Pedare - The Vine Newsletter Issue 7 for 2023

The Vine Issue 10 – 2023

August 4, 2023
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Mr James Tamblyn



Early in Term 3 2019, six months prior to commencing at Pedare, I was invited to attend the Middle and Senior School Musical, 13: The Musical. It was a wonderful performance and very clearly demonstrated the exceptionally high standard of such events that our Performing Arts team produces. I loved it. 

This week I have had the privilege of attending the 2023 Musical, The Addams Family, which has taken our musical performance to another level. From start to finish, the audience was entertained and delighted by the team of young performers whose energy, connection, confidence and talent combined to deliver an outstanding show. My thanks and congratulations to all involved. Performances like this come only after extended periods of hard work and dedication. The College is so proud of the efforts of all students and staff involved, and most grateful that we get to share in such a special experience. 

The Addams Family Musical, 2-4 August

This week we had the opportunity to recognise Middle and Senior School students who achieved the benchmark in Semester One that qualifies them for an academic award. To achieve Academic Excellence in the Senior Years, students must have achieved an A grade in at least all bar one of their subjects. And in Middle School, students must have achieved in the top 10% of their year level. 

To receive an Academic Endeavour Award, students must have consistently demonstrated diligence, effort and application towards their learning in all subjects. The addition of this category of award means recognition at this level is attainable for all students. While academic achievement is core to our mission as a school, what all students should be aspiring for is learning growth. This comes only with sustained effort, which is the key to success in any pursuit. Congratulations to all students recognised at this event. 

MS SS Academic Assembly – Thursday, 3 August

We were privileged to welcome Mr Tony Zappia MP, Member for Makin, to our first Junior School Worship of Term 3. Mr Zappia presented three flags to the College – an Australian Aboriginal Flag, a Torres Strait Islander Flag and an Australian Flag – which will be flown from the new flag poles installed in recent weeks adjacent to the Jackson Oval. Mr Zappia spoke elegantly of the stories behind each flag and we greatly appreciate his time to visit Pedare. 

JS Worship – Friday, 29 July

Progress continues on a number of facilities projects across the College. The Boronia Balcony, on the northern side of the building overlooking Jackson Oval, is progressing well and is due for completion over the next few weeks. Work will start soon on the outdoor space immediately adjacent to the northern entry to the canteen. This space will be converted to a learning and recreational space, with seating and a new access pathway for students.

Boronia Balcony Architectural Renderings


Mrs Mandy Hore


There is nothing like the sound of the students’ voices to bring life back to a school. Welcome back, and welcome to Term 3! I trust that you all have had a wonderful, refreshing break – the stories of travel and holiday activities certainly attest to this.

Welcome Back Term 3 – Monday, 24 July

It was a pleasure to celebrate and acknowledge the recipients of our Academic Excellence and Endeavour awards yesterday, who were recognised for excellence, consistent effort, diligence, application and/or achievement in all areas of their learning. Congratulations!

There are also many other examples and evidence of achievement across the College in Semester One. Examples of personal best were prolific in reports, and many students were identified by their teachers as not only improving their focus, grades and attitude to their learning but excelling in other aspects of Pedare life; Drama, Music, robotics, sport, leadership, to name but a few. This, too, needs to be celebrated as each student’s journey is unique.

Striving to be your best, rather than aiming to be the absolute best, is a healthy and realistic approach to personal growth and success, and one we strongly encourage. Focusing on personal improvement and progress brings about a sense of fulfilment and contentment, and Pedare provides an environment that aims to unlock and grow the unique gifts and talents of all students.

Striving for personal best is a conversation that teachers regularly have with their classes and focuses on each individual:

  • understanding their strengths, weaknesses, values and goals. 
  • embracing a growth mindset and being open to learning new skills and gaining new knowledge.
  • setting specific, achievable and measurable goals. Breaking these down into smaller milestones and tracking progress. Celebrating achievements along the way is critical.
  • maintaining consistent progress over time and recognising that this yields far better results than sporadic bursts of intense effort.
  • learning that mistakes and setbacks lead to valuable insights and personal growth.
  • making sure that they are doing what brings them a sense of happiness, purpose and meaning. 

These are rich conversations and ones that I encourage you to have at home as you look to the semester ahead.

As usual, I am here to provide my support and remain available for any discussions or concerns you may have at any given moment. Enjoy your weekend.


Mr Josh Willis


It was with delight to welcome our students back last week. The Middle and Senior School is once again abuzz with the energy of learning and friendship as students reunite with their peers and teachers. 

We proudly highlight the remarkable efforts of our Year 9 students presenting their IB MYP Community Project Speeches this week. These projects are a testament to our students’ dedication to making a positive impact beyond the classroom. They have identified community issues and devised innovative solutions to address them. The projects exemplify their commitment to service and social responsibility while demonstrating the skills and values cultivated through the MYP curriculum. 

The Community Project Display Evening was held on Thursday, 29 June, where families saw the variety of projects and spoke to students about their learnings and the impact they had on their chosen community. I would like to acknowledge the MYP Coordinator, Hayley Mayer, for her leadership throughout this journey and for organising a wonderful event last term.

Community Project Display Evening – Thursday, 29 June

This term, we will begin the process of selecting future pathways for our Senior School students. Recognising each student’s unique strengths, goals, interests and learning styles, we endeavour to provide a bespoke pathway for their future journey. Thank you to all current Year 11 families who have booked a Future Pathways conversation for Week 3 and Year 10 families who have booked for Week 6. This important time with your child and a member of Senior School Leadership will help to shape their future here at Pedare and beyond. Please rest assured that if your child is unsure of their pathway, they are not alone, and we are here to guide them.

