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eNews – Week 2, Term 3 2020

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From Our Director of Teaching and Learning

On 19 June this year, Bob Dylan released his 39th studio album, entitled Rough and Rowdy Ways. It made it to number one on the album charts in more than 10 countries and peaked at number two here in Australia. Such international success for an established artist is perhaps not all that unusual, but it is worth noting that Bob Dylan’s first album was released in 1962 and that he is now nearly 80 years old. Many people who are only vaguely aware of who he ‘was’ are surprised to discover that he is still alive. Well, not only is he still alive but he is still producing albums of songs with words that make us think and smile.

N Scoggins - webDylan is an inspirational figure. He has remained relevant and interesting throughout his career, and his body of work paints a vivid picture of modern life, complete with all of its complexities and problems. He has been writing ‘Black Lives Matter’ songs since the 1960s. An ‘Ed Sheeran Bob Dylan’ YouTube search will show you how he has inspired the current generation of songwriters. He is truly a ‘living legend’ and arguably our greatest living poet.

The first song on Rough and Rowdy Ways is called ‘I Contain Multitudes’. In it, Dylan sings “I’m a man of contradictions, I’m a man of many moods; I contain multitudes.” The phrase is actually taken from a 19th century poem by Walt Whitman:

Do I contradict myself?
Very well then, I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)

The song and the poem are exploring the same idea – that, in a way, we are all many people inside a single body. That we change throughout our lives. That we often plan one thing but end up doing another. That sometimes we have to adjust our beliefs and values or embrace new ones. That our lives are wonderfully unpredictable and full of twists, turns and opportunities. That ultimately there are different ‘versions’ of us at different times – however consistent, balanced and authentic we try to be.

For all of our students currently making subject choices, it is worthwhile reflecting on this idea. Your school years should provide you with an appetite for life and for the new experiences and opportunities that will come your way or that you will seek out. You may have a clear idea of the version of you that will follow on from school; you may not. Remember that there will be other versions of you later on in life that you probably can’t even imagine yet. If your subject mixture for next year looks a little contradictory, or if you are ‘hedging your bets’, then that is probably just a fair reflection of where and who you are at the moment. It is natural to sometimes feel pulled in different directions and to sometimes struggle when difficult choices have to be made. In the end, you have to make your choices and then back the choices that you have made, whilst acknowledging that things might (and probably will) still change in small or big ways at some point in the future.

Whatever your particular mix of subjects, a Saints Girls education offers you a great start in life and will give you every chance of being the best version of you that you can be.

Nigel Scoggins
Director of Teaching and Learning

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Cross Country Interhouse Results

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This week featured a revised schedule for the Interhouse Cross Country carnival which saw students from Reception to Year 9 completing various distances to claim points for the overall Shield. The event is a part of PE lessons and culminates in the races. While medals are awarded to the top 3 place-getters in each year level, the ultimate reward is challenging each student to complete the course, earning their House points towards the overall tally.

Congratulations to Kennion for claiming the Cross Country Shield!

House Results

1st Kennion (276pts)
2nd Selwyn (253pts)
3rd Kilburn (250pts)
4th Patteson (247pts)

Individual Results

Reception: Gold – Mia O’Brien, Silver – Rena Bradshaw, Bronze – Florence Cleland
Year 1: Gold – Lucy Dougherty and Mikayla Rundle, Silver – Harper Tolfts, Bronze – Jiaen Lu
Year 2: Gold – Milly Richardson, Silver – Olivia Ianniello, Bronze – Phoebe Gilbert
Year 3: Gold – Emily Robinson, Silver – Matilda Purvis, Bronze – Mika Valmorbida
Year 4: Gold – Lauren Disney, Silver – Jess Woods, Bronze – Lois Burton-Howard
Year 5: Gold – Isla Fahey, Silver – Aleesha Gray, Bronze – Izzy Huf
Year 6: Gold – Elodie De Wit, Silver – Chloe Richardson, Bronze – Eliza Brill Reed
Year 7: Gold – Malaika McLeod, Silver – Carys Kinsella-White, Bronze – Charlotte McAuliffe
Year 8: Gold – Daisy Braithwaite, Silver – Alice Braithwaite, Bronze – Dani Cox
Year 9: Gold – Willow Stewart-Rattray, Silver – Poppy Marshall, Bronze – Georgina Wakeham

Well done to all involved!

Neil Fuller
Director of Sport

 

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Senior Drama Ready to Charm

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The Year 12 Drama and Year 11 IB Theatre students are now in the final throes of rehearsing for their production of Charm. The set is ready, costumes have been prepared – thanks to the skilful seamstress work of former staff member and Old Scholar Anne Ninnes (Kennion 1966) as shown above – music has been written and the actors are looking forward to wowing their audiences. Comic and yet thought-provoking, the play is a riotous deconstruction of fairytales with wild characters, plot twists, a (subtly serious) message and a few songs thrown in to boot! Come and witness the wonderful creative abilities of our students and staff.

For each of the evening performances on 5, 6 and 7 August at 7pm, we are able to release 200 general admission tickets – so get in fast if you want to secure seats. It will not be a happy ending for you if you miss out!

Go to www.trybooking.com/BJZQC
Adult $10
Student/Concession $5

Due to contact tracing requirements we ask that tickets be purchased online prior to the performance.

Michael Butler-Wills
Head of English / Drama Teacher

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Prefect’s Reflection on Year 12 Retreat

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The 2020 Year 12 Retreat looked a little different to others. Instead of sleeping at the Grand in Glenelg or Mount Lofty House, we camped out in the Saints Girls’ Middle School – where the lights do not turn off. Despite the lack of sleep, Retreat was an event to remember. We began by hiking up Mount Lofty on Thursday morning, wearing our Saints Girls’ beanies and excited for the day ahead. In the afternoon, the Year 12 teachers gave us some advice for the future in areas such as finance, travelling and first impressions, followed by guest speaker, AFLW Crows Captain Chelsea Randall. In the evening, we received our personalised robes, much to the joy of all the Year 12s, and participated in a quiz night, before heading to bed.

After a rough sleep for most, we were up bright and early Friday morning for a BBQ breakfast and several talks from Old Scholars. Listening to the many experiences and pathways that can be pursued after school, all of which were completely different to each other, was extremely helpful as the Old Scholars understood our position and let us know it was okay to change our minds. Then, the event we had all been waiting for: Zumba with Mrs O’Brien. This was hands-down the highlight of retreat; Mrs O’Brien on the stage, dancing like we’d never seen before, and the Year 12s decked in neon leggings and leotards, having the time of our lives. To finish off these amazing two days, professional hypnotist Isaac Lomman visited us in the Arts Centre and hypnotised eight girls into a state of mind that was truly unbelievable. There were girls turned spies, kangaroo riders, made to believe their shoe was a telephone and even made to forget their own names.

Although Retreat wasn’t what we originally envisaged, it was everything we could have hoped for. It was a chance for all of us to get together and appreciate what an amazing group of girls we have here at Saints. This term is busy, with final assessments and exam preparation getting underway, but we all have each other to get us through our last term. With House Dinners, the Senior Drama Production and Sports Day ahead, we say bring on Term 3!

Matilda Braithwaite
Chapel Prefect

 

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Golden Girls of Ethics Go Global

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The Ethics’ Team recently took to the global stage to compete in the International Ethics Olympiad. The teams they faced came from Canada, China and the top 3 schools from the Australian Olympiad, which St Peter’s Girls won previously.

It was a difficult competition, discussing ethical concepts such as who to prioritise when treating people for coronavirus, and how and when should we consider de-extension. The girls were praised for their thoughtful presentations and use of philosophical theories.

In an amazingly tight result, the team took out the Gold medal once again. Well done girls!

Becca Burton-Howard
EDGE Coordinator

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Branching Out for National Tree Day

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Today is National Tree Day. It is a call to action for people to connect with their physical surroundings and give back to their community. Each year, many thousands of people take part in environmental activities that educate them about the world they live in.

This year, the Environment Club planted three trees donated by Burnside Council to help celebrate the day. We planted Cupaniopsis anarcardioides (Tuckeroo), Banksia integrifolia (Coast Banksia) and Hakea laurina (Pin cushion hakea) in the School grounds. Trees supply the air that we breathe, support a stable climate, and provide habitat, food and shelter for a diverse number of species. Councillors Jennifer Turnbull and Mike Daw helped members of the Environment Club plant the trees. We look forward to watching the trees thrive and hope that our School community can engage in more activities on National Tree Day next year.

While many official gatherings have had to be cancelled this year, Planet Ark is encouraging everyone to get involved by posting a photo of themselves hugging a tree with #HugaTreeforNTD. “Because if you can’t plant ‘em, hug ‘em.”

Sara Peak
Environment Club Captain

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Out of the Blue – An Interview with Our Head of The Arts

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Saints Girls is currently collating artwork from students 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 dance, I interviewed our Head of The Arts and Dance teacher, Kate Burnett. In the four years I have been her student, I have always been inspired by her passion and enthusiasm for teaching dance. Here’s what she had to say:

Why is dance so important to you?
Dance is an art form that allows for endless creativity and limitless boundaries. It’s so important because I can explore really relevant and topical issues through movement in order to make an audience feel something and even raise awareness about these issues.

How important do you believe it is for a teacher to be passionate about their art?
This is vitally important. Passion is something that is very contagious. When students see how much I love teaching and creating dance work, they are naturally more engaged. Passion links very strongly to creativity too. I couldn’t be open to experimenting and exploring movements and concepts without passion and vice versa.

What is your favourite piece of work that you have created?
That’s a tricky one. I feel like many pieces have been created because I have been really affected by the theme or narrative. Addiction to social media is something that really concerns me, so I loved creating a piece about that last year. I also loved Humans which was a powerful contemporary work about the impact we are having on the environment. Sometimes I’ve just loved a piece because it’s been so fun and energetic, like ‘Freedom’ by Beyoncé. But my favourite was the dance film we created for Presentation Night, ‘Run Girl Run’. It was such an amazing experience to see my plan come to fruition, and I loved the incorporation of Visual Arts in the film and music played live. Filming on location was exciting and interesting and I learnt new skills myself, which is always important.

What was the best advice you were given in pursuing your career?
To be honest, I wish I had been given more guidance and advice and support to make better choices about my career in dance. I wanted to be a ballerina, so I studied at the National Theatre Ballet School in Melbourne for two years when I was a teenager. I was never the right body shape or size for ballet, and I suffered a lot of injuries, so I wish someone had suggested I focus on contemporary dance. It’s a style that I’m much better suited to anatomically, creatively and emotionally. I was able to dance for Walt Disney in many countries, which was more musical theatre-style work, and while I enjoyed every minute, it wasn’t my true passion. I’m just so lucky that teaching is my vocation and I still get to do that while creating and dancing myself! The lack of advice I was personally given is what inspires me to provide my students with the best advice I can.

What has been your most memorable experience working as a dance teacher?
I think it was putting on my own SACE Dance show for the first time at school. I’ve developed and refined my ideas and expectations since then, but it’s certainly something I’m proud of. I have also had some really powerful moments when students, who haven’t had much (if any) dance training outside of school, find their passion in dance performance or choreography and achieve amazing things! Those moments make me constantly realise the impact that the Creative Arts can have on students and both their learning and wellbeing.

Should teachers be given more recognition for their contribution to The Arts?
I’m very lucky because St Peter’s Girls values Arts education and acknowledges all the skills (not just the practical ones but confidence, problem-solving, creativity, collaboration and teamwork) that the Arts encourage and develop. I definitely have colleagues in other schools who say the focus on STEM and not STEAM has greatly impacted how they are valued within a school community and negatively affected the number of students taking Arts courses. This is really disappointing because most students really need a creative outlet, and Arts subjects are typically a great way to nurture that.

Do you believe a dance education should be more encouraged in schools?
That’s the easiest question – YES! So often, students are too worried about their final Year 12 result that they forget to also do what they love. If you’re passionate, you’ll succeed and it won’t even feel like a hard slog. Hard work, yes, but work you enjoy learning and doing. The best thing about Arts subjects is that there are endless opportunities to engage in such a diverse range of skills and techniques, and seeing an initial idea through to an end product, like a sketch into a piece of furniture or some research into a choreographic work, gives students a very authentic and powerful sense of achievement. Lastly, the workforce needs communicators, collaborators, creators and problem-solvers, and those are exactly the skills we are building in the Arts.

I would like to thank Mrs Burnett for not only her contribution to Out of the Blue, but her amazing work ethic and dedication towards The Arts at St Peter’s Girls. Hopefully her words have given an insight into the opportunities that The Arts, dance included, can provide for student life.

Out of the Blue will showcase dance at St Peter’s Girls through dance photography and video QR codes. If you want your art to be showcased, be sure to submit an entry to outoftheblue@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au or to the staff in the Learning Strategies Room before Week 5 of this term. Good luck to the girls (and teachers) who have already entered!

Emeshe Robson
Year 11 student

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Round 1 Debating Starts the Conversation

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Last week, we commenced the first round of the 2020 Debating season. Despite the difficult year, Debating SA has been able to host a Term 3 competition allowing our girls to come together to debate other schools. The shortened season will consist of three rounds, followed by semi-finals and the Grand Final again being held at Parliament House. St Peter’s Girls had a very successful start to the season, winning 8 out of 11 debates. While this was the first experience of a competitive debate for some girls, all executed their cases with confidence.

We wish the girls luck in Round 2 which will be held on Tuesday 11 August at Cabra Dominican College for Years 7 – 9, and on Wednesday 12 August at Glenunga International for Year 10s and our Senior debaters.

7 Blue – Win
Januri Wagaarachchi , Olivia Park, Jackie Balasis

8 Blue – Win
Naomi Singh, Jessica Zhang (Speaker of the Night), Zoe Pool

8 White – Loss
Daisy Braithwaite, Alice Braithwaite, Alvie Iley

8 Black – Win
Alysa Trinh (Speaker of the Night), Ruby Powell, Jenna Maione

9 Blue – Win
Grace Beaumont, Zara Blight (Speaker of the Night), Angel Li

9 White – Win
Saffron Chen (Speaker of the Night), Ariel Spartalis, Lucy Schirripa

10 Blue – Win
Shreya Jayaprakash, Evie Archer, Azaan Singh

10 White – Loss
Indya Dodd, Charlotte Adams, Chi Chi Zhao

10 Black – Win
Imogen Nienaber, Toni Christiansen, Sivanthi Sivasuthan

Senior Green – Loss
Hattie Maerschel, Emily Downie, Abbie Lisle

Senior Blue – Win
Sara Peak, Sara Alkhazrajy, Victoria Thorp

Hattie Maerschel
Debating and Public Speaking Prefect

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Hockey Hotshots on the Ball

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Congratulations to Hockey players Winnie Vartuli (U13) and Amelia Lucas (U15) who have been selected in the South Australian Fire Academy squad. They will train once a week for a competition over the October long weekend. They then have the opportunity to be selected for a team in their age groups to represent SA in Bendigo.

“Winnie and I have been playing hockey together since we were in Year 2. To us Hockey is so exciting, and we love meeting new friends through different trials and teams. The Adelaide Fire is a program run in South Australia that has two teams, a women’s and men’s. They compete in a league called the Hockey One and play against teams from all over Australia. This year, the program decided to introduce some younger teams. Winnie and I were fortunate to be picked in the team for our age groups. We get to experience amazing training from some of the best hockey players in the Adelaide Fire, and this will definitely be an experience we will never forget.” – Amelia Lucas and Winnie Vartuli

The Fire Academy is Hockey South Australia’s leading Development and High-Performance Program. Congratulations, Winnie and Amelia!

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Upcoming House Dinners

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

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

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

Patteson House Dinner
Theme: Classic Movies
14 August (Week 4)
Book now: https://www.trybooking.com/BKSHT

Selwyn House Dinner
Theme: Western
21 August (Week 5)
Book now: https://www.trybooking.com/BKSZA

Kilburn House Dinner
Theme: Heroes and Villains of Hollywood
28 August (Week 6)
Book now: https://www.trybooking.com/BKSXX

Kennion House Dinner
Theme: Animal Kingdom
11 September (Week 8)
Book now: https://www.trybooking.com/BKSZC

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The Long Lunch – 75% of Tickets Sold!

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Experience Sensational South Australia

The St Peter’s Girls’ Foundation’s major fundraising event for 2020, The Long Lunch, will take place on Sunday 20 September.

There are now only 50 tickets available! To secure your seats or organise a year level group/table, visit www.trybooking.com/BHMCX

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Stage 2 PE Overcome their Obstacles

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This week, the Stage 2 PE girls attended SA Base Camp to take part in some group dynamics activities as a lead in to their next task. One example was running with a battle rope held high above their heads. The person at the back must then run through the group to the front and take the lead whilst everyone slides the rope back. The rope cannot touch the ground otherwise 20 burpees must be done. The task has a large component dedicated to communication and collaboration within the group. The girls also had the opportunity to attempt obstacles as seen on the Ninja Warrior TV program.

Dan Searle
Head of PE, Health and Outdoor Education

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Year 6 Historians Explore Migration of the Nation

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The Year 6 cohort had the opportunity to visit the Migration Museum as a part of their new Unit of Inquiry, ‘Human migration is the response to challenges, risks and opportunities.’ They participated in an investigative multimedia-assisted workshop that demonstrated how the stories of individual lives fit into the local, national and global mosaic of South Australia’s history. Working like historians and curators, students wore gloves as they explored primary sources to research and record the lives of different South Australians and their migration stories.

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

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Music Chapter for Page at Stonyfell

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Talented multi-instrumentalist, composer, music educator and record producer Adam Page will be visiting Saints Girls on 13 August.

At 9am, he will be performing a concert to Years 4 – 6 students in the Arts Centre. Following that, he will host a workshop for Years 9 – 12 Music students. At lunchtime, he will then perform on the Arts Centre steps for the whole School community to enjoy.

Known widely for his critically-acclaimed solo multi-instrumental looping performances, Adam has carved his path internationally as a composer. He has written major works for the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Wellington, Zephyr Quartet, and co-composed on numerous occasions with celebrated Kiwi composer John Psathas.

Adam has recently composed and performed with The Grigoryan Brothers, established the boutique record label Wizard Tone Records, assembled and performed with his new 12-piece ensemble The Adam Page Ensemble (TAPE), written and performed with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and also conducted the ASO in a concert featuring the music of Ross McHenry and Matthew Sheens.

We look forward to welcoming Adam to Saints Girls.

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Saints Girls on Social Media

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

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

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

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

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

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Car Park Courtesy

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

Please also refrain from turning right into or out of the car park as this causes further congestion.

As a School, we must set an example for our students in showing courtesy to all; in this case, other road users.

Thank you for your cooperation.

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Notice from CommBank School Banking

Thank you so much for your patience. The CommBank School Banking program will recommence next Wednesday 29 July. Please bring your deposit book with your weekly banking into school each Wednesday.

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Entertainment Membership

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

Order your Entertainment Membership today!

Purchase your membership here

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CLOTHES SHWOP: We Need Your Help!

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Did you know that Australians are the world’s second largest consumers of fashion? On average, we each consume 27kgs of new clothing and textiles every year. Most of this ends up in the bin after less than a year. Members of the School’s Environment Club would like to change this!

The Environment Club is focusing on sustainable fashion with our ‘Clothes Shwop’, where students can donate old clothes for tokens, and cash-in these tokens to take new clothes in return! If you have old clothes you don’t want anymore and are happy to donate or exchange for other items, then please support this worthy cause. Any remaining items will be donated to a women’s charity.

Collections will take place outside of the Junior School Library at lunch every Tuesday and Thursday leading up to the actual ‘Clothes Shwop’ where you will be able to choose pieces from the donated clothing. The first ‘Clothes Shwop’ will be held on Thursday and Friday in Week 5 of Term 3 in the Drama Room.

Bring in your old clothes, help the environment and make your wardrobe that bit more exciting!

Sara Peak
Environment Club Captain

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Sports News

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CROSS COUNTRY

On Wednesday, ten girls from Saints competed in a School Cross Country race, held at St Peter’s College. The race was 4km long and was a challenging course, with multiple schools competing with students from Years 5 – 12. The course was challenging for every runner but there was lots of enthusiasm and team support during the race. The event will be held for the next five weeks at different schools, challenging every athlete each time. Well done to all the girls who competed, amazing efforts all round! – Daisy Braithwaite

AUSSIE RULES

Open – Saints 1.2 – 8 defeated by St Ignatius 2.4 – 16
For the first game of the season, the girls did extremely well. They read the play, tackled hard and never stopped competing for the ball. Special mention must go to Anda Ceplite who was outstanding, taking great marks and strong kicks throughout the game. We all worked hard and our communication skills were strong. The back lines demonstrated some great defence and knew where to move around the ground when necessary. Similarly, midfielders were fantastic at moving the ball down, and the forward lines scored a great goal near the beginning. I can’t wait for the rest of the season with these girls, and despite some girls having never played before, their improvement from the first training is truly commendable. – Bella Bernardi (Captain)

Middle – Saints 8.2 – 50 defeated Woodcroft 3.1 – 19
A successful start to the season. Our goal scorers were Pearl Richards with 4, Chloe Porter with 2, and Charlie Piper and Grace Richards with 1 goal each. Special mentions to Sophie Ricciuto, Charlotte McAuliffe, Ellie Humphrey, Jasmine Segredos and Lilly Maerschel for being consistent with strong leads and tackles, and their constant strive for the ball. The whole team stepped up and improved their communication skills to work effectively throughout the night. I am really proud of our result; there was a noticeable improvement from training. Good luck for the next game. – Chloe Porter

BADMINTON

It was a delight to return to the court again after a long time away. Congratulations to all the girls who played on Saturday morning, it was a great start to the season. Our As, Bs and Ds all secured wins against our opponents. A special shout out to our E2 team players who competed against players from a higher division. What a tremendous effort!

For some of the girls, it was their very first game and it was great seeing them work hard on the court. They used their newfound skills effectively and efficiently. We look forward to seeing you progress throughout the season.

