Pedare - The Vine Newsletter Issue 11 for 2021

The Vine Issue 11 – 2021

August 13, 2021
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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.

Parent-Teacher Interviews

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

    1. Care about the ‘Share’
      Social media wants you to share as much as you can bear! But the ‘share’ should be rare. NEVER share: passwords, private/personal information, or your location.
    2. Privacy Matters
      If you care about the ‘share’, you will protect your privacy, no matter what. Regularly check your privacy settings on social media, and always think before you post. It’s amazing where data ends up—usually all over the internet.
    3. Respect the Privacy of Others
      Treat others’ privacy as you would your own. Ask for your friends’ permission before uploading photos and videos of them. It’s not all about you, am I right?
    4. Keep Everything Updated
      Any idea what causes the most security breaches on the internet? Software that isn’t up-to-date. Seems crazy simple, but it’s true! Be vigilant about updating software, including apps, anti-virus and even the humble browser.
    5. Spam, Spam, Spam, Spammidy-spam
      Even with the best anti-spam and malware software – that’s up-to-date – spam is the modern version of junk mail. It’s everywhere! Learn how to tell the difference between real emails and messages, and dodgy things with dodgy links. Sometimes they don’t look so dodgy…always be suspicious of hyperlinks in emails.
    6. Control the Troll Within
      There will be trolls out there – beware! Don’t feed them, don’t give them what they want: an angry response. Block/Report the trolls. But also: resist the inner troll. If you’re not adding something to the debate online, don’t bother. Don’t be part of the problem.
    7. Cyberbullying and Harassment
      If you’re being targeted by this kind of behaviour, know what you can do, and where you can get help. Visit the National Centre Against Bullying website and the Office of the eSafety Commissioner’s website.
    8. Keep Your Friends Close and Strangers at Arm’s Length
      Do you know how many true friends most people have? Three. Yup, those four thousand and fifty-two Facebook ‘friends’ are a combination of acquaintances, people-you-met-once, people-you-can’t-remember-meeting-once, and probably, some ‘randoms’. They don’t need to know what you had for breakfast, or what concert you went to last night, do they?
    9. Feel the Flow – Keep Your Life in Balance
      Technology is incredible. Gaming, networking, apps…online shopping! But make sure you take time out and find the right balance for you. Too long on tech can put the world out of whack.
    10. Have Fun, Friend
      Always remember to chill out and keep things in perspective. There’s too much information online to take it all in! Focus on each moment and enjoy.



BusMinder Trial

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.



  • Can I use a different email address for BusMinder?
    – Yes, please contact Julie to advise.
  • Can we have 2 accounts in BusMinder, one for each parent?
    – Yes, please contact Julie to arrange.
  • I have just purchased a 10 trip Bus Pass. Can this still be used?
    – The current paper Bus Pass can be used until the end of Term 3. Any trips remaining can be refunded by Kanga or transferred to BusMinder.
  • My child has lost their Student ID Card, can they still use the Bus?
    – Please order a replacement ID Card for $10 from the College Office or via the QKR! App under College Payments Replacement Student ID Card.
  • Can my child still use the bus if they leave their Student Card at home/school?
    – Students can choose to use the ‘No Card’ feature and record as travelling by entering their alpha student ID. This appears on Student ID cards and is the start of students’ email address.
  • My Junior School child does not have a Student ID Card. Can they still use BusMinder?
    – Please contact Julie who can arrange a Bus Card for your child.


Monday 23 August – Friday 27 August

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.

High School Musical on Stage!

1 – 3 September

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


– Adapted from Psychology Today

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.

  1. Establish at least three must-dos for the day.
    Accomplishing a task is satisfying—it makes us feel good. Each day, consider between 3–5 you want to do and plan to get them done. More than that, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. But a few goals will give some structure to your days and leave you feeling productive. So make your list and hold yourself accountable.
  2. Find ways to serve.
    Every day try to give something to someone else – an offer of help, a phone call or message, a word of encouragement. Not only does this help others, but it makes the days when we are feeling low easier to bear. It adds meaning, gives some purpose and structure to our days.

Your Wellbeing Team



Middle School

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.

Samantha Ireland

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?


Year 12

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.

Debbie Hollister

Stage 1 Business Innovation Excursion

Year 11

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.

Kirstin Davenport



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.


Teakle Ruins Cobbler Creek, 10 August 2021

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.

Liz Denton-Brown

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


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.

Please contact Dave Brown on 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.




Tea Tree Gully Uniting – Banksia Markets


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 a




St Mark’s Anglican Church


St Mark’s Anglican Church currently have a 9:00 am traditional service. Please email 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 or visit their Facebook page




Golden Grove Uniting Church


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.

For further information, please contact the Office on 8251 4298 or by email:  you can even check our webpage: