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Swimming Carnival 2020: And the Winner is…

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Swimming Carnival 2020: And the Winner is…

Swimming Carnival 2020 exploded off the blocks today, with girls in Years 4 – 12 going stroke-for-stroke across the four Houses at the Adelaide Aquatic Centre.

As always, determination, team spirit and participation were hallmarks of the event, with impressive performances in the serious races and colourful entertainment in the novelty events, including the annual crowd favourite, the Crocodile Relay!

House spirit was in overdrive, the Year 12 costumes lived up to all the hype and it was terrific to see so many parents cheering their girls on from the stands.

By the end of proceedings with all results tallied, the 2020 overall champions were announced: KENNION!

McGill Shield
Kennion – 1751 points
Selwyn – 1725 points
Patteson – 1591 points
Kilburn – 1586 points

Congratulations to all involved! Detailed results will appear in next week’s eNews.

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From the Deputy Principal / Head of Middle School

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Richard Lisle inside 220Life in the Middle School is deliberately busy at the start of the year. Year 9 Aquatics Camp, Swimming Carnival, Years 7 and 8 Camps, and Girls in Tech Expo give our students the chance to connect with a range of girls both from their own year group and from others. Studies have shown that such opportunities greatly help build connections, and a sense of community and belonging. Further, transition between schools and sub-schools is smoother, and instances of isolation and bullying are vastly reduced.

I have already talked this year to all Middle School students and parents of Years 7 and 8 students about intentionally showing courage in small ways this year. Making the first move in forming a new friendship, attempting a new event at Swimming Carnival or Sports Day, taking up a new instrument, joining a choir, attending her first debate, asking questions in a class that she would normally be reticent to do so, owning up to mistakes…these are all opportunities to show courage and to benefit from the personal development that occurs as a result of that courage.

Clearly, with Years 7 and 8 Camps upon us, much talk has been about the opportunity to show courage on a slightly grander scale by being prepared to overcome discomfort, experience new challenges, reveal a slightly less composed ‘sense of self’, and develop new skills and strategies. Our staff too, will also be placed in similarly challenging situations, and I thank them in advance for not only their work in supporting students on camp away from friends and family, but also their willing and courageous approach to the opportunities that our Outdoor Education provides.

Finally, I’m delighted that our Year 8 students will be able to visit Kangaroo Island despite the devastation that beset that beautiful location over the summer holidays. I’m pleased that our revised program will still allow our students to enjoy some spectacular and unspoilt natural scenery, whilst also helping support local businesses and communities that endured so much and displayed such courage during the fires. I look forward to accompanying them and watching their growth across the week.

Richard Lisle
Deputy Principal / Head of Middle School

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A Message from the Kennion House Captain

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Today, the wait was over for the highly-anticipated Swimming Carnival. Years 4 to 12 gathered at the Adelaide Aquatic Centre to showcase their talent in the pool and impressive House spirit. Swimming Carnival is the first of many House events in the school year and is loved by all, whether it is the Junior School looking forward to cheering with the older girls or Year 7s entering the Crocodile Relay for the first time!

Every year, it is amazing to see how much House spirit every girl shows. The Aquatic Centre was transformed into a sea of blue, yellow, red and green with girls (and staff!) cheering and supporting their House all day. As Year 12s, it was exciting for the cohort to follow the Saints’ tradition of dressing up in costumes and running into the pool followed by a deafening cheer from the rest of the House.

This year, girls were encouraged to participate in a range of events, and what a day it was! Highlights from the action-packed agenda included the famous staff relay, Sub-School medleys and the Crocodile Relay! Whether you’re in Year 7 or Year 12, the Crocodile Relay never gets old…there is nothing quite like swimming in a conga line down the pool with all heads bobbing out of the water at once.

During my last Swimming Carnival, I thoroughly enjoyed watching the enjoyment on everyone’s faces and seeing the infectious blue spirit around the pool! It is definitely an event I am going to miss.

Olivia Goldsmith
Kennion House Captain

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Swimming Carnival 2020 Pump Up Video

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In what is fast becoming a tradition here at Saints Girls, we produced a pump up video for the 2020 Swimming Carnival. Led by the four House Captains – Michelle Rupert (Selwyn), Olivia Goldsmith (Kennion), Tilly McCormack (Kilburn) and Emily Downie (Patteson) – the girls focused on four key elements for a fun and successful Swimming Carnival campaign: Competition, Participation, House Spirit and Year 12 Costumes and Accessories. From the exquisite art form that is the Crocodile Relay, to the girls’ pre-race routines, there are definitely plenty of laughs to be had throughout the video. Check it out below!

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Triple Threat at Triathlon Carnival

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A strong contingent of Saints Girls was enormously successful at this week’s School Sport SA Triathlon Championships.

The day started with Alice Braithwaite claiming Gold and Daisy Braithwaite taking Silver in the U15 girls’ division, and Adelaide Murphy winning Bronze in one of her first individual events in the U15 Come ‘n’ Try category.

In the team events, Matilda Braithwaite’s cycle leg concluded her successful years of competing in this event, claiming Bronze with teammates Lily-Rose Spartalis (swim) and Sophie Barr (run). In the U15, Alice Braithwaite (cycle) and Daisy Braithwaite (run) then teamed up with Georgina Wakeham (swim) to win the teams title.

Additional Results
Open – Lara Wakeham (swim), Saskia Jonats (cycle) and Anda Ceplite (run) finished 4th
Intermediate – Tara Young (swim), Charlie Fishlock (cycle) and Imogen Elliott (run) finished 7th
Intermediate – Sophie Dansie (swim), Ellie Humphrey (cycle) and Willow Stewart-Rattray (run) finished 8th
Intermediate – Emily Baldwinson (swim), Annie Bui (cycle) and Lilly Maerschel (run) finished 10th
Intermediate – Emily Whittaker (swim), Lady Murphy (cycle) and Isabella Lowry (run) finished 13th
Junior – Charlotte McAuliffe (swim), Carys Kinsella-White (cycle) and Dani Cox (run) finished 5th

Neil Fuller
Director of Sport

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Tribute to the Stolen Generations

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13 February is the anniversary of the National Apology which was delivered in 2008 by then-Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to the Stolen Generations. He issued the formal apology on behalf of the Australian Parliament to the many indigenous Australians who were forcibly removed from their families at a young age (at least 100,000 Aboriginal children); a practice that continued until as recently as 1970.

This year, as our School’s Reconciliation Ambassadors, Tara Young, Letitia Page-Thomson and Lucy Young with Mrs Trish Tynan were invited to attend the National Apology Breakfast at the Adelaide Convention Centre with 1800 other guests. It was a wonderful experience where we heard about different perspectives from Stolen Generations survivors and the steps currently being put in place to ensure such discrimination never occurs again. Many survivors are still working with the organisations to help reunite family members who were separated so many years ago. Reconciliation SA organised an emotional tribute to the survivors and others impacted by inviting those present to light a candle during a minute’s silence. Seeing the room light up as people began lighting the candles was truly moving. Even more extraordinary was the visual this created in showing how many people are affected by the Stolen Generations.

As Reconciliation Ambassadors, we hope to be able to enlighten and share our experience with students and invite guest speakers to talk about the importance of reconciliation throughout the year.

Lucy Young, Letitia Page-Thomson and Tara Young
RAP Ambassadors

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MasterChef Meets Our World of Food

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The Year 10 World of Food students were recently treated to a guest presentation from Ben Trobbiani. Ben is a Top 10 MasterChef Australia contestant from 2019 who has a passion for ingredients that grow natively in Australia.

Post-show, Ben spent time at acclaimed restaurant Orana learning more about the broad range of ingredients and drawing inspiration on how they can be used. This led to him hosting two pop-up dinners using Australian ingredients in tasting menus based around Mexican and Italian cuisines. Ben’s goal is to continue to educate people in the wide variety of ingredients, how to source them from indigenous business owners and how to use them in the everyday kitchen.

Ben’s presentation to the students was an introduction to our unit on Australia’s food identity. Ben developed the girls’ awareness of traditional Australian ingredients and furthered their understanding of their uses in modern cuisine through tastings of ingredients such as wattle seed, strawberry gum eucalyptus, desert lime, mountain pepper, green ants, finger lime, saltbush and lemon myrtle.

Ben followed the tastings with a masterclass highlighting Australian ingredients. His dish of Coorong mullet with macadamia, beach succulents and lemon myrtle beurre blanc was a highlight of the visit. The students’ also tasted wattle seed choc chip cookies. In the coming weeks, we will be creating the Coorong mullet dish and cookies plus a Geraldton wax Pannacotta. As part of our research into Australia’s food identity, we will also be creating further dishes that incorporate a greater variety of Australian ingredients.

We would like to thank Ben for his visit which was very informative and enjoyable.

Jenni Manson
World of Food Teacher

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Music Camp Fundraising Tops $10K for Ardrossan Hospital

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Music Camp is one of the most enjoyable events on the Music calendar for both staff and students. It is a chance for girls to consolidate their repertoire for the first six months of the year, take huge leaps in skill and understanding of the music they play, make connections with new Music girls to the School and deepen their friendships with each other.

The atmosphere is always highly-charged with a great mix of hard work and fun. Our concert for the community on Saturday afternoon was a huge success yet again. We are proud to announce that we have fundraised over $10,000 for the local hospital across the nine years we have been holding Music Camp in Ardrossan.

“Music Camp has always been my favourite Music event every year, and this year was no different. All the girls were incredibly enthusiastic in rehearsals and always keen to lend a helping hand. It was especially great to see the new girls quickly settle in to our welcoming Music community – there’s no doubt that the bonds we made on this camp will strengthen our playing as a group for the rest of the year. I would like to give a massive thank you to everyone involved: teachers, mentors, the mums and the Ardrossan community for having us.” – Faye Ma (Year 12 student)

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Wetlands Walk on the Wild Side

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On 13 February, the Year 3s visited Urrbrae Wetlands to learn about vertebrates and invertebrates as part of our ‘Sharing the Planet’ Unit of Inquiry. Urrbrae has a special ecosystem with lots of insects and wetland animals. We went for a walk and learnt about water systems, and we collected aquatic macroinvertebrates to look at under microscopes. These are beetles and other insects that don’t have a spine.

Did you know that when you pour water into your drains and gutters, it goes to wetlands and eventually makes its way to the ocean? We learnt that wetlands help clean out the salt, dirt and pollution from water to help the environment.

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Year 7s Spellbound by English

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In Miss Moxon’s Year 7 English class, we are learning about prefixes, suffixes and Latin and Greek root words. We were given a task to create our own Harry Potter spells to help us understand these word parts. We shared our made-up spells with the class and explained what they did based on their word parts.

For example, I made the spell ‘extraporthy’ which means ‘to transport things outside’. I would use this spell to help me carry my books between classrooms! On the day, the classroom was set up to have a Harry Potter mood. We were allowed to bring in our own wands and props to add to the atmosphere. My wand looked exactly like some of the wands in the movies. We also played the Harry Potter theme music while we performed our spells. This was a great way to have fun while learning, and everyone really enjoyed participating in this activity!

Anna Venning
Year 7 student

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Old Scholar Mums and Grandmothers’ Morning Tea

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We are looking forward to morning tea with our current Old Scholar mums and grandmothers on Friday 28 February at 9am. This is a wonderful opportunity to see the new Science Centre Rooftop Terrace and catch up with Old Scholars.

We hope to see you there!

Megan McCormack
Community Relations – Old Scholar Officer

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Saints Girls’ Rowing Bingo Night

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Join us for a fun night of bingo to support the Rowing Program at St Peter’s Girls!

Harry’s Bar
12 Grenfell St, Adelaide
Saturday 29 February 2020 at 7pm

Tickets
$45 per person or $450 per table of 10 via www.trybooking.com/BHGZV.

Tickets include pre-game drinks for the first hour, a bingo card in each of the three rounds (more cards can be purchased), and platters on tables. Amazing prizes will be up for grabs in each round, with a grand prize for the final round. Fantastic auction items will also be on offer. Additional drinks can be purchased from the bar.

We encourage you to invite your friends and book a table of 10!

Everyone in the School community is welcome to attend.

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Saints Girls Centre Stage in Annie JR.

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Saints Girls’ students Alison Francis, Lara Maione, Matilda Wilkin, Millie McDonald, Chelsea Francis, Lauren Fuller, Eve Dillon, Mabel Cook, Eloise Harrington, Lola Storer, Lois Burton-Howard and Jenna Maione are performing in an upcoming production of Annie JR. by SHANE DAVIDSON PRESENTS.

With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. She eventually foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations, finding a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell and a lovable mutt named Sandy. This show features wonderful songs such as ‘Tomorrow’, ‘You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile’ and ‘It’s A Hard Knock Life’.

Details
7 March at 4pm and 7pm / 8 March at 4pm and 7pm
St Peter’s Girls’ School Arts Centre
Tickets can be purchased at https://www.trybooking.com/BIHUB

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Join Our Team of STAR Volunteers!

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Our Learning Strategies volunteers are all enormously valued within the department and the broader School community. Our girls LOVE working with them, and the teachers are so appreciative of their generous donation of energy, expertise and enthusiasm. We have some exciting developments within our department in 2020 and we’d love you to join us.

Our volunteers work with our girls on areas such as literacy, anywhere between a couple of lessons a week through to a couple of days per week. They include parents, grandparents, Old Scholars, retired staff and university students who are keen to gain further experience and enjoyment working with children.

To register your interest, please contact Aleasha Francis as soon as possible via afrancis@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au

We will send you a volunteer information sheet to fill out and then invite you in for a chat. We will also provide training for some of our Junior School programs.

Learning Strategies Team

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Saints Girls’ Rowing Rashies

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The School Shop is having a sale of the previous style of Rowing rashie – selling for just $45! Stock is limited, so act fast if you would like to purchase one. Please note that these can be worn at Rowing training only, with the new version of the rashie expected to be worn at regattas.

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How to Apply to US and UK Universities

For students interested in applying to US and UK universities, a special event is being held on 27 February at Prince Alfred College. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the application processes and how to plan ahead for international applications. The event is suitable for students in Years 9 – 12.

Event Information

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School Banking

Our School is excited to offer the Commonwealth Bank School Banking program to all students:

BankingSchool Banking is a fun, interactive and engaging way for young Australians to learn about money and develop good savings habits. Children who deposit money into their Youthsaver account through School Banking earn Dollarmites tokens, which they can save up to redeem exciting rewards.

Rewards available during 2020 are:
o Terry Denton’s Activity Book
o Mini Soccer Ball (size 2)
o Treetop Stationery Set
o Treetop Handball
o Tomato Seed Kit
o Magic Mist Drink Bottle
o Emoji Wallet
o Snakes & Ladders Game

School Banking is also a great fundraiser for the School, which receives a Regular Savers Contribution of $5 for every 10 deposits processed per student as well as an Annual Contribution which is based on the number of students who made at least one School Banking deposit in the prior year.

School Banking day is Wednesday. Each week, you need to hand your book to your classroom teacher.

If you are interested in opening a Commonwealth Bank Youthsaver account for your child, you can visit www.commbank.com.au/schoolbanking and click on the link to open a Youthsaver account.

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OSHC Temporary Relocation

Parents of R – 6 students are advised that the OSHC program, which was based in the Food Tech building, has been temporarily relocated to the transportable on the Oval.

To access the transportable, please use the main staircase outside the Stott Wing (with the St Peter’s Girls’ sign). Children will need to be dropped off and collected from the transportable.

Beck Kranz
OSHC Supervisor

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Sports News

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At Saints Girls, we love hearing about and sharing sports results and news, whether it be achievements at school or externally.

Please email details to nfuller@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au.

SCHOOL SPORT SA – Selection Information

The following sports have selection information and nominating details available online. A list of all interstate teams including the nomination process is available via https://www.education.sa.gov.au/teaching/sport/sports-and-competitions/interstate-nomination-process.

For specific sport selection information, see the sport page.

Football (Soccer)
12 and under – Wednesday 26 February (girls)
12 and under – Wednesday 8 April (boys)

Tennis
18 and under – Monday 2 March

Softball – girls
17 and under – Wednesday 11 March

Cricket
12 and under – Wednesday 11 March (girls)
12 and under – Wednesday 18 March (boys)

Netball
15 and under – Tuesday 24 March

Softball – boys
12 and under – Wednesday 25 March

Swimming including Multiclass
12 and under – Friday 3 April
13 – 19 years – Friday 24 April

BASKETBALL

Open – Saints 18 defeated by Wilderness 41
The girls tried their hardest but were lacking against a team with good shooters getting many easy shots. The first half was played well, keeping the score even for most of it, however, we let it get away from us during the second half. – Emma Matheson (Captain)

Middle A – Saints 24 defeated Wilderness 21
A great defensive effort saw the girls win their first game for the season. With only 6 players, it was pleasing to see they kept up their intensity for the whole game. All played well, with Januri Wagaarachchi capitalising on some good passing to score 14 points. – Brenton Davies (Coach)

Middle B – Saints 9 defeated by Wilderness 37
This was a tough game against much taller opponents. We only had 6 players and I was happy with the effort throughout the game, but we could not compete with their size. We definitely improved as the game went on. – Brenton Davies (Coach)

Middle C – Saints 12 defeated by Concordia C1 35
The team had a lot of fresh, new players who aren’t familiar with basketball but they took us all by surprise! Although we didn’t win, we played very well and it was encouraging to score 12 points in our first game. The team was able to get so many different opportunities to score but they just weren’t falling for us. The girls all clicked and played so well, it was like they have been playing together for years! Top scorer was Alysa Trinh followed by Zara Wallace. – Sharnee Jones (Coach)

SOFTBALL

Year 5/6 Blue – Saints 5 defeated by Walford 10
During our first home game of the season, the girls worked really hard to show off their new skills. The girls did a great job going for lead runners and catching pop ups and fly balls. Pitching was a combined effort by Aurelia Pyne, Jiahui Zhang and Cleo Hart who did their best against some strong Walford hitters. The girls had great energy and really enjoy playing with each other. Looking forward to another week of training and working on our defensive and offensive skills. Jessica Dreswick (Coach)

Year 5/6 White – Saints 1 defeated by Pembroke 9
At training, we worked on batting technique which was a clear improvement in this game. The girls had stronger swings and were much more confident both against a pitcher and off the tee. The game gave us some other things to work on at training including plays to first and not chasing the runner! Highlights from the match include Lola Storer’s powerful pitching and a great catch by Rishita Raghav at 3rd base. Thanks again to Diya Bhinder and Phoebe Fan for having a go at catcher. – Mimi Long (Coach)

Year 3/4 Blue – Saints 18 defeated by Walford 28
Improvement has already been displayed by all the girls. Batting was outstanding, and they are having an absolute ball! Keep up the good work girls. – Payne Sowter (Coach)

Year 3/4 White – Saints 35 defeated Wilderness 11
Yes, the score is correct. The girls were on fire offensively, as we played 5 innings in an hour and they scored the mercy 7 runs each inning. I think we got out a total of 2 or 3 times in all 5 innings, which showed me how well our hitting was. Defensively, we still need some work. Allowing 11 runs was 11 too many in my eyes and will hopefully be sorted at training. Lois, Maddie, Victoria and Stella were all standouts as well as Eleanor with a fantastic throw from right field to take the runner out at home.  Daniel Di Tomaso (Coach)

ROWING

Once again, the regatta on Saturday 15 February was held in challenging conditions. It seems almost as if we are destined to race only in the wind and rain this term.

Our Junior and Intermediate crews were also faced with an unusual challenge. Unlike most regattas where crews race in ‘A’ or ‘D’ divisions, all crews from each year group were seeded randomly into heats from which any crew could reach any final. Furthermore, between injury and conflicting co-curricular commitments, a number of crews were forced to change composition on the weekend. This made it doubly promising that both the 10A and 9A crews progressed comfortably through to their respective A Finals. Certainly, all crews gained valuable racing experience.

The highlights of the day came from the Senior squad. In the morning, the 1st 8+ split into two coxed fours for the SG 4+ event and comfortably won both divisions of the event before taking out the SG 8+ division in the afternoon. Although the SG 8+ event did not feature a full field this weekend, it did include the winning crew from the previous School Premiership Series regatta. It will be interesting to see where the Seniors place this coming weekend in School Premiership Series #3.

Brynley Millward
Director of Rowing

Seniors
U19 W2x (Maerschel/Maerschel) – 4th – 8:50.81
SG 4+ [Divison 1] – 1st – 8:14.02
SG 4+ [Divison 2] – 1st – 7:41.35
SG 8+ – 1st – 6:58.19

10A
SG 9/10 4x+ [A Final] – 5th – 6:25.54

10B
SG 9/10 4x+ [B Final] – 4th – 7:19.00

9A
SG 8/9 4x+ [A Final] – 7th – 4:12.46

9B
SG 8/9 4x+ [C Final] – 5th – 4:52.73

9C
SG 8/9 4x+ [C Final] – 8th – 5:24.95

TENNIS

The Open A girls faced tough competition against Immanuel, losing 6-0. All girls played with great determination and exceptional sportsmanship. Tahlia Cahill and Ruby Deakin played well-fought singles matches, showing great promise for the rest of the season.

The Open B Girls also faced a challenging match against Immanuel, losing 6 sets to 1. All played well and remained positive throughout. Congratulations to Imogen Nienaber and Georgia Mallick who won their doubles, the only set of the night! A big thank you to Georgia Mallick and Grace Beaumont for filling in at the last minute.

We have many new faces in the Tennis program in 2020 and I am looking forward to an excellent year ahead. Good luck for next week girls! – Annabel Baldwinson (Tennis Captain)

Premier A – Saints 0-14 defeated by Immanuel 6-36
Singles: Sienna Glazbrook 0-6, Tahlia Cahill 4-6, Ruby Deakin 4-6, Britney Korir 1-6

Premier B – Saints 1-19 defeated by Immanuel 5-33
Singles: Annabel Baldwinson 2-6, Ella Dnistriansky 3-6, Imogen Nienaber 0-6, Georgia Mallick 5-6, Grace Beaumont 3-6

Division 1 Blue – Saints 5-33 defeated Pembroke 1-16
Singles: Georgia Mallick 6-4, Grace Beaumont 6-1, Eva Young 3-6, Chase Hocking 6-4

Division 1 White – Saints 2-26 defeated by Pembroke 4-33
Singles: Bridgette Leach 4-6, Adele Eaton 3-6, Malaika McLeod 4-6, Soph Ryan 6-4

Division 2 – Saints did not play

Division 3 Blue – Saints 1-16 defeated by Pembroke 5-34
Singles Helen Zhang 4-6, Tara Nedumaran 1-6, Lydia Tolley 3-6, Kayla Park 1-6

Division 3 White – Saints 4-25 defeated Pembroke 2-22
Singles: Gloria Zou 1-6, Sophie Blight 6-0, Olivia Reynolds 6-3, Jackie Balasis 0-6

Division 4 – Saints did not play

Junior Division 1 Blue – Saints 3-20 defeated by Scotch 3-19
Singles: Sophie Blight 0-4, Alison Francis 4-0, Mia Bennett 1-4, Charlotte Thorpe 3-4

Junior Division 1 White – Saints 3-16 defeated Pembroke 3-14
Singles: Emily Bates 0-4, Chloe Richardson 4-1, Aleesha Gray 4-0, Lily Forby 1-4

Junior Division 2 – Saints 2-13 defeated by Pembroke 2-26
Singles: Sophie Wiggins 6-7, Eve Dillon 3-3

Junior Division 3 – Saints 5-20 defeated Pulteney 0-6
Singles: Ziyuan Qin 4-0, Emily Ludewig 4-2, Eleni Schulze 4-3

TOUCH FOOTBALL

Open A – Saints 6 defeated Pembroke 5
What a game! The team played an exciting, fast-paced match. All girls stepped up to the challenge and worked persistently, resulting in our first win of the term. The girls successfully executed set plays with intent and determination. Ehi Oyugbo scored a remarkable 4 tries and Hannah Freeman scored 2 with the assistance of Ellie Anderson’s amazing set ups. Olivia Goldsmith and Sarah Wishart played with enthusiasm in the middle, controlling the ball when attacking down the field. Ella Liddy, Chelsea Walls and Belle Black performed outstanding ‘shooting’ in defence, preventing Pembroke from scoring easy tries. Our two Year 11s, Holly Cardone and Poppie Goldsmith, played an amazing game against one of the toughest teams in the school competition. – Hannah Freeman (Captain)

Open B – Saints had a bye

Open C – Saints 4 defeated Loreto 2
The team played a strong attacking game using depth and speed to create holes in the Loreto defence. The girls worked hard on their defence using shooters to prevent Loreto from gaining space or pace in their attack. The tries in the first half came thick and fast, resulting in a half-time score of 4-1. It was great to see a try from our newest player Emma Carrodus, others from Holly Cardone and Poppie Goldsmith, and a fourth by Imogen Parkinson. The second half was tougher, although our defence stayed strong through the work of a number of key players as well as Lucy Benn who tirelessly shut down any attempts to break through our defence. Unfortunately, we conceded one more try, leading us to focus on communication, initiating the touch and ensuring that even in the second half, we attack from depth. An awesome start to the year! Keep up the great work girls. – Becca Burton-Howard (Coach)

Middle A – Saints 6 defeated Mercedes 0
The team competed against Mercedes and came out victorious. The girls worked together really well and continued to communicate throughout the game. Phoebe Black filled in due to a shortage of numbers and ended up scoring a try, and many of the other girls scored tries with the help of their teammates. We will still look to improve our attacking lines to score more often. Overall, it was a very successful game.  Ruby Richards

Middle B – Saints 9 defeated Pembroke 0
We played very well; our defence was strong, we moved up on the try line and made sure we didn’t have any gaps for the opponents to run through. We need to practise different techniques to get a try once we’ve done the 3 rucks because we were sometimes unsure of what to do. Phoebe and Jasmine scored 2 tries each, while Daisy Braithwaite, Alice Braithwaite, Poppy Oswald, Mathilda Thomas and Naomi scored 1 each. – Naomi Singh

Middle C – Saints 5 defeated Loreto 1
The Middle Cs began their first game with lots of running and quickly picked up game play. The girls were all looking to move into half and set up plays by the line. Some great running from Carys Kinsella-White and Charlotte McAuliffe ensured excellent scoring opportunities. The girls are learning to play as a team and defended extremely well, preventing Loreto from moving forward with any momentum. We are looking forward to the next challenge. – Izzy McCabe (Year 7)

VOLLEYBALL

Open A – Saints did not play

Open B – Saints 0 defeated by Pembroke 3 (20-25, 15-25, 15-18)
A great opportunity on the Exeat weekend to work on team and individual skills with no pressure. Progression to a new system was the goal. After a quiet, tentative start, the team settled and started to put together some good plays. Challenges with serving and communication while learning new roles were worked through with stronger play coming in the final set. Setting the platform for the rest of the season is exciting to see where this team can go. – Alistair Keough (Coach)

Open C – Saints 0 defeated by Pembroke 3 (16-25, 13-25, 10-15)
Working together better as a team was the focus of the match. Some early nerves allowed Pembroke to get a handy lead that kept the girls quiet for most of the first set. Charlotte Adam’s serving run was a highlight, with Pembroke substituting players to break the run. A spark can start a fire. With some sound individual skills by Georgina Devine and Joss Forster dominating at net and Jenna Bowden’s good serving, the team found their voice and showed good signs calling and working together. Well done team! – Alistair Keough (Coach)

Middle A – Saints did not play

Middle B – Saints did not play

Middle C – Saints did not play

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eNews – Week 3, Term 1 2020

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From the Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

Work hard, be kind

Kate MortimerIn the first week of school, I spoke to all senior girls about what our expectations should be for the year. I say ‘our’ as I would not ask the girls to do something that I would not expect of myself or of our teaching staff. It is also worth noting that schools do not need to be complicated places. Very often, our actions and intent can be guided by entirely simple principles.

So, the first principle we addressed was to ‘work hard’. One reality of life, both at and beyond school, is that you can’t wish yourself success or happiness. You have to work for it. The application of effort to achieve grades that reflect potential, a healthy social life, making the choice to apply a growth mindset, practising gratitude and being aware of your mental health are all things that need to be worked at. Most importantly, the choice to ‘work hard’ at something is entirely in the hands of each girl. It is therefore important that we provide the girls with time to consider where they are expending their effort, question if this suitable and to process possible adjustments. These conversations have been happening across Years 7 – 12 this week, in the 1:1 meetings that each girl has with her Home Group teacher. I encourage you to talk with your daughter about these meetings, in particular, the specific goals that she has set this term.

Secondly, ‘be kind’. Not an uncommon statement and, again, very basic. Furthermore, kindness costs nothing, yet intentionally unkind behaviour can significantly impact the wellbeing of another. Our aim each day at Saints, through our interactions with others, should be to leave people in a better state than we found them. By and large, the girls treat each other with respect and are wonderful at looking out for and caring for each other. However, unkindness, whilst rare, does occur and it simply has no place in our community. It is always important for us to be mindful of our comments and ensure we are intentional in our treatment of others.

Finally, I must say that it has been a fantastic three weeks. It is always exciting to welcome the girls back and, to date this year, they have been entertaining, great company and an absolute pleasure to work with. I have been impressed with their enthusiasm, and with the Swimming Carnival next week, I am very keen to see the girls from the Senior School in action and leading from the front.

Kate Mortimer
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

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Cycling Adventurer’s Positive Spin

This week, as part of our #EMPOWHER wellbeing program, we were visited by inspirational cycling adventurer Kate Leeming. She spoke to us about her charity program called ‘Breaking the Cycle’, where she organises and completes incredibly difficult cycling expeditions to highlight the importance of education.

Amazingly, she has covered enough distance on bike to circle the equator twice! But more than physical fitness, Kate needs mental strength to complete these daunting journeys and persist through the challenging conditions of her rides, such as heat, sand, marsh and wind. Her ability to achieve the seemingly impossible and push both her mind and body to the limits is a credit to her impressive work ethic. In her speech, she told us that despite everything, she never felt like giving up. She knew that she couldn’t let her sponsors, her team or herself down. Her advice to us was to break down the challenge into smaller goals, then make those goals smaller still. Then, by completing and celebrating all these small goals, you will eventually complete your main goal.

Another major point I took away from Kate’s speech was to see the positive in everything. While enduring the extreme conditions of her expeditions, she made sure she looked up to appreciate the beauty of her surroundings in order to maintain a positive attitude that would motivate and allow her to achieve her goal. Kate’s speech not only proved the capabilities of the body and mind, but explained to us the tools we need to achieve the impossible.

Emily Downie
Patteson House Captain

 

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Murray Magic at Year 9 Aquatics Camp

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On the Thursday and Friday of Week 2, the Year 9 cohort travelled to the Murraylands for their Aquatics Camp. The weather was perfect – hot enough for swimming but not too hot for camping. Over the two days, students had the opportunity to try a host of activities, many of which most girls had never attempted. These included kneeboarding, water skiing, stand up paddleboarding, small boat handling, sailing and kayaking.

The schedule was demanding, with the girls spending nearly five hours each day learning new skills, falling head-first into the Murray, and – for some of the lucky ones – standing up on two skis and conquering the river. The girls enjoyed themselves so much that five hours simply was not enough and many participated in a free swim in the afternoon; the sight of bright yellow lifejackets bobbing in the water was quite something to behold.

Students were heartily rewarded with delicious food carefully prepared by French chef Isobel. The girls enjoyed lasagne for dinner and pancakes in the morning, with many other options available. Thank you Isobel, it was so tasty! However, what we will not thank are the birds and the mosquitoes! My goodness! Who knew birds talked all night? What a racket they produced!

The tired but happy faces of the girls on the bus as they travelled home reflected the wonderful connections made, the personal lessons learned, the challenge of the river and the eagerness to pursue those activities.

Emily Moxon and Sarah English
Year 9 Home Group Teachers

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Saints Girls Reach Summit on USA Exchange

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In early January, four Year 10 students – Ayshviina Nair, Sophie Norman, Indya Dodd and Annie Bradshaw – travelled to Summit, New Jersey to commence their four-week exchange to Kent Place School. Soon, their host students from the USA will arrive in Stonyfell for their Australian adventure.

“My time on the US exchange was an experience that I will remember forever. We visited many exciting places such as New York, seeing Times Square, Philadelphia and Washington DC. Kent Place School was such a welcoming place and within the first few days, it felt like home! The friendships we all made will last forever and I am very grateful that I had the opportunity to visit such an amazing country as well as experience life as an American!” – Indya Dodd

“This exchange has truely made all of us develop so many of our social skills and become more confident girls. A highlight was seeing Mean Girls, the off-Broadway show; I loved every part of the musical and was extremely grateful to see such talent live. During school hours, I loved participating in all the classes and seeing how Kent Place compared with Saints, and I found they are very similar! I highly recommend this trip to any girls who are interested as you will make so many incredible memories that will remain with you forever.” – Sophie Norman

“Participating in the US exchange was an amazing experience as it built my confidence and responsibility and helped me gain many different social skills. My favourite part was visiting Washington DC and seeing the White House and the Washington monument (where a massive scene in Spiderman was shot!). I also really enjoyed going to school and seeing how they went about their classes compared with Saints. This trip allowed me to make so many new friends and memories, and I recommend it to everyone as I had an awesome time.” – Ayshviina Nair

“The exchange was such an amazing experience and opportunity for all four of us. We each dramatically developed as individuals as we learnt about ourselves through our interactions with the new people we were surrounded with. We made strong friendships with the girls at school and the buddies we were living with that will last forever! A highlight for me was going to New York and being able to explore and see such a busy city that is full of life. Going to school with such lovely girls who were so kind to us made the experience so much more memorable.” – Annie Bradshaw

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Beach Volleyballers Dig Deep for SA

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Congratulations to Ruby Deakin (Year 10), Lucy White (Year 10) and Anna White (Year 11) who have been selected to represent SA at the Australian Junior Beach Volleyball Championships in Coolangatta, Queensland. The girls have also been selected into the Volleyball SA Academy program for 2020.

It is designed to identify, develop and nurture young athletes holistically (physically, technically, and mentally) so they can aspire to compete at national and international levels in volleyball. Athletes have access to experienced coaches, fantastic facilities and resources provided by the South Australian Sports Institute (SASI) and Volleyball Australia’s Centre of Excellence, also based at SASI. The program can provide a pathway to the National Centre of Excellence, with the aim of achieving Olympic podium success.

“Aside from the obvious difference between indoor and beach volleyball – playing on the beach – there are a couple of other big differences. The first being that instead of the six on court in indoor, there are only teams of two in beach volleyball! This means that there is a lot more movement, although the court is also slightly smaller (8m by 8m instead of indoor which is 9m by 9m). Beach volleyball is such a fun game to play whether competitively or socially, I highly recommend trying it out even if you’ve never picked up a volleyball before!” – Ruby Deakin

“Apart from obvious differences like playing surface and size of the playing court, the beach volleyball is slightly lighter and bigger than an indoor ball. The light weight of the ball allows them to float more in the air, allowing you to use the weather to your tactical advantage. I love being able to spend the whole day playing the sport I love on the beach.” – Anna White

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UK Exchange – From Stonyfell to Sherborne

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Early in the new year, two Year 10 students – Lucy Moten and Charlotte Adams – travelled to England for their exchange at Sherborne Girls. Here are some of their highlights:

“For three weeks, Charlotte and I were lucky enough to go on an exchange to Sherborne Girls in Dorset. This trip was a once in a lifetime opportunity that I’m sure neither of us will forget anytime soon. Due to the nature of the school, which is 90% boarding, both of our exchange girls boarded which meant that Charlotte and I stayed in a boarding house. This was definitely a very different experience, but a fun one! While there was always an abundance of chatter when all you wanted was silence, and absolutely zero sense of privacy, it was like having a family of 80 girls where everyone was there to comfort and support you at all times, which helped us make so many close friends and led to lots of tears when the three weeks were up. The school day ran very similar to Saints, except for the fact that it was 8 hours long, with a 1.5 hour lunch break to come back to the boarding house and relax. It was one of the best and most memorable experiences of my life, and I would recommend it to any girls going into Year 10 next year!” – Lucy Moten

“Lucy and I stayed in an all-girls’ boarding house in a small town called Sherborne, and I thought that it was a really great experience. Boarding was fun because I enjoyed being with my friends all the time. During the three weeks, the school took us to Bath, Stonehenge and to netball games at other schools. The last weekend was an exeat, so I was lucky enough to go to London. I made lots of good memories and can’t wait for our exchanges to come in July!” – Charlotte Adams

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Language Learners Visit Sensational Spain

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During the holidays, the Year 12 Spanish ab initio class spent 20 days in Spain developing their language skills in Salamanca and Granada. We attended Spanish classes at Enforex language school from 8am to 1pm which were fully in Spanish. After classes and on weekends, we had cultural tours to Segovia, Avila and Toledo.

One of the highlights was in Segovia where we took photos of the beautiful aqueduct. It spans 728 meters long and has a height of 28.5 meters. Interestingly, the rocks are not held together by any concrete, but rather the weight of all the rocks holds the aqueduct together. On the same day, we visited the castle of Segovia, also known as Alcázar of Segovia. Construction began in 1102 and finished during the reign of Emperor Alfonso VIII. Later that the day, we visited the cathedral of Santa Teresa de Avila who was a writer and a very intelligent woman. In Spain, she is as important as Mary MacKillop is to Australia.

In Granada, we visited the Alhambra and the Sacro Monte, using a Segway to get there. It was adventurous and fun.

Flor Groenen
Spanish ab initio Teacher

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Cheerleading in Palm Springs

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In the summer holidays, I was fortunate to travel to Palm Springs, California as part of an audition-only cheerleading team. This was an amazing experience and, prior to competing, we undertook many tourist activities such as Disneyland, Hollywood Boulevard and Santa Monica Pier. I have been competing for 10 years and this was an incredible way for me to celebrate that!

Cheerleading is a team sport where teams are comprised of 6 to 40 people. The routine that you perform features a variety of different skill sets: tumbling, stunting, dance and jumps, and you are scored on your execution, technique, difficulty and performance. We competed over two days and it was incredible to see so many American teams, whose routines were phenomenal! My team achieved a State record of 95.18 which is outstanding for a team that trained only a couple of months prior to leaving. If you have any questions about cheerleading or my trip, I’d love to answer them, so feel free to ask!

Madison McGregor-Simms
Year 12 student

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Welcome Drinks on the Lawns

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Our Welcome Drinks on the Lawns, proudly hosted by the Parents’ & Friends’ Association, is always a great event to start the year. It was fantastic to see so many new parents joining our wonderful Saints Girls’ community, and also returning parents out in force enjoying the celebration of food, drinks and the DJ spinning some top tunes. The threat of rain didn’t deter the masses who enjoyed what turned out to be a perfect night on the beautiful Chiverton Lawns. It is so important to come together as a community and not only show support to one another but to lead by example and show our girls how truly special it is to be part of something greater than yourself.

On behalf of the P&F, I would like to thank all the volunteers, staff, the Property Services team and, of course, our Year 12 Prefects for making this event one of the highlights on the school calendar.

Looking forward to seeing you all at our next event, our school fair, The Garden of Saintly Delights on Sunday 29 March.

Bronwyn Bartter
President of the Parents’ and Friends’ Association

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Swimming Carnival 2020 – next FRIDAY!

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Next Friday 21 February, St Peter’s Girls’ School will be holding the annual Swimming Carnival for Years 4 to 12 at the Adelaide Aquatic Centre, North Adelaide. Students are expected to be at the Aquatic Centre no later than 8.30am, with the carnival concluding at 3.30pm.

Students who regularly travel to school on school buses will automatically be taken to the Adelaide Aquatic Centre in the morning and will be dropped home in the afternoon.

To assist other families, we are offering a special bus service to transport students from school to the Aquatic Centre and back. Buses will depart school at 7.45am and return by approximately 4.30pm. To register your daughter’s place on this bus service, please visit www.trybooking.com/BIEBC before 4pm Wednesday 19 February. All other students will need to be dropped off at the Aquatic Centre in the morning and picked up in the afternoon.

Upon arrival, all students must sign in at their House table inside the entrance to the pool deck before taking a seat in their House area. A roll will be taken at the end of the day before the final announcements and the winners are announced.

Students are reminded to wear their complete PE uniform with bathers underneath, as well as their House swimming cap which can be purchased from the School Shop. Extra House-coloured ribbons are encouraged, but coloured zinc and body paint are not permitted in the pool. House caps are available for purchase on the day. These can then be worn during all Interhouse events throughout the year. House tattoos will also be sold at the carnival. We ask that the tattoos are not visible outside the girls’ school uniforms when returning to school.

There will be no specific lunch break but girls can eat during breaks between their races. They have the option of bringing money for the pool canteen; otherwise, they will need to bring their own food. Water bottles should be brought for the day.

We encourage all girls to compete in a number of events, with their preferences being discussed in PE lessons and House meetings. The carnival is to be treated like a normal school day; therefore, attendance is compulsory for the whole day. If a student is too ill to attend (Years 7 to 12), the School will require a medical certificate the following Monday and absent students will meet with Mr Lisle and Ms Mortimer. If a student is unable to participate in their events, a note must be provided to PE staff.

Click here for a program of events with approximate times. We will be using both 25m pools in the morning session and only the deep-end pool in the afternoon session. School teams for SAPSASA (Years 4 to 7), SSSSA (Years 8 to 12) and IGSSA (Years 7 to 12) will be selected from the Swimming Carnival results.

We encourage parents to come out and support the School at one of the most exciting events on the calendar.

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Old Scholar Mums and Grandmothers’ Morning Tea

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We are looking forward to morning tea with our current Old Scholar mums and grandmothers on Friday 28 February at 9am. This is a wonderful opportunity to see the new Science Centre Rooftop Terrace and catch up with Old Scholars.

We hope to see you there!

Megan McCormack
Community Relations – Old Scholar Officer

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Adelaide Fringe Star Performers

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Year 9 students Olivia Slivak, Montana Melisi and Cartia Lanzoni, and Year 8 student Sienna Huxtable will be joined on stage at the Adelaide Fringe by Year 3 student Isabelle O’Toole. They are performing in a production called Good is the New Bad, to be held at Empire Theatre at Gluttony in Rymill Park.

Here are a few words from our youngest performer in the show:

“I’m so thrilled to be performing in the Adelaide Fringe. My mum and I have gone to the Fringe every year as long as I can remember, as I love every show. Then, we started going with my friends at school and we have the best times. I can’t believe I am now performing at the Fringe, and hopefully my friends will come and watch. It will be fun and I think my friends will love the show.” – Isabelle O’Toole

It would be great for the girls to see some familiar faces in the audience!

To purchase tickets, visit https://adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix/good-is-the-new-bad-af2020

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Musical Moment for Talented Saints Girl

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Congratulations to Year 8 student Zara Chessell, another Saints Girl who will be performing in the Adelaide Fringe.

Musical Moments is a series of four shows presented by Promise Adelaide featuring hits from popular musicals such as Les Miserables, Wicked and Grease, as well as material from newer Broadway shows and films. Showcasing the best of Adelaide’s youth talent under the age of 21, each show will feature a brand new set list and a different cast! All shows will take place at the Morphettville Racecourse with full production in the stunning Upper Gerard Pavilion.

Production Flyer

“This will be my first show with Promise Adelaide and, so far, it has been a great experience. Every show has a cast of around 12 people who each perform a solo song as well as a few small group numbers and two pieces with the whole cast. We are quite far along the rehearsal process with our final rehearsals coming up soon. If you like watching and listening to musical theatre, music or dancing, this is the show for you. I hope to see you there!” – Zara Chessell

Zara will be performing in the show on Thursday 20 February, and it would be great to get behind her!

To purchase tickets, visit https://adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix/musical-moments-af2020

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Chorus of Support at Music Camp – TOMORROW!

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Once again, the Music Department has made its pilgrimage to Ardrossan for Music Camp. This year, almost 100 girls from Years 5 to 12 have been invited, and we look forward to sharing all that we learn over the three days in our ninth Music Camp Concert which will be held at 2pm tomorrow at Ardrossan Town Hall. Family and friends are welcome to drive up for the afternoon. Tickets are $10 and funds raised will go directly to the local hospital to purchase extra resources and lifestyle facilities such as BBQs, plants and even chickens. Over the years, we have raised money for the residents of the aged care facility in the hospital, and each year, we take a small group of girls to perform for them as part of our Service Learning component at camp.

We love travelling to Ardrossan every year and feel very welcomed by the residents of this wonderful community.

Sally Rounsevell
Director of Music

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How to Apply to US and UK Universities

For students interested in applying to US and UK universities, a special event is being held on 27 February at Prince Alfred College. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the application processes and how to plan ahead for international applications. The event is suitable for students in Years 9 – 12.

Event Information

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Bushfire Action Plan

In light of recent fire crises, it is timely to remind families about the School’s Bushfire Action Plan.

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

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

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School Banking Information Session

Our School is excited to offer the Commonwealth Bank School Banking program to all students:

BankingSchool Banking is a fun, interactive and engaging way for young Australians to learn about money and develop good savings habits. Children who deposit money into their Youthsaver account through School Banking earn Dollarmites tokens, which they can save up to redeem exciting rewards.

Rewards available during 2020 are:
o Terry Denton’s Activity Book
o Mini Soccer Ball (size 2)
o Treetop Stationery Set
o Treetop Handball
o Tomato Seed Kit
o Magic Mist Drink Bottle
o Emoji Wallet
o Snakes & Ladders Game

School Banking is also a great fundraiser for the School, which receives a Regular Savers Contribution of $5 for every 10 deposits processed per student as well as an Annual Contribution which is based on the number of students who made at least one School Banking deposit in the prior year.

School Banking day is Wednesday. Each week, you need to hand your book to your classroom teacher.

We will be holding a School Banking Information Session at the School:

Wednesday 19 February
8.30 – 9.30am
Meet beside the Food Tech Deck

Please join us and find out more about the School Banking program and how your child can get involved.

If you are interested in opening a Commonwealth Bank Youthsaver account for your child, you can visit www.commbank.com.au/schoolbanking and click on the link to open a Youthsaver account. A School Banking representative will be available at the Information Session to explain how you can do this. In order to verify yourself and your child, you will need your driver’s licence and your child’s birth certificate, but if you don’t have these with you on the day, you can complete verification online at home.

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Join Our Team of STAR Volunteers!

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Our Learning Strategies volunteers are all enormously valued within the department and the broader School community. Our girls LOVE working with them, and the teachers are so appreciative of their generous donation of energy, expertise and enthusiasm. We have some exciting developments within our department in 2020 and we’d love you to join us.

Our volunteers work with our girls on areas such as literacy, anywhere between a couple of lessons a week through to a couple of days per week. They include parents, grandparents, Old Scholars, retired staff and university students who are keen to gain further experience and enjoyment working with children.

To register your interest, please contact Aleasha Francis as soon as possible via afrancis@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au

We will send you a volunteer information sheet to fill out and then invite you in for a chat. We will also provide training for some of our Junior School programs.

Learning Strategies Team

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OSHC Temporary Relocation

Parents of R – 6 students are advised that the OSHC program, which was based in the Food Tech building, has been temporarily relocated to the transportable on the Oval.

To access the transportable, please use the main staircase outside the Stott Wing (with the St Peter’s Girls’ sign). Children will need to be dropped off and collected from the transportable.

Beck Kranz
OSHC Supervisor

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Saints Girls’ Rowing Bingo Night

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Join us for a fun night of bingo to support the Rowing Program at St Peter’s Girls!

Harry’s Bar
12 Grenfell St, Adelaide
Saturday 29 February 2020 at 7pm

Tickets
$45 per person or $450 per table of 10 via www.trybooking.com/BHGZV.

Tickets include pre-game drinks for the first hour, a bingo card in each of the three rounds (more cards can be purchased), and platters on tables. Amazing prizes will be up for grabs in each round, with a grand prize for the final round. Fantastic auction items will also be on offer. Additional drinks can be purchased from the bar.

We encourage you to invite your friends and book a table of 10!

Everyone in the School community is welcome to attend.

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Sports News

At Saints Girls, we love hearing about and sharing sports results and news, whether it be achievements at school or externally.

Please email details to nfuller@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au.

SCHOOL SPORT SA – Selection Information

The following sports have selection information and nominating details available online. A list of all interstate teams including the nomination process is available via https://www.education.sa.gov.au/teaching/sport/sports-and-competitions/interstate-nomination-process.

For specific sport selection information see the sport page.

Baseball
18 and under – Wednesday 12 February

Triathlon
13 – 19 years – Friday 14 February

Football (Soccer)
12 and under – Wednesday 26 February (girls)
12 and under – Wednesday 8 April (boys)

Tennis
18 and under – Monday 2 March

Softball – girls
17 and under – Wednesday 11 March

Cricket
12 and under – Wednesday 11 March (girls)
12 and under – Wednesday 18 March (boys)

Netball
15 and under – Tuesday 24 March

Softball – boys
12 and under – Wednesday 25 March

Swimming including Multiclass
12 and under – Friday 3 April
13 – 19 years – Friday 24 April

BASKETBALL

Open – Saints 22 defeated by Seymour 29
The girls played a great game, leading in the first half but, unfortunately, Seymour got the best of us by the second. The girls worked well with moving the ball in offence, especially in the last quarter, but struggled to score. – Emma Matheson (Captain)

Middle A – Saints 21 defeated by Seymour 51
For the first game of the year and still getting used to our teammates, we started slowly but had a much better second half where we restricted Seymour’s scoring and scored 14 points. With only 6 players, the girls played with great-spirit and determination to run the game out. – Brenton Davies (Coach)

Middle B – Saints 17 defeated by Seymour 20
It was very much like the A grade game where everyone took a while to settle with their new teammates, and we were 10 to 0 behind before we knew it. From that point, we really improved and outscored Seymour for the rest of the game. Special mention to Olivia Reynolds with 10 points and Bella Sanders-Wills who had a great game. – Brenton Davies (Coach)

SOFTBALL

Year 5/6 Blue – Saints 10 drew with Walford 10
The girls showed up with lots of energy and were very excited to play. All of them did a great job batting and base running and we will be practising more defence as the season progresses. In our first at bats, we scored 7 runs to get the lead and with great pitching, we had a quick inning. We look forward to training more as a team. – Jesse Dreswick (Coach)

Year 5/6 White – Saints 5 defeated by Walford 6
The girls had a great first game of the season, with some fantastic fielding efforts including a double play featuring a catch by Phoebe Lucas. While we need to focus on our batting technique at training, all were brave with some good hits into the field. Special mention to Diya Bhinder and Maddison Sims for having a go at catcher, a tricky position! – Mimi Long (Coach)

Year 3/4 Blue – Saints 14 defeated Wilderness 11
A great effort by the girls in their first game. Everyone hit the ball really well and everyone ran the bases very well. There were some good fielding efforts and throws and we will be working on that at training. All played well. – Payne Sowter (Coach)

Year 3/4 White – Saints 16 defeated Walford 1
An excellent start to the season. Really nice fielding efforts by Maddie Davidson at first base and Lois Burton-Howard in the pitcher’s spot in the first inning. This was backed up by Eleanor Bartter in the pitcher’s spot and Matilda Birmingham on base. Defensively, it was very pleasing, and our offence was firing on all cylinders in the first two innings. All girls had at least one hit and got home at least once. We will continue to work on base running, but the girls played a fantastic first game. – Daniel Di Tomaso (Coach)

ROWING

On Saturday 8 February, the St Peter’s Girls’ Rowing Program competed in the second School Premiership Series regatta of the 2019/20 Rowing season. The results from these regattas contribute towards the overall School Premiership, as well as qualification and seeding for the 2020 SA Schools’ Head of the River.

It was promising to see all of our crews from all squads progress to their respective A Finals. Both Junior and Intermediate squads produced strong results, placing consistently within their fields. As the first real challenge of Term 1 2020, the regatta exposed a number of technical areas where our crews can still improve, but this is why we race. Hopefully, all of our crews should have a clear vision of our pathway moving forward.

The highlight of the regatta was a 2nd place in the Schoolgirl 1st 8+ division. This result might have come as a surprise to some, but was no surprise within the Senior squad. With six weeks to go until Head of the River, there is still plenty of work to be done, and plenty of time to move within the field, but these are exciting times for the 1st 8+.

Brynley Millward
Director of Rowing

1st 8+
SG 1st 8+ [A Final] – 2nd – 07:03.7

9/10 A
SG 9/10 A 4x+ [Final] – 5th – 06:32.8

9/10 B
SG 9/10 B 4x+ [Final] – 3rd – 06:54.8

8/9 A
SG 8/9 A 4x+ [A Final] – 5th – 04:18.59

8/9 B
SG 8/9 B 4x+ [Final] – 6th – 05:04.67

8/9 C
SG 8/9 C 4x+ [Final] – 5th – 05:06.08

8/9 D
SG 8/9 D 4x+ [Final] – 5th – 05:34.20

7/8 A
SG 7/8 A 4x+ [Final] – 6th – NTT

TENNIS

Premier A – Saints 6-36 defeated Wilderness 0-2
Singles: Sienna Glazbrook 6-0, Tahlia Cahill 6-0, Ruby Deakin 6-0, Britney Korir 6-0

Premier B – Saints 5-35 defeated Wilderness 1-19
Singles: Annabel Baldwinson 6-2, Charlotte Staples 5-6, Ella Dnistriansky 6-2, Imogen Nienaber 6-4

Division 1 Blue – Saints 1-28 defeated by Immanuel 5-34
Singles: Georgia Mallick 5-6, Adele Eaton 3-6, Eva Young 5-6, Chase Hocking 5-6

Division 1 White – Saints 5-33 defeated Immanuel 1-14
Singles: Grace Beaumont 3-6, Bridgette Leach 6-3, Ariel Spartalis 6-0, Malaika McLeod 6-0

Division 2 – Saints 4-31 defeated Immanuel 2-26
Singles: Soph Ryan 3-6, Sophie Abbott 6-5, Zihan Huang 4-6, Ayanna Roy 6-1

Division 3 Blue – Saints 4-28 defeated Immanuel 2-14
Singles: Gloria Zou 1-6, Helen Zhang 6-1, Tara Nedumaran 6-0, Sophie Blight 6-1

Division 3 White – Saints did not play

Division 4 – Saints 5-33 defeated Immanuel 1-12
Singles: Lydia Tolley 6-0, Nathara Perera 6-3, Olivia Reynolds 6-1, Kaylah Park 3-6

TOUCH FOOTBALL

Open A – Saints 1 defeated by Wilderness 7
The girls started the season with a strong trial match against Wilderness. Our line defence was outstanding, preventing them from scoring off penalties. The team’s excellent communication allowed us to make sufficient ground within the 6 allowed touches. Olivia Goldsmith and Ella Liddy were players of the match, setting up plays in attack (running from half and wrapping around our own players) in attempting to score. – Hannah Freeman (Captain)

Open B – Saints 1 defeated by Wilderness 4
The girls had a challenging morning with only one substitution in humid conditions. It was excellent to see the effort but also to begin learning some new attacking moves. This is something that will be a focus moving forward. Amelie Eaton and Stephanie Smalls both worked hard through the middle. – Dan Searle (Coordinator)

Open C – Saints 0 defeated by Wilderness 4
All of the girls played really well despite not having any subs in the warm weather. Generally, our defence was quite strong, although in the last half of the match, the opposition managed to create overlaps with their players which allowed them to make gaps that they were able to get through. There was also some really good movement on the field with some wraps to create space and some good rucking to gain ground quickly. For the season ahead, we will focus on clear communication, initiation of the touch and running from depth. This was a really good game for everybody to get a feel for the season. – Sophie Johnson (Year 12)

Middle A – Saints 1 defeated by Wilderness 3
We started off strongly against Wilderness in a close match due to their rucking and defence. Both teams scored a try early on, and continued to work hard in attack and defence. Saints put huge pressure on Wilderness in defence which was demonstrated in the number of technical errors that they made, resulting in a large number of penalties. The team demonstrated excellent execution of their rucking in the first half, but in the second half, fatigue got the better of the players and some additional trys were scored. – Tracey Hunt (Coach)

Middle B – Saints 1 defeated by Wilderness 3
The girls began brightly with the first try of the match but could not hold onto the lead, eventually losing 3-1. It was great to see them begin to work well together and use their voices which need to be even louder on the pitch. Phoebe Black and Mathilda Thomas were strong and set up a number of attacking plays. We look forward to building on this trial game as the season proper begins this week. – Zahli Clark (Coach)

Middle C – Saints 2 defeated by Wilderness 4
We played a fantastic first game against Wilderness, although the score did not reflect the team’s effort. Everyone put their knowledge from only four trainings into play and successfully transitioned the ball down the field from defence to attack. The girls’ determination often allowed them to gain ground, allowing the opportunity to score. Additionally, their ability to adapt and take on feedback during the game from coaches and team members is very rewarding! Everyone should be proud of their effort and positivity; I am sure it will be a great term and I look forward to supporting the girls’ growth and development! – Ebony-Jade Nash-Smith (Coach)

VOLLEYBALL

Open A – Saints 2 defeated Immanuel 0 (26-24, 25-19, 8-8)
What a great way to start the season! With three new faces in the Open A team – Martha McCormack, Charlie Fishlock and Toni Christiansen – little training, as well as it being our first game together, winning our first match has given us a lot of confidence moving forward. With Immanuel known as a strong opponent, we fought hard and gave it our all. Serving was great throughout the entire match. After trailing in the first set, our excellent teamwork enabled us to take a close win with 26-24. Starting out strongly in the second set gaining 5 points, Immanuel wasn’t able to catch up. Some really great work at the net and, again, good serving, enabled us to keep our lead and take the set 25-19. With not enough time to complete a third set, we used the time to challenge our skills and to keep working as a team. I hope we continue to work as hard as we did in this game and have a successful season together! – Georgina Keough (Captain)

Open B – Saints 0 defeated by Immanuel 3 (16-25, 18-25, 16-25)
Progression was the game plan for Open Bs in the opener that was always going to be a tough assignment. Missing Tilly McCormack due to injury, Charlotte Cohen led the team of new players onto the show court. Winning the toss and electing to serve, the girls started with some trepidation. Slowly but surely, the confidence grew and they were all chasing down balls all the while soaking up the knowledge of the increased speed in match play. With Sivanthi dominating on her serves and Sophie encouraging the girls to lift, the team worked on playing 3 touches, with Chloe Venning able to finish with some solid spikes. It was great to see the progression of all players working together as a team in the first match and good signs for the season to come. Well done girls! – Alistair Keough (Coach)

Open C – Saints 0 defeated by Immanuel 3
The Open Cs had a difficult first match against a solid Immanuel side. They had a good start with some great overarm serving by Joss Forster. Efua Yawson also had a top game with some energetic spiking at the net. There are still things to work on at training but I have no doubt that this team will be winning matches in no time. – Victoria Neale (Coach)

Middle A – Saints 0 defeated by Immanuel 3
The first match of the year saw a team consisting of almost a completely new players from last year with all but one girl moving up into the opens. This allowed a variety of younger players to step up including four Year 7s. Despite such an inexperienced team, the girls came out hard and put the opposition under pressure. Although they weren’t able to win a set, each one was close and it was a great way to start the season. – Victoria Neale (Coach)

Middle B – Saints 0 defeated by Immanuel 3
The team showed great improvement from their first game. After losing the first two matches 25-3 and 25-8, they really focused in and challenged Immanuel with a final of 25-23. All of the girls did a great job cheering and supporting each other. Lots of things to keep working on but an overall good start to the season. – Jesse Dreswick (Coach)

Middle C – Saints 0 defeated by Immanuel 3
The girls learned a lot for their first matches of the season and did a great job not giving up. After dropping the first two sets 25-4 and 25-6, our third featured plenty of improvement despite losing 25-15. The girls worked together more and communicated throughout. Lots of smiling faces were on the court and we are looking forward to more training to work on our serves! – Jesse Dreswick (Coach)

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WATER POLO

Open A – Saints 5 defeated by St Ignatius 8
The first game of the season was a tough competition for the girls, who worked extremely hard to keep the score within a 1 goal margin until the final quarter. They were constantly making an effort to support each other both in attack and defence, where they could stop many advances made by Ignatius. Best player was Lara Wakeham for her ability to constantly swim down into attack, giving the girls many opportunities on goal. Top scorer this week was Olivia Goldsmith with 2 goals. Good work girls! – Fiona Lethbridge (Captain)

Open B – Saints 17 defeated Wilderness 0
The girls had an amazing first game, winning by 17 goals. They worked extremely hard in defence, stopping all attempts at goal. Best player was Sophie Dansie who was also the top scorer with 6 goals. This game allowed the girls to show their strengths in attack where they worked together as drivers, providing constant opportunities for passes and many successful shots at goals. Keep it up girls! – Fiona Lethbridge (Captain)

Open C – Saints 20 defeated Sacred Heart 0
This was a triumphant result, with the girls consistently making an effort to score goals. Best player was Lila Gosse for her constant support in attack leading to many successful shots on goal. She was also top scorer, managing an amazing 9 goals. Every girl who played scored a goal, including goalie Ashlyn May, who came out of goals in the last quarter to score a brilliant goal. An amazing start to the season girls! – Fiona Lethbridge (Captain)

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eNews – Week 2, Term 1 2020

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From the Director of Early Learning

Our Community Welcomes You

KM ELC photoAt St Peter’s Girls’ Early Leaners’ Centre, we understand the importance and value of bringing our community together, and the special events that allow this to happen are something we take great pride in.

