Pedare - The Vine Newsletter Issue 16 for 2018

The Vine Issue 16 – 2018

October 26, 2018
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Mr Mike Millard


Mr Mike Millard


On Thursday 18 October, the 2019 Senior School Leaders were inducted as College, Community, Arts and Sports Captains. Congratulations to the following students:


2019 College Captains – Brooke Carrigan & Connor Pullinger with Mr Millard and Mrs Edwards


2019 Brooklyn Community Captains –

Nicholas Silby & Kai Gres


2019 Eldergreen Community Captains –

Paige Gaskin & Taylah Dunlevey-Hart 


2019 Greenwith Community Captains –

Kate Dewis & Owen Hirons


2019 Hillcott Community Captains –

Lachlan McPherson & Grace Johnson


2019 Surrey Community Captains –

Nathan White & William Norrington


2019 Arts Captains –

Jaimai Tan & Aavi Puri


2019 Sports Captains –

Erin Pallant & Freddie Piercey


2018 Community Cup Winners – 




Day by day we see further developments of our new One College One Campus building program.


Mr Randall Pearce


Mr Randall Pearce


Term 4 is busy, fun-filled and full of activities and adventures for both the children and staff.

Year 4 Sleepover

On Friday 19 October, we held our Year 4 Sleepover, where students camped overnight in the school courtyard. I am pleased to report the behaviour, teamwork and spirit of the group was all fantastic and the children represented the College and their families well.  Many thanks to Mr Jay Callaghan and Mrs Vicki Votino who joined Mrs Melissa Clifton with the children camping in our courtyard.


There is always some movement for our staff from year to year. For me, change is part of a professional’s journey, as staff move to a different year level or leave the College to move to a new school or new challenge.

Currently, we are still deliberating over the staffing mix for 2019 and are dedicated to finding the right teachers and balance across the Junior School to support the children, families and to continue to grow the programs that we offer.

At the end of this year, we will farewell Mrs Joy Ey after 25 years of dedicated service to the students and families at Pedare. Mrs Ey has been many children’s first teacher and holds a very special place in the hearts to many students both big and small. Mrs Ey has resigned her permanent position to spend more time with her husband David and to seek new adventures. We thank her for her many years of service as a classroom teacher at Pedare.

It is with great excitement that I announce Mrs Libby Graham is expecting her first child in April 2019. Both Libby and her husband Justin are thrilled and are looking forward to adding to their family.


We have also begun the plans for the end of year transitions. For some of our students, this change will cause great excitement while for others, a few anxious moments. This is normal and we have programs in place to support all the students.

The new Receptions for 2019 visited us for the first time on Wednesday 24 October and will continue to have more visits over the next two weeks. It is wonderful to welcome you and your family to the College.

On Thursday 22 November, we will welcome all new students to Pedare for 2019 from Year 1 to Year 5. These new students will be buddied up with a current Pedare student, who will support and welcome these students to our school.

On Monday 3 December, all Junior School students will have an opportunity to meet their class teacher and classmates for 2019. Also on this day, we will be sending home the year level class lists along with the Semester 2 Student Report.

In Closing

During Week 1, I met with teachers from all year levels at the Junior School and can certainly reaffirm the work and care the staff at Pedare has for each child. The curriculum, activities and events planned will ensure a busy and fun term. Please keep an eye on the school website, calendar, newsletters to keep informed about all the wonderful events planned for this term.

Mr Andrew Whiteman


Mr Andrew Whiteman


Welcome back to Term 4, and the ever-changing landscape that is Pedare Christian College. The builders were very busy over the term break and have made some excellent progress, in particular, on the Junior School buildings. The gymnasium is now very visible from The Golden Way and the size of the space is going to hopefully inspire the next netball, volleyball, basketball or badminton champion from Pedare. The Middle School buildings will have the steelwork complete in the next week or so with the roof being attached for the Year 8 classrooms on the first floor. The classrooms on the bottom floor are also now clearly visible with a large amount of the scaffolding removed.

The final term of the year presents a challenge to Middle School students and I am laying down the challenge for all students to have a better term than Term 3. This will mean different things for different people, but I hope all students can strive for some improvement. For some, it might mean completing all their homework early each night, others striving for that elusive 6 on a Maths test; for others it might mean concentrating in class more than they did in Term 3. Whatever it happens to be, I encourage all students to finish off the term in the best possible manner.

I am often asked by student’s when I knew I wanted to become a teacher? The simple answer is, I never really knew what I wanted to do when I was at school and it wasn’t until 6 years after I had finished school that I began studying with the aim to becoming a teacher. I try to emphasise you don’t need to know exactly what you want to do for the rest of your life, but you have to work hard enough to not close off any options. Not everyone is going to complete the highest level Maths or English, but by working as hard as you can, you can keep as many options open to you as possible. When subjects are chosen, they should be chosen, for not only your desire to continue with them in the future but also because you enjoy those subjects.

In a recent article I read, an industry analyst talk about how the future demand for labour is going to be centred around technological capabilities and platforms. Something our digital natives are very well versed in, some too much! The article discussed the major areas for jobs growth including specific fields of computer science, data analytics and IT security. Jobs such as engineers and IT specialists will be needed in the area of data storage. Jobs in aged care and the medical and health fields will grow as the population continues to age over the next five years. People will also have more money to spend on specialist consultations again fuelling more jobs in this area. I thought it very interesting that jobs in construction will still be valued, even if the market moves away from house construction and more towards inner city townhouse and high-rise apartment construction. There is a variety of options out there in the future, it is up to students to work hard to keep as many options open as possible.

We look forward to a busy and productive Term 4.

Mrs Gillian Edwards


Mrs Gillian Edwards


There are many special moments in a student’s time at school:  their first day, their first award, their first friendship, their first sports carnival and so on. But today we celebrated another special milestone in a way that is unique to Pedare: Year 12s Last Day.

We were once again blessed with gorgeous weather, as the morning began with a breakfast shared by the students, their families and teachers.

This was followed by our Senior School Worship Service beautifully led by Mr John Morton and where we were delighted to welcome Mrs Joy Ey, who taught this year level in Reception, and delivered the Bible readings.

Once the students had received their candle, a gift from the College, from their Community staff, they moved to the oval for the informal part of the occasion. We witnessed a series of well-choreographed performances, including one particular ‘mover and groover’. They reminisced about their time at Pedare and acknowledged all those who have supported them over the past thirteen years.

Then it was through the guard of honour formed by the students and staff and on to the Chapel Foyer for the signing of commemorative t-shirts. We sincerely thank Devon Clothing for their generosity again this year in providing these t-shirts as a donation to the College.

It has been a busy two days, what with Spring Carnival yesterday, where the Year 12s embraced the beach theme with appropriate clothing, a range of wading pools and various blow-up floating devices.

Now the rest of the Senior School settles back down to the hard work and effort required as the year draws to a close; and the Year 12s prepare for their final examinations and conclude their last pieces of assessment. We wish them all well.



Registration is NOW OPEN

Registration for 2020 Academic Scholarships are now open to both new enrolments and current students and awarded following the ACER examinations. The value of the scholarships is up to 50% tuition fee remission with Scholarships being reviewed on an annual basis to monitor the student’s continuing performance. It is expected that recipients will complete their schooling at Pedare.

The ACER scholarship examination will be held at Pedare Christian College, 12-30 Surrey Farm Drive, Golden Grove on Saturday, 9 February, 2019.

Online registrations are now open and the closing date for registrations is Thursday 24 January 2019. The fee to sit the scholarship test is $110.

For students in Years 5 or 6 in 2018, for Year 7 or 8 in 2020, please apply for a Level 1 Scholarship Test.

Please follow the link to register.

For students in Year 8 in 2018, for Year 10 in 2020, please apply for a Level 2 Scholarship Test

For students in Year 9 in 2018, for Year 11 in 2020, please apply for a Level 3 Scholarship Test

Please follow the link to register.

Please direct any enquiries to the Community Relations Manager, Mrs Julie Holland, on 08 8280 1700 or via

Please note that for all scholarships and bursaries the other College charges, such as the Resource Fee, Camp and eLearning Levy are to be met by the candidates’ parents/caregivers.



The Middle School Recital Evening will be held on Tuesday 6 November in the College Chapel. Performances for Part 1 (Year 6 students) start from 6:00pm and Part 2 (Year 7-9 students) will begin at 7:45pm. Parents, families and friends are all welcome to come and enjoy a very entertaining evening listening to our talented Middle School music students.



Congratulations to the following students who were presented with a certificate for ICAS Maths at Assembly held on Friday 26 October:


  • Brij Upadhyay – Distinction
  • Curtis Warhurst – Distinction
  • Samarbir Singh – Credit
  • Tianxin Feng – Merit
  • Liam Skewes – Participation
  • Phoebe Urquhart – Participation


  • Oscar Elding – Credit
  • Josephine Morrison – Credit
  • Nathan Murby – Credit
  • Thomas Palmer – Credit
  • Ojus Thakur – Credit
  • Brianna Air – Participation


  • Dallas Jenzen – Participation
  • Ruth Kabongo – Participation
  • Eva Ruff – Participation
  • Maggie Tan – Participation
  • Jack William – Participation



On Friday 19 October, Year 4 students had a wonderful time at the Sleepover camp. Camp leaders from Wilderness Escape arrived at 12:30 and that is when the fun began! Students assembled into groups and were involved in orienteering activities, billy cart construction and group games. They followed instructions carefully to set up their own tents and enjoyed a delicious barbecued dinner with friends. Students didn’t let the windy conditions spoil the experience and the following highlights show how much fun was had by all….

  • “Camp was so fun! We got to ride billy carts, make them and eat great food. It was my first experience of camping and it was awesome!” – Jack
  • “My favourite part of camp was making the billy carts. I was in the green team with my friends.” – Elijah 
  • “What I loved about camp was the billy cart racing. The games that we played like Nemo Tag were fun and the night walk around the oval was cool.” – Ruth
  • “It was great to camp for the first time with my friends. I felt nervous but now I feel ready for the 3 day Year 5 camp!” – Brij
  • “I really enjoyed building the tents even though it was really windy. School was a lot more quiet at night time. I slept a lot when I got home from camp.” – Ruby

Mrs Vicki Votino and Mr Jay Callaghan – Year 4 Teachers




On Thursday 25 October, Pedare held their annual Spring Carnival for Middle and Senior School students. This event is the major fundraiser with proceeds going to our 2018 nominated charities; The Cancer Council, Backpacks 4 SAKids and Cure for CF. This is a casual clothes day with the event beginning at 12.30pm and finishing at 3.15pm. There was a great variety of snack foods and drinks, including pizza, lolly shop, spiders, cold rock, donuts and Pedaro’s Mexican available for students to purchase, and a range of sideshow rides and games for them to try. The highlight of the day was the ‘Teacher Dares’, with the dunking machine also proving a huge success, especially when the teachers were being dunked by students.

Spring Carnival is always one of the most anticipated dates on the College Calendar and we thank those for their support of this event.




A new journey for the 2018 Year 8 cohort was undertaken early in Week 2 as they travelled to ‘Little Eagle Campsite’ on Hindmarsh Island for an in-depth look at leadership and challenge.

The program was for students to complete an overnight kayaking expedition to the local Investigator Centre and Barkers Knoll campsite on the Coorong. Students had to overcome tough conditions, with the constant winds ensuring their endurance and persistence was consistently tested. Building on previous years programs, students cooked their own meals on camp stoves that were provided, and the general consensus was that pasta was the ‘go too’ meal, with some creations more exotic than others. Life lessons were had, and memories were created.

Surfing was a new experience for many and the waves at the famous Goolwa beach did not disappoint with plenty of students succeeding in their own way. Whether it was swimming in the ocean with waves, catching a wave for the first time or standing up on their board. Smiles and laughter were seen and heard despite the chill of the ocean and the blustery conditions.

Competing with peers in team challenges at base camp where students worked positively with one another to build shelters, catch makeshift water and play an epic game of Powerball proved to engage all who gave one hundred percent effort.

