PLEASE BE REMINDED – FRIDAY 4 SEPTEMBER is a Pupil Free Day.
The College will be closed for the day.
Mr James Tamblyn
The annual Combined Boards Dinner on Wednesday this week provided a lovely opportunity for representatives of Pedare, Golden Grove High School and Gleeson College to come together and celebrate the unique partnership that bonds our three schools. It was wonderful to have a strong contingent of board members in attendance from each of our schools, along with a number of senior executive staff, student leaders and the Honourable Members for King, Wright and Newland.
As Principal of the 2020 host school I had the privilege to speak briefly, and took the opportunity to reflect upon one of the significant learnings to come for us all out of the COVID experience; the imperative of organisations, of schools in our context, to be able to adapt, and adapt quickly. To think differently, particularly in a time of crisis. To identify internal expertise, those with the skills that the organisation requires to adapt, and expediently design a model to facilitate the transfer of knowledge and skills to those who need them.
Because of COVID-19, education will never be the same again, and we at Pedare look forward to working alongside our Gleeson and Golden Grove colleagues as we consider how to embrace the rich and relevant learnings of the pandemic, and think innovatively about how this learning informs our joint schools partnership, and our shared facility priorities, moving forward.
My thanks to our Music department for their facilitation of the Music Showcase on Thursday night this week. It was wonderful to have live music back on the agenda, being performed to a very appreciative live audience. The quality of music was superb and a genuine testament to the talent and commitment of both our music staff and students. Thank you to our guests in attendance for your patience in adhering to our current physical distancing and hygiene expectations. We look forward to showcasing more live performances in coming weeks. Please click here to view some highlights of the evening.
Mr Andrew Whiteman
In recent weeks, we have been focusing on the pathways for our Year 12 students. Adelaide University presented important information about possible tertiary options available to the students. Students were then able to question the presenter about life on campus at Adelaide University.
Year 10 students also attended an Adelaide University presentation this week regarding future career options available to them. The students listened intently, and they were amazed at the variety of pathways presented. In days gone by, students who entered university would finish their course and then move straight into the workforce. Now and into the future, the certainty of finding employment has decreased. There is a lot more choice for our students and a lot more people are willing to move careers. It is no secret that the students of today must be ready to change direction and move with the times. No one has all the answers and the presentation hopefully was able to stimulate some discussion amongst our students and with you at home.
All students have now completed their 2021 subject selections and the process now begins to place students into their allocated classes. We thank you for your support in this process. Midway through Term 4, students will be notified of their allocated subjects for 2021. At that time, if students have had a change of mind and want to review their subjects, they can contact me to discuss.
We look forward over the next 3 weeks as our Outdoor Education Experiences move back into full swing. These are a great way for students to strengthen relationships with other students away from the classroom and for them to build on their resilience skills without the reliance on modern technology. Mr Michael Secomb can be contacted for any details for all the upcoming Outdoor Education Experiences.
Mr Josh Willis
Year 6 Spark
Our students are continuing to embrace Spark, our new subject for 2020. Year 6 students have been working hard on a Sustainability Project Proposal, in which individuals and groups have investigated ideas for a new space outside Mallee, next to the Greenhouse.
On Wednesday this week, students presented their proposals to a panel of judges including myself and Mr Tamblyn. I was amazed at the ability of our students to communicate their ideas so effectively in their presentations and the evidence of their thinking, research and collaboration is something they should all be very proud of.
We look forward to seeing elements from each and every one of these presentations coming to life in the near future.
International Baccalaureate – Middle Years Programme
Our focus from last week’s assembly was the importance of keeping an open mind. Middle School Community Service Captains, Emily and Sneha spoke about the importance of being open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. The girls showed a video promoting Sir Doug Nicholls Round in the AFL and how this is a celebration of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and their contribution to Australian football and our society. The girls also encouraged our students to keep an open mind regarding their upcoming Outdoor Education experiences in the coming weeks and the importance of embracing new challenges and going outside of your comfort zone for individual growth.
The Pedare Passage
Next week, our Year 9 students will embark on their Outdoor Education experience, a key component of the Pedare Passage, a new initiative in 2020. In Pedare Passage lessons this term, students have looked at who they are and who they want to be, the importance of growth mindsets and building personal levels of resilience. We wish these students well and we look forward to using this experience as a platform for them to step up as they move closer to their senior years.
Mr Randall Pearce
Spring is almost here! We are all looking forward to some sunshine and warmer weather. Please be aware that with the UV rating over 3, students will need to begin wearing hats during outside play.
Thursday 3 September, we look forward to hosting our fathers, grandfather and the special men that play a very important role in the lives of our students with our Father’s Day Breakfast and Stall.
It was reported to me in previous years that many children were so excited about their Dads coming to school that they could not sleep and woke very early, got themselves ready and were out the door ready for the day. It was wonderful to see so many Dads in the same space enjoying the company of their children and fellow Dads.
Many thanks to Rory and his catering team and to the numerous staff volunteers who cheerfully will again wake up early to serve our community. Thank you to the Parent and Friends Committee for again organising the Father’s Day Stall. For more information about the Father’s Day Stall, please click here.
Kidz Biz Family Life sessions
Tuesday 8 September, our Year 4 and 5 students along with their parents are invited to a family life information session, hosted by Kidz Biz education. These highly interactive sessions provided students and families with an introduction to basic personal and social development education; traditionally known as the ‘facts of life’.
Topics covered were:
Wednesday 23 September, you are invited to attend Learning Journey’s at Pedare (Mid-Year Reception to Year 4). There are 3 session times to choose from: 8:00am to 9:00am, 3:30pm to 4:30pm & 5:00pm to 6:00pm. Parents who have children in younger year levels we ask that you try your best to attend either the morning or straight after school Learning Journey sessions.
Year 5 Exhibition
In their final year of the Primary Years Programme, students celebrate their learning, through an extended project known as the PYP Exhibition. This involves students working collaboratively for 6 weeks to conduct an in-depth inquiry into real life issues or problems and then share it with the whole school community. This will occur on the evening of Wednesday the 23 September. There are 2 session times to choose from: 3:30pm to 4:30pm & 5:00pm to 6:00pm.
Year 4 and 5 Camp Information Night
Following the learning Journey and Year 5 Exhibition (Wednesday 23 September), Wilderness Escape will present to both students and families from Year 4 and 5 in regard to the Camping experiences in Term 4. This session will run from 6:15pm to 7:00pm, the venue for this event will be communicated shortly.
The Pedare Parent and Friends Committee is continuing their long tradition of running a Father’s Day Stall which will be held next Thursday, 3 September in Danthonia. (Drama room)
Reception to Year 5 children will attend with their class and are invited to purchase a gift for their father, grandfather or significant male in their lives. All gifts will be either $5 or $10.
Middle School students are also invited to visit Danthonia at lunchtime (after 1:00pm) and purchase a gift.
Please remember to send a bag with your child to take their gift home in and a note for younger children who may require help with purchases for various family members.
The children love coming to the stall to select a gift. We hope their special person enjoys what they purchase.
Thank you for your support of the Parents & Friends Association.
Our youngest and newest members of the College have settled in beautifully over the last 6 weeks in Reception C. The children have been very busy learning many different things as well as learning new school routines. It has been wonderful to watch their confidence grow as they get to know each other and their new environment. Our new play area, complete with a big sandpit, pirate ship, water pump and digger has created lots of exciting and fun play times at recess and lunch. When the sun is shining, we have also been enjoying having quieter games on the deck including building blocks and dress ups.
Our Unit of Inquiry this term is Who We Are, and we have been thinking about all the different groups we belong to (family, school, the World) and how our choices can have an impact on the people in those groups. When looking at the biggest group we belong to (the World) and the choices we make to help look after the World, the children showed how passionate they were about everyone putting rubbish in the bin. This then led to a discussion, investigation and experiment about different types of rubbish (plastic, paper etc). Reception C have very much enjoyed participating in specialist lessons such as Chinese, Performing Arts, Library and PE. In PE, the children have been participating in Aerokids with specialist teacher Kylie. They have enjoyed learning basic gymnastic skills such as jumping and rolling. We have also been super busy learning sounds, blending sounds to read words, sorting, making patterns, doing dot art painting, making paper plants, learning about creation, plus much more!
One of the highlights of our term together so far, was when the children eagerly accepted an invitation to help lead a song ‘My God is so Big’ at Junior School Worship in Week 3. The children stood up on the stage in front of the Junior School, did actions and sang so well! Everyone was amazed at how brave they were, including their teachers!
We applaud and congratulate Reception C and their families for their fantastic transition into school life and learning at Pedare!
Ms Kimberely Capper – Teacher, Mid-Year Reception
On Wednesday 12 August, Year 2s thoroughly enjoyed their Chemical Sciences experience in the Science Laboratory with Ms Ireland. Much fun was had when they mixed an acid and base in a film canister and observed the result:
Mrs Ailsa Burne – Teacher, Year 2
On Monday 17 August, Year 7 students were privileged to take part in the ‘World of Maths’ morning.
World of Maths is a unique traveling Maths show. Students take part in hands on Maths problem-solving which meet the Australian Curriculum strands of Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry and Statistics and Probability. By working in small collaborative groups, students built problem-solving and reasoning skills, whilst applying mathematics to the physical world, which are integral skills required in Mathematics.
Year 7s found the experience fun and engaging and most importantly the morning allowed students to build a positive attitude towards Mathematics.
Mrs Nicola Fotheringham – Learning Leader, Mathematics
On Tuesday of Week 6, Year 12 Physics students went on a trip to the Mawson Lakes Campus of the University of South Australia. The day started off in the light and lasers lab of the University. During the two morning sessions, students completed a combination of four practicals where they investigated the interference and diffraction of various light sources. One of these practicals was part of their final summative investigation for Year 12 where they explored the single slit diffraction of laser light. The afternoon consisted of a tour of the campus where students got to have an inside look into the new mechanical engineering workshop space and many other areas and facilities.
Students were also introduced into some of the leading-edge research happening at the University including thin films that have a wide range of uses. This ended with a presentation from a PhD student and two Senior lecturers who introduced students to the vast world of material science and engineering.
Ms Natasha Atkins – Teacher, Maths and Science
Please view the wonderful highlights of our very talented music students performing at the 2020 Music Showcase.
Congratulations to the following students who were the winners of the One+ Science Fair Awards held on Friday 21 August.
Online, mobile and console gaming can be a temporary escape, hobby or chill out activity for people from little kids to grandparents. There are good things about gaming where you can learn problem solving and spatial awareness and it is often a social outlet for people. There can also be a risk as many games are designed to be addictive.
What is more important than the time spent gaming is whether it is impacting on time that should have been spent on homework, or sleep or other activities. Gamers who don’t have gaming problems have fun when they’re in the game. They have a good time and when it’s done, it’s done – they go on to something else.
If you have noticed any of the following, then gaming could be a problem.
If you are noticing these things it may be time to make some changes to your child’s gaming habits or seek some professional help. Please see the links below for more information on gaming.
Healthy video gaming for children & teens
How to Help Your Child Addicted to Video Games
7 Ways to Wean your Child off Video Games
Managing device/tech use in children with emotional and behavioural challenges (reducing the meltdowns when screens and devices are turned off)
Congratulations to Jack Williams, Year 6, and Olivia Williams, Year 5, who competed in the Little Athletics State Cross Country Championships on Sunday 2 August at Bonython Park.
Jack won gold (third year in a row) and Olivia placed 7th, both ran well representing Golden Grove Little Athletics Club.
Extra-Curricular Sports feature articles and results below:
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 email@example.com 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.
St Mark’s Anglican Church currently have a 9:00 am traditional service and a contemporary service at 4:00pm. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to advise if you will be attending either service for COVID-19 requirements.
St Mark’s Kids Club (for Reception to Year 4 students) has also resumed this term on Thursday afternoons at 3.30pm (meeting fortnightly). Please email email@example.com if you would like to attend.
For further information about St Mark’s services and Kids Club, please visit the website at https://www.stmarksgoldengrove.org.au