Pedare - The Vine Newsletter Issue 14 for 2022

The Vine Issue 14 – 2022

September 30, 2022
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Mr James Tamblyn


Congratulations to all music students and staff who contributed to Pedare’s Cabaret Evening last week. Each performance item was of exceptionally high quality, reflecting both the incredible talent and commitment of our senior music students and their teachers. A number of extraordinary solo performances, many of which formed integral components of students’ Stage 2 assessment, were complemented by pieces from a range of our most accomplished bands and ensembles. Thank you, and well done to all involved. 

Cabaret Music Performance – Friday, 23 September

The ‘Future You’ local school art exhibition was officially launched at Gallery 1855 in Tea Tree Gully this week. Featuring over 115 artworks created by students from local schools, including Pedare, the collection represents young artists’ impressions of the future. Artworks include sculpture, printmaking, painting, drawing, and photography. Congratulations to all our students whose works are on display as part of this exhibition for the next five weeks and to our staff who have supported them to be involved. I encourage community members to get along and enjoy the exhibition, which runs up to November 5. 

‘Future You’ Art Exhibition Launch at Gallery 1855 – Thursday, 29 September

A number of building works are in full swing at the College and will continue into Term 4. Most have no impact on access to learning facilities and are due for completion between October and late January. As communicated previously, the following projects are all expected to be finished prior to the beginning of the 2023 school year:

  • New OSHC building 
  • Banksia shade and decking 
  • Boronia Senior School classrooms
  • Redgum outdoor recreation space
  • Junior School Library relocation

The Mallee Lower Ground development has also commenced and is due for completion in early Term 1, 2023.


My thanks to all staff, students and community members for your contributions to a very successful Term Three. The term has been busier than normal, with many activities and events postponed from earlier in the year being rescheduled into an already tight calendar. We are most grateful for the support and understanding of our families as we have continued to modify events in the context of ongoing COVID settings for schools. I hope the term break provides an opportunity for you all to spend some quality time with family, and we very much look forward to welcoming everyone back to commence Term 4 on Monday, 17 October.


Mr Andrew Whiteman


On Friday, 23 September, we were treated to outstanding performances by our Music students at the annual Cabaret held in the College Chapel. The broadway theme lived up to the hype with show-stopping performances from all students. Stage 2 Music students performed their solo pieces to perfection, and the audience certainly appreciated the time and effort required to reach this level. A big thank you to Ms Nadine Stroud, Mr Gerald Pederick and the entire music staff for putting on another spectacular performance. 

Thank you to all of the students involved in extracurricular activities this Winter season. There were a huge number of students representing Pedare each week, and as the term comes to an end, we are thankful that we have these opportunities. From Netball grand finals to midweek Basketball games, Art Club and Robotics, our extracurricular department do a great job of offering our students a wide variety of choices. Thank you to Mr Michael Secomb, Ms Karen Jarman and Ms Hayley Mayer for the work they have all put in for our Winter season. The summer season is not far away, and we look forward to seeing more students join our clubs and teams in Term 4.

MS SS Assembly – Thursday, 29 September

AFL Winter Season

Middle School Semester 1 Basketball

Middle and Senior Winter Season Basketball

Boys Winter Season Soccer

Sub Junior, Junior and Ladies Team Winter Season Netball


Our Year 12 students have reached their final school holidays. In fact, these could be the most important holidays for our students as they prepare for their final assessments and the exams in Week 4 of next term. In Week 1 of the holidays, we will be running trial exams for the students and replicating the electronic exams to best prepare the students. There are a number of workshops that the students are also required to attend to ensure they are best placed to finish off the year well. It has been a busy year for our Year 12 students, and they are very close to the finish line. Now is the time to consolidate their learning and genuinely focus over the coming month to give themselves the best opportunity to achieve their potential.

With the changing seasons, we now ask all our students to arrive in Term 4 wearing summer uniform. Our students look exceptional when they enter the College grounds wearing their uniform well. We now just need the warmer weather! A reminder was given to all students about wearing the College hat when they are outdoors and at all breaks. We also informed students again about our grooming and jewellery expectations, and they are clear on those expectations from day one of next term. We thank you for your support in regard to uniform and grooming.

It has been a busy and enjoyable term and I wish everyone a safe Term 3 holiday break.


 Mr Callum Iles


As Term 3 comes to a close, it is a great time to reflect on the wonderful achievements that have been made in the Middle School over the last few months. Students have worked hard on getting assignment work completed to a fabulous standard, teachers have prepared and delivered innovative and engaging curriculums, grounds people have continued to provide state-of-the-art facilities, and support staff have worked alongside teachers and students to maximise achievement across the board. 

Students have supported important causes, attended leadership conferences, learned about navigating the online world safely, run their own businesses, participated in a cyber warfare simulation, represented the school at knockout sporting events, and travelled across Adelaide for a plethora of excursions. 

No wonder there is a sense of tiredness across the school!

I reflected on a scene from the book Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson with the staff this week in which he outlined his plans to grow his law project, the Equal Justice Initiative. Bryan was speaking to civil rights campaigner Rosa Parks when he said, ‘We’re trying to do something about prison conditions and excessive punishment. We want to free people who’ve been wrongly convicted. We want to end unfair sentences in criminal cases and stop racial bias in criminal justice…’ Ms Parks leaned back smiling, ‘Oooh, honey, all that’s going to make you tired, tired, tired.’

I love this part of the book because it shows that when we are doing things that are important, we will get tired, tired, tired. And this is a good thing.

The Yerkes-Dodson Curve is further confirmation of this. It shows that for us to operate at our optimal level, we need to have a level of stress in our lives. In the same way that a broken bone does not heal until there is pressure put on it, we do not achieve our best until we experience pressure. Too much stress and we become distressed. Not enough stress and we become lazy. When we are working with a manageable stress level, we will be energised, focused and find a flow state. 

Perhaps some staff and students are bordering on distress, so the holidays have come at a good time! 

As we head into this time of refreshing, may the words of Psalm 46 wash over you:

God is our refuge and strength,
An ever present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
And the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
Though its waters roar and foam
And the mountains quake with their surging.
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
The holy place where the Most High dwells.
God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
He lifts his voice, the earth melts.
The Lord Almighty is with us;
The God of Jacob is our fortress.
Come and see what the Lord has done,
The desolations he has brought on the earth.
He makes wars cease
To the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
He burns the shields with fire.
He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted on the earth.’
The Lord is with us;
The God of Jacob is our fortress.

May these words refresh us all as we head into the holidays.


Mr Randall Pearce


Year 4 Stalls

Year 4 classes sold a variety of items to the Junior School community on Friday, 23 September. This was part of one of their transdisciplinary Unit of Inquiry that has seen much learning covering many curriculum areas. Over the past few weeks, Year 4 students have been Entrepreneurs inquiring into many aspects of a successful business. This learning has been made relevant with a loan (float) of $20 from the school.  

The International Baccalaureate (IB) and Primary Years Programme (PYP) are perfect vehicles to allow our teachers to present the curriculum in a way that makes the learning relevant, significant, challenging and engaging. Teaching entrepreneurial skills to students is an important area of development for our children.

Such learning provides our students with the knowledge to develop their own businesses. It includes helping them learn about core business areas such as sales, finance, marketing, accountancy and management, as well as broader-ranging skills such as effective communication, adaptability and maintaining confidence.

The advantage of teaching these skills over more traditional subjects is that they are not uniquely relevant to an entrepreneurial career path. You can be an entrepreneur in any field, so it stands to reason that the skills needed for starting your own business would also be desirable in terms of being an employee.

The Australian Curriculum Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) / Economics and Business states the rationale:

The Australian Curriculum: Economics and Business empowers students to shape their social and economic futures and to contribute to the development of prosperous, sustainable and equitable Australian and global economies. The study of economics and business develops the knowledge, understanding and skills that will equip students to secure their financial futures and to participate in and contribute to the wellbeing and sustainability of the economy, the environment and society. 

According to the Australian Curriculum, this learning starts in Year 7! So, I congratulate the Year 4 teachers and their students for their stalls and the fantastic learning that has taken place this week and over the term. 

Year 4 Stalls – Friday, 23 September


From the College Chaplain

What on earth is love?

I always enjoy catching young people off guard with a question or activity that exposes a new area of learning they were previously unaware of.

Such was the case in Junior Worship last week. Students were asked to participate in a simple game I called ‘Feeling Word or Action Word?‘ As each word appeared on the big screen, they had to indicate whether the word represented a feeling or an action.

JUMP and SAD were easily identified; likewise, there was no problem with HAPPY. However, things became more challenging when the word LAUGH appeared. Is it a feeling or an action that is often produced by that feeling? 

Then I put up the word LOVE. 

Almost every student indicated that love is a feeling. As I began to challenge their choice gently, many of them switched their decision and said that love is an action. Again, I challenged their decision. Then one of the Year 1 boys, in a moment of inspiration, called out, “It’s both!” 

Of course, he was absolutely right. Feeling without action is an entirely self-focused experience that makes little difference to others, and action without any feeling can be a cold, impersonal interaction that fails to build a relationship.

The Apostle Paul wrote what is perhaps the most succinct, powerful summary of true love when he said:

Love is patient and kind,
never jealous, boastful,
proud, or rude.

Love isn’t selfish
    or quick tempered.

It doesn’t keep a record
    of wrongs that others do.

Love rejoices in the truth,
    but not in evil.

Love is always supportive,
loyal, hopeful,
    and trusting.

Love never fails!

1 Corinthians 13:4-8


John Morton, College Chaplain


Term 4 – Summer uniform

The P&F Shop will be open during the term break for good quality second-hand uniforms.

  • Saturday 8 October 10:00am – 2:00pm
  • Thursday 13 October 1:00 – 5:00pm

The P&F Shop also sells new College hats, Sport, white and grey socks and Pedare iPad and Laptop bags.

New Uniforms available from Devon Clothing:

From the beginning of Term 4 2022 until Term 1 2023, Devon requests that you book an appointment to attend the Uniform Shop for fittings and uniform purchases.

You can book ahead for appointments now to secure a time that suits you, during their regular opening times.

Book here:

Alternately, order online and opt for delivery to your personal or work address or pick up in store with no appointment required.

Order Online Here:

Please Note: Community Tops are only available to order before Week 4, Term 4 for delivery before Term 1 2023.


Junior Shine Awards

Congratulations to the following students on receiving the Junior Shine Award for Term 3 at Assembly on Friday, 30 September.

ROA – Poppy H
RC – Heath B
RO – Lucy C

1E – Sonny R
1HD – Kiara H

2B – Alicia K
2C – Willow A

3G – Zara de V
3O – Arabella M

4H – Emeline C
4V – Gemma C

5LB – Emily S
5CG – Della M
5P – Grace D

Australian Mathematics Competition

Years 4-12

Seventy-nine students from Years 4 – 12 participated in this year’s Australian Mathematics Competition. The Australian Mathematics Competition is an engaging 30-problem competition that demonstrates the importance and relevance of mathematics in students’ everyday lives. 

Well done to all students who participated, and a special mention goes to the following students who received Distinction and High Distinction.

Nicola Fotheringham


Evan F – Distinction



Angus C – High Distinction
Aidan M – Distinction
Lorcyn M G – Distinction


Eugene L – High Distinction
Luke M – High Distinction
Fiona C – Distinction
Riley L – Distinction
Thomas P – Distinction
Utsavi – V – Distinction
Curtis W – Distinction
Bailey C – Distinction
Joshua D – Distinction
Ryan F – Distinction
Alex M – Distinction
Gaurav U – Distinction

Upper Primary

Allegra B – Distinction
Alex J – Distinction
Ashleigh S – Distinction


Middle Primary

Jordan O– Distinction

One+ Titration Competition

On Monday, 26 September, a small group of Year 11 Chemistry students from across the campus participated in the One+ Titration Competition. It was a very close competition, with all achieving close to the true value and a 1.2% margin of error between 1st and 4th places. Congratulations to the following students:

Erin A (First Place)

William T (Second Place)

Charlie C (Third Place)


German Day In

Year 9 German

On Monday, 26 September, Year 9 German students participated in the Pedare German Day In. This exciting language event included a German scavenger hunt, a Fußball tournament, a combined quiz and a German film.

Students had fun extending their cultural knowledge, using their language, and trying new skills. There were many laughs along the way, and it was wunderbar to see inclusiveness and teamwork.

Well done to all those involved!

Stefanie Edmondson

‘Mind Your Own Business’

Year 6

As part of the Interdisciplinary Unit, ‘Mind Your Own Business’, Year 6s had to create a unique company.

Each team had a budget of $3000 to advertise, pay rent, pay for utilities and buy merchandise. It was important for each group to develop a concept that would sell and create a company name/logo and budget to make a profit.

After weeks of hard work, today was the day to open for ‘business’. Students from Years 4 – 8 visited the stalls, spending their simulated wages at our simulated market.

Every team did extremely well, and some companies even sold out.

Well done, Year 6s.

Simara Conroy

Chinese Fan Painting

Years 3-4

On Thursday, 29 September, Year 3 and 4 students had an incursion of Chinese fan painting. Students learned the history of Chinese fans and their functions. Chinese fans are not only used for cooling but also used as accessories. Students had the opportunity to paint on a silk fan and learned the technique of using a Chinese brush to paint. This activity helped students understand Chinese culture and history through the lens of art. 

Grace Liu

VEX V5 Tournament

Years 9-12

On Monday, 19 September, Pedare hosted schools from across Adelaide competing in the Year 9-12 VEX V5 competition for qualification to the Australia National Championships to be held at Sydney Olympic Park’s Quay Centre in December. Design, problem-solving, engineering, teamwork and collaboration were in full swing.

Congratulations to all teams who won the awards, including Pedare teams who were awarded for:

– Excellence Award (Middle School) & Tournament Finalist – ASDF

– Excellence Award (Senior School) – Next Gen

Thank you to our volunteers and judges who make this day possible.

Glenelg Excursion

Year 10 Geography

While the weather wasn’t on our side, the Year 10 Geography excursion was a great experience. Students enjoyed hearing from a local council worker about sand movement and local vegetation, which they then applied to their field sketches. Students were also able to use their knowledge about coasts through annotated photos and an analysis of different issues.

It was great to get outside the classroom and apply our skills to look at the impacts of a real-world environment, even if the wind and rain wanted to keep us away!

Ebony Coulter

“The Geography excursion was a much-anticipated part of the curriculum and was a great opportunity for us to get a greater insight into land changes over time. Although the weather was beyond cold, and we were shivering for the entire day, we were all so grateful for the experience, and the day off school”- Louise S, Year 10

“Despite the weather, we were able to learn a lot about the landscape and the history of Glenelg and the plants that inhabit the dunes.” – Gideon M, Year 10

Illuminate Enterprise Challenge

19-23 September

During Week 9, Year 10 Innovation and Entrepreneurship students competed in the Illuminate Enterprise Challenge hosted at The University of Adelaide. Through this four-day challenge, students explored opportunities for change in their community and developed sustainable and ethical business models.

Teams were introduced to various concepts such as marketing, formal report writing, profit and loss statements, and much more. In this fast-paced environment, students were able to establish a deep understanding of these principles and apply them to clarify their overall solution. 

Our team of seven students created ‘noboundaries’, a B Corporation that supports teens in developing key skills as they step into adulthood. 

In the final challenge, teams were given 45 minutes to respond to an artificial controversy affecting the reputability and profit of their business. 

Our team is pleased to have won ‘best overall pressure cooker’. This high-stakes challenge is a testament to the collaboration demonstrated by each individual.

The following students are commended for their determination, resilience and growth over the course of the week:

Ayathna B, Hanco B, Gaurab B, William B, Chelsea H, Brennan L, Abbigail T

Tyson Prettejohn

The University of Adelaide Health Experience Day

Year 10

On Monday, 26 September, a group of Year 10 students interested in pursuing further study and careers in the health sector went to a Health Day run by the University of Adelaide. They participated in a range of activities in the Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences Building, including a simulation experience about two young adults involved in a motor vehicle accident from various practising health professionals and current students and a tour of the University facilities.

We are very grateful to Adelaide University for providing this opportunity to our students and giving them a real-world introduction to the work of many different health professions and related study pathways. 

Below are some student comments about the day.

Jan Robertson

“I was able to learn a large amount of valuable information, and my interest in the Health and Medicine field has increased even more. Overall, it was a great day with lots of new experiences as well as practical activities that helped me gain much more knowledge. If I could, I would do it all over again!”

“I found the tour really enjoyable and helpful as we got to see how and where the students did things. I specifically enjoyed the hands-on simulation as it gave us a good insight into what would happen in real scenarios. Throughout the day, I liked meeting all the different people at the University, mainly current students and lecturers.”

“The day at Adelaide Uni today was much different than I had expected. Very engaging and genuine, giving all students a realistic understanding of what studying many forms of medicine can look like.”

“The hands-on simulation with a manikin that included dealing with the scenario of a motor vehicle accident was the most valuable part of the day because it helped me gain knowledge on the daily experiences of healthcare workers and determine whether a health career was for me or not.”

Aquatics Camp

Stage 1 Physical Education

In Week 9, Stage 1 Physical Education students travelled to the Murraylands Aquatics Centre for their annual Aquatics Camp. The camp specifically focused on learning a new skill and developing an understanding of different learning strategies to support their learning. Throughout the experience, students were able to reflect on the various forms of feedback and practice types that the instructors, peers and themselves used. 

The activities consisted of sailing, sailboarding, kneeboarding and paddleboarding. We were blessed with mostly good weather and great facilities to make it such a wonderful experience.

I would like to thank Mrs Alana Glapa, Mrs Anita Greco and Mr Brenton Fennell for giving up additional time to support the Physical Education program and the students at Pedare. I would also like to thank the wonderful staff at Murraylands Aquatics Centre for allowing us to have this opportunity.

Damien Hutchings

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Youth Leadership Conference

28 September

On Wednesday, 28 September, seven Pedare student leaders attended the Youth Leadership Conference run by the Tea Tree Gully Council. The day consisted of multiple guest speakers who opened our eyes to different perspectives and ways of leadership. The day’s main focus was highlighting how we, as leaders, need to keep up our wellbeing to better care for and serve others. From this, we were able to interact and collaborate with students from other schools. In separate groups of students from different schools, we were tasked with an issue and needed to find the best ways to approach the situation. We later presented them in the form of stories to the entire congregation. Among this, Pedare students enjoyed a fun game titled ‘Dino Hunt’ in the hopes that we would win the raffle. We did not, but it was a great highlight of the day. Overall, it was a memorable and educational experience that gave us all new insight into how to become better leaders, wanting to serve the wider community. 

Maya M & Charlie C (Year 11s)

Live Theatre Excursion

Year 12 Essential English

As the wind blew and the rain came down, the Year 12 Essential English class ventured into Adelaide to attend a State Theatre performance of “Sunshine Super Girl” on 14 September.

This play is about the Australian tennis champion of the 1960s and 1970s, Evonne Goolagong. It is a story of resilience, racism, family and pursuing your dreams.

Students enjoyed the experience of live theatre as well as learning about one of Australia’s indigenous sportspeople. They are required to complete a review of the play as part of their summative course work.

Sally Tilly

Old Testament Stories

Year 7

This term, Year 7s have explored some of the significant stories of the Old Testament and how these stories can be adapted and told differently for different audiences. On Thursday, 29 September 7Y class presented their stories to the students from 1HD. For their summative task, they chose one of the stories and adapted it to be accessible and engaging for a young audience. Both classes enjoyed the opportunity to work with the older or younger students. 

Rachael Young

Year 12 and Reception Buddies

26 September

On Monday, 26 September, our Year 12 students spent some time with their Reception buddies. Together they filled in the missing words on the “Buddy Mad Libs” and created hilariously funny stories of their own. They then read books and watched the Reception’s “Community” video together.

R-12 Casual Clothes Day

28 September

Students from Reception to Year 12 came to school dressed in fun and colourful casual clothes, including their weirdest hats and craziest socks, to raise funds supporting the incredible work of Anglicare SA.

Thank you to the College community for the very generous donations!



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.

SAPSASA District Netball Carnival

23 September

Pedare hosted the TTG SAPSASA Netball Carnival at the SADNA Courts on Friday, 23 September Pedare entered three teams into the competition all of whom participated with exemplary sportsmanship and friendly smiles.

Congratulations to the Netball Intermediate Girl team, who won their Grand Final at Golden Grove Recreation Centre, 33-28, on Monday, 26 September.


Muddy Hands Festival

Muddy Hands Festival is a free, outdoor, nature play children’s festival conducted by the City of Tea Tree Gully. Kids can roll around in the mud, make potions and seed bombs, and immerse themselves in what the great outdoors has to offer.

Date: Friday 7 October, 10am – 3pm

Where: Golden Fields Reserve, Golden Grove

Cost: Free, not a ticketed event

More information can be found here:



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: