Mr James Tamblyn
The theme of this week’s Middle & Senior School Assembly was Courage. It was exceptionally well-organised by Ingrid Moodley and the students of our Brooklyn Community. Students danced, spoke, sang and reflected beautifully on this most important topic. Pedare’s motto is Let Your Light Shine (Matthew 5:16). In this context, students were reminded of how challenging it is to be the very best version of yourself, but that this is what we are called by God to do. To strive. To explore our potential. To take risks. To be brave.
Theodore Roosevelt was the 26th President of the United States. On April 23, 1910, he gave what would become one of the most widely quoted speeches of his career; The Man in the Arena.
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out
how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena,
whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood;
who strives valiantly:
who errs, who comes short again and again,
because there is no effort without error and shortcoming;
but who does actually strive to do the deeds;
who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions;
Who spends himself in a worthy cause;
who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement,
and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly,
so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls
who neither know victory nor defeat.
– Theodore Roosevelt
I shared this with students, as I share it with our readers now. Essentially, we are compelled to have a go at whatever we feel called to do, despite our fear and our self-doubt. We cannot achieve great things without risking spectacular failure. We cannot fulfil our potential without being courageous.
What would you do if you were completely fearless? If you are not regularly doing things that are new, things that make you nervous, things that you doubt you have the capacity to do, things at which you may well fail or fall short, then I encourage you to consider again Roosevelt’s words and get cracking.
Mr Andrew Whiteman
Year 10-11 Subject Selection Presentation
Last week, our Year 10 and 11 students received information regarding their subject choices for 2022. These are very important decisions as both year levels approach their final years of school. We have encouraged all students to make use of the curriculum handbook (2022 Curriculum Handbook) and speak with their current teachers to help make their decisions. Staff are available for a Course Counselling session on Tuesday 17th August for students in Year 11, 2022. Please use the codes previously sent to all families to book via PTO. All subject selections must be completed by Friday 20th August.
Year 9 Subject Information
Current Year 9 students will be presented with subject information on Thursday 19th August and will begin making their choices using the curriculum handbook. As this is their introduction into Senior School, an optional counselling session for students and families is available on Thursday 26th August. Detailed information about Year 10 choices for 2022 will be emailed to families next week. If you need help at any stage with this process, please contact the College.
We were pleased to offer our Stage 2 Parent-Teacher Interviews over the phone on Monday 9th August evening. With only 5 weeks remaining until the Stage 2 trial examinations, it was valuable to make parents aware of how they can support their children on this journey. The examination schedule can be found by clicking on this link: 2022 Stage 2 Trial Examination Timetable. Subjects that do not have examinations have been allocated a workshop time when students will work closely with their teachers on their final assessment pieces.
Senior School Quiz Night
With the change in restrictions, several excursions will take place next week for our Senior students. The College Academic Captains have been planning the Senior School Students Quiz Night for Wednesday 18th August starting at 6.30 pm in the College Chapel. This event is always good fun, and we thank our captains for offering this event and raising funds for The Royal Flying Doctors Service.
Mrs Lauren Brooks
Year 9 Community Project
The Year 9 Community Project is a significant part of the IB MYP Programme. The culminating task focuses on community and service, providing students with an opportunity to develop an awareness of needs in various communities, addressing these needs through service-learning. Used as a consolidation of learning, the Community Project engages students independently in a sustained, in-depth inquiry, leading to service as an action where they are required to communicate effectively in a variety of situations.
The process allows students to not only demonstrate the skills, attitudes and knowledge required to complete a project over an extended period of time, it also allows them to appreciate the process of learning and encourages them to take pride in their accomplishments.
This week, we have seen our Year 9 students’ final efforts presented as an oral presentation to a panel of judges. It has been an amazing week showcasing professionalism from our Year 9 cohort as well as giving them an opportunity to develop employability skills and key capabilities needed for life beyond school. The presentations this week have highlighted just how capable and thoughtful our students are at Pedare.
Futuristic Learning at Pedare
The recent AISSA STEM Leaders Conference was an opportunity for Pedare to celebrate our achievements in this space, inspired by our Leader of Innovation and Enterprise, Mr Emil Zankov.
Pedare has been leading the way by continuing to grow our progressive and innovative STEM curriculum and diverse extra-curricular program. Student engagement in our Robotics Club, Lego League, AquaPonics and Greenhouse program continues to thrive. We are very excited to be building upon our creative learning facilities as we launch our SubPod and FoodCube systems utilising composting features, and connecting with industry partners as we embark on a sustainable recycling program across the College.
Mr Randall Pearce
With three significant events on the horizon for this term (Book Week, Father’s Day Breakfast and the Year 5 Exhibition), I thought it is important to share the following tips about keeping children safe from cyber risks amid the busyness of Junior School’s activities.
National eSmart Week – 6 to 12 September 2021
This is the time when communities come together to encourage everyone to be smart, safe and responsible when using digital technology. It creates awareness and provides solutions and ideas for community education on issues of cyber safety, bullying and wellbeing both on and offline.
eSmart, an initiative of the Alannah & Madeline Foundation, helps teachers, librarians and the greater community to best manage cyber risks, bullying and cyberbullying issues, so students feel safer and supported.
eSmart supports schools to embrace the benefits of technology while reducing children’s exposure to cyber risks, such as cyberbullying, online sexual predator, sexting, identity theft and fraud.
Our goal at school along with you at home is to keep children safe from bullying, cyberbullying and violence. eSmart is one way we hope to achieve this.
Advice from eSmart to keep safe online:
Top 10 cyber safety tips
BusMinder will be operational for Pedare students soon, look out for the email to come with full details.
Please contact Julie at the College Office for any questions about BusMinder.
This year the Book Week theme of ‘Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds’ will take over our Junior and Middle schools.
Book Week at Pedare will begin on Monday 23 August and conclude on Friday 27 August. Save the date as all students from Reception to Year 9 will be dressing up during Special Assembly’s Parade on Friday 27th August to bring the magic of reading to life!
Please click here for more information about this year’s Book Week.
We look forward to Book Week and hope that you enjoy celebrating books with us.
Production of Pedare Middle and Senior School.
Two high school students, who are poles apart, secretly decide to audition for their school’s musical. Their talent challenges the elite and turns their world upside down.
Though the High School Musical performances had to be rescheduled due to the COVID lockdown, we are very excited to announce that the Musical will be held at the Golden Grove Arts Centre on September 1st, 2nd and 3rd, at 7.00 pm.
All existing tickets have been transferred to equivalent performances in September. Further limited ticket sales will be opened in the coming weeks at trybooking.com/bridc
It’s easy to feel untethered when we experience a change of circumstances—this may be a demanding week at school or work, an illness or injury, a change in our friendship circle, a global pandemic. In these times of uncertainty, having a routine is paramount.
Routine helps to keep us grounded and purposeful. It can guide us and ease any anxiety we are experiencing. Studies show that a regular routine can ease mental stress and help us feel more in control. It also helps maintain healthier habits and deal with challenges.
Rather than worrying too much about what might happen in the future, we have things we need to focus on today; this can help to manage our fear and our moods.
Feeling frayed or unsettled? Maybe reworking your routine will help too. Here are two things that can easily be built into your routine that you might find useful.
Your Wellbeing Team
Congratulations to all students who participated in the One+ Science Fair, we had such fabulous results that Pedare came through in the top 3 for every year level! Students who placed in the top 3 will now move on to compete at the Royal Adelaide Show (State Level) competition on the 6th of September.