Congratulations to all students who were recognised yesterday during the Semester One Academic Assembly. It is important to remember the importance of growth and development, not just final results, and we are proud of all our students as they embrace their individual academic journeys. Special thanks to all the staff involved in this event, led by Deputy Principal Teaching and Learning, Lauren Brooks.

Year 6 Award Recipients

Year 7 Award Recipients

Year 8 Award Recipients

Year 9 Award Recipients

Year 10 Award Recipients

Year 11 Award Recipients

Year 12 Award Recipients

Our Year 12 students have returned with a determined attitude, beginning with trial exams in Week 1. It has been great to see so many students using their time effectively and seeking assistance whenever available. Another layer of support is the upcoming Year 12 Parent/Teacher interviews, which will be held on Monday, 14 August, in the Mallee building.


Mr Randall Pearce


Welcome back to Term 3. A very warm welcome to our new students, along with our 19 new Mid-Year Receptions in their little red hats. It is wonderful to have them join our Pedare community. 

2023 Mid-Year Reception

The Junior School events calendar this term is sensational, with some highlights including:

  • Book Week Assembly – Friday, 25 August
  • Father’s Day Stall and Breakfast – Friday, 1 September
  • Optional Parent Teacher Interviews – Tuesday, 5 September and Thursday, 7 September 
  • Foundation Day and College Dash – Thursday, 21 September 
  • Shine Awards Assembly – Friday, 29 September

More details about these occasions will be sent out closer to the event dates.

Reports, Parent/Teacher Interviews, Learning Journeys

I trust that you found the Semester One reports comprehensive and informative. As we head into this term, the teachers will be reflecting upon the achievements of Semester One and planning for the enrichment of every student throughout Semester Two.  We value the ongoing communication with you, and the Parent/Teacher Interviews scheduled for Tuesday, 5 September and Thursday, 7 September, are great opportunities to explore various learning experiences together. 


Lost Property

Please be reminded that there are currently a number of items held in lost property.  We ask that parents visit the Junior School Office to locate any lost items, and as always, remind you to name all items as this assists us greatly in ensuring each item is returned to the rightful owner.


Kiss and Drop

I have been informed and have witnessed some driving behaviour which I fear will put our students at risk. Therefore, I ask for our community to follow all signs and drive in the direction the arrows indicate, and to drive to the speed limit advertised.  

I look forward to a productive and rewarding term ahead.  Please feel welcome to contact me if you have any queries.


Community Dinners

Year 6-12 students are invited to Pedare’s first Community Dinners taking place throughout this term. These Dinners will be held in the Chapel and offer a main course, dessert and drinks. There is no cost to families. The Dinners will provide an opportunity for students to share a meal in their Community and enjoy each other’s company.

Please RSVP by Wednesday, 9 August, so that catering arrangements can be confirmed.

Tuesday, 15 August, 6-8pm

Wednesday, 16 August, 6-8pm

Monday, 21 August, 6-8pm

Tuesday, 22 August, 6-8pm

Wednesday, 23 August, 6-8pm

Safety Advice for Families from SAPOL

Students and families are reminded to be wary of approaches from strangers, especially when they are unaccompanied or travelling to and from school. If they are approached students should not respond and should not accept offers of rides or gifts.

Students should seek the assistance of other nearby adults if they feel unsafe and should report the event to a trusted adult (parent or school staff member) as soon as possible.

SAPOL advises that taking out a mobile phone and calling the police can deter the offender and they recommend the student making a formal report to their closest police station.


Year 7 Outdoor Education Experience

Wednesday-Friday, 26-28 July

As part of the Middle Year Program in 2023, Year 7 students had the opportunity to further develop their outdoor learning through their year-level camp at Woodhouse Activity Centre. During the three-day experience, students participated in various activities. At times individuals found themselves outside their comfort zone, either swinging through the trees, riding a bike or cooking their own dinner. With the help of their peers, Middle School leaders and staff, students were able to tackle these challenges head-on and learn that they are capable of so much more.

Mr James Jacob


Mid-Year Reception

Mid-Year Receptions have been learning about coding with VEX123 robots. We started by learning about the symbols needed to communicate with the robot and created sequences for the robot to follow. Initially, we used touch to control the robot and then progressed to using coding cards with the VEX controller. Through this experience, students have been applying their understanding of numbers and positional language.

We have been very impressed with the students’ engagement levels and the thinking skills they displayed in their first two weeks in school. 

Mrs Laura Logan

National Tree Day

Year 6

The Year 6 students supported by the Year 8 Sustainability class worked hard last week for National Tree Day, which took place on Sunday, 30 July. Together, they put on their gloves and planted trees, shrubs and grasses donated through The Seedling Bank and Planet Ark grant. It was an inspiring display of environmental commitment, and through their collective efforts, they sowed the seeds of sustainability for a greener future.

NAIDOC Week & Learning about Pulleys

Year 2

Year 2 classes have created displays in each classroom to show their learning during NAIDOC week. The displays consist of the students’ creative art pieces, which were completed after reading some Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories during their reading groups.

Year 2s have also been learning about pulleys for their ‘How The World Works’ Unit of Inquiry, focusing on how machines work.

They designed a pulley system using materials found around the classroom and then investigated whether their pulley could successfully lift a small rock inside a bucket at the Acacia playground. 

  • ‘It worked well, but I changed some things because I used a plastic cone and it had a hole in it, so I had to tie a knot in it to hold the rocks inside’ – Kairi H
  • ‘It didn’t work how I thought it would because the rope wasn’t long enough’ – Toby T
  • ‘My pulley worked how I imagined it would’ – Luca

Mrs Rachel Watts and Ms Trish Caddy



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: