Issue no. 27
Sports Day – And the Winner is…SELWYN!
Congratulations to the girls in Selwyn House who have taken out Sports Day 2020!
Students across Years 4 to 12 were met with overcast yet clear conditions at the SA Athletics Stadium this morning.
Throughout the day, House pride was in full flight as eager athletes hit the track and field. Yet again, the Year 12 costumes lived up to the hype with colour, creativity and keen craftsmanship.
Well done to the girls, parents and staff for another fantastic Sports Day! Full results in next week’s edition of eNews.
A Message From Selwyn’s House Captain
The long-awaited Sports Day 2020 brought the four Houses together for some friendly competition, fitness and fun! The annual House Scramble at the start of the day was a great opportunity for students to gain House points. The catch? The 300m distance has to be finished in 70 seconds. This challenge starts the excitement for the rest of the day. From the Egg and Spoon novelty race to the 100m, from Shot Put to High Jump, all girls are encouraged to get involved and help their House achieve the best result. Sports Day is not only about celebrating skill and success. House spirit and sportsmanship also go hand-in-hand, with the Spirit Cup awarded to the House with the most energy – and loud voices! The girls brought all their energy and loudest cheers for their House chants! The Year 12s dazzled in their costumes. You couldn’t miss them!
The girls remembered to support each other, showcased their House spirit and had fun! It was a great day!
Selwyn House Captain
Sports Day Pump-Up
After much anticipation, we present to you the 2020 Sports Day Pump-Up video!
From a make-shift hurdles track created in the Library, to running a baguette around the School, the girls had fun filming the video during Recess and Lunch over the past fortnight. The pump-up was played during Chapel this week to help build excitement for one of the main events on the Saints Girls’ calendar!
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From Our Director of Early Learning
Our ELC to Reception Transition Process
Over the past seven weeks, there has been a continual conversation starter from many of the School staff: “The Mid-Years are a great group”, or, “The Mid-Years have settled in quickly”. I reflected on this and decided to ask my ELC colleague Kirsty Porplycia and Mid-Year Reception teacher Zoe West their perspectives. What are those key ingredients that have created such a smooth transition and how has this enabled the girls to merge straight into their Term 3 learning in Reception, following their ELC experience?
Zoe believes the Transition Visits are pivotal. She says her three mornings with the girls, plus the outstanding handover with the ELC teachers, has enabled her to build a strong connection and understanding about the group and their learning. The firm friendships that were established amongst these girls gave them confidence as a group to make this transition together.
Kirsty supports this by stating that the partnership with the ELC and Reception teachers is fundamental, not only for the handover process, but as an ongoing relationship between the girls and the ELC. Kirsty and Zoe have reimagined their buddy class, connecting the students in areas of their inquiry, as well as adding value to other areas of the existing curriculum.
Emphasis in the ELC this year has been placed on Mathematics and how we can build connections of understanding through utilising Lisa-Jane O’Connor, Mathematics Consultant in the ELC and Junior School. We were curious to see if Zoe noticed any of these skills in the classroom setting. She has been very impressed with the girls’ ability to use the mathematical language and reasoning to build that solid foundation at Reception level. This is an area that will continue to grow as our work in Mathematics deepens. This strong connection of learning has also occurred with the delivery of basic THRASS (Teaching Handwriting, Reading And Spelling Skills), and as the girls have entered school, they have already become familiar with the THRASS Chart.
As teachers, we become strong advocates for the child and feel a sense of responsibility to ensure that we work in partnership with the School, where information is provided to support a seamless transition. Kirsty points out that this is not only important for the child, but also for the family.
We continue to be proud of our process of transition, especially when we hear such amazing feedback about the next phase, and this process will continue to grow as we critically reflect on each layer to ensure our practice is forever evolving. Our Mid-Year group of students are wearing their biggest smiles as they are so proud to be Saints Girls together.
Director of Early Learning
Dancers Dazzle in KALEIDOSCOPE
Congratulations to our brilliant Dance students for delivering moving performances of KALEIDOSCOPE this week. The SACE Stage 1 and 2 Dancers created a spectacle of colour and movement over two nights, guided by Head of The Arts and Choreographer Kate Burnett. They were also supported by the 2019 Stage 2 group, dancers from Years 9 and 10, and solo vocalists Izzy Norman, Georgie Raftopoulos and Samantha Keough.
A special thank you to our guest choreographers Sophie LeMire (Kennion 2019), Joe Meldrum and Adrianne Semmens for sharing their talent and expertise, and to Arts Centre Manager Wesley Hiscock for harnessing our new lighting system to bring the colours of KALEIDOSCOPE to life.
Enjoy a snapshot of this vibrant production:
Esperanza Hits National Stage
Musicians all over the world have had to adapt to new ways of performing and this has seen the rise of online music competitions, live-streamed concerts and virtual concert halls. This year, Enchante led the way and was accepted on an international platform via a virtual concert hall administrated in America. Esperanza, our small vocal group, soon followed by entering the Musica Viva ‘Strike a Chord’ online competition. This is a national contest for elite-level chamber musicians.
We are happy to announce that from over 150 applicants from all around the country, Esperanza has been named in the top 12. The Grand Final on Saturday 12 September will be live-streamed nationally from the beautiful Ukaria concert hall in Mount Barker.
More details to come, but we hope you can join us and vote for Esperanza in the audience award category.
High Note at Recitals Australia
On Tuesday, some of our talented musicians were invited to perform at a Recitals Australia lunchtime concert. This event was live-streamed to a national audience and recorded by 5MBS for radio.
The recital was highly varied, featuring string, piano and flute performances by musicians across Junior, Middle and Senior Schools. Samantha Li (Year 5) played solos on both piano and violin, as well as performing with the Extension Strings Ensemble which delivered a contemporary piece by Adelaide-based cellist and composer Hilary Kleinig. A big thanks to Sari Noble and Sue Mears for accompanying our wonderful performers.
To watch the recital, click here.
Director of Music
Memorable Chapters from Book Week
As part of Book Week, students in Years 7 and 8 were fortunate to listen to Old Scholar Elizabeth Stevens, a prolific writer who shared her journey as a self-publishing author. From a childhood filled with books and her earliest writing efforts as a five year old, she is now a renowned author of Young Adult (YA) and Adult fiction with growing popularity in the American market.
Our Year 9 girls were visited by Poppy Nwosu, a relatively new author of YA Rom Coms (Romantic Comedies) who now lives in Adelaide. She shared her inspirations and highlighted the value of perseverance, which has led her to publish two of her many books.
During the Book Week Assembly, the Student Library Initiatives Club presented a memorable performance of a selection of nominated Book of the Year titles. From Billy, who became a dog, to the animals stuck in an elevator, and Louis, who told us how fragile our marine life is due to careless humans, the audience was captivated. Hosted by Sophie Kamenair and Keely Flannagan, the Arts Centre was filled with ‘Curious Creatures and Wild Minds’, as the teachers performed ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ and each Junior School class paraded on stage in an array of amazing costumes.
Head of Library and Information Services
Stage 2 Nutrition Food for Thought
Last week, the Stage 2 Nutrition class visited Brookman’s Food Forest as an introduction to their final topic on sustainable food supply. The Food Forest is a local organic farm that produces over 160 varieties of fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains. They are is also involved in educating the community about the importance of using sustainable farming techniques.
During this excursion, the students were introduced to a variety of organic farming methods such as intercropping, crop rotation, mixed farming and using recycled water and fertilisers. All of these topics will be explored further in class to explore the possible options humans have to establish a sustainable food supply for our growing population, which is projected to reach 11.2 billion by the year 2100.
Stage 2 Nutrition Teacher
IB Students Realise Fundraising Vision
On Wednesday, the Year 12 IB CAS class ran a stall raising funds for the Royal Society for the Blind (RSB). This non-profit organisation aims to train guide dogs for vision impaired people, so as a class, we decided to fundraise for this charity for our final CAS activity.
At lunchtime, the CAS girls sold adorable merchandise and were lucky enough to have four dogs – Bill, Xena, Zali and Ziggy – come out to have a cuddle with the girls. The efforts of the School helped the CAS girls raise over $600 for the RSB.
Year 12 IB CAS student
SACE Music Concert
Don’t miss our SACE Music Concert at 7pm on Thursday 10 September featuring performances by Clair Kao, Funto Komolafe, Izzy Norman, Georgie Raftopoulos and Cheri Wong. The Concert Choir, Senior Strings, Extension Strings, Stage Band, Rock Band, Concert Band and our award-winningJazz Choirs will also be in action.
It’s sure to be a great show!
Book tickets via www.trybooking.com/BKWJQ
There is a limit of two tickets per student.
Year 5 Production – Tickets on Sale!
Secure your seats to this wonderful show: St Peter’s Girls’ School’s production of Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical JR.
Due to current venue capacity and registration requirements, tickets are only available online via TryBooking. There will be four shows: two matinee sessions and two evening performances. We ask that families only purchase tickets to a maximum of two shows.
Should seats still be available closer to opening night, families will be able to purchase additional tickets.
24 and 25 September at 1.30 and 7pm
St Peter’s Girls’ School Arts Centre
Family (2 Adults/2 Children) $42
International Students Strike Up a Friendship
Last weekend, the international students from Saints Girls and St Peter’s College bowled it out at Kingpin Bowling in Norwood. Although I did not hit a single bowling pin, I was amazed to see many girls bowl strike after strike!
The bowling was followed by a delicious treat of hotdogs, fries and iced tea. Our last activity was laser tag – many found this the most enjoyable experience as it felt like ‘The Hunger Games’.
The excursion was a great chance to make new friendships and polish up on our bowling skills!
Wise Words from Year 7 Poets
Last week, Miss Moxon’s Year 7 English class took their poetry to the next level by showcasing their talents in an exhibition. Francine Stavrou and Lilly Michelon coordinated the event, confidently demonstrating excellent leadership skills and attention to detail. The girls organised the location of each piece and arranged placards for every student.
Students voted on a range of awards including best sonnet, best theme or concept and most creative poem. Mabel Cook’s collection, which explored recent protests around the world, won best overall collection; her piece was both thoughtful and sophisticated. The poetry collections themes explored ideas such as friendship, loss, love and inspirational women.
The girls put in an extraordinary effort and did a fantastic job of taking the task and transforming it into something that was entirely their own. Watch out for these budding young artists!
Year 7 English Teacher
Dust Off Your Hats!
With the return of higher UV levels, Reception to Year 9 students are now required to bring their navy blue broad-brimmed hats to school. Reception and Year 1 students also have the option of the junior bucket hat.
Students in Reception to Year 6 who currently wear their PE uniform to School on PE lesson days should wear their hats to and from School during high UV periods.
Students in Years 10 to 12 are also encouraged to wear a School hat at high UV times.
For more information, please refer to our Sun Protection Policy in the ‘Whole School’ section of the ‘School Documents’ page on myLink.
P&F Family Day
Sunday 18 October from 12 – 4pm
Join the Saints Girls’ community on Chiverton Lawns for our P&F Family Day!
Tickets include pasta, pizza and a glass of wine or soft drink. Additional drinks and gelato will be available for purchase. There will be kids’ activities and roving entertainment to enjoy.
BYO chairs, tables and/or picnic rug.
Family of Four $50
Book at: www.trybooking.com/BKUAL
We look forward to seeing you there!
Car Park Courtesy
The School has again received complaints about traffic blocking Stonyfell Road for lengthy periods during drop-off and pick-up. If the car park is full and you are unable to enter, circle the block until it is clear to enter, find a park elsewhere or, where age-appropriate, meet your daughter in a surrounding street. Unless special circumstances apply, parents of girls in Years 2 to 12 should not enter the car park to collect their daughters prior to 3.30pm. Parents of girls in Reception and Year 1 have exclusive use of the pick-up zone prior to this time for safety and traffic reasons.
Please also refrain from turning right into or out of the car park, and please do not queue in the car park’s lanes as this often prevents drivers who are legally parked from exiting.
As a School, we must set an example for our students in showing courtesy to all; in this case, other road users.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Upcoming House Dinner
During Term 3, all Middle and Senior School girls have the opportunity to enjoy a night away from homework to get creative and colourful at the House Dinners.
The Year 11s have been working hard organising decorations, food and games for each event. Visit the TryBooking links below to purchase your daughter(s) a ticket for the night as this is a compulsory event.
We’re looking forward to seeing everyone’s creative costumes and enjoying a fun night with our Houses.
Kennion House Dinner
Theme: Animal Kingdom
11 September (Week 8)
Book now: https://www.trybooking.com/BKSZC
The Long Lunch – Seeking Community Volunteers
We are seeking passionate community volunteers to assist the School by undertaking duties and tasks for The Long Lunch.
Dates: Saturday 19 September and/or Sunday 20 September
Time: Various, flexible 3 – 5 hour shifts available both days
Tasks may include:
Setting tables and placing decorations; washing and cleaning utensils and dishes; handling, sorting, and organising food items; washing, peeling, chopping, cutting and cooking ingredients; sorting and disposing of rubbish and recycling; cleaning food preparation equipment, floors and other kitchen tools or areas; plating food trays; transferring, weighing and checking supplies and equipment.
Fun, camaraderie, laughs, lunch and refreshments will be provided. For more information, please contact Foundation Manager, Melissa Westgate via firstname.lastname@example.org or 0407 394 183.
Have you experienced an Entertainment Membership? For a limited time, our School community is invited to trial the Entertainment Membership for six weeks!
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After you have discovered the value of an Entertainment Membership, you can support our School by purchasing a Membership to receive 12 months of incredible savings.
Already love the Entertainment Membership? Purchase your Membership today and support us to reach our fundraising goal for 2020. Simply order online via our School’s page: www.entertainmentbook.com.au/orderbooks/161p201
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Bronwyn Bartter on 0402 392 609.
Thank you for your ongoing support.
Parents’ and Friends’ Association
Open – Saints 3.1 – 19 defeated Concordia 2.6 – 18
With their first win of the season, the girls played the best game yet. They were fast, smart and moved the ball very well down the field. They communicated and collaborated effectively and the score is a reflection of the hard work they have putting into trainings. Special mention must go to Lucy who was an exceptional ruck who never stopped fighting for the ball. So proud of all of the girls for their hard work and can’t wait to play the last few games with them as a team. – Bella Bernardi (Captain)
Middle – Saints 4.4 – 28 defeated Concordia 3.1 – 19
The girls were challenged again in a tight game. The opposition kicked the first 2 goals and we were on the back foot, but Annie Warwick was swung to half-back and controlled any balls that came into her area from then on. The midfield through Ellie Humphrey and Lilly Maerschel began to take the ball into space, supporting Jasmine Segredos and Charlotte McAuliffe. Ruby Richards and Pearl Richards finished off the good work up the field with 3 goals to Pearl and 1 to Ruby. Great improvements shown by Sophie Edwardes, Naomi Singh, Marcella Tolley and Amy Dillon. – Dan Searle (Coordinator)
Congratulations to all the girls who played on Saturday morning. Our As, Bs, Cs Ds and E2s all secured wins again our opponents. A special shout out to our B and C teams who had to play two games on Saturday against Wilderness; it was a tremendous effort. Hang in there girls, not long to go! – Amelie Dunda (Captain)
Open A – Saints 6 defeated Wilderness 0
Best Players: Yang Yang Gu, Gloria Gao, Mahala Truscott, Amelie Dunda
Open B – Saints played two games
Saints 3 defeated by Wilderness (B1) 3 and then Saints 5-1 defeated Wilderness (B2) 1
Best Players: Candy Feng, Cheri Wong, Charlotte Stewart, Angela Feng
Open C – Saints played 2 games
Saints 1 defeated by Wilderness (C1) 5 and then Saints 5 defeated defeated Wilderness (C2) 1
Best Players: Christina Song, Vanessa Pols, Natacha Zisogiannopoulos and Holly Wallman-Craddock
Open D1 – Saints 4 defeated Wilderness 2
Best Players: Helen Zhang and Tara Nedumaran
Open D2 – Saints 3 defeated Wilderness 3
Best Players: Yvanda Qu and Mabel Cook
Open E1 – Saints 3 defeated by Wilderness 6
Best Player: Hattie Xu
Open E2 – Saints 5 defeated Wilderness 4
Best Player: Grace Ran
Year 6 Blue – Saints 7 defeated by Pembroke 47
Another tough game for the girls. We have a lot of players new to basketball and although the scores aren’t showing it, these girls are working incredibly hard and improving their skills every game. Big thank you to Amy and Iris in Year 5, who stepped in to give us some numbers. A fantastic effort from all the girls! – Sarah Turnbull (Coach)
Open – Saints 5 defeated Wilderness 0
The girls faced a more challenging opposition which was good practice for our attacking five positions to move the ball around defenders more efficiently. It was terrific to see the team show great sportsmanship and go a player down during the first quarter because Wildy were short a player. After the score being equal at quarter-time, the strikers came out firing in the second, scoring 2 goals. Holly Cardone, Amelie Eaton and Amelia Lucas made seamless connections down the right side, often resulting in a short corner or goal. Special mention goes to Georgina Keough who took one for the team and padded up to play an awesome game in goals. Well done to Poppie Goldsmith who scored 3 goals and Belle Black and Chloe Cardone who scored a goal each. – Olivia Goldsmith (Captain)
Under 13 – Saints 15 defeated Wilderness 4
The girls played another strong game. From the first whistle, they hustled hard for every loose ball. The girls in attack played a great team game with many shots scored from cutting in front of goal. The defence were particularly strong, shutting down any fast breaks Wilderness had. Special mention to goalie Emily Bates who made many awesome saves, only letting 3 in. Cleo Hart as Captain played a top game, working hard in the midfield and shooting many goals. It was a great effort from the girls all over the field. – Millie Wilkin (Lacrosse Captain)
Under 11 – Saints Blue 7 defeated East Torrens / Payneham 3
This game was a challenge, yet was so rewarding. All team members gained motivation and determination as the game progressed, and the teamwork demonstrated was exceptional. They used the space well and drove fast towards goal when given the opportunity. Improvements include the use of their voices, making leads, tight defence, and goal backup. Awesome work from our goalies, Valencia Capobianco and Chelsea Francis, who held up the team’s defensive line, making numerous saves. Our goal scorers were Millie Lively (3), Chelsea Francis (2), Hayley Lucas (1) and Matilda Purvis (1). Once again, a great game demonstrating how far we have come this season. Well done Saints Blue! – Sophie Auricht (Coach)
Under 11 – Saints White 11 defeated St Aloysius 8
It was a lovely, sunny day to be playing lacrosse. In our attack, it was great to see Lois Burton-Howard (Year 4) and Ruby Kelly (Year 4) get the ball and dodge around players to score goals. At the start, the girls were told to never give up when going for ground balls, which Anvika Singh (Year 4) and Mathilda Begg (Year 4) displayed so well. At half-time, the girls needed to work on keeping their stick up in defence to intercept, which Lilly Silvani did a great job at. Our defence was also quite good, with girls like Neela (Year 4) and Scarlett Schinella (Year 3) sticking to their players closely. Goalies for the match were Willow Chong (Year 3) and Grace Marshall (Year 3) who saved a number of goals with their body. Goal scorers were Lois (2), Ruby (2), Grace (2) and Lily (5). It was a great game where the girls listened to what they needed to work on and then performed it on the field. – Lucy Martin (Coach)
Open A – Saints 24 defeated by Seymour 43
In the first half, the scores were level. The girls showed great intensity through their drives down the court and defence against their opponents. We collaborated and communicated as a team, enabling for connections to be made down the court from defence line throw ins. Best players were Olivia Kelly and Anna White. Olivia showed strong determination for the ball, resulting in many touches and intercepts, as well as great leadership and encouragement throughout. Anna’s movement in and out of the goal circle was excellent, setting up on her player, enabling for Alexia Politis, Amelia Pudney and Maggie Bailey to pass to Anna efficiently. It was an unfortunate loss, however, I am still so proud of the girls’ efforts. Keep up the good work. – Hannah Freeman (Captain)
Open B – Saints 39 defeated Seymour 34
The Open Bs had a well-deserved win against Seymour. We were ahead at each quarter, but our increased intensity in the second, securing a greater lead and our position for the rest of the game. Our shooters Tahlia Cahill, Dayna Petruzzella, and Joss Forster worked well together in the circle with Joss the standout. All the girls worked as a team, with the mid-court maintaining drive and our defence sustaining pressure. It was excellent to have another win! – Gemma Schaedel
Open E1 – Saints 32 defeated Pulteney 17
The girls played another solid game, taking out the win once again. Kate Reade was the best player, making a number of turnovers and really standing out in the defensive half. Well done girls, looking forward to hopefully another couple of wins in the coming weeks to finish off your school netball! Well done again! – Emma Mockridge (Coach)
Open E2 – Saints 1 defeated by Immanuel 44
Despite the result, the girls pushed through the game with high spirits and made the best of a tough situation, enjoying one of their last games of school netball. They kept up their competitiveness and took the opportunity to try out different positions, but unfortunately, Immanuel were just too strong. Best players were Lucy White and Fiona Lethbridge for their encouragement and energy throughout. Great work girls! – Emma Mockridge (Coach)
Year 10A – Saints 42 defeated Seymour 38
Really good effort by both As and Bs. It was great to see the introduction of Willow Stewart-Rattray into the 10A side; she demonstrated leadership and voice on the court and worked well with Martha in circle defence. All of the girls adjusted really well and the overall voice and transition of the court was amazing – so impressed! Every single girl in the As stepped up their performance. So much improvement within the squad; the best game they have played so far! – Milli Gentle (Coach)
Year 10B – Saints 18 defeated by Seymour 41
Bs also played a strong game. Annie came off in the second quarter after sustaining a knee to the chest, and Letitia stepped up in playing GA to facilitate movement. Overall movement down the court has improved, and all players are starting to understand transition and how to use their preliminary movements to get rid of defenders in transition. Sophie had a wonderful game and has started to develop in GK exceptionally well! – Katie Dancer (Coach)
Year 10C – Saints 21 defeated by Pembroke 52
Despite taking the loss again, the girls played their best game so far this season, putting 21 goals on the board. It was fantastic to see them building connections on court that we’ve been working on, allowing us to turn over plenty of ball and convert into goals. Great game team! – Elena Vaananen (Coach)
Year 9A – Saints 42 defeated by Seymour 50
We created enough turnovers in our defensive end but couldn’t score off them or our centre pass. We were in it for most of the game but were outperformed in the third quarter. – Della Griffith (Coach)
Year 9B – Saints 32 defeated Seymour 22
It was a very good game by all the girls. It was great to see how well Emma Pool fit in with the team and was able to pick up on our set plays. The girls have been working on their centre passes and it was excellent to see these being used effectively. – Natasha Dinan (Coach)
Year 9C – Saints 29 defeated by Concordia 37
Despite the loss, the team played an inspiring game. The middle two quarters were flawless, with an 11-goal catch up in the second quarter. Best players were Kimmy Psaromatis and Lucy Schirripa for their outstanding defence skills and intercepts. A great effort by all. – Lulu Tierney (Coach)
Year 8A – Saints 46 defeated Seymour 45
The girls played an amazing game and all put 100% effort in. It was a tight match but we continually drove for the ball and never gave up. Sophie Ricciuto and Charlie Piper worked great together in goals, with help from Mathilda Thomas in centre. Jasmine Segredos played a top game, filling in from the Bs. – Sophie Edwards
Year 8B – Saints 36 defeated Seymour 21
The girls played an exceptional game against Seymour. The sun was shining and so were our spirits. We were pumped up from the beginning and this showed in the way we played. Our defence was amazing, with Olivia Oakes, Charlotte Norman and Ruby Adams all getting rebounds and stopping goals. Our mid-courters did a fine job of bringing the ball down to our attackers with speed and agility. Our shooters, Alice Braithwaite, Jasmine Segredos and Ayla Blaskett, were on fire, getting goal after goal, and when they didn’t, they jumped for rebounds. A mention must go to our players of the match, Alice and Jasmine who both had a cracking game. Thanks to Ayanna Roy for playing with us. – Ayla Blaskett
Year 8C – Saints 39 defeated Wilderness 6
It was a great game for Saints. The girls applied tight defensive pressure from the start, which resulted in many turnovers and a strong lead of 13-0 at the end of the first quarter. The girls maintained the pressure in defence throughout, whilst in attack, they led well, positioning themselves in front of the Wilderness defenders, allowing easy movement of the ball down the court. Best players were Dani Vari and Maddy Penley. Dani’s strong defence of the opposition’s goal circle made it difficult for them to get the ball into the ring which reduced their opportunities to shoot for goal. Maddy Penley also played with solid defensive pressure and made good attacking leads which facilitated the easy movement of the ball towards our goal. In her quarter as GA, Maddy’s movement allowed for easy passes into the goal circle, often finishing off with a quick goal. Well done girls! – Nikki Miller (Coach)
Year 8D – Saints 1 defeated by Immanuel 35
The girls got off to a slow start and allowed Immanuel to get a big break. Afterwards, they increased their defensive pressure throughout and continuously lowered Immanuel’s score each quarter. Their display of resilience and a ‘keep trying’ attitude was evident irrespective of the large score gap. There were several great intercepts but we just couldn’t quite get the ball into our goal circle. – Gina Barker (Coach)
Year 7A – Saints 15 defeated by Seymour 34
The girls were quite downhearted in the first half as it didn’t go as well as we hoped. But in the third quarter, all the girls lifted their spirts and that was the best quarter of the game. Anna Venning and Annabel Keough did really well in mid-court, managing to get the ball all the way down the court. The stand out player was Carys Kinsella-White, who was amazing with her shooting and only missed one or two goals! It was a pretty hard game but the girls carried through. Next time, we’re going to keep our positive mindsets the whole game and be ready to win! – Asha Eaton
Year 7B – Saints 4 defeated by Seymour 48
This game was very tough, but we all gave it our best shot. Although we did get the first goal of the game, we were down by quite a lot at half-time. We decided to focus on our passing, defensive and shooting skills. We shot only 4 goals but that is quite an accomplishment considering how strongly Seymour played. By the final quarter, we all fired up to try our absolute best to raise the score. We intercepted many balls, but unfortunately, the final score didn’t match our effort. Great game girls. Let’s train hard to ensure that we get a win next time! – Matilda Powell
Year 4 Blue – Saints 9 defeated by Pembroke Green 11
Saints Girls played an awesome, competitive game. Making space, give and go, strong defence, accurate shooting. We outscored Pembroke 4 – 2 in the last quarter. The girls never gave up, working hard together as a team. – Karen Braund (Proud Coach)
Year 3 – Saints 9 defeated Pembroke Yellow 2
To ensure a fair distribution of positions throughout the season, many of our girls played in positions that were not their preferred this game. With that said, there were no complaints but rather enthusiasm to just be playing, and it translated into another solid performance. Our defensive game was very strong with many taps which were followed up with a chase to ensure the turnover was favourable. Bonnie Qu put on another display of tight, relentless defence. A big game for us next match; let’s bring it home again. – Rebecca Scott-Toms (Coach)
Open A – Saints 0 defeated by Immanuel 1
What an exciting game to play! The Open A team versed Immanuel in a fast-paced, competitive match that unfortunately resulted in a 0 – 1 loss. I think Dion, our Coach, would agree that it was one of the best games this season and the girls should be extremely proud of their efforts. All had composure on the ball, were delivering through-balls into space and beating players in one-on-ones, which are all the skills we’ve been developing these past few weeks. Sophie Barr and Ashley Piper made some great runs up forward. In the midfield, Lysiane Franchi and Annie Bradshaw fought tirelessly to win the ball, along with Lucy Benn, who had some powerful shots on goal from outside the goalie box. Our defence, plus Kendra Ware in goals, were relentless and prevented countless shots. Adele Russell, Tahlia Louca and Azaan Singh all did a great job jockeying the Immanuel players and not letting them have a shot on goal. Looking forward to our Intercol match against Walford! – Ellie Anderson (Captain)
Open B – Saints 4 defeated Concordia 1
This match, the message for the players was to be defensive and then play on the break. It was a dominant start which soon led to a goal from Jodi Papendorf, a brilliant shot that zipped past the defenders and goalkeeper into the back of the net. Jodi’s first goal too! Not long after, there was a scramble in our attacking half in the box, where Imogen Parkinson managed to get the ball, dribble through the defence and shoot to make it 2 – 0 Saints. Towards the end of the first half, Concordia managed to get a goal from a corner, and with the pressure on, the girls knew they needed to defend hard to hold on until half-time so we could regroup. In the second half, the girls came out strongly and scored from a long footy kick by our keeper Stella Clark, which allowed Imogen to run through the defence and shoot it to score again. Shortly after, there was a scramble where Jessica Zhang (from the Middle As) and Zihan Huang won the ball which it made its way to Imogen who was rewarded with a hat-trick. This game highlighted the true spirit and fight that the girls have. They were strong on all areas of the pitch, dominating the opposition and knowing the importance of what the win would mean to them. The girls achieved the team’s goal which was to win at least one game this season and it was well deserved. But, let’s not stop here and go for the win in the next match which is our last game of the season so let’s finish on a high. – TJ Scarsgill (Coach)
Middle A – Saints 4 defeated Pembroke 1
We started well but could not capitalise on our chances in the first half. Our defenders Jasreet Mavi, Grace Beaumont, Ruby Kirwan and Ariel Spartalis put in a solid effort to ensure the score was deadlocked 0 – 0 at half-time. In the second half, we conceded a scrappy goal from a free kick, but I was proud in the way we kept our heads up and came back strongly. Maddie Harrex was excellent down the wing, with her creativity and assists resulting in goals for Grace Stevens (1) Georgia Evans (1) and Januri Wagaarachchi (2). Thanks to Mary Stavrou and Levanya De Silva for volunteering to play in goal this match. Well done girls! It was a fantastic win; let’s keep this momentum going for a big last game of the season at Intercol. – Ange Gouvielos (Coach)
Year 6 – Saints 2 defeated Pembroke Blue 0
The team played a very competitive game against Pembroke, resulting in a 2 – 0 win! Both of our goals were scored by Alyssa Piantedosi, who never fails to put 100% effort into each game and score some impressive goals. Eliza Brill-Reed and Alison Francis helped in the midfield, along with Lucy Lowry who displayed some exceptional dribbling skills. Our defence was very strong, particularly Grace Brockhouse and Stella Spalvins applying strong tackles. Meghana Chettimada and Ruby Clark both kicked some powerful long balls down the field out of defence. I was very impressed by the determination and willingness of our two goalies, Georgia Libri and Lucy Shigeno, who let no goals through. Great game girls! – Ellie Anderson and Mary Stavrou (Coaches)
Year 5 – Saints 7 defeated Pembroke 1
The team put in another very solid game to bring home the win against Pembroke. Once again, admirable defensive efforts were made by the entire team and the girls showed a clear improvement in backing each other up. The midfield, led by Aleesha Gray, dominated the play, making consistent attempts to win back the ball whenever it was lost. It’s incredibly encouraging to see this highly-determined team improve and begin to achieve results for the energy and work they’ve put into this season so far. Thank you to goalkeepers Cleo Connor and Lily Forby, and great effort to goal scorers Izzy Huf and Aleesha Gray. – Beth Cross (Coach)
Year 3-4 – Saints 4 defeated Walford 0
The sweet smell of spring danced on the autumn winds. The day seemed brighter, the sky seemed to be bluer and the soccer skills seemed even fancier. Beatrice Tolley scored 2 quick goals to get us off to a great start in the first half. Valentina Patino continued her scintillating run of great form, her confidence sky-high. Sophie Wiggins was relieved to be playing up forward this match and enjoyed the freedom or this position. Mika Valmorbida in defence played her best game attacking the ball and demonstrated real grit and perseverance in her best game so far this season. Lauren Disney executed the best run-down, goal-saving tackle for the season and had all the parents and interchange players clapping and cheering in support. She scored 2 more goals to add to her impressive total for season 2020. Mathilda Begg relished her first try as goalkeeper this season, providing another option for the final two games this year. – Mark Routley (Coach)