Issue no. 6
Girls in Tech Expo 2020
In its third year, yesterday’s Girls in Tech Expo was bigger and better in 2020.
Our Innovation Hub set up on the oval was thriving with our eSports stand, eWaste jewellery-making, Sphero ball painting, virtual reality, laser cutting, digger simulator and cyber security.
Our Year 6 and 7 students and 100 girls from five local schools also enjoyed a series of hands-on workshops including designing prosthetic limbs, drone racing, robotics, hip hop beats and design thinking challenges.
It’s just another way in which our School is preparing girls for the careers of tomorrow.
Take a look at some of the tech-tacular highlights:
Celebrating Inspirational Women
At Saints Girls, we strive to inspire women of character and influence who make their mark on this world.
To celebrate International Women’s Day and all of the wonderful women in our lives, our Year 4 students and staff shared their favourite role models:
Head Prefect’s Empowering Call for Equality
International Women’s Day is this Sunday. It is a day where we not only celebrate all the females within society, but also recognise the focal point in the movement of women’s rights, empowering females to understand their importance in the world.
This year’s theme is #EachforEqual which promotes the idea that gender equality must be addressed by everyone; everybody has a role and in order to achieve gender equality, everyone has to be involved. No matter gender, age, sexuality or differences, we are all on an equal playing field and have the right for our voice to be expressed and heard.
As a strong advocate for the development of women’s rights, I truly believe having both females and males collaborating together in society on an equal platform will allow us to achieve greater things and ultimately make the world a better place.
On Tuesday, I joined SRC Prefect Lucy White and Principal Julia Shea at an International Women’s Day breakfast held at Adelaide Oval. The morning enabled inspiring women to come together to discuss the importance of being a female today and encouraged the message that women can achieve anything they desire if they have a strong vision and work ethic. Specifically, influential speakers discussed the importance of women in technology, business and innovation as well as their journeys, challenges and opportunities as females in their industries.
The Prefects have worked together to create an Assembly recognising and appreciating International Women’s Day. To promote the importance of this event, the Prefects developed a documentary with students and mothers seeking their opinions on equality, how it has changed, and their aspirations and hopes for the future. We believe that the raw footage will be an eye-opener for the girls and will allow for a deeper understanding on the change in equality over the years. Additionally, we organised for Heather Lines, an inspirational Mathematics teacher here at Saints Girls, to speak to us about her journey as a woman in the Mathematics industry and how gender equality has changed in her perspective over the years.
If there is one message I would like to promote for not only the students but society as a whole, it would be that we need women. We need them for their strength, their power and their perspectives. We do not want to be better than men, we simply want to be equal. And with more minds communicating together, we can achieve greatness.
From the Director of Teaching and Learning
We are already halfway through Term 1, so this is an opportune moment to remind you about some teaching and learning-related matters, and also to alert you to some new things on the horizon.
Engineering for Global Change (E4GC)
This new subject is running for the first time in Year 10 this year. Designed and taught by a team of teachers from different disciplines, E4GC acknowledges that humanity will face increasingly complex challenges in the decades ahead relating to climate change, population growth, shifts in global power bases, and evolving social attitudes and trends across diverse groups around the world. Creative and agile solutions will be needed, and arriving at them will require collaboration, effective problem-solving approaches, and a good understanding of how various strands of engineering and cutting-edge technology can be applied (and maybe invented!). We look forward to seeing the students’ outcomes, and we will continue to refresh our curriculum offerings in this way to ensure they remain relevant and engaging.
Project-Based Learning (PBL)
A group of Saints Girls’ teachers participated in PBL training last year, run by the Association of Independent Schools of South Australia (AISSA). Not only did our staff upskill themselves quickly in this area, they went ‘above and beyond’ and worked together on a Year 10 project that was delivered successfully in Semester 2. The theme was human trafficking and the unit of work involved students from Dance, Art, and Justice and Society classes jointly producing a sensitive, though-provoking and visually-striking short film. The feedback from AISSA has been that our project showcased all that can be achieved through the PBL approach and is a model of ‘best practice’ for other schools to follow. The staff and students can be immensely proud of what they achieved in such a short space of time. More PBL projects are in the pipeline in 2020.
A reminder that in Years 7 – 12, we operate the Continuous Reporting model. Progress reports for Years 7 – 11 will be issued at the end of this term, and full reports will be issued for Year 12. Grades and feedback comments for individual summative assignments can be accessed via myLink. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about this system or if you experience any difficulties.
Student Feedback Surveys
Later this semester, students will be sent a link to a set of surveys so that they can provide their teachers with some feedback about their learning experiences. Staff will then use this feedback to review and reflect and, if necessary, tweak existing practice to ensure they are always meeting the needs of the students, encouraging independent thinking, and keeping their classes engaged with relevant, hands-on activities.
Our School Psychologist, Nicole Letch, is on leave until the end of Semester 1. In her absence, the School has arranged a temporary, part-time Psychologist – Verity Clarkson. Please note that parents should contact the Head of Sub-School in the first instance.
Director of Teaching and Learning
Saints Girls State Rowing Champs!
Our rowers achieved a remarkable feat last weekend, bringing home no fewer than five State titles in the 2020 South Australian State Championships. The event is a two-day regatta that combines both school and underage events. It is the premier event of the club season, attracting the best school and club crews from the State.
Due to the competition schedule, the decision was made that our Junior and Intermediate rowing squads would train instead of competing. However, across the two days of the regatta, our Senior rowers were entered in five events: Schoolgirl Eight, Schoolgirl Coxed Four, U19 Women’s Eight, U19 Women’s Coxed Four and U19 Women’s Coxless Pair. Barring the heat of the Schoolgirl Coxed Four (where they placed 2nd), our Senior rowers were undefeated across the weekend.
This is the first time that St Peter’s Girls has won the Schoolgirl Eight at the State Championships, as well as being a historic medal haul for the School. These results are a credit to the hard work of our Senior rowers throughout the season, and bode well for the upcoming 2020 SA Schools’ Head of the River, which will be held at West Lakes on Saturday 21 March. All are welcome to come and support our rowers on the day.
SG8+ and U19W8+: Charlotte Creek (Cox), Clare Romaniuk, Hattie Maerschel, Portia Maerschel, Sophie Barr, Molly Bond, Emily Downie, Matilda Braithwaite, Simran Rai
SG4+ and U19W4+: Charlotte Creek (Cox), Clare Romaniuk, Sophie Barr, Portia Maerschel, Hattie Maerschel
U19W2-: Clare Romaniuk, Sophie Barr
Director of Rowing
Adventures Abound on Year 7 Camp
Last week, we arrived at school on Monday at 7.30am, ready for a jam-packed week of fun and adventures for our Year 7 Camp. As soon as we arrived at Robe, we were welcomed with delicious camp food and generous camp leaders. After heading to Long Beach for boogie boarding and beach cricket, we returned to base camp to set up tents, have dinner and settle in for a restful sleep.
The next morning, each class moved out to either adventure caving at Naracoorte, hiking through Little Dip Conservation Park or kayaking within the Robe waterways.
Adventure caving involved courage and persistence to move through small holes, tunnels and over rocks. Some girls had to really push themselves to achieve the challenges set. Hiking also had its own set of obstacles, with some of the journey through thick sand carrying a heavy rucksack. The hike flew by though, as we kept switching partners and learning more about new people within our Home Group. After completing the hike, we arrived at a stunning camp site with beautiful scenery and being able to hear the waves crashing on the nearby beach. The only downfall was a ‘long-drop’ toilet, which allowed us to appreciate how fortunate we are back at home. On this night, we used the food we brought from home to make some tasty meals in trangias. Lastly, we had the opportunity to learn a range of kayaking skills on the water. For those inexperienced, the conditions made it particularly difficult, but all girls improved throughout the sessions.
Camp was a fantastic experience that developed our resilience and ensured we don’t take our parents and our fortunate situations for granted.
Alannah Godfrey, Sapphire Moser and Levanya De Silva
Year 7 students
Year 8 Camp Supports KI
On the first day of Year 8 Camp on Kangaroo Island last week, we travelled to D’Estrees Bay where the girls had to pack rucksacks for their expedition. We set up camp at Wreckers Beach and the girls had to cook their own meals using trangias. The next day, we went on a 15km walk which had some spectacular views of the coast. After the expedition, the girls took part in some exciting activities and visits. These included Little Sahara for sandboarding, Clifford Honey Farm, Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery and a birds of prey show at Raptor Domain. On the second to last day, all three classes spent the day together at the beach at Antechamber Bay, playing games and snorkelling. On the last night, there was a talent show with 8GACO being victorious!
It was a great camp to see all the girls getting along and building some terrific relationships.
Physical Education Teacher
Young Guns a Hit with the Ball
Congratulations to Malaika McLeod (Year 7) and Lucy Lowry (Year 6) on their selection into district sports teams in tennis and cricket, respectively. Malaika has been selected to represent East Adelaide in tennis at the School Sport SA Tennis Sapsasa State Carnival from 16 to 19 March. Lucy has made the Eastern Metro Sapsasa cricket team to play in the School Sport SA Girls Cricket Sapsasa State Carnival, also from Monday 16 to Thursday 19 March.
“I started playing cricket in Year 4. I enjoy playing because I like the atmosphere of the game and hitting the ball off my bat. I also enjoy bowling and getting wickets for my team. I am pleased to be chosen in this team because, last year, my team won the carnival and we have a good team this year. It is quite a tight competition and it is hard to get in.” – Lucy Lowry
“I feel honoured to be selected to represent East Adelaide at Sapsasa as a Saints Girls’ representative and I can’t wait for the competition day to arrive. I am extremely excited. I love tennis. It’s exciting in the sense that you never know what’s coming next. It’s a game that always keeps you fit, your mind occupied and to think on your toes to outsmart your opponent. Not only is this sport entertaining, but it is a great way to develop new friendships while keeping fit and healthy. I have made many new friends this year in a space of just a few weeks from playing tennis. I would definitely recommend this sport to anyone who wants to give it a go. When I play tennis, I feel free and happy. It’s as if all the world’s problems disappear along with mine. I jump into another world, where the court is my home. I’m happy and I feel like I belong.” – Malaika McLeod
Equestrian Girls Ride High
For the first time in a decade, Saints Girls has two riders in the Equestrian Team: Imogen Lindh (Year 7) and Annabelle Knowles (Year 4).
Imogen rides two horses, Dexter and Lizzie, and competes in show jumping, dressage and showing. She lives on a farm in the Adelaide Hills and rides 3 or 4 times a week.
Annabelle rides her grey pony, Mystic, which she keeps at Kirby Park and rides regularly.
On 28 February, over 100 riders from 36 schools attended the Trinity College Gymkhana. It was delightful to see Annabelle at this event with her pony as this was her first interschool event. Unfortunately, Imogen was not able to attend as she was on school camp.
We look forward to seeing both girls thrive in the sport.
Physical Education Teacher
Head of the River Dinner 2020
The Friends of Rowing invite all rowers, family and friends to join us to celebrate the efforts, improvements and achievements of our St Peter’s Girls’ rowers throughout the 2019/20 season. The annual Head of the River Dinner will be held in the function room at Next Generation on War Memorial Drive, overlooking the beautiful Torrens Lake. The evening will feature speeches from students and coaches about the season that has been, and will conclude with end-of-season awards being presented. The dinner includes a two-course menu and soft drinks. Other beverages will be available for purchase from the bar.
Next Gen Memorial Drive
War Memorial Drive, North Adelaide
Saturday 21 March 2020
6pm arrival for a 6.30pm start
$45 per person via https://www.trybooking.com/BIYDS
Ticket sales close at 9am, Friday 13 March.
Please note, this event is mandatory for all current rowers.
Volunteers – The Garden of Saintly Delights
Sunday 29 March 2020 from 11am – 5pm
We are seeking community volunteers for our Garden of Saintly Delights Fair.
As in previous years, the success of this event rests on the School community coming together to lend a hand. Can you volunteer for an hour or two?
Positions and times available:
To take pictures throughout the day
8.30 – 10.00am
10.00 – 11.30am
Various positions available during the event:
11am – 1pm
1 – 3pm
3 – 5pm
5 – 6.30pm
Please email your name, contact information and availability to:
Anne Andrejewskis email@example.com or call/text her on 0416 010 993
Thank you in advance for your kind consideration and support!
Parents’ and Friends’ Association President
Choral Night 2020 – Tickets On Sale!
Thursday 19 March
Join us at 7pm on Thursday 19 March at Influencers Church in Paradise for Choral Night 2020!
One of the most anticipated events on the Saints Girls’ calendar, this year’s event carries the theme ‘Sisters of Soul’.
Purchase tickets via www.trybooking.com/BIQNI
Friends of The Arts – Choral Night Raffle Fundraiser
Our Friends of The Arts’ volunteers will be conducting a 50/50 raffle on Choral Night. The fantastic prize for one lucky winner will be 50% of the raffle ticket takings on the evening. The remaining 50% will directly benefit our Saints Girls and our Arts’ platform.
Tickets are $5 each (cash only) and will be on sale in the foyer of Influencers Church prior to the 7pm event commencement. The winner will be notified the following day by phone. We would like to encourage you all to bring a $5 note and buy a ticket on the night.
Thank you for your kind support.
Friends of The Arts’ President
Women in Economics Forum
Economics students Faye Ma, Emma Matheson and Christina Song attended the Women in Economics forum addressed by Danielle Wood and Elizabeth Alvaro. Danielle has more than 15 years’ experience as an economist working in government, consulting and the not-for-profit sector. She is the national President of the Economic Society of Australia and the Chair of the Women in Economics Network. She is currently the Budget Policy and Institutional Reform Program Director at the Grattan Institute where her research and advocacy efforts focus on economic policy including tax and budgets and government integrity. Elizabeth Alvaro is an economist from Deloitte Access Economics. Together, they canvased important issues ranging from the impacts of COVID-19 on the Australian and world economies, UBER’s influence in the transport market, and the failing impact of decreasing interest rates in world economies. Both speakers reflected upon the growing demand for female economists and the desire within institutions to rectify the traditional gender imbalance in the field.
Dance Artists Step to it at Stonyfell
Over the past few weeks, dancers from Years 9, 10 and SACE Dance have been fortunate to have guest artists visit to teach practical workshops. This is a wonderful way to give the girls experience with new styles by industry professionals. In Year 9, Penelope Shum has taught both classes the very foundation of hip hop dance and experimented with some choreography. She is very passionate about the history of the style and global dance trends, which has really supported the girls’ learning.
In Year 10, we welcomed back WAAPA graduate Joe Meldrum who is an expert in the Bob Fosse style which the girls are studying in Jazz. He is about to embark on a new contract as part of the cast of the Dolly Parton Musical 9 to 5, so we were lucky he could squeeze in a visit to share his passion and talent. Finally, the Stage 1 and 2 Dancers benefitted from a duo workshop with Jack Ziesing who dances with Dance North in Queensland but is also moving more towards the area of choreography, creating new works in Melbourne. He was a wonderful resource for the girls, sharing his own strategies for creating dance movement with our senior girls.
The value in having artists work with our students is invaluable and something that makes Dance at Saints so rewarding and memorable!
Head of The Arts
Year 6s Get the Message on City Outing
As a provocation for the Central Idea that, ‘People can create or manipulate messages to target specific audiences’ in the transdisciplinary theme, ‘How we express ourselves’, the Year 6 girls headed into the city to undertake a rotation of activities. They examined why they were drawn to particular advertisements in Rundle Mall, were shown indigenous artwork and asked to consider their messages in the Art Gallery of South Australia, and were led on an urban tour by our Junior School Art Teacher, Ms Wise. This was to photograph images that will convey messages in the Arts Alive exhibition.
Kim Butler-Nixon, Sarah Braithwaite and Louisa Mitchell
Year 6 Teachers
Friends of Rowing Bingo Night
On Saturday night, the Friends of Rowing hosted the inaugural bingo fundraiser at Harry’s Bar on Grenfell Street in the city. The event was well attended by more than 100 friends from across the School community, who enjoyed exciting games of bingo. A big thank you to Year 5 parent Russell Marsh-Smith who was our bingo caller and Richard Lisle who was our MC.
The night was a roaring success, with over $6000 raised, which will go directly to supporting the Rowing Program. A big thank you to Marcus Bernardi for his generosity in providing the venue, the spectacular grazing board, staff and for overseeing the night. Thank you to Oli Porter for helping put together the event and his generous donation of auction items. Also a special thanks to Ed Parker, Christine Ireland and Donna Sampson for assisting on the night.
Friends of Rowing appreciate everyone who attended to support our Rowing community.
Friends of Rowing President
Pelican Productions’ Show Featuring Saints Girls
The magic of the African savannah is coming this April!
With a story that has captivated the imagination of audiences around the world, Pelican Productions is very excited to bring Disney’s The Lion King JR. musical to the Adelaide stage this April. The show will be featuring our students Victoria Thorp (Year 11), Sophie Blight (Year 6), Zoe Pool (Year 8), Aurelia Pyne (Year 6), Amelia McDonald (Year 6), Stephanie Andrejewskis (Year 8), Emma Pool (Year 9) and Hattie Xu (Year 11).
Transport yourself to the heartland of the African savannah and join Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle, and back again, in this inspiring, coming-of-age tale.
Don’t miss the sights and sounds of Disney’s The Lion King JR. this April 2 – 4 at The Arts Theatre, Angas Street, Adelaide.
“Doing Disney’s The Lion King JR. with Pelican Productions has been such a great experience so far, and I’ve loved every step of the way. Whether at a four-hour rehearsal or simply learning my lines at home, I’ve had a great time getting to know the show like never before! The rehearsals have truly grown my theatre experience and knowledge. I did Disney’s The Lion King JR. with Saints for my Year 5 Production and it has been great to see the similarities and differences between the two and to see how each production team’s interpretation can really change the show! I’m super excited for the shows and can’t wait to perform!” – Zoe Pool (Year 8 student)
Tickets are on sale now via www.pelicanproductions.com.au.
Cowan Street Roadworks Next Week
Council road resurfacing works are scheduled to take place along Cowan Street from Lockwood Road to Hallett Road next Wednesday to Friday.
The contractor, Boral Asphalt, is requesting no on-street parking along this stretch on these days from 6am – 6pm.
Uniform Reminder for Year 4 Students
If your daughter is in Year 4, there are a few different uniform requirements that you may need to purchase before Term 2.
In the winter uniform, the pinafore is replaced by a skirt of the same fabric, so if the pinafore still fits, the bib can simply be removed. The grandpa shirt is replaced by a collared shirt and tie, and the junior blazer (cardigan) is no longer worn and is replaced by a navy blue jumper and a wool blazer.
Please contact the School Shop on 8334 2228 to arrange an appointment.
Saints Girls’ Rowing Rashies
The School Shop is having a sale of the previous style of Rowing rashie – selling for just $45! Stock is limited, so act fast if you would like to purchase one. Please note that these can be worn at rowing training only, with the new version of the rashie expected to be worn at regattas.
Our School is excited to offer the Commonwealth Bank School Banking program to all students:
School Banking is a fun, interactive and engaging way for young Australians to learn about money and develop good savings habits. Children who deposit money into their Youthsaver account through School Banking earn Dollarmites tokens, which they can save up to redeem exciting rewards.
Rewards available during 2020 are:
o Terry Denton’s Activity Book
o Mini Soccer Ball (size 2)
o Treetop Stationery Set
o Treetop Handball
o Tomato Seed Kit
o Magic Mist Drink Bottle
o Emoji Wallet
o Snakes & Ladders Game
School Banking is also a great fundraiser for the School, which receives a Regular Savers Contribution of $5 for every 10 deposits processed per student as well as an Annual Contribution which is based on the number of students who made at least one School Banking deposit in the prior year.
School Banking day is Wednesday. Each week, you need to hand your book to your classroom teacher.
If you are interested in opening a Commonwealth Bank Youthsaver account for your child, you can visit www.commbank.com.au/schoolbanking and click on the link to open a Youthsaver account.
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Open – Saints 19 defeated by Scotch 31
The girls played a good game, getting back well in defence. Millie Wilkin made many intercepts and put some points on the board as well as Sivi Sivasuthan who made some great 3-point shots. The girls tried their best in defence but were unable to keep the score down in the second half. – Emma Matheson (Captain)
Middle A – Saints 32 defeated Scotch 28
This was a great win and the girls can be very proud of their efforts. We started well and were 4 points up at quarter-time, but for the next two quarters, we struggled and fell 8 points behind. Januri Wagaarachchi kept us close with 14 points including two 3-pointers. With four minutes to go in the last quarter, we were 8 down and a lift in defensive intensity saw the team score the last 12 points of the game to win by 4. We only had six players and everyone contributed. – Brenton Davies (Coach)
Middle B – Saints 41 defeated Scotch 10
We started slowly, but after quarter-time, our defence was fantastic, making it difficult for Scotch to advance the ball over halfway. This resulted in many turnovers and easy scores which was great to watch. Bella Sanders-Wills was a tower of strength on the boards all game and finished with 19 points, Emily McCorley had 10 points and Olivia Reynolds 8. Everyone contributed to a great win. – Brenton Davies (Coach)
Middle C – Saints 2 defeated by Concordia Gold 24
Having only five players made it difficult, and unfortunately, the result didn’t go our way. The girls all played amazingly well, and were resilient throughout. I am super proud at how well they are going and how much they have learnt. – Sharnee Jones (Coach)
Year 5/6 Blue – Saints 1 defeated by Seymour Blue 7
The girls faced a tough game against Seymour. Unfortunately, we did not get through the batting line-up completely, so some team members did not get to hit. This was confusing for some of the girls who quickly understood that the game is very hard sometimes and, although it may feel unfair, it is the game. With spirits still high, the girls set new goals for themselves and the team for the rest of the season and are eager to continue with training! – Jesse Dreswick (Coach)
Year 5/6 White – Saints 5 defeated by Seymour Green 10
Unfortunately, our fielding let us down, but on a positive note, batting is really improving and the girls are being much smarter with choosing which pitches to swing at. Congratulations to Phoebe Fan for a brilliant last inning of pitching and to everyone for base running. Stealing bases is exciting! – Mimi Long (Coach)
Year 3/4 Blue – Saints 12 defeated by Wilderness 20
It is great to see constant improvement but we need to work on maintaining concentration in the field. Hitting is still our strong point and we are getting plenty of runners on bases, so with improved fielding, we can stop the runners from scoring – Payne Sowter
Year 3/4 White – Saints 17 defeated Walford 14
Saints displayed some very good batting in the first two innings, with Eleanor hitting a home run. We played well in the field to keep the opposition scoreless in the third innings, winning by 3 runs. All girls are very enthusiastic and are making great progress with their skills. – Pauline Noblet (Coach)
The Open A and B teams played an amazing Intercol match against Walford, winning for the second year in a row! Each player should be extremely proud of their efforts! The Open A girls won 4-2, with Ruby Deakin and Britney Korir playing a competitive doubles, winning 6-4. A further congratulations to Britney Korir who also won her singles 6-0!
The Open B team also had a hugely successful outing, winning 6-0 – a massive improvement from last year’s Intercol! The Open Bs played well and with terrific sportsmanship. A very big congratulations to all girls. Well done! – Annabel Baldwinson (Tennis Captain)
Premier A – Saints 3-29 defeated Walford 3-22
Singles: Sienna Glazbrook 3-6, Tahlia Cahill 4-6, Ruby Deakin 6-2, Britney Korir 6-0
Premier B – Saints 6-36 defeated Walford 0-17
Singles: Annabel Baldwinson 6-0, Charlotte Staples 6-3, Ella Dnistriansky 6-2, Imogen Nienaber 6-5
Division 1 Blue – Saints 3-32 defeated Scotch 3-31
Singles: Georgia Mallick 5-6, Ariel Spartalis 6-5, Eva Young 5-6, Chase Hocking 6-5
Division 1 White – Saints 4-31 defeated Pembroke 2-21
Singles: Grace Beaumont 6-1, Bridgette Leach 6-0, Adele Eaton 6-3, Astrid Teague 2-6
Division 2 – Saints 2-19 defeated by Scotch 4-27
Singles: Sophie Abbott 2-6, Ayanna Roy 4-6, Zihan Huang 1-6, Helen Zhang 6-1
Division 3 Blue – Saints 5-30 defeated Immanuel 0-1
Singles: Sophie Blight 6-1, Tara Nedumaran 6-0, Nathara Perera 6-0
Division 3 White – Saints 5-31 defeated Scotch 1-17
Singles: Gloria Zou 6-1, Olivia Reynolds 1-6, Nicole Wang 6-0, Shirley Liu 6-1
Division 4 – Saints 3-21 defeated by Scotch 3-24
Singles: Amy Hu 3-6, Gloria Gao 6-1, Yang Yang Gu 6-1
Junior Division 1 Blue – Saints 3-19 defeated Seymour 3-16
Singles: Sophie Blight 4-1, Alison Francis 4-0, Charlotte Thorpe 2-4, Mia Bennett 3-4
Junior Division 1 White – Saints 6-28 defeated Concordia 0-1
Singles: Chloe Richardson 4-0, Elodie de Wit 4-1, Emily Bates 4-0, Aleesha Gray 4-0
Junior Division 3 Blue – Saints 5-21 defeated Seymour Green 0-7
Singles: Lucy Lowry 4-2, Amelia McDonald 4-1, Anna Wang 1-1 (ran out of time), Elaine Chen 4-1
Junior Division 3 White – Saints 6-24 defeated Seymour Blue 0-6
Singles: Eleni Schulze 4-3, Stella Fuidge 4-0, Scarlett Parker 4-2, Ziyuan Qin 4-0
Open A – Saints 1 defeated by Wilderness 8
The Open A girls played a strong game against Wilderness. In the first half, the girls were able to keep the scores low due to good communication in the line defence, forcing many errors by the opposition. The girls also proved strong attacking skills up the field, despite the slipperiness of the ball, allowing us to gain lots of ground in minimal touches. Ehi Oyugbo caught the opposition offside, allowing her to break through and score the try. A huge thank you to Stephanie Smalls who played an amazing first game in the Open A division. – Hannah Freeman (Captain)
Open B – Saints 6 defeated Mercedes 0
The girls looked fast and skilful from the outset, with Amelia Pudney and Maggie Bailey’s speed worrying the opposition. Stephanie Smalls and Poppie Goldsmith worked well together in the middle and set up a number of tries. The play of the game came in the last few seconds when Maggie Bailey intercepted a pass and ran the length of the field to score a try. The girls looked to be playing with a renewed spirit and enthusiasm. – Dan Searle
Open C – Saints 6 defeated Wilderness 1
Our team attacked first after winning the toss. Cynthia He worked hard in attack, almost scoring in the first five minutes. In the first half, we were able to score four times, with Emma Carrodus scoring twice, followed quickly by Imogen Parkinson and Sophie Johnson. In the second half, closing the gaps in the wings restricted the Wilderness attack. We used out two subs effectively and were thankful to have Alice join our team this match. By taking the time for improved accuracy in our passes, our group was able to get back on side. Through this, we had better attack as a team. – Mitsuki Koyama
Middle A – Saints 1 defeated Loreto 0
The girls played a very hard-fought game against Loreto. It was tight and very even throughout. We were lacking in strong defence in the first half and Loreto beat us in the attack, but we managed to score a try. Isobel Yelland and Annie Warrick performed a skilful wrap and a dive try to win the match. We came out strongly in the second half, beating them in attack and defence. We need to work on our defence and communication out on the field, but it was a well-deserved win. Good job girls! – Annie Warrick
Middle B – Saints 7 defeated St Aloysius 1
The Middle Bs played a strong game in defence and attack. They brought the ball down the field and looked for the gaps to run though. Emma Pool played a great game, scoring 2 tries and bringing the ball down the field well. Mathilda Thomas scored 2 fast tries and there was also a great score by Phoebe Black. We are going to improve on working the ball around the try-line to score. The girls played great game and we are looking forward to our next one.– Mathilda Thomas
Middle C – Saints had a bye
Open A – Saints 3 defeated Woodcroft 0 (25-7, 25-11, 21-7)
With Woodcroft being new to the IGSSSA Volleyball competition, we were unsure of the competition we faced. We arrived early and were warmed up by the time our opposition arrived. The Open A team was all Year 9s but they were all fighters. Our strong serving with a large number of aces meant there was a lot of quick points, but the score did not show a true indication of the fight put up by Woodcroft, with some points being good rallies and Woodcroft chasing down balls. We again used the match as an opportunity to rotate players through unfamiliar positions to gain insight and understanding. The match was over pretty quickly, and I was happy that the team had put in every effort to ensure they used their skills and played smart volleyball. Girls played out of their comfort zone in the second and third sets with lots of learning opportunities. Training is the new battleground as the Open Bs have started their march in becoming a force to be reckoned with. We will be primed for Intercol against Walford in the next round, ready again to improve our skills and get the points for the cup. – Alistair Keough (Coach)
Open B – Saints 3 defeated Woodcroft 0 (25-15, 26-24, 15-3)
Welcoming Tilly back, although recovering from injury, she is a dominant, imposing force at the net. After a slow start, the team communication eventually came together and we started some decent plays with a number of jousts at the net going our way. We struggled with serving runs, with each player’s second or third set in a row always missing. Millie stepped up and set up the lead with a strong run of serves. With the first set seemingly dependent on getting serves, we expected more of the same in the second. Unfortunately, we missed a number of first serves, handing easy points to Woodcroft, and a slight anxiety came over the team when players stepped out of zones. Behind on the scoreboard, we called a timeout to settle the nerves and focus on team play. The first point after the timeout was magic to watch, with a great set put up by Millie for Sophie to spike confidently and win the point. Dayna got a run of serves and we were able to win the set in a very close finish. With time running out, we agreed to play the third set to 15. A blistering serving display of 10 serves in a row by Sivi followed by Charlotte meant the set was over extremely quickly. The team were really positive after being able to hold their nerve and come away with the win. Watch out Walford, we’re coming for you. – Alistair Keough (Coach)
Open C – Saints 3 defeated Seymour 0 (25-18, 25-19, 15-10)
The Open Cs came out very strongly. Their serves were more consistent than their opponents and this was key to taking the first set convincingly after a close start. In the second set, the girls’ confidence grew and they played much better volleyball with good team play allowing quite a few points to be won with 3 passes and spikes. This would be an area I’d encourage the team to keep developing. MVP was Gracie for serves that went deep into the opponent’s back court and put them under pressure to return, and an improved digging action showing more control in passing the ball to the setter. – Vicki Dent (Acting Coach)
Middle A – Saints 3 defeated Woodcroft 0
After a slow start to an early morning, the team woke up and played an awesome game of volleyball! Their enthusiasm grew as they became more confident with their serves and returns. They worked hard and played some good rallies, finished off with strong hits by Asha Eaton and Annabel Keough. It was a consistent and strong game by the girls. Go team! – Charlotte Cohen
Middle B – Saints 3 defeated Woodcroft 0
All of the girls were still a bit tired from camp but showed a competitive spirit from the start. It paid off, winning all three of their sets, starting with a strong 25-20 win. The second set was a bit tougher, but the girls started communicating really well and worked together to win 28-26. Due to time, the third set was short, going our way 15-11. The girls were very proud of themselves and happy with their game. – Jesse Dreswick (Coach)
Middle C – Saints 2 defeated Woodcroft 1
Middle C also had a great day, splitting the first two sets. Their first game also showed their early morning motivation, winning 25-21. Their second set was quite the battle and, despite their hard efforts, they lost it 24-26. The girls bounced back, taking their last set 25-19 and earning the win. I was very proud of the girls who arrived and worked hard without substitutions. They all have shown great improvement and it is fantastic to see. – Jesse Dreswick (Coach)
Open A – Saints 10 defeated Wilderness 3
The girls had an eventful yet hard game with many exclusions and turnovers called against them, but everyone worked hard to support each other, leading to a win and one of the best games of the season so far. The best players were Sophie Dansie and Lara Wakeham. Sophie is new to the A grade team but is constantly showing why she deserves to be there. Her frequent and often successful attacks on goals help lead the team to victory, not to mention her left-handed skills! Lara is known for her lobs, and this game she showed how successful they can truly be. She was constantly completing many counter attacks, leading to two successful lobs. We had a four-way tie for top goal scorer, with Sophie, Lara, Lucy Young and Emily Baldwinson each scoring 2 goals. Good job this week girls! – Fiona Lethbridge (Captain)
Open B – Saints 2 defeated by St Ignatius 15
The girls had a tough game, facing one of the stronger teams in the A division. They are constantly developing their skills, while working hard together as team to score goals. The two goals scored this game were by Poppie Goldsmith and Alexia Politis, with Alexia scoring an amazing goal from halfway down the pool! Subsequently, both girls earned the title of best player this match for their efforts in both attack and defence. Keep it up girls! – Fiona Lethbridge (Captain)
Open C – Saints 16 defeated Walford 4
This match was the annual Water Polo Intercol against Walford, which saw Saints continue their four-year winning streak as champions. The girls played in good spirts throughout the match, where almost every girl had the opportunity to take a shot on goal. Best players were Ashlyn May and Eleanor Saies. Ashlyn had a top game as goalie, stopping the majority of shots; but the best moment for Ash was when she swam out of goals in order to pass the ball, but instead ended up shooting a goal from 12m, which went in! Eleanor had a brilliant game, where she was constantly supporting her team members in both attack and defence, while also getting many counter attacks, leading to her scoring 3 beautiful goals. The girls supported each other through the constant turnovers and counter attacks, allowing goals to be scored. Top scorer was Ayla Blaskett with 4, one in each quarter! I want to congratulate the girls on an amazing Intercol, but also thank Walford for being an awesome opposition, and I’m sure everyone is looking forward to next year’s match. Go girls! – Fiona Lethbridge (Captain)
Year 7-8A – Saints 7 defeated by Wilderness 9
Year 7-8B – Saints 3 defeated by St Ignatius 15