Pedare - The Vine Newsletter Issue 16 for 2022

The Vine Issue 16 – 2022

November 11, 2022
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Mr James Tamblyn


At 11 am on the 11th day of the 11th month, we remember the moment the guns fell silent on the Western Front after the combat of World War 1. This moment has been adopted all over the world as a time to remember those who have sacrificed and served in all wars and conflicts, recognising especially those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

At Pedare, students and staff from across our three schools came together to mark this special occasion at our Year 4-11 Remembrance Day Service. Our youngest students also came together for a Junior School service to mark the day. My thanks to all involved in making these events such moving and significant tributes to those who have served, and those who continue to serve.

Remembrance Day Services – Friday, 11 November

This week we welcomed back to the College a number of Pedare Old Scholars to celebrate their 10, 20 and 30-year reunions. Those in attendance, including past principals Geoff Catford and Mike Millard, spent the evening reminiscing and touring the College. It was lovely to reconnect with a number of community members who had not been back to the College for many years and be able to share such positive stories of the College’s growth and evolution.


Building projects at the College continue to progress well. The new OSHC building is now complete and will become operational in the next few weeks once the final approvals for the service have been formalised. The building will be open for families to view on Friday, 18 November (Junior School Sports Day). New classrooms in the Boronia building are also complete and will be utilised as learning spaces from the start of 2023. The Banksia shade and decking, Mallee lower ground level development and Wattle Courtyard Outdoor Learning Space are all tracking well and are on target to meet scheduled completion dates. We look forward to these facilities being available for students from the beginning of next year.  


Mr Andrew Whiteman


Thank you to all of our Year 12 families for their attendance at the Year 12 Thanksgiving Service and Graduation Dinner. The final days of a student’s journey at Pedare always bring a range of emotions: sadness, anxiety, joy, relief and, of course, an element of excitement. Our Graduating class did themselves proud with the manner in which they finished their final school events. A beautiful send-off from the whole College on Thursday, 27 November, followed very nicely into our Service on Friday evening. At this event, we recognised the entire Year 12 cohort as well as our special award winners. Congratulations to all our winners and to the Class of 2022. Good luck to our Year 12 students who will complete their Stage 2 Examinations next week. We wish you all the very best in the future. 

Year 12 Thanksgiving Service – Thursday, 28 October 

Remembrance Day Service was held on Friday and, again, a wonderful display of the respect the day deserves. All students from Years 4 -11 attended the Blue Gum Sports Centre, where our special guest Lieutenant Lazarus Lai De Oliveira from the Royal Australian Navy shared some poignant words about the armed forces. He reminded us that there are many active service men and women around the world currently on duty and that we pay our respects to them as well as those that have gone before them. Our students were exceptionally well-behaved and understood the importance of the occasion. 


Our Year 10 and 11 students have two school weeks remaining and will be preparing for their Semester Two examinations shortly. Students in Year 11 will have their final day of lessons on Friday, 25 November and Year 10 final day of lessons is Monday, 28 November. A schedule will be provided to students this week. We wish them well in this important examination period. 


 Mr Callum Iles



There is a famous saying, ‘if you are not going forwards, you are going backwards’. This is absolutely the case in business, education, and politics. Growing and moving forwards is a basic necessity of life.

My father, a Uniting Church minister for forty years, said in a sermon, ‘God doesn’t want you to be happy; he wants you to be growing.’ God is never happy leaving us the way we are, as evidenced by the transition of Christian-hating Saul into faith-filled Paul, fearful Peter into the Rock God built his Church upon, and the millions of people who have had their lives turned around by faith in God.

Transitions are so important because they are milestones of growth. They show us we are progressing, and we get certificates, achievements, trophies, degrees and certifications to prove this to us.

We have already seen the transitions of Year 12 students to life beyond school, and in the coming weeks, we will see Year 5s embark on some Transition Visit activities as they ready themselves for the new growth that will come with Middle School. The Transition Visit will be a time for students to get to know the Year 6 teachers and experience some fun activities, and Welcome Day in Week 8 will be an immersive day of what life will be like for them next year. These transitions are exceptionally important as they mentally ready themselves for the new expectations and the embracing of the Middle School mindset.

Later this term, the Middle School will be farewelling the Year 9s as they transition into Year 10. They are ready for new challenges and are ready to begin casting a vision for life beyond school, and the Senior School will do an exceptional job preparing them for that. This year has been filled with so many wonderful transition moments for the Year 9 cohort, including a challenging Outdoor Education experience, the relentless Community Project and the many assignments that helped them build good habits and apply the knowledge and skills they have absorbed. Their readiness for Year 10 is evident, and while their presence will be missed in Middle School, the Graduation Assembly in Week 8 will celebrate this significant milestone.

In the words of Lloyd Christmas, ‘I hate goodbyes’, but they often indicate growth and new beginnings, and I am excited for what these students will achieve in the future.

2 Peter 3:18 – But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.


Mr Randall Pearce


Staffing 2023

Whether moving year levels or moving to a new school, staff movement is part of a professional’s journey. There are some challenges that come from within, but they are normal and healthy.

Currently, we are still deliberating over the staffing mix for 2023. We are dedicated to finding the right teachers that balance across the Junior School to support the children and families and to continue to grow the programs that we offer.  


Transition Visits

Our new 2023 Reception children and current 2022 Mid Year Reception class have started their transition visits, along with our Year 5 students into Year 6. For some, this transition will cause great excitement, while for others, it will cause a few anxious moments. This is normal. We have programs and people in place to support all the students. If your child is experiencing any anxiety regarding 2023, please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss this.  


Welcome Day

On Tuesday, 6 December (Week 8), we will welcome all new students to Pedare in 2023 from Year 1 to Year 7. New Junior School students will be buddied up with a current Pedare student, who will support and welcome these students to our school. All students will spend the day in the year level up, familiarising themselves with their teachers, peers and the type of learning that might take place in 2023. Please note the teacher your child visits on the day may not be their teacher for 2023. 


AnglicareSA Christmas Food Hamper Drive

This year, as part of our service to the community, we will join AnglicareSA’s Christmas Food Hamper Drive again.  

AnglicareSA provides Christmas hampers to hundreds of individuals, families and children in need each year. We join Anglicare SA, Anglican schools and churches to provide over 1500 Christmas Hampers to low-income families and individuals who will be facing an otherwise bleak and desperate holiday season. 

Junior School class teachers will share the items required for each Hamper, and we hope to be able to donate three hampers per class. Please note that participation in the Food Drive is voluntary.

These hampers will be presented to Anglicare representatives during the Year 3-5 Thanksgiving Service on Friday, 9 December.

End of Term  

Looking at this term’s end, I can affirm the work and care that all Pedare staff has for each child. The planned curriculum, activities and events will ensure a busy and fun term.  

To keep informed about all the wonderful events planned for this term, please keep an eye on the school website, calendar, posters, and The Vine.

  • Junior Primary Nativity (Reception, Years 1 and 2) – Friday, December 2 – 9am – Chapel 
  • Thanksgiving (Years 3,4 & 5) – Friday, December 9 – 9am – Chapel


From the College Chaplain

A Life of Sacrifice

Both Remembrance Day and Anzac Day speak a powerful message into our lives each time they are observed. Not only do they stir us to be grateful for those members of our armed forces who died to secure peace, but they also point us to a principle that is universally true.

That which is worth pursuing for the good of others, or for oneself, will almost always require sacrifice.

This principle can be observed in so many situations: putting aside other activities and interests to prepare for exams, giving up certain foods and putting time (and hard work!) into exercising to improve health and fitness, missing a party so you can be with a friend who is going through hard times.

Remembrance Day services often include these words Jesus said to his followers:

“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13)

His followers did not realise at the time that he would soon make that ultimate sacrifice, not just for their salvation but to bring forgiveness and God’s grace to all people in every nation.

The death of Jesus opened the way for us to be part of God’s family forever, but it also provided a pattern for us to follow. Just as he lived a life of sacrifice, his followers are to do the same.

This doesn’t mean that all Christians have to die like Jesus did; but it does mean they should be willing to give things up in order to be a help to others.

John Morton, College Chaplain


Volunteer Thank You

The College will be hosting an event to thank all of our Registered Volunteers for their invaluable support throughout the year. If you have volunteered at the College and would like to attend, please RSVP via the link below.

When: Thursday, 1 December, 5 – 6pm
Where: Mallee Arena
RSVP required

Understanding and Overcoming Anxiety: Having a Healthy Mind

For parents of children of all ages

Monday, 21 November, 6.30 pm    |    College Chapel

You are invited to this interactive 75-minute presentation aims to demystify the most common psychological problem: anxiety. Including powerful self-reflection exercises, participants will learn:

  • A clear understanding of what anxiety is, where it comes from, and what to do about it
  • The distinction between ‘normal’ and ‘clinical’ anxious states
  • 5 things everybody needs to know about anxiety
  • The ‘Great Mistake’ (the most common obstacle that impedes a robust psychology)
  • How 2 core ingredients can overcome anxiety in any individual
  • The fundamental link between overcoming anxiety and building confidence
  • A comprehensive checklist for what parents can do
  • Tips for creating a home environment to reduce the incidence of anxiety.

Join Pedare in supporting the AnglicareSA Christmas Food Hamper Drive

This Christmas AnglicareSA aims to hand out over 1,500 food hampers and gifts to support families and individuals who need some help. 

General Hamper
General Hamper

  • Long life milk 1L
  • Spread (peanut butter, jam vegemite) 400/500g
  • Can of fruit 825g
  • Can of vegetables (corn, peas, mix) 420g
  • Can of beans (chickpea, cannellini, kidney)
  • Can of baked beans or spaghetti 420g
  • Can of soup
  • Can of diced tomatoes
  • Jar of pasta sauce 500g
  • Packet of pasta 500g
  • Breakfast cereal 700g
  • Coffee, milo or tea

Christmas Fare Hamper
Christmas Fare Hamper

  • Christmas pudding
  • Pkt fruit mince pies
  • Tin/pkt shortbread or sweet biscuits
  • Pkt savoury biscuits (Jatz, Shapes or rice crackers)
  • Chips (crips, pretzels, nuts)
  • Bag of lollies

The final date for all donations is Wednesday, 7 December.

Please leave the hampers unwrapped, and your child can drop off the items in the classroom.


Year 3 Camp

4-5 November 2022

On Friday, 4 November, Year 3s had their very first school sleepover. We welcomed all the excited and nervous students Friday morning, ready to go with their sleeping bags and pillow.  

The activities began with Active Ed facilitating team-building activities and games where students were able to refine their communication skills, solve problems and work together to achieve a common goal. 

After school, we were wowed by the great ‘Marty McBubble’, who amazed us all with iridescent bubbles, shapes and scientific concepts. 

Before we knew it, it was time to put on our PJs, watch a movie and head to bed. We had such a fantastic time, and we can not wait for the Year 4 camp next year!

Millie Orlando

2022 Art Exhibition

Middle and Senior School

There was an eclectic range of work displayed in Mallee yesterday for the 2022 Middle and Senior School Art Exhibition. From Media Arts, Photography, traditional art practices and Digital Art utilising multiple mediums – it was a great evening celebrating a year’s worth of hard work! We are so proud of the level of creativity and passion of the artists involved.

Thank you to the staff and students who were involved in helping to set up the exquisite displays. Congratulations to the students who were recognised for their pieces and presented with an award: 

  • Libby H – Senior School Art Prize Winner
  • Riley B – Middle School Art Prize Winner
  • Kee C – Principal’s Choice Art Prize Winner
  • Will D – Peace Poster Achievement Award

VEX IQ Tournament

Years 3-8

Well done to Pedare’s “The Nerd Herd” team, who won an Excellence Award in the Elementary School division at the VEX IQ Tournament held at the College on Monday, 31 October. We wish the team the best as they are heading to Sydney for the Nationals in December 2022.

Battle of the Bands

Year 7

Year 7 Battle of the Bands on Friday, 4 November did not disappoint; every band put their heart and soul into their performances. Students did a fantastic job entertaining the crowd with some incredible performances, celebrating their musical talents.

Congratulations to all Year 7 cohort, especially Ms Glapa’s class 7G, who came out as the winner this year!

VEX V5 Tournament

Years 9-12

A total of 22 VEX V5 teams from nine schools across South Australia competed at the College Chapel on Wednesday, 2 November, to qualify for the Australia National Championships held at Sydney Olympic Park’s Quay Centre in December.

Congratulations to all teams who won the awards, including Pedare’s Next Gen team, who was awarded an Excellence Award – High School.

Cross Country

Middle and Senior School

A cloudy morning made it a perfect day for Middle and Senior School students to complete a fun Cross-Country course around the surroundings of the College on Thursday, 10 November. An icy pole at the end of the course was the ideal treat to say, ‘Well done! Keep up the good work!’



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.

Pedare Pride Cubs with District Governor

The Pedare Pride Cubs were excited to meet and welcome, Lions 201 C1 District Governor Zig Osis to their club meeting this month. DG Zig is a member of the West Beach Lions Club and is the current district governor of our district, leading 56 clubs across South Australia. 

The cubs learnt about the role of the District Governor, along with key messages from Lions Clubs International and the Lions International President, Brian Sheehan. The cubs learnt about teamwork, that together they can do anything, and that Lions are both inspired and impressed with the amazing projects and community service they are involved with at the club. 

Zig also shared his passion for the environment, scuba diving and marine life. The environment is one of the global causes that Lions are committed to. This subject sparked a lot of interest in the cubs and an endless number of questions. All sorts of ideas related to how the cubs can help the environment are now developing as a result. 

Cub President, Charlotte, thanked DG Zig for attending the meeting, and she was presented with Zig’s official pin and his bannerette for the club.




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: