Mr Andrew Whiteman
Congratulations to Year 12 students who have completed SACE examinations for the final time and I wish them all the best as they receive their results in a few weeks’ time.
There are a number of events coming up to celebrate their achievements including Senior School Thanksgiving on Tuesday 3 December.
I have recently met with Mr James Tamblyn who is very much looking forward to being at Pedare and will be out and about early January to meet with the Community.
You may have seen an email from me in relation to the SEQTA Engage app for Year 6-12 families discussing the continuous reporting process for 2020, we are very excited about this initiative which will see students grades uploaded in real time as they complete their assessments. Parents will be able to see the grades straight away, see what they have done well, what they can continue to do, and to set goals for future improvement.
One of the main benefits of this new process is that it gives students ownership about their own learning and for parent/teacher/student interviews there will be more detailed and relevant data to discuss.
Over the holiday break building works will be completed in readiness for next year including shade sails, sandpit, and play area in the Middle School. These projects are being completed with the generous assistance of the Pedare Parents and Friends’ Association and we are really looking forward to the results of this.
Celebrations over the coming weeks include:
I look forward to celebrating the end of year and thank you for your ongoing support.
Mrs Lauren Brooks
We are looking forward to welcoming the many new students into our Pedare Community on our Welcome Day on Thursday 28 November. On this day, all new and current Pedare students will be ‘moving up’ into their 2020 Year levels. This is a great opportunity to have a taste of what life will be like in 2020, meet new teachers and engage in some of the new learning and pastoral experiences. We encourage all students to wear PE uniform (or Community tops) on this day and to bring along their recess, lunch, a water bottle and hat as normal.
Building Towards 2020
Continuous Reporting in 2020
We are extremely passionate about finding every way possible to extend, challenge and support the growth of every individual child at our College. We believe that our real-time reporting model for 2020 (in addition to the end of semester Statement of Results) will give students consistent short-term goals to plan and prepare for an opportunity to see more progress and individualised achievement. We believe that students respond best to immediate feedback that allows the individual to reflect and problem-solve ways to improve, with support, allowing each child to build resilience and take action throughout the term. In conjunction with our real-time reporting model, we look to develop growth mindsets in our students to foster a culture where students believe in developing themselves, thus being open to accurate and real-time information about our current abilities to seek to improve. We are looking forward to supporting our students engage in this process at the beginning of 2020.
New Middle School Subject in 2020 – ‘SPARK’
It has been so pleasing to hear the overwhelmingly positive feedback from our community around our new Innovation subject offering for Year 6, 7 and 8 students moving into 2020. Students will enjoy the opportunity for enhanced agency, self-directed learning initiatives and feel empowered and supported to have an impact in areas that inspire them. We also challenged our Middle School students to come up with the new name for this subject. I am pleased to announce the new subject name will be, SPARK. We are looking forward to the opportunity to see how SPARK can change, how SPARK can ignite new ideas, how SPARK can create critical and creative thinkers and how SPARK can become a platform for student impact.
The Pedare Passage in 2020
We are very pleased to announce a new initiative in 2020 for our Year 9 cohort. Students in Year 9 next year will enjoy a new offering within their timetable as a rite of passage from the Middle School to the Senior School and beyond, where we build on strengths to develop resilience. This is a year-long program designed specifically to meet the needs of Pedare’s developing adolescents through emotional and physical challenges. The program is divided into three parts; the IB MYP Community Project, Positive Education and a holistic Outdoor Education experience. Students will receive more information about this on our Welcome Day on Thursday 28 November.
Ms Jan Robertson
“A year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.” – Hai Borland
This is a very fitting quote for the Senior School community as we reach the end of Week 6. Monday saw the final Year 12 SACE exam held in the Chapel to signify the official end of 13 years of school for the Class of 2019. Wednesday was the last day of lessons for our Year 10 and 11 students and they are now completing their final exams and workshops to end their 2019 school year. Whilst this does engender a feeling of both coming to an end and the start of a new beginning, it really does highlight that life is a ‘going on’ as we move from one year to another. And it is our hope and our prayer that the experiences of each one of our students, has seen them gain new knowledge, new skills and a greater understanding of themselves and our world, so that they are better prepared for whatever lies ahead for each one of them.
I would like to commend the students of the Senior School for the positive way they finished this year. The Class of 2019 ably managed the exam period and again, instilled in us a sense of pride for this group of capable, confident and respectful young people. The Year 10s and 11s had some trying weather conditions in their last few days, yet they kept their focus and finished the year on a pleasing note.
The Senior student leadership team chose the following focus for 2019:
I do believe our students have demonstrated the sentiment of this quote in many ways throughout the year. They continue to gain skills in goal setting, time management and prioritising commitments which have all helped them to take small and manageable steps as they endeavour to achieve success. They have also learned that they can sometimes get stuck on one step, or even take backwards steps in life, but that these challenging times can be overcome with determination and a positive outlook. And most importantly, there have been many times when we have witnessed our students helping and supporting each other, reflecting that even though everyone may be climbing their own stairs, looking out for others climbing beside you, and sharing the climb with others, is often when we experience our greatest personal successes.
Next week, we look forward to:
Mr Randall Pearce
Staffing 2020 – Update
For our staff, there is always some movement from year to year and for me, change is part of a professional’s journey. So again, there will be staff moving year levels, staff moving to new schools and challenges is normal and healthy.
Currently we are still deliberating over the staffing mix for 2020 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 Tania Crawford after 18 months of dedicated service to the children and families at Pedare. Mrs Crawford has, in her short time at the College, brought a wealth of experience and expertise to help grow and build colleagues knowledge of the PYP and further enhance their pedagogy. Tania is taking up an exciting opportunity with the Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) in a newly created role of Highly Accomplished Lead Teacher (HALT) Program Specialist.
Resilience / student leadership announcement
A continued focus throughout the year at Pedare Junior School is resilience, with School and Community Captains having been decided and communicated with the Year 4 cohort, it is important to remind both children and parents about this way of thinking.
Resilience refers to one’s ability to successfully manage life and to successfully adapt to change and stressful events in both healthy and constructive ways. In simplistic terms, it is our survivability and “bounce-back-ability” to life experiences, and that means both the really advantageous ones as well as the really challenging, traumatic ones.
While some parents and carers try and avoid their children having negative experiences, it is actually much needed. A child needs to experience disappointment, challenge, failure and a lack of boundaries to fully develop the specific interpersonal, personal and social skills that are needed for people to live in communities.
They also need to learn to develop their own voice, and age-dependent moments of autonomy where they get to have a sense of control over their life.
Resilience is a foundation skill for a happy life. It is the ability to know which issues are important and which are small and not worth getting upset about. Without resilience we waste so much time and energy being upset by things which are simply not worth it.
At school we see children allowing themselves to be deeply hurt and upset by a thoughtless comment or action. We are teaching children to think about what is important and what is not by using tools such as the ‘Catastrophe scale’. Once they can decide how significant the problem is then then can make better decisions on how to manage it.
Pedare Junior School is an amazing environment to come to each day due to the support we receive from our community. So, in these times, when it is tough, when life is not exactly fair, and your child misses out on an opportunity, please understand that we will work with you and your child to build those skills to manage and adapt to stressful events.
With this in mind I am pleased to announce the Junior School Captains and Community Captains for 2020.
These student leaders will be presented during our Year 3 to 5 Thanksgiving Service Friday 29 November.
I wish to express my thanks to the many students who were great risk takers and applied for a Captains position and I know hearing that you were unsuccessful will make your feel sad. I want you to remember that you are still a very important part of our community and ask for your leadership next year. You are role models to the younger students in regard to the expectation about behaviour and uniform each and every day.
Till next time
Children of the World Musical
Reminder: The Junior Primary Christmas Musical, ‘Children of the World’ will be held on Wednesday 4 December.
This is a delightful musical by Mary Green and Julie Stanley for children aged 5 to 9 years.
Children of the World Musical will be held in the College Chapel from 6:30pm. The evening will be a wonderful night of entertainment and excitement and a great opportunity for families to come along and support their children.
On Monday 11 November, Reception to Year 11 students came together in the College Chapel for a Remembrance Day Service. It was a time to reflect on the end of World War 1, when at 11 am on 11 November 1918, the guns on the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare. After the Germans called for an armistice, the allied nations chose this day and time for the commemoration of remembering those who had died and suffered in armed conflicts. The service included prayer’s, the last post and a minute’s silence before captains from the Junior, Middle and Senior Schools laid a wreath at the bottom of the cross. Lest We Forget.
Congratulations to the following students who were inducted as the 2020 Middle School Captains at assembly on Thursday 21 November:
Middle School Captains
Maya McInnes & Charlie Corney
Georgia Axford & Thomas Lemar
Isabella Griffiths & Nicholas Graves
Charlize Siviour & Liam Kearns
Tealia Jenkins & Adele Jansen
Rylee Schroeder & Gabby Smith
Community Service Captains
Emily Howie & Sneha Aryal
On Thursday 1 August, 42 students from Junior, Middle and Senior School took part in the Australian Mathematics Competition. Students in more than 30 countries participated in the competition. The questions demonstrate the importance and relevance of mathematics in students’ every day lives.
Congratulations to the following students who achieved highly:
On Thursday 19 September, 46 students from Middle and Senior School participated in the Maths ICAS Assessment. ICAS assessments are online and are designed to recognize and reward academic excellence.
Congratulations to the following students on their high achievements:
Well done to all students who took part.
Mrs Nicola Fotheringham – Learning Leader – Maths
On Friday 15 November, the Year 6 cohort were lucky enough to have Pauly Vandenbergh, Marlon Motlop and Braedon Talbot from the Port Adelaide Football Club come out and deliver an Indigenous Culture Awareness session. The aim of the session was to increase the understanding of Indigenous Australian History and Culture.
Some students comment:
“I had fun and learned new things about Indigenous Australians, it was cool talking to people from Port Adelaide and learning about where they come from and their different cultures. I now feel differently about the Indigenous people and learnt how many different groups were in Australia and how many Aboriginals remain from the millions that there were before.” – Anabella Murdoch 6C
“I learned so much about the Indigenous culture and their experience. What we learned from them was so interesting because their point of view is something that we could never get from a book. We got to learn where each of them came from and the individual details of each culture. This was interesting because we learnt how unique each aboriginal group was. We also learnt about their ways of interacting and culture and how it is different from other cultures. This was a good experience for all of the Year 6s and taught us a lot about the Aboriginal culture.” – Taylor Tedesco 6H
“This was a really good experience and I enjoyed learning new things about the Aboriginal people and their culture. We learned about the guests who came and where they grew up, as well as their experiences while joining the Port Adelaide Football Club. It was also interesting to learn about how they interact with each other and the differences that Aboriginal families have to European families. This experience enlightened me and many others about the true story of Aboriginal people and how we should respect them in the future.” – Emily Schulz 6H
Mr Josh Colbourne – Year 6 Teacher
After learning about the plight of refugees during our Individuals and Societies topic of Migration, a group of students in 6MZ decided that they wanted to raise money to donate to the Australian Refugee Association. These students set to work planning, presenting their proposal to Mrs Brooks, baking 12 dozen cookies, cupcakes and brownies, then sold them ALL during the Lego League Tournament on Saturday 2 November. Students made $148 profit to donate to ARA!
A huge congratulations to Karys Emery, Ananya Ghangurde and Otylia Portakiewicz who were involved in planning and baking, and to Hallie and Kyan Smith who set up and sold the baked goods. A great example of Taking Action – an important IB MYP philosophy.
Ms Sarah Mossel – Year 6 Teacher
This semester, Year 7 students were challenged to design a fast food restaurant which could cater for students in our Middle School. They demonstrated excellent creativity whilst creating their scale-models which were presented to Middle School students for peer feedback this week. It was a beneficial learning experience for students as they learned how to design a product for maximum appeal.
Mr Justin Henriks – Year 6 Teacher
It was a perfect day on Thursday 14 November for the Middle School Cross Country run. Students had great fun competing with each other and communities. Junior School students had a great time cheering on from the side lines, making sure they were heard. At the end of the run, students were rewarded with a well deserved ice-block.
Pedare Eco Force students joined Friends of Cobbler Creek at the Teakle Ruins on the afternoon Tuesday 12 November to help maintain the gardens. Students were well engaged weeding, spreading mulch and finding artefacts to decorate a stone wall.
This was followed by Mrs Shanelle Palmer walking back with the students through the park showing them the variety of trees and also helping to identify some of the birds and their habitat. Students had a very worthwhile afternoon and it was so pleasing to see the positive contribution these environmentally minded students made.
Mrs Liz Denton-Brown – Teacher/Librarian
Congratulations to the following students who were presented at Assembly on Thursday 21 November with a Conductor’s Award Trophy for their Band or Ensemble. A Conductor’s Award is for showing the highest level of commitment, improvement and growth as a member of that band/ensemble:
On Saturday 2 November, Year 9 students Talia Milne, Irina Tarchynska and Maya Kancheff, together with Year 7 students Aidan Milne, Gideon Malherbe and Dylan Shepard-Bayly, relayed their hearts out at the Belair Relay for Life with a little help from their fellow team members. Nineteen hours later and with well over 200 laps completed, the team raised $1,198 for the Cancer Council. Well done to all involved for their incredible efforts.
Congratulations to Year 7 students Christian Yandell, Kenoli Bandara and Emily Briggs who competed and won the 2019 Championship in Division 3 Tea Tree Gully District SAPSASA Tennis State Carnival recently. The team won were unbeaten throughout the competition.
Well done to all.
Extra-Curricular Sports feature articles and results below:
The 2019 Summer Sport season is drawing to a close, with many teams competing for the last time this weekend.
The 6/7 cricket side continued on their winning way with a strong win against Vale Park (7/151 def 6/81). Jamin Field scored 50 runs off 24 balls and the boys bowled and fielded well. Both Middle Volleyball teams remain undefeated this term after strong wins last Friday night at home against Cabra and Pembroke. The Year 6 Tennis team have also continued their successful term with a 6-sets to 3 win against PAC, while the Year 7s and 8/9s both recorded wins against St Peters and Rostrevor. Kailee Panagolopous and Alex Grant were strong performers for the Year 6 team, while Santi Vargas Zuluga and Sara Panchel were great in their first game for the 8/9s.
Pedare Netball teams continue to improve in the SADNA competition. Mr Kowalick’s Sub Junior 3 team continued on their winning way with 24-13 win, Maddison Swan, Haley Bowering and Jasmine Martin all in the best players. The Sub Junior 2s also had close win against North East Zodiacs 23-21. The Intermediates and Juniors also had great wins last week against Campbelltown and Banksia Park, Deniz Dogancay, Brianna Pilgrim and Talia Milne were the best players for the Junior team.
At Assembly on Thursday 21 November, players from the 2019 Summer season were recognised with Coach’s awards presented to standout performers from each team.
Congratulations to the following award winners (pictured above):
Well done to all participants.
Mr Josh Willis – Director of Sport 6-12
Carols on the Hill
Tea Tree Gully Anglican will host Carols on the Hill on Saturday 7 December, 7:30pm at 19 Perseverance Road, Tea Tree Gully. There will be food, drinks, candles and glowsticks, please bring a rug or a chair. If it rains, the event will be indoors. For more detailed information about their Christmas services, Christmas display and contact details, please click here.
SWAT Youth (Years 7-12)
Meets Friday each week during school term at 7:30pm. Come for a great time of games, friendship and Bible discussion. We meet at 19 Perseverance Rd TTG. Click here for more details or phone Dave on 0403 723 953.
Weekly Services – Check out our web site for more details.
Sunday@8:30: Prayer book service – weekly communion.
Sunday@10: Family service and specific children’s ministries.
Sunday@6pm: Youth, young adult and those young at heart. There is no children’s program but drawing supplies and a withdrawal room are available for your young ones.
Banksia Markets Family Fun Day
The Tea Tree Gully Uniting Church is hosting a Christmas Market on Saturday 7 December between 8:00am to 1:00pm at 600 Milne Road Banksia Park. You will be able to get some great Christmas gift ideas from over 20 stalls, as well as enjoy a BBQ and Devonshire Tea. Kids will love the Face Painting, Glitter Tattoos, Balloon Twisting and all day Treasure Hunt. To view the flyer for more information please click here.
The Tea Tree Gully Uniting Church will hold a number of Services for the lead up to Christmas Day. For information about the Hamper Sunday Service, Twilight Carols, Peace Service and Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Services, please click here.