Our Friends of the ELC group works alongside the ELC educators to embed a strong feeling of community through events such as today’s Welcome Morning Tea, volunteering and fundraising efforts. The Welcome Morning Tea is just one example of how we begin the St Peter’s Girls’ journey for our families in a warm and inviting manner. Our families love these opportunities to form connections with staff and other families, as well as gaining an insight into the wider St Peter’s Girls’ community. Many of our families begin their whole school journey at this event.

This year in the ELC, we are giving additional value to the language of welcome, embedding this beyond just the physical act of welcoming. As a team, the ELC educators are carefully considering how we can best welcome every family, new or returning, to assist with the transition from holidays to daily life in the ELC, and establishing strategies that will support everyone. Prior to Term 1 commencing, we engaged with an Early Childhood Consultant, Kirsty Liljegren, to unpack the language of welcome at a deeper level, understanding it is more than just an action but an ongoing philosophy that underpins our Centre’s community. She urged us to expand our thinking and dialogue on the value and importance of welcome. We were provoked to deeply consider how our diversity strengthens our work together, and what it means when we consider the notion of belonging.

We are excited to begin this year with a declaration of intent and accompanying strategies on the language of welcome. We finished the workshop with a profound sense of commitment and purpose as an ELC team, and we look forward to sharing our journey of learning with not only our ELC community, but the wider St Peter’s Girls’ community over the coming year.

Kate Mount
Director of Early Learning

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Welcome Drinks on the Lawns – TONIGHT

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The Parents’ and Friends’ Association invites all parents to welcome in the new school year at the traditional Welcome Drinks on the Lawns TONIGHT from 7 – 9pm on Chiverton Lawns.

This annual, parents-only event is a great opportunity for new parents to meet and connect with other parents, teachers and school staff in a relaxed atmosphere.

Food and drinks will be provided courtesy of the Parents’ and Friends’ Association, as well as a DJ spinning some groovy tunes throughout the evening.

Please feel free to seek out our P&F Committee Members on the night to learn about the volunteering opportunities here at Saints Girls.

TONIGHT
7 – 9pm
Chiverton Lawns, St Peter’s Girls’ School

Bronwyn Bartter
Parents’ and Friends’ Association President

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Meet Our New Head of Science

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I started teaching in 1995. I didn’t realise that the teaching career path was for me until one of my mentor teachers told me I was a ‘natural’ and ‘born to be a teacher’ during my first teaching practicum. From there, I haven’t looked back.

I began my teaching journey in London, where I taught at a range of schools and honed my classroom management skills for two years before returning to Australia to teach in regional schools around South Australia. I then spent 18 months teaching in a local school in Vanuatu. My duties there also included providing training to mathematics teachers as part of an AusAID project. I returned to Australia and took up a position at Woodcroft College, where I worked for 18 years teaching senior Physics, Psychology and Mathematics, and Middle School Science and Mathematics, as well as fulfilling a number of leadership roles. Most recently, I returned from teaching International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Physics and IB Middle Years Programme Science at Munich International School in Germany.

I also work extensively with the International Baccalaureate Organisation as an IB Educator, leading teacher workshops in Science, Physics and Mathematics and conducting school site visits. At Saints Girls, I am currently teaching senior Physics and Psychology, and Middle School Science.

I have a wife, Candice, and three sons, Callum, Taran and Nathaniel. I enjoy camping and hiking, music, most sports including golf, soccer, NFL and AFL, reading, and Marvel movies.

Throughout my career, I have endeavoured to model my passion for teaching and inspire a love of learning in the students I teach and the staff I work with. As Head of Science, my aim is to continue to improve the excellent Science teaching and learning at St Peter’s Girls through the use of conceptualised inquiry-based teaching strategies, the innovative use of technology as a teaching tool, and the formation of strategic partnerships with the wider scientific community locally and nationally.

I look forward to seeing you at Saints Girls.

Craig Byrne
Head of Science

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Newest Old Scholars Celebrated at Stonyfell

The St Peter’s Girls’ community was delighted to honour outstanding graduates from our Class of 2019 this week during our Academic Excellence Assembly.

Special thanks to Old Scholar and Dux of 2014 Lauren Simpson (Kilburn 2014) who presented an empowering speech, as well as certificates to more than a dozen of our newest Old Scholars.

Official IB and SACE recognition ceremonies were also held this week, attended by many of our graduates including Dux of 2019 Hannah Brown who received her prestigious Governor of South Australia Commendation – Excellence Award.

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Major Leap for Athletics Program

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Saints Girls has taken a further leap in supporting elite performances in Athletics with upgrades to the Long Jump facility. Over the holidays, the run-up was widened with a synthetic surface laid to provide training for Long Jump and Triple Jump; it’s also a facility students can use to practise block starts.

With students competing in a wide range of inter-school carnivals, Saints hopes to build upon our recent success, having won the IGSSA (7 – 12) Athletics Shield for 4 years running.

The School’s Athletics program continues to grow with more than 50 Year 4 – 12 students now attending training on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, receiving specialist coaching in sprints, distance, hurdles, throws and, of course, jumps.

Neil Fuller
Director of Sport

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Spotlight on New Arts Centre Lighting

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Over the holidays, the Arts Centre underwent a makeover and now features new lights, audio equipment and speakers! Last week, students and staff were treated to a dynamic sound and light display, thanks to Wesley Hiscock, our very own Arts Centre Manager! The upgrade has created much excitement in the School community and sets us apart as one of the best-equipped schools in the State for audio and lighting.

Students in Years 7 to 12, if you are excited by this news, I encourage you to come along to Technical Theatre Club. We meet at 1.05pm every Tuesday in the Arts Centre. Keen to see you there!

Madison McGregor-Simms
Technical Theatre Captain

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UK Teacher Exchange

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Two days was all it took to feel completely at home on my two-week teaching exchange to Sherborne Girls in the south-west of England. The trip was a completely immersive experience, living in one of seven boarding houses, teaching and observing classes during the day in the main school and embracing the co-curricular activities outside of school hours. The school runs Monday through to Saturday morning with comparable academic rigour to Saints. Compulsory school sport takes place on Saturday afternoons, with teaching staff accompanying these trips to schools throughout the region.

A typical day at Sherborne would include a 7.30am breakfast with the staff and girls living in your boarding house. A selection of cooked breakfasts or cereals was provided, as well as lunch and supper every day. For me, it was then a short five-minute walk to the main school building where classes would start at 8.30am after morning prayers. The school day runs from 8.30am to 4.30pm with meals for all staff and students provided during the breaks. Lunch runs for an hour and a half, allowing the students time to return to their boarding house for a cooked lunch and to then enjoy some down-time in the middle of the day as they have very little of this at night. Evening boarding house staff, the majority of whom are teachers, are rostered on ‘duty’ and oversee homework, supper and all other matters that come with caring for teenage girls! These duty shifts run until 10.30pm, making it a very long day for teaching staff.

Each boarding house has its own House Mistress and live-in boarding/teaching staff, with 90% of the school students boarding. Many staff have their families living in the boarding houses with them. For most of the students and many teachers, the school is their home. I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to be completely immersed in this 24/7 working world for two weeks. This experience provided me with a valuable insight into the UK education system, the daily operation of a boarding school and the lifestyle of living on-site as a teaching and boarding house staff member. I thoroughly recommend considering this exchange for your daughter before they start Senior School.

Emma Weber
Mathematics Teacher

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US Teacher Exchange

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What an adventure! I had the privilege of chaperoning four girls to Kent Place School in Summit, New Jersey – a short 40-minute train ride from downtown Manhattan. After a lengthy but exciting flight via Los Angeles, the girls enjoyed a long weekend with their homestay parents prior to commencing school.

The school is a beautiful, historic property, once the summer residence of Manhattan dweller Mr Kent, and is 125 years old like St Peter’s Girls. The weather was kind to us for much of our stay but there was plenty of excitement as we all arrived on day one to see the grounds blanketed in overnight snow.

I was billeted with a primary school teacher who welcomed me into her family and looked after me for my stay. This was a wonderful ‘real’ American experience. The four girls were fortunate to participate in many areas of curriculum not offered at Saints Girls and fully immersed themselves in every aspect, revelling in the no formal uniform policy. Each day, we were provided with lunches including soups and desserts, all included in the school fees.

I was able to meet with different faculty heads to discuss the Junior School’s wellbeing courses, the Head of the Ethics Institute to set up links between the two schools, and the Junior School Mathematics and Language Arts coordinators. I was also fortunate to teach lessons in Pre K (a challenge chasing 3 year olds around!), Years 2, 3 and 5. I prepared and taught lessons on Australia, problem-solving Mathematics and thrilled all by my slightly fabricated stories of sending my pet kangaroo to the shop to buy milk in its very insulated pouch! I was also fortunate on weekends to be able to visit Manhattan, taking in many sights, Broadway shows and museums.

I am very grateful to the School for allowing this opportunity and was extremely proud of how my four exchange students conducted themselves during their stay.

Shelley Hampton
Junior School Wellbeing Coordinator / Year 5 Teacher

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Swimming Carnival 2020

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On Friday 21 February, St Peter’s Girls’ School will be holding the annual Swimming Carnival for Years 4 to 12 at the Adelaide Aquatic Centre, North Adelaide. Students are expected to be at the Aquatic Centre no later than 8.30am, with the carnival concluding at 3.30pm.

Students who regularly travel to school on school buses will automatically be taken to the Adelaide Aquatic Centre in the morning and will be dropped home in the afternoon.

To assist other families, we are offering a special bus service to transport students from school to the Aquatic Centre and back. Buses will depart school at 7.45am and return by approximately 4.30pm. To register your daughter’s place on this bus service, please visit www.trybooking.com/BIEBC before 4pm Wednesday 19 February. All other students will need to be dropped off at the Aquatic Centre in the morning and picked up in the afternoon.

Upon arrival, all students must sign in at their House table inside the entrance to the pool deck before taking a seat in their House area. A roll will be taken at the end of the day before the final announcements and the winners are announced.

Students are reminded to wear their complete PE uniform with bathers underneath, as well as their House swimming cap which can be purchased from the School Shop. Extra House-coloured ribbons are encouraged, but coloured zinc and body paint are not permitted in the pool. House caps are available for purchase on the day. These can then be worn during all Interhouse events throughout the year. House tattoos will also be sold at the carnival. We ask that the tattoos are not visible outside the girls’ school uniforms when returning to school.

There will be no specific lunch break but girls can eat during breaks between their races. They have the option of bringing money for the pool canteen; otherwise, they will need to bring their own food. Water bottles should be brought for the day.

We encourage all girls to compete in a number of events, with their preferences being discussed in PE lessons and House meetings. The carnival is to be treated like a normal school day; therefore, attendance is compulsory for the whole day. If a student is too ill to attend (Years 7 to 12), the School will require a medical certificate the following Monday and absent students will meet with Mr Lisle and Ms Mortimer. If a student is unable to participate in their events, a note must be provided to PE staff.

Click here for a program of events with approximate times. We will be using both 25m pools in the morning session and only the deep-end pool in the afternoon session. School teams for SAPSASA (Years 4 to 7), SSSSA (Years 8 to 12) and IGSSA (Years 7 to 12) will be selected from the Swimming Carnival results.

We encourage parents to come out and support the School at one of the most exciting events on the calendar.

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School Photos

Focus School Portraits will be at school next Monday 10 February and Tuesday 11 February to take our school photos.

This year, to simplify the process for families, a special ‘St Peter’s Girls’ Package’ has been designed for each student to receive the following photos:

1 – 8″ x 10″ Individual Portrait
2 – 5″ x 7″ Individual Portraits
4 – 2.5″ x 3.5″ Individual Portraits
1 – 8″ x 10″ Home Group Photo

There is no additional cost to families as this has been incorporated into your fees. Should you wish to purchase extra packs, photos or items such as key rings, mugs, jigsaws etc., you will be able to order these by contacting Focus School Portraits via orders@focussp.com.au or 8389 9002.

Your daughter’s Home Group/class teacher has the schedule and will have communicated their photo time to them.

If you would like to arrange sibling photos, order forms can be collected from the Front Office.

Please do not hesitate to contact me via fmcgregor@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au should you have any questions regarding school photos.

Fiona McGregor
Event Coordinator

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Chorus of Support at Music Camp

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Once again, the Music Department will make its pilgrimage to Ardrossan for Music Camp. This year, almost 100 girls from Years 5 to 12 have been invited, and we look forward to sharing all that we learn over the three days in our ninth Music Camp Concert which will be held at 2pm on Saturday 15 February at Ardrossan Town Hall. Family and friends are welcome to drive up for the afternoon. Tickets are $10 and funds raised will go directly to the local hospital to purchase extra resources and lifestyle facilities such as BBQs, plants and even chickens. Over the years, we have raised money for the residents of the aged care facility in the hospital, and each year, we take a small group of girls to perform for the residents as part of our Service Learning component at camp.

We love travelling to Ardrossan every year and feel very welcomed by the residents of this wonderful community.

Sally Rounsevell
Director of Music

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How to Apply to US and UK Universities

For students interested in applying to US and UK universities, a special event is being held on 27 February at Prince Alfred College. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the application processes and how to plan ahead for international applications. The event is suitable for students in Years 9 – 12.

Event Information

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Bushfire Action Plan

In light of recent fire crises, it is timely to remind families about the School’s Bushfire Action Plan.

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

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

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School Banking Information Session

Our School is excited to offer the Commonwealth Bank School Banking program to all students:

BankingSchool Banking is a fun, interactive and engaging way for young Australians to learn about money and develop good savings habits. Children who deposit money into their Youthsaver account through School Banking earn Dollarmites tokens, which they can save up to redeem exciting rewards.

Rewards available during 2020 are:
o Terry Denton’s Activity Book
o Mini Soccer Ball (size 2)
o Treetop Stationery Set
o Treetop Handball
o Tomato Seed Kit
o Magic Mist Drink Bottle
o Emoji Wallet
o Snakes & Ladders Game

School Banking is also a great fundraiser for the School, which receives a Regular Savers Contribution of $5 for every 10 deposits processed per student as well as an Annual Contribution which is based on the number of students who made at least one School Banking deposit in the prior year.

School Banking day is Wednesday. Each week, you need to hand your book to your classroom teacher.

We will be holding a School Banking Information Session at the School:

Wednesday 19 February
8.30 – 9.30am
Meet beside the Food Tech Deck

Please join us and find out more about the School Banking program and how your child can get involved.

If you are interested in opening a Commonwealth Bank Youthsaver account for your child, you can visit www.commbank.com.au/schoolbanking and click on the link to open a Youthsaver account. A School Banking representative will be available at the Information Session to explain how you can do this. In order to verify yourself and your child, you will need your driver’s licence and your child’s birth certificate, but if you don’t have these with you on the day, you can complete verification online at home.

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Join Our Team of STAR Volunteers!

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Our Learning Strategies volunteers are all enormously valued within the department and the broader School community. Our girls LOVE working with them, and the teachers are so appreciative of their generous donation of energy, expertise and enthusiasm. We have some exciting developments within our department in 2020 and we’d love you to join us.

Our volunteers work with our girls on areas such as literacy, anywhere between a couple of lessons a week through to a couple of days per week. They include parents, grandparents, Old Scholars, retired staff and university students who are keen to gain further experience and enjoyment working with children.

To register your interest, please contact Aleasha Francis as soon as possible via afrancis@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au

We will send you a volunteer information sheet to fill out and then invite you in for a chat. We will also provide training for some of our Junior School programs.

Learning Strategies Team

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OSHC Temporary Relocation

Parents of R – 6 students are advised that the OSHC program, which was based in the Food Tech building, has been temporarily relocated to the transportable on the Oval.

To access the transportable, please use the main staircase outside the Stott Wing (with the St Peter’s Girls’ sign). Children will need to be dropped off and collected from the transportable.

Beck Kranz
OSHC Supervisor

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Saints Girls’ Rowing Bingo Night

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Join us for a fun night of bingo to support the Rowing Program at St Peter’s Girls!

Harry’s Bar
12 Grenfell St, Adelaide
Saturday 29 February 2020 at 7pm

Tickets
$45 per person or $450 per table of 10 via www.trybooking.com/BHGZV.

Tickets include pre-game drinks for the first hour, a bingo card in each of the three rounds (more cards can be purchased), and platters on tables. Amazing prizes will be up for grabs in each round, with a grand prize for the final round. Fantastic auction items will also be on offer. Additional drinks can be purchased from the bar.

We encourage you to invite your friends and book a table of 10!

Everyone in the School community is welcome to attend.

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Sports News

At Saints Girls, we love hearing about and sharing sports results and news, whether it be achievements at school or externally. Please email details to nfuller@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au.

ATHLETICS

In December, Keeley Fahey and Holly Cardone competed in the Australian All Schools Track and Field Championships in Perth as members of the South Australian team. Keeley won a Bronze medal in the U18 Pole Vault and finished 15th in the U18 100m Hurdles. Holly Cardone finished 14th in the U18 High Jump.

On 18 and 19 January at the SA Athletics Stadium, Olivia Kelly won Bronze in the U18 Heptathlon at the State Multi-Event Championships. The Heptathlon involves Long Jump, High Jump, 200m, 800m, 100m Hurdles, Shot Put and Javelin.

BASKETBALL

Open Saints 18 defeated by St John’s 75
The girls fought hard against tough competition. They tried their best to get back in defence to stop St John’s from scoring. The girls put up many shots in offence but were unfortunately unsuccessful in their attempts. Overall, a hard first game back. – Emma Matheson (Captain)

ROWING

The first regatta of 2020 (West Lakes Regatta, Saturday 1 February) was an unseasonably wet affair. Although the forecast thunderstorms held off, the wind and rain ensured conditions were challenging. But, as they say, “Rowing in the rough makes you tough”, and our rowers tackled the conditions with admirable courage.

Unfortunately, the worsening conditions meant our Junior squad was only able to take part in the first of their two rounds. In completing the first round though, it was good to see all Junior crews consolidating the technical improvements made during camp. This was reflected in their times, with all crews posting considerable improvements since their last regatta in Term 4, 2019.

The Senior squad did not compete in the Schoolgirl 8+ race, instead taking the opportunity to race in smaller boats (doubles and coxed fours). This produced some positive outcomes, with the Seniors placing 1st and 3rd in the Schoolgirl Coxed Four division. But with the first School Premiership Series regatta of the season this weekend, the Seniors will be looking to test themselves in the eight.

Seniors
U19 W2x (Barr/Romaniuk) – 3rd – 07:23.2
U19 W2x (Maerschel/Maerschel) – 4th – 07:39.3
SG 4+ (#1) 1st – NTT
SG 4+ (#2) 3rd – NTT
2W8+ – 2nd – 07:29.9

9/10 A
SG 9/10 A 4x+ – 4th – 06:32.6
2W4x+ – 3rd – 08:56.9

8/9 A
SG 8/9 A 4x+ – 6th – 04:08.36

8/9 B
SG 8/9 B 4x+ – 6th – 04:18.54

8/9 C
SG 8/9 C 4x+ – 5th – NTT

8/9 E
SG 8/9 E 4x+ (Divison 1) – 3rd – 04:25.34

SOFTBALL

Following Aroha Munroe’s performance at the Australian U18 Women’s Softball Nationals last week, she has been selected in the Junior Spirit squad as a reserve. Aroha has also been selected as part of the Junior White Sox (JWSX) New Zealand U18 team to compete in the NFC tournament across the ditch next month. A decision will then be made after that tournament for the final JWSX team to go to the World Cup in August in Peru (and compete against Australia). We wish Aroha well in her preparations and selections. – Neil Fuller (Director of Sport)

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eNews – Week 1, Term 1 2020

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From the Principal

juliashea_web-200x300-200x300Welcome to 2020 at Saints Girls.

Schools such as ours are often described as conservative, viewed by many as guardians of great traditions and defenders of more than a century of accumulated wisdom. And, indeed, it would be foolish not to remind ourselves of what preceding generations have managed to learn and implement. Equally important, however, is to look forward and re-evaluate our vision in order to refresh and reaffirm our validity in this new decade. We must be agile, innovative and constantly seeking ways to respond to the challenges resulting from rapid economic, environmental, social and technological change.

That said, the School has been through much transformation in recent years with the now-complete Strategic Plan ‘A New Vision – Towards 125’ providing a framework that has served us well. As such, we believe that the seven clear strategic pillars outlined in that plan remain relevant for the three years ahead. There are three primary ones of most importance to our girls, supported by four secondary areas. In the new 2020 – 2022 Strategic Plan, we have identified two priorities under each of those pillars that are fundamental to Saints Girls remaining a world-class deliverer of girls’ education.

If we were to imagine metaphorically that the School is an island from which Year 12s depart on Celebration Day, we must be sure that, amongst the myriad of knowledge, skills, attributes and values they have learned and acquired, somewhere, we have taught them to swim. So, what do contemporary 21st century swimming lessons look like? It’s a question we must answer because ultimately our success should not be measured by ATAR statistics but rather by where our girls end up after they swim away from the island. What does life look like for them five or ten years after a Saints Girls’ education? Have we genuinely set them up for success? Each of the priorities outlined in the diagram below stem from the recognition of what we need to do for that question to be answered in the affirmative.

Strategic Direction Diagram

Even though we will prioritise work in these areas, there is still much consolidation of previous goals to occur. For example, the #EMPOWHER program isn’t now ‘done’. Rather, content needs to be reviewed, resources need to be updated and the quality of delivery of the program needs to be evaluated. Most importantly, we need to quantitatively assess whether or not it’s made a difference. Continuous improvement of all that is currently in place at the School doesn’t need to be articulated in a Strategic Plan – it’s a given.

So, over the next three years, we will once again embrace change, but do it with compassion. We will support colleagues to become better teachers, coaches and conductors. We will use new technologies and data analysis to uncover new ways of doing what we’ve always done but do it better. We will collaborate with others inside and outside the School. But ultimately everything will be driven by an unwavering focus to do the very best for each and every one of the young people in our care. And when all goes to plan, Saints Girls will not just be the place to learn, but the place to be.

Staffing News

Ruby Kilpatrick, Georgia Lyng, Elina Qian, Bethany Rix, Ellen Rousvanis, Olivia Sam and Ziqi Li (Lily) join our wonderful team of co-educators in the ELC. Courtney Sandford is our new ELC specialist Music teacher. In changes to the teaching staff, Craig Byrne is our new Head of Science, Emily Moxon joins the English Department, Katherine Perkas joins the PE Department and Celia Zamel will teach French.

Goldy Yong joins our team of lab technicians and will assist our teaching staff in giving our girls a great practical experience in the new Science Centre. Lara Strever and Sarah Turnbull will work predominantly in the Junior School as Educational Support Officers, and Tim Wissman has joined our IT team for a short period. Rachel Vanderzon will replace Communications Coordinator Jess Gillard whilst she is on maternity leave.

As always, our members of staff look forward to speaking with you at the P&F Drinks on the Lawns next Friday from 7pm.

Building Works

The western entrance to the car park was widened over the holidays, making it easier for cars to enter and exit the School simultaneously. Please adhere to the ‘no right-hand turn’ signs as this allows traffic to flow more smoothly. When using the drop-off and pick-up zone, move as far down the zone as possible and do not leave your car unattended. If your daughter is not there for collection, simply do another loop of the car park. Staff will be on duty to assist you and it would be appreciated if you would follow their instructions.

Work continued on the refurbishment of the Sarah Wing and the replacement of the Chiverton balcony during the summer holidays. Both projects are scheduled to be completed in coming months and we will keep you updated via the eNews and our social media accounts. Once these works have finished, the upgrade to the classrooms on the Junior School corridor will commence. Much thought has gone into the timing and delivery of this project, given the proximity to working classrooms. More detailed information will be made available in the weeks ahead.

So, let the fun begin! With the Swimming Carnival, Choral Night, Head of the River and camps not far away, there is no such thing as a ‘quiet start’ to the year. Hold onto your hats and enjoy all that 2020 has to offer.

Julia Shea
Principal

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The Saints Girls’ Journey…

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To celebrate the new school year, four new Receptions were joined by some Year 12s for a photo. What made this photo extra special was that all eight Year 12s began their Saints Girls’ journey in Reception. So, while the Receptions were enjoying their very first ‘first day of school’, the Year 12s pictured were enjoying their last ‘first day of school’. This photo was incredibly popular on our Facebook page, and we invite families to ‘Like’ us on Facebook, or follow us on Instagram.

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Welcome Drinks on the Lawns

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The Parents’ and Friends’ Association invites all parents to welcome in the new school year at the traditional Welcome Drinks on the Lawns next Friday 7 February from 7 – 9pm on Chiverton Lawns.

This annual, parents-only event is a great opportunity for new parents to meet and connect with other parents, teachers and school staff in a relaxed atmosphere.

Food and drinks will be provided courtesy of the Parents’ and Friends’ Association, as well as a DJ spinning some groovy tunes throughout the evening.

Please feel free to seek out our P&F Committee Members on the night to learn about the volunteering opportunities here at Saints Girls.

Friday 7 February
7 – 9pm
Chiverton Lawns, St Peter’s Girls’ School

Bronwyn Bartter
Parents’ and Friends’ Association President

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Compassion in Cambodia

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Holidays were put on pause for 20 students who had the incredible opportunity to participate in the annual Service Learning Trip to Cambodia. The girls experienced many aspects of Cambodian life as they lived at New Hope for Cambodian Children’s Village, then travelled to Siem Reap where they spent a week building four houses for a rural community with Volunteer Building Cambodia. This was an eye-opening experience for the girls who saw first-hand the type of housing many families are living in.

Each student who went on the trip was impacted in different ways. Here are some of their reflections:

“During our stay in Siem Reap, we participated in Volunteer Building Cambodia’s building program to construct houses for families living in poverty. Every morning, Saints and PAC took an hour bus ride to countryside Cambodia to build four traditional Khmer-style wooden houses. We hand-sawed planks of wood for walls, floorboards and a staircase, and were taught how to create the smaller details of the house such as the windows, railing and ladder. Local builders assisted us in building the frame of the house and supported us throughout the week. We were a part of a traditional Khmer handover ceremony where four families were presented with their houses which were blessed by local monks. It was amazing to see the contrast from their previous houses, a small palm leaf structure on dirt, to their new houses: strong wooden houses on stilts with a tin roof. To see the happiness and joy in the families’ faces when they received their houses was extremely rewarding and will be a moment I will always remember.”

Olivia Goldsmith
Year 12 student

“Culture is prominent in Cambodian society as much of their life is based around the Buddhist faith. We experienced this by the blessing of the houses that we built, walking through the temples and the water blessing. These events allowed us to develop an understanding of how valued people’s beliefs are in their community. Not only did we experience the religious aspect of it, but walking around the night markets, learning how to bargain and trying different foods were also life-changing experiences.”

Clair Kao
Year 12 student

“A highlight of our trip was learning about life in Cambodia and how much it differs from Australia. Fortunately for the students on the trip, the food was delicious and well-liked by all! The cuisine consists mainly of rice dishes, noodle soup, curries and stir fries, with Thai and Vietnamese influences. Students even had the opportunity to try a Cambodian delicacy, fried tarantula. It was fascinating to learn about the official religion of Cambodia, Buddhism, and how it has Hindu influences because of past kings. During our many bus trips, everyone enjoyed waving to all of the kids riding to school on their scooters. It was amazing, and a little frightening, to see how many kids could fit on one scooter! It was a truly eye-opening trip that gave everyone a greater appreciation for the fortunate lives we live in Australia.”

Ellie Anderson
Year 12 student

“Visiting New Hope For Cambodian Children was an amazing experience. The children came to class so happy and ready to learn every day, and their enthusiasm was contagious. Their smiling faces met us straight after breakfast and didn’t leave until well after the sun set. We spent time playing on the playground, being challenged to and promptly losing soccer matches, singing songs and participating in clapping games. Getting to know these children, their backgrounds and personalities taught us kindness and gratitude, allowing us to see how much we really have. The trip came to an end all too soon, but I think I can say on behalf of the girls, these children will never be forgotten.”

Matilda Braithwaite
Year 12 student

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Acknowledgement Moves in New Direction

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As a part of recognising reconciliation within our School, your RAP Ambassadors have re-designed the traditional Acknowledgement that is usually said at the beginning of Assemblies in hope that this new version will spark a more meaningful approach to acknowledging aboriginal culture and traditions within our country.

This version will now appear instead of the old Acknowledgement and will be updated regularly with content that reflects reconciliation. Let your RAP Ambassadors Lucy Young, Hattie Maerschel, Letitia Page-Thomson or Tara Young know what you have been doing with a reconciliation focus, and you will become part of our ever-changing Acknowledgement.

While it may take a while to get used to, we hope that you can give this version a go as this is more reflective of our journey and acknowledges reconciliation specifically within our School community.

Lucy Young and Hattie Maerschel
RAP Ambassadors

 

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New Ball Game for Indoor Netballers

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On 29 November, Gemma Schaedel, Olivia Kelly and I travelled to Toowoomba, Queensland for the 2019 Junior Indoor Netball National Championships. We had the privilege of being chosen to represent Indoor Netball South Australia as a part of the SA Crowns’ 16 and under Ladies’ team, and I was honoured to have been able to captain such an amazing group of girls.

The trip consisted of two parts; the first portion of the week was 6 a side with a break day in between before the 7 a side component of the tournament. Although both types were still indoor netball, they had large distinctions in their rules and were played with very diverse and advanced tactics. Six a side had different positions to the normal game and enabled the two ‘links’ and ‘attackers’ to shoot two-pointers from outside the goal circle, and players were able to utilise the nets surrounding the court to fall into. In comparison, 7 a side was much more similar to normal netball, with the same positions and the rules closely resembling outdoor netball as well as any player contact with the nets not allowed.

