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Enews – Week 10, Term 1 2017

Issue no. 10
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From the Director of Teaching and Learning

Meredith BeckEnhancing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at St Peter’s Girls.

We are a strong STEM school. This strength is built on the demanding disciplines of Mathematics and the Sciences and enhanced through advances in curriculum and 21st century competencies within these subjects. We are also invested in the growth of the Design and Digital Technologies and the integration of this core subject across the curriculum. Innovations, including robotics and coding, and the introduction of subjects such as GEMS (Girls in Engineering and Mathematics), Forensic Science and Psychology further the development of STEM. This year 68% of our graduates accepted offers into STEM-related courses.

Is this enough? We think not. Our health, our homes, our relationships with family and friends, our jobs, our leisure and our futures are all profoundly shaped by technological innovation and the discoveries of Mathematics and Science. It is incumbent on us at St Peter’s Girls to afford the very best in education by enhancing STEM capabilities and exploring these applications in the real world.

To this end, we have developed a STEM philosophy from ELC to Year 12 and mapped STEM across and within subjects and year levels. Our three year strategy will build on current successes (for example SUBS in Schools, eChallenge, the Coding Club) and focus on areas and year levels where STEM needs further development. We will introduce initiatives to ensure that all students have a meaningful, progressive and futures-orientated engagement with STEM.

Exciting and recent developments include the design of the Maker Space within the new Middle School. This will be a purpose-built place suitable for Junior, Middle and Senior students. The Maker Space is a hands-on environment where students’ curiosity is nurtured and where they design, collaborate, and bring their ideas to fruition. Design thinking is central to learning in the Maker Space. It is one of the ways in which we will enhance innovation and foster the development of solutions to real world problems, promote entrepreneurship and prepare our girls for possible futures.

Within the guiding principles of our STEM philosophy, there is a focus on brokering relationships with women currently working in STEM and building substantial and sustained partnerships between industry, universities and mentors. To be prepared for the world beyond school, we know that the learning of our students must take them far beyond the traditional classroom. The connections they make between the disciplines, with technology, and with industry partnerships will continue to serve them well into the future.

I look forward to seeing the percentage of our upcoming graduates who are undertaking STEM tertiary studies or related employment.

Meredith Beck
Director of Teaching and Learning

10 Main Article Photos
Charlie Rocklyn, SAAB Australia Mentor, with students Amy and Zoe, and Head of Science, Brian Parsons

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Music Department update

10 Music Department

All things music!

Wow! What a start to 2017 for the Music Department. As usual, we started our year with our annual pilgrimage to Ardrossan for Music camp. This year 88 girls, three parents and 14 staff enjoyed the three-day event. Once again, the girls had an absolute blast, learning and developing new music skills in our ensemble program. They produced an amazing concert for the Ardrossan community and parents on the Saturday. We raised $1200 for Riley Scott, a meningococcal survivor.

We have also enjoyed many wonderful guest artists and presenters this term. In Week 4 we had a Sibelius workshop for our senior girls, presented by Music Ed net. This focussed on our song-writing software and assisted the girls with the transition of our upgraded software.

In Week 10 we had a performance by up and coming contemporary artist (and ex-student of mine), Anthony Zatorski, playing modern works on toy and electronic instruments. Anthony presented his works to a varied audience ranging in ages from Reception to Year 10. It was wonderful to see that all girls were able to take something away from his one hour concert. Anthony will be studying in New York later this year, having successfully applied for a scholarship to complete his Masters in contemporary music composition and performance. We wish him all the best.

Sally Cameron, a multi ARIA award winner and past member of Idea of North, rehearsed the Jazz choirs, helping them to prepare for a concert on 9 April and Generations in Jazz in Week 1 of Term 2.

Our newest choir, Junior Jazz, will have their inaugural performance at the fundraising concert for 5MBS ‘Jazz at the PSC’. Tickets can be booked by calling the Public Schools Club on 8223 3213. The event kicks off at 12.30pm on 9 April at 207 East Tce, Adelaide.

Sophie-Louise Shearwood and Lydia Smalls were lucky enough to go to 5MBS radio in Week 8 to advertise the Jazz vocal concert on 9 April and talk all things music with the host of ‘Kaleidoscope’, one of the wonderful programs featured on 99.9FM. You can hear their interview via the podcast at 5MBS.com.

Bob Johnson, esteemed Jazz trombonist and band conductor, had two fantastic workshops with Stage Band during the term in preparation for Generations in Jazz. Over the past two years Bob has been a wonderful mentor for our band and we are excited to hear that Bob will be travelling to Generations in Jazz as a special guest this year.

On Monday evening in Week 11 we have the Twilight Strings Concert, starting at 6pm. This will feature all five of our string groups as well as some of our most talented string soloists. Tickets are $5 at the door or via www.trybooking.com/PMFZ.

The junior and intermediate strings participated in a ‘Strings Day Camp’ today at the local St David’s Church. This is the fourth day camp we have run. The girls and teachers have a full day to work on their songs, play music games, focus on bowing and aural techniques not just to prepare for our Strings Concert, but also to build a connection amongst the junior string girls and teachers in a more relaxed rehearsal environment.

We have a percussion lunchtime concert on the steps of the Arts Centre on Tuesday, Week 11, directed by Nick Parnell and featuring our three percussion ensembles.

Easter will then be upon us, and our annual Story of the Cross service, celebrating the story of Easter, will feature our full 60 piece School Orchestra. We also have our Easter Eucharist which will feature our beautiful Chamber Choir, directed by Ms Sari Noble.

It is with great excitement that we congratulate Old Scholar, Erin McKellar (Patteson ’13), who has been announced as a finalist for the James Morrison Generations in Jazz Vocal Scholarship. As such, she will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with James Morrison, performing on stage in front of 2500 participants at the Saturday evening concert. We are truly excited for Erin and wish her all the best at the Festival.

Sally Rounsevell
Director of Music

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Head of the River

10 Head of the River

Head of the River 2017 was our fifth time participating as a school and it was the first time that we had 11 crews competing. Head of the River is the pinnacle regatta of the season and it is something that every crew would like to win. Saints Girls as a school had been up there consistently all season and any of our crews could win on the day. The thing about rowing is that there are up to seven other crews who would like to do that as well, which makes the racing always exciting and, for the most part, unpredictable.

We had a great start to the regatta, with our 8B crew taking out their race. It was a very close race, with our girls coming out on top, winning by three seconds. It had to be, because the trophy, donated by Saints Girls, is called the Olympia Aldersey Trophy, and was presented by Julia Shea. For these girls, it was only their second win of the season and what a place to get it!

For our other Junior Crews, we had many placings, with quite a few of the girls rowing Head of the River for the first time and absolutely loving it. It is pretty nerve-racking rowing in a regatta like Head of the River, even though, in essence, it is just another race, but the girls always want to do well. They have all done extremely well over the season and I have witnessed all the girls develop into a great bunch of rowers, which looks very promising for seasons to come.

The Inters again did really well, with all three crews placing, beginning with the Inter C crew placing first. For these girls, it has been an up and down season but I had every confidence in them winning. They weren’t so sure but they went out and did it, which was absolutely fantastic; I don’t think they could believe it. Our Inter A and B crews also placed second and third respectively and were both really happy with how they rowed and couldn’t have given much more. These girls were great to work with all season and it will be nice to see them progress in Seniors next season.

For the Seniors, it was a regatta that could have been. Everything the Seniors have done over the year has been great. They have won more races than ever before, had girls representing the State but just couldn’t put it together on the day. For the girls, they might be disappointed about the result at Head of the River, but I am sure that when they look back on the season they will be extremely happy.

I would like to also thank everyone involved in helping getting the girls on the water, from coaches, parents, friends and the School. It has been a brilliant season and I can’t wait for 2017/18 to see Saints get even stronger.

Ben Flannagan
Director of Rowing

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Dancing her way to Sydney

10 Dancing Enews

Year 10 Stage 1 Dance student, Bree Jakupec, has an exciting few days ahead of her, so we asked her to tell us a little more about her upcoming adventures in dance.

“On Friday 7 April I will be travelling to Sydney to attend McDonald College’s three-day senior ‘Elite Masterclass Series’. I am very thankful to be granted this opportunity and I think it will be especially beneficial towards my development in Dance and will deliver me an insight into the intense, yet compelling, world of professional ballet. The course commences on 9 April and consists of three jam-packed, seven-hour days of intensive dance training. The staff that will be teaching me throughout the course include Anita Young (Royal Ballet School, London), Paul Boyd (Queensland Ballet Academy), Olivia Ansell and Gina Brescianini. I will be participating in classical ballet, repertoire, contemporary and yoga classes whilst in Sydney. I hope that from this course I can bring home multiple tips and notes from the esteemed international coaches teaching this program in order to further enhance my dance technique and performance.”

Bree Jakupec
Year 10 Stage 1 Dance student

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International student event at Latitude

10 International Student Event

On 17 March, Friday of Week 7, the first international student event of the year was held at Latitude, a place full of exciting adventures and physical activities. This was the first international student event in the School’s history that combined international students, Japanese exchange students and non-international students who were invited by international friends, aiming to create an opportunity to form strong friendships and bonds between the international and non-international students in the School.

All girls were very excited and energetic from when they first met and then departed on the bus to Latitude. There was a happy mood and lots of laughter during the long drive. At the same time, the girls got to know each other while enjoying sitting next to their close friends.

Our Latitude session started at 5pm after a short instruction from the venue staff members. Challenging activities such as rock climbing and sky walking were open for all girls for 45 minutes each. A few younger girls in Junior School impressed everyone with their amazing physical ability and experience of rock climbing, conquering every rock wall and earning cheers from both our girls and other climbers in the venue. All of the Japanese exchange students challenged themselves by climbing up and standing on the deadly wobbly poles, creating some memorable experiences as well as great photos to bring back to Japan.

During spare times in the sessions, girls went on different types of trampolines and experienced individual activities such as back flipping and challenging wall demons and playing dodge ball as fun group activities.

Overall, this event has been as a great opportunity for girls to form strong relationships while having great fun. The approach of involving non-international students in an international students’ event was greatly successful and will definitely be continued in future activities throughout the year.

Qianna Huang
International Student Captain

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Saints Café is now open for 2017!

10 Saints Cafe

Quiet your mind and let Saints Café start your day with a relaxing beverage.

Our menu includes:

• Coffee $3.50
• Tea $3.00
• Hot Chocolate $3.50
• Iced Chocolate/Coffee/Mocha $3.50
• Protein Balls $1.50

(skim, full cream, Zymil and soy milk all available)

Open to all parents, staff and students. Come by; we’d love to see you.

Open every Tuesday and Friday morning from 7.30 to 8.15am – Food Tech Centre Deck

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FAME update

9 FAME

Each week a group of enthusiastic performers gather together to learn, practise, and perfect their singing, dance routines and acting scenes as they work towards the opening night of the School musical, FAME.

We sat down with a couple of excited performers in the upcoming musical, and had them tell us a little about their experience thus far.

“In the chorus of FAME, we have been working hard, having had a Monday lunch practice and a one-hour after-school practice this week. We have been working on the song, Hard Work, and have recently started the song, There She Goes/Fame. The mood is enthusiastic as we start to see the beginning of FAME being put together. We have also started the FAME dance, which is filled with energy and excitement. We truly cannot wait to see how this musical progresses.”

Sara Peak
Year 8 student

“I’m really enjoying FAME not just because of the new experience and the excitement of performing in front of my family, but also because I get to interact with other year levels. We are bonding so much during rehearsals because you sit with new people each time and you get to talk to others about the music and scenes. Not only that, but also rehearsals are going really well and I can already feel, even though this is my first musical, that it’s going to absolutely stunning and is definitely worth seeing!”

Emily Loh
Year 9 student

Director’s Notes

As we near our final weeks of Term 1 I would like to congratulate the girls on their fabulous efforts with FAME – The Musical. We are making steady progress with our choreography and the chorus numbers are sounding amazing! Monday lunchtimes in the Arts Centre have never sounded so good!

As we rapidly head toward the holidays I would like to remind the main cast that we will be having scripts down at the end of Week 3 and so during your school holidays you should be studiously learning lines. For the chorus, please learn the song lyrics as quickly as possible.

But “Ms Davey, what is the best way to learn lines?” I hear you ask!
Here are some hints and tips:

– Record the lines around yours, but leave a blank space for you to fill when you listen to the lines on play back.
– When learning the lines for the songs, listen to the clips we have put on Canvas, as they have the lyrics on the screen at the same time.
– Work with a friend. Have your friend read the character parts around yours and you can practise responding without your script. They can prompt you, if needed.
– Go for a run or a walk and listen to the songs/recording of your script and lines as you move. This will help move the information from short term to long term memory.
– Practise the dances with the lyrics so that you become comfortable with moving whilst singing.

I hope these hints and tips help you out over the break! Please remember to check out the schedules on Canvas so that you’re prepared for the first week back.

Ms Abby Davey
Director of Arts 

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Front Office reminder

Please advise the School of late arrivals and absences using one of the following methods:

Text: 0428 601 957
Email: attendance@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au
Phone: 8334 2200

It would be appreciated if this could be done prior to 9am. When emailing, feel free to include the Home Group teacher.

If students are leaving early for appointments, please ensure there is a written note in their diary to show the relevant lesson teacher and Front Office staff when signing out.

When students feel unwell during school hours, they need to report to the Health Centre in the first instance.

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Sports Survey

10 Sports Survey

Saints Sport Support Group (SSSG) is seeking five minutes of your time to complete the Annual Sports Survey. SSSG aims to help increase student involvement in sporting pursuits, whether as participants or in a coaching or officiating capacity, not least because of the health benefits of being physically active. Funds raised in 2016 were used to provide Level 1 coaching skills courses to all our student coaches and mentors, a new high jump mat, and the opportunity for Year 10 students to complete the Royal Lifesaving Bronze Medallion. We continued to support the end of year Sports Awards by acknowledging student coaches and sponsoring the Student Coach of the Year Award. We use the survey to gain feedback from the School Community about our activities so we hope that you will contribute.

Fill out the survey

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Our community groups need your support!

Do you or does someone you know own a restaurant, catering or food business? Are you a budding Master Chef who wants to help out the School?

One of our wonderful Junior School parents, Rikki Kelly, is putting together a team of volunteers to help out with the catering for our Foundation Long Lunch in September.
If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Rikki Kelly at rikkibkelly@gmail.com.

Additionally, our Mums’ Night Out is coming up on Friday 12 May and we require raffle prizes. Please contact Emma Robinson at emmarob@bigpond.net.au if you or a business you know can help us by contributing a raffle prize geared to women with school-aged children.

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Grasshopper Soccer

10 Grasshopper Soccer

My name is Andrew Davidson and I run a soccer business for children, called Grasshopper Soccer. As a parent of two lovely girls who attend our amazing school (Poppy in ELC and Matilda in Year 1), I would like to bring to your attention that on 7 May we are opening a brand new location right around the corner from school at the Kensington Gardens Reserve on Sunday mornings for children aged 2 – 12. This is a fun-based program that I have been running for over five years now in various locations in the metro area. Last Wednesday I was lucky enough to come and give a talk to the Reception children about the benefits of outdoor activity and why parents do what we do in the community. Following the talk, I firstly took a session with each Reception class and then each Year 1 class, playing some of our games; the way the girls were engaged was amazing. If you are interested in getting your child/children into our program, please see the information contained in this article or feel free to give me a call on 0408 825 280 or email me at andrew@grasshoppersoccer.com.au for anything further.

Grasshopper Soccer – Build confidence, make friends and have FUN!

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Women’s Run in the Park

10 Women's running
You are invited to come along and join in a FREE Run in the Park – a fun-run series for all ages and abilities, to be held once a month from April through to September – in Victoria Park. We time your runs so that you can check your progress.

Meet at the corner of South Terrace and East Terrace, Victoria Park (see maps in the links) and look for the Adelaide Harriers red marquee.

Race starts 9am and runners meet from 8.30am. Distances are 3km and 5km.

Event   Date                               Enter online
1             9 April                               https://runinparkapril17.eventdesq.com
2             7 May                                https://runinparkmay17.eventdesq.com
3             12 June – Monday*   https://runinparkjun17.eventdesq.com
4             9 July                                 https://runinparkjul17.eventdesq.com
5             13 August                       https://runinparkaug17.eventdesq.com
6             10 September              https://runinparksep17.eventdesq.com

*Coordinates with Queen’s Birthday turkey handicap run at Adelaide Harriers Clubroom – 9.30am for 10am start

If you haven’t already registered with WRRN, do that first – then register for each event by Friday noon prior to the race so we know you are coming. Please use the links above as the website is to be updated to the 2017 dates. Otherwise you can enter on the day (but you have to fill in the paperwork).

WRRN (an initiative of Athletics SA & Adelaide City Council) aims to activate underutilised city parks and break down barriers for women’s participation in physical activity within the City of Adelaide. It caters for women of all ages and abilities. In fact, if you’re new to running, this is a great opportunity to get involved!

Spread the word and bring along a friend.

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Winter uniform reminder

A reminder that girls will be required to wear their winter uniform from Term 2. Uniform requirements for winter are outlined below. Please contact the School Shop if you require a new winter skirt that meets the required length.

Winter Uniform

· The winter uniform for students in Years 4 to 12 consists of the winter skirt, shirt, long blue socks or tights, School tie, blazer and black school shoes. Shoes must be black lace-up or buckled school shoes. The jumper may be worn under the blazer.

· The winter uniform for students in Reception to Year 3 consists of the winter tunic, shirt, long blue socks or tights and junior blazer.

· Students in Years 7 – 12 may wear their House coloured tie.

· Students may choose to wear the navy blue School scarf. This can be worn indoors and outdoors. Students in Year 12 may choose to purchase the white Year 12 scarf.

· The winter skirt should be no shorter than mid knee cap and no longer than mid-calf.

· The tie must be done up to the neck and hide the top button, not worn loosely.

· If wearing socks, they must be pulled up to the knee, not worn down around the ankles.

· An undergarment that is not visible may be worn for additional warmth.

If you require a winter uniform fitting, please contact the School Shop on 8334 2228 for an appointment before the end of term.

The School Shop will only be open for limited hours during the first week of the school holidays – Thursday 20 April and Friday 21 April, 9am – 4pm.

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Junior School Vacation Care program

Enews Week 8 Vacation Care

Our next instalment of Vacation Care is just around the corner. We only have eight days these holidays, and have jam packed them with loads of fun and adventure! Our Vacation Care program is held during each school holiday period and we’d like to extend a warm welcome to primary school aged children from the wider community to attend. Students are welcome to invite friends or siblings to share in the range of enriching activities for both girls and boys.

Children can bring along their wheels and scoot through our obstacle course, cruise the Port River on our dolphin watch excursion or join us on an amazing adventure as we embark on our first ever overnight camp at the Adelaide Zoo doing their exciting ‘Zoosnooze’ program.

This will be an amazing opportunity for children to join our staff for special access animal feeding, dinner under the stars, night walks through the zoo and much more.

> Download the program here

Vacation Care has become very popular and sessions can book out very quick. Places are limited, so please click here to secure your booking today!

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Come ‘n Try

Come n Try

Come ‘n Try is fast approaching, so why not encourage your children to get active over the holidays and try a new sport they maybe haven’t had the chance to experience?

Come ‘n Try is an initiative of the Adelaide City Council, presented by ‘Life. Be in it’ and seeks to encourage 5 to 16 year olds to get active by trying an exciting new sport or recreational activity in the school holidays.

Sports on offer include lawn bowls, cheerleading, lacrosse, diving, water polo, netball and rugby. To keep updated on the sports available, please visit www.comentry.com.au.

It will take place during the second week of the April School holidays, 24 – 28 April 2017, and it is held in the Adelaide CBD and parklands.

For more information and bookings visit www.comentry.com.au

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CSIRO Science Bootcamp

CSIRO Education and Outreach have an exciting opportunity during the April school holidays for students in Years 8 – 10. Students can spend two days exploring acoustics, sound, and personal electronics with CSIRO. They’ll see CSIRO labs and testing facilities, meet and chat with research scientists, explore sound studies and take home an audio amplifier.

This is a unique chance to go behind the scenes of Australia’s premier research agency, CSIRO. There is a cost to participate in the two-day program and bookings are essential.

CSIRO Science Bootcamp Information

More information can be found by visiting their website at www.csiro.au/Bootcamp

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Learn how to build your own iPhone app!

Code Camp Enews

St Peter’s Girls’ School will be hosting Code Camp Spark for students in Years 2 – 7. Code Camp runs 26 – 28 April from 9am – 3.30pm. Cost for Code Camp Spark is $350 for three days.

Code Camp Information Flyer

Visit the Code Camp website for more information and to book

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Entertainment Book pre-sales

Enews Entertainment Book

The St Peter’s Girls’ School Mothers’ Club is delighted to present our 2017 Entertainment Book fundraiser. For every book that is sold, part proceeds will go to the exciting redevelopment of the outdoor areas surrounding our new Middle School.

Books will not be sent home this year; therefore, if people want to buy them they can pre-purchase them online or via the form and then pick them up from the Front Office when they arrive. If you would like to see the actual book before you purchase, there will be a display copy in the Front Office, Staff Room and ELC.

Order your Entertainment Book here!

The Entertainment Book and/or new phone app offers our community members a great way to try out new 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.

Your Mothers’ Club Committee

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Summer Interhouse Meal Deal – orders close today!

Enews Summer Interhouse 2

The Summer Interhouse competition will be held on Thursday 13 April 2017, the last day of Term 1.

The Saints Sport Support Group (SSSG) will once again be cooking up lunch for all of our hungry Reception – Year 12 students on the day. Volunteers will hand-deliver the Reception – Year 2 lunches to the classroom for lunchtime and Years 3 – 12 can pick up their lunches from the barbecue area. This year we’re offering delicious Hamburger Meal Deals (vegetarian option available). Parents, give yourself a day off from making the school lunches and let us do it for you.

Please pre-order your daughter’s Meal Deal via www.trybooking.com/PAIJ, as there will be no cash sales on the day. Orders for the Meal Deal close today. House water bottles and wrist bands are also available to be pre-ordered.

All proceeds raised by the Saints Sport Support Group directly support and benefit our Saints girls and their sporting endeavours. Some of our recent purchases include new athletic crop tops, a high jump mat, and GPS units to be used during PE as well as rowing. We funded an entire year group of girls to complete their Bronze Medallion.

Thank you so much for your kind support.

Saints Sport Support Group

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Business Directory now online

Enews Online Business Directory

The new St Peter’s Girls’ Online Business Directory has arrived!

We encourage our community to get on board and check it out.

stpetersgirls.u-direct.com.au

  • Book your very own personalised advertisement today
  • Three options available $500, $250 OR FREE
  • Promote your special business offer – and change your offer and advertisement as often as you like for no extra cost
  • Simply support businesses connected to our School
  • Refer a business
  • All proceeds go towards our Parents’ and Friends’ Fundraising efforts for 2017

For more information on how to get involved contact Melissa Westgate on 8334 2244
or mwestgate@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au

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Sports News

10 Sports News

WINTER TENNIS

The Hot Shots lunchtime tennis program has been a great success and, as such, our coach, Matt Ford, will be running a Winter Tennis program. If your daughter participated in the lunch tennis in Term 1, this is a chance for her to continue on and improve her skills. Alternatively, if you missed out on tennis in Term 1, you can now join in for Term 2.
Girls who register for the lunch tennis program can receive a free Hot Shots t-shirt.
To enrol your daughter, please contact Matt directly. All payments will be made directly to Matt for the Winter season.
Contacts: Mobile – 0412 855 073 and email – mattford@iprimus.com.au

BASKETBALL

Wednesday 29 March
Open A – Saints 32 defeated by Seymour 63
Well done to the Open A girls on an amazing term! A great effort to all the girls for pushing through such a tough season; even though the girls were defeated every week, they held their heads up high and have developed so much over the season! In this game against Seymour the girls were up in the first half 15-10 and then, unfortunately, Seymour came back in the second half. The girls played really well as a team and have learnt so much over the season. To finish the season, the girls will be playing a staff-student match against the teachers on Tuesday at lunchtime so come along and support the girls to bring their A game against the teachers! Well done, girls! Chelsea Marchetti (Captain)

Middle A – Saints 4 defeated by Seymour 67
A tough last game for the term, where Seymour proved to be too strong, tall and accurate. Our two goal scorers were Ebony Lohe and Zara Sadri. Well done to the girls for showing persistence and not giving up. Vanessa Brooks (Staff Supervisor).

Middle B – Saints 16 defeated by Seymour 26
The girls saved their best game until last, demonstrating great teamwork in both attack and defence. Special mention to Isabelle Gilroy for her strong attack to the ball, causing many turnovers, and Olufunto Komolafe for using her height to get a high number of rebounds in both attack and defence. Hopefully, we can maintain the level of team effort and skill to get a win in Term 4! Vanessa Brooks (Supervisor)

JUNIOR SOFTBALL

Wednesday 29 March
Teeball White – Saints 10 defeated St Ignatius 9
A fantastic game from the Year 4/5 white teeball team! Despite the loss, all the girls played extremely well! Best players were Ishita Chellaboina and Amelia Lucas who both played a great game; well done! Lucinda Tierney (Coach)

WATER POLO

Play-offs – Thursday 30 March
An amazing effort in the play-offs from all players, with 2 out of 3 wins. All players have worked hard, improved their skills and shown considerable improvement under the guidance of coach, Matt Martin. Special thanks also go to Ms Spry, Mr Fuller and all the parents who have provided support throughout the term. An amazing effort by all players, and I have been proud to be the captain. Sarah Richards (Captain)

Open A – Saints 4 defeated by St Ignatius 7
The Open A played a very hard and physical game against undefeated St Ignatius. Saints took an early lead and Katherine Woolley made a number of great saves in goal. Everybody was aggressive in defence, with Mikaela Georgiadis and Shania Morgan creating many turnovers. With many strong swimmers in the team, transitions from defence to attack worked really well, with Thandi Murada, Rachael Disney, Nicolette Miller and Belen Swart all having strong games. Fiona Lethbridge showed her experience, despite only being in Year 9, and also made many contributions. Sarah Richards

Open B – Saints 6 defeated Mercedes 4
Saints demonstrated how far they have come this term, with a great match under pressure. Erin Barrera and Antonia Kirsten-Parsch shared the goalie duty and both did an amazing job. Saints trailed at 3 quarter time 4-3 but Olivia Goldsmith and Harriet Maerschel both had great attacking games and they were well support by Rose Pittman, with the experience of Sarah Richards and Emily Keough ensuring Saints scored 3 goals to 0 in the last quarter to claim a great win.

Open C – Saints 5 defeated St Mary’s 2
This was a very close game, with Saints behind early in a low scoring first half. Grace Callen played well in goal, making a number of saves, with Chanel Stefani finishing in goal and also making some great saves. Saints gained the ascendency in the second half, with everyone contributing. Lucy Young and Matilda Braithwaite scored the goals but it was strong swimming and defending that ensured Saints finished the better team.

SOFTBALL

Open knockout finals – Thursday 30 March
Saints contested the Open Softball finals at West Beach and, after wins against Seaton and Unley HS, faced a re-match in the final against Eastern Fleurieu. Once again, it was a tough battle, with both pitchers playing well and restricting runs and with some excellent catching and fielding also making runs tough. Yet again, both teams were tied at the end of normal time, sending the game into overtime. With each team batting and starting with a runner on second base, it was Eastern Fleurieu that gained an advantage, scoring 3 runs. Saints batted but could only manage 1, finishing as State runners-up.

TENNIS

Open knockout finals – Friday 31 March
The team played in the State knockout finals at West Lakes. Unfortunately, Saints faced specialist tennis school, Marryatville, in the first round and couldn’t match their experience. Saints did bounce back, defeating both Henley High and Mount Gambier to finish State runners-up.

JUNIOR TENNIS

Friday 31 March
Division 1 – Saints 4-22 defeated Seymour 2-13
Singles: Maiya Jakupec 4-0, Willow Stewart-Rattray 4-1, Bridgette Leach 1-4, Sophie Dansie 1-4

Division 2 White – Saints 3-19 defeated Pembroke 3-17
Singles: Grace Richards 1 – 4, Pearl Richards 4 -2, Mathilda Thomas 4 -0, Monika Ceplitis 1-4

SOFTBALL

Saturday 1 April
Open A – Saints 16 defeated Immanuel 0
The Open A Softball team have had an outstanding term, managing to stay undefeated and bringing us one step closer to the shield. We had an excellent win against Immanuel, with Aroha pitching 8 strike outs and every player batting at a high standard. It was a fantastic way to end the term and we all look forward to continue our winning streak in Term 4. Jasmine Ledgard (Captain)

Open B1 – Saints B1 10 defeated Saints B2 4
Our two B teams had to play off against each other and what a great last game for the term! Everyone was able to change positions each innings, giving them the ability to try a new position. It was certainly a fun game and every player had a great time. The B1s have finished the term undefeated, putting them in a great position to win the B grade shield. Jasmine Ledgard (Captain)

TENNIS

Saturday 1 April
This week Saints faced tough opposition in St Ignatius. Many of these teams are needing to be re-graded and this will come into effect in Term 4.

Division 1 Blue – Saints 0-16 defeated by St Ignatius 6-36
Singles: Annabel Baldwinson 5-6, Lily-Rose Spartalis 0-6, Shamilla Dhillon 0-6, Daveena Dhillon 3-6

Division 1 White – Saints 4-32 defeated St Ignatius 2-25
Singles: Mia Dodd 6-5, Emily Baldwinson 6-5, Imogen Nienaber 5-6, Mahala Truscott 6-3

Division 2 Blue – Saints 0-1 defeated by St Ignatius 6-36
Singles: Stella Clark 0-6, Amelie Eaton 0-6, Emily Downie 0-6, Renee Lawrence 0-6

Division 2 White – Saints 4-27 defeated St Ignatius 2-18
Singles: Taj Shahin 6-2, Amelia Wood 0-6, Georgia Langley 6-1, Adele Eaton 6-0

Division 3 Blue – Saints 1-19 defeated by Concordia 5-31
Singles: Yunfei Ma 2-6, Annabelle Black 5-6, Orla Clayton 0-6, Mia-Rose Taliangis 6-1

Division 3 White – Saints 0-1 defeated by St Ignatius 6-36
Singles: Anneliese Thomas 1-6, Sophie Abbott 0-6, Aleisha Elliott 0-6, Olivia Zito 0-6

Division 4 Blue – Saints 3-27 defeated Concordia 2-22
Singles: Hilary Clark 6-2, Siena Zito 5-6, Qingxin Feng 4-6, Thuhansa Hattotuwa 6-1

VOLLEYBALL

Saturday 1 April
Open A – Saints 1 defeated by Concordia 2
The girls this week played an amazing game against Concordia, but unfortunately had their first loss, two sets to one. The girls came out firing to defeat Concordia in the first, with help from Rachael Disney’s great blocks and scrambling efforts. Mikaela Georgiadis also did really well with covering and great passes. However, with Concordia having many high level experienced players and their persistent efforts, Saints were defeated in the last two sets. The entire team played really well and showed great promise to still try and win the shield this year. Abbey Goodwin (Captain)

Open B – Saints 0 defeated by Concordia 3
The girls played a strong opposition this week in Concordia, who were able to spike with power in the first set and placed us on the back foot. Our blocking wasn’t at its best but improved, along with other defensive efforts in the second and third sets. Unfortunately, the opponent’s strengths were too good across the 3 sets. Grace and Fiona Dawson were able to hit a few spikes into the open court, while Georgia Bateman was consistent with her setting. Ankita Rajbhoj worked hard to chase difficult balls throughout the match. Dan Searle (Supervisor)

Open C – Saints 1 defeated by Concordia 2
The Open Cs played a fantastic game; however, they were defeated by Concordia. Playing against such a strong team, the girls lifted their efforts and played to a good standard. Best players were Catherine Neale, Lauren Hernan, Mary Brownridge, Isabella Villani and Molly Lucas. Nicolette Miller served extremely well throughout the game and enabled us to have many run-ons. Overall, the girls had a great season. They have all improved significantly and have showed great enthusiasm towards the game. Georgia Howe (Coach)

Open D – Saints 0 defeated by Concordia 3
The Open Ds played well but were defeated by Concordia. Despite playing against an extremely strong team, the girls remained enthusiastic and showed good team spirit. Eleanor Pyne demonstrated great passing throughout the game, enabling us to set up many three-hits. Asha Short, Chloe Deieso and Marley Banham showed great movement and covering on the court, helping to set up more balls to be hit. Overall, the girls have had a great season and have all demonstrated great improvement. Georgia Howe (Coach)

Middle A – Saints 1 defeated by Concordia 2
Unfortunately, the Middle As had a loss this week. It was another close game that went to 3 sets; however, we were unable to come out with a win. Despite this, all the girls played well, in particular Amelie Dunda with her strong serving and deep court returns. Also, Georgina Keough was constantly on her toes and going for every ball and Matilda McCormack was very active at the net, blocking the spike and hitting the ball back at the opponent. Victoria Neale (Coach)

Middle B – Saints 2 defeated Concordia 1
The Middle Bs had a great win this week. The girls were pushed to move their feet and get behind the ball. Katelin Calandro was a standout player in the game, going for every ball and pulling off some spectacular returns. Siena Kulinski also had a great game by moving her feet and keeping up the encouragement in times of need. Victoria Neale (Coach)

Middle C – Saints 1 defeated by Concordia 2
The Middle Cs had a nail biter of a game which we unfortunately lost. Despite the final result, the girls played the best game I have seen them play. They worked well as a team, returning hard serves and encouraging each other through the whole game. In particular, Lara Slape served really well during this game and moved around the court to pick up loose balls where she could. Charlie Fishlock also had a great game; she was very enthusiastic and lively on the court, going for every ball. Victoria Neale (Coach)

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Enews – Week 9, Term 1 2017

Issue no. 9
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From the Head of Middle School

Richard Lisle inside 220
Courage, Compassion, Creativity…. Last week had them all!

Anyone who witnessed both the annual Choral Night last Thursday, or the Head of the River Regatta at West Lakes on Saturday, couldn’t fail to recognise our core school values lived out by our girls.

Choir competitions between Houses first began in 1935. In 1944 they became an annual event, moving to an evening format in 1957. They used to include a section for soloists, and it wasn’t until the 1990s that the competition took the form that we now recognise. Each House has to arrange and sing a set Hymn, a House Song to a set theme, and a Year 12 dance item. The girls have just two weeks to prepare their House items, using lunchtimes and Home Group time for rehearsals.

This year’s theme of ‘the 80s’ gave our creative House Captains plenty of scope for gently reminding their parents of the cultural highlights (or lowlights) of that particular decade, as well as reminding them of their age! It also resulted in some lively and catchy House Songs, that brought huge applause from the large and loud Town Hall audience.

The set hymn, Come Down O Love Divine, was interpreted in creative ways by all four Houses. To arrange a 3-part choral piece for non-specialist singers, and then to coach, cajole and persuade the girls to produce such a high level of final performance takes creativity and courage in equal measure. Our House Prefects, ably supported by their deputies, and their Year 12 peers, deserve special praise for the way they organised practices and motivated their students over the two week period. Each one of them had moments where they experienced doubt, and anxiety over whether they would be able to perform at the level they desired, but all of them rose to the challenge, showing courage and determination along the way.

The creativity shown by all the Year 12 choreographers was astounding, whilst the courage shown by the girls to commit to the dances was admirable – we’ll see if the staff can match that level of courage when they perform ‘moments’ from all four dances on Celebration Day at the start of Term 4!

As with any competition, there can only be one winner. Amongst the celebrations as Selwyn was announced as this year’s winner, the disappointment of many in the room was palpable. My lasting memory of Choral Night 2017, therefore, will not be anything musical, choral or choreographed, but instead the level of compassion and comradeship shown between House Leaders, from student to student, both on the night and throughout the next day. It can be an exhausting two weeks, and emotions run high at times, and the way that our students were able to finish the week in such a celebratory, compassionate and empathetic way was a credit to all involved.

At the Head of the River Dinner, Barney Habel, President of the Friends of Rowing, opened the evening by describing what it means to be a rower:

“Victories that are easy are cheap, but rowing never gives an easy win!

A rowing victory is won through blisters, heat and exhaustion, through early mornings and late afternoons, with homework done in cars and beds long after everyone else has finished theirs and flopped in front of the TV. It is for that reason that I congratulate the 10C and 8B crews with all my heart. Your wins were absolutely spectacular!

The seniors have been living in each other’s pockets for months now. Many have rowed together for up to four years. In that time you have shared buses, pillows, bangers, food, clothes, slides, concerts, sunblock, smells, lifts, race plans and, above all, your hopes. You can joke, tease and inspire each other in equal measure because you are family, and for all your lives you will speak a language none of us will ever fully understand.

I want all the rowers here tonight to know how proud we are of you. As parents, we are told to raise girls who possess persistence and resilience – in you we have succeeded! As girls, you are told to follow your dream, to take a risk, to dare to succeed or fail….and you have done that! It was hard, it hurt…but it was worth every single second!”

There was a moment earlier in the day, after our victorious Year 8 and 10 crews were long out of the water, when our other crews had, to varying degrees, come to terms with the fact that this had not been their year to claim the ultimate prize, when the First VIII, our Senior Crew, returned to the edge of the lake. They had finished their race a few minutes earlier, coming fifth when fancied to do much better. Their disappointment was palpable.

I’m still trying to fully process what happened next. There was no polite applause, no pats on the back, no questioning of what might have gone wrong. Instead, almost as one, our spectating students and fellow rowers surged forward into the water to meet them. There was cheering, hugging, screaming. There was laughter, and there was singing – perhaps the most vehement, proud and loud version of the School Song I’ve ever heard. But this wasn’t a celebration of their race; this, I think, was a celebration of their journey. There was an acknowledgement that for many of the boat, this was their last race. It was an understanding that the esteem in which they are held is the result of things far deeper than the result of one race. However, it also spoke of compassion, voiced in a very modern, yet still a very ‘Saints’, way. A more detailed recap of Head of the River will feature in next week’s Enews.

Singing, Dancing, Rowing. Courage, Creativity and Compassion… Last week had it all!

Richard Lisle
Deputy Principal / Head of Middle School

9-Head-of-the-RiverOur senior rowers at Head of the River.

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Student safety alert

Students and families are reminded to be wary of approaches from strangers, especially when they are unaccompanied or travelling to and from school. If they are approached students should not respond and should not accept offers of rides or gifts.

Students should seek the assistance of other nearby adults if they feel unsafe and should report the event to a trusted adult (parent or school staff member) as soon as possible.

SAPOL advises that taking out a mobile phone and calling police can deter the offender and they recommend the student making a formal report to their closest police station.

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Choral Night 2017
– an evening of choral brilliance!

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Selwyn House

After two busy weeks of hard work and practice, Selwyn House took out the annual Choral Night competition last Thursday night, on what is easily the most anticipated night of the school year.

Selwyn began their winning repertoire with a beautiful rendition of Bianco Da Siena’s hymn, Come Down O Love Divine, which was arranged and conducted by the very talented Sarah Brownridge. We followed it up with an energetic and toe-tapping performance of Hall and Oates’ classic hit, You Make my Dreams Come True, which had the audience bopping in their seats. The Year 12s finished off the night with some unique moves, dancing to a mash-up of Hannah Montana, The Black Eyed Peas and The Pussycat Dolls.

I could not be more proud of every Selwyn girl and being able to captain such an amazing group of girls, alongside Molly Ellis, and it has been such a privilege. The hard work of all Selwyn girls and teachers finally paid off last Thursday when we walked away with the shield – which truly made all of our dreams come true!

We were up against very strong competition and the evening showcased the incredible depth of talent and passion of girls from all Houses. It was a night all the Year 12s will treasure in the years ahead.

Emma Mockridge
Selwyn House Captain

Patteson House

Congratulations, Patteson girls, on an amazing night! The girls sang like angels to a beautiful arrangement by Lydia Smalls to this year’s hymn, Come Down O Love Divine, and an iconic 80s classic, Everybody Wants to Rule the World, by Tears for Fears. The girls worked so hard over the past two weeks and it is such an amazing feeling to stand up there and see them sing their hearts out on the night, no matter what! The Patteson Year 12 girls also performed their dance routine that they have worked so hard on for the past three months, including a range of songs such as Formation by Beyoncé, Girlfriend by Avril Lavigne and Blame it on the Boogie by the Jackson Five. I am so proud of the efforts from all the girls last Thursday night and no matter what the score, they should be so proud for what they have achieved. Well done, girls!

Chelsea Marchetti
Patteson House Captain

Kilburn House

Choral Night 2017 was an extremely rewarding evening for the girls of Kilburn. The Years 7 – 12 girls gave their all learning the house song and hymn during rehearsals, and should all be proud of their amazing performance. The hymn was angelic and Toto would be proud of our incredible rendition of Africa and our synchronized moves. The atmosphere of the night was incredible, and it was amazing to experience all the Kilburn girls collaborating, forming new friendships, and just having fun. To Uthpala De Silva, Sophie-Louise Shearwood and Emily Murdock, thank you for your tireless effort with the music. Your contributions were amazing. To the Year 12 dance troupe, who pulled off Sascha Czuchwicki’s routine, you were incredible and dynamic. Congratulations to all – you should be proud to call yourselves Kilburn girls!

Georgia Nicholls
Kilburn Deputy House Captain

Kennion House

The Kennion Years 7 – 12 girls put in an enormous effort and sang with great energy on the night. Qianna Huang’s arrangement of Come Down O Love Divine was indeed divine and was the perfect song to begin the evening with. It really set the bar for the other Houses. Our House song, Eye of the Tiger was full of energy and sounded brilliant. The band was awesome, the “choralography” looked fantastic and Georgia Bateman, our house captain, conducted with such enthusiasm. Finally, the Year 12 Kennionites danced up a storm with their medley of Time of My Life, Mickey and I Love It, choreographed by Shardia Russo. All the Houses sang, played and danced so well but we are especially proud of the Kennion girls for delivering everything they had on the night. Thanks girls!

Alex McKay
Head of Kennion House

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Year 5 camp at Sovereign Hill

Sovereign-Hill

In Week 8 of Term 1 the Year 5 girls travelled with much excitement from school to Sovereign Hill in Victoria! The two Year 5 classes travelled on a huge coach for approximately 8.5 hours, with three stops on the way, Tailem Bend, Keith and Horsham.

The girls completed many fun activities, including a two-day school program where they went back in time to become children of the 1850s with lovely costumes which they happily wore. Other enjoyable activities included the Trapped mine tour, gold pour demonstration, Blood on the Southern Cross and many more extremely exciting experiences! The girls loved their visit to M.A.D.E (Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka), including visiting the Eureka Battle area and seeing the real Eureka Flag!

The camp had been a long awaited event and the girls are a little sad it has now passed but enjoying looking at the photos and reliving the memories which we’ll keep for a long time to come.

Jenna Maione and Naomi Singh
Year 5 students

Our camp to Sovereign Hill was definitely the best camp I have ever been on. Many of the events and excursions were lots of fun, including the pantomime, M.A.D.E. (Museum of Australian Democracy of the Eureka Rebellion), The Gold Museum, Blood on The Southern Cross, Trapped mine tour, Aquatic Centre, the gold pour demonstration, visiting the battery (where they crushed quartz to find gold), the Red Hill mine tour and the playground at Lake Wendouree. Some of my highlights from the camp were seeing the pantomime which was hilarious and going to school in costume, like they would have done in the 1850s.

I loved the pantomime so much because it was funny and they had great actors who played their characters really well. During the pantomime they told us how to be a great lady/wife and husband. Some of my friends even had to go up on stage and do ballroom dancing. It was really funny watching them dance. After they had finished teaching us how to be a lady they did another performance. It was Jack and the Beanstalk. It was hilarious! My friend, Amy, and I could not stop laughing.

Another great experience I had was going to school at Sovereign Hill. Everyone was given a dress which they wore for two days. It was similar to dresses worn by young girls in the 1850s. We wore pantalettes and a pinafore. Pantalettes are a long pair of baggy cotton trouser-like undergarments which ladies and young girls wore. Pinafores are like an apron but it covers from your neck down to below your waist and only young girls wore it. They used pinafores to keep their dress clean because they only had one dress, so on Sundays you could take off your pinafore and your dress underneath would be clean for church. During school was the best part as we got to attend a classroom which was set up as an 1850s classroom. We had to walk in lines of two, from shortest to tallest. We learned how to write in cursive and how to do needlework. We also had to learn our seventeen times tables! My friend, Arlie, was picked to be an employee at the teacher’s Criterion Store, because she had excellent needlework.

I think that Sovereign Hill is the best camp and I encourage you all to go there. It is definitely worth the long drive!

Marcella Tolley
Year 5 student

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Year 3 excursion to Monarto Zoo

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The Year 3 classes have been studying a unit that focusses on the Central Idea, ‘human actions can preserve or endanger animal life’. For the past weeks we have been busy inquiring into the classification of animals, reasons why species become endangered and extinct and human responsibilities for the survival of species. The girls began this unit exploring claims to determine if something is living and the difference between plants and animals. The focus then shifted to animals. Girls worked in teams to classify animals according to their observable features. They worked as ‘mini taxonomists’ using branching keys to help them sort animals into groups. They visited Adelaide Zoo to see how animals are cared for and how the public are educated by keeping animals in captivity.

Our latest excursion to Monarto Zoo enabled us to see endangered species in a more natural habitat and learn about their threats and ways humans can increase population numbers by their actions. The girls made a difference by helping the Zoo Keepers in their daily activities. The tour of the Zoo by bus opened the girls’ eyes to the wide variety of endangered animals at risk in our world. The day was capped off with a relaxed year level barbecue to build community when we returned to school. The Year 3s are now more aware of endangered animals and will certainly be able to make more informed choices in the future.

Deborah Cope
Year 3 Teacher

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IB Spanish excursion

Enews Spanish week 9

On Sunday 19 March our IB Spanish ab initio students were fortunate enough to be invited by the Spanish Embassy to visit the frigate, Cristóbal Colón, which came all the way from Spain and which was docked at Outer Harbor for four days.

Our students had the opportunity to meet some of the Spanish crew, including the Captain of the frigate, the Sergeant, a few officials and some of the 180 sailors. The girls were able to introduce themselves in Spanish, to ask if they could take photos and, of course, to thank everyone en español. Although some of them were obviously a bit shy to use their Spanish language skills outside the classroom for the very first time, they did a great job! Luckily, some of the people from the boat could speak English too. So, the tour involved some conversations in Spanglish.

They asked the ship staff many questions about what it is like to live on a boat – with no windows – for months without having their families close. They also found out that there were about 30 women who were part of the team and who had the same roles and responsibilities as the rest. And, of course, they were interested to know what kind of food they have on board – to which the simple answer from one of the officials was “¡comida española!” (Spanish food!).

It was surprising to all to find out that although doctors can be contacted via videoconference when needed, they are not part of the troop during their long trips.

The young marineros took us to the ‘brain’ of the fragata: a room where the latest technology equipment enables the crew to ensure everything works perfectly at all times. There, we were even shown a video to see what they usually do when they are on the high seas!

It was a one-off experience that allowed us to be ‘on Spanish territory’ without leaving Adelaide!

“I found the excursion extremely beneficial to my Spanish skills and it placed me in a situation where my language skills were challenged. This was a great opportunity to learn more about the Spanish culture, language and learn about something I would never usually think about. I was very surprised about the complexity of the frigate and the many individual roles which were assigned within the frigate.” – Sophie Auricht, Year 11 student

“I found it very interesting that many of the sailors were religious and prayed daily to protect them at sea.” – Felicia Mi, Year 11 student

Muchas gracias to all the kind people who welcomed us on board and who made this visit fun and educational.

Carolina Barquero Masero
Spanish ab initio Teacher

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Halogen Young Leaders’ Day

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On Monday 20 March, 12 girls from Year 6 went to Halogen Young Leaders’ Day at the Convention Centre. We were accompanied by Mrs Charlton and Willow’s mum Sarah Stewart-Rattray. It is a program for the future leaders, which is held in venues in capital cities around Australia, with multiple speakers sharing their thoughts, ideas and advice. Every year, there is a different theme based on leadership qualities, the theme for this year was IMAGINATION. The day began with Jay Weatherill the Premier of South Australia introducing the day and speakers.

The first speaker was Sam Skinner who is the CEO of the Halogen Foundation who spoke in detail about personal core values and challenged us to choose just one leadership value. The second speaker was Matt Cosgrove, an author and illustrator, who spoke about believing in yourself, the power of imagination and having an open mindset. Kelly Vincent, who is the youngest Member of Parliament, talked about growth in leadership, patience and kindness. The final speaker was Brent Reilly, former Adelaide Crows player. He faced a terrible injury during a training session which resulted in him receiving a concussion, a fractured skull and brain injury. He conquered these challenges with a positive mindset and encouraged us to do the same with our personal challenges. Between each speaker, two hosts (Jem and Dubsy) entertained us by showing videos, talks and performances about a range of of leadership. It was very enjoyable and this has inspired us to take action be a better leader.

Ellie Humphrey and Willow Stewart-Rattray
Year 6 students

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Tertiary and Careers Expo

After interviewing a number of Year 12 students over the past few weeks, it is obvious that they are at various stages of decision-making about possible career pathways. To obtain their dream job they need to determine the level of education required and where appropriate courses may be available for them. A part of this process involves finding people and resources to help them to achieve these goals.

An opportunity is presenting itself next weekend at the Tertiary and Careers Expo at the Adelaide Convention Centre. All the girls attended this expo in Year 10, but it is especially relevant this year as they begin to make decisions about differing courses and university offerings. This expo provides access to a number of Australia’s tertiary institutions as well as other providers such as private education colleges, Defence Force, vocational and training providers.

It is really important that the girls have the most up-to-date and relevant information so that they can make informed decisions when applications open for university preferences in August. Years 10 and 11 students could also benefit from this expo as it is never too early to begin exploring possible options.

Tertiary and Careers Expo Information

Karen Alderson
Careers Counsellor

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Saints Girls in Wicked performance

Wicked Photo

Four Year 6 girls are being wicked, but don’t worry; it’s all in the name of musical theatre. Cartia Lanzoni, Olivia Slivak, Maiya Jakupec and Montana Melisi are performing in the forthcoming SHANE DAVIDSON PRESENTS production of the Stephen Schwartz musical masterpiece, Wicked. The girls are the youngest performers playing Ozians, Munchkins and even winged monkeys in this youth production where the leads are all 17 – 19 years of age in a large cast of 40 performers.

Wicked is the prequel to The Wizard of Oz and follows the incredible, untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two girls who first meet as sorcery students at Shiz University: the blonde and very popular Glinda and a misunderstood green girl named Elphaba. The show has a live orchestra and songs include Popular, Defying Gravity and For Good. It is the perfect school holiday outing and is suitable for all ages. Visually, the show is spectacular, with wonderful lighting and special effects which complement the hundreds of costumes.

Season dates: 19 – 23 April 2017
Tickets: Adults $35, Concession $25
Bookings: www.trybooking.com/266270

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Winter uniform reminder

A reminder that girls will be required to wear their winter uniform from Term 2. Uniform requirements for winter are outlined below. Please contact the School Shop if you require a new winter skirt that meets the required length.

Winter Uniform

· The winter uniform for students in Years 4 to 12 consists of the winter skirt, shirt, long blue socks or tights, School tie, blazer and black school shoes. Shoes must be black lace-up or buckled school shoes. The jumper may be worn under the blazer.

· The winter uniform for students in Reception to Year 3 consists of the winter tunic, shirt, long blue socks or tights and junior blazer.

· Students in Years 7 – 12 may wear their House coloured tie.

· Students may choose to wear the navy blue School scarf. This can be worn indoors and outdoors. Students in Year 12 may choose to purchase the white Year 12 scarf.

· The winter skirt should be no shorter than mid knee cap and no longer than mid-calf.

· The tie must be done up to the neck and hide the top button, not worn loosely.

· If wearing socks, they must be pulled up to the knee, not worn down around the ankles.

· An undergarment that is not visible may be worn for additional warmth.

If you require a winter uniform fitting, please contact the School Shop on 8334 2228 for an appointment before the end of term.

The School Shop will only be open for limited hours during the first week of the school holidays – Thursday 20 April and Friday 21 April, 9am – 4pm.

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Junior School Vacation Care program now available

Enews Week 8 Vacation Care

Our next instalment of Vacation Care is just around the corner. We only have eight days these holidays, and have jam packed them with loads of fun and adventure! Our Vacation Care program is held during each school holiday period and we’d like to extend a warm welcome to primary school aged children from the wider community to attend. Students are welcome to invite friends or siblings to share in the range of enriching activities for both girls and boys.

Children can bring along their wheels and scoot through our obstacle course, cruise the Port River on our dolphin watch excursion or join us on an amazing adventure as we embark on our first ever overnight camp at the Adelaide Zoo doing their exciting ‘Zoosnooze’ program.

This will be an amazing opportunity for children to join our staff for special access animal feeding, dinner under the stars, night walks through the zoo and much more.

> Download the program here

Vacation Care has become very popular and sessions can book out very quick. Places are limited, so please click here to secure your booking today!

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Come ‘n Try

Come n Try

Come ‘n Try is fast approaching, so why not encourage your children to get active over the holidays and try a new sport they maybe haven’t had the chance to experience?

Come ‘n Try is an initiative of the Adelaide City Council, presented by ‘Life. Be in it’ and seeks to encourage 5 to 16 year olds to get active by trying an exciting new sport or recreational activity in the school holidays.

Sports on offer include lawn bowls, cheerleading, lacrosse, diving, water polo, netball and rugby. To keep updated on the sports available, please visit www.comentry.com.au.

It will take place during the second week of the April School holidays, 24 – 28 April 2017, and it is held in the Adelaide CBD and parklands.

For more information and bookings visit www.comentry.com.au

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CSIRO Science Bootcamp

CSIRO Education and Outreach have an exciting opportunity during the April school holidays for students in Years 8 – 10. Students can spend two days exploring acoustics, sound, and personal electronics with CSIRO. They’ll see CSIRO labs and testing facilities, meet and chat with research scientists, explore sound studies and take home an audio amplifier.

This is a unique chance to go behind the scenes of Australia’s premier research agency, CSIRO. There is a cost to participate in the two-day program and bookings are essential.

CSIRO Science Bootcamp Information

More information can be found by visiting their website at www.csiro.au/Bootcamp

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Learn how to build your own iPhone app!

Code Camp Enews

St Peter’s Girls’ School will be hosting Code Camp Spark for students in Years 2 – 7. Code Camp runs 26 – 28 April from 9am – 3.30pm. Cost for Code Camp Spark is $350 for three days.

Code Camp Information Flyer

Visit the Code Camp website for more information and to book

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Dads Night Out – A night on the green

Enews Dads Night Out invitation 2017

Don’t miss Dads Night Out for some barefoot bowling!

Date: Friday 7 April 2017

Time: 6.30pm onwards

Venue: Trinity Gardens Bowling Club, 30 Canterbury Ave, Trinity Gardens

Tickets: $40 via www.trybooking.com/PEWZ
Includes entry, bowling fees and lots of finger food
Bookings close Wednesday 5 April

Enquiries: Emma Robinson on 0412 002 123 or emmarob@bigpond.net.au

Drinks, silent auction items and raffle tickets can be purchased on the evening – cash only.

A fundraising event hosted by the Mothers’ Club

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Entertainment Book pre-sales

Enews Entertainment Book

The St Peter’s Girls’ School Mothers’ Club is delighted to present our 2017 Entertainment Book fundraiser. For every book that is sold, part proceeds will go to the exciting redevelopment of the outdoor areas surrounding our new Middle School.

Support St Peter’s Girls Mothers’ Club and buy your new Entertainment Book before 3 April 2017 to go into the draw to win a Family Pass to Cleland Wildlife Park. Books will not be sent home this year; therefore, if people want to buy them they can pre-purchase them online or via the form and then pick them up from the Front Office when they arrive. If you would like to see the actual book before you purchase, there will be a display copy in the Front Office, Staff Room and ELC.

Order your Entertainment Book here!

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

Those who purchase before 3 April 2017 will go into the draw to win an Annual Family Pass to Cleland Wildlife Park.

Thank you in advance for your kind support and consideration.

Your Mothers’ Club Committee

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Order your Summer Interhouse Meal Deal

Enews Summer Interhouse 2

The Summer Interhouse competition will be held on Thursday 13 April 2017, the last day of Term 1.

The Saints Sport Support Group (SSSG) will once again be cooking up lunch for all of our hungry Reception – Year 12 students on the day. Volunteers will hand-deliver the Reception – Year 2 lunches to the classroom for lunchtime and Years 3 – 12 can pick up their lunches from the barbecue area. This year we’re offering delicious Hamburger Meal Deals (vegetarian option available). Parents, give yourself a day off from making the school lunches and let us do it for you.

Please pre-order your daughter’s Meal Deal via www.trybooking.com/PAIJ, as there will be no cash sales on the day. Orders can be placed from Friday 3 March and will close Friday 7 April. House water bottles and wrist bands are also available to be pre-ordered.

All proceeds raised by the Saints Sport Support Group directly support and benefit our Saints girls and their sporting endeavours. Some of our recent purchases include new athletic crop tops, a high jump mat, and GPS units to be used during PE as well as rowing. We funded an entire year group of girls to complete their Bronze Medallion.

Thank you so much for your kind support.

Saints Sport Support Group

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Business Directory now online

Enews Online Business Directory

The new St Peter’s Girls’ Online Business Directory has arrived!

We encourage our community to get on board and check it out.

stpetersgirls.u-direct.com.au

  • Book your very own personalised advertisement today
  • Three options available $500, $250 OR FREE
  • Promote your special business offer – and change your offer and advertisement as often as you like for no extra cost
  • Simply support businesses connected to our School
  • Refer a business
  • All proceeds go towards our Parents’ and Friends’ Fundraising efforts for 2017

For more information on how to get involved contact Melissa Westgate on 8334 2244
or mwestgate@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au

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Sports News

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ARCHERY

Congratulations to Ailani Cox who recently received the trophy for best all round Intermediate (Under 15) female for 2016. Ailani has established two new State records for shooting at a distance of 50 metres and gave a record for two divisions – Cadets (under 18s) and Under 20s. Ailini currently holds a total of 18 State records over four age divisions and has been selected in the South Australian junior compound Archery team for 2017 and will be representing South Australia at the junior nationals at Twin City Archers, Morwell, Victoria, on 8 – 12 April.

ATHLETICS

Portia Maerschel (Year 8) has been selected to represent the South Australian Little Athletics Association at the Australian Little Athletics Championships in Sydney on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 April 2017.

WINTER TENNIS

The Hot Shots lunchtime tennis program has been a great success and, as such, our coach, Matt Ford, will be running a Winter Tennis program. If your daughter participated in the lunch tennis in Term 1 this is a chance for her to continue on and improve her skills. Alternatively, if you missed out on tennis in Term 1, you can now join in for Term 2.

Girls who register for the lunch tennis program can receive a free Hot Shots t-shirt.

To enrol your daughter, please contact Matt directly. All payments will be made directly to Matt for the Winter season.

Contact Matt on 0412 855 073 or email mattford@iprimus.com.au

BASKETBALL

Wednesday 22 March
Open A – Saints 20 defeated by Concordia 50
A great game played against Concordia by the Open A girls last week! Despite the loss, the girls worked the ball down the court beautifully, just having a bit of trouble trying to get through the defence in the key and have a shot. Defence was excellent, gaining lots of rebounds with minimal fouls; this is excellent given that the girls were up against a very tall opposing side. To finish off the game, our very own Isabella Bernardi scored a shot from the half-way line! Congratulations, girls, on yet another fun week! Looking forward to next week’s game! Chelsea Marchetti (Captain)

Middle A – Saints 19 defeated by Concordia 61
A slow start for the Saints girls this week as it took them the first ten minutes to get into the game, allowing Concordia to get a solid lead from the ‘get go’. When the girls had a positive attitude and communication on court they were able to make many turnovers in defence. Unfortunately, our ball movement into attack wasn’t always effective, with too many players standing still waiting for the ball. Well done to Emma Matheson for her constant voice on the court and team direction throughout. Vanessa Brooks (Supervisor)

Middle B – Saints 18 defeated by Concordia 32
These girls are really working well as a team, communicating and supporting each other well. All players put in a top effort for the entire match, and were simply beaten by a taller, stronger team. Kellie Bested once again demonstrated her strong ability to read the play and make quick intercepts and strong passes into attack. Sivanthi Sivasuthan was quick to move down the court and applied great one-on-one pressure in defence. With one final match next week, hopefully we can get a win! Vanessa Brooks (Supervisor)

JUNIOR SOFTBALL

Wednesday 22 March
Year 6 – Saints 6 defeated by Seymour 7
This week’s game highlighted the improvement in skills, as well as teamwork developed over the past term. The girls have been focussing particularly on their fielding skills at training lately, and this was evident in their precision and decision-making on the diamond this week. It was a very tight game that had all parents on the edges of their seats, but unfortunately time was not on our side. Well done to Willow Stewart-Rattray for her spectacular diving catch and to Ellie Humphrey, whose determination as pitcher should not go unnoticed. Lydia Smalls and Jasmine Ledgard (Coaches)

JUNIOR TENNIS

Friday 24 March
Division 1 – Saints 5-26 defeated Pembroke 1-8
Singles. Maiya Jakupec 4-1, Fleur Maris 4-0, Willow Stewart-Rattray 4-0, Bridgette Leach 2-4.

Division 2 Blue – Saints Blue played Saints White
Doubles: Olivia Slivak and Alicia Toh defeated by Sophie Dansie and Grace Richards 2-6, Lucy Schirripa and Georgie Owler defeated Pearl Richards and Adelaide Murphy 6-0, Monika Ceplitis and Summer Ward drew with Georgia Parsons and Tara Nedumaran 5-5
Singles: Olivia defeated by Sophie 3-4, Alicia defeated by Grace 2-4, Lucy defeated Pearl 4-1, Georgie defeated Adelaide 4-2, Monika defeated Georgia 3-0, Summer defeated Tara 3-2

ROWING

Saturday 25 March Head of the River
Year 10C
At the fantastic event of Head of the River this week I had the privilege of coxing the Year 10C crew of Shunem Josiah, Yuija Sun, Charlotte Sellars and Hannah Lunn (Coach: Jian Luca). They have been working very hard up to Head of the River and their perseverance paid off in this very important regatta. It was a smooth start and they took the lead early. I am so proud of this crew, and they truly deserve their first place as ‘Head of the River’. Well done! Jodi Papendorf (Cox)

Year 8A
Our crew of Sophie Kameniar, Ella Waltham, Olivia Kelly and Keely Flannagan were very excited and a bit nervous about this enormous event – Head of the River. We placed first in our heat and were into the final. We had a good start and pace but the other schools proved themselves to be the stronger rowers on the day. I am exceptionally proud of my crew who have done St Peter’s Girls proud this season. We are all looking forward to our next season of rowing. Jodi Papendorf (Cox)

SOFTBALL

Saturday 25 March
Open A – Saints 7 defeated Scotch
Saints maintained a winning performance, defeating Scotch. The girls were switched on from the start and batted very well. Once again, Aroha Munroe shone with outstanding pitching and she was backed up by Imogen Parker as catcher. All girls should be proud of the first term’s efforts. Jasmine Ledgard (Captain)

Open B1 – Saints 17 defeated Scotch 14
Saints came from behind to claim an emotional victory. As the score indicated, batting was very good from both teams in a high scoring encounter. Jasmine Ledgard (Captain)

Open B2 – Saints 2 defeated by Seymour 18
Unfortunately, we faced a team that could easily be playing in the A Grade. Despite the loss, the girls played well and never dropped their heads.

TENNIS

Saturday 25 March
Division 1 – Saints 4-26 defeated Wilderness 2-22
Singles: Annabel Baldwinson 6-1, Lily-Rose Spartalis 2-6, Daveena Dhillon 0-6, Shamilla Dhillon 6-1

Division 1 White – Saints 5-33 defeated Wilderness 1-15
Singles: Mia Dodd 6-0, Tahlia Louca 6-0, Emily Baldwinson 6-1, Mahala Truscott 6-4

Division 2 Blue – Saints 4-28 defeated Wilderness 2-15
Singles: Stella Clark 4-6, Renee Lawrence 0-6, Amelie Eaton 6-0, Emily Downie 6-1

Division 2 White – Saints 0-10 defeated by Wilderness 6-36
Singles: Taj Shahin 5-6, Amelia Wood 2-6, Georgia Langley 0-6, Anneliese Thomas 0-6

Division 3 Blue – Saints 0-15 defeated by Wilderness 6-36
Singles: Yunfei Ma 4-6, Annabelle Black 1-6, Orla Clayton 5-6, Mia-Rose Taliangis 5-6

Division 3 White – Saints 2-20 defeated by Wilderness 4-29
Singles: Adele Eaton 6-2, Aleisha Elliott 0-6, Sophie Abbott 3-6, Olivia Zito 3-6

Division 4 Blue – Saints 0-10 defeated by Wilderness 6-36
Singles: Siena Zito 0-6, Hilary Clark 4-6, Qingxin Feng 0-6, Thuhansa Hattotuwa 1-6

Division 4 White – Saints 0-5 defeated by Wilderness 6-36
Singles: Letitia Page-Thomson 1-6, Eva Young 0-6, Charlotte Adams 4-6, Efua Yawson 0-6

VOLLEYBALL

Saturday 25 March
Open A – Saints 3 defeated Seymour 0
This week the Open A girls had a convincing win against Seymour. Winning three sets to nil, the girls once again showed their massive improvement from across the term to close the match convincingly in all three sets. Ava Loechel came out firing in her debut game, showing excellent spikes and blocks across the net. Charlotte White also shone, with her accurate serving winning many consecutive points for the team. The girls look forward to a challenge for their final game next week against arch rivals, Concordia. Abbey Goodwin (Captain)

Open B – Saints 1 defeated by Seymour 2
The Open B were unlucky to lose this match. Some inconsistencies were the telling factor, but the girls worked hard and now look forward to Concordia for the final round of the term. Dan Searle (Supervisor)

Open C – Saints 2 defeated Seymour 1
The Open Cs played an absolutely terrific game, defeating Seymour 2-1. After a slow start, the girls lifted their game significantly and put up a good fight. The amount of 3-hits in the last two sets improved greatly, particularly with the help of Lauren Hernan, Catherine Neale, Carla Lawrence and Molly Ellis. Serving was also another strength of the team, particularly by Isabella Villani, Nicolette Miller and Mengyuan Li. Overall, the girls lifted their abilities significantly and put into place the skills which we have been working on for the past weeks. Georgia Howe (Coach)

Open D – Saints 1 defeated by Seymour 2
The Open Ds played an amazing game; however, they were defeated in a very close third. The girls worked so well together, calling and playing to a new level. Particularly, Charlene Lee, Eleanor Pyne, Jiayi Wang, Ruoyu Han and Marley Banham played terrifically, setting up many 3-hits and serving very well. Chloe Deieso showed some terrific work at the net, blocking and spiking consistently. Overall, the girls put up a very strong fight and played to a high standard. Georgia Howe (Coach)

Middle A – Saints 2 defeated Seymour 1
The Middle As had another close match this week; however, due to great enthusiasm and focus throughout the whole game, they came out with a win. Jessica Wishart and Ruby Bouhamdan were the best players of the game. Jessica Wishart was very active at the net and managed to get some great spikes and blocks, while Ruby Bouhamdan served well and moved efficiently around the court, setting up some great three hits to win us points. Victoria Neale (Coach)

Middle B – Saints 3 defeated Seymour 0
Once again, the Middle Bs had a great game this week when, for the first time in a while, the girls were put under pressure. With a team full of such strong servers, the girls have become comfortable with our opposition struggling to return the ball. However, this week Seymour defended really well and forced our girls to move their feet, get their body behind the ball and set up 3-hits. Emily Dobson-May and Lucy White, in particular, did this well, putting in lots of effort to go for every ball. Victoria Neale (Coach)

Middle C – Saints 1 defeated by Seymour 2
The Middle Cs played a tight game against Seymour last Saturday, displaying lots of improvement and fight from the beginning of term. Sarah Gulliver served extremely well, while Lara Slape passed the ball consistently, and Jia Wen Feng also moved into position quickly throughout the match. The girls have always kept their intensity high and hopefully they can finish off Term 1 in style next weekend at Concordia. Dan Searle (Supervisor)

BASKETBALL

Monday 27 March
Middle C1 – Saints 7 defeated by Pembroke 44
Up against another strong side, the girls worked together to enjoy their last game of Term 1. Moving the ball quickly in attack saw the team break Pembroke’s defence and gain some baskets. A great effort all round! Peter and Jo (Coaches)

Middle C2 – Saints 11 defeated by Pembroke 22
The C2 team were able to use teamwork to keep up with Pembroke. The girls started strongly, leading from the start. The whole team should be commended for a great finish, as they outscored Pembroke in the second half. Peter and Jo (Coaches)

TENNIS

Monday 27 March
shields alive. With the conclusion of games for Term 1, players will be looking forward to resuming games in Term 4.
Open A – Saints 6-36 defeated Concordia 0-6
Singles: Tiana Glazbrook 6-0, Yasmin Glazbrook 6-0, Jade Leyden 6-0, Olivia Harby 6-3

Open B – Saints 5-35 defeated Concordia 1-8
Singles: Sienna Glazbrook 6-0, Violette Maris 6-1, Clair Kao 6-0, Sarah Richards 5-6

Year 6/7 Knockout
Wednesday 29 March

The team easily progressed to the next round with a convincing win over Linden Park Primary School. The team of Sienna Glazbrook, Mia Dodd, Imogen Nienaber, Tahlia Louca and Emily Baldwinson won 6-36 to 0-7 to progress to the next round.

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Enews – Week 8, Term 1 2017

Issue no. 8
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From the acting Chaplain

David Bassett EnewsA journey of discovery

As someone who has been part of the School community for the past nine years as a parent and then as a staff husband, it was a very easy decision to accept Julia’s invitation to be Acting Chaplain while Rev. Natasha was on leave. The hidden joy was the new journey of discovery for myself as I began my time with the Saints Girls’ community.

I had previously been the Chaplain of Middle School at Melbourne Grammar, an all-boys school. How different St Peter’s Girls is to that! I had also been ‘out of school’ for some 14 years. So, it was going to be a challenge to remember how to ‘ride the bike’, as the saying goes. The first discovery was that the heart for our children and youth was as strong today as it has always been. Our children are such a precious gift to us, not just to individual families, but also to the whole of our community. The life, adventure, energy and passion that they bring is a wonderful, wonderful thing.

The second discovery is a shared discovery with the students. I began my time in the lead-up to Christmas (the season of Advent) and we are now in the lead-up to Easter (the season of Lent). These times mark the two great significant events of the Christian church – the life and death/resurrection of Jesus. The challenge is the question of relevance and meaning for us today. How does our story interact with the story of Jesus? How do the teachings of Jesus speak to us today? As you are no doubt aware, our students are quick to point out if they don’t see relevance or purpose. Our society today moves onto the new at an ever-quickening pace. In our chapel time we deliberately pause and go a bit slower and consider bigger things. This journey of discovery is one done in community together. What, I hope, we have discovered is that there is a richness in the wisdom that can come from a relationship with God. We have looked at a number of people throughout history and the present, whose faith has led them to be extraordinary people in their contribution to society. We have seen how when stories come together they can lead to great things.

A third discovery has been one driven by pragmatics. With the new developments the Chapel has temporarily been transformed into the Resource Centre. So, our chapel services are conducted in the Arts Centre. With use of familiar symbols – a holy table with candles, robes and a picture of the Chapel – and with the familiar aspects of Chapel – singing, Bible readings, prayer and a reflection – we have been able to find ‘sacred space.’ This is a significant discovery because it reminds us that it is not the surrounds or situation we find ourselves in, but our attitude and heart that are important.

The season of Lent is a journey of self-reflection. It follows the example of Jesus’ testing in the wilderness. Thankfully, we are not called to go into the wilderness for 40 days without food. But, there is a significant lesson to us of the need to test our resolve and to explore ourselves. This is an important aspect of the outdoor education program of the School. During Lent, we are encouraged to do this spiritually. It is a journey worth taking. It is a journey that promises great blessings – the blessings of a deeper knowledge not just of ourselves, but also of God’s great love for us, seen in the wonderful events of Easter.

I am loving my journey of discovery here at St Peter’s Girls, and am so thankful that I can take it with the students, staff and wider community.

Rev. David Bassett
Acting Chaplain

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Winter uniform reminder

A reminder that girls will be returning in to Term 2 and will be required to wear their winter uniform. Uniform requirements for winter are outlined below. Please contact the School Shop if you require a new winter skirt that meets the required length.

Winter Uniform

· The winter uniform for students in Years 4 to 12 consists of the winter skirt, shirt, long blue socks or tights, School tie, blazer and black school shoes. Shoes must be black lace-up or buckled school shoes. The jumper may be worn under the blazer.

· The winter uniform for students in Reception to Year 3 consists of the winter tunic, shirt, long blue socks or tights and junior blazer.

· Students in Years 7 – 12 may wear their House coloured tie.

· Students may choose to wear the navy blue School scarf. This can be worn indoors and outdoors. Students in Year 12 may choose to purchase the white Year 12 scarf.

· The winter skirt should be no shorter than mid knee cap and no longer than mid-calf.

· The tie must be done up to the neck and hide the top button, not worn loosely.

· If wearing socks, they must be pulled up to the knee, not worn down around the ankles.

· An undergarment that is not visible may be worn for additional warmth.

If you require a winter uniform fitting, please contact the School Shop on 8334 2228 for an appointment before the end of term.

The School Shop will only be open for limited hours during the first week of the school holidays – Thursday 20 April and Friday 21 April, 9am – 4pm.

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School photos

School and ELC photos will be taken on Monday 3 to Wednesday 5 April. This includes class photos and individual portraits for students in Reception to Year 12, as well as ELC groups.

Photo order envelopes have been distributed to students and these will need to be completed and returned on the day to the photographer. If you have not received a personalised envelope for your daughter, please notify the Development Office.

Students are also reminded to wear their full summer uniform, including the blazer.

Sibling photos will also be taken on Tuesday 4 April at lunchtime. Separate order envelopes for sibling photos are available from the Development Office.

Fiona McGregor
Events Coordinator

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Dance workshop

Enews Week 8 Dance

Last Thursday, the Stage 1 and Stage 2 dancers had the privilege of participating in an in-house workshop with the highly experienced freelance choreographer and contemporary dancer, Jack Ziesing. Jack has been training and performing both interstate and internationally continuously over the past eight years, so we were extremely appreciative to fit into his busy schedule after his performances at WOMAD. As the Stage 2 dancers are in the early processes of choreographing their individual end of year compositions, the workshop was focussed largely on choreography and the ‘light and shade’ in movements. Jack began by writing down and informing us of the ways in which he typically builds his choreography. Rather than combining ‘trick’ after ‘trick’, his approach explores the manipulation of certain body parts and the dynamics that movements can be performed.

One of the components of the workshop was working with a partner to create eight counts of movement. To build this, one partner stood with her eyes shut while the other partner would push a body part, which was then the main origin of movement. The challenge was to manipulate only the selected body part, with any additional movement being a result of, as Jack called it, the ‘engine’ or centre of movement. Once everyone had eight counts of choreography, we explored dynamics, altering the movements to fit certain words such as thrashing, throwing and protecting.

This workshop gave an amazing insight into how to create inventive choreography. I know that I can say, on behalf of all the dancers, that Jack was incredibly instructive and gave us more of an understanding of the depths of contemporary dance. Jack’s advice and instruction on how he develops movement is going to be an amazing help in the upcoming term.

Shaelyn Bischoff
Stage 2 Dance Student

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Junior School Vacation Care program now available

Enews Week 8 Vacation Care

Our next instalment of Vacation Care is just around the corner. We only have eight days these holidays, and have jam packed them with loads of fun and adventure! Our Vacation Care program is held during each school holiday period and we’d like to extend a warm welcome to primary school aged children from the wider community to attend. Students are welcome to invite friends or siblings to share in the range of enriching activities for both girls and boys.

Children can bring along their wheels and scoot through our obstacle course, cruise the Port River on our dolphin watch excursion or join us on an amazing adventure as we embark on our first ever overnight camp at the Adelaide Zoo doing their exciting ‘Zoosnooze’ program.

This will be an amazing opportunity for children to join our staff for special access animal feeding, dinner under the stars, night walks through the zoo and much more.

> Download the program here

Vacation Care has become very popular and sessions can book out very quick. Places are limited, so please click here to secure your booking today!

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CSIRO Science Bootcamp

CSIRO Education and Outreach have an exciting opportunity during the April school holidays for students in Years 8 – 10. Students can spend two days exploring acoustics, sound, and personal electronics with CSIRO. They’ll see CSIRO labs and testing facilities, meet and chat with research scientists, explore sound studies and take home an audio amplifier.

This is a unique chance to go behind the scenes of Australia’s premier research agency, CSIRO. There is a cost to participate in the two-day program and bookings are essential.

CSIRO Science Bootcamp Information

More information can be found by visiting their website at www.csiro.au/Bootcamp

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Learn how to build your own iPhone app!

Code Camp Enews

St Peter’s Girls’ School will be hosting Code Camp Spark for students in Years 2 – 7. Code Camp runs 26 – 28 April from 9am – 3.30pm. Cost for Code Camp Spark is $350 for three days.

Code Camp Information Flyer

Visit the Code Camp website for more information and to book

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Dads Night Out – A night on the green

Enews Dads Night Out invitation 2017
Enews Week 8 Night on the green

Don’t miss this year’s Dads Night Out for some barefoot bowling fun.
Come on dads – bring a mate, meet the other fathers at St Peter’s Girls and have a blast!

“The Dads’ Night Out in 2016 was a fantastic event and was greatly enjoyed by all involved. I’ve been a father at the School for a number of years and my wife is an Old Scholar as well, so I’ve attended a few events in that time. This particular night was a great way for me to catch up with other fathers I know well and also meet the new fathers who have only recently become parents at the School. The bowling aspect was fun; we all had a bit of a laugh and obviously the games resulted in a cheeky competitiveness amongst the dads. I highly recommend that all fathers attend this year to support the School and continue to foster these community connections that are so unique to Saints Girls.”

A testimonial from Darren McCormack, dad of Matilda, Year 9

Date: Friday 7 April 2017

Time: 6.30pm onwards

Venue: Trinity Gardens Bowling Club, 30 Canterbury Ave, Trinity Gardens

Tickets: $40 via www.trybooking.com/PEWZ
Includes entry, bowling fees and lots of finger food
Bookings close Wednesday 5 April

Enquiries: Emma Robinson on 0412 002 123 or emmarob@bigpond.net.au

Drinks, silent auction items and raffle tickets can be purchased on the evening – cash only.

A fundraising event hosted by the Mothers’ Club

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Entertainment Book pre-sales

Enews Entertainment Book

The St Peter’s Girls’ School Mothers’ Club is delighted to present our 2017 Entertainment Book fundraiser. For every book that is sold, part proceeds will go to the exciting redevelopment of the outdoor areas surrounding our new Middle School.

Support St Peter’s Girls Mothers’ Club and buy your new Entertainment Book before 3 April 2017 to go into the draw to win a Family Pass to Cleland Wildlife Park. Books will not be sent home this year; therefore, if people want to buy them they can pre-purchase them online or via the form and then pick them up from the Front Office when they arrive. If you would like to see the actual book before you purchase, there will be a display copy in the Front Office, Staff Room and ELC.

Order your Entertainment Book here!

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

Those who purchase before 3 April 2017 will go into the draw to win an Annual Family Pass to Cleland Wildlife Park.

Thank you in advance for your kind support and consideration.

Your Mothers’ Club Committee

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Order your Summer Interhouse Meal Deal

Enews Summer Interhouse 2

The Summer Interhouse competition will be held on Thursday 13 April 2017, the last day of Term 1.

The Saints Sport Support Group (SSSG) will once again be cooking up lunch for all of our hungry Reception – Year 12 students on the day. Volunteers will hand-deliver the Reception – Year 2 lunches to the classroom for lunchtime and Years 3 – 12 can pick up their lunches from the barbecue area. This year we’re offering delicious Hamburger Meal Deals (vegetarian option available). Parents, give yourself a day off from making the school lunches and let us do it for you.

Please pre-order your daughter’s Meal Deal via www.trybooking.com/PAIJ, as there will be no cash sales on the day. Orders can be placed from Friday 3 March and will close Friday 7 April. House water bottles and wrist bands are also available to be pre-ordered.

All proceeds raised by the Saints Sport Support Group directly support and benefit our Saints girls and their sporting endeavours. Some of our recent purchases include new athletic crop tops, a high jump mat, and GPS units to be used during PE as well as rowing. We funded an entire year group of girls to complete their Bronze Medallion.

Thank you so much for your kind support.

Saints Sport Support Group

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Business Directory now online

Enews Online Business Directory

The new St Peter’s Girls’ Online Business Directory has arrived!

We encourage our community to get on board and check it out.

stpetersgirls.u-direct.com.au

  • Book your very own personalised advertisement today
  • Three options available $500, $250 OR FREE
  • Promote your special business offer – and change your offer and advertisement as often as you like for no extra cost
  • Simply support businesses connected to our School
  • Refer a business
  • All proceeds go towards our Parents’ and Friends’ Fundraising efforts for 2017

For more information on how to get involved contact Melissa Westgate on 8334 2244
or mwestgate@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au

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Master Plan Update: From the construction zone

Enews Week 8 Master Plan
 
Work on the eastern decking continued this week. The external stormwater works are almost completed, with the remainder to be finished over the school holidays. Next week the installation of the air-conditioning will begin, as well as the measuring and fabrication of aluminium windows.

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EpiPen 300 Recall Alert

All 300 mcg EpiPens (not EpiPen Jr) with an April 2017 expiry date are being recalled because of a possible defect that may result in difficulty activating the device in an emergency.

Affected batches are:

Batch Number Expiry
5FA665 April 2017
5FA6651 April 2017
5FA6652 April 2017
5FA6653 April 2017

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Sports News

Enews Week 8 Sport

Congratulations

ATHLETICS
State Little Athletics Championships
Congratulations to the following students who competed for a range of clubs at the State Little Athletic Championships.

Katherine Woolley – Gold in 300 hurdles and State record, 4th Javelin, 5th 100m
Bethany Cross – Gold in the 1500m walk and 1500m run and Silver in 800m, 4th Javelin
Nicolette Miller – Bronze in discus, 4th Javelin, 7th Discus
Molly Lucas – Gold in 300 hurdles and State record
Sophie Barr – Silver in discus and BRONZE in shot put
Matilda Braithwaite – 5th in 800m
Portia Maerschel – Silver in 200m and long jump and BRONZE in 100m
Amelia Lucas – Silver in 60m hurdles, 200m and 100m, 4th 70m
Molly Dwyer – Gold in the 400, 800 and 1500
Olivia Kelly – 200m

TENNIS
We extend best wishes to Tiana and Yasmin Glazbrook (Year 11) who have both been selected into the SA Secondary School Sport Tennis team. They will represent SA at the National Schools Championships in Shepparton, Victoria, from 29 April to 7 May.

SURFING
Imogen Elliott (Year 7) has been in Queensland for training and before she left she competed in the Coopers Classic, the SA Open Women’s championship. In 2-3ft waves at Parsons Imogen finished second, which was an outstanding performance.

SWIMMING
State SAPSASA Swimming Carnival

Well done to the five students who represented East Adelaide at the State Primary School Swimming Carnival, helping East Adelaide to win the overall District trophy.

• Georgina Wakeham won a gold medal in the 11 years 50m Backstroke in a personal best time of 37.75 and was fifth in the final of the Girls 11 years 50m Breaststroke
• Poppy Marshall won gold in the 12 years 50m breaststroke and silver in the Open Girls 4 x 50m Medley relay and 4 x 50m Freestyle relay
• Willow Stewart-Rattray and Georgina Wakeham won gold as part of the 11 year old Girls 4 x 50m Freestyle relay. The girls also broke the record which had stood since 1994!
• Other competitors were Emily Baldwinson and Rune Chi Zhao

BASKETBALL

Wednesday 15 March
Open A – Saints 20 defeated by Wilderness 38
Another great effort played by the Open A basketball team this week! The girls were focussed against Wilderness and were able to shoot more accurately under pressure, as well as box out and play strongly defensively. Special mention to Sindhu Nedumaran for boxing out in defence well and getting rebounds off the other team, allowing the girls to take the ball back down to the other end of the court and shoot. Chelsea Marchetti (Captain)

Middle A – Saints 16 defeated by Wilderness 34
One of the most consistent matches for the Middle As this season, with two solid halves of basketball. Stand outs in defence were Rachel Banham and Zara Sadri who were able to cause many turnovers. Top scorers this week were Ella Liddy and Sophie Norman. Thank you to Sophie for playing both As and Bs this week. Vanessa Brooks (Supervisor)

Middle B – Saints 18 defeated by Wilderness 23
A very even match this week, which the girls could have won if they were able to convert more of their many scoring opportunities. Fantastic ball movement into attack from Kellie Bested, Ashley Piper and Indya Dodd. Saints girls demonstrated fantastic team pressure in defence, as well as good communication throughout the match. Vanessa Brooks (Supervisor)

JUNIOR SOFTBALL

Wednesday 15 March
Year 6 – Saints 9 defeated Pembroke Blue 1
The girls battled with determination through the heat to get a win this week, and it was much deserved. All girls have been improving their skills on field, particularly their ‘stealing’ while base running. Highlights were the strong batting of Emma Pool and Willow Stewart-Rattray, as well as the amazing teamwork of Emily Bryce and Grace Richards as first base and pitcher respectively. We wish the girls trialling for the SAPSASA team all the best. Lydia Smalls and Jasmine Ledgard (Coaches)

Teeball Blue – Saints 17 defeated Walford 8
The Year 4/5 blue teeball team had an incredible game against Walford. The girls played a great game, with Dani Cox and Scarlett Dillon making great hits and getting girls home. A special mention to Stephanie Andrejewskis who played a great first innings, even with sore legs, and continued to support the team throughout the rest of the game. Kate McKellar-Stewart (Coach)

Teeball White – Saints 13 defeated by St Andrew’s 14
A great effort by the girls to only go down by one run in a close game. It is great that they are adapting to play and improving on their running and fielding. Keep up the fantastic work! Lucinda Tierney (Coach)

WATER POLO

Thursday 16 March
Open A – Saints 7 defeated Wilderness 3
This was a fast-paced game right from the start, and the girls worked hard to score whilst ensuring they applied pressure on their opponents when defending. There were many steals from the applied pressure, which allowed Saints to attack regularly. Special mentions go to Mikaela Georgiadis and Katherine Woolley on outstanding games. Sarah Richards (Captain)

Open B – Saints 9 defeated St Ignatius 3
The girls demonstrated great teamwork and strong persistence in defence. Once again, the pressure from the defence provided numerous turnovers and allowed Saints multiple opportunities for shots in attack. Well done to Rose Pittman, Sarah Richards and Olivia Goldsmith who all had strong performances. Lynne Spry (Supervisor)

Open C – Saints 8 defeated Wilderness 1
The girls had another great game, with strong pressure applied to gain possession and turn defence into attack. Overall, this was another great performance heading into the finals in two weeks’ time. Best players this week were Sophie LeMire and Ebony-Jade Nash-Smith. Sarah Richards (Captain)

Middle A – Saints 3 defeated by Loreto 11

Middle B – Saints 1 lost to Seymour 16

The Middle A and B water polo teams played their last game until Term 4. The girls, who are in Years 7 and 8, have had some difficult games this term as they were playing in the 9/10 competition but to their credit, the girls have played with great spirit and have always tried to do their best. This week all girls played well and have improved greatly since their first game on 16 February. Heather Lines (Supervisor)

JUNIOR TENNIS

Friday 17 March
Division 1 – Saints 6-28 defeated Seymour 0-13
Singles: Maiya Jakupec 4-2, Bridgette Leach 4-0, Willow Stewart-Rattray 4-2, Olivia Slivak 4-2

Division 2 Blue – Saints 4-21 defeated Scotch 2-12
Singles: Marcella Tolley 4-2, Mathilda Thomas 4-0, Alicia Toh 1-4, Lucy Schirripa 4-1

Division 2 White – Saints 5-24 defeated Seymour 1-17
Singles: Pearl Richards 4-3, Grace Richards 4-2, Georgie Owler 4-2, Sophie Dansie 0-4 (injured)

Division 3 – Saints 0-8 defeated by St Ignatius 5-22
Singles: Monika Ceplitis 1-3, Summer Ward 3-3, Georgia Parsons 1-4, Dani Cox 0-2

ROWING

Saturday 18 March

Year 8A – The crew of Sophie Kameniar, Ella Waltham, Olivia Kelly and Keely Flannagan competed in two races. In the heat we came in third, meaning we qualified for the B final. We took the lead early in the final but in the last 100m Walford managed to catch us. We are all looking forward to the Head of the River this week. It has been a great season. Jodi Papendorf (Cox)

The Year 8B coxed crew did a great job last Saturday. Molly Bond, Gemma Schaedel, Sara Peak and Rose Young put in an amazing amount of effort. We aimed to come at least third and we achieved that goal in the first race. Unfortunately, we didn’t start well in the final race; however, the girls pushed hard to get to the finish line and felt they rowed better than they ever had before. We are all looking forward to the Head of the River on Saturday. Trinity Nelson (Cox)

SOFTBALL

Saturday 18 March
Open A – Saints 9 defeated Pulteney 2
Saints Open As had an outstanding game against Pulteney. After a close first innings of 3-1, Saints began to break away with many hits and these resulting in runs. As always, Aroha Munroe and Imogen Parker did an outstanding job pitching and catching. Everyone had an excellent turn at bat, in particular Molly Ellis who consistently hits at a high standard. Each player had an exceptional game, working together as a team. This win brings us another step closer to winning the Shield. Jasmine Ledgard (Captain)

Open B – Saints 17 defeated Pulteney 13
Saints Open Bs had an extremely close game. Going into the third innings with a score of 5-13, Saints collected seven runs, closing the score to 12-13. In the final innings Saints restricted Pulteney from scoring and then Saints added five runs to record a memorable win. Highlights of the game were Olivia Goldsmith’s great take at left field and the outstanding batting by all players. Jasmine Ledgard (Captain)

TENNIS

Saturday 18 March
Division 1 – Saints 3-26 drew with Pembroke 3-26
Singles: Mia Dodd 6-4, Shamilla Dhillon 3-6, Tahlia Louca 1-6, Mahala Truscott 6-3

Division 2 Blue – Saints 4-29 defeated Scotch 2-23
Singles: Renee Lawrence 4-6, Stella Clark 6-3, Amelie Eaton 6-2, Emily Downie 1-6

Division 2 White – Saints defeated by Scotch
1st doubles 1-6
Taj Shahin 5-6, Georgia Langley, Amelia Wood 6-2, Anneliese Thomas 0-6

Division 3 Blue – Saints 0-6 defeated by Scotch 6-36
Singles: Yunfei Ma 1-6, Annabelle Langley 1-6, Olivia Zito 0-6, Charlotte Stewart 1-6

Division 3 White – Saints 0-11 defeated by Scotch 6-36
Singles: Orla Clayton 1-6, Mia Taliangis 0-6, Adele Eaton 5-6, Aleisha Elliott 1-6

Division 4 Blue – Saints 0-3 defeated by Scotch 6-36
Singles: Siena Zito 1-6, Hilary Clark 1-6, Efua Yawson 0-6, Qingxin Feng 0-6

Division 4 White – Saints 0-7 defeated by Scotch 6-36
Singles: Letitia Page-Thomson 0-6, Eva Young 2-6, Sophie Abbott 4-6, Charlotte Adams 1-6

VOLLEYBALL

Saturday 18 March
Open A – Saints 3 defeated Wilderness 0 (25-14, 25-11, 25-8)
The girls this week were a force to be reckoned with. The entire team came out firing to defeat Wilderness convincingly in all three sets. Emily Murdock stood out this week with her excellent sets setting up the team for a great attack. Brooke Elliott’s wonderful blocking also maintained the upper hand for the girls. This great team is enjoying their successes and looking forward to more challenges to prove how much they have all improved. Abbey Goodwin (Captain)

Open B – Saints 1 defeated by Wilderness 2
The Open Bs played a tense, tight match against Wilderness before going down 2 – 1 (25-23 in the third). In the first set the girls were quiet and Wilderness were able to get on top, with our lack of communication an issue. There was a fantastic turnaround in the second set where our girls’ enthusiasm was ignited and we were able to win the set. A great finish ensued but we unfortunately ended on the wrong side of the ledger. There were great spikes by Grace Dawson, consistent passes from Ava Loechel and strong serving from Qianna Huang and Charlotte Carney. Dan Searle (Supervisor)

Open C – Saints 3 defeated Wilderness 0
The Open Cs had an excellent win on Saturday against Wilderness. Everyone played well, the spirits were kept high and the result was extremely pleasing. Best players were Lauren Hernan, Isabella Villani, Catherine Neale and Mary Brownridge. Georgia Howe (Coach)

Open D – Saints 3 defeated Wilderness 0
The Open Ds had a great win against Wilderness on the weekend. After a slow first set, the girls lifted their energy and played incredibly. The amount of three-hits increased significantly and therefore more points were won. Best players were Jiayi Wang, Eleanor Pyne, Georgina Bafile and Molly Lucas. Georgia Howe (Coach)

Middle A – Saints 1 defeated by Wilderness 2
The Middle As had a hard game this week, unfortunately losing in a close three-set match. For the first time, the girls were put under game pressure but, despite this, managed to keep up the enthusiasm and motivation, which was great to see. Siena Kulinski and Sarah Wishart, in particular, had great games, with great serving from Siena to secure us the first set and good presence at the net from Sarah who finished numerous points by either blocking or spiking the ball back at our opponents. Victoria Neale (Coach)

Middle B – Saints 3 defeated Wilderness 0
Our Middle B team had another comfortable win this week, remaining undefeated so far this year. The girls played well as a team and, in particular, Paris Greene served well and Emily Dobson-May was very enthusiastic and moved brilliantly around the court. Victoria Neale (Coach)

Middle C – Saints 3 defeated Woodcroft 0
Saints started very well, with some excellent serving from Sarah Gulliver and Zhangyu Han. There were many contributions and girls moving into position to support players to create second and third shot efforts. Jia Wen Feng, Jenna Bowden and Jiayi Wang also had solid games with some consistent serving. Neil Fuller (Supervisor)

BASKETBALL

Monday 20 March
Middle C1 – Saints 14 defeated by Seymour 52
Up against a strong team, the girls proved how much they have developed over the season. The whole team worked well together to gain scores off fast transitions. A special mention to Sabrina Passelli for her shot accuracy. Peter and Jo (Coaches)

Middle C2 – Saints 10 defeated by Seymour 36
A great effort from the team up against a tall and experienced side. The girls rebounded well. A special mention to Rune Chi Zhao who was a clear stand out with her accurate shooting. Peter and Jo (Coaches)

TENNIS

Monday 20 March
Open A – Saints 6-36 defeated Wilderness 0-3
Singles: Tiana Glazbrook 6-0, Yasmin Glazbrook 6-1, Jade Leyden 6-1, Olivia Harby 6-1

Open B – Saints 5-34 defeated Wilderness 1-19
Singles: Sienna Glazbrook 4-6, Violette Maris 6-4, Clair Kao 6-3, Annabel Baldwinson 6-1

Open Knockout – Tuesday 21 March
The team of Tiana Glazbrook, Yasmin Glazbrook, Jade Leyden and Olivia Harby competed in the qualifying rounds of the Secondary Schools Knockout Championships and progressed to the State finals with easy wins against Immanuel College and Nuriootpa High School.
Saints 6-36 defeated Immanuel College 0-15
Saints 4-24 defeated Nuriootpa High School 2-17

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Enews – Week 7, Term 1 2017

Issue no. 7
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From the Head of Senior School

Kate Mortimer EnewsA spotlight on leadership

Titles and leadership often go hand in hand. If you have a title, for example Prefect, Captain, Prime Minister, Manager or CEO, you are a recognised leader. But titles can be unhelpful when it comes to leadership. Having one does not necessarily make you an effective leader.

Perhaps at present, the most obvious example of this in society is that of Donald Trump. His title as the President of the United States of America means that he is recognised as ‘a leader’ and many consider the person who holds this particular title to be ‘the leader of the free world’. However, the question of whether or not he is an ‘effective leader’ remains to be seen. This is in contrast to the example of Angela Merkel of Germany. There would be very few in the world who would question her effectiveness as a leader.

The easiest way to identify leaders in schools is, of course, by their title, and last year we proudly announced our new Prefects. We have 13 students who took on leading roles in an area of school life. This group of girls has moved into roles that require public speaking, event management, creativity, mentoring younger students and many more duties that will place demands on their time and ask them to work outside their comfort zone. They are currently taking up the challenge of being effective leaders. Their ideas for the year are motivating and only they can determine the lasting impact they will have. Our discussions have lately focussed on what it means to be an effective leader and the fact that wearing a badge counts for very little. You remain the same leader, whether you take the badge off or leave it on. While it is early in the year, I can say with assurance that these girls are leading from the front. They are focussing on doing the small things well, on building clear plans for the year and on prioritising the steps that they can take to shine the spotlight upon others. There is a very clear difference in being ‘a leader’ and being ‘a leader worth following’.

But, more importantly, we as a school should recognise the many types of leaders who at times can be harder to identify. At St Peter’s Girls, these leaders can be found everywhere. These are the girls who step up and volunteer when others step back. They are the girls who take the time to ensure others in class understand a topic when they sense they are having trouble. They are those who set the tone in study lessons, who hold people to account when they treat others poorly. They are the ones who at recess and lunch pick up the rubbish their friends have left behind. They are those who organise events and activities to be inclusive of everyone, who work to maintain positive relationships in friendship groups. They are those who lift others up, rather than pull them down.

It is important that we recognise these girls, as they are all leaders worth following.

Kate Mortimer
Head of Senior School

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Saints Cafe

Enews Saints Cafe

Saints Cafe is a student run initiative with the help of Ms Casson. The managers and staff do everything, from covering the financial side of things to marketing our products as well as producing the products. There are three managers, Ankita Rajbhoj (Financial Manager), Teegan Lindsay (Staffing Manager) and Zoë Scobie (Marketing Manager). Each one of these roles is quite vital in making sure that the café is running efficiently.

Saints Cafe is open from 7.30 to 8.15am, Tuesday and Friday mornings. Our aim this year is to be a fully ‘green cafe’ (an ethical, environmentally friendly and sustainable cafe). We use bio-degradable cups and lids that are compostable, and BioNapkins made from FSC© certified pulp and certified carbon neutral. We also now use paper straws instead of plastic ones, because paper degrades. If you bring your own keep cup (with a lid) we will reward you with a 50c discount off your coffee – we believe it is better for our environment to REUSE cups.

We support local farmers and buy our milk from Tweedvale Milk. This is a family business in the Adelaide Hills. They are serious about their quality of milk, the farmers treat their cows well and the milk is delicious! In consideration of the people who are lactose free, we also stock Soy and Zymil milk.

Our protein balls are sugar free, and include organic almond butter, organic raw cacao powder, honey, coconut, chia seeds, organic coconut oil and protein powder. We will also be introducing and trialling some new menu items, such as muffins and banana bread.

We are trialling a new coffee bean supplied by local boutique coffee shop, Seafaring Fool, and have a beautiful rich coffee taste to them. As well, there is a new hot chocolate powder from a West African natural cocoa bean. There will be ice coffees, mochas and chocolates available too! We have been practising our customer service skills and would love to hear your feedback, so let us know how we are going.

Lastly, new loyalty cards will be available so please keep your card handy in your wallet to get a free coffee or protein ball.

As you can see, Saints Cafe this year is an environmentally friendly, all round ethical cafe. We hope you enjoy our Cafe this year and we hope to see you on our Food Tech Centre deck for a delicious drink!

Written in collaboration by Ankita Rajbhoj, Zoë Scobie, Teegan Lindsay and Ms Casson

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Years 11 and 12 PE – Blue Belt certification

Enews Blue Belt

The Year 11 and 12 PE girls completed their self-defence practical unit last week, which culminated in them receiving their Blue Belt certification, the first time Saints has completed this program. Throughout the first few weeks of school the girls perfected their punch and kick routines, arm and leg strikes, partner sparring and probably their least favourite activity, push ups and sit ups. The girls also completed some other activities that were not required for their Blue Belt but are common in self defence, such as throws, take-downs and defence against random attacks. Mike Downton from Golden Knights Martial Arts Academy said all girls performed exceptionally on their assessment day, which is credit to the hard work they have put in throughout the unit.

Dan Searle
Head of PE, Health & Outdoor Education

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Year 7 Camp

W7 Enews Year 7 Camp

Bushwalking
On Year 7 camp we did a hike along the beaches at Robe. Most of the hike was through the Little Dip Conservation Park, along sand dunes and tracks. The view on the walk to the campsite was breathtaking and due to fog we couldn’t see very far in front or behind us – it looked really cool! We were thankful that the weather was cool so that we didn’t get too hot carrying our big rucksacks. We also really enjoyed using the map to find our way, because for most of us this was the first time we had used a map to find directions. At lunch we played hacky sack in the dunes and jumped on each other in the sand. We had a ‘sand in the shoe’ competition to see who had the most sand in their shoes at the end of the hike. Lucy piled the sand in her shoes and walked for a long time with the sand coming out of the top. She won the competition and got some garlic bread cooked by Johno, our team leader, at dinner.

When we arrived at the wild campsite we set up our tents and got changed for the beach. Some of us didn’t bring our bathers and so we just went swimming in our clothes. At the beach we dug huge holes to make little baths near the water and we got pinched by crabs that we found. The water was crystal clear and we were able to catch waves on the boogie boards.

Back at the camp we set up our trangias and cooked our own dinner from the food we had carried with us the whole hike. Gloria and Mia made a delicious carbonara pasta and the best dessert went to Amelie and Annabelle who made a chocolate fondue with oreos and marshmallows! We played bush charades as the sun went down and then cuddled into our tents because it was so cold. Overall we had an amazing hike and had so much fun!

The girls in 7ADA

Kayaking
On the last full day of camp, 7VBR went kayaking in the lake. The day was filled with lots of fun and activities to do like the shark and seal game where the sharks had to try and eat the seals. Another activity we got to do was make a sail with a tarp to move us along in the water when we were rafted up as a group. Near the end of the day we all came together in the kayaks and had afternoon tea and learnt how to number off from 1 to 16 in Indonesian – which we messed up a lot. After a big day and cleaning up the kayaks, we went for a dip in the lake, which we enjoyed since it was a hot day and the water was nice and cool. Overall, you could say that we had lots of fun and really enjoyed it.

Imogen Elliott and Primrose Robinson

Caving
Caving was an awesome experience. We first visited a fossil cave and were amazed by the spectacular animatronics in the megafauna showcase. We saw pits with bones that were remnants of the megafauna that graced Australia, such as the marsupial lion and over-sized kangaroos as large as trees. Adventure caving allowed us to get on our hands and knees and get dirty. It definitely pushed us out of our comfort zones but, at the same time, it was a highly enjoyable activity. Climbing through small cracks can be difficult but we all encouraged each other through to the end.

Azaan Singh

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Winter uniform

It is four weeks until the end of Term 1 and change of uniform from Summer to Winter.

If you require a winter uniform fitting, please contact the School Shop on 8334 2228 for an appointment before the end of term. Please note the winter skirt should be no shorter than mid knee cap and no longer than mid-calf.

The School Shop will only be open for limited hours during the first week of the school holidays – Thursday 20 April and Friday 21 April, 9am – 4pm.

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Winter sports nominations

W7 Enews sports nominations

Please note that winter sports nominations for students in Reception to Year 12 close at 5pm on Sunday 19 March.

Students in Years 5 to 12 have been sent the link to nominate and we encourage you discuss and go through the options with them. Students who select more than one sport, must ensure they can fulfil the commitments relating to each sport for the season. Please note that training days cannot be confirmed until coaches are appointed.

Students in Years 7 to 12 will be graded and movement between teams will be based on player ability, availability and attendance.

We ask parents of students in Reception to Year 4 to complete the nomination.

Sports Policy:
• Years 7, 8 and 9 are expected to participate in both a summer and winter sport in accordance with the School Sports Policy.
• Years 5 and 6 student are expected to participate in at least two different sports throughout the Year.

Nominations close at 5pm on Sunday 19 March.

An overview of sports offered at each year level is also available on the School’s website.

> Complete the form now

For further information about the sports on offer, please contact me on nfuller@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au.

Neil Fuller
Director of Sport

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A night on the green

Enews Dads Night Out invitation 2017

Don’t miss Dads Night Out for some barefoot bowling!

Date: Friday 7 April 2017

Time: 6.30pm onwards

Venue: Trinity Gardens Bowling Club, 30 Canterbury Ave, Trinity Gardens

Tickets: $40 via www.trybooking.com/PEWZ
Includes entry, bowling fees and lots of finger food
Bookings close Wednesday 5 April

Enquiries: Emma Robinson on 0412 002 123 or emmarob@bigpond.net.au

Drinks, silent auction items and raffle tickets can be purchased on the evening – cash only.

A fundraising event hosted by the Mothers’ Club

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Head of the River

The countdown is on for the Head of the River, to be held on Saturday 25 March at West Lakes. Students, parents and families are invited to attend and support our girls from the edge of the rowing course.

This year a bus will again be provided from the School to West Lakes for students wishing to attend. Please book at seat at www.trybooking.com/PIFM by 4pm Thursday next week. The bus will depart at 8.30am and return to Saints Girls by approximately 1pm.

This year’s rowing is expected to be bigger and better than last, with the girls’ lead-up training being exceptional. Please come along to attend this historic regatta and support our rowers.

As with previous years, spectating students are expected to wear full School uniform, including hat. If the weather is cool and an outer garment is required, students must wear their blazer. In the lead up to Head of the River, please note that the car parking provisions and shuttle bus location has changed. Below is a flyer explaining the new car parking arrangements.

Head of the River car parking

Additionally, the opportunity to preorder apparel for the Head of the River closes this weekend on Sunday 19 March. There will be some apparel available for purchase on the day but popular items are likely to sell out quickly.

Visit: https://www.trybooking.com/257744 to preorder and avoid disappointment. All orders placed by this weekend will be available to collect from the Merchandise stand at the Head of the River on 25 March.

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Choral Night

Choral Night Tickets on Sale

Choral Night is next Thursday 23 March. Please join us for what is always a highlight on the School calendar.

Tickets can be purchased at www.trybooking.com/OYBZ.

Time: 7pm
Date: Thursday 23 March 2017
Venue: Adelaide Town Hall, 128 King William Street, Adelaide
Tickets: $10 each (a maximum of four tickets per family applies)

We hope to see as many parents as possible join us for what is sure to be a fun and entertaining evening.

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Entertainment Book Pre-Sales

Enews Entertainment Book

The St Peter’s Girls’ School Mothers’ Club is delighted to present our 2017 Entertainment Book fundraiser. For every book that is sold, part proceeds will go to the exciting redevelopment of the outdoor areas surrounding our new Middle School.

Support St Peter’s Girls Mothers’ Club and buy your new Entertainment Book before 3 April 2017 to go into the draw to win a Family Pass to Cleland Wildlife Park. Books will not be sent home this year; therefore, if people want to buy them they can pre-purchase them online or via the form and then pick them up from the Front Office when they arrive. If you would like to see the actual book before you purchase, there will be a display copy in the Front Office, Staff Room and ELC.

Order your Entertainment Book here!

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

Those who purchase before 3rd April 2017 will go into the draw to win an Annual Family Pass to Cleland Wildlife Park.

Thank you in advance for your kind support and consideration.

Your Mothers’ Club Committee

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Calling for volunteers – we need your help!

The School Banking program is growing! We need two volunteers to assist with the running of the program. Are you a passionate Saint’s supporter with a spare hour on a Wednesday to have some fun counting cash and stamping some deposit books? If so, we would love to have you become one of our School Banking Coordinators.Calling all volunteers

This only takes a small amount of your time one day a week and the Commonwealth Bank will provide support in how to run the program. Your help with the program 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 contact Carrol (an Old Scholar’s mum) on 0476 828 134 for more details.

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Reminder – Update your details for 2017

With the new academic year well underway, we ask families to please check their contact details are up-to-date and ensure your daughter’s medical records are correct.

You can check these details by logging on to the Link portal.

> Log in to the Link Portal using your individual username and password
> If you can’t remember your password, follow the link to reset it

Medical details

The School is required to have correct medical information on record for all students. Please take a moment to review the information we have on file for your child and complete any updates or changes as required.

Click on the My Details tab of the portal to review and update details such as medical, physical and dietary details, provide legal and other consents, as well as your address, occupation and other family information.

Ensure you click through each section of the My Details page, and complete the updates for each of your children.

Buzz Book – family contact information

While in previous years the printed Buzz Book has provided contact information for School families, you will now be able to access the contact details of parents online. The School appreciates that some families may not wish their contact information to be shared in this way.

To review your contact information, and provide your consent for your family’s details to be included, please complete the following steps:

> Click on the Buzz Book tab
> Check your details and tick the items you wish to be included
> Submit the form
> Repeat the process for any other daughters/children you have at the School
> Changes can be made by providing updates through the My Details section above

You can then access contact information of other School families from the same page of the Link portal. You will automatically be shown details of parents in your daughter’s year level, but can remove that filter from the top of the column to show all families. You can use the filters provided, such as surname, to narrow your search.

If you do NOT submit your consent, your information will NOT be included in the online directory this year. Both contacts will need to provide their individual consent.

An online business directory will also be launched this year, so you can browse for local businesses with a Saints Girls connection.

Updates throughout the year

Should any of these details change throughout the year, please use the ‘Change Details’ tab in the Link Portal.

If you experience difficulties using the Link Portal, please contact link@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au or phone 8155 5791.

Thank you for your assistance in keeping the School’s records accurate.

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Order your Summer Interhouse Meal Deal

Enews Summer Interhouse 2

The Summer Interhouse competition will be held on Thursday 13 April 2017, the last day of Term 1.

The Saints Sport Support Group (SSSG) will once again be cooking up lunch for all of our hungry Reception – Year 12 students on the day. Volunteers will hand-deliver the Reception – Year 2 lunches to the classroom for lunchtime and Years 3 – 12 can pick up their lunches from the barbecue area. This year we’re offering delicious Hamburger Meal Deals (vegetarian option available). Parents, give yourself a day off from making the school lunches and let us do it for you.

Please pre-order your daughter’s Meal Deal via www.trybooking.com/PAIJ, as there will be no cash sales on the day. Orders can be placed from Friday 3 March and will close Friday 7 April. House water bottles and wrist bands are also available to be pre-ordered.

All proceeds raised by the Saints Sport Support Group directly support and benefit our Saints girls and their sporting endeavours. Some of our recent purchases include new athletic crop tops, a high jump mat, and GPS units to be used during PE as well as rowing. We funded an entire year group of girls to complete their Bronze Medallion.

Thank you so much for your kind support.

Saints Sport Support Group

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Sports News

W7 Enews Sport
Congratulations

Olivia Goldsmith (Year 9) who has been selected to represent South Australia at the U15 Australian Hockey Championships in Sydney from 1 – 13 April 2017.

Matilda Braithwaite (Year 9) has continued her preparations for the National Triathlon Championships with a first place at the ASICS Victor Harbor Triathlon Short Course (150m swim, 8km cycle and 1.5km run). Not only did she win her age, but she was also third overall out of a field of 60.

Netball Clinics – April holidays

Our Director of Netball, Alice Johnswood, will be offering netball coaching clinics during the April school holidays. Clinics are available for players aged 5 – 15 years and all experience levels are welcome. All sessions will be delivered by qualified, experienced coaches with one coach provided for every nine players. The clinics are being run at the Campbelltown Netball Courts – Crowle Road, Paradise on Monday 24 and Wednesday 26 April.

Clinics available:
·         Beginners Clinic – for players 5 – 7 years old who are just starting out on their netball journey.
·         Intro to Match Play – for players 8 – 10 years old who are about to play their first
season of netball, or have played one season of netball.
·         GS/GA Skills – for players aged 11 – 15 who play in these positions or want to learn how to.
·         WA/C Skills – for players aged 11 – 15 who play in these positions or want to learn how to.
·         C/WD Skills – for players aged 11 – 15 who play in these positions or want to learn how to.
·         GD/GK Skills – for players aged 11 – 15 who play in these positions or want to learn how to.

For further information click here and to register contact Alice Johnswood 0412 454 784 or email alice@taughtandbowled.com.au.

SA Athletics Academy

South Australia’s Athletics Academy is a junior development program that has been developed by Athletics South Australia and Little Athletics South Australia, to provide all young athletes from 9 to 19 years of age the opportunity to take their athletics to the next level! The Academy has four squads; Bronze, Silver, Gold and the Target Talent Program (TTP). Each squad has eight sessions throughout the year, with one session per month on a Sunday at the SA Athletics Stadium starting on Sunday 30 April 2017.

For more information, please click here

Cross Country & Walks Holiday Development Clinic

The Cross Country & Walks Holiday Development Clinic is a brand-new clinic during the April school holidays and is open to any child or teenager between the ages of 8 and 17.

The clinic is run on Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 April for half a day from 9am – 12.30pm at the SA Athletics Stadium. The clinic involves the opportunity to learn from highly qualified and experienced cross country and walks coaches. The coaches will provide training tips and programs to best prepare your students for the upcoming winter athletics season.

For more information, please click here.

BASKETBALL

Wednesday 8 March
Middle A – Saints 10 defeated by Scotch 61
Saints faced another team which contained a number of club players. Emma Matheson tried hard and she was supported well by Ella Liddy but Saints lacked height in rebounds in both offense and defense and Scotch had one player who dominated scoring including a number of outstanding three-pointers. Neil Fuller (Supervisor)

JUNIOR SOFTBALL

Wednesday 8 March
Teeball Blue – Saints 18 defeated Seymour 9
The girls had a great win this week and are improving with their batting in particular, with all of the girls hitting exceptionally well to make quick runs. Once again, the girls managed to make some great fielding plays from the outfield into first base. I am so proud of the improvement the girls have demonstrated and hopefully this will continue in the coming weeks. Best players were Elysia Scarr and Charlie Piper who both hit very well. Alice Tyson (Coach)

Teeball White – Saints drew with Walford
The match was played with great enthusiasm and courage. Each of the girls tried her absolute best on the field. Although we drew, the girls played an absolutely outstanding game and made me very proud. Thanks to all the girls for a great game. This week’s best players were Ishita Chellaboina and Mabelle Kayser. Lucinda Tierney (Coach)

WATER POLO

Thursday 9 March
Open A – Saints 6 defeated Nazareth 4
The girls ensured defence was prioritised and the girls were always tight on their players. They took advantage by stealing the ball and did a great effort of gaining possession. The girls played a strong first half, only allowing the oppositions to score one goal, as pressure was applied and their attack was strong. The girls continued their high intensity throughout the whole game. Best player was given to Nicolette Miller. Sarah Richards (Captain)

Open B – Saints 14 defeated Walford 3
Open Bs played a great game, winning the first Water Polo Intercol against Walford! Everyone defended their players well throughout the entire match, putting pressure on all of the opposition. Many girls had the opportunity to have shots at the goals and we were able to give other girls opportunities to score. It was a high intensity game and the girls worked hard right from the get go to the end. It was a great first intercol. Everyone played an exceptional game and best play was awarded to Sarah Richards.

Open C – Saints 7 defeated St Mary’s 4
The girls played a great game, ensuring they took possession of the ball early in the game. The girls had a slow first half and the score did not reflect the excellent play. In the second half the attacking improved and the players were able to finish off their shots. The girls used their space well, which allowed shooting to become easier and created better play. Special mention to Matilda Braithwaite and Ebony-Jade Nash-Smith.

JUNIOR TENNIS

Friday 10 March
Division 1 – Saints 5-27 defeated Pembroke 1-14
Singles: Maiya Jakupec 4-0, Willow Stewart-Rattray 4-2, Sophie Dansie 4-2, Olivia Slovak 4-2

Division 2 – Saints Blue defeated Saints White
Marcella/Lucy vs Grace/Matilda  4-3
Monica/Alicia vs Pearl/Adelaide  1-4
Singles: Marcella Tolley v Grace Richards 4-3, Lucy Schirripa v Matilda Thomas 1-4, Georgie Owler v Pearl Richards 1-4, Alicia Toh v Adelaide Murphy 2-4, Georgie Owler v Tara Nedumaran 4-0, Dani Cox v Monica Ceplitis 4-0

ROWING

Saturday 4 March
We are into our last two weeks of the season and I can’t believe how quickly it has gone. It will be a sad time for me as six of the Seniors will be finishing School rowing and I have coached most of these girls from when they first started. I then also look at the girls we have coming through and it is very exciting, as we have so much talent. I want to thank the parents for being supportive of your daughters, bringing them to training and regattas, and everything else you do to get them through a season. It is a fantastic sport as it has its highs and lows, which is reflective of life.

Well done to all the girls who raced on Saturday. We had many close results and things really seem to be coming together right towards the end of the season. Try to attend all training in these last couple of weeks as it will be important just to work on any of those tiny technical things. Girls, try to get plenty of rest, eat well, and stay on top of your school work, the time will go very quickly. Ben Flannagan (Director of Rowing)

Saturday 11 March
Year 8A
A smooth start this week gave us an early lead. Half-way through the race Scotch College closed the gap putting quite a bit of pressure on us. Our crew of Sophie Kameniar, Ella Waltham, Olivia Kelly and Keely Flannagan kept a good pace and pulled through with another first place. Jodi Papendorf

This week Emma Carrodus, Paris Robinson, Hannah Freeman and Eleanor Anderson raced really well and the girls came third in their heat. In the final, the girls came third again. They have been training well over the last few weeks and should be really proud because they are improving so much. Abigail Lisle

The year 9B crew of Imogen Parkinson (stroke), Isabella Bernardi (3 seat), Hannah Keough (2 seat) and Sophie Johnson (bow) came second in the heat behind Wilderness and in the final they finished fourth. The girls will continue to work as a team and improve their timing. The girls rowed really well and have improved over the week. Charlotte Creek

IGSSA SWIMMING

Tuesday 14 March
Despite our sixth finish in the State Secondary A grade carnival last week, the inclusion of Year 8s back from camp and the addition of Year 7s meant that Saints were confident of retaining the Di Medlin Swimming Shield at the IGSSA carnival. There were many close races and outstanding individual performances, including a new meet record from our Open Medley relay team of Shania Morgan, Mikaela Georgiadis, Rachael Disney and Thandi Murada. At the half-way point Seymour led Saints by just 10 points, but Saints prevailed, recording some excellent results in the breaststroke and also the freestyle relays to edge ahead and finish as winners. Special mention goes to the members of the Under 13 and Under 14 teams who won the age pennants, and all team members are to be congratulated.

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Enews – Week 6, Term 1 2017

Issue no. 6
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From the Head of Junior School

Suzanne HaddyExcellent schools constantly evaluate what they do, and as a consequence, evolve and change in order to improve the outcomes for students. Last year in the Junior School, this evolution saw the establishment of the Intensive Languages Program, the addition to our Learning Strategies team of a Coordinator of EDGE (Enrichment, Differentiation and Gifted Education), some early expansion of our digital technologies programs, and the introduction of the online learning portal, Canvas. In readiness for the beginning of the new school year, we enhanced our physical spaces by refurnishing and refurbishing some of the Junior Primary and Year 3 classrooms, and we have created a new covered sandpit and swing area adjacent to the oval.

This year in the Junior School we will be continuing to progress and excel, with the introduction of a few key initiatives.

The first is the introduction of three Year Level Coordinators across the Junior School. These three teachers will assist in developing the direction of our curriculum and wellbeing programs, liaise with teachers, help with organisational aspects of the Junior School, and be an additional person who will know your daughter. Our Coordinator of Reception and Year 1 is Mrs Louise Davies; overseeing Years 2, 3 and 4 is Ms Rebecca Dillon; and the Coordinator for Years 5 and 6 is Ms Shelley Hampton.

The second initiative is the introduction of additional teachers in Years 4, 5 and 6 to teach Mathematics. This is an exciting opportunity, by which students in these three year levels will be able to work in smaller groups for three Mathematics lessons per week. We will form these groups based on the students’ initial understanding of the upcoming units of work, forming two ‘core’ groups and a ‘core plus’ group. The groups will be fluid throughout the year. Students will be taught during these three lessons either by their class teacher or one of the other teachers of Years 4, 5 and 6. This structure will enhance how well we target students’ needs in Mathematics, whether it be that they are struggling with some areas, working capably at year level, or have advanced skills and understandings. For the other Mathematics lessons, in addition to these three lessons each week, girls will work with their class groups and class teacher, still with differentiated teaching, and will have opportunities to work at their skill and ability level.

While this is happening, we will be introducing Mind Lab in Reception and Years 1, 2 and 3. The Mind Lab methodology uses hands-on strategy board games to develop cognitive, social, emotional and ethical thinking skills that span all learning areas, and encourages risk-taking and flexibility of thinking. Mind Lab teaches students how to think strategically, work interdependently, apply a wide range of problem-solving strategies and reflect upon their effectiveness. The skills learned in game-playing situations are then related to real-life situations, and students are encouraged to transfer and extrapolate the learning from the Mind Lab sessions to situations they encounter in their daily lives. Teachers will be involved in significant training in Mind Lab methodology and practice before it is introduced into classrooms later this year.

Another important initiative is the introduction of sufficient iPads across Reception to Year 4, to enable every student to have sole use of the same iPad all year. Students had the use of shared iPads last year, however the shared model is problematic when trying to enable seamless saving, uploading, printing and sharing of work. Running alongside the introduction of 1:1 iPads for Reception to Year 4 students will be lessons in digital citizenship, digital safety and digital skill development, assisted by our eLearning Integrator, Melissa Bray, who will be working closely with Junior School teachers to develop programs and teach in the digital technologies area.

You will also know that we will be creating a new whole school (ELC to Year 12) wellbeing program, aimed at teaching the skills our girls need to thrive and flourish in a world that, by its nature, is not always smooth. We need our young people to be equipped to manage the undulations in the road of life and prosper from them. While providing a road that is consistently flat, shiny, smooth, and without difficulties, in order that our children are constantly ‘happy’, may seem like a good idea in the short-term, it will not set our young people up for success later in life. A more sustainable and beneficial approach is to develop an understanding that life will be bumpy, and we can learn and use particular skills to best manage those bumps. The new wellbeing program will incorporate some of what we currently do, and have a number of new aspects. During the year we will be inviting Dr Tom Nehmy to speak with parents on the topic of wellbeing and resilience, with particular emphasis on our younger children. This should be an excellent event, so please keep your eyes on the Enews for that. We would love to see you here.

Finally, in recognising the importance of developing the wellbeing of all within our community, I encourage you to take ten minutes out of your busy schedule to pause, and watch the following clip. I showed the second half of this at a Junior School assembly last year, and was reminded of it a couple of weeks ago when it was shown at a meeting of primary principals. If you haven’t seen it before, if nothing else, I guarantee you will find the photography breathtaking. If you are particularly time-poor, start the clip at 3.45mins.

Best wishes for a wonderful year.

Suzanne Haddy
Head of Junior School

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Meet our Director of Sport – Neil Fuller

Neil FullerWith the recent hot weather, I have been asked about the value of winning and how I have dealt with losing. I can say that my journey began as an amputee athlete with no high hopes or aspirations, I simply wanted to have fun and compete. It took years before my attitude changed and when I became the best in the world the focus also changed to become, now how do I stay at the top? It got to such a point where I would never miss a training session, whether that be 40 degrees or 3 degrees and hailing. It was all about training smarter and thinking that if I miss this training session what are my competitors doing. I thought of a Canadian competitor who in winter faces six feet of snow or an American who faces the hot humid conditions in the middle of Arizona – are they training? If they want to be better than me I bet they are, so if I want to stay in front of them I need to train.

Don’t get me wrong, I was not obsessed, just committed to achieving my goals, and sessions were always modified, often shortened but focused either on specific technique or maximum effort with long recoveries.

On losing, it is an essential part of becoming better, learning from the experience and to try and do things differently, and hopefully better. In 1998 at the World Championships, my 4x100m relay team broke and set a new World Record in the semi-finals. Obviously excited of running faster and winning the gold in the final, I left my mark too soon and I ran out of the zone, we were disqualified. It was heartbreaking not only for me as I blamed myself, but also for the team. It was a learning experience for sure, a very emotional one. Losing is not a good feeling, it should hurt, but it doesn’t mean you have to accept it. Two years later in Sydney at the 2000 Paralympics, the men’s amputee relay team, running in the same order, won gold and set a new World Record.

What makes the difference is having realistic goals, understanding what it takes to achieve these and then for me the key ingredient was based on the PDB program, ‘Perseverance, Determination and Belief’.

Neil Fuller
Director of Sport, 4-time Paralympian and 6-time gold medallist

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da Vinci Decathlon Club

The run-up to the da Vinci Decathlon has begun. Next week we will launch our Wednesday morning da Vinci Club before school, 7.45 – 8.25am, and further lunchtime session on Thursdays. We are looking for students in Years 5, 6, 7 and 9 who are dedicated, creative problem-solvers who will work well as part of a team.

The decathlon provides an intellectual forum for teamwork, creativity and academic challenge. For potential inclusion in the competition teams, it is important that students commit to the da Vinci Club by attending sessions, participating in occasional holiday and weekend sessions, and researching and completing tasks in their own time. We will explore ten different topics in the style of an Olympic decathlon that include Engineering, Mathematics, Ideation thinking, Code Breaking, Drama, Art and Poetry, Science, English and Cartography.

If you would like any further information, pop in and see Ms Burton-Howard in Room MB209 or Mrs Nair in the Magill Room. Alternatively, contact Ms Becca Burton-Howard at bburton-howard@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au

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Reminder – Update your details for 2017

With the new academic year well underway, we ask families to please check their contact details are up-to-date and ensure your daughter’s medical records are correct.

You can check these details by logging on to the Link portal.

> Log in to the Link Portal using your individual username and password
> If you can’t remember your password, follow the link to reset it

Medical details

The School is required to have correct medical information on record for all students. Please take a moment to review the information we have on file for your child and complete any updates or changes as required.

Click on the My Details tab of the portal to review and update details such as medical, physical and dietary details, provide legal and other consents, as well as your address, occupation and other family information.

Ensure you click through each section of the My Details page, and complete the updates for each of your children.

Buzz Book – family contact information

While in previous years the printed Buzz Book has provided contact information for School families, you will now be able to access the contact details of parents online. The School appreciates that some families may not wish their contact information to be shared in this way.

To review your contact information, and provide your consent for your family’s details to be included, please complete the following steps:

> Click on the Buzz Book tab
> Check your details and tick the items you wish to be included
> Submit the form
> Repeat the process for any other daughters/children you have at the School
> Changes can be made by providing updates through the My Details section above

You can then access contact information of other School families from the same page of the Link portal. You will automatically be shown details of parents in your daughter’s year level, but can remove that filter from the top of the column to show all families. You can use the filters provided, such as surname, to narrow your search.

If you do NOT submit your consent, your information will NOT be included in the online directory this year. Both contacts will need to provide their individual consent.

An online business directory will also be launched this year, so you can browse for local businesses with a Saints Girls connection.

Updates throughout the year

Should any of these details change throughout the year, please use the ‘Change Details’ tab in the Link Portal.

If you experience difficulties using the Link Portal, please contact link@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au or phone 8155 5791.

Thank you for your assistance in keeping the School’s records accurate.

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Introducing the judge of Choral Night!

Choral Night Tickets on Sale

St Peter’s Girls’ School is excited to announce the judge of our esteemed Choral Night on 23 March, Lauren Henderson.

Lauren is a DownBeat award winner, and no stranger to the stage. Prior to her study at the Elder Conservatorium in Adelaide, Lauren travelled throughout Europe and Japan, singing in some of the world’s most prestigious venues, including the Vienna Town Hall and the Australian Embassy in Vienna. In 2016 Lauren was appointed head of jazz voice at the Elder Conservatorium at the University of Adelaide. With extensive performance experience on stage with The Idea of North, Joe Chindamo and Geraldine Turner, Lauren also had time to complete an acting degree at Flinders Drama Centre in 2008. In 2013 Lauren received the Helpmann Academy Vocal Jazz Award and in 2015 she was one of the top 20 semi-finalists in the Thelonious Monk Competition for jazz voice. In 2016 Lauren was nominated for the Freedman Jazz Fellowship.

The School is thrilled to welcome Lauren to Choral Night 2017 in the pivotal role as judge!

Tickets are available now and can be purchased at www.trybooking.com/OYBZ.

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Dance excursion

Enews Week 6 Dance Excursion

On Thursday 23 February the Stage 1 and Stage 2 dancers attended an open rehearsal for The Australian Dance Theatre’s new work, ‘The Beginning of Nature’. The rehearsal began with the dancers participating in a vigorous acrobatic warm-up, which we soon learned was important for the prevention of injury due to the demanding, athletic choreography. After this we watched the company rehearse sections of the piece. This gave us an insight into what it is really like to be a professional dancer and showed us the focus, commitment and fitness level that is required to pursue this career.

After the rehearsal, we had an opportunity to ask the dancers and choreographer, Gary Stewart, questions. We heard more about injury prevention, a dancer’s diet, techniques used to create choreography, rehearsal hours and show preparation. This was all relevant and useful information, especially as we will be creating our own compositions throughout the course.

The following Tuesday we went to watch the first preview of ‘The Beginning of Nature’ at Golden Grove Arts Centre. Although the show was not completely performance-ready (no lighting or live singing in Kaurna language, which is a key feature of the piece), it was an amazing show which demonstrated the hard work involved in creating a show like this. Seeing the dancers’ emotional connection with the audience, fearless movement and teamwork skills inspired us all greatly. The choreography was modern and interesting and really helped portray the central theme of the piece: human impact on nature.

We are all feeling inspired and excited to apply our new knowledge to our work in dance lessons.

Emma Vaughan-Roder
Year 11 student

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Reception excursion to Adelaide Fire Station

Enews Week 6 Fire Station

This term the Reception students are investigating the central idea, ‘People play different roles in the communities to which they belong’. Our lines of inquiry are:

Various communities we belong to
Roles of people who are part of our communities
The impact of community roles on people

Last week the Reception students visited Adelaide Fire Station. The girls had a very exciting time! They heard about fire safety and the importance of having a fire plan at home. The girls experienced what it’s like to sit in a fire truck, shoot water from the fire fighter’s hose and learn about the important role of a fire fighter. They especially enjoyed seeing Michelle Knuckey and Passant Ibrahim dressed up as fire fighters.

The students, teachers and parents would like to say a special thank you to all the fire fighters for keeping Adelaide safe. They have such an important role within our community!

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 Entertainment Book Pre-Sales

The St Peter’s Girls’ School Mothers’ Club is delighted to present our 2017 Entertainment Book fundraiser. For every book that is sold, part proceeds will go to the exciting redevelopment of the outdoor areas surrounding our new Middle School.

Support St Peter’s Girls Mothers’ Club and buy your new Entertainment Book before 3 April 2017 to go into the draw to win a Family Pass to Cleland Wildlife Park. Books will not be sent home this year; therefore, if people want to buy them they can pre-purchase them online or via the form and then pick them up from the Front Office when they arrive. If you would like to see the actual book before you purchase, there will be a display copy in the Front Office, Staff Room and ELC.

Order your Entertainment Book here!

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

Those who purchase before 3rd April 2017 will go into the draw to win an Annual Family Pass to Cleland Wildlife Park.

Thank you in advance for your kind support and consideration.

Your Mothers’ Club Committee

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FAME update

Enews Week 6 FAME Update

This year’s musical, FAME, has hit the ground running and our first 2 weeks of rehearsals were a smash hit! The girls have worked very hard to perfect the choreography for our first full chorus dance, ‘There She Goes / Fame’, and have started the choral rehearsals for the first ensemble song of the show, ‘Hard Work.’

We’d like to remind the girls that the schedules for rehearsals are all up on Canvas and we will be putting up weekly reminders each Sunday about all weekly rehearsals. Please check the Canvas notifications regularly for any updates.

Abby Davey
Director of Arts

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Master Plan Update: From the construction zone

Enews Week 6 Building Site

The external areas of the construction zone have been a hive of activity this week. As the photos depict, a large amount of soil was removed to make way for the new timber decking. Next week focus will be turned to the internal areas of the building whilst external works will include brickwork and the concrete component of the timber decking.

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Carpark and Traffic Management

The start of a new term provides an ideal opportunity to remind members of the School community about the importance of complying with the guidelines the School has developed for our car park. We want to ensure the safety of all members of our community.

The most important points to remember are:
• keep the car park entrance and exit zones clear.
• use the set down and pick up zones appropriately during peak times.
• obey speed limits when driving through the car park
• to allow traffic flow, the car park entrance and exit zones must be kept clear at all times.
Please do not queue across these areas.
• be mindful of residents; please do not park across driveways or in front of bins on
Tuesdays.

In peak times, do not park in the set down and pick up zones for extended periods. When cars overstay in this area, the car park quickly becomes gridlocked, also bringing traffic on Stonyfell Road to a standstill.

Drivers must observe the 10 kilometre per hour speed limit at all times in the car park, whether entering, exiting or travelling through it. Speed limit signs are clearly displayed in prominent locations and, in order to ensure the speed limit is observed, speed humps were installed two years ago.

We expect all members of the community to drive with care in and around local streets. Please give way to pedestrians and take note of speed limits.

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Order your Summer Interhouse Meal Deal

The Summer Interhouse competition will be held on Thursday 13 April 2017, the last day of Term 1.

The Saints Sport Support Group (SSSG) will once again be cooking up lunch for all of our hungry Reception – Year 12 students on the day. Volunteers will hand-deliver the Reception – Year 2 lunches to the classroom for lunchtime and Years 3 – 12 can pick up their lunches from the barbecue area. This year we’re offering delicious Hamburger Meal Deals (vegetarian option available). Parents, give yourself a day off from making the school lunches and let us do it for you.

Please pre-order your daughter’s Meal Deal via www.trybooking.com/PAIJ, as there will be no cash sales on the day. Orders can be placed from Friday 3 March and will close Friday 7 April. House Water Bottles and Wrist Bands are also available to be pre-ordered.

All proceeds raised by the Saints Sport Support Group directly support and benefit our Saints girls and their sporting endeavours. Some of our recent purchases include new athletic crop tops, a high jump mat, and GPS units to be used during PE as well as rowing. We funded an entire year group of girls to complete their Bronze Medallion.

Thank you so much for your kind support.

Saints Sport Support Group

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St Peter’s Girls’ School Tutor Program

We would like to remind all parents and students that the St Peter’s Girls School Tutor Program for students in Years 7 – 12 started this week.

Please note:

  • There are two tutors available every morning and afternoon, except Monday morning and Friday afternoon.
  • A maximum of 6 girls can sign up for each session.
  • If the session is full – please still put your name on the list. We need to make sure we are clearly tracking how many people would like to use this system, and therefore employ more tutors if needed.
  • This is not 1:1 tutoring, so you need to expect that you might not have the tutor all to yourself. They are there to assist you with areas that you need some help with.
  • Remember to see your teachers and raise with them any issues you may be having in class.
  • The sheets are now up outside the Head of Senior School’s office. They will be copied and taken to the Resource Centre and a roll will be marked. If you sign up, you need to attend.
  • You may like to sign up as a group, if a few of you are having issues.
  • The subjects the Tutors can help you with are also listed on the sheets.

Due to feedback regarding the previous Canvas sign-up process, we have moved to a simple sign up system – via sheets. We will be monitoring it closely and will make changes after we have seen how many students are using the Tutor Program over the next few weeks.

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Learn how to build your own iPhone app!

Code Camp Enews
 
St Peter’s Girls’ School will be hosting Code Camp Spark for students in Years 2 – 7. Code Camp runs 26 – 28 April from 9am – 3.30pm. Cost for Code Camp Spark is $350 for three days, and there is an early bird special for bookings made by Tuesday 14 March 2017.

The code for early bird discount is SPG-30, however bookings made up until midnight Sunday 12 March 2017 will not require a code.

Code Camp Information Flyer
Visit the Code Camp website for more information and to book

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A special guest in our ELC – Boori Monty Pryor

ELC Guest Week 6 Boori Monty Pryor

Our city of Adelaide has come alive with the buzz of the Fringe Festival, Writers Week and Clipsal – many exciting events that you may have visited with your children. This week our very own ELC community came alive as we were visited by storyteller, writer and performer, Boori Monty Pryor.

Boori was born in Townsville in 1950. His father is of the Birri-gubba people and his mother is Kunggandji. Boori is a multi-talented performer and an accomplished didgeridoo player, having played with the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra at the Melbourne Wurundjeri Welcome to Michael Jackson, and in Sydney for the Pope. Boori is in great demand as a public speaker and storyteller, and travels extensively throughout Australia and overseas year-round to perform for school students and professional adult groups.

We were thrilled to have Boori spend time with us at our ELC. He was able to instantly create a strong connection with the children through the act of storytelling. Boori is certainly a master of his craft, immersing and engaging his audience in the story, and the educators have all learnt and been inspired by him. We invite you to see evidence of this engagement through the photos displayed in our rooms.

We will be building on this visit by inviting the children to deepen their ideas on identity – our individual identity, our ELC community identity and our identity as Australians – through storytelling. Boori’s visit has challenged us to share our stories through telling, singing, dancing and creating to form meaningful and lasting connections.

Leanne Williams
ELC Educator

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Sensational rowing results!

Enews Week 6 Rowing

Captain’s Report

It has been an exciting season so far for the St Peter’s Girls’ Rowing Program. All of the hard work and effort put in by the girls at training is paying off, with great success by all crews at regattas. The holiday rowing camp was a fantastic opportunity for the girls to bond and row some quality kilometres on the Murray River. Despite some particularly windy and challenging conditions, the girls trained very well and made significant improvements to their rowing stroke.

The Year 7 girls started competing in regattas at the start of the year. The girls have worked hard on their technique in both gym sessions and on the water, and have made tremendous improvements.

The junior girls have had a highly competitive and successful season. Changes made to their rowing technique and race strategies help them to develop and improve every week.
The intermediate girls have proved their ability as strong and technical rowers all season, dominating the Year 9/10 competition. Special mention must go to both the A and B crews, who rowed their first 2km races at this weekend’s State Championships, placing 1st and 3rd respectively.

The senior girls have had the most successful season for St Peter’s Girls to date. Weekly training sessions on the River Murray have allowed the squad to complete long and hard rows, giving us an ‘extra edge’ on other crews. One of the main highlights for the girls in both the 1st VIII and the 1st IV was at the Port Adelaide Regatta, where both crews placed first. The intent with which the senior girls have both trained and raced throughout the season is something that they should be incredibly proud of.

On behalf of the girls, I would like to thank all of the coaches for their ongoing commitment to their crews. I would also like to thank parents for their support. The cheering that comes from the St Peter’s Girls spectators is an invaluable source of inspiration to all the girls at every regatta.

Head of the River will take place on Saturday 25 March. It would be wonderful to see as many Saints girls, parents and staff there as possible, cheering all the crews over the finish line, and I wish the best of luck to all the girls in the coming weeks leading up to the Head of the River, followed by the National competition in Sydney.

Sophie Freeman
Captain of Boats

State Championships

On the weekend, we had the State Championships and we had five crews representing the School. We had the 9A, 10A and B, 1st IV and 1st VIII competing over the Saturday and Sunday at West Lakes.

The 9A crew, who have only been really rowing as a crew over the last couple of weeks, had a great heat, finishing second to Wilderness. In the final they struggled to find technical consistency, which is very important in rowing, but they gave it a ‘real hot go’, which is all anyone can ask. This week at training we will work on some of these things, which will hopefully help the crew for the regatta on the weekend.

The 10A and B quads raced on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday both Year 10 Schoolgirl quads had a heat and final. The 10A quad posted the fastest time in the heats, putting us in the middle lane for the final, which was a fantastic effort. The B crew also did really well, just missing out on the final by the smallest of margins, 0.3 of a second. The final was a hard-fought race, with the Seymour quad coming out on top and with our A crew just getting pipped on the line by Scotch. It has been a three way battle all season between these crews and we look forward to having another go at Seymour and Scotch this week. It is still really close, which makes it very exciting for both the A and B crews.

On Sunday the 10A and B quads again raced in the U17 and Schoolgirl quads. Both these races are over 2kms, which the girls have only raced once before, so it was going to be interesting to see how they performed. Both crews did unbelievably well in the finals, with the 10A quad winning both the U17 and the Schoolgirl finals and the B crew getting 3rd in both. I must say that both crews looked tired in that last race after having a heavy few weeks of training coming into State Championships but they showed grit and determination to hold on. Hopefully now, with us rolling into taper, the girls will start to freshen up and start feeling great.

The 1st IV only raced on Saturday but they had a tough day of racing, having to do four 2kms. They have really had some hard racing up against crews that are 1st VIII girls from other schools broken into IVs. The girls, to their credit, have stuck it out and given every race a real crack. Even though the crew has been moved around, their times remain consistent, and a good result is just around the corner. Hopefully, this weekend at the Super Series regatta they can put it all together and keep that focus.

The 1st VIII had one race on Saturday and one on Sunday and for them it has all been about racing consistently hard over the 2kms. Walford, who have been doing well this term, are slowly getting pulled back. On Saturday in the U19 VIII race we came second to Walford but there was enough there to start giving the girls some confidence. One thing about school rowing is that generally a lot of it is in the head and confidence, and self-belief can be the difference between a crew winning and losing. The girls now seem to be getting this, as the following day in the Schoolgirl VIII race they pushed Walford all the way to 1500m, bow for bow, and just a couple of mistakes cost them. Again, it really opens things up for this weekend and hopefully we can take it further. Get behind your girls, be positive and help them believe.

Ben Flannagan
Director of Rowing

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Sports News

Enews Week 6 Sports

SURFING

Congratulations to Imogen Elliott (Year 7) who created history in being the first Saints girl to compete at the Secondary School surfing competition held at Middleton. In tough conditions, Imogen competed against many older girls but finished third in the Under 16 girls category. We congratulate Imogen for her achievements.

BASKETBALL

Middle A – Saints 13 defeated by Walford 37
The girls had a slow start this week, not really getting into the match until the second half. The second half saw the girls have greater possession of the ball, effective movement down the court into attack and more scoring opportunities. Ashley Piper was a standout for the As this week as she had the ability to read the ball well and make quick breaks down the court. Ella Liddy was our top scorer once again this week. Vanessa Brooks (Supervisor)

Middle B – Saints 13 defeated by Walford 39
The girls put a good team effort in this week, unfortunately not matching up to the accurate and strong Walford girls. Kellie Bested was aggressive toward the ball, causing many turnovers down the defensive end. Funto Komolafe used her height well in both attack and defence to get rebounds. We had numerous point scorers this week, with all girls willing to go for goal. Vanessa Brooks (Supervisor)

WATER POLO

Thursday 2 March
Open A – Saints 2 defeated by St Ignatius 6
The Open As faced a tough game against St Ignatius. The team worked strongly in defence, continuously swimming back to defend the goals and restrict St Ignatius. The consistent, high intensity levels shown throughout the game were commendable and, had some of Saints many shots resulted in goals, it could have been a different outcome. Well done to Belen Swart and Katherine Woolley who shared the goalkeeping duties, and Carys Jones for scoring both goals. Sarah Richards (Captain)

Open B – Saints 9 defeated St Aloysius 7
Saints started slowly and St Aloysius led 2-1 at the first quarter, with a Saints goal from Olivia Goldsmith. The second period was a close encounter, with both teams demonstrating good attacking skills. The honours were shared 4-4 for the quarter, with Saints goals coming from Erin Barrera (2) and Olivia Goldsmith again finding the net. Saints gained superior control of the ball in the second half with 3rd quarter goals to Chanel Stefani and Ebony-Jade Nash-Smith, while restricting SAC to one goal. Again, in the last quarter the game was even, with both teams adding two goals and Saints goals by Erin and Ebony. Neil Fuller (Director of Sport)

Open C – Saints 16 defeated Sacred Heart 0
Saints started the game by controlling the ball, and through strong swimming and pressure created many turnovers. The pleasing aspect of this game was how all players worked together with some great passing and creation of scoring opportunities. Goals were scored by Harriet Maerschel 5, Lucy Young 4, Olivia Goldsmith 3, Matilda Braithwaite 2, Erin Barrera 2. Neil Fuller (Director of Sport)

Middle A – Saints 4 defeated by St Ignatius 6
We played the St Ignatius A team on Thursday and played really well. The score was 6-4 their way but the score didn’t reflect how we played. Our stand out players were Saskia Jonats, Alyssa Woolley, Mia Nicholls, Adele Eaton and Lara Wakeham. These girls were always on top of the ball and knew what was going to happen. The other girls played exceptionally well too but we just need to work on staying goal side of the opposition. Adele Eaton

Middle B – Saints 3 defeated by Loreto 15
This was another difficult game against an older and more experienced opposition. The team are definitely improving both as individuals and as a team, gaining experience and confidence. Well done to all players. Hannah Andrews (Coach)

JUNIOR TENNIS

Friday 3 March
Division 1 – Saints 6-28 defeated Seymour 0-3
Singles: Maiya Jakupec 4-1, Fleur Maris 4-0, Willow Stewart-Rattray 4-1, Bridgette Leach 4-0

Division 2 Blue – Saints 2-15 defeated by St Andrews 2-16
Singles: Olivia Slivak 3-4, Marcella Tolley 3-4, Lucy Schirripa 1-2

Division 2 White – Saints 3-15 defeated by Pembroke 3-16
Singles: Sophie Dansie 4-1, Pearl Richards 2-4, Grace Richards 0-4, Adelaide Murphy 1-4

Division 3 – Saints 0-7 defeated by Pembroke 4-16
Singles: Georgia Parsons 0-4, Dani Cox 3-4

TENNIS

Saturday 4 March
Division 1 Blue – Saints 3-28 defeated Walford 3-23
Singles: Annabel Baldwinson 6-1, Lily-Rose Spartalis 2-6, Daveena Dhillon 4-6, Shamilla Dhillon 6-1

Division 1 White – Saints 6-36 defeated Walford 0-9
Singles: Mia Dodd 6-1, Imogen Nienaber 6-2, Tahlia Louca 6-2, Emily Baldwinson 6-2

Division 2 Blue – Saints 5-31 defeated Walford 1-15
Singles: Mahala Truscott 6-1, Renee Lawrence 6-2, Emily Downie 1-6, Amelie Eaton 6-1

Division 2 White – Saints 3-27 defeated Wilderness 3-21
Singles: Taj Shahin 3-6, Stella Clark 5-6, Georgia Langley 6-0, Amelia Wood 6-1

Division 3 Blue – Saints 1-21 defeated by Pembroke 5-35
Singles: Anneliese Thomas 4-6, Yunfei Ma 6-4, Olivia Zito 5-6, Charlotte Stewart 3-6

Division 3 White – Saints 3-22 defeated by Pulteney 3-24
Singles: Mia-Rose Taliangis 2-6, Orla Clayton 6-0, Adele Eaton 6-2, Letitia Page-Thomson 0-6

Division 4 White – Saints 3-23 defeated by Walford 3-31
Singles: Sophie Abbott 6-5, Hilary Clark 6-3, Thuhansa Hattotuwa 2-6, Charlotte Adams 6-5

SOFTBALL

Saturday 4 March
Open A – Saints 15 defeated Walford 0
The Open A softball team took another step closer to winning the Intercol and IGSSA shields with a convincing win. Everyone played an exceptional game working well together. After having a challenging first innings, Saints came on top, hitting every ball that came their way. Highlights of the game were Aroha Munroe’s great pitching and hitting, along with Imogen Parker’s outstanding catching. Next week we contest the State Knockout rounds and look forward to progressing to the finals. Jasmine Ledgard (Captain)

Open B1 – Saints 19 defeated St Michael’s 17
This week the Open B1 team had another win for their second game of the season and defeated St Michael’s 19-17. All girls played extremely well and worked well as a team, with great pitching by Millisent Wilkin and outstanding batting from all girls. The match was exciting and an entertaining game for all.

Open B2 – Saints 14 defeated Walford 11
This was a close game, with Saints down after the first innings 6-7, before having some great pitching and fielding as well as good base running to lead 9-7 after the second innings. In the final innings, Holly Cardone pitched and Alice Girdler took over from Stephanie Smalls as catcher, with Saints again outscoring Walford 5-4 to earn a well-deserved win.

VOLLEYBALL

Saturday 4 March
Open A – Saints 3 defeated Walford 0
The first Intercol volleyball game to take place between Saints and Walford was highly anticipated amongst the volleyball teams. The Open A girls managed to save themselves from a challenging start by Walford, to come through and win all three sets. Rachael Disney proved a great setter, working all around the court to provide excellent sets for the girls, along with Tahlia Towers who executed brilliant spikes and covering throughout the game. The girls look forward to hopefully maintaining their winning streak. Abbey Goodwin (Captain)

Open B – Saints 2 defeated Walford 1
This week the girls played an intense game against Walford, fighting in the first Saints and Walford Intercol in history. Despite losing the first set, the girls came together as a team to defeat Walford for the remainder of the game. Ava Loechel and Charlotte Carney exhibited impressive blocking and spiking skills, which helped to maintain the lead. The encouraging talk and teamwork from the girls kept the atmosphere enthusiastic and competitive, pushing the team over the line for another successful win. Special mention to Qianna Huang and Grace Dawson for some amazing serving. Georgia Bateman

Open C – Saints 1 defeated by Walford 2
The Open Cs put up against a great fight against Walford. The girls all served very well, particularly Zhijun Li and Catherine Neale. The girls’ ability to cover the court has significantly improved, which enabled them to set up more three-hits and therefore win more points. Lauren Hernan, Isabella Villani and Nicolette Miller all worked well at the net, blocking spikes and setting them up to be hit back. Everyone displayed great overall teamwork this week. Georgia Howe (Coach)

Open D – Saints 0 defeated by Walford 3
The girls displayed great team spirit throughout the game, keeping everyone’s spirits high. Particularly, Molly Lucas, Chloe Deieso and Jiayi Wang served very well. Marley Banham covered and blocked well, which meant that a fight was put up for all points. Zhangyu Han’s passing was excellent throughout the game, enabling many three-hits to be set up. Georgia Howe (Coach)

Middle A – Saints 2 defeated Walford 1
This week the Middle As played their first Intercol against Walford. They started the match strongly and enthusiastically, with an easy win in the first set. However, the team dropped their heads for the second set and had to fight back hard in the third. Great serving from Georgina Keough and defence from Ruby Bouhamdan secured the win. Georgia Howe and Victoria Neale (Coaches)

Middle B – Saints 3 defeated Walford 0
The Middle Bs had a comfortable win this week against Walford. The whole team played brilliantly; in particular, there was great serving from Lola Dimond who had numerous serving streaks putting the opponents under pressure. Clair Kao also had a great game, moving around the court and returning the ball deep into the back court, making it very hard for Walford to return. Georgia Howe and Victoria Neale (Coaches)

Middle C – Saints 3 defeated Pembroke 0

TENNIS

Monday 6 March
Open A – Saints 5-31 defeated Scotch 1-13
Singles: Tiana Glazbrook 1-6, Yasmin Glazbrook 6-1, Jade Leyden 6-1, Olivia Harby 6-1

Open B – Saints 6-36 defeated Scotch 0-12
Singles: Emily Loh 6-1, Clair Kao 6-3, Sarah Richards 6-0, Annabel Baldwinson 6-2

Primary Schools – East Adelaide District Swimming Carnival

Tuesday 7 March
Saints sent a small but enthusiastic group of swimmers to the annual East Adelaide District Carnival. Every participant competed very well against some very good competitors.

Outstanding performances were achieved by:

Georgina Wakeham – 1st 11-year Breaststroke and backstroke and 3rd in freestyle
Poppy Marshall -1st in 12-year breaststroke, 2nd in butterfly and 4th in freestyle
Rune Chi Zhao – 3rd in 13-year freestyle and breaststroke and 4th in backstroke
Marcella Tolley – 4th in 11-year breaststroke
Olivia Downie – 4th in 12-year breaststroke
Sophie Norman – 4th in 13-year breaststroke

Secondary Schools – State Swimming Carnival

Wednesday 8 March
Once again the Saints swim team contested the A Grade of the Statewide Secondary Schools Swimming Carnival. With the State’s top 10 Schools competing, Saints were aiming to ensure we remained in the top division and achieved this with an overall placing of sixth. There were a number of notable performances with Shania Morgan (Year 12) winning the Open Girls Division 1 Breaststroke event, and the Under 15 4x50m Freestyle team (Annabel Baldwinson, Lucy Young, Harriet Maerschel and Grace Sampson) also claiming victory. All girls should be proud of their involvement and most students will compete again when the 10 independent girls schools compete next week.

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Enews – Week 5, Term 1 2017

Issue no. 5
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From the Director of Early Learning

Mount, KatherineCommencing a new school year can be for many an exciting and invigorating time. For others it may bring uncertainty and challenge. This can be based on many factors; forming new relationships, entering a new room, a new teaching team or having moved to another part of the world to commence your school year. We all look for the elements of familiarity that enable us to connect in some way to our new beginning. These feelings may be familiar from ELC through to Year 12 and bring us together in one way or another as we search together for our common ground.

In the ELC we have so many factors to consider; a room of new two year olds separating from families for the first time, children with languages other than English venturing forth on their educational journey, new staff who have arrived with expectations and also trepidation about the unknown and new teams of educators who are blending together their skill sets to form strong collaboration in their areas.

As a leader, I see this as a critical time to be reflective and open-minded about our practice and to use this opportunity to further grow and define ourselves. We have entered the year with questions and opportunities for analysis and deep discussion, rather than with the predetermined formula for success. It would, of course, be much easier to have the formula in place that would guarantee us a smooth ride; however, what would that do to further develop our teaching and learning? Every year we must progress and we must find meaningful pathways to further develop, research and reimagine our practice.

In our first five weeks there has been so much for us to learn. With our quest for finding new and exciting pathways to propose learning in the early years, we have been documenting the children’s voice as they define their identity in their learning context. How do they then merge with others to become a learning community that is going to challenge them with uncertainty, rather than just deliver the pre-prescribed ingredients as outlined in the recipe? We are wanting our students to go beyond just producing what the educators are looking for; we want them to continually challenge our thinking so that we can continue to grow alongside them.

I can tell you that our first five weeks in the ELC have been extremely challenging for us, the educators. We challenged ourselves with a quest to reimagine how we could plan for our young learners and have spent many hours deep in dialogue about what we are seeing and what is the possible pathway forward. We are researching alongside the children about the children and about ourselves. We entitled our proposal ‘Planning for the Possible’, where we search for deeper, more sustained learning.

I cannot imagine working in any other way, to be challenged to the fullest and to be working with colleagues who also give such importance to this quest. These colleagues bring informative readings to the table, openly admit their own vulnerabilities and openly collaborate with others in rich debate and dialogue. In the famous city of Reggio Emilia this is one of the defining qualities of their practice. We are not operating from a model of the known but rather from a model of research. This is the vehicle to clear, defining quality practice and it is what we advocate in the ELC.

Enews Hallett Room Eyes

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Choral Night – tickets on sale Monday 9am!

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This year’s Choral Night will soon be upon us. Please join us for what is always a highlight on the School calendar. As tickets do sell out quickly, we encourage you to book your tickets early to avoid disappointment!

From Monday 6 March at 9am, you will be able to book your tickets at www.trybooking.com/OYBZ.

Time: 7pm
Date: Thursday 23 March 2017
Venue: Adelaide Town Hall, 128 King William Street, Adelaide
Tickets: $10 each (a maximum of four tickets per family applies)

We hope to see as many parents as possible join us for what is sure to be a fun and entertaining evening.

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Year 6 Excursion – Migration Museum

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Migration, change, expedition. Do these words mean anything to you? At the start of the this unit, we did not know the true meaning of migration. But in a small amount of time and one amazing excursion to the Migration Museum, we have began to understand what migration really is.

For many, migration is an exciting journey but for others, as we have been learning, it can be a challenge. There are different types of migrants, such as refugees and those who migrate by choice. At the museum, we learnt about the real stories of four different migrants, the reason they left their country and what they might be doing now.

Instead of going into the actual museum, we instead entered a small room with four tables. Each table had a box, case or bag on it and inside were items that helped us uncover the stories of these migrants. Some of the items were quite old and valuable to the museum, so we had to wear cotton gloves and take good care when handling them.

When the groups were about ten minutes into the session, most groups had a pretty good idea about their person and were close to figuring out why and how they moved. Soon, three people from each group were taken inside the actual museum to have a look at timelines of important events over the years that may hold a clue as to why their person immigrated to Australia.

After coming back from the museum, the girls discussed what they uncovered with the rest of their team and how they could piece it together with what they had already found out. Time passed by quickly and soon it was time to present and give the other groups an idea about the story of the immigrant. After each presentation, we watched a video about the true story about these people and how close we were to the truth. Most of the groups were almost spot on!

Soon it was time to leave, and we were grateful for the experience but sad to go. The excursion to the Migration Museum certainly taught us about the true meaning of migration and what it’s like to be a migrant!

Emma Pool and Marina Viese Vivaldi
Year 6 students

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On Wednesday 1 March, Year 6OCO visited the Migration Museum. We began straight away with a lesson called ‘Unpacking Histories’ which was delivered by a historian named Diedre. In groups we were asked to ‘unfold / unpack’ historical information from migrants and refugees from the past. Each group sat in front of either a suit case, box or sports bag. Inside each storage item contained many artefacts and information about a migrant or refugee who travelled to South Australia in hope of a new home. Some migrant stories dated back 50 years ago.

One group researched Mrs Lueretia May Hardwick. This group found lots of artefacts that provided information about the migrant, including: clothing, a poem, makeup, a purse, travelling documents and many family photos. After some careful analysis, as well as some inferencing, this group was able to draw some conclusions about why Lueretia came to Australia. Watching her true story be told through film highlighted her challenges and risks with coming to a foreign land as a ’10 Pound Pom’.

On the other hand, another group did not have much information about their migrant, named Acuil Wol. Acuil did not have as many documents or photos inside his bag. This provided quite the challenge to decipher why he migrated to Australia from Sudan. More was revealed in the video, highlighting how war and conflict forced many people like Acuil to live in refugee camps at such a young age. Thankfully for Acuil, and some of his family, the Australian Government accepted many refugees from this particular camp, to live in Australia.

To conclude our visit, we spent some time looking in the museum, to learn more about migration to South Australia. It was very interesting to peer at the displays to learn more about historical migrant stories over time. Many students were shocked by the ‘White Australia policy’ and the very unfair test, that anyone wanting to migrate to Australia, had to sit.

This excursion was really enjoyed by all. The experience and valuable information gained will definitely be of great value as we continue our learning journey about, “Human migration is the response to challenges, risks and opportunities”.

Cartia Lanzoni and Monika Ceplitis
Year 6 students

 

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Year 11 Windsurfing

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Year 11 students undertook windsurfing as one of their practical tasks in PE and used this opportunity to gain experience in windsurfing techniques and improve sailing techniques. Some of their comments are below:

“We were effectively able to learn and apply new skills throughout the day successfully and it was heaps of fun.”

“The day was great fun with the wind changing constantly but throughout the day it got easier and even if we fell off, we kept on getting back on.”

In the end, it was great fun and everyone had a fantastic experience.

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Master Plan Update: The playground is open!

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We were the first people to go on the playground! I played in the sandpit and it was fun. Paul had made the playground. I learnt how they make a playground. It was fun watching them make the playground. I was excited to be the first class to go on it. I liked the sandpit and I played on the playground at recess and lunch. I had a lot of fun on the new playground. There are shovels and spades and buckets to use in the sandpit.

Natalia Dimauro
Year 1 student

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Carpark and Traffic Management

The start of a new term provides an ideal opportunity to remind members of the School community about the importance of complying with the guidelines the School has developed for our car park. We want to ensure the safety of all members of our community.

The most important points to remember are:
• keep the car park entrance and exit zones clear.
• use the set down and pick up zones appropriately during peak times.
• obey speed limits when driving through the car park
• to allow traffic flow, the car park entrance and exit zones must be kept clear at all times.
Please do not queue across these areas.
• be mindful of residents; please do not park across driveways or in front of bins on
Tuesdays.

In peak times, do not park in the set down and pick up zones for extended periods. When cars overstay in this area, the car park quickly becomes gridlocked, also bringing traffic on Stonyfell Road to a standstill.

Drivers must observe the 10 kilometre per hour speed limit at all times in the car park, whether entering, exiting or travelling through it. Speed limit signs are clearly displayed in prominent locations and, in order to ensure the speed limit is observed, speed humps were installed two years ago.

We expect all members of the community to drive with care in and around local streets. Please give way to pedestrians and take note of speed limits.

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Order your Summer Interhouse Meal Deal


 
The Summer Interhouse competition will be held on Thursday 13 April 2017, the last day of Term 1.

The Saints Sport Support Group (SSSG) will once again be cooking up lunch for all of our hungry Reception – Year 12 students on the day. Volunteers will hand-deliver the Reception – Year 2 lunches to the classroom for lunchtime and Years 3 – 12 can pick up their lunches from the barbecue area. This year we’re offering delicious Hamburger Meal Deals (vegetarian option available). Parents, give yourself a day off from making the school lunches and let us do it for you.

Please pre-order your daughter’s Meal Deal via www.trybooking.com/PAIJ, as there will be no cash sales on the day. Orders can be placed from Friday 3 March and will close Friday 7 April. House Water Bottles and Wrist Bands are also available to be pre-ordered.

All proceeds raised by the Saints Sport Support Group directly support and benefit our Saints girls and their sporting endeavours. Some of our recent purchases include new athletic crop tops, a high jump mat, and GPS units to be used during PE as well as rowing. We funded an entire year group of girls to complete their Bronze Medallion.

Thank you so much for your kind support.

Saints Sport Support Group

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St Peter’s Girls’ School Tutor Program

We would like to remind all parents and students that the St Peter’s Girls School Tutor Program for students in Years 7 – 12 will be in place next week.

Please note:

  • There are two tutors available every morning and afternoon, except Monday morning and Friday afternoon.
  • A maximum of 6 girls can sign up for each session.
  • If the session is full – please still put your name on the list. We need to make sure we are clearly tracking how many people would like to use this system, and therefore employ more tutors if needed.
  • This is not 1:1 tutoring, so you need to expect that you might not have the tutor all to yourself. They are there to assist you with areas that you need some help with.
  • Remember to see your teachers and raise with them any issues you may be having in class.
  • The sheets are now up outside the Head of Senior School’s office. They will be copied and taken to the Resource Centre and a roll will be marked. If you sign up, you need to attend.
  • You may like to sign up as a group, if a few of you are having issues.
  • The subjects the Tutors can help you with are also listed on the sheets.

Due to feedback regarding the previous Canvas sign-up process, we have moved to a simple sign up system – via sheets. We will be monitoring it closely and will make changes after we have seen how many students are using the Tutor Program over the next few weeks.

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Reminder – Update your details for 2017

With the new academic year well underway, we ask families to please check their contact details are up-to-date and ensure your daughter’s medical records are correct.

You can check these details by logging on to the Link portal.

> Log in to the Link Portal using your individual username and password
> If you can’t remember your password, follow the link to reset it

Medical details

The School is required to have correct medical information on record for all students. Please take a moment to review the information we have on file for your child and complete any updates or changes as required.

Click on the My Details tab of the portal to review and update details such as medical, physical and dietary details, provide legal and other consents, as well as your address, occupation and other family information.

Ensure you click through each section of the My Details page, and complete the updates for each of your children.

Buzz Book – family contact information

While in previous years the printed Buzz Book has provided contact information for School families, you will now be able to access the contact details of parents online. The School appreciates that some families may not wish their contact information to be shared in this way.

To review your contact information, and provide your consent for your family’s details to be included, please complete the following steps:

> Click on the Buzz Book tab
> Check your details and tick the items you wish to be included
> Submit the form
> Repeat the process for any other daughters/children you have at the School
> Changes can be made by providing updates through the My Details section above

You can then access contact information of other School families from the same page of the Link portal. You will automatically be shown details of parents in your daughter’s year level, but can remove that filter from the top of the column to show all families. You can use the filters provided, such as surname, to narrow your search.

If you do NOT submit your consent, your information will NOT be included in the online directory this year. Both contacts will need to provide their individual consent.

An online business directory will also be launched this year, so you can browse for local businesses with a Saints Girls connection.

Updates throughout the year

Should any of these details change throughout the year, please use the ‘Change Details’ tab in the Link Portal.

If you experience difficulties using the Link Portal, please contact link@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au or phone 8155 5791.

Thank you for your assistance in keeping the School’s records accurate.

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Business Directory now online

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The new St Peter’s Girls’ Online Business Directory has arrived!

We encourage our Community to get on board and check it out.

stpetersgirls.u-direct.com.au

  • Book your very own personalised advertisement today
  • Three options available $500, $250 OR FREE
  • Promote your special business offer – and change your offer and advertisement as often as you like for no extra cost
  • Simply support businesses connected to our School
  • Refer a business
  • All proceeds go towards our Parents’ and Friends’ Fundraising efforts for 2017

For more information on how to get involved contact Melissa Westgate on 8334 2244
or mwestgate@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au

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Shane Davidson Presents – Alice

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Wonderland, cool characters – fun!

Stay cool this weekend and be entertained as Shane Davidson Presents performs the Lewis Carroll classic, Alice, in the Arts Centre. The show follows the traditional story of Alice on her adventures in Wonderland and through the looking glass. Alice encounters colourful characters such as the White Rabbit, Caterpillar, Cheshire Cat, the Red and White Queen and the King and Queen of Hearts.

The lead role of Alice is shared between Jenna Maione (Year 5 student) and Ruby Richards (Year 6 student). The cast comprises many Saints girls taking on main roles for the first time.

Performances – Friday 3 March at 7pm, Saturday 4 March at 1pm and 4pm.

Tickets are Adults $10 and Children $5.
Tickets can be purchased at the door. Duration of the show is 70 minutes with a 15 minute interval.

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Kids’ Disco and Movie Night

The City of Burnside is holding a Blue Light Disco and Movie Night for people aged 5 – 12 will be held during the April school holidays on Friday 28 April, 6pm – 9.30pm, at the Burnside Ballroom.

There will be an interactive disco from 6pm – 7pm, followed by a short break when light refreshments will be provided. Following the disco there will be a movie showing.

Kids’ Disco and Movie Night Flyer

The cost to attend the event is $10. Parents are welcome to stay but they will not be required to, as the event will be a supervised lock-in facilitated by SAPOL and Council staff. Tickets can be booked on Event Brite by clicking here.

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Swimming Carnival Results

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Friday 24 February
Yet again, the spirit and atmosphere of the Swimming Carnival was outstanding. The Year 12s led each House throughout the day in cheer and girls across all year levels developed great relationships. There were ten new records established, which was an outstanding effort by those swimmers. The scoring on the day couldn’t have been much closer, with the lead changing several times. It was Patteson with some important relay wins late in the day that defeated Selwyn for the McGill Shield.

Shields
Junior School: 1st Selwyn, 2nd Patteson, 3rd Kilburn, 4th Kennion
Middle School: 1st Kennion, 2nd Patteson, 3rd Kilburn, 4th Selwyn
Senior School: 1st Patteson, 2nd Kennion, 3rd Selwyn, 4th Kilburn
McGill Shield: 1st Patteson 2,358 points, 2nd Selwyn 2,330 points, 3rd Kennion 2,100 points, 4th Kilburn 1,916 points

100m Individual Medley Champion Swimmer
Junior School: 1st Poppy Marshall, 2nd Georgina Wakeham, 3rd Marcella Tolley
Middle School: 1st Lucy Young, 2nd Stephanie Smalls, 3rd Annabel Baldwinson
Senior School: 1st Shania Morgan, 2nd Thandi Murada, 3rd Grace Sampson

Swimmer of the Day
Junior School: Poppy Marshall
Middle School: Stephanie Smalls
Senior School: Shania Morgan

Year Level Aggregate Cups
Year 4: Gold Lauren Pearce (SEL), Silver Anna Venning (SEL), Bronze Elysia Scarr (SEL)
Year 5: Gold Marcella Tolley (SEL), Silver Ayla Blaskett (KIL), Bronze Charlotte Norman (PAT)
Year 6: Gold Poppy Marshall (SEL), Silver Georgina Wakeham (PAT) Bronze Sophie Dansie (SEL) and Emily Bryce (SEL)
Year 7: Gold Emily Baldwinson (KEN), Silver Chi Chi Zhao (SEL), Bronze Sophie Norman (PAT)
Year 8: Gold Stephanie Smalls (PAT) Silver Lara Wakeham (PAT), Silver Gemma Schaedel (SEL)
Year 9: Gold Lucy Young (KIL), Silver Annabel Baldwinson (KEN) Bronze Matilda Braithwaite (KEN)
Year 10: Gold Nicolette Miller (PAT) and Grace Sampson (KIL), Silver Ankita Rajbhoj, Bronze Emma Wright
Year 11: Gold Thandi Murada, Silver Erin Barrera, Bronze Ebony-Jade Nash-Smith
Year 12: Gold Shania Morgan, Silver Mikaela Georgiadis, Bronze Rachael Disney

Records
Year 4 Freestyle relay – Selwyn 1:30.00
Year 6 50m Backstroke – Georgina Wakeham 37.15sec
Year 6 100m Individual Medley – Poppy Marshall 1:21.21
Year 6 50m Breaststroke – Poppy Marshall 39.58sec
Year 6 Junior School Medley relay – Patteson 1:15.62
Year 6 Junior School Freestyle relay – Patteson 1:08.77
Year 8 50m Backstroke – Stephanie Smalls 33.53sec
Year 8 50m Butterfly – Stephanie Smalls 30.79sec
Year 8 50m Freestyle – Stephanie Smalls 28.18sec
Year 12 50m Breaststroke – Shania Morgan 35.09sec

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Sports News

Enews Sports Week 5

ATHLETICS

State Championships
Congratulations to the following girls whose results we received from the South Australian State Athletics Championships held recently. Some have now qualified for the Nationals being held in Sydney in April.
• Jasmine Ledgard – Gold U18 shot put, U18 hammer, Silver open hammer
• Noa Goddard – 7th 400m u142
• Sophie Barr – Silver U15 shot put and Bronze U15 discus, Bronze U17 hammer throw and discus
• Amelia Wood – Gold U16 high jump and pole vault
• Charlotte Sellars – 5th U16 shot put
• Bethany Cross – Silver U18 5km walk

BASKETBALL

Wednesday 22 February
Open A – Saints 20 defeated by Pembroke 55
The team this week continued to improve their game and played well defensively, having their hands straight up in front of the player rather than fouling out. Some great shots were scored yet again by Holly Cunningham, Ella Robinson and Isabella Bernardi. Shania Morgan played very well this week, getting lots of rebounds and moving well in the key.  The effort the team put into the game was exceptional. Chelsea Marchetti (Captain)

Middle A – Saints 12 defeated by Pembroke 39
Another tough match this week, with Pembroke demonstrating strong attacking skills and accurate scoring. Saints had plenty of scoring opportunities, unfortunately many not converting. This is something the girls will be working on at training over the coming weeks. Top scorer this week was Ella Liddy with eight points and special mention to Zara Sadri and Rachel Banham for their defensive pressure. Vanessa Brooks (Supervisor)

Middle B Saints 8 defeated by Pembroke 18
Our Saints girls had a real shot at winning this match, if they were able to convert the many scoring opportunities they had. Their man-on-man defence and strong run down the court was effective; however, our shooting accuracy let us down. Our two scorers were Ashley Piper and Indya Dodd, while Kellie Bested worked hard to create many turnovers through her aggressive defensive pressure. Vanessa Brooks (Supervisor)

JUNIOR SOFTBALL

Wednesday 22 February
Year 6 – Saints 10 defeated Wilderness 0
Saints girls had a well-deserved win with an outstanding effort by everyone. All girls worked a lot better as a team. Highlights of the game were Madeleine Lisle’s catch and Chloe Porter’s strong batting. Thank you to Pearl Richards for filling in this week. Jasmine Ledgard and Lydia Smalls (Coaches)

Teeball Blue
The blue team played an incredible game, coming out with a win of 21-6. Honourable mentions go to Charlie and Milana who both played great games. Congratulations to the girls on their first win of the season. Kate McKellar-Stewart (Coach)

Teeball White – Saints 19 defeated Seymour 15
The first innings was amazing and all the girls worked so well as a team! While it was a great game by all players, this week’s stand outs were Naadiya Ishaq with some great batting and fielding and Jenna Maione with an outstanding home run! Looking forward to see how we play in Week 6! Lucinda Tierney (Coach)

WATER POLO

Thursday 23 February
Open A – Saints 7 defeated Wilderness 5
The As had an intense game which started from the ‘get go’. The girls worked hard in defence to win the ball. The rough competition meant the girls rushed and were three goals down in the third quarter. They then worked extra hard in the last quarter, outscoring Wilderness 5-0. Special mention to Mikaela Georgiadis and Fiona Lethbridge for both stepping up and scoring goals in the last quarter. Good luck for next week’s game! Sarah Richards (Captain)

Open B – Saints 11 defeated Mercedes 3
The girls consistently worked hard defensively, ensuring that the scoring opportunities were minimised. They worked hard on focussing what we have practised in training and putting it into play. They stole the ball and fought hard to gain possession at all times. The girls all worked collaboratively and worked well as a team. Well done, everyone! Sarah Richards (Captain)

Open C – Saints 11 defeated Mercedes 3
The Cs also played a fantastic game, defeating Mercedes. The team worked well, ensuring that they worked hard defensively and swam hard for the ball. The girls applied strong defence and kept the pressure high throughout the whole game. They all worked well offensively, with everyone getting an opportunity to score. This created a great environment for lots of players to score a goal. Everyone is stepping up in the higher division and looking forward to next week’s game. Sarah Richards (Captain)

Middle A – Saints 6 defeated by Seymour 10
Despite the loss to Seymour, the girls tried their best and did very well for only their second game. Seymour were older and stronger but Saints were not intimidated. Our goal scorers were Alyssa Woolley (4 goals), Lara Wakeham (1 goal) and Poppie Goldsmith (1 goal). Good job, girls; keep playing hard! Saskia Jonats 8MGR

Middle B – Saints 4 defeated by Wilderness 14
This was another tough match between Saints and Wilderness. Saints are gaining experience each week against older and more experienced opponents. The goal scorers were Lara Wakeham with two goals, Lucy Steele Scott and Adele Eaton with one goal each. Everyone tried really hard and it was great effort from both teams. Lucy Steele Scott (Year 8).

ROWING

Saturday 25 February
It was a beautiful day at West Lakes and I thought all girls rowed really well. We did get many placings and are at the pointy end of many of the finals, which all looks good coming into Head of the River. One of things that we have really focussed on through the season has been control as the girls come up the slide and I think that many of them are getting it. Rowing is a very technical sport; not only do you have individual things that you need to work on but you also have things to work on as a crew. If you can get most of these things right, then hopefully you can get some boat speed, which at the end of the day is what every coach and crew are looking for. Ben Flannagan (Director of Rowing)

The 10A crew of Eve Habel, Olivia Law, Zoe Vine Hall and Sarah Carrodus had a very exciting race on Saturday. Their heat was a breeze, with the girls ‘cruising’ along in first place. In their final, the girls had a great start and kept their lead to the end, winning the second school Super Series! Amy Carrodus

On Saturday, the Inter B crew which consisted of Neve McCormack (Stroke), Brooke Weymouth (Three Seat), Amy Rice (Two Seat) and Anna Pryor (Bow) rowed the whole race really well with lots of pressure. In their first race, they came second. In their second race they came first. The girls need to focus on keeping the boat balanced and their catches, because their blades are often placed at different times. Charlotte Creek

This week Eleanor Anderson, Hannah Freeman, Isabella Bernardi and Emma Carrodus raced together. In the heat the girls had a great race, finishing second. In the final, the girls were neck and neck with Seymour again during the race but ended up coming third. The girls raced really well and should be proud of what they have achieved. Abigail Lisle

On Saturday Imogen Parkinson (Stroke), Hannah Keough (Three Seat), Kate Reade (Two Seat) and Sophie Johnson (Bow) rowed really well. In their first race, they came fifth and in their second race they came second by 0.31 seconds. The girls need to focus on keeping the boat balanced and taking the whole stroke together (squaring and placing together). Charlotte Creek

Year 8A – The crew of Sophie Kameniar, Ella Waltham, Olivia Kelly and Keely Flannagan trained really hard and were rewarded with our recent victory in the school Super Series at West Lakes. The crew was focussed and a smooth start gave us an early lead. We are hoping for another good performance this week. Jodi Papendorf

TENNIS

Saturday 25 February
Division 1 Blue – Saints 1-16 defeated by Pembroke 5-35
Singles: Annabel Baldwinson 6-5, Daveena Dhillon 1-6, Shamilla Dhillon 3-6, Mahala Truscott 3-6

Division 1 White – Saints 2-26 defeated by Pembroke 4-32
Singles: Mia Dodd 4-6, Imogen Nienaber 3-6, Tahlia Louca 3-6, Emily Baldwinson 4-6

Division 2 White – Saints 2-23 defeated by Pembroke 4-30
Singles: Taj Shahin 6-2, Renee Lawrence 2-6, Stella Clark 6-2, Amelie Eaton 4-6

Division 3 Blue – Saints 1-21 defeated by Pembroke 5-35
Singles: Yunfei Ma 1-6, Annabelle Black 5-6, Amelia Wood 6-4, Olivia Zito 0-6

Division 3 White – Saints 1-25 defeated by Pembroke 5-37
Singles: Emily Downie 6-7, Aleisha Elliott 1-6, Mia-Rose Taliangis 4-6, Orla Clayton 3-6

Division 4 Blue – Saints 4-28 defeated Pembroke 2-17
Singles: Adele Eaton 6-0, Letitia Page-Thomson 1-6, Charlotte Stewart 3-6, Siena Zito 6-0

SOFTBALL

Saturday 25 February
Open A – Saints 16 defeated Pembroke 3
All players played extremely well for the second consecutive game, working together as a team. Highlights of the game were Aroha Munroe’s outstanding pitching and the four home runs hit by Jasmine Ledgard, Aroha Munroe, Imogen Parker and Millisent Wilkin. Jasmine Ledgard (Captain)

Open B2 – Saints 17 defeated Concordia 14
A great team effort to get over the line in a competitive and entertaining match. All girls are showing consistent improvement in playing at a higher level and should be congratulated.

VOLLEYBALL

Saturday 25 February
Open A – Saints 3 defeated Pembroke 0
This week the girls came out firing to defeat Pembroke three sets to nil. The team adjusted extremely well to the new court rotations, once again proving how incredibly well the new team has united. Mikaela Georgiadis’ impressive defensive skills kept the team on top throughout the game, and Uthpala De Silva’s powerful spikes helped maintain this lead. The team is looking promising for the future challenges ahead. Abbey Goodwin (Captain)

Open B – Saints 0 defeated by Pembroke 3
With a brand new 6-2 system, including backcourt setting, it was impressive that we pushed Pembroke to close margins in every set, with every player trying hard. Working together on our positions will have us ready for the Walford clash next week. Some great plays in the front court came from Emma Fogarty, Ankita Rajbhoj and Georgia Bateman. Abbey Goodwin (Captain)

Open C – Saints 2 defeated Pembroke 1
The girls looked comfortable together this week, beginning to understand each other’s strengths and moving into better positions. By the third set, the girls were working towards many more spiking opportunities. Fantastic scrambling from Isabella Villani, excellent overarm serving from Catherine Neale and great setting from Carla Lawrence meant that we were always in the box seat to win each point. We look forward to the Intercol clash against Walford next week. Dan Searle (Supervisor)

Open D – Saints 3 defeated Pembroke 0
The Open Ds had an early start but you wouldn’t know it from the way we got out of the blocks, winning the first set within 10 minutes of starting the match. The girls were focussed and began to build a better team culture with greater enthusiasm around the court. Asha Short passed the ball exceptionally well to give our setter the best opportunity, while Nicolette Miller and Molly Lucas set and hit the ball with power from the front court. Eleanor Pyne served some unstoppable balls, allowing Saints to win some easy points and build momentum. Dan Searle (Supervisor)

Middle A – Saints 2 defeated Pembroke 1
The girls played brilliantly as a team, using skills we have been practising during training. The serving throughout the match was a highlight, along with the talk and enthusiasm. The number of great plays and finishes made the game very enjoyable to watch. Georgia Howe and Victoria Neale (Coaches)

Middle B – Saints 3 defeated Pembroke 0
The Middle Bs played a comfortable game against Pembroke this week. With good presence at the net, the girls spiked and covered well. Strong serving from Lucy White and good, deep receiving from Katelin Calandro kept their opponents on their toes and made it a challenge for them to get the ball back over. The talk from all the girls was amazing and it kept the team energised and in high spirits. Georgia Howe and Victoria Neale (Coaches)

Middle C – Saints 3 defeated Pembroke 0
The Middle Cs had a great game this week against Pembroke with their first win of the season. The girls really stepped up and not only served well, but also managed to move their feet and receive the ball strongly. Sarah Gulliver and Lara Slape, in particular, had great games, serving well and showing confidence on the court to go for the ball. Georgia Howe and Victoria Neale (Coaches)

BASKETBALL

Monday 27 February
Middle C1 – Saints 0 defeated by Walford 52
Up against another experienced side the team were able to give it their all in the heat. It was good to see a constant effort in attack with all girls taking many shots and also driving to the basket. A special mention to Sabrina Passelli, who in particular displayed great determination. Josephine Dal Pra and Peter Krantis (Coaches)

Middle C2 – Saints 8 defeated by Immanuel 40
A difficult game in warm conditions saw the girls never give up and work hard. With a big focus on defence it was great to see Georgina Devine run down the court with great speed to use her height to gain rebounds. A great effort from everyone. Josephine Dal Pra and Peter Krantis (Coaches)

TENNIS

Monday 27 February
Saints continued their winning start for the season and defeated Walford in both A and B. Given Walford are usually a tough competitor and the results go towards the new Intercol trophy, the results were even more pleasing. Well done to all players. Tiana Glazbrook and Jade Leyden (Captains)
Singles: Tiana Glazbrook 6-3, Yasmin Glazbrook 6-0, Jade Leyden 6-0, Olivia Harby 6-0

Open B – Saints 5-32 defeated Walford 1-14
Singles: Sienna Glazbrook 6-3, Violette Maris 6-0, Clair Kao 6-3, Sarah Richards 6-2

Enews – Week 4, Term 1 2017

Issue no. 4
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From the Deputy Principal/Head of Senior School

Kate Mortimer EnewsTerm 1 is always an exciting time in any school. Staff members and students in all year groups are faced with a mix of the familiar and challenging themselves with the new. Whether they are busy getting to know an entirely new system, a new set of teachers, new subjects or increased workloads, there is a level of discomfort, but also excitement, in not knowing everything all at once.

I have been very fortunate to have met many parents at the Year 10 Welcome to Senior School evening, as well as the Years 11 and 12 Meet the Teacher evening. At these events I spoke briefly about the topic of discomfort, and the fact that this year we will be asking our girls to ‘be comfortable with being uncomfortable’.

If you really consider this concept, often our greatest successes come from moments and situations when we feel uncomfortable. We feel nervous before taking a test or sitting an exam, before playing a recital, or a sport final. There is discomfort in meeting new people, talking in public, learning to drive, asking a question in class, or in disclosing and owning a mistake.

But importantly, there are ways we can learn to think and act that will help us to become comfortable with discomfort. This is a skill that is important for all of our girls. It is a skill that, as the girls move closer to university and the workforce, will become more and more important.

The reality is that our students are entering a world where leadership and equity for women is difficult. In Australia today women earn 86 cents for every dollar earned by a man. Women are under-represented in management positions across all business sectors, account for under 35% of Parliament seats and will often attribute their success to luck, rather than being good at what they do.

It is crucial that we give our girls the skills that will allow them to negotiate their transition into the world beyond our gates; that they have the skills to ensure that despite discomfort, and regardless of the barriers they will face, they reach their potential.

As a new member of staff this term, any initial discomfort I felt was greatly reduced by the welcome I received from both the staff and the girls. Each day the girls arrive with a thirst for learning and an enthusiastic approach towards involving themselves in a wide range of activities and events. Their good humour, resolve and dedication are refreshing.

I’ve learnt that St Peter’s Girls is a school of participants and this impression has only been strengthened over the past weeks. This week the House meetings were strongly led by Year 12, and in preparation for the Swimming Carnival, they worked hard to build House spirit in an inclusive environment. It is always special to see older girls assisting those who are just starting their journey with us. The school day starts for many before 8.30am, with the rowers completing stair runs and dry land training on Monday mornings. Whether it is tennis, athletics, choral or instrumental, there is always a group of girls participating.

A valuable education is one that is rich in both academic and co-curricular opportunities. It is one that should celebrate all skills and interests of students. This is very evident at St Peter’s Girls. I feel very privileged to be a part of the St Peter’s staff team and am looking forward to the rest of 2017.

Kate Mortimer
Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School

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Music Camp

Enews Music Camp

On Wednesday night I travelled up to Ardrossan with the Stage Band, Enchante and the Vocal Quintet. Excitement filled the bus as we all sang/screamed tune upon tune in the back of the bus. Every year Music Camp is a success, and this year we were all eager to see how this one turned out, as we had the highest number of girls (88). Over the next couple of days, bands, strings and choirs (including newly developed Junior Jazz aka “JJ”) rehearsed, were mentored and had sectionals with renowned musicians. I enjoyed every moment and was saddened at the thought of never coming back. I had the opportunity to meet many new girls, and was encouraged to see so many young musicians already showing great potential.

The Year 12 activity was a highlight. While it was organised to be a lip-sync battle, the girls unintentionally transformed it into a dance-off and their energy was delightful and entertaining. I enjoyed every moment!

Although everyone was exhausted after such a full-on three days, their energy persevered through to the last afternoon, as each camper played beautifully at Saturday’s performance. Thus, the annual concert was a great success.

Once again, several soloists and small groups performed a short concert for the patients and residents of the hospital on Friday afternoon and for the past five years we have raised money for the local hospital at our Camp concert, raising nearly $5000. This year the Music Department decided to raise money for a young boy, Riley Nixon, a local resident who is a victim of severe Meningococcal. I was encouraged by the fact that our girls’ performance was raising money for such an important cause. This year we raised $1200 at the concert for Riley.

Each year the Music Department receives positive feedback from the audience, and this year was no different. It always amazes me to see how far we come in three days of rehearsals; the quality of the performances is truly amazing. It was also great to see Old Scholars, Chelsea McGuinness and Amelia French, back as mentors.

Like every year, Music Camp 2017 was a great success.

Sarah Brownridge
Music Captain 2017

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Year 4 Excursion to the Adelaide Botanic Gardens

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It was a glorious day when the Year 4s travelled to the Adelaide Botanic Gardens this week. With their minds on their first Central Idea for the year, ‘Living things depend on each other and the environment to survive’, the girls enthusiastically formed groups ready to investigate the concepts of responsibility, connection and causation. These are linked with their ‘Sharing the planet’ Transdisciplinary Theme following the Lines of Inquiry:

• Connections between plants, animals, humans and environment
• Factors that affect interdependence
• Responsible action

For half of the visit, the girls were guided through trails in groups by teachers and some very helpful parents, working on the topics of Endangered Plants, as well as Desert and Rainforest Plants. We looked at how plant features have adapted to their environment. This included how rainforest plants have green coloured stems, to assist them to absorb more sunlight, and how desert plants have ridges, in order for any rain to flow down directly to their roots.

When looking at ‘Endangered Plants’, the groups learnt that introduced species can be a threat to native plants, and that Australia has laws to prevent seeds and plant products from being brought into the country for this reason. They also discovered that collectors can endanger the sustainability of species with the rare Wollemi Pine and popular Bread Palm being under threat from collectors.

The second half of the visit involved an enthralling ‘Aboriginal Plant Use’ trail guided by Trent Hill. The girls learnt about how Aboriginal people traditionally made the most of every part of every plant, while ensuring the longevity and sustainability of the environment. Rules for living, such as only taking what you need, leaving behind eggs to safeguard another season of bird reproduction and repairing damage to plants with mud to ensure their survival, are just some ways in which the Aboriginal people played a role in the interdependence of nature.

The girls were captivated by their trip. Highlights were seeing the way some seeds are a ‘helicopter’ shape to aid seed dispersal, hearing about Aboriginal children using spider web and feathers to track bees and find honey, and Trent demonstrating how to start a fire with Yucca stems.

Thanks to Trent Hill for his expertise, as well as the parents who were able to accompany us and support the girls with their learning.

Rebecca Dillon and Louisa Mitchell
Year 4 Teachers

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Reminder – Update your details for 2017

With the new academic year well underway, we ask families to please check their contact details are up-to-date and ensure your daughter’s medical records are correct.

You can check these details by logging on to the Link portal.

> Log in to the Link Portal using your individual username and password
> If you can’t remember your password, follow the link to reset it

Medical details

The School is required to have correct medical information on record for all students. Please take a moment to review the information we have on file for your child and complete any updates or changes as required.

Click on the My Details tab of the portal to review and update details such as medical, physical and dietary details, provide legal and other consents, as well as your address, occupation and other family information.

Ensure you click through each section of the My Details page, and complete the updates for each of your children.

Buzz Book – family contact information

While in previous years the printed Buzz Book has provided contact information for School families, you will now be able to access the contact details of parents online. The School appreciates that some families may not wish their contact information to be shared in this way.

To review your contact information, and provide your consent for your family’s details to be included, please complete the following steps:

> Click on the Buzz Book tab
> Check your details and tick the items you wish to be included
> Submit the form
> Repeat the process for any other daughters/children you have at the School
> Changes can be made by providing updates through the My Details section above

You can then access contact information of other School families from the same page of the Link portal. You will automatically be shown details of parents in your daughter’s year level, but can remove that filter from the top of the column to show all families. You can use the filters provided, such as surname, to narrow your search.

If you do NOT submit your consent, your information will NOT be included in the online directory this year. Both contacts will need to provide their individual consent.

An online business directory will also be launched this year, so you can browse for local businesses with a Saints Girls connection.

Updates throughout the year

Should any of these details change throughout the year, please use the ‘Change Details’ tab in the Link Portal.

If you experience difficulties using the Link Portal, please contact link@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au or phone 8155 5791.

Thank you for your assistance in keeping the School’s records accurate.

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Business Directory now online

Enews Online Business Directory

The new St Peter’s Girls’ Online Business Directory has arrived!

We encourage our Community to get on board and check it out.

stpetersgirls.u-direct.com.au

  • Book your very own personalised advertisement today
  • Three options available $500, $250 OR FREE
  • Promote your special business offer – and change your offer and advertisement as often as you like for no extra cost
  • Simply support businesses connected to our School
  • Refer a business
  • All proceeds go towards our Parents’ and Friends’ Fundraising efforts for 2017

For more information on how to get involved contact Melissa Westgate on 8334 2244
or mwestgate@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au

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Reminder – Morning Tea for Old Scholar Mums

Enews OSA Morning Tea

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Master Plan Update: From the construction zone

Enews Building Site

It is pleasing to report that the deconstruction phase of the Master Plan is almost complete. This will lead to a decrease in jack-hammering, saw-cutting and concrete-cutting that was the source of a significant amount of noise. The old staircase was removed (top right photo) to make way for a new lift shaft and stairs. The four large windows were removed (bottom left photo) to make way for new ones.

We look forward to providing regular updates in the Enews as we move into the construction phase.

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Adventures in Cambodia

Enews Cambodia Web

During the Christmas holiday break, IB Diploma student Victoria White travelled to Cambodia. As a part of her IB Diploma French class, she wrote a letter describing her travels in both English and French. Below is an excerpt of her letter in both languages.

“During my holidays, I went to Cambodia for 2 weeks. I spent my 17th Birthday in Phnom Penh. My birthday was the second day (of the trip), a Sunday. We arrived in Cambodia, Saturday night, around 7pm. It was dark but very hot and humid! We left Adelaide at around 10.30am so nine hours of travelling was very tiring.

A wrote a personal diary everyday to record and remember my favourite moments. There were 17 girls, six boys and four teachers (on the trip). I think at the beginning there was a gap between us but after about five days we were friends.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, we built a house for a disadvantaged family. My group, of Year 11s and two teachers, began to build the brick house. We made cement, gathered sand and did some brick-laying. Every afternoon, there was rain.

To end the trip, we went to Siem Reap. We drove six hours from Phnom Penh. Siem Reap is a tourist destination. We went to Angkor Wat – it was big but beautiful. Also, I loved the views! In Siem Reap, I did lots of shopping. I spent lots of money, but I bought lots of things: clothes, a bag, a tablecloth, bracelets, bowls and notebooks. Everything is cheap.

Cambodia is very poor but the people are happy. I appreciate and am grateful for my education, my house and my family. This trip truly changed my life.”

French translation:

“Pendant mes vacances, je suis allée au Cambdoge pour deux semaines. J’ai passé mon dix-sept anniversaire à Phnom Penh. Mon anniversaire était la deuxième jour, le dimanche. Nous sommes arrivés, au Cambodge, le samedi soir…peut être à 7 heures. Il faisait sombre mais très chaud et humide! Nous sommes partis d’Adélaïde à 10.30 du matin, alors 9 heures de voyages…c’est trés fatigant.

J’ai écrit un journal intime tous les jours pour résumer mes moments préférés. Il y avait 17 filles, 6 garçons et 4 profs. Je pense que, au commencement, il y avait un fossé, mais après 5 jours, nous étions amis.

Lundi, mardi, mercredi et jeudi, nous avons construit une maison, pour une famille désavantagée. Mon groupe, de yr 11s + deux profs, avons commence à construire la maison de briques. Nous avons fait le ciment, avons ramassé du sable et avons fait de la maçonnerie. Tous les après-midis, il y avait de la pluie.

Pour terminer, nous sommes allés à ‘Siem Reap’. Nous avons conduit 6 hours de ‘Phnom Penh’. ‘Siem Reap’ est une destination touristique. Nous sommes allées à ‘Angkor Wat’ – c’était très grand mais beau! Aussi, j’aime les vues! À ‘Siem Reap’, j’ai fait beaucoup de courses. J’ai dépensé beaucoup d’argent mais j’achéte beaucoup des choses: des vêtements, de sac à main, une nappe, des bracelets, des bols et des cahiers. Tout les choses sout bon marché!

Le Cambodge est très pouvre mais les gens sont heureux. J’ai appris à reconnaissante pour mon education, ma maison et ma famille. Ce voyage a vraiment changé ma vie.”

Victoria White

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South Australian Sports Museum

In 2017, Sport SA is bringing to life its mission to provide all South Australians with a special cultural museum centred on educating and inspiring future generations through sport and we are seeking your support of this exciting project. The Museum will provide a showcase of our South Australian sporting heroes in the South Australian Sport Hall of Fame and will also include rotating exhibitions for sports.

Director of Sport, Neil Fuller, is an inductee into this prestigious list of South Australian sportspeople, and Sport SA are asking all sports fans to help bring this project to life by generously supporting the new South Australian Sports Museum by making a financial contribution. If everyone who played sport in South Australia donated $1, we’d raise enough money to open in a day! Please visit the Australian Sports Foundation page.

Check out a preview of the Museum here.
If you would like to donate, please click here.

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Sports News

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BASKETBALL

Wednesday 15 February
Open A – Saints 20 defeated by Immanuel 111
On Wednesday afternoon the girls faced the reigning champions, Immanuel. Although the girls lost by a large sum, they played excellently and have improved from the last time they played such a tough side. Holly Cunningham was our main basket shooter, scoring a total of three consecutive three pointer shots! Not only was she able to shoot well, a great improvement from last season, but also with the help of Sivani Sivasuthan and Isabella Bernardi the girls were able to bring the ball down the court well against a side that was playing man to man. The score does not reflect the way the girls played and although it will yet again be a tough season, I look forward to the Open A team taking on a challenge and improving their overall basketball game. Chelsea Marchetti (Captain)

Middle A – Saints 4 defeated by Immanuel 93
Immanuel were simply too strong for our girls this week. Our two point scorers were Siena Kulinski and Emily Downie. Well done to Saints girls for their persistence and effort throughout the entire game, despite the score. Vanessa Brooks (Supervisor)

Middle B – Saints 6 defeated by Immanuel 61
Saints girls had many scoring opportunities but unfortunately were unable to convert. Immanuel were very strong with rebounds and didn’t miss down their end. Well done to Indya Dodd and Sophie Norman, our point scorers this week. Vanessa Brooks (Supervisor)

JUNIOR SOFTBALL

Wednesday 15 February
Year 6 – Saints 8 defeated Pembroke 3
All players played extremely well, especially those who have not played previously. Emily Bryce and Grace Richards did an outstanding job pitching to Eleanor Humphrey and Emma Pool who caught extremely well. Madeleine Lisle and Willow Stewart-Rattray stood out with their batting, Willow hitting a home run and Madeleine hitting every ball that came her way. Everyone worked well together and everyone has great potential for the future. I look forward to what looks to be a successful season. Jasmine Ledgard (Coach)

Teeball Blue – Saints 8 defeated by St Andrews 14
The blue team played an amazing game against St Andrew’s. Unfortunately, the girls came out with a loss but played a great game, putting up a fight. Best players this week go to Charlotte Norman who played a great game as pitcher and Milana Troon who played a great game in different positions. Kate McKellar-Stewart (Coach)

Teeball White – Saints 8 defeated St Ignatius 7
In the first tee ball game of the season, the Year 4s and 5s displayed their incredible skills on the field against St Ignatius. With all of the girls determined for a win, the enthusiasm on the field was amazing! As their coach, I am very proud to call my Teeball White team winners for the first game of the season. Our best players for the week were: Naomi with an all-around great game, and Mabelle with some awesome batting! Great win girls, I am very proud of you all! Lucinda Tierney (Coach)

WATER POLO

Thursday 16 February
Open A – Saints 7 defeated Nazareth 4
The Open As played a great first game for the season. It was an intense first game, being extremely fast paced. The team worked well together and focussed on strong defence and pressuring the opposition to minimise their scoring opportunities. The girls took advantage of the quick turnovers which turned into goals. Katherine Woolley and Fiona Lethbridge did amazing jobs alternating as goalies. Well done, team. Sarah Richards (Captain)

Open C – Saints 11 defeated St Michael’s 1
The Open Cs played an impressive game, making it a great start for the season. The girls worked hard from the start to secure possession of the ball and worked strongly in defence. It was a good first game for all players and many had opportunities to score goals. It was good to see the teamwork and sharing the ball around to each to have shots at goal. Overall, it was well played by all, with strong attack and defence. Good luck for next week. Sarah Richards (Captain)

Middle A – Saints 4 defeated by Wilderness 10
The goal scorers were Lara Wakeham scoring 2 goals, and Poppie Goldsmith and Holly Cardone scoring one goal each. I think that we needed to be more aggressive towards the ball so we can get more goals. Overall, we played a good game, even though we lost. I believe that Holly Cardone was the best player because she kept going at the ball and never gave up. Heather Lines (Supervisor)

Middle B – Saints 4 defeated by St Ignatius 15
Despite being tired, we still pushed and tried our hardest. Lara Wakeham again showed some great play, getting most of the goals and showing her strong swimming ability.

JUNIOR TENNIS

Friday 17 February
Division 1 – Saints 6-28 defeated St Ignatius 0-3
Singles: Maiya Jakupec 4-0, Fleur Maris 4-0, Willow Stewart-Rattray 4-0, Bridget Healey 4-2

Division 2 Blue – Saints 1-13 defeated by Wilderness 5-21
Singles: Sophie Dansie 1-4, Grace Richards 4-1, Georgie Owler 1-4, Monika Ceplitis 1-4

Division 3 – Saints 5-24 defeated Seymour 1-8
Singles: Marcella Tolley 4-0, Adelaide Murphy 4-1, Summer Ward 4-1, Gloria Zou 1-2

ROWING

Saturday 18 February
All crews this week spent time training ahead of the upcoming School Super Series and fine-tuning for the Head of the River on 25 March.

BASKETBALL

Monday 20 February
Middle C1 – Saints 6 defeated by Concordia 28
The girls worked hard in the heat against an experienced side to get some points on the board. The girls were able to get the ball down the court with confidence, which was great to see. A special mention to Annabelle Bradshaw and Emanuelle Russell who both scored on the day. Josephine Dal Pra (Coach)

Middle C2 – Saints 9 defeated by Concordia 10
The C2 team were able to use teamwork to keep up with Concordia and lead at half-time. The girls were able to pass the ball around quickly in attack to find a perfect position to shoot. A special mention to Chi Chi Zhao for her excellent shooting on the day. Josephine Dal Pra (Coach)

TENNIS

Monday 20 February
Saints won for the second week in a row in both the A and B grade Tennis, defeating Pembroke.

Open A – Saints 6-36 defeated Pembroke 0-7
Singles: Tiana Glazbrook 6-0, Yasmin Glazbrook 6-1, Jade Leyden 6-0, Olivia Harby 6-2

Open B – Saints 5-35 defeated Pembroke 1-23
Singles: Sienna Glazbrook 6-2, Violette Maris 6-2, Clair Kao 6-5, Sarah Richards 5-7

TRIATHLON

Saints once again participated in the State Secondary Schools Triathlon Championships. The day started off remarkably well with Thandi Murada (Year 11) and Matilda Braithwaite (Year 9) both winning their individual events and gaining selection into the SA Schools team.

After this they were joined by fellow students to form two Senior and two Junior teams who competed against a range of other schools from around the state. In the Junior division the team of Alyssa Woolley (swim), Sophie Barr (cycle) and Matilda Braithwaite (run) claimed a silver medal and the team of Ella Waltham (swim), Saskia Jonats (cycle) and Lucy Steele-Scott (run) placed a very creditable fifth.

In the senior teams Erin Barrera (swim), Rachel Banham (cycle) and Thandi Murada (run) finished fifth and close behind in sixth was Katherine Woolley (swim), Rachel Woodhouse (cycle) and Bethany Cross (run).

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Enews – Week 3, Term 1 2017

Issue no. 3
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From the Director of Teaching and Learning

Meredith BeckOn Monday morning all girls from Years 5 – 12 attended an assembly to celebrate the excellent academic achievements of the 2016 SACE Stage 2 and IB Diploma students. The successful IB and SACE students are most deserving of our congratulations. Their results were outstanding.

However, before commending the graduates and merit recipients, I invited the girls in the audience to reflect on the many forms of success. I suggested that it was not just in reaching the top of the field, but also in striving to reach the next level, in persevering when it seems too hard, in taking responsibility rather than providing excuses, and in adopting a can do attitude while acknowledging that I can’t do it yet. Success is in being the best we can be.

We do look to the elite in the field, be it sportsmen and women, accomplished artists and musicians and those who are making a difference in the local or global domain to inspire us to reach the next level. In listening to the achievements of our graduates and merit winners, I invited the girls to think about the approaches to learning, and the dispositions and attitudes of graduates and draw on this reflection for personal growth.

We were privileged to hear the wise words of our guest speaker, Ms Margaret Gayen (Patteson ’11), Old Scholar and Dux of the School in 2011. Margaret is a Mechanical Engineer, currently working on the design of opthalmic lasers. In 2015 Margaret graduated with First Class Honours in a Bachelor of Mechanical and Sports Engineering and throughout her schooling and university studies balanced achieving high academic results with being a top athlete. In 2014 she became a dual finalist at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. We eagerly anticipated hearing Margaret’s experiences and insights and she did not disappoint.

As parents and teachers, we have all asked someone, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” In essence, this is a question from the last century when pathways for the future were a little clearer.

As Margaret so eloquently said,

“In Year 10 I did Community Service in an old folks’ home … One of the ladies there had dementia and would ask us what we wanted to do when we grew up, every half an hour. Each time she asked, we told her something different: scientist, teacher, author, sports hero, even going so far as garbage collector. We said all sorts of things. All the jobs we could think of.

Do you know what never came up? A laser design engineer, an embryologist, or a health care worker in England. And guess what? That’s what we became. I help design medical lasers that treat eye diseases, my best friend is a research scientist investigating embryo development and IVF, and another friend is a psychology graduate helping those who can’t help themselves, on the other side of the world. There are so many jobs out there that we don’t know about until we stumble across them by doing things we love, trying new things, and working hard. …

But the fact is, you don’t have to have your life planned out. In fact, it’s probably better that you don’t, because you never know what flying flock of kookaburras is going to come and swoop across your path, spin you around and leave you facing a completely different future. We have no idea of what’s ahead of us! But that’s ok!
Instead of worrying about where we’ll be in 20 years, it is far better to apply ourselves completely and fully towards short term goals. Do you like school? Apply yourself! Do you not like school? Apply yourself anyway! Do that Health assignment with rigour, even if you can’t see yourself ever using that again in your life! Do better here and it makes it easier when you escape! For those starting university, whether you’ve picked the right course for you or not, do the best you can in the course you’re in, and keep your eyes open for the next opportunity.

We can’t know what that opportunity will be, but in the meantime, we can learn as much as we can about anything we can. We can work hard, we can be enthusiastic, we can try things, and we can have fun.

So, to the girls who are receiving merits today, congratulations! To all the girls in the audience today, good luck. The options you have ahead of you are terribly exciting.“

I could not have said it better.

Meredith Beck
Director of Teaching and Learning

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Years 7 and 8 Curriculum Information Evening

Thursday 23 February, 6.30 – 8pm, Arts Centre

You are warmly invited to the Years 7 and 8 Curriculum Information Evening on Thursday 23 February, beginning in the Arts Centre at 6.30pm.

The evening will comprise general information from Mr Richard Lisle, Head of Middle School, Ms Sarah Casson, Futures Coordinator, and then an opportunity to meet with the Year 7 and 8 Home Group teachers.  We hope that you will be able to join us for this important opportunity to communicate information relating to your daughter’s education and we look forward to seeing you on the night.

Richard Lisle
Deputy Principal/Head of Middle School

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Uniform Policy Reminder

Please note that the updated Uniform Policy will come into effect next week.

What changes should I be aware of?
> Summer uniform: the length of the dress must sit no higher than mid-way through the
kneecap when standing upright and no longer than mid-calf.
> Earrings: one per lobe. Earrings must be plain, small, non-offensive metal studs or
sleepers. Middle or Senior students may wear a small diamond or pearl stud.
> Nail polish: only clear nail polish is permitted.
> Make-up is not worn at school.
> Mobile phones: not on show or in top pocket.

All policies are available from the Senior and Middle School Canvas page if you would like to review these with your daughter.

Students have had three weeks to ensure that their uniforms meet the required standards.

From Monday 20 February, students who do not meet the revised standards will be sanctioned. Friday detentions, which are a sanction within our current Code of Conduct, will be utilised in ensuring that the new standards are met.

Detentions will be held from 3.30 – 4.30pm on Fridays and take precedence over all other school events. You will always be contacted in a timely manner should your daughter receive a detention.

Our uniform is a common thread that links all Saints girls together and is a symbol of the high standards the School sets for its students. The support of our parents as we work to implement the Uniform Policy is crucial and we greatly appreciate your assistance in coming weeks

Kate Mortimer
Deputy Principal/Head of Senior School

Richard Lisle
Deputy Principal/Head of Middle School

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OSHC News

OSHC is now available for all Reception to Year 6 girls both before and after School.
OSHC enables the girls to complete homework, participate in a variety of fun activities, including craft and cooking, in a safe and relaxing environment on the School Campus.

For further details please refer to our Parent Information booklet at the link below or contact Director Beck Kranz at RKranz@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au.

OSHC Policy and Procedures 2017

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Guest speakers inspire Futures entrepreneurs

Futures Event

On Tuesday 14 February Years 7 and 8 Futures students were lucky enough to hear from some innovative and entrepreneurial women in our community.

The Futures program is unique to our Middle School and introduces the concept of Entrepreneurialism. The students engage in personalised learning experiences, so that each girl can pursue her passions and talents to excel in her own unique way. The program is based on creativity, innovation and the entrepreneurial mindset. The girls are encouraged to seek out an authentic problem or issue worth solving. Being exposed to real experts and mentors in our community is an important step in the journey.

The morning began with Year 11 students, Lucy Cox, Charlene Lee, Felicia Mi, Khandee Swaeney, Antonia Kirsten-Parsch, Thandi Murada, Ashleigh Rogers and Sara Possingham sharing their successes at the Australian eChallenge, where they won 1st and 2nd place with their business pitches at the University of Adelaide last year.

Amongst the speakers were Old Scholars, Tiffany Young (nee Hooper, Kilburn ’86) – Business Director of the Jodi Lee Foundation, and Rebecca Farquhar (Selwyn ’88) – Owner of Pin Source – Promotional Merchandise. We also heard from Jessica Bond (Executive Director and Founder of Captain Courageous), Tiff Manuell (CEO and Designer of Tiff Manuell) and Anna Dimond (CEO and Designer of Palas Jewellery).

Our guests all shared stories about their challenges, perks, successes and failures of starting and maintaining a company or business. There was a common thread amongst our speakers of following your passion and working hard to turn it into a viable profession. “Inspiring!” and “I can’t wait to start working on my idea!” were some comments from our students.

We look forward to the next steps in our journey, where students will be encouraged to set up companies and produce a product, service or social action of their choice, that will benefit local and/or global communities.

Sarah Casson
Futures Project Leader

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Year 9 Aquatics Camp

Yr 9 Aquatic Camp Enews

We headed off to Murraylands Aquatic Centre with the threat of extreme weather. On arrival we realised that the forecast was incorrect and the weather was going to be perfect for aquatics. The girls also realised what a beautiful setting we had for an amazing couple of days of challenges and accomplishments.

Everyone had the opportunity to learn how to handle a boat, sail a catamaran, knee board, kayak and ski on the River Murray. Constant sunscreen reminders could not dampen the girls’ spirits; with many girls achieving things they didn’t think were possible. A visit from Mr Lisle, with ice-creams in tow, was a welcome respite from the heat.

The evening was spent playing good old Aussie cricket, tip and go. After much laughter and some cracking shots, we were assembled for dinner. Once our bellies were full we got into our Home Groups and conducted a debrief of the day, participated in ‘getting to know you’ activities and played games. Everyone was exhausted after a day full of activities in the sun and we were all asleep by 10.30pm.

We woke up bright and early on Friday to begin The Rite Journey. After taking a pledge with their Home Group, the girls had breakfast and started their first activity at 8am. The day was packed of water-filled fun, until it was time to return to school. Many napped on the bus home – a sign of a great time.

“I absolutely loved all the activities but my favourites would have to be knee boarding and waterskiing; they were so much fun and everyone had a go even if they didn’t get it the first time. I hadn’t done either of them before so it was a new experience for me, and I would definitely like to do it again!” Ella L.

“This was the best camp! I loved every second and everybody had a great time.” Amelie E.

“The camp was a great chance to bond with my Home Group.” Matilda B.

Emma Smerdon
on behalf of Year 9 Home Group teachers

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Immunisations

All Year 10 – 12 girls recently brought home consent forms to sign regarding the Meningococcal B Vaccine Herd Immunity Study 2017. Below are the links to the Eastern Health Authority outlining any concerns parents may have or where to source information regarding this study.

Additional Information for Parents
FAQs

Please call the Health Centre on 8155 5762 with any other queries.

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Parenting SA Seminar

Middle and Senior School parents, please find attached a flyer for a free Parenting SA seminar on 22 March 2017 at the Adelaide Convention Centre, 7-9pm.

Parenting SA Seminar Flyer

The seminar will be presented by Kirrilie Smout, an Adelaide psychologist working with children, teens and their parents.

Register to attend in person or view the live webcast at
http://parentingsa.eventbrite.com.au

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Master Plan Update: From the construction zone

Enews Master Plan Update

It is pleasing to be able to report that the demolition phase is progressing well, and overall the project is running to schedule. In exciting news for the Junior School students, the finishing touches are being put on the new playground on the oval.

An update will be provided regularly in the Enews.

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Drinks on the Lawn

Drinks on the Lawn Enews

The heat was certainly turned up for our annual Drinks on the Lawn last Friday evening. Despite the soaring temperature, the lush Chiverton lawn happily played host to more than 300 parents and friends from our wonderful Saints community. We all eagerly anticipate this terrific event each year put on by the Parents’ & Friends’ Association as a chance to catch up, have a relaxed drink and engage with teachers, staff, parents and friends, both old and new. Thank you to the many volunteers who worked tirelessly to make the event a success. Be sure to keep an eye on the Enews for details of all the P&F’s upcoming events!

All current and past parents are automatically considered members for our P&F Association. As an active advocate for our School some of your very important roles may focus on attending, communicating and promoting our community events, and also helping us to foster an inclusive and fun School culture for our girls, families and our various community members. We believe that positive advocate involvement and support through School functions, events and service learning activities can further enhance the well-rounded development of our girls and fosters treasured connections within our School.

Thank you in advance for your wonderful support and kind consideration for the coming School year.

Parents’ & Friends’ Association Committee

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An outstanding IB Diploma achievement!

Jaida Award Ceremony

On Monday 6 February, our graduating IB Diploma students attended an Awards Ceremony at Adelaide Town Hall.

2016 Dux of the School, Jaida Bouhamdan (Kennion ’16), won a Certificate of Distinction with merits in: English A Literature SL, Economics HL, Biology HL, Chemistry SL, Mathematics SL, Theory of Knowledge and Extended Essay (Biology). She also received a Certificate of Outstanding Creativity, Activity and Service.

Jaida worked on a number of diverse significant projects which ensured she met the learning outcomes to a high degree. Jaida led and organised a Summit to Sea walk from the Mt Lofty ranges to Kingston Park. This was a warmup for the Overland trek in Tasmania which she planned and organised where she implemented numerous bird watching opportunities and then shared this knowledge with the Tasmania Parks & Wildlife Service, where she also volunteered to ensure the longevity of native flora.

Jaida developed new skills, which emphasised commitment to support others, by writing letters to an elderly person to value her wellbeing, undertook surf lifesaving patrol volunteering, served at the Mary Magdalene Centre and coached a junior debating team.

Jaida led the Environment Club at School and during her leadership she initiated a recycling program for the collection of cans. She organised guest speakers which enabled the community to understand issues of global importance and raised the community’s awareness through campaigns and celebrations of national days. Year 10s undertook the Cool Australia’s Enviroweek challenge in her efforts to have young people implement lasting habits.

Jaida furthered her commitment to understanding more about the environment by attending the inaugural Roots and Shoots National Youth Leadership forum, and hence designed, planted and maintained a sustainable vegetable patch. To encourage the native bee population to pollinate and thrive in this garden Jaida built a bee hotel. The longevity of this outcome was a result of thorough research.

Jaida also completed her surf lifesaving bronze medallion, undertook surf ski training, and learnt to play water polo. After an extremely busy year completing IB Diploma requirements, Jaida has been rewarded with outstanding results. Well done!

Carolyn Farr
IB Diploma Coordinator

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We’ve done it again!
Five Tennyson Medals in a row!

Tennyson Image

The SACE Merit Ceremony was held recently at Government House with another outstanding achievement by St Peter’s Girls’ School. 23 of our students from the Class of 2016 received awards, including Kritika Mishra who received five merits and has been awarded a Governor of South Australia Commendation.

Ashleigh Jones was awarded the Tennyson Medal, recognising the highest mark in English Studies in SA. Congratulations to Ashleigh on her remarkable achievement, and also to Michael Butler-Wills and the entire English Department for inspiring our students to excel.

The achievement is an exciting one, as it’s the fifth time in a row that the Tennyson Medal has been awarded to a student from Saints. This is the first time that has been achieved since the Medal was first awarded over 100 years ago.

Congratulations once again to the 2016 SACE and IB cohort on their fantastic results, continuing Saints Girls’ long history of consistently strong academic results. For further analysis, including tertiary placements, visit stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au/student-results.

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Calling for volunteers – we need your help!

Our students are really enjoying participating in the Commonwealth Bank School Banking Calling all volunteersprogram and to keep this program running we need your 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 your time one day a week and the Commonwealth Bank will provide support in how to run the program. Your help with the program 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 email Lesley or Sarah FrontOffice@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au in the Front Office with the below details:

    • Name
    • Phone
    • Email
    • Availability

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Swimming Carnival

Swimming Carnival

On Friday 24 February, St Peter’s Girls’ School will be holding the annual Swimming Carnival for Years 4 –12 at the Adelaide Aquatic Centre, North Adelaide. Students are expected to be at the Aquatic Centre no later than 8.30am, with the carnival concluding at 3.30pm followed by presentations. The day is to be treated like a normal school day; therefore, attendance is compulsory for the whole day.

2017 Swimming Carnival Program (Draft)

Students who travel to school on school buses will automatically be taken to the Adelaide Aquatic Centre in the morning and will be taken home in the afternoon.

As the girls will be dismissed directly from the venue, all other students will need to be dropped off at the Adelaide Aquatic Centre in the morning and picked up in the afternoon. To assist parents, we will be offering a special bus service to transport students from school to the aquatic centre and back. Students must pre-register their place for this service. These buses will depart the School at 7am and will return by 4.45pm. To register your daughter’s place on this bus service, please visit trybooking.com/OWHJ before 4pm Wednesday 22 February.

Students are reminded to wear their complete PE uniform with bathers underneath, as well as their House swimming cap that can be purchased from the School Shop. Extra House-coloured ribbons are encouraged, but coloured zinc and body paint are not permitted in the pool. House tattoos will be sold on the day of the carnival. We ask that the tattoos are not visible outside the girls’ school uniforms when returning to school (tea tree oil works well to remove them).

There will be no specific lunch break but girls can eat during breaks between their races. Students have the option of bringing money for the pool canteen for their recess and lunch on the day; otherwise, they will need to bring their own food. Water bottles should be brought for the day.

We encourage all girls to compete in a number of events, with their preferences being discussed in PE lessons and House meetings. A program for the day will soon be given to the girls and placed in the School eNews, outlining all event times and records. We will be using both 25m pools in the morning session and only the deep-end pool in the afternoon session. School teams for SAPSASA (Years 4 to 7), SSSSA (Years 8 to 12) and IGSSA (Years 7 to 12) will be selected from the Swimming Carnival results.

We encourage parents to come out and support the School on one of the most exciting events in the calendar.

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Sports News

As Term 1 sport has now commenced it is an important time to remind everyone to ensure they check teams and venues to ensure they arrive at the correct venue at the correct time.

Term 1 Sports draws are available and all parents and students should receive a copy. These will also be placed on the sports notice boards for Junior, Middle and Senior girls and will be uploaded onto the school website. It is very important that students check the boards, and especially the teams and venues as these can change.

ATHLETICS

Little Athletics Enews

State Little Athletics Championships
Congratulations to a number of Saints students who competed at the State Little Athletics Championships last weekend. Eastern Districts, for whom many of our students compete, won the relay day overall.

Carla Massicci – Silver medal in the 4x200m relay.
Amelia Lucas and Florence Russell – Silver in the 4x100m relay.
Amelia Lucas – Silver in the 4x200m relay.
Molly Lucas and Nicolette Miller – Gold in the 4x100m and 4x200m relays and won both.
Molly Dwyer – Silver in the 4x100m and 4x200m
Portia Maerschel and Olivia Kelly won both events and ran in the age division higher than their age and were the 2nd fastest relay team on the whole day
Emanuelle Russell and Charlotte Sellers competed in the field relays finishing 4th
Katherine Woolley and Bethany Cross – Silver in the 4x100m and the 4x200m in Under 17.

TRIATHLON

Well done to Matilda Braithwaite (Year 9) who has been busy competing in a range of events over the summer break. Over the break Matilda competed in the Sam White Memorial Aquathlon winning a team event, the Moana Triathlon Surf, finishing third, the State Swim Championships (winning 4 medals) and recently won the Kingston SE Come and Try Triathlon.

ROWING

Saturday 11 February
The Intermediate A Crew (Olivia Habel, Olivia Law, Zoe Vine Hall and Sarah Carrodus) did an exceptional job on the weekend considering the circumstances. From Seymour and Wilderness colliding into each other to being lined up a boat length behind all the other crews, this regatta was a good learning experience. We’re looking forward to smashing the next super series. Amy Carrodus

Inter B – This week Isabella Bernardi, Paris Robinson, Hannah Freeman and Hannah Keough competed in two races. In their first race the girls did really well finishing third and progressing to the finals where they rowed really well and came fifth. Abbie Lisle

Year 9A – This week I had the pleasure of coxing Anna Pryor, Amy Rice, Brooke Weymouth and Neve McCormack. The crew came first in their heat. The girls then came second in their final. But then there was a turnaround with the winner of the race getting disqualified; the girls then came first. The girls should be really proud and happy with what they achieved. Abbie Lisle

Year 8/9B – The crew of Eleanor Anderson (stroke), Imogen Parkinson (3 seat), Emma Carrodus (2 seat) and Sophie Johnson (bow) rowed really well. In the first race, they were all very strong and were in front by three boat lengths. In the final they rowed well until the last 100m when everyone tired to finish third overall. Charlotte Creek

Year 8B – We had smooth conditions for our coxed quad race on Saturday at West Lakes. Molly Bond, Sara Peak, Gemma Schaedel and Rose Young all rowed consistently well finishing a close third. Everyone is trying really hard to prepare for the Head of the River coming up in March. Trinity Nelson

TENNIS

Saturday 11 February
Division 1 Blue – Saints 5-32 defeated Seymour 1-9
Singles: Annabel Baldwinson 6-0, Chelsea Staples 2-6, Daveena Dhillon 6-2, Shamilla Dhillon 6-0

Division 1 White – Saints 2-23 defeated by Seymour 4-33
Singles: Mia Dodd 6-4, Lily-Rose Spartalis 1-6, Imogen Nienaber 6-5, Mahala Truscott 4-6

Division 2 Blue – Saints 1-17 defeated by Seymour 5-34
Singles: Tahlia Louca 5-6, Emily Baldwinson 3-6, Taj Shahin 6-4

Division 2 White – Saints 3-22 defeated by Seymour 3-26
Singles: Renee Lawrence 6-5, Stella Clark 6-1, Amelie Eaton 1-6, Faye Ma 0-6

Division 3 Blue – Saints 2-16 defeated by Seymour 4-31
Singles: Annabelle Black 0-6, Anneliese Thomas 2-6, Amelia Wood 6-2, Olivia Zito 1-6

Division 3 White – Saints 3-23 defeated by Seymour 3-25
Singles: Mia-Rose Taliangis 1-6, Orla Clayton 1-6, Emily Downie 6-0, Aleisha Elliott 6-5

Division 4 Blue – Saints 5-33 defeated Seymour 1-14
Singles: Sophie Abbott 3-6, Hilary Clark 6-2, Eva Young 0-6, Charlotte Adams 6-0 (forfeit)

Division 4 White – Saints 2-23 defeated by Seymour 4-30
Singles: Adele Eaton 3-6, Letitia Page-Thomson 0-6, Charlotte Stewart 6-3, Siena Zito 5-6

Monday 13 February
Saints got off to a winning start in the defence of the A Grade Tennis Shield with a convincing win against Seymour. The B Grade also got off to a winning start as they hope to go one better than their second placing last year. Well done to all players.
Jade Leyden and Tiana Glazbrook (Captains)

Premier League – Saints 6-36 defeated Seymour 0-11
Singles: Tiana Glazbrook 6-3, Yasmin Glazbrook 6-0, Jade Leyden 6-1, Olivia Harby 6-5

Premier League Reserves – Saints 6-37 defeated Seymour 0-16
Singles:  Sienna Glazbrook 6-2, Violette Maris 6-2, Emily Loh 6-0, Clair Kao 6-1

SOFTBALL

Saturday 11 February
Open A – Saints 7 defeated Immanuel 1
Saints Girls Open As had a well-deserved win against defending IGSSA Shield holders, Immanuel. The highlight of the game was the way everyone worked well as a team, with good fielding and hitting by everyone, in particular, the two home runs hit by Lucinda Tierney and Jasmine Ledgard in the first innings. It was an amazing effort and a great start to the new season. Jasmine Ledgard (Captain)

Open B1 – Saints 21 defeated St Johns 3
This was a strong team effort from all the girls in the season’s first game. Millisent Wilkin pitched consistently well and Kellie Bested took a great catch at short stop. India Deere had some good hits and Olivia Goldsmith was steady both batting and fielding. Thank you to Harriett Gilroy, Holly Cardone, Stephanie Smalls and Poppie Goldsmith for filling in for us and all playing a very strong game. Well done to everyone for a well-deserved win. Beth Cross

Open B2 – Saints 15 defeated Westminster 13
The girls were not daunted by a much older opposition, but showed patient batting and level-headed fielding. Kellie Bested and Amelia Pudney both pitched well with Stephanie Smalls working really hard as catcher. Holly Cardone and Poppie Goldsmith put together some good combination fielding plays, and Harriet Maerschel batted strongly and made a great outfield play for an out at second. Harriet and Portia Maerschel were both consistent fielding at their bases, with good back up from Louisa in the outfield. Overall, a terrific first game for the season. Beth Cross

VOLLEYBALL

Saturday 11 February
Open A – Saints 3 defeated Immanuel (A2) 0
This was the first week back for the Open A volleyball team and the girls successfully defeated Immanuel A2 team. Winning all three sets, the girls showed great signs of cohesion in the newly bonded team. Brilliant setting skills were shown by Brooke Elliott, Charlotte White impressed everyone with her amazing spikes and Dominique Rigby held the team together with her active footwork and great reception skills. A good win for the girls to start their volleyball season with and looking forward to more successes. Abbey Goodwin (Captain)

Open B – Saints 3 defeated Immanuel (B2) 0
The Open Bs played consistently throughout their first game to defeat Immanuel. The girls were still adjusting to a new game plan and rotations but displayed their improved understanding by Set 3. Hallmarks of this team were their fight, working to retrieve every ball close to the floor, as well as excellent front court defence with some wonderful blocks. Best players were Georgia Bateman, Grace Dawson and Charlotte Carney. Dan Searle (Supervisor)

Open C – Saints 0 defeated by Seymour 3
The Open Cs had a good game but were defeated by Seymour. Their calling improved significantly throughout the game, resulting in more three hits and better rallies. Serving throughout the game was also great, particularly by Isabella Villani. Chloe Deieso had a great game overall, setting up play and covering loose balls around the court. Amy Li also had a great game, excelling in spiking and finishing the play. For their first game of the year, the girls played an excellent game and put up a strong fight. Georgia Howe and Victoria Neale (Coaches)

Open D – Saints 3 defeated Seymour 0
Seymour forfeited the game against the Open Ds due to a lack of players, so the girls played a scratch match. Despite being the first week back, the girls all played well and had a good hit. In particular, Molly Lucas and Nicolette Miller played excellently, chasing loose balls around the court, setting up 3 hits often and consistently serving to a high standard. As coaches, we look forward to working with the girls in the future weeks, developing their skills and watching the team grow.
Georgia Howe and Victoria Neale (Coaches)

Middle A – Saints 3 defeated Immanuel 0
The Middle As played their first game of the season with many new players and were able to play three excellent sets to take out the game. The girls served superbly to place Immanuel under pressure and the girls enjoyed connecting on a few spikes when the set was high. Anna White passed the ball well while Sarah Wishart served the first 14 points of the game to provide us with a fantastic start. Dan Searle (Supervisor)

Middle B – Saints 3 defeated Immanuel 0
The Middle Bs also enjoyed a convincing win over Immanuel. The girls once again served well and ensured the opposition always had to play an extra pass. Often the girls put the ball deep in the court which made it difficult for their opponents. Best players were Charlotte Cohen, Clair Kao and Lola Dimond. Dan Searle (Supervisor)

Middle C – Saints 0 defeated by Seymour 3
The Middle Cs played well; however, were unfortunately defeated by Seymour. The girls displayed great team spirit throughout the game, which helped to improve their calling and therefore their play. All the girls served well, which earned us many points. Charlie Fishlock played a great game, displaying confidence and great serving. Candy Feng, Jenna Bowden and Ellen Zhang covered the court well throughout the game, enabling us to play some great rallies. The girls showed a lot of potential and we look forward to developing the girls’ skills and watching how the team grows. Georgia Howe and Victoria Neale (Coaches)

BASKETBALL

Monday 13 February
Middle C1 – Saints 6 defeated by Concordia 28
The girls worked hard in the heat against an experienced side to get some points on the board. The girls were able to get the ball down the court with confidence, which was great to see.  A special mention to Annabelle Bradshaw and Emanuelle Russell who both were able to score on the day. Josephine Dal Pra (Coach)

Middle C2 – Saints 9 defeated by Concordia 10
Working well together, the C2 team were able to keep up with Concordia and lead at half-time. The girls were able to pass the ball around quickly in attack to find a perfect position to shoot. A special mention to Chi Chi Zhao for her excellent shooting on the day. Josephine Dal Pra (Coach)

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Enews – Week 2, Term 1 2017

Issue no. 39
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From the Deputy Principal/Head of Middle School

RichardLisle_webStarting a new school year is always filled with mixed emotions.

For many students, it’s an exciting time, a chance to share stories from the holidays, catch up with friends, get to know new people from their Home Group, and create new relationships with a variety of teachers. This year we’ve also the added excitement of learning how to navigate the School around our building works, and imagining what might be going on behind the hoardings!

It’s also a nervous time for many. Change can be unsettling, so whether it’s the move from one established class group to another, from one ‘known’ set of teachers to another, from one room to another, from the Junior School up into the Middle School, or from a completely different school to Saints Girls, it is quite natural for all of our students to be experiencing some degree of anxiety.

In the Middle School we are aware that much of that anxiety is caused by the uncertainty surrounding friendships, relationships with staff, and establishing routine. Consequently, by design, our first term of the year is filled with a variety of opportunities for students to mix widely, to engage in communal activities, and to develop a sense of belonging.

In the first few weeks, Home Group time is devoted to activities designed to help students get to know each other, and for teachers to learn about their students. Year 9 students have spent the last two days away at Aquatics Camp, mixing fun and water-based activities with discussions about goal setting, the upcoming year, their hopes and fears, and what it might mean to make the journey through the traditionally ‘difficult’ Year 9 as an adolescent girl.

Week 4 sees the Swimming Carnival, and an opportunity to embrace House spirit, and engage in an enjoyable day with girls from all year levels. Just two weeks later, Years 7 and 8 go away on their week-long camp. There’s nothing quite like a week under canvas with limited facilities and challenging activities to promote supportive relationships, empathy and a sense of shared triumph over adversity for students and their Home Group Teachers!

Immediately upon return from Camp, the build-up to Choral Night begins. Arguably the most eagerly anticipated night of the year, its success depends upon the hard work and cohesiveness of all members of each House, so ably led by their prefect team. Once again, it’s a perfect way for all students to become embedded in the cut and thrust of life at Saints.

Throughout the term, of course, there’ll be new learning experiences, clubs to join, teams to play in, assessments to take, and perhaps an audition for the school Musical – ‘FAME’.

So, Term 1 really is a mixture of excitement mixed with a little anxiety – but learning that anxiety is a common and, in moderation, useful feeling, and that it can be overcome, is an important part of growth for all of us.

I wish all members of the Saints Girls community an exciting, challenging and prosperous 2017, and look forward to catching up with as many of you as possible in the coming weeks.

Richard Lisle
Deputy Principal/Head of Middle School

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We’ve done it again! Five Tennyson Medals in a row!

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The SACE Merit Ceremony has been held this week at Government House with another outstanding achievement by St Peter’s Girls’ School. 23 of our students from the Class of 2016 received awards, including Kritika Mishra who received five merits and has been awarded a Governor of South Australia Commendation. Kritika also shared the top SACE ATAR of 99.85 with Mila Loechel.

Ashleigh Jones was awarded the Tennyson Medal, recognising the highest mark in English Studies in SA. Congratulations to Ashleigh on her remarkable achievement, and also to Michael Butler-Wills and the entire English Department for inspiring our students to excel.

The achievement is an exciting one, as it’s the fifth time in a row that the Tennyson Medal has been awarded to a student from Saints. This is the first time that has been achieved since the Medal was first awarded over 100 years ago.

Congratulations once again to the 2016 SACE and IB cohort on their fantastic results, continuing Saints Girls’ long history of consistently strong academic results. For further analysis, including tertiary placements, visit stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au/student-results.

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Drinks on the Lawn tonight!

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The St Peter’s Girls Parents’ and Friends’ Association is hoping you will attend the traditional Drinks on the Lawns from 6.30pm tonight, Friday 10 February. This annual event is a great way for new parents to meet and socialise with existing parents in an informal atmosphere.

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Year 10 High Performance – Strapping and Taping course
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Year 10 High Performance class has begun the year discussing bones, joints, ligaments and tendons. We then took part in a Strapping and Taping course, bringing the theory learnt into a practical setting. The girls perfected their strapping techniques on each other’s ankles and fingers to prevent too much ligament movement when playing sports. Hopefully, this will assist the girls if they, a team-mate or a family member require strapping before training or matches.

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Music Camp

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For any students in Years 5 – 12 involved in a school musical ensemble, our annual Music Camp will be held in Week 3 this term, from Wednesday 15 to Saturday 18 February.

Music Camp is a wonderful opportunity to make friends with girls from across year levels in a relaxed environment, receive fantastic tuition from our instrumental tutors and enjoy playing fun music in large ensembles. Different ensembles will depart for Ardrossan on different days.

The camp will culminate in a special concert at the Ardrossan Town Hall at 3pm to help fundraise for their local boy, Riley Nixon, a meningococcal survivor. We encourage parents and family members to join us in Ardrossan for the concert. Tickets are available for $10 at the door. The concert should finish at 4.30pm. The town hall is located on the corner of First and Fourth Street.

If you have any questions regarding Music Camp or the ensembles offered at School, please contact Jeanne Phillips or me in the Arts Office.

A draft rehearsal schedule for our different music groups is also now available:

Download Ensemble Schedule

Sally Rounsevell
Director of Music

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Swimming Carnival: Years 4 – 12

Swimming Carnival

On Friday 24 February, St Peter’s Girls’ School will be holding the annual Swimming Carnival for Years 4-12 at the Adelaide Aquatic Centre, North Adelaide. Students are expected to be at the Aquatic Centre no later than 8.30am, with the carnival concluding at 3.30pm followed by presentations. The day is to be treated like a normal school day; therefore, attendance is compulsory for the whole day.

Girls who travel to school on school buses will automatically be taken to the Adelaide Aquatic Centre in the morning and will be taken home in the afternoon. As the girls will be dismissed directly from the venue, all other students will need to be dropped off at the Adelaide Aquatic Centre in the morning and picked up in the afternoon.

There will be no specific lunch break but girls can eat during breaks between their races. Students have the option of bringing money for the pool canteen for their recess and lunch on the day; otherwise, they will need to bring their own food. Water bottles should be brought for the day.

Students are reminded to wear their complete PE uniform with bathers underneath as well as their House swimming cap that can be purchased from the School Shop. Extra House-coloured ribbons are encouraged, but coloured zinc and body paint are not permitted in the pool. House tattoos will be sold on the day of the carnival. We ask that the tattoos are not visible outside the girls’ school uniforms when returning to school (tea tree oil works well to remove them).

We encourage all girls to compete in a number of events, with their preferences being discussed in PE lessons and House meetings. A program for the day will soon be given to the girls and placed in the School Enews, outlining all event times and records. We will be using both 25m pools in the morning session and only the deep-end pool in the afternoon session. We look forward to lots of parent support on this exciting day in the calendar.

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

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Reminder: Uniform Policy update

Parents and students are reminded of the revised uniform policy, applicable to students in Years 7 – 12.

Below are some key requirements within the policy as well as some explanation of how the policy will be implemented over the coming weeks.

What changes should I be aware of?

> Summer uniform: the length of the dress must sit no higher than mid-way through the knee cap when standing upright and no longer than mid-calf.
> Earrings: one per lobe. Earrings must be plain, small, non-offensive metal studs or sleepers. Middle or Senior students may wear a small diamond or pearl stud.
> Nail polish: only clear nail polish is permitted.
> Make-up is not worn at school.
> Mobile phones: not on show or in top pocket.

All policies are available from the Senior and Middle School Canvas page if you would like to review these with your daughter.

How long is the transition period?

Students have two weeks to ensure that their uniforms meet the required standards. Senior students who may have outgrown their uniforms are advised to contact the School Shop. The standards apply to all students and our older girls are expected to lead from the front. Two weeks also allows a suitable timeframe to remove additional piercings and gel or acrylic nails.

The revised standards will be applied from Monday 20 February and students who do not meet the revised standards will be sanctioned. Friday detentions, which are a sanction within our current Code of Conduct, will be utilised in ensuring the new standards are met.

Detentions will be held from 3.30 – 4.30pm on Fridays and take precedence over all other school events. You will always be contacted in a timely manner should your daughter receive a detention.

The support of our parents as we work to implement the Uniform Policy is crucial and we greatly appreciate your assistance in coming weeks.

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Sports News

With Round 1 upon us it is an important time to remind everyone to ensure they check teams and venues to ensure they arrive at the correct venue at the correct time.

Term 1 Sports draws are available and all parents and students should receive a copy. These will also placed on the sports notice boards for Junior, Middle and Senior students and can now be found on the the school website here. It is very important that students check the boards, and especially the teams and venues as these can change.

Parents should receive regular communication about teams each week, but if you know in advance that your daughter is unavailable, please phone or email the PE office to let us know in case teams need changing.

Neil Fuller
Director of Sport

Contact Numbers

Basketball

Open – Peter Krantis, 0414 609 795
Middle – Vanessa Brooks, 0437 840 419

Tennis

Open, Middle and Junior – Neil Fuller, 0433 518 461 or Chris Flynn, 0409 696 856

Softball

Open, Middle and Junior – Neil Fuller, 0433 518 461

Volleyball

Open and Middle – Mr Dan Searle, 0402 460 052

Archery

We welcome to Saints Ailani Cox (Year 8). Ailani  is involved in archery and current holds a number of State and National records. Although Ailani is in the 12 and under age, she holds records in Intermediate (14 and under) and Cadets (16 and under).  She is still waiting for three more records to be recognised, one in the open women’s compound division.  She will be representing South Australia at the National Youth Championships 7 –13th April where she has entered into Intermediate and Cadet competitions in the hope of shooting scores high enough to qualify for selection onto the National Youth team.  At last year’s National Championships she won a gold and two silver medals and recently placed 4th in the South Australian national match play competition which is an open competition and where she beat the 2nd ranked Australian women.  Welcome to Saints Milani!

Rowing

Saints Girls first eight had their first races of the year and came out strong with Sophie Freeman stroking, Emily Webb in 7 seat, followed by Carys Jones, Rachel Kameniar, Olivia Habel, Charlotte Parker, Olivia Compare and Victoria White in bow seat, with Grace Edwards coxing. After a good start in the first 500m which was maintained enabling Saints to stay ahead of Wilderness all the way. We ended up winning by a good length, and were all excited for the next race. The crew slightly changed for the next race, having Rachel Woodhouse in three seat instead of Charlotte Parker. Our main competition in this race was Scotch, and once again we got in front at the start, holding our lead and winning again. Great effort on Saturday girls, we are all excited for the season ahead. By Grace Edwards

The Inter A crew (Eve Habel, Olivia Law, Zoe Vine Hall and Sarah Carrodus) had a very successful day up at Murray Bridge. The conditions in the first race were horrible and although they were battling into a head wind, the girls managed to pull off a win by several boat lengths. Their second race was 2km, 500m more than usual, and it was one of the best races I have witnessed this crew row. They started off strong getting out in front straight away and by the end of their race they had caught up to the previous race and even beat one of the crews in the race before theirs! I’m so proud of the girls and if they row as well as they did their 2km race, a win at HOR looks like it’s in sight. By Amy Carrodus

Inters B Crew – Neve McCormack, Brooke Weymouth, Amy Rice, Anna Pryor rowed extremely well. The first race over 1500m was quite tough for the girls as their technique seemed to let them down a bit as they were trying extremely hard to get in front. Nevertheless, the girls pushed through and all put in 100% to the race, placing 3rd. The second race was a 2000m race which the girls were more nervous for as they have not competed that distance. This race however was a huge improvement to the prior race as the girls worked together and put in an amazing effort. The girls should be extremely proud of that row as I think it was their best race as a crew! Overall it was a successful day for the intermediate B crew. By Annabelle Langley

The year 9B crew consisting of Imogen Parkinson, Hannah Keough, Isabella Bernardi and Kate Reade rowed excellently. In their first race they came 2nd to a Uni crew coming first and in their 2nd race they came 1st but it was a battle between Loreto and them the whole race. The girls rowed really well by keeping the pressure up the whole 1km but they needed to focus on improving the timing and balance. By Charlotte Creek

Junior Crew gave it 100% throughout the race against very strong competition. They had a great start to the race and got out in front for the first 10s seconds or so, but the other crews seemed to have a great power piece that caught our crew. The girls did not give up and fought for second position with the other crew. The girls stayed consistent throughout the race – it was a great row overall and the girls should be proud of their efforts.  By Annabelle Langley

 

 

Enews – Term 1, Week 1 2017

Issue no. 38
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From the Principal

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Welcome back to the start of the 2017 school year. We begin the year on a ‘high’ following the extraordinary results achieved by our girls in both the SACE and IB Diploma Programme last year. There are few schools in Australia where nearly 20% of the cohort achieve an ATAR above 99 and almost half the students finish in the top 5%. A summary of the results can be found by clicking here. We are currently drawing together all the information on post-school destinations for the 2016 cohort and will have more detailed information to you in the week ahead. We look forward to welcoming many of the girls back to School for the Academic Excellence Assembly later this month so that we can acknowledge their outstanding achievements.

Staff News

We are delighted to welcome the following people onto our teaching staff and I encourage you to take the opportunity to meet them at the upcoming information evenings.

  • Kate Mortimer – Co-Deputy Principal and Head of Senior School
  • Melissa Angel – ELC
  • Vinder Nair – Mathematics
  • Samantha O’Brien – Mathematics
  • Lin Nie – Chinese
  • Carolina Barquero Masero – Spanish
  • Kate Burnett – Dance
  • Robyn Habel – Music

At the end of last year Mary Pridham tendered her resignation. ‘Nurse Mary’ was much loved by all of our girls and will be sorely missed. However, I’m delighted to announce that Lara Waltham and Sarah Wilkinson, who replaced Mary whilst she was on long service leave last year, will step into the role permanently. Sarah will work on Monday and Tuesday, Lara will cover Wednesday and Thursday and they will alternate Fridays. We are fortunate to have two such highly qualified and experienced nurses to step into the role. The clinic will continue to open at 8.15am each morning and will close at 3.45pm each afternoon.

Start to the year

At our first assembly on Monday, I spoke about pride. It’s a difficult thing to describe succinctly but you know it when you see it, you know it when you hear it, and you know it when you feel it. So, when someone from outside our community meets one of our girls, whether it be at a sports fixture, on public transport or on a visit to our School, how does she portray that sense of pride?

There are the obvious ways. We are a School with such a proud history and rich traditions. I’ve spoken at length about the courage, the creativity, the compassion of our founding Sisters, and it’s their legacy that lives on through each of our girls today. Our uniform is a reminder of that legacy, of what connects us, of all that we share. Our girls should wear their uniform with pride. As we update our buildings, the girls will take pride in our facilities and maintain them for those that are lucky enough to follow in their footsteps. As our Year 12 leaders take ownership of House meetings, they will launch initiatives to foster House spirit. They will find ways for the girls to demonstrate pride in their House.

We mustn’t lose sight of the fact that we are part of something that is very special. This week we haven’t just come back to School, we’ve come back to OUR School. Everything that we do in 2017, from the little things to the big things, will express our pride in being the great School that we are because we’re not just any School – we are St Peter’s Girls.

I look forward to seeing you all at the P&F Drinks on the Lawn next Friday night and celebrating the start of what will be another wonderful year.

Julia Shea
Principal

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Drinks on the Lawns

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The St Peter’s Girls Parents’ and Friends’ Association would like to extend an invitation to all parents to welcome in the new school year at the traditional Drinks on the Lawns.

This annual, adults-only event is a great way for new parents to meet and socialise with existing parents, teachers and school staff in an informal atmosphere.

Please feel free to seek out our P&F Committee Members attending on the night to find out about the great benefits of volunteering at your daughter’s school.

Friday 10 February, 6.30 – 8.30pm
Chiverton Lawns, St Peter’s Girls’ School

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Meet Kate Mortimer – the new Co-Deputy Principal and Head of Senior School

Kate Mortimer outsideThis week we welcomed new Co-Deputy Principal and Head of Senior School, Kate Mortimer.

Hailing from Queenwood School for Girls, Sydney, and with over 15 years’ experience as a Head Teacher, Kate brings with her a sound knowledge of curriculum, education trends and a passion and determination evident both personally and professionally.

Recently, we sat down with Kate to learn more about her journey to Saints Girls…

Q&A with Kate

Who or what inspired you to teach?
It is important as educators to be mindful of the impact of everyday words and actions. One of my high school teachers left a lasting impression. Her words guided me to a path of education and continue to guide and inspire me each day: “Make your life count for something”.

Do you have any tried and trusted ideas or activities for motivating students?
Students are most motivated when they enjoy coming to class and have a clearly defined end goal to work towards, whilst also enjoying some laughs along the way. My Year 12 class last year were motivated to work extra hard as I offered to straighten my hair if they all achieved their goals in the trial exam. Needless to say, the hair was straightened.

What is your top teaching tip?
Know your students. Each one. Know how they learn. Their strengths and weaknesses. Likes and dislikes. The adaptations you can make to your lessons through truly knowing your students are invaluable.

Do you have a favourite quote, mantra or philosophy to teach by?
Absolutely – “Share your best ideas”. Great schools are reliant upon every teacher across each department sharing her/his best and brightest ideas. The most valuable lessons I have learnt have been from colleagues.

How do you keep your teaching practice fresh?
Staying fresh requires you to consistently seek new and different ways to deliver content. There is not a single day that I don’t reflect upon the lessons I have taught and actively seek to further improve them. An exceptional lesson doesn’t just happen; you have to want to make it happen and plan accordingly.

And a tip for Senior School parents to make it to graduation in one piece?
A great final year is very dependent on the approach you take. My tip? Enjoy the ride. The final year of school can be as stressful or fantastic as you allow it to be. Your daughters will take their lead from you.

What parts of Europe did you cycle through on your recent trip?
Mostly Italy through the Dolomites and then the French Alps. A total of 3962km in 37 days of riding. A highlight was The Nivolet in Italy, which was 62km uphill. The view at the top was worth it and, of course, the 62km downhill was a relief.

Next cycling destination?
The Adelaide Hills pretty much every morning before work! I plan to tackle Sri Lanka, top to tip, in 2017.

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Update your details for 2017

With the start of the new academic year, now is the time for all families to check their contact details are up-to-date and ensure your daughter’s medical records are correct.

You can check these details by logging on to the Link portal.

> Log in to the Link Portal using your individual username and password
> If you can’t remember your password, follow the link to reset it

Medical details

The School is required to have correct medical information on record for all students. Please take a moment to review the information we have on file for your child and complete any updates or changes as required.

Click on the My Details tab of the portal to review and update details such as medical, physical and dietary details, provide legal and other consents, as well as your address, occupation and other family information.

Ensure you click through each section of the My Details page, and complete the updates for each of your children.

Buzz Book – family contact information

While in previous years the printed Buzz Book has provided contact information for School families, you will now be able to access the contact details of parents online. The School appreciates that some families may not wish their contact information to be shared in this way.

To review your contact information, and provide your consent for your family’s details to be included, please complete the following steps:

> Click on the Buzz Book tab
> Check your details and tick the items you wish to be included
> Submit the form
> Repeat the process for any other daughters/children you have at the School
> Changes can be made by providing updates through the My Details section above

You can then access contact information of other School families from the same page of the Link portal. You will automatically be shown details of parents in your daughter’s year level, but can remove that filter from the top of the column to show all families. You can use the filters provided, such as surname, to narrow your search.

If you do NOT submit your consent, your information will NOT be included in the online directory this year. Both contacts will need to provide their individual consent.

An online business directory will also be launched this year, so you can browse for local businesses with a Saints Girls connection.

Updates throughout the year

Should any of these details change throughout the year, please use the ‘Change Details’ tab in the Link Portal.

If you experience difficulties using the Link Portal, please contact link@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au or phone 8155 5791.

Thank you for your assistance in keeping the School’s records accurate.

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General reminders and housekeeping

Absenteeism

Please notify the Front Office by 8.30am via either of the following methods if your daughter(s) will be absent due to illness, or arrive at school late. If your daughter will arrive after 8.30am (due to an appointment etc.) please advise an approximate time of arrival and ask that she reports to the Front Office upon arrival.

Phone: 8334 2200
Text: 0428 601 957
Email: attendance@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au 

Lost Property

Unnamed lost property items are held at the Front Office. Please clearly label all items of clothing and personal effects.

Car park and traffic management

The start of a new term provides an ideal opportunity to remind members of the School community about the importance of complying with the guidelines the School has developed for our car park. We want to ensure the safety of all members of our community.

The most important points to remember are:

  • keep the car park entrance and exit zones clear
  • use the set down and pick up zones appropriately during peak times
  • obey speed limits when driving through the car park
  • to allow traffic flow, the car park entrance and exit zones must be kept clear at all times. Please do not queue across these areas.
  • be mindful of residents; please do not park across driveways or in front of bins on Tuesdays.

In peak times, do not park in the set down and pick up zones for extended periods. When cars overstay in this area, the car park quickly becomes gridlocked, also bringing traffic on Stonyfell Road to a standstill.

Drivers must observe the 10 kilometre per hour speed limit at all times in the car park, whether entering, exiting or travelling through it. Speed limit signs are clearly displayed in prominent locations and, in order to ensure the speed limit is observed, speed humps were installed two years ago.

Arriving at School

The school day begins at 8.30am and students are required to arrive between 8.15am and 8.25am in order to organise their belongings in readiness for Lesson 1.

Junior School

Out of Hours Care (OSHC) is provided from 7.30am to 8.15am. Reception to Year 2 students who arrive before 8.15am and are not waiting with a parent/guardian, must be taken to OSHC. Students in Years 3 to 6 who arrive after 8am may wait outside the entrance of the Main Building in the Arts Centre courtyard. If students in Years 3 – 6 arrive before 8am, and are not involved in a co-curricular activity, or with a parent/guardian, they must attend OSHC. They are welcome to enter the Main Building after 8.10am. Classrooms are open from 8.15am.

There is no teacher supervision in the playground before school and students may only use the playground if closely supervised by their parent/guardian.

Middle and Senior School

Students in Years 7 – 12 who arrive between 7.30am and 8.10am are welcome to use the Resource Centre. Entry to the Main Building is from 8.10am unless students are involved in a supervised activity.

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Master Plan update: From the construction zone

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There are many changes around our School as a result of the Master Plan works. Please be assured that every step has been taken to minimise the effects on students during this period and to ensure the safety of students and staff alike.

Everything is running on schedule, with significant works undertaken during the summer break.

In terms of what to expect during Terms 1 and 2, internal works in the Main Building, which will house the new Middle School, will continue, though excessively noisy works will take place outside School hours. To further minimise disruption, both construction access points will remain closed to traffic during School hours, including during pick-up and drop-off times.

Teachers and staff have been fully briefed on planned works and steps that have been put in place to manage potential issues and concerns. Meanwhile, builders and trades will comply with strict guidelines regarding appropriate conduct whilst on School grounds.

These and the coming Master Plan works are a wonderfully positive step for our School and having them completed without incident is imperative. We will keep you updated during the entire process.

In the next two weeks, the new playground on the oval will be completed… Stay tuned for more!

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2017 School Diary

Diaries for students in Years 8-11 were distributed this week to those students who placed an order through Campion. Additional stock has now been ordered and students who have not yet received a diary will be able to collect one from the School Shop from next week.

An error was made in charging $15 for the diaries. A refund will be automatically processed on 1 March for any families affected.

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Year 10 Information Evening

Welcome to Senior School

A Year 10 Information Evening will be held on Wednesday 8 February at 6.30pm in the Arts Centre.

This is an opportunity for me to provide relevant details regarding the Senior School and the 2017 year. The Director of Teaching and Learning, Ms Meredith Beck, will address academic processes and the Careers Counsellor, Mrs Karen Alderson, will talk about the Personal Learning Plan and work experience.

This event will give you the opportunity to meet with your daughter’s Home Group teacher.

I look forward to sharing this time with you and I know that you will find the evening informative.

Kate Mortimer
Co-Deputy Principal/Head of Senior School

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From the Bus Coordinator

Welcome back to all families utilising our bus services.

We have one driver change for this year with the Van run now to be operated by Mr Lance
Perryman.

Peter Anderson B

The major change for this year is, of course, the 8.30am class start time. This means that all buses must arrive at school on time so that students are ready to start their classes. Due to the student loading this year and the new start time, all buses will be on a tight schedule, which means that there will be limited wait times.

We ask that all students be ready and waiting for the bus at the allocated pick up time and prompt in boarding the bus. Unfortunately, buses will not be able to wait more than two minutes for students to board. Your cooperation in this matter will be greatly appreciated.

Students are reminded that seatbelts must be worn whilst travelling on any School bus.

Peter Anderson
Bus Coordinator

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Calling for volunteers – we need your help!

Our students are really enjoying participating in the Commonwealth Bank School Banking Calling all volunteersprogram and to keep this program running we need your help.

The program requires a volunteer School Banking Co-ordinator to facilitate the banking and distribution of School Banking rewards. This only takes a small amount of your time one day a week and the Commonwealth Bank will provide support in how to run the program. Your help with the program 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 email Lesley or Sarah FrontOffice@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au in the Front Office with the below details:

    • Name
    • Phone
    • Email
    • Availability

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Term 1 – Community Group Meetings

When you join a Saints Girls community group, you uphold a proud tradition of community, set a fine example for your daughter, share valuable skills and make a host of City to Bay 2016 Bnew friends.

Saints Sport Support Group – Tuesday 7 February, 6pm (CW203)
Old Scholars’ Council Meeting – Tuesday 7 February, 5.30pm (Chiverton Boardroom)
Mothers’ Club – Wednesday 8 February, 6pm (Chiverton Boardroom)
Friends of Arts – Wednesday 8 February, 7:30pm (Arts Office, Arts Centre)
Parents & Friends – Thursday 16 February, 6:30pm (Chiverton Boardroom)
Old Scholars’ Council Meeting – Tuesday 7 March, 5.30pm (AGM in Arts Centre Foyer)
Old Scholars’ Council Meeting – Tuesday 4 April, 5.30pm (Chiverton Boardroom)

For more information or to learn more, call Melissa Westgate on 8334 2244.

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Sports News

Welcome to another exciting year of sport. We are always interested in hearing of girls’ sporting achievements outside school. If you would like to contribute, please email me on nfuller@stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au

It will be a busy year with many sporting opportunities for girls to be involved in. It’s important that they are attentive with communications, as many team nominations have due dates. Also included is a reminder of the School’s hot weather policy pertaining to co-curricular sporting activities.

The School Swimming Carnival will be on Friday 24 February and more details will be sent out in Week 3.

Weather Policies

Reception to Year 6 (training and matches)

  • If the forecast temperature on the Bureau of Meteorology website (http://www.bom.gov.au/sa/forecasts/adelaide.shtml) is 35 degrees or higher, checked any time before 9am on the day of training or match, sport is automatically cancelled.
  • Morning sessions, Rowing and Water Polo are usually not affected.
  • In the event that matches are cancelled due to inclement weather or any unforeseen reason, such as the playing surface being deemed unsafe, the decision to cancel will be made by the Sports Coordinator at the host school no later than 2pm. (refer to cancellation procedures)

Year 7 to Year 12 (training and matches)

  • Midweek: (Training and Matches): If the forecast temperature on the Bureau of Meteorology website (http://www.bom.gov.au/sa/forecasts/adelaide.shtml) at 9am predicts the day’s maximum to be 36 degrees or higher, sport is automatically cancelled.
  • Weekends: If the forecast temperature for Saturday on the Bureau of Meteorology website is predicted to be 38 degrees or higher at 12pm on the Friday, ALL Saturday morning sport will be cancelled. (See below for Rowing)
  • Inclement Weather: Matches will only be cancelled due to rain or inclement weather, if it is considered that the conditions determine that the playing surface is unsafe or player safety is compromised. (refer to cancellation procedures)
  • Morning trainings, Rowing and Water Polo are usually not affected and WILL NOT be cancelled.

Rowing SA Regatta cancellation/postponement

  • Where possible, regattas will not be cancelled due to hot weather forecast; however, regatta programs will be amended and high risk groups removed from the program particularly early in the season where acclimatisation to heat is minimal and rowing fitness is low.
  • On regatta days, climatic conditions will be continually monitored and all factors taken into consideration by the Regatta Referee who will decide on the continuation of regatta participation.
  • The logistics associated with regattas and movement of boats and rowers to various venues requires that Rowing SA have procedures in place to assist all clubs/schools with their planning and organisation.

Sport Captains          

Congratulations to the following students who have been selected to captain their sport throughout the year. We look forward to these girls having a positive influence amongst all students they represent.

Sport Captain: Rachael Disney

Captains of Sport

Athletics: Jasmine Ledgard and Rachael Disney (Co-Captains)
Badminton: Emily Murdock
Baksetball: Chelsea Marchetti
Cross Country: Bethany Cross
Gymnastics: Alice Petchey
Hockey: Lara Khoury
Lacrosse: Sophie Auricht
Netball: Abbey Goodwin and Sophie Freeman (Co-Captains)
Rowing: Sophie Freeman
Vice-Captain Rowing: Lara Khoury
Soccer: Dominique Rigby
Softball: Jasmine Ledgard
Swimming: Rachael Disney and Shania Morgan (Co-Captains)
Tennis: Jade Leyden and Tiana Glazbrook (Co-Captains)
Volleyball:  Abbey Goodwin
Water Polo: Sarah Richards

Sports Uniforms

With a start to the New Year, we remind parents to clearly label all clothing items, as we often accumulate a large amount of unnamed items in Lost Property. Please note that for all interschool competitions students should only wear the designated playing attire and not the coloured House tops.

Triathlon

Expressions of interest are sought from students in Years 7 to 12 who would like to either compete as an individual or in a team at the State Secondary Schools Triathlon Championships being held at West Lakes on Wednesday 24 February. If you are interested, please see Mr Fuller in the PE office.

Tennis

Congratulations to Yasmin and Tiana Glazbrook for their successful tour of Melbourne and New Zealand. The girls continue to excel at State and National level and we look forward to their continued success.

Cricket

MILO in2CRICKET and MILO T20 Blast Programs

MILO in2CRICKET and T20 Blast are introductory cricket programs for girls and boys in Reception to Year 4. MILO in2CRICKET is for children just starting out on their cricket journey (Rec-Year 1), who would like to learn some new skills in a safe, fun environment. MILO T20 Blast (Year 2-Year 4) is the next step in the cricket pathway for children to graduate to after completing the in2CRICKET program. T20 Blast is fast-paced and fun, and children get to play matches each week just like their heroes in the Men’s and Women’s Big Bash Leagues!

Kensington District Cricket Club

Venue: Parkinson Oval, Kensington Gardens Reserve
Dates: Wed 8 Feb – Wed 22 Mar
Time: in2CRICKET 5:45-6:45pm / T20 Blast 5:45-7:15pm

The University of Adelaide

Venue: University Oval, War Memorial Drive
Dates: Fri 10 Feb – Fri 24 Mar
Time: in2CRICKET 5:45-6:45pm / T20 Blast 5:45-7:15pm

To register go to www.playcricket.com.au or for further information please contact Alice Johnswood 0412 454 784 / alice@taughtandbowled.com.au.

Swimming

A number of girls have competed recently in a variety of events. Congratulations to all swimmers.

National Australian Open Water Championships held at Brighton Jan 2017

Thandi Murada – 28th in 15/16yr girls 5km
Alyssa Woolley – 4th in 13/14 yr  4x 1.25km relay

State Country Swimming Championships held in Renmark in January.

Shania Morgan competing for Boolooroo Centre – 4 Gold Medals open age 100m & 200m breaststroke setting a new record by 5 seconds, 200 IM and 200m freestyle and Gold in the 17 yo 100m and 200m breaststroke

Ebony-Jade Nash-Smith for Strathalbyn – Open – 6th 100m backstroke, 9th 200m freestyle, 12th 200m IM, 37th 50m freestyle

Alyssa Woolley for Onkaparinga – Bronze Medal open age 4×50 freestyle, also set 5 new personal bests from 5 events in 13yr age, 11th 50m butterfly, 13th 100m freestyle, 14th 100m butterfly, 14th 100m breaststroke, 17th 100m backstroke

State Long Course Championships

Shania Morgan – 1st in the 17/18 200m Breaststroke with a PB and 3rd in the Open 200m Breaststroke

Grace Sampson – Bronze Medals for the 50m and 200m backstroke and also 2 qualifying times for National Age which will be held in April 2017 in Brisbane for the 100m and 200m backstroke.

Support the Adelaide Crows women’s team

Bring the family down to watch the first ever Crows women’s team match in the NAB AFL women’s competition.

Adelaide Crows vs GWS Giants

There will be loads of fun activities, including the Crows Kid Zone, face painting, entertainment and more! You can also grab your new Cotton On AFLW Crows gear and show your colours!

Saturday 4 February 2017
Gates open at 2.35pm. First bounce at 4.35pm
Thebarton Oval, 1 Meyer St, Torrensville