Many thanks to the coaches for coming out to support the players and helping us through these challenging times. It’s going to be great season! – Amelie Dunda (Captain)

Open A – Saints 6 defeated Walford 0
Best Players: Yang Yang Gu, Gloria Gao, Mahala Truscott, Amelie Dunda

Open B – Saints 6 defeated Walford 0
Best Players: Candy Feng, Cherie Wong, Charlotte Stewart, Angela Feng

Open C – Saints 2 defeated by Walford 4
Best Player: Vanessa Pols

Open D1 – Saints defeated Walford
Best Players: Drishti Nair, Helen Zhang, Tara Nedumaran, Yvanda Qu

Open E1 – Saints 4 defeated by Walford 5
Best Players: Saffron Chen, Olivia Tenten

Open E2 – Saints 6 defeated Walford 2
Best Players: Rebecca Holloway, Jennifer Hu, Abigail Papps

Open E3 – Saints vs Saints
Best Players: Anna Wan, Bella Guan, Alyssa Bo

BASKETBALL

Year 6 Blue – Saints 16 defeated Walford Blue 14
A great team effort from the girls; it was nice to watch them all have a go at dribbling and shooting. Can’t wait to see them improve after some more training sessions as they are all very eager to do well this term! – Sarah Turnbull (Coach)

Year 6 White – Saints 0 defeated by Walford Gold 48
The girls had a tough first game against a strong Walford team. They played well as a team and showed lots of improvement throughout the game. – Sarah Matheson (Coach)

Year 5 – Saints had a bye

HOCKEY

Open – Saints 2 defeated Trinity 1
We played against Trinity College at their new pitch for the annual 1st round trophy match. The girls played incredibly well to create many attacking opportunities. Constant pressure was placed on the opposition’s forwards by our defence, resulting in numerous turnovers and strong connections up the field between the midfielders and strikers. Poppie Goldsmith received best on ground which was awarded by Trinity’s Captain. She played a pivotal role as centre midfield who distributed the ball into advantage for our attacking midfielders, Holly Cardone and Amelie Eaton, who drove up the field with intent. Well done to Amelia Lucas for scoring both goals and contributing to the final score of a 2-1 win! Also, congratulations to Chloe Cardone, Winnie Vartuli and Georgie Williams for playing their first senior game! – Olivia Goldsmith (Captain)

LACROSSE

Under 13 – Saints 13 defeated East Torrens 6
The girls played a great game and came away with a win. From the first whistle, they hustled hard for ground balls, making contests all over the field. Our attack was very strong with many opportunities arising to shoot from fast breaks and also set plays. Defence did a great job applying pressure on the ball and creating many turnovers. Special mention to our goalie Emily Bates for her amazing efforts and saves. The midfield also did very well, gaining procession of the ball in the centre and running it into our attacking half. It was a great effort and it is exciting to see what we can bring to future games. Well done girls. – Millie Wilkin (Lacrosse Captain)

Under 11 – Saints Blue 5 defeated East Torrens / Payneham 3
The team played a solid and determined game. Well done to Chelsea Francis who scored all 5 goals and also worked hard in defence. Special mention to Hayley Lucas who kindly offered to assist ETP with their numbers. It is also wonderful to see Sophia and Eliza Curry gain incredible confidence as the weeks progress – this game was a great display of how well they are doing. Amazing to watch Sophia attempt goals and for Eliza to give the goalie position a go! All team members worked cohesively and with enthusiasm, supporting each other and displaying great speed through the midfield. Juliette Tang and Matilda Purvis showed great skill with ground balls and assisting with passes. Matilda Birmingham, as every week, showed great team spirit and confidence as a goalie for the first half. Looking forward to practising goal shooting positioning, purposeful passes and moving our feet in attack to gain space. A very well-deserved win; can’t wait for what the next few weeks will bring for Saints Blue! – Sophie Auricht (Coach)

Under 11 – Saints White 7 defeated St Aloysius 5
All of the girls played very well. Our defence improved with the girls sticking to their players. It was great to see Lois Burton-Howard (Year 4) keep her stick up to get many intercepts and cause turnovers. It was also pleasing to see many girls being confident to run with the ball, especially Scarlett Schinella (Year 3). The girls moved around the circle to get a better angle to shoot goals; Lilly Silvani did this particularly well. At half-time, the girls were up by one goal and continued to work hard in the second half. They never gave up on ground balls and the movement in attack to get free was great. Our goalies were Grace Marshall (Year 3) and Lola Silvani. Goal scorers were Lily (4), Lois (1), Anvika (1) and Grace (1). Well done to all the girls for another great game and win. – Lucy Martin (Coach)

NETBALL

Open A – Saints 30 defeated by Immanuel 48
Despite the scoreboard, the girls played an amazing game against one of the most well-respected teams in the competition. The girls held a consistent momentum throughout, particularly in the second half where we maintained a steady goal difference of 1-2 points. Special mentions go to Amelia Pudney, Alexia Politis and Olivia Kelly due to their multiple touches and assistance in bringing the ball down the court. Additionally, Maggie Bailey played her first school game in goals alongside Anna White, with both working well together and enabling good movement of the ball in the goal circle. Furthermore, Ehi Oyugbo and Sarah Wishart did an outstanding job in defence, deflecting balls and blocking their player out of the game. I was really impressed with our first game and the team’s constant encouragement.

Open B – Saints 29 defeated by Immanuel 44
The Open B had a shaky start but got back into the game in the second half. Anda added good drive down the court when she came on and was always an option in attack. Our shooters Joss Forster and Toni Christiansen stood their ground against strong players and shot well, especially in the second half. The girls drove the ball out of defence and increased pressure on Immanuel. – Steph Lee (Coach)

Open E1 – Saints 23 defeated by Immanuel 28
A great first game for the girls with a tight result in the end! Best players were Jess Wishart for her amazing performance in the goal ring and Tilly McCormack for her top defensive work and positive attitude the whole game. Very proud of the fun the girls had during the game! – Emma Mockridge (Coach)

Open E2 – Saints 15 defeated by Immanuel 68
The girls started off really strong against Immanuel, with an even score at the end of the first quarter. Ellie Anderson took on the position of GS having never done so before, and she shot incredibly well! Chelsea Walls worked well in the mid-court, getting the ball to the ring and working hard to make a few turnovers. Well done girls! – Emma Mockridge (Coach)

Year 10A – Saints 31 defeated by Immanuel 40
Really good start for the girls, getting an early lead and applying good defensive pressure. Defence was consistent across the game and all the way down the court, with hands over the ball. The only thing that affected the game was transition down the court from defence, with poor choices leading to turnovers; however, we improved as the game went on. In attack, the girls excelled once they hit the circle edge, and the shooters did really well over some tall defenders. Very impressed with the girls’ work ethic throughout and can’t wait to see them striving for improvement as the weeks progress. – Milli Gentle (Coach)

Year 10B – Saints 13 defeated by Immanuel 45
The Bs adapted very well to only having 7 players, and I am impressed with their ability to be versatile and have a go in any position. Regardless of the score, the girls applied good defensive pressure and started to understand movement within the shooting circle and the roles they must take. The team also started to understand the importance of preliminary movement and spatial awareness across the court. They were very vocal and adapted well to having two younger girls come into the side (Grace and Pearl Richards), and took on the role of leadership and inclusiveness nicely. – Katie Dancer (Coach)

Year 10C – Saints 15 defeated by Seymour 20
The girls played a great game to start the season, but unfortunately went down to Seymour. Fantastic teamwork and pressure by everyone, and it was great to see the amount of turnovers. Shout out to Ruby Thorp for her first game of netball ever  she absolutely smashed it, especially during her quarter in centre! – Elena Vaananen (Coach)

Year 9A – Saints 54 defeated Immanuel 29
It was a positive first match with the girls implementing the set the plays which we had practiced at training. They gave a solid 4-quarter performance despite new combinations being tried in the last quarter. – Della Griffith (Coach)

Year 9B – Saints 60 defeated Immanuel 10
The girls played very well and always acted on what was said to them during the breaks. They were all very supportive and encouraging of each other. We plan to focus on different set plays at training. – Natasha Dinan (Coach)

Year 9C – Saints 28 defeated Pembroke 22
Despite the final score, the girls played very well. Emma Pool was consistent throughout the game, and Nathara Perera’s bravery after she hurt her ankle in the final quarter is to be commended. Great work girls. – Lulu Tierney (Coach)

Year 8A – Saints 25 defeated by Immanuel 42
The girls were very excited to finally begin the 2020 season. They had a strong warm up led by Captain Mathilda Thomas. It was Immanuel who got off to a better start. Our second half was a lot stronger with Sophie Ricciuto and Charlie Piper working together beautifully in goals. After having such a long break during terms and being the first time playing as a team, they showed some excellent positives and can see they will work well as a team. Very excited for the season. – Gemma Rowe (Coach)

Year 8B – Saints 22 defeated by Immanuel 23
It was a great first game from the girls, who were all excited to be back on the court again! The goalies shot well, the defenders were clean and the mid-court was strong. It was disappointing to not come away with the win but I am looking forward to the rest of the season! – Zoe Duncan (Coach)

Year 8C – Saints 16 defeated Immanuel 7
All girls played a great game. They strongly defended goals and moved the ball quickly through the mid-court, creating space and making strong leads. Our passes into the goal ring were accurate, and our goalies scored goals on a good percentage of their shots. The best players were Daniela Vari and Stephanie Andrejewskis. Daniela played a consistent defensive game and should be congratulated on her multiple intercepts. Steph moved effectively and held her space very well in the goal circle, allowing the ball to be passed in close to the ring. It was a successful outing for the girls and I look forward to the coming games. – Nikki Miller (Coach)

Year 8D – Saints 5 defeated by Westminster 29
It took the girls a little bit to settle in against a strong Westminster team; however, by the second and third quarters, they continued to show improvements. Despite the final score, they did a great job, and Captain for the day Alysa stated that they were able to have some fun and improve as the match went on. Girls who had quarters off have been recorded and will rotate through rounds. – Gina Barker (Coach)

Year 7A – Saints 6 defeated by Immanuel 27
We were all really excited to be back playing netball again after such a long delay. Immanuel was a tough opposition with accurate shooters, but all the Saints’ players showed great determination, and definitely showed improvement throughout. We maintained a positive attitude and will take this into training where we will work on our leading, passing and communication. Hopefully, this will lead to wins on the scoreboard. Special thanks to Assistant Coach Penny Coulter! – Annabel Keough (Player)

Year 7B – Saints 9 defeated by Immanuel 29
In the first match of the season, we played against Immanuel. This was the first match we had played together and so we were still figuring out who worked best in certain positions. By the end, we were already a lot stronger than we were at the start; our best quarter was the third, in which we shot the most goals. The match was played very well by both teams and the 7Bs can’t wait to grow as a team throughout the season! – Nikola Carr (Coach)

Year 4 Blue – Saints 10 defeated Wilderness 3
The girls played a great team game. Applying their attacking and defending skills, they worked the ball down the court, using space and strong passing, resulting in goals with the accurate shooting of Abbie Tulloch and Meg Paul. Well done team. – Karen Braund (Proud Coach)

Year 4 White – Saints 6 defeated by Pembroke 14
I was very impressed by the game the girls played as they successfully executed the skills which were taught during training sessions. Pembroke came out very strongly in the first quarter, but with determination, the girls settled and started putting pressure on their opponents in both attack and defence. Despite the loss, the girls should be happy extremely with their performance.

Year 3 – Saints 1 defeated by Wilderness 6
Saints Girls played with enthusiasm and endless energy. Congratulations to this game’s Captain, Lola Begley, who scored our only goal. I think they could hear the cheering from miles away! Special thanks also to Sasha Connor, Anisha Pahuja, Lydia Zhao and Lola who all volunteered to help the opposition fill a team. This can be an intimidating task and I think they may have played a little too well! I’m very proud of you girls and I look forward to our future matches. – Rebecca Scott-Toms (Coach)

SOCCER

Open A – Saints 0 defeated by Wilderness 3
The Open A team played Wilderness in a hard-fought game that unfortunately resulted in a loss. Despite the score, I was very pleased with how the girls played. We did a great job implementing the skills we’ve been working on in training, such as our positioning, taking a touch and looking up before passing the ball. Lucy Benn in midfield played some very skilful through balls for our attackers to run onto, which resulted in a few goal attempts from Chi Chi Zhao, Emily McCorley and Ashley Piper. Wilderness were a very well structured and physical team, so I was proud to see all the girls putting in their best effort. Thank you to Emily Downie and Sophie Barr who both played in goals this week! – Ellie Anderson (Captain)

Open B – Saints 0 defeated by Walford 5
For the second game of the season which was at home, it was slow start, enabling Walford to get a couple of goals in the first half early and scoring a lucky one from outside the box. Our girls were running and defending hard as they were under a lot of pressure. The second half was much better, and we nearly scored a couple of goals. It was more of an evenly-balanced game across the field for both teams, regardless of the 2 goals we conceded, ending the game 5-0. Our possession style of soccer that focuses on playing out from the back and accurate passing to then work it up to the attack is getting there. A few positives to take away and improvements also. Well fought in the end and next match, let’s hit the score board and keep up the positive mindset – TJ Scarsgill (Coach)

Middle A – Saints 2 defeated by Immanuel 3
Unfortunately, we conceded goals from a free kick (which went into top corner) and a penalty. The girls put in a great effort to come back with a goal at the end, but we ran out of time to even it up. We need to work on our passes and communication. Goal scorers: Lilly Maerschel (1), Januri Wagaarachchi (1). – Ange Gouvielos (Coach)

Middle B – Saints 2 defeated Wilderness 1
Awesome effort from every single player! With only 10 girls, Asha Eaton made a handful of excellent saves with Lidia Burrough, Matilda Chu, Jackie Balassis and Lucy Mitchell holding down the backline, clearing everything that came through. Alicia Toh, Monika Ceplitis and Genevieve Leong were tenacious in the middle, which led to us getting the ball up front for both Sophia Langley and Alix Douglas to score a goal each! The girls are coming a long way and I look forward to training.  Nathan Reade (Coach)

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eNews – Week 1, Term 3 2020

Issue no. 21Enews-banner

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From Our Principal

Identity is a funny thing. Both a modern concept and deeply rooted in history, it can be complex to unfold – and never more so than for young people and their parents looking at schools, trying to understand what each of them represent, or with which community they most identify. History can hold the key to unlocking these issues. Our values of courage, creativity and compassion are very much based on the beliefs and actions of our founding Sisters, but sometimes it’s a building that can tell a story. Buildings are more than just design and assembly. They’re a snapshot of life.

juliashea_web-200x300-200x300Built in 1881, our campus is dominated by the beautiful Chiverton building. It came onto the market in 1949 and was advertised as a two-storey house together with stables, a two-room cottage and nine acres of land. The owner had already bequeathed to the Crown that part of the property which is now Ferguson Conservation Park. The auction was held on Tuesday 30 August 1949. Sister Frideswide, the Provincial, and Sister Scholastica attended the auction. One of the School’s historical publications, ‘Not Saints, but Girls’, states:

“When the auction started on the verandah, they stood inside by the drawing room window with the brother of the auctioneer, Mr Theodore Bruce. Whenever Sister Frideswide wanted to bid, Theodore’s brother gave a signal to his nephew outside who nudged his father on the leg. The bidding started at £7 500 and went up by amounts of £500 until the Sisters’ bid of £10 500 remained unchallenged.”

As women, yet alone ordained women, did not attend auctions in that era, the signalling was necessary – another example of creativity in action! Of course, buildings for classrooms and the like needed to be constructed, but no job was too big for the Sisters. School began at the Stonyfell campus eight years later on 30 May 1957. Whilst the School itself has changed significantly over the years, the original Chiverton has remained relatively untouched. It would have many stories to tell, having accommodated the Sisters, Miss Pike and Mr Stott and his family over the years. Some claim to have seen a ghost upstairs but I’ve had no such encounter! As an iconic piece of the School’s history, Chiverton must be retained for the generations to come. Sadly, it had fallen into some disrepair and we recently needed to demolish and replace the balcony. All of this happened under the watchful eye of a heritage architect who also took the opportunity over the holidays to return the building to its original colour scheme. Once again, it looks amazing and stands as a reminder of the proud history of the School.

The ‘Main Building’, housing Junior School classrooms on the ground floor, was completed in 1957. The classrooms were typical of that era, with high cement walls allowing little transparency between rooms. During the holidays, renovation of that area progressed. Much like the Middle School, the focus has been on incorporating flexible spaces for learning and collaboration, and an abundance of natural light. The cement walls have been replaced by floor-to-ceiling glass, highlighting our beautiful surroundings, and the hallway ceiling has been raised to give a sense of openness and space. As mentioned previously, this work is being staged and the refurbishment of the remaining classrooms will commence in the next school holiday period. By the start of 2021, all will be complete and the Junior School will have a wonderful new look.

Staffing News

We welcome several teachers to the team this semester:

• Monique McLeay joins the Junior School staff whilst Louisa Mitchell is on long service leave
• Alex McKay has commenced maternity leave, and Dagmar Schmidt-Duncan is our new French teacher
• Our Mid-Year Reception girls have had an amazing first week at school and we welcome their teacher Zoe West to our staff

I look forward to seeing you back at the many School events this term, commencing with the Senior Drama Production Charm in Week 3.

Julia Shea
Principal

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Innovators Circle Shark Tank Success

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Congratulations to the Year 11 Business Innovation team who were runners up in their Environmental category of the University of Adelaide’s Shark Tank eSchool challenge.

Anna White, Poppie Goldsmith, Siena Zito and Jenna Bowden shared the $750 prize. 240 teams across the State entered the hotly-contested competition conducted over Zoom in the holiday period.

The team’s concept was a ‘bin collar’ that surrounds outdoor council bins to encourage recycling of 10 cent deposit containers. The project aimed to prevent those containers from going to landfill but also to provide safety for and preserve the dignity of ‘bin rummagers’ who normally delve into the bins to retrieve bottles and cans.

Gabriele Trobbiani
Business Innovation Teacher

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Podcasters Channel STEM Inspiration

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During Term 2, the Year 6 EDGE girls were part of a unit centred around STEM. We were required to create two podcasts: one on a famous woman in STEM and another on an Old Scholar in STEM. Ms Burton-Howard encouraged and guided us in this interesting field of research and pointed us in the right directions for our questions.

To collect our information for the first podcast, we read articles about STEM leaders online or actually contacted them in person. We then had to create a script based on the research and recorded the podcast on GarageBand. We were given a few weeks to do this task.

When using GarageBand, we initially experienced a few difficulties (some of which were quite frustrating), but in the end, we knew the ropes quite well. We can now record and edit with ease and have used this to format our podcast with intro music, sound effects and atmospheric music.

For the second podcast, we interviewed an Old Scholar who works in the STEM field. We wanted to find out as much as we could about what they studied at our School and how it influenced their university choices and eventual career path. To do this, we wrote a questionnaire and sent it to them or interviewed them over the phone. It was nerve-wracking but rewarding to make contact with the Old Scholars, and we then used these answers to make our podcast.

Before completing this task, most of us under-appreciated the field of STEM. It has been a very effective way to make us see the intriguing side. The lack of gender equality has given us the idea that STEM occupations are traditionally male jobs, but we found that this is definitely not the case for our Old Scholars. Through researching famous women and their significant achievements (for example, Katherine Johnson was one of the first females to have an important role in space exploration), we now know that STEM will be an interesting career to pursue when we are older. The Old Scholars we interviewed have many interesting jobs including space medicine, neuroscience and mechanical/fire safety/electrical engineering. Talking with our Old Scholars has made us see that we too could have careers in STEM that are varied and different from more common areas such as medicine. If more women and girls hook onto this promising field, we can overpower the opinion that STEM is a male-dominated arena.

We thoroughly enjoyed this EDGE unit as it really opened up our eyes to the vast world of STEM and its numerous opportunities for women. We hope to soon share our podcasts with the School as an inspirational resource for all students at St Peter’s Girls.

Evelyn Gautier
Year 6 student

The students are pictured with Old Scholars Zarina Greenberg (Kennion 2007) and Vienna Tran (Patteson 2014).

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Our Newest Saints Girls

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Sounds of excitement filled the classroom this week as our new Mid-Year Receptions started their schooling journey.

The girls have settled in beautifully. They have formed new friendships and discussed how to be a kind friend at school. The students have shown pride in following the School routine and classroom expectations. They have worked on ‘all about me’ activities which they have shared with the group, as well as engaging in introductory sessions on THRASS, Inquiry and Mathematics. A highlight has been collecting nature materials to collage our names for our classroom display.

Zoe West
Mid-Year Reception Teacher

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Healthy Lesson for Year 8 Science

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In Year 8 Science, we are starting an inquiry into health and what it means to be healthy as a teenage girl. Science is working with Health, PE and Food Technology to explore different aspects of health including diet, exercise and sexual health.

To launch our new project, Eleni Vosnakis (Kilburn 2011) gave a presentation to the Year 8 cohort and introduced the key ideas in health and the importance of exercise. Eleni has an Honours degree in Exercise Science and Physiology from the University of Adelaide. She grew up playing soccer and is now fortunate to work in the industry as a Sports Scientist and Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Adelaide United Women’s team. It was excellent for her to share her passion and knowledge in health and spark interest in our new inquiry unit.

Clare Gaskell
Science Teacher

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Saints Girls on Social Media

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

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

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

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

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

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Senior Drama Ready to Charm

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The Year 12 Drama and Year 11 IB Theatre students are now in the final throes of rehearsing for their production of Charm. The set is ready, costumes have been prepared – thanks to the skilful seamstress work of former staff member and Old Scholar, Anne Ninnes (Kennion 1966) as shown above – music has been written and the actors are looking forward to wowing their audiences. Comic and yet thought-provoking, the play is a riotous deconstruction of fairytales with wild characters, plot twists, a (subtly serious) message and a few songs thrown in to boot! Come and witness the wonderful creative abilities of our students and staff.

For each of the evening performances on 5, 6 and 7 August at 7pm, we are able to release 200 general admission tickets – so get in fast if you want to secure seats. It will not be a happy ending for you if you miss out!

Go to www.trybooking.com/BJZQC
Adult $10
Student/Concession $5

Due to contact tracing requirements we ask that tickets be purchased online prior to the performance.

Michael Butler-Wills
Head of English / Drama Teacher

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The Long Lunch – Tickets on Sale!

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Experience Sensational South Australia

The St Peter’s Girls’ Foundation’s major fundraising event for 2020, The Long Lunch, will take place on Sunday 20 September.

Tickets are on sale and will sell out fast! To secure your seats or organise a year level group/table, visit www.trybooking.com/BHMCX

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Cross Country Interhouse – Next Week!

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Due to various factors, we will be holding this year’s Cross Country Interhouse separately for each year level during Week 2 this term. Students from Reception to Year 9 will be running/walking the course at Bell Yett Reserve, adjacent to the School.

Whilst the main focus is on participation and being active, House points will be awarded towards the House Shield. Medals will be presented to the first three place-getters in each year level.

Spectators are able to attend their daughter’s event on the proviso that social distancing is adhered to.

Students need to wear PE uniform on their scheduled day and bring a personal drink bottle and any required medication to Bell Yett Reserve.

Year Level Program

1km (2 laps)
Reception: 11.30am, Monday 27 July
Year 1: 10.40am, Wednesday 29 July

1.5km (3 laps)
Year 2: 9.30am, Tuesday 28 July
Year 3: 10.40am, Tuesday 28 July

2km (4 laps)
Year 4: 8.40am, Wednesday 29 July
Year 5: 11.30am, Wednesday 29 July
Year 6: 9.30am, Wednesday 29 July

2.5km (5 laps)
Year 7: 10.40am, Monday 27 July
Year 8: 8.40am, Monday 27 July
Year 9: 9.30am, Monday 27 July

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Saints Girls Prep for Princely Production

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Two Year 9 students, Astrid Teague and Zara Blight, will be performing next week in The Princes Players Theatre Company’s production of One Man, Two Guvnors. The girls have been working really hard in rehearsals, with some even taking place via Teams!

Show Details
29 – 31 July
7pm
ANZAC Hall, Prince Alfred College

Adult – $22
Seniors (65+) – $16
Student (School/Uni) – $10
Family (2 Adults / 2 Children) – $60

Click here to book tickets and support our Saints Girls on stage!

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Car Park Courtesy

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

Please also refrain from turning right into or out of the car park as this causes further congestion.

As a School, we must set an example for our students in showing courtesy to all; in this case, other road users.

Thank you for your cooperation.

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Notice from CommBank School Banking

Thank you so much for your patience. The CommBank School Banking program will recommence next Wednesday 29 July. Please bring your deposit book with your weekly banking into school each Wednesday.

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Entertainment Membership

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

Order your Entertainment Membership today!

Purchase your membership here

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Out of the Blue Cover Design Competition

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The Out of the Blue committee is holding a competition to design the front cover artwork of our School Arts Journal – Out of the Blue. All submissions must adhere to the following requirements: black and white, a simple outline style, and a 20 x 20cm square layout. If your artwork does not fit these requirements, your entries will be considered for the content of the book. Submissions can be supplied in either a digital or physical format.

Please submit your entries to the Learning Strategies room or email to outoftheblue@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au.

Entries close next Friday. The winner will be announced at the end of Week 4. We are looking forward to seeing everyone’s amazing art!

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CLOTHES SHWOP: We Need Your Help!

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Did you know that Australians are the world’s second largest consumers of fashion? On average, we each consume 27kgs of new clothing and textiles every year. Most of this ends up in the bin after less than a year. Members of the School’s Environment Club would like to change this!

The Environment Club is focusing on sustainable fashion with our ‘Clothes Shwop’, where students can donate old clothes for tokens, and cash-in these tokens to take new clothes in return! If you have old clothes you don’t want anymore and are happy to donate or exchange for other items, then please support this worthy cause. Any remaining items will be donated to a women’s charity.

Collections will take place outside of the Junior School Library at lunch every Tuesday and Thursday leading up to the actual ‘Clothes Shwop’ where you will be able to choose pieces from the donated clothing. The first ‘Clothes Shwop’ will be held on Thursday and Friday in Week 5 of Term 3 in the Drama Room.

Bring in your old clothes, help the environment and make your wardrobe that bit more exciting!

Sara Peak
Environment Club Captain

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Sports News

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Term 3 welcomes competitive sport back to schools. While these are exciting times, we must remind families to follow health guidelines. Other schools’ policies may be different from our own, such as the number of people allowed in any one area, especially indoor venues. We will try to provide as much information in advance as we can.

We ask that everyone remains patient and understanding while we work through these challenging and changing times and, as always, we encourage participation and support all players to be given equal opportunity. School sport can be a time to develop individual and team skills across a range of levels from beginner to experienced, to try new positions or a completely new sport.

Once again, we ask players to be respectful of their teammates, opposition, coaches and officials at all times, and while handshakes at the end of games are currently not allowed, this will not hinder every player from demonstrating good sportsmanship in addressing their opponents and thanking them for the game. I’m hoping that we can continue the good work and enjoy an uninterrupted sporting term. – Neil Fuller (Director of Sport)

LACROSSE – Round 2

Under 13 – Saints 13 defeated North Adelaide 10
The first game of the season saw the girls show amazing defence skills and attacking play. They used all the skills they had been taught over the many weeks leading up to the season. Trailing 10-8 going into the final quarter, all girls worked super hard and took the win. Cleo Hart scored her first-ever goal, leading to a hat-trick, and Claris Stolcman also scored 3 great goals. Emily Bates was the superstar goalie, blocking many shots. Goal scorers: Cleo Hart (3), Claris Stolcman (3), Savannah Walls (3), Alannah Godfrey (2), Jaime Gower (1), Zoe Pool (1). Well done girls. – Dani Cox (Student Coach)

Under 11 – Saints Blue 9 defeated East Torrens/Payneham 3
This game showcased the team’s wonderful cohesion and sportsmanship. Our opposition faced an injury and two of our girls joined ETP. Well done Hayley Lucas and Valencia Capobianco for being such supportive team players. Sophia Curry did a fantastic job in goals and Chelsea Francis was an outstanding attacker, scoring 5 goals! All team members are gaining confidence and passion for the sport which is excellent to see! As I had to umpire for part of the game, I was thankful that the Lively family were able to assist. – Sophie Auricht (Coach)

Under 11 – Saints White 3 defeated by North Adelaide 7
All of the girls were eager to replicate their previous win. In attack, Ruby Kelly (Year 4) worked hard with the ball and did well at looking for free players. Lola Meo was also impressive with her big long throws to help transition the ball down the field. All of the girls were more confident to run with the ball in their stick, especially Scarlett Schinella (Year 3). Lilly Silvani (playing as a guest) was goalie for the first half and Neela (Year 4) was goalie in the second half. The team did a great job running up and down the field with fewer subs this match. Goal scorers were Ruby Kelly (1), Lilly Silvani (1) and Lola Silvani (1). – Lucy Martin (Coach)

LACROSSE – Round 3

Under 13 – Saints 17 defeated Glenelg 4
Every member of the 12 person team managed to score with excellent attacking skills. Grace Jones was in goals, saving so many shots from the other team. Serae Stolcman, Matilda Wilkin, Alannah Godfrey and Cleo Hart were amazing in the attacking positions. Lara Maione and Jaime Gower (playing as a guest) were very strong in defence. It was an excellent game because everyone was playing as a team and passing the ball around, so everyone had a chance. Very proud of all of the girls. – Dani Cox (Student Coach)

SOCCER – Round 1

Open A – Saints 1 defeated by Pembroke 4
After coming off a three-week holiday break and no training on Monday, I was very pleased with the effort put in by all of the girls. We started strongly and scored a goal early on. The combination of passes between Lucy Benn, Lysiane Franchi and Annie Bradshaw set up a great cross for Chi Chi Zhao to run onto and score. The first half finished 1-1 and the competition was tight. Unfortunately, the fatigue started to set in during the second half, resulting in Pembroke scoring a few goals. However, the girls never dropped their heads and continued persisting to win the ball. I would like to give a special shout out to our goalkeeper Kendra Ware, who played brilliantly and stopped some very powerful shots! – Ellie Anderson (Captain)

Open B – Saints 0 defeated by St Michael’s 3
For the first game of the season away at St Michael’s, it was a good performance with plenty of positives and improvements that can be taken away both individually and as a team. It was an evenly-balanced game across the field for both teams, regardless of the goals we conceded. We played a style of soccer that was based upon playing out from the back, accurate passing and maintaining formation. I congratulate the girls for maintaining a positive mindset throughout, so keep it up and hopefully we’ll get a win next game playing our style of soccer. – TJ Scarsgill (Coach)

Middle A – Saints 5 defeated Pembroke 0
Given the long break, the girls showed great determination. We improved our performance as the match went on and had a terrific second half. There are areas we will continue to work on over the coming weeks including passing and finishing. Goal scorers: Januri Wagaarachchi (2), Lilly Maerschel (2) and Chloe Richardson (1). – Ange Gouvielos

Middle B – Saints 1 drew with Pembroke 1
Promising start to the season from the girls! Lucy Mitchell did extremely well to control the backline and sweep up loose balls whilst Alicia and Monica were everywhere in the midfield, putting in great tackles and covering a lot of ground to help out the defence. Up front, Alix Douglas supported Stella Rasheed and Sophia Langley really well as we tried to get up the pitch, resulting in a great team goal finished by Sophia! Ended in a draw but we showed great signs moving forward, go blues! – Nathan Reade (Coach)

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eNews – Week 9, Term 2 2020

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From Our Principal

COVID-19 has disrupted education on an unprecedented scale. Last month, UNESCO estimated that school closures across 186 countries denied 1.3 billion students access to their classrooms. It has been an extraordinary social experiment juliashea_web-200x300-200x300to watch countries rapidly replace physical attendance at school with a virtual alternative. Whilst the effort to provide continuity in education across the world has been laudable, in the absence of any test runs, the success has been mixed. Thank you to those parents who took the time to complete our survey and provide overwhelmingly positive feedback on our short period of remote learning. In many countries, students have been learning online for months. It’s a reminder of just how lucky we were to deliver our curriculum virtually for a mere seven days.

In line with current government advice and assuming no change to that advice, many of the restrictions that we’ve had in place to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff will be eased from next term:

• We look forward to welcoming back the many volunteers who assist us with school programs. It is imperative that all volunteers sign in and out at Front Office when entering and leaving the School.
• Assemblies and Chapel Services have been streamed to classrooms throughout the term to avoid students gathering in large groups. Girls will attend Assemblies and Chapel in person from the start of next term.
• All intrastate excursions and camps planned for the remainder of the year will run as scheduled. Alternative arrangements have been made to replace those camps that were cancelled this semester. Individual year groups will receive details shortly.
• Inter-school sport matches will recommence next term. Neil Fuller will communicate draws when finalised along with IGSSA guidelines for spectators. We’re delighted that our Sports Day on Friday 4 September will go ahead as normal.
• House Dinners for girls in Years 7 – 12 will proceed as planned.
• As groups of up to 300 people are now allowed to gather if space permits, the Long Lunch on Sunday 20 September will be held with tables arranged to comply with any social distancing requirements that remain in place. Tickets will go on sale at the start of next term. And remember, there are only 200 available, so don’t miss out!

A number of requirements still remain in place:

• Students should remain at home if they are unwell.
• Physical greetings will continue to be discouraged.
• Parents must continue to physically distance, particularly at drop-off and pick-up. For this reason, we request that parents do not walk their daughters to or from their classrooms but continue to drop them off and meet them on the path next to the car park or at the Hallett Road entrance. Our Prefects are doing a wonderful job of greeting our youngest girls each morning and the strengthening of the bond between our Senior and Junior School girls has been one of the silver linings. Front Office and the Uniform Shop remain accessible. If you have organised to meet with a staff member, please sign in at Front Office and the staff member will come over and meet you.
• We will be allowing a period of time at the start of term during which parents of our new Mid-Year Reception girls can walk them to class.
• We look forward to welcoming audiences back to the Arts Centre. The Senior Drama Production Charm will be performed in Week 3 next term and the girls can’t wait to see a full house (compliant with social distancing guidelines of course!).

There are still many unknowns. It appears that international travel remains some time away. We will not begin organising any overseas trips until we have a definitive answer on when the borders will reopen. Please be mindful during the term break that re-entering South Australia from some states will trigger a mandatory 14 day isolation period if you return prior to 20 July. Plan those holiday dates carefully!
At this stage, we are assuming that our big end of year events – Celebration Day and Valedictory Dinner, the Year 6 and Year 9 Graduations, Carols in the Cathedral and Presentation Night (with a Choral Night twist) – will proceed as planned. Audience capacity will be subject to any remaining social distancing guidelines, but one hopes by that time, the restrictions will have ceased.

Thank you all for your ongoing support. Our girls and staff have been magnificent throughout this unprecedented period, but that should be no surprise – you would expect nothing less of Saints Girls.

Have a wonderful holiday and I look forward to welcoming the girls back on Tuesday 21 July.

Julia Shea
Principal

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Empowering Guest Speaker at Year 12 Retreat

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Our Class of 2020 camped out at School last night as part of their reimagined Year 12 Retreat.

One of the highlights was a presentation and Q&A session with AFLW Crows Co-Captain and dual-premiership player Chelsea Randall.

Have a listen to some of her inspirational messages for our girls around leadership, resilience and positive mindset:

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Winter Interhouse Results

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With the many changes we have faced this year, Winter Interhouse was spread out over a number of days, but this did not diminish the atmosphere generated by students and staff. Girls in Years 7 – 12 competed in a range of sports, while the Year 5 and 6 students also enjoyed some match time as they took park in the Junior School House Netball Carnival.

RESULTS

Aussie Rules
1st Kilburn, 2nd Selwyn, 3rd Kennion, 4th Patteson
Introduced in 2018, Kilburn dislodged Patteson as the only previous winner on the shield.

Badminton
1st Patteson, 2nd, Kilburn, 3rd Selwyn, 4th Kennion
Patteson’s victory was its first Badminton shield win since 2011.

Hockey
1st Patteson, 2nd Kilburn and Kennion (tied), 4th Selwyn
Patteson reclaimed the shield they won in 2018.

Netball
1st Kennion, 2nd Selwyn, 3rd Kilburn, 4th Patteson
In the closest competition, the winners were decided on the best margin of points with Kennion winning the shield they last claimed in 2016.

Soccer
1st Patteson, 2nd Kilburn, 3rd Kennion, 4th Selwyn
Patteson were victorious for the third time in four years.

Year 5/6 Netball
1st Kilburn, 2nd Selwyn, 3rd Kennion, 4th Patteson
Kilburn reclaimed the trophy won the last two years by Selwyn.

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Piano Recital Hits Key Notes

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Why do we play music? Because we love it! And when we play music, we must be sure to tell a story. Just some of the wise words that were passed on to our young musicians at our Piano Recital on Tuesday evening by our guest performer, world-renowned pianist, composer and conductor Kym Purling. A consummate performer based in New York and Paris, Kym not only entertained us with his spectacular playing but passed on some wonderful advice about music as well as handing down some positive and constructive feedback on our piano players’ performances.

Check out the School’s Facebook page for a quick snapshot. We look forward to sharing the full Piano Recital with the School community in the coming weeks.

Sally Rounsevell
Director of Music

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Hats Off to Our Newest Saints Girls

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

Our newest Saints Girls were thrilled to receive their ‘big school’ hat and bag from Head of Junior School Suzanne Haddy and the Year 12 Prefects before starting Mid-Year Reception next term.

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

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Young Dancers Step Out in Style

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This week, the Reception and Year 1 students took to the stage to showcase their impressive dance moves and skills. RMK expressed their emotions playfully through colours, RAL dazzled as sparkly starfish with fantastic footwork, 1ML were cheeky dance monkeys with a great sense of rhythm, and 1LS showed off their super cool moves in ‘Greased Lightnin’.

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 to increase their flexibility, coordination, spatial awareness and to develop their motor skills. An enormous thank you to Kirsty for her creativity and patience.
 

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Year 6 Students Create Political Agenda

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Through our Unit of Inquiry ‘How we organise ourselves’, the Year 6 students have been investigating our federal systems of government.

They were fortunate to have Christopher Pyne visit this week to answer questions about his time as a Member of Parliament. His wealth of experience and candour gave the girls many insights into the life of a federal politician and the intricacies of the House of Representatives.

Year 6 Teachers

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Year 4 Learners Host Burnside Mayor

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On Tuesday, the three Year 4 classes had a very special visitor. Anne Monceaux (nee Harrington, Kennion 1966), Mayor of Burnside, an Old Scholar and former staff member of Saints Girls, gave a presentation on her role as Mayor and the workings of Local Government. Anne spoke at length about the challenges of having enough money to cater for all the projects and obligations the council has to look after.

Now in her second term of office as Mayor, Anne works with many individuals and community groups to manage resources and plan for the future.

Anne also gave a historical perspective about the origins of Burnside Council and of her own journey, firstly as a student of St Peter’s Girls’ School and later as a Year 4 teacher, which the girls found particularly interesting.

Shane Davidson
Year 4 Teacher

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Out of the Blue – Music Staff Interview

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At Saints Girls, we’re so lucky to have such a talented and dedicated Music Department. In the lead-up to releasing the Out of the Blue Arts Journal, I recently interviewed Sally Rounsevell, Sari Noble and Robyn Habel on their relationship with music. I’ve been lucky to work with these three teachers both in Music lessons and co-curricular ensembles, and their passion for music has always shone through in their teaching. I hope that what they have to say will strike a chord with some of the School community in the same way that it has inspired me.

What first sparked your love for music? What is your musical background?

Mrs Noble
My love for music was first sparked by my piano teacher. She was quite unique in her time, in that she could play jazz piano, read chords, improvise and play by ear, but at the same time could just as easily rip out a piano concerto! I wanted to be like that! At uni, I completed a Bachelor of Education double Music Major specialising in Performance and Music Education. Although I was predominantly a classical pianist at that stage, I was approached to play for the ‘Adelaide Connection’ jazz choir which is where I got my grounding in jazz. This provided me the opportunity to play with many Australian jazz legends including James Morrison, Don Burrows, George Golla, Tommy Emmanuel and Bob Barnard.

Ms Habel
My love for music was sparked by my family home environment. My mother won piano competitions in her youth playing Rachmaninov, and my dad was/is a song writer for church events. There was always music in our house as I was growing up in the US; people playing instruments or vinyl records spinning on the record player. And creativity was very much encouraged in everything we did. At age 11, I wrote my first song with my guitar, and at age 15, I picked up my first bass guitar during a live jam at a party. That was it for me, it was then I knew I wanted to be a musician who played original music. I spent many years from then until now playing in rock bands and jazz bands, performing live and releasing original music. I also studied jazz at (what is now) the Elder Conservatorium, majoring in Double Bass.

Miss Rounsevell
I remember watching a solo flute performance when I was in primary school and I went home to my mum and said I wanted to learn the flute. That was around Year 6 and I studied the flute all the way through school and then at university. I still play semi-professionally as part of the Australian Army Band Adelaide. I was heavily involved in music at school, participating in all the school musicals, playing in all the bands and singing in all choirs I could. I was also a member of the Air Force Cadet Band as a teenager and that is how I moved into the Army Reserves after school.

What does music as an art form mean to you?

Ms Habel
Music is a form of expression and communication. It is one thing to express yourself with your music, but it is another to communicate something to others. When you can do both at the same time, when these two elements come together, that is where the real joy of music lies for me.

Miss Rounsevell
For me, music is all about connecting with others. My background is very much based in bands and choirs. I love working with other like-minded people to produce music for others to enjoy. It is very rewarding.

Mrs Noble
To me, music is an art form that allows people to feel as well as to express. It’s that universal language which is understood by all; something that brings people together and informs our own culture.

What do you like most about passing on your skills and knowledge of music to your students?

Miss Rounsevell
What I like most is that I hope they find being a musician as rewarding and as enjoyable as I do. Music is so good for the soul and for a person’s wellbeing. It is impossible to feel bad when you play music. Music can also give you so many opportunities. I have been overseas and played in half a dozen countries on music tours and camps and have met some of the most amazing and talented people through music.

Why do you think music and The Arts are important within a school environment?

Mrs Noble
Music and The Arts are so important in schools. Music, in particular, embodies so many skills which we use in everyday life. It encourages students to take risks in performance and creativity, to learn about teamwork in ensembles. It is a wonderful medium for self-expression and helps students develop a sense of self. In terms of practice, it teaches students that the more they put in, the more they get out, helping them to hone their organisational and self-management skills. We also know from current brain research the importance that music has on Literacy and Numeracy skills, particularly in the formative years.

When you listen to a piece of music for the first time, what is usually the first thing that you pay attention to?

Miss Rounsevell
I usually pay attention to the melody and the instrumentation. I never listen to lyrics! New music needs to be inventive and interesting if it is to grab my attention.

Ms Habel
I guess it is how it makes me feel. What emotion does it create in me. Then, if it has lyrics, I will listen to them. Then, I hone in on the hooks, that is, the catchy bits. Whether its Beethoven or Billie Eilish, there are catchy bits!

Mrs Noble
I have a bit of a love affair with complex harmonies, so this is usually the first thing I hear, then I listen for a catchy melody. The last thing I actually listen to is the lyrics.

Do you think that music and songwriting can tell a story?

Ms Habel
Yes they can. Music is a form of communication when done well. A song or piece of music can transport you and completely change your mood and thoughts in three minutes. It can communicate a story, an idea, a theme or a meaningful message. Throughout history, music has impacted our society, our culture, our world. Music has the power to change things!

Thanks again to Miss Rounsevell, Mrs Noble and Ms Habel for their time. Hopefully it will inspire our students’ inner musicians in time to submit their entries to outoftheblue@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au before Week 5 of Term 3!

Victoria Thorp
Year 11 student

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Flexible Contest for Aerobics Girls

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The term ended with Aerobics participants competing in our first-ever School competition. This provided the girls with something to aim towards given the normal calendar had been interrupted. With girls teaming up in groups of two or three, they had flexibility in creating their own routine which was judged by their three coaches and myself as a guest.

While all teams should be commended and with the scores proving extremely close, it was the trio of Amelie Zacharia Henley, Zara Blight and Annie Warrick who claimed 1st place. Well done to all girls and we look forward to next term.

Neil Fuller
Director of Sport

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Year 8 Foodies Enjoy Sweet Life

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This week in Food Technology, our class had an amazing opportunity to make apple and currant muffins. It was a very enjoyable experience and the muffins turned out delicious. We wouldn’t have been able to have this experience without the wonderful Mrs Manson, who has been coming up with some great cooking ideas this semester. We look forward coming back next term and creating more amazing food.

Jasmine Segredos, Airlie McCabe, Daisy Braithwaite and Poppy Oswald
Year 8 students

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Strings On the Record

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On Monday afternoon in the Arts Centre, the St Peter’s Girls’ Senior Strings, Intermediate Strings and Developmental Strings had a wonderful experience recording some pieces they have been learning this year.

The first ensemble to record their pieces was the Intermediate Strings. This group is comprised of 14 girls across Years 3 to 9 who rehearse Tuesday mornings at 7.30am during term time.

Intermediate Strings recorded ‘Humoresque’ by Antonin Dvorak. The solo part of this piece is performed by Emily Kim (Year 4), who is the leader of Intermediate Strings. The second piece recorded was ‘Little Blue Train’ by Stefan Karlpiniek.

The next group to record was Developmental Strings. This ensemble features 20 girls across Years 3 to 7. They practise at lunchtime on Wednesdays. The pieces recorded were ‘Yellow SunDragon’ by Adelaide composer and cellist Hilary Kleinig. The girls really loved the actions and different sounds incorporated in this piece. They also recorded ‘Fiddles Out West’ by Mark West.

The Senior String ensemble is our largest and most senior ensemble and is comprised of 27 students ranging from Years 4 to 12. This ensemble rehearses on a Monday afternoon and is led by Angel Li, a Year 9 scholarship student.

The ensemble recorded the pieces ‘Palladio’ by Jarl Jenkins, featuring violin solos by Angel, Faye Ma (Year 12) and Caitlin Middelberg (Year 10), and also ‘Two South American Tangos – El Choclo and La Camparsita’. The composer of this work is A G Villaldo. This piece also features a violin solo by Angel.

The video recording made on Monday afternoon will be available to view early next term.

Natalie Maegraith
Strings Coordinator

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Charm – Senior Drama Production

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Eager to get out and see a show? Well, do we have a treat for you! This year’s Senior Drama Production, Charm, is a riotous deconstruction of fairytales with wild characters, plot twists, a (slightly serious) message and a few songs thrown in to boot!

For each of the evening performances on 5, 6 and 7 August at 7pm, we are able to release 200 general admission tickets – so get in fast if you want to secure seats. It will not be a happy ending for you if you miss out! Go to www.trybooking.com/BJZQC

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Junior School Vacation Care

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

June / July 2020 Vacation Care Program

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

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School Immunisation Program – Year 10 Second Visit for Meningococcal B

Eastern Health Authority (EHA – www.eha.sa.gov.au) will soon be visiting the School to continue the above vaccinations for those students with parent/guardian consent.

If you did not receive an immunisation consent form from your child, please ask for one at the Front Office or contact EHA on 8132 3600.

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

Please notify us if:

• Your child has already started the above program with another provider
• You wish to withdraw your consent
• Your child’s medical condition has changed

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

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Out of the Blue Cover Design Competition

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The Out of the Blue committee is holding a competition to design the front cover artwork of our School Arts Journal – Out of the Blue. All submissions must adhere to the following requirements: black and white, a simple outline style, and a 20 x 20cm square layout. If your artwork does not fit these requirements, your entries will be considered for the content of the book. Submissions can be supplied in either a digital or physical format.

Please submit your entries to the Learning Strategies room or email to outoftheblue@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au.

Entries close Friday of Week 2, Term 3. The winner will be announced at the end of Week 4. We are looking forward to seeing everyone’s amazing art!

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CLOTHES SHWOP: We Need Your Help!

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Did you know that Australians are the world’s second largest consumers of fashion? On average, we each consume 27kgs of new clothing and textiles every year. Most of this ends up in the bin after less than a year. Members of the School’s Environment Club would like to change this!

