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eNews – Week 1, Term 1 2021

Issue no. 1Enews-bannerAdelaide Schools

From Our Principal

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As a diehard Hawthorn supporter, I’ve been fortunate to journey to the MCG on that last Saturday in September and see them enjoy the ultimate success. 2014 was an extraordinary year. In a remarkable achievement, the Hawks overcame a number of challenges throughout the season to win the flag, including injuries to many key players and even Senior Coach Alastair Clarkson forced to sit out five weeks while recovering from the rare illness, Guillain-Barré syndrome. They went into the Grand Final as huge underdogs. But they were a well-coached team and had great faith in their people, their structures and their game plan, dismantling Sydney with ferocious pressure and pinpoint accuracy of disposal by hand and foot. So, despite the seemingly never-ending pile of obstacles that attempted to derail their progress throughout the season, they went on to win, what is viewed by many, as the greatest premiership in the club’s history.

That performance was a great analogy for the 2020 school year. Despite all the challenges that 2020 presented, our Year 12 cohort did us proud, achieving a median ATAR of 94.05. But our girls did so much more than excel in the classroom and, yet again, the list of achievements across 2020 was mind blowing. We were premiers in Badminton, Water Polo, Lacrosse and Hockey, we were State Triathlon champions, All Schools Cross Country State Relay champions, placed 1st in the South Australian National Aerobics series, won five State Championships in Rowing, were IGSSA Swimming champions and IGSSA Athletics champions for the fifth year in a row.

Despite restrictions due to COVID-19, our girls remained heavily involved in the Creative Arts. At the Australian National Choral Association Showcase, three of our ensembles secured a Gold award. Enchante, our senior ensemble, was also awarded overall championship winner of the Advanced Contemporary Division, and In-Ta Jazz, with girls mostly from Middle School, was announced as the overall championship winner of the Intermediate Division. Our ensembles won numerous medals at ABODA, with the Concert Band and Senior Strings both scoring Gold.

So, as you can see, not even a world pandemic could stop us from excelling across the board. And why? Because we too had faith in our people, our structures and our ‘game plan’. With the right people and the right culture, a school can overcome any challenge. Even for that momentary period where things moved online, our girls maintained quality relationships with their teachers, coaches, conductors and other mentors. As a community, we rallied around our girls to ensure that sense of normalcy, allowing them to be the amazing individuals that they are. And for that reason, just like Hawthorn in 2014, last year should be remembered as one of the finest in the School’s history.

Building Works

As many of you would have witnessed on Wednesday, the Junior School transformation is almost complete, with the arrival of some new furniture for the breakout spaces in mid-February to signal the end of the project. Raising the ceiling and replacing the cement walls with floor to ceiling glass has given the space a great sense of openness and transparency, similar to that achieved in the Middle School. Our girls love their new spaces and are excited to see what the year has in store.

Staffing News

We are delighted to welcome a number of new staff to the School:

  • In the ELC, Jess Catt joins the teaching team in Learning Community 1 along with Kathryn McCabe who will teach in Learning Community 2 whilst Kirsty Porplycia is on long service leave; Courtney Sandford joins our dedicated team of co-educators
  • Tommy Peak is our new Director of Sport
  • Annie Keane joins the Mathematics Faculty and Themis Zacharoyannis has joined the Science Faculty
  • Alastair Eglinton will be teaching PE in the Junior School
  • Amy Kan will teach Chinese
  • Kendall Latzel will be teaching Music to our Reception classes

In addition, I’m excited to introduce Nicole Foster in a new role as Scientist in Residence. Schools regularly employ artists in residence, but this appointment is a first. It will be great to have a young female scientist work with our girls, demonstrate what it is to conduct scientific research and generate discussion about the many paths possible in the world of Science.

Community Events

It’s no secret that parental involvement is an integral part of a successful educational framework, and we are always indebted to those who choose to volunteer in the many different capacities available in a school such as ours. I’m also very aware of how difficult it can be to regularly attend meetings as you balance the competing demands of family and work. So this year, rather than having regular P&F meetings on a Monday evening, we’re trialing a new structure. At the start of each term, there will be a Zoom meeting hosted by myself, Melissa Westgate and Fiona McGregor. We are asking that all Year Level Representatives and Chairs of the various support groups attend. At the first meeting on 8 February between 6 and 7pm, we will finalise the list of community events to be held this year. It will also be an opportunity to check that year group events don’t clash, given that many families have multiple daughters at the School. We will then seek volunteers for each event, hoping that all of you will find an opportunity to be involved. These Zoom meetings are open to all parents. So, if you have a great idea for a community event, or you’d simply like to listen to the conversation, please join us via Zoom; you can find the login details in the Community article below.

I look forward to seeing you all at our Welcome Drinks on the Lawns next Friday night. Please scan the QR code upon arrival. Due to social distancing requirements, the tables will be further spread out than usual. In addition, there will be no formalities as speaking to a large group outside in which individuals are correctly socially distanced simply isn’t feasible. It will still be a wonderful evening and I hope you take the opportunity to connect with fellow parents and our staff.

Best wishes for the term ahead.

Julia Shea
Principal

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Picture-Perfect Start to 2021 at Saints Girls

Receptions & Yr 12s

To celebrate the beginning of another exciting school year, some of our new Receptions posed for this special photo with four of our Year 12 students who also started their schooling journey as Receptions at St Peter’s Girls.

Our newest Saints Girls loved their very first ‘first day of school’, while our Year 12s savoured their last ‘first day of school.’

As we kick off the school year, we invite families to ‘Like’ us on Facebook, and follow us on Instagram.

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Welcome Drinks on the Lawns – Next Friday

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We warmly invite all parents to celebrate the new school year at our traditional ‘Welcome Drinks on the Lawns’ next Friday 5 February from 7 to 9pm on Chiverton Lawns.

This annual event is a great opportunity for parents to meet or reconnect with other parents, teachers and school staff in a relaxed atmosphere. Food and drinks will be provided, and please note that this event is exclusively for adults only. We ask that guests scan the QR code provided upon arrival.

Please seek out your Year Level Representatives and chat with our Community Relations staff on the night to learn about our volunteering opportunities and the social and community events we are planning for 2021 here at Saints Girls.

Friday 5 February
7 – 9pm
Chiverton Lawns, St Peter’s Girls’ School

Melissa Westgate
Foundation Manager

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Meet Our New Director of Sport

New Director of Sports

Sport has always played an important part in my life, providing opportunities for travel, work and many friendships. In my youth, growing up in a small country village, I would take any opportunity to play sport, with football (soccer), cricket and running being my three main passions. The PE teachers at school were all influential in my school life and I went on to play socially in their staff teams. In a career meeting with one of these teachers, I decided to work towards a career in sport and chose to study Sport and Exercise Science, graduating from Liverpool John Moores University in 2009.

Throughout my time at university, I was conscious of gaining experience working in sport and was heavily involved in coaching, refereeing and sport administration, in addition to working in a professional football academy in the Sports Science department. After graduating, I moved to America where I spent two years coaching football for teams, colleges and on residential camps. This was a fantastic learning experience and provided opportunities to reflect on my coaching and to develop my session planning and communication skills. It also provided a fantastic opportunity for travel, as I was able to live in New York and work across eight of the eastern states.

In 2012, I moved to Australia and Queensland’s Gold Coast, where I soon accepted the role of Director of Coaching and Operations at Viva Soccer, a non-profit coaching organisation which worked with many schools and clubs in South East Queensland. My first role within a school was at Redeemer Lutheran College, where I oversaw a strategic overhaul of the Sports program, changing associations and introducing a high-performance program. This initiative continued in my previous role at Grace Lutheran College, where we established a high-performance program which has grown to in excess of 80 students across two campuses who participate in strength and conditioning, high-performance mental skills and growth planning.

I am passionate about using sport as a vehicle to improve mental health and wellbeing, by accepting challenges and managing both success and failure as an opportunity for progress. At Saints Girls, I aim to continue to develop the strong Sports program and sense of school pride through quality, exciting and innovative opportunities for our girls.

I am a Harry Potter fanatic and will happily challenge anyone to a game of Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit! Here, you’ll see my competitive side really come out!

I look forward to seeing you all soon and supporting Saints Girls on the courts, field, track and water.

Tommy Peak
Director of Sport

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Podium Finish for Multitalented Athletes

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Saints Girls past and present blitzed the State Multi Event Championships earlier this month, competing in Hurdles, High Jump, Shot Put, 200m, Long Jump, Javelin and 800m over two days in searing heat at the SA Athletics Stadium.

Congratulations to (L-R) Open Gold medallist Christine (Patteson 2014), U16 Silver medallist Carys, U16 Gold medallist Charlotte and U18 Silver medallist Olivia.

Charlotte shared with us her experience:

“The State Multi Event Championships was unlike any other event. The weather was very hot which made it a lot harder, but we pushed through and all did very well. It was really fun and I was able to meet new people and participate in events that I wouldn’t usually do. It was a great experience.”

Congratulations girls!

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Oarsome Time at Rowing Camp

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For many, the school holidays are a chance to rest and relax, but for the girls in the Rowing program, it is also a time to train and prepare for the 2021 SA Schools’ Head of the River. Last week, all rowers from Year 8 to 12 took to Mannum for the January Rowing Camp. This was an excellent opportunity for rowers of all levels to build on developments made in Term 4 2020 and prepare for the upcoming racing season!

For many of our Junior rowers, this was their first ever rowing camp, and they showed great resilience through the tough training conditions. All squads made big improvements throughout the camp, and despite some minor challenges, took the opportunity to clock up the kilometres. Camp was not all work though as we also took time for girls to bond between year levels and have some fun during the five day stay. Camp finished with racing between all of the squads and it was terrific to see them rowing together and rowing well.

We look forward to seeing what success Saints Girls can achieve in the 2021 racing season. Go Saints!

Brynley Millward
Director of Rowing


School Photos – Next Week

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Focus School Portraits will be at school on Tuesday 2 February and Wednesday 3 February to take our school photos.

A special St Peter’s Girls’ package has been designed just for our families where each student will receive the following photos:

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

There is no additional cost to families as this has been incorporated into your fees. Should you wish to purchase extra packs, photos or items such as key rings, mugs, jigsaws etc., you can visit www.focusschoolportraits.com to order these online.

Sibling photos will be taken during lunch on Tuesday 2 February on Chiverton Lawns. Order forms for each family have been distributed to class and Home Group teachers. For families with students in the ELC, school photos will be taken in Term 2. Forms will be distributed closer to the time.

Class/Home Group teachers have the schedule and will have communicated photo times to the girls.

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

Fiona McGregor
Events Coordinator
Community Relations Officer

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Swimming Carnival 2021

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Friday 19 February

A reminder that the Years 4 to 12 Swimming Carnival is scheduled to be held on Friday of Week 4 at the Adelaide Aquatic Centre.

More details including COVID-19 measures, bus transportation and the day’s program will be provided over the next fortnight.

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

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Restrictions on Fruit Movement

Important Notice

The Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA) has introduced restrictions on the movement of fruit to help combat a number of Mediterranean fruit fly outbreaks.

Home-grown produce: if you are in an outbreak or suspension area, keep your fresh home-grown fruit or fruiting vegetables on your property.

Shop-bought produce: if you live in a fruit fly outbreak or suspension area, host fruit and fruiting vegetables purchased from a retail outlet must be kept secure when taken home – this means in a sealed bag or container – and it must then remain at home. This means host fruit and fruiting vegetables must not be included in lunch boxes or otherwise moved around.

Menu items containing host fruit (e.g. salads, sandwiches/rolls) are still available for purchase from the School’s Tuck Shop as our deliveries are received directly from a supplier; however, any items with host fruit purchased from Tuck must be consumed on school grounds and not taken home.

In addition, host fruit found discarded on school grounds is to be placed into a sealable bag and safely disposed of.

The restrictions are in place until at least 15 April 2021 and only apply to fruit fly host produce – find the full list at pir.sa.gov.au/fruitfly-produce

Items such as melons, pumpkins, root and leaf vegetables (potatoes, carrots, celery, cucumbers and herbs) are not host produce and do not have any movement restrictions.

Please note, it is the responsibility of families to follow these restrictions, and the Department for Education has advised that preschools and schools are not required to monitor students and/or their lunchboxes.

For more information, click here.

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Community at Saints Girls

Parents are a vibrant and important part of the St Peter’s Girls’ community. Many opportunities are available to become involved with the School, connect with other community members and build strong and lasting friendships. At the start of each term in 2021, all parents are invited to attend an information/collaboration meeting on Zoom with Principal Julia Shea and our Community Relations staff. At these meetings, parents will be updated on upcoming community activities and will hear from Julia. This will give parents an opportunity to get involved in our community events, ask questions, offer advice and provide constructive feedback. For more information, please contact me via 0407 394 183 or mwestgate@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au

Community Meeting Term 1
Monday 8 February, 6 – 7 pm, Food Tech Centre

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84672322430?pwd=MGVPQk5mU1JlWVh6UmUwNitlcUEzQT09

Meeting ID: 846 7232 2430
Passcode: 076728

Friends of The Arts Community Group Meetings Term 1
Monday 1 February, 7pm, Music and Arts Offices
Wednesday 10 March, 7.30pm, Music and Arts Offices

Contact: Danielle Parker  dslparker@gmail.com

Saints Sport Support Group Meetings Term 1
Tuesday 9 February, 6.30pm, Food Tech Centre
Tuesday 16 March, 6.30pm, Food Tech Centre

Contact: Katie Lucas  Katie.Lucas@opencolleges.edu.au

Friends of Rowing Meetings Term 1
Tuesday 2 February, 6.30pm, Food Tech Centre
Tuesday 2 March, 6.30pm, Food Tech Centre

Contact: Ed Parker  edontheroadagain@hotmail.com

Melissa Westgate
Foundation Manager

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Bushfire Action Plan

It is timely to remind families about the School’s Bushfire Action Plan.

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

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

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COVID-19 Measures

With the school year underway, please note the following information regarding our continued COVID-19 response.

The School has introduced a QR code tracing system to facilitate the safe return of parents on site, in line with wider government measures. Parents entering the campus to drop off or collect their children will need to scan the QR code provided each time. This also applies to parents visiting the School for events such as parent information evenings or sports training/matches.

Please note updated advice that parents and visitors with more formal appointments at the School, such as meeting a staff member, are still required to sign in/out at Front Office and now also need to scan the QR code as well for government tracing purposes.

Adults who do not have a device to scan the QR code need to write their details on the paper form provided in the Front Office.

Parents who remain in their vehicles in the main car park do not need to scan in, and students do not need to scan in as the School already tracks daily attendance.

Logistics around events will be shared in due course, dependent upon the latest advice. Attendance numbers, particularly for indoor events, will still need to be restricted to facilitate social distancing. As an outdoor event, our Welcome Drinks on the Lawns on Friday 5 February is open to all parents, but please remember to scan the QR code upon arrival.

The following general requirements remain in place:

  • Ensure adults maintain a distance of 1.5m from each other.
  • Practise sound hand washing and other hygiene measures.
  • Students should remain at home if they are unwell; please notify the School of absences by calling 8334 2200, emailing attendance@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au, or texting 0428 601 957.

We thank all of our families for your cooperation.

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2021 School Immunisation Program

The information below is provided by Eastern Health Authority

Immunisation Information for Parents/Legal Guardians of Year 8 and 10 Students

The SA School Immunisation Program will be offered at your school by Eastern Health Authority.

All Year 8 students will be offered:

2 doses of the human papillomavirus vaccine, Gardasil®9 at two separate visits.
1 dose of the diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough vaccine, Boostrix®.

All Year 10 students will be offered:

2 doses of the meningococcal B vaccine, Bexsero® at 2 separate visits.
1 dose of the meningococcal ACWY vaccine, Nimenrix®.

Immunisation consent packs will be sent home with all Year 8 and 10 students. It is important that you read the information contained in the packs before you give consent for your child to be vaccinated at school. If you have any questions about this program, please contact Eastern Health Authority via 8132 3600 or www.eha.sa.gov.au

All parents/legal guardians are to complete, sign and return the consent cards, even if you do not consent for the student to be vaccinated at school. Students aged 16 years and above can consent for themselves.

If you do not receive an immunisation consent pack from your child, please ask for one at the school’s Front Office.

If you do not want your child to be vaccinated at school, please contact Eastern Health Authority to arrange for your child to receive the free vaccines. If you go to your local doctor for the vaccination, they will need to order the vaccine and may charge a consultation fee.

Remember to keep your child’s School Immunisation Program records in a safe place as they may be required for future employment or travel.

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Sports News

At Saints Girls, we love hearing about and sharing sport results and news, whether it be achievements at school or externally. Please email information to our Director of Sport, Tommy Peak, via tpeak@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au

From Our Sport Prefect

After the challenges and interruptions last year, I’m sure the entire Saints Girls’ community is looking forward to a successful year of sport in 2021! Sport at Saints provides girls with the widest opportunities to learn new skills, develop friendships, improve fitness and participate at representative level. Whether you want to try something new, connect with other students or realise individual potential, sport has something for you.

In Term 1 alone, there are countless opportunities to get involved in the sporting community whether it’s at Swimming Carnival, Head of the River or Summer Interhouse, just to name a few. This is a particularly exciting year as we are led by our new Director of Sport, Tommy Peak, who is sure to bring lots of energy and enthusiasm to the program.

Good luck girls for the term ahead – I can’t wait to see what amazing sporting feats are achieved in 2021!

Sophie
Sport Prefect

State Open Swimming Championships

Congratulations to Alice Braithwaite and Poppy Marshall who competed in the 2021 SA State Open Championships at Marion from 22 to 24 January. Both girls had some amazing swims and represented their clubs and Saints Girls extremely well.

Lara
Swimming Captain

eNews – Week 8, Term 4 2020

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From Our Chair of the Board of Governors

Despite a year of challenges, Saints Girls have stayed the course, much as our founding Sisters responded when faced with adversity. Whilst there have been unparalleled obstacles, the true character of our community has shone through. Indeed, there has been much to give thanks for and celebrate.

W8 - JSIn Sport, the School’s recent dominance grew even stronger with our girls winning the coveted IGSSA Athletics Carnival for a phenomenal fifth year running, and the IGSSA Swimming Shield for the fourth time in five years. In Rowing, our 1st VIII and other exceptional crews were crowned 2020 State Champions. In addition, our girls also achieved top trophies, pennants and medals in sports such as Badminton, Hockey, Lacrosse, Water Polo, Aerobics, Cross Country and more. Much of this success can be attributed to the passion and expertise of our outgoing Director of Sport Neil Fuller who has served 12 outstanding years in the role. Neil is excited to be joining our Property Services team and we look forward to his continued contribution.

In the Creative Arts, Saints Girls once again flourished across all spheres. When audience performances were not possible, our Music students unleashed their talents brilliantly online, attracting national and international acclaim. Our senior Dance and Drama students delivered performances of the highest calibre, and our Year 5 girls were magical in their production of Matilda the Musical JR. Creativity has also been abundant through the Symphony of Languages platform in our ELC, all the way through to our new Visual Arts space where girls have been igniting their imagination.

In typical fashion, our students shone across a host of academic pursuits, claiming top honours in the International Ethics Olympiad and Microsoft’s Artificial Intelligence competition, and 2nd prize in the University of Adelaide’s Shark Tank eSchool challenge, building upon previous success.

Another highlight has been the continued transformation of the School’s facilities, with new Junior School classrooms, a state-of-the-art Media Hub, dynamic spaces for our IT and Learning Strategies teams, and extensive restorations of our historic Chiverton building. Over the holidays, we expect to complete the upgrade of classrooms along the Junior School corridor, and we look forward to sharing news of further developments in the near future.

Our 2020 – 2022 Strategic Plan is well on its way to reinforcing our reputation as a world-class deliverer of girls’ education. We have continued to advance across our integral focus areas of Academics, Wellbeing, Staff, Co-Curricular, Spaces and Places, Community and Organisational Sustainability. Highlights in 2020 have included establishing the framework for a new personalised and futures-focused careers program, enhancing technological capabilities such as data analytics to better track and support student progress, and reviewing our subjects and curriculum to optimise opportunities for our girls. In fact, a new Year 10 elective subject recently received a prestigious honour in being named on ‘The Educator Innovative Schools 2020’ list. Designed in-house by our talented teachers, Engineering for Global Change (E4GC) traverses the curriculum, encouraging our girls to develop creative and agile solutions to future challenges.

As we approach the end of this extraordinary year, I wish to pay tribute to our Principal Julia Shea for her meticulous and consistent leadership through uncharted waters. Indeed, the Senior Leadership Team is to be commended for their collective endeavours, so too my faithful colleagues on the Board of Governors who have provided a steady hand of guidance; my sincerest thanks to members Bronwyn Corbet, Bishop Tim Harris, Lisa Jarrett, Michelle Kennedy, Andy Keough, James Lawes, Paul Sherlock and James Young.

Once again, our passionate teachers and support staff have been the backbone of the School, putting our girls first at every turn. This was particularly evident during the seven days of remote online learning where staff worked tirelessly to remain connected with families. I also take this opportunity to recognise our loyal volunteers and generous donors whose invaluable contributions have taken on added significance this year; your support means the world to our girls, now and into the future. And of course, I extend my deepest thanks to our wonderful parents and students for their patience, flexibility and collaboration in facing the changing climate together.

Finally, congratulations to our Class of 2020. Your resilience, determination and courage have provided inspiration to all around you and I have no doubt you will go on to become women of character and influence. The challenges you have overcome and the composure you have demonstrated have, I am sure, strengthened your resolve for the years ahead. We look forward to following your continued success as you begin your next chapter.

Jeremy Schultz
Chair, Board of Governors

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From Our Principal

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juliashea_web-200x300-200x300As we reach the end of the school year, we bid farewell to some members of staff.

Thank you to Tony Houey and Monique McLeay who completed short-term contracts with us this year.

Thomas Barclay and Chris Carey have taught in our Science Department for the past two years. We thank them both for their wonderful contribution to Saints Girls and wish them well in their new positions.

Hayley McLauchlan joined the School as Communications Coordinator in early 2017. Her talents in graphic design, video production and other pursuits have been thoroughly enjoyed by the School community and we wish Hayley well in her new position.

Susanna Anderson started working in the Enrolments Team in 2016. She has been a ‘triple threat’, wearing the parent, Old Scholar and staff member hats simultaneously. Susanna’s passion for the School is palpable and we thank her for all her work over the past four years.

Mel Angel joined the ELC teaching team in 2017. She has had a significant impact on our School and we wish her all the best as she relocates overseas.

We also say farewell to three of our ELC co-educators – Donna Connolly, Magdalena Mos and Jaye Bessell – and thank them for the important role they’ve played in the development of our youngest students.

It would be hard to find anyone more ardent and enthusiastic about Mathematics than Heather Lines. After seven years with us, Heather’s illustrious teaching career is coming to an end as retirement beckons. We thank Heather for all that she has given to Saints Girls and wish her and her husband Kevin all the best in the next exciting stage of their lives.

We have some wonderful new staff joining us at the start of 2021 and I look forward to introducing them to you early next year. You will have an opportunity to meet them at the annual ‘Drinks on the Lawns’ to be held on Friday 5 February 2021.

Finally, I would like to echo Jeremy’s words above and thank all of our staff for their amazing contribution this year. Any organisation is only as good as its people and we are so lucky to have staff members who will always go the extra mile for this wonderful School.

May your home be filled with love, peace and joy throughout the coming weeks. For those of you with loved ones interstate, I hope all the borders will be open so that you can spend the festive season together. Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a blessed new year.

Julia Shea
Principal

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Holy Night – Carols in the School Chapel

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Angelic harmonies filled our School Chapel last night as many of our talented Music girls delivered our annual Carols Service.

The evening was comprised of two sessions, with both featuring poignant and celebratory songs and prayers. A special thank you to Lily Marshall (Year 6) and Ariel Spartalis (Year 9) for designing beautiful illustrations for the event.

The live stream recordings from last night can be viewed for the next week via these links:

Junior School Carols 2020

Middle/Senior School Carols 2020

Junior Carols Service Event Program
Senior Carols Service Event Program

And please enjoy some precious highlights in this short video:

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Congratulations to Our Outgoing Director of Sport

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Neil Fuller (OAM) has been an inspiration to our students across all sporting pursuits since joining the School as Director of Sport in 2008. His achievements in athletics are legendary, including six Paralympic Gold medals and eight World Championship titles. He is a member of the South Australia Sport Hall of Fame and is listed on the Australian Institute of Sport’s ‘Best of the Best’ honour roll.

Neil has helped elevate the School’s sporting platform to unprecedented heights, empowering girls to achieve their goals at every opportunity. He is excited to be joining our Property Services team and we look forward to his continued contribution at St Peter’s Girls.

“There have been so many amazing highlights, and being involved as the School has increased in size and upgraded facilities has been worth every minute,” Neil said.

“I have always tried to enable, create and foster a fantastic sporting culture across all ages, primarily to simply have pride in representing the School at whatever level girls choose, and with that, aimed to become as successful as possible which we have achieved in recent years, dominating the IGSSA competition in Athletics and Swimming.

To be able to support the development of girls across a wide range of sports has been extremely rewarding, especially in providing opportunities for Old Scholars who wish to return as coaches or officiators.”

