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Enews – Week 3, Term 3 2018

Issue no. 23Enews-banner

Tech Champions Go Global!

Four of our award-winning technology students are currently in Silicon Valley, USA, enjoying the spoils of their national victory in last year’s Tech Girls are Superheroes app development challenge.

After seeing the sights in San Francisco, including cycling across the Golden Gate Bridge and enjoying a tour on Segways, the team travelled to Silicon Valley to visit global tech giants.

They’ve enjoyed the privilege of inspecting mind-blowing facilities and hearing from industry experts at eBay, Facebook and Google, to name a few. They were also invited to attend a major tech expo and have had opportunities to pitch their app, which aims to connect retirees with volunteer jobs.

The girls have been relishing every moment of this once-in-a-lifetime experience and we congratulate them on their tech journey!

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From the Head of Junior School

Suzanne Haddy

One of the strange things about Mathematics as a subject, that doesn’t seem to occur for, say, English, is how divided people are in their feelings towards it. What is it about Mathematics that makes some of us love it, while it raises feelings of trepidation in others?

It appears that there are quite a lot of misconceptions about Mathematics; one of these being that Mathematics is just about rules, formulas and calculations, that it is ‘hard’ and that it is rarely used in the ‘real world’. Some may say it is simply a student’s duty to memorise all of it until exams are over and it can be conveniently popped in the proverbial bin. Of course, others couldn’t imagine a day without opportunities to contemplate the world with a mathematical headset.

In the Junior School, we are setting out to challenge the image problem that Mathematics suffers and build in our students a love of Mathematics that goes far beyond just enjoying the process of manipulating digits on a page. Mathematics, put very simply, is the science of patterns and relationships. Despite the school experiences of many, it is not just about finding correct answers. It’s more about processes, hypotheses, testing and trialling, and making sense of the world. Our aim is to build powerful mathematical thinkers, who possess and implement a true mathematical understanding, and the ability to think, perceive, and analyse mathematically.

Over the past 12 months, we have engaged the services of education consultant Lisa-Jane O’Connor to challenge our own thinking about Mathematics as well as the way we present our teaching and learning opportunities. From ELC to Year 6, we are building a shared language and approach for talking and thinking about situations involving Mathematics, and the students are reaping the rewards of our work.

Lisa-Jane will be presenting two parent sessions in coming weeks. We would love to share with parents of our younger students some further information about Mathematics and numeracy, and ways you can assist your daughter at home as she becomes a powerful, confident mathematical thinker.

For parents of students in the Hallett Room (ELC), Reception and Year 1, please join us on Tuesday 14 August. For parents of students in Years 2, 3 and 4, please join us on Wednesday 29 August.

Both sessions will include opportunities for interactivity. They will be held in the Middle School, beginning promptly at 6pm and concluding at 7.15pm.

Suzanne Haddy
Head of Junior School

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Saints Girls Hit High Notes

W3 Music Success

Each year, many of our Music students enter the Adelaide Eisteddfod held throughout the month of August. Their hard work has paid off as we have achieved wonderful results from many of our students who have participated in this prestigious event.

Of particular note is Samantha Li (Year 3) who attained some outstanding results in the Eisteddfod, participating in three sections. She won First Prize Piano Solo in the 12 Years and Under section. She also achieved First Prize and one Honorable Mention in two other sections.

Elaine Chen (Year 5, pictured above) also achieved some terrific results, winning First Place in both the 12 Years and Under and 10 Years and Under Cello sections, and Second Place in the 10 Years and Under Flute section.

In addition to participating in the Eisteddfod, many of our talented musicians are performing in recitals and competitions throughout Adelaide.

Samantha Li participated in and won First Prize in the Third Xindi Cup Practical Piano International Competition. This highly-acclaimed international competition was held in the Adelaide Town Hall. Samantha performed Fantasie – Impromptu op 66 by Chopin. Adelaide Lord Mayor Martin Haese presented the trophy and certificate to her and invited her to have a solo piano performance at the upcoming awards ceremony in the Town Hall.

Angel Li (Year 7) was the prize winner for the SA/NT AMEB Certificate of Performance on Violin and has also performed recitals for Australia and Burnside Symphony Orchestra this year.

Cheri Wong (Year 9) recently participated in both the Pierrot Project workshop run by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and the Young Symphonists Program run by the Australian Youth Orchestra.

A big congratulations to all our wonderful musicians who are achieving outstanding results in their music making.

Sally Rounsevell
Director of Music

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Saints Host UK Exchange Students

W3 UK Exchange

This week, it was Saints Girls’ turn to host two exchange students from Sherborne Girls School in the UK. Although the weather wasn’t anything for the girls to write home about, they seemed to thoroughly enjoy their time here with students Matilda and Renee, who detail their experiences below:

“Having Mia in Adelaide has been an amazing three weeks. We have seen all the native wildlife, tried Australian foods, been shopping and visited the much-loved Hahndorf lolly shop. We also travelled interstate to a family farm in NSW to experience the true Aussie outback. This exchange has been one I will never forget, and it has been so much fun revisiting iconic South Australian locations. I have loved having Mia over and I hope I made her time in Australia as memorable as my time was in the UK.” – Matilda Braithwaite

“Hosting an exchange was just as fun as going on the exchange. I loved showing off everything Australia has to offer, and experiencing and learning more myself. We went to Sydney to see sights like the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, 360 degree views from the Sydney Tower and some of the famous beaches. While in Adelaide, we went to Cleland Wildlife Park, Glenelg, Middleton and spent the majority of time at school. I really enjoyed having the opportunity and responsibility to host an exchange student.” – Renee Lawrence

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Year 10 Workplace Learning

Year 10 Workplace Learning

Workplace Learning is an integral part of the Year 10 Personal Learning Plan course, providing the girls with an opportunity to explore and investigate a field or career they may be interested in pursuing. This year, the placement was 26 – 29 June and once again proved to be an invaluable experience for our girls. Students ventured into many varied and interesting places such as vet clinics, law firms, kindergartens, hospitals and the University of Adelaide, to name a few. The feedback from employers was overwhelmingly positive and all the girls are to be congratulated for the way in which they represented the School, their family and themselves in the wider community.

Here a few students’ thoughts on their week’s experience:

“I had a split placement between Dressed For Sale, an interior design business, and a medical specialist in endocrinology. It was an extremely beneficial and exciting experience because I gained first-hand knowledge about what people do every day in the workplace. I really enjoyed my time and it has given me a clearer vision of what different jobs require, helping me make decisions about what I want to do in the future.” – Matilda Braithwaite

“My placement was with Carlton Football Club in Melbourne. I learnt about what happens before and during a game, and the value of sponsorship to AFL clubs. I spent time with the coaches and players and helped during training. I was able to watch the players completing various drills and also play a scratch match. After my experience, I realise that I would like to have a career that involves sport in some way.” – Soph Stewart

Thanks needs to go to all the employers who made these experiences possible and to all of the staff who gave willingly of their time to visit students in the workplace.

Karen Alderson
Careers Counsellor

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Spanish Secondary Students’ Conference 2018

W3 Spanish Conference

On Monday 6 August, our Year 11 IB Spanish ab initio students had the opportunity to immerse themselves in Spanish, both linguistically and culturally. The had to pretend they were Spanish-speaking journalists as they worked, interviewed and even danced along with 100 other Spanish students from across the State.

The had the chance to listen to ABC News Court Reporter Rebecca Opie’s talk on how knowing Spanish has impacted her career and life significantly, and how the language has always made her stand out from the crowd and opened her up to opportunities and jobs she would not have otherwise achieved.

Another highlight was when the students interviewed two Spanish exchange students (in Spanish!) who shared different cultural aspects from Australia and Spain which were actually quite surprising.

The girls practised their speaking, writing and listening skills while they learned more about a wide range of Hispanic places, animals, famous artists, customs, accents and, of course, food and dances. We danced to lots of different Latin styles and then happily satisfied our appetite by devouring Spanish churros and Argentinian empanadas!

Carolina Barquero Masero
IB Spanish ab initio Teacher

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Happy Teeth Helping Those Less Fortunate

W3 Our Town

For our Futures project, we created a not-for-profit business called ‘Happy Teeth’ which involved partnering with the Good Samaritan Ministry Organisation, who help under-privileged children in remote Odisha, India.

The people living in Odisha have little access to food, water and clothes, and they lack basic hygiene and many other everyday necessities we take for granted. Through our business Happy Teeth, we wanted to help improve these children’s lives, so we decided to make 50 dental care packages for children aged up to 13. The packs included toothbrushes and toothpaste, alongside photo instructions on how to brush your teeth, as well as soap, notebooks and pencils. Finger puppets and balloons were included too since we were told that they were some of their favourite toys. All of the items were inside hand sewn bags we made for the children.

To produce the packs, we raised money to pay for the fabric, toys, notebooks, pencils and the soap. We raised over $150 and then contacted Bupa Dental and the North Adelaide Medical Centre who kindly donated over 50 toothbrushes and toothpaste.

The Futures program was a great experience and an excellent opportunity to learn about other parts of the world. We were able to see how privileged we are and appreciate everything we have. – Louisa Reid, Gemma Schaedel and Edie McKellar

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Saints Girls’ Journey to Techno Plas

W3 Technology

On Friday 3 August our determined Year 9 students ventured to local plastic consumer packaging company, Techno Plas, the only factory of its kind in the world.
We were on our journey to discover the answers to our unit, ‘The Impacts of Automation toward Manufacturing’. All of our questions and comments were taken into account and answered by our helpful and informative tour guide. We took a thorough tour around the factory, and witnessed hard work by automative inventions in action.
By the end of the excursion, all of our Year 9 Engineering Technology students felt satisfied and content with knowledge about the creation and distribution of manufactured goods via automation, as well as the positive and negative aspects incorporated throughout the Techno Plas business. – Bella Parton

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Careers Networking Breakfast

W2 Careers Networking Breakfast

The Old Scholars’ Association Careers Networking Breakfast is an annual event where Old Scholars volunteer their time to act as mentors to our senior students.

The aim is to help our girls make informed choices about their career paths so that they can select appropriate school subjects and tertiary courses. By partnering students with an Old Scholar who can speak to their areas of interest, we hope to give them access to real-world insights into vocational fields.

For this event, senior students will indicate their interest in the following areas:

Business Management
Communications/Media/Public Relations
Creative Arts
Health Sciences (Physiotherapy/Occupational, Therapy/Speech Pathology)
International Relations

The Careers Networking Breakfast will be held in the Arts Centre on Wednesday 15 August, 7.15am arrival for a 7.30am start. It will conclude at 8.45am.

This is an excellent opportunity, so please encourage your daughter to book via

Please direct any enquiries to Karen Alderson via

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Year 7 Transition Information Evening for Current Year 6 Parents

We are repeating the success of last year and holding a Transition Information Evening for parents, providing them with the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the curriculum, philosophy, practices and expectations of the Middle School at St Peter’s Girls.

The evening will also provide an opportunity to meet key members of the Year 7 and Year 8 teaching team, and for parents of new students joining us in 2018 to meet current parents and other new families.

2019 Transition Parent Information Evening
Thursday 23 August, 6.30pm
St Peter’s Girls’ School Arts Centre

Seats for the event can be reserved via

If you would like further information, please contact Richard Lisle, Deputy Principal/Head of Middle School.

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Banking on Volunteers’ Help

Our students really enjoy participating in the Commonwealth Bank School Banking program and to keep this program running we need volunteers’ help.

The program requires a volunteer School Banking Coordinator to facilitate the banking and distribution of School Banking rewards. This only takes a small amount of time one day a week and the Commonwealth Bank will provide support in how to run the program. Your help will greatly benefit students as they develop vital saving skills and also help our School with fundraising.

Currently, School Banking day is Wednesday.

If you are interested in volunteering for this great program, please let us know at the Front Office.

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Explore Your Faith at Confirmation Camp

Confirmation, within the Anglican Church, is a time for an individual to take on the promises made on their behalf by their parents at their baptism. Simply put, confirmation is a public declaration of your faith.

This year, we will be having a Confirmation Service in Term 4, and in preparation for that, some Anglican Schools around South Australia are running a Confirmation Camp on Friday 14 and Saturday 15 August.

This camp will become an important aspect to the confirmation preparation process and will explore questions such as, “What does it mean to be a Christian?”, “What is the Bible, and how do I read it?” and “What is the point of confirmation?”

If you or your daughter is interested in being confirmed, please contact me and I will pass on more details shortly about Confirmation Camp and the confirmation process in general.

Thomas Bassett
Lay Chaplain

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An Invitation to Our Town

W3 Our Town

Prince Alfred College’s resident theatre group The Princes Players, featuring students from St Peter’s Girls’ School, will stage the seminal play ‘Our Town’ by Thornton Wilder from 6 to 8 September, nightly from 7pm.

‘Our Town’ was first produced and published in 1938 to wide acclaim. This Pulitzer Prize-winning drama of life in the small village of Grover’s Corners, an allegorical representation of life everywhere, has become a classic and is the most frequently produced high school play in the world.

This production features Saints Girls’ Michelle Rupert and Zara Blight, who are well underway with rehearsals. Click here for more information, or to support our very own Saints Girls, book your ticket. Seating is limited, so get in quick!

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Senior Drama Production – The Shape of Mind

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The Years 11 and 12 Drama girls have been working avidly on their group production ‘The Shape of Mind’, written by Mr Butler-Wills.

They’ve have had the unique opportunity to workshop and develop the play and will be presenting the world premiere on 15 August. Structured in three acts, the play starts by exploring the first day back at the start of a new year for a Year 1 class, examining the way in which thoughts and words have a significant influence on the children, parents and time-weary teacher. The second act takes place 24 years later and, in a series of monologues and duologues, it explores the way in which a handful of the characters in the first act have grown and been shaped. In the final act, the play returns to a day near the end of Year 1, folding back on itself and immersing the audience – once again – in the pathos, humour and chaos of the world of a group of seven year olds with the added benefit of a retrospective understanding of what becomes of those characters.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to see this original work and experience the exceptional creative capacity of our students. Performances will be at 7pm on August 15, 16 and 17.

Book tickets via

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Year 5 Production Tickets on Sale!

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Book your tickets to see this wonderful show – St Peter’s Girls’ School’s Production of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s ‘Mary Poppins JR’.

Mind you, there’s nothing ‘junior’ in terms of the talent and staging!

Tickets will sell fast, so book early to snap up great seats.

There is a limit of 10 tickets per family. Should tickets still be available closer to opening night, families can purchase additional tickets. Grandparents who would prefer to attend a matinee performance will be invited to buy tickets to the School session on Friday 28 September at 1.15pm, which our Junior School students will be attending.

27 – 28 September 2018 at 7pm
St Peter’s Girls’ School Arts Centre

Ticket prices:
Adult $15
Student/Concession $10
Family (2 Adults/2 Children) $35

Visit to secure your seats for this great show!

The production team is also seeking the following items:

Old briefcase
2-3 feather dusters
Tea trolley
Doll’s pram (old fashioned)
Large old fashioned handbag/carrybag
Walking frame
Police truncheon
Old-style dustpan and broom (not plastic)
Floral foam

We will return any items that need returning. If you can help, please contact Shelley Hampton or Sarah Mulraney via or

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UN Women Fundraiser Concert

W2 Fundraiser Poster_Enews bannerJoin us for a night of song as we support UN Women in their work contributing to the safety, education and livelihood of women around the world.

The evening will showcase a dynamic array of performers of all ages, with a diverse sound of genres including music from St Peter’s Girls’ top ensembles (Enchantè, In-Ta Jazz and Extension Strings), Old Scholar Erin McKellar (Patteson ’13), Girl Nation, internationally-renowned jazz vocalist Anita Wardell and guest speaker Olivia Rogers.

The concert will encapsulate women working together to create beautiful music despite age, race and level of ability as we join together to create change.

Tickets available via

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Rowing Come and Try Day

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If you’ve ever wanted to give rowing a go, you’ll be more than welcome at Saints Rowing.

For Years 6 to 10 students
Sunday 26 August
9am – 12 noon
Scotch Boatshed, Victoria Drive (behind the Convention Centre)

Rowers will have access to a modern fleet of boats and excellent coaching staff.

Rowing assists girls to develop lifelong skills including leadership, health, nutrition, fitness and teamwork.

Contact me via if you have any queries.

Ben Flanagan
Director of Rowing

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Rowing Information Session


The St Peter’s Girls’ School Rowing program commenced in 2009 and has significantly grown to become a vibrant sports offering.

St Peter’s Girls is holding an Information Session for all rowing families, current and new.

Tuesday 21 August
Middle School (CW304)

For more details about Saints Rowing, contact me via

Ben Flanagan
Director of Rowing

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Countdown to Book Week!

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Dress-up Day will be held on Friday 17 August

Come dressed as your favourite book character!

There will be class parades during a special Junior School Assembly at 8.40am in the Arts Centre.

Parents are most welcome to attend!

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Upcoming House Dinners

Annual House Dinners

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

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

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

Selwyn House Dinner
Theme: Hollywood – A Night at the Oscars
24 August (Week 5)
Book now:

Patteson House Dinner
Theme: What I wanted to be when I was three
31 August (Week 6)
Book now:

Year 12 House Captains

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The Long Lunch is Sold Out!

The Long Lunch

Seeking Donations for our Auctions

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

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

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

If you are able to donate an item, or have a suggestion for one, please contact:
Melissa Westgate, Foundation Manager
8334 2244 or

All items can be delivered to our Community Relations Office.

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P&F Association Meeting

W2 P&F

Monday 13 August at 6.30pm in the Food Tech Centre

On behalf of the Parents’ and Friends’ Association, I would like to extend an invitation to all parents to join us for our meeting on Monday 13 August at 6.30pm in the Food Tech Centre.

This meeting is a very important one on our calendar as we will be discussing ideas for next year’s Garden of Saintly Delights school fair. So, if you have some amazing ideas or want to see what the P&F is all about, we would love for you to come along.

Bronwyn Bartter
Parents’ and Friends’ Association

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Bottle-Brush with Fame!

W3 Weather Photo

Thank you to Jenny Cooper who has sent in an incredible photograph of the lovely pink bottlebrush next to our fence on the corner of Hallett and Stonyfell Roads.

After rain the night before, the bottlebrush was glistening in the sun when Jenny snapped it on her morning walk. The photo is set to appear on ABC’s weather segment next month.

Thanks Jenny, top notch photography!

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Order Your 2018 | 2019 Entertainment Membership

W5 Entertainment Book

If you haven’t already, please continue supporting our School by purchasing the 2018 | 2019 membership from us today. Hurry, they’re selling fast!

As a St Peter’s Girls’ School Parents’ and Friends’ Association fundraiser, part-proceeds from every book sold will go to a special element of our Master Plan which will be announced soon.

You can order via the form at the Front Office or pre-purchase online: Order your Entertainment Book here!

The Entertainment Book and new phone app offer our community members a great way to try out restaurants and activities around SA, save money and, at the same time, support our girls.

Thank you in advance for your kind support and consideration.

The Parents’ and Friends’ Association

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Winter Interhouse Meal Deal

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The Winter Interhouse will be held on Saturday 11 August, and to feed the hungry players and supporters, the Saints Sport Support Group is providing breakfast. Parents, give yourselves the morning off from cooking and let us do it for you! Meals can be purchased from the BBQ area; just follow the yummy smells from 8 – 10.30am.

This year, we’re offering delicious egg and bacon sandwiches, sausages in bread and a variety of beverages. Food options start at $2.

Cash and EFTPOS facilities can be used to purchase your Winter Interhouse Meal Deal.

A coffee van will also be here on the day.

We hope to see you there!

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Sports News

AFL – (Aussie Rules)

Open – Saints 2.2 = 14 defeated Wilderness 2.1 = 13
It was a wet and muddy oval, and the girls adjusted well to the conditions. In a very low scoring affair, players across the board were able to apply excellent pressure to their direct opponents and use free space to their advantage when it opened up. With the narrowest of margins, the girls held on to keep Wilderness scoreless in the final quarter, delivering their first loss of the season. The midfield played an exceptional game, consistently holding their ground against their opponents. Talah Gobell had great communication throughout, having a strong input to the win. Thandi Murada was a strong player across the field, always contesting the ball. The whole team worked well together to get ourselves over the line. An excellent all-round effort. Goals: Talah Gobell and Bella Bernardi – Holly Cunningham (Captain)

Middle – Saints 11.11 = 77 defeated Wilderness 0.0 = 0
It was fantastic to see the Middle School girls continue their solid run. The winning streak now extends to three games. After narrowly defeating Scotch by one point in the previous game, St Peter’s Girls controlled the match against Wilderness comprehensively. Everyone played their role, competing hard for the ball when it was in their area and showing discipline to stay with their opponent when the ball was out of the area.

Ella Waltham and Olivia Kelly controlled the ruck, allowing Anda Ceplitis, Kellie Bested, Lily-Rose Spartalis and Bella Parton to win control of the ball around stoppages. They continually moved the ball into our forward line, providing many opportunities for our forwards. Ella and Bella followed up their good work in the midfield to each score two goals. Many of our forwards scored their first goal for the season. Stars of the forward line were Saskia Jonats with five goals from centre half forward and Olivia Kelly with two goals at full forward.

Due to the pressure applied by our forwards and midfielders, the defence was rarely involved in the game. However, when they were, they defended strongly and returned the play to our forward line. Goals: Saskia Jonats 5, Olivia Kelly 2, Bella Parton 2, Ella Waltham 2, Charlie Fishlock 1. Best players: Saskia Jonats, Anda Ceplitis, Kellie Bested, Olivia Kelly, Bella Parton


A1 – Saints 5 (7) defeated Pembroke A2 2 (3)
Best players – Laura Sivewright, Amy Li

 A2 – Saints 1 (2) defeated by Immanuel 5 (7)
Best player – Mahala Truscott

B1 – Saints 3 (4) defeated by Wilderness 1 3 (5)
Best players – Tiffany Zhou, Amanda Fang

B2 – Saints 3 (4) defeated by Immanuel 3 (4)
Best players – Cheri Wong, Ruby Richards

C – Saints 3 drew with Westminster 3
Best players – Ruby Richards, Millie Han

D – Saints 4 defeated Wilderness 1 2
Best players – Christina Song, Vanessa Pols, Holly Wallman-Craddock

E – Saints BYE


Year 5 – Saints 32 defeated Walford 28
All the girls played well, a very good team game with lots of passing ahead and sharing the ball around. Almost every player managed to score as well!



Open A – Saints 2 defeated Trinity 1
The entire team played an incredible game with every skill learnt at training coming together perfectly. Everyone was strong over the ball and used simple passing and trapping skills to beat Trinity’s defence. We managed to cover every space and mark our players tightly, resulting in the majority of the game played in our circle. The first goal was scored by Carla Lawrence off a direct hit during a short corner, with Jemima Simpson scoring our second; an amazing field goal scored off a one-on-one with the goalie. Despite missing several players, every girl really stepped up and definitely played the best game of the season. So proud girls, this win was more than deserved!  – Carla Lawrence (Captain)

Open B – Saints 5 defeated Trinity 0
The team had a convincing victory over Trinity. The girls worked together beautifully, often showing strong overlap running and passing in front, allowing teammates to run into the ball at speed and pierce through the defence. Georgina Keough won every contest she was involved in while Molly Dwyer, Aroha Munroe and Emily Whittaker worked well across the pitch. Goal scorers were Georgia Langley 2, Emily Whittaker, Poppie Goldsmith and Ruby Thorp. – Tash Hammond (Coach)

Year 5/6 – Saints 3 defeated Wilderness White 0
In cold, wet and slippery conditions, the team won their first game. Led by the Year 6 girls, they demonstrated excellent sportsmanship, which was praised by the opposing team. The Year 5 girls played confidently; for many of them it was their first game. All players should be commended for a great start to the season.


Under 18 – Saints 20 defeated Sturt 4
From the first whistle, the team came out with determination, which showed in the final score. Abbie Lisle excelled in defence and mid, winning many ground balls and moving them into the attacking half. Steph Smalls did a great job in attack, feeding balls to the other attackers. Our goal scorers were Millie Wilkin, Chelsea Walls, Portia Maerschel, Hattie Maerschel, Steph Smalls and Saskia Jonats. It was a terrific effort and it is exciting to see what we can bring to future games. Well done girls. – Millie Wilkin

Under 13 – Saints 14 defeated Brighton 6
All of the girls played a great game against Brighton. Jenna Maione (Year 6) did an excellent job at getting the ball from centre, whilst Elysia Scarr (Year 5) and Lucy Schirripa (Year 7) stuck to their players in defence. Also in defence, Phoebe Black (Year 7) listened well to feedback and kept her stick up to intercept the ball. Ground balls in defence were also great, especially by Maddy Lisle (Year 7). Mathilda Thomas (Year 6) caught almost all the balls in attack and ran hard to shoot goals. Lara Maione (Year 5) and Lauren Pearce (Year 5) were also good at attacking the goal. In the midfield, Alannah Godfrey (Year 5) ran well to be the next pass. Dani Cox (Year 6) and Ashlyn May (Year 6) were both our terrific goalies. Goal scorers were Dani (3), Jenna (1), Ashlyn (3), Lara (1) and Mathilda (6). Best players were Phoebe, Mathilda, Ashlyn and Maddy.  – Lucy Martin (Coach)

Under 11 – Saints 10 defeated Eagles 7
With the Term 3 competition underway and the girls having had a four-week break from the game, the team was raring to get out on the field.  We welcomed back Sophie Lively (Year 4) from a minor injury.  Although the score line doesn’t reflect it, Saints dominated the play by having several completed passes and transitioning well down the field.  Way to go team! We just need to remember to always mark an opponent in defence. Claris Stolcman (Year 2) played well in both defence and offense by moving to the free space to receive passes. With 10 players on the team now (Wow!), hopefully everyone had a go. Goal scorers were: Emily Bates (Year 4) with four goals, Savannah Walls (Year 4) three goals, and Madi Dornbusch (Year 4), Ella Pearce (Year 3), and Millie Lively (Year 2) with one goal each. Special mention goes to our goalkeepers: Millie Lively and Madi Dornbusch. I was very proud of how supportive the team was of their keepers.  – Sophie Auricht (Coach)


Year 6/7 SAPSASA Knockout Netball

Our Year 6/7 Knockout Netball team had another nail-biting win against Concordia College. 3 down at quarter-time, we played a very strong second quarter to be 4 up at the half-time break. As expected, Concordia came our fighting in the third quarter and we went goal for goal, remaining 3 up at the break.

