Mr Mike Millard
Creative Final Weeks of Term 2
Thank you to all the families who were able to find time on their weekend to attend the Come and See Day last weekend. We had a very steady stream of current families, new to Pedare families for 2020 and Old Scholars come through the One College buildings. The learning spaces in the Mallee Building and Banksia Building were very well received as was the Sports Centre which has that real ‘wow’ factor especially for our Old Scholars.
The Junior School Showcase was held on Tuesday 25 June. This is a very popular annual event with parents and grandparents keen to see the musical talents of the students. Year levels presented a range of items with age appropriate musical instruments. For the very first time we were entertained by combined Junior and Middle school specialist ensembles. These were not possible when we were on 2 campuses but have been a wonderful goal of the Performing Arts Department. The older and musically more confident Year 6 and 7 students provide great support for the younger students who too grow in confidence and skills as they share their love of music. The ensemble performances were the best we have experienced, and we look forward to the growth of this program in the coming years.
The Year 9 IB MYP Community Project Presentation Evening held on Wednesday 26 June was also very well attended as our students displayed their community projects and explained to our visitors the learning and service components they developed during this important piece of assessment.
On Thursday 27 June Year 7 students also had the opportunity to display their Innovation Hour Projects to parents. This project work is dedicated time each week in the curriculum and has a focus on exploring topics beyond the classroom. The task that require students to work independently to problem solve and find creative solutions to real work challenges.
This week concludes with the Middle and Senior Musical entitled “13”. “13” is an original musical set in a small-town Indiana and it follows the life of Evan Goldman who relocates there following the divorce of his parents. The story follows Evan as he commences a new school and how he deals with his 13th birthday and other important events in his life.
The cast and directors have been hard at work since late 2018 on this project and have devoted many hours to rehearsals. Students from Year 6 to Year 12 are cast members and the camaraderie and support within the group is a very special feature of Pedare musicals. I look forward to attending of the final evening.
My best wishes to the students, parents and staff for a very restful holiday break. There has been a large amount of flu and cold related absence in the last weeks of term. We all need a break to recover and reset for Term 3.
Mr Andrew Whiteman
As the month of July arrives, we say goodbye to Term 2 and look forward to the up-coming holiday break. Life at Pedare continues to be full and busy, and the opportunity for two weeks at a slower pace is looking very nice indeed!
We have welcomed the Year 10 and 11s back to school after their exams and the completion of Semester 1. For most of the students, this has meant a change of timetables, subjects and teachers and it has been pleasing to see them adapt to change and settle easily into the new semester. For Year 12s, life has been ‘business as usual’ as their study has continued and the countdown reminder in the Common Room now suggests less than 70 days to their final day at school!
Congratulations to the Year 12 Drama class for their amazing production of ‘The Peach Season’, which showcased a very talented group of students in both on and off-stage roles. The Year 11s have enjoyed their Challenge Experience this week, finishing the two days foot sore from their meandering around Adelaide and with aching muscles from rock climbing and abseiling at Morialta Conservation Park. These two days are such valuable learning experiences for our young people as they are tested physically, mentally and socially in situations very different to their everyday life.
Year 12s had a wonderful visit to the two Reception classes last week where they listened to their buddies reading and spent time playing with them in their lunchbreak. It is a truly lovely sight to see the smiles on the faces of the Reception students and the Year 12s as they interact with each other and further establish a bond together, made so much easier now with us altogether on one campus.
This week we look forward to the much-awaited musical production, 13, performed by students from Year 6-12. Many months have gone into preparing this show and I am confident everyone who sees it will be thoroughly entertained and full of admiration for every member of this cast and the quality of the performance. For Year 11 and 12 students, this will be an extra special experience as it will be the last time they will perform in a Pedare musical.
At an Assembly last year, Mr Millard gave some advice about holidays which struck a chord with me at the time. In the same vain, I would like to encourage everyone to consider 3 R’s for the holidays – “Rest, Re-energise and Reflect. Enjoy some down-time, do things that make you feel good, spend time with people who bring you joy, and take time to look back on what has been – recognising your strengths and learning from your mistakes so you can move ahead and be the best version of yourself.”