Our side placed 7th in 6 a side and 5th in 7 a side, with NSW taking out both shields. While away, we were able to gain a great understanding of how this game is played at an elite level, had the opportunity to learn and improve our netball and also were lucky enough to make some amazing friends from other states. This competition was such an invaluable experience which we greatly enjoyed and we hope to have the opportunity to partake in it again in the future.

Alexia Politis
Year 10 student

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Swimming Carnival 2020

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Friday 21 February

A reminder that the Year 4 to 12 Swimming Carnival will be held on Friday of Week 4 at the Adelaide Aquatic Centre. House-coloured items and ribbons are encouraged, but coloured zinc and body paint is not permitted in the pool. Details regarding bus transportation will be released soon.

More details and a program should be out by the end of Week 3.

School teams for SAPSASA (Years 4 to 7), SSSSA (Years 8 to 12) and IGSSA (Years 7 to 12) will be selected from the Swimming Carnival results.

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Tuck and School Shop Tap Payments

St Peter’s Girls has introduced tap payment technology for purchases at the Tuck Shop and School Shop.

Students from Years 3 to 12 will be able to use their student ID cards for point-of-sale transactions. This forms part of a drive towards cashless systems, which has been supported by the Student Representative Council.

To register for the service and ensure funds are available on the cards, parents will need to use the Flexischools program, which already facilitates the School’s online Tuck Shop. For instructions on how to set up an account and add funds, watch the first 30 seconds of this video. To access Flexischools, log in to the myLink Parent Portal and select the ‘Tuck Shop’ tab on the top menu. When registering, search for the School’s name, remembering to add the apostrophe in St Peter’s. Whether new to Flexischools or already registered, you will need to add each child’s ID number (found on their student ID card) under the Student Card Number ‘Setup Card’.

Parents can set a daily spending limit. For information on transaction fees and other costs, click here.

The tap technology is also being used by our regular school bus students to track trips.

If you have any queries regarding this new system, please contact our System Business Analyst Bronwyn Ledgard via bledgard@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au or 8334 2264.

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Riverland Regatta for Saints Girls

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On Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 December 2019, the St Peter’s Girls’ Rowing Program attended the 2019 Riverland Regatta & 2nd Grade State Championships, hosted in Renmark by the Renmark Rowing Club. The Riverland Regatta is a unique event. The venue and regatta course pose a number of challenges, and the schedule offers the opportunity to race in events and combinations to which our students might not normally be exposed.

Our rowers produced a number of strong performances across the weekend, taking away multiple wins in the Schoolgirl Coxed Four, 3rd Grade Women’s Double Scull and 3rd Grade Women’s Coxed Quad divisions. The regatta also serves as the 2nd Grade State Championships, and our Senior Rowers contested the 2nd Grade Double Scull, Coxed Four, and Coxed Quad divisions. In all three events St Peter’s Girls’ crews progressed to the Final, with an especially strong showing in the Double Scull, where the crew of Sophie Barr and Hattie Maerschel were contesting the win, before an unfortunate racing incident ended their race. These results were especially strong given they were achieved against club crews, keen to clinch a championship title.

The Riverland Regatta was also an opportunity for our rowing community to socialise and celebrate the end of the calendar year. The Friends of Rowing organised a dinner at the picturesque Renmark Club, overlooking the Murray River. The success of the evening and the weekend owes much to the support of our parent community.

Thank you to Rowing SA and the Renmark Rowing Club for hosting the event, and I look forward to returning to the Riverland in December for the 2020 Riverland Regatta, hosted in Berri by the Berri Rowing Club.

Brynley Millward
Director of Rowing

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Virtual School Tour

Following the completion of several state-of-the-art building works, St Peter’s Girls will be launching a public, online Virtual School Tour to celebrate and showcase life at our wonderful School.

Aerial and land drones with advanced 360 cameras will be used to create dynamic aerials and building fly-throughs that capture our facilities as they’re being used by staff and students.

Filming is scheduled to take place on 17 and 18 February (Monday and Tuesday of Week 4). As always, we ask that all students are neatly dressed in uniform.

An example of the technology can be found here.

If you have any queries or concerns, please contact Communications Director Caroline Kelly via cakelly@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au.

We look forward to sharing the website with you once it’s completed later in the year.

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Bushfire Action Plan

In light of recent fire crises, it is timely to remind families about the School’s Bushfire Action Plan.

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

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

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Friends of The Arts Meeting

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All parents who have a daughter involved in The Arts at St Peter’s Girls’ School are invited to attend a Friends of The Arts meeting next Wednesday 5 February at 7pm in the Arts Office behind the Arts Centre.

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Saints Girls on Stage

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Four Saints Girls will be performing in March Productions’ performances of How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Daisy Kennett (Year 8), Zara Blight (Year 9), Samantha Keough (Year 9) and Georgie Raftopoulos (Year 11) are performing in this 1960s musical theatre comedy with big dance numbers. It would be great to see some familiar Saints Girls’ faces in the audience!

Promo Poster

March 5 – 8
Goodwood Institute
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“We have been rehearsing since December and working really hard to bring the show together. It’s a full-length musical with lots of catchy songs and dance numbers including tap! I’m really excited to be playing the role of Miss Jones, a tough secretary with a soft side, and I love the 1960s costumes we will be wearing.

Georgie will be playing the female lead role of Rosemary and Zara is playing her best friend in the comical role of Smitty. Sammi will be playing a secretary who sings and dances, as well as types!”

Daisy Kennett
Year 8 student

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School Banking Information Session

Our School is excited to offer the Commonwealth Bank School Banking program to all students:

BankingSchool Banking is a fun, interactive and engaging way for young Australians to learn about money and develop good savings habits. Children who deposit money into their Youthsaver account through School Banking earn Dollarmites tokens, which they can save up and redeem for exciting rewards.

The rewards available during 2020 are:
o Terry Denton’s Activity Book
o Mini Soccer Ball (size 2)
o Treetop Stationery Set
o Treetop Handball
o Tomato Seed Kit
o Magic Mist Drink Bottle
o Emoji Wallet
o Snakes & Ladders Game

School Banking is also a great fundraiser for the School, which receives a Regular Savers Contribution of $5 for every 10 deposits processed per student as well as an Annual Contribution which is based on the number of students who made at least one School Banking deposit in the prior year.

School Banking day is Wednesday. Each week, you need to hand your book to your classroom teacher.

We will be holding a School Banking Information Session at the School:

Wednesday 19 February
8.30 – 9.30am
Meet beside the Food Tech Deck

Please join us and find out more about the School Banking program and how your child can get involved.

If you are interested in opening a Commonwealth Bank Youthsaver account for your child, you can visit www.commbank.com.au/schoolbanking and click on the link to open a Youthsaver account. A School Banking representative will be available at the Information Session to explain how you can do this. In order to verify yourself and your child, you will need your driver’s licence and your child’s birth certificate, but if you don’t have these with you on the day, you can complete verification online at home.

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Would You Like to Join Our Amazing Team of Volunteers?

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Our Learning Strategies volunteers are all enormously valued within the department and the broader School community. Our girls LOVE working with them, and the teachers are so appreciative of their generous donation of energy, expertise and enthusiasm. We have some exciting developments within our department in 2020 and we’d love you to join us.

Our volunteers work with our girls on areas such as literacy anywhere between a couple of lessons a week through to a couple of days per week. They include parents, grandparents, Old Scholars, retired staff and university students who are keen to gain further experience and enjoyment working with children.

To register your interest, please contact Aleasha Francis as soon as possible via afrancis@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au

We will send you a volunteer information sheet to fill out and then invite you in for a chat. We will also provide training for some of our Junior School programs.

Learning Strategies Team

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OSHC Temporary Relocation

Parents of R – 6 students are advised that the OSHC program, which was based in the Food Tech building, has been temporarily relocated to the transportable on the Oval.

To access the transportable, please use the main staircase outside the Stott Wing (with the St Peter’s Girls’ sign). Children will need to be dropped off and collected from the transportable.

Beck Kranz
OSHC Supervisor

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Saints Girls’ Rowing Bingo Night

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Join us for a fun night of bingo to support the Rowing Program at St Peter’s Girls!

Harry’s Bar
12 Grenfell St, Adelaide
Saturday 29 February 2020 at 7pm

Tickets
$45 per person or $450 per table of 10 via www.trybooking.com/BHGZV.

Tickets include pre-game drinks for the first hour, a bingo card in each of the three rounds (more cards can be purchased), and platters on tables. Amazing prizes will be up for grabs in each round, with a grand prize for the final round. Fantastic auction items will also be on offer. Additional drinks can be purchased from the bar.

We encourage you to invite your friends and book a table of 10!

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Sports News

At Saints Girls, we love hearing about and sharing results and news, whether it be achievements at school or externally. Please email information to nfuller@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au.

SWIMMING

2020 South Australian Long Course Swimming Championships 18 – 23 January 2020

Qualifying for these championships is an achievement in itself, which saw almost 1000 swimmers, including Olympians, interstate and international swimmers, converge on Oaklands Park for six days in January. All those who competed should be immensely proud of their efforts! – Lara Wakeham (Swimming Captain)

Alice Braithwaite – competed in five individual events, swimming PB times in four events and making the Girls’ 13 Years 200 Backstroke Final where she placed 7th overall.

Sophie Dansie – competed in five individual events, swimming PB times in all and qualifying for the 200 Backstroke Final and finishing 10th.

Emma Everitt – competed in two relays and eight individual events. She swam PBs in five and qualified for six finals, winning Gold in the Girls’ 11 Years 200IM and 200m Freestyle,  a Silver in the Girls’ 11 Years 50m and 100m Fly, and 100m Freestyle.

Poppy Marshall – competed in two relays and seven individual events, swimming PB times in all and making five finals. Poppy won Gold in the Girls’ 14 Years 50m, 100m and 200m Breaststroke as well as Open medals in all three events.

Ella Pearce – competed in one relay event and two individual events, swimming a PB time in her 100 m Breaststroke.

Lauren Pearce – competed in two relays and seven individual events, and swam PB times in all of her heats. Lauren also qualified for three finals,  finishing 6th in the Girls’ 11 Years 100m Backstroke Final,  7th in her 50m Fly Final and 10th in the 200m Freestyle Final.

Lily-Rose Spartalis – Lily-Rose competed in two relays for her club.

Emily Tolladay – Emily swam in two relays and two individual events, swimming a PB time in her 50m Freestyle heat.

Alyssa Tran – competed in two club relays and eight individual events and swam PB times in most of her individual swims. She also qualified for the Girls’ 11 years 100m Breaststroke Final, finishing 10th.

Isabelle Tran – competed in five club relays and 10 individual swims, with PB times in nine events. Isabelle qualified for six finals, winning Bronze in the Girls’ 13 Years 50m and 100m Fly events.

Georgina Wakeham – competed in two club relays and nine individual events, swimming PB times all her events. She qualified for two finals, finishing 4th in the Girls’ 13 Years 200m Backstroke and 9th in the 100m Backstroke.

Lara Wakeham – competed in two club relays and six individual events. Lara swam two PBs and won Bronze in the Girls’ 15 Years 400IM, and finished 4th in the Open 1500m event.

Emily Whittaker – competed in two club relays.

Tara Young – competed in three club relays.

Proclamation Day Classic 28 December 2019

Lara Wakeham contested the 5km event, finishing as the 2nd placed female in this open event.

Pub to Pub Open Water Swim (Seacliff Beach) 5 January 2020

Lara Wakeham contested the 1.6km event, finishing as the 2nd placed female, and 2nd swimmer overall.

2020 Australian Age Open Water Championships 25 – 27 January 2020

Georgina Wakeham – Georgina was one of only two South Australian swimmers who qualified for the Girls’ 14 Years 5km event. She placed 20th overall.

Lara Wakeham – Lara was the only South Australian swimmer to qualify for the Girls’ 16 Years 7.5km event, placing 10th nationally and swimming a PB time.

WATER POLO

We have an exciting year to look forward to with amazing numbers of girls nominating to play. Congratulations to Saskia Jonats (Year 11) and Stephanie Smalls (Year 11) who recently returned from the National competition in Brisbane with the SA U18 Water Polo team and has now been selected to play for the SA Women’s Water Polo team in the National League Series which will see her travel regularly interstate to compete.

Emily Baldwinson (Year 10) represented SA in the 16&U Girls for South Australia and Sophie Dansie (Year 9) represented SA in the 14&U team. – Fiona Lethbridge (Water Polo Captain)

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eNews – Week 8, Term 4 2019

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From the Principal

juliashea_web-200x300-200x300There’s an old saying in management, “You can’t manage what you don’t measure.” That is, you can’t know if you’re being successful unless success is clearly defined and tracked. As the final year of our three-year Strategic Plan draws to a close, the question must be asked: the plan looked good on paper, but did we actually achieve our goals? Have we been successful?

Tracking progress has been a challenging task. Beneath each of the seven key areas of Academics, Wellbeing, Co-Curricular, Staff, Community, Organisational Sustainability, and Spaces and Places, we had up to four priorities. Beneath those priorities, there was a list of tasks designed to bring each of them to life. And when you summarise all of that in an orderly and coherent format, you end up with a spreadsheet with 415 lines! There are many ways to measure success. The parent, staff and student surveys at the start of the year provided some very positive feedback. Both the enrolment numbers and the financial position of the School suggest that the past three years have been very successful. The facilities have changed remarkably throughout this strategic planning period; the Middle School, Library, Maker Space and Science Centre all opened during this time. But, of course, it’s what happens in those new learning spaces that counts. Many new programs have been introduced: EDGE, Intensive Languages, Mind Lab, #EMPOWHER and THRASS just to name a few. In addition, many new electives have been added to our offerings, and the manner in which IT is integrated into the classroom continues to evolve.

Many schools will use data around academic results and co-curricular achievements to measure their impact. Yes, the Year 12 median ATAR remains an impressive statistic, and the external results in sport, music, public speaking and the like have been nothing short of phenomenal in recent years. But here, it’s not just the ‘top’ results that are of interest. It’s about acknowledging the Year 4 student whose pre and post comprehension testing has seen her jump from the 47th to the 66th percentile. It’s about the C Grade Netball team who fought hard all season and finally secured their first win. It’s about the Year 8 girl who summoned up the courage to join a Debating team and spoke more eloquently each time she took to the floor. Amidst all the strategy and building works, we mustn’t lose sight of why we make those plans – the reason we’re here – to provide an environment where every girl can find her place and be the best version of herself.

As a mathematician, I love data and believe that measuring impact is an important thing to do. Yet for me, one of the most important measures of success can’t actually be quantified. In the words of Darryl Kerrigan in The Castle, it’s ‘the vibe’. It was the buzz at the 125th Anniversary Ball, it’s the confidence and ambition of the young women with whom I spend each day, it’s that Saints Girls’ ‘feel’ that we struggle to put into words. Thank you to each and every one of you for the part that you have played in bringing that vibe to life.

So yes, the School is in a very healthy state. But the quest for continuous improvement remains and drives the next Strategic Plan. I look forward to sharing those details with you at the start of next year.

Staffing News

As is often the case, the end of year sees us farewell a number of staff.

• We wish Roger Mills all the best for his long service leave in Semester 1 next year;
• Matthew Houston, Saz Burton, Vicki Dent, Grace Le, Dee Reid, Sarah Lane and Claudette Elliott have been with us on short-term contracts; we wish them well in their future endeavours;
• Sincere thanks to Emily Downie, Jess Ash, Teena Nicholls and Chloe Edwardson who leave our ELC family;
• Best wishes to our IT Manager, Nicolas Cronis, who leaves us to take up an opportunity in Canberra;
• Fiona Patten (nee Powers, Kennion 1993), has been with us since 2008; we thank Fiona for her outstanding contribution to our Strings program and wish her well in her new position;
• Colette Merckel started teaching French here in 2002; we wish Colette all the best in her retirement and thank her for her outstanding contribution to Saints Girls.

We have some wonderful new staff joining us at the start of 2020, and I look forward to introducing them to you early next year.

It has been an absolute privilege to lead the School in its 125th year. I hope to see many of you at our final celebration for the year, Presentation Night, at the Adelaide Town Hall on Monday.

May your home be filled with love, peace and joy throughout the coming weeks. Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year.

Julia Shea
Principal

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Holy Night – Carols in the Cathedral

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The School community packed St Peter’s Cathedral on Tuesday night for our annual Carols in the Cathedral.

As always, this cherished tradition of song and prayer was a moving, reflective and uplifting service to celebrate and give thanks for another wonderful year together.

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Hats Off to our Newest Saints Girls

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This week, we celebrated one of the biggest days on the ELC calendar: the Hat Ceremony!

Our newest Saints Girls were thrilled to receive their ‘big school’ hat and bag from the incoming 2020 Year 12 Prefects before they start Reception next year.

The Hat Ceremony has become a treasured tradition at St Peter’s Girls as our community places great emphasis on the transition from ELC to school.

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A Message from the 2020 Deputy Head Prefect

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Week 8 is always an exciting week, filled with many events and activities as the girls wrap up the school year and look forward to the school holidays. The week started with the ELC Hat Ceremony on Monday. The Assembly is a major stepping stone for the ELC girls as they make the transition into the ‘big school’. It is such a momentous occasion as families, friends and the School community watch the girls receive their first school hat and bag. I, along with the rest of the Prefect Team, loved being involved in welcoming the incoming Reception girls, and we all look forward to seeing them around the School next year.

Tuesday night was the annual Carols in the Cathedral, one of my favourite events of the year! It is a great opportunity for the School community to come together around the festive season and tell the story of Christmas in song and prayer. It was a joyous occasion, filled with angelic musical pieces performed by the many choirs and ensembles.

The celebrations continued on Wednesday in the Pocket Points and Sports Awards Assembly, a great opportunity to acknowledge the extensive involvement of girls in the School. I would like to give a huge congratulations to all the girls who not only won awards but participated in sports and other co-curricular activities this year. I know it can sometimes be difficult to juggle school work, sports and out of school commitments while still having a life, so thank you for remaining committed. Being involved in all the opportunities Saints has to offer is such a great experience and I hope everyone had fun doing it!

To finish the week, myself along with a group of Saints Girls and PAC boys will be travelling to Cambodia for two weeks to visit the New Hope for Cambodia Village and build homes with Volunteer Building Cambodia. This trip would not be possible without the generous donations made by everyone in the School community, so we would like to say a huge thank you. It is such an amazing cause and will change the lives of so many orphans and families.

To conclude, I want to wish everyone a very happy holidays and I hope that you all have a lovely, well-deserved break!

Ellie Anderson
2020 Deputy Head Prefect

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Visual Arts Showcase Transforms New Space

The annual Visual Arts Exhibition last Friday was a highlight of the year for the senior students in Year 12 Visual Arts SACE, Year 12 Visual Arts IB and Year 11 Visual Arts SACE. With the newly-renovated Visual Arts space set up as a gallery, the students were excited to see their work displayed in this setting. The exhibition was received enthusiastically by parents, family and friends who attended.

Kirsten Mansfield
Art and Design Teacher

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Philosothon Success

W8 - Philosothon

Srishti Sharma, Ella Liddy, Emily Teague, Madison Liddy and I recently represented Saints Girls at the annual South Australian Philosothon. Unlike Debating, the aim of Philosophy is not to argue for a specific side of a topic, but rather to engage in collaborative discussion. Due to this, the criteria we are marked on in Philosophy is our critical thinking, creativity and collaboration. At the Philosothon, each of us participated in philosophical discussions with students from around the State about the Big Bang Theory and cosmology, the value of art, consciousness and inductive reasoning.

This year, the judges remarked that despite the difficult topics discussed, it was possibly the highest standard South Australian Philosothon so far. We were excited to perform very successfully in the competition. As a team, we placed 2nd, Emily Teague placed 3rd in Year 9, I placed 1st in Year 10 and Srishti Sharma placed 4th in Year 11. The Philosothon was a highly rewarding experience, and we all enjoyed discussing complex issues and developing our philosophical understanding.

Holly Wallman-Craddock
Year 10 student

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High Notes for Talented Violinist

W8 - Violin

2019 has been a busy yet rewarding year in my violin journey. Towards the end of September, I was fortunate to be selected to audition for the 2020 Metropolitan Male Choir (MMC) Music Scholarship. It is offered to young, talented musicians with proven musical ability via competitive audition.

After the audition process, I was privileged to be announced as the 1st prize winner. The prize consists of $2000 and I will be given two opportunities to perform as a soloist with the orchestra at the Town Hall and Elder Hall in 2020. I have always dreamt of performing at these two venues. My hard work has paid off, and my dream has finally come true! It was a challenging experience, but one I’ll never forget. Prior to this, I also won multiple prizes at the Sydney Violin Eisteddfod. Just as the quote from Zig Ziglar states, “Success is when preparation meets opportunity.” My love for violin has kept blossoming.

Angel Li
Year 8 student

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Year 9 Graduation

W8 - Year 9 Graduation 2
 
Proud parents, Middle School staff, and students packed the Arts Centre last Friday to support our Year 9 girls during their Graduation ceremony. This event is a chance to celebrate the achievements of every student throughout their Middle School journey.

With superb musical pieces showcasing talented Year 9 musicians and vocalists, and a stirring rendition of We are St Peter’s Girls, it was a fitting way to start this year’s celebratory season.

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Year 6 Graduation

W8 - Year 6 Graduation

The Year 6 Graduation and Exhibition were celebrated on Wednesday. The girls engaged in a ceremony to acknowledge the end of their time in the Junior School as they look forward to new and exciting opportunities and challenges in the Middle School.

Highlights included the Year 6 composed Graduation Song and the presentation of ‘The Golden Rule’ by Ilene Cooper to each student by their Reception and Year 1 buddies. Following the ceremony, the girls shared the inquiries into their chosen area of interest under the central idea of, ‘Global citizens can take action for the future of the planet’. This was a real celebration of all of the knowledge and skills they have gained throughout the PYP Exhibition process. It has been a pleasure to work with the Year 6 cohort this year, and we wish the graduating class all the best in 2020.

Sarah Braithwaite, Kim Butler-Nixon and Louisa Mitchell
Year 6 Teachers

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IB Students Take on Teaching

W8 - IB and Year 3

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Group 4 project is an interdisciplinary, collaborative endeavour where students across various Science subjects work together with the aims of developing an understanding of the relationships between scientific disciplines and their influence on other areas of knowledge, appreciating the environmental, social and ethical implications of science and technology, and developing 21st century communication skills in science.

This year, the girls embarked upon a unique IB Diploma Programme-Primary Years Programme collaboration, where the Year 11 IB students worked in small groups to teach the budding Year 3 scientists, using hands-on experiments, demonstrations, videos and discussion. As an introductory exercise, the two groups met and discussed what the Year 3s already knew about science, and what they’d like to know more about. Then, small Year 11 groups, each comprising at least one Physics, one Chemistry and one Biology student, worked together to choose an idea and develop a lesson. This week, the Year 3 students were invited into the new Science Centre, where they donned their aprons and goggles, and the learning began! The topics ranged from parachutes to lava lamps, with students performing experiments including DNA extraction from strawberries, creating bubbles using dry ice and making glowsticks. Every student in both Year 11 and Year 3 was engaged, enthusiastic and excited, and staff were impressed by the depth of learning that occurred. All in all, this project was a very successful experiment!

Emily Gough and Carolyn Farr

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Holiday Opening/Closing Times

The School’s Front Office will be closed from 5pm Friday 20 December to 8am Monday 13 January.

The School Shop will be closed from 11am Thursday 12 December (except for those with bookings on 13 December) and will reopen during the last week of the school holidays from Monday 20 to Friday 24 January, 9am – 4pm. The School Shop will also be open on Tuesday 28 January for the New Student Orientation Day, and on the first day of Term 1, Wednesday 29 January.

The IT Hub will be open for much of the holiday break from 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday, but will be closed from 23 December to 3 January.

For School Vacation Care enquiries, contact OSHC Supervisor Rebecca Kranz via rkranz@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au or 0419 999 552.

For ELC Vacation Care enquiries, please contact one of the following staff:

Learning Community 1 (Bell Yett and Stonyfell Rooms)
Danniella Capaldo
dcapaldo@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au
Phone: 0477 993 317 | 8155 5778

Learning Community 2 (Ferguson and Hallett Rooms)
Henrietta Balnaves
hbalnaves@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au
Phone: 0477 993 318 | 8155 5775

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Junior School Vacation Care

W5 - 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.

Vacation Care – December 2019 / January 2020 Program

Places are limited, so please click here to secure your booking now!

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Acknowledgement Moves in New Direction

As a part of recognising reconciliation within our School, your RAP Ambassadors have re-designed the traditional Acknowledgement that is usually said at the beginning of Assemblies in hope that this new version will spark a more meaningful approach to acknowledging aboriginal culture and traditions within our country.

This version will now appear instead of the old Acknowledgement and will be updated regularly with content that reflects reconciliation. Let your RAP Ambassadors, Lucy Young, Hattie Maerschel, Letitia Page-Thomson or Tara Young know what you have been doing with a reconciliation focus, and you will become part of our ever-changing Acknowledgement.

This is a different version to the original Acknowledgement so it may take a while to get used to, however we hope that you can give this version a go as this is more reflective of our journey and acknowledges reconciliation specifically within our School community.

Lucy Young and Hattie Maerschel
RAP Ambassadors

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Top Results for Swimming Sisters

W8 - Open Water Swimming

The 2019 SA State Open Water Championships were recently held at West Lakes in cold and wintery conditions. Georgina Wakeham (Year 8) and Lara Wakeham (Year 10) both swam, with Georgina winning Bronze in the girls’ 13-14 years 5km event, and setting a National Age Qualifying time.

Lara swam the 7.5km event, earning herself a Gold medal, and also recording a National qualifying time.

Georgina and Lara will compete in these events at the Australian National Open Water Age Championships at Brighton in late January, two days after they finish competing in the pool at the SA State Swimming Championships.

Congratulations, girls!

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Environment Club’s Blanket Support

W8 - Environment Club
 
The Environment Club has been very busy with new initiatives this year. One that we will continue to do next year is crochet squares to make a blanket. We would like to thank all community members who  kindly donated wool. You can see from the photo that the girls have worked extremely hard and are very proud of their achievement. We will make a few more blankets and will donate them to St Vincent de Paul Society next year. The girls have discussed how they have enjoyed learning this new skill and have used it as a form of mindfulness. We hope that next year the group gets bigger and we can complete more blankets. The girls will learn new crochet styles in the new year.

I would like to thank Mrs Pauline Noblet, Mrs Lydia Scott and Mrs Heather Lines for their support in this project. Some teachers helped crochet squares, others taught the girls how to crochet, and Lydia was kind enough to sew it all together and crochet squares also.

So, stay tuned and we will display our creations in the eNews next year.

Anna Stefopoulos
Environment Club Facilitator

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Chinese Video Award for Superb Speakers

W8 - Award

Four Year 5 girls – Eliza Brill Reed, Eve Dillon, Lucy Tulloch and Madison Dornbusch – recently received 3rd prize for the Chinese Video Competition at the South Australian Chinese Language Award Ceremony, held at Elder Hall within the University of Adelaide. Their product was called ‘Minecraft Community’, and in the video, they spoke confidently in Chinese about the local places in their community. Congratulations to the girls and a special thank you to the parents who took them to the event.

Grace Le
Chinese Teacher

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Sky’s No Limit for Year 2 Kites

W8 - Kites

The sky was awash with bright, vivid colour on Thursday morning when the Year 2 girls celebrated their incredible learning journey by launching their kites with friends and family. The kites are a culmination of our inquiry learning as the girls discovered the many different ways to be active, how toys have changed over time, mathematical patterns and relationships, and the stories we can tell using images.

Kathryn Clark and Rebecca Greenhalgh
Year 2 Teachers

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Lively Reception for new Science Centre

W8 - Reception

This week, the Receptions visited the senior Science labs of the new Science Centre. The girls had a tour of the Chemistry, Biology and Physics labs and learnt about how to be safe when doing experiments. We completed an experiment called ‘King Kong’s Hand’, where we explored the ideas of chemical reactions. After adding sodium carbonate with vinegar, the fizzing and bubbling was very exciting watching King Kong’s Hand inflate. The girls showed enormous enthusiasm and worked collaboratively with each other.

Clare Gaskell and Roger Mills
Science Teachers

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Upcoming Event – Presentation Night

W7 - Upcoming Events
 
Presentation Night
Adelaide Town Hall
Monday 9 December
Students arrive at 6.30pm (unless advised otherwise by the Music Department)
Doors open at 7pm
Presentation Night is a compulsory event for students in Years 7 – 12.

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OSHC Temporary Relocation

Parents of R – 6 students are advised that the OSHC program, which was based in the Food Tech building, has been temporarily relocated to the transportable on the Oval.

To access the transportable, please use the main staircase outside the Stott Wing (with the St Peter’s Girls’ sign). Children will need to be dropped off and collected from the transportable.

Beck Kranz
OSHC Supervisor

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Saints Girls’ Rowing Bingo Night

W8 - Bingo Night

Join us for a fun night of bingo next year to support the Rowing Program at St Peter’s Girls!

Harry’s Bar
12 Grenfell St, Adelaide
Saturday 29 February 2020 at 7pm

Tickets
$45 per person or $450 per table of 10 via www.trybooking.com/BHGZV. Bookings open Wednesday 11 December 2019.

Tickets include pre-game drinks for the first hour, a bingo card in each of the three rounds (more cards can be purchased), and platters on tables. Amazing prizes will be up for grabs for each bingo round, with a grand prize for the final round. Fantastic auction items will also be on offer. Additional drinks can be purchased from the bar.

We encourage you to invite your friends and book a table of 10!

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Parent Year Level Representatives for 2020

We are now recruiting and looking forward to receiving nominations for Parent Year Level Reps for 2020!

We thank our 2019 Year Level Reps for their amazing efforts and dedication to the role in our 125th year. There have been so many fantastic year level events which wouldn’t have been possible without our valued volunteers.

In early 2020, Melissa and Fiona from the Community Relations Office will be holding a meeting in which Year Level Reps will be invited to attend, along with the presidents of our community groups at the School. This collaborative information session will set the scene for our 2020 events and give our Year Level Reps the opportunity to appropriately plan their year level events.

If you are a current parent and interested in becoming a Year Level Rep in 2020, or you would like to nominate someone in your year level, please contact us as soon as possible.

Thank you in advance for your kind consideration.

Melissa Westgate
mwestgate@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au

Fiona McGregor
fmcgregor@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au

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School Shop Reminder – Year 3 Parents

Parents/Guardians of Current Year 3 Students:

As your daughter will be in Year 4 next year, there are a few different uniform items you will need to purchase before Term 1, 2020.

The junior blazer (cardigan) is replaced by a navy blue jumper and a blazer. The rash vest and solar pant is replaced by the School bathers.

It is advisable to make an appointment on 8334 2228, as the School Shop is currently working through new student fittings.

School Shop

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Saints Girls’ Summer of Tennis 2019/20!

W9 - Tennis Coaching
 
Professional tennis coaching lessons are available during the summer holidays, held by Matt Ford. Students of Saints Girls, their family and friends are encouraged to attend. Coaching is suitable for children from Reception to Year 7.

Dates
From December 16 onwards throughout the holidays

Lessons
Private or semi-private lessons can be arranged. You can also get a small group together to share the fun!

Cost
This will depend on the number of players and duration of the lesson.

Bookings
For more details call 0412 855 073 OR email ford.matt@bigpond.com

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Music Theatre Camp and Spotlight 2020 – ‘FOUND’

W8 - Theatre
 
With the end of year and January school holidays looming, award-winning production company Pelican Productions is once again excited to present MTC and Spotlight 2020 – ‘FOUND’. In its sixteenth year, MTC takes the best of the best from Broadway and the West End and presents a music theatre performance like no other.

This year’s MTC performance includes some of the newest shows wowing audiences around the world right now with Come From Away, Moulin Rouge, Six and Beetlejuice all in this fantastic line up. Both MTC and Spotlight shows will also showcase old favourites Les Misérables, Bugsy, Aladdin and Mary Poppins. With performers from schools and universities around the state, the talent is really incredible. It will be starring some of our students who would love to see some familiar faces in the audience!

Saints Girls featuring in these performances are:

Lauren Fuller
Zoe Pool
Emma Pool
Eleanor Saies
Daisy Kennett
Sophie Blight
Zara Blight
Alyssa Tacono
Astrid Teague
Charlotte Norman
Eliza Brill Reed
Stephanie Andrejewskis
Isabelle Norman
Alice Reid
Victoria Thorp
Isobel Yelland

When
Spotlight
Sat 11 Jan – 5pm

MTC
Fri 17 Jan – 7.30pm
Sat 18 Jan – 2pm, 7.30pm
Sun 19 Jan – 11am, 3pm, 7.30pm
*Check the booking page for which performers are performing in which shows

Where
Westminster College Theatre, Marion

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Enjoy the very best of Broadway and the West End in one incredible show. Secure your tickets now at www.pelicanproductions.com.au.

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The Athlete’s Foot – School Rewards Program

The Parents’ and Friends’ Association is excited to be collaborating with the amazing team at The Athlete’s Foot, Burnside by joining their School Rewards Program.

This is a great fundraising opportunity, with $5 from every pair of shoes purchased being donated back to our School. This applies for each pair of shoes purchased for the whole family, across the complete in-store range of sports, school, work and casual shoes.

So head on down to The Athlete’s Foot at Burnside and check out their exclusive MyFit 3D fitting technology.

Please check the School’s uniform policy to ensure shoes are approved before purchasing.

The Athlete’s Foot – School Rewards Program Information

Bronwyn Bartter
Parents’ and Friends’ Association President

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Sports News

W8 - Sport
 
As the year comes to a close, the Sports Office wishes everyone a happy and safe holiday period. To all students who are departing Saints Girls, we wish you future success; to new students, we wish a warm welcome, and to all returning girls, we hope that you continue to strive to be the best you can be, to listen, learn and enjoy all aspects of sport and the benefits it offers.

ROWING

On Saturday 30 November, St Peter’s Girls competed in the first of the School Premiership Series regattas for the 2019/20 Rowing season. There are four such regattas across the season, with the results from each contributing towards the overall School Premiership. The other regattas thus far this season have not been attended by all schools. Hence, this was the first opportunity for many of our crews to test themselves against a full field.
All of our crews competed well throughout the day, with some respectable results. Our Junior crews had fair results, with some strong placings including a creditable 5th place by the 8/9 B crew in their A Final, as well as the 7/8 A crew in their Final. However, most of the crews were slower than they were at the Junior Regatta two weeks ago in comparable conditions. With illness necessitating a number of crew changes, hopefully this regatta will have provided our Juniors with some valuable experience about dealing with disruptions, and not allowing ourselves to be over-awed by the occasion.

The Senior and Inters squads similarly showed some good signs, gaining valuable experience. The First 8+ performed strongly, easily qualifying through their heat and placing 4th in the A Final, a little over a second behind Seymour in 3rd. At only +15.53 seconds behind the winning time of Scotch, this result bodes well for what is possible in Term 1. – Brynley Millward (Director of Rowing)

First 8+
SG 1st 8+ [Heat] 2nd 07:29.8
SG 1st 8+ [A Final] 4th 07:21.8

First 4+
SG 4+ [Preliminary] 6th 08:11.8
SG 4+ [Final] 7th 09:41.9

9/10 A
SG 9/10 A 4x+ [Heat] 5th 06:27.2
SG 9/10 A 4x+ [B Final] 1st 06:23.7

8/9 A
SG 8/9 A 4x+ [Heat] 4th 04:28.37
SG 8/9 A 4x+ [B Final] 1st 04:21.16

8/9 B
SG 8/9 B 4x+ [Heat] 2nd 04:31.27
SG 8/9 B 4x+ [A Final] 5th 04:35.21

8/9 C
SG 8/9 C 4x+ [Heat] 4th 04:53.06
SG 8/9 C 4x+ [B Final] 2nd 04:41.86

8/9 D
SG 8/9 D 4x+ [Preliminary] 7th 05:34.03
SG 8/9 D 4x+ [Round 2] 5th 04:57.80

7/8 A
SG 7/8 A 4x+ [Final] 5th 05:15.03

TENNIS

Junior Division 1 – Saints 5-21 defeated Scotch 1-15
Singles: Sophie Blight 4-3, Chloe Richardson 4-3, Nicole Wang 4-1, Alison Francis 4-0

Junior Division 2 – Saints had a bye

VOLLEYBALL

Year 5/6
To finish off the season, the girls played a ‘King’s Court’ carnival with Seymour. All games were a lot of fun and involved the girls playing 10 minute games against both Saints and Seymour teams, the winner moving up a court with the ultimate aim of ending up on the ‘King’ court. All four teams played to the best of their abilities, and the growth from the first training to now was clearly evident. The team of Annabel Keough, Sophia Langley, Lucy Kitching and Anna Venning were crowned the Kings, and their support of each other was fantastic to watch. A big thank you to the coaches Jess, Ava, Anna and Georgie for not only coaching the girls but for their positivity and encouragement. – Kim Butler Nixon (Staff Supervisor)

SPIRIT CUP

This year, the House Spirit Cup was won by Kennion. Points are awarded at each of the major carnivals throughout the year (Swimming, Athletics, Cross Country, Summer and Winter Interhouses). Votes are awarded for organisation pre-event as well as on the day, and overall level of spirit, involvement and encouragement amongst the House. Well done Kennion.

SPORTS AWARDS

This week, we celebrated the achievements of our summer sports teams. To round out the year, Open A Water Polo were crowned premiers after an undefeated season, so too Middle A Volleyball with a terrific come-from-behind victory over Immanuel. Saints’ Basketball also tasted success with the Open team having an outstanding season, winning the B division title.

It was wonderful to present 39 Year 12 students with a memento of their involvement in sport and for the many, many students who have actively taken on mentor roles as coaches and officials, with Annabel Baldwinson receiving the Mentor of the Year Award.

Award winners:
BASKETBALL
Open
Best Player – Sarah Matheson
Most Improved – Millie Wilkin

Middle A
Best Player – Chi Chi Zhao
Coaches Award – Sophie Ricciuto

Middle B
Best Player – Helen Zhang
Most Improved – Zara Chessell

Middle C
Best Player – Emily McCorley
Coaches Award – Lilli Bennett
Most Improved – Alysa Trinh

TENNIS
Coaches Award – Astrid Teague
Coaches Award – Charlotte Staples
Coaches Award – Grace Beaumont
Coaches Award – Annabel Baldwinson
Coaches Award – Nathara Perera
Most Improved – Ariel Spartalis
Most Improved – Helen Zhang

TOUCH FOOTBALL
Open A
Best Player – Olivia Goldsmith
Coaches Award – Ehi Oyugbo

Open B
Best Player – Ellie Anderson
Coaches Award – Poppie Goldsmith

Open C
Best Player – Kendra Ware
Coaches Award – Adele Russell

Middle A
Best Player – Grace Richards
Most Improved – Isobel Yelland

Middle B
Best Player – Charlie Piper
Most Improved – Jasmine Segredos

VOLLEYBALL
Open A
Best Player – Charlotte White
Rising Star – Clair Kao
Best Team Player – Isabella Villani

Open B
Best Player – Ankita Rajbhoj
Coaches Award – Ruby Deakin

Open C1
Most Consistent – Caitlin Fidler
Coaches Award – Jenna Bowden

Middle A
Best Player – Charlie Fishlock
Most Improved – Hilary Clark

Middle B/C
Best Player – Eliza Monaghan
Coaches Award – Ruby Powell
Most Improved – Efua Yawson

WATER POLO
Open A
Best Player – Fiona Lethbridge
Coaches Award – Lara Wakeham
Most Improved – Stephanie Smalls

Open B
Best Player – Sophie Dansie
Coaches Award – Georgina Wakeham

Open C
Best Player – Ashlyn May
Most Improved – Lila Gosse

Year 7/8
Best Player – Claudia Pearce
Most Improved – Zoe Pool

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eNews – Week 7, Term 4 2019

Issue no. 37Enews-banner

W7 - ELC Christmas Banner

From the Assistant Director of Early Learning

KPThe ELC community celebrated our amazing year during our ELC Christmas Celebration last Friday evening. The children had been looking forward to this event for many weeks as they practised, learnt dances and marked off days on the calendar. While some naturally gravitate towards the stage and are eager to perform in front of a large crowd, other children are more hesitant and prefer to modify their participation that fits their confidence and stage of development.

In the ELC, we provide numerous opportunities for the children to grow their confidence in performing in front of others. Performing through song and dance develops children’s confidence, wellbeing, self-esteem and social skills. It was heartwarming to watch the School’s youngest students experience the joy of Christmas, sharing their favourite songs with their families.

The event also celebrated our new Learning Community model. The children, educators and families have brought this vision to life each and every day as they have worked in collaboration across the ELC exploring big concepts including sustainability, democracy, Kaurna culture and language, and creating an ELC Community Garden. At our celebration on Friday evening, we shared these investigations with our families through songs in Kaurna, Chinese and Japanese. We shared the joy in singing and dancing together as a community. This year, we have celebrated some wonderful achievements, and in times of need, we have pulled together, held each other’s hand, and walked side-by-side.

We took the opportunity at our celebration to thank Mrs Fiona Patten. Fiona has worked as our ELC Music Teacher for a number of years, and the children have really enjoyed learning music with her. After the celebration performance, our community came together to enjoy a picnic on Chiverton Lawns. It is one of the most loved and enjoyed events on the ELC calendar. The atmosphere was festive as families and educators mingled and shared our Saints Girls’ spirit. We thank Mercato and Chesini House who kindly donated pizza that was shared at the picnic, and the Friends of the ELC for their ongoing support. Our 2020 Prefect Team was a perfect addition to the evening, showing their commitment to their leadership responsibilities within our community.

On behalf of the ELC, we wish our extended community a very Merry Christmas.

Kirsty Porplycia
Assistant Director of Early Learning

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SaintsTV Rocks Red Carpet at ARIAs

SaintsTV, the School’s newly-established show created by and screened to students, has provided an abundance of media production activities for girls in Years 7 – 12. In particular, we were absolutely thrilled to be given the opportunity of a lifetime in attending the 2019 ARIA Awards on the red carpet this week to interview talented music artists. In working with Mr Coulter and Mr Davidson, we spent lunches and recess times to prepare for the big event. This included training on interview skills, question types, camera work and overall presentation.

Upon early arrival at the venue, the Star Sydney, we were surprised at how many familiar faces we recognised before the opening of the red carpet. We were fortunate to introduce ourselves to Khalid’s performing artists and dancers and talk about their experiences. We would never have imagined meeting Daryl Braithwaite, Jessica Mauboy, Scotty Tweedie, the cast of the School of Rock musical, and so many more incredible performers, including Old Scholar Erin McKellar (Patteson 2013), who was there with a new band she’s been coaching, Girl Nation. It truly was an amazing day and one we won’t forget.

Lucy Young and Soph Stewart
SaintsTV students

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2019 Saints’ Sporting Success

W7 - Sport Awards

At the annual IGSSA Sports Awards evening, Saints Girls topped the ladder as the most successful of the 10 independent girls’ schools in the association in 2019. Across all of the sports played within the association through summer and winter, and including the shields and pennants on offer, 9 of the 10 schools won at least 1 of these, but I am proud to say that Saints won 11 in total, with the nearest rival being Immanuel College with 6.

In addition to the above success, Saints also had winning teams in Touch Football, Water Polo, Triathlon, Rowing, Aerobics, Cross Country, and a State Knockout trophy in Softball.

The success of our program starts at the grassroots where we continue to offer and provide opportunities of skill development through a variety of activities run by Kelly Sports, with specialist coaching also available in Tennis, Soccer and Netball.

As students progress through the year levels, a broader range of sports and activities are available, with many girls trying a variety of these. We seek and employ quality coaches who are supported by a number of keen and experienced staff members and Old Scholars.

I continue to be proud of working at Saints Girls and appreciate the opportunity to work with girls of all ages and watch their progress.

Neil Fuller
Director of Sport

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Back to the Futures – Market and Expo

Our Year 7 and 8 Futures students ran a special Market Day stall yesterday, the culmination of a semester spent developing a social enterprise business that addresses a problem they are passionate about solving. The market was an opportunity for girls to test whether their product has been successful and also whether it achieves their desired social or environmental goal. In the evening, parents and students were invited to attend the Futures Expo to celebrate their achievements.

Awards were given to the following groups:

Best Overall Business – ‘Alofa 4 Africa’
Charlie Piper, Astrid Teague, Zara Blight, Charlotte Norman

Most Likely to Produce Environmental Change – ‘OneStraw’
Mathilda Thomas, Grace Richards, Amelia Lucas, Isabella Lowry

Mentor Award – ‘Packs for a Purpose’
Ayanna Roy, Jordan Siaosi, Georgina Wakeham, Lila Gosse, Zoe Pool

Mentor Award – ‘Blanket Blend’
Grace Beaumont, Jasreet Mavi, Emily Holloway, Lydia Tolley

Mentor Award – ‘Queen Beez’
Lilli Bennett, Olivia Slivak, Georgia Hoskins, Georgia Evans

Mentor Award – ‘GigglePots’
Ayla Blaskett, Stephanie Andrejewskis, Georgia Mallick, Tara Nedumaran

Mentor Award – ‘Second Chance’
Abigail Papps, Madison Liddy, Alysa Trinh, Bronwyn Gautier

Mentor Award – ‘Eco Clutch’
Emilia Libri, Annie Bui, Ruby Croston-Melling, Maddy Penley

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Year 1 and 2 Performers Star at Nativity

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Each and every star on stage shone brightly in the Years 1 and 2 Nativity on Wednesday evening. The traditional story of Christmas was re-told through the stage production of I’m Gonna Shine. Storytellers narrated the tale, which began in Heaven with the stars introducing Gloria, the shiniest star of all.

Led by the stars on the long, dusty road, the Wise Men met many folk along the way. Trouble was averted when they wisely avoided visiting King Herod’s Palace for a second time after it was clear that his ruthless and selfish nature could up-end this historic tale. Instead, the ever-shining Gloria led the Wise Men and followers to the stable where little Baby Jesus lay dancing in his manger, bringing peace and joy to the world. This experience provided glorious opportunities for the Year 1 and 2 girls to develop excellent communication skills, which supported great risk-taking and confidence-building. We are so proud of their commitment and creativity in learning their parts for this outstanding performance!

Kathryn Clark
Year 2 Teacher

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New Chapter for Year 5s and their Buddies

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Year 5SH students have been working industriously over the past few weeks to create a children’s picture book suitable to share with their Mid-Year Reception buddies.

The process involved a great deal of discussion both at home and school about the content of their proposed stories, as well as in-class discussions about suitable vocabulary. We started the writing as a BIG WRITE in class about the overall storyline, which then was broken down to a picture book of two lines per page. The creation of the books was differentiated to allow the girls to develop them as their learning preference allowed. Some used apps like Book Creator and Sketches on their iPads, others sourced and modified images from the internet, and some drew their books by hand.

This was a great success academically, and at the end point, socially, as the girls enthusiastically shared their books with their buddies.

Shelley Hampton
Year 5 Teacher

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Young Composers’ Award Concert

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On Monday evening, Year 7 students Scarlett Dillon, Apurva Ichalkaranje and Naadiya Ishaq performed their award-winning song That’s The Key at the Young Composers’ Award Concert. Joined by Daisy Kennett and Charlotte Norman, the girls did a wonderful job of singing their original song to a packed audience at St Mary’s College Performing Arts Theatre. Many other young composers also performed their original compositions in a variety of styles. It was a truly entertaining evening.

Following the performances, the awards were announced, and our girls claimed 2nd place! The awards are very competitive with hundreds of entrants, so well done girls!

Our School has been entering a large number of original compositions into the Young Composers’ Award over the past couple of years, and we look forward to more fabulous original Saints’ music and performances in the future.

Robyn Habel
Music Teacher

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Meet Our New Board Members

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Following an extensive, independent recruitment process, St Peter’s Girls’ School is delighted to announce the appointment of two new members to our highly-experienced, voluntary Board of Governors.

Ms Michelle Kennedy
An expert in infrastructure and project management, Michelle Kennedy is the City of Burnside’s Group Manager, Assets and Infrastructure, and a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Engineers Australia. She holds a Master of Business Administration, and is a Fellow of Engineers Australia, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and an accredited Engineering Executive. Previously, she has held key management roles with Adelaide City Council and SA Water. Michelle is an advocate for STEM education, having been involved in several initiatives aimed at igniting in girls a spark for STEM, with a focus on engineering.

Mr Paul Sherlock
Paul Sherlock is the University of South Australia’s first Chief Information Officer, with overall responsibility for Library and IT services. Prior to joining the university in 2001, he held senior ICT management roles at the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) and BHP. Paul’s knowledge and expertise as a tertiary education leader are regularly sought within Australia and overseas, and he has conducted independent reviews for several universities. In addition, he has been appointed by the Commonwealth government to boards and steering committees for major research infrastructure projects. Paul is particularly passionate about quality education and the opportunities it provides.

The School congratulates these outstanding industry leaders on their appointments and we look forward to seeing their contributions in lifting St Peter’s Girls to even greater heights.

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Upcoming Events

W7 - Upcoming Events
Carols in the Cathedral
St Peter’s Cathedral
Tuesday 3 December
Students to arrive at 6.30pm, doors open at 7pm
Carols in the Cathedral is a compulsory event for students in Years 4 – 12.

Presentation Night
Adelaide Town Hall
Monday 9 December
Students arrive at 6.30pm (unless advised otherwise by the Music Department)
Doors open at 7pm
Presentation Night is a compulsory event for students in Years 7 – 12.

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Junior School Vacation Care

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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.

Vacation Care – December 2019 / January 2020 Program

Places are limited, so please click here to secure your booking now!

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OSHC Temporary Relocation

Parents of R – 6 students are advised that the OSHC program, which was based in the Food Tech building, has been temporarily relocated to the transportable on the Oval.

To access the transportable, please use the main staircase outside the Stott Wing (with the St Peter’s Girls’ sign). Children will need to be dropped off and collected from the transportable.

Beck Kranz
OSHC Supervisor

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Parent Year Level Representatives for 2020

We are now recruiting and looking forward to receiving nominations for Parent Year Level Reps for 2020!

We thank our 2019 Year Level Reps for their amazing efforts and dedication to the role in our 125th year. There have been so many fantastic year level events which wouldn’t have been possible without our valued volunteers.

In early 2020, Melissa and Fiona from the Community Relations Office will be holding a meeting in which Year Level Reps will be invited to attend, along with the presidents of our community groups at the School. This collaborative information session will set the scene for our 2020 events and give our Year Level Reps the opportunity to appropriately plan their year level events.

If you are a current parent and interested in becoming a Year Level Rep in 2020, or you would like to nominate someone in your year level, please contact us as soon as possible.

Thank you in advance for your kind consideration.

Melissa Westgate
mwestgate@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au

Fiona McGregor
fmcgregor@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au

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IT Hub Holiday Availability

Are you getting your daughter a new device for Christmas that will need to have the School data on it for 2020? What do you do if a device stops working during the holidays?

You won’t need to wait for school to return as the IT Hub will be open for much of the upcoming holidays from 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday. Please note, it will be closed from 23 December 2019 to 3 January 2020.

IT Hub

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School Shop Reminder – Year 3 Parents

Parents/Guardians of Current Year 3 Students:

As your daughter will be in Year 4 next year, there are a few different uniform items you will need to purchase before Term 1, 2020.

The junior blazer (cardigan) is replaced by a navy blue jumper and a blazer. The rash vest and solar pant is replaced by the School bathers.

It is advisable to make an appointment on 8334 2228, as the School Shop is currently working through new student fittings.

School Shop

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Charging for Charity – Cambodia Service Learning Trip

W10 - Fundraising

To support fundraising for the Cambodia Service Learning Trip, the fundraising team is selling portable chargers for just $40 via www.trybooking.com/BEYTR.

We are all very excited to take part in this trip, making life-long memories and seeing the impact of our fundraising in a community where we can improve the quality of life.

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The Athlete’s Foot – School Rewards Program

The Parents’ and Friends’ Association is excited to be collaborating with the amazing team at The Athlete’s Foot, Burnside by joining their School Rewards Program.

This is a great fundraising opportunity, with $5 from every pair of shoes purchased being donated back to our School. This applies for each pair of shoes purchased for the whole family, across the complete in-store range of sports, school, work and casual shoes.

So head on down to The Athlete’s Foot at Burnside and check out their exclusive MyFit 3D fitting technology.

Please check the School’s uniform policy to ensure shoes are approved before purchasing.

The Athlete’s Foot – School Rewards Program Information

Bronwyn Bartter
Parents’ and Friends’ Association President

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Sports News

AUSSIE RULES

Year 5/6 Blue – Saints *no score provided
In the last game of the short season, I am proud of the way the girls have developed and worked as a team. The continued improvement each week is a credit to the hard work at training. The constant questions about what makes a good player and, “Am I doing this right?”,  were testament to their eagerness to learn. They played an unreal game including kicking and tackling. I hope the girls had a great time and continue to play in the future; with dedication and determination, they will continue to develop their skills. – Milli Gentle (Coach)

Year 5/6 White – Saints 5.4 = 34 defeated Pembroke Green 4.1 = 25
Playing their last game for the season, all the girls were excited to get out there and have a final run around. With Pembroke only having 9 girls, we played 9-a-side for the match. It started off to be a really tight game, with all Saints Girls tackling hard. It was great to see Lyra Cox, Lucy Shigeno, Valerie Ng, Pollyanna Townsend and Olivia Reynolds make some great tackles, stopping Pembroke from getting a run on. We scored the most goals we have had in a game so far with Januri Wagaarachchi and Anna Venning kicking 2, and Levanya De Silva scoring 1. Jiahui Zhang, Olivia Ng, Penelope Gapes and Kate Thomas all cleared the ball well from stoppages and were able to kick it downfield towards our forward line, setting up scoring opportunities. Finally, a big thank you to Sophia Holoviak for being our cheerleader and coming out to support us in our final game. – Lane Trenorden (Coach)

TENNIS

Junior Division 1 – Saints 4-22 defeated Concordia 2-11
Singles: Chloe Richardson 1-4, Sophie Blight 4-0, Nicole Wang 4-1, Alison Francis 4-0

Junior Division 2 – Saints 3-21 defeated St Ignatius 3-17
Singles: Alexandra Nguyen 4-3, Jerrie Wu 3-4, Shirley Liu 4-0, Charlotte T 2-4

Junior Division 3 – Saints 4-21 defeated Seymour Purple 1-9
Singles: Lily Forby 4-2, Abbie An 4-1, Freya Hermann 4-0, Amelia Olesen 1-4

TOUCH FOOTBALL

Middle B – Saints 4 defeated by Sacred Heart 6
Saints started off in a tricky situation when a try was scored against us in the first few minutes. The team persevered and evened the score, with Amy Dillon being a crucial player, securing two spectacular tries down the wing, including one in the opening minutes of the game. Tries were also scored by Jasmine Segredos and Mathilda Thomas. An exciting moment was when Mathilda intercepted the ball mid-pass and was centimetres from scoring when she was unfortunately touched on the hem of her shirt. It was a well-played match against a strong opponent, and throughout this term, we have really improved as a team. It was the end of an excellent season. – Apurva Ichalkaranje

VOLLEYBALL

Year 5/6 Blue – Saints 2 drew with Seymour White 2
The game was incredibly close with both teams playing so well. Seymour won the first set, and Saints took out the second and third. A fourth set was played, which Seymour won, making the score 2-all. – Ava Loechel (Coach)

Year 5/6 White – Saints 3 defeated Seymour Green 0
My team of Asha, Tina, Chanel, Charlie, and Eala did a great job. I have been very proud of the girls for trying so hard and really focusing during the games, which was demonstrated this week with a 3-set win: 25-13, 25-23, and 25-21. Every week, the girls try to set a goal for the day. In the past, we have tried to high-five every point, cheer on teammates every serve, or work on serves during the matches. This time, the girls tried to master communicating with each other. This has been a season-long challenge and I think they really started to get the hang of it. The girls have learned to be more confident in their abilities and are no longer nervous or afraid to make the call. This has been a great improvement for the team. – Jess Dreswick (Coach)

Year 5/6 Black – Saints 1 defeated by Seymour Purple 2
The team of Alannah Godfrey, Bettina Dal Cin, Ruby Clark and Anna Venning really improved throughout the game, especially in the second set. Anna played well all-round and Alannah did some really great returns off serves. – Georgina Keough (Coach)

WATER POLO

Year 7/8 – Saints 7 defeated by Wilderness 9
The team was unlucky to lose the final game. Despite some outstanding work in goal by Ashlyn May and Scarlett Dillon, there were often times that girls wanted to score more than defend, allowing Wilderness players to find space behind the defence. Lauren Parton and Charlotte Norman both fought strongly against their opponents, and Claudia Pearce and Sophie Ricciuto were continually putting up strong blocks. All of the girls have developed a better understanding of the game; it has been great coaching them and I hope they continue with the sport in the future. – Gemma Rowe (Coach)

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eNews – Week 6, Term 4 2019

Issue no. 36Enews-banner

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From the Director of Teaching and Learning

N Scoggins - webThe importance of feedback in education contexts is generally well understood. Our Continuous Reporting model in Years 7 – 12 is built around the timely and specific feedback that our teachers provide for our students on particular assessment tasks. Teachers are continually reviewing their practices and considering ways in which their feedback processes can be further enhanced so that students have a clear picture of what they did well, and where and how they can improve.

Professor John Hattie’s landmark 2009 study ‘Visible Learning’ identified feedback as a key influence on positive student outcomes. Interestingly, Hattie explained that feedback is ‘most powerful when it is from the student to the teacher…when teachers seek, or are at least open to, feedback from students as to what students know, what they understand, where they make errors, when they have misconceptions, when they are not engaged – then teaching and learning can be synchronised and powerful. Feedback to teachers helps to make learning visible.’

Many of our teachers already seek feedback from their students. Our Learning Management System, Canvas, enables students to post comments about assignments and grades. We also encourage teachers to seek feedback from their classes as part of our annual Growth and Learning Review self-reflection process. This term, we are trialling a more formalised student feedback system with four Year 8 classes. Students will be sent a link to a set of questions about their teacher, and they will be given some time in class to reflect on their learning experiences and then complete their responses. This approach gives the students a voice and is just one of the many ways in which we are continually seeking to refine our practices here at Saints Girls. Our plan is to use these student feedback surveys across Years 7 – 12 in Terms 2 and 4 2020.

Nigel Scoggins
Director of Teaching and Learning

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Performing Arts on the EDGE

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Over the past three Monday afternoons, 10 students having been singing, dancing and performing with musical theatre guest artist Michael Griffiths. This launched our Performing Arts EDGE program to extend our ‘triple threat’ students and develop repertoires so they are prepared to perform at various school events.

Michael, who adjudicated our Choral Night this year, brought with him a wealth of knowledge and experience which he has gained from years of performing in musicals around Australia and overseas, and in creating his own highly successful cabaret shows. During these sessions, the students worked hard to develop three musical theatre numbers from Rent, Little Shop of Horrors and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

Kate Burnett
Head of The Arts

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Christmas Snow Show Melts Hearts

The countdown to Christmas is well and truly underway at Stonyfell!

This morning, our Reception and Mid-Year Reception students took to the stage in the Arts Centre for their Christmas Celebration. Fellow Junior School students, staff and proud parents watched on as the girls brought a merry story to life and shared their favourite elements of the festive season.

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A Message from the 2020 Music Prefect

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As a past vocal student of Wendy Hopkins, I always enjoy attending her Junior and Senior end-of-year concerts. Not only are the audience always treated to a wonderful performance from students of all ages, but the students themselves are given the opportunity to perform a solo piece (sometimes for the first time!) in front of a big, very encouraging audience.

Alongside these vocal concerts, last week, Mrs Kitching’s Year 10 Drama class performed their final assessment for the year. The incredibly powerful, hour-long piece titled Same explored generational differences in the use of social media and the strength of relationships. I am constantly impressed by the incredibly talented, extremely hard-working students from younger year levels and am very excited to see what Wendy’s students and the Year 10s have in store for us in 2020! It is valuable experiences in our Performing Arts and Music programs, such as being able to sing a solo in front of an audience and working collaboratively to produce a polished theatre production, that provide us girls with opportunity for self-growth and self-expression. In the lead up to our annual Carols in the Cathedral service and Presentation Night, the improvement of all Music students in what they play and their dedicated, committed nature always inspires me to continue applying myself fully and pursuing what I love. Should we choose to have confidence within ourselves and push ourselves out of our comfort zones, I believe our Performing Arts programs provide something for all students at Saints to enjoy and achieve excellence within. I am very humbled to have been chosen as Music Prefect for 2020 and I am looking forward to being a part of the further growth of our wonderful Arts Department and welcoming more students to the community.

Isabelle Norman
2020 Music Prefect

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Ethics Olympiad Champions

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On Tuesday 19 November, two teams of five Saints Girls visited Loreto College to participate in the first Middle School Ethics Olympiad. The girls were challenged to think critically about ethical ideas in a collaborative and creative manner in competition with other schools around Adelaide on topics like caring for the environment, personal privacy and lying.

Many of the those participating were new to philosophy and ethics, so it was particularly exciting when one of our teams placed 1st in the State Finals. We are yet to hear the results of the other team but are immensely proud of all girls for participating and are happy to end the year on a high note.

Emily Teague
Year 9 student

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Volleyballers Dig Deep for Glory

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Middle As defeat Immanuel 2-1

Finals time! To finish off a fantastic season, the Middle As played Immanuel College for the school pennant. The girls entered the game with a mix of excitement and nerves.

Unfortunately, Immanuel had a strong start and won the first set. Despite this loss, the girls kept their heads high with encouragement from our experienced players Lucy White, Ruby Deakin and Toni Christiansen. They fought back to win the second set.

In a tight and tense third set, Saints jumped to an early lead. Sivanthi Sivasuthan was a stand-out player; although not as tall as the rest of the girls, she made some important blocks, winning numerous valuable points to secure the win.

It was a great team effort not only from the girls on the court but also those on the bench continually cheering and supporting their teammates. This win was a wonderful end to a very successful year for the Middle A Volleyball team and it has been a pleasure to coach these girls.

Victoria Neale
Volleyball Coach

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Minister Honours Inspirational Saints Girls

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South Australia’s Education Minister John Gardner has recognised Sarah Pike, Sabrina Passelli and Mahala Truscott for their remarkable work on the correction of club foot disability in Bangladeshi children by presenting them with the Minister for Education’s Children’s Week Senior Student Contribution Award.

With the assistance of professional mentoring, the girls designed an improved sole which will encourage more dedicated four-year wearing of brace shoes, as is required to complete correction of the disability. The girls donated their $5,000 in prize money from winning the inaugural Shark Tank eSchool challenge to support the cause.

“The achievement of these young citizens is truly inspiring, and they deserve recognition for the great work they are doing in their school life and within their community,” Mr Gardner said.

“These young people demonstrate the ideal qualities that will make them excellent leaders and influencers who will have a positive impact on the future of our State.”

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Saints Girls Learn the Art of Giving

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On Friday 15 November, the Year 10 Patteson girls travelled to Splashout Art Studios in support of our House Charity, Little Heroes Foundation. Little Heroes is a South Australian-based, non-for-profit organisation that supports seriously ill children and their families.

The aim of our excursion was to produce a series of six artworks that could either be auctioned to provide funds for the foundation, or be displayed in the foundation office to uplift the spirits of the families. We were fortunate enough to be mentored by the co-owners of Splashout and experienced artists Krystyna and Jenny, as well as foundation ambassador, Olympic Cycling Gold medallist Anna Meares. Speaking with Anna was so insightful; all the girls learnt so much about her sporting career and the many life lessons she has experienced throughout her journey.

In order to produce these artworks, we worked in pairs and spent half an hour on each piece in rotation. This was challenging as we had to all add our own touch to every painting, whilst respecting the work of the other girls.

Amongst the many highlights of the day was presenting Anna with a cheque which totalled the sum of all of the fundraising efforts of the Patteson girls over the past few years. The day was a wonderful opportunity for the Home Group to bond, learn some important lessons from Anna, gain some artistic skills from Krystyna and Jenny, assist Little Heroes, and produce some amazing artworks!

Lara Wakeham
Year 10 student

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Wave of Knowledge for Year 5s

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In Science, the Year 5 girls have been exploring marine ecosystems, learning about adaptations and human impact on our oceans. They have found this study fascinating and have been highly engaged with their learning, creating infographics to raise awareness about plastic pollution, climate change, habitat destruction and rising water levels. On Friday of Week 5, we travelled to Christies Beach to undertake a beach ‘clean-up’.

We were delighted to find a relatively clean beach, but still managed to rid it of plastic. At school, the girls went through the rubbish, sorting the items into recycling and landfill, using mathematical thinking questions to reflect upon the data they’d found.

The girls also visited Port Noarlunga Reef, where they had the opportunity to embark on a guided tour along the shoreline and venture out to sea onto the reef. They thoroughly enjoyed exploring the reef, learning about the creatures that inhabit this environment and understanding the differences between grazers, predators and filter feeders. They enjoyed learning about the formation of the reef, intrigued by the Dreaming story, detailing how a spear was thrown off a cliff by indigenous Australian Mullawirraburka, with the spear head breaking to form the reef, providing an abundance of fish forevermore.

Olivia Coulter, Shelley Hampton and Sarah Mulraney
Year 5 Teachers

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Foundation Community Golf Day

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A huge thank you to our 13 sponsors and 56 community members who attended our St Peter’s Girls’ Foundation Community Golf Day at Mount Osmond Golf Club on Thursday 14 November. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and our major sponsor Southern Cross Cleaning, over $8,000 was raised for the Foundation, which will go towards our ongoing building works around the School.

On the green, the competition was fierce with a great mix of Old Scholars, current parents and supplier groups from our fantastic and supportive School community.

Congratulations to our winning Ambrose Team of current parents Toby and Primrose Langley, Bec Farquhar (Selwyn 1988) and Pieter de Witt. The winner of our annual Old Scholars’ Cup was Pam Hamilton (nee Cherry, Patteson 1966) – amazing work Pam!

We are currently in the planning stages for our 2020 events. If you have an interest in golf, feedback or advice and would like to participate in future years, please get in touch via mwestgate@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au.

Melissa Westgate
Foundation Manager

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Bushfire Action Plan

In light of recent fire danger, it is timely to remind families about the School’s Bushfire Action Plan.

The policy was developed in consultation with the CFS, MFS, Education Department and other stakeholders to ensure staff and students are prepared in the event of an emergency. A routine bushfire drill initially scheduled for Wednesday was postponed due to weather conditions and was instead conducted today. Staff guided students to the Arts Centre, which is the designated Bushfire Ready Building for St Peter’s Girls.

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

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IT Hub Holiday Availability

Are you getting your daughter a new device for Christmas that will need to have the School data on it for 2020? What do you do if a device stops working during the holidays?

You won’t need to wait for school to return as the IT Hub will be open for much of the upcoming holidays from 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday. Please note, it will be closed from 23 December 2019 to 3 January 2020.

IT Hub

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Gingerbread Challenge Spices Up

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As part of our final unit on ‘Celebrations’ in the Year 10 World of Food class, we have been designing and creating gingerbread houses. Students have researched the many designs of houses with the aim of creating their own unique product. They have been required to create the templates for each of the walls and roof of their structure to ensure it fits together. They have also planned and ordered all aspects of the product such as the decorations and ingredients. They have considered the time available and appropriate storage and temperature control to ensure their creations are completed to a hospitality industry standard. This year’s creations have certainly been very impressive such as a reproduction of the School Chapel pictured above.

Jenni Manson and the Year 10 World of Food class

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Geography Students Sample Food Forest

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On 13 November, the Year 9 Geography cohort made their way to the Gawler Food Forest as part of an ongoing investigation surrounding permaculture and the overarching themes of sustainability that have underscored all the topics we have studied throughout the year. At the Food Forest, we were greeted by Graham Brookman, the Co-Founder of the farm who, alongside his wife Annemarie, aims to demonstrates how an ordinary family with a typical Australian income can grow their own food and create a productive and diverse landscape. Listening to Graham explain the various facets of permaculture and the way the family has built their farm up from nothing was an incredibly valuable experience, as he is clearly very passionate about the work he does. We were then given the opportunity to purchase produce from the Food Farm, and we all agreed that there was an immense difference in the quality and taste of this produce compared with that which you would buy at many shops. This visit was one that I’m sure our class will value for a very long time, and the information we learnt from Graham will be applicable well into the future.

Lucy Moten
Year 9 Geography student

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Parents’ and Friends’ Association AGM

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Thank you to everyone who came along to our AGM on Monday 18 November at the Feathers Hotel.

Our 2020 Executive for the Parents’ and Friends’ Association is:

President – Bronwyn Bartter
Vice President – Neil Pahuja
Treasurer – Maria Caruso
Secretary – Danielle Giuliani-Palmieri

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Malcolm Godfrey for his terrific work as Treasurer in 2019.

Looking forward to a fantastic 2020 with lots of P&F Association events to celebrate our wonderful St Peter’s Girls’ School community!

Bronwyn Bartter
President of the Parents’ and Friends’ Association

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Junior School Vacation Care

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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.

Vacation Care – December 2019 / January 2020 Program

Places are limited, so please click here to secure your booking now!

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OSHC Temporary Relocation

Parents of R – 6 students are advised that the OSHC program, which was based in the Food Tech building, has been temporarily relocated to the transportable on the Oval.

To access the transportable, please use the main staircase outside the Stott Wing (with the St Peter’s Girls’ sign). Children will need to be dropped off and collected from the transportable.

Beck Kranz
OSHC Supervisor

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Year Level Representatives for 2020

We are now recruiting and looking forward to receiving nominations for Year Level Reps for 2020!

We thank our 2019 Year Level Reps for their amazing efforts and dedication to the role in our 125th year. There have been so many fantastic year level events over the past year which wouldn’t have been possible without our valued volunteers.

In early 2020, Melissa and Fiona from the Community Relations Office will be holding a meeting in which Year Level Reps will be invited to attend, along with the presidents of our community groups at the School. This collaborative information session will set the scene for our 2020 events and give our Year Level Reps the opportunity to appropriately plan their year level events.

If you are interested in becoming a Year Level Rep in 2020 or you would like to nominate someone in your year level, please contact us as soon as possible.

Thank you in advance for your kind consideration.

Melissa Westgate
mwestgate@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au

Fiona McGregor
FMcGregor@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au

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School Shop Reminder – Year 3 Parents

Parents/Guardians of Current Year 3 Students:

As your daughter will be in Year 4 next year, there are a few different uniform items you will need to purchase before Term 1, 2020.

The junior blazer (cardigan) is replaced by a navy blue jumper and a blazer. The rash vest and solar pant is replaced by the School bathers.

It is advisable to make an appointment on 8334 2228, as the School Shop is currently working through new student fittings.

School Shop

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Charging for Charity – Cambodia Service Learning Trip

W10 - Fundraising

To support fundraising for the Cambodia Service Learning Trip, the fundraising team is selling portable chargers for just $40 via www.trybooking.com/BEYTR.

We are all very excited to take part in this trip, making life-long memories and seeing the impact of our fundraising in a community where we can improve the quality of life.

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The Athlete’s Foot – School Rewards Program

The Parents’ and Friends’ Association is excited to be collaborating with the amazing team at The Athlete’s Foot, Burnside by joining their School Rewards Program.

This is a great fundraising opportunity, with $5 from every pair of shoes purchased being donated back to our School. This applies for each pair of shoes purchased for the whole family, across the complete in-store range of sports, school, work and casual shoes.

So head on down to The Athlete’s Foot at Burnside and check out their exclusive MyFit 3D fitting technology.

Please check the School’s uniform policy to ensure shoes are approved before purchasing.

The Athlete’s Foot – School Rewards Program Information

Bronwyn Bartter
Parents’ and Friends’ Association President

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Sports News

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AUSSIE RULES

Cancelled due to weather

BASKETBALL

Middle C1 – Saints 12 defeated by Pembroke 24
The girls played their best but, unfortunately, went down by 12 in the end. Lilli Bennett hit a 3 for the first score of the game. I decided to try the girls in a 2-3 zone to see how they’d go; we had never run one before and, surprisingly, the girls understood it very well. We were able to stop Pembroke from scoring and went on a 6 – 0 scoring run! – Sharnee Jones (Coach)

Middle C2 – Saints 2 defeated by Pembroke 38
This was the last game to wrap up basketball for the year. The girls improved in their defence as the game went on but, unfortunately, were not able to sink baskets despite several close shots. They enjoyed some party food afterwards to celebrate the end of the season. They should all be very proud of how far they have come in such a short period of time. Well done! – Louise Neale (Coach)

Year 6/7 – Harry Long Carnival
Saints entered the annual Harry Long Carnival for Primary Schools in the shortened round-robin format. Saints won the first game against Pembroke easily then lost by 5 points to Trinity, who had many district girls playing, so to be that close was a great effort. The next two games could have gone either way, with the first against St John’s close throughout, but we lost by the 1 point. The following game, we drew with Seymour. In both of those games, the results could have been wins if we had shot better from the foul line.

In our final game, we met the undefeated Westminster and played our best game for the day, winning by 7. It showed how well the girls can play when they are on their game and making foul shots. Westminster went on to win the Grand Final, so it makes our final game win even better. The team gelled well as the day progressed to finish with 2 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses to place 4th overall. – Brenton Davies (Coach)

ROWING

Saturday 16 November saw two regattas take place at West Lakes: Round the Island and a Junior Regatta. Unfortunately, our Senior crews were forced to withdraw from Round the Island due to illness. Round the Island is a major early-season target and a good indicator of form. Our Seniors were disappointed to not contest the event, but will have ample opportunities to test themselves throughout the rest of the season.

Our Junior crews competed in the Junior Regatta that followed. It was very satisfying to see the Year 8/9 A Crew of Chloe Porter, Maddy Harrex, Lilly Maerschel, Isabel Burmester and Alicia Toh (Cox) win their first round and notch their first race win of the season. However, at this stage of the season, process is more important than outcomes, and it was even more promising to see how all of our crews rowed. They showed substantial improvement from their performances at the two previous regattas of the season (Murray Bridge Regatta and West Lakes Regatta). The technical improvements that all of our Junior crews have made were reflected in their performances, both in times and placings. If our Junior crews can continue to make improvements at this rate, I look forward to seeing what they are capable of achieving later in the season! – Brynley Millward (Director of Rowing)

    RESULTS SUMMARY

8/9 A
SG 8/9 A 4x+ [Round 1] 1st
SG 8/9 A 4x+ [Round 2] 2nd

8/9 B
SG 8/9 B 4x+ [Round 1] 4th
SG 8/9 B 4x+ [Round 2] 4th

8/9 C
SG 8/9 C 4x+ [Round 1] 5th
SG 8/9 C 4x+ [Round 2] 4th

8/9 D
SG 8/9 D 4x+ [Round 1] 4th
SG 8/9 D 4x+ [Round 2] 3rd

7/8 A
SG 7/8 A 4x+ [Round 1] 4th
SG 7/8 A 4x+ [Round 2] 4th

TENNIS

Division 1 – Saints 4-31 defeated Pembroke 2-15
Singles: Ella Dnistriansky 6-0, Grace Beaumont 6-2, Adele Eaton 5-6, Bridgette Leach 6-0

Division 2 – Saints 4-30 defeated Pembroke 2-27
Singles: Ariel Spartalis 6-4, Eva Young 3-6, Sophie Abbott 6-3, Chase Hocking 6-4

Division 3 Blue – Saints 3-26 defeated Pembroke 3-22
Singles: Stella Clark 6-0, Lilly Alexander 6-1, Victoria Thorp 4-6, Zihan Huang 0-6

Division 3 White – Saints 1-19 defeated by Pembroke 5-33
Singles: Ayanna Roy 6-3, Helen Zhang 1-6, Gloria Zou 4-6, Nathara Perera 2-6

Division 4 – Saints had a bye

Junior Division 1 – Saints 628 defeated Wilderness 0-5
Singles: Chloe Richardson 4-1, Sophie Blight 4-1, Nicole Wang 4-0, Alison Francis 4-1

Junior Division 2 – Saints 3-14 defeated Wilderness 0-4
Singles: Alexandra Nguyen 4-3, Shirley Liu 4-0

TOUCH FOOTBALL

Open A – Saints 1 defeated by Marryatville 3
The girls held consistent momentum in both attack and defence throughout, rucking the ball down with intent and shooting up in defence. They were able to keep the scores level by half-time, with 1 try each. An amazing try was scored by Ehi Oyugbo in the first half, breaking free and catching the opposition offside, allowing her to sprint and score. This game showed that the team is improving a lot since the first round against Marryatville. – Hannah Freeman (Captain)

Open B – Saints 6 defeated Mercedes
Saints had a fantastic finish to the season beating Mercedes’ top team! Our strong defence stopped the opposition from scoring on multiple occasions. In attack, we rucked quickly up the field and were able to implement many of the plays that we had been practising in training. Our team pressure resulted in the other team making mistakes which we were able to use to our advantage. Poppie Goldsmith and Ellie Anderson scored 2 tries each and Stephanie Smalls and Holly Cardone scored 1 each. The girls have had an amazing season and should be proud of their efforts! – Stephanie Smalls

Open C – Saints 5 defeated Seymour 0
The team came home with a convincing win against Seymour. The defensive pressure was strong and sustained, preventing any opposition from breaking through. In the first half, our attack was slow and it lacked momentum but, as the game progressed, it improved. Increasing our depth led to us hitting the ball at pace, creating a better sequence of rucks. We played a much more technical second half as we included wraps and quickies, moving the ball the width of the pitch to monopolise on the speed of our wingers. It was great to hear an improvement in the team’s communication, which contributed to the fluidity of play. – Olivia Kelly

Middle A – Saints did not play

VOLLEYBALL

Middle A – Saints 2 defeated Immanuel 1
Finals time! To finish off a fantastic season, the Middle As played Immanuel College for the school pennant. The girls entered the game with a mix of excitement and nerves. Unfortunately, Immanuel had a strong start and won the first set. Despite this loss, the girls kept their heads high with encouragement from our experienced players Lucy White, Ruby Deakin and Toni Christiansen. They fought back to win the second set.

In a tight and tense third set, Saints jumped to an early lead. Sivanthi Sivasuthan was a stand-out player; although not as tall as the rest of the girls, she made some important blocks, winning numerous valuable points to secure the win.

It was a great team effort not only from the girls on the court but also those on the bench continually cheering and supporting their teammates. This win was a wonderful end to a very successful year for the Middle A Volleyball team and it has been a pleasure to coach these girls. – Victoria Neale (Coach)

Middle B – Saints 2 defeated Immanuel 1
The team showed some strong network, consistent digs and serves to take the win against Immanuel. Well done to Lilli Bennett on making a seamless move up to her first game in Bs. MVP this week was Rebecca Holloway for improved attacking front court play. – Vicki Dent (Coach)

Middle C – Saints 0 defeated by Immanuel 2
The girls were on home turf and demonstrated the unexpected. There were numerous blocks from the girls high at the net, and Kathy Chen scored a number of points in a row from a serve she has been working on all term. Despite the loss, the girls, including many new to Volleyball this term, implemented skills they had been working on at training. – Alana Glapa (Coach)

Year 5/6 Blue – Saints 0 defeated by Seymour Purple 3
The team played against Seymour and had a great game, with incredibly close sets, but ultimately, just couldn’t get in front on the scoreboard. – Ava Loechel (Coach)

Year 5/6 Black – Saints 3 defeated Seymour Yellow 0
The team, consisting of Bella Chen, Alyssa Bo, Chanel Palmieri and Annabel Keough, came together to defeat their opponents in straight sets (25-18, 25-16 and 25-18). All four girls served and defended well, and their support and encouragement of each other was fantastic. – Kim Butler-Nixon (Supervisor)

Year 5/6 White – Saints 3 defeated Seymour Blue 0
The girls did a really great job of improving on elements we have been working on. The team of Alannah Godfrey, Charlize Cameron-Chilver, Tina Xiao and Asha Eaton started off very strongly, winning 25-6. In the second set, our communication was great, and we worked on more advanced spikes and still managed to win 25-14. Seymour put up a good fight in the last set, but our solid team pulled ahead, winning 25-23. I am very proud of the girls and their efforts over the past few weeks. – Jess Drewick (Coach)

Year 5-6 Silver – Saints 0 defeated by Seymour Green 3
This week the team of Eala Arthur-Slattery, Anna Venning, Abiola Ajao, Lucy Kitching and Sophia Langley showed lots of determination. Anna played a great all-round game and Sophia showed great team spirit (encouraging and high-fiving her teammates). – Georgina Keough (Coach)

WATER POLO

Open A – Saints 17 defeated St Dominic’s 0
The girls had an amazing finish to the 2019 season with a brilliant win against St Dominic’s. This ensured the girls finished the entire year undefeated. Throughout the game, the team worked hard in defence to limit the shots on goal, and when these did occur, goalie Saskia Jonats stopped many attempts. The large lead saw the mercy rule implemented in the last quarter, with Saints a player down and Saskia Jonats coming out of goals. Despite this, the girls managed to turnover any attempt made by St Dominic’s, resulting in no goals scored by them. Best player was Olivia Goldsmith, who showed why she is described as the ‘heart and soul of the As’ due to her constant support in both attack and defence, as well as scoring 2 goals. It was an outstanding finish to the year! – Fiona Lethbridge (Captain)

Open B – Saints 19 defeated St Ignatius B 1
The Bs reigned triumphant over St Ignatius with an 18-goal winning margin. Once again, we saw the mercy rule implemented at half-time due to the high score, which at that point was 16 – 0. The girls worked hard together to have many counter attacks on goal and were constantly making an effort to assist each other in both attack and defence. Best player was Sophie Dansie for her amazing skills in attack, where she was able to complete many interceptions, and turn them into successful attacks on goal. Top goal scorer was Tara with 6 incredible goals. An awesome effort girls, well done! – Fiona Lethbridge (Captain)

Open C – Saints had a bye

Year 7/8 – Saints 7 defeated Seymour 6
The game showcased the impressive skills the girls have developed this year, with Scarlett Dillon and Olivia Reynolds scoring their first goals for the season. The girls were incredibly strong in both defence and attack, with all working together. – Gemma Rowe (Coach)

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eNews – Week 5, Term 4 2019

Issue no. 35Enews-banner

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From the Head of Junior School

Suzanne HaddyKnowing the parts of a piano and how they work doesn’t make me Mozart! Likewise, knowing facts, formulae, and rules of Mathematics, while useful, does not make someone a mathematician.

I read an article a while ago by a university mathematics professor, who suggested that knowing the formulae or techniques to apply in particular mathematical situations can be likened to erecting the scaffolding of a building project. The scaffolding is an important part of the process. It enables workers to move around at height and provides a place for materials and tools, but it has no purpose by itself. The building is the real project. And the ‘building’ in a mathematical sense is the mathematical understanding – the ability to understand mathematical ideas, transfer knowledge into new situations, apply it flexibly to new contexts and justify one’s reasoning.

We don’t want our students believing that they are learning and ‘doing’ Mathematics when, in fact, they are only erecting scaffolding. We want them to build the whole building. We want them to understand the complexities of each project, consider the possibilities, the potential problems to be solved, have flexibility in their thinking as they go about their work, and be able to justify their reasoning with the understanding that their approach and that of another student are unlikely to be identical. With this, we need to strengthen the flexibility with which they can manipulate numbers and provide them with opportunities to see the important place that Mathematics plays in understanding and explaining our world.

We are all born with an innate curiosity about the Mathematics of the world around us. As babies and infants, we were fascinated by blocks – we would arrange them, line them up, create patterns, count them, then count them again and be in awe that the resulting number was the same! We were constantly thinking mathematically. With our continued focus on delivering quality foundations in Literacy and Numeracy, it is our aim to keep that mathematical curiosity alive and to develop students with positive mathematical mindsets, deep mathematical understanding and flexibility in their approach to mathematical situations.

The attached video explains a little more about Mathematics in the Junior School.

Suzanne Haddy
Head of Junior School

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School Song Pride

Earlier in the year, we invited some Old Scholars back to the School to participate in a special video celebrating the School Song, which was written in 1920 and has been sung with pride ever since.

In the video, each line of the School Song is spoken by a former student, beginning with our oldest Old Scholar, 105 year old Lorna Henstridge (nee Paterson, Selwyn 1932). She’s followed by Old Scholars from the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and finally ending with Lauren Zwaans (Patteson 2004). Year 1 student Amelia Bartter also played a special role that she was very excited about!

As we celebrate our 125th year, “Let’s keep the School flag flying, with its colours white and blue.”

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PE Week Flexes its Muscles

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PE Week 2019 involved a number of year levels participating in a range of activities. It began on Monday with the Year 2s attending the Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation’s fun skills day, experimenting with various sports and activities. The Year 4s enjoyed a similar day on Tuesday. On Thursday, The Year 6s ran a health hustle for the Junior School during Home Group. Each lunchtime throughout the week featured activities organised by the Sport Captains and led by Sport Prefect Millie Wilkin. Games of dodgeball, a mini-Olympics, and classic catches involved many younger year levels, and activities concluded today with a Staff vs Student Ultimate Frisbee match. Many students watched an entertaining contest, with the staff eventually coming out on top against the Sport Captains.

Today also saw the R – 3 Sports Morning, where the girls developed skills and competed in games. Many parents were on hand to spectate and then take part in the parent/daughter egg and spoon event; see highlights below.

“PE week is a great way for kids to stay active during the school day. Each day at lunch, activities were run for girls of different age groups to come out and try. Overall, this week has been great and has given the girls opportunities to play a new sport while learning new skills.” – Millie Wilkin (Sport Prefect 2020)

With the Year 5s and 6s beginning a self-defence unit next week, Middle School students involved in group dynamics activities, and the pool looking fantastic, a variety of learning activities building the girls’ physical literacy will continue through to the end of term.

Good luck to the Year 12 PE students also, who had their exam on the final afternoon of PE Week!

Dan Searle
Head of PE, Health and Outdoor Education

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Young Composers Find Winning Notes

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This semester, a number of our Middle School students submitted compositions to the Young Composers’ Award competition. We are proud to announce we have won an award in the Rock/Pop R – 7 category!

Year 7 students Scarlett Dillon, Apurva Ichalkaranje and Naadiya Ishaq were recognised for their group composition of an original Rock/Pop song entitled ‘That’s the Key’. The awards are very competitive and there are hundreds of entries, so congratulations girls!

The Year 7 Music classes have been studying songwriting this year. The unit involves the students writing lyrics, creating a harmonic backing track of piano, bass and drums on an iPad, and recording the song’s vocal melody to the backing. The girls have learnt a great deal about songwriting and composition in general.

“Writing and recording this song was an interesting process, which I really enjoyed.” – Apurva Ichalkaranje

“During the songwriting process, we all took on different roles which helped us to be successful. I really enjoyed writing this song and would recommend younger students to give this a try.” – Scarlett Dillon

On 25 November, the winning Year 7 group will be performing their song live at the Young Composers’ Award ceremony at St Mary’s College at 6.45pm.

Robyn Habel
Music Teacher

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Year 1 Connections Talk About Their Generation

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As part of our ‘Who we are’ inquiry, the Year 1s have explored how ‘Family relationships contribute to shaping our identity’ by having each girl invite a family member or friend who is two generations older than themselves to visit and share what life was like when they were six years old. Through a presentation from each girl’s grandparent or friend, the cohort identified similarities and differences with their own life.

The diversity of presentation styles was a highlight of this year’s inquiry, with some grandparents being interviewed via Skype or FaceTime as they were overseas. Our International Student Coordinator Ann Li acted as a translator for some guests, and we even had one Chinese-speaking student ask the questions of her grandfather in Chinese and then translate his answers into English. Our study concluded with an afternoon of sharing learning in our classrooms followed by a delicious afternoon tea.

Liz Sandercock and Michelle Liddy
Year 1 Teachers

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Junior School Vacation Care

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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.

Vacation Care – December 2019 / January 2020 Program

Places are limited, so please click here to secure your booking now!

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OSHC Temporary Relocation

Parents of R – 6 students are advised that the OSHC program, which was based in the Food Tech building, has been temporarily relocated to the transportable on the Oval.

To access the transportable, please use the main staircase outside the Stott Wing (with the St Peter’s Girls’ sign). Children will need to be dropped off and collected from the transportable.

Beck Kranz
OSHC Supervisor

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PE Excursion Proves a Hit

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As part of PE Week, the Year 2 and 4 classes attended a ‘Come and Try’ day organised by ACHPER (Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation) at Park 25.

The girls participated in golf, rugby, hockey, lacrosse, baseball, bowls, netball and volleyball activities.

“I enjoyed playing Rugby League because it was competitive and we got to do a lot of running around.” – Zara

“I really liked trying golf for the first time.” – Grace

“I enjoyed the rugby because it was really fun when we got to pull the tags off when tackling and doing a touchdown.” – Sasha

“My favourite activity was the tennis because we got to see how many we could get in a rally.” – Charlotte

Rebecca Riley
Year 4 Teacher

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Cambodia Service Learning Trip

On 7 December, 20 Saints Girls will travel to Cambodia for our Service Learning Trip, along with the PAC boys. We will be building houses and volunteering at the New Hope for Cambodia Village, an orphanage for children who suffer from HIV and AIDS. Over the past few months, we have been raising money at Bunnings barbecues and a Feathers Hotel pizza night, as well as selling Jolly Socks, portable chargers and raffle tickets – all of which can still be purchased before we leave! All funds go towards building supplies and donating to the orphanage so they can purchase food and educational tools for the children. We have had an amazing response from the Saints Girls’ community, which will be greatly appreciated. This would not have been possible without the generous donations from our numerous sponsors, including those listed below – we thank you for your contribution and we know that it will go a long way.

Clark Property Group
Northpoint Toyota
Corporate Mechanical
Younger Optics
Remedy Drinks
Paelleria
Johnston Withers Lawyers
Holyoake Air Management Solutions
Foodland Norwood
Braithwaite Family Garden Care and Home Maintenance

Matilda Braithwaite
Year 11 student

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Year Level Representatives for 2020

We are now recruiting and looking forward to receiving nominations for Year Level Reps for 2020!

We thank our 2019 Year Level Reps for their amazing efforts and dedication to the role in our 125th year! There have been so many fantastic year level events over the past year which wouldn’t have been possible without our valued volunteers.

In early 2020, Melissa and Fiona from the Community Relations Office will be holding a meeting in which Year Level Reps will be invited to attend, along with the presidents of our community groups at the School. This collaborative information session will set the scene for our 2020 events and give our Year Level Reps the opportunity to appropriately plan their year level events.

