Issue no. 24
From Our Deputy Principal / Head of Middle School
Spirits Raised by House Devotion
Although perhaps somewhat of a cliché, I believe that, more often than not, if you meet someone you’ve not met before in Adelaide, sooner or later, you’ll be asked where you went to school. The extension of that is that if two Saints Girls’ Old Scholars meet for the first time, they’ll inevitable ask, ‘What House were you in?’
When I meet Old Scholars returning to look around the School for the first time in a few years, or coming to enrol their daughters as Saints Girls, talk always turns to the current fortunes of their old House, and whether some of the same events are still running.
St Peter’s Girls has had a House system since 1927. We’ve been a proud advocate for the benefits that are provided by a vertically aligned House, or family, within the larger School community. Our girls have the opportunity to get to know girls from other year groups, compete fairly but fiercely against their year group peers, wear their House colours with pride, and cheer their loudest at the first opportunity given to them!
This term is when we place extra emphasis on the value of the House. All four, starting with Patteson this week, are given a ‘Spirit Week’. During the week, girls are allowed to wear a flash of their House colour. House leaders run a Chapel Service during which the history of the House is explained, their unique character celebrated, and challenges to other Houses are often laid. The week ends with a House Dinner on the Friday night. These are organised by the Year 11s in each House, with Year 12 students and parents as guests of honour. Each week gives us the chance to celebrate the different Houses and remember a little of our distant and not-so-distant history, whilst also gearing up for one of the biggest House events, Sports Day, occurring in Week 7.
With nearly all staff also members of a House, and with parents and even pets prepared to dress up in our four House colours, Interhouse sport, Sports Day, Swimming Carnival and Choral Night are joyous milestones in the passing of every school year that have the capacity to ignite and strengthen our community spirit.
Deputy Principal / Head of Middle School
Music Wizard Visits Saints Girls
Critically-acclaimed multi-instrumentalist, composer, music educator and record producer Adam Page dazzled Saints Girls yesterday with his unique talent and upbeat humour.
He opened with a concert for Year 4 – 6 students in the Arts Centre. Following that, he hosted a workshop for Year 9 – 12 Music students. At lunchtime, Adam again wowed the crowds with his dynamic repertoire, including mixing a song with sounds created by students and staff. He concluded by inviting our Director of Music Sally Rounsevell on stage to rap Dr Seuss lines to his beats!
Renowned for his remarkable solo multi-instrumental looping performances, Adam has carved his path internationally as a composer. He has written major works for the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Wellington, Zephyr Quartet, and co-composed on numerous occasions with celebrated Kiwi composer John Psathas.
Our girls and staff were thoroughly impressed and entertained by Adam’s ability to harness and manipulate different instruments and sounds. Here’s a taste of his colourful visit:
A Message From Our SRC Prefect
This term, the SRC has been busy working on a major project which we are excited to finally share with you: a School mascot! Our blue and white striped tiger will appear at many School events with the aim of increasing School spirit. Students across all Sub-Schools voted to name the mascot and we have decided on ‘Tigs’! We are very excited about our new addition to the School community and hope Tigs will be enjoyed by the girls for many years to come.
The SRC has also focused on introducing more seating options around the School grounds. After distributing surveys earlier in the year, the SRC found there was a demand from both staff and students for outdoor tables and benches that can be used at recess and lunch, or even during an outdoor lesson. We are in the process of finalising our designs and look forward to sharing our progress soon.
I am extremely pleased with the engagement and enthusiasm demonstrated by each SRC representative this year. They are passionate about making a difference and are committed to making our School an even better place. We are excited to continue our projects for the rest of the term and look forward to seeing what we can achieve.
Old Scholars in the Spotlight
I sit in my new classroom in Year 6, waiting for my students to arrive for the day, and am filled with such a sense of joyful homecoming. I am still a proud Patteson member, I still have my old blazer hanging in a spare wardrobe at home and I still love this beautiful School as much as I did when I first walked up the path towards Chiverton when I was 12 years old.
