Junior School: Office closes end-of-day Friday 15 December, and reopens Monday 15 January 2018.
College Office – Middle & Senior School: Office closes end-of-day Friday 15 December, and reopens on Monday 8 January 2018.
Mr Mike Millard
My Thanks to the Pedare Community
The final Vine for 2017 includes a photographic summary of the recent celebrations the College has conducted. We are very thankful for the year just passed and look ahead to a time of rest and reflection that only the holidays can bring. Parents and students have been very supportive of the plans to create One College beginning in 2019 and we look to the coming year with great excitement.
Year 12 Formal – Wednesday 29 November
Sfera’s is a wonderful venue to hold the College Formal as we can comfortably house the pre-dinner function with parents and family members before retiring with the students and staff to the main function room. I shall not forget the conclusion to the evening when the students stood together as one on the dance floor, linked their arms and sang their hearts out for the very last song of the evening. There is something very special about this group of students. Please click here to see more information and photos about the Year 12 Formal.
Junior School Thanksgiving Service – Thursday 28 November
The Junior School Thanksgiving Service was held on Friday 1 December and it was an enjoyable evening with each year level sharing the highlights of their learning journey. I continue to be buoyed by the growth in the quality of the Junior School choir and the percussion ensemble. They are developing a broader repertoire and growing in confidence.
Senior School Thanksgiving – Tuesday 5 December
The Senior School Thanksgiving was a celebration of the successes and significant contributions of the Year 12s for 2017. I commend the student leadership team for their broad engagement in the life of Pedare. They engaged in the extra-curricular programs in Sport and the Performing Arts ensembles and the bi-annual Musical. My very best wishes to all of the Year 12s as they move beyond Pedare to the many opportunities for growth and development as young adults.
Middle School Thanksgiving – Thursday 7 December 2017
The Middle School function is always a more relaxed celebration of the year in the Middle School. With its focus on the learning and key projects of the IB Middle Years Program, the students come together to showcase their work through music, drama and dance performances.
Staff Leaving Pedare at the end of 2017
Ms Lisa Kuhlmann has been appointed as the Head of Middle School at Unity College Murray Bridge after 12 years of service to Pedare and Ms Deborah Hanson is moving to Kings Baptist Grammar School after 10 years of service. We wish them both all the very best as they take up their new teaching roles.
Mrs Anna Gerow has retired after 20 years of teaching at Pedare in the area of Home Economics and Mrs Fran Maslin retires from her Finance role after 10 years.
The following staff are moving on having completed contracts this year:
Mrs Jane Nykke, Mr Darren Simpson, Ms Lucy Clasohm, Mr David Leung and Ms Georgia Kriaris. We thank them for their dedication and contribution in the classroom and beyond in things like the camp program, the sporting program, the pedal prix and many other activities.
I thank the students, staff, parents, volunteers and College Board members for their wonderful support of Pedare during 2017 and wish you all happy Christmas. 2018 is shaping as a very exciting year in the life of Pedare and I look forward, with great enthusiasm, to the opportunities to enhance our educational community next year.
2017 JUNIOR SCHOOL THANKSGIVING
2017 JUNIOR SCHOOL THANKSGIVING
2017 MIDDLE SCHOOL THANKSGIVING
2017 MIDDLE SCHOOL THANKSGIVING
2017 SENIOR SCHOOL THANKSGIVING
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Mr Randall Pearce
This year we have so many things to be thankful for. Below are some excerpts from my speech I read at the Junior School Thanksgiving:
In our College Prayer it says – “We give thanks for the students and their families, for the staff and for the many friends and supporters of Pedare.”
Without students, we would not be here and so to be mentioned first in our prayer is important and rightly so.
They say that teaching is one path to immortality. While I cannot turn back the clock, or better yet, stop it, each day I spend with the students allows me to reflect on my past, peer into their future, and find peace in our present. I am humbled to share my ideas and knowledge with the students so that they may act on them and hopefully pass on someday.
Boys and girls, you are all so amazing. To witness your growth and development over the year is to take snapshots of miracles. If pride were an energy source, I could light up the whole of Adelaide. The fact that I get to learn and grow beside you is an honour I do not take lightly.
I love knowing that in our classrooms, it is not always about what is right and what is wrong. Instead, it is about taking risks and figuring out what we think in that moment of time.
I love knowing that the next question asked could be the key to unlocking a new truth. I love knowing that if it does not work out during the day, we can all can start over new the next day.
Thank you for ensuring that my time here matters. Thank you for trusting me to help guide you as you make your way in the world.
Families, we know that without you and your support the learning would not be as rich and so we give thanks for our families. To the mums and dads, grandparents and carers for the trust you place in us so that together we can see children excel in learning and to grow to their full potential.
We are thankful for families who are actively involved in their children’s education. For individual parent volunteers who come into our classes, each week or each month or for special occasions. Parents who assist students with craft and reading, who attend excursions and who help with homework. Your contribution of time and energy and abilities is an invaluable gift to everyone’s children. Your selfless service to others is an important model for children and adults alike.
We give thanks for all parents whose active participation and support improves the education of all our children.
Thanks also go to the staff, who go above and beyond to provide a most wonderful learning environment for our students.
A special thank you for staff who will be seeking new adventures in 2018, Ms Deborah Hansen after 10 years of dedicated service and excellence, we wish you well in your new role at King’s Baptist. Ms Georgia Kriaris and Mr David Leung, we are thankful that you could start your teaching careers with Pedare and we wish you well for next year and beyond.
2017 has been a great year and we have and will continue to witness the wonderful learning that has taken place and will see many examples of our students shining their lights.
In closing, we are all aware that next year is our last on our current site. This change is significant and I am, along with the staff, committed to keeping and building our culture of care and excellence.
Whilst we may move physically, I know our community and the culture we have and treasure will be the same because it is not the bricks and mortar that makes a community but it is you; you the students, families and staff.
So, in 2019, we all move to new beginnings and exciting possibilities and will continue to do what we do best ……. grow and develop young minds.
Wishing all our community a blessed and safe Christmas see you again in 2018.
Mr Andrew Whiteman
As 2017 draws to a close it is hard not to sit back and wonder where has the year gone? Some days it feels like the year has gone so fast that it was only yesterday I was standing in front of the community for the very first time in February. I would like to thank everyone involved in the College for the warm and friendly welcome that I have received. I spoke at our Thanksgiving service on Thursday about the great pride I now feel as part of this close community. 2017 has been a great introduction to Pedare Christian College with many changes taking place. With change comes opportunity and the opportunities that 2018 and beyond will bring to the College are very exciting.
The progress towards truly becoming One College has begun with building work commencing over the last week. It will not be long and buildings will be removed and classrooms moved to new locations around the school. As the students return in 2018 their school will look a little different but the same great teachers and staff will remain. We remain focussed in 2018 on the learning of our students and want to inspire them to become the best students they can be. There will be some distractions as buildings appear before our eyes, but we know that the learning in the classroom will continue to be of a high standard.
This week the Middle School Thanksgiving service was held in the College Chapel and I was very pleased to see so many parents and family attend. The students love to see their parents, grandparents or friends arrive at these occasions and I thank all those who attended. We were treated to a performance from each of the year levels with the Year 6s stealing the show with an expertly choreographed musical medley from the musical Matilda. Our Year 7s delivered the 12 days of Christmas whilst demonstrating some of their learning over the year. Four very brave Year 8 students treated us to some of their original poems, with some real conviction and inspiration shown up on stage. Finally our Year 9 cohort delivered a beautiful musical item with some reflections on their year. I hope that you enjoyed it as much as I did and I look forward already to what they will come up with in 2018.
Congratulations to all of the award winners for 2017 and it was inspiring to see such a high number of students achieve academic excellence. Academic excellence is awarded to students who demonstrate consistent excellence in all learning areas and receive an average of 6 out of 8 learning areas. Academic Endeavour is awarded to a student who has demonstrated consistent effort, diligence and application to their learning. Citizenship awards are presented to students who represent all aspects of the Colleges Core Values and the IB Learner Profile. We can not all be winners of these awards but we want all of our students to try their best in all that they do. I hope that as students open their end of year reports they take note of not only the grades but also the comments from subject teachers. These comments are often the keys to making some improvements in their learning in 2018. We will be reviewing the distribution of reports to make this a more streamlined process.
We wish all of our Year 9 students every success as they transition from the Middle School into the Senior School. In the last week a lunch was held as a way of saying thank you for their contribution to the Middle School. It was a great way for students and staff to celebrate the year and to look forward to the challenges that will come next year. A highlight for me was the Year 9 camp to Melrose. Students were, at times out of their comfort zones but faced some of their fears head on and won. They took on the challenge of cooking in the rains, of riding a bike, of hiking with a backpack or of getting their own clothes organised. The fun and energy on that camp was evident and I commend all of the students that attended and the positive impact it had on them. I also would like to mention the Middle School student leaders and Captains for the way they have led the College with distinction this year and set a great platform for 2018. Good luck to all our Year 9 students for next year and beyond.
A big thank you to all of the Middle School staff for 2017 and for the effort they have put into building our great College. Our Core class teachers have taught, inspired, nurtured, and mentored all of our students and do it with a great sense of pride. It is always great to see so many students thank their teachers for a successful year. Finally I hope that after the busy year there is time over the holidays to sit back and reflect on your children’s achievements. Success is different for every child and the most important thing is that children strive to be the best they can be.
On behalf of the Middle School staff I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and hope that you have have a happy and peaceful break. We look forward to all of the exciting opportunities that 2018 will bring!
Mrs Gillian Edwards
As 2017 draws to a rapid close, it is still a hive of activity in the Senior School.
Year 12s celebrated with family, friends and teachers at their Formal. This annual and much anticipated event, held at Sfera’s, was a wonderful occasion for all who attended.
Meanwhile, Year 10 and 11 students completed their Semester 2 examinations and assessment tasks. Those studying Stage 2 subjects in 2018 also attended introductory sessions with their teachers prior to commencing their studies next year.
And finally, we came together at the Senior School Thanksgiving Service which acknowledges the talents, achievements and service of our students. This was a very well-attended event and the audience responded warmly to the messages of inspiration that challenged the graduating class.
When Year 10 and 11 students collect their reports, I hope they reflect on the year, enjoy their success and learn from the things that did not go as well as they hoped.
We await the publication of the Year 12 results and wish these students all the very best for their lives beyond Pedare.
To all the Senior School students and their families, I wish you a very happy Christmas. May this special time in the Christian calendar remind us of the importance of family, friendship and kindness to all.
On behalf of all the teachers in the Senior School, we hope you have a safe and relaxing holiday and we look forward to working with you again in 2018.
Despite the very warm conditions on the evening, the Year 12 Formal was a pretty cool event.
Students, their proud families and staff, numbering three hundred, enjoyed the pre-dinner festivities. This was followed by a group photo, one of many, many photographs taken during the night. Then it was time for the families to depart and the Formal dinner to begin.
The Formal Committee had done a wonderful job organising the colour scheme and table decorations. The staff at Sfera’s provided excellent service and a delicious meal.
Ms Jan Robertson addressed the students on behalf of their teachers, as she took them on a trip down memory lane and reminded them what a special group of young people they are.
As Valedictorian for 2017, Pal Tear delivered a stirring speech and challenged his peers to be agents of change.
This was followed by a number of student awards delivered by the Committee and the presentation of the Incomparable Character Award to Jordan Thurgood.
Then it was on to the dance floor, where Pal, Alfas and Thomas participated in a dance-off and where students and some staff in particular engaged in some interesting dance moves.
The evening drew to a poignant end, as the students linked arms and sang the final song of farewell.
Beautiful setting, beautiful food, beautiful sentiments and beautiful people. No wonder this annual event is so looked forward to on the College calendar.
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Friday, 8 December
Congratulations to the students awarded a Head of Junior School Award at assembly held on Friday 8 December. To view a list of students who received an award click here.
At the assembly, Year 5s celebrated their year at the Junior School reflecting on their time and celebrating their learning at the Junior School. At the end of the assembly, Year 5s sang and danced to the track ‘Everything is Awesome’ from the Lego movie and exited Blue Gum Hall through a guard of honour.
The Shine Shield was presented to Eldergreen for Term 4 with Brooklyn taking the honours for the whole of 2017.
Also at the assembly, Bev Stephenson and Barry Klaebe from the Barossa Rotary Club at our Junior School assembly came to collect the 45kg of ring-pulls collected by the students, staff and our wider community over the course of the year.
We would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who has helped us to achieve this remarkable collection of ring-pulls and we look forward to your continued support as we strive to exceed this mass next year!
Wednesday, 6 December
On Wednesday 6 December, Reception to Year 2 students presented ‘Superstar’ for the annual Christmas Nativity Musical. Year 2 students took the lead/acting roles while the Reception and Year 1 classes added some enthusiastic singing to boost the fun songs throughout. The Junior School Choir and Reception Ready students opened the evening with a number of carols before the nativity commenced. A fun time was had by all, with much excitement in the lead up. A big thank you to Mrs Booth and Miss Orlowski for directing the Musical.
Below are some student comments:
Mrs Rachelle Knight, Performing Arts Coordinator
Tuesday, 5 December
On Tuesday in Week 8, the Junior School Choir once again set off to entertain shoppers at the Golden Grove Village shopping centre. It is a performance opportunity students look forward to each year. Parents and general shoppers were entertained with two sets of Christmas Carols. Giving the choir a quick break in between sets, were a few instrumentalists playing their flutes, violin and saxophone. Students were well received and thoroughly enjoyed the experience as you can tell from their comments:
Mrs Rachelle Knight, Performing Arts Coordinator
Thursday, 23 November
On 23 November, Year 2 cohort enjoyed an insightful excursion to the Marine Discovery Centre at Henley Beach. We have been inquiring into our rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things. Our enthusiasm was not dampened by the inclement weather and our beach scavenger hunt enabled us to record and compare the data which we collected. We were also able to consider aspects of form and function as we investigated what our different discoveries were like and how they work.
Of the many activities offered, a firm favourite was the Virtual Reality activity. The dress-ups and puppets helped us to explore sustainability from other perspectives and to consider how we are all connected in our global responsibilities.
Some student comments:
Mrs Ailsa Burne and Miss Jasmine Orlowski, Year 2 Teachers
During the school holidays, we want to encourage students to continue to read to maintain their reading skills. Six weeks without reading has recognisable impact on students reading levels. Scholastic will be running a Summer Reading Challenge ‘Power Up With Books’. Prizes and badges can be won by those who participate. For more information click here.
Mrs Heather Bennett, Teacher/Librarian
Wednesday, 29 November
What could be the best Maths lesson on a 38 degree day? A wet one, of course! On Wednesday Week 7, students in 6H and 6Y took part in an event entitled ‘Maths + Water = Fun’. Students worked in teams to solve a variety of puzzles and problems with a watery theme. Some were variations of well-known riddles such as the ‘Monty Hall Riddle’ (but featuring 2 buckets of water and 1 empty bucket instead of 2 goats and a car), and the final puzzle was a variation on the ‘Knights and Knaves Riddle’ (also known as the ‘Gatekeeper’s Riddle’) to find the boxes of ice-blocks. The penalty (or reward?!) for incorrect answers was to be doused with a bucket of water – on a voluntary basis, but with no shortage of volunteers! It was great to see and hear the students’ thinking behind their solutions to these brainteasing puzzles. Students required parent permission and were asked to bring a change of clothes to participate in this activity.