Here are just some of Neil’s memorable highlights:

  • Establishing an Old Scholars’ Soccer Team (2012-2015)
  • Initiating, planning and establishing the Saints Girls’ Hall of Fame (2014)
  • Implementing the Intercol with Walford (2017)
  • Travelling with teams for sport to Melbourne and Canberra (Athletics) and to the Gold Coast and Brisbane (Netball)
  • Involvement in improvements and upgrades to develop the multi-purpose courts and the synthetic long jump run-up
  • Successful introduction of additional programs such as Aerobics, Cross Country, Aussie Rules, Lacrosse, Rowing, Touch Football and the Kelly Sports multi-sports program.

Thank you Neil for your magnificent service!

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Heartwarming Scenes at ELC Hat Ceremony

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This week, we celebrated a very special Saints Girls’ tradition: the ELC Hat Ceremony!

Our 2021 Receptions were excited to accept their ‘big school’ hat and bag with the help of our incoming Prefects.

We wish them all the best for school next year!

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Year 6 Exhibition Goes Global

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The Exhibition is the final step in the Primary Years Programme journey. The Year 6 students all chose a personal project that connected to the idea that, ‘Global citizens can take action for the future of the planet.’

Each student represented their learning in a visual way, explained their thinking behind it and created a digital message to share the knowledge they developed over the course of this project. The students also kept a journal of the process and spent time reflecting on the skills and dispositions they needed to complete this unit of work.

The girls proudly showcased their work in our Science Centre this week. Staff and students from a variety of year levels visited the displays to hear each student share their learnings and articulate the important ‘take away’ messages designed to raise awareness and interest around very worthwhile global topics.

Helen Smith
Deputy Head of Junior School / IB PYP Coordinator

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Young Achievers Score Maths and English Awards

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It was fabulous to see the majority of Junior School girls challenge themselves by sitting the Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC) and the ICAS English and Mathematics competitions this year. We are very proud of all of the girls, especially those who set themselves the goal of working outside of their comfort zone. Over and above their High Distinction awards, Lauren Fuller was awarded a medal for her achievements in the ICAS English Competition and Xielan Ouyang was awarded a medal for her results in the ICAS Mathematics Competition. We congratulate the following students for receiving High Distinctions in these competitions:

ICAS English
Lily Croser-Barlow (Year 3)
Grace Marshall (Year 3)
Lauren Fuller (Year 5)

ICAS Mathematics
Xielan Ouyang (Year 5)

Australian Mathematics Competition
Sasha Connor (Year 3)
Erin Liau (Year 3)

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From Our IB and SACE Coordinators

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As SACE and IB Coordinators, we field many questions from students and parents about our programs and entry to tertiary studies. To help you understand the many issues which will inform your decisions around pathways, subjects and careers, we would like to welcome you to a series of articles, the first of which talks about ATAR versus selection rank. Should you have any questions that you would like us to address in our articles, please do email them through to us as we are here to help. With Year 12 results soon to be released, our first topic relates to understanding them.

We must start talking about ‘selection rank’

One word that dominates senior schools around the country more than any other is ‘ATAR’.

“The ATAR is a rank given to students on a range from 0 to 99.95 to show their competitiveness, or how well they have performed, in relation to other Year 12 students in Australia.” (SATAC Guide 2021)

Okay, well that seems simple enough. Students around the country study in different states, different systems and they study different subjects. The ATAR provides a way in which to compare results. So, the ATAR is what universities use to determine which students are offered places in courses, right?

No.

What? Now we’re confused. We need to look closely at this…

Universities do not use the ATAR to decide whether your daughter is offered a place in their course. Instead, they use a selection rank.

“The selection rank is used to determine a student’s competitiveness relative to other applicants for the same course.” (SATAC Guide 2021)

This means that the selection rank depends on:

• the course you are applying for
• the subjects you have studied at high school
• and possibly, equity access considerations

Selection ranks are determined by using adjustment factors in combination with the ATAR. Subject-based adjustments are designed to encourage enrolments in certain subjects at high school rather than reward outcomes; although naturally, a passing level of achievement is required. Adjustments do not change your ATAR but they may change your selection rank for a particular course.

In South Australia, subject-based adjustment factors can be earned by way of the Language, Literacy and Mathematics Scheme for a maximum of two subjects from:

SACE: English, English Literary Studies, any LOTE subject (Language Other Than English), Mathematical Methods, Specialist Mathematics.

A minimum score of C- is required.

IB: English, any LOTE subject (Language Other Than English), Mathematics: analysis and approaches.

A minimum score of 3 for higher level and 4 for standard level is required.

Note, every successful IB Diploma student automatically earns the full subject adjustment factor. A table of selection ranks can be seen here.

Below is an example of what a selection rank might look like (based on 2020 admissions):

SACE student (with English & Mathematical Methods)
ATAR 90
Selection Rank 94.65

SACE student (with English)
ATAR 90
Selection Rank 92.50

IB Diploma student (IB score of 33)
ATAR 90
Selection Rank 94.65

Almost all degrees in South Australia such as Law, Finance, Business, Health Sciences (including Dentistry), Education, Engineering, Science, Humanities, Information Technology, etc. will all use the selection rank as their cut-off score, not the ATAR.

There are a small handful of degrees, notably Medicine, which do not apply subject adjustment factors, and so the ATAR is also the selection rank (unless there are other applicable equity adjustment factors). As those of you who have looked into Medicine entry will well understand, the ATAR is the very last piece of the ‘med entry’ puzzle. For example, at the University of Adelaide, the UCAT score is considered (20%) and based on this only, students are invited for an interview (40%). If a student successfully navigates these two pieces, the ATAR (40%) makes up the final piece. High UCAT scorers typically also earn high ATARs. It cannot be said that the reverse is true. Too often, students choose subjects to maximise their ATAR but fail to develop the “mental abilities, attitudes, and professional behaviours required for new doctors to be successful in their clinical careers” (health.adelaide.edu.au), which is what the UCAT is designed to identify. It is important to engage in learning which develops these qualities if medicine is your aim.

Interstate universities take a different approach to selection ranks as they do not apply a blanket method as South Australia does. Each university applies its own adjustment factor depending on the subjects studied at high school and the intended university course. Both SACE and IB students are eligible for these subject adjustment factors which will determine their selection rank for that course.

We hope this now moves your conversation with your daughter from ATARs to the more meaningful ‘selection ranks’.

We look forward to helping your daughter find her interests and to flourish in the study of them.

Karen Alderson (SACE Coordinator)
Carolyn Farr (IB Coordinator)

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Out of the Blue Arts Journal

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After seven months of hard work, the Out of the Blue Arts Journal is finally off the ground! A group of Year 10 and 11 students have worked tirelessly in creating this journal, filled with amazing art from the School community. During this experience, we have found ourselves reflecting on the importance of art, not just within the Saints’ community, but also within our day-to-day lives. Despite the many struggles coronavirus has brought to the world of art, such as concerts being cancelled and art galleries and museums being forced to close, art has been more prevalent than ever this year, as people have drawn to it for comfort.

I’m sure I can speak for many girls within our community when I say that, amidst the hardest parts of this year, we have turned to music, television, poetry, books and drawing to help us both escape hard times, and reflect upon them. It’s clear that art is so important to us all as a way of forming connections, having fun and finding comfort. We hope that this journal becomes another way in which people can find comfort, whether it’s through producing art for the journal itself or through the process of reading and experiencing the art that our girls have to offer.

As we’re so passionate about the importance of art to communities, we’ve decided to donate all of our profits to First Nations Bedtime Stories, an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander charity dedicated to sharing Aboriginal art with the rest of Australia. The charity works towards reconciliation through the sharing of art and culture, demonstrating one of the ways in which art has the power to be incredibly healing. We hope to make continued donations to this charity as next year we will pass on the baton to a new committee in order to make Out of the Blue not just an annual book, but one that is always new and innovative.

I’d like to send a shout out to Victoria Thorp, Emeshe Robson, Holly Wallman-Craddock, Cynthia He, Katija Franchi and Emily Teague for all their hard work on the committee this year, turning this dream into a reality.

Thank you to everyone who submitted art – we could not have done this without you. We hope that next year will be even bigger and better, and that you will help us to do this through your continued support and art submissions.

Sara Peak
Out of the Blue Committee Member

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New Chapter for Little Street Library

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In collaboration with the City of Burnside, Year 5 artists were lucky enough to paint a Little Street Library. They were inspired by Adelaide landscape artist Hans Heysen and in particular his 1894 painting ‘The Wet Road’. In awe of Heysen’s clever cloud painting techniques, the artists chose to cover the Little Library in clouds.

Street Libraries are a beautiful home for books and are accessible from the street. Books come and go and no one needs to check them in or out. People in the community can simply reach in and take what interests them, and when they are done, they can return them to the Street Library network, or pass them onto friends. If anyone has a book or two that they think others would enjoy, they can just pop it into any Street Library they happen to be walking past. They are a symbol of trust and hope – ‘a tiny vestibule of literary happiness’.

Sarah Casson
Junior Art Teacher

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Year 2 Chefs Cook Up a Storm

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Home Fresh Cooking School provided an amazing culinary experience for the Year 2 girls recently as we celebrated our learning journey together.

This event was a culmination of our ‘Who we are’ unit of inquiry that, ‘People can make choices that affect their health and wellbeing.’ The girls learnt how to peel, chop and baste and bake as they created chicken or eggplant parmigiana, roast vegetables and a special Oreo cookie dessert.

The delight on their faces as they tried new foods was truly magic and we hope this is the start of their cooking adventures for life.

Kathryn Clark and Rebecca Greenhalgh
Year 2 Teachers

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Junior School Vacation Care

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

December 2020 / January 2021 Vacation Care Program

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

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Holiday Opening / Closing Times

The School’s Front Office will be closed from 5pm Friday 18 December 2020 until 8am Monday 11 January 2021.

The School Shop will be closed from 6pm Thursday 10 December 2020 until 9am Monday 18 January 2021.
School Shop Opening hours from 18 – 22 January are as follows:
Monday 18 from 9am – 4pm; Tuesday 19 from 9am – 4pm; Wednesday 20 from 1 – 4pm; Thursday 21 from 9am – midday; Friday 22 from 9am – 4pm. To help reduce your waiting time, it is advisable that you call the School Shop on 8334 2228 prior to coming in.

The IT Hub will be open for much of the holiday break from 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday, but will be closed from 4pm Friday 18 December 2020 to 8am Monday 4 January 2021.

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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Heart and Sole from The Athlete’s Foot

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At our Assembly on Monday 16 November, Byron Davis, Director of The Athlete’s Foot Burnside, presented P&F President Bronwyn Bartter with a cheque for $890.

We encourage our community members to please support this continuing promotion. When you visit The Athlete’s Foot Burnside, $5 from every shoe purchased by anyone connected to our community will be donated back to St Peter’s Girls’ School.

This is an ongoing partnership, so please let their staff know that you would like your donation to come to Saints Girls when you make a purchase.

Thank you for your support!

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Volunteer Musicians Spread Joy

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A few weeks ago, Saints Girls’ musicians Samantha Li, Caitlin Middelberg, Lauren Parker, Abigail Papps and Annie Bui volunteered their time to busk at the All Souls Church at St Peters to bring a little cheer and music to support a fundraising event.

Well done for giving up your time to share your beautiful music.

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Year Level Parent Reps for 2021

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Are you a Reception, Year 6, 7 or 9 parent next year? We need you!

We’ve been recruiting and receiving nominations for Year Level Parent Representatives for 2021.

Our structure has been simplified and this will not be an onerous or time-consuming task. This is, however, a great way to socialise and connect with other School families.

We are looking to recruit four parents per year level. If you are interested in volunteering at our community events or becoming a Parent Representative for 2021, please contact me in the Community Relations Office for more information via 8334 2244 or mwestgate@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au.

Melissa Westgate
Foundation Manager

 

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Meningococcal ACWY – Catch Up Program

The School Immunisation Program for 2020 includes Meningococcal ACWY (Nimenrix) for all Year 10 students only. Young people aged 15 to 19 are eligible for a government-funded Meningococcal ACWY catch up program.

As your School’s immunisation provider, Eastern Health Authority can offer this free vaccination service to students in Year 10 who may have missed vaccination this year, or Year 11 and 12 students who have not previously been immunised. For families residing within our council areas, we are also able to offer this catch up vaccination to adolescents under the age of 20 who may have left the School in recent years.

Meningococcal is a rare but very serious and often life-threatening disease, with adolescents at increased risk. Available vaccination for Meningococcal includes protection from B strain (Bexsero – provided at Year 10 at school) and A, C, W and Y strains (Nimenrix – provided at Year 10 at school). W and Y strains are becoming more prevalent in Australia, with Meningococcal W having a higher fatality rate than other types of Meningococcal disease.

We strongly encourage those eligible for this vaccination to visit one of our clinics to help protect themselves from this disease.

Book online via eha.sa.gov.au or phone 8132 3600 for further information.

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eNews – Week 7, Term 4 2020

Issue no. 37Enews-banner

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From Our Director of Early Learning

Building Citizenship Through Our Service Learning Program

Kate-ProfileI would like to sincerely thank all members of our ELC and School for your community spirit in 2020. Despite the many challenges that we have faced, some wonderful opportunities across our School have emerged. One of these, for me, has been my involvement in the Service Learning Program.

This year, I have had the privilege of working alongside our School Chaplain, Thomas Bassett, in the area of establishing an ELC to Year 12 Service Learning Program as part of our School’s Strategic Plan. This has involved writing a School Mission for Service Learning, as well as creating a clear plan of Service Learning opportunities across the four Sub-Schools for 2021.

As part of the program, the Early Learners’ Centre has been cultivating a key partnership with The Smith Family. We were keen to establish a plan to ensure we are upholding our School’s Service Learning Mission:

For all students from ELC to Year 12 to grow in genuine, meaningful and practical service towards others through school-supported Service Learning opportunities.

How could we connect our students with The Smith Family in order to provide genuine and meaningful service? We decided to embark on the ‘Giving Tree’ concept for Christmas as a starting point. We invited Rhianna from The Smith Family in to explain the purpose behind giving to others via the Toy and Book Appeal. In contrast to previous years where we have established a giving tree, this year is different. It is about the children taking responsibility for driving the purchase of the gift to place under the tree knowing that it will make a difference in the lives of others. Having Rhianna talk to the children at the commencement of this mission enabled us all to hear a shared message, and for the teachers to build upon this in the remaining weeks of Term 4. Our intention is to make an impact through more than a one-off event.

Working in partnership with Rhianna, next year, we will create opportunities for the children to contribute to other campaigns. For example, the ‘Back to School Appeal’ where children can contribute items to go in backpacks for students going to school. Choosing meaningful opportunities for the age group is important, and with our older ELC friends preparing for School, it is indeed a relevant area. This will assist us in meeting two of the intentions of the program with our ELC students:

• Service Learning builds an attitude of citizenship and empathy for others
• Service Learning promotes students to work in collaboration with others towards a common purpose

We know that Rhianna is going to be pivotal in our work as she continues to come into our ELC to talk to our students, building their understandings about The Smith Family Trust and the benefits of service to others. Partnering with our Friends of the ELC community parent group, we will be able to creatively find other ways of providing service to this important cause. In addition, we will be able to connect with our older school students as they also support The Smith Family through the House Charity program. We are excited to be able to launch our 2021 vision now and lay the foundation for the year ahead.

Kate Mount
Director of Early Learning

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Year 9 Graduation

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Congratulations to our Year 9 girls following their graduation this afternoon, marking their transition from Middle to Senior School.

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 rendition of ‘We Are St Peter’s Girls’, it was a fitting lead in to the celebratory season.

The following video was played during the ceremony, featuring highlights from 2020 with a focus on the girls’ involvement in co-curricular activities.

 

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Nativity Stars Shine on Stage

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Christmas magic was in the air on Wednesday morning as the Year 1 and 2 Nativity was broadcast live to the Saints Girls’ community.

The story of the birth of Christ was retold through the eyes of the ‘Inn-Spectors’ who arrived in Bethlehem to ensure that all the guests were well provided and cared for in the town’s inns. They were shocked to discover that in the stable of a lowly inn, a baby was born; King of the world no less! But with the help and love of the Bethlehem guests and the stars shining from above, the inn was declared ‘Fit for a King!’

This was an amazing event to welcome the Christmas spirit into the hearts of the students, staff and Saints Girls’ community.

Kathryn Clark, Rebecca Greenhalgh, Michelle Liddy and Liz Sandercock
Year 1 and 2 Teachers

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Special Reception for Festive Season

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The Receptions from 0ZWE, 0ALE and 0MKA lit up the Arts Centre yesterday morning with their annual Christmas Assembly.

Countdown to Christmas depicted a family busily preparing for the festive season and counting down the days to Christmas. With special help from the arrival of a Fairy Clock Mother and some Tick & Tock clocks who kept a close eye on the time, the family was able to tick off all the important jobs in readiness for Christmas Day, including enlisting the help of some festive decorators who decked out the family home, going gift shopping and planning a Christmas feast. The girls dazzled the audience with their outstanding courage and confidence when reciting their lines, singing and dancing.

A very special thank you to Sarah Casson, Sally Rounsevell, Wesley Hiscock, Garth Coulter, Thomas Bassett and the Property Services team for their tremendous efforts and contribution to the assembly.

Meg Karvonen, Alana Lesiw and Zoe West
Reception Teachers

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Prestigious Honour for Education InnovationW7 - E4GC

We’re excited to announce that we have been included on The Educator’s list of Innovative Schools in 2020. Acknowledging the growing importance of STEM and the need to attract more girls into STEM disciplines and careers, we have worked diligently for several years to be particularly cutting-edge with our Year 10 electives selection. Recent offerings have included Forensic Science; Business, Innovation and Technology; Girls in Engineering, Maths and Science; and, Psychology. This year, the School launched a creative new Year 10 elective subject entitled ‘Engineering for Global Change’ or E4GC for short. This subject is intentionally cross-curricular in nature. It was designed by a small team of teachers from the Humanities, Science and Technology faculties, and the class has been taught by two teachers – the Head of Humanities and the Head of Technology – sometimes separately and sometimes through team-teaching.

E4GC acknowledges that humanity will face increasingly complex challenges in the decades ahead (and the course was created and planned before the global pandemic struck!). These challenges will relate to, amongst other things, climate change, population growth, shifts in global power bases, and evolving social attitudes and trends across diverse groups around the world. Creative and agile solutions will be needed, and arriving at them will require collaboration, effective problem-solving approaches, and a sound understanding of how different strands of engineering and advanced technology can be applied, and maybe invented!

Assignment focus areas have included UNESCO’s 2030 Global Goals, understanding and applying the Quadruple Bottom Line of Sustainability, career investigations into different branches of engineering, robotics and assistive technologies, designing and building processes, and project work with external/industry mentors. Honours students from the University of Adelaide’s STEM Academy have delivered Zoom workshops to the class and have mentored students through their projects. Other partnerships have been scoped out with a view to future post-COVID collaborations, notably with the Civil Contractors Federation and with a local ‘Internet of Things’ company.

It is pleasing that the School and this innovative subject have been recognised by The Educator because it harnesses many of the approaches that research tells us lead to the best outcomes for students: collaborative planning and delivery, partnerships with external agencies and student-led project-based learning. Furthermore, students take knowledge and concepts from one area of learning and transfer them to others. Aspects of Geography, Technology, Science, Business, Economics and Mathematics are covered, and the subject also addresses significant elements of the Australian Curriculum’s General Capabilities and Cross-Curricular Priorities. We review our elective offerings every year, so look out for some more dynamic and futures-focused subjects in 2022 and beyond!

Nigel Scoggins
Director of Teaching and Learning

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Young Composers Strike a Chord

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This semester, a number of our Junior, Middle and Senior School students submitted compositions to the Young Composers’ Award competition. We are proud to announce that we have been nominated for two awards and have received a number of Honourable Mentions.

Year 6 student Eliza Brill Reed has been nominated for her original rock-pop song, entitled ‘Mine’, written for Mother’s Day. Year 9 student Emma Pool has been nominated for her song, entitled ‘Jealousy’, in the Year 8 – 12 Rock-Pop song category. Honourable Mentions were given to Zara Blight, Annie Bui, Stella Rasheed, Emma Pool and Chi Chi Zhao for their original compositions. The winners will be announced on 7 December during an online YCA concert where Emma Pool will be performing her song. The awards are very competitive and there are hundreds of entries, so congratulations girls!

This year, the Year 6, 7 and 9 Music classes have been studying songwriting. The students write lyrics, create a harmonic backing track of piano, bass and drums on their iPads or laptops, and record the song’s vocal melody to the backing.

“The songwriting program at Saints from Year 6 through to Year 9 has been a great opportunity to be creative and learn about composition. It has really fostered our love of songwriting.” – Annie Bui and Emma Pool

Once again, congratulations girls!

Robyn Habel
Music Teacher

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Georgie Charts Course with Music Debut

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Georgie Raftopoulos, who performs as ‘Georgie Raft’, made the move to Saints Girls in 2019 and hasn’t looked back. This year, she was a member of both Enchante and Esperanza, and as a Year 11 student, also completed two SACE Stage 2 Music subjects: Ensemble Performance and Creative Arts. Next year, Georgie plans to study Solo Performance as well as Music Explorations, a Year 12 subject which allows students to pursue a specific music focus. A passionate singer-songwriter, this will form the basis of Georgie’s Music study in 2021.

Georgie has experienced considerable success as a semi-finalist in the world’s biggest songwriting event, the International Songwriting Competition. Four of her songs have made the top 30 of the Australian Songwriting Contest (Youth Category). Georgie has also co-written with our own Old Scholar and now Sony ATV artist, Alex Hosking, the song ‘Better Off’, which reached top 10 in this contest.

This year, Georgie released her first EP, working with award-winning music producer Mario Spate. ‘Breathing to Prove That I Can’ explores topics of toxicity, mental health, relationship complications and the struggles of adolescence.

Georgie’s EP is now available on Spotify, and/or if preferred, CDs can be purchased directly from Georgie for $10 each. I encourage you to have a listen to this talented young singer-songwriter’s work.

Sari Noble
Music Teacher

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Enterprising Student’s Icing on the Cake

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I have always found baking interesting and have always had a desire to develop a business based on baking. In March, my dream became a reality when ‘Jensbakes’ was born and I delivered my first commercial cake.

I offer a range of cakes and treats for all kinds of celebrations and have had the privilege of making cakes for some very special occasions including a book launch, a communion, a confirmation, a 1st birthday, and a 50th. I take pleasure in the fact that people trust me to produce a cake that competes with professional products, and that my cake is worthy of their event and that I am a part of their important celebration.

I am currently studying Year 11 Business Innovation and have learnt a number of skills and managed to incorporate my business into several of the assignments for the subject. COVID-19 has posed a number of challenges for all businesses (including my own!), and I am grateful for the support of the School community, classmates and especially my family (whose kitchen and oven get a workout!) for their support. I use social media platforms to host my business, and everything from past examples, options and orders can be found at ‘Jensbakes’ on Instagram and Facebook.

Jenna Bowden
Year 11 student

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Engage with a Book…It’s Important!

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Here come the holidays and a chance to read.

With the summer break fast approaching, Saints Girls in Years 7 – 11 will be encouraged to select books to take home over the holidays, to visit our School’s eBook Library ‘Wheelers’ which contains eBooks and audiobooks, or to engage with their local public library. For those unable to access a physical library, online access to LIBBY, the public libraries’ online collection of eBook and audiobooks, requires families to simply register as members. An extra bonus is that the LIBBY collection is for adults as well as children.

We are fortunate in having plenty of keen readers here at Saints Girls and sound participation rates in activities such as the Premier’s Reading Challenge.

I recently attended a National Summit on Reading Research which highlighted the latest implications of reading for our students and families. The overwhelming message was that reading is in decline in Australia and yet the benefits of reading extend beyond literacy. Books enable students to develop empathy and positive interpersonal characteristics, can contribute to improved performance in Mathematics and Science, not just Humanities subjects, and have been shown to offer additional health-related benefits, especially with mental health.

By engaging in reading, students gain syntactic knowledge (gather word meaning), word recognition and expanded vocabularies, as well as better reading comprehension, spelling and language skills. Exposure to new words through reading during school years accounts for a substantial proportion of vocabulary acquisition. Yet, a pattern that is emerging is that as students progress from primary to secondary schooling, reading habits are declining and this is contributing to the decrease in NAPLAN results in many schools. Developing and maintaining reading skills needs to be seen as a lifelong process that does not end with the acquisition of reading skills.

Readers must be motivated to read, an essential factor in successful reading, and enjoy what they are reading. This is where the role of teachers, parents and librarians is crucial. Children’s attitudes towards reading can be positively influenced by adults modelling personal enjoyment and engagement. Visible reading by adults at school and home is as important as offering encouragement to a child to read. Reading becomes part of the child’s culture.

And the final message: engage with each other and share what you are reading. This only adds to the positive message about the value of reading.

Lisa Hollis
Head of Library and Information Services

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School Shop Holiday Hours

The School Shop will be closed from 6pm on Thursday 10 December 2020 until 9am Monday 18 January 2021.

Opening hours from 18 – 22 January are as follows:

Monday 18 from 9am – 4pm; Tuesday 19 from 9am – 4pm; Wednesday 20 from 1 – 4pm; Thursday 21 from 9am – midday; Friday 22 from 9am – 4pm.

For parents of Year 4 students in 2021, please note that they will be required to have a jumper and blazer from the first day of Term 1.

To help reduce your waiting time, it is advisable that you call the School Shop on 8334 2228 prior to coming in. Social distancing will likely still be applicable and we have many new students booked in for uniform fittings.

