Issue no. 7
In this edition
Saints Girls’ Swimming Triumphs
Saints Girls scooped the pool at this week’s IGSSA Swimming Carnival, winning the coveted overall shield for the fourth time in five years. The event featured swimmers across Years 7 to 12 from 8 of the 10 independent girls’ schools.
With the inclusion of a solid Year 7 team in Under 13s and a near full-strength squad to select from, Saints burst off the blocks and maintained this throughout the day, claiming the U14 and U15 age divisions, and retaining the Medlin Shield
“All of the girls swam their hardest and many posted new personal-best times with their incredible swims. The girls competed in individual 50, 100 and 200m races as well as Medley and Freestyle relays. The U14s and U15s were particularly strong, winning their age divisions. Saints Girls were also the overall champions, taking out the shield in a convincing win. Thanks to Mr Fuller and Holly Cunningham for supporting the team, and to all the Saints Girls who showed what determination and teamwork can achieve.” – Lara Wakeham (Captain of Swimming)
The State Secondary Schools A Grade carnival was also staged recently. With more than 50 schools competing in graded events, a slightly under-strength Saints performed with great distinction, finishing 2nd with 613 points, behind the winners, Seymour (656), but defeating schools such as Trinity College (570), Immanuel (568) and Henley High School (479).
Meantime, a number of Year 4 to 7 students took part in the East Adelaide district trials for selection to represent the district at the State Primary Schools’ Championships on 26 March.
A massive congratulations to all girls on their continued sporting success.
Director of Sport
From the Director of Early Learning
Building Cultural Understandings in ELC Life
At St Peter’s Girls’ Early Learners’ Centre, we are active participants in the promotion of cultural awareness. One of our key 2020 ELC strategic goals is building the children’s cultural and ecological knowledge to develop a strong foundation for reconciliation.
The Early Years Learning Framework promotes the understandings of cultural difference and the necessity to develop skills to understand, communicate and interact with people across many cultures. We are demonstrating this through the value we place on building understandings around Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island culture.
We believe that genuine engagement provides children and adults with the time to build shared understandings that promote the perspectives of the other. This is why we consider it vital to nurture ongoing relationships with significant people who we can work alongside and learn from over time.
A recent example was a visit from Boori Monty Pryor who has been coming to share with us for four years. During this time, Boori has developed a strong connection with the children through storytelling and movement. He believes that these languages are pivotal tools for young children’s understandings. The Aboriginal stories, music and animated actions he shared gave us insight into his cultural heritage. The children remembered Boori from last year and warmly welcomed him and participated in the sessions with enthusiasm. Boori quickly established trust with even our youngest ELC learners.
We are fortunate to have Kaurna elder Tamaru working alongside the ELC community on a more regular basis. With a focus on Kaurna language, we have embedded Kaurna songs and rituals into our daily practice. We have learned a lot from Tamaru’s regular visits as he challenges us to think differently and to build understandings about our land. We no longer take for granted where we walk every day. We have appreciation and respect for our land and can describe many elements about it in depth. Our children are becoming the voices for reconciliation as they build their cultural and ecological knowledge.
We feel a responsibility to ensure we are providing these rich relationships and opportunities in the early years. Our work is intentional; we are educating our citizens to have an opinion and to be able to communicate and engage across culture. The flying of our three flags at the ELC is a daily reminder of the respect and genuine attitude with which we approach this learning. We hope it helps our wider community understand the importance of building this foundation for reconciliation. Our 2020 goal is going to assist us as we seek to progress our thinking and understandings in this important area.
Director of Early Learning
Introducing the Choral Night Adjudicators!
We are delighted to announce the two adjudicators for Choral Night 2020!
A passionate Arts creator, practitioner and educator, Jen has created belonging, acceptance and community for children and young people through youth arts over many years. Co-Founder of Chalk and Pelican Productions, Jen was recently inducted to the 2019 South Australian Women’s Honour Roll for her contribution to the Adelaide Arts’ community and has been selected as a workshop presenter for the 2020 World Congress for the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People. Recently, Jen was the MC and panel host for the City of Campbelltown’s 2020 International Women’s Day celebration. Accolades for Jen and Pelican Productions include ‘Best Youth Production’, In the Heights, Theatre Association of South Australia 2020, Finalist (Arts) Women in Innovation awards 2018, 2017, ‘Best Show, Youth’, Bring It On: the Musical, Adelaide Theatre Guide Awards 2017, ‘Best Ensemble’, ‘Best Technical’, The Little Mermaid, Adelaide Theatre Guide Awards 2015. A finalist for children’s songwriting in the National Songwriting Awards, Jen’s passion for words is lived through original poetry and stories.
Kylie completed her Diploma of Music (Voice), Flinders Street School of Music, in 1995 and a Bachelor of Music (Voice) from Adelaide University in 1997. During this time, Kylie played principal roles in over 16 musical theatre shows, and her love of music theatre became well-established. After university, Kylie taught voice in a number of schools and still enjoys teaching voice privately at ‘The Nest’. In 1999, she established the founding Kindermusik business in Adelaide where she taught music to children aged 0 to 5 years. This quickly grew into centres centres across Adelaide.
In 2004, Kylie met Jen whilst being part of the production team of The Wizard of Oz. It was here that Pelican Productions and Music Theatre Camp were born, beginning its first year in 2005 with 65 children. By 2019, this had grown to 500 children. Pelican Productions has since branched out to run ‘Sing Oz’, an adult musical ensemble for people who just love to sing, acting classes, Broadway chorus and vocal workshops in their new venue ‘The Nest’. Kylie co-produced Grease in 2013 and was the co-producer and musical director for The Little Mermaid in 2014. She co-produced Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Bring it On: the Musical, for which Pelican Productions won the Curtain Call for ‘Best Show, Youth Theatre’ in 2017, and has also co-produced and musical directed Annie, co-produced Seussical and is currently co-producing and musical directing The Lion King.
Saints’ Rowing Flies the Flag for SA
Congratulations to Year 11 students Clare Romaniuk and Sophie Barr, who have been selected for the 2020 South Australian State Rowing Team in two crews. They will compete at the Interstate Regatta (part of the Sydney International Rowing Regatta, Monday 23 – Sunday 29 March) in the Bicentennial Cup as part of the Women’s Youth Eight (an U21 crew). Then, in the school holidays, they will compete at the Australian Underage Selection Trials in NSW as part of the Women’s Pathway Eight crew (an U19 crew, where members must still be at school). To be selected into both crews is an outstanding achievement.
In addition to current students, a number of St Peter’s Girls’ Old Scholars have also been selected for the 2020 State Team. Carys Jones (Kennion 2018) and Amy Carrodus (Selwyn 2019) have been chosen for the Women’s Youth Eight alongside Sophie and Clare. Olympia Aldersey (Kennion 2011) has also been selected in the Queen’s Cup, and appointed Co-Team Captain. The presence of these Old Scholars on the State Team is a testament to the ability of the Rowing Program to foster a lifelong passion for the sport, and develop the mental skills necessary to perform at a high level.
The St Peter’s Girls’ Rowing coaching staff are also well-represented, with Director of Rowing Brynley Millward appointed as Head Coach of the Pathway Squad. Junior Coordinator Izzie Day has been appointed as Women’s Pathway Eight Coach, and Year 10 coach Thomas Stevens an Assistant Coach to the Men’s Pathway Eight. These appointments speak to the strength of the coaching team, and the ability of our Rowing Program to educate and develop high-quality coaches.
Good luck to all of our current students, Old Scholars and staff involved in the 2020 SA State Team. Go SA!
Dramatic Assignment for SACE Students
The new SACE Stage 1 Drama course for 2020 requires students to form their own dramatic company. They are asked to name their company and develop a vision statement for their shared dramatic intent. The girls have created ‘Ten Point Five Productions’ and have written the following ‘Media Release’ to share with the community.
SACE Drama Teacher
State Track and Field Championships
Congratulations to students Keeley Fahey (Year 11), Holly Cardone (Year 11), Daisy Braithwaite (Year 8), Amelia Lucas (Year 8) and Malaika McLeod (Year 7) who competed recently at the Athletics SA State Track and Field Championships.
Holly Cardone – U18: 100m 6th, High Jump 2nd, Long Jump 5th,
Keeley Fahey – U18: 400m Hurdles 2nd, High Jump 3rd, U20: High Jump 2nd, Pole Vault 3rd, Javelin 3rd
Amelia Lucas – U15: 100m 6th, 200m 4th, 400m 3rd
Malaika McLeod – U14: 800m 1st, 1500m 1st
Daisy Braithwaite – U15: 1500m 2nd, 3000m Walk 1st
Some of our Old Scholars also enjoyed outstanding results; Rose Pittman (Kilburn 2019) won the Open 400m and 800m, with Margaret Gayen (Patteson 2011) 1st in the 100m Hurdles and Long Jump, 2nd in the 100m and 3rd in the 200m, and Christine Gayen (Patteson 2014) won the Open Shot Put and placed 3rd in the 100m Hurdles, 4th in the Long Jump, Javelin and Discus, 6th in the 100m, while Anna Cross (Patteson 2016) finished 1st in the 10000m Walk.
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
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
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.
At Saints Girls, we love hearing about and sharing sports results and news, whether it be achievements at school or externally.
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Intercol v Walford
In the Basketball Intercol, the girls brought their best to the games. First up was the middle As. These girls played hard on the court and managed to come away with a win. They had some great rebounds along with a number of top shots. The Opens played an amazing game but, unfortunately, came home with a loss. It was a close game for the most part, however, they let Walford get away from them at the start. The girls played some of their best defence yet and made some great shots. The Middle Bs also had a close loss. This meant that Walford won the Basketball intercol. All the girls played really well and showed great school spirit when cheering for the other teams on the sidelines. – Emma Matheson (Captain)
Open – Saints 24 defeated by Walford 29
The girls played an amazing game – their best so far this season. Indy Dodd had some great shots in offence. We let Walford get ahead of us at the start and did our best to catch up in the second half, but were unsuccessful. – Emma Matheson (Captain)
Middle A – Saints 32 defeated Walford 15
After a slow start against an older and much taller team, it looked as though it was going to be a tough game, as we only had 2 points at quarter-time. From there, the team lifted their defensive work rate, which created turnovers, and used their speed to perform layups. This allowed them to run away with it towards the end of the game. Very happy with the way we played. – Brenton Davies (Coach)
Middle B – Saints 10 defeated by Walford 14
Again, we played a much taller team and quiet physical, which caught us by surprise and led to the team being 10 to 2 points down at half-time. We then picked up our intensity and had most of the play. Unfortunately, we just could not make our shots and lost in a close one. – Brenton Davies (Coach)
Middle C – no game due to long weekend
Year 5/6 Blue – Saints 12 defeated Saints White 10
Another intense match-up against Saints White which provided a great game with lots of action. Both teams showed excellent hitting with a high score of 12-10. Saints Blue won the game in the second inning using their defensive skills to hold their lead. Fun game for all the players and a good week. – Jesse Dreswick (Coach)
Year 5/6 White – Saints 10 defeated by Saints Blue 12
What a great game! The score does not reflect the effort and skill shown by the team. Unfortunately it didn’t fall our way. Another fantastic batting effort – special mention to Phoebe Lucas for her two hits – a huge home run and double. We still need to work on some basic fielding skills – getting behind the ball and really taking the time to make an accurate throw. I would also like to mention Phoebe Fan for an outstanding catching effort. – Mimi Long (Coach)
Year 3/4 Blue – Saints 22 defeated by Saints White 29
Massive improvement from the last game; the girls were switched on and fielded very well. Well done to Meg Paul on taking an awesome catch and throw to first to get a double play in the first inning! It was great to see improvement from everyone, especially in the field. There’s another win coming soon! – Payne Sowter
Year 3/4 White – Saints 29 defeated Saints Blue 22
A much improved game for both teams since the last time we played each other. The score was tight throughout, with some key defensive stops in the 3rd inning providing much-needed breathing room. The offence was awesome, with some good aggressive base-running the spark to getting ahead. Stand outs from my view would have been Eleanor Bartter and Stella Fuidge, proving to be the key pitcher’s spot to first base combination that was needed to get some defensive stops. Overall, a thoroughly entertaining game to be a part of. – Daniel Di Tomaso (Coach)
No Year 7 – 12 games due to long weekend
Junior Division 1 Blue – Saints 2-18 defeated by Pembroke Blue 4-21
Singles: Sophie Blight 0-4, Alison Francis 3-4, Elodie de Wit 4-1, Mia Bennett 1-4
Junior Division 1 White – Saints had a bye
Junior Division 2 – Saints 1-7 defeated by Wilderness White 5-25
Singles: Lily Forby 0-4, Abbie An 1-4, Sophie Wiggins 1-4, Abbey Phillips 4-1
Junior Division 3 Blue – Saints 5-23 defeated Wilderness Green 1-17
Singles: Stella Fuidge 4-2, Eleni Schultze 4-3, Scarlett Parker 4-3, Emily L 4-3
Junior Division 3 White – Saints did not play
No Year 7 – 12 games due to long weekend
No Year 7 – 12 games due to long weekend
Open A – Saints 5 defeated St Michaels by forfeit
Open B – Saints 3 defeated by Seymour 16
The girls had a tough game this week, facing one of the stronger teams in the A grade, but every girl worked extremely hard to take every attempt on goal, as well as defend Seymour’s many advances. Best player this week was Alexia Politis, for her constant determination and ability in attack, where she supported her teammates through their attempts on goal, as well as scoring a brilliant goal from halfway herself. Overall a wonderful game, good work girls! – Fiona Lethbridge (Captain)
Open C – 19 defeated Sacred Heart 5
This week saw the girls have yet another amazing game, where they won by a goal margin of 14. With each attack, the girls made every attempt to create a strong set up, to give them as many opportunities to shoot as possible, while also being able to defend Sacred Heart’s own attempts on goal. Best player this week was Emily Whittaker, for her strong attacking skills, where she was top goal scorer with 5 goals, as well as winning all four swim-ups. Brilliant work this week girls, keep it up! – Fiona Lethbridge (Captain)
Year 7-8A – Saints 10 drew with St Ignatius 10
Year 7-8B – Saints 4 defeated by Loreto 17