Ms Jan Robertson, Assistant Head of Senior School
Mrs Lauren Brooks
The Year 9 Community Project is a consolidation of learning throughout the Middle Years Programme and was a significant piece of work completed over the past six months. The purpose of the project is to authentically address a need within the community and is done through the four criterion of the Community Project: Investigating, Planning, Action and Reflection. It was a wonderful celebration of the students learning last Wednesday night where students were able to showcase their project to the many parents and members of our community who came along. It was even more special to be able to hold the showcase in our brand-new Mallee buildings; being a place of innovation, creativity and opportunity.
Furthermore, last Thursday we were also able to celebrate the great efforts of our Year 7 ‘Innovation Hour’ project. The students and staff have done an amazing job bringing this initiative together which has encouraged students to take risks, feel inspired and seek to have a genuine impact globally, culturally or economically. It was a very proud moment to watch both our Year 9 and Year 7 students present their learning on a platform that is challenging our students academically, whilst also building problem solving skills and fostering creative thinkers.
Our Year 6 students were brilliant this week engaging in their ‘Mind Your Own Business’ task. This is an opportunity for students to learn business and enterprise skills, creating their own business whilst conducting market research, due diligence on other similar businesses, logo, branding, advertising and more. Finally, our Year 8 students have been doing hip hop lessons in PE and the Year 8 teachers have some fantastic interdisciplinary initiatives in store for Term 3.
Co-teaching – Throughout Semester 2 we will be trialling co-teaching throughout some of our Middle School classes. We are looking forward to our staff and students experiencing the strengths of co-teaching which include; more opportunities for small group and mastery learning experiences, creative lessons and increased collaboration and teamwork. Co-teaching can provide a support system to our staff and students that can develop a real sense of community in our classrooms.
Pedare News! – We are fortunate in the new Mallee building to have a Green Room which has seen our students enjoying learning about the film and photography capacity within this space. Over the past week our students and teachers have started our very own Pedare News channel where students are recapping the week and discussing current news and events around the College. We are excited in future to share and live stream this around the College.
Student Initiatives – We thank many of our students who have been a part of some new projects since moving into Mallee, such as researching and designing suitable indoor plants for our new spaces, as well as being a part of naming some of our new rooms such as the ‘Creation Station’ and ‘STEM Space’. It has been wonderful to share the student’s enthusiasm and love of the new spaces.
Mr Randall Pearce
Last week we were treated to an amazing Junior School Performing Arts Showcase. The performing arts provide a creative escape for children, introducing them to the imaginative worlds of theatre, music and dance. Exposure to the performing arts at an early age provides fond memories that children will cherish for a lifetime. More importantly, an introduction to the performing arts initiates the development of invaluable life skills in children.
Lisa Phillips, CEO of Canada’s Academy of Stage and Studio Arts, is an author as well as an arts and leadership educator whose work strongly supports arts education. Her book The Artistic Edge: 7 Skills Children Need to Succeed in an Increasingly Right Brain World explores how the arts develop leadership skills needed for children to grow into successful adults. In January 2013, her findings were featured in a Washington Post article listing the top ten skills that children learn from the arts. She lists the following skills as products of arts education:
As an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (Candidate) school, we refer to the qualities we want our children to be exposed to and be developed within their characters. This is known as the ‘Learner Profile’ and our aim is to develop in partnership with parents’ students who are:
Specialist subjects, such as Physical Education, Chinese and Performing Arts allows children to showcase these qualities. My sincere thanks to the teachers and students this week who demonstrated the Learner Profile in many and varied ways.
Congratulations to the following students who were presented with a Head of Junior Award at assembly on Friday 5 July:
Year 5 – Christopher Maltby & Mia Fitzell
Year 4 – Stella Welch & Isabella Winder
Year 3 – Lainie Edwards & Charlie Jansen
Year 2 – Luca Amadio & Drew D’Agostini (Absent)
Year 1 – Elijah Schultz & Sophie Boonzaayer
Reception – Alexander Sturman & Lucy Palmer
On Tuesday 25 June, the Chapel was filled with an audience eager to see our Junior students perform in the 2019 ‘Music in Harmony’ Performing Arts Showcase. To add to the delight, this year we had a number of Middle School students also perform, as some of our choirs and ensembles have joined forces since becoming ‘One College’. It was fantastic to see the older students as members and often leaders in these ensembles. It was also very much appreciated that five Year 7 students worked extremely hard all day and night, as stage hands for the show. Thank you to Amelia, Ava, Ashley, Hannah and Kirra.
Our younger students never cease to impress with the enthusiasm in their dancing, singing and playing of instruments. Receptions looked like professionals, being used to the lime-light after having performed earlier in the year, at their Commencement service. It was great to see Mr Millard clapping along with their rhythm playing and thoroughly enjoying himself. Our Year 1s looked great in red, as they danced to ‘I’m Elmo and I know it’ and the Year 2s and 3s played their xylophones, boom-whackers and ukuleles beautifully. The Year 4s and 5s were a hit (literally) with their percussion and bucket drumming items and the standard achieved by the choirs and ensembles just continued to rise. A big congratulations must go out to all the performers who tried their very best in this wonderful performance opportunity.
Mrs Rachelle Knight – Performing Arts Coordinator
Over the last two weeks, Year 2s challenged each of the Junior School classes to bring fifty or more non-perishable items to help those in need. The whole Pedare community instantly got involved and the donations began pouring in. The students collected all of the items from the classes and began sorting and classifying them into groups. Continuing to incorporate some Mathematics, students did some data collection using tally marks. With the information they gathered, they were able to begin creating bar graphs and pie charts. When trying to get a total number of donations, they even had to get their calculators out in order to add up such a huge number.
Year 2s would like to thank everyone for doing such an awesome job and being so kind. Almost every class achieved the target of fifty items, but some classes totally smashed it! We are so lucky to have such an amazing school community that helps those in need. Overall, we have collected nearly 900 items!
At this week’s worship service, we invited Reverend Rick Maude from Tea Tree Gully Anglican Church to accept our donations and say a few words about how they will be used. Thankfully, he brought a big enough trailer with him too.
Mr Christopher O’Brien & Mrs Ailsa Burne – Teachers, Year 2
On Thursday 27 June, the Year 5 cohort went on excursion to Parliament House. This excursion was to coincide with our unit of inquiry; How we organise ourselves. Students have been researching and learning about Government under the central idea; Systems Help to Organise the lives of citizens.
Mr Andy Peartree & Ms Madelene Ireland – Teachers, Year 5
What a way to finish Term 2! Almost 50 students from the Middle and Senior School delighted audiences by performing the hilarious and heart-warming musical ‘13’. The coming of age story about Evan and desire to fit in and find friends is not only full of life lessons, but many side-splitting anecdotes about what life is like as a teenager. The sheer talent of these students blew our minds and they sang, danced and entertained the crowds through this amazing two-hour show. This musical is challenging vocally, and they worked very hard to learn lines, choreography and harmonies. We are so proud of the students and we relish in this opportunity to see them grow and shine. What an amazing group of young people we have at Pedare.
A musical does not come together without the commitment and very hard work of a dedicated team. Alongside the students, this musical would not have been possible without the passionate work of Nadine Stroud, Jude Johnson, Gerald Pederick and Jan Robertson. Ms Kai Benyk also spent many hours creating the projections for back drops. These staff gave over and above because they were invested in the students having the best experience possible. They were also supported unconditionally by our amazing Music/Arts and other staff at the College.
Thank you to all of the families and friends who came and supported the production. We trust that you had a thoroughly enjoyable evening and loved seeing the students perform their hearts out.
Keep your eyes out in 2021 for the next Middle and Senior musical!
Throughout this term, Year 7 students have worked steadily on a self-guided, independent learning project during a trial of a new concept called Innovation Hour. The aim of Innovation Hour was to give students time and opportunity to “scratch their own itch” and develop their own passions and interests. Projects ranged from developing soccer skills, to crocheting a baby blanket, to developing photography skills. The culminating event was a presentation to an authentic audience of family members and members of the Pedare Middle School community, in which students presented evidence of their product, their learning process, and a reflection on themselves as learners, using the IB Learner Profile as a vehicle. Many audience members praised the students on the high quality of their projects and presentations.
As teachers, we are very proud of how the students conducted themselves throughout the term; engaging in their learning with enthusiasm and dedication; and it has been our pleasure to support them through this process.
Ms Rachael Young – Teacher, Year 7
7G Guitar Art Project
This term, Year 7s have been learning about the styles of various artists for their ‘In The Style Of’ topic, including Henri Matisse, Vincent van Gogh, Bridget Riley, Piet Mondrian, Wassily Kandinsky and Yayoi Kusama. Each class has been experimenting with the styles of these artists and 7G had the opportunity to transform guitars from the Music department for a collaborative installation. Students developed their painting skills, learnt about the role of music in art and displayed great teamwork to combine their ideas and work together.
In Week 10 students had their final lesson to finish the project, which were given to the music department for display. Well done to all the students involved.
Mrs Leah Grant – Teacher, Art, Media & Christian Life
Battle of the Choirs
On Wednesday 26 June, the annual Year 7 ‘Battle of the Choirs’ was held. Students had a great time on stage showcasing the moves they had been rehearsing, in front of an audience of students and parents who, going by the applause, enjoyed the performances.
Congratulations to Mr Kowalick’s class 7K who came out the winners of the 2019 Shield. Well done to all students who participated in this fun event.
Modern Slavery Presentation
On Friday 21 June, the Year 8 cohort watched an educational presentation from a charity called Stop The Traffik. In Language and Literature, students are learning about children’s rights, following on from a novel study about a young Afghan girl and her family’s battles in a Taliban-ruled Afghanistan. The presentation was about how modern slavery exists in our world today, with over 42 million slaves worldwide, many of whom are children. Students developed their understanding of the depth of corruption of children across the globe.
As citizens, we can help by making more ethical choices about the foods we buy, such as the chocolate brands we purchase. We were also made aware that many of the clothes we purchase may have had slavery somewhere in the chain of production. We should think twice before we go out and purchase clothes we think we need, but often don’t. The presentation gave Year 8 students a good basis for their research into other issues affecting human rights and fuelled their curiosity about how to be more ethical citizens.
One student commented that, ‘Overall this was an eye-opening experience and I am glad that I and the other Year 8s could learn more about events that are actually happening in our world, and what we can do to help.’
Mr James Goodall – Acting Learning Area Coordinator, English 6-12
Meet the Writer’s Festival
On Thursday 20 June, Mr Goodall and Mrs Denton-Brown took a group of Year 8 students to the Convention Centre in Adelaide for the annual Meet the Writers Festival. Students were fortunate to get the opportunity to hear some of Australia’s most celebrated authors speak, including the current Australian Children’s Laureate for 2019, Morris Gleitzman. He spoke to the audience about the paradox of people’s attempts to avoid challenges wherever possible, yet in literature, we only want to read about characters who face problems and challenges, as this is what engages us as readers and helps us to connect to characters.
Many of the authors spoke about their journey of becoming an author. They also shared tips for those aspiring to become authors. Students had an enjoyable day and spoke about how it had inspired them in different ways. One student stated that, ‘One of [my] highlights from the day was listening to Margot McGovern’s story on how she got the ideas for her first book, Neverland, and how it became published, which took her many years and lots of persistence and perseverance. Overall it was a very good experience and I would recommend it to any students wanting to attend in future years.’
Mr James Goodall – Acting Learning Area Coordinator, English 6-12
Mission to Mars
On Thursday Week 10, 8R headed off to Hamilton Secondary College for Mission to Mars. In the morning students were briefed about the day and a quick introduction into past, present and future space explorations.
Students were split into two teams, the Mariners (Blue) and the Vikings (Orange), and then split again into astronauts and mission control for their first mission. The astronauts sat through a flight simulation before getting fitted out for their space walk on a Martian crater. While the Mission control students became familiar with their rolls and the technology they would be using. Unfortunately, for the first mission, the astronauts didn’t survive as they were unable to get the airlock door closed before the storm hit. Students then switched rolls before having a much more successful second mission.
Overall the students had a fantastic day and learnt some interesting facts about Mars, space travel and potential space careers.
Ms Samantha Ireland – Acting Learning Area Coordinator, Science
On Monday 24 June, nine Year 9 female students made their way to the University of Adelaide (City Campus) for a CHOOSEMATHS day. The program is in collaboration with the Australian Mathematics Sciences Institute which aims to improve student engagement and increase participation in high-level mathematics.
The University of Adelaide CHOOSEMATHS day is an opportunity for girls to hear from the university and industry speakers, participate in individual and group activities, and learn why studying maths is important for Australia’s future.
On the day, students enjoyed a variety of different hands-on activities, including, using a Zometool kit to construct 2D, 3D and 4D models, tangling and untangling ropes whilst exploring mathematical algorithms, the human galton board and a tour of the university campus and all that it has to offer.
It was a fantastic experience and one that the girls enjoyed!
Mrs Nicola Fotheringham – Learning Leader, Maths
Young Women in STEM
On Wednesday 5 June, some Year 9 girls participated in the Young Women in STEM day at Adelaide University. This was a fun event that provided an opportunity for students to engage with world-wide academics, university student ambassadors, and apply their problem-solving, communication and team skills to a range of activities. The girls got to participate in; building towers that survived earthquakes at Civil Engineering, watching a Rubens Tube for Physics, how to win at card games for Mathematics, and finally how to build a rudimentary speaker for Electronic Engineering. Overall the students had a lot of fun and engaged with the day.
Ms Samantha Ireland – Acting Learning Area Coordinator, Science
Brain Bee Competition
Year 10 students competed in Round 1 of the Australian-New Zealand Brain Bee Challenge (ABBC) against thousands of students from across Australia and New Zealand participating. Pedare were fortunate to have several students qualify among the top 55 scores in all of South Australia. These students were invited to participate in the second round of the challenge held at University of Adelaide in the new Health and Medical Science Building. Students competed individually and as a team. The team, made up of 3 Pedare students and a student from Modbury High School, managed to make it to the top 5 of the team challenge. Students engaged with the challenge and enjoyed a presentation from Professor Graham Finlayson from the University of Leeds who spoke on “Food Addition Fact or Fiction in Neuroscience.” The group also participated in many interactive activities such a controlling a robot on a screen with your mind and seeing how our vision can be effected.
Ms Samantha Ireland – Acting Learning Area Coordinator, Science
Science and Engineering Challenge
This year, 24 Year 10 students attended the University of Newcastle Science and Engineering Challenge held at UniSA Mawson Lakes on Thursday 27 June. Six teams completed half-day activities whilst two teams completed full day challenges which consisted of building a flat pack chair and table to withstand weights dropped on them and the finale which was building the lightest bridge to withhold the most weight.
Throughout the day, scores indicated we were either running first or second, but the afternoon scores and full day activities slightly changed this. Whilst our bridge failed due to touching the table (not breaking), our flat pack build won as did various groups throughout the day.
Congratulations to the students on winning the day; teamwork and collaboration paid off. Now we wait to see if we have enough points to compete against other schools for a place in the state finals.
Mrs Leonie Brown – Teacher, Science
Year 11 students completed their Challenge in Week 10 at Morialta Conservation Park under the watchful eye of Wilderness Escape Outdoor Adventures. Year 11 Challenge brings the phrase ‘comfort zone’ to the forefront of our minds. This year students embraced the opportunity to see how far they could push their comfort zone by descending from the top of a 15 metre cliff and then attempt to climb back to the top.
Mr Michael Secomb – Camp Coordinator
On Wednesday 27 June, a group of Middle and Senior School students received awards for achieving high results in Education Perfect – English.
Congratulations to the following students:
Baran Morkoc, Year 10 (Silver), Ranya Tongaria, Year 7 (Bronze), Alicia Doyle, Year 9 (Bronze), Jithesh Venkatesh, Year 7 (Bronze), Fatima Mohemmed, Year 10 (Silver), Katherina Mazai-Ward, Year 12 (Silver), Nathan White, Year 12 (Elite).
Mr James Goodall – Learning Area Coordinator, English
On Friday 5 July, at the Junior School assembly, Matilda Edgecomb, Year 3, was presented with a certificate for reaching the one-million-word count on the Literacy Pro tally, and to acknowledge her joining the Literacy Pro Millionaires. Matilda has also been awarded a book prize. Well done Matilda.
