Issue no. 18
In this edition
The Addams Family Spooks Stonyfell
Well done to the cast and crew of The Addams Family School Musical which has taken Stonyfell by storm.
From the show-stopping song and dance numbers to the creepy costumes and sets, the production has been truly wicked!
Tonight’s final performance at 7pm in the Arts Centre is sure to thrill audiences, and tickets can be purchased at the door; here’s a taste of what’s in store:
From the Head of Junior School
The pre-Socratic Greek philosopher Heraclitus (c 535 – c 475 BCE) proclaimed, “The only thing that is constant is change”. Here we are over two and a half thousand years later thinking how accurate he was! There has never been a time of change such as we are experiencing, and that provides both great possibilities and significant challenges for us as educators and parents. As well as engaging with constant changes within our own lives, we are very aware of the need to prepare our future thought leaders to navigate their fast-evolving future positively, productively and ethically.
We have been welcoming our newest group of Mid-Year Reception students during their transition visits recently, and it would be fair to say that their attitude towards this particular change in their lives is one of great excitement. Our nearly five year olds who have already been exposed to remarkable quantities of technological innovation and vast amounts of information are excellent reminders of the ‘new normal’.
Our Year 5 students have been learning about finance, budgeting and the history of money. They were fascinated to discover that while the period of change from barter system to tokens, minted coins and finally bank notes was thousands of years, the invention of credit cards, electronic transfers, bitcoin and other e-money has occurred within the lifetime of their parents and grandparents. What a perfect example of the increasing speed of change! Their next learning opportunity was to consider what’s next. ‘Wearable money implants’ was the desire of some – and with this, came the opportunity to address numerous ethical questions.
I believe that, at Saints Girls, we have the formula right in preparing students for our changing world. In the Junior School, we place enormous importance on the development of strong foundations in literacy and numeracy. Alongside this, through carefully designed units using the PYP framework, is a breadth of learning through transdisciplinary themes where students connect with transcending ‘big ideas’. Acquisition of knowledge sits alongside developing a deeper understanding of larger concepts. Gaining skills goes hand-in-hand with appreciating and practising core attitudes that are essential for learning and living in a complex world. Taking responsible, thoughtful action based on what has been learned is the result of successful learning. We encourage our students to be curious, to be kind and fair, to be creative and adaptable, and to develop the ability to make judgements based on evidence. When these elements are combined with our strong #EMPOWHER wellbeing program that enhances students’ personal and interpersonal skills and capabilities, our students are incredibly well-placed to succeed in a world that we can only imagine.
Head of Junior School
From the Kilburn House Captain
To date, my fondest memories of Saints Girls involve the House system, Kilburn more specifically. Choral Night was a personal favourite and possibly the most anticipated event of the year. I loved being tightly packed onto the choir rises whilst my peers and I sang our House tunes with gusto and bopped so hard that our hips ached the following day. The House number was concluded with the Year 12 dance – a crowd favourite. The whooping and cheering from the sea of teenage girls is elating. Yes, it’s very cliché but we are just one big yellow family that never leaves a girl behind. I’ll never forget the moment at the Swimming Carnival when a group of Year 5 girls came down the front of the stands as they had created a new chant on the spot. In a few minutes, the whole House was screaming the chant – it was quite amazing.
As the first semester draws to a close, exams are just around the corner for Year 10 and 11 students. I understand this may be a very stressful time for many (completely normal), however it’s important to keep things in perspective. While exams are important, your worth is not based on a number. No one can put a number on your potential. My guide to surviving exams includes taking regular breaks and spending time away from the books, exercising, not comparing your revision to another’s (you’re doing just fine), seeking help if it all becomes a little overwhelming and getting some sleep. Remember that hard work becomes easier the more you work hard. So that when it comes to crunch time and you’re seated at your desk with your plastic slip filled with 50 pens that you probably won’t use, that you are confident in your ability to perform.
Year 10s head off into the ‘real world’ with work experience commencing at the end of term. I loved work experience as it gave me a chance to explore a future career option. I spent the week at Ladywood Medical Clinic where I will never forget when a nurse demonstrated how to take blood. She proceeded to show the blood tubes that would collect the blood as it exited the patient’s body. No needles or blood in sight. The next minute I was surrounded by people with a cool flannel on my head. I was told I had a vasovagal syncope (fainted)… at least I was in safe hands! I thoroughly enjoyed being exposed to how a clinic runs on a daily basis, but perhaps I need to work on the squeamish side of things first! So ladies, take advantage of such an opportunity and remember it’s all part of the experience.
Kilburn House Captain
Ready, Steady, Lemon!
Today our Year 7 and 8 Futures students ran market stalls selling products and services loosely based on a lemon. The Gym was full of excitement as staff and students explored what lemony treats were on offer. With games, hair accessories, food, drinks and much more, there was something for everyone to enjoy. Most stalls sold out before the end of lunch.
Congratulations to all of the Futures’ girls for a successful Market Day, and also a big thank you to staff and students for joining in.
Digital Technologies Teacher and STEM Coordinator
Year 11 Shark Tank eSchool
Year 11 Business Innovation students are participating in the Shark Tank eSchool program hosted by the University of Adelaide where groups employ entrepreneurial skills to solve a problem. Sarah Pike, Sabrina Passelli and Mahala Truscott entered the ‘Community Award – not-for-profit social enterprise encompassing community purpose with positive social outcomes’ category.
They teamed with Walk for Life, a large-scale aid project of the Glencoe Foundation, which has provided free treatment for children with congenital clubfoot deformity in Bangladesh since 2009. Their team goal was to modify the clubfoot brace worn post-surgery to improve foot positioning. Dr Angela Evans OA, an honorary senior lecturer at La Trobe University, a clinician in Adelaide, and a volunteer research coordinator/ambassador with Walk for Life, visited the School to validate the girls’ concept design. She was complementary of their efforts to improve the brace by adding some mobility and comfort, using affordable materials and a 3D printer to make this possible.
Business Innovation Teacher
Junior School Vacation Care – Countdown is On!
Our next instalment of Vacation Care is almost here. We have some great activities guaranteed to keep the children entertained through the break. With an array of excursions and on-site adventures, there is plenty of fun to be had.
Places are limited, so please click here to secure your booking now!
Community Golf Day
St Peter’s Girls’ Community Golf Day will be held on Thursday 14 November.
Book your spot to play on the day and network with other community members and businesses connected to our School: www.trybooking.com/ZZHE
If you require further information about this event, please contact Melissa Westgate in the Community Relations office via firstname.lastname@example.org or 8334 2244.
Important Health Message
With the State in the grips of a flu crisis, we must reiterate an important health message to our community.
If your child is showing any signs of illness, please do not bring them to school. This includes if they have a temperature of 37.5 degrees and above, and/or if they’ve received medication such as paracetamol. This also extends to other ailments such as stomach aches and vomiting.
This is not only for your child’s comfort and recovery, but also to protect other children and our staff.
For more information regarding influenza, please click here.
Should you have any queries, please contact the Health Centre via 8155 5762 or email@example.com. If your daughter will not be attending school due to illness, please notify us via one of the following methods:
Text: 0428 601 957 (save to phone contacts)
Phone: 8334 2200
Feel free to also include the Class/Home Group teacher when sending via email.
Car Park – Action Required
Once again, we urge parents of Year 2 – 12 students not to enter the School’s car park for pick up until at least 3.30pm to allow for the smooth and safe early collection of Reception and Year 1 students.
We also reiterate that there is no right turn into or out of the car park.
We thank you for your cooperation in helping to improve safety and traffic flow for all.
GIRL POWER Workshops
Our mission at GIRL POWER is to foster a positive mindset, inner confidence and resilience in young girls through fun and interactive workshops. Our workshops are based on positive psychology principles and delivered by way of creative and engaging activities. Girls come away from a GIRL POWER workshop knowing themselves better, understanding the power they have over their own lives and with increased social awareness.
For more information, visit www.girlpowerworkshops.com.au
Seat of Encouragement – Style a Tile
Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to make your mark on our new Science Centre.
Purchase and personalise a tile for our ‘Seat of Encouragement’ and leave a legacy for generations of Saints Girls. Many tiles also include inspiring quotes to further empower our girls.
Secure your tile via www.trybooking.com/BARQD.
If you require more information or have any constructive feedback to add value to achieving our collective goal, please contact Melissa Westgate via 8334 2244 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The St Peter’s Girls’ Parents’ and Friends’ Association is fundraising via Entertainment Book/Digital Membership.
Pre-order the NEW 2019 | 2020 Entertainment Membership and receive bonus offers you can use right away.
Saints Girls Now on Instagram!
The School is proud to launch our newest social media offering to celebrate our fantastic community.
We look forward to sharing exciting images and cutting-edge videos showcasing life at Saints Girls. Be a part of the action and follow us via @stpetersgirlsschool
Saints Girls Teams Up with BankSA
BankSA has partnered with St Peter’s Girls’ School in offering our community a great fundraising opportunity. If you’re keen to take your support to the next level while potentially saving yourself money, then this program is for you. We’ve made it really easy to further support the School, while also making sure you’re getting the best possible service and a great deal on your home loan.
Not only will you get a great rate with BankSA, you’ll also be supporting St Peter’s Girls’ School, as each BankSA home loan allows us to make a charitable donation in your name of between $1,000 and $6,000. As the SPGS Building Fund has DGR status, you may be entitled to claim a tax deduction.
It’s that simple
- The more home loan referrals, the more money BankSA will donate to the School
- Donation paid at settlement of the home loan
- Unlimited donation potential
Both St Peter’s Girls’ School and BankSA have a proud history in South Australia and a strong sense of community.
To discuss further how BankSA can assist you and make a charitable donation in your name, simply call our BankSA Partnership contact:
0401 717 894
Code Camp Winter Holidays
Code Camp is returning to St Peter’s Girls these winter holidays. Girls and boys have fun with friends while building important skills including logic, creativity, problem-solving, app and game development.
This camp is from Wednesday 10 July to Friday 12 July, and St Peter’s Girls will be hosting Spark, Web Hackers and Little Heroes.
Bookings can be made via www.codecamp.com.au/stpetersgirls
Business Directory at Saints Girls
Book your very own personalised advertisement today. Three options available – $500, $250 or FREE
> Promote your special business offer and change your advertisement as often as you like for no extra cost
> Simply support businesses connected to our School
> Refer a business
> All proceeds go towards our Parents’ and Friends’ Association fundraising efforts
For more information on how to get involved, contact Melissa Westgate on 8334 2244 or email@example.com.
Congratulations to Ailani Cox (Year 10) who has been selected to represent Australia in the Youth World Archery Championships in Madrid from 19 – 25 August. Have an amazing trip Ailani; we look forward to sharing your results!
Congratulations to Isla Fahey (Year 4) and Chloe Richardson (Year 5) who have qualified to represent School Sport SA at the National 12 and Under Track and Field Championships in Darwin from 18 to 23 September.
AUSSIE RULES FOOTBALL
Ella Dnistriansky (Year 9) has been selected to represent SA in the Under 15 Girls’ AFL National Championships to be held in Launceston from 27 July.
Saints had a number of students compete in the State Cross Country Championships at Oakbank Racecourse.
Isla Fahey (Year 4) finished 8th in the 10 year race and Chloe Richardson (Year 5) finished 7th in the 11 year olds against 148 competitors. In the 13 year old division, Georgina Wakeham finished 43rd and Lady Murphy finished 54th. Under 14 – Lilly Maerschel (25th) and Emily Whittaker (85th); Under 15 – Imogen Elliott claimed the bronze (3rd), Portia Maerschel (15th), Olivia Kelly 45th and Letitia Page-Thomson (61st), with the team finishing in 5th place; Under 16 – Bella Parton (12th), Keeley Fahey (19th) and Anda Ceplite (22nd) won the bronze team medal.
Amelia Lucas (Year 7) and Winnie Vartuli (Year 6) were part of the Adelaide Hockey U13 Zone team that won the Zone State Championships, going through the carnival undefeated and only conceding 1 goal across nine matches.
Year 6 Blue – Saints 29 defeated Wilderness Blue 5
The team played an incredible game by not only having the skill level to do so but by listening to and implementing play directed by coaches. I congratulate the girls as I think it was their best match yet. All the shooters were amazing as they made space beautifully in the circle and shot with accuracy. To the girls who filled in, thank you for helping the team. Well done to Nicole Wang for her great defence, mainly the countless intercepts and turnovers. All the girls played an astonishing game, so well done for this and also for your amazing improvement through the season. – Chloe Venning (Student Coach)
Year 6 White – Saints 5 defeated by Wilderness White 16
Each player should be proud of their efforts as they took on board the feedback given by the coaches. The girls improved in defending but need to remember to stay on their opposition player. Charlotte Udall made strong leads towards the ball, and Jerrie Wu’s concentration while shooting produced accurate shots. Tina Xiao improved her skills and was always aware of her landing and pivoting. Grace Jones made strong leads and used her voice well to make calls for the ball. Sophia Langley’s defending improved and she made many good passes and helped her team bring the ball down court. It was great to see Olivia Reynolds’ enthusiasm in the goal ring supporting her fellow shooter. Arabella Walsh is always ready to intercept every ball she can. Alyssa Piantedosi’s shooting along with her defence was really strong, resulting in many turnovers. Matilda Powell often created room for her team to bring the ball down and made as many offers to the ball as she could. Every girl should be proud of their game play. Each training, we will work on the improvements needed to build a stronger team and aim for a well-deserved win. – Toni Christiansen (Student Coach)
Year 5 Blue – Saints 5 defeated by Seymour 8
The girls played their best game yet, with the score not reflecting the game. We were down by a couple of goals in the first quarter, until Eve Dillon scored a goal in the second quarter, followed by Hannah Dillon, Jiahui Zhang and Adjoa Yawson. Eliza Brill Reed made plenty of amazing intercepts in Centre, and Lucy Tulloch managed to turn the ball around as Goal Keeper. The girls played really well in both attack and defence, especially considering we had missed training. – Charlotte Adams (Student Coach)
Year 5 White – Saints 0 defeated by Seymour White 33
Despite facing very tall and skilled opponents, the girls showed great improvement in the way they worked together across the court. The movement in the goal circles at both ends was wonderful to watch, and would not have happened without the fantastic passing from the mid-courters. Keep up the great work girls, you should all be proud of yourselves! – Sophie Caon (Coach)
Open A – Saints 2 defeated Immanuel 1
In a close game against a particularly strong side, Olivia Law scored a brilliant first goal of the game, which was slipped into the corner of the goal, out of the goalie’s reach. Immanuel responded strongly, however, every attempted attack was halted by our strong defence. Annie Bradshaw and Chloe Deieso did extremely well in the midfield, relentlessly applying some great tackles and winning the ball as a result. Starting from a goal kick, our second goal was the result of great teamwork and communication. The ball was worked up through the midfield by Millie Wilkin and then played to the wing where Olivia Law crossed it into the box with great precision and Isabella Villani finished it off by firing the ball into the bottom corner. Everyone was so excited by the win and I think it’s a great reflection of the immense progress the girls have made. I would like to thank Emily Downie, Matilda Braithwaite, Imogen Parkinson and Amelie Eaton for playing up in the As this game. They all did a great job and the win wouldn’t have been possible without them! – Ellie Anderson (Captain)
Open B – Saints did not play
Middle ASaints 0 defeated by Pembroke 7
With only 10 players to begin with, the girls had an impressive start to the game. It is clear that the girls’ defending skills have improved greatly, and as a team they worked together to stop Pembroke’s attacks. Unfortunately, Emily Elston suffered an injury in the first half leaving us with only nine players for the rest of the game. Regardless of the score the girls should be proud of their efforts and attitude towards the game. I’m looking forward to next week when the girls can hopefully secure their first win! – Dominique Rigby (coach)
Middle B – Saints 0 defeated by Pembroke 6
With a shortage of players, the girls struggled in what was a challenging game. Even so, they were always smiling and enjoying themselves. Shreya Jayaprakash made some top saves in goal and there were plenty of moments of great football; as the season goes on, those moments should become more frequent, leading to more success on the pitch. Keep trying girls. – Kerry Hudson (Coach)