The final quarter was an epic struggle, with neither side able to find their shooters easily as both defence ends stood strong. The lead changed several times but Concordia held their nerve and put on a run of 3 in a row to draw level late in the quarter. Their goal shooter had a shot as the whistle blew for full-time; it went in but wasn’t counted as it went through the ring after time was called! A tie…and into extra time we went!

Our girls showed amazing spirit and composure in the time-on period, we were steady with the ball and worked hard defensively as a team to create turnover opportunities. Our attack end were calm and deliberate with their ball movement and easily found our shooters, who finished off the good work with excellent goals. Our defence was almost unstoppable, holding them to 0 goals in the first time-on period and 2 goals in the second. We came out eventual winners 35-29. A fantastic team effort from start to finish. Well done girls!  – Alice Johnswood

Open A – Saints 39 drew with Wilderness 39
This was a highly defensive game and one-on-one from the beginning. Whoever could read the play and ball could make a fast turnover, resulting in a goal. Saints started strongly by moving swiftly, transitioning the ball mid-court to the goal third, allowing goalies to score quickly. However, Saints lost their way in the second quarter where they found themselves scoring 4 goals to 9, giving the opposition the lead. Wilderness’ mid-court structure and effort prevented Saints scoring easily and made us work hard in transitioning the ball mid-court to the goals. Despite the setback, each player dug deep in the second half to be down by 2 at three-quarter time. In the final quarter, Saints brought it back goal for goal including intercepts until the final siren went, resulting in a less-common draw. Best players were Anna White, Brooke Elliott and Charlotte White whose consistent hands up defensive pressure in Wilderness’ attack saw many turnovers forced by errors and second efforts for the entire game. Great job girls. – Ebony-Jade Nash-Smith

Open B – Saints 38 defeated by Wilderness 46
The team kept up the intensity throughout their game against Wilderness, however they were defeated. Best players of the match were Charlotte Parker and Sarah Wishart. – Ella Robinson 

Open C – Saints 23 defeated by Wilderness 37
Our game proved to be a tough one. Although we lost, we were enthusiastic and incorporated skills which we have been practising at training. We had some great set plays and were able to quickly and efficiently score a goal off an intercept down from defence. Everyone played well and tried their hardest. Great game girls, excited for the next one. – Jess Wishart

Open D – Saints 13 defeated by Wilderness 49
The Open Ds played a tough game, although we kept enthusiastic and energetic throughout, not giving up hope. We practised the technique of cutting in front of our players, which we had learnt in training. This was effective as we had a few turnovers. We had some great goals scored by Ebony Lohe and Asha Short as they worked well within the goal ring, utilising the centre and wing attack around them. The game showed we’ve all improved since the week before.  – Amy Rice

Open E – Saints 10 defeated by Immanuel 45
The Year 12 social team played Immanuel in a rough game that resulted in a loss. However, the girls gave it their all and maintained Saints’ reputation of playing fairly and at their best. Everyone worked well as a cohesive team.  – Sara Possingham

Year 10C – Saints 29 defeated Seymour 20
Our team worked especially well together this game and it resulted in being very successful. We won three of the quarters and the overall score was 29-20 our way.  – Charlotte Sellars

 Year 9A – Saints 44 defeated Wilderness 20
After a slow start in the first quarter, we managed to speed up our pace for a great last three quarters. Kellie Bested and Anda Ceplite put great pressure on their players, making many interceptions. Our shooters Ella Waltham, Amelia Pudney and Steph Smalls worked well together in the ring and were very accurate with their goals. Unlike some of our previous games, we were fast down the court and worked well together as a team.  – Gemma Schaedel

Year 9B – Saints 4 defeated by Wilderness 28
Although we were a little disappointed with the result of this game, as a team, we have been improving over the season. Our defence was quite strong, especially in the first two quarters. Georgina Devine and Keely Flannagan were good at keeping the other team’s shooters out of the circle and putting pressure on them. We played better in the centre third during the third and fourth quarters because we kept up with our players and fought for the ball. This gave the shooters more opportunities to get the ball into the circle, so our scoring improved by the end of the game. Our defence was good throughout, but we need to work on getting the ball to the shooters so that we have more opportunities to score.  – Victoria Thorp

Year 8A – Saints 35 defeated Wilderness 19
We had another fantastic win with the girls playing amazingly and pushing themselves hard. The defence added plenty of pressure in the ring and forced a lot of turnovers. The mid-courters helped bring the ball down well and held their ground throughout. The shooters battled hard in the circle and shot some great goals despite the windy conditions. It was a good game and the team should be very proud of their effort and the end result.  – Dayna Petruzzella

Year 8B – Saints 21 defeated by Wilderness 25
The 8Bs played really well against Wilderness. Our defence was great as well as our shooting. The score was really close through the whole game and we won a couple of the quarters. However Wilderness squeezed in a few more goals in the last quarter and took out the win.  – Matilda Bruun

Year 8C – Saints 14 defeated by Concordia C 25
I can proudly say that we did our best. Playing Concordia was a challenge as their defence was strong, they had efficient ball movement and whilst both sides made it into a scoring position as often as each other, Concordia’s conversion rate was higher. Although we had a few great intercepts, used plenty of communication and ran as fast as we could, it wasn’t quite enough to take home another win. The game was very competitive and evenly matched but unfortunately Concordia ran away from us in the last quarter. We know what to work on and what worked very well. – Eva Young

Year 8D – Saints 22 defeated by Concordia D 24
The match got off to a great start with Saints getting plenty of turnovers and leading at quarter-time.  We managed to maintain this lead by a narrow margin and led at half-time due to excellent working in the mid-court. It was a tight second half, with every girl giving their all and working hard to turn the ball over, but unfortunately Concordia led by two at the final whistle.  – Lucy Moten 

Year 7A – Saints 29 defeated Wilderness 13
Our defence was excellent, resulting in many of Wilderness’ passes being intercepted. Shooters did very well, working on their form and technique throughout the match. Mid court did a fantastic job bringing the ball down, which led shooters to have more opportunities to go for goal. Our teamwork has improved, which all of us should be proud of. Well done girls on a great win! Bring on the next match. – Georgia Mallick

Year 7B – Saints 25 defeated Wilderness 24
This was a great game against Wilderness. All players worked really well passing through the court, we all listened to the Coach and took it on when we were playing. The girls off-court were very supportive and made sure everyone was positive. All this hard work payed off and we won a great game.  – Annie Bui

Year 4 Blue – Saints 28 defeated Wilderness 4
The game against Wilderness was an incredible win for Saints. The girls played with so much effort and drive that they ended up winning by over 20 goals. The defence was strong and the leads for the ball are continuing to improve every game. Well done to all. – Mia Humphrey

Year 4 White – Saints 1 defeated by Seymour 14
The girls played really well but unfortunately they were defeated. All of them tried their best and kept their heads held high. The stand outs were Chyndelle Capobianco, Grace Mayen and Charlotte Hocking but all girls did very well. Despite not having training in the lead up, they played a very tough and competitive match. Well done girls!  – Anda Ceplite 

Year 4 – Saints 16 defeated Wilderness 1
Due to low numbers, the girls had to play multiple positions. Despite this, everyone put in an amazing effort with some great teamwork being displayed on the court, resulting in a high score. Emily Bates was excellent in defence, making many intercepts. Lucy Tulloch and Savannah Walls worked well together in attack, having multiple shots on goal. Thank you to Pollyanna Townsend for filling in this week with the shortage of numbers. Well done girls! – Chelsea Walls


Open A – Saints 1 defeated by Mercedes 2
The girls faced a tough game but despite the defeat, they displayed promising signs of development, as they have all season. Olivia Law scored our goal through determination in chasing down the Mercedes defence line and keeper. Lucy Benn was once again outstanding in defence and, along with Talah Gobell, stopped many of Mercedes’ opportunities. It was an unfortunate scoreline, but I’m confident heading into the next game that the team will be able to secure a win. – Dom Rigby (Captain)

Open B – Saints 0 defeated by Pulteney 6
The girls came up against a very strong Pulteney team. They tried for the whole game and never gave up. Special mention to Becky Ratnayake and Matilda Braithwaite. – Peter Krantis (Coach)

Middle A – Saints 0 defeated by Woodcroft 5
A very hard game against Woodcroft. In saying that, I believe tactically we played the best game of this season. The player development of this team has shot up and I’m very proud of the girls.

Enews – Week 9, Term 2 2018

Issue no. 20Enews-banner

From the Principal

Last week, I was privileged to attend a presentation by American icon Billie Jean King. A champion for social change and equality, she created new inroads for all genders in sport and beyond during her legendary career and she continues to make her mark today. In partnership with Teneo in 2014, she launched the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative to address inclusion and diversity issues in the workplace. The gender pay gap has been a significant focus of her work with figures in her home country indicating women are paid an average of 80 cents on the dollar compared with men.

The gender pay gap is even greater in retail, where women make an average of 70 cents on the dollar compared with men. She decided to tackle this head on and her company engaged coffee chain Starbucks in a partnership with the aim of addressing pay inequality within its organisation. In March, Starbucks announced that it had reached 100 percent gender and race pay equity among all US employees in similar roles. Pay equity is a complex issue that requires analysis and investment to achieve and vigilance to maintain but the Starbucks case study shows it can be done.

The most recent estimates by the World Economic Forum indicate that the global economic gender gap will take 217 years to close. That is, parity won’t be obtained until 2235! As the graph below indicates, the pay gap in Australia was heading in the right direction.

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But despite the slow and steady progress made towards gender equality in recent years, 2017 was not a success. In fact, the gap between men and women across health, education, politics and economics widened for the first time since records began in 2006.

Interestingly, new research from the UK suggests the gender pay gap starts long before entering the world of work. A study of just over 500 parents and children released in May found boys get more pocket money than girls for both household chores and good behaviour rewards. On average, boys receive £6.99 for carrying out household chores, while girls only get £4.67. The survey, carried out by Santander, also found a big difference between the amount children are paid for good behaviour, with boys getting £8.28 compared with girls only getting £4.18.

At the other end of the spectrum, as women hit retirement, there is a large discrepancy in superannuation, as illustrated below:

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An abundance of evidence shows that women face structural barriers at work. Gender bias and rigid gender norms perpetuate traditional leadership cultures that reinforce obstacles to women’s advancement. Women are routinely judged as less qualified and competent than men. Trying to teach women to fit into a system in which talent and value are often implicitly coded as ‘male’ has, so far, failed.

Earlier this year, I spoke to the Middle and Senior School girls on the topic of feminism. For the record, feminism by definition is, “the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities.” It’s the theory of political, economic and social equality of the sexes. It’s a belief system that will quite simply make the world a better place. Feminism is not designed to deliver instead of men or more than men but the same as men and alongside men. Clearly, these figures indicate that feminism is not a word we don’t need anymore. There is no use-by-date to feminism. We need to own this word, we need to own this movement. Demanding answers and fuelling debate – that’s the real essence of feminism. We can’t leave it up to the Billie Jean Kings of the world. There must be collective action and shared responsibility for driving gender parity. We all have a role to play.

Staffing News

At the end of this term, we farewell Pam Reid from the ELC. She has been teaching with us since 2015 and we wish her well in her new endeavours. Kate Mount, Director of Early Learning, will take some much-deserved long service leave in Term 3 and Kirsty Porplycia will act in her role during this time. Anna Stefopoulos also commences long service leave during Term 3, and we wish Sarah English all the best as she begins maternity leave. Parents will already have received email communication alerting them to teacher changes that have occurred as a consequence of these staff movements.

Science Centre

Demolition works will continue over the holiday period, making the footprint for the new building clear. Please note that the School and ELC will be closed on Monday 9 July while our electricity infrastructure is upgraded. The Science Centre project is currently in the detailed design phase with our architects and I hope to bring you more images in the term ahead.

Best wishes for the holidays and I look forward to welcoming the girls back to school on Tuesday 24 July.

Julia Shea


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Highlights of Term 2

We caught up with some of our students to share their reflections on a busy and successful Term 2:

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Newest Saints Girls

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

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

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

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Life’s a Picnic for Year 12 and ELC

This week, our Community Service Prefect Dominique organised a picnic for the ELC children and the Year 12 girls. Together, they ate their lunches and enjoyed many fun games such as ‘What’s The Time Mr Wolf?’ and ‘Duck, Duck, Goose!’

This fun experience saw Year 12 Selwyn and Kennion students joining the School’s youngest members during Home Group. The Patteson and Kilburn Year 12s will attend a second event next term, maintaining interaction between ELC students and older girls in preparation for the transition to the ‘big school’.

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Creativity on Show at ARTSCollab

Without doubt, the highlight of my term was Wednesday night’s ARTSCollab, a showcase of Middle School Music, Drama, Dance and Visual Arts merged together to make one highly creative, very entertaining presentation. My vision was to give students a chance to perform on stage and hopefully discover a thrill for doing so.

It was also important to communicate all the wonderful learning opportunities the girls have encountered during their lessons to our community: from song writing, to dance routines to self-devised (and often hilarious) plays. What a way to wrap up a busy term!

Kate Burnett
Head of Arts

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Lofty Times at Year 12 Retreat

W9 Year 12 Retreat

Our Class of 2018 is on a high after completing the two-day Year 12 Retreat at Mount Lofty.

The girls enjoyed the great outdoors with a hike up to the summit, worked collaboratively during team building activities and were fortunate to hear words of wisdom from some inspiring Old Scholars. They had an incredible experience together which will no doubt hold them in good stead as they prepare to complete their studies and look towards life beyond school.

The retreat forms part of our Outdoor and Experiential Education Program which complements the School’s #EMPOWHER wellbeing initiative by giving girls life and study skills for now and into the future.

“It’s humanised the whole Year 12 experience where you don’t have to feel like you have everything under control at all times because everyone goes through their stresses and that’s okay. It was a chance to take a break and reflect on how far we’ve come but also what we still have to go and how we make the most of it and appreciate the opportunities we still have. – Antonia Kirsten-Parsch

“It’s collectively a great time to be a whole grade and not, for once, having to worry about work. I loved hearing from the Old Scholars, especially as someone who doesn’t really know what I want to do, it’s great to hear that they were in the same space as me.” – Olivia Compare 

Many thanks to the following Old Scholars who volunteered their time to speak with our students:

Jess Gurner (Patteson ’10), Katherine Schultz (Kilburn ’11), Mia Shepherdson (Kilburn ’13), Rebecca Slimming (Kennion ’13), Sophie Fry (Patteson ’15).

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Saints Girl Delivers Winning Speech

W9 Aditi

Year 11 student Aditi Tamhankar recently had great success in the Probus Public Speaking Competition. We asked her to recap her experience:

“The competition aims to get Year 11 students speaking about topics that matter to young people. Contestants had to present a 6-minute prepared speech as well as a 3-minute impromptu speech which was written with only 10 minutes’ preparation time.

I spoke about the plight of vulnerable children of war in my prepared speech and about ‘Incredible Futures’ in my impromptu speech. The standard of speeches was extremely high, and some excellent topics were discussed.

I was thrilled when they announced I was the winner and received the Don Neill Memorial Trophy on behalf of the School.”

Aditi Tamhankar
Year 11 student

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Year 6s Impressed by Impressionism

W9 Year 6 Art Excursion

Year 6 artists attended the Colours of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia, as part of their Visual Arts study into landscape painting and impressionism.

The exhibition includes more than 65 impressionist masterpieces from the renowned collection of the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.

It charts the revolution of colour that lies at the very heart of impressionism and includes master works by Monet, Renoir, Manet, Morisot, Pissarro and Cézanne.

The girls all found the exhibition very inspiring!

Sarah Casson
Junior School Art Teacher

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Year 8s and ELC Go Hi-Tech

W9 ELC + Tech

For the past few weeks, the Year 8AST Digital Technologies class has been developing a lesson in technology that could be shared with the children in the ELC Hallett Room. The students listened to guidance from ELC staff and children about the best method to teach new technology in an age-appropriate way.

During a visit to the Maker Space, the Hallett Room friends discovered how to draw a picture on the iPad and laser cut it. They also navigated through a storytelling adventure using Bee-Bots and Sphero Balls, visited planets in our solar system using Sphero Balls and learnt how to make Ada, the ELC Humanoid Robot, walk and talk.

The Year 8s loved the opportunity to buddy-up with an ELC friend and act as teachers for the lesson. The ELC children enjoyed making new friends and learning about new technologies.

Monique Green
Digital Technologies and Coding Teacher

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A Message from the Patteson House Captain

W9 Patteson

At a glance, nine weeks seems like a quiet term, but the grounds and calendars of Saints Girls have been anything but. Free from big Interhouse and whole-School events, Term 2 has been packed with smaller initiatives and activities, focussed on inter-year level interaction and improving awareness.

This year’s overarching Prefect theme is “Dare to be…”, and many of the individual and group Prefect initiatives are linked to this theme. The ‘Dare To’ bucket list was continued, dishing out a set of 20 objectives to each Sub-School. The list was completed in record time, and the students thoroughly enjoyed a new set of challenges that pushed them to get to know other students, learn new skills and work as a team. International Student Prefect Erica Reid spearheaded this term’s Prefect focus, “Dare to be…Aware”. This initiative saw a series of talks from girls and teachers with international heritage and opened students’ eyes to the stories of Australian people from different cultures. Erica, Zaina Khan, Candy Feng and Ms Stefopoulos all spoke honestly about their experiences in Australia, touching on topics like the impact of words, the result of propagating negative stereotypes, bullying due to differences and the importance of acceptance. Students will undoubtedly walk away from this term more aware of those around them.

Lucy Cox’s ‘Open SRC’ saw its first assembly slot, where she reported on the SRC’s addressing of Tuck Shop prices and clocks in the Middle School. The initiative targets recurring school issues students feel have been poorly addressed or communicated in the past and involves the whole School in the process of addressing the problem, increasing the transparency of the SRC.

Emma Bleby, the Debating and Public Speaking Prefect, coordinated the first Interhouse debating competition to great success!

The House Captains organised an Interhouse frisbee tournament during a House meeting, daring the girls to participate. With no shield and no pressure, all girls were able to enjoy participating, both watching and playing, in a more relaxed environment.

Chapel Prefect Cate Neale began collection of food and blankets for The Magdalene Centre, which will continue into next term. This initiative takes the Christian belief of helping and giving to others and incorporates it into daily school life and Chapel Services. Furthermore, students now have a direct connection to those who are in need, and upon seeing the collection baskets and those who have contributed, can reflect on the lives of disadvantaged Australians.

The new and unique initiatives that continued or commenced this term have been successful and were well-received by the students. These events and ideas allow the Prefects to create change in their areas and utilise their leadership for the benefit of the School. Next term will undoubtedly be busy with Spirit Weeks, House Dinners and Sports Day. After a few weeks of rest, the girls will surely be ready for another action-packed term!

Beth Cross
Patteson House Captain

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Enviro Club Shwops Clothes for a Cause

W9 Clothes Shwop

Recently, the Environment Club held a ‘Clothes Shwop’. The girls were asked to look in their wardrobes and start cleaning out any items they no longer wore or wanted but were still in good condition. Students were given tokens based on the number of items they donated, which were entered into a draw to win a $100 Westfield gift voucher. The winner was Year 10 Lucy Young.

The Clothes Shwop operated with fitting rooms and mirrors over two lunchtimes and many girls happily walked away with various items.

We would like to thank everyone who made this event a huge success. A big thank you to the Property Services team who set up the “shwop” on both days.

All items not selected by students were donated to St Vinnies, Norwood. St Vinnies greatly appreciated the four big bags full of clothing, letting us know that their donations are at an all time low at the moment. It might be a good opportunity for the rest of our community to clean out the wardrobes over the holidays.

The Environment Club

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Special Visit for Junior Orchestra

W9 Music

Last Wednesday, we were lucky to have composer Karen de Nardi drop in to work with our Junior Orchestra on her composition “Heroes and Villains”. She has published many of her works and, although well-known for her string compositions, she is also a talented violist.

It was wonderful to have her explain to our junior musicians the story behind her composition, her vision for this piece, as well as help perfect the technical considerations needed to capture the contrasting moods of this exciting composition.

Sari Noble
Acting Director of Music

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Budding Young Composers

What you will find if you step into one of our Music classrooms is a vibrant, rigorous and challenging curriculum. The Middle School curriculum has been designed to strengthen not only practical performance skills, theoretical understanding and historical context, but to also highlight the application of these skills through creativity – primarily composition and song writing.

Our song writing process begins in Year 6 when our students work together to write their own Year 6 Graduation Song. They brainstorm key ideas, play with lyrics, experiment with melodic ideas and harmonies, and learn about the fundamental structures behind a well-written song.

In Year 7, these ideas are then consolidated and combined with Music technology.  Garage Band is used to record and create effective backing tracks for compositions while also providing a wonderful tool for experimenting with drum loops, virtual instruments and arranging.

In Year 8, students learn about rhythm section (piano, guitar, bass and drums) and can then create live backings and arrangements, whilst in Year 9, girls take their composing one step further by using the music publishing tool Sibelius to notate their composition as a fully-fledged arrangement.

Under the guidance of Robyn Habel, who is herself a talented song writer, we have seen the emergence of many budding young composers in the Middle School, and it is exciting to witness the level of creativity that is beginning to evolve as students take risks in their experimentation. This year, several of our students will be entering their compositions in the Young Composers’ Award including Year 9 student Emeshe Robson and a group composition from Year 7 students Stella Rasheed, Monika Ceplitis and Alicia Toh.

Sari Noble
Acting Director of Music

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Upcoming House Dinners

Annual House Dinners

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

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

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

Kennion House Dinner
Theme: Celebrations
3 August (Week 2)
Book now:

Kilburn House Dinner
Theme: Coachella
10 August (Week 3)
Book now:

Selwyn House Dinner
Theme: Hollywood – A Night at the Oscars
24 August (Week 5)
Book now:

Patteson House Dinner
Theme: What I wanted to be when I was three
31 August (Week 6)
Book now:

Year 12 House Captains

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Mamma Mia! Movie Fundraiser

W8 FOA Mamma Mia Movie Night_eNews Banner

Join us on Saturday 28 July for an ABBA-solutely fantastic time at the MAMMA MIA 2: Here We Go Again movie fundraiser.

The Regal Theatre
275 Kensington Road
Kensington Park
Drinks: 1.30pm
Movie: 2pm

Tickets are $22 per person and include a champagne or soft drink as well as FruChocs on arrival.

Tickets via

We hope to see you there!

Friends of the Arts

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Prized School Visit

W9 Prized School Visit

As part of an exclusive experience auctioned at last year’s Long Lunch, the School welcomed parent Emma Robinson for a special behind-the-scenes visit day last week.

“It went above my expectations. I especially enjoyed having a tour of the Property Services shed with Paul, and appreciated the hands-on approach to the demolition and preparation for the new Science Centre.

“I loved re-visiting and re-engaging with the ELC and seeing its metamorphosis from when we began there 10 years ago. It felt like going back, but going forward.

“The format was very well done, from having Julia’s park for the day, to welcoming the students and speaking in Chapel.”

Emma’s talk in Chapel about the benefits of volunteering to local communities such as ours was well received by the students.

She says the visit was a fantastic prize and encourages everyone to get behind the auction items at this year’s Long Lunch in September.

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Tempt Your Senses at The Long Lunch

The Long Lunch

Sunday 23 September, 12 – 5pm

Tempt your senses as we embark on a Spanish Fiesta at The Long Lunch, indulging in Spanish food and wine in a marquee along the path to our Chapel at St Peter’s Girls’ School.

Seats are limited, so book now:  

St Peter’s Girls’ Foundation

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Order Your 2018 | 2019 Entertainment Membership

W5 Entertainment Book

Exciting news! Until the end of the month, everyone who purchases an Entertainment Membership through our online order page will receive the choice of FREE Postage OR a BONUS $10 Woolworths WISH eGift Card! Offer ends tomorrow at midnight.

As a St Peter’s Girls’ School Parents’ and Friends’ Association fundraiser, part-proceeds from every book sold will go to a special element of our Master Plan which will be announced soon.

You can order via the form at the Front Office or pre-purchase online: Order your Entertainment Book here!

The Parents’ and Friends’ Association

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Junior School Vacation Care

W7 Vacation Care

Our next installment of Vacation Care is almost here. We have three weeks of activities guaranteed to keep the children entertained through the break. With an array of excursions and on-site adventures, there is plenty of fun to be had.

Some of our home-based days will include an indoor glamping party and jewellery making!

Vacation Care – July 2018 Program

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

*Please note: the School will be closed on Monday 9 July due to an electricity upgrade, so Vacation Care will not operate that day.

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School Shop Opening Hours

The School Shop will be closed for most of the holiday break, but will be open on Friday 20 July from 9am to 4pm, and on Monday 23 July from 9am to 4pm.  Normal hours will resume on Tuesday 24 July.

Sue Burnett
School Shop Manager

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Winter Interhouse Meal Deal

W9 Winter Interhouse Meal Deal

The Winter Interhouse will be held on Saturday August 11 and, to feed the hungry players and supporters, the Saints Sport Support Group is providing breakfast!

Parents, give yourselves the morning off from making breakfast and let us do it for you.

Meals can be purchased from the BBQ area, just follow the yummy smells from 8 – 10.30am.

This year, we’re offering delicious egg and bacon sandwiches, sausages in bread and a variety of beverages. Food options start at $2.

Cash and EFTPOS facilities will be available to purchase your Winter Interhouse meal.

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Sports Uniform Reminder

W4 Sport Uniforms

Currently, a number of students are continuing to wear outdated PE/Sports uniform items including culottes and polo tops. This clothing has not been stocked in the School Shop for five years and is not part of our current uniform guidelines. Please ensure your daughter is not wearing these items at the commencement of Term 3. We thank you for your support in this matter.

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Sports News

W9 Sport


We wish to extend our congratulations to the following students who have made State and National teams:

Netball: Willow Stewart-Rattray (Year 7) has been selected in the 12 and under State Netball Team and will compete in Darwin from 15 – 22 September. Our Netball Director Alice Johnswood will also be travelling as a Team Coach.

Volleyball: Charlotte White (Year 11) will be travelling to the USA as a member of the Australian Junior Volleyball Team from 24 July to 1 August.

Hockey: Molly Dwyer (Year 6) will be travelling to Newcastle from 12 – 17 August to compete in the Primary School National Hockey Carnival.

Cross Country: Chloe Richardson (Year 4) has been selected to compete in the National Primary Schools Cross Country Championships on the Sunshine Coast from 24 – 27 August.

Swimming: Lauren Pearce (Year 5), Tara Young (Year 8), Lara Wakeham (Year 9) and Grace Sampson (Year 11) will all be competing for South Australia in the School Sport Australia Swimming Championships in Hobart from 25 – 31 July.

Four Saints Girls will take part in an exhibition relay at the Swimming Australia Pan-Pacific Trials and we wish Thandi Murada, Grace Sampson, Stephanie Smalls and Tara Young the best of luck when they compete on 2 July.

AFL – (Aussie Rules)

Open – Saints 3.2 = 20 defeated Pulteney 0.0 = 0
A strong defensive display by Saints saw them win strongly over a spirited Pulteney team. The game was quite even through the centre of the field, however Thandi Murada, Olivia Harby and Holly Cunningham were able to provide the clearances and run that was required to keep the ball moving to our forwards. An improvement in the girls’ ability to lead saw more effective ball movement and our forwards were able to take some effective marks inside 50m. Defensively, our team was strong, led well by Lulu Tierney, Ellie Anderson and Ebony-Jade Nash Smith. It was some of the best football the girls have played, and especially impressive considering there was only one player on the bench for the game, with some key players missing. An excellent display by all involved, and the improvement in skills and game style was highly evident. Goals scored by Millie Wilkin, Thandi Murada and Paris Robinson. – Holly Cunningham (Captain)

Middle – Saints 4.6 = 30 defeated Pulteney 0.0 = 0
The Middle School team had its breakthrough win against Pulteney. A focus at training recently has been awareness of our opponents and position on the field to make sure that they don’t get uncontested possessions and easy goals. It was fantastic to see our girls put this into action in a match. Their endeavour, enthusiasm and competitiveness have been excellent all season and this, combined with good ball use and defending, enabled them to hold Pulteney scoreless while kicking four goals themselves. Saskia Jonats and Keeley Fahey each scored two goals. Best players were Anda Ceplite, Kellie Bested, Lily-Rose Spartalis and Saskia Jonats. – Brian Parson (Coach)


This week saw our top teams play against one another. Despite some tough matches, the A1 and B1 teams came out on top, and we commend each girl for putting in 110% effort and having fun. These were our last games for this term and the teams have set the bar high, so we look forward to watching everyone progress next term. – Erica Reid and Cate Neale (Co-Captains)

A1 – Saints 6 defeated Saints A2 0
Best players: Amy Li, Cate Neale, Laura Sivewright, Gloria Gao

A2 – Saints 0 defeated by Saints A1 6
Best players: Lola Diamond, Charlene Lee

B1 – Saints 4 defeated Saints B2 2
Best players: Tiffany Zhou, Amanda Fang

B2 – Saints 2 defeated by Saints B1 4
Best players: Yujia Sun, Michelle Yeoh

C – Saints 5 defeated Immanuel 1
Best players: Ruby Richards, Millie Han

D – Saints 6 defeated Immanuel 0
Best players: Charlotte Stewart, Natacha Zisos Troupakis, Isabelle Reynolds, Vanessa Pols

E – Saints 6 defeated Wilderness 3
Best players: Olivia Tenten, Grace Reynolds


Open A – Saints 0 defeated by Seymour 3
It was an unfortunate loss but the team played really well, having most of the possession. We had multiple outcomes in the circle resulting in several short corners, although were unable to score. The determination and strength we showed in defence and through the midfield resulted in Seymour scoring from only runaway balls. Despite the score, it did not reflect the true persistence, drive and teamwork every player displayed today: definitely our best game yet! – Carla Lawrence (Captain) 

Open B – Saints 2 defeated Seymour 0
Saints had many goal opportunities but were unable to convert. Our new recruit, Molly Dwyer (Year 6) scored both goals for Saints. Georgina Keough, Bridgett Leach and Molly all linked up together in the midfield which created many opportunities up forward. Saints Girls are continuously improving each week. – Tash Hammond (Coach)


Under 18 – Saints 7 defeated by Woodville 15
Unfortunately, the Under 18s did not play to their full ability or at peak competitiveness and subsequently lost by 8 goals to Woodville. Despite being a game well within our reach as we are close on the ladder, we were not mentally prepared for a competitive game.  Goal scorers were Sophie Auricht, Steph Smalls, Portia Maerschel and Hattie Maerschel. Izzy Norman did an excellent job fighting as goalie and stopped many of the opposition’s shots. I urge all players to continue to practise during the holidays so we can return next term and have many more successful games. – Sophie Auricht (Captain)

Under 13 – Saints 15 defeated East Torrens / Payneham 11
The girls started the match particularly well. Alannah Godfrey (Year 5) did a great job at leading to the ball to be the next pass. In defence, Maddy Lisle (Year 7) was the back up on several ground balls to help cause turnovers. Zoe Pool (Year 6), in attack, did well at getting the ball and being aggressive at the goal. In addition, Dani Cox (Year 6) shot some great goals using her dodging skills. At half time, the score was even and the girls needed to work on passing to those who were free and shoot around the goalie. Jenna Maione (Year 6) and Ashlyn May (Year 6) did well in flicking the ball to themselves. All of the girls also worked hard to stick to their players in defence. Lara Maione (Year 5) and Alannah were our goalies. Goal scorers were Dani (3), Alannah (4), Jenna (1) and Ashlyn (7). Best players were Alannah, Zoe, Ashlyn and Maddie. – Lucy Martin (Coach)

Under 11 – Saints 5 defeated St Aloysius 1
The girls demonstrated great teamwork, as well as an exceptional improvement in stick skills. Best players this week were Claris Stolcman, Ella Pearce and Amelia Lively – some of the youngest girls in our team who, despite their age, were very enthusiastic and helped lead the team to success. In the future, we will look at improving our passes in attack, tighter defence and stronger goal shooting. Well done girls on another well-deserved win, and massive thank you to Tim who coached the second half of the game while I had to umpire. – Sophie Auricht (Coach)


Junior Interhouse
On Monday 26 June, the Year 5/6 netballers participated in the annual Interhouse Netball Competition. The teams were well organised by the Year 6 Netball Captains and our student coaches assisted in coaching, umpiring and scoring. A high level of skill was displayed by all and matches were played in the right spirit with lots of cheering and clapping! The winning House boiled down to the final match played between Selwyn and Kilburn, who were both undefeated. Selwyn came out the eventual winners after a very tough match. Well done to all involved.

Round 1
Patterson 4 def by Kilburn 6
Kennion 6 def by Selwyn 7

Round 2
Patterson 5 def by Selwyn 11
Kennion 2 def by Kilburn 6

Round 3
Kennion 3 drew with Patterson 3
Selwyn 11 def Kilburn 4

1st – Selwyn
2nd – Kilburn
=3rd – Patterson & Kennion

Open A – Saints 24 defeated by Pulteney 30
The Open As played a tough game and it was goal for goal until the fourth quarter when Pulteney took every opportunity to score. Saints played a tight one-on-one defensive game and work hard each quarter. In the third quarter, we made enough ground through intercepts and rebounds in defence but were unable to convert as Pulteney’s strategies prevented girls scoring. Best players were Charlotte White, Hannah Freeman and Brooke Elliott for their constant effort in defence. Their hands were up over the ball at every opportunity, consistently fighting for rebounds and smoothly transitioning the ball from defence to attack. Saints played a difficult game but constantly reviewed plays to maximise scoring opportunities. Good work girls. – Ebony-Jade Nash-Smith

Open B – Saints 29 drew with Pulteney
This was an absolutely fantastic game with an extremely tight score throughout. The girls played an amazing and high intensity match and really kept their heads up and remained positive during the entire game. Tesse Parker and Ehi Oyugbo showed that they deserved their spot on the team by each playing an awesome game. Well done girls, you all played really well. Keep up the good work. – Lulu Tierney

Open C – Saints 37 defeated by Pulteney 42
Saints were missing key players across each of the thirds and it took the girls until the second quarter to settle into the game, with many poor passes and mistakes in the first quarter. They finished the game strong but it wasn’t enough to recover. – Emma Weber

Open D – Saints defeated Pulteney (on forfeit)

Open E – Saints 34 defeated by Seymour 45
The Year 12 social team played with a strong level of determination, creating a close match despite an overall loss. Thank you to those stepping outside their comfort zones by filling in as centre and a special mention to Zara Stefani who played for us in the last quarter after already completing another netball match. Congratulations to Dominique Rigby for getting multiple goals when trying her hand at shooting! Outstanding defence work was also delivered by Chanel Stefani, as well excellent shooting and leading by Ava Loechel. Great teamwork was demonstrated by the players, despite facing a tough opposition, and a great match was played overall. – Lauren Hernan

Year 10C – Saints 15 defeated by Seymour 50
The 10Cs had a competitive match against Seymour and showed hard work and determination. During the first half, the girls proved to be adjusting to the bitterly cold weather, and Imogen Parkinson played an exceptional role in defence with many intercepts. Mid-court players Catlin Fidler and Clair Kao played really well in attack despite Seymour’s strong defence. Changing the positions in the last quarter had a positive effect on the game, allowing a higher scoring quarter. With Charlotte Sellars in goals and Faye Ma in defence, we were able to turn the ball over and score some goals. The end result certainly did not reflect the girls’ endurance throughout the whole match, with a well-played game. – Zara Stefani

Year 9A – Saints 43 defeated Pulteney 21
Our first half wasn’t at our usual high level but we improved steadily in the second half of the game to be back up to speed. Our defenders did a really good job of keeping the ball out of the ring as much as possible and our attackers did an amazing job attacking and defending. As a team, I would say this has been the best game of the season so far. – Olivia Kelly

Year 9B – Saints 7 defeated by Pulteney 21
Even though we lost, it was the best game we have played so far and I am so proud of every single girl in our team. We stayed positive and cheered each other on throughout. We moved all the positions around each quarter and, by the end of the game, we solidified which girls were best suited for their position. I can genuinely say that I was impressed by everyone’s efforts and I can’t wait to see how we progress as a team throughout the rest of the season. – Thuhansa Hattotuwa

Year 8A – Saints 69 defeated Pulteney 9
It was an exceptional win and we dominated in all positions across the court. It is difficult to nominate best players as we all excelled. Our passing was fast, hard and accurate as we moved the ball quickly along the court. We intercepted many of the other team’s passes which we turned into goals. There were no mistakes in any quarter and we kept the momentum up for the whole game. We kept calling for the ball and our communication was fantastic. If we keep this and our pace up, we will remain a formidable team. Congratulations to everyone as we all contributed 100% for the entire game. – Toni Christiansen

Year 8B – Saints 28 defeated by Pulteney 30
Our girls played an amazing game despite a narrow loss. Our second and fourth quarters were the highlights, with good defence and shooting. I was incredibly proud of how the girls managed to reduce the margin by 9 to being only 2 down. The girls in attacking positions worked the ball down to the goal ring and then the shooters shot some good goals. The defensive side of the court kept the ball out of Pulteney’s goal ring and made many turn overs. The girls should be very proud of how they played. – Chloe Venning

Year 8C – Saints 26 defeated by Immanuel 28
Everyone in the team played absolutely amazing, I think it was the best game we have played so far. Our defence was really strong, Anika Bruin had a huge number of intercepts and Charlotte Adams took all the rebounds. In the centre third, Chase Hocking made so many intercepts and played extremely well. Letitia Page-Thomson was really good as she kept in front of her player and Eva Young also did a great job in the goals as she dodged to gain better position. Annie Bradshaw was good at sticking to her player and moving into the space. Everyone in the team played extremely well and we all put a lot of effort in. – Annie Bafile

Year 8D – Saints 34 defeated Immanuel 3
Our team played very cooperatively and even got to do our first winners cheer. The game started off well in the first two quarters as the score rose, keeping our opposition at 0. By the third quarter, Saints had a very good lead which allowed Immanuel to have each centre pass, but even this only gained Immanuel 2 or 3 goals. In the last quarter, Saints players changed around positions with the shooters in centre court and defence, and mid courts moving into shooting roles. This gave us all a chance to try new positions. Throughout the game, we were exceptional in shooting and turn-overs as we dominated the centre third. – Caitlin Middelberg

Year 7A – Saints 56 defeated Pulteney 8
It was a really fun match and the team worked together well. Our shooters led both in and out of the circle with lots of good shots; our mid-court worked the ball up and had some good passes; and the defenders stayed tight on their players ending in several intercepts. Overall, everyone had a good game and it was a nice end to the term. – Ellie Humphrey

Year 7B – Saints had a bye

Year 6 Blue – Saints 17 defeated Wilderness White 9
Coaches: Karen Braund, Char Parker, Eleanor Pyne and Charlotte Adams

Year 6 Silver – Saints 16 defeated Wilderness Gold 4
The team played a great game. A big well done to Amy Dillon who passed and led brilliantly on court, also to Olivia Oakes who defended and used her voice very well, and to Steph Andrejewskis and Lydia Burrough for their outstanding defensive circle work. This has been the best game the team has played, and we are very impressed with the girls’ improvements this season. – Brooke Elliott

Year 6 White – Saints 6 defeated by Wilderness Pink 8
Zoe Graves continued to show her ability to predict play and was constantly a pass option by coming forward to the ball and finding space to lead into. Jenna Maione was strong and determined as always and she, along with several of the players, intercepted many of the opposition passes. It was great to see all the girls attempting to use shoulder passes where suitable and they often set themselves up to be able to drive forward to the ball more often than before, which reduced crowding on court. With a couple of ‘super goals,’ everyone contributed to this positive result and finished the season on a high note! – Alice Johnswood

Year 5 – Saints 18 defeated Wilderness White 3


Year 6/7 – Saints 1 drew with Pembroke 1
The team played Pembroke earlier in the season and lost 3-nil. In this game, they started really well, dominating the midfield which enabled them to take a 1-nil lead at half-time. In the second half, Pembroke scored early when the team did not clear the ball in defence. But they never gave up, creating plenty of scoring options, without much luck. Special mention to Molly Johnson who was goal keeper for the entire game and did a fantastic job. Well done girls. – Peter Krantis (Coach)

Year 5 – Saints 4 defeated Wilderness (Year 6) 3
The girls had a strong start with Levanya De Silva having one of her best games of the season, scoring a hat trick and playing amazingly in the midfield. The other goal scorer was Olivia Reynolds who converted while playing up front for the first time as well as being a crucial part of the midfield. Charli Young, Matilda Powell and Angelina Daskalos all made numerous saves in goals and really helped hold off Wilderness from scoring. It was great to see all the girls give goalie a try through the season. Overall, the girls should be really proud of their efforts as they have come so far as a team. Their attitude at training and games have been phenomenal, and they are always ready to play but, of course, have fun.  – Siena Kulinski

Year 3/4 – Saints 4 defeated Wilderness Pink 2
This game marked the end of our season and the girls were keen to finish with another win. They were again required to fill positions for the opposition which they were really happy to do. The game started at an extraordinary pace and, before half-time, we had a 3 goals to nil lead. Fantastic play across the pitch got the ball to Emily Bates who scored all three goals for St Peter’s Girls. To make the game more interesting, Emily Bates and Alyssa Piantedosi played for Wilderness in the second half. Showing excellent character, these girls tried really hard and Alyssa Piantedosi managed to score two goals against Sophia Holoviak. Our defence played extremely well and it was really positive to see Evelyn Gautier, Lyra Cox, Jiahui Zhang and Isabella Lochowiak play their best games for the season. To cap off the game, in the final half with the score 3-2 in our favour, Diya Bhinder managed to score her first goal for the season. Well done to all the girls for their contributions, it would be great to see you back again next year for another season! – Mark Routley (Coach)

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