Congratulations also to the following students on reaching a Lexile Level of 1000. Students were awarded a certificate and receive a new book prize from the Catford library:
Year 5 – Brianna Air, Emily Bryant, Christopher Maltby, Eva Ruff and Rafe Watson Year 4 – Ella Young.
Mrs Liz Denton-Brown – Teacher, Librarian
Congratulations to India Goodall, Year 4, who has recently been chosen to represent School Sport SA in the School Sport Australia Cross Country Championships being conducted in Kembla Range, NSW in August. Well done India on a wonderful achievement and we hope that she has a wonderful time in the Championships and learns a lot from the experience of competing in such a prestigious event.
Congratulations to Lorcyn Murdey-Green, Year 6, who on Wednesday 26 June, attended the South Australian MASA Maths Competition at Pembroke College where she accepted an award from the Society of Petroleum Engineers for attaining a Distinction in the Primary category. Well done Lorcyn.
The last week of term has seen the end of the season for Pedare Basketball teams playing in the Norwood League Competition at the ARC, Campbelltown and the Golden Grove Recreation Centre. Both Year 7 teams reached the Grand Final of their respective divisions.
Pedare Blue (coached by Old Scholar Nathan Caeran) had a fantastic win in their Division 2 Grand Final, defeating Athelstone PS 28-22 in the decider. Brooke Silby and Tiancheng Feng were the standouts in the match, however all players worked well together to come away with the win.
In a nail-biting Division 1 encounter, Pedare Red (coached by Old Scholar Hannah Dixon) fought back from 12 points down, to get within 3 of a strong Rostrevor team. The final scores were Pedare 26, Rostrevor 29. All players should be very proud of their achievements, as this was the highest division of the competition.
The Pedare Year 6 Basketball team (coached by Mr Justin Henriks) played off in the division 2 Grand Final on Thursday against Prescott. The team played a fantastic game and came agonisingly close, going down by 1 point in the dying seconds. This team has shown huge improvement this season and they should be very proud of their efforts.
Congratulations to all teams on a fantastic season.
The Pedare Specialist Netball Squads will be off to the Gold Coast on Sunday to compete in the World Sport National Netball tournament for the first time. Good luck to the players and staff and we hope they enjoy this fantastic opportunity.
Mr Josh Willis – Director of Sport 6-12
These July holidays Code Camp is returning to Pedare Christian College to teach your child to code, or to help them continue their coding adventure!
Code Camp is a great way to spend time over the holidays as kids have lots of fun with friends while learning important new skills including logic, creativity, problem-solving, app development and game building. It’s fun and engaging, and gets them prepared to take on the digital world of the future.
Tuesday 16 July to Thursday 18 July Pedare Christian College will be hosting Spark and Web Hackers.
Book now to take advantage of the $20 Early Bird discount (automatically applied at checkout when booking before midnight on Sunday May 26) Bookings can be made via this link: www.codecamp.com.au/pedare
On Saturday 10 August the Tea Tree Gully Library will be hosting a Winter Warmer Market from 10:00am – 2:00pm. If you a local crafter, designer or artist who is interested in having a stall at this event, please click here to apply.
Turn those pre-loved op shop classics into new and original garments and accessories and know you are contributing to a more sustainable future that challenges Fast Fashion! Your original creations will be showcased in a fashion parade at the upcoming Youth Achievement Awards on 4 September 2019. The program starts in July at the Surrey Downs Community Centre at a cost of $20 for a 8 weeks and is for ages 14 -22 years. Bookings are essential. To view the full program and book: click here
SWAT Youth (Years 7-12)
Meets Friday each week during school term at 7:30pm. Come for a great time of games, friendship and Bible discussion. We meet at 19 Perseverance Rd TTG. Click here for more details or phone Dave on 0403 723 953.
Weekly Services – Check out our web site for more details.
Sunday@8:30: Prayer book service – weekly communion.
Sunday@10: Family service and specific children’s ministries.
Sunday@6pm: Youth, young adult and those young at heart. There is no children’s program but drawing supplies and a withdrawal room are available for your young ones.