). 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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Health Centre Notice

Spread kindness, not cold and flu! We appreciate everyone’s ongoing efforts in continuing to avoid the spread of illness within the Saints community as we aim to protect our immunocompromised students, staff, and families. As the winter months commence, cold, flus and Covid-19 are circulating heavily. A reminder that it is strongly recommended your child stays home if they have any cold or flu like symptoms and should stay home until all symptoms subside irrespective of the illness

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School Shop Notice

School Shop Holiday Opening Hours

1 – 17 July CLOSED
Thursday 18 July 9am – 4pm
Friday 19 July 9am – 4pm
Monday 22 July CLOSED

The School Shop will resume regular hours on Tuesday 25 July.
Monday to Friday: 8am – 4pm (closed for lunch 12 – 12.30pm).

Parents can also order items via our Online School Shop. This is now accessible via the Flexischools platform which also administers our Online Tuck Shop. To sign in or sign up to Flexischools, click here

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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
Email: attendance@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au
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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Music News

Music awards

Each year, many of our students undertake exams with the Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB). This is a wonderful way to gain feedback on a student’s progress and can be used as a motivational tool, preparing for an exam.

Congratulations to the following girls who completed their preliminary grade:

  • Nishka Juneja from Year 6SFB scored a high distinction in her AMEB exam.  Musical Theatre Comprehensive – preliminary.
  • Anya Khosa had High Distinction, (A+) in her AMEB piano exam, comprehensive preliminary, which she sat for in March at Adelaide University.

If you would like your daughter’s exam results celebrated in the enews, please send results to srounsevell@stpetrsgirls.sa.edu.au

Sally Rounsevell
Director of Music

Piano Prize for Harper

Harper Teo, a Year 2 student recently took home first place in the Grade 1 Piano Solo category at the Adelaide Eisteddfod, held at the Unley Park Baptist Church. Out of 10 talented competitors, Harper’s skills and dedication to the piano stood out, earning her the top spot in the competition. Despite only having been learning piano for about 1.5 years, Harper has shown tremendous progress and talent in her musical journey. Her dedication to practise and her natural musical abilities have allowed her to excel in such a short amount of time. Congratulations to Harper Teo on her well-deserved first-place win at the Adelaide Eisteddfod. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for this young musician.

Alana Lesiw
Year 2 Teacher

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Sports News

Sport Results

Wednesday 12 June – Tuesday 18 June

AUSSIE RULES

Senior A: Saints (11.6.72) v Scotch Senior B Navy (0.0.0)

Middle A: Saints (15.4.94) v Scotch Middle B Gold (0.0.0)
Best Player: Grace Mayen. Repeat efforts, great ground balls, excellent defensively and offensively.
Superwoman: Tiana. Fabulous marks in front of goals. Growing confidence
Superwoman 2: Olive for stepping in against a challenging ruck

Year 5-6: Saints (7.8.50) v Seymour Year 5/6 Purple (5.3.33)
Best Player: Violet Tulloch
Superwoman: Molly Burnett

BADMINTON

Senior A: Saints (5/9/169) v Immanuel Senior A (1/2/91)

Senior B Blue: Saints (6/10/162) v Immanuel Senior B (0/0/68)

Senior C Blue: Saints (4/4/116) v Pembroke Senior C (1/1/63)

Senior C White: Saints (4/4/103) v Westminster Senior C (1/1/63)

Senior C Silver: Saints (1/1/60) v Wilderness Senior C1 (5/5/118)

Senior D White: Saints (2/2/99) v St Peter’s Girls Senior D Silver (4/4/101)

Senior D Silver: Saints (4/4/101) v St Peter’s Girls Senior D White (2/2/99)

Senior E Blue: Saints (4/4/103) v Wilderness Senior E4 (2/2/104)

Senior E Silver: Saints (0/0/33) v Seymour Senior E1 (5/5/105)

BASKETBALL

Year 5-6: Saints (5) v Wilderness Year 6 White (36)

Year 4-6 Blue: Saints (26) v Seymour College Year 5-6 Purple (14)

HOCKEY

Senior A: Saints (3) v Seymour Senior A (2)

Senior B: Saints (1) v Seymour Senior B (0)

NETBALL

Premier League: Saints (37) v Scotch Premier League (81)

Premier League Reserves: Saints (30) v Scotch Premier League Reserves (58)

Senior B: Saints (19) v Scotch Senior b (48)
Best Player: Annabel Bamford
Superwoman: Alyssa Tran

Senior C: Saints (14) v Immanuel Senior C Navy (32)
Best Player: Lexie Fishlock
Superwomen: Abigail Hawkes

Senior D Blue: Saints (29) v Westminster Senior F (31)
Best Player: Aliya Trench
Superwoman: Matilda Powell

Senior D White: Saints (59) v Walford Senior D (9)

Year 9A: Saints (22) v Scotch Year 9A (45)

Year 9C: Saints (17) v Immanuel Year 9C Blue (8)
Best Player: Nathalie Randeniya
The girls performed really well, worked well together as a team and played consistently throughout the entire game.
Super woman: Annabelle Birdsey

Year 8A: Saints (54) v Scotch Year 8A (32)

Year 8B: Saints (9) v Scotch Year 8B (46)

Year 8C: Saints (19) v Concordia Year 8C Gold (8)

Year 8D: Saints (10) v Concordia Year 8C Navy (29)
Best Player: Si Cheng showed great determination down court and consistently helped her team members out providing a second option! Well done as well for playing a full game in mid court!
Superwoman: Aoife Carty, it was great to see Aoife playing down in defence this week. It was evident that what we worked on at training together as a team was being transitioned on court. The girls much appreciated her homegrown oranges at half time! Awesome work Aoife.

Year 7A: Saints (29) v Scotch Year 7A (26)
Best Player: Clara Polasek – great composure, timing, spacing, valued possession
Superwoman: Sophie Edwards – week in week out, so reliable and quiet achiever

Year 7B: Saints (2) v Scotch Year 7B (62)
Best Player: Alice Richards
Superwoman: Lulu Chen

Year 7/8C: Saints (9) v Immanuel Year 7C Blue (47)
Best Player: Joshitaa Reddy and Mahie Poonia
Superwoman: Ginny Farag

Year 5-6 White: Saints (6) v Westminster. Year 6 White (20)

Year 5-6 Blue: Saints (11) v Seymour Year 6 Blue (23)

Year 5 White: Saints (7) v Concordia Year 5 White (6)
Best Player: Ellie Knight. Awesome game in WD with great 1:1 defence.
Super woman: Estelle Hunter-Riviere. Played a great game in GA with strong leads on the centre passes.

