Issue no. 15
- Saints Girls’ inaugural football team takes the field
- From the Deputy Principal/Head of Middle School
- From Stonyfell to Kyiv via Eurovision
- Patteson House volunteers get colourful
- Jazz Master Class
- Bishops and knights at Saints Girls
- Theory of Knowledge study day
- IGSSA Breakfast for Captains of Sport
- Music Teacher shines at Dream Big Children’s Festival
- Reception students get creative with their learning
- Year 7 reflections on the play Gone Viral
- Year 9 Exchanges
- Arts Alive 2017
- Bookaneer Book Fair: Where books are the treasure!
- School Shop holiday opening hours
- New Parent Portal
- Meningococcal Study
- Winter Cabaret
- Quiz Night
- Entertainment Book pre-sales
- Sports News
Saints Girls’ inaugural football team takes the field
On Friday night Saints had their first ever girls Australian rules football game. All players were enthusiastic and eager to take the field when we faced Scotch College. With the girls feeling both excited and apprehensive, it took some time for them to settle and adjust to the physical nature of a real opposition.
Following training by former Norwood and SA great Garry McIntosh (Norwood/Payneham Union), the girls brought new skills into the game and Coach Roger Mills took charge, rotating the players through varying positions. Down at half-time, Holly Cunningham scored Saints’ first goal in the third quarter and with some better fortune would have recorded a few more goals with some longer kicks. Scotch defended strongly as Saints’ intensity and skills improved as the match went on, ensuring a competitive game.
Best: Holly Cunningham and Thandi Murada.
Final score: Saints 3.3 (21) defeated by Scotch 8.4 (52)
Director of Sport
TODAY: Get behind the girls as they face-off against Pulteney this afternoon at 4.15pm on Atkinson Oval off South Terrace. We caught up with the players and “Macca” at training last night ahead of their latest clash:
From the Deputy Principal/Head of Middle School
Next week the School will host the State da Vinci Decathlon. We will be visited by nearly 500 of the State’s gifted and talented students who will do battle with each other, and our own da Vinci teams, across 10 disciplines.
The da Vinci Decathlon began in 2005 as an exciting offshoot of the very successful da Vinci Program for gifted and talented students at Knox Grammar School, Sydney. The Decathlon is designed to celebrate the academic gifts of Australian youth by providing a stimulating and challenging competition run in the spirit of an Olympic Decathlon. The Decathlon is named after Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), one of the world’s greatest thinkers and scholars. While his career spanned an enormous range of disciplines: art, architecture, poetry, academics, anatomy, hydrodynamics, mechanical and military engineering, mathematics and astronomy, he demonstrated a superior ability to perceive the interconnected nature of knowledge and embraced learning with a lifelong passion and determination to uncover the unknown. Thus, the competition places a particular emphasis on higher order thinking skills, problem solving and creativity.
Students working collaboratively in teams are highly stimulated by competing in tasks that encompass Engineering, Mathematics, Ideation, Code Breaking, Drama, Art and Poetry, Science, English and Map Making. There is a need, therefore, for a well-balanced team with students whose abilities complement rather than replicate each other.
Teams consist of eight students across three age divisions, with schools encouraged to view the event as an excellent opportunity to differentiate and enrich their curriculum for their most talented students. It is also a chance for students to meet like-minded children from a variety of backgrounds, whilst teachers regularly comment favourably on the opportunity for informal professional learning and networking that the event provides.
The winners of this event have the opportunity to travel to Sydney for the National da Vinci Decathlon at Knox Grammar School. As the host school, we also have the right to send a team from either Year 7 or Year 9.
This prestigious event complements the work we do with our gifted and talented students through the Edge Program, as well as providing our staff and students with a State and National arena in which to display their talents. Once again, following excellent feedback from schools across Australia over the past two years, Acting Director of Teaching and Learning Brian Parsons and Science Teacher Emma Smerdon have been selected to write Science tasks for both the State and National events.
The event runs from Tuesday to Thursday starting at 9am, with visiting teams due to arrive after 8.30am. If you are a regular user of the drop off, it might be worth dropping students a few minutes earlier than usual, as there is a possibility of increased traffic on those days. Updates and photographs will be posted on the school’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/stpetersgirls/) throughout the day.
I look forward to sharing with you some results from all three days and to witnessing the creativity, collaboration, determination and intellectual ingenuity of some very talented young people.
Deputy Principal/Head of Middle School
From Stonyfell to Kyiv via Eurovision
Arts Centre Manager Peter Howie goes global!
From 26 April to 17 May, I had the opportunity to work behind the scenes at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv, Ukraine.
I had applied at the start of the year to be a volunteer at the Contest and out of 7000+ applicants, I was one of 900 to be selected to work in a group of four volunteers who were to be ‘Production Volunteers’. This involved liaising with artists, assisting with accreditation and anything else that was required. After fulfilling this role for a couple of days, I was given the opportunity to work with Elation Professional who are a lighting manufacturer with a large presence in both Europe and the US. They had over 851 fixtures in the auditorium and above the stage which required maintaining in between each rehearsal and performance.
Most of my days in between full dress rehearsals were spent repairing and replacing circuit boards and other components for different lights and working with other departments as required.
The live shows were a great experience with around 8-10,000 fans inside the arena plus the 100 million+ TV audience from around the world. These commenced at 10pm which was due to the time zone to best capture the widest audience. Three live shows were performed on the 9, 11 and 13 May with three dress rehearsals for each show being rehearsed on the days in between. Congratulations to Salvador Sobral from Portugal for winning the 2017 Contest with his piece titled ‘Amar Pelos Dois’.
After the winner was announced, the Load Out began with over 200 crew to pack everything up, load road cases and many trucks and have the venue clear within a week. My role during the load out was working with Elation to ensure each of the 851+ lighting fixtures were put back in the correct boxes with correct packaging and loaded onto pallets. I had six local crew members working under me so whilst the language barrier was a challenge, it was great to overcome that and be able to work as a team with such a diverse range of cultures and nationalities.
Whilst I did not get an opportunity to do too much sightseeing, what I experienced of Kyiv was truly unique and I would love to return to experience the culture and everything it has to offer.
Below is a link for the Head of Production’s Diary which gave snippets from the first day to the last day.
Head of Production Tech Diary: http://www.m-m-pr.com/index.php/eurovision-diary-2017
Arts Centre Manager
Patteson House volunteers get colourful
Last Sunday some of the Year 10 Patteson House girls volunteered at “The Color Run” at Victoria Park Racecourse. We did this to support the Patteson House charity, the Little Heroes Foundation. We got there at 6.45am to prepare the colour station before the race began. Once the race started, we stayed at the pink colour station and threw colour at the people running, we also re-filled the bottles with the colour. We all had a great time volunteering for the Little Heroes Foundation and helping the event run smoothly.
Nicolette Miller and Shunem Josiah
Year 10 students
Jazz Master Class
Our award-winning Generations in Jazz quintet was back in the ABC studios this week, teaching colourful radio host Eddie Bannon how to sing. The girls had a great time sharing their wisdom and there were plenty of laughs along the way. The producer of the program says they received overwhelming feedback from listeners with some describing it as the best radio they’ve heard in donkey’s years! Have a look at this snippet:
Bishops and knights at Saints Girls
The Chess Club has begun its weekly coaching sessions for 2017 with girls from Years 3 – 12 taking part. Tournaments are held on a fortnightly basis at the Chess Centre in Adelaide for those students in the Middle and Senior Schools who wish to compete.
Chess has been shown to improve planning and foresight, problem solving, creativity, memory, concentration, logical thinking and many other essential skills. If you want to find out more or would like to come along to see what it’s all about, we gather at lunch time on Thursdays in the meeting room across from the McGill room – we would love to see some new faces. You don’t need to have played before and we don’t expect that you are the next Vera Menchik or Sonja Graf, just come along and give it a go!
Theory of Knowledge study day
Theory of knowledge is a core subject of the IB where students extend their critical thinking skills by inquiring into the process of knowing across eight diverse areas of knowledge: mathematics, the natural sciences, the human sciences, the arts, history, ethics, religious knowledge systems and indigenous knowledge systems. Unlike other subjects, in this class students can break down the boundaries of traditional subject areas; they examine real life situations and reflect on how they construct their own personal knowledge and the nature of shared knowledge in their culture.
Last Wednesday our Year 11 Theory of Knowledge class joined students from schools across Adelaide to explore a range of topics beyond the classroom at an Oxbridge Gifted and Talented conference. The day gave the girls an insight into the quick paced university style of learning, which examined a number of existential questions across a variety of disciplines. Run by Julie Arliss, a lecturer at Kings College in Somerset, England, and Jeffrey Hodges, a performance consultant, the conference explored questions such as “What would a life well lived actually look like?”, “Who should run a country?” and “What is time?”. The students were presented with diverse philosophical, scientific, religious and political perspectives in response to these questions and they were challenged to examine where their own views would lie in relation to these great thinkers. Our students described the sessions as inspirational, eye-opening and thought-provoking.
Theory of Knowledge teacher
IGSSA Breakfast for Captains of Sport
Last Thursday many of our Captains of Sports and sport leaders were fortunate to attend an IGSSA Breakfast held at Seymour College. All captains of individual sports were seated at the same tables as their adversaries from other schools and this gave the girls the opportunity to interact and establish ties with other captains. As breakfast was being served, we heard from Shane Thiele, the Executive Officer of IGSSA, about the competition’s growth and movement into AFL this year. This led into the Keynote speaker of the morning, Adelaide Crows Women’s Co-captain Chelsea Randall, talking about her journey to AFLW and the lessons she learnt along the way. Chelsea spoke candidly and discussed the impact of positivity around the team when things were difficult or challenging. The Crows would always flip a negative when one was brought up in team meetings in order to accentuate the positive and maintain optimism. She also spoke of taking chances when they were made available to her and enjoying being uncomfortable to take on new ideas. We’d like to thank IGSSA for the opportunity to attend as well as Seymour for their hosting duties. Our leaders took some great learnings out of the morning and they can hopefully instil these across their sports.
Head of PE, Health & Outdoor Education
Music Teacher shines at Dream Big Children’s Festival
Our talented Music Teacher Robyn Habel composed the new School song for Saints which was performed at the Town Hall last year by the orchestra and choir.
Robyn now has another impressive string to her bow after composing the theme song for the Dream Big Children’s Festival 2017. She was kind enough to write a few words about her experience:
“The Dream Big Children’s Festival 2017 was launched on 18 May in a spectacular opening event. I was honoured to be asked to write the theme song for this year’s festival, entitled simply ‘Dream Big’. The song celebrates not only this year’s theme of ‘Feed the Mind’, but also the festival’s new name ‘Dream Big’. For many years the festival was known as the Come Out Children’s Festival and it is still the biggest children’s festival in the southern hemisphere.
The opening event involved some 1700 children from primary schools across the state, singing the song ‘Dream Big’ at the Adelaide Oval Plaza. The children’s choir, known as the Mighty Choir of Small Voices, then marched singing across the Torrens Footbridge beneath billowing colourfully painted parachutes held aloft by retired teachers. It was a very moving event and certainly a highlight to experience this wonderful gathering of children. I also held various educational workshops on song writing as part of the festival program.
The festival runs from 18 – 27 May and boasts around 270 school shows and 126 general public shows. Check it out!” www.dreambigfestival.com.au
Dream Big (song excerpt)
If you feed your mind on Love
You will find that you will soar, soar above
And if you feed your mind on dreams
You will find that you can be
What you want to be
So dream big dream small
Anything at all
Anything is possible
Anything can happen at all!
Reception students get creative with their learning
Self-Assessment and Learning Intentions
In our Reception classes, we would like to encourage the girls to be more actively involved in their learning. Research shows that students are more motivated if they understand the learning outcome of the task. We want our students to have a clear understanding of the task and how to complete it successfully.
This week the girls enjoyed designing the characters ‘WALT’ and ‘WILF’. They are not ordinary classmates – but they do wear an item from our school uniforms and they will pop up in our classrooms daily.
The first character’s name is WALT. This stands for;
We Are Learning To…
These are the learning objectives for the lesson.
The second character’s name is WILF. This stands for;
What I’m Looking For…
These are the success criteria against which the children and teacher assess how well they are doing. The main benefit for the girls is that by focusing on the learning objective, they begin to fully understand what they are learning rather than doing.
The girls are playing the ‘Mind Lab’ game ‘Mindsters’ in class. This is a thinking game where the girls use strategy to collect four monsters from the same family before their opponents do. Each session begins with a story and discussion about the game and thinking methods used. The girls are thoroughly enjoying these sessions!
Louise Davies and Michelle Liddy
Year 7 reflections on the play Gone Viral
Last week the Year 7 students went to Tandanya to see Gone Viral, a play by Sally Hardy, presented by Brink Productions. The group was confronted with a very serious and ‘real’ piece of drama which touched on some pertinent issues related to their generation. It touched on the difficulty of maintaining authentic relationships in the era of social media and the impact of cancer on a family. The girls were moved and challenged to look at these aspects of real life from the point of view of a teenage protagonist and by the end of the play there was not a dry eye in the house! I was very proud of the mature attitude the Year 7s demonstrated in viewing and reflecting on this important piece of theatre.
Head of Arts
The excursion to see Gone Viral was a great experience. It was a realistic play which taught me the real struggles of life. It showed that times can get tough, but it’s something that you will have to accept. These moments in life makes us who we are, and that play made me realise that.
Year 7 student
The part of the play that was really touching for me was when the father came home from the hospital. The mother explained to Cassie that he wasn’t getting better and that the doctors had done all they could to save him. The doctors thought he would be better off spending his last few days in his own home environment with his family and friends. I can not imagine what my life would be like without my dad. I don’t know how I would move on from an incident like this. I think that this was an amazing play and this is a great way to educate people about the impact of cancer.
Year 7 student
The moral of the performance Gone Viral was that sometimes social media can be a dangerous and scary thing when not used properly. The moment in the play that I found the most interesting and inspiring is when Cassie’s dad had died and Cassie and her mum have a long hug. At this point, Cassie’s best friend was over and she joined the hug awkwardly. I think this stuck with me because it shows how much people can care for others and be kind even in the toughest of times. The play ended with almost our whole year level in tears because we could all relate to how Cassie felt. Overall, the emotion the actors put into the performance really touched everyone and I can definitely say that everyone benefited from the experience.
Year 7 student
Year 9 Exchanges
There will be a parent information session for parents of interested Year 9 students at 6pm Wednesday 31 May, on the top floor of the St Michael’s Wing at the School. Students welcome. Further details are available on MyLink at https://mylink.stpetersgirls.sa.edu.au/mylink/school-documents – please note you will need to click on ‘Middle School’ first.
Arts Alive 2017
You are warmly invited to attend the 2017 Junior School Arts Alive Exhibition.
STEAM: A celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics through the ARTS
Friday 23 June
Grandparents and Special Older Friends
R – 2 11am – 12.30pm
Years 3 – 6 1.30 – 3pm
Morning and afternoon tea will be provided.
Parents and friends
Open from 4pm for viewing
R – 2 opening ceremony at 5pm
Years 3 – 6 opening ceremony at 6pm
Wine for sale by the glass and finger food provided.
Saturday 24 June
Friends, family and community
10.30am – 12.30pm
Entry by donation
For catering purposes, please book through trybooking.com/QFZA
Bookaneer Book Fair: Where books are the treasure!
Next week we will have our annual visit by Scholastic Book Fair in the Junior Library. This pop-up bookshop event is a wonderful opportunity for students to purchase books to take home. Students will browse books in their library lesson and formulate their wish list. Books and stationery will be for sale at the following times:
Before School 8.10 – 8.30am
Lunch 1.15 – 1.45pm
After School 3.30 – 4pm
The fair will run from Monday lunchtime to Friday lunchtime. All purchases will benefit our library as Scholastic will donate books to add to our collection. This should be a wonderful experience for the students as they continue to develop their love of books and reading.
School Shop holiday opening hours
The School Shop will be open during the last week of the school holidays on Monday 17 and Tuesday 18 July between the hours of 10am – 4pm.
We will also be open Monday 24 July 10am – 4pm, resuming normal trading hours on Tuesday 25 July.
For any enquiries or uniform appointments please call the School Shop on 8334 2228 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
New Parent Portal
Did you know?
Our new Parent Portal myLink has some terrific features including the ability to activate email notifications for your daughter’s marks and assignment due dates. It’s easy to set up, watch this video to see how:
Login to myLink and explore this dynamic new tool today!
Your username and password are the same as you would use for the old Link portal. If you are unsure of your details, please follow the link provided on the login page to reset your password.
For any further assistance, contact our IT Helpdesk on email@example.com or 8334 2227.
Reminder for Parents of Year 10, 11 and 12 students
Eastern Health Authority (EHA) will be visiting the School next Friday 2 June to perform the first visit for the study.
If GROUP A – students will complete a questionnaire, have a throat swab and 1st Meningococcal B vaccination
If GROUP B – students will complete a questionnaire and have a throat swab
We will not be informed until the day which group our School has been allocated to.
If you have any questions please contact your local council immunisation provider, the Immunisation Section on 1300 232 272 or visit the study website.
Join us at the Winter Cabaret on Thursday 8 June
7 – 9pm in the Arts Centre
Cabaret seating with tables of 10
Food and drink available for purchase from the Friends of Arts
Adult – $15
Concession – $10
Table of 10 – $100
Tickets available via www.trybooking.com/QEET
Special guests, award-winning Adelaide Connection – Adelaide University’s Jazz vocal choir featuring old scholars Chelsea McGuinness (Kilburn ’16) and Lucy Mount (Selwyn ’15), and trombone player Robert Johnson.
Groups who will be involved include:
Senior Percussion Ensemble
Jazz Vocal Quintet
Our Parents’ & Friends’ Association is calling for donations of wine. We are offering a fundraising Wine Wall at our upcoming Quiz Night on Friday 16 June.
Please drop off wine donations to the Community Relations Office across from the School Shop.
To book Quiz Night tickets, please visit www.trybooking.com/278385
Entertainment Book pre-sales
The 2016 | 2017 Entertainment Membership is expiring on 1 June 2017
Order your new 2017 | 2018 Entertainment Membership before 30 June 2017 to go in the draw to win a $50 Archer Hotel dining voucher AND a pass for 2 adults and 2 kids to Adelaide Zoo!
As a Mothers’ Club fundraiser, part-proceeds from every book sold will go to the exciting redevelopment of the outdoor areas surrounding our new Middle School.
If you would like to buy a book, you can fill out the form at the Front Office or simply go online. Order your Entertainment Book here!
The Entertainment Book and new phone app offer our community members a great way to try out restaurants and activities around SA, save money and, at the same time, support our girls.
Thank you in advance for your kind support and consideration.
Your Mothers’ Club Committee
Sports fixtures and results can now be found on the new myLink Parent Portal – click here
All students are once again reminded to check notice boards for team selections and other relevant information pertaining to their sport. If you have any further news items or sporting success stories, please email them through to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday 23 May
Big congratulations to Saints’ junior team who won and will now be invited to represent the School and SA at the National schools’ knockout to be held here in Adelaide in December. A gallant effort by the inter girls who were mostly at the younger age in this age level (17 and under) who finished seventh.
NETBALL Year 6/7 KNOCKOUT
Monday 22 May
Saints 27 defeated Vale Park Primary School 14
On Monday morning the Year 6/7 Knockout Netball team took on Vale Park Primary School in Round 1 of the competition. We got off to a great start and continued our effort across all four quarters. All nine girls received court time and played their role in the win. It was a real team performance with all players working hard to stick to our game plan. Willow Stewart-Rattray, Toni Christiansen and Sivanthi Sivasuthan all combined well in the goal circle. We worked our shots in nice and close and rebounded strongly when needed. Ellie Humphrey and Mia Humphrey’s work through the middle was excellent. They were dynamic and executed their passes really well. Charlie Fishlock and Grace Richards played a half each in WD and put a lot of pressure on the WA, causing many turnovers. Their drive out of defence was excellent all game. Adele Eaton and Lucy White’s combination in the defensive circle was almost unstoppable! They intercepted everything that came in high and their pressure over the shot meant there were lots of misses and rebounds to be had, which they pounced on!
The girls are looking forward to Round 2, when we take on Marryatville Primary School.
Alice Johnswood (Director of Netball)
Congratulations to the following students who have been selected to represent South Australia at the School Sport Swimming Championships to be held in Adelaide from 2 to 9 December: Stephanie Smalls (Year 8), Lily-Rose Spartalis (Year 8), Emily Baldwinson (Year 7), Poppy Marshall (Year 6) and Georgina Wakeham (Year 6).
Wednesday 17 May
Open A – Saints 2 defeated by St Michael’s 4
Despite the score, the girls put up a good fight and showed a promising start to the season. In the second half of the game, the girls started to work really well as a unit and, due to their hard work, Layne Beveridge and Funto Komolafe were both able to score. Siena Kulinski was a key player in the midfield and worked hard throughout the game. I can’t wait to see how the team improves through the season and what they will achieve this year. Dom Rigby (Captain)
Open B – Saints 1 defeated by Wilderness 2
The team made a solid start to the season despite the loss, controlling most of the game. As a team, they created more chances in front of goal but could not put their chances away. Special mention to Lucinda Tierney, Jemimah Simpson and Amy Carrodus who controlled the midfield. Overall, a solid team performance. Keep up the good work. Peter Krantis (Director of Soccer)
Middle A – Saints 0 defeated by St Michael’s 3
A tough first game for us, with the girls going down by three goals to a formidable opponent. Although we conceded a goal early in the first half, we continued to fight hard for the whole game but still couldn’t seem to get the upper hand. Plenty of positives to come from this game but it also showed plenty of areas that are in need of work. Vincent Talladira (Coach)
Middle B – Saints 2 defeated by Wilderness 5
The team started the season with an unlucky loss. The team started slowly but controlled the game after the first 10 minutes. They created numerous chances in front of goal, but were denied by some good goalkeeping from Wilderness. Emanuelle and Florence Russell were working well up front, with Florence scoring both goals. Overall, a solid start by all the team. Keep up the good work. Peter Krantis (Director of Soccer)
Year 7– Saints 2 drew with Seymour 2
The team started the season with a spirited draw. Numerous chances were created in front of goal but we could not convert our chances. Special mention to Mia Dodd and Tahlia Louca who had solid games. Overall, a good start to the season. Charlie Capogreco (Coach)
Wednesday 17 May
Year 5 – Saints 6 defeated by Wilderness 11
This week our team took on Wilderness and encountered a tough match against some very experienced players. Our girls played extremely well together and performed with great teamwork. Congratulations to Jasmine Segredos, Zara Chessell, Ayla Blaskett and Maddy Penley for all successfully scoring at least one goal! Our girls all showed great sportsmanship towards the other team. A great effort by our Year 5s! Ally Reade and Charlotte Parker (Coaches)
Saturday 20 May
Under 15 – Saints 18 defeated North/Eagles 10
Saints Girls U/15 Lacrosse team were pumped to keep their winning streak alive when playing against Eagles. Millie Wilkin, Portia Maerschel and Hattie Maerschel dominated in the midfield, scoring 13 goals together. Chelsea Walls and Saskia Jonats used the goalie’s weaknesses to their advantage and also scored for the team. Defence, consisting of Abbie Lisle, Scarlett Hocking and Ellie Anderson, held strongly against the opposition. Shout out to Izzy Norman in goals for once again making many vital saves. Altogether, this team is stronger than ever before and are ready for any team coming our way. Kate Reade (Year 9)
Under 11 – Saints Blue 1 defeated by Wilderness Blue 7
The girls started the first half well, as all of them were calling for the ball and ran as fast as they could back into defence. Madison Dornbusch (Year 3) and Serae Stolcman (Year 3) did a great job at finding and sticking to a player from the opposition, making it harder for Wilderness to pass the ball. Savannah Walls (Year 3) did several intercepts and scored a goal. In the second half, the girls worked on throwing the ball in the corners of the goal. Lara Maione (Year 4) ran fast into space many times, which allowed her to get the ball. Matilda Wilkin and Elysia Scarr (Year 4) worked well at bending down and getting ground balls. Jenna Maione (Year 5) was in goals and played especially well in the last quarter, as she saved many goals and used her long throw to clear the ball. The girls should be very happy with their effort and it was a great improvement from last week. Lucy Martin (Coach)
Under 11 – Saints White 1 defeated by Wilderness Gold 10
With each week this team is improving, even if the score line might not show it. In the first quarter of the game, the team didn’t let Wilderness score once, and they scored only one goal in the fourth quarter. Saints utilised well the ‘4 second carry’ rule, by cradling the ball into our attacking end of the field before passing off. If the team keeps up fighting for ground balls, sticking with an opposition player, and doing accurate passes, I am confident that things will start to come together for them. Thanks goes to: Alannah Godfrey (Year 4) for her strong goalkeeping by cutting off the shooting angles, Grace Jones (Year 4) for coming out to play despite being unwell, Emily Bates (Year 4) for her tremendous defending by intercepting the opposition’s passes, Lauren Pearce (Year 4) for her leadership, Coco Dimond (Year 3) for scoring a goal, Hayley Webb (Year 3) for willingly swapping teams this week, and Ella Pearce (Year 2) for playing with courage in her first lacrosse game. Courtney Tasker (Coach)
Saturday 20 May
Open B – Saints 41 defeated by Concordia 52
Saints played a catch-up game against Concordia who had plenty of tall players, making intercepts quite often difficult. Concordia made an early break but Saints pegged the margin back to 3 at half-time with some good defensive work and transition play through the court by Eve Habel, Ebony-Jade Nash-Smith and Ella Robinson, allowing Nicolette Miller and Brooke Elliott scoring opportunities. Neil Fuller
Monday 22 May
Saints defeated Cornerstone and St Francis
The Open soccer team had a very successful opening to the knockout tournament. They won both games and have progressed into the next round. Travelling to Mount Barker, Saints’ first game was against Cornerstone and, in a close game, it was Layne Beveridge’s hard work in the forward line that enabled her to score, which led the girls to a 1-0 victory. Isabella Villani’s impressive work in the midfield as well as Charlotte Kelly and Ellie Anderson’s hard work in the defence line were key to the team’s success in this game.
The second game of the day was against St Francis and the team was beginning to tire; however, everyone gave it their all until the final minute. Sara Possingham showed determination throughout both games and was very successful in putting the opposition’s defence under pressure. Additionally, Olivia Law and Chloe Deieso’s work up and down the wing was very important to the team’s success, with the girls walking away with a 2-1 victory. Both goals by Bethany Cross and Dom Rigby should be commended, helping Saints move into the next round. A special mention must also go to Talah Gobell, our goalkeeper, who made some amazing saves throughout the day. A big thank you to Mr Fuller and Peter Krantis who supported and coached the team throughout the day. Dom Rigby (Captain)