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eNews – Week 5, Term 2 2020

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From Our Director of Early Learning

National Reconciliation Week – In This Together

This week, our School recognised and acknowledged the significance of Reconciliation Week. Our journey as Australian citizens to be in this together gives focus to building relationships and understandings as communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories and cultures.

KM ELC photoOne year ago, we erected three flag poles on the ELC grounds. Each day, we proudly fly our flags, demonstrating our commitment to embedding the values of walking side-by-side in our daily practice. The ELC children can tell you the significance of the flags and why we fly them.

Our journey to become a reconciled nation means we all have a part to play. Educating our youngest citizens is key and, in 2017, we actively began this journey with Kaurna elder Tamaru. He has taught us so much about our land, culture and language. As a regular member of our community, Tamaru has not only worked closely with the children but also the adults. It is essential that the adults understand and demonstrate respect in their practice and find authentic ways to deliver this learning to our children and families.

With a daily Acknowledgement to Country said in both traditional language and our own language, we understand that our land is shared land, a land that has many stories to teach us, and a land that we have shared responsibility for. Tamaru guides our learning using the mother land as the teacher. For us, this is Ferguson Conservation Park, our neighbouring conservation park. It is also in our gardens where we grow native plants that are sustainable and useful for both eating and medicinal purposes. Tamaru has taught us so much!

We are proud to use our everyday practices to show the extended community how embedded Kaurna culture is in our ELC life. Making a short video gives visibility to the wider community of the understandings Tamaru has instilled in the ELC. Our educators give great value to this work and we are extremely honoured to be leading the way in this area as one of the first ELCs in the State to embed Kaurna culture into daily rituals.

We continue to travel on this journey and recognise the responsibility we hold, not only as the educators in children’s lives, but also as citizens of our land.

Kate Mount
Director of Early Learning

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Team Triumphs at Ethics Olympiad

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Congratulations to a talented team of Saints Girls who this week claimed 1st place in an online Australasian Ethics Olympiad!

As a result, they’ve been invited to compete in the China Australia Ethics Olympiad next month.

“Recently, it seems as though all exciting events and activities have the words ‘cancelled’ or ‘postponed’ attached to them. But, here at Philosophy Club, we’re busy preparing for a range of competitions!

On Wednesday, a team of five girls from our School competed in the Australasian Ethics Olympiad – online. In a surprisingly seamless Zoom meeting, we discussed an array of ethical issues with students and judges from around the world. For all of us, and particularly for the girls currently studying Philosophy, this was an amazing experience that enabled us to gain new insights into others’ beliefs and values. It also provided a great platform for us to share our own opinions with others.

We were thrilled to learn we were the highest point scorers and are now looking forward to competing in the China Australia Ethics Olympiad in late June.”

Srishti Sharma
Year 12 student

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Reconciliation Through Dance

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Over the past fortnight, the Year 10 Dancers have been marking Reconciliation Week through dance with a guest artist, Kaine, who has been a dancer for five years with Bangarra Dance Theatre.

As the dancers embark on a project with the Year 10 Drama students exploring stories of the Stolen Generation through The Arts, Kaine not only shared his knowledge of indigenous dance but also his personal story: “My mother was taken when she was two years old. She had no knowledge of her culture or language. It’s because of this that I found dance, exploring my cultural identity through movement.”

I look forward to sharing snippets of the end product with our School community in the coming weeks, raising awareness of the impact of this time in Australia’s history.

Kate Burnett
Head of The Arts

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New Design for Year 8 Arts

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This year, The Arts Faculty has changed how The Arts electives are taught in Year 8. Each Arts elective is now taught in a seven-week intensive course, exploring the creative practices of four disciplines: Dance, Music, Drama and Visual Arts. The Arts curriculum offers a balance of practical and theoretical learning and opportunities for independent and group work. Students participate in practical courses that explore the innovative and artistic elements of each discipline. After they’ve rotated through all disciplines, they will use the remaining time to plan, create and present a production that harnesses the skills explored.

This approach has been influenced by Project-Based Learning (PBL). PBL is a student-centred educational approach that encourages individuals to demonstrate their understanding and skills by creating a product or presentation for a real audience. When approaching Arts in this manner, the aim is to increase the students’ engagement in a topic due to increased individual choice and creative input.

In Visual Arts, students explore the considerations for costume design and what can be communicated through clothing. The girls will demonstrate their ability to communicate certain traits of a character through the design. The works pictured were designed and created whilst the girls were working remotely. They are paper headpieces for a chosen character and utilise a range of paper sculpture techniques.

The headpieces pictured were created by (from L to R) Heidi Gong, Zoe Pool and Hope Sanders-Wills.

Kirsten Mansfield
Art and Design Teacher

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CLOTHES SHWOP: We Need Your Help!

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Did you know that Australians are the world’s second largest consumers of fashion? On average, we each consume 27kgs of new clothing and textiles every year. Most of this ends up in the bin after less than a year. Members of the School’s Environment Club would like to change this!

The Environment Club is focusing on sustainable fashion. This will culminate in our ‘Clothes Shwop’, in which students can donate old clothes for tokens, and cash-in these tokens to take new clothes in return! If you have old clothes you don’t want anymore and are happy to donate or exchange for other items, then please support this worthy cause. Any remaining items will be donated to a women’s charity.

Collections will take place outside of the Junior School Library at lunch every Tuesday and Thursday leading up to the actual ‘Clothes Shwop’ where you will be able to choose pieces from the donated clothing. The first ‘Clothes Shwop’ will be held on Thursday and Friday in Week 5 of Term 3 in the Drama Room.

Bring in your old clothes, help the environment and make your wardrobe that bit more exciting!

Sara Peak
Environment Club Captain

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Classic Saints Girls: Portrait Series Now on Instagram

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Photography plays an important role in capturing moments of school life here at Saints Girls, with wonderful imagery featuring across our social media pages, website, eNews, Saints Alive, Yearbook and more. Recently, the Year 9 students were invited to participate in a special black and white portrait series to be showcased on our Instagram page.

The girls were asked, ‘What brings them happiness at school’, and then a photo shoot was held to capture them in their element. They selected a wide variety of activities, from cello and dancing, to soccer, netball and science. The students were given a range of photos to choose from, and we have recently published the first seven images on our Instagram page.

Follow us at instagram.com/stpetersgirlsschool to view these special portraits.

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Saints Café Full of Beans Once More

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After a short break, Saints Café is back up and running this term. The café team, consisting of 25 dedicated Year 10 students, is working on a rotating roster to serve hot drinks from the Food Tech Deck every Tuesday and Thursday morning from 7.30 to 8.15am.

The café gives the girls a small taste of the hospitality industry and is a great opportunity for them to develop skills that they can carry into casual or part-time work while they finish school and post-school. Each shift, they are required to set up the café, manage the orders and finance and, most importantly, make coffees on our small, but reliable, one group coffee machine.

Please support the girls this term to get your morning coffee fix. We have a range of milk including dairy, soy, almond and lactose-free, and all coffees this term are discounted at only $2 for a small cup and $3 for large.

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Special Brass Class for Year 4 Music

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On Wednesday during Home Group, our Year 4 students were fortunate to enjoy a performance from our Brass Ensemble. This group is made up of students from Years 7 to 12 and is under the direction of our Brass Teacher, Warren Heading.

The girls performed two pieces for the Year 4s and gave advice on practice as well as some reflections on their own musical journeys. The Year 4s are half-way through the band program, studying a brass or woodwind instrument of their choice.

The Year 4s are looking forward to performing in the Years 2, 3, 4 Music Concert at the end of Term 3 on the afternoon of Thursday 17 September.

Sally Rounsevell
Director of Music

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St Peter’s Girls’ Piano Eisteddfod 2020

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In Week 8 of Term 2, the Arts Department will hold St Peter’s Girls’ Piano Eisteddfod. It is open to all Junior and Middle School students who play piano, and will be held on Tuesday 16 June from 8.45am in MB120.

Girls will have the opportunity to perform a piece to a panel of judges who will critique their performance based on accuracy, technique and musicality for their specific music level.

This year, we will not hold a recital but will instead invite 10 students of varying levels to perform in a virtual recital which will be shared online.

This is a great opportunity for girls to perform in a supportive environment and receive some valuable feedback.

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

Please notify the Arts Department if your daughter would like to be involved by Friday 5 June. She will then receive a time slot to perform in the Eisteddfod. Students will be notified by email if they have been chosen to have their piece recorded following the Eisteddfod.

So get busy practising, and we look forward to hearing all of our amazing piano players!

Sally Rounsevell
Director of Music

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Bus Tap Card Reminder

Please note that all School bus students must use their student ID cards to tap on and off each time they board and alight a School bus service to comply with our new tracking system.

Also, a reminder that all students from Years 3 to 12 can now use their student ID cards for point-of-sale transactions at the Tuck Shop and School Shop.

To register for the service and ensure funds are available on the cards, parents 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.

For information on transaction fees and other costs, click here.

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

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Road Safety Appeal

The School has recently received reports of poor driver behaviour including speeding, tailgating and vehicles parked across residential driveways in surrounding streets. Road safety and courtesy is everyone’s responsibility and is of the utmost importance in a school setting. We appeal to all of our families to take extra care in our car parks and on the roads for the safety of our students, parents, staff and the wider community.

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Apply Now – National Youth Science Forum 2021

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Are you in Year 11 and love STEM subjects? If so, you should consider applying for the National Youth Science Forum’s Year 12 Program! The @NYSFoz is a 10-day residential program full of visits to high-tech STEM facilities and hands on-workshops. You’ll get stuck into some serious science and meet industry mentors, all while hanging out with a community of 200 other like-minded science-loving students. Applications close on 14 June 2020. For more information and to apply, go to the NYSF website: www.nysf.edu.au

Saints Girls’ students Faye Ma and Ellen Zhang attended the forum earlier this year. Here are some words from their experience:

“An unforgettable time where you will meet lifelong friends, immerse yourself fully in the world of STEM and come out with a greater understanding of what you want to do in the future.” – Faye Ma

“NYSF has been life-changing for me. Not only have I been inspired by this experience, but I have taken away a wealth of new knowledge and amazing friendships.” – Ellen Zhang

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Do You Have a Connection to Woodlands Girls’ Grammar?

Year 11 Scholarship Information

The Elaine Balfour Ogilvy Scholarship is for girls who are planning to enter Year 12 next year, who attend an Anglican school and whose mother, grandmother or great grandmother attended Woodlands Girls’ Grammar School. It was created by the Woodlands Old Scholars in honour of an old scholar, one of the Australian Army nurses who died in the horror of war after the fall of Singapore.

Applicants need to post an introductory letter and four copies of their CV to:

The President
Woodlands Old Scholars’ Association
39 Partridge Street
GLENELG SA 5045

Applications close 24 July 2020

Interviews will be conducted in Term 3, giving the panel a chance to have an informal chat with the girls. We will be assessing attributes such as presentation and enthusiasm and will take this opportunity to see certificates and awards which substantiate the CV.

If you have any enquiries, please contact me via sorrell.lou@gmail.com

Louise Sorrell
St Peter’s Woodlands Old Scholars’ Association President

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Apple’s Cleaning Tips for iPads and Laptops

Apple products are made with a variety of materials, and each material might have specific cleaning requirements. To get started, here are some tips from Apple that apply to all products:

  • Use only a soft, lint-free cloth. Avoid abrasive cloths, towels, paper towels, or similar items.
  • Avoid excessive wiping, which might cause damage.
  • Unplug all external power sources, devices, and cables.
  • Keep liquids away from the product, unless otherwise noted for specific products.
  • Don’t get moisture into any openings.
  • Don’t use aerosol sprays, bleaches or abrasives.
  • Don’t spray cleaners directly onto the item.

Is it okay to use a disinfectant on my Apple product?
Using a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe or disinfecting wipes, you may gently wipe the hard, non-porous surfaces of your Apple product, such as the display, keyboard, or other exterior surfaces. Don’t use bleach. Avoid getting moisture in any opening, and don’t submerge your Apple product in any cleaning agents. Don’t use on fabric or leather surfaces.

Here’s the full article from Apple: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204172

Of course, please check your device instructions for specific requirements.

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eNews – Week 4, Term 2 2020

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From Our Deputy Principal / Head of Middle School

Importance of Co-Curricular Program Reflected at Pocket Points Assembly

One integral part of the holistic education that St Peter’s Girls provides is our rich and varied co-curricular program. We want our students to embody our core values of courage, creativity and compassion beyond the classroom. Co-curricular activities enable our girls to be creative, display courage in challenging circumstances and naturally develop compassion for others through working in a team environment.

Richard Lisle inside 220As we move through the South Australian roadmap for easing health restrictions, it’s been great to see students returning to more and more sports training sessions, with a view towards competitive fixtures later in the term. Whilst I know that some parents may have been enjoying the break from the pace that a full set of school and club sports might bring to weekends, it’s clear that the girls have really missed the social and competitive release that their chosen sport gives them.

The ‘Witness the Fitness’ resources continue to be widely used by the girls, and I know that our younger students have loved watching skills drills filmed for them by our senior girls. These are excellent resources that will be used well after we return to a full co-curricular program.

With our Music Department running a full suite of ensembles, with some modifications for social distancing, our thoughts now turn with great anticipation to imagining what level and scale of live performance might be viable in the months to come.

This week, we were able to formally celebrate the co-curricular achievements of many Middle and Senior School students at our first Pocket Points Assembly for the year. The Pocket Points system reinforces our School values, alongside other strengths including initiative, commitment and teamwork, by recognising students for their efforts and contributions in co-curricular activities. Each activity and the subsequent contribution from our girls results in points being awarded. At every 60 point milestone, girls are entitled to have a ribbon or special stitching added to their blazer pocket. Further details on how points can be received in over 50 co-curricular activities can be found in the Pocket Points policy.

This usual ‘marker’ is, I hope, the first of many familiar events and activities that usually punctuate our school year returning to the calendar. With girls eager to contribute to a full range of activities, sports, ensembles and clubs, we look forward to them being able to display their creativity, show compassion when things don’t quite go as planned, and make courageous decisions.

Richard Lisle
Deputy Principal / Head of Middle School

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A Message From Our SRC Prefect

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Since the beginning of the year, the letters ‘SRC’ have ceased to stand for the ‘Student Representative Council’. Rather, in 2020, SRC has stood for ‘Seriously Ready for Change’. Why? Because change is what the SRC committee strives to achieve. Our aim is to serve as the voice of the student body and enact change to make our School an even more enriching environment.

Each fortnightly meeting, the 22 Middle and Senior School representatives bring enthusiasm and willingness to discuss the ideas and suggestions put forth by their peers. The SRC has discussed various topics ranging from conducting lunchtime activities such as Pilates and yoga sessions, to the possibility of updating our uniform and even introducing sleep pods! To get a sense of the support the students have for a particular idea, the SRC representatives have distributed surveys and conducted votes within their classes, which has been extremely useful in determining which ideas are worth moving forward with. Each item discussed has been followed up with relevant staff and communicated back to students, ensuring they know that their questions have been answered. While some changes are being implemented in the short-term, others are being considered for the future.

The SRC has also taken an active approach in providing feedback to staff about our online learning experiences. Meeting with teachers such as Mr Scoggins and Mr Coulter, the SRC has ensured that there is clear communication between students and staff concerning our learning platforms and how students feel different online resources could improve our approach to learning.

The SRC’s current projects include introducing more practical seating arrangements around the School grounds such as tables, benches and bean bags which the students can use during recess and lunch, or even during an outdoor lesson. We are also in the process of creating a video to promote the School’s new Tap Card system.

I am extremely pleased with the engagement and enthusiasm demonstrated by each SRC rep at our meetings. They are passionate about making a difference and are committed to representing every girl. We look forward to revealing our exciting upcoming projects in the near future – one in particular I’m sure will increase School spirit!

Lucy White
SRC Prefect

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For Our Friends at Sherborne Girls

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Since 2014, our girls have had the chance to undertake a three-week exchange to Sherborne Girls in the beautiful county of Dorset in the UK. In recent years, that experience has also been offered to teaching staff.

Whilst some of our students were able to spend time at Sherborne in January, their exchange partners’ visit here has had to be postponed. With our friends and colleagues still in lockdown, we put together a few messages of support:

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Classic Saints Girls: Portrait Series

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Photography plays an important role in capturing moments of school life here at Saints Girls, with wonderful imagery featuring across our social media pages, website, eNews, Saints Alive, Yearbook and more. Recently, the Year 9 students were invited to participate in a special black and white portrait series to be showcased on our Instagram page.

The girls were asked, ‘What brings them happiness at school’, and then a photo shoot was held to capture them in their element. They selected a wide variety of activities, from cello and dancing, to soccer, netball and science. The students were given a range of photos to choose from, and we look forward to sharing their selected images across two Instagram posts in the next fortnight.

Follow us at instagram.com/stpetersgirlsschool and keep an eye out for these special portraits.

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Year 5s Discover World-Changing Scientists

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In Year 5 this week, we have been exploring famous scientists throughout history such as Archimedes, Albert Einstein and Aristotle. The girls noticed that there have also been many female scientists who have made a significant impact on our planet due to their scientific discoveries and extensive research, such as Katherine Johnson and Marie Curie. The girls worked collaboratively to create a poster which provides a snapshot into their chosen scientist’s valued contributions to science, as well as their background, character strengths and legacy. They had to consider the layout and include detailed information sourced through online research. To accompany this, they each delivered a short presentation, verbally articulating their newfound knowledge, sharing their findings and gaining an appreciation for all of the scientists who were studied.

Stephen Hawking, one of the scientists who featured in this study, has a number of inspiring quotes. This one in particular seemed appropriate given the current state of our world, and it certainly resonated with the girls:

“However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.”

Sarah Mulraney and Shelley Hampton
Year 5 Teachers

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Have You Heard the Word in Reception?

As part of our daily Linguistic Inquiry, the Reception girls thoroughly enjoy exploring the many different words that appear on the THRASS Chart. This week, we focused on the digraph /th/, and the girls noticed there were two phonemes that used the same grapheme: ‘thumb’ and ‘feather’.

We read the story Feathers for Phoebe by Rod Clement and responded to the text by creating our own Pete Cromer-inspired birds using oil pastels, food colouring liquid and watercolour paint.

Meg Karvonen and Alana Lesiw
Reception Teachers

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Radical Robots Invade Maths Class

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As part of Mathematics, the Year 6 students have demonstrated the proficiencies of problem-solving and reasoning while bringing to life Radical Robots!

They were tasked with designing and creating a 3D robot that children would love. The robots had to be no taller than 30 centimetres, incorporating at least five different prisms and pyramids constructed from their own designed nets.

The Year 6 Teachers

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St Peter’s Girls’ Piano Eisteddfod 2020

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In Week 8 of Term 2, the Arts Department will hold St Peter’s Girls’ Piano Eisteddfod. It is open to all Junior and Middle School students who play piano, and will be held on Tuesday 16 June from 8.45am in MB120.

Girls will have the opportunity to perform a piece to a panel of judges who will critique their performance based on accuracy, technique and musicality for their specific music level.

This year, we will not hold a recital but will instead invite 10 students of varying levels to perform in a virtual recital which will be shared online.

This is a great opportunity for girls to perform in a supportive environment and receive some valuable feedback.

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

Please notify the Arts Department if your daughter would like to be involved by Friday 5 June. She will then receive a time slot to perform in the Eisteddfod. Students will be notified by email if they have been chosen to have their piece recorded following the Eisteddfod.

So get busy practising, and we look forward to hearing all of our amazing piano players!

Sally Rounsevell
Director of Music

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Bus Tap Card Reminder

Please note that all School bus students must use their student ID cards to tap on and off each time they board and alight a School bus service to comply with our new tracking system.

Also, a reminder that all students from Years 3 to 12 can now use their student ID cards for point-of-sale transactions at the Tuck Shop and School Shop.

To register for the service and ensure funds are available on the cards, parents 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.

For information on transaction fees and other costs, click here.

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

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Apply Now – National Youth Science Forum 2021

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Are you in Year 11 and love STEM subjects? If so, you should consider applying for the National Youth Science Forum’s Year 12 Program! The @NYSFoz is a 10-day residential program full of visits to high-tech STEM facilities and hands on-workshops. You’ll get stuck into some serious science and meet industry mentors, all while hanging out with a community of 200 other like-minded science-loving students. Applications close on 14 June 2020. For more information and to apply, go to the NYSF website: www.nysf.edu.au

Saints Girls’ students Faye Ma and Ellen Zhang attended the forum earlier this year. Here are some words from their experience:

“An unforgettable time where you will meet lifelong friends, immerse yourself fully in the world of STEM and come out with a greater understanding of what you want to do in the future.” – Faye Ma

“NYSF has been a life-changing experience for me. Not only have I been inspired by this experience, but I have taken away a wealth of new knowledge and amazing friendships.” – Ellen Zhang

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CLOTHES SHWOP: We Need Your Help

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Did you know that Australians are the world’s second largest consumers of fashion? On average, we each consume 27kgs of new clothing and textiles every year. Most of this ends up in the bin after less than a year. Members of the School’s Environment Club would like to change this!

This term, the Environment Club is focusing on sustainable fashion. This will culminate in our ‘Clothes Shwop’, in which students can donate old clothes for tokens, and cash-in these tokens to take new clothes in return! If you have any old clothes you don’t want anymore and are happy to donate or exchange for other items, then please support this worthy cause. Any remaining items will be donated to a women’s charity.

Collections will take place outside of the Junior School Library at lunch every Tuesday and Thursday leading up to the actual ‘Clothes Shwop’ where you will be able to choose pieces from the donated clothing. The first ‘Clothes Shwop’ will be held on Thursday 4 and Friday 5 June in Week 6 in the Drama Room.

Bring in your old clothes, help the environment and make your wardrobe that bit more exciting!

Clothes Shwop Poster

Sara Peak
Environment Club Captain

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Do You Have a Connection to Woodlands Girls’ Grammar?

Year 11 Scholarship Information

The Elaine Balfour Ogilvy Scholarship is for girls who are planning to enter Year 12 next year, who attend an Anglican school and whose mother, grandmother or great grandmother attended Woodlands Girls’ Grammar School. It was created by the Woodlands Old Scholars in honour of an old scholar, one of the Australian Army nurses who died in the horror of war after the fall of Singapore.

Applicants need to post an introductory letter and four copies of their CV to:

The President
Woodlands Old Scholars’ Association
39 Partridge Street
GLENELG SA 5045

Applications close 24 July 2020

Interviews will be conducted in Term 3, giving the panel a chance to have an informal chat with the girls. We will be assessing attributes such as presentation and enthusiasm and will take this opportunity to see certificates and awards which substantiate the CV.

If you have any enquiries, please contact me via sorrell.lou@gmail.com

Louise Sorrell
St Peter’s Woodlands Old Scholars’ Association President

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Apple’s Cleaning Tips for iPads and Laptops

Apple products are made with a variety of materials, and each material might have specific cleaning requirements. To get started, here are some tips from Apple that apply to all products:

  • Use only a soft, lint-free cloth. Avoid abrasive cloths, towels, paper towels, or similar items.
  • Avoid excessive wiping, which might cause damage.
  • Unplug all external power sources, devices, and cables.
  • Keep liquids away from the product, unless otherwise noted for specific products.
  • Don’t get moisture into any openings.
  • Don’t use aerosol sprays, bleaches or abrasives.
  • Don’t spray cleaners directly onto the item.

Is it okay to use a disinfectant on my Apple product?
Using a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe or disinfecting wipes, you may gently wipe the hard, non-porous surfaces of your Apple product, such as the display, keyboard, or other exterior surfaces. Don’t use bleach. Avoid getting moisture in any opening, and don’t submerge your Apple product in any cleaning agents. Don’t use on fabric or leather surfaces.

Here’s the full article from Apple: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204172

Of course, please check your device instructions for specific requirements.

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eNews – Week 3, Term 2 2020

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From Our Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

It has been wonderful to have the girls return to school and their energy and enthusiasm has been a welcome relief for many staff. What has been apparent to us all, is that we are far more grateful for what we previously took for granted. Simply, being back in the classroom and back together is a far more valued experience.

#EMPOWHER Update

Communication works for those who work at it
Communication is a constant and vital aspect of school life. Improved learning outcomes are often achieved in a classroom environment where there is clear communication between the teacher and their students. A teacher who is Kate Mortimerable to clearly articulate lesson objectives, explanations, instructions and feedback is one whom students may label as a ‘good teacher’. Conversely, students who ask for help when needed, who participate in class discussions and who ask critical questions of the content significantly enhance the learning environment. Of course, the learning conversations that take place in classrooms, whilst natural, are often complemented by the retelling of stories or events that occurred over the weekend, in the last lesson or at lunch time. With that said, there is more often than not a few students or teachers who will ensure a couple of jokes make it into the lesson, generally to enhance the learning.

However, there are many other conversations that are just as important as those that take place within the classroom. In particular, in the third week of each term, every girl meets with her Home Group teacher for a 1:1 discussion. The girls prepare for these in advance and are asked to identify what has been going well and set personal goals of how they can improve. The goals are not limited to academic performance, but include those linked to social, emotional and physical health. The staff also track these goals across the year, which adds value to the conversations. This is the fourth year that we have rolled out the 1:1s, and this week, I have been impressed with the ability of the girls to explain how they navigated the challenges of the past term and set actionable steps of how they intend to meet their future goals. I encourage you to talk with your daughter about the goals she has set for herself this term.

Witness the Fitness

Whilst we have returned to sport training this week, I must thank the Prefects for their efforts in the promotion of ‘Witness the Fitness’. This was, of course, our online initiative aimed at keeping the girls active. Thank you to the Prefect Team, who designed a follow-along workout, and to Olivia Goldsmith (Kennion House Captain) and Millie Wilkin (Sport Prefect) for their performances in our other online resources. If you are keen to challenge yourself and improve your fitness, please take advantage of the resources below.

Witness the Fitness – Session 1
Witness the Fitness – Session 2
Witness the Fitness – Session 3
Witness the Fitness – Session 4
Witness the Fitness – Session 5
Witness the Fitness – Session 6

Kate Mortimer
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

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Day in the Life: Our School Chaplain

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School Chaplain and Humanities Teacher Thomas Bassett sat down with us to talk about why he chose to pursue teaching, his various roles at Saints Girls and his postgraduate study.

A staff member since 2017, Thomas currently has a Year 8 Home Group, helps run the APEX Club and, in his spare time, plays the piano and guitar!

To find out more about Thomas’s journey here at Saints Girls, check out this video:

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Touching Tributes for Mother’s Day

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To celebrate Mother’s Day, our girls paid touching tributes to the wonderful women in their lives.

Year 9 student Eliza Monaghan wrote a heartfelt poem, which was underscored by other moving messages from grateful daughters:

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Zephyr Quartet Star Stretches Our Strings

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Yesterday, the Extension String group was extended in the truest sense, under the guidance of guest conductor Hilary Kleinig from the highly acclaimed Zephyr Quartet.

Hilary is a multidisciplinary musician who works as a performer, composer, curator, producer and educator. As a composer, she has written commissioned works for the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Chamber Singers and the Adelaide Youth Orchestras. She has served on the New Music Network Australia board, joined the Artistic Advisory panel of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and is the Creative Producer of Musica Viva’s Sessions Concert Series in Adelaide.

Hilary’s Zephyr Quartet firmly believes in the power of the string quartet as a medium to communicate and explore complex relationships between society and art. As such, Hilary pushed the Extension Strings to explore their instruments in ways they had never thought to, encouraging them to improvise, communicate with each other, and use unconventional string techniques to tell a story. Hilary challenged the girls to experiment in ways that would be deemed ‘wrong’ in terms of traditional classical training. Students worked on imitating sounds; screeching cats, ambulance sirens, the grinding of gears, waves crashing on the shoreline, and many more. These sounds were then used in free-form improvisation to weave together a story. The girls rose to the challenge beautifully, and over the next few weeks will continue to work on creating a soundscape which will then be used as a SACE performance piece. We hope to air this to you soon.

Enchante Goes International

The current global climate has had a profound impact on musicians from all over the world as concert halls, jazz clubs and theatres close down, eliminating all possibility of a live audience. While this has been frustrating for musicians and music educators alike, the upside has been the development of methods of sharing music and, more specifically, concerts online. This has seen the rise of the ‘Virtual Concert Hall’, which allows musicians from all over the world to put together a concert.

Congratulations to our vocal ensemble Enchante whose recent recording work has now been accepted into an international virtual concert hall curated by the American Choral Directors Association.

Sari Noble
Choral Director

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Cross Country Athlete’s Runaway Success

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W3 - Walking 2My name is Daisy Braithwaite and I am a Year 8 student. This week, I was awarded the SA Athletics U14 Female Road, Cross Country and Walks Athlete for the 2019/20 season. I was so excited to be nominated, and couldn’t believe it when I won!

Last season, I won the 3km race walking at the VIVA All Schools Championships and the Athletics State Championships. I was part of the Little Athletics State Team that travelled to Hobart where I competed in the 1500m and the walk; I was also Captain which was a great honour. I have represented the State at Cross Country every year since I was 10 and love the challenging courses and training. I train most days of the week, mostly running but with some cycling, race walking and swimming too.

I hope I can start training with my teammates again soon and compete in cross country later in the season.

Daisy Braithwaite
Year 8 student

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Mother’s Day Gift Boxes

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The Stage 2 Food and Hospitality class recently celebrated Mother’s Day with the creation of gift boxes for their mums. The girls worked collaboratively and used their broad range of skills to design and create the boxes. The boxes were full of a range of artisan products that were created, labelled, packaged and preserved by the students. The students also sought support from a range of community members who created aspects of the boxes.

“The elements within the gift box were carefully planned to cater for  the enjoyment of our mothers with some products suitable for dietary  requirements such as gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan. A personalised card was included in each box which outlined the contents of the hamper and all ingredients used”. – Mia Taliangis

“The gift boxes were kindly made with recycled materials and donated by my grandpa, Jack Walls, who has been a qualified cabinet maker for 60 years.  These boxes were helpful in executing the overall presentation of the gift box.” – Chelsea Walls

The individual, laser-cut labels were expertly crafted by our Art and Design Teacher Kirsten Mansfield.

The creation of the gift boxes was certainly a highlight of the year for the class and their mothers. I would like to thank all those who assisted us with the creation of these boxes and congratulate the girls on an amazing effort with the production of a beautifully presented hospitality-standard gift box.

Jenni Manson and the Stage 2 Food and Hospitality students

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Our New Media Hub: Lights, Camera, Action!

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Our new Media Hub is now being fitted-out with equipment, and some small groups are utilising the advanced technology for more than just film.

Along with other renovated areas in the Sarah Wing, the small studio space is receiving advanced equipment from all around the world. This equipment includes cameras, lenses, microphones, lighting, rigs, teleprompters and lightboards to create an industry-simulated environment for the girls to learn and experience from. With current professional specifications, the studio has been designed to cater for just about any job or project that the girls request.

The Lightboard (pictured) is used to film presentations that require handwritten explanations and drawings in a natural way without using extended post processing techniques. Staff use this for instructional design and rich content delivery for ‘flipped’ classroom videos.

The student co-curricular group APEX which produces SaintsTV is being trained to use this equipment as it arrives, and is helping to show others the magic of film and visual entertainment.

Garth Coulter
Head of Digital Learning and Technology

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Mum’s the Word for Year 4 Designers

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Last Friday, the Year 4s busily created gifts and cards for Mother’s Day. Mrs Coulter tapped into her creativity and prepared all of the materials the girls needed to make bright and happy tassels for mums to put on their handbags! The girls also made cards with a poem of love and appreciation written inside. They enjoyed making these but, even more, they loved presenting them to their mums on Sunday.

“My mum is an amazing cook and can turn anything scrappy into something scrumptious!” – Ruby Kelly

“My mum is compassionate and very kind. She helps me.” – Karishma Agrawal

“The great thing about my mum is that she shares her love with everyone.” – Addison Green

“My mum inspires me to try new things and she is really strong.” – Eleanor Bartter

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CLOTHES SHWOP: We Need Your Help

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Did you know that Australians are the world’s second largest consumers of fashion? On average, we each consume 27kgs of new clothing and textiles every year. Most of this ends up in the bin after less than a year. Members of the School’s Environment Club would like to change this!

This term, the Environment Club is focusing on sustainable fashion. This will culminate in our ‘Clothes Shwop’, in which students can donate old clothes for tokens, and cash-in these tokens to take new clothes in return! If you have any old clothes you don’t want anymore and are happy to donate or exchange for other items, then please support this worthy cause. Any remaining items will be donated to a women’s charity.

Collections will take place outside of the Junior School Library at lunch every Tuesday and Thursday leading up to the actual ‘Clothes Shwop’ where you will be able to choose pieces from the donated clothing. The first ‘Clothes Shwop’ will be held on Thursday 4 and Friday 5 June in Week 6 in the Drama Room.

Bring in your old clothes, help the environment and make your wardrobe that bit more exciting!

Clothes Shwop Poster

Sara Peak
Environment Club Captain

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Bus Tap Card Reminder

Please note that all School bus students must use their student ID cards to tap on and off each time they board and alight a School bus service to comply with our new tracking system.

Also, a reminder that all students from Years 3 to 12 can now use their student ID cards for point-of-sale transactions at the Tuck Shop and School Shop.

To register for the service and ensure funds are available on the cards, parents 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.

For information on transaction fees and other costs, click here.

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

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Apply Now – National Youth Science Forum 2021

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Are you in Year 11 and love STEM subjects? If so, you should consider applying for the National Youth Science Forum’s Year 12 Program! The @NYSFoz is a 10-day residential program full of visits to high-tech STEM facilities and hands on-workshops. You’ll get stuck into some serious science and meet industry mentors, all while hanging out with a community of 200 other like-minded science-loving students. Applications close on 14 June 2020. For more information or to apply, go to the NYSF website: www.nysf.edu.au

Saints Girls’ students Faye Ma and Ellen Zhang attended the forum earlier this year. Here are some words from their experience:

“An unforgettable time where you will meet lifelong friends, immerse yourself fully in the world of STEM and come out with a greater understanding of what you want to do in the future.” – Faye Ma

“NYSF has been a life-changing experience for me. Not only have I been inspired by this experience, but I have taken away a wealth of new knowledge and amazing friendships.” – Ellen Zhang

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Year 2s Turn on the Water Works!

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Excitement was high as the Year 2 girls undertook a ‘Water Walk’ to identify water sources and uses as they discover how the Earth’s resources are used in a variety of ways. ‘Water Works’ is the current Year 2 Science focus as part of the ‘Sharing the planet’ Unit of Inquiry. Many water access points were discovered including the rainwater tanks, fire hydrants and even toilet cisterns! Water is collected in gutters and drain pipes, which flow to the stormwater system. Water is used in the School grounds in many different ways; the swimming pool being a favourite!

Once the girls took their photographs, they used a School map to identify the location of each photo and created a key to differentiate between water source, collection and usage.

Our water detectives have undertaken a similar experiment at home to investigate the ways water is accessed and used, and are comparing these findings to the ways children around the world access and use water with the view to discovering how this affects daily life.

Kathryn Clark and Rebecca Greenhalgh
Year 2 Teachers

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Year 11s Brainstorm with Our Youngest Students

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This week, the Year 11 SACE Psychology class teamed up with the ELC and Year 1 students to investigate Piaget’s theory of cognitive development.

They carried out a number of activities together and recorded their thoughts and reasoning. It was great to have the younger students come up to the Science Centre to work with the older girls, and much fun was had by all.

Craig Byrne
Head of Science

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Do You Have a Connection to Woodlands Girls’ Grammar?

Year 11 Scholarship Information

The Elaine Balfour Ogilvy Scholarship is for girls who are planning to enter Year 12 next year, who attend an Anglican school and whose mother, grandmother or great grandmother attended Woodlands Girls’ Grammar School. It was created by the Woodlands Old Scholars in honour of an old scholar, one of the Australian Army nurses who died in the horror of war after the fall of Singapore.

Applicants need to post an introductory letter and four copies of their CV to:

The President
Woodlands Old Scholars’ Association
39 Partridge Street
GLENELG SA 5045

Applications close 24 July 2020

Interviews will be conducted in Term 3, giving the panel a chance to have an informal chat with the girls. We will be assessing attributes such as presentation and enthusiasm and will take this opportunity to see certificates and awards which substantiate the CV.

If you have any enquiries, please contact me via sorrell.lou@gmail.com

Louise Sorrell
St Peter’s Woodlands Old Scholars’ Association President

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St Peter’s Girls’ Piano Eisteddfod 2020

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In Week 8 of Term 2, the Arts Department will hold St Peter’s Girls’ Piano Eisteddfod. It is open to all Junior and Middle School students who play piano, and will be held on Tuesday 16 June from 8.45am in MB120.

Girls will have the opportunity to perform a piece to a panel of judges who will critique their performance based on accuracy, technique and musicality for their specific music level.

This year, we will not hold a recital but will instead invite 10 students of varying levels to perform in a virtual recital which will be shared online.

This is a great opportunity for girls to perform in a supportive environment and receive some valuable feedback.

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

Please notify the Arts Department if your daughter would like to be involved by Friday 5 June. She will then receive a time slot to perform in the Eisteddfod. Students will be notified by email if they have been chosen to have their piece recorded following the Eisteddfod.

So get busy practising, and we look forward to hearing all of our amazing piano players!

Sally Rounsevell
Director of Music

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Apple’s Cleaning Tips for iPads and Laptops

Apple products are made with a variety of materials, and each material might have specific cleaning requirements. To get started, here are some tips from Apple that apply to all products:

  • Use only a soft, lint-free cloth. Avoid abrasive cloths, towels, paper towels, or similar items.
  • Avoid excessive wiping, which might cause damage.
  • Unplug all external power sources, devices, and cables.
  • Keep liquids away from the product, unless otherwise noted for specific products.
  • Don’t get moisture into any openings.
  • Don’t use aerosol sprays, bleaches or abrasives.
  • Don’t spray cleaners directly onto the item.

Is it okay to use a disinfectant on my Apple product?
Using a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe or disinfecting wipes, you may gently wipe the hard, non-porous surfaces of your Apple product, such as the display, keyboard, or other exterior surfaces. Don’t use bleach. Avoid getting moisture in any opening, and don’t submerge your Apple product in any cleaning agents. Don’t use on fabric or leather surfaces.

Here’s the full article from Apple: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204172

Of course, please check your device instructions for specific requirements.

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Code Camp After-School Sessions

The Code Camp team has been working around the clock to create a new online program that encapsulates the fun and engaging learning environment children across Australia have come to expect when attending one of our courses. The holidays have given us a great opportunity to test our online courses with over 2500 students taking part. We are confident we have the formula right!

We will be running our online sessions on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons and also on Saturday mornings, so families have a variety of times to choose from. Children will be supported through the tutorials with our Live Tech Support Team which is made up of our very best facilitators.

The program, which is available now, is one session per week for eight weeks. Due to our reduced facilitator costs, we want to pass those savings on to parents. As such, the new online after-school price is $160.

Parents can book via https://www.codecamp.com.au/online-after-school-programs

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eNews – Week 2, Term 2 2020

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From Our Director of Teaching and Learning

N Scoggins - webNever have teachers been more pleased to see their students in class again than at the start of this term. The past two months with all of the upheaval and ongoing uncertainty have been challenging for everyone. In the spirit of positive thinking though, I will add that, from an educational perspective, they have also been reassuring in some ways.

Firstly, we have been able to demonstrate that we can adapt quickly and can leverage the technology and platforms already in place to deliver a different learning model when the need arises. Secondly, we have been reminded that there is no such thing as a perfect virtual substitute to being in a classroom (or laboratory, or gym, or rehearsal room) with a dedicated and charismatic teacher. The social aspects, the immediacy, the spontaneous moments of comedy – in-class learning delivers all of these things and more in a way that is hard to replicate. Even a short break from the ‘traditional’ model of schooling has provided a salient reminder of this fact. Finally, adversity has a habit of bringing out the best in people, and the students, teachers and other staff have demonstrated this in multiple ways. The students embraced remote learning very quickly and were sat keenly in their virtual classrooms often before the teachers had been able to walk between the real ones. The teachers adapted to changing circumstances on a regular basis and, at the halfway point of the holiday, stoically switched their focus back from preparing remote learning activities to a normal school start (or at least something close to it). The flexibility and resilience shown by all has been outstanding.

Some other brief teaching and learning updates: the student feedback surveys that I mentioned in my last update will be completed towards the end of this term. In the meantime, we will have some valuable feedback from the online learning questionnaires to reflect and act upon. The Parent-Teacher Interviews this term will continue to be conducted over the phone and, once again, I acknowledge everyone’s flexibility in adjusting quickly to the new process. Lastly, our Middle and Senior School teachers will spend some time next week looking more closely at our lesson observation processes and how we can maximise the scope for ongoing learning from each other through focused formal and informal classroom visits.

Here’s to another term of rich learning experiences for us all!

Nigel Scoggins
Director of Teaching and Learning

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Enchante Creates Global Harmonies

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This year to celebrate Generations in Jazz, Enchante created a virtual choir recording of our free choice piece ‘Zemabia’. This piece has no words and requires the singers themselves to impart meaning through the use of vocal ‘scat’. The recording was posted on our St Peter’s Girls’ Facebook page and has been a huge hit with over 16,000 views to date! We were also excited to note that it is now being viewed by renowned vocal Jazz educators in America including Kerry Marsh, the composer and arranger of this piece. This is what he had to say:

“OH MY!! OH MY….. This is fantastic! Like really, really fantastic! I will share this with my Facebook community right away. Huge congratulations for putting together such a cool performance…. Well sung, well planned and edited video production! Top of the top, St Peter’s! Thank you so much for this…..”

Other comments included:

“So great! What a fantastic way for the girls to see themselves and each other performing like this” – Sally Cameron (Idea of North)

“Brilliant! How hard is that song?!!” – Noelene Howis

“Amazing what is being achieved with the challenges faced” – Cherie Forbes

“Wow, just beautiful.” – Mavi Jass

We hope you enjoy our video.

Sari Noble
Choral Director

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Supporting Our Friends at Kent Place School

St Peter’s Girls shares special bonds with our exchange schools overseas, including the wonderful Kent Place School in New Jersey.

While the current global situation has postponed all of our planned exchange visits, we remain connected with our foreign friends.

Our Kent Place exchange students and staff from the past three years took some time out to send uplifting messages of support:

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Anyone can #WitnessTheFitness!

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I’ve realised that I’m not the super sporty, athletic type. After school, you won’t find me on the basketball courts, but instead rehearsing with Senior Strings, or studying in the Library. I’ve also realised, recently especially, the importance of fitness, and try to integrate it into my everyday routine. The same can be said for my HL Maths class – after school we like to Microsoft Teams and exercise together. What I’m trying to say is: you don’t need to be at a certain athletic ability or know how to do all the moves to #WitnessTheFitness. It’s designed with the goal of making fitness as fun and realistic for you girls as possible.

With that being said, Hayley from the Communications Team and the Prefects have been working as hard as possible to produce some amazing content for you all. We recently filmed a HIIT workout with only eight rotations guaranteed to get your heart rate up and those endorphins flowing. Give it a go, your body will thank you for it!

On another note, keep an eye out for Term 2’s Prefect initiative. In Term 1, we challenged the girls to do the small but meaningful. This might’ve been opening a door for someone or smiling at passers-by. For Term 2, we challenge you to think of the bigger picture.

This week, the girls were given a look into the lives of students from all around the world. We asked our exchanges and friends from interstate, Japan and the US to document their typical day in the life. For some, this involved herding cattle, and for others, commuting from empty train stations. I hope this video makes you think about how others are coping in these confusing times. The rest of the term will be different than usual no doubt, but I challenge you to maintain perspective and realise just how lucky we are in this healthy community at Saints.

Faye Ma
International Student Prefect

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Business Insight from Passion for Fashion

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Year 12 Business Innovation this week heard from leading Adelaide fashion designer Sally Phillips on what it takes to create your own clothing brand and run a successful business.

Sally certainly modelled all of the School’s values of courage, creativity and compassion as she overcame the challenges of launching her own business as a 20 year old.

The Year 12 Business girls were able to gain valuable insight into how to find a niche market and navigate turbulent times, such as the current economic climate.

Andrew Rosser
Business Director

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Talented Trail Runner Leads the Pack

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Congratulations to Year 5 student Zalia Valmorbida who entered the Ultra Runners South Australia – Summer Series, competing in short course races and placing 1st in the U12 girls’ category.

W2 - RunningTo qualify for a place, competitors had to complete a minimum of three out of the four races, which varied from 8 – 10km on a mix of single/fire trails.

Zalia entered three races and came 1st in each of them.

“I got in to trail running a few years ago when my family was living in Townsville, and I used to climb Castle Hill with my mum to challenge myself and to walk my dogs. Castle Hill is really rocky and steep, so it was fun to climb.

I prefer trail running to road running because I like going out and seeing all the forests and environment around me, and it is more interesting than running around the road where cars and buildings are.

My typical race is about 9km long with 250m elevation, and it takes about an hour to finish the race. The hardest thing about racing is the pressure at the start; it makes me nervous but it is worth the feeling you get at the end when you cross the finish line. I don’t really train much, I just stay active and do swimming lessons and sometimes a 5km park run. I would encourage more girls to get into trail running because it helps you stay fit and it teaches your brain you are capable of many things further than what you thought was possible.” – Zalia Valmorbida

Great effort Zalia!

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Stage 2 Biology Under the Microscope

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In Stage 2 Biology, we are learning about cell biology including the organelles found in eukaryotic cells.

We have been using light microscopes to explore the internal structures of a variety of cells, even our own cheek cells! Seeing the differences between plant and animal cells was interesting and brought the diagrams from our textbooks to life.

It was beneficial to be in the laboratory as it allowed us to develop a deeper understanding of how our cells work to keep us alive.

Amelie Eaton
Year 12 student

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Vote of Confidence from Year 6

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In Year 6, our Transdisciplinary Theme for Term 2 is ‘How we organise ourselves’, with the Central Idea of how government systems and decisions impact the broader community.

The students have begun by exploring federation, democracy and the importance of having a voice. We have drafted bills to be discussed and, later in the term, we will be voting on the most relevant and important law to affect change.

The Year 6 Team

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Saints Girls’ Grit at Boot Camp Challenge

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The Stage 2 PE girls began their Performance Improvement task this week with an introduction to Obstacle Course Racing (OCR). Luke Williams (aka ‘Ninja Luke’ from Ninja Warrior) runs SA Base Camp which specialises in training novice to elite obstacle racers at its facility in Semaphore.

Fortunately, he was able to set up a 3km course around our campus for the girls to complete. Elements included heavy water carries, battle ropes, balance beams, weighted crawls, climbing walls and large tyres, with significant run sections in between. Luke explained the layout of the course and a warm up was completed before the starter’s siren sounded. Beginning with 30 laps of the tennis court whilst crawling under a net each lap, the girls’ heart rates shot up instantaneously, but they recovered and steadied throughout the rest of the course.

We will now train for six weeks with a focus on a specific element they wish to improve, e.g. aerobic endurance, before attempting the course again, expecting to achieve an improvement on their time.

Dan Searle
Head of PE, Health and Outdoor Education

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Science a Blast for Year 5 Inquirers

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In Year 5 this week, we continued our exploration of Science as part of our Unit of Inquiry, ‘Bazinga’. The first line of inquiry is all about exploring the use of scientific method. The girls have learnt about what they need to include in a scientific method, as well as constructing their own hypothesis and putting it to the test.

