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eNews – Week 10, Term 3 2019

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From the Principal

A challenge for the holidays…

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

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

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

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

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

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

Science Centre – almost open for business

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

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

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

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

Julia Shea
Principal

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Ponytail Project – Top Chop!

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

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

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

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

Final House totals:

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

Well done to all involved!

Dr Thomas Barclay
Science Teacher

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4X4 – Saints Girls Retain Athletics Shield

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

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

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

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

Congratulations on this incredible team achievement!

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Year 5 Production Goes Off with a Bang!

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

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

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

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

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

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Introducing Our Co-Curricular Captains for 2020

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

Music

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

Sport

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

Clubs

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

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Year 9 Happy Campers

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Year 10 Campers Reach Great Heights

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

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

Victoria Thorp
Year 10 student

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EDGE Receptions A-maze Principal

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

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

Becca Burton-Howard
EDGE Coordinator

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Old Scholars’ Generations Photo – Friday 18 October

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

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

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

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

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

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Space School Information Evening

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Staff Member’s Brave Steps for Beyond Blue

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sarah Fuller
IT Department

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Badminton Player Shuttles into State Selection

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

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

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

Yang yang (Xin Yi) Gu
Year 8 student

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Food and Hospitality Girls Cook up a Storm

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

Ankita Rajbhoj
Year 12 Food and Hospitality student

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Awards Stick with Talented Lacrosse Players

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

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

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

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

Congratulations Dani and Millie!

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Young Musos Shine in Spotlight

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

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

Sally Rounsevell
Director of Music

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Raising Dough Pizza Fundraiser

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

Ellie Anderson
Year 11 student

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Reception and Year 1 Dancers Dazzle

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

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

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

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

Reception and Year 1 teachers

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Chess Club Makes its Move

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

Rachel Banham
Chess Captain

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Mind Over Matter for Rowing Squad

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

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

Brynley Millward
Director of Rowing

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You’re Invited! Friends of Rowing Season Opening BBQ

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

$25 per adult
$20 per rower/child

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

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

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

Tickets available via www.trybooking.com/BEZUT

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Junior School Vacation Care – Countdown is On!

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

Vacation Care Program – October 2019

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

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Portable Chargers – Fundraising for Cambodia Trip

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

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

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School Shop Reminder – Summer Uniform

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

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

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

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

School Shop

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Mary Poppins Flies into Town!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Australian Made: The Partners of Veterans Association – SA

2pm Sunday 29 September

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

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

Concert Poster

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

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Sports News

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NETBALL

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

VOLLEYBALL

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

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eNews – Week 9, Term 3 2019

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Ponytail Project Fundraising Tops $21,000!

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

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

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

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

Great job girls!

Dr Thomas Barclay
Science Teacher

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A Message from the Debating and Public Speaking Prefect

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

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

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

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

Aditi Tamhankar
Debating and Public Speaking Prefect

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Old Scholar Achieves Life Goals in AFLW

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Football Journey

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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From the Director of Teaching and Learning

W9 - Learning

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

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

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

Nigel Scoggins
Director of Teaching and Learning

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Patteson House Dinner

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

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

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

Emily Downie and Belle Black
Year 11 students

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Composer’s Outstanding Composure at Music Festival

W9 - Music

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

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

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

Robyn Habel
Music Teacher

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

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

Grandparents who would prefer to attend a matinee performance will be invited to buy tickets to the school session on Friday 27 September at 1.15pm, which our Junior School students will be attending.

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

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

Visit www.trybooking.com/BDZQK

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Junior School Vacation Care – Countdown is On!

W8 - Vacation Care

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

Vacation Care Program – October 2019

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

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Raising ‘Dough’ for Cambodia Trip

W8 - Cambodia Fundraiser

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

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

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

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Old Scholars’ Generations Photo – Friday 18 October

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

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

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

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

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

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Women’s Workshop Empowers Year 8 Girls

W9 - Burnside

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

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

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

Lucy Schirripa and Ariel Spartalis
Year 8 students

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Eisteddfod Results

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

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

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

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

Well done girls!

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You’re Invited! Friends of Rowing Season Opening BBQ

W8 - Rowing

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

$25 per adult
$20 per rower/child

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

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

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

Tickets available via www.trybooking.com/BEZUT

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Thursday Club Special Performance

W8 - Thursday Club

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

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

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

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School Shop Reminder – Summer Uniform

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

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

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

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

School Shop

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Australian Made – The Partners of Veterans Association – SA

2pm Sunday 29 September

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

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

Concert Poster

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

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Sports News

BADMINTON

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

SURFING

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

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

BASKETBALL

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

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

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

NETBALL

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

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

SOCCER

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

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

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eNews – Week 8, Term 3 2019

Issue no. 28Enews-banner

W8 - 2020 Leaders

Introducing our Student Leaders for 2020

St Peter’s Girls is thrilled to announce our Prefects for 2020.

We are excited to see what initiatives the incoming leaders of the School have planned, as they uphold our values of courage, creativity and compassion.

Prefects

Isabella Bernardi Head Prefect
Ellie Anderson Deputy Head Prefect
Lucy White SRC Prefect
Faye Ma International Prefect
Hattie Maerschel Debating and Public Speaking Prefect
Isabelle Norman Music Prefect
Lucy Young Community Service Prefect
Matilda Braithwaite Chapel Prefect
Millie Wilkin Sport Prefect
Olivia Goldsmith Kennion House Captain
Tilly McCormack Kilburn House Captain
Emily Downie Patteson House Captain
Michelle Rupert Selwyn House Captain

Deputy House Captains

Sarah Wishart Kennion Deputy House Captain
Tesse Parker Kilburn Deputy House Captain
Belle Black Patteson Deputy House Captain
Ehi Oyugbo Selwyn Deputy House Captain

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From the Acting Director of Early Learning

W8 - ELC

KPOur Early Learners’ Centre enjoyed a landmark occasion on Wednesday as we combined our annual Grandparents and Special Friends’ Afternoon Tea with the official opening of our ELC Community Garden.

During the last school holidays, our Community Garden vision and planning came alive. A new space has been created for our community of learners; a space of research and discovery where the children can experience sustainable practices and respect for the environment. We gave time to the children to familiarise themselves with the garden. Daily visits have been promoted to create experiences and memories in this new space. The Community Garden is now a place of our community; a place of stories, emotions, learning discoveries, and it has become a place to reflect our culture.

I take this opportunity to thank the countless people involved in lifting this project off the ground: Kate Mount for her vision; the support from the children across the Centre alongside their knowledgeable teachers; Tamaru, our Kaurna friend; Property Services; and The Friends of the ELC. Having strong, ethically-minded community members behind a project such as this supports its success and gives it life.

As we have embraced this time to wait, explore and discover a garden of possibilities, the children have shown to us – the adults – how to rediscover something we had forgotten existed. We have rediscovered the more magical things in life; things we have looked over in our busy days or taken for granted. So today, I encourage everyone to rediscover something you had forgotten about, because when you do, your soul will be nourished.

Kirsty Porplycia
Acting Director of Early Learning

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Ponytail Project Fundraising Hits $15,000!

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The Ponytail Project goes from strength to strength at St Peter’s Girls’ School with over $15,000 raised by students willing to cut 10cm from their ponytails for the benefit of cancer sufferers in SA.

Kennion ($7618) has a had a great week fundraising and now has a strong lead, with Kilburn next ($4116), and Selwyn ($1843) and Patteson ($1602) further behind but still doing a great job. This week has also seen teachers get on board, with Clare Gaskell (Selwyn) and Lisa Hollis (Patteson) both ready to ‘Rock the Chop’ for Cancer Council SA on Wednesday 25 September.

Students interested in taking part should go to https://www.ponytailproject.com.au and register now and join their House teams.

Anyone interested in supporting a participating student or teacher should go to the House team sites:

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

Great effort girls!

Dr Thomas Barclay
Science Teacher

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Top Marks at History and Geography Competitions

W8 - Geography

St Peter’s Girls’ students participated in both the Australian History and Geography Competitions in Term 2, with results recently announced. The School has a rich tradition of success, with this year being no exception, in the multiple choice format based on the Australian History and Geography curricula.

Of particular note was the performance of Year 7 student Heidi Gong who received a medal and prize for achieving the equal-highest result in Australia for the Geography Competition. Due to the timing of our curriculum, Year 7 and 9 students sit the Australian Geography Competition, while Year 8 and 10 students participate in the Australian History Competition. The highest achieving students for each competition are recorded below:

History

High Distinction
Year 8
Bronwyn Gautier
Jasreet Mavi

Year 10
Sara Peak
Holly Wallman-Craddock

Distinction
Year 8
Stella Rasheed
Lilly Maerschel
Willow Stewart-Rattray
Mikaela Udall
Isabelle Tran

Year 10
Stephanie Smalls

Geography

High Distinction
Year 7
Heidi Gong (top 1% and equal-highest in Australia)
Jasmin Baker

Year 9
Ruby Deakin
Emily Elston
Emily Teague

Distinction
Year 7
Misha Yagnik
Lydia Burrough
Ruby Powell
Jenna Maione
Zara Chessell
Marcella Tolley
Ayanna Roy
Emily McCorley

Year 9
Charlotte Adams
Adele Russell
Flossie Wilson
Chi Chi Zhao

Gregor Dingwall
Head of Humanities

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English Prizes for Worthy Words

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Each year, the South Australian English Teachers’ Association runs a competition for young writers and selects winners from each year level from 7 to 12 in the categories of prose and poetry. This year, two year 7 students from Saints Girls achieved places.

Matilda Chu wrote an evocative poem entitled ‘Our Place’ in which she explored the impact of white culture upon indigenous people, cleverly using narrative point of view, anaphora and varying structural devices to raise questions and engage the reader in the emotional circumstances of Aboriginal people. She won third prize in the Year 7/8 Poetry category. Ruby Powell entered a narrative in which she explored the theme of the loss that results from ageing, and wrote an imagistic story in which she cleverly used expository detail to involve the reader in the lives of her characters. With this story, Ruby won first place in the 7/8 Prose category: a remarkable achievement.

Michael Butler-Wills
Head of English

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Legal Eagles Swoop on Mooting Finals

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The Adelaide Law School hosted a Mooting competition exclusively for high school Legal Studies students to learn more about the law, its application in practice and oral advocacy skills essential to practising law. It was judged by experienced lawyers and university law lecturers, providing a taste of what can be experienced when studying law.

The competition involved arguing a case in tort law against other teams, as well as writing submissions to the court on the case.

Our Year 11 Legal Studies girls entered the competition and won a spot in the Grand Final. In a split decision, they were awarded second place and a prize of $800. We also won the ‘Best School Spirit’ award, and Annabel Baldwinson was judged best speaker in the Grand Final.

Congratulations to our girls who now look forward to competing on the national stage in the Bond University High School Mooting Challenge next year.

Lynne Spry
Legal Studies Teacher

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The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award

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The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is a self-development program available to youth globally. The purpose is to encourage young people to set their own goals and challenges, work towards achieving them, and then be recognised at the end for sustaining the commitment they have made. The award itself does not have any competition between participants, and therefore, self-motivation is key.

The philosophy of the award was very appealing and intrigued me as I have always loved challenging myself. The program has three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Each requires an increasing level of commitment and effort. While I have achieved my Bronze and recently my Silver, I plan to continue with the project to gain my Gold award. The Silver award entails: one hour a week of voluntary service for six months; one hour a week of physical recreation for six months; one hour a week of a chosen skill for six months; and a three-day, two-night adventurous journey. The award allows the participant to choose which activity they participate in within the category. I played hockey and did rowing for my physical recreation, I tutored a Year 5 student and participated in fundraising for the Cambodia Service Learning Trip for my voluntary service, and I developed skills of learning how to drive and becoming a barista. I highly recommend the program to all students as it forces the individual to look at themselves, their interests, abilities and ambitions, then set themselves challenges which develop fundamental life skills.

Charlotte Creek
Year 11 student

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Year 1 Bee Musical Creates a Buzz

W8 - Year 1

The Year 1 students are currently exploring the Central Idea, ‘Through The Arts, people express their feelings and tell stories.’

As part of this inquiry, the girls performed the play The Bee Musical at our Junior School Assembly in Week 6. They worked together to learn their lines as well as many songs that helped to tell this story which connected with their Term 1 Central Idea, ‘Invertebrates have a role in balancing the natural world.’ The students enjoyed learning about bees and how important they are, and the performance allowed them to share their knowledge through The Arts.

The audience enjoyed an entertaining, colourful and enthusiastic show. Well done to the girls for such a wonderful effort. A special thank you to Miss Wise and Property Services for helping to create the amazing bee hive for the stage, and Ms Burton for helping the girls to learn the songs in their Music lessons.

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Sports Day Results

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Battered by windy conditions and closely monitoring the possible threat of hail and thunderstorms, Sports Day 2019 went ahead with gusto at the SA Athletic Stadium last Friday. In typical fashion, the Year 12s stormed the arena to generate the House spirit that defines the carnival.

With students participating in track, throws, jumps and a variety of novelty events, the competition was fierce yet friendly.

Despite the conditions, almost a dozen new records were achieved.

