From Our Deputy Principal / Head of Middle School
We regularly talk to the girls about the importance of being able to be flexible in their thinking, to consider multiple possibilities, to be creative in their responses and resilient in the face of challenges. The uncertainty brought by the Omicron wave of COVID-19, coinciding as it has with the beginning of a new school year, and accompanied by a raft of health restrictions and advice, has certainly created an environment where those characteristics have come to the fore.
As teachers should, we aim to model what we espouse, and I’d like to think that our response to the fluid situation we are facing is evidence of that.
We would normally be delighting today in the vibrancy, energy, skill and passion that permeate every Swimming Carnival. Fortunately though, we were able to book the next available date at the Adelaide Aquatic Centre, and we look forward to seeing parents and students enjoying this great event on Tuesday 5 April (Week 10).
From Monday, we are very much looking forward to the resumption of a full program of co-curricular activities, including interschool sport. We know that the girls are very keen to return to competition, and the joint IGSSA representatives have worked hard to ensure that a full summer season will be possible in all sports concluding in Term 4.
The Outdoor Education aspect of the curriculum plays an important role in supporting our pastoral care and wellbeing program, and the Year 7 and 8 Camps are placed in Week 5 in Term 1 for specific reasons. Unfortunately, restrictions have not been relaxed sufficiently for the residential aspect of these camps to proceed next week. Considering many possibilities, our team, alongside our external provider, have been able to quickly plan a week of meaningful and challenging outdoor experiences which will become the curriculum for Year 7 and 8 students next week. Whilst we are all extremely disappointed not to be able to proceed as originally planned, we are hopeful that extended time away from school with Home Group Teachers involved in stimulating and exciting activities will still serve our goal of helping to build teamwork, closer supportive relationships and resilience in the face of challenge.
Finally, we are delighted that we are able to announce that Choral Night 2022 is coming! If you haven’t already done so, please mark Thursday 24 March in your diaries as a date not to miss. With restrictions on singing in choirs lifted, we are thrilled that from the start of Week 6, students will begin rehearsing for the big night. The theme of ‘Power Ballads’ for the House Song has been warmly received by the girls, and much work has already been done by Year 12 students on their dance routines, and by senior students in the arrangement of their House Hymn. Further details about purchasing tickets will be sent in the coming weeks, as will electronic permission requests.
So, despite such a challenging start to a school year, as usual, I’m grateful and buoyed by the supportive, flexible and pragmatic approach taken by staff, students and parents as we navigate a productive way forward together.
Deputy Principal/Head of Middle School
Choral Night – Save the Date!
Thursday 24 March
Our girls are gearing up for Choral Night 2022, which will be held on Thursday 24 March at Influencers Church in Paradise.
Choral Night is one of the most anticipated events on the Saints Girls’ calendar, and this year’s spectacle carries the theme ‘Power Ballads’.
Details regarding tickets will be provided soon. In the meantime, take a look back at highlights from last year:
Move a Million Metres for Our New Gym
As you will be aware, we are currently in a major fundraising phase for the development of our new Gym. On Thursday 14 April, coinciding with Summer Interhouse, we will be hosting our inaugural Giving Day, which will provide our community with an opportunity to support this vital venture.
Leading up to Giving Day, we will run an initiative where students can get active and fundraise to help us reach our one million dollar fundraising goal. The group challenge is to collectively MOVE A MILLION METRES!
For Reception to Year 3, on Tuesday 5 April (Week 10), there will be an opportunity for students to participate in a Giant Obstacle Course.
Students in Years 4 – 12 will be tasked with designing their own Saints Girls All-Star Challenge, to be completed in Week 10 or 11. For students who are struggling for inspiration, our Sport Captains will be setting up a range of activities at lunchtimes to help them on their way.
Indeed, our Sport Captains are already leading the charge with this mammoth task, with Sport Prefect Charlie Fishlock planning to climb the height of Mount Everest on the stairs – that’s 901 flights of stairs – and the rest of our Sport Captains committing to collectively hit 20% of the total target and move 200,000m!
More information on this challenge and how to help us fundraise will be distributed to parents and students shortly. In the meantime, get talking with your friends, get excited and get committed to movement. Together, we’ve got this!
Director of Sport
For more inspiration, take a look at Saints Girls in action:
Announcing Our Star Struck Major Lottery
As momentum builds for our Gym fundraising campaign featuring our ‘Saints Girls All-Stars’, we are thrilled to launch our Star Struck Major Lottery.
Ticket sales opened today, so get in quick!
First Prize: Toyota Yaris Ascent Sport from Northpoint Toyota (valued at $27,811)
+ a personalised car park at St Peter’s Girls’ School from 1 January 2023 to 31 December 2023.
This stunning new car could belong to you or someone in your family! Spread the word and feel free to share this opportunity with your friends and relatives.
