Pedare - The Vine Newsletter Issue 18 for 2023

The Vine Issue 1 – 2024

February 9, 2024
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Mr James Tamblyn


It was wonderful to welcome our students for the commencement of the academic year last week. Very pleasing also to welcome so many parents to our Junior and Middle School Information Evenings earlier this week. One of our central beliefs about an exceptional education is that relationships are at the core. Strong connections between students and teachers, complemented by regular communication between school and home, are imperative. If you need any support or have any questions, please ensure you reach out and allow our staff to support you as required.

First Day of 2024 Academic Year – Monday, 29 February

On Thursday, we recognised our highest-performing students from last year’s Year 12 cohort. These students had much of their Senior School journey influenced by the pandemic, making their achievements even more meritorious. Those students gaining an ATAR in the 90s, along with their families, joined us at a special assembly to formally recognise their achievements. My thanks to all parents and staff who contributed so significantly to the success experienced by the Year 12 graduating class. We wish all our graduates every success and happiness as they embark on their post-school journeys and look forward to following their progress with great interest.

90+ Academic Assembly – Thursday, 8 February

Our current Community structure began in 1991. Five Communities were established – Brooklyn, Eldergreen, Greenwith, Hillcott and Surrey – all of which have grown into thriving Communities with rich histories founded upon a commitment to connecting students and families. This year, for the first time in 33 years, we are delighted to welcome a new Community to Pedare. With 92 students from R-12, Petworth has commenced its journey with an inaugural team of students, staff and families. We look forward to supporting Petworth as it establishes itself and contributes a freshness to our integral Community system.


Mrs Kat Elliott


While some of us have been at Pedare for a longer time, others like myself are just starting out on this journey. I hope that everyone else who is new to the College is feeling as welcomed as I am – I have been delighted by the warmth and kindness the community has already extended to me. Last year, I said goodbye to the beautiful community at St Martins Lutheran College in Mt Gambier, where I held the position of Deputy Principal. It has been reassuring to see the way Pedare staff, students and families have already reached out to help me feel at home. I look forward to continuing to meet more of you in the coming weeks and finding ways I can contribute to this vibrant community.

As I pause to reflect on the learning that has begun here in 2024, I am inspired. Pedare is filled with moments of insight, collaboration, sharing wisdom, and, most importantly, connecting with one another. One of the greatest strengths of humankind is the very fact that we are so different, and in possession of a great range of qualities and talents; however, our other equally greatest strength is how we come together. By working together throughout 2024, we will be able to overcome the many challenges that will inevitably come our way, and we will help each other find joy and pride in our achievements.

Week 2 has provided an opportunity to celebrate the academic achievements of the Graduating Class of 2023. We recognise that this is not something a student accomplishes in isolation or in a single moment. It is the culmination of a great team of people: their Year 12 teachers, all the teachers and educators who have supported their learning journey, their family, friends and classmates. It is the culmination of a sustained effort through many challenges and a commitment to progress and continual growth.

Inspired by the class of 2023, all students at every year level can commit to personal progress in 2024. In 1 Thessalonians 5:11, we find this timeless reminder: “Encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing”. I encourage you to savour the joys that 2024 brings and find strength in your community to meet the challenges. It is through these connections that we achieve our best.


Mrs Mandy Hore


Welcome to our community. 

Welcome back! A special welcome to the 35 students across Years 1 to 5 who joined us last week and, of course, to our littlest learners, our Reception classes. We also welcomed new staff members: Mr Mark Alen (Year 5), Ms Madi Krawczyk (Year 3) and Mrs Rachel Watts (Reception). We are also delighted to have Mrs Millie Orlando (Year 2) back with us as she returns from maternity leave.

Parent Information Night – Tuesday, 6 February

It has been a joyful, settled and enthusiastic start, with everyone enjoying connecting with their classmates and engaging with their new learning environments and teachers. 

My thanks to our community and staff for their contributions in preparing for the new year.

One of the highlights of our first weeks was the chance to come together and connect as a Junior School.

Our first Worship service provided an opportunity to meet our new Chaplaincy team, Mr Morton, Ms Frost and Mrs Smith, and to share fellowship and pray for the term ahead.

In our first Assembly, Junior School leaders unveiled our initial themes for the year ahead.

The first theme is ‘Little Things Matter’, which encourages us to appreciate the beauty in simplicity. It prompts us, as a Junior School, to pay attention to the small acts of kindness, quiet moments of reflection, and subtle joys that make each day unique. Whether it’s a smile from a friend, a kind word from a teacher, saying ‘thank you’ or feeling the warmth of the sun on our face during recess, these little things collectively shape our school experience and create a positive atmosphere. Of course, wearing the uniform proudly and respecting and caring for each other were also high on our agenda!

In our pursuit of appreciating the little things, I reminded students not to forget the impact of our actions on the planet we call home and, more locally, our College. ‘Walk Softly on the Earth’ is a call to action, urging us to be mindful of our footprint. Each step we take, both figuratively and literally, leaves an imprint. By adopting sustainable practices and making eco-friendly choices, we contribute to the preservation of our planet for future generations. Recycling, putting rubbish in the bin, and caring for our classrooms and outdoor spaces are joint responsibilities to prepare our students to be conscientious global citizens.

