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eNews – Week 8, Term 4 2019

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From the Principal

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

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

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

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

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

Staffing News

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

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

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

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

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

Julia Shea
Principal

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Holy Night – Carols in the Cathedral

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

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

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Hats Off to our Newest Saints Girls

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

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

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

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A Message from the 2020 Deputy Head Prefect

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

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

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

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

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

Ellie Anderson
2020 Deputy Head Prefect

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Visual Arts Showcase Transforms New Space

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

Kirsten Mansfield
Art and Design Teacher

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Philosothon Success

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

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

Holly Wallman-Craddock
Year 10 student

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High Notes for Talented Violinist

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

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

Angel Li
Year 8 student

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Year 9 Graduation

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

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

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Year 6 Graduation

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

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

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

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IB Students Take on Teaching

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

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

Emily Gough and Carolyn Farr

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Holiday Opening/Closing Times

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Junior School Vacation Care

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

Vacation Care – December 2019 / January 2020 Program

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

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Acknowledgement Moves in New Direction

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

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

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

Lucy Young and Hattie Maerschel
RAP Ambassadors

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Top Results for Swimming Sisters

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

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

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

Congratulations, girls!

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Environment Club’s Blanket Support

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

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

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

Anna Stefopoulos
Environment Club Facilitator

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Chinese Video Award for Superb Speakers

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

Grace Le
Chinese Teacher

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Sky’s No Limit for Year 2 Kites

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

Kathryn Clark and Rebecca Greenhalgh
Year 2 Teachers

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Lively Reception for new Science Centre

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

Clare Gaskell and Roger Mills
Science Teachers

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Upcoming Event – Presentation Night

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

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OSHC Temporary Relocation

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

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

Beck Kranz
OSHC Supervisor

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Saints Girls’ Rowing Bingo Night

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

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

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

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

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

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Parent Year Level Representatives for 2020

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

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

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

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

Thank you in advance for your kind consideration.

Melissa Westgate
mwestgate@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au

Fiona McGregor
fmcgregor@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au

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School Shop Reminder – Year 3 Parents

Parents/Guardians of Current Year 3 Students:

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

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

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

School Shop

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Saints Girls’ Summer of Tennis 2019/20!

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

Dates
From December 16 onwards throughout the holidays

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

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

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

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Music Theatre Camp and Spotlight 2020 – ‘FOUND’

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

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

Saints Girls featuring in these performances are:

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

When
Spotlight
Sat 11 Jan – 5pm

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

Where
Westminster College Theatre, Marion

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

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The Athlete’s Foot – School Rewards Program

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

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

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

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

The Athlete’s Foot – School Rewards Program Information

Bronwyn Bartter
Parents’ and Friends’ Association President

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Sports News

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

ROWING

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TENNIS

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

Junior Division 2 – Saints had a bye

VOLLEYBALL

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

SPIRIT CUP

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

SPORTS AWARDS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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eNews – Week 7, Term 4 2019

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From the Assistant Director of Early Learning

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

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

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

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

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

Kirsty Porplycia
Assistant Director of Early Learning

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SaintsTV Rocks Red Carpet at ARIAs

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

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

Lucy Young and Soph Stewart
SaintsTV students

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2019 Saints’ Sporting Success

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

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

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

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

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

Neil Fuller
Director of Sport

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Back to the Futures – Market and Expo

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

Awards were given to the following groups:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Year 1 and 2 Performers Star at Nativity

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

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

Kathryn Clark
Year 2 Teacher

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New Chapter for Year 5s and their Buddies

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

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

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

Shelley Hampton
Year 5 Teacher

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Young Composers’ Award Concert

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

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

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

Robyn Habel
Music Teacher

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Meet Our New Board Members

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

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

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

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

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Upcoming Events

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

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

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Junior School Vacation Care

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

Vacation Care – December 2019 / January 2020 Program

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

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OSHC Temporary Relocation

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

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

Beck Kranz
OSHC Supervisor

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Parent Year Level Representatives for 2020

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

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

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

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

Thank you in advance for your kind consideration.

Melissa Westgate
mwestgate@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au

Fiona McGregor
fmcgregor@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au

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IT Hub Holiday Availability

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

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

IT Hub

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School Shop Reminder – Year 3 Parents

Parents/Guardians of Current Year 3 Students:

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

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

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

School Shop

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Charging for Charity – Cambodia Service Learning Trip

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

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

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The Athlete’s Foot – School Rewards Program

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

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

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

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

The Athlete’s Foot – School Rewards Program Information

Bronwyn Bartter
Parents’ and Friends’ Association President

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Sports News

AUSSIE RULES

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

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

TENNIS

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

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

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

TOUCH FOOTBALL

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

VOLLEYBALL

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

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

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

WATER POLO

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

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eNews – Week 6, Term 4 2019

Issue no. 36Enews-banner

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From the Director of Teaching and Learning

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

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

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

Nigel Scoggins
Director of Teaching and Learning

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Performing Arts on the EDGE

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

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

Kate Burnett
Head of The Arts

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Christmas Snow Show Melts Hearts

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

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

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A Message from the 2020 Music Prefect

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

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

Isabelle Norman
2020 Music Prefect

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Ethics Olympiad Champions

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

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

Emily Teague
Year 9 student

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Volleyballers Dig Deep for Glory

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Middle As defeat Immanuel 2-1

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

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

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

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

Victoria Neale
Volleyball Coach

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Minister Honours Inspirational Saints Girls

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

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

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

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

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Saints Girls Learn the Art of Giving

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

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

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

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

Lara Wakeham
Year 10 student

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Wave of Knowledge for Year 5s

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

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

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

Olivia Coulter, Shelley Hampton and Sarah Mulraney
Year 5 Teachers

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Foundation Community Golf Day

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

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

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

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

Melissa Westgate
Foundation Manager

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Bushfire Action Plan

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

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

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

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IT Hub Holiday Availability

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

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

IT Hub

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Gingerbread Challenge Spices Up

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

Jenni Manson and the Year 10 World of Food class

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Geography Students Sample Food Forest

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

Lucy Moten
Year 9 Geography student

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Parents’ and Friends’ Association AGM

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

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

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

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

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

Bronwyn Bartter
President of the Parents’ and Friends’ Association

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Junior School Vacation Care

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

Vacation Care – December 2019 / January 2020 Program

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

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OSHC Temporary Relocation

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

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

Beck Kranz
OSHC Supervisor

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Year Level Representatives for 2020

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

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

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

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

Thank you in advance for your kind consideration.

Melissa Westgate
mwestgate@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au

Fiona McGregor
FMcGregor@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au

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School Shop Reminder – Year 3 Parents

Parents/Guardians of Current Year 3 Students:

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

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

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

School Shop

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Charging for Charity – Cambodia Service Learning Trip

W10 - Fundraising

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

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

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The Athlete’s Foot – School Rewards Program

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

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

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

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

The Athlete’s Foot – School Rewards Program Information

Bronwyn Bartter
Parents’ and Friends’ Association President

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Sports News

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AUSSIE RULES

Cancelled due to weather

BASKETBALL

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

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

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

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

ROWING

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

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

    RESULTS SUMMARY

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

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

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

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

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

TENNIS

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

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

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

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

Division 4 – Saints had a bye

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

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

TOUCH FOOTBALL

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

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

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

Middle A – Saints did not play

VOLLEYBALL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WATER POLO

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

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

Open C – Saints had a bye

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

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eNews – Week 5, Term 4 2019

Issue no. 35Enews-banner

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From the Head of Junior School

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

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

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

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

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

Suzanne Haddy
Head of Junior School

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School Song Pride

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

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

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

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PE Week Flexes its Muscles

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

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

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

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

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

Dan Searle
Head of PE, Health and Outdoor Education

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Young Composers Find Winning Notes

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

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

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

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

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

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

Robyn Habel
Music Teacher

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Year 1 Connections Talk About Their Generation

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

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

Liz Sandercock and Michelle Liddy
Year 1 Teachers

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Junior School Vacation Care

W5 - Vacation Care

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

Vacation Care – December 2019 / January 2020 Program

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

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OSHC Temporary Relocation

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

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

Beck Kranz
OSHC Supervisor

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PE Excursion Proves a Hit

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rebecca Riley
Year 4 Teacher

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Cambodia Service Learning Trip

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

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

Matilda Braithwaite
Year 11 student

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Year Level Representatives for 2020

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

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

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

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

Thank you in advance for your kind consideration.

Melissa Westgate
mwestgate@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au

Fiona McGregor
FMcGregor@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au

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School Shop Reminder – Year 3 Parents

Parents/Guardians of Current Year 3 Students:

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

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

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

School Shop

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Barefoot Bowling

Friends of Rowing - Barefoot Bowling

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

Sunday 1 December 2019
3pm onwards
Sturt Bowling Club

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

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

Bookings close 9am Friday 29 November.

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Charging for Charity – Cambodia Service Learning Trip

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

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

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The Athlete’s Foot – School Rewards Program

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

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

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

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

The Athlete’s Foot – School Rewards Program Information

Bronwyn Bartter
Parents’ and Friends’ Association President

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Sports News

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AUSSIE RULES

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

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

BASKETBALL

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

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

TENNIS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TOUCH FOOTBALL

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

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

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

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

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

VOLLEYBALL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WATER POLO

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

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

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

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

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eNews – Week 4, Term 4 2019

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From the Deputy Principal / Head of Middle School

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

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

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

Richard Lisle
Deputy Principal / Head of Middle School

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EDGE Day

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

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

Becca Burton-Howard
EDGE Coordinator

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A Message from the Head Prefect 2020

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

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

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

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

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

Isabella Bernardi
Head Prefect 2020

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National Award for Music Education

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

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

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

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

Sari Noble
Music Teacher

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Primary Maths Challenge Success!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Catherine Kelly
Junior School Learning Strategies

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Winning Words for Saints Girl

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

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

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

Emma Pool
Year 8 student

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Pawsitively Fun Lesson for SACE Stage 1 Biology

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

Christopher Carey
Science Teacher

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OSHC Temporary Relocation

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

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

Beck Kranz
OSHC Supervisor

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Year Level Representatives for 2020

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

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

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

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

Thank you in advance for your kind consideration.

Melissa Westgate
mwestgate@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au

Fiona McGregor
FMcGregor@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au

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Year 6 Buddies Explore the Golden Rule

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

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Guitar Ensemble Rocks the ELC!

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

Robyn Habel
Music Teacher

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SciWorld Visits our Mid-Year Receptions

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

Sarah Lane
Mid-Year Reception Teacher

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Japanese Exchange

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

Hannah Shao
Year 11 student

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Year 1 Stay Back

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

Liz Sandercock and Michelle Liddy
Year 1 Teachers

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Year 9s Get Creative for Animal Awareness

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

Amelie Gray-Combe
Year 9 student

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School Shop Reminder – Year 3 Parents

Parents/Guardians of Current Year 3 Students

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

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

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

School Shop

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Barefoot Bowling

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

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

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

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

Bookings close 9am Friday 29 November.

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National Recycling Week

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

The Environment Club

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The Athletes Foot – School Rewards Program

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

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

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

Please check with your school’s uniform policy to ensure shoes are approved before purchasing.

The Athletes Foot – School Rewards Program Information

Bronwyn Bartter
President
Parents’ and Friends’ Association

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Charging for Charity – Cambodia Service Learning Trip

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

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

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Sports News

AUSSIE RULES

Year 5-6 Blue – Saints defeated by St Ignatius
The girls again showed great determination with their skills constantly improving. A couple of girls had injuries, resulting in us playing short of players, making the task more difficult against a structured team. Our defensive pressure was good with Emily Bates and Savannah Walls. Coco Dimond and Nellie Ion continue to improve and Lucy Tulloch and Lucy Kitching both had great games up forward. – Millie Gentle (Coach)

Year 5-6 White – Saints 1.0-6 defeated by Wilderness 6.6-36
The match started very tight with the ball going up and down the field with no scores as of yet. Wilderness got a few quick scores at the end of the first quarter to put them in the lead, however, Levanya kicked a goal at the end of the quarter to even up the scores. At quarter time, I gave the team a goal to stick their tackles and put defensive pressure on Wilderness. Throughout the second quarter we saw some great tackles from all girls out on the field and some that stopped certain goals. Our defensive pressure was the best that it had been all season, with all girls tackling, smothering the ball and doing 1-on-1 defence. In the forward lines, Kate Thomas, Pollyanna Townsend and Valerie Ng all had opportunities to kick goals, however, the Wilderness defence proved to be too strong. – Lane Trenorden (Coach)

BASKETBALL

Middle A – Saints 12 defeated by Wilderness 52
It was our last game for the term and the girls played hard against a very good and tall team. Transition was good but we just could not finish off the good shots we did take. A special mention to Sophie Norman who was outstanding at the defensive end and would have had at least 15 blocks. With most of the team moving up to Open next year, I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their efforts this year. It was greatly appreciated. – Brenton Davies (Coach)

Middle B – Saints 8 defeated by Wilderness 52
A tough game against an extremely tall team. Our effort levels were good but we struggled to shoot over them, and they scored easily at the end due to their height. Once again Helen played a great game and her ball handling was outstanding. I would like to thank the girls for their efforts this year. – Brenton Davies (Coach)

Middle C1 – Saints 16 defeated by Concordia Gold 24
Saints were missing quite a few players, but those who played, played their hearts out, showing even more improvement in all areas of the game! Emily McCorley top scored this week with 10 points, followed by Bella Sanders-Wills with 4. Saffron Chen also scored her first bucket! We played some really good basketball and kept the score close for most of the game. – Sharnee Jones (Coach)

Middle C2 – Saints 12 defeated by Concordia Blue 44
There was an exciting start to the game with Rosanna Stone sinking the first basket and taking Concordia by surprise. Monica Isaac also got more involved in offense this week by getting her first ever basket. The Sanders-Wills sisters (Bella and Hope) were our two leading goal scorers, but could not have done it without the consistent support from teammates working hard to create these scoring opportunities. Concordia is a strong team to face but the girls’ energy and enthusiasm to strive for their best is inspiring, and resulted in a lot of fun had by all despite what the scoreboard says. Very proud of them all! – Louise Neale (Coach)

TENNIS

The Open A girls played another tough match against Seymour College, losing 5-1 in very windy conditions. I want to congratulate each girl for their exemplary sportsmanship, both on and off the court. All players improved on their scores from the last match against Seymour, showing lots of promise for 2020.

The Open B players played an extremely close match against Scotch College, only narrowly being defeated on games. All girls played well and demonstrated amazing team spirit. Everyone played well, tried hard and had fun at the same time. Well done!

I am so proud of all the girls, with the As finishing fourth overall and the Bs finishing eighth overall. Good luck to all players on Saturday and I am looking forward to seeing everyone back in the Tennis Program in 2020! – Annabel Baldwinson (Captain)

Premier League – Saints 1-16 defeated by Seymour 5-30
Singles: Ruby Deakin 2-6, Annabel Baldwinson 2-6, Maiya Jakupec 6-0 (forfeit), Emily Loh 1-6

Premier Reserves – Saints 3-24 defeated by Scotch 29
Singles: Charlotte Staples 6-5, Imogen Nienaber 2-6, Georgia Mallick 1-6, Tahlia Louca 6-3

Junior Division 1 – Saints 4-25 defeated Seymour 2-20
Singles: Sophie Blight 2-4, Nicole Wang 4-0, Alison Francis 3-4, Chloe Richardson 4-3

Junior Division 2 – Saints 5-24 defeated Pulteney 1-11
Singles: Alexandra Nguyen 4-2, Jerrie Wu 4-0, Shirley Liu 4-0, Charlotte Thorpe 0-4

Junior Division 3 – Saints 4-20 defeated Seymour Blue 2-14
Singles: Lily Forby 4-1, Abbie An 4-1, Freya Hermann 0-4

TOUCH FOOTBALL

Open A – Saints 5 defeated Pembroke 4
What an outstanding win! Saints Girls defeated Pembroke, one of the top three teams in the ‘A’ Division. The team played with absolute enthusiasm and determination, with every girl playing their part. At the beginning of the second half, we were 4-2 down. Yet with strong communication and lifted spirits, the girls were able to perform as a united team, winning by one. Goal scorers were Ehi Oyugbo, Eve Habel, Olivia Goldsmith and Hannah Freeman. This game has proven Saints Girls are a force to be reckoned with. – Hannah Freeman (Captain)

Open B – Saints 4 drew with Wilderness 4
The Bs played a great game on Saturday against Wilderness, and were very strong in defence. It was clear the skills we have been working on in trainings were used during the game, which was really good to see. We were able to see areas we can improve on in future games, but also got to see the areas where we have improved on from our previous game. – Amelie Eaton

Open C – Saints 3 defeated by Gleeson 4
Gleeson were strong competition. We had a good show of sportsmanship, with some of our players playing for the opposing team due to them being short of players who were stuck in traffic. In the first half we presented a strong attack, with Kellie Bested scoring a try and Olivia Kelly scoring two. In the second half, however, our defence weakened which created gaps and opportunities for the opposition to gain momentum. This led to tries being scored as gaps opened up. Looking forward to future games, we need to work on consistently hitting the ball at pace and depth to create momentum and space. Defensively we will focus on running to them to shut down their attackers. – Becca Burton-Howard (Coach)

Middle A – Saints 1 drew with Pembroke 1
Last Saturday the Saints Middle A team played Pembroke in a particularly wet match. All girls played well with the wet conditions, and Lady Murphy made the first try for Saints early in the first half. The girls went on to maintain a strong defence against Pembroke only let them score one try. After half time the rain bucketed down, yet the girls held strong. Not too far into the second half the match was called off due to the rain. Outstanding effort by all girls. Final scored ended in a tie with one each way. – Isobel Yelland and Madison Liddy

Middle B – Saints 3 drew with St Ignatius 3
During Saturday’s game we played St Ignatius and tied 3-3. Our tries were scored by Amy Dillon, who scored 1, and Jasmine Segredos, who scored 2. Our tries were scored by a quick run down the wing. During the match we put everything from training into the game including quickies and switches which we have definitely improved on. Our rucking was also really good and Charlie Piper did some particularly good rucking which helped us move up the field. Our communication during the game was fantastic especially Scarlett Dillon who was instructing the team well and incredibly loudly. This week, our defence was perfect, and in the first half the other team didn’t score any tries. The girls all played really well and we will continue working on our skills during this weeks training. – Scarlett Dillon

VOLLEYBALL

Year 5-6 Blue – Saints 2 defeated Seymour Pink 1
Saints played in a close game but managed to come out victorious, winning 2 of the 3 sets. All the girls did such a great job, their serving winning us the game. – Ava Loechel (Coach)

Year 5-6 Silver – Saints 3 defeated Seymour White 0
The team played really well and are already showing great improvement. Annabel Keough played really well and Ellie Tosolini’s serving improved a lot from last week. – Georgina Keough and Anna White

Year 5-6 Black – Saints 0 defeated by Seymour Green 3
St Peter’s Girls’ Black hurriedly came together to make a fourth team and although they went down (16-25, 14-25 and 13-25), they all played to the best of their abilities. Bettina served particularly well and Abiola called clearly. Keira successfully returned a couple of tricky serves and Ruby’s movement towards the ball greatly improved. – Kim Butler-Nixon (Staff Supervisor)

WATER POLO

Open A – Saints 13 defeated Wilderness 7
The A’s had a triumphant win against Wilderness with a margin of 6 goals. The girls managed to control their many attacks to maintain a constant winning streak throughout each quarter. Best player went to Nicolette Miller and Lara Wakeham. Nicolette had many successful shots on goals and was a constant force to be reckoned with in attack. Lara was constantly available in attack, and showed her ability to outswim anyone many times, allowing her to have multiple shots at goal. Keep it up girls! – Fiona Lethbridge (Captain)

Open B – Saints 11 defeated Mercedes 6
The girls played a strong game against Mercedes, winning by 5 goals. The B’s dominated in both attack and defence, and maintained a strong lead throughout the game, with Mercedes scoring only two goals each for the last three quarters. Best players were Sophie Dansie and Georgina Wakeham. Sophie always made herself available for her team in attack and provided support in every opportunity she got. Georgina was a key player in attack, leading her to have multiple goals. Overall a good effort girls! – Fiona Lethbridge (Captain)

Open C – Saints 5 defeated by Wilderness 8
The girls had an amazing game, winning the first two quarters; 1–0 and 3–2. While the girls unfortunately lost the game, they played a brilliant game and showed their skills. Best players were Ashlyn May and Lila Gosse. Ashlyn was constantly determined and showed resilience throughout her time in both goals and on field, where she became a key person in offence. Lila played a persistent game where she supported her team by always being there in both offence and defence. Keep up the amazing work girls! – Fiona Lethbridge (Captain)

Year 7-8 – Saints 0 defeated by Pembroke 19
Last Thursday the Year 7/8 girls played a very challenging game against Pembroke. Despite the loss, they never gave up. After each break, the girls listened to my advice and tried their hardest to improve. Each quarter the girls improved, meaning they were able to keep Pembroke to only 2 goals in the last quarter and were able to get many shots themselves. I am very proud of the girls efforts and look forward to this week. – Gemma Rowe (Coach)

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eNews – Week 3, Term 4 2019

Issue no. 33Enews-banner

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From the Director of Teaching and Learning

N Scoggins - webExams can be a stressful time for students and parents, but this does not have to be the case. Here are some last-minute tips that may come in handy over the next few weeks:

• Students should plan to get to their exams early; this minimises the risk of rushing and accounts for any unforeseen delays or last-minute crises

• The brain needs some time to wake up in the morning, so having a shower and some breakfast is a good routine for students on exam mornings

• Before the exam, it is a good idea for the students to do a final check of the exam format – time, sections, whether there is a choice of questions etc. This can be done at the start of the exam itself, but there shouldn’t be any shocks or confusion at this point; the students should already be fully aware of what they are required to do

• Students should double-check that they have all of the equipment they need for the day, especially ‘one-off’ things like their Mathematics ‘note sheets’

• Getting a good night’s sleep before an exam is critical, so a normal bedtime is better than late-night cramming

• Some nervousness before an exam is normal, and there is evidence that a ‘healthy’ amount of nerves and the adrenalin produced by them can help the brain cope with the effort required in exams. Too much anxiety is counter-productive, and can be managed by taking some deep breaths and by ‘training the brain’ to use some perspective and to focus on more positive thoughts

• Students need to keep hydrated in exams, so check that your daughter has a full water bottle and remembers to drink from it!

• It is common at the start of an exam for students to feel as though they have forgotten everything. This is not the case! If they have revised effectively then it will all come back to them during the exam. Remind them of this

• Students often feel that they need to race straight into answering questions in their exams. Instead, they should take a few deep breaths, try to relax, read through the instructions and questions carefully, and then begin in a more calm, controlled and strategic manner

• Checking through answers at the end of an exam is time well spent, and evidence suggests that it can make a significant difference to the overall score/grade

• Your child is likely to get at least a little stressed at some point during their exams. Don’t rise to the bait when limits are pushed – untidy bedrooms and other issues can be revisited when the exams are over

• If you know of any strategies that help your daughters to stay calm, remind them before their exams. Tell them often that you love them, and wish them luck!

Nigel Scoggins
Director of Teaching and Learning

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World-Class Rower Returns to Saints Girls

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Saints Girls recently welcomed back Old Scholar Olympia Aldersey (Kennion 2011) to the School for a visit. Olympia won a Gold medal in the Women’s Four event at the 2019 World Rowing Championships in Austria, and is currently working towards her goal of competing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Rowers Molly Bond (Year 10) and Hannah Keough (Year 11) interviewed Olympia, who shared some valuable advice for our rowers and spoke about how she began rowing, how to overcome challenges while working towards a goal, and how it felt to win gold. Take a look at the interview highlights in this video:

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Open B Basketball’s Winning Season

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Congratulations to our Open B Basketball team for claiming the IGSSA B Grade pennant with a well-earned victory over Immanuel College.

“The girls had an amazing season with new coach Sarah Turnbull, winning most of our games easily, and faced only a few tough matches. After many seasons of only winning one or two games the new team worked well together and ultimately came away with the pennant after a tough and well-played game. Sarah Turnbull provided a great atmosphere in her first season as our coach, and worked with the players at training to develop skills and plays that allowed us to work together more and become more successful. The girls have grown immensely from their first game together and I couldn’t be more proud. The team was almost completely full of girls that were new to the team and some who were new to basketball. The girls all worked well together and the scoring was distributed across the whole team. Hopefully the team will continue their success with a very young team which included two Middle School players.”

Sarah Matheson (Year 12) and Emma Matheson (Year 11)

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Staff Dance 2019

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It’s one of the biggest highlights of the Celebration Day Assembly, and yet again, the audience enjoyed the dancing skills of our wonderful staff in their parting gift to our Year 12 students.

Many of our staff sweated through lunchtime and after school rehearsals in an attempt to replicate the slick moves from the Year 12 Choral Night dances.

If you didn’t catch the show live, then you’re in luck, as we’ve compiled a short snapshot of the dance in all its glory:

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Year 3 Coastal Camp Adventures

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Sand, sun, penguins, tribal teams, cuddling koalas and ‘Survivor’ challenges – these are just some of the highlights from Year 3 camp to Adare, Victor Harbor in Week 2!

We were lucky to have gorgeous warm weather and spent our days competing in water obstacles, beach activities and ‘Survivor’ challenges to earn tribal points and build our communication and teamwork skills.

Congratulations to The Crumpets (Selwyn) for their overall win! On our visit to Granite Island we were fortunate to see penguins, hear their squawks and see two fluffy chicks. Before heading home, battling the change in weather and crazy wind, we visited Urimbirra Wildlife Park where we patted koalas and fed lots of hungry kangaroos and wallabies.

Lizzy Mitchell and Mark Routley
Year 3 Teachers

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Farm Fun for Year 2 Campers

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Thursday morning was filled with the sound of excited Year 2 campers as they raced to school eager for their Narnu Farm experience as part of the ‘where we are in place and time’ unit of inquiry. This camp is the first of many amazing camp and outdoor opportunities at Saints Girls which allow our girls to develop independence, deepen friendships and engage in authentic learning experiences outside the classroom.

After waving parents goodbye, the Year 2 girls boarded the bus, ready for the adventure to begin. The first stop was Strathalbyn Playground and then onto Narnu Farm! Within minutes the girls were unpacked and they were ‘sun-safe’ ready for hand-ploughing, feeding the farm animals, and horse-riding! The girls were almost as entranced as Kit Kat (the resident cat), was with the eggs-periments and chicken hatchery. The fresh air made everyone very hungry and very sleepy. The girls were so excited to snuggle down inside their sleeping bags after their big day. The following morning was filled with the promise of a vintage truck ride on Elsie, a wilderness survival course and making butter!

This incredible camp has left our girls with many amazing memories and a treasure trove of new experiences and skills to feel incredibly proud of.

Kathryn Clark and Rebecca Greenhalgh
Year 2 Teachers

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Saints Girls in the Mix!

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In Year 11 Music this term the girls are studying music technology and composition. The class has been exploring recording and production techniques using GarageBand audio software.

The girls have composed their own songs, or instrumental pieces, and recorded their compositions using MIDI instruments, loops and USB microphone techniques. Once their parts are recorded the girls will learn to mix and produce the tracks using a variety of effects and production techniques. The final result will be a fully produced song…..Spotify here we come!

Robyn Habel
Music Teacher

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Visit Our New Science Centre

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With our new Science Centre now open for business, we welcome community members to join us for a tour of this transformational facility.

Featuring three purpose-built laboratories for Biology, Chemistry and Physics, four general labs, an expanded Visual Arts space and a new Junior School Art hub, the Science Centre will take teaching and learning to new heights.

Tour Dates
Monday 4 November 4 – 4.30pm
Tuesday 5 November 7.45 – 8.15am

If you would like to attend, please meet by the Junior School playground behind the Science Centre.

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Barefoot Bowling

Friends of Rowing - Barefoot Bowling

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

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

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

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

Bookings close 9am Friday 29 November.

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National Recycling Week

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

The Environment Club

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The Athletes Foot – School Rewards Program

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

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

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

Please check with your school’s uniform policy to ensure shoes are approved before purchasing.

The Athletes Foot – School Rewards Program Information

Bronwyn Bartter
President
Parents’ and Friends’ Association

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Charging for Charity – Cambodia Service Learning Trip

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

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

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Community Golf Day

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Don’t miss out on our upcoming Community Golf Day on Thursday 14 November. Individual players or teams of 4 are welcome.

It’s shaping up to be a fantastic day!

Register now: www.trybooking.com/ZZHE

If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Westgate via 0407 394 183 or email mwestgate@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au

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Sports News

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ATHLETICS

Congratulations to the following girls who competed in the South Australian All-Schools Championships:

Holly Cardone (Year 11) – Under 18 High Jump (Silver), Long Jump (6th), 100m (8th)
Keely Fahey (Year 11) – Under 18 100m Hurdles (Bronze), High Jump (5th), Pole Vault (Gold)
Olivia Kelly (Year 11) – Under 16 100m (14th), 200m (12th), High Jump (Bronze), Shot Put (8th)
Sophie Barr (Year 11) – Under 18 Discus (Gold), Hammer (Bronze), Shot Put (Bronze)
Lady Murphy (Year 8) – Under 14 80m Hurdles (4th)

GYMNASTICS

GymnasticsCongratulations to Year 3 student Maisy Ion who came third overall in the State gymnastics competition for Under 9. She received a Bronze for beam, floor and vault and placed third overall.

AUSSIE RULES

Year 5-6 White – Saints 0.6-6 defeated by Loreto 8.5-53
The Year 5/6 White football team played against Loreto in another hot Wednesday night at Park 17. Due to Loreto only having 10 girls, we played 9-a-side for the match which was excellent considering the hot temperatures. The girls got off to a slow start with Loreto kicking multiple goals early in the game, however, Saints picked it up in the last half where the ball stayed in our forward half for the majority of the game. Although no goals were scored for Saints, Olivia Ng and Januri Wagaarachchi both had great marks, to then have set shots for goals which only just missed. In defence, we had some great pressure from Lyra Cox, Levanya De Silva and Sophia Holoviak who made some awesome tackles to stop certain goals. Well done to all the girls in what was a tough match! – Lane Trenorden (Coach)

BASKETBALL

Open A – Saints 31 defeated Immanuel 26
The girls had an amazing last game taking out the IGSSA B Grade basketball pennant. Ashlyn May had an amazing offensive game scoring 13 of our 31 points and Emma Matheson played amazing defence. Sivanthi fitted well into the team and Paris, Millie, Indya and Bella all played extremely well, each scoring when they had the opportunity. The girls played well in attack and played strong hard defence. Overall a good game and a good way to end the season. – Sarah Matheson (Captain)

Middle A – Saints had a bye

Middle B – Saints had a bye

Middle C1 – Saints 33 defeated Pembroke 21
The girls played an amazing game this week to defeat Pembroke! They are beginning to bond well as a team and this is evident as they use each other’s strengths on the court. The scores were very close during the first half. We were behind at half time but the girls fought hard and created a very exciting second half to take the game. Lilli Bennett was the top scorer again this week with a total of 16 points, followed by Emily McCorley with 10 points, Bella Sanders-Wills with 6 points and Alyssa Trinh sinking her first basket as well. Fantastic effort by all! – Louise Neale (coach)

Middle C2 – Saints 2 defeated by Pembroke 33
The girls showed substantial improvements from last week and are all starting to get really involved in the game. Monica Isaac is finding great space in offense and Tiffany Wang and Yitong Chen have improved their defensive pressure significantly. Despite our best efforts we were beaten by a more experienced team, but the girls’ spirits remain high as they are eager to continue improving each week. – Louise Neale (Coach)

TENNIS

Year 8/9 Knockout
Saints’ team played in the second round of the knockout competition and faced a very difficult first opponent in Adelaide High School unfortunately going down 5-1. The team of Ruby Deakin, Maiya Jakupec, Imogen Nienaber and Charlotte Staples then rebounded with a strong performance to defeat Gleeson College 6-0. Unfortunately Adelaide High School also defeated Gleeson to proceed to the State Finals.

The Open A and B teams played a tough match against Pembroke, with the Open A girls losing 6-0 and the Open B girls losing 4-2. All girls tried extremely hard but faced formidable opponents. The overall scores do not reflect the hard-fought points and the determination of all the girls. All players gave Monday night their best efforts and never gave up. I look forward to next Monday’s match where the girls will play finals, with the Open As playing for third place and the Open B girls playing for seventh place. – Annabel Baldwinson (Captain)

Premier League – Saints 0-7 defeated by Pembroke 6-36
Singles: Ruby Deakin 2-6, Annabel Baldwinson 0-6, Maiya Jakupec 1-6, Emily Loh 2-6

Premier Reserves – Saints 2-17 defeated by Seymour 4-24
Singles: Imogen Nienaber 0-6, Charlotte Staples 2-6, Georgia Mallick 2-6

Division 1 – Saints 5-33 defeated Scotch 1-11
Singles: Ella Dnistriansky 3-6, Grace Beaumont 2-6, Adele Eaton 6-0 (forfeit), Bridgette Leach 6-0 (forfeit)

Division 2 – Saints 3-23 defeated Scotch 3-22
Singles: Ariel Spartalis 1-6, Sophie Abbott 0-6, Eva Young 6-2, Astrid Teague 6-2

Division 3 Blue – Saints 5-32 defeated Scotch 1-16
Singles: Lilly Alexander 2-6, Stella Clark 6-2, Victoria Thorp 6-0, Helen Zhang 6-2

Division 3 White – Saints did not play

Division 4 – Saints 2-25 defeated by Saints 4-30
Singles: Gloria Zou 6-1, Nathara Perera 3-6, Tara Nedumaran 6-5, Lydia Tolley 3-6

Junior Division 1 – cancelled due to rain

Junior Division 2 – cancelled due to rain

Junior Division 3 – cancelled due to rain

TOUCH FOOTBALL

Open A – Saints 0 defeated by Marryatville 5
Marryatville is a well-respected team and is considered one of the top teams in the school competition. However, Saints Girls were persistent and performed strongly in defence creating many turnovers. In the first half, the girls defended the ball enthusiastically with Marryatville only scoring two tries. The girls put in play strategies and set plays that were learnt during training. All the girls tried their hardest and kept their heads up with support from one another. I was really impressed with the game and the cohesion of the team. – Hannah Freeman (Captain)

Open B – Saints 3 defeated St Ignatius 0
In an impressive game against St Ignatius, the girls were able to come away with a confident win. All players worked together and created a strong rucking front that allowed us to quickly move the ball down to our tri-line. It was great to see the set plays that we have been working on in training allow Poppie Goldsmith to score 2 tries and Maggie Bailey to score 1. Overall the game was a great success and the development of skills such as defence will be focused on in upcoming trainings. – Maggie Bailey

Open C – Saints 4 defeated Wilderness 1
This week the Open Cs played a really good game. The team won with Aroha Munroe, Adele Russell, Kellie Bested and Lucy Benn scoring. The team’s strengths were defence, not allowing the other team to gain much ground and making sure that everyone was back on side. There was also some great rucking which allowed us to gain a lot of ground quickly. Overall, the team played a really strong game and it looks like it will be a good season. – Sophie Johnson

Middle A – Saints 6 defeated Marryatville 0
This week, the Middle As played an excellent game against Marryatville. The team improved from last week, with better speed in the attack and more communication and techniques in the defence. The scorers were Charlie Piper (1), Lauren Parton (2), Ellie Humphrey (1), Grace Richards (1) and Maddy Liddy (1), but a huge congratulations to the whole team for the improvement on last week. Great job team! – Maddy Liddy

Middle B – Saints 2 defeated St Michael’s 1
The Middle Bs played a great game against St Michael’s. For the first half our defence was really strong, and we stopped any attempt of tries that came out way. Going into the second half, Jasmine Segredos succeeded with a great run down the field to score a great tri. After they scored a Try on us, Apurva Ichalkaranje scored a great tri just getting through. The final score was 2-1. The girls played a great game in attack and defence. Next week we will be working on communication out on the field. – Mathilda Thomas

VOLLEYBALL

Open A – Saints 3 defeated Seymour 0 (26-14, 25-12, 15-8)
Seymour put up strong competition in set one and our girls had to be patient, play their own controlled game and trust in themselves and each other for the set to begin to go their way as it did in the final few points 26:24. Following set one, Open A played with more confidence, better tracking of the ball to make strong net defence and took the remaining sets convincingly 25:12, 15:8. MVP Ankita Rajbhoj. – Vicki Dent (Supervisor)

Open B – Saints 3 defeated Seymour 0
Seymour unfortunately had only 4 players, and had to play a forfeit game enlisting a few of their A-team players to provide our girls with a game that really tested their skills. Moving forward, the Open B team aims to work on pushing free balls deeper across the net away from opposition spiking returns. MVP was Tilly McCormack for good consistency in her passes and strong net play. Open B won by forfeit ….but points in the scratch match were 13:25, 25:22, 12:15. – Vicki Dent (Supervisor)

Open C – Saints 1 defeated by Seymour 2
The Open Cs has a strong start to the game with Sophie Norman’s strong serving winning us the first set confidently. Unfortunately, we dropped off in the second set, letting the opposition fight back. As a result, there was a lot of pressure going into the final set and sadly, despite a large effort from all the girls, we were not able to come away with the win. – Victoria Neale (Coach)

Middle A – Saints 3 defeated Seymour 0
The Middle As had another great win this week, maintaining their undefeated status for the year with only one game remaining. The girls remained composed throughout the whole game and continued to put the opposition under pressure. Sivanthi Sivasuthan had a great game, throwing her body at every ball in an effort to keep it off the ground. – Victoria Neale

Middle B – Saints 3 defeated Seymour 0
The girls started strong with acting captain Gracie Ganzis leading the girls in a Saints chant. The energy and enthusiasm stayed high throughout the three sets. Ruby Adams is to be commended on her fantastic serve, with Eliza Monaghan calling and moving to all the right spots. Great job all round. – Alana Glapa (Coach)

Middle C – Saints 3 defeated Seymour 0
The game still went ahead, despite Seymour not having enough players, with Lilli Bennett leading the team as Captain. All girls are to be commended on their skills on court with Kathy landing excellent serves while Drishti and Aveeshkha were not afraid to hit with a powerful dig! Job well done girls. – Alana Glapa (Coach)

WATER POLO

Open A – Saints 5 defeated Seymour 2
The girls had a tough game against Seymour, eventually securing the win by an advantage of 3 goals. The team worked hard to limit the attacks by the strong opposition players, maintaining a strong defence-based game. Best players were Saskia Jonats and Lara Wakeham. Saskia was an absolute powerhouse in goals, stopping almost every goal that came anywhere near her and managed to fend off a few lone attackers. Lara constantly gave 100% during the game and played a strong defence while also having many counter attacks. Overall, it was a really strong team effort! – Fiona Lethbridge (Captain)

Open B – Saints had a bye

Open C – Saints 0 defeated by Mercedes 15
The girls had a difficult game this week against Mercedes B Grade, but fought hard until the final whistle. The girls were extremely game-aware and worked hard together to stop many attacks on goals. The girls managed to get a penalty against Mercedes, and while unfortunately no goal was scored, it was amazing to see the team come together and support one another. Best player went to Ashlyn May who was amazing while in goals for the first half, where she stopped many attempts on goal. When coming onto field in the second half, Ashlyn showed her diverse skills and continued to work hard, and even managed to complete a spin that shocked all coaches due to the difficult nature of the skill which she accomplished with ease. Overall, it was an amazing effort by the whole team, and a great learning experience for the rest of the season! – Fiona Lethbridge (Captain)

Year 7-8 – Saints 11 defeated Loreto 10

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eNews – Week 2, Term 4 2019

Issue no. 32Enews-banner

From the Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

Kate MortimerToday, we say farewell to Year 12. They have certainly embraced the week with great excitement and fanfare. Their light-hearted approach, wonderful sense of humour and the variety of outfits and hairstyles on display have provided the staff and the girls with a consistent level of comic relief. My congratulations also on the fact that they managed to keep working this week. Their ability to continue with their learning, whilst being so close to the end, has been impressive.

I did talk to the girls last week about the differences I have noticed this year. What has been evident is that these girls have maintained their perspective. There is no doubt that they have felt the additional pressure that accompanies Year 12. But, what has been obvious to me, is that they were able to effectively manage this pressure and navigate their way through the academic challenges they have faced.

In reflecting upon their leadership, they have continuously led from the front and participated widely in the co-curricular life of the School. Sport, music, debating and all co-curricular activities are an integral part of school life. The girls certainly demonstrated that a balanced approach to Year 12 is possible, setting an excellent example to younger students.

My thanks to the Prefect team; their work behind the scenes and their organised and diligent approach ensured the success of whole-school events including Choral Night, Swimming Carnival, Sports Day, House meetings and a significant number of school assemblies.

My thanks to Mr Dan Searle and Mr David Stuart who, in the Eucharist this morning, presented a personal anecdote about each girl. Whilst it was evident they had managed to conceal a great many antics from staff over the years, the sharing of these stories is what distinguishes St Peter’s Girls’ School from others. It is extremely rare in a school that each graduating student is celebrated, and taking the time to do so is reflective of the strong relationships between the girls and the staff. The staff also took part in a play written by the students, where I must say they certainly identified all traits that could be exploited. The highlight for many girls was, as always, the Staff Dance. I would like to say we felt no pressure, until Ms Shea ordered us into extra rehearsals last night.

Finally, this evening, the Year 12 students will attend the Valedictory Dinner with their parents and staff, which will be a wonderful closure to their time at Saints Girls. We wish you well Class of 2019. Good luck in your final exams and make your lives count for the greater good of our world.

Kate Mortimer
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

A send-off tradition is the Year 12 run through the School watched on by staff and younger students; take a look at the Class of 2019 in action:

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Head Prefect Reflects on Her Journey

As we farewell our Class of 2019, our Head Prefect Isabella Villani this week took time out to reflect on her incredible journey at Saints Girls.

Have a listen to some of her personal highlights dating all the way back to her commencement at the School in Year 1:

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Congratulations to our 2020 Student Leaders

There were moving scenes at the School on Wednesday as our 2020 Student Leaders were inducted in a Chapel Service where they were presented with their badges of office by our outgoing Prefects.

Families watched on with pride as our new Prefects and Co-Curricular Leaders pledged to serve St Peter’s Girls with distinction.

It was a touching occasion, and we can’t wait to see how the girls lead the School in 2020.

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School Community Glitters at 125 Gala Ball

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Celebrations for St Peter’s Girls’ School’s 125th anniversary reached a stunning crescendo last Saturday when 600 guests converged on Adelaide Oval for our Gala Ball.

Current and past parents, staff, Old Scholars and other community members shared a spectacular evening in the William Magarey Room.

Highlights included stirring speeches by Principal Julia Shea and Chair of the School’s Board of Governors Jeremy Schultz, a sensational student musical performance and a spectacular SACE Dance routine showcasing historic uniforms.

Past Principals Diane Nicholls OAM and Fiona Godfrey were in attendance, as well as our oldest Old Scholar, 105 year old Lorna Henstridge (nee Paterson, Selwyn 1933), who received a standing ovation.

Another focal point was this nostalgic presentation to mark 125 years of excellence in education:

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Birthday Bash for the Ages

The School is still on a high following last Friday’s birthday celebrations at Stonyfell which featured a momentous ‘Generations’ photo with Old Scholar mothers and grandmothers of current students, and a special Assembly where our oldest Old Scholar Lorna Henstridge cut the birthday cake with one of our youngest students, Emma Corbet.

Watch the video for highlights:

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Lorna’s Starring Role in Celebrations

As well as playing a starring role at our birthday Assembly last Friday, our guest of honour Lorna Henstridge (nee Paterson, Selwyn 1933) also enjoyed a tour of our new Science Centre before its official opening. In addition, Lorna was delighted to visit a class of Reception students and take a walk down memory lane in the School Museum.

Lorna’s remarkable visit was captured by Channel 7’s Today Tonight, which produced this touching story:

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E-Waste Collection Reminder, Friday 1 November

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A reminder to bring your e-waste to school on the first Friday of every school month. The first collection for this term is next Friday 1 November and the last one for the school year will occur in Week 8, on Friday 6 December.

You can drop off your e-waste into the purple Tech Collect bins, located near the entry/exit of the School’s car park, between 7.30am and 5pm.

Any old electronics can be dropped off, such as:

· Personal and laptop computers and all cables
· Tablets, notebooks and palmtops
· Computer monitors and parts (e.g. internal hard drives and CD drives)
· Computer peripherals and accessories (e.g. mice, keyboards, web cameras, USBs)
· Printers, faxes, scanners and multi-functional devices

The Environment Club

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Charging for Charity – Cambodia Service Learning Trip

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

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

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Inaugural China Exchange

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Three students recently returned from the inaugural China Exchange Trip, where they spent time at Qingdao Grand International School.

“China was an incredible experience that brought me out of my comfort zone and gave me the chance to experience a new culture. I had a great time meeting new people, visiting new places, trying new foods (like eel, jellyfish and mealworms!) and going to a school that works very differently from our own. We would arrive between 6.30 and 7am every morning for breakfast, eat all three meals of the day at school, and finally go home at 8pm, which was an hour earlier than the other students. Spending more than 13 hours at school every day was almost double our normal school hours, which was quite a tiring new routine, but it allowed us to make plenty of friends and get to know what school life is like in China. Regardless of being a bit tired at the end of the day, I had a really good time trying a bunch of new things like calligraphy, Tai Chi and Peking Opera mask painting.” – Victoria Thorp (Year 10)

“The Chinese Exchange has been the best two weeks of my life. We participated in a variety of activities with the students and were warmly welcomed by the school community. Although the school day structure was long and sometimes a bit tiring, partaking in the classes and activities was beneficial and provided us with a lot of opportunities to learn and improve our Chinese skills. The school community is very similar to our school where all of the teachers and students treat others with respect and everyone receives equal opportunities. Teachers also offer students a lot of support in and out of school time academically and socially because all of the students in the international department have to board at school. The trip provided us with many new experiences in a different culture and I wish it could’ve been longer.” – Candy Feng (Year 10)

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National Philosothon Success

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During the Term 3 holidays, the National Philosothon team, composed of eight girls spanned across four age categories from Year 8 to Year 11, embarked on a trip to Canberra for three days to compete in the Australasian Philosothon. During the competition, we discussed philosophical theories such as free will versus determinism, knowing a person, a fair society, and digital death, and were marked on the criteria of creativity, critical thinking and collaboration. After placing 1st at the State competition in October 2018, we were privileged enough to be able to compete against the best teams in the country. Following months of practice, we came 4th overall out of the 20 teams present, with Holly Wallman-Craddock performing particularly well, placing 1st in her age group!

While in Canberra, we were also lucky enough to visit Questacon, the National War Memorial, Cockington Gardens and many other tourist destinations; however, I can definitely say the highlight for me and the rest of the team was placing 4th and finding out that all our hard work had paid off!

Sara Peak
Year 10 student

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Community Golf Day

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Don’t miss out on our upcoming Community Golf Day on Thursday 14 November. Individual players or teams of 4 are welcome.

It’s shaping up to be a fantastic day!

Register now: www.trybooking.com/ZZHE

If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Westgate via 0407 394 183 or email mwestgate@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au

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Space School Information Evening

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St Peter’s Girls’ School is offering students the opportunity to join the CASE Space School International Study Program in December 2020.

Students return with big dreams and lasting confidence, inspired by the ultimate STEAM experience at NASA.

CASE Space School is an amazing opportunity for students seeking to pursue success in a STEAM career. Students will be immersed in enriched and exclusive space science activities to explore the multi-facets of STEAM. Students will also learn and engage in an inspiring personal and leadership development program to truly empower them for changing times.

Space School is an engaging, hands-on adventure. Students learn about space travel and the development of space-related technologies, and are led through several simulated missions.

Students are meticulously cared for by dedicated Group Managers who are trained and certified by the California Association for STEAM Education. All Group Managers are Working with Children and Australian Federal Police checked, and hold current CPR, asthma and anaphylaxis certification.

A combined Alliance of Girls’ Schools information evening will be held on Wednesday 30 October in Hender Hall, Wilderness School, where students and parents can learn more about the program. Click here to RSVP.

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Sports News

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AUSSIE RULES

Year 5/6 Blue – Saints defeated by Seymour Blue
The girls’ first game is done and dusted. We faced a very strong Seymour Year 6 team which contained girls playing football at club level. The girls continued to improve throughout the game. Savannah Walls and Jodhi Pincombe held down the backline with lots of strong tackles and good runs into the midfield. Nellie Ion and Millie McDonald both had an awesome game and gained confidence. In the forward line, Shirley Liu and Lucy Kitching took some good marks and contested the ball. The girls had a really good game and I’m looking forward to seeing how they develop throughout the season. – Millie Gentle (Coach)

Year 5/6 White – Saints 2.0-12 defeated by Seymour Green 4.7-31
The team had their first game in hot and sunny conditions against the Year 5 Seymour team, in which we played 9 a side due to low numbers. It was a great first game in which we played a very solid team. Lucy Shigeno and Anna Venning were our goal kickers with 1 goal each. In defence, JiaHui Zhang, Levanya De Silva and Alannah Godfrey made some really good tackles to stop certain goals. Anna Venning took some excellent marks in defence. Great work to all the girls and hopefully we can have another cracking game next week! – Lane Trenorden (Coach)

BASKETBALL

Open A – Saints 33 defeated Pembroke 22
The girls worked well to defeat Pembroke in their second match back. They made lots of shots from fast breaks and worked well in defence, setting up many traps and creating numerous turn overs. – Emma Matheson (Captain)

Middle A – Saints 19 defeated by Pembroke 67
A slow start really cost the team and, at half-time, we only had 2 points. Afterwards, Sivi Sivasuthan lit up the scoreboard with three consecutive 3-pointers and the team found their shooting form to put points on the board. We battled hard but were just outclassed by a much taller team. – Brenton Davies (Coach)

Middle B – Saints 8 defeated by Pembroke 33
This was a bit like the A grade game with a slow start and trailing 14-nil. From this point, we picked up our intensity and the team hussled in defence which created some scoring opportunities. Once again Helen Zhang was outstanding with the ball and had good support from Gloria Gao and Lilli Bennett. – Brenton Davies (Coach)

Middle C1 – Saints 13 defeated by Concordia 14
The girls have shown amazing improvement since Term 1. They were up all game until the last 5 minutes and ended up losing by 1 point. We had an opportunity to win with the last possession and 10 seconds left on the clock, but the ball rattled in and back out. Lilli Bennett top-scored with a total of 7 points, very impressive for her first game ever although she couldn’t have scored all those points without the efforts from the team giving her the ball! Very proud of them. – Sharnee Jones (Coach)

Middle C2 – Saints defeated by Concordia
Unfortunately, the girls lost but all played with their best effort. Many had never played a game before. Nonetheless, improvements in teamwork and spatial awareness were evident over the course of the game as they adjusted to the complexity of a new sport. Special mention to Rosanna Stone who scored her first 2-point basket and imparted knowledge of the game to her teammates from the previous season – well done! – Louise Neale (Coach)

LACROSSE

Millie Wilkin (Year 11) was awarded the Margaret Pallant Trophy for the second year running at the LAX SA awards on Friday night for being the Best and Fairest in the Under 18 girls’ competition.

Saints Girls in National Lacrosse Tournament
Congratulations to Year 7 students Dani Cox, Jenna Maione and Ashlyn May who represented South Australia in the Under 15 National Lacrosse Tournament in Adelaide during the holidays. The girls’ team, the ‘Hurricanes’, an Under 13 development squad, were exceptionally competitive and held their own against much older and experienced teams from New Zealand, Western Australia, Victoria and South Australia. Well done girls!

TENNIS

The Open A and B teams played a tough match against Seymour College, with the As losing 6-0 and the Bs losing 5-1. All players did well, with the overall scores not reflecting the hard-fought matches. The girls had a tough time adjusting to the grass courts, as this was a new surface for many. A special congratulations to Charlotte Staples of the Open Bs who won her singles 6-2, an excellent effort. All girls showed amazing sportsmanship and gave the match their best efforts. Good luck for all the remaining teams tomorrow! – Annabel Baldwinson (Captain)

Premier League – Saints 0-9 defeated by Seymour 6-36
Singles: Ruby Deakin 2-6, Annabel Baldwinson 1-6, Emily Loh 1-6, Maiya Jakupec 1-6

Premier Reserves – Saints 1-14 defeated by Seymour 5-32
Singles: Imogen Nienaber 2-6, Charlotte Staples 6-2, Georgia Mallick 1-6, Tahlia Louca 0-6

Division 1 – Saints 1-27 defeated by Pulteney 5-34
Singles: Ella Dnistriansky 6-4, Grace Beaumont 5-6, Adele Eaton 4-6, Bridgette Leach 5-6

Division 2 – Saints 3-25 defeated Scotch 3-20
Singles: Ariel Spartalis 6-0, Eva Young 0-6, Chase Hocking 3-6, Sophie Abbott 6-0

Division 3 Blue – Saints 2-22 defeated by Pembroke 4-26
Singles: Stella Clark 4-6, Lilly Alexander 6-0, Zihan Huang 0-6, Helen Zhang 4-6

Division 3 White – Saints 2-15 defeated by Pembroke 4-28
Singles: Astrid Teague 6-0, Nathara Perera 2-6, Tara Nedumaram 1-6

Division 4 – Saints 2-14 defeated by Concordia 4-27
Singles: Amy Hu 6-2, Jasmine Si 0-6

Junior Division 1 – Saints 5-23 defeated St Ignatius 1-8
Singles: Sophie Blight 4-1, Nicole Wang 4-0, Alison Francis 4-0

Junior Division 2 – Saints 4-20 defeated Pembroke 0-1
Singles: Alexandra Nguyen 4-0, Shirley Liu 4-0

Junior Division 3 – Saints 1-5 defeated by Scotch 5-22
Singles: Abbie An 0-4, Amelia Olesen 1-4, Freya Hermann 0-4

TOUCH FOOTBALL

Open A – Saints 2 defeated by Wilderness 11
Despite the score, the girls played an impressive game, working as a unit against much of the State team. They incorporated some new attacking set plays learnt in training while maintaining a strong defence down the middle of the field. The team is very united and supportive which meant the girls never lost spirit and still enjoyed themselves. We will look to build on some set plays at training and get better each week. – Eve Habel

Open B – Saints 2 defeated Mary MacKillop 0
We competed in our first game of the season against Mary MacKillop College, resulting in a 2-0 win! The girls all played a great game, especially being the first time everyone has played together. Special mention to Holly Cardone, who scored both of the tries. It was great to see the girls implementing some of the skills that we’ve been working on in trainings. We did a top job of rucking up the field and performed very well in defence. There are definitely areas to improve, but the girls display great potential and I’m looking forward to the season ahead! – Ellie Anderson

Open C – Saints 3 defeated by St Michaels 4
The whole team played very well, communicating and ensuring our defence was tight. Imogen Elliott scored 1 try and Kendra Ware made 2. The girls all agreed there was room for improvement when it came to catching and passing the ball on the run, making sure that, in future, they come from depth and at pace. Next time, the team will also ensure that there is support for players who make breakaway runs towards the try line. The match was very successful for the fact it was the first time some of the team members had ever played touch. – Kendra Ware

Middle A – Saints 2 drew with Marryatville 2
The Middle As played a great first game of Term 4 against Marryatville. The first half was difficult because many girls hadn’t played together and it was the first game since Term 1. Once we got into the swing of things, we played exceptionally well. In defence, we were a bit slow and weren’t shooting very well, but once we put some tactics into play, it became a lot easier. In attack, we pushed forward and gained ground really well. The score was 0-1 at half-time but Ellie Humphrey and Grace Richards both scored tries in the second half, resulting in a draw. – Grace Richards

Middle B – Saints 2 defeated by Sacred Heart 5
The try scorers were Mathilda Thomas, who succeeded with a quick run and a dive, and Apurva Ichalkaranje who scored through an amazing run, passing three players before getting low and diving over the line. The girls played a strong attacking game and are now working or their defence, which leaked too many tries, ready for the next game against St Michaels. – Lauren Parton

VOLLEYBALL

Five Saints Girls recently represented South Australia at the Australian Junior Volleyball Championships in Canberra: Charlotte White U19, Anna White and Georgina Keough U17, and Lucy White and Ruby Deakin U15. Congratulations to all players.

Open A – Saints 2 defeated Immanuel (A2) 0 (25-19, 25-20, 13-13)
A sluggish start to Term 4 Volleyball with players taking it a little too easy against Immanuel’s second team. Anna White stepped up with a serving run to steady the ship in the first set. Two Year 9 players, Lucy White and Ruby Deakin, were welcomed into the side for their first appearance in A grade. Both players started on the bench but had immediate impact when substituting on the court. We were able to stay ahead for the first and second sets, with any balls overpassed by the opposition sent back with thunderous power and lighting speed by Charlotte White. Due to the Immanuel multi-court layout, there was a number of replayed points, cutting short some good rallies. Switching off having won the match with limited time left in the 3rd set, the girls allowed the opposition to get in front. Anna and Clair Kao with strong serving made sure we did not give away the 3rd set to take the points in the end. – Alistair Keough (Coach)

Open B – Saints 3 defeated Woodcroft 0 (25-9, 25-13, 25-17)
A number of players backed up from the Middle A game to assist with numbers in Open B. They were warmed up and eager from the starting whistle. Standout serving runs by Lucy White and Charlotte Cohen made sure Woodcroft were on the back foot from the start. Tilly McCormack captained the side with her infectious energy, and the girls carried their superior teamwork and skills into the second set, with Woodcroft having little answer to Ruby Deakin’s serves. The girls scrambled really well to win rallies and set up points, making it a fun match to watch and coach. – Alistair Keough (Coach)

Open C – Saints 2 defeated Immanuel 1
Term 4 has seen a couple of changes to the Volleyball teams. Open Cs, in particular, have welcomed a handful of Year 9s. Despite the introduction of these younger girls, the team looked strong and confident. Martha McCormack looked especially confident, serving 19 points in a row to start us off in the second set. Throughout the game, the girls were energetic and looked like they were enjoying themselves, which is always the best outcome. – Victoria Neale (Coach)

Middle A – Saints 2 defeated Woodcroft 1
The Middle As had a comfortable win over Woodcroft. The girls set up their three hits well and put their opponents under pressure early. Once securing a win in the first and second set, the girls relaxed a bit and used the third set to practise new skills. Unfortunately, this resulted in us losing the third set; however, this didn’t matter as we had already won the game. Hilary Clark particularly impressed me during the match as she showed a lot of leadership and maintained a positive attitude throughout. – Victoria Neale

Middle B – Saints 2 defeated Woodcroft 1
Although we dropped the last set, we had a convincing win, by over 15 points one set, due to consistent serving from all players to put the opposition under pressure. MVP to Eliza Monaghan for making some really good saves and a concerted effort not to let the ball touch the court. – Vicki Dent (Coach)

Middle C – Saints 1 defeated by Woodcroft 2
The Middle Cs started strongly, winning the first set with the girls showing Immanuel what they were made of. In the second set, it was a close finish but the girls lost that round. In the last set, it was neck-and-neck with Lilli Bennett notching up 6 points in a row with a killer serve followed by Yang Yang Gu. Unfortunately, the girls lost their final set 16 – 25, but it was a wonderful performance by all involved – Alana Glapa (Coach)

WATER POLO

Open A – Saints 12 defeated Pembroke 3
The As had a triumphant first game. The girls played a strong defence-based game, resulting in Pembroke only scoring 3 goals. Best players were Emily Baldwinson and Lara Wakeham. Emily played a strong attack, scoring 3 goals. Lara was a key part of our relentless counter attacks. It was a good game and a fierce start to the season. Fantastic effort team!

Open B – Saints 9 defeated Loreto 4
The first game of the season saw the Bs winning by 5 goals. The girls won every swim-up, leading to a strong and effective first attack. Best player was Georgina Wakeham for her strong defence work, stopping many attempts at goal. The result could not have been achieved without Tara Young’s formidable speed, spearheading a successful offence for the team. Good work, girls!

Open C – Saints 6 defeated by St Aloysius 18
The girls had a tough first game. This was their first outing together as a team, and they played amazingly, completing each attack with the same level of determination no matter the outcome. Best players were Ashlyn May and Emily Whittaker. Ashlyn was an absolute powerhouse in goals, and when coming onto the field for the second half, she worked hard to support the ongoing attacks by the team. Emily was the top goal scorer for the team with 3 goals, and constantly supported the girls with her lightning-fast agility in offence, leading to many scoring opportunities. A great effort, keep it up girls!

Year 7/8 – Saints 9 defeated St Ignatius 7
The girls won a thrilling game against St Ignatius. For many, it was their first-ever game. They showed excellent resilience and sportsmanship, and played a wonderful attacking game. Claudia Pearce, one of our more experienced players, stood up and played exceptionally, scoring 6 goals, and Lauren Parton scored a goal in her first-ever game. I am very proud of the girls’ efforts and look forward to a fantastic term ahead. – Gemma Rowe (Coach)

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eNews – Week 1, Term 4 2019

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Welcome to our New Science Centre!

St Peter’s Girls’ School is delighted to launch our new Science Centre!

Featuring three purpose-built laboratories for the three pillars of Science – Biology, Chemistry and Physics – and four general laboratories, this transformational facility will cement Saints Girls as a national leader in STEM education.

The project has also given rise to an expanded Visual Arts space, a new Junior School Art hub, and upgraded pool facilities with much sought-after changerooms.

Thank you to everyone who has helped make our new Science Centre a reality.

With South Australia at the forefront of technology, particularly in defence and now space, there has never been a more important time to ignite in our girls a spark for Science.

This afternoon’s official launch featured an inspiring speech by Australia’s Chief Defence Scientist Tanya Monro and other powerful highlights:
 

 

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From the Principal

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Happy 125th Anniversary!

In March of 1892, Bishop Kennion wrote to Mother Emily in England urging her to send Sisters to Adelaide to start a school for girls. That letter set in a motion the train of events that led to the opening of St Peter’s Girls’ School (St Peter’s Collegiate High School as it was then called) on Monday 8 October 1894. It was a modest beginning, with Sisters Lucy and Bridget, and the one lay teacher, Miss Trevenen, welcoming a cohort of just four pupils. It’s both amazing and humbling to think of how far we have come and how much we have achieved across the past 125 years. It is very true that from little things, big things grow.

To truly understand what makes Saints Girls tick, is to know Mother Emily. A deeply Christian woman, her compassion was boundless. She lost her mother when just five years of age and often accompanied her father, Reverend Frederick Ayckbowm, when he went to minister to the needy, the sick and the dying. These images made an indelible impact on her life. She spent her final years of schooling studying in Germany and Italy, and was deeply impressed by the devotion of Christians of all creeds on the continent. She returned to England at 20 years of age, knowing there was much work to be done. She fought hard to remove the abominable pew system that operated in the churches, a system that ensured that the poor were never welcome. While acting as a volunteer nurse in the Chester slums during the cholera epidemic of 1866, Emily realised that she could not achieve all that she wished as a single woman. She noticed that a lady could not minister to the poor except on an occasional basis. A lady could not teach and, through education, help change the lives of the poor. Emily realised that a religious Sister could nurse, teach in an elementary school, visit the slums and help with feeding and clothing those on the margins. And so, in a small chapel in the suburb of Kilburn, on 5 April 1870, Emily was clothed as the first Novice of the Community of the Sisters of the Church. The Sisters were the first Anglican Order to receive certificates as registered teachers. And the rest as they say, is history.

Emily was a woman before her time. She was a woman of courage, pursuing opportunities with confidence and strength. She was a creative woman. Had she not built a professional platform that engaged and ignited new ideas, the Community of the Sisters of the Church would never have been born. And she was a woman of compassion, a woman who connected globally (quite a feat in the late 1890s!) via respect and service. As we celebrate our anniversary, we must not only give thanks for all that has brought us here, we must also be keenly aware that our good fortune carries with it an obligation to keep that flame burning brightly into the future. The challenge for each of us is to ensure that Emily’s legacy lives on; that we continue to value and to model the courage, creativity and compassion that has underpinned our exceptional School for 125 years.

These few days promise to be a true celebration of everything Saints Girls. Be it the cutting of the cake in Assembly today, the opening of the Science Centre this afternoon or the 125th Anniversary Gala Ball tomorrow night – it’s all about celebrating our history, reflecting on those memorable moments and reveling in the strength of our community. And while it’s an incredibly exciting time for the School, the future looks even brighter. I feel privileged to lead Saints Girls at this pivotal time and to guide the next chapter of our history.

Julia Shea
Principal

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Generations Unite for 125th Anniversary

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This morning, as part of the School’s 125th anniversary celebrations, Old Scholar mothers and grandmothers of current students participated in the annual ‘Generations’ photo with their girls before enjoying morning tea and a tour of the School.

Some stayed on for our special 125th anniversary Assembly, which included cutting the official birthday cake, student reflections and a rousing performance of the School Song.

Click here for the ‘Generations’ photo order form.

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State Hockey Hotshot

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Congratulations to Year 7 student Amelia Lucas who represented South Australia in the National Hockey Championships in Hobart during the holidays. Amelia was also fortunate to have a training session with the Hockey SA team (SA Fire) and have a photo with SA Captain Jane Claxton.

“I really enjoyed the State Hockey trip as it was a great experience. It really gave me an opportunity to improve my skills and move forward with my overall hockey journey. I have been playing hockey since Year 3 and I love it. I train twice a week, but after the State competition, SA offers a Developmental Athlete Program which focuses mainly on hockey and strives to improve skills and game play. I am really excited to start this new program.”

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Rowing Camp Highlights

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The girls had a blast on the 2019/20 season October Rowing Camp. This year, the Intermediate and Senior girls attended camp in Mannum. It was the perfect opportunity for them to improve their skills. The girls did three sessions a day of rowing, both in crew boats and singles. For most of the Intermediate rowers, this was the first time they had rowed in single boats. Prim Robinson found “Rowing in the singles was a fun and new experience for a lot of us and allowed us to improve our technique individually.” Another activity the girls did was a movie night complete with lollies and popcorn, which was a highlight. Isabella Bernardi from Year 11 said, “The camp was a great opportunity to get to know the entire squad before the season starts to pick up intensity.” Some girls on camp did face the issue of sickness but it was amazing to see their persistence and ability of the girls to support one another. The camp was a great success and a high note to start the season on. It will be great to all come together again at the Season Opening BBQ at 5pm on Sunday 27 October.

Hannah Keough
Captain of Rowing

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Nurturing Nutrition Outing

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The last week of Term 3 was a time for the Year 12 Nutrition class to momentarily escape the stress of study with a field trip to The Food Forest.

Led by enthusiastic organic farm owner Graham Brookman, the girls were able to see working sustainable farming methods in action, from mixed farming with geese (and super cute goslings) in the orchards, to banana trees creating shade for mint to flourish, and beer and linseed traps to ward off pests. The Food Forest and Graham have hopefully left some favourable and lasting memories for the class. These memories will be transferred to examples that should impress end of year examination markers in the extended response section of the paper. Hopefully it has also inspired ways to reduce our own ecological impact. Good luck to all the girls in this end of year examination.

Vicki Dent
Year 12 Nutrition Teacher

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Community Golf Day

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Don’t miss out on our upcoming Community Golf Day on Thursday 14 November. Individual players or teams of 4 are welcome.

It’s shaping up to be a fantastic day!

Register now: www.trybooking.com/ZZHE

If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Westgate via 0407 394 183 or email mwestgate@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au

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Space School Information Evening

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St Peter’s Girls’ School is offering students the opportunity to join the CASE Space School International Study Program in December 2020.

Students return with big dreams and lasting confidence, inspired by the ultimate STEAM experience at NASA.

CASE Space School is an amazing opportunity for students seeking to pursue success in a STEAM career. Students will be immersed in enriched and exclusive space science activities to explore the multi-facets of STEAM. Students will also learn and engage in an inspiring personal and leadership development program to truly empower them for changing times.

Space School is an engaging, hands-on adventure. Students learn about space travel and the development of space-related technologies, and are led through several simulated missions.

Students are meticulously cared for by dedicated Group Managers who are trained and certified by the California Association for STEAM Education. All Group Managers are Working with Children and Australian Federal Police checked, and hold current CPR, asthma and anaphylaxis certification.

A combined Alliance of Girls’ Schools information evening will be held on Wednesday 30 October in Hender Hall, Wilderness School, where students and parents can learn more about the program. Click here to RSVP.

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Old Scholar’s Global Perspective

Congratulations to Old Scholar Vienna Tran (Patteson 2014) who has had another article officially published on the International Baccalaureate website as a member of the Alumni community. The ‘Graduate Voices’ project is a collaboration by IB Alumni all over the world that aims to provide some perspectives on tackling secondary and tertiary education in a modern, globalised world.

“I decided to take advantage of my (somewhat) unorthodox journey and attempt to provide a foothold for students who are struggling with decisions around career and higher education.”

You can read the article here – http://blogs.ibo.org/blog/2019/10/07/bring-to-a-desert-island/

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You’re Invited! Friends of Rowing Season Opening BBQ

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Sunday 27 October from 5 – 7pm on the School grounds

$25 per adult
$20 per rower/child

(includes yummy chicken, lamb or falafel yiros, nibbles and soft drinks)

Bubbly, white wine, red wine and beer available on the night for purchase.

Join us as we welcome all of our new and returning rowers and their families to mark the opening of the 2019-2020 season.

Tickets available via www.trybooking.com/BEZUT

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Could You be a Stallholder at The Garden Of Saintly Delights in 2020?

Although it’s still more than six months away, a great event takes planning, and The Garden of Saintly Delights is certainly one that captures the heart of our School community. With rides, food, entertainment and more, there is something for everyone, including shoppers with our ever-growing market place.

This year, I have taken on the role of coordinating our Market Stalls and am looking to gather as many different and varied stalls as possible. When thinking about where to source these from, I realised that we have so many families in our own community who may like the opportunity to display their business products on the day, not only to our School but the surrounding community as well. What better way to showcase the amazing talents of our school families than at our Garden of Saintly Delights Market?

So, if you have a business or sell a product that would suit being a part of our market, please get in touch via my email scarrie@senet.com.au as I would love to have as many of our families exhibited as possible.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Lorraine Scarr

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Sports News

SPORTS FIXTURES

Please note that all Term 4 sports draws can be found on the myLink parent portal, which also contains a link for match venues. Any changes and cancellations will be conveyed in advance, via email and, where possible, directly to parents.

WEATHER POLICY

With summer approaching, a friendly reminder of the Sporting Hot Weather Policy:

Reception to Year 6 (training and matches)
• If the forecast temperature on the Bureau of Meteorology website (http://www.bom.gov.au/sa/forecasts/adelaide.shtml) is 35 degrees or higher, checked any time before 9am on the day of training or match, sport is automatically cancelled.
• Morning sessions, Rowing and Water Polo are usually not affected.
• In the event that matches are cancelled due to inclement weather or any unforeseen reason such as the playing surface being deemed unsafe, the decision to cancel will be made by the Sports Coordinator at the host school no later than 2pm. (refer to cancellation procedures)

Year 7 to Year 12 (training and matches)
• Mid-Week: (training and matches): if the forecast temperature on the Bureau of Meteorology website (http://www.bom.gov.au/sa/forecasts/adelaide.shtml) at 9am predicts the day’s maximum to be 36 degrees or higher, sport will be cancelled.
• Weekends: if the forecast temperature for Saturday on the Bureau of Meteorology website is predicted to be 38 degrees or higher at 12pm on the Friday, ALL Saturday morning sport will be cancelled. (see below for Rowing)
• Inclement Weather: matches will only be cancelled due to rain or inclement weather if it is considered that the playing surface is unsafe or player safety is compromised. (refer to cancellation procedures)
• Morning trainings and Water Polo are usually not affected and ARE NOT cancelled.

Rowing
• Cancellations of Rowing training and regattas will be advised by the Director of Rowing.

SWIMMING

Tara Young represented South Australia at the recent State Teams event at the AIS in Canberra from 3 – 6 October. She swam well with many PBs and placed 7th nationally in the 400IM, 8th in the 200 Freestyle, 14th in the 200IM and 16th in the 200m Backstroke.

BADMINTON

Congratulations to Yang Yang Gu (Year 9) who recently represented SA in Badminton at the U15 National championships, helping SA to finish 4th, narrowly missing 3rd place by a few points. Yang Yang reached the Quarter-Finals in her individual event and is now ranked Number 7 in Australia for her age.

BASKETBALL

Open A – Saints 23 defeated by Immanuel 26
The girls played in a hard-fought first game back, with the outcome determined in the last 10 seconds. It was a close game with a few unlucky shots, but the girls worked well together in offence and played hard in defence, getting plenty of rebounds. – Sarah Matheson (Captain)

Middle A – Saints 12 defeated by Immanuel 52
A good first up effort after the break against a quality team. The score probably did not reflect the game as we had some good opportunities to score but could not make our shots. Definitely improved as the game went on, and special mention to Chi Chi Zhao for her 8 points, and Tilly for her great hustle. – Brenton Davies (Coach)

Middle B – Saints 3 defeated by Immanuel 87
Unfortunately for the team, we came up against a very, very good side and we were just outclassed. The girls need to be congratulated on their effort and for never giving up. Special mention to Helen Zhang who did a fantastic job of bringing the ball down the court and getting her teammates into the game. – Brenton Davies (Coach)

TENNIS

The Open As played a close match against Seymour College, only narrowly defeated on games. All girls who played tried well and demonstrated excellent sportsmanship both on and off the court. A big thank you to Ella Dnistriansky for filling in. Ella also played very well, winning in a tie break.

The Open Bs were narrowly defeated by Scotch College. All girls played well and also demonstrated great sportsmanship. A special congratulations to Charlotte Staples who played tremendously in her singles, winning 6-2. This week has been excellent in preparing the girls for the rest of the games in Term 4. A solid and exciting start to this season! – Annabel Baldwinson (Captain)

Premier League – Saints 3-20 defeated by Seymour 3-26
Singles: Ruby Deakin 6-5, Annabel Baldwinson 0-6 (forfeit), Maiya Jakupec 6-4, Ella Dnistriansky 6-5

Premier Reserves – Saints 2-22 defeated by Scotch 4-31
Singles: Imogen Nienaber 2-6, Charlotte Staples 6-2, Georgia Mallick 2-6, Tahlia Louca 6-5

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eNews – Week 10, Term 3 2019

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From the Principal

A challenge for the holidays…

juliashea_web-200x300-200x300Dr Richard Harris has become a household name following his role in the amazing rescue of a group of boys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave in Chiang Rai, Thailand. On the back of that experience, one may think it normal for him to advocate for greater safety measures to be invoked when planning activities for our children. So it was with a sense of irony that, in his acceptance speech for joint-Australian of the Year, Richard urged all Australians, in particular young Australians, to be more adventurous. He stated, “Kids need to be allowed to find their own boundaries and to discover their limits, so I plan to spend this year encouraging kids to do just that, to find the inner explorer. And it is equally important to ask parents to relax a little and let them have a bit of rope. Outdoor activities really do promote physical and mental wellbeing, and it’s critical that kids can test their own limits.”

My father was a School Headmaster in the Tasmanian state system. His first appointment as Headmaster was at King Island District High School. And so I started school on the island now famous for its dairy products! It was a very rural environment. I have memories of climbing trees, searching for tadpoles in the creeks, making mud pies and patting the resident blue-tongue lizard (it used to sit in the sun on the back step each afternoon). Most days, I’d be covered in dirt from head to toe. There was no agenda, just pure, unscripted play – an opportunity to explore without adult interference or any other expectations.

From the very early years, our girls are enrolled in numerous organised activities. All over the world, children are spending less and less time playing in favour of extra-curricular opportunities, with one UK study suggesting that 88 percent of children participated in organised activities four to five days per week. This is backed up by some sobering research from the Lego Foundation that found one in five children is ‘too busy’ to play. The research also revealed extra-curricular involvement dominated family life, particularly for families with two or more children. A busy, organised activity schedule can put considerable strain on parents’ resources and families’ relationships. In short, family time ‘takes a hit’.

I loved playing sport as a kid; the piano lessons not so much! And yes, I trained, played and practised with the time commitment increasing commensurate to the level at which I was competing. But I still had unprepared time available.

Play combines problem-solving, creativity, risk-taking, adventure, curiosity, joy, imagination and collaboration. The apparent randomness of play may be its secret genius, teaching our children flexibility and adaption. These skills continue to evolve over a lifetime but are critically developed in one’s youth. We musn’t lose sight of the value of play.

It’s been an incredibly busy term. Don’t fall into the trap of scheduling every minute of the upcoming break. Leave time to play.

Science Centre – almost open for business

Stage 6 of the Master Plan is almost complete! Over the break, the roof on the Elizabeth Pike Art Centre will be replaced. Under the guidance of our Acting Head of Science, Emily Gough, and Lab Technician, Anne Sinclair, our amazing Property Services team will move the Science equipment from the Sarah Wing into its new home, and from day one of Term 4, we’ll be open for business. The teaching and learning that will take place inside this transformational facility will cement Saints Girls as a leader in STEM education.

I’m delighted to announce that Professor Tanya Monro will officially open the Science Centre on Friday 18 October. Tanya is a leading physicist who became Australia’s Chief Defence Scientist in March this year. Prior to that, she was the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research and Innovation, at the University of South Australia. Her research is in the field of photonics, with a focus on sensing, lasers and new classes of optical fibres. We’re lucky to have such an inspiring and highly-credentialled female scientist join us on this wonderful occasion. The official opening is a student-focused event, and there will be separate opportunities for parents and other community members to tour the new building, with those details to be released in the near future.

The opening will be part of a massive two days of celebration as we mark our 125th anniversary. Also on the Friday, we’ll have the ‘Generations’ photo where we’re inviting all the Old Scholar Mums and Grandmas of current girls to come in for morning tea and a tour of the School. The girls will mark the occasion with a special Assembly and cutting of the 125th anniversary cake. Please note that external media may be present at both the Science opening and special Assembly.

And of course, on Saturday 19 October, it’ll be time to ‘frock up’ for the 125 Gala Ball at Adelaide Oval. So rest up over the holidays…Term 4 is starting with a bang!

Julia Shea
Principal

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Ponytail Project – Top Chop!

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I give my heartfelt thanks to the St Peter’s Girls’ School community for supporting the Ponytail Project so well with their generous donations.

In conjunction with House Charity work, the girls raised close to $30,000 for Cancer Council SA – an outstanding effort that will make a difference for many South Australians.

W10 - logosOn Wednesday, almost 70 girls ‘rocked the chop’ by parting with their locks for this vital cause. In addition to the funds raised, the girls’ ponytails have been donated to make wigs for cancer patients.

Thanks to Stationinetyfive and Orbe for donating their time to make the day such a success.

Final House totals:

Kennion $9994
Kilburn $7728
Patteson $5537
Selwyn $4919

Well done to all involved!

Dr Thomas Barclay
Science Teacher

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4X4 – Saints Girls Retain Athletics Shield

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Saints Girls have taken out the coveted IGSSA Athletics Shield for the fourth year running!

Some outstanding individual performances backed up with some great relay finishes ensured Saints led all day to secure the title once more.

Adding to the overall Reid Shield, Saints also retained the Field event title, as well as claiming age group pennant wins in the U15, U16 and Open divisions.
Rose Pittman (Year 12) won the Di Burge 100m Champion Runner event to add her name to previous Saints Girls’ winners: Anna Ramsay (1998), Margaret Gayen (2009, 2010 and 2011), Rebecca Slimming (2012) and Christine Gayen (2013 and 2014).

Final Results:
1 St Peter’s Girls 1951
2 Immanuel 1750
3 Pembroke 1742
4 Concordia 1605
5 Westminster 1527
6 Wilderness 1510
7 Walford 1464
8 Pulteney 888
*Scotch and Seymour were unable to compete

Congratulations on this incredible team achievement!

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Year 5 Production Goes Off with a Bang!

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This week, our Year 5 Production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang JR. has been transporting audiences to a world of wonder and delight.

Based on the beloved film and the record-breaking West End production, the students’ show traces the adventures of a magical car that flies through the air and sails the seas.

Well done to our Year 5 students, the backstage crew and our talented staff for bringing this fantastic musical to life!

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

The final show will be held in the Arts Centre at 7pm tonight, with tickets available for purchase at the door.

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Introducing Our Co-Curricular Captains for 2020

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Congratulations to the following students who have been appointed in Co-Curricular leadership positions for 2020:

Music

Head Chorister Isabelle Norman
Choristers Charlotte Bleby, Michelle Rupert, Ellen Zhang, Emily Loh and Madison McGregor-Simms
Band Captain Charlotte Bleby
Strings Captain Faye Ma

Sport

AFL Isabella Bernardi
Athletics Olivia Kelly
Badminton Amelie Dunda
Basketball Emma Matheson
Cross Country Matilda Braithwaite
Hockey Olivia Goldsmith
Lacrosse Millie Wilkin
Netball Hannah Freeman
Rowing Captain – Hannah Keough
Vice Captain – Hattie Maerschel
Soccer Ellie Anderson
Softball Aroha Munroe
Swimming Lara Wakeham
Tennis Annabel Baldwinson
Touch Football Hannah Freeman
Volleyball Georgina Keough
Water Polo Fiona Lethbridge

Clubs

Chess Emily Loh
Environment Club Sara Peak
Student Library Initiatives Club Charlotte Sellars
Technical Theatre Club Madison McGregor-Simms

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Year 9 Happy Campers

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They don’t call it ‘Challenge Camp’ for no reason. Without knowing what was in store for us, the Year 9 cohort headed obliviously, with much excitement, out to the bush. Blissfully unsuspecting, I imagined a few short walks with a backpack and some gentle paddles along a stream, but camp was so much more than that. The physical challenges that became emotional challenges helped me to grow and bond in unexpected ways with my classmates – an experience that will be remembered and retold for many years to come.

I learnt so much about my own limits, strengths and resilience, and the journey brought me closer with respect and appreciation for all the girls. – Tia Bailey

The last two days of camp were spent at Woodhouse where we came together with the other classes. Our class came straight from hiking and set up our tents. The first activity was rock-climbing. The rock-climbing wall was very high and we learnt how to belay each other. This was a very fun but challenging experience as we had to completely put our trust in each other and persevere through the climb, even when we thought we couldn’t keep going. The next activity was abseiling. We climbed up multiple stories of ladders to reach the top of the tower, which we had to abseil off. Stepping backwards off the tower was a tough task but, once we did it, it was an amazing experience. Imogen was particularly fearless at the climbing and abseiling.

At night, after a barbecue dinner, all three classes sat around the campfire, and we participated in a riff-off. It was a very close battle, and the teams sang songs of various themes such as Australia, Christmas and even One Direction. Next, we had a talent show. Our class performance consisted of Chi Chi doing a magic trick, Anushka being thrown into the air (and then caught), and we finished with Rose doing the splits. We also quoted Mr Bassett with his catchphrase, “How good? So good!”

The next day, we woke up early and went off to our last activity: high ropes. There were many courses of varying difficulties and it was a very memorable experience where we improved our teamwork skills. Before we left camp, we had one last meeting where we selected beads to symbolise our days. Our class really enjoyed camp; it was an incredible experience where we challenged ourselves and worked together. – Chi Chi Zhao

On Thursday and Friday of camp week, the Year 9 Home Groups spent the last two days at the Woodhouse Activity Centre. We split into two groups and did high ropes, rock-climbing and abseiling. We traversed the treetop courses and climbed and abseiling on the climbing wall. All of the girls did really well and tried to complete a goal over the two days, each facing their own individual challenges. The Home Groups shared a feast on Thursday night, prepared by the camp instructors and teachers, before having a riff-off and a talent show later in the evening. – Emily Teague
 

 

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Year 10 Campers Reach Great Heights

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I had an awesome time on Year 10 camp, trying new things and pushing myself out of my comfort zone. The week was challenging but it was very rewarding and heaps of fun. We went mountain bike riding, did hikes and day walks, and had the opportunity to try new things such as rock-climbing and abseiling.

Although I had a hard time with some activities, like mountain biking, it was good to learn a new skill, and everyone was really supportive. Going through all kinds of activities together with the Home Group made us a lot closer, and we had the chance to bond and learn much more about each other. It was an awesome experience that taught us independence, resilience and camaraderie. It’s a shame our camp years have come to an end!

Victoria Thorp
Year 10 student

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EDGE Receptions A-maze Principal

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This term, the girls in Reception EDGE have been using their engineering skills to solve and design solutions to a range of problems and tasks using Lego. The girls have built famous landmarks, taken inspiration from picture books and tried to make the most indestructible Lego towers they could. They have used their creativity, critical thinking and collaboration to trial, adapt and experiment.

The final week saw the girls design a tricky marble maze which they invited Ms Shea to try to solve. The girls enjoyed teaching and watching Ms Shea battle her way through their intricate mazes.

Becca Burton-Howard
EDGE Coordinator

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Old Scholars’ Generations Photo – Friday 18 October

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To acknowledge the Old Scholars’ connection and highlight the importance of generations in the School’s rich history, there is an opportunity to capture a moment in time with a photograph of current students with their Old Scholar mothers and/or grandmothers.

Please join us for morning tea on Chiverton Lawns at 10am prior to a group photograph with your daughter and/or granddaughter.

We encourage you to bring an item of School memorabilia to wear, e.g. blazer, hat, badge or gloves.

You are then invited to join in the School Assembly at 12.25pm in the Arts Centre for the official cutting of the 125th birthday cake.

RSVP by Monday 14 October to Megan McCormack via mmccormack@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au or 8334 2239.

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Space School Information Evening

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St Peter’s Girls’ School is offering students the opportunity to join the CASE Space School International Study Program in December 2020.

Students return with big dreams and lasting confidence, inspired by the ultimate STEAM experience at NASA.

CASE Space School is an amazing opportunity for students seeking to pursue success in a STEAM career. Students will be immersed in enriched and exclusive space science activities to explore the multi-facets of STEAM. Students will also learn and engage in an inspiring personal and leadership development program to truly empower them for changing times.

Space School is an engaging, hands-on adventure. Students learn about space travel and the development of space-related technologies, and are led through several simulated missions.

Students are meticulously cared for by dedicated Group Managers who are trained and certified by the California Association for STEAM Education. All Group Managers are Working with Children and Australian Federal Police checked, and hold current CPR, asthma and anaphylaxis certification.

A combined Alliance of Girls’ Schools information evening will be held on Wednesday 30 October in Hender Hall, Wilderness School, where students and parents can learn more about the program. Click here to RSVP.

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Staff Member’s Brave Steps for Beyond Blue

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On Friday 20 September, Coastrek ran a hiking event to raise funds for Beyond Blue – ‘Hiking to change a life.’

I am very passionate about breaking the stigma for men and women around mental health, and fostering the change to be accepted when speaking about mental health issues. In a team of four, we chose to take on the 60km trek from Parsons Beach to Goolwa. The first 30kms was extremely taxing physically – steep rocky inclines, dense bushland and cliff climbs to name a few.

While the second 30kms was more flat ground, this was the most mentally-challenging part. We were absolutely exhausted, muscles strained, blisters all over our feet and the pain sometimes was intense. My tendon injury in my ankle/foot went from twinging most of the way to agony in the last 17.5kms, and with nothing left but sheer determination to finish, I found myself a large stick as a crutch and pushed on through.

The rain came in steady, heavy and we finished in the dark, soaked to the bone – absolutely physically and mentally exhausted, but so intensely proud that we managed such an accomplishment.

While I go to the gym and also train for improved stamina, no amount of training could have prepared me for this challenge. When your body says ‘no more’, most of it is sheer determination and willpower to make it across that finish line.

It was a privilege to hike to change a life, and all up so far, the Adelaide teams combined have raised $876,397 for Beyond Blue. To all those battling depression, anxiety, or those who have been affected by mental health in some way – this medal, is for you.

Sarah Fuller
IT Department

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Badminton Player Shuttles into State Selection

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When I was 10, my parents wanted me to play a sport instead of sitting at home all day. I chose to play badminton because it was the sport that my dad used to play and enjoy.

I started playing once a week, and my parents increased my training sessions throughout the years. It was quite difficult at the start to hold my racquet correctly (and hitting the shuttle over the net), but I enjoyed the process of learning.

I currently train four times a week, and I aim to make it to the Quarter-Finals in this year’s U15 Championships.

Yang yang (Xin Yi) Gu
Year 8 student

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Food and Hospitality Girls Cook up a Storm

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Last week, the Year 12 Food and Hospitality girls – Ankita, Olivia and Claudia – designed and cooked up a fabulous lunch for the whole Year 12 cohort and Home Group teachers. It was an event that was wholeheartedly enjoyed by all the invited staff and students, and it was a great challenge achieved by the three girls. Cooking for approximately 65 people is not an easy task! The menu consisted of vegetarian and pork dumplings, chicken and vegetarian Indian curries, fried and steamed rice, as well as salad.

Ankita Rajbhoj
Year 12 Food and Hospitality student

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Awards Stick with Talented Lacrosse Players

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During the 2019 Lacrosse season, a number of Saints Girls played for Burnside Lacrosse Club across all the Junior age groups and also in the Senior Women’s competition. At the Junior Presentation Day on Sunday 15 September, Burnside Lacrosse Club presented awards to the following students:

Dani Cox – Most Valuable Player in U13 Division 1
Millie Wilkin – Best and Fairest in U18

“I have really enjoyed playing lacrosse this season, it felt amazing to make it into the Grand Final! It also felt amazing to receive my award, and I couldn’t be happier with my achievements.” – Dani Cox

“We had a rough start to the season, as the majority of girls in the U18 Burnside team had never played with each other before and some never played at all. However, as the season progressed, we all developed our skills and got to know each other. We ended up 4th on the ladder, however, after playing an extremely intense Semi-Final, managed to place 3rd, which was a great effort from all the girls. This season, I have met so many new people and have learnt so much, so to win Best and Fairest was an honour.” – Millie Wilkin

Congratulations Dani and Millie!

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Young Musos Shine in Spotlight

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Each year at the end of our instrument immersion program, our Junior School girls have the opportunity to share their learning with parents and friends at the annual Years 2, 3, 4 Music Concert. After only 18 hours of tuition and perhaps 20 hours of practice, our very brave students perform several songs on their recorders, string and band instruments. Every year, I am amazed at their confidence. It is hard to comprehend getting up in front of an audience after having only played an instrument for 18 weeks and putting on a concert. What an achievement!

Our families now make the exciting decision: will our daughters become members of the Saints Girls’ Music family? Will they join one of our many amazing ensembles and participate in the numerous opportunities that music affords our girls at Saints? I hope they do.

Sally Rounsevell
Director of Music

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Raising Dough Pizza Fundraiser

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On Monday night, staff, students and their families came together for a pizza night at the Feathers Hotel. This was organised by the girls travelling to Cambodia in December for the Service Learning Trip. The restaurant recently launched an initiative where, upon request, they will donate $10 to a charity for every pizza sold. The girls promoted this evening in Chapel, Assemblies and in the eNews, and produced a great turnout. In total, the girls raised $1,123 from the pizzas and raffle money! We are on track to raising our required total and hope that you will support us in upcoming fundraising initiatives.

Ellie Anderson
Year 11 student

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Reception and Year 1 Dancers Dazzle

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The Reception and Year 1 Dance Concert was a sea of colour and excitement!

The cheeky, playful lions from Miss Lesiw’s Reception class took to the stage holding each other’s tails and then danced to the song ‘I Just Can’t Wait to be King’. Miss Karvonen’s vibrant and enthusiastic Reception class were graceful Arabian princesses, using colourful scarves to move to the song ‘Arabian Nights’ from Aladdin.

The Year 1 girls from Mrs Liddy’s class were blue and red mini Lego figures, all showing a different emotion on their Lego head. Their dance, to the ‘Catchy Song’, showed what happens when mini Lego figures left on the bedroom floor come to life! An energetic performance to LoliRock’s ‘Higher’ was given by Mrs Sandercock’s class. Their creative and expressive movement to a poem written together with our very talented Dance Teacher Kirsty Battersby was based on the idea that emotions could have colours.

An enormous thank you to Kirsty. Dance classes are enjoyed immensely by the students who are encouraged to be creative thinkers, collaborative workers and confident performers through dance.

Reception and Year 1 teachers

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Chess Club Makes its Move

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This year, Chess Club has been a new experience for the whole team. After having lost some players at the end of last year, we decided to refocus and rebuild, and enter a team of four into the Division 3 competition. Our team has focused on building up the skills of the top players, developing and nurturing new players, and trying to build consistent focus throughout the entire game. We also looked to find out what was the main weakness of each player, such as losing the Queen too early, then coming up with solutions to these problems. On behalf of the girls, I’d like to thank George, our Coach, for all of the time and effort he has put into the team for many years, as he has decided to retire from Chess coaching after this season. For the whole time I’ve been involved in the Chess Club, George has been there to guide and help us to be competitive against other schools, so, thank you.

Rachel Banham
Chess Captain

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Mind Over Matter for Rowing Squad

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In Week 8, the Senior Rowing squad had their first workshop of the 2019/20 season, with sport psychologist Geof Boylan-Marsland. This is the second season that Geof has been engaged as part of the support team for the Senior Rowing Program at St Peter’s Girls. He will run a series of workshops with the squad, covering sport psychology topics including culture-setting, mindfulness, communication and ‘critical conversations’, resilience and race-preparation.

Although these sessions are designed to assist the Senior rowers in developing successful mindsets and behaviours that will assist with their sporting performance, they also develop transferable mental skills and strategies that these students can take into their broader academic and personal lives. It is true what they say, mens sana in corpore sano.

Brynley Millward
Director of Rowing

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You’re Invited! Friends of Rowing Season Opening BBQ

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Sunday 27 October from 5 – 7pm on the School grounds

$25 per adult
$20 per rower/child

(includes yummy chicken, lamb or falafel yiros, nibbles and soft drinks)

Bubbly, white wine, red wine and beer available on the night for purchase.

Join us as we welcome all of our new and returning rowers and their families to mark the opening of the 2019-2020 season.

Tickets available via www.trybooking.com/BEZUT

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Junior School Vacation Care – Countdown is On!

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

Vacation Care Program – October 2019

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

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Portable Chargers – Fundraising for Cambodia Trip

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

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

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School Shop Reminder – Summer Uniform

With Term 3 complete and a change from winter to summer uniform imminent, it’s time to dig out those summer dresses to ensure they still fit, or to upgrade if necessary.

The School Shop will be open on Thursday and Friday of the second week of the school holidays (10 – 11 October) from 9am – 4pm.

Summer uniform is required from the first day of Term 4.

Please call the School Shop on 83342228 or email schoolshop@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au to book a uniform fitting appointment.

School Shop

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Mary Poppins Flies into Town!

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Three Saints Girls will be watching their favourite nanny fly into town during the school holiday production of Mary Poppins – The Broadway Musical by Shane Davidson Presents from 4 – 6 October in the Arts Centre at St Peter’s Girls’ School.

The lead roles will be played by adults. Emma Bargery is the quintessential Mary and her chimney-sweeping friend Bert is played by Brady Lloyd. Both have years of theatre experience.

Year 5 student Eliza Brill Reed won the role of Jane Banks after being called back with 16 other girls. Year 3 students Lois Burton-Howard and Sophie Wiggins are part of the ensemble, singing and dancing their way through the show. Year 6 students Milana Troon, Kate Thomas and Lara Maione play a variety of ensemble roles.

The show has many wonderful songs which include ‘Practically Perfect’, ‘A Spoonful of Sugar’, ‘Feed the Birds’ and ‘Let’s Go Fly a Kite’. One of the highlights will be the company number of ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!’, where the cast spell out the letters at lightning speed!

Performances: 4 October at 7pm, 5 October at 2pm and 7pm, and 6 October at 4pm in the Arts Centre at St Peter’s Girls’ School.

Tickets are selling fast via www.trybooking.com/BEKEF

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Australian Made: The Partners of Veterans Association – SA

2pm Sunday 29 September

The Band of the 10th/27th Battalion, Royal South Australia Regiment will be performing a concert – Australian Made – on Sunday 29 September, featuring music from Australian artists who have helped shape our great nation.

Tickets: $15
Venue: St Peter’s Girls’ School Arts Centre

Concert Poster

For tickets, click here, or contact Chris on 0468 786 241, Angela on 0416 221 328, or Linda on 0417 081 150.

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Sports News

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NETBALL

Year 4 Blue – Saints 13 defeated Seymour Green 4
In the last game for the term, the girls came out strongly. They played a great team game, making space, bringing the ball down the court and scoring. Very strong in defence with deflections and rebounds. Well done to a special bunch of girls – Aleiyah Abraham, Amelia Massicci, Charlotte Hocking, Madeleine Andrejewskis, Rishita Raghav, Romana, Wei Ning Khoo, Zoe White, and Cleo Connor (unfortunately sick), Enya Ouyang (away) and Maddy Sims (injured). Thank you to all the parents for their support throughout the term. A very proud Coach. – Karen Braund (Coach)

VOLLEYBALL

The 8/9 Volleyball girls had a very successful day on Tuesday, winning the minor round of the schools’ Knockout Volleyball competition, advancing to the State Knockout competition next month. The girls competed against a variety of schools and approached every game with the same energy, strength and intent to play their best. The girls maintained this positive mentality, never dropping their heads. Even when they would lose a set, they were able to fight back. The girls were undefeated all day and truly deserved every single win. The whole team is excited to have advanced to the next round, and as the Coach, I know that if the girls bring their A game on the day and play the volleyball I know they are capable of, then we have a really good chance of winning. – Victoria Neale

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eNews – Week 9, Term 3 2019

Issue no. 29Enews-banner

Ponytail Project Fundraising Tops $21,000!

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Students in Years 7 to 12 at St Peter’s Girls’ School have done a fantastic job raising $21,591 for Cancer Council SA so far through the Ponytail Project.

orbe logoWe are now looking forward to Wednesday when the girls will ‘Rock the Chop’ during lunch, with hairdressers from Orbe salon in Norwood donating their time to trim the ponytails the required 10cm. The hair removed will not be wasted, being donated to make wigs for cancer sufferers. On the same day, the School will also donate the results of additional Kilburn House Charity fundraising. The total of more than $24,000 going to Cancer Council SA highlights the contribution the girls are making to their community through the Service Learning Program at St Peter’s Girls.

Of course, there is still the unfinished matter of the Ponytail Project House competition, with Kennion ($8,813) maintaining their lead over Kilburn ($6,355) with Selwyn ($3,382) and Patteson ($3,041) trailing. At this late stage, the only way to shift the positions is to support students and staff in the final part of their fundraising efforts. Donations can be as little as $1. To make your contribution, visit the House team sites:

https://ponytailsa.everydayhero.com/au/team-kennion
https://ponytailsa.everydayhero.com/au/kilburn
https://ponytailsa.everydayhero.com/au/team-patteson
https://ponytailsa.everydayhero.com/au/team-selwyn

Great job girls!

Dr Thomas Barclay
Science Teacher

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A Message from the Debating and Public Speaking Prefect

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I am proud to say that the debating and public speaking season this year has yielded much success, with girls from an array of year levels excelling in various competitions.

Earlier this year, many of our girls competed in the Rostrum Voice of Youth, and Anika Bruin, Misha Yagnik and Holly Wallman-Craddock really showed their prowess for public speaking, making it all the way to the State Finals. We also had Ellie Anderson from Year 11 win the Don Neill Memorial Trophy in the Probus Club of Burnside’s Schools’ Public Speaking Competition, placing first against fierce competition from Year 11s and 12s from other schools. The debating season has been equally successful, as multiple teams made it to the Semi-Finals of the Debating SA competition (an impressive feat in itself), and our most senior team is currently preparing for the Grand Finals at Parliament House!

This year, although I have observed undeniable skilfulness in the way the girls have tackled each speech that comes their way, what has impressed me the most is each girl’s sheer determination and true sense of camaraderie. Debating and public speaking are both truly fantastic ways to gain confidence, understand global issues and develop the skill of thinking on your feet. It’s also a terrific way to make new friends, learn how to win an argument and talk for eight minutes without anyone stopping you!

More than ever, these are the times when it is imperative that we use our voices and speak up for what we believe in – and the skills you gain from public speaking and debating will ensure you are able to do just that. I have no doubt that next year, under Hattie’s leadership, we will continue to flourish and excel, in true Saints’ fashion!

Aditi Tamhankar
Debating and Public Speaking Prefect

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Old Scholar Achieves Life Goals in AFLW

W9 - Football

Football Journey

Starting in AFL London, I played my first footy with the Wandsworth Demons. I was originally going to play Gaelic and teach while there. My friend and sister both wanted to play footy and found out AFL London were starting an inaugural women’s league. We went to a come-and-try day and met Rachel Gouldingay who introduced us to the Demons. They were very inclusive and had a great vibe. We then got to explore other places, and support and grow footy over there. I instantly fell in love with the game and the community aspect.

After returning home, I became involved in the talent search and was open to have some sport through the Crows to see where I needed to develop. The SANFL started up and I was named Captain of North Adelaide Roosters. After a season with them, I was back at community footy in winter where our Coach Krissie Steene was able to get our games filmed and sent out to clubs in other states. I decided to trial for Collingwood’s VFLW team and was selected in 2018. I was also named Collingwood Captain. I moved over to Melbourne, working in three different schools doing relief teaching, and living with friends.

In the 2019 draft, I was picked at number 42 for Carlton. I took a full-time job with Westgarth Primary School and played the year with Carlton. I have now been signed on for 2020 with them also.

The whole experience has been very quick as I was quite new to footy, however, it has been a wonderful adventure. I have learnt a lot about behaviours and balance in life.

I consider my educational experience at Saints Girls to be very fortunate. It helped me to further develop leadership and skills that I have taken into my work, social and sporting life. I played hockey, softball, basketball and was in athletics. I tried most of the sports going through my schooling journey.

Challenging me to dive out of my comfort zone and participate in all areas of the School allowed me to graduate as a confident leader and further helped me to shape a vision in passing my knowledge on to the next generation.

Jess Edwards (Patteson ’07)
Carlton Football Club AFLW Player

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From the Director of Teaching and Learning

W9 - Learning

Research tells us that outcomes for students improve when parents are actively involved in the learning of their children. This can be as simple as a question or two during mealtimes or thinking together about the best ways of researching a new topic. Busy 21st century lives can make these precious moments more difficult to find, but all the evidence suggests that such family activities, even brief ones, can have big impacts on academic outcomes and general wellbeing. After all, teachers are in loco parentis; the parents are the teachers with whom young people spend the most time.

We are fortunate in having a community of engaged and supportive parents. We hope that the forthcoming academic progress reports will provide some conversation prompts and, in many cases, cause for some praise and celebration. Next week, the Middle and Senior School teachers will be introduced to a simple tracking system that provides an overview of report grades within a year and across the years; this system will enable us to more easily identify particular patterns, such as ‘plateauing’ students or students whose end-of-year grades do not quite match those from Terms 1 or 2. Quality teaching, meaningful data analysis, and support at home – all potent ingredients that maximise the likelihood of positive outcomes and the meeting of goals.

NAPLAN results have all now arrived in school, and if your daughter participated in the testing this year, you will shortly be receiving her NAPLAN student report. As you will be aware, our students were tested in online mode this year. One of the many benefits of this approach is that the data produced for school analysis is richer and much more focused on individual students. An enhanced and easier-to-navigate analysis platform means that more teachers and support staff will more readily be able to extract useful information which can then be fed back into future NAPLAN test preparations and teaching approaches more generally to improve outcomes in 2020 and beyond.

Nigel Scoggins
Director of Teaching and Learning

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Patteson House Dinner

W9 - Patteson
 
Last Friday, Patteson students from Years 7 to 12 attended the annual House Dinner, ready for a night of games, food, music and fun in the Arts Centre disguised as an American high school.

This year did not fail to meet expectations! We were blown away with all of the girls’ costumes which matched the American clique given to each year. The Year 7s did a brilliant job as the nerds, wearing fake braces, geeky glasses and groovy suspenders. A particularly creative Year 7 dressed as an actual box of nerds! The Year 8s nailed the jock look, finding a perfect balance between looking super cool without even trying. The Year 9s brought all the spirit with their cheerleading outfits, but despite their efforts, nothing could inspire enthusiasm in the Year 10 goths! Then we had the Year 11s, or should I say the teachers. There were some unnervingly accurate look-a-likes of Ms Mortimer, Mr Dingwall, Mr Mills, Ms Lines and Ms O’Brien! Our special guests, the Year 12s, decked out in pink as the ‘popular girls’ for their last ever House Dinner. Finally, the teachers looked very comfortable in their hippie outfits; a big shoutout to Mr Durant who went to the effort of buying a long, grey haired wig for the occasion.

The night was a huge success and we were happy to see the girls putting their best efforts into all of the games while filling up on tater-tots, pizza and ice-cream sundaes! A big thank you to the parent volunteers and teachers who helped organise the night, making it one to remember!

Emily Downie and Belle Black
Year 11 students

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Composer’s Outstanding Composure at Music Festival

W9 - Music

This month, the Primary Schools’ Music Festival took to the stage of the Festival Theatre. Each of the 10 performances featured a 500-strong choir, a youth orchestra, a primary school drama troupe and a number of guest musical items by primary and secondary students from across the State. The festival involves around 12,000 children and the music is heard by approximately 30,000 people.

I was honoured this year to be asked to compose the commissioned work, entitled Dear Pen Pal. The theme is Adelaide and her six sister cities. Each song composed for the song cycle taught the children about the music and the culture of our six sister cites – Himeji, Japan; Austin, Texas, USA; Qingdao, China; Christchurch, New Zealand; and Georgetown, Malaysia.

The presentation of the work by primary school students was truly amazing. On top of hearing the work sung by the choir and performed by an orchestra, the troupe brought each city to life with beautiful costumes and outstanding dance choreography. As a composer, the whole event has been a real career highlight.

Robyn Habel
Music Teacher

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Year 5 Production Next Week – Don’t Miss Out on Tickets!

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Time’s running out to secure your seats to see this wonderful show: Ian Fleming’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang JR.

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

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Junior School Vacation Care – Countdown is On!

W8 - Vacation Care

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

Vacation Care Program – October 2019

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

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Raising ‘Dough’ for Cambodia Trip

W8 - Cambodia Fundraiser

To support fundraising for the Cambodia Service Learning Trip, we invite you to enjoy a pizza dinner at the Feathers Hotel on 23 September (next Monday, Week 10). For every pizza sold, $10 will go towards the trip. You can make a reservation by clicking here, or by calling the Feathers on 8249 7700. On the night, there will be a raffle with a great prize.

The fundraising team is also selling portable chargers for just $40 via www.trybooking.com/BEYTR.

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

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Old Scholars’ Generations Photo – Friday 18 October

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To acknowledge the Old Scholars’ connection and highlight the importance of generations in the School’s rich history, there is an opportunity to capture a moment in time with a photograph of the current students with their Old Scholar mothers and/or grandmothers.

Please join us for morning tea on Chiverton Lawns at 10am prior to a group photograph with your daughter and/or granddaughter.

We encourage you to bring an item of School memorabilia to wear, e.g. blazer, hat, badge or gloves.

You are then invited to join in the School Assembly at 12.25pm in the Arts Centre for the official cutting of the 125th birthday cake.

RSVP by Monday 14 October to Megan McCormack via mmccormack@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au or 8334 2239

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Women’s Workshop Empowers Year 8 Girls

W9 - Burnside

A group of Year 8 girls visited Burnside Council this week to participate in the Suffragette Workshop aimed at empowering women. The speakers included South Australia’s first female Deputy Premier and Attorney-General, and local member, the Hon Vickie Chapman, Burnside Mayor, past staff member and Old Scholar Anne Monceaux (nee Harrington, Kennion ’66), not-for-profit organisation CEO Evelyn O’Loughlin, soccer captain and footy player Marijana Rajcic, human rights and anti-domestic violence campaigner Saru Rana, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women’s advocate Vicky Welgraven, and YWCA Young Women’s Leadership Coordinator Lisa Gascoigne.

We learned about their experiences with gender inequality and the troubles they have faced. The speakers taught us that we need to acknowledge the important people who make our lives better and encourage us to follow our dreams. What we found especially valuable was the message that the speakers unanimously agreed upon, that we are put on this earth to do something to inspire others. The women strongly believe in encouraging us to follow our dreams, no matter what other people say. They spoke about using your voice and taking advantage of the opportunities you have.

In the 125th anniversary year of our School – and South Australian women winning the right to vote – the Suffragette Workshop was a meaningful experience. We are especially grateful to Anne Monceaux for talking to our group, as she taught us many interesting things and we enjoyed hearing about her personal journey.

Lucy Schirripa and Ariel Spartalis
Year 8 students

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Eisteddfod Results

Nicole Wang – Adelaide Eisteddfod
12 years and under Piano Solo (own choice) – Honorary Mention
Grade 7/8 Piano Solo – 2nd Prize
12 years and under Piano Solo (romantic era own choice) – 1st Prize
11-16 years Piano Solo (3 or 4 works from at least 3 different eras) – 3rd Prize.

Abigail Papps – Balaklava Eisteddfod
2nd in the Junior Contemporary Vocal category
Honourable Mention in the Junior Non-Classical Vocal category

Emily Kim – Adelaide Eisteddfod
Silver medal in the Under 9 Violin section

Jasmin Baker
Piano Intermediate – Bronze
Instrumental (Cello) Intermediate – Silver

Well done girls!

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You’re Invited! Friends of Rowing Season Opening BBQ

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Sunday 27 October from 5 – 7pm on the School grounds

$25 per adult
$20 per rower/child

(includes yummy chicken, lamb or falafel yiros, nibbles and soft drinks)

Bubbly, white wine, red wine and beer available on the night for purchase.

Join us as we welcome all of our new and returning rowers and their families to mark the opening of the 2019-2020 season.

Tickets available via www.trybooking.com/BEZUT

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Thursday Club Special Performance

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Thursday Club is an extension program for vocalists and instrumentalists who show interest and aptitude for performing within the Jazz ad pop genre. Renowned Adelaide Jazz guitarist Mike Bevan works weekly with students to develop their knowledge and skills in creating unique music arrangements for performance.

Next Thursday 26 September, our Thursday Club will be performing a two hour set at Base Camp Café on Glynburn Road at Burnside from 5 – 7pm. We invite everyone to come along to this local venue, hosted by past Saints Girls’ parent Boris Vidic. Entry is free, and tapas and beverages will be available for purchase to enjoy while listening to some high-quality music from our Thursday Club vocalists accompanied by Mike on guitar.

A great way to celebrate the end of term and relax after a busy Thursday!

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School Shop Reminder – Summer Uniform

With only one week left in Term 3 and a change from winter to summer uniform imminent, it’s time to dig out those summer dresses to ensure they still fit, or to upgrade if necessary.

The School Shop will be open on Thursday and Friday of the second week of the school holidays (10 – 11 October) from 9am – 4pm.

Summer uniform is required from the first day of Term 4.

Please call the School Shop on 83342228 or email schoolshop@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au to book a uniform fitting appointment.

School Shop

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Australian Made – The Partners of Veterans Association – SA

2pm Sunday 29 September

The Band of the 10th/27th Battalion, Royal South Australia Regiment will be performing a concert – Australian Made – on Sunday 29 September, featuring music from Australian artists who have helped shape our great nation.

Tickets: $15
Venue: St Peter’s Girls’ School Arts Centre

Concert Poster

For tickets, click here, or contact Chris on 0468 786 241, Angela on 0416 221 328, or Linda on 0417 081 150.

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Sports News

BADMINTON

Yang Yang Gu (Year 8) has been selected to attend the U15 National Championships as a member of the SA team in Queensland from 29 September to 5 October.

SURFING

Imogen Elliott (Year 9) has been invited to Hawaii to train with other members of Surfing SA and WA during the school holidays. This is an outstanding opportunity for Imi to challenge herself in some difficult conditions, prior to her attending Junior Nationals at Margaret River in December.

She has also been selected by Surfing Australia/AIS to again attend a three day training/mentoring course with Layne Beachley from 29-31 October. This not only encompasses surfing, but also positive thinking, goal setting, health and nutrition, and competing as a female in sport. With only 10 positions available nationally to attend this course, it is a great achievement to receive an invite.

BASKETBALL

Year 6 Blue – Saints 18 defeated by Seymour 31
Our last game for the term and first loss. We came up against the other undefeated team and, on this occasion, they were too good. As usual, the effort was there, but we missed a lot of easy baskets and had good opportunities. I was really pleased with the improvement the girls have shown throughout the term and their attitude, which was one of wanting to learn. Thank you girls for your efforts. – Brenton Davies (Coach)

Year 6 White – Saints 34 defeated Pembroke 12
The Saints girls faced Pembroke yesterday in the last game of the season. They started off slow going into the second half level with Pembroke. In the second half the Saints girls’ scoring and effort on the rebounds benefitted them, with multiple girls scoring baskets. – Jacob Evans (coach)

Under 13 – Saints 11 defeated by Glenelg 15
Our team played in the Grand Final, facing our biggest rival: Glenelg. The first quarter ended with the score being 3 to 4 Glenelg’s way. It continued to be nail-bitingly close the whole game, with scores tied at 6 goals each at half-time. In the second half, Glenelg pulled ahead by 4 goals, and as hard as the girls tried, we couldn’t catch up by the end of the last quarter. The girls’ efforts, accomplishments and skill development over the last year was obvious in their play and, as a Coach, I could not be prouder of what they have achieved. – Caitlyn Grayston (Coach)

NETBALL

Year 4 Blue – Saints 7 defeated Pembroke Blue 2
Saints Girls came out strongly in the first quarter, scoring 5 of their 7 goals; well done Amelia Massicci and Wei Ning Khoo. Our girls were great in defence with interceptions and rebounds. Passing and reoffering ensured there were some great passages of play. Well done girls, great team work. – Karen Braund (Coach)

Year 3/4 White – Saints 14 defeated Seymour 0
Our last away game for the term was a great success. The girls were able to keep the opposition from scoring a goal. Saints demonstrated how far they have come over the term with their skills. Of particular note was their ability to make space after a turn-over. Rather than crowding the area, our girls spread out over the court, providing many options to our passer. Phoebe Fan shot brilliantly in goals and Lois showed her skills in passing brilliantly to the goal circle. All girls displayed excellent team spirit. Congratulations girls! – Georgie Owler (Student Coach)

SOCCER

Year 6 – Saints 0 defeated by Wilderness Blue 3
In a hard-fought game, it was great to see the girls getting more tackles, moving the ball around the pitch and getting out of trouble. Thanks go to Emily Tolladay and Matilda Powell for being goalkeepers. Looking forward to our last game. – Seb Mazzarolo (Coach)

Year 3/4 – Saints 1 defeated by Loreto 2
This match, we were finally tested, and it was tight. Loreto started well, managing to score 2 goals in the first half. Lauren Disney slotted through 1 goal for St Peter’s Girls. The defence of both teams was amazing and special mention to Lily Forby who was particularly strong in her role as ‘general of defence’. Even though this was our first defeat for the season, the girls showed grit and perseverance right up to the final whistle. – Mark Routley (Coach)

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