If you are interested in becoming a Year Level Rep in 2020 or you would like to nominate someone in your year level, please contact us as soon as possible.

Thank you in advance for your kind consideration.

Melissa Westgate
mwestgate@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au

Fiona McGregor
FMcGregor@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au

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School Shop Reminder – Year 3 Parents

Parents/Guardians of Current Year 3 Students:

As your daughter will be in Year 4 next year, there are a few different uniform items you will need to purchase before Term 1, 2020.

The junior blazer (cardigan) is replaced by a navy blue jumper and a blazer. The rash vest and solar pant is replaced by the School bathers.

It is advisable to make an appointment on 8334 2228, as the School Shop is currently working through new student fittings.

School Shop

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Barefoot Bowling

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Join us for an afternoon of barefoot bowling! This is a fundraising event hosted by the Friends of Rowing, and all School community members are welcome to attend.

Sunday 1 December 2019
3pm onwards
Sturt Bowling Club

Corner of Trimmer Tce and Edmund Ave, Unley
Tickets: $25 via www.trybooking.com/BGOGO

Includes entry, bowling fees, BBQ and nibbles. Drinks available for purchase at the bar.

Bookings close 9am Friday 29 November.

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Charging for Charity – Cambodia Service Learning Trip

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To support fundraising for the Cambodia Service Learning Trip, the fundraising team is selling portable chargers for just $40 via www.trybooking.com/BEYTR.

We are all very excited to take part in this trip, making life-long memories and seeing the impact of our fundraising in a community where we can improve the quality of life.

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The Athlete’s Foot – School Rewards Program

The Parents’ and Friends’ Association is excited to be collaborating with the amazing team at The Athlete’s Foot, Burnside by joining their School Rewards Program.

This is a great fundraising opportunity, with $5 from every pair of shoes purchased being donated back to our School. This applies for each pair of shoes purchased for the whole family, across the complete in-store range of sports, school, work and casual shoes.

So head on down to The Athletes Foot at Burnside and check out their exclusive MyFit 3D fitting technology.

Please check the School’s uniform policy to ensure shoes are approved before purchasing.

The Athlete’s Foot – School Rewards Program Information

Bronwyn Bartter
Parents’ and Friends’ Association President

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Sports News

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AUSSIE RULES

Year 5-6 Blue – Saints 2.0 – 12 defeated by Immanuel 11.1 – 67
This was our best game so far with all players showing immense improvement. The results does not reflect how well the girls played, with tackling, pressure and skill development improving. – Millie Gentle (Coach)

Year 5-6 White – Saints 2.6 – 18 defeated by Walford Gold 7.8 – 50
With Walford kicking the first few goals, our back lines worked hard to prevent as many goals as possible. Valerie Ng, Lucy Shigeno and Alannah Godfrey all made some great tackles to stop Walford running into open goals. Smothers were made by both Lyra Cox and Kate Thomas which we then got the turn over and moved the ball towards our forward line. It wasn’t until the third quarter that our hard work turned into goals as Januri kicked our first goal for the match followed by a second moments later. Well done to all the girls, you are improving out of sight. Keep up the good work! – Lane Trenorden (Coach)

BASKETBALL

Middle C1 – Saints 12 defeated Immanuel 10
Saints led for much of the game and worked hard to create opportunities. In the final minutes, Immanuel edged closer but Bella Sanders-Wills managed to score the last bucket, securing the team the win, but, of course, it was a great team effort. Lilli Bennett was a standout at both ends of the floor, as was Emily McCorley. Everyone is improving in leaps and bounds and I am really proud to coach all of these girls! – Sharnee Jones (Coach)

Middle C2 – Saints 20 defeated Concordia 0
Unfortunately, Concordia did not have enough players and forfeited the game. The girls had fun playing a scratch match and were able to continue to work on their individual and team skills. – Louise Neale (Coach)

TENNIS

Division 1 – Saints 2-26 defeated by Wilderness 4-26
Ella Dnistriansky 6-0, Grace Beaumont 4-6, Adele Eaton 2-6, Bridgette Leach 3-6

Division 2 – Saints 3-30 drew with Seymour 3-30
Ariel Spartalis 5-6, Eva Young 2-6, Sophie Abbott 6-4, Chase Hocking 6-3

Division 3 Blue – Saints 2-12 defeated Wilderness 0-5
*only doubles was played

Division 3 White – Saints 3-25 defeated by Seymour 3-26
Astrid Teague 6-2, Helen Zhang 2-6, Amy Hu 3-6, Gloria Zou 6-4

Division 4 – Saints 4-30 defeated Seymour 2-17
Ayanna Roy 6-0, Nathara Perera 6-1, Lydia Tolley 6-5, Jasmine Baker 1-6

Junior Division 1 – Saints 3-16 defeated by Pembroke 3-18
Chloe Richardson 0-4, Sophie Blight 1-4, Nicole Wang 4-2, Alison Francis 4-1

Junior Division 2 – Saints 6-28 defeated Pembroke 0-7
Alexandra Nguyen 4-0, Jerrie Wu 4-2, Shirley Liu 4-0, Charlotte Thorpe 4-1

Junior Division 3 – Saints 1-10 defeated by Scotch 5-21
Lily Forby 1-4, Lilly Michelon 4-1, Abbie An 0-4, Amelia Olesen 1-4

TOUCH FOOTBALL

Open A – Saints 2 defeated by Wilderness 6
Another tough game for the girls, playing yet another one of the top teams in the competition. The team had an amazing first half, defending extremely well and restricting Wilderness to only two tries. Goals scorers were Olivia Goldsmith and Hannah Freeman. Olivia was able to break away and catch them offside, enabling her to score a try. Best player goes to Ella Liddy for her constant defending and attempts at setting up plays. – Hannah Freeman (Captain)

Open B – Saints 2 defeated by Marryatville 3
Saints had a great game against Marryatville. We started off strongly with solid rucking up the field, and the half-time score was 2-2. It was great to see the set plays we have been working on in training, allowing Maggie Bailey and Poppie Goldsmith to score 1 try each. Towards the end of the game, we began to miss opportunities which restricted our chances of a draw. – Poppie Goldsmith

Open C – Saints 1 defeated St Aloysius 0
The team played very well in defence, applying what we had learnt in training. With improvement still required in attack, the team is progressing in this area. Kendra Ware scored the try. Overall, the team has a good basis of improvement from trainings this term, which is evident in our games. – Imogen Parkinson

Middle A – Saints 1 drew with Seymour 1
The girls played a great game. Grace Richards scored a try within the first minute with the help of Ruby Richards and Annie Warrick. In the first half, the girls were rucking really well and working together in defence with 1-3-5 and 2-4-6. In the second half, the team began to make silly mistakes, so we had to go back to basics with the normal 3 rucking to find our rhythm again. The girls did a great job at stopping Seymour from scoring multiple tries. – Charlie Piper

Middle B – Saints 4 defeated St Aloysius 1
All the girls played really well and, with only one sub, our teamwork and determination was great across the whole game. Our defensive tactics worked really well and we gained lots of ground in attack. Special shout outs to Apurva Ichalkaranje, Amy Dillon and Jasmine Segredos who scored the tries. Well done to the team for a well-deserved win. – Jasmine Segredos

VOLLEYBALL

Open A – Saints 1 defeated by Pembroke 2 (24-26, 24-26, 15-14)
With everything on the line to get to the Grand Final for both teams, it was always going to be a hard-fought contest and it did not disappoint. Featuring a line up of State representative stars in both teams playing opposite each other, it started as a slugfest of epic proportions and did not let up. Playing at the Saints’ ‘dome’, the crowd gathered and were appreciative with their cheering but often silent with anticipation. Power serves and monster spikes had both teams marking their line in the sand, with neither giving an inch and neither able to gain ascendency. Volleyball Captain Charlotte White, Isabella Villani (libero), Brooke Elliott (setter) and Ankita Rajbhoj (hitter) put everything on the line in what was possibly their last match in Saints’ colours. All played out of their skins and were exceptionally backed up by Clair Kao, Anna White and Georgina Keough. The first set went down to the wire 24-26. Saints stepped it up in the second with good serve and block pressure. Pembroke countered with their own onslaught of serves and we battled hard. Again, Pembroke finished the set in front 24-26. Having lost the match, the girls kept at it in the third and enjoyed their last school match together and, with time completed, finished 15-14 in front. It has been a privilege to coach this fantastic group and I wish the Year 12s all the luck for the future. – Alistair Keough (Coach)

Open B – Saints 2 defeated Pembroke 1 (25-23, 25-23, 10-15)
Pembroke, coached by 2019 State League Women’s Coach Greg Lehmann, were always going to be a tough ask. A number of players away for the beach competitions allowed Milly Brett and Joss Forster to join the team. Both added height and depth with Milly having a great serving run to ensure we stayed in the match. The girls played well as a team, fought hard and were able to close out both sets in front to win. Communication and match play improved as the game progressed. Having won the match, the girls enjoyed the third and final set for the year. All girls played outstandingly well, improving their individual skills and coming together as a team. – Alistair Keough (Coach)

Open C – Saints 2 defeated Pembroke 1 (17-25, 25-19, 15-10)
The difference in players from the start of the match and the end was phenomenal. It took the first set to get organised and work on some match play and communication. Putting it together in the second set, along with some great serving runs by Ellen Zhang and Candy Feng, the team’s confidence grew and they won the second set. They stepped it up in the third with great net-work, and the match was closed out with great joy and fervour. Thank you for allowing me to coach; it was great to see the team hungry to learn and willing to try new options. A great way to finish the season. – Alistair Keough (Coach)

Middle A – Saints 2 defeated Pembroke 1
This was the last round game for the year, and the Middle As needed to win to secure their spot in finals. Pembroke is a very competitive team who really challenged us, coming out strongly and winning the first set. This threw our girls off and made them realise that it was going to be a hard match that would require a big effort to make a comeback. After a rocky start, the girls finally got into the groove, just beating Pembroke in the last two sets. This win allows these girls the chance to play in finals and hopefully come away with a trophy. – Victoria Neale (Coach)

Middle B – Saints 1 defeated by Pembroke 2
It was pleasing to see principles covered at training applied to games, with Yang Yang making some impressive spikes. MVP was Efua Yawson for strong serves and consistent passes. – Vicki Dent (Coach)

Middle C – Saints 1 defeated by Immanuel 2
The girls won the first set in a nail-biter round. The next two sets were close calls, only losing by 2 points in each. Lilli Bennett scored from an impressive spike, while Stephanie Andrejewskis put her blocks to the test to score 2 consecutive points. Alysa Trinh served 3 successful balls in a row, and Monica Isaac dominated close to the net. Overall, a game to be proud of. – Alana Glapa (Coach)

Year 5/6 Blue – Saints 1 defeated by Seymour Yellow 3
The team started off strongly, winning the first set, but were overcome by a consistent opponent. All the girls put in such a great effort and continue to gain experience. – Ava Loechel (Coach)

Year 5/6 Silver – Saints 2 defeated Seymour White 1
A good performance from the team. Anna Venning’s passing was great, as she was able to direct the ball to her teammate to hit it over. Abiola Ajao served really well. – Georgie Keough (Coach)

Year 5/6 Black – Saints 3 defeated Seymour Pink 0
Annabel Keough, Sophia Langley, Ellie Tosolini and Evelyn Gautier worked together as a team, supporting each other and communicating well. In the first two sets, the girls were put under pressure, only winning by 2 points in each. They demonstrated a great ability to stay calm. Throughout the game, the girls’ serving started to improve and we were serving balls that Seymour struggled to return. The highlight was when the girls managed to get their first 3 touches, dig, set and spike over the net to win the rally. – Anna White (Coach)

Year 5/6 White – Saints 2 drew with Seymour Green 2
Tina Xiao, Asha Eaton, and Alannah Godfrey used their height to their advantage, learning to jump and even spike. Charlize Cameron-Chilver, Chanel Palmieri and Eala Arther-Slattery have all developed their serves. One of our biggest challenges has been communicating and calling for the ball, and the more we work together, the better this has become. The girls all really seemed to be enjoying the sport and are supporting each other throughout the matches. – Jess Drewick (Coach)

WATER POLO

Open A – Saints 8 drew with St Ignatius 8
The girls had a tough game, resulting in a draw against Ignatius. They worked hard to recover from many attacks on goal and turn them into successful attacks for Saints. Best player was Alexia Politis for her constant work in defence where she completed many turnovers. Top goal scorer was Nikki Miller with 4 goals. Good work girls! – Fiona Lethbridge (Captain)

Open B – Saints 17 defeated Walford 0
In the girls’ Intercol match against Walford, the team worked tirelessly in defence, intercepting many passes and using their skills to turn these into successful attacks on goal. Best players were Emily Baldwinson and Sophie Dansie for their amazing work in attack. Sophie, a left-hander, used that to our advantage by aiding many of the girls to score goals, as well as scoring a goal herself. Emily showed her skills in attack, scoring 4 goals. An excellent effort girls! – Fiona Lethbridge (Captain)

Open C – Saints 16 defeated Wilderness (C3) 4
The last game of the season for the Cs saw the girls pull through with an incredible win. They managed to score an average of 4 goals each quarter, while keeping Wilderness to 1 for each. Best players were Lila Gosse and Mathilda Thomas for their outstanding work in attack. Lilia managed to score 8 goals from many successful counter attacks and assists from other team members. Mathilda had an amazing game, constantly assisting the girls in attack and defence, while managing to score 4 goals. Overall, a brilliant way to finish the season! – Fiona Lethbridge (Captain)

Year 7/8 – Saints 11 defeated Seymour A 4
With the season coming to a close, the team has shown significant improvement. The girls played exceptionally well with almost all players scoring. Claudia Pearce played another terrific game with 4 goals. Charlotte Norman and Lauren Parton have shown incredible improvement throughout the season, with both scoring multiple goals. The girls played with excellent sportsmanship and determination. Very proud of their efforts! – Gemma Rowe (Coach)

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eNews – Week 4, Term 4 2019

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From the Deputy Principal / Head of Middle School

Richard Lisle inside 220This week all Year 8 students and Home Group teachers joined their counterparts from Walford Anglican School for Girls for their annual Co-Education Day at St Peter’s College. The day is an opportunity for all students to start building positive and respectful relationships, ahead of the more formal wellbeing sessions that occur in the Senior School.

The day is structured so students experience 10 different activities across the day, working with a group of students from both Walford and St Peter’s College. This year, once again, there were a great variety of activities, all connected by the need for collaboration, teamwork and careful intentional listening. Whether our girls were working with boys and girls from both schools in small groups to solve unusual problems they’d not seen before or engaging in large group collaboration tasks that required them to take a variety of roles, it was pleasing to witness them rise to such a variety of challenges in a way that was both respectful of the views of others, and also showed a determination to have their voice heard, and to contribute and lead where appropriate. A number of the activities also allowed the students’ competitive streak to shine, which was enjoyed by many.

The day was punctuated by the opportunity for free time for all students to mingle freely. It was great to see so many students from all three schools socialising in a positive way, with many clearly building on pre-existing friendships with students from both schools, whilst others getting to know each other for the first time. With perfect spring weather, it was also an opportunity for some of the girls to kick a football, or just sit and enjoy the sunshine – all without the distraction of any technological devices.

Richard Lisle
Deputy Principal / Head of Middle School

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EDGE Day

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This term the withdrawal element of EDGE took a slightly different shape in the form of EDGE Day. On Tuesday, students came together to develop skills in the area of ideation and design-thinking. This approach is human-centred, allowing students to work collaboratively to identify and solve complex problems.

Students identified issues facing native wildlife in South Australia, and critically selected the issue and solution they wanted to focus on by reading a range of research materials and listening to talks given by experts. This experience allowed them to build skills in creative and critical thinking whilst also developing their empathy. It was amazing to see students of all ages working together towards a common goal, sharing and learning in unison.

Becca Burton-Howard
EDGE Coordinator

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A Message from the Head Prefect 2020

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This year, in Term 3, I was fortunate enough to receive the news that I had obtained the role of Head Prefect for the Class of 2020. I knew I wanted to apply for this role because of my ambition to help people and to lead our fantastic Saints Girls’ School community.

To me, leadership is about putting others before myself, and constantly striving to assist others both in and out of a school setting. I am a firm believer in the idea that leadership is not something that is defined by a badge, but rather the ability to be compassionate and authentic when motivating others. I feel that the entire Prefect team for 2020 will be an excellent group of leaders who reflect and demonstrate these qualities.

For the Prefect team’s first group session, on 26 and 27 October, we participated in two workshops focusing on the importance of others within our School community, brainstorming ideas of the initiatives we would like to implement throughout 2020. I would definitely say it was a successful weekend, and the students should be excited for what we have in store for them next year.

Some main ideas we want to enhance throughout the School community next year is for the girls to embrace themselves for who they are, to recognise and appreciate the girl in the middle, and to try the plethora of opportunities that are offered here at Saints. We believe, with the right mindset and the determination to create change, we will be able to implement new initiatives that encourage these messages.

We cannot wait for the opportunities we will receive next year and the new memories that will be formed. The Prefect team and I are so excited to see what impact we can make on the School community before our high school journey here at Saints comes to its conclusion.

Isabella Bernardi
Head Prefect 2020

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National Award for Music Education

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It was a privilege to attend the ASME (Australian Society for Music Education) XXII National Conference and a true honour to be presented with the ‘Music Educating for Life Award’ which recognises exceptional contribution to music education at a national level.

For me, the biennial national conference held at the University of Western Australia invoked a kaleidoscope of ideas and thoughts. Some were enlightening, others challenged pre-conceived notions, and many reaffirmed what we as music educators already know: that Music is pivotal to a child’s education. Perspectives explored included the connection between literacy, language development and music learning; the importance of music in maintaining and establishing cultural identity; Dalcroze methodology and its inherent integration of numeracy and spatial awareness; and Indigenous viewpoints and respectful use of Indigenous elements within music making.

Reflecting upon each of these perspectives led me to pause and truly consider why I chose and continue to teach Music, after 29 years of sometimes uplifting, but more often than not, challenging work.

Why? Because I love music for music’s sake. Because I love the way music creates life-long bonds with my students. Because I love knowing that I am passing down the legacy of those that taught me what I know today. Because I love watching the development of confidence that comes with music-making. Because I love the sense of community that music-sharing establishes. Because I love knowing that I am making a difference in the literacy and numeracy skills of young children. Because I love watching children have the ability to express themselves through creativity. Because I love what my students teach me. And… because I love that I am making a difference.

Sari Noble
Music Teacher

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Primary Maths Challenge Success!

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Congratulations to four Junior School students – Evelyn Gautier (Year 5), Lois Burton-Howard (Year 3), Caitlyn Sam-Ling (Year 3) and Edwina Cannon (Reception), for receiving awards in the 2019 Primary Maths Challenge. Last Friday night the wonderful achievements of our girls were celebrated in front of several hundred invited guests and mathematicians of all ages at the Findon Function Centre.

Below are a mixture of the glowing comments from Lisa-Jane O’Connor on stage and the judges detailed feedback.

Evelyn Gautier – State Winner – Individual Open Category
‘The Munchkin Story’ – Congratulations Evelyn on an outstanding investigation. You used mathematics in an extremely powerful manner to determine that your Munchkin Kitten, Loki, was the best choice. The judges particularly loved your use of probability to guide you in the selection process. You made your mathematical thinking crystal clear and your reflections were relevant and extremely comprehensive. You have created a beautifully presented and amazingly clear 86-page folder of which you should be enormously proud. Best of all, your amazing investigation process enabled you to welcome Loki into your family! Evelyn’s reflection: “Before this challenge I was convinced that Maths was just another subject at school, but after the PMC, I realised that maths is essential and it is truly everywhere”.

Lois Burton-Howard – State Winner – Individual Maths and Literacy Award
‘Number Girl’s Icecream Mystery’ – Congratulations Lois! After your first book in the Number Girl Series last year, we were so excited to receive the second instalment this year! We loved that you have created a fabulous way to help girls see themselves as mathematicians and show that Maths is just everywhere! Through creating and writing your story you were able to learn about budgets, averages, distance and speed and apply this knowledge well. Amazing use of the power of technology too!
NOTE: This award is only awarded occasionally to outstanding entries that celebrate mathematics through literacy.

Caitlyn Sam-Ling – Highly Commended – Individual Set Task
‘Epic Flight Centenary’ – You have certainly learned so much about this journey of these adventurous pilots. The way you chose to present each panel with the display of the journey leg and details made it really easy to follow and explore. There is currently much public interest in this ‘Epic Flight Centenary’ and we thought lots of people would love to read your entry. Your entry provides much information about the distance travelled in the journey and your comparisons about what this trip would look like if we tried it today. Congratulations!

Edwina Cannon – Highly Commended – Family Entry Open Category
‘Tessellation and Pattern Discovery’ – Wow Edwina, that certainly looks like a fantastic book and you spotted lots of different tessellations. Your movie was a great way of sharing your mathematical thinking – we could see all of the things that you explored and thought about. Congratulations on taking us on a wonderful mathematical learning adventure!

Ishana Roy and Charlotte Di Giorgi in Year 1 also created wonderful mathematical investigations and a superb poster and model. Whilst they didn’t win a prize this year, they should both be enormously proud of their fabulous efforts and learning.

I’ve loved being part of the Primary Maths Challenge for the past 14 years and can’t wait to see what amazing investigations our girls become involved in next year!

Catherine Kelly
Junior School Learning Strategies

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Winning Words for Saints Girl

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Congratulations to Emma Pool who was the Year 8 winner of Debating SA’s Debater of the Year for 2019. Emma was presented with her medal by His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, Governor of South Australia.

“Debating has always been a part of my life, particularly since my sister joined the family! Whether it’s debating the existence of a word or putting forward arguments for my favourite movie, it seemed only natural that debating would catch my eye. I first started debating in Year 6 and quickly discovered that I loved being able to rebut an opposition’s case as well as form clever arguments with my teammates. As a third speaker, I do have the tendency to run overtime because I spend too long trying to pick apart any flaws in an opposition’s case, but this is something I’d like to work on.

This year I worked alongside an exceptional team – Zara Blight, Angel Li and Lilly Maerschel – who have supported me and worked with me to create the best speeches in order to challenge our opposition. I also had the best coaches in the school – Isabelle Norman and Ellie Anderson – who have helped and guided me along the way. I could not have won this award without any of these people, as it takes a great team to win anything worthwhile. I was very excited and grateful to receive the Year 8 Debater of the Year Award for 2019 and can’t wait for many more debates in the future!”

Emma Pool
Year 8 student

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Pawsitively Fun Lesson for SACE Stage 1 Biology

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The SACE Stage 1 Biology girls have learnt how to calculate the surface area to volume ratio of cells and animals. They put their new knowledge into action this week to calculate the surface area to volume ratio of two very special visitors – Baxter and Tilly! With the final results in, it is clear Baxter needs to reduce his volume!

Christopher Carey
Science Teacher

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OSHC Temporary Relocation

Parents of R-6 students are advised that the OSHC program, which is currently based in the Food Tech building, has been temporarily relocated to the transportable on the oval, effective Monday morning.

To access the transportable, please use the main staircase outside the Stott Wing (with the St Peter’s Girls’ sign), move through the corridor between the Stott Wing and the Middle School, and the transportable can be found to the right. Children will need to be dropped off and collected from the transportable.

Beck Kranz
OSHC Supervisor

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Year Level Representatives for 2020

We are now recruiting and looking forward to receiving nominations for Year Level Reps for 2020!

We’d like to thank our 2019 Year Level Reps for their amazing efforts and dedication to the role in our 125th year! There have been so many fantastic year level events that have taken place over the past year and these events wouldn’t happen without our valued volunteers.

In early 2020 Melissa and Fiona, from the Community Relations Department, will be holding a meeting in which Year Level Reps will be invited to attend along with the Presidents of our Community Groups at the School. This collaborative information session will set the scene for our 2020 events and give our Year Level Reps the opportunity to appropriately plan their year level events for 2020.

If you are interested in being a Year Level Rep in 2020 or you would like to nominate someone in your Year Level please contact us ASAP as we are already planning for next year.

Thank you in advance for your kind consideration.

Melissa Westgate
mwestgate@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au

Fiona McGregor
FMcGregor@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au

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Year 6 Buddies Explore the Golden Rule

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As a part of the Year 6 Leadership program, students have spent time working with Ms Haddy exploring the ‘Golden Rule’ and its ancient and universal history. This has led to the girls now teaching their younger peers about the rule during their buddy sessions with some Reception and Year 1 students. Through Ilene Cooper’s picture book, the girls have further explored the timeless rule of treating others the way you would like to be treated. They are learning that the rule is golden, as it is such a simple and valuable rule to live by. Although it may not always be easy, the Golden Rule is something everyone can do; young or old, everyone can act to make the world a better place.

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Guitar Ensemble Rocks the ELC!

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Last week Saints’ Guitar Ensemble performed for the children and staff of Learning Community 1 in the ELC. The children were delightful! They sat quietly through the whole performance and many were mesmerised by the guitars. A few of the children asked if they could strum the instruments, and our girls happily obliged. The guitar ensemble is made up of Daisy Kennett (Year 7), Mikaela Udall (Year 8), Chi Chi Zhao (Year 9) and Amelia Pudney (Year 10). We look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with the ELC, providing many more concerts to this very appreciative audience!

Robyn Habel
Music Teacher

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SciWorld Visits our Mid-Year Receptions

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On Wednesday 6 November, the Mid-Year Receptions were lucky to have Natalia from SciWorld run a senses workshop in our classroom. As a part of our inquiry unit ‘We experience and learn about the world through our senses’, the girls engaged in hands-on activities using their senses of sight, hearing, touch and smell. Activities included blindfolded activities to enhance our sense of touch with feeling bags, trying a range of glasses and googles which modified our sight, and matching different smells with their pictures. A highlight for the girls was the listening post where, blindfolded, they listened to a recording of someone giving them a ‘haircut’, which almost felt real without our sight to tell us otherwise. Thank you to SciWorld for an exciting opportunity to deepen our experience of our senses.

Sarah Lane
Mid-Year Reception Teacher

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Japanese Exchange

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It was the second time that I have been to Japan on an exchange and it was absolutely amazing. My host family was so nice and caring, and they took me to lots of fascinating places. My favourite one was the Tokyo Skytree, which was the highest tower that I had ever been to and it was fantastic to observe the entire city from the top. In order to improve my Japanese skills, I tried to speak as much Japanese as possible. I enjoyed chatting with my host family and we had many interesting conversations of the similarities and differences between the cultures of China, Australia and Japan. I was so glad to see my old friends at Senzoku Gakuen and I also made many new friends this time, they were such friendly girls who always took good care of me. I got the chance to experience a number of club activities such as tea ceremony, flower arrangement and Kendo (a traditional Japanese martial art which descended from swordsmanship and uses bamboo swords and protective armour). I was amazed by the beauty of traditional Japanese culture. All in all, it was such a valuable exchange and, compared to last year, I was more confident this time. If you are considering going on exchange to Japan next year, I strongly recommend it!

Hannah Shao
Year 11 student

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Year 1 Stay Back

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There was a countdown last Friday as 30 excited Year 1s, their teachers, Ms Haddy and Mrs Smith waited for the Stay Back to begin! At 3.15pm the girls quickly changed into casual clothes before meeting in 1ML to welcome two very special guests: two small joeys being hand-reared by the Richards family. The girls were besotted! Then we headed to Bell Yett Reserve for some fun on the playground whilst Ms Haddy got the surprise craft activity ready. The girls loved hearing Ms Haddy read The Paper Bag Princess then had so much fun making a puppet of one of the characters. Their wooden spoon puppets were very creative and lovingly constructed. When it was time to eat dinner, it was like a swarm of locusts had landed. In no time, nine massive pizzas were demolished! The girls enjoyed a little ice cream tub for dessert, followed by a quick play on the playground. Then, before we knew it, parents were arriving as it was 7pm. A fantastic time was had by all.

Liz Sandercock and Michelle Liddy
Year 1 Teachers

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Year 9s Get Creative for Animal Awareness

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Animal Week is a fun week that has occurred every year of Middle School within our Year 9 cohort. Animal Week is a week where every day, anyone who wants to participate, wears the assigned hairstyle which represents an animal. We started off the week on Monday with Ponytails for Ponies, then on Tuesday it was Pigtails for Pigs, followed by Plaits for Platypuses, Buns for Bunnies and finished off with Fishtails for Fish. Animal Week really is a fun week and it’s nice to see so many people joining in. I have big plans for this event and I hope in the future we could, as a year level or even as a school, use this event to raise money for animals in need.

Amelie Gray-Combe
Year 9 student

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School Shop Reminder – Year 3 Parents

Parents/Guardians of Current Year 3 Students

As your daughter will be in Year 4 next year, there are a few different uniform items you will need to purchase before Term 1, 2020.

The junior blazer (cardigan) is replaced by a navy blue jumper and a blazer. The rash vest and solar pant is replaced by the School bathers.

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

School Shop

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Barefoot Bowling

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Join us for an afternoon of barefoot bowling! This is a fundraising event hosted by the Friends of Rowing and all School community members are welcome to attend.

Date: Sunday 1 December 2019
Time: 3pm onwards
Venue: Sturt Bowling Club

Corner of Trimmer Tce and Edmund Ave, Unley
Tickets $25 via www.trybooking.com/BGOGO

Includes entry, bowling fees, BBQ and nibbles. Drinks available for purchase at the bar.

Bookings close 9am Friday 29 November.

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National Recycling Week

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National Recycling Week is coming up between 11 – 17 November. To promote this, we will be encouraging our School community to take advantage of our e-waste recycling. If you have any e-waste items please drop them off into our two purple TechCollect bins. These bins are located near the entrance/exit to the School (in front of the Property Services sheds). They will be out for the duration of National Recycling Week. They will come out again on the first Friday of the new month.

The Environment Club

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The Athletes Foot – School Rewards Program

The Parents’ and Friends’ Association are excited to be collaborating with the amazing team at The Athletes Foot Burnside by joining their School Rewards Program.

The School Rewards Program is a great fundraising opportunity, with $5 from every pair of shoes purchased being donated back to our school. This applies for each pair of shoes purchased for the whole family, across the complete in-store range of adults and/or kids sports, school, work and casual shoes.

So head on down to The Athletes Foot Burnside and check out their exclusive MyFit 3D fitting technology and the school approved range of shoes.