As a Junior School, we have the power to make a difference by embracing these two themes. If we work together, we can create a culture of gratitude where we express appreciation for the little things that make our College special. By recognising and committing to ‘walking softly on the earth’, we can create a community that thrives on positivity, kindness and environmental stewardship.

 I look forward to getting to know you and supporting your child and family this year.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any queries or questions. 

Junior School Assembly – Friday, 9 February


Mrs Eliza Buckoke


Welcome to 2024 – to all of our Middle School families, particularly those new to the Middle School and those new to the Pedare community!

We’ve had a great start to the year so far. Students are settling into their new routines exceptionally well. We know there will be some students still feeling nervous and perhaps still finding their feet. Your child’s sense of belonging at school is of utmost importance in order for them to feel connected and to be able to engage well in all aspects of College life. Please feel welcome to reach out to the Home Group teacher, any of our Pastoral Care team, or directly to me if you have any concerns or feel that your child needs some extra support to help them get off to a good start.

It has been great to connect with a number of parents through our new families drinks evening, as well as the Year 6 & 7 Parent Information evening on Tuesday, 6 February. Parents had the opportunity to meet Core Teachers in their child’s classroom. The relationship between school and home is so important, and we value any opportunity to connect with families throughout the year.

This week, our Year 8 students will begin their journey of engaging in the Healthy Minds wellbeing program. Healthy Minds has been developed through years of research led by Dr Tom Nehmy, a clinical psychologist and corporate trainer with over ten years of experience. Dr Nehmy’s passion is preventing psychological problems in people of all ages while also enhancing resilience and wellbeing. We look forward to the Parent Information evening on Monday, 19 February, where parents will hear directly from Dr Jacinta Durrand, one of the key presenters of the student program.

We look forward to partnering with you as we travel through 2024 together.


Mr Josh Willis


As we embark on another exciting school year, I want to welcome back all families to 2024. It has been a pleasure to reconnect with you all, and I also extend a warm welcome to those joining our community for the first time. It has been wonderful to see how positive and motivated our students have been in the first two weeks of school, and this has created a fantastic atmosphere across the College. We are excited for a new year ahead filled with exciting opportunities for student growth and learning. 

On the first day of school, I spoke to the Year 12s about the challenge in front of them as they embarked on their final year at Pedare. I spoke about two main qualities that will serve them well this year: organisation and work ethic. With so much information and advice available to them, it is important to try and keep things simple. I shared this story with them.  

 J.P Morgan, the banker and philanthropist, was shown an envelope containing a ‘guaranteed formula for success’. He agreed that if he liked the advice written inside, he would pay $25000 for its contents. Morgan opened the envelope, nodded and paid. The advice? 

1- Every morning write a list of things that need to be done that day.
2- Do them.
(Kerr, 2013, p. 129) *

This is a reminder that their success this year will not be a product of talent or luck but rather a result of staying organised and putting in their best effort. We look forward to walking with them and supporting them every step of the way.

This week, we have come together to celebrate the academic achievements of our Year 12 cohort of 2023. While the focus remains on honouring their achievements, this occasion also serves as a source of inspiration for our current Year 12 cohort as they embark on their final academic journey. Witnessing the dedication, resilience, and unwavering commitment to excellence displayed by our high-achieving graduates serves as a powerful motivator for the Class of 2024. 


* Kerr, J. (2013). Legacy: What the All Blacks Can Teach Us About the Business of Life (p. 129). London: Constable.

90+ Club – Class of 2023


Lent – Ordering your inner world

In recent days, I’ve been revisiting the account of King Saul, the first king of ancient Israel (1 Samuel ch.9 – 16). At first, by every external criteria, Saul seemed an ideal choice for the role. However, it wasn’t long before the ‘wheels begin to fall off’ as his disobedience, his self-importance and his impatience came to the fore. On the outside, he looked the part, but his character and motivations were deeply flawed.

The prophet Samuel was then guided by God to a family that lived in Bethlehem. One of the sons in this family was to be anointed and would eventually become the new king. Samuel was certain that the oldest son would be the best fit; but God had other ideas. In fact, God not only rejected the oldest brother but all the others too, except for the youngest – David. God’s reason for choosing the youngest, despite his age and lack of life experience, was this: 

“The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7)

A book that had a profound influence on me as a younger man was Gordon MacDonald’s ‘Ordering Your Private World’. He challenged me to prioritize the state of my inner world – my character, my values, my motivations, and my faith. His guiding principle was this: an integrated and well-ordered inner world will flow outward and positively influence the outer world of activity and relationships.

During the upcoming season of Lent, beginning with Ash Wednesday next week, I encourage you to ask God to help you order your inner world according to his principles of truth, integrity, and love.

Mr John Morton, College Chaplain


Ash Wednesday Community Service
For Staff, Students and Families

  • Wednesday, 14 February
  • 7.30-8.00am
  • College Chapel

Join with other members of the College community to mark the commencement of Lent, a time when many Christians around the world prepare for Easter with a season of reflection and repentance.

Rev Jo Smith, from the Anglican Parish of Modbury and Golden Grove, will lead the service, which will include scripture reflection and the opportunity to receive the sign of the cross in ash for those who value that tradition.

If you would like to attend and simply observe the service and learn about this Christian tradition, you are most welcome to do so. There is no obligation to receive the sign of the cross in ash.

Please note that the start and finish times will be punctual.

All enquiries to John Morton (College Chaplain): 8280 1700,

Parent Information Session
How to Support Your Child in Reading?

Parents and Caregivers of children in Reception Year 1 and Year 2 are invited to a Parent Information Session, ‘How to Support your Child in Reading’, on Tuesday, 20 Feb at 5:30 pm at Chapel.

  • Learning to read at Pedare
  • Practical Strategies to support reading at home

Please note that this is a parent-only session and there will not be supervision available for children.  Please RSVP if you can attend :

Uniform News

The College will be trialling a new model to support families wanting to buy or sell second-hand uniform items in 2024, moving away from a physical shop to an online process.  

The P&F Shop is no longer operating.

We are excited to launch the Pedare Second-Hand Uniform Buy / Sell Facebook Group. This page is solely for buying and selling pre-loved Pedare uniforms.   

New uniforms are still available from Devon Uniforms, please visit the College website for opening hours and to order online.

Please note: new College hats and socks are available from the College Office.

Defence School Mentor

The Defence School Mentor (DSM) Program is designed to provide practical assistance to Defence families and support the social and emotional wellbeing of Defence students. In conjunction with the Australian Defence Force, we recognise that some children of service parents may experience some disruption to both academic and social aspects of their schooling each time they move. Golden Grove Shared Campus Defence School Mentor is available to assist our students and Defence Force families with information, support and referral.

For more information, please contact Community Relations Manager, Julie Holland, at the College Office or email

2024 Student Residential Address

Do we have your current residential address?

 The Australian Government Department of Education requires the College to provide a statement of student residential addresses, in accordance with the Australian Education Regulation 2013 (Cth) (Regulation).

 A statement of addresses contains the following information about each student at the school:

  • Student residential address (not student names)
  • Student level of education (i.e. whether the student is a primary or secondary student)
  • Name and residential addresses of Person(s) responsible for each student. In general, the person responsible will be the student’s parent/guardian.

Please follow the link to the ‘Collection Notice’  for more information.

Please ensure that the College has current residential addresses recorded for students and parents, including separate addresses where parents and/or caregivers live apart.

To confirm or update your residential address, please contact the Community Relations Manager, Julie Holland, at:


SACE Merit Awards Ceremony

Pedare 2023 SACE Merit recipients had the honour of attending the annual Merit Awards Ceremony at Government House this week. They were recognised for their outstanding academic achievements and presented with their well-deserved certificates.

We are incredibly proud of them and wish them all the very best for their future pathways.


Lunar New Year’s Dragon Display

Year 3

To celebrate the Year of the Dragon, Year 3 students made a beautiful dragon display with paper plates. They also wrote good wishes in Chinese Hanzi on the plates, hoping for a great year ahead!

Mrs Grace Liu and Mrs Siew Ng



The Pedare Extra-Curricular Team are excited to bring you a new portal, containing information and links all in one location to our Sports and Clubs program.

The Portal is updated regularly to bring you the latest news, announcements, updates, results and more of Pedare Extra-curricular activities and events.




Tea Tree Gully Anglican


Tea Tree Gully Anglican Church is a group of Christians who seek to serve Jesus in everything we do. Whether you are just visiting or looking for a Christian home, we aim to be a loving and supportive family for you. We meet at the church at 8.30 am, 10.00 am, and 6.00 pm in person. If you can’t join us just yet, we’ll continue to stream at 8.30 am and 10.00 am online using Zoom and YouTube  Service times are 8.30 am and 10.00 am.

Please contact Dave Brown at for more details, or check their Facebook page for links.

If you are struggling and would like to talk with someone from the church during these trying times, please phone 8264 3736.




Gully Church (Tea Tree Gully Uniting) – Banksia Markets


Gully Church hosts the ‘local and friendly’ Banksia Markets on the first Saturday of each month from 8.30 am to 1.00 pm at 600 Milne Road, Banksia Park. Stalls inside the hall and in the car park include produce, fresh fruit and vegetables, jewellery, tools, bric-à-brac and lots more.

For more information, contact the Gully Church website at or email




Golden Grove Uniting Church


Golden Grove Uniting Church, corner of Crouch and One Tree Hill Road, Golden Grove, has a traditional service at 10 am on a Sunday.  Also, on the second and fourth Sunday of the month, we have a cafe-style church, a relaxed contemporary worship service at 6 pm in the Church hall.

Café Youth is a fun, interactive program for young people ages 14 and up looking to engage in topics of faith. Café Youth sessions start with a fun 30-minute activity based on the theme for the night, then followed by “Talk Time”, during which the group discusses a topic of faith while enjoying delicious snacks, refreshments and pizza! The cost for each session is $5.

For further information, please contact the Office at 8251 4298 or email  You can even check our webpage: