Pedare - The Vine Newsletter Issue 13 for 2021

The Vine Issue 13 – 2021

September 10, 2021
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Mr James Tamblyn


It’s been a pleasure over the past week to attend a couple of fantastic netball grand finals for our Pedare teams. Our Primary 2 team played last Saturday afternoon and had an excellent match against Para Hills. Despite giving our best all game, Para Hills proved a little too strong and won by 8 goals. On Tuesday 7 September evening, our Sub Junior 1 team played their Grand Final against Tea Tree Gully. This was an amazing match, with Pedare trailing by 4 goals at 3/4 time before completely dominating the final quarter, scoring 9-1 and winning the game by 4. Well done to all players involved in both matches for the exceptional way that you represented yourselves and the College.


R U OK? Day took place across Australia on Thursday 9 September. It’s a day when we encourage people to check-in with each other and provides a reminder that every day is a good day to ask friends, family and colleagues if everything is OK. R U OK? has developed free resources to help you encourage everyone to think about who in their world might need to be asked how they are really going. More information can be found at the 2021 R U OK? website

Our Middle School celebrated Service Day today, following on from other experiential learning days – Diversity Day and Imagination Day – held earlier in the year. Service Day provided an opportunity for all Middle School students to plan and implement a project designed to have a tangible impact on the lives of a person, or a group of people, within our local community. There were amazing scenes today as our students initiated some incredibly thoughtful and creative ideas to support our community. My thanks to Mrs Brooks and her Middle School team for driving this wonderful day of learning for our students. 


Mr Andrew Whiteman


‘It’s ok to not know where you are going.. Just keep going.’ The theme of this week’s assembly was about finding your own path. All of our students are on a different journey and many know where they want to end up, but an equal number are unsure of their future. Students heard about not being afraid to take a chance and try something new. Life is not easy for anyone and, for our students, it’s all about trying your best to open up to the choices you have in future life. 

Congratulations to all the students and staff that were involved in the College Musical last week. The production ‘High School Musical’ was, yet again, another outstanding performance by students from Year 7 through to Year 12. A lot of time and energy was committed to this event and the performers truly shone. After COVID restrictions delayed the performance, our staff and students showed tremendous resilience to stay focussed, continue to practice and then to perform to such a high standard was very pleasing. 

To view more photos of the High School Musical, please click here.

We pray for the people of Afghanistan after the recent tragic events in this country. We are deeply saddened by what is occurring and watch on as another sad chapter is written for this war-ravaged country. We pray for those in Government to make decisions based on compassion and empathy for everyone involved. Our upcoming Middle School Service Day will include a coordinated effort to support the refugees that have landed recently in Adelaide. With confronting events occurring all around the world, we are continually reminded that we are lucky to live in such a wonderful and safe country. 


 Mrs Lauren Brooks


What a brilliant day of exploratory learning for our Middle School students today. 

Service Day was an opportunity for students to engage in a day of uninterrupted, deep, discovery-based learning, with a strong focus on developing skills and capabilities. This day also came with a very strong purpose, to create a product or initiative that serves a community by the end of this learning experience. 

The centrality of Service Day encompassed a key inquiry-based learning component where students engaged in rich, authentic and transferable learning. Students further developed their skills and capabilities such as critical thinking, creativity and innovation, communication, collaboration, research, organisation and reflective IB ATL skills. 

We are always so proud of how Pedare students engage in these amazing learning initiatives. Today our students worked hard, they committed to learning in a new style and adapted quickly to the change and challenges that come with new learning environments. 

Most importantly, our students completed their service-learning outcomes with pride. There was such a sense of meaning and purpose within the learning environment today, and we are so looking forward to contributing positively to our local community with the various elements created today. 


Mr Randall Pearce


Year 5 Exhibition – Wednesday 22 September 

Year 5 leaves its mark on Pedare students. Firstly, it is the last year of Primary, and it represents the leap towards the Middle Years Program (MYP). It marks a before and an after in the Primary stage as students face the Primary Years Program (PYP) Exhibition, the first major public exhibition of their long and extensive inquiry learning process. 

PYP Exhibition is not another short-term project, a presentation on a topic, or just a usual event. It is the last step of hundreds of little steps leading them to a culminating milestone event, marking the end of their time as a PYP student. It is an extensive research project that builds the foundational skills they will need as they enter the MYP and beyond.  

Year 5 students worked on the exhibition throughout the term. The process involves hours of discussions, debates, questions, and reflection on a transdisciplinary theme. It is an opportunity for students to implement several weeks of research, analysis, and critical thinking to solve real-life problems through their innovative projects. 

At Pedare, our focus is on the process, rather than the product; the expedition, rather than the final day of the Exhibition. The visible part of the PYP Exhibition is the display of all the projects where students present their research, their process of inquiry, and their creative projects to the Pedare Community. It is the part that we get to see, but let’s not forget that there is a lot of effort behind it, weeks of work, research, analysis, and preparation.  

PYP Exhibition is a powerful demonstration of student agency, as well as the agency of the community that has nurtured them through their years in the PYP. The learning community participates in the exhibition, supporting and celebrating the development of internationally-minded students who make a positive difference in their lives and the lives of others. All exhibitions are student-initiated, designed and collaborative.

When students see concrete actions that they can choose to take to make a difference, they see themselves as competent, capable and active agents of change (Oxfam 2015).

Action is a means for students to show that they have linked their learning to real-life issues and opportunities. 

They understand and recognise the interconnectedness and interdependence of issues, and consider these from multiple perspectives (Oxfam 2015, UNESCO 2015).

Initiated by students, PYP action is authentic, meaningful, mindful, responsible and responsive. Action could be:

  • a change in attitude
  • a consideration or plan for action in the future
  • a demonstration of responsibility, or of respect for self, others and the environment
  • a commitment to leading or participating in a youth advocacy group
  • an engagement in school decision-making or an expression of support in community, local and global decision-making.

As a culminating project, the Exhibition has required students to draw on their learning throughout the PYP. As our Year 5 students move forward to Year 6 and the Middle Years Program, they do so with the confidence that they have gained many skills, the ability to inquire and research, to work collaboratively and to choose and develop appropriate action.

I look forward to sharing this wonderful learning experience with our community on Wednesday, 22 September 2021. 


PHOTO DAY: 23 September

Extra-curricular Sport and Group


Commencing in 2022

After an extensive recruitment process, we are delighted to share with you that Callum Iles has been appointed as Pedare’s new Head of Middle School, commencing in 2022. 

Callum is currently employed at Scotch College, Adelaide, where he has worked since 2015 in a range of roles.

Callum is an old scholar of Pedare, and very much looks forward to returning to the College in this significant leadership role. We congratulate Callum on his appointment and look forward to introducing him to the community early next year.


6 September 2021

What started with over 1000 students during the school and local rounds of the Science Investigator Awards, came down to some very tough competition of around 130 entries in the State Final of the Science Investigation Awards on Monday 6 September at the Royal Adelaide Showground. 

Our 23 finalists from Year 6 – 9 represented Pedare very well, and the judges were highly impressed with the calibre of posters and projects presented. 

We ended up coming away in first place for Year 7 & 8, and third place in the Senior category.

Congratulations to Eugene who won Year 7 category with his project on Microbial Fuel Cells; and Callum who won Year 8 category with his project and robot on which is the best strategy for winning Rock, Paper, Scissors game.

We also congratulate Holly and Emma for winning the third place in the Senior category by transforming their summative Biology practical report into a poster and joining the competition online via Zoom.

Samantha Ireland


27 August 2021

2nd Place: Aditi and Rebecca – ‘The Witches’

4th Place: Yshi and Ojaswi – ‘Peter Pan’

Year 8 students participated again in the annual One+ Book Cup competition. This competition has been running in different formats between Golden Grove High School, Gleeson College and Pedare for over 20 years!

