Issue no. 27
Sports Day 2018
Thankfully, the weather was kind and the annual Sports Day was another excellent example of mass participation, House spirit and our strong community.
The day started with the much anticipated ‘House Scramble’, where girls, staff and parents of all abilities, ages, sizes and speeds try to run a lap within an allotted time, and thus gain a valuable House Point. The carnival ended with the St Peter’s Girls’ School ‘Gift’ and the fiercely competed relays. It’s always a joy to see so many students participating in such a variety of events, some at an extremely high level, others just for the thrill of competing and contributing towards their House score.
Credit must go to Neil Fuller, Dan Searle and their team for such a well-run event, and the army of staff and parent volunteers who help them. One of the features of the day that always impresses me is the extremely high level of participation. This is, I’m sure, born out of a combination of our single-sex structure which removes the pressure that some girls feel in co-educational settings, and the infectious sense of fun and camaraderie that exists amongst the girls.
Congratulations to all students who participated and made the day such a highlight of the term.
To find out who won, watch the video below.
Deputy Principal / Head of Middle School
Dancing with the Concept of Creation
‘Creation’, the 2018 SACE Dance Performance, showcased the superb skills of our dance students in the Arts Centre last night.
Audiences were left spellbound as they went on a journey exploring the concept of God creating the world in seven days and the impact humans have had on creation.
Saints Girls Talk of the Town
In this year’s debating season, St Peter’s Girls had 11 teams entered in the competition. This week, six made it through to the Quarter Finals which were held on Tuesday and Wednesday night at Pembroke. The successful teams were Year 9 White and Year 9 Blue who then had to debate each other in the first finals round. Congratulations to 9 Blue who narrowly beat their Saints’ opponents and now move on to the Semi-Finals next Tuesday.
On Wednesday night, 10 White prevailed against Adelaide High School, and our 10 Green defeated our 10 Blue team in a close contest.
In the Senior Division, our White team was victorious over St John’s Grammar School.
Congratulations to all of those girls, their teachers and coaches for making the finals and good luck to those in the Semi-Finals next week.
Students Dish Up Fine Dining Feast
On Wednesday, the Stage 2 Food and Hospitality girls were pleased to undertake their final group practical activity. They planned and presented a formally-served dinner with a multicultural theme.
Each student was responsible for the preparation and service of a particular dish, but they supported each other throughout all aspects, from the menu creation to the final plating and service.
The menu included prawn and avocado cocktails, napolitana angel hair pasta, arancini and root vegetables with basil oil, pork belly with caramelised pears and pickled kohlrabi, lemon sorbet palette cleanser, and raspberry and chocolate domes. Prior to the event, the students researched contemporary plating styles, menus and service.
This activity allowed the students to showcase the organisation and time management skills they have developed over the year. The meal was served to a special guest invited by each of the girls. It was a lovely night that enabled the girls to experience some of the reality of serving a larger group in a collaborative manner.
Food and Hospitality Teacher
On Tuesday, the Year 12 girls shared a picnic lunch with friends from the ELC. It’s the second time this year that the picnic lunch has run, and it was great to see the children enjoy the event. It was a fantastic opportunity for the older and younger girls to interact and have some fun together.
I enjoyed talking to the children about what they’re looking forward to when they’re old enough for the ‘big school’, and I’m sure they loved having some older girls to play ‘What’s the Time Mr Wolf?’
It’s been a privilege to organise this event and see everyone enjoy it, and I hope that it will continue for years to come.
Community Service Prefect
Year 2s Out and About
As part of our Unit of Inquiry ‘People can make choices to support the sustainability of the Earth’s resources’, the Year 2 girls visited Morialta Falls Conservation Park. We explored where water can be found and questioned where it might have been sourced from. We had delightful weather and the girls enjoyed learning in a natural environment. They particularly enjoyed exploring the nature playground as well!
The Year 2 classes also had a fabulous time during our excursion to the Maritime Museum. It provided terrific provocation for our next unit as we discover how the past influences the present and allows us to imagine the future. We explored the ketch and made many discoveries from the past as we investigated the museum artifacts and history. We were blessed with wonderful sunshine as we climbed the lighthouse and walked along the wharf. We even spotted dolphins frolicking in the Port River!
Junior School Vacation Care
Our next installment 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!
Year 5 Production Tickets on Sale!
Book your tickets to see this wonderful show – St Peter’s Girls’ School’s Production of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s ‘Mary Poppins JR’.
Mind you, there’s nothing ‘junior’ in terms of the talent and staging!
Grandparents who would prefer to attend a matinee performance will be invited to buy tickets to the School session on Friday 28 September at 1.15pm, which our Junior School students will be attending.
27 – 28 September 2018 at 7pm
St Peter’s Girls’ School Arts Centre
Family (2 Adults/2 Children) $35
Bell Shakespeare Experience
On Friday 31 August, all students in Years 7 – 12 had the privilege of attending one of two performances by Bell Shakespeare. The troupe of three actors, who travel the country performing plays that educate students about the bard’s works, presented Shakespeare is Dead – a 45 minute exploration of the language, themes, style and value of all 37 of the plays – to the Year 7, 8 and 9 students, and followed that with a truncated version of Macbeth for the Year 10 and 11 students.
Vibrant, enthusiastic and versatile, the actors made complex literature accessible to all students as they immersed them in the history and texts of the world’s most reputed poet/dramatist. The quirky nature of both presentations – with an emphasis upon humour, audience involvement and a resourceful use of props – meant that the performances were appealing to all students and provided both an educational and entertaining experience.
Head of English / Drama Teacher
ABODA Results Update
The ABODA (Australian Band and Orchestra Directors Association) SA Band and Orchestra Music Festival is a fixture on the Music calendar with our School having been represented for over a decade at this event.
Updating the results previously published, the Junior String Orchestra achieved Silver. The Intermediate String Ensemble combined with the Senior String Ensemble and achieved Gold. The Concert Bands both received Silver, while Developmental Band achieved Gold. For the second year running, our Stage Band received a Gold in the Intermediate Stage Band section competing against 20 other bands, and was also crowned the overall winner.
Congratulations to our Strings Coordinator Fiona Patten, the strings staff and students, and all the band students for their outstanding efforts.
New to the School Shop!
The new athletic shorts can be worn in matches for Volleyball, Touch Football and Athletics. In all other sports they can be worn as an undergarment.
They are available in a variety of sizes and are $55 each.
You’re Invited! Friends of Rowing Season Opening BBQ
Friday 19 October at 6pm on the School grounds
$25 per adult
$20 per rower/child
(included: yummy yiros, soft drinks and nibbles)
Bubbly, white/red wine and beer will be available for purchase. This family fun night is open to the whole School community.
Join us as we welcome all of our new and returning rowers and their families.
Tickets available via www.trybooking.com/XYGL
UN Women Fundraiser Concert
Join us for a night of song as we support UN Women in their work contributing to the safety, education and livelihood of women around the world.
The evening will showcase a dynamic array of performers of all ages, with a diverse sound of genres including music from St Peter’s Girls’ top ensembles (Enchantè, In-Ta Jazz and Extension Strings), Old Scholar Erin McKellar (Patteson ’13), Girl Nation, internationally-renowned jazz vocalist Anita Wardell and guest speaker Olivia Rogers.
The concert will encapsulate women working together to create beautiful music despite age, race and level of ability as we join together to create change.
Tickets available via www.trybooking.com/XCZA.
The Long Lunch – Donation Appeal
Seeking Donations for our Auctions
If you are a business owner or know someone who is, we are seeking donations for our Silent and Major Auctions, raising money for our new Science Centre.
All contributions will be acknowledged in the lead up to the event and on the day. Excellent donation ideas include:
- Money-can’t-buy experiences
- Artwork including glass, ceramics and sculptures
- Educational toys, games and computers
- Small electrical appliances
- Vouchers for services
- Sporting equipment and memorabilia
- Jewellery and handbags
- Contemporary furniture, fixtures, fittings and lighting
- Fine wine and dining vouchers, winery tours, behind-the-scenes tours and exclusive tastings
If you are able to donate an item, or have a suggestion for one, please contact:
Melissa Westgate, Foundation Manager
8334 2244 or firstname.lastname@example.org
All items can be delivered to our Community Relations Office.
Code Camp at St Peter’s Girls’ School
St Peter’s Girls’ School will be hosting Code Camp Spark, Ignite and Blast AR (a new offering at Saints Girls!) for students aged 7 – 13. The camps are held from 2 – 4 October from 9am – 3.30pm. The cost is $349 for three days.
A great effort from the Open Badminton teams. The A1 team only just lost to Westminster in claiming the shield, losing on sets. It is the first time Saints have entered two teams in the A and another two teams in the B grade, so all girls should be very proud of the season they have had.
A1 – Saints 3 (6) defeated by Westminster 3 (7)
A2 – Saints defeated Seymour on forfeit
B1 – Saints 1 defeated by Westminster 5
B2 – Saints defeated Seymour on forfeit
Year 6 Blue – Saints 34 defeated Wilderness Gold 22
We played a great game. It was close all the way until the last couple of minutes when we decided to pull away for the win. The ball was passed efficiently and the girls did well for only playing with five. – Harrison Petkovic (Coach)
Year 6 White – Saints 16 defeated by Seymour 42
A tough game for the girls against much taller opponents. We battled hard and had many scoring opportunities which we did not make the most of, and we need to work on our layups. It was pleasing to see the team battle it out to the end, but Seymour were just too strong. – Brenton Davies
Year 5 – Saints 27 defeated by Seymour 13
The team had another tough game against Seymour (again). The girls showed improvement though, as we only lost 27-13; the last time we played them we lost by 20. We were also missing a top scorer for our team so it was good to see the other girls step up and have a go! Unfortunately not a lot of our shots went in but we did have plenty of opportunities. – Sarah Turnbull (Coach)
Year 5/6 – Saints 4 defeated Walford Blue 2
The team had a good win. Goal scorers were Winnie, Mathilda and Lauren. There were many great tackles and also a few great runs, resulting in a couple of well fought short corners. The game was very close and we fought all the way. Although the weather was not ideal, we didn’t give up. We played very well as a team and everyone gave 100%. Well played girls! – Mathilda Thomas and Lauren Parton
Under 13 – Saints 10 defeated by Glenelg 14
The girls started the match very well. Alannah Godfrey (Year 5) positioned herself correctly wherever she was on the field whilst Dani Cox (Year 6) skilfully shot many goals. Good work to Jenna Maione (Year 6), Emma Pool (Year 7), Lucy Schirripa (Year 7) and Mathilda Thomas (Year 6) for fighting hard for ground balls. Ashlyn May (Year 6) showed strong defence and slid to the girl with the ball at right times. At half-time, the girls were up by 2 goals. In attack, Zoe Pool (Year 6) also fought hard for ground balls, resulting in her shooting a goal. Phoebe Black (Year 7) and Elysia Scarr (Year 5) stuck to their players well in defence. Our goalies were Lauren Pearce (Year 5) and Lara Maione (Year 5). Despite the loss, the girls get a second chance to reach the grand final. Goal scorers: Dani (6), Jenna (1), Emma (1), Zoe (1) and Mathilda (1). Best players: Ashlyn, Jenna, Dani and Lucy. – Lucy Martin (Coach)
Under 11 – Saints 3 defeated by Wilderness White 4
Another wet Saturday saw Saints put in a stupendous effort in a hard-fought match. It was good to see the team play a really strong game, and all the girls combined well. Considering the weather, they played an impressive match and it was wonderful to see their defence improve even more this week. Goal scorers were Grace Jones (Year 4) with 2 goals, and Madi Dornbusch (Year 4) with 1. Special mention goes to our goalkeeper this week, Ella Pearce (Year 3), who was very courageous. Lastly, the final game of the season is tomorrow, so we hope to see as many of you as possible out supporting the girls. – Courtney Tasker (Coach)
YEAR 8/9 KNOCKOUT NETBALL
Our Year 8/9 Knockout Netball team headed to Priceline Stadium on Tuesday 28 August to play off in the State finals.
The girls had a tough day at the office! We started slowly and unfortunately never really got going. We were unable to find the same form that got us to the finals. We showed glimpses of our best netball throughout the day, culminating in a last quarter effort to come from 11 down at three-quarter-time to only lose by two!
As challenging as the day was, the girls should be very proud of their efforts to make the finals day and be in the top six Year 8/9 netball teams from across the State.
Well done girls, let’s come back bigger and better next year!
YEAR 6/7 KNOCKOUT NETBALL
Our Year 6/7 netballers headed to Mt Barker Recreation Centre on Thursday 30 August to take on St Joseph’s School (Murray Bridge) in the semi-final of the knockout competition.
A win here would see us progress to the State finals day. Both teams started nervously, but settled into the game well. Scores were level at the first break.
We made some positional changes at quarter-time and managed to take the ascendancy and held a 2-goal lead at half-time.
In the second half, our defence really got on top, applying lots of pressure around the circle edge allowing our circle defenders to pounce on any high or loose balls. We didn’t miss a rebound in defence and that, combined with our turnovers, gave our attackers a lot of ball. Our mid-court were hard-working and patient with the ball, and our goalies worked beautifully together and importantly finished off their team’s good work with goals! We outscored St Joseph’s 6 to 3 and were 5 up with one quarter to go.
Our girls held their nerve and finished strongly in the last quarter, winning it 8 to 5 and taking the match 31-23. Well done girls! A fantastic team effort.
We will now play off in the State finals on Thursday 27 September against the three other top schools in the State.
YEAR 8A NETBALL GRAND FINAL
Our netballers headed to Immanuel College on Saturday to take on Seymour in the final of the 8A competition.
Seymour had been the girls’ only loss all season, but despite this, we went in confident knowing that the loss had been narrow and if we played our best, we had the ability to beat them.
The game was tight for the entire four quarters, with Seymour taking a slight advantage in the second. Our girls pushed hard and fought back, but unfortunately it wasn’t quite enough with Seymour running out eventual winners 30-24.
The girls should be very proud of their efforts not only on Saturday but across the entire season. A huge thank you to Gemma Rowe who coached the girls, pushed them hard and taught them lots of useful skills throughout the season.
Year 4 – Saints defeated Pembroke 24-1
This game, we had nine players with Chloe Richardson playing her first game for the term. They rotated throughout different positions which they do not usually play and it was great to see the amount of consistent effort they put in. Emily Bates and Savannah Walls worked well in defence, creating turnovers, and attack worked together to create space resulting in another high scoring game. Excellent win girls! – Chelsea Walls
Year 3/4 – Blue drew with Year 3/4 White 7-7
Our Year 3/4 teams took on each other in this match. They played the game in wonderful spirit as we mixed up the teams every quarter. It was great to see how much the girls have improved since the beginning of the season. The 3-feet, hands over defence was a particular highlight. The girls footwork and shoulder passing is also coming along nicely.
The match was close all the way through and ended up as draw, which was a fitting end to a very well-played game.
Last Wednesday, the Open A volleyball team travelled to Immanuel with hopes to beat both Immanuel and St Aloysius in order to reach the knockout competition. Our first game was against Immanuel who we knew would be the hardest of the two, but that didn’t stop us putting up a fight. The first set saw us leading for the vast majority but, unfortunately, we couldn’t finish it off with Immanuel taking the set 25-21. Georgie Keough was on fire, setting perfect high balls to our hitters to score points. The next set we again didn’t give up; we were all hungry for the ball and didn’t want to lose. Clair Kao spiked powerfully and strategically placed hits that scored our team multiple points to closely lose the set 20-25. We then finished off the game leading in the 3rd set 19-18 but ran out of time meaning the set didn’t count.
St Aloysius was our next game where we tried different player combos and used Isabella Villani as a libero. We won the first set 25-21. Nicolette Miller was unstoppable at the net, scoring serval blocks against their strongest hitters. In the second set, we came across patches where we struggled to side out, giving St Aloysius the chance to catch up. We kept on fighting, finishing with a set score of 25-23. The last set wasn’t a good representation of how we played as a team, losing 19-25. Isobel Tan brought great energy to the court along with passing that made the setters’ job easy. I’m so proud of the girls’ efforts and it really showed winning against St Aloysius along with the strong competition we brought against Immanuel. Back to the gym to train and better ourselves for the season ahead – Charlotte White