Issue no. 37
From Our Head of Junior School
School is a particularly busy place at the moment. It’s the time of the year where we have one foot in this year and the other in next. Junior School students have been busy finishing off learning assessments, getting ready for celebrations that mark the end of another school year, welcoming new 2023 friends for their Visit Day and feeling a mix of emotions about ends and beginnings as the sun finally shines in readiness for the summer break.
Last Friday morning, we enjoyed a delightful beginning to the festive season as our Reception students shared their Christmas Assembly with their families. Songs had been practised, scripts learned and movements rehearsed. Their performances belied their age, and left us with smiles on our faces and joy in our hearts.
Our ELC families came together on Friday evening for a lovely celebration of the end of the year. The children performed songs they had been learning this term, and families enjoyed picnics and the opportunity to be together.
We welcomed many new students on Tuesday for our Orientation and Step Up Day, and this provided everyone an opportunity to start getting to know the girls who will be joining us next year, and to begin contemplating the year ahead. Our new Receptions enjoyed their final Transition Visit, and the Welcome to Middle School evening yesterday was a great opportunity for current and new families to become acquainted.
Following yesterday’s wonderful Year 9 Graduation, the Year 6 Graduation today saw students marking the end of their time in Junior School, and the transition to the next stage of their schooling. It was wonderful to reflect on their growth and development since starting at Saints Girls. Following the Graduation, the girls shared their Exhibition with their families. Year 6 students have worked industriously over recent weeks preparing their Exhibition work which showcases skills and attributes they have developed during their time in the Junior School. Using the 17 Sustainable Development Goals as a provocation, they have thoughtfully considered an issue of concern for the healthy development of our community or planet. Year 6 students from PAC visited earlier in the week to learn from the girls’ projects and to provide an audience for our students to practise giving explanations of their learning.
Our Year 1 and 2 students are busily rehearsing their Nativity, which they will present next week. This is always such a special time and we are looking forward to coming together to share the story of Christmas as told by some of our youngest students. We also have the ELC Hat Ceremony, Carols in the Cathedral and Presentation Night to look forward to, all of which are true markers of the end of another school year.
So, an ‘event-full’ but joyous time at Stonyfell currently, where we regularly reflect on the good fortune we have to work and learn in our wonderful, busy School.
Head of Junior School
Congratulations Year 9 Graduates!
Congratulations to our Year 9 girls on their Graduation, marking their transition from Middle to Senior School.
This event is a chance for parents, staff and fellow students to celebrate the achievements of every Year 9 throughout their Middle School journey. The audience was entertained by excellent musical performances from In-Ta Jazz, as well as a captivating flute solo by Year 9 student Jerrie Wu.
A special video was also played during the ceremony, featuring some of the highlights of Year 9 in 2022.
Dancers Dazzle at Choreography Evening
Congratulations to our Year 9 and Stage 1 Dancers who performed to a captivated crowd in the Arts Centre this week for their Year 9/10 Dance Choreography Evening.
In their final performance for 2022, they presented their own group choreography using the dance skills learnt throughout their course. The focus was to communicate important, relevant themes to the audience in order to make them feel or think about something; after all, this is what The Arts are all about.
I was so proud of what the girls achieved in just six weeks. Their creativity, passion, maturity, teamwork and confidence were all on display on stage. Well done girls!
Head of The Arts
Reception Christmas Assembly Highlights
Last Friday, our Reception girls brought festive cheer and lit up the Arts Centre stage at their Christmas Assembly.
Check out the highlights video.
ELC End of Year Celebration
Our wonderful ELC community gathered on Chiverton Lawns last Friday to celebrate the end of another fantastic year. It was a beautiful evening with picnic rugs, delicious food and the joyful sound of children singing festive songs.
A big thank you to all of our ELC families who attended this special community event.
Season’s Feastings from Food & Hospitality
As part of our final assessment for Food and Hospitality this year, our class came together to produce Christmas hampers for our loved ones. These consisted of traditional kourabiethes, gingerbread, Christmas tea and many other treats.
The task was a great opportunity to participate in different aspects including planning, designing, cooking and baking to ultimately create a final product. We are all delighted with the outcome and are excited to work on similar projects next year.
Year 11 student
Gift of Music for Gracious Groom
Congratulations to David Goodwin, our Artist in Residence and accompanist extraordinaire, who is getting married tomorrow! As a little gift and a way to celebrate this special event, our vocal ensemble Enchante put a twist on ‘Here Comes the Bride’, performing it as a surprise for Dave live on Tuesday morning.
Behind the scenes, the girls also very swiftly put together a recording of their unique rendition for the rest of our community to enjoy. Special thanks to Garth Coulter who helped us with our secret mission in recording the audio and assisting with the use of the green screen in our Media Hub. Another special thanks to Enchante who managed to learn this extremely difficult few bars in record time.
Best wishes Dave!
Podium Finish for Ethics Olympians
Congratulations to two teams of our Middle School girls who placed 2nd and 3rd in last Friday’s State Ethics Olympiad! This competition has become increasingly popular, with a total of 15 teams from all over SA and NT. It consists of three rounds judged by members of the Australian Philosophy community including our own Old Scholar, Holly Wallman-Craddock (Selwyn 2021).
The girls have been training for this event over the past few months, meeting before school and during lunchtimes to explore some of the ethical issues that were presented by the competition committee. Looking at stimuli such as ‘Jaws’ and ‘Coach Carter’, they had to unpack ethical problems such as, ‘Is it important for friends to help one another even when it is hard?’, and, ‘Is following orders an excuse for doing the wrong thing?’ Finding the best solution was challenging and took a lot of critical, creative and collaborative thinking. Unlike debating, Ethics demands that the girls look at all angles, even those they might not agree with, to gain a deeper understanding of the issue.
As a result of their success, one of the teams will compete at the National Ethics Olympiad in February. A big thanks to Jessica Zhang and Maddy Liddy who coached these girls, providing excellent motivation and tutoring. And a special mention to Chelsea Francis and Olive Dawson who are both in Year 6, but competed in the Middle School team. Good luck girls!
*Not all students present in photo
Dragon Boat Racers Make a Splash
Last month, Year 7 and 8 Background Chinese students went on an excursion to West Lakes and tried out dragon boat racing. We were joined by students from St Peter’s College and Pulteney Grammar. For many of us, it was our first time dragon boating.
We split into groups with students from the other schools, giving us the chance to socialise and make friends. While on the water, we learnt how to gain speed and work as a team whilst having fun splashing each other! Once we started to race, it was quite intense as everyone was shouting so it was hard to concentrate, but in the end, everyone was able to focus on their rhythm and timing. Another group won because they were shouting numbers to keep them in the right rhythm.
When we finished, we went to a Chinese restaurant in Chinatown, ordering delicious noodles, Chinese porridge and rice. We were also able to treat ourselves with bubble tea which we loved very much. By the time we came back and finally sat down, our bodies all started to ache from the dragon boating. Altogether, it was such a fun day. We all learnt so much and we really wish we can do something like that again! – Jana Song (Year 7 student)
The trip was a great experience and we were put with people from other schools which made it interesting. We got to learn a lot about the dragon boats. We had to work together really carefully and stay in time to make sure we didn’t capsize. Afterwards, we went to Chinatown and got some really yummy food and bubble tea. – Chen Chen Han (Year 7 student)
Happy Campers Hit the Harbor
Last week, the Year 3 girls spent an adventurous three days in Victor Harbor, staying at beautiful Adare House.
The focus of the camp was on teamwork, personal challenge and friendship. There were smiles for miles as we enjoyed a ride on the horse-drawn cart across the Granite Island Causeway, an exhilarating boat trip through the waves to see dolphins and seals, twilight mini golf and a visit to Urimbirra Wildlife Park. Working in tribes, the girls also competed in Survivor-style challenges and beach games, testing their resilience, collaboration and problem-solving.
We returned from camp happy, tired and full of wonderful memories and new friendships.
Monique McLeay and Sarah Mulraney
Year 3 Teachers
Middle and Senior School Textbook Reminder
Booklists for 2023 were released online by Box of Books (for Years 7 – 12) on Wednesday 16 November for parents/guardians to complete and submit by Friday 9 December.
Ordering before the due date ensures your daughter’s order is prioritised for delivery prior to the commencement of the 2023 school year.
Steps in ordering textbooks:
- Visit Box of Books Shop to log in to your existing parent/guardian account or create a new account if it is your first purchase.
- Add each student, including school email as well as nominating the school and year group.
- Select the items you wish to purchase from the booklist shown.
- Use the checkout to organise postage direct to your nominated address and complete payment.
If you have any problems accessing booklists, please phone the Box of Books Customer Support Line: 1800 326 657
For all Middle and Senior School curriculum-based enquiries, please contact the relevant staff member.
Head of Library and Information Services
Carols in the Cathedral – Next Week
St Peter’s Cathedral, North Adelaide
Tuesday 6 December
Students to arrive at 6.30pm (unless advised otherwise by the Music Department)
Doors open at 6.45pm, event commences at 7pm and concludes at 9pm
Carols in the Cathedral is a compulsory event for students in Years 5 – 12
Illustration by Isabella Ding (Year 9 student)
Presentation Night – Next Week
Adelaide Town Hall
Friday 9 December
Students to arrive at 6.30pm (unless advised otherwise by the Music Department)
Doors open at 6.45pm, event commences at 7pm
Presentation Night is an event that allows us to reflect on some of the highlights of the year, celebrate the achievements of our students and provide a final opportunity to farewell our Year 12 graduates.
All Middle and Senior School students are required to attend. Students are to be in full summer uniform (blazer not required) and must arrive at the Adelaide Town Hall by 6.30pm. The event will conclude at approximately 9.15pm.
If you have booked tickets for Presentation Night and are unable to attend, please contact Fiona McGregor via firstname.lastname@example.org. As this event is booked out, we have a number of families on the waitlist and would like to give all students the opportunity to have a member of their family in the audience.
Friends of Rowing – Christmas Dinner
Sunday 11 December
Lakeside Function Room, Lakes Resort Hotel
141 Brebner Drive, West Lakes
5pm arrival for 6pm start
The Friends of Rowing invite the Saints Rowing community to attend our ‘Christmas Dinner’ on Sunday 11 December, from 5 – 8.30pm at the Lakes Resort Hotel. Traditionally, this is held in Renmark as part of the Riverland Regatta, but with the relocation of that event to the Port Adelaide River, so too has this function been relocated.
The Christmas Dinner is an opportunity for the Rowing community to socialise and celebrate the end of the year. The event will include a two-course meal, with grazing platters on arrival. Beverages and refreshments will be available for purchase.
Tickets can be purchased via TryBooking: click here
Ticket sales close 5pm Monday 5 December
Director of Rowing
Friends of Rowing – Wine Fundraiser
Support the development of the Rowing Program at St Peter’s Girls’ School by purchasing from a fantastic selection of wines:
- Lambert Estate – Barossa Valley
- The Lane – Adelaide Hills
- Bird in Hand – Adelaide Hills
- d’Arenberg – McLaren Vale
Vintages are subject to change. In the event of wines being in short supply, we will contact you. Prices are only available for this fundraiser. Each wine can only be ordered by minimum purchase. Prices are inclusive of GST.
Purchases can be made via TryBooking – click here
The campaign runs until 11 December 2022 (no orders after this date can be accepted). Orders to be collected on Sunday 18 December from 11am – 3pm at St Peter’s Girls’ School. Wine can be collected after Sunday 18 December by prior arrangement; please contact Fiona McGregor, Community Relations – Events Officer via 8334 2225 or email@example.com
Liquor Licence: #203237
Professional School Photo Offers
Offer 1 – $88 digital package (unlimited number of photos)
To view the photos, visit events.focusschoolportraits.com/gallery/18679717/
To access, use the password: SaintsGirls
Email Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org, quoting the photo numbers and event. He will be in contact with you to finalise the order.
Offer 2 – $27 per printed photo
The Special Groups offer includes photos of House Captains, Generations, Originals, Year 12 cohort and the Year 12 image from the Chiverton Balcony
Select School Portraits
Enter access key: 7XE7K6YB
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Mark via email@example.com or 8389 9002.
Junior School Vacation Care – Book Now
Our next awesome instalment of Junior School 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 secure your booking now – click here
Please make your booking requests via the link above by 2pm Friday 2 December, as each booking made after this time will incur an additional $5 fee.
The School has been notified of a case of chickenpox (varicella) and a case of school sores (impetigo).
Common signs and symptoms include a slight fever, fatigue, stomach ache, and itchy and blistered rash or spots.
Symptoms usually appear 14 to 16 days after exposure. If your child is diagnosed, they must be excluded from school or ELC during the contagious period which lasts until all blisters have crusted over.
For more information, click here.
School Sores (Impetigo)
School sores are a superficial skin infection caused by Staphylococcus or Streptococcus bacteria, or sometimes both. They are most common in children. The bacteria can easily spread to other parts of the infected person’s body or to other people directly by contact with sores or indirectly by contact with contaminated clothes.
School sores appear as flat, yellow, crusty or moist patches on the skin, usually on exposed parts of the body such as the face and legs. They are extremely infectious while there is discharge from the sores. If your child is diagnosed, they must be excluded from school or ELC until appropriate treatment has commenced. Any sores on exposed surfaces should be completely covered with a dressing.
For more information, click here.
As always, if your child is unwell, they should remain home until they have recovered, irrespective of the illness.
If your child will not be attending school/ELC due to illness, please notify the School via one of the methods listed in the absences article.
Lara Waltham and Sarah Wilkinson
School Registered Nurses
As you may be aware, a number of COVID-19 requirements have been lifted including mandatory isolation for those who test positive. Notwithstanding this, SA Health encourages anyone who is ill to stay home until the symptoms have cleared (usually five to seven days).
As there is no longer a set COVID isolation period, you must notify the School each day your child will be absent, or provide the expected period of absence.
Text: 0428 601 957 (save to phone contacts as SPGS)
Phone: 8334 2200
The School is no longer required to record details of COVID-19 cases for SA Health; however, there is still a requirement for South Australians who test positive using a RAT to report their result to SA Health online.
Close contacts with symptoms should get tested and stay home until well.
For more information, click here
As always, we will keep you informed of any updated advice.
Please note that if your child is unwell, they should remain home until they have recovered, irrespective of the illness.
School Medical Information Reminder
It is imperative that all medical information, including immunisations, is up to date on the School’s myLink parent portal.
Please follow this pathway to check and/or update details: myLink > Community Portal > My Details > select child name
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Road Safety Alert
The School has received reports of concerning driver behaviour on Hallett Road. This includes holding up traffic while waiting for cars to leave in order to park near the ELC, performing risky u-turns and parking in bus zones.
As our staff have no jurisdiction over public roads, the School will be asking the police to conduct regular patrols at peak times.
We implore all of our community members to support road safety and show courtesy to others.
Car Park Protocols
It is important to remind families about our car park protocols, particularly during drop off and pick up.
If the car park is full and you are unable to enter, circle the block until it is clear to enter, find a park elsewhere or, where age-appropriate, meet your daughter in a surrounding street.
Please note that, unless special circumstances apply, parents of girls in Years 2 to 12 should not enter the car park to collect their daughters prior to 3.30pm. Parents of girls in Reception and Year 1 have exclusive use of the pick-up zone prior to this time for safety and traffic reasons.
Please also refrain from turning right into or out of the car park at peak times, and please do not queue in the car park’s lanes as this often prevents drivers who are legally parked from exiting.
We have also previously received complaints about cars being parked too close to or in front of driveways, or across from other vehicles in surrounding streets, making it extremely difficult for residents and other road users to navigate.
We ask all community members to show consideration for others. Thank you for your cooperation.
School Shop Notices
School Shop Holiday Opening Hours
Thursday 15 December – Friday 20 January: Closed
Monday 23 January: 9am – 3pm
Tuesday 24 January: 9am – 3pm
Wednesday 25 January: 9am – 3pm
Thursday 26 January: Closed
Friday 27 January: Closed
Normal hours resume from Monday 30 January
Monday to Friday: 8am – 4pm (closed for lunch 12 – 12.30pm)
To help reduce your waiting time, and if you require a full fitting, it is advisable to call the School Shop on 8334 2228 prior to coming in.
Parents can also order items via our Online School Shop
Uniform Requirements for 2023 Year 4 Students
If your daughter will be in Year 4 next year, there are a few different uniform requirements that you will need to purchase before Term 1, 2023.
The junior blazer (cardigan) is no longer worn and is replaced by a navy blue jumper and a wool blazer.
With only one week until the end of term and a high volume of new student fittings, it is advisable that these items are purchased before the end of year.
New ELC Uniforms
We are excited to announce our ELC will be rolling out a new custom-designed uniform from December 2022. This beautiful new range takes into consideration the unique sizes, proportions and needs of our youngest community members, giving our ELC children a smart, cohesive look, and simplifying the routine of getting dressed in the morning.
2023 will be a phasing-out period, where children can continue to wear pieces of the old ELC uniform to supplement their outfits, giving families time to purchase the new garments.
From 2024, the new ELC uniform will be compulsory for all children to wear during their time at the ELC. Children will need to wear both the top and bottom pieces (t-shirt; shorts; long sleeve top; long pants). A plain navy-coloured long sleeve top will be permitted to be worn underneath the t-shirt. For summer and high UV periods, children will wear the new ELC bucket hat, and for cooler periods, there will be new ELC vest and jacket options to replace non-ELC jackets, jumpers and vests.
These new items will be available for purchase from our School Shop in mid-December, and we look forward to seeing the children proudly wear their new ELC attire.
Head of Junior School
Absences from School
If your child will not be attending school/ELC due to illness or otherwise, please notify the School via one of the following methods and include the name of the ELC Room, Class or Home Group.
If emailing, feel free to ‘CC’ the teacher of the Room/Class/Home Group as well.
Please also provide a reason for the absence as the School requires this for government reporting purposes.
Text: 0428 601 957
Phone: 8334 2200
It would be appreciated if notifications could be made prior to 9am.
Congratulations to Aleesha Gray who has been selected to represent Football SA in its U14 Pathways Team:
‘I recently competed for the U12 part-time State team in the Football SA State Identification Program Carnival. This was run over three days in October where we played against teams from around SA in the U12 and U13 age groups. Following the carnival, girls were then selected to trial for the Football SA full-time State teams. I was lucky enough to be selected to trial over two days for the Football SA U14 State full-time team. The trials were really challenging, but a great opportunity. Fortunately, I was successful and I am really excited to be in this State team, training with some of the best local soccer players.’ – Aleesha Gray (Year 7 student)
The Australian All Star Cheerleading Federation National Championships took place on the Gold Coast this week, with more than 12,000 athletes from around Australia competing over four massive days. Chanel Palmieri (Year 9), Colette Palmieri (Year 3), Layla Drake (Year 3) and Scarlett Drake (Year 2) all competed with their club, South Coast Elite, and were crowned National Champions in their divisions, up against 15 other clubs from around the country.