PLEASE BE REMINDED: Friday 30 August is a STUDENT FREE DAY
Mr Mike Millard
Official Opening of One College One Campus
My special thanks to all who were involved in the Official Opening of One College on Tuesday 13 August 2019 by the Minister for Education, The Honourable John Gardner. Other special guests included Moderator of Uniting Church Reverend Sue Ellis, local, state and federal politicians, the design and build teams and guest principals from other schools.
The four new buildings, Acacia and Banksia in the Junior School, Blue Gum Sports Centre and Mallee Building in the Middle and Senior School are wonderful learning spaces for all the children.
The visiting guests were very impressed to see the opportunities we have created for:
The functional breakout spaces adjacent to classrooms are spaces where students can happily work in teams with understated teacher supervision and support. These are spaces where students can practice working independently or in small groups. This style of learning equips students with the skills and capabilities needed for tertiary studies and work experiences they will embrace when they leave at the end of Year 12.
I really do want students to feel that we went through the challenging process of moving to One Campus for them. The creation of these great buildings is about learning and how each Pedare student can be enthused, express their creativity and be skilled in problem solving and evaluation.
One College will resonate with the current students who were at Pedare in 2019 for many years to come. As Old Scholars, I know they will remember that they too were at Pedare for One College One Campus.
Mr Andrew Whiteman
“One of the hardest decisions you’ll ever face is to walk away or try harder”
We all hope that we will make the right decision all of the time. Throughout all our lives we will need to make thousands and thousands of decisions, some will be big and some will be small, some will have a big impact some will have none. Over the coming weeks our Year 10 and 11 students are starting to make decisions on their subject choices for 2020. Do they focus in on the things they love, do they choose a broad range of subjects to keep their options open, or some simply just don’t know what to do next year. With any decision it is important to be well informed and we want all our families to read through the Curriculum Handbook on the College website to ensure they can make an educated choice on subjects. All subjects that Pedare offer are listed along with a summary of the subject, the assessment types and if there are prerequisite subjects. We look forward to all families booking a subject counselling session to discuss these important decisions. Please contact the College if you are yet to make an appointment.
Last week saw the completion of trial exams for the Stage 2 subjects English Literary Studies, Psychology and Modern History. These E-exams were completed on the students devices and were a good ‘warm up’ for the final exams which will also be completed on electronic devices. The students adjusted well to the different exam format and only some minor IT issues were experienced. Our Stage 2 students will complete trial exams for all examinable subjects in week 8 of this term.
South Australian Police officers spoke with our Year 12 cohort this week about the importance of getting home safely. We know that young people are more at risk of dying on our roads, and are more likely to take risks when it comes to drugs and alcohol. The talk centered around avoiding the Fatal 5, Drink and Drug Driving, Speeding, Distractions, Seatbelts and Dangerous Road users. A confronting short documentary around drink driving and young people in cars really brought the message home to our students and they all took away an important message. I ask that you speak regularly with your children about the dangers on the road and how they can avoid the temptations of speeding or taking unnecessary risks.
School photos were completed this week and it was so pleasing to see all our students in the correct uniform. Our uniform looks outstanding when it is worn correctly and our teachers have been closely checking uniform the past 2 weeks. A reminder that the blazer must be worn to and from school each day and that PE uniform must only be worn on the appropriate days. Some students like wearing the PE uniform on non PE days and many have been picked up and had to deal with the consequences. Thank you to everyone for their support with uniform.
Have a great week!
Mrs Lauren Brooks
Over the past week we have had a focus on kindness in the Middle School. Last week we began our week together by watching the story of Daniel Cui. A beautiful message that shows us what can happen when we when we demonstrate to others we believe in them and we choose to build them up, rather than tear them down. It is a brilliant example of the impact it can have on so many people to choose kindness, and to stand up for each other. If you are interested, you can watch the short story here Daniel Cui – Choose Kindness.
