Mr James Tamblyn
Happy ‘International Day of Happiness’ to you all. Please find below a link to the website that contains some excellent resources and ideas for us all as we support each other through this unique and uncharted time. Some great messages and advice to share with your children and each other.
I’d like to thank all families once again for your exceptional support of the community this week. We have received an overwhelmingly positive response from parents wishing to thank our staff for the direction, calmness and care that they have demonstrated to students, parents and each other. Thank you for taking the time to pass these messages on to our staff.
Through this challenging time, we have certainly lived our mantra; We are One. We are Pedare. Relationships are at the heart of our community, and in this context, I thank you for your compassion, understanding, patience and flexibility as we navigate the adjustments to our regular routines together.
The College will trial a Remote Learning Day on Tuesday 24 March, with all families asked to keep students home on this day. Heads of School will communicate all details of this day directly with students and families.
Continue to take care of yourselves and each other and reach out for support should there be anything that myself or the College can do for you.
Mr Andrew Whiteman
It has certainly been an interesting week at Pedare and around the world and one that we are unlikely to forget in a while. The world is experiencing an unprecedented event and, although we are well protected and resourced in Australia to deal with a pandemic, no-one is able to reliably predict what is ahead for us all. We have been very careful and considered about keeping our students informed about the schools’ processes and procedures in relation to Coronavirus. A lot of information has been given to students about remaining at school as this is the best advice we have at the moment. Hand washing regularly, social distancing and moderating some of our normal behaviour are things that are all now commonplace in the College. We will continue to work with our students to keep them as safe as possible during this time.
Excellent preparation is the key to excellent performance, and it is for this reason we have been working with students and staff to ensure, in the event of a school closure, that we are able to continue to deliver an excellent learning program to all students. It will be different, it will take some time to get used to, there will be challenges and that is ok. We are all in this together and we will support our students through this time. Year 12 students have had communication about the flexibility that the SACE allows, and discussions have already been had that, if required, teachers have the ability to use their judgement around modifying assessment tasks, extending deadlines for assessment and providing special provisions for eligible students. We will ensure that no student feels disadvantaged by any occurrence outside of their control.
What we have been working on over the first 7 weeks of term is helping students settle into good routines. It continues to be one of the most important roles as a teacher; setting up the classroom expectations and homework requirements helps to set up the school year. Often it is not until the first piece of assessment is complete that students realise that they need to make some changes to their study routines. Over the past two weeks senior students have been receiving their results from tests and assignments via SEQTA and for some it has been a happy experience. For others, it has been a time to reflect on what they can do to improve on their results. Opening up that conversation with your children is really valuable as we work in partnership with you to guide students through the school year. When students are happy and settled it creates the best environment for them to learn and it is always our goal to achieve this as soon as possible into a new school term.
Last week a number of students attended a RAAF flight simulator experience in the ONE+ shared facilities. This was a thoroughly enjoyable experience for our students and one of the positives of being on a shared campus where this experience came to us rather than us travelling. There are many and varied careers in the Defence Force and if you or your child have any questions about particular pathways, we have a Defence Force Mentor who works across all three schools. Linda Deboer works closely with all families and meets with students from Defence families to ensure they are settled and provides support. She is also very knowledgeable about subject selection and choosing certain pathways for students who are interested. Her contact details are Linda.Deboer511@schools.sa.edu.au
We had a very positive response to our first electronic consent form that was sent home in relation to the Middle and Senior School Athletics Carnival recently. In the first 12 hours of it being sent, over 60% of families had replied, this was a great achievement, well done to you all! I hope that this process was easy to follow as it has certainly helped our administrative operations. Over the coming weeks all of our consent forms will be moving to this electronic format and will be sent via EdSmart. If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact the College.
The Middle and Senior School Athletics Carnival was held on Friday of last week and we were pleased with an amazing day. Competitive spirit, colour, determination, good humour, outstanding performances and most of all an enjoyable and fun day for everyone involved. We thank the Golden Grove Athletics club for their involvement in the day and help with our events.
Stay tuned for more communication from the College via SEQTA as we will endeavour to keep families informed of any decisions that are being made. With the reduction in our ability to meet in groups for the time being, if you would like to discuss your child’s progress with their teacher please do not hesitate to contact them via email or phone. Parent Teacher interviews for Term 1 will, unfortunately, need to be cancelled: however, we are looking at ways to communicate subject and specific student information in a timely and informative manner.
Mrs Lauren Brooks
We are very lucky in our Middle School to be able to expose our students to exceptional elective opportunities to broaden the breadth of our subject offerings from as early as Year 6. This engages students in a wide range of diverse learning experiences and sees our students from a young age exploring their individual talents and gifts in different areas.
Year 7 Design is flourishing at Pedare in 2020. Students are working with the ‘Mallee Board Game Company’ to design and create a life-sized board game that raises awareness about bushfires and promotes the ‘Perfectly Imperfect’ message currently being implemented through Coles and Woolworths. Students are harnessing their IB ATL skills which are Thinking, Social, Communication, Self-Management and Research. Students are learning about the value of small teams coming together to build a large project and we are excited to see what the designed end product will be!
Year 7 Design students creating the ‘Mallee Board Game Company’
In recent weeks Pedare has launched the new extra-curricular Art Club. Students have enjoyed getting straight into the creative process by spray painting some of the pots in Mallee, to add vibrancy to the lovely learning spaces at the College. It has been fantastic to see the students thriving in such an inclusive and creative environment. As the Art Club progresses, students will continue to beatify Pedare and the broader community. We look forward to seeing what creative initiatives the team comes up with next.
Finally, in some personal news, my husband Stephen and I are very excited that in September our family will expand from three to four. I will be taking a few months off towards the end of this year and will return ready for the beginning of the new school year in 2021.
Mr Randall Pearce
With the prospect of home or remote schooling that may become part of our lives over the next few weeks I thought it was important to share a little about managing some behaviour you might see during work time.
Our ability to connect with children has a direct impact on our stress level and happiness. Behaviour management guru Bill Rogers uses the term Warm-Demanding to describe the ideal demeanour of staff in schools and I hope will help you as parents during remote schooling.
Our interactions with our children should be characterised by a balance between the ‘warmth’ that shows we care about them as individuals, and the ‘demanding’ that shows we have expectations of them and their behaviour. It can be helpful to think of this as a continuum.
Being too far to one end of this continuum is ineffective.
Some adults present as being ‘too warm’. They are clearly very keen to be friends with the children and work very hard at building rapport. This can lead to very limited control and can see the situation of the children setting the tone and rules.
Others are ‘too demanding’. I’m sure you have heard “Don’t smile until Easter!” approach for teachers. Adults at this end of the continuum display an attitude which could be described as harsh. There is no warmth displayed or any effort to build rapport with the children.
The ideal situation is an appropriate balance between warmth and demanding. The warmth is necessary to connect with children, have a good rapport and a relationship where students know you care about them and their learning. In this situation, the student is more likely to respond by doing their best. Being demanding is also important as students need clear expectations and boundaries so that they know what is expected of them and rise to those expectations.
I hope, if we do close, you can find this balance and enjoy this time with your children.
Thank you to the wonderful Pedare community who donated books for our Bushfire Appeal!
Pedare partnered with other Adelaide schools to collect new or near-new books to be donated to children who have lost their homes in the recent bushfires in South Australia, both in the Adelaide Hills and Kangaroo Island. Three tubs of books have now been delivered to Pembroke who will distribute to those children.
The generosity of our school families, staff and especially students is much appreciated.
The Library Team
The Code Camp that was to be hosted at the College in the April school holidays has been cancelled due to COVID-19.
Code Camp has created an online program that will allow students to be creative digital storytellers, problem solvers, and coders during their school holidays and throughout any school closure periods.
They have a fantastic team of around 50 experienced staff members who teach students at Code Camps every school holiday. They’ll be ready to teach students how to code via online webinar classrooms to ensure they continue learning should we all end up spending a lot more time at home over the next few weeks. Topics that the lesson plans cover include loops, sequencing, iteration and animation.
While this is usually a paid program it will be offered to Pedare students for free!
Please follow the link for the digital flyer with the link that parents can sign up for free.
For more information visit: https://codecampworld.com
Devon Clothing are making some changes to their operations in line with government and industry advice to limit the spread of COVID-19.
Golden Grove Campus Uniform shop will have limited trading hours until further notice as follows:
The Modbury store will initiate limited trading hours until further notice as follows:
Parents are encouraged to order online; online delivery fees will be reduced to $5. Parents can also elect to collect the order from the Modbury store.
To order online please go to: https://onlineshop.devonclothing.com.au/pedarec
In Week 6, students in Year 3 immersed themselves into their maths learning with a focus on the concepts buying and selling. They were given the opportunity to consolidate their learning and understanding of addition and subtraction. Students were given the task of working in a group of three to create their own shop. They needed to consider and create the items they would sell, come up with a name for their shop, price their items, advertise their shop and decide on their float amount. When their shops were officially opened, each student had $10 to spend. We were so proud of the way they worked together, problem-solved and used selling strategies to attract customers. Students used and applied their mathematical knowledge of addition and subtraction to purchase items as the shopper, whilst also giving change as the shopkeeper. Some shop holders also decided they needed to exchange their float to ensure they had the correct amount of change to give their customers.
Australian Curriculum Outcomes: students recognise the connection between addition and subtraction and solve problems using efficient strategies for multiplication. They model and represent unit fractions. They represent money values in various ways.
Some student comment:
Miss Jasmine Orlowski – Year 3 Teacher
On Friday 13 March, Year 5 went on an excursion to the Yabarra Light Show in Tandanya and the Planetarium in Mawson Lakes. We were very privileged to be able to attend this excursion.
The first place we went to was the Light Show. There was the sleeping cave right at the entrance, and it was lit up with lights. When we exited the cave, we were met with the spirit fire. The spirit fire showed people talking about their religion and what they did. It was tempting not to physically touch it, but we were responsible and resisted. On the ceiling there were different animals that would appear depending on what the people in the spirit fire were saying. In the next room was a tornado machine. It made smoke twirl around like a tornado. The smoke kind of smelt like popcorn! When everyone had taken a look in each room, we started walking and headed to the Botanical Gardens. Once we got there, we ate our lunch and ran around. Then we took the bus to the Planetarium, which we were all excited about!
When we arrived, 5B went straight in and we waited an hour while 5B was inside. While we waited, we played some awesome games! The first one was where you had to point to someone and say “I have something in common with…” then say the name of the person you pointed at. Then they had to guess what it was, and if they got it right, it was their turn and if they didn’t, everyone who thought they knew what the thing in common was put their hands up and had a turn if they got chosen. We also played another game. Four people, two girls and two boys, stood up at the front of the volleyball court and two of them were blindfolded and had their backs turned. When we were all sitting or lying somewhere on the court they turned around and the people up the front turned around and the ones who weren’t blindfolded had to guide them through without touching them. They both made it even when they switched around. That was pretty cool!
As well as those two games we played one more. We each got a random card to hold up on your head without looking. King was the highest and ace was the lowest. You wanted to get into friendship groups with the kings, queens and jacks. You couldn’t see what your card was but if people rejected you were probably a low number and if everyone wanted to be your friend you were probably a king. We played a few rounds of that because most people loved it.
Once 5B finished in the Planetarium, it was 5P’s turn. The Planetarium was very interesting. We learned about space, stars, planets, meteorites and more. We watched a movie in the Planetarium and it was very dramatic. It was interesting to learn about how scientists think the moon was created. An asteroid hit what is now Mexico! I still wonder, how was the sun made? It’s a mystery.
Overall, the day was exciting, incredibly enjoyable and a learning experience for us all.
Written by 5 P students Lily Drechsler, Hanna Abimosleh and Matilda Smyk
In Design subjects, the Design Cycle is used as a way to learn and find solutions to a variety of scenario-based problems.
Year 6s are beginning their first Design Cycle in Food Technology where they will explore how they can create a healthy breakfast option for students their age. Students will be creating a Smoothie Bowl of their own recipe and research the nutritional needs of students their age. To spark creative and inquisitive ideas, the students collaborated together to make a simple smoothie bowl.
Pictured top left are students Thomas Palmer, Eva Ruff and Ruby Horridge who worked together to make three identical smoothie bowls (any chefs dream). Pictured top right are Shalyak Rana and Hamish Green putting their own spin on their ideal smoothie bowl.
Ms Natasha Fillipi – Middle Years Food Technologies Teacher & Ms Alana Glapa – Year 6 Teacher
‘Harmony Day is observed annually on 21 March in Australia. It is intended to celebrate the cohesive and inclusive nature of Australia and promote a tolerant and culturally diverse society. The continuing message of Harmony Day is ‘Everybody Belongs’ and its annual observance aims to encourage inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians, regardless of cultural background, and celebrate core Australian values.’
Our Middle and Senior School students created ‘Trees of Life’ for Harmony Day, with the trunk representing our belonging and the orange leaves representing our diversity; orange being the colour of Harmony Day. Each student used their handprint to make a leaf, on which they wrote some of their own background story, and the importance of celebrating our diversity. This simple activity brought our students and staff together and created amazing trees with genuine and encouraging messages about inclusiveness and celebrating diversity.
Ms Jan Robertson – Assistant Head of Senior School
The 2020 Pedare Athletics Carnival was once again a highlight on the Term 1 Pedare sporting calendar with Tilley Reserve the venue for the track and field competition between the five communities.
Although it started out as a dreary day, the sunshine broke through and ensured that the day finished successfully for all communities. It was wonderful to see so much colour and energy from the students as they participated in the day’s events and cheered on their communities. Students are to be commended on their excellent sportsmanship and behaviour on the day.
Congratulations to Eldergeen who narrowly took the win over Greenwith who were on track to complete the Pedare carnival double before Eldergreen took control midway through the day and didn’t look back.
Thank you to all staff who worked tirelessly throughout the day at the various track and field events and the community coordinators who prepared their teams in the weeks leading up to the carnival.
A huge thank you to the Golden Grove Little Athletics Club for their support with marshalling, track marking and the delicious food available on the day. The carnival simply could not run without their support.
Congratulations also go to our individual awards winners:
2020 ATHLETICS SHIELD
Please view the video of the Athletics Carnival created by Year 11 student Paris Hedger.
Mr Michael Secomb – Director of Sport
Congratulations to Year 8 students, Emily Briggs and Kenoli Bandara, who recently represented the College at the Year 7/8 State Championships at Peake Gardens/Riverside Tennis Club. The event was represented by a large number of schools, including a number of students from the two specialist tennis schools Marryatville and Henley.
Kenoli made it to the quarter finals and lost to a tough opponent who was the Number 4 seed. Emily made it to the semi-finals and lost to the Number 2 seed. Emily then played again for the 3rd and 4th position and finished with a win for a 3rd place finish. Both girls played well and fought hard, great sportsmanship was shown by all players.
Congratulations to Alex Smith, Year 9, who competed in the National School Triathlon event recently and placed 2nd in his age category.
Well done Alex.
Congratulations to Teagan Murdey-Green, Year 11, who placed second in the Girls U16 South Australian State Individual Champs at Santos Stadium. Teagan was only 0.02 seconds behind the Gold!
Well done Teagan.
Congratulations to Lorcyn Murdey-Green, Year 7, who competed in SA State Challenge and secured a Gold medal in the U12 Javelin at Santos Stadium.
Well done Lorcyn.
Extra-Curricular Sports feature articles and results below:
Sub Primary 1 Netball Team
Sub Primary 2 Netball Team
The summer season for Sub Primary 1 and 2 Netball teams has been a great consolidation of skills and development of confidence. The teams have enjoyed the season immensely and were especially excited about the SADNA GO Netball Carnival to end their positive season.
Unfortunately, due to the public holiday, the number of opposition teams was reduced. This tested the girls as they were keen to strategise with more games. It was fantastic to see such a keen spirit for competition within the teams.
Good luck to all the girls for their winter season.
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.