eNews Week 6, Term 2 2024

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From Our Head of Middle School

The da Vinci Decathlon is an academic competition that celebrates the academic gifts of Australian students by providing a stimulating and challenging competition run in the spirit of an Olympic Decathlon. Through rigorous papers prepared by teachers and University academics from across the country, the Decathlon is designed to stimulate the minds of young students across 10 different disciplines (Knox Grammar, 2024).

As the host school for the South Australian chapter of the national competition, we have hosted 63 teams from 31 different South Australian schools this week. Years 5/6 competed on Tuesday, Year 7 on Wednesday, and Year 9 on Thursday, with close to 600 guests on site across the three days. All students were challenged to creatively tackle the critically designed tasks and collaborate in their team of eight to achieve success.

For our girls, the decathlon is an opportunity for those in our EDGE (Extended, Differentiated and Gifted Education) program to be extended in their thinking, challenged in their creativity, and tested in their critical application of their learning. By participating in such competitions, these students can further develop their analytical and creative skills, fostering a deeper engagement with their education.

The three teams from Saints represented our School with tenacity and zeal, showing our values of courage, creativity and compassion throughout. Their results across the three days are a testament to the hard work they have undertaken in preparation for competing this week.

Congratulations to the Years 5/6 team, who placed 1st overall, and to the Year 7 and Year 9 teams who both placed 3rd overall.  All teams placed in multiple disciplines:

Year 5/6

  • Art and Poetry – 1st
  • Science – 1st
  • Ideation – 1st
  • English – equal 1st
  • Legacy – 3rd

Year 7

  • Ideation – 1st place
  • Engineering – 1st place
  • Code Breaking – 3rd

Year 9

  • Ideation – 1st
  • Legacy – 1st

All of our teams’ achievements were enabled through the support, guidance and coaching from our EDGE Coordinator Becca Burton Howard, and Head of Languages Cindy Pitkin. Leading a team of staff specialising in many of the decathlon disciplines, Becca and Cindy prepared our girls for the challenge of the competition with expertise and enthusiasm.

Emma Smerdon
Head of Middle School

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Important Dates

FUSION Performance: Friday 7 June
King’s Birthday Public Holiday: Monday 10 June
Mid-Year Reception Transition Morning: Tuesday 11 June
Reception to Year 9 Piano Eisteddfod: Thursday 13 June
House Charity Day: Friday 14 June
Mid-Year Reception Transition Morning: Monday 17 June
Year 12 Parent Teacher Interviews: Tuesday 18 June
Ladies Night Out at the Movies: Wednesday 19 June
Reception to Year 9 Piano Recital: Thursday 20 June
School Tour: Thursday 20 June
OSA Sydney Reunion:
Saturday 22 June
Strings Concert (Years 2 to 12): Monday 24 June
Year 9 Arts Night: Thursday 27 June
OSA Annual Reunion Dinner and St Peterstide: Friday 28 June
OSA Canberra Reunion: Saturday 29 June

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Happy 110th Birthday Lorna!

We are honoured to have Old Scholar Lorna Henstridge (nee Paterson, Selwyn 1932) as a treasured member of the St Peter’s Girls’ community! On Thursday, this week (June 6) Lorna celebrated her 110th birthday, making her Australia’s oldest living woman!

Lorna’s incredible journey exemplifies wisdom, grace, and the richness of a life well-lived. Her guiding philosophy? ‘Keep interested in what you’re doing, be active, and keep doing something new all the time for both you and other people.’

In the weeks leading up to her milestone birthday, it was our privilege to spend cherished moments with Lorna, reflecting on the wonderful memories from her time at the School and celebrating the legacy she continues to embody. Her enduring spirit and unwavering enthusiasm serve as an inspiration to us all.

Happy 110th birthday, Lorna! You are a true treasure, and we are immensely grateful for the wisdom and joy you continue to share with us.

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Have You Heard There’s a Rumour at St Peter’s Girls?