The Environment Club is focusing on sustainable fashion with our ‘Clothes Shwop’, where students can donate old clothes for tokens, and cash-in these tokens to take new clothes in return! If you have old clothes you don’t want anymore and are happy to donate or exchange for other items, then please support this worthy cause. Any remaining items will be donated to a women’s charity.

Collections will take place outside of the Junior School Library at lunch every Tuesday and Thursday leading up to the actual ‘Clothes Shwop’ where you will be able to choose pieces from the donated clothing. The first ‘Clothes Shwop’ will be held on Thursday and Friday in Week 5 of Term 3 in the Drama Room.

Bring in your old clothes, help the environment and make your wardrobe that bit more exciting!

Sara Peak
Environment Club Captain

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School Shop Merchandise

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The School Shop sells a variety of branded merchandise and memorabilia perfect for a gift or as a souvenir.

Items include coffee mugs, china, mobile phone power banks, umbrellas, signet rings, key rings, pens, notebooks, wine and champagne glasses, candles, scarves and more.

Visit us to see what we have in store!

School Shop

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Bus Tap Card Reminder

Please note that all School bus students must use their student ID cards to tap on and off each time they board and alight a School bus service to comply with our new tracking system.

Also, a reminder that all students from Years 3 to 12 can now use their student ID cards for point-of-sale transactions at the Tuck Shop and School Shop.

To register for the service and ensure funds are available on the cards, parents need to use the flexischools program, which already facilitates the School’s online Tuck Shop. For instructions on how to set up an account and add funds, watch the first 30 seconds of this video. To access flexischools, log in to the myLink Parent Portal and select the ‘Tuck Shop’ tab on the top menu. When registering, search for the School’s name, remembering to add the apostrophe in St Peter’s.

For information on transaction fees and other costs, click here.

If you have any queries regarding these new systems, please contact our System Business Analyst Bronwyn Ledgard via bledgard@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au or 8334 2264.

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Road Safety Appeal

The School has recently received reports of poor driver behaviour including speeding, tailgating and vehicles parked across residential driveways in surrounding streets. 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.

And, a reminder that right turns are not permitted into or out of the School’s main car park on Stonyfell Road.

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Code Camp – Virtual School Holiday Camps

Bring the excitement of Code Camp to your own home these winter school holidays!

Join today for just $99!

Tried, tested and recommended by over 3,000 Aussie families, learn at your own pace with 10 hours of instructor-led video tutorials and live tech support from our Australian-based team.

www.codecamp.com.au/online

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Do You Have a Connection to Woodlands Girls’ Grammar?

Year 11 Scholarship Information

The Elaine Balfour Ogilvy Scholarship is for girls who are planning to enter Year 12 next year, who attend an Anglican school and whose mother, grandmother or great grandmother attended Woodlands Girls’ Grammar School. It was created by the Woodlands Old Scholars in honour of an old scholar, one of the Australian Army nurses who died in the horror of war after the fall of Singapore.

Applicants need to post an introductory letter and four copies of their CV to:

The President
Woodlands Old Scholars’ Association
39 Partridge Street
GLENELG SA 5045

Applications close 24 July 2020

Interviews will be conducted in Term 3, giving the panel a chance to have an informal chat with the girls. We will be assessing attributes such as presentation and enthusiasm and will take this opportunity to see certificates and awards which substantiate the CV.

If you have any enquiries, please contact me via sorrell.lou@gmail.com

Louise Sorrell
St Peter’s Woodlands Old Scholars’ Association President

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Apple’s Cleaning Tips for iPads and Laptops

Apple products are made with a variety of materials, and each material might have specific cleaning requirements. To get started, here are some tips from Apple that apply to all products:

  • Use only a soft, lint-free cloth. Avoid abrasive cloths, towels, paper towels, or similar items.
  • Avoid excessive wiping, which might cause damage.
  • Unplug all external power sources, devices, and cables.
  • Keep liquids away from the product, unless otherwise noted for specific products.
  • Don’t get moisture into any openings.
  • Don’t use aerosol sprays, bleaches or abrasives.
  • Don’t spray cleaners directly onto the item.

Is it okay to use a disinfectant on my Apple product?
Using a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe or disinfecting wipes, you may gently wipe the hard, non-porous surfaces of your Apple product, such as the display, keyboard, or other exterior surfaces. Don’t use bleach. Avoid getting moisture in any opening, and don’t submerge your Apple product in any cleaning agents. Don’t use on fabric or leather surfaces.

Here’s the full article from Apple: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204172

Of course, please check your device instructions for specific requirements.

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Sports News

With Term 2 drawing to a close, we hope that the current efforts by all South Australians continue throughout the holidays with planned return to sports scheduled from the start of Term 3. For those who have nominated, fixtures and information should have been received. Further updates and reminders will be sent prior to the term resuming and we hope that the positivity, team spirit, camaraderie and proud representation of Saints Girls continues throughout the sporting season. – Neil Fuller (Director of Sport)

Lacrosse

Under 11 Blue – Saints 5 drew with North Adelaide 5
What a wonderful start to an unusual Lacrosse season. The Under 11 Blue team played a confident game in which they were able to put weeks of training into practice. As the game progressed, the girls gained perseverance and a greater understanding of the gameplay. They showed fair play, and the new members of the team took to the game with ease. All team members contributed evenly. Valencia Capobianco spent half of her first game as goalie and did an incredible job! Matilda Birmingham also played very well both on the field and in the goals. Millie and Chelsea led the team with ease, demonstrating great goal shooting, speed and competitiveness with their ground balls. Hayley, Juliette and Matilda P showed eagerness and determination – most impressive for their very first game. In training, we will look at possibly practising moving into space when attacking and following opposition players more closely. Overall, a fantastic effort for the team, looking forward to more games! – Sophie Auricht (Coach)

Under 11 White – Saints 6 defeated ETP 3
All of the girls were excited to get to play the first match of the season. Everyone attacked well by running into space to get the ball, especially Lois Burton-Howard and Lilly Meo. Shooting for goals was also done well, especially when the girls aimed them at the lower corners. Special mention to Lola Meo who scored her first lacrosse goal. All of the girls were excited at half-time that they were up by four goals. The girls got the concept of sticking to one player in defence well, especially Ruby Kelly, Grace Marshall and Neela. Well done to our goalies Scarlett Schinella and Willow Chong who volunteered and saved several goals. Great job to all the girls and for showing good sportsmanship when playing for ETP due to them not having enough players. Goal scorers were Lilly (3), Lois (2) and Lola (1). – Lucy Martin (Coach)

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eNews – Week 8, Term 2 2020

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From Our Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

Winter Interhouse

It was wonderful to see Interhouse sport this week and the House spirit on display. Soccer kicked off on Wednesday afternoon – congratulations to Patteson who came away with the Soccer Shield. This afternoon saw a Kate Mortimerseries of hard-fought Aussie Rules games, and despite a lack of match play, the girls certainly showed off a range of impressive skills. My thanks to the girls in Years 10 and 11 who took part despite this being an exam week. The School has always continued with sport training and various co-curricular activities during exams as it is important that the girls maintain both perspective and balance. Sport matches are not won by training the evening prior, and similarly, a positive exam experience is not one where cramming for exams each night is the predominant activity.

#EMPOWHER Update

Earlier this year, the School partnered with Flinders University to deliver a wellbeing program entitled LIFE (Learning successfully for study and life) for our Year 8 students. It is part of a wider research project that has been implemented at various South Australian schools and, to date, it has received positive support from staff and students. Our teachers completed training with Flinders University staff, and this week, the girls completed their first post-test to determine the effectiveness of the program. Content included the topics of perfectionism, helpful and unhelpful thinking, the elements of good learning, managing social media, the importance of making mistakes, self-compassion and resilience. A second post-test will be completed in two months, after which we will share findings with parents.

The Year 12 Retreat is going ahead next week, and due to the current climate, we will be hosting the event onsite. Much to the delight of the staff, the girls did request to spend the night at school and will therefore be sleeping in the Middle School classrooms. Good humour aside, the girls will spend time reflecting on their experience of Year 12 thus far and engage with topics including financial management, travel, stress management and preparation for the workplace. We will also host five Old Scholars who will share advice in relation to managing the transition to university and navigating their path through different careers. Finally, we have two keynote speakers attending: Chelsea Randall and Isaac Loman. Chelsea is Co-Captain of the Adelaide Crows. The dual-premiership player will talk with the girls about leadership, mindset and work ethic. Isaac is a well-known hypnotist who will talk about the power of the mind and, of course, set up some practical demonstrations. I am confident that the speakers will be well received by the girls, and my thanks to the staff who will be joining me sleeping in the Library.

Kate Mortimer
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

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A Message from Our Sport Prefect

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Due to the unprecedented times, Term 2 has brought many challenges, yet also some great opportunities.

Over the past few weeks, the Year 12s have been participating in a Witness The Fitness program, which involves two fitness sessions during Home Group each week. This is to prepare us for our upcoming Retreat where we will hike to the top of Mt Lofty. Many girls have found it difficult to find time to workout at home and have loved being given an allocated time slot to be active with their friends. We should all be trying to complete 20 minutes of moderate exercise a day, which is achievable. Exercise not only provides physical benefits, but also mental ones. Exercising releases endorphins which can help with learning, mental health and mood. Although finding time to exercise can be challenging, it is important to do so each day, so try arranging a quick walk or run with your friends to stay active!

On Friday in Week 7, Lucy White, our SRC Prefect, ran the first open SRC Assembly. This involved the SRC representatives who updated the rest of the School with their progress and the discussions they have been having to improve aspects around the School. During this Assembly, the girls were also presented with the new School mascot, a blue and white striped tiger! This mascot will be out at all the upcoming Interhouse events promoting House spirit within the School. Last Friday was also a casual clothes day where girls showcased their favourite pyjamas in a fundraiser for AnglicareSA to support people in need.

House Dinners are fast approaching and Year 11s from each House have already begun some of their planning, starting by choosing a theme. The House Dinner is a great annual event that brings the entire House together to celebrate their success over the year and to generate House spirit. We will soon find out the themes for each House so it will be exciting to see what the Year 11s have arranged for the night.

This week, we have Winter Interhouse where the Houses face-off in Hockey, Soccer, Aussie Rules, Netball and Badminton. All of the teams are eager to play and showcase their skills. For most of the girls, this is their first time in a while competing in sport, so it’s an excellent opportunity.

It will be exciting to see what Term 3 will bring.

Millie Wilkin
Sport Prefect

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Pyjamas Day Awakens Charity Drive

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Last Friday, the SRC organised a Pyjamas Day for Reception to Year 12 for a gold coin donation. This was held to raise money for AnglicareSA which provides essential services for South Australians in need. Impressively, our School managed to raise $1005 – an amazing effort!

This day could not have happened without the SRC which works very hard to turn the ideas and suggestions from fellow peers into reality. It was awesome to see everyone having a blast and being super comfortable in their very best pyjamas!

Saskia Jonats
SRC Member and Year 11 student

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Old Scholars in the Spotlight

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I graduated from Saints Girls in 2017, and in 2018 moved to Brisbane to study a Bachelor of Science/Doctor of Medicine double degree at the University of Queensland. I chose UQ’s Medicine program for the amazing opportunities with research and international placement.

When in Senior School, I toyed with the idea of doing engineering or law but I think secretly I knew I wanted to work in health and ultimately medicine. My mum was a paediatric clinical physiotherapist so I was always hearing her stories about the patients from hospital. What I loved most was how all the doctors, nurses and allied health professionals worked together to get the best possible outcome for the patient. As a result, I knew I wanted to work in a profession where teamwork was critical, where there was an opportunity to improve lives, and constant challenges… this, combined with my love of the sciences, meant medicine just seemed to fit.

Outside of university, I’ve continued my love of music I initially found at Saints. I have fallen in love with being part of Queensland Medical Jazz – a collective of doctors and medical students by day, and avid musicians by night. I auditioned in my second year and have been very lucky to play tenor sax in the big band, as well as being a vocal soloist in the small group. We normally hold three or four events a year with all proceeds going towards UQ Medical Society’s own health education charity, the Ashintosh Foundation.

If I had to give one piece of advice to the current Year 12s, it would be to find something you love doing outside of your studies – and keep doing it! Activities like music and lacrosse throughout Year 12 and into university have kept me balanced through the tougher days. Not only do they provide you with a community to be part of, having these passions also forces you to keep your time management skills up to scratch!

So, what does the future hold? Well, during my MD I would love to assist with some clinical research in hospitals across Brisbane and learn more about the ‘evidence’ of ‘evidence-based medicine’. Post graduation, I will probably remain in Brisbane for a while to complete my internship and possibly specialty training, but I definitely want to practise overseas eventually, although where that might be, I have no idea! As someone at Saints told me in Year 12, it’s okay not to have the answers yet – and I’m learning to understand that every day.

Sophie-Louise Shearwood (Kilburn 2017)

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Saints Girl Among Australia’s Newest Citizens

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I am really happy and proud to have become an Australian citizen on Wednesday this week. During the ceremony, we stood up and read a pledge to be loyal to Australia. Rachel, the leader at the ceremony, read a note on behalf of the government. It welcomed us to be Australian and told us our responsibilities of being Australian. My mum and I received a certificate saying we are now Australian citizens. Being an Australian citizen is a warming feeling as it feels that I am part of Australia now.

Ziyuan Qin
Year 5 student

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Time for Chess, Mate!

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Chess Club this term has been an interesting experience with the challenges the current climate has posed, but we have remained determined and optimistic, still enjoying ourselves while using online platforms to play!

All of our members have signed up to the Chess.com platform on their laptops and are thoroughly enjoying challenging each other to matches each week. Girls continue to improve their skills and their enthusiasm for the game remains undiminished.

Chess is a wonderful game of strategies and puzzles, so feel free to pick up a new skill and come join us Monday lunchtimes in CW301!

Emily Loh
Chess Captain

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Bright Sparks in Year 9 Science

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In Year 9 Science, students have been exploring a topic on ‘Electricity’ through a project-based learning methodology. To begin with, the girls undertook an ‘entry event’ – a task to engage them with the topic. They were required to create a greeting card using components of an electrical circuit to make an LED globe light up. This task was designed to inspire them to engage with the topic, exploring how electrical circuits are effectively designed to allow humans to live in a technologically advancing world. – David Stuart, Clare Gaskell and Emma Smerdon (Year 9 Science Teachers)

“Last week, some of the Year 9 classes made cards that had a light in the middle of them that lit up! We had to make an electrical circuit on the inside of the card for the light to work. It was interesting to notice that the light would only light up if the circuit was all connected. It was really fun to make these cards and the outcome was really cool!” – Annie Warrick

“Making electric cards was a great hands-on approach to introduce our new topic, and everyone thought it was a fun way to begin to develop some of the ideas and concepts around the topic. Being able to see the general circuits behind everyday objects was very eye-opening and allowed me to develop a greater understanding around how electricity plays a role in my life.” – Emma Pool

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Sports News

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After what seems like a very long time, the wait is finally over as sport gets back on track.

Many girls recommenced training in Week 3, and for junior sport, a modified term of skills and matches has been taking place.

This week, our two U11 Lacrosse teams are the first to take to the field for matches, and our Year 5 and 6 Netball teams and Year 7 to 12 teams in Aussie Rules, Badminton, Hockey, Netball and Soccer all take part in Winter Interhouse.

With sport hopefully making a full comeback next term, we are all excited to be finally getting underway, playing amongst friends, reigniting some close rivalries with other schools and representing Saints Girls with the pride that the girls always demonstrate.

Early next term, students in Reception to Year 9 will participate in the Cross Country Interhouse which will also be modified but will still enable all girls to participate and challenge themselves.

Neil Fuller
Director of Sport

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Out of the Blue – The Arts Journal

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This year, Saints Girls is launching a new annual school Arts Journal: Out of the Blue. It will include art, short stories, poetry and photography from students across all Sub-Schools, as well as pieces from talented staff and Old Scholars. To celebrate our diverse School community, we will also include pieces in other languages from our multilingual students. We encourage all students, staff and Old Scholars to consider submitting pieces for the journal as we begin putting it together in the coming months. So, start brainstorming ideas and we look forward to receiving your submissions!

今年,圣彼得女校将推出崭新的年度学校艺术杂志,《意外之蓝》,该杂志将收录来自所有年级的学生、有才华的圣彼得员工和历届毕业生的作品,包含美术画作、短篇小说、诗歌以及摄影等艺术作品。为了赞美我们多元化的学校社区,我们还将收录来自双语或多语学生的外语艺术作品。我们将在未来几个月内开始征集、整理这些作品,并且鼓励所有学生、教职员工和历届毕业生将他们的美术画作、短篇小说、诗歌以及摄影作品等发表在《意外之蓝》杂志上。所以,请开始你的创作旅程,我们很期待收到你的作品!

Submissions can be sent to outoftheblue@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au

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Junior School Vacation Care

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

June / July 2020 Vacation Care Program

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

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2020 Piano Recital

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W6 - Guest ArtistIt is with great excitement that we announce our guest artist at this year’s St Peter’s Girls’ Piano Recital will be internationally-renowned jazz pianist Kym Purling.

Based in New York City, Paris and Australia, Kym has constantly been stated as world-renowned and world-class. Kym has enjoyed a diverse career spanning almost three decades, making significant contributions in the worlds of jazz and musical theatre. He has established himself as a pianist and entertainer in Australia, Asia, Europe and the United States where he has conducted several Broadway shows, working with some of the biggest names in show business such as Engelbert Humperdinck and Natalie Cole.

Congratulations to the following students who have been invited to perform at the Recital next Tuesday from 4 – 5.30pm:

Georgia Evans
Elise Fuller
Lauren Fuller
Heidi Gong
Amber Guo
Samantha Li
Lady Murphy
Bonnie Qu
Caitlyn Sam-Ling
Amelie Tan
Aurelia Tan
Chen Xi Wang
Jerrie Wu
Jessie Zhang
Jiahui Zhang

Due to social distancing, we will be recording the concert and it will be shared with the Saints Girls’ community to watch at a later date.

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Charm – Senior Drama Production

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Eager to get out and see a show? Well, do we have a treat for you! This year’s Senior Drama Production, Charm, is a riotous deconstruction of fairytales with wild characters, plot twists, a (slightly serious) message and a few songs thrown in to boot!

For each of the evening performances on 5, 6 and 7 August at 7pm, we are able to release 200 general admission tickets – so get in fast if you want to secure seats. It will not be a happy ending for you if you miss out! Go to www.trybooking.com/BJZQC

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CLOTHES SHWOP: We Need Your Help!

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Did you know that Australians are the world’s second largest consumers of fashion? On average, we each consume 27kgs of new clothing and textiles every year. Most of this ends up in the bin after less than a year. Members of the School’s Environment Club would like to change this!

The Environment Club is focusing on sustainable fashion with our ‘Clothes Shwop’, where students can donate old clothes for tokens, and cash-in these tokens to take new clothes in return! If you have old clothes you don’t want anymore and are happy to donate or exchange for other items, then please support this worthy cause. Any remaining items will be donated to a women’s charity.

Collections will take place outside of the Junior School Library at lunch every Tuesday and Thursday leading up to the actual ‘Clothes Shwop’ where you will be able to choose pieces from the donated clothing. The first ‘Clothes Shwop’ will be held on Thursday and Friday in Week 5 of Term 3 in the Drama Room.

Bring in your old clothes, help the environment and make your wardrobe that bit more exciting!

Sara Peak
Environment Club Captain

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Blazer Pockets

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A reminder to all students receiving a new Pocket that blazers are to be dropped into the School Shop by end of day Thursday 25 June.

All blazers are to be clean or may not be accepted.

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School Shop Merchandise

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The School Shop sells a variety of branded merchandise and memorabilia perfect for a gift or as a souvenir.

Items include coffee mugs, china, mobile phone power banks, umbrellas, signet rings, key rings, pens, notebooks, wine and champagne glasses, candles, scarves and more.

Visit us to see what we have in store!

School Shop

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Bus Tap Card Reminder

Please note that all School bus students must use their student ID cards to tap on and off each time they board and alight a School bus service to comply with our new tracking system.

Also, a reminder that all students from Years 3 to 12 can now use their student ID cards for point-of-sale transactions at the Tuck Shop and School Shop.

To register for the service and ensure funds are available on the cards, parents need to use the flexischools program, which already facilitates the School’s online Tuck Shop. For instructions on how to set up an account and add funds, watch the first 30 seconds of this video. To access flexischools, log in to the myLink Parent Portal and select the ‘Tuck Shop’ tab on the top menu. When registering, search for the School’s name, remembering to add the apostrophe in St Peter’s.

For information on transaction fees and other costs, click here.

If you have any queries regarding these new systems, please contact our System Business Analyst Bronwyn Ledgard via bledgard@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au or 8334 2264.

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Health Information

Please find an information sheet for families regarding coronavirus testing: SA Health Information

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Road Safety Appeal

The School has recently received reports of poor driver behaviour including speeding, tailgating and vehicles parked across residential driveways in surrounding streets. 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.

And, a reminder that right turns are not permitted into or out of the School’s main car park on Stonyfell Road.

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Code Camp – Virtual School Holiday Camps

Bring the excitement of Code Camp to your own home these winter school holidays!

Join today for just $99!

Tried, tested and recommended by over 3,000 Aussie families, learn at your own pace with 10 hours of instructor-led video tutorials and live tech support from our Australian-based team.

www.codecamp.com.au/online

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Do You Have a Connection to Woodlands Girls’ Grammar?

Year 11 Scholarship Information

The Elaine Balfour Ogilvy Scholarship is for girls who are planning to enter Year 12 next year, who attend an Anglican school and whose mother, grandmother or great grandmother attended Woodlands Girls’ Grammar School. It was created by the Woodlands Old Scholars in honour of an old scholar, one of the Australian Army nurses who died in the horror of war after the fall of Singapore.

Applicants need to post an introductory letter and four copies of their CV to:

The President
Woodlands Old Scholars’ Association
39 Partridge Street
GLENELG SA 5045

Applications close 24 July 2020

Interviews will be conducted in Term 3, giving the panel a chance to have an informal chat with the girls. We will be assessing attributes such as presentation and enthusiasm and will take this opportunity to see certificates and awards which substantiate the CV.

If you have any enquiries, please contact me via sorrell.lou@gmail.com

Louise Sorrell
St Peter’s Woodlands Old Scholars’ Association President

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Apple’s Cleaning Tips for iPads and Laptops

Apple products are made with a variety of materials, and each material might have specific cleaning requirements. To get started, here are some tips from Apple that apply to all products:

  • Use only a soft, lint-free cloth. Avoid abrasive cloths, towels, paper towels, or similar items.
  • Avoid excessive wiping, which might cause damage.
  • Unplug all external power sources, devices, and cables.
  • Keep liquids away from the product, unless otherwise noted for specific products.
  • Don’t get moisture into any openings.
  • Don’t use aerosol sprays, bleaches or abrasives.
  • Don’t spray cleaners directly onto the item.

Is it okay to use a disinfectant on my Apple product?
Using a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe or disinfecting wipes, you may gently wipe the hard, non-porous surfaces of your Apple product, such as the display, keyboard, or other exterior surfaces. Don’t use bleach. Avoid getting moisture in any opening, and don’t submerge your Apple product in any cleaning agents. Don’t use on fabric or leather surfaces.

Here’s the full article from Apple: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204172

Of course, please check your device instructions for specific requirements.

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eNews – Week 7, Term 2 2020

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From Our Director of Teaching and Learning

N Scoggins - webNext week is exam week for the Year 10 students and Year 11 SACE students; some Year 12 trial IB Diploma exams follow in Week 9. These examinations all provide a valuable opportunity for the students to review and consolidate their learning, and also to practise and refine their revision and exam techniques.

There is a lot of interesting discussion nationally and globally about how examinations will evolve over the next decade; there is no doubt that the traditional three-hour handwritten school exam in a stuffy (or freezing) hall or gym will soon be consigned to history. Exams are already much more focused (and therefore shorter) and, increasingly, subjects are moving over to electronic formats, many with interactive content. Additionally, exam boards around the world are looking at ways of bringing more transferable problem-solving skills into external assessments so that knowledge and skills can be applied in more of a ‘real-world’ scenario. This is where we will start to see the design of exams changing more fundamentally.

Back to 2020 though, and we are endeavouring to make the exam experiences for our students relevant and useful, and we have moved more of these internal exams onto electronic platforms so that they more closely replicate the new SACE exams. Thanks are due to Garth Coulter, our Head of Technology and Digital Learning, for his expertise in this area and his support of colleagues across other subjects.

Good luck to all of the students in their exams!

Year 10 students this week had an opportunity to listen to students in the SACE and IB programs, and to ask them questions about their experiences so far. This was the first in a series of information sessions about pathway and subject choices that we run every year for Year 9 and Year 10 students. The Senior School Curriculum Handbook, which contains comprehensive information about all senior subjects available in 2021, will be published at the end of term. This is an important time of information gathering for next year’s senior students, and this may extend to some more independent research into options and possible career pathways beyond school. It goes without saying that we are all on hand here to answer questions and offer advice.

On a related note, given the current circumstances, it is likely that the Subject Expo calendared for Week 1 next term will be in a different format this year; further information will follow in due course. Regardless of how it is delivered, we will ensure that all relevant parties have the information they need so that informed choices for 2021 can be made.

Nigel Scoggins
Director of Teaching and Learning

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SACE Dancers Step Up to Challenge

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On Tuesday evening in the Arts Centre, the SACE Stage 2 Dancers presented their choreographic pieces. The girls were required to choreograph a live performance and/or dance film totalling four minutes. Students from Years 9 – 12 performed in the works.

“For my composition, I decided to do a combination of live performance and dance film. Creating choreography was something I have done a little bit of in the past, but this was my first time choreographing a longer piece independently. This experience gave me the chance to experiment with new movements whilst also working collaboratively with incredible dancers to produce choreography that was unique and told a story. Despite the challenges of teaching others and having to come up with new and original movements, I enjoyed the creativity required and found it very rewarding to see my piece come to life when the music, light, costumes, make-up, choreography and dancers all came together.” – Louisa Reid (Year 11 student)

“My choreographic work was based on the extraordinary story of Juliane Koepcke. She was the lone survivor of Lansa flight 508 to Peru, after the plane broke apart midair at 10,000 feet. She was able to survive not only falling out of the sky, but also 11 days in the unforgiving Peruvian forest, alone. I was captivated by her story, and so used this task to creatively express her journey to freedom. My choreography reflected her developing emotions of fear, pain and exhaustion, but most importantly, hope. As she fought dehydration and malnutrition, Julianne began hallucinating her rescue. To mirror this, I used interactive projections on the back wall, where my main dancer, Alice, interacted with the hallucinatory animations. Additionally, working in correspondence with my use of technology was lighting, costuming, audio enhancement, make-up and more. This task helped me understand the huge undertaking of creating a choreographic work from a stimulus and the importance of having choreographic intent when creating movement. I had so much fun working with my dancers and am so happy with the final product.” – Emeshe Robson (Year 11 student)

Kate Burnett
Head of The Arts

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Kaurna Art Installation at ELC

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The ELC is extremely fortunate to be the new owners of a Kaurna art installation gifted to us by the 2019/2020 Friends of the ELC and created by Kaurna elder Tamaru and his family. This special canoe has been crafted from a 450 year old redgum tree from the Willunga Hills area.

The tree has been carved with significant symbols providing the opportunity for storytelling, history-keeping and Kaurna culture connections. Our children in the ELC are equipped with the skills to read the symbols, translating the information shared. Without defining the object, the children have been hypothesising what it could be, its multiple uses and possibilities.

We will treat this artefact with ‘Ngaitalya’, which means respect in Kaurna language. We are extremely appreciative of Tamaru for his work in crafting this keepsake for us. It will form a pivotal role in the future landscaping of the ELC Hallett Garden.

Kate Mount
Director of Early Learning

 

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Out of the Blue – An Interview with Our Head of English

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Mr Butler-Wills is our esteemed Head of English, and responsible for writing the Year 11 and 12 SACE Drama productions. As well as being a lover of literature, he has a passion for writing that mostly presents itself in the form of theatre plays but also in the occasional short story. He has been published in multiple journals and several of his plays have been performed by companies and schools. Without further ado, here is our interview with Mr Butler-Wills on his opinions on art and our upcoming Out of the Blue Arts Journal.

What does writing as an art mean to you?
Writing is a way of exploring what it is to be human. It is the means by which we can evaluate society, critique human choices, encourage one another, document emotions and thoughts and experiences. Telling stories – which is, essentially, the heart of literature – is a vital way in which we can engage with one another, preserve cultures and provide entertainment. Writing is power.

What is your background in art and writing?
Firstly, I think that anyone’s ‘background’ in writing involves reading: that is, exploring the work of others. Good writing does not occur in a vacuum. Thus, I consider my Honours Degree in English Literature the foundation of my experience with writing. In terms of creating texts, my main experience is with playwriting. I have written a couple of novels (but these remain in a drawer and were really just my opportunity to experiment with ideas and language and style) and have a number of short stories published in a range of journals. However, I have been most prolific in developing works for the stage. Of the 25 plays I have written, seven are available through the Australian Script Centre and have been performed by companies and schools around Australia.

Why is writing important to you?
I enjoy telling stories and reaching an audience through texts. My main focus has been upon writing plays…and I just love the experience that an audience can share in being involved with a theatrical work. There is something immensely satisfying about achieving such an outcome.

Why do you think writing is a form of art?
To me, art is taking materials – film, clay, charcoal, images, paint, etcetera – and using those elements to represent the human experience. In this way we can educate, inform, challenge, critique, entertain and inspire one another. Words are one of those materials through which we can achieve those ends.

What are you hoping that the Out of the Blue Arts Journal will achieve?
Stimulate student writing by providing an opportunity for publication. Knowing that there is a means by which a writer can reach a broad audience can foster creative endeavour and so I hope that the journal will achieve this.

Thank you to Mr Butler-Wills for sharing your perspective on art! We hope that students will be inspired by your love of literature 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. We look forward to seeing your entries. The closing date is Week 5 of Term 3 (20 August).

Sara Peak
Year 11 student

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Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical JR. – Year 5 Production

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Year 5 is abuzz, with rehearsals underway in earnest for the Year 5 Production: Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical JR.!

Auditions were held in Week 3, with call-backs via Skype with Kirsty Roberts, a professional performer from ‘The Studio and Star Factory’. We are delighted with our cast!

Grace Marsh-Smith is busily preparing for the very demanding role of Matilda with some Roald Dahl research!

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.

Shelley Hampton
Director

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eSports at Saints Girls – More than a Game

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You may or may not have heard of eSports, but one thing you should know: eSports is more than just video games, it encompasses a wide variety of skills and encourages participation and teamwork. We have been playing an internal school Mario Kart tournament in which teams of two test their skills against other students. We began with a total of 33 teams competing until we were left with two teams who competed in the Grand Final.

Like traditional team sports which take place in the physical world, eSports relies on teamwork that entails coordination, communication and cohesion. Our competition also helps students make new connections with others and create stronger friendships with their teammates and supporters. Self-confidence is heightened and is a vital skill that enables students to take on challenges and broaden their horizons. eSports also helps students develop problem-solving skills under pressure and encourages them to work collaboratively. Constant communication and delegation is required and can ultimately be the difference between winning and losing. These are fundamental skills which work in harmony in order to achieve both academically and on the eSports’ stage. Video games have created hundreds of communities and brought together so many people, which is our goal in starting eSports at St Peter’s Girls. We encourage friendly competition and banter but, most importantly, we want our participants to have fun.

Our competition boiled down to two teams in both Junior and Senior categories. Congratulations to ‘Toyoda’ who beat ‘Sonic Boom’ in a tightly-fought match in the Junior Division. In the Senior Division, ‘It’s a me, Mario’ won the overall competition after a close match against ‘Hazy Shade of Winter’, winning by only a few points. Congratulations to Lysiane and Katija on winning the coveted Perpetual Mario Trophy as well!

Lysiane Franchi
Year 8 student

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Healthy Takeaways for Hospitality Students

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The Year 11 Food and Hospitality students recently demonstrated their ability to participate effectively in a team with the creation of a variety of takeaway lunch options for the Year 11 cohort and Home Group teachers.

They investigated healthy food options that are contemporary in nature and suitable for a takeaway menu. They applied their knowledge of safe food handling practices, appropriate use of technology and a demonstration of hospitality standard use of practical skills, portion control and the ability to maintain timely service. They were also required to display competence in teamwork, collaborative management and organisation.

The girls made pumpkin and feta filo triangles, New York-style bagels with cream cheese and chives, pork, beef and fennel sausage rolls, and apple and berry crumble slices.

This was a new task for 2020 which was very well received by all.

Jenni Manson
Food and Hospitality Teacher

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Fresh Beat for Junior School Dancers

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The Reception to Year 3 students started this term with a unit of Dance. They completed a Hip-Hop routine to the song ‘Uptown Funk’. The girls did an amazing job remembering the steps, moving to the beat and demonstrating their sense of rhythm.

Some thoughts from the Year 3 girls:

“After the lesson I always felt happy.” – Anisha
“I loved doing the dance as it was challenging remembering the steps.” – Matilda
“I had fun.” – Chloe
“I enjoyed doing the steps and really liked the music.” – Charlotte
“We learnt lots of different stretches in the warm-up.” – Willow
“I really enjoyed doing the dance because it was fun learning the new steps each lesson and learning the dance routine.” – Lola
“I loved the funky music and I really love to dance.” – Issy
“It’s the best dance routine I’ve ever learned.” – Mathilda B
“I loved the opportunity to learn a dance routine and show it to the class.” – Lily
“My sister and I showed the dance routine to our parents.” – Lydia
“I like dancing and I liked learning new moves.” – Sophia

Pauline Noblet
Physical Education Teacher

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Year 5 Science Out of this World

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The final component of the Year 5 unit on Science is to look deeply at how Science has assisted space travel and the exploration of space. This unit has explored Scientific Methodology and the history of Science. We were privileged to have guest speaker Clare Gaskell from our Science Department, a Skype discussion with Dr Andrew Pearce about medical science and a conversation with Dr Achini Vidanapathirana about nanotechnology. This has been a stimulating Unit of Inquiry.

Today, the girls presented their Keynote on a form of space technology and a model they have built as a ‘Science Fair’ in the new Science labs. The discussion and zest for their newfound love of Science was obvious!

Shelley Hampton and Sarah Mulraney
Year 5 Teachers

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Charm – Senior Drama Production

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Eager to get out and see a show? Well – do we have a treat for you! This year’s Senior Drama Production, Charm, is a riotous deconstruction of fairytales with wild characters, plot twists, a (slightly serious) message and a few songs thrown in to boot! For each of the evening performances on 5, 6 and 7 August at 7pm, we are able to release 200 general admission tickets – so get in fast if you want to secure seats. It will not be a happy ending for you if you miss out! Go to www.trybooking.com/BJZQC

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CLOTHES SHWOP: We Need Your Help!

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Did you know that Australians are the world’s second largest consumers of fashion? On average, we each consume 27kgs of new clothing and textiles every year. Most of this ends up in the bin after less than a year. Members of the School’s Environment Club would like to change this!

The Environment Club is focusing on sustainable fashion with our ‘Clothes Shwop’, where students can donate old clothes for tokens, and cash-in these tokens to take new clothes in return! If you have old clothes you don’t want anymore and are happy to donate or exchange for other items, then please support this worthy cause. Any remaining items will be donated to a women’s charity.

Collections will take place outside of the Junior School Library at lunch every Tuesday and Thursday leading up to the actual ‘Clothes Shwop’ where you will be able to choose pieces from the donated clothing. The first ‘Clothes Shwop’ will be held on Thursday and Friday in Week 5 of Term 3 in the Drama Room.

Bring in your old clothes, help the environment and make your wardrobe that bit more exciting!

Sara Peak
Environment Club Captain

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School Shop Merchandise

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The School Shop sells a variety of branded merchandise and memorabilia perfect for a gift or as a souvenir.

Items include coffee mugs, china, mobile phone power banks, umbrellas, signet rings, key rings, pens, notebooks, wine and champagne glasses, candles, scarves and more.

Visit us to see what we have in store!

School Shop

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Renowned Musician Headed for Stonyfell

Adelaide-based multi-instrumentalist, composer, music educator and record producer Adam Page will be visiting Saints Girls on 25 June (Thursday of Week 9). Known widely for his critically-acclaimed solo multi-instrumental looping performances, Adam has carved his path internationally as a composer. He has written major works for the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Wellington and Zephyr Quartet, and has co-composed on numerous occasions with celebrated New Zealand composer John Psathas.

Adam has recently composed and performed with The Grigoryan Brothers, created the boutique record label ‘Wizard Tone Records’, established and performed with his new 12-piece ensemble ‘The Adam Page Ensemble (TAPE)’, written and performed with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and has also conducted the ASO in a concert featuring the music of Ross McHenry and Matthew Sheens. His orchestral music has been recorded and broadcast by ABC Classic FM.

Adam will be performing for the Year 5 and 6 classes in Lesson 2, holding a workshop for Year 10 Music students in Lessons 3 and 4, and will be performing a concert at lunchtime on the Arts Centre steps. We look forward to welcoming Adam to Saints Girls!

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Guest Artist at 2020 Piano Eisteddfod

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W6 - Guest ArtistIt is with great excitement that we announce our guest artist at this year’s St Peter’s Girls’ Piano Recital will be internationally-renowned jazz pianist Kym Purling. On completion of the Piano Eisteddfod in Week 8, 10 girls will be chosen to perform at our recital on 23 June. This recital will also include a short set by Kym.

Based in New York City, Paris and Australia, Kym has constantly been stated as world-renowned and world-class. Kym has enjoyed a diverse career spanning almost three decades, making significant contributions in the worlds of jazz and musical theatre. He has established himself as a pianist and entertainer in Australia, Asia, Europe and the United States where he has conducted several Broadway shows, working with some of the biggest names in show business such as Engelbert Humperdinck and Natalie Cole.

Due to social distancing, we will be recording the concert and it will be shared with the Saints Girls’ community to watch at a later date.

Good luck to all girls entering the Eisteddfod!

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Bus Tap Card Reminder

Please note that all School bus students must use their student ID cards to tap on and off each time they board and alight a School bus service to comply with our new tracking system.

Also, a reminder that all students from Years 3 to 12 can now use their student ID cards for point-of-sale transactions at the Tuck Shop and School Shop.

To register for the service and ensure funds are available on the cards, parents need to use the flexischools program, which already facilitates the School’s online Tuck Shop. For instructions on how to set up an account and add funds, watch the first 30 seconds of this video. To access flexischools, log in to the myLink Parent Portal and select the ‘Tuck Shop’ tab on the top menu. When registering, search for the School’s name, remembering to add the apostrophe in St Peter’s.

For information on transaction fees and other costs, click here.

If you have any queries regarding these new systems, please contact our System Business Analyst Bronwyn Ledgard via bledgard@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au or 8334 2264.

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Health Information

Please find an information sheet for families regarding coronavirus testing: SA Health Information

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Road Safety Appeal

The School has recently received reports of poor driver behaviour including speeding, tailgating and vehicles parked across residential driveways in surrounding streets. 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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Code Camp – Virtual School Holiday Camps

Bring the excitement of Code Camp to your own home these winter school holidays!

Join today for just $99!

Tried, tested and recommended by over 3,000 Aussie families, learn at your own pace with 10 hours of instructor-led video tutorials and live tech support from our Australian-based team.

www.codecamp.com.au/online

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Apply Now – National Youth Science Forum 2021

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Are you in Year 11 and love STEM subjects? If so, you should consider applying for the National Youth Science Forum’s Year 12 Program! The @NYSFoz is a 10-day residential program full of visits to high-tech STEM facilities and hands on-workshops. You’ll get stuck into some serious science and meet industry mentors, all while hanging out with a community of 200 other like-minded science-loving students. Applications close on 14 June 2020. For more information and to apply, go to the NYSF website: www.nysf.edu.au

Saints Girls’ students Faye Ma and Ellen Zhang attended the forum earlier this year. Here are some words from their experience:

“An unforgettable time where you will meet lifelong friends, immerse yourself fully in the world of STEM and come out with a greater understanding of what you want to do in the future.” – Faye Ma

“NYSF has been life-changing for me. Not only have I been inspired by this experience, but I have taken away a wealth of new knowledge and amazing friendships.” – Ellen Zhang

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Do You Have a Connection to Woodlands Girls’ Grammar?

Year 11 Scholarship Information

The Elaine Balfour Ogilvy Scholarship is for girls who are planning to enter Year 12 next year, who attend an Anglican school and whose mother, grandmother or great grandmother attended Woodlands Girls’ Grammar School. It was created by the Woodlands Old Scholars in honour of an old scholar, one of the Australian Army nurses who died in the horror of war after the fall of Singapore.

Applicants need to post an introductory letter and four copies of their CV to:

The President
Woodlands Old Scholars’ Association
39 Partridge Street
GLENELG SA 5045

Applications close 24 July 2020

Interviews will be conducted in Term 3, giving the panel a chance to have an informal chat with the girls. We will be assessing attributes such as presentation and enthusiasm and will take this opportunity to see certificates and awards which substantiate the CV.

If you have any enquiries, please contact me via sorrell.lou@gmail.com

Louise Sorrell
St Peter’s Woodlands Old Scholars’ Association President

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Apple’s Cleaning Tips for iPads and Laptops

Apple products are made with a variety of materials, and each material might have specific cleaning requirements. To get started, here are some tips from Apple that apply to all products:

  • Use only a soft, lint-free cloth. Avoid abrasive cloths, towels, paper towels, or similar items.
  • Avoid excessive wiping, which might cause damage.
  • Unplug all external power sources, devices, and cables.
  • Keep liquids away from the product, unless otherwise noted for specific products.
  • Don’t get moisture into any openings.
  • Don’t use aerosol sprays, bleaches or abrasives.
  • Don’t spray cleaners directly onto the item.

Is it okay to use a disinfectant on my Apple product?
Using a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe or disinfecting wipes, you may gently wipe the hard, non-porous surfaces of your Apple product, such as the display, keyboard, or other exterior surfaces. Don’t use bleach. Avoid getting moisture in any opening, and don’t submerge your Apple product in any cleaning agents. Don’t use on fabric or leather surfaces.

Here’s the full article from Apple: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204172

Of course, please check your device instructions for specific requirements.

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eNews – Week 6, Term 2 2020

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From Our Head of Junior School

Growing Courageous and Confident Girls

A blind man had been waiting at a busy intersection during rush hour for someone to offer to guide him across the road, when he felt a tap on his shoulder.

“Excuse me,” said the tapper, “I’m blind – would you mind guiding me across the road?”

The first blind man took the arm of the second blind man, and they both crossed the road.

Suzanne HaddyThe first blind man was the British-born jazz pianist George Shearing. He is quoted (in Bartlett’s Anecdotes) as saying after the event, “What could I do? I took him across, and it was the biggest thrill of my life!”

This anecdote illustrates that taking a risk can help reduce our dependency on others and lead to the discovery of new capabilities and personal satisfaction.

It reminds me of the wonderful ways in which our youngest students have this term developed their courage and confidence to be dropped off at the car park to walk into school by themselves each morning. The change to this routine wasn’t easy for some, and initially, the support of staff and Prefects was very much required. Several weeks into term now, the confidence of these previously reticent 5 and 6 year olds is palpable.

I am not suggesting that we want our children to step out ‘blindly’, as it is vital that we teach the difference between danger and risk. However, this is a great reminder that allowing children to take calculated risks and encouraging them to step out of their comfort zone allows them to build self-confidence, find success in new areas, test the limits of their physical, intellectual or emotional development and gain mastery over their bodies.

Congratulations to all of our confident and courageous young Saints Girls; we look forward to greeting you each morning as you boldly and independently march into school.

Suzanne Haddy
Head of Junior School

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Warm Reception for Youngest Saints Girls

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Our incoming Mid-Year Receptions are enjoying their first school classroom experiences during orientation visits with their new teacher, Ms Zoe West.

For a taste of what they can expect, watch this video which captures daily life amongst our youngest Saints Girls:

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Year 9 Dance Video – Hip-Hop Hit!

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During Term 1, both Year 9 classes studied the history and style of Hip-Hop dance. As they were unable to perform in front of a live audience due to limitations on gatherings, they instead spent a few weeks adapting choreography for film. They still had to think about expression and performance, but had the benefits of reshooting certain parts as needed. Special shout out to Hayley, who captured the choreography perfectly. I’m really proud of how well all the girls worked as a team to produce this work.

“I had a lot of fun making the Hip-Hop film because it felt very much like we were making our own dance video.” – Isabella Lowry

“Collaboration was key during filming and I tried my best to collaborate with everyone throughout the process.” – Olivia Slivak

“I believe I communicated the choreographic intent well as I did have so much fun performing these routines with the class and my friends.” – Annie Warrick

Kate Burnett
Head of The Arts
 

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A Message From Our Debating and Public Speaking Prefect

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Flexible Leadership

While everyone misses being in Assembly, streamed Chapel Services and Assemblies have allowed the Prefects to stay connected with all girls from Reception to Year 12. The team has strived to lead the School by incorporating creative opportunities for girls to connect with each other and keep up to date in their areas of interest at both at home and at school.

For the sports enthusiasts, we had the ‘Witness the Fitness’ program which challenged all girls to hit the home gym doing fun sessions of HIIT workouts. Since team sport training is now up and running, girls are once again enjoying the outdoors and getting back into the swing of competition season.

For the Debaters, we had Old Scholar Sophie-Louise Shearwood (Kilburn 2017) come in to talk about some public speaking tips and debating structure. Sophie was the Debating and Public Speaking Prefect and is now studying Medicine at the University of Queensland. She is an adjudicator for Debating SA and was my coach at St Peter’s Girls. Her talk was inspiring as she outlined how the skills of debating and public speaking can be applied across all disciplines. We played some fun debating games where some brave souls volunteered to go head-to-head and argue against each other on topics such as whether teachers should wear school uniforms. The ability to speak in public is a treasured skill and St Peter’s Girls provides girls with the perfect opportunity to take a risk and hone the craft. I encourage girls at all levels of competency and from all year levels to participate in upcoming debating as we all have terrific fun.

Girls who enjoy music didn’t miss out either. We had a special Assembly this week with a focus on the current events of the Music program and the exciting year ahead for our Music girls. Two Year 12 students, Funto Komalafe and Izzy Norman, performed their Solo performance assessment pieces for the Year 12s. They’ve been working hard on perfecting these songs for assessment, and today, their final performances which will go towards their final grades were live streamed for the whole School! It was great to see a live music performance again as we haven’t in so long, and we are glad our girls are able to be back in their element and performing to real audiences again!

Hattie Maerschel
Debating and Public Speaking Prefect

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National Reconciliation Week – In This Together

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This year’s National Reconciliation Week theme has been evident throughout our School community. Our celebrations commenced with a special Assembly streamed across the whole School which opened with Aunty Rosemary Wanganeen, our School’s Aunty, offering us a Welcome to Country. The audience saw our littlest friends from the ELC sharing their special Acknowledgement which was followed by the RAP Ambassadors presenting a timeline of the historical events that mark Australia’s journey to reconciliation. New RAP Ambassadors Charlotte Lorenzen, Eleanor Saies, Grace Richardson-Stevens, Iszabella Lochowiak, Grace Stewart, Levanya De Silva and Sienna Dellapace were presented with their official badges by Aunty and then went on to promote the activities they had planned for the week. The presentation concluded with the ELC friends sharing how reconciliation is part of daily practice in the ELC.

On 26 May, National Sorry Day, the ELC was joined by Kaurna elder Tamaru and our RAP Ambassadors. This day involved the youngest members of our community sharing their Kaurna songs, participating in a Smoking Ceremony, helping create a Wodli shelter and learning how to make red, yellow and black friendship bands.

Classes from Reception to Year 12 also engaged in special activities to mark the week. Students in Year 6 to 12 took part in a Reconciliation Walk in the Library to commemorate the 2000 Sydney Harbour Bridge Walk where over 250,000 people marched as a unified group in support of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ rights and freedoms.

The message from Reconciliation Australia stated the theme, In this together, “reinforces that we all have a role to play when it comes to reconciliation, and in playing our part, we collectively build relationships and communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories and cultures…When we come together to build mutual respect and understanding, we shape a better future for all Australians.”

At Saints Girls, we are growing these traits and finding, as a Year 7 student commented, “the need for humanity in our world.”

Lisa Hollis
RAP Coordinator

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Old Scholar’s Post-School Journey

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Since leaving Saints in 2018, I have been fortunate to travel overseas, meet amazing people and figure out the career path I wish to take. In my first year out of school, I had a desire to take a gap year, travel and experience different parts of the world. In June 2019, I set off to Connecticut, USA to work at a summer camp. This experience involved great responsibilities working on waterskis and living with 13 year old girls. Tasks ranged from parental guidance of the children from morning until night, driving the boat and lifeguarding. I am so grateful for the experience and for all the people I met along the way from all parts of the world. Going into something so unfamiliar on my own was definitely out of my comfort zone but it tested my abilities and turned out to be the best experience. From America, I travelled across to Europe and backpacked around the most beautiful countries for two months. Travelling with close friend Olivia Compare was exciting, entertaining and we had a lot of laughs. The experience of travel certainly opens your eyes to the world and see the bigger picture; however, it also makes you appreciate home and how lucky we are to live where we do.

During my time at Saints, I always had a strong passion for sport. I loved the atmosphere of school sport and miss it greatly. The community of sport at Saints is something I will never forget: friendships between different year levels, great coaches and the enjoyment of exercise. At the end of Year 12, I was interested in the career path of Occupational Therapy or Physiotherapy. Although I was never 100% sure, taking time overseas to work in a different environment helped me realise the degree I wanted to start. At the beginning of this year, I began a Bachelor of Human Movement at UniSA, which will be followed by a Master of Teaching in secondary education to pursue PE teaching.

Starting uni was definitely a change and it was hard to get back into a studious routine. I always found it difficult to stay motivated and continuously wanted to be on the football field or netball court. The flexibility and workload of university was a challenge to conform too and was tougher with the conditions of the past few months. I am immensely grateful for my education to help manage study and extra-curricular activities.

My biggest piece of advice for Year 12s is to not stress too much about the career path you want to take as this can change as you develop. During school, I never imagined myself as a teacher, but a year out, I’m so happy with my choice. Amongst my goals, I wish to begin my career post-graduation with a job here in South Australia.

I am excited for the future and feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity I did last year given the unusual start to this year.

Holly Cunningham (Selwyn 2018)

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Out of the Blue – The Arts Journal

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This year, Saints Girls is launching a new annual school Arts Journal: Out of the Blue. It will include art, short stories, poetry and photography from students across all Sub-Schools, as well as pieces from talented staff and Old Scholars. To celebrate our diverse School community, we will also include pieces in other languages from our multilingual students. We encourage all students, staff and Old Scholars to consider submitting pieces for the journal as we begin putting it together in the coming months. So, start brainstorming ideas and we look forward to receiving your submissions!

今年,圣彼得女校将推出崭新的年度学校艺术杂志,《意外之蓝》,该杂志将收录来自所有年级的学生、有才华的圣彼得员工和历届毕业生的作品,包含美术画作、短篇小说、诗歌以及摄影等艺术作品。为了赞美我们多元化的学校社区,我们还将收录来自双语或多语学生的外语艺术作品。我们将在未来几个月内开始征集、整理这些作品,并且鼓励所有学生、教职员工和历届毕业生将他们的美术画作、短篇小说、诗歌以及摄影作品等发表在《意外之蓝》杂志上。所以,请开始你的创作旅程,我们很期待收到你的作品!

Submissions can be sent to outoftheblue@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au

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Year 6 Parliamentarians Fit the Bill

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In 6KIB, we have spent the past six weeks learning about Australia’s system of government through our Unit of Inquiry. Most recently, we have been focusing on the path a proposed bill takes from conception to becoming an Act of Parliament. This process brought us to the drafting of our bill, ‘6KIB Outdoor Learning Act’, which details that, for at least one lesson per week, 6KIB would have a lesson held outdoors. Before taking this bill to Parliament, the girls were allocated roles in the House of Representatives. From here, the major parties and independents created arguments which were developed into debates for our mock parliament. The girls were encouraged to anticipate what the opposition might say in Parliament and formulate rebuttal to this, and to justify their own arguments with research. Despite some fierce debate, our bill passed through the House of Representatives, was approved by Senator Suzanne Haddy acting as the Senate, and finally was given Royal Assent by Governor-General Julia Shea.

Upon reflection, the girls agree that the processes of lawmaking was made clear through the use of role play.

I have had a wonderful final placement in 6KIB, and will certainly cherish my time here with a great class and teacher!

Hugh Earlam
Pre-Service Teacher

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Food Truck Fun for Year 10 Designers

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The Year 10 Visual Arts – Design students have recently finished a unit of work where they re-designed a vintage caravan into a mobile bakery. They were given a design brief including the dimensions of the space, the requirements of the space (furniture and equipment) and a required aesthetic for both the interior and exterior of the caravan. The design process allows students to generate new ideas for further development and evaluate these based on criteria to create meaningful solutions to problems posed. It also encourages students to take responsibility for their learning.

The students successfully worked through the design process to generate original ideas for the caravan re-design. The unit of work culminated in the students choosing the design that best fulfilled the brief. Their final designs were presented as three-dimensional models with a combination of both hand-crafted and laser-cut elements. The students thoroughly enjoyed this task, especially making the three-dimensional models.

Kirsten Mansfield
Art and Design Teacher

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Year 2 Water Explorers Dig Deep

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Friday afternoon in Week 5 provided the perfect weather for the Year 2 scientists to apply their knowledge of water as they designed and created their own water courses. Over the past few weeks, they have been investigating the water cycle as they consider water as a precious resource. They have located water access points and considered the point of need. They have discovered how people collect and use water in everyday life. The sandpit experiment enabled them to consider how the geography of a location impacts the way people can access and use water.

The second science activity was connecting the water source from the sandpit experiment to the water cycle and discovering how the water meets the collection point. The girls described cirrus, stratus, cumulus and nimbus clouds through using language such as puffy, wispy, thin, heavy, soft and dark. This assisted them in creating their very own Cloud Chart which depicted the type of cloud, its texture and its location in the sky. Everyone had an amazing time creating, making and discussing their scientific discoveries.

Kathryn Clark and Rebecca Greenhalgh
Year 2 Teachers

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Year 1s Enjoy Fruits of Labour

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The Year 1 students have been inquiring into money and financial literacies as well as studying the Central Idea that ‘Food can go through stages of production to meet people’s needs.’

The students have been curious about which foods are raw or processed, as well as how different fruits and vegetables are grown. They have investigated some of the different processes that food goes through before we buy it from the supermarket. Each class designed, planned and created their own stall and ‘sold’ their product to the other class. Mrs Liddy’s class made fresh lemonade for their lemonade stall and Mrs Sandercock’s girls set up a fresh fruit salad stall where the girls sold delicious fruit skewers.

The girls worked in pairs to each pay for their purchase as well as receive money and give change for a purchase. This activity proved to be collaborative and engaging for our group of enthusiastic learners!

Liz Sandercock and Michelle Liddy
Year 1 Teachers

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Classic Saints Girls: Portrait Series Now on Instagram

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Photography plays an important role in capturing moments of school life here at Saints Girls, with wonderful imagery featuring across our social media pages, website, eNews, Saints Alive, Yearbook and more. Recently, the Year 9 students were invited to participate in a special black and white portrait series to be showcased on our Instagram page.

The girls were asked, ‘What brings them happiness at school’, and then a photo shoot was held to capture them in their element. They selected a wide variety of activities, from cello and dancing, to soccer, netball and science. The students were given a range of photos to choose from, and we have just published the final seven images on our Instagram page.

Follow us at instagram.com/stpetersgirlsschool to view these special portraits.

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Charm – Senior Drama Production

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The Year 11 Theatre and Year 12 Drama students are in full swing rehearsing for their Senior Drama Production of Charm.

A comic deconstruction of fairytales, the play is full of larger-than-life characters, catchy songs, hilarious plot twists and an occasionally serious message!

For a fun night out, make sure you are free either August 5, 6 or 7 at 7pm. More information about ticket bookings will be forthcoming in future editions of eNews.

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Pyjamas Day Next Friday!

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The SRC has organised a Pyjamas Day next Friday 12 June.

All girls from Reception to Year 12 can wear their pyjamas to school; however, they must wear sensible shoes (sneakers or running shoes are recommended). The SRC has requested a gold coin donation from each student, the proceeds of which will be donated to Anglicare.

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School Shop Merchandise

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The School Shop sells a variety of branded merchandise and memorabilia perfect for a gift or as a souvenir.

Items include coffee mugs, china, mobile phone power banks, umbrellas, signet rings, key rings, pens, notebooks, wine and champagne glasses, candles, scarves and more.

Visit us to see what we have in store!

School Shop

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CLOTHES SHWOP: We Need Your Help!

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Did you know that Australians are the world’s second largest consumers of fashion? On average, we each consume 27kgs of new clothing and textiles every year. Most of this ends up in the bin after less than a year. Members of the School’s Environment Club would like to change this!

The Environment Club is focusing on sustainable fashion with our ‘Clothes Shwop’, where students can donate old clothes for tokens, and cash-in these tokens to take new clothes in return! If you have old clothes you don’t want anymore and are happy to donate or exchange for other items, then please support this worthy cause. Any remaining items will be donated to a women’s charity.

Collections will take place outside of the Junior School Library at lunch every Tuesday and Thursday leading up to the actual ‘Clothes Shwop’ where you will be able to choose pieces from the donated clothing. The first ‘Clothes Shwop’ will be held on Thursday and Friday in Week 5 of Term 3 in the Drama Room.

Bring in your old clothes, help the environment and make your wardrobe that bit more exciting!

Sara Peak
Environment Club Captain

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Guest Artist at the Piano Eisteddfod 2020

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W6 - Guest ArtistIt is with great excitement that we announce our guest artist at this year’s St Peter’s Girls’ Piano Recital will be internationally-renowned jazz pianist Mr Kym Purling. On completion of the Piano Eisteddfod in Week 8, 10 girls will be chosen to perform at our recital on 23 June. This recital will also include a short set by Kym.

Based in New York City, Paris and Australia, Kym has constantly been stated as world-renowned and world-class. Kym has enjoyed a diverse career spanning almost three decades, making significant contributions in the worlds of jazz and musical theatre. He has established himself as a pianist and entertainer in Australia, Asia, Europe and the United States where he has conducted several Broadway shows, working with some of the biggest names in show business such as Engelbert Humperdinck and Natalie Cole.

Due to social distancing, we will be recording the concert and it will be shared with the Saints Girls’ community to watch at a later date.

Good luck to all girls entering the Eisteddfod!

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Saints Café Full of Beans Once More

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After a short break, Saints Café is back up and running this term. The café team, consisting of 25 dedicated Year 10 students, is working on a rotating roster to serve hot drinks from the Food Tech Deck every Tuesday and Thursday morning from 7.30 to 8.15am.

The café gives the girls a small taste of the hospitality industry and is a great opportunity for them to develop skills that they can carry into casual or part-time work while they finish school and post-school. Each shift, they are required to set up the café, manage the orders and finance and, most importantly, make coffees on our small, but reliable, one group coffee machine.

Please support the girls this term to get your morning coffee fix. We have a range of milk including dairy, soy, almond and lactose-free, and all coffees this term are discounted at only $2 for a small cup and $3 for large.

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Bus Tap Card Reminder

Please note that all School bus students must use their student ID cards to tap on and off each time they board and alight a School bus service to comply with our new tracking system.

Also, a reminder that all students from Years 3 to 12 can now use their student ID cards for point-of-sale transactions at the Tuck Shop and School Shop.

To register for the service and ensure funds are available on the cards, parents need to use the flexischools program, which already facilitates the School’s online Tuck Shop. For instructions on how to set up an account and add funds, watch the first 30 seconds of this video. To access flexischools, log in to the myLink Parent Portal and select the ‘Tuck Shop’ tab on the top menu. When registering, search for the School’s name, remembering to add the apostrophe in St Peter’s.

For information on transaction fees and other costs, click here.

If you have any queries regarding these new systems, please contact our System Business Analyst Bronwyn Ledgard via bledgard@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au or 8334 2264.

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Road Safety Appeal

The School has recently received reports of poor driver behaviour including speeding, tailgating and vehicles parked across residential driveways in surrounding streets. 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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Code Camp – Virtual School Holiday Camps

Bring the excitement of Code Camp to your own home these winter school holidays!

Join today for just $99!

Tried, tested and recommended by over 3,000 Aussie families, learn at your own pace with 10 hours of instructor-led video tutorials and live tech support from our Australian-based team.

www.codecamp.com.au/online

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Apply Now – National Youth Science Forum 2021

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Are you in Year 11 and love STEM subjects? If so, you should consider applying for the National Youth Science Forum’s Year 12 Program! The @NYSFoz is a 10-day residential program full of visits to high-tech STEM facilities and hands on-workshops. You’ll get stuck into some serious science and meet industry mentors, all while hanging out with a community of 200 other like-minded science-loving students. Applications close on 14 June 2020. For more information and to apply, go to the NYSF website: www.nysf.edu.au

Saints Girls’ students Faye Ma and Ellen Zhang attended the forum earlier this year. Here are some words from their experience:

“An unforgettable time where you will meet lifelong friends, immerse yourself fully in the world of STEM and come out with a greater understanding of what you want to do in the future.” – Faye Ma

“NYSF has been life-changing for me. Not only have I been inspired by this experience, but I have taken away a wealth of new knowledge and amazing friendships.” – Ellen Zhang

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Do You Have a Connection to Woodlands Girls’ Grammar?

Year 11 Scholarship Information

The Elaine Balfour Ogilvy Scholarship is for girls who are planning to enter Year 12 next year, who attend an Anglican school and whose mother, grandmother or great grandmother attended Woodlands Girls’ Grammar School. It was created by the Woodlands Old Scholars in honour of an old scholar, one of the Australian Army nurses who died in the horror of war after the fall of Singapore.

Applicants need to post an introductory letter and four copies of their CV to:

The President
Woodlands Old Scholars’ Association
39 Partridge Street
GLENELG SA 5045

Applications close 24 July 2020

Interviews will be conducted in Term 3, giving the panel a chance to have an informal chat with the girls. We will be assessing attributes such as presentation and enthusiasm and will take this opportunity to see certificates and awards which substantiate the CV.

If you have any enquiries, please contact me via sorrell.lou@gmail.com

Louise Sorrell
St Peter’s Woodlands Old Scholars’ Association President

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Apple’s Cleaning Tips for iPads and Laptops

Apple products are made with a variety of materials, and each material might have specific cleaning requirements. To get started, here are some tips from Apple that apply to all products:

  • Use only a soft, lint-free cloth. Avoid abrasive cloths, towels, paper towels, or similar items.
  • Avoid excessive wiping, which might cause damage.
  • Unplug all external power sources, devices, and cables.
  • Keep liquids away from the product, unless otherwise noted for specific products.
  • Don’t get moisture into any openings.
  • Don’t use aerosol sprays, bleaches or abrasives.
  • Don’t spray cleaners directly onto the item.

Is it okay to use a disinfectant on my Apple product?
Using a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe or disinfecting wipes, you may gently wipe the hard, non-porous surfaces of your Apple product, such as the display, keyboard, or other exterior surfaces. Don’t use bleach. Avoid getting moisture in any opening, and don’t submerge your Apple product in any cleaning agents. Don’t use on fabric or leather surfaces.

Here’s the full article from Apple: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204172

Of course, please check your device instructions for specific requirements.

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eNews – Week 5, Term 2 2020

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From Our Director of Early Learning

National Reconciliation Week – In This Together

This week, our School recognised and acknowledged the significance of Reconciliation Week. Our journey as Australian citizens to be in this together gives focus to building relationships and understandings as communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories and cultures.

KM ELC photoOne year ago, we erected three flag poles on the ELC grounds. Each day, we proudly fly our flags, demonstrating our commitment to embedding the values of walking side-by-side in our daily practice. The ELC children can tell you the significance of the flags and why we fly them.

Our journey to become a reconciled nation means we all have a part to play. Educating our youngest citizens is key and, in 2017, we actively began this journey with Kaurna elder Tamaru. He has taught us so much about our land, culture and language. As a regular member of our community, Tamaru has not only worked closely with the children but also the adults. It is essential that the adults understand and demonstrate respect in their practice and find authentic ways to deliver this learning to our children and families.

With a daily Acknowledgement to Country said in both traditional language and our own language, we understand that our land is shared land, a land that has many stories to teach us, and a land that we have shared responsibility for. Tamaru guides our learning using the mother land as the teacher. For us, this is Ferguson Conservation Park, our neighbouring conservation park. It is also in our gardens where we grow native plants that are sustainable and useful for both eating and medicinal purposes. Tamaru has taught us so much!

We are proud to use our everyday practices to show the extended community how embedded Kaurna culture is in our ELC life. Making a short video gives visibility to the wider community of the understandings Tamaru has instilled in the ELC. Our educators give great value to this work and we are extremely honoured to be leading the way in this area as one of the first ELCs in the State to embed Kaurna culture into daily rituals.

We continue to travel on this journey and recognise the responsibility we hold, not only as the educators in children’s lives, but also as citizens of our land.

Kate Mount
Director of Early Learning

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Team Triumphs at Ethics Olympiad

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Congratulations to a talented team of Saints Girls who this week claimed 1st place in an online Australasian Ethics Olympiad!

As a result, they’ve been invited to compete in the China Australia Ethics Olympiad next month.

“Recently, it seems as though all exciting events and activities have the words ‘cancelled’ or ‘postponed’ attached to them. But, here at Philosophy Club, we’re busy preparing for a range of competitions!

On Wednesday, a team of five girls from our School competed in the Australasian Ethics Olympiad – online. In a surprisingly seamless Zoom meeting, we discussed an array of ethical issues with students and judges from around the world. For all of us, and particularly for the girls currently studying Philosophy, this was an amazing experience that enabled us to gain new insights into others’ beliefs and values. It also provided a great platform for us to share our own opinions with others.

We were thrilled to learn we were the highest point scorers and are now looking forward to competing in the China Australia Ethics Olympiad in late June.”

Srishti Sharma
Year 12 student

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Reconciliation Through Dance

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Over the past fortnight, the Year 10 Dancers have been marking Reconciliation Week through dance with a guest artist, Kaine, who has been a dancer for five years with Bangarra Dance Theatre.

As the dancers embark on a project with the Year 10 Drama students exploring stories of the Stolen Generation through The Arts, Kaine not only shared his knowledge of indigenous dance but also his personal story: “My mother was taken when she was two years old. She had no knowledge of her culture or language. It’s because of this that I found dance, exploring my cultural identity through movement.”

I look forward to sharing snippets of the end product with our School community in the coming weeks, raising awareness of the impact of this time in Australia’s history.

Kate Burnett
Head of The Arts

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New Design for Year 8 Arts

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This year, The Arts Faculty has changed how The Arts electives are taught in Year 8. Each Arts elective is now taught in a seven-week intensive course, exploring the creative practices of four disciplines: Dance, Music, Drama and Visual Arts. The Arts curriculum offers a balance of practical and theoretical learning and opportunities for independent and group work. Students participate in practical courses that explore the innovative and artistic elements of each discipline. After they’ve rotated through all disciplines, they will use the remaining time to plan, create and present a production that harnesses the skills explored.

This approach has been influenced by Project-Based Learning (PBL). PBL is a student-centred educational approach that encourages individuals to demonstrate their understanding and skills by creating a product or presentation for a real audience. When approaching Arts in this manner, the aim is to increase the students’ engagement in a topic due to increased individual choice and creative input.

In Visual Arts, students explore the considerations for costume design and what can be communicated through clothing. The girls will demonstrate their ability to communicate certain traits of a character through the design. The works pictured were designed and created whilst the girls were working remotely. They are paper headpieces for a chosen character and utilise a range of paper sculpture techniques.

The headpieces pictured were created by (from L to R) Heidi Gong, Zoe Pool and Hope Sanders-Wills.

Kirsten Mansfield
Art and Design Teacher

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CLOTHES SHWOP: We Need Your Help!

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Did you know that Australians are the world’s second largest consumers of fashion? On average, we each consume 27kgs of new clothing and textiles every year. Most of this ends up in the bin after less than a year. Members of the School’s Environment Club would like to change this!

The Environment Club is focusing on sustainable fashion. This will culminate in our ‘Clothes Shwop’, in which students can donate old clothes for tokens, and cash-in these tokens to take new clothes in return! If you have old clothes you don’t want anymore and are happy to donate or exchange for other items, then please support this worthy cause. Any remaining items will be donated to a women’s charity.

Collections will take place outside of the Junior School Library at lunch every Tuesday and Thursday leading up to the actual ‘Clothes Shwop’ where you will be able to choose pieces from the donated clothing. The first ‘Clothes Shwop’ will be held on Thursday and Friday in Week 5 of Term 3 in the Drama Room.

Bring in your old clothes, help the environment and make your wardrobe that bit more exciting!

Sara Peak
Environment Club Captain

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Classic Saints Girls: Portrait Series Now on Instagram

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Photography plays an important role in capturing moments of school life here at Saints Girls, with wonderful imagery featuring across our social media pages, website, eNews, Saints Alive, Yearbook and more. Recently, the Year 9 students were invited to participate in a special black and white portrait series to be showcased on our Instagram page.

The girls were asked, ‘What brings them happiness at school’, and then a photo shoot was held to capture them in their element. They selected a wide variety of activities, from cello and dancing, to soccer, netball and science. The students were given a range of photos to choose from, and we have recently published the first seven images on our Instagram page.

Follow us at instagram.com/stpetersgirlsschool to view these special portraits.

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Saints Café Full of Beans Once More

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After a short break, Saints Café is back up and running this term. The café team, consisting of 25 dedicated Year 10 students, is working on a rotating roster to serve hot drinks from the Food Tech Deck every Tuesday and Thursday morning from 7.30 to 8.15am.

The café gives the girls a small taste of the hospitality industry and is a great opportunity for them to develop skills that they can carry into casual or part-time work while they finish school and post-school. Each shift, they are required to set up the café, manage the orders and finance and, most importantly, make coffees on our small, but reliable, one group coffee machine.

Please support the girls this term to get your morning coffee fix. We have a range of milk including dairy, soy, almond and lactose-free, and all coffees this term are discounted at only $2 for a small cup and $3 for large.

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Special Brass Class for Year 4 Music

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On Wednesday during Home Group, our Year 4 students were fortunate to enjoy a performance from our Brass Ensemble. This group is made up of students from Years 7 to 12 and is under the direction of our Brass Teacher, Warren Heading.

The girls performed two pieces for the Year 4s and gave advice on practice as well as some reflections on their own musical journeys. The Year 4s are half-way through the band program, studying a brass or woodwind instrument of their choice.

The Year 4s are looking forward to performing in the Years 2, 3, 4 Music Concert at the end of Term 3 on the afternoon of Thursday 17 September.

Sally Rounsevell
Director of Music

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St Peter’s Girls’ Piano Eisteddfod 2020

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In Week 8 of Term 2, the Arts Department will hold St Peter’s Girls’ Piano Eisteddfod. It is open to all Junior and Middle School students who play piano, and will be held on Tuesday 16 June from 8.45am in MB120.

Girls will have the opportunity to perform a piece to a panel of judges who will critique their performance based on accuracy, technique and musicality for their specific music level.

This year, we will not hold a recital but will instead invite 10 students of varying levels to perform in a virtual recital which will be shared online.

This is a great opportunity for girls to perform in a supportive environment and receive some valuable feedback.

Girls are asked to play one piece that best displays their musicality and technical ability at their own musical level. There will be no minimum or maximum time limit. While the Eisteddfod provides our top piano players with a platform to perform, the aim is to give performers of all levels the opportunity to participate.

Please notify the Arts Department if your daughter would like to be involved by Friday 5 June. She will then receive a time slot to perform in the Eisteddfod. Students will be notified by email if they have been chosen to have their piece recorded following the Eisteddfod.

So get busy practising, and we look forward to hearing all of our amazing piano players!

Sally Rounsevell
Director of Music

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Bus Tap Card Reminder

Please note that all School bus students must use their student ID cards to tap on and off each time they board and alight a School bus service to comply with our new tracking system.

Also, a reminder that all students from Years 3 to 12 can now use their student ID cards for point-of-sale transactions at the Tuck Shop and School Shop.

To register for the service and ensure funds are available on the cards, parents need to use the flexischools program, which already facilitates the School’s online Tuck Shop. For instructions on how to set up an account and add funds, watch the first 30 seconds of this video. To access flexischools, log in to the myLink Parent Portal and select the ‘Tuck Shop’ tab on the top menu. When registering, search for the School’s name, remembering to add the apostrophe in St Peter’s.

For information on transaction fees and other costs, click here.

If you have any queries regarding these new systems, please contact our System Business Analyst Bronwyn Ledgard via bledgard@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au or 8334 2264.

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Road Safety Appeal

The School has recently received reports of poor driver behaviour including speeding, tailgating and vehicles parked across residential driveways in surrounding streets. 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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Apply Now – National Youth Science Forum 2021

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Are you in Year 11 and love STEM subjects? If so, you should consider applying for the National Youth Science Forum’s Year 12 Program! The @NYSFoz is a 10-day residential program full of visits to high-tech STEM facilities and hands on-workshops. You’ll get stuck into some serious science and meet industry mentors, all while hanging out with a community of 200 other like-minded science-loving students. Applications close on 14 June 2020. For more information and to apply, go to the NYSF website: www.nysf.edu.au

Saints Girls’ students Faye Ma and Ellen Zhang attended the forum earlier this year. Here are some words from their experience:

“An unforgettable time where you will meet lifelong friends, immerse yourself fully in the world of STEM and come out with a greater understanding of what you want to do in the future.” – Faye Ma

“NYSF has been life-changing for me. Not only have I been inspired by this experience, but I have taken away a wealth of new knowledge and amazing friendships.” – Ellen Zhang

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Do You Have a Connection to Woodlands Girls’ Grammar?

Year 11 Scholarship Information

The Elaine Balfour Ogilvy Scholarship is for girls who are planning to enter Year 12 next year, who attend an Anglican school and whose mother, grandmother or great grandmother attended Woodlands Girls’ Grammar School. It was created by the Woodlands Old Scholars in honour of an old scholar, one of the Australian Army nurses who died in the horror of war after the fall of Singapore.

Applicants need to post an introductory letter and four copies of their CV to:

The President
Woodlands Old Scholars’ Association
39 Partridge Street
GLENELG SA 5045

Applications close 24 July 2020

Interviews will be conducted in Term 3, giving the panel a chance to have an informal chat with the girls. We will be assessing attributes such as presentation and enthusiasm and will take this opportunity to see certificates and awards which substantiate the CV.

If you have any enquiries, please contact me via sorrell.lou@gmail.com

Louise Sorrell
St Peter’s Woodlands Old Scholars’ Association President

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Apple’s Cleaning Tips for iPads and Laptops

Apple products are made with a variety of materials, and each material might have specific cleaning requirements. To get started, here are some tips from Apple that apply to all products:

  • Use only a soft, lint-free cloth. Avoid abrasive cloths, towels, paper towels, or similar items.
  • Avoid excessive wiping, which might cause damage.
  • Unplug all external power sources, devices, and cables.
  • Keep liquids away from the product, unless otherwise noted for specific products.
  • Don’t get moisture into any openings.
  • Don’t use aerosol sprays, bleaches or abrasives.
  • Don’t spray cleaners directly onto the item.

Is it okay to use a disinfectant on my Apple product?
Using a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe or disinfecting wipes, you may gently wipe the hard, non-porous surfaces of your Apple product, such as the display, keyboard, or other exterior surfaces. Don’t use bleach. Avoid getting moisture in any opening, and don’t submerge your Apple product in any cleaning agents. Don’t use on fabric or leather surfaces.

Here’s the full article from Apple: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204172

Of course, please check your device instructions for specific requirements.

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eNews – Week 4, Term 2 2020

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From Our Deputy Principal / Head of Middle School

Importance of Co-Curricular Program Reflected at Pocket Points Assembly

One integral part of the holistic education that St Peter’s Girls provides is our rich and varied co-curricular program. We want our students to embody our core values of courage, creativity and compassion beyond the classroom. Co-curricular activities enable our girls to be creative, display courage in challenging circumstances and naturally develop compassion for others through working in a team environment.

Richard Lisle inside 220As we move through the South Australian roadmap for easing health restrictions, it’s been great to see students returning to more and more sports training sessions, with a view towards competitive fixtures later in the term. Whilst I know that some parents may have been enjoying the break from the pace that a full set of school and club sports might bring to weekends, it’s clear that the girls have really missed the social and competitive release that their chosen sport gives them.

The ‘Witness the Fitness’ resources continue to be widely used by the girls, and I know that our younger students have loved watching skills drills filmed for them by our senior girls. These are excellent resources that will be used well after we return to a full co-curricular program.

With our Music Department running a full suite of ensembles, with some modifications for social distancing, our thoughts now turn with great anticipation to imagining what level and scale of live performance might be viable in the months to come.

This week, we were able to formally celebrate the co-curricular achievements of many Middle and Senior School students at our first Pocket Points Assembly for the year. The Pocket Points system reinforces our School values, alongside other strengths including initiative, commitment and teamwork, by recognising students for their efforts and contributions in co-curricular activities. Each activity and the subsequent contribution from our girls results in points being awarded. At every 60 point milestone, girls are entitled to have a ribbon or special stitching added to their blazer pocket. Further details on how points can be received in over 50 co-curricular activities can be found in the Pocket Points policy.

This usual ‘marker’ is, I hope, the first of many familiar events and activities that usually punctuate our school year returning to the calendar. With girls eager to contribute to a full range of activities, sports, ensembles and clubs, we look forward to them being able to display their creativity, show compassion when things don’t quite go as planned, and make courageous decisions.

Richard Lisle
Deputy Principal / Head of Middle School

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A Message From Our SRC Prefect

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Since the beginning of the year, the letters ‘SRC’ have ceased to stand for the ‘Student Representative Council’. Rather, in 2020, SRC has stood for ‘Seriously Ready for Change’. Why? Because change is what the SRC committee strives to achieve. Our aim is to serve as the voice of the student body and enact change to make our School an even more enriching environment.

Each fortnightly meeting, the 22 Middle and Senior School representatives bring enthusiasm and willingness to discuss the ideas and suggestions put forth by their peers. The SRC has discussed various topics ranging from conducting lunchtime activities such as Pilates and yoga sessions, to the possibility of updating our uniform and even introducing sleep pods! To get a sense of the support the students have for a particular idea, the SRC representatives have distributed surveys and conducted votes within their classes, which has been extremely useful in determining which ideas are worth moving forward with. Each item discussed has been followed up with relevant staff and communicated back to students, ensuring they know that their questions have been answered. While some changes are being implemented in the short-term, others are being considered for the future.

The SRC has also taken an active approach in providing feedback to staff about our online learning experiences. Meeting with teachers such as Mr Scoggins and Mr Coulter, the SRC has ensured that there is clear communication between students and staff concerning our learning platforms and how students feel different online resources could improve our approach to learning.

The SRC’s current projects include introducing more practical seating arrangements around the School grounds such as tables, benches and bean bags which the students can use during recess and lunch, or even during an outdoor lesson. We are also in the process of creating a video to promote the School’s new Tap Card system.

I am extremely pleased with the engagement and enthusiasm demonstrated by each SRC rep at our meetings. They are passionate about making a difference and are committed to representing every girl. We look forward to revealing our exciting upcoming projects in the near future – one in particular I’m sure will increase School spirit!

Lucy White
SRC Prefect

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For Our Friends at Sherborne Girls

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Since 2014, our girls have had the chance to undertake a three-week exchange to Sherborne Girls in the beautiful county of Dorset in the UK. In recent years, that experience has also been offered to teaching staff.

Whilst some of our students were able to spend time at Sherborne in January, their exchange partners’ visit here has had to be postponed. With our friends and colleagues still in lockdown, we put together a few messages of support:

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Classic Saints Girls: Portrait Series

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Photography plays an important role in capturing moments of school life here at Saints Girls, with wonderful imagery featuring across our social media pages, website, eNews, Saints Alive, Yearbook and more. Recently, the Year 9 students were invited to participate in a special black and white portrait series to be showcased on our Instagram page.

The girls were asked, ‘What brings them happiness at school’, and then a photo shoot was held to capture them in their element. They selected a wide variety of activities, from cello and dancing, to soccer, netball and science. The students were given a range of photos to choose from, and we look forward to sharing their selected images across two Instagram posts in the next fortnight.

Follow us at instagram.com/stpetersgirlsschool and keep an eye out for these special portraits.

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Year 5s Discover World-Changing Scientists

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In Year 5 this week, we have been exploring famous scientists throughout history such as Archimedes, Albert Einstein and Aristotle. The girls noticed that there have also been many female scientists who have made a significant impact on our planet due to their scientific discoveries and extensive research, such as Katherine Johnson and Marie Curie. The girls worked collaboratively to create a poster which provides a snapshot into their chosen scientist’s valued contributions to science, as well as their background, character strengths and legacy. They had to consider the layout and include detailed information sourced through online research. To accompany this, they each delivered a short presentation, verbally articulating their newfound knowledge, sharing their findings and gaining an appreciation for all of the scientists who were studied.

Stephen Hawking, one of the scientists who featured in this study, has a number of inspiring quotes. This one in particular seemed appropriate given the current state of our world, and it certainly resonated with the girls:

“However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.”

Sarah Mulraney and Shelley Hampton
Year 5 Teachers

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Have You Heard the Word in Reception?

As part of our daily Linguistic Inquiry, the Reception girls thoroughly enjoy exploring the many different words that appear on the THRASS Chart. This week, we focused on the digraph /th/, and the girls noticed there were two phonemes that used the same grapheme: ‘thumb’ and ‘feather’.

We read the story Feathers for Phoebe by Rod Clement and responded to the text by creating our own Pete Cromer-inspired birds using oil pastels, food colouring liquid and watercolour paint.

Meg Karvonen and Alana Lesiw
Reception Teachers

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Radical Robots Invade Maths Class

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As part of Mathematics, the Year 6 students have demonstrated the proficiencies of problem-solving and reasoning while bringing to life Radical Robots!

They were tasked with designing and creating a 3D robot that children would love. The robots had to be no taller than 30 centimetres, incorporating at least five different prisms and pyramids constructed from their own designed nets.

The Year 6 Teachers

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St Peter’s Girls’ Piano Eisteddfod 2020

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In Week 8 of Term 2, the Arts Department will hold St Peter’s Girls’ Piano Eisteddfod. It is open to all Junior and Middle School students who play piano, and will be held on Tuesday 16 June from 8.45am in MB120.

Girls will have the opportunity to perform a piece to a panel of judges who will critique their performance based on accuracy, technique and musicality for their specific music level.

This year, we will not hold a recital but will instead invite 10 students of varying levels to perform in a virtual recital which will be shared online.

This is a great opportunity for girls to perform in a supportive environment and receive some valuable feedback.

Girls are asked to play one piece that best displays their musicality and technical ability at their own musical level. There will be no minimum or maximum time limit. While the Eisteddfod provides our top piano players with a platform to perform, the aim is to give performers of all levels the opportunity to participate.

Please notify the Arts Department if your daughter would like to be involved by Friday 5 June. She will then receive a time slot to perform in the Eisteddfod. Students will be notified by email if they have been chosen to have their piece recorded following the Eisteddfod.

So get busy practising, and we look forward to hearing all of our amazing piano players!

Sally Rounsevell
Director of Music

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Bus Tap Card Reminder

Please note that all School bus students must use their student ID cards to tap on and off each time they board and alight a School bus service to comply with our new tracking system.

Also, a reminder that all students from Years 3 to 12 can now use their student ID cards for point-of-sale transactions at the Tuck Shop and School Shop.

To register for the service and ensure funds are available on the cards, parents need to use the flexischools program, which already facilitates the School’s online Tuck Shop. For instructions on how to set up an account and add funds, watch the first 30 seconds of this video. To access flexischools, log in to the myLink Parent Portal and select the ‘Tuck Shop’ tab on the top menu. When registering, search for the School’s name, remembering to add the apostrophe in St Peter’s.

For information on transaction fees and other costs, click here.

If you have any queries regarding these new systems, please contact our System Business Analyst Bronwyn Ledgard via bledgard@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au or 8334 2264.

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Apply Now – National Youth Science Forum 2021

W3 - Science Forum

Are you in Year 11 and love STEM subjects? If so, you should consider applying for the National Youth Science Forum’s Year 12 Program! The @NYSFoz is a 10-day residential program full of visits to high-tech STEM facilities and hands on-workshops. You’ll get stuck into some serious science and meet industry mentors, all while hanging out with a community of 200 other like-minded science-loving students. Applications close on 14 June 2020. For more information and to apply, go to the NYSF website: www.nysf.edu.au

Saints Girls’ students Faye Ma and Ellen Zhang attended the forum earlier this year. Here are some words from their experience:

“An unforgettable time where you will meet lifelong friends, immerse yourself fully in the world of STEM and come out with a greater understanding of what you want to do in the future.” – Faye Ma

“NYSF has been a life-changing experience for me. Not only have I been inspired by this experience, but I have taken away a wealth of new knowledge and amazing friendships.” – Ellen Zhang

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CLOTHES SHWOP: We Need Your Help

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Did you know that Australians are the world’s second largest consumers of fashion? On average, we each consume 27kgs of new clothing and textiles every year. Most of this ends up in the bin after less than a year. Members of the School’s Environment Club would like to change this!

This term, the Environment Club is focusing on sustainable fashion. This will culminate in our ‘Clothes Shwop’, in which students can donate old clothes for tokens, and cash-in these tokens to take new clothes in return! If you have any old clothes you don’t want anymore and are happy to donate or exchange for other items, then please support this worthy cause. Any remaining items will be donated to a women’s charity.

Collections will take place outside of the Junior School Library at lunch every Tuesday and Thursday leading up to the actual ‘Clothes Shwop’ where you will be able to choose pieces from the donated clothing. The first ‘Clothes Shwop’ will be held on Thursday 4 and Friday 5 June in Week 6 in the Drama Room.

Bring in your old clothes, help the environment and make your wardrobe that bit more exciting!

Clothes Shwop Poster

Sara Peak
Environment Club Captain

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Do You Have a Connection to Woodlands Girls’ Grammar?

Year 11 Scholarship Information

The Elaine Balfour Ogilvy Scholarship is for girls who are planning to enter Year 12 next year, who attend an Anglican school and whose mother, grandmother or great grandmother attended Woodlands Girls’ Grammar School. It was created by the Woodlands Old Scholars in honour of an old scholar, one of the Australian Army nurses who died in the horror of war after the fall of Singapore.

Applicants need to post an introductory letter and four copies of their CV to:

The President
Woodlands Old Scholars’ Association
39 Partridge Street
GLENELG SA 5045

Applications close 24 July 2020

Interviews will be conducted in Term 3, giving the panel a chance to have an informal chat with the girls. We will be assessing attributes such as presentation and enthusiasm and will take this opportunity to see certificates and awards which substantiate the CV.

If you have any enquiries, please contact me via sorrell.lou@gmail.com

Louise Sorrell
St Peter’s Woodlands Old Scholars’ Association President

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Apple’s Cleaning Tips for iPads and Laptops

Apple products are made with a variety of materials, and each material might have specific cleaning requirements. To get started, here are some tips from Apple that apply to all products:

  • Use only a soft, lint-free cloth. Avoid abrasive cloths, towels, paper towels, or similar items.
  • Avoid excessive wiping, which might cause damage.
  • Unplug all external power sources, devices, and cables.
  • Keep liquids away from the product, unless otherwise noted for specific products.
  • Don’t get moisture into any openings.
  • Don’t use aerosol sprays, bleaches or abrasives.
  • Don’t spray cleaners directly onto the item.

Is it okay to use a disinfectant on my Apple product?
Using a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe or disinfecting wipes, you may gently wipe the hard, non-porous surfaces of your Apple product, such as the display, keyboard, or other exterior surfaces. Don’t use bleach. Avoid getting moisture in any opening, and don’t submerge your Apple product in any cleaning agents. Don’t use on fabric or leather surfaces.

Here’s the full article from Apple: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204172

Of course, please check your device instructions for specific requirements.

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eNews – Week 3, Term 2 2020

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From Our Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

It has been wonderful to have the girls return to school and their energy and enthusiasm has been a welcome relief for many staff. What has been apparent to us all, is that we are far more grateful for what we previously took for granted. Simply, being back in the classroom and back together is a far more valued experience.

#EMPOWHER Update

Communication works for those who work at it
Communication is a constant and vital aspect of school life. Improved learning outcomes are often achieved in a classroom environment where there is clear communication between the teacher and their students. A teacher who is Kate Mortimerable to clearly articulate lesson objectives, explanations, instructions and feedback is one whom students may label as a ‘good teacher’. Conversely, students who ask for help when needed, who participate in class discussions and who ask critical questions of the content significantly enhance the learning environment. Of course, the learning conversations that take place in classrooms, whilst natural, are often complemented by the retelling of stories or events that occurred over the weekend, in the last lesson or at lunch time. With that said, there is more often than not a few students or teachers who will ensure a couple of jokes make it into the lesson, generally to enhance the learning.

However, there are many other conversations that are just as important as those that take place within the classroom. In particular, in the third week of each term, every girl meets with her Home Group teacher for a 1:1 discussion. The girls prepare for these in advance and are asked to identify what has been going well and set personal goals of how they can improve. The goals are not limited to academic performance, but include those linked to social, emotional and physical health. The staff also track these goals across the year, which adds value to the conversations. This is the fourth year that we have rolled out the 1:1s, and this week, I have been impressed with the ability of the girls to explain how they navigated the challenges of the past term and set actionable steps of how they intend to meet their future goals. I encourage you to talk with your daughter about the goals she has set for herself this term.

Witness the Fitness

Whilst we have returned to sport training this week, I must thank the Prefects for their efforts in the promotion of ‘Witness the Fitness’. This was, of course, our online initiative aimed at keeping the girls active. Thank you to the Prefect Team, who designed a follow-along workout, and to Olivia Goldsmith (Kennion House Captain) and Millie Wilkin (Sport Prefect) for their performances in our other online resources. If you are keen to challenge yourself and improve your fitness, please take advantage of the resources below.

Witness the Fitness – Session 1
Witness the Fitness – Session 2
Witness the Fitness – Session 3
Witness the Fitness – Session 4
Witness the Fitness – Session 5
Witness the Fitness – Session 6

Kate Mortimer
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

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Day in the Life: Our School Chaplain

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School Chaplain and Humanities Teacher Thomas Bassett sat down with us to talk about why he chose to pursue teaching, his various roles at Saints Girls and his postgraduate study.

A staff member since 2017, Thomas currently has a Year 8 Home Group, helps run the APEX Club and, in his spare time, plays the piano and guitar!

To find out more about Thomas’s journey here at Saints Girls, check out this video:

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Touching Tributes for Mother’s Day

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To celebrate Mother’s Day, our girls paid touching tributes to the wonderful women in their lives.

Year 9 student Eliza Monaghan wrote a heartfelt poem, which was underscored by other moving messages from grateful daughters:

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Zephyr Quartet Star Stretches Our Strings

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Yesterday, the Extension String group was extended in the truest sense, under the guidance of guest conductor Hilary Kleinig from the highly acclaimed Zephyr Quartet.

Hilary is a multidisciplinary musician who works as a performer, composer, curator, producer and educator. As a composer, she has written commissioned works for the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Chamber Singers and the Adelaide Youth Orchestras. She has served on the New Music Network Australia board, joined the Artistic Advisory panel of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and is the Creative Producer of Musica Viva’s Sessions Concert Series in Adelaide.

Hilary’s Zephyr Quartet firmly believes in the power of the string quartet as a medium to communicate and explore complex relationships between society and art. As such, Hilary pushed the Extension Strings to explore their instruments in ways they had never thought to, encouraging them to improvise, communicate with each other, and use unconventional string techniques to tell a story. Hilary challenged the girls to experiment in ways that would be deemed ‘wrong’ in terms of traditional classical training. Students worked on imitating sounds; screeching cats, ambulance sirens, the grinding of gears, waves crashing on the shoreline, and many more. These sounds were then used in free-form improvisation to weave together a story. The girls rose to the challenge beautifully, and over the next few weeks will continue to work on creating a soundscape which will then be used as a SACE performance piece. We hope to air this to you soon.

Enchante Goes International

The current global climate has had a profound impact on musicians from all over the world as concert halls, jazz clubs and theatres close down, eliminating all possibility of a live audience. While this has been frustrating for musicians and music educators alike, the upside has been the development of methods of sharing music and, more specifically, concerts online. This has seen the rise of the ‘Virtual Concert Hall’, which allows musicians from all over the world to put together a concert.

Congratulations to our vocal ensemble Enchante whose recent recording work has now been accepted into an international virtual concert hall curated by the American Choral Directors Association.

Sari Noble
Choral Director

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Cross Country Athlete’s Runaway Success

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W3 - Walking 2My name is Daisy Braithwaite and I am a Year 8 student. This week, I was awarded the SA Athletics U14 Female Road, Cross Country and Walks Athlete for the 2019/20 season. I was so excited to be nominated, and couldn’t believe it when I won!

Last season, I won the 3km race walking at the VIVA All Schools Championships and the Athletics State Championships. I was part of the Little Athletics State Team that travelled to Hobart where I competed in the 1500m and the walk; I was also Captain which was a great honour. I have represented the State at Cross Country every year since I was 10 and love the challenging courses and training. I train most days of the week, mostly running but with some cycling, race walking and swimming too.

I hope I can start training with my teammates again soon and compete in cross country later in the season.

Daisy Braithwaite
Year 8 student

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Mother’s Day Gift Boxes

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The Stage 2 Food and Hospitality class recently celebrated Mother’s Day with the creation of gift boxes for their mums. The girls worked collaboratively and used their broad range of skills to design and create the boxes. The boxes were full of a range of artisan products that were created, labelled, packaged and preserved by the students. The students also sought support from a range of community members who created aspects of the boxes.

“The elements within the gift box were carefully planned to cater for  the enjoyment of our mothers with some products suitable for dietary  requirements such as gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan. A personalised card was included in each box which outlined the contents of the hamper and all ingredients used”. – Mia Taliangis

“The gift boxes were kindly made with recycled materials and donated by my grandpa, Jack Walls, who has been a qualified cabinet maker for 60 years.  These boxes were helpful in executing the overall presentation of the gift box.” – Chelsea Walls

The individual, laser-cut labels were expertly crafted by our Art and Design Teacher Kirsten Mansfield.

The creation of the gift boxes was certainly a highlight of the year for the class and their mothers. I would like to thank all those who assisted us with the creation of these boxes and congratulate the girls on an amazing effort with the production of a beautifully presented hospitality-standard gift box.

Jenni Manson and the Stage 2 Food and Hospitality students

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Our New Media Hub: Lights, Camera, Action!

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Our new Media Hub is now being fitted-out with equipment, and some small groups are utilising the advanced technology for more than just film.

Along with other renovated areas in the Sarah Wing, the small studio space is receiving advanced equipment from all around the world. This equipment includes cameras, lenses, microphones, lighting, rigs, teleprompters and lightboards to create an industry-simulated environment for the girls to learn and experience from. With current professional specifications, the studio has been designed to cater for just about any job or project that the girls request.

The Lightboard (pictured) is used to film presentations that require handwritten explanations and drawings in a natural way without using extended post processing techniques. Staff use this for instructional design and rich content delivery for ‘flipped’ classroom videos.

The student co-curricular group APEX which produces SaintsTV is being trained to use this equipment as it arrives, and is helping to show others the magic of film and visual entertainment.

Garth Coulter
Head of Digital Learning and Technology

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Mum’s the Word for Year 4 Designers

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Last Friday, the Year 4s busily created gifts and cards for Mother’s Day. Mrs Coulter tapped into her creativity and prepared all of the materials the girls needed to make bright and happy tassels for mums to put on their handbags! The girls also made cards with a poem of love and appreciation written inside. They enjoyed making these but, even more, they loved presenting them to their mums on Sunday.

“My mum is an amazing cook and can turn anything scrappy into something scrumptious!” – Ruby Kelly

“My mum is compassionate and very kind. She helps me.” – Karishma Agrawal

“The great thing about my mum is that she shares her love with everyone.” – Addison Green

“My mum inspires me to try new things and she is really strong.” – Eleanor Bartter

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CLOTHES SHWOP: We Need Your Help

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Did you know that Australians are the world’s second largest consumers of fashion? On average, we each consume 27kgs of new clothing and textiles every year. Most of this ends up in the bin after less than a year. Members of the School’s Environment Club would like to change this!

This term, the Environment Club is focusing on sustainable fashion. This will culminate in our ‘Clothes Shwop’, in which students can donate old clothes for tokens, and cash-in these tokens to take new clothes in return! If you have any old clothes you don’t want anymore and are happy to donate or exchange for other items, then please support this worthy cause. Any remaining items will be donated to a women’s charity.

Collections will take place outside of the Junior School Library at lunch every Tuesday and Thursday leading up to the actual ‘Clothes Shwop’ where you will be able to choose pieces from the donated clothing. The first ‘Clothes Shwop’ will be held on Thursday 4 and Friday 5 June in Week 6 in the Drama Room.

Bring in your old clothes, help the environment and make your wardrobe that bit more exciting!

Clothes Shwop Poster

Sara Peak
Environment Club Captain

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Bus Tap Card Reminder

Please note that all School bus students must use their student ID cards to tap on and off each time they board and alight a School bus service to comply with our new tracking system.

Also, a reminder that all students from Years 3 to 12 can now use their student ID cards for point-of-sale transactions at the Tuck Shop and School Shop.

To register for the service and ensure funds are available on the cards, parents need to use the flexischools program, which already facilitates the School’s online Tuck Shop. For instructions on how to set up an account and add funds, watch the first 30 seconds of this video. To access flexischools, log in to the myLink Parent Portal and select the ‘Tuck Shop’ tab on the top menu. When registering, search for the School’s name, remembering to add the apostrophe in St Peter’s.

For information on transaction fees and other costs, click here.

If you have any queries regarding these new systems, please contact our System Business Analyst Bronwyn Ledgard via bledgard@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au or 8334 2264.

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Apply Now – National Youth Science Forum 2021

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Are you in Year 11 and love STEM subjects? If so, you should consider applying for the National Youth Science Forum’s Year 12 Program! The @NYSFoz is a 10-day residential program full of visits to high-tech STEM facilities and hands on-workshops. You’ll get stuck into some serious science and meet industry mentors, all while hanging out with a community of 200 other like-minded science-loving students. Applications close on 14 June 2020. For more information or to apply, go to the NYSF website: www.nysf.edu.au

Saints Girls’ students Faye Ma and Ellen Zhang attended the forum earlier this year. Here are some words from their experience:

“An unforgettable time where you will meet lifelong friends, immerse yourself fully in the world of STEM and come out with a greater understanding of what you want to do in the future.” – Faye Ma

“NYSF has been a life-changing experience for me. Not only have I been inspired by this experience, but I have taken away a wealth of new knowledge and amazing friendships.” – Ellen Zhang

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Year 2s Turn on the Water Works!

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Excitement was high as the Year 2 girls undertook a ‘Water Walk’ to identify water sources and uses as they discover how the Earth’s resources are used in a variety of ways. ‘Water Works’ is the current Year 2 Science focus as part of the ‘Sharing the planet’ Unit of Inquiry. Many water access points were discovered including the rainwater tanks, fire hydrants and even toilet cisterns! Water is collected in gutters and drain pipes, which flow to the stormwater system. Water is used in the School grounds in many different ways; the swimming pool being a favourite!

Once the girls took their photographs, they used a School map to identify the location of each photo and created a key to differentiate between water source, collection and usage.

Our water detectives have undertaken a similar experiment at home to investigate the ways water is accessed and used, and are comparing these findings to the ways children around the world access and use water with the view to discovering how this affects daily life.

Kathryn Clark and Rebecca Greenhalgh
Year 2 Teachers

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Year 11s Brainstorm with Our Youngest Students

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This week, the Year 11 SACE Psychology class teamed up with the ELC and Year 1 students to investigate Piaget’s theory of cognitive development.

They carried out a number of activities together and recorded their thoughts and reasoning. It was great to have the younger students come up to the Science Centre to work with the older girls, and much fun was had by all.

Craig Byrne
Head of Science

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Do You Have a Connection to Woodlands Girls’ Grammar?

Year 11 Scholarship Information

The Elaine Balfour Ogilvy Scholarship is for girls who are planning to enter Year 12 next year, who attend an Anglican school and whose mother, grandmother or great grandmother attended Woodlands Girls’ Grammar School. It was created by the Woodlands Old Scholars in honour of an old scholar, one of the Australian Army nurses who died in the horror of war after the fall of Singapore.

Applicants need to post an introductory letter and four copies of their CV to:

The President
Woodlands Old Scholars’ Association
39 Partridge Street
GLENELG SA 5045

Applications close 24 July 2020

Interviews will be conducted in Term 3, giving the panel a chance to have an informal chat with the girls. We will be assessing attributes such as presentation and enthusiasm and will take this opportunity to see certificates and awards which substantiate the CV.

If you have any enquiries, please contact me via sorrell.lou@gmail.com

Louise Sorrell
St Peter’s Woodlands Old Scholars’ Association President

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St Peter’s Girls’ Piano Eisteddfod 2020

W1 - Piano Eisteddfod

In Week 8 of Term 2, the Arts Department will hold St Peter’s Girls’ Piano Eisteddfod. It is open to all Junior and Middle School students who play piano, and will be held on Tuesday 16 June from 8.45am in MB120.

Girls will have the opportunity to perform a piece to a panel of judges who will critique their performance based on accuracy, technique and musicality for their specific music level.

This year, we will not hold a recital but will instead invite 10 students of varying levels to perform in a virtual recital which will be shared online.

This is a great opportunity for girls to perform in a supportive environment and receive some valuable feedback.

Girls are asked to play one piece that best displays their musicality and technical ability at their own musical level. There will be no minimum or maximum time limit. While the Eisteddfod provides our top piano players with a platform to perform, the aim is to give performers of all levels the opportunity to participate.

Please notify the Arts Department if your daughter would like to be involved by Friday 5 June. She will then receive a time slot to perform in the Eisteddfod. Students will be notified by email if they have been chosen to have their piece recorded following the Eisteddfod.

So get busy practising, and we look forward to hearing all of our amazing piano players!

Sally Rounsevell
Director of Music

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Apple’s Cleaning Tips for iPads and Laptops

Apple products are made with a variety of materials, and each material might have specific cleaning requirements. To get started, here are some tips from Apple that apply to all products:

  • Use only a soft, lint-free cloth. Avoid abrasive cloths, towels, paper towels, or similar items.
  • Avoid excessive wiping, which might cause damage.
  • Unplug all external power sources, devices, and cables.
  • Keep liquids away from the product, unless otherwise noted for specific products.
  • Don’t get moisture into any openings.
  • Don’t use aerosol sprays, bleaches or abrasives.
  • Don’t spray cleaners directly onto the item.

Is it okay to use a disinfectant on my Apple product?
Using a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe or disinfecting wipes, you may gently wipe the hard, non-porous surfaces of your Apple product, such as the display, keyboard, or other exterior surfaces. Don’t use bleach. Avoid getting moisture in any opening, and don’t submerge your Apple product in any cleaning agents. Don’t use on fabric or leather surfaces.

Here’s the full article from Apple: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204172

Of course, please check your device instructions for specific requirements.

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Code Camp After-School Sessions

The Code Camp team has been working around the clock to create a new online program that encapsulates the fun and engaging learning environment children across Australia have come to expect when attending one of our courses. The holidays have given us a great opportunity to test our online courses with over 2500 students taking part. We are confident we have the formula right!

We will be running our online sessions on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons and also on Saturday mornings, so families have a variety of times to choose from. Children will be supported through the tutorials with our Live Tech Support Team which is made up of our very best facilitators.

The program, which is available now, is one session per week for eight weeks. Due to our reduced facilitator costs, we want to pass those savings on to parents. As such, the new online after-school price is $160.

Parents can book via https://www.codecamp.com.au/online-after-school-programs

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eNews – Week 2, Term 2 2020

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From Our Director of Teaching and Learning

N Scoggins - webNever have teachers been more pleased to see their students in class again than at the start of this term. The past two months with all of the upheaval and ongoing uncertainty have been challenging for everyone. In the spirit of positive thinking though, I will add that, from an educational perspective, they have also been reassuring in some ways.

Firstly, we have been able to demonstrate that we can adapt quickly and can leverage the technology and platforms already in place to deliver a different learning model when the need arises. Secondly, we have been reminded that there is no such thing as a perfect virtual substitute to being in a classroom (or laboratory, or gym, or rehearsal room) with a dedicated and charismatic teacher. The social aspects, the immediacy, the spontaneous moments of comedy – in-class learning delivers all of these things and more in a way that is hard to replicate. Even a short break from the ‘traditional’ model of schooling has provided a salient reminder of this fact. Finally, adversity has a habit of bringing out the best in people, and the students, teachers and other staff have demonstrated this in multiple ways. The students embraced remote learning very quickly and were sat keenly in their virtual classrooms often before the teachers had been able to walk between the real ones. The teachers adapted to changing circumstances on a regular basis and, at the halfway point of the holiday, stoically switched their focus back from preparing remote learning activities to a normal school start (or at least something close to it). The flexibility and resilience shown by all has been outstanding.

Some other brief teaching and learning updates: the student feedback surveys that I mentioned in my last update will be completed towards the end of this term. In the meantime, we will have some valuable feedback from the online learning questionnaires to reflect and act upon. The Parent-Teacher Interviews this term will continue to be conducted over the phone and, once again, I acknowledge everyone’s flexibility in adjusting quickly to the new process. Lastly, our Middle and Senior School teachers will spend some time next week looking more closely at our lesson observation processes and how we can maximise the scope for ongoing learning from each other through focused formal and informal classroom visits.

Here’s to another term of rich learning experiences for us all!

Nigel Scoggins
Director of Teaching and Learning

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Enchante Creates Global Harmonies

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This year to celebrate Generations in Jazz, Enchante created a virtual choir recording of our free choice piece ‘Zemabia’. This piece has no words and requires the singers themselves to impart meaning through the use of vocal ‘scat’. The recording was posted on our St Peter’s Girls’ Facebook page and has been a huge hit with over 16,000 views to date! We were also excited to note that it is now being viewed by renowned vocal Jazz educators in America including Kerry Marsh, the composer and arranger of this piece. This is what he had to say:

“OH MY!! OH MY….. This is fantastic! Like really, really fantastic! I will share this with my Facebook community right away. Huge congratulations for putting together such a cool performance…. Well sung, well planned and edited video production! Top of the top, St Peter’s! Thank you so much for this…..”

Other comments included:

“So great! What a fantastic way for the girls to see themselves and each other performing like this” – Sally Cameron (Idea of North)

“Brilliant! How hard is that song?!!” – Noelene Howis

“Amazing what is being achieved with the challenges faced” – Cherie Forbes

“Wow, just beautiful.” – Mavi Jass

We hope you enjoy our video.

Sari Noble
Choral Director

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Supporting Our Friends at Kent Place School

St Peter’s Girls shares special bonds with our exchange schools overseas, including the wonderful Kent Place School in New Jersey.

While the current global situation has postponed all of our planned exchange visits, we remain connected with our foreign friends.

Our Kent Place exchange students and staff from the past three years took some time out to send uplifting messages of support:

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Anyone can #WitnessTheFitness!

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I’ve realised that I’m not the super sporty, athletic type. After school, you won’t find me on the basketball courts, but instead rehearsing with Senior Strings, or studying in the Library. I’ve also realised, recently especially, the importance of fitness, and try to integrate it into my everyday routine. The same can be said for my HL Maths class – after school we like to Microsoft Teams and exercise together. What I’m trying to say is: you don’t need to be at a certain athletic ability or know how to do all the moves to #WitnessTheFitness. It’s designed with the goal of making fitness as fun and realistic for you girls as possible.

With that being said, Hayley from the Communications Team and the Prefects have been working as hard as possible to produce some amazing content for you all. We recently filmed a HIIT workout with only eight rotations guaranteed to get your heart rate up and those endorphins flowing. Give it a go, your body will thank you for it!

On another note, keep an eye out for Term 2’s Prefect initiative. In Term 1, we challenged the girls to do the small but meaningful. This might’ve been opening a door for someone or smiling at passers-by. For Term 2, we challenge you to think of the bigger picture.

This week, the girls were given a look into the lives of students from all around the world. We asked our exchanges and friends from interstate, Japan and the US to document their typical day in the life. For some, this involved herding cattle, and for others, commuting from empty train stations. I hope this video makes you think about how others are coping in these confusing times. The rest of the term will be different than usual no doubt, but I challenge you to maintain perspective and realise just how lucky we are in this healthy community at Saints.

Faye Ma
International Student Prefect

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Business Insight from Passion for Fashion

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Year 12 Business Innovation this week heard from leading Adelaide fashion designer Sally Phillips on what it takes to create your own clothing brand and run a successful business.

Sally certainly modelled all of the School’s values of courage, creativity and compassion as she overcame the challenges of launching her own business as a 20 year old.

The Year 12 Business girls were able to gain valuable insight into how to find a niche market and navigate turbulent times, such as the current economic climate.

Andrew Rosser
Business Director

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Talented Trail Runner Leads the Pack

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Congratulations to Year 5 student Zalia Valmorbida who entered the Ultra Runners South Australia – Summer Series, competing in short course races and placing 1st in the U12 girls’ category.

W2 - RunningTo qualify for a place, competitors had to complete a minimum of three out of the four races, which varied from 8 – 10km on a mix of single/fire trails.

Zalia entered three races and came 1st in each of them.

“I got in to trail running a few years ago when my family was living in Townsville, and I used to climb Castle Hill with my mum to challenge myself and to walk my dogs. Castle Hill is really rocky and steep, so it was fun to climb.

I prefer trail running to road running because I like going out and seeing all the forests and environment around me, and it is more interesting than running around the road where cars and buildings are.

My typical race is about 9km long with 250m elevation, and it takes about an hour to finish the race. The hardest thing about racing is the pressure at the start; it makes me nervous but it is worth the feeling you get at the end when you cross the finish line. I don’t really train much, I just stay active and do swimming lessons and sometimes a 5km park run. I would encourage more girls to get into trail running because it helps you stay fit and it teaches your brain you are capable of many things further than what you thought was possible.” – Zalia Valmorbida

Great effort Zalia!

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Stage 2 Biology Under the Microscope

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In Stage 2 Biology, we are learning about cell biology including the organelles found in eukaryotic cells.

We have been using light microscopes to explore the internal structures of a variety of cells, even our own cheek cells! Seeing the differences between plant and animal cells was interesting and brought the diagrams from our textbooks to life.

It was beneficial to be in the laboratory as it allowed us to develop a deeper understanding of how our cells work to keep us alive.

Amelie Eaton
Year 12 student

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Vote of Confidence from Year 6

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In Year 6, our Transdisciplinary Theme for Term 2 is ‘How we organise ourselves’, with the Central Idea of how government systems and decisions impact the broader community.

The students have begun by exploring federation, democracy and the importance of having a voice. We have drafted bills to be discussed and, later in the term, we will be voting on the most relevant and important law to affect change.

The Year 6 Team

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Saints Girls’ Grit at Boot Camp Challenge

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The Stage 2 PE girls began their Performance Improvement task this week with an introduction to Obstacle Course Racing (OCR). Luke Williams (aka ‘Ninja Luke’ from Ninja Warrior) runs SA Base Camp which specialises in training novice to elite obstacle racers at its facility in Semaphore.

Fortunately, he was able to set up a 3km course around our campus for the girls to complete. Elements included heavy water carries, battle ropes, balance beams, weighted crawls, climbing walls and large tyres, with significant run sections in between. Luke explained the layout of the course and a warm up was completed before the starter’s siren sounded. Beginning with 30 laps of the tennis court whilst crawling under a net each lap, the girls’ heart rates shot up instantaneously, but they recovered and steadied throughout the rest of the course.

We will now train for six weeks with a focus on a specific element they wish to improve, e.g. aerobic endurance, before attempting the course again, expecting to achieve an improvement on their time.

Dan Searle
Head of PE, Health and Outdoor Education

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Science a Blast for Year 5 Inquirers

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In Year 5 this week, we continued our exploration of Science as part of our Unit of Inquiry, ‘Bazinga’. The first line of inquiry is all about exploring the use of scientific method. The girls have learnt about what they need to include in a scientific method, as well as constructing their own hypothesis and putting it to the test.

Our first experiment went off with a bang, as four packets of Mentos were released into four different 2L soft drink bottles. As a cohort, the girls predicted that the Mentos would create a chemical reaction, making the soft drink fizz, forcing the liquid inside each bottle to expel at various heights. Prior to conducting the experiment, we discussed the variables involved, with the girls identifying the independent, dependent and controlled variables. Their theory was that the soft drink with the least amount of sugar would expel the least amount of liquid. They were surprised to have been proven wrong, observing that the Coke Zero and Diet Coke created the highest ‘fizz’ and quite clearly expelled the most liquid. This allowed them to evaluate their hypothesis, results and critically analyse the experiment, commenting on improvements that could be made if they were to conduct it again.

The girls are looking forward to participating in further experiments including an exploration of matter, involving the melting of different types of chocolate, and a light experiment where they will discover the Science behind shadows.

Shelley Hampton and Sarah Mulraney
Year 5 Teachers

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St Peter’s Girls’ Piano Eisteddfod 2020

W1 - Piano Eisteddfod

In Week 8 of Term 2, the Arts Department will hold St Peter’s Girls’ Piano Eisteddfod. It is open to all Junior and Middle School students who play piano, and will be held on Tuesday 16 June from 8.45am in MB120.

Girls will have the opportunity to perform a piece to a panel of judges who will critique their performance based on accuracy, technique and musicality for their specific music level.

This year, we will not hold a recital but will instead invite 10 students of varying levels to perform in a virtual recital which will be shared online.

This is a great opportunity for girls to perform in a supportive environment and receive some valuable feedback.

Girls are asked to play one piece that best displays their musicality and technical ability at their own musical level. There will be no minimum or maximum time limit. While the Eisteddfod provides our top piano players with a platform to perform, the aim is to give performers of all levels the opportunity to participate.

Please notify the Arts Department if your daughter would like to be involved by Friday 5 June. She will then receive a time slot to perform in the Eisteddfod. Students will be notified by email if they have been chosen to have their piece recorded following the Eisteddfod.

So get busy practising, and we look forward to hearing all of our amazing piano players!

Sally Rounsevell
Director of Music

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Apple’s Cleaning Tips for iPads and Laptops

Apple products are made with a variety of materials, and each material might have specific cleaning requirements. To get started, here are some tips from Apple that apply to all products:

  • Use only a soft, lint-free cloth. Avoid abrasive cloths, towels, paper towels, or similar items.
  • Avoid excessive wiping, which might cause damage.
  • Unplug all external power sources, devices, and cables.
  • Keep liquids away from the product, unless otherwise noted for specific products.
  • Don’t get moisture into any openings.
  • Don’t use aerosol sprays, bleaches or abrasives.
  • Don’t spray cleaners directly onto the item.

Is it okay to use a disinfectant on my Apple product?
Using a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe or disinfecting wipes, you may gently wipe the hard, non-porous surfaces of your Apple product, such as the display, keyboard, or other exterior surfaces. Don’t use bleach. Avoid getting moisture in any opening, and don’t submerge your Apple product in any cleaning agents. Don’t use on fabric or leather surfaces.

Here’s the full article from Apple: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204172

Of course, please check your device instructions for specific requirements.

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Code Camp After-School Sessions

The Code Camp team has been working around the clock to create a new online program that encapsulates the fun and engaging learning environment children across Australia have come to expect when attending one of our courses. The holidays have given us a great opportunity to test our online courses with over 2500 students taking part. We are confident we have the formula right!

We will be running our online sessions on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons and also on Saturday mornings, so families have a variety of times to choose from. Children will be supported through the tutorials with our Live Tech Support Team which is made up of our very best facilitators.

The program, which is available now, is one session per week for eight weeks. Due to our reduced facilitator costs, we want to pass those savings on to parents. As such, the new online after-school price is $160.

Parents can book via https://www.codecamp.com.au/online-after-school-programs

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