Issue no. 8
The five exchange students and two visiting teachers from Kent Place School, with Mr Richard Lisle and our five Year 10 students who visited New Jersey in January this year.
- From the Deputy Principal / Head of Middle School
- Head of the River
- Share the Joy at our ELC Festival!
- Introducing the Choral Night Adjudicators
- Taste Test at the Tuck Shop
- Vacation Care
- Ladies’ Night Out
- Action-packed Year 7 Camp in Robe
- Sovereign Hill Camp – Unearthing Connections and Understanding
- Year 2s Host a Parent Sharing Morning
- Saints Girls and All That Jazz
- Have You Visited Saints Café?
- Code Camp at St Peter’s Girls’ School
- Order Your 2018 | 19 Entertainment Book
- Saints Girls Teams Up with BankSA
- Summer Interhouse Meal Deal
- Coles Sports for Schools
- Sports News
From the Deputy Principal / Head of Middle School
In Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen wrote, “It isn’t what we say or think that defines us, but what we do.” This notion perfectly summarises some of the recent activity at school that continues to build our unique community in which our girls thrive.
So far this year, we have had 13 Year 10 girls involved in our Global Exchange program, travelling to and receiving guests from the UK, Japan, Canada and the USA. Just this week, we have said goodbye to two visiting students from Miss Edgar’s and Miss Cramp’s School in Montreal, whilst welcoming four students from Senzoku Gakuen Girls’ School in Japan. In Week 7, we welcomed five students for a four week stay from Kent Place School in New Jersey, USA. They were accompanied by two senior staff members, who met with an array of our staff with a view to forging a variety of links for students of all ages, and for staff involved in a range of areas. There was a real sense of building a community between the two schools (both, incidentally, all-girls’ schools set up in 1894!), and of making a commitment to action going forward. On a ‘macro’ level, by participating in an exchange, our students are taking the opportunity to be empowered as leaders who understand, evaluate and take action in response to the challenges and opportunities of an interconnected world. On a ‘micro’ level, they are experiencing, adapting to and contributing to new communities, whilst welcoming visitors into their own. Our guests have also contributed by playing Volleyball and Softball for the School in their first full week, whilst all of our Japanese and American visitors will contribute to their new Houses by taking part in Choral Night and Summer Interhouse.
Choral Night, many people’s favourite event of the year, is all about ‘doing’. It’s about joining with your House and ‘having a go’, despite our own varying levels of self-doubt about natural singing ability…it’s a time to let go of our inhibitions and take a few risks, safe in the knowledge that those around us are doing exactly the same thing! This year’s theme of ‘Broadway Musicals’ is sure to result in some memorable moments, and I look forward to sharing these with you at the Adelaide Convention Centre next Wednesday night.
Last week also saw the culmination of the rowing season, with the annual Head of the River regatta at West Lakes. Despite not having our most successful year, it was great to see the group coming together as a community of ‘doers’ at the start of the event, greeting each crew as they returned, and coming together again at the end of the day for the Rowing Dinner. The future success of the program will be very much influenced by the level of ‘doing’; by rowers, coaches and parent volunteers.
Many parents are lucky enough to have girls in year groups which not only have active ‘Class Reps’, but also other parents willing to organise events that build a strong sense of community between parents, which in turn acts as a vital support for their daughters. Whether it be an annual Dads and Daughters’ Camp, a trip to the Murray, or even just a regular catch up for coffee or drinks, the connections that result are crucial to maintaining and strengthening our community, and as a school, we are grateful for the efforts of those (Year Reps or not) who take the time and effort to organise them.
As Jane Austen might have said, “Thank you for doing.”
Deputy Principal / Head of Middle School
Head of the River
Last Saturday’s Head of the River was the culmination of plenty of hard work, determination, tears, enjoyment, perseverance, commitment and everything else you get with rowing in a season. I would like to say how proud I am of all the girls in what were extremely trying conditions with a N/NW, which we hadn’t experienced for the whole season.
The day is a big one, with every school that rows represented, and thousands of people turning up to watch. The regatta started in 1922 as a result of a challenge between St Peter’s College and Adelaide High School. St Peter’s Girls has been represented since 2013.
The Junior Girls had a great day, placing no lower than fourth which, for where they have come from, is a super effort. As I mentioned before, the conditions were not ideal, but a lot of time spent on technique throughout the season held the girls in good stead. It does look really bright for the future with all these girls coming through.
The Intermediates have had an interesting season with injury and girls being away, but across all three crews, they showed just how tough and resilient they are. Being involved with all of these girls through the season has been an absolute pleasure, through all the highs and lows, good and bad, but that’s what makes our sport so fantastic. Their results on the weekend were around the mark, with each crew giving their all and handling the difficult conditions well.
The Seniors, despite the result on Saturday, have had an extremely solid season, placing in the top three at many regattas. The other thing that was so pleasing was the harmony and friendship amongst that group of girls. I know that many of them were disappointed with the result, but sometimes it’s not the final result that matters most, it’s what you have learnt along the way. Sometimes it’s when things go wrong or don’t go your way, that you learn the biggest lessons and, for many of these girls coming back next season, that should give them a lot of fuel for the fire.
I would like to thank everyone involved in the Rowing Program at Saints Girls; sometimes the results didn’t go our way, but if I look at the program as a whole, we are creating a culture which is positive, fun and one girls want to be involved in, and if that isn’t success, what is?
Director of Rowing
So, what is it that makes a Saints Girls’ rower? Have a look at this special video to find out:
Friday 6 April
4.30 – 7.30pm
There will be many fantastic experiences for the children including:
- Create your own plate
- Make a crown
- Print your own bag
Come and meet Christine Cholewa, Artist in Residence, who is working alongside the children and educators to create a magical pathway in the ELC garden.
We look forward to seeing you there! In the meantime, watch this short video to see the children’s amazing progress on the path:
One Storyteller Creating a Nation of Storykeepers
On Monday, the ELC community was delighted to welcome back our special friend, Boori Monty Pryor. Boori is an Indigenous Australian author who travels extensively as a performer and public speaker for school students and adults across Australia and overseas.
During his visit, Boori gifted us with several of his stories. As he engaged the children with Indigenous culture through storytelling, song, dance and playing the didgeridoo, he explained that his stories were now our stories, and that together we could create a positive vision for the future for all Australians.
A Very Special Visitor at the ELC
This week, the ELC also enjoyed a visit from early learning expert Tiziana Fillipini, who is in Adelaide presenting a series of lectures and workshops to educators from around the country. I was first introduced to Tiziana in 2007 when I heard her speak at a Reggio Conference in Hobart. New to the ideas of Reggio and new to Saints Girls, I was deeply inspired by her thinking and began then my deeper inquiry into the principles of Reggio Emilia. The rest is history, a Centre has been constructed around these principles with an entire community being involved. We are indeed fortunate to have Tiziana visit us and provoke our thinking, and I am so appreciative of all the opportunities I have had to embrace this thinking.
Director of Early Learning
Introducing the Choral Night Adjudicators
We are delighted to announce the two adjudicators who will be attending 2018 Choral Night!
Libby O’Donovan is a “powerful and sassy performer” (SMH), renowned for her nuanced interpretations and extraordinary voice. She is a critically acclaimed Jazz and Cabaret performer, and an award-winning Musical Director.
Libby has entertained audiences the world-over with her unique talents, performing in New York, Tokyo, Toronto and Australia-wide. Equally at home in small ensemble acts as well as solo performances, she has been a proud member of ARIA-nominated Coco’s Lunch, Flat on Your Bacharach, and Women With Standards, for which she won a Green Room Award for Musical Direction.
Highly regarded as a solo artist, Libby has performed seasons for the Adelaide Festival of Arts, Edinburgh Fringe, Sydney Spring Festival, Perth International Arts Festival, the International Jazz Educators Convention, Adelaide Cabaret Festival (including working with Broadway composers Jason Robert-Brown and Andrew Lippa), Melbourne Fringe, Adelaide Fringe, Feast Festival, and this year, she performed across India as part of the Hindu Festival.
As a recording artist, she has featured on numerous Jazz and Cabaret albums, as well as her critically-acclaimed self-penned albums The Complication, Home To You and her current release, Back to Broken Hill.
Libby currently tours nationally with Country Music star Beccy Cole.
Rosanne’s career spans over 20 years and has taken her all around Australia and overseas. She studied voice at the Elder Conservatorium and has since developed into a highly versatile artist, performing across a broad range of styles. Her professional theatrical debut was in the Aus/NZ tour of Cameron Mackintosh’s The Phantom of the Opera.
More recent credits include the role of Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, and the Second Lady in The Magic Flute, both with the State Opera of South Australia.
In 2012, Rosanne was awarded the Adelaide Theatre Guide Curtain Call Award – Best Professional Female Performance, for her portrayal of Diana Goodman in Adelaide’s premiere of Next to Normal (Six Foot Something Productions & The Factory).
Later this year, Rosanne will be excited to release her debut solo album with renowned organist, Chris McPhee.
She has developed a reputation as one of Adelaide’s finest and most respected vocal coaches. She has also vocally directed many shows including Pelican Productions’ The Little Mermaid Jr, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the award-winning production of Bring It On – The Musical, and the company’s popular Music Theatre Camp program.
We can’t wait to welcome these two class acts to Choral Night 2018!
Book Now Before it’s Too Late!
If you have not yet purchased your ticket, there are a few remaining general admission seats. Once this allocation is exhausted, no more seats will be available.
7pm Wednesday 28 March 2018
Hall L, Adelaide Convention Centre, North Terrace
Tickets: $10 each via www.trybooking.com/UXYE
Taste Test at the Tuck Shop
Mouth-watering Chinese food options are on offer at the Tuck Shop for the next couple of weeks.
Stir fry is available at lunch on Mondays, while dumplings and pork buns are on sale at recess on alternate days.
Noodle bowls are available at recess and lunch each day for Years 11 and 12 only, as the bowls need to be heated in common room microwave.
Prawn Wonton (frozen)
Udon Noodles (dry)
|$5.50||Recess and Lunch
Available to Years 11 and 12 students only.
|Monday||Dumplings (Beef, Pork or Vegetarian)||$2||Recess|
|Stir fry (vegetarian)||$5.50||Lunch|
|Wednesday||Dumplings (Beef, Pork or Vegetarian)||$2||Recess|
Please note, some items contain prawns, so any students with prawn allergies must be made aware.
The items will only be available for purchase from the Tuck Shop (not for order), and stocks may be limited.
As this is part of a trial for foods to be added to the menu in Term 2, your feedback would be greatly appreciated, simply email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our next installment of Vacation Care is almost here. We have two weeks of activities guaranteed to keep the children entertained through the break. With a total of four excursions, there is plenty of fun to be had.
Some of our home-based days will include a teddy bears’ picnic and alien day!
Places are limited, so please click here to secure your booking now!
Ladies’ Night Out
If you’re up for a great night out, why not book a ticket to the Ladies’ Night Out? To be held on Friday 18 May from 7 – 10.30pm in the Arts Centre at St Peter’s Girls’ School, tickets are $50 each and include bubbles on arrival, finger food and a gift bag.
Join other like-minded community members for a night of fun, whilst playing a key role in supporting our Master Plan!
A fundraising raffle will be drawn on the night and bar facilities will be available.
Book tickets via www.trybooking.com/UFUW
Action-packed Year 7 Camp in Robe
In Week 5, the Year 7s travelled to Robe for their camp. After the exciting bus trip, we learnt how to set up a tent, a new experience for many. That afternoon, we went to the beach where we swam, went on boogie boards, played beach cricket and drew animals in the sand. When we returned to the campsite, we helped cook dinner, had showers and enjoyed each other’s company. Later, we went on a night walk to see some of the surroundings.
On day two, “rise and shine” our mentor said, up we all got having a bright attitude towards caving that day. After breakfast, we hopped on the bus for a one hour ride to Naracoorte Caves! We went in a life-sized diorama featuring the animals discovered by their fossils in the caves; there were animals like kangaroos with a flat nose and huge snakes! Next, we went into a cave to see stalagmites and stalactites. Then, we went into the stick tomato cave, named so because tomatoes grow outside the cave. We had to wear a helmet with a headlight so we could see. Sometimes, we had to crawl on our stomachs or on our knees through the caves. The biggest challenge was the slot, where you have a tiny gap on the wall that you have to climb through for a few metres.
On day three, the adrenaline rush we experienced was something we will never forget. We packed our rucksacks for a 6km walk, carrying our breakfast, dinner, water bottles, lunch, sleeping bags and many more things for the one night. Although the walk was tiring, we all enjoyed it and learnt something new about each other.
On day four, the look on our faces when we saw the bus after the expedition was amazing. Our last activity for the camp was kayaking. Some girls had never done it before, but luckily no one capsized, except those who chose to go for a swim at the end of the day! Some girls were in a double which was an experience of a lifetime that kept everyone entertained. We learned the basics of kayaking, how to paddle forward, backwards and how to stop. We also played some fun games that left us puffed and with sore arms from paddling so fast!
On day five, we had the final pack up and bus ride back to school. Year 7 camp was a great experience! We had fun, learnt new things and got to know each other better! We can’t wait for Year 8 camp!
The students of 7VBR
Sovereign Hill Camp – Unearthing Connections and Understanding
In Week 6, the Year 5 cohort travelled to Ballarat to undertake a study tour based at Sovereign Hill. The annual camp is a highly-anticipated part of the Year 5 program and integral to our Unit of Inquiry, ‘Gold Fever’. This camp involves the girls being fully immersed in the life of the 1850s’ goldfields and performing role play in costume. The girls participate in a two day program based on the Irish National System of Education, which was widely used in 19th century Australia. Using classrooms and equipment typical of the era, the girls experienced the lives of goldfields’ students, developing an understanding of social conditions during the gold rush. Much research is undertaken prior to departure to ensure all girls have an initial understanding of how life differed during this era from the 21st century. Guided by qualified teachers playing the roles of ‘Ma’am’ and ‘Sir’, the girls were fortunate to re-create the lives of the children of the Ballarat goldfields, directly experiencing Victoria’s colonial history.
The students were a credit to St Peter’s Girls as they participated enthusiastically and with complete application to their roles. It is a chance for true conceptual understanding to be built about the era, with access to rich knowledge about this aspect of Australia’s history. The girls made connections between their classroom learning and life in the 1850s in a truly meaningful way. They showed themselves to be thoughtful inquirers, asking probing questions of characters on the goldfields, living their roles and constructing new meaning through their experiences. It was our absolute privilege to witness the empathy and respect built in these students during this experience, echoing the attitudes developed through the Primary Years Programme (PYP). Much study was done in class about the reasons for and impact of the Eureka Stockade rebellion. This year, we visited the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka to see the real Eureka flag. The awed hush from the girls as they entered the room was extraordinary, showing they truly understood its significance. This perfectly showcased the value of the PYP, demonstrating the impact such a rigorous, relevant and focused framework can have upon students’ learning outcomes.
Shelley Hampton and Sarah Mulraney
Year 5 Teachers
Year 2s Host a Parent Sharing Morning
Last Friday, the Year 2s held a parent sharing morning to finalise their Unit of Inquiry that, “People’s natural curiosity has led them to think beyond the boundaries of our planet.” They shared all of the fascinating Space research and learning that they had been exploring throughout this unit. In particular, the girls enjoyed sharing their detailed rocket ship designs and models, along with their fascinating Science journals.
Sallyann Bruun and Kathryn Clark
Year 2 Teachers
Saints Girls and All That Jazz
On Friday 11 May, the Music Department will present a stunning cabaret-style concert with internationally-renowned jazz singer Emma Pask and award-winning trumpeter Ross Irwin. The concert will feature a broad range of styles from traditional jazz to beautiful ballads, funk to acid-jazz, some Cuban Latin, a bit of Beyoncé pop, and for some fun, we’re even going to throw in some rap!
Our students will have the privilege of working hand-in-hand with our guests as they present workshops in music craft, arranging, performance and presentation as part of a week-long artist in residence program.
Here’s some background on our accomplished guests:
Emma Pask in “The Voice”
Ross Irwin from “Cat Empire”
Having guest artists of this calibre is an all-time first for Saints Girls, so make sure you get behind the Music Department and save the date! That’s Week 2, Term 2 on Friday 11 May!
Tickets can be purchased via www.trybooking.com/UUMN.
Have You Visited Saints Café?
From all of the girls at Saints Café, we’d like to say a massive thank you to those who have contributed so far. Saints Café is an extra-curricular activity run every year by Year 10 students under the guidance of teaching staff. This year, Miss Gaskell and Mrs Pitkin will be taking on this role. Saints Café teaches leadership skills, financial management, time-management and gives an excellent insight into the workforce. We are given checklists every shift to ensure that our café runs as smoothly and efficiently as possible. Over the course of this term, some café staff members have been given barista training by Miss Gaskell. Saints Café is for everyone in the School community to enjoy – so parents, teachers and students, we’d love to see you there!
We are open every Tuesday and Thursday from 7.30 – 8.15am.
Thank you for your support.
The Saints Café Team
Code Camp at St Peter’s Girls’ School
St Peter’s Girls’ School will be hosting Code Camp Spark and Code Camp Ignite for students in Years 2 – 6 on 23, 24 and 26 April 2018, 9am – 3.30pm. The cost is $349 for three days.
Order Your 2018 | 19 Entertainment Book
The 2017 | 18 Entertainment Membership is expiring on 1 June 2018. Pre-order your NEW 2018 | 2019 Entertainment Membership NOW!
As a St Peter’s Girls’ School Parents’ and Friends’ Association fundraiser, part-proceeds from every book sold will go to a special element of our Master Plan which will be announced soon.
You can order via the form at the Front Office or pre-purchase online: Order your Entertainment Book here!
The Entertainment Book and new phone app offer our community members a great way to try out restaurants and activities around SA, save money and, at the same time, support our girls.
Thank you in advance for your kind support and consideration.
The Parents’ and Friends’ Association
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.
If you’ve been thinking about a new place for your home loan – either to get a better rate or if it’s just time for a change – then using your home loan to support St Peter’s Girls’ School is a great option.
Not only will you get a great rate with BankSA, but 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. Fostering partnerships like this enables us to support our School community and our School. By allowing BankSA to make a charitable donation in your name, you will be helping to ensure that we continue to foster girls who have a strong sense of self and who are independent, creative, critical thinkers, engaged and community-minded.
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
Summer Interhouse Meal Deal
The Summer Interhouse will be held next Thursday 29 March 2018, the last day before Easter.
Please note: the Summer Interhouse is for students in Years 7 – 12, however the Summer Interhouse Meal Deal is available for all students from Reception – Year 12.
The Saints Sport Support Group (SSSG) will once again be cooking up lunch for all of our hungry Reception – Year 12 students on the day. Volunteers will hand-deliver the Reception – Year 2 lunches to the classroom and Years 3 – 12 can collect their lunches from the barbecue area. We’re again offering delicious Hamburger Meal Deals (vegetarian option available). Parents, give yourself a day off from making the school lunches and let us do it for you!
Please pre-order your daughter’s Meal Deal via www.trybooking.com/UGLN, as there will be no cash sales on the day. House water bottles and wrist bands can also be pre-ordered.
All proceeds raised by the Saints Sport Support Group directly benefit our Saints Girls and their sporting endeavours.
Thank you so much for your kind support.
Saints Sport Support Group
Coles Sports for Schools
Until 3 April 2018, those who shop at Coles will receive one Sports for Schools voucher for every $10 they spend (terms and conditions apply). We invite the Saints Girls’ community to bring the vouchers to the School by early June 2018 and place them in one of two collection points: one by the Gym and one at Student Services. Vouchers can then be redeemed for a variety of different sporting equipment.
The School is planning to donate the majority of sporting goods received from St Peter’s Girls’ vouchers to New Hope for Cambodian Children, where the Cambodia Trip students intend to visit at the end of the year.
Further details are available here.
There were some excellent results from Saints Girls who represented South Australia at the National age athletic championships in Sydney. Rose Pittman came home with three medals, claiming a silver in the Under 18 400m and bronze in the 18 400m and 4x400m relay. Also competing were Bethany Cross who finished 8th in the under 18 10,000m race walk and Sophie Barr who finished 4th in the hammer with a new personal best and 8th in discus.
Old Scholar Anna Cross (Patteson ’16) won a bronze medal in the Under 20 10,000m race walk.
We also wish to extend good luck to all students who this week compete in the Little Athletics State Championships.
Open B – Saints 35 defeated Wilderness 17
The team continued their great form against a very physical Wilderness side. Solid defence and strong rebounding from Paris Robinson enabled the team to control the game. Sarah Matheson and captain Ella Robinson both scored 10 points. Well done girls. – Peter Krantis (Coach)
Middle A – Saints 16 defeated by Wilderness 54
Another tough game for the girls who battled on against a much taller team and even though we created many scoring opportunities, we couldn’t convert when we needed to. Sophie Norman did well on the boards and Indya Dodd in offense created some good openings. Whilst still to register a win, there has been much growth in the team and we will continue to focus on little goals to gain improvement. – Brenton Davies (Coach)
Middle B – Saints 16 defeated Wilderness 15
Another nail-biter! Winning by 1 point for the second time this year, which makes it 4 out 5 wins. Once again, the girls were up against much bigger opponents who sat in a zone making it very difficult to score and a low scoring game. Luckily, we have a great energetic defence and were able to restrict the opposition. All girls played well and Willow Stewart-Rattray was able to finish off some good team work with 11 points. A great start to the season. – Brenton Davies (Coach)
Middle C – Saints 27 defeated Pembroke 13
The team bounced back from a loss the week before to come away with a solid win. The girls played great defence which created easy scoring opportunities. The team has shown great improvement each week. Well done girls. – Peter Krantis (Coach)
1st VIII: The conditions at Head of the River made it almost impossible to be a level playing field with some lanes having the wind greater than others. Even though this was the case, the girls still rowed with grit and determination. We didn’t get the result we were after but are already excited for what’s in store for next season. – Amy Carrodus (Cox)
Year 10A: On Saturday Emma Carrodus, Bella Bernardi, Charlotte Sellars and Hannah Keough raced together for the last time. Even though the girls were in the B final, they still went out with a positive attitude and smashed the race. The girls ended up coming first, quite a way ahead of the other crews, and it was just such a positive way to end the season. The girls should be so proud, but we wouldn’t be where we are today without our Coach Ben. He has watched the girls grow and helped all of us to be better rowers, so thank you Ben. The girls have had such a good season and I hope they will all continue on next year so they keep growing their abilities. – Abbie Lisle
Year 10B: The crew of Emily Downie, Imogen Parkinson, Sophie Johnson and Michelle Rupert placed 4th in the final, which was a good accomplishment. The result does not reflect how hard they have worked this season and, due to sickness and injury, some girls had to stop rowing during the race, but everyone handled it professionally and tried their best. Overall, it was a great day. – Charlotte Creek
To complete the season, the Friends of Rowing held the annual Head of the River Dinner. The following awards were presented:
8B – Ruby Thorp
8A – Annabelle Bradshaw
9B – Molly Bond
9A – Sophie Barr
10C – Faye Ma
10B – Emily Downie
10A – Hannah Keough
1st VIII – Rachel Kameniar
Coxswain of the Year – Amy Carrodus
Directors Award – Emma Vaughan-Roder
Year 12 – Contribution to Rowing
Open A – Saints 4 defeated Pulteney 3
The week’s game for the Open A softball team was highly entertaining. With an extremely close result of 4-3, the girls put up a fantastic fight against Pulteney. Aroha Munroe throwing some show-stopping pitches to the batters helped us across the line, with Tesse Parker behind the home plate demonstrating some great catching skills. It was an excellent game and we are excited for our next clash! – Lulu Tierney (Captain)
Open C – Saints 6 defeated Pulteney 5
After one training session with our newest team members from USA, Sofia Handzy, Lizzie Herr and Clare Buckley, we were able to pull out a massive win against our opposition, Pulteney. Though many of our team are new to the game, the skills taught at training by the coaches proved to be invaluable. With Milly Brett (8MGR) at first base and the USA girls having a go at different positions, including Clare Buckley at second, we managed to catch our opposition out multiple times through great teamwork. It was a thrilling and successful game played by all. – Portia Maerschel
Year 5/6 White – Saints 4 defeated Seymour 2
Charlie took and excellent catch to get the first out of the game, and, along with two more outs caught expertly by Nicole at first base, the girls limited Seymour to just 2. Following this, Mabelle and Coco batted strongly, and Olivia stole bases with confidence. Scarlett should also be commended for her work as catcher. Congratulations to the whole team for their collective efforts this week and well done on another win. – Lydia Smalls (Coach)
Year 5/6 Silver – Saints 9 defeated Saints Gold 8
All girls played really well. They have improved so much since the first game. It was great to see every girl hit the ball. Best players this week were Zoe G and Mathilda. – Victoria Gilroy (Coach)
Year 5/6 Blue Saints 7 defeated by Walford 11
Saints had an extremely close game against Walford, however unfortunately lost 11-7. All girls played extremely well and continued to demonstrate their thorough knowledge of the game. Highlights included Jasmine’s outstanding fielding work on first base and Georgie’s continuous improvement whilst batting. – Jasmine Ledgard
Year 5/6 Gold – Saints 8 defeated by Saints Silver 9
Year 3-4 White – Saints 14 defeated by Walford 18
The last game for the Year 3/4 Teeball White team was a fantastic way to end the season, despite having a loss against Walford. The girls showed great skills and team work! Alice and myself are extremely proud of all the girls’ hard work over the season and hope that they continue to play in Term 4. A really great game played by Rishita Raghav, Charlotte Hocking and Chyndelle Capobianco! Thank you for a terrific season girls! – Lulu Tierney and Alice Tyson (Coaches)
Year 3/4 Blue – Saints had a bye
The Open As had a remarkable win against Wilderness 6 sets to 0. Yasmin Glazbrook, Tiana Glazbrook, Sienna Glazbrook and Olivia Harby all winning their singles and doubles. This keeps them in line to retain the shield at the end of the season. The girls followed this up with a magnificent win against Henley High in the State knockout competition. The team, joined by Annie Baldwinson, won 4 sets to 2 against the specialist tennis school to progress to the finals.
The Open Bs had an impressive win 4 sets to 2, with Number 1 Annabel leading the team to victory with her notable singles win. Imogen Nienaber and Ruby Deakin won their singles.
Premier League – Saints 6-36 defeated Wilderness 0-3
Singles: Tiana Glazbrook 6-1, Yasmin Glazbrook 6-0, Sienna Glazbrook 6-2, Olivia Harby 6-0
Premier League Reserves – Saints 4-31 defeated Wilderness 2-13
Singles: Annabel Baldwinson 6-0, Maiya Jakupec 3-6, Imogen Nienaber 6-1, Ruby Deakin 6-0
Division 1 Blue – Saints 4-27 defeated Scotch 2-26
Singles: Mahala Truscott 0-6, Chelsea Staples 6-2, Charlotte Staples 3-6, Issy Harker 6-2
Division 1 White – Saints 3-27 defeated by Seymour 3-29
Singles: Ella Dnistriansky 5-6, Lily-Rose Spartalis 6-4, Bridgette Leach 6-4, Tiffany Zhou 1-6
Division 2 Blue – Saints 1-19 defeated by Scotch 5-33
Singles: Adele Eaton 1-6, Georgia Langley 5-6, Cheri Wong 4-6, Shunem Josiah 1-6
Division 2 White – Saints 5-33 defeated Scotch 1-19
Singles: Annabelle Langley 3-6, Amelie Eaton 6-3, Lilly Alexander 6-3, Stella Clark 6-2
Division 3 Blue – Saints 1-14 defeated by Scotch 5-34
Singles: Victoria Thorp 1-6, Anneliese Thomas 2-6, Louisa Reid 0-6, Siena Zito 6-4
Division 3 White – Saints 4-29 defeated Seymour 2-25
Singles: Ariel Spartalis 6-3, Sophie Abbott 3-6, Eva Young 6-5, Chase Hocking 6-4
Division 4 Blue – Saints 1-11 defeated by Seymour 5-32
Singles: Hilary Clark 0-6, Hattie Xu 6-2, Ammi Yagnik 1-6, Jasmine Si 1-6
Division 4 White – Saints did not play
Open A – Saints 2 drew with Pembroke 2
A solid games from Saints, with the scorers being Eve Habel and Holly Cunningham. The team worked hard with a fast attack throughout the game but struggled to score through Pembroke’s tight defence. To improve, Saints will work on their defensive skills and gaining confidence in each other and themselves.
Open B – Saints 2 defeated St Mary’s 0
The team continues to improve each week, with Jemimah Simpson and Annabelle Black both scoring one try each. Saints rucked fast in attack, moving the ball down and holding possession for most of the game. Girls had plenty of opportunities to score but need to work on executing game strategies learnt at training. Throughout the term, all have trained hard which is seen on the weekend in games. Great work this week girls.
Open C – Saints 1 defeated by St Aloysius 2
The team played incredibly despite the loss against St Aloysius. The girls improved their communication in both attack and defence, and should be commended for playing through the hot morning. Well done to Tilly who still showed encouragement and participated as well as she could with her ankle injury. A big thank you to Holly, Poppie and Ashley who stayed after their match and also played for the Open C team. Well done girls!
Middle – Saints 2 defeated by Pembroke 4
The Middle girls challenged strongly during their match before going down. Some excellent attack by Ashley Piper and Holly Cardone created holes in the defence, which we just needed to be able to hit to put Pembroke under greater pressure. The girls worked hard in defence, especially in the second half, and this allowed us to attack from midfield instead of deep in defence. Ball-handling is improving each week as the girls become more confident with their team-mates. – Dan Searle
Open A – Saints 0 defeated by Westminster 3 (10-25, 16-25, 22-24)
We welcomed Lane Patterson on exchange from New Jersey, USA who slotted well into the team, adding strength to the attack with a knack for keeping the ball alive in defence. The team started slowly with too many errors against an opposition that started strongly. We worked our way back into the match but were unable to string points together to get the momentum back in our favour. If we start the upcoming rounds like we finished, we will give ourselves every opportunity to win. – Alistair Keough (Coach)
Open B – Saints 3 defeated Westminster 0 (25-16, 25-18, 15-10)
When it was time to hit the court for warm up, no players were in the Gym. I thought the team had gone to the wrong venue. Heart attack averted…they were outside warming up. The fresh air helped because Westminster could not handle the consistent serving of the team, especially Clair Kao’s lightning bolts. A bit of a change this week, with Ankita Rajbhoj, Molly Lucas, and Charlotte Carney sharing the setting roles on a constant rotation. We gave away some points in one rotation in the second set, but a time out allowed the girls to refocus, get the serve back and gain the advantage. Charlotte Carney then had a good run of serves to steady the team in the third set, and the girls closed out the match easily. – Alistair Keough (Coach)
Open C1 – Saints 2 defeated Westminster 1 (23-25, 25-12, 25-16)
A see-sawing first set went down to the wire, with both sides not able to gain ascendancy until the very last 2 points of the set going to Westminster. The girls swapped ends for the second set and Saints came out firing with all girls fighting hard. A little overconfident in the third, the girls had to dig themselves out of a hole, coming back from 9-14 to win 25-16 off the back of great serving from Kate McKellar-Stewart, Bethany Cross and Cate Neale. – Alistair Keough (Coach)
Open C2 – Saints 2 defeated Immanuel 1 (25-22, 13-25, 25-17)
After a slow start, the girls put up a good fight and played to the best of their ability to win the first set, particularly with the help of Lola Dimond’s excellent overarm serving and Tilly McCormack’s work at the net. During the second set, the energy began to drop off, however the girls again showed great team morale, but were unable to win the set. The final set displayed the true talent of this team and the hard work they have been putting in at training, particularly by Jess Wishart covering both on the net and in the back court, ensuring all balls were kept in play. Overall, this game tested the girls but it showed how strong they are as a team and how much their skills are developing. – Georgia Howe (Coach)
Open D – Saints 2 defeated Immanuel 1 (25-17, 23-25, 15-13)
The girls developed great confidence as a team and played to a high level. Serving throughout the game, particularly by Dayna Petruzzella who filled in and Millie Han who was outstanding, enabled us to achieve many aces. Work at the net was also a highlight throughout this game, particularly by Sarah Matheson, Lucy Moten who also filled in and Emily Dobson-May, who blocked terrifically and applied great pressure on the net. The girls played a top game and put up a great fight against Immanuel. – Georgia Howe (Coach)
Middle B – Saints 2 defeated Immanuel 1 (25-18, 20-25, 25-16)
There were lots of nerves throughout the team going into this week’s game as Immanuel are known to be very good at volleyball and tough to beat. Nevertheless, the girls rocked up to the game with their heads held high and eager to play. It was a tight contest, but we were able to seal the win due to some great backcourt defence from Chloe Venning, and constant energy and movement around the court from Sarah Gulliver. – Victoria Neale (Coach)
Middle C – Saints 3 defeated Woodcroft 0 (25-16, 25-17, 25-21)
The Middle Cs had a comfortable win over Woodcroft this week. Outstanding serving from Jenna Bowden and Eliza Monaghan made it really hard for our opponents to return the ball. All round, the girls played well as a team with lots of enthusiasm and they continue to improve every week. – Victoria Neale (Coach)
Open A – Saints 1 defeated by St Ignatius 7
A disappointing loss for the A team this week, going down against Saint Ignatius A. A special mention to Nicolette Miller, who scored our only goal, and Saskia Jonats, who was an incredible goalie as always. – Erin Barrera (Captain)
Open B – Saints 6 defeated Seymour 5
This was a tough and physical game but Saints’ determination held strong to defeat Seymour by one goal. It was an outstanding game from Alexis Politis, and the girls will be keen to face Seymour again in the play-off match. – Erin Barrera (Captain)
Open C – Saints 17 defeated St Ignatius 2
Once again, the girls were all fantastic especially Georgina Wakeham, Stephanie Smalls and Emily Baldwinson. I am confident in all the teams as we go into the grand finals this week and I look forward to seeing each girl play to the best of her ability. – Erin Barrera (Captain)
Year 7/8A – Saints 2 defeated by St Ignatius 8
The game consisted of the girls showcasing their defensive skills. They were able to keep their opponents down to 1 goal in the third quarter, which highlights their improvement in defence. They are showing more confidence and tactical awareness, which is really entertaining to watch. – Gemma Rowe (Coach)
Year 7/8B – Saints 3 defeated by Pembroke 17
7/8 B is beginning to work as a team. Their passing and ability to penetrate the defence has improved immensely, which resulted in more opportunities at goals. The result does not reflect the game, as the girls had majority of the ball and more opportunities at goals. Our defence has been improving which is pleasing to see. – Gemma Rowe (Coach)
It is also great to hear about the many Saints Girls current and past who are playing at club level. Several competed in the club water polo grand finals this week. In a nail-biting finish Nicolette Miller, Fiona Lethbridge, Alyssa Woolley, Saskia Jonats and Lara Wakeham were members of the winning Eastern Saints U17 Girls’ team, led by our School Coach, Catherine O’Sullivan. They defeated Titans in the last few seconds of the game, a team containing Annabel Baldwinson. Nicolette Miller, Fiona Lethbridge, Alyssa Woolley and Old Scholar Shania Morgan played in Eastern Saints Open B Women’s team which also won.