Year 6 Winners (only Pedare students)
1. Dherya –> Vegetable Battery
2. Emily, Sophie & Elly-May –> Best Bacterial Wipes
3. Alyx, Ebony & Rubys –> Iron in Soil
4. Krishna –> Freezing Point Depression
Year 7 Winners
1. Eugene –> Microbial Fuel Cell
2. Thomas –> Space Showdown
3. Fiona –> UV Light VS Bacteria
Year 8 Winners
1. Callum –> Rock, Paper Strategy
2. Rhea & Jessica –> Burn Baby Burn
3. Ojaswi & Stella –> Don’t Drink Dis
4. Kailee –> Paper Towelling
Year 9 Winners
1. Caitlyn & Ranya –> Macronutrients
2. Charlene, Ruby & Lara –> Taste of Colour
3. Chelsea, India & Matilda –> Flour Power
4. Silvana –> What is the most effective type of meditation?
The University of Adelaide presented information about tertiary studies to our Year 12 students on Wednesday.
An overview of the university’s faculties and facilities was given with details of the three campuses and courses available at each site. Students were delighted to hear about the variety of clubs that university students can join to enjoy their interests with like-minded students.
Students were given an insight into research opportunities available to the Group of Eight (Go8) universities, of which the University of Adelaide is a member.
Over the past couple of weeks, stage 1 Business Innovation students have been involved in a range of activities aimed at deepening their understanding of the food and beverage industry. These activities help students to identify interesting customer or small business problems to solve. Students have been considering environmental sustainability issues, new industry technologies, the role of traditional indigenous foods, ethical issues, consumer trends, industry innovations, the rise of ghost kitchens, the impact of health issues like food allergies, and much more.
Students this week had the opportunity to get out of the classroom on a local walking tour, meeting with Jai from Green Ginger Restaurant in Golden Grove to discuss his entrepreneurial journey, and gain his insights into some current challenges and opportunities within the industry. The group then walked over to the Village Shopping Centre to look at the different food businesses there, what customer groups they were serving, and consider what gaps there might be in the market for a new food venue. Students also went on a hunt for innovative food products and food marketing ideas.
The next step in this process will be for students to choose a problem of interest to them and form teams to develop an idea for a start-up business within the food industry.
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.
We were lucky to have a clear and warm afternoon to help the Friends of Cobble Creek weed the cottage garden and plant new tube stock.
Our students undertook each task with enthusiasm and positivity, and in no time, we had made a difference. The garden looked much better than before and our students had a lot of fun. We are very grateful to all involved and appreciate everyone’s efforts.
It feels great to resume sports training again in the College. Check out some photos of our students enjoying their footy and netball training last week.
Cracking return to sport on the Jackson Oval last Saturday 7th August morning. Well done to the 6/7 Football Team and 8/9 Soccer Team both notching up wins!
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 8:30am, 10:00am, and 6:00pm in person. If you can’t join us just yet, we’ll continue to stream at 8:30am and 10:00am online using Zoom and YouTube Service times are 8:30am and 10:00am.
If you are struggling and would like to talk with someone from the church during these trying times, please phone 8264 3736.
Tea Tree Gully Uniting host the ‘local and friendly’ Banksia Markets on the first Saturday of each month from 8:30am to 1:00pm at 600 Milne Road, Banksia Park. Stalls inside the hall and in the car park include produce, fresh fruit and vegetables, jewellery, tools, bric-a-brac and lots more. A BBQ and delightful Devonshire Teas are available. There is also 50% off of items in the BIG shed. For more information contact the TTG Uniting Church website at https://www.ttguc.org.au/
St Mark’s Anglican Church currently have a 9:00 am traditional service. Please email email@example.com to advise if you will be attending either service for COVID-19 requirements.
For further information and updates about St Mark’s services, please visit the website at https://www.stmarksgoldengrove.org.au/ or visit their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/stmarksgoldengrove.org.au
Golden Grove Uniting Church, corner of Crouch and One Tree Hill Road, Golden Grove, has a traditional service at 10:00am on a Sunday morning. Also, on the second and fourth Sunday of the month, we have a cafe style church, which is a relaxed contemporary worship service at 6:00pm in the Church hall.
On a Friday morning for parents/carers and children from birth to 5 years we have a mainly music programme starting at 9:30am. This is a fun, interactive 30-minute music session followed by morning tea and free play.