To buy your tickets: CLICK HERE
Lottery Licence No: M14175
The Art of Welcome in Our ELC
In the ELC, we have started Term 1 by discussing what it means to feel welcomed and how we can welcome others. This aligns with our current Central Idea that ‘A welcoming community can strengthen connections’.
The children have been delving into these questions through a range of planned experiences including drawing greetings, exploring language, storytelling and role play.
Watch our video to see how we welcome in the ELC.
Girls Be Sharp in Year 1 Music Class
Our Year 1 students have embraced the new school year by sharpening their music skills with the welcoming call and response song ‘Hey Everybody’.
The girls are developing their aural acuity, building confidence in singing, recognising and clapping rhythm, and discerning the difference between a steady beat and rhythm. We also discussed the influences of Indigenous instrumentation within the song.
We look forward to continuing our music journey together!
Director of Music
Important COVID-19 Notice
To help protect the health of our families, staff and the wider community, we must all work together to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Please be reminded of the following:
Children are to be kept home if they are unwell, even mildly.
If your child tests positive to COVID-19, notify us immediately. Please also provide the date your child’s test was taken and the date symptoms started (if no symptoms, note ‘asymptomatic’).
Where possible, to help limit the amount of telephone traffic, please notify us via email or text:
Text: 0428 601 957 (save to phone contacts as SPGS)
If you do need to notify us over the phone, please call the Front Office on 8334 2200.
If there are COVID cases within the school setting, parents of classroom contacts will be notified, and these children can continue to attend school provided they have no symptoms.
FRONT OFFICE DROP-OFFS
With current restrictions on parents entering the School grounds and to assist our staff, please ensure your daughter has all of the items she needs for the day to reduce the amount of items being dropped off at the Front Office.
We thank all of our families for your continued support and cooperation.
School Photos – Next Week
Focus School Portraits will be at school on Monday 28 February and Tuesday 1 March to take our School Photos.
A special St Peter’s Girls’ Package has been designed for our families where each student will receive the following photos:
1 – 8″ x 10″ Individual Portrait
2 – 5″ x 7″ Individual Portraits
4 – 2.5″ x 3.5″ Individual Portraits
1 – 8″ x 10″ Class/Home Group Photo
There is no additional cost to families as this has been incorporated into your fees. Should you wish to purchase extra packs, photos or items such as key rings, mugs, jigsaws etc., you can visit www.focusschoolportraits.com to order these online.
Class/Home Group Teachers have the schedule and will communicate photo times to students.
With Year 7 and 8 students participating in outdoor education activities next week, their photos will be taken on Tuesday 8 March.
Sibling photos will be taken during lunch on Monday 28 February on Chiverton Lawns. Order forms for each family have been distributed to Class/Home Group Teachers. For families with students in the ELC and Years 7 and 8, sibling photos will be taken in Term 2 when ELC photos are scheduled. Forms will be distributed closer to the time.
If you have any queries, please contact me via email@example.com
Head of the River Dinner
The Friends of Rowing invite all rowers, family and friends to celebrate the efforts, improvements and achievements of our St Peter’s Girls’ rowers throughout the 2021/22 season. The annual Head of the River Dinner will be held in the function room at Next Gen Memorial Drive, overlooking the beautiful Riverbank precinct. The evening will feature speeches from students and coaches about the season that has been, and will conclude with awards being presented. The dinner includes a two-course menu and soft drinks. Other refreshments will be available for purchase in the foyer upon arrival, and from the bar throughout the event.
Next Gen Memorial Drive
War Memorial Drive, North Adelaide
Saturday 19 March
6pm arrival for 6.30pm start
$65 per person via trybooking.com/BXNQB
Ticket sales close at 5pm, Wednesday 9 March
Please note, this event is compulsory for all current rowers. Due to venue capacity, our Year 7 – 11 rowers are limited to one guest per student, and two guests for Year 12 students. There is a waitlist for additional guests via TryBooking on a first-come, first-served basis.
Director of Rowing
Friends of The Arts – Join Our Next Meeting
A strong sense of community and a culture of participation in School events are among the most special things about St Peter’s Girls. Friends of The Arts (FoA) is a voluntary group of parents, friends and staff who support the School community at Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Arts events.
FoA provides a forum for volunteers to encourage learning and plan for various social and fundraising activities. Each member contributes where they can and we work together to ensure every event is successful. All money raised goes directly back into The Arts within the School.
FoA welcomes interested community members who have a desire to encourage The Arts and a willingness to participate in various capacities or volunteer their time. Come along to our next meeting – it’s a great opportunity to get to know other parents and have some fun while supporting the School!