Our first experiment went off with a bang, as four packets of Mentos were released into four different 2L soft drink bottles. As a cohort, the girls predicted that the Mentos would create a chemical reaction, making the soft drink fizz, forcing the liquid inside each bottle to expel at various heights. Prior to conducting the experiment, we discussed the variables involved, with the girls identifying the independent, dependent and controlled variables. Their theory was that the soft drink with the least amount of sugar would expel the least amount of liquid. They were surprised to have been proven wrong, observing that the Coke Zero and Diet Coke created the highest ‘fizz’ and quite clearly expelled the most liquid. This allowed them to evaluate their hypothesis, results and critically analyse the experiment, commenting on improvements that could be made if they were to conduct it again.

The girls are looking forward to participating in further experiments including an exploration of matter, involving the melting of different types of chocolate, and a light experiment where they will discover the Science behind shadows.

Shelley Hampton and Sarah Mulraney
Year 5 Teachers

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St Peter’s Girls’ Piano Eisteddfod 2020

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In Week 8 of Term 2, the Arts Department will hold St Peter’s Girls’ Piano Eisteddfod. It is open to all Junior and Middle School students who play piano, and will be held on Tuesday 16 June from 8.45am in MB120.

Girls will have the opportunity to perform a piece to a panel of judges who will critique their performance based on accuracy, technique and musicality for their specific music level.

This year, we will not hold a recital but will instead invite 10 students of varying levels to perform in a virtual recital which will be shared online.

This is a great opportunity for girls to perform in a supportive environment and receive some valuable feedback.

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

Please notify the Arts Department if your daughter would like to be involved by Friday 5 June. She will then receive a time slot to perform in the Eisteddfod. Students will be notified by email if they have been chosen to have their piece recorded following the Eisteddfod.

So get busy practising, and we look forward to hearing all of our amazing piano players!

Sally Rounsevell
Director of Music

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Apple’s Cleaning Tips for iPads and Laptops

Apple products are made with a variety of materials, and each material might have specific cleaning requirements. To get started, here are some tips from Apple that apply to all products:

  • Use only a soft, lint-free cloth. Avoid abrasive cloths, towels, paper towels, or similar items.
  • Avoid excessive wiping, which might cause damage.
  • Unplug all external power sources, devices, and cables.
  • Keep liquids away from the product, unless otherwise noted for specific products.
  • Don’t get moisture into any openings.
  • Don’t use aerosol sprays, bleaches or abrasives.
  • Don’t spray cleaners directly onto the item.

Is it okay to use a disinfectant on my Apple product?
Using a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe or disinfecting wipes, you may gently wipe the hard, non-porous surfaces of your Apple product, such as the display, keyboard, or other exterior surfaces. Don’t use bleach. Avoid getting moisture in any opening, and don’t submerge your Apple product in any cleaning agents. Don’t use on fabric or leather surfaces.

Here’s the full article from Apple: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204172

Of course, please check your device instructions for specific requirements.

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Code Camp After-School Sessions

The Code Camp team has been working around the clock to create a new online program that encapsulates the fun and engaging learning environment children across Australia have come to expect when attending one of our courses. The holidays have given us a great opportunity to test our online courses with over 2500 students taking part. We are confident we have the formula right!

We will be running our online sessions on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons and also on Saturday mornings, so families have a variety of times to choose from. Children will be supported through the tutorials with our Live Tech Support Team which is made up of our very best facilitators.

The program, which is available now, is one session per week for eight weeks. Due to our reduced facilitator costs, we want to pass those savings on to parents. As such, the new online after-school price is $160.

Parents can book via https://www.codecamp.com.au/online-after-school-programs

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eNews – Week 1, Term 2 2020

Issue no. 12Enews-banner

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From Our Principal

juliashea_web-200x300-200x300I’ve had many people ask me over recent weeks how difficult my job has been. No matter the challenges that surround you, it’s important to take time and reflect on the reasons you chose your vocation. I firmly believe that good Principals are motivated by a moral imperative that has at its heart a commitment to the care and development of each and every student. For me, that commitment is underpinned by a belief that all of our girls have the capacity to truly thrive across multiple domains when provided with the right conditions and opportunities. I will always seek to put a compelling narrative around any decision that I make, outlining why our girls are better off for following the chosen path. If you make successful student learning the central consideration in all aspects of your leadership, then the job isn’t really that difficult.

We’ve had a wonderful start to the term. With almost full attendance in many year groups and just a few girls absent from class in others, our teachers and students have loved being back in the classroom. I’d like to thank all of our parents for embracing the new guidelines around drop-off and pick-up, and commend our wonderful Prefect Team and Year 6 Leaders for being on hand to assist our younger girls each morning as they enter the school grounds.

The Sarah Wing refurbishment was completed over the term break. The wing houses three new Junior School classrooms with breakout spaces, a versatile area for the Learning Strategies and EDGE teams and an amazing new space for our IT Department, including a media hub complete with green screen. Work has now begun on refurbishing classrooms at the eastern end of the Junior School corridor. That project will be staged throughout the year and is due to be completed by the commencement of 2021. Similar to the Middle School, the finished product will harness natural light and transparency so that our teaching and learning will be visible; flexibility; and a design that will bring the ‘outside in’ so that we embrace the beauty of our natural surroundings, particularly on the southern side overlooking Ferguson Park. Our Junior School will then be a hive of activity in which the key elements of space and pedagogy will be intertwined; a place in which our girls will be inspired to explore and engage.

In staffing news, Randal Irvine joins us to teach Technology whilst Monique Green is on maternity leave. We welcome Emma Smerdon back to the Science Department to cover for Chris Carey who is on leave throughout Term 2, and Jacinta Hriskin back to the Arts Department to teach Dance until Kate Burnett returns in a couple of weeks.

It’s so great to have the girls back! I know we moved into the remote online environment for just seven days, but without the girls’ energy and laughter resonating throughout the School, it seemed even longer. I’ll continue to keep you updated as authorities review the social distancing measures currently in place, as this will impact IGSSA sport in particular.

Best wishes for a healthy and successful term.

Julia Shea
Principal

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Enchante Celebrates GIJ Virtual-Style!

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Generations in Jazz has been a highlight of our Music calendar for many years. Although we have previously placed 1st in the Division 1 Small section, this year was set to be even more exciting, as it was to be Enchante’s first appearance in the elite Division 1 Large section. Very few schools (mostly Performing Arts schools and specialist Music schools, who rehearse daily) attempt this challenging division.

Enchante worked extraordinarily hard to be able to perform at this level, and confidently mastered the incredibly difficult and complex set piece ‘Middle Ground’. While it was disappointing for all that the Jazz festival needed to be cancelled, we wanted to take the most positive route we could to celebrate the huge progress we have made in skill development. We decided to do GIJ virtual-style! During the holidays, each student recorded their part individually for both the set piece and our chosen piece in order to support social distancing guidelines. We then stitched the parts together to create two recordings, one of which includes video footage. This was a bigger than expected undertaking, and particular thanks go to David Goodwin, our talented accompanist, and now, recording expert and video editor! A shout out also to our talented soloists Emeshe Robson, Georgie Raftopoulos, Stella Rasheed and Choral Leader Izzy Norman; an extra special thank you to Izzy who showed outstanding leadership throughout the process.

Both recordings will be released via the St Peter’s Girls’ Facebook page. Watch out for our special multi-screen video to be launched tomorrow when the GIJ competitions would have taken place. The set piece recording is also available below. We hope you enjoy!

Sari Noble
Choral Director

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Hats Off for Return to School

During remote schooling at the end of last term, Year 12 students were invited to participate in a local version of our popular global hat throwing video. We had many dogs get involved, and even a chicken and a horse! It was a fun way for the girls to remain connected and show that whether they are in a classroom or at home, they are and always will be Saints Girls. Check it out:

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Good Sports Put Skills to the Test

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At the start of Term 2, all PE classes from Years 4 – 9 are participating in skills and fitness testing. The skills tests assess catching, throwing and kicking. Girls will complete four tests: punt kick, overarm throw, kicking accuracy and catching. These tests will measure their efficiency in coordination, accuracy and power.

The fitness tests assess cardiovascular endurance, muscular endurance and power, and balance. Students will complete five tests: 12 minute Cooper run, plank hold, maximum push ups, stalk stand balance and standing broad jump.

We will use the results to identify areas for improvement and the tests will be conducted again later in the year to monitor the level of progress.

Katherine Perkas
Physical Education Teacher

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Year 5 Girls Clued Up with Science

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Year 5 was abuzz with excitement this week as we commenced our new Unit of Inquiry affectionately called ‘Bazinga’. The Central Idea of this unit is ‘Understanding of Scientific Knowledge is constantly evolving and has an impact on people’s lives.’

To provoke the girls’ thinking about scientific methods, a ‘crime scene’ arose in Ms Hampton’s room complete with barrier tape and clues left by the ‘criminal’. The scenario was proposed that someone stole Ms Hampton’s handbag, and three potential suspects were listed. Each had detailed alibis and there were specific clues in the room: a dropped scarf, some hair, a boot print and a daily planner. Our clever forensic scientists worked hard to assemble a case study and wrote up a full report complete with photographs about their thoughts. This created a great deal of curiosity, critical thinking and enthusiasm for our unit.

Whodunnit? You’ll have to ask the Year 5s!

Shelley Hampton and Sarah Mulraney
Year 5 Teachers

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Startling Simulation for Year 9 Health

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As part of the Year 9 Health curriculum, students have been learning about alcohol and other drugs, looking at how the abuse of such substances can reduce their chances of ‘Being the Best they can Be’.

One activity involves students wearing various ‘Drunkbuster’ goggles to simulate the effects of alcohol and drug consumption on body systems. Students attempt everyday, simple and safe tasks including walking along a line, walking around a garden path, catching a ball and stacking cups. The goggles imitate the impairment effects of reduced alertness, slowed reaction time, confusion, visual distortion, alteration of depth and distance perception, reduction of peripheral vision, poor judgement and decision-making, as well as a lack of muscular coordination.

This was a surprising and informative activity for the girls.

Sonya Risbey
Physical Education/Health Teacher

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Year 4 Girls Full of Beans

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Last term, the Year 4s commenced the Unit of Inquiry, ‘Sharing the Planet’. Our Central Idea is ‘Living things depend on each other and the environment to survive.’ We planted borlotti beans which had been soaked in water. Firstly, we gave the beans warmth, nutrients and water, and watched for germination. To begin, growth was small but, over time, some of the little plants have flourished.

The students have enjoyed the scientific focus of this unit and they are currently learning about symbiotic relationships. The girls have also undertaken research looking at factors which affect interdependence such as the consequences of a world with fewer bees, uncontrolled weeds, severe bushfires and excessive deforestation.

It has been exciting to observe the girls’ enthusiasm and watch as they pose questions and seek answers. Many of them are committed to taking action to find out what they can do to address some of the problems the environment faces.

Shane Davidson, Olivia Coulter and Rebecca Riley
Year 4 Teachers

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World of Food’s Slice of Heaven

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This week in World of Food, we continued to upskill and research the range of foods that we now call Australian cuisine. Lemon meringue pie was this week’s recipe challenge which involved three elements that must be achieved to perfection.

The Year 10 girls capably accomplished these and you can see them above perfecting the meringue topping which is an essential component of the dish. They even had time to experiment with a bit of colour and creative piping on their pies.

Jenni Manson
World of Food Teacher

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St Peter’s Girls’ Piano Eisteddfod 2020

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In Week 8 of Term 2, the Arts Department will hold St Peter’s Girls’ Piano Eisteddfod. It is open to all Junior and Middle School students who play piano, and will be held on Tuesday 16 June from 8.45am in MB120.

Girls will have the opportunity to perform a piece to a panel of judges, who will critique their performance based on accuracy, technique and musicality for their specific music level.

This year, we will not hold a recital but instead will invite 10 students of varying levels to perform in a virtual recital which will be shared online.

This is a great opportunity for girls to perform in a supportive environment and receive some valuable feedback.

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

Please notify the Arts Department if your daughter would like to be involved by Friday 5 June. She will then receive a time slot to perform in the Eisteddfod. Students will be notified by email if they have been chosen to have their piece recorded following the Eisteddfod.

So get busy practising, and we look forward to hearing all of our amazing piano players!

Sally Rounsevell
Director of Music

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Virtual Mother’s Day Stall

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The Parents’ and Friends’ Association is holding a virtual Mother’s Day Stall where all of our Junior School girls are able to purchase gifts online for mums, grandmothers or other special women in their lives.

We have a variety of wonderful gifts available for $5 each. They will be wrapped and delivered to class teachers on Friday 8 May.

To order gifts, visit www.trybooking.com/BJMAW. Purchases close 7 May 2020.

Please contact the P&F via stpetersgirls.pandf@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Bronwyn Bartter
Parents’ and Friends’ Association President

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Apple’s Cleaning Tips for iPads and Laptops

Apple products are made with a variety of materials, and each material might have specific cleaning requirements. To get started, here are some tips from Apple that apply to all products:

  • Use only a soft, lint-free cloth. Avoid abrasive cloths, towels, paper towels, or similar items.
  • Avoid excessive wiping, which might cause damage.
  • Unplug all external power sources, devices, and cables.
  • Keep liquids away from the product, unless otherwise noted for specific products.
  • Don’t get moisture into any openings.
  • Don’t use aerosol sprays, bleaches or abrasives.
  • Don’t spray cleaners directly onto the item.

Is it okay to use a disinfectant on my Apple product?
Using a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe or disinfecting wipes, you may gently wipe the hard, non-porous surfaces of your Apple product, such as the display, keyboard, or other exterior surfaces. Don’t use bleach. Avoid getting moisture in any opening, and don’t submerge your Apple product in any cleaning agents. Don’t use on fabric or leather surfaces.

Here’s the full article from Apple: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204172

Of course, please check your device instructions for specific requirements.

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Code Camp After-School Sessions

The Code Camp team has been working around the clock to create a new online program that encapsulates the fun and engaging learning environment children across Australia have come to expect when attending one of our courses. The holidays have given us a great opportunity to test our online courses with over 2500 students taking part. We are confident we have the formula right!

We will be running our online sessions on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons and also on Saturday mornings, so families have a variety of times to choose from. Children will be supported through the tutorials with our Live Tech Support Team which is made up of our very best facilitators.

The program, which is available now, is one session per week for eight weeks. Due to our reduced facilitator costs, we want to pass those savings on to parents. As such, the new online after-school price is $160.

Parents can book via https://www.codecamp.com.au/online-after-school-programs

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eNews – Week 11, Term 1 2020

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From Our Principal

juliashea_web-200x300-200x300Someone from outside the School community asked me how things were going. How were the girls holding up? I said it was tough, for Year 12 particularly. So many events, so many rites of passage, so many final year traditions that had to be put on hold given the current situation. They would only have one Year 12 and this wasn’t the way it was meant to be. And then I expanded and spoke about the Year 6 girl who had spent years dreaming of flying to Canberra with her friends, only to cry herself to sleep when she found out she couldn’t go. I mentioned the 1st VIII who had trained so hard and had spent months visualising that final race at the Head of the River in front of thousands of screaming supporters, only for it to take place in almost clandestine circumstances. The impact is significant; all of our girls have been affected to some degree.

But when you focus on what’s missing, you miss out on what’s there. We’re a wonderful School filled with a great culture and incredible self-belief. At times like this, it’s important to think about the journey that we’ve travelled over many years, not just recent months. We need to remind ourselves of the many successes we’ve enjoyed, the amazing relationships we’ve built. We need to reframe our thoughts…focus on what’s there, not what’s missing.

So much about coronavirus is outside of our control. Not just the virus itself, but all the other aspects of life that have been impacted, from work and finances to socialising and travel. At times like this, you need to concentrate on things that are in your control. And the way Saints Girls plans to finish the year is absolutely in my control. An event like Choral Night defines us in so many ways – it’s student-led, the girls take centre stage, the friendly House rivalry is to the fore and it rocks! Events such as Choral Night sit at the very heart of who we are and what we do, and that fact doesn’t change, despite the crisis that surrounds us.

When discussing the current restrictions, the politicians consistently talk about a six month timeframe. December is eight months away. At Presentation Night, Tuesday 8 December, I dream of gathering once again as a community. But rather than meet at Adelaide Town Hall, we’ll meet at Influencers Church in Paradise, a venue with a capacity of 2,000 people. It will be a Presentation Night with a difference. We’ll present our prizes and our Year 12 girls as we normally do, because it is right they be presented in front of the whole School. But there won’t be any staff speeches and the Music will be a little different…it will be Choral Night! So put that date in your diary and start spreading the word. We all need something to look forward to in life. Anticipation can be an incredibly powerful emotion. Imagine Year 12 dancing in front of 2,000 people – and they will, if every girl in Middle and Senior School brings just four people with her. Let’s dream of lifting the roof off that place and giving them the send-off they deserve.

Thank you once again for your ongoing support. I’ll be in touch throughout the holidays as the situation continues to unfold. In the meantime, best wishes for the Easter season.

Julia Shea
Principal

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A Shout-Out to Our Class of 2020

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Our Year 12 teaching staff and leadership provided some words of support for our Class of 2020. In these challenging times, we have seen the students step up and face the uncertainty, as well as the idea of a Year 12 very different to the one they imagined, with a positive attitude and a smile.

The full-length version can be seen below, with a shorter video appearing on Facebook.

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Staff vs Student Basketball Showdown!

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Our PE team, led by Head of PE, Health and Outdoor Education Dan Searle wanted to put together a fun video about the Staff vs Student Basketball match scheduled to be played this week. Enter the Communications Team, and a production was in the works! Across a Home Group and lunchtime, the team filmed their masterpiece – all with the aim to bring a smile to the girls’ faces.

Principal Julia Shea took the half-court shot, referee Richard Lisle kept everyone in order, and team coach Kate Mortimer offered inspiring words at half-time. Additional staff joined filming as crowd members.

Check out the video below – and remember, our videos are often released first on Facebook, so if you want to see them when they are published, Like us on Facebook! We also have an Instagram page which has a greater focus on awesome photos.

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Easter Message from Our Chaplain

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Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

There is no other day more significant in the Christian calendar than Easter Sunday. The day we remember the victory over death that Jesus won for all people. Resurrection Sunday is a celebration and, in this moment in history, it feels a little odd or out of place celebrating such a victory.

It was a shame that we were not able to celebrate our Easter services as usual at school this year. The Stories of the Cross service is always a powerful and moving time, and the joyful celebration of our Easter Eucharist has been missed. But, in this time, I have been thankful for the technology and the commitment of the girls who have logged on to our live streamed services.

On Wednesday, we were able to live stream our Easter Chapel service from school to lounge rooms across Adelaide. And in the midst of this, there was something special happening. Being apart, we are reminded that as part of the worldwide Church, we are united in celebrating the resurrection of Jesus. We join in with others who are not able to meet, but we are also reminded that our celebration crosses over time, and we join the celebration of the first Christians who were witnesses to the risen Jesus.

A very different, yet a very special service.

But as we gathered apart, it didn’t take long to remember why we are apart. It is in this time of fear and uncertainty that questions about God and his victory over death are quick to come to mind.

The story of Easter provides us hope in our darkest times. It is our window into life after death, life without fear, without tears, suffering, without pain or loss. A life spent in paradise, with God.

The Bible shows us that Jesus went before us, that he died and rose so that we too can be risen and live with him. It provides us with perspective. It allows us to see beyond the pain and suffering of this world and see into a world where all is perfect. That is the hope we find in the risen Jesus.

Jesus’s words in John’s Gospel, “I am the way, the truth and the life”, ring out here. Through Jesus, we have the way to being with God, forever, where all is perfect! What a comforting image in a time like this.

I wish you and your families a happy Easter and pray that you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy, and find time to reflect on the living hope we have in the risen Jesus.

Christ is Risen!
He is risen indeed!
Hallelujah.

Thomas Bassett
School Chaplain

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Former Head Prefect’s Post-School Journey

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Saints Girls was delighted to hear from one of our well-known, recent Old Scholars.

2018 Head Prefect Antonia Kirsten-Parsch shared details of what she’s been up to since leaving Stonyfell:

“I am studying a Doctor of Medicine undergraduate degree in Sydney. I am in my second of the five-year degree which, at its completion, qualifies me to work as a medical intern in Australian hospitals.

Science always piqued my interest in school, and though it wasn’t my strong suit, I knew it was the realm I wanted to find a career in. Translating this passion into a job proved challenging. I took my Year 9 work experience placement in a medical research laboratory and realised that solely conducting research wouldn’t work for me in the long term. Despite my doubts, I enjoyed thinking about the patients who we were trying to help and appreciated the application of scientific concepts to the human body. Gradually, these sentiments led me to medicine.

As I started medical school, I envisioned myself to be a student who would be ready for all to come, because nothing could be as hard as Year 12 right? This vision of preparedness was not so. I was surprised to find the workload to be greater than before and with equally significant stressors, a situation I’d expected to depart from. I can’t imagine launching into my current environment without previous academic challenges to compare it to. In my degree, examinations are infrequent but heavily weighted, making up 90% of our final mark. When facing these intimidating hurdles, I am particularly thankful for my experience in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, which taught me how to cope with similarly ‘high-stakes’ examinations in a more forgiving setting.

To get to class at 8am, I try to be up at 5.30am so I can stagger to the train station, squinting and clutching my coffee. By midday, I can head home or hopefully to a library to get in some study. Outside of university, I am besotted with my Water Polo club, the Sydney Stingers, who I train and compete with each week. The club has become another family to me, and I’m constantly excited by the opportunities it brings including playing in interstate and international tournaments, and this year marching in my first-ever Mardi Gras. This pivotal part of my life was all triggered by my experiences at school where I first discovered my passion for sports, and particularly Water Polo. I remember feeling inspired to improve as Mr Fuller would let me upgrade to tougher teams even when I was feeling scared to.

I have a host of fond memories from Saints, but in general, I can take many from my years lovingly wrapped up in the Music Department. I am comfortable with having moved on from much of school-life, but I can’t deny that I’d love to find myself in another of Miss Rounsevell’s or Mrs Noble’s rehearsals, which kept me going throughout school.

I expect to take a year away from my medical training as an opportunity to work and travel. A particular goal is to live in France for a portion of this time to refresh and extend the language skills I learnt at Saints. In the longer term, there’s no knowing what my life will look like, but I am enchanted by life in Sydney, and the more entangled I become in my new city, the less I can envision life elsewhere.”

Antonia Kirsten-Parsch (Selwyn 2018)
Head Prefect 2018

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Saints Girls – Now and Then

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The old two-room cottage behind Chiverton was extended south in 1979 to become the Art Centre. Over the decades since then, it has had changes to its use. During the 1990s, it became the hub for Home Economics, with Textiles classes occupying one end of the extension and Cooking classes at the other end.

The building finally became the Food Technology Centre. In the 2000s, doors were installed at the south end and the new decking enabled School community functions to be held there in pleasant weather.

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Morale Booster Trolley

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Last week, our fabulous Tuck Shop Team put together an amazing ‘Morale Booster Trolley’ full of goodies for our staff.

Thank you so much for this lovely gesture!

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Touching Gesture from Our P&F

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Hi everyone

I hope you and your families are happy and well in these difficult times.

On Tuesday, to show our gratitude for our wonderful teachers and support staff, we dropped off some gifts as a token of our community’s appreciation for all their hard work under such challenging circumstances.

Thank you to all the members of the committee who baked, wrapped and made all this possible. A special shout-out to our amazing School family from L’Abruzzese Pasta for supplying all the staff with a packet of their beautiful pasta.

Take care and stay safe.

Bronwyn Bartter
Parents’ & Friends’ Association President

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Acid Test for Year 12 Chemistry

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This week, the Year 12 Chemistry students briefly visited school to perform a summative practical.

We used the upstairs connecting labs to spread the students out so they could be supervised and work safely in their own space. They were performing a series of titrations, which is a standard analytical Chemistry technique used to very precisely determine the concentration of a substance through chemical reaction.

On this occasion, the girls were attempting to determine the concentration of citric acid in a number of different brands of lemonade as citric acid is the reason for the sour taste.

It was lovely to see each other again!

Emily Gough
Science Teacher

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Year 4 Artists Wrapped with Foil Creations

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Year 4 Art students have found resourceful and creative ways to continue their sculpture projects at home.

In this task, they used aluminium foil as a material to shape and form sculptures. The girls enjoyed the task and were surprised how much detail they could create using such a simple material.

Patricia Wise
Junior School Art Teacher

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Message from the Education Minister

South Australia’s Education Minister John Gardner has written a letter to parents as we enter the school holiday period. To read it, click here.

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School Photos

School photos have now been delivered to school. These will be handed out to the girls when they return to school. If you would like to drop in and collect them from me earlier, I am working from Tuesday 21 April to Friday 24 April. To make this as smooth as possible, meet our social distancing obligations and ensure I am available, please contact me via 8334 2225 or fmcgregor@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au to arrange a suitable time. Ordered sibling photos and additional items are also available for collection.

You may recall from an earlier eNews article that we have simplified the process for families. A special ‘St Peter’s Girls’ Package’ has been designed for each student (one pack per 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.
Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions regarding school photos.

Fiona McGregor
Event Coordinator

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School Banking – Message from Commonwealth Bank

The health, safety and wellbeing of our communities and our people remains our highest priority. Due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding coronavirus, the School Banking program will remain on hold. We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you informed with any updates including how we will be managing Dollarmite tokens for students.

In the meantime, here are some handy online resources for parents who wish to maintain momentum with their child’s financial education:

Start Smart: these resources have been created to improve children’s money management skills, and is aligned to the Australian Curriculum and the National Consumer Financial Literacy Framework.

The Beanstalk: offers videos and fun activities for children to learn about money.

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Apple’s Cleaning Tips for iPads and Laptops

Apple products are made with a variety of materials, and each material might have specific cleaning requirements. To get started, here are some tips from Apple that apply to all products:

  • Use only a soft, lint-free cloth. Avoid abrasive cloths, towels, paper towels, or similar items.
  • Avoid excessive wiping, which might cause damage.
  • Unplug all external power sources, devices, and cables.
  • Keep liquids away from the product, unless otherwise noted for specific products.
  • Don’t get moisture into any openings.
  • Don’t use aerosol sprays, bleaches or abrasives.
  • Don’t spray cleaners directly onto the item.

Is it okay to use a disinfectant on my Apple product?
Using a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe or disinfecting wipes, you may gently wipe the hard, non-porous surfaces of your Apple product, such as the display, keyboard, or other exterior surfaces. Don’t use bleach. Avoid getting moisture in any opening, and don’t submerge your Apple product in any cleaning agents. Don’t use on fabric or leather surfaces.

Here’s the full article from Apple: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204172

Of course, please check your device instructions for specific requirements.

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FREE Online Code Camp Program

The team at Code Camp has 50 experienced staff members ready to teach Saints Girls’ students how to code via online webinar classrooms. Topics covered in the lesson plans include loops, sequencing, iteration and animation.

While this is usually a paid program, Code Camp will be providing the online program to Saints Girls’ students for free.

For more information, visit https://codecampworld.com

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eNews – Week 10, Term 1 2020

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From the Principal

juliashea_web-200x300-200x300What a week it’s been!

Our amazing staff have been working tirelessly to activate our remote online curriculum delivery.

We thank our families for collaborating with us this week as we all familiarise ourselves with this alternate learning landscape.

Many elements have worked incredibly well and there are inevitably other aspects that warrant refinement. We appreciate the early feedback we have received and we will continue to guide you on this journey.

Our staff met today for an initial debrief about the launch of our remote learning. A more comprehensive review will take place on our pupil-free day next Thursday 9 April, where we will dissect feedback to magnify strengths and confront obstacles in the likely event of remote learning continuing into Term 2.

As I’ve checked in with staff and girls over the past few days, it has filled me with immense pride to witness their ingenuity as they navigate remote learning together, sharing tips and support at every opportunity. I’ve been blown away by the use of digital tools such as smart screen splits with real-time, interactive whiteboards and presentations on one side, and the studious faces of our girls on the other. But what has impressed me the most, as always, is the way in which our community unites when the chips are down. Our values of courage, creativity and compassion truly come to the fore.

I thank each of you for your support as we look forward to finishing the term strongly next week.

Julia Shea
Principal

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Thank You Teachers!

As we adapt to remote online learning, we salute our outstanding educators and support staff who have gone above and beyond for our students.

Our Year 12 girls are particularly thankful for their guidance, recording some special shout-outs to show their appreciation:

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From the Head of Junior School

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Suzanne HaddyThe word ‘unprecedented’ has justifiably had a very good workout over recent weeks. Current events are having phenomenal impacts at the world, country, State, community and personal level, and we are all very aware that we are in uncharted waters across nearly all aspects of our lives.

At the School level, on Tuesday, we started delivering remote online learning to students. At St Peter’s Girls, we are accustomed to planning for changes to teaching and learning in a strategic, long-term, sequential way. Professional Learning opportunities with time to practise, trial, reflect, learn more, and reflect again are part of considered and deliberate approaches to ongoing development and improvement. Last year, when undertaking strategic planning for teaching and learning for 2020, changes of the magnitude we have seen in recent days were not on anyone’s radar.

The learning curve for everyone has therefore been enormous. Teachers have worked tirelessly in a very short space of time to take their career’s worth of practice and modify it in order to manage teaching and learning in new ways. The younger students, in particular, have needed to learn how to use systems and platforms with which they were previously unfamiliar. Parents have been on the ride, supporting their daughters through all of this and helping them to manage the online learning world and all that comes with it.

Relationships continue to be paramount, and teachers and students are discovering what works best for them with respect to keeping in touch with each other. The Junior School teachers and students are finding small group video chats useful, and students are gaining confidence in managing morning check-ins, following schedules and finding the resources they need with the help of Teams’ chats with their teachers.

From day 1, teachers have been watching, listening, adapting and modifying the delivery of the teaching and learning program in response to students’ needs, and they will continue to do so in coming days. Their professionalism through this unexpected change has been nothing short of extraordinary. While at this stage we do not know what the beginning of Term 2 will look like, we are currently extremely grateful for everything that our teachers, students and parents have done and will continue to do to flourish in the world of remote online learning.

On a more general note, I wish you all well for a pleasant and safe weekend, with time to reflect on what is important in life, and opportunities to be grateful, compassionate and kind.

Suzanne Haddy
Head of Junior School

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A Message from the Chapel Prefect

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While Saints shifts to online learning, it is important that every girl finds something active or creative to do for at least 20 minutes each day to get a break from the screens and stay healthy. This week, the Prefect Team promoted ‘Witness the Fitness’ to the School community, aiming to support wellbeing in the face of restrictions on group gatherings.

We are challenging everyone – staff too! – to take the time each day to exercise their brain and body, whether this be before school, in an allocated Home Group time, lunch or after school. We have come up with some creative ways we can all improve our mood, raise endorphins and get motivated for class: HIIT workouts, yoga, hikes or runs, meditation, practising an instrument, puzzles or mind games, painting or drawing, reading, Just Dance and baking.

It is so important in these times that we continue to look after ourselves physically and mentally, not only because it benefits learning but because it also develops skills and gets us out of the house – something we have all come to appreciate lately! At the end of the day, what one can do, another can do, and it really comes down to holding yourself accountable.

#ichallengeyou to Witness the Fitness, and stay tuned for some inspiring workouts from the Prefect Team. So, are you going to sit down and watch your third season of Gossip Girl, or are you going to practise yoga while waiting for your vegan chocolate chip cookies to bake? Remember: 20 minutes a day can go a long way.

Matilda Braithwaite
Chapel Prefect

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Teacher’s Pet – Dressed for Success!

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As our students and staff work their way through remote online learning, it is also important that everyone makes time for fun and staying connected.

In Home Group yesterday, we held a ‘dress up your pet’ challenge, resulting in some hilarious and adorable happy snaps of furry friends in our School community.

To see more photos, head to our Instagram page, and be sure to follow us while you’re there!

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Staff Throw their Hat in the Ring

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To end the week on a bright note, our Junior School staff headed up a Funny Hat Day today.

Their colourful creations and sparkling smiles lit up the corridors, reminding us how lucky we are to have such positive and vibrant staff!

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St Peter’s Girls…Now and Then

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Heritage Preserved – The Old Stables

The architects who designed our Science Centre had the clever idea to incorporate an almost 140-year-old building into the complex. This was the old stables of the original Chiverton property.

Building of the grand old house of Chiverton was completed in 1881, along with a two room cottage and stables, all constructed of the beautiful Wistow stone from the Adelaide Hills. In those days, a horse or horse and buggy were the means of transport for well-off people, so stables were included on their large properties. Unfortunately, with the demolition of many mansions in the Adelaide suburbs in the 20th century, many of these stables have been lost.

When Douglas Stott became Principal in 1976, much building activity commenced on our School campus, and the first project was the renovation of the old stables to become the Elizabeth Pike Craft Centre. Pottery and other crafts were produced by our students there during following decades, and it was the hub for senior Art classes.

Now, our girls are able to generate their own masterpieces in the modern art facilities that have been created in the interior of the old stables of Chiverton.

Anne Daniell
School Archivist

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Food and Hospitality Girls Take the Cake

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As part of our Stage 2 Food and Hospitality assignment on Contemporary Issues, the Year 12 Food and Hospitality class has designed and created a contemporary cake suitable for the hospitality industry. Students researched the many designs of cakes, with the aim of developing their own unique product. They also considered and trialled the ingredients and decorations required, although they were quite challenged in sourcing some of these items. Each student successfully created the many elements of their signature cake, ensuring they complemented each other to deliver a creative and artistic high-quality product.

Consideration of the time available and appropriate storage and temperature control to ensure their creations were completed to a hospitality industry standard was also very important. I am pleased to say that this year’s creations have certainly been very impressive such as a cactus-inspired cake, a cake pops basket and even a sushi cake, just to name a few. It reflects the resilience and flexibility of this creative and talented group of students.

Jenni Manson
Food and Hospitality Teacher

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Year 3 Creature Features

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In Year 3, we have been using a branching key to help us as taxonomists to classify animals. We have looked at the differences between vertebrates and invertebrates.

Invertebrates play an essential role in the web of life. They are an amazingly diverse group of animals that have conquered almost every environment on earth. We have researched invertebrates in pairs, designed artworks for laser printing and linked QR codes with fact files to educate the public.

Recently, we installed a temporary art display on the fence joining the School to Ferguson Park. We thought that, over the weekend, when you are social distancing, you could take a family walk in the fresh air through the park and learn something new. Don’t forget to bring a phone or iPad to scan the QR codes on our annelids, molluscs, crustaceans, myriapods, arachnids and insects.

Here are some fun facts to entice you:

• The ichneumon wasp’s name comes from Greek words meaning tracker and footprint. – Ishana Chettimada and Amelia Thorpe

• Slaters use gills to breathe, however will drown if submerged in water. – Isabelle O’Toole and Lily Ng

• Female wolf spiders carry their egg sac in their jaws or spinnerets until it is time for those eggs to hatch. – Sasha Connor and Rocia Huang

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Mark Routley
Year 3 Teacher

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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 on-site adventures, there is plenty of fun to be had.

Vacation Care Program – April 2020

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

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Apple’s Cleaning Tips for iPads and Laptops

Apple products are made with a variety of materials, and each material might have specific cleaning requirements. To get started, here are some tips that apply to all products:

  • Use only a soft, lint-free cloth. Avoid abrasive cloths, towels, paper towels, or similar items.
  • Avoid excessive wiping, which might cause damage.
  • Unplug all external power sources, devices, and cables.
  • Keep liquids away from the product, unless otherwise noted for specific products.
  • Don’t get moisture into any openings.
  • Don’t use aerosol sprays, bleaches or abrasives.
  • Don’t spray cleaners directly onto the item.

Is it okay to use a disinfectant on my Apple product?

Using a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe or disinfecting wipes, you may gently wipe the hard, nonporous surfaces of your Apple product, such as the display, keyboard, or other exterior surfaces. Don’t use bleach. Avoid getting moisture in any opening, and don’t submerge your Apple product in any cleaning agents. Don’t use on fabric or leather surfaces.

Here’s the full article from Apple: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204172

Of course, please check your device instructions for specific requirements.

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FREE Online Code Camp Program

The team at Code Camp has 50 experienced staff members ready to teach Saints Girls’ students how to code via online webinar classrooms. Topics covered in the lesson plans include loops, sequencing, iteration and animation.

While this is usually a paid program, Code Camp will be providing the online program to Saints Girls’ students for free.

Here is a copy of the digital flyer with the link where parents can sign up for free.

For more information, visit https://codecampworld.com

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eNews – Week 9, Term 1 2020

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From the Deputy Principal / Head of Middle School

Richard Lisle inside 220Parent-Teacher Interviews are some of my most enjoyable evenings in the School calendar. They may not have the glamour and excitement of Choral Night, the joy of a School Musical, or the pizzazz of Presentation Night, but in their own way, they always leave me feeling energised. They are a great opportunity to catch up with parents I haven’t seen for a while, to share some banter about the footy or the cricket, to get instant feedback on the service we provide, and to be able to help answer questions or solve emerging problems in a much more personal way than email does.

When we made the decision to conduct this week’s Year 7 Parent-Teacher Interviews by phone to support social distancing, I was consequently a little deflated. I knew that the social element of the evening would be lost, and I had doubts over the logistical possibility of connecting 60 sets of parents with 20 teachers by phone, simultaneously, for 7 minute phone calls across the 4 hours of the evening.

I have to say, that I left school at the end of the night even more buoyed than usual. Our staff and parents rose to the challenge beautifully, with professionalism, kindness, understanding, patience and a good deal of humour. As I called the parents of my Year 7 Mathematics class, I was greeted warmly from people’s lounge rooms, kitchens, workplaces and even from the car. As well as talking about student progress, parents took the time to share their gratitude for the work of our staff in these trying times, as well as giving me overwhelmingly positive feedback about the ‘PTI-by-phone’ process.

I missed the usual banter around the water fountain, the chance to remind Crows fans about who is currently sitting on top of the ladder. However, this was replaced with comments about the ability to cook dinner whilst talking to teachers, to be in pyjamas whilst hearing about History.

Whilst the value of face-to face contact should never be underestimated, it gave me great heart to see parents and teachers join together with a tangible sense of common purpose to find a way to make connections with each other and stay connected with the successes and challenges of our students. At a time when we’ve been forced to cancel or postpone so many events that give us joy, it was pleasing to have launched something new!

Richard Lisle
Deputy Principal / Head of Middle School

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Warmest of Receptions for Dedicated Staff

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In a truly heart-warming gesture, our Reception girls decided to say a big thank you to all the staff at Saints Girls for going above and beyond over the past few weeks.

They printed ‘thank you’ posters and decorated them, and drew pictures of the many people they wanted to thank including Ms Shea, Ms Haddy, Mrs Smith, the Property Services team, the IT team, the Tuck Shop, our Registered Nurses, Lesley and Sarah at the Front Office, the bus drivers, the teachers and more. They have put the posters up on the classroom windows so people can see them when they walk past each day.

Thank you girls! For staff, this is just one of the many joys that makes us so proud to be part of the Saints Girls’ family.
 

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Saints Girls Shine for Harmony Day

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Our Junior School girls recently celebrated Harmony Day, embracing this year’s theme  that ‘Everybody Belongs’. Despite current global segregation and distancing, the girls have worked to promote what makes us all belong in this world and the joy of diversity. Classes have undertaken a variety of discussions and activities around belonging, caring, diversity, equality, peace and joy, which has culminated in the creation of a pledge chain. Every student has created a link in a giant chain on which they have written their pledge for 2020 to ensure everybody belongs. This has been emotional to read and uplifting in such difficult times. The chain now emblazons the Junior School corridor.

All girls were also given an orange ribbon to wear on their lapels to celebrate Harmony Day, and this has been a bright addition to the uniform.

Please enjoy this snapshot of our Harmony Day celebrations. May peace and joy be with you and your families at this time.

Shelley Hampton
Junior School Wellbeing Coordinator

 

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Introducing our Strings Coordinator

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We would like to introduce and welcome our new Strings Coordinator, Natalie Maegraith:

“I started learning viola at school when I was nine years old.

I had a wonderful teacher who instilled in me the love of music and the joy of playing. The first orchestra I played in was the Primary Schools’ String Orchestra. At the age of 12, I was awarded a Music scholarship at Marryatville High School. I spent my high school years and some of my university years learning from Keith Crellin, and playing in the Marryatville High School Orchestra and Adelaide Youth Orchestra, and then the Adelaide Youth Chamber Orchestra.

I completed a Bachelor of Music Performance at the University of Adelaide, studying with Keith Crellin, and then undertook a Graduate Diploma of Music performance studying with the late esteemed violinist Dr Jan Sedivka at the University of Tasmania.

I have taught violin and viola for 25 years at various schools and institutions including Sydney Conservatorium, Adelaide Open Music Academy, Saint Ignatius’ College, Prince Alfred College, Pulteney Grammar School, and in 2020, was awarded the position of Strings Coordinator at St Peter’s Girls’ School.

What I love about teaching in this role is being able to pass on the precious musical jewels I have been taught by incredible teachers, and pass them on to new students, who work hard and achieve their best on their instrument and enjoy contributing to the musical community at Saints.

I am the Strings Director of the Senior Strings, Intermediate Strings, Developmental Strings and Junior Strings groups at Saints. In addition, I teach about 30 private violin/viola lessons at the School.

I also perform as a casual member of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Concert Orchestra, and various other ensembles.”

Natalie Maegraith
Strings Coordinator

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eSports a Hit with APEX Girls

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Our APEX co-curricular club is now a part of eSports, which involves playing video games competitively as a team. We currently have some small teams preparing to participate in the FUSE Cup. This is a national inter-school competition, playing games such as Mario Kart, Rocket League and FIFA. With our new Nintendo Switch consoles, we will be participating in the Mario Kart segment of this competition. The event is being held online in Term 2.

A group of keen eSports’ girls get together every Thursday recess to meet for APEX, and we practise techniques and strategies most lunches, building skills and teamwork. If you are interested in joining events like this, email Mr Coulter for more information, or come along to our lunchtime practice sessions. As the eSports Captain, I would love to see even more new faces joining us.

Lysiane Franchi
Year 8 student

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Colour Explosion for Daring Visual Artists

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The Year 11 Visual Arts students were set the task of creating a painting inspired by the work of contemporary Adelaide-based visual artist Mariana Mezic. In recent years, Mezic has burst onto the art scene with her vibrant, whimsical creations. She produces vivid, large-scale paintings with an energetic and beautiful explosion of colour. Working with graphite pencil and languid acrylic paint, Mezic’s distinctive work features bold, hyper-realistic imagery surrounded by colourful and energetic scenes.

For their own creations, the Year 11 Visual Arts’ students were encouraged to use an original photograph for the imagery, but the characteristics of their pieces were inspired by the bold, colourful and embellished works of Mariana Mezic. Kendra Ware (pictured above) effectively utilised a range of media to create her mixed media artwork.

All of the students embraced and enjoyed the challenge.

Kirsten Mansfield
Art and Design Teacher

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Year 1s Put a Smile on Your Dial

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The Year 1 students in Mrs Liddy’s class have been playing in the Measurement drawer of Mathematics. During explorations of clocks and time, the girls looked carefully at different clocks and their features. They were then challenged to use materials from the classroom to create a clock. Here are some of the girls’ comments:

“I noticed that there’s a pattern around the clock.” – Ava D

“Clocks don’t always have to be circles, they can be any shape.” – Mikayla

“I realised a clock only has 12 numerals on it.” – Emma

“I learnt that clocks sometimes have three hands. One’s called the hour hand, one’s called the minute hand and one’s called the second hand.” – Parker

“Cuckoo clocks have hands and, when it’s 3 o’clock, the bird comes out and cuckoos three times.” – Sanisha

“Some clocks look different, like alarm clocks.” – Eliana

“I noticed that the minute hand is on the 12 when it is o’clock.” – Harper

It has been a fun week exploring Mathematics in Year 1!

Michelle Liddy
Year 1 Teacher

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Year 2 Scientists Rise from the Shadows

Every hour on the hour across one day, Year 2 scientists collected data about the length and direction of shadows as part of the Central Idea that ‘People’s curiosity has encouraged them to investigate beyond our planet’.

Our scientists predicted that the shadows would change length and direction because the earth is rotating, so the sun looks like it moves across the sky. Each pair set up their experiment with a shadow stick and recording paper. They recorded the length and direction and observed the changes that occurred over the day. This data has been collated and presented in graphs as the girls apply scientific thinking to everyday life.

Kathryn Clark and Bec Greenhalgh
Year 2 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 on-site adventures, there is plenty of fun to be had.

Vacation Care Program – April 2020

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

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Apple’s Cleaning Tips for iPads and Laptops

Apple products are made with a variety of materials, and each material might have specific cleaning requirements. To get started, here are some tips that apply to all products:

  • Use only a soft, lint-free cloth. Avoid abrasive cloths, towels, paper towels, or similar items.
  • Avoid excessive wiping, which might cause damage.
  • Unplug all external power sources, devices, and cables.
  • Keep liquids away from the product, unless otherwise noted for specific products.
  • Don’t get moisture into any openings.
  • Don’t use aerosol sprays, bleaches or abrasives.
  • Don’t spray cleaners directly onto the item.

Is it okay to use a disinfectant on my Apple product?

Using a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe or disinfecting wipes, you may gently wipe the hard, nonporous surfaces of your Apple product, such as the display, keyboard, or other exterior surfaces. Don’t use bleach. Avoid getting moisture in any opening, and don’t submerge your Apple product in any cleaning agents. Don’t use on fabric or leather surfaces.

Here’s the full article from Apple: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204172

Of course, please check your device instructions for specific requirements.

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FREE Online Code Camp Program

The team at Code Camp has 50 experienced staff members ready to teach Saints Girls’ students how to code via online webinar classrooms. Topics covered in the lesson plans include loops, sequencing, iteration and animation.

While this is usually a paid program, Code Camp will be providing the online program to Saints Girls’ students for free.

Here is a copy of the digital flyer with the link where parents can sign up for free.

For more information, visit https://codecampworld.com

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Music and the Brain – The Ultimate Duet

With any move to online learning, a greater focus will be placed on students to participate in individual learning. To be successful, students will need to rely heavily on their executive function skills. What is executive function? Well, it is all the ‘adult skills’ we use in order to be successful in day-to-day activities.

Executive Function
Attention
Focus
Memory
Self-regulation
Empathy
Conflict resolution
Strategy
Planning
Time-management
Problem-solving
Teamwork
Spatial awareness

Recent research has discovered that students who undertake three or more years of one-on-one instrumental lessons and play in an ensemble have improved executive function skills up to one year over students who do not learn an instrument.

Check out the infographic that details the cognitive control skills that music learning develops.

For more information, check out https://biggerbetterbrains.com

Sally Rounsevell
Director of Music

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Notice from CommBank School Banking

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The health, safety and wellbeing of our communities and our people is our first priority. Due to the rapidly developing situation with coronavirus, School Banking has been temporarily paused from 20 March 2020 until the start of Term 2. Please don’t bring your deposit book with your weekly banking to school at this time. We will notify you when banking will recommence.

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NAPLAN Cancellation

Due to the coronavirus response, Education Ministers have decided that NAPLAN will not proceed in 2020. The NAPLAN test window was scheduled to be held from 12 to 22 May.

The decision has been taken to assist school leaders, teachers and support staff to focus on the wellbeing of students and continuity of education, and because coronavirus impacts may affect the delivery of testing.

The full announcement from the Education Council can be found here.

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The Garden of Saintly Delights Cancellation

It was with a heavy heart that, due to the coronavirus response, we had to cancel The Garden of Saintly Delights which was scheduled for Sunday 29 March.

I would like to thank all the members of the Parents’ and Friends’ Association, the other community groups within the School and everyone else involved for all their hard work that went into the planning and organisation of our School Fair.

We have other events scheduled later in the year, so we hope you can come along and show your support for our community.

Take care

Bronwyn Bartter
Parents’ and Friends’ Association President

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Uniform Reminder for Year 4 Students

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If your daughter is in Year 4, there are a few different uniform requirements that you may need to purchase before Term 2.

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

Please contact the School Shop on 8334 2228 to arrange an appointment.

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eNews – Week 8, Term 1 2020

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From the Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

To Rise Above It

Kate MortimerThere is no doubt that the challenge to apply coronavirus social distancing measures has already had and will continue to have a significant impact on our School community. Whilst Saints Girls, as is the case with many other schools, has had to cancel a range of events and adjust our students’ teaching and learning, there is a glaringly obvious choice that we ourselves can make.

That is the choice ‘to rise above it’.

This does not mean dismissing the circumstances that are occurring around us, or to minimise the fact that life as we know it will continue to evolve in a way that we have not previously experienced. Rather, we each have the choice to focus on what we can control and to continue to celebrate the positive things that are happening within our lives.

So, whilst Choral Night had to be cancelled, prior to this, our Year 12 students were doing an amazing job leading the House rehearsals. We are not over-exaggerating to say that what had been achieved within the timeframe the girls had was certainly lining up to be an absolutely spectacular performance. We must also be grateful that we had the opportunity to come together as Houses, share small wins and many laughs on our journey to learn each song. It is these small wins that we must remember. Conversations, laughter and enjoying each other’s company have not been cancelled.

Year 12 also had the opportunity to perform their Choral Night dance in front of each other, and whilst everyone would have preferred to have done so at an evening performance, we need to anchor our gratitude in what is possible. Ms Shea still drew the order of performance for each House out of a hat, and the energy and spirit within the Arts Centre reflected the amazing bond between the year group and the staff. There may not have been a winner, but there was a wonderful vibe and the winning title remains open – should we manage to confirm an alternative date for Choral Night later in the year.

Today, Year 12 came dressed in their costumes for the Progressive Dinner, which was to have occurred later in the term. The theme of ‘childhood heroes’ proved to be as popular as we thought it would be. Also evident, given the range of clothes borrowed from parents, was that previous fashion trends provided endless entertainment for the girls of Saints.

Finally, not only have the Year 12s been able to showcase their School spirit throughout this challenging time, but the entire Saints Girls’ community has proven to be adept at managing society’s changes with a positive frame of mind. We have chosen ‘to rise above it’. Learning has continued and our girls and staff have demonstrated their resolve to make the most of every opportunity. Our School’s values of courage, creativity and compassion have come to the fore and will continue to guide our approach in the coming months.

Kate Mortimer (Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School)
Bella Bernardi (Head Prefect)

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Historic Result at Head of the River

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A huge congratulations to our 1st VIII Rowing crew who placed 3rd at a modified Head of the River event at West Lakes this week.

It’s the School’s best-ever result in this prestigious race, and follows our rowers’ stunning success at the recent State Championships where they performed a clean-sweep by winning all five of the divisions they competed in.

“On Monday morning, our Senior rowers competed in a modified Head of the River format. Sadly, the full regatta, which was scheduled for tomorrow, was cancelled in response to the coronavirus situation. However, the decision was made to run races for Senior crews in a spectator-free event. Unfortunately, this did not allow our Year 8 to 10 students to race, but vitally enabled the Year 12 students from all schools the chance to finish their final school Rowing season.

Under these unfamiliar circumstances, our 1st VIII claimed 3rd place, behind Seymour and narrowly behind Walford in 2nd. This was not the result our students had hoped for, but in time, I hope that they will reflect on the success they have achieved this season. This is the best result achieved by a St Peter’s Girls’ crew in this event and caps an already successful season that included their outstanding performances at the South Australian State Championships.

Thank you to Rowing SA for their support in running the modified event, as well as all of the Rowing Directors and Principals for their hard work in getting it off the ground and allowing our Senior rowers the chance to finish their school Rowing careers.”

Brynley Millward
Director of Rowing

Here are some moments from earlier in the Rowing season:

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A Message from the Kilburn House Captain

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Choral Night 2020 – A Night in the Making

Choral Night is one of the most significant events at Saints Girls. It is a night of tradition, where the four Houses compete for choral glory after a dedicated rehearsal schedule. For the Year 12 cohort, it’s an occasion that becomes a lifetime memory.

Choral Night is about teamwork, dedication and having fun and I believe that all Houses have shown these traits and made the most out of this experience. As House Captain it has been a pleasure to see the Kilburn spirit go from strength to strength at each rehearsal and I am so proud of all that we have achieved. The Year 12 leaders have enjoyed the experiences and challenges of putting on the Choral Night show including choosing the House song, musical arrangements, musician selection, choreographing and learning the much-anticipated Year 12 dance (including props), costuming (very important bows!) and conducting, whilst juggling the demands of study.

Despite the disappointment of Choral Night not going ahead as planned, I am so proud of the Year 12 cohort in particular, of making the most of the opportunities it has presented us with. Our friendships have grown stronger, we are united as a team in leading the School, have had laughs and tears, but our spirit remains positive and hopeful that we will have a chance to showcase to the School community all that we have achieved. As individuals we understand the value of this experience and have learnt so much about ourselves and each other. Choral Night 2020 is a journey that we will never forget in our senior year at Saints Girls.

Tilly McCormack
Kilburn House Captain

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Year 5 Artists Strike Gold

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In Year 5 this term, we have been learning about the gold rush era in Ballarat, Victoria. The girls have explored the Central Idea, ‘The discovery of any resource has challenges, opportunities and consequences.’ In class, we have explored the social, cultural, economic, environmental and political effects of finding gold in Australia, as well as other places around the world.

The girls are currently in the midst of reading the novel A Banner Bold by Nadia Wheatley, which follows the life of a young girl living on the goldfields. This has allowed the girls to gain an insight into the hardships and conflicts that arose during this period in our history.

Most recently, the girls have undertaken an artist study of Samuel Thomas Gill, famously known as ST Gill, who was a painter during the gold rush. They’ve studied his works, drawing inspiration from the landscapes he painted of the Australian bushland to create their own depictions of life on the goldfields.

Sarah Mulraney
Year 5 Teacher

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Year 11s Belt Out Self-Defence

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The Year 11 PE girls have completed their Blue Belt assessment in self-defence. Since Week 1, they have worked on their punch and kick routines, judo throws, partner sparring, defending random attacks and their favourite, push ups and sit ups (during the grading they had to complete 45 of each).

The girls developed excellent coordination across these skills and should be proud of their achievement. The self-defence unit sits within the first theory task where the girls looked at their acute responses to exercise and which warm ups work well, along with those that don’t, with data to back up their reasoning.

Dan Searle
Head of PE, Health and Outdoor Education

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International Women’s Day Breakfast

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On 5 March, 18 Saints Girls were fortunate to attend the Adelaide International Women’s Breakfast, joining 2500 empowering women at the Convention Centre.

We heard an inspiring speech from the guest speaker, Elizabeth Broderick, who is the Australian Sex Discrimination Commissioner. She motivated us to become more self-determined and optimistic about women’s rights, which are still a problem in society today.

It was an awesome, eye-opening experience which helped us gain confidence for equality to be achieved in the future.

Jessica Wishart and Sarah Wishart
Year 12 students

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SaintsTV Breaking the News

As part of the cinematography, filming and editing element of the APEX Club at Saints Girls, myself and a few friends created SaintsTV alongside our tech teacher Mr Coulter. SaintsTV is a news show for the School, covering special events, sports and The Arts. We also discuss the accomplishments and notices of our students. Being in the SaintsTV CORE team, we film, edit and produce all the episodes (with a little help from Mr Coulter).

We’ve been taught how to use the cameras and professional editing software, which proved to be a bit difficult at first! We all contribute to create the episodes. We’re all proud of how far we’ve come and what we’ve accomplished. I’m proud to be a part of the crew, and I can’t wait to see what SaintsTV will look like in the future!

Astrid Teague and Mary Stavrou
APEX Club members

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Saints Girl a Class Act in Netflix Series

W8 - Acting
 
Congratulations to Year 8 student Zoe Pool, who is currently appearing in the Netflix series Stateless.

“My experience with being on Stateless has been a wonderful learning opportunity. I had so much fun while filming this and I knew that I would enjoy doing things like this for the rest of my life. Stateless is based on a true story and shows the struggles of those living in detention centres around Australia. The TV show follows three people around their daily lives as they all encounter each other at a detention centre. One of the three main characters is a woman named Sophie who is struggling with mental health disorders and ends up running away from her home and pretending to be someone else in order to get away from her family. This brings her to a detention centre as the officers do not know who she is and where she’s from.

The second main character is a man and his family who fled Singapore and have tried to get to Australia as they believe it is a very safe country. On the way, they get stopped by officials and are also led to the detention centre. The third main character is a man who ends up deciding to work as an officer at the detention centre. He finds many things confronting at first as he discovers what is happening behind the fences of the detention centres. I think that this is a great TV show as it shows the real struggles that people face as they live in a detention centre. My role in the show is the niece of Sophie. Even though I am only in the show for a. small amount of time, I think it is worth watching anyway.

In the past, I have done a few professional jobs which have built up my experience. The first was when I was nine years old and was in the professional production of The Sound of Music playing the role of Gretel (the youngest von Trapp child). I loved performing in the show as it was a way for me to find my passion and love for performing and take it a step further. I was also chosen to play the main character in the documentary Missing. It was an amazing experience for me to find out what more photography-based acting was like. Missing was an interactive documentary on the SBS which showed the tragic event of Wendy Jane Pfeiffer’s abduction. This was a confronting piece for me to act out, but in the end, I enjoyed every single second of it.

In the future, I would like to further accomplish many other professional projects. I’m training for this by doing acting, singing and dancing lessons every week to improve my chances of being in a professional environment once again.

Zoe Pool
Year 8 student

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Deep Learning at Aldinga Reef

W8 - Excursion

Earlier this month, the Year 9 students visited Aldinga Reef as part of the Biology topic on ecosystems. In class, we had been learning about biodiversity within different environments, interactions between factors in an ecosystem and how energy flows in food webs.

At Aldinga, we conducted a field investigation of the coastline ecosystem and gathered data about how organisms interact with their environment. Exploring the beautiful reef ecosystem was an interesting and fun activity for all students. It was an incredible opportunity to spend the day at the ocean and study real-life ecology.

Eleanor Saies
Year 9 student

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School Immunisation Program

1st Visit Reminder for Parents of Year 8 and 10 Students – Monday 23 March 2020

YEAR 8
• 1st dose Human Papillomavirus (HPV) (Gardasil9)
• Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTPA) (Boostrix)

YEAR 10
• 1st dose Meningococcal B (Bexsero)
• Meningococcal ACWY (Nimenrix)

SCHOOL IMMUNISATION PROGRAM

Year 8 – 1st Visit
Human Papillomavirus Vaccine (HPV) and Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis (dTpa)

Year 10 – 1st Visit
Meningococcal B and Meningococcal ACWY

Eastern Health Authority (EHA – www.eha.sa.gov.au) will soon be visiting the School to commence the above vaccinations for those students with parent/guardian consent.

If you did not receive an immunisation consent form from your child, please ask for one at the School’s Front Office or contact EHA on 8132 3600.

If any information provided on the original consent form has changed or changes, please inform EHA immunisation staff before the date of vaccination on 8132 3600.

Please notify us if:

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

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

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Notice from CommBank School Banking

Banking
The health, safety and wellbeing of our communities and our people is our first priority. Due to the rapidly developing situation with coronavirus, School Banking has been temporarily paused from 20 March 2020 until the start of Term 2. Please don’t bring your deposit book with your weekly banking to school at this time. We will notify you when banking will recommence.

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NAPLAN Cancellation

Education Ministers met today and decided that, due to the coronavirus response, NAPLAN will not proceed in 2020. The NAPLAN test window was scheduled to be held from 12 to 22 May.

The decision has been taken to assist school leaders, teachers and support staff to focus on the wellbeing of students and continuity of education, and because coronavirus impacts may affect the delivery of testing.

Consequently, the testing of the NAPLAN Online platform scheduled from next week has also been cancelled.

The full announcement from the Education Council can be found here.

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The Garden of Saintly Delights Cancellation

It was with a heavy heart that, due to the coronavirus response, we had to cancel The Garden of Saintly Delights which was scheduled for Sunday 29 March.

I would like to thank all the members of the Parents’ and Friends’ Association, the other community groups within the School and everyone else involved for all their hard work that went into the planning and organisation of our School Fair.

We have other events scheduled later in the year, so we hope you can come along and show your support for our community.

Take care

Bronwyn Bartter
Parents and Friends’ Association President

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Uniform Reminder for Year 4 Students

W5 - Winter Uniform

If your daughter is in Year 4, there are a few different uniform requirements that you may need to purchase before Term 2.

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

Please contact the School Shop on 8334 2228 to arrange an appointment.

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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

Little Athletics State Championships
Under 10 – Lauren Disney: 2nd 60m Hurdles, 1st 70m, 1st 100m, 2nd 200m
Under 13 – Charlotte McAuliffe: 5th High Jump, 3rd Long Jump, 1st 100m, 1st 200m, 1st 400m
Under 13 – Carys Kinsella-White: 8th Triple Jump, 7th 200m, 2nd 200m Hurdles, 4th 400m
Under 14 – Alice Braithwaite: 5th High Jump, 4th 1500m, 2nd 1500m Walk
Under 14 – Daisy Braithwaite: 5th 1500m, 1st 1500m Walk

BASKETBALL

Intercol v Walford
All matches cancelled

CRICKET

W8 - SportCongratulations to Year 6 student Lucy Lowry whose Eastern Metro Cricket team won the School Sport SA Girls’ Cricket SAPSASA State Carnival. They were undefeated all carnival. Well done!

SOFTBALL

All matches cancelled

TENNIS

All Year 7 – 12 matches cancelled

Junior Division 1 Blue – Saints 3-19 defeated Scotch 3-15
Singles: Sophie Blight 1-4, Alison Francis 4-0, Charlotte Thorpe 3-4, Mia Bennett 4-0

Junior Division 1 White – Saints 6-28 defeated Seymour 0-2
Singles: Chloe Richardson 4-0, Elodie de Wit 4-1, Emily Bates 4-0, Aleesha Gray 4-0

Junior Division 2 – Saints had a bye

Junior Division 3 Blue – Saints 3-17 defeated Pulteney White 3-14
Singles: Abbey Phillips 2-4, Eleni Schulze 2-4, Scarlett Parker 1-4, Ziyuan Qin 4-1

Junior Division 3 White – Saints 5-21 defeated St Andrews White 1-9
Singles: Stella Fuidge 4-0, Lucy Lowry 4-2, Elaine Chen 1-4, Anna Wang 4-0

TOUCH FOOTBALL

All matches cancelled

VOLLEYBALL

All matches cancelled

WATER POLO

All matches cancelled

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eNews – Week 7, Term 1 2020

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W7 - Swimming

Saints Girls’ Swimming Triumphs

Saints Girls scooped the pool at this week’s IGSSA Swimming Carnival, winning the coveted overall shield for the fourth time in five years. The event featured swimmers across Years 7 to 12 from 8 of the 10 independent girls’ schools.

With the inclusion of a solid Year 7 team in Under 13s and a near full-strength squad to select from, Saints burst off the blocks and maintained this throughout the day, claiming the U14 and U15 age divisions, and retaining the Medlin Shield

“All of the girls swam their hardest and many posted new personal-best times with their incredible swims. The girls competed in individual 50, 100 and 200m races as well as Medley and Freestyle relays. The U14s and U15s were particularly strong, winning their age divisions. Saints Girls were also the overall champions, taking out the shield in a convincing win. Thanks to Mr Fuller and Holly Cunningham for supporting the team, and to all the Saints Girls who showed what determination and teamwork can achieve.” – Lara Wakeham (Captain of Swimming)

The State Secondary Schools A Grade carnival was also staged recently. With more than 50 schools competing in graded events, a slightly under-strength Saints performed with great distinction, finishing 2nd with 613 points, behind the winners, Seymour (656), but defeating schools such as Trinity College (570), Immanuel (568) and Henley High School (479).

Meantime, a number of Year 4 to 7 students took part in the East Adelaide district trials for selection to represent the district at the State Primary Schools’ Championships on 26 March.

A massive congratulations to all girls on their continued sporting success.

Neil Fuller
Director of Sport

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From the Director of Early Learning

W7 - ELC

Building Cultural Understandings in ELC Life

At St Peter’s Girls’ Early Learners’ Centre, we are active participants in the promotion of cultural awareness. One of our key 2020 ELC strategic goals is building the children’s cultural and ecological knowledge to develop a strong foundation for reconciliation.

The Early Years Learning Framework promotes the understandings of cultural difference and the necessity to develop skills to understand, communicate and interact with people across many cultures. We are demonstrating this through the value we place on building understandings around Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island culture.

We believe that genuine engagement provides children and adults with the time to build shared understandings that promote the perspectives of the other. This is why we consider it vital to nurture ongoing relationships with significant people who we can work alongside and learn from over time.

A recent example was a visit from Boori Monty Pryor who has been coming to share with us for four years. During this time, Boori has developed a strong connection with the children through storytelling and movement. He believes that these languages are pivotal tools for young children’s understandings. The Aboriginal stories, music and animated actions he shared gave us insight into his cultural heritage. The children remembered Boori from last year and warmly welcomed him and participated in the sessions with enthusiasm. Boori quickly established trust with even our youngest ELC learners.

We are fortunate to have Kaurna elder Tamaru working alongside the ELC community on a more regular basis. With a focus on Kaurna language, we have embedded Kaurna songs and rituals into our daily practice. We have learned a lot from Tamaru’s regular visits as he challenges us to think differently and to build understandings about our land. We no longer take for granted where we walk every day. We have appreciation and respect for our land and can describe many elements about it in depth. Our children are becoming the voices for reconciliation as they build their cultural and ecological knowledge.

We feel a responsibility to ensure we are providing these rich relationships and opportunities in the early years. Our work is intentional; we are educating our citizens to have an opinion and to be able to communicate and engage across culture. The flying of our three flags at the ELC is a daily reminder of the respect and genuine attitude with which we approach this learning. We hope it helps our wider community understand the importance of building this foundation for reconciliation. Our 2020 goal is going to assist us as we seek to progress our thinking and understandings in this important area.

Kate Mount
Director of Early Learning


Introducing the Choral Night Adjudicators!

W5 - Choral Night 2

We are delighted to announce the two adjudicators for Choral Night 2020!

Jen Frith

W7 - JenA passionate Arts creator, practitioner and educator, Jen has created belonging, acceptance and community for children and young people through youth arts over many years. Co-Founder of Chalk and Pelican Productions, Jen was recently inducted to the 2019 South Australian Women’s Honour Roll for her contribution to the Adelaide Arts’ community and has been selected as a workshop presenter for the 2020 World Congress for the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People. Recently, Jen was the MC and panel host for the City of Campbelltown’s 2020 International Women’s Day celebration. Accolades for Jen and Pelican Productions include ‘Best Youth Production’, In the Heights, Theatre Association of South Australia 2020, Finalist (Arts) Women in Innovation awards 2018, 2017, ‘Best Show, Youth’, Bring It On: the Musical, Adelaide Theatre Guide Awards 2017, ‘Best Ensemble’, ‘Best Technical’, The Little Mermaid, Adelaide Theatre Guide Awards 2015. A finalist for children’s songwriting in the National Songwriting Awards, Jen’s passion for words is lived through original poetry and stories.

Kylie Green

W7 - KylieKylie completed her Diploma of Music (Voice), Flinders Street School of Music, in 1995 and a Bachelor of Music (Voice) from Adelaide University in 1997. During this time, Kylie played principal roles in over 16 musical theatre shows, and her love of music theatre became well-established. After university, Kylie taught voice in a number of schools and still enjoys teaching voice privately at ‘The Nest’. In 1999, she established the founding Kindermusik business in Adelaide where she taught music to children aged 0 to 5 years. This quickly grew into centres centres across Adelaide.

In 2004, Kylie met Jen whilst being part of the production team of The Wizard of Oz. It was here that Pelican Productions and Music Theatre Camp were born, beginning its first year in 2005 with 65 children. By 2019, this had grown to 500 children. Pelican Productions has since branched out to run ‘Sing Oz’, an adult musical ensemble for people who just love to sing, acting classes, Broadway chorus and vocal workshops in their new venue ‘The Nest’. Kylie co-produced Grease in 2013 and was the co-producer and musical director for The Little Mermaid in 2014. She co-produced Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Bring it On: the Musical, for which Pelican Productions won the Curtain Call for ‘Best Show, Youth Theatre’ in 2017, and has also co-produced and musical directed Annie, co-produced Seussical and is currently co-producing and musical directing The Lion King.

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Saints’ Rowing Flies the Flag for SA

W7 - Rowing

Congratulations to Year 11 students Clare Romaniuk and Sophie Barr, who have been selected for the 2020 South Australian State Rowing Team in two crews. They will compete at the Interstate Regatta (part of the Sydney International Rowing Regatta, Monday 23 – Sunday 29 March) in the Bicentennial Cup as part of the Women’s Youth Eight (an U21 crew). Then, in the school holidays, they will compete at the Australian Underage Selection Trials in NSW as part of the Women’s Pathway Eight crew (an U19 crew, where members must still be at school). To be selected into both crews is an outstanding achievement.

In addition to current students, a number of St Peter’s Girls’ Old Scholars have also been selected for the 2020 State Team. Carys Jones (Kennion 2018) and Amy Carrodus (Selwyn 2019) have been chosen for the Women’s Youth Eight alongside Sophie and Clare. Olympia Aldersey (Kennion 2011) has also been selected in the Queen’s Cup, and appointed Co-Team Captain. The presence of these Old Scholars on the State Team is a testament to the ability of the Rowing Program to foster a lifelong passion for the sport, and develop the mental skills necessary to perform at a high level.

The St Peter’s Girls’ Rowing coaching staff are also well-represented, with Director of Rowing Brynley Millward appointed as Head Coach of the Pathway Squad. Junior Coordinator Izzie Day has been appointed as Women’s Pathway Eight Coach, and Year 10 coach Thomas Stevens an Assistant Coach to the Men’s Pathway Eight. These appointments speak to the strength of the coaching team, and the ability of our Rowing Program to educate and develop high-quality coaches.

Good luck to all of our current students, Old Scholars and staff involved in the 2020 SA State Team. Go SA!

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Dramatic Assignment for SACE Students

W7 - Drama

The new SACE Stage 1 Drama course for 2020 requires students to form their own dramatic company. They are asked to name their company and develop a vision statement for their shared dramatic intent. The girls have created ‘Ten Point Five Productions’ and have written the following ‘Media Release’ to share with the community.

Ten Point Five Productions – Media Release

Katherine Kitching
SACE Drama Teacher

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State Track and Field Championships

W7 - Athletics
 
Congratulations to students Keeley Fahey (Year 11), Holly Cardone (Year 11), Daisy Braithwaite (Year 8), Amelia Lucas (Year 8) and Malaika McLeod (Year 7) who competed recently at the Athletics SA State Track and Field Championships.

Holly Cardone – U18: 100m 6th, High Jump 2nd, Long Jump 5th,
Keeley Fahey – U18: 400m Hurdles 2nd, High Jump 3rd, U20: High Jump 2nd, Pole Vault 3rd, Javelin 3rd
Amelia Lucas – U15: 100m 6th, 200m 4th, 400m 3rd
Malaika McLeod – U14: 800m 1st, 1500m 1st
Daisy Braithwaite – U15: 1500m 2nd, 3000m Walk 1st

Some of our Old Scholars also enjoyed outstanding results; Rose Pittman (Kilburn 2019) won the Open 400m and 800m, with Margaret Gayen (Patteson 2011) 1st in the 100m Hurdles and Long Jump, 2nd in the 100m and 3rd in the 200m, and Christine Gayen (Patteson 2014) won the Open Shot Put and placed 3rd in the 100m Hurdles, 4th in the Long Jump, Javelin and Discus, 6th in the 100m, while Anna Cross (Patteson 2016) finished 1st in the 10000m Walk.

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Volunteers – The Garden of Saintly Delights

W5 - The Garden of Saintly Delights

Sunday 29 March 2020 from 11am – 5pm

We are seeking community volunteers for our Garden of Saintly Delights Fair.

As in previous years, the success of this event rests on the School community coming together to lend a hand. Can you volunteer for an hour or two?

Positions and times available:

Talented Photographer:
To take pictures throughout the day

Set-up crew:
8.30 – 10.00am
10.00 – 11.30am

Various positions available during the event:
11am – 1pm
1 – 3pm
3 – 5pm

Pack-down crew:
5 – 6.30pm

Please email your name, contact information and availability to:

Anne Andrejewskis kaandre@bigpond.com or call/text her on 0416 010 993

Thank you in advance for your kind consideration and support!

Bronwyn Bartter
Parents’ and Friends’ Association President

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Friends of The Arts – Choral Night Raffle Fundraiser

W6 - Raffle Fundraiser 2

Our Friends of The Arts’ volunteers will be conducting a 50/50 raffle on Choral Night. The fantastic prize for one lucky winner will be 50% of the raffle ticket takings on the evening. The remaining 50% will directly benefit our Saints Girls and our Arts’ platform.

Tickets are $5 each (cash only) and will be on sale in the foyer of Influencers Church prior to the 7pm event commencement. The winner will be notified the following day by phone. We would like to encourage you all to bring a $5 note and buy a ticket on the night.

Thank you for your kind support.

Danielle Parker
Friends of The Arts’ President

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Uniform Reminder for Year 4 Students

W5 - Winter Uniform

If your daughter is in Year 4, there are a few different uniform requirements that you may need to purchase before Term 2.

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

Please contact the School Shop on 8334 2228 to arrange an appointment.

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Saints Girls’ Rowing Rashies

W4 - Rowing Rashie

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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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.

BASKETBALL

Intercol v Walford
In the Basketball Intercol, the girls brought their best to the games. First up was the middle As. These girls played hard on the court and managed to come away with a win. They had some great rebounds along with a number of top shots. The Opens played an amazing game but, unfortunately, came home with a loss. It was a close game for the most part, however, they let Walford get away from them at the start. The girls played some of their best defence yet and made some great shots. The Middle Bs also had a close loss. This meant that Walford won the Basketball intercol. All the girls played really well and showed great school spirit when cheering for the other teams on the sidelines. – Emma Matheson (Captain)

Open – Saints 24 defeated by Walford 29
The girls played an amazing game – their best so far this season. Indy Dodd had some great shots in offence. We let Walford get ahead of us at the start and did our best to catch up in the second half, but were unsuccessful. – Emma Matheson (Captain)

Middle A – Saints 32 defeated Walford 15
After a slow start against an older and much taller team,  it looked as though it was going to be a tough game, as we only had 2 points at quarter-time. From there, the team lifted their defensive work rate, which created turnovers, and used their speed to perform layups. This allowed them to run away with it towards the end of the game. Very happy with the way we played. – Brenton Davies (Coach)

Middle B – Saints 10 defeated by Walford 14
Again, we played a much taller team and quiet physical, which caught us by surprise and led to the team being 10 to 2 points down at half-time. We then picked up our intensity and had most of the play. Unfortunately, we just could not make our shots and lost in a close one. – Brenton Davies (Coach)

Middle C – no game due to long weekend

SOFTBALL

Year 5/6 Blue – Saints 12 defeated Saints White 10
Another intense match-up against Saints White which provided a great game with lots of action. Both teams showed excellent hitting with a high score of 12-10. Saints Blue won the game in the second inning using their defensive skills to hold their lead. Fun game for all the players and a good week. – Jesse Dreswick (Coach)

Year 5/6 White – Saints 10 defeated by Saints Blue 12
What a great game! The score does not reflect the effort and skill shown by the team. Unfortunately it didn’t fall our way. Another fantastic batting effort – special mention to Phoebe Lucas for her two hits – a huge home run and double. We still need to work on some basic fielding skills – getting behind the ball and really taking the time to make an accurate throw. I would also like to mention Phoebe Fan for an outstanding catching effort. – Mimi Long (Coach)

Year 3/4 Blue – Saints 22 defeated by Saints White 29
Massive improvement from the last game; the girls were switched on and fielded very well. Well done to Meg Paul on taking an awesome catch and throw to first to get a double play in the first inning! It was great to see improvement from everyone, especially in the field. There’s another win coming soon!  Payne Sowter

Year 3/4 White – Saints 29 defeated Saints Blue 22
A much improved game for both teams since the last time we played each other. The score was tight throughout, with some key defensive stops in the 3rd inning providing much-needed breathing room. The offence was awesome, with some good aggressive base-running the spark to getting ahead. Stand outs from my view would have been Eleanor Bartter and Stella Fuidge, proving to be the key pitcher’s spot to first base combination that was needed to get some defensive stops. Overall, a thoroughly entertaining game to be a part of.  Daniel Di Tomaso (Coach)

TENNIS

No Year 7 – 12 games due to long weekend

Junior Division 1 Blue – Saints 2-18 defeated by Pembroke Blue 4-21
Singles: Sophie Blight 0-4, Alison Francis 3-4, Elodie de Wit 4-1, Mia Bennett 1-4

Junior Division 1 White – Saints had a bye

Junior Division 2 – Saints 1-7 defeated by Wilderness White 5-25
Singles: Lily Forby 0-4, Abbie An 1-4, Sophie Wiggins 1-4, Abbey Phillips 4-1

Junior Division 3 Blue – Saints 5-23 defeated Wilderness Green 1-17
Singles: Stella Fuidge 4-2, Eleni Schultze 4-3, Scarlett Parker 4-3, Emily L 4-3

Junior Division 3 White – Saints did not play

TOUCH FOOTBALL

No Year 7 – 12 games due to long weekend

VOLLEYBALL

No Year 7 – 12 games due to long weekend

WATER POLO

Open A – Saints 5 defeated St Michaels by forfeit

Open B – Saints 3 defeated by Seymour 16
The girls had a tough game this week, facing one of the stronger teams in the A grade, but every girl worked extremely hard to take every attempt on goal, as well as defend Seymour’s many advances. Best player this week was Alexia Politis, for her constant determination and ability in attack, where she supported her teammates through their attempts on goal, as well as scoring a brilliant goal from halfway herself. Overall a wonderful game, good work girls! – Fiona Lethbridge (Captain)

Open C – 19 defeated Sacred Heart 5
This week saw the girls have yet another amazing game, where they won by a goal margin of 14. With each attack, the girls made every attempt to create a strong set up, to give them as many opportunities to shoot as possible, while also being able to defend Sacred Heart’s own attempts on goal. Best player this week was Emily Whittaker, for her strong attacking skills, where she was top goal scorer with 5 goals, as well as winning all four swim-ups. Brilliant work this week girls, keep it up! – Fiona Lethbridge (Captain)

Year 7-8A – Saints 10 drew with St Ignatius 10

Year 7-8B – Saints 4 defeated by Loreto 17

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