St Peter’s Girls Junior School is proud to announce its 2024 Musical is Anastasia!
This is a stunning Youth version of the Broadway Musical which has only just this year, been released in Australia. It is quite a coup for us to be one of the first groups to perform this mesmerising show. With vision direct from Broadway, beautiful costumes, and a compelling story, this promises to be one of our best.

Pictured are our some of our leading actors: Airlie McCarthy in the title role of Anastasia; Samantha Paltridge as Dimitry; Elizabeth Sinclair as Vlad; Alyssia Moro as Lily; and Poppy Davidson as Gleb.

There was so much talent to choose from and the girls who auditioned for the roles are to be congratulated on demonstrating one of our key values, courage.

Please save the date in your diaries!

Thursday 26 September, 1.15pm and 7pm
Friday 27 September, 1.15pm and 7pm

Shelley Hampton
Year 5 Teacher

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Nutrition and Healthy Habits for Year 12s

As part of our EMPOWHER theme of maintaining healthy habits through Year 12, last Thursday the Year 12 cohort had the opportunity to listen to Old Scholar and Dietician, Alexandra Manson (Kennion, 2016). Alex has almost completed her PhD at Flinders University and coordinates the School Food Research team. She shared insights around wellbeing and food, looking at food as a fuel, and the problems with a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to healthy eating guidelines. Alex also discussed how to discriminate between good and bad nutritional advice on social media platforms. The Year 12s were given time to ask a range of questions with topics of sports nutrition, breakfast and female versus male intakes, coming to the fore. It was a great way to lead into our MasterChef Challenge this week in Home Group, where the girls took part in a cooking competition based around a healthy school lunch option. It was a tight timeline to complete the challenge, but all groups plated up delicious lunch options including Smashed Beef Tacos, Thai Beef Salad and Vegetarian/Chicken Cold Rolls. The girls enjoyed themselves and were able to take the focus away from their considerable upcoming assessments for a short period of time.

Dan Searle
Head of Year 12

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National Reconciliation Week Reflection

In Week 5, Middle School students participated in various activities for National Reconciliation Week. During one workshop, students were put into small groups and together learnt about Reconciliation Week and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Each activity involved solving unique puzzles while learning about Aboriginal history. These activities allowed everyone to gain a greater understanding of our history and learn the new Acknowledgment. The activities were fun and engaging. It was a great way to learn about reconciliation.

Juliette Tang
Year 7

Middle School students had an enjoyable time during National Reconciliation Week. On Tuesday, we attended an extra special library session which had us engaging in exciting activities for Reconciliation Week. These activities included solving intriguing puzzles to unlock keys – adding an extra layer of excitement to the event. We learnt about significant events in Aboriginal history, the new School Acknowledgment, various indigenous words (from many language groups) and more. Students were grouped into small teams, transforming the experience into a communication challenge, and making the discovery of new information fun. The six activities were focused on providing information into Reconciliation Week and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. This allowed everyone to gain a better understanding of Aboriginal history and how we can shape the future. A special thank you to Miss Hollis and Miss Mc Bride for organising these engaging and educational activities.

Evie B
Year 7

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Year 6s Meet Authors and Illustrators at Lumary Lunch

Last Friday, a group of Year 6 students and the Junior School Library leaders, were fortunate to attend a ‘Luminary Lunch’. Each school’s group was seated at a table with an Australian children’s book author or illustrator. Saints Girls enjoyed the company of the vivacious Tania Ingram, who animatedly told us about her writing journey, answered all sorts of questions about being an author, and was kind enough to gift each student a writing notebook. We answered quiz questions about books and had the opportunity to chat with authors and illustrators present at the event. Each school decorated their table and wore related accessories in a style to suit their creator. Our display was based on Tania Ingram’s book ‘The Great Barbie Disaster’ with some look-alikes of the character Aggie Flea coming along to join the explosive fun at a BBQ. Our students were excited that their efforts were rewarded with a ‘Best Table’ prize – winning a selection of new books for the JS Library.

Louisa Mitchell
JS Library Teacher

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ELC – News from Learning Community 2

St Peter’s Girls’ Early Learners’ Centre has had a long-standing commitment to active Reconciliation and this year’s theme ‘Now More Than Ever’ inspired us to reimagine our reconciliation pedagogies so that we can take even greater steps towards a reconciled future. As educators, we acknowledge our great responsibility alongside families, as role models to the children within our learning communities.

During last week’s National Reconciliation Week celebrations, a display within the foyer of the ELC was created where families’, children’s and educator’s voiced ‘what Reconciliation means to them’. This visual display of voices within our ELC community was a powerful way to promote further conversations and ideas about how to enact change. Below are some of the statements that were displayed:

“We need to look after everything on the land. We need to care about people in the past otherwise we won’t share love. We can do learning from our past.”
Student’s voice, age 4

“We say it (Acknowledgement of Country) to thank the Kaurna people for living on their land. We have to thank them because we share the land. The Kaurna people were living here first before any of us were alive.”
Student’s voice, age 4

“We respect the Kaurna Land. We share and take turns with everyone.”
Student’s voice, age 4

“When the trees were cut down, the Aboriginal people wouldn’t be able to get their medicine from the trees.”
Student’s voice, age 4

“Sorry means respect (Ngaityalya).”
Student’s voice, age 4

“You say sorry and don’t do it again.”
Student’s voice, age 4

“To me Reconciliation means that everyone is unified and that both First Nations and non-First Nations people can come together and strengthen their relationships.”
Family member’s voice

“Respecting those who have been before and learning their stories.”
Family member’s voice

“Recognising this was Aboriginal land before ours.”
Educator’s voice

“Reconciliation means respect, understanding and unity. It is an essential path for healing and harmony.”
Educator’s voice

Thank you to everyone who embraced our action of Reconciliation by contributing their voice to this display.

Learning Community 2 Educators

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Piano Recital

Selected students who show outstanding musicianship and confidence are chosen from the Piano Eisteddfod to perform at our annual Piano Recital alongside our guest performer, Vivian Choi Milton. Vivian is renowned for her musical insight in a wide-ranging repertoire, from classical to contemporary works, and she will perform a 30-minute presentation as part of the recital.

Vivian has toured extensively throughout Australia, New Zealand, Europe, North America, and Asia as a concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. Recent highlights include concerto appearances with the Grammy Award-winning Boston Modern Orchestra Project and the world premiere of Kate Moore’s Piano Concerto “Beatrice”, which was nominated as a finalist for the 2020 APRA AMCOS Art Music Award’s Work of the Year. She has appeared as a recitalist in the Netherlands, Russia, Italy and the US.

First Prize winner of the Maria Yudina International Piano Competition in Russia, Vivian has won top prizes in international piano competitions in Italy, the Netherlands and Bulgaria. Vivian grew up in Sydney before continuing her musical studies in Russia’s Saint Petersburg State Conservatory. Vivian previously taught at the Concordia College Conservatory of Music in New York and currently serves on the piano faculty at University of Adelaide Elder Conservatorium.

We are very excited to have Vivian join us as our guest performer for our Piano Recital. Best of luck to all students involved in the Piano Eisteddfod on 13 June and the Piano Recital at 6pm on June 20.

Kendall Latzel
Piano Tutor and Junior Music Teacher

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Eva and Crew Present Saints TV Episode #5

Check out the latest episode which celebrates Reconciliation Week, wraps up Knockout Sports, explores the new Junior School playground and lots more!

To catch up on previous episodes click here.

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Ladies Night Out at the Movies



Bring your girlfriends, mothers and sisters and join us for an unforgettable night of action and comedy as Emily Blunt and Ryan Gosling entertain us with an ‘epic story of cosmic proportions’.

You’ll be greeted on arrival with a complimentary glass of bubbles and chocolate, ready to sit back and enjoy the show.

Date: Wednesday 19 June 2024 (Week 8)
Time: 6.30 pm for 7 pm Movie
The Fall Guy
Venue: Regal Theatre, 275 Kensington Road, Kensington Park SA 5068
Cost: $25 per person (includes bubbles and chocolate on arrival)
Raffle tickets: $5 for 1 ticket, $10 for 3 tickets

Our coveted raffle prizes are returning, including tickets to Choral Night 2025 and Carols in the Cathedral 2024. Waltz past the queues straight to your reserved seats with the VIP guests!

Raffle tickets can be purchased online with your movie ticket and will also be available on the night. Prizes include 4 tickets to Carols in the Cathedral and 4 tickets to Choral Night 2025 or one of three $100 vouchers for The Family Cook, generously donated by Victoria Braithwaite (current Year 10 parent).

This wonderful event is hosted by The Friends of The Arts community group. All proceeds go directly to support the many wonderful Arts programs at St Peter’s Girls’ School.

Please join us for an evening to remember.

To book tickets – click here.

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ELC – Erindale Learning and Teaching Evening

Please join us on Tuesday 11 June at 6.30pm for the Erindale Learning and Teaching Evening at the ELC.

To support your child’s transition into our Erindale room in Semester 2, we will be holding an information session. This is an opportunity for you to meet Laura Reiters, the Erindale teacher, as well as some of our Learning Community 2 staff.

During this session, you will have the chance to visit the learning environment that your child will be transitioning into and gain insights into the daily rituals.

Laura will share how you child’s growing independence and development is nurtured and the rich opportunities for learning that are offered. We look forward to working in partnership with you to support your child to thrive and reach their full potential.

As this is a formal presentation, we recommend parents/guardians only attend this event.

Tuesday 11 June
6.30pm, St Peter’s Girls’ ELC
Meet in the Erindale room

*Please note: This information session is for families whose children will be transitioning from Learning Community 1 to Learning Community 2 (Erindale room).

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Out of the Blue Journal 2024

The Out of the Blue Arts Journal is a celebration of our School community’s talented artists, produced entirely by the student committee! The pages contain beautiful paintings, deep and compelling poems, inspiring music and countless other creative endeavours.

We are looking for students from Reception to Year 12, Old Scholars, and staff to submit art for a chance to be featured in this year’s Journal. There are no limits to the type of art allowed, as long as it is an original work.

To enter your artwork, you can place a physical copy in the submission boxes in either the Junior School classrooms or the ones located around the Middle School. Or you can email a digital copy to . For all submissions, please fill out and attach this submission form. Entries close Friday 16 August.

Every year, Out of the Blue opens the opportunity to design the journal front cover. Many of the past designs have featured line drawings, but we hope to see some other creative ideas as well. The only requirement is that it must fit within the square format of the Journal. For inspiration, Editions 1-4 of the Journal are currently on display in the Middle School Library – feel free to look! Cover designs can be submitted in the same way as general submissions by Monday 24 June.

As this year marks the fifth anniversary of the Out of the Blue Arts Journal, which coincides with the School’s 130th anniversary, we hope to see submissions to make this special edition a standout! At Saints Girls, we value the importance of art and creativity, and we hope that through this project, we can continue to share the talent and voices of our community for years to come.

Further details can be found on the submission form, but do not hesitate to email Rebecca RileyAlex McKay, or the OOTB Committee with any questions.

Angelina Hii 
Out of the Blue Committee 

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Health Careers Expo – Next Week

On Thursday 13 June, St Peter’s Girls’ School will be hosting a Health Careers Expo for Senior School students.

The Expo seeks to offer our students invaluable insights into the real-world applications and opportunities within the diverse Health field. By partnering students with Saints Girls’ community members, such as Old Scholars and parents, we hope to provide students with access to real world insights into vocational fields to inform these far-reaching decisions.

The Expo is scheduled for Thursday 13 June, from 12.15pm to 1.50pm in the School Gym. Years 7 to 9 will be welcome to attend the Expo during lunchtime.

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Selwyn Bake Sale – Next Week!

The Year 10 Selwyn girls are very excited to announce a bake sale that will raise money for The Smith Family on Friday 14 June (Week 7). The Smith Family is a National children’s charity that raises money for disadvantaged Australian children to get the most out of their education to create better futures for themselves.

There will be a range of sweet treats from 50c – $3. Dairy, gluten-free and vegan options are available.

Students from Years 3 to 12 will be able to purchase items directly from the stall at lunch. Cash-only purchases. 

We will be set up at the courts near Chiverton Lawns and we would love to see you there supporting the Smith Family with us!

Elodie de Wit and Adjoa Yawson
Year 10 students

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Kilburn Sausage Sizzle – Next Week!

On Friday 14 June (Week 7), the Year 10 Kilburn Home Group will be selling sausages and drinks to raise money for our House Charity, Treasure Boxes. Treasure Boxes provides vital essentials to families living in disadvantage within our community. We are selling a range of options, with meal deals costing $5, which include a sausage and drink. Sausages with the option of onion are $3, as well as soft drinks (coke and lemonade) and an assortment of juice boxes costing $3 each. Gluten-free bread and vegetarian sausages are also available.

Students from Years 3 to 12 can buy sausages and drinks on the day. We are taking cash-only payments.

The sausage sizzle will be located on Chiverton Lawns, so come down at lunch to support our girls and Treasure Boxes.

We look forward to seeing you there!

 Alyssa Piantedosi and Lucy Lowry
Year 10 Students

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Year 7 and 10 Immunisations

Immunisation Information for Parents / Legal Guardians of Year 7 and 10 Students

The SA 2024 School Immunisation Program will be delivered by Eastern Health Authority (EHA) on Tuesday 11 June 2024.

All Year 7 students will be offered:

  • 1 dose of the Human Papillomavirus vaccine, Gardasil®9
  • 1 dose of the Diphtheria, Tetanus, Whooping Cough vaccine, Boostrix®

All Year 10 students will be offered:

  • 2 doses of the Meningococcal B vaccine, Bexsero® at 2 separate visits (2 months apart).
  • 1 dose of the Meningococcal ACWY vaccine, Nimenrix®

Further information and videos for Senior School students are available at:
School based vaccinations for teens | Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care

Immunisation consent packs were given out at the beginning of the school year with information about the vaccines on offer. It is important that you have read the information supplied in the packs before you give consent for your child to be vaccinated at School. If you did not receive an Immunisation Consent pack from your child, please ask at the Front Office.

Please notify EHA if:

  • Your child has already started the above program with another provider
  • You wish to withdraw your consent
  • Your child’s medical condition has changed

Tips for the day of immunisation:

  • Encourage your child to have a good breakfast and recess on the morning of immunisations
  • Wear sports uniforms to aid easy access to the upper arm and avoid unnecessarily exposing yourself if clothing needs to be removed/undone
  • Encourage your child to keep their arms moving and drink plenty of water throughout the day.

If you have any further questions about the program, please directly contact Eastern Health Authority on 8132 3600 or via e-mail at

Remember it is your responsibility to notify EHA of any changes or information, particularly in relation to your child’s medical condition. A signed and dated note in your child’s diary from a parent or guardian presented on the day is acceptable.

School Immunisation Program records will be available on MyGov within 24 hours of the school visit.

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School Shop Notice

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

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Absences from School

If your child will be absent from school/ELC or is arriving late or leaving early, please notify the School via one of the following methods:

Text: 0428 601 957
Phone: 8334 2200

Please ensure to include your child’s name, the name of the ELC Room, Class or Home Group and the reason for the absence i.e. illness/appointment/family/sport etc.

If notifying via email, feel free to ‘cc’ the teacher of the Room/Class/Home Group as well.

It would be appreciated if notification is received prior to 9am.

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Sports News

Sport Results

Wednesday 29 May – Tuesday 4 June


Middle A: Saints (7.4.46) v Westminster Middle B2 (0.0.0)
Best Player: Claris Stolcman for great hands, speed and work through the midfield.
Superwoman: Gracie Calvert for repeat efforts and driving the ball forward.

Senior A: Saints (4.1.25) v Seymour Senior B (1.3.9)


Senior A: Saints (5/8/148) v Seymour Senior A (1/2/97)

Senior B White: Saints (5/8/155) v Seymour Senior B (1/2/94)

Senior C White: Saints (4/4/105) v Walford Senior C (2/2/92)

Senior D Blue: Saints (2/2/107) v Walford Senior D1 (4/4/104)

Senior D White: Saints (5/5/116) v Walford Senior D2 (1/1/81)

Senior D Silver: Saints (1/1/106) v Westminster Senior D (5/5/118)

Senior E Blue: Saints (0/0/105) v Wilderness Senior E3 (9/9/189)

Senior E White: Saints (5/5/142) v Wilderness Senior E4 (4/4/136)

Senior E Silver: Saints (1/1/55) v Wilderness Senior E1 (7/7/141)


Year 5-6 Silver: Saints (10) v Wilderness Year 6 Blue (35)
Best Players: Emilia Wang and Esther He.
Superwoman: Sophia Lau has a quiet presence who goes about her job every week!

Year 4 White: Saints (8) v Walford Year 4-6 Blue (42)
Best Player: Emily Do.

Year 4-6 Blue: Saints (39) v Pembroke Year 5/6 Blue (9)
Best Players: Ashlee White and Amelia Bartter.
Superwoman: Aashna Bhatt for great defensive pressure resulting in lots of steals!


Senior A: Saints (2) v Scotch (1)
Best Player: Amelia Lucas.
Superwoman: Matilda Paterson.

Senior B: Saints (2) v Scotch Senior B (0)
Best Player: Emily Robinson.
Superwoman: Kayla Medefindt.


Senior B: Saints (15) v Immanuel Senior B Blue (64)
Best Player: Lucy Lowry.
Superwoman: Annabel Bamford.

Senior C: Saints (8) v Westminster Senior D (28)
Best Player: Linna Song.
Superwoman: Lucy Mitchell.

Senior D Blue: Saints (24) v Wilderness Senior D (40)
Best Player: Aliya Trench.
Superwoman: Jiana Song.

Senior D White: Saints (53) v Westminster Senior F (20)

Year 9C: Saints (10) v Immanuel Year 9C (45)
Best Player: Grace Davies.
Superwoman: Nathalie Randeniya.

Year 8B: Saints (34) v Walford Year 8B (12)

Year 8C: Saints (25) v Pembroke Year 8C (12)
Best Player: Chloe Sturt.
Superwoman: Chloe Park.

Year 8D: Saints (15) v Woodcroft Year 8C (26)
Best Player: Chutong Liang was awesome in defence, it was great to see Chutong put into the game what we’ve been working on at training.
Superwoman: Anvika Singh, congratulations on your first game! It was fantastic to see you have a go in a variety of positions.

Year 7A: Saints (49) v Wilderness Year 7A (15)
Best Player: Everyone had a great game! Eliza Phillips and Clara Polasek combined nicely in WA/C.
Superwoman: Anisha Pahuja for encouraging her teammates and bringing good energy throughout the game. Ruby Pahuja for great holds in the circle!

Year 7B: Saints (10) v Wilderness Year 7B (37)
Best Player: Alice Richards.
Superwoman: Rachael Jaques.

Year 7/8C: Saints (18) v Pembroke Year 7C Green (15)
Best Player: Ginny Farag and Mahie Poonia.
Superwoman: Olivia Lorenzen.

Year 5-6 Silver: Saints (1) v Pulteney Year 5/6 Yellow (26)
Best Player: Rosedale Li.
Superwoman: Nishka Juneja.

Year 5-6 White: Saints (3) v Scotch Year 6 Gold (37)
Best Player: Audrey Manudhane.
Superwoman: Yuru Duan.

Year 5-6 Blue: Saints (14) v Seymour Year 6 Purple (18)

Year 5 White: Saints (5) v Westminster Year 5 White (10)
Best Player: Laura Lu for having a great full game in C.
Superwoman: Poppy Bo for her great defence on centre pass.

Year 5 Blue: Saints (6) v Concordia Year 5(6)
Superwoman: Grace Osborne – continued to cheer on her teammates as they fought back from a half time deficit!

Year 4 Blue: Saints (0) v Pembroke Year 4 Red (9)
Best Player: Shelley Cui.
Superwoman: Eva Nicholls.


Premier League: Saints (8) v Walford Premier League (0)

Division 1: Saints (2) v Westminster Division 1 (14)
Best Player: Monica Isaac fought hard through the match to win the ball in the midfield, stealing and setting up good passed forward.
Superwoman: Summer Bament played an awesome first half at CB, and then volunteered to put the gloves on for the second half!

Middle A: Saints (0) v Wilderness Middle A (7)

Middle B: Saints (1) v Wilderness Middle B White (0)
Best Players: Lily Forby.
Superwoman: Zalia Valmorbida.

Year 5-6 Blue: Saints (0) v Walford Year 5/6 Blue (5)

Year 3-5 White: Saints (0) v Seymour Year 5/6 Green (9)

Year 3 Silver: Saints (1) v Westminster Year 3/4 (7)


Celebrating Reconciliation Round

During Rounds 3 and 4 of IGSSA Sport, Saints and the other IGSSA Schools celebrated Reconciliation Round. This is an important event in the School Sports calendar, as it’s a way for us to acknowledge and celebrate indigenous culture within our sports community.

Our teams came together with the opposition and coaches at the beginning of their matches to say an acknowledgement, recognising we are on Kaurna land and paying tribute to indigenous people, past, present and emerging.

Our girls proudly wore Reconciliation Round ribbons during their matches, showing their collective respect and solidarity with indigenous culture. The games were a demonstration to the spirit of sportswomanship. Every player gave their best effort, demonstrating skill, dedication, and mutual respect.

At the end of each game, a player from the opposition was awarded the Team Spirit Award. Recognising a player who showed compassion, sportswomanship and had a positive attitude towards her teammates, opposition and officials throughout the game.

Overall, we loved being part of this round and being able to show our commitment to celebrating and respecting indigenous culture. Most importantly, the girls represented the spirit of sportswomanship and the values promoted by the Reconciliation Round. Their attitudes not only appreciated the competitive spirit but also the cultural significance of the event, making this round a meaningful and memorable experience.

Agnes Li
Year 11 Student

Mathilda Thomas
Year 12 Student

Saints Hockey on the Rise!

For the first time since 2019, Saints Girls was able to enter two Senior Hockey teams. Hockey Captain and Sports Prefect, Amelia Lucas, rallied the troops and called in some favours to ensure we had enough girls to fill both teams. The girls have also been helping when needed, playing both Senior As and Senior Bs on a Saturday so both teams have enough subs.

Old Scholars Poppie and Liv Goldsmith are coaching the Senior As, with Tash Dinan and our own Mrs Stace (aka The Hype Girl) taking the Senior Bs. The camaraderie and bond the coaches have been able to instil in the girls is wonderful to watch. With the more Senior girls embracing the younger and less experienced players and sharing the knowledge.

Both teams have started the season well, with the Senior As yet to lose a match and the Senior Bs sitting second on the premiership table.

With our Middle and Senior team numbers growing, there has been a push to boost numbers in Junior School. In 2023 and Term 2 2024, we have not had enough to fill a stand-alone Saints Girls team, so have relied on the kindness of opposition schools sharing players with us so our girls can play each week.

However, with Term 3 nominations closing last week, we have 35 girls from Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 enrolled in our new Foundation Hockey Program and nine girls from Year 3 to 6 choosing Competition Hockey. This will provide a great opportunity for our Junior School girls to learn the game and ensure we have a strong pathway for our girls as they move into Middle school.

Finally, we have just had our eighth Saints Girl named in a State Team! Congratulations to Antra Docherty for being selected in the School Sport SA 12 and Under State Team and to Claris Stolcman who has been named as a train-on for the Under 16 team (despite still being eligible for Under 13’s!).

They join Amelia Lucas (Under 18’s player and Under 21’s train-on), Matilda Paterson (Under 16’s and Under 18’s), Zara Trim (Under 18’s train-on), Leah Huynh (Under 18’s train-on), Phoebe Lucas (Under 16’s) and Jess Woods (Under 13’s).

For anyone still wishing to join our Hockey Program, Junior School waitlists are still open so jump onto Clipboard to nominate now!

Alice Johnswood
Director of Sport

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