Year 5 Blue: Saints (7) v Scotch Year 5 Navy (11)
Best player: Grace Osborne
Superwoman: Aria McPherson

Year 4 Blue: Saints (2) v Pembroke Year 4 White (12)
Best player: Kate Yin
Superwoman: Shelley Cui and Eva Nicholls

Year 3 White: (0) v Pembroke Purple Year 3 (12)

SOCCER

Premier League: Saints (3) v St Michael’s Premier League (2)

Division 1: Saints (0) v Seymour Division 1 (1)

Middle A: Saints (3) v Concordia Middle A (1)

Middle B: Saints (1) v Wilderness Middle B Blue (2)

Year 5-6 Blue: Saints (6) v Loreto Year 5 Blue (1)

Year 3-5 White: Saints (5) v Immanuel Year 5-6 (6)

Year 3 Silver: Saints (2) v Scotch Year 3-4 (4)

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eNews Week 7, Term 2 2024

Issue no. 22Enews-banner

From Our Deputy Principal & Head of Senior School

Just over two weeks ago the Year 12 cohort reached a significant milestone, the halfway point of their final year of schooling. Fondly known as ‘Halfway Day’, the acknowledgement of reaching such a milestone provided a moment to reflect for students, parents and staff alike.  A relatively new event that schools are now celebrating, Halfway Day provides students with a transitional moment or a rite of passage as their time at school draws to a close. Rites of passage highlight and celebrate the movement from one stage of life onto another, they mark a ‘time before’ and a ‘time after’. When done effectively, the marking of a rite of passage can evoke reflection and celebrate changes physically, spiritually, psychologically and socially.

Halfway Day provided the Year 12s with an opportunity to stop and take stock of all that has been in their school journey, while also preparing for all that is to come. In addition, Halfway Day provided an outlet in what can be a stressful year, for a few hours our Year 12 cohort were relaxed, played, sang and danced while being surrounded by their friends and teachers.

The request from the cohort to mark such an event was simple, they asked for one last ‘kids’ party. The theme itself demonstrates they are acutely aware that they are leaving behind childhood and adolescence and are moving towards young adulthood. Planning a child’s party for 73 people proved almost as much fun as the night itself. Giant inflatables filled the gym, students painted each other’s faces, or played games. Music was at top level and fairy bread was enjoyed as an entrée before dinner. There were water balloon competitions, pass the parcel, donut eating races and pinatas. Throw in lolly bags, ice cream and a unicorn theme and you have all the makings of the ultimate party! We wish the cohort all the best as they navigate the second half of their final year and look forward with excitement to see all that they achieve.

Lauren Sutton
Deputy Principal & Head of Senior School

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Important Dates

Mid-Year Reception Transition Morning: Monday 17 June
Year 12 Parent Teacher Interviews: Tuesday 18 June
Ladies Night Out at the Movies: Wednesday 19 June
Reception to Year 9 Piano Recital: Thursday 20 June
School Tour: Thursday 20 June
OSA Sydney Reunion:
Saturday 22 June
Strings Concert (Years 2 to 12): Monday 24 June
Year 9 Arts Night: Thursday 27 June
Last Day of Term 2: Friday 28 June
OSA Annual Reunion Dinner and St Peterstide: Friday 28 June
OSA Canberra Reunion: Saturday 29 June

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Health Careers Expo: Inspiring the Next Generation

After the success of last year’s STEM Careers event, this week St Peter’s Girls’ School hosted a Health Careers Expo for Senior School students and invited Year 7 to 9 students to attend during lunchtime.

The Expo offered our students invaluable insights into the real-world applications and opportunities within the diverse Health field. By partnering students with Saints Girls’ community members, such as Old Scholars and parents, we provided students with access to real world insights into vocational fields to inform these far-reaching decisions. Our community members who are professionals in the Health sector, shared their career highlights and journey, shedding light on what is possible for those embarking on a similar path. Their contribution was vital in inspiring and informing our students about the varied and fulfilling career options available in the Health industry.

We would like to thank all of our fantastic female health professionals who so willingly gave of their time to share their expertise and to inspire the next generation.

Carolyn Farr
IB Diploma Coordinator / Careers Coordinator

Karen Alderson
SACE Coordinator / Careers Advisor

Health Careers Expo Student Report

The Middle and Senior students had the opportunity to attend the Health Careers Expo during their lunch break yesterday. Various health professionals were present to offer advice, share their experiences, and provide insights into their respective fields. This event allowed us to explore different career options in the health sector and interact with experts who could guide us on potential career paths. We had access to a wide range of professionals from diverse areas, including General Practice, Midwifery, Podiatry, Dermatology, Paramedicine, Psychology, Occupational Therapy, and more. Additionally, we had the chance to communicate with university representatives from Flinders University, the University of South Australia, and the University of Adelaide. One of the highlights was the opportunity to interact with simulation patients and sonography equipment. We were even able to try out an ultrasound machine on one of our teachers, Ms Moxon, which was an exciting hands-on experience! A particularly valuable aspect of the Expo was the chance to hear from Saints’ Old Scholars who have pursued careers in the health sector. They shared their personal experiences, including challenges they faced, such as gender biases in the industry and finding a work-life balance – issues that we hope will see positive changes in the future. They provided us with insights into their career paths and offered guidance to address our concerns and questions about pursuing a career in healthcare. Their stories and advice were invaluable in helping us understand the dedication and resilience required to succeed in this field. Overall, we had a great time and found the Expo very valuable gaining an insight into a range of courses and future career pathways!

Mollie Kennett and Olivia Park
Year 11 Students

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Sport Mentoring Program at Saints Girls


Amelia Lucas, Sports Prefect for 2024 tells us about the Saints Girls Sports Mentoring Program, an idea she developed in collaboration with the Sports Department.

‘I have been involved in a wide range of sports during my time at Saints, so the idea of developing an interactive Mentoring Program was always something that interested me. At Saints, we have multiple Middle and Senior School students who excel in their respective sports and are incredible role models for the Junior School girls. The idea that these girls could engage in a coaching position whilst fostering deeper connections with our Junior School students, seemed like an amazing opportunity, so I developed a rough outline for the Program.

The student Mentoring Program allows Middle and Senior students to develop their coaching and umpiring skills, by contributing to the effective delivery of a sports program of their choice in the Junior School co-curricular sport offerings.

The mentors receive support from the Sports Department and work collaboratively with the coaches and support staff in their chosen sport, to develop skills such as – leadership, planning and communication.

This week, the Mentoring group met with Steve Symonds from TEAMS with Purpose, where he discussed with us the importance of self-reflection and giving and receiving feedback. Steve has a wealth of coaching experience. It was great to have an external coaching professional to talk to the girls and give a different perspective on topics that we have been working on throughout the term.

The student Mentoring Program is always evolving and I’m excited to continue to work with the girls and staff and see just how far we can take the Program.’

Amelia Lucas
Sports Prefect

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Ladies Night Out at the Movies – Next Week

 

 

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
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

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. Prizes include four tickets to Carols in the Cathedral and four 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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Vacation Care Booking 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.

July 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!

Dear ELC Families,

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 1 to Monday 22 July.

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.

During Vacation Care, children are required to wear their ELC uniform to support consistency and continuity throughout the school year. Children will need to bring their own packed lunch, hat, water bottle, and a change of clothes each day. 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 staffing and catering are based on bookings, please make your bookings by Thursday 27 June 2024 (Week 9). 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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ELC – News from Learning Community 1

Developing Early Research Skills in our Youngest Learners

This term, the Central Idea in Learning Community 1 has been ‘Curiosity can drive research’. As children have explored intentional learning spaces and the natural environment around them, educators have been observing closely to identify what draws their curiosity. During visits to Ferguson Park, the children have discovered a clear, golden and sticky substance on the gum trees known in the Kaurna language as ‘Ngum ngum’. The Ngum ngum captivates their attention, immediately dominating the focus in the park as they hunt to find more, problem solve to remove it from the trees, and begin to ask many questions. They are taking discoveries home to share with their families. We as adults understand that Ngum ngum is tree sap, but we want to explore this new natural substance alongside the children, supporting them to channel their curiosity and wonderment into developing research skills.

Researching looks different for many children as ages and developmental abilities vary in Learning Community 1. Many children will quietly investigate the Ngum ngum using their senses to notice details. They actively listen to the verbal observations of their older peers and educators. Educators have provided a range of research tools, including pieces of Ngum ngum inside specimen containers, magnifying glasses, reference cards, photos, and a light table. The children explore and engage with these tools with confidence, communicating an understanding that these tools can be manipulated to find out more.

Many children respond to opportunities for extension and can confidently share hypotheses and theories, including:

  • Alfred: It’s glass
  • Natalie: It’s made of sugar
  • Alessia: I think it’s made of honey?
  • Regan (looking at photo): Find on tree
  • Kiara: It’s sticky glue
  • Chloe O: Ngum ngum is on the trees because the koala eats it.

Often these theories will drive the direction of our research or inquiry. When researching, information is gathered from a variety of resources. With children aged two and three, it is appropriate and engaging to explore primary resources, including oral histories and storytelling. We may find out more through engaging with an expert such as St Peter’s Girls’ School Cultural Liason Officer, Kendall Fitzgerald, or with a member of The Friends of Ferguson Park. We might then explore a secondary source of information to support our discoveries, including looking for images in a non-fiction reference book or online.

We look forward to sharing our discoveries with you as we continue to research Ngum ngum.

Annabelle Redmond, Nell Tierney, Dot Kelly and Kathy McCabe
Learning Community 1 Teachers

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Chinese Dragon Boat Festival Celebration

Monday 10 June was China’s traditional Dragon Boat Festival 端午节 (Duānwǔ jié). To explore its rich customs and traditions, our Year 11 IB Chinese B students had the opportunity to indulge in the tasting of zongzi—sticky rice dumplings wrapped in bamboo leaves, a staple of the Festival. The experience was not only about savouring these delicious treats but also about understanding the history and the stories behind this significant festival.

The cultural experience was enhanced with a tea tasting session. The students learned to appreciate the subtle nuances of Jasmine and Pu-erh teas, two of China’s most prized teas, served in traditional Chinese porcelain. They practised the etiquette of tea drinking, including the ‘knocking gesture’—a traditional way of expressing gratitude by tapping the table with bent fingers when someone pours tea for us.

In addition to the culinary delights, the students explored various traditional customs associated with the Dragon Boat Festival through a creative project. They put together informative posters about activities like hanging mugwort and calamus, painting protective symbols, racing dragon boats, and wearing fragrant pouches. These posters helped the students delve deeper into understanding the diverse and symbolic practices beyond just enjoying zongzi, offering insights into customs that are deeply rooted in promoting health and wellbeing.

Ying Liu
Year 11 IB Chinese B Teacher

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202for Breast Cancer Research Fundraiser

On Tuesday 18 June as part of the Term 2 Prefect initiative ‘202for…sharing your voice’ the Prefect team will be hosting a bake sale, raising money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) is Australia’s leading not-for-profit organisation funding world-class breast cancer research.

We believe this is a relevant cause in today’s society and an important opportunity for our girls to use their voice and raise awareness.

Cupcakes will be $2 each. We will be accepting cash only so make sure you bring your gold coins and come along and support this very important cause.

The Middle and Senior School girls are invited to wear a pink accessory to School on this day supporting the GO PINK initiative created by the NBCF. We can’t wait to see everyone rocking their brightly coloured pink accessory!

Daisy Kennett
Head Prefect

Sophie Ricciuto
Deputy Head Prefect

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School Shop Notice

School Shop Opening Hours

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

Parents can also order items via our Online School Shop. This is now accessible via the Flexischools platform which also administers our Online Tuck Shop. To sign in or sign up to Flexischools, click here

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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
Email: attendance@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au
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

Sport Results

Wednesday 5 – Tuesday 11 June

AUSSIE RULES

Year 5-6: Saints (2.2.16) v Scotch Year 4-6 Gold (13.9.87)

BASKETBALL

Year 5-6 Silver: Saints (21) v Pembroke Year 5/6 Silver (15)
These are the types of games that make you addicted to a sport. Showing genuine results from things we have directly practiced and discussed as a team. Great passing, team-wide defence and 100% effort from everyone on both ends.
Best Players: All four girls on the court.
Superwoman: Emilia Wang is a 1-woman fastbreak, Emilia showed great dribbling ability, good forward passing, good defence, and has developed the confidence to now shoot in her end-to-end dribbling ability.

Year 4 White: Saints (18) v Wilderness Year 5 Blue (31)
Superwoman: Aubrey Porplycia

Year 4-6 Blue: Saints (48) v Seymour 4-6 Blue (15)
Best Players: Maggie Will and Ashlee White
Superwoman: Advika Desai had great all round performance showing her improvement this season, hit the scoreboard several times, played some great defence and had some great steals as well as some great passes in offence.

NETBALL

Year 3 White: Saints (6) v Westminster Year 3 (1)

Year 4 Blue: Saints (2) v Concordia Year 4 (20)
Best Player: Kate Yin
Superwoman: Rania Gao and Eva Nicholls

Year 5 Blue: Saints (14) v Seymour Year 5 Purple (3)

Year 5 White: Saints (4) v Scotch Year 5 Navy (4)
Best Player: Josephine Jeffrey – great touches in defence
Superwoman: Isla Bembridge – amazing work as captain helping the team and keeping the energy

SOCCER

Middle A: Saints (4) v Pembroke Middle A (5)

Middle B: Saints (11) v Mercedes Middle B (1)

Footy Girls Visit Norwood Redlegs

Our Senior A Aussie Rules team were lucky enough to have Norwood Football Club open their doors to them for training this week. The girls met with Norwood SANFLW staff, coaches and players and were able to have exclusive use of the ground for their training session. The SANFLW Head Strength and Conditioning (S&C) Coach took the girls for a dynamic warmup before sharing with them some of the S&C programming that members of the SANFLW squad complete as part of their weekly training regime. The girls then had a tour of the stadium facilities, followed by a team dinner whilst they watched Norwood’s SANFLW squad train.

Thank you to the Norwood Football Club and Saints staff for facilitating this session!

Saints Knocking it Out of the Park!

Over the past few weeks, Saints has entered several Knockout teams and Carnival teams in the School Sport SA competitions. Our girls showed Saints spirit while competing and have done themselves, their coaches and their teammates proud.

Our Year 9/10 Volleyball team headed to The Arc to participate in a Round Robin against four other schools. We had convincing wins over Mary MacKillop and Adelaide Botanic, a one-all draw with Adelaide High and a narrow loss to eventual winners Our Lady of the Visitation. We finished third in our group overall and unfortunately this means the girls didn’t progress to the final’s.

New Netball Director, Phoebe Guley and Megan Harper took our Year 7/8 Netballers to Henley High to compete in what we knew would be a very tough Round 1 fixture. Taking on Westminster (known for their strength in Netball across all year levels), Henley HS (a special interest sports school with an established specialist netball program) and Tatachilla Lutheran, we knew even at our best it would be difficult to progress to Round 2. This proved to be the case, with the girls not having their best day on the court and going down in all three matches. Despite the losses, the girls learnt a lot about resilience throughout the day which I’m sure will hold them in good stead for the future.

Coaches Trudy Wishart and Georgia Bannister had a rollercoaster ride with the Year 9/10 netballers, eventually progressing to Round 2. In game 1, we took on Woodcroft College. The game went into double overtime thanks to a buzzer beater from Madeleine Andrejewskis at the end of normal game time to lock up the scores. Scores remained tied at the end of overtime, so the girls continued to play until one team was two goals ahead. Fortunately for Saints, we came out on top!

Game 2 against Mary MacKillop was a close affair in the first half, before our girls pulled away in the second, winning by close to 20 goals.

The winner of the day, and the school that would progress to Round 2 came down to the last match of the day between us and Loreto. It was a tough match, with some great skills on display from both teams. Saints lead the entire match and looked in control despite the tight scoreline. A surge at the beginning of the last quarter saw Saints out to a commanding 10 goal lead, which the girls maintained until the final whistle.

Our Year 9/10 Soccer team has also progressed to Round 2 after a very close Round 1 fixtures against Nazareth College, who have a special interest soccer program) and Tatachilla Lutheran. The girls, lead by Kristian Quirke and Abbey Burns, defeated Nazareth 2-0 in their opening match and then drew one-all with Tatachilla. This was enough to progress through to Round 2.

Finally, our Cross Country Program continues to thrive with our girls achieving some outstanding results at the most recent State Championships held at Oakbank. With a smaller team than usual due to injury, illness and other absences our girls raced strongly and came away with some medals!

  • 13 year old individual: Amelia Sheridan, 1st place
  • 15 year old individual: India Goodall, 1st place
  • 15 year olds team: India Goodall, Ava Fox, Isabella Black & Isabella Blake, 1st place
  • 16 year old individual: Elodie de Wit, 3rd
  • Open individual: Daisy Braithwaite, 3rd

Congratulations to all the girls who competed in these teams and good luck for future rounds.

Best of luck to our Open Hockey girls, competing in the State Finals day on 20 June, to our Year 5/6 and Year 11/12 netballers in their first round matches and our Year 7/8 Soccer girls who will also compete before the end of term.

Alice Johnswood
Director of Sport

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eNews Week 6, Term 2 2024

Issue no. 22Enews-banner

From Our Head of Middle School

The da Vinci Decathlon is an academic competition that celebrates the academic gifts of Australian students by providing a stimulating and challenging competition run in the spirit of an Olympic Decathlon. Through rigorous papers prepared by teachers and University academics from across the country, the Decathlon is designed to stimulate the minds of young students across 10 different disciplines (Knox Grammar, 2024).

As the host school for the South Australian chapter of the national competition, we have hosted 63 teams from 31 different South Australian schools this week. Years 5/6 competed on Tuesday, Year 7 on Wednesday, and Year 9 on Thursday, with close to 600 guests on site across the three days. All students were challenged to creatively tackle the critically designed tasks and collaborate in their team of eight to achieve success.

For our girls, the decathlon is an opportunity for those in our EDGE (Extended, Differentiated and Gifted Education) program to be extended in their thinking, challenged in their creativity, and tested in their critical application of their learning. By participating in such competitions, these students can further develop their analytical and creative skills, fostering a deeper engagement with their education.

The three teams from Saints represented our School with tenacity and zeal, showing our values of courage, creativity and compassion throughout. Their results across the three days are a testament to the hard work they have undertaken in preparation for competing this week.

Congratulations to the Years 5/6 team, who placed 1st overall, and to the Year 7 and Year 9 teams who both placed 3rd overall.  All teams placed in multiple disciplines:

Year 5/6

  • Art and Poetry – 1st
  • Science – 1st
  • Ideation – 1st
  • English – equal 1st
  • Legacy – 3rd

Year 7

  • Ideation – 1st place
  • Engineering – 1st place
  • Code Breaking – 3rd

Year 9

  • Ideation – 1st
  • Legacy – 1st

All of our teams’ achievements were enabled through the support, guidance and coaching from our EDGE Coordinator Becca Burton Howard, and Head of Languages Cindy Pitkin. Leading a team of staff specialising in many of the decathlon disciplines, Becca and Cindy prepared our girls for the challenge of the competition with expertise and enthusiasm.

Emma Smerdon
Head of Middle School

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Important Dates

FUSION Performance: Friday 7 June
King’s Birthday Public Holiday: Monday 10 June
Mid-Year Reception Transition Morning: Tuesday 11 June
Reception to Year 9 Piano Eisteddfod: Thursday 13 June
House Charity Day: Friday 14 June
Mid-Year Reception Transition Morning: Monday 17 June
Year 12 Parent Teacher Interviews: Tuesday 18 June
Ladies Night Out at the Movies: Wednesday 19 June
Reception to Year 9 Piano Recital: Thursday 20 June
School Tour: Thursday 20 June
OSA Sydney Reunion:
Saturday 22 June
Strings Concert (Years 2 to 12): Monday 24 June
Year 9 Arts Night: Thursday 27 June
OSA Annual Reunion Dinner and St Peterstide: Friday 28 June
OSA Canberra Reunion: Saturday 29 June

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Happy 110th Birthday Lorna!

We are honoured to have Old Scholar Lorna Henstridge (nee Paterson, Selwyn 1932) as a treasured member of the St Peter’s Girls’ community! On Thursday, this week (June 6) Lorna celebrated her 110th birthday, making her Australia’s oldest living woman!

Lorna’s incredible journey exemplifies wisdom, grace, and the richness of a life well-lived. Her guiding philosophy? ‘Keep interested in what you’re doing, be active, and keep doing something new all the time for both you and other people.’

In the weeks leading up to her milestone birthday, it was our privilege to spend cherished moments with Lorna, reflecting on the wonderful memories from her time at the School and celebrating the legacy she continues to embody. Her enduring spirit and unwavering enthusiasm serve as an inspiration to us all.

Happy 110th birthday, Lorna! You are a true treasure, and we are immensely grateful for the wisdom and joy you continue to share with us.

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Have You Heard There’s a Rumour at St Peter’s Girls?

St Peter’s Girls Junior School is proud to announce its 2024 Musical is Anastasia!
This is a stunning Youth version of the Broadway Musical which has only just this year, been released in Australia. It is quite a coup for us to be one of the first groups to perform this mesmerising show. With vision direct from Broadway, beautiful costumes, and a compelling story, this promises to be one of our best.

Pictured are our some of our leading actors: Airlie McCarthy in the title role of Anastasia; Samantha Paltridge as Dimitry; Elizabeth Sinclair as Vlad; Alyssia Moro as Lily; and Poppy Davidson as Gleb.

There was so much talent to choose from and the girls who auditioned for the roles are to be congratulated on demonstrating one of our key values, courage.

Please save the date in your diaries!

Thursday 26 September, 1.15pm and 7pm
Friday 27 September, 1.15pm and 7pm

Shelley Hampton
Year 5 Teacher

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Nutrition and Healthy Habits for Year 12s

As part of our EMPOWHER theme of maintaining healthy habits through Year 12, last Thursday the Year 12 cohort had the opportunity to listen to Old Scholar and Dietician, Alexandra Manson (Kennion, 2016). Alex has almost completed her PhD at Flinders University and coordinates the School Food Research team. She shared insights around wellbeing and food, looking at food as a fuel, and the problems with a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to healthy eating guidelines. Alex also discussed how to discriminate between good and bad nutritional advice on social media platforms. The Year 12s were given time to ask a range of questions with topics of sports nutrition, breakfast and female versus male intakes, coming to the fore. It was a great way to lead into our MasterChef Challenge this week in Home Group, where the girls took part in a cooking competition based around a healthy school lunch option. It was a tight timeline to complete the challenge, but all groups plated up delicious lunch options including Smashed Beef Tacos, Thai Beef Salad and Vegetarian/Chicken Cold Rolls. The girls enjoyed themselves and were able to take the focus away from their considerable upcoming assessments for a short period of time.

Dan Searle
Head of Year 12

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National Reconciliation Week Reflection

In Week 5, Middle School students participated in various activities for National Reconciliation Week. During one workshop, students were put into small groups and together learnt about Reconciliation Week and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Each activity involved solving unique puzzles while learning about Aboriginal history. These activities allowed everyone to gain a greater understanding of our history and learn the new Acknowledgment. The activities were fun and engaging. It was a great way to learn about reconciliation.

Juliette Tang
Year 7

Middle School students had an enjoyable time during National Reconciliation Week. On Tuesday, we attended an extra special library session which had us engaging in exciting activities for Reconciliation Week. These activities included solving intriguing puzzles to unlock keys – adding an extra layer of excitement to the event. We learnt about significant events in Aboriginal history, the new School Acknowledgment, various indigenous words (from many language groups) and more. Students were grouped into small teams, transforming the experience into a communication challenge, and making the discovery of new information fun. The six activities were focused on providing information into Reconciliation Week and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. This allowed everyone to gain a better understanding of Aboriginal history and how we can shape the future. A special thank you to Miss Hollis and Miss Mc Bride for organising these engaging and educational activities.

Evie B
Year 7

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Year 6s Meet Authors and Illustrators at Lumary Lunch

Last Friday, a group of Year 6 students and the Junior School Library leaders, were fortunate to attend a ‘Luminary Lunch’. Each school’s group was seated at a table with an Australian children’s book author or illustrator. Saints Girls enjoyed the company of the vivacious Tania Ingram, who animatedly told us about her writing journey, answered all sorts of questions about being an author, and was kind enough to gift each student a writing notebook. We answered quiz questions about books and had the opportunity to chat with authors and illustrators present at the event. Each school decorated their table and wore related accessories in a style to suit their creator. Our display was based on Tania Ingram’s book ‘The Great Barbie Disaster’ with some look-alikes of the character Aggie Flea coming along to join the explosive fun at a BBQ. Our students were excited that their efforts were rewarded with a ‘Best Table’ prize – winning a selection of new books for the JS Library.

Louisa Mitchell
JS Library Teacher

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ELC – News from Learning Community 2

St Peter’s Girls’ Early Learners’ Centre has had a long-standing commitment to active Reconciliation and this year’s theme ‘Now More Than Ever’ inspired us to reimagine our reconciliation pedagogies so that we can take even greater steps towards a reconciled future. As educators, we acknowledge our great responsibility alongside families, as role models to the children within our learning communities.

During last week’s National Reconciliation Week celebrations, a display within the foyer of the ELC was created where families’, children’s and educator’s voiced ‘what Reconciliation means to them’. This visual display of voices within our ELC community was a powerful way to promote further conversations and ideas about how to enact change. Below are some of the statements that were displayed:

“We need to look after everything on the land. We need to care about people in the past otherwise we won’t share love. We can do learning from our past.”
Student’s voice, age 4

“We say it (Acknowledgement of Country) to thank the Kaurna people for living on their land. We have to thank them because we share the land. The Kaurna people were living here first before any of us were alive.”
Student’s voice, age 4

“We respect the Kaurna Land. We share and take turns with everyone.”
Student’s voice, age 4

“When the trees were cut down, the Aboriginal people wouldn’t be able to get their medicine from the trees.”
Student’s voice, age 4

“Sorry means respect (Ngaityalya).”
Student’s voice, age 4

“You say sorry and don’t do it again.”
Student’s voice, age 4

“To me Reconciliation means that everyone is unified and that both First Nations and non-First Nations people can come together and strengthen their relationships.”
Family member’s voice

“Respecting those who have been before and learning their stories.”
Family member’s voice

“Recognising this was Aboriginal land before ours.”
Educator’s voice

“Reconciliation means respect, understanding and unity. It is an essential path for healing and harmony.”
Educator’s voice

Thank you to everyone who embraced our action of Reconciliation by contributing their voice to this display.

Learning Community 2 Educators

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Piano Recital

Selected students who show outstanding musicianship and confidence are chosen from the Piano Eisteddfod to perform at our annual Piano Recital alongside our guest performer, Vivian Choi Milton. Vivian is renowned for her musical insight in a wide-ranging repertoire, from classical to contemporary works, and she will perform a 30-minute presentation as part of the recital.

Vivian has toured extensively throughout Australia, New Zealand, Europe, North America, and Asia as a concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. Recent highlights include concerto appearances with the Grammy Award-winning Boston Modern Orchestra Project and the world premiere of Kate Moore’s Piano Concerto “Beatrice”, which was nominated as a finalist for the 2020 APRA AMCOS Art Music Award’s Work of the Year. She has appeared as a recitalist in the Netherlands, Russia, Italy and the US.

First Prize winner of the Maria Yudina International Piano Competition in Russia, Vivian has won top prizes in international piano competitions in Italy, the Netherlands and Bulgaria. Vivian grew up in Sydney before continuing her musical studies in Russia’s Saint Petersburg State Conservatory. Vivian previously taught at the Concordia College Conservatory of Music in New York and currently serves on the piano faculty at University of Adelaide Elder Conservatorium.

We are very excited to have Vivian join us as our guest performer for our Piano Recital. Best of luck to all students involved in the Piano Eisteddfod on 13 June and the Piano Recital at 6pm on June 20.

Kendall Latzel
Piano Tutor and Junior Music Teacher

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Eva and Crew Present Saints TV Episode #5

Check out the latest episode which celebrates Reconciliation Week, wraps up Knockout Sports, explores the new Junior School playground and lots more!

To catch up on previous episodes click here.

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Ladies Night Out 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
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

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. Prizes include 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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ELC – Erindale Learning and Teaching Evening

Please join us on Tuesday 11 June at 6.30pm for the Erindale Learning and Teaching Evening at the ELC.

To support your child’s transition into our Erindale room in Semester 2, we will be holding an information session. This is an opportunity for you to meet Laura Reiters, the Erindale teacher, as well as some of our Learning Community 2 staff.

During this session, you will have the chance to visit the learning environment that your child will be transitioning into and gain insights into the daily rituals.

Laura will share how you child’s growing independence and development is nurtured and the rich opportunities for learning that are offered. We look forward to working in partnership with you to support your child to thrive and reach their full potential.

As this is a formal presentation, we recommend parents/guardians only attend this event.

Tuesday 11 June
6.30pm, St Peter’s Girls’ ELC
Meet in the Erindale room

*Please note: This information session is for families whose children will be transitioning from Learning Community 1 to Learning Community 2 (Erindale room).

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Out of the Blue Journal 2024

The Out of the Blue Arts Journal is a celebration of our School community’s talented artists, produced entirely by the student committee! The pages contain beautiful paintings, deep and compelling poems, inspiring music and countless other creative endeavours.

We are looking for students from Reception to Year 12, Old Scholars, and staff to submit art for a chance to be featured in this year’s Journal. There are no limits to the type of art allowed, as long as it is an original work.

To enter your artwork, you can place a physical copy in the submission boxes in either the Junior School classrooms or the ones located around the Middle School. Or you can email a digital copy to outoftheblue@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au . For all submissions, please fill out and attach this submission form. Entries close Friday 16 August.

Every year, Out of the Blue opens the opportunity to design the journal front cover. Many of the past designs have featured line drawings, but we hope to see some other creative ideas as well. The only requirement is that it must fit within the square format of the Journal. For inspiration, Editions 1-4 of the Journal are currently on display in the Middle School Library – feel free to look! Cover designs can be submitted in the same way as general submissions by Monday 24 June.

As this year marks the fifth anniversary of the Out of the Blue Arts Journal, which coincides with the School’s 130th anniversary, we hope to see submissions to make this special edition a standout! At Saints Girls, we value the importance of art and creativity, and we hope that through this project, we can continue to share the talent and voices of our community for years to come.

Further details can be found on the submission form, but do not hesitate to email Rebecca RileyAlex McKay, or the OOTB Committee with any questions.

Angelina Hii 
Out of the Blue Committee 

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Health Careers Expo – Next Week

On Thursday 13 June, St Peter’s Girls’ School will be hosting a Health Careers Expo for Senior School students.

The Expo seeks to offer our students invaluable insights into the real-world applications and opportunities within the diverse Health field. By partnering students with Saints Girls’ community members, such as Old Scholars and parents, we hope to provide students with access to real world insights into vocational fields to inform these far-reaching decisions.

The Expo is scheduled for Thursday 13 June, from 12.15pm to 1.50pm in the School Gym. Years 7 to 9 will be welcome to attend the Expo during lunchtime.

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Selwyn Bake Sale – Next Week!

The Year 10 Selwyn girls are very excited to announce a bake sale that will raise money for The Smith Family on Friday 14 June (Week 7). The Smith Family is a National children’s charity that raises money for disadvantaged Australian children to get the most out of their education to create better futures for themselves.

There will be a range of sweet treats from 50c – $3. Dairy, gluten-free and vegan options are available.

Students from Years 3 to 12 will be able to purchase items directly from the stall at lunch. Cash-only purchases. 

We will be set up at the courts near Chiverton Lawns and we would love to see you there supporting the Smith Family with us!

Elodie de Wit and Adjoa Yawson
Year 10 students

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Kilburn Sausage Sizzle – Next Week!

On Friday 14 June (Week 7), the Year 10 Kilburn Home Group will be selling sausages and drinks to raise money for our House Charity, Treasure Boxes. Treasure Boxes provides vital essentials to families living in disadvantage within our community. We are selling a range of options, with meal deals costing $5, which include a sausage and drink. Sausages with the option of onion are $3, as well as soft drinks (coke and lemonade) and an assortment of juice boxes costing $3 each. Gluten-free bread and vegetarian sausages are also available.

Students from Years 3 to 12 can buy sausages and drinks on the day. We are taking cash-only payments.

The sausage sizzle will be located on Chiverton Lawns, so come down at lunch to support our girls and Treasure Boxes.

We look forward to seeing you there!

 Alyssa Piantedosi and Lucy Lowry
Year 10 Students

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Year 7 and 10 Immunisations

Immunisation Information for Parents / Legal Guardians of Year 7 and 10 Students

The SA 2024 School Immunisation Program will be delivered by Eastern Health Authority (EHA) on Tuesday 11 June 2024.

All Year 7 students will be offered:

  • 1 dose of the Human Papillomavirus vaccine, Gardasil®9
  • 1 dose of the Diphtheria, Tetanus, Whooping Cough vaccine, Boostrix®

All Year 10 students will be offered:

  • 2 doses of the Meningococcal B vaccine, Bexsero® at 2 separate visits (2 months apart).
  • 1 dose of the Meningococcal ACWY vaccine, Nimenrix®

Further information and videos for Senior School students are available at:
School based vaccinations for teens | Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care

Immunisation consent packs were given out at the beginning of the school year with information about the vaccines on offer. It is important that you have read the information supplied in the packs before you give consent for your child to be vaccinated at School. If you did not receive an Immunisation Consent pack from your child, please ask at the Front Office.

Please notify EHA if:

  • Your child has already started the above program with another provider
  • You wish to withdraw your consent
  • Your child’s medical condition has changed

Tips for the day of immunisation:

  • Encourage your child to have a good breakfast and recess on the morning of immunisations
  • Wear sports uniforms to aid easy access to the upper arm and avoid unnecessarily exposing yourself if clothing needs to be removed/undone
  • Encourage your child to keep their arms moving and drink plenty of water throughout the day.

If you have any further questions about the program, please directly contact Eastern Health Authority on 8132 3600 or via e-mail at eha@eha.sa.gov.au

Remember it is your responsibility to notify EHA of any changes or information, particularly in relation to your child’s medical condition. A signed and dated note in your child’s diary from a parent or guardian presented on the day is acceptable.

School Immunisation Program records will be available on MyGov within 24 hours of the school visit.

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School Shop Notice

School Shop Opening Hours

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

Parents can also order items via our Online School Shop. This is now accessible via the Flexischools platform which also administers our Online Tuck Shop. To sign in or sign up to Flexischools, click here

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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
Email: attendance@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au
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

Sport Results

Wednesday 29 May – Tuesday 4 June

AUSSIE RULES

Middle A: Saints (7.4.46) v Westminster Middle B2 (0.0.0)
Best Player: Claris Stolcman for great hands, speed and work through the midfield.
Superwoman: Gracie Calvert for repeat efforts and driving the ball forward.

Senior A: Saints (4.1.25) v Seymour Senior B (1.3.9)

BADMINTON

Senior A: Saints (5/8/148) v Seymour Senior A (1/2/97)

Senior B White: Saints (5/8/155) v Seymour Senior B (1/2/94)

Senior C White: Saints (4/4/105) v Walford Senior C (2/2/92)

Senior D Blue: Saints (2/2/107) v Walford Senior D1 (4/4/104)

Senior D White: Saints (5/5/116) v Walford Senior D2 (1/1/81)

Senior D Silver: Saints (1/1/106) v Westminster Senior D (5/5/118)

Senior E Blue: Saints (0/0/105) v Wilderness Senior E3 (9/9/189)

Senior E White: Saints (5/5/142) v Wilderness Senior E4 (4/4/136)

Senior E Silver: Saints (1/1/55) v Wilderness Senior E1 (7/7/141)

BASKETBALL

Year 5-6 Silver: Saints (10) v Wilderness Year 6 Blue (35)
Best Players: Emilia Wang and Esther He.
Superwoman: Sophia Lau has a quiet presence who goes about her job every week!

Year 4 White: Saints (8) v Walford Year 4-6 Blue (42)
Best Player: Emily Do.

Year 4-6 Blue: Saints (39) v Pembroke Year 5/6 Blue (9)
Best Players: Ashlee White and Amelia Bartter.
Superwoman: Aashna Bhatt for great defensive pressure resulting in lots of steals!

HOCKEY

Senior A: Saints (2) v Scotch (1)
Best Player: Amelia Lucas.
Superwoman: Matilda Paterson.

Senior B: Saints (2) v Scotch Senior B (0)
Best Player: Emily Robinson.
Superwoman: Kayla Medefindt.

NETBALL

Senior B: Saints (15) v Immanuel Senior B Blue (64)
Best Player: Lucy Lowry.
Superwoman: Annabel Bamford.

Senior C: Saints (8) v Westminster Senior D (28)
Best Player: Linna Song.
Superwoman: Lucy Mitchell.

Senior D Blue: Saints (24) v Wilderness Senior D (40)
Best Player: Aliya Trench.
Superwoman: Jiana Song.

Senior D White: Saints (53) v Westminster Senior F (20)

Year 9C: Saints (10) v Immanuel Year 9C (45)
Best Player: Grace Davies.
Superwoman: Nathalie Randeniya.

Year 8B: Saints (34) v Walford Year 8B (12)

Year 8C: Saints (25) v Pembroke Year 8C (12)
Best Player: Chloe Sturt.
Superwoman: Chloe Park.

Year 8D: Saints (15) v Woodcroft Year 8C (26)
Best Player: Chutong Liang was awesome in defence, it was great to see Chutong put into the game what we’ve been working on at training.
Superwoman: Anvika Singh, congratulations on your first game! It was fantastic to see you have a go in a variety of positions.

Year 7A: Saints (49) v Wilderness Year 7A (15)
Best Player: Everyone had a great game! Eliza Phillips and Clara Polasek combined nicely in WA/C.
Superwoman: Anisha Pahuja for encouraging her teammates and bringing good energy throughout the game. Ruby Pahuja for great holds in the circle!

Year 7B: Saints (10) v Wilderness Year 7B (37)
Best Player: Alice Richards.
Superwoman: Rachael Jaques.

Year 7/8C: Saints (18) v Pembroke Year 7C Green (15)
Best Player: Ginny Farag and Mahie Poonia.
Superwoman: Olivia Lorenzen.

Year 5-6 Silver: Saints (1) v Pulteney Year 5/6 Yellow (26)
Best Player: Rosedale Li.
Superwoman: Nishka Juneja.

Year 5-6 White: Saints (3) v Scotch Year 6 Gold (37)
Best Player: Audrey Manudhane.
Superwoman: Yuru Duan.

Year 5-6 Blue: Saints (14) v Seymour Year 6 Purple (18)

Year 5 White: Saints (5) v Westminster Year 5 White (10)
Best Player: Laura Lu for having a great full game in C.
Superwoman: Poppy Bo for her great defence on centre pass.

Year 5 Blue: Saints (6) v Concordia Year 5(6)
Superwoman: Grace Osborne – continued to cheer on her teammates as they fought back from a half time deficit!

Year 4 Blue: Saints (0) v Pembroke Year 4 Red (9)
Best Player: Shelley Cui.
Superwoman: Eva Nicholls.

SOCCER

Premier League: Saints (8) v Walford Premier League (0)

Division 1: Saints (2) v Westminster Division 1 (14)
Best Player: Monica Isaac fought hard through the match to win the ball in the midfield, stealing and setting up good passed forward.
Superwoman: Summer Bament played an awesome first half at CB, and then volunteered to put the gloves on for the second half!

Middle A: Saints (0) v Wilderness Middle A (7)

Middle B: Saints (1) v Wilderness Middle B White (0)
Best Players: Lily Forby.
Superwoman: Zalia Valmorbida.

Year 5-6 Blue: Saints (0) v Walford Year 5/6 Blue (5)

Year 3-5 White: Saints (0) v Seymour Year 5/6 Green (9)

Year 3 Silver: Saints (1) v Westminster Year 3/4 (7)


 

Celebrating Reconciliation Round

During Rounds 3 and 4 of IGSSA Sport, Saints and the other IGSSA Schools celebrated Reconciliation Round. This is an important event in the School Sports calendar, as it’s a way for us to acknowledge and celebrate indigenous culture within our sports community.

Our teams came together with the opposition and coaches at the beginning of their matches to say an acknowledgement, recognising we are on Kaurna land and paying tribute to indigenous people, past, present and emerging.

Our girls proudly wore Reconciliation Round ribbons during their matches, showing their collective respect and solidarity with indigenous culture. The games were a demonstration to the spirit of sportswomanship. Every player gave their best effort, demonstrating skill, dedication, and mutual respect.

At the end of each game, a player from the opposition was awarded the Team Spirit Award. Recognising a player who showed compassion, sportswomanship and had a positive attitude towards her teammates, opposition and officials throughout the game.

Overall, we loved being part of this round and being able to show our commitment to celebrating and respecting indigenous culture. Most importantly, the girls represented the spirit of sportswomanship and the values promoted by the Reconciliation Round. Their attitudes not only appreciated the competitive spirit but also the cultural significance of the event, making this round a meaningful and memorable experience.

Agnes Li
Year 11 Student

Mathilda Thomas
Year 12 Student

Saints Hockey on the Rise!

For the first time since 2019, Saints Girls was able to enter two Senior Hockey teams. Hockey Captain and Sports Prefect, Amelia Lucas, rallied the troops and called in some favours to ensure we had enough girls to fill both teams. The girls have also been helping when needed, playing both Senior As and Senior Bs on a Saturday so both teams have enough subs.

Old Scholars Poppie and Liv Goldsmith are coaching the Senior As, with Tash Dinan and our own Mrs Stace (aka The Hype Girl) taking the Senior Bs. The camaraderie and bond the coaches have been able to instil in the girls is wonderful to watch. With the more Senior girls embracing the younger and less experienced players and sharing the knowledge.

Both teams have started the season well, with the Senior As yet to lose a match and the Senior Bs sitting second on the premiership table.

With our Middle and Senior team numbers growing, there has been a push to boost numbers in Junior School. In 2023 and Term 2 2024, we have not had enough to fill a stand-alone Saints Girls team, so have relied on the kindness of opposition schools sharing players with us so our girls can play each week.

However, with Term 3 nominations closing last week, we have 35 girls from Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 enrolled in our new Foundation Hockey Program and nine girls from Year 3 to 6 choosing Competition Hockey. This will provide a great opportunity for our Junior School girls to learn the game and ensure we have a strong pathway for our girls as they move into Middle school.

Finally, we have just had our eighth Saints Girl named in a State Team! Congratulations to Antra Docherty for being selected in the School Sport SA 12 and Under State Team and to Claris Stolcman who has been named as a train-on for the Under 16 team (despite still being eligible for Under 13’s!).

They join Amelia Lucas (Under 18’s player and Under 21’s train-on), Matilda Paterson (Under 16’s and Under 18’s), Zara Trim (Under 18’s train-on), Leah Huynh (Under 18’s train-on), Phoebe Lucas (Under 16’s) and Jess Woods (Under 13’s).

For anyone still wishing to join our Hockey Program, Junior School waitlists are still open so jump onto Clipboard to nominate now!

Alice Johnswood
Director of Sport

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