I attended Saints as a student from Year 8, graduating in 1992, and later served as President of the Old Scholars’ Association. I went on to study Law and Psychology, and practised as a civil litigator for a number of years. However, my dream to be a teacher was always bubbling away in the background and, after moving interstate with my husband to live, I left the law to undertake my Bachelor’s degree in Primary Teaching and pursue the career I truly felt passionate about.
Living in Sydney for nearly two decades, I enjoyed many years of experience in teaching and leadership roles, most recently at Presbyterian Ladies’ College in Sydney. I have taught across various year levels and led Learning Support programs, headed the English department, Gifted and Talented courses, advised on professional development, Debating, Drama and Tournament of Minds. I have been lucky enough to be formally recognised with awards for Excellence in Teaching. I have a deep love of learning and a belief that our young people genuinely have the potential to make the world a better place.
Returning to South Australia has been a happy homecoming, made even brighter by a chance to contribute to the education of a new generation of women in a School that holds a special place in my heart.
Monique McLeay (Patteson 1992)
Year 6 Teacher
Maths Quiz Equals Great Night
This year, due to social distancing protocols, Saints Girls was unable to host the annual MASA Quiz Night in its usual format. So, it was run a little differently, with teams from our School only – we were guaranteed to win!
The quiz itself is made up of four rounds containing Maths, Sudoku, General Knowledge and Word Scrambles, with teams racing against each other to solve the most problems and answer the most questions. Not only does the night test the brain, many students’ culinary skills are also put to the test with ‘bring your own food’ being an event attraction. Cheeseboards, home baked cookies, pizza…you name it, it was there!
After participating in the quiz for the past three years with the same group of girls, this year, my team was lucky enough to win the overall Senior competition. A shoutout to Ella Liddy, Stella Clark and Emily Downie who were all members of the winning team. I’d also like to send a huge thank you to the teachers who gave up their Wednesday night in the name of Maths. All the girls appreciated it greatly and I strongly encourage more girls to give it a go next year!
Year 12 student
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!
KALEIDOSCOPE – SACE Dance Performance
Come along and support the girls who have been working so hard in preparation for their upcoming performances of KALEIDOSCOPE.
When: 2 and 3 September, 7pm
Where: Arts Centre
Tickets can be purchased via www.trybooking.com/BKYRV
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 performing.
It’s sure to be a great show!
Book tickets via www.trybooking.com/BKWJQ
There is a limit of two tickets per student.
Kennion Jam and Vegemite Drive
Kennion House is running a jam and Vegemite drive in Weeks 4, 5 and 6 for their House Charity. KickStart for Kids is a South Australian organisation that provides a breakfast and lunch program for underprivileged school children. Donating various spreads, including jam and Vegemite, helps these children to fuel their stomachs for the school day ahead.
There will be three collection points in the School: the Front Office, the Middle School and Student Services. Items that can be donated are honey, Vegemite and jam (no nuts please). As an added incentive, there will be a prize for the most successful Home Group. When dropping off your donation, please write your Home Group on a post-it note and attach to the jar/s.
This is a School-wide initiative, with all Houses and families invited to support this worthy cause.
Kennion House Captain
Year 9 Geography Explores e-waste
Last term in Geography, we studied the impact of e-waste on the Earth and what exactly e-waste is. This was a very interesting subject, as we learnt about the affect it has on the physical and human environment around the world. We were astonished to discover how less developed countries often accept the e-waste of more developed countries in order to earn money. The e-waste can leak chemicals, polluting the soil, water and air, causing severe health problems for the people living in the country. We also looked at companies who recycle e-waste, including TechCollect and Cleanaway, and rated them on how well they handle e-waste. This was a very thought-provoking assignment as we had to analyse different factors that would influence a potential customer taking their e-waste to a reputable company.
We ended the term on a high note by creating some fashionable e-waste jewellery. This included earrings, necklaces, bracelets, broaches, rings and keychains. It was a fun assignment as we were given full creative responsibility and independence to design anything we wanted, as long as it included e-waste. We enjoyed this topic very much as it was engaging and entertaining.
Nathara Perera and Drishti Nair
Year 9 Geography students
Friends of The Arts – Senior Drama Production Fundraiser
Despite the cold, blustery winter weather, our parent FOA volunteers were on-site fundraising at the SACE Senior Drama Production Charm on Friday evening. The ladies, Belinda and Tania, went above and beyond the volunteer requirements, braving the arctic conditions to support our girls by providing a bar and refreshment service.
Friends of The Arts fundraising initiatives at School events directly benefit our girls and The Arts Department. We have recently funded 30 new microphone belts which are a great addition to our professional audio inventory. They are specialist belts used in theatre, television and sport, made from a beige, neoprene material to minimise visibility when on stage and under lights. They have a Velcro fixing system for comfort without the tell-tale fastener bumps when worn under shirts or tight-fitting tops. The mic pack sits securely inside the pouch.
Thank you for your ongoing support of The Arts at Saints Girls, and we look forward to seeing you at the Year 5 Production of Roald Dahl’s Matilda JR. later in the term.
Friends of the Arts’ President
Year 5 Production – Tickets on Sale Monday!
Get ready to secure your seats to see this wonderful show: St Peter’s Girls’ School’s production of Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical JR.
Tickets go on sale to the School community this Monday 17 August from 9am.
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
Visit www.trybooking.com/BKSAB from 9am on 17 August to book your seat.
Share the Dignity Campaign
We are supporting Share the Dignity again this August to help the many women who cannot afford sanitary items. We are a collection point for this amazing charity. We encourage students to bring along packets of pads and/or tampons and place them in the pink boxes located in the Library, Middle School area, or give them to Mrs Risbey in the PE office. Let’s get behind this charity and fill the boxes over and over.
Thank you in advance on behalf of the many women and young girls who will benefit from your kindness.
Ensuring everyone is afforded the dignity so many of us take for granted.
Our work directly benefits women in crisis.
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Donate to a women’s charity that makes a real, on-the-ground difference to homeless women and victims of domestic violence. Share the Dignity collects thousands of personal hygiene products every year for women experiencing homelessness and poverty. Small dignities make a big difference.
Book Week 2020
Monday 24 – Friday 28 August
Dress Up Day will be held on Friday 28 August. Children are invited to come dressed as their favourite book character. Class parades will be held during a Junior School Assembly at 8.40am in the Arts Centre.
Please note: parents are unable to attend due to social distancing protocols; however, the School will share highlights from the event.
Out of the Blue – The Arts Journal
This year, Saints Girls is launching a new annual school Arts Journal: Out of the Blue. It will include art, short stories, poetry and photography from students across all Sub-Schools, as well as pieces from talented staff and Old Scholars. To celebrate our diverse School community, we will also include pieces in other languages from our multilingual students. We encourage all students, staff and Old Scholars to consider submitting pieces for the journal as we begin putting it together in the coming months. So, start brainstorming ideas and we look forward to receiving your submissions!
Submissions can be sent to email@example.com
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.
Upcoming House Dinners
During Term 3, all Middle and Senior School girls have the opportunity to enjoy a night away from homework to get creative and colourful at the House Dinners.
The Year 11s have been working hard organising decorations, food and games for each event. Visit the TryBooking links below to purchase your daughter(s) a ticket for the night as this is a compulsory event.
We’re looking forward to seeing everyone’s creative costumes and enjoying a fun night with our Houses.
Selwyn House Dinner
21 August (Week 5)
Book now: https://www.trybooking.com/BKSZA
Kilburn House Dinner
Theme: Heroes and Villains of Hollywood
28 August (Week 6)
Book now: https://www.trybooking.com/BKSXX
Kennion House Dinner
Theme: Animal Kingdom
11 September (Week 8)
Book now: https://www.trybooking.com/BKSZC
School Shop Merchandise – Great Father’s Day Gifts!
The School Shop sells a variety of branded merchandise and memorabilia perfect for a Father’s Day gift or as a souvenir.
Items include coffee mugs, china, mobile phone power banks, umbrellas, signet rings, key rings, pens, notebooks, wine and champagne glasses, candles, scarves and more.
Visit us to see what we have in store!
The St Peter’s Girls’ Parents’ and Friends’ Association is fundraising via Entertainment Membership.
Order your Entertainment Membership today!
Congratulations to Daisy Braithwaite (Year 8) who won the Under 15 Race Walking State Championships over 5kms, recording a 50 second personal best time. – Neil Fuller (Director of Sport)
Open – Saints 1.5 – 11 defeated by Pulteney 5.2 – 32
Although Saints had a slow start against Pulteney, the following three quarters were some of the best the girls have ever played! Our teamwork and communication has significantly improved as well as our ability to fight for the ball when it is in dispute. It’s also great to see when our drills in training are being used throughout the game. Our strong fight and want for the ball definitely showed in the last quarter when Charlotte Cohen scored our only goal. A special mention must also go to Lucy White who quickly adapted to her new position in ruck, and Anda Ceplite who demonstrated excellent grit in the forward line. Astounding team effort girls, can’t wait to improve even more in the games to come! – Saskia Jonats
Middle – Saints 6.10 – 46 defeated Pulteney 1.0 – 6
Saints Girls had an amazing win against Pulteney in a very tough game. The girls stayed in there and never gave up no matter how tall the opposition were, always going in hard at the ball. We grew stronger and stronger, displaying plenty of determination with our second efforts. We constantly marked up players as soon as there was a turnover to ensure no one was free. The girls also tackled fiercely and led to space to make a free option. Great job by Alvie Iley, Poppy Oswald, Charlie Piper, Grace Richards and Ruby Richards for scoring goals. I am positive that we will strive to improve, achieve more wins and, most importantly, develop our football in the season ahead. – Lilly Maerschel
Congratulations to all the girls who played on Saturday. We had another successful outcome with our As, Bs, Ds and Es all defeating their opponents. It’s amazing to see our girls improving their badminton skills every week, I am so proud of you all!
A special mention to our A grade team who played Badminton Knockout on Wednesday, winning two of the three matches. It was a great effort against one of the teams with an Australian player and State player. There was some tough but healthy competition out there. Keep up the great work girls! – Amelie Dunda (Captain)
Open A – Saints 6 defeated Pembroke 0
Best Players: Yang Yang Gu, Gloria Gao, Mahala Truscott, Amelie Dunda
Open B – Saints 3 (6) defeated Pembroke 3 (5)
Best Players: Candy Feng and Cheri Wong
Open C – Saints 1 defeated by Pembroke 5
Best Players: Vanessa Pols and Holly Wallman-Craddock
Open D1 – Saints 3 defeated Pembroke 3
Best Player: Helen Zhang
Open D2 – Saints 5 defeated Woodcroft 1
Best Players: Lydia Burrough, Arabella Walsh, Kate Thomas
Open E1 – Saints 5 defeated Pembroke 4
Best Players: Hattie Xu and Rebecca Holloway
Open E2 – Saints 6 defeated Pembroke 3
Best Players: Amy Hu, Jennifer Hu, Heidi Gong and Kayla Park
Year 6 Blue – Saints 25 defeated by Wilderness Blue 26
After being 20-8 down at half-time, the girls did a great job of focusing on their defence and playing one-on-one to get back into the game. Isobel McArthur had a big impact scoring her 12 points (and a free throw), but also got her team involved. It was good to see some other girls get involved and take some shots as well. Their confidence grows every week. Great effort girls! – Sarah Turnbull (Coach)
Year 5 – Saints 20 defeated Walford Blue 16
Another great win for the team, defeating Walford Blue. It was a much closer contest than the last game but the girls managed to handle the defensive pressure from Walford to hold onto a 4 point win. It was a top team effort with multiple girls scoring and good ball movement. The encouragement from the girls on the bench was great to see. – Katherine Perkas (Coach)
Open – Saints 5 defeated Pembroke 1
The girls continued to play well-structured, competitive hockey in the third round against Pembroke. Constant pressure was applied on the opposition’s defenders, resulting in numerous turnovers from our attacking press and a goal in the first five minutes. Amelia Lucas used her speed to her advantage and gave many run on balls to our speedy strikers, who capitalised their opportunities. Emily McCorley and Georgina Keough were strong in defence and generated great attack forward resulting in success. Congratulations to everyone who scored and contributed to the 5-1 win! – Olivia Goldsmith (Captain)
Under 13 – Saints 13 defeated North Adelaide 4
The girls had a great game against North Adelaide, securing another win. Coming into the game knowing North Adelaide is a strong team and one of our biggest threats, the girls went hard from the start with constant hustle for ground balls. Although North Adelaide shot the first few goals, the girls persisted and came back strongly. The transition of the ball down the field from defence to attack was particularly good, which allowed for many scoring opportunities. Special mention to our goalie Grace Jones who made many awesome saves, and Zoe Pool and Claris Stolcman with 4 goals each supported by Alannah Godfrey and Cleo Hart who scored 2 each. – Millie Wilkin (Lacrosse Captain)
Under 11 – Saints Blue 14 defeated Eagles 1
This game was without a doubt the highlight of the season so far, with Saints Girls dominating from the first quarter. All team members played a strong game, and it was so wonderful to see not only the girls supporting each other by ensuring the ball was passed to everyone, but also the parents cheering the team along. The girls took a fair play approach, assisting each other and showing determination. Our younger or newer players were made welcome and supported by the older, more experienced team members. This game demonstrated that the team has developed a strong understanding of lacrosse gameplay strategies and skills such as positioning, accurate goal shooting and moving into ‘back up’ in which players would assist those behind the goal as an extra support. Looking forward to the next game so the team can continue their success, and perhaps we can work on using our speed to dodge players and moving in front of opposition for intercepts. Well done Saints Blue, you should all be proud of yourselves, I certainly am! – Sophie Auricht (Coach)
Under 11 – Saints White 6 defeated by East Torrens/Payneham 7
All of the girls played well and showed their improving skills. In attack, everyone was running hard and spreading out, particularly Anvika Singh (Year 4) and Ruby Kelly (Year 4). It was great to see many girls like Grace Marshall (Year 3) and Lily Silvani catch balls on the full. At half-time, it was even and the girls were determined to try win. Big long throws were made by Lola Silvani and Scarlett Schinella (Year 3) to help transition the ball. In defence, the girls were always looking for players to stay on, particularly Mathilda Begg (Year 3). Everyone did a great job and goal scorers were Ruby (1), Lily (2), Lola (1), Willow (1) and ETP got us a goal too. – Lucy Martin (Coach)
Year 8/9 Knockout
The Year 9As welcomed Mathilda Thomas and Sophie Ricciuto to the team to play in the State Knockout carnival involving Marryatville and St Mary’s College.
Saints faced Marryatville in the first game which was led by some great defence by Willow Stewart-Rattray and Chloe Porter who won many rebounds to set up attacking plays. In the mid-court, Ellie Humphrey, Sophie Dansie, Pearl Richards and Mathilda Thomas provide great links from defence into attack where Annie Warrick and Maddie Harrex shot with confidence. Sophie Ricciuto made the most of her court time and also was a great contributor in goals. Saints 48 defeated Marryatville 16.
In the second and final game, Saints played St Mary’s who had also defeated Marryatville, so the winner would qualify for the State Finals. Saints had a slow start, missing a number of passes and turning the ball over to be down 2-10 at quarter-time. With positive feedback and some position changes, Saints were on fire in the second, with Sophie Ricciuto linking with Annie Warrick in goals, and Willow and Chloe once again dominant in defence with great support from Georgia Mallick. Through Saints’ disciplined work, they managed to level the score at 17-17 at half-time. Despite some on-going great work by Grace and Pearl Richards, Mathilda Thomas and Sophie Dansie, St Mary’s goalies shot at nearly 100% to edge us out, and Saints’ gallant effort couldn’t bridge the gap in the final term, going down 28 to 35. Overall, an outstanding effort by all players. – Neil Fuller (Director of Sport)
Open A – Saints 44 defeated Concordia 41
What a game! The Open A team fought with determination and enthusiasm against Concordia, resulting in our first win of the season. The girls’ one-on-one defence enabled many opportunities for turnovers, and strong drives down the court created a fast pace. Special mentions go to Ruby Deakin and Sadie Vikor-Lam for filling in. Both girls had an amazing game, with their strong hands over the ball in defence and leading towards the ball in attack. Congratulations to Olivia Kelly for being the best player on court with her numerous intercepts in goal keeper and one-on-one pressure against her opponent. I am so proud of all the girls for their fantastic effort and congratulate them on our first win of the season. Let’s keep it up girls. – Hannah Freeman (Captain)
Open B – Saints 45 defeated Concordia 35
The Open Bs had a strong, consistent game, maintaining the lead in each quarter. Joss shot extremely well, hardly missing a goal despite intense pressure from the defence. Milly Brett did well to drive the ball down court and feed it to our shooters. Lucy White and Martha McCormack from the 10As filled in and were both exceptional in defence with many touches. Everyone applied pressure to their opponents and came away with a well deserved win! – Gemma Schaedel
Open E1 – Saints 37 defeated Pulteney 1
Another great win! A good well-rounded performance from everyone working cohesively to get the ball down the court to our shooters. Best players were Zara Stefani for her work and encouragement in the mid-court and Siena Kulinski for her great defensive pressure in the ring making a number of turnovers. Everyone should be commended on their great sportsmanship! Well done girls, keep up the good work! – Emma Mockridge (Coach)
Open E2 – Saints 10 defeated by Pembroke 23
A great game. The girls started off strongly in the first quarter, finishing it 4-3. Although they weren’t able to hold the lead, their efforts and enthusiasm remained high throughout the whole game. Good work girls! – Nikki Miller (Coach)
Year 10A – Saints had a bye
Year 10B – Saints 31 defeated Concordia 12
Really impressive game from the Bs. It was good to play a few of the As down, and I think the leadership demonstrated by them helped the B’s lift and get off to a good start. Really strong defensive pressure throughout the game, specifically coming through with two hands for intercepts and learning that it’s much more efficient in creating turnovers. Shooters are understanding movement a lot better, when to hold and when to present as a front option. Great improvement across the side. – Katie Dancer (Coach)
Year 10C – Saints 18 defeated by Pembroke 28
The girls played a consistent game with heaps of energy. Although they lost, it was really positive how well they worked and supported each other as a team. Great effort girls. – Lulu Tierney (Coach)
Year 9A – Saints 48 defeated Concordia 37
Another good game after a slow first quarter. The girls implemented the centre passes that they practised at training and improved on their backline throw-ins which was good to see. – Della Griffith (Coach)
Year 9B – Saints 22 defeated by Concordia 41
We were a bit slow to get started which cost us in the first quarter. The girls gained more momentum throughout and were fairly even over the last three quarters, but unfortunately just couldn’t make up for the slow start. I plan to focus on leading patterns at training. – Natasha Dinan (Coach)
Year 9C – Saints 28 defeated Concordia 22
Another great win for the team. It was an impressive display with fierce attack. It is inspiring to see how the girls worked together and communicated on the court in order to move the ball to our end. Best player was Isobel Yelland with her great intercepting skills, and Lydia Tolley for her shooting and flexibility in playing positions – Lulu Tierney (Coach)
Year 8A – Saints 36 defeated Concordia 27
The girls started of very strongly, with nice leads and great communication. Concordia were a tough opponent, but all the girls pushed through with some amazing plays and won. Throughout the game, there was amazing and consistent shooting from our shooters Charlie Piper, Soph Ryan and Sophie Ricciuto. There were some top plays from the defence through to the mid-court. Great job girls! – Gloria Zou
Year 8B – Saints 32 defeated by Concordia 33
Everyone played well and were full of energy. It was a very tight game; Scarlett Dillon, Ayla Blaskett and Alice Braithwaite were terrific in the goal circle using their voice, moving around and shooting goals. Poppy Oswald and Daisy Braithwaite were good at getting the ball, moving around and using their voice, with Ruby Adams and Charlotte Norman doing an excellent job at defending and getting the rebounds. It was a tight game and everyone was great at calling for the ball and defending. Good work girls. – Zoe Duncan (Coach)
Year 8C – Saints 13 defeated by Seymour 23
Despite this being our first loss for this season, the girls put in a consistently strong effort throughout. Their ability to create space and work the ball down the court and into goals was particularly evident in the third quarter. Well done to Sophie Upton who made multiple intercepts and showed great determination to get the ball. Charlie Edwards also had a great game with many intercepts and making strong leads for the ball. – Nikki Miller (Coach)
Year 8D – Saints 3 defeated by Concordia 24
The team sadly had another loss against a very strong Concordia team. We had a quiet first half, however, got much more involved in the game for the second half which is when we scored our goals and kept their score down to 5 per quarter. Although the girls had a tough game, I am constantly impressed with how they band together and always encourage each other to keep trying. There were some very impressive intercepts from our defence end, and the game has given us some things to work on at training. – Gina Barker (Coach)
Year 7A – Saints 34 defeated Concordia 31
In the first quarter, we were really good at moving the ball around in our goal circle. We also did well to pass the ball down the court. In the second quarter, we started playing more effectively. By half-time, the score was pretty close and everyone was fired up and determined to win. The third quarter was probably one of our best quarters as everyone was really pumped up and excited. At the end of the third, the score was again tight and everyone knew that our fourth quarter had to be our best. It was, and everyone worked really well as a team. We improved so much from our first to fourth quarter. Go Saints! – Nellie Ion
Year 7B – Saints 11 defeated by Concordia 42
Saints had to work hard against Concordia in the third game of the season. It started with both teams evenly matched, but that didn’t last for long. We struggled for the first two quarters as Concordia started to run away with the game. The opposition had a height advantage in many positions and Saints weren’t passing very well so Concordia capitalised. But after the half-time break, we came into the third quarter ready to play better and we really came back. Our shooters took every chance they could to score and we were extremely strong in defence. – Emily Ketteridge
Year 4 Blue – Saints 3 defeated by Seymour Blue 6
Saints played well with a good effort in goals by Emily L, Aarcha Rakesh and Caitlyn Sam-Ling. Our defenders Aoife Carty, Matilda Birmingham, Meg Paul and Leila Buttignol were all strong, and mid-court Victoria Zou and Evie Murphy put in a great effort. Well done. – Karen Braund (Proud Coach)
Year 4 White – Saints 11 defeated Seymour Green 3
What a match! Saints played their best game yet for this season, coming away with an 8-goal victory. From the get-go, all girls were determined for a win. They put 100% effort into the game in both defence and attack. From GK all the way down to GS, all players made sure they were leading into space and were positioning themselves in front of their opponents in order to bring the ball down the court and score. A huge improvement from all players and I am very excited to see what the rest of the season brings. Great game girls! – Sivani Sivasuthan (Coach)
Year 3 – Saints 3 defeated Wilderness Orange 1
Another wonderful match by our Year 3 Saints’ netballers. It is a joy to continue watching them improve so rapidly. Charlotte played a brilliant game, chasing loose balls and making space in attack with ease. Our Captain this game, Sophia Curry also played very well, shooting 2 of our 3 goals. Congratulations again girls! – Rebecca Scott-Toms (Coach)
Open A – Saints 1 drew with Pulteney 1
The Open As played a great game against Pulteney Grammar, resulting in a 1 – 1 draw. Our goal was scored by Annie Bradshaw from a cross delivered by Chi Chi Zhao. Annie also played a great half as goalkeeper, along with Emily Downie who also stepped up. We had quite a few shots on goal from Ashley Piper and Anushka Rajbhoj as a result of skilfully-played through-balls from our midfielders Lucy Benn and Lysiane Franchi. Of course, I have to give credit to our defenders, especially Adele Russell and Tahlia Louca, who never stopped fighting for the ball and made some excellent tackles. We tried out a new game strategy, which I was very pleased with and look forward to continuing honing our skills. – Ellie Anderson (Captain)
Open B – Saints 0 defeated by Wilderness 6
This seemed like an evenly-matched game throughout, but unfortunately, we didn’t make any chances on goal as we were defending hard which led to lapses and the other team scoring goals. Our possession style of soccer wasn’t as evident in contrast to past games, along with the aggression and hunger to hit the score board and potentially win. Back to the drawing board with lots to work and focus on so that we can play a better second half of the season with four games remaining. – TJ Scarsgill (Coach)
Middle A – Saints 3 defeated by Concordia 6
Unfortunately, we had a very slow start – we conceded 5 goals in the first 15 minutes. The girls put in a great effort to come back from 5-0 and score 3 goals, but then conceded another one right at the end. Missed a few opportunities where we took too long to shoot. We could also work on holding our shape. Goal scorers were Januri Wagaarachchi (2) and Lilly Maerschel (1). – Ange Gouvielos (Coach)
Middle B – Saints 0 drew with Seymour 0
A very close game that resulted in a 0-0 draw. The girls did really well clearing it out of defence, and some great running from Lucy, Stella and Soph almost led to a goal. Matilda, Ella and Lydia were crucial in defence, and Jackie didn’t stop running the whole game! On to our next game with some passing and shooting drills organised for training! – Nathan Reade (Coach)
Year 6 – Saints 5 defeated Seymour 3
The girls played an impressive match given the harsh, wet conditions. They were skilful in controlling the play, leading in front in scores the whole match, resulting in a great win. Scoring our first 2 goals, Alyssa Piantedosi was strong up front in attack, with Lucy Lowry and Eliza Brill Reed backing her up and Lucy later scoring two goals. Alison Francis played well in the midfield, scoring 1 goal. Stella Spalvins played a strong game, stopping the opposition from scoring goals, while Lucy Shigeno made some excellent passes. Ellie and I are very proud of the girls’ performance and can’t wait to see their progress continuing through the season. – Mary Stavrou (Student Coach)
Year 5 – Saints 1 drew with Loreto 1
The girls had a great game and played very well even though it was cold and rainy. Everyone kept going and played their hardest for a great result. All the girls had a go at playing in each position and tried hard in each one. Well done to our two goalies Grace Marsh-Smith and Grace Mayen, and Izzy Huf who scored a great goal. – Lucy Benn (Student Coach)
Year 3-4 – Saints 9 defeated Walford 0
The winter sky, dark and threatening, was the topic of discussion before the game began. However, the 3-4 soccer team was ready to build on their successful start to the season and notch up another win on the board. The sky grew darker and looked vengeful, and the girls played in a similar fashion. Then came the deluge, saturating and relentless. As the parents reached for their umbrellas, the children on the sidelines remained huddled under cover and the players on the field were sodden but enjoyed their time on the pitch. The Year 4 players in their second season enforced the swift game plan and were quick to offer on-field leadership, putting old rules into place. Lauren Disney scored a hasty 4 goals and Beatrice Tolley slotted through 2 more before taking the role as second half goalkeeper. The second half was just as entertaining as the first, with Lois Burton-Howard coming out of her role as goalkeeper and taking on a striking position. Anisha Pahuja and Mathilda Begg continued their improvement, setting up a number of goals and accumulating many possessions. Emily Robinson, with exceptional foot skills, asserted herself as a young leader. Lois added another goal to our already impressive tally before Emily scored 2 more. The defensive unit, led by our Captain Sophie Wiggins and newcomer Ruby Pahuja, was incredibly tight. The community feel was noted by several onlookers, with the girls enthusiastic to include their new teammates in a passing game that was very inclusive. Congratulations to everyone who braved the rain and really enjoyed themselves. – Mark Routley (Coach)