Pedare - The Vine Newsletter Issue 3 for 2021

The Vine Issue 3 – 2021

March 5, 2021
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Mr James Tamblyn


International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day has been observed since the early 1900’s – a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialised world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies.

In 1908 great unrest and critical debate was occurring amongst women. Women’s oppression and inequality was spurring women to become more vocal and active in campaigning for change. Then in 1908, 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights.

In accordance with a declaration by the Socialist Party of America, in 1909 the first National Woman’s Day (NWD) was observed across the United States on February 28. Women continued to celebrate NWD on the last Sunday of February until 1913.

In 1910 a second International Conference of Working Women was held in Copenhagen. A woman named Clara Zetkin (Leader of the ‘Women’s Office’ for the Social Democratic Party in Germany) tabled the idea of an International Women’s Day. She proposed that every year in every country there should be a celebration on the same day – a Women’s Day – to press for their demands. The conference of over 100 women from 17 countries, representing unions, socialist parties, working women’s clubs – and including the first three women elected to the Finnish parliament – greeted Zetkin’s suggestion with unanimous approval and thus International Women’s Day was the result.

Following the decision agreed at Copenhagen in Denmark in 1911, International Women’s Day was honoured the first time in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland on 19 March. More than one million women and men attended IWD rallies campaigning for women’s rights to work, vote, be trained, to hold public office and end discrimination. However less than a week later on March 25, the tragic ‘Triangle Fire’ in New York City took the lives of more than 140 working women, most of them Italian and Jewish immigrants. This disastrous event drew significant attention to working conditions and labour legislation in the United States that became a focus of subsequent International Women’s Day events.

In 2021, International Women’s Day is being marked on Monday 8 March.

Here at Pedare, under the leadership of Year 10 Innovation & Entrepreneurship students and their teachers, we are hosting a breakfast celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

Students, staff, parents and special guests including the Honourable Paula Luethen, Member for King, and the Honourable Blair Boyer, Member for Wright, will join us for this special event. As per recent communication, this will take place on Wednesday 10 March to avoid our long weekend.

Tickets are $25 each and are available at: Pedare international-womens-day-breakfast-2021-tickets

I thank and commend all involved in this event and look forward to our College’s continued contribution to calling out and challenging gender bias and inequality.

*Historical information courtesy of the 2021 International Women’s Day website. 


Mr Andrew Whiteman


It was wonderful to meet many families at the recent Year 10, 11 and 12 information sessions that were held at the College recently. Families that attended were provided with the latest information on SACE, future pathways and our pastoral offerings at Pedare. Year 12 families were able to talk with their child’s subject teachers to learn more about the learning requirements of 2021.

I spoke last week to our Year 12 students about making the most of the time they have left at school. It is very easy in today’s society to lose track of time and waste the time available to them. The world of social media, 24-hour news cycles, TV and the internet, has meant that there is an unlimited number of distractions that students can choose instead of important tasks, such as upcoming assessments. Our cohort is lucky to have the Catford Library available from 7:45am until 5:00pm each night for them to use as a quiet study space. The common room can become a more social space and we have advised all students that this is not the place for study. Making the most of their opportunities at school is something that we will reiterate throughout the year.

As assessments begin to be handed in and the workload of senior students starts to increase, now more than ever, we encourage students to communicate with their teachers. There is no denying that the increased expectations and level of difficulty of work in the Senior School can be a shock to some students. We know the challenges they will encounter and have helped many students before confronting these same challenges. Please talk with your child’s teachers and pastoral staff if you have any questions or need support.

We look forward to the continued success of our VEX Robotics teams this weekend at the National Championships being held at the Adelaide Convention Centre. The College was host to several teams from other schools last week where our students progressed to the final on Saturday. The Junior, Middle and Senior teams really displayed the creative and critical thinking skills needed in a modern world whilst competing. We hope that the problem-solving skills of all our students are rewarded with some good results on Saturday.


 Mrs Lauren Brooks


Within our Middle School our students study the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP). One of the biggest elements of the IB MYP that we focus on every day in our classrooms is authentic learning experiences. Authentic learning can be defined in a number of ways, but within our Middle School it means providing our students with learning opportunities that are real, relevant and future focussed, that prepare students for an increasingly globalised and interconnected world.

Last year we introduced our new subject SPARK to Year 6, 7 and 8. SPARK was developed as a platform for interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary projects that connects knowledge, understanding and content from across a range of subjects, giving students time and freedom to study new concepts and topics that inspire them to develop a love of learning. The projects students’ study within SPARK are purposeful, integrated and provide deep, authentic, individualised learning experiences, exposing our students to a new level of thinking, creating and understanding.

While the SPARK learning journey currently culminates at Year 8, this provides a passage into the Year 9 Community Project, preparing students who are able to move into their Senior Years and life beyond school, knowing how to learn, knowing who they are as learners and who are critically aware of the world around them.

Year 9 Biomes Field Trip

We are so proud of our Year 9 students at Pedare. Their outstanding enthusiasm, positive attitude, desire to learn and application of their skills on the Year 9 Field Trip in Week 5 was exceptional. The Year 9 students enjoyed an amazing day learning outside of the classroom at Anstey Hill and St Kilda. Students explored a range of 21st century skills working in groups, pairs and individuals as they applied geographical and scientific skills to multi-disciplinary issues pertaining to the St Kilda Mangroves. A special thanks to Mr Penny and Mr Jacobs for their efforts in helping to organise the field trip. We were also very fortunate to welcome Mrs Palmer to join this experience who is an expert on the ecosystem in Anstey Hill and a parent of the school. The students were very grateful for her valuable insights on the trip!


Mr Randall Pearce


Life Education Van

This week, all children from Reception to Year 5 visited the Life Education Van with their class. Life education and their mission is:

Empowering our children and young people to make safer and healthier choices through education. 

The mobile Learning Centres provide a unique learning environment, and the trained educators use an innovative teaching and learning approach to engage our students. Life Education empowers young people to make safe choices. The programs offered are not a rulebook; they simply provide the information, understanding, skills and strategies our children require to make safe decisions about their own health and well-being.

We sincerely hope that your children have enjoyed their time in the Life Education Van. Please see the link below to obtain more resources to continue the conversation at home.

Parent Teacher Interviews

Week 8 this term, Tuesday 16 to Thursday 18 March, are Parent, Teacher Interviews. These are an invaluable experience for the teachers, and we hope for you as parents. There is a huge body of research that points to the correlation between parent involvement in a child’s schooling and their educational success. Quite simply, if you want your child to improve his / her learning, then take an interest in their learning, attend as many school functions as you can such as Parent Teacher Interviews. Celebrate the successes and together with your child and teacher work alongside each other to further develop any challenges.

Lost Property

Please be reminded that there are currently a number of items held in lost property. We ask that parents visit the Junior School office to locate any lost items and as always remind you to name all items as this assists us greatly to ensure each item is returned to the rightful owner.


A reminder to parents to ensure that you have updated the Qkr! App with your child’s 2021 Class / Year level.

A number of students have not received their lunch order as it has been sent to the wrong class.

Please Note: the cut-off time each day for placing lunch orders through the Qkr! App is 8:30am.  


The Parents and Friends Association Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday 24 March, 6:30pm in the Wattle Centre. New members are invited and welcome to attend.

The Parents and Friends Association (P&F) is a voluntary organisation run by an energetic committee. College parents, grandparents and friends across all year levels are welcome to join the P&F. The aim of the P&F is to have activities throughout the year to bring the Pedare Community together to both friend raise and fundraise for the benefit of our students.

We warmly welcome members of the College Community to participate in the activities arranged by the P&F, either as a member of the Committee, an event volunteer or to volunteer in the P&F Shop. There are plenty of ways to be involved in the P&F that don’t require you to be on the Committee and attend meetings. Please complete and return the P&F Nomination Form 2021 if you would like to nominate for the committee.


Yah – It’s a Long Weekend

At this stage of term, it can feel like life has become busy and things can start to feel a little overwhelming – maybe you have experienced some days that just seemed hard?!

With a long weekend coming up, you have the chance to reset and take some time to relax and take a break from the busyness.

Make a commitment to yourself to do at least one thing this weekend to help you relax – something that you know will make you smile and feel better for having done it.

See the hints and tips (right) on how to handle the hard days when they do happen.

(Courtesy of the “Wholehearted School Counsellor”)

Mrs Joanne Murby & Ms Jan Robertson – Pastoral Care



A most special Pedare tradition is the buddy relationships that are formed between our Reception students and the Year 12s. Every year, we pair the students from these two year levels together and it is an absolute joy to see the connections that develop between the Reception students who are just beginning school with the Year 12s who are in the final year of their schooling journey.

In Week 5, the Year 12s visited the Junior School and met their buddies for the first time. Whilst there was some initial nervousness from both groups, it didn’t take long to hear their happy chatting and laughter as they worked together on a buddy activity that introduced themselves to each other.

The photos show the happy interactions that were evident during this time and we are all looking forward to the next time these buddies can get together again.

Ms Jan Robertson – Assistant Head of Senior School


On Thursday 25 February, the Junior School held their Swimming Carnival at Waterworld. Before the competition began, students gathered in their Communities and shouted out their chants with loud enthusiasm and got the competitive atmosphere off to a good start. The breeze was a little cool, and there were some teeth chattering, but students soon got involved competing in the races and having great fun in the novelty events.

Congratulations to the Surrey community for being the winners of the Shield for 2021.



We are incredibly proud to have 6 teams from the Junior School qualify for the 2020/2021 State VEX Competition this year. Students have worked hard for three terms designing, building, refining and practising. During a VEX Robotics competition success is determined, not just by how many points a team can earn during a match, but by a panel of judges who assess their knowledge and understanding of the engineering process.

To be successful a team needs to demonstrate they:

  • Can explain all aspects of the design process and have clearly documented the process in their Engineering Notebook.
  • Can describe their game strategies and how they have designed their robot to be successful in a match.
  • Have worked successfully as a team to manage their time, utilise their unique strengths, problem solve and navigate conflict.
  • Show respect and courtesy for their teammates, the judges, and their competitors.

We asked the students how they felt about VEX:

  • “I feel like VEX is a good experience for me because I want to start doing more things. The best part is building the robot and figuring things out. The days leading up to competition are so exciting.” – Jayden
  • “It was a challenge. It was harder than usual things I think about, but it was fun working with your teammates and having to cooperate. If everyone wants to work together you will succeed.”Ethan
  • “I liked building the robots. I have learnt to work as a team. My advice for anyone wanting to do VEX is to have fun and enjoy it.”Dante
  • “At first it was pretty easy, but it started to get more challenging as time went on because we had to rebuild our bot. At the same time, I was helping another group get a finished robot and do our Engineering Notebook. I’m feeling pretty good about competitions.”Lainie
  • “I felt like if our group stopped working together it wouldn’t have worked. We did better than I thought we would. I recommend VEX because it helps thinking and learning, and it’s really fun.”Kai
  • “Building the robot and trying to work as a team was a challenge. We learnt how to work as a team and spoke to each other lots. I would recommend VEX because it’s fun building robots, entering competitions and getting bragging rights.”Tegan
  • “It has been kind of scary because we have had so many glitches, everything was breaking but as we got closer and closer to the end things got better and better. I really feel like we can go to National’s again.”Simon
  • “It has been fun. A journey and I hope I can do it again.”Keith
  • “It was very different to what I thought it would be. I thought it wouldn’t be competing against other teams. I enjoyed it and I liked working with a group to figure out problems. I can’t wait to do it again.”Erin 
  • “The best part was working as a team and figuring out how to fix all the problems.”Zali

Students are often surprised at first by how challenging it can be, but they unanimously agree that the journey is worth it. The skills the students learn in VEX don’t just set them up for a career in STEM but life skills that will benefit them throughout their schooling and life; problem solving, resilience, teamwork, communication, respect and perseverance.

Mrs Rebecca Andary & Ms Simara Conroy – Year 4 Teachers


Pedare hosted the VEX Tournaments in Week 5, Tuesday 23 and Wednesday 24 February with Years 3-12 competing for spot at the VEX State Championships on Saturday 6 March.

The VEX Tournaments are the culmination of many months of development from students who work to build and engineer complex robots that are programmed to complete the seasonal challenge set. The 2020-2021 season began in May 2020, with the release of two new ‘game fields’ for students to engage in.

Throughout the season students document the work achieved through an engineering notebook and practice for a face-to-face team interview. During the competition industry professionals interview teams and mark the engineering notebooks.

Tomorrow, Saturday 6 March, students who have won through to the State Championships will compete in the final series. Entry is free for the general public with the event being held at the Adelaide Convention Centre all day.

Mr Emil Zankov – Leader of Innovation & Enterprise


Year 6 students Mehar and Connor enjoyed their chat during the Surrey Year 6/7 Community Lesson last Thursday 25 February.

The lesson was a great opportunity for the Year 6s and 7s in each community to have a laugh getting to know each other and their Community Coordinator while also developing their communication skills.

Mr Andrew Richards – Community Coordinator, Surrey


On Monday 22 February, our Year 7 students had a wonderful day out on their Liveability Walk. Students experienced a guided, interactive walk of up to 10 kilometres around Golden Grove, in which they observed, analysed and explored elements of liveability; in the past, present and future. Our Year 7 students represented Pedare exceptionally well throughout the day. It was wonderful to see our students doing ‘the little things well’, using their manners, looking after each other and caring for our environment along the way. Organising an excursion for over 100 students on foot around our local area is no easy feat.

Well done to our Year 7 teachers for organising such a fantastic and authentic learning experience for our students.


Our students enjoyed the opportunity to learn outside the classroom when Humanities and Science combined for the Year 9 Biomes and Ecosystems Fieldtrip. At Anstey Hill Recreation Park our students developed an appreciation for the ecosystem, impact of fire on biodiversity and the influence of humans on the environment including the Old Newman’s Nursery ruins. Students also developed valuable skills in measuring and representing plant biodiversity creating transects and comparing quadrats. They demonstrated excellent collaboration and creative thinking skills as they worked in groups to create their transects.

At St Kilda they enjoyed lunch at the playground before entering the Wetlands and learning first-hand about the impact of hypersaline brine on the unique forest ecosystem. The behaviour of our students was outstanding, and they can be very proud of the example they gave in public.

Special thanks to Baxter Nickolai, an old scholar from 2020, who assisted students to complete their transects.


At our 2020 Senior School Thanksgiving Service, we were very pleased to announce Year 11 student, Connor Brennan, as the Pedare recipient of the Rotary Club of Modbury Golden Grove, Student of the Year.

On the evening of Tuesday 23 February, with the restrictions of Covid-19 lifted, Connor attended a meeting of the Rotary Club to speak about his service to the community through his outstanding Lego models that have presented some notable South Australian landmarks and been appreciated by the local and wider community. On this occasion, Connor was officially presented with his certificate and award from the Rotary Club.

We are very proud of the way Connor has developed his interest, passion and talent for building Lego into something that has been enjoyed by so many. As Connor describes how this all began, ‘I just love Lego and wanted to build things that would be relevant for people’ – Well Connor, you have certainly done that!!



Extra-Curricular Sports feature articles and results below:



The Pedare Primary 2 Netball girls were very excited with their win on Friday 26 February.

The team played against Hope Valley 6 and after a very tight hard-fought game, came out the winners with a result of 8 goals to 7.

This was one of their best games as they played as a strong unit and enjoyed the game.

Congratulations to the girls for winning their final game of the season.

Miss Laila Moodley – Netball Coach


Congratulations to the following Year 4 to 7 students who achieved a place in a number of categories at the Tea Tree Gully SAPSASA Swimming Carnival held on Friday 26 February. Pedare came in 1st place beating thirteen other school in the local area with a total of 179 points, almost one hundred points ahead of the other competitors.

Well done to all participants.

  • Allegra Barnes
  • Emilia Basic
  • Emily Bryant
  • Dharya Chousalkar
  • Siobhan Collins-Barry
  • Danny Cox
  • Kacie Duff
  • Nicolas Dinevski
  • Matilda Edgecomb
  • Ella Field
  • Eddie Goodall
  • Kayden Hancock
  • Ashton Hong
  • Alex Johns
  • Anthony Klitogiannis
  • Jessica Kopec
  • Nicholas Kosmala
  • Alex Mathers
  • Luke Mathers
  • Krishna Neelam
  • Travis Owen
  • Hana Parry
  • Jackson Penney
  • Louise Sharp
  • Ashleigh Skewes
  • Liam Skewes
  • Emily Staunton
  • Anne Viljoen
  • Kade Watson
  • Olivia Williams
  • Ella Young



Week 4


  • Year 6 Gold – Pedare vs Kings Thunder – Loss 42 – 16
  • Year 7 Blue – Pedare vs EM Thunder – Won 46 – 10
  • Year 7 Red – Pedare vs EM Geckos – Won 33 – 4


  • Year 4/5 – Pedare vs St Joseph’s Hectorville – Won by 30 runs
  • Year 6/7 – Pedare vs Nazareth Catholic College – Loss 122 v 4/124


  • GO 1 Orange – Pedare vs Golden Grove 3 – Loss 11 – 7
  • GO 2 Yellow – Hope Valley 2 – No Scoring
  • Sub Junior 1 Yellow – Pedare vs Northeast Zodiac 3 – Won 27 – 15
  • Sub Junior 2 Indigo – Pedare vs Tyndale 3 – Won 38 – 3
  • Junior Yellow – Pedare vs Eastern Park Demons 2 – Loss 62 – 22
  • Primary 1 Green – Pedare vs Banksia Park 1 – Won 23 – 8
  • Primary 2 Indigo – Pedare vs Golden Grove 6 – Loss 10 – 15
  • Senior 1 – Pedare vs Mystic Opals 2 – Won 34 – 24
  • Intermediate Green – Pedare vs Northeast Zodiac 2 – Loss 57 – 28


  • Year 6 – Pedare vs Pedare Year 7 – Game Cancelled
  • Year 7 – Pedare vs Pedare Year 6 – Game Cancelled
  • Year 8/9 – Pedare vs PAC – Won 10 – 2


  • Middle B1 North – Pedare vs Rostrevor College – Won on Forfeit
  • Middle B2 North – Pedare vs St Paul’s College – Loss 2(75) – 1(63)
  • Middle C North – Pedare vs Glenunga Intnl HS – Loss 54 – 70
  • Open B1 North – Pedare vs St Peter’s College – Won 3(65) – 0(52)
  • Open B2 North -Pedare vs St Peter’s College – Loss 2(75) – 1(51)
  • Middle Girls 1 – Pedare vs Kildare 1 – Won 2 – 1
  • Middle Girls 2 – Pedare vs St Ignatius College 3 – TBC
  • Open Girls – Pedare vs Gleeson 2 – Won 2 – 1


Week 5


  • Year 6 Gold – Pedare vs GS Shooters – Loss 25 – 26
  • Year 7 Blue – Pedare vs Trinity Trojans – Loss 8 – 10
  • Year 7 Red – Pedare vs EM Bouncers – Won 31 – 7


  • Year 4/5 – Pedare vs St Andrew’s College – Won
  • Year 6/7 – Pedare vs Emmanuel College – Loss 45 v 8/88


  • GO 1 Orange – Pedare vs Newton Jaguars 2 – No Scoring
  • GO 2 Yellow – BYE
  • Sub Junior 1 Yellow – Pedare vs Hope Valley 5 – Loss 13 – 15
  • Sub Junior 2 Indigo – Pedare vs Northern Cobras 1 – TBC
  • Junior 1 Yellow – Pedare vs Hope Valley 3 – Loss 12 – 44
  • Primary 1 Green – Pedare vs Tango 4 – Won 13 – 11
  • Primary 2 Indigo – Pedare vs Hope Valley 6 – Won 8 – 7
  • Senior 1 – BYE
  • Intermediate Green – Pedare vs Hope Valley 2 – Loss 33 – 59


  • Year 6 – Pedare vs Scotch College – TBC
  • Year 7 – Pedare vs St Paul’s College – Won 8 to 2
  • Year 8/9 – Pedare vs Blackfriars Priory School – Won 9 to 3


  • Middle B1 North – Pedare vs Blackriars Priory School – Loss 0(57) – 2(78)
  • Middle B2 North – Pedare vs Adelaide High – Won 2(50) – 0(37)
  • Middle C North – CBC – Loss 1(53) – 2(73)
  • Open B1 North – Pedare vs St Ignatius College 3 – Won 3(75) – 0(47)
  • Open B2 North -Pedare vs St Ignatius College 1 – Won 2(62) – 1(60)
  • Middle Girls 1 – Pedare vs St Ignatius College 2 – TBC
  • Middle Girls 2 – Pedare vs St Ignatius College 4 – TBC
  • Open Girls – Pedare vs St Ignatius College 6 – Won 3 – 0




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 will be hosting 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, starting from this Saturday 6 February. Stalls are inside the hall and in the car park and 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 at




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