Shields

Junior: 1st Selwyn (1427), 2nd Kilburn (12983), 3rd Patteson (1000), 4th Kennion (870)
Middle: 1st Kilburn (1711), 2nd Selwyn (1526), 3rd Kennion (1386), 4th Patteson (1208)
Senior: 1st Selwyn (1850), 2nd Kilburn (1512), 3rd Kennion (1488), 4th Patteson (1433)

Page Shield: 1st Selwyn (4795), 2nd Kilburn (4506), 3rd Kennion (3744), 4th Patteson (3641)

Records

Year 7 200m – Amelia Lucas 28.21sec
Year 10 High Jump – Keeley Fahey 1.57m
Year 10 Discus – Sophie Barr 29.52m
Year 11 100m – Millie Wilkin 12.80sec
Year 12 Discus – Nicolette Miller 29.76m
Year 12 Javelin – Nicolette Miller 31.70m
Year 12 200m – Rose Pittman 26.20sec
Year 12 400m – Rose Pittman 53.68sec
Year 12 800m – Rose Pittman 2:25.11
Year 12 4x100m Relay – Selwyn 58.93sec
Year 10-12 4x100m Relay – Kilburn 53.55sec

Year Level Cups

Year 4: Gold –  Isla Fahey (SEL), Silver – Imogen Pearce (SEL), Bronze – Wei Ning Khoo (KIL)
Year 5: Gold – Chloe Richardson (KEN), Silver – Jiahui Zhang (SEL), Bronze – Cleo Hart (PAT)
Year 6: Gold – Carla Massicci (KIL), Silver – Lara Maione (KIL), Bronze – Levanya De Silva (PAT)
Year 7: Gold – Amelia Lucas (KIL), Silver – Daisy Kennett (PAT), Bronze – Ashlyn May (KIL)
Year 8: Gold – Chloe Porter (KEN), Silver – Isabelle Tran (KIL), Bronze – Poppy Marshall (SEL)
Year 9: Gold – Imogen Elliott (KIL), Silver – Lucy White (KIL), Bronze – Alexia Politis (PAT)
Year 10: Gold – Holly Cardone (KIL), Silver – Keeley Fahey (SEL), Bronze – Portia Maerschel (KEN)
Year 11: Gold –  Millie Wilkin (KIL), Silver – Ehi Oyugbo (SEL), Bronze – Hannah Freeman (KIL)
Year 12: Gold – Rose Pittman (KIL), Silver – Nicolette Miller (PAT), Bronze – Hannah Brown (SEL)

Field Athlete of the Day

Junior: 1st – Aurelia Pyne (KIL), 2nd – Gabby Howard (SEL), 3rd – Wei Ning Khoo (KIL)
Middle: 1st – Chloe Porter (KEN), 2nd – Lucy White (KIL), 3rd – Sienna Huxtable (SEL)
Senior: 1st – Nicolette Miller (PAT), 2nd – Sophie Barr (KIL), 3rd – Chelsea Walls (PAT)

Track Athlete of the Day

Junior: Equal 1st – Isla Fahey (SEL), Chloe Richardson (KIL), Carla Massicci (KIL)
Middle: 1st – Imogen Elliott (KIL), 2nd – Poppy Marshall (SEL), 3rd – Amelia Lucas (KIL)
Senior: 1st Rose Pittman (KIL), 2nd – Millie Wilkin (KIL), 3rd – Simran Rai (KIL)

St Peter’s Girls’ Gift

Rose Pittman (KIL)

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Junior School Vacation Care – Countdown is On!

W8 - Vacation Care

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

Vacation Care Program – October 2019

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

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You’re Invited! Friends of Rowing Season Opening BBQ

W8 - Rowing

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

$25 per adult
$20 per rower/child

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

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

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

Tickets available via www.trybooking.com/BEZUT

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Raising ‘Dough’ for Cambodia Trip

W8 - Cambodia Fundraiser

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

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

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

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Georgia Beaton Cup

W8 - Netball

The annual Georgia Beaton Cup netball game between Old Scholars and senior students was held on Saturday 7 September.

Introduced in 2017, this contest is designed as a link for the senior netballers to continue to play as Old Scholars.

After a highly entertaining and competitive battle, Georgia presented the trophy to the triumphant students, making the ledger 2-1 their way. Thanks to all of the parents, staff and students for supporting this OSA event. We are excited to announce that there are four teams registered to play Old Scholars’ netball this summer.

Megan McCormack
Old Scholar Officer

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Kilburn House Dinner

W8 - Kilburn

The annual House Dinner is an event that all Saints Girls look forward to, as it is the opportunity to dress up in a fancy costume to a chosen theme and experience a night full of games and loads of fun. On 30 August, the Kilburn girls stepped inside the ‘Kilburn Op Shop’ where they had the challenge of putting together a groovy outfit on a budget. As each girl strutted her stuff on the catwalk, participated in a range of entertaining games and enjoyed the night with friends, it became a night to remember!

A huge shout-out and congratulations to all the Year 11 Kilburn girls for organising the night and bringing it to life. We all did an amazing job and should be so proud with how it turned out. Also, a big thank you to all parent helpers with preparing the food. We hope everyone had an awesome time, especially the Year 12s at their last House Dinner.

Tilly McCormack and Tesse Parker
Year 11 Kilburn

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Girls eChallenge Their Thinking

Last year, Renee Lawrence, Charlotte Sellars and Charlotte Creek competed in the University of Adelaide’s Business and Innovation competition, eChallenge. They developed an application that would assist in reducing the 4.6 tonnes of food waste per annum in Australia. Their application, Pre-Pear, allows the user to take a photo of their food storage area (fridge, panty, etc.) and recipes can be generated based on the ingredients recognised by the application. Allergies, favourite foods and cuisine preferences can all be adjusted. Pre-Pear utilises IBM’s artificial intelligence visual recognition API to identify the photographed ingredients.

After writing a business proposal, creating a mock flow of Pre-Pear and basic exemplar coding, we pitched our idea to four judges who are professionals in their fields and/or angel investors. We won the ‘Day at Microsoft’ prize valued at $10,000 due to the technology background of our application.

On 21 August, we travelled with Mr Garth Coulter, the School’s Head of Technology and Digital Learning, to Microsoft’s head office in Adelaide with a team from Glenunga International High School who were co-recipients of the prize. We were lucky enough to hear from the head of the office and his pathways to his position. We also heard from various specialist employees developing Microsoft’s d projects such as artificial intelligence for good and diversity within the company. We participated in various activities that reflected on the eChallenge experience and our future pathways.

The eChallenge was a great experience as it gave me insight into university life and how to build a successful business. The day at Microsoft was also a fantastic experience as the speakers provided an understanding as to what it is like working in a major multinational company.

Charlotte Creek (Year 11 student)
Gabriele Trobbiani (Economics, Business and Enterprise, and Humanities Teacher)

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Call for Eisteddfod Results

If your daughter has recently competed in a music eisteddfod and you would like her results to be shared with the community, please send them through to Arts Administrator Jeanne Phillips via jphillips@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au and they will be published in next week’s eNews.

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Thursday Club Special Performance

W8 - Thursday Club

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

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

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

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School Shop Reminder – Summer Uniform

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

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

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

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

School Shop

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OSA Movie Fundraiser – TOMORROW

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The OSA is delighted to be hosting a movie fundraiser – Downton Abbey – at 1.30pm tomorrow at the Regal Theatre.

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

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the door; the price includes a drink on arrival (soft drink or bubbles) and chocolates.

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Year 5 Production Tickets on Sale!

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Secure your seats to see this wonderful show: Ian Fleming’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang JR.

Grandparents who would prefer to attend a matinee performance will be invited to buy tickets to the school session on Friday 27 September at 1.15pm, which our Junior School students will be attending.

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

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

Visit www.trybooking.com/BDZQK

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

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

The 2020 event will be held on Sunday 29 March. I am coordinating our Market Stalls and am looking to gather as many different and varied stalls as possible.

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

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Lorraine Scarr

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Sports News

NETBALL

Year 4 Blue – Saints 4 defeated by Wilderness Gold 11
The girls tried really hard, but unfortunately, Wilderness were too strong and accurate with their shooting. There were some great passages of play, moving the ball down the court. Awesome effort by all the girls. – Karen Braund (Coach)

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eNews – Sports Day: And the Winner is…

Issue no. 27Enews-banner

W7 - Selwyn

Sports Day – And the Winner is…SELWYN!

Congratulations to the girls in Selwyn House who have taken out Sports Day 2019!

Students across Years 4 to 12 braved damp and blustery conditions at the SA Athletics Stadium to compete across track and field events in the hotly-contested carnival.

Many parents joined in the fun, taking on the House Scramble and the coveted egg-and-spoon races. House pride was in full flight with noise, colour and enthusiasm enveloping the stadium.

Well done to the girls, parents and staff for another fantastic Sports Day! Full results in next week’s edition of eNews.

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Rose Reflects on Final Sports Day

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It’s that time of the year again where students showcase their raw talents, whether it be on the track, in a field event, or in the infamous House Scramble…leading their House to victory. The pride each student demonstrates towards their House is contagious. The collective efforts from all the staff and students fosters the success of such an incredible, well-planned day, and specifically makes it so special for both first and last timers, Year 4s and 12s respectively.

I am pictured above with some excited Year 4s who were having a ball at their first Sports Day. I still remember my first Sports Day where the Year 12s surrounded the perimeter of the track and cheered us on regardless of our age. This year, there was definitely a bigger build up, with costumes to organise and greater hype, being my last Sports Day. The day was full of laughter and great memories, and I can confidently say that on behalf of the entire year level.

In the end, whether it be competing for the coveted Shield or Spirit Cup, there is a chance for everyone to participate and join in the fun. Regardless, many of us girls are literally left speechless. Finally, a huge thank you goes out to the PE Department for another great day.

Rose Pittman
Sport Prefect

To celebrate their final Sports Day, Rose and fellow Year 12s took part in a novelty pump up video that’s not to be missed:

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SACE Dancers Take Centre Stage

W7 - Dance

The SACE dancers took their final bows last night to celebrate their last performance of Generation Z, and I couldn’t have been prouder! The performance, which showcased many different styles of dance, involved a handful of Year 8 students, a Year 10 Dance class and the nine SACE students, as well as the Rock Band.

Each and every student who took to the stage did so with such commitment and conviction. It takes courage to get up in front of teachers, parents, friends and examiners and execute choreography well, while communicating a narrative. But they did this so very authentically, working as a team and supporting the new and lasting friendships they have developed throughout this process.

Dance is so much more than just the physical skill of learning steps. It is expressive and creative and requires a high level of collaboration and problem-solving. The students learnt so much about technique and performance, but even more about how to do something you love with confidence in a team environment. I feel very lucky to work with such engaged and passionate students.

Kate Burnett
Head of The Arts


Old Scholar Rower on Top of the World

W7 - Rowing

Congratulations to Old Scholar Olympia Aldersey (Kennion ’11) who became a senior world rowing champion last weekend, claiming Gold in the Women’s Four event at the World Rowing Championships in Linz-Ottensheim, Austria.

The crew of Lucy Stephan, Sarah Hawe, Katrina Werry and Olympia went undefeated throughout the regatta to win top honours. By virtue of making the A-Final, the Australians also qualified the boat berth for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Olympia, winning her first Senior World Rowing Championships Gold, was delighted with her crew’s victory.

“I won my first World Championships Gold medal back in 2012 in the Under 23s, so it’s taken me a while to get here! I think you can be a capable athlete mentally, but it’s about getting all your ducks lined up in a row and getting yourself in the right space to deliver,” she said.

“We couldn’t have done this year without the team behind us, it makes it all easier. We really worked as a crew to get here and it’s a credit to all of us for delivering our roles to get us over the line.”

Incredible achievement Olympia; bring on Tokyo 2020!

Content credit: Rowing Australia

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From the Deputy Principal / Head of Middle School

W7 - Middle School

Richard Lisle inside 220Being prepared to respond to a variety of challenges is an important life skill, and one that our students are only likely to improve at through experience.

Whilst we make a deliberate decision to make lessons challenging, and our line of ‘challenge your thinking’ is always close at hand, the next few weeks will see some specific challenges for all girls in Years 8 – 10.

Girls in Year 9 and 10 set off for Camp in Week 9. With potentially difficult and varied weather conditions, strenuous activity, a change in diet and unusual sleeping arrangements to contend with, school camps can be a real test of perspective and emotional control. The key, I believe, as with many things, is preparation. Practically, the girls need to be well organised with regards to food, equipment, water-proofing and warm clothes. Few of us love getting cold, wet and hungry, so it would make sense to prepare in a way that makes that as unlikely as possible. The Middle School Framework promotes self-management as a skill we’re looking to develop. Taking responsibility for adequate preparation and considering the task ahead, and consequently packing appropriately, HAS to be the student responsibility if self-management is to be developed. The other part of preparation that, once again, needs to be considered before leaving for the challenge of camp, is mental preparation. Over the past 18 months, girls in #EMPOWHER sessions have all been given a variety of strategies to help deal with anxiety, to recognise heightened emotional responses, and to avoid catastrophising and negative thought patterns. Revisiting these ahead of camp might be a useful exercise, especially for those students who know that camp can be a time where they feel heightened emotions or have had difficulty managing those in the past.

Our Year 8 and 9 students also have their examination period to embrace in the coming week. Like camp, for some, this is a period of excitement where they relish the chance to show their ability to apply their learning in a specific environment, whilst for others, it can present a different challenge. Once again, preparation is key, and we have been talking to the girls about how to prepare for their exams for a number of weeks. Learning this important area of self-management is only likely when given the chance to do it as part of an authentic experience, but one where the stakes might not be as high as they might be at other times in their academic life. Just like it is for camps, the particular challenges being placed in front of students at any one time are, whilst difficult, age-appropriate and completely possible to overcome with a mixture of careful thought, planning, hard work and perhaps a little short-term discomfort. Understanding that in advance makes the challenge seem manageable. Completing and learning from the experience leads to the growth and a sense of pride and increased self-efficacy that help prepare us for future challenges.

Richard Lisle
Deputy Principal / Head of Middle School

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Badminton Girls Net Top Honours

W7 - Badminton

Last Saturday, the Open A and Open B Badminton teams competed in the finals for the IGSSA Shield of this season. It is a great pleasure to announce that the Open A girls had a convincing and fabulous win against Westminster, taking 4 games out of 6, regaining the shield for Saints Girls after six years.

All of our players displayed great determination and enthusiasm to win, and had one of their best performances of the season against our strongest opponents. Everyone put in so much effort during the games and showcased their techniques, persistence and team spirit to the fullest extent. It was wonderful to see the girls showcasing excellent badminton skills, using various strategies to overcome difficulties, and always cheering, encouraging and helping each other during the matches. Congratulations to Yang Yang Gu, Gloria Gao, Amy Li and Mahala Truscott, and our deep gratitude goes towards the players, coaches, families and friends who came to support us, and also all badminton girls who participated this season. I would also like to thank our opponent, Westminster, for pulling off such an intense, exciting and incredible final with us.

Unfortunately, the Open B girls lost their final to Wilderness, however, the games were close and tense. The girls all played with their best effort and there was some outstanding badminton and teamwork during the games. They achieved amazing results this season, finishing undefeated in regular matches. Congratulations and thank you to the Open B girls for your great achievement, as well as your effort, enthusiasm and excellent performance throughout the season.

Open A: 4 – 2 defeated Westminster
Open B: 2 – 4 defeated by Wilderness

Overall, the Saints’ Badminton teams have had a very successful season, with both top teams making the finals and winning the A shield. Moreover, for all other girls, especially those newly-joined players this year, they have shown their passion and amazing improvements throughout games and trainings. Again, I would like to thank everyone for their effort and contribution, and we look forward to seeing you all next year!

Amy Li
Badminton Captain

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High Notes at ABODA Festival

W7 - Music

Some outstanding results were achieved at the recent South Australian Band and Orchestra Festival. Our Developmental Band, directed by Warren Heading, received overall winner in the Novice Band section. Competing against much larger bands, the girls demonstrated their talent with a highly-accurate performance. Our Senior Strings, Percussion Ensemble and Concert Band received Gold awards.

Stage Band competed in Division 1 this year for the first time and achieved a well-deserved Silver level. A big congratulations to our Junior Strings, conducted by Fiona Patten, who achieved Bronze level. We had the youngest group of musicians in the festival, with some of our girls in Year 2 competing against Middle School ensembles.

The Festival was a terrific way for our girls to perform, receive written and verbal feedback from wonderful music professionals, and hear other like schools perform similar standards of music. Our little Big Band also achieved outstanding results, winning a Gold award in their first-ever performance. The girls will be playing on the steps of the Arts Centre on Monday morning before school in Week 10, so come along and listen to their Gold level performance from 7.45 – 8.20am.

A big thanks to all our directors – Nick Parnell, Warren Heading and Fiona Patten – for their time and support in preparing our ensembles for the competition.

Sally Rounsevell
Director of Music

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Receptions Treasure Buddy Experience

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On Monday, the Reception students from 0MK and 0AL joined forces with their buddy classes 6KIB and 5SMU, and participated in a Book Week activity at the School run by Nature Play SA. In small groups, the girls embarked on a geocaching adventure, using handheld GPS trackers to navigate and find hidden treasures around Chiverton Lawns.

Once located, the girls engaged in a series of short activities that connected with 2019 shortlisted Book Week books. The girls thoroughly enjoyed searching for hidden treasures around the school grounds with the help of their older buddies.

“I liked finding the bags.” – Ava C

“I enjoyed doing the activities with my friends.” – Harper

“I liked finding the Chalk Boy treasure clue; we got to draw chalk drawings on the ground.” – Mikayla

“I liked when we got to make masks.” – Penny

“I liked drawing my own rainbow bear.” – Lila

Alana Lesiw and Meg Karvonen
Reception Teachers

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Cross Country Interhouse Results

W7 - Cross Country

After rain delays, the final placings for the Interhouse Cross Country can be announced. In one of the closest finishes for a number of years, collating all of the places and participation, the final standings were:

1st Patteson (379 points) who claimed the House Shield for the first time since 2010
2nd Selwyn (364 points)
3rd Kilburn (309)
4th Kennion (275)

Reception – 1st Mikayla Rundle (PAT), 2nd Lucy Dougherty (KEN), 3rd Harper Tofts (KIL)
Year 1 – 1st Milly Richardson (KEN), 2nd Gabriella Noskovic (KIL), 3rd Crystal Gui (PAT)
Year 2 – 1st Emily Robinson (KIL), 2nd Matilda Purvis (KIL), 3rd Ruby Pahuja (PAT)
Year 3 – 1st Lauren Disney (KEN), 2nd Lois Burton-Howard (SEL), 3rd Beatrice Tolley (SEL)
Year 4 – 1st Isla Fahey (SEL), 2nd Ella Pearce (SEL), 3rd Lily Forby (KIL)
Year 5 – 1st Chloe Richardson (KEN), Eliza Brill Reed (KEN) 3rd Amelia McDonald (SEL)
Year 6 – 1st Levanya De Silva (PAT), 2nd Carla Massicci (KIL), 3rd Lara Maione (PAT)
Year 7 – 1st Claudia Pearce (SEL), 2nd Dani Cox (KEN), 3rd Mathilda Thomas (PAT)
Year 8 – 1st Willow Stewart-Rattray (PAT), 2nd Poppy Marshall (SEL), 3rd Georgina Wakeham (PAT)
Year 9 – 1st Imogen Elliott (KIL), 2nd Alexia Politis (PAT), 3rd Anushka Rajbhoj (SEL)

Congratulations to all participants!

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Save The Date – SACE Music Concert

W3 - SACE Music Concert

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

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

Sally Rounsevell
Director of Music

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Geography Students Show Natural Talent

W7 - Year 9

The Year 9 Geography class have been investigating biomes and the impact humans have had on them. In order to gain a clear understanding, students working in pairs were set the task to create a ‘biorama’. They had to investigate how plants and animals adapted in the biome selected.

Student Reflections
We learnt about what type of animals and plants live and survive in the Tropical Rainforest biome, and how they have adapted to the surroundings over time. While researching the biome, we gained a deeper understanding about the structure of Tropical Rainforest and how it is split into different layers. Making the model was an interesting and fun task as it allowed us to express our creativity and knowledge. It was very creative, interactive, educational, and gave us the opportunity to build group work skills. – Tahlia Louca

This was a fun assignment that was not only educational but practical and hands-on. We discovered new things about this biome that we had never learnt before. It was a great way to teach ourselves something new and express our creativity. We worked with new people and learnt how to manage ourselves and develop our organisational skills. – Adele Russell and Emily Elston

We have learnt about all the different, interesting species of flora and fauna living in this environment and the way they survive and interact in these conditions. This knowledge we gained allows us to understand and connect with our environment, and to realise just how delicate, intricate and important our world is. We found making the biorama fun, as it allowed us to have a hands-on experience and be creative whilst also learning about the shrubland. Assignments like this allow us to work creatively and use our imaginations. – Madeline Symon

It was really interesting to investigate all of the different animals around the world and how they have changed and evolved over time. We had to think about how animals and plants would use strategy in order to increase their chances of survival. In our biorama, we recreated the dense and intricate ecosystems in the rainforests. It was really fascinating to see how all of the different species of plants and animals lived in harmony. We also had to try to replicate the wide array of colours, textures and materials, and tried to accurately portray the different elements of the rainforests that make it such a unique biome. – Madeline Harmer

Anna Stefopoulos
Year 9 Geography Teacher

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Thursday Club Special Performance

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

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

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

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Fringe Benefits from Ponytail Project

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The Ponytail Project has launched at St Peter’s Girls with great success. More than 60 students have registered to cut 10cm off their ponytails at the end of the term to raise money for the Cancer Council. Due to the amazing efforts of the students and the generosity of the School community, over $7,000 is already in the bank. At last count, Kennion students ($2,872) have raised the most, with Kilburn ($2,490) close behind, and Patteson ($885) and Selwyn ($786) trailing but still doing a great job.

Students interested in taking part should go to https://www.ponytailproject.com.au and register now and join their House teams.

Anyone interested in supporting a participating student should go to the House team sites:

https://ponytailsa.everydayhero.com/au/team-kennion

https://ponytailsa.everydayhero.com/au/kilburn

https://ponytailsa.everydayhero.com/au/team-patteson

https://ponytailsa.everydayhero.com/au/team-selwyn

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Fundraising for Cambodia

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This December, a group of Year 11 girls in collaboration with a group of Year 11 PAC boys will have the opportunity to travel to Cambodia for Service Learning.

The Service Learning Trip involves visiting the New Hope for Cambodian Children Village and teaching the children English literature. Furthermore, this trip offers the opportunity to construct houses for families in Cambodia and present them to the families in person, which has been a memorable and emotional experience for many past participants.

This trip could not be possible without the extensive fundraising being undertaken this year. We are inviting all friends and families of the St Peter’s Girls’ community to have dinner at the Feathers Hotel on 23 September (Monday, Week 10). For every pizza sold on the night, $10 will go towards the Cambodia Service Learning Trip. You are now able to book a reservation for the night either online or over the phone. During the night, you will be able to purchase raffle tickets for the chance to win a great prize.

The Cambodia Service Learning team is also selling portable chargers, which have proven to be extremely useful when access to a power point and charger is not available. Currently at stores across Adelaide, portable chargers are sold on average for between $50-$80. Fortunately, you are able to purchase a portable charger via www.trybooking.com/BEYTR for just $40.

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

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School Shop Reminder – Summer Uniform

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

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

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

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

School Shop

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OSA Movie Afternoon Fundraiser

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

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

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

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Year 5 Production Tickets on Sale!

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

Tickets are now on sale to the School community and will sell fast, so book early to snap up great seats.

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

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

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

Visit www.trybooking.com/BDZQK

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

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

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

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

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Lorraine Scarr

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Blue Light Disco

Adelaide Blue Light are hosting their next Blue Light Event on 4 October at Mega Courts Windsor Gardens.

Blue Light SA is a not-for-profit charity that hosts regular events for youth across Adelaide to promote positive police interactions and to raise funds for community programs.

This particular event ties in with the current trend towards online gaming by promoting safe and positive online interactions, and encouraging respectful behaviours and conversations in a highly-competitive real-life environment.

Blue Light Disco Poster

Tickets can be purchased from the following link:
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/blue-light-battle-royale-tickets-69390588117

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Planning Ahead: The US & UK Application Timeline

W3 - Crimson Education

10 September

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

Click here for free group tickets.

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Upcoming House Dinners

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

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

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

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

Year 12 House Captains

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Sports News

ATHLETICS

Little Athletics is holding a Dare to Dream Athletics Holiday Clinic at the SA Athletics Stadium on 2 and 9 October.

The clinic provides a great opportunity for students to learn, have fun and improve their athletic skills through participation in event coaching with experienced coaches. There are also other great activities planned, as well as getting to meet Australian long jumper and Commonwealth Games’ representative Margaret Gayen (Patteson ’11) who is a Saints’ Old Scholar and Hall of Fame member, on 9 October.

For more information, visit https://salaa.org.au/dare-to-dream-athletics-holiday-clinic-october/

FINAL SEASON PLACINGS (Years 7 – 12)

AUSSIE RULES FOOTBALL
Senior – 9th
Middle – 8th

BADMINTON
Open A – 1st
Open B – 2nd

HOCKEY
Open A – 7th
Open B – 10th

NETBALL
Open A – 5th
Open B – 9th
Year 9A – 5th
Year 8A – 2nd
Year 7A – 5th

SOCCER
Open A – 6th
Open B – 6th
Middle A – 8th

BASKETBALL

Year 6 Blue – Saints 15 defeated Wilderness Blue 12
This was a really physical game and I was proud of the way the girls adapted and came out on top against a very good side. There was never more than a goal the difference and, after falling behind in the last quarter, we stepped up to be in front at the finish. All played well, with an emphasis on defence showing through. – Brenton Davies (Coach)

Year 5 – Saints 12 defeated by Seymour Blue 42
Unfortunately, the girls suffered a loss but they did play their best game yet. They worked really well as a team, called for the ball, rebounded and dribbled the ball. They are learning to work as a team and they are getting the ball down to our end of the court really quickly. – Kelly Laird (Coach)

LACROSSE

Millie Wilkin, Chelsea Walls, Abbie Lisle and Stephanie Smalls all played in the Under 18 Burnside/St Peter’s team to defeat North Eagles 12-9 and now face Glenelg in the qualifying final! The win ensures the team will finish in at least 3rd position. – Millie Wilkin (Lacrosse Captain)

Under 13 – Saints 9 defeated Glenelg 7
We played our season-long rivals Glenelg for the guaranteed spot in the Grand Final. It was a nail-biting game with both teams getting 2 goals in the first quarter, 2 each again in the second quarter, leaving us tied at half-time. Then, Glenelg managed to get a 1 goal lead at the end of the third. In the fourth, Ashlyn May took advantage and added 4 goals to finish with 6. All the girls really put their heads down and showed their determination, making up the difference and more, ending with a 2 goal victory and securing their place in the Grand Final on 14 September. – Caitlyn Grayson (Coach)

Under 11 Blue – Saints 5 drew with St Aloysius 5
The girls were somewhat sad for the last game of the season but were ready to give their all. Lilly Meo (Year 3) caught several balls and impressed everyone by making several intercepts. In defence, Neela (Year 3) did well at sticking to her player and threw the ball long into attack when she got it. Enya Ouyang (Year 4) was our terrific goalie in the first half, and in the second half, she used her speed to run well with the ball. At half-time, the girls were down by 1 goal but were not going to give up. Claris Stolcman (Year 3) always ran hard on the field which helped her be first to many ground balls and win them against the opposition. In attack, Matilda Wilkin listened to feedback and went behind the goal in case the shot was missed so she could get the ball. Eliza Burmester (Year 4), our goalie in the second half, saved a number of shots to help keep us in the game. Goal scorers were Matilda (1), Claris (3) and Lilly (1). It was a great match to end on as everyone played very well. It has been a pleasure to watch the girls’ stick skills improve and see their love for the game flourish. – Lucy Martin (Coach)

Under 11 White – Saints 5 defeated by Wilderness 8
This game was an exceptional display of the team’s improvements throughout the season. Facing a tough side, the girls fought until the end. Great, purposeful passes were thrown, close defence was shown and our speed was really tested against an older and taller opposition. Our strengths were shown in attack where we dominated the first half of the game. We had a draw for the majority of the game until Wilderness got some fast goals in the final quarter. All players showed their strengths on the field; special mention to Ruby Kelly who enthusiastically played goalie and blocked numerous goals. In comparison to our first game against Wilderness earlier in the year, we have come a long way! What a positive way to end such a wonderful season – I’m very proud of our achievements this year and really hope to see everyone back next year! – Sophie Auricht (Coach)

NETBALL

Year 8A – Saints 21 defeated by Scotch 32
The team headed to Westminster to take on Scotch in the Year 8A Grand Final. We had secured our place in the finals by 3 goals, after a dominating display against Walford the week prior. The girls and Coach Olivia Coulter were confident and ready to give it their best shot.

Scotch started strongly, racing to an 8-1 lead halfway through the first quarter, but Saints wrestled back momentum and pulled the score back to 9-5 at the first break. Carrying this momentum into the second quarter, we closed the gap to 2 goals before Scotch lifted again. The Saints Girls kept coming, but every time we got a few goals in a row, Scotch managed to steady and gain back control. The girls fought hard, but Scotch were just too good on the day, running out eventual winners. – Alice Johnswood

Year 4 Blue – Saints 4 defeated by Seymour Blue 20
Saints had some good passages of play but Seymour were too strong. Aleiyah Abraham was a stand out in defence. Despite the score, well done to Saints Girls for never giving up and trying their very best. Awesome work girls. – Karen Braund (Coach)

Year 3 – Saints 1 defeated Seymour 0
The girls started strongly and kept persisting the whole way through. They fought for the ball well and took many great intercepts. Special mention to Maggie who scored the only goal for the game. Each week, the girls play and train with enthusiasm. It’s great to see every one of them improve their skills. All the girls played extremely well with their first win of the season. Great job girls! – Georgia Hoskins (Student Coach)

SOCCER

Year 6 – Saints 2 defeated by Loreto Blue 4
It was great to see combination play, moving the ball around the pitch and getting out of trouble. Awesome goals form Shirley and Anna. Thanks to Sophia and Lucy for being goalkeepers. – Sebastiano Mazzarolo (Coach)

Year 5 – Saints 0 defeated by Pulteney 6
The girls played an awesome game. They all listened and put in a lot of hard work, showing everything they had been learning. The result did not reflect how they played as they did very well and tried really hard. They showed great teamwork on and off the pitch, helping each other with shin pads. – Lucy Benn (Student Coach)

Year 3/4 – Saints 8 defeated Walford 0
The girls notched up another win in a so far undefeated season! This time against Walford who were incredibly competitive in the first half. Accolades were spread across the entire squad. Abbie Tulloch, Isabella Blake and Valentina Patino all contributed in defence, clearing the ball with smooth transitions from defence to offence. Both goalkeepers played really well. Lois Burton-Howard has continued to develop her skills and is now throwing her body into contests; Lilly Meo had her first taste in goals and showed great skill – in particular, one amazing kick which accurately found Lauren who coaxed the ball around the opposition’s keeper. Our forwards captivated the attention of the onlookers. The girls would have attempted close to 30 shots on goal. Beatrice Tolley impressed with her tenacity, converting 2 goals in her best game for the season. Lauren Disney again managed to score a bag of goals, adding another 4 to her impressive haul for the season. Lois enjoyed the opportunity again to shake off the goalie gloves, kicking 2 goals then sporting a smile similar to the Cheshire Cat. It was clearly evident that Ziyuan Qin enjoyed her first game for the season and it was great to have her in the squad.

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eNews – Week 6, Term 3 2019

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Food for Thought from Gourmet Guest

This week as part of our #EMPOWHER wellbeing program, we had the privilege of meeting professional nutritionist and ‘food detective’ Rosie Mansfield. She has been the good chef on Channel 10’s popular show Good Chef Bad Chef. Rosie published her debut book Food Hacker in July 2018, in which she explains her philosophy of eating simply by stripping down recipes to the bare essentials. Rosie explained to us the importance of having a healthy body and mind, and shared some useful tips on how to do so, using catchy phrases such as, “Scrolling? Go strolling” to help us remember to put the phone down and do some exercise.

She emphasised the importance of not restricting certain groups of foods, rather controlling our intake of those foods. Her favourite foods are cheese and pizza, so she loves to have a ‘pizza night’ on Fridays and then wake up early on a Saturday morning to go to the gym to ensure that her calorie intake matches calorie expenditure. She also taught us about the different body types and gave examples of famous women with those body types; each healthy, successful and happy. At the end of her talk, we were given the opportunity to ask her some questions, which allowed us to gain a deeper insight into her personal and business life, and learn about nutrition. Rosie explained how through her work, she is able to travel interstate and internationally, meet new people and try new foods, which she loves. Before the talk, she also held some insightful and entertaining cooking demonstrations in the Food Technology Centre.

Rosie inspired us, as students, to eat healthy, have a growth mindset and practise positive self-talk.

Ammi Yagnik
International Student Prefect

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SACE Dance Presents: Generation Z

Next week, SACE Dance 2019 presents Generation Z – an exploration into the lives of these ‘screenagers’ who, while more digitally connected and independent than previous generations, face many of the same challenges, choices and defining moments.

Come along and support the girls who have been working so hard in preparation for these performances.

When: 4 and 5 September, 7pm
Where: Arts Centre

Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased via www.trybooking.com/BEUGQ

Kate Burnett
Head of The Arts

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On Song with Hugh Jackman

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Three lucky Saints Girls are still on cloud nine after having the incredible honour of performing with showbiz legend Hugh Jackman in Adelaide recently. Anushrii Nair (Year 12), Madison McGregor-Simms (Year 11) and Victoria Thorp (Year 10) sang with the Australian Girls Choir in The Man. The Music. The Show.

“I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of Hugh Jackman’s world tour and work in such an exciting and professional environment. As the youngest chorister involved, I’m very lucky to have been a part of such an awesome show, and loved being able to share songs and memories with my friends and such a large audience. Working in the performing arts would be my dream job, and this experience showed me what it’s like to be a part of something so big, professional and fun.” – Victoria Thorp (Year 10)

“Hugh Jackman was one of the most amazing and eye-opening experiences I have had! It was a really fantastic learning opportunity to work with such talented staff, whether they be musicians, dancers or even the management team, and we were very lucky to be given different pieces of wisdom! Furthermore, the exposure to show business and all the details and procedures required to run a show, both onstage and behind the scenes, was super engaging and I have learnt many invaluable lessons through this. My highlight was definitely on the last night, when I got to hug Hugh Jackman on stage! It was a moment in my life I will never forget!” – Anushrii Nair (Year 12)

“Performing alongside the one and only Hugh Jackman for five shows at the Entertainment Centre was an incredible experience. One of my highlights was sharing the stage with world-class dancers (not to forget Hugh Jackman!) and learning about the inner workings of a professional production. I would do it again in a heartbeat and it was an experience that I will never forget.” – Maddy McGregor-Simms (Year 11)

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Winter Intercol Victory!

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Saints Girls have claimed overall victory against Walford to bring home The Winifred Fenner / Bernie Whitington Winter Intercol Trophy.

Walford won the Soccer before Saints evened the ledger in emphatic style with two comprehensive wins in the Friday night football at Payneham Oval in front of a great crowd. Heading into Saturday with three trophies on the line, Saints dominated the Badminton for back-to-back wins and Netball was very close early with Saints prevailing with a 9-3 total. The Hockey finished in dramatic style after Saints drew the Open A and won the Open B, but due to low numbers and needing the support of additional A grade players for the game to proceed, Walford were declared the winners.

Congratulations to all students who represented Saints Girls!

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Women in STEM at Saints Girls

Last Friday, Saints Girls enjoyed a special visit from two globally-renowned women in STEM: health and medical research expert Dr Michelle Perugini and space engineer Flavia Tata Nardini.

Their message: the sky’s no limit for our girls!

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Fathers and Friends’ Breakfast at the ELC

On Wednesday, our ELC children celebrated the beautiful people in their lives during our breakfast for fathers and special friends.

At these times, we stop to recognise the significance of our community and the possibilities for building relationships around the children.

Take a look at some of the heartwarming moments:

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Saints Girls Talk of the Town

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This year, the Debating season has been highly successful with St Peter’s Girls nominating 11 teams in the the Debating SA competition. As the season comes to a conclusion, it is terrific that we have one team from each year level into the Quarter Finals.

This is truly a fantastic effort and a testament to the dedication of our debaters and student coaches. The girls have tackled difficult topics with expertise and faced challenging competition from the other schools, ending the season with fantastic argumentative skills.

We wish the five teams competing in the Quarter Finals the best of luck and congratulate all girls for a great year!

Aditi Tamhankar
Debating and Public Speaking Prefect

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Kennion House Dinner

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Earlier this month the Kennion girls took a step back in time to travel ‘Through the Ages’ of fashion. Dating all the way back to the 60s with knee high boots and mini dresses, to the 2000s with the return of low rise jeans paired with double denim, it was a wonderful night enjoyed by all.

A barbecue dinner, games and a playlist filled with old school classics completed the night, as well as some incredible efforts by the staff and parents!

Matilda Braithwaite
Year 11 student

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School Shop Reminder – Summer Uniform

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

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

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

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

School Shop

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Fundraising for Cambodia

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This December, a group of Year 11 girls in collaboration with a group of Year 11 PAC boys will have the opportunity to travel to Cambodia for Service Learning. This program provides an experience inclusive of cultural awareness and community service activities. Participants of previous trips have often expressed their heightened sense of self-awareness, community mindedness and an appreciation for living in a first world country such as Australia.

The Service Learning Trip involves visiting the New Hope for Cambodian Children Village and teaching the children English literature, which is essential for their current and future education. Furthermore, this trip offers the opportunity to construct houses for families in Cambodia and present them to the families in person, which has been a memorable and emotional experience for many past participants.

This trip could not be possible without the extensive fundraising being undertaken this year. We are inviting all friends and families of the St Peter’s Girls’ community to have dinner at the Feathers Hotel on 23 September (Monday, Week 10). For every pizza sold on the night, $10 will go towards the Cambodia Service Learning Trip. You are now able to book a reservation for the night either online or over the phone. During the night, you will be able to purchase raffle tickets for the chance to win a great prize.

The Cambodia Service Learning team is also selling portable chargers, which have proven to be extremely useful when access to a power point and charger is not available. Currently at stores across Adelaide, portable chargers are sold on average for between $50-$80. Fortunately, you are able to purchase a portable charger via www.trybooking.com/BEYTR for just $40.

Ultimately, the generous donations from charitable events and projects such as the above have the power to positively change and influence the lives of so many Cambodian children and families. We are all very excited to take part in this trip, making life-long memories and seeing the impact of our fundraising in a community where we can improve the quality of life.

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House Charity Day Success

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Last Friday, the Year 10 Kilburn girls showcased their incredible scooping, decorating and money calculation skills to serve delicious ice-cream for a great cause. A large number of vanilla dixie cups were also sold to some of the younger children in the Junior School. The girls organised this event to support and raise money for the Kilburn House Charity, Cancer Council SA – an organisation that works across every area of cancer: cancer research, cancer prevention, cancer support and advocacy.

Over the past few weeks, the girls had to collaborate with many people including the Tuck ladies, Ms Haddy, Ms Mortimer, Dr Barclay and Mrs O’Brien. We had to work together, problem-solve, communicate clearly within our team and with others, design posters and work on our leadership skills. It was an amazing experience to support a vital organisation.

Lily-Rose Spartalis
10 Kilburn

The Year 10 Kennion girls sold over 400 sausages and 50 litres of iced tea, raising over $1000 of profit. This money will go towards Kennion’s House Charity, KickStart for Kids – an organisation dedicated to providing free breakfast and lunch at school for disadvantaged children.

This experienced was valued not only by KickStart for Kids, but also all of us, as we had the opportunity to raise money for a worthy cause and actively help to make a change.

Sara Peak
10 Kennion

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Science and Engineering Challenge

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The Science and Engineering Challenge gave the Year 9 students the opportunity to celebrate Science Week by designing, building and refining problem-solving machines.

Each House was divided into four teams and given a task based on real-life situations. The team solving the problem of air dropping medication to those in remote areas had to devise a method to allow an egg to be dropped from the top of the St Michael’s Wing without breaking. Earthquake-proof buildings were explored by building a tower as tall as possible that would stand up to a ferocious shaking. Transportation designs were made for both gliders and boats, which were constructed, tested and upgraded.

The trick was that each team only had limited materials; once they were used up, there were no more available. The participants showed great ingenuity in their designs – boats were propelled by sail, paddles and jet propulsion! The designs were tested and points awarded according to how well they fulfilled the design criteria.

In the end, Kennion won the day, largely through perseverance and carefully refining their designs after testing. They claimed the coveted inaugural place on the Science and Engineering Cup. Well done girls!

David Stuart
Senior Science Teacher

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OSA Movie Afternoon Fundraiser

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

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

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

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Year 5 Production Tickets on Sale!

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

Tickets are now on sale to the School community and will sell fast, so book early to snap up great seats.

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

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

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

Visit www.trybooking.com/BDZQK

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Prop Needed for Year 5 Production

The Year 5 Production creative team is in need of a lampshade – preferably made of material and no smaller than 30cm in diameter. We need to cut a hole in it, therefore, the lampshade will not be returned.

If anyone has a suitable lampshade they are willing to donate to the Year 5 Production, please contact the School.

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Save The Date – SACE Music Concert

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

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

Sally Rounsevell
Director of Music

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

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

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

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

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Lorraine Scarr

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Planning Ahead: The US & UK Application Timeline

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10 September

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

Click here for free group tickets.

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Wool Donations Needed

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

We thank you in advance for your support.

Lucy White and Lucy Young
Environment Club Leaders

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Upcoming House Dinners

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

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

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

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

Year 12 House Captains

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Would You Like to Join Our Amazing Team of Volunteers?

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

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

Please make contact ASAP to register your interest via:

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

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

Learning Strategies Team

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Sports Day Information for Years 4 – 12

Next Friday 6 September, St Peter’s Girls will stage the annual Years 4 – 12 Sports Day at the SA Athletics Stadium (previously Santos Stadium) at Mile End. The day will begin at 8.30am and will conclude by approximately 4pm. This event is to be treated like a normal school day, therefore attendance is compulsory. If a student is unable to participate in their events, a note must be provided to PE staff.

Students who travel on school buses will automatically be taken to the stadium in the morning and will depart on buses from there in the afternoon. In addition, we are offering bus services for registered students which will depart from school at 7.30am and return by approximately 4.45pm. To book your child’s seat, visit www.trybooking.com/BETPJ; bookings close at 5pm on Monday 2 September. All other students will need to be dropped off and picked up from the stadium, as the girls will be dismissed directly from the venue.

Girls are reminded to wear their complete PE uniform with a House top and hat (Year 12s have separate standards). We encourage the girls to display their House spirit, but please be aware body paint is not permitted in the stadium. Girls are able to wear spikes up to 7mm in length. The Saints Sport Support Group will be running a raffle with excellent prizes on offer. They will also be selling House wristbands for $2, water bottles for $10 and caps for $25, which can be purchased at the gate.

We encourage you to come along and support your daughter during the day. Parents are invited to join their daughter’s House in the first event at 9am, the House Scramble. The objective is for each House to get as many participants across the line over 300m in 70 seconds. Parents are welcome to join in the egg and spoon race with their daughter’s year level in a separate parent team. This will take place from 1.45pm, beginning with the Year 4s.

Students can bring their recess and lunch or use the canteen. Girls are advised to bring water bottles. Attendees should prepare according to the weather forecast, applying sunscreen early in the day. Sunscreen will be available at the First Aid station.

Event start times are approximate and some may run earlier or later than indicated in the program.

Dan Searle (Head of PE, Health & Outdoor Education)
Neil Fuller (Director of Sport)

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Sports News

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With the conclusion of winter sports except teams who have successfully made finals including Open A and B Badminton, Year 8A Netball and the U13 Lacrosse team, it has been a long season that finished on a high with victory over Walford to claim the Winter Intercol Trophy.

Our U13 Lacrosse team plays in the semi-finals this weekend. If they win, they will proceed straight to the Grand Final on Saturday 14 September at Norwood Oval. If not, it’s a Prelim Final on Saturday 7 September, also at Norwood Oval.

In next week’s edition, we will provide overall placings for senior and middle teams.

CROSS COUNTRY

National Championships
Saints Girls had two representatives in the School Sport SA Cross Country team that competed in Wollongong, NSW. Isla Fahey (Year 4) finished in 22nd place in the 10 Year 2km event and Chloe Richardson (Year 5) finished in 35th place in the 11 Year 3km race. To make State selection is an outstanding effort, so congratulations to you both.

VOLLEYBALL

Congratulations to Charlotte White (U19), Anna White and Georgina Keough (U17 State Development team), Ruby Deakin and Lucy White (U15 State Development team).

AUSSIE RULES FOOTBALL

Open – Saints 5.3-33 defeated Walford 0.0-0
As the last game of the season, it is more than fair to say that it was our best one yet. For our first win (33-0), it was a fantastic achievement by all of the girls and the crowd was incredible. It proved that all our hard work did eventually pay off. Special mention has to go to Hattie Maerschel and Bella Parton who kicked some amazing goals, and Liv Kelly who demonstrated some outstanding footy with strong kicks, tackles and disposals. It’s been an amazing year with these girls and although I’m sad to say it’s over, we can’t wait for next year to see what more we can bring to the sport. Thanks to the coaches Mr Mills and Sam Boots for always supporting us and teaching us throughout the season, it’s been pretty amazing! – Isabella Bernardi (Captain)

Middle – Saints 6.11-47 defeated Walford 0.0-0
The girls were fired up to perform in the last game of the season for our annual Intercol against Walford. We went out there to display the improvement that has occurred across the season, and the girls didn’t disappoint. It began with a beautifully-taken mark and set shot from Eva Young, and the goals continued from there. We were able to hold the ball in our forward half for much of the game and although we became too congested in patches, the girls always strived to kick to the open side and use handball to cut through the opposition. It was a case of ‘all played well’, but special mentions go to Imogen Nienaber and Chloe Porter for some sparkling attacks on the ball and runs that left the opposition looking flat-footed. Also, Astrid Teague and Emily Bryce for clever play in the forward pockets, looking for space and attacking the ball with skill. Goal scorers were Grace Richards (2), Eva Young (2), Emily Bryce (1), Chloe Porter (1), Adele Eaton (1).

It has been a pleasure to coach the Middle team this year, seeing their progress which has come from an enjoyment in playing together as a group and listening to the feedback provided. Every time they have been asked to change something, whether that is game style or technique, it has been obvious they have attempted to do it. Their confidence has grown and hopefully this is just the beginning of their footballing journey and it would be great to see them out next year raring to go. – Dan Searle (Coach)

BADMINTON

Last Saturday was Intercol, and the Saints’ Badminton A, B and C teams all had clean and convincing wins, successfully retaining the trophy. Every player from all teams played exceptionally and showcased excellent skills and tactics. Though the Open D and E girls unfortunately lost their matches, there was some very smart badminton shown. It was great to see the girls getting the right ideas about how to win a game and learning to adjust their strategies. Also, a huge congratulations to the Open A and B girls who made the finals; they have been performing with great consistency throughout the season and demonstrated excellent techniques. Moreover, the cooperation between doubles partners has improved so much and has really showed the strength of teamwork. All the girls have displayed huge improvement compared with the start of the season. Congratulations and thank you to everyone, and all the best to the girls who will be playing in the finals this weekend! – Amy Li (Captain)

Open A: 6 – 0 defeated Walford
Open B: 6 – 0 defeated Walford
Open C1: 4 – 2 defeated Walford
Open C2: 3 – 3 defeated by Walford
Open D: 2 – 4 defeated by Wilderness
Open E: 1 – 7 defeated by Walford

HOCKEY

Open A – Saints 2 drew with Walford 2
The game started off very well, with many attacking opportunities and constant pressure in our forward half. We did extremely well to come back from being 1-0 down to tie 1-1 at half-time, thanks to a deflection goal by Amelie Eaton! In the second half, the intensity lifted and we were able to score another goal. The final result was 2-2 at full-time, however, the girls fought very hard throughout the whole game and should be proud of their improvement since the beginning of the season! – Olivia Goldsmith (Captain)

Open B – Saints 1 defeated Walford 0
The girls had good spirit heading into the game, which led to many early chances. As the game progressed, Walford created a couple of chances but Alice kept them out. The defence from the girls meant Saints controlled major parts of the game and created many chances, resulting in Tilly scoring the only goal, which would be the winning one.

The girls finished the season strongly and have come a long way from the start of the year. It has been great coaching them and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for the team. – Will Stapleton (Coach)

LACROSSE

Under 13 – Saints 4 defeated by Glenelg 12
We played our biggest rivals this season, Glenelg. It was a tough game with Glenelg winning possession out of the centre most of the game. Although our girls were consistently turning the ball over in transition through midfield, we couldn’t turn it into goals. We will regroup and come out hard against them in the finals. – Caitlyn Grayson (Coach)

Under 11 Blue – Saints 10 defeated East Torrens/Payneham 2
All of the girls played a really great game. Lilly Meo (Year 3) displayed her improving stick skills by catching the ball many times and being able to pass it quickly in attack. Neela (Year 3) also impressed everyone with her long throws and was our awesome goalie in the second half. Once again, Claris Stolcman (Year 3) scored many goals as she shot around the goalie. At half-time, the girls were winning by 6 goals and needed to continue to work together. Enya Ouyang (Year 4) did well at keeping her stick up in defence and running quickly to get ground balls. Matilda Wilkin’s defence was also great as she stopped a number of opposition goals and did well at looking for open players to pass too. Eliza Burmester (Year 4) showed some great defence and was our goalie in the first half. Goal scorers were Matilda (3), Claris (5) and Lily (2). Best players were Neela, Claris and Matilda. – Lucy Martin (Coach)

Under 11 White – Saints 7 defeated Eagles 3
This was by far the team’s most outstanding performance, culminating from hard work this season! Every team member played an incredible game – Amelia Lively and Ruby Kelly bravely blocked almost every goal whilst goalie. Lois Burton-Howard worked hard to gain ground with the ball and make space for passes. Matilda Birmingham played an awesome game, smoothly picking up ground balls and covering her player. Anvika Singh really helped the team in both attack and defence transitions. Chelsea Francis was our main goal scorer with 4 to her name – although everyone had an opportunity to score! We used the goal circle well, spread out to get clear and accurate passes, and intercepted the opposition. What a wonderful way to end the season with one game remaining – you should all be so proud of how far you’ve come and the confidence you’ve developed. It was a pleasure coaching you all in this game – I loved your teamwork and incredible enthusiasm towards lacrosse! – Sophie Auricht (Coach)

NETBALL

Open A – Saints 44 defeated Walford 31
Saints A played an amazing game against the fierce and powerful Walford team, coming away with a win and retaining the Intercol shield for another year. We started strongly by swiftly transitioning the ball mid-court to the goal third, allowing goalies to score quickly. The girls performed all strategies learnt throughout the season and did their absolute best to stick to structure. All girls executed short, sharp and smart passing, with Maggie Bailey and Alexia Politis showing great patience in throwing the ball to Sivi Sivasuthan and Nicolette Miller in the ring. Sivi and Nicolette worked well together, while Ehi Oyugbo and Hannah Freeman rebounded all of Walford’s missed goals assisted well with Anna White and Sarah Wishart in WD. Although Saints did not place in the top two, the development of the team has been absolutely amazing to watch. Last Saturday not only marked the end of the 2019 Netball season, it was also the last game for me and Nicolette at the School after being involved for several years. A big thanks to our Coach Sue for all the commitment and effort she has put in. The team would be nothing without her constant support and encouragement. – Sivi Sivasuthan (Captain)

Open B – Saints 36 defeated by Walford 43
Walford were quick to score 3 goals in the first 5 minutes of the game by having strong shooters and set plays. The girls rebounded quickly, picking up intensity across the court and putting pressure on Walford’s attack by tightening up on defence. Although Walford came away with the pennant, Saints demonstrated a high level of sportsmanship throughout, keeping their heads up high and staying focused, which is to be commended. The girls should be congratulated on their efforts this term. They have participated with diligence and have been exceptionally committed throughout the season, which has been evident in their improvement across games and trainings. Congratulations girls! – Eve Habel

Open C – Saints 2 defeated by Walford 91
Despite our defeat by a tough opposition, the Open Cs – with a number of fill-ins – put up a strong front and made sure they enjoyed the game as it was the last for the season. Ellen Zhang played especially well and greatly helped in attack. Faye Ma was one of the most persistent players. All girls worked well together, reading the court and maintaining a strong attacking position. – Stella Clark

Open D – Saints 12 defeated by Walford 70
Even though Saints only had 6 girls make it to the game, we still had fun playing Walford. Most of the girls played mid-court, so it was great of Annie Bradshaw, Sophie Abbott and Amelie Gray-Combe to all play defence at some point. We were all very proud of Charlotte Parker and Lucy Moten for managing to score goals, and even though we didn’t win, it was still heaps of fun to end the season. Thanks girls! – Charlotte Adams

Open E1 (Year 12) – Saints 20 defeated Walford 13
The team gave it their all, keen to finish the season on a high! We started the first quarter strongly, with Amy Rice consistently shooting great goals despite the strong winds. Anna Pryor was a standout centre player, helping to bring the ball out of defence as well as being a great asset around our goal circle. Jessica Schaedel also brought her A-game, making a number of intercepts and creating excellent defensive pressure. The 2nd and 3rd quarters continued to showcase Saints’ strength, with particularly strong defence in the opposition’s goal circle. The loud enthusiasm and great teamwork created an awesome atmosphere, making the successful last game even more meaningful! At the end, we were so sad the season was over and we decided to try make an Old Scholars’ social team for next year! – Annabelle Langley

Open E2 (Year 12) – Saints 34 defeated Walford 20
The girls played well with a strong start, resulting in a good half-time lead. They worked hard in defence to turn the ball over and moved the ball effectively in attack, scoring on almost every opportunity. The shooters worked well, rebounding their missed shots allowing the lead to continue. – Sarah Matheson

Year 9A – Saints 50 defeated Walford 14
Congratulations to our 9As who had a great Intercol in which we finished off the season with a win. It was an exceptional victory where we dominated in all positions. It is difficult to nominate players as we all excelled. It was a fast-paced game where each girl played her best, and the team dynamics showed. The game reflected our improvement throughout the season with strong mid-court, defence and goal ring work. The momentum remained consistent and all players were dedicated to win. The game reflected each player’s love for netball and demonstrated how close and strong we are as a team. Every player deserves to feel proud of the contribution they have made to this season, and how they performed in the match. – Toni Christiansen

Year 9B – Saints 69 defeated Walford 9
Everyone played really well, especially the main shooters, Ella Dnistriansky and Dayna Petruzzella. Walford had very solid ball skills. Our defenders did a good job at bringing the ball back to our attacking end. It was a top game to end the season. – Chase Hocking

Year 9C – Saints did not play

Year 9/10 – Saints did not play

Year 8A – Saints 71 defeated Walford 8
The 8As had an amazing game against Walford to contribute to the Intercol shield. Everyone played well with the defenders sticking tight to their players and blocking them out of the circle, the mid-court feeding well and making strong leads, and the shooters moving perfectly within the circle. Everyone had a strong game and we are looking forward to finals! – Ellie Humphrey

Year 8B – Saints 47 defeated Walford 3
The girls were put under a bit of pressure early in the game, however handled it very well. Emma Pool played an exceptional match (best of her season). The girls also loved the return of Georgie Owler in GA and GS. We worked well together, slowing the ball down and making sure we made minimal mistakes. As always, the defence was very strong. I am proud of the girls and their season, and have loved this group. This season would not have been the same without Coach Nikola Carr and her expertise. – Charlotte Staples

Year 8C – Saints 27 defeated Pembroke 12
It was nice to finish the season on a high. The best quarter was the 4th, as the ball frequently flowed down the court towards Saints’ end. The defence got stronger as the game progressed. With one shooter missing, the girls had to pull through and show bravery, confidence and leadership to step up to the role with Isabella Lowry and Eleanor Saies, who had never shoot but gave it a go. Lydia was exceptional, scoring most of our goals. The best players were Lydia Tolley, Isabel Burmester and Isobel Yelland. With teamwork, the girls pulled through with a 15-goal win. – Eleanor Saies

Year 7A – Saints 36 defeated Walford 3
The team didn’t qualify for finals but this game demonstrated that the girls had all learnt so much and improved to the max. With Mathilda Thomas out with a fractured wrist, we had the determination to win for her as she was desperate to play. The team put in so much effort with amazing leads and drives and fabulous passing, and winning our last game was awesome. Being a player on the court, I know that having a cheer squad there for you is the best feeling and really motivates you, so thank you to everyone who came out. I am really proud of the way we all supported each other and am going to miss this amazing team. – Sophie Ricciuto

Year 7B – Saints 29 defeated Walford 7
We were excited for our first-ever Intercol. We started off with a strong warm up which intimidated the opposition. In the first quarter, we were up by 5 goals which gave us confidence to maintain the standard. In the 2nd and 3rd quarters, Marcella Tolley and Ayla Blaskett worked really well together in the goal circle, scoring lots of goals. The team did a great job at intercepting and driving down the court. We kept our heads up through the second half and managed to pull out a fantastic win. – Ayanna Roy

Year 7C – Saints 11 defeated Pembroke 8
The girls played exceptionally well. Special mentions go to Ishita Chellaboina and Emilia Libri. Emilia was excellent at shooting our goals, and Ishita played really well in WD with strong defence. Overall, great job girls and thanks to the coaches and players for a terrific season. – Naadiya Ishaq

Year 4 Blue – Saints 12 defeated Walford 10
The girls were really challenged in this game. Walford came out very strongly in the 1st quarter, but with determination, the girls settled and started putting pressure on the ball, intercepting and making space, which resulted in Saints coming home with the win. Great work girls. – Karen Braund (Coach)

Year 3-4 White – Saints 9 defeated Wilderness Red 6

Year 3 – Saints 1 defeated by Pembroke 18

SOCCER

Year 6 – Saints 3 drew with Pembroke Blue 3
Great game on Friday. We were down 2-1 during the first half, and the girls fought back to a 3-3 draw. We had excellent attacking play and many changes at goal. Thanks to Anna and Shirley for being goalkeepers. – Sebastiano Mazzarolo (Coach)

Year 5 – Saints 2 drew with Pembroke Yellow 2
The team worked hard throughout the match, managing to score 2 goals. A special mention to Stella who played for the opposition with some of our other girls, and also listened and tried to put in play everything she had been learning. The team did very well and showed good sportsmanship with the end result being a draw. – Lucy Benn (Student Coach)

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eNews – Week 5, Term 3 2019

Issue no. 25Enews-banner

W5 - Book Week

From the Head of Junior School

Reading is My Secret Power

Suzanne HaddyWe’ve long known that reading to and with young children gives them a substantial advantage in the years that follow. They not only acquire literacy skills more readily, but there is also a positive impact on other cognitive and social/emotional skills, and the effect is long-lasting. Further to this, and great news for those of us looking for a long and happy life, is a whole raft of neuro-research about the positive effects of regular reading on the adult brain.

Not only can reading make you a more interesting and also empathetic human being, it provides benefits to your mental health, sharpening your mind as you age. For the over 50s, reading books – fiction, non-fiction, poetry or prose – for just 30 minutes a day over several years, has been shown to reduce signs of dementia, provide defence against other effects of cognitive decay, and has even led to living longer lives. Deep reading uses multiple parts of your brain in both hemispheres, increasing neural connections. Expanding your vocabulary, a fabulous side-effect of reading, leads to more resilient minds and fuels your cognitive reserves.

So, in celebration of another fabulous Book Week in the Junior School, we encourage you all to grab a good book, and find out how reading can be your ‘secret power’.

Suzanne Haddy
Head of Junior School

 

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Power-Charged Footy Training

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Saints Girls were kicking goals last night during a special training session led by Port Adelaide Football Club star Charlie Dixon.

It came ahead of today’s highly-anticipated Intercol against Walford.

“It was amazing to hear about his AFL career, his motivation techniques and his lifestyle in a footy-based environment. He led some new drills and gave us great tips for our Intercol game. We really appreciate him coming out as it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.” – Isabella Bernardi (Aussie Rules Captain)

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A Message from the SRC Prefect

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This year, the SRC has been very busy with meetings held every fortnight involving lots of discussions, suggestions and input from the Middle and Senior School year levels.

The SRC successfully organised the Year 5/6 Social last term which was a very popular event. All the girls did lots of dancing and made new friendships with Saints, PAC and Rostrevor boys. We are also in the process of conducting more lunchtime activities such as movie sessions and Staff vs Students events. Some of our topics for discussion in our meetings have been: introducing WiFi on School buses, composting bins, biodegradable packaging/cutlery and a more varied salad lunch option at the Tuck Shop, charging stations for electronic devices, use of the Gym at new times, House beanies and sweat bands, and clarification about uniforms and corridor rules.

All of these issues and more have then been followed up with the appropriate staff such as Ms Mortimer, Mr Fuller, Mr Rosser and the IT and Maintenance departments. We have had some robust conversations with changes being implemented in the short term, while others are being planned for the future. I have been so pleased with the amount of engagement and enthusiasm that the SRC girls have shown at each meeting and by completing the tasks they are assigned. They are passionate about representing every girl, listening to their concerns and suggesting improvements. We have worked collaboratively as a group and made some effective improvements to the School.

Tahlia Towers
SRC Prefect

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E-Waste Collection Generates a Buzz

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St Peter’s Girls’ School has teamed up with TechCollect to provide our students with a collection bin for their Electronic Waste (E-Waste). E-waste is a significant issue in our society, as millions of electronic items are incorrectly disposed of each year, which causes the hazardous materials they contain to be leaked into our environment. TechCollect is a leading Australian recycling company that recycles E-Waste in an efficient and environmentally-friendly manner.

On the first Friday of every month, we encourage families to bring in any unwanted or broken electronic items, including:

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

A bin located near the maintenance sheds will accept such items from 8am – 3.30pm on the first Friday of each month, except school holidays. The first collection day will take place soon, on 6 September. The Environment Club encourages you to search your home for unwanted electronic items and bring them to school on this day to help combat E-Waste.

The photo shows you where the purple bins are located, near the entry/exit of the car park, providing easy access.

The next collection will occur after the school holidays, on Friday 1 October.

Lucy White and Lucy Young
Environment Club Leaders

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Ponytail Project – A Cut Above

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This year, Kilburn’s House Charity, the Cancer Council, has asked the Year 10 class to help launch a new peer-to-peer fundraising initiative called the Ponytail Project. Students who take part will get sponsorship to “Rock the Chop” and cut off at least 10cm of their ponytail to raise money for the charity as well as donating their hair. So, we have decided to create a House competition to see who can raise the most money for this worthy cause. Interested students should look out for Year 10 Kilburn girls who will come around during House Meetings to explain the registration.

Interested students should go to https://www.ponytailproject.com.au and register now in SA and, after setting up their own pages, join their House teams.

Thomas Barclay
Science Teacher/Kilburn House Leader

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Handy Lessons for Handball Players

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The Saints Girls’ Year 12 PE members took part in a Handball tournament as preparation for their moderation in a few weeks’ time. They were able to work on their skills in a competitive environment and set up plays for their teammates.

The girls realised a couple of areas they need to work on, especially in regard to physicality within the sport. The improvement was obvious by the last two matches, where the girls were able to put their learnings into much better passing and fast-break moves.

Dan Searle
Head of PE, Health & Outdoor Education

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OSA Movie Afternoon Fundraiser

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

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

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

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Year 5 Production Tickets on Sale!

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

Tickets are now on sale to the School community and will sell fast, so book early to snap up great seats.

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

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

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

Visit www.trybooking.com/BDZQK

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Year 5s Invent New Art

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In Art lessons this term, students are working collectively to create props and pieces to be displayed in the foyer to support the Year 5 Production. They are also creating individual works under the theme of ‘Invention’. This theme was drawn from the father character in the story of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Caractacus Potts. Invention as a theme sparks the imagination and allows for individual interpretation. Students are conceptualising either biological or mechanical inventions, or a fusion of both. They may be fanciful or practical, allowing students to follow their personal interests and ideas. The inventions will be illustrated in a variety of ways including a series of sketches, large-scale drawings and simple animations. When developing their ideas, students will draw inspiration from historical and contemporary works by artists and illustrators. We are looking at character illustrations and animations by Shaun Tan, historical works from Leonardo da Vinci and contemporary creations by local artist David Archer.

Patricia Wise
Art Teacher

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Year 6 Inquirers Gather in Glenelg

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On Tuesday 20 August, the Year 6 students travelled to Glenelg as part of the provocation phase of our next Unit of Inquiry, ‘How we express ourselves’, to analyse advertising displays along Jetty Road. Whilst there, we also visited The Beachouse where the girls had the opportunity to explore electrical circuits through dodgem cars, discover more about reversible and irreversible changes via the making of fairy floss, delve into the use of sand filtration for the water slides and participate in a game of mini golf to investigate angles.

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

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P&F Father’s Day Stall

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bronwyn Bartter
Parents’ and Friends’ Association President

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Share the Dignity Campaign – Can You Help?

