Enews – Week 7, Term 1 2018

Issue no. 7Enews-banner W7 Rowing2

Head of the River Pump Up!

It’s that time of the year – the final race of the season, Head of the River.

Thousands of people from many school communities across Adelaide will fill the banks and waters of West Lakes to support their rowing squads, and we would love to see you down there to cheer on our Saints rowers. We are competing in all three categories – Juniors, Intermediates and Seniors. The racing will begin at approximately 8.30am and will conclude with the 1st VIII at 12.05pm.

It’s an amazing day packed with speedy rowing, a bright and excited atmosphere, as well as food and drinks to be purchased. If you will be attending, students are expected to wear full school uniform, including hat and blazer.

This will be the last time our Seniors (Emily Webb, Charlotte Parker and myself) will represent the School in the Saints Girls’ zootie, so please come support us and all of our other rowers.

Olivia Compare
Captain of Boats

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From the Director of Early Learning

W6 ELC Festival Invite

Launching our ELC Festival: the new ELC path – a symbol, a journey, a public event

K MountOur ELC Festival is fast approaching and the children are immersed in a project to create a new path in the ELC grounds. However, this is not just an ordinary path – it is an architectural pathway to convey our understandings and stories from Ferguson Park. These stories are shared by the children and will represent their connection to the park, the landscape of our everyday, the scenario of our inquiries. This is the essence of our 2018 ELC Festival.

We have been lucky to meet Christine Cholewa, a public artist who will make possible and visible the children’s intentions, their theories and stories. We proudly share with Christine the same vision of the importance of the natural environment and sustainability. The ELC treasures memories, stories and symbols of learning that Christine will help us to preserve forever through the pathway.

This is a unique opportunity to collaborate with professional artists. Caterina Pennestri, our ELC Art Educator, and Christine are working side-by-side, sharing techniques, and learning from each other and the children in this very special project. These new techniques are enabling the creation of sophisticated designs through plaster and resin casting and sandblasting.

W7 ELCWe are listening to all the ideas and possibilities that the children are creating and sharing in small groups. With the dirt path in Ferguson Park, we are exploring, always respecting and being grateful for the Kaurna land. We want to strongly connect our new ELC path with Ferguson Park and its elements.

The path is an opportunity of learning on so many levels and we want to celebrate the beauty of our journey with a public event: The ELC Festival. We are looking forward to sharing with you our path, our journey and our growth.

The ELC Festival is a new initiative this year, replacing our traditional Art Exhibition held in previous years. It is a concept that promotes engagement, interactivity and community – all through creativity! The money raised supports us to have our Artist in Residence and the creation of a new path – a keepsake and future compass for our Centre.

We look forward to sharing this with you in coming weeks.

The ELC Festival will take place on Friday 6 April at 4.30pm on Chiverton Lawns.

I would like to acknowledge the collaboration with Caterina and Christine to ensuring the success of this inspiring project.

Kate Mount
Director of Early Learning

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International Women’s Day Breakfast

W7 Breakfast

On Friday 9 March, a group of Year 12 students, accompanied by Ms Mortimer and Ms Charlesworth, attended the International Women’s Day Breakfast in the Adelaide Convention Centre. It was hosted by Senator Penny Wong and was attended by over 2000 people, including students from other schools, with funds raised being donated to UN Women National Committee Australia.

Guest speaker Tanya Hosch was vocal in expressing her opinion on indigenous rights. Senator Wong advised us in her speech that, here in Australia, we still face a gender pay gap of 15%. We as females will earn less in our lifetime than men, have fewer career opportunities, and be more likely to be subjected to violence and sexual harassment. I was astounded to learn that about 130 million girls in the world don’t attend school.

International Women’s Day reminds us that gender disparity requires changes amongst both women and men. Without the support of men, who generally dominate leadership groups, substantial progress is unlikely. Senator Wong encouraged us to support and interact with one another whilst working together to create a more equal society.

We were very privileged to be a part of this movement.