We have been discussing with students their digital footprint and the power of choosing to be kind to each other both at school and online. During our assembly we asked students to think of one act of kindness they could do to somebody else in the next week. It has been lovely to check in with students over the past couple of days to ask how it felt to complete their act of kindness. One student in particular stood out, when their face lit up talking about the moment they made someone’s day by telling them how much they appreciated them.
The students’ act of kindness have been displayed on our Positive Education wall in Mallee. Perhaps it is a smile, a wave or a thank you – our display wall is a daily reminder that kindness is truly one of the simplest ways to connect positively with each other.
Year 9 Community Projects
We are very proud of all our wonderful Year 9 students who completed their Community Projects last week. It was a very busy period for our Year 9s who had to demonstrate excellent time management and organisation skills with their Camp and Community Project commitments in Week 2 and 3. It was a real privilege to be a part of some of the marking panels last week witnessing the huge amount of effort, determination and perseverance many students demonstrated in bringing to life their project ideas. Some of the projects were remarkable in their creative approach and service in action. We were very proud to see so many of our students be able to make a genuine difference in our local and broader community.
Mr Randall Pearce
As a Candidate school for the Primary Years Program (PYP), there will be terms and phrases that are new to you. We are excited that on the 16 and 17 September this year, we will have visitors from the IB to assess the Junior School with the hope of becoming a fully authorised PYP school. One of the essential elements of the PYP is concept-based learning and so I thought it necessary to share with you; “What is concept based learning?”
What is concept-based learning?
In the Primary Years Programme, concepts and conceptual questions drive the way we teach and learn in a transdisciplinary context. Conceptual learning goes beyond “subject learning.” Concepts are powerful, broad ideas that students explore and re-explore during their education. This helps them develop an in-depth understanding of the world around them.
In a traditional classroom, a student might learn about animals and animal characteristics. In a PYP classroom, students might learn about the concepts of adaptations, change, and interdependence. To develop their understanding of these concepts, students would still learn about animals, but they might also look at human and plant adaptations, how living things change, and interdependence within multiple living systems.
Furthermore, across all of the IB programs, eight key concepts are recognised as having universal significance within curriculum models. These key concepts are significant to the planning of the Units of Inquiry. Within each Unit of Inquiry teachers select a few key concepts to develop and extend the student inquiries. Within each year level, all the key concepts are addressed during the school year.
The eight key concepts are:
At the heart of the Primary Year Programme’s (PYP) philosophy is a commitment to structured, purposeful inquiry. The inquiry often transcends traditional subjects and through this process students develop an understanding of important concepts, acquire essential skills and knowledge, develop particular attitudes and learn to take socially responsible action.
I look forward to seeing you at our Book Week Parade on the Friday 23 August at 8.50am.
Till next vine
Sibling Enrolment – Ensure a Position will be Available
Have you enrolled younger siblings of children already attending the College? There are limited places still available for Middle School in 2020 and 2021 and interviews are currently being held. There is very strong demand for places in the Junior School with waiting lists in most year levels in 2020.
Register your application early to secure a place for your child. It is the responsibility of the parent/caregiver to complete separate application forms for all siblings wishing to attend the College, otherwise placement will not be guaranteed. A separate application form needs to be submitted for each child accompanied by a $50 application fee and a copy of their Birth Certificate or Passport, most recent school report (where applicable) and any relevant Medical reports and Educational Assessments.
Please contact me, Community Relations Manager, Julie Holland firstname.lastname@example.org for an application form or collect one from the College Office.
At this time of the year, some families may have a change in circumstances which may mean their child will not return to Pedare in 2020.
Parents are reminded of the College’s Terms and Conditions of Enrolment.
In the event of the withdrawal of a student from the College, a full term’s notice must be given in writing advising that a student will be leaving the College, or not returning for the following year. If such notice is not given, one term’s fees (10 weeks) will be payable in lieu of notice.
As we have significant waiting lists in some year levels, please advise as early as practicable if your child will not return in 2020. Please advise in writing or by email to the Community Relations Manager, Julie Holland email@example.com
Music & Art Showcase
On Thursday 29 August (Week 6), Pedare will be hosting our annual Middle & Senior School Music and Arts Showcase in the College Chapel. There will be an Art Exhibition of student work in the Chapel Foyer starting from 6:30pm, followed by the Music Showcase in the Chapel at 7:00pm.
Your child is an important part of the music performances on this evening and the ensembles have been working really hard towards preparing a night of entertainment. The students are presenting high quality music under the guidance of our enthusiastic ensemble directors. Parents, please come along and support your child for this event and invite extended family and friends. It is a really important for students to have a big audience to encourage their development and build their confidence.
We look forward to a wonderful evening of Art and Music. A gold coin donation upon entry would be much appreciated where possible, as all money raised goes directly back into our music program.
If you have any further questions about the evening, please contact Carolyn Taylor (Music Admin) at firstname.lastname@example.org
Junior School Vocal & Instrumental Recital
A reminder the Junior School Vocal & Instrumental Recital will be held on Thursday 5 September. There will be three sessions throughout the day:
Parents and friends are very welcome to attend this entertaining event.
Collection of the Earn and Learn stickers ended on 25 June 2019 and the Library Staff and Volunteers have been busy counting! The 2017 Earn and Learn program resulted in 40,320 stickers collected by our Community so we are sure you would agree that we are very excited to announce the final tally for 2019 is 60660 stickers collected! This has enabled Pedare to select some large floor cushions for the new Mallee building, some ottomans and cushions for the Junior School Library and some miscellaneous craft and teaching resources.
We would like to send a huge thank you to the Pedare Community for participating in this program. Please also pass our thanks onto the wider Community members who also collected, including Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles and neighbours amongst others. We are looking forward to seeing the students benefitting from the items when they arrive.
Mrs Denton-Brown – Teacher/Librarian
On Friday 9 August, it was a cold, rainy night, but that didn’t stop two hundred and sixty-two Junior Schoolers from descending upon the Dame Roma Mitchell Centre and partying at the first One College disco. The lights were flashing, the soft drink was flowing, and the dance floor was filled. The children were so excited to see the sweet delights waiting for them at the lolly stall and hundreds of flashing accessories glowing right beside them. As usual, the photo booth was a popular place to be with a variety of accessories to wear for the shoot. The children danced and sang along to the latest music, but nothing could be more of a sight than when DJ Andrew played Lil Nas X – Ol’ Town Road featuring Billy Ray Cyrus. Every child sang every lyric, even when Andrew turned the volume down, they continued to sing. It was spectacular. Mr Millard joined us for the first time this year, and he was of particular use to the children as he held their hand bags and ring pops when they went off to the toilets. Thank you Mr Millard.
Thank you to all the volunteers, teachers, Mr Millard, Mr Pearce and Mrs Hanna for giving up your Friday night to make wonderful memories for the children. I’m sure it was quite the talking point in class on Monday morning.
All funds raised go towards a multitude of projects at the school, and we thank the College Community for supporting another Pedare Parent’s and Friends event.
Mrs Bonnie Kopec – Chairperson, Pedare P&F Association
As a part of our inquiry into art, culture and lifestyle, Year 2 and Year 3 students enjoyed a Chinese painting incursion. With the instructors from the Confucius Institute of Adelaide University, students compared Chinese painting tools, materials and techniques with western oil and water painting and also had an opportunity to learn how to use these materials to draw a panda and bamboo. This incursion has provided our students with another perspective to carry on with our investigation into the connection between art and culture and how it might have impact on people’s life.
Ms Grace Liu – Chinese Teacher, R-5
A reminder that Book Week is next week, 19 – 23 August. It is always a busy week and this year is no exception. Please see below some reminders about activities during Book Week.
On Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 August, the Junior School students will attend a workshop by visiting author Tania Ingram. Tania, a South Australian author, has written several children’s books and will be running sessions in the Catford Library. We look forward to seeing what Tania offers and the student’s faces as they enjoy this incursion.
The Scholastic Book Fair will be held during Book Week, from Monday 19 August to Friday 23 August inclusive. The Fair will be held in the Junior Library on Monday through to Thursday morning when it will be moved to the Chapel Foyer for Thursday afternoon and Friday. The Book Fair will be open in the mornings from 8:15am – 9:00am and in the afternoons from 3:00pm – 3:30pm, with the exception of Friday where it will also be open from 9:45am – 12:00pm. Everyone is welcome to come and visit to see the wonderful array of items for sale. Payment for purchases can be made by cash or EFTPOS and every book sold earns commission towards new resources for our College. We hope to see you there.
Friday 23 August is VIP Day at Pedare and there are several exciting activities planned.
An Assembly is being held from 8:50am – 9:30am which will include the annual Dress-up costume parade where students are encouraged to dress up as their favourite book character. The 2019 Book Week theme is “Reading is my Secret Power” so students can also choose to dress up using that theme if they prefer.
After Assembly, students will be taking part in a class activity where parents, grandparents and caregivers are welcome to join in. These activities will be held in the classrooms.
At 10:30am there will be a BYO picnic on the lawn next to the gym. Bring a rug and your lunch and enjoy this special time with your children. This will conclude at 11:05am when parents leave, and the normal day resumes.
Thank you in advance for participating in the above activities.
Mrs Liz Denton-Brown – Teacher/Librarian
On Friday 2 August, two large busloads of 75 talented and excited Pedare instrumental and vocal students from Years 3-12 made a trip to the lovely town of Balaklava to perform in their annual Music Eisteddfod.
Students in Luminaire Vocal Ensemble performed in the Choir section with passion and skill and they won the Gold Prize in their section! They also won overall Choir Champions of the day. The competition was strong this year and adjudicator Jo Tropiano praised the Pedare students on their ability to work together as a team and to perform the challenging jazz vocal repertoire. It was so exciting!
We had three ensembles perform their hearts out in the Junior Instrumental section. Staccato Strings won the Gold Prize, Percussion Ensemble won Silver and the Guitar Ensemble gained a Bronze Prize. The students were so excited to perform the pieces they had worked so hard on and bring home the trophies. Many thanks to Mrs Sheryl Beck for conducting the Strings so well and to Mr Andrew Chan (Percussion Ensemble) and Mr Vinnie Miranda (Guitar Ensemble) for preparing these ensembles for performance. Mrs Rachelle Knight did an amazing job of conducting the Percussion and Guitar Ensembles on the day.
The Junior Concert Band performed for the second time at the Balaklava Eisteddfod winning an Honourable Mention. This group has developed so much over the last year and the band has doubled in size under the direction of Mr Gerald Pederick.
Harmonia Vocal Ensemble (Year 7-12) participated in an inspiring workshop with adjudicator Jo Tropiano in the afternoon. They performed two contrasting pieces, You Raise Me Up and Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now conducted by our vocal coach Miss Morgan Welch. It was an amazing experience getting professional feedback on our vocals and presentation of the pieces. The students will be performing these pieces at the Music and Arts Showcase in Week 6 this term.
We are so proud of the Pedare students who shine in both their performing and their character. Many thanks to our amazing Music team Mr Gerald Pederick, Mrs Rachelle Knight and Mrs Carolyn Taylor for their support and enthusiasm in making an event like this possible. Also, thanks to the parents that attended and supported this music event.
Mrs Nadine Stroud – Director of Music R-12
In Week 4, the College has been celebrating National Science Week. The theme this year is Destination Moon: More Missions, More Science. It is a special year for Science with it being the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing and the 150th Anniversary of Mendeleev’s Periodic Table.
Science Week started on Friday 9 August with some Year 8 and 9 students going to Norwood Morialta High School for an engaging special Science Week presentation from Dr Karl Kruszelnicki. At the same time, another group of Year 9 Semester 1 STEM students displayed their final major projects in the One+ Science Awards, with the following winners moving onto the State competition at the Royal Adelaide Show in September:
Tied 1st Place
Tied 3rd Place
We wish them luck at the Royal Adelaide Show in September.
Also, during the week, there have been many activities and challenges happening in the Junior School and Middle and Senior School Home Groups and classrooms around the College. There were Scinema screening held at lunch time on Monday and Wednesday, with the latest research documentaries on Medicine & Space shown.
Miss Samantha Ireland – Acting Learning Area Coordinator, Science
On Wednesday 7 August, Pedare Christian College hosted the Mathematical Association of South Australia (MASA) Quiz Night. This year, we had 84 students from Pedare, Temple Christian College, Kings Baptist Grammar School and Modbury High School vying for the Overall Champion, the Mathematical Champion and the General Knowledge Champion. The quiz consists of both General Knowledge and Mathematical questions that students work to complete with the other students in their team. All students embraced these with enthusiasm and excitement.
Not only is the quiz a wonderful opportunity to work through mathematical problems and compete against students from other schools, it also encourages collaboration amongst students in a team setting.
We congratulate all of our teams for their participate on the night and our teams were lucky enough to win best team for General Knowledge in both the Junior and Senior division. I’m sure if there was a ‘Best Dressed Category’ one of our Year 12 teams would have definitely taken away the trophy!
Mrs Nicola Fotheringham – Learning Leader – Maths
During community lesson on Thursday 8 August, the Brooklyn Community did a community building activity playing a range of crazy games. Each Home Group participated in 7 games such as the ‘Magic Carpet Ride’ where they had to skid across the floor on a bath mat to their team-mate and ‘Classroom Tennis’ using text books as tennis bats and a crumpled piece of paper (ball) to volley their way across the Chapel floor. The Brooklyn leaders (James, Jude, Kai and Nick) introduced each game and judged the winners. Much fun was had by all – congratulations to BTH who were the winners on the day. GO BROOKLYN!
Mrs Ingrid Moodley – Community Coordinator, Brooklyn
Year 9 is an exciting time for students as they are nearing the end of their Middle School journey and await a new challenge at the beginning of next year in the Senior School. A major component of their year is the Community Project, involving students with an issue within a community of their choice. Thus, enabling them to become the problem solvers of tomorrow.
The Year 9 Outdoor Education experience to Camp Willochra located north of Melrose connects students with the local community of the Southern Flinders Ranges through community service. The program aims to build upon students personal and practical skills which they have learned and practiced during their previous outdoor experiences at Pedare. The main component being a beautiful walk through the middle of Mount Remarkable National Park; starting at Alligator Gorge and walking south to Mambray Creek campground with a stop at Hidden Camp. Students also had the opportunity to enhance their cycling skills on the trails of Melrose and for the daredevils some of the BMX tracks around the local area. Rescuing a dummy pilot out of a tree in a mock rescue scenario will test student’s ability to work in a team. Providing students with yet more opportunities to gain life-long skills in areas of problem-solving and cooking. This year, the community service challenge enabled students to give back to the local community by helping the District Council of Mount Remarkable through the clearing of land to make way for a new picnic area five minutes up the road from the Famous Stone Hut Bakery.
Students always return with a story to tell and memories to share for a lifetime. Learning about their personal capabilities is an important experience in life and the opportunities that camp experiences provide on this journey are invaluable for their development. Students so often return from camp programs with a new sense of the world around them and in this case, what the world has to offer for their future.
Mr Michael Secomb – Outdoor Education Coordinator
Congratulations to Indiyah Lindley, Year 6, who participated in the ‘Walk a Mile in My Boots’ event on Friday 6 August to support the Hutt Street Centre and those facing homelessness.
Well done Indiyah.
Congratulations to Eloise Winkler, Year 8, who is a proud member of the Australian Girls’ Choir and was honoured to sing at a State Dinner hosted by Premier Steven Marshall, to celebrate 125 years of Women’s Suffrage. This important event commemorates the suffragette movement which sort the right for women to vote, with South Australia being the first State to enable women to vote and stand for parliament in Australia 125 years ago.
Well done Eloise.
Congratulations to Ashley Soraghan, Year 1 and Hannah Cadd Year 2, who recently competed with their team in the Calisthenics Association of SA Tinies State Championships, held at the Royalty Theatre on Friday 2 August. Competing against seven other Calisthenics clubs, their team was awarded 2nd place in March, 3rd place in Rods, 4th place in Exercises and 2nd place in Aesthetic.
Well done to both girls.
Congratulations to Maggie Tan, Year 5, who was awarded a silver medal at the 2019 Adelaide Eisteddfod in July.
Maggie played Minuet by Beccherini at the “10-12 years any string player solo” competition.
Well done Maggie.
With the final matches of the winter season approaching, Pedare students continue to display their skills across a range of sports.
Congratulations to the Middle Boys Soccer team who defeated Trinity College 3 – 2 (who were previously unbeaten) on the Jackson Oval on Saturday 10 August.
Pedare Basketballers continue to excel in their SAAS and Norwood League Competitions. Middle B remains undefeated after another win against Trinity and Senior 1 had a strong 7-point win against Gleeson. Both Year 7 teams remain at the top of the table after wins at the ARC on Monday night and the Year 5/6 team remain undefeated after 4 matches.
Finals begin this week for Pedare Netball teams competing in the SADNA competition. Primary 2 will play against Golden Grove on Saturday in their semi-final and the Intermediates will face off against Modbury Hawks on Monday night for a place in the Grand Final. Good luck to both teams!
Mr Josh Willis – Director of Sport 6-12
AFLW 9-a-side Grand Final
Year 9 Girls 9-a-side Football team played their grand final game against Loreto College. It was a successful evening for the girls, as they won 38-2. The season was full of fun and lots of wins. The girls enjoyed getting out and playing despite a very wet and windy week last week. The girls improved their skills throughout the season and are looking forward to playing again next year.
Emma Milne, Year 9
It was an absolute pleasure to take the Year 6/7 Boys Football team to Pertaringa Oval for the Annual SAPSASA Carnival. To watch a group of players develop their football skills, their teamwork and the way in which they represented our College should be something they should very proud of.
“On Wednesday 14 August, the Year 6/7 Boys Football team and Mr Raymond went to the SAPSASA Football Carnival. On the day we went on a bus to Steventon Dr, Banksia Park to a very packed footy Carnival. There were twelve schools all together and there were two different categories. Category A consisted of Year 5/6s, and Category B was Year 6/7s. In our first game we were all still learning how each other liked to play and how we worked as a team. After our first match Mr Raymond talked to all of us and said how we would play the game to our very best. He said the most important rule was to play as a team and work together well. Around our 4th game, we got the hang of playing as a team and we won 2 out of 4 games. After the 6th game we had won 4 out of 6 and if we had won our last game we would have a chance of coming second. We were playing Gleeson and the main issue we had when we started was that we thought they were better than us and that was the reason they dominated us for the first ten minutes. In the end they beat us, and we came third overall. This was a very fun experience for all of the boys and thanks to Mr Raymond for taking us and coaching us for the day.”
Mr Mike Raymond – Coach, Year 6/7 Football Team
SWAT Youth (Years 7-12)
Meets Friday each week during school term at 7:30pm. Come for a great time of games, friendship and Bible discussion. We meet at 19 Perseverance Rd TTG. Click here for more details or phone Dave on 0403 723 953.
Weekly Services – Check out our web site for more details.
Sunday@8:30: Prayer book service – weekly communion.
Sunday@10: Family service and specific children’s ministries.
Sunday@6pm: Youth, young adult and those young at heart. There is no children’s program but drawing supplies and a withdrawal room are available for your young ones.