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eNews – Week 9, Term 3 2021

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From Our Head of Junior School

Adelaide Schools

The sun was shining and Stonyfell was abuzz with grandparents and treasured friends last Friday as girls welcomed guests to experience their Junior School Art Trail. It was wonderful to see so many members of our extended Saints Girls’ family here and to share our beautiful spaces with them.

There is something very special about the relationship between children and their grandparents. A mixture of love, pride and good humour radiated throughout the School and spoke volumes for the unique bond that exists between these two generations. Some of our students without visitors were ‘adopted’ by their friends’ grandparents or treasured friends for the day, and were blessed by the attention given to them.

Whether with a grandparent or other treasured friend, the girls were delighted to share their phenomenal display of artworks. Their guests appeared equally pleased in seeing their work and hearing about the inspiration and techniques that contributed to their creation. I was impressed with how the girls explained their pieces and moved by the thoughtful conversations as groups journeyed along the trail.

Sharing a snapshot of their classroom learning enabled students to show their treasured guests their classroom. This was the first visit to our recently renovated Junior School classrooms for many. It was lovely to be reminded again of how beautiful our learning spaces are through fresh eyes.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a grandparents and treasured friends’ event without a visit to Chiverton Lawns for morning or afternoon tea, which was another lovely part of the tour. Girls invited their guests to join them under the trees to enjoy scones with jam and cream, and an opportunity to sit and talk. They impressed us as they showed their genuine care and consideration for their visitors with their capacity to be splendid hosts.

From beginning to end, the day was delightful, and I thank all our visitors for making it such a special event for our students.

Suzanne Haddy
Head of Junior School

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Budding Musicians Wow the Crowd

Our Years 2, 3 and 4 Music Concert is a highlight on the Junior School Music calendar. It’s a lovely celebration of creativity, teamwork and courage. This week, after just 22 hours of instrumental tuition, our girls presented to their parents and friends wonderful performances of the music they’ve been working on in their immersion programs.

It is such a fantastic way to see their learning from Years 2 to 4 and watch their confidence grow as they progress through the Music program. Just three years of consistent instrumental tuition from an expert teacher on a string, wind, percussion or brass instrument improves aural perception. It has been proven that in class, music students process 17% more information than non-musicians. This is because a musician can better separate speech from noise, have an enhanced memory for language sounds, greater comprehension, and improved literacy and verbal memory.

Our girls also improve their executive functions or ‘grown up skills’. Musicians develop enhanced memory, self-regulation, empathy, resolving conflict, strategy, planning, time management, problem-solving, intelligence, teamwork and spatial skills. ​

The biggest drive for me, especially in the current climate, is wellbeing. Music has such a positive effect on our mood. No matter how tired or down a child is when they enter a rehearsal, they will almost always feel better while playing music and being surrounded by other like-minded students. They also gain a sense of accomplishment at the end of every rehearsal as they see, feel and hear the improvements they and the ensemble have made during their time together. ​

Music is such a wonderful gift we can give our girls, and it is an absolute honour to be a part of that journey with our Saints Girls’ families.

Sally Rounsevell
Director of Music

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Saints of Service Learning

On Tuesday, the Year 8 girls participated in our first Service Learning Day as part of the School’s growing Service Learning Program. They undertook two different activities, a beach clean-up and working with support agency Baptist Care SA, both giving them a different perspective on service. The focus of the day was to give our girls a real-world experience of practical service. One of the key elements to a successful service learning program is recognising the importance of actual service that has direct links to the community.

Here is a reflection from one of our girls about her time at Baptist Care SA:

Baptist Care SA helps people who are experiencing homelessness. In this session, I assisted in the kitchen by preparing food for lunch that day. I helped the chef and his staff prepare for the next meal, and people benefited from the provision of food at a cheaper cost. I learned about the seriousness of homelessness and how it can be turned around with the right support, mindset and resources. I also learned how good it feels to give back to the community and how helping other people can be so rewarding. – Emma Everitt (Year 8 student)

Thomas Bassett
Service Learning Coordinator

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Keys to Success for Computer Programmers

In Term 3, Year 7 students were introduced to computer programming using the language ‘Python’. They built their own computer programs to demonstrate their knowledge of data types, ‘if’ statements and loops.

Some students had the opportunity to further their learning by participating in the NCSS Python Programming Challenge. They were introduced to new knowledge each week and had to solve a number of problems within a time period. Congratulations to Valerie Ng for earning a Merit Certificate and to Evelyn Gautier for achieving perfection (400/400). This is an outstanding result and covers content well beyond what is expected in Year 7.

Monique Green
Digital Tech Teacher & STEM Coordinator

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Year 2 Scientists on Motion Mission

 

The Year 2 scientists undertook an official Motion Mission investigation last week as they explored push and pull forces through a series of interactive experiments. In preparation, they explored the meaning of scientific words such as force, motion, push, pull, work, direction and friction. This information helped them to frame their questions when observing and recording the six experiments with everyday toys.

They discovered that the wind pushes pinwheels to spin much faster than their breaths, and that bubbles are pushed a long way on a windy day! They compared the ‘bounce’ of bouncy balls when dropped from varying heights and explored the direction of toy cars when pushed. Work happens when one moving marble collides with a stationary marble that causes it to move. The girls considered what makes a spinning top stop (friction) and where it might spin forever. They finished the Motion Mission with a parachute experiment and thought it would be fun to make our own at home!

Kathryn Clark and Bec Greenhalgh
Year 2 Teachers

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Saints Girls Visit Data Partner

St Peter’s Girls’ School is incredibly fortunate to have partnered with data and analytics firm exposé for the past four years. Throughout this term, our Year 10 Business, Innovation and Technology students have had the opportunity to work in a specific role in a business team with their own key tasks and priorities. Each team was allocated a customer with a business problem they needed help to solve. Students accessed data from customer sales, Twitter trends, preferences and customer demographics to analyse and visualise into dynamic Power BI presentations.

Along the way, each team was mentored by two professionals from exposé: a CEO who helped them understand the business problem and what was important to them, and a subject matter expert who assisted in analysing, cleansing and visualising data. In Week 8, students presented their solutions to their mentors who were blown away by the results and quality of presentations.

The aim of this project is to expose the close relationship between business and technology, and develop practical skills in teamwork and problem-solving in authentic scenarios.

Monique Green
Digital Tech Teacher & STEM Coordinator

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All Aboard for Language Learning Fun

Creating and playing our Chinese board games was really fun. We were able to make our own board game the way we liked, as long as it taught Chinese. It was great playing with the younger students because we could see that the games really did teach them about Chinese language, expanding their vocabulary. The thought of teaching them and having fun really motivated us to make the games as enjoyable as we could. – Charlotte

The board game activity has been a great opportunity to teach younger girls more about Chinese in a fun way for both them and us. It was lovely to see their faces light up when they answered a question correctly and it brought myself and my whole group joy. Whilst making the board game, I learned many things that I never knew myself. I had such a good time and I would love to do this in the future to further develop my learning. – Prisha

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Environment Club Makes Mark in Park

The Environment Club girls were recently involved in a much-needed weeding exercise in neighbouring Ferguson Park, accompanied by Friends of Ferguson representative Geoffrey Bishop. Our main task was to weed an introduced African orchid from a designated patch in the park.

Weeds change the natural balance by smothering native plants or preventing them from growing back after environmental disturbance. Native animals are put under increasing pressure when weeds replace the native plants that are used for food, shelter and nesting.

In this visit, we learnt the process of plant identification through a method called a dichotomous key, which is used to classify types of plants. Plant taxonomy (classification) is the science of naming organisms and placing them in a hierarchical structure where each level is given a name. A dichotomous key is a list of questions or statements about a plant’s characteristics; for example, if the leaves are symmetrical or the shape is rounded or pointy.

This day was another rewarding session in Ferguson Park, and the girls are very fortunate for the opportunity to learn more about the world we live in and do our bit in making the environment sustainable and beautiful.

Toni Christiansen
Environment Club Captain

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Year 5 Production – Next Week!

The countdown is on to our latest show-stopping Saints Girls’ Year 5 Production: Singin’ in the Rain JR.

The girls will be performing next Thursday 23 September and Friday 24 September.

Tickets are open to the wider School community and are selling fast, so secure your seat here.

We look forward to another incredible production!

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The Long Lunch – This Sunday

For those attending The Long Lunch, we look forward to seeing you this Sunday! If you are not attending, please feel free to join us virtually via our Live Stream.

Auction Pre-Bidding (including non-attendees) – LAST CHANCE! Auction Closes 3.45pm Sunday 19 September

We warmly invite you to view the huge selection of Live and Silent Auction items on offer at the 2021 Foundation Long Lunch here.

You do not need to attend the lunch to buy a raffle ticket or to bid on and potentially win an item.

How to Bid:

1. Register for GalaBid by texting ‘stpetersgirls’ followed by your
full name to 0458 678 678 (e.g. stpetersgirls Jane Smith), or register online via galabid.com/stpetersgirls; during registration, all bidders will be asked to select one of the School Houses for our House fundraising competition

2. View the auction items here: galabid.com/stpetersgirls

3. Bid on the items

4. If you make the winning bid, you’ll receive a text on Sunday 19 September after the auction closes at 3.45pm, with a secure link to pay for your item(s); successful bidders not at the lunch will then be contacted by phone on Monday 20 September to arrange collection

Successful bidders at the event will need to pay for their item(s) and collect them on the day.

A special thank you to our Major Sponsors: EZ Migration & Education and Novatech Creative Event Technology.

Melissa Westgate
Foundation Manager

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Junior School 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.

September/October 2021 Vacation Care Program

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

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Friends of The Arts – Help Needed

The Friends of The Arts are looking for some assistance. Are you a parent of a student who participates in The Arts? If so, would you like to help our group by volunteering at our next event?

Event: Year 5 Production
Dates: Thursday 23 September and Friday 24 September
Duties: Set up and pack down the bar, and serve customers before the show and during the interval

*You can watch the show in between
*Four volunteers required for each night

Please contact Melissa Westgate in the Community Relations Office via mwestgate@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au if you would like to volunteer.

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Strings Concert – Book Your FREE Tickets Now!

Saints Girls’ Music students are excited to present the Strings Concert. The evening will feature Junior, Intermediate and Senior Strings, soloists, and special guest composer and performer Belinda Gehlert.

Join us at 6pm, Friday 15 October in the Arts Centre.

Book your FREE ticket via www.trybooking.com/BUGDY

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Adelaide Wind Orchestra Presents Splinter

Rock, Funk, Metal, Electronic Dance Music (EDM), Gospel and Soul music become symphonic in AWO presents Splinter at Elder Hall at 7.30pm on Friday 1 October.

We are offering free tickets for students to see us live, using the promo code STPETERSGIRLS

Book here: https://www.trybooking.com/BTPRV

Comprised of only instruments made of metal, Michael Daugherty’s aptly tiled ‘Motown Metal’ opens the program and harks back to rhythms and sounds of 1960s’ Detroit. ‘Come Sunday’ by Omar Thomas is a response to the largely absent voice of African Americans in the modern wind band idiom. It is both frenzied and joyous, familiar and enthralling, drawing on Gospel, Jazz and Blues influences, finishing with the energetic and toe-tapping ‘Shout!’

Holly Harrison describes Splinter as a ‘Mosaic or stylistic patchwork’, and this reflects the pieces that combine splinters of Rock, Funk and other popular contemporary musical styles.

Capping off the program, Matthew Hindson’s ‘Requiem’ mourns the loss of Sydney’s nightlife back in 2015 under strict lockout laws, now sadly ironic in 2021.

Joining Adelaide Wind Orchestra in a special performance is the Adelaide Saxophone Orchestra and features many, if not most, of Adelaide’s leading single reed players and saxophonists including some ASO guest stars performing David John Lang’s new composition, ‘Yuluna Loop’.

7.30pm, Friday 1 October
Elder Hall, University of Adelaide
Conductor – Bryan Griffiths

Michael Daugherty – ‘Motown Metal’
David John Lang – ‘Yuluna Loop’ (World Premiere)
Omar Thomas – ‘Come Sunday’ (Australian Premiere)
Holly Harrison – ‘Splinter’ (Australian Premiere)
Matthew Hindson / Paul Mac – ‘Requiem for a City’

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School Shop – Summer Uniform

With only one week of Term 3 remaining, it’s time to dig out that summer uniform and see if it still fits for the start of Term 4.

During the school holidays, the School Shop will be open on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 October from 9am to 4pm.

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Entertainment Membership

To support Saints Girls and secure your Entertainment Membership, click here.

Adelaide Schools

Terms and conditions apply. Visit www.entertainment.com.au for more information.

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Absences from School

If your child is going to be absent, late to school or leave early, please use one of the following methods to notify the School providing student name, class/Home Group and reason:

Text: 0428 601 957

Email: attendance@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au

Phone: 8334 2200

Feel free to include the class/Home Group teacher when emailing. It would be appreciated if notifications could be made prior to 9am.

It is absolutely imperative to keep unwell children at home until they have recovered, even if symptoms are mild. This is not only for their own health and safety, but for that of all students and staff.

We thank all of our families for their cooperation.

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Sports News

JUNIOR BASKETBALL

Year 6: Saints 40 v Seymour 6
Year 5: Saints 16 v Pembroke 10

JUNIOR NETBALL

Year 4: Saints White 10 v Walford 3
Year 4: Saints Blue 12 v Walford 6

JUNIOR SOCCER

Year 6: Saints 0 v Seymour 4
Year 5/6: Saints 6 v Pembroke 2
Year 4/5: Saints 1 v Walford 4
Year 3/4: Saints 2 v Seymour 7

STUDENT SUCCESS

Congratulations to Aleesha Gray who was selected to represent East Adelaide in the Year 6 SAPSASA State Soccer Carnival which was held from 1 to 3 September at West Beach. She competed in eight matches over the three days, with East Adelaide finishing 3rd in the Division 1 Girls’ competition. Well done to Aleesha on her success!

FUTURE COMPETITIONS

Over the next week, we will see a number of our girls compete in events such as the Volleyball Schools Cup, SAPSASA Athletics and IGSSA Athletics in addition to many club-based finals. We wish all students the best of luck!

Please note that Summer Sport training sessions have begun in many of our sports. If you are unsure of training times, please check the Summer Sport nomination letter as this provides start dates for all sports.

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eNews – Week 8, Term 3 2021

Issue no. 28

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Family Joy at Junior School Art Trail

Our Junior School girls were delighted to welcome their grandparents and treasured friends to explore their stunning Art Trail exhibition around the School today.

The young artists proudly displayed their works including laser-cut creatures, a doughnut wonderland, abstract sculptures, imagination machines, nature paintings, upcycled dolls and stencilled street art. The pieces have been carefully dotted around the campus, adding colour and magic to walls, windows and even ceilings!

We look forward to welcoming Junior School parents to experience the Art Trail next week.

Art Trail: Parents and Daughters
Monday 13 – Friday 17 September

Reception – Year 2 students:
7.45 – 8.20am, Monday 13 September to Friday 17 September
3.45 – 4.30pm, Wednesday 15 September and Friday 17 September

Year 3 – 6 students:
Students can escort their parents around the Art Trail during the afternoon/evening of their Student-Led Conference on Monday 13 and Tuesday 14 September.

For more information, click here.

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From Our Director of Early Learning

Adelaide Schools

ELC Garden of Possibilities

The proposal of the newly-landscaped Hallett Garden was inspired by the work we have undertaken over the past five years embedding Kaurna culture into the everyday life of ELC. When we met with the landscape architects, we shared many significant aspects including the symbols and narratives that share our journey.

Each pathway leads to a significant place, enabling the children and the adults to refamiliarise themselves with our stories through play. The garden is now the keeper of our history, so as new families and staff arrive, the history is there to tell our story. We worked on the design for months, ensuring each aspect was included and represented appropriately. Kaurna elder Tamaru advised us on the Australian natives that we have included, and our focus on sustainability guided our decision-making processes. The work finally commenced in the July holidays, and we have been privileged to see the space change before our eyes.

In only a matter of weeks, we have almost forgotten the landscape of the old Hallett Garden. It has transformed into what is now a highly appealing and engaging play space for children. The deep slope of the old garden has been altered into a far more level and usable space. The engaging pathways lead to various open-ended play opportunities, and we are seeing the children generate new games and discover limitless possibilities. To use the word ‘delight’ to describe what we are seeing is truly an understatement! The joy in the play is contagious; new energy and a different type of engagement are witnessed. Educators are carefully observing how the children interpret spaces to create their play.

In the first week, we saw a rush of activity: the children racing between each space, being sure to touch every new aspect. Running was pivotal as they had to move everywhere fast. However, in more recent days, the pace has slowed and engagement has heightened, and this is where we begin to see the true purpose and possibilities of the new spaces emerge. There is a wonderful collaboration between groups in a wide range of spaces. The sandpit is a different offering now as the children discover water in a new sense, being able to engineer pathways for water travel. Water is also utilised in the sensory kitchen for amazing new experiences enhanced by utensils to stretch the imagination.

I could not be prouder of this space and what it offers for the children’s imagination and play. It reminds us how pivotal being outdoors is and the importance of play in the lives of all children. It epitomises childhood, and St Peter’s Girls’ ELC ensures our children have plenty of opportunities to maximise this precious time in their lives.

Kate Mount
Director of Early Learning

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Spectacular SACE Music Concert

One of my favourite concerts of the year is the SACE Music Concert. Sharing the night with our Year 12 girls and having taught some of them since Junior School makes the evening extra special. It was lovely to watch our girls enjoy themselves last night as a group of talented and passionate young women. It has been such a pleasure to work with them and see them develop into such confident and sophisticated performers. The staff wish our Year 12 Music girls all the best with their upcoming exams and hope they continue their music-making, enjoying all the benefits it can provide as they enter adulthood.

Here are some reflections from our performers:

The SACE Music Concert provides an excellent opportunity to bring together all the components of performance that we have been developing in rehearsal this year. It is rewarding to perform alongside my friends and see our amazing and inspiring Year 12 girls perform. – Stella Rasheed

The concert was a wonderful opportunity for girls of all ages to show what they’ve worked on over the past few months. Ranging from Junior School girls to SACE Stage 2 students, all performances captured their hard work on stage. I am incredibly proud to be a part of the St Peter’s Girls’ Music community. – Lauren Parker

The Music Directors have done a wonderful job in supporting the girls in their music journey at Saints Girls. It was great to help Little Big Band on the night and mentor the junior trombone players. I am so proud of everyone and what they have achieved. – Matilda Chu

The concert was an uplifting and rewarding evening that showcased the girls’ incredible musical abilities. After being impacted by COVID restrictions, it felt great to get on stage and perform. – Georgia Evans

Sally Rounsevell
Director of Music

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Sports Day – Full Results

Sports Day Award Winners

Shields

Page Shield – 1st Selwyn, 2nd Kilburn, 3rd Kennion, 4th Patteson
Junior Shield – 1st Selwyn, 2nd Kilburn, 3rd Patteson, 4th Kennion
Middle Shield – 1st Kennion, 2nd Selwyn, 3rd Kilburn, 4th Patteson
Senior Shield – 1st Kilburn, 2nd Selwyn, 3rd Patteson, 4th Kennion

Spirit Cup

Selwyn

Aggregate Cups

Year 4: Gold – Bonnie Qu (92), Gold – Emily Robinson (92), Bronze – Ella King (84)
Year 5: Gold – Lauren Disney (90), Gold – Lucille Trengove (90), Bronze – Audrey Fox (88)
Year 6: Gold – Isla Fahey (96), Silver – Phoebe Lucas (92), Bronze – Wei Ning Khoo (74)
Year 7: Gold – Chloe Richardson (94), Silver – Abigail Hawkes (79), Bronze – Elizabeth Osei-Tutu (73)
Year 8: Gold – Charlotte McAuliffe (125), Silver – Malaika McLeod (102), Bronze – Carys Kinsella-White (90)
Year 9: Gold – Amelia Lucas (96), Silver – Sophie Ricciuto (90), Bronze – Alice Braithwaite (87)
Year 10: Gold – Chloe Porter (98), Silver – Adelaide Murphy (92), Bronze – Annabel Ryan (83)
Year 11: Gold – Imogen Elliott (96), Silver – Alexia Politis (90), Bronze – Efua Yawson (77)
Year 12: Gold – Olivia Kelly (98), Silver – Holly Cardone (92), Silver – Keeley Fahey (92)

Records

4x100m Relay (Year 9) – Kennion 59.55sec
Year 5 100m – Lauren Disney (KEN) 13s 98ms
Year 5 1500m – Lauren Disney (KEN) 5m 35s 29ms
Year 8 100m – Charlotte McAuliffe (SEL) 12s 39ms
Year 8 200m – Charlotte McAuliffe (SEL) 25s 90ms
Year 8 400m – Charlotte McAuliffe (SEL) 57s 83ms
Year 8 800m – Malaika McLeod (KEN) 2m 19s 2ms
Year 8 1500m – Malaika McLeod (KEN) 5m 0s 5ms
Year 8 80m Hurdles – Charlotte McAuliffe (SEL) 13s 26ms
Year 8 High Jump – Carys Kinsella-White (KIL) 1 metre 57cm
Year 8 Long Jump – Charlotte McAuliffe (SEL) 5 metres 1cm
Year 12 100m– Lakara Stallan (KIL) 12s 15ms
Year 12 200m
– Lakara Stallan (KIL) 25s 9ms

Champion Athlete

Junior School: Isla Fahey
Middle School: Charlotte McAuliffe
Senior School: Olivia Kelly

Field Champion

Junior Field Athlete: Isabella Huf
Middle Field Athlete: Claudia Pearce
Senior Field Athlete: Chloe Porter

Track Champion

Junior Track Athlete: Lauren Disney
Middle Track Athlete: Malaika McLeod
Senior Track Athlete: Imogen Elliott

St Peter’s Gift Winner:

Charlotte McAuliffe

W8 - 2021 Student LeadersSports Day Award Winners Abigail Hawkes, Malaika McLeod and Liz Osei-Tutu

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Introducing our Student Leaders for 2022

W8 - 2021 Student Leaders

St Peter’s Girls is thrilled to announce our Student Leaders for 2022.

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

Prefects

Sophie Norman Head Prefect
Rune Chi Zhao Deputy Head Prefect
Tia Bailey SRC Prefect
Shreya Jayaprakash International Prefect
Charlotte Adams Debating and Public Speaking Prefect
Caitlin Middelberg Music Prefect
Emily Teague Community Service Prefect
Grace Dwyer Chapel Prefect
Charlie Fishlock Sport Prefect
Toni Christiansen Kennion House Captain
Dayna Petruzzella Kilburn House Captain
Ruby Deakin Patteson House Captain
Adele Eaton Selwyn House Captain

Deputy House Captains

Sivanthi Sivasuthan Kennion Deputy House Captain
Eva Young Kilburn Deputy House Captain
Martha McCormack Patteson Deputy House Captain
Amelia Brett Selwyn Deputy House Captain

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Historic Honour for Saints Girls

The Premier’s Anzac Spirit School Prize is a competition open to Year 9 and 10 students to independently research a World War I or II serviceman or woman and how their experiences and sacrifice reflect the Anzac Spirit.

Last Friday, Year 10 students Saffron Chen and Ellie Humphrey were among 16 students who received their medal and certificate from Premier Steven Marshall for their outstanding entries. The ceremony was held at the Torrens Parade Ground in the City.

The Anzac Spirit School Prize is in its 15th year and had a record number of over 1000 entries. Students, their families, teachers and dignitaries were fortunate to hear of the life-changing experiences of the 2020 recipients including how they have made lifelong friendships with fellow recipients and become ambassadors in commemorative history.

The latest recipients have earned a place on a study trip to Darwin from April 16 – 26 next year, which will feature tours to significant indigenous and military commemorative sites, and the dawn service on Anzac Day. We look forward to hearing about and learning from their experiences.

Gregor Dingwall
Head of Humanities

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Year 2 Artists Plant New Seed for van Gogh

As part of our Art Trail and connected to the central idea, ‘Learning about the past helps us understand the present and imagine the future,’ Year 2 Artists have responded to Vincent van Gogh’s sunflowers by creating a modern, collaborative mural on the Junior School Art Room window. The girls have shown plenty of enthusiasm and creativity, using different colours and techniques in their artwork.

After a hugely successful exhibition enjoyed by grandparents and treasured friends today, our Reception to Year 6 students are excited about the next stage of the Art Trail when they welcome their parents next week.

Sarah Casson
Junior School Art Teacher

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Picture Perfect Presentation into Film Production

On Monday, the School’s Year 10/12 Certificate III: Screen and Media students welcomed special guest Anna Hodge from Rising Sun Pictures (RSP) to present the roles and pathways in visual effects film production.

Anna is the Manager of Training and Education at RSP. She has been with the company for more than five years, working on the development of young artists and junior filmmakers. Anna’s presentation about the roles of VFX at RSP and her fantastic insights into career pathways and university courses were highly relevant to our budding filmmakers.

We were able to see snippets of the VFX added to the multitude of projects that RSP has worked on including Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Parts 1 and 2), Thor: Ragnarök, Avengers: End Game, and many more.

The girls found Anna’s visit extremely helpful as it allowed them to understand the depth and breadth of the VFX industry.

Garth Coulter
Head of Tech & Digital Learning

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Saints Girls Shine in the Studio

Earlier this term, Georgie Raftopoulos recorded two of her original songs for her SACE Stage 2 Music Explorations assignments. The recording was completed at the University of Adelaide, with uni students Annie Siegmann and Georgia Oatley engineering.

Georgie recorded the vocals and vocal harmonies for both songs and accompanied herself on a grand piano. She also created a beautiful string arrangement to enhance her composition. Cheri Wong performed the string arrangement on violin, Caitlin Middelberg also on violin and Lauren Parker on cello.

The recording was a wonderful opportunity for the girls to experience a professional studio setting and work with university students who are also developing their craft. One of the songs can be heard online; there will be an entry and link in the next Out of the Blue Arts Journal. Check it out!

Robyn Habel
Music Teacher

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Bienvenue to Year 5 French

What’s a unit on French food without a cooking and tasting experience? But what does a cooking experience look like in 2021?

On Thursday, the Year 5 French classes crafted delicate ‘pains au chocolat’ (chocolate croissants) using plasticine. They watched a French tutorial and saw how the process of making these traditional treats is lengthy and complicated, with lots of refrigeration time and plenty of butter! The girls listened out for keywords such as names of ingredients and numbers for times and measurements. They also listened to the pronunciation and intonation of the speaker. The girls used visual, written and verbal clues in the video to follow, along with rolling out the dough, incorporating the butter and rolling up the pastry and chocolate.

After they had made and admired their creations, we had our own ‘Here’s one I prepared earlier’ moment, where each girl was given a pre-made pain au chocolat to try. They had to remember their French manners to ask for their pastry and say ‘S’il vous plait’ and ‘merci’. We enjoyed a French café atmosphere with French music, and it was great to hear the girls trying out their French phrases with each other.

Mairi Walker
French Teacher

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Year 5 Production – Tickets Selling Fast!

