Mr Mike Millard
This edition of the Vine really focuses on how Pedare culture is so clearly expressed by the students, teachers and parents through their involvement in community events across the whole College. In recent weeks, we have had a wonderful time being involved in two major events, the two College Swimming Carnivals and the Middle and Senior Athletics Day, which has been moved to the new venue of Tilley Reserve this year. These events provide a snapshot of what ‘we are really like’ as an educational community.
Deep community passion for Brooklyn, Eldergreen, Greenwith, Hillcott and Surrey comes to the fore. Students strive to do their very best. They support all competitors, regardless of ability, they provide leadership to younger students and they support teachers as they manage these events.
How do we measure this? Happy, engaged and passionate children is a good place to start in my view.
Mr Randall Pearce
Swimming Lessons and Swimming Carnival
Week 5 of Term 1 was our Swimming week with much fun and learning. Thanks go to Mr Perry for all his organisation and to the teachers and parents who supported the event during the week.
Swimming is a life skill vital for all children and especially children growing up in Australia. Statistics sourced from Royal Surf Life Saving, show there were 280 drowning deaths across Australia in 2015/16, with thirteen in South Australia. Males accounted for 83% of all drowning deaths, and 45 of those deaths were in swimming pools. All this highlights the importance of a basic level of swimming skills and water safety, which is promoted through the Junior School’s commitment to swimming for all year levels every year.
To help prevent drowning, every child must have basic swimming and water safety skills, and knowledge of how to be safe when they are in, on, or around the water, all of which are covered during our lessons at Water World.
Parent Teacher Interviews
Parent, Teacher interviews will be held in Week 7, on Tuesday 14 to Thursday 16 March. These are an invaluable experience for the teachers and we hope for you as parents. There is a huge body of research that points to the correlation between parent involvement in a child’s schooling and their educational success. Quite simply, if you want your child to improve his/her learning, then take an interest in their learning and attend as many school functions as you can such as Parent Teacher interviews. Celebrate the successes and together with your child and teacher work alongside each other to further develop any challenges.
National Young Leader’s Day
The National Young Leaders Day is an annual event created in 1977 by the Halogen Foundation to develop strong leadership values amongst young Australians. On Monday, 20 March, our Junior School Captains and Community Captains will attend Young Leaders Day at the Adelaide Convention Centre.
The Program consists of keynote talks, multimedia presentations and interactive learning that seeks a range of specific outcomes for young people who aspire to lead themselves and others well.
A consistent message taken away from past years has been, “nothing significant, enduring or amazing ever started out that way. Just get started!” A message the students will have as they continue with their roles of Captains and throughout their school life and indeed the rest of their lives.
Learning Journeys will once again commence in Week 9 this term – Wednesday 29 March and are a wonderful opportunity for students to celebrate their learning with parents and family.
All year levels will open their classroom and invite parents/caregivers to share in their learning. It involves classes showcasing completed work to their special guest. Each child will have the opportunity to share and reflect upon their different learning experiences, work, learning environments and classroom experiences.
We believe Learning Journeys are valuable to the students, giving them the experience and enabling them to develop many different skills, including; responsibility, reflection, choice and control of their learning through self-evaluation.
Mr Andrew Whiteman
On Tuesday 28 February, the Middle and Senior School participated in a Pancake breakfast for Shrove Tuesday. Our community leaders and Middle School leaders prepared the pancakes and cooked for the students of Pedare. Shrove Tuesday is the last day before Lent and a chance for us to celebrate and ‘dine out’ before the season of Lent. With the gold coin donations received, $500 was given to charity. The season of Lent calls on us to do things for others rather than ourselves and reflect on how we can become better people. A students’ journey through school will be full of ups and downs but it is when we stop and reflect on how we can do things better that true growth occurs. Throughout this season of Lent, I encourage all of us to stop and think about how we can help others.
The action never stops in Term 1 and after the success of the Swimming Carnival in Week 3, a team of dedicated swimmers were chosen for the SSSSA Swimming Carnival. A number of Middle School students swam at the Carnival and helped our team to second place in our division. Our Year 9 swimmers performing particularly well. On Friday 3 March, a number of our Year 6 and 7 students headed out to the pool for the annual SAPSASA swimming meet. The boys and girls performed very well and won our division. The students will be recognised at the next Middle School assembly. Well done to everyone who competed at these two events.
The College’s Musical is well under way, with auditions already taken place under the direction of Mrs Johnson, Ms Stroud, Ms Robertson and Mr Pederick. I am pleased to announce there are a number of Middle School students who have been awarded roles in the production including some for senior roles. The school production of ‘The Little Mermaid’ will be performed in Week 10 of next term at the Golden Grove Arts Centre and all that is left now is for the rehearsals.
This week has seen the Athletics trials being held at the College, both before school and throughout the morning. It was a great sight to see the students out running and trying very hard for their Communities. Even with the hot weather they soldiered on and performed very well. It was a good time to remind students about the importance of being sun smart and making sure they are hydrating throughout the day. The College has a number of shaded areas, as well as areas such as the library, where students can stay out of the sun and access rooms that are air-conditioned. Staff have been supervising students in classrooms which have provided some relief from the heat. All students are required to have a school hat and must wear it when out in the sun.
I am looking forward to Athletics Day this week and hope to see again the friendly competitive spirit on display. We have to wait and see if Greenwith can take home both the Swimming and Athletics Carnival trophies. Good luck to everyone.
Mrs Gillian Edwards
At a recent SACE Forum for school leaders, it was emphasised that the focus of SACE was on developing students’ capabilities or skills and their disposition necessary to be successful in a rapidly changing world.
Likewise, the ability to respond to change and adversity is a key life skill the Senior School wishes to develop in its students. Things can and do go wrong. How one responds to such challenges can determine one’s level of success.
According to well-known psychologist, Michael Carr-Gregg, resilience is defined as the capacity to face, overcome and be strengthened by adversity. Instead of shielding children from such situations, parents are encouraged to promote the development of skills that will lessen the impact of challenges, changes and stress and turn them into opportunities instead.
One such opportunity is the upcoming Year 10 Camp Capabilities, to be followed in Term 2 by the Year 11 Camp Challenge. We look forward to our students rising to meet the challenges presented.
Another opportunity available to Senior School students is being provided through the launch of the Catch Up Club, commencing Week 7.
As we are now more than halfway through Term 1 and the assessment tasks are beginning to gather momentum, senior students will be able to work in room SF2 on a Wednesday afternoon from 3.30-5.00pm. They will be working quietly and individually under teacher supervision. It is hoped this environment will help students who have tasks to complete and deadlines to meet, to work in a focussed atmosphere. Teachers may recommend that students attend or they may attend of their own accord.
One of the Year 12 PE classes recently experienced the challenge of the Aquatics Camp, where the skills of kayaking, windsurfing etc. were developed as part of their curriculum. It proved to be a very positive and successful program, with the students enjoying great weather too. The second PE class is looking forward to their turn later in the term.
Work is underway in preparation for the One+ combined Careers Expo to be held on Wednesday 14 June. Students from all three schools on campus will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from universities and other tertiary institutions. Please note this date in your diary as parents are strongly encouraged to attend with their students. More information will be made available in coming weeks.
Home Group representatives for Pedare Student Voice (PSV) have been elected and will meet regularly to discuss school-related issues. We look forward to their ideas and thank them for their commitment to this leadership opportunity.
Finally, we are looking forward to the Athletics Carnival, and to the opportunities provided by a change in location. For our Year 12s this is an especially significant event, being their final one. No doubt many of our seniors will be challenged by competing in events for their Community; but the spirit engendered will stand them in good stead for the rest of the year.
Thursday, 2 March
On 2 March, staff, students and parents enjoyed a wonderful day at the Junior School Swimming Carnival. Being such a hot day, it was well received by the students who were able to cool off in the water as well as having great fun. The students’ support for their communities and competitiveness in the races shone through. Thank you to the many parents who were kind enough to give their time in the heat to assist in ensuring a smooth running of the Carnival.
Results of the day were:
Well done to all who participated in this annual Junior School event.
Mr Heath Perry, Coordinator of Junior School Sport
Tuesday, 21 March
Harmony Day, a celebration of cultural diversity, will be held on 21 March. This day brings people together, it’s about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone. The Junior School SVC will be organising special events for the day, with students being asked to wear something orange with their uniform, for instance, a hat, some ribbon or even an orange t-shirt. Students who have a national costume will be invited to wear them on the day.
This day is a great opportunity for all of us to think, talk about and recognise how our differences make Australia a great place to live.
Mrs Heather Bennett, Teacher/Librarian – Junior School
Thursday, 23 February
On Thursday Week 4, the Year 6s made an enthusiastic audience for renowned South Australian children’s author, Allayne Webster. Allayne spent 90 minutes with each group discussing various aspects of the art of storytelling, writing, editing and publishing. Allayne gave the students many opportunities for interaction, to which the students responded enthusiastically, showing a wonderful grasp of storytelling and an awareness of story language. Many students came out of the session reinvigorated and looking forward to working on their own stories, which they will write, self- and peer- edit and publish later this term.
Mrs Rachael Young, Teacher – Year 6
The Year 7s have been doing a narrative unit in Language & Literature, looking at fairy tales and how they shape identities and relationships. The students have been looking at the features of traditional tales and have read a variety of stories in advance before writing their own, adding illustrations and sharing them with other classes. Mr Goodall’s class also visited the Junior School to share their fairy tales with Mrs McMahon’s Reception students. This was a great experience for both year levels and helped to provide a real-life audience for the Year 7s. The students also enjoyed sharing a brain-break and playing in the Junior playground!
Mr James Goodall, Teacher – Year 7
Wednesday, 8 March
On Wednesday 8 March, our Year 9 and 10 students were visited by Luka Lesson, an acclaimed Australian Slam Poet who has performed his poetry all around the world.
Luka kept the audience captivated for an hour as he told stories through his poems and encouraged students to value the spoken word. One of our talented Year 10 students, Chloe Nguyen, was invited to the stage to perform with Luka, beatboxing for him as he performed a poem. The student’s responses following Luka’s performance showed how much they valued what he had to offer.
“I liked how he told us that there is a lot more to poetry than just writing and speaking.” Cooper Murley – Year 9
“I felt that Luka’s poems were interesting and deep. The fact he was open to discussion was exciting and he spoke a lot about what makes slam poetry different and what he likes about it.” Cooper Sutton – Year 9
Miss Sarah Rose, Acting LAC – English
Your choice of wine and sweet or savoury food platters are available for pre-purchase when you order your tickets online.
All proceeds will contribute to Pedare students attend the Generations in Jazz
Special thanks to Edibelle Cakes and The Wine Ministry for supporting this event.
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 Lorcyn Murdey-Green, Year 4, who competed in the Little Athletics South Australia Northern Improvers track meet on Sunday 26 February and attained 3 Silver medals in U9 Discus, High Jump and 60m Hurdles. Lorcyn also received a Gold in the U9 100m Sprint. Well done Lorcyn.
For Inspiration & Recognition of Science & Technology (FIRST)
A group of Pedare students, led by Mr Emil Zankov and assisted by Mrs Michelle Langfield, will venture off this weekend to participate in the FIRST Robotics Competition in Sydney. The competition is a large-scale robotics competition, which brings together students and mentors to build robots that perform in a competitive but gracious environment against teams from all over the world. FIRST was founded in 1989 in the USA, and its innovative programs are designed to motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, while building self-confidence, knowledge and life skills.
We wish our Pedare team great success in this exciting competition.
Congratulations on an outstanding result at the SAPSASA Swimming result by our Pedare Team. Thank you to all swimmers, parents, staff and families who attended the Carnival.
The final results were:
For those wanting to learn new strategies and skills for successful parenting, Parenting Toolbox courses are being run at Clovercrest Baptist Church in Terms 1 & 2. Select the course relevant to your stage of parenting and gain valuable insights and encouragement!
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Our College Chaplain, John Morton, facilitates the 12-18 years course and would be happy to answer any questions you have about these courses. firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note Dance Images will be utilising the Pedare College Chapel for Dance lessons commencing this year. For further information on their dance lessons, please click here.
The Church of St Mark’s is running a fortnightly Kid’s Club Thursday afternoons for primary school age children. Sessions are from 3:30pm-5:00pm at 160 Wynn Vale Drive, Wynn Vale at the cost of $2 per child. Click here for further information.
Generators Kids Club 2016 (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 17 March from 3:30-5:00pm. More info can be downloaded from our website. We meet at 19 Perseverance Rd TTG. See http://www.teatreegullyanglican.org.au for more details or phone Rick on 8264 3736.
SWAT youth (Years 7-12)
Meets Friday each week at 7:30pm. Come for a great time of games, friendship and Bible discussion. Next meets on Friday 3 March.
We meet at 19 Perseverance Rd TTG. See http://www.teatreegullyanglican.org.au/activities-groups/swat-youth-years-7-12 for more details or phone Dave on 0403 723 953.
Weekly Services – Check out our website for more details
Sunday@8:30: Prayer book service – weekly communion
Sunday@10: Family service and 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.