Please check with your school’s uniform policy to ensure shoes are approved before purchasing.

The Athletes Foot – School Rewards Program Information

Bronwyn Bartter
President
Parents’ and Friends’ Association

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Charging for Charity – Cambodia Service Learning Trip

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To support fundraising for the Cambodia Service Learning Trip, the fundraising team is selling portable chargers for just $40 via www.trybooking.com/BEYTR.

We are all very excited to take part in this trip, making life-long memories and seeing the impact of our fundraising in a community where we can improve the quality of life.

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Sports News

AUSSIE RULES

Year 5-6 Blue – Saints defeated by St Ignatius
The girls again showed great determination with their skills constantly improving. A couple of girls had injuries, resulting in us playing short of players, making the task more difficult against a structured team. Our defensive pressure was good with Emily Bates and Savannah Walls. Coco Dimond and Nellie Ion continue to improve and Lucy Tulloch and Lucy Kitching both had great games up forward. – Millie Gentle (Coach)

Year 5-6 White – Saints 1.0-6 defeated by Wilderness 6.6-36
The match started very tight with the ball going up and down the field with no scores as of yet. Wilderness got a few quick scores at the end of the first quarter to put them in the lead, however, Levanya kicked a goal at the end of the quarter to even up the scores. At quarter time, I gave the team a goal to stick their tackles and put defensive pressure on Wilderness. Throughout the second quarter we saw some great tackles from all girls out on the field and some that stopped certain goals. Our defensive pressure was the best that it had been all season, with all girls tackling, smothering the ball and doing 1-on-1 defence. In the forward lines, Kate Thomas, Pollyanna Townsend and Valerie Ng all had opportunities to kick goals, however, the Wilderness defence proved to be too strong. – Lane Trenorden (Coach)

BASKETBALL

Middle A – Saints 12 defeated by Wilderness 52
It was our last game for the term and the girls played hard against a very good and tall team. Transition was good but we just could not finish off the good shots we did take. A special mention to Sophie Norman who was outstanding at the defensive end and would have had at least 15 blocks. With most of the team moving up to Open next year, I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their efforts this year. It was greatly appreciated. – Brenton Davies (Coach)

Middle B – Saints 8 defeated by Wilderness 52
A tough game against an extremely tall team. Our effort levels were good but we struggled to shoot over them, and they scored easily at the end due to their height. Once again Helen played a great game and her ball handling was outstanding. I would like to thank the girls for their efforts this year. – Brenton Davies (Coach)

Middle C1 – Saints 16 defeated by Concordia Gold 24
Saints were missing quite a few players, but those who played, played their hearts out, showing even more improvement in all areas of the game! Emily McCorley top scored this week with 10 points, followed by Bella Sanders-Wills with 4. Saffron Chen also scored her first bucket! We played some really good basketball and kept the score close for most of the game. – Sharnee Jones (Coach)

Middle C2 – Saints 12 defeated by Concordia Blue 44
There was an exciting start to the game with Rosanna Stone sinking the first basket and taking Concordia by surprise. Monica Isaac also got more involved in offense this week by getting her first ever basket. The Sanders-Wills sisters (Bella and Hope) were our two leading goal scorers, but could not have done it without the consistent support from teammates working hard to create these scoring opportunities. Concordia is a strong team to face but the girls’ energy and enthusiasm to strive for their best is inspiring, and resulted in a lot of fun had by all despite what the scoreboard says. Very proud of them all! – Louise Neale (Coach)

TENNIS

The Open A girls played another tough match against Seymour College, losing 5-1 in very windy conditions. I want to congratulate each girl for their exemplary sportsmanship, both on and off the court. All players improved on their scores from the last match against Seymour, showing lots of promise for 2020.

The Open B players played an extremely close match against Scotch College, only narrowly being defeated on games. All girls played well and demonstrated amazing team spirit. Everyone played well, tried hard and had fun at the same time. Well done!

I am so proud of all the girls, with the As finishing fourth overall and the Bs finishing eighth overall. Good luck to all players on Saturday and I am looking forward to seeing everyone back in the Tennis Program in 2020! – Annabel Baldwinson (Captain)

Premier League – Saints 1-16 defeated by Seymour 5-30
Singles: Ruby Deakin 2-6, Annabel Baldwinson 2-6, Maiya Jakupec 6-0 (forfeit), Emily Loh 1-6

Premier Reserves – Saints 3-24 defeated by Scotch 29
Singles: Charlotte Staples 6-5, Imogen Nienaber 2-6, Georgia Mallick 1-6, Tahlia Louca 6-3

Junior Division 1 – Saints 4-25 defeated Seymour 2-20
Singles: Sophie Blight 2-4, Nicole Wang 4-0, Alison Francis 3-4, Chloe Richardson 4-3

Junior Division 2 – Saints 5-24 defeated Pulteney 1-11
Singles: Alexandra Nguyen 4-2, Jerrie Wu 4-0, Shirley Liu 4-0, Charlotte Thorpe 0-4

Junior Division 3 – Saints 4-20 defeated Seymour Blue 2-14
Singles: Lily Forby 4-1, Abbie An 4-1, Freya Hermann 0-4

TOUCH FOOTBALL

Open A – Saints 5 defeated Pembroke 4
What an outstanding win! Saints Girls defeated Pembroke, one of the top three teams in the ‘A’ Division. The team played with absolute enthusiasm and determination, with every girl playing their part. At the beginning of the second half, we were 4-2 down. Yet with strong communication and lifted spirits, the girls were able to perform as a united team, winning by one. Goal scorers were Ehi Oyugbo, Eve Habel, Olivia Goldsmith and Hannah Freeman. This game has proven Saints Girls are a force to be reckoned with. – Hannah Freeman (Captain)

Open B – Saints 4 drew with Wilderness 4
The Bs played a great game on Saturday against Wilderness, and were very strong in defence. It was clear the skills we have been working on in trainings were used during the game, which was really good to see. We were able to see areas we can improve on in future games, but also got to see the areas where we have improved on from our previous game. – Amelie Eaton

Open C – Saints 3 defeated by Gleeson 4
Gleeson were strong competition. We had a good show of sportsmanship, with some of our players playing for the opposing team due to them being short of players who were stuck in traffic. In the first half we presented a strong attack, with Kellie Bested scoring a try and Olivia Kelly scoring two. In the second half, however, our defence weakened which created gaps and opportunities for the opposition to gain momentum. This led to tries being scored as gaps opened up. Looking forward to future games, we need to work on consistently hitting the ball at pace and depth to create momentum and space. Defensively we will focus on running to them to shut down their attackers. – Becca Burton-Howard (Coach)

Middle A – Saints 1 drew with Pembroke 1
Last Saturday the Saints Middle A team played Pembroke in a particularly wet match. All girls played well with the wet conditions, and Lady Murphy made the first try for Saints early in the first half. The girls went on to maintain a strong defence against Pembroke only let them score one try. After half time the rain bucketed down, yet the girls held strong. Not too far into the second half the match was called off due to the rain. Outstanding effort by all girls. Final scored ended in a tie with one each way. – Isobel Yelland and Madison Liddy

Middle B – Saints 3 drew with St Ignatius 3
During Saturday’s game we played St Ignatius and tied 3-3. Our tries were scored by Amy Dillon, who scored 1, and Jasmine Segredos, who scored 2. Our tries were scored by a quick run down the wing. During the match we put everything from training into the game including quickies and switches which we have definitely improved on. Our rucking was also really good and Charlie Piper did some particularly good rucking which helped us move up the field. Our communication during the game was fantastic especially Scarlett Dillon who was instructing the team well and incredibly loudly. This week, our defence was perfect, and in the first half the other team didn’t score any tries. The girls all played really well and we will continue working on our skills during this weeks training. – Scarlett Dillon

VOLLEYBALL

Year 5-6 Blue – Saints 2 defeated Seymour Pink 1
Saints played in a close game but managed to come out victorious, winning 2 of the 3 sets. All the girls did such a great job, their serving winning us the game. – Ava Loechel (Coach)

Year 5-6 Silver – Saints 3 defeated Seymour White 0
The team played really well and are already showing great improvement. Annabel Keough played really well and Ellie Tosolini’s serving improved a lot from last week. – Georgina Keough and Anna White

Year 5-6 Black – Saints 0 defeated by Seymour Green 3
St Peter’s Girls’ Black hurriedly came together to make a fourth team and although they went down (16-25, 14-25 and 13-25), they all played to the best of their abilities. Bettina served particularly well and Abiola called clearly. Keira successfully returned a couple of tricky serves and Ruby’s movement towards the ball greatly improved. – Kim Butler-Nixon (Staff Supervisor)

WATER POLO

Open A – Saints 13 defeated Wilderness 7
The A’s had a triumphant win against Wilderness with a margin of 6 goals. The girls managed to control their many attacks to maintain a constant winning streak throughout each quarter. Best player went to Nicolette Miller and Lara Wakeham. Nicolette had many successful shots on goals and was a constant force to be reckoned with in attack. Lara was constantly available in attack, and showed her ability to outswim anyone many times, allowing her to have multiple shots at goal. Keep it up girls! – Fiona Lethbridge (Captain)

Open B – Saints 11 defeated Mercedes 6
The girls played a strong game against Mercedes, winning by 5 goals. The B’s dominated in both attack and defence, and maintained a strong lead throughout the game, with Mercedes scoring only two goals each for the last three quarters. Best players were Sophie Dansie and Georgina Wakeham. Sophie always made herself available for her team in attack and provided support in every opportunity she got. Georgina was a key player in attack, leading her to have multiple goals. Overall a good effort girls! – Fiona Lethbridge (Captain)

Open C – Saints 5 defeated by Wilderness 8
The girls had an amazing game, winning the first two quarters; 1–0 and 3–2. While the girls unfortunately lost the game, they played a brilliant game and showed their skills. Best players were Ashlyn May and Lila Gosse. Ashlyn was constantly determined and showed resilience throughout her time in both goals and on field, where she became a key person in offence. Lila played a persistent game where she supported her team by always being there in both offence and defence. Keep up the amazing work girls! – Fiona Lethbridge (Captain)

Year 7-8 – Saints 0 defeated by Pembroke 19
Last Thursday the Year 7/8 girls played a very challenging game against Pembroke. Despite the loss, they never gave up. After each break, the girls listened to my advice and tried their hardest to improve. Each quarter the girls improved, meaning they were able to keep Pembroke to only 2 goals in the last quarter and were able to get many shots themselves. I am very proud of the girls efforts and look forward to this week. – Gemma Rowe (Coach)

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eNews – Week 3, Term 4 2019

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From the Director of Teaching and Learning

N Scoggins - webExams can be a stressful time for students and parents, but this does not have to be the case. Here are some last-minute tips that may come in handy over the next few weeks:

• Students should plan to get to their exams early; this minimises the risk of rushing and accounts for any unforeseen delays or last-minute crises

• The brain needs some time to wake up in the morning, so having a shower and some breakfast is a good routine for students on exam mornings

• Before the exam, it is a good idea for the students to do a final check of the exam format – time, sections, whether there is a choice of questions etc. This can be done at the start of the exam itself, but there shouldn’t be any shocks or confusion at this point; the students should already be fully aware of what they are required to do

• Students should double-check that they have all of the equipment they need for the day, especially ‘one-off’ things like their Mathematics ‘note sheets’

• Getting a good night’s sleep before an exam is critical, so a normal bedtime is better than late-night cramming

• Some nervousness before an exam is normal, and there is evidence that a ‘healthy’ amount of nerves and the adrenalin produced by them can help the brain cope with the effort required in exams. Too much anxiety is counter-productive, and can be managed by taking some deep breaths and by ‘training the brain’ to use some perspective and to focus on more positive thoughts

• Students need to keep hydrated in exams, so check that your daughter has a full water bottle and remembers to drink from it!

• It is common at the start of an exam for students to feel as though they have forgotten everything. This is not the case! If they have revised effectively then it will all come back to them during the exam. Remind them of this

• Students often feel that they need to race straight into answering questions in their exams. Instead, they should take a few deep breaths, try to relax, read through the instructions and questions carefully, and then begin in a more calm, controlled and strategic manner

• Checking through answers at the end of an exam is time well spent, and evidence suggests that it can make a significant difference to the overall score/grade

• Your child is likely to get at least a little stressed at some point during their exams. Don’t rise to the bait when limits are pushed – untidy bedrooms and other issues can be revisited when the exams are over

• If you know of any strategies that help your daughters to stay calm, remind them before their exams. Tell them often that you love them, and wish them luck!

Nigel Scoggins
Director of Teaching and Learning

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World-Class Rower Returns to Saints Girls

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Saints Girls recently welcomed back Old Scholar Olympia Aldersey (Kennion 2011) to the School for a visit. Olympia won a Gold medal in the Women’s Four event at the 2019 World Rowing Championships in Austria, and is currently working towards her goal of competing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Rowers Molly Bond (Year 10) and Hannah Keough (Year 11) interviewed Olympia, who shared some valuable advice for our rowers and spoke about how she began rowing, how to overcome challenges while working towards a goal, and how it felt to win gold. Take a look at the interview highlights in this video:

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Open B Basketball’s Winning Season

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Congratulations to our Open B Basketball team for claiming the IGSSA B Grade pennant with a well-earned victory over Immanuel College.

“The girls had an amazing season with new coach Sarah Turnbull, winning most of our games easily, and faced only a few tough matches. After many seasons of only winning one or two games the new team worked well together and ultimately came away with the pennant after a tough and well-played game. Sarah Turnbull provided a great atmosphere in her first season as our coach, and worked with the players at training to develop skills and plays that allowed us to work together more and become more successful. The girls have grown immensely from their first game together and I couldn’t be more proud. The team was almost completely full of girls that were new to the team and some who were new to basketball. The girls all worked well together and the scoring was distributed across the whole team. Hopefully the team will continue their success with a very young team which included two Middle School players.”

Sarah Matheson (Year 12) and Emma Matheson (Year 11)

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Staff Dance 2019

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It’s one of the biggest highlights of the Celebration Day Assembly, and yet again, the audience enjoyed the dancing skills of our wonderful staff in their parting gift to our Year 12 students.

Many of our staff sweated through lunchtime and after school rehearsals in an attempt to replicate the slick moves from the Year 12 Choral Night dances.

If you didn’t catch the show live, then you’re in luck, as we’ve compiled a short snapshot of the dance in all its glory:

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Year 3 Coastal Camp Adventures

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Sand, sun, penguins, tribal teams, cuddling koalas and ‘Survivor’ challenges – these are just some of the highlights from Year 3 camp to Adare, Victor Harbor in Week 2!

We were lucky to have gorgeous warm weather and spent our days competing in water obstacles, beach activities and ‘Survivor’ challenges to earn tribal points and build our communication and teamwork skills.

Congratulations to The Crumpets (Selwyn) for their overall win! On our visit to Granite Island we were fortunate to see penguins, hear their squawks and see two fluffy chicks. Before heading home, battling the change in weather and crazy wind, we visited Urimbirra Wildlife Park where we patted koalas and fed lots of hungry kangaroos and wallabies.

Lizzy Mitchell and Mark Routley
Year 3 Teachers

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Farm Fun for Year 2 Campers

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Thursday morning was filled with the sound of excited Year 2 campers as they raced to school eager for their Narnu Farm experience as part of the ‘where we are in place and time’ unit of inquiry. This camp is the first of many amazing camp and outdoor opportunities at Saints Girls which allow our girls to develop independence, deepen friendships and engage in authentic learning experiences outside the classroom.

After waving parents goodbye, the Year 2 girls boarded the bus, ready for the adventure to begin. The first stop was Strathalbyn Playground and then onto Narnu Farm! Within minutes the girls were unpacked and they were ‘sun-safe’ ready for hand-ploughing, feeding the farm animals, and horse-riding! The girls were almost as entranced as Kit Kat (the resident cat), was with the eggs-periments and chicken hatchery. The fresh air made everyone very hungry and very sleepy. The girls were so excited to snuggle down inside their sleeping bags after their big day. The following morning was filled with the promise of a vintage truck ride on Elsie, a wilderness survival course and making butter!

This incredible camp has left our girls with many amazing memories and a treasure trove of new experiences and skills to feel incredibly proud of.

Kathryn Clark and Rebecca Greenhalgh
Year 2 Teachers

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Saints Girls in the Mix!

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In Year 11 Music this term the girls are studying music technology and composition. The class has been exploring recording and production techniques using GarageBand audio software.

The girls have composed their own songs, or instrumental pieces, and recorded their compositions using MIDI instruments, loops and USB microphone techniques. Once their parts are recorded the girls will learn to mix and produce the tracks using a variety of effects and production techniques. The final result will be a fully produced song…..Spotify here we come!

Robyn Habel
Music Teacher

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Visit Our New Science Centre

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With our new Science Centre now open for business, we welcome community members to join us for a tour of this transformational facility.

Featuring three purpose-built laboratories for Biology, Chemistry and Physics, four general labs, an expanded Visual Arts space and a new Junior School Art hub, the Science Centre will take teaching and learning to new heights.

Tour Dates
Monday 4 November 4 – 4.30pm
Tuesday 5 November 7.45 – 8.15am

If you would like to attend, please meet by the Junior School playground behind the Science Centre.

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Barefoot Bowling

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Join us for an afternoon of barefoot bowling! This is a fundraising event hosted by the Friends of Rowing and all School community members are welcome to attend.

Date: Sunday 1 December 2019
Time: 3pm onwards
Venue: Sturt Bowling Club

Corner of Trimmer Tce and Edmund Ave, Unley
Tickets $25 via www.trybooking.com/BGOGO

Includes entry, bowling fees, BBQ and nibbles. Drinks available for purchase at the bar.

Bookings close 9am Friday 29 November.

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National Recycling Week

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National Recycling Week is coming up between 11 – 17 November. To promote this, we will be encouraging our School community to take advantage of our e-waste recycling. If you have any e-waste items please drop them off into our two purple TechCollect bins. These bins are located near the entrance/exit to the School (in front of the Property Services sheds). They will be out for the duration of National Recycling Week. They will come out again on the first Friday of the new month.

The Environment Club

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The Athletes Foot – School Rewards Program

The Parents’ and Friends’ Association are excited to be collaborating with the amazing team at The Athletes Foot Burnside by joining their School Rewards Program.

The School Rewards Program is a great fundraising opportunity, with $5 from every pair of shoes purchased being donated back to our school. This applies for each pair of shoes purchased for the whole family, across the complete in-store range of adults and/or kids sports, school, work and casual shoes.

So head on down to The Athletes Foot Burnside and check out their exclusive MyFit 3D fitting technology and the school approved range of shoes.

Please check with your school’s uniform policy to ensure shoes are approved before purchasing.

The Athletes Foot – School Rewards Program Information

Bronwyn Bartter
President
Parents’ and Friends’ Association

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Charging for Charity – Cambodia Service Learning Trip

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To support fundraising for the Cambodia Service Learning Trip, the fundraising team is selling portable chargers for just $40 via www.trybooking.com/BEYTR.

We are all very excited to take part in this trip, making life-long memories and seeing the impact of our fundraising in a community where we can improve the quality of life.

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Community Golf Day

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Don’t miss out on our upcoming Community Golf Day on Thursday 14 November. Individual players or teams of 4 are welcome.

It’s shaping up to be a fantastic day!

Register now: www.trybooking.com/ZZHE

If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Westgate via 0407 394 183 or email mwestgate@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au

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Sports News

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ATHLETICS

Congratulations to the following girls who competed in the South Australian All-Schools Championships:

Holly Cardone (Year 11) – Under 18 High Jump (Silver), Long Jump (6th), 100m (8th)
Keely Fahey (Year 11) – Under 18 100m Hurdles (Bronze), High Jump (5th), Pole Vault (Gold)
Olivia Kelly (Year 11) – Under 16 100m (14th), 200m (12th), High Jump (Bronze), Shot Put (8th)
Sophie Barr (Year 11) – Under 18 Discus (Gold), Hammer (Bronze), Shot Put (Bronze)
Lady Murphy (Year 8) – Under 14 80m Hurdles (4th)

GYMNASTICS

GymnasticsCongratulations to Year 3 student Maisy Ion who came third overall in the State gymnastics competition for Under 9. She received a Bronze for beam, floor and vault and placed third overall.

AUSSIE RULES

Year 5-6 White – Saints 0.6-6 defeated by Loreto 8.5-53
The Year 5/6 White football team played against Loreto in another hot Wednesday night at Park 17. Due to Loreto only having 10 girls, we played 9-a-side for the match which was excellent considering the hot temperatures. The girls got off to a slow start with Loreto kicking multiple goals early in the game, however, Saints picked it up in the last half where the ball stayed in our forward half for the majority of the game. Although no goals were scored for Saints, Olivia Ng and Januri Wagaarachchi both had great marks, to then have set shots for goals which only just missed. In defence, we had some great pressure from Lyra Cox, Levanya De Silva and Sophia Holoviak who made some awesome tackles to stop certain goals. Well done to all the girls in what was a tough match! – Lane Trenorden (Coach)

BASKETBALL

Open A – Saints 31 defeated Immanuel 26
The girls had an amazing last game taking out the IGSSA B Grade basketball pennant. Ashlyn May had an amazing offensive game scoring 13 of our 31 points and Emma Matheson played amazing defence. Sivanthi fitted well into the team and Paris, Millie, Indya and Bella all played extremely well, each scoring when they had the opportunity. The girls played well in attack and played strong hard defence. Overall a good game and a good way to end the season. – Sarah Matheson (Captain)

Middle A – Saints had a bye

Middle B – Saints had a bye

Middle C1 – Saints 33 defeated Pembroke 21
The girls played an amazing game this week to defeat Pembroke! They are beginning to bond well as a team and this is evident as they use each other’s strengths on the court. The scores were very close during the first half. We were behind at half time but the girls fought hard and created a very exciting second half to take the game. Lilli Bennett was the top scorer again this week with a total of 16 points, followed by Emily McCorley with 10 points, Bella Sanders-Wills with 6 points and Alyssa Trinh sinking her first basket as well. Fantastic effort by all! – Louise Neale (coach)

Middle C2 – Saints 2 defeated by Pembroke 33
The girls showed substantial improvements from last week and are all starting to get really involved in the game. Monica Isaac is finding great space in offense and Tiffany Wang and Yitong Chen have improved their defensive pressure significantly. Despite our best efforts we were beaten by a more experienced team, but the girls’ spirits remain high as they are eager to continue improving each week. – Louise Neale (Coach)

TENNIS

Year 8/9 Knockout
Saints’ team played in the second round of the knockout competition and faced a very difficult first opponent in Adelaide High School unfortunately going down 5-1. The team of Ruby Deakin, Maiya Jakupec, Imogen Nienaber and Charlotte Staples then rebounded with a strong performance to defeat Gleeson College 6-0. Unfortunately Adelaide High School also defeated Gleeson to proceed to the State Finals.

The Open A and B teams played a tough match against Pembroke, with the Open A girls losing 6-0 and the Open B girls losing 4-2. All girls tried extremely hard but faced formidable opponents. The overall scores do not reflect the hard-fought points and the determination of all the girls. All players gave Monday night their best efforts and never gave up. I look forward to next Monday’s match where the girls will play finals, with the Open As playing for third place and the Open B girls playing for seventh place. – Annabel Baldwinson (Captain)

Premier League – Saints 0-7 defeated by Pembroke 6-36
Singles: Ruby Deakin 2-6, Annabel Baldwinson 0-6, Maiya Jakupec 1-6, Emily Loh 2-6

Premier Reserves – Saints 2-17 defeated by Seymour 4-24
Singles: Imogen Nienaber 0-6, Charlotte Staples 2-6, Georgia Mallick 2-6

Division 1 – Saints 5-33 defeated Scotch 1-11
Singles: Ella Dnistriansky 3-6, Grace Beaumont 2-6, Adele Eaton 6-0 (forfeit), Bridgette Leach 6-0 (forfeit)

Division 2 – Saints 3-23 defeated Scotch 3-22
Singles: Ariel Spartalis 1-6, Sophie Abbott 0-6, Eva Young 6-2, Astrid Teague 6-2

Division 3 Blue – Saints 5-32 defeated Scotch 1-16
Singles: Lilly Alexander 2-6, Stella Clark 6-2, Victoria Thorp 6-0, Helen Zhang 6-2

Division 3 White – Saints did not play

Division 4 – Saints 2-25 defeated by Saints 4-30
Singles: Gloria Zou 6-1, Nathara Perera 3-6, Tara Nedumaran 6-5, Lydia Tolley 3-6

Junior Division 1 – cancelled due to rain

Junior Division 2 – cancelled due to rain

Junior Division 3 – cancelled due to rain

TOUCH FOOTBALL

Open A – Saints 0 defeated by Marryatville 5
Marryatville is a well-respected team and is considered one of the top teams in the school competition. However, Saints Girls were persistent and performed strongly in defence creating many turnovers. In the first half, the girls defended the ball enthusiastically with Marryatville only scoring two tries. The girls put in play strategies and set plays that were learnt during training. All the girls tried their hardest and kept their heads up with support from one another. I was really impressed with the game and the cohesion of the team. – Hannah Freeman (Captain)

Open B – Saints 3 defeated St Ignatius 0
In an impressive game against St Ignatius, the girls were able to come away with a confident win. All players worked together and created a strong rucking front that allowed us to quickly move the ball down to our tri-line. It was great to see the set plays that we have been working on in training allow Poppie Goldsmith to score 2 tries and Maggie Bailey to score 1. Overall the game was a great success and the development of skills such as defence will be focused on in upcoming trainings. – Maggie Bailey

Open C – Saints 4 defeated Wilderness 1
This week the Open Cs played a really good game. The team won with Aroha Munroe, Adele Russell, Kellie Bested and Lucy Benn scoring. The team’s strengths were defence, not allowing the other team to gain much ground and making sure that everyone was back on side. There was also some great rucking which allowed us to gain a lot of ground quickly. Overall, the team played a really strong game and it looks like it will be a good season. – Sophie Johnson

Middle A – Saints 6 defeated Marryatville 0
This week, the Middle As played an excellent game against Marryatville. The team improved from last week, with better speed in the attack and more communication and techniques in the defence. The scorers were Charlie Piper (1), Lauren Parton (2), Ellie Humphrey (1), Grace Richards (1) and Maddy Liddy (1), but a huge congratulations to the whole team for the improvement on last week. Great job team! – Maddy Liddy

Middle B – Saints 2 defeated St Michael’s 1
The Middle Bs played a great game against St Michael’s. For the first half our defence was really strong, and we stopped any attempt of tries that came out way. Going into the second half, Jasmine Segredos succeeded with a great run down the field to score a great tri. After they scored a Try on us, Apurva Ichalkaranje scored a great tri just getting through. The final score was 2-1. The girls played a great game in attack and defence. Next week we will be working on communication out on the field. – Mathilda Thomas

VOLLEYBALL

Open A – Saints 3 defeated Seymour 0 (26-14, 25-12, 15-8)
Seymour put up strong competition in set one and our girls had to be patient, play their own controlled game and trust in themselves and each other for the set to begin to go their way as it did in the final few points 26:24. Following set one, Open A played with more confidence, better tracking of the ball to make strong net defence and took the remaining sets convincingly 25:12, 15:8. MVP Ankita Rajbhoj. – Vicki Dent (Supervisor)

Open B – Saints 3 defeated Seymour 0
Seymour unfortunately had only 4 players, and had to play a forfeit game enlisting a few of their A-team players to provide our girls with a game that really tested their skills. Moving forward, the Open B team aims to work on pushing free balls deeper across the net away from opposition spiking returns. MVP was Tilly McCormack for good consistency in her passes and strong net play. Open B won by forfeit ….but points in the scratch match were 13:25, 25:22, 12:15. – Vicki Dent (Supervisor)

Open C – Saints 1 defeated by Seymour 2
The Open Cs has a strong start to the game with Sophie Norman’s strong serving winning us the first set confidently. Unfortunately, we dropped off in the second set, letting the opposition fight back. As a result, there was a lot of pressure going into the final set and sadly, despite a large effort from all the girls, we were not able to come away with the win. – Victoria Neale (Coach)

Middle A – Saints 3 defeated Seymour 0
The Middle As had another great win this week, maintaining their undefeated status for the year with only one game remaining. The girls remained composed throughout the whole game and continued to put the opposition under pressure. Sivanthi Sivasuthan had a great game, throwing her body at every ball in an effort to keep it off the ground. – Victoria Neale

Middle B – Saints 3 defeated Seymour 0
The girls started strong with acting captain Gracie Ganzis leading the girls in a Saints chant. The energy and enthusiasm stayed high throughout the three sets. Ruby Adams is to be commended on her fantastic serve, with Eliza Monaghan calling and moving to all the right spots. Great job all round. – Alana Glapa (Coach)

Middle C – Saints 3 defeated Seymour 0
The game still went ahead, despite Seymour not having enough players, with Lilli Bennett leading the team as Captain. All girls are to be commended on their skills on court with Kathy landing excellent serves while Drishti and Aveeshkha were not afraid to hit with a powerful dig! Job well done girls. – Alana Glapa (Coach)

WATER POLO

Open A – Saints 5 defeated Seymour 2
The girls had a tough game against Seymour, eventually securing the win by an advantage of 3 goals. The team worked hard to limit the attacks by the strong opposition players, maintaining a strong defence-based game. Best players were Saskia Jonats and Lara Wakeham. Saskia was an absolute powerhouse in goals, stopping almost every goal that came anywhere near her and managed to fend off a few lone attackers. Lara constantly gave 100% during the game and played a strong defence while also having many counter attacks. Overall, it was a really strong team effort! – Fiona Lethbridge (Captain)

Open B – Saints had a bye

Open C – Saints 0 defeated by Mercedes 15
The girls had a difficult game this week against Mercedes B Grade, but fought hard until the final whistle. The girls were extremely game-aware and worked hard together to stop many attacks on goals. The girls managed to get a penalty against Mercedes, and while unfortunately no goal was scored, it was amazing to see the team come together and support one another. Best player went to Ashlyn May who was amazing while in goals for the first half, where she stopped many attempts on goal. When coming onto field in the second half, Ashlyn showed her diverse skills and continued to work hard, and even managed to complete a spin that shocked all coaches due to the difficult nature of the skill which she accomplished with ease. Overall, it was an amazing effort by the whole team, and a great learning experience for the rest of the season! – Fiona Lethbridge (Captain)

Year 7-8 – Saints 11 defeated Loreto 10

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