The countdown is on to our latest show-stopping Saints Girls’ Year 5 Production: Singin’ in the Rain JR.

The girls will be performing on Thursday 23 September and Friday 24 September.

Tickets are open to the wider School community and are selling fast, so secure your seat here.

We look forward to another incredible production!

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The Long Lunch – Sunday 19 September

Auction Pre-Bidding Now Open (including non-attendees)

We warmly invite you to view the huge selection of Live and Silent Auction items on offer at the 2021 Foundation Long Lunch here.

You do not need to attend the lunch to buy a raffle ticket or to bid on and potentially win an item.

How to Bid:

1. Register for GalaBid by texting ‘stpetersgirls’ followed by your
full name to 0458 678 678 (e.g. stpetersgirls Jane Smith), or register online via galabid.com/stpetersgirls; during registration, all bidders will be asked to select one of the School Houses for our House fundraising competition

2. View the auction items here: galabid.com/stpetersgirls

3. Bid on the items

4. If you make the winning bid, you’ll receive a text on Sunday 19 September after the auction closes at 3.45pm, with a secure link to pay for your item(s); successful bidders not at the lunch will then be contacted by phone on Monday 20 September to arrange collection

Successful bidders at the event will need to pay for their item(s) and collect them on the day

Happy bidding! For those attending The Long Lunch, we look forward to seeing you on Sunday 19 September! If you are not attending, please feel free to join us virtually via our Live Stream.

If you did not secure a ticket and would like to join us, or volunteer, please contact me as soon as possible.

Thank you in advance for your wonderful support.

Melissa Westgate
Foundation Manager

Seeking Volunteers

There are several opportunities to get involved and volunteer at The Long Lunch.
We are seeking parent/grandparent volunteers for set up on Saturday 18 September, and are also looking for assistance in the kitchen and for the auctions during the event.

Saturday 18 September, 10am – 3pm
Two shifts: 10am – 1pm and 12 – 3pm

Sunday 19 September, 9am – 6pm
Two shifts: 9am – 1pm and 1 – 6pm

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Melissa Westgate in the Community Relations Office via 8334 2244 or mwestgate@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au. It is a lot of fun and a great way to meet and work with others from our community.

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Adelaide Wind Orchestra Presents Splinter

Rock, Funk, Metal, Electronic Dance Music (EDM), Gospel and Soul music become symphonic in AWO presents Splinter at Elder Hall at 7.30pm on Friday 1 October.

We are offering free tickets for students to see us live, using the promo code STPETERSGIRLS

Book here: https://www.trybooking.com/BTPRV

Comprised of only instruments made of metal, Michael Daugherty’s aptly tiled ‘Motown Metal’ opens the program and harks back to rhythms and sounds of 1960s’ Detroit. ‘Come Sunday’ by Omar Thomas is a response to the largely absent voice of African Americans in the modern wind band idiom. It is both frenzied and joyous, familiar and enthralling, drawing on Gospel, Jazz and Blues influences, finishing with the energetic and toe-tapping ‘Shout!’

Holly Harrison describes Splinter as a ‘Mosaic or stylistic patchwork’, and this reflects the pieces that combine splinters of Rock, Funk and other popular contemporary musical styles.

Capping off the program, Matthew Hindson’s ‘Requiem’ mourns the loss of Sydney’s nightlife back in 2015 under strict lockout laws, now sadly ironic in 2021.

Joining Adelaide Wind Orchestra in a special performance is the Adelaide Saxophone Orchestra and features many, if not most, of Adelaide’s leading single reed players and saxophonists including some ASO guest stars performing David John Lang’s new composition, ‘Yuluna Loop’.

7.30pm, Friday 1 October
Elder Hall, University of Adelaide
Conductor – Bryan Griffiths

Michael Daugherty – ‘Motown Metal’
David John Lang – ‘Yuluna Loop’ (World Premiere)
Omar Thomas – ‘Come Sunday’ (Australian Premiere)
Holly Harrison – ‘Splinter’ (Australian Premiere)
Matthew Hindson / Paul Mac – ‘Requiem for a City’

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School Shop – Summer Uniform

With only two weeks of Term 3 remaining, it’s time to dig out that summer uniform and see if it still fits for the start of Term 4.

During the school holidays, the School Shop will be open on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 October from 9am to 4pm.

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Entertainment Membership

To support Saints Girls and secure your Entertainment Membership, click here.

Adelaide Schools

Terms and conditions apply. Visit www.entertainment.com.au for more information.

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Absences from School

If your child is going to be absent, late to school or leave early, please use one of the following methods to notify the School providing student name, class/Home Group and reason:

Text: 0428 601 957

Email: attendance@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au

Phone: 8334 2200

Feel free to include the class/Home Group teacher when emailing. It would be appreciated if notifications could be made prior to 9am.

It is absolutely imperative to keep unwell children at home until they have recovered, even if symptoms are mild. This is not only for their own health and safety, but for that of all students and staff.

We thank all of our families for their cooperation.

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Sports News

SUMMER SPORT NOMINATIONS

A reminder to complete Summer Sport nominations over the weekend. With training starting for many sports in Week 9, it is important to attend or communicate any absence so we can finalise teams before the new season. We have some exciting new opportunities in Term 4, with Cricket being introduced into the IGSSA program, Touch Football starting for our Year 5s and 6s, and an introductory Badminton program for Year 6 girls. We hope by starting these programs earlier, the girls can develop some fundamental skills before moving into competition format in Senior School.

JUNIOR BASKETBALL

Year 6: Saints v Bye
Year 5: Saints 6 v Walford 30

JUNIOR NETBALL

Year 4: Saints Blue 16 v Saints White 6
Year 3: Saints 5 v Seymour Green 5

LACROSSE

U13: Saints 8 v Woodville 13

After a massive Sports Day program on Friday, the girls had to get up early on Saturday for their first-ever finals appearance in Division 1. Although Woodville got off to a good start in the first half, the girls began to make a comeback in the third quarter, however, could not quite get there. Despite the loss, the girls played well gaining possession from the centre, having some good shots on goal and fighting hard until the very last whistle. When comparing this game to the girls’ first game of the season, there is an obvious improvement and the coaches are extremely proud of how far the girls have come. Many will now be moving up into U15s and I can’t wait to see them thrive next year. All the U13s are encouraged to come to the Burnside Junior Presentation Day on Sunday 26 September from 11am to 2pm at Burnside Lacrosse Club. Great job girls on an amazing season and I can’t wait to welcome you back next year! – Stephanie Smalls (Lacrosse Captain)

STUDENT SUCCESS

SAPSASA Hockey

From 1 to 3 September, we were fortunate to compete in the SAPSASA Hockey Carnival 2021 at Grange Hockey Club, representing the East Adelaide district. Our team consisted of four Saints Girls and a variety of players from schools in East Adelaide. We played nine games in total and were successful in five, lost two, drew two and finished 3rd overall. We enjoyed connecting with others through sport and loved the friendly competition. – Abbey Phillips, Maddie Oborn and Phoebe Lucas

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eNews – Sports Day: And the Winner is…

Issue no. 27Enews-banner

Sports Day: And the Winner is…

Congratulations to SELWYN on taking out Sports Day for an incredible 7th year running!

Students from Years 4 to 12 participated in many of their favourite sports and after a drizzly morning, the sun shone on our Saints Girls at the SA Athletics Stadium today.

House pride was in full flight, as eager athletes dominated the track and field. And of course, the Year 12 costumes lived up to the excitement with colour and creativity.

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

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From Our Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

Sports Day

If there is one trait that sets Saints Girls apart, it is the absolute and unwavering willingness of the girls to be participants. Today was a fabulous example, with girls from various age groups enthusiastically taking part in a wide range of track and field events. Having worked at other schools, the difference in their attitude and behaviour is obvious: what must be celebrated is their desire to contribute to their House by entering events with a passion to participate rather than win. Also worth noting are the empowering and motivating comments they direct towards each other. Our girls ensure that Sports Day truly is an environment that is free of judgement and where compassion and courage are on display.

A special shoutout to the Year 12 students, whose creative costumes and energy certainly added to the buoyant vibe of the day. They led from the front and made the most of their last Sports Day as Saints Girls.

My sincere thanks to Dan Searle and the PE and Sport Departments. Their collective energy and thorough organisation are very much appreciated.

SACE Dance

Earlier this week, I attended the SACE Dance evening, Wonderland. The performances were fantastic and reflective of the dedication of our SACE Dancers and the guidance of our Head of The Arts Kate Burnett. One of the strengths of Saints is the value that we place upon the Performing Arts. There are many benefits of performance experiences, specifically the positive impact upon a student’s confidence, understanding, creativity and communication skills.

Collective of St Mary Magdalene, Moore Street Drop-In Centre

Over the past weeks, the Year 10 Patteson girls again spent numerous evenings at school preparing the three-course meal that they served to patrons last Saturday night. I cooked with the girls each evening and appreciated the candour, commitment and maturity they demonstrated to ensure we had enough food to serve 90 people. It was great to see they had reflected on the experience of Term 2, adjusting recipes and processes to allow each of these evenings to flow more smoothly. I must also thank the girls who joined me, as well as Thomas Bassett and Themis Zacharoyannis on Saturday evening. Olivia Downie, Sammy Keough, Georgina Wakeham and Amelie Zacharia Henley did a wonderful job talking with patrons and keeping up with the pressures in the kitchen.

Finally, a sincere thanks to Themis Zacharoyannis. Themis joined the Science Department this year and took up the role of Year 10 Home Group teacher. Her background as a nutritionist, meticulous organisation and ability to guide the girls’ decision-making significantly contributed to the success of Patteson’s Service Learning experience.

Kate Mortimer
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

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Wondrous SACE Dance Production

Congratulations to our SACE Dancers on their mesmerising performances of Wonderland.

The girls left audiences spellbound this week as Alice, the Queen of Hearts, Mad Hatter and other legendary Lewis Carroll characters shared a whimsical journey through compelling movement, melodies, costumes and visual effects.

The Stage 2 Dancers were delighted to showcase their creative and technical abilities, and were ably supported by the incredible Stage 1 Dancers.

Well done to all involved!

Our Head of The Arts Kate Burnett reflects on another epic production:

What an amazing week the SACE Dancers have had, performing in their assessment production of Wonderland. I could not have been prouder of their teamwork, dedication, commitment and enthusiasm. It was so special to be in the Arts Centre with large audiences who really supported our performers. We are so lucky to be in Adelaide right now!

To the eight exceptional Stage 2 Dancers: congratulations on a captivating show! You certainly can tell you love to dance and I personally thank you for making Wonderland better than I could have imagined!

Special thanks to Wesley Hiscock for the spectacular lighting, Thomas Bassett for the fantastic projections and Anne Ninnes (Kennion 1966) for her help with the costumes.

What a huge success!

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Matilda Magic at State Taekwondo


Well done to Matilda for competing in State Taekwondo and taking home a Gold medal in pairs poomsae, a Silver medal in individual poomsae and a Silver in her sparring.

Although Nationals was originally scheduled for Sydney, the event proceeded with States here in Adelaide. Well done Matilda!

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Passionate Public Speaker Wins State Final

Last Friday, I took part in the Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award State Final at Legacy House. I am delighted to share that I won this final and will represent South Australia at the National Final at Parliament House. I competed against seven other students from Years 7 to 9 who were all extraordinary speakers during the competition. We were required to present a 5-minute speech prepared in advance and a 2-minute short notice speech prepared on-site in only 5 minutes. Despite the challenges, I found the experience and skills I gained in the competition very valuable. I have met many amazing people from whom I also learnt a lot. Now it’s time for me to start preparing for the National Final in November!

Jessica Zhang
Student

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Noteworthy Nod to Terrific Tutor

Congratulations to our vocal teacher Wendy Hopkins on being recognised for her incredible contribution to St Peter’s Girls’ School Music Department by receiving the Don Burrows Music Tutor Award for long service presented by the Association of Heads of Music in Non-Government Schools.

Wendy has been an integral member of the Music tutor family at St Peter’s Girls for more that 20 years, and is in fact described by many as the ‘mother hen’ of the Music Department. Wendy is a devoted vocal teacher and colleague whose caring nature is at the centre of everything she does. She motivates all those around her with her positivity and sense of fun. She is always happy to share her experience and knowledge. Wendy is to be commended for her support to students and staff alike. This includes preparing students for the annual Year 5 Production, as well as senior students for SACE Solo Performance.

Where possible, Wendy will attend musicals and concerts that her students are involved in. She will always attend their AMEB exams, providing support on the day. Wendy holds an annual vocal concert, giving each student the opportunity to perform in front of a supportive and encouraging audience. She is always a pleasure to work with and her witty sense of humour is greatly appreciated among other tutors in the Music Department.

Congratulations Wendy on your award!

Sally Rounsevell
Director of Music

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Words of Wisdom from Young Saints

Many Junior School girls have been working very hard to explore language, prepare a speech and deliver the spoken word. A dozen girls participated in the Junior Orator in Years 5 and 6. Maria Prakash and Eleni Schulze made it to the finals. Maria, from Year 5, came 2nd overall.

On Wednesday afternoon, the IPSHA Poetry Competition was held at Seymour College and Ishana Chettimada (Year 4), Beatrice Tolley (Year 5) and Isabella Blake (Year 6) earned a place in the finals, with Isabella placing 1st!

Congratulations to all of the girls who stepped out of their comfort zone and demonstrated independence, resilience and a can-do attitude. You are all winners because of the tenacity and perseverance you showed both in your preparation and delivery.

Shane Davidson
Year 5 Teacher

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Year 9 Hearts in The Arts

This term, Saints Girls hosted the Year 9 Arts Night. The event invites friends and family to watch the wonderful artworks our girls have been working hard on this year. The girls were thrilled at the opportunity to come together on stage, choreograph routines and showcase their skills in Music, Drama and Dance. A wonderful exhibit of Visual Arts was also on display. The girls saw first-hand how a production comes together, from rehearsals, music, lighting and behind the scenes, to the moment the curtain draws on show night. Here, some of our girls share their experiences:

The musical performances showcased the amazing talent of our students: Daisy Kennett performed ‘Make You Feel My Love’; Heidi Gong performed ‘Buoliki’ by Lutoslawski on the piano, and Jasmin Baker performed ‘Allegro Appassionato’ by Camille Saint-Saëns on the cello.

The evening featured many types of dance, including the Bob Fosse jazz style in an emotional, lyrical and contemporary piece. Fosse incorporated finger-snapping, turned-in knees and famous shoulder rolls in his many dances. We managed to include these in ours. ‘Sweater’, which is a lyrical, contemporary dance, consisted of a storyline portraying someone in love but who wasn’t loved back. This dance had an important connection to the music and the mood as the dancers expressed much emotion while performing. Additionally, the choreography was devised in six weeks and performed by the students in great depth. Finally, our dance cohort developed choreographic pieces that required a theme representing a colour. This symbolised the meaning of the dance and allowed it to follow a story.

The Drama section included five student-devised performances, which all referred to a myth or legend from any culture. These pieces used theatrical forms and styles to create a dynamic performance. The plays presented were: I Promise; Yours to Tell; Mary, Mathilda and the Mirror; Orphic Judgement and Wings of Greed. – Sienna Huxtable

The night incorporated all of the different types of Performing Arts into one show. This was a great experience and something I learned a lot from, not just about the on-stage aspect but also off-stage. I was involved in the Music, Drama and Dance elements, and it was great to showcase what I had been working on this year. I also really enjoyed working with all my peers to create an amazing performance. – Daisy Kennett

I performed in both the Dance and Drama sections. I enjoyed the evening because not only did it allow me to share my hard work over the year with my friends and family, it also allowed me to get closer to my peers. I have made memories that I know will last a lifetime. I have also learnt a lot about performance and the amount of work that goes into a performance behind the scenes. I enjoyed the Arts Night and I can’t wait to perform again soon! – Jenna Maione

I had a wonderful time participating in both Dance and Drama on the night. We performed a contemporary, jazz and self-composed piece in Dance that we had been working on for the previous two terms. We also performed a self-composed play in Drama based on a myth that we had to incorporate into a 10 – 15 minute presentation. I enjoyed the process of writing, blocking and performing the play, as well as witnessing the completed product. I had fun learning and performing different dances and plays. – Zoe Pool

Kate Burnett
Head of The Arts

Katherine Kitching
Drama Teacher

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JobChat Speaks Volumes for Career Connections

‘JobChat’ is an initiative which aims to connect students with practitioners in careers of interest to our girls. When the Careers Team decided to implement JobChat, we weren’t sure how the girls would respond and whether they would find this opportunity useful. Seeking feedback after each session, we are delighted with how they are engaging with the initiative. Most recently, we welcomed Olivia Weymouth (Kennion 2012) to speak with our girls. Nine students from Years 10 to 12 spent their lunchtime with Olivia, hearing about her journey through Nursing and Midwifery degrees at UniSA, a graduate placement and the workplace.

Here are reflections from some of the girls:

I found JobChat extremely helpful in making my decision to study Nursing at university very clear. This conversation has given me a better understanding of what I would be getting into, which I otherwise would not have known. It was so helpful. – Lakara, Year 12 student

It is amazing that we are given an opportunity to meet someone who has a job in the profession we are interested in studying. I loved listening to what Olivia had to say about her experiences after uni, her job now and general information about having a career in Midwifery as well as a degree in Nursing. – Adele, Year 11 student

The Nursing/Midwifery JobChat was a very valuable experience as it helped us find out more about the university, placement and hospital experience from the perspective of a registered midwife/nurse. Hearing more about this challenging and rewarding career was really inspiring as a Year 12 student highly interested in working in the health field in the future. – Thuhansa, Year 12 student

So far, 45 girls have taken advantage of JobChat to listen about careers in Science, Health, Law and Film. Each term, we will offer two or three JobChats, initially targeting careers where most girls have expressed their interest. But we will also be looking at a variety of careers during Years 10 – 12.

If you are interested in spending a lunchtime with a small group of girls to talk about your career, please contact me via cfarr@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au. Over the next 12 months or so, we will aim to host your JobChat. We will also continue to canvas the girls for their areas of interest and reach out to people in those fields.

Carolyn Farr
Careers Coordinator / IB Diploma Coordinator / Mathematics Teacher

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Another Tick for IB TOK

In Term 1, the Year 11 IB girls attended a TOK (Theory of Knowledge) Day held at St Peter’s Girls with many other IB students from around Adelaide. On Monday, the IB students from Saints Girls and Seymour College visited St Peter’s College for another TOK Day. We read about and discussed how certain objects can relate to themes and concepts, and how we could utilise them in our Theory of Knowledge exhibition. We created an exhibition within our groups and presented them to teachers, other students and the Year 10s. This gave us an opportunity to practise explaining our objects and themes.

The day was a great way to get us thinking and interested about our upcoming exhibitions and connecting with other IB students! – Grace Dwyer, Year 11 IB student

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Moving Moment at Eucharist Service

On Wednesday, we had the delight of having two of our Year 8 students confirmed during our Eucharist Service. It was a pleasure to welcome the Archbishop of Adelaide Geoffrey Smith to conduct the service and to confirm Charlotte and Emily.

The Archbishop reminded us all of the role that the women played as the first witnesses to the resurrected Jesus. His challenge to all students, but particularly to those being confirmed, was to take after their example and to be a witness to those around us.

It was a great service of celebration as these two students publicly declared their faith. If confirmation is something your daughter is interested in for next year, please contact our School Chaplain Thomas Bassett and he will be more than happy to speak with you about the process.

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Wild Excursion for Year 7 Explorers

On Monday, the Year 7 cohort visited the Adelaide Zoo. Students were tasked with completing a booklet that looked at animal classification and adaptations. They needed to find their way around the zoo and visit the different animal enclosures. They observed the specific characteristics and features of animals that help them survive in their environment. Their booklets built upon what they have been learning in the classroom and provided them with an invaluable experience. The students enjoyed seeing the unique animals in the zoo including the giant pandas, anaconda, baboons, giraffes and many more. They were fortunate to be able to see the Komodo dragon having its monthly feed. The students demonstrated exemplary behaviour and made all the teachers and staff who attended extremely proud.

Chloe and Cleo share their experiences at the zoo:

I really enjoyed learning about animal adaptations. It was fascinating to see all the characteristics of each animal and how they help them adapt to different habitats. – Chloe Richardson

I learnt lots of new things about the animals at the zoo, including that the male and female pandas are not usually in a pack together, so they don’t stay together in the wild. They come together during breeding, which is a very short amount of time in September with a period of only 36 hours. All aspects of the zoo were great, and I have learnt some awesome new facts about a lot of the animals living there. – Cleo Hart

Peta Terrell
Pre-Service Teacher, University of South Australia

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Tech Girls on Right Path

HerTechPath recently attended our School to speak with Year 9 and 10 Tech students. The group is represented by women working in the tech industry who are passionate about encouraging more girls to consider careers in technology. The students were excited to hear about the salaries linked to these careers and the many opportunities to work overseas.

We look forward to welcoming HerTechPath back to St Peter’s Girls in future years.

Monique Green
Digital Tech Teacher & STEM Coordinator

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SACE Music Concert

Don’t miss our SACE Music Concert at 7pm on Thursday 9 September featuring performances by Emeshe Robson and Georgie Raftopoulos. Also performing are many of our outstanding ensembles including Stage Band, Concert Band, Enchante, Chamber Choir and Senior Strings.

It’s sure to be a hit!

Book your tickets via www.trybooking.com/BTQMH
Adults $10
Students/Concession $5

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Year 5 Production – Singin’ in the Rain JR.

Our students are excited for another show-stopping Saints Girls’ Year 5 Production: Singin’ in the Rain JR.

The girls will be performing on Thursday 23 September and Friday 24 September.

Tickets are now open to the wider School community. Secure your booking here.

We look forward to another incredible production!

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Junior School Art Trail Exhibition

Our Junior School girls have been harnessing their creativity as they prepare to stage a captivating Art Trail exhibition. Artworks include laser-cut creatures, a doughnut wonderland, abstract sculptures, imagination machines, nature paintings, upcycled dolls and stencilled street art.

Grandparents and Treasured Friends
Friday 10 September
Book via www.trybooking.com/BTREO

Visitors will tour at the time scheduled for the youngest Junior School student in the family. Older Junior School students will join the tour scheduled for their younger sister’s year level:

• 8.45 – 10am: Year 5 and 6 students
• 10.30 – 11.45am: Reception students
(and older Junior School sisters)
• 12pm – 1.15pm: Year 3 and 4 students
(and older Junior School sisters)
• 2 – 3.15pm: Year 1 and 2 students
(and older Junior School sisters)

For more information, click here.

Parents and Daughters
Monday 13 – Friday 17 September

Reception – Year 2 students:
7.45 – 8.20am, Monday 13 September to Friday 17 September
3.45 – 4.30pm, Wednesday 15 September and Friday 17 September

Year 3 – 6 students:
Students can escort their parents around the Art Trail during the afternoon/evening of their Student-Led Conference on Monday 13 and Tuesday 14 September.

For more information, click here.

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Annual House Dinners

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

Selwyn House Dinner
Theme: Welcome to Wonderland
10 September (Week 8)
Book now: trybooking.com/BSSPA

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The Long Lunch – Sunday 19 September

Auction Pre-Bidding Now Open!

We warmly invite you to view the huge selection of Live and Silent Auction items on offer at the 2021 Foundation Long Lunch here. You do not need to attend the lunch to buy a raffle ticket or to bid on and potentially win an item.

How to Bid:

1. Register for GalaBid by texting ‘stpetersgirls’ followed by your full name to 0458 678 678 (e.g. stpetersgirls Jane Smith)

2. View the auction items here: galabid.com/stpetersgirls

3. Bid on the items

4. If you make the winning bid, you’ll receive a text on Sunday 19 September after the auction closes at 3.45pm, with a secure link to pay for your item(s); you will then be contacted by phone on Monday 20 September to arrange collection

Successful bidders at the event will need to pay for their item(s) and collect them on the day.

Happy bidding! For those attending The Long Lunch, we look forward to seeing you on Sunday 19 September! If you are not attending, please feel free to join us virtually via our Live Streaming.

If you did not secure a ticket and would like to join us, or volunteer, please contact me as soon as possible.

Thank you in advance for your wonderful support.

Melissa Westgate
Foundation Manager

Seeking Volunteers

There are several opportunities to get involved and volunteer at The Long Lunch.
We are seeking parent/grandparent volunteers for set up on Saturday 18 September, and are also looking for assistance in the kitchen and for the auctions during the event.

Saturday 18 September, 10am – 3pm
Two shifts: 10am – 1pm and 12 – 3pm

Sunday 19 September, 9am – 6pm
Two shifts: 9am – 1pm and 1 – 6pm

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Melissa Westgate in the Community Relations Office via 8334 2244 or mwestgate@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au. It is a lot of fun and a great way to meet and work with others from our community.

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School Shop – Summer Uniform

With only a few weeks of Term 3 remaining, it’s time to dig out that summer uniform and see if it still fits for the start of Term 4.

During the school holidays, the School Shop will be open on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 October from 9am to 4pm.

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Entertainment Membership

To support Saints Girls and secure your Entertainment Membership, click here.

Adelaide Schools

Terms and conditions apply. Visit www.entertainment.com.au for more information.

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Absences from School

If your child is going to be absent, late to school or leave early, please use one of the following methods to notify the School providing student name, class/Home Group and reason:

Text: 0428 601 957

Email: attendance@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au

Phone: 8334 2200

Feel free to include the class/Home Group teacher when emailing. It would be appreciated if notifications could be made prior to 9am.

It is absolutely imperative to keep unwell children at home until they have recovered, even if symptoms are mild. This is not only for their own health and safety, but for that of all students and staff.

We thank all of our families for their cooperation.

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Sports News

THE POWER OF SPORT

Sport is a powerful thing. Whether you are playing competitive sport, training for fitness or supporting a team that has been connected to your family for decades, the levels of emotions can be high. I am an avid Football (Soccer) fan and have supported Manchester United my entire life. I was extremely lucky as a child; with my Dad a season ticket holder at United, our weekend was made up of: wake up, watch the football build-up, play football, go to watch United, listen to Talk Sport radio on the way home, watch Match of the Day, go to bed, wake up, play more football. Fanatic is not a strong enough word. For me, the highlight of supporting United was a trip to Moscow in 2008 to watch the European Cup Final against Chelsea. Cristiano Ronaldo was the hero of those times, and despite leaving for Real Madrid shortly after, he has been a hero of mine and many other United fans ever since. So, when it was rumoured that he would be moving to Manchester City, I’ll admit that I was concerned! It felt like my childhood had been damaged a little bit, like I’d been cheated. Then the next morning, I woke up to a voice message from my Dad, singing Viva Ronaldo (I told you we were mad). In 12 hours, the news reports had done a 180 as Ronaldo had rejoined United! I’m proud to admit that my emotions bubbled over a little bit.

So, my advice in this space…let sport take hold of you. Enjoy the highs and live the lows. It has the potential to change your life, through friendships, travel, competition, fitness and enjoyment. Regardless of whether you are playing, coaching, officiating or supporting, it really is a life like no other.

Tommy Peak
Director of Sport

AUSSIE RULES

Middle: Saints 19 v Sacred Heart 53

BADMINTON

Open A: Saints 5 v Wilderness 1
Open B: Saints 0 v Wilderness 6
Open C: Saints 3 v Wilderness 3
Open D: Saints 2 v Seymour 0 (forfeit)
Open E1: Saints 4 v Wilderness 2
Open E2: Saints 5 v Wilderness 4
Open F1: Saints 7 v Wilderness 0
Open F2: Saints 1 v Wilderness 8

Last weekend, the girls played their final matches for the season and came away with an overall 5 out of 8 teams. All girls played remarkably this season, and I am genuinely proud to see their growth physically and mentally throughout training sessions and matches. Despite the challenges this year with lockdown and restrictions on school sports, it has been evident that players still could keep a positive mindset whenever they are playing the sport. Seeing girls using the skills they learned at training sessions on the courts and encouraging their teammates has inspired me as the captain to continue playing badminton outside of school and in university. Throughout the season, the girls have used their newfound skills effectively and efficiently on the court, and I hope that they continue to improve their skills next season with the help of our amazing coaches.

On behalf of all the players, I would like to thank the coaches, Stuart, Andrew, Cate, Emily and Mrs Risbey for supporting us and the hard work they have put in over the season. We couldn’t have done it without you! And finally, to all the girls, I would like to give them a massive thank you for their support and respect throughout the season. A thank you for their amazing work, for giving the Year 12s and me such a memorable last year and for enjoying the sport that we all love. It was truly unforgettable to watch most of your matches this season and watch you all grow. Thank you especially to my A team girls, Yangyang, Gloria and Cheri for the remarkable journey this season and all the best to the knockout tomorrow; I know we will do our best to enjoy every match we play. – Candy Feng (Captain)

HOCKEY

Open: Saints 1 v Wilderness 1

JUNIOR BASKETBALL

Year 6: Saints 26 v Pembroke 18
Year 5: Saints 17 v Seymour 22

JUNIOR NETBALL

Year 4: Saints White 9 v Pembroke 13
Year 4: Saints Blue 19 v Pembroke 1
Year 3: Saints v Bye

JUNIOR SOCCER

Year 6: Saints 2 v St Ignatius 1
Year 5/6: Saints 7 v Wilderness 0
Year 4/5: Saints 0 v Seymour 12
Year 3/4: Saints 0 v Pulteney 12

Year 6: Saints 2 v St Ignatius 1
Last week, our Year 6 soccer girls celebrated their first win of the season, off the back of two strong performances in the preceding weeks. Their efforts in training sessions, focusing on skills, space and formation, paid off under match conditions. Well done to our two goal scorers, Isabella Blake (16’) and Cleo Connor (30’), who both scored from corner kicks. We have asked the girls to challenge themselves by playing in different positions, and it was great to see this result in two new goal scorers for the season. Lily Forby showed courage playing in a new position in midfield and learning to play the full length of the pitch, improving throughout the game. The final result was also secured by strong defending, with Zalia Valmorbida making multiple crucial challenges and clearances. – Brynley Millward (Coach)

Year 5/6: Saints 7 v Wilderness 0
Our Year 5/6 team continued to improve this week, with five different goal scorers in their win over Wilderness. What I loved most about the performance was the girls’ possession attempts; they are starting to look after the ball significantly better and learning when and where to pass. It was also great to see some of the skills that we have been practising in training come out in a game situation, with drag back turns and step overs the two which were most prevalent. – Tommy Peak (Coach)

Year 3/4: Saints 0 v Pulteney 12
Sliding down a waterfall, landing on a cactus…we can do anything with a little practice! Eight players this week left us no interchange to rotate, and the girls loved the challenge of playing every minute of the game. The smiles were clearly evident, happiness beamed from every player, as did their optimistic mindset. So many players were able to put their hands up and celebrate their best game for the year, none more so than Georgia Baghurst who chased and attacked well all game. Zara Millhouse played well, demonstrating her courage to brush off some knocks, and is developing her skills nicely. Arya Bhinder notched up her second solid game in a row. Her defensive efforts were valuable again, especially her ability to cut off attacking moves from the opposition and her knack to dribble away with the ball. The two Sophies – Sophie Blake and Sophie Philpott – were excellent options for clearing the ball from defence. Both girls demanded the ball from their keeper and cleared the ball up the wings on many occasions. Mika Valmorbida was again instrumental in goals, volunteering before the game to play both halves in this hectic position. She demonstrated kamikaze courage, throwing herself on the ball and saving many more balls than she let through. The girls were so happy with their performance, the score seemed irrelevant. They chanted their song with gusto and left the pitch with smiles from ear-to-ear. – Mark Routley (Coach)

LACROSSE

U13: Saints 11 v Wilderness 8
U11 White: Saints 6 v Eagles 1
U11 Blue: Saints 13 v Burnside 6

The U11 Saints Lacrosse squad had an extremely successful season, with both the Blue and White teams ending on a high. All players have excelled and developed confidence in their abilities. They should be so proud of their efforts and determination. It has been a pleasure to coach a group of such passionate and enthusiastic students, even despite COVID-related interruptions. Through training emphasis on defensive tactics, attacking efficiency and goal scoring accuracy, the teams have proven victorious against opponents. Coaching has focused on building players’ game sense through small-sided games in trainings, and this has proven beneficial. Through inter-year level teams, the girls have formed strong friendships over the season and have demonstrated the important ability to share the ball around, involving everyone equally. Excellent sportsmanship has been shown by Saints Girls as we offered to fill in spaces for other teams short on numbers and always tapped sticks with the opposition at the end of the game. This season was highly rewarding, not only for the players, but also the coaches and spectators. We look forward to welcoming the girls back next season! – Sophie Auricht (U11s Coach)

U13: Saints 11 v Wilderness 8
Saturday’s game was big as the girls needed to win to make finals. Everyone was at the grounds early to warm up and get their heads in the game which reflected on their performance from the first whistle. Down by 2 at half-time, the girls hustled on the field to even the score going into the last quarter. They worked fiercely to keep their season alive, running hard to be first to every ground ball and working together to score goals. While everyone contributed to the win, a big shout out must go to Ruby and Lila for their amazing work in goals. After winning the U13 Premiership in Division 2 last year, the girls were moved up into Division 1 and are now through to the Semi-Finals! Millie and I are so proud of how the girls have improved this season and their determination on the field. We’re so excited to see what the girls can do this weekend! The U13s will be playing at 9.30am tomorrow morning at Glenelg Lacrosse Club (Barratt Reserve), and I’m sure they would welcome any extra support. Good luck girls! – Steph Smalls (Lacrosse Captain)

NETBALL

Open A: Saints 37 v Seymour 47
Open B: Saints 27 v Seymour 25
Open C: Saints 40 v Seymour 47
Open D: Saints 13 v Seymour 48
Intermediate A: Saints 27 v Seymour 38
Year 10C: Saints 12 v Pembroke 20
Year 9A: Saints 63 v Seymour 42
Year 9B: Saints 39 v Seymour 29
Year 9C: Saints 16 v Concordia 19
Year 8A: Saints 42 v Seymour 46
Year 8B: Saints 18 v Seymour 47
Year 8C: Saints 10 v Scotch 22
Year 7A: Saints 19 v Seymour 40
Year 7B: Saints 11 v Seymour 29
Year 7C: Saints 7 v Pembroke 28

SOCCER

Middle: Saints 1 v Walford 7

STUDENT SUCCESS

SAPSASA Soccer Carnival

From 25 to 27 August, Lucy Lowry and myself were fortunate to be selected to represent East Adelaide in the SAPSASA Soccer Carnival. It was an amazing experience; we learnt many new things and made lots of new friendships. We played 8 games over the three days and the girls did a great job, always putting in maximum effort throughout the whole carnival. Once all of the games were played, the scores were added up, and our East Adelaide team won Gold. Lucy and I are very appreciative to have had this opportunity. We are also grateful to Lou Tonin for being such a great coach who has been volunteering for 11 years. – Chloe Richardson (Year 7 student)

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eNews – Week 6, Term 3 2021

Issue no. 26Enews-banner

Exciting Chapter at Book Week 2021

Book Week is always a favourite chapter of Term 3 to celebrate our love of literacy. Today, the Junior School girls brought their favourite characters to life at our Annual Dress Up Assembly and Parade.

The Student Library Initiatives Club wrote and presented an engaging play including the shortlisted books, under the expert direction of Lisa Hollis. A Saints Girls’ tradition for the Junior School, staff took to the stage to perform Little Red Gingerbread. The girls loved the performance and were thrilled to share the limelight by parading their colourful and creative costumes.

Each day at lunchtime this week, the Year 6 Library Leaders organised and supervised special activities which were enjoyed by students of all ages. The theme for Book Week this year is Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds. It has provided wonderful scope to explore the shortlisted books in the Junior School Library as all of them contain at least one of these worlds and act as a portal to them.

Helen Smith
Deputy Head of Junior School / Junior School Librarian / PYP Coordinator

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Book Week Buddies Sharing eBooks

As part of this term’s Science unit on animal adaptations, Year 5 students wrote and illustrated their own electronic story books using Keynote. This afternoon they shared their creations with their Mid-Year Reception buddies. It was a great way to end Book Week!

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Game On for Mind Lab Masters

St Peter’s Girls proudly hosted the annual interschool Mind Lab Competition last Friday, with our girls achieving fantastic results. Two teams of four students from each school competed in the hands-on strategy board games of Checkers, Abalone, Quoridor and Octi. Perseverance and resilience came to the fore, as students pitted their skills and strategies against each other, earning points for themselves individually as well as for their team.

The competition was strong, and we were incredibly proud of the way our students approached the event. Our Blue Team, comprised of Nishka Soodan, Victoria Zou, Phoebe Fan and Xielan Ouyang, achieved 3rd place overall, and our White Team, made up of Yashika Agarwal, Zalia Valmorbida, Scarlett Parker and Anika Vaidya, finished a very creditable 5th. In addition, Nishka won a Gold medal in Abalone, Phoebe claimed Gold in Checkers and Anika took out Silver in Octi.

Mind Lab aims to develop cognitive, social, emotional and ethical thinking skills that span all learning areas. The methodology encourages risk-taking and flexible thinking, teaching students how to work interdependently, apply a wide range of problem-solving strategies and reflect upon their effectiveness. Our girls are encouraged to transfer the learning from their game playing sessions to situations they encounter in the classroom and their daily lives.

Congratulations to all of our competitors.

Suzanne Haddy
Head of Junior School

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From Our Director of Teaching and Learning


As I mentioned in an earlier edition of eNews, the three main local universities now offer a range of different pathways into many of their courses.

The University of Adelaide launched an early entry pathway last year and has decided to extend this to the current Year 12 cohort. This gives students access to many undergraduate degrees based on Year 11 grades. It is a condition of this pathway that Year 12 studies are completed, and a traditional selection rank is received. Some degrees are excluded from the scheme. More information is available on the university’s website, and there is an extensive list of FAQs there.

UniSA offers some guaranteed places for tertiary study based on Year 12 grades, as opposed to selection rank (which is ATAR and adjustment factors). Interested students should take a look at the Guaranteed Entry Calculator on the UniSA website for further details.

Flinders University uses a range of admission pathways. They too have a Year 11 grades scheme which our current Year 12s can access. Flinders University looks favourably upon sound SACE Research Project grades. Students can also choose to sit a uniTEST, the results of which can be used in conjunction with other results data to determine offers. Further details on these processes are available on the university’s website.

All the universities will continue to use the traditional selection rank system as well, but, as you can see, this is now being supplemented with a range of alternative pathway options.

For International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme students, the University of Adelaide has launched a pioneering IB recognition scheme. It acknowledges the range of learning, critical thinking, academic preparedness and rigorous assessment completed through the IBDP. The scheme aims to avoid unnecessary repetition of content once degree studies are underway. Once at university, IB graduates may be eligible for exemption from or credit for a university course(s), providing more flexibility/time. Again, some degrees are excluded, and further information should be sought via the website.

Nigel Scoggins
Director of Teaching and Learning

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Talented Musicians Add Strings to Bows

Several of our Music students recently took part in the Adelaide Eisteddfod, displaying outstanding technical and stylistic skills in their respective sections.

Praise goes to Samantha Li who competed in several string divisions above her age level, achieving remarkable results. The adjudicator commented that Samantha is an excellent soloist and has strong stage presence demonstrating great potential. Samantha said, ‘I performed in three challenging sections and won a prize in all of them. I received 2nd prize in the 14 years and under division, a 3rd prize in the 25 years and under division and an honourable mention in the 16 years and under concerto division.’

Reception student Grace Guo participated in her first Adelaide Eisteddfod, winning 3rd prize in the Grade 1/2 violin division. Well done Samantha and Grace, we are very proud of your achievements!

If you or someone you know at Saints Girls also participated in the Adelaide Eisteddfod and received an award or honourable mention, please email me via srounsevell@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au and we can publish your results in upcoming eNews editions.

Sally Rounsevell
Director of Music

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Kennion House Charity Day

Today, the Year 10 Kennion girls hosted a sausage sizzle to raise money for our House charity, KickStart for Kids. Members of our Home Group have been volunteering every Tuesday morning through the KickStart for Kids Breakfast Program, which has allowed us to see the difference the money raised today will make. KickStart for Kids is devoted to providing free breakfast and lunch to disadvantaged children across South Australia.

To arrange today’s sausage sizzle, the Kennion girls organised meetings, designed posters and communicated with many people throughout the School. The event proved to be highly successful, with all girls stepping up to the challenge of organising and executing an effective fundraiser.

Georgia Mallick
Student

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Selwyn House Charity Day

The Year 10 Selwyn girls sold sweet treats today, raising funds for our House Charity, The Smith Family. It was fantastic to see the wave of support from the girls today. Many items such as our chocolate cupcakes and meringues were snapped up, and it is terrific knowing that our Saints Girls’ community is so charitable and supportive!

Through this opportunity, we have realised how much of an impact we can make in our society, and it has been invaluable. The money we have raised today will be donated to The Smith Family to help create a better future for young Australians in need, with emphasis on long-term participation in education.

Genevieve Leong
Student

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iChampions Engineer Biomed Solution

The Year 6 iChampions visited the University of Adelaide as part of its Girls in STEM Program. The focus was on engineering, with the girls learning about the many different fields including biomedical engineering.

The students were asked to design a prosthetic leg using simple materials. They were judged on how quickly they could walk a short distance on the leg, as well as the cost of the materials they used to create it. Despite finding the activity challenging, the girls were able to complete the task.

Monique Green
Digital Tech Teacher & STEM Coordinator

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SACE Music Concert

Don’t miss our SACE Music Concert at 7pm on Thursday 9 September featuring performances by Emeshe Robson and Georgie Raftopoulos. Also performing are many of our outstanding music ensembles including Stage Band, Concert Band, Enchante, Chamber Choir and Senior Strings.

It’s sure to be a hit!

Book your tickets via www.trybooking.com/BTQMH
Adults $10
Students/Concession $5

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Year 5 Production – Singin’ in the Rain JR.

Our students are excited for another show-stopping Saints Girls’ Year 5 Production: Singin’ in the Rain JR.

The girls will be performing on Thursday 23 September and Friday 24 September.

Tickets are now open to the wider School community! Secure your booking here.

We look forward to another incredible production!

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SACE Dance Performance – Wonderland

Our SACE Stage 2 Dancers are thrilled to present Wonderland, a moving performance that’ll leave you spellbound and mad for more!

Allow Alice, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts and all your favourite characters to take you on a whimsical journey with compelling movement and melodies to match.

The girls are very excited to showcase their creative and technical abilities. They will be supported by the incredible Stage 1 Dancers, a huge cohort with a genuine love for dancing and performing.

1 – 2 September, 7pm
Arts Centre, St Peter’s Girls’ School

Book your tickets here.

Kate Burnett
Head of The Arts

 

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Junior School Art Trail Exhibition

Our Junior School girls have been harnessing their creativity as they prepare to stage a captivating Art Trail exhibition later this term. Artworks include laser-cut creatures, a doughnut wonderland, abstract sculptures, imagination machines, nature paintings, upcycled dolls and stencilled street art.

The Art Trail will be held in stages due to density requirements.

Grandparents and Treasured Friends
Friday 10 September
Book via www.trybooking.com/BTREO

Visitors will tour at the time scheduled for the youngest Junior School student in the family. Older Junior School students will join the tour scheduled for their younger sister’s year level:

• 8.45 – 10am: Year 5 and 6 students
• 10.30 – 11.45am: Reception students
(and older Junior School sisters)
• 12pm – 1.15pm: Year 3 and 4 students
(and older Junior School sisters)
• 2 – 3.15pm: Year 1 and 2 students
(and older Junior School sisters)

For more information, please click here.

Parents and Daughters
Monday 13 – Friday 17 September

Reception – Year 2 students:

7.45 – 8.20am, Monday 13 September
to Friday 17 September

3.45pm – 4.30pm, Wednesday 15 September
and Friday 17 September

Year 3 – 6 students:
Students can escort their parents around the Art Trail during the afternoon/evening of their Student-Led Conference on Monday 13 and Tuesday 14 September.

For more information about this session, click here.

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Annual House Dinners

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

Selwyn House Dinner
Theme: Welcome to Wonderland
10 September (Week 8)
Book now: trybooking.com/BSSPA


The Long Lunch – Sunday 19 September

Seeking Volunteers

There are several opportunities to get involved and volunteer at The Long Lunch.
We are seeking parent/grandparent volunteers for set up on Saturday 18 September, and are also looking for assistance in the kitchen and for the auctions during the event.

Saturday 18 September, 10am – 3pm
Two shifts: 10am – 1pm and 12 – 3pm

Sunday 19 September, 9am – 6pm
Two shifts: 9am – 1pm and 1 – 6pm

If you are interested in volunteering your time, please contact Melissa Westgate in the Community Relations Office via 8334 2244 or mwestgate@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au. It is a lot of fun and a great way to meet and work with others from our community.

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Sports Day 2021

St Peter’s Girls will stage the annual Years 4 – 12 Sports Day at the SA Athletics Stadium (previously Santos Stadium) at Mile End on Friday 3 September. The day will begin at 8.30am and will conclude by approximately 3.30pm.

At this stage, parents should be able to attend, but must follow COVID protocols including scanning the SA Health QR code upon arrival, socially distancing, and avoiding the main grandstand. The smaller grandstand to the north of the main stand is a parent viewing space, as well as the general perimeter of the stadium. Parents are not permitted on the infield. As with all events, parent attendance is subject to change and will depend upon the latest health advice.

Students who regularly travel on school buses will automatically be taken to the stadium in the morning and will depart on buses from there in the afternoon. To assist other families, we are offering a special bus service for registered students which will depart from school at 7.30am and return to school by approximately 4pm. To book your daughter’s seat, visit https://www.trybooking.com/BTONN. Bookings will close once the maximum limit is reached. All other students will need to be dropped off at and picked up from the stadium, as the girls will be dismissed directly from the venue.

Girls in Years 4 to 11 are reminded to wear their complete PE uniform with a hat and a House top. 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.

Students can bring their recess and lunch or use the canteen. They are advised to bring water bottles. Attendees should prepare according to the weather forecast. Sunscreen will be available at the First Aid station.

The girls are looking forward to Sports Day 2021 and we can’t wait to see all four Houses in full flight!

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Sports Day Merchandise and Raffle

The Saints Sport Support Group is selling House merchandise and raffle tickets for Sports Day!

You can pre-order online via TryBooking and students can collect items from the Sport Support Group table as they enter the stadium on Sports Day.

House Hat: $25
House Water Bottle: $5
Wrist Band: $2
Raffle Tickets: 3 for $5

Items and raffle tickets can also be purchased on Sports Day (cash only). Raffle tickets will be $2 each or 3 for $5 at the event.

Thank you for your support.

Melissa Westgate
Foundation Manager

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Father’s Day Virtual Gift Stall – Last Chance!

The Friends of the ELC are holding a Father’s Day Virtual Gift Stall where all of our students from ELC to Year 12 are able to purchase gifts online for dads, grandfathers, uncles or other treasured people in their lives.

We have a variety of wonderful gifts available for $5 each. There is limited stock, so get in early to avoid disappointment. Gifts will be wrapped and delivered to classes on Thursday 2 September.

To order, visit the TryBooking link.

Purchases close at 5pm today.

If you have any queries, please contact Fiona McGregor in the Community Relations Office via fmcgregor@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au.

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School Blazers – Half Price Clearance

The School Shop has a half price clearance of remaining stock of wool flannel blazers. They are now $120 each (down from $240 and $250).

Get in quick as there are limited sizes available: 70, 110, 115, 120 and 125.


Share the Dignity Campaign

We are supporting ‘Share the Dignity’ again this August to help the many women who cannot afford sanitary items. We are a collection point for this amazing charity. We encourage students to bring along packets of pads and/or tampons and place them in the pink boxes located in the Library, Middle School area, or give them to Mrs Risbey in the PE Office. Let’s get behind this charity and fill the boxes over and over.

Share the Dignity collects thousands of personal hygiene products every year for women experiencing homelessness, poverty and domestic violence. Small dignities make a big difference.

Thank you in advance on behalf of the many women and young girls who will benefit from your kindness.

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Entertainment Membership

To support Saints Girls and secure your Entertainment Membership, click here.

Adelaide Schools

Terms and conditions apply. Visit www.entertainment.com.au for more information.

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Absences from School

If your child is going to be absent, late to school or leave early, please use one of the following methods to notify the School providing student name, class/Home Group and reason:

Text: 0428 601 957

Email: attendance@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au

Phone: 8334 2200

Feel free to include the class/Home Group teacher when emailing. It would be appreciated if notifications could be made prior to 9am.

It is absolutely imperative to keep unwell children at home until they have recovered, even if symptoms are mild. This is not only for their own health and safety, but for that of all students and staff.

We thank all of our families for their cooperation.

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Sports News

WINNING & LOSING v SUCCESS & FAILURE

The competitive nature of sport means that we inevitably often end up talking about winning and losing. It’s usually the first question I ask our coaches after a game, ‘How did they get on?’, and I’m sure it is often the first question family members will ask our girls when collecting them from sport, or later that night at the dinner table.

Yet, whilst it seems impossible to get away from this question, when listening to high performing athletes talk about their experiences, they almost exclusively discuss process over outcome, about the journey, rather than the destination. Research into growth mindset suggests that our relationship with winning and losing can have a huge impact on our growth and performance, with players who are fearful of failure less likely to commit to a challenge, be creative or learn from feedback. It’s therefore important for all of us, as our girls’ support networks, to consider our own approach to winning and losing, how we pass this mentality on to the girls and the link that these two have with success and failure. We must help our girls understand that how we handle the result is more important than the result itself. We can all gain huge growth from failure. Once we switch our mindset to appreciate that outcome, failure or a loss can contain unlimited amounts of process successes and opportunities for growth, and we will be in a happier and more positive learning environment.

This simple approach not only impacts the learning environment, but also effects dropout rates in sport, athletic identity and general happiness. Research by the Women’s Sports Foundation lists one of six reasons for dropout as social stigma, often stemming from negative performance evaluations, constructed due to an outcome-focused environment. As support networks, I’d encourage all of us to think about the conversations we have with our girls. Can the first question we ask be, ‘Did you have fun today?’, or, ‘How did you improve today?’ When reading the results in eNews, can we look at the bigger picture? Consider the girl who showed courage to compete against a more experienced opponent, the girl who showed compassion by helping an injured opponent, and the girl who showed creativity by trying a newly learnt skill or play in a match setting. By changing our conversation and approach to success and failure, we can take the first step in creating a happy, process-driven, playing environment that will assist in developing a lifelong passion for physical activity.

AUSSIE RULES

Open: Saints 39 v Walford 0
Middle: Saints 66 v Walford 6

Last Friday night, the Open and Middle teams took on Walford for our annual Intercol. Amazingly, both teams were able to come away with outstanding wins, which was assisted by our pre-game enthusiasm! It was fantastic to see so many of our senior players out supporting our Middle team from the sidelines, along with other students from the School community. Everyone brought so much energy to the games and even though our seniors only won one match this season, it was the most important one. Great job to all the girls, I can’t wait to come out and watch you play next year! – Kellie Bested (Aussie Rules Captain)

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Adelaide Schools

BADMINTON

Open A: Saints 6 v Walford 0
Open B: Saints 5 v Walford 1
Open C: Saints 4 v Walford 2
Open D: Saints 5 v Walford 1
Open E1: Saints 5 v Walford 4
Open E2: Saints 7 v Walford 2
Open F1: Saints – Bye
Open F2: Saints – Bye

What an amazing match day with Saints taking home another year of wins and retaining the Intercol Badminton Shield. With our last fixture of the season this weekend, I wish all the best to the players. Thanks everyone for your outstanding contributions. – Candy Feng (Badminton Captain)

HOCKEY

Open: Saints 0 v Walford 1

Last week, the Open A Hockey team played their Intercol against Walford. The girls always love playing Walford as there’s such a strong and friendly rivalry. We started well, getting the ball down to our attacking 25. Walford scored the first goal in the second quarter. The girls did not drop their heads and continued to fight until the end, but unfortunately, were not able to get any goals. Well done girls on a good game! – Poppie Goldsmith (Hockey Captain)

JUNIOR BASKETBALL

Year 6: Saints 34 v Seymour 2
Year 5: Saints 4 v Seymour 23

JUNIOR NETBALL

Year 4: Saints White 3 v Wilderness 15
Year 4: Saints Blue 12 v Wilderness 6
Year 3: Saints 4 v Wilderness 14

JUNIOR SOCCER

Year 6: Saints 1 v 2 Wilderness
Year 5/6:
Saints 6 v 1 Loreto
Year 4/5:
Saints 0 v 10 Pembroke
Year 3/4: Saints 0 v 13 Walford

Year 3/4 Report: Saints 0 v 13 Walford
On yet another beautiful day, the girls assembled full of anticipation for their first home game of season 2021. They had trained well at lunch and were keen to put into action their new skills for the day. However, they hadn’t foreseen the might of their Walford opponent. Walford were relentless, scoring 13 goals for the game. Mika Valmorbida played another amazing match, both as the general of defence and as second half goalkeeper. Arya Bhinder dribbled freely and attacked well, played her best game of the season, and showed real promise for the future. The girls will all need to practise their ball skills if other opponents are as exceptional as Walford. – Mark Routley (Coach)

Year 6 Report: Saints 1 v 2 Wilderness
During the last two games, the girls have been working on bringing the skills from our conditioned games/training exercises into matches, and tactically have been focusing on formation, using space (marking or finding space) and transition. The girls all made impressive improvements from the previous game, which was demonstrated by the closeness of the contest this week. We are trying to challenge the girls to play in different positions and will continue to try put people in new positions in the coming weeks. Aleiyah Abraham has shown flair up front in the last two matches, finding space and netting 3 goals from doing so. Romana Walsh had an excellent game in goals, saving shots and moving off the goal line with confidence and courage. If the girls continue to make these big improvements in their process, I am certain that it will be reflected in the outcomes they achieve over the coming weeks. – Brynley Millward (Coach)

KNOCKOUT BASKETBALL

Year 6/7
This week, the girls competed in the SA Year 6/7 basketball competition at Lights Community and Sports Centre. They played 6 games throughout the day and finished in 3rd place. It was a fantastic effort by all, but unfortunately, they will not advance to the finals. They had 3 wins, with an especially fantastic effort in 2 of those games, leaving the opposition scoreless. They had 2 narrow loses against Gulview Heights (6 – 12) and Golden Grove (8 – 16). All the girls worked hard every game and played as a team; they should be proud of their efforts. – Kat Perkas (Coach)

Players: Alyssa Piantedosi, Eloise Keller, Liz Osei-Tutu, Wei Ning Khoo, Mack Atkinson, Chyndelle Capobianco

NETBALL

Open A: Saints 54 v Walford 32
Open B: Saints 32 v Walford 23
Open C: Saints 37 v Walford 33
Open D: Saints 26 v Walford 25
Intermediate A: Saints 38 v Walford 30
Intermediate B: Saints 32 v Walford 29
Year 10C: Saints: Bye
Year 9A: Saints 73 v Walford 24
Year 9B: Saints 65 v Walford 12
Year 9C: Saints 26 v Walford 4
Year 8A: Saints 56 v Walford 15
Year 8B: Saints 49 v Walford 8
Year 8C: Saints 22 v Immanuel 8
Year 7A: Saints 16 v Walford 17
Year 7B: Saints 32 v Walford 15
Year 7C: Saints 1 v Seymour 27

Last week, the Saints Girls’ Netball squad played their Intercol matches against Walford. Playing Walford is always a game to look forward to, with the strong rivalry and competitiveness between the teams. This brings out the best netball and a great spectator atmosphere. Saints Girls showed determination and courage as they tried to defeat their opponents. In the Open As, Saints had to fight to keep up with Walford as they came out with a bang. 13 – 13 was the score in the first quarter. As the game went on, Saints kept their composure and lengthened their lead to a final score of 54 – 32. Whilst the Open Bs were playing, the Open Ds were on the next court over and their game was intense to say the least. With 1 minute remaining, the scores were even…30 seconds to go and Saints scored… 15 seconds to go and Walford moved down the court into the attacking line. But our defence was too good, and Saints came away with a thrilling win. I am so proud of all Saints Girls who competed against Walford. This weekend, teams will compete against Seymour for the final round of the 2021 season. – Olivia Kelly (Netball Captain)

SOCCER

Adelaide Schools

Open: Saints 2 v Seymour B 0
Middle: Saints 0 v Pembroke 2

STUDENT SUCCESS

EQUESTRIAN

Adelaide Schools

Congratulations to Imogen Lindh, who competed at the Kadina Ag Show on the weekend and won the SA Junior Show Jumping Country Championship on her horse Nightwish.

CROSS COUNTRY

Congratulations to the Saints Girls who worked so hard in the recent State Cross Country Carnival.

U14: Elodie de Wit (2nd), Isla Fahey (7th), Chloe Richardson (12th)
U16: Daisy Braithwaite (11th), Alice Braithwaite (12th), Carys Kinsella-White (14th)

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eNews – Week 5, Term 3 2021

Issue no. 25Enews-banner


From Our Principal

In somewhat bittersweet news, St Peter’s Girls announces the resignation of Deputy Principal/Head of Senior School Kate Mortimer who has been appointed Principal of an independent school interstate.

Whilst Kate will be sorely missed at Saints Girls, we are also delighted for her as she takes this significant next step in her career. Kate has been with us for almost five years, and during this time has achieved several outstanding milestones, including leading the development of our bespoke #EMPOWHER wellbeing program and setting firm foundations for our new ‘Career.Ready’ program. Crucially, she has formed solid bonds with many of our students, particularly the senior girls and their families, as well as staff throughout the School. We have been proud to watch her grow as a leader through her hard work, dedication and passion for education.

Kate is scheduled to begin her new role at the start of next year, so we look forward to her continued leadership for the remainder of 2021. The search for a new Deputy Principal/Head of Senior School is underway in earnest and we hope to share an exciting announcement with you in the not-too-distant future.

I’m sure you will all join me in congratulating Kate and thanking her for the immense contribution she has made to Saints Girls.

Julia Shea
Principal

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From Our Deputy Principal/Head of Middle School

Adelaide SchoolsIt was my pleasure to accompany 10 students from Years 6 – 11 with Ms Hollis to St Peter’s College this week as they attended the annual Anglican Schools’ Leadership Workshop.

This year, the theme was Reconciliation, and as such, the students who attended are Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Ambassadors.

The day started with an informative ‘Welcome to Country’ and smoking ceremony performed by John Lochowiak, ably supported by four St Peter’s College students. Students were then split into table groups to mix with their peers from 10 other Anglican schools from the diocese. During this time, students took part in a quiz about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture, enabling them to share what they already knew and learn some important new information.

Once acquainted with their new colleagues, John Lochowiak led the groups in a powerful cultural presentation that skilfully blended storytelling, personal history and evidence to explain the importance of reconciliation. Additionally, he explored the role that young people as emerging leaders can play in leading reconciliation, starting with a deeper understanding of and respect for different cultures, especially the indigenous worldview.

The event organiser, the Anglican Schools’ Networking Group, always aims to provide students with opportunities to share ideas and make useful contacts with similar position holders from other schools. Therefore, the students were given a chance to share what they are all currently doing in the arena of reconciliation in their schools, whilst also being given time to get together as a school group to ‘action plan’ future steps and possible directions as a result of what they’d learnt from the day.

Our students came away comforted with the appropriateness and level of progress that Saints Girls has already made in this area. They were also inspired to lead further action with our RAP committee in the coming months.

The opportunity to be a RAP Ambassador is an important element of our diverse Co-Curricular Program. All of our co-curricular activities are designed to allow students to develop themselves in a way that complements their academic progress whilst allowing them to show courage, be creative and act with compassion.

Richard Lisle
Deputy Principal/Head of Middle School

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National Science Week

Who can build the tallest tower in 18 minutes?

This week is National Science Week! To celebrate, we ran lunchtime science activities for the girls to encourage scientific curiosity, and most of all, to demonstrate how fun science can be. Our first activity challenged the girls to build the tallest tower possible in 18 minutes using just 20 sticks of dry spaghetti, one metre of string and one metre of tape. This tower needed to support the weight of one marshmallow and required teamwork, design skills, and analytical and conceptual thinking. The girls had a lot of fun, with participants from Years 3 – 10.

Learning about non-Newtonian fluids

Our second activity was a demonstration of Non-Newtonian fluids, or ooblecks as they are more commonly known. The combination of cornstarch and water creates a substance that acts as a solid when pressure is applied, but is otherwise a liquid. The girls rolled up their sleeves and enjoyed exploring the properties of non-Newtonian fluids. This immersive activity had participants from Years 3 – 6 experiencing the enjoyment and wonder of science with several remarking it was one of the best things they have done.

Nicole Foster
Scientist in Residence

On Wednesday, students were offered the chance to explore rockets. The girls had an opportunity to perform activities on the Oval, looking at creating forces to launch rockets using both mechanical pressure and chemical reactions. They also explored the Doppler effect using the Doppler rocket.

The girls had lots of fun, definitely boosting their interest in science!

Roger Mills
Mathematics/Science Teacher

The students were excited to look at cheek cells today, as well as Euglena cells, and a range of prepared slides under microscopes. Science Week has offered our girls an additional opportunity to explore science activities. They had plenty of great questions about cells, were enthusiastic about using microscopes and were eager to undertake more similar projects.

It was terrific organising various activities for Science Week and very rewarding to see our girls participate with keen interest.

Emily Gough
Science Teacher

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Saints Girls’ Art TrailJunior School Exhibition

Our Junior School girls have been harnessing their creativity as they prepare to stage a captivating Art Trail exhibition later this term. Artworks include laser-cut creatures, a donut wonderland, abstract sculptures, imagination machines, nature paintings, upcycled dolls and stencilled street art.

There will be opportunities for parents, grandparents and treasured friends to experience the Art Trail, and details will be sent home with Junior School students next week.

We can’t wait to share these stunning pieces with you. In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek of the girls’ fantastic work as their creations come to life:

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Year 5 Production – Singin’ in the Rain JR.

Our students are excited for another show-stopping Saints Girls’ Year 5 Production: Singin’ in the Rain JR.

The girls will be performing on Thursday 23 September and Friday 24 September.

Year 5 parents have priority ticket access. To book, click here.

Tickets will be opened up to the wider School community next Wednesday 25 August at 9am.

We look forward to another incredible production!

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SACE Dance Performance – Wonderland

Our SACE Stage 2 Dancers are thrilled to present Wonderland, a moving performance that’ll leave you spellbound and mad for more!

Allow Alice, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts and all your favourite characters to take you on a whimsical journey with compelling moves and melodies to match.

The girls are very excited to showcase their creative and technical abilities. They will be supported by the incredible Stage 1 Dancers, a huge cohort with a genuine love for dancing and performing.

1 – 2 September, 7pm
Arts Centre, St Peter’s Girls’ School

Book your tickets here.

Kate Burnett
Head of The Arts

 

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Growing STEM to Industry

STEM Industry Guest Speaker

Last week marked the halfway point for our Year 10 Business project with our industry partner exposé. We welcomed Emma Girvan to work with our Data Visualisation Specialists to give them some tips and tricks for how to clean their data and create visualisations to communicate trends and information business insights. We are very fortunate to have access to subject matter experts who can share their knowledge and skills with the class. In Week 8, students will be presenting their project during a visit to exposé at Lot 14.

Year 8 Futures Presentations

During Terms 2 and 3, our Year 8 Futures students have been involved in an Industry Entrepreneurship experience. This saw us partner with an organisation and apply the design thinking process to an overarching problem. The program was supported by the Young Change Agents (YCA) and our industry partner OpSys, which specialises in educating people about how to stay safe online. They do this by explaining ethical hacking and social engineering, and the tricks hackers use to scam people.

The Year 8 Futures teachers, YCA and OpSys worked together to come up with a problem which we reframed as an opportunity with a ‘How might we’ question:

How might we create the critical thinkers and tech stars of tomorrow who are ready to jump into tech careers?

The girls were required to prepare a pitch video that outlines the process they went through, from defining their problem to preparing a prototype.

OpSys is in the process of reviewing the girls’ pitches and has been very impressed by the quality of their submissions and ideas. We look forward to sharing this feedback with the students and celebrating their success in the next couple of weeks.

Monique Green
Digital Tech Teacher & STEM Coordinator

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Powerhouse Season for Saints Aerobics

Last weekend, the Saints Girls’ Aerobics teams competed in their final competition of the season at the Blitz It Challenge. Although the teams qualified for the FISAF National Championships, the trip was unfortunately cancelled for the second year in a row due to COVID restrictions.

In the Blitz It Challenge, all four teams achieved incredible results. Glisten went out strongly with their best performance yet. Fitting an impressive nine athletes on stage, the girls placed 1st in the Junior Large Aerobics Team division. Congratulations to everyone who competed.

This season was the first for The Golden Girls, and they performed superbly, especially being new to the sport. Their improvement from the start of the year to the Blitz It Challenge was evident in their performance. They placed 4th in the mighty Cadet Small Aerobics Team division. Unfortunately, the Pink Ladies were hit hard with two athletes unable to compete. The girls worked extra hard to choreograph and block their routine the night before the competition. The team left everything on the stage and placed 3rd in the Junior Small Aerobics Team division. The Feisty Fives sure were feisty on stage, impressing the judges with their facial expressions and energy. They placed 2nd in the Junior Small Aerobics Team division.

I was fortunate to be the Saints’ Aerobics Captain this year, and the experience was fantastic. I learnt so much about the sport as well as our School’s athletes. It warmed my heart to see the older girls support their younger teams, and to watch new athletes improve over the year. Although the group sometimes needed encouragement with a promise of a Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino on a sunny Brisbane beach at Nationals, Saints’ Aerobics has been amazing. The coaches and I would love to see some new faces join the group next year!

Maddi Harmer
Student

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Out of the Blue – A Chat with Ms Moxon

St Peter’s Girls is currently collating artwork from students, Old Scholars and staff of all ages and artistic backgrounds to display in our School Arts Journal, Out of the Blue. To gain an insight into the art form of literature and music, we decided to interview English Teacher, Ms Emily Moxon.

As well as being a lover of literature, she has a passion for music and has been involved with The Arts throughout her life. Here at Saints, she is a founding member of the Staff Band.

Why are literature and The Arts important to you?
The Arts are important because I get to see other people’s stories, thoughts and ideas. Literature and The Arts are also a form of escapism and expression. Escapism in the sense that it is wonderful to be able to live in someone else’s universe for a while and experience that. Expression in terms of being able to create and having opportunity, presence and voice, particularly for me in the form of music and literature.

What does literature as an art form mean to you?
It has the power to build empathy and diverse perspectives, and the capacity to express and create. It can share ideas, teach and talk about important issues and consider society, individuals and their values. I love how literature can reflect those values and how it is important to consider and look at how we talk about those values.

What does music as an art form mean to you and expression?
Music has always been such a swift mood changer for me. It can either inform and influence the way I feel, or it can best express the way I feel. It is probably my favourite avenue to create and experiment with. Music is also something you can share in with others and it is a really good way to connect rapidly with other people. Whether you are writing music or listening to music, that art form can be a shared experience. You can be enjoying something and listening to it whilst having a shared interpretation or experience with someone else. So, with something like a music festival or a performance, it is a very intimate space, and that connection with both the audience and other musicians can be powerful in terms of having a conversation. But also, the conversation you can have with other musicians or other artists and that collaborative space is important for people to be able to come together and connect and interact and to have a voice and a sense of belonging.

What do you think music, The Arts and literature mean in our School environment?
Some experiences are universal, some are entirely individual and it’s really important that you get an opportunity as a child to express that sense. You can also become more aware of the experiences that other people are having around you and you can learn how to appreciate it. I think that The Arts, music and literature are all brilliant ways of being able to tap into somebody else’s experience, and so it is a valuable and important part of social and emotional learning.

What is your background in music?
I have learnt piccolo and flute since I was little. They were my first instruments and I studied them for several years, getting up to about AMB Grade 6 in flute. I self-taught in guitar, saxophone, piano, drums, bass guitar and vocal. I have written music from a young age and have been in and out of bands. Particularly rock bands, I really enjoy that as a genre and as an art form. When I was a teenager, there was so much angst and I feel like being part of a band was an effective way of being able to address that. That kind of style and writing song lyrics and music has been interesting and powerful for me.

Over time, I played with lots of different things and did bits and pieces. My first band was when I was 17, and we competed in a battle of the bands at Adelaide University when I was 18. We lacked experience, but it was a great opportunity and we met many other bands and musicians. I then gigged around at various pubs, hotels, music venues and music festivals in Adelaide. In the future, I would love to play interstate. One of my highlights was doing a gig for the Smith Street Band at a festival. Music and playing in bands are not only a social space, but also a reflective space, and it has always been a good way for me to check in and tune out and manage my own thoughts and feelings and then learn how to perform and to share that with other people in a performative space. Music helps one in a personal space, in a social space and in a performance space.

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Thank you to Ms Moxon for sharing your perspectives on literature and The Arts. We hope that students will be inspired to consider submitting an entry of their own. All entries for consideration and enquiries regarding the St Peter’s Girls’ Out of the Blue Arts Journal can be emailed to outoftheblue@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au or placed in the Out of the Blue boxes in classrooms or the libraries. All work needs to have the artist’s name, year level, and Class or Home Group teacher clearly displayed. We look forward to seeing your entries! The closing date is Monday Week 7 (30 August).

Alexandra Iley and Jessica Zhang
Students

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Selwyn House Charity Day

The Year 10 Selwyn Home Group will be using our culinary expertise to prepare delectable, sweet treats to raise funds for our House Charity, The Smith Family. Cupcakes, macarons, biscuits and more will be on sale on Friday, Week 6 on the quad outside the Arts Centre during lunchtime. Not only will a purchase (or two) satisfy your tastebuds, you’ll also be helping a child in need. By bringing anywhere from 50 cents to $3, you have the power to provide disadvantaged young Australians with an impactful education, allowing them to make a better future for themselves.

Parents of girls from Reception to Year 2 can pre-order a cupcake via the TryBooking link, while girls from Years 3 to 12 will be able to make a purchase from our lunchtime stall. We are looking forward to seeing you then.

Genevieve Leong
Student

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Kennion House Charity Day

On Friday of Week 6, the Year 10 Kennion girls will be hosting a delicious sausage sizzle. Money raised will go to Kennion’s House Charity, KickStart for Kids, which supports disadvantaged children across South Australia. We’ve been seeing firsthand the impact this charity has on children through the KickStart for Kids Breakfast Program.

The sausages will be $2.50 each (+50c for onion), and drinks will also be $2.50. You can choose a meal deal of two items for $4. Drinks will include soft drinks and juice boxes. Parents of girls from Reception to Year 2 can pre-order via the TryBooking link, and students from Years 3 to 12 will be able to buy items directly from the stall on Chiverton Lawns.

We look forward to seeing you and supporting our charity!

Sowmya Biradar
Student

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Annual House Dinners

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.

Patteson House Dinner
Theme: 70’s
27 August (Week 6)
Book now: trybooking.com/BSRZT

Selwyn House Dinner
Theme: Welcome to Wonderland
10 September (Week 8)
Book now: trybooking.com/BSSPA


Book Week Dress Up Parade

Dress Up Day will be held on Friday 27 August. Junior School students are invited to come dressed as their favourite book character. Class parades will be held during a Junior School Assembly at 8.40am in the Arts Centre.

Please note: parents are unable to attend due to COVID density requirements; however, the School will share highlights from the event.

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The Long Lunch – Sunday 19 September

Seeking Donations for Our Auctions

If you are a business owner or know someone who is, we are seeking donations for our Silent and Major Auctions, raising money for our new Gym.

All contributions will be acknowledged in the lead up to The Long Lunch and on the day. Excellent donation ideas include:

– Hampers
– Money-can’t-buy experiences
– Artwork including glass, ceramics and sculptures
– Educational toys, games and computers
– Small electrical appliances
– Vouchers for services
– Sporting equipment and memorabilia
– Jewellery and handbags
– Contemporary furniture, fixtures, fittings and lighting
– Fine wine and dining vouchers, winery tours, behind-the-scenes tours and exclusive tastings

If you are able to donate an item, or have a suggestion for one, please contact Foundation Manager Melissa Westgate via 8334 2244 or mwestgate@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au. All items can be delivered to our Community Relations Office, or we can arrange to pick them up.

Seeking Volunteers

There are several opportunities to get involved and volunteer at The Long Lunch.
We are seeking parent/grandparent volunteers for set up on Saturday 18 September, and are also looking for assistance in the kitchen and for the auctions during the event.

Saturday 18 September, 10am – 3pm
Two shifts: 10am – 1pm and 12 – 3pm

Sunday 19 September, 9am – 6pm
Two shifts: 9am – 1pm and 1 – 6pm

If you are interested in volunteering your time, please contact Melissa Westgate in the Community Relations Office via 8334 2244 or mwestgate@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au. It is a lot of fun and a great way to meet and work with others from our community.

Meantime, tickets for the event are selling fast, so secure your seat and join us for a tantalising Asian Fusion at The Long Lunch. Enjoy a fabulous afternoon featuring entertainment, auctions and delicious food paired with exceptional refreshments.

Sunday 19 September 2021
12 noon – 5pm

Tickets are $150
Only 200 available

Book now via www.trybooking.com/BQADN

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Sports Day Raffle Prizes

The Saints Sport Support Group is looking for donations to assist with the upcoming Sports Day Raffle. We need your help!

Each year, the committee offers 4 raffle prizes at Sports Day, and this activity is wildly popular with the students. All proceeds support Saints Girls in their sporting ventures, umpiring and coaching.

Donations of sporting equipment, vouchers, tickets, clothing or games can be left at the Front Office for collection. Alternatively, please contact Katie Lucas for pick up via katie.lucas@opencolleges.edu.au

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Father’s Day Virtual Gift Stall

The Friends of the ELC are holding a Father’s Day Virtual Gift Stall where all of our students from ELC to Year 12 are able to purchase gifts online for dads, grandfathers, uncles or other treasured people in their lives.

We have a variety of wonderful gifts available for $5 each. There is limited stock, so get in early to avoid disappointment. Gifts will be wrapped and delivered to classes on Thursday 2 September.

To order, visit the Trybooking link.

Purchases close at 5pm, Friday 27 August.

If you have any queries, please contact Fiona McGregor in the Community Relations Office via fmcgregor@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au.

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School Blazers – Half Price Clearance

The School Shop has a half price clearance of remaining stock of wool flannel blazers. They are now $120 each (down from $240 and $250).

Get in quick as there are limited sizes available: 70, 110, 115, 120 and 125.

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Share the Dignity Campaign

We are supporting ‘Share the Dignity’ again this August to help the many women who cannot afford sanitary items. We are a collection point for this amazing charity. We encourage students to bring along packets of pads and/or tampons and place them in the pink boxes located in the Library, Middle School area, or give them to Mrs Risbey in the PE Office. Let’s get behind this charity and fill the boxes over and over.

Share the Dignity collects thousands of personal hygiene products every year for women experiencing homelessness, poverty and domestic violence. Small dignities make a big difference.

Thank you in advance on behalf of the many women and young girls who will benefit from your kindness.

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Important Reminders

Email Notifications

It is timely for all parents to check their email account settings to ensure email notifications from the School will not be diverted to junk/spam folders or blocked entirely.

For many platforms, you can check whether stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au has been blocked by accessing Blocked Senders via your account Options. You may also be able to add stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au to your Safe Senders list. If you require assistance, please contact our IT Department (details below).

Personal and Medical Information

It is vital that personal, medical and other important information on the myLink portal is up to date and complete. This also covers photo/video permission where imagery is used in print and online communications to celebrate student success, share exciting news with our community and promote the School more widely. In the digital era, this may also extend to some events being live-streamed on public platforms. If permission is not granted, the School will work diligently to implement specific measures, which may include temporarily withdrawing the student from certain activities. Please note, the permission does not apply to the School Yearbook where all students are included, or to the internal usage of photos/videos for the purposes of teaching and learning, such as content on Canvas.

Follow this pathway to check and/or update your details, and your child’s details: myLink > Community Portal > My Details > select the appropriate tab (child or parent name).

Policies

It is also imperative that families are familiar with the School’s current policies, as new ones may be introduced and existing ones are periodically reviewed and updated. You can view our policies on myLink via the ‘School Documents’ page.

Assistance

For tips on how to navigate myLink, take a look at our instructional videos by clicking the ‘Help’ tab on the Welcome page.

If you have any issues accessing myLink or are not receiving our email notifications, please contact our IT Helpdesk via helpdesk@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au or 8334 2227.

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Kathmandu Offer for School Camps

From Thursday 19 to Sunday 22 August, Kathmandu’s Rundle Mall and Rundle Street stores will offer exclusive discounts for St Peter’s Girls’ students and staff. This brochure must be displayed at the store for you to take advantage of the offer.

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Entertainment Membership

To support Saints Girls, click here.

Adelaide Schools

Terms and conditions apply. Visit www.entertainment.com.au for more information.

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Absences from School

If your child is going to be absent, late to school or leave early, please use one of the following methods to notify the School providing student name, class/Home Group and reason:

Text: 0428 601 957

Email: attendance@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au

Phone: 8334 2200

Feel free to include the class/Home Group teacher when emailing. It would be appreciated if notifications could be made prior to 9am.

It is absolutely imperative to keep unwell children at home until they have recovered, even if symptoms are mild. This is not only for their own health and safety, but for that of all students and staff.

We thank all of our families for their cooperation.

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Road Safety Alert

Adelaide Schools

The School is extremely concerned by reports of dangerous driver behaviour including speeding through the car park. All drivers must obey the 10kph speed limit.

Please also note the speed limit along Hallett Road has been reduced from 60 to 50kph.

Road safety and courtesy is everyone’s responsibility and is of the utmost importance in a school setting. We appeal to all of our families to take extra care in our car parks and on the roads for the safety of our students, parents, staff and the wider community.

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Sports News

Aussie Rules

Middle: Saints 77 v Westminster 7

The team had a fantastic first up victory of the season, claiming an 11-goal win against Westminster. The girls have been building through the season and it was a great reward for effort after several tight losses. The midfielders repeatedly took the ball cleanly out of the centre, allowing our forwards many 1-on-1 opportunities which they gladly seized upon. It was also excellent to see some fast-flowing chains of handballs fuelled by one of our great assets of speed. We look forward to this week’s Intercol against Walford.

BADMINTON

Open A: Saints 6 v Immanuel 0
Open B: Saints 6 v Wilderness 7
Open C: Saints 6 v Wilderness 0
Open D: Saints 5 v Wilderness 1
Open E1: Saints 6 v Wilderness 3
Open E2: Saints 7 v Wilderness 2
Open F1: Saints 9 v Wilderness 0
Open F2: Saints 8 v Wilderness 1

Last Saturday, our Badminton teams played our first matches since the term break and lockdown. Though there were still training sessions at school throughout the period, the return of matches boosted excitement, and the girls were all super keen to start playing competitively again. The improvements and growth seen in the Year 7 teams (F1 & F2) are macroscopic with the girls skilfully applying what they have learnt to competitive situations. A special mention to the Open As, Cs and F1 teams who have won all their matches, and to all the other teams for their great efforts. With Intercol Badminton matches against Walford in the Gym at School this weekend, the girls are all very excited, hoping to retain the shield for yet another year. As we near the end of the season, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the parents and coaches for all of the support. Special thanks to our coaches Stuart, Andrew, Cate and Emily, and to Mrs Risbey for her support throughout my six years in school badminton. – Candy Feng (Captain)

HOCKEY

Courage, creativity and compassion are the values we play by during our co-curricular sport participation, and the 2021 Hockey season has been a showcase of this. Due to playing numbers resulting in Saints’ fielding the one team, made up of students in Year 7 – 12, younger players have been competing against an older, more physical opposition. They have been courageous in facing the challenge head on. Last weekend though, playing against a Seymour C team provided an opportunity for our younger players to shine. Led by Poppie Goldsmith, our Year 12 Hockey Captain, Saints scored 3 goals in the first 10 minutes (the first was scored in the first 10 seconds). Poppie showed great leadership and compassion. Instead of our senior players taking direct shots on goals, they sought out the younger, less experienced girls to have a go and utilise their skills. Poppie arranged the younger girls on the pitch so they were in attacking positions, as well as being able to take shots from penalty corners. The younger members of the squad really enjoyed themselves and loved the support from the older girls.

JUNIOR BASKETBALL

Year 6: Saints 44 v Wilderness 4
Year 5: Bye

JUNIOR NETBALL

Year 4: Saints White 7 v Walford 3
Year 4: Saints Blue 27 v Walford 0
Year 3: Saints 4 v Pembroke 9

Year 4 White
All girls had an awesome game, improving significantly since their first game last week. They were able to utilise the drills we completed during training, and this helped them move the ball more fluidly down the court. The defence stopped most balls from getting into Walford’s goal circle. It was a great game and we can’t wait to see what the rest of the season holds. Keep up the good work girls! – Sarah Wishart

JUNIOR SOCCER

Year 6: Saints 3 v Wilderness 5
Year 5/6: Saints 10 v Loretto 3
Year 4/5: Saints 0 v Pembroke 3
Year 3/4: Saints 0 v Wilderness 2

Year 5/6: Saints 10 v Loretto 3
This team of Year 5 and 6 players takes part in a Year 6 competition. In their first game together, after a pre-season where we focused on four conditioned games which develop striking the ball, dribbling, first touch and game sense, we introduced the girls to a 2 – 3 – 1 formation. This allows both width and length to the girls’ team shape. Throughout the game, the girls looked to pass and move, putting together some nice passing sequences, several of which resulted in shooting opportunities and goals. When in 1 v 1 situations, the girls looked to be positive and take on the defenders, which we would like to see continue in future weeks by adding in the skills and tricks that we are learning in training.

Year 3/4: Saints 0 v Wilderness 2
The sun was shining on a beautiful day as 10 keen girls laced their soccer boots for the first game of season 2021. The buzz was exciting, and the game moved freely. Ruby Pahuja was tested out a few times in her role as first half goalkeeper, saving way more goals than the few that managed to sneak through. Lola Begley exhibited a dazzling display of skills as a striker in her first game. Weaving her way past the Wilderness defence, she had many opportunities and will make them count in the coming weeks. Mika Valmorbida took over from Ruby as goalkeeper in the second half and was relentless; she threw herself on the ball, demonstrating the School’s value of courage. With more experience, she will develop nicely into a regular goalkeeper. As a team, our focus for the next match will be to stick to positions, have the courage to run with the ball and look for opportunities to cleanly pass the ball to our teammates. Well done to all the girls who played their first game of competitive soccer. – Mr Routley (Coach)

LACROSSE

U13: Saints 11 v Glenelg 14
U11: Saints Blue 10 v Eagles 1
U11: Saints White 9 v North Adelaide 0

NETBALL

Open A: Saints 40 v Westminster 64
Open B: Saints 29 v Westminster 44
Open C: Saints 29 v Westminster 44
Open D: Saints 3 v Westminster 102
Intermediate A: Saints 25 v Westminster 60
Intermediate B: Saints 30 v Westminster 62
Year 10C: Saints 38 v Immanuel 31
Year 9A: Saints 27 v Westminster 51
Year 9B: Saints 22 v Westminster 33
Year 9C: Saints 38 v Pembroke 31
Year 8A: Saints 22 v Westminster 47
Year 8B: Saints 43 v Westminster 15
Year 8C: Saints 7 v Pembroke 23
Year 7A: Saints 10 v Westminster 34
Year 7B: Saints 25 v Westminster 14
Year 7C: Saints v Bye

SOCCER

Open: Saints 0 v Walford 7
Middle: Bye

Unfortunately, our Open Soccer team, with a depleted squad, went down to Walford in the first Winter Intercol. Walford started strongly and had a 5 – 0 lead at half-time. Our girls battled hard in the second half to keep the score to 7 – 0.

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eNews – Week 4, Term 3 2021

Issue no. 24Enews-banner


From Our Head of Junior School

Adelaide Schools

Term 3 typically offers a rich array of co-curricular learning experiences for our girls. We are excited to see significant numbers of students choosing to take up the challenge and stretch themselves this year.

A large proportion of our Year 3 to 6 students have taken the opportunity to participate in the Australian Mathematics Competition and the Mathematics and English papers of the International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS). The mathematics experiences require students to resolve unfamiliar problems across all domains of Mathematics, and apply skills in reasoning and problem-solving. The English tasks involve thinking deeply about a wide range of texts, interpreting written and visual information, deciphering less familiar vocabulary and seeking to understand authors’ intent.

Students in Years 4, 5 and 6 have been preparing for the annual IPSHA (Independent Primary School Heads of Australia) Poetry Recital Competition, with our internal finals being held next week in readiness for the interschool competition. Year 5 and 6 students also have the opportunity to participate in the IPSHA Junior Orator of the Year Competition. This event, involving the delivery of both a prepared and impromptu speech, celebrates the spoken word and effective use of language to inform and entertain.

For upper primary students keen to challenge themselves in other ways, preparations are well underway to find our champion Mind Lab players. We are thrilled with the number of students prepared to step up to this challenge. Our eight strongest players will compete in the games of Checkers, Abalone, Quoridor and Octi at the annual interschool Mind Lab Olympics. We are hosting the competition at Saints Girls this year and look forward to seeing our students pit their wits against the best players from other schools.

All these experiences require students to step out of their comfort zone and show perseverance and determination. As well as stretching students’ cognitive and public speaking abilities, they are valuable opportunities to develop self-confidence and resilience. We are very proud of every student who has taken up one or more of these challenges this term, regardless of the results they achieve.

Suzanne Haddy
Head of Junior School

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Winter Interhouse Results

Excitement reached fever pitch at our annual Winter Interhouse! The energy, enthusiasm and effort shown by the girls highlighted just how much they’ve missed being involved in competition. House pride beamed throughout the carnival as the girls battled it out across six sports.

AUSSIE RULES

In a modified format played on the School Oval, it was encouraging to see the strength and resilience of our Year 7 – 9 players when coming up against the senior girls. Their speed and agility certainly added to the day, which saw Kilburn run away with victory for the second year in a row with 3 wins.

1st – Kilburn
2nd – Kennion
3rd – Patteson
4th – Selwyn

BADMINTON

The standard of Badminton at Saints is impressive, and it was fantastic to see such quality in both the middle and senior competitions. All Houses were able to pick up at least 2 wins across the 12 games that each played, with only 1 game separating Patteson as the winners over Selwyn.

1st – Patteson
2nd – Selwyn
3rd – Kennion
4th – Kilburn

CROSS COUNTRY

Following a change of course due to a downpour of morning rain, we were able to get our 2021 Interhouse Cross Country underway. This event follows weeks of practice in PE lessons and involves students from Reception to Year 9. In 2021, our Mid-Year Receptions even came out for a lap of the course and to experience the Saints Girls’ House spirit. Kennion claimed overall victory after placing 1st in 5 of the year levels, but this event is about much more than results as the girls gain an awareness and understanding of lifelong fitness and enjoy exercising outside together in nature.

1st – Kennion (469)
2nd – Kilburn (393)
3rd – Selwyn (384)
4th – Patteson (265)

Individual Results

GOLD
Year 9: Alice Braithwaite
Year 8: Malaika McLeod
Year 7: Elodie de Wit
Year 6: Isla Fahey
Year 5: Lauren Disney
Year 4: Emily Robinson
Year 3: Milly Richardson
Year 2: Lucy Dougherty
Year 1: Rena Bradshaw
Reception: Javeria Ishaq

SILVER
Year 9: Daisy Braithwaite
Year 8: Carys Kinsella-White
Year 7: Chloe Richardson
Year 6: Aleesha Gray
Year 5: Audrey Fox
Year 4: Ella King
Year 3: Aurelia Tan
Year 2: Amber Guo
Year 1: Mia O’Brien
Reception: Millie Dougherty

BRONZE
Year 9: Claudia Pearce
Year 8: Ella Warrick
Year 7: Abigail Hawkes
Year 6: Abbey Phillips
Year 5: Jess Woods
Year 4: Matilda Purvis
Year 3: Olivia Ianniello
Year 2: Jiaen Lu
Year 1: Florence Cleland
Reception: Charlotte Kelly

HOCKEY

With uneven numbers of Hockey players across the four Houses, it was encouraging to see girls who do not usually play the sport step up for their House to field teams. Kennion and Kilburn, who together in the past 15 years had only lifted the trophy 3 times, looked like the strongest teams on the day. A 4 – 3 Kennion victory over Kilburn proved to be decisive as Kennion finished victorious with 3 wins from 3.

1st – Kennion
2nd – Kilburn
3rd – Patteson
4th – Selwyn

NETBALL

The games across both divisions were closely fought with only 4 points separating the top 3 teams. Going into the final round, Selwyn and Kennion were neck-and-neck. Selwyn took on Patteson and Kennion played Kilburn. Wins to both teams would have meant ending on equal points and the winner would have been decided on goal difference, so the pressure was on!

In the Middle School competition, Kennion held on for a 1 goal win over Kilburn, while Selwyn had a 4 goal win over Patteson. So, this meant it all came down to the Senior School results. Selwyn managed a 4 goal win against Patteson in a tightly-contested battle on Court 4. Kennion and Kilburn fought it out on Court 3 in a see-sawing affair with many lead changes. A late surge from Kilburn saw them hit the front and push on to secure an 11 – 7 victory, meaning the overall Netball winner was Selwyn!

1st – Selwyn
2st – Kennion
3rd – Kilburn
4th – Patteson

SOCCER

As reported in last Friday’s eNews, Selwyn took out Interhouse Soccer for the first time in the fixture’s 17 year history with a nail-biting penalty finish.

1st – Selwyn
2st – Kennion
3rd – Patteson
4th – Kilburn

Well done to all players and student supporters who showed such great competitive spirit.

Tommy Peak
Director of Sport

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Game Changing Tech Looms for New Gym

This week, the Year 11 and 12 PE classes participated in a European handball match at The Lights Community and Sports Centre at Lightsview. The facility has a state-of-the-art video replay system where we can access multiple recordings during and after the game. This helps the girls to produce evidence to support their implemented match strategies. We are hoping to install a similar system in our new Gym.

The Year 12s are using the game as a trial for the final match which will inform their group dynamics assignment. Students are allocated to one of four coaching roles – technical, tactical, fitness or motivational – and they must display the strategies they applied over a number of weeks to improve the performance of the whole team.

Dan Searle
Head of PE, Health & Outdoor Education

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eTECH Girls Take a Stand

The Year 9 eTECH students are learning about the engineering design process to build a production-ready iPad stand. We have partnered with Lyndon Huff from PROHAB, who used the design thinking process to develop a prototype stand that will soon be used throughout the medical industries.

With an easing of COVID restrictions, students were fortunate to have Lyndon visit in person to talk about the ideation, prototyping and problem-solving that went into developing the iPad stand. Students were excited to build and apply scientific concepts and mathematical reasoning to develop a new technology solution. This project provides students with an understanding of the world of engineering as they consider choosing electives for Year 10.

Monique Green
Digital Tech Teacher & STEM Coordinator

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Computer Programmers Connect for Success

The Stage 2 Digital Technologies students are currently working on their final assignments. The girls chose to build, secure and operate a gaming server from scratch. They had to research and order the parts, build the computer, program a secure and accessible system, and automate processes to create a standalone server for the purpose of MLG or ‘Major League Gaming’ services.

During the process, the girls have discovered the intricacies of hardware functions, Linux server securities, networks and network planning, and the joy and relief of seeing a boot screen after putting it all together. This has been an exciting, stirring and memorable undertaking that the girls will take away from their time in Digital Technologies.

Garth Coulter
Head of Tech & Digital Learning

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Food and Hospitality Health Hustle

Semester 2 of Stage 1 Food and Hospitality focuses on Healthy Eating and the impact this has on the hospitality industry. The students have been converting traditional hospitality menu items in line with healthy eating guidelines.

They recently trialled their converted recipes and sought feedback about the suitability of their dishes for a take away outlet or a tuck shop. Dishes included pumpkin crust pizza with smoked mozzarella and basil, a Mexican-inspired Buddha bowl, healthier burritos, nutty date brownies, wholemeal carrot cake muffins, and banana and spinach muffins.

Jenni Manson
Food Tech Teacher

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Kennion House Charity Day

On Friday of Week 6, the Year 10 Kennion girls will be hosting a delicious sausage sizzle. Money raised will go to Kennion’s House Charity, KickStart for Kids, which supports disadvantaged children across South Australia. We’ve been seeing firsthand the impact this charity has on children through the KickStart for Kids Breakfast Program.

The sausages will be $2.50 each (+50c for onion), and drinks will also be $2.50. You can choose a meal deal of two items for $4. Drinks will include soft drinks and juice boxes. Students from Reception to Year 2 can pre-order via the TryBooking link, and students from Years 3 to 12 will be able to buy the items directly from the stall on Chiverton Lawns.

We look forward to seeing you and supporting our charity!

Sowmya Biradar
Student

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Annual House Dinners

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.

Kennion House Dinner
Theme: Masquerade Ball
20 August (Week 5)
Book now: trybooking.com/BRWZD

Patteson House Dinner
Theme: 70’s
27 August (Week 6)
Book now: trybooking.com/BSRZT

Selwyn House Dinner
Theme: Welcome to Wonderland
10 September (Week 8)
Book now: trybooking.com/BSSPA

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Book Week Dress Up Parade

Dress Up Day will be held on Friday 27 August. Junior School students are invited to come dressed as their favourite book character. Class parades will be held during a Junior School Assembly at 8.40am in the Arts Centre.

Please note: parents are unable to attend due to COVID density requirements; however, the School will share highlights from the event.

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The Long Lunch – Sunday 19 September

Seeking Donations for Our Auctions

If you are a business owner or know someone who is, we are seeking donations for our Silent and Major Auctions, raising money for our new Gym.

All contributions will be acknowledged in the lead up to The Long Lunch and on the day. Excellent donation ideas include:

– Hampers
– Money-can’t-buy experiences
– Artwork including glass, ceramics and sculptures
– Educational toys, games and computers
– Small electrical appliances
– Vouchers for services
– Sporting equipment and memorabilia
– Jewellery and handbags
– Contemporary furniture, fixtures, fittings and lighting
– Fine wine and dining vouchers, winery tours, behind-the-scenes tours and exclusive tastings

If you are able to donate an item, or have a suggestion for one, please contact Foundation Manager Melissa Westgate via 8334 2244 or mwestgate@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au. All items can be delivered to our Community Relations Office, or we can arrange to pick them up.

Seeking Volunteers

There are several opportunities to get involved and volunteer at The Long Lunch.
We are seeking parent/grandparent volunteers for set up on Saturday 18 September, and are also looking for assistance in the kitchen and for the auctions during the event.

Saturday 18 September, 10am – 3pm
Two shifts: 10am – 1pm and 12 – 3pm

Sunday 19 September, 9am – 6pm
Two shifts: 9am – 1pm and 1 – 6pm

If you are interested in volunteering your time, please contact Melissa Westgate in the Community Relations Office via 8334 2244 or mwestgate@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au. It is a lot of fun and a great way to meet and work with others from our community.

Meantime, tickets for the event are selling fast, so secure your seat and join us for a tantalising Asian Fusion at The Long Lunch. Enjoy a fabulous afternoon featuring entertainment, auctions and delicious food paired with exceptional refreshments.

Sunday 19 September 2021
12 noon – 5pm

Tickets are $150
Only 200 available

Book now via www.trybooking.com/BQADN

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Sports Day Raffle Prizes

The Saints Sport Support Group is looking for donations to assist with the upcoming Sports Day Raffle. We need your help!

Each year, the committee offers 4 raffle prizes at Sports Day, and this activity is wildly popular with the students. All proceeds support Saints Girls in their sporting ventures, umpiring and coaching.

Donations of sporting equipment, vouchers, tickets, clothing or games can be left at the Front Office for collection. Alternatively, please contact Katie Lucas for pick up via katie.lucas@opencolleges.edu.au

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Father’s Day Virtual Gift Stall

The Friends of the ELC are holding a Father’s Day Virtual Gift Stall where all of our students from ELC to Year 12 are able to purchase gifts online for dads, grandfathers, uncles or other treasured people in their lives.

We have a variety of wonderful gifts available for $5 each. There is limited stock, so get in early to avoid disappointment. Gifts will be wrapped and delivered to classes on Thursday 2 September.

To order, visit the Trybooking link.

Purchases close at 5pm, Friday 27 August.

If you have any queries, please contact Fiona McGregor in the Community Relations Office via fmcgregor@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au.

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School Blazers – Half Price Clearance

The School Shop has a half price clearance of remaining stock of wool flannel blazers. They are now $120 each (down from $240 and $250).

Get in quick as there are limited sizes available: 70, 110, 115, 120 and 125.

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Out of the Blue Arts Journal – Call for Entries

Out of the Blue is our annual Arts Journal that celebrates the best of artistic endeavours at St Peter’s Girls’ School. We are looking for new entries for this year’s journal. They can take almost any art form such as photographs, art, poetry, cakes, song lyrics and tapestry. If you can think of others, please chat with Ms Burton-Howard.

We can take photos of people playing their instrument, as well as performing dance or drama. We can also attach a QR code to link to a performance video/recording. Any film that we include needs to be owned by the person submitting it, and it must include royalty-free music. It is also important that our Arts Journal reflects our whole community; therefore, we are interested in poetry written in its original language along with a translation.

We accept entries from ELC to Old Scholars and staff. The closing date for entries is Friday 20 August (Week 5, Term 3). Successful artists will be notified, and a celebration with awards will be held in Term 4. Our journal was a huge success last year, featuring more than 150 submissions and selling over 125 copies. We look forward to receiving more submissions this year. All entries need to have your name and year level written clearly, and the work must be original. Entries can be placed in the Out of the Blue boxes in classrooms or in the Library.

We are also looking for new committee members from the student body in Years 9 – 11. If you are interested, please email Ms Burton-Howard.

Jessica Zhang and the Out of the Blue Arts Journal Committee

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Share the Dignity Campaign

We are supporting ‘Share the Dignity’ again this August to help the many women who cannot afford sanitary items. We are a collection point for this amazing charity. We encourage students to bring along packets of pads and/or tampons and place them in the pink boxes located in the Library, Middle School area, or give them to Mrs Risbey in the PE Office. Let’s get behind this charity and fill the boxes over and over.

Share the Dignity collects thousands of personal hygiene products every year for women experiencing homelessness, poverty and domestic violence. Small dignities make a big difference.

Thank you in advance on behalf of the many women and young girls who will benefit from your kindness.

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STEM Holiday Workshops for Mums and Daughters

Rethink Pink

This year, Sunsilk surveyed over 1400 women from Australia and New Zealand to uncover misconceptions around careers and futures in STEM. They discovered only 1 in 10 mums has a strong understanding and knowledge of STEM skills to impart to their daughters. Almost 2 in 3 girls list their mums as their most influential role model.

Girl Geek Academy is running free STEM workshops in the next school holidays for mums and daughters. They feature four different modules:
– The Science of Hair
– Engineering Empowered
– Tech for Two
– Maths for the Real World

For more information and to secure your spot, visit https://girlgeekacademy.com/sunsilk/

Monique Green
Digital Tech Teacher & STEM Coordinator

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Important Reminders

Email Notifications

It is timely for all parents to check their email account settings to ensure email notifications from the School will not be diverted to junk/spam folders or blocked entirely.

For many platforms, you can check whether stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au has been blocked by accessing Blocked Senders via your account Options. You may also be able to add stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au to your Safe Senders list. If you require assistance, please contact our IT Department (details below).

Personal and Medical Information

It is vital that personal, medical and other important information on the myLink portal is up to date and complete. This also covers photo/video permission where imagery is used in print and online communications to celebrate student success, share exciting news with our community and promote the School more widely. In the digital era, this may also extend to some events being live-streamed on public platforms. If permission is not granted, the School will work diligently to implement specific measures, which may include temporarily withdrawing the student from certain activities. Please note, the permission does not apply to the School Yearbook where all students are included, or to the internal usage of photos/videos for the purposes of teaching and learning, such as content on Canvas.

Follow this pathway to check and/or update your details, and your child’s details: myLink > Community Portal > My Details > select the appropriate tab (child or parent name).

Policies

It is also imperative that families are familiar with the School’s current policies, as new ones may be introduced and existing ones are periodically reviewed and updated. You can view our policies on myLink via the ‘School Documents’ page.

Assistance

For tips on how to navigate myLink, take a look at our instructional videos by clicking the ‘Help’ tab on the Welcome page.

If you have any issues accessing myLink or are not receiving our email notifications, please contact our IT Helpdesk via helpdesk@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au or 8334 2227.

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Kathmandu Offer for School Camps

From Thursday 19 to Sunday 22 August, Kathmandu’s Rundle Mall and Rundle Street stores will offer exclusive discounts for St Peter’s Girls’ students and staff. This brochure must be displayed at the store for you to take advantage of the offer.

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Entertainment Membership

To support Saints Girls and purchase your Entertainment Membership, click here.

Adelaide Schools

Terms and conditions apply. Visit www.entertainment.com.au for more information.

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Absences from School

If your child is going to be absent, late to school or leave early, please use one of the following methods to notify the School providing student name, class/Home Group and reason:

Text: 0428 601 957

Email: attendance@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au

Phone: 8334 2200

Feel free to include the class/Home Group teacher when emailing. It would be appreciated if notifications could be made prior to 9am.

It is absolutely imperative to keep unwell children at home until they have recovered, even if symptoms are mild. This is not only for their own health and safety, but for that of all students and staff.

We thank all of our families for their cooperation.

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Road Safety Alert

Adelaide Schools

The School is extremely concerned by reports of dangerous driver behaviour including speeding through the car park. All drivers must obey the 10kph speed limit.

Please also note the speed limit along Hallett Road has been reduced from 60 to 50kph.

Road safety and courtesy is everyone’s responsibility and is of the utmost importance in a school setting. We appeal to all of our families to take extra care in our car parks and on the roads for the safety of our students, parents, staff and the wider community.

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Sports News

BASKETBALL

Year 6: Saints 54 v Walford 2
Year 5: Saints 18 v Wilderness 20

The Year 6s had a great first game, beating Walford 54 – 2. An amazing team performance with plenty of sharing around the scores! The girls played excellent defence and stuck well on their players, as was evident in the low score for Walford. It was so nice to be able to play again and the team is looking forward to the rest of the term’s games.

NETBALL

Year 4: Saints Blue 8 v Saints White 3
Year 3: Saints 9 v Seymour 1

Our Year 4 Netball teams had their first ‘proper’ round of netball on Wednesday after a delay to the start of the season due to COVID. They just happened to be scheduled to play each other!

The girls were excited to get out on the court for their first official match and the coaches were keen to see them put into practice what they had been learning at training. The match was very close all the way through, with scores tied 3-all at three-quarter time. But then the Blue team went on a goal shooting spree, scoring 5 unanswered goals in the final quarter to come away with the win.

All the girls tried hard and listened well to their coaches and the umpire, and improved as the game went on. We are looking forward to seeing them continue to improve when they hit the court again.

SOCCER

Open: Saints 0 v Scotch 7
Middle:
Saints 0 v Immanuel 2

Our Open Soccer girls faced a tough battle against a Scotch team who are undefeated this year. Despite the challenge, the girls kept their focus and intensity, although the pressure that Scotch applied forced us to defend too deep which allowed too much space in front of our defence. Despite the score, the girls have shown huge improvement against a team who last time racked up double figures.

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eNews – Week 3, Term 3 2021

Issue no. 23Enews-banner

Face Masks and Sport Attendance – Important Updates

The School has received updated SA Health advice that adults visiting school grounds should wear face masks at all times, even when outside.

With regard to sport competitions, including at other venues, adults and Year 7 – 12 spectators should wear face masks.

We have also been instructed that spectators are not permitted at indoor sports.

This advice extends to Winter Interhouse, meaning face masks for outdoor spectators and no spectators for Badminton in the Gym.

In addition, spectators at sport competitions should physically distance in line with 1 person per 2 square metres, and adults should scan the SA Health QR code upon arrival at venues. Seated consumption of food and drink also applies.

We thank all of our families for your cooperation as the health measures continue to evolve.

Julia Shea
Principal


From Our Director of Teaching and Learning

Adelaide Schools

Our Year 12 students are now in a critical phase of their journey. In the case of the IB Diploma students, it is completing study of content and moving into revision and consolidation as they prepare for their final examinations. For the SACE students, they will be completing their final teacher-assessed pieces this term. All SACE Stage 2 courses are 30% externally assessed, and where this takes the form of an exam, the students will be undertaking more and more exam-type exercises as they progress through these final weeks. To complement the work being done in class, for the first time this year, we have run extra exam practice sessions after school and during the holidays. The girls have responded magnificently, squeezing these sessions into already busy schedules and approaching the practice questions with seriousness and determination. The final round of these exam preparation sessions will occur in Week 5 of this term, with the full trial examinations taking place in the first week of the holidays, which is the last week of September.

More of the SACE examinations will be electronic this year. The students will participate in a familiarisation activity later this term, so they understand all the functionality of SACE’s platform, and we will run many of our trial examinations as e-exams using our own sophisticated exam browser.

For students who will be in the Senior School in 2022, now is the time when the construction of next year’s timetable begins, based upon the subjects our current Years 9 – 11 students have selected in the initial round of student surveys. University entrance processes are becoming more varied and experimental and, as we know, the world of work is evolving rapidly as well. As a result, it can be a daunting time for students to make decisions about their future pathways, and accommodate uncertainty and flexibility. Our ‘Career.Ready’ program aims to give students greater confidence that they are making informed choices. At any time, they can make appointments to see our Careers Coordinators Karen Alderson and Carolyn Farr. Even after the timetable has been completed, changes of subject choice can usually be accommodated, provided classes are not full, and subjects do not clash. It is important to remember that students should be selecting subjects that they think they will enjoy and be engaged in, and subjects that will stretch them and offer some challenge.

For our Year 8 and 9 students, they will have one eye on their examinations, which are coming up later in the term. Teachers are already finalising exam content and revision packs.

I look forward to a busy and productive remainder of Term 3 at Saints Girls!

Nigel Scoggins
Director of Teaching and Learning

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Winter Interhouse 2021!

Adelaide Schools

Soccer was the first sport to be played in our 2021 Winter Interhouse carnival, with a strong turnout from middle and senior girls on Wednesday afternoon. In modified 8-a-side games, it was great to see the girls working together as a House and combining well throughout the year levels.

Round 1 saw two closely contested games with Patteson and Kennion both working hard for a 0 – 0 draw, and Selwyn taking the first win with a 2 – 0 defeat of Kilburn. Selwyn’s success continued into Round 2, where they edged out Patteson by a single goal, 1 – 0. Kennion clicked against Kilburn and turned on the style with a 4 – 1 win, setting up a nail-biting final game against Selwyn.

Heading into this game, Selwyn needed at least a draw to take victory; however, they were against the run of play and soon went 1 – 0 down. They quickly managed to regroup and equalised to put them back into 1st place, but this game was nowhere near over with both Houses desperate for the win! Kennion managed to score again to take a 2 – 1 lead and almost had their name on the trophy until, with 1 minute to go, a goal box scramble resulted in a handball and a Selwyn penalty! Cool, calm and collected, Chi Chi stepped up and smashed the penalty home to send the Selwyn fans wild as winners of Interhouse Soccer for the first time in its 17 year history!

Interhouse Cross Country took place today, and our remaining Interhouse sports play out this afternoon (Aussie Rules) and tomorrow morning (Hockey, Badminton and Netball). We hope the girls are excited to represent their House and create a wonderful atmosphere!

