Issue no. 5
Girls in Tech 2023
Girls in Tech 2023 was bigger and better than ever with 250 students from local schools inspired by experts from dozens of STEM organisations.
This event aims to ignite a STEM spark in young girls, shining a light on career paths of the future.
Well done to all involved on another tech-tacular expo!
From Our Head of Junior School
There are very few activities we enjoy these days that don’t rely on some type of technology. Even the humble Sunday picnic is an opportunity to get friendly with the internet, as I appreciated while sleuthing the clues for a ‘mystery picnic’ last weekend! At a personal level, we welcome getting around with an interactive map at our fingertips, translating foreign languages having no prior knowledge of the language, making quick work of mathematical calculations, and simultaneously seeing and hearing our absent friends and family, all with the help of our mobile phones.
However, we all know that the ever-evolving nature of technologies has far-reaching possibilities, way more significant than our day-to-day interactions with our mobile devices. Our students’ future will be in a world of continual technological advances. Many of our graduates will hopefully be at the forefront of developments that will shape our world and improve the lives of others.
Our annual Girls in Tech Expo introduces a broad array of digital technologies and STEM-related projects to students, enabling them to explore hands-on a range of innovations and digital applications. It’s important that our students see current issues as opportunities for innovation, and that they are encouraged to develop a creative outlook and a solution-focused mindset. Spending time with the creators and supporters of cutting-edge technologies is a valuable step towards this.
Exciting advances of the 2020s include things such as tiny, wearable medical data trackers, further development of green technologies, solving real-world issues through replication in virtual reality, advances in the biotech space, and data analytics in transportation, health and customer behaviour. It will be interesting to see what sparks our girls’ interest as they head towards their future careers. No doubt we will look back in 10 years’ time and be in awe of the next array of changes we have witnessed – we can only wonder at what our students’ involvement in those will be.
Head of Junior School
Swimming Carnival 2023 – Full Results
1st Selwyn (3370), 2nd Kilburn (3339), 3rd Kennion (3209), 4th Patteson (2915)
1st Patteson, 2nd Selwyn, 3rd Kennion, 4th Kilburn
1st Kilburn, 2nd Selwyn, 3rd Patteson, 4th Kennion
1st Kennion, 2nd Selwyn, 3rd Kilburn, 4th Patteson
Year 4 Aggregate Cup
Emily Wang (Patteson)
Lucy Dougherty (Kennion)
Amy Liau (Selwyn)
Year 5 Aggregate Cup
Mimi Birmingham (Selwyn)
Hannah Woo (Patteson)
Milli Richardson (Kennion)
Year 6 Aggregate Cup
Emily Robinson (Kilburn)
Natalia Quinn (Patteson)
Sasha Connor (Selwyn)
Year 7 Aggregate Cup
Chloe Sturt (Kilburn)
Meg Paul (Patteson)
Milla Everitt (Kennion)
Year 8 Aggregate Cup
Ella Pearce (Selwyn)
Ruby Marschall (Kilburn)
Isla Fahey (Selwyn)
Year 9 Aggregate Cup
Holly Robinson (Kilburn)
Genevieve Braithwaite (Kilburn)
Cleo Hart (Patteson)
Year 10 Aggregate Cup
Alyssa Tran (Kilburn)
Elysia Scarr (Selwyn)
Emma Everitt (Kennion)
Year 11 Aggregate Cup
Alice Braithwaite (Kennion)
Summer Bament (Patteson)
Ayla Blaskett (Kilburn)
Year 12 Aggregate Cup
Isabelle Tran (Kilburn)
Emily Whittaker (Patteson)
Poppy Marshall (Selwyn)
Junior Champion Swimmer
Emily Robinson (Year 6 Kilburn)
Middle Champion Swimmer
Ella Pearce (Year 8 Selwyn)
Senior Champion Swimmer
Alice Braithwaite (Year 11 Kennion)
Junior 100m IM
Natalia Quinn (Year 6 Patterson)
Emily Robinson (Year 6 Kilburn)
Juliette Tang (Year 6 Kilburn)
Middle 200m IM
Meg Paul (Year 7 Patterson)
Chloe Sturt (Year 7 Kilburn)
Ella Pearce (Year 8 Selwyn)
Senior 200m IM
Alice Braithwaite (Year 11 Kennion)
Alyssa Tran (Year 10 Kilburn)
Elysia Scarr (Year 10 Selwyn)
Friendship Day for Strong Saints
Last Friday, students from Reception to Year 3 participated in our inaugural Friendship Day as part of our ‘URSTRONG’ program launch in Junior School. As the girls arrived in the morning, they were excited to see their teachers had transformed into Friendship Ninjas, which set the tone for a day full of excitement and energy!
The girls participated in various activities in their House teams including making sensory jars to assist with managing unpleasant feelings, creating kindness affirmation rocks to go in a small garden space for students to access during play times, designing ninja headbands, decorating their own ninja, rescuing ‘Fred the worm’ in a team-building STEM challenge and learning a fun ninja dance in the Arts Centre.
Adopting the skills taught in the URSTRONG program, the girls were able to put their ninja skills into practice during these activities by being super introducers when meeting new friends. At the end of the sessions, the girls were delighted to perform their dances on stage in front of their fellow students and teachers, and enjoyed some House-coloured jelly from our wonderful Tuck Shop staff.
‘URSTRONG’ Friendship Program
We are proud that our Junior School has become a ‘URSTRONG School’ in 2023. This whole-School friendship strategy will connect students, teachers and parents with a common language around friendships.
Junior School parents are invited to take advantage of a free Parent Membership to access hundreds of resources. For more information – click here
We are also pleased to partner with the URSTRONG organisation to offer a ‘Language of Friendship’ parent and child online workshop on Wednesday 22 March at 6pm. This session will teach you and your children the skills and language to foster healthy, feel-good friendships. To register – click here
Deputy Head of Junior School
SLIC Award for Library Legends
Congratulations to our Student Libraries Initiatives Club (SLIC) on receiving the inaugural statewide Innovations in School Libraries Award from the School Library Association of South Australia (SLASA). Renowned author and friend of our School Phil Cummings presented the award, commending our SLIC girls on this special achievement.
A short video was created to highlight some of the many activities this co-curricular club engages in such as the Book Fair, promotion of the Premier’s Reading Challenge, and hosting and performing at the Book Week Assembly. During the SLASA meeting, our video was shared with those in attendance and was also streamed across Australia to people from other school libraries.
As part of this week’s Assembly, I presented the certificate to club members as we shared the achievement with the wider School community.
Parents Take Note at Music Information Evening
Last week, we hosted parents of Year 3 and 4 students at our Music Information Evening, where they became the learners.
Parent engagement is such an important component to ensuring success in the classroom. Much research has been completed in recent years, confirming what many Music Teachers already know: music enhances learning and supports confidence and wellbeing.
It was easy to see this occurring as our budding young musicians confidently passed on their newfound knowledge to their parents as part of our Years 3 and 4 Immersion Program. Every student learns a string instrument in Year 3 and a band instrument in Year 4 for three terms as part of the Junior School Music Curriculum. They develop skills not only in music-making but also in problem-solving, teamwork, communication, time management, empathy, resilience and literacy on their way to becoming fully-fledged members of our Music family.
We wish our Year 3 and 4 students and parents all the best as they continue their music journey.
Director of Music
Culture and Cuisine in Japanese Garden
Our Year 12 IB Japanese class travelled to the Adelaide Himeji Garden in the city last week to immerse ourselves in Japanese culture. The excursion was a great chance for us to practise our Japanese conversation and learn about the importance of gardens in connecting Japanese culture to the environment.
Himeji is Adelaide’s sister city in Japan. The garden includes a beautiful main lake featuring turtles, lily pads and a water-viewing lantern, a teahouse and a sea of sand, aiming to incorporate the three main styles of Japanese gardens.
During our visit, we ate a Japanese-style lunch including obento, ramune (Japanese lemonade) and mochi for dessert! We immensely enjoyed spending our time in the relaxing atmosphere of the garden and learning more about how nature is connected to culture in Japan.
Madison Liddy and Ellie Humphrey
Year 12 students
New Wave of Learning to Surf
This term, the Year 12 PE students have been taking part in surf sessions at Middleton Beach.
The girls are accessing GoPro, drone and phone footage to discuss how they see themselves as a learner and the impact of different coaching methodologies on their improvement.
Despite some difficult conditions, the girls displayed their typical courage to enjoy the experience and gain new insights.
Heath & Physical Education Teacher
Career Superwomen: Making Her Mark
A group of eager Year 10 and 11 students recently attended the launch of a new schools-based initiative called ‘Making Her Mark’. They listened to engaging stories of empowerment from women in non-traditional industries such as space robotics, civil engineering and carpentry.
‘We heard from a group of women about how they were inspired to follow their dreams to create the future they wanted to have, and learnt about their journeys from school all the way into their career, inspiring many of us with their achievements along the way.’ – Charlotte Lorenzen (Year 10 student)
One very interesting story was from Bailee, who achieved an excellent ATAR and commenced a double degree at university, but soon decided this was doing what others wanted and not what her passion was. So, she changed paths, and with her family’s support, enrolled in a carpentry certificate at TAFE. Bailee now owns her own carpentry business and absolutely loves her work. Being a woman in a male-dominated field, she often faces challenges, and when once told she should be at home in the kitchen, she replied, ‘I’ll build your kitchen, and you make me a sandwich!’ Our girls loved that line!
The overall messages were to:
• trust your ‘gut’ when making decisions about your future and not be swayed by
entrenched perceptions – don’t let low female representation guide your career choice
• find strength and support from other women in the industry
• choose subjects to spark your passion, and when spoilt for choice, you can’t make a
wrong decision, but you will need to make hard decisions!
• if you don’t have a network, create one
• be the change you want to see in your industry
Summer Interhouse Meal Deal – Order Now!
The Friends of Sport (FOS) will be cooking up a storm at Summer Interhouse on Thursday 6 April. We’re offering delicious cheeseburger Meal Deals and a sausage sizzle (vegetarian option available).
Pre-order your daughter’s cheeseburger Meal Deal before 5pm, Thursday 30 March via TryBooking – click here
Friends of Sport volunteers will hand-deliver the Reception – Year 2 lunches to their classrooms, and Years 3 – 12 will collect theirs from the FOS barbecue area.
There will also be cash and EFTPOS sales on the day for the sausage sizzle.
To get you into the Summer Interhouse spirit, branded keyrings, supporter hats, House hats, water bottles and wristbands can also be pre-ordered, or purchased on the day.
All proceeds raised by the Friends of Sport directly benefit our Saints Girls and their sporting endeavours.
Thank you so much for your kind support.
Friends of Sport
School Photos – Next Week
Focus School Portraits will be at school next week from Monday 6 March – Wednesday 8 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 will be sent the schedule and will communicate photo times to students.
Sibling photos will be taken during lunch on Monday 6 March and Tuesday 7 March on Chiverton Lawns. Order forms for each family will be distributed to Class/Home Group Teachers.
If you have any queries, please contact me via email@example.com
Old Scholar Occupational Therapist Seeking Study Participants
My name is Ellana Welsby and I am an Old Scholar of St Peter’s Girls’ School (Kilburn 2013). I’m an occupational therapist and am currently completing my PhD studies at the University of South Australia.
I have partnered with St Peter’s Girls’ School to be involved in the evaluation and testing of a new augmented reality intervention to help children learn and develop key motor skills they need to thrive in their everyday life.
I will be commencing testing this term and would love for your daughter to participate in this exciting opportunity if she is 7 to 12 years of age. All participants will receive an occupational therapy assessment summary of their motor skill performance.
For more information – click here
To sign up to this study, please click here to register your interest.
Head of the River Dinner
The Friends of Rowing invite rowers, family and friends to celebrate the efforts, improvements and achievements of our St Peter’s Girls’ rowers throughout the 2022/23 season.
The annual Head of the River Dinner will be held at the Adelaide Pavilion. 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 three-course menu and drinks package.
Saturday 18 March
6pm arrival for 6.30pm start
Adelaide Pavilion (corner South Terrace and Peacock Road, Adelaide)
Students – $85 per person
Adults – $95 per person
Purchase via TryBooking – click here
Ticket sales close at 5pm, Monday 6 March
Please note, all rowers are expected to attend this event.
Director of Rowing
Dad’s Night on the Green
Friday 17 March
Tranmere Bowling Club
1 Kings Grove, Tranmere
Includes entry, bowling fees, hamburger and sausage sizzle
Drinks and lucky squares can be purchased on the evening
To book your ticket – click here
Bookings close Tuesday 14 March
Participants will be assembled into teams of four. Bring a mate and meet other Saints Girls’ Dads!
Supported by the Friends of Sport
Please find the latest guidance from SA Health:
- It is strongly recommended that students stay home if they have cold or flu-like
symptoms, and test for COVID-19.
- Whether they receive a positive or negative result, they should stay home until symptoms subside (usually five to seven days).
- It is strongly recommended that parents/guardians inform the School if a student is a
close contact. For further advice regarding close contacts, click here
- While face masks are no longer mandated, they are an important physical barrier to help stop the spread of COVID, particularly when indoors.
If your child tests positive to COVID-19, please inform the School. Please also notify the School each day of absence, or provide the expected period of absence.
You can notify us via one of the following methods. Please include the name of the ELC Room, Class or Home Group. If emailing, feel free to ‘CC’ the teacher of the Room/Class/Home Group as well.
Text: 0428 601 957 (save to phone contacts as SPGS)
Phone: 8334 2200
For more SA Health information, click here
Please note that if your child is unwell, they should remain home until they have recovered, irrespective of the illness.
School Medical Information Reminder
It is imperative that all medical information, including immunisations, is up to date on the School’s myLink parent portal.
Please follow this pathway to check and/or update details: myLink > Community Portal > My Details > select child name
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Bushfire Action Plan
It is important to remind families about the School’s Bushfire Action Plan.
The policy was developed in consultation with the CFS, MFS, Department for Education and other stakeholders to ensure staff and students are prepared in the event of an emergency.
For more information, you can access our Bushfire Action Plan on the myLink parent portal by clicking the ‘School Documents’ menu item, followed by the ‘Whole School’ tab.
Car Park Protocols
Burnside Council has advised it will be conducting routine street parking patrols to support the safety of all people within the vicinity of the School. For council parking information, please find an information brochure here.
A reminder about the School’s car park protocols:
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.
Please note that, 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 at peak times, and please do not queue in the car park’s lanes as this often prevents drivers who are legally parked from exiting.
We have also previously received complaints about cars being parked too close to or in front of driveways, or across from other vehicles in surrounding streets, making it extremely difficult for residents and other road users to navigate.
We ask all community members to show consideration for others. Thank you for your cooperation.
School Shop Notices
School Shop Opening Hours
Monday to Friday: 8am – 4pm (closed for lunch 12 – 12.30pm)
Parents can also order items via our Online School Shop. This is now accessible via the Flexischools platform which also administers our Online Tuck Shop. To sign in or sign up to Flexischools, click here
Winter Uniform Appointments
A reminder that we are commencing Winter Uniform fittings, and to streamline the process, we operate an online booking system. It shows our available time slots from 6 March through to 6 April. Click here to access the calendar and select the time that best suits you (please include your daughter’s name).
Appointment times are filling fast, so your prompt attention is appreciated.
Middle and Senior School students are welcome to visit during their recess or lunch breaks.
New ELC Uniforms
Our new ELC uniforms are available to purchase in the School Shop.
This beautiful range is designed for the needs of our youngest community members, giving our ELC children a smart, cohesive look, and simplifying the routine of getting dressed in the morning.
We look forward to seeing the children proudly wear their new ELC attire.
Absences from School
If your child will not be attending school/ELC due to illness or otherwise, please notify the School via one of the methods below.
Please include the name of the ELC Room, Class or Home Group, along with the reason for the absence as the School requires this for government reporting purposes.
If emailing, feel free to ‘CC’ the teacher of the Room/Class/Home Group as well.
Text: 0428 601 957
Phone: 8334 2200
It would be appreciated if notifications could be made prior to 9am.
Open A: Saints (41) v Walford (15)
Open B: Saints (34) v Walford (43)
Open C: Saints v Scotch – cancelled
Middle A: Saints (61) v Walford (7)
Middle B: Saints v Immanuel B2 – cancelled
Middle C: Bye
Open A: Saints v Pembroke – cancelled
Open B1: Saints v Pulteney – cancelled
Year 3/4/5 Blue: Saints (77) v Seymour (104)
Year 3/4/5 White: Saints (88) v Seymour (80)
U13: Saints (10) v Redwings (4)
Best Players: Tilly Birmingham and Neela M
Violet Tulloch – for her endless work up and down the court with great intercepts
Mimi Birmingham – for never giving up when fighting for the ball in tight corners and off the walls
From Our Lacrosse Captain
At the end of the Lacrosse season, the parents thought they had a six month break before it all started again…Little did they know it was not time to put the girls’ lacrosse sticks in the garage just yet. It’s time to gear up for more fun with iLax at The Lights Community and Sports Centre!
Indoor Lacrosse is a mixed boys/girls’ 5-a-side competition played with a pink ball using modified rules such as only holding the ball for 4 seconds, 2 passes in the offensive half, no stick or body contact, and the goalie initiates play. It is an excellent way for the girls to improve their lacrosse skills in the ‘off season’.
As Lacrosse Captain, one of my aims was to enter a team into the iLax competition, and in Term 4 last year, the Saints Girls’ inaugural U13 Indoor Lacrosse Team was formed. It consisted of Tilly Birmingham, Lois Burton-Howard, Ania Choi, Chelsea Francis, Hayley Lucas and Neela M. Throughout Term 4, the girls were undefeated, often up against strong competition from Lacrosse clubs in the Adelaide area, with teams of only boys. The girls were amazing!
The competition has been extended for Term 1 and Saints Girls has entered a team comprised of Tilly Birmingham, Mimi Birmingham, Lois Burton-Howard, Ania Choi, Willow Chong, Ruby Kelly, Hayley Lucas, Neela M, Matilda Purvis and Violet Tulloch.
Good luck to the Saints Girls’ Indoor Lacrosse Team!
On Tuesday night, a team of Saints Girls’ swimmers participated in the 2023 SSSA Swimming Competition. Overall in the Girls’ Division, we placed 8th, which is a fantastic achievement considering we were missing swimmers from younger age groups due to Year 7 and 8s being on camp. The girls had the opportunity to race in a variety of events including 50M Freestyle, 50M Backstroke, 50M Breaststroke, 50M Butterfly, 100M Freestyle and relays. They put their all into their swimming and continued to encourage and support each other throughout the whole night. There were some remarkable results from many of our girls who placed in the top 3 in some of their races. Congratulations to the following:
1st – Alyssa Tran (12 – 15 years, Div 1 50M Breaststroke)
1st – Alice Braithwaite (12 – 19 years, Div 2, 50M Backstroke)
1st – Zara Trim (16 years, Div 2, 50M Breaststroke)
1st – Daisy Braithwaite (12 – 19 years, Div 3, 50M Freestyle)
1st – Emma Everitt (12- 15 years, Div 3, 50M Freestyle)
2nd – Alice Braithwaite (12 – 19 years, Div 2, 50M Freestyle)
2nd – Charlotte McAuliffe (12 – 16 years, Div 2, 50M Backstroke)
2nd – Charlotte McAuliffe (12 – 16 years, Div 2, 50M Freestyle)
3rd – Emily Tolladay (12 – 16 years, Div 1, 50M Breaststroke)
3rd – Emily Tolladay (12 – 16 years, Div 1, 50M Freestyle)
3rd – Alyssa Tran (12 – 15 years, Div 1, 50M Freestyle)
3rd – Emily Whittaker (12 – 19 years, Div 1, 50M Breaststroke)
3rd – Holly Robinson (12 – 15 years, Div 2, 50M Breaststroke)
3rd – Elysia Scarr (12 – 15 years, Div 2, 50M Freestyle)
1st – Alice Braithwaite, Elysia Scarr, Alyssa Tran, Isabelle Tran (12 – 19 years 4x50M Medley Relay)
3rd – Sophie Hogarth, Charlotte McAuliffe, Emily Tolladay, Zara Trim (12 – 16 years 4x50M Freestyle Relay)
Open A: Saints (1, 22) v Pembroke (11, 69)
Best Player: Labrini Psaltis
Grace Beaumont – supported her teammates and doubles partner, and was assertive at the net which was the focus of the prior training
Eva Chassiotis – showed great Saints’ spirit supporting her teammates all afternoon
Senior Div 2: Saints v Wilderness – Wilderness forfeit
Best Player: Winnie Tian – filled in from Division 4 and was competitive stepping up into Division 2
Super Woman: Lilly Michelon – arrived early and helped squeegee soaked courts, as well as showing continued development in her internal matches utilising new skills learned in training
Senior Div 4.1: Saints (5, 25) v Wilderness (4, 19)
Best Player: Zoe White
Super Women: Emily Lai and Sophia Yang – paired up to win a very close doubles with a competitive spirit supporting one another and representing the School very well
Senior Div 4.2: Saints v Wilderness – cancelled
Intermediate Blue: Bye
Intermediate White: Bye
Beginner Blue: Saints v Pulteney – cancelled
Beginner Silver: Saints v Pulteney – cancelled
Beginner White: Saints v St Andrew’s – cancelled
Open A: Saints (3) v Seymour (1)
Open B: Saints (4) v Seymour (1)
Open C: Saints (4) v Loreto (6)
Middle A: Saints (3) v Pembroke (6)
Best Players: Elodie de Wit and Lucy Lowry
Chloe Richardson – although she cannot play due to an injury, she continues to come out to trainings and matches; this round, she ran the warm up for the girls and got them ready to go on the field while I helped the Open Bs
Claris Stolcman – was given feedback to help improve her defence on the line, she listened and put it into play; she stopped several trys, also scored her first try and was an absolute star
Middle B: Saints (2) v Loreto (4)
Middle C: Saints (1) v Loreto (5)
Open A: Saints (1) v Concordia (2)
Open B: Saints (0) v Concordia (3)
Open C: Saints (0) v Concordia (3)
Open D: Saints (0) v Concordia (3)
Middle A: Saints (1) v Concordia (2)
Best Player: Nishka Soodan – great serving run in the 2nd set to get us back to 1 set all; winning some great points with her strong spiking attack and one to watch as she is committed to improving her volleyball with a very humble demeanour
Super Woman: Adjoa Yawson – stepped up and played for the Open C team which was short of players
Middle B: Saints (1) v Concordia (2)
Middle C: Saints (0) v Concordia (3)
Middle D: Saints (0) v Concordia (3)
Year 6 Blue: Bye
Year 6 White: Bye
Year 6 Sliver: Bye
Year 5 Blue: Bye
Year 5 White: Bye
Year 4/5 Blue: Bye
Year 4/5 White: Bye
Open A: Saints (17) v Mercedes (0)
Open B: Saints (23) v Immanuel (2(1))
Open C: Bye
Middle A: Saints v Pembroke – cancelled
Middle B: Saints v St Ignatius – cancelled
2023 LYNNE SPRY CUP
The Lynne Spry Cup, named after our very own supportive Water Polo supervisor Mrs Spry, is a game between our Open A Water Polo players and the Old Scholars’ team. It is a great opportunity for our current players to get involved and learn from the Old Scholars while also having a good time. Please come along and support our wonderfully talented girls.
Date and further details to be confirmed in next week’s eNews.