Issue no. 27
Sports Day 2017
Selwyn House crowned champions!
After a hotly-contested suite of track and field events, Selwyn House emerged triumphant, claiming the overall shield at Sports Day 2017.
Selwyn 4341 points
Patteson 3954 points
Kennion 3801 points
Kilburn 3642 points
Despite recent downpours, conditions were bright as hundreds of Year 4 to 12 students converged on the SA Athletics Stadium at Mile End. Many parents were also out in force, not only supporting their girls from the sidelines, but also taking part in some colourful events. As always, the atmosphere was electric with robust House support, and events were contested in a competitive yet good-natured spirit.
Thanks to everyone who attended and supported the carnival, which truly lived up to the hype. A summary of achievements will be published in next week’s Enews.
From the Deputy Principal / Head of Middle School
One of the signifiers of a healthy, vibrant, connected community is the rate of volunteers willing to share their expertise, skills and compassion.
On its website, Volunteering Australia shares the following ‘Fun Facts’ about volunteering:
• Volunteers are happier, healthier and sleep better than those who don’t volunteer – doctors should recommend it.
• 95% of volunteers say that volunteering is related to feelings of wellbeing.
• Volunteering results in a “helper’s high”, a powerful physical and emotional feeling experienced when directly helping others.
• The experience of helping others provides meaning, a sense of self-worth, a social role and health enhancement.
I’m therefore delighted that I’m able to offer you two excellent opportunities to experience these benefits!
Our Year 7 and 8 Futures students were recently visited by Professor Yong Zhao, who was extremely impressed with their problem-finding skills. Many of our developing entrepreneurs have gone a long way to establishing business plans, prototyping products and services, conducting market research and creating implementation plans. Some have even been successful in securing ‘start-up’ loans from the School. They are now in need of access to experts who can act as mentors, to help take their enterprises to the next level. If you have expertise in running small businesses, in project management, business start-ups, marketing or are in the innovation space, then we’d love to give our girls the opportunity of learning from you. If you are interested in finding out more, and are prepared to volunteer a couple of hours over the remainder of the year, please contact me, or Sarah Casson, our Futures Coordinator (email@example.com).
New Family Buddies
At the recent Year 7 Transition Evening, a number of current Year 6 families were kind enough to offer their services as Buddy Families. The role is designed to give new families to our community access to an established family who can share the ‘inside track’ on how things work at Saints. In the past, they’ve met up with their assigned family in the holidays prior to the start of the year, to help the student and the parents feel that there is someone familiar who they can touch base with during the hectic first few weeks of term. They arrange to attend Drinks on the Lawn and Swimming Carnival together, whilst also answering the myriad of questions that new parents might have, but are often afraid to ask! If you’d like to find out more about this opportunity, please don’t hesitate to contact me or Susanna Anderson in the Enrolments Office via firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d be delighted to add you to our list of community volunteers.
Deputy Principal / Head of Middle School
RAW Emotion Captivates Audience
‘RAW’ seemed like the perfect name for a performance night which aims to give all performers the opportunity to be themselves and connect with their inner-most emotions. The eight SACE Dance students have certainly worked hard, not only to learn steps, perfect difficult choreography and strive to improve, but also to connect authentically with each dance work. They have shared their own story, been vulnerable and accepted all the challenges I have provided them with. For a Dance Teacher and choreographer, it is always magical to see the visions in your head become an artistic reality on the stage, and this experience has certainly brought the magic to life.
Perhaps the greatest reward has been watching the SACE dancers grow as technicians, performers and individuals. The friendship they have found in one another is encouraging, supportive, honest and positive. In this past week, they have worked incredibly hard, not only as individuals but as a strong team. I am very proud of ‘RAW’ as a production. The collaboration between musicians and dancers and involvement of the Year 9 Drama students showcases the exceptional talent we have in The Arts at St Peter’s Girls.
Stage 1 and 2 Dance Teacher
Saints Girls National Tech Heroes
Congratulations to Charlotte Creek, Imogen Parkinson, Ellie Anderson and Sophie Johnson for dominating the Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero! The competition invites girls from all over Australia to solve real-world problems through technology.
On Sunday at Brisbane’s Queensland University of Technology, the students in ‘Fünf Team’ were crowned national winners in the secondary schools’ division. They devised a mobile app that connects retirees with volunteering jobs.
They now have the chance to go to Silicon Valley on an educational tour, with the possibility of attending the Technovation meet-up to pitch their app to Google’s CEO.
Digital Technologies Teacher
We caught up with one of the winning team members, Charlotte, and asked her to tell us about her experience.
“We decided to create an app called V Link that aims to bring retired people back into the community through volunteering their professional services to not-for-profit charities/organisations. It was a very long and, at times, frustrating process.
We started by designing the interface of our app whilst beginning work on our business plan; we then had to code our app using MIT app inventor for android devices. After 12 weeks, we had completed our business plan and base code. Around three weeks later, we submitted our video pitch and business plan alongside our app.
We then found out that we were lucky enough to be chosen as State finalists to be flown out for a day trip to Brisbane. At the presentation, we discovered we were the the National Secondary School winners. This means that we will have the amazing opportunity to fly over to San Francisco to participate in the international tech competition called Technovation. I can say on behalf of our group, that this was extremely exciting news. We put our heart and soul into this app, and to find out that our hard work had paid off made it all worthwhile.”
Year 9 student
Kennion House Dinner
Mid-Term 3 can be a tough time for many Middle and Senior School students, feeling swamped with assignments, having countless tests to revise for and their end of year exams in the back of their minds. A little weekend get-away or even better – a holiday around the world seems like a pretty good alternative to those immense workloads. Luckily for Kennion House, this dream became a reality last Friday night!
Set with their suitcases, tickets and passports, the Kennion Girls embarked on their journey across the borders of all seven continents at the 2017 Kennion House Dinner! From Spanish dancers to Greek goddesses, traditional Asian dancers and Native Americans – there was no shortage of cultural diversity on this Contiki Tour! It was a highlight of the year, filled with some groovy dancing, humorous games and delicious food!
Immense praise and thanks goes to the amazing Year 11s who were the stars of the evening, putting in endless hours, effort and hard work to ensure the night was the best House Dinner thus far in our opinion. Without these girls (and their parents), the night simply would not have been possible. Their unbreakable teamwork has made it tremendously clear Kennion will be left in some very safe hands for 2018. These girls should be extremely proud of their hard work and the Year 12s could not be more appreciative to them for making their final House Dinner a night to remember.
Kennion House Captain
Old Scholars vs Senior Students Netball Match
Introducing the Georgia Beaton Cup
The Old Scholars’ Association and the School have introduced a new Netball initiative whereby an annual game will be played – Old Scholars Netball Team vs Senior Students, with the winner being awarded the Georgia Beaton Cup (Kennion ’07). It is designed to be a pathway and link for the senior netballers to continue to play as “Old Scholars”.
This perpetual trophy has been named after Georgia who has achieved outstanding netball success both locally and internationally, with highlights including being an Adelaide Thunderbirds player from 2007-2011 and being appointed Co-Captain of the Contax Netball Club in 2015. Georgia has played over 100 Premier League netball games and continues to be an inspiration for our players.
Senior player Abbey Goodwin provided the following recap:
“On Saturday 26 August the girls played the inaugural Old Scholars vs Senior Students game, competing for the ‘Georgia Beaton Cup’. Both teams were excited to begin this new tradition that connects girls currently in school and the Old Scholars’ community. The game began as an even match, with the students leading by two in the first quarter, and it only became more and more competitive as both teams wanted the title. Fiona Dawson’s excellent circle movement and consistent accuracy throughout the game helped maintain the lead, in addition to Sophie Freeman’s numerous intercepts and intense pressure defending the Old Scholars’ offensive third. Lily Habel also played an exceptional game, stopping many of the Old Scholars’ goals with her fantastic rebounding and blocking. The students ended up claiming the title as the first winners of the ‘Georgia Beaton Cup’ and younger team members look forward to competing in future matches.” – Abbey Goodwin (Co-Captain)
Online Tuck Shop Success
We’ve been receiving some excellent “feed”back about our new Online Tuck Shop since its launch at the start of this term. If you haven’t experienced it yet, consider giving it a try!
The Flexischools cashless program is used by schools around the country. To access it, log in to the myLink Parent Portal and select the “Tuck Shop” tab on the top menu. This will take you to the Flexischools site where you can set up and manage an account via the following steps:
- Register your details with Flexischools. Search for the School’s name (remembering to add the apostrophe in St Peter’s), add the student name, year level and class/home group teacher.
- Top-Up your account using Visa, Mastercard, PayPal or direct deposit.
- Place an order and proceed to payment.
- Review Orders by logging back in to your Flexischools account. You can set recurring orders, view transaction history or cancel orders.
What does it cost?
Canteen Online Ordering Fees:
$0.29 per order
Account Top-Up Fees:
Direct Deposit $0.00
Credit card (Visa/Mastercard) $0.15+1%
For a demonstration of how to use the system, please watch this instructional video:
Orders can be placed up until 9.30am on the day of the order. The same deadline applies for order cancellations.
If you experience any issues with the ordering system, please contact Flexischools: email@example.com or 1300 361 769.
If you have any menu-related queries or are too late to cancel an order online, email the Tuck Shop: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope you enjoy using this new service.
‘Fun Guy Fungi’ visits Saints Environment Club
Daryl Clarke, who founded and operates ‘Fun Guy Fungi’, recently presented a talk to the Environment Club girls about upcycling coffee waste. He outlined how he started the business with a concept three years ago and how he has been investigating and developing the process to upcycle coffee waste into a profitable business which is sustainable and supports the environment.
Daryl has designed boxes that use coffee waste to produce gourmet oyster mushrooms. He collects coffee waste from local cafes and restaurants then packages it into a biodegradable box, along with other essential ingredients, to help the mushrooms develop and grow. All you have to do is buy the box, open it up and water regularly, then sit back and watch the mushrooms grow. He explained that you can get up to five harvests from one box. Once the mushrooms no longer grow, you can remove the plastic inside shell and add the box and the remaining ingredients in to the compost – that simple.
A Q&A followed Daryl’s presentation. The girls thought it was a very innovative and creative way to utilise the growing amount of coffee waste:
“I learnt a lot about making something big from the smallest idea. It made me think differently, as I now know you don’t become successful through just coffee shops or clothes shops, but also unusual, unique concepts. I would love to know where Daryl’s business is in a couple years.”
– Paris Robinson
“Daryl not only showed me that fungi can be, as the name suggests, fun, he showed that we can approach everyday life with an attitude of sustainability if we think creatively. We can live a lifestyle that not only has a better impact on the environment, but also a better impact on global sustainability.” – Holly Wallman-Craddock
“It has made me think differently about the topic of coffee waste in cafes; I often go into cafes, big or small, and ponder over their wide array of coffees but never really think about where the used beans are going. It was an enjoyable speech and hope I can get my hands on a box soon!”
– Elise Cornfield
“I loved his idea and thought it was especially ingenious in terms of the future and recycling. It gives us a new perspective on what we can do with recycled materials instead of turning them into what they once were, but something new that adds more value than before.” – Emily Loh
The boxes can be purchased from Patch Kitchen and Garden or The Organic Market and Café at Stirling, or online by visiting www.funguyfungi.com.au.
Environment Club Facilitator and Humanities Teacher
Saints Girls’ Philosophy teacher wins grant
• Does truth matter in a post-truth world?
• Is beauty really just in the eye of the beholder?
• What are the ethical frameworks for the “no” and “yes” cases in the marriage equality debate?
• Is there a God and does it matter?
Philosophy is a discipline that helps us traverse the rocky landscape of questions related to existence, ethical conundrums and truth claims. It is vital that we equip young people with good critical thinking tools, skills in collaboration and creativity so they can be prepared for what Plato called “a good life”. Philosophy is the subject area that explicitly explores these terrains. Traditionally, it was studied only at university level; it was an “Adults Only” subject but, increasingly, schools around Australia are introducing Philosophy at both primary and secondary levels. Young people are surprisingly good at dealing with philosophical issues and there have been studies showing that it provides significant academic and social benefits.
These sorts of questions inspired an innovative event called a “Philosothon”. Philosothons allow young people to explore issues in an open and constructive way. A Philosothon is an inter-school competition that brings bright young people together around philosophical questions in order to seek the best way forward. It is sometimes but not always a competition that allows students to investigate a complex ethical or philosophical problem in a collaborative manner. Students sit in a circle and engage in an open-ended discussion using a structure known as a Community of Inquiry. Unlike in debates, in a Community of Inquiry the views of students are not necessarily pitted against one another, and students may change their mind or refine their thinking on issues as the dialogue unfolds. In this way, Philosothons promote critical, creative and collaborative thinking skills.
The Philosothon project was conceived by myself, and I currently teach Philosophy and Religion at St Peter’s Girls. The project was recently awarded a grant of more than $280,000 from the Templeton Trust in the US to further develop Philosothons in Australasia. Altogether, nearly half a million dollars will be invested in the promotion of Philosophy in schools over the next three years. This money will primarily be used to develop Philosothons, supporting and establishing new ones, particularly in remote schools and at schools catering for students from low socio-economic backgrounds. The success of the grant application has been the culmination of hard work, patience and persistence over the past 10 years.
Sir John Templeton was a US-based philanthropist who sought to encourage learning and believed in the centrality of spiritual life. Wishing to fund research that assisted understanding the deepest and most perplexing questions facing humankind, he created The John Templeton Foundation in the late 1980s and later established affiliated organisations such as The Templeton World Charity Foundation and The Templeton Religion Trust, which deal with non-US based projects predominantly in universities around the world.
St Peter’s Girls’ School is actively involved in developing critical, creative and collaborative thinking skills in our students. We will be entering a team in the first South Australian Philosothon to be held at Prince Alfred College next month. Over the past eight years, Philosothons have been held throughout Australia, NZ and the UK. Overall, there are many hundreds of schools and thousands of students involved in Philosothons around the world. The Australasian Philosothon will be held in Sydney this year at St Andrew’s Cathedral School and it will involve the top three schools from each Australian state and NZ. During the past two terms, Saints Girls from Years 8 – 11 have been meeting weekly to hone and develop skills appropriate to a Philosothon. More information about Philosothons can be found at www.philosothon.org and www.fapsa.org.au.
Philosophy and Religious Education Teacher
IB Spanish ab initio
“One more window from which to look at the world.”
Did you know…
– that 30% to 40% of all words in English have a related word in Spanish?
– that Spanish is one of the easiest languages to learn for English speakers?
– that hundreds of “English” words are actually Spanish?
– that there are about 500 million Spanish-native speakers and about 370 million English-native speakers?
– that there are 21 Spanish-speaking countries?
– that 60% of the world’s population speaks more than one language?
It has been over half a year since some of our Year 11 students embarked on a new journey, allowing them to learn “another way to think about things” and to start “possessing a second soul” as Charlemagne would say.
Our girls started learning IB Spanish “ab initio” – that is, from scratch, with the stereotypical and yet paradoxical ideas that they would learn the language in almost no time, which is unachievable for most people (unless you are a “genio”!).
Interesting how we try to convince ourselves that “we are not good at something” until we actually start exploring it, to then find ourselves understanding it and even doing it well! Yes. After many attempts and, of course many, many mistakes. Isn’t that the way we learn our first language, anyway? Isn’t that the way we learn how to read, how to play an instrument, how to walk, how to live! We fall, we stand up. But this time, with a new lesson learnt.
I remember the girls’ faces of astonishment when they realised that even after telling me that they knew no Spanish whatsoever, the first time they heard me speaking only in Spanish to them, they could actually understand the whole message perfectly. Certainly, they did not understand word by word.
“Aren’t we supposed to understand every single word when someone speaks? Shouldn’t we understand every single word when we read a book or a newspaper article to understand the message being conveyed?” Many language students tend to ask these questions.
Well, the reality is that we don’t always understand every word we hear or read in our mother tongues. Sometimes, we don’t even understand the words we use or say! But, somehow, we manage to make ourselves understood and most of the time, we know what others mean, or at least, we think so. But, could that happen when we learn how to speak a second (or even a third) language? It certainly does! Every day.
BUT….why does Spanish have exceptions to the rules? Why do you pronounce or call things differently in different Spanish-speaking countries? How can you have the same word meaning different things? That is SO confusing!
Well, why do we say “children” and not “childs”? Why do Aussies say “capsicum” and other English-speakers say “peppers”? Why do we pronounce the “a” in three different ways in the word “Australia” in English? And when an English speaker says “I am free!”, do they mean “I am off” as in “I am having a break”, or rather that they don’t “cost” anything and that you can have them “for free”? Or maybe they just mean that they are fortunate enough to enjoy freedom in their lives? BUT…that is SO confusing!
It IS confusing until, through the learning of another language, Spanish in this case, we find ourselves learning about our own languages. We are actually killing two birds with one stone. (And we better not translate that word by word!)
As Federico Fellini said, “Una lengua diferente es una vision diferente de la vida.” Yes, you got it! “A different language is a different vision of life.” Our students are learning about different points of view, different ways of – not only saying – but doing things. And while they learn about different customs, traditions and cultural aspects from the 21 existing Spanish-speaking countries, they become more aware of their own. So, now we are killing at least five birds with one stone. Or can we not say that in English?… You got it!
Now our girls see how much progress they have made and how much progress they can keep making.
Carolina Barquero Masero
IB Spanish Teacher
Summer Sport Schedule: Week 8
Please note the sports schedule for next week. A full schedule for Term 4 will be sent out in Week 10 which will include a listing of sports for all year levels.
Tennis – Squad training is ideally held in the mornings. Thursday is available for those in the lower grades or who cannot attend mornings due to transport.
Rowing schedules will be provided by Director of Rowing Ben Flannagan.
If students have any questions about teams or cannot attend a designated session, they should discuss alternative arrangements with Director of Sport Neil Fuller.
Basketball Years 5 and 6 3.45 – 4.45pm
Netball Reception 3.45 – 4.45pm
Rowing Senior (fitness) 3.45 – 4.45pm
Rowing Senior/Inter Mornings as notified
Basketball Open A/B 7.10 – 8.10am
Tennis Year 7-12 Squad training 7.10 – 8.10am
Basketball Middle (Yr 7 to 9) 3.45 – 4.45pm
Netball Year 1 and 2 3.45 – 4.45pm
Softball Open A/B 3.45 – 4.45pm
Rowing Juniors – Year 7/8 3.40 – 6.15pm
Rowing Senior/Inter (fitness) 3.45 – 4.45pm
Athletics Year 4 to 12 7.10 – 8.10am
Rowing Senior/Inter (fitness) mornings as notified
Volleyball Open A/B 7.10 – 8am
Water Polo Open A/B/C 7 – 8am
Kelly Sports Rec to Year 2 3.45 – 4.45pm
Basketball Year 5-6 matches 3.45 – 5pm
Netball Year 3-4 matches 3.45 – 5pm
Rowing Senior/Inter (water) training as instructed
Volleyball Open C/D 7.10 – 8.10am
Soccer Year 5 – 6 3.45 – 4.45pm
Tennis Year 7-12 squad training 3.45 – 4.45pm
Touch Year 7 to 11 3.45 – 4.45pm
Volleyball Middle A/B/C (Yr 7 to 9) 3.45 – 4.45pm
Water Polo Middle (Year 7 to 9) 3.45 – 4.45pm (*note this term only)
Rowing Juniors Year 7/8 3.40 – 6.15pm
Rowing Senior/Inter mornings as notified
Athletics Year 4 to 12 7.10 – 8.10am
Tennis Year 7-12 squad training 7.10 – 8.10am
Soccer Year 5 – 6 matches 3.45 – 5pm
Aerobics Year 5 to 11 trials 3.45 – 4.45pm
Garage Sale Trail at St Peter’s Girls’ School
What: The City of Burnside Garage Sale Trail and St Peter’s Girls will be hosting stalls
Where: St Peter’s Girls’ School car park
When: Sunday 22 October 2017
Time: 8am – 2pm
Why: Are you looking for a FREE, fun and social way to fundraise for your community group, House Charity, sports team or Cambodia Trip and engage with our School community?
St Peter’s Girls’ School has already registered a ‘Group Sale’ – to put your sale on the Garage Sale Trail, visit the website and register with our St Peter’s Girls’ Group Sale.
Any questions, please don’t hesitate to visit us in the Community Relations Office, or contact Melissa Westgate via email@example.com or 8334 2244.
New Ticket Release for ‘Disney The Lion King JR.’
Ticket sales for the Year 5 production of ‘Disney The Lion King JR.’ are now open to the public for the matinee on Friday 29 September at 1.30pm.
This is in addition to the evening performances on 28 and 29 September which are still on sale.
Family (2 adults/2 children) $35
Book now via www.trybooking.com/RGWU!
Can you help the Year 5 Production?
The cast of ‘Disney The Lion King JR.’ is seeking assistance with the front of house foyer display. We are looking for anyone who is willing to lend us some large potted fake ferns/palms.
If you are able to help us out, please email Ms Hampton: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Zara Chessell, Amy Dillon, Naomi Singh and Misha Yagnik
Year 5 front of house team
Code Camp at St Peter’s Girls’ School
St Peter’s Girls is now hosting Code Camp Spark AND Code Camp Ignite!
St Peter’s Girls’ School will be hosting Code Camp Spark and Code Camp Ignite for students in Years 2 – 6. Code Camp runs 4 – 6 October from 9am – 3.30pm. Cost for Code Camp Spark or Code Camp Ignite is $350 for three days.
Code Camp Information Flyer
Visit the Code Camp website for more information
Visit the St Peter’s Girls’ School booking page
The Long Lunch – featuring MC George Kapiniaris!
Join us on a Greek Odyssey at the St Peter’s Girls’ Foundation Long Lunch
Sunday 24 September 12 noon – 5pm
Held at a secret location on the St Peter’s Girls’ School grounds
Book at trybooking.com/PMZS
The St Peter’s Girls’ Foundation is seeking volunteers in the lead up to and at The Long Lunch. If you or a family would like to help out with set-up and food preparations on Saturday 23 September, serving at the bar during the lunch, or assisting in the Food Tech Centre on the day between 8am and 6pm, we would be extremely grateful.
If you can help, please contact Melissa Westgate via email@example.com or 8334 2244.
Golden Ticket Lottery – would you like to win $15,000 off your School fees?
Visit www.trybooking.com/PMZS to purchase your ticket in the Golden Ticket Lottery!
IGSSA WINTER STANDINGS
Years 7 to 12
As our Winter season concludes, the final standings are available. For the Independent Girls’ Schools’ Sports Association, shields are contested at Open A and B level. Since last year, each Middle A team (and year level A in Netball) also play for a pennant. The results of our teams are listed below, with a couple of teams still in finals. In Netball, we were certainly unlucky with the Years 7, 8 and 9 teams all narrowly missing out, and with our Senior As finishing in third place.
Open A – play off for 5th and 6th
Open B – 1st (in a play-off for the shield)
Open A – 6th
Open B – 6th
Under 15 – currently in the finals play-offs
Open A – 3rd
Open B – 7th
Year 10A – 8th
Year 9A – 4th
Year 8A – 3rd
Year 7A – 3rd
Open A – 5th
Open B – 7th
Middle A – 5th
Wednesday 30 August
Year 6 White – Saints 30 defeated Walford 18
The Year 6 White team played very well, coming back in the second half to win against Walford. The girls did not give up and played hard in defence to create lots of turnovers. They converted most of these into points, playing and shooting well in offence.
– Sarah Matheson (Student Coach)
Year 5 – Saints 20 defeated Seymour Blue 14
Another close game saw the girls work well under pressure. They were able to create a lot of turnovers and dribbled down the court with confidence. A special mention to Rosanna Stone for her accurate passes. – Josephine Dal Pra (Coach)
Wednesday 30 August
Year 4 – Saints 6 defeated by Seymour White 29
We played a very experienced team. Their girls have been playing together for a few seasons and it certainly showed. Our girls played with determination and never gave up, all trying their best. They should be pleased with their efforts. – Chelsea Walls (Student Coach)
Year 2/3 – Saints 3 defeated by Pembroke Blue 22
The girls had their highest score of the season, with 3 goals. The flow of the game was much better than in previous weeks, and a big improvement of skills and netball knowledge is evident. – Emily Braggs (Coach)
Friday 1 September
Year 6 – Saints 2 defeated Pulteney 0
We played on a larger than normal pitch with two subs. The girls started on the front foot, pressing high to try score an early goal, which came after five minutes of play from a great pass from the defence. Up until half-time the girls kept the pressure up, narrowly missing another two shots. In the second half, we were defending for the first few minutes until the girls settled and started making passes. With a few good attacking opportunities and capitalising, the girls ended the game with a well-deserved win. – Vincent Talladira (Coach)
Saturday 26 August
Under 15 – Saints 16 defeated North Eagles 5
The whole team played brilliantly. However, special mentions go to Portia Maerschel for scoring 7 goals and to Chelsea Walls who played a sensational game overall. The girls are now through to the finals and will be playing against Brighton. – Paris Robinson (Year 9)
Under 11 – Saints Blue 5 defeated by Eagles 11
It was the last match of the season and all of the girls were ready to play hard. In the first half, Lara Maione (Year 4) was our goalie who saved a number of shots mainly with her body and went out of the goal circle to pass the ball. In attack Jenna Maione (Year 5) always passed the ball to a girl who was free and also caught the ball a number of times. Hayley Webb (Year 3) used her dodging skills to get around players and had a couple of shots on goal but missed ever so slightly. In the second half Matilda Wilkin (Year 2) ran hard into defence and never gave up on getting ground balls. Madison Dornbusch (Year 3), Elysia Scarr (Year 4) and Sophie Lively (Year 3) stuck close to one opposition player in defence to make sure in the last quarter they did not get any goals. Scorers for the match were Madison, Lara and Jenna. Even though the girls did not win, they should all be proud of how their lacrosse skills have developed over the season. – Lucy Martin (Coach)
Under 11 – Saints White 2 defeated by East Torrens Payneham (ETP) 10
For the last game of the season, we had thrills – Grace Jones (Year 3) and Lauren Pearce (Year 4) goals – and some spills – Savannah Walls (Year 3). The score-line might not reflect it, but the girls played their most competitive, professional and tight-knit game of the season. We had players carrying the ball down the field past the half-way line to then make our required two passes, others moving to the free space to call for passes and multiple attempts on goal. There were players with injuries who still played on, and those who volunteered to help out in goals – Elizabeth McKernan, Coco Dimond and Alannah Godfrey (all Year 4). Despite the weather, I would like to thank the parents for coming out in force to support their daughters. Thank you again for my gifts. I am so excited about what next season will bring for these girls who, for the most part before this season, had never played this sometimes complex team sport. Lastly, a special mention goes to Sophie Auricht (Captain of Lacrosse) for umpiring a very spirited game, and for her and Lucy Martin’s invaluable and tireless coaching this season. Also thanks to Millie Wilkin (U15s) for her umpiring during the season. – Courtney Tasker (Coach)