Pedare - The Vine Newsletter Issue 11 for 2022

The Vine Issue 11 – 2022

August 19, 2022
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Mr James Tamblyn


On Friday, 19 August, the College community came together to mark the beginning of Book Week with our annual dress-up day celebrations. It was wonderful this year to extend the fun to all students and staff R-12. I thank the staff involved in making it happen and the students who engaged with the opportunity. Every year since 1945 the Children’s Book Council of Australia has brought children together for this special week, designated to the celebration of Australian books, authors and illustrators. 

This year’s Book Week theme is Dreaming with Eyes Open. One of the great gifts of life is the uncertainty of our future and the limitless possibilities that lie ahead. Dreaming about what might be, about what is possible, inspires us to design bold and ambitious visions for our future which we have the power to craft into reality through persistence, sacrifice, resilience and passion. This combination of dreaming big and working hard, coupled with the gift of hope, gives us meaning and purpose. 

Regardless of how tough our own circumstances might be, God provides for us with his promise of eternal hope. ‘May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.’ – Romans 15:13 

I encourage you all to continue dreaming, and to make full use of the skills and resources available to you in your pursuit of these dreams. We have but one life, and as F. Scott Fitzgerald encourages us below, we must be brave and bold enough to live lives that we are proud of. Keep dreaming big, with eyes open to the endless possibilities the future holds. 


Life –

For what’s it worth, it’s never too late, or in my case too early,
to be whatever you want to be. There’s no time limit.
Start whenever you want. You can change or stay the same.
There are no rules to this thing.
We can make the best of it, or the worst of it.
I hope you see things that startle you.
I hope you feel things you never felt before.
I hope you meet people who have a different point of view.
I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you’re not,
I hope you have the courage to start all over again.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

2022 Book Week Dress-Up Day, 19 August


Mr Andrew Whiteman


“If you have the choice between being right and being kind, choose being kind.”

The Middle and Senior School Assembly held last week was organised by the Brooklyn Community and centred on the theme of kindness. At Pedare, we often talk about how kindness costs nothing, and this Assembly really highlighted how small acts of kindness could mean a lot to somebody else. Our students are fantastic at welcoming visitors and new students to our community, and the simple act of smiling at someone says a lot about our school culture. As visitors come to our school, they often remark that they love ‘the vibe’ of our school and are excited to send their children here. This is something that the Brooklyn Assembly focused on, and the fact that we are all responsible for the kindness culture that we have. We can all have disagreements, bad days and can feel like it’s all too much sometimes, but it is in those times that our classmates, workmates and community members can help us through the tough times. I hope that after this Assembly, our students feel proud to be a part of a kind community and one that looks after one another. 

On Thursday, we got to see the two bookends of the College, our Reception and Year 12 students, come together and enjoy an activity together. To see our eldest students support their Reception buddies in a Book Week activity was a sight to behold. The connection between them and the smiles on both year levels’ faces was a joy to see. Reception children loved the help of their buddy while cutting up flowers, and our Year 12’s were proud to be trusted with the ‘big kid scissors’! Other year levels connected in various locations around the College with great success. The informal nature of these opportunities continues to grow the positive culture and enhances the interactions between different year levels. 

Year 12 and Reception Buddies – Thursday, 18 August

As we reach the halfway point of the term, we ask that all students focus on wearing their uniforms correctly and with pride. The College blazer looks fantastic when worn well, and students are regularly reminded that it must be worn to and from school each day and at Assemblies. The PE uniform is only to be worn on the allocated days. We ask that if there are any issues with your child’s uniform that you send a note with your child to inform their Home Group teacher. Recently we have seen some students wearing more than 1 set of earrings and we continue to remind the students that only one set of earrings can be worn – that all other additional visible jewellery and body piercings are not part of the College uniform and will need to be removed or covered immediately.

I hope you all have a wonderful week.

Junior School Uniform

Middle School Uniform

Senior School Uniform

PE/Community Top


 Mr Callum Iles


Year 9 Camp – Resilience in Action

Hector Garcia says in his book, Ikigai, that resilient people know how to stay focused on their objectives without giving in to discouragement. They can be adaptable and flexible, concentrating on the things they can control and not worrying about those they can’t.

Dr Tom Nehmy explains in his Healthyminds program that resilience is the single most important factor in overcoming the plethora of social-emotional challenges that young people face today.

When I was growing up, the concept of ‘helicopter parenting’ was explored, and the impacts that shielding young people from difficulty can have on their lives. Some argue that the inability of some people today to cope with those with differing opinions comes from the fact that they have never had to do it before.

With this in mind, I was so proud of the Pedare Year 9s as they embarked on the most challenging school camps they have ever been a part of. The decision to move the camp from the Flinders Ranges to Mount Crawford ended up being a great move, with a number of students needing to head home due to sickness. Still, the fact that the majority of students stayed the course throughout was an exceptional achievement. 

There was persistent rain throughout, soggy clothes and shoes, difficult hikes and leaks in tents. It was cold and damp, but the strength shown by the Year 9 student body was exceptional. They banded together, stayed positive, solved problems, made the best of each moment and proved to themselves that they were capable of pushing through hardship.

Camps are so essential to building resilience as they challenge students in ways they may not have previously experienced. They force students to collaborate, be creative and challenge themselves, and through this, students build resilience that can be applied to every area of their lives. Students may not be able to control what life throws at them, but they can control how they react to it. Year 9s made us all proud with how they responded to the challenges they experienced in the Mount Crawford forest. I know this experience will strengthen each Year 9 academically and in managing their own well-being.

Year 9 Outdoor Education Experience at Mt Crawford on Tuesday-Friday, 9-12 August


Mr Randall Pearce


Book Week

‘Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world, a door opens to allow in more light’. —Vera Nazarian

Since 1945, Book Week has been celebrated annually by the Children’s Book Council of Australia. We come together as a school to celebrate books and Australian children’s authors and illustrators during Book Week. The theme for 2022 is ‘Dreaming with eyes open…’ which acknowledges Australia’s First Nations People and their rich story-based culture.

At Pedare Junior School, we see reading opening up every child’s world to new ideas, thoughts, opinions and opportunities. Reading shines a light on a dark day, allows us to learn more, escape to new worlds and provide immense pleasure.  

We are fortunate to have a wealth of reading resources and passionate staff, including Teacher Librarians, Class/Diverse Learning teachers and Parent Volunteers who provide programs such as MiniLit, MacqLit and Literacy Pro. These are strong examples of reading holding a special place within our curriculum.  

Every day is filled with opportunities to expand our reading horizons, whether in large or small groups, before school, during breaks, in classrooms or at home in warm and cosy reading places.

Want to escape without travelling anywhere? Looking to learn about a specific subject? Interested in knowing what it was like to live in the past? Reading can provide all of this and more for you! For anyone who wonders, “why is reading important?”, The University of the People shares some reasons below – that reading …

  • strengthens brain activity
  • boosts communication skills
  • helps self-exploration
  • entertains
  • imparts good values
  • enhances creativity
  • lowers stress.

Book Week encourages children to enjoy new authors and books. It is celebrated in the Junior School with the Costume Parade and Assembly along with a special author visit by Andrew McDonough for all Junior School Students. 

Today all students and teachers dressed up as a character from a book. It was lovely to see the whole school and parents/caregivers come together to admire each costume and individual during the Parade. 

We hope such fun helps bring reading alive, provides precious memories, and allows children and adults alike to have fun. 

2022 Book Week Dress Up Day, 19 August


From the College Chaplain

Image credit: Sincerely, Sara D

Fruit of the Spirit

This term in Worship, there is a significant focus on what some might call ‘behaviour modification’ – helping students to make better choices in all areas of life. Middle and Senior students are continuing a series from last term reflecting on the Fruit of the Spirit, a list of desirable character traits from the writings of the Apostle Paul. Meanwhile, students in Junior School are considering how to become more like Jesus by reading God’s word and then establishing good habits based on the lessons they are learning from the Bible.

All of this is well and good, but there is always the risk that students – or anyone for that matter – might feel overwhelmed by the challenge to become ‘a better person’ entirely by their own effort. Some undesirable behaviours and habits can be incredibly hard to change! 

It is a great relief to discover that God does not expect us to become more like Jesus by our own effort. Instead, God gives his Holy Spirit to live inside every follower of Jesus, providing them with the wisdom and power they need to succeed in growing a good character. This ‘good character’, modelled on the character of Jesus, is what Paul called the ‘fruit of the Spirit’. 

God has promised to help us live well by sending his Spirit to

 “fill us, guide us and strengthen us for each new day, 

so that the light of your love shines brightly through us.”

(from the College Prayer)

John Morton, College Chaplain


Year 4-7 Musical, The Wizard of Oz
31 August-2 September

With less than two weeks until the showtime, tickets are selling fast for this year’s Musical production, The Wizard of Oz

The cast, crew and staff have worked tirelessly for the last few months to prepare for this spectacular show. It’s going to be phenomenal! And with two talented lead casts, it’s definitely going to be the talk of the town! 

Get in quick, so you don’t miss out:

Scholastic Book Fair
Tuesday – Friday, 23-26 August

Throughout Book Week (20-26 August), the College will have a variety of classroom activities, a special Author Visit by Andrew McDonough, creator of the Lost Sheep series, and of course, our Scholastic Book Fair.

Junior School students will have the opportunity to view the books for sale and create wish lists on Tuesday, 23 August. Items will then be available for purchase on Wednesday 24, Thursday 25 and Friday 26 August (before school from 8-9am and after school from 3-3.45pm) in the Chapel Foyer. 

Parents have the option to purchase merchandise in advance through

Everyone is welcome to the Book Fair, and we hope you enjoy celebrating the magic of reading with us.

Father’s Day Breakfast and Stall
Friday, 2 September

An invitation was emailed to the Junior School families for the Father’s Day breakfast which will be held on Friday, 2 September, in the College Chapel. It is a great opportunity for fathers/stepfathers/grandfathers to share breakfast with the children in the school environment while celebrating Father’s Day. A reminder to place your order and select one of the two available sessions via the Qkr! App by 9am on Friday, 26 August.

On the same day, the Pedare Parents and Friends (P&F) Committee is continuing their long tradition of running a Father’s Day Stall for Junior School students to purchase a gift for their father, grandfather or significant male in their lives. All gifts will be either $5, $10 or $15 and can be pre-purchased before Monday, 29 August via the Qkr! App under PARENTS & FRIENDS – P&F Events.


Australian Geography Competition
Year 7-8

Several of our students from Years 7 and 8 recently entered the annual Australian Geography Competition. We are so proud of all the students who participated, but we gave particular honour to those who received a credit score or higher in our recent Assembly. A special mention must go to Riley L and Thomas P, both in Year 8, who achieved a High Distinction.

Sarah Bloomfield


Junior School Disco

Friday, 5 August

On Friday, 5 August, the much-anticipated Junior School Disco was held. 

With over 300 students in attendance, held over two sessions, the Chapel was buzzing with singing, dancing and loads of fun. 

The Parents and Friends Association (P&F) would like to extend a special thank you to all the staff and leadership who made the sign-in/out process seamless this year and for the hard-working P&F Members involved in organising and assisting on the night. 

A big thank you, of course, goes to all students who gave it their all on the dance floor and up on the stage! 

Parents and Friends Association

Chinatown Excursion

Year 5

In the unit of ‘where we are in place and time’, Year 5 students investigated trade and market in different countries and various shopping styles related to cultures. As a part of our actions, Year 5s went on an excursion to Chinatown. Students have grown a deep understanding of how culture and tradition shape lifestyles by visiting Chinese grocery stores and dining in a Chinese restaurant for Yum Cha. It was also a valuable opportunity for students to practice their Chinese outside the classroom.

Grace Liu

UniSA Excursion

Stage 2 Physical Education

On Friday, 5 August, Year 12 Physical Education students had an excursion to the University of South Australia (UniSA) to complete some testing within the Sports Science department. The day began in the biomechanics lab, where students were able to collect data on their chosen activity. It involved using the force plates and the video analysis software. We then moved to the environmental chamber to look at how the circulatory system responds to environmental conditions. The students completed a 6-minute sub-maximal test at room temperature and at 33 degrees with 70% humidity. After the sub-maximal test, the students measured their body composition through hydrostatic/underwater weighing and a bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA). Our final activity was a VO2 max test. Ronan B volunteered to complete the fatigue test and registered a VO2 max of 53.2ml/kg/min; well done, Ronan. The remainder of the day involved a tour and a Q&A about career pathways in Exercise & Sports Science and Clinical Exercise Physiology.

We would like to thank the staff at UniSA, Dr Grant Van Der Ploeg, Keegan Bradley, Ashlee Munro and the exercise physiology students for providing such a valuable experience for the Pedare students.

Damien Hutchings

Hanhdorf Excursion

Year 11 & 12 German

Year 11 and 12 German students visited the town of Hahndorf last Friday, 12 August. They explored heritage sites, enjoyed a German lunch and visited the Heysen gallery, home and studio, The Cedars, as part of their migration and family heritage studies.

Erik Brasse

Chinese Pathway Excursion

Stage 1&2 Chinese

On August 16, the Stage 1 and Stage 2 Chinese students embarked on an excursion, visited various locations within Adelaide city, and participated in myriad activities.  

At the Confucius Institute located at the University of Adelaide, students learned about the historical and traditional significance of Chinese painting (国画 guó huà). They created their artwork using traditional materials and then applied their existing skills in writing Chinese characters. Students practised Chinese calligraphy while upholding the traditional methods used within this practice, such as character stroke order and different calligraphy styles. This was followed by a visit from the Director of the Confucius Institute, Dr Ning Zhang, who discussed the important contributions of learning languages to various professions and future pathways in university that the Chinese language and culture offered.

Next, Senior Chinese students travelled to a traditional restaurant for lunch at Ky Chow, located in the heart of the CBD. There, they learned about traditional customs such as seating and eating arrangements that have strong significance to Chinese culture and how these aspects have been upheld and passed through generations to the present day.

Following lunch, the next stop was Chinatown and the Adelaide Central Market, where students could explore more of the Chinese culture. While using their speaking and reading skills around the Central Market, students learned about Chinese daily habits such as shopping and learning about the trade.

Adele J, Year 11

URStrong Parent Workshop
Tuesday, 9 August

It was exciting to welcome Tyson Greenwood from the URStrong Family to explain the framework behind the Language of Friendship on Tuesday, 9 August night. With over 100 people in attendance, Tyson used ​​interactive parent-child activities and shared strategies with parents on how to help children put out “Friendship Fires”, how to put a voice to their feelings, and the best ways to support children going through unhealthy friendships. Families also received an overview of URStrong’s core principles and whole-school friendship strategy. Thank you, URStrong, for empowering our community and providing us with a common “language” in talking about friendships, helping us connect and opening up lines of communication. 

If you were unable to attend the workshop, you could access free family resources to help coach your child into becoming an independent and resilient problem-solving “Friend Ninja”.

Lyn Davis

Anglican Schools Leadership Workshop
Thursday, 18 August

On Thursday, 18 August, we were pleased to host the Anglican Schools Leadership Workshop, welcoming over 130 students and staff from various Anglican schools across Adelaide. At different table groups, students engaged in activities related to leadership and well-being. The workshop was an excellent opportunity for cross-school dialogue, critical thinking and sharing ideas for positive change in their schools and communities.



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 8:30am, 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.

For more information contact the TTG Uniting Church website at




St Mark’s Anglican Church


St Mark’s Anglican Church has a 9.00 am traditional service each Sunday morning and 9.30am each Wednesday morning. We would love to see you at either or both of our services. We are located on the corner of The Golden Way and Wynn Vale Drive, Wynn Vale.

For further information and updates about St Mark’s services and events, please visit our website at or visit our 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 am on Sunday. 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 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. It is held in the Church hall on the first and third Sunday of each month during the school term, from 6.30-8.30 pm. 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 whilst enjoying delicious snacks, refreshments and pizza! The cost for each session is $5.

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