We look forward to sharing all of the results and highlights in next Friday’s eNews.

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Old Scholars in the Spotlight

Earlier this year, we were thrilled to welcome back singing sensation Izzy Norman (Patteson 2020) to take the stage at Choral Night. What a performance it was! Izzy is currently studying at the prestigious Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and we can’t wait to see where her music career takes her.

Here, Izzy shares some reflections from her time at Saints Girls:

I began my musical studies in Year 3 at Saints in which I learnt violin as part of the Year 3 Strings program. From then, I was fortunate to be able to study saxophone, trombone, piano, guitar and voice, before finding and settling on my passion for singing and the study of the voice.

I studied Ensemble Performance in Year 10, Class of Cabaret in Year 11, and Solo Performance and Music Studies in Year 12, subjects that contributed massively to my ability today and the skillset I have to offer as I undertake university studies as a musician. The excellent choir and band programs at Saints were crucial to my development as a musician and as a person, and I honestly don’t know what I would do had I not been lucky enough to have those years of such fantastic music education throughout my schooling.

I am undertaking a Bachelor of Contemporary Music Practice at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in which I will study song-writing, vocal production and the fundamentals of recording. As a part of these studies, I am in the process of writing and recording my own original music which I am very excited to release in the future.

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Back to the Futures for Market Day

Today, our Year 7 Futures students hosted a Futures Market Day during lunchtime in the Gym where they had an opportunity to showcase and sell a range of products they’ve created to the student community.

Up for grabs were bath bombs and body scrub bars, handmade bracelets and clay rings, homemade candles, lip balms, bubble tea and more!

Futures is an exciting and innovative aspect of the Middle School curriculum. During Futures lessons, Year 7 students work together and develop practical skills in applying entrepreneurial thinking to run a business that aligns with their passion.

Futures is a key subject for all Year 7 Saints Girls; below we hear from Charlotte:

Futures is really enjoyable because we get to create our own small businesses. We learn about small businesses, how they become successful, and put the skills we learn into practice by creating a small business in groups. It has challenged us as we receive money which we can use to buy the items that we need to create our products, but we have to pay back the loan with interest, so we need to make enough money. It has been inspiring to learn about small businesses and become our own businesses, and there is a friendly competition between the groups which makes it even more fun.

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Saints Girls Honoured for ANZAC Spirit

Congratulations to Year 10 students Ellie Humphrey and Saffron Chen for being selected as awardees of the Premier’s ANZAC School Spirit Prize. Also, well done to Jessica Zhang (Year 9) and Annie Bui (Year 10) who were awarded certificates for their excellent participation.

Students investigated how their chosen veteran from either World War I or II reflected the ANZAC spirit, and then composed more than 2,500 words to address key criteria. The girls uncovered remarkable tales of bravery, survival and sacrifice, and did remarkably well to participate and balance this with their academic and co-curricular commitments.

The judging panel, comprising members of the RSL, History Teachers’ Association and Virtual War Memorial, selected Ellie and Saffron as awardees. They will formally receive their prize, which includes a study tour to historically significant sites in Darwin, at ANZAC House, Torrens Parade Ground on 3 September.

The Humanities Faculty and the whole School community are extremely proud of these students’ achievements and we look forward to the more formal acknowledgement of their success.

Gregor Dingwall
Head of Humanities

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Girls Branch Out for National Tree Day

National Tree Day was held last Friday. It started in 1996 and has grown into Australia’s largest community tree-planting and nature care event. It’s a call to action for all Australians to get involved in the environment and give back to nature and the community.

Burnside Council supports National Tree Day and donated plants to our School. The SPGS Environment Club, along with support from the Property Services team, were fortunate to plant the following:

Hymenosporum flavum (native frangipani)
Callistemon Endeavour (bottlebrush)
Callistemon Harkness (bottlebrush)

The native frangipani plays a foremost role in nature as it is capable of providing a canopy, and the flowers are great for attracting birds and native bees. The Callistemon Endeavour will brighten up the School with its large, abundant, bright red flower bushes that attract bees, butterflies and nectar-feeding birds. Finally, the Callistemon Harkness’s stunning flowers are also a great attraction for native nectar-feeding wildlife including insects, butterflies and birds. Furthermore, these native plants will comfort the native wildlife, providing them with food and shelter, ultimately helping the relationship and connection between animal and plant populations.

This week, we had the pleasure of celebrating trees and the many benefits they have in society such as health, wellbeing and environmental sustainability. This day connects society with nature and inspires and educates future generations on the importance of trees. It was a great opportunity for our students to interact with and make a difference to the environment.

Toni Christiansen
Environment Club Captain


Language Learning Fun!

The Reception girls have been learning about two countries: China and Australia. They have learned how to introduce their nationality in Chinese, and captured in the photos are the girls participating in a game of guessing which country crown they are wearing. Their task was to say the whole sentence, ‘I am from…’ in Chinese when guessing. The girls did a fantastic job! We had lots of fun learning.

Heng Wang
Chinese Teacher

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Book Week Dress Up Parade

Dress Up Day will be held on Friday 27 August. Junior School students are invited to come dressed as their favourite book character. Class parades will be held during a Junior School Assembly at 8.40am in the Arts Centre.

Please note: parents are unable to attend due to COVID density requirements; however, the School will share highlights from the event.


The Long Lunch – Sunday 19 September

Seeking Donations for our Auctions

If you are a business owner or know someone who is, we are seeking donations for our Silent and Major Auctions, raising money for our new Gym.

All contributions will be acknowledged in the lead up to the event and on the day. Excellent donation ideas include:

– Hampers
– Money-can’t-buy experiences
– Artwork including glass, ceramics and sculptures
– Educational toys, games and computers
– Small electrical appliances
– Vouchers for services
– Sporting equipment and memorabilia
– Jewellery and handbags
– Contemporary furniture, fixtures, fittings and lighting
– Fine wine and dining vouchers, winery tours, behind-the-scenes tours and exclusive tastings

If you are able to donate an item, or have a suggestion for one, please contact Foundation Manager Melissa Westgate via 8334 2244 or mwestgate@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au. All items can be delivered to our Community Relations Office, or we can arrange to pick them up.

Meantime, tickets for the event are selling fast, so secure your seat and join us for a tantalising Asian Fusion at The Long Lunch. Enjoy an afternoon among friends and colleagues with entertainment, auctions and delicious food paired with exceptional refreshments.

Sunday 19 September 2021
12 noon – 5pm

Tickets are $150
Only 200 available

Book now via www.trybooking.com/BQADN

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Sports Day Raffle Prizes

The Saints Sport Support Group is looking for donations to assist with the upcoming Sports Day Raffle. We need your help!

Each year, the committee offers 4 raffle prizes at Sports Day, and this activity is wildly popular with the students. All proceeds support Saints Girls in their sporting ventures, umpiring and coaching.

Donations of sporting equipment, vouchers, tickets, clothing or games can be left at the Front Office for collection. Alternatively, please contact Katie Lucas for pick up via katie.lucas@opencolleges.edu.au

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Share the Dignity Campaign

We are supporting ‘Share the Dignity’ again this August to help the many women who cannot afford sanitary items. We are a collection point for this amazing charity. We encourage students to bring along packets of pads and/or tampons and place them in the pink boxes located in the Library, Middle School area, or give them to Mrs Risbey in the PE Office. Let’s get behind this charity and fill the boxes over and over.

Share the Dignity collects thousands of personal hygiene products every year for women experiencing homelessness, poverty and domestic violence. Small dignities make a big difference.

Thank you in advance on behalf of the many women and young girls who will benefit from your kindness.

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Out of the Blue Arts Journal – Call for Entries

Out of the Blue is our annual Arts Journal that celebrates the best of artistic endeavours at St Peter’s Girls’ School. We are looking for new entries for this year’s journal. They can take almost any art form such as photographs, art, poetry, cakes, song lyrics and tapestry. If you can think of others, please chat with Ms Burton-Howard.

We can take photos of people playing their instrument, as well as performing dance or drama. We can also attach a QR code to link to a performance video/recording. Any film that we include needs to be owned by the person submitting it, and it must include royalty-free music. It is also important that our Arts Journal reflects our whole community; therefore, we are interested in poetry written in its original language along with a translation.

We accept entries from ELC to Old Scholars and staff. The closing date for entries is Friday 20 August (Week 5, Term 3). Successful artists will be notified, and a celebration with awards will be held in Term 4. Our journal was a huge success last year, featuring more than 150 submissions and selling over 125 copies. We look forward to receiving more submissions this year. All entries need to have your name and year level written clearly, and the work must be original. Entries can be placed in the Out of the Blue boxes in classrooms or in the Library.

We are also looking for new committee members from the student body in Years 9 – 11. If you are interested, please email Ms Burton-Howard.

Jessica Zhang and the Out of the Blue Arts Journal Committee

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STEM Holiday Workshops for Mums and Daughters

Rethink Pink

This year, Sunsilk surveyed over 1400 women from Australia and New Zealand to uncover misconceptions around careers and futures in STEM. They discovered only 1 in 10 mums has a strong understanding and knowledge of STEM skills to impart to their daughters. Almost 2 in 3 girls list their mums as their most influential role model.

Girl Geek Academy is running free STEM workshops in the next school holidays for mums and daughters. They feature 4 different modules:
– The Science of Hair
– Engineering Empowered
– Tech for Two
– Maths for the Real World

For more information and to secure your spot, visit https://girlgeekacademy.com/sunsilk/

Monique Green
Digital Tech Teacher & STEM Coordinator

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Important Reminders

Email Notifications

It is timely for all parents to check their email account settings to ensure email notifications from the School will not be diverted to junk/spam folders or blocked entirely.

For many platforms, you can check whether stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au has been blocked by accessing Blocked Senders via your account Options. You may also be able to add stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au to your Safe Senders list. If you require assistance, please contact our IT Department (details below).

Personal and Medical Information

It is vital that personal, medical and other important information on the myLink portal is up to date and complete. This also covers photo/video permission where imagery is used in print and online communications to celebrate student success, share exciting news with our community and promote the School more widely. In the digital era, this may also extend to some events being live-streamed on public platforms. If permission is not granted, the School will work diligently to implement specific measures, which may include temporarily withdrawing the student from certain activities. Please note, the permission does not apply to the School Yearbook where all students are included, or to the internal usage of photos/videos for the purposes of teaching and learning, such as content on Canvas.

Follow this pathway to check and/or update your details, and your child’s details: myLink > Community Portal > My Details > select the appropriate tab (child or parent name).

Policies

It is also imperative that families are familiar with the School’s current policies, as new ones may be introduced and existing ones are periodically reviewed and updated. You can view our policies on myLink via the ‘School Documents’ page.

Assistance

For tips on how to navigate myLink, take a look at our instructional videos by clicking the ‘Help’ tab on the Welcome page.

If you have any issues accessing myLink or are not receiving our email notifications, please contact our IT Helpdesk via helpdesk@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au or 8334 2227.

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Kathmandu Offer for School Camps

From Thursday 19 to Sunday 22 August, Kathmandu’s Rundle Mall and Rundle Street stores will offer exclusive discounts for St Peter’s Girls’ students and staff. This brochure must be displayed at the store for you to take advantage of the offer.

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School Banking Announcement

CBA School Banking will resume from Wednesday 11 August. For more information, please click here.

Thank you for your support.

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Entertainment Membership

To support Saints Girls and purchase your Entertainment Membership, click here.

Adelaide Schools

Terms and conditions apply. Visit www.entertainment.com.au for more information.

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Laptop Bags Available at School Shop

Adelaide Schools

Laptop bags are now available at the School Shop. They offer two zipped compartments: one for your laptop and the second for other belongings. They also feature top handles plus an adjustable and removable shoulder strap. Students are welcome to purchase a laptop bag for $29 each.

School Shop

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Absences from School

If your child is going to be absent, late to school or leave early, please use one of the following methods to notify the School providing student name, class/Home Group and reason:

Text: 0428 601 957

Email: attendance@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au

Phone: 8334 2200

Feel free to include the class/Home Group teacher when emailing. It would be appreciated if notifications could be made prior to 9am.

It is absolutely imperative to keep unwell children at home until they have recovered, even if symptoms are mild. This is not only for their own health and safety, but for that of all students and staff.

We thank all of our families for their cooperation.

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Road Safety Alert

Adelaide Schools

The School is extremely concerned by reports of dangerous driver behaviour including speeding through the car park. All drivers must obey the 10kph speed limit.

Please also note the speed limit along Hallett Road has been reduced from 60 to 50kph.

Road safety and courtesy is everyone’s responsibility and is of the utmost importance in a school setting. We appeal to all of our families to take extra care in our car parks and on the roads for the safety of our students, parents, staff and the wider community.

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Sports News

STUDENT SUCCESS

Lucy Lowry, Mathilda Thomas, Jasmine Segredos, Alice Braithwaite, Ellie Humphrey and Grace Richards have been selected to represent South Australia in Touch Football. As the first group of girls to make their respective State Touch squads, we are very proud and excited for the future of Touch at Saints.

Phoebe Lucas and Yashika Agarwal have been selected to represent South Australia in the U13 State Hockey team in Tasmania later in the year. Congratulations girls!

eNews – Week 2, Term 3 2021

Issue no. 22Enews-banner

From Our Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

Adelaide Schools

It was wonderful to welcome the girls back into the school on Wednesday, and to accompany this was an overwhelming sense of gratitude. I express our sincere thanks to the entire community, staff, students and parents for the patience, flexibility and goodwill which was so evident over the lockdown period. With that said, it is always important to maintain perspective. While our brief period of online learning was not desirable, we are far more fortunate than the school communities of Sydney, and our thoughts are with them at this time.

#EMPOWHER

Our 1:1 meetings with each girl (Years 7 – 12) and their Home Group teacher will take place over the coming week. These talks allow the girls to reflect upon their efforts from last term and determine the goals they would like to achieve this term. They also provide a valuable opportunity for a wider discussion regarding overall wellbeing, and enable our teachers to offer specific help and support for each girl. It is worth highlighting that staff do take notes of these meetings, and we are able to track these discussions across the years. Such consistent follow up of goals with our girls is one of the strengths of our #EMPOWHER wellbeing program. Research demonstrates that while many of us are good at setting goals, we are not as successful at enacting the necessary changes to bring them to fruition. The fact that our girls can reflect on what went well and identify how they can improve fosters a sense of accountability and independence that will serve them well throughout their life journey.

JobChat

As many of you are aware, 2021 has seen the launch of ‘Career.Ready’ – our revitalised, personalised and future-focused careers program. Career.Ready has a three-tiered approach to career education involving classroom lessons, links to universities and links to industry. It is vital that our girls are exposed to industry professionals who work in fields that reflect their interests and values. Our JobChat initiative does just that. Data is collected on the specific professions our girls are interested in pursuing. We then make intentional connections to facilitate discussions between the girls and industry professionals.

JobChat aims to equip the girls with a deep knowledge of a profession, allowing them to explore what is involved in day-to-day work as well as pathways for career progression. Among our guests to date, we welcomed Tracy Davidson from Rising Sun Pictures, who provided the girls with insights and career options in the film industry. I encourage you to view a snapshot of her JobChat with the girls in the video below. If you are also interested in contributing to JobChat, please contact Careers Coordinator/IB Coordinator Carolyn Farr via cfarr@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au.

Kate Mortimer
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

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Ethics Girls Blitz International Olympiads

Congratulations to our Senior Ethics team of Victoria, Sara, Holly and Emily, who came 3rd in the International Ethics Olympiads. They competed against students from 38 schools worldwide, including Canada, New Zealand, China and Australia. We were the only girls’ school in the top 3, and one of only 3 Australian schools to place in the top 10, making us the top girls’ school in the Olympiads.

The girls met in the school holidays to prepare, and following South Australia’s COVID lockdown announcement, then moved final preparations online. Over the past 18 months, it has been amazing to see the Philosophy and Ethics Club adjust to virtual meetings during lockdowns and restrictions as a school co-curricular pursuit, and competing online when required to do so.

The opportunity to work collaboratively as a team, communicate with students from around the world and partake in respectful, critical and creative dialogue to find ethical solutions to problems that have kept many adults baffled has been beneficial to all. Ethics and philosophy continue to grow in the School with competitions for Years 5 – 12 students and opportunities to join a co-curricular club for students in Years 7 – 12.

Year 11 student Emily Teague shares her Olympiad reflections:

The Ethics Olympiad is a discussion-based competition of ethics and philosophy, consisting of three rounds, with two stimuli for each round. While our team has significant experience in these competitions, the lockdown added to the challenge of the event. Traditionally, the teams would be together, allowing for seamless conversation and organisation in preparation times. As such, being in separate locations meant that our team had to improvise our discussions on the day.

With these obstacles in mind, we were very pleased to place 3rd. It’s a great result, especially considering this was likely our last ethics competition as a team, with my three teammates graduating this year. Looking forward, I know there are plenty of keen students ready to take on the challenge of striving for 1st place in the next few years!

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ELC Trailblazing in Reconciliation Education

We couldn’t be prouder to announce our ELC is a top 3 finalist in the Early Learning category of the Narragunnawali Awards 2021. As the only SA school amongst the finalists, we’re honoured to be recognised for leading the way in reconciliation education.

The judging panel looks for ways in which schools and early learning services strengthen relationships, build respect, and provide meaningful opportunities in the classroom and within the community.

Our ELC will be a hive of activity on Wednesday 25 August when the judges conduct their visit. We hope to share more good news when the awards ceremony is held in November.

Kate Mount
Director of Early Learning

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Saints’ Rowers Inspired by Aussie Gold

What an incredible week it’s been for Australian Rowing at the Tokyo Olympics! Our Women’s and Men’s Coxless Fours both won Gold, our Women’s and Men’s Quadruple Sculls both won Bronze, and Old Scholar Olympia Aldersey (Kennion 2011) did Saints Girls and the rest of the nation proud placing 5th with her crew in the Women’s Eight.

Our Rowing girls have no doubt been inspired by these and other amazing Olympic achievements as they count down to the start of their season at the end of next month.

To further add to the excitement, Saints Girls has launched a fantastic new resource to help our Intermediate and Senior rowers enhance their fitness, flexibility and stamina with guidance on activities they can perform at home during holidays or periods without training. You can view it by clicking here.

We’re looking forward to an outstanding season, and for any of our girls considering taking up the sport, we’ll be sharing information over the coming weeks about how you can learn more and get involved.

In the meantime, if you’d like more details about the Rowing Program at St Peter’s Girls, please contact me via bmillward@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au.

Brynley Millward
Director of Rowing


Exchange of a Lifetime for Intrepid Saints


Saints Girls at Methodist Ladies’ College in Perth

This term, six of our Year 10 Saints Girls have been very fortunate to be on exchange at Methodist Ladies’ College (MLC) in Perth and St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School in Brisbane.

Both exchanges are the result of hard work and a shared desire to provide an exchange experience to a cohort of students who missed out on Overseas Exchanges in 2020 due to COVID-19.

The MLC Perth partnership is a two-week reciprocal exchange, including students Ruby Richards, Eliza Monaghan, Lucy Schirripa and Claudia Henschke. MLC students will hopefully be visiting us at Saints Girls later in the term.

The St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School partnership is a three-week reciprocal exchange, including students Maddie Harrex and Phoebe Black. We are hoping to see St Margaret’s students attend Saints Girls for the last three weeks of Term 3, where they can also join the Year 10 camp.

Our exchange students provided us with some insights into their experiences so far:

The Perth Exchange started wonderfully, and I have already enjoyed my time here so much! I had an opportunity to explore some of Perth, including the Fremantle Markets, Kings Park and the city near Optus Stadium. Last Tuesday, we started at MLC and were all incredibly excited and eager to learn about and experience life as an MLC Girl. On this day, we were also able to get our very own MLC uniform which was slightly strange to see ourselves in green and not blue! I am great friends with my exchange buddy Isabel, and I have loved the exchange experience so much. – Lucy Schirripa

On exchange in Perth, I have found myself adjusting to the differences around me quite quickly. My exchange buddy Annabelle, and her loving family, have made it incredibly easy for me to feel at home. From the delicious dinners my exchange mother makes, to the fun activities my exchange family plans, they are making sure I have a terrific experience. Highlights include attending the Fremantle Markets and completing a high ropes course in Dwellingup, a town outside Perth. Schooling at MLC is quite similar to Saints Girls, and the students and staff are very welcoming. – Eliza Monaghan

My stay in Perth has been amazing. I’ve seen a lot of Perth and experienced stunning places like Scarborough Beach and the Perth Aquarium. I’ve had a really good experience with my host family, and everybody here has been extremely welcoming. The MLC girls are so kind and made starting school here incredibly easy and comfortable. Being in a new environment has been so fun and such a unique experience, and I’m excited for more to come. – Ruby Richards

My first weekend in Perth, although rainy, was a lot of fun! Saturday consisted of Eliza, me and our exchange partners taking a trip to the Fremantle Markets, the city centre and visiting museums. I met my exchange buddy’s friends for the rest of the weekend and we went on an outing to Hillarys where we had lunch, enjoyed the Aquarium Of Western Australia and visited North Perth. My first impression of MLC was that it is a lot larger than St Peter’s Girls. Although there were some differences, the school was warm and welcoming, and I immediately felt accepted. Whilst I am spending most of my stay at MLC, my trip highlights have been created through the friendship I have made with my exchange buddy, her family and friends. – Claudia Henschke


Maddie and Phoebe (middle) with St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School students

Upon arrival in Brisbane, I felt really welcomed by my exchange partner, Bess, and her family. Their support and kindness made me feel a little less scared about the experience. Fellow Saints Girl Phoebe and I arrived in Brisbane five days before school. This allowed us to settle in and get to know our exchange families. Our partners gave us the opportunity to go on a boat and explore Peel Island. Phoebe and I were even able to go tubing in Brisbane’s beautiful ocean. When the first day of school arrived, I knew it would be challenging being in a new environment with girls I don’t know, but everyone was so welcoming and kind. I have made many lifelong friends through the program, and it has been an enjoyable experience taking a step in someone else’s shoes. – Maddie Harrex

My Brisbane exchange has been amazing, and to be greeted by some warm weather has definitely been a bonus. I have been very busy since I arrived, staying on a houseboat on the river, eating delicious food, shopping and seeing all the different sights Brisbane has to offer. One of my favourite things so far has been going on The Wheel of Brisbane. It has also been a thrill to be here for the announcement of the 2032 Olympic Games. St Margaret’s has been very exciting because I have been able to experience how the school runs and the different things they do. I’m looking forward to going to Warner Bros. Movie World as part of my STEM class on how rollercoasters work. All the girls are lovely, and I have made many new friendships in a short time. It’s been a fantastic experience and I’m enjoying every moment. – Phoebe Black

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STEM Holiday Workshops for Mums and Daughters

Rethink Pink

This year, Sunsilk surveyed over 1400 women from Australia and New Zealand to uncover misconceptions around careers and futures in STEM. They discovered only 1 in 10 mums has a strong understanding and knowledge of STEM skills to impart to their daughters. Almost 2 in 3 girls list their mums as their most influential role model.

Girl Geek Academy is running free STEM workshops in the next school holidays for mums and daughters. They feature 4 different modules:
– The Science of Hair
– Engineering Empowered
– Tech for Two
– Maths for the Real World

For more information and to secure your spot, visit https://girlgeekacademy.com/sunsilk/

Monique Green
Digital Tech Teacher & STEM Coordinator

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The Long Lunch – Sunday 19 September

Join us for a tantalising Asian Fusion at The Long Lunch. Enjoy an afternoon among friends and colleagues with entertainment, auctions and delicious food paired with exceptional refreshments.

Sunday 19 September 2021
12 noon – 5pm

Tickets are $150
Only 200 available

Book now via www.trybooking.com/BQADN

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Experience Our New Virtual Tour

Saints Girls has just put the finishing touches on our new cutting-edge Virtual Tour. We are the first school in South Australia to enjoy this amazing platform which features captivating fly-through video and advanced 360 degree imagery.

We’re extremely proud to showcase our stunning spaces and facilities which have undergone a remarkable transformation in recent years, and we thank our students and staff for taking part in filming at the start of the year.

Watch a snapshot in the video below, and take the tour for yourself via: https://stpetersgirls.youtour.com.au/


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Compliance with Restrictions – Attention Required

Please note, due to COVID directives, adult visitors are currently restricted from accessing the campus, including the Front Office.

As already communicated, please do not attempt to drop off items at the Front Office for girls to collect until restrictions have eased.

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Important Reminders

Email Notifications

It is timely for all parents to check their email account settings to ensure email notifications from the School will not be diverted to junk/spam folders or blocked entirely.

For many platforms, you can check whether stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au has been blocked by accessing Blocked Senders via your account Options. You may also be able to add stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au to your Safe Senders list. If you require assistance, please contact our IT Department (details below).

Personal and Medical Information

It is vital that personal, medical and other important information on the myLink portal is up to date and complete. This also covers photo/video permission where imagery is used in print and online communications to celebrate student success, share exciting news with our community and promote the School more widely. In the digital era, this may also extend to some events being live-streamed on public platforms. If permission is not granted, the School will work diligently to implement specific measures, which may include temporarily withdrawing the student from certain activities. Please note, the permission does not apply to the School Yearbook where all students are included, or to the internal usage of photos/videos for the purposes of teaching and learning, such as content on Canvas.

Follow this pathway to check and/or update your details, and your child’s details: myLink > Community Portal > My Details > select the appropriate tab (child or parent name).

Policies

It is also imperative that families are familiar with the School’s current policies, as new ones may be introduced and existing ones are periodically reviewed and updated. You can view our policies on myLink via the ‘School Documents’ page.

Assistance

For tips on how to navigate myLink, take a look at our instructional videos by clicking the ‘Help’ tab on the Welcome page.

If you have any issues accessing myLink or are not receiving our email notifications, please contact our IT Helpdesk via helpdesk@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au or 8334 2227.

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Out of the Blue Arts Journal – Call for Entries

Out of the Blue is our annual Arts Journal that celebrates the best of artistic endeavours at St Peter’s Girls’ School. We are looking for new entries for this year’s journal. They can take almost any art form such as photographs, art, poetry, cakes, song lyrics and tapestry. If you can think of others, please chat with Ms Burton-Howard.

We can take photos of people playing their instrument, as well as performing dance or drama. We can also attach a QR code to link to a performance video/recording. Any film that we include needs to be owned by the person submitting it, and it must include royalty-free music. It is also important that our Arts Journal reflects our whole community; therefore, we are interested in poetry written in its original language along with a translation.

We accept entries from ELC to Old Scholars and staff. The closing date for entries is Friday 20 August (Week 5, Term 3). Successful artists will be notified, and a celebration with awards will be held in Term 4. Our journal was a huge success last year, featuring more than 150 submissions and selling over 125 copies. We look forward to receiving more submissions this year. All entries need to have your name and year level written clearly, and the work must be original. Entries can be placed in the Out of the Blue boxes in classrooms or in the Library.

We are also looking for new committee members from the student body in Years 9 – 11. If you are interested, please email Ms Burton-Howard.

Jessica Zhang and the Out of the Blue Arts Journal Committee

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Kathmandu Offer for School Camps

From Thursday 19 to Sunday 22 August, Kathmandu’s Rundle Mall and Rundle Street stores will offer exclusive discounts for St Peter’s Girls’ students and staff. This brochure must be displayed at the store for you to take advantage of the offer.

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Parents and Year Level Representatives Meeting and Community Group Meetings

All community group meetings are on hold and will be rescheduled once the current COVID situation becomes clearer.

Melissa Westgate
Foundation Manager

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Laptop Bags Available at School Shop

Adelaide Schools

Laptop bags are now available at the School Shop. They offer two zipped compartments: one for your laptop and the second for other belongings. They also feature top handles plus an adjustable and removable shoulder strap. Students are welcome to purchase a laptop bag for $29 each.

School Shop

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Entertainment Membership

To support Saints Girls and purchase your Entertainment Membership, click here.

Adelaide Schools

Terms and conditions apply. Visit www.entertainment.com.au for more information.

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Absences from School

If your child is going to be absent, late to school or leave early, please use one of the following methods to notify the School providing student name, class/Home Group and reason:

Text: 0428 601 957

Email: attendance@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au

Phone: 8334 2200

Feel free to include the class/Home Group teacher when emailing. It would be appreciated if notifications could be made prior to 9am.

It is absolutely imperative to keep unwell children at home until they have recovered, even if symptoms are mild. This is not only for their own health and safety, but for that of all students and staff.

We thank all of our families for their cooperation.

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Commonwealth Bank School Banking

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, volunteers cannot come onto school grounds to process School Banking. As such, the program has been put on hold.

Please do not send children to school with money for School Banking until further notice. Any money sent this past Wednesday for School Banking was sent home with the children.

Thank you for your cooperation.

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Road Safety Alert

Adelaide Schools

The School is extremely concerned by reports of dangerous driver behaviour including speeding through the car park. All drivers must obey the 10kph speed limit.

Please also note the speed limit along Hallett Road has been reduced from 60 to 50kph.

Road safety and courtesy is everyone’s responsibility and is of the utmost importance in a school setting. We appeal to all of our families to take extra care in our car parks and on the roads for the safety of our students, parents, staff and the wider community.

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eNews – Week 1, Term 3 2021

Issue no. 21Enews-banner


From Our Principal

Adelaide Schools

I hope this finds you all safe and well, and I’d like to extend an enormous thank you to our families and staff for supporting each other during our remote learning journey together. Whilst we know there’s no substitute for in-class teaching and learning, the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, with terrific attendance and engagement. Let’s continue to work together in the days ahead, and we hope we can all be back at Stonyfell soon.

We are aware that some girls have been enduring the exhaustive queues at COVID testing sites. If this is the case, please email attendance@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au to let us know, and hop back online when you’re able.

The Power of Career Education

Many years ago, I completed my undergraduate Science degree, majoring in Pure and Applied Mathematics. I was fortunate to receive a number of job offers, one of which was a graduate position to train as an actuary with what was then called National Mutual. The problem was that I had no idea what an actuary actually did! Convinced that I’d be stuck in a windowless office calculating morbidity rates to set insurance premiums, I bailed and failed to board the plane to Melbourne as planned. Instead, I returned to university, completed a teaching qualification and the rest, as they say, is history. I now know that an actuary applies a unique set of skills and harnesses mathematics to solve complex problems, advising on future risks, opportunities and options across diverse fields and industries. If I’d had access to a quality careers program at school, I would have been much more informed.

Career education must be a priority for schools. Unlike my generation, the girls today will need the skills and capabilities to navigate multiple career opportunities in their lifetime. Traditionally, ‘careers’ was something you touched on briefly in Year 12. We know that career education must start early, and it must be comprehensive. As such, our new bespoke Career.Ready program is designed from Year 7, allowing girls to confidently choose subjects and review career choices in the later years of school and beyond. Importantly, the program engages our girls with industry – perhaps even talking to an actuary – as these connections are vital to assist them in making informed career decisions. Just as it is for Mathematics or English, career education at Saints Girls features a carefully planned program of learning experiences. It remains a strategic priority and will continue to evolve over the years ahead. Please have a look at the video below for an overview of our Career.Ready program.

I still do wonder what my life would have been like if I’d joined National Mutual. But I couldn’t be more grateful for where I’ve landed. Each day I come to work, I get to be part of something special. Too few people have the honour of shaping a future generation, of working with the country’s most exciting minds, and feeling the job satisfaction and personal pride that comes with my role. Spending every day with the girls is a true privilege and I hope that they too will find a career which brings them as much joy.

Best wishes for the term and I look forward to seeing you all in person again soon.

Julia Shea
Principal

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Experience Our New Virtual Tour

Whilst we’re already missing being together at Stonyfell, as fate would have it, we’ve just put the finishing touches on our new cutting-edge Virtual Tour.

Saints Girls is the first school in South Australia to enjoy this amazing platform which features captivating fly-through video and advanced 360 degree imagery. We’re extremely proud to showcase our stunning spaces and facilities which have undergone a remarkable transformation in recent years, and we thank our students and staff for taking part in filming at the start of the year.

Watch a snapshot in the video below, and take the tour for yourself via: https://stpetersgirls.youtour.com.au/


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Old Scholar Olympia Goes for Gold!

Photo credit: News Corp

Good luck to Old Scholar and Rowing World Champion Olympia Aldersey (Kennion 2011) who’s donning the green and gold for Australia at the Tokyo Olympics which officially opens tonight.

In what will be her second Games, Olympia will compete in the Women’s Eight, with the heats scheduled for this Sunday. Rowing Australia says the 28 year old seemed destined for the Games as her parents named her Olympia after she was born on the opening night of the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

We caught up with Olympia in 2019 following her Gold medal performance at the World Rowing Championships with the Women’s Four.

Take a look at the video, and let the Games begin! Go Olympia, the Saints Girls’ community will be cheering you on!

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Introducing Our Newest Saints Girls

In a silver lining to this week’s developments, our newest Saints Girls were still able to enjoy their first day of school on Tuesday!

Our Mid-Year Receptions wore their School uniforms with pride and had a terrific time with each other and their new teacher Zoe West.

Amongst our newest students is Nina (pictured bottom-left), whose great great grandmother, grandmother and mother attended our School. As Nina starts her journey at Saints Girls, we relish the shared history, and now future, of this Kilburn family.

We look forward to seeing the girls back at Stonyfell and we bet they can’t wait to return!

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Highlights of Term 2

What an epic Term 2 it was at Saints Girls!

Featuring da Vinci Decathlon titles, the Senior Drama Production, SACE Dance Choreography, our School Musical, Women in STEM, service learning, sustainability, cultural connections and so much more, Stonyfell was a hive of activity.

Check out just some of the highlights:

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Crazy Hair and Hat Day

Term 2 concluded with our Junior School girls organising a ‘Crazy Hair and Hat Day’ to raise funds for the ‘Light Up Vanuatu’ campaign which aims to provide almost 50,000 solar lights to children living in energy poverty.

It was great to see the girls get behind this incredible cause!

If you’d like to donate, head to www.schoolaid.org.au/stpetersgirlsschool

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Saints Girls’ Movement Movement

With South Australia in lockdown, we should treat this as a chance to either kick-start or kick-on with our physical health. One upside to lockdown is that it provides us with a rare opportunity to reflect on our current lifestyle, allowing us time to make positive changes.

By eliminating the time of commuting and reducing the access to our regular leisure activities such as shopping or meeting with friends and family, we are in a situation like no other. Last year, Saints Girls created a fantastic resource for times like this: Witness the Fitness. The document contains a catalogue of workouts that can be completed at home, including HITT, cardio, body weight, dance, yoga, pilates and mindfulness sessions.

So, whilst sport is currently postponed, I encourage you to use this wonderful resource, be creative with the space and equipment you have at your disposal, be courageous in stepping outside of your comfort zone and trying something new, and be compassionate by encouraging and supporting your family to also get involved.

Personally, I’ve turned my living room into a home yoga studio and will be practising daily to improve strength and flexibility, with the goal being to complete a 30 second ‘crow pose’ with stability and composure.

Please get involved, and together, we will create a movement movement that inspires the Saints’ community.

How to get involved?

Choose your exercise session, set up and send a workout photo to the Sports Department via tpeak@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au – we’ll then create a collage of the Saints Girls’ movement movement!

You can find the #EMPOWHER Witness the Fitness resource here.

Tommy Peak
Director of Sport

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Orchestra of Support for Saints’ Musicians

I was fortunate to have been introduced to classical music at a very young age. Being able to play such great and well-known orchestral pieces in the Adelaide Youth Orchestras has really grown my passion for music and my performance as a soloist.

In 2018, I successfully auditioned for the junior orchestra of the Adelaide Youth Orchestra (AdYO), the Adelaide Youth Sinfonia (AdSI). My sight-reading improved significantly and I developed the skills to communicate with my section, blend with the surrounding musical landscape, and pay attention to tempo, dynamics and, most importantly, intonation.

My first season in the senior orchestra, AdYO, was in 2019. Here, I was able to further develop and demonstrate the skills I learned from AdSI on a much higher and sophisticated level under the artistic leadership of our conductor, Keith Crellin OAM. AdYO’s diverse repertoire features pieces from various cultural, historical and political backgrounds that were written in different stylistic forms and techniques. The repertoire includes the orchestral and symphonic works of great composers like Beethoven, Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff, Mozart and more.

Playing these pieces and being part of the orchestra has helped me recognise the powerful influence of classical music on the modern musical era and acknowledge how the universal understanding and appreciation of classical music creates unity in today’s society.

AdYO provides a number of unique opportunities and experiences, such as the chance to receive sectional tutorials led by professional musicians from the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (ASO). I find great assistance in learning a new repertoire.

Furthermore, one of the most memorable and thrilling experiences I’ve had in AdYO was accompanying the ASO’s principal clarinet, Dean Newcomb, in his solo concerto. Lastly, I’ve always valued performing with AdYO as it is a great learning opportunity to determine what helps me maximise my level of performance when performing under stress. The rush of fulfilment and joy I feel when playing in AdYO never fails to amaze me, and I’m extremely honoured to be part of this orchestra.

Matilda Chu
Student

At the end of 2019, I successfully auditioned for the 2020 season of AdYO. As this was my first time being part of a full orchestra, I didn’t know what to expect. Over the past two years, I’ve noticed that my ensemble playing skills have increased tremendously. I have learnt so much about ensemble playing, such as how to blend sounds smoothly and how to balance sounds when playing in a large group.

AdYO has also benefitted my playing as a solo performer and when writing or arranging music. Our conductor, Keith Crellin OAM, always makes sure to give us background on the music, and from this, I have learnt about classical harmonic motion and cadences, orchestration techniques and so much more. I would highly recommend musicians of any level to audition for one of the AdYO groups because you will benefit incredibly from it.

Lauren Parker
Student

Click here to watch the Adelaide Youth Orchestra Festival video.

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Important Reminders

Email Notifications

It is timely for all parents to check their email account settings to ensure email notifications from the School will not be diverted to junk/spam folders or blocked entirely.

For many platforms, you can check whether stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au has been blocked by accessing Blocked Senders via your account Options. You may also be able to add stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au to your Safe Senders list. If you require assistance, please contact our IT Department (details below).

Personal and Medical Information

It is vital that personal, medical and other important information on the myLink portal is up to date and complete. This also covers photo/video permission where imagery is used in print and online communications to celebrate student success, share exciting news with our community and promote the School more widely. In the digital era, this may also extend to some events being live-streamed on public platforms. Please note, if permission is not granted, the School will work diligently to implement specific measures, which may include temporarily withdrawing the student from certain activities.

Please follow this pathway to check and/or update your details, and your child’s details: myLink > Community Portal > My Details > select the appropriate tab (child or parent name).

Policies

It is also imperative that families are familiar with the School’s current policies, as new ones may be introduced and existing ones are periodically reviewed and updated. You can view our policies on myLink via the ‘School Documents’ page.

Assistance

For tips on how to navigate myLink, take a look at our instructional videos by clicking the ‘Help’ tab on the Welcome page.

If you have any issues accessing myLink or are not receiving our email notifications, please contact our IT Helpdesk via helpdesk@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au or 8334 2227.

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IB Recognition Scheme

The University of Adelaide is delighted to announce our International Baccalaureate (IB) Recognition Scheme, to acknowledge the international perspectives, academic preparedness, critical thinking and complex problem-solving skills that graduates of the IB Diploma Programme possess.

We understand that the International Baccalaureate is a robust, pre-university qualification that has rigorous academic assessment, extended learning opportunities, and a learning and teaching format comparable to the tertiary sector. This new scheme will recognise the academic achievements of IB graduates by granting credit or exemptions for first year courses based on curriculum equivalency and academic performance, and will run alongside our existing ATAR and non-ATAR entry schemes (Year 11 Entry Pathway and Year 12 Subject Based Entry).

Please contact our IB Diploma Coordinator Carolyn Farr if you have any questions via
cfarr@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au.

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Out of the Blue Arts Journal – Call for Entries

Out of the Blue is our annual Arts Journal that celebrates the best of artistic endeavours at St Peter’s Girls’ School. We are looking for new entries for this year’s journal. They can take almost any art form such as photographs, art, poetry, cakes, song lyrics and tapestry. If you can think of others, please chat with Ms Burton-Howard.

We can take photos of people playing their instrument, as well as performing dance or drama. We can also attach a QR code to link to a performance video/recording. Any film that we include needs to be owned by the person submitting it, and it must include royalty-free music. It is also important that our Arts Journal reflects our whole community; therefore, we are interested in poetry written in its original language along with a translation.

We accept entries from ELC to Old Scholars and staff. The closing date for entries is Friday 20 August (Week 5, Term 3). Successful artists will be notified, and a celebration with awards will be held in Term 4. Our journal was a huge success last year, featuring more than 150 submissions and selling over 125 copies. We look forward to receiving more submissions this year. All entries need to have your name and year level written clearly, and the work must be original. Entries can be placed in the Out of the Blue boxes in classrooms or in the Library.

We are also looking for new committee members from the student body in Years 9 – 11. If you are interested, please email Ms Burton-Howard.

Jessica Zhang and the Out of the Blue Arts Journal Committee

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Parents and Year Level Representatives Meeting and Community Group Meetings

All community group meetings are on hold and will be rescheduled after the School re-opens depending on restrictions at the time.

Melissa Westgate
Foundation Manager

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Laptop Bags Available at School Shop

Adelaide Schools

Laptop bags are now available at the School Shop. They offer two zipped compartments: one for your laptop and the second for other belongings. They also feature top handles plus an adjustable and removable shoulder strap. Students are welcome to purchase a laptop bag for $29 each.

School Shop

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Year 5 Production – Singin’ in the Rain JR.

 

Our students are excited for another show-stopping Saints Girls’ Year 5 Production in the last week of Term 3: Singin’ in the Rain JR.

Eloise will play the iconic tap-dancing role of Don Lockwood made famous by Gene Kelly, and Maisy will play the hilarious character of Cosmo Brown portrayed by Donald O’Connor.

Tickets will go on sale in early Term 3. As always, they will sell fast, so make sure you get in quick to snap up the best seats in the house.

Shelley Hampton
Director

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The Long Lunch – Sunday 19 September

Join us for a tantalising Asian Fusion at The Long Lunch. Enjoy an afternoon among friends and colleagues with entertainment, auctions and delicious food paired with exceptional refreshments.

Sunday 19 September 2021
12 noon – 5pm

Tickets are $150
Only 200 available

Book now via www.trybooking.com/BQADN

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Road Safety Alert

Adelaide Schools

The School is extremely concerned by reports of dangerous driver behaviour including speeding through the car park. All drivers must obey the 10kph speed limit.

Please also note the speed limit along Hallett Road has been reduced from 60 to 50kph.

Road safety and courtesy is everyone’s responsibility and is of the utmost importance in a school setting. We appeal to all of our families to take extra care in our car parks and on the roads for the safety of our students, parents, staff and the wider community.

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eNews – Week 10, Term 2 2021

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From Our Principal

Adelaide Schools

As Term 2 draws to a close, we reach the halfway point of our current Strategic Plan. The 3-year period is deliberately short. With technology constantly changing and millennials filling the workforce, the ‘5-year plan’ way of thinking is no longer relevant. Over such a long timeframe, there are too many grand initiatives that simply fade away. A strategic plan must balance the openness to new ideas with the insistence on establishing a consistent direction. The plan should be a living document by which the Board and Principal are held accountable, with progress open to examination and evaluation on a regular basis. With that in mind, I provide the following update on this year’s goals:

Academics

The School is committed to delivering a rigorous and innovative academic program. Accordingly, we review and adjust our curriculum offerings on a regular basis. This year, our girls have the opportunity to complete a Certificate III qualification in the High Performance and Screen and Media electives in Year 10, and our Scientist in Residence program continues to evolve.

The School will respond to the changes in the Australian Curriculum, but in a Saints Girls’ way! There is an increased focus on problem-solving within the revised Mathematics curriculum. Much research in the area of cognitive science suggests that problem-solving is best attempted once a solid foundation of procedural fluency has been established. Additionally, there is still reference to a whole-language approach to reading instruction within the revised curriculum documentation. This does not adequately reflect what we know about the science of reading and what we know constitutes best practice in reading instruction. As such, we will continue to refine our approach to phonics instruction. Similarly, the increased focus on problem-solving in mathematics will not change our intention to deliver high quality explicit instruction of mathematical concepts and procedures in our classes.

The School gathers a large amount of data as your daughter progresses through the years. Without meaningful analysis, the power of data to inform and implement effective, evidence-based classroom practice is wasted. This year, the School has designed, developed and delivered customised student dashboards that enable fast access and interpretation of student data, allowing teachers to not only track your daughter’s progress but to adapt their practice accordingly.

Wellbeing

A holistic wellbeing program should support our girls not only now but into the future. With that in mind, much time has been spent this year developing a future-focused and personalised careers program. Such a program needs to commence well before Year 12 and provide regular engagement with industry. We’ve been delighted to launch Career.Ready and the JobChat initiative. Once fully operational, the program will start in Year 7 and culminate in confident, informed choices in the later years of school and beyond. Content for this program will be delivered to girls during Home Group time, and the senior girls will complete one-on-one interviews with members of our Careers team. Enquiries can be forwarded to Karen Alderson or Carolyn Farr.

A review of the current leadership curriculum and opportunities for the girls within the School is about to commence.

Co-Curricular

Our new Director of Sport Tommy Peak has developed a vision for co-curricular sport after reviewing the current structure of coaching and team selection for each sport at all age levels. As a result, changes will be made to better equip girls and coaches to experience success whilst at school and encourage lifelong active participation. A particular focus will be to develop a tailored approach in each sport to match the needs of participants, rather than a one-size-fits-all approach.

By year’s end, involvement in all co-curricular pursuits will be easily compared across activities and longitudinally using a specially developed comparison tool. It’s anticipated that this data will help teaching staff monitor and support student wellbeing and holistic involvement in school life.

Community

The School continues to seek meaningful alliances with entities that will contribute to the girls’ education. A relationship has been established with Australian Green Clean which is working closely with the ELC and has supported the Year 11 Business and Enterprise students’ innovation of designing a receptacle for soft plastics. The Adelaide Wind Orchestra has made the Arts Centre their second home, and in exchange for after-hours access to our facilities, they will provide free workshops for our Music students and complimentary tickets to their concerts. Girls completing Certificate III in Screen and Media are being supported by Rising Sun Pictures. Collaborations with industries and professionals are a core component of our educational offering, and when done well, they can be a winning experience for both sides.

Service learning is rolling out across the School with girls of all ages actively involved in the program. Where possible, cross sub-school connections are being made. For example, both the ELC and Year 10 girls are working with The Smith Family. Please have a look at our Facebook or Instagram account to see some of the wonderful work undertaken by our girls this semester.

Spaces and Places

The School has undergone an amazing physical transformation in recent years, with the ELC, Middle School, Library and Science Centre developments all opening within a 6-year timeframe. The Gym is the next major project, and the start date will be dependent upon the success of our fundraising campaign. We have some exciting events ahead, commencing with The Long Lunch in September and a Sports Lunch with some notable sporting champions in November. We’re hoping to finish the campaign with a bang in June next year when we’ll hold a Giving Day and Celebration Ball. Your support, as always, is much appreciated, and the 2021 tax appeal is live for another week.

Staff

As a passionate supporter of single-sex education, I sit on the Board of the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia. Providing current research to our members is a strategic priority for the alliance. But conducting and not just reviewing research is extremely valuable. Action research can provide one of the highest levels of structured personal reflection for a teacher in terms of their own practice. Hence, I’m delighted that we have a number of staff groups involved in action research this year, ably assisted by external consultants. We are committed to maintaining our status as genuine experts in all girls’ education.

The IT staff structure has been reviewed and a re-structure completed, resulting in a blended staffing model covering teaching, data analytics and IT infrastructure.

Sustainable Organisation

It’s well documented that brands should strategically incorporate video into their online presence to assist millennials throughout the purchase cycle. Nearly two thirds of millennials, our future parent base, would rather watch a video from a brand than read text. Consequently, you would have seen an increase in video content across our digital media platforms in recent years. This year, a virtual School Tour has been filmed to assist future parents in their decision-making process. The imagery is amazing and we look forward to the tour going live on our website early next semester.

The School is an exceptionally busy place, and I’ve listed just a few of the initiatives that are underway. Management consultant Peter Drucker famously said: ‘Culture eats strategy for breakfast’. Without the right culture, no strategic plan has a chance of coming to life. Our culture is the ‘feel of the place’, the atmosphere that engulfs our girls each and every day. And in turn, their actions and their behaviours influence our culture. When asked to describe Saints Girls, there’s one word I always use – authentic. Saints Girls have a presence; they live in the moment with courage and conviction and stay true to themselves. We’re a School in which our young women exude a positive sense of agency and the confidence to challenge norms in the ambitious pursuit of their goals. Our Strategic Plan, underpinned by the School’s unique culture, is designed to ensure our girls continue to exhibit those attributes long after they leave school.

Have a wonderful break and I look forward to welcoming the girls back to school on Tuesday 20 July.

Julia Shea
Principal

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Saints Girl Going for Gold at Physics Olympiad

Congratulations to Chi Chi Zhao for winning a place at the UNESCO-sanctioned International Science Olympiads. She’s among just 5 talented young students who’ll represent Australia at the International Physics Olympiad next month, competing against more than 1000 others globally.

We’re very proud of Chi Chi, who will compete in some of the world’s toughest science competitions. She has spent lots of time preparing for the Olympiad and will compete against students from over 80 countries in online exams and supervised challenges.

This week, we celebrated with Chi Chi and we wish her all the best!

‘I’m very excited to be representing Australia as part of the team for the International Physics Olympiad (IPhO). The IPhO is a physics competition for high school students that consists of both a theoretical and experimental exam and includes topics such as mechanics, electromagnetism and quantum physics. This year, the competition is organised by Lithuania and will be held virtually due to the pandemic.

Last year, I took part in the Australian Physics Olympiad and was selected to go to the Australian Science Olympiads Summer School. It was a great experience and I learnt so much in those two weeks. I was later invited to participate in the April school for further training during the holidays. The training was quite intense and very challenging at times, but it was really rewarding to look back and see how much I’d improved. My favourite thing about the Olympiad is probably the creative problem-solving and I’ve loved meeting new people along the way. I’m very grateful to my teachers at school and the tutors from the Australian Physics Olympiad for all their support and encouragement.’

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Treasured Tradition – Our ELC Hat Ceremony

A treasured tradition for our girls transitioning to Mid-Year Reception at St Peter’s Girls’ School is the ELC Hat Ceremony. This event was founded some years ago now and is one that is looked forward to by many. The ELC children are formally welcomed into the ‘big school’ at a School Assembly where they are presented with their School hat and bag by Head of Junior School Suzanne Haddy.

We were thrilled to share this moment with our 2021 Mid-Year Receptions this week, and as you can see in the video, the children were beaming with pride. We wish them all a wonderful start to school next term and look forward to hearing more about their continued journey at St Peter’s Girls.

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Foundations for Success at Saints Girls

Our Mid-Year Reception Transition Program has set the foundations for success as our ELC graduates look forward to joining the ‘big school’ next term.

They are confident and enthusiastic for the next step in their learning journey and we can’t wait to see the amazing things they’ll achieve.

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Athletes’ Amazing Track Record

Well done to Charlotte McAuliffe who won the Barb Stevens Award for the Most Promising Multi Eventer at the Athletics SA Awards. Charlotte was also nominated for the U16 Track and Field Athlete of the Year along with Carys Kinsella White. Taking home the Di Burge Award for the Best Female Sprinter was Lakara Stallan, while Daisy Braithwaite was nominated for the U16 Road, Cross Country and Walks Athlete of the Year.

We also commend Old Scholars Christine Gayen (Patteson 2014) and Rose Pittman (Kilburn 2019) for being nominated for the Open Track and Field Athlete of the Year.

Here are some of the girls’ reflections of the season:

This season, I have competed in various races across Australia. Some of my highlights include the Sydney Race Walking Nationals where I finished 4th, and the VIVA All Schools where I competed in the 2km Steeplechase, 1500 run, and 1500 walk. I was very happy with my results and can’t wait for what next season brings. – Daisy Braithwaite

Winning Most Promising Multi Eventer was one of my main highlights this season. I also competed at the Australian Athletics Nationals in Sydney where I raced in the 200m and finished 2nd overall. – Charlotte McAuliffe

Over the season, I have competed in various events across both track and field. My main achievement this season was finishing 4th in the Multi Event at Nationals. – Carys Kinsella White

Winning the Open 100m and 200m at States and throughout the season were some of my main achievements, as well as running my 100m PB, breaking 12.00 and running 11.93 seconds. – Lakara Stallan

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Dazzling Young Dancers Light up the Stage

This week, the Reception and Year 1 students took to the stage to showcase their impressive dance moves and skills. RMK were cool cats that like to hide in boxes, RAL brought sunshine with their groovy beach dance, 1ML expressed their emotions playfully through colours and 1LS were toys that came to life!

Over the past semester, the girls have thoroughly enjoyed their weekly dance lessons with Kirsty Battersby. During these sessions, the girls have explored skills in drama and dance, which have helped develop their flexibility, coordination, spatial awareness and motor skills. An enormous thank you to Kirsty for her passion and creativity.

Meg Karvonen
Reception Teacher

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Forensic Investigators Crack the Case

 

This week, the Year 9 girls took part in ‘A Case of Identity’, a forensic science activity run in the Science Centre. They took on the role of a forensic investigator and had to work through 11 different stations of evidence to solve the case. They discovered how forensic evidence is gathered, how it is analysed and how the results of these analyses are compiled to provide a detailed picture of the events leading up to a crime and of the criminal even when eyewitness accounts are not available. It was an opportunity for the girls to see how the methods and experiments they are using each day in the laboratory are developed and applied in the real world.

Craig Byrne
Head of Science

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Last House Standing in Dodgeball Quest

At lunchtime on Wednesday in the Gym, the Year 9 Sports Leaders ran a Middle School Interhouse Dodgeball Competition. All Middle School students were welcome to play for their House, facing off in a 5-minute elimination.

The teams played with unbridled enthusiasm as they fought to complete the 5 minutes with more girls left standing on the court. At the end of the round robin competition, Kilburn was victorious. The Year 9 Sports Leaders have announced more of these Interhouse competitions will come throughout the year, with a perpetual trophy up for grabs at each event.

The girls have also initiated a rostered equipment container on the oval for all students to access at lunchtime, and spoke at the last Assembly about the challenges and advantages of being active in structured and unstructured environments.

Alice Braithwaite, Daisy Braithwaite, Amelia Lucas, Mathilda Thomas, Claudia Pearce
Year 9 Sports Leaders

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Student’s Inspiring Encounter with Our Lorna

This week, the Year 10 students have been completing work experience. For my placement, I was looking for something to do in the health care area. I thought of a family friend who’s a nurse at Bordertown Memorial Hospital who I love staying with and I undertook my placement at the hospital in aged care. I have been getting to know all of the residents through sing alongs, bingo, UNO games and more. One of the residents happens to be our oldest Old Scholar Lorna Henstridge (nee Paterson, Selwyn 1933) who recently celebrated her 107th birthday.

I have spent quite a lot of time with Lorna and we have talked about how St Peter’s Girls’ School has changed over time and what she did when she went to Saints Girls. Lorna’s dad rode with her on a horse every morning to the train station where she took the train to the original campus in North Adelaide.

Lorna lived on her own right up until she was 103. She enjoys going to the pub for a meal and watching the footy. She is a very proud Saints Girl and her room has many School photos, magazines and drawings that the younger girls did for her when she visited for the School’s 125th anniversary. Her daughters all attended Saints Girls and one of them, Jenny, is now the Director of Nursing at the hospital. Lorna is gorgeous, so lively and she has an amazing attitude and memory. I cannot believe she’s 107. She’s amazing!

She was very happy to have a Saints Girl at the hospital and I have loved getting to know her. Lorna and I will definitely keep in touch.

Grace Richards
Student

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Girls Sparkle at Twilight Music Concert

It was wonderful to hear from the Flute Ensemble, In-Ta Jazz and the Percussion Ensemble on Tuesday evening at our Twilight Concert. The audience was also treated to solo percussion performances from students across Years 5 – 10. Congratulations to all the girls who performed with such confidence and musicality.

A big thank you to Dr Nick Parnell, Samantha Hennessy, Kate Lewis and David Goodwin for their support in preparing our students for the concert.

Next term, we look forward to preparing for the ABODA Band Festival in Week 4, including our string, band and percussion groups. The SACE Concert will take place in Week 8 featuring our Year 12 Music Solo Performance students, and choirs, string and band groups that involve Year 12 students. We are also looking forward to special guests St Peter’s College who will be singing in a mass choir with our Chamber Choir in the SACE concert.

Sally Rounsevell
Director of Music

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String Sharing Evening

The girls from all the string ensembles have been rehearsing hard throughout this term, so it was great to finally showcase all our hard work to parents and the junior girls.

On Monday evening and Wednesday lunchtime, the string groups performed a range of repertoire, including a special piece composed by one of our Year 11 students, Caitlin Middelberg. Thank you to Natalie Maegraith and Hilary Kleinig, our String Coordinators, for organising these sharings and helping each ensemble reach its potential. Also, special mention and congratulation to the girls involved in Adelaide Youth Orchestra and Adelaide Symphonia Orchestra this semester.

I’m looking forward to seeing everyone back next term and ready to perform at the ABODA Band Festival and the SACE Concert.

Cheri Wong
Music Prefect

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Year 1s Check Out Supermarket Shopping

Year 1 excursion to Drakes Supermarket in Newton

This term, the Year 1 students have been learning that food can go through stages of production to meet people’s needs. The Drake family kindly welcomed us to their Newton store, providing an intensive shopping experience for the girls. The excursion was informative as the girls experienced all aspects of what takes place in a supermarket. The Drakes’ team also generously provided each girl with a sample bag of goods which they took to the checkout to scan.

We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to JP, Natalie and their team for providing a valuable and enjoyable learning experience for the Year 1 students.

‘When we got there, we got to have a shopping bag. We went on a treasure hunt. We collected an apple, white bread, water, popcorn and eggs. We scanned the food by ourselves. There were customers there, but for us it was free. We got to decorate doughnuts, and we got a piece of watermelon. We wore a hairnet, and we got a name tag. They had a special machine to clean the trolleys. My favourite part was looking for food.’ – Olivia

‘We went into the freezer room. It was very cold. They keep ice cream and milk in it. After that, we went to the pasta room. The lady was making pasta. We got to feel the warm pasta. Then we went into the room with bakery food like doughnuts. The oven was very hot. We got to make our own doughnuts with icing and sprinkles. They were delicious.’ – Heidi

Liz Sandercock and Michelle Liddy
Year 1 Teachers

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Out of the Blue Arts Journal 2021 – Entries Now Open

‘Out of the Blue’ is our annual Arts Journal that celebrates the best of artistic endeavours at St Peter’s Girls’ School. We are looking for new entries to fill this year’s journal. The entries can take almost any art form such as photographs, art, poetry, cakes, song lyrics and tapestry. If you can think of others, please chat with Ms Burton-Howard.

We can take photos of people playing their instrument, as well as performing dance or drama. We can also attach a QR code to link to a performance video/recording. Any film that we include needs to be owned by the person submitting it, and it must include royalty-free music. It is also important that our Arts Journal reflects our whole community; therefore, we are also interested in poetry written in its original language along with a translation.

We accept entries from ELC to Old Scholars and staff. The closing date for entries is Friday 20 August (Week 5, Term 3). Successful artists will be notified, and a celebration with awards will be held in Term 4. Our journal was a huge success last year, featuring over 150 different art submissions and selling over 125 copies. We look forward to receiving more submissions this year. All work needs to have your name and year level written clearly, and the work must be original. Entries can be placed in the Out of the Blue boxes in classrooms or in the Library.

We will also be running a competition for the design of the front cover. All submissions must be black and white, a simple outline style and can be either digital or hand-drawn, clearly linking to the title and/or the concept of an Arts Journal. Entries for the cover close Friday 23 July (Week 1, Term 3). We are also looking for new committee members from the student body in Years 9 – 11. If you are interested, please contact Ms Burton-Howard via email.

Jessica Zhang and the Out of the Blue Arts Journal Committee

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Year 5 Production – Singin’ in the Rain JR.

Year 5 is abuzz with rehearsals underway in earnest for the Year 5 Production: Singin’ in the Rain JR.!

Our girls are excited to display their talent in what will be yet another show-stopping Saints Girls’ production in the last week of Term 3. Eloise will play the iconic tap-dancing role of Don Lockwood made famous by Gene Kelly, and Maisy will play the hilarious character of Cosmo Brown made famous by Donald O’Connor.

Tickets will go on sale in early Term 3. As always, they will sell fast, so make sure you get in quick to snap up the best seats in the house.

Shelley Hampton
Director

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Year 5s Dive into STEM Head First

Year 5 students were extremely fortunate to attend the STEM Innovation Lab by Lumination to align with our studies on space technology. It was a perfect opportunity to expand upon classroom teaching about technology and, in particular, Mars missions. The girls tried out VR headsets to view informational videos and pictorials about Mars, its surface and how spacewalks are done.

The girls then worked on their iPads, guided through a design process using Co Spaces and Tinker Cad to create their own designs to solve an issue with inhabiting Mars in the future. Many chose to look at the provision of a food or water supply or what forms of habitat units would need to be provided as dwellings. They soon learned to manipulate 3D shapes to build examples of their prototypes to solve their chosen issue.

An adjunct to this was the opportunity to don full VR gear to experience a space environment. The girls were extremely courageous in their use of this equipment as a disturbance to balance and spatial awareness can accompany such an experience. We were very impressed by how they immersed themselves in the entire day.

Shelley Hampton
Year 5 Teacher

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A Taste of Paris for French Students

Braving cold and windy weather, the Year 11 French class set out on their excursion to French brasserie ‘Hey Jupiter’ and the surrealist exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia. Despite its not particularly French sounding name, Hey Jupiter brings a little slice of Paris to Adelaide’s East End, with décor reminiscent of an authentic Parisian brasserie and its offer of some typical French dishes. Jupiter is closely associated with fine dining and wine.

For our late breakfast, we enjoyed authentic food, such as a croque monsieur and toast français. Inspired by the French atmosphere and the company of native speakers, the conversation was held entirely in French, which, along with the delicious food, was a highlight of the excursion.

‘I thought the French cuisine was really interesting and fun and that Hey Jupiter captures the French culture really well. I also enjoyed speaking in French with everyone.’ – Eva

After a short walk to the Art Gallery, we explored the recently opened surrealist exhibition, which gave us a glimpse into the oeuvres of two surrealist artists who worked in diverse media such as painting, film and sculpture. The visit also gave us a little background of this important 20th century movement, which rebelled against the constraints of reason and traditional conventions in favour of creativity. The movement encompassed visual arts, poetry and literature, originated in France and had a significant impact globally.

Everybody appreciated the extraordinary artistic prowess and some of us are planning to go back for another visit.

Dagmar Schmidt-Duncan
French Teacher

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Subject Expo – Year 9, 10 and 11 Parents Save the Date

 

On Thursday 22 July, St Peter’s Girls is holding its Subject Expo, taking place face-to-face this year in the Middle School between 4.30 and 7pm.

The Subject Expo incorporates information sessions about Years 10, 11 and 12 subjects and pathways in 2022, subject displays, SATAC and university entrance advice, and more.

Parents and students are encouraged to attend. Further details have been sent out via email. Hope to see you there!

Nigel Scoggins
Director of Teaching and Learning

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Woodworkers Nail the Task

This term, Year 9 eTECH students have been working with wood and using simple hand tools to create different types of joins. Our multi-purpose Maker Space was transformed into a woodwork hub so the girls could better understand different types of materials and how they are used to build products.

The main project for this term was to investigate, design and build a box to solve a problem. We explored how we could use different types of varnishes and oils to finish the box and how engraving an image or text on different types of woods produces different results. Our Property Services team worked around the clock to help cut our box panels to size and provide expert advice about the best way to construct them.

We then visited Makerspace Adelaide, a volunteer-run community fabrication workshop. The girls enjoyed learning about the difference between a circular and linear economy and the movement towards ‘lending libraries’. After a quick overview of various power tools, they were keen to get to work. With only a few finishes required to complete our boxes, the girls felt confident using different types of tools for different purposes.

Monique Green
Digital Tech Teacher and STEM Coordinator

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Junior School 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.

June/July 2021 Vacation Care Program
Places are limited, so click here to secure your booking now!

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St Peter’s Girls’ Community Bingo Night

Thank you to everyone who came along to our Community Bingo Night in our School Gym last Saturday. Our guests enjoyed a fantastic night of lively competition, fun and catching up with other community members.

A big thank you to our Director of Sport Tommy Peak and bingo guru Anthony from Olympic Bingo Adelaide for their help on the night – as our bingo callers, they were given five stars (or as Tommy sang, five golden rings!).

A special thank you to our generous prize sponsors: Richard Powell from Plumbing and Pipeline Solutions, as well as Cimone and Stephen Lam, Ed Parker, Caroline and Jeff Owler, Bunnings Kent Town, John and Megan Mallick for the Windsor Meats vouchers, Euro Pizza, Olli and Amelia Porter and The Glynde Hotel.

In between five bingo rounds, our guests played other games, testing their skills by throwing a coin for accuracy and putting a hole-in-one on the golf green. Congratulations to the winners of each bingo game who won a range of fantastic prizes including a $250 voucher for the School Shop, $25 vouchers for Euro Pizza and three bottles of wine, meat trays from Windsor Meats and plants from Bunnings Kent Town.

Lorraine Scarr was the big winner on the night, taking home a wheelbarrow filled with gardening products and other goodies in the raffle. The second prize was a voucher for Plumbing and Pipeline Solutions, and the third prize was a beautiful vase won by Helen Jeffery, who also won a raffle prize at our recent Ladies’ Night Out.

Thanks to our staff for their help, including bartender extraordinaire, Principal Julia Shea. We appreciate all the assistance from Friends of Rowing who also organised volunteers for the night.

We are looking forward to finishing the financial year with an excellent fundraising result from our Annual Appeal supporting our new Gym. Let’s all work together and shoot for 100% participation at any level you are comfortable with! You can donate here. Also, we look forward to our next big community event, the Foundation Long Lunch in September. Be quick to purchase your tickets here as they are selling fast!

Melissa Westgate
Foundation Manager

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The Long Lunch – Sunday 19 September

Join us for a tantalising Asian Fusion at The Long Lunch. Enjoy an afternoon among friends and colleagues with entertainment, auctions and delicious food paired with exceptional refreshments.

Sunday 19 September 2021
12 noon – 5pm

Tickets are $150
Only 200 available

Book now via www.trybooking.com/BQADN

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Songbird Society School Holiday Music Workshops

The Songbird Society is launching its first-ever School Holiday Music Workshops.
Located in Bowden, the Songbird Society is a new, community-minded recording studio and music education space whose intention is to inspire, empower, and elevate music artists of all backgrounds, experience and goals.

Be quick to enrol as slots will be occupied on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendance is capped at 10 participants per workshop session.

Years 1 – 7
A 3-day program that offers children an opportunity to explore the magic of music in a fun, engaging and encouraging environment. Participants can look forward to creative activities, educational games, hands-on activities, vocabulary lessons and more!

Session 1: 9am – 12pm, Monday 5 July – Wednesday 7 July
Session 2: 9am – 12pm, Monday 12 July – Wednesday 14 July

Enrol before 28 June.

Years 8 – 12

This 3-day program empowers teenagers with the knowledge of how to create their own song demos from scratch. By the end, the goal is for participants to have completed an original demo. They are led by instructors through interactive lectures, creative activities and more, while using the widely-available digital audio workstation GarageBand.

Session 1: 1pm – 5pm, Monday 5 July – Wednesday 7 July
Session 2: 1pm – 5pm, Monday 12 July – Wednesday 14 July

Enrol before 28 June.

Click here for more information about both opportunities.

You can also visit the Songbird Society website here.

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School Holiday Beam Camp

Adelaide Schools

Beam is the innovative holiday camp for bright sparks aged 7 – 12 run by the education team at Lumination made up of STEM educators, robotics experts and coding superstars. The program will run at St Peter’s Girls’ School from 30 June – 14 July.

At Beam Camp, soar past the boundaries of everyday life while exploring coding, immersive virtual reality, robotics and drones. Beam Campers will make new friends while building digital literacy, problem-solving and design thinking – skills that will be vital for their future.

At Red Planet Rescue drone coding camp, navigate your drone around the model Mars colony using block coding, and learn core concepts such as iteration, functions and variables while you’re at it!

At Beyond 2021 VR coding camp, use fully immersive virtual reality technology to explore our solar system and beyond, and discover what challenges will be facing the colonists in the Trappist-1 system.

At Countdown to Mars robotics camp, build your very own rover, customise it and then program it to perform essential tasks on Mars.

Visit beamcamp.com.au to register.

Use the code HOST-49 for $49 off your registration.

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IT Hub School Holiday Opening Hours

Adelaide Schools

The IT Hub is open these school holidays from 8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.
If you’re in need of any assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact or visit our team.
Our direct number is 8334 2227.

Tracey Guyers
IT Manager

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School Shop – Holiday Opening Hours

Adelaide Schools

The School Shop will be open on the following days:

Friday 16 July, 9am – 3pm
Monday 19 July, 9am – 4pm

Regular shop opening hours resume from Tuesday 20 July.

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Road Safety Alert

Adelaide Schools

The School is extremely concerned by reports of dangerous driver behaviour including speeding through the car park. All drivers must obey the 10kph speed limit.

Please also note the speed limit along Hallett Road has recently been reduced from 60 to 50kph.

Road safety and courtesy is everyone’s responsibility and is of the utmost importance in a school setting. We appeal to all of our families to take extra care in our car parks and on the roads for the safety of our students, parents, staff and the wider community.

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Parents and Year Level Representatives Meeting

At the start of Term 3, all parents are invited to attend an information/collaboration meeting in person or on Zoom with Principal Julia Shea and our Community Relations staff. Parents will be updated on upcoming community activities and will hear from Julia. This will give parents an opportunity to get involved in our community events, ask questions, offer advice and provide constructive feedback. For more information, please contact me via 0407 394 183 or mwestgate@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au.

Term 3 Community Meeting
Monday 26 July, 6 – 7pm

Elizabeth Pike Art Centre (in person)

Or join our Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87061280575?pwd=NjNUeGhSL3dYaGtsRTVlVTMvc3pPZz09
Meeting ID: 870 6128 0575
Passcode: 411205

Melissa Westgate
Foundation Manager

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Community at Saints Girls

Parents are a vibrant and important part of the St Peter’s Girls’ community.
Many opportunities are available to become involved with the School, connect with other community members and build strong and lasting friendships.

Friends of The Arts Community Group Meetings – Term 3
Wednesday 28 July, 7pm, Elizabeth Pike Art Centre
Wednesday 25 August, 7pm, Elizabeth Pike Art Centre

Contact: Danielle Parker  – dslparker@gmail.com

Saints Sport Support Group Meeting – Term 3
Tuesday 27 July, 6.30pm, Elizabeth Pike Art Centre

Friends of Rowing – Term 3
Tuesday 17 August, 6.30pm, Elizabeth Pike Art Centre – AGM
Tuesday 21 September, 6.30pm, Elizabeth Pike Art Centre

Contact: Ed Parker – edontheroadagain@hotmail.com

Melissa Westgate
Foundation Manager

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Entertainment Membership

To support Saints Girls and purchase your Entertainment Membership, including a free upgrade, click here.

Adelaide Schools

Terms and conditions apply. Visit www.entertainment.com.au for more information.

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Absences from School

If your child is going to be absent, late to school or leave early, please use one of the following methods to notify the School providing student name, class/Home Group and reason:

Text: 0428 601 957

Email: attendance@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au

Phone: 8334 2200

Feel free to include the class/Home Group teacher when emailing. It would be appreciated if notifications could be made prior to 9am.

Please note: it is absolutely imperative to keep unwell children at home until they have recovered, even if symptoms are mild. This is not only for their own health and safety, but for that of all students and staff.

We thank all of our families for their cooperation.

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COVID Measures

Please note the following information regarding our continued COVID response.

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

Parents and visitors with more formal appointments at the School, such as meeting a staff member, are still required to sign in/out at Front Office and also need to scan the QR code as well for SA Health tracing purposes.

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

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

Logistics around events will be shared in due course, dependent upon the latest advice. Attendance numbers, particularly for indoor events, will still need to be restricted to facilitate social distancing.

The following general requirements remain in place:

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

We thank all of our families for your cooperation.

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Sports News

Adelaide Schools

COMMUNITY SPORT – BADMINTON FITNESS PROGRAM

Our new Gym will bring with it many opportunities, both for the student learning experience and community wellbeing. Moving forwards, we see community engagement in our Sports Program at Saints Girls as a key strategic target. We believe that if our girls see their families, teachers and adult community stepping outside of their comfort zones and living an active lifestyle, then they are more likely to adopt a fit-for-life approach themselves.

We are therefore excited to launch our Community Sport Badminton Program in Term 3. This is an adults only program for the Saints Girls’ community. Families, staff and Old Scholars are invited to come together to exercise and socialise in a fun and open setting. With all proceeds raised going towards our Gym campaign, and at only $50 for the 5 week program, what better way to get active and contribute to the new Gym? This is an all-abilities program, so regardless of your age, experience or fitness, you are welcome to attend! Places are limited and the program will run on a first-in basis.

Click here to book.

For more information, please email Director of Sport Tommy Peak via tpeak@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au.

AFL

Open: Saints 21 v Concordia 27
Middle: Saints 8 v Concordia 16

Both teams came up against Concordia and were keen to finish the term strongly. The development in kicking skills amongst the Middle team has been immense and drop punts are becoming a much more regular feature in games. This has led to improved leading and marking as we are more aware of the direction of the ball. The Middles were unlucky to miss out on the win but they continue to build and will have some good opportunities next term.

The Opens played their best match of the year. The link-up handballing was a feature out of defence and through the middle of the ground. Anda Ceplite and Lily-Rose Spartalis played their best games with great attack on the ball, as did many of the girls. Saints led until late in the game when a quick transition resulted in an opposition goal and the siren went soon after. Little reward for the effort displayed but much to take away from this performance as the girls enter their term break. – Dan Searle (AFL Coordinator)

BADMINTON

Open A: Saints 6 v Seymour 0
Open B: Saints 6 v Immanuel 4
Open C: Saints 3 v Westminster 3
Open D: Saints 3 v Pembroke 3
Open E1: Saints 5 v Wilderness 4
Open E2: Saints 2 v Pembroke 7
Open F1: Saints 9 v Immanuel 0
Open F2: Saints 6 v Seymour 3

Once again, impressive and dominating plays from the Open A and B teams. The girls in the E and F teams were faced with strong players from the four opponent schools and displayed excellent skills on court. Over the course of this season, the new badminton players have shown great improvements in skills, tactics and confidence. It is amazing to see the girls’ enthusiasm and persistent efforts. It was an amazing half of a season and we look forward to continuing our hard work in Term 3. – Candy Feng (Badminton Captain)

CROSS COUNTRY

The SAAS Cross Country season ended on Wednesday night with the State Relay Championships at Waite Oval. Saints Girls competed with 2 teams in the Junior Secondary division, hoping to continue their development from across the season in the final relay race. Our highest-ranked team led the race from start to finish, building on their lead over Immanuel College in each 3km leg, winning the race in a time of 45:45. Our next team also participated with determination, eventually finishing 4th place overall, another great effort. Congratulations to all the girls and thank you to Mrs Cox and parents for their efforts on Wednesday and across the season.

1st place team:
Isla Fahey
Daisy Braithwaite
Alice Braithwaite
Malaika McLeod

4th place team:
Zara Trim
Charlotte McAuliffe
Dani Cox
Carys Kinsella-White

HOCKEY

Adelaide Schools

Open: Saints 0 v Pembroke 7
Year 5 /6: Saints 10 v Seymour 2
Year 3/4: Saints 2 v Walford 1

The Open A team started off strongly against Pembroke. It was great to see Amelia Lucas using her skill to dribble the ball down the field and passing in the circle, but unfortunately, we couldn’t convert. Well done to the defenders who stayed solid throughout and showed great skill when transferring the ball across the field. Well done girls for a great start of the season!

The 3/4 Minkey team played their last game of the season against Walford. The girls played well as a team, connecting many of their passes resulting in success. Well done to Ishana Roy for getting a goal caused by a turnover where she dribbled the ball down the field, showing great skill, dragging around players. Mathilda Begg got the 2nd goal after great persistence. Well done girls for an amazing season it’s great to see how much everyone has improved. – Poppie Goldsmith (Hockey Captain)

The 5/6 team had an awesome end to their season. After an indoor training session due to wet weather, we identified key characteristics of the ‘Dream Team Mate’ and our girls showed several of these characteristics come game day. Seymour only had 5 players, so 2 Saints Girls volunteered each half to play for their team. Special mention to Abbey, Yashika, Gabby and Maddy who offered to help them out. Seymour was very grateful that they volunteered and played their best for their team. It has been a pleasure coaching the girls this term, they are all very skilful players with lots of potential. – Liv Goldsmith (Year 5/6 Coach)

NETBALL

Adelaide Schools

On Monday, the Year 5/6 netballers played in their Netball Interhouse competition. It was their final netball session for the term and a chance to show off the skills they have learnt during the season.

Our Student Coaches took the reigns of each House group and our Head Coaches umpired and supervised. Cheers and chants filled the air as the girls took the court. Spirits were high and the girls’ competitiveness shone through. The race for the trophy was very close. No team went through undefeated, but Selwyn came out on top at the end of the day!

Thank you to all the coaches and umpires who have assisted throughout the season and to the parents who have supported the program. To the girls, well done on a great season! It is pleasing to see how their skills and team spirit have developed throughout the term. – Alice Johnswood

Open A: Saints 40 v Pembroke 36
Open B: Saints 38 v Pembroke 33
Open C: Saints 13 v Pembroke 43
Open D: Saints 5 v Pembroke 52

Intermediate A: Saints 23 v Pembroke 38
Intermediate B: Saints 14 v Pembroke 36

Year 10C: Saints 17 v Immanuel 38
Year 9A: Saints 42 v Pembroke 39
Year 9B: Saints 35 v Pembroke 17
Year 9C: Saints 14 v Wilderness 17
Year 8A: Saints 23 v Pembroke 26
Year 8B: Saints 41 v Pembroke 21
Year 8C: Saints 12 v Wilderness 12
Year 7A: Saints 20 v Pembroke 7
Year 7B: Saints 21 v Pembroke 12
Year 7C: Saints 1 v Immanuel 23

Year 7A
What a fantastic game! It started off tightly against Pembroke, but with strong defence and great ball movement, the girls took a 9 – 5 lead into quarter time. They started the 2nd quarter with confidence and determination, leading 16 – 6 by half-time. After suffering a few injuries, Emily Bates was able to fill in. Her tight defence and ball pressure limited Pembroke’s scoring opportunities. Down the other end, Savannah Walls and Mia Bennett worked well together to provide scoring opportunities with strong and confident leads. During the 3rd quarter break, the girls took advice from Coach Lisa Tulloch by focusing on strong passes and using our time on the ball well. The girls played an amazing game and scored a well-deserved win. – Alyssa Piantedosi (Year 7A)

SOCCER

In our final soccer training session of the term, we merged the middle and senior groups together to take part in a 7 v 7 tournament. Replicating the European Championships, the girls chose England, Norway, France and Ireland as their 4 teams competing, with points scored in a variety of ways including a last-minute American shootout. Ireland took home glory with 22 points, followed by France on 20, Norway on 19 and England on 16. After a fun end to the term, the girls are looking forward to being back on the field in Term 3.

TENNIS NEWS

School Holiday Tennis Coaching

Tennis coaching is available these school holidays. If your daughter would like to participate, private lessons or semi-private lessons can be arranged. All skill levels are encouraged! We coach from young beginner using the Hot Shots equipment, up to club competition level. If you would like to arrange a lesson, please contact me via 0412 855 073 or ford.matt@bigpond.com.

Reception to Year 4 Lunchtime Tennis Term 3

The lunchtime Hot Shots tennis program in Term 2 was fantastic. The girls from Reception to Year 4 enjoyed improving their skills and had lots of fun on court! I am happy to announce that we are continuing the lunchtime tennis coaching in Term 3. The program begins in Week 1, but your daughter can join anytime in the term. Group sizes are approximately 4 per group. If you would like to enrol your daughter, please contact me via 0412 855 073 or ford.matt@bigpond.com.

Matt Ford
St Peter’s Girls’ Tennis Coach