Wednesday 2 March, 7pm
516 Glynburn Rd, Burnside
For questions or to RSVP, please contact our FoA representatives:
Belinda O’Callaghan – firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Croston-Melling – SLGCM@fastmail.fm
Dad’s Night on the Green
Friday 4 March from 6.30pm
Tranmere Bowling Club
1 Kings Grove, Tranmere
Tickets: $40 via www.Trybooking.com/BWKLE
Includes entry, bowling fees and sausage sizzle
Drinks and raffle tickets can be purchased on the evening
Bookings close Wednesday 2 March
Participants will be assembled into teams of four. Bring a mate and meet other Saints Girls’ dads!
Supported by the Saints Sport Support Group
Drinks on the Lawns
A terrific opportunity for parents to socially meet up with other parents and teachers/staff on Chiverton Lawns. Food and drinks will be provided at this adults-only event. We ask that guests scan the SA Health QR code upon arrival.
Please seek out your Year Level Representatives and chat with our Community Relations staff on the evening to learn about our volunteering opportunities and the social and community events we are planning in 2022.
Swimming Carnival – New Date
Swimming Carnival – New Date: Tuesday 5 April (Week 10), Adelaide Aquatic Centre
We are hoping that the new date may be met with reduced restrictions and a greater chance of parents being able to attend. As always, we will be guided by the latest SA Health advice and will communicate any further changes as well as logistical details closer to the date.
Be Involved in ‘Our Saints’ Community
Would you like your daughter’s Grandmother, Grandfather, Aunts and/or Uncles to receive our biannual Saints Alive magazine and our weekly eNews updates? Sign up for the free ‘Our Saints’ membership for Grandparents, other treasured family members and friends.
For more information and to join this unique group, please click here and email the completed form to Foundation Manager Melissa Westgate via email@example.com.
Support from The Athlete’s Foot Burnside
We once again invite our community members to support the School and local business by purchasing your shoes at The Athlete’s Foot Burnside.
$5 from every pair purchased by anyone connected to our Saints Girls’ community will be donated back to St Peter’s Girls’ School. This is an ongoing partnership, so please let their staff know that you would like your donation to come to Saints Girls when you make a purchase.
As part of this fantastic community initiative, The Athlete’s Foot Burnside donated over $13,000 back to local schools last year. For more information, click here.
School Shop Notices
New Opening Hours
Monday to Friday: 8am – 4pm
(closed for lunch 12 – 12.30pm)
Swimming Requirements for Years 4 to 10
We ask parents to check that their daughters have correctly-sized bathers for Swimming activities for all girls in Years 4 to 10.
If your daughter requires new bathers, we highly recommend making an appointment with the School Shop on 8334 2228 and purchasing soon.
Year 10, 11 and 12 Jumpers
Jumpers are now available for Year 10, 11 and 12 students to purchase from the School Shop.
General Absences from School
If your child is going to be absent, late to school or leave early, please use one of the following methods to notify the School, providing the student name, Class/Home Group and reason:
Text: 0428 601 957
Phone: 8334 2200
Feel free to include the Class/Home Group Teacher when emailing. It would be appreciated if notifications could be made prior to 9am.
Malaika McLeod was recently invited by Athletics Australia to compete with Olympians from interstate at the Adelaide Invitational in the 800m. Malaika currently ranks 4th in the State amongst all ages, and at just 14 years old, was the only athlete under 18 asked to compete. Her current PB sits at 2:11.85.
Malaika and other Saints Girls achieved fantastic results at the recent Athletics SA State Track and Field Championships, with the following girls all qualifying to represent South Australia:
Daisy Braithwaite – U17: 5000m Walk 1st, U17: 2000m Steeplechase 2nd, U17: 1500m 4th
Carys Kinsella-White – U16: High Jump 2nd, U16: Javelin 3rd, U16: 200m 7th
Isla Fahey – U15: 2000m Steeplechase 1st, U14: 1500m 5th
Charlotte McAuliffe – Open: 400m 1st, Open: 200m 3rd, U16: 100m 1st
Phoebe Lucas – U14: Long Jump 2nd, U14: 100m 5th
Amelia Lucas – U17: 100m 6th, U17: 400m 3rd, U17: 200m 8th
Chloe Richardson – U15: 400m 4th, U15: 800m 4th
Malaika McLeod – U16: 400m 1st, Open: 1500m 6th, Open: 800m 6th
Annie Goldsmith – U15: 100m Frame Running 1st
Elodie de Wit – U15: 1500m 2nd
Some of our Old Scholars also enjoyed outstanding results:
Keeley Fahey (Selwyn 2021) – U20: High Jump 5th, U20: Pole Vault 1st
Lakara Stallan (Kilburn 2021) – Open: 100m 2nd, Open: 200m 2nd
Christine Gayen (Patteson 2014) – Open: 100m Hurdles 2nd, Open: High Jump 3rd, Open: Long Jump 3rd, Open: Javelin 4th, Open: Shot Put 4th
Margaret Gayen (Patteson 2011) – Open: 100m Hurdles 1st, Open: Long Jump 1st, Open: 100m 6th