The School Shop

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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 onsite adventures and excursions, there is plenty of fun to be had.

December 2020 / January 2021 Vacation Care Program

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

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Year Level Parent Reps for 2021

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There have been many fantastic events planned by our community groups and year levels this year, especially over the past few months. We’ve also received great feedback in the Community Relations Office from our new families, relaying that everyone has felt included and welcomed into our community.

We are now recruiting and looking forward to receiving nominations for Year Level Parent Representatives for 2021!

We’ve simplified our structure and this will not be an onerous or time-consuming task in 2021. This is, however, a great way to socialise and connect with other School families. In early 2021, the Community Relations Office will communicate information to all Year Level Parent Reps, along with the representatives of all community groups at the School. This collaborative information will set the scene for 2021 and give you the opportunity to appropriately plan your social calendar for your year level.

Thank you to our 2020 Year Level Parent Reps for all your hard work and dedication this year!

We are looking to recruit 2 to 4 parents per year level. If you are interested in becoming a Parent Representative for 2021, please contact me in the Community Relations Office for more information via 8334 2244 or mwestgate@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au.

Melissa Westgate
Foundation Manager

 

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Saints Girls on Social Media

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Celebrate Saints Girls by staying connected with us on social media.

Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/stpetersgirls

Follow us on Instagram: www.instagram.com/stpetersgirlsschool

Enjoy fun and uplifting news and content, like this snapshot of our girls in action:

*Facebook and Instagram require account holders to be at least 13 years of age.

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Meningococcal ACWY – Catch Up Program

The School Immunisation Program for 2020 includes Meningococcal ACWY (Nimenrix) for all Year 10 students only. Young people aged 15 to 19 are eligible for a government-funded Meningococcal ACWY catch up program.

As your School’s immunisation provider, Eastern Health Authority can offer this free vaccination service to students in Year 10 who may have missed vaccination this year, or Year 11 and 12 students who have not previously been immunised. For families residing within our council areas, we are also able to offer this catch up vaccination to adolescents under the age of 20 who may have left the School in recent years.

Meningococcal is a rare but very serious and often life-threatening disease, with adolescents at increased risk. Available vaccination for Meningococcal includes protection from B strain (Bexsero – provided at Year 10 at school) and A, C, W and Y strains (Nimenrix – provided at Year 10 at school). W and Y strains are becoming more prevalent in Australia, with Meningococcal W having a higher fatality rate than other types of Meningococcal disease.

We strongly encourage those eligible for this vaccination to visit one of our clinics to help protect themselves from this disease.

Book online via eha.sa.gov.au or phone 8132 3600 for further information.

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eNews – Week 6, Term 4 2020

Issue no. 36Enews-banner

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From Our Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

Kate Mortimer

In Term 1 last year, Paul de Gelder, an ex-Navy clearance diver who lost an arm and a leg in a shark attack in Sydney Harbour, visited the School and spoke to girls in Years 6 to 12. Despite the challenges Paul faced in rebuilding his mental and physical health, his underlying message to the girls was clear: ‘Improvise, Adapt and Overcome’.

Given our current circumstances, it is timely to reflect upon his message. There is no doubt that the initial announcement of a lockdown of six days and a return to online learning threw everyone a little off centre. However, a flexible approach and willingness to adapt was demonstrated by our staff and our girls, who today transitioned back to our online platforms. Despite the absence of students in classrooms, it was evident there was much laughter throughout lessons and that both the staff and the girls were genuinely happy talk to each other. To the parents who sent emails of support, these were greatly appreciated. With that said, we are very much looking forward to welcoming the girls back to the School on Monday morning.

After our first experience of remote learning, the School developed online fitness sessions that can be utilised by the girls during Home Group. The ‘Witness the Fitness’ resources, which can be accessed by clicking here, provide a video-guided, 20 minute, equipment-free workout that can be completed at home. My thanks to Olivia Goldsmith and Millie Wilkin for their willingness to film over 80 exercises. I encourage the School community to make use of these resources in any future lockdown experience.

Year 11 Camp

Last week, the Year 11 students attended their Leadership Camp at Glenhaven. The girls were energised, enthusiastic and wholeheartedly embraced a variety of challenges including high ropes, giant swing, initiatives, obstacle course, tower building and a blind-folded leap of faith from the top of a telegraph pole. Importantly, the camp required them to collaborate, problem solve and negotiate. These are skills that are crucial throughout the many events they lead in Year 12. It was a pleasure to spend time with the girls and I am confident they will lead the School exceptionally in 2021.

Kate Mortimer
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

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Microsoft AI for Good Schools Challenge

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A pair of Artificial Intelligence students have won 3rd place in the Microsoft AI for Good Schools Challenge, outscoring hundreds of teams around the country.

Year 10 Business, Enterprise and Technology students Genevieve Lochowiak and Chi Chi Zhao were also crowned State champions in September.

Their concept ‘DIVE’ – Drones In Voicing Emergencies – is a sophisticated system aiming to prevent and detect bushfires.

It follows the creative endeavours of another team of Saints Girls who won the National title last year with their concept of an AI midwife to support pregnant women living in remote communities and developing countries.

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Fortune Favours the Brave!

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Our 1st VIII Rowing squad put our new boat ‘Courage’ to the test for the first time at the weekend, claiming victory in the Round the Island Regatta at West Lakes. Congratulations girls, looking forward to a fantastic season!
 

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Dance Choreography Evening

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For the past eight weeks, Year 9, 10 and Stage 1 Dancers have been using skills learnt throughout the year to create their own choreographic works. For each year level, this has had a different focus: Year 9 ‘Raising Awareness About a Social or Political Issue’, Year 10 ‘Integrating Technology and Dance’, and Stage 1 tackled the theme ‘Trapped’ as soloists.

Completely their own movement, theme, lighting and costuming ideas, the girls explored some very relevant and topical issues such as gender equality, mental health, homelessness, deforestation and body image.

It was very powerful to watch these dancers perform their own work and express these concepts through dance, for a live audience (luckily). Some having years of dance experience and some with very little, everyone was celebrated and encouraged. I was very impressed by and proud of all dancers involved.

Kate Burnett
Head of The Arts

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At the Heart of Year 3

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The Year 3 students have been learning about the choices people make that affect their health and wellbeing. They have been focusing on the different body systems and their interconnectedness. This term, the girls have had a number of special guests come into the classroom to assist their understanding of the vital roles organs play in their bodies.

Dr Christine Smith ran a session in the Science Centre about the nervous system. She spoke about the brain, spinal cord, nerves, and how the nervous system is the body’s communication system that controls much of what your body does.

Clare Gaskell ran an interactive session in the Science Centre where she dissected a lung and a heart. This presentation really captivated the students and got them thinking more deeply about the role of the circulatory system. Clare explained the circulatory system is made up of blood vessels that carry blood away from and towards the heart. Arteries carry blood away from the heart and veins carry blood back to the heart. The circulatory system carries oxygen, nutrients and hormones to cells, and removes waste products like carbon dioxide.

We have been fortunate to have had expert parents come in and share their knowledge. Carla Valmorbida, a nutritionist, helped us learn more about the importance of a healthy diet, unveiled the hidden sugar in our lunchboxes and helped us understand the role of nutrition in having a healthy body. Alison Robinson also ran an informative session about the circulatory system. Thank you to the University of Adelaide Simulation Department for the equipment that was lent. The girls were all captivated by the interactive presentation which involved CPR on their teddies.

We have been extremely impressed by the girls’ knowledge and enthusiasm this term. Another element that has really touched us has been the commitment and eagerness of parents and staff to assist the girls with their learning.

These meaningful parental and Sub-School connections should be celebrated as this is something that our School does so well.

Mark Routley and Lizzy Mitchell
Year 3 Teachers

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Parents’ & Friends’ Association AGM

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Our P&F AGM took place on Monday 16 November in our Food Tech Centre and was very well attended. After the formalities, members enjoyed some socialising, refreshments and nibbles on the Science rooftop.

We were so fortunate to be able to come together in these uncertain times to celebrate our successes together as a group. As always, it was a reminder of what an amazing and supportive community of volunteers we have here at Saints Girls.

At the AGM, as President, I had the opportunity to present Principal Julia Shea with a cheque for $40,000 to go towards the fit-out of our new Media Hub. Digital media has never been more important, not only in education but also in the wider world. Throughout 2019 and 2020, the Parents’ and Friends’ Association has been fundraising for our state-of-the-art facility which is already being enjoyed by our students. In the photo, P&F Secretary Danielle Palmieri is holding the plaque that has now been placed beside the Media Hub.

We would like to thank our teams of volunteers and staff connected to the School who always make our P&F events possible.

Bronwyn Bartter
Parents’ and Friends’ Association President

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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 onsite adventures and excursions, there is plenty of fun to be had.

December 2020 / January 2021 Vacation Care Program

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

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Year Level Parent Reps for 2021

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There have been many fantastic events planned by our community groups and year levels this year, especially over the past few months. We’ve also received great feedback in the Community Relations Office from our new families, relaying that everyone has felt included and welcomed into our community.

We are now recruiting and looking forward to receiving nominations for Year Level Parent Representatives for 2021!

We’ve simplified our structure and this will not be an onerous or time-consuming task in 2021. This is, however, a great way to socialise and connect with other School families. In early 2021, the Community Relations Office will communicate information to all Year Level Parent Reps, along with the representatives of all community groups at the School. This collaborative information will set the scene for 2021 and give you the opportunity to appropriately plan your social calendar for your year level.

Thank you to our 2020 Year Level Parent Reps for all your hard work and dedication this year!

We are looking to recruit 2 to 4 parents per year level. If you are interested in becoming a Parent Representative for 2021, please contact me in the Community Relations Office for more information via 8334 2244 or mwestgate@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au.

Melissa Westgate
Foundation Manager

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Saints Girls on Social Media

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Celebrate Saints Girls by staying connected with us on social media.

Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/stpetersgirls

Follow us on Instagram: www.instagram.com/stpetersgirlsschool

Enjoy fun and uplifting news and content, like this snapshot of our girls in action:

*Facebook and Instagram require account holders to be at least 13 years of age.

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Sports News

SOFTBALL

Middle – Saints 0 defeated by Walford 21
For our last game of the year we played Walford for the Intercol trophy. The girls played an amazing game against the very experienced Walford side, which contained four A-grade players. Special mention to Kate Thomas who put her hand up to give catcher a go! Although we could not win back the Intercol trophy, each player had at least one highlight in their game and I hope they continue to play and rebuild our strong Softball program. Great effort girls. – Kellie Bested (Softball Captain)

TENNIS

This week saw a limited number of games played to finish the season. Fantastic work to all players and I hope as many of you continue with Tennis next year, to maintain your individual progress, as well as represent Saints. – Ruby Deakin (Captain)

Division 1 Blue – Saints 6-36 defeated Pembroke 0-15
Singles: Bridgette Leach 6-0, Ariel Spartalis 6-4, Eva Young 6-3, Adele Eaton 6-5

Division 2 – Saints 5-34 defeated Pembroke 1-17
Singles: Ayanna Roy 6-3, Sapphire Moser 6-0, Eva Chassiotis 6-1, Alison Francis 4-6

Division 3 Blue – Saints 6-36 defeated Walford 0-5
Singles: Chloe Richardson 6-0, Elodie De Wit 6-4, Shirley Liu 6-0, Olivia Reynolds 6-0

Division 4 – Saints 5-28 defeated Wilderness Blue 1-18
Singles: Nathara Perera 6-0, Kaylah Park 6-0, Amy Hu 4-6, Freya Hermann 0-6

Junior Division 1 – Bye

Junior Division 3 – Saints 3-20 defeated Pembroke 3-16
Singles: Beatrice Tolley 4-1, Emily L 3-4, Ziyuan Qin 4-3, Grace Cao 3-4

TOUCH FOOTBALL

Open A – Saints 3 defeated by Pembroke 4
The Open A girls played a strong last game against Pembroke on the weekend. The girls worked really hard this game, using many tactics learnt in training including arrows and twins. Holly Cardone was able to score a try in the first half and assist Grace Richards in her great try. Poppie Goldsmith was able to catch Pembroke offside and run through a hole leading to a perfect try. Special mention to Willow Stewart-Rattray who did an amazing job in defence throughout the entire game! Overall the girls played a great last game to finish off the season, well done! – Holly Cardone (2021 Captain)

Open B – Saints had a bye

Open C – Saints 0 defeated by Wilderness 4
The girls worked really hard in our final game of the season, up against one of the toughest, if not the toughest team in our division. Despite the end result, we worked well defensively, however, could not keep up with some of their faster runners. It was great to see the improvements we have made over this term in our attack, as we finally got the hang of rucking down the field. Thanks to all girls who have played this term, it has been a great season! – Isobel Yelland

Middle A – Saints 0 defeated by Wilderness 6
This week the Middle A team played against Wilderness in an intense game. In the first half our defence was not as strong as it was in the second half. Amy defended very well on the wing and Daisy and Alice Braithwaite constantly defended the middle. Our rucking was good, however, we lost ground quite easily close to the try line. Mathilda Thomas did make a try, however, the umpire called it as a touch by the opposition. In training this week we should focus on our attacking and on finding a good plan to use in games on the try line. – Naomi Singh

Middle B – Saints 3 drew with Pembroke 3
The Middle Bs tied against Pembroke last Saturday. Amelia Lucas scored one try by weaving through the defence with great speed and Charlotte McAuliffe scored two tries through strong rucking and attacks at defensive players. This was a good game to end our season. Although we were ahead 3-2, Pembroke were able to score by the final siren to tie. Our defence was strong and held up against some of their fast runners.

Middle C – Saints 2 defeated by Mercedes 6
Once again, we improved this week as a team but had a difficult game with the opposition having many older girls and fast runners. We made some good passes in the first half and Charlotte McAuliffe scored two excellent tries with her quick speed down the wing. Our defence really helped us keep their scoring opportunities low but we were beaten by a better team. – Emily Ketteridge

VOLLEYBALL

Middle A – Saints 1 defeated by Pembroke 2 (24-26, 26-24, 9-15)
A traditional rivalry in the Open teams appears to be carrying through to the Middles. Both teams were neck and neck all game and if one team got a few points ahead, the opposition pegged them back. Both teams were using their 3 hits rather than playing the ball straight over which is a great sign they are looking to improve their skills. We were a little quiet and hesitant at times, which exposed us in the 3rd set when the pressure was on. There are a lot of promising signs for this team, with some great spikes and good serving. Looking to work on consistency and focus, this team will be a force to be reckoned with in the future. – Alistair Keough (Coach)

Middle B – Saints 3 defeated Pembroke 3-0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-17)
The Middle Bs carried their pre-match cheering for the previous matches on to the court with them. There was great energy as well as good attempts to set up play. Lots of confidence and teamwork allowed the girls to set up some good plays. Jenna Maione served well and Stephanie Andrejewskis was a great team player, supporting all the girls with her cheering. Again, a lot of promise in this team and the enthusiasm is infectious. Great game girls! – Alistair Keough (Coach)

Middle C – Saints 3 defeated Pembroke 0 (27-25, 25-16, 25-15)
Saints’ Middle C Volleyball team played Pembroke, and won 3 sets to 0. The girls played a great game, exhibiting excellent teamwork and enthusiasm, and it was clear how much their skills have improved over this season. – Ava Loechel (Coach)

Middle D – Saints 1 defeated by Pembroke 2 (16-25, 15-25, 26-24)
The Middle D Volleyball team were unfortunately defeated. The girls played such a great game, managing to win the last set, and really showed how much they have improved over this season. Serving was the best it has been, and the girls showed a real enthusiasm for the game. – Ava Loechel (Coach)

Year 6 Blue – Saints 3 defeated Wilderness 0 (25-20, 25-21, 15-13)
The girls played one of their best games and gelled incredibly well as a team, supporting each other throughout the match. Everyone’s serving has improved, especially Keira See serving deep, and Eala Arthur-Slattery, who did some amazing short serves that the opposition struggled to return. The team can sometimes lose focus after the first set, but it was clear at the beginning of the second set that they were determined to win again. The girls are clearly striving to improve their skills, which was evident in this set as some of the girls attempted to dig more balls instead of setting them back over the net on the first touch. Sienna Dellapace’s newfound net skills were able to bring us back, and we were able to win the second set. In the third set Millie McDonald and Abiola Ajao worked well together, using two touches and helping each other on the court. This, along with some more incredible serving, allowed us to take the set only by two points. This was our first 3 set win which the girls were super excited about. Although this season is being cut short, I hope to see the girls progress next year for those starting Middle School volleyball. Again, great work girls! – Georgina Keough (Student Coach)

Year 6 White – Saints 1 defeated by Seymour 2 (25-19, 19-25, 20-25)
The girls played an amazing, yet tough, game against Seymour. The team started strong in the first set, excited to get the game underway with some amazing digs and sets from Nethushi Ratnayake and Ashmitha Ramesh over the net, which resulted in Saints winning the first set. Seymour brought pressure in the second set, but Jiahui Zhang’s strong serves allowed Saints to gain important points. However, the pressure and great skills from Seymour unfortunately led to Saints losing a close set. The girls were so determined to win the game and take home the final set. Amelia Olesen and Chiara Ranasinghe hit some amazing shots over the net, and the whole team had great energy. The girls showed improvement in their skills and went for every ball that Seymour hit over, which showed commitment and courage. Unfortunately, Seymour was able to win the close last set which meant they had won the game. The girls should be so happy with how they played and have shown so much improvement which is great to see as a coach. – Dayna Petruzzella (Student Coach)

Year 5 Silver – Saints 2 defeated Wilderness 1
Another great game on Friday night where the girls won against Wilderness. The girls continue to amaze me with their improvement and progress each week. The girls’ serving has become stronger and more consistent, and the setting and digging has also improved in accuracy and height. All the girls should be proud of how far they have come and continue to keep up the good for the rest of the season! – Toni Christiansen (Student Coach)

WATER POLO

Open B – Saints 14 defeated Loreto 1
The girls played a fierce game of polo and quickly took the lead. Willow Stewart-Rattray showed off some great skills consistently turning her defenders to shoot multiple goals. Sophie Dansie was fantastic on the wing, and scored again and again. – James Powers (Coach)

Open C – Saints 5 defeated St Ignatius 0 (by forfeit)

Year 7/8A – Saints 11 defeated St Ignatius 0
A great way to end the year with all the girls putting in a strong effort over the whole field for the entire game. Best players were Alice Braithwaite and Claudia Pearce. Both girls worked very hard in defence and supported each other well in attack. Great win this week! – Nikki Miller (Coach)

Year 7/8B – Saints 7 defeated Wilderness 6
It was a very close game this week with the girls fighting hard until the end to finish with the victory. The girls’ team-work, game awareness and the structure of their attack has improved significantly over the last few games which has created better opportunities for successful shots at goal. It was pleasing to see how the defence practise we did in training was very effectively translated into the game. Well done girls! – Nikki Miller (Coach)

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eNews – Week 5, Term 4 2020

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From Our Head of Junior School

PE Week

Suzanne HaddyWe’ve enjoyed a fabulous range of events celebrating physical activity at Saints Girls this week. For Junior School students, it started on Monday with a ‘flash mob’-style dance routine on the oval. The Year 6 House Leaders taught their R – 6 House groups a health hustle last week, and to celebrate the beginning of PE Week, this became a dance en masse. It was an absolute delight to see the entire Junior School coming together for a routine in unison.

Sports activities at lunchtimes were organised for students of all ages by our Senior School Sports Captains, and as always, it demonstrated the lovely connections between students across the year levels. The Staff vs Student touch football match on Wednesday drew a huge crowd and was a great demonstration of our students’ skills and fitness, while giving the staff something to work towards next year!

On Thursday, students from Years 4 to 6 enjoyed a presentation by Olympic marathon runner Jess Stenson (née Trengove). Her talk about goal-setting, starting small, persistence, self-belief and aiming high resonated with the students and linked beautifully with the messages learned through our #EMPOWHER sessions.

Today saw the Junior Sports Morning being enjoyed enormously by our Reception to Year 3 students and parents. There was much excitement to begin the day, as our Year 6 leaders led their enthusiastic younger House members in out-cheering the other House groups. A wide variety of activities followed, with Year 6 students overseeing and assisting at each location. Our younger students are to be congratulated for the skills and determination they showed as they moved through each station, throwing, catching, running, balancing and racing. It was a great end to PE Week.

Suzanne Haddy
Head of Junior School

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Good Sports Rally at Saints Girls

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PE Week featured girls from a number of year levels participating in a range of physical activities at lunchtimes. This was a great opportunity for girls to stay active during the school day and try some of the different sports offered at Saints. The week kicked off on Monday with Years 4 – 6 in the Gym playing badminton and Receptions to Year 3 out on the oval playing catch with the ball machine. Games of dodgeball, soccer, water polo and even a 100m rowing challenge were also held throughout the week involving girls from Reception right through to Year 11.

On Tuesday, girls in Years 5 – 10 had the expertise of Payneham Aussie Rules coaches to practise their footy skills on the oval. On Thursday, Years 4 – 6 were lucky enough to speak to Olympic marathon runner Jess Stenson (née Trengove) about her experiences.

The most anticipated event of PE Week, Staff vs Student touch footy, took place on Wednesday. The students managed to continue their winning streak, much to the teachers’ disappointment. The week was rounded out on the oval with the Receptions to Year 3s enjoying their Junior Sports Morning.

Sophie Barr
2021 Sport Prefect

 

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Remembrance Day 2020

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The annual Remembrance Day Service at St Peter’s Girls was a wonderful opportunity for students and staff to come together at the end of a challenging year for many in the community. The anniversary of the end of World War 1 affords us the opportunity to pause in our busy lives to give thanks for the sacrifice of Australia’s servicemen and women, past and present. It is also the 75th anniversary of the end of World War 2. In a year when so much attention and concern has been devoted to safety and security at home, it was a timely opportunity to acknowledge the members of our defence personnel currently serving abroad.

Insights From Across the School Community

Year 6 student Holly Robinson read her own poem composition which reflects on the impact of war and is dedicated to her grandparents and extended family. Here is an extract:

I wear this pin,
Upon my chest,
In memory,
Of those who rest.
In poppy fields,
Of red and black,
Who fought in war,
And didn’t come back.

I imagine now,
What it was like to be,
My ancestors,
Who came before me.
Their families,
Who cried and prayed,
For their soldiers,
To come back one day.

So I wear my poppy,
Of red and black,
To remember those,
Who fought back.
To honour the brave,
Who gave their lives,
And to support the souls,
Who selflessly died.

Staff member Michelle Cox also spoke of what Remembrance Day means to her following her more than 20 years’ military service in a number of conflict zones throughout her career. It was a privilege to hear Michelle’s unique insights into the ongoing significance of the occasion. This is an extract of her reflection:

To be a part of these significant services has always been important to me throughout my military career; a time when men and women throughout the world put aside their differences to acknowledge this day.

For me, Remembrance Day is a day I feel indebted. Without the sacrifice of the many men and women who put their lives on the line daily for our proud nations, we would not live in the safety we do today.

I not only remember our fallen, I also remember those who returned home, broken and not the same as when they left. Friends and people close to me who did not get on the plane to come home, or now struggle with day-to-day life due to injury or reliving nightmares from their experiences.

After serving in Iraq, Northern Ireland and other conflict areas, I am glad to be one of the many who returned home, safely to my family. It is important to me to also remember those people whose lives have been affected by wars and conflict, who do not get to welcome home their loved ones.

Our Year 10 Reconciliation Ambassadors Tara Young and Letitia Page-Thompson also shed light on how Remembrance Day coincided with NAIDOC Week for the first time, and how indigenous servicemen were called upon to make an immense sacrifice:

Indigenous servicemen could only enlist in World War 1 by denying their heritage, as non-citizens were not allowed to serve. The flip side of this was that, if someone identified as indigenous, they were denied the benefits given to veterans and their families after the war.

NAIDOC Week allows us to acknowledge that no one should have to deny their proud heritage, especially when they were volunteering to fight and prepared to die for Australia.

As a School community, it is important to reinforce the significance of these occasions to younger Australians and come together in a spirit of reverence and reflection that past sacrifices have helped us to preserve the rights and freedoms of the present day.

Gregor Dingwall
Head of Humanities

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Mind Lab Players at Top of Their Game

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As part of the Junior School curriculum, the girls participate in Mind Lab sessions, developing their cognitive, emotional and ethical skills through game play. They learn methods and strategies through the problems that arise, building their resilience and challenging their mind. On Monday 9 November, I was fortunate to accompany seven Year 6 girls and a Year 5 student selected to play for St Peter’s Girls after a rigorous tournament involving their peers. The girls represented the School at the Mind Lab Interschool Competition with pride, competing against a number of independent schools from around Adelaide.

As there are four Mind Lab Olympic Games – Abalone, Quoridor, Checkers and Octi – two girls were selected for each game. I am proud to announce that in their respective teams, St Peter’s Girls finished in 4th and 6th position, with individual awards received by Nethushi Ratnayake (Checkers, 1st place) and Jiahui Zhang (Abalone, 3rd place). This is an outstanding achievement as it was an extremely tough competition. All of the girls demonstrated courage, handling themselves with grace in defeat and humility in victory.

Sarah Mulraney
Year 5 Teacher

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Oarsome New Chapter for Saints’ Rowing

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On Sunday 8 November, the Friends of Rowing hosted their Season Opening Picnic on Chiverton Lawns. This annual event is an opportunity to celebrate the beginning of the new Rowing season. It is also a great time for us to welcome both new and returning families to the Rowing community. This particular event held special significance, as it doubled as the christening of the School’s first-ever boat, a new 1st VIII boat for our Senior rowers.

The new boat was christened ‘Courage’. Although compassion and even creativity are needed by our rowers, it is courage that resonates most strongly. The Rowing Program at Saints Girls is underpinned by a courageous spirit. We ask our rowers to show courage in so many ways: it takes courage to try rowing for the first time; it takes courage to rely on the rest of your crew; it takes courage to ask your coach for help, to have a tough conversation with a crew mate. We hope that every time our rowers see the name ‘Courage’, they will have the courage to strive, to dare, to be ambitious, and to do everything they can to be their best.

Thank you to the Friends of Rowing and all of the parents who volunteered in preparing for the event and assisting on the evening. It was a fabulous night enjoyed by all, and it would not have been possible without these contributions.

Emma Robinson – Friends of Rowing President
Brynley Millward – Director of Rowing

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Great Job at Year 10 Interviews

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As part of their Personal Learning Plan, all Year 10 students took part in a practice interview on Friday 6 November in the Library. This task requires all students to prepare a letter of application and resume and to attend an interview with a potential employer.

Although the girls were nervous and some approached their interview with a great deal of trepidation, the experience is very beneficial and is a life skill that has many other applications. It was noted by all of the employers the impressive way that the girls approached the task.

Thanks must go to our volunteer employers who gave up their time willingly, some year after year, to provide the girls with this most valuable experience. This year, I would like to thank the following people: Geoff Farr, Megan McCormack, Stuart Manson, Melissa McCormack, Beba Brunt, Tami Portakiewicz, Tony Houey, Susanna Anderson, Lisa Hollis, Fiona McGregor and Di Nicholls.

Karen Alderson
SACE Coordinator/Careers Advisor

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EDGE Day Out of this World

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Yesterday, the girls in the EDGE program were fortunate to be involved in a day full of creativity, ideation and collaboration. Students from Reception all the way through to Year 10 travelled to the planetarium at UniSA where they participated in team-building activities, watched films about space and were given the task of creating a machine to solve the issue of ‘space junk’. We then returned to school where, in teams, we had to present a model of our creation. EDGE Day was a great opportunity to form connections and friendships with girls in other year levels.

Lucy Moten
Year 10 student

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May the Force be with Year 2

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The Year 2 scientists participated in a special ‘Motion Mission’ workshop on Tuesday as part of PE Week. They engaged in six activities with everyday toys to investigate the push and pull forces. The girls thoughtfully considered the way each item moved and identified the push or pull force that created the motion. There was some lively discussion about friction and how this causes the motion to stop! The girls love being observational scientists as they develop and test real-world theories.

Kathryn Clark and Rebecca Greenhalgh
Year 2 Teachers

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Senior Drama Girls Wow Crowds

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On Tuesday, the Year 10 and 11 Drama students presented two plays, Juliet and This Guy Romeo and Oz, both by playwright Don Zolidis. The girls combined to form their own theatre company, ‘10.5 Productions’, which aims to present work that ‘relates, creates and fascinates’. The audience was delighted by the humorous parodies of well-known stories, laughing along to the antics of some much-loved characters delivered with a contemporary twist. The girls would love to thank all of the people who came along to support them as they shared their hard work.

Katherine Kitching
Drama Teacher

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Green Light for Out of the Blue

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It is finally reaching that time of the year – no, not Christmas, but the release of our first-ever Out of the Blue Arts Journal! A group of senior students has spent the year bringing this massive project to life, creating a journal showcasing the best of art from ELC to Year 12, and even including some pieces from our esteemed staff and Old Scholars.

This coffee table book contains select poems, photographs, drawings, paintings, songs, and even dances, from across our School community with more than 250 pieces from over 150 of the best artists St Peter’s Girls has to offer. Out of the Blue doesn’t just show the incredible art of our community, it is also a snapshot in time; art reveals our values, and so this journal represents the thoughts, feelings, aesthetics and principles of Saints Girls in 2020. It contains reactions to the coronavirus, the bushfires and feelings of isolation, but also the love, hope, support and joy that many of us have experienced this year.

Parents are able to pre-order a copy via https://www.trybooking.com/BMJWF and a launch will be taking place on 17 November, to which parents of students with showcased art will be invited.

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Step Up to Help Others

On Monday 23 November, we have our new student orientation and ‘step up’ day for students currently in Reception to Year 9. This will be a non-uniform day and students are asked to come to school in neat casual clothes. This year, we would like to extend the invitation to the students in Year 10 and 11 to participate. For the privilege of not wearing uniform and to extend our service to others less fortunate than ourselves, we ask that all students bring an item to put under our Giving Tree.

The Giving Tree will be set up in the Arts Centre foyer for the final three weeks of term. All donations will be given to AnglicareSA. This year, AnglicareSA aims to hand out over 1500 food hampers and gifts to support families and individuals this Christmas who have no one else to turn to. They also provide Christmas lunch to 200 people at the Elizabeth Mission. Students are welcome to bring additional items at any time until the end of term.

AnglicareSA – Food Hamper Ideas
AnglicareSA – Christmas Gift Ideas

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School Shop – Student Transition from Year 3 to Year 4

As current Year 3 students transition to Year 4, they will be required to have a jumper and blazer from the first day of Term 1, 2021.

With the end of term approaching, a high number of new student fittings and health restrictions, it is advisable to contact the School Shop to make an appointment on 8334 2228.

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Meningococcal ACWY – Catch Up Program

The School Immunisation Program for 2020 includes Meningococcal ACWY (Nimenrix) for all Year 10 students only. Young people aged 15 to 19 are eligible for a government-funded Meningococcal ACWY catch up program.

As your School’s immunisation provider, Eastern Health Authority can offer this free vaccination service to students in Year 10 who may have missed vaccination this year, or Year 11 and 12 students who have not previously been immunised. For families residing within our council areas, we are also able to offer this catch up vaccination to adolescents under the age of 20 who may have left the School in recent years.

Meningococcal is a rare but very serious and often life-threatening disease, with adolescents at increased risk. Available vaccination for Meningococcal includes protection from B strain (Bexsero – provided at Year 10 at school) and A, C, W and Y strains (Nimenrix – provided at Year 10 at school). W and Y strains are becoming more prevalent in Australia, with Meningococcal W having a higher fatality rate than other types of Meningococcal disease.

We strongly encourage those eligible for this vaccination to visit one of our clinics to help protect themselves from this disease.

Book online via eha.sa.gov.au or phone 8132 3600 for further information.

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Sports News

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AUSSIE RULES

Year 5/6 Blue – Saints 2.2 – 14 defeated by Walford 5.8 – 38
The girls again tried their best and are consistently improving each time. Maddison Sims played a great game in defence and had some excellent runs to bring the ball up the field. Chyndelle Capobianco also played well, picking up ground balls and never giving up. – Maia Schnaars (Coach)

Year 5/6 White – Saints 3.7 – 25 defeated by Pembroke 6.13 – 49
Pembroke and St Peter’s Girls were evenly matched and were both putting on a very skilled display. Lyra Cox, Charlotte Catchpole, Lucy Tulloch and Izzy Huf all got amongst the ball up forward, before Lucy had to come from the ground after a courageous contest. Cleo Hart, Isabella Blake and Phoebe Lucas all started in defence and were kept busy for the majority of the match. The tackling pressure and the girls’ endurance really impressed. Congratulations to the best players for this match: Elodie de Wit who was willing to be involved in every contest, broke tackles and kicked a huge goal, Emily Bates who rucked the entire game and provided a marking option, and Phoebe Lucas who provided line breaking run and carry. – Mark Routley (Coach)

SOFTBALL

Middle – Saints 17 defeated Pembroke 15
The girls played an amazing game against Pembroke who also had a strong side, but were unable to obtain the win. Zara Wallace and Elysia Scarr were outstanding in the field, and Mollie Kennett had a strong batting game. Yvanda also had an amazing game, making some great contact with the ball! Nellie Ion and Georgie Williams were both much more confident when batting, an awesome achievement considering Pembroke had the advantage of a State pitcher. Great job to all the girls! – Kellie Bested (Softball Captain)

Year 3/4 Teeball – Saints White 15 defeated Saints Blue 8
The game showed the improvement that has been made this term in fielding and batting skills which will hopefully be beneficial as the girls progress into softball in the future. With just a couple of more games to go, let’s hope we can continue to develop skills and gain confidence. – Payne Sowter (Coach)

TENNIS

This was the last round for Saints’ Open A and Bs. Conditions were harsh for the second week in a row, being extremely hot on the court. However, our girls prevailed with a set score of 4-2 against Concordia. Britney and I had a strong start with a 6-0 win in doubles, whilst Tahlia and Sienna lost 2-6 in a hard-fought game against two very good players. Tahlia showed great fighting spirit in her singles and played some awesome tennis which all the spectators really enjoyed to watch, but ultimately lost 2-6. Fortunately, even after an initial loss in doubles, Sienna went out firing and managed to claim a win, 6-2. Britney also played some great tennis, hitting some amazing winners to take the match 6-2, and I managed to claim a 6-0 win. This was a great end to the season with some fantastic tennis being played and we were able to claim a 4th place finish. Once again, a big thank you and good luck to Year 12 student and 2020 Tennis Captain Annie Baldwinson as she starts her new adventure. – Ruby Deakin (2021 Captain)

Premier League – Saints 4-28 defeated Concordia 2-16
Singles: Tahlia Cahill 2-6, Sienna Glazbrook 6-2, Ruby Deakin 6-0, Britney Korir 6-2

Premier Reserves – Saints 4-28 defeated Concordia 1-13
Singles: Imogen Nienaber 6-3, Grace Beaumont 6-1, Bridgette Leach 6-3

Division 1 Blue – Saints 0-6 defeated by St Ignatius 6-36
Singles: Georgia Mallick 1-6, Ariel Spartalis 3-6, Eva Young 2-6, Adele Eaton 0-6

Division 1 White – Saints 4-27 defeated St Ignatius 2-20
Singles: Bridgette Leach 6-3, Malaika McLeod 6-1, Soph Ryan 2-6, Ayanna Roy 6-3

Division 2 – Saints 5-30 defeated St Ignatius 1-14
Singles: Sapphire Moser 6-2, Sophie Abbott 0-6, Eva Chassiotis 6-1, Alison Francis 6-1

Division 3 Blue – Saints 3-27 defeated St Ignatius 3-26
Singles: Chloe Richardson 6-3, Elodie de Wit 4-6, Shirley Liu 6-2, Olivia Reynolds 1-6

Division 3 White – Saints 0-12 defeated by St Ignatius 6-36
Singles: Gloria Zou 0-6, Zihan Huang 1-6, Tara Nedumaran 1-6, Lydia Tolley 5-6

Division 4 – Saints 1-11 defeated by Wilderness 5-33
Singles: Nathara Perera 0-6, Amy Hu 0-6, Kaylah Park 6-3, Freya Hermann 0-6

Junior Division 1 – Saints 1-6 defeated by Pembroke Blue 5-22
Singles: Sophie Blight 1-4, Emily Bates 4-0, Charlotte Thorpe 0-4, Mia Bennett 1-4

Junior Division 2 – Saints 6-29 defeated St Andrews 1-6
Singles: Sophie Wiggins 4-0, Abbey Phillips 4-1, Chelsea Francis 4-0, Scarlett Parker 1-4, Stella Fuidge 4-0

TOUCH FOOTBALL

Open A – Saints 1 defeated by Marryatville 5
It was great to have the Year 12s back for their final game at Saints. Although Marryatville were very talented, the girls remained persistent in defence, stopping many tries. Hannah Freeman dove and scored an amazing try, assisted by Belle Black. Unfortunately in the end, Marryatville were too strong for us, but there was a great feeling amongst our team that we had pushed them throughout most of the game. All the best to our Year 12 teammates with the rest of their exams. – Holly Cardone (2021 Captain)

Open B – Saints 4 defeated Seymour 3

Open C – Saints 1 defeated by Mercedes 3

Middle A – Saints 0 defeated by Marryatville 5
The girls played a hard game. We had some great attacks and stopped a few attempts along the try line. We tried very hard to score through wraps and ‘quickies’, but unfortunately, we couldn’t quite get there. I think we could improve a bit on our line defence by practising this at training, as well as ensuring our positioning is deep enough to cause damage to opponents. – Mathilda Thomas

Middle B – Saints 1 defeated by Mercedes 6
The girls played a really challenging game this week and improved as the match went on. We had great defence on the line but just couldn’t catch some of the other team’s fast runners. Well done to Dani Cox and Poppy Oswald on their efforts throughout the game. Well done to Alice Braithwaite for scoring our try. – Sophie Edwardes

Middle C – Saints 2 defeated by St Michael’s 5

VOLLEYBALL

Open A – Saints 0 defeated by Concordia 3 (16-25, 21-25, 8-23)
With both sides going undefeated into the final match of the season and the pennant on the line, the result would be decided by who was able to manage under pressure. We started slowly, struggling to find rhythm in the cauldron that is the Concordia gym. Clair Kao served up a storm, but the opposition did not let up and were strong from the start, taking the first set. The second set began much like the first until Charlie Fishlock and Anna White served us into contention and we led going into the backend of the second. Concordia proved they are a quality team and came back strongly on the back of some powerful hits to win the second. The girls should be proud of their achievements, finishing the season in 2nd place overall and only dropping one match, unfortunately it was the final. We say goodbye to Clair Kao who has proved to be a huge asset to the team, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the girls for all their efforts and wish them good luck for the future. – Alistair Keough (Coach)

Open B – Saints 3 defeated Concordia 0 (25-23, 25-19, 22-13)
Nerves gave Concordia a 0-7 head start after losing the toss. Samantha Keough served brilliantly and got us back to 14-14, and Sophie Norman served out the set under pressure. Again starting slowly, we dropped serve and found ourselves 0-8 in the second. The girls rallied and got themselves back on top on the back of some great control and closed out the second a little more easily. With their tails up and a much more confident start in the third, Sivanthi Sivasuthan served strongly to give the team every chance of retaining 2nd spot on the ladder. A great team effort showed the cohesion and confidence growing in the team. It is terrific to see the girls still learning and challenging themselves and each other right to the last point. An exciting match to finish a great season, 2nd on the ladder with so much promise to come. – Alistair Keough (Coach)

Open C – Saints 0 defeated by Concordia 3 (12-25, 11-25, 6-25)
A tentative start where the girls took a while to find their voice and energy. It was a tough match against a team that had two good servers and we struggled to return. There were some solid set ups and rallies by the girls, but Concordia were are able to close out the sets on the back of their strong serving. A serving run by Rebecca Holloway in the second set and Georgina Devine finding some spark in the third demonstrated a great team effort for the last match of the season. – Alistair Keough (Coach)

Middle A – Saints 0 defeated by Concordia 3 (22-25, 14-25, 18-25)
Saints played a competitive game against a strong opponent who were well organised and clinical in their attack. Saints had to defend tough serves and tried to use 3 hits more effectively. The team impressed with the response against a quality side and tried serving overarm with great improvement. – Milli Gentle (Coach)

Middle B – Saints 0 defeated by Concordia 3

Middle C – Saints 0 defeated by Concordia 3 (10-25, 16-25, 14-25)
The girls played really well, improving in their teamwork and enthusiasm as the game progressed. – Ava Loechel (Coach)

Middle D – Saints 0 defeated by Concordia 3 (13-25, 19-25, 17-25)
Despite the loss, the girls are improving every week. The game saw some good serves and a real enthusiasm for the sport which was great! – Ava Loechel (Coach)

Year 6 Blue – Saints 1 defeated by Saints White 2
The girls had a tough game coming up against their friends and now rivals, the Saints’ Year 6 White team. They started off neck-and-neck with their opponents. Some great serving helped them stay in the game, but unfortunately, the ability of the other team to keep getting the ball up and over the net allowed them to win the first set by 2 points. The second set began with a serving run by the other team. Despite the slow start, great serving, rallies and receives allowed the girls to get right back in contention; however, Saints’ Blue team managed to scrape past for victory. In the third, the girls managed to claw their way back to win the set. Some amazing resilience and skill was displayed and the girls should be proud of themselves. – Ruby Deakin (Student Coach)

Year 6 White – Saints 2 defeated Saints Blue 1
The girls played an outstanding game against the other Saints’ Year 6 side. They displayed great teamwork from the sidelines and communication on the court. Their game play and skills highlighted their improvement since the last game, and their determination led to them winning the first set. Going into the second, the girls had amazing energy and boosted confidence. With strong serves and hits across the court, they were able to seal the second set, which meant they had won the game. With relief and excitement of winning their first game, the girls went into the third set more relaxed. They showed improvement in their sets, digs and spikes over the net which was great to see. However, the last set was taken by the other Saints’ team despite the girls’ wonderful efforts to try win straight sets. They should be incredibly proud of their efforts and hopefully we will be able to bring home another win in the next match. – Dayna Petruzzella (Student Coach)

Year 5 Black – Saints 1 defeated by Seymour Blue 2
Solid effort by the girls! We started strongly by winning the first set, but unfortunately couldn’t maintain the momentum. The girls’ serving was consistent and they were able to dig and set really well throughout. We even managed to get a few rallies which was very exciting for the girls. Our enthusiasm to play and to improve kept the spirits high. Next time, we can improve on our consistency with our digging and to hopefully get some 3 hits. Great job girls! – Sivanthi Sivasuthan (Student Coach)

Year 5 Silver – Saints 0 defeated by Seymour Green 3
Despite this loss, the continued improvement the girls are making each week shows the true progress they have achieved. Iris Ran’s setting and serving showed strong accuracy. Nishka Soodan’s serving and digs were consistent; she is always calling and offering her help to other team members. Emily Shi’s confidence has continued to improve, particularly with her serving. Amy Wang also had strong serving and consistent passing, and she made solid hits over the net. Zalia Valmorbida continues to improve every game. Ella Pearce had excellent serves throughout and was always ready when receiving the ball. The girls should be happy with how they performed, and although they didn’t win, the team dynamics continue to strengthen which is lovely to watch as a coach. – Toni Christiansen (Student Coach)

WATER POLO

Open A – Saints 10 defeated Seymour 7
A fantastic ending to the 2020 season with the Open A team going undefeated for four years! After a rough, tiring and exciting game, the girls triumphantly pushed through with a 3 goal win over Seymour. Throughout the game, the girls demonstrated fantastic teamwork, sportsmanship and cheering from the poolside. Their determination was never dull, especially during the 1 goal difference in the final quarter. Congratulations to Lara Wakeham, the best player in the pool, who scored 6 magnificent goals, and to Ashlyn May who played in goals, saving many fast-incoming shots. A special mention to Fiona Lethbridge for being an amazing captain for the past year! Awesome game girls! – Emily Baldwinson

Open B – Saints 9 defeated Seymour 6
Our Open B team had an amazing finish to the 2020 season with a well-deserved win against Seymour. The girls were strong in attack and defence, stealing the ball many times from the opposition and demonstrating excellent teamwork with the numerous counter attacks throughout. Although the girls were down by 2 goals at half-time, their determination and teamwork allowed them to secure victory! The best players were Emily Whittaker who shot an outstanding and strong 4 goals via counter attacks, and Isabelle Tran who demonstrated her dominance in the pool with her excellent swimming and drives in front of goals. Well done girls! – Emily Baldwinson

Open C – Saints 11 defeated Pembroke 4
The Open C team had a tremendous win against Pembroke by 7 goals. The girls showed excellent set up and defence throughout. They displayed wonderful teamwork with many accurate and strong passes. Congratulations to Alice Braithwaite who shot an extraordinary 7 goals! Alice also exhibited her amazing swimming skills in the games via her many counter attacks and drives. Congratulations girls! – Emily Baldwinson

Year 7/8A – Saints 4 defeated by Wilderness 9
The girls played a good game, putting in a strong effort right to the end. Their set up in attack was an improvement on previous weeks, allowing for better opportunities for shots at goal. Best players were Scarlett Dillon who had a great game in goals, saving many shots and making long, safe passes down the pool to ignite the team’s attack, and our new Year 6 recruit Stella Spalvins who created many opportunities in attack. – Nikki Miller (Coach)

Year 7/8B – Saints had a bye

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eNews – Week 4, Term 4 2020

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Ain’t No Mountain High Enough for Esperanza

Our immensely talented vocal ensemble Esperanza has enjoyed stunning success across a host of competitions, accruing significant prize money including from their recent Grand Final appearance in Musica Viva’s ‘Strike a Chord’ contest. So the question was then, “Where to from here and how should we spend this money?”

In a time where live performance has become restricted, we were keen to ‘pivot’ and find a way to safely share our music with the largest audience possible. It seemed obvious then, that the next step for Esperanza was to record and release their first full feature video single.

During the Term 2 holidays, the girls spent time with our resident music wizard David Goodwin, laying down their individual tracks for one of the most difficult and challenging pieces of music that Esperanza has tackled to date. During the Term 3 holidays, timelines were put together for video shoots and finding the best locations, which included our own Chapel, Ferguson Park and the dizzying heights of Mount Osmond!

Esperanza experienced first-hand the all-important industry skills crucial to the marketing and promotion of commercial music. Special thanks must go to David Goodwin for audio, Chelsea McGuinness for her continued support and vocal coaching behind the scenes, and the amazing team at Lifesketch Films for video and editing. Featuring our own talented Sophie Norman, we hope you enjoy ‘How Great Thou Art’.

Sari Noble
Music Teacher

 

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From Our Deputy Principal / Head of Middle School

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The Co-Curricular program at Saints Girls is a crucial part of the holistic education we offer our girls. Involvement in the program is an integral aspect to life at St Peter’s Girls and is one of the reasons that we have such a wonderful sense of community. School life is not restricted to academic learning, and it is through our rich co-curricular program that our girls are able to grow and develop in different areas. Importantly, they are given the opportunity to try their hand in a wide range of areas to truly find what it is they love to do.
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A review of co-curricular offerings revealed the following information.

• There were 72 activities on offer in the Co-Curricular program across sport, Creative Arts and community/club options

• Participation in different activities allowed girls to form strong connections with their peers, with girls of different ages and with our staff

• Many of our girls are involved in a variety of activities and continue with this involvement throughout their senior years of study, when there is no longer a co-curricular requirement

• Students involved in the program as mentors and coaches reported feeling greater connection to the School community as a result

Throughout the year, I have been talking to students about what benefits they can gain from active participation in co-curricular activities. With an easing of health restrictions, there’s never been a better time for girls to start considering what to get involved in for the remainder of the year and into 2021, but also to think about what transferable skills and attributes they’ve picked up through their involvement with the program. Often, we take the opportunities afforded us for granted, but a little time spent considering how those opportunities have allowed us to demonstrate and develop courage, creativity and compassion, just as our founding Sisters did with their pioneering work, is time well spent.

Richard Lisle
Deputy Principal / Head of Middle School

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Maths Achievements Add Up!

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One of the key aims of the PMA Powerful Learners Mathematics and Numeracy Challenge is to further develop students’ appreciation of the scope of mathematics, and their creative and critical thinking skills. Our girls have certainly achieved this.

• Evelyn Gautier in Year 6 investigated the mathematics involved in creating a Disney Theme Park in South Australia and produced an incredible project with more than 100 pages of outstanding problem-solving and creative mathematical planning.

• State Winner: The Reception EDGE group (Imogen Colwell, Vickie Huo, Alison Wang and Jessie Zhang) investigated “How Mathematics can help the Mid-Year Receptions start school”. Video taken during the project clearly shows each of the girls using maths creatively towards their goal.

• State Winner: Year 1/2 EDGE group (Amber Guo, Jiaen Lu, Samaira Soodan, Sanisha Vaidya, Charlotte Di Giorgi, Elise Fuller, Olivia Ianniello and Aarabi Piragalathan) investigated “How the Internet stole all of the female mathematicians.” All sorts of multimedia has been utilised to record the creative mathematical musings of this group as they unearthed the amazing female mathematicians throughout history that the internet had been ‘hiding’.

• State Winner: Year 3 EDGE group (Chloe Li, Mathilda Begg, Bonnie Qu, Grace Marshall, Lily Croser-Barlow and Sophie Edwards) investigated the maths involved in travelling all the way to Mars. Loads of creative and critical mathematical thinking was evident throughout the girls’ hypothetical journey to the Red Planet.

This challenge is open to all students from ELC to Year 7. Anyone interested in entering the 2021 challenge is encouraged to contact me.

Cath Kelly
Reception – Year 6 Learning Strategies Teacher

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Striking Performance by Aerobics Girls

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Following on from their previous placings in State competitions, one of the three Saints Girls’ Aerobics teams had the chance to compete in the South Australia National Series, hosted by FISAF. The G.O.A.T.s presented a striking performance and placed 1st in the Secondary School Pre-Choreographed Teams division. The scores are now being processed and compared with other teams across Australia, and without moderation in consideration, the G.O.A.T.s are currently leading in the division. Congratulations to my teammates Jessica Cao, Ruby Croston-Melling, Annie Warrick and Amelie Zacharia Henley, and all the girls who competed in Aerobics teams this year.

The Aerobics program at Saints Girls is a fun way to build strength, flexibility and stamina through high energy fitness and/or performance routines. The girls meet a few times a week where they rehearse and train to perform at numerous district, State and national competitions. The program requires no prior skills and is a great challenge for anyone looking for a bit of fun while exercising.

Maddi Harmer
Year 10 student

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Youngest Saints Bond with Buddies

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The Mid-Year Reception class is very privileged to visit their Year 5 buddy class on a weekly basis. This time provides rich learning opportunities for both classes. The Year 5 girls have a chance to show leadership and mentoring skills, and for the Reception girls, this is a time to be risk-takers and try a more challenging task with the support of an older student.

This week, the girls worked collaboratively to create a poster that embodies the concept, ‘We explore and learn about our school through our senses’ which is a play on the current inquiry focus in Mid-Year Reception. The Year 5 gurus led their younger buddies around the School for a photoshoot of smells, sights and sounds. They returned to their class to piece together their poster and print the final product. The results were outstanding.

Buddies is a valued time for both classes and an important connection and friendship that can continue throughout their journey at St Peter’s Girls’ School.

Zoe West
Mid-Year Reception Teacher

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Runaway Success at Athletics Carnival

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There were some terrific results from the All-Schools Athletics Championships, with Saints Girls winning 8 Gold, 4 Silver and 2 Bronze medals. Special mention to Charlotte McAuliffe (4 Gold) and Malaika McLeod (2 Gold).

Results

Holly Cardone
Gold U18 High Jump (1.58m), Bronze U18 Triple Jump (10.11m), 9th U18 100m (13.95), 5th U18 200m (28.10)

Keeley Fahey
Gold U18 Pole Vault (3.00m), 4th U18 100m Hurdles (18.05), 5th U18 Javelin (24.55m), 6th U18 Shot Put (9.09m)

Olivia Kelly
Silver U18 High Jump (1.48m), 11th U18 100m (14.35), 5th U18 Shot Put (9.28m), 6th U18 Long Jump (4.68m), 8th U18 400m (1:07.69)

Lady Murphy
6th U16 90m Hurdles (15.35)

Malaika McLeod
Gold U14 1500m (4:53.00), Gold U14 800m (2:17.90 – narrowly missing the meet record of 2:17.56).

Carys Kinsella-White
Silver U14 High Jump (1.43m), Bronze U14 400m (1:02.91- 2.5 sec PB), 7th 200m (28.40), 6th U14 Triple Jump (9.46m)

Charlotte McAuliffe
Gold U14 100m (13.21), Gold U14 200m (26.63), Gold U14 400m (1:01.08), Gold U14 Long Jump (4.83m), 4th U14 High Jump (1.38m)

Daisy Braithwaite
5th U16 1500m (5:38.99), 4th U16 3000m (12:25.23), Silver U16 3000m walk (15:11.98)

Chloe Richardson
5th U14 800m (2:30.98), 7th U14 1500m (5:17.44)

Elodie de Wit
5th U14 1500m (5:11.59), Silver U16 3000m (11:00.70)

Congratulations girls!

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Year 4 Campers Enjoy Great Outdoors

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Of course we were up for the challenge!

Fifty keen Year 4 students made their way to Woodhouse Activity Centre from Monday 26 October (Week 3) for their three-day camping experience. Not only did this camp link to the inquiry that ‘Living things depend on each other and the environment to survive’, the program facilitated by Active Ed outdoor education also incorporated team problem-solving. Highlights included cultural clay cooking, orienteering, conquering fears on Challenge Hill and painting the ‘story of camp’ using Kaurna symbols. We were all grateful to and inspired by Kaurna elder Tamaru who joined us for an entire day to share his culture with us.

Goals of the program include:

• Strengthening social skills such as the ability to compromise, negotiate, lead and build on each others’ strengths
• Developing independence, resilience and risk-taking
• Gaining an understanding of traditional Aboriginal plant use
• Experiencing some of the ways Aboriginal people lived prior to European settlement
• Fostering reconciliation

As a special treat on the final night, the students enjoyed cooking marshmallows around a campfire. It goes without saying that the Year 4s had a fantastic experience, creating memories that will last a long time.

Rebecca Riley, Shane Davidson and Olivia Coulter
Year 4 Teachers

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Surf’s Up for Year 11 PE

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The Year 11 PE class was able to take part in their surf camp at Middleton this week which was rescheduled from Term 1. They dealt with some cold and windy conditions on the first day but were able to display great resilience in continuing to catch waves and paddle back out through the choppy waves.

By day 2, the girls progressed impressively and were riding waves constantly, developing their turning skills once up. We were fortunate to be able to stay at Chiton Rocks Surf Lifesaving Club and then enjoy much better conditions by Friday. Thanks to the girls for their efforts over the camp.

Dan Searle
Head of PE, Health and Outdoor Education

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Delicious Halloween Delicacies

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Last Friday, in anticipation of Halloween, the Year 5 girls spent some time creating their own creepy crawlies. With liquorice, fondant, icing and chocolate buttons, the girls decorated a couple of biscuits each, making themselves some sweet treats and resisting the temptation to not devour them before they were complete. From all reports, these spooky Halloween delicacies were delicious!

Sarah Mulraney and Shelley Hampton
Year 5 Teachers

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Year 6 Campers Hit the Water

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The Year 6s enjoyed a wonderful week on camp at Hindmarsh Island in Week 1. They let their adventurous spirits shine through, sleeping in tents, canoeing, fishing and night hiking. They enjoyed collaborating to build rafts together, exercised their leadership during problem-solving activities and learned more about the indigenous heritage of the area. The evening campfire, complete with toasted marshmallows, was a tasty highlight. Exhausted and happy, they returned to school with wonderful memories of their final Junior School camp to cherish forever.

“I really enjoyed the night walk we took because when we turned off the torches, we could gaze up at the beautiful night stars.” – Isobel

“I especially enjoyed raft-making as it was an excellent team-building activity. It was also a really great opportunity to have fun and learn some new skills with my friends.” – Ali

“I really enjoyed going canoeing on the river. It was fun to get to know everyone more and trying not to capsize.” – Adjoa

Sarah Braithwaite, Kim Butler-Nixon and Monique McLeay
Year 6 Teachers

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Action Stations: PE Week Next Week!

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With PE Week in Week 5, the Sport Captains led by Sophie Barr (2021 Sport Prefect), have come up with a range of fun activities.

Prizes will be on offer for some activities as well as the daily Sports Quiz Question. The question will be in a range of locations around the School, and the first person to find Sophie and answer correctly will win.

Monday
Lunchtime in the Gym – Come and Try Badminton (Years 4 – 6)
Lunchtime on the Oval – Tennis Ball Catch (Reception – Year 3)
Other Activities – Quiz Question

Tuesday
Lunchtime in the Gym – 100m Ergo Challenge (Years 5 – 9)
Lunchtime on the Oval – Activity Session with Payneham Union Aussie Rules Coaches (Years 5 – 10)
Lunchtime in the Pool – Fun Water Polo Activities (Years 5 – 7)
Other Activities – Quiz Question, Year 2 ACHPER Activity Day

Wednesday
Lunchtime on the Oval – Staff vs Student Touch Football
Other Activities – Quiz Question

Thursday
Lunchtime in the Gym – Dodgeball run by Year 9 Sport Captains (Years 7 – 9)
Lunchtime on the Oval – Soccer Challenge (Reception – Year 3)
Other Activities – Jess Trengove talking to Year 4 – 6 students in Home Group; Quiz Question

Friday
Lunchtime in the Gym – Dodgeball run by Year 9 Sport Captains (Years 4 – 6)
Other Activities – R to 3 Sports Morning, Quiz Question

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Road Safety and Courtesy

The School has received concerns about parents and caregivers walking children across the road in front of moving traffic at drop-off and pick-up times. We cannot emphasise enough the importance of using the designated crossing for the safety of all.

In addition, the School continues to receive complaints about traffic blocking Stonyfell Road for lengthy periods during drop-off and pick-up. If the car park is full and you are unable to enter, circle the block until it is clear to enter, find a park elsewhere or, where age-appropriate, meet your daughter in a surrounding street. Unless special circumstances apply, parents of girls in Years 2 to 12 should not enter the car park to collect their daughters prior to 3.30pm. Parents of girls in Reception and Year 1 have exclusive use of the pick-up zone prior to this time for safety and traffic reasons.

Please refrain from turning right into or out of the car park, and please do not queue in the car park’s lanes as this often prevents drivers who are legally parked from exiting.

We have also received complaints about cars being parked too close to driveways or across from other vehicles in surrounding streets, making it extremely difficult for residents and other road users to navigate.

We ask our community members to please show consideration for others and the safety of all; thank you for your cooperation.

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Sports News

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AUSSIE RULES

Year 5/6 Blue – Saints 1 defeated by St Ignatius 94
This was a very difficult game with the opposition having several highly-skilled players. Savannah Walls was outstanding in defence, producing many tackles. Isla Fahey tried hard on the wing, constantly running to be first to the ball. Saints didn’t give up despite the score and have learned how much more they can improve to be competitive. – Maia Schnaars (Coach)

Year 5/6 White – Saints 12.12-84 defeated Pulteney 0.1-1
What great game where the girls dominated from the outset. What was rewarding was that 9 of our 11 players scored a goal as they all continue to develop skills that benefit them and the team. The girls are tackling hard, handballing, carrying the football and attempting to bounce. Great result team. – Milli Gentle (Coach)

BASKETBALL

Middle A – Saints 24 defeated by Seymour 30
For the last game of the season, the Middle As did an excellent job playing as a team and had a high work rate throughout. They did extremely well to keep the margin within 10 points the entire game, even reducing it to as little as 2 at half-time. Special mention of Sophie Ricciuto’s excellent defensive effort with multiple steals, and Januri’s aggressive drives to the basket, scoring half the team’s points. – Kat Perkas (Coach)

Middle B – Saints 8 defeated by Seymour 44
The Middle B team had a tough game but never gave up. Their ball movement and defensive pressure has improved from the start of the season. – Kat Perkas (Coach)

ROWING

On Saturday 31 October, the St Peter’s Girls’ Rowing program was scheduled to compete in our first regattas of the season: a 4800m time trial for the Seniors and Intermediates, followed by a Junior Regatta over 1000m. The weather was not favourable, with a strong southerly wind making for difficult conditions on the course. As such, we had to make the choice to withdraw our Year 7s and 8s from the Junior Regatta. Although it was unfortunate to cancel the Juniors’ first regatta of the season, they will have many more opportunities ahead of them.

Racing for our Senior and Intermediate crews went ahead, with both squads producing excellent early season results in the 4800m Time Trial Regatta. The 1st VIII showed good speed early on the course, placing 1st at the intermediate time check (2800m), and eventually finished in 3rd with less than 5 seconds separating the top three crews. Similarly, the 9/10 A crew showed consistent pace across the course, placing 3rd at both the intermediate check point and finish line in the Schoolgirl 9/10 Coxed Quad division. Given that both crews were ‘rate-capped’ (intentionally limited in their strokes-per-minute for technical development), these results bode well for what they are capable of achieving at the Round the Island Regatta in Week 5.

1st VIII 3rd 19:43.20
9/10 A 3rd 23:35.70
9/10 B 17th 29:48.00

Brynley Millward
Director of Rowing

SOFTBALL

Middle – Saints defeated Scotch
Although the game turned out very different than expected, the girls willingly volunteered to help Scotch fill their side. Kate Thomas got the game off to a great start in the field and had an amazing pitching game as well. Although Dani Vari was playing for the other team, her abilities with the bat were again incredible, hitting yet another home run. This was backed up by Ashlyn May, who also hit a home run, however for Saints this time. As always, Nellie Ion had exceptional talk in the field, encouraging each player, creating a positive atmosphere for the game. Georgie Williams also had one of her best games yet, making great contact with the ball! An amazing game all round. – Kellie Bested (Softball Captain)

Year 3/4 Teeball – Saints defeated Walford
A slow start from the girls but as the game went on, the improvement was very obvious. Issy O’Toole and Hannah Ibrahim made some awesome efforts in the field to get good catches and excellent plays to make outs. The girls also managed to get a 7-run inning from good hard running and very smart hitting. – Payne Sowter (Coach)

TENNIS

Despite facing fierce conditions, both the Saints Open A and Open B teams defeated Scotch. The girls were absolutely amazing, even on a day with 30 degree weather, and did not lose a single set – an extremely impressive feat. The Open As started out strongly with both doubles winning 6-0. Tahlia Cahill faced a tough match in her first week as number 1, but fought hard with a comfortable 6-0 win. Britney and I also finished 6-0, whilst Sienna had a closer 6-2 win. Overall, a great effort and we are hoping to bring some of the energy and fight displayed in these matches to our last round against Concordia. – Ruby Deakin (2021 Captain)

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

Premier Reserves – Saints 6-36 defeated Scotch 0-10
Singles: Charlotte Staples 6-2, Ella Dnistriansky 6-4, Imogen Nienaber 6-1, Grace Beaumont 6-1

Division 1 Blue – Saints 6-36 defeated Pembroke 0-4
Singles: Georgia Mallick 6-0, Ariel Spartalis 6-0, Eva Young 6-2, Adele Eaton 6-0

Division 1 White – Saints 5-32 defeated Pembroke 1-11
Singles: Bridgette Leach 6-0, Soph Ryan 2-6, Ayanna Roy 6-1, Sapphire Moser 6-2

Division 2 – Saints 3-25 defeated Pembroke 3-20
Singles: Astrid Teague 1-6, Sophie Abbott 5-6, Eva Chassiotis 6-1, Alison Francis 6-1

Division 3 Blue – Saints 3-26 defeated by Scotch 3-32
Singles: Chloe Richardson 6-4, Elodie de Wit 6-5, Shirley Liu 6-5, Olivia Reynolds 3-6

Division 3 White – Saints 3-24 defeated Pembroke 3-21
Singles: Gloria Zou 0-6, Helen Zhang 6-0, Tara Nedumaran 1-6, Zihan Huang 6-1

Division 4 – Saints 0-14 defeated by Scotch 6-36
Singles: Lydia Tolley 2-6, Nathara Perera 3-6, Amy Hu 2-6, Freya Hermann 1-6

Junior Division 2 – Saints 0-5 defeated by Wilderness White 6-24
Singles: Charlotte Hocking 0-4, Abbey Phillips 0-4, Chelsea Francis 3-4,

Junior Division 3 – Saints had a bye

Year 6/7 Knockout
Saints entered the Year 6/7 Knockout which was unable to be completed in Term 1. Unfortunately, the girls were defeated by Fulham Gardens 5-1 with Fulham now proceeding to the State Finals. Players Malaika McLeod, Sapphire Moser, Eva Chassiotis and Alison Francis represented the School well and certainly gave their best in some windy and tricky conditions. – Neil Fuller (Supervisor)

TOUCH FOOTBALL

Open A – Saints 0 defeated by Wilderness 6
Our Open As came up against a difficult opponent in Wilderness but the early signs were good. The girls were making ground strongly and went close to a couple of tries before Wilderness slipped through defensive gaps that opened as the girls tired towards the end of the first half. Our movement improved in the second half and we only allowed 2 tries in, but could not catch them offside to score. Some great communication from Ellie Anderson along with excellent defensive efforts from Stephanie Smalls. – Holly Cardone (2021 Captain)

Open B – Saints 7 defeated Marryatville 3
Great job girls! It was our best game as a team; we had been focusing on communication which was on display. The middles rucked the ball fast up the field which allowed for many tries to be scored. At training, we had been working on many plays which we implemented into the game. Try scorers: Adele Russell (2), Grace Richards (2), Ellie Humphrey (1), Madison Liddy (1), and Ruby Richards (1). Well done girls! – Willow Stewart-Rattray

Open C – Saints 1 defeated by Seymour 4
This was a great opportunity to face a more experienced side and play in a different umpiring environment. Despite the score, we managed to keep our heads up throughout. We played a great first half that consisted of fast rucks and strong communication. Special mention to Phoebe Black for her loud directions! We also started to put in the wraps that we have been working on at training. We set up a few tries but we struggled to score. Well done to Poppy Oswald for scoring! We still need to work on our fitness in the second half as when we are tired, we don’t hit the ball at pace or get on-side quick enough. We also need to work on moving off the line while defending and to not just run sideways. Also, well done to Sophie Edwardes for her fast chasing! Great job girls. – Annie Bui

Middle A – Saints 5 defeated Pembroke 4
The girls played a great game. Our attack was strong and we executed some great quickies, helping us move down the field very quickly. Our defence helped prevent many opportunities for the opposition to score tries. It was a close game at half-time, the score being 1-0 our way. We picked up the pace and managed to score many tries in the second half. Mathilda Thomas played an amazing game scoring 4 tries and Jasmine Segredos scored 1. – Jasmine Segredos

Middle B – Saints 0 defeated by St Ignatius 7
Everyone worked really hard and went all out to score a try but we just didn’t quite get there. The training that we did during the week focusing on defending really helped us. I think that we need to work on making sure that we know some specific rules surrounding the 7 metre line when we are attacking. Good effort girls. – Lucy Mitchell

Middle C – Saints had a bye

VOLLEYBALL

Thursday – 29 October

Open A – Saints 2 defeated Seymour 1 (25-16, 25-16, 13-15)
Another change up with an after-school game against Seymour to catch up some games from Term 1. A very confident start with a serving display of excellence from Ruby Deakin, Clair Kao and Georgie Keough, and Anna White setting up plays with brilliant passing, wrapping up the first set quickly. The second set swung wildly back in Seymour’s favour with our girls not taking the opposition seriously enough and making simple errors. A quick timeout at 16-16 refocused the girls, and Georgina served 9 straight to close out the set 25-16. The third set was still a mental challenge with simple errors and very low energy levels giving the set to Seymour 13-15. We will look at further improvements across the final two games. – Alistair Keough (Coach)

Open B – Saints 2 defeated Seymour 1 (21-13, 14-21, 21-17)
Open B had a plan against Seymour. And while it is always good to have a plan, make sure you always have a back up. Saints started the game positively and dominated in most aspects with Chloe Venning and Sivanthi Sivasuthan winning many service points. Sophie Norman and Milly Brett were both strong at the net in attack and defence. Claiming the first set, Saints became complacent in the second with less talk and motivation, and this was evident in the score. Saints however regained the spark in the last set and came from behind with a strong finish to secure the win. – Neil Fuller (Supervisor)

Middle A – Saints 3 defeated Seymour 0 (25-20, 26-24, 15-8)
The girls had a great game with communication the key. They were a lot louder in their calling and demonstrated increased confidence. With improved communication, so to was their team spirit which allowed the girls to enjoy the game more. – Milli Gentle (Coach)

Saturday 31 October
Open A – Saints 2 defeated Pembroke 1 (26-24, 18-25, 15-13)
Saturday morning came around and after a limited training on Friday due to weather causing restrictions of available gym space, there was an energy that had been missing for the past few weeks. The players greeted their club mates in the opposition and proceeded to focus on a determined warm up. The spiking warm up lines became a show of strength, with each team showing off their brands and neither side taking a backward step.

A loss to Pembroke would have placed Saints Open A no higher than 3rd place, with one match left to play against Concordia and the opportunity for the Pennant. The game began with both teams filling up the gym stadium with enough energy to blow off the roof. Clair dominated with serves early and Lucy kill-blocked a huge spike from Pembroke. Both teams slugged it out with the standard of volleyball at a level that would attract advertisers and subscribers on a live stream.

– Georgina Keough (Captain)

Open B – Saints 2 defeated Pembroke 1 (25-15, 14-25, 15-8)
Back to a Saturday morning match for Pembroke, the girls were instantly awake when they entered the gym during the Open As game. Infected by the energy, the girls warmed up well and got straight down to business in the match. Joss Forster had a solid run of serves that stunned Pembroke and Saints took the first set easily 25-15.

Pembroke sprang into action in the second set as our energy dropped and we struggled to convert good passes into attack. Not committing to shots and plays broke down our attack to allow Pembroke back into the match.

With both teams having a nervous start and missed serves, Chloe Venning stepped up and pulled out 3 jump serves in a row. Everyone went wild. Pembroke sided out Chloe’s third serve but we sided out straight back before Samantha Keough displayed calm under pressure by getting her serves in. Pembroke were behind on the scoreboard and tightened after each serve, struggling to get up a decent attack. The girls took the set and match and are energised for a final game against Concordia. – Alistair Keough (Coach)

Open C – Saints 0 defeated by Pembroke 3 (17-25, 19-25, 11-25)
The girls played really well, moving to the ball and working together as a team. – Ava Loechel (Coach)

Middle A – Saints had a bye

Middle B – Saints 2 defeated Pulteney 1 (15-25, 25-17, 25-14)
This was a much improved game from the team with great intensity. After losing the first set, the girls remained positive and started to understand the movement required on the court to meet the ball. – Katie Dancer (Coach)

Middle C – Saints 2 defeated Pembroke 1 (25-13, 25-20, 20-25)
The girls challenged themselves, often trying overarm serves. Players were excellent in communicating and improved in tracking the ball in the air to prepare for shots. We encourage them to keep asking questions to develop their skills. Well done to all. – Katie Dancer (Coach)

Middle D – Saints 0 defeated by Pembroke 3 (23-25, 18-25, 23-25)
This was a very close and entertaining match. The girls are improving every week and did a great job of calling for the ball and covering the court. – Ava Loechel (Coach)

Year 6 Blue – Saints 2 defeated Seymour 1 (18-25, 25-22, 25-13)
A top game with obvious improvement from the last match. After putting a large focus on serving and gameplay at training, it was clear that the girls have taken in what they learned. The team’s serving was amazing, which ultimately won us the game. We introduced a few more players this week, Iszabella Lochowiak, Abiola Ajao and Keira See, who fit in well and did some great work throughout. The girls became more determined after losing the first set and we kept pushing, making sure to celebrate the points we won, and not to lose energy if we lost a few in a row. The girls had a great start in the third set and with their confidence high, they enjoyed the game more. With some great serving, we were able to get ahead and we started to focus on teamwork and trying to use more than one touch to get the ball back over the net. Amazing work girls, keep it up! – Georgina Keough (Student Coach)

Year 6 White – Saints 1 defeated by Wilderness 2
The girls played an excellent and exciting game against Wilderness. Saints started strong in the first set, with Jiahui Zhang and Chiara Ranasinghe sending some strong serves over the net. The girls were communicating on the court and had great support for their teammates which helped win the first set. Saints were leading in the second, with courageous efforts from Ellie Tosolini and Ashmitha Ramesh. However, Wilderness fought back with strong serving to take the second set. In the last set, Nethushi Ratnayake and Amelia Olesen hit some amazing points, but the Wilderness girls brought intensity and were able to close out the third despite the girls’ incredible efforts. They greatly improved from their first game and should all be super proud of their efforts. – Dayna Petruzella (Student Coach)

Year 5 Silver – Saints 3 defeated Seymour Blue 0
All the girls played exceptionally well in their second match. Their game play and performance emphasised the improvement from the last game. The girls’ serves were strong and consistent which was great to see. It was the highlight of the match and the girls should be so proud of how they played. Their enthusiasm and communication with each other developed a strong sense of teamwork which created an encouraging atmosphere where the girls had fun. Their sets and digs also showed improvement in direction and strength of their hits which was advantageous in winning points. I am really proud of the girls and am looking forward to continuing to work with them. – Toni Christiansen (Student Coach)

WATER POLO

Open A – Saints 9 defeated Wilderness 4
The girls played a hard-fought four quarters with awesome teamwork and strategy. Lara Wakeham and Stephanie Smalls had astounding communication and collaboration as they organised critical player swaps in defence. Best player was Poppie Goldsmith with another sensational backhand and brilliant aggression and fight in the centre forward position. The team played their best attacking game this season – a very impressive effort girls! – Saskia Jonats (2021 Captain)

Open B – Saints had a bye

Open C – Saints had a bye

Year 7/8A – Saints had a bye

Year 7/8B – Saints 6 defeated by St Ignatius 8
The girls had a much better game, showing considerable improvement in driving and moving the ball down the pool. Their determination to get the ball was evident in their success in achieving many steals. Best player was Claudia Pearce who was strong in attack, being the highest goal scorer for the team with 4 goals. She also read the play very well whilst in defence, enabling her to achieve many intercepts. Well done also to Airlie McCabe and Alyssa Tran who both scored a goal. – Nikki Miller (Coach)

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eNews – Week 3, Term 4 2020

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Staff Dance 2020!

It’s one of the biggest highlights of the Celebration Day Assembly, and yet again, the audience was blown away by the dancing skills of our wonderful staff in their parting gift to our Class of 2020.

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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From Our Director of Teaching and Learning

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Continuous Reporting (Middle and Senior Schools)

A reminder that grades and feedback comments for summative tasks can be found via myLink. Clicking on the ‘Marks’ tile for each of your daughter’s listed subjects will take you to a continuous reporting page that will show grades and comments. You can select semester or full-year views. These comments and grades provide an up-to-date picture of your daughter’s progress and can be used to stimulate some discussions at home about ‘how school is going’.

Project-Based Learning (PBL)

N Scoggins - webIn previous eNews updates, I have mentioned our moves towards a more ‘project-based learning’ approach in Years 7 – 10. Our Year 8s are becoming increasingly expert in this more independent and hands-on method. This semester, they have participated in a cross-curricular ‘Healthy Girls’ project (as reported briefly last week), which involved the Science, HPE and Technology faculties. The task was to raise awareness by devising a campaign about what it means to be healthy, focusing on diet, exercise and sexual health. Ideally, PBL units feature a ‘launch event’; in this case, it took the form of a talk by Old Scholar Eleni Vosnakis (Kilburn 2011), who is Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Adelaide United W-League team. On Friday of Week 1 this term, the girls ran an expo-style event for the rest of the Middle School to showcase their campaigns, which included videos, websites, infographics and recipe cards. The Year 7 and 9 students were invited to walk through and interact with each of the groups, asking questions so the Year 8s could share their knowledge and advice. The Year 7 and 9 students were also asked to provide some ‘peer-assessment’ feedback. The Year 8 students spoke very positively about the use of PBL and increased engagement levels. Certainly, the expo was a colourful and lively way of presenting the students’ work.

In a similar vein, the Arts subjects have adopted a ‘project-style’ approach in Year 8 this year, which will culminate in student-devised multimedia performances in Week 6. Having observed a class in action last week, I can vouch for the enthusiasm, responsibility and creativity the students demonstrate when the PBL approach is used. I am sure that the final performances will be suitably impressive showcases.

Exams

Year 12 final exams started this week and continue for the next two weeks. The students have coped brilliantly with the year’s disruptions and uncertainties, and I’m sure that their ‘can-do’ attitude and resilience will see them triumph in these final exams.

Last year in eNews, we published some last minute exam tips and I thought it was worth sharing them again:

• 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 that they need for the day, especially one-off things like their Mathematics notes.

• 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, 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 start 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 daughter is likely to get at least a bit stressed at some point during her 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, then 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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Noteworthy Honour for Our Director of Music

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Each year, the Association of Heads of Music in Non-Government Schools (AHOMINGS) nominates dedicated and passionate music teachers for the award of ‘Long service and Noteworthy Service’ to the profession. This year, I have been lucky enough to receive this award.

2020 marks my 19th year of teaching in non-government schools throughout Adelaide. It is wonderful to be recognised by my peers and receive this award for the hard work and many hours of dedicated teaching and performing I have put in to ensure my students get the best music education and support I can give them.

In particular, this award recognises the extra associations and activities I have been involved in throughout my career including supporting American arrangers and teachers Kirby Shaw and Steve Zegree to run workshops and concerts in Adelaide, being on the advisory board of the AMEB (Australian Music Examinations Board in Adelaide), current President of AHOMINGS and a Sergeant in the Australian Army Band Adelaide.

It is such an honour to be able to pass on my love for music to generations of young people though my role as a music teacher, and it is so rewarding to see my students grow in confidence and passion for music through the opportunities and teaching that I can offer.

Sally Rounsevell
Director of Music

Congratulations to Sally on this special achievement and thank you to all of our talented Music staff for the amazing opportunities you provide our students.

Here’s a look back at some of Sally and the team’s highlights in recent years:
 

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Cycling Champs Lap it Up

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For the first time, Saints Girls had three students enter the School Sport SA Cycling Championships, with Daisy Braithwaite 3rd, Alice Braithwaite 4th (both Year 8) and Carys Kinsella-White (Year 7) finishing in 5th place to earn our School the B Grade champions trophy.

Each rider competed in a Time Trial over 5km, a Points Race where riders accrue points on places every two laps over a 15 minute period, and then finally, a Criterium which is a strategic race of 15 minutes and the two laps with strategic attacks taking place to try to create a break or tire your fellow riders.

Thanks to the parents for providing supervision and allowing the girls to contest the event.

Daisy Braithwaite
Year 8 student

Pictured L to R are Alice Braithwaite, Carys Kinsella-White and Daisy Braithwaite

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Farm Adventures on Year 2 Camp

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The air was filled with excitement last Thursday as the Year 2 girls headed to Narnu Farm for their first camp!

After a terrific play at Strathalbyn for Recess, we arrived at Narnu Farm ready for a truck-load of fun. In the afternoon, everyone went horse riding…even the teachers! We enjoyed Wilderness Survival and built our own shelters. Elsie the vintage truck was a highlight as the girls explored the paddocks and fed the horses. Before dinner, we got to hold baby chicks and feed the farm animals, including the new baby calf! After dinner, Animals Anonymous visited and we met an 80 day old baby bettong and a clever little sugar-glider! Friday morning started very peacefully with quiet reading before breakfast and then we learnt how to hand-plough and churn butter.

This camp provided authentic experiences within our ‘Where we are in place and time’ unit of inquiry about what farming was like in the past and how technology has helped to change daily life. Most importantly, it is a wonderful opportunity for our girls to develop their independence in a safe environment, while encouraging greater connections with their peers and with our inquiry learning.

Kathryn Clark and Bec Greenhalgh
Year 2 Teachers

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Profound Poet’s Prizewinning Presentation

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Last Thursday, I attended the SAFTA and Alliance Française Poetry Presentation night held at the Burnside Community Centre.

I received a certificate and prize for coming 2nd in the State for my category (Year 6/7). I learnt the poem off by heart in one night when my brother was on camp. I practised it a lot and managed to annoy my sister with it!

Overall, it was a very enjoyable experience.

Bettina Dal Cin
Year 6 student

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Whale of a Time on Year 3 Camp

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What an adventure!

Last week, the Year 3 girls went on camp to Adare in Victor Harbor where they competed in tribal challenges, learnt about native wildlife and hit holes-in-one. The first day was filled with exploring playgrounds, learning about whale species and identifying them in the water, competing in beach challenges and enjoying a marvellous movie night.

We woke early the next morning to start our tribal challenges where each House worked together to try to win the ultimate prize – chocolate sprinkle cupcakes! Congratulations to Kennion – The Blue Whales on their 2020 victory. We then went for a walk around Granite Island and made connections with our history unit, exploring the significance of Encounter Bay in Australia’s history. The evening kicked off the inaugural Glow Golf Tournament with holes-in-one scored around the course and glow stick jewellery the fashion choice for the night.

Before heading home, we visited the Urimbirra Wildlife Park where we patted koalas and fed lots of hungry kangaroos and wallabies. It was a terrific camp and all the girls had a blast!

Lizzy Mitchell and Mark Routley
Year 3 Teachers

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Toys from the Past Delight Girls of the Present

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Learning through play allows students to explore, discover and pose theories about the world around them. The Year 2 in-house activity run by the Australian Museum of Childhood with Alan Griffiths was an amazing opportunity for the girls to investigate the way toys from the past move.

They considered the materials that were used and compared these to the toys they play with today. They were amazed that toys could move in so many interesting ways without batteries!

This incursion is the provocation to our ‘Push and Pull’ Science unit as we begin to understand forces as part of our central idea that ‘Learning about the past helps us understand the present and imagine the future.’

Kathryn Clark and Bec Greenhalgh
Year 2 Teachers

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Sports News

AUSSIE RULES

Year 5/6 White – Saints 52 defeated Walford 48
Despite missing some players, the team had a great second performance and is constantly improving. There was some great leadership shown by Emily Bates and Lucy Tulloch which helped lift the girls. Goals: Grace Marsh-Smith (3); Izzy Tucker (2); Emily Bates (1). – Milli Gentle (Coach)

BASKETBALL

Open – Saints 19 defeated by Seymour 33
The girls played a great match but couldn’t keep up with the Seymour transition offence. We managed to get back in the game in the second half with some great scores by Millie Wilkin, Paris Robinson and Chi Chi Zhao. Thanks for an enjoyable season girls and a massive thank you to our Year 12s Millie, Paris and Emma Matheson for their commitment, encouragement and enthusiasm all year! – Sarah Turnbull (Coach)

Middle A – Saints 25 defeated by Westminster 42

Middle B – Saints 11 defeated by Westminster 22

SOFTBALL

Middle – Saints 12 defeated by Seymour 19
The girls took on Seymour playing an amazing game, however, could not come away with a win. Grace Ran and Nellie Ion both played great games in the field and had two terrific catches. Daniela Vari also had another top batting game. Impressively, each girl was able to have a good hit throughout; a massive improvement from the last match! – Kellie Bested (Softball Captain)

Year 3/4 Teeball – Saints (no game due to Year 4 camp)

TENNIS

The Open teams both had comfortable wins over Westminster with 5 sets to 1. Unfortunately, Sienna Glazbrook and Charlotte Staples were out for this round, however, Ella Dnistriansky stepped up from the Open Bs and helped Tahlia Cahill out with playing doubles. Ella had a fantastic game and worked extremely well with Tahlia, managing to take out the set. Britney Korir and I had a comfortable win in our doubles. Tahlia, Britney and I all played well and managed to win our singles, ensuring victory. In the Bs, Grace Beaumont again adjusted to joining the Open level, and Bridgette Leach was also outstanding filling in this round. It was a successful afternoon with lots of great tennis being played. – Ruby Deakin (2021 Captain)

Premier League – Saints 5-30 defeated Westminster 1-14
Singles: Tahlia Cahill 6-3, Ruby Deakin 6-0, Britney Korir 6-1

Premier Reserves – Saints 5-33 defeated Westminster 1-13
Singles: Ella Dnistriansky 6-2, Imogen Nienaber 3-6, Grace Beaumont 6-0, Bridgette Leach 6-1

Division 1 Blue – Saints 3-30 defeated Immanuel 3-24
Singles: Georgia Mallick 2-6, Ariel Spartalis 5-6, Eva Young 5-6, Adele Eaton 6-3

Division 1 White – Saints 4-27 defeated Wilderness 2-27
Singles: Soph Ryan 6-4, Bridgette Leach 6-2, Malaika McLeod 6-5, Astrid Teague 0-6

Division 2 – Saints 4-31 defeated Immanuel 2-21
Singles: Ayanna Roy 6-1, Sapphire Moser 6-2, Sophie Abbott 6-4, Zihan Huang 2-6

Division 3 Blue – Saints 3-20 defeated by Immanuel 3-26
Singles: Chloe Richardson 0-6, Alison Francis 6-2, Olivia Reynolds 0-6, Shirley Liu 6-4

Division 3 White – Saints 5-33 defeated Immanuel 1-18
Singles: Gloria Zou 6-3, Elodie de Wit 6-2, Tara Nedumaran 6-0, Lydia Tolley 3-6

Division 4 – Saints 2-16 defeated by Immanuel 3-16
Singles: Nathara Perera 2-4, Amy Hu 4-0, Kaylah Park 4-0, Claudia Henschke (no opponent)

Junior Division 1 – Saints 3-23 defeated Seymour 3-18
Singles: Sophie Blight 1-4, Emily Bates 4-1, Charlotte Thorpe 3-4, Mia Bennett 3-4

Junior Division 2 – Saints 2-13 defeated by St Ignatius 4-17
Singles: Sophie Wiggins 4-0, Stella Fuidge 0-4, Scarlett Parker 0-4, Chelsea Francis 4-1

Junior Division 3 – Saints 2-9 defeated by Pembroke White 2-10

TOUCH FOOTBALL

Open A – Saints 2 defeated by Pembroke 3
The Open A girls played a strong game against Pembroke. In the first half, Ruby Richards was able to score a great first try, putting the girls in a good mindset. Our line defence was outstanding where the girls were able to stop many tries. Wraps and scoops learnt at training were put into play, resulting in another fantastic try by Madison Liddy. Although Pembroke was up, the girls stayed enthusiastic and determined throughout the match to keep the score close. – Holly Cardone (2021 Captain)

Open B – Saints 0 defeated by St Ignatius 5
The girls played a great yet challenging game against St Ignatius’ A grade. It was our first match playing all together as a team, yet we communicated well and worked together throughout the entire game. Even with our tough competition, we all stayed positive, helping each other out and putting in some strategies from trainings. Led by Isobel Yelland and Annie Warrick, our attack was strong going down the field; however, we did struggle to set up defensively on the line and that is how St Ignatius scored. This has given us something to work on during trainings leading up to our next game. Great effort girls. –  Phoebe Black

Open C – Saints 3 defeated by Pembroke 4
A young Open C team played Pembroke, a team mainly made up of Year 10s and 11s. The girls played a much better defensive game using more shooters to prevent the attack from scoring. Mathilda Thomas scored an early try, boosting the confidence of the team, and scored another try later on. Poppy Oswald worked hard on the far wing, stopping the attacking team from breaking through the wing. She went on to score an exciting final try to close the margin, however, time ran out before we could equalise. This was a vast improvement from our last game. – Kate Hunt

Middle A – Saints had a bye

Middle B – Saints 5 defeated by Wilderness 6
The girls played very well. The defence struggled at the beginning but slowly improved, and by half-time, we were only behind by 1, the score being 2-3. Our attack was quite strong but we missed a few chances to score. Amelia Lucas and Carys Kinsella-White both scored 1 try each, Charlotte McAuliffe did an amazing job and scored 3. Amy Dillon kept strong defence against the opposition and the middle players did a good job on rucking the ball forwards. We could work on our defence a bit more as a couple times we had large gaps which they used to their advantage. – Naomi Singh

Middle C – Saints 2 defeated by Mercedes 9
The team played a challenging game. Although we did not win, we improved at moving the ball up the field and getting it towards the try line with faster ball movement from roll balls. Next time, we can try to use better strategies with our passing, and we can be louder with calling our teammates’ names. Try scorers were Sophia Langley and Annabel Ryan. – Sophia Langley

VOLLEYBALL

Open – Saints 3 defeated Wilderness 0 (25-23, 25-19, 25-18)
We started the morning with a slow warm-up, meaning we began the match with little energy, resulting in small errors which led Wilderness to win some easy points. During trainings, we have been working on hitting more through the middle. This was evident in the match as we were taking more opportunities in the middle with stronger skills and more confidence. Special mention to Toni Christiansen and Anna White whose serving gained us enough points to get ahead of Wilderness so they weren’t able to catch up. We were missing Clair Kao, who has some amazing serves which would’ve given us more opportunities to take a better lead. Although we could’ve pushed harder throughout the match to eliminate the errors, it was clear that our team had a stronger skillset and a better understanding of the game. We finished with a comfortable 3 set to 0 win, but we need to start future matches with more energy and want to fight as we are up against two very technically strong teams. Keep up the great work! – Georgina Keough (Captain)

Open B – Saints 2 defeated Wilderness 1 (25-20, 25-20, 22-25)
We welcomed Eliza Monaghan to her first game in Open Bs and she slotted in nicely. Rotating all players on in the first set to make sure everyone is awake and moving and ready to go, we changed into our back court setting system in the second set, which we won. While working through and tweaking different rotations in the third set, we came close to a 3-0 win, but were very happy with a 2-1 win in the end. Joss Forster and Sivanthi Sivasuthan served strongly and Sophie Norman kept everyone motivated and enthusiastic. A fantastic team effort with all playing well! – Alistair Keough (Coach)

Open C – Saints 1 defeated by Wilderness 2 (23-25, 25-14, 7-15)

Middle A – Saints 2 defeated Wilderness 1 (25-18, 22-25, 15-7)
The girls recorded their first win of the term in a competitive game. They started a little unsure, losing the first few points, but then grew stronger to win the set. In the second, communication between players faltered and this resulted in dropping points, but they turned this around in the third set, taking the first 5 points to set up the final score. – Milli Gentle (Coach)

Middle B – Saints 1 defeated by Wilderness 2
After some confusion and lack of numbers, Saints faced most of the Wilderness A team and played amazingly well in the first set. Unfortunately, Wilderness improved and our girls felt the pressure which affected their positive play and communication in calling for shots. Overall, it was a good game playing a stronger opponent and with no subs. – Milli Gentle (Coach)

Middle C – Saints 2 defeated Wilderness 1 (20-25, 25-18, 25-20)
A great come-from-behind win for the team showing lots of energy and loud voice when attacking the ball. All girls showed improvement from Week 1 and a willingness to make an effort to get to balls. Players demonstrated persistence to work hard which paid off in closing out the final set. – Katie Dancer (Coach)

Middle D – Saints 0 defeated by Concordia 3 (10-25, 13-25, 17-25)
The girls again improved consistently throughout the game as they gained confidence, and did a great job at serving and working together as a team. – Ava Loechel (Coach)

Year 6 Blue – Saints 0 defeated by Seymour Blue 0-3 (15-25, 18-25, 9-15)
With this being the first volleyball game for some, the girls played incredibly well. They were excited to start the game and focused on the warm-up. Charlize Cameron-Chilver and Bettina Dal Cin served some amazing balls, winning us many points throughout. Millie McDonald, who has previously played in a club volleyball team, was incredibly helpful on court, assisting the other players if they needed help. Eala Arthur-Slattery did some great work at the net, setting balls back over if they came to her. This was Sienna Dellapace’s first volleyball game, however, her understanding of volleyball developed quickly during the match. Although it didn’t result in a win for Saints, it was a high-energy game and the girls listened intently to feedback and then put it into play. Great work girls! – Georgina Keough (Student Coach)

Year 6 White – Saints 1 defeated by Seymour Green 2
The girls played very well in a super close game. Seymour started very strongly with a large lead in the first set, while the girls began to get into their groove at the end of the set. In the next, Seymour started to drop off which the Saints Girls took advantage of. With strong serving and great rallying, the girls managed to claim the second, making it 1-all. Unfortunately, Seymour brought back their intensity and were able to take the third, despite tremendous effort from our girls. Overall, it was a really great start to the season and all the girls played extremely well. – Ruby Deakin (Student Coach)

Year 5 Black – Saints 2 drew with Wilderness 2
Excellent performance for the team’s first volleyball game of the season! Even though we drew, we started off with a win in the first set. Izzy Huf, Imogen Pearce and Grace Marsh-Smith served really well and cheered on the team. The girls communicated and played together as team well, especially for their first game. All players had a positive attitude and were so eager to win. Next game, girls can improve on digging, setting and serving, and hopefully we will get a win! – Sivanthi Sivasuthan (Student Coach)

Year 5 Silver – Saints 0 defeated by Wilderness 2
All the girls played really well, but unfortunately, Saints lost. Despite this, the girls should be more than proud of how they performed. Each and every one of them takes on board the feedback I provide. The game play on court demonstrates their enthusiasm and strong communication. Nishka Soodan served really well with consistency which was great to see. Ella Pearce made good sets to other team members which set up some spike opportunities. Iris Ran, Emily Shi, Zalia Valmorbida and Amy Wang had really solid digs and passes both over the net as well as to other players on the team. All the girls worked really well together and cheered each other on which brought a strong sense of teamwork and encouragement. Some improvements to work on are serving and trying to get 3 hits which will help the girls set up for some good hitting opportunities. At training, we will work on the improvements needed and build a team where all players are passionate about volleyball and come to each game ready to have fun and win. – Toni Christiansen (Student Coach)

WATER POLO

Open A – Saints 26 defeated Wilderness 1
What a sensational game! The girls dominated in both attack and defence even when the mercy rule was played and Wilderness had two more players in the pool! It was awesome to see everyone scoring at least 2 goals, with Lara Wakeham and Emily Baldwinson scoring 6 each! A special shout-out to Poppie Goldsmith for shooting a wicked backhand in the fourth quarter. An excellent team effort girls! – Saskia Jonats (2021 Captain)

Open B – Saints 6 defeated St Ignatius 5
Saints played a very tough game with a lead of only 1 goal at the end of each quarter. The girls had a very solid defence and demonstrated excellent perseverance. With some strong and accurate shots, goal scorers were Lady Murphy (3), Willow Stewart-Rattray (2) and Emily Whittaker (1). Best players were Lady for leading the team with her experience, and Isabelle Tran for her strong swimming and fight for the ball. Awesome game girls, great job! – Saskia Jonats (2021 Captain)

Open C – Saints 12 defeated Walford 4
The girls continued their dominance this season with a convincing win over Walford. They played with aggression in both attack and defence, producing countless steals and counter-attacks. Special mention to Alice Braithwaite for her strong swimming and being the leading scorer with 5 goals! Also, to Willow Stewart-Rattray for showing commendable technique and reflexes in goals. It was great to see the girls improving on their communication in the pool and their ability to work closer as a team. Awesome game girls! – Saskia Jonats (2021 Captain)

Year 7/8A – Saints 7 defeated Loreto 1
The girls played a great match to start the term, working well together as a team. Best players were Sophie Ricciuto and Mathilda Thomas. Sophie’s ability to drive for the ball into clear space was effective in moving the ball down the pool quickly. Mathilda showed versatility by playing a strong game in attack and also falling back into defence where she blocked many opposition shots at goals. Good job girls! – Nikki Miller (Coach)

Year 7/8B – Saints 1 defeated by Pembroke A 17
This was the first match of the term, and for some girls, it was their first-ever game of water polo. Despite the scoreline, the girls played the whole game with a positive attitude and were able to develop a sense of how a water polo game works. I look forward to seeing the girls’ improvement in future games as they gain confidence and a greater understanding of match play! – Nikki Miller (Coach)

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eNews – Farewell Class of 2020

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Farewell to Our Class of 2020!

Today, we said farewell to Year 12, and what an action-packed and emotional week it has been. There is no doubt that the girls made the most of each day, with a range of different themes and some unexpected pranks. I must thank the staff for their patience, in particular those whom the girls dressed up as on Monday. Interestingly, Mr Stuart and Miss Gaskell featured heavily and should be recognised for providing the girls with items from their own wardrobes. You don’t get much more supportive than that. End of year pranks are always an interesting topic and there is a wide range of tolerance between schools. I can safely say that we do sit at one extreme. Specifically, we are very close to the ‘high tolerance’ end of the spectrum. This is perhaps one of the great things about Saints and is very much reflective of the close relationship between the girls and the staff. There are also very few schools where teachers are willing to star in a play written by the students, the purpose of which is to poke fun at them. Not to mention the Staff Dance, which does require weeks of lunchtime rehearsals.

Tonight, the girls will join their parents and the staff at the Valedictory Dinner, which is a wonderful closure to their daily lives as Saints Girls. It is important to reflect upon their efforts in what has been such a challenging yet remarkable year. Despite the cancellation or restructure of many events, the girls demonstrated great resilience and showed many younger girls how to pivot from disappointment to appreciation. They led from the front, creating videos to motivate younger girls during online learning, and they continued to participate widely in the co-curricular program. Most importantly, they cared. They cared about each other, about their teachers, about their parents and about the experience of all younger girls. Their inclusive leadership, their energy and endless enthusiasm have left a footprint that will be remembered for years to come.

On behalf of the School, thank you girls. You will be missed.

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 2020 in action:

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Congratulations to our 2021 Student Leaders

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There were moving scenes at the School on Wednesday as our 2021 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 other 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 2021.

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Head Prefect Reflects on Saints Girls’ Journey

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2020 Head Prefect Bella Bernardi sat down and had a chat with her very first teacher here at St Peter’s Girls, Mr Shane Davidson. Bella, who joined Saints Girls in Year 5, spoke about her memories of the Year 5 Production, looked back on a class photo from 2013, spoke fondly of her fellow Year 12s, and gave a warm shout-out to Deputy Head Prefect Ellie Anderson.

“The beauty of Saints Girls is that it’s not just a school, it’s a community. Saints inspires young girls to become independent women who are ready to take on the world. It’s been an honour leading the School. I am so proud of all the community this year for taking on the challenges of 2020, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for Saints Girls!” – Bella Bernardi (Head Prefect 2020)

Check out the video highlights:

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‘The Last Blue Sock’ – A Tribute to Our Class of 2020

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At today’s Celebration Day Assembly, the Year 12 girls were farewelled with a video presentation. Titled ‘The Last Blue Sock’, the video explores the emotions surrounding graduation and leaving Saints Girls through the eyes of a dark blue winter sock. Combining both sentimental moments and comedy, the presentation was a fitting way to send off an amazing cohort who have embraced life at Saints Girls.

For those who were not able to attend the Celebration Day Assembly (and for those wanting to watch again!) please enjoy the video:
 

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Strings Success on Show

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Last Friday evening, students from Reception to Year 12 who play a string instrument participated in our annual Strings Concert under the direction of Natalie Maegraith, our Strings Coordinator. Our live audience was entertained with music of classical, romantic and current contemporary composers. This included cellist and composer Hilary Kleinig, who was our special guest for the evening. It was wonderful to see so many young students participating in the Strings program, enjoying their music and producing outstanding results at the concert.

Special mention must go to Extension Strings for the performance of ‘The Rain in Your Shadows’ and Angel Li for her outstanding rendition of Vivaldi’s ‘Winter’.

Sally Rounsevell
Director of Music

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Golden Notes at ABODA Band and Orchestra Festival

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Congratulations to all of our musicians who participated in the ABODA Band and Orchestra Festival in Term 3. This year, the competition became a virtual event due to health restrictions. Each ensemble was recorded during their rehearsals at school, and judges viewed the videos and then recorded their own feedback for the girls to watch, read and listen to. Saints Girls received some excellent feedback and achieved very strong results in all sections.

Under the direction of Strings Coordinator Natalie Maegraith, our Junior, Developmental and Intermediate Strings all came away with SILVER awards and our Senior Strings achieved GOLD. Our Percussion Ensemble, directed by Nick Parnell, achieved SILVER as did Developmental Band, conducted by Miss Rounsevell. Our Stage Band, also directed by Miss Rounsevell, competed in Division 1 Big Band, and Little Big Band, directed by Mr Heading, entered the Novice Big Band section with both achieving SILVER awards. A further congratulations to Concert Band who achieved a GOLD in the Intermediate Concert Band section.

A fantastic achievement for the 150 girls who participated in this festival.

Sally Rounsevell
Director of Music

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Community Unity at P&F Family Day

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What a beautiful afternoon we had for our inaugural P&F Family Day last Sunday, the sun shining right on cue as people arrived with picnic rugs to enjoy delicious food, laughter and friendship on Chiverton Lawns.

We were so lucky to be able to come together in these uncertain times, and it was a lovely reminder of what an amazing community we have here at Saints Girls.

Tours of the new Media Hub were a highlight of the day. The P&F will be presenting a cheque at our AGM on Monday 16 November with funds raised from the event to go towards the Media Hub fit-out.

Thank you to our awesome team of volunteers who made the day possible and also to our sponsors L’Abruzzesse, Chesini House and Mercato for supporting this fantastic event.

Bronwyn Bartter
Parents’ and Friends’ Association President

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Healthy Girls

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During Science in Term 3, the Year 8 girls have been working on a PBL unit called ‘Healthy Girls’ as part of the body systems topic. The task was to raise awareness by creating a campaign about what it means to be healthy, focusing on healthy diets, exercise and sexual health. The girls have worked with Health, PE and Food Tech to combine ideas and create a real-world context for the concepts discussed in Science.

The project culminated with the girls running an expo to showcase their final campaigns, which include videos, websites and infographics, during Home Group time. The Year 7 and 9 students were invited to walk through and interact with each of the groups, asking questions so the girls could share their knowledge and provide feedback to the Year 8s.

Well done girls on all your hard work.

Clare Gaskell, Craig Byrne and Christine Smith
Science Teachers

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Welcome Support from Good Sports

The Saints Sport Support Group (SSSG) aims to help increase student involvement in sporting pursuits, whether as participants or in a coaching or officiating capacity. This is not just for competitive reasons, but because physical activity is positive for health and wellbeing and that a lifelong foundation for this should be instilled at a young age. Through fundraising and support, our committee strives to make sport something that all girls want to be a part of throughout their years at school and beyond.

The SSSG meets once a term and welcomes any parents with an interest in joining our group. If you would like to do so, please contact me.

Katie Lucas
President

Katie.Lucas@opencolleges.edu.au

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Sports News

SOCCER

Congratulations to Grace Stevens (Year 7) and Chloe Richardson (Year 6) who have been selected in the U14 FSA State Soccer squad. The selection process began with over 100 nominated club players attending. The girls succeeded through all four trial stages which ran over a two month period.

SOFTBALL

Middle – Saints 22 defeated Scotch 6
For the first game of the season, the girls put up a strong performance against Scotch College, coming away with a convincing win. Daniela Vari had an outstanding batting game, hitting 2 home runs for the team. Ashlyn May and Nellie Ion were amazing in the field with awesome games at pitcher. A great catch was taken in centre field by Yvanda Qu. The girls played wonderfully together and I can’t wait to watch them further improve over the term. – Kellie Bested (Softball Captain)

SWIMMING

2020 South Australian Short Course Swimming Championships
Elysia Scarr – 20th 50M Backstroke, 23rd 100M Breaststroke, 23rd 50M Freestyle, 22nd 50M Breaststroke, 15th 100M Backstroke, 14th 50M Butterfly, 27th 100M Freestyle

TENNIS

Premier League – Saints 3-25 defeated by Pembroke 3-31
Singles: Sienna Glazbrook 1-6, Tahlia Cahill 6-5, Ruby Deakin 6-3, Britney Korir 3-6

Premier Reserves – Saints 3-25 defeated by Pembroke 3-28
Singles: Annie Baldwinson 2-6, Charlotte Staples 4-6, Ella Dnistriansky 6-3, Grace Beaumont 6-5

Division 1 Blue – Saints 6-36 defeated Pembroke 0-16
Singles: Georgia Mallick 6-5, Ariel Spartalis 6-1, Eva Young 6-5, Adele Eaton 6-1

Division 1 White – Saints 4-34 defeated Pembroke 2-25
Singles: Grace Beaumont 6-5, Malaika McLeod 6-1, Soph Ryan 4-6, Sapphire Moser 6-2

Division 2 – Saints 0-5 defeated by Concordia 6-36
Singles: Ayanna Roy 0-6, Sophie Abbott 1-6, Zihan Huang 1-6, Gloria Zou 1-6

Division 3 Blue – Saints 6-36 defeated Pembroke 0-3
Singles: Tara Nedumaran 6-0, Yang Yang Gu 6-0, Olivia Reynolds 6-1, Lydia Tolley 6-0

Division 3 White – Saints 6-36 defeated Pembroke 0-7
Singles: Chloe Richardson 6-0, Elodie de Wit 6-1, Alison Francis 6-0, Shirley Liu 6-2

Division 4 – Saints 1-24 defeated by Concordia 5-34
Singles: Nathara Perera 3-6, Kayla Park 2-6, Amy Hu 3-6, Freya Hermann 5-6

TOUCH FOOTBALL

Open A – Saints 1 defeated by Marryatville 4
The girls started the season with a tough match against Marryatville, who are considered one of the top teams in the school competition. However, they remained positive and performed strongly in defence, forcing Marryatville to miss out on multiple tries. Set plays and strategies learnt at training were put into play which led to Hannah Freeman scoring a great try in the first half. – Holly Cardone (2021 Captain)

Open B – Saints 3 defeated by Wilderness 6
The girls played a quality first game back against Wilderness! Our attack was strong rucking up the field, resulting in 3 tries  well done to Ellie Humphrey and Willow Stewart-Rattray. Throughout the game, we did struggle to score and find opportunities due to inadequate communication. We also have to work on our defence when stopping the opposing team from scoring, but for the first game back and playing at a higher level for most of the team, it was a positive outing. Good job girls!  Annie Warrick

Open C – Saints 0 defeated by St Michael’s 6
The game was a great opportunity for us to develop as a team, with some girls playing their first-ever match. Although we lost, the girls showed promising signs of improvement as the game progressed. They particularly improved defensively in the second half, with St Michael’s only scoring 2 tries compared with 4 in the first. Looking forward to the season ahead; the Open Cs will be focusing on improving defensive tactics and attacking pace in training over the coming weeks. – Emily Teague

Middle A – Saints 1 drew with St Ignatius 1
The girls played a great game considering it was our first for the season. A mention to Mathilda Thomas for scoring our try of the match. The girls did really well in defence, limiting our opposition from scoring. They played an amazing game and I look forward to the season ahead.  Charlie Piper

Middle B – Saints had a bye

Middle C – Saints 0 defeated by St Michael’s 4
With a number of girls playing their first game, the team found it difficult to deal with the opponent’s attack early on. Easy tries in the first half put us under pressure, but the girls responded and improved throughout the game. Dani Cox and Chloe Cardone were excellent contributors, rucking the ball forward and leading the team in defence, and Emily Ketteridge made some skilful runs in attack. The girls will learn plenty from this first effort and come back stronger in the next match.  Dan Searle

VOLLEYBALL

Open A Saints 2 defeated Westminster 1 (25-14, 17-25, 25-13)
Arriving at Westminster unsure of the opposition’s strength given the school’s tradition as a powerhouse in volleyball, we focused on our warm up while sizing up the opposition. Even though Westminster had a very tall player, we felt confident of our team cohesion going into the match. With early strong serving and match play, we quickly found rhythm and claimed the first set. Volleyball has a strong mental element and match momentum can swing rapidly. Taking it too easy on the opposition in the second set, we found ourselves stuck in a rotation that we struggled to ‘dig’ ourselves out of. Gifting Westminster the second and with only 10 minutes to go, the senior players steadied the ship and took the third set easily. Special mention to Clair Kao with strong serving, and a great team effort to take home the win. Keep up the awesome effort!

Open B – Saints 2 defeated Westminster 1 (25-16, 25-15, 22-25)
Two Open A Westminster players backed up to play Open Bs but that didn’t dent the confidence of our Open B squad, primarily made up of Year 10s. We stuck to our traditional system and dominated the net using the 3 to set up plays to gain advantage. The opposition had a sniff at the start of the first with scores equal to about 13-all, but our girls served strongly and powered ahead to take the first set easily. A slow start in the second by Saints allowed Westminster to take the lead. Samantha Keough stepped up and served 11 straight, with Westminster having real trouble returning. Closing out the match winning the first two sets, and with only a small amount of time left, the girls changed to a new system of backcourt setting we have been practising. Giving Westminster a 5-0 lead, the girls worked hard and with a valiant effort, came back to almost win the third. A fantastic team effort and all played well!

Open C – Saints 1 defeated by Concordia 3 (14-25, 14-25, 17-25, 13-11)
Saints played well throughout each set but just couldn’t string a series of points together. Efua Yawson had some excellent serves and Zara Blight showed good positioning when at the net. Saints pushed Concordia in the third set, going down 17-25, with Rebecca Holloway and Charlotte Adams teaming together to set up a number of rallies. Eliza Monaghan had a solid game, adjusting her shot selection when receiving to great effect. One area highlighted for improvement is in calling for the ball and then being ready for the second and third shots. – Neil Fuller (Supervisor)

Middle A – Saints 0 defeated by Westminster 3 (15-25, 17-25, 20-25)
The girls started a little uncertain of their abilities, however, as each set progressed, so too did the skills. It was an exciting start to watch them work together and see things we can continue to improve. Special mention to Anna Venning and Annabel Keough who proved to be great leaders. – Milli Gentle (Coach)

Middle B – Saints 0 defeated by Westminster 3 (6-25, 12-25, 15-17)
Good to see some improvement as we moved through the course of the game. We were very inconsistent in the first set, but improved greatly throughout. The girls started to understand spatial awareness on the court and realised the importance of the ‘ready position’ when receiving serve. Moving forward, the focus is on consistency in serving and technique through this and creating communication on court instead of watching the ball hit the floor. – Katie Dancer (Coach)

Middle C – Saints 0 defeated by Westminster 3 ( 4-25, 19-25, 8-15)
A very similar slow and inconsistent first set, however, working through rotations and understanding the importance of using our 3 touches and controlling the ball was comprehended well throughout the last two sets. Great improvement shown in both confidence and voice. Moving forward, the focus will be on transition and control over the ball. – Katie Dancer (Coach)

Middle D – Saints 0 defeated by Concordia 3
Saints were a little slow to get started but showed improvement through each set with Angelina Hii having some great serves. The team stayed positive and consistently worked on trying to have 3 hits. Eliza Monaghan stayed and was a great team member, leading with her experience. Rita Ling, Lily Zheng and Elena Liu all contributed and improved throughout the game. – Neil Fuller (Supervisor)

VOLLEYBALL

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Open A – Saints 3 defeated Walford 0 (25-20, 25-19, 15-13)
After arriving at Walford, the Open A and B teams put on blue ‘war paint’ to lift the School spirit and draw our focus to the Intercol matches. Analysing the Open A opposition during warm up, there was a clear height difference between the teams. Instead of letting this intimidate us, we knew that blocking and covering were going to be big focuses during the match. Walking on court before the first point, energy was high. Missing one of our stronger players in Ruby, Anna stepped into the setting position. Serving was strong throughout, winning plenty of points. The opposition fought back, putting up a good fight and making each set close. Coming from behind in the last set, we performed well under pressure, remained focused and pushed through to take a very tight win. Overall, it was an intense, high energy game. The team’s cohesion was heightened with the addition of a win from the Open Bs, allowing Saints to take home the Intercol Volleyball trophy once again. Really well done to those who played at Intercol! All of the girls are super excited for the rest of the season! – Georgina Keough (Captain)

Open B – Saints 3 defeated Walford 0 (25-14, 25-19, 25-17)
Saints started strongly with Joss Forster winning numerous shots with powerful serving. Milly Brett showed great net awareness in both attack and defence, with Sivanthi Sivasuthan putting Walford on the back foot with shots into the back court. In the second set, Dayna Petruzzella joined the serving club, winning 7 points straight to create a lead mid-way through the set, and Chloe Venning and Milly Brett made some critical point saves. In the third set, all girls played really well using 3 point shots regularly, with Samantha Keough setting well and allowing Sivi, Joss and Dayna to all hit winners. A well-earned win. – Neil Fuller (Supervisor)

Middle A – Saints 1 defeated by Walford 2 (24-26, 25-21, 16-25)

WATER POLO

Open A – Saints 14 defeated St Ignatius 5
What an awesome start to another season of water polo! In a hard-fought game, Saints reigned triumphant over St Ignatius with an impressive win. It was great to see the girls working really well together to create many counter-attack opportunities and a very strong defence. A special shout-out to Ashlyn May who played a spectacular game in goals! Her strong saves and passes were truly commendable. Best players were Stephanie Smalls and Lara Wakeham for playing an unbeatable defence and shooting some incredible goals. An amazing effort girls!

Open B – Saints 5 defeated by St Michael’s 12
The girls had a very strong first half, down by just 2 points at half-time. It was awesome to see incredible fight for the ball in both attack and defence, especially considering it was the first game many had played in the Open B division. Lady Murphy had an awesome match in attack and defence, setting up successful attacks and showing leadership in the pool. In goals, Willow Stewart-Rattray used her strong legs and quick reflexes to block shots. A very impressive effort girls, well done!

Open C – Saints 15 defeated Loreto 3
Saints played a solid game which led to a very impressive 12 point win over Loreto. The girls worked brilliantly as a team to produce lots of quick passes and shots as well as some awesome steals. A special mention to Ashlyn May who scored a goal from the other side of the pool as goalie! Claudia Pearce played a very strong offensive game filled with many successful counter attacks and shots. Alice Braithwaite also played a brilliant game by winning every single swim up at the start of each quarter and always being a passing option. A very strong and convincing win for the girls – go Saints!

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eNews – Week 1, Term 4 2020

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From Our Principal

juliashea_web-200x300-200x300As many countries battle a resurgent coronavirus, the World Health Organization has warned of ‘pandemic fatigue’ threatening our ability to tackle the virus. Whilst fatigue can be measured in different ways, it’s only natural after months of restrictions on daily life that some of our Victorian relatives and friends in particular are feeling apathetic and demotivated. It’s a reminder to us of how lucky we have been and how important it is that we adhere to the guidelines of SA Health so that we can continue to enjoy our relative freedom.

I appreciate that some of you are finding our remaining restrictions frustrating. However, Term 4 is filled with many major events, and to keep those events viable, I ask that you continue to observe the following:

• Students should remain at home if they are unwell.

• Physical greetings are discouraged.

• Parents must continue to physically distance, particularly at drop-off and pick-up. For this reason, we request that parents do not walk their daughters to or from their classrooms but continue to drop them off and meet them on the path next to the car park or at the Hallett Road entrance. I’m aware that some parents are disappointed that this restriction remains in place. However, the School is not in a position to monitor the social distancing of parents in school grounds before and after school. There will be an allocated COVID marshal at all formal events to ensure social distancing is maintained. Our Prefects are doing a wonderful job of greeting our youngest girls each morning, and the strengthening of the bond between our Senior and Junior School girls has been one of the ‘silver linings’ of the crisis with which we’ve been faced. Front Office and the Uniform Shop remain accessible. If you have organised to meet with a staff member, please sign in at Front Office and they will come over.

• As an indoor venue, the Gym remains subject to the rule of one person for each two square metres. The number of spectators remains capped, and in line with SA Health guidelines, there will be a sign-in sheet at the entrance to support contact tracing.

• If attending an event in the Arts Centre, please enter and exit the foyer promptly. There is insufficient space to gather and chat in large groups, so again, please be cognisant of the social distancing requirements.

We are very much looking forward to Celebration Day, the graduations of our Year 6 and Year 9 cohorts, ELC Hat Ceremony, and the Year 1 and 2 Nativity. Due to restricted space in the Arts Centre, each student will be limited to inviting two guests to these functions. It will be necessary to leave some seats empty to ensure social distancing between families. We will be live-streaming the events on Celebration Day, and Year 12 families will receive those details shortly.

The ELC Christmas celebration is an outdoor function. We will have a COVID marshal on site to assist families in maintaining a distance of 1.5m from other families.

Unfortunately, the tight restrictions in St Peter’s Cathedral mean we are unable to hold our annual Carols service there this year. Instead, we will hold two services in our School Chapel: one for girls in the Junior School and one for girls in the Middle and Senior Schools. Sadly, numbers will still need to be restricted. Further details will be made available in the coming weeks.

When the severity of the restrictions became apparent in March, we secured the Influencers Church in Paradise to host Presentation Night. The venue is huge, and even with social distancing in place, we can have an audience of up to 1000 people. Given this has now also morphed into Choral Night, I do hope we can have as many attendees as possible and farewell the Class of 2020 in style. Let’s lift the roof off that place! Once again, we will notify you when bookings open.

Finally, best wishes to our Year 12 girls as their schooling journey draws to a close. In a year where ‘pivot’ is the new buzzword, our girls have been adaptable, understanding and genuinely grateful for the opportunities they’ve been given. It has been an absolute pleasure to walk beside them this year, and I look forward to the laughter and the inevitable tears that Celebration Day will bring.

Have a wonderful term!

Julia Shea
Principal

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Saints’ Choirs Hit New High

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This year, the Australian National Choral Association held its inaugural Southern Stars showcase, an online festival of choral music with applications submitted by video entry. This event is the choral equivalent of the ABODA band and orchestra competition.

We are very excited to announce that Enchante, Concert Choir and In-Ta Jazz all secured the Gold award! Enchante was awarded overall championship winner of the Advanced Contemporary Division, with Georgie Raftopoulos taking out the Best Soloist award. The adjudicator was highly complimentary of this ensemble, describing their performance as ‘world-class’.

A further congratulations to In-Ta Jazz who were the overall championship winners of the Intermediate Division. Their set was described as ‘honestly stunning’ by the adjudicator and will be featured in a showcase concert held by ANCA on Monday 26 October at Noarlunga Theatre. To purchase tickets to the concert, visit https://www.countryarts.org.au/events/southern-stars-choir-showcase-live-2020/venue/hopgood-theatre/

To top it off, our Junior Choir recorded a Silver placing and received a special judges’ award for ‘an excellent demonstration of young singers achieving high vocal standards’.

Congratulations to all of our choristers.

Sari Noble
Music Teacher

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Year 5 Campers Head for the Hills

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There was much excitement as Year 5 finally set off on camp after health restrictions prevented the annual study tour to Sovereign Hill from going ahead earlier this year.

The girls were treated to a three-day Hills adventure, staying at Old Woodhouse Manor. During this time, they visited Cleland Wildlife Park and Mount Lofty Botanic Garden as part of a Science study on Adaptations. They also loved touring Melba’s Chocolate Factory at Woodside where they nearly bought them out of supplies, before visiting Hans Heysen’s house, The Cedars, as preparation for a unit of study in Art. Their final afternoon was spent shopping in Hahndorf, including a visit to Beerenberg Farm. Another camp highlight was riding the tube slides at Woodhouse and playing cricket, boules and finska.

We are very proud of the girls’ behaviour and were complemented by staff at Cleland and The Cedars on what well-mannered, intelligent students we had.

Shelley Hampton and Sarah Mulraney
Year 5 Teachers

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Clean Sweep for Lacrosse Champions

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Congratulations to our U13 Lacrosse team who won their Grand Final on Saturday 26 September. Despite the challenges of 2020, the girls had a remarkable season, finishing undefeated as Minor Premiers before taking out the Grand Final.

They played a very close, competitive match against North Adelaide Lacrosse Club, resulting in a 9 – 7 win! Using their skills effectively and efficiently, as well as the tactics practised throughout the season, the girls were able to stay ahead on the goal score. They worked exceptionally well, hustling hard for every ground ball to gain possession. Their effort to get back and defend on their fast breaks was excellent, resulting in many turnovers.

A special mention to Best on Field Emily Bates in goals for making many saves both in the air and on the ground. Goals scorers were Alannah Godfrey, Cleo Hart and Zoe Pool with 2 each, and Madi Dornbusch, Claris Stolcman and Savannah Walls with 1 each.

Well done girls!

Jamie Cox
Coach

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P&F Family Day – THIS SUNDAY!

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Sunday 18 October from 12 – 4pm

Join the Saints Girls’ community on Chiverton Lawns for our P&F Family Day!

Tickets include pasta, pizza and a glass of wine or soft drink. Additional drinks and gelato will be available for purchase. There will be kids’ activities and roving entertainment to enjoy.

BYO chairs, tables and/or picnic rug.

Ticket Prices
Adult $20
Child $15
Family of Four $50

Book at: www.trybooking.com/BKUAL

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Media Hub Tour

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In 2020, the Parents’ and Friends’ Association has been fundraising towards our new Media Hub.

The School’s Head of Digital Learning and Technology Garth Coulter and Foundation Manager Melissa Westgate will be at the P&F Family Day this Sunday to take interested members of our community through the state-of-the-art Media Hub from 1.30 – 2.30pm. Please find Melissa at 1.30pm on Chiverton Lawns if you would like to enjoy a tour.

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Dedicated Debaters the Talk of Town

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Initially, it looked as though there would be no Debating season in 2020, but in Term 2, Debating SA launched an abridged competition, consisting of four rounds and then a finals series. St Peter’s Girls entered 10 teams across Years 7 – 12.

Our Year 8 Blue team (Stephanie Andrejewskis, Dani Cox, Emily McCorley, Zoe Pool, Naomi Singh and Jessica Zhang) finished top in the State for their year level and consequently competed in the Grand Final, held at Nazareth Catholic College on the first Saturday of the holidays. The topic was ‘that the Department of Planning Transport and Infrastructure should agree to the request from PETA’ (involving the erection of a roadside memorial in tribute of chickens that perished in a truck fire), and our team had the Affirmative side. The girls debated very well, in front of five adjudicators. The result was a split decision, three votes to two, in favour of the opposition. The girls will be awarded a silver medal by His Excellency the Governor of South Australia at a special awards ceremony on Friday 30 October.

Congratulations to all debaters for an excellent season and especially the Year 8 Blue team for making it to the Grand Final.

Cindy Pitkin
Year 8 Debating Supervisor

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Netball Academy Star Recruits

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The Netball Academy Program uses the national ‘Develop a Diamond’ curriculum to provide a development pathway for identified players aged 14 – 16 years. Participants can use the opportunity to showcase their skills for a chance to be selected for Phase 2, 17 and under State trials. Back in February, Willow and myself were amongst 200 other keen netballers hoping to be selected for the Adelaide Netball Academy, and we were successful.

After eight months of training, despite COVID setbacks, the Academy Games were ready to commence. On day one, all nine academy squads from around SA had the amazing opportunity to learn new drills and skills with professional players and coaches. On day two, our team was ready to play a series of important minor round games. Willow and myself were joint in defence in GD and GK respectively. We managed to work well together, keeping other teams’ goals to a minimum. After five games, we only lost one to the Northern Academy, which had us sitting 2nd on the ladder with two more minor round games to complete. On day three, we faced Northern Academy in the Grand Final and managed to come away with a massive 14 point win over our biggest rivals which was an impressive achievement.

We have been extremely fortunate to work together in such an amazing team. Although I will be too old to compete in the program next year, I wish Willow all the best in continuing to pursue her amazing netball.

Olivia Kelly (Year 11) and Willow Stewart-Rattray (Year 9)

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Angel’s Sublime Online Performance

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I have been invited to play for the Recitals Australia lunchtime concerts ever since I was 9. It has been such a rewarding experience and this year was no different in that sense. Although the concert was live-streamed with only a small audience attending, I still thoroughly enjoyed the experience and will never forget it. Performing for a livestream is quite different to a live audience. It is more difficult to portray the true emotion of the music; as a result, I had to work stylistically and exaggerate dynamics in certain sections of the piece.

Music continues to uplift people globally to hopefully bring the light at the end of the tunnel.

This is the link to my performance:

https://recitalsaustralia.org.au/whats-on/lunch-hour-series-archive/

Angel Li
Year 9 student

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Bushfire Action Plan

With warmer weather upon us, 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 fire drill was held today where staff and students assembled in the Arts Centre which is the nominated Bushfire Ready Building.

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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Car Park Courtesy

The School has again received complaints about traffic blocking Stonyfell Road for lengthy periods during drop-off and pick-up. If the car park is full and you are unable to enter, circle the block until it is clear to enter, find a park elsewhere or, where age-appropriate, meet your daughter in a surrounding street. Unless special circumstances apply, parents of girls in Years 2 to 12 should not enter the car park to collect their daughters prior to 3.30pm. Parents of girls in Reception and Year 1 have exclusive use of the pick-up zone prior to this time for safety and traffic reasons.

Please also refrain from turning right into or out of the car park, and please do not queue in the car park’s lanes as this often prevents drivers who are legally parked from exiting.

We have also received complaints about cars being parked too close to driveways or across from other vehicles in surrounding streets, making it extremely difficult for residents and other road users to navigate.

We ask all community members to please show consideration for others; thank you for your cooperation.

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Entertainment Membership

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Purchase your Entertainment Membership today and support us to reach our fundraising goal for 2020. Simply order online via our School’s page: www.entertainmentbook.com.au/orderbooks/161p201

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Bronwyn Bartter on 0402 392 609.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Parents’ and Friends’ Association

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Sports News

LACROSSE

U13 Grand Final – Saints 9 defeated North Adelaide 7

HOCKEY

Amelia Lucas (Year 8/U15) and Winnie Vartuli (Year 7/U13) have been selected for the Fire High Performance Hockey Academy and will join the SA Fire Touring State teams in Mount Gambier on 30 October. They will be competing against country and interstate teams. This is a great achievement, with these girls being selected from more than 40 players in each age group for teams of 15.

NETBALL

Congratulations to Olivia Kelly (Year 11) and Willow Stewart-Rattray (Year 9) who represented Adelaide Metro in the 2020 Netball Academy Games. They teamed in defence throughout the tournament and kept the opposition scoreless in the second half of the team’s successful Grand Final campaign.

SWIMMING

Well done to the following girls who competed in the 2020 South Australian Short Course Swimming Champions in the holidays. Great effort! – Lara Wakeham (Swimming Captain)

Alice Braithwaite – 2nd 200 Backstroke, 10th 100 IM, 9th 200 IM, 4th 50 Backstroke

Emma Everitt – 2nd 100 Butterfly, 1st 400 Freestyle, 3rd 50 Freestyle, 1st 100 IM, 1st 200 IM, 1st 100 Freestyle, 1st 200 Butterfly, 1st 200 Freestyle

Poppy Marshall – 6th 100 Butterfly, 1st 200 Breaststroke, 5th 100 IM, 4th 200 IM, 1st 50 Breaststroke, 14th 400 IM, 7th 50 Butterfly, 1st 100 Breaststroke

Meg Paul – 52nd 50 Freestyle, 62nd 50 Backstroke, 44th 50 Butterfly

Ella Pearce – 54th 50 Freestyle, 44th 50 Backstroke, 24th 50 Breaststroke, 34th 50 Butterfly, 13th 100 Breaststroke

Lauren Pearce – 5th 50 Freestyle, 14th 100 IM, 6th 50 Backstroke, 8th 100 Freestyle

Emily Tolladay – 14th 50 Freestyle, 10th 100 IM, 16th 50 Backstroke, 15th 100 Freestyle, 6th 50 Breaststroke, 10th 100 Breaststroke

Alyssa Tran – 6th 50 Freestyle, 2nd 100 IM, 5th 50 Backstroke, 6th 100 Freestyle, 3rd 50 Breaststroke, 9th 50 Butterfly, 4th 100 Breaststroke

Isabelle Tran – 2nd 100 Butterfly, 3rd 50 Freestyle, 9th 100 Backstroke, 5th 100 IM, 7th 200 IM, 7th 100 Freestyle, 7th 200 Butterfly, 7th 50 Butterfly, 1st 50 Butterfly, 8th 100 Breaststroke

Emily Whittaker – 3rd 200 Breaststroke, 3rd 50 Breaststroke, 4th 100 Breaststroke

Tara Young – 4th 100 Butterfly, 4th 400 Freestyle, 3rd 50 Freestyle, 4th 200 Backstroke, 3rd 100 IM, 5th 200 IM, 3rd 100 Freestyle, 2nd 50 Butterfly

BASKETBALL

Open – Saints 23 defeated Pembroke 22
The girls played a great first game back with a strong first half delivering an early lead. They worked well in defence by sticking to their players, making it hard for the opposition to score, and made great space in offence, opening up the basket. The girls let it go a bit in the second half, giving the lead over to Pembroke, but with a strong last couple of minutes, they managed to bring it back. They played the best I have seen yet this season. – Emma Matheson (Captain)

Middle A – Saints 13 defeated by Pembroke 56
Both Middle A and B teams came up against two strong Pembroke sides. The Middles As fought the entire match and never gave up. Their best quarter was in the fourth during which they doubled their score. – Katherine Perkas (Coach)

Middle B – Saints 2 defeated by Pembroke 70
The Middles Bs also had a tough game. They kept playing all the way to the end with special mention to Isabella Sanders-Wills with a nice mid-range jump shot, and excellent defensive pressure from Emily Holloway. – Katherine Perkas (Coach)

TENNIS

The Open A and B teams had an amazing start to Term 4 Tennis, playing an incredible fixture against Pulteney Grammar School. Each player should be extremely proud of their efforts! The Open A girls won 5-1, with Ruby Deakin and Britney Korir playing a magnificent doubles, winning 6-0. A further congratulations to Britney and Tahlia Cahill who won their singles 6-0!

The Open B team also had a successful return, winning 5-1. An outstanding effort! Congratulations to Imogen Nienaber and Charlotte Staples for winning their singles 6-1. The entire team played well and demonstrated terrific sportsmanship. – Annie Baldwinson (Captain)

Premier League – Saints 5-32 defeated Pulteney 1-13
Singles: Sienna Glazbrook 2-6, Tahlia Cahill 6-0, Ruby Deakin 6-4, Britney Korir 6-0

Premier Reserves – Saints 5-35 defeated Pulteney 1-12
Singles: Annie Baldwinson 5-6, Charlotte Staples 6-1, Ella Dnistriansky 6-2, Imogen Nienaber 6-0

Open Knockout
The Open A team of Sienna Glazbrook, Tahlia Cahill, Ruby Deakin and Britney Korir competed in the rescheduled Open Knockout State Finals. With six schools entered, the day started with two pools of three, with Saints recording one win (Victor Harbor) and one loss (#1 ranked Marryatville). This meant Saints faced Immanuel in the 3rd and 4th play-off. The hot conditions did not favour tennis players, and with fatigue setting in, unfortunately Immanuel prevailed with Saints finishing 4th overall. The girls certainly played some terrific tennis throughout the day and should be proud of their efforts. – Neil Fuller (Director of Sport)

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eNews – Week 10, Term 3 2020

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From Our Principal

juliashea_web-200x300-200x300The theory of left-brain or right-brain dominance states each side of the brain controls different types of thinking. People who identify as left-brain thinkers might feel that they have strong maths and logic skills. Right-brain thinkers feel that their talents are more on the creative side of things. A person who is ‘left-brained’ is often said to be more logical, analytical and objective. A person who is ‘right-brained’ is said to be more intuitive, thoughtful and subjective. I definitely fall into the left-brain category. Anyone who’s seen me in the Staff Dance on Celebration Day would know that my ‘creative side’ is buried deep within! Of course, we now understand that the brain is not nearly as dichotomous as once thought. Research has shown that ability in subjects such as Maths is strongest when both halves of the brain work together. Perhaps all those piano lessons that I persevered with in my youth helped garner the creative attributes needed to tackle the more challenging mathematical questions with which I was faced as I progressed through university.

In some schools, the Creative Arts have been relegated to the realm of co-curricular activities. Here though at Saints Girls, we believe the Creative Arts have a vital role to play in the education of our girls and hence they remain a cornerstone of our academic program. Whether it be through Music, Drama, Visual Art or Dance, the benefits of an Arts education are abundant. Confidence, creative thinking, improvisation, collaboration (through which you learn compromise), vision, imagination, open-mindedness – the list goes on. An education in The Arts is based on the belief that although we are teaching artistic conventions and theories, we are also teaching the freedom to create, experiment and eradicate the boundaries of possibility. The Arts are about looking beyond the self. Listening, feeling, sensing and moving, but most importantly, reacting (and this year in particular, responding to a world that has changed significantly).

That’s why this term at Saints Girls has been amazing. Unlike our peers in the eastern states, we’ve been privileged to welcome audiences back into our Arts Centre to see performances of the highest calibre. Charm, Kaleidoscope, the SACE Music Concert, the Year 9 Arts Night, the Year 2/3/4 Music Concert, and of course, the incredible Matilda The Musical JR. – all productions that have been given much classroom time. Because even beyond the transferable skills that it develops, our Creative Arts program ensures that every girl absorbs on a regular basis the aestheticism so key to the joy of being human, as well as the immeasurable qualities of playing or just appreciating that art form, in all its subtle beauty. That’s why The Arts matter and that’s why they must be part of our academic offerings all the way through to Year 12 and not only a co-curricular activity.

Have a wonderful holiday and I look forward to welcoming the girls back for Term 4 in full summer uniform on Monday 12 October.

Julia Shea
Principal

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Athletics Champions Five Years Running

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Saints Girls entered the IGSSA Athletics Carnival in high spirits on Wednesday with the aim of retaining the overall shield for a phenomenal fifth year in a row.

Many of the girls achieved personal bests with Malaika McLeod breaking the U13 800m record, taking 3 seconds off the previous best set by Old Scholar Sophie Linn, and Millie Wilkin enjoying a memorable final athletics carnival qualifying for the Di Burge 100m champion race and then finishing runner up by just 0.01 of a second.

In a carnival where every point counts, we trailed Immanuel throughout the day, and with events running out, Saints bound together at the relays, going on to claim the U13 and Open pennants as well as the overall shield by a single point.

Final Points (Top 5)
1st – Saints Girls (1919)
2nd – Immanuel (1918)
3rd – Pembroke (1767)
4th – Walford (1668)
5th – Wilderness (1630)

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Summer Interhouse 2020

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Term 3 ended on a high this afternoon with the annual Summer Interhouse.

Despite a threatening forecast, the weather held off, allowing our middle and senior girls to compete in Basketball, Tennis, Touch Football and Volleyball.

As always, House spirit was in full flight with friendly rivalry on show.

RESULTS

Basketball – Patteson
Tennis – Kilburn
Touch Footy – Kennion
Volleyball – Patteson

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Steep Learning Curve at Year 9 Camp

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Year 9 Camp was an amazing journey that pushed me out of my comfort zone and allowed me to overcome challenges with my class. Climbing the high ropes at Woodhouse was a new experience for me which was so fun and gave me an excellent opportunity to take new risks. Hiking up a steep hill with a heavy backpack was very challenging, but after a great effort and enthusiasm from the girls around me, I made it to the top with my peers and we felt a proud sense of achievement which was a very rewarding experience.

Madison Liddy
Year 9 student

Year 9 Camp certainly epitomised the name ‘challenge camp’, yet we all maintained positive mindsets and embraced the many opportunities presented to us. We participated in fun activities over the course of the week. I know I am one of many who came away with a sense of accomplishment as I overcame my fears and achieved my goals. Whilst we all challenged ourselves physically with high ropes, rock climbing, abseiling and bushwalking, my Home Group members often challenged each other mentally with riddles during the bush walks. The most memorable moment would have to be our time spent at the stunning waterfall in Deep Creek, where we were blessed with perfect weather. From all of the beautiful scenery to strengthening friendships within my Home Group, I could not have asked for a better camp.

Amelie Zacharia Henley
Year 9 student

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Celebrating Our Grandparents and Extended Families

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Grandparents and extended families play a vital role in the lives of our children at the ELC. Every day, we welcome extended family members at drop-off and pick-up time. We recognise that your role in the children’s lives is pivotal. Many of you have been able to come in to ELC, or you may live interstate or overseas.

We have created this video for you to acknowledge how much we appreciate and value the relationships that we have and thank you for being such an important part of our lives.

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Budding Poets Blossom at Recital

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As part of our ongoing participation in the IPSHA (Independent Primary Schools Heads of Australia) Poetry Competition, three Junior School students from Years 4, 5 and 6 attended the annual recital last week. They each presented a set poem and a student-choice poem.

This competition is designed to encourage students to enjoy reading and appreciate poetry, develop memorisation skills and sound elocution, and gain confidence in performing before an audience.

Preliminary finals were conducted in individual schools and one student from each year level was chosen to represent their school in the competition which was held at Loreto College. All three St Peter’s Girls’ School competitors presented their poems in an outstanding manner with excellent vocalisation and expression. Isabella Blake was awarded 1st place in the Year 5 section for her recitation of ‘We Celebrate’ by Christopher Cheng and her chosen poem of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ by Roald Dahl. This event continues to foster a love of reading, writing and performing poetry, and all entrants were congratulated on their incredible efforts.

Pictured are Stella Fuidge (Year 4), Isabella Blake (Year 5) and Eliza Brill Reed (Year 6).

Rebecca Riley
Year 4 Teacher

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Adventures Galore at Year 10 Camp

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Over the five day Year 10 camp, girls were challenged through abseiling, rock climbing, mountain bike riding and bush walking. The bus ride to the Argadells property, just north of Quorn, took about five hours and contained a lot of singing and sleeping. Abseiling was thrilling for most of the girls, especially the initial lean over the 30m high rock ledge. Like abseiling, rock climbing was also a height challenge and although most girls succeeded, they found it hard to find the right crevasses to put both their hands and feet in. Mountain bike riding was a great chance for many girls to build speed down some hills. Mount Arden was a challenge for most girls as it was quite long and unbelievably steep! The talent show on the last night featured a rap song by Kilburn, a camp parody of Beyoncé’s ‘Halo’ by Patteson, an a cappella and dance performance by Selwyn, and a comedic re-enactment of camp by Kennion. The girls really bonded with their Home Groups and were able to overcome many challenges faced.

Charlie Fishlock, Adele Eaton and Sadie Vikor-Lam
Year 10 students

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Winning Words at Staff vs Student Debate

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Last Friday was the annual Staff vs Student Debate, a friendly competition between staff and the girls. This year’s topic was that ‘TikTok should be banned at St Peter’s Girls’, with the students debating the affirmative side and the staff arguing for the negative. The irony between the two sides made for a humorous debate, bringing forth arguments on how TikTok can be used as an education tool and is a platform teaching us popular dances allowing us to ‘go viral’. There were outstanding performances from every participant and following a crowd cheer vote, the students maintained their winning streak.

Hattie Maerschel
Debating and Public Speaking Prefect

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Foundation Long Lunch Success

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Our 2020 Foundation Long Lunch on Sunday was a stunning community success. We were very fortunate to offer such wonderful weather, food, refreshments and entertainment for our 200 guests, sponsors, volunteers and staff.

We wish to express our sincere thanks to those who donated their time, services, money and products for the benefit of our girls. The ongoing support we receive from our parents, Old Scholars, suppliers, Board members, local businesses, staff and volunteers is invaluable.

We have received so much positive feedback and appreciation from those who attended. This year, we raised more than $90,000, with the proceeds to support our Building Fund. As we move into a new phase of our Master Plan in 2021, it is timely to reflect on the incredible evolution of our learning spaces over the past few years, and the prospect of further transformation in the years ahead.

Thank you again to everyone involved in making this event such a huge success; it was my absolute pleasure to work with all of you. If you require further information about future community events, our community groups, our Building Fund or the Foundation, please contact me via 8334 2244 or mwestgate@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au

Melissa Westgate
Foundation Manager

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Ambassadors Lead Path to Reconciliation

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At Saints Girls, we support reconciliation initiatives that raise our students’ awareness of Aboriginal histories and cultures whilst educating all about the power of equality. To support this goal, a group of passionate students put up their hands at the beginning of the year, electing to become RAP (Reconciliation Action Plan) Ambassadors. They have been engaged from the ELC through to Senior School, presenting information and activities that promote this cause.

Last term, I was approached by a student impacted by the Black Lives Matter movement who wanted to get involved in making a difference. Her enthusiasm meant she joined the RAP team, and she has been driving activities throughout the School. With commitment by our students, this generation will lead the way with reconciliation.

Lisa Hollis
RAP Coordinator

I joined RAP because I want to make a change in our community. With the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement and various other racism concerns in the world, I decided to try to make a difference. I feel that it’s such an important issue and not many people really know or understand what is going on. I have learned so much about Aboriginal people’s lives and look forward to making a change around our School and trying to get more people to join and make a change with me.

Charlotte McAuliffe
RAP Ambassador

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Thursday Club High Note

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Our EDGE Music program, Thursday Club, performed at Basecamp Cafe this week.

Accompanied by jazz guitarist Mike Bevan, our talented jazz singers from Years 7 to 12 each performed a short set to parents and friends.

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Friends of Rowing Season Opening Picnic

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The Friends of Rowing invite you to attend the Season Opening Picnic, to be held on Sunday 25 October, from 5 – 7pm on the Chiverton Lawns. This event is an opportunity to welcome our new and returning Rowing families for the 2020/21 season, and will also be a landmark event as we celebrate christening the School’s first-ever boat!

All rowers are expected to attend, and rowing families are strongly encouraged. The event is open to the School community; Old Scholars and friends of the Rowing program are very welcome.

Tickets can be purchased via www.trybooking.com/BLPUJ

$25 per adult
$20 per student/child

Ticket price includes nibbles, yiros and soft drinks. Refreshments will also be available for purchase.

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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 onsite adventures and excursions, there is plenty of fun to be had.

September / October 2020 Vacation Care Program

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

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Third Party Photography Notification

We have been informed by the Association of Independent Schools of South Australia (AISSA) that a third party school photography provider may have inadvertently caused a data breach involving several schools, including ours.

We understand that approximately 10 photographs of our students and staff, including names, taken during 2015 and 2016 are publicly accessible on the internet.

Schools are working with AISSA to rectify this situation, and we have been advised that the company has taken immediate steps to ensure this material is removed from public access.

The School has also notified the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner of this matter in line with reporting standards (case number OAIC-NDB-44976).

I sincerely apologise and wish to reassure you that the School takes the privacy of all staff, students and members of our community extremely seriously. As such, we are looking at ways in which we can continue to engage with third parties to ensure they are fully compliant with their privacy obligations.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you wish to discuss this matter further.

You are also welcome to contact the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner on 1300 363 992.

Yours sincerely

Julia Shea
Principal

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P&F Family Day

W4 - P&F Family Day

Sunday 18 October from 12 – 4pm

Join the Saints Girls’ community on Chiverton Lawns for our P&F Family Day!

Tickets include pasta, pizza and a glass of wine or soft drink. Additional drinks and gelato will be available for purchase. There will be kids’ activities and roving entertainment to enjoy.

BYO chairs, tables and/or picnic rug.

Ticket Prices
Adult $20
Child $15
Family of Four $50

Book at: www.trybooking.com/BKUAL

We look forward to seeing you there!

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School Shop Holiday Times

With Term 4 fast approaching, it’s time to dust off those summer uniforms and see if they still fit.

The School Shop will be open during the second week of the school holidays on Thursday 8 and Friday 9 October from 9am – 4pm.

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Car Park Courtesy

The School has again received complaints about traffic blocking Stonyfell Road for lengthy periods during drop-off and pick-up. If the car park is full and you are unable to enter, circle the block until it is clear to enter, find a park elsewhere or, where age-appropriate, meet your daughter in a surrounding street. Unless special circumstances apply, parents of girls in Years 2 to 12 should not enter the car park to collect their daughters prior to 3.30pm. Parents of girls in Reception and Year 1 have exclusive use of the pick-up zone prior to this time for safety and traffic reasons.

Please also refrain from turning right into or out of the car park, and please do not queue in the car park’s lanes as this often prevents drivers who are legally parked from exiting.

We have also received complaints about cars being parked too close to driveways or across from other vehicles in surrounding streets, making it extremely difficult for residents and other road users to navigate.

We ask all community members to please show consideration for others; thank you for your cooperation.

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Entertainment Membership

W1 - Entertainment Book
Purchase your Entertainment Membership today and support us to reach our fundraising goal for 2020. Simply order online via our School’s page: www.entertainmentbook.com.au/orderbooks/161p201

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Bronwyn Bartter on 0402 392 609.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Parents’ and Friends’ Association

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Sports News

IGGSA – Final Standings

The final standings of teams that play for shields/pennants in the IGSSA Year 7 – 12 competitions are:

Football (Aussie Rules)
Open – 11th
Middle – 8th

Badminton
Open A – 1st
Open B – 3rd

Hockey
B Grade Premiers

Netball
Open A – 6th
Open B – 5th
Year 10A – 6th
Year 9A – 3rd
Year 8A – 4th
Year 7A – 6th

Soccer
Open A – 8th
Open B – 10th
Middle A – 4th

SOCCER

Year 6 – Saints 2 defeated Pulteney 0
The team played a very exciting game against Pulteney Grammar, that resulted in a 2 – 0 win! Issy Tucker, Stella Spalvins and Alison Francis all did a great job in the midfield, attacking the goal and helping out in defence when needed. Lucy Lowry rotated through striker and played a brilliant game, scoring both goals with powerful shots from a distance. We were very impressed with the effort from Eliza Brill Reed and Grace Brockhouse who did not get pushed off the ball and always went back for a second attempt. We would like to give a huge thanks to Meghana Chettimada and Jiahui Zhang for playing in goals, they both stepped up to the position and didn’t let anything in! In our backline, Ruby Clark, Lucy Shigeno, Georgia Libri and Lyra Cox all did a great job of tackling the Pulteney players and getting the ball quickly out of defence, passing it to our midfielders. It was very exciting for the girls to finish the season with a win and they should all be very proud of themselves! – Ellie Anderson and Mary Stavrou (Coaches)

Year 5 – Saints 1 defeated by Seymour 2
The girls played a well-fought game for their last effort of the season. Defence was yet again strong, with Nishka Soodan playing a particularly solid game, keeping the ball away from our defensive end. Izzy Huf and Grace Mayen showed fantastic work rates, leading the midfield and forward line, who produced many opportunities upfront. Although it didn’t show in the score, Saints dominated the game, demonstrating the hard work and determination the girls have put into improving over this term. They have had a great season, and the results of their perseverance and commitment to improving at soccer have been evident in their gameplay in the past few games. Great effort by goalscorer Aleesha Gray, and thank you to our goalkeepers Romana Walsh and Grace Marsh-Smith. – Beth Cross (Coach)

Year 3-4 – Saints 4 defeated Seymour 0
The final game of the season came around way too quickly this year. The girls were keen to continue their undefeated record and played another entertaining game against Seymour. Sophie Wiggins, Christina Balasis, Mika Valmorbida and Valentina Patino all played incredibly well in defence. Sophie Wiggins and Ruby Pahuja both enjoyed the responsibility of keeping clean sheets as goal keepers for a half each. Abbie Tulloch enjoyed another week up forward and teamed up nicely with Lauren Disney. Abbie scored 1 goal and Lauren scored 3 to set Saints up nicely with a 4-goal lead. St Peter’s Girls 4 defeating Seymour 0 to remain undefeated for season 2020! Well done girls, I look forward to seeing you back next year for another season. – Mark Routley (Coach)

WINTER SPORTS AWARDS

AUSSIE RULES
Open
Best Player – Bella Bernardi
Most Improved – Lucy White
Coaches’ Award – Adele Eaton

Middle
Best Player – Chloe Porter
Coaches’ Award – Lilly Maerschel
Most Improved – Sophie Edwardes

BADMINTON
Open A – IGSSA Premiers
Yang Yang Gu, Gloria Gao, Amelie Dunda and Mahala Truscott

Undefeated Singles
Claudia Henschke, Kayla Park and Mabel Cook

A – Yang Yang Gu – Best Player
B – Cheri Wong – Best Player
C – Holly Wallman-Craddock – Best Player
D1 – Mabel Cook – Coaches’ Award
E1 – Hattie Xu – Best Player
E2 – Rebecca Holloway – Best Player
E3 – Kayla Park – Best Player

CROSS COUNTRY
SAAS Middle School Champions
Daisy Braithwaite, Alice Braithwaite, Malaika McLeod, Lady Murphy, Eleanor Saies, Dani Cox and Carys Kinsella-White

SAAS Junior School Champions
Chloe Richardson, Elodie De Wit and Isla Fahey

HOCKEY
IGSSA B Grade Premiers
Belle Black, Emma Carrodus, Charlotte Creek, Amelie Eaton, Olivia Goldsmith, Holly Cardone, Poppie Goldsmith, Georgina Keough, Bridgette Leach, Amelia Lucas, Emily McCorley, Chloe Cardone, Winnie Vartuli, Georgie Williams and Alice Reid

Open
Best Player – Poppie Goldsmith
Best Team Player – Bridgette Leach

Netball
Open A
Best Player – Olivia Kelly
Most Consistent – Anna White
Most Improved – Amelia Pudney

Open B
Best Player – Ruby Deakin
Coaches’ Award – Milly Brett

Open E1
Best Player – Clair Kao
Coaches’ Award – Tilly McCormack

Open E2
Best Player – Lucy White
Coaches’ Award – Lara Wakeham

Year 10A
Best Player – Charlie Fishlock
Coaches’ Award – Dayna Petruzzella

Year 10B
Best Player – Letitia Page-Thomson
Coaches’ Award – Sophie Norman

Year 10C
Best Player – Ayshviina Nair
Coaches’ Award – Ruby Thorp

Year 9A
Best Player – Willow Stewart-Rattray
Most Improved – Pearl Richards

Year 9B
Best Player – Samantha Keough
Coaches’ Award – Ruby Richards

Year 9C
Best Player – Isobel Yelland
Coaches’ Award – Lucy Schirripa

Year 8A
Best Player – Sophie Ricciuto
Most Consistent – Mathilda Thomas

Year 8B
Best Player – Alice Braithwaite
Most Improved – Olivia Oakes

Year 8C
Best Player – Daniela Vari
Most Improved – Hope Sanders-Wills

Year 8D
Best Player – Angelina Hii
Coaches’ Award – Monica Isaac

Year 7A
Best Player – Carys Kinsella-White
Coaches’ Award – Anna Venning

Year 7B
Best Player – Emily Ketteridge
Most Improved – Charlotte Lorenzen

LACROSSE
Best Player – Alannah Godfrey
Most Improved – Cleo Hart

Lacrosse SA – U13 Division 2 Minor Premiers
Zoe Pool, Alannah Godfrey, Lara Maione, Emily Bates, Madison Dornbusch, Cleo Hart, Grace Jones, Sophie Lively, Serae Stolcman, Lucy Tulloch, Savannah Walls, Matilda Wilkin, Eliza Burmester and Claris Stolcman

SOCCER
Open A
Best Player – Ellie Anderson
Most Improved – Annie Bradshaw

Open B
Best Player – Michelle Rupert
Coaches’ Award – Bridget Healey

Middle A
Best Player – Jasreet Mavi
Most Improved – Mary Stavrou

Middle B
Best Player – Lydia Burrough
Coaches’ Award – Alicia Toh

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