All posts by Admin

eNews – Week 4, Term 3 2019

Issue no. 24Enews-banner

W4 - Banner

National Tech Win

In news hot off the press, two of our Year 10 girls studying Artificial Intelligence (AI) have claimed 1st place in the National AI for Good Challenge.

Edie McKellar and Jenna Bowden impressed the judges with their concept of ‘NAila’ – an AI midwife who aims to bring education and monitoring to pregnant women living in remote communities and developing countries.

Following their win at the State Finals earlier this month, the girls travelled to Sydney for a shot at the National title and, this afternoon, they celebrated victory!

It’s yet another example of how St Peter’s Girls’ School is taking technology education to the next level. Well done girls!

Back to top


From the Director of Early Learning

The Community Garden Project

KM ELC photoThe creation of an ELC Community Garden has been a dream for quite some time. With the support of The Friends of the ELC, we raised enough funds to construct our garden. During the July holidays, Ned from Property Services worked off the plan created by the children to build a sustainable ELC Community Garden. We have been investing time this term to form the relationship with the new space, to share small group experiences with the adults and children to imagine how we might plant our garden and for what purpose. We have invited our community to give us some direct communication about how they would like to see the garden utilised.

As this garden is so much more than just a place to grow vegetables, the educators have been working on a clear learning intention now and moving forward so that we can ensure the endurance of the garden over time and that it is viewed as a learning space and a strong connection to Ferguson Park.

Nurturing and sustaining our natural environment are key roles we have as citizens of our world. We take responsibility for building a foundation of experience for these areas across the Early Learners’ Centre. We embark on embedding cultural, ethical and ecological understandings through our daily life and investigations throughout our learning environment and beyond.

The introduction of our Community Garden provides us with a vehicle for embedding these understandings, taking active responsibility for its care and function. It enables community action for a shared purpose and provides a place for deep connection, relationships and research. Through daily interactions, it will develop as a place where joy, respect, wonder and anticipation are inherent.

Our intention is to create a space where community members are welcomed to participate alongside each other, encouraging the sharing of experience and responsibility. The cycle of learning through our garden will build upon experiences children share within their own families, cultures and beyond.

We look forward to welcoming our School community into our space.

Kate Mount
Director of Early Learning

Back to top


Chilling Rivalry at Winter Interhouse

W4 - Winter Interhouse
 
The annual Winter Interhouse started in wintery conditions last Friday. The Reception to Year 6 Cross Country needed to be postponed, while Years 7, 8 and 9 braved and then succumbed to the elements, with the 8s and 9s running for any cover they could find as the rain turned to hail at the end of their event.

This continued into the Aussie Rules held after school; every 10 minutes of clear weather was followed by 5 minutes of heavy rain. With spectators doing all they could to stay warm and generate vocal support from the sidelines, the conditions seemed to create even more competition on the field, allowing the bolder players to finish by sliding as far as they could through muddy patches.

Saturday morning was quite a contrast and, despite grim weather forecasts, the morning was cool but clear. Badminton, Hockey, Netball and Soccer were all fiercely contested with many close results.

In Aussie Rules, Patteson prevailed, winning back-to-back titles; Badminton saw Selwyn claim the shield for the first time, breaking Kilburn’s dominance since 2014; Selwyn retained the Netball title; Kennion reclaimed the Hockey shield which they last won in 2016; and in Soccer, Patteson defeated Selwyn on goals to claim victory.

Many thanks to the Saints Sport Support Group for the barbecue and coffee van during the morning which proved great value to the many hungry players and parents.

The final results were:

Aussie Rules – 1st Patteson, 2nd Selwyn, 3rd Kilburn, 4th Kennion
Soccer – 1st Patteson, 2nd Selwyn, 3rd Kilburn, 4th Kennion
Badminton – 1st Selwyn, 2nd Kilburn, 3rd Patteson, 4th Kennion
Hockey – 1st Kennion, 2nd Patteson, 3rd Kilburn, 4th Selwyn
Netball – 1st Selwyn, 2nd Patteson, 3rd Kilburn, 4th Kennion

Neil Fuller
Director of Sport

Back to top


Year 5 Production Tickets on Sale Monday!

W4 - eNews Banner

Secure your tickets to see this wonderful show: St Peter’s Girls’ School’s production of Ian Fleming’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang JR.

Tickets go on sale to the School community at 9am on Monday 19 August. Tickets will sell fast, so book early to snap up great seats.

There is a limit of six tickets per family. Should tickets still be available closer to opening night, families will be able to purchase additional tickets. Grandparents who would prefer to attend a matinee performance will be invited to buy tickets to the School session on Friday 27 September at 1.15pm, which our Junior School students will be attending.

26 – 27 September 2019 at 7pm
St Peter’s Girls’ School Arts Centre

Ticket prices:
Adult $17
Student/Concession $12
Family (2 Adults/2 Children) $42

Visit www.trybooking.com/BDZQK

Back to top


Young Gymnast Beaming with Glory

W4 - Gymnastics
Congratulations to Year 3 student Maisy Ion, who achieved incredible results at the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Level 3 – 5 Interclub 1. In the Level 3 (under 9 years) competition, she finished in 1st place overall, and also received a Gold medal for her beam routine, a Silver for vault, and a Bronze for the uneven bars. In the Level 3 (under 9 years) competition, she finished in 1st place overall, and also received a Gold medal for her beam routine, a Silver for vault, and a Bronze for the uneven bars.

Maisy started gymnastics at the beginning of 2018. Currently, she trains twice a week for a total of five hours.

“I was really nervous but I tried my best. I am now training hard to earn another medal.” – Maisy Ion

Amazing effort Maisy!

Back to top


Maths Quiz Equals Fun Night

W4 - Maths

On the night of Wednesday 7 August, many teams from Years 7 – 12 competed in the annual Maths Quiz Night in the Middle School. We competed in maths problems, puzzles and general knowledge quizzes against teams from other local schools.

Everyone brought a lot of food and there was just as much eating as answering questions. It was a great night where everyone really gave it their all and challenged themselves while having a lot of fun. I was fortunate to belong to a winning team – Adele Russell, Rose Guo and I won the award for being the Best Junior Mathematics Team.

Chi Chi Zhao
Year 9 student

Back to top


Environment Club Minds its Beeswax

W4 - Environment Club

Tracy Holtze, a former Food Technology teacher, visited the School to teach the members of the Environment Club how to create beeswax wrappers. These are sustainable and reusable food wrappers that can be used as an alternative to single-use plastic. They can be bought at many stores or can be created by infusing pieces of cotton with a mixture of food-grade beeswax, pine rosin and oil (usually jojoba or coconut oil). This allows the wrapper to easily wrap around an item of food and to be washed with a cold cloth before it is reused.

As we all are aware, packaging has caused an increasing amount of rubbish pollution which has developed into a worldwide issue. This activity has given the Environment Club the skills and knowledge they need to create their own wrappers and help reduce their ecological footprint of this issue.

The Environment Club really enjoyed the activity and we encourage our School community to try beeswax wrappers as an alternative to cling wrap for their produce.

Lucy White
Environment Club Captain

Back to top


Dance Students Moved by Artistic Outing

W4 - Dance

Last Friday, 47 dance students from Years 9 and 10 attended a school edition of Sydney Dance Company’s ‘Triple Bill’ at the Dunstan Playhouse. Both classes have been learning contemporary dance skills, choreography and creating their own dance movement in this style. They were fortunate enough to not only view two of the company’s current works – Neon Aether and Cinco – but listen to the choreographers discuss their process for generating original ideas and movement. It’s always a pleasure to take our students to view live dance performance as it is often a first for some students that opens up their minds to this creative and expressive art form.

“The performance was something so unique and I really enjoyed the use of imagination in Neon Aether relating to the space fiction. It surprised me how the artistic directors manipulated the lights to create blackouts so the dancers could make their spots and it impressed me how balanced and strong the dancers were. It taught me the value of putting your visions into action and expressing your imaginative moves into a form of expression like dance.” – Caitlin Middelberg

“This experience allowed me to become inspired by their unique movements and choreographic skills. I liked learning about the artists’ inspirations and techniques for creating the movements. I was surprised by the way they incorporated their choreographic intent through their work by using different stimulus to establish a story that can be interpreted differently by the audience. I was really impressed by the way the day was structured and how we had time to listen to the choreographers talk about their pieces.” – Georgina Keough

Kate Burnett
Head of The Arts

Back to top


Kilburn and Kennion House Charity Day

W4 - House Charity Day

Friday 23 August

On Friday 23 August, Kilburn’s Year 10 girls will be selling to Years 3 – 12 a delicious dessert of ice-cream with an array of mouth-watering toppings including chocolate sauce, crushed Oreos, gummy bears and many more! For the Receptions, Year 1s and Year 2s, vanilla dixie cups can be bought for $2.50 using the following try booking link – https://www.trybooking.com/BEPRF

The Year 10 Kennion girls will be serving up sausages and bread ($2.50 each), and for students in Reception – Year 2, these can be pre-purchased via the link above.

Back to top


Share the Dignity Campaign – Can You Help?

As part of our Health programs, St Peter’s Girls is once again participating in the Share the Dignity campaign. August is collection month for sanitary products to help the 85,000 homeless women and teenage girls who either can’t easily access or afford these necessary items. Collection boxes will be available in various classrooms and the Library for the girls to place their donations. I would love for our School community to be aware of what we are doing and to embrace this charity.

To learn more about the Share the Dignity initiative, click here.

Sonya Risbey
Physical Education/Health Teacher

Back to top


I, Pandora Plaudits

W4 - Drama

The SACE Year 11 and 12 Drama students presented their production of I, Pandora in a four-show season last week. Based on the well-known myth of Pandora, the play interwove a classical Greek re-telling of the original story with a more naturalistic exploration of the contemporary tale of Ida Sallinger. Involving an evocative soundscape, clever animations and a magnificent set, the play was a tremendous hit with all who saw it. The actors each gave startlingly impressive performances as they explored complex human emotions, worked together powerfully in an ensemble, and developed captivating characters. The play itself was a completely original work – written in-house, workshopped collaboratively, and developed by the students – and was a testament to the creative talents of all involved.

Michael Butler-Wills
Head of English / Drama Teacher

Back to top


A Taste of Spain for Language Learners

W4 - Churros

The Spanish ab initio Year 11 group have taken Spanish learning out of the classroom. They started the project of language immersion in March, when they decided to travel to Spain in 2020. The girls have learnt about the culture of Spanish-speaking countries and are getting ready to visit Instituto Cervantes in Salamanca, Spain which awards the DELE Certification in Languages (Spanish).

Thanks to the support of the Saints Girls’ community, the students raised approximately $200 though the churros fundraiser, which will go towards their certificate in Spain.

Saludos

Flor Groenen
Spanish ab initio Teacher

Back to top


Visual Arts Students Weave their Magic

W4 - Visual Arts

The Year 9 Visual Arts students recently completed woven wall hangings. They were greatly inspired by the techniques, colours and materials used in the works created by the Tjanpi Desert Weavers.

Although many students initially found weaving to be challenging, they reported a feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment as they mastered practices and reflected upon their finished product.

It was wonderful to see a diverse collection of finished woven wall hangings that effectively showcase the skills and techniques developed in this unit of work.

Artwork by (from left to right) – Tara Young, Dayna Petruzzella, Charlotte Adams, Chloe Venning and Azaan Singh

Kirsten Mansfield
Visual Arts Teacher

Back to top


P&F Father’s Day Stall

Print

The Parents’ and Friends’ Association will be holding a Father’s Day Stall where all of our Junior School girls will be able to purchase a gift for their father, grandfather or another special person in their life.

We will have a variety of wonderful gifts available for $5 each. They will be wrapped and delivered to class teachers and given out at the end of the day.

The stall will be set up under the Stott Wing Balcony at the following times:

Wednesday 28 August
Recess 10.10 – 10.35am (Reception students)
Lunch 1.05 – 1.40pm (Year 1 and 2 students)

Thursday 29 August
Recess 10.10 – 10.35am (Year 3 and 4 students)
Lunch 1.05 – 1.40pm (Year 5 and 6 students)

If you would like your child to purchase a gift from the stall, please send some money to school with them on these days.

Bronwyn Bartter
Parents’ and Friends’ Association President

Back to top


Calling all Parents of Saints’ Rowers

W1 Rowing
AGM: Tuesday 20 August
Time: 6 – 8pm
Location: Chiverton Boardroom

The 2019-20 school rowing season is almost upon us and your girls need your support to ensure a smooth and enjoyable season. Friends of Rowing (FoR) is thriving and we welcome new parents to join our group to support our Director of Rowing and ensure Saints Girls continues to have a successful rowing program.

One of the purposes of FoR is to raise much-needed funds to help reduce the cost associated with rowing. Over the past few years, we have contributed money towards compulsory rowing camps, which has greatly reduced the on-cost charged to parents. We have also purchased training equipment, clothing and hats. Some of the ways we’ve raised money include sponsorship, sausage sizzles and raffles. With the School’s help, we organise the rowing social events such as the Season Welcome and Head of the River Dinner. This committee adds real value to our program and without fundraising, the cost of rowing for parents would inevitably rise.

Throughout the rowing season, FoR meet each month at the School for a short social catch up with staff members and coaches. Everyone is welcome as we work collaboratively to help inform decisions which add value to the program. You don’t need to volunteer for a committee position or attend every meeting; feel free to just come along to hear about the work we do, offer up any ideas you may have, and get to know other rowing parents. The more we support each other, the greater we support our girls and their passion for rowing.

As stated above, our AGM and first meeting for the season will take place on Tuesday 20 August. Please come along so that we can continue to improve the success of the Saints Girls’ Rowing program. Afterwards, parents are welcome to join us at the Feathers Hotel for a social catch up.

Melissa Westgate
Foundation Manager

Back to top


School Immunisation Program

Second Visit for Year 8 Students

Human Papillomavirus Vaccine (HPV)
Eastern Health Authority (EHA – www.eha.sa.gov.au) will soon be visiting St Peter’s Girls to administer the second dose of the HPV vaccine for Year 8 students where consent has been provided.

If for some reason you did not receive a consent form and you wish for your child to be vaccinated, please ask for one at the School’s Front Office or contact EHA on 8132 3600.

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

Please notify us if:

• Your child has already had the second HPV with another provider
• You wish to withdraw your consent
• Your child’s medical condition has changed

Remember: it is your responsibility to advise EHA of any change in the information on the consent form, in particular, your child’s medical condition. A signed and dated note presented on the day of immunisation from a parent or guardian in your child’s diary is acceptable.

Back to top


Sing for Dignity – Youth Concert Featuring Saints Girls

W4 - Sing for Dignity - Youth

Sing for Dignity – Youth is a concert being held this Sunday to raise funds for Friends with Dignity, a non-for-profit organisation supporting those affected by domestic violence. Saints Girls’ jazz group In-Ta Jazz will be performing, and Year 8 student Samantha Keough will be a solo performer.

Sunday 18 August
5pm (approx. finish time 7.45pm)
Star Theatre, 145 Sir Donald Bradman Drive, Hilton
Tickets $25 via https://www.trybooking.com/BCUSA

Star Theatre operates a licensed bar and sells snacks such as chips and chocolates. Drinks can be taken into the theatre.

Come along and support a worthy cause while enjoying the amazing vocals of some of our very talented singers.

Back to top


Save The Date – SACE Music Concert

W3 - SACE Music Concert

Our senior Music students are steadily working towards their SACE Solo and Ensemble Performance Summative Assessments which will form the basis of our upcoming SACE Music Concert at 7pm on Thursday 12 September. Stage Band, Chamber Choir, Concert Choir, Concert Band and Enchante will perform as many of our students use these ensembles to gain 10 SACE credits in Ensemble Performance. We will also hear many solos. Entry is free and we encourage audience members to bring their own drinks and nibbles.

Please come along and support our senior Music students from 7pm on Thursday 12 September (Week 8).

Sally Rounsevell
Director of Music

Back to top


Book Week 2019

W9 - Book Week

Dress Up Day will be held on Friday 23 August 2019

Come dressed as your favourite book character! There will be class parades during a special Junior School Assembly at 8.40am in the Arts Centre. Parents are most welcome to attend.

Back to top


OSA Movie Afternoon Fundraiser

W3 - OSA Movie Night_eNews Banner

The OSA is delighted to be hosting a movie fundraiser – ‘Downton Abbey’ – on Saturday 14 September at 1.30pm at The Regal Theatre.

Please join us for a relaxing afternoon watching the movie which picks up in 1927, about a year and a half after the series finale was set, and revolves around the good folks at Downton preparing for a very special visit from the King and Queen of England.

Tickets are $20 via www.trybooking.com/BDMQT; the price includes a drink (soft drink or bubbles) on arrival and chocolates.

Back to top


Planning Ahead: The US & UK Application Timeline

W3 - Crimson Education

10 September at Loreto College

If you are in Years 9 – 11 and want to have the option of studying in the US or UK straight after high school, we encourage you to learn as much as you can about the application process as early as possible. This information session, run by Crimson Education, will show you how to prepare for overseas admission and will provide tips on how to apply alongside your SACE or IB.

Click here for free group tickets.

Back to top


Wool Donations Needed

W9 - Environment Club 2

The Environment Club is collecting any spare wool that you may have at home and no longer wish to use. Members will be taught how to crochet squares, which will be sewn together to make blankets for the homeless. We would greatly appreciate any wool to help us reduce costs. If you do have spare wool, please send it to school with your daughter and she can deposit it in the box at Student Services.

We thank you in advance for your support.

Lucy White and Lucy Young
Environment Club Leaders

Back to top


Upcoming House Dinners

W1 - House Dinner

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

The Year 11s have been working hard organising decorations, food and games for each event. Visit the Trybooking links below to purchase your daughter’s ticket for the night as this is a compulsory event.

We’re looking forward to seeing everyone’s creative costumes and enjoying a fun night with our Houses.

Kilburn House Dinner
Theme: Op Shop
30 August (Week 6)
Book now: https://www.trybooking.com/BDSGW

Patteson House Dinner
Theme: American High School
13 September (Week 8)
Book now: https://www.trybooking.com/BDYLU

Year 12 House Captains

Back to top


Would You Like to Join Our Amazing Team of Volunteers?

W3 - Star Program

Our Learning Strategies volunteers are all enormously valued within the department and the broader School community. Our girls LOVE working with them, and the teachers are so appreciative of their generous donation of energy, expertise and enthusiasm. We have some exciting developments within our department in 2019 and we’d love you to join us.

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

Please make contact ASAP to register your interest via:

Catherine Kelly – Junior School ckelly@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au
Susan Bassett – Middle and Senior School sbassett@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au

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

Learning Strategies Team

Back to top


Kidz Biz Education Evening

You are warmly invited to the Kidz Biz Growth and Development Education Evening on Thursday 22 August in the Arts Centre.

Kidz Biz Growth and Development Education is for students and their parents. The sessions are designed to be fun, informative and easy to understand. They are highly interactive sessions, providing parents/guardians and students an introduction to basic personal growth and social development education. Traditionally known as the ‘birds and the bees’, these sessions will be presented in a manner that is not awkward or threatening, where students can learn about the human body and the amazing things it can do. The evening will be broken into two sessions for the following year groups, and the cost will be covered by the School.

Years 2 – 4: ‘Where Did We Come From?’ – 6 to 6.50pm
• Myths about where babies come from
• Conception
• Fertilisation
• The nine month foetal development
• The birth process

Years 5 and 6: ‘What’s Happening To Me?’ – 7 to 7.50pm
• Puberty (physical and emotional)
• Body image and media influences
• Dealing with parents

We hope to see many parents and students attend these sessions.

Suzanne Haddy
Head of Junior School

Back to top


Sports News

W4 - Aerobics

AEROBICS

After a long season, it was an outstanding effort from our middle Aerobics team of Madeline Harmer (Year 9), Annie Warrick, Zara Blight and Jessica Cao (Year 8), and Sienna Huxtable (Year 7) who finished 5th at the National FISAF Aerobics Championships held in Brisbane.

Congratulations also to Caitie Scane (Year 9) who competed in the individual section and placed 9th from 15 competitors.

BASKETBALL

Year 6 Blue – Saints 25 defeated Seymour Green 24
The team played well in a close game and held on to win by the smallest margin. We started well and were in control of the game to lead 23 to 14 at three-quarter time. Unfortunately, both Januri Wagaarachchi and Levanya De Silva had reached their scoring limit (12 points each) and our scoring dried up. Overall though, a really good effort. – Brenton Davies (Coach)

Year 5 – Saints 18 defeated Walford Blue 16
The girls secured their first win which was excellent. You can see how much they have improved from their first game to now. They did a man-on-man defence that worked really well, making it hard for the other team to get the ball. They worked as a team calling each other’s names and helping each other out when they needed. It was a very close game but the girls managed to get the win. – Kelly Laird (Coach)

LACROSSE

Under 13 – Saints 14 defeated St Aloysius 5
We played SAC down at Findon Oval, Woodville. The rain held out during the first two quarters where the girls were leading by 6 points. In the second half, SAC came back with some goals that were just enough to keep us out of mercy rule. We finished just as the rain did with a 14 – 5 win and 8 out of our 12 girls getting a goal. – Caitlyn Grayson (Coach)

Under 11 Blue – Saints 6 defeated by North Adelaide 15
It was a very wet and cold morning but nevertheless the girls played well. Ruby Kelly (Year 3) did a fantastic job at being our goalie as she stopped most shots. Claris Stolcman (Year 3) was impressive with her speed as she ran down the field to be an option in attack. Our ground balls were quite good, especially Matilda Birmingham’s (Year 3) as she always got her stick down early. It was great to see Neela (Year 3) and Lilly Meo (Year 3) have the confidence to run hard when they had the ball in their stick. Chelsea Francis (Year 3) did a great job at being the back-up player behind the goal if a shot was missed and always moving in attack. Goal scorers were Chelsea (4), Claris (1) and Matilda (1). Best players were Neela and Ruby. – Lucy Martin (Coach)

Under 11 White – Saints 6 defeated St Dominics 9
Despite losing, the game was exceptionally close and was one of the team’s best performances this term. Excellent energy and spirit was shown, and the score remained tight with pressure shown from both sides. Unfortunately in the third quarter, we had a slight dip and this allowed the opposition to score a number of goals quickly. In the final quarter, we showed our determination as we regained composure and scored 3 goals! All players contributed well, with Eliza Burmester and Enya Ouyang stopping many goals as goalies. Anvika Singh worked hard in the midfield, with Millie Lively, Lois Burton-Howard, Enya and Matilda Wilkin scoring the goals for the team. Well done, you all played a great game. In training, we will focus on getting in front of defence and intercepting passes. – Sophie Auricht (Coach)

NETBALL

Year 4 Blue – Saints 13 defeated Pembroke Blue 6
The girls played a great team game. Accurate shooting by Wei Ning was backed up by Zoe White and Enya Ouyang. There was good support around the goal circle edge, and strong defence helped with a terrific result. The girls are improving their skills with every game, always putting pressure on the opposition. Awesome work girls. – Karen Braund (Coach)

Year 3/4 White – Saints 9 defeated Seymour 1
This has definitely been the girls’ best game as they were all spreading out, dodging and calling each other’s names. Charlotte was the Captain and played an amazing game, especially in the second-half as Centre. Iris was awesome in GA, continuously going into the free space and trying to shoot every goal she could. Lauren had an astounding game; she shot the first goal in GS and continued to play exceptionally. The girls played really well together, tried their hardest and displayed great sportsmanship. – Maddy Lisle (Student Coach)

SOCCER

Open A – Saints 3 defeated Scotch 1
The Open As won again this week. I was so proud of the girls because it was definitely our best game so far and it was great to see all of them implementing the skills we have been learning in training. Our first goal was scored by Millie Wilkin after heading it to herself and then chasing the ball in with a powerful finish. Isabella Villani dribbled past the defenders and shot an amazing second goal in the bottom left-hand corner. Our third and final goal started from a through-ball by defender Adele Russell, then a powerful cross into the box by Chloe Deieso and a quick poke into the goal by Isabella Villani. Special mention to Annie Bradshaw for playing in goals, Louisa Reid, who played goalie in the second-half, and Tahlia Towers for playing up in the As. Great job girls! – Ellie Anderson (Captain)

Open B – Saints had a bye

Middle A – Saints 1 defeated by St Michaels 7
The girls faced tough opposition, however, despite the challenge, they were excited to get on the ball. Georgia Barclay and Emily Elston were key players in defence – confidently clearing the balls and chasing down the opposition’s attacks. A special mention must also go to Anushka Rajbhoj for an amazing goal that will definitely be remembered. The girls have had a tough season but, with one game left to go, I hope we can secure a win. – Dom Rigby

Middle B – Saints 1 defeated by Wilderness 3
This was the best game the girls have played; they challenged themselves to defend harder and tried more running with the ball. It paid off with the girls having more opportunities in front of goals, resulting in a few near-misses and, in the end, a goal from Ruby Kirwan. – Kerry Hudson (Coach)

Year 6 – game cancelled

Year 5 – game cancelled

Year 3&4 – game cancelled

Back to top


eNews – Week 3, Term 3 2019

Issue no. 23Enews-banner

W3 - Banner 2

From the Director of Teaching and Learning

N Scoggins - webLast week, our students in Years 9, 10 and 11 made their subject selections for next year and so we are now into the complex process of constructing the 2020 timetable. There will always be a small number of students who will be asked to fall back on reserve subject choices and, in short, think as flexibly as possible. It is worth remembering that, by creating timetable blocks based on student choices rather than asking for choices to be made from pre-designed blocks, we as a School are being as flexible as possible from the start of the process.

Making subject choices is often tied in with broader thoughts about ‘what I want to be when I grow up.’ This is a question that many young people dread, of course. Some people know the answer from a young age, but many do not. To complicate things further, the world itself is changing more quickly than ever. There are ex-students of mine, now in their early twenties, working in fields that did not exist when they were making subject selections at school five or six years ago.

Al Alvarez is a respected writer and critic who, in 1999, published his autobiography, entitled “Where Did It All Go Right?” He has lived what seems in many respects to be an enviable life. He is a published novelist and poet, and he wrote a bestselling book inspired by his friendship with Sylvia Plath in the early 1960s. Whilst writing and literary criticism have underpinned his ‘career’, he has also been a world-class poker player and a serious mountaineer, as well as an expert on oil rigs . He turned 90 on Tuesday; his most recent book is about the health benefits of wild swimming in public lakes. Rather than crediting specific subjects, he credits his school years more generally with giving him the appetite for life and new experiences that has served him so well ever since. His life is a salient reminder that we should look to the future with excitement – it is full of possibilities.

Nigel Scoggins
Director of Teaching and Learning

Back to top


Meet our Newest Saints Girls

W3 - New Mid-Year Receptions

The Mid-Year Reception students have settled beautifully into their new classroom. We have had a wonderful and very productive first few weeks of school. The girls have been working hard to learn the routines of school life and enjoyed the many experiences school has to offer. We have been enjoying stories, becoming familiar with the mathematical materials available in the classroom, finding out which picture box we ‘take care of’ on the THRASS chart and enjoying our daily specialist lessons. The girls have already created wonderful self-portraits with oil pastels and water colour in their Art lessons. A highlight was the start of our daily sharing where each student brought a bag with three or four items that they could share with their class so we could all get to know more about each other. I know the remainder of the year will be both positive and rewarding for the girls and their families.

Sarah Lane
Mid-Year Reception Teacher

Back to top


A Message from the Patteson House Captain

W3 - Winter Interhouse

This week, girls in the Middle and Senior Schools will proudly represent their Houses playing five different sports in a contest for the Winter Interhouse shields. The competition kicked off this afternoon with all four Houses showing their skills in Aussie Rules. Tomorrow morning, there will be plenty of action with Soccer, Middle and Senior Netball, Hockey and Badminton.

Winter Interhouse is one of the highly-anticipated events on the calendar, along with Sports Day, Swimming Carnival, Summer Interhouse and Choral Night where the Houses compete against each other in a fun environment. The strength of House spirit at Winter Interhouse is clearly evident by the volume of the cheering and the encouragement that the girls give their teammates. All games bring out the best in the girls as they demonstrate fair play, determination and encouragement.

One of the great things about Winter Interhouse is the ability for every girl to participate. The House team for each sport is predominantly made up of girls who compete in that sport for the School on a regular basis. The remaining positions in the teams are filled with girls who volunteer to play. With five different sports on offer, there is plenty of variety and opportunities for every girl to play, to try a new sport, or provide support and encouragement for their House teams. Interhouse competitions are valuable in facilitating the bonding of girls within a House and between girls in different year levels.

As Patteson House Captain, I am impressed with the enthusiasm of the girls in my House to participate, in particular, those girls who volunteer to fill positions in sports they have never played before. I believe the girls are prepared to put themselves out of their comfort zone because they are confident that the other girls will welcome them into the team and encourage and support them.

Nicolette Miller
Patteson House Captain

Back to top


Senior Drama Production – I, Pandora

W2 - Senior Drama Production

The senior Drama students have been working hard on their production for this year – I, Pandora. An original piece, it interweaves the ancient tale of Pandora with a more contemporary story of a woman whose choices open the lid on a range of unfortunate consequences.

Tickets for tonight’s show can be purchased at the door ($10 Adult and $5 Student/Concession).

Congratulations to the cast and crew on this excellent production!

Back to top


New Pathways STEM from Uni Program

W3 - STEM

Early in Term 2, four Year 11 students were selected to attend a four day STEM Girls Program run by UniSA. I was lucky enough to be selected along with Emily Downie, Emily Loh and Ehi Oyugbo. The program encourages school-aged girls studying STEM subjects to pursue a career in a STEM-based field through STEM-based activities and by providing industry connections.

So far, we have completed two inquiry days at UniSA’s Magill Campus that have been focused on Biomechanics and the mathematics behind a fireworks show. It has been great to be surrounded by like-minded students from other schools and get a taste of university life. Later this term, we will attend a STEM networking dinner as well as visit a variety of businesses linked to STEM industries which we are all looking forward to!

Olivia Goldsmith
Year 11 student

Back to top


Footballer Kicking Goals on National Stage

W3 - Football 1

From 27 July, I was fortunate to represent SA in the School Sport Australia Girls 15U Australian Football Championships. The team flew to Launceston on the Saturday and arrived home the following Sunday.

During our time away, we played five games; our team won three and lost the other two to Victoria in a minor round game and the Grand Final. Unfortunately, Victoria were too strong, finishing with a convincing win in the final. However, we were proud to be the first U15 South Australian female team to make a Grand Final. Prior to the carnival, a selection process involved try-out sessions over four consecutive Sundays. A final squad of 25 was then selected which trained for a further five weeks in the lead up to the carnival. We were privileged to have AFLW Crows player Eloise Jones as an Assistant Coach. Eloise was a great mentor and we learnt so much from her. Football plays a significant role in my life. I play for school, Hectorville and Norwood. I found the State experience extremely beneficial as it has enhanced my football skills, thus motivating me to become the best player I can be.

Ella Dnistriansky
Year 9 student

Back to top


Green Team Unite for Selwyn House Dinner

W3 - Selwyn House Dinner

Selwyn House was transported to the extravagant Met Gala on Friday night after a week of celebrating being green. With the theme of ‘Camp Met Gala’, we had some extraordinary outfits, and literal camping tents, bushes and campers. It was a fun night filled with plenty of food, drinks, dancing and games. It was a great bonding experience for the House and a very enjoyable night.

Amy Carrodus
Selwyn House Captain

Back to top


Special Steps to Help the Homeless

W3 - Walk

Earlier this term, students were asked to consider what they thought were some ‘needs’ in our community. This was a deliberately open-ended task so that they could share the variety of ways in which each person approached the idea.

This led to significant discussion surrounding those who are homeless in our local community, and the challenges they face each day. There are nearly 6,000 people experiencing homelessness in South Australia every year. Some students suggested that it would be helpful if we could act upon this by supporting the Hutt Street Centre.

From a little idea, big things grew. The girls soon discovered that the Hutt Street Centre holds an annual ‘Walk a Mile in My Boots’ event; an awareness campaign to support people doing it tough. What started as a few interested participants increased to approximately 40 students and parents registering to be involved in the walk to not only support those in our community, but to experience what it is like on a cold, winter’s morning to walk one mile to find something to eat and a friendly face. Through their registration alone, the students’ involvement will allow the Hutt Street Centre to provide three hot meals for over 200 people in need.

An excellent example of how small acts of kindness can make a big difference.

Year 6 students

Back to top


Save The Date – SACE Music Concert

W3 - SACE Music Concert

Our senior Music students are steadily working towards their SACE Solo and Ensemble Performance Summative Assessments which will form the basis of our upcoming SACE Music Concert at 7pm on Thursday 12 September. Stage Band, Chamber Choir, Concert Choir, Concert Band and Enchante will perform as many of our students use these ensembles to gain 10 SACE credits in Ensemble Performance. We will also hear many solos. Entry is free and we encourage audience members to bring their own drinks and nibbles.

Please come along and support our senior Music students from 7pm on Thursday 12 September (Week 8).

Sally Rounsevell
Director of Music

Back to top


Book Week 2019

W9 - Book Week

Dress Up Day will be held on Friday 23 August 2019

Come dressed as your favourite book character! There will be class parades during a special Junior School Assembly at 8.40am in the Arts Centre. Parents are most welcome to attend.

Back to top


Families Dish Up Generous Support

W3 - Volunteers

Our sincere thanks to all the families this year who have so generously cooked soups, pastas and casseroles for the Mary Magdalene Drop In Centre. The Junior School families provided generously last Saturday night when more than 100 patrons of the Centre turned up for dinner.

Many thanks to our parent volunteers on the night: Inca Pearce, Helen Klopf, Cate Eaton, Isabel Tolley and Dorothy Noskovic for heating, serving and washing up with good grace and a ready smile for the patrons.

This was our last opportunity to assist the Centre for 2019, however, we are thrilled to announce that due to the generosity of our families during the year, we will be making a $1200 donation to the Centre which will represent the largest single donation the Centre has received in some time.

Thank you again for your support!

Susanna Anderson
Parent Coordinator

Back to top


Share the Dignity Campaign – Can You Help?

As part of our Health programs, St Peter’s Girls is once again participating in the Share the Dignity campaign. August is collection month for sanitary products to help the 85,000 homeless women and teenage girls who either can’t easily access or afford these necessary items. Collection boxes will be available in various classrooms and the Library for the girls to place their donations. I would love for our School community to be aware of what we are doing and to embrace this charity.

To learn more about the Share the Dignity initiative, click here.

Sonya Risbey
Physical Education/Health Teacher

Back to top


OSA Movie Afternoon Fundraiser

W3 - OSA Movie Night_eNews Banner

The OSA is delighted to be hosting a movie fundraiser – ‘Downton Abbey’ – on Saturday 14 September at 1.30pm at The Regal Theatre.

Please join us for a relaxing afternoon watching the movie which picks up in 1927, about a year and a half after the series finale was set, and revolves around the good folks at Downton preparing for a very special visit from the King and Queen of England.

Tickets are $20 via www.trybooking.com/BDMQT; the price includes a drink (soft drink or bubbles) on arrival and chocolates.

Back to top


Planning Ahead: The US & UK Application Timeline

W3 - Crimson Education

10 September at Loreto College

If you are in Years 9 – 11 and want to have the option of studying in the US or UK straight after high school, we encourage you to learn as much as you can about the application process as early as possible. This information session, run by Crimson Education, will show you how to prepare for overseas admission and will provide tips on how to apply alongside your SACE or IB.

Click here for free group tickets.

Back to top


Wool Donations Needed

W9 - Environment Club 2

The Environment Club is collecting any spare wool that you may have at home and no longer wish to use. Members will be taught how to crochet squares, which will be sewn together to make blankets for the homeless. We would greatly appreciate any wool to help us reduce costs. If you do have spare wool, please send it to school with your daughter and she can deposit it in the box at Student Services.

We thank you in advance for your support.

Lucy White and Lucy Young
Environment Club Leaders

Back to top


Upcoming House Dinners

W1 - House Dinner

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

The Year 11s have been working hard organising decorations, food and games for each event. Visit the Trybooking links below to purchase your daughter’s ticket for the night as this is a compulsory event.

We’re looking forward to seeing everyone’s creative costumes and enjoying a fun night with our Houses.

Kennion House Dinner
Theme: Through The Ages
16 August (Week 4)
Book now: https://www.trybooking.com/BDYKI

Kilburn House Dinner
Theme: Op Shop
30 August (Week 6)
Book now: https://www.trybooking.com/BDSGW

Patteson House Dinner
Theme: American High School
13 September (Week 8)
Book now: https://www.trybooking.com/BDYLU

Year 12 House Captains

Back to top


Would You Like to Join Our Amazing Team of Volunteers?

W3 - Star Program

Our Learning Strategies volunteers are all enormously valued within the department and the broader School community. Our girls LOVE working with them, and the teachers are so appreciative of their generous donation of energy, expertise and enthusiasm. We have some exciting developments within our department in 2019 and we’d love you to join us.

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

Please make contact ASAP to register your interest via:

Catherine Kelly – Junior School ckelly@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au
Susan Bassett – Middle and Senior School sbassett@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au

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

Learning Strategies Team

Back to top


Kidz Biz Education Evening

You are warmly invited to the Kidz Biz Growth and Development Education Evening on Thursday 22 August in the Arts Centre.

Kidz Biz Growth and Development Education is for students and their parents. The sessions are designed to be fun, informative and easy to understand. They are highly interactive sessions, providing parents/guardians and students an introduction to basic personal growth and social development education. Traditionally known as the ‘birds and the bees’, these sessions will be presented in a manner that is not awkward or threatening, where students can learn about the human body and the amazing things it can do. The evening will be broken into two sessions for the following year groups, and the cost will be covered by the School.

Years 2 – 4: ‘Where Did We Come From?’ – 6 to 6.50pm
• Myths about where babies come from
• Conception
• Fertilisation
• The nine month foetal development
• The birth process

Years 5 and 6: ‘What’s Happening To Me?’ – 7 to 7.50pm
• Puberty (physical and emotional)
• Body image and media influences
• Dealing with parents

We hope to see many parents and students attend these sessions.

Suzanne Haddy
Head of Junior School

Back to top


Community Golf Day

W1 - Community Golf Day

St Peter’s Girls’ Community Golf Day will be held on Thursday 14 November.

Book your spot to play on the day and network with other community members and businesses connected to our School: www.trybooking.com/ZZHE

Community Golf Day Information

If you require further information about this event, please contact Melissa Westgate in the Community Relations office via mwestgate@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au or 8334 2244.

Back to top


Notification of Student Absence

Please notify the School via one of the following methods for late arrivals/early departures and absences.

Text: 0428 601 957 (save to phone contacts as SPGS)
Email: attendance@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au
Phone: 8334 2200

Feel free to also include the Class/Home Group teacher when sending via email.

Please note: when arriving late (after 8.30am) or leaving early (before 3.30pm), students are required to sign in/out through the Front Office.

LOST PROPERTY
Please ensure you label all items of clothing and personal belongings. Unnamed lost property items can be located in the Front Office.

Back to top


Reminder to Dog Owners

A reminder that all dogs visiting the school grounds must be kept on a lead and under the control of an adult at all times, and must not go inside school buildings or into the ELC grounds. Additionally, they are not to impede the walkways when students and families are moving through the grounds. It is also expected that owners pick up after their dogs. We thank you and your dog for your cooperation.

Back to top


Saints Girls Now on Instagram!

W1 Instagram Banner

The School is proud to launch our newest social media offering to celebrate our fantastic community.

We look forward to sharing exciting images and cutting-edge videos showcasing life at Saints Girls. Be a part of the action and follow us via @stpetersgirlsschool

Back to top


Sports News

W3 - Sport

AUSSIE RULES FOOTBALL

Open – Saints 1.0-6 defeated by Wilderness 6.6-42
The girls fought hard for the entire game. Despite the score not being in our favour, the girls got better as the match progressed. By the fourth quarter, they were playing like a strong team, talking with each other and laying some hard tackles. It was great to see the girls get muddy towards the end with the small amount of rain we had. Best players were Ellie Anderson, Saskia Jonats and Portia Maerschel. They read the play really well and subsequently made some great marks and tackles. The girls should be proud of their efforts and I can’t wait to see what the next game holds for us. – Isabella Bernardi (Captain)

Middle – Saints 0.0-0 defeated by Wilderness 3.8-26
The team played a tough game against Wilderness. Chloe Porter played in midfield for most of the match, constantly making strong attacks on the ball. Ellie Humphrey kept a solid approach to the ball, getting it closer and closer to our goal square. Lauren Parton made multiple confident leads and succeeded in dodging away from defenders. Daisy Kennett was also one of our best players thanks to her strong tackles putting lots of pressure on Wilderness. Emily Bryce played very well, making attacks on the ball and getting out of trouble. Well done to these girls for helping out our team! Although we didn’t score, we definitely didn’t make it easy for Wilderness and our communication skills were advancing throughout the game. We all played well together as a whole team and with each game, there is noticeable improvement. – Eva Young

BADMINTON

Last Saturday, our teams won three out of five games against Immanuel, Seymour and Wilderness. Congratulations to the A team girls who once again defeated a strong opponent and remain undefeated so far in the season. The Single 3 and 4 players have had some intense and fabulous games but were unfortunate to lose by just a small margin. We realise that there is still a lot of room for improvement in skills and strategies in dealing with different kinds of opponents. All the girls played really well and demonstrated positive results from the trainings. The Open E girls achieved their best match results of the season, which clearly shows a great effort and improvements. It is wonderful to see the girls playing with enthusiasm and a willingness to learn and try new things on court. Well done everyone! – Amy Li (Captain)

Open A – Saints 4 defeated Immanuel 2
Open B – Saints 6 defeated Immanuel 0
Open C1 – Saints 5 defeated Immanuel 1
Open C2 – Saints had a BYE
Open D – Saints 2 defeated by Seymour 4
Open E – Saints 3 defeated by Wilderness 3 (on points)

BASKETBALL

Year 6 Blue – Saints 16 defeated Seymour Blue 4
The team played a great first quarter in the rain to lead 12-2 and then it became much heavier and the court was flooding so the game was called off. – Brenton Davies (Coach)

Year 6 White – Saints 6 defeated by Pembroke 16
The game was cancelled in the second quarter because of conditions. The girls started slow but began to build momentum before the game ended. – Jacob Evans (Coach)

Year 5 – Saints 8 defeated by Walford 42
Although the girls didn’t get a win, they still managed to maintain a positive attitude, especially with only having five players. The girls ran hard and never gave up. Penelope scored 6 points with the help of the other girls working as a team. Their defence has improved vastly compared with the previous game, and no matter what the other team threw at them, they never gave up. – Kelly Laird (Coach)

HOCKEY

Open A – Saints 1 defeated by Seymour 2
The girls played a brilliant game against Seymour! Despite the 1 goal score difference, everyone showed improvement from the past few games and fought extremely hard to the end. Well done to Emma Carrodus for scoring off a short corner. All across the field, the girls played well, from Charlotte Creek and Georgina Keough in centre back to Amelie Eaton and Holly Cardone in attack. Congratulations to Emily Whittaker, Georgia Hoskins and Lady Murphy for playing their first game in Open A! – Olivia Goldsmith (Captain)

Open B – Saints did not play

LACROSSE

Under 13 – Saints 13 defeated Wilderness 4
We played Wilderness at our home grounds at Burnside Lacrosse Club. We started out the first quarter even with both teams scoring 2 goals. In the second quarter, we pulled ahead with 2 more goals despite the amazing effort of the opposition goalie. The girls continued with some beautiful shots ending in another win with Emily Bates and Lara Maione contributing 4 each. – Caitlyn Grayson (Coach)

Under 11 Blue – Saints 11 defeated Eagles 4
It was our third time playing Eagles and the girls performed very well. Neela (Year 3) showed determination when never giving up on ground balls and did well at running hard down the field to be an option in attack. Claris Stolcman (Year 3) positioned herself in front of the goal several times, caught the ball and shot hard around the goalie. Amelia Lively (Year 3) also did well in attack as she caught multiple balls and passed them off quickly to open players. At half-time, the score was 4-all and the girls were eager to win. Ruby Kelly (Year 3) moved herself around the goal to increase her angle to shoot well. Our goalies for the match were Lilly Meo (Year 3) and Chelsea Francis (Year 3) who stopped many goals by using their bodies. It was a great effort by all the girls. Goal scorers were Claris (8), Amelia (2) and Lilly (1). Best players were Neela, Claris and Amelia. – Lucy Martin (Coach)

Under 11 White – Saints 1 defeated by East Torrens/Payneham 9
It was a tough game for the team as their opposition proved to be strong competition. It took a few quarters for the team to become cohesive and alert, which ETP took advantage of. Despite the score, the team had numerous game plays that showed their improving stick skills and ground balls. A special mention to Lois Burton-Howard who played a wonderful, energetic game. She scored the team’s goal, which was made possible through good teamwork and contribution by all members. Eliza Burmester also played a great game, contributing enthusiastically to the team. At training, we will look at purposeful passes and moving away from defenders to get clear, accurate passes. Good job girls, keep practising as this was a learning opportunity for our team – onwards and upwards! – Sophie Auricht (Coach)

NETBALL

Open A – Saints 52 defeated Wilderness 32
Saints played an amazing game against Wilderness, winning by a 20-goal margin. Every player knew it was going to be tough, but Saints performed all strategies learnt in training to work the centre corridor and did their best to stick to structure. All girls executed short, sharp and smart passing down the court with Anna White, Sarah Wishart and Alexia Politis showing great patience throwing the ball to Sivi Sivasuthan and Nicolette Miller in the ring. The shooters worked well together, rebounding all missed shots and playing with confidence. Once again, Charlotte White, Ehi Oyugbo and Hannah Freemen were an incredible last line of defence and were outstanding in putting pressure on the goalies and mid-court. A big thank you to Charlotte White, a former player, for filling in and being an excellent addition. Nicolette, Ehi and Hannah were the best players. Nicolette rebounded every goal she missed, giving second efforts and becoming more confident in herself which was easily identified on and off the court. Both Hannah and Ehi were unbelievable in applying continuous efforts in defence and helped keep the oposition’s scoring to a minimum. A great team effort by all! – Sivi Sivasuthan (Captain)

Open B – Saints 16 defeated by Wilderness 33
With all the Open B goalies sidelined with injury or illness, beating Wilderness was always going to be tough task. Amelia Pudney (Open C), Eliza Murray (exchange student) and Adele Eaton (9A team) all worked hard in goals to try create as many opportunities as they could to score. Anda Ceplite did especially well in defence, making consistent intercepts, and Isabella Bernardi worked hard down the court, always being a free option. Despite the score, the girls had a great time playing and worked really hard throughout. They played with a positive spirit, as always, and I wish them all luck in Interhouse! – Eve Habel

Open C – Saints 24 defeated by Wilderness 37
Our team lost to Wilderness after an extremely well-fought game. Wilderness had a very strong team and the girls worked hard defensively to prevent goals. All of them managed to lead and use the space well, converting turnovers into goals. Saints placed pressure on Wilderness as best they could until the very end. Despite this effort, Wilderness proved too good, but many valuable skills have been learned. – Sophie Barr

Open D – Saints 21 defeated by Wilderness 40
Despite losing, our team has significantly improved our play and camaraderie since playing together for the first time at the beginning of Term 2. We are now more familiar with each other’s strategies on court and have grown more comfortable in our positions, which we expect will help us for the rest of the season. A big thank you to Hilary Clark and Grace Richards for filling in for us! – Lucy White

Open E1 (Year 12) – Saints 29 defeated Seymour 28
The girls played a solid game. We didn’t have a strong start as intended in the first quarter. However, we slowly came back. In particular, the last quarter was very strong with both offence and defence getting hands to the ball and working it down the court to successfully finish each turnover with a goal. We will focus on starting future matches strongly and continuing that throughout. – Georgina Bafile

Open E2 (Year 12) – Saints 32 defeated Seymour 14

Year 9A – Saints 34 defeated Wilderness 33
The conditions meant the court was damp, causing the ground to be slippery. It was a slow start, with many little mistakes being made. We lost the first quarter, but we started to play better towards the end, with attackers moving and leading more effectively. The quality of our passes also improved. The second half was a much higher standard and we won both quarters. We started to work better as a team and put continuous pressure on the opposition, causing numerous turnovers. The last quarter was extremely good quality. Our team performed very well under pressure, with us winning by 1 goal. – Ruby Deakin

Year 9B – Saints 27 defeated by Wilderness 45
Although we lost, the girls never gave in. We played a good game and put up a strong fight. Sophie Norman played a great game, getting lots of intercepts. Our attack moved the ball well, with Dayna Petruzzella in GA and GS scoring many goals and securing several intercepts. Even though we didn’t win, we played a great game and never lost spirit. – Sarah Gulliver

Year 9C – Saints 19 defeated by Concordia 31
Even though we lost, we all played reasonably well. We can work on our intercepts and receiving rebounds. The defenders did well at intercepting in the centre third after the centre pass. The attackers were good, and we can improve our passes into and in the goal circle as that was one thing that let us down, but other than that, everyone played well. Even though we didn’t win, there are elements we can work on. – Annie Bafile

Year 9/10 – Saints 6 defeated by Seymour 63
Although all the girls worked really well as a team, the other side had some top shooters and they were very good at intercepting the ball. We need to work on staying on our player and our passing to the right people. Sometimes, when no one comes forward for the ball, it gets intercepted by the opposition. Overall, we tried our best and it was a great game. – Hattie Xu

Year 8A – Saints 46 defeated Wilderness 25
We worked together well in the second half, finishing off the game strongly. Ellie Humphry had an amazing match, playing centre all four quarters and staying committed throughout. Annie Warrick also played a great game in GA. She moved well around the circle, getting most of the goals. Another special mention goes to Maddie Harrex. Despite her injured ankle, she came on in the second half, helping the team to move the ball down the court. – Chloe Porter

Year 8B – Saints 34 defeated Wilderness 11
The 8Bs played a terrific game. Everyone did their best and got the ball down to goal without much difficulty. Our defence was strong and backed up by our Centre, Pearl Richards. Our attack was fast and quick-thinking, especially our shooter Charlotte Staples, who made great leads and scored awesome goals. Our overall passing could be improved, but we made up for it with persistence and energy. Our most reliable player was Grace Beaumont, as she was always in the right place and got in almost every goal. We are constantly learning about how each other plays, and using everyone’s strengths to our advantage. Let’s go Saints! – Samantha Keough

Year 8C – Saints 28 defeated Wilderness 14
The whole team played really well as the opposition was challenging. It was an outstanding game with a lot of plays coming into place. The defence played exceptionally well in trying to bring the ball back into attack. The girls had high intensity which paid off with a well-deserved win. Our defence worked really hard, making intercepts and passing the ball down the court. We had excellent teamwork, which really showed as we carried the ball down to our shooters Lydia Tolley and Georgina Wakeham. Everyone played an outstanding game, and even though it was challenging, we ended up with an amazing win. Coach Lulu Tierney named the best players as Isobel Yelland and myself. – Phoebe Black

Year 7A – Saints 38 defeated Wilderness 14
In the first quarter, we started out really strong and had some good plays in our attacking end into the goal circle. We also made some amazing intercepts in our defensive end, preventing goals. In the second quarter, we started solidly and then had a couple of minutes when Wilderness scored some goals, but we didn’t drop our heads, and we finished the quarter strongly. We did the same throughout the game, securing a great win. – Lilli Bennett

Year 7B – Saints 11 defeated by Wilderness 44
Saints played a tough game against Wilderness. Amazing efforts in defending from Olivia Oakes, and from Ayla Blaskett, Ruby Adams, Ruby Powell and Marcella Tolley in the goal circle. Ayanna Roy and Charlie Edwards played very well in the mid-court, creating many good leads to help get the ball to our shooters. In the first half, we gave the ball to the other team on several occasions, but we stepped up in the second half. Overall, a great effort but unfortunately we were unable to pull out a win. – Stephanie Andrejewskis

Year 7C – Saints 1 defeated by Concordia 40

Year 4 Blue – Saints 10 defeated Wilderness Gold 2
The girls played a great game which ended early due to the heavy rain. Showing their give-and-go skills, moving the ball down the court and passing into goals were Rishita Raghav and Romana W who shot with accuracy. Our 3-feet hands over defence turned over many balls which was great to see. – Karen Braund (Coach)

Year 3/4 White – Saints 1 defeated Wilderness 0
Unfortunately, the game was cancelled half-way through the second quarter but the girls came to the game with a positive attitude. In the first quarter, they were determined for all the loose balls and treasured the balls when they had it in their possession. Good game girls, we can’t wait for the next one.

Year 3 – Saints 0 defeated by Pembroke 4
The game was cancelled halfway through, but the girls had a good time with many intercepts and rebounds. They also communicated well with each other. They had warmed up enthusiastically, which provided a positive outlook. The girls had a great game and are pumped up for the next one. – Georgia Hoskins

SOCCER

Open A – Saints 0 drew with Seymour 0
The wet, muddy conditions made it difficult to shoot and score goals, which meant that the final score was 0-0. I was very pleased with how the girls played despite the weather. Special mention to Kendra Ware who played goalkeeper for the whole game and didn’t let a single shot in, even a penalty. Millie Wilkin made some very strong tackles and, as always, did a great job as right back. Annie Bradshaw also did a great job in midfield. She intercepted many through-balls and kicked quite a few for Isabella Villani to run onto. In the end, all the girls walked off the field freezing and covered in mud, but all were smiling and proud of our efforts. – Ellie Anderson (Captain)

Open B – Saints 0 defeated by Seymour 4

Middle A – Saints 1 drew with Seymour 1
Despite the dreary weather, the girls started the match determined to put up a fight. With a powerful shot, Lysiane Franchi put us 1 goal up early on, and the girls worked hard to defend their position for the rest of the game. Unfortunately, Seymour managed to score from a scramble after a corner, and Saints did not have enough time to score a second goal. Mary Stavrou and Georgia Barclay should be commended on their continuous hard work throughout. – Dom Rigby

Middle B – Saints 1 defeated by Seymour 5
In a day that saw the weather deteriorate leaving all players (and spectators) cold and wet, the girls braved the elements. Despite a slow start and some confusion in defence which allowed Seymour to score, the girls always enjoyed themselves and improved greatly in the second half. Lila Gosse scored her second of the season, and Saints had a better run of the play which wasn’t rewarded with more goals. – Kerry Hudson (Coach)

Year 6 – Saints 2 defeated by Loreto Gold 3
This was a great game. We were down 3-0 at half-time and the girls fought back to almost earn a draw. Awesome goalkeeping from Ash who saved a penalty, and well done to Grace who scored our goals. – Sebastiano Mazzarolo (Coach)

Year 5 – Saints 6 defeated Wilderness Orange 0
The girls all had a top game and we got off to a great start. We still need to improve on spreading out and passing the ball. Thank you to all the girls who played for the other team so it would be a fair game. – Lucy Benn (Student Coach)

Year 3/4 – Saints 4 defeated Loreto 0
Friday afternoon marked the official start to the Year 3/4 Soccer season. The game was held at Loreto College and was the first for many of our players. The focus for the week at training had been accurate passing and placing pressure on the opposition, and the girls were quick to put this into practice. Our tight defence, including Lily Forby, Sophie Wiggins and Valentina Patino, efficiently moved the ball out of tricky situations. Beatrice Tolley and Chyndelle Capobianco displayed fierce tenacity when charging at the ball. Both teams had many shots at goal, with Lois Burton-Howard keeping a clean sheet in her first game as goalkeeper. The speed and skills of Lauren Disney impressed everyone who was watching as she slotted through 4 goals in her role as striker.

Back to top


eNews – Week 2, Term 3 2019

Issue no. 22Enews-banner

W2 - APEX

From the Deputy Principal / Head of Middle School

Richard Lisle inside 220As a result of our ongoing work in the area of Entrepreneurial Education, I was delighted to represent St Peter’s Girls at a national symposium held in Adelaide this week. Monique Green and I spoke about the Year 7 and 8 Futures Program, and how we have approached developing an entrepreneurial mindset in our students, and what we have learnt in the process. There were many questions to the panel of which we were a part, and it was a pleasure to share our experiences with such a knowledgeable and diverse audience.

World leader on Entrepreneurial Education, Yong Zhao, was the keynote speaker. He continues to offer schools the challenge of opening up entrepreneurial pathways to students as a way of preparing them for the Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous (VUCA) work environment that they are likely to face in the near future. Indeed, with the SACE Board looking to include this as an element of each course as part of their course review system, it will become increasingly important. Whilst we still have work to do in this area, it was pleasing to see us being acknowledged as a leader in this growing field. With our success in the recent Shark Tank eSchool competition, the growth and strength of the APEX group, many successful Futures ‘Lemon Project’ companies, and teams reaching the finals of the Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero competition and the AI for Good Challenge, we have evidence of a growing culture of entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial thinking amongst students and staff.

Richard Lisle
Deputy Principal / Head of Middle School

Back to top


Science Centre Comes to Life

Construction of our new Science Centre is approaching the home stretch as the building starts to come alive. You may have noticed many changes following the significant progress made during the three-week holiday break.

This week, much work has focused on the external front facade which will be a striking feature to greet families and visitors as they arrive at the School. The internal fit-out is now also underway and we look forward to opening the Science Centre at the start of next term, cementing us as a leader in STEM education.

Back to top


A Message from our Prefects

W2 - Prefect Article

Every day, as we walk through the corridors, playgrounds and classrooms of our School, we see the faces of so many different girls. And whilst many of the faces of our fellow students may seem familiar to us, the truth is that often we know nothing about the story behind them – apart from what we see during school time. We are lucky to have a school full of diversity. Every girl is unique, has a different background and different passions and, whilst we all go to the same school, everyone’s ‘typical day’ is different. That’s why this term, we are striving to ‘take a walk in the shoes’ of some of the girls at our School and learn a bit about what a day in the life looks like for them. We’re surrounded by so many wonderful, interesting people and it’d be a shame if we didn’t get to learn the story behind the faces!

At each Assembly this term, the Prefects will be chatting to a couple of different girls from various year levels. Through these discussions, we hope to learn about the passions, backgrounds and daily challenges of each girl by finding out what they get up to before and after school, their interactions with family and friends, and simply what makes them different to the girl next to them! In the weeks following the discussions, we will strive to ‘take a walk in their shoes’ by completing a small challenge that each girl will set for us, giving us a taste of their daily life.

Kicking off our initiative this week, a couple of the prefects were lucky to chat to Anushrii Nair from Year 12 who shared how her Malaysian culture is integrated into her daily life and set us the challenge to try one of her culture’s delicious foods for ourselves. We also got to hear from Aroha Munroe, Year 11, who shared with us her gruelling fitness routine, starting at 4.30am! Aroha challenged us to try doing some physical activity before school. Thanks to these girls for participating, and we are super excited to ‘take a walk in the shoes’ of some more girls over the rest of the term.

Hannah Brown
Deputy Head Prefect

Back to top


Artificial Intelligence Challenge Winners

W2 - AI for Good Challenge

During Term 2, Year 10 Business, Enterprise and Technologies competed in the Microsoft AI (Artificial Intelligence) for Good Challenge. The brief was to design an AI solution for one of the following categories: AI for Accessibility; AI for Earth; AI for Humanitarian Action.

This week, three teams of Saints Girls pitched their ideas during the State Finals at Microsoft, with some incredible results:

1st Place: Jenna Bowden and Edie McKellar – AI midwife ‘NAila’
2nd Place: Amelia Pudney and Lara Wakeham – Robotic vacuum fish ‘Fishy Friends’
4th place: Holly Cardone and Poppie Goldsmith – Water cooling robot ‘Airreef’

NAila is an AI midwife who aims to bring education and monitoring to pregnant women living in remote communities and developing countries.

Edie and Jenna will travel to Sydney on 16 August to compete for the National title against all of the other Division 2 (Years 10 – 12) State winners.

Monique Green
Digital Tech Teacher & STEM Coordinator

Back to top


Old Scholars’ 125th Anniversary Celebration

W2 - Old Scholars 2
 
Our last day of Term 2, Friday 28 June, was a significant day in our 125th anniversary year as we welcomed over 230 Old Scholars to celebrate this significant milestone in our history, as well as St Peterstide.

The day commenced with a morning School Tour, where a number of small groups were guided by our Year 9 event leaders on a journey throughout the buildings and grounds to highlight all of our new and exciting projects and facilities. Our Old Scholars then joined with the School community for the traditional St Peterstide Eucharist. It was an honour to have Sister Linda Mary CSC assist with our service.

The 125th Anniversary Lunch for Old Scholars in the Arts Centre was a memorable occasion and the first time we had hosted an event such as this at Saints Girls. Over 120 Old Scholars enjoyed champagne and a two course lunch, with entertainment provided by our talented Music students featuring a stunning vocal performance by Emma Kavanagh (Kilburn ’14). 125th commemorative merchandise was for sale as well as the popular Bottle Tombola.

The Arts Centre was then transformed to host the Old Scholars’ Reunion Cocktail evening where more than 100 Old Scholars enjoyed drinks and canapes whilst reminiscing over photo boards. A reflective Memories of Saints Girls multimedia presentation provided many smiles, laughs and cheers for the featured alumni – 2014, 2009, 2004, 1999, 1994, 1989, 1979, 1969, 1959 and 1949 – some of whom went on to continue their celebration together.

Megan McCormack (nee Walker, Kilburn ’86)
Old Scholar Officer

Back to top


Future Runners in Training

W2 - Year 1

With the Cross Country Interhouse coming up next week, the Junior School classes are busy familiarising themselves with the course and increasing their fitness. To prepare for the event, the girls are trying to run 10 kilometres over these weeks. They are showing great determination to reach their goal, with a number of girls even aiming for 20 kilometres.

All parents and friends are welcome to watch the Cross Country Interhouse next Friday 9 August in Bell Yett Reserve.

Reception and Year 1: Lesson 2 (9.20am). Students will be encouraged to run/walk two laps of the marked area, which is approximately 1km.
Year 2 and 3: Lesson 3 (10.35am). Students will be encouraged to run/walk three laps of the marked area, which is approximately 1.5km.
Years 4 and 5: Lesson 4 (11.25am). Students will be expected to complete four laps which is approximately 2km.
Years 6 and 7: Lesson 5 (1.50pm). Students will be expected to complete four laps which is approximately 2km.
Years 8 and 9: Lesson 6 (2.40pm). Students will be expected to complete four laps which is approximately 2km.

Pauline Noblet
Physical Education Teacher

Back to top


Senior Drama Production – I, Pandora

W2 - Senior Drama Production

The senior Drama students have been working hard on their production for this year – I, Pandora – and it is shaping up to be an evocative and creative show! An original piece, it interweaves both the ancient tale of Pandora and a more contemporary story of a woman whose choices open the lid on a range of unfortunate consequences. The play will run on 7, 8 and 9 August at 7pm in the Arts Centre.

Tickets via www.trybooking.com/BDNIZ

Michael Butler-Wills
Head of English/Drama Teacher

Back to top


Spanish Trip – Delicious Fundraiser

W2 - Churro Fundraiser

Orders close at 9am on Monday 5 August 2019

Our Year 11 IB Spanish ab initio class will be selling churros to fundraise for our Spanish trip. On this tour, we will be undergoing an immersion program involving learning in-depth Spanish for three weeks, ultimately gaining six months’ worth of knowledge.

The churros will be kindly supplied by Señora Margarita from Taco Quetzalcoatl, a small Mexican establishment that has been voted the top Mexican restaurant in Australia. The churros will be sold in packs of 5 for $5.50, including a warm, melted chocolate dipping sauce. They will be available on 8 August (Thursday of Week 3). Please note that these are not gluten-free.

If you would like to support us and enjoy some tasty churros, please complete the order form by visiting www.trybooking.com/BEGXJ. Orders will be available for collection on the Arts Centre steps.

Year 11 Spanish ab initio class

Back to top


Food for Thought on Business Excursion

W2 - World of Food

As part of the Year 10 World of Food subject unit on Entrepreneurial Thinking and Technology used in the Food and Hospitality Industry, students visited two local businesses. We started our day at Continental Taralli Biscuits, a family-owned business which manufactures a variety of Italian biscuits. The students tasted the many products in the range and discussed the expansion of the business to include distribution across Australia and the impact this has had on the technology required in the bakery. We observed Tarallis being produced and were able to meet the family members who are an important part of this business. Marketing strategies were also quite evident with the use of two brands and types of labelling, and modern and contemporary packaging.

Mercato were next on our tour. The class tasted and discussed the origins of a variety of products that Mercato import from Italy such as cheese, olives, biscuits and wafers. We also saw a demonstration of Tiramisu. Jianna discussed the history of the business and its expansion over time and the strong business connection to family in the business.

The World of Food class will now be able to use the information gathered to set up a small-scale business which will involve the trialling and sensory evaluation of Tiramisu and Tarallis amongst other products as selected by the students.

We would like to thank Continental Taralli Biscuits and Mercato for taking the time to speak to the students and welcome us in to their businesses.

Jenni Manson
Food Technology Teacher

Back to top


Decisions Ahead After Subject Expo

W2 - Subject Expo

It was great to see so many parents and students at the Senior School Subject Expo last Thursday. The representatives from the local universities were busy fielding questions and providing information about courses. Our teachers were on hand to answer queries about next year’s subjects and to offer their advice. Over the next two weeks, the students’ subject choices will be fed into our timetabling program and subject blocks will be created. This may then require some of the students to have further conversations with me, the IB and SACE coordinators, and their teachers, particularly if any clashes are generated. If you have any questions about this process over the next few weeks, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Nigel Scoggins
Director of Teaching and Learning

Back to top


Water Polo Girls Thrive in the Deep End

W2 - Water Polo

South Australia’s Under 16 Girls’ Water Polo team recently travelled to Sydney to represent the State in the Australian Interstate Water Polo Championship. Our team had three Saints Girls: Emily Baldwinson (Year 9), Saskia Jonats (Year 10) and Stephanie Smalls (Year 10). We went through a selection process at our weekly trainings and played games against other girls to see who would fit the mould better and which girls have more skill and confidence in the water.

For four days, we played two games each day. This was very tiring, however, it was a good challenge and it was interesting to see how South Australia would perform against some of the best water polo teams in Australia. We played all of our games at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatics Centre – the same pool where the Olympics were held! We ended up winning two games, our first again Canberra and the other against a New South Wales’ team, and we came 8th out of 11 teams.

All of us really enjoyed our week in Sydney and gained valuable experience from the tournament. We are so proud of our team performance as we improved a lot over the week and put up a fight in every game. Thank you to Water Polo South Australia for selecting us – we are very grateful for the opportunity to represent our State!

Emily Baldwinson, Saskia Jonats and Stephanie Smalls

Back to top


Video Professional Captures Imagination

W2 - APEX guest

“During Term 2, the girls in Years 7 and 8 had the opportunity to listen to a talk by Mel Macpherson, a well-respected freelance camera operator who has worked in her industry for many years and has gained much experience during her time. Mel had lots of interesting and inspiring experiences to share with us, and helped us learn a lot about using the technology around us to share our passions and ideas. Her talk was inspiring and she taught us many helpful new skills.” – Mary Stavrou

“Mel Macpherson explained to us so much about connecting with the camera and how to use it effectively. Mel also showed us the importance of angles and how long you keep the shot going for. She really inspired us to use the skills we have gained through practice and to share them with the world.” – Lucy Schirripa

Back to top


Buzz Book and Year Level Reps – Communication

Families are able to share all or some of their contact information with other families at the School using our online Buzz Book.

This sharing of information can be very helpful for Year Level Representatives arranging year level social events or other social interaction amongst the students and their families. Whilst the School facilitates these communications via the Community Relations Office, we are unable to directly provide contact details as a matter of privacy, and so we encourage interested families to take advantage of this tool.

To share selected contact information, visit the myLink parent portal, click the ‘Community Portal’ tab in the top menu and then select ‘Buzz Book’.

If you have any problems accessing or navigating myLink, contact the IT Helpdesk on 8334 2227 or email helpdesk@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au.

If you have any queries relating to year level communications, please contact Fiona McGregor in the Community Relations Office on 8334 2225 or fmcgregor@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au.

Back to top


Winter Interhouse

W1 - Winter Interhouse

The Winter Interhouse will be held on Saturday 10 August, and to feed the hungry players and supporters, the Saints Sport Support Group is providing breakfast.

Parents, give yourselves the morning off from cooking and let us do it for you! Food can be purchased from the BBQ area; just follow the yummy smells to the quadrangle from 8 – 10.30am.

This year, we’re offering delicious egg and bacon sandwiches ($5), and sausages in bread ($2.50). Cash and EFTPOS facilities can be used for purchase. A coffee van will also be here on the day.

We hope to see you there! If you would like to assist the Saints Sport Support Group and volunteer on the day, please contact Katie Lucas via katie.lucas@flinders.edu.au

Melissa Westgate
Foundation Manager

Back to top


Upcoming House Dinners

W1 - House Dinner

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

The Year 11s have been working hard organising decorations, food and games for each event. Visit the Trybooking links below to purchase your daughter’s ticket for the night as this is a compulsory event.

We’re looking forward to seeing everyone’s creative costumes and enjoying a fun night with our Houses.

Kennion House Dinner
Theme: Through The Ages
16 August (Week 4)
Book now: https://www.trybooking.com/BDYKI

Kilburn House Dinner
Theme: Op Shop
30 August (Week 6)
Book now: https://www.trybooking.com/BDSGW

Patteson House Dinner
Theme: American High School
13 September (Week 8)
Book now: https://www.trybooking.com/BDYLU

Year 12 House Captains

Back to top


Would You Like to Join Our Amazing Team of Volunteers?

W3 - Star Program

Our Learning Strategies volunteers are all enormously valued within the department and the broader School community. Our girls LOVE working with them, and the teachers are so appreciative of their generous donation of energy, expertise and enthusiasm. We have some exciting developments within our department in 2019 and we’d love you to join us.

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

Please make contact ASAP to register your interest via:

Catherine Kelly – Junior School ckelly@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au
Susan Bassett – Middle and Senior School sbassett@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au

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

Learning Strategies Team

Back to top


Kidz Biz Education Evening

You are warmly invited to the Kidz Biz Growth and Development Education Evening on Thursday 22 August in the Arts Centre.

Kidz Biz Growth and Development Education is for students and their parents. The sessions are designed to be fun, informative and easy to understand. They are highly interactive sessions, providing parents/guardians and students an introduction to basic personal growth and social development education. Traditionally known as the ‘birds and the bees’, these sessions will be presented in a manner that is not awkward or threatening, where students can learn about the human body and the amazing things it can do. The evening will be broken into two sessions for the following year groups, and the cost will be covered by the School.

Years 2 – 4: ‘Where Did We Come From?’ – 6 to 6.50pm
• Myths about where babies come from
• Conception
• Fertilisation
• The nine month foetal development
• The birth process

Years 5 and 6: ‘What’s Happening To Me?’ – 7 to 7.50pm
• Puberty (physical and emotional)
• Body image and media influences
• Dealing with parents

We hope to see many parents and students attend these sessions.

Suzanne Haddy
Head of Junior School

Back to top


Notification of Student Absence

Please notify the School via one of the following methods for late arrivals/early departures and absences.

Text: 0428 601 957 (save to phone contacts as SPGS)
Email: attendance@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au
Phone: 8334 2200

Feel free to also include the Class/Home Group teacher when sending via email.

Please note: when arriving late (after 8.30am) or leaving early (before 3.30pm), students are required to sign in/out through the Front Office.

LOST PROPERTY
Please ensure you label all items of clothing and personal belongings. Unnamed lost property items can be located in the Front Office.

Back to top


Book Week 2019

W9 - Book Week

Dress Up Day will be held on Friday 23 August 2019

Come dressed as your favourite book character! There will be class parades during a special Junior School Assembly at 8.40am in the Arts Centre. Parents are most welcome to attend.

Back to top


Our Environment Club Needs Your Help!

W9 - Environment Club 2

The Environment Club would like to collect any spare wool that you may have at home and no longer wish to use. Our members will be taught how to crochet squares, which will be sewn together to make blankets for the homeless. We would greatly appreciate any wool to help us reduce costs. If you do have spare wool, please send it to school with your daughter and she can deposit it in the box located at Student Services.

We thank you in advance for your support.

Lucy White and Lucy Young
Leaders of the Environment Club

Back to top


Sports News

W2 - Soccer

AUSSIE RULES FOOTBALL

Open – Saints 4.3-27 defeated by Immanuel 8.7-55
For their first hit-out for this term, the girls played an outstanding game of footy. Although the score was not in our favour, this does not reflect the quality of footy the girls demonstrated. They fought hard for the ball and worked well together as a team, which explains how we managed to win the second half. Special mention must go to Molly Lucas who scored an amazing goal, as well as Sarah Wishart who fought hard for the ball the entire game. Once again, this game highlighted the extreme improvement these footballers have made and their efforts must be commended. Can’t wait to see what the next game has in store for the team. – Isabella Bernardi (Captain)

Middle – Saints 1.1-7 defeated by Immanuel 4.3-27
Saints had one previous encounter last year against Immanuel with Saints being beaten, but a solid four-quarter effort from all the girls showed our improved skills. Pressure all over the ground, particularly from Adele Eaton’s strong marks at full-back, Chloe Porter and Kate Hunt’s excellent efforts in half-back and ruck, and Emily Teague’s tackles in the middle, limited Immanuel’s scoring opportunities. A special mention for a great game also to Lauren Parton. Chase Hocking’s fantastic movement across the ground resulted in Saints’ goal with Grace Richards also contributing a point. – Charlie Fishlock

BADMINTON

Last Saturday was the first round for Term 3, and Saints Girls had excellent results winning 4 out of 5 matches. Congratulations to all players for their efforts. The Open B team again pulled off an amazing performance, showcasing their strength in badminton skills and teamwork. There were some close matches from both of the C teams; the girls played calmly and cleverly, utilising game strategies to achieve victory. Even though the Open E girls had an unfortunate loss against Wilderness, all players showed improvement. A number of girls demonstrated a smart style of playing. Well done to all the girls for their enthusiasm and effort on court. We are looking forward to more excellent performance this season. – Amy Li (Captain)

Open A – Saints did not play
Open B – Saints 6 defeated Westminster 0
Open C1 – Saints 5 defeated Wilderness 1
Open C2 – Saints 3 defeated Wilderness 3 on points
Open D – Saints 5 defeated Walford 1
Open E – Saints 2 defeated by Wilderness 7

BASKETBALL

Year 6 Blue – Saints 33 defeated Seymour 14
A great game to start the term. The team took a little while to get going but then played really well together, supporting each other and sharing the ball. As the game went on, we got better and scored 16 points in the last quarter. Everyone played well and contributed to a good team win. – Brenton Davies (Coach)

Year 6 White – Saints 24 defeated by Pembroke 36
The girls played well against Pembroke with some great forward play pushing the ball up the court. They had some great opportunities but couldn’t quite finish. – Jacob Evans (Coach)

Year 5 – Saints 10 defeated by Wilderness 52
The match started with great enthusiasm. Some players are new to basketball, but Saints listened to instruction and put up a huge fight, managing to put 4 points up on the score board within the first quarter. In the second quarter, the team communicated more to help each other. With a strong Wilderness defence, we found scoring difficult but that didn’t stop the girls from trying their hardest.

During the second half, the girls managed to rebound the ball, with Georgia Libri rebounding almost every shot. We then scored some points, with Iszabella Lochowiak and Charlize Cameron-Chilver getting a goal each. Many players started to contribute with rebounds, dribbling and stealing the ball, which made me proud. In the last quarter, the girls were getting tired, but they tried their hardest and Penelope Gapes scored the last goal of the game. – Kelly Laird (Coach)

HOCKEY

Open A – Saints 0 defeated by Pembroke 12
Saints played Pembroke who had three State players, providing them with a very strong and experienced team. Despite the score line, the girls demonstrated improvement throughout the game. Our goalie Alice Reid was under the pump for the majority of the game but managed to make some extraordinary saves from shots off short corners. Although our front line had few opportunities, Amelia Lucas created and nearly converted two attacking plays. – Olivia Goldsmith (Captain)

Open B – Saints 2 defeated Scotch 0
The girls played a controlling game over Scotch; our forward pressure and structure resulted in Scotch not entering the circle at all. Tilly McCormack scored the first goal followed by Georgia Hoskins scoring a deflection on a short corner. The girls had many chances, but the end result was a 2-0 win. All the girls played a fantastic game and the structure was the best it has been all year. – Will Stapleton (Coach)

LACROSSE

Under 13 – Saints 4 defeated by Glenelg 8
The girls played against Glenelg again, our biggest rival this season. We started out the first quarter even, with both teams getting a goal each and lots of possession in our end. We struggled getting the ball out of the centre, resulting in Glenelg having a 4-goal lead at the beginning of the last quarter. The girls fought hard in the midfield and defence, making plenty of turnovers and coming back with 3 goals in the fourth quarter, but unfortunately Glenelg were too good. – Caitlyn Grayson (Coach)

Under 11 Blue – Saints 5 defeated by Wilderness 11
Neela (Year 3) ran hard for every ground ball. Ruby Kelly (Year 3) did some great defence by sticking close to her opposition player, and in attack, she moved around the goal circle to try shoot goals. In addition, Lilly Meo (Year 3) showed her improving stick skills by catching several balls in attack. In the first half, Matilda Birmingham (Year 3) was our goalie, who showed confidence and stopped several shots on her. Chelsea Francis (Year 3) fought hard for ground balls and showed initiative when going behind the goal in case a shot was missed. Amelia Lively (Year 3) made multiple intercepts in defence and transitioned the ball well by running down the field. Goal scorers were Amelia (1), Chelsea (1), Lilly (1), Matilda (1) and Ruby (1). Best players were Amelia and Ruby. – Lucy Martin (Coach)

Under 11 White – Saints 5 defeated St Aloysius 3
The team certainly challenged themselves against St Aloysius. All team members contributed well to the game play, with our ground ball scooping improving significantly and strong stick skills (the catching and throwing drills have proved helpful). Special mention to goalie Lois Burton-Howard who bravely defended the goals; we’re pleased to have you back in lacrosse! Claris Stolcman played an exceptional game, scoring the team’s 5 goals. At training, we will focus on close defence and ball movement. Congratulations Saints 2! – Sophie Auricht (Coach)

NETBALL

Open A – Saints 40 defeated by Immanuel 53
After nearly a month of rest, what an incredible effort put forward by all seven players. The girls knew that this particular game against Immanuel was going to be tough, but they accepted this challenge and were able to play one of the best games so far this season. At the start, both teams were neck-and-neck scoring goal after goal. Saints started strongly by swiftly transitioning the ball mid-court to the goal third, allowing goalies to score quickly. Each quarter, Saints proceeded to place pressure on Immanuel as best they could and played the game until the end regardless of the score. Every girl played tremendously well, which made it difficult to choose the best players. However, four stood out for their determination and willpower. Sivi Sivasuthan, Hannah Freeman, Alexia Politis and Anna White all played a magnificent game, showcasing the different skills learnt at training. The defenders constantly applied pressure to Immanuel’s attack and transitioned the ball down the court effectively to the shooters to score. Great game girls! – Sivi Sivasuthan (Captain)

Open B – Saints 20 defeated by Immanuel 51
Despite the score, the girls were very grateful for the handful of players coming up to fill-in for our walking wounded team. The ball worked smoothly down to our goal ring, but considering two of our three shooters were absent, we relied upon Jessica Wishart to carry the team which she achieved. The girls in attack were all fit and agile, outrunning the opposition. Our defence was strong and worked well together to prevent Immanuel from smoothly moving the ball. The girls always keep their heads up and are looking forward to a win next time! – Eve Habel

Open C – Saints did not play

Open D – Saints 22 defeated by Immanuel 57
Despite our best efforts in defence, Immanuel were a tough opposition. The team played well overall considering there were a few players from other teams filling in. We were able to turn the ball over several times and also showed strength in goals. Lucy White did well at bringing the ball down the court and Adele Eaton helped the team around the ring. The girls have greatly improved in their passes as well as reading the court and working collaboratively. – Stella Clark

Open E1 – Saints 25 defeated by Immanuel 30
The girls played well in a very physical game. After they shook off their initial jitters out of the holiday break, they managed good passes down the court. The defensive team were great together, getting several turnovers and rebounds, reducing Immanuel’s lead. – Sarah Matheson

Open E2 – Saints 31 defeated Immanuel 25
The girls played an extremely competitive and intense match against Immanuel. They were down in the first quarter, however, were able to fight back to take win. The spirit and determination peaked in the last quarter, affirming our victory. A special mention to Milly Wood for her countless goals. I would also like to commend Zara Sadri’s persistence and resilience for soldiering on after having her knee popping out of place. Amazing work girls! – Teegan Lindsay

Year 9A – Saints 33 defeated Immanuel 31
It was a tight game throughout. Saints had the lead for most of the match, but only by a small margin. In the end, Saints Girls won by 2 goals. There was some great play through the mid-court and many turnovers in the defensive ends. Toni Christiansen, Sivanthi Sivasuthan and Joss Forster were great in the goal circle. Ruby Deakin, Lucy White and Milly Brett put on excellent defensive pressure which resulted in many turnovers. A really tight game where the girls played exceptionally well. – Milly Brett

Year 9B – Saints 29 defeated by Immanuel 44
Unfortunately, the team had a loss to Immanuel. Everyone played very well, the defence stayed strong on their players and the attacks worked well together in the ring. Dayna Petruzzella had a top game, scoring many goals. We played a good game and are sure to win next time. – Martha McCormack

Year 9C – Saints 27 defeated Wilderness 23
It was a slow start in the first quarter but, later in the game, we proved ourselves. The defending in the second quarter was amazing and, at the other end of the court, the attacking was equally as incredible. The score was unbelievably close for the majority of the game until the last quarter where we all pushed ourselves to the fullest, resulting in a convincing win. – Izzy Gilroy

Year 9/10 – Saints won on forfeit

Year 8A – Saints 27 defeated Immanuel 20
Our girls had a good first-half with strong defence, but Immanuel came back strongly in the third quarter. Some great play from all of the girls in the last quarter allowed us to come away with a win. Good job girls, keep it up! – Sophie Dansie

Year 8B – Saints 21 defeated Immanuel 13
The girls used communication throughout to ensure the best results. They welcomed Kimberly Psaromatis with excitement and worked well with her during the game. Grace Beaumont played GS and scored a majority of the goals for Saints. It was a successful game and the girls came home victorious. – Ruby Richards

Year 8C – Saints 35 defeated Concordia 5
In the first quarter, we were all a bit slow as some of us didn’t play netball at all over the holidays and it was also freezing cold. When we began the second quarter, we all started getting back into the swing of things which resulted in the other team only scoring 1 goal in the second quarter. Bel Burmester made so many amazing intercepts and this probably helped us gain the win. Our defence was really tight in every single third, so in the third and fourth quarters, Concordia didn’t score a single goal. They made some amazing intercepts as well, but Saints would always find a way to turn it around. The girls also started to use corridors and pockets more in this game, which helped us to get the ball down fast to the shooters (Georgina Wakeham and Lydia Tolley). All the girls contributed to the win, especially Isabel Burmester, Mikaela Udall and Isabella Lowry. – Nathara Perera

Year 7A – Saints 17 defeated by Immanuel 39
Saints played a very good first-half. Our technique was great, and we secured a few turnovers. At half-time, we were up by 1. Our third quarter didn’t go too well, and we let Immanuel get quite a few turnovers that they scored from. Saints lost momentum which carried into the last quarter, resulting in the loss. – Jasmine Segredos

Year 7B – Saints 12 defeated Immanuel 11
Marcella Tolley and Ayla Blaskett played well in goals, while Charlie Edwards, Ayanna Roy, Maddy Penley and Ruby Powell worked hard bringing the ball towards the goals. Olivia Oakes, Ruby Adams, Zara Chessell and Stephanie Andrejewskis did an amazing job of defending the opposition. We were tied 10-all at the start of the last quarter. It was a close game, but in the end, we won by a goal. A great team effort! – Ruby Powell

Year 7C – Saints defeated by Pembroke
The team played extremely well even though we lost. This game was hard as we were playing against a team with a lot of strong players. In the second and third quarters, everyone was switched on and getting the ball to the goal circle, with Emilia Libri and Zoe Graves shooting the goals. – Zoe Graves

Year 4 Blue – Saints 10 defeated Seymour Blue 6
The match was very even during the first quarter, with both teams turning the ball over through tight defence. Scoring was difficult and there was only a couple of goals in it at quarter-time. The second quarter saw Saints take control of the match, with our attacking end capitalising on the defenders’ constant turnovers. We pulled ahead and despite Seymour rallying in the second-half and trying to claw back the lead, the girls held on and came out winners by 2 goals. Special mention to Wei Ning Khoo who shone in defence, taking multiple intercepts and rebounds, and Madeleine Andrejewskis who moved well in the goal circle and was a strong target for the feeders to pass to. Well done! – Alice Johnswood

Year 3/4 White – Saints 6 defeated by Pembroke Green 10
The girls played a terrific game against Pembroke. Each player was trying their hardest and everyone was working as one team. Abbie Tulloch and Caitlyn Sam-Ling were the Co-Captains. Both girls led the cheer well and played a magnificent game. The combination of Lauren Fuller and Caitlyn’s defending skills was amazing, as they continuously put their hands up for rebounds and did a great job at chasing the ball. Charlotte Catchpole played a really good game as she shot the first goal! Sandithi Pussellage kept leading for the ball and tried to get as many goals as she could. Every girl played an outstanding game and had their time to shine. – Maddy Lisle (Student Coach)

Year 3 – Saints 3 drew with Seymour 3
The girls all played incredibly well, especially considering some of them had never played netball before. Everyone worked really well together, passing the ball down the court, which resulted in 3 goals! Everyone also put a lot of effort into defending, which placed pressure on the other team. This season looks promising, I can’t wait to see how it goes! – Sophie Caon (Coach)

SOCCER

Open A – Saints 1 drew with Pulteney 1
The Open As had a great start to the term with a very close game against Pulteney, resulting in a draw. The girls started off well in the first-half, with Chloe Deieso in goals. She saved some crucial shots and did a great job as goalie. Isabella Villani scored a well-deserved goal after receiving a through ball and chasing it down from halfway. Special mention to Louisa Reid who was playing up in the As this match and stepped in as goalie in the second-half. The girls were exhausted by the end of the game after playing with great passion and enthusiasm. I was proud of their efforts and Dion, our Coach, was very pleased as we had lost to Pulteney earlier in the season. – Ellie Anderson (Captain)

Open B – Saints 2 defeated by Pembroke 3

Middle A – Saints 4 defeated Walford 2
Saints defeated Walford in an amazing game. After being down by 2, the girls stepped up with Emily Elston scoring 2 incredible goals followed by Azaan Singh and Lysiane Franchi scoring another 2. A special mention must also go to Flossie Wilson and Georgia Evans for their hard work in defence and midfield. Congratulations to all the girls; I’m sure with hard work, they can continue to improve and achieve another win against Walford for Intercol. – Dom Rigby (Coach)

Middle B – Saints did not play

Year 6 – Saints 3 defeated Loreto 1
It was an exciting game against Loreto. All players put in a top effort especially those who played their first ever game of soccer. Thanks to all parents who came out to support their daughters. – Sebastiano Mazzarolo (Coach)

Year 5 – Saints 1 defeated by Pembroke 2
The girls played a good game and showed lots of enthusiasm and team spirt. Sadly, we lost 2-1, but we put up a great fight with lots of tries on goal and some great runs from every player down the pitch. Special mention to Chloe who scored our first goal of the season. – Lucy Benn (Student Coach)

Back to top


eNews – Week 1, Term 3 2019

Issue no. 21Enews-banner

From the Principal

juliashea_web-200x300-200x300Whenever we have visitors wander through the School, they inevitably comment on just how focused our girls are in class. Girls new to the School make a similar comment – they love how the girls are always ‘on task’, questioning, challenging and ultimately confirming their stance on the question at hand. It’s the relationship between our teachers and girls that makes the place unique, that relationship morphing into a genuine partnership as the girls move into the senior years.

It’s against this background that I’ve listened to the debate on the banning of mobile phones at schools. At the end of last term the news led with the headline that mobile phones will be banned in all state schools in Victoria from the start of 2020. The story said ‘in an effort to reduce distractions and cyberbullying, and hopefully improve education outcomes, students will have to switch off their phones and store them in lockers during school hours until the final bell.’ It’s worth noting that there is little research to quote in regards to the link between the use of technology in the classroom and academic outcomes. What the research does show however is that the use of technology increases student engagement and it’s likely that more engaged students will produce better outcomes.

Under our current setup, all girls have access to an iPad or laptop. Parents make the decision about if and when to give their daughters access to a phone. My own daughters didn’t receive a phone until Term 4 of Year 9. Quite simply they didn’t have the need for one until rowing training moved to early mornings and we started to car pool. They still enjoyed busy and fun social lives throughout Middle School – you don’t need a phone for that to happen.

Currently the girls’ phones are to be switched off and placed in pockets during class time unless directed otherwise by the teacher. Girls in Years 7 – 12 are able to access their phones during recess and lunch. This is where we differ from other schools. The reasons for this relate to both the practicality and purpose of a ban:

• Quite simply a ban is not enforceable. I’ve spoken to a number of students from schools who purport to have a ban on mobile phones yet the students still access their devices;

• The Australian research indicates that episodes of cyberbullying tend to occur outside school hours so a ban on phones would have little impact. Interestingly a recent “data point” from the U.S. Department of Education National Centre for Education Statistics stated that schools where phone use was allowed reported less cyberbullying than schools where the devices were prohibited.

• Banning phones for the 50 minutes of lunch will do little for our girls as they leave the school grounds. It certainly won’t do anything for them as they finish Year 12 when suddenly there’ll be no one standing over them regulating its use. The on–off mentality won’t teach them to make ethical, autonomous and informed decisions about how and when to use their phone.

• The measure of self control a child possesses has, through the findings of “The Dunedin Study“ and others, been shown to be a more important factor in predicting individual positive life outcomes than intelligence or IQ. Self control is not fixed and can be developed in anyone. But you need to give them the chance to develop it.

The easiest thing for me to do would be to ban phones. It’s always easiest to jump on the bandwagon. But I need to do what I think is right from an educational perspective and I firmly believe that the solution is not prohibition, but education. This is not without its challenges – but if we are shaping the workforce of tomorrow then we have to consider how we prepare students to be part of it. Exam results are important, but so too are wider skills such as using technology appropriately and safely, and having the self-discipline to regulate the use of mobile technology – knowing the right time and place to fire up a smart phone.

Finnish educator, author and scholar, Pasi Sahlberg, agrees. “Most of ‘screen time’ takes place outside of school and simply taking the gadgets away from kids in school would not help, especially it is not a good idea for those who suffer from screens the most,” This issue, he explained, is best handled in close collaboration with children and their parents. “We need to educate them about the advantages of technology and risks related to heavy use of it. We need to work with parents to set the limits on how smartphones, games and media is used at homes and in schools,” he said.

Our survey indicated that 50% of our parents send their girls in Middle and Senior School a message during the day. I think it’s reasonable that our girls take 20 seconds during lunch to respond. If our girls are having a debate during lunch about who won best film at the 2015 Academy Awards, I think it’s reasonable that they take out their phone and confirm who’s right. After all, isn’t that what we’d do? But that doesn’t mean that conversational competence needs to be a dying art. Is doesn’t mean that sustaining a coherent, confident conversation isn’t an important skill. And we as a School will continue to educate our girls in those areas.

At lunch time I want our girls to be engaged, using the gym, attending one of the numerous clubs or activities on offer, or simply just stopping, leaving unprepared time for spontaneous and unscripted interactions with their mates, strengthening that beautiful bond of friendship which will help it to last a lifetime.

W1 - #EMPOWHERDuring adolescence our girls grow from being children, accountable to their parents, to being young adults, responsible for and accountable to themselves. We need to give them room for that growth. Our girls, supported by their Home Group teachers, will do more of what makes them forget to check their phone. We don’t need a ban because we’re not interested in a short term fix. We’re setting our girls up for a lifetime of success. And yes, mistakes are inevitable. Our girls will make mistakes and they will bear the consequences of those mistakes. But isn’t that what education is all about?

Given this discussion, it’s timely to make a few reminders. Photos and videos have become valuable tools across our curriculum and co-curriculum. From girls creating videos to explore media production, to teachers filming class role plays to reflect upon the exercise, this digital approach is now a cornerstone of our teaching and learning platform. Accordingly, photos and videos are regularly shared within our Canvas learning management system, giving access to students, staff and parents in a password-protected setting. However, the School also requires the cooperation of our families to further enhance our privacy provisions. As such, we ask that parents and students refrain from sharing online any images or videos that feature other students, unless permission is expressly provided by the School.

In addition, we remind parents who take video or photos at school events (i.e. the School Musical, Sports Day, graduations) that they should also refrain from sharing them online if other students are shown. Instead, we encourage our School community to access and share the curated and approved content provided across our public website, our Vimeo, YouTube and Facebook accounts, and our new Instagram wall.

If you have any concerns about the use of video/imagery as part of our growing digital learning approach, please contact your daughter’s class or Home Group teacher.

Staffing

There are a small number of changes to staffing this term:

• Alex McKay and Sarah English both return from maternity leave;
• Saz Burton joins the Music Department for Semester 2 while Sari Noble enjoys some much deserved long service leave;
• Kirsten Jones joins the English Department and Annalisa Cecere joins the EALD team; and
• Claudette Elliott commences as an ESO in the Junior School following Jess Yeild’s move last term.

Building Works

Despite the wet weather, we’re still on track to be in the new Science Centre at the start of Term 4. The windows are in so the building is now weather-proof, allowing the internal fitout to commence. It looks amazing and I’m delighted at how quickly we’ve managed to bring yet another major part of our master plan to life.

You’ll also notice that the canopy over the Stott Wing balcony has been completed. This will allow girls a dry path from the gym all the way around to Science during inclement weather.

Best wishes for another wonderful term!

Julia Shea
Principal

Back to top


Emily – A Musical

W1 - Emily

Performances of Emily, a musical based on Mother Emily, the founder of the Community of the Sisters of the Church, were held this week in the Chapel. After a very short and intense rehearsal schedule, students in Years 6 – 11 joined with Old Scholars to help bring her story to life.

The School welcomed the creators of the musical, Danny Parker and Chris Goff from Perth College, to Stonyfell to direct the production. Audiences enjoyed the 50-minute performance, which featured a variety of songs that spoke of Emily’s early days in England, and her journey to Australia where she set up various schools and orphanages.

Congratulations to all involved! Check out some highlights from the show below:

Back to top


Aerobics Success for Saints Girls

W1 - Aerobics

During the July holidays, our aerobics girls performed in three different competitions; Schoolaerobics, FISAF (Federation of International Sport Aerobics and Fitness) and Blitz It Challenge. Two out of four Saints Girls’ teams were accepted into the national championships in either the Gold Coast or Brisbane. Congratulations to all of the girls who competed, and to the coaches and teachers, thank you for using your time outside of school hours to prepare your routines.

Sapphires
After both district competitions, our Primary team has been working hard to improve and beat their new competition that will be at State finals. In the Schoolaerobics competition, the girls were defeated by the Linden Stars from Linden Park Primary School but were still invited to the national championships. In the FISAF competition, they won in the Primary Pre‐Choreographed Teams (Year 5/6) division which also meant they qualified for the national championships. The girls will be going to the Schoolaerobics national championships.

Golden Accent
The girls in Ignite and Golden Accent merged teams and collaborated effectively to prepare their routine for competitions. In the Schoolaerobics competition, the girls did not place in the secondary aerobics division. They placed second in the FISAF competition, defeated by our own St Peter’s Girls’ team, in the Secondary Pre‐Choreographed Teams (Years 7 ‐ 12) division and qualified for nationals. Special mention to Caitie Scane who won her division in both Schoolaerobics and FISAF competitions and will be going to the national championships soon.

Energise
Through injuries and sickness, the girls tried their hardest to perform and adapt to the short notice changes. The team of five was down to three for the Schoolaerobics competition where they did not place in the secondary open division. The girls were back to five team members for the FISAF competition where they placed first in the Secondary Pre‐Choreographed Teams (Years 7 ‐ 12) division against our own Saints Girls’ team. Energise will be the only South Australian team competing in the school stream FISAF national championships this year.

Stop, Drop & Roll
The girls in Stop, Drop & Roll did their very best and performed outstandingly. Our very own Saints Girls’ trio went out to the Schoolaerobics competition and won the secondary trio division.

Blitz it Competition
In the last few months, the girls have had a chance to choreograph their own duos, trios and solos to compete in the Blitz It Challenge. Our head coach at St Peter’s Girls, Kira Trevarrow, has run this competition for two years now and it has run well. In the Cadet Elite Pairs division, our Saints Girls Milana Troon and Alexandra Nguyen, and Lara Maione and Coco Dimond, came first and second respectively. In the Junior Elite Pairs division, Madeline Harmer and Caitie Scane were defeated by our own Ruby Croston-Melling and Annabel Ryan. In the Cadet Elite Trio division, the Sapphires came third. We also had some very courageous girls who performed solos. Ariel Spartalis came first in the Cadet Novice Individual Division, Eliza Monaghan came third and Caitie Scane came second in the Junior Novice Individual division. Congratulations all.

Madeline Harmer
Year 9 student

Back to top


Fiji Service Learning Trip

W1 - Fiji

“On our service learning trip to Fiji we assisted children from Reception to Year 8 with their literacy and comprehension skills. This was done with one-on-one reading, where we were responsible for writing reports about each child and commenting on their progress, as well as creating activities to assist with their reading and writing. It was extremely rewarding to see the students progress over our days of service.

During our time in Soso Village we also painted four murals along the exterior of a classroom. Our brief was to keep the murals educational yet colourful so that the children at Ratu Apenisa Memorial School were inspired to learn English and learn about the world around them. On our last day of service we attended the Shell Market in Soso Village, where the women of the Village are able to sell their handmade goods. This is the only opportunity that the women get to earn their own money. Going to Fiji for service learning was a life-changing experience and has made us all more conscious about our impact on the world.”

Madison McGregor-Simms
Year 11 student

Back to top


State Selection for Year 7 Lacrosse Players

W1 - Lacrosse

Congratulations to Year 7 students Ashlyn May, Jenna Maione and Dani Cox who have been selected to represent South Australia at the 2019 Australian Lacrosse Association U15 National Tournament!

The tournament is being held from Sunday 29 September until Saturday 5 October, here in Adelaide.

Dani and Jenna started playing lacrosse in Year 3 and Ashlyn in Year 4. Since then, the girls have played for both Saints Girls and Burnside Lacrosse Club, training twice a week. The South Australian selection process, which took place in June, was a week-long experience with over 60 girls participating.

“I love to play lacrosse and I am so proud to be selected for one of the State lacrosse teams” – Jenna Maione
“I have been playing lacrosse for a very long time and I have enjoyed every second of it.” – Dani Cox

Well done and good luck Dani, Jenna and Ashlyn!

Back to top


Mathematics Competition Awards

W1 - Maths

In Term 1 a number of students sat the state-wide 58th Hamann School Mathematics Competition for the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Prizes. Four of these students were particularly successful and were awarded the following certificates and prizes at a Presentation Night held on 26 June.

Congratulations
Chi Chi Zhao for being equal 3rd in the Intermediate Section (for Years 9 and 10)
Jasreet Mavi for achieving a Credit in the Junior Section
Rose Guo for achieving a Credit in the Intermediate Section
Heidi Gong for being equal 5th in the Junior Section (for Years 7 and 8)

Well done girls!

Matthew Durant
Head of Mathematics

Back to top


Soccer Success for Year 6 Goalkeeper

W1 - Soccer

Congratulations to Year 6 student Grace Richardson-Stevens who has been selected to represent SA at the School Sport Australia 12 Years and Under Football Championships. Grace will be travelling to Canberra in late August to compete.

“I started soccer in 2017, trying out as goalkeeper in the Under 13s team. I train every day except Wednesday and Thursday. I train for my State team, my club (Adelaide City Football Club), as well as my goalkeeper training. The reason I love soccer is that I get to show my competitive side and also meet a whole heap of new people from different schools, or in the case of my State team, people from different clubs. The reason I love being a goalkeeper is because I can be as aggressive as I want to be. Also, my brother used to play as a goalkeeper so it kind of runs in the family. One thing that I am very proud of is that I have made it into the School Sport SA 12U soccer team, and I am heading off to Canberra in Week 5 of Term 3. I am also the captain of my club team. This is a huge privilege as it isn’t common for goalkeepers to be named captain.”

Grace Richardson-Stevens
Year 6 student

Back to top


Saints Girls Shine at Swimming Championships

W1 - Swimming

Congratulations to a number of Saints Girls who competed at the State Short Course Swimming Championships.

Matilda Braithwaite – Competed in three individual events and relays. Placed 5th in Womens 16 Years 50m breaststroke, 5th in 16 Years 200m breaststroke, Bronze medal in 16 Years 100m breaststroke. Open B Final 50m Breaststroke (13th overall), Open A Final 100m breaststroke (9th overall).

Sophie Dansie – Competed in seven individual events with PB times in all events. Best placing – 9th in 13 Years 100 backstroke and 10th in 13 Years 50m and 200m backstroke.

Fiona Lethbridge – Competed in three individual events and relays. Best placing – 9th in Womens 16 Years 50m and 100m backstroke with two PB times.

Poppy Marshall – Competed in six individual events and relays. Poppy swam PB times in all her individual events, winning the Gold medal in the 14 years 200m Breaststroke (Open Women’s B final – 13th place overall), Silver 14 Years 100m Breaststroke (Open Women’s B final – 13th place overall), and Silver 14 years 50m Breaststroke (Open Women’s B final – 14th Place overall).

Lauren Pearce – Competed in eight individual events and relays. Gold medals 10-11 Years 50m and 100m Backstroke, Bronze medal 10-11 Years 50m and 100m Freestyle.

Grace Sampson – Competed in four individual events and relays. Gold medal in Women’s 17-18 years 100m Backstroke (Open Women’s A Final 7th place), Silver medal Women’s 17-18 years 200m Backstroke (Open A final 10th place), 8th place in 17-18 years 400 freestyle.

Lily-Rose Spartalis – Competed in 11 individual events and relays, with PB times in 10 of her 11 races. Silver medal in the Women’s 14 Years 50m Backstroke and Bronze in the Women’s 100m Backstroke events. Lily-Rose also competed in the Open Women’s B finals for the 50m Backstroke (20th Place), 100m Backstroke (20th place) and 200m Backstroke (17th place).

Isabelle Tran – Competed in 10 individual events and relays. Isabelle swam PB times in every event, making 13 and under finals in all of her events – an amazing effort! Bronze medal in the 13 Years 50m Butterfly, 4th place in the 13 Years 100m Butterfly and 5th place in the 12-13 Years 200m Butterfly.

Georgina Wakeham – Competed in 10 individual events and relays, including the 400m freestyle, 400IM and 800m Freestyle and swimming PB times in nine events. Georgina qualified for three 13 and under finals, winning Silver in the 13 Years 200 backstroke and then again in the 13 and under 200m Backstroke final.

Lara Wakeham – Competed in eight individual events and relays. Silver medal in the Women’s 15 Years 200m Breaststroke (Open Women’s B final 14th place overall), Bronze Open Women’s 1500m Freestyle, Bronze 15 Years 800m Freestyle and 400m Freestyle. 4th place in 15 Years 200m Backstroke (12th place overall in Women’s Open B final), 200IM and 400IM.

Emily Whittaker – Competed in two individual events and relays. Emily finished up 22nd overall in the 13 Years 50m breaststroke and 20th overall in the 13 Years 100m breaststroke with an impressive PB time!

Tara Young – Competed in 11 individual events and relays. Gold medal in the Women’s 14 Years 200IM, 200m Freestyle and 400IM, Silver in the 14 Years 200m Backstroke and 200m Butterfly and Bronze in the 14 Years 50m Freestyle and 400m Freestyle. Tara also made several Open Women’s finals, managing some impressive results in these also! Tara’s impressive performance also earnt her a spot on the South Australian State Team travelling to compete at the AIS in October.

Back to top


Year 11 Retreat

W1 - Year 11 Retreat

In Week 11 of Term 2 the Year 11 cohort had the wonderful opportunity to attend a retreat at Glenhaven Park. There were plenty of activities for bonding between peers, including high ropes and initiatives, as well as the crowd favourite – the giant swing!

After arriving at the park we were divided into groups and began the activities shortly after enjoying some free time in the dorms. The highlight of the two-day Retreat was without a doubt having the whole year level together, with lots of time to strengthen our friendships, support each other and work together to succeed in each activity. The funniest memory, which I think we will all remember for many years to come, would have to be the giant swing. No one will ever forget the many screams that resulted. Although it proved to be a massive challenge to some of us, many girls conquered their fears and got great joy out of it. We were able to end the first night by roasting marshmallows in the bonfire and connecting as a year level. Overall, we absolutely loved the Year 11 Retreat and we’re sure that we won’t forget some of the awesome memories made!

Jessica Wishart and Sarah Wishart
Year 11 students

Back to top


Year 12 Retreat

W1 - Year 12 Retreat

On our last two days of Term 2 (ever) the Class of 2019 traded in the views of Ferguson Park for beautiful beachfront as we headed to Glenelg for our Year 12 retreat.The trip started with the traditional walk up Mount Lofty, where teachers and students were challenged physically. Congratulations to all girls and staff, as everyone successfully conquered the approximately 4km hike. A special mention to Ms Shea and Mr Rosser who also joined us on the trek. Following this, we were fortunate to have four valuable sessions with our Home Group teachers. Mrs Manson enlightened us with cherished travel advice, Mrs O’Brien encouraged the importance of side hustles, while Mrs Farr discussed Karoshi and Mr Searle shared his 10 life lessons. This guidance was cherished, especially since we begin to seek out new adventures at the conclusion of Year 12. The advice kept on coming, as we next heard from guest speaker, Mel Macpherson. Undoubtedly, each girl benefited from Mel’s talk as she communicated the importance of following your passions through her experience and extreme success as a freelance cameraman. The jam-packed day ended on a high with a formal dinner for staff and students, which included exceptional food.

Once everyone was well rested, Day 2 commenced with a voluntary Witness the Fitness session – shout out to all those who participated. Succeeding this was another memorable moment with Old Scholars. A big thank you to Alana Coppock (Kilburn ’11), Lucy Mount (Selwyn ’15), Melanie Stevens (Kennion ’13), Maddie Lamb (Patteson ’13) and Ashley Adair (Kennion ’12) who gave up their time to offer assistance in our next chapter of life.

Overall, Year 12 retreat was a fabulous opportunity to learn, pause and reflect before we embark on the fullness of Term 3.

Isabella Villani
Head Prefect

Back to top


Winter Interhouse

W1 - Winter Interhouse

The Winter Interhouse will be held on Saturday 10 August, and to feed the hungry players and supporters, the Saints Sport Support Group is providing breakfast.

Parents, give yourselves the morning off from cooking and let us do it for you! Meals can be purchased from the BBQ area; just follow the yummy smells to the quadrangle from 8 – 10.30am.

This year, we’re offering delicious egg and bacon sandwiches & sausages in bread. Food options: $2.50 sausages and $5 Bacon and egg sandwiches.

Cash and EFTPOS facilities can be used to purchase your Winter Interhouse Meal Deal.

A coffee van will also be here on the day.

We hope to see you there! If you would like to assist the Saints Sport Support Group and volunteer on the day please contact Katie Lucas via katie.lucas@flinders.edu.au

Melissa Westgate
Foundation Manager

Back to top


Upcoming House Dinners

W1 - House Dinner

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

The Year 11s have been working hard organising decorations, food and games for each event. Visit the Trybooking links below to purchase your daughter(s) a ticket for the night as this is a compulsory event.

We’re looking forward to seeing everyone’s creative costumes and enjoying a fun night with our Houses.

Selwyn House Dinner
Theme: Camp Met Gala
2 August (Week 2)
Book now: https://www.trybooking.com/BDSCV

Kennion House Dinner
Theme: Through The Ages
16 August (Week 4)
Book now: https://www.trybooking.com/BDYKI

Kilburn House Dinner
Theme: Op Shop
30 August (Week 6)
Book now: https://www.trybooking.com/BDSGW

Patteson House Dinner
Theme: American High School
13 September (Week 8)
Book now: https://www.trybooking.com/BDYLU

Year 12 House Captains

Back to top


Senior Drama Production – I, Pandora

W8 - Senior Drama Production

The senior Drama students have been working hard on their production for this year – I, Pandora – and it is shaping up to be an evocative and creative show! An original piece, it interweaves both the ancient tale of Pandora and a more contemporary story of a woman whose choices open the lid on a range of unfortunate consequences. The play will run on August 7, 8 and 9 at 7pm in the Arts Centre. Don’t forget to mark the dates in your diary.

Tickets via www.trybooking.com/BDNIZ

Michael Butler-Wills
Head of English/Drama Teacher

Back to top


Selwyn House Dinner in Week 2

W1 - Selwyn
Selwyn girls, get ready to show your House spirit next week. Be sure to wear your green ribbon every day, and a green accessory on Friday….we’ll have a prize for the most creative accessory!

Make sure to keep an eye out on your Canvas notifications for the riddle of the day leading you to a green object – a prize will be waiting for you!

A week from today you’ll be transported to New York City for the Selwyn Met Gala – CAMP. We can’t wait to see you in your extravagant outfits…or your interpretations of this theme. It’s going to be a fun night filled with good food, games, and even better company. So, make sure to book your tickets ASAP!

Amy Carrodus (House Captain) and Jessica Schaedel (Deputy House Captain)

Back to top


Women and Leadership Series: STEM vs STEAM

W1 - CEDA

On Monday 24 June, the Committee for Economic Development in Australia (CEDA) hosted an event entitled “Women and Leadership Series: STEM vs STEAM”, which addressed the introduction of the arts into STEM and hence, the “A” in STEAM. Two Saints Girls, Srishti Sharma and Natacha Zisos Troupakis, attended the event with Mr Coulter, along with girls from various colleges.

Three influential females in STEM-related careers presented at the event: Jane Danvers, Rhana Devenport and Lyn Beazley. They delivered separate speeches about the importance of The Arts in STEM-related learning. They introduced numerous contemporary views on the role of art in developing world views, critical thinking skills and creativity and explained how these skills are relevant and necessary for careers in STEM. For example, Rhana Devenport explained the necessity for art in society by explaining its role in recognising, and therefore, reducing human suffering. Thus, she stated, The Arts are a central, and often undervalued, facet of STEM.

The speakers were then invited back to the stage for an open panel where the audience could pose questions. These included “Why are The Arts presently not valued to the same extent as the other aspects of STEAM?” and “What changes should be made to better accommodate for Art in STEAM?”. The event provided a platform for an insightful and meaningful debate and presented the girls with a holistic view of the value of art in a rapidly advancing, STEAM-centred society.

Srishti Sharma and Natacha Zisos Troupakis
Year 11 students

Back to top


Premier’s Anzac Spirit School Prize Reception

W1 - Premier's Anzac Spirit School Prize

Past and present recipients and teacher chaperones of the Premier’s Anzac Spirit School Prize gathered at Ayers House on 5 July to welcome the 2019 recipients and recognise the success of the prize since its inception 13 years ago. The contributions of the awardees, teachers and RSL delegates in promoting the Anzac spirit in schools and the community was recognised by the awarding of a certificate and specially minted medal presented by the His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, Governor of South Australia together with the Honourable John Gardner, Minister for Education. Past and present St Peter’s Girls’ recipients Hannah Brown (Year 12), Lucy Brown (Selwyn ’15), Jessie Lewcock (Patteson ’10), Gabriele Trobbiani and Holly Wallman–Craddock (Year 10) were present.

Gabriele Trobbiani
Economics, Business and Enterprise and Humanities Teacher

Back to top


Notification of Student Absence

Please notify the School via one of the following methods for late arrivals / early departures and absences.

Text: 0428 601 957 (save to phone contacts as SPGS)
Email: attendance@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au
Phone: 8334 2200

Feel free to also include the Home Group teacher when sending via email.

Please note: when arriving late (after 8.30am) or leaving early (before 3.30pm), students are required to sign in/out through the Front Office.

LOST PROPERTY
Please ensure you label all items of clothing and personal belongings. Unnamed lost property items can be located in the Front Office.

Back to top


Book Week 2019

W9 - Book Week

Dress Up Day will be held on Friday 23 August 2019

Come dressed as your favourite book character! There will be class parades during a special Junior School Assembly at 8.40am in the Arts Centre. Parents are most welcome to attend.

Back to top


Our Environment Club Needs Your Help!

W9 - Environment Club 2

The Environment Club would like to collect any spare wool that you may have at home and no longer wish to use. The Environment Club members will be taught how to crochet squares, which will be sewn together to make blankets for the homeless. We would greatly appreciate any wool to help us reduce costs. If you do have spare wool could you please send it to school with your daughter and she can deposit the wool in the box that will be located at Student Services, in the main building.

We thank you in advance for your support.
Lucy White and Lucy Young
( Leaders of the Environment Club)

Lucy White and Lucy Young
Environment Club

Back to top


Have You Considered Using The School Bus Service?

W9 - Bus

Avoid the car park rush – just catch the School Bus!

Getting your daughter to and from school safely and on time is an important part of daily life at Saints Girls.

We offer a convenient, personalised bus service for our School families, catering for students who live in the north, south, east or west. We have five 24-seat buses which start at Tea Tree Gully, Golden Grove, West Lakes, Brighton and Mount Barker and two 11-seat vans servicing inner southern and inner northern suburbs. To ensure we are providing a convenient service for our School families, the exact route that each bus takes is regularly reviewed based on the addresses of students. The service will pick up and drop off your daughter at your door (when and where possible as determined by the Transport Manager). Our buses and vans are operated by experienced and qualified drivers, who are part of our staff, chosen to meet the high standards set by the School. All vehicles are equipped with mobile phones for last minute bookings or cancellations and emergency communication.

Bus use is charged on a per trip basis ($7 per trip*) or students can have a Term Pass ($310*), which allows for unlimited trips for the term.

If you are interested in using the School’s bus service please contact the Transport Manager, Peter Anderson, on 0419 830 458 or by email to panderson@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au.

*Prices current as at 28 June 2019

Back to top


Business Directory at Saints Girls

W1 - Business Directory

Book your very own personalised advertisement today. Three options available – $500, $250 or FREE

> Promote your special business offer and change your advertisement as often as you like for no extra cost
> Simply support businesses connected to our School
> Refer a business
> All proceeds go towards our Parents’ and Friends’ Association fundraising efforts

For more information on how to get involved, contact Melissa Westgate on 8334 2244 or mwestgate@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au.

stpetersgirls.u-direct.com.au

Melissa Westgate
Foundation Manager

Back to top


Sports News

News and Important Dates – Term 3
A reminder that we would love to hear of any exciting news or notable sporting achievements. Simply email Neil Fuller via nfuller@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au

Week 3
Friday 9 August – Cross Country (Reception – Year 9)
Friday 9 August – Aussie Rules Interhouse (Years 7 – 12) 3.30pm – 5.00pm
Saturday 10 August – Winter Interhouse (Years 7 – 12); Badminton, Hockey, Netball (7.30 – 9.30am) and Soccer (9.30 – 11am)

Week 7
Friday 6 September– Sports Day (Years 4 – 12) at Athletics SA Stadium, Mile End

Week 8
Monday 10 September – Summer training commences (Year 7-12) – Full schedule and details will be sent out

Week 9
Summer sport training continues
Year 9 and 10 camps

Week 10
Year 5 Production
Monday 23 September – Winter Sports Awards and Pocket Point Assembly
Wednesday 25 September – IGSSA Athletics (selected students Years 7 – 12) at Athletics SA, Mile End

ATHLETICS

In preparations for Sports Day in Week 7, we are providing athletic training for students in Years 4 – 12 each Tuesday and Thursday morning from 7.10 – 8.10am. There are options for students to work on sprints and hurdles for Years 7 – 12 students, middle and long distance running, as well as throws and some jumps (high jump dependent on weather). Interested students should advise Mr Fuller if they wish to attend.

LACROSSE

Under 13: Saints 9 drew with Glenelg 9
In the final game prior to the holidays, Saints Girls played Glenelg at East Torrens Payneham. Despite the rain and muddy conditions the girls put up a good fight, starting out with a marginal lead in the first quarter. The score remained close all game ending in a 9-all draw. This game was the hardest fought of the season yet and I’m excited for the girls to work hard and have healthy competition in Glenelg moving towards the Premiership – Caitlyn Grayson (coach)

Back to top


eNews – Week 9, Term 2 2019

Issue no. 20Enews-banner

W9 - Banner

From the Principal

juliashea_web-200x300-200x300In Australia it’s a truism that professional athletes, whether they seek to or not, assume the status of role model. And it’s through this lens that we judge their behaviour. Recently, the tennis world has provided us with a stark contrast. On the one hand, we have Ash Barty, the recently crowned French Open champion and now world number one. She’s ‘down to earth’, softly spoken, humble, and her roots and family are extremely important to her. On the other hand, we have Nick Kyrgios, whose brash genius took him to the final 16 at the world’s most famous tennis tournament at Wimbledon. Yet that achievement has been lost amidst his tantrums and racquet throwing and the repeated calls for him to get over his highly inflated sense of self-entitlement and to try throwing a dollop of humility in there somewhere.

For me, the most fascinating element of Barty’s career to date remains the period three years ago when she put her racquets away, rested, and briefly swung a bat for the Brisbane Heat. Her tennis career wasn’t in disarray but the enjoyment wasn’t there. A highly intelligent young lady, she made the decision to walk away and spend time with the people who made her happy.

Walking away is so often treated as a negative – the phrase itself has connotations of failure and weakness – when, in reality, a willingness to walk away from something is actually an expression of strength and control. In a world where it seems as if there is never enough time, it’s tempting to relegate things like self-observation to the back burner. After all, when there’s so much to be done, who has time for contemplation? But if you’re serious about making yourself the best version of you, then you need to find that time. Ash did, and as they say, the rest is history.

We’ve all been there as parents. The daughter who’s learnt violin for as long as you can remember, who has so much talent but then, out of the blue, tells you that she doesn’t want to play anymore. The amazing swimmer who’s been tracking that black line on the bottom of the pool for years and then decides that enough’s enough. The gifted academic who achieves an amazing ATAR, gets into the tertiary course she’s always dreamt of, only to find it’s not for her. As a parent, you feel so heavily invested in your daughter’s journey and we can’t help ourselves … Are you sure you want to quit? Maybe give it another 12 months and then see how you feel. You’ve come so far, it would be a shame for you to stop now. But we need to step back and give our senior girls, particularly, space for that contemplation. When our girls find themselves in a situation that no longer brings them the joy it once did, the ability for them to change it by taking a break, be it temporary or permanent, is the ultimate expression of power. Throughout my journey as a parent, I’ve lost a cellist and gained a dancer, I’ve lost a violinist and gained a State rower. Ash’s parents temporarily lost a tennis player but because they gave her the chance to leave, contemplate and return, they gained a Grand Slam champion. So, as we enter the three week break, let’s not see it just as a time for practice, practice and more practice, but a chance for thinking, reflection and recalibration. Perhaps if the basketball loving Nick Kyrgios followed Ash’s lead, he might benefit more from a season with an NBL club than yet more time spent wrestling with a game he claims he does not particularly enjoy.

Building Works

The Science Centre remains on track to be opened at the start of Term 4. The final windows should be in place by the end of the month, fully securing the building and limiting the impact of any future rain on the project. Over the holiday break, a canopy will be installed over the Stott Wing balcony allowing the girls to utilise this space even when the weather is inclement. Refurbishment of the Sarah Wing area will commence in Term 4 as soon as Science has relocated to the new centre. As this area is easily cordoned off from other facilities, these works will have little impact on the day to day running of the School.

Staffing

Alex McKay and Sarah English both return from maternity leave at the start of next term. This means we bid farewell to Matthew Houston and Danielle McGregor and thank them for the wonderful contribution they have made to Saints Girls. And of course, best wishes to Dani for the impending birth of her twins! Sari Noble commences some much deserved long service leave and Cat Davies also finishes her time with us.

Best wishes for the school holidays and I look forward to welcoming the girls back to school on Tuesday 23 July.

Julia Shea
Principal

Back to top


ELC Hat Ceremony

W9 - ELC Hat Ceremony

‘Congratulations! Today is your day.
You’re off to great places! You’re off and away!’
– Dr Seuss

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

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

“On Monday 24 June, the Mid-Year Reception girls, along with a group of their peers and teachers attended the school assembly, another component in their transition journey to school. Ms Suzanne Haddy, Head of Junior School presented the girls with their special gift of a School bag and hat to celebrate their transition to school. We were thrilled to share this special moment with them and as you can see by the photographs the children were beaming with pride. We wish all girls a wonderful start to school next term and look forward to hearing more about their continued journey at St Peter’s Girls’ School.” – Kirsty Porplycia (Assistant Director of Early Learning)

Back to top


#EMPOWHER in our Junior School

W9 - #EMPOWHER 2

As we come to the end of our second term teaching the #EMPOWHER course in our Junior School classes, I pause to reflect upon the wonderful work being done by our Junior School students and teachers in this area.

Working through a rich and rigorous curriculum, built on the evidence-based programs, ‘Bounce Back!’, ‘Kimochis’, ‘Positive Psychology in Action’, ‘Braingrow’, and incorporating the VIA Character Strengths, the teachers feel that we are making a true difference – focusing on key ideas about social issues, how we think, learn and behave, and building more resilient, positive people.

Each class engages in a Home Group lesson every week specifically focused on an aspect of the #EMPOWHER program, but because Junior school teaching is holistic, it permeates all that we do, and is constantly reinforced. We have already noticed a difference in our girls and their feeling of empowerment in day-to-day life.

I took time to visit classes and gather some comments from the students about the #EMPOWHER wellbeing lessons. They were absolutely delightful and insightful. Here are some of their thoughts:

“ I enjoy them because I’ve found out about using slow thinking to help us be successful.” – Stella (Year 5)
“I’ve really liked learning about our different emotions and why we have them.” – Emily (Year 3)
“I enjoyed watching the Braingrow videos and writing about how I can connect them to what happens in MY life.” -Zara (Year 4)
“This year Kimochi cat helped us learn not to be bossy. We have also learned how to bounce and have courage. We’ve been watching Hector’s World to learn about cyber bullying.” – Olivia (Year 1)
“I think it’s good because it teaches me all the positive parts of situations rather than negative. I need to be open and have a growth mindset to activities.” – Jodhi (Year 6)
“We have been learning to talk about what we are afraid of and how to give things a try.” – Harper (Reception)
“I learnt that it’s good to look on the bright side and think about the good things that have happened.” – Matilda (Year 2)

Examples of #EMPOWHER work

Your ongoing support at home is, as with every element of school, appreciated. In Term 2, each class received some posters with a magnet to take home and put on the fridge. These can be a very valuable source for discussion and a point of reference for supportive ideas. We have also placed overviews of each term’s course content on myLink so that you can follow up on the lessons and use them as prompts for ‘dinner table conversation’.

We, as staff, are very excited about the #EMPOWHER sessions and they will continue to develop and grow, based on reflection and feedback.

Shelley Hampton
Year 5 teacher and Junior School Wellbeing Coordinator

Back to top


Year 5/6 Netball Interhouse

W9 - Netball

On Monday 24 June the Year 5/6 Netballers played in their annual Netball Interhouse. The teams were all eager to take out the win and showcase the skills they had learnt throughout the season.

Our student coaches, (Chloe Venning, Adele Eaton, Toni Christiansen, Sivanthi Sivasuthan, Efua Yawson, Charlotte Adams, Pearl Richards, Maddie Harrex and Grace Richards) who have been working with the girls under the guidance of senior coaches, Karen Braund, Rebecca Scott-Toms, Sophie Caon (Kennion ’16) and myself took the reins. They coached the girls, as well as umpired and scored each match providing feedback to the girls and ensuring strong combinations on court were maintained.

The competition was fierce with tight defence making scoring difficult. It all came down to the final match between Selwyn and Kilburn, with both teams having won their previous two matches against Kennion and Patteson. The game was a see-sawing affair with Selwyn winning by one goal to take out the 2019 Year 5/6 Netball Interhouse!

Thank you to all the girls for another wonderful season, our very special senior coaches and student coaches, to the teacher support staff (Sarah Braithwaite, Pauline Noblet and Liz Sandercock) and our umpires (Letitia Page-Thomson and Willow Stewart-Rattray). The season would not have run so smoothly without your support.

A final thank you to the families of the girls who assist with transport, scoring, cheering and encouragement from the sidelines and most importantly bringing oranges to half time!

Already looking forward to next season.

Alice Johnswood
Director of Netball

Back to top


Have You Considered Using The School Bus Service?

W9 - Bus

Avoid the car park rush – just catch the School Bus!

Getting your daughter to and from school safely and on time is an important part of daily life at Saints Girls.

We offer a convenient, personalised bus service for our School families, catering for students who live in the north, south, east or west. We have five 24-seat buses which start at Tea Tree Gully, Golden Grove, West Lakes, Brighton and Mount Barker and two 11-seat vans servicing inner southern and inner northern suburbs. To ensure we are providing a convenient service for our School families, the exact route that each bus takes is regularly reviewed based on the addresses of students. The service will pick up and drop off your daughter at your door (when and where possible as determined by the Transport Manager). Our buses and vans are operated by experienced and qualified drivers, who are part of our staff, chosen to meet the high standards set by the School. All vehicles are equipped with mobile phones for last minute bookings or cancellations and emergency communication.

Bus use is charged on a per trip basis ($7 per trip*) or students can have a Term Pass ($310*), which allows for unlimited trips for the term.

If you are interested in using the School’s bus service please contact the Transport Manager, Peter Anderson, on 0419 830 458 or by email to panderson@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au.

*Prices current as at 28 June 2019

Back to top


Emily – A Musical Coming to Saints Girls!

W9 - Emily A Musical

In 2017 our sister school Perth College embarked on an amazing artistic adventure. To celebrate a milestone in their school’s history, the Director of Arts, Danny Parker, and Director of Music, Chris Goff, decided to write Emily, a musical based on the life of Sister Emily Ayckbowm, who started the Community of the Sisters of the Church.

This musical was presented to all of the Sisters of The Church Schools, including Saints Girls, at the biennial Sisters of the Church Music Festival, held in Tasmania in 2018. To celebrate our 125th anniversary we are now bringing this show to St Peter’s Girls’ School.

Emily is a one-hour musical and will be held in the Chapel in Week 1, 24 – 25 July at 7pm. Entry is free and there is no need to book.

Among the 20 girls involved in the cast and band, the musical will feature Year 11s Isabelle Norman as Sister Emily and Victoria Thorp as the Archbishop of Canterbury. The premise of the musical is that the Chapel is for sale and Sisters from the Community of the Sisters of the Church are looking to purchase the building in order to turn it back into a school for underprivileged children. Our ‘Realtor’ for the evening will be Sophie Norman (Year 9) and we also have Old Scholars Charlene Lee (Selwyn ’18) and Nicola Jones (Selwyn ’18) involved in the production.

Mr Goff and Mr Parker are both flying in from Perth to direct the musical over the coming school holidays and we look forward to hosting them here at Saints Girls as they support our girls in this very exciting venture.

Sally Rounsevell
Director of Music

Back to top


Year 4s Visit Burnside Council Chambers

W9 - Year 4 2

On Wednesday 26 June, both Year 4 classes experienced first-hand what it is like to be an elected member of the City of Burnside Council. This excursion explored the central idea, ‘Societies have different systems for making decisions that influence the lives of citizens’, under the transdisciplinary theme of ‘How we organise ourselves’.

The students were fortunate to spend time with Burnside Mayor, past staff member and Old Scholar Anne Monceaux (nee Harrington, Kennion ’66) in the Council Chambers where she explained how local governments function as well as how the services provided by the Council support the community. She also discussed her role on Council, her influences and the attributes one requires for a place in public service.

Some of the questions the Year 4s asked Mayor Monceaux were;

“If you went back in time, would you still want to be mayor and why?” – Zara
“What was your job before you became Mayor? Did it help you with skills a Mayor needs?” – Iris
“If you could change anything about the council area what would you change, and why?” – Lola
“Has your education at St Peter’s Girls inspired you in your current role? If so, how?” – Maddison
“What are some of the biggest challenges you face in your role as Mayor?” – Abbie
“How do you deal with conflict with members of the council?” – Diya

Students then visited the library and had a ‘behind the scenes’ look at how the library system functions and its important place in the community.

Rebecca Riley and Shane Davidson
Year 4 Teachers

Back to top


State Selection for Year 6 Hockey Talent

W9 - Hockey 2

Congratulations to Year 6 student Winnie Vartuli who has been selected in the School Sport SA 12U girls’ hockey team! She will be travelling to Bendigo in August to compete.

“I started playing hockey when I was 8 years old for Burnside Primary School and Adelaide Hockey Club. I now play Under 13 for Adelaide Hockey Club and for Saints Girls. I usually train once a week for school and once a week for club. I recently competed in the Under 13 State Zone championships over the June long weekend and our team won out of all Under 13 girls’ hockey clubs. I enjoy playing in defence/half back.” – Winnie Vartuli

Good luck Winnie!

Back to top


Book Week 2019

W9 - Book Week

Dress Up Day will be held on Friday 23 August 2019

Come dressed as your favourite book character! There will be class parades during a special Junior School Assembly at 8.40am in the Arts Centre. Parents are most welcome to attend.

Back to top


Opportunity to Join Our Board of Governors

St Peter’s Girls’ School is a leading ELC to Year 12 Anglican and International Baccalaureate World School located in Stonyfell, just 5km from Adelaide’s CBD. With transformational capital works and cutting-edge curriculum offerings, the School has never been in a better position.

To help lift Saints Girls to even greater heights, an opportunity has arisen for two new members to join the School’s highly experienced, voluntary Board of Governors. Skills and experience sought include (but are not limited to) finance, risk, tertiary education or industry. Responsibilities will involve membership of the full Board and at least one subcommittee. High levels of commercial and political acumen complemented by exceptional leadership, communication, negotiation, governance and stakeholder management capacity are all essential qualities. AICD qualifications would be highly regarded. This is an exciting opportunity to make a valuable contribution in supporting girls to become the leaders of tomorrow.

Please visit henderconsulting.com.au to apply.

For further information about St Peter’s Girls’ School, visit stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au

Applications should be addressed to Andrew Reed or Justin Hinora. For a confidential discussion, please call (08) 8100 8827.

Back to top


Rostrum Voice of Youth

W9 - Rostrum Voice of Youth

On 22 June, Misha Yagnik (Year 7), Anika Bruin (Year 9) and Holly Wallman-Craddock (Year 10) competed in the Rostrum Voice of Youth State Finals. For their prepared speeches, the girls spoke passionately on topics close to their heart. In the Junior section, Misha used the topic ‘Timing is Everything’ to explore how the timing of World War I actually inspired many literary masterpieces and provided engaging and hilarious personal anecdotes to emphasise the importance of timing. Also in the Juniors, Anika used the topic ‘On Target’ to discuss the ignorance of some politicians towards current global issues, using the ‘Doomsday Clock’ as a compelling symbol of humanity’s self-destructive nature. Holly, in the Senior section, made astute observations about the stigma surrounding feminism. The girls also delivered 3-minute impromptu speeches for which they only had 15 minutes to prepare. The girls captured the audience’s attention with their enlightening topics of choice. All three girls should be very proud of themselves for the way they spoke and the superb way in which they represented the School!

The girls are pictured here with The Hon Rachel Sanderson MP (Selwyn ’86).

Aditi Tamhankar
Debating and Public Speaking Prefect

Back to top


Science and Engineering Challenge

W9 - Year 10

On 24 June, 31 Year 10 girls from St Peter’s Girls headed to the National Wine Centre to compete against seven other schools in the Adelaide heat of the Science and Engineering Challenge, a program run by The University of Newcastle. The girls were selected by Science and Maths staff as those who had good engineering knowledge, were good problem solvers, or displayed great teamwork skills. Many of the girls chosen were a triple threat in this regard, demonstrating evidence of all three!

The girls were divided into teams and worked to score points by completing a range of tasks including devising codes to send their teammates messages using coloured lights, creating an earthquake proof tower, designing and building a table and chair, inventing a functional bionic hand, and devising the ideal combination of power sources to provide low-cost electricity to a town. The girls displayed courage and creativity, and great resilience when faced with difficulty in their tasks. At the end of the day we achieved a second place position, but it was noted that the scores in this particular heat were the highest the organisers had seen for some time, so our students should be very proud of their efforts. Hopefully some of the students gained insight into some aspects of science and engineering, and it will encourage them to study STEM subjects in Year 11.

Emily Gough
Head of Science

Back to top


Year 12 Nutrition Students Visit UniSA

W9 - Nutrition

Everyone likes to eat some form of junk food, don’t they? The Year 12 Nutrition class selected some Middle School tasting panels to do just this, while comparing to a ‘healthier’ food version. They then completed a sensory evaluation. To help construct the summative practical report this taste testing was used for, our students visited UniSA City East campus to see professional taste testing rooms first hand. Before viewing the taste testing rooms, our students enjoyed making (and tasting) their own ricotta cheese!

The venture to UniSA was also for the purpose of enquiring into the careers studying nutrition can lead to. Our students were lucky enough for this career information session to be run by the Program Director of the Bachelor of Nutrition and Food Sciences Program herself, Evangeline Mantzioris, who is also a practicing Dietician. They gained valuable insight into the university course structure and its many career opportunities. It has hopefully inspired our future Nutritionists or Dieticians!

Vicki Dent
Year 12 Nutrition Teacher

Back to top


Year 7 Science Students Explore Adelaide Zoo

W9 - Year 7

As part of the Year 7 Science Curriculum, students have been studying Animal Classification and Ecosystems. The culmination of this unit was an excursion to Adelaide Zoo and the Adelaide Botanic Garden. The excursion focused on taxonomy and adaptations. At the Zoo, students focused on structural features of both native and foreign animals and how these adaptations help them survive in their natural habitat. At the Adelaide Botanic Garden students investigated desert and rainforest plants and their adaptations, and also looked at the possibility of these plants surviving in their own back yards.

Roger Mills
Science Teacher

Back to top


Our Environment Club Needs Your Help!

W9 - Environment Club 2

Do you have spare wool that you do not wish to use or throw out? We would love any donations of wool. The Environment Club wishes to create croquet blankets for Red Cross. Any donation would be greatly appreciated.

If you can help please contact Anna Stefopoulos, the staff facilitator of the Environment Club; astefopoulos@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au

Lucy White and Lucy Young
Environment Club

Back to top


Senior Drama Production – I, Pandora

W8 - Senior Drama Production

The senior Drama students have been working hard on their production for this year – I, Pandora – and it is shaping up to be an evocative and creative show! An original piece, it interweaves both the ancient tale of Pandora and a more contemporary story of a woman whose choices open the lid on a range of unfortunate consequences. The play will run on August 7, 8 and 9 at 7pm in the Arts Centre. Don’t forget to mark the dates in your diary.

Tickets via www.trybooking.com/BDNIZ

Michael Butler-Wills
Head of English/Drama Teacher

Back to top


Junior School Vacation Care – Countdown is On!

W7 - Vacation Care

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

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

Vacation Care Program – July 2019
Click here to book Vacation Care

Back to top


School Shop Holiday Hours

The School Shop will be open on Thursday 18 and Friday 19 July from 9am – 5pm.

School Shop

Back to top


Community Golf Day

W1 - Community Golf Day

St Peter’s Girls’ Community Golf Day will be held on Thursday 14 November.

Book your spot to play on the day and network with other community members and businesses connected to our School: www.trybooking.com/ZZHE

Community Golf Day Information

If you require further information about this event, please contact Melissa Westgate in the Community Relations office via mwestgate@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au or 8334 2244.

Back to top


Seat of Encouragement – Style a Tile

W3 - Seat

Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to make your mark on our new Science Centre.

Purchase and personalise a tile for our ‘Seat of Encouragement’ and leave a legacy for generations of Saints Girls. Many tiles also include inspiring quotes to further empower our girls.

Secure your tile via www.trybooking.com/BARQD.

If you require more information or have any constructive feedback to add value to achieving our collective goal, please contact Melissa Westgate via 8334 2244 or mwestgate@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au.

Back to top


Saints Girls Now on Instagram!

W1 Instagram Banner

The School is proud to launch our newest social media offering to celebrate our fantastic community.

We look forward to sharing exciting images and cutting-edge videos showcasing life at Saints Girls. Be a part of the action and follow us via @stpetersgirlsschool

Back to top


GIRL POWER Workshops

Our mission at GIRL POWER is to foster a positive mindset, inner confidence and resilience in young girls through fun and interactive workshops. Our workshops are based on positive psychology principles and delivered by way of creative and engaging activities. Girls come away from a GIRL POWER workshop knowing themselves better, understanding the power they have over their own lives and with increased social awareness.

Information Flyer

For more information, visit www.girlpowerworkshops.com.au

Back to top


Code Camp Winter Holidays

W3 - Code Camp 2

Code Camp is returning to St Peter’s Girls these winter holidays. Girls and boys have fun with friends while building important skills including logic, creativity, problem-solving, app and game development.

This camp is from Wednesday 10 July to Friday 12 July, and St Peter’s Girls will be hosting Spark, Web Hackers and Little Heroes.

Code Camp Flyer

Bookings can be made via www.codecamp.com.au/stpetersgirls

Back to top


Sports News

W9 - Sport

AUSSIE RULES FOOTBALL

Open – Saints 3.2-20 defeated by Scotch 5.5-35
The girls played their best game yet this week. Although we just missed out on the win, Saints demonstrated their incredible improvement and talent throughout the game. For the full four quarters they each played their positions so well, laid hard tackles and had some great kicking and disposals. Special mention must go to Portia Maerschel and Saskia Jonats who both showed their football talent throughout the game. They both read the ball so well and gave it their all. They were perfect examples of how much this team has developed in footy skills throughout the season. Overall, the girls communicated with each other like a team and we certainly gave Scotch some tough competition. – Isabella Bernardi (captain)

Middle – Saints 0.0-0 defeated by Scotch 6.14.50
Scotch College was a tough opponent last Friday night. Our defenders worked hard, making some excellent marks and hard tackles when required. We were able to move the ball out of defence and to half-forward often, thanks to Ella Dnistriansky, Dayna Petruzzella and others. When attacking we kicked and marked well down the wings of the oval but, unfortunately, could not finish our work up the field. The girls gave it their all and are looking to work on a number of areas as we move towards Term 3. – Dan Searle

BADMINTON

On Saturday 22 June, Saints badminton players from each team competed in their last match of the term against Wilderness, except for the C2 team who played Woodcroft and defeated them convincingly 6-0. Overall, the teams had won 4 out of 6 games, showing a consistently strong performance against the opponents. Again, there were some impressive and dominating plays coming from the Open A and B teams. The girls have encountered some difficulties from Wilderness’ smart game strategies, but they still displayed excellent skills on court and genuinely played better than the opponents. It was another unfortunate loss for the Open D and E girls, however, over the course of this season, the new badminton players have shown great improvements in skills, tactics, and confidence. It is amazing to see the girls’ enthusiasm and persistent efforts on court.

Overall, this term has been very successful for the Open A and B teams who compete for the shield of the season. After the last match of the term on Saturday, players from these two teams find themselves undefeated so far this season. Congratulations to the A and B players for their excellent results and effort, and also to all the badminton girls who trained and competed with passion. It was an amazing half of a season, and we look forward to continuing our hard work in Term 3. – Amy Li (Captain)

Open A – Saints 5 defeated Wilderness 1
Open B – Saints 6 defeated Wilderness (B2) 0
Open C1 – Saints 3 defeated Wilderness 3 (on points)
Open C2 – Saints 6 defeated Woodcroft 0
Open D – Saints 0 defeated by Wilderness (D1) 6
Open E – Saints 1 defeated by Wilderness 8

HOCKEY

Open A – Saints 1 defeated by Trinity 4
Open A played another great game against Trinity on the weekend and, despite losing, demonstrated our team values and improvement from the first game of the season against them. The opposition’s defence was extremely strong but we managed to score a goal in the third quarter. Special mention to Belle Black and Emma Carrodus who worked together well by creating 2v1s and goal scoring opportunities. Our young guns, Bridgette Leach and Amelia Lucas, were a big influence on the field and played a great game. The girls have improved significantly throughout the season and we look forward to the remainder of the season! – Olivia Goldsmith (captain)

Open B – Saints 0 defeated by Seymour 4
The girls were playing with only 10 players but you could not tell out on the field playing against a full strength Seymour team. The girls kept them scoreless until half time. They went down 4-0, and Georgia reluctantly put the goalie gear on but once in the gear did a great job stopping many shots on the line. All the girls worked hard right until the end. – Will Stapleton (coach)

Year 3-4 – Saints 2 defeated by Pembroke 3
The girls played a very strong game, especially in defence, using their strong hitting and passing skills to clear the ball away from our goal. The structure of the team whilst on the pitch was great and again prevented Pembroke from scoring more than they did. The two goals we scored were the perfect example of teamwork, with each being assisted into the net by someone other than the shooter – an essential skill that will be used throughout each player’s future hockey career. One thing to work on for next season is the accuracy of each pass. I have loved coaching each and every one of the Minkey girls this season and wish all the girls good luck for their future endeavours on the pitch. – Carla Lawrence (coach)

LACROSSE

Under 11 Blue – Saints Blue 4 defeated by Saints White 6
The two Saints teams were excited to play against each other. Matilda Birmingham (Year 3) did well at fighting for ground balls. In addition, Ruby Kelly (Year 3) and Neela (Year 3) did great at sticking to their players closely in defence. Also in defence, Chelsea Francis (Year 3) was fantastic at keeping her stick straight up and blocking the opposition to stop them from shooting. In the first half Lilly Meo (Year 3) was our goalie who ran out of the circle to get the ball to stop the opposition from shooting on her. She also got a terrific goal in the last thirty seconds of the match. Amelia Lively (Year 3) once again used her quick pace to get the ball from our goalie and transitioned it into attack. Goal scorers were Ruby (1), Amelia (2) and Lilly (1). Best players were Amelia and Lilly. – Lucy Martin (coach)

Under 11 White – Saints White 6 defeated Saints Blue 4
It was a fun competition this week for the Saints White team as they played against their rivals and friends! The White team played an excellent game of lacrosse, leading the whole game with a total of 6 goals. The girls are improving their defensive skills and are learning the benefits of close defence, including the ability to easily intercept opposition’s passes. Best players this week were Matilda Wilkin and Claris Stolcman, who consecutively helped the team out in the midfield, running down the line and ensuring accurate and clear passes. This week at training we will look at fast and aggressive ground ball pick-ups and dodging our players in attack to score goals.

Keep up the great work girls, you played an excellent game of lacrosse this week – Saints White should be very proud of their hard work, enthusiasm and inclusiveness, even without any sub players for a rest! – Courtney Tasker and Sophie Auricht (Coach)

NETBALL

Year 8/9 Knockout Netball
Our Year 8/9 Knockout team ventured to Heathfield on Friday 21 June to participate in Round 1 of the Knockout Competition. We were to play three matches against Heathfield High School, Cornerstone College and Murray Bridge High School with the winning team progressing to Round 2.

We drew Heathfield in our first match and after an even first quarter we managed to pull away in the second and were 19-11 up at half time. The girls continued to build on their lead, coming away winners 41-22.

Murray Bridge High School were up next, but they were no match for our team defence and fast attacking play. A truly dominant performance saw us win 62-9.

Our final match was against Cornerstone College, with a win seeing us progress to Round 2, so the girls were keen to start strongly. We picked up where we left off from our last match and ran away to a 20-8 lead at half time. Cornerstone lifted their intensity in the third quarter but we managed to match it and increased our lead to 17 at three quarter time. We saved our best quarter to last, winning it 17-2 and completing our undefeated run with the final score 50-18.

Our mid-court of Alexia Politis, Ellie Humphrey and Charlie Fishlock ran all day! They moved the ball quickly through the middle, hit the circle edge to feed, and used exceptional decision-making when feeding.

Our defensive line of Lucy White, Ruby Deakin, Willow Stewart-Rattray and Chloe Porter were unstoppable at times, working together to create turnover after turnover and making the avenue to goal very difficult for the opposition. They pounced on loose balls and turned half-chances into intercepts. They were able to do this because of the full court pressure applied by our GS, GA, WA and C further up the court. True TEAM DEFENCE!

Our goalies, Annie Warrick, Joss Forster and Chloe Porter shot and moved beautifully in every match. They rotated, used their feeders and most importantly finished off with amazing shooting accuracy.

Well done to all players and thank you to the parents and families who came out and supported. We now take on Brighton High School and St Mary’s College in Round 2. – Alice Johnswood

Open A – Saints 36 defeated by Scotch 51
Saints played an undeniably challenging game and were defeated by Scotch. The game was highly defensive and one on one from the beginning. Saints started strongly by swiftly transitioning the ball from midcourt to the goal third allowing goalies to score. Girls easily and effectively worked through Scotch’s zones intercepting at any opportunity. In both attack and defence girls were patient and effort was put in by all girls who took court. No matter what Scotch did on court, each Saints player was patience in bringing the ball out of defence and working in our goal third to get to circle edge. In the final quarter, Scotch intercepted many balls and ignited the pressure, but Saints’ teamwork and collaboration to play high level netball was evident as each girl on court put out 100% effort. Hannah Freeman was best on court once again as her constant defensive pressure was effective causing numerous errors in the opponents plays. Hannah played a tight one on one defensive game and worked hard each quarter in order to turn the ball around. Throughout the game Saints worked together and fought for every ball from the start of the game. The girls should be extremely proud of their efforts and development from the start of the season. – Sivi Sivasuthan (captain)

Open B – Saints 26 defeated by Scotch 39
The Open Bs played Scotch, losing an incredibly tight game. Scotch was a strong team, however, the girls worked hard in defence to prevent many goals. Charlotte White filled in for this game in GK and did an impeccable job intercepting most passes coming her way! All girls worked hard in attack and kept the ball down our end for the first three quarters. Sadly Scotch pulled ahead in the last quarter. Well done to all the girls! – Eve Habel

Open C – Saints 29 defeated by Scotch 49

Open D – Saints 11 defeated by Scotch 67

Open E1 – Saints 8 defeated by Pembroke 38
Although the Saints Open Es match against Pembroke on Saturday wasn’t our best scoring game this season, all the girls put in a great effort throughout the whole game. Although our passes were a little rushed to start with, we worked on slowing the ball down and playing carefully as the game went on. This particularly helped us with our ball movement around the goal circle, despite the opposition’s tight defence. Altogether it was an enjoyable game and a big thanks to Maddie for stepping in as our coach! – Hannah Brown

Open E2 – Saints 15 defeated by Pembroke 20

Year 9A – Saints 14 defeated by Scotch 40
This week the 9As put up a good fight against Scotch. While the end score may not have been what we wanted, the players did an extremely good job. The shooters were shooting well, and the defence managed to keep the opposing shooters second guessing. The first quarter was played well, and everyone was doing their best against the strong opposition. The second and third quarters were also very strong from our team, but we were getting tired fast. At the last quarter, even though we were down a lot, we didn’t give up. The defence worked the ball out of defence really well by utilising the WD and GD, especially Ruby Deakin. Ella Dnistriansky also filled in for us and she did an amazing job at shooting, even though it was her first game with us. Milly Brett also played very well in GD, especially since she just recovered from an injury. Overall, our team played extremely well against Scotch and we continued to not give up despite the score. – Lucy White

Year 9B – Saints 33 defeated by Scotch 48

Year 9C – Saints 32 defeated by Scotch 34
The 9Cs played an ‘on the edge’ game from start to finish. Leading in the third quarter by two we unfortunately weren’t able to carry this with us into the final quarter. The girls never stopped fighting or working together as a team. – Merridy Nicholls

Year 9/10 – Saints 13 defeated by Concordia 64
Despite not coming away with a win, the girls put in a lot of effort right until the end of the game. The way the girls used the space on the court and worked together to get the ball down to the shooters was immensely satisfying to watch. It was also fantastic to see everyone keeping their eyes on the ball and being ready for backup. The girls should all be proud of how hard they worked and of how they made sure to still enjoy playing. A big thank you to Gracie Ganzis, Caitie Walker and Ayshviina Nair for filling in and to all of the girls for their willingness and flexibility in trying different positions. – Sophie Caon

Year 8A – Saints 30 defeated Scotch 24
We all came together and played a great game to beat the undefeated Scotch team. Our shooters combined well and managed to shoot accurately with really tall defenders, the mid-court fed cleanly to our shooters and put defensive pressure all down the court, resulting in many turnovers. The defenders worked tirelessly to turn the ball over, special mentions to Madison Liddy for her amazing work as WD. – Willow Stewart-Rattray

Year 8B – Saints 28 drew with Scotch 28

Year 8C – Saints 30 defeated Pembroke 14
The girls played an amazing game which was fast paced. Saints implemented strategic set-ups for passes that led to goals. Although the entire team played exceptionally well throughout the game, the girls who stood out the most to the coaches were Lydia Tolley and Georgina Wakeham who shot all of our goals with little to no rebounds, and with the addition of Lucy Schirripa and Isabella Lowry in WD and C, who got the ball down the court to the goal circles quickly yet efficiently. Once again, everyone played an important role in the win on Saturday. Great job to all who played this term. – Mikaela Udall

Year 7A – Saints 22 defeated by Scotch 34

Year 7B – Saints 30 defeated Scotch 20
The girls played really well throughout the game. In the first quarter, our opposition held strong making us all fight harder. Thanks to Ayla Blaskett and Marcella Tolley’s amazing shooting, we managed to catch up to Scotch. Also, our mid-court was very strong and Charlie Edwards worked hard to bring the ball down to the goal third. We put up a very strong fight and, in the end, the score showed their hard work and effort. Good job girls! – Ruby Adams

Year 7C – Saints 2 defeated by Seymour 18
This week the girls experimented with playing different positions, which was a great opportunity to step out of their comfort zone. Alyssa Trinh showed persistence as she had a small fall but was able to get back up and play the game. The girls put in 110% throughout the game. Great job girls. – Naadiya Ishaq

SOCCER

Open A – Saints 1 defeated by Pembroke 2
The Open A team versed Pembroke and unfortunately lost in a very competitive game. Tahlia Towers played up this week and did an amazing job. She not only saved many shots as goalkeeper in the first half, but also scored our only goal! Olivia Law also deserves an honourable mention for her great job as goalie in the second half, stopping Pembroke from scoring many crucial goals. Unfortunately, we were unable to execute our skills this week, which resulted in us conceding two goals. However, the girls didn’t drop their heads and kept fighting until the very end. I commend them on their efforts so far this season and look forward to coming back and improving next term. – Ellie Anderson (captain)

Open B – Saints – match postponed

Middle A – Saints 1 defeated by Scotch 2
The girls played a strong game this week. After previously losing to Scotch 7-0, the girls were determined to achieve a better score. The girls worked well as a team; defending as one and attacking as one. Despite Scotch scoring first, the girls equalised in the final minutes of the first half – congratulations to Apurva Ichalkaranje for her goal! In the second half the girls played their best half of the season yet, however, unfortunately Scotch managed to score a lucky goal. Despite being a goal down the girls continued to work hard and Georgia Evans, Emily McCorley, and Azaan Singh should all be proud of their efforts and were stand out players in the match. This match was a good end to the term, and I can’t wait for the final few games of next term! – Dom Rigby (coach)

Middle B – Saints 0 defeated by Seymour 4
The girls were kept in their own half most of the time but held strong to only be 1-0 down by half time. In the second half a couple of lucky shots slipped in.

Soccer can be a funny game and it’s always a delight to see the girls supporting each other whilst having a bit of a laugh along the way. There are moments of great skills from the girls and they are really beginning to understand how to position better, when is the right moment to tackle, and passing the ball a lot better. Good effort today girls, played in good spirits with some funny moments too. – Kerry Hudson (coach)

Back to top


eNews – Week 8, Term 2 2019

Issue no. 19Enews-banner

W8 - Banner

From the Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

Witness the Fitness

Kate Mortimer‘Witness the Fitness’ are the words that Year 12 have heard (and lived) for the past few weeks in their #EMPOWHER lessons. They have been participating in a variety of 25 minute fitness workouts including aerobic circuits, Zumba and challenging HIIT sessions. These sessions have been intentionally difficult, requiring the girls to push past their perceived physical limits. The reasoning that we provided the girls of why we were running the sessions would not surprise anyone. Foremost is the fact that vigorous exercise produces endorphins, which naturally make you feel better, increase your energy levels and improve your mood. Year 12 is also a year of high stress, so 25 minutes of hard exercise forces you to stop thinking about school work. It is impossible to think about tasks or exams when blood is being directed to muscles and you are concentrating on instructions. Other benefits include the personal satisfaction that comes from completing a hard workout as well as the bonding that takes place between the girls when they complete a difficult endeavour together.

While all of the above are worthwhile benefits of vigorous exercise, they will not necessarily result in continued behaviour or the formation of a habit of exercising. The reason for this is quite simple and can be explained by author Steven Covey who, in ‘The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People’, argued that forming a habit requires three key elements. Knowledge, skills and desire. The girls already had the knowledge. One cannot dispute that they all clearly understood that exercise was beneficial to their health. Of course, this also applies to the Australian adult population. Most Australian adults know that exercise is beneficial, but many do not exercise or prioritise fitness. Desire, or the use of independent will to complete a task was present in some girls, but absent in many when it came to regular fitness sessions at home. But interestingly, their desire in regard to attending these sessions was high. Participation rates for ‘Witness the Fitness’ were over 98%. Girls came to sessions on time, enthusiastically and openly spoke about looking forward to working out.

There is though, a very particular skillset needed to complete 3 x 25 minute vigorous exercise sessions each week and, prior to starting this unit, I asked the girls who would be confident to lead the year group in a 25 minute interval workout. Three students raised their hands. Therein was the baseline reason of why ‘Witness the Fitness’ was needed. The aim was that at the conclusion of the unit, every girl would be able to complete a hard interval workout, within a very confined space (think bedroom, hotel room or park) and that all they needed was 25 minutes. It was through the provision of the skills, doing these together and the positive feelings that resulted from their participation that gave the girls the best chance of making regular vigorous exercise a habit. The feedback provided from the girls was overwhelmingly positive, with the request for more sessions a clear indication that ‘Witness the Fitness’ is here to stay. I thank Samantha O’Brien, Jenni Manson and Dan Searle for their willingness to join me in leading sessions and working out with the girls.

Today also saw the conclusion of the Year 10 and Year 11 exams. I spoke with the girls prior to the commencement of the exams about maintaining their perspective throughout and, most importantly, to set aside time to really consider their results. Exams are an entirely predictable entity. There will be easy, moderate and hard questions. Expect them, prepare for them and if you encounter difficulty, you must answer the question of why this was. Was it simply a hard question that was intentionally there to test higher-order thinking? Could your preparation have been better? Was your studying actually effective? It is the answers to these questions which will result in improvement in future exams.

Kate Mortimer
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

Back to top


Saints Girls Win Shark Tank eSchool

W8 - Shark Tank eSchool

Year 11 Business Innovation students Sabrina Passelli, Sarah Pike and Mahala Truscott have won first prize in the inaugural Shark Tank eSchool Venture Showcase.

The program encourages students to think creatively and develop solutions to real-world problems, while prototyping their ideas and pitching their presentations to a panel of experts. The girls competed against 500 students in 120 teams from schools across the State in presenting to a panel chaired by RedBalloon founder and Shark Tank judge Naomi Simson at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Wednesday. The judges praised their efforts in teaming with Walk for Life, a large-scale aid project of the Glencoe Foundation, which has provided free treatment for children with congenital clubfoot deformity in Bangladesh since 2009. Their team goal was to modify the clubfoot brace worn post-surgery to improve comfort and foot positioning.

The girls will donate their $5,000 prize money to the Walk for Life foundation to help realise their project.

Gabriele Trobbiani
Business and Enterprise Teacher

Back to top


Back to the Futures

Our fantastic Futures Program continues to go from strength to strength, following the success of our recent Market Day.

Unique to our Middle School, the program exposes our Year 7 and 8 students to the concept of Entrepreneurship. With advice from industry mentors, girls create mini companies to develop products or services, often to help solve a real-world problem.

Take a look at the video below to see this innovative program in action!

Back to top


Familiar Face at ‘Business Chicks’ Breakfast

W8 - Breakfast

On Thursday morning, a fortunate table of guests including two Year 12 students and some of our staff had the opportunity to attend a very special ‘Business Chicks’ breakfast at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

Old Scholar The Hon Julie Bishop (Kilburn ’73) inspired the room with stories surrounding her trailblazing career. She reminisced about growing up in Adelaide, becoming a litigation lawyer and how she decided to run as a candidate for the seat of Curtin in 1998. She also detailed the time she served as a Minister in a range of portfolios including Foreign Affairs from 2015 to 2018. Some of the inspirational topics the audience enjoyed most were her funny stories and insights into meeting the world’s most influential leaders.

There are so many Saints’ success stories and it’s always wonderful to have these special opportunities to celebrate our Old Scholars and their achievements.

Melissa Westgate
Foundation Manager

Back to top


Guest Experts Lead Enterprising Forum

W8 - Business Forum

The Year 12 Business and Enterprise Forum was held at the School on Tuesday, giving girls the opportunity to question a panel of business leaders on a range of topics, from deregulation of shopping hours and big data abuse, to start up failures.

The panel featured:
Jenny Paradiso – Managing director and Co-Founder, Suntrix Solar – Telstra Business of the Year – Telstra Businesswoman of the Year
Jason Haseldine – Director of Finance and Administration, St Peter’s College
Professor Noel Lindsay – Pro Vice Chancellor, Entrepreneurship/Dean of Business, University of Adelaide

Girls will use the information as valuable primary sources in completing their investigation assignment. The School thanks the participants for their time and valuable contributions.

Gabriele Trobbiani
Business and Enterprise Teacher

Back to top


Top End to the Season for Year 5 Blue Netball

W8 - Netball

Year 5 Blue – Saints 11 defeated Walford 5
The girls ended this season really well with a great win, also their first win of the season! We managed to score 11 goals which was achieved through the teamwork and persistence of all the girls.

Eliza Brill Reed and Alison Francis made plenty of intercepts, while Eve Dillon, Adjoa Yawson, Aurelia Pyne and Jiahui Zhang scored lots of goals in the ring. Pollyanna Townsend, Hannah Dillon and Lucy Tulloch all worked well defending and moving the ball down the court.

It has been a pleasure to see the girls growing as a team and as individual netballers. This season, we have spent a lot of time on making space when attacking the ball. In this game, it was clear that the girls took this training on board; each time we made a turnover, the girls ran back and were able to lead forward for the ball. They showed positive team spirit by trying their best even when they were in their non-preferred positions. It has been a tough season with many losses, but we couldn’t be prouder of the sportsmanship that the girls showed, always congratulating and shaking hands with the opposition and still cheering at the start of each quarter with gusto!

Rebecca Scott-Toms, Charlotte Adams and Efua Yawson
Year 5 Blue Coaches

“I think we’ve had a great season because we all worked together as a team and tried our hardest. We have grown so much as players and really developed our skills. We were lucky enough to win our last game and it was so exciting.” – Eve Dillon

“This netball season has been very enjoyable because I’ve been able to play sport with my friends and we work well together as a team. Our first win was so much fun because we’d never had the joy of winning as a team before.” – Alison Francis

Back to top


Saints Girls Visit Saints Boys

W7 - Year 5

In Week 6, the Year 5 and 6 cohorts travelled to St Peter’s College Junior School to undertake an activity day, centred around collaboration and building connections. The girls worked within their Houses on a rotation, in partnership with the boys, to undertake tasks where teamwork was the key component to attaining success. This included an orienteering activity using iPads where groups had to venture around the campus to find clues, unlocking questions and seeking solutions to problems.

Another task the girls enjoyed participating in was the design technology challenge where they had to create a famous landmark using limited materials. It was impressive to see the girls working with the boys to communicate, strategise and create their final design. Other activities undertaken were Mind Lab games and tabloid sporting events. We would like to offer our thanks to the staff at St Peter’s College Junior School who prepared the day and made it a worthwhile experience for all.

The Years 5 and 6 Teachers

Back to top


Senior Drama Production – I, Pandora

W8 - Senior Drama Production

The senior Drama students have been working hard on their production for this year – I, Pandora – and it is shaping up to be an evocative and creative show! An original piece, it interweaves both the ancient tale of Pandora and a more contemporary story of a woman whose choices open the lid on a range of unfortunate consequences. The play will run on August 7, 8 and 9 at 7pm in the Arts Centre. Don’t forget to mark the dates in your diary.

Tickets via www.trybooking.com/BDNIZ

Michael Butler-Wills
Head of English/Drama Teacher

Back to top


Junior School Vacation Care – Countdown is On!

W7 - Vacation Care

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

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

Vacation Care Program – July 2019
Click here to book Vacation Care

Back to top


Year 7 Geography Venture into the Field

W8 - Year 7

Is your suburb liveable?

On 7 June, the Year 7 cohort ventured to Bowden to investigate how liveable or walkable Bowden is compared with their own suburb.

Students had been working in teams to define what liveablility or walkability actually means, and set out to identify criteria and field work methods they could use to gather data.

Nine stops were predetermined, where students could observe, take photos, count objects and gather their data to compile a field work report with their analysis and evaluation.

We were also fortunate to have Joanne Owen from Renewal SA talk about the future plans for Bowden and how they are endeavouring to make this a five star sustainable development.

“The field trip was a really great way to help us understand liveability. I learned that there are lots of deciding factors in how liveable a place is. Two of the main factors that my group found were the pollution levels and amount of traffic on minor and major roads. We decided Bowden is currently very liveable. However, some of the government housing needs serious upgrading and repairs. We also noticed that as Bowden still has lots of building to be done, there will be more people, traffic and pollution in the future that may impact peoples’ decision to live there.” – Stephanie Andrejewskis

“I really enjoyed the excursion. I learnt that even if a town or suburb is very modern, it can still have flaws. I learnt about the different criteria that people use to judge liveability. My impression of Bowden is that it is a good place to live for students at university or people who like to live in an apartment.” – Zoe Pool

Humanities Department

Back to top


Year 7 Music Explore Cultural Harmonies

W8 - Music

This week, the Year 7 Music classes were visited by singer-songwriter Hannah Yates. Hannah led workshops that explored indigenous music and issues of social justice. As a member of the indigenous community in SA, Hannah shared her personal story with the class, giving them a first-hand insight into a different culture. The girls were also entertained by a number of Hannah’s original song performances that explored acknowledgment of country, the stolen generation and preservation of indigenous language. The class also sang a traditional Aboriginal lullaby for Hannah, entitled ‘Innanay’, which they have been learning over the past couple of weeks during their indigenous music unit.

Hannah was awarded First Class Honours for her project on the preservation of indigenous language and culture through song. In 2018, she stepped into a Master of Philosophy, studying music education for students living in low socioeconomic areas. She is soon to release a solo CD which blends folk-style story telling with themes of social justice.

The workshops were educational, insightful and entertaining. They culminated in the class singing and dancing to a song that celebrated indigenous language. Hannah remarked that the class was so polite, attentive and delightful! We hope to have her back in Semester 2 for more workshops!

Robyn Habel
Music Teacher

Back to top


Mary Magdalene Volunteers Warm Hearts

W8 - Volunteering

Thank you to our Middle School families who made soups, pasta dishes and casseroles which were served last Saturday night to more than 80 patrons of the St Mary Magdalene Drop In Centre in the city.

Thanks also to your generous donations of money, we were able to purchase roast chickens to supplement the meals and provide ice cream and lamingtons for dessert.

Our parent and student volunteers Sian Hodgkinson, Jodie Dodd, Nic and Emily McCorley, Ann Li, Derek Yang, Michael Dillon, Jim and Jasmine Segredos, Ellie Anderson and Olivia Goldsmith heated and served the food before washing up with good grace and a ready smile for the patrons.

Our final opportunity to assist the centre for 2019 is Saturday 3 August when the Junior School will be asked to provide food and volunteers.

Susanna Anderson
Mary Magdalene Parent Coordinator

Back to top


School Shop Holiday Hours

The School Shop will be open on Thursday 18 and Friday 19 July from 9am – 5pm.

School Shop

Back to top


Community Golf Day

W1 - Community Golf Day

St Peter’s Girls’ Community Golf Day will be held on Thursday 14 November.

Book your spot to play on the day and network with other community members and businesses connected to our School: www.trybooking.com/ZZHE

Community Golf Day Information

If you require further information about this event, please contact Melissa Westgate in the Community Relations office via mwestgate@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au or 8334 2244.

Back to top


Important Health Message

With the State in the grips of a flu crisis, we must reiterate an important health message to our community.

If your child is showing any signs of illness, please do not bring them to school. This includes if they have a temperature of 37.5 degrees and above, and/or if they’ve received medication such as paracetamol. This also extends to other ailments such as stomach aches and vomiting.

This is not only for your child’s comfort and recovery, but also to protect other children and our staff.

For more information regarding influenza, please click here.

Should you have any queries, please contact the Health Centre via 8155 5762 or healthcentre@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au. If your daughter will not be attending school due to illness, please notify us via one of the following methods:

Text: 0428 601 957 (save to phone contacts)
Email: attendance@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au
Phone: 8334 2200

Feel free to also include the Class/Home Group teacher when sending via email.

Back to top


Car Park – Action Required

Once again, we urge parents of Year 2 – 12 students not to enter the School’s car park for pick up until at least 3.30pm to allow for the smooth and safe early collection of Reception and Year 1 students.

We also reiterate that there is no right turn into or out of the car park.

We thank you for your cooperation in helping to improve safety and traffic flow for all.

Back to top


GIRL POWER Workshops

Our mission at GIRL POWER is to foster a positive mindset, inner confidence and resilience in young girls through fun and interactive workshops. Our workshops are based on positive psychology principles and delivered by way of creative and engaging activities. Girls come away from a GIRL POWER workshop knowing themselves better, understanding the power they have over their own lives and with increased social awareness.

Information Flyer

For more information, visit www.girlpowerworkshops.com.au

Back to top


Seat of Encouragement – Style a Tile

W3 - Seat

Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to make your mark on our new Science Centre.

Purchase and personalise a tile for our ‘Seat of Encouragement’ and leave a legacy for generations of Saints Girls. Many tiles also include inspiring quotes to further empower our girls.

Secure your tile via www.trybooking.com/BARQD.

If you require more information or have any constructive feedback to add value to achieving our collective goal, please contact Melissa Westgate via 8334 2244 or mwestgate@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au.

Back to top


Entertainment Book

W7 - Entertainment Book

The St Peter’s Girls’ Parents’ and Friends’ Association is fundraising via Entertainment Book/Digital Membership.

Pre-order the NEW 2019 | 2020 Entertainment Membership and receive bonus offers you can use right away.

Purchase your membership here!

Back to top


Saints Girls Now on Instagram!

W1 Instagram Banner

The School is proud to launch our newest social media offering to celebrate our fantastic community.

We look forward to sharing exciting images and cutting-edge videos showcasing life at Saints Girls. Be a part of the action and follow us via @stpetersgirlsschool

Back to top


Saints Girls Teams Up with BankSA

W2 BankSABankSA has partnered with St Peter’s Girls’ School in offering our community a great fundraising opportunity. If you’re keen to take your support to the next level while potentially saving yourself money, then this program is for you.

Not only will you get a great rate with BankSA, you’ll also be supporting St Peter’s Girls’ School, as each BankSA home loan allows us to make a charitable donation in your name of between $1,000 and $6,000. As the SPGS Building Fund has DGR status, you may be entitled to claim a tax deduction.

It’s that simple

  • The more home loan referrals, the more money BankSA will donate to the School
  • Donation paid at settlement of the home loan
  • Unlimited donation potential

Both St Peter’s Girls’ School and BankSA have a proud history in South Australia and a strong sense of community.

To discuss further how BankSA can assist you and make a charitable donation in your name, simply call our BankSA Partnership contact:

Jasper Ooi
0401 717 894
ooij@banksa.com.au

Back to top


Code Camp Winter Holidays

W3 - Code Camp 2

Code Camp is returning to St Peter’s Girls these winter holidays. Girls and boys have fun with friends while building important skills including logic, creativity, problem-solving, app and game development.

This camp is from Wednesday 10 July to Friday 12 July, and St Peter’s Girls will be hosting Spark, Web Hackers and Little Heroes.

Code Camp Flyer

Bookings can be made via www.codecamp.com.au/stpetersgirls

Back to top


Business Directory at Saints Girls

W1 - Business Directory

Book your very own personalised advertisement today. Three options available – $500, $250 or FREE

> Promote your special business offer and change your advertisement as often as you like for no extra cost
> Simply support businesses connected to our School
> Refer a business
> All proceeds go towards our Parents’ and Friends’ Association fundraising efforts

For more information on how to get involved, contact Melissa Westgate on 8334 2244 or mwestgate@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au.

stpetersgirls.u-direct.com.au

Melissa Westgate
Foundation Manager

Back to top


Sports News

AUSSIE RULES FOOTBALL

Open – Saints 2.0-12 defeated by Pulteney 4.3-27
The girls played another great home game at Payneham and, despite a loss, demonstrated their improvement, particularly in the second half where they worked and communicated better together. Special mention to Kellie Bested and Sarah Wishart who both did exceptionally well on the field. They had great disposals and showed their excellent kicking abilities. The team’s improvement in skills is a reflection of their hard work in training. They are all incredible young players and it will be great to see what they have in store for the next game. – Bella Bernardi (Captain)

Middle – Saints 2.2-14 defeated by Woodcroft 5.2-32
Our attack had a tough game as the opposition’s defence was challenging, but we scored 2 goals: one to Chloe Porter and the other to Ellie Humphrey. We had possession for the majority of the game but Woodcroft moved into their attack quickly. Chloe Porter had an incredible game playing ruck the entire time and maintaining possession, along with some strong hit outs. Our defence worked well together trying to get the ball out of Woodcroft’s forward line. Our team is improving so much and, each week, we are getting better and better. – Sarah Gulliver

BADMINTON

Out of the six matches played, Saints had three wins. The girls from Open A and B showed stronger badminton skills and game strategies against their opponents and performed well in all of their singles matches. For doubles, the Open A players were not in the state of playing in the beginning and couldn’t fully engage in the game, which the coaches reminded them to quickly adjust. Likewise, some unnecessary errors were shown in the doubles game from the Open B team but the girls were able to exercise their skills and tactics to win the match beautifully. There were also some very good matches by the Open C, D and E girls. The girls are developing their skills, better understanding the winning tactics and learning to play some smart games on court. We feel confident and look forward to more improvement. Congratulations to all the girls who competed, well done! – Amy Li (Captain)

Open A – Saints 6 defeated Walford 0
Open B – Saints 6 defeated Walford 0
Open C1 – Saints 4 defeated Walford 2
Open C2 – Saints 1 defeated by Wilderness 5
Open D – Saints 0 defeated by Pembroke 6
Open E – Saints 2 defeated by Pembroke 7

HOCKEY

Open A – Saints had a bye

Open B – Saints 1 defeated by St Dominic’s 6
The girls played a hard-fought game but unfortunately were beaten by a stronger team. A highlight was Matilda Braithwaite scoring her first goal for the season. Mabelle Kayser continues to make some great saves in goal which is outstanding given she is still only in Year 7, and Georgia Hoskins played a solid game in the inner position. – Will Stapleton (Coach)

Year 5/6 – Saints 0 defeated by Pembroke Blue 7
The junior girls had their game at Pembroke which was a tough battle. The girls’ defensive work proved to be hard to beat in the first half, handling the attacking pressure from Pembroke well. In the second half, the girls went on the attack, earning a few short corners but couldn’t find the back of the goals and left Pembroke on the counter attack. – Jacob Evans (Coach)

Year 3/4 – Saints 3 defeated by Wilderness 5
The girls played a very strong game with passing and structure their obvious strengths. A big thank you to Aleiyah Abraham who volunteered to play with Wilderness as they only had four players, resulting in a game that was 5v5. Each player continues to improve each week, with spacing and structure having improved dramatically since the beginning of the season. One thing to work on for the final game is second attempts after tackling, so that we come out of every tackle with the ball. The girls played a game that reflected teamwork and sportsmanship skills very well and they should all be very proud of themselves. – Carla Lawrence (Coach)

LACROSSE

Under 13 – Saints 16 defeated St Aloysius 4
We played St Aloysius at Newland Reserve just down the road from St Peter’s. We scored 6 goals in the first quarter, with the opposition failing to score. Saints started playing mercy rule for the remaining three quarters with players shooting left handed and passing three times before a shot. The girls’ skills have come a long way this year with five players getting left-handed goals, which resulted in a great win. – Caitlyn Grayson (Coach)

Under 11 Blue – Saints 3 defeated by Eagles 11
The girls were all very eager to play after the long weekend break. Lilly Meo (Year 3) did a great job at ground balls and Amelia Lively (Year 3) used her speed to run the ball over the half-way point to achieve the required two passes in our attacking half. Chelsea Francis (Year 3) did well at fighting hard for ground balls and continuously moving in attack to be the next pass. Our goalie for the first half was Matilda Birmingham (Year 3) who used her stick skills to shoot hard in the corners of the goal in the second half. Ruby Kelly’s (Year 3) defence was very good as she stuck to opposition players and she was our goalie in the second half. The girls all did great as we had no subs. Goal scorers and best players were Matilda (2) and Chelsea (1) – Lucy Martin (Coach)

Under 11 White – Saints 4 defeated by Wilderness 7
After the long weekend break, the girls were refreshed and ready to play. The team continues to play with great heart, speed and professionalism, which at times frustrated their opponent, causing Wilderness to commit infringements. Unfortunately, Wildy had some taller/older players who were able to physically control the play, but Saints was always hot on their heels and never gave up. Special mention goes to our goalkeeper this week, Heidi Godfrey-Tunno (Year 3), for her steadfast defence of the goals for the whole game! All 4 of our goals were scored by Claris Stolcman (Year 3). – Courtney Tasker (Coach)

Judy Thurgood Trophy Game
Under 18 – Saints 4 defeated by Wilderness 9
It was great that we could get together an Under 18 team for this game and, considering it was the first time the team had played together, it was a top effort from everyone. From the first whistle, the girls hustled hard for ground balls and played strong defence, stopping many shooting opportunities. Saskia Jonats did a great job in goal, making many important saves. In our attacking half, all girls showed great determination, constantly moving, cutting for the ball and also doing great off-ball movements. Our goal shooters were Hattie Maerschel (1), Stephanie Smalls (2) and Chelsea Walls (1). Also, congratulations to the younger players – Willow Stewart-Rattray, Emma Pool and Dani Cox – who came out and played their first U18 game. Although the score wasn’t in our favour, it was a great effort from the girls. – Millie Wilkin

Under 13 – Saints 8 drew with Wilderness 8
We competed against Wilderness for the Judy Thurgood Trophy. Our Under 13 Division 2 team played their Division 1 team. This team was the biggest challenge that the girls have faced this season. Our defence struggled but was bolstered by an amazing effort in goals by Emily Bates and Zoe Pool. We were down 5-4 at half-time and ended with a nail-biting goal in the last few seconds to finish with an 8 all tie. – Caitlyn Grayson (Coach)

NETBALL

Open A – Saints 62 defeated Pulteney 30
The As played a magnificent game against Pulteney. Saints got a great start and managed to extend the lead throughout the match. The first quarter definitely set a strong foundation in which the girls worked extremely hard. Due to myself being injured, the team was able to try a new combination of Anna White and Nicolette Miller in goals. The shooters worked well together, rebounding all missed shots and playing with confidence. The defensive unit which consisted of Hannah Freeman, Ehi Oyugbo and Sarah Wishart were outstanding at putting pressure on Pulteney’s goalies, restricting them to very limited goals each quarter. Well done to the mid-courters – Alexia Politis and Maggie Bailey – who worked tirelessly to smoothly transition the ball from defence to attack and into the goalies to score. A big shout out to Hannah for another amazing game and for receiving best player. Her constant defensive pressure and the determination brought to each game does not go unnoticed off and on court. Huge congratulations to the team for playing fantastic netball! – Sivi Sivasuthan (Captain)

Open B – Saints 61 defeated Woodcroft 15
This was a great game from all the girls as everyone began with strong enthusiasm and the teamwork continued throughout the whole game. A big thank you to Sivani Sivasuthan, who injured herself and was not up to playing in the As, who stayed behind and played for the Bs who had some girls out with injury and illness. The speed down the court was great and everyone’s leads were on time! It is obvious that the team is enjoying playing together and ready for another big win. – Eve Habel

Open C – Saints 49 defeated by Pulteney 51
The team put up an amazing fight against an equally strong side. Willow Stewart-Rattray (filling in from the Year 8As) and Amelia Pudney worked well together in the ring, putting up solid shots, and Jessica Schaedel and Keeley Fahey took many intercepts in defence. Hannah Brown and Sophie Dansie (also filling in from the Year 8As) made strong leads in the mid-court which allowed the team to come back. Unfortunately, the score did not go our way and we ended up losing by 2 goals. – Kellie Bested

Open D – Saints 20 defeated Pulteney 18
The Open Ds played really well as a team, winning our first game of the season. Our shooters – Grace Richards (from the 8A team) and Jenna Bowden – played exceptionally well and helped us finish in front by 2 goals. The girls are always improving and it’s great to see them having fun. – Georgina Devine

Open E1 – Saints 27 defeated Wilderness 21
Saints had an amazing start in the first quarter and were looking at a definite win until Wilderness pegged the score back in the second and third quarters. The spirit and determination of both teams peaked in the last quarter, with Saints taking the win. We showed good tactics in getting the ball across the court but stronger passes and leads could have potentially made for an easier victory. The girls played well and enjoyed the game. – Zara Sadri

Open E2 – Saints 17 defeated by Wilderness 30
The team played Wilderness, giving it their best shot! We worked on slowing down the ball and maintaining our defensive pressure when Wildy worked the ball down to their end. We had a lot of fun, with all players having a go in new positions! Although the result wasn’t in our favour, the second and fourth quarters were a lot stronger as we continued to concentrate on getting the ball down to our end. Our goal shooter Asha Short was extremely accurate whenever the ball came to the goal circle, and our goal defenders worked particularly hard in getting the ball out of Wildy’s goal circle. – Annabelle Langley

Year 9A – Saints 49 defeated Pulteney 17
Saints had a successful game against Pulteney with a tremendous win. The first quarter started off a bit shaky with only a 3 point lead, however, we worked together as a team to increase this difference. We had great defence by Lucy White and Ruby Deakin who gained many turnovers. The fourth quarter was the best which contributed to the achievement of such a high score. The girls’ enthusiasm to win was demonstrated through their game play. – Sivanthi Sivasuthan

Year 9B – Saints 49 defeated Pulteney 3

Year 9C – Saints 50 defeated Pembroke 16
Saints worked collaboratively and shot many goals. The attack worked well to get the ball into the goal circle and when Pembroke received the ball, our defence worked hard and used cooperation to get turnovers. The girls worked really well as a team, especially Annie Bradshaw who was Centre. Caitie Walker and Izzy Gilroy both did extremely well as shooters. By working as a team and using our skills and improvement from training, Saints came home with the win. – Gracie Ganzis

Year 9/10 – Saints 32 defeated Immanuel 8
For the first time this season, we faced players of our own age and were rewarded with a convincing win. We were grateful for the contribution made by two Year 8 players – Maddie Harrex and Georgia Mallick – who were great in both defence and attack, helping us all lift our game. Charlotte Parker and Lucy Moten excelled in goals and made the most of their many chances. The whole team’s spirits were raised by the more even competition in this match and the result was a resounding win. Well done everyone! – Sophie Abbott

Year 8A – Saints had a bye

Year 8B – Saints 29 defeated Pulteney 6
In the first quarter, Saints were all bunched up and couldn’t create space to pass. Initially, this included a lot of lob passes that were intercepted when trying to get the ball into Emily Bryce and Georgie Owler in goals. At the other end, Saints’ defence was strong, turning the ball over by putting pressure on the opposition and, with changes to passing, we were able to convert with goals with the shooters making good leads. In the second half, Saints continued with strong team work but there is still room for improvement in slowing the ball down the court and waiting for good leads. We can also work on driving forward and not stopping mid-way as well as clearing out to make a different option. – Grace Beaumont

Year 8C – Saints 21 defeated Wilderness 14
The team was well aware that a consistent performance was vital to achieve a win against this challenging opposition. Therefore, from the onset, we dug in deep. Our defending was strong, our attacking was consistent and our shooting accurate. As a result, we got off to a convincing start and we worked hard to capitalise on our lead to eventually win the game by 7 goals. – Georgina Wakeham

Year 7A – Saints 29 defeated Immanuel (A2) 14
The girls did an amazing job defending and attacking, along with showing great spirit on court. During the first quarter, we were down a few goals, however, no one gave up and everyone played their best throughout. Jasmine Segredos showed fabulous shooting skills by scoring goals in each quarter. With teamwork and hard work we pulled off an outstanding win. Special thanks to Coach Gemma for her encouraging support on the sidelines. – Gloria Gou

Year 7B – Saints 37 defeated Pulteney 7
The game was really great because everyone put in 100%. At times, it was tough because the other team gave it their all. Ayla Blaskett, Marcella Tolley and Ruby Powell were all good in goals, moving around and getting in front of their player. Ayanna Roy, Zara Chessell and Charlie Edwards also did a great job by calling for the ball, leading forward and bringing the ball down into attack. Ruby Adams, Stephanie Andrejewskis and myself were really good in defending and nearly got every rebound. Great work girls, you did well. – Olivia Oakes

Year 7C – Saints 9 defeated by Pembroke 19

Year 6 Blue – Saints 15 defeated Wilderness White 8
The girls played a strong game against a skilled team and managed to win by listening and having fun for their last match of the season. Congratulations to Emily Tolladay as she shot accurately and played one of her best games in GK. Carla Massicci moved incredibly well in the circle and was always leading and being an option. Lucy Mitchell managed to apply pressure which led to many turnovers. The whole team has improved their skills immensely and this has a lot to do with the help and guidance of their wonderful Coach, Karen. It has not only been a pleasure to coach alongside Karen but also to see how much of a positive attitude she has had towards these girls. Thank you so much and well done to everyone throughout the season; it has been a pleasure to help coach such bright and bubbly girls! – Chloe Venning

Year 5 White – Saints did not play

Year 5 Blue – Saints 11 defeated Walford 5

SOCCER

Open A – Saints 2 drew with Wilderness 2
The girls fought hard and were pleased to come away with a draw. Kendra Ware did an amazing job as goalkeeper and should be very proud of her efforts. Unfortunately, we conceded 2 goals before getting a chance to score but, in the second half, the girls played with great determination. The first goal was scored by Ellie Anderson after tackling the goalie and poking it in. Our crucial second goal was scored by Chi Chi Zhao after an assist by Isabella Villani. Special mention to the defenders – Millie Wilkin, Adele Russell, Tahlia Louca and Chloe Deieso – who played very well and made some strong tackles. The girls have been playing so well this season and I’m so proud of the progress we’ve made. The only downfall was a late injury to Lucy Benn, and we hope she has a speedy recovery. I look forward to playing some strong competition in the next match and putting our skills to the test against Pembroke. – Ellie Anderson (Captain)

Open B – Saints 2 defeated Wilderness 1
Saints began full of confidence but struggled early on to combat the Wilderness pressure. This tested our defence with Stella Clark, Sara Peak, Imogen Parkinson and Michelle Rupert repelling many attacks, and when the ball got past them, Annabelle Langley did an admirable job in goal. Despite this, Saints went a goal down which sparked them into action. Some winning tackles and persistence in midfield from Amelie Eaton, Matilda Braithwaite and Molly Bond finally saw Saints gain ascendancy, forcing a penalty which Emily Downie converted to level the score. In the second half, our constant pressure was finally rewarded with Imogen Parkinson scoring an amazing goal to secure the win. Great job by all players. – Neil Fuller (Coach)

Middle A – Saints 0 defeated by St Michael’s 8
While the girls didn’t have a great start to this game, by the second half, they started to work as a team unit again and have more success with their attacks. Facing a team of much older girls, Saints did well to continue to put up a fight until the final whistle. Georgia Evans and Azaan Singh were key players, working tirelessly as well as encouraging other members of the team to take on challenges. Caitie Walker had an impressive performance as goal keeper in the second half and was a vital part of our defence. Hopefully next time the girls’ hard work will pay off and we can secure a win! – Dom Rigby (Coach)

Middle B – Saints 1 defeated by Wilderness 3
All 3 goals against Middle B were scored in the first half. In the second half, lots of changes were made and girls played positions they don’t normally play. They really worked hard to keep a clean sheet and Lila got her very first goal through sheer determination and not giving up. The girls were very happy for her and they all seemed to really enjoy playing the game. They are coming along well and are getting better every week. Well done girls, keep going. – Kerry Hudson (Coach)

Back to top


eNews – Week 7, Term 2 2019

Issue no. 18Enews-banner

The Addams Family Spooks Stonyfell

Well done to the cast and crew of The Addams Family School Musical which has taken Stonyfell by storm.

From the show-stopping song and dance numbers to the creepy costumes and sets, the production has been truly wicked!

Tonight’s final performance at 7pm in the Arts Centre is sure to thrill audiences, and tickets can be purchased at the door; here’s a taste of what’s in store:

Back to top


From the Head of Junior School

W7 - eNews Banner

Suzanne HaddyThe pre-Socratic Greek philosopher Heraclitus (c 535 – c 475 BCE) proclaimed, “The only thing that is constant is change”. Here we are over two and a half thousand years later thinking how accurate he was! There has never been a time of change such as we are experiencing, and that provides both great possibilities and significant challenges for us as educators and parents. As well as engaging with constant changes within our own lives, we are very aware of the need to prepare our future thought leaders to navigate their fast-evolving future positively, productively and ethically.

We have been welcoming our newest group of Mid-Year Reception students during their transition visits recently, and it would be fair to say that their attitude towards this particular change in their lives is one of great excitement. Our nearly five year olds who have already been exposed to remarkable quantities of technological innovation and vast amounts of information are excellent reminders of the ‘new normal’.

Our Year 5 students have been learning about finance, budgeting and the history of money. They were fascinated to discover that while the period of change from barter system to tokens, minted coins and finally bank notes was thousands of years, the invention of credit cards, electronic transfers, bitcoin and other e-money has occurred within the lifetime of their parents and grandparents. What a perfect example of the increasing speed of change! Their next learning opportunity was to consider what’s next. ‘Wearable money implants’ was the desire of some – and with this, came the opportunity to address numerous ethical questions.

I believe that, at Saints Girls, we have the formula right in preparing students for our changing world. In the Junior School, we place enormous importance on the development of strong foundations in literacy and numeracy. Alongside this, through carefully designed units using the PYP framework, is a breadth of learning through transdisciplinary themes where students connect with transcending ‘big ideas’. Acquisition of knowledge sits alongside developing a deeper understanding of larger concepts. Gaining skills goes hand-in-hand with appreciating and practising core attitudes that are essential for learning and living in a complex world. Taking responsible, thoughtful action based on what has been learned is the result of successful learning. We encourage our students to be curious, to be kind and fair, to be creative and adaptable, and to develop the ability to make judgements based on evidence. When these elements are combined with our strong #EMPOWHER wellbeing program that enhances students’ personal and interpersonal skills and capabilities, our students are incredibly well-placed to succeed in a world that we can only imagine.

Suzanne Haddy
Head of Junior School

Back to top


From the Kilburn House Captain

W7 - Prefect

To date, my fondest memories of Saints Girls involve the House system, Kilburn more specifically. Choral Night was a personal favourite and possibly the most anticipated event of the year. I loved being tightly packed onto the choir rises whilst my peers and I sang our House tunes with gusto and bopped so hard that our hips ached the following day. The House number was concluded with the Year 12 dance – a crowd favourite. The whooping and cheering from the sea of teenage girls is elating. Yes, it’s very cliché but we are just one big yellow family that never leaves a girl behind. I’ll never forget the moment at the Swimming Carnival when a group of Year 5 girls came down the front of the stands as they had created a new chant on the spot. In a few minutes, the whole House was screaming the chant – it was quite amazing.

As the first semester draws to a close, exams are just around the corner for Year 10 and 11 students. I understand this may be a very stressful time for many (completely normal), however it’s important to keep things in perspective. While exams are important, your worth is not based on a number. No one can put a number on your potential. My guide to surviving exams includes taking regular breaks and spending time away from the books, exercising, not comparing your revision to another’s (you’re doing just fine), seeking help if it all becomes a little overwhelming and getting some sleep. Remember that hard work becomes easier the more you work hard. So that when it comes to crunch time and you’re seated at your desk with your plastic slip filled with 50 pens that you probably won’t use, that you are confident in your ability to perform.

Year 10s head off into the ‘real world’ with work experience commencing at the end of term. I loved work experience as it gave me a chance to explore a future career option. I spent the week at Ladywood Medical Clinic where I will never forget when a nurse demonstrated how to take blood. She proceeded to show the blood tubes that would collect the blood as it exited the patient’s body. No needles or blood in sight. The next minute I was surrounded by people with a cool flannel on my head. I was told I had a vasovagal syncope (fainted)… at least I was in safe hands! I thoroughly enjoyed being exposed to how a clinic runs on a daily basis, but perhaps I need to work on the squeamish side of things first! So ladies, take advantage of such an opportunity and remember it’s all part of the experience.

Charlotte White
Kilburn House Captain

Back to top


Ready, Steady, Lemon!

W7 - Futures 1

Today our Year 7 and 8 Futures students ran market stalls selling products and services loosely based on a lemon. The Gym was full of excitement as staff and students explored what lemony treats were on offer. With games, hair accessories, food, drinks and much more, there was something for everyone to enjoy. Most stalls sold out before the end of lunch.

Congratulations to all of the Futures’ girls for a successful Market Day, and also a big thank you to staff and students for joining in.

Monique Green
Digital Technologies Teacher and STEM Coordinator

Back to top


Year 11 Shark Tank eSchool

W7 - Shark Tank

Year 11 Business Innovation students are participating in the Shark Tank eSchool program hosted by the University of Adelaide where groups employ entrepreneurial skills to solve a problem. Sarah Pike, Sabrina Passelli and Mahala Truscott entered the ‘Community Award – not-for-profit social enterprise encompassing community purpose with positive social outcomes’ category.

They teamed with Walk for Life, a large-scale aid project of the Glencoe Foundation, which has provided free treatment for children with congenital clubfoot deformity in Bangladesh since 2009. Their team goal was to modify the clubfoot brace worn post-surgery to improve foot positioning. Dr Angela Evans OA, an honorary senior lecturer at La Trobe University, a clinician in Adelaide, and a volunteer research coordinator/ambassador with Walk for Life, visited the School to validate the girls’ concept design. She was complementary of their efforts to improve the brace by adding some mobility and comfort, using affordable materials and a 3D printer to make this possible.

Gabriele Trobbiani
Business Innovation Teacher

Back to top


Junior School Vacation Care – Countdown is On!

W7 - Vacation Care

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

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

Vacation Care Program – July 2019
Click here to book Vacation Care

Back to top


Community Golf Day

W1 - Community Golf Day

St Peter’s Girls’ Community Golf Day will be held on Thursday 14 November.

Book your spot to play on the day and network with other community members and businesses connected to our School: www.trybooking.com/ZZHE

Community Golf Day Information

If you require further information about this event, please contact Melissa Westgate in the Community Relations office via mwestgate@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au or 8334 2244.

Back to top


Important Health Message

With the State in the grips of a flu crisis, we must reiterate an important health message to our community.

If your child is showing any signs of illness, please do not bring them to school. This includes if they have a temperature of 37.5 degrees and above, and/or if they’ve received medication such as paracetamol. This also extends to other ailments such as stomach aches and vomiting.

This is not only for your child’s comfort and recovery, but also to protect other children and our staff.

For more information regarding influenza, please click here.

Should you have any queries, please contact the Health Centre via 8155 5762 or healthcentre@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au. If your daughter will not be attending school due to illness, please notify us via one of the following methods:

Text: 0428 601 957 (save to phone contacts)
Email: attendance@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au
Phone: 8334 2200

Feel free to also include the Class/Home Group teacher when sending via email.

Back to top


Car Park – Action Required

Once again, we urge parents of Year 2 – 12 students not to enter the School’s car park for pick up until at least 3.30pm to allow for the smooth and safe early collection of Reception and Year 1 students.

We also reiterate that there is no right turn into or out of the car park.

We thank you for your cooperation in helping to improve safety and traffic flow for all.

Back to top


GIRL POWER Workshops

Our mission at GIRL POWER is to foster a positive mindset, inner confidence and resilience in young girls through fun and interactive workshops. Our workshops are based on positive psychology principles and delivered by way of creative and engaging activities. Girls come away from a GIRL POWER workshop knowing themselves better, understanding the power they have over their own lives and with increased social awareness.

Information Flyer

For more information, visit www.girlpowerworkshops.com.au

Back to top


Seat of Encouragement – Style a Tile

W2 - Science

Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to make your mark on our new Science Centre.

Purchase and personalise a tile for our ‘Seat of Encouragement’ and leave a legacy for generations of Saints Girls. Many tiles also include inspiring quotes to further empower our girls.

Secure your tile via www.trybooking.com/BARQD.

If you require more information or have any constructive feedback to add value to achieving our collective goal, please contact Melissa Westgate via 8334 2244 or mwestgate@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au.

Back to top


Entertainment Book

W7 - Entertainment Book

The St Peter’s Girls’ Parents’ and Friends’ Association is fundraising via Entertainment Book/Digital Membership.

Pre-order the NEW 2019 | 2020 Entertainment Membership and receive bonus offers you can use right away.

Purchase your membership here!

Back to top


Saints Girls Now on Instagram!

W1 Instagram Banner

The School is proud to launch our newest social media offering to celebrate our fantastic community.

We look forward to sharing exciting images and cutting-edge videos showcasing life at Saints Girls. Be a part of the action and follow us via @stpetersgirlsschool

Back to top


Saints Girls Teams Up with BankSA

W2 BankSABankSA has partnered with St Peter’s Girls’ School in offering our community a great fundraising opportunity. If you’re keen to take your support to the next level while potentially saving yourself money, then this program is for you. We’ve made it really easy to further support the School, while also making sure you’re getting the best possible service and a great deal on your home loan.

Not only will you get a great rate with BankSA, you’ll also be supporting St Peter’s Girls’ School, as each BankSA home loan allows us to make a charitable donation in your name of between $1,000 and $6,000. As the SPGS Building Fund has DGR status, you may be entitled to claim a tax deduction.

It’s that simple

  • The more home loan referrals, the more money BankSA will donate to the School
  • Donation paid at settlement of the home loan
  • Unlimited donation potential

Both St Peter’s Girls’ School and BankSA have a proud history in South Australia and a strong sense of community.

To discuss further how BankSA can assist you and make a charitable donation in your name, simply call our BankSA Partnership contact:

Jasper Ooi
0401 717 894
ooij@banksa.com.au

Back to top


Code Camp Winter Holidays

W3 - Code Camp 2

Code Camp is returning to St Peter’s Girls these winter holidays. Girls and boys have fun with friends while building important skills including logic, creativity, problem-solving, app and game development.

This camp is from Wednesday 10 July to Friday 12 July, and St Peter’s Girls will be hosting Spark, Web Hackers and Little Heroes.

Code Camp Flyer

Bookings can be made via www.codecamp.com.au/stpetersgirls

Back to top


Business Directory at Saints Girls

W1 - Business Directory

Book your very own personalised advertisement today. Three options available – $500, $250 or FREE

> Promote your special business offer and change your advertisement as often as you like for no extra cost
> Simply support businesses connected to our School
> Refer a business
> All proceeds go towards our Parents’ and Friends’ Association fundraising efforts

For more information on how to get involved, contact Melissa Westgate on 8334 2244 or mwestgate@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au.

stpetersgirls.u-direct.com.au

Melissa Westgate
Foundation Manager

Back to top


Sports News

W7 - Sport

ARCHERY

Congratulations to Ailani Cox (Year 10) who has been selected to represent Australia in the Youth World Archery Championships in Madrid from 19 – 25 August. Have an amazing trip Ailani; we look forward to sharing your results!

ATHLETICS

Congratulations to Isla Fahey (Year 4) and Chloe Richardson (Year 5) who have qualified to represent School Sport SA at the National 12 and Under Track and Field Championships in Darwin from 18 to 23 September.

AUSSIE RULES FOOTBALL

Ella Dnistriansky (Year 9) has been selected to represent SA in the Under 15 Girls’ AFL National Championships to be held in Launceston from 27 July.

CROSS COUNTRY

State Championships
Saints had a number of students compete in the State Cross Country Championships at Oakbank Racecourse.

Isla Fahey (Year 4) finished 8th in the 10 year race and Chloe Richardson (Year 5) finished 7th in the 11 year olds against 148 competitors. In the 13 year old division, Georgina Wakeham finished 43rd and Lady Murphy finished 54th. Under 14 – Lilly Maerschel (25th) and Emily Whittaker (85th); Under 15 – Imogen Elliott claimed the bronze (3rd), Portia Maerschel (15th), Olivia Kelly 45th and Letitia Page-Thomson (61st), with the team finishing in 5th place; Under 16 – Bella Parton (12th), Keeley Fahey (19th) and Anda Ceplite (22nd) won the bronze team medal.

HOCKEY

Amelia Lucas (Year 7) and Winnie Vartuli (Year 6) were part of the Adelaide Hockey U13 Zone team that won the Zone State Championships, going through the carnival undefeated and only conceding 1 goal across nine matches.

NETBALL

Year 6 Blue – Saints 29 defeated Wilderness Blue 5
The team played an incredible game by not only having the skill level to do so but by listening to and implementing play directed by coaches. I congratulate the girls as I think it was their best match yet. All the shooters were amazing as they made space beautifully in the circle and shot with accuracy. To the girls who filled in, thank you for helping the team. Well done to Nicole Wang for her great defence, mainly the countless intercepts and turnovers. All the girls played an astonishing game, so well done for this and also for your amazing improvement through the season. – Chloe Venning (Student Coach)

Year 6 White – Saints 5 defeated by Wilderness White 16
Each player should be proud of their efforts as they took on board the feedback given by the coaches. The girls improved in defending but need to remember to stay on their opposition player. Charlotte Udall made strong leads towards the ball, and Jerrie Wu’s concentration while shooting produced accurate shots. Tina Xiao improved her skills and was always aware of her landing and pivoting. Grace Jones made strong leads and used her voice well to make calls for the ball. Sophia Langley’s defending improved and she made many good passes and helped her team bring the ball down court. It was great to see Olivia Reynolds’ enthusiasm in the goal ring supporting her fellow shooter. Arabella Walsh is always ready to intercept every ball she can. Alyssa Piantedosi’s shooting along with her defence was really strong, resulting in many turnovers. Matilda Powell often created room for her team to bring the ball down and made as many offers to the ball as she could. Every girl should be proud of their game play. Each training, we will work on the improvements needed to build a stronger team and aim for a well-deserved win. – Toni Christiansen (Student Coach)

Year 5 Blue – Saints 5 defeated by Seymour 8
The girls played their best game yet, with the score not reflecting the game. We were down by a couple of goals in the first quarter, until Eve Dillon scored a goal in the second quarter, followed by Hannah Dillon, Jiahui Zhang and Adjoa Yawson. Eliza Brill Reed made plenty of amazing intercepts in Centre, and Lucy Tulloch managed to turn the ball around as Goal Keeper. The girls played really well in both attack and defence, especially considering we had missed training. – Charlotte Adams (Student Coach)

Year 5 White – Saints 0 defeated by Seymour White 33
Despite facing very tall and skilled opponents, the girls showed great improvement in the way they worked together across the court. The movement in the goal circles at both ends was wonderful to watch, and would not have happened without the fantastic passing from the mid-courters. Keep up the great work girls, you should all be proud of yourselves! – Sophie Caon (Coach)

SOCCER

Open A – Saints 2 defeated Immanuel 1
In a close game against a particularly strong side, Olivia Law scored a brilliant first goal of the game, which was slipped into the corner of the goal, out of the goalie’s reach. Immanuel responded strongly, however, every attempted attack was halted by our strong defence. Annie Bradshaw and Chloe Deieso did extremely well in the midfield, relentlessly applying some great tackles and winning the ball as a result. Starting from a goal kick, our second goal was the result of great teamwork and communication. The ball was worked up through the midfield by Millie Wilkin and then played to the wing where Olivia Law crossed it into the box with great precision and Isabella Villani finished it off by firing the ball into the bottom corner. Everyone was so excited by the win and I think it’s a great reflection of the immense progress the girls have made. I would like to thank Emily Downie, Matilda Braithwaite, Imogen Parkinson and Amelie Eaton for playing up in the As this game. They all did a great job and the win wouldn’t have been possible without them! – Ellie Anderson (Captain)

Open B – Saints did not play

Middle ASaints 0 defeated by Pembroke 7
With only 10 players to begin with, the girls had an impressive start to the game. It is clear that the girls’ defending skills have improved greatly, and as a team they worked together to stop Pembroke’s attacks. Unfortunately, Emily Elston suffered an injury in the first half leaving us with only nine players for the rest of the game. Regardless of the score the girls should be proud of their efforts and attitude towards the game. I’m looking forward to next week when the girls can hopefully secure their first win! – Dominique Rigby (coach)

Middle B – Saints 0 defeated by Pembroke 6
With a shortage of players, the girls struggled in what was a challenging game. Even so, they were always smiling and enjoying themselves. Shreya Jayaprakash made some top saves in goal and there were plenty of moments of great football; as the season goes on, those moments should become more frequent, leading to more success on the pitch. Keep trying girls. – Kerry Hudson (Coach)

Back to top


eNews – Week 6, Term 2 2019

Issue no. 17Enews-banner

W6 - Banner Image

From the Director of Teaching and Learning

N Scoggins - webA recent American study examined the impact that high-achieving boys can have on girls in the classroom. The paper, ‘Girls, Boys and High-Achievers’ (Cools, Fernandez, Pattachini, 2019) was researched and written by Cornell University economists and issued by the National Bureau of Economic Research. It concluded that girls’ education can suffer when they have high-achieving boys as peers.

Teenage girls with greater exposure to boys who do well academically perform relatively worse in Mathematics and Science and are less likely to complete full degree courses. The authors write: “Faced with a greater proportion of ‘high-performing’ boys, girls may become less self-confident about their own ability in traditionally male-dominated fields…more generally, these high school girls may become more discouraged or think themselves less competent which could then affect their actual performance.” These findings are consistent with previous studies that have focused on high-achieving boys and their impact on girls and other boys. The popularity of STEM subjects at Saints Girls, and our excellent results across all disciplines, would suggest that our students are thriving in their learning environment. They are much less impacted by any kind of gender stereotyping and are fulfilling their potential.

A quick reminder about the Tutor Program we offer here at Saints Girls: students in Years 7 – 12 can book a before or after-school session with a tutor if they need some additional help with an assignment or would like to consolidate their classroom learning. The booking process is easy – via Canvas – and the tutors are recent Old Scholars who well-remember the demands of being a student and the requirements of particular tasks and units of work. Best of all, this service is free!

As I have mentioned in previous eNews columns, our teachers are life-long learners, and this year, there has been plenty of focus on how we can better explore with our students the broad concepts that underpin much of what they learn, and that apply across multiple subject areas. Allied to this is a greater resolve to help our students make connections across their learning and especially in terms of the skills and understanding that they can transfer from one context to another. In this spirit of interdisciplinarity, we have a number of cross-curricular projects in the pipeline for students in Years 7 – 10. Exciting times ahead!

Nigel Scoggins
Director of Teaching and Learning

Back to top


The Addams Family Arrives Next Week!

Enews - The Addams Family

Creepy, kooky, mysterious, spooky and altogether ooky, The Addams Family arrives at Stonyfell next week!

Don’t miss out on this epic School Musical featuring show-stopping song and dance routines, dramatic special effects and wickedly morbid costumes and sets!

Three incredible shows in our Arts Centre:

  • 12.45pm matinee Thursday 13 June
  • 7pm Thursday 13 June
  • 7pm Friday 14 June

Uncle Fester can’t wait to see you there!

Tickets are on sale now – www.trybooking.com/BCUXH

Back to top


A Salute to our Incredible Volunteers

St Peter’s Girls is blessed with an army of wonderful community members who generously give their time to make our School an even better place.

One of our incredible volunteers is Pat Oakeshott (nee Scrutton, Selwyn ‘46), a treasured Old Scholar who was a boarder at Kermode Street. She was a Prefect, a member of the A Hockey team and served on the Library, Music, Red Cross Circle and Chronicles committees.

After school, Pat undertook a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Adelaide, which was conferred in 1950.

She has volunteered at St Peter’s Girls since 1975, mainly in the School’s libraries. Pat, who is a member of the Light Lunch Club and The Friends of the Founders, works with the Junior Library staff every Friday.

Pat keeps fit with her Scottish country dancing five times a week. She loves to spend time with her family here in South Australia and often travels to Tasmania to stay with her relatives there. She enjoys bush walking on these trips. She also loves borrowing books from the Senior Library to read.

Thank you Pat for all of your decades of hard work volunteering in our School.

The staff and students at Saints Girls

Back to top


SACE Stage 2 Dance Choreography

On Monday night in Week 5, the Stage 2 dancers presented their own choreography for their family and friends in the Arts Centre. Creating, researching, rehearsing and perfecting four minutes of their own choreography is an assessment type in the Dance course.

In addition to developing an understanding of the elements and techniques of dance creation, the students had to narrate a theme through movement, negotiate rehearsal times, work collaboratively with others, design lighting and organise costuming. It was amazing to see how proud they were of their hard work when their ideas came to life on stage or film. The quality, creativity and maturity within the work of each student was outstanding. I was so pleased that the intimate audience had a chance to see the end result.

Kate Burnett
Head of Arts

Back to top


Saints Girls Call Out Mobile Phone Waste

Year 8 Science students have been studying the elements of the Periodic Table used in the manufacturing of mobile phones and how some of these elements are finite. There are approximately three billion phones in use in 2019 and only 3% are recycled worldwide. The mining of the elements used in the manufacturing of new phones negatively impacts the environment, so the Year 8s have been creating websites to promote mobile phone and e-waste recycling.

This week, they also launched the School’s first mobile phone recycling collection drive with Katie Braid from TechCollect. They are calling on the School community to search their drawers and cupboards for any broken or disused mobile phones. Take a look at the launch video!

Christopher Carey
Science Teacher

Back to top


Aerobics Girls Pumped for Stellar Season

W6 - Aerobics

Our aerobics girls have been working hard on their routines, making a successful start to the competition season. Most teams competing for Saints qualified for the Schoolaerobics State Finals and all teams qualified for FISAF (the Federation of International Sport Aerobics and Fitness) State Finals.

Sapphires – Our Primary team started their aerobics training late last year; they went out to their first competition and performed like they had been training their whole lives. They defeated Linden Park Primary’s team, Linden Stars, and came 1st in their division for Schoolaerobics. In the FISAF competition on the following weekend, they claimed the Gold in the Primary School Aerobics division.

Golden Accent – The girls were confident and ready to compete on Saturday morning, eager to get onto the stage and show everyone what they had to offer. They competed in the Secondary Aerobics division for Schoolaerobics and were 2nd, defeated by Exhilar8 from Activ8. They were then defeated by our own Saints’ teams in FISAF, coming in 3rd place in the Secondary School Aerobics division. They qualified for State Finals and are now practising for that contest.

Ignite – The girls from Ignite had the audience on the edge of their seats, pulling out their best tricks and giving their all. They competed in the Secondary Open B division of Schoolaerobics but were defeated by Illumin8 from Activ8 and sadly did not make it to State Finals. It is unknown where they placed due to technical difficulties. The following Sunday, they were even more excited to perform at FISAF. They competed against our own teams, Golden Accent and Energise, and came 2nd. They have passed districts and now are moving onto States. A special mention to Caitlin Scane, who performed a solo out of school and placed 1st at Schoolaerobics.

Energise – The girls competing in Energise made sure their performance was a memorable one; they energised anyone and everyone in the crowd. They competed at Schoolaerobics and were defeated by Activ8’s Deton8, coming 2nd and are now moving onto State Finals. They then performed in the Secondary School Aerobics division at FISAF the next weekend and came 1st, continuing into State Finals.

Stop, Drop and Roll – Our own Saints’ trio Stop, Drop and Roll pulled out all the stops. They mesmerised the judges and Stopped, Dropped and Rolled their way into the Schoolaerobics State Finals, coming 1st in their division.

Well done to all of our aerobics girls!

Back to top


Receptions Enjoy Festival of Senses

W6 - Receptions

On Friday 31 May, the Receptions from 0AL and 0MK went on an excursion to the DreamBIG Children’s Festival at the Adelaide Festival Centre, as part of exploring our Term 2 central idea, ‘We experience and learn about the world through our senses’.

We visited three different exhibits. The first, ‘Animate My World’,  included student work from Elizabeth Grove Primary School. Their students created some amazing stop motion films which we enjoyed viewing on iPads.

The next exhibit was the ‘Firefly Forest’. We crawled through a tunnel into a really dark space where we saw some glowing fireflies on the ceiling. We got to lie down and trace the beautiful, twinkling fireflies with our fingers. We needed to stay really quiet so we didn’t scare the fireflies away!

Finally, we visited the Playable Cubbytown exhibit. We used our sense of touch to press the artwork on the cubby walls, which then made different noises. The words on the cubby walls also lit up when they were pressed.

We delighted in exploring all the exhibits using our senses of sight, touch and hearing.

“I liked the Firefly Forest because it was relaxing when you got to lie down in the dark. I liked following the fireflies with my finger.” – Edwina

“I liked the fireflies because they were pretty and relaxing and I liked how they flew around.” – Lucy

“At Playable Cubbytown, when I touched the clock, the cubby house started to be haunted. It sounded scary.” – Emma

“When I touched one of the fruits, it made a piano sound.” – Ci Ci

A big thank you to bus drivers Craig and Bruce as well as parents Scott Jeffrey, Meghann Cannon, Jenny Ju, Toni Moro, Maria Caruso, Natalie Drake, Jem Christo and Cindy Liau for supporting us on our excursion.

Meg Karvonen and Alana Lesiw
Reception Teachers

Back to top


Old Scholar’s Brush with the Queen

W6 - Old Scholar
 
What an exciting and memorable experience for Old Scholar Thenu Herath (Patteson ’15) who met Her Majesty the Queen at Buckingham Palace last month. Thenu has been on a university exchange to Sciences Po University in France since the beginning of the year. She recently finished her semester and is travelling in the UK before heading home.

Thenu shares, “It was an honour to meet Her Majesty the Queen at Buckingham Palace during a garden party. A huge thank you to the Australian High Commission for the invitation. I have eternal gratitude for being granted the opportunity to meet such incredible people who have influenced our shared history and actively work to create a positive future.”

Wonderful news Thenu!

Back to top


Important Health Message

With the State in the grips of a flu crisis, we must reiterate an important health message to our community.

If your child is showing any signs of illness, please do not bring them to school. This includes if they have a temperature of 37.5 degrees and above, and/or if they’ve received medication such as paracetamol. This also extends to other ailments such as stomach aches and vomiting.

This is not only for your child’s comfort and recovery, but also to protect other children and our staff.

For more information regarding influenza, please click here.

Should you have any queries, please contact the Health Centre via 8155 5762 or healthcentre@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au. If your daughter will not be attending school due to illness, please notify us via one of the following methods:

Text: 0428 601 957 (save to phone contacts)
Email: attendance@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au
Phone: 8334 2200

Feel free to also include the Class/Home Group teacher when sending via email.

Back to top


Seat of Encouragement – Style a Tile

W2 - Science

Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to make your mark on our new Science Centre.

Purchase and personalise a tile for our ‘Seat of Encouragement’ and leave a legacy for generations of Saints Girls. Many tiles also include inspiring quotes to further empower our girls.

Secure your tile via www.trybooking.com/BARQD.

If you require more information or have any constructive feedback to add value to achieving our collective goal, please contact Melissa Westgate via 8334 2244 or mwestgate@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au.

Back to top


Reconciliation Week Reflections

Immersed in Australia’s History

As part of Reconciliation Week, all Middle School classes participated in a role play that explored the truth behind the impact of white settlement on indigenous Australians. Students were able to develop their understanding of the forced removal from traditional lands and the long-term consequences of the supposed ‘protection’ policies leading to the Stolen Generations. This was an excellent way to acknowledge our nation’s past history and was a fitting embodiment of this year’s theme: Grounded in Truth – Walk Together with Courage.

Students from 8CDA were asked to reflect on the workshop using the critical thinking technique, ‘I used to think…but now I think’; here are some of their insights:

“I didn’t really know how the indigenous people and Torres Strait Islanders felt about white settlement. But now I think that they were very mad and sad about white settlement as they cared deeply for their country. I also learnt that many died due to hunger as there wasn’t as much food because the British took all of the good farming land and didn’t leave much for the indigenous people.” – Pearl Richards

“I used to think that the white settlers were a bit unfair on the Aboriginals and that the settlers still left a big part of the land for the Aborigines. But now I know that the white settlers were indeed very unfair and stole almost all of the usable land from the Aboriginals, as well as their culture.” – Emily Hodgkinson

“I used to think the First Fleet took over all of Australia at once and there were still native Aboriginals in Tasmania. But now I think settlers claimed parts of land for themselves bit by bit, slowly forcing Aboriginals away to a new land and all the native Tasmanian population was completely wiped out.” – Isabel Burmester

“I used to think that indigenous people were just ordinary people who lived around Australia who were treated the same way as everyone else. But I now think that they were very poorly treated and were only given the right to vote after the Federal Referendum in 1967 – more than 50 years after Australian women got that right.” – Angel Li

“I used to think that Captain Cook founded and claimed Australia, even though it already belonged to the Aboriginals. He had little sympathy for the Aboriginals. But now I think that the British colonised Australia and killed and imprisoned any Aboriginals they believed were in the way. Over time, the British took over Australia, leaving a small area for the Aboriginals, which was disrespectful and outrageous.” – Emily Bryce

Back to top


Momentum is Building at Saints Girls

Our new Science Centre has reached a significant milestone with the successful installation of the roof, keeping the project on track to open in Term 4. As work ramps up on the southern side of the construction site, the main playground will be closed from Tuesday until the end of term to ensure safety. The top playground will still be available and other activities on the oval are being planned. During the holidays, a new canopy will be installed over the Stott Wing balcony providing much-needed shelter.

Once we move into the Science Centre, our existing Science facility will be transformed with a new IT hub, a dedicated space for media production, as well as additional new classrooms for our Junior School. Following those upgrades, classrooms along the Junior School corridor will be refurbished and new breakout spaces will be created including plans for a deck overlooking Ferguson Park.

Our highly-anticipated pool change rooms are now complete and new seating is being ordered ready for the summer season. Another project about to get underway is the restoration of the Chiverton balcony, which requires a delicate touch as it is heritage-listed.

As we know, there has never been a better time to be at Saints Girls and the future is even brighter as we deliver these transformational building works.

Back to top


Car Park – Action Required

Once again, we urge parents of Year 2 – 12 students not to enter the School’s car park for pick up until at least 3.30pm to allow for the smooth and safe early collection of Reception and Year 1 students.

We also reiterate that there is no right turn into or out of the car park.

We thank you for your cooperation in helping to improve safety and traffic flow for all.

Back to top


Reminder to Dog Owners

A reminder that all dogs visiting the school grounds must be kept on a lead and under the control of an adult at all times, and must not go inside school buildings or into the ELC grounds. Additionally, they are not to impede the walkways when students and families are moving through the grounds. It is also expected that owners pick up after their dogs. We thank you and your dog for your cooperation.

Back to top


Community Golf Day

W1 - Community Golf Day

St Peter’s Girls’ Community Golf Day will be held on Thursday 14 November.

Book your spot to play on the day and network with other community members and businesses connected to our School: www.trybooking.com/ZZHE

Community Golf Day Information

If you require further information about this event, please contact Melissa Westgate in the Community Relations office via mwestgate@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au or 8334 2244.

Back to top


Entertainment Book

W7 - Entertainment Book

The St Peter’s Girls’ Parents’ and Friends’ Association is fundraising via Entertainment Book/Digital Membership.

Pre-order the NEW 2019 | 2020 Entertainment Membership and receive bonus offers you can use right away.

Purchase your membership here!

Back to top


Saints Girls Now on Instagram!

W1 Instagram Banner

The School is proud to launch our newest social media offering to celebrate our fantastic community.

We look forward to sharing exciting images and cutting-edge videos showcasing life at Saints Girls. Be a part of the action and follow us via @stpetersgirlsschool

Back to top


Saints Girls Teams Up with BankSA

W2 BankSABankSA has partnered with St Peter’s Girls’ School in offering our community a great fundraising opportunity. If you’re keen to take your support to the next level while potentially saving yourself money, then this program is for you. We’ve made it really easy to further support the School, while also making sure you’re getting the best possible service and a great deal on your home loan.

Not only will you get a great rate with BankSA, you’ll also be supporting St Peter’s Girls’ School, as each BankSA home loan allows us to make a charitable donation in your name of between $1,000 and $6,000. As the SPGS Building Fund has DGR status, you may be entitled to claim a tax deduction.

It’s that simple

  • The more home loan referrals, the more money BankSA will donate to the School
  • Donation paid at settlement of the home loan
  • Unlimited donation potential

Both St Peter’s Girls’ School and BankSA have a proud history in South Australia and a strong sense of community.

To discuss further how BankSA can assist you and make a charitable donation in your name, simply call our BankSA Partnership contact:

Jasper Ooi
0401 717 894
ooij@banksa.com.au

Back to top


Code Camp Winter Holidays

W3 - Code Camp 2

Code Camp is returning to St Peter’s Girls these winter holidays. Girls and boys have fun with friends while building important skills including logic, creativity, problem-solving, app and game development.

This camp is from Wednesday 10 July to Friday 12 July, and St Peter’s Girls will be hosting Spark, Web Hackers and Little Heroes.

Code Camp Flyer

Bookings can be made via www.codecamp.com.au/stpetersgirls

Back to top


Sports News

W6 - Sports News

AUSSIE RULES FOOTBALL

Open A – Saints 3.3=21 defeated by Seymour 4.8=32
This week was the best game the girls have played yet. The improvement that is being shown within these talented players is outstanding and although the score was not in our favour, we definitely put up some tough competition. The kicking, hand balling and communication has really developed which was reflected in the intense game play. Special mention must go to Anda Ceplite and Kellie Bested who both fought extremely hard for the ball, producing some excellent kicks and game play. In addition, Sarah Matheson provided some great leads for the girls within the forward lines. Overall, it was an outstanding game and the girls should be extremely proud of their efforts and determination. – Bella Bernardi (Captain)

BADMINTON

In last week’s matches, our badminton players won overall 4 out of 6 games against Seymour and Immanuel. We had some convincing wins from the A, B and both C teams, who showed great strength against the opponents. All players have approached the matches with amazing effort, and applied their badminton skills and team strategies well. Unfortunately, the D and E had another loss, however, the girls continue to improve in terms of mindset, teamwork and basic skills. It is great to see the new players playing with passion and more confidence on court. Congratulations to everyone who competed last Saturday!

Open A: 6 – 0 defeated Seymour
Open B: 6 – 0 defeated Seymour
Open C1: 4 – 2 defeated Seymour
Open C2: 5 – 1 defeated Seymour
Open D: 2 – 4 defeated by Immanuel
Open E: 2 – 7 defeated by Seymour

Best players
Open A – Yang Yang Gu, Gloria Gao, Amy Li, Mahala Truscott
Open B – Amelie Dunda, Amanda Fang, Candy Feng, Yujia Sun
Open C1 – Charlotte Stewart, Vanessa Pols, Natacha Zisos Troupakis
Open C2 – Christina Song, Holly Wallman-Craddock, Alice Liang, Heidi Chow
Open D – Drishti Nair, Tiffany Wang
Open E – Yvanda Qu, Jasmin Baker

HOCKEY

Open B – Saints 1 defeated by Wilderness 9
The girls played a hard-fought game against Pembroke, scoring in the first five minutes of the game but with no substitute and the cold getting to the team. Unfortunately, Pembroke overran the girls, scoring 9 goals. Even through the score looks rough, Mabel played great in goals and Amelia ran hard all match, while Emma and Ruby tried their utmost in the back line to help Mabel out. – Will Stapleton (Coach)

LACROSSE

Under 11 Blue – Saints 6 defeated by St Aloysius 8
Despite having no subs, all the girls played really well. Chelsea Francis (Year 3) used her determination to fight super hard for ground balls. Lilly Meo (Year 3) was goalie in the first half and saved a number of shots. In the second half, she did a great job at being an option for the next pass in attack. Ruby Kelly (Year 3) also positioned herself well in attack to be the next pass and saved goals as our goalie in the second half. Using her pace, Amelia Lively (Year 3) ran quickly down the field with the ball into attack and threw it long for her team to run onto. Matilda Birmingham (Year 3) did a fantastic job at contested ground balls and her shooting was also great. Well done to all of the girls – it was the best match they have played so far. Goal scorers were Chelsea (3), Matilda (2) and Lily (1). Best players were Matilda and Chelsea. – Lucy Martin (Coach)

Under 11 White – Saints 6 drew with Eagles 6
The team played an excellent game, fighting right until the very end. Enya, Claris and Eliza, with assistance from their teammates, did a great job scoring the team’s 6 goals. Every player should be proud of their efforts as everyone contributed equally, and the collaboration and teamwork really shone through. From Heidi the awesome goalie to Tillie and Anvika running the ball down the line, everyone’s enthusiasm was really valued. The defence was stronger, sticking to the opposition, and the attack worked well passing the ball around – even with a few trick catches by the girls! Next match we will focus on defending in a goal situation and moving away from our player to get a successful pass. It’s been very enjoyable coaching this fun group of girls. – Sophie Auricht (Coach)

NETBALL

Open A – Saints 40 defeated by Seymour 54
Despite a slow start due to numerous girls coming back from illness and injuries, we stepped up and played with strength, confidence and composure. A high level of energy was applied into what was an aggressive and powerful match. Saints kept the score close until Seymour’s defensive pressure challenged every pass down the court, forcing us high and wide. Saints put outstanding defensive pressure all over the court and had good transitions using quick give-and-go tactics and strong feeds into the shooters. We continued to improve as the match progressed and displayed some fantastic passages of play. Hannah Freeman was the best player, working hard and getting many intercepts throughout. The defensive unit as a whole was outstanding, putting pressure on Seymour’s goalies and mid-court, forcing multiple errors. Even though Saints didn’t manage to win, we were competitive and switched around various combinations in preparation for the rest of the season. We definitely improved in our third game and put into practice the skills that we’ve been focusing on in our training sessions. Great games girls!
– Sivi Sivasuthan (Captain)

Open B – Saints 21 defeated by Seymour 38
The girls put up a great fight with strong attacking skills. They played a very clean game with fantastic spirit and it is so exciting seeing the team gelling together. Olivia Kelly was a stand out in defence, completing clean intercepts consistently. Isabella Bernardi worked hard in the centre court, always being an option to pass to and taking great intercepts. The whole team was excellent and I look forward to working on specific areas at training. – Eve Habel

Open C – Saints 49 defeated by Seymour 69
The loss aside, we all played a great game. We gained many new players who have never played together before. We introduced Anna Pryor, Jessica Schaedel, Olivia Law and Sarah Matheson to the team, and we also had Sophie Stewart and Lucy White play their first game after coming back from injuries. The whole team did an excellent job throughout, with Amelia Pudney and Sarah Matheson working the ball in the ring really well, hardly missing a shot. – Keeley Fahey

Open D – Saints 1 defeated by Seymour 73
The team played well with great resilience even though it was a very tough game. The defenders did a great job especially the girls in the opposition’s goal ring. As much as there weren’t too many goals on our side, we didn’t give up, and we put our all in. –Jenna Bowden

Open E1 – Saints 42 defeated Westminster 9
The girls demonstrated a great team effort when bringing the ball down the centre third as there was rarely an intercept from the other team. Well done to Teegan Lindsay and Zara Sadri for their hard work in defence, which provided us with many opportunities to score goals even on the opposition’s centre pass. Also well done to Molly Lucas and Zoe Vine Hall for playing centre, as their continuous efforts in easily moving the ball from defence to attack provided our shooters with many opportunities. A very well deserved win! – Ebony Lohe

Open E2 – Saints 21 defeated by Westminster 41

Open E3 (Year 9/10) – Saints 3 defeated by Seymour 54

Year 9A – Saints 30 defeated Seymour 43
Seymour took the lead in the first quarter and continued in the second. The third quarter was good for Saints as we caught up to Seymour being behind by only 3. Ruby Deakin put up a strong defence and Toni Christiansen scored a lot of goals throughout. Lucy White’s defence in the circle was good and Charlie Fishlock’s was strong in mid-court. The team managed to get a lot of turnovers down the defensive end but sometimes lost the ball in the shooting area. The girls put up a good fight and played a great game. – Joss Forster

Year 9B – Saints 50 defeated Seymour 26

Year 9C – Saints 26 defeated by Pembroke 48

Year 8A – Saints 60 defeated Seymour 10
We had a really great game and definitely improved as a team, with an amazing last quarter! Everyone played well with the defenders getting lots of intercepts, the mid-courters feeding into the circle effectively and the shooters never missing! – Ellie Humphrey

Year 8B – Saints 45 defeated Seymour 7
Once again, the undefeated Bs won. Pearl Richards in centre played two amazing quarters, continuously moving for the ball and making great leads. Charlotte Staples in GA had steady feet and put in great shots. Emily Bryce had one of her best games as she was playing her hardest, helping out everyone on the court and making good calls. The team connected very well, as every player was jumping for the ball and encouraging each other. Nikola was constantly talking to the girls to play their hardest and giving out very useful advice to improve the play. – Maddy Lisle

Year 8C – Saints 12 defeated by Pembroke 18
The Year 8Cs had a very intense game. A rough first quarter brought the girls down, and Pembroke’s interesting tactics gave Saints room for improvement. Moving towards half-time, the coaches Lulu and Zoe really helped the girls with their game-play. This paid off, and the girls produced a very challenging game for their opposition. By the end, the team was incredibly happy with how they worked together and listened to the coaches. Although they did not win, the final score came down to that first quarter, but the overall game was very intense. – Georgina Wakeham

Year 7A – Saints 40 defeated by Seymour 41
Our team played an outstanding and tough game. We had an even first quarter with every goal our shooters put up going in. Charlie Piper and Sophie Ricciuto did an amazing job at using all our turnovers effectively and making sure the score was always even. Seymour had great attackers and hard defence which made for a tight game. Airlie McCabe helped to move the ball up the court and was always keeping the pressure on. The girls worked collaboratively to get the ball up our end and keep the game running smoothly. Great effort girls. – Charlotte Norman

Year 7B – Saints 17 defeated by Seymour 24
Everyone put in 100% effort during our game. It was a tough match and although the team were half our height, they still managed to jump, run and get the ball down their end. I would like to commend Ayanna Roy on playing Centre for the last half of the game; she managed to get the ball down to our end. Ruby Adams and Ayla Blaskett managed to shoot many goals with the help of Ruby Powell in the first half. The girls played really well and went into the game with a positive attitude. Even though we did not win, we still had a smile on our faces at the end and I was so proud of our team. Great job girls! – Ayla Blaskett

Year 7C – Saints
The team played exceptionally well. The weather was perfect so we were able to put in 110%. There was a clear improvement in our defending skills, also our speed and agility. We efficiently moved the ball across the court and found ways to spread out and trick our opponents. A special thanks to Rosanna Stone for showing her learning through the skills in the position of Goal Keeper. – Ishita Chellaboina

Year 6 Blue – Saints 13 defeated Seymour 10
The girls played an incredible game against a strong Seymour team. Although they were ahead the whole time, they stayed committed. Many of the girls played their best games yet! The defence was tight, and some girls are starting to pick up on the techniques of blocking. The girls slowed down their play which allowed them to focus on their passes and this really made a difference as the passes and the overall play was much more polished. The girls who shone were Annabel Keough with her tight defence; she has really understood how to use the blocking technique. Asha Eaton played a wonderful game not only by listening to advice given and then imputing that into how she played, but also by picking up and fighting for many loose balls. Kate Thomas moved and shot very well for someone who was playing out of position; her movement in the goal circle was outstanding and she really started to get a feel for being in it. Well done to all the girls for another amazing win! – Chloe Venning

Year 6 White – Saints 13 defeated by Seymour Blue 24
Our girls got off to a sluggish start, which allowed Seymour to take the lead 10-3 at quarter-time. However, they regrouped during the break and started to play the type of netball I know they are capable of. The girls made strong leads and, using direct shoulder passes, worked the ball down the court very well giving our goalies many scoring opportunities. Grace Jones, Matilda Powell and Alyssa Piantedosi moved well in the circle and presented strong targets. The second and third quarters were much closer on the scoreboard and we ended up winning the last quarter by 1 goal. The determination the girls showed throughout the game is a credit to them. They never gave up and kept working hard. Special mention to Sophia Langley, Jerrie Wu and Olivia Reynolds who were outstanding in circle defence and used the ‘turn and block for rebounds’ that we’ve been practising at training to great effect. Great effort girls! I’m proud of the way we are improving each week. – Alice Johnswood

Year 5 Blue – Saints 2 defeated by Pembroke 10
The girls played an amazing game. Hannah Dillon did an outstanding job of making leads and getting in front of her player. Eliza Brill Reed and Alison Francis defended strongly and got lots of intercepts. Pollyanna Townsend did a great job of getting 2 of our goals in. All the girls have improved so much, especially in their stepping and landing on two feet. Although we did not win, we played a great game and the girls should be proud of their efforts. – Efua Yawson

SOCCER

Open A – Saints 1 drew with Walford 1
The Open As played a very close game against Walford this week, and with just the bare 11 players, managed a draw. The girls started off well in the first half, but unfortunately conceded a goal as a result of a free kick. Despite this, Ashley Piper saved some crucial shots and did a great job as goalie. In the second half, an amazing goal was scored by Isabella Villani, after a through ball from Ellie Anderson. The girls were exhausted by the end of the game after putting in 110%. I was very proud of the their efforts as we didn’t have any subs, compared with Walford’s 22-player team. Dion, our Coach, was very happy with the result and the girls should be very pleased with their performance! – Ellie Anderson (Captain)

Open B – Saints 2 defeated St Michael’s 1
A good game from the Bs – another victory and with only 10 players. Emily Downie got us off to a great start with 2 goals in the first five minutes. St Michael’s came back strongly but every time they looked like breaking through, one of our defence managed to pull off a tackle with Imogen, in particular, thwarting several attacks. Great pressure from Molly Bond and Tahlia Towers in midfield winning plenty of ball, with several shots from Annabelle Langley and Emily Downie, but unfortunately, we couldn’t convert any more goals. St Michael’s pulled back 1 goal with a deflected clearance. MVP: Imogen Parkinson. – Steve Benn (Coach)

Middle A – Saints 0 defeated by Wilderness 5
The Middle As had an unfortunate loss to Wilderness. The girl played well and have learnt a lot over the past few weeks, but just came across a strong team. They never gave up and kept putting in their all, almost scoring in the last minute. Special mention to Azaan in defence. – Taylah Simpson

Middle B – Saints 0 defeated by Wilderness 5
Each week, the girls are getting more confident and stronger as they try and learn the concepts of the game. They are gaining a better understanding and displaying the skills they have been learning. Flossie Wilson made some excellent clearances and Mary Stavrou never stopped running in midfield. Saints held off Wilderness for two thirds of the game, then, with some mistakes, Wilderness got some lucky goals. I’m super proud of how well our girls are starting to gel as a team, and what a supportive group of girls they are to each other. Keep going girls! – Kerry Hudson (Coach)

Back to top


eNews – Week 5, Term 2 2019

Issue no. 16Enews-banner

W5 - Banner

Momentum is Building at Saints Girls

Building works at St Peter’s Girls are in full flight as a suite of projects take shape.

Our new Science Centre has reached a significant milestone with the successful installation of the roof, keeping the project on track to open in Term 4. As work ramps up on the southern side of the construction site, the main playground will be closed from Tuesday-week until the end of term to ensure safety. The top playground will still be available and other activities on the oval are being planned. During the holidays, a new canopy will be installed over the Stott Wing balcony providing much-needed shelter.

Once we move into the Science Centre, our existing Science facility will be transformed with a new IT hub, a dedicated space for media production, as well as additional new classrooms for our Junior School. Following those upgrades, classrooms along the Junior School corridor will be refurbished and new breakout spaces will be created including plans for a deck overlooking Ferguson Park.

Our highly-anticipated pool change rooms are now complete and new seating is being ordered ready for the summer season.

Another project about to get underway is the restoration of the Chiverton balcony, which requires a delicate touch as it is heritage-listed.

Across the road, the Bell Yett car park upgrade is nearing completion, with contractors for Burnside Council expecting it to re-open next week.

As we know, there has never been a better time to be at Saints Girls and the future is even brighter as we deliver these transformational building works.
 

 

Back to top


From the Director of Early Learning

Embedding Reconciliation into Daily Life in the ELC

KM ELC photoAt St Peter’s Girls’ Early Learners’ Centre, reconciliation is a part of our daily practice. Living by values such as compassion and inclusion, we work intentionally to find the similarities in our human race and celebrate the diversity of who we are and the different stories we have. This week in the ELC, we marked the significance of Reconciliation Week in our culture by raising three flags – an Australian flag, an Aboriginal flag and a Torres Strait Islander flag – and participating in a traditional smoking ceremony with our Kaurna elder Tamaru. We have installed three flagpoles within the grounds of the ELC to serve as a daily reminder of our identity.

As part of the School’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), a group of senior students wanted to fly the three flags alongside some of our ELC friends during the smoking ceremony. We have worked in partnership with the students to make this a reality, and the significance of this moment with the flags really demonstrates the whole School’s understanding and acknowledgement of this important week. In addition, the ELC has written its own Reconciliation Action Plan and this sits alongside the School’s plan.

In the ELC, we are teaching the children the Kaurna language and heritage. The children enjoy learning another language, and love the sounds of the words and the connections they can make to their beautiful Ferguson Park. This is the place where the language is made real for them, as it is within this context that they truly begin to understand the significance of our land and what it can teach them.

We believe we have a responsibility to be at the forefront of reconciliation, educating our youngest students and their families alongside ourselves. We are taught everything we know from our Kaurna elders, in particular Tamaru, whom we have developed a strong relationship with. Tamaru is now a significant part of our ELC community and believes that working side-by-side in an authentic way will have a significant impact on the future for the next generation. As the adults in their lives, we have a responsibility to have an open dialogue with our children, educating them as they grow and deepening their understanding of the culture, land and world they are growing up in.

It has been an honour standing in Ferguson Park each morning last week, listening to each group of children and educators confidently recite the Acknowledgement to Country in Kaurna. We know we have created something very special in our ELC by embedding reconciliation into our daily practice, and we recognise that these values of reconciliation and compassion are paramount in our daily practice.

 

 
Kate Mount
Director of Early Learning

Back to top


Saints Girls Now on Spotify!


 
St Peter’s Girls’ School has arrived on Spotify, with our new album Enchante Live!

Enchante converged on Wizard Tone Studios at Hendon late last year to professionally record eight tracks with their incredible jazz vocals. Led by Sari Noble and Sally Rounsevell, the girls were accompanied by David Goodwin (piano), Robyn Habel (bass), John McDermott (drums), and our amazing Extension Strings.

So get behind the girls and add the album to your playlist; simply search for: Enchante Live

Go to Spotify

You can also download the album from independent online music store CD Baby.

And be sure to check out this sensational video of one of the tracks recorded at Wizard Tone Studios:


Please note: Spotify users must be 18 or older, or be 13 or older and have parent or guardian consent

Back to top


da Vinci Decathlon Success

W5 - da Vinci Decathlon

Our annual da Vinci Decathlon was another huge success, attracting scores of school groups from across Adelaide.

The Year 5/6, 7 and 9 competitions were held over three days in the Arts Centre, pitting teams against each other with mind-stretching tasks across 10 disciplines including Engineering, Code Breaking, and Art and Poetry.

Our girls achieved some terrific results in fields such as Ideation and Mathematics.

Congratulations to all involved!

For full results and team photos, click here.

Back to top


Inaugural Ethics Olympiad Champions

W5 - Ethics

On Wednesday 22 May, nine girls from Years 9 to 12 attended the first South Australian Ethics Olympiad. This is a new competition in which students work in teams of four to five to engage in discussions of various ethical issues. Topics discussed included China’s social credit system, de-extinction, private money in academia and the use of drones in warfare.

Two Saints Girls’ teams competed, and both did extremely well. The team of four consisting of Victoria Thorp, Emily Loh, Sara Peak and Srishti Sharma finished in the top 10, and the team of Emily Teague, Natacha Zisos-Troupakis, Ella Liddy, Emily Downie and myself progressed to the Grand Final.

In the Grand Final, we participated in more discussions and answered questions from the judges, many of whom are qualified in Philosophy. We were very excited to hear that we won the competition! Currently, there is no national final, but we may have the opportunity to engage in discussions via video conferencing with students from around Australia and the world to further our understanding of ethics.

Back to top


‘Saints in Style’ Hits All the Right Notes

W5 - Saints in Style

Our ‘Saints in Style’ concert wowed the crowds last Friday night as our talented Music students teamed up with acclaimed Old Scholars.

Featuring violinist Sophie Rowell (Kilburn ’92), Concertmaster with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and talented vocalists Emma Kavanagh (Kilburn ’14), Erin McKellar (Patteson ’13), Chelsea McGuinness (Kilburn ’16) and Meena De Silva (Kilburn ’13), plus many of our fabulous Jazz vocal ensembles and Stage Band fresh from their adventures at Generations in Jazz. Also making appearances were Chamber, Concert and Junior Choirs, senior bands including Concert Band, as well as Extension and Senior Strings.

It was a remarkable display of the calibre of our Music platform at Saints Girls. Have a listen to just some of the highlights:

Back to top


From the Chapel Prefect

W5 - Prefect Article
 
Today, the Year 10 girls from Selwyn and Patteson held their House Charity fundraising day. This included a casual clothes day, Selwyn held a sausage sizzle, whilst the Patteson girls ran a cupcake stall. It was a great success in raising funds for The Smith Family and the Little Heroes Foundation.

The girls all put in a lot of work organising the stalls and should feel very proud of their efforts. The House Charity system is an important part of the School, as it teaches us the attributes of compassion and giving back to the wider community.

Mr Bassett regularly speaks about compassion and giving back in our whole School Chapel Services. This year, we’ve learned about the remarkable people that Jesus met throughout his life and the influence he had on them.

The amazing fundraising by these Houses demonstrates the importance of giving back to the community to support those in need.

Amy Rice
Chapel Prefect

Back to top


Receptions and Year 11s Share Food for Thought

W5 - Reception and Year 11

This week, the Year 11 Nutrition students and Meg Karvonen’s Reception class joined forces to experiment with the School’s newly-acquired 3D food printer. The girls worked together to compare their creations with those printed by the 3D food printer, undertaking a sensory analysis. The Receptions loved the opportunity to attend a Senior School class, and the Year 11s were excited to share their enthusiasm with the Receptions. It’s wonderful to see the unique and collaborative culture of our School on display.

A few Receptions shared their thoughts on the experience:

“It was very satisfying!” – Laura
“It was a tasty experience. The chocolate mousse was sweet and delicious.” – Matilda
“It was great, and I loved that we spent time with the Year 11s making chocolate mousse hearts. When Mr Carey turned on the food printer, there were red lines and it printed the chocolate mousse into the shape of a love heart.” – Mikayla
“I used my sense of taste to work out which chocolate mousse love heart tasted the best.” – Penny

Christopher Carey
Science Teacher

Back to top


Car Park – Action Required

Once again, we urge parents of Year 2 – 12 students not to enter the School’s car park for pick up until at least 3.30pm to allow for the smooth and safe early collection of Reception and Year 1 students.

We also reiterate that there is no right turn into or out of the car park.

It is hoped that the Bell Yett car park will re-open next week.

We thank you for your cooperation in helping to improve safety and traffic flow for all.

Back to top


The Addams Family – Tickets on Sale!

Enews - The Addams Family

The Addams Family is getting excited to make their debut appearance at St Peter’s Girls on 12 June…less than two weeks away! Students have achieved so much in the time we have been rehearsing – learning lines, songs, music and choreography. Not to forget our awesome stage crew who have joined us this term in order to produce a smooth-running performance from behind the scenes.

Tickets are on sale now – www.trybooking.com/BCUXH

Kate Burnett
Head of Arts

Back to top


A Taste of Multiculturalism for Year 3

W5 - Year 3

“On Friday of Week 3, Year 3 held a multicultural food sharing day. In inquiry, we have been learning all about what makes us unique. We brought in food that was important to us. We were able to experience foods from different cultures that we wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to try. We had a huge picnic and there was so much food!” – Beatrice Tolley and Valentina Patino

“When I discussed this topic with my parents, we decided that I should bring in Irish soda bread because this bread had an interesting story. It is one of the best breads in the world. Irish soda bread is a traditional product made with only the most basic of ingredients: flour, baking soda (used instead of yeast), soured milk to moisten and activate the soda, and salt. I enjoyed sharing Irish soda bread. I think being open-minded is really important; I tried Chinese dumplings, pasta and lollies. I thought the day was awesome!” – Beatrice Tolley

“I decided with my parents that I should bring in a three-milk cake because we have this cake when we celebrate Easter. I enjoyed sharing it. I think being open-minded is important; I tried pasta and banana bread. I thought the day was epic!” – Valentina Patino

Back to top


National Reconciliation Week Breakfast

W5 - Breakfast

On Monday, Saints Girls attended the National Reconciliation Week Breakfast.

Lucy Young and Hattie Maerschel (both Year 11) met guests including singer Zaachariaha Fielding and composer/keyboardist Michael Ross from Electric Fields, who recently performed at EuroVision, and indigenous journalist Aunty Janette Milera.

The girls listened to a keynote address by Associate Professor Chelsea Bond.

Back to top


Anglican Schools Unite in Cathedral

W5 - Year 7

This week, 17 Year 7 girls joined 11 other Anglican schools at the annual Combined Anglican Schools Service in St Peter’s Cathedral. They were involved in workshops and activities, they learnt about the cathedral, met the Archbishop and experienced the many components that make up our joint worship service. They all enjoyed the service and workshops and loved meeting other students. The theme of the service was Reconciliation; it began with a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony by Uncle John and a talk by Hugo Hart, Captain of St Peter’s College and a proud indigenous man. The prayers, readings and songs all pointed towards the ultimate reconciliation that Jesus made possible between us and God. As Paul says in his letter to the Ephesians, “Because of God’s great love for us, he made us alive with him. It is by God’s grace that you are saved.”

Thomas Bassett
School Chaplain

Back to top


THRASS Dress Up Day

W5 - Dress up day 2

Hello, we are Annie and Clara from Mrs Liddy’s Year 1 class. We are going to tell you what we did on THRASS Dress Up Day. All of the Receptions and Year 1s dressed up as something on the THRASS chart. THRASS stands for Teaching Handwriting, Reading And Spelling Skills.

First, we made treasure boxes, and they were hard and easy. Then we made money and treasure. We also made banana sandwiches and jam sandwiches. We used banana and jam because they were on the THRASS chart. We did a parade with the Receptions and Year 1s, and then we all wanted the teachers to do it. They were funny. Mrs Liddy dressed up as a frog. She jumped across the room. Mrs Sandercock dressed up as a lion and she roared at us.

We all felt wonderful and had a fantastic day!

Annie and Clara
Year 1 students

Back to top


Important Health Message

With the State in the grips of a flu crisis, we must reiterate an important health message to our community.

If your child is showing any signs of illness, please do not bring them to school. This includes if they have a temperature of 37.5 degrees and above, and/or if they’ve received medication such as paracetamol. This also extends to other ailments such as stomach aches and vomiting.

This is not only for your child’s comfort and recovery, but also to protect other children and our staff.

For more information regarding influenza, please click here.

Should you have any queries, please contact the Health Centre via 8155 5762 or healthcentre@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au. If your daughter will not be attending school due to illness, please notify us via one of the following methods:

Text: 0428 601 957 (save to phone contacts)
Email: attendance@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au
Phone: 8334 2200

Feel free to also include the Class/Home Group teacher when sending via email.

Back to top


Do You Have a Connection to Woodlands Girls’ Grammar?

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. The scholarship 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 22 July 2019

Interviews conducted during Term 3 will give 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.

For any enquiries, please contact me via sorrell.lou@gmail.com

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

Back to top


Entertainment Book

W5 - Entertainment Book

Purchase a new Entertainment Book/Digital Membership from the Parents’ and Friends’ Association before midnight tomorrow and receive a bonus $10 Priceline eGift Card!

Purchase your membership here!

Back to top


Community Golf Day

W1 - Community Golf Day

St Peter’s Girls’ Community Golf Day will be held on Thursday 14 November.

Book your spot to play on the day and network with other community members and businesses connected to our School: www.trybooking.com/ZZHE

Community Golf Day Information

If you require further information about this event, please contact Melissa Westgate in the Community Relations office via mwestgate@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au or 8334 2244.

Back to top


Saints Girls Now on Instagram!

W1 Instagram Banner

The School is proud to launch our newest social media offering to celebrate our fantastic community.

We look forward to sharing exciting images and cutting-edge videos showcasing life at Saints Girls. Be a part of the action and follow us via @stpetersgirlsschool

Back to top


Seat of Encouragement – Style a Tile

W2 - Science

Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to make your mark on our new Science Centre.

Purchase and personalise a tile for our ‘Seat of Encouragement’ and leave a legacy for generations of Saints Girls. Many tiles also include inspiring quotes to further empower our girls.

Secure your tile via www.trybooking.com/BARQD.

If you require more information or have any constructive feedback to add value to achieving our collective goal, please contact Melissa Westgate via 8334 2244 or mwestgate@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au.

Back to top


125 Gala Ball

W8 - 125 Gala Ball

Our 125th anniversary Gala Ball is shaping up to be a spectacular evening.

Highlights will include a delicious three course meal, premium beverages and fantastic live entertainment by leading party band The Cast, as well as our own talented student performers.

When: 6.30pm, Saturday 19 October 2019
Venue: William Magarey Room, Adelaide Oval
Dress: Black Tie

Tickets: $150 per person; tables of 10

Book via www.trybooking.com/ZZGY or 8334 2225

Back to top


Saints Girls Teams Up with BankSA

W2 BankSABankSA has partnered with St Peter’s Girls’ School in offering our community a great fundraising opportunity. If you’re keen to take your support to the next level while potentially saving yourself money, then this program is for you. We’ve made it really easy to further support the School, while also making sure you’re getting the best possible service and a great deal on your home loan.

Not only will you get a great rate with BankSA, you’ll also be supporting St Peter’s Girls’ School, as each BankSA home loan allows us to make a charitable donation in your name of between $1,000 and $6,000. As the SPGS Building Fund has DGR status, you may be entitled to claim a tax deduction.

It’s that simple

  • The more home loan referrals, the more money BankSA will donate to the School
  • Donation paid at settlement of the home loan
  • Unlimited donation potential

Both St Peter’s Girls’ School and BankSA have a proud history in South Australia and a strong sense of community.

To discuss further how BankSA can assist you and make a charitable donation in your name, simply call our BankSA Partnership contact:

Jasper Ooi
0401 717 894
ooij@banksa.com.au

Back to top


Code Camp Winter Holidays

W3 - Code Camp 2

Code Camp is returning to St Peter’s Girls these winter holidays. Girls and boys have fun with friends while building important skills including logic, creativity, problem-solving, app and game development.

This camp is from Wednesday 10 July to Friday 12 July, and St Peter’s Girls will be hosting Spark, Web Hackers and Little Heroes.

Code Camp Flyer

Bookings can be made via www.codecamp.com.au/stpetersgirls

Back to top


Sports News

W5 - Sport

AUSSIE RULES FOOTBALL

Open A – Saints did not play

Middle B – Saints 10.15 = 75 defeated Concordia 0.0 = 0
The girls had an absolutely outstanding game on Friday afternoon against Concordia. Our attack played an excellent match, managing to get through Concordia’s strong defence. Ella Dnistriansky scored an impressive 4 goals, Indya Dodd scored an incredible 3 goals, Grace Richards scored an amazing 2 goals and Eva Young scored 1 great goal. Chloe Porter was fantastic in ruck and the midfield played a super strong game, getting the ball straight into the forward half. Despite not getting many touches, our defence was able to apply pressure and prevented Concordia from scoring at all. The girls should be extremely proud of their efforts and I hope we can bring home a lot more wins as the season continues. – Dayna Petruzzella (Year 9)

BADMINTON

Saints won four out of five matches we played at Walford, which is an amazing result and great effort from all the players. We had a convincing win from the Open A against one of our strongest opponents, Westminster, losing just one singles, and a close and intense match from the Open B. The girls have demonstrated excellent teamwork, showcasing our skills to win. I’m sure everyone has improved throughout the matches, especially for the Open E girls, who are constantly learning from experience. Well done everyone!

Open A – Saints 5 defeated Westminster 1
Best players: Yang Yang Gu, Gloria Gao and Mahala Truscott

Open B – Saints 3 (149) defeated Walford (128)
Best players: Amelie Dunda and Cherie Wong

Open C1 – Saints 5 defeated Westminster 1
Best players: Yujia Sun and Candy Feng

Open C2 – Saints 6 defeated Walford 0
Best players: Natacha Zisos Troupakis, Christina Song, Alice Liang and Heidi Chow

Open D – Saints did not play

Open E – Saints 1 defeated by Wilderness 8
Best players: Saffron Chen

HOCKEY

Open A – Saints 0 defeated by Wilderness 1
The girls played a fun game in very heavy rain on the weekend. During the first quarter, the rain made it hard to play and the pitch was filled with water. Luckily, the weather cleared up and we were able to create excellent ball movement between lines. Well done to Bridgette Leach who played really well in the midfield by dominating Wildy’s strong players. – Olivia Goldsmith (Captain)

Open B – Saints 0 defeated by Wilderness 3
The girls played a hard-fought game in the rain but lost 0-3. The team had many good chances but could not finish, with the rain making it difficult for the girls to play their natural game. Lady Murphy played a great defensive game and Amelie Eaton was a stand-out again. – Will Stapleton (Coach)

Year 5/6 – Saints 6 defeated Seymour 1
The girls had good attacking play and defended really well in the first half. In the second half, the Seymour girls proved too strong with their solid defending and clinical strikers, although Saints continued to show glimpses of great hockey. – Jacob Evans (Coach)

Year 3/4 – Saints 3 defeated by Walford 4
The girls played a very strong game with passing and tackling an obvious strength. They implemented skills obtained from training and were constantly using the free space across the whole pitch. One thing to take away for the next match is to ensure that each tackle made is done so with a 1v1 mindset to give away fewer frees. Despite their loss, the girls should be very proud of their achievements, especially since an obvious improvement was made from the previous week. – Carla Lawrence (Coach)

LACROSSE

Under 13 – Saints 15 defeated Wilderness 4
Another great game. The girls are really starting to improve at defending their player and have stayed consistently strong in midfield, winning us possession out of the centre almost every time this match. Just before half-time, we started playing non-dominant hand with three passes before going to goal, which resulted in eight different girls getting goals. Some of them even left-handed! Really proud of the teamwork the girls displayed this game. Hope we can keep it up. – Caitlyn Grayson (Captain)

Under 11 Blue – Saints 2 lost to St Dominic’s 8
It was a very wet Saturday morning but the girls began the match well. For the first half, Chelsea Francis (Year 3) was our fantastic goalie who saved almost all the shots on her. Lilly Meo (Year 3) and Eliza Burmester (Year 3) both did a great job at running with the ball into attack and throwing it long for their teammates to run onto. Some fantastic running was shown by Enya Ouyang (Year 3) who used her quick pace to run and fight hard for ground balls. In defence, Anvika Singh (Year 3) did well at sticking to her player. In addition, Ruby Kelly (Year 3) in defence did some great intercepts and worked hard to be the next pass in attack. The girls played a great game and are getting much more confident. Goal scorers were Chelsea and Lilly. Best players were Eliza and Lilly. – Lucy Martin (Coach)

Under 11 White – Saints 4 defeated by St Aloysius 6
This was a particularly challenging game, with very wet conditions and no subs. Even so, the girls played well, using their speed to move up and down the field to help their teammates. They did an excellent job passing the ball, with our goal shooting hotshot Claris Stolcman scoring our 4 goals. First-time goalie Heidi Godfrey-Tunno also worked hard in goals, learning more and more as the game progressed and stopping a number of goals! Great teamwork and sportsmanship was shown, particularly by Millie Lively who, despite hurting herself multiple times, got straight back up and soldiered through the whole game as a very valuable team member. Great collaboration was demonstrated and with such a close result, I hope that this encourages the girls to challenge themselves even more next week! – Sophie Auricht (Coach)

NETBALL

Open Knockout – Saints 33 defeated by Scotch 48
On Thursday 23 May, St Peter’s Girls participated in the SSSSA Knockout Netball competition. Saints started strongly by moving swiftly, transitioning the ball mid-court to the goal third, allowing goalies to score quickly. It was an undeniably challenging game and it took time for Saints to settle and work cohesively as one unit until the second half. Each player dug deep in the second half and tightly contested every ball from the start and kept close to Scotch by scoring goal-for-goal. Easy feeds and excellent ball placement into the goal shooter from Scotch gradually wore our defensive team down, however, the girls still managed to put up a fight and did an amazing job to eventually shut down the shooters. Saints proceeded to place pressure on Scotch as best they could and played the game until the end regardless of the score. Best player was Ehi Oyugbo as her constant defensive pressure was effective, causing errors in Scotch’s plays. Second best was Alexia Politis for an amazing game in Centre and for smoothly transitioning the ball from defence to attack. The final score does not reflect Saints’ outstanding effort and they should be extremely proud of their development. Well done girls!

Open A – Saints 44 defeated by Concordia 48
The girls demonstrated great team effort and perseverance throughout. Saints was patient in bringing the ball out of defence and working in our goal third to get to circle edge. We kept the score close until the second quarter when Concordia’s defensive pressure challenged every pass down the court, forcing Saints high and wide. With Anna White sick, the Open As introduced Olivia Kelly from Open Bs into the line in the second half. Sivi Sivasuthan and Nicolette Miller worked well in the ring whilst overcoming the pressure out forward by the defenders, while Ehi Oyugbo and Hannah Freeman rebounded all of Concordia’s missed goals, assisted well with Sarah Wishart and Olivia Kelly in WD. Best player was Hannah for her continuous efforts in defence which helped keep Concordia’s scoring to a minimum. Second best was Sarah who fulfilled the role of WD, placing hands-over pressure and turning over many balls. – Sivi Sivasuthan (Captain)

Open B – Saints 37 defeated by Concordia 45
The girls played well in all aspects of the court. Special mention to Isabella Bernardi and Kellie Bested who played in centre court, always putting in an extra mile intercepting and making space. Concordia was a strong team but no doubt we can beat them next game! – Eve Habel

Open C – Saints 11 defeated by Concordia 57
The girls played a tough game against a strong opposition. They worked hard in tough conditions with Ailani Cox and Keeley Fahey pairing well together in defence to keep their players away from the post. Kellie Bested played some top netball in Centre with Ellen Zhang in WA, who led throughout. Emma Matheson shot well, and Faye Ma defended well down the court. Unfortunately, the score did not reflect the effort of the team, but we hope to continue to improve at training. – Amelia Pudney

Open D – Saints 1 defeated by Concordia 71
Edie McKellar played really well in C, making some solid passes and getting in front of the ball. Concordia applied a lot or pressure and if Saints can work on slowing down the passes, we will make fewer errors, such as stepping with the ball. Our communication was quite good and all the girls tried really hard. – Annabel Bernardi

Open E2 – Saints 38 defeated Seymour 24
The entire team demonstrated a great sense of teamwork and communication. Georgina Bafile and Sarah Matheson were a strong pair in the ring and worked together to consistently shoot precise goals. Throughout the match, the mid-court players made clear passes to each other, bringing the ball down to the goal circle at a quick pace. A special mention to Molly Lucas who was quick on her feet and always available to pass the ball to, especially in Centre. A great effort from everyone, demonstrating energy and dedication in all four quarters of the game. – Aditi Tamhankar

Year 9A – Saints 18 defeated by Concordia 26
The girls played a solid game and coped well with the wet weather, especially because we only had seven players. Defence was strong, and mid-court and shooters worked well together. – Joss Forster

Year 9B – Saints 36 defeated Concordia 17
Although it was cold and raining, that didn’t stop the 9Bs from playing an amazing game. The rain did make it much harder to play, but the girls listened to advice and implemented it. The defence was incredibly tight, and the girls made it very hard for Concordia to score any goals. The girls who shot in this game were extremely efficient and moved very well in the circle, making it easier for the players outside the circle to feed in. All of them did extremely well to have such efficient play in cold and wet conditions. – Chloe Venning

Year 9C – Saints 34 defeated Seymour 13
Despite the very wet weather, we managed to win by 21. Our defence in the goal circle was strong as well as the shooters who worked well together. The mid-court players communicated strongly and had the ball flowing to our attacking side efficiently. We were very happy with how we did and had a lot of fun. – Annie Bradshaw

Year 9/10D – Saints 8 defeated by Pembroke 31
Saints had an unfortunate loss against Pembroke. Most of our goals were scored by Lucy Moten and Caitie Walker, with Caitie and Stella Clark filling in. Despite being down at quarter-time, we tried hard and remained competitive, maintaining good defence. Primrose Robinson excelled in GD and defended her player really well. The court was wet and slippery, but the team worked together and their spirit stayed high. – Charlotte Parker

Year 8A – Saints 36 defeated Concordia 22
Despite the wet weather, our girls played a great game. We were strong in our defensive end and were also very good down in attacking and throughout the mid-court. We had to adapt to the team we were playing and the wet weather, which we did quite well. Some things we could work on in training are getting the right timing for leads and making our passes more accurate and controlled. – Grace Richards

Year 8B – Saints 37 defeated Concordia 9
The 8Bs moved the ball down the court really well, which made it easy for the shooters to score the goals. I thought we could have slowed the ball down which might’ve resulted in even fewer errors. Our defence was terrific, with all of the defenders sticking on their players and putting in 100% effort in getting the rebounds, and when the ball was turned over, we all became defenders to help us regain it. All of the girls played exceptionally well. – Charlotte Staples

Year 8C – Saints 25 defeated Wilderness 1
The girls played a fantastic game, resulting in a huge win again. Our team in attack worked together well, with marked improvement in communication. This resulted in our successful use of some set plays we have been practicing over the past few weeks. Our defenders continued their strong display of intercepts, rebounds and turnovers from previous weeks, ensuring players always had maximum opportunity to make use of every changeover. Good job girls! – Georgina Wakeham

Year 7A – Saints 27 defeated Concordia 24
The girls played an amazing game. We had a rough start but came out to win. The shooters did really well in the goal ring, getting most shots in. Charlotte Norman and Lilli Bennett did really well to pass the ball down the court. Concordia had a strong attack but our defence managed to keep the ball moving to the other end. Mathilda Thomas was a strong centre and was all over the court. She made many intercepts to get Saints a shot at goal. The team worked really well together the whole game. Amazing third game girls. – Charlie Piper

Year 7B – Saints 7 defeated by Concordia 25
A great game against Concordia, with everyone putting in 100%. The rain might have come down, but that didn’t dampen our spirits! Our mid-court players did their best to get the ball into the goal circle but were occasionally stopped by the strong Concordia defence. Maddy Penley and Ayanna Roy in mid-court were a force to be reckoned with, picking up a majority of our centre passes and passing quickly to our shooters. A special shout out to Maddy Penley for playing three quarters in Centre and to Ruby Powell for bagging a number of goals. A great effort girls and I think that we can get up next match! – Ayla Blaskett

Year 7C – Saints 1 defeated by Wilderness 22
Although it was an early start to the morning, the team played extremely well. In the last two quarters, it started pouring with rain, but we still put in 100% effort. A special mention goes to Hope Sanders-Wills for scoring a goal during this game. – Emilia Libri

Year 6 Blue – Saints 11 defeated by Walford Gold 16
The team played a really good game. Some girls who played particularly well were Kate Thomas, Winnie Vartuli and Anna Venning. The girls just need to work on slowing down their play and the accuracy of their passes. The end result didn’t reflect how well they played. – Charlotte Adams

Year 6 White – Saints 8 defeated by Walford Blue 18
The team got off to a rocky start, with Walford connecting the ball well down the court and their goalies finishing off in the circle. Our girls rallied in the second quarter and tried to put into play what the coaches had spoken to them about during the break. They worked harder on their one-on-one defence and making sure they were passing to the first free player they saw when in attack. We continued to improve as the match went on and had some fantastic passage of play, moving the ball with ease from one end of the court to the other, and some great defensive efforts with intercepts, rebounds and deflections across the board. Congratulations to Savannah Walls who led strongly from the front in our attack end, and Emily Bates and Sophia Langley for working tirelessly in defence. – Alice Johnswood

Year 5 Blue – Saints 2 defeated by Wilderness 6
The girls came back in an exciting final quarter to dominate the court. Alison Francis made it nearly impossible for the opposition to get the ball past her while she was in defence. Pollyanna Townsend also had a great game, picking up lots of loose balls and getting her hand to many opposition passes. I have been impressed with the girls improvement over the season. Next one girls!

Year 5 White – Saints 0 defeated by Pembroke White 14

SOCCER

Open A – Saints 3 defeated Concordia 0
The team played a great game against Concordia resulting in a 3 – 0 win! Chi Chi Zhao did a top job playing striker, scoring a very exciting first goal of the game. Along with Chi Chi, Chloe Deieso, Olivia Law and Isabella Villani had an excellent game up in the forward line. After a run from the defence by Millie Wilkin and great through-ball, Isabella scored an unstoppable goal, hitting the bottom right corner. The third goal of the game was brilliant, scored by Lucy Benn from outside of the 18-yard box! As a team, we have really improved over these first few weeks, so I look forward to seeing our progress and hopefully winning more games in the future. – Ellie Anderson (Captain)

Open B – Saints 3 defeated Seymour C1 1
Great game this week, defeating Seymour. Particularly strong match for Tahlia Towers on her birthday, with tireless work winning the ball in midfield and scoring our third goal. Charlotte Cohen, returning from injury, had already put us in a great position with 2 goals, 1 individual and 1 from an excellent through-ball from Tahlia. Defence was led by Sara Peak and it was no coincidence that Seymour scored their consolation goal whilst Sara was off the pitch. Thanks to Stella Clark for stepping in to goal with some good clearances. Molly Bond and Louisa Reid combined well in midfield. Player of the Match: Tahlia Towers, Happy Birthday. – Steve Benn (Coach)

Middle A – Saints 2 defeated by Immanuel 4
The girls faced strong competition, however, they showed up ready to fight and tried to take the win. After Immanuel’s first goal, the girls worked hard to even the score line again with Anushka Rajbhoj netting the equaliser. Unfortunately, at the end of the first half, Immanuel broke through our defence and scored a second goal. After an unlucky penalty in the second half, Caitie Walker put Saints back in the game with our second goal. Despite ultimately conceding the loss 2-4, the girls played tirelessly throughout. Azaan Singh and Lysiane Franchi worked hard to control our midfield, and should be proud of the improvements they’ve made in this season so far. – Dom Rigby (Coach)

Middle B – Saints 1 defeated by Wilderness 2
The girls are becoming more determined to attack the ball and move forward towards goals. Our goal was scored in the second half by Jas, to keep it at 1-1 until the dying minutes when Wilderness scored to go ahead. Great game, keep going girls, you are doing great! – Kerry Hudson (Coach)

Back to top


eNews – Week 4, Term 2 2019

Issue no. 15Enews-banner

W4 - Banner 2

From the Deputy Principal / Head of Middle School

Flexible Learners in Flexible Spaces

When I speak with prospective parents, new members of staff, or current parents who just haven’t wandered around the campus for a while, I always stress that the need for flexibility has been central to all our thinking when designing new learning spaces. We want to create spaces that can adapt to a variety of learning styles, inspiring collaboration and being a catalyst for effective and varied working practices. This has certainly been the case with the successful redesign of the Middle School and Library, and will continue into the new Science Centre and enlarged Art rooms. However, what we sometimes overlook is how the design and flexibility of one of our older buildings has become central to the way that we function as a busy, vibrant learning community.

It’s been over eight years since the Arts Centre was officially opened, and it’s hard to find an area of school life that hasn’t been touched by it. From the ELC Hat Ceremony, to the Year 12s’ last assembly before they go on study leave, students of all ages regularly use the space for a myriad of things.

It has become a crucial element in the way we build a culture of celebrating success. It’s how we give our students the opportunity of gaining a level of comfort of being ‘on show’ in front of crowds and audiences of varying sizes. But it’s far more than just a venue for assemblies and award ceremonies.

It’s a fully-functioning Dance classroom, a Drama classroom, a venue for the Technical Theatre Club, a meeting room, a lecture theatre, and concert venue. We’ve held Chapel Services, musicals, plays, exhibitions, engineering competitions, information evenings, cinema screenings and Art shows…and that nowhere near exhausts the list. That variety of uses wouldn’t have been possible without the foresight of the designers, and the ability of our staff to see the potential in the space.

This past week, however, has been an especially busy time for the Arts Centre. Last Friday, our SRC expertly turned it into a club/disco for the Year 7/8 Social. We hosted visiting students from St Peter’s College, Prince Alfred College and Rostrevor College for a fun evening, aided by student and staff volunteer supervisors.

On Thursday, it hosted our inaugural STEM Breakfast, being transformed into a conference centre-style set up, enabling our senior students to hear from and mix with over 40 industry mentors, whilst enjoying a breakfast planned and created by the SACE Food Technology class.

Immediately following this, the flexibility of the building was further highlighted as it became a rehearsal space for this evening’s Saints in Style concert. If the quality and diversity of the rehearsals with the visiting performers are anything to go by, then we are in for a treat tonight.

On Monday, the Arts Centre will be used as a performance space for our excellent SACE Stage 2 Dance Performance Night, which I urge you and your family to attend – it’s always a memorable, energetic and exhausting evening! This is a short performance between 6 – 6.45pm where the students showcase their choreographic assessment pieces.

Finally, before being returned to a classroom and Assembly space next Friday, the Arts Centre will enable us to host the South Australian da Vinci Decathlon. Across three days, we’ll once again be welcoming teams of eight bright, flexible and creatively thinking students from over 20 schools each day to pit their wits against each other, and against the nationally-benchmarked and frequently seemingly impossible tasks! Having won the Year 9 competition last year, and the Year 5/6 competition in 2017, we are hoping for another strong showing in 2019!

Richard Lisle
Deputy Principal / Head of Middle School

Back to top


Women in STEM Breakfast

W4 - Women in STEM Breakfast

As a teacher who is passionate about engaging girls in authentic learning, I believe connections with industry are so important. Yesterday, 55 students attended our inaugural Women in STEM Breakfast. They took advantage of the opportunity to connect with over 30 industry mentors and learn about the day-to-day activities in a range of roles. We were inspired by three amazing guest speakers: Sarah Brown, Dr Kristin Alford and Dr Bronwyn Hajek. Students understood how the study of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics could be applied in many different contexts when solving problems. The delicious breakfast was provided by our senior Food Technology classes. Thank you to everyone involved.

Monique Green
Digital Tech Teacher and STEM Coordinator

The Women in STEM Breakfast was an incredible opportunity to speak to a range of inspiring women in various STEM fields and gain insight into different occupations that we may pursue after leaving school. A significant message I left the event with was that the knowledge and understanding gained by studying a degree in STEM can be applied in other fields such as business. The breakfast was a great opportunity to network and I really enjoyed learning from the industry mentors.

Lucy White
Year 11 student

This was an educational event that allowed for insightful discussions about women entering the STEM fields. I really enjoyed the atmosphere, and the mentors opened my eyes to the idea that STEM applies to numerous jobs, and that having women in the STEM fields will create better businesses. It was a great experience that also highlighted our #EMPOWHER wellbeing program.

Isabella Bernardi
Year 11 student

Back to top


The Addams Family – Tickets on Sale Monday!

Enews - The Addams Family

The Addams Family is getting excited to make their debut appearance at St Peter’s Girls on 12 June…less than three weeks away! Students have achieved so much in the time we have been rehearsing – learning lines, songs, music and choreography. Not to forget our awesome stage crew who have joined us this term in order to produce a smooth-running performance from behind the scenes.

Tickets will be on sale from 9am Monday 27 May – www.trybooking.com/BCUXH

Kate Burnett
Head of Arts

Back to top


Democracy Sausage Fundraiser

W4 - Fundraising

Last weekend, Saints Girls held a fundraising BBQ as the School hosted an election polling booth, raising $1620 for the Fiji and Cambodia Service Learning trips later this year. All funds will go towards buying medical or building supplies, educational aids and donating money to the schools or orphanages. As well as the sausage sizzle, tickets were sold for a raffle featuring household products, wine, a signed Crows football and other goodies. This raffle will be drawn at the end of term and tickets are still available, so get in quick! Look out for our future fundraisers such as movie nights and Bunnings BBQs in order to support the Service Learning trips.

Matilda Braithwaite
Year 11 student

Back to top


Big Plus for Old Scholar Maths Achievers

W4 - Maths

On Wednesday 15 May, two Old Scholars, Alexandra Reade (Kennion ’18) and Charlene Lee (Selwyn ’18), were invited to the prizes and awards ceremony of UniSA’s School of Information Technology and Mathematical Sciences for being selected as Scholarship recipients.

Alexandra received the ‘Hypatia Scholarship for Mathematically Talented Women’ – awarded to students entering their first year of a Mathematical Sciences undergraduate degree program on the basis of academic merit and high achievement in their high school studies.

Charlene received the ‘School of Information Technology and Mathematical Sciences – Commencing Scholarship in Mathematics’ award – eligible to school leavers with impressive achievements in their high school studies and enrolled in the first year of a Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences or Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours)(Industrial and Applied Mathematics).

Such a great achievement!

Back to top


Mooting Students Do Saints Girls Justice

W4 - Mooting

Our Year 12 Mooting teams recently competed in the National High School Mooting Competition held at Bond University on the Gold Coast.

It’s designed to share Bond Law’s knowledge and skills in advocacy and oral presentation with students who are interested in a career in law and may wish to undertake further legal education at a tertiary level. Participation provides students with the opportunity to gain an insight into the workings of a legal environment. Students submit an argument to a bench of ‘judges’ on behalf of their fictitious client.

We congratulate our participants on their performance in the moot, their diligence in preparation, and the way in which they represented our School. The standard of the competition was outstanding. The judges loved the engagement with our students during their submissions, and the girls now have a better understanding of how the law operates and what it may be like to work as a lawyer. The experience will certainly assist our students in deciding on a career path and their university program choice.

Lynne Spry
History/Legal Studies Teacher

Back to top


Year 7/8 Social Proves a Hit

W4 - Social

On Friday 17 May, the SRC hosted a Year 7/8 Social, which was a resounding success. We had a sellout crowd with boys from Rostrevor, St Peter’s College and Prince Alfred College joining our girls in filling the Arts Centre. The DJ was amazing and, within 15 minutes, everyone was up dancing including some of the older girls and teachers. Thank you to Mrs Alderson, Fiona McGregor and all of the student helpers who made this such a fun and successful night.

Tahlia Towers
SRC Prefect

Back to top


Car Park – Action Required

Once again, we urge parents of Year 2 – 12 students not to enter the School’s car park for pick up until at least 3.30pm to allow for the smooth and safe early collection of Reception and Year 1 students.

We also reiterate that there is no right turn into or out of the car park.

It is hoped that the Bell Yett car park will re-open on Monday-week.

We thank you for your cooperation in helping to improve safety and traffic flow for all.

Back to top


Selwyn and Patteson House Charity Day

W4 - House Charity

Next Friday 31 May

Next Friday, the Year 10 Selwyn girls will be running a sausage sizzle to raise money for their House charity, The Smith Family. The Patteson Year 10s will be running a cupcake stall to raise funds for the Little Heroes Foundation.

The Little Heroes Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that supports seriously ill children. Its mission is to raise funds towards essential equipment and services for these children and their families, ensuring they have access to the very best care, regardless of how rare their diagnosis is. The Smith Family supports children who struggle with their reading by pairing them with a Buddy to read with every week.

  • Students in Years 7 – 12 may wear casual clothes and bring a gold coin donation
  • Selwyn will be selling sausage sandwiches for $2.50 and drinks for $1
  • Patteson will be selling cupcakes for $1 (small) or $2 (large)

Parents of Reception to Year 2 students have received information regarding purchasing sausages and cupcakes via Trybooking, and this link will close at midday on Wednesday 29 May and due to catering restrictions, no late orders are able to be taken. Students in Years 3 – 6 are able to purchase the sausages and cupcakes on the day. Please note the casual day is for Years 7 – 12 students.

Please bring a few dollars to support these worthy causes.

Year 10 Patteson and Selwyn

Back to top


Hallett Cove Excursion Rocks!

W4 - Hallett Cove

On Friday of Week 3, the Year 8 students went on a trip to Hallett Cove – one of the best-known geological sites in Australia – as part of the rocks topic in Science. Some fascinating areas we visited had rocks up to 600 million years old! As a group, we walked on the beach, examining the different types of rocks and learning about how they formed. We learned about glaciation and how these large areas were once frozen in ice, which carried the rocks now found on South Australian coastlines.

The weather was warm and even though our legs were aching from all of the walking, everyone had a wonderful time.

Samantha Keough
Year 8 student

Back to top


Year 10 High Performance Put to the Test

W4 - High Performance

Last Wednesday, the Year 10 High Performance students travelled to the Samsung Smart School at UniSA’s Magill Campus to further develop their knowledge on ‘Energy Systems’ with the support of GPS units and heart rate monitors. The excursion allowed the girls to experience how the information captured by these tools can be used to analyse performances. They undertook a number of running and sprinting activities before taking part in some small-sided soccer games. They were able to compare the differences between each of these activities, and witness the changes in distance travelled, speed reached in different zones, and intensity levels (heart rate) as they fatigued. Receiving such detailed, personal data across these variables so quickly after the activity developed the girls’ understanding of the level that Science has reached to analyse performance.

Dan Searle
Head of PE, Health and Outdoor Education

Back to top


Journey Towards Reconciliation

W4 - RAP

On Wednesday, our School’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Ambassadors, Lucy Young, Letitia Page, Tara Young and I, attended a meeting at St John’s Grammar School to talk to their senior RAP Ambassador, Ruby. Our School’s Reconciliation Action Plan began at St Peter’s Girls in 2015; it has been offering an increasing number of reconciliation activities and events due to the involvement by student representatives. Through the meeting at St John’s, we learnt the importance of the RAP program being a student-led initiative driven by passion. This year, we aim to expand the influence of the reconciliation program across the entire Saints Girls’ community and get everyone involved. We hope to do this by incorporating student-produced Aboriginal art pieces into the School, facilitating the installation of the flagpoles for the Kaurna and other Aboriginal flags in the ELC, and by promoting events such as the Reconciliation Walk (26 May) and National Reconciliation Week (26 May – 3 June). If you would like to get involved in any aspects of reconciliation, please do not hesitate to contact one of the RAP Ambassadors mentioned above.

We are looking forward to you joining us on our journey towards reconciliation.

Hattie Maerschel
Year 11 student

Back to top


Old Scholar’s Path STEMs from IB Learnings

One of our outstanding IB Diploma graduates, Vienna Tran (Patteson ’14), has shared her experiences in the programme and her educational journey on the International Baccalaureate website. Currently, Vienna is studying medicine at the University of Adelaide.

W4 - Old Scholar IBHere’s an excerpt from her insightful article:

“When I tell people my academic story, I say that I ‘fell’ into my medical degree. This is because I knew that my heart was in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) and I would have studied astronomy, physics or engineering if I had my way. But I was curious as to how far I could get through the multi-step process of applying for medicine in Australia, and I wanted to keep my options open in a country whose job security in STEM was, to be frank, not looking very bright.

Fast forward to my first year of medicine, and I was already in the Dean’s office, asking him about the prospect of transferring to an Engineering degree. I was just not happy – especially compared to the other enthusiastic, cream-of-the-crop students, for whom medicine had been a lifelong dream. This exacerbated my social anxiety and destroyed my willingness to apply myself fully to my studies.

Now, in my fifth year, I feel only slightly more steadfast in my journey because I have discovered a way to push the norm. My aspirations lie in space medicine and my vision is to conduct research on human physiology in space while providing medical care for past, present and future astronauts. As a backup, I am interested in working in remote communities, expeditions and humanitarian pursuits. I have begun to paint the beginnings of my career with my own brush strokes.

Why did I come full circle, back to the STEM field in such a niche, obscure way? And why did I persist with medicine?

Because the variety, the broad curricula and the relentless rigour of the IB Diploma Programme confirmed to me, with reasonable confidence, that I was suited to both these disciplines. I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of IB Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics, which form an important part of STEM education. On top of that, the concepts of humanitarianism, social responsibility, global mindedness and critical thinking that I learnt from IB English, Geography and Japanese ignited a desire to help people from all walks of life, even if the study is arduous and never-ending. And I don’t think I would have learned these lessons any other way.”

To read more and leave a comment for Vienna, click here.

Back to top


Junior School Book Fair

W4 - JS Book Fair
Next week, we will have our annual visit by Scholastic Book Fair in the Junior Library. This pop-up bookshop event is a terrific opportunity for students to purchase books to take home. Girls will browse books in their Library lesson and formulate their wish list. Books and stationery will be for sale at the following times:

Before School
8.10 – 8.30am

Lunch
1.15 – 1.45pm

After School
3.30 – 4pm

The fair will run from Monday lunchtime to Friday lunchtime. All purchases will benefit our Library as Scholastic will donate books to our collection. We look forward to seeing you at the fair!

Helen Smith and the Year 6 Library Leaders

Back to top


Important Health Message

With the State in the grips of a flu crisis, we must reiterate an important health message to our community.

If your child is showing any signs of illness, please do not bring them to school. This includes if they have a temperature of 37.5 degrees and above, and/or if they’ve received medication such as paracetamol. This also extends to other ailments such as stomach aches and vomiting.

This is not only for your child’s comfort and recovery, but also to protect other children and our staff.

For more information regarding influenza, please click here.

Should you have any queries, please contact the Health Centre via 8155 5762 or healthcentre@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au. If your daughter will not be attending school due to illness, please notify us via one of the following methods:

Text: 0428 601 957 (save to phone contacts)
Email: attendance@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au
Phone: 8334 2200

Feel free to also include the Class/Home Group teacher when sending via email.

Back to top


Saints Girls Now on Instagram!

W1 Instagram Banner

The School is proud to launch our newest social media offering to celebrate our fantastic community.

We look forward to sharing exciting images and cutting-edge videos showcasing life at Saints Girls. Be a part of the action and follow us via @stpetersgirlsschool

Back to top


Seat of Encouragement – Style a Tile

W2 - Science

Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to make your mark on our new Science Centre.

Purchase and personalise a tile for our ‘Seat of Encouragement’ and leave a legacy for generations of Saints Girls. Many tiles also include inspiring quotes to further empower our girls.

Secure your tile via www.trybooking.com/BARQD.

If you require more information or have any constructive feedback to add value to achieving our collective goal, please contact Melissa Westgate via 8334 2244 or mwestgate@stpetergirls.sa.edu.au.

Back to top


125 Gala Ball

W8 - 125 Gala Ball

Our 125th anniversary Gala Ball is shaping up to be a spectacular evening.

Highlights will include a delicious three course meal, premium beverages and fantastic live entertainment by leading party band The Cast, as well as our own talented student performers.

When: 6.30pm, Saturday 19 October 2019
Venue: William Magarey Room, Adelaide Oval
Dress: Black Tie

Tickets: $150 per person; tables of 10

Book via www.trybooking.com/ZZGY or 8334 2225

Back to top


Become One of Our Saints

W5 - Our Saints

It is said that it takes a village to raise a child. Beyond parents or guardians are a host of people who are deeply connected to our girls. Saints Girls is encouraging these loved ones to join our newly-created community group, Our Saints. Our aim is to bring together those people special to our girls who want to participate in and know more about their education at St Peter’s Girls. This could include grandparents, aunts and uncles, Godparents, Old Scholars or friends of the family – anyone who takes an interest in the life and education of a Saints Girl.

Benefits include:
> Every edition of our biannual community magazine Saints Alive
> An invite to our Our Saints Annual Morning Tea
> Invites to other special functions throughout the year
> Members will also have opportunities to make classroom visits (ELC, Junior School and Middle School) to see their girls in action

If you or someone you know is interested in joining Our Saints, please fill out the form here.

Back to top


Entertainment Book

W7 - Entertainment Book

The St Peter’s Girls’ Parents’ and Friends’ Association is fundraising via Entertainment Book/Digital Membership.

Pre-order the NEW 2019 | 2020 Entertainment Membership and receive bonus offers you can use right away.

Purchase your membership here!

Back to top


Community Golf Day

W1 - Community Golf Day

St Peter’s Girls’ Community Golf Day will be held on Thursday 14 November.

Do you play golf, have a golf membership or are you interested in golf? We need your expertise and advice!

Please contact Melissa Westgate in the Community Relations office via mwestgate@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au or 8334 2244.

Back to top


Code Camp Winter Holidays: Early Bird Discount

W3 - Code Camp 2

Code Camp is returning to St Peter’s Girls these winter holidays. Girls and boys have lots of fun with friends while building important skills including logic, creativity, problem-solving, app and game development.

This camp is from Wednesday 10 July to Friday 12 July, and St Peter’s Girls will be hosting Spark, Web Hackers and Little Heroes.

Book now to take advantage of the $20 Early Bird Discount (automatically applied at check out when booking before 27 May 2019)!

Code Camp Flyer

Bookings can be made via www.codecamp.com.au/stpetersgirls

Back to top


School Shop Online

A reminder to parents that the School Shop has an online facility available for your convenience. To access this service, go to the myLink parent portal or click here.

You can select the products you need and check out with either your PayPal account or credit card. Orders are then sent through to the School Shop for processing on the next available working day.

You will receive an email when your order is ready for collection.

Back to top


New Director of Rowing

W4 - Rowing 2St Peter’s Girls is pleased to announce that Brynley Millward has been appointed Director of Rowing.

Brynley is already a familiar face at Saints Girls, having coached our 1st VIII to their best result at a Head of the River regatta earlier this year. He has been an Assistant Coach with the South Australian Sports Institute’s Rowing Program since 2017 and was Head Coach of the 2019 Pathway Squad State Team. He is also highly experienced working in schools, having acted as Head of Rowing at Walford, among other senior roles.

Brynley starts next week and we look forward to his leadership in propelling Saints Girls’ Rowing to even greater success.
 
 

Back to top


Sports News

W4 - Sport

ATHLETICS

Eastern Districts Little Athletics recently held their awards presentation where Lauren Disney (Year 3) was named U9-U11 Club Champion; she also claimed two Club records for 60m Hurdles and 100m. Amelia Lucas (Year 7) was named Club Champion in U13 as well as receiving the Most Improved Athlete award.

At the State Metropolitan Athletics Carnival, Amelia Lucas finished 6th in the 100m Final and helped her team finish 2nd in the 4x100m relay. Chloe Richardson (Year 5) won Silver in the 800m and Isla Fahey (Year 4) won bronze medals in the 800m and 1500m events.

BASKETBALL

Well done to Sophie Blight (Year 5) who played in the U12 Girls’ Reserves division in the Junior Basketball State Championships. Her team won all six matches and were announced the U12 Girls’ Reserves State Champions.

NETBALL

Congratulations to Sophie Ricciuto, Charlie Piper, Lilli Bennett and Mathilda Thomas (all Year 7) who have been selected to represent East Adelaide at the State Primary School Netball Championships from 17 – 20 June in Week 8. We wish all four girls the very best of luck.

AUSSIE RULES FOOTBALL

Open A – Saints 1.2-8 defeated by Scotch 7.8-50
Despite the score not being in our favour, the girls played a great match of footy. There was massive improvement from the previous game, highlighting the dedication amongst these players. The girls fought hard and never gave up. Special mention goes to the defence line who persevered throughout. In particular, Millie Wilkin took the lead in full-back and demonstrated some true footy talent. Anda Ceplite must also have a special mention for her hard work, laying some excellent tackles and strong kicks. The girls worked well together to produce a solid footy game and we hope to see further improvement in the next match. – Isabella Bernardi (Captain)

Middle B – Saints 1.1-7 defeated by Scotch 8.9-57
The team had a tough match against Scotch. They did play a much-improved game, exhibiting teamwork and good sportsmanship. The girls have improved their gameplay in weekly trainings and that was reflected on the field. Charlie Fishlock, our Captain, showed Scotch how it’s done. Her amazing tackles and marks wowed spectators and her teammates. Chloe Porter (Year 8) and Emily Bryce (Year 8) played amazingly well. Both girls had a good game with their accurate kicks, marks and athleticism in being able to run through the middle of the ground. Our goalscorer was Indya Dodd who took a strong mark close to goal and made no mistake with the set kick. – Emily Baldwinson (Year 9)

BADMINTON

No Games

HOCKEY

Open A – Saints 2 defeated by Scotch 5
The girls faced a very strong opposition. Although we had a lot of defensive play, we were able to create many scoring opportunities and converted 2 goals. The girls have improved immensely since our first game against Trinity, and the season ahead seems very exciting. Holly Cardone and Bridgette Leach played extremely well in the midfield and were vital players in connections from defence to our strikers. Congratulation to our two goal scorers, Amelie Eaton and Holly Cardone! Despite the result, Saints has a very promising year for hockey and we look forward to seeing the team progress. – Olivia Goldsmith (Captain)

Open B – Saints 3 defeated Scotch 0
The girls played a well-structured game resulting in another fantastic win. Imogen Nienaber scored 2 short corner goals and Tilly McCormack scored her first goal. The team’s defence was strong, making it difficult for Scotch to get beyond the halfway line which was very pleasing. – Will Stapleton (coach)

Year 5/6 – Saints 5 defeated Loreto 1
Friday’s game was the first for the Year 5/6 team. The girls started off slowly but began to play great team hockey in the second half, passing the ball into space and creating some good opportunities. Attacking hockey saw Winnie Vartuli score a hat-trick and Januri Wagaarachchi playing solidly in the back-line, finishing off with 2 goals of her own. – Jacob Evans (Coach)

Year 3/4 – Saints 8 defeated Seymour 0
The girls played very well for their first match together. All used strong basic skills practised at training including strength over the ball when tackling and accurate passing to other players. If we ensure the use of spare space for both ball and player movement, we will end up being a very well-rounded and strong team. Well done to the players who agreed to assist Seymour who were short of players to face Wilderness in a second match. – Carla Lawrence (Coach)

LACROSSE

Under 13 – Saints 14 defeated St Aloysius 1
The girls started off strongly in our first quarter, scoring 5 goals and consistently getting the ball out of the centre. This continued throughout the second quarter. At half-time, we started playing Mercy Rules as SAC had not scored a goal. We continued strongly even with the girls shooting goals left handed and passing three times before going to goal. The final score was 14 – 1 with SAC scoring in the last quarter. – Caitlyn Grayson (Captain)

Under 11 Blue – Saints 3 defeated by East Torrens/Payneham 7
The girls were all very eager to play Round 3 against ETP. Chelsea Francis (Year 3) was a great defender and moved around the goal in attack to a position where she could shoot hard. In attack, Lilly Meo (Year 3) did well at being the next pass and catching the ball. Ruby Kelly (Year 3) also moved well in attack and was our terrific goalie in the second half. Amelia Lively (Year 3) ran fast up the field and threw the ball long for the attackers to run onto. Matilda Birmingham (Year 3) did a great job at bending down and fighting for ground balls. Using her speed, Neela (Year 3) ran up and down the field, intercepting the ball several times. It was a great effort by all. Goal scorers were Ruby (1) and Amelia (2). Best players were Neela and Amelia. – Lucy Martin (Coach)

Under 11 White – Saints 2 defeated by St Dominic’s 4
This was a difficult game against St Dominic’s with the score being relatively close for the majority of the match. Excellent running and speed was shown by all members of the team, with our ability to move the ball quickly down to attack improving. We will need to practise sticking to our players with the one-on-one rule, shifting to defence and goal positioning. With the score being even until the final few minutes of the game, the team did a great job and tried their hardest when placed under pressure! Top players were Claris who scored 2 goals and Anvika Singh who did an excellent job in goals for the second week in a row! Looking forward to coaching the U11s for the next few weeks. – Sophie Auricht (Coach)

NETBALL

Years 7 – 12 – No Games

Year 6 Blue – Saints 13 defeated Pembroke Blue 9
The girls played a very fast moving second game against Pembroke Blue. The defence shone throughout as there were many intercepts and turnovers achieved by being in front of their players. The girls communicated well, and they have managed to play well while building good friendships together. I would like to congratulate all the girls on such a tremendous game, not only because of how they played but also because they pushed themselves out of their comfort zone and tried positions they weren’t as confident in. Two girls who shone were Winnie Vartuli, as she turned over many balls and shot well in GA, and Nellie Ion who was the star player; although she may be the smallest of the team, she held her own in defence, turned over countless balls, and pressured players, throwing them off their game. Well done girls on such an amazing second game. – Chloe Venning (Coach)

Year 6 White – Saints 4 defeated by Pembroke Green 13
The girls played a very good game, using skills learnt in training to improve. Even though they lost, with some improvements in shooting and passing, they will be fierce competitors in the future. Jerri Wu, Emily Bates, Olivia Reynolds and Charlotte Udall put up a very strong defence, getting intercepts and rebounds. Tina Xiao, Arabella W and Sophia Langley played a very fast game in the centre third. Savannah Walls, Grace Jones, Matilda Powell and Alyssa Piantedosi all played shooters, with some of the best shooting so far! Well done girls. – Sivanthi Sivasuthan

Year 5 Blue – Saints 1 defeated by Seymour White 6
The girls are really starting to play as a team, reading each other more effectively as the season is coming along. Our defensive pressure was again very good and our backline throw-ins were fluid. I would like to commend Jiahui Zhang on her performance. She listened to and demonstrated all of the instructions given to her by her coaching team during practice and the match. She took many intercepts and was vital in the backline set up. – Rebecca Scott-Toms (Coach)

SOCCER

Open A – Saints 0 drew with Mercedes 0
The team had a great game against Mercedes. Everyone played with such passion and enthusiasm, and we were exhausted by the end. The game was such an arm-wrestle and resulted in a draw. Lucy Benn and Adele Russell did an excellent job in goals, saving many great shots. We also had Anushka Rajbhoj and Emily Elston playing up in the As this week and they did a top job in fulfilling their roles. Millie Wilkin played left-back for the first time and did amazingly well, staying on her player and stopping the ball from being crossed into the box. Isabella Villani and Olivia Law had several terrific runs up front and some great attempts at goal. Our Coach, Dion, was very pleased with our efforts and our ability to implement the skills we’ve been working on in trainings. In the coming weeks, we will focus on our shooting and will continue to improve our skills! – Ellie Anderson (Captain)

Open B – Saints 0 defeated by Woodcroft 3
The Open Bs had a good game with all girls playing well, particularly as we were one player short. Stella Clark, Sara Peak and Amelie Eaton provided strong defence, with a single communications error leading to a Woodcroft goal. The score at half-time could easily have been more without the work of the girls in defence and some excellent saves from Matilda Braithwaite. Imogen Parkinson had an amazing run, going past several players but, unfortunately, the ball landed on the roof of the net after she tried to chip the goal keeper. An excellent individual goal from one of the Woodcroft girls in the second half made the score 0-2. Saints maintained strong pressure with several shots just drifting either side of the posts; Emily Downie and Louisa Reid were particularly unlucky after good build up play from Molly Bond and Michelle Rupert who began dominating midfield. Shooting practice next week girls. – Steve Benn (Coach)

Middle A – Saints 4 defeated Saints Middle B 0
Due to Seymour forfeiting, the Middle A and Middle B soccer teams played an internal match. The girls showed great improvements from their last game and have already started to demonstrate the skills and tactics we’ve been working on in training. Special mention to Apurva Ichalkaranje who was a valuable player for the team in both midfield and defence. Similarly, Lysiane Franchi worked tirelessly in the forward line and created many opportunities for the team to score. I am looking forward to the next match to see the girls improve again and to hopefully secure another win. – Dom Rigby (Coach)

Back to top