Mrs Rachael Young, Year 6 Teacher
Recently, Year 7, 8 and 9 Chinese language students participated in a Chinese painting workshop. Students had the pleasure of Ms Na Han from the Big Tree Art Studio leading the workshop. Ms Han has been teaching painting and calligraphy for over ten years and has won many prizes. She introduced blue and white pottery painting to our students and demonstrated how to paint traditional Chinese dragons. Students designed and painted their very own artwork on the traditional Chinese Xuan paper.
While listening to traditional Chinese music, students created many amazing artworks including dragons, Tachi patterns, blossoms and Chinese traditional vases. “I loved it”, “This was fun” and “This is relaxing” are a few examples of feedback received from students. A selection of their work has been displayed in our Chinese classroom. Both teachers and students had experienced a very authentic Chinese art journey and are very proud of what was achieved in the workshop.
In Week 7, Ms Mossel was lucky enough to borrow a collection of World War 1 memorabilia from the Unley Museum. Year 9 students were able to get a first-hand look at actual items from 100 years ago, including uniforms, equipment, coins, medals, badges, and photographs. What an excellent way to finish off a unit of study on ‘The Great War’!
Surrey students spent their final Gathering smashing a Shark Piñata in celebration of their successful year. Over the last few weeks SBE, and their Home Group teacher Mrs Benyk, had been busily designing and preparing three piñatas filled with lollies and chips. On Thursday, their hard work was smashed to pieces by competition winners Rylee (Year 6), Waseem (SFE) and Will (SDE) and every student was able to enjoy a tasty treat to celebrate the year. Jess from SBE explained that “while it was a really fun activity on the day, it was great that everyone in the class was involved in creating the Piñatas and organising the Gathering.”
Mr Andrew Richards, Community Coordinator – Surrey
The notion of encouraging failure can seem contrary to what is traditionally taught in school. This article is about our involvement with the FIRST Lego League (FLL) and the importance of understanding how failure be just as vital as success.
We approached the 2017/18 FIRST Lego League season with great enthusiasm as expected. Students love the fact that the competition mat changes every year and the research topics are current and relatable to real world problems.
This year, the focus was on water, the various ways we use it and what problem can be identified to solve. In FLL the focus is on working as a team, solving curve balls thrown during the competition and displaying, at all times, the FIRST message of ‘gracious professionalism’. So where does failure come into this?
Being in an engineering competition means, things will go wrong. We had our robot completely miss all points in match one due to adjustment issues with our ‘jig’. As I explained to students, every team has breakdowns with the robot and soon after, they picked themselves up, rebuilt the jig and scored points for the rest of the tournament.
Every team member appreciated that grit, resilience, team bonds and perseverance were key aspects of getting something out of a difficult situation. It is difficult to teach that in a controlled classroom environment, these skills which are vital to establish early in life, often are fostered in competition environments.
As we enter the final year before our exciting merge, I look forward to seeing our STEM competition offerings grow to include VEX Robotics in 2018, evolving FLL to bring in new coaches and continuing our involvement with the FRC tournament, one which we are the only South Australian based school to enter.
Mr Emil Zankov
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 Khayla Weber, Year 12, who has been awarded Golden Grove Rotary Club’s Student of the Year, in recognition of her community service work both within and outside the College.
Well done Khayla.
Congratulations to Ashleigh Shattock, Year 11, who recently completed Stage 1 Legal Studies at OAC (Open Access College) and participated in SA Student Constitutional Convention held at Parliament House. Please click here to read an article featuring Ashleigh in the OAC newsletter.
Congratulations to Allyssa Gepp, Year 11, who recently received an Academic Award for Stage 1 Visual Art at the Open Access College Awards Ceremony.
Well done Allyssa.
Congratulations to Kiera Geesing, Year 5, who was selected to participate in the SAPSASA 12 and under Track and Field state team. Kiera competed at the School Sport Australia Pacific School Games in Adelaide from Saturday 2 to Wednesday 6 December with International and Australian competitors, and finishing 13th and 12th in the events she entered.
Well done Kiera on such a huge achievement.
We had a fantastic finish to our Summer season of sport at Pedare, with successful teams in all codes. Sixteen teams across the Middle and Senior school competed in various school and district competitions, with players representing Pedare exceptionally well.
An increase in playing numbers has been encouraging for cricket this year. Our three Middle Cricket teams had plenty of weather interruptions this term, but that didn’t stop some great individual and team performances. Well done to our Year 6 team, who have won all but one game this term in their SACA competition this term. Thank you to Mr Jonathon DeConno, who joined the 6/7 team this term as coach.
Basketball numbers continue to increase across our mixed competitions at the GGRC. Both the U/12 and U/14 teams had solid seasons, with all players continuing to develop under the guidance of our coaches. Thank you to senior students William Norrington, Nicholas Silby and Lachlan Clapp, for their assistance with the teams.
The quality of Netball being played at the College remains at a consistent and solid level for all teams competing at the SADNA competition. A special congratulation to our Sub Junior 7 team, who recorded their first win last week. The girls have shown outstanding improvement, under the guidance of coach Angela Maltby. A big thank you must go to our Netball Coordinator Fiona Themann, who has worked tirelessly to continually improve our SPiN program.
The 6/7 and 8/9 Tennis teams have developed this season, with both teams winning most of their matches this term. The quality of tennis being played remains at a consistent level across both teams. A special thank you to Yvonne Briggs who has been running specialist sessions with our students on Wednesday mornings.
The Pedare Volleyball program continues to develop, with four teams competing in the SAAS and Catholic Girls competition this term. The middle boys team have had a particularly successful term, winning all but one game in their division. All teams have shown remarkable improvement and we are looking for more development from our players next year. Thank you to all of our staff coaches and old scholars Branson Palmer and Jackson Cornish for their work with the teams this season.
The swim squad continues to train hard each Friday morning under the watchful eye of Mr Raymond. Our primary ages students had the opportunity to represent Pedare at the Independent Primary Schools Swimming Carnival at Immanuel College this term. This was Pedare’s second meet of the year and our students gained valuable racing experience against some of the larger Independent schools in Adelaide. Next year, we will look to enter in more events for not only our primary students but also for our middle and senior swimmers.
Congratulations to Gemma Greenwood (1500m & 800m), Chloe McCarthy (Discus, Shot Put & Javelin) and Sakura Tatewaki (400m & 200m) who represented Pedare at the SA All-Schools Games at Santos Stadium.
Further congratulations to Jude Barker (100m & Relay), Tyler Edwards (Long Jump & Relay), Jaidyn Croucher (800m), Emily Howie (High Jump) and Ally Hynds (800m), for representing Tea Tree Gully at the SAPSASA State Athletics Championships this term.
A reminder that our new Pedare sports page is up and running, where information on all Pedare sport and nominations for summer sport in 2018 can be found.
Mr Josh Willis, Director of Sport
On Friday 17 November, Pedare entered 4 teams (Years 3/4, 5, 6 & 7) into the Get Court Carnival. Unfortunately, the sun was not shining and our Junior and Middle School students played in some very wet conditions!
After training hard all year, it was our Year 3, 4 and 5 students first school carnival. They were very excited and it was a great opportunity for them to test their skills against the other schools.
The Year 6 and Year 7 teams were our strongest performers on the day, finishing 1st and 2nd in their respective age groups!
Thank you to all parents that came out to support on the such a rainy day!
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The TTG Uniting Church will be holding a Twilight Christmas Carols evening on Sunday 10 December at Banksia Park International High School on the Administration lawns, 610 Milne Road, Banksia Park. This is an open event with a BBQ at 6:00pm with the Carols starting at 7:00pm.
Generators Kids Club 2017 (Years R-6)
For information about 2018 Kids Club, phone Rick on 8264 3736 or click here
SWAT Youth (Years 7-12)
For information about 2018 SWAT Youth, phone Dave on 0403 723 953 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.
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.