Emma Auricht
Year 12 student

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Year 4s Enjoy Billy Cart Morning

W7 Year 4

On Wednesday 14 March, both Year 4 classes were involved in an activity linked with our inquiry into the central idea that, “Thoughts influence our feelings, words and actions” under the transdisciplinary theme of ‘Who we are’. The program incorporated team problem-solving to “earn” billy cart components, followed by a billy cart construction and riding session. The day’s activities were facilitated by Venture Corporate Recharge on the School oval.

Some of the goals of the program were to:
> enhance self-confidence and independence through overcoming challenges
> promote a healthy lifestyle
> develop social and collaboration skills and team work through group challenges
> encourage tolerance and respect for individual differences

After the morning’s activities, the girls reflected on their group work skills.

“I think that a skill I used well was including others because if all the jobs were taken and someone didn’t know what to do, I asked if they wanted to help me with what I was doing.” – Chloe Richardson

“A skill that I used well was building on others’ ideas because I was good at thinking of ideas and even better at combining them.” – Charlotte Thorpe

“A skill that someone else in my group used well was being positive because, when things got hard, she would motivate us and push us harder, and she would always sacrifice for the group.” – Eve Dillon

Louisa Mitchell and Rebecca Riley
Year 4 Teachers

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Saints Girls and All That Jazz

Winter Cabaret Enews Banner

On Friday 11 May, the Music Department will present a stunning cabaret-style concert with internationally-renowned jazz singer Emma Pask and award-winning trumpeter Ross Irwin. The concert will feature a broad range of styles from traditional jazz to beautiful ballads, funk to acid-jazz, some Cuban Latin, a bit of Beyoncé pop, and for a bit of fun we’re even going to throw in some rap!

W7 MusicOur students will have the privilege of working hand-in-hand with our guests as they present workshops in music craft, arranging, performance and presentation as part of a week-long artist in residence program.

Here’s some background on our accomplished guests:

Emma Pask in “The Voice”

Ross Irwin from “Cat Empire”

Having guest artists of this calibre is an all-time first for Saints Girls, so make sure you get behind the Music Department and save the date! That’s Week 2, Term 2 on Friday 11 May!

Tickets can be purchased via

Sari Noble
Music Teacher

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Choral Night 2018

theater sign on curtain

‘Broadway Musicals’

Choral Night is a perennial highlight on the Saints Girls’ calendar. Please join us for an evening of great entertainment on Wednesday 28 March at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

7pm Wednesday 28 March 2018
Hall L, Adelaide Convention Centre, North Terrace
Tickets: $10 each

Tickets can be purchased via

We hope to see as many members of our School community as possible for what is sure to be an electric night!

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Summer Interhouse Meal Deal

W5 Summer Interhouse Meal Deal

The Summer Interhouse will be held on Thursday 29 March 2018, the last day before Easter.

Please note the Summer Interhouse is for students in Years 7 – 12, however the Summer Interhouse Meal Deal is available for all students from Reception – Year 12.

The Saints Sport Support Group (SSSG) will once again be cooking up lunch for all of our hungry Reception – Year 12 students on the day. Volunteers will hand-deliver the Reception – Year 2 lunches to the classroom for lunch time and Years 3 – 12 can pick up their lunches from the barbecue area. We’re again offering delicious Hamburger Meal Deals (vegetarian option available). Parents, give yourself a day off from making the school lunches and let us do it for you!

Please pre-order your daughter’s Meal Deal via, as there will be no cash sales on the day. House water bottles and wrist bands can also be pre-ordered.

All proceeds raised by the Saints Sport Support Group directly benefit our Saints Girls and their sporting endeavours. Some of our recent purchases included awards for our 2017 volunteer coaches at our Sports Awards. We also funded an entire year group of girls to complete their Bronze Medallion in 2017, and plan to do the same in 2018.

Thank you so much for your kind support.

Saints Sport Support Group

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Celebrating Pi Day!

W7 World Pi Day

Wednesday 14 March marked the 30th anniversary of Pi Day. This date was first recognized in 1988 by physicist Larry Shaw. While in the US this day is often celebrated with a slice of pie, our Year 8 students held a party with food reflecting different aspects of pi.

W7 PiPi is a fundamental element of many mathematical fields. It is an irrational number, meaning it continues to infinity with no repeating pattern, and has been calculated to more than a trillion decimal places. Pi is an amazing number and within it you can find your birthdate (and those of everyone you know), your address, your name (if you allocate numbers to each of the letters of the alphabet) and, in fact, every word of every book ever written.