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

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

Sonya Risbey
Physical Education/Health Teacher

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School Immunisation Program

Second Visit for Year 8 Students

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

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

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

Please notify us if:

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

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

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Save The Date – SACE Music Concert

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

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

Sally Rounsevell
Director of Music

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Planning Ahead: The US & UK Application Timeline

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10 September

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

Click here for free group tickets.

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Wool Donations Needed

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

We thank you in advance for your support.

Lucy White and Lucy Young
Environment Club Leaders

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Upcoming House Dinners

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

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

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

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

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

Year 12 House Captains

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Would You Like to Join Our Amazing Team of Volunteers?

W3 - Star Program

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

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

Please make contact ASAP to register your interest via:

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

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

Learning Strategies Team

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Sports News

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AEROBICS

Saints recently contested two National Aerobics events. Both teams did a wonderful job representing the School in Queensland over the past two weeks and should be very proud of their efforts – especially being the first teams to compete at Nationals again since 2011! – Corinne Dyer (Kennion ’14)

HOCKEY

Congratulations to Amelia Lucas (Year 7) who has been selected to represent SA at the National U12 Hockey Championships and will be travelling to Tasmania in October.

AUSSIE RULES FOOTBALL

Open – Saints 1.1-7 defeated by Westminster 9.9-57
The game was a hard one against Westminster and the girls fought for the ball the whole time. Although the score was not in our favour, we did play some great quarters. The girls communicated well and the defence line tried their very best to block as many goals as possible. Special mention must go to Ellie Anderson who read the play exceptionally well and made some top tackles. Our next match will prove to be the greatest of the year, being our last game and the Intercol against Walford. – Isabella Bernardi (Captain)

Middle – Saints 2.3-15 defeated by Sacred Heart 4.4-28
The girls put up a fight. It is clear how much we have all improved since the beginning of the season. Eva Young and Grace Richards scored 2 goals and 2 behinds. Chloe Porter, Ellie Humphrey, Ella Dnistriansky, Emily Bryce and Naomi Singh played particularly well. The girls played their best and are hoping to do even better in their last match against Walford in their Intercol. – Amelie Gray-Combe

BADMINTON

The teams won four of six matches on Saturday, which was again an excellent contributed by all of our players. With two games forfeited by Pembroke, the Open A team defeated them 5 – 1, ensuring a spot in the Finals. Well done to the A team players for their amazing efforts and performance this term! The Open B team had a rough start with a close loss in their second doubles. However, the girls were able to quickly adjust, get into the games and showcase their skills, which earned them a convincing 5 – 1 win against Pembroke. Unfortunately, the Open C1 and E teams lost to their opponents, but there were still some amazing performances, with a lot of room to improve coming back to regular trainings. It was great to see the girls playing with enthusiasm and encouraging each other. Congratulations and well done to everyone! – Amy Li (Captain)

Open A – Saints 5 defeated Pembroke 1
Open B – Saints 5 defeated Pembroke 1
Open C1 – Saints 2 defeated by Pembroke 4
Open C2 – Saints 5 defeated Immanuel 1
Open D – Saints 3 defeated Walford 3 (on points)
Open E – Saints 0 defeated by Pembroke 9

BASKETBALL

Year 6 Blue – Saints 36 defeated Walford 28
Our 4th win in a row and this was the best we have played. It was a close first half and scores were tied, but in the second-half, we really stepped up our defence which led to many turnovers and fast-break opportunities. This allowed us to pull away to win by 8 against a very good team. All played well with a special mention to Levanya De Silva, Nicole Wang and Olivia Reynolds, who all scored their maximum 12 points. – Brenton Davies (Coach)

Year 6 White – Saints 12 defeated by Seymour 44
It was a tough game for the girls, with limited rotations in the second half. Seymour proved to be a strong opponent with good attacking play and great defence. Saints had their opportunities but were unable to finish. – Jacob Evans (Coach)

Year 5 – Saints 10 defeated by Seymour Green 42
The girls tried their hardest against Seymour but were unfortunately unsuccessful. The Seymour girls put defence on as soon as the game started and the girls struggled to get past them. However, we managed to score 10 points by quick passes and calling for the ball. The girls have really succeeded from the first game to now. They call for the ball, dribble and they aren’t afraid to shoot. We now just need to work on rebounding the ball – Kelly Laird (Coach)

HOCKEY

Open A – Saints 1 drew with Trinity 1
The Open A girls played extremely well. The game was at Trinity College and we were lucky enough to play on their brand new turf pitch. In the first quarter, everyone won their 50/50 balls which helped us create many opportunities in front of goal. The second, third and final quarters were equally as good and the girls kept fighting and narrowed to score line to 1-1. Well done to Poppie Goldsmith who played as an overlapping half back and made connections with Holly Cardone who used her speed and skill to force outcomes in the circle! – Olivia Goldsmith (Captain)

Open B – Saints 0 defeated by Trinity 2
The girls started the game quickly, putting shots on the goals. The contest was even, with both sides creating opportunities. Emily Whittaker, Siena Kulinski and Mabelle Kayser were determined in stopping chances, but the Trinity pressure was too strong. – Will Stapleton (Coach)

LACROSSE

Under 13 – Saints 13 defeated Wilderness 1
Despite the cold and muddy conditions, the girls played with a lot of energy, winning the ball out of centre and off the ground just about every time. Ashlyn May led the team with 6 goals and was well supported by Emily Bates and Alannah Godfrey with 3 each. We started the mercy rule in the third quarter but still finished with a great win – Caitlyn Grayson (Coach)

Under 11 Blue – Saints 3 defeated by St Dominics 5
Despite having no subs, the girls continuously played their best. When she got the ball, Neela (Year 3) ran hard, and it was great to see her have the confidence to try shoot goals. Claris Stolcman (Year 3) was goalie in the first half and transitioned the ball quickly into attack during the second half. Our goalie for the second half was Lilly Meo (Year 3), who was impressive when going for ground balls. At half-time, the score was 2-all. Enya Ouyang (Year 3) always ran hard and had her stick up in defence. In addition, Eliza Burmester (Year 3) made several intercepts and stuck to her player in defence. It was a great team effort. Goal scorers were Claris (2) and Lilly (1). Best players were Claris and Eliza. – Lucy Martin (Coach)

Under 11 White – Saints 3 defeated by North Adelaide 11
This game proved incredibly challenging as we faced a very experienced, mature team. Our opposition really tested us on the field, with a tall goalie and fast players. We started the first quarter strongly with a quick 2 goals, however, North Adelaide showed more energy and determination for the ball. Despite the score, there were close competitions for ground balls and we used the back of the goal well to get free passes. Best players were Chelsea Francis and Amelia Lively who worked hard throughout the whole game. With two games remaining, I hope we can see some more enthusiasm in coming weeks – we are improving each game! – Sophie Auricht (Coach)

NETBALL

Open A – Saints 36 defeated by Westminster 61
Last Saturday, the girls played an undeniably challenging game against Westminster and were unfortunately defeated. Statistically speaking, Saints played very well but, due to Westminster’s vigilant pressure, it was difficult for the score to reflect how all players performed. The hands-over pressure from Westminster forced Saints to make many errors, however, each quarter, Saints proceeded to place pressure. Hannah Freeman and Ehi Oyugbo were undoubtedly the best on court. Both played an absolutely amazing game in defence, as their constant pressure was effective throughout, continually causing errors in Westminster’s plays. They consistently fought for rebounds and smoothly transitioned the ball from defence to attack, allowing the goalies to score. Saints played a difficult game but constantly reviewed plays to maximise scoring opportunities. Good work girls. – Sivi Sivasuthan (Captain)

Open B – Saints 29 defeated by Westminster 62
The girls played a tough game against Westminster but, despite the challenge, fought hard. We read the play well and made some great plays. Special mention must go to Anda Ceplite who played the whole game in goals, despite never having played before. She was outstanding and shot some incredible goals. The next game will prove to be a great one – the Intercol – as it will show the development we have made as a team throughout the season. – Bella Bernardi

Open C – Saints 13 defeated by Westminster 63

Open D – Saints did not play

Open E1 (Yr12) – Saints 9 defeated by Westminster 52
Sadly, it was like we were competing against the Thunderbirds in their trial match; our social netball skills just weren’t sufficient enough to overcome the adverse competition we faced. We attempted to include a partner lift for our only shooter, Asha Short, to assist her in getting a goal, however, the umpire did not approve. In the end, players who were not usually shooters but were tall enough to see over their opponents attempted the position and managed to bring our score up. Ultimately, we all had a fun time amongst friends. – Jessica Schaedel and Asha Short

Open E2 (Yr12) – Saints 36 defeated Westminster 20
The game was looking like a dreary start with the opposition only having 5 players to verse our 7. Through good team spirit, one of our girls played for the opposition to have 6 v 6 so the game could go ahead. Saints were more than willing to assist the opposition and had fun playing against their own players, although the colours were very confusing. The game had nothing but high spirits even though Saints dominated the game for the win. We started the game strongly and applied scoreboard pressure, increasing our lead throughout the game to finish off with a strong win. Lollies were shared, laughs were had and it was a very pleasant game finishing on top. – Steph Lee (Coach)

Year 9A – Saints 24 defeated by Westminster 60
The game was very competitive and one of the hardest competitors faced by Saints so far. We had a very uncertain beginning with several mistakes made. However, throughout the game, we were able to improve tactically and gain more strategies. This was not the best performance seen by the team, but we will improve and learn from our mistakes, and win at Intercol. – Sivanthi Sivasuthan

Year 9B – Saints 36 defeated Westminster 29
The first quarter was a strong start with great attacking from Ella Dnistriansky and Dayna Petruzzella. The whole game stayed consistent with great defending and attacking from the team. Chase Hocking was extremely helpful in the last half, ensuring the ball didn’t get down the other end. We were extremely proud of each other and for winning such a great match. – Sophie Norman

Year 9C – Saints 16 defeated Immanuel 14

Year 9/10 – Saints defeated Seymour on forfeit

Year 8A – Saints 43 defeated Westminster 23
The 8As had a great win over the Westminster girls. After a shaky first quarter, we fought hard and applied great defensive pressure. Special mention to Georgia Mallick for her amazing work as GK. The mid-court combined really well, bringing the ball down the court, accurately feeding it to the goalies, and also making many intercepts. – Willow Stewart-Rattray

Year 8B – Saints 35 defeated by Westminster 36
Saints played a good game and only lost by 1 to Westminster. Charlotte Staples and Grace Beaumont worked well in the goal ring. Many of the girls were feeling sick and, therefore, couldn’t play or did play and just had to go easy. So, even though some of us were feeling ill, we played a good game to the best of our ability. – Bella Sanders-Wills

Year 8C – Saints 40 defeated Immanuel 11
Our team played an amazing game against Immanuel. We were scared at first but we kept our intensity up and were able to achieve a massive win. All the girls tried their hardest which provided a great outcome. – Isabel Burmester

Year 7A – Saints 24 defeated by Westminster 43

Year 7B – Saints 4 defeated by Westminster 20
Saints played a tough game against Westminster. Olivia Oakes intercepted many passes and did well in defence with Stephanie Andrejewskis. Ayla Blaskett was shooter and scored a few goals, as well as Marcella Tolley and Stephanie. Ayanna Roy and Maddy Penley played in centre and intercepted many of Westminster’s passes. Sadly, Saints didn’t scrape in a win but played a great game – Zara Chessell

Year 7C – Saints 1 defeated by Immanuel 12
Everyone on the team tried their best throughout the game. The girls chose the positions they wanted and the new roles worked really well, helping us to defend and move the ball down the court when attacking. The team played very well and tried as hard as they could but, unfortunately, were beaten by Pembroke.

Year 4 Blue – Saints 18 defeated Seymour Green 2
A strong team game with Charlotte Hocking, Romana W and Rishita Raghav playing well in defence with many intercepts. Maddison Sims contributed to 12 of the goals scored, shooting with accuracy. Well done girls and thank you to Cleo Connor, who was injured, for scoring. – Karen Braund (Coach)

Year 3/4 White – Saints 3 defeated by Pembroke Yellow 8
The girls played a really strong first half. We had amazing defending by Lauren Fuller and Lois Burton-Howard. There are a few areas of improvement that will help the girls in their future games. The girls played really well as a team. – Georgie Owler (Student Coach)

Year 3 – Saints 0 defeated by Wilderness Red 1
The girls had such a great game; they communicated well and brought the ball down to the shooters in a very controlled and slow manner. The energy levels were high and the girls were super excited. This enthusiasm and communication had a good output on the team’s play. – Maddie Harrex (Student Coach)

SOCCER

Open A – Saints 1 defeated by Walford 5
This week, the Open As lost to Walford in the annual Intercol. This game is an exciting one for the girls, so it was unlucky to lose. However, the girls handled it admirably and left the grounds with their spirits and heads held high. Special mention to Kendra Ware, who played in goals for the entire game! Despite the scoreboard, she stopped many amazing shots from being scored and did an overall brilliant job as goalkeeper. I would just like to say a big thank you to our Coach, Dion, for encouraging us to always play our best and for helping the team improve significantly as a collective. Also, I would like to acknowledge the Year 12 girls – Isabella Villani, Chloe Deieso, Tahlia Towers and Olivia Law – who have done a great job this season and contributed so much to the sport over the years. They have been such vital members of the team and will be missed moving forward into next year. This season has been a crucial learning experience for all of the girls and I hope that next season, we can come back with greater determination and passion to perform and grow even further as a team. – Ellie Anderson (Captain)

Open B – Saints 1 defeated by St Michaels 3

Middle A – Saints 0 defeated by Walford 2
The Middle As played Walford on Wednesday for the School’s Intercol. The girls unfortunately lost 2-0; they played extremely well and were dominating most the game until the last five minutes when Walford scored two quick, lucky goals. The team should be incredibly proud of their efforts in this game and throughout the season; they have played every game with a positive attitude and have always stepped up to a challenge. They have improved so much throughout this season and have grown as players – we hope they all continue to play soccer in the future. – Dom Rigby

Middle B – Saints 1 defeated by Walford 3
Saints played arguably their best game of the season. It started evenly before Walford gained ascendency, but Tamsin Freeman and Ruby Kirwan were resilient in defence. A goal down, Saints rallied and put pressure on Walford with Stella Rasheed being rewarded from good play by Alicia Toh and Zihan Huang to level the score. Despite Saints trying their best and Zihan having a great second half in goal, Walford capitalised on a tiring Saints’ defence to record the win. – Kerry Hudson (Coach)

Year 6 – Saints 2 defeated by St Ignatius 3
A great game on Friday versing St Ignatius. We were down 2-0 during the first half, and the girls fought back to 2-2 at half-time. St Ignatius only scored 1 goal in the second half. Despite only having one sub, all the girls worked together until the final whistle. – Sebastiano Mazzarolo (Coach)

Year 5 – Saints 1 defeated by Seymour 2
The defeat was in spite of a solid effort from our girls! Lyra defended the goal with gusto and our team worked well together. Applying skills from training to the field, Lucy Tulloch, Jiahui Zhang and Alyssa Piantedosi did a great job of regaining control for Saints numerous times each. All in all, a good game of soccer. – Kirsten Larson (Staff Supervisor)

Year 3/4 – Saints 6 defeated Pulteney 4
The girls’ second game for the season was another success. The focus for the week at training had been accurate passing, and Lily Forby, Lilly Meo and Lauren Disney all demonstrated this skill with confidence. The contest was even for the first part of the first half and then the goals came thick and fast. Chyndelle Capobianco scored her first goal for the season and then Lauren was dazzling with her mercurial footwork, scoring five goals. It was clearly evident that Sylvie Flavel and Emily Kim both enjoyed their first games for the season. Valentina Patino showed both courage and perseverance in her role as goalkeeper in the second half, which allowed Lois an enjoyable break, handing over her goalie gloves and enjoying the opportunity to go for long runs out of defence. – Mark Routley

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eNews – Week 4, Term 3 2019

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National Tech Win

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

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

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

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

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From the Director of Early Learning

The Community Garden Project

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kate Mount
Director of Early Learning

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Chilling Rivalry at Winter Interhouse

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

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

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

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

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

The final results were:

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

Neil Fuller
Director of Sport

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Year 5 Production Tickets on Sale Monday!

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

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

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

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

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

Visit www.trybooking.com/BDZQK

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Young Gymnast Beaming with Glory

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

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

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

Amazing effort Maisy!

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Maths Quiz Equals Fun Night

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

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

Chi Chi Zhao
Year 9 student

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Environment Club Minds its Beeswax

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

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

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

Lucy White
Environment Club Captain

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Dance Students Moved by Artistic Outing

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

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

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

Kate Burnett
Head of The Arts

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Kilburn and Kennion House Charity Day

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Friday 23 August

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

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

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Share the Dignity Campaign – Can You Help?

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

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

Sonya Risbey
Physical Education/Health Teacher

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I, Pandora Plaudits

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

Michael Butler-Wills
Head of English / Drama Teacher

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A Taste of Spain for Language Learners

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

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

Saludos

Flor Groenen
Spanish ab initio Teacher

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Visual Arts Students Weave their Magic

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

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

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

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

Kirsten Mansfield
Visual Arts Teacher

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P&F Father’s Day Stall

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bronwyn Bartter
Parents’ and Friends’ Association President

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Calling all Parents of Saints’ Rowers

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

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

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

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

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

Melissa Westgate
Foundation Manager

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School Immunisation Program

Second Visit for Year 8 Students

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

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

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

Please notify us if:

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

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

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Sing for Dignity – Youth Concert Featuring Saints Girls

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

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

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

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

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Save The Date – SACE Music Concert

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

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

Sally Rounsevell
Director of Music

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Book Week 2019

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Dress Up Day will be held on Friday 23 August 2019

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

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OSA Movie Afternoon Fundraiser

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

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

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

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Planning Ahead: The US & UK Application Timeline

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10 September at Loreto College

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

Click here for free group tickets.

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Wool Donations Needed

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

We thank you in advance for your support.

Lucy White and Lucy Young
Environment Club Leaders

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Upcoming House Dinners

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

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

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

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

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

Year 12 House Captains

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Would You Like to Join Our Amazing Team of Volunteers?

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

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

Please make contact ASAP to register your interest via:

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

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

Learning Strategies Team

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Kidz Biz Education Evening

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

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

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

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

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

Suzanne Haddy
Head of Junior School

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Sports News

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AEROBICS

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

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

BASKETBALL

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

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

LACROSSE

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

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

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

NETBALL

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

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

SOCCER

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

Open B – Saints had a bye

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

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

Year 6 – game cancelled

Year 5 – game cancelled

Year 3&4 – game cancelled

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eNews – Week 3, Term 3 2019

Issue no. 23Enews-banner

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From the Director of Teaching and Learning

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

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

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

Nigel Scoggins
Director of Teaching and Learning

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Meet our Newest Saints Girls

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

Sarah Lane
Mid-Year Reception Teacher

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A Message from the Patteson House Captain

W3 - Winter Interhouse

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

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

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

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

Nicolette Miller
Patteson House Captain

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Senior Drama Production – I, Pandora

W2 - Senior Drama Production

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

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

Congratulations to the cast and crew on this excellent production!

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New Pathways STEM from Uni Program

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

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

Olivia Goldsmith
Year 11 student

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Footballer Kicking Goals on National Stage

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

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

Ella Dnistriansky
Year 9 student

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Green Team Unite for Selwyn House Dinner

W3 - Selwyn House Dinner

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

Amy Carrodus
Selwyn House Captain

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Special Steps to Help the Homeless

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

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

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

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

Year 6 students

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Save The Date – SACE Music Concert

W3 - SACE Music Concert

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

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

Sally Rounsevell
Director of Music

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Book Week 2019

W9 - Book Week

Dress Up Day will be held on Friday 23 August 2019

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

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Families Dish Up Generous Support

W3 - Volunteers

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

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

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

Thank you again for your support!

Susanna Anderson
Parent Coordinator

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Share the Dignity Campaign – Can You Help?

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

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

Sonya Risbey
Physical Education/Health Teacher

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OSA Movie Afternoon Fundraiser

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

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

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

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Planning Ahead: The US & UK Application Timeline

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10 September at Loreto College

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

Click here for free group tickets.

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Wool Donations Needed

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

We thank you in advance for your support.

Lucy White and Lucy Young
Environment Club Leaders

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Upcoming House Dinners

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

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

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

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

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

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

Year 12 House Captains

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Would You Like to Join Our Amazing Team of Volunteers?

W3 - Star Program

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

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

Please make contact ASAP to register your interest via:

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

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

Learning Strategies Team

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Kidz Biz Education Evening

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

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

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

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

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

Suzanne Haddy
Head of Junior School

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Community Golf Day

W1 - Community Golf Day

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

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

Community Golf Day Information

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

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Notification of Student Absence

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

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

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

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

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

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Reminder to Dog Owners

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

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Saints Girls Now on Instagram!

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

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

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Sports News

W3 - Sport

AUSSIE RULES FOOTBALL

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

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

BADMINTON

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

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

BASKETBALL

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

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

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

HOCKEY

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

Open B – Saints did not play

LACROSSE

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

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

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

NETBALL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Year 7C – Saints 1 defeated by Concordia 40

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

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

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

SOCCER

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

Open B – Saints 0 defeated by Seymour 4

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

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

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

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

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

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eNews – Week 2, Term 3 2019

Issue no. 22Enews-banner

W2 - APEX

From the Deputy Principal / Head of Middle School

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

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

Richard Lisle
Deputy Principal / Head of Middle School

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Science Centre Comes to Life

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

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

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A Message from our Prefects

W2 - Prefect Article

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

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

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

Hannah Brown
Deputy Head Prefect

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Artificial Intelligence Challenge Winners

W2 - AI for Good Challenge

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

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

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

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

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

Monique Green
Digital Tech Teacher & STEM Coordinator

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Old Scholars’ 125th Anniversary Celebration

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

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

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

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

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

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Future Runners in Training

W2 - Year 1

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

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

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

Pauline Noblet
Physical Education Teacher

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Senior Drama Production – I, Pandora

W2 - Senior Drama Production

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

Tickets via www.trybooking.com/BDNIZ

Michael Butler-Wills
Head of English/Drama Teacher

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Spanish Trip – Delicious Fundraiser

W2 - Churro Fundraiser

Orders close at 9am on Monday 5 August 2019

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

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

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

Year 11 Spanish ab initio class

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Food for Thought on Business Excursion

W2 - World of Food

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

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

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

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

Jenni Manson
Food Technology Teacher

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Decisions Ahead After Subject Expo

W2 - Subject Expo

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

Nigel Scoggins
Director of Teaching and Learning

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Water Polo Girls Thrive in the Deep End

W2 - Water Polo

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

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

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

Emily Baldwinson, Saskia Jonats and Stephanie Smalls

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Video Professional Captures Imagination

W2 - APEX guest

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

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

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Buzz Book and Year Level Reps – Communication

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

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

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

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

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

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Winter Interhouse

W1 - Winter Interhouse

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

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

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

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

Melissa Westgate
Foundation Manager

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Upcoming House Dinners

W1 - House Dinner

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

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

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

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

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

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

Year 12 House Captains

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Would You Like to Join Our Amazing Team of Volunteers?

W3 - Star Program

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

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

Please make contact ASAP to register your interest via:

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

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

Learning Strategies Team

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Kidz Biz Education Evening

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

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

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

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

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

Suzanne Haddy
Head of Junior School

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Notification of Student Absence

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

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

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

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

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

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Book Week 2019

W9 - Book Week

Dress Up Day will be held on Friday 23 August 2019

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

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Our Environment Club Needs Your Help!

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

We thank you in advance for your support.

Lucy White and Lucy Young
Leaders of the Environment Club

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Sports News

W2 - Soccer

AUSSIE RULES FOOTBALL

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

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

BADMINTON

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

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

BASKETBALL

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

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

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

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

HOCKEY

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

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

LACROSSE

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

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

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

NETBALL

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

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

Open C – Saints did not play

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

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

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

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

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

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

Year 9/10 – Saints won on forfeit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SOCCER

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

Open B – Saints 2 defeated by Pembroke 3

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

Middle B – Saints did not play

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

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

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eNews – Week 1, Term 3 2019

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From the Principal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Staffing

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

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

Building Works

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

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

Best wishes for another wonderful term!

Julia Shea
Principal

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Emily – A Musical

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

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

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

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Aerobics Success for Saints Girls

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

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

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

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

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

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

Madeline Harmer
Year 9 student

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Fiji Service Learning Trip

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

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

Madison McGregor-Simms
Year 11 student

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State Selection for Year 7 Lacrosse Players

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

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

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

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

Well done and good luck Dani, Jenna and Ashlyn!

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Mathematics Competition Awards

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

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

Well done girls!

Matthew Durant
Head of Mathematics

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Soccer Success for Year 6 Goalkeeper

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

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

Grace Richardson-Stevens
Year 6 student

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Saints Girls Shine at Swimming Championships

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Year 11 Retreat

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

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

Jessica Wishart and Sarah Wishart
Year 11 students

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Year 12 Retreat

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

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

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

Isabella Villani
Head Prefect

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Winter Interhouse

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

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

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

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

A coffee van will also be here on the day.

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

Melissa Westgate
Foundation Manager

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Upcoming House Dinners

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Year 12 House Captains

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Senior Drama Production – I, Pandora

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

Tickets via www.trybooking.com/BDNIZ

Michael Butler-Wills
Head of English/Drama Teacher

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Selwyn House Dinner in Week 2

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

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

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

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

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Women and Leadership Series: STEM vs STEAM

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

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

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

Srishti Sharma and Natacha Zisos Troupakis
Year 11 students

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Premier’s Anzac Spirit School Prize Reception

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

Gabriele Trobbiani
Economics, Business and Enterprise and Humanities Teacher

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Notification of Student Absence

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

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

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

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

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

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Book Week 2019

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Dress Up Day will be held on Friday 23 August 2019

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

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Our Environment Club Needs Your Help!

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

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

Lucy White and Lucy Young
Environment Club

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Have You Considered Using The School Bus Service?

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

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

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

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

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

*Prices current as at 28 June 2019

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Business Directory at Saints Girls

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

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

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

stpetersgirls.u-direct.com.au

Melissa Westgate
Foundation Manager

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Sports News

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

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

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

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

Week 9
Summer sport training continues
Year 9 and 10 camps

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

ATHLETICS

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

LACROSSE

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

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