From Our Deputy Principal / Head of Middle School
Next weekend, I will be travelling to Melbourne to attend the biennial conference of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia, themed ‘Leading, Learning and Caring’. It’s an amazing professional development opportunity where delegates have the chance to hear from internationally renowned speakers, visit a number of local schools, share ideas and areas of common interest in small group discussions, and hear about programs and research from independent schools around Australia.
Last year, Kate Mortimer (then Deputy Principal/Head of Senior School) and I submitted an abstract for the conference, which I’m proud to say was accepted. I am therefore excited to be presenting at the conference, with the support of Clare Gaskell, Head of Selwyn House.
We will be sharing the story of #EMPOWHER, our evidence-based wellbeing program and how it has changed the way our students think and act with regards to wellbeing issues. We’ll talk about the program’s research background, how it was implemented, reviewed, refined and renewed over the past four years, and how it has become part of the culture of the School.
The breadth and variety of #EMPOWHER is something we should be proud of as a school, and I’m delighted that this has been recognised on a national scale by being included in the program of this well-regarded conference.
Never a group to rest on their laurels, members of the wider wellbeing team have been hard at work over the past year researching and developing a bespoke Student Leadership program, as mentioned by Mr Jeremy Schultz, Chair of the Board, at last year’s Presentation Night. I am hoping Ms Gaskell and I will be able to have many fruitful discussions with regards to this whilst at the conference, and I look forward to sharing further details of this program with students and parents early in Term 2.
Deputy Principal/Head of Middle School
Year 6 Ready to Lead the Way
Year 6 students proudly received their Leadership badges this week during a special ceremony in the Arts Centre. The girls were allocated a Junior School Leadership role following a nomination process. These vary from Art Leaders to SRC to House Quiz Captains.
Across the year, the students will collaborate in teams relevant to their leadership area. After setting goals, each team will work through a continuous cycle of planning activities, putting these into action and evaluating how they are progressing towards their leadership goals. They will aim to include direct, indirect and advocacy aspects in their service.
The ‘Who we are’ unit of inquiry, focusing on the central idea that ‘Leaders can demonstrate courage, compassion and creativity in many ways’, will run across the year, providing opportunities for the students to reflect upon and learn more about leadership throughout their time as Junior School Leaders.
Louisa Mitchell, Sarah Braithwaite and Mark Routley
Year 6 Teachers
Saints Girl Makes History
Monumental congratulations are in order for our Deputy Head Prefect Chi Chi Zhao on recently being awarded the Annie Montgomerie Martin Prize for the most outstanding achievement by a student in SACE Stage 2 Modern History in 2021.
Annie Montgomerie Martin was committed to the education of languages and literature, opening a school of her own in Pulteney Street in 1869 named Miss Martin’s School. In 1923, medals for History and French were created to commemorate her work and perpetuate her memory as the first Headmistress of Miss Martin’s School. The prize is awarded annually in these two subjects to the student who gains the highest number of marks.
Chi Chi reflects upon this prestigious recognition:
‘I was really surprised but very honoured to receive the prize. When I chose the subject at the beginning of last year, I didn’t know what it would be like, but it soon became one of my favourite subjects. I was fascinated learning all about the Cold War, Nazi Germany and other significant events in modern history. History is a very important subject as it is so applicable to our current times, so I encourage everyone to study it if the opportunity arises. I’d like to thank my History Teacher Ms Spry – I’m so grateful for all her support and I couldn’t have done it without her.’
Lunchtime Concert Wows Crowds
To celebrate World Piano Day (88th day of the year as there are 88 keys on a piano) and to feature our Musician in Residence David Goodwin, Saints Girls were this week treated to our first Lunchtime Music Concert for the year.
With David at the piano accompanied by bass player Dylan Paul and drummer Sam Millar, our girls enjoyed a feast of fantastic jazz and contemporary charts arranged by David for this ensemble. From ‘Valerie’ by Amy Winehouse, to fantastic improvised solos, to original compositions written by David in time signatures from 3 – 4 to 5 – 4 and everything in between, World Piano Day was celebrated in style!
David will be supporting the Music staff and students all year, working in classes, running an EDGE program on improvisation and performing throughout the year at various concerts. His next featured performance will be with his band ‘Eraser Description’ at our Music Day Camp next Thursday 7 April. David and his band will be running a workshop on how they create their unique sound and use technology in music, and then the girls will be treated to a dance party to finish off our Day Camp.
Director of Music
Music Day Camp – Next Thursday
Music Day Camp will be held on Thursday 7 April for the following groups:
- Developmental, Concert and Stage Bands
- Intermediate, Senior and Extension Strings
- Just Jazz, In-Ta Jazz, Enchante and Chamber Choir
This will be a fun-filled day of rehearsal sessions, group building activities and a guest performance from our Musician in Residence David Goodwin’s band ‘Eraser Description’. We will end the camp with a pizza dinner and dance party!
See timetable for rehearsal timings – click here
Director of Music
‘Book’ Now for Roald Dahl Rules
We’re excited for Saints Girls who’ll be appearing in the production Roald Dahl Rules by Shane Davidson Presents. This is a wonderful show featuring many of the Dahl classics including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Fantastic Mr Fox, Matilda and even a revolting rhyme! With only four performances, this show will be a treat for all ages.
Venue: Holden Street Theatres, 34 Holden St, Hindmarsh
Dates: Friday 8 April (7.30pm) and Saturday 9 April (1pm, 4pm & 7.30pm)
Tickets: $30 via TryBooking – click here
Year 5 Teacher
Reimagined Swimming Carnival – Next Tuesday
We have decided to host a reimagined Swimming Carnival next Tuesday 5 April which will now take place on site in a staggered format utilising the School’s refurbished pool.
This is due to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases and the challenges of having such a large group of girls gathering across multiple year groups for an extended period indoors at the Adelaide Aquatic Centre.
The first session will involve students in Years 10 to 12 from approximately 8.30 to 10.30am, and in keeping with tradition, the Year 12 girls will be able to storm into the carnival donning their fantastic House costumes. Parents of Year 12 students will be able to attend this first session, with face masks and social distancing applied. Unfortunately, no other parent attendance is permitted at the carnival.
Sessions for Years 4 to 6 and 7 to 9 will be held later in the day, and we hope to reassemble the Year 12s for the overall House Shield presentation at the conclusion of the carnival. During their session, when girls are not competing, they will spectate from the oval under marquees to better facilitate social distancing.
The day will run to the normal school schedule (8.30am – 3.30pm). Outside of their swimming session, girls will attend classes as per the regular timetable and will therefore need to bring any relevant learning resources. Students in Years 4 to 11 are advised to wear their PE uniform on the day.
Finer details will be communicated to the girls in due course, and whilst we will be unable to complete the full schedule, we plan to run a series of competitive and novelty events. We look forward to sharing highlights on our Facebook and Instagram accounts throughout the day.
Despite not being the mass event that we usually enjoy, we hope that this revised format will give the girls the opportunity to showcase their amazing talents in the pool and embrace the House spirit that makes Swimming Carnival, and Saints Girls, so special.
Summer Interhouse Meal Deal
The Saints Sport Support Group (SSSG) will once again be cooking up a storm at Summer Interhouse, and our Giving Day, on Thursday 14 April, the last day before the Easter break.
We’re offering delicious cheeseburger Meal Deals and a sausage sizzle (vegetarian option available). SSSG volunteers will hand-deliver the Reception – Year 2 lunches to their classrooms, and Years 3 – 12 will collect theirs from the SSSG barbecue area. Parents, give yourself a day off from making the school lunches and let us do it for you!
Please note that whilst the Summer Interhouse sports carnival is for Years 7 – 12, and Junior School House Tee-Ball is for Years 3 – 6, the Summer Interhouse Meal Deal is available to all students from Reception – Year 12.
Pre-order your daughter’s cheeseburger Meal Deal before 5pm, Monday 11 April – click here
There will also be cash sales and EFTPOS sales on the day for the sausage sizzle.
To get you into the Summer Interhouse spirit, SSSG branded keyrings, supporter hats, House hats, water bottles and wristbands can also be pre-ordered, and purchased on the day. Please note that Kilburn hats have SOLD OUT – update on supply will be provided when stocks have been replenished.
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
Choral Night – New Date
Friday 29 July (Week 1, Term 3)
Influencers Church, Paradise
Please save the date for our rescheduled Choral Night which we hope will be an electrifying way to start Semester 2.
Further details will be provided next term.
Junior School Vacation Care
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
Ladies’ Night Out
The Saints Girls’ community presents: Ladies’ Night Out!
Join us on Friday 6 May from 7pm at the Feathers Hotel. Tickets are $50 each and include gourmet finger food and a drink on arrival.
Bookings close at 5pm, Monday 2 May. To book tickets – click here
A fundraising raffle will be drawn on the night; tickets can be purchased online or with cash at the event.
For more information, contact Fiona McGregor on 8334 2225 or email@example.com
Supported by the Friends of The Arts
Starry Night Gala Ball – Secure Your Seats Now!
Saturday 18 June
Saints Girls is over the moon about our Starry Night Gala Ball to celebrate and support our fundraising efforts for a new Gym, including our ‘Saints Girls All-Stars’.
Don’t miss out on this amazing evening with our Saints Girls’ community.
7pm, Saturday 18 June
Adelaide Convention Centre
Tickets: $200 per person
Includes three-course meal, beverages and live entertainment
To book your tickets, click here
Star Struck Major Lottery
As momentum builds for our Gym fundraising campaign featuring our ‘Saints Girls All-Stars’, we are thrilled to launch our Star Struck Major Lottery.
Ticket sales are now open, so get in quick!
First Prize: Toyota Yaris Ascent Sport from Northpoint Toyota (valued at $27,811)
+ a personalised car park at St Peter’s Girls’ School from 1 January 2023 to 31 December 2023.
This stunning new car could belong to you or someone in your family! Spread the word and feel free to share this opportunity with your friends and relatives.
To buy your tickets: CLICK HERE
Lottery Licence No: M14175
To help protect the health of our families, staff and the wider community, we must all work together to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Please be reminded of the following:
Should your child develop any symptoms, even mild ones, they must not attend school or ELC and should be tested for COVID-19. They require a PCR test with receipt of a negative result and resolution of symptoms before return to school/ELC can be considered. Students who have previously tested positive and have completed isolation in the past 12 weeks do not need to undertake testing.
If your child tests positive to COVID-19, notify us immediately. Please also advise the type of test (RAT/PCR), the date your child’s test was taken and the date symptoms started (if no symptoms, note ‘asymptomatic’).
Where possible, to help limit the amount of telephone traffic, please notify us via email or text:
Text: 0428 601 957 (save to phone contacts as SPGS)
If you do need to notify us over the phone, please call the Front Office on 8334 2200.
Please note that if your child is too sick to attend school, they are therefore also too sick to be working remotely from home.
QR CODE UPDATE
SA Health has advised that COVID-Safe QR code check-in is no longer required at children’s centres, preschools and schools. However, parent movements on campus are still limited at this time, and those with formal appointments at the School should continue to perform the routine visitor sign in/out at Front Office.
FRONT OFFICE DROP-OFFS
With current limitations on parents entering the School grounds and to assist our staff, please ensure your daughter has all of the items she needs for the day to reduce the amount of items being dropped off at the Front Office.
We thank all of our families for your continued support and cooperation.
COVID-19 Vaccinations for Children Aged 5 – 11
The National COVID Vaccine Taskforce has requested assistance to circulate information encouraging COVID-19 vaccinations for 5 – 11 year old children:
Over 50 per cent of all children aged 5 to 11 have now received a first dose, with many now due for a second dose (eight weeks after the first). In particular as we approach school holidays and the weather cools down, it is important to take steps to minimise the impact of COVID-19. Vaccines are a safe and effective way to protect your child, and the community.
The Department of Health website provides a number of resources with further information about seeking COVID-19 vaccination. A fact sheet which you could use to have a conversation with your child can be found here. Further resources are also available here.
Vaccines are widely available across the country at general practices, state-run clinics and Aboriginal Health Services. You can find a participating clinic and make an appointment by visiting the Vaccine Clinic Finder here.
Thank you for your efforts to keep your child and the wider school community safe.
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
School Shop Holiday Hours and Notice for Year 4 Parents
Regular Opening Hours
Monday to Friday: 8am – 4pm
(closed for lunch 12 – 12.30pm)
School Holiday Hours
Closed except for:
Thursday 28 April: 9am – 4pm (closed for lunch 12 – 12.30pm)
Friday 29 April: 9am – 4pm (closed for lunch 12 – 12.30pm)
Winter Uniform Appointments
A reminder that we are commencing Winter Uniform Fittings, and to streamline the process, we have introduced a new online booking system. It shows our available time slots for April. Middle and Senior School students are welcome to visit during their recess or lunch breaks.
Click here to access the calendar and select the time that best suits you (please include your daughter’s name).
Appointment times are filling fast, so your prompt attention is appreciated.
Winter Uniform Requirements – Year 4 Students
If your daughter is in Year 4, there are a few different uniform requirements that you will need to arrange before Term 2.
With the winter uniform, the pinafore is replaced by a skirt of the same fabric, so if the pinafore still fits, the bib can simply be removed.
The grandpa shirt is replaced by a collared shirt and tie, and the junior blazer (cardigan) is no longer worn and is replaced by a navy blue jumper and a wool blazer.
Please make an appointment via our online booking system outlined above.
Car Park Reminders
Unless special circumstances apply, parents of girls in Years 2 to 12 should not enter the car park to collect their daughters before 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.
Furthermore, 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 also adhere to the 10kmh speed limit and refrain from turning right into or out of the car park during peak times as this causes further congestion.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Saints Sport Support Group New Merchandise
The Saints Sport Support Group is delighted to share our new merchandise range for the 2022 school year. In addition to our House merchandise, we now have the following items available for purchase:
- White and navy supporter hats for parents and friends
- ‘Play like a Saints Girl’ sport keyrings (Tennis, Swimming, Football, Volleyball, Hockey and Athletics designs available)
To get your hands on these fabulous new items, and to order House merchandise for Swimming Carnival, click here
Thank you so much for your support.
Saints Sport Support Group President
Be Involved in ‘Our Saints’ Community
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General Absences from School
If your child is going to be absent, late to school or leave early, please use one of the following methods to notify the School, providing the student name, Class/Home Group and reason:
Text: 0428 601 957
Phone: 8334 2200
Feel free to include the Class/Home Group Teacher when emailing. It would be appreciated if notifications could be made prior to 9am.
Saints Girls had incredible success at the recent Australian Athletics Championships held at Sydney Olympic Park. Congratulations to all girls for their work and commitment leading up to this event. Whilst they all did themselves proud, Charlotte McAuliffe had a particularly impressive championship, finishing 1st in the 200m (U16), 2nd in the 400m (U16) and 3rd in the 4 x 100m Relay.
20th – 800m (U15 / 2.30)
Elodie de Wit
5th – 1500m (U15 / 4.45)
5th – 3000m (U15 / 10.09)
4th – 100m (U16 / 12.11)
1st – 200m (U16 / 24.25)
2nd – 400m (U16 / 55.80)
3rd – 4 x 100m (U16)
9th – 400m (U16 / 59.47)
6th – 800m (U16 / 2.12)
5th – 1500m (U16 / 4.30)
16th – 400m (U16 / 63.25)
15th – High Jump (U16 / 1.45m)
Senior A: Saints (9) v Concordia (81)
Senior B: Saints (26) v Concordia (37)
Middle A: Saints (22) v Concordia (33)
Middle B: Saints (16) v Concordia (53)
Senior A: Saints (1/52) v Immanuel A (1/75)
Senior B1: Saints (6/34) v Scotch B (2/65)
Senior B2: Saints v Seymour B (Seymour forfeit)
Congratulations to Meg Paul and Lauren Disney who have been selected to represent East Adelaide in SAPSASA Swimming. Meg will participate in the 50m and 100m Freestyle Relays (12yo) and Lauren will compete in the Backstroke (12yo).
Open A: Saints (6(41)) v Walford (6(48))
Open A: Saints (3) v Pembroke (3)
Open B: Saints (3) v Wilderness (1)
Middle A: Saints (6) v Marryatville (2)
Middle B: Saints (5) v Seymour (3)
Senior A: Saints (1) v Immanuel (2)
Senior B: Saints (1) v Immanuel (2)
Senior C: Saints (1) v Immanuel (2)
Middle A: Saints (1) v Immanuel (2)
Middle B: Saints (1) v Immanuel (2)
Middle C1: Saints (1) v Immanuel (2)
Open A: Saints (13) v Seymour (5)
Open B: Bye
Open C: Saints (6) v Saint Ignatius (8)
Middle A: Saints (1) v Saint Ignatius (12)
Middle B: Saints (1) v Loreto College (12)