On Wednesday, the Year 8 students also demonstrated pi to approximately 70 decimal places, proudly holding up their sheets of paper as pictured above.

Heather Lines
Mathematics Teacher

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Years 11 and 12 Blue Belt Success

W7 Blue Belt

The Years 11 and 12 PE girls completed their self-defence practical unit last week, which culminated in them completing their blue belt grading. Since late last year, the girls have perfected their punch and kick routines, arm and leg strikes, partner sparring and push ups (achieving 105 push ups on the grading day).

They also completed some other activities which were not required for their blue belt but are common in self-defence, such as throws, take-downs and defending random attacks.

The girls performed exceptionally on their assessment day, which is a credit to the hard work they have put in across the unit.

Dan Searle
Head of PE, Health and Outdoor Education

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Chinese Food in the Tuck Shop

Chinese food options will be available in the Tuck Shop for three weeks starting Monday 19 March, to trial foods to be added to the menu in Term 2.

Stir fry will be available on Monday for lunch, and noodle bowls will be on sale at recess and lunchtime every day for Years 11 and 12 only, as they need to be heated in common room microwaves. Dumplings and pork buns will be available at recess on alternate days.

The trial foods will only be available for purchase from the Tuck Shop (not for order) and quantities may be limited.

Day Food Cost Availability
Everyday Noodle Bowls
Prawn Wonton (frozen)
Udon Noodles (dry)
$5.50 Recess and Lunch
Available to Years 11 and 12 students only.
Monday Dumplings (Beef, Pork or Vegetarian) $2 Recess
Stir fry (vegetarian) $5.50 Lunch
Tuesday Pork Buns $2 Recess
Wednesday Dumplings (Beef, Pork or Vegetarian) $2 Recess
Thursday Pork Buns $2 Recess
Friday Prawn Dumplings $2 Recess

Please note, some of the dumplings contain prawns so any students with prawn allergies must be made aware.

Your feedback on the trial would be greatly appreciated, simply email:

Deb Quin
Tuck Shop Manager

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Saints Café Full of Beans!

W7 Saints Café

Saints Café has opened for 2018!

A new group of Year 10 students is keen to serve the School community fresh coffees and other beverages. We are open every Tuesday and Thursday from 7.30 – 8.15am. So come grab a drink and say hi! Our first week saw customers order plenty of drinks, and this week we added protein balls to our menu.

We can’t wait to see the School community every Tuesday and Thursday morning!

Madison McGregor-Simms
Saints Café

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Saints Girls’ Set to Shine on Stage

Pelican Productions will be staging performances of Annie JR which will be featuring some of our very own Saints Girls. Victoria Thorp, Emma Pool, Zoe Pool and Daisy Kennett would love to see some familiar faces in the audience!

Hot on the heels of a very successful, award-winning 2017 season, Pelican Productions brings one of the world’s best-loved musicals to the stage in March.

Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, Annie has become a worldwide phenomenon and was the winner of seven Tony Awards including Best Musical. The beloved book and score by Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, features some of the greatest musical theatre hits ever written including ‘Tomorrow’, ‘Hard Knock Life’ and so many more.

The show is playing at the Arts Theatre, Angas Street, Adelaide from March 23 – 25 2018.

Click here to view the show’s flyer

Tickets are on sale now through Adults $35, Concession $30 and Children $25. Suitable for all ages.

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Order Your 2018 | 19 Entertainment Book

W5 Entertainment Book

The 2017 | 18 Entertainment Membership is expiring on 1 June 2018. Pre-order your NEW 2018 | 2019 Entertainment Membership NOW!

As a St Peter’s Girls’ School Parents’ and Friends’ Association fundraiser, part-proceeds from every book sold will go to a special element of our Master Plan which will be announced soon.

You can order via the form at the Front Office or pre-purchase online: Order your Entertainment Book here!

The Entertainment Book and new phone app offer our community members a great way to try out new restaurants and activities around SA, save money and, at the same time, support our girls.

Thank you in advance for your kind support and consideration.

The Parents’ and Friends’ Association

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Code Camp at St Peter’s Girls’ School

W5 Code Camp

St Peter’s Girls’ School will be hosting Code Camp Spark and Code Camp Ignite for students in Years 2 – 6 on 23, 24 and 26 April 2018, 9am – 3.30pm. The cost is $349 for three days.

Visit the Code Camp website for more information
Visit the St Peter’s Girls’ School booking page

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Coles Sports for Schools

W3 Sports for Schools

Until 3 April 2018, those who shop at Coles will receive one Sports for Schools voucher for every $10 they spend (terms and conditions apply). We invite the Saints Girls’ community to bring the vouchers to the School by early June 2018 and place them in one of two collection points: one by the Gym and one at Student Services. Vouchers can then be redeemed for a variety of different sporting equipment.

The School is planning to donate the majority of sporting goods received from St Peter’s Girls’ vouchers to New Hope for Cambodian Children, where the Cambodia Trip students intend to visit at the end of the year.

Further details are available here.

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Sports News

W7 Sport

Many students currently have an opportunity to nominate for State school teams across a wide variety of sports and ages. Details can be found on DECD’s school sport competition website. And a reminder that students nominating for State teams must be representing Saints to be eligible.


Middle A – Saints 20 defeated by Concordia 68
An excellent first half by the girls keeping Concordia to 21 points but unfortunately we became tired which allowed them to get their transition game going. It was great to see the team improve offensively and score 20 points, with Indya Dodd netting 11 of those in the second half. Keep up the good work girls. – Brenton Davies (Coach)

Middle B – Saints 25 defeated by Concordia 32
This was a great game and twice Concordia pushed their lead out to 10-plus only to see Saints close the gap to 4 points. Against a much taller team, the girls never gave up and if we had made some of the easy shots we missed, we could have won the game. Special mention to Sophie Norman who scored 14 points and played for both the A and B Grade. Well done girls on another great effort. – Brenton Davies (Coach)

Middle C – no game due to public holiday


The 1st VIII had one straight race on the weekend. The first 250 started off well with the girls out in front. Unfortunately, we had a technical issue which meant the boat was stopped for 20 seconds. The crew got it back well, rowing through a few crews and still placing up there. – Olivia Compare (Captain)

Year 10A – On Saturday, Emma Carrodus, Bella Bernardi, Charlotte Sellars and Hannah Keough had a really strong weekend. After coming first in their heat and looking the best they have all season, the girls were ready for the final. Once it came around, the girls were ready to smash the race and win. Unfortunately, five minutes before the race started, it was found that one of the oars was filled with water, therefore unbalancing the boat. The girls persevered and came third by 0.3 seconds. They did an amazing job this week and are ready to smash Head of the River. – Abbie Lisle (Cox)

Year 9A – The crew of Keely Flannagan, Ella Waltham, Olivia Kelly, Sophie Barr and Jodi Papendorf thrived in great weather conditions and took a big lead in the heat, placing first. We then placed second in the A final, just a second behind the winning school. My crew has worked so hard on improving their times and technique over the past few weeks and we are really looking forward to Head of the River this week. – Jodi Papendorf (Cox)


Year 5/6 White – Saints 7 defeated Wilderness 0
The girls played a stunning game this week, getting a full 7 runs home and keeping the opposition from getting any. There was some great fielding from Scarlett and Amy, who both managed to stop some potential outfield hits. Charlie Piper, Daisy Kennett and Olivia Reynolds were strong playing as pitcher, catcher and first base respectively, working together to get a majority of the outs. Well done to Olivia, who also took a skilful catch in the second innings. Congratulations to the whole team for their efforts this week and for bringing home their first win. – Lydia Smalls (Coach)

Year 5/6 Silver – Saints 7 defeated by Seymour 14
The girls worked really hard this week and all managed to hit the ball. I am very proud of how far they have come. Although being defeated, it was a great game. Best players were Mathilda Thomas, Alannah Godfrey and Ishita Chellaboina. – Victoria Gilroy (Coach)

Year 5/6 Gold – Saints 1 defeated by Pembroke 11
The gold team had a tough week out on the field, just struggling to get catches and plays at first base, however, Elysia Scarr and Emilia Libri pitched some great strikes. Grace Stewart also had her first try at catching. Thanks to Ruby Adams and Dani Cox from the blue team for filling in for some absent players! – Claire Hale (Coach)


SAPSASA (Years 4 – 7)
Saints sent a good group of swimmers to the East Adelaide Swimming Carnival and the weather was picture-perfect at the Norwood pool. All girls swam incredibly well and earned Saints the title as the most successful girls’ team with 494 points to defeat Pembroke (405) St Aloysius (386), St Ignatius (247) and Loreto (234).

We congratulate Poppy Marshall (Year 7), Georgina Wakeham (Year 7) and Lauren Pearce (Year 5) on being selected to represent East Adelaide at the State Metro Swimming Championships on 22 March.

Top 3 place-getters were:

10 Year old
Lauren Pearce – 1st in 50m Freestyle, 50m Backstroke and 50m Butterfly
Stella Spalvins – 3rd in 50m Backstroke and 4th 50m Breaststroke
Elysia Scarr – 3rd in 50m Butterfly

11 Year old
Ariel Spartalis – 3rd in 50m Backstroke
Grace Stewart – 3rd in 50m Breaststroke

12 Year old
Georgina Wakeham – 3rd in 50m Freestyle, 3rd 50m Backstroke and 1st 50m Breaststroke

13 Year old
Poppy Marshall 2nd in 50m Freestyle, 1st 50m Breaststroke and Butterfly

SSSSSA (Years 8 – 12)
The first of our Secondary carnivals was the A Grade Championships, placing Saints Girls in the top eight schools from around the State. Despite some students missing the event, Saints put on a very strong showing, finishing in 4th place overall behind Trinity College, Immanuel and Wilderness.

IGSSA (Years 7 – 12)
Our final swim meeting for the term saw a near full-strength Saints’ team contest the IGSSA carnival, hoping to retain the shield for the 3rd consecutive year. Saints were quietly confident given the results from the previous competition, but it was Seymour who came out strongest, leading most of the day. Congratulations to our Under 13 team (Tara Young, Georgina Wakeham, Lily-Rose Spartalis and Poppy Marshall) along with our Under 15 team (Stephanie Smalls, Matilda Braithwaite, Gemma Schaedel and Alyssa Woolley) who won the age pennants.

Final placings were:

1 Seymour 883
2 St Peter’s 819
3 Immanuel 778
4 Wilderness 777
5 Pembroke 635
6 Walford 477
7 Westminster 424
8 Pulteney 294
9 Concordia 292

Pennant Winners:
Under 13 – St Peter’s
Under 14 – Seymour
Under 15 – St Peter’s
Under 16 – Seymour
Open – Immanuel


Open A – Saints 8 defeated Wilderness 3
Fantastic defence and attack from Katy Woolley, and another incredible goal from Saskia Jonats, who scored as goalie from the other side of the pool. – Erin Barrera (Captain)

Open B – Saints 17 defeated St Ignatius 1
Saints had another outstanding victory, showing great team effort. Best players were Rose Pittman, who has improved in leaps and bounds this season, and Lara Wakeham, who scored five goals. – Erin Barrera (Captain)

Open C – Saints 14 defeated Sacred Heart 4
Saints C team continued their fantastic term with a brilliant team effort where all girls played to the best of their abilities. With many in their first season and playing against older opponents, they are having a great run. – Erin Barrera (Captain)

Year 7/8A – Saints 3 defeated by Mercedes 12
In this game, the girls showcased their defensive skills. They were able to keep their opponents down to 1 goal in the third quarter, which highlights their improvement in defence. They are showing more confidence and tactical awareness, which is really entertaining to watch. Furthermore, the girls scored the most goals they have in any game which rewarded all of their efforts so far. – Gemma Rowe (Coach)

Year 7/8B – Saints 5 defeated by St Ignatius 14
7/8B is beginning to work as a team. Their passing and ability to penetrate the defence has improved immensely, which resulted in more opportunities at goals. The result does not reflect the game as the girls had the majority of the ball and more opportunities at goals. Our defence has been a highlight in training for this team and it was excellent to see the improvement in this area. – Gemma Rowe (Coach)

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