This year’s program was a huge success with students displaying an excellent attitude towards the activities and their peers. Challenges were overcome, and the level of leadership displayed by so many holds the cohort in a great position to continue their lifelong learning journey.

Mr Michael Secomb – College Camp Coordinator



We encourage families to share their child/rens personal achievements from both within and outside of the College, as we understand learning doesn’t stop at the school gate. If your child has a special achievement, we welcome your submission. Articles of 100 to 200 words along with a good high-resolution photo can be emailed by clicking the button below.


Congratulations to Kieran Livingstone, Year 9, who is leading cadet at the Australian Air Force Cadets at 602 squadron at Woodside Army Barracks. Recently, Kieran performed in a large parade carrying deactivated military weapons in front of an audience of 150 people. At the parade, Kieran received an award for Junior Cadet of the Year from the Commanding Officer of the Barracks. This achievement was awarded to him due to his attendance record, exam results, drill proficiency and a number of AAFC activities he attended. During the year, Kieran also attended numerous camps, light aircraft instruction, firearms training, scuba diving and various other exciting activities and training.

Well done Kieran.



Extra-Curricular Sports feature articles and results below:



Extra-Curricular Fixtures are available on the Pedare App and on the College website.

Click here to view the Extra-Curricular fixtures online

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Week 1


  • U12 Blue – Pedare vs Saint David’s Hoops – Loss 9 – 32
  • U12 Red – Pedare vs Prescott Titans – Won 36 – 3
  • U14 Blue – Pedare vs SJP 6/7 Tigers – Loss 17 – 31
  • U14 Red – Pedare vs Rostrevor 6/7 Red – Won 37 – 13


  • 6/7 – Pedare vs Rostrevor – TBA
  • 7/8 – Pedare vs Adelaide High – Loss 60 – 141 (MVP Ryan, Kabir, Ben D, Nick G, Jordan)


  • Sub Junior 1 – Pedare vs Hope Valley 3 – Loss 15 – 22
  • Sub Junior 2 – Pedare vs Hope Valley 5 – Loss 2 – 22 (MVP Natasha)
  • Junior 1 – Pedare vs Campbelltown Comets 2 – Loss 12 – 31 (MVP Mikayla, Ally, Hannah)
  • Junior 2 – Pedare vs Northern Cobras 1 – Loss 16 – 19
  • Sub Primary 1 – Pedare vs Golden Grove 2 – Loss 4 – 15 (MVP Lily, Zoe)
  • Sub Primary 2 – Pedare vs Golden Grove 4 – Loss 1 – 10
  • Sub Primary 3 – Pedare vs Golden Grove 5 – Loss 0 – 26 (First game for most girls, well done)
  • Primary – Gemini 2 – Won 12 – 2 (MVP Hannah, Louise, Bella)


  • Primary 6/7 – Pedare vs St Ignatius 2 JS – TBA
  • Middle 8/9 – Pedare vs St Peter’s College 1 – Won 8 – 4 (MVP Lachlan, Emily)
  • Senior – Pedare vs Pembroke – Loss 1 – 9


  • Open Mixed 1 – Pedare vs St Ignatius 1 – Loss 1 – 2
  • Open Mixed 2 – Pedare vs St Ignatius 2 – Won 2 – 1




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Generators Kids Club 2018 (Years R-6)

Come and join us. Generators Kids Club meets Fridays each fortnight for great games, craft and bible time. The next Kids Club is on Friday 2 November from 3:30pm-5:00pm. The craft will be Emjoi Rocks. To download the Term 4 program from our website. For information about 2018 Kids Club, phone Rick on 8264 3736 or click here

SWAT Youth (Years 7-12)

Meets Friday each week at 7:30pm. The next meeting is on Friday 2 November. Come for a great time of games, friendship and bible discussion. For information about 2018 SWAT Youth, phone Dave on 0403 723 953 or click here.

Normal Weekly Services – Check out our website for more details.

Sunday@8:30: Prayer book service – weekly communion.

Sunday@10: Family service and specific children’s ministries. Communion on third Sunday of every month.

Sunday@6.00pmYouth, young adult and those young at heart. Communion first Sunday of every month. There is no children’s program but drawing supplies and a withdrawal room are available for your young ones.