Mr Mike Millard
The College Board and Leadership Team have received very positive feedback from the Pedare Community about the move to One Campus. In addition, we have been pleased to clarify a few queries from parents about processes and outcomes.
At the recent P&F Meeting, I was able to clarify parents’ questions about the additional parking and larger Kiss & Drop Zone for the Junior School, the ‘business as usual’ approach at the Middle and Senior School during the build in 2018 and the contingencies we have in place in the highly unlikely event the Middle Schools STEM Centre takes more than 12 months to build. I also reaffirmed the commitment that the One Campus build will not result in a fee increase due to the fact, the long term, low-interest loan repayments, are within the current capacity of the College.
The design process for moving transportables and creating cleared building sites is well underway and we have commenced the ‘new building’ design work involving students and staff of both the Junior and Middle schools. All this is progressing towards a design outcome by mid Term 4 this year.
Middle and Senior School Arts and Musical Showcase
On Tuesday evening, 19 August, I had the pleasure of attending the Arts and Music Showcase and have received very good feedback from parents, who have taken the time to write and let me know that they too were very impressed with the very professional student performances. We had the opportunity to hear the ensemble performances from Generations of Jazz and the more recent ABODA Festival. The quality of our ensemble program continues to grow and the experience students gain from competition has pushed the performances to a high level. These performance opportunities coupled with the College’s instrumental program are critical to growth. The Music team of Mrs Stroud, Mr Pederick, Ms Taylor and the instrumental teachers are to be congratulated on bringing together such a high-quality event. Thanks also go to Mr Tymukas for organising the student art display in the Chapel Foyer, which is a reflection of the great learning the students have achieved so far this year.
What makes Adelaide a happy place?
Have you noticed that the general happiness and mood of Adelaide in winter and early spring is closely linked to whether Port or the Crows win their games each weekend? With both teams now into the AFL finals, the mood, expectation and anticipation are very high. We have very passionate supporters for both teams at Pedare and this will be an exciting time.
May your team, whether it is the Crows or Port, do well in the coming weeks. No doubt, some amongst us would like to see a Grand Final with only South Australian team representation.
College Closure Day – Student Free Day
PLEASE NOTE: On Friday 8 September, both College Campuses and the College Office will be CLOSED.
Mr Randall Pearce
Spring is finally here! We are all looking forward to some sunshine and warmer weather. Please be aware students will need to begin wearing hats during outside play from Monday 4 September.
Kidz Biz Family Life Sessions
On Wednesday 23 August, Year 4 and 5 students, along with their parents, were invited to a family life information session, hosted by Kidz Biz Education. These highly interactive sessions, designed to educate young people about health and well-being, provided students and families with an introduction to basic personal and social development education; traditionally known as the ‘facts of life.’
Topics covered were:
Father’s Day Breakfast
On Friday 1 September, we enjoyed our third Father’s Day Breakfast. It was reported to me that many children were so excited about this event and their Dad’s coming to school, they could not sleep and woke very early, got themselves ready and were out the door ready for the day. It was wonderful to see so many Dads in the same space enjoying the company of their children and fellow Dads. We had over 90% of our families represented for this event and hope to grow this further in the future.
Many thanks to Rory and his catering team and to the numerous staff volunteers who cheerfully woke early to serve our community.
On Wednesday 27 September, you are invited to attend Learning Journey’s at Pedare. There are 3 session times to choose from. An email will be sent home later this term requesting you nominate your preferred session time, please return the information to your child’s class teacher as soon as possible.
Mr Andrew Whiteman
As you will read in this edition of ‘The Vine’, there has been a lot of activity in the Middle School over the past two weeks. It is wonderful to see such a large number of students involved in a diverse range of activities. Students have not only been competing in competitions but they have been performing to a very high level, with many outstanding results. The many offerings of extra-curricular activities for our students, adds value to the education of children of Pedare. The camaraderie that was displayed at the girls’ soccer grand final was the same that our students showed during the Book Week competition, along with a fierce determination to win. Congratulations to the students mentioned in this week’s issue of The Vine and also to all of the students who committed to their activities throughout the winter terms. It is not always easy to get up and out of bed on a cold winters morning for your sports but I’m sure that students had some fun along the way playing with their classmates.
Plans are underway for our 2018 Middle School transition days, where Year 5 students, and those who will be new to the College in 2018 will spend Thursday 23 and Friday 24 November at the Middle School.
Students will have the opportunity to experience specialist lessons including Food Technology, Digital Technology, and Arts subjects. Parents and Caregivers have already been sent details and there is more information to come.
There are limited places available in some year levels, so if you have family, friends or colleagues who have expressed interest in enrolling their child at Pedare, please ask them to contact the Community Relations Manager, Julie Holland, at the College Office.
Open Day is coming up on Sunday 24 September from 1:00 – 4:00 pm, families are welcome to visit in the afternoon, tour classrooms and see some of the wonderful work of our students.
A reminder that if you need to contact your children during the school day to arrange to pick them up for any reason, please contact the College Office on 8280 1700. All Middle School students have been reminded that if they are unwell and need to leave school, that they must visit Student Reception and administration staff will contact parents. The College must be aware if students are unwell or injured and know where they are at all times. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
Mrs Gillian Edwards
Last week saw the running of the Senior School Quiz Night, which has become an annual event at the College. The rivalry between competing tables was intense, accompanied by exchanges of good-natured banter. The questions were both challenging and engaging. Lachlan Porter and Oliver Fulcher were the smartly attired MCs, Sarah Arbery was the Chief Judge and Adjudicator and Lachlan Wilson looked after the AV requirements. A well-deserved victory on the evening went to team Quiz Khalifa, although there may be a stewards’ inquiry as to how/why the staff table came a shameful last. Nevertheless, our wooden spoon trophies have already been put to good use.
Thank you to all who attended and supported the event; and a special thank you to Sarah and Oliver, as our current Academic Captains, who organised the evening. The total of $243.60 raised will go to Kids Helpline, which is the Senior School charity for this year.
The subject counselling process is currently underway. The staff involved are enjoying the opportunity to meet with students and their parents to discuss subject selections for 2018 and possible future pathways.
As the winter months draw to a close we look forward to the prospect of warmer weather and better health for quite a few of our students and staff who have been suffering from colds and flu.
Thursday, 28 September
Parents and students may recall the inaugural Foundation Day in 2015 for the College’s 30th anniversary. We are holding Foundation Day again this year on Thursday 28 September. This will be a day when the whole College will come together at the Middle and Senior School to celebrate our 32nd year and acknowledge our Founding Principal, Mr Geoff Catford, at a special Assembly. Junior School students will be transported by bus to and from the Middle and Senior School (Junior School families will receive further details soon).
A feature of this day is the College Dash, whereby a Pedare pentagon (30 metre sides) will be marked on the oval. For Years 3 to 12, the fastest boy and girl from each Community will compete in separate events and be timed to determine the College Dash winning community. There will be a modified Dash for Reception to Year 2 students.
As a Community event, students will be able to wear the new Community polo tops. Student who have already purchased a top are keen to wear it and support their Community. If you have not yet purchased a Community top for your child, Devon Uniforms have them in stock and they can be purchased from the Campus Uniform Shop, Devon Clothing Uniform Shop Modbury or online.
Further details about Foundation Day will be advised in due course to students and their families.
Tuesday, 29 August
On Tuesday 29 August, the two Reception classes went on an excursion to The Jam Factory and Haigh’s Chocolate Factory as part of our unit of inquiry this term. The central idea, ‘The properties of materials influence the design of structures,’ closely focuses on the concepts of Change and Function.
During the excursion, students were taken on a guided tour of the Jam Factory, walking through different workshop areas observing how materials can be manipulated and changed into amazing pieces of artwork. Students saw how metal, ceramics, wood and glass can be transformed and witnessed artists working with glass and watching the glass blowing process.
The group then caught the tram to South Terrace and enjoyed lunch and a short play at Clover Playground before walking to our last stop – Haigh’s Chocolate Factory, where students learnt how chocolate starts from the Cacao Bean and undergoes a few changes before turning into the yummy chocolate we eat today. Students saw chocolates being made by machinery and others being made by hand. A few delicious chocolates may have been consumed along the tour!
Here are some quotes from the children from excursion.
“I learnt that glass is made from sand.” – Samuel
“I noticed that glass changes shape.” – Lauren
“I noticed that when glass is heated it is red.” – Amelia
“I enjoyed watching the almonds being coated in yummy chocolate.” – Hannah
“I loved trying the different types of chocolate at Haigh’s.” – Ava
Question from Charlie “How does the computer know where to cut the wood” – a question raised when watching designers work on a CAD program designing furniture made from wood.
Ms Alicia Clare and Mr David Leung – Reception Teachers
Thursday, 31 August
On Thursday 31 August, the Year 1s headed off to Para Wirra National Park. The sun was shining and the children were very excited to work outdoors for the day.
Mrs Shanelle Palmer, from the Bushland Classroom, organised the activities that centred around the Transdisciplinary theme of Sharing Our Planet.
The Central Idea that we are investigating is: Living things perform functions in the environment and are connected to each other.
The exciting activities included pond dipping, looking for water insects, not dipping the children!! Gently shaking leaves to see what insects fall out, looking at different habitats, making an insect out of clay and many more activities. A big thank you to Mrs Palmer and all the parents that came to support the children in their outdoor learning.
Mrs Joy Ey, Year 1 Teacher
A group of Year 1 students have been enjoying Lego Problem Solving as Enrichment with Mrs Hudson.
The activity the students have been working on is ‘Wall and Bridge’ building, creating strong Lego joins and building a chair for Mr Bear have been some of the problems to be solved.
In “A Chair for Mr Bear,” the students had several design criteria which had to be met. The chair had to be the right height and size for the teddy bear and it needed to support him to sit safely upright without falling off the chair.
Students followed a design process of: Research, Brain Storm, Choose and Plan, Create, Test, Redesign and Share.
Miss Orlowski’s Year 2s have enjoyed 4 sessions of ‘Echnidna’ Philosophy Sessions as Enrichment.
Using children’s literature as a stimulus, we explored the theme, “Stretching the Truth” and read and discussed the Bob Graham book “Rose Meets Mr Wintergarten.”
A friendly soft toy Echidna named Anstey, helped students explain their thinking to each other. Echidnas have a long nosey nose and are very curious creatures. In this way, he can help find out what students are thinking. Students may hold Anstey while they are explaining their thinking. Anstey is very popular and an excellent listener during Philosophy sessions.
Students in 2O commented about Philosophy:
“I like Philosophy. We build on other people’s ideas. All ideas are okay. You should not stretch the truth. Anstey is like a stress ball. I learned about how other people think and act.” – Tejveer
“Philosophy is about learning to listen to other people. We got to do moving around and standing up thinking. I enjoyed working with other people. Stretching the truth means making a story bigger, making somebody impressed.”– India
Mrs Karan Hudson, Learning Support and Enrichment
Wednesday, 20 September & Thursday, 21 September
The Junior School will be presenting their Musical – ‘What a Knight!’ by Craig Hawes.
Join Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table on Camelot’s craziest quest in this hilarious musical adventure! A castle full of colourful characters join in the fun, including precocious princesses, a talking dragon – and not forgetting Merlin and his magic mirror!
This is a magical production, where everyone is guaranteed to sing a lot, dance a lot and laugh a lot… at Camelot!
The ‘What a Knight’ Musical will be held on Wednesday 20 September and Thursday 21 September 2017 in the Golden Grove Arts Centre with each session starting at 7.00pm.
Please click here to book your tickets.
Tuesday, 29 August
On Tuesday of Week 6, the Art and Music departments collaborated in the presentation of the outstanding achievement in Arts learning at Pedare through a combined Art Exhibition and Music Showcase, ‘The Art of Music.’
The Art exhibition included artwork from Year 6-12 in a diverse range of media, ranging from traditional painting and drawing, to sculptural instillations, as well as photographic and light sculptures from Media Arts. The students explored concepts such as ‘Gender and Identity’ in paintings and ‘Objects in Motion’ in sculpture. The exhibition provided the opportunity for younger students to build an understanding of the evolving creative opportunities available to them as they progress from the directed learning in the early years of Art to the wholly independent visual exploration demanded of students taking Year 12 Visual Art at Stage 2 SACE.
Mr Tom Tymukas, Learning Area Coordinator – Visual Art
The Music Showcase followed with performances from many of our talented and vivacious students from Year 6-12. Pedare Voices and Luminaire Vocal Ensemble displayed the strong vocal culture we have developed and the Intermediate and Senior Concert Band confidently performed their ABODA Festival repertoire. The String Ensemble and Quartet and full of amazingly talented players from beginner to advanced, and entertained the crowds with their heartwarming and polished performances. The class bands from Years 9, 10, 11 and 12 all presented fun and energetic pieces. The students had so much fun performing and watching each other shine. It was a magnificent evening of entertainment lead extremely well by our student hosts Pal Tear and Madison Fry. We are so very proud of the students and the joy and energy they bring to the stage every single time they perform. Many thanks to Ms Carolyn Taylor, Mr Gerald Pederick, Ms Sheryl Beck, Mr Angelo Valdivia for putting the Showcase together.
Mrs Nadine Stroud, Director of Music R-12
Wednesday, 23 August & Thursday, 24 August
On Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 August, 52 Pedare students made the annual pilgrimage to Westminster College for the ABODA Band and Orchestra Festival. The festival is a wonderful event where thousands of students from all over Adelaide participate in Percussion and String Ensembles, as well as Concert and Stage Bands of all levels and sizes. This year, Pedare took our String Ensemble, String Quartet, Intermediate Concert Band and Senior Concert Band.
The students performed wonderfully in their sections, and for some, particularly in the Intermediate Band, it was the first competition and performance they have been involved in at Pedare. We are so proud of the results, both String Ensembles gaining a Silver Award and the Intermediate and Senior Band both receiving a Bronze Award for their performances.
Eisteddfods and competitions are a wonderful way for students to perform and receive recognition for all their hard work and practice, but also to learn from feedback and by watching others.
Many thanks to Mr Gerald Pederick, Mr Angelo Valdivia (our brass teacher) and Mrs Sheryl Beck (our strings teacher) for their hard work preparing the students for ABODA 2017. It is the most wonderful thing to see so many students engaged in Music and enjoying performing in Adelaide. The arts are alive and well in South Australia and Pedare is once again, a proud part of the wider arts community.
Mrs Nadine Stroud, Director of Music R-12
Tuesday, 23 May
On Tuesday 23 May, 31 students from Years 6-10 participated in the highly regarded International Competition and Assessment for Schools (ICAS) Digital Technologies Competition, organised by The University of New South Wales. The competition was a supervised in-school assessment with questions designed for students of all achievement levels.
Congratulations to all who participated.
The following students who received a credit or distinction in their year level:
Ms Lisa Kuhlmann, Learning Area Coordinator – Technology
Saturday, 19 August
This year, Pedare entered the 2nd Year of the South Australian Young ICT Explorers competition with 3 teams:
YICTE, as it is known, has been a competition held around Australia and internationally for a number of years and only started a South Australian regional in 2016. Each project students create is judged on a number of criteria including innovation, impact on community and presentation. Attending competitions to present technological projects is important for a number of reasons:
This year our Visualising Data team of Khayla and Ethan won 1st place with their project exploring the connection between Arduino’s and the Processing language. Congratulations again Khayla and Ethan, who backed up last year’s 1st place! Although the boys of “Safe Garage Door and Pedestrian Walking Times Reconfigured” were unlucky not to place, I would like to mention the dedication and hard work they demonstrated throughout the season. Several observers at the competition mentioned that the safe garage door team should get their idea patented – look out ‘Shark Tank’!
I encourage all students to consider this competition next year as it grows in South Australia. There are some real tangible outcomes, with the keynote speaker this year Imogen Low inspiring students with her story of failure in 2014, to then winning the national 2015 YICTE competition and now interning at SAP, one of the world’s largest enterprise software companies.
Click here for photos of the event.
Mr Emil Zankov, Digital Technologies Teacher (Year 6-12)
The Book Week theme for 2017 was Escape to Everywhere. Our Year 8 students participated in the exciting 25th Cross-Campus Book Cup Competition. They attended an inspirational presentation by Dan McGuiness, an accomplished illustrator and cartoonist who shared valuable tips with them. The cartoons submitted by the Book Cup Finalists presented a very high standard and we congratulate the Walrats on coming second.
Congratulations go to Jorja Shroeder, Sarah Lloyd, Rumah King and Kaitlyn Ford, The 4 Racoons, on coming first in the competition. Our Favourites and KSST took out second and third place respectively. Well done Pedare, all four teams won a place.
Mrs Liz Denton-Brown, Teacher/Librarian
Pedare Year 8 students with illustrator and cartoonist Dan McGuinness
This year, Pedare students could be engaged in 3 different activities for Science Week. Years 7, 9 and 10 wrote an 800-word essay on ‘A Sustainable Future’ which they could then enter in an Interstate competition. Students entered the Education Perfect Science Competition, where Pedare achieved 1st in South Australia and 7 students won awards. Finally, all Home Groups were challenged to build a straw tower which would withstand an earthquake and hold the maximum weight that was tested in Assembly.
The following essay winners received an Australian Geographic book:
Education Perfect Science Challenge awards go to:
The Home Group Challenge winners received chocolate prizes:
Congratulations to all the students involved in this year’s activities.
Mrs Leonie Brown, Learning Area Coordinator, Science
Recently, I had the pleasure of accompanying seven of our Year 11 students and William Booth and Hannah Quinn, Junior School Captains, to the Anglican Schools Student Leadership Workshop on ‘Inclusive Leadership.’
We were blessed to have the Governor of South Australia, Hieu Van Le, as the guest speaker and his story was unquestionably a highlight of everyone’s day. The students were then set a task to complete, first in a group with students from different schools and then, together as a school group. It was wonderful to see the sharing of ideas and opinions and the sense of teamwork develop very quickly as a result of completing a shared task. Kyle Alchin and Hannah Quinn did a wonderful job presenting on behalf of Pedare.
The student reflections below show just what a positive experience being part of this day was for the group of Pedare students.
“…the deeply personal and insightful recount of the Governor’s leadership even in his most troubled days at sea on route to Australia as a refugee. This experience helped increase my understanding of what it means to be a leader!” – Judah
“…listening to the Governor’s speech, I thought his story was inspiring and taught us a lot about the importance of leading to serve others, and not for our own selfish purposes.” – Tara
“…to be pushed me out of my comfort zone because we had to speak to older people from other Anglican schools.” – William
“…that no challenge is too great, the Governor really put small day to day challenges into perspective with his personal hardships he shared with us.” – Cooper
“…leaders really do come in all different ways, and often the best leaders are the ones that you at first wouldn’t expect. Being able to attend the leadership workshop allowed me to see first-hand all leaders are different, and one type of leader is not more successful than another type.” – Gabrielle
“….more about leaders as it was great to see the different types of leadership through talking to all the different leaders from other schools.” – Kyle
“…participating in a group of completely new students and gradually watching everyone come out of their shells and voice their opinions; working with likeminded students from other Anglican schools as we looked to inspire inclusive leadership and positive change in our communities and schools.” – Aspen
“I enjoyed doing the group activities, whether they were mixed schools or the same schools. I liked getting to know the people in my mixed schools group and others on the excursion with me. I learned about the Governor-General, where he came from and who he was, and how similar the different Anglican schools around Adelaide are.” – Hannah
Ms Jan Robertson, Assistant Head of Senior School
On Tuesday 15 August, Mr John Morton and Miss Sarah Rose took a group of 8 Senior School students to the annual Bible Society Masterclass. An event which brings together high school students from all over Adelaide, and some country areas, and exposes them to acclaimed Australian Christian Speakers.
This year, students heard from Mr Dan Paterson who works for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries in Brisbane. Mr Paterson spoke on the topic of God and Science and the way in which the two are not incompatible.
In the second half of the day, we heard from Dr John Dickson and Dr Natasha Moore, both from the Centre for Public Christianity in Sydney. Dr Dickson spoke on the best and worst of Christianity throughout history and Dr Moore spoke on the lost art of free speech.
It was an enjoyable and thought-provoking day for all, in which students were challenged to reflect on their own beliefs and were strengthened in their Christian faith.
Miss Sarah Rose and Chaplain Mr John Morton
We encourage families to share their child/rens personal achievements from both within and outside of the College, as we understand learning doesn’t stop at the school gate. If your child has a special achievement, we welcome your submission. Articles of 100 to 200 words along with a good high-resolution photo can be emailed by clicking the button below.
Congratulations to Ashleigh Shattock, Year 11, who was Pedare’s entrant in the Golden Grove Lions Club Youth of the Year competition. Ashleigh underwent an interview, delivered a 5 minute prepared speech and two impressive 2 minute impromptu speeches to be declared the overall winner on the night. She now moves on to the District Final in October, for which we wish her the best of luck.
Congratulations to Jack Haberfield, Year 4, who finished in 3rd place in the Golf SA Primary Schools Golf Event, which is run as part of SAPSASA, after taking 42 shots to complete the 9-hole modified course.
Tea Tree Gully Golf Club played host to the final round of Qualifying for the year, ahead of the State Final, which was held over two days from the 31 August at Adelaide Shores Golf Park. Of the 140 qualifiers from around the state, the leading 44 golfers will progress to the second stage of the Finals Series, which will be played in early September on the Patawalonga Par 72 Golf Course. The leading 12 players from this final will make up the State Team to compete in the Pacific School Games in early December.
We wish Jack good luck for the next exciting stage in this event.
Thomas Brennan, Year 6, has had a busy month in August with many musical achievements. Competing in his first Eisteddfod, alongside some very advanced players, he received the following awards:
Thomas was chosen to play with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in their Big Rehearsal program playing the massive Dvorak 9th Symphony and his favourite Star Wars theme.
Congratulations to Connor Brennan, Year 8, who has passed his Grade 2 Guitar exam with ‘A’ Honours.
Friday, 18 August
On Friday 18 August, Pedare competed in the Open Knockout Basketball Finals at Wayville Sports Centre. Pedare qualified for the finals day by defeating four schools in multiple Knockout competitions over the past two terms.
After playing three preliminary matches against Millicent, Clare and Unity College, the boys finished second on the table and therefore qualified for the semi-final. The semi-final against Millicent was a tight contest, with many lead changes. The boys managed to gain control of the contest in the second half, eventually winning the match 44-38. This meant the boys moved on to the final against Unity College.
The final was a physical contest; however, the boys managed to get away to a fast start and open a 10-point lead. Unity came home strong to get within one point with only minutes left on the clock. Pedare showed fantastic composure to ensure Unity didn’t come any closer, eventually winning the Grand Final 50-46.
All the players should be extremely proud of the way they played and represented the College. A special mention goes to Nathan Caeran and Sam Johnson for the way they played in their final appearance as Year 12s.
Mr Joshua Willis, Director of Sport R-12
Saturday, 26 August
On Saturday 26 August, the Pedare Middle Girls Soccer Team played off in the Grand Final against Mary MacKillop College.
The girls played with their usual high intensity for the entire match, but unfortunately fell short, going down 2-1. All the girls should be extremely proud of their achievements for the year and making the Grand Final is a fantastic result.
Special mentions for the season go to Jorja Schroeder and Chelsea Bailey, who consistently played at a high level each week. Also, Madison Smith who came into the team during the season, quickly became a very important defensive player for the team. Every team member played with 100% effort each week and would always have a smile on their face at the end of the game, no matter the result.
Mr Michael Secomb
Generators Kids Club 2017 (Years R-6)
Come and join us. Generators kids club meets Fridays each fortnight for great games, craft and bible time. Our next kids club is on Friday 8 September from 3:30pm-5:00pm at 19 Perseverance Road TTG. This week’s craft is soap shapes. Phone Rick on 8264 3736 or click here for more information about our Term 3 program.
SWAT Youth (Years 7-12)
Meets Friday each week at 7:30pm. Next meet is on Friday 8 September at 19 Perseverance Road TTG. Come for a great time of games, friendship and bible discussion. Phone Dave on 0403 723 953 for more details or click here.
Normal Weekly Services – Check out our website for more details
Sunday@8:30: Prayer book service – weekly communion.
Sunday@10: Family service and specific children’s ministries. Communion on third Sunday of every month.
Sunday@6.00pm: Youth, young adult and those young at heart. Communion first Sunday of every month. There is no children’s program but drawing supplies and a withdrawal room are available for your young ones.