In 2021, students in Year 8 were asked to creatively transform their own chosen text into a multimodal presentation, fitting with this year’s Book Week theme ‘Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds.’ We had some amazing multi-modals completed across all of our Year 8 classes, but only four could be chosen to represent Pedare at the Book Cup awards ceremony.

The following students represented Pedare with their presentations: Ojaswi, Aditi, Lorcyn, Anabella, Rebecca, Yana, Aymee, Yshi and Amity.

While Gleeson took out the top prize for the second year running, we are very excited to announce that Pedare received both 2nd and 4th prizes, presented by our local MPs.

Congratulations to the following students:

2nd Place: Aditi and Rebecca – ‘The Witches’

4th Place: Yshi and Ojaswi – ‘Peter Pan’


Sarah Bloomfield


This year, many Pedare students entered the annual Young Writer’s Award. This poetry and prose competition is open to students across South Australia. 

The following Pedare students were shortlisted: Aria (Year 6), Maggie (Year 7), Thomas (Year 7), Dylan (Year 9), and Brooke (Year 11).

Special congratulation goes to Year 6 student, Krishna, who won second prize in the state in his age category. This is a significant achievement against so many competitors.

Well done, Krishna.


Congratulations to Keziah Chung for completing her Grade 3 AMEB (Australian Music Examinations Board) Cello exam and achieving an A (Honours). Well done Keziah!

A-Z Stress Management and Coping Skills

– From Your Wellbeing Team

Are you stuck for ideas of how to relax or cope with a bad day? Try the ideas from our Alphabet of Stress Management and Coping Skills:

Ask for help
Breathe slowly
Chat with friends
Drink water
Focus attention elsewhere
Go outside
Hug a friend
Imagine your safe place
Keep a Journal
Listen to music
Name something positive
Offer assistance
Paint a picture
Quiet time
ake a walk
Use a yoyo
Watch a Movie
X-ray your feelings



Year 11

A core component of the learning undertaken in our Pedare Senior School Entrepreneurship subjects involves looking at opportunities provided by digital and emerging technologies to develop new products and services, as well as to find new ways of doing things.

To further develop students’ understanding of new technologies, Year 11 Business Innovation students recently spent the day at Lumination in Kent Town. Whilst at Lumination, students learnt about the differences between virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality technologies. Students then experimented with a range of short creative projects using virtual and augmented reality technologies. These technologies are useful for students to consider in prototyping product solutions and in a variety of marketing applications. Students are now looking at ways to incorporate these and other technologies into their current business solutions.

Staff members who attended this excursion are also looking at ways that these technologies can be incorporated in new and innovative ways across other learning areas within the College.

Kirstin Davenport


Year 7

On Wednesday 8th August, Year 7 students were privileged to take part in the ‘World of Maths’ morning. ‘World of Maths’ is a unique travelling Maths show which meets the Australian Curriculum strands of Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry and Statistics and Probability. 

Students took part in hands-on Maths problem-solving. By working in small collaborative groups, students built problem-solving and reasoning skills, while 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.

Nicola Fotheringham


Year 10 PE

On 6th September, Year 10 SHAPE Physical Education students had the opportunity to be involved in the University of South Australia (UniSA) Connect Program. The day began with an introduction to the GPS technology that is used widely in sports science within professional sport. Students then completed a range of activities to collect data to be analysed and evaluated. The afternoon session involved an in-depth discussion of how to analyse the data and apply the sports science concepts. We also discussed the career pathways within the field of sports science and how the industry has grown significantly over the past ten decades. 

We would like to thank Katie, Liem and Alex for providing this experience to our students.

Damien Hutchings


Year 11

A group of intrepid Year 11 Geography students enjoyed an Urban Field trip which included visits to Christie Walk Ecovillage, Davoren Park, Rosewood Estate, and The Bridges in Mawson Lakes.

At Christie Walk, students were introduced to highly sustainable forms of urban development. Straw bale houses, Adelaide’s first rooftop garden, thermal flues, community laundry and other features made Christie Walk highly liveable. Students enjoyed the recess time at the Central Market. Students then collected data in Davoren Park on the livability of the suburb which they will use to compare with their home suburb in a Summative Assessment task. The effectiveness of urban renewal strategies was evaluated at Rosewood Estate. Elizabeth City Centre was a great place for lunch. Followed by an analysis of the livability of Mawson Lakes suburb. Our students were exemplary during the field trip.

Andrew Penny


Junior School – Year 3

On Thursday 9th September, Year 3 students ventured off-site to Birdwood and visited the Motor Museum. Students were amazed and excited by the range of vehicles on display. From motorbikes and classic cars to modern and stylish Lamborghinis, and everything in between. Our exploration of how motor vehicles have evolved and changed, support our unit of inquiry into ‘How the World Works’ with the central idea of ‘Humans are driven to imagine’. Students learnt about local Hawkers who used to travel for months to sell merchandise door-to-door to local townspeople. Everyone enjoyed exploring the old artefacts and guessing their function. 

“I like the scavenger hunt around the museum.” Josiah, Year 3.

“I enjoyed looking for the old T Model Ford cars. The gold one was one of the hardest to find.” Nivedh, Year 3.

“We had to find lots of things on the ‘Junk Car’ like a plastic fork, which was hard to find.” Charli, Year 3.

“I enjoyed reading about the history of the cars.” Aaliyah, Year 3.

Rebecca Wallace and Millie Noblett

High School Musical

1-3 September 2021

In Week 7 we were finally able to bring to the stage Pedare’s fabulous performance of High School Musical. After enduring a postponement of the show earlier in the term, a passionate team of staff and 55 brilliant students from Year 8-12 transported the audience to a place of laughter, dancing and joy for three unforgettable performances. As the Director, it was a magical experience to see the vision for this show come to life, and it will be something that all involved will never forget. Many thanks go to everyone that contributed to High School Musical, but my sincere gratitude goes to Mrs Jude Johnson, Mr Gerald Pederick, Miss Alana Galapa, Mrs Jan Robertson, Miss Tiana Riemelmoser and Mrs Kai Benyk for their commitment, passion and support. Last but not least, the students of Pedare certainly ‘let their light shine’ as they shared their talent with the community and collaborated with maturity, commitment and confidence to deliver outstanding performances. 

“If we reach, we can fly, know inside, we can make it…”

Nadine Stroud

R U OK? Day – 9 September 2021

R U OK? Day is our national day of action dedicated to reminding everyone that every day is the day to ask, ‘Are you OK?’

Yesterday, 9 September, we were encouraged to start conversations, to connect with others, to lend an ear and to actively provide support to those who need it. A conversation could change a life. Asking ‘Are you OK?’, especially during these times is so important, not just today but every day.

Year 12 Essential English

Photos of Year 12 Essential English class on their ‘Hidden Treasures’ excursion, Friday 3rd September. Students followed a series of clues through a walking tour of the Adelaide CBD in preparation for creating their own instructional journey.

Father’s Day Stall

A big thank you to our wonderful Parents & Friends (P&F) volunteers who held a Father’s Day stall on Thursday 2nd September. Children were choosing their gifts excitedly for their Father, Grandfather or special person.

Assembly – Eldergreen

2 September 2021



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.

Wednesday 8th September was the final day for Term 3’s Year 8 and 9 interschool volleyball competition between Golden Grove, Gleeson and Pedare. 

Pedare’s teams held 3 of the top 4 positions on the ladder. Our Year 8 team came from 3rd position in the preliminary finals last week to take home the trophy today!! Congratulations Year 8s!

The competition is run every term with different year levels involved, but the atmosphere on a Wednesday lunchtime in the Golden Grove Recreation Centre never changes, it is electric. It will be Year 7 and 8s turn next term, and we look forward to seeing some excellent matches.




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: