Junior School: Office closes end-of-day Friday 15 December, and reopens Monday 15 January 2018.
Middle & Senior School: Office closes end-of-day Friday 15 December, and reopens on Monday 8 January 2018.
Mr Mike Millard
Jacaranda season is well and truly upon us and the purple splendour in our local streets is a wonderful sign that Christmas and the end of the school year is approaching fast.
Our Year 12 students have competed their SACE exams and some are heading south for Schoolies, which we hope is a very safe and relaxing time for them. This will be followed by the Pedare Year 12 Formal at Sfera’s Convention Centre on Wednesday 29 November.
Year 10 and Year 11 students are in preparation mode for their end of year examinations which gives them a very good introduction to “examination technique” as they move towards their final year/s at the College.
In the coming weeks, and as we end the school year for 2017, I am looking forward to the many up-coming events including the Thanksgiving Services for each of the Junior, Middle and Senior Schools, the Junior School Christmas Musical, and the Year 12 Formal.
Please be reminded of the opportunity to join me for a tour of the site of the new Junior and Middle Schools and see the designs for our new buildings on Thursday 30 November at 7:00pm or Saturday 2 December at 2:00pm. Please refer to the email sent recently which includes details of the tour. Please click here to register.
As we approach the end of Term 4, I would like to see all students remain focused on their academic work in the remaining weeks. Our academic program continues through to the very last day and we do not have a “slowdown” prior to Christmas.
Mr Randall Pearce
On Tuesday 21 November, we welcomed 21 new Year 1 to Year 5 students to our community who will be joining us for the 2018 school year.
Several current students were selected to assist on this special day and were each asked to be a buddy to a new student. To be a buddy, a student has the responsibility of giving guidance and support as they assist the new students settle into the classroom and school environment.
Before this special day, I shared the following with the buddies about the expectations of their role:
“This is a very important day for our new students, some may be a little worried and even sad. I trust you will provide great support, be a fantastic role model and display the behaviour expected of a Pedare student. This starts with your presentation and manners. I am confident you will be wearing your uniform with pride.”
We hope our new students had lots of fun and made some lasting friendships. Many thanks go to the students and teachers who made sure their first day was a successful one. We were very proud to see all our new children making friends and trust they are looking forward to starting at Pedare next year.
Our Year 5 students attended their transition to the Middle School on Thursday 23 and Friday 24 November and we are looking forward to hearing the stories of your adventures.
Junior Primary Christmas Musical
The Junior Primary Christmas Musical is almost here, the performers have been practicing for the event and we encourage all Junior School families to support this fabulous and entertaining occasion on Wednesday 6 December at 6:45pm.
Mr Andrew Whiteman
This week we welcomed the new members to the Middle School with two days of transition. The movement from one school to another can be a nervous time for both students and parents and it is important to recognize this. Our aim here at Pedare is to make the student feel as welcome as possible over the two days. We want students that are arriving at the Middle School for the first time to be comfortable in the environment and to know who they can turn to if they need help. The day began with an assembly to recognize the 2017 Middle School leaders. These elected students have led the College with distinction this year and I thank them all for their commitment and enthusiasm throughout the year. A great leader leaves behind an environment in a better position than when they arrived, and these students have done this. A special mention to the 2017 Middle School Captains Sarah Fry and Braeden Ashworth who have performed their duties to a very high standard throughout this year. We wish them every success as they move into the Senior School. The 2018 student leaders were also inducted at the assembly. Congratulations to Shannon Taylor and Joshua Carrigan who were elected as Middle School Captains for 2018. I look forward to working with the student leaders next year.
Congratulations to the 2018 Middle School Captains:
Our new students visited a variety of classrooms and got to know their way around the College. Over the two days of transition, students spent time with teachers in their year level completing a variety of activities. They had the opportunity to meet and engage with current students while having fun competing in activities. Middle School staff know the importance of building a strong positive relationship with students in their care. Having a student who feels as though they belong to the class, the College and the community is very important and something that all staff focus on, particularly in the Middle School. We hope that as students finish their transition visit, that they have a smile on their faces and are excited about returning in 2018.
A reminder that the end of year reports will be distributed at the completion of the Middle School Thanksgiving Service on Thursday 7 December and the final day for students will be Friday 8 December.
Mrs Gillian Edwards
The Year 12 exams are finally over.
Now the wait for the results begins.
Meanwhile their Formal is fast approaching,
We look forward to the pleasure this event brings.
Back at school, 10s and 11s continue working,
Exams and assessment tasks are still to be done.
The recent warm weather has been rather challenging,
But not long now ‘til the holidays have begun.
The aim for 2017 was to Think Positive,
To remain smiling and focused when things went awry.
We hope this message has been inspiring
And our students have given the year their best try.
There have been new camps, challenges and many excursions,
Opportunities for learning and growth were quite vast.
Students have shared times that will create lasting memories
When their time at Pedare has long passed.
Year 12s enjoyed the refurbished Common Room,
It was their kingdom and refuge for the year.
Year 11s walked kilometres to learn about Adelaide,
And dangled from rock faces whilst showing no fear?
Year 10s got to know every grain of sand at the Coorong,
As they were challenged like never before.
All levels have their badges – a memento of this year,
As they anticipate what next year has in store.
So there is much for us to be thankful,
And we will do so on December 5th.
We hope to see you at our evening Service,
As we celebrate senior students’ talents and gifts.
Thursday 23 November
Congratulations to the following students who were inducted as school Captains at Assembly:
MIDDLE SCHOOL CAPTAINS
Shannon Taylor & Joshua Carrigan
PSV & COMMUNITY SERVICE
Holly Schutz & Gabrielle Wojtuik
Lauren Booth & Kane Stint
Larissa Brunato & Kaleb Bowering
Mia Furlan & Blake Wood
Ava McTegg & Angus McPherson
Ashleigh Hogg & Logan Cornell
2018 MIDDLE SCHOOL CAPTAINS
Wednesday, 15 November
Reception Ready students went on their first excursion to the Adelaide Zoo in Week 5. Despite the wet weather, they had a wonderful time observing the animals.
First stop was the Envirodome, where students got the chance to pat a skink and a joey. They learnt that skinks have blue tongues, which protects the tongue from getting burnt by the sun. We also saw the pandas, giraffes, lions, meerkats, monkeys, sea lions, tapir, reptiles and many amazing looking birds.
Below are some student comments:
Mrs Sharon Booth, Reception Ready Teacher
Friday, 3 November
In Week 3, Year 3s visited the Road & Cycle Safety Centre at Ridgehaven; a local resource that enhances our health, safety and wellbeing. At the centre, we learned how to read traffic signals, walk across railway and school crossings, negotiate roundabouts and gutters, cycle on roads or footpaths and recognise traffic signs and line markings. Our visit links to our Unit of Inquiry, as we explore inventions and their impact. We have investigated the bicycle and how it has developed and changed over time.
The children all had a fantastic time and even though there were a few minor injuries, it was a great day!
Student comments from 3A:
Student comments from 3O:
Mr Christopher O’Brien and Ms Libby Aiken, Year 3 Teachers
Friday, 17 November
The Junior School held ‘AngliCAN Do It Day’ on Friday 17 November. This event was organised and run by the Captains and the SVC Reps. Throughout the year we have represented Anglicare as their Angels. With the school year coming to an end, we believed that we had an opportunity to again support Anglicare and the local community. The purpose of this day was to find a fun way to involve the whole school while donating non-perishable items to Anglicare. All students at the Junior School were asked to wear their Community tops and participate in their communities to build a structure using the non-perishable items. With over 300 pantry items each Community set to work building their structures. It was amazing to see so many items and what we were able to build with them. Mr Pearce had the hard task of judging the buildings that were created. Our buildings were judged on our creativity, our community spirit, our teamwork and how each structure looked.
It was a close competition and the scores were as follows: 1st place Greenwith (100 points), 2nd place Hillcott (90 points), 3rd place Eldergreen (80 points), 4th place Brooklyn (70 points) and in 5th place Surrey (60 points). Congratulations to everyone for the generous donations and wonderful community spirit.
Junior School Captains: Nathan, Jack, Hannah, Ashley, Ava, Kierra, Emily, Lysander, Bella, Brooke, William and Christian
Thursday, 16 November
On Thursday of Week 5, some very excited Junior School students witnessed Giant Yard games arrive at the school. Even a rainy day couldn’t dampen the children’s spirits. Due to the weather, the games, which included giant Chess, Checkers and Noughts and Crosses, was set up in the Library for the students to test their skills.
Thank you to the Junior School SVC, who organised a Sporting Colours Casual Clothes Day to raise money to purchase the games.
Mrs Heather Bennett, Teacher/Librarian
“On Wednesday 22 November, the Year 9s went on an excursion to Keswick Barracks, the War Memorial, and the ANZAC Walk of Fame. At Keswick Barracks, we had an insight into the living conditions of soldiers in World War I and II. We learnt about the foods they were provided with, had the opportunity to test how hard hardtack biscuits were, and look through food packs soldiers in WWII were given. We saw the equipment soldiers wore, were able to walk through fake trenches and even fire a machine gun simulator.
In the second half of the day, we went to the War Memorial and were able to reflect on its meaning and significance. We were also given the challenge of finding a solider with our surname. Then we walked along the ANZAC Walk of Fame where we answered questions on the different images, battles and war roles.
A big thank you goes to Mr DeBoer for organising an enjoyable day and a great experience!” – Maya Smale
Other student quotes:
“This was an excellent educational experience for the whole Year 9 cohort and it’s safe to say we all left feeling a little bit closer to these individuals who were only a few years older than us when they had to fight.” – Jasmyn Bayzand
“Overall we all enjoyed the day out and we all left having a greater understanding of WW1 and what it was like living in that time period.” – Chelsea Shattock
“I believe the day was a success and I think the Year 9s next year will enjoy it as it’s not only a great learning experience but fun as well.” – Isabella Barry
“We all found the day very interesting learning about the wars that Australia has been apart of over the past years and how the soldiers get/got treated during these wars.” – Jenna-Rose Price
On the evenings of Tuesday Week 4 and Tuesday Week 5, the Wattle Cafe became a performance venue as students from Years 6-12 presented solos on an array of instruments or vocals.
Tuesday Week 4 saw over 30 Middle School students who have instrumental/vocal lessons, showing the skills they have been developing. They all performed with so much confidence and it is wonderful to see all of the students coming through the College who are enjoying music. This evening was also an assessment of the Year 9 Music students, who all performed with amazing skills and loved the feedback they received from a live audience.
Tuesday Week 5 was the Senior Recital evening with students from Year 10 and 11 who do Music as a subject performing their final solo assessment for the year. It was fantastic to see them grow in their abilities and present such mature pieces of music. The Year 11s also presented their original group compositions that they have created this semester for the first time. It was such a joy for us to see their creativity and their love of music shine through.
We look forward to many more solo evenings in the future, giving students the opportunity to perform to the community.
Mrs Nadine Stroud, Director of Music R-12
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 Brooke Carrigan, Year 10, who recently achieved the following results in her AMEB music exam:
Well done Brooke.
Congratulations to Cameron Manson, Year 8, who received high credit for his Level 4 AMEB singing exam.
Well done Cameron.
Adele Jansen, Year 6
Sneha Aryal, Year 6
Charlotte Ciracovitch, Year 5
Congratulations to the following students who achieved results in their Piano AMEB exams:
Adele Jansen, Year 6 – Grade 5 (B+)
Sneha Aryal, Year 6 – Preliminary Grade (A+)
Charlotte Ciracovitch, Year 5 – Preliminary Grade (A+)
Well done to all.
Year 6/7 SAAS Cricket Highlights:
Week 3 – Pedare vs Blackfriars at Blackfriars (Leroy Oval)
On a dry, fast outfield, we were set a large target of 159. Bevan, Daniel and Ben each collecting one wicket. Our run chase started steadily, before Kabir came in and blasted a 50! He retired, and then returned to add another 28 to his score. His 78 included fourteen 4s and one 6! We batted well around Kabir, including Bevan with 18 and Ben with 10, and fell just 3 runs short.
Week 4 – Pedare vs CABRA at CABRA
Electing to bat, Jordan and Ben got us off to a good start. We were a bit quiet through the middle order, with Jordan (five 4s) and Ben (three 4s) returning to finish on 30 and 23 respectively. Defending 104, we came up against some strong hitting early. Jordan was the star with the ball as well, and at one stage, was on a hat-trick and finished with 2/18 from his 4. Casey, Daniel and Ryan also picked up a wicket each.
Pedare Year 8/9 Cricket team paid their respects on Remembrance Day during the game with Norwood Morialta.
At 11.00am on 11 November, both teams stopped play, bowed their heads for a minute’s silence and remembered those who served, followed by the Last Post.
Congratulations to the Sub Primary 2 team on their first win. For many of the girls, this is their first season playing netball. They have been having lots of fun learning the rules; where they can go on court, what to do with their feet and how to work as a team.
The girls should be proud of the way they played and trust they will continue to grow, learn as players and above all, keep smiling and having fun.
Well done to Jasmine Brett, Jordyn Carr, Lily Drechsler, Lucy Haberfield, Kaylah Knight, Elane Neethling, Chanel Surace, Grace Terrington and Isabella Winder.
The Catford Library is again collecting Christmas gifts this year, to be donated to St Vincent de Paul Society for those less fortunate. Suggestions for items to buy have been given to students’ Home Group teachers. Please remember not to wrap your gift. Thank you for supporting this worthwhile charity.
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 FINAL kids club is on Friday 1 December, from 3:30pm-5:00pm at 19 Perseverance Road TTG. This will be party games and the Christmas story. Phone Rick on 8264 3736 or click here for more information about our Term 4 program.
SWAT Youth (Years 7-12)
Meets Friday each week at 7:30pm. Next meet is on Friday 1 December 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.
Carols on the Hill: Saturday 9 December from 7:30pm. At 19 Perseverance Rd TTG. Free Food, drink, Candles and glowsticks. Bring a rug or a chair. If it rains we will be indoor.
Christmas Display: ‘JESUS IS GOD’S GIFT TO US’ – Sunday 3 to Sunday 31 December, 8:30-10:00pm. Peek into the stable window. Watch movies that celebrate the truth of Christmas. See the church garden come alive with light and colour.
Carols Service: Sunday 3 December, 10:00am
Christmas Eve: Sunday 24 December, 11:00pm
Christmas Day: Monday 25 December, 9:30am
The last trading day for the Devon Clothing Uniform Shop at Modbury is Saturday 16 December 9:00am – 12:00pm. It will re-open on Tuesday 2 January 9:00am – 5:00pm.