Pedare - The Vine Newsletter Issue 3 for 2024

The Vine Issue 4 – 2024

March 22, 2024
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Mr James Tamblyn


Easter is a season of joy and hope. Christ’s death on the cross was the ultimate sacrifice — made for us. Through his resurrection, the gift of eternal life is offered to everyone. ‘I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.’ John 11:25-26

As we celebrate Easter, we are reminded of the power of God’s love and the miracle of the resurrection. We are filled with hope and gratitude for the new life promised to us through His son, Jesus Christ. We are offered a new beginning, a fresh start, and the promise of eternal life. As we reflect on this Easter season, we ask for God’s guidance in being the kind of people that Jesus calls us to be: people filled with compassion and love for those around us, and servants of each other with humility and grace.

May this Easter season be a time of renewal and transformation in our lives, embracing the new life offered to us and sharing that hope with others.

Easter Break Early Dismissal

Families are advised that students will be dismissed at 1:05pm next Thursday, 28 March before the Easter break.

OSHC will remain open until 6pm as normal for families who need care for their children and will be available for Reception to Year 7 students.  Booking can be made via XAP.

Please note that the Catford Library will close at 1:05pm and will not be open for supervision that afternoon.

College Bus Services will run at the usual time. Students who need to wait for the College Buses will be supervised for the afternoon.  Please contact the College Office if your child needs supervision for the afternoon.

Rory’s School Lunches will open for recess, but will not have a lunch service that day.

The College Office will remain open until 4 pm that afternoon.

Best wishes to families for a safe and Happy Easter.


Mrs Kat Elliott


This week, our SACE students engaged with the Checkpoint program to help them gauge their progress and set goals.

As goal setting has become more commonplace, some people might have begun to lose sight of how important it is to do so. However, without goals and strategies, we run the risk of wasting opportunities – or worse, we could end up where we did not want to go.

Highly successful American football coach, Dabo Swinney, said that “the goals that we have achieved pale in comparison to the daily commitments it took to get there”. In this way, academic work is like any sport or athletics – once you have set your goals, you need to consistently work to achieve them. The training that goes before the game is often the action that determines who wins or loses. Similarly, the rehearsals before the performance ensure that all actors and musicians can perform their very best for the audience.

Using Checkpoint, Pedare students are encouraged to set clear goals based on good information. Once we have set these goals, we need to work hard to achieve them, and consistently check back on our progress.  

The Checkpoint program is a framework for our students to use, providing an opportunity to reflect, set targets and, with the support of teachers and family, create realistic strategies with which to achieve their academic goals.


Mrs Mandy Hore


Harmony Day 

Since the late 1990s, Harmony Week has been celebrated in Australia. First introduced by the Australian Government in response to the Eureka report, Harmony Week recognises diversity and inclusion and aligns with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. 

Harmony Week is a time to celebrate Australian multiculturalism and the successful integration of migrants into our community. It is a time to highlight inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians, regardless of cultural or linguistic background, united by a set of core Australian values.

At our Junior School Assembly today, dressed in a touch of orange, Reception to Year 5 students learnt more about Harmony Day. We celebrated and acknowledged the strength and benefits that the diversity within our community brings. With the very simple message of ‘everyone belongs’, I explained the origins of the word ‘harmony’. ‘Harmony’ is derived from the Greek word hamos, meaning ‘joint’ and the Latin harmonia, signifying ‘agreement’, and when we think of something being in a state of harmony, we often think about components or parts coming together to produce a pleasing whole. We may think of old and new architecture blending in harmony, or science and nature working together, or perhaps, most commonly, the sound of harmony when we listen to music.

In the Junior School, Harmony Day served as another platform for meaningful conversations that promote understanding and acceptance. It was a chance to cultivate empathy and respect and explore different perspectives. It reminded us of the wealth of cultures, languages and traditions that enrich our lives every day. Very simply for us, it is a day to have kindness, respect and compassion foremost in our minds and to practice these. 

These are a hallmark of a Pedare student and essential qualities for navigating an increasingly interconnected world. 

I see these in action every day and am proud to watch our little learners embrace diversity in their daily interactions, seek understanding in moments of misunderstanding and celebrate the unique identities of their peers.

Junior School Harmony Week Assembly – Friday, 22 March


The test window for our NAPLAN assessment is now closed. I am very proud of the positive and resilient way our Year 3 and 5 students undertook their testing. They are to be congratulated. Thank you for your role in this and for supporting your child during this period. I look forward to sharing our results when they become available, hopefully, next term.

Parent Teacher Interviews

Thank you for connecting with your child’s teacher during the Parent Teacher Interviews held over the past two weeks. I do hope you found these beneficial. I would welcome any feedback.

Easter Break Early Dismissal 

Just a reminder that the College will break for Easter on Thursday, 28 March, at 1.05pm. OSHC is available.


Mrs Eliza Buckoke


Well done to all our Year 7 and 9 students for completing the NAPLAN testing. NAPLAN has been a significant event in the life of our Middle School over the past week, and we are proud of the efforts of students and staff throughout the testing period.

This week, we have acknowledged ‘Waste Free Wednesday’, an initiative led by our EcoForce extra-curricular group, who meet on Thursdays at lunchtime, under the guidance of Ms Kerri Kirkham.

Our theme for this week in Home Group and Community lessons has been ‘Diversity’. This has given us a framework for some celebrations of Harmony Week, which also included our Tuesday morning Worship service.

Waste Free Wednesday, 20 March

MS SS Community Lessons – Thursday, 21 March

Coming up in Weeks 9 and 10, we have two evenings available for Parent Teacher Interviews. Students should also attend these. This is a great opportunity to connect with teachers regarding any concerns you may have about how your child is progressing in each subject. You are always welcome to make contact with the relevant staff at any time, if you do have concerns or questions.


There is an early dismissal for the Easter period on Thursday, 28 March, and then another early dismissal as part of the Parent Teacher Interview arrangements on Wednesday, 3 April.

I trust that you will enjoy some wonderful family time over the Easter weekend, remembering the significance of this time in the Christian faith. We reflect on the sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and rejoice in the hope and renewal that Easter brings. May this season be filled with blessings and joy for you and your families.


Mr Josh Willis


We know our students live extremely busy lives and we also understand that it can be very challenging for them to balance their competing priorities and personal responsibilities. On Thursday, 14 March, we hosted a morning tea for Year 12 students with a focus on supporting them with their time management. Students engaged in their first ‘Elevate’ seminar for 2024 during the morning tea. The presenters from Elevate gave the students tips and tools for managing their time effectively and ensuring they are keeping balance in their lives while staying focused on the academic goals they have set for themselves this year. 

Some key messages came out of the session: 


  • Develop a study routine that allows for socialising, sports and extra-curricular activities, but still ensures academic productivity. 
  • Research has shown that every past paper practice you do throughout the year can significantly improve your performance in the final SACE exam.
  • Students should have already engaged in past paper practice questions at this time of year.
  • Goal setting and breaking goals down into smaller parts will reduce feeling overwhelmed.
  • Creating daily checklists (full of the smaller parts) and then celebrating mini victories when ticking these off to keep you motivated.


  • During study sessions, students should focus on tasks (not time) to engage deeply.
  • Students should (of course) study without their phones nearby. The presenter talked about a highly effective app called ‘Focus Me’, a study tool that can block social media for short periods of time.


  • Forming subject-specific study groups can be very powerful, and there is a benefit of peer learning.

During the morning tea, students shared their experiences and strategies for conquering time management challenges, fostering a sense of community and collaboration. It’s fantastic to see our students embracing the importance of balance and productivity as they strive for excellence in both their academic and personal endeavours. We look forward to more seminars throughout the year across all the Senior School cohorts.

Year 12 Elevate Seminar – Thursday, 14 March


A Bridge You Can Trust

In Junior Worship last Friday, 15 March, I showed students this image of a bridge partially obscured by a thick blanket of fog. Those crossing the bridge do so with an implicit trust that they will reach the other side safely, even though it cannot be seen. This illustrates, in a very simple way, the sort of trust that God asks us to have in him. Life brings challenges and uncertainties our way, and we are not always sure how God will keep his promise to care for all those who put their hope in him. Sometimes, it can feel like we are heading into a thick fog – overwhelmed, confused and anxious about the unseen path ahead of us.

The Psalmist David wrote in one of his songs,

      “The Lord will keep all his promises. He is faithful in everything he does.” (Psalm 145:13)

Like the strongest bridge, God is faithful. When life is uncertain, maybe even scary, God will never let you down. Be willing to ask Him and then be willing to trust!

Mr John Morton, College Chaplain


New SLC Building

We are pleased to announce the forthcoming construction of our new Senior Learning Centre (SLC) at Pedare. Designed in collaboration with Swanbury Penglase architects, this purpose-built facility will serve as a dedicated learning space for our Year 11 and 12 students.

Comprising eleven classrooms, breakout areas, a Lecture Theatre, Boardroom, landscaped outdoor spaces and more, the SLC is poised to significantly enhance the educational experience for our senior students. We are delighted to entrust Marshall & Brougham, our esteemed builders from the One College project in 2019, with the construction contract for this important initiative.

Construction is scheduled to commence next week, with an anticipated completion date in mid-2025. While classroom spaces will remain unaffected, it is imperative to note that access to the upper Surrey Farm Drive Carpark will be restricted during the construction phase. We encourage families to consider how your current routine might be impacted and what alternative arrangements will work for you and your children. The College will ensure a strong staffing presence in carparks to support their efficient operation. 

We are excited about this upcoming major capital project at Pedare and look forward to sharing progress updates throughout the project.

2025 Senior Academic Scholarships

Application for a Senior Academic Scholarship is open to both new students and current Pedare students, who will enter Years 9, 10, 11 or 12 in 2025.

The ACER scholarship examination will be held at Pedare on Saturday, 22 June 2024.

Online registrations are now open and the closing date for registrations is Friday, 7 June 2024. The fee to sit the scholarship test is $120.

Students in Year 8 or 9 in 2024, can apply for the Level 2 Scholarship Test for Year 9 or 10 in 2025.

Please follow the link to register:  ACER Scholarships

Students in Years 10 and 11 in 2024, can apply for the Level 3 Scholarship Test for Year 11 or 12 in 2025.

Please follow the link to register:  ACER Scholarships

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

Parents & Friends News

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SADNA Netball Umpires Award

Violet R (Year 6) is the recipient of the SADNA Umpires Award for the entire Primary division during the Summer 23/24 netball season. This award is given to the player who receives the most votes for the best player on the court selected at each game by the Umpires. Congratulations to Violet on this fantastic achievement!

Miss Kayla Gyles


Music Fringe Excursion – “27 Club”

Year 11 & 12 Music

On Wednesday, 13 March, 15 Year 11 and 12 Music students attended the performance of the ’27 Club’ at the Fringe Gluttony Garden. Students and staff were entertained for 65 minutes by high-energy rock music performed by Robert Johnson, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Doors, Nirvana and Amy Winehouse. They clapped along, sang and cheered to the electrifying music, which celebrated the legends of rock and the legacies they left behind. This group of students are all learning about the art of performing for their SACE requirements in music. They were all inspired to develop their skills and confidence by these amazing artists, such as Sarah McLeod (The Superjesus) and Kevin Mitchell (Jebediah, Bob Evans), along with Carla Lippis (Mondo Psycho) and Dusty Lee Stephensen (Wanderers).

Below are some of the thoughts and reactions our students had to the show:

“I really appreciated stepping back and learning the history of the older well-known songs.”

“They were very talented and inspiring.”

“I could see the bond between the bassist and drummer as they worked together.”

“It was a type of performance I don’t get to see very often, so it was inspiring to watch grunge and rock music live. It also gave me something to work towards as a musician.”

Mrs Emily Kenny & Mrs Nadine Stroud

SA Police Incursion

Reception & Year 2

As part of the Unit of Inquiry ‘How We Organise Ourselves’, students explore the roles of individuals who offer assistance within various communities. On Wednesday, 20 March, Reception and Year 2 students had a special visit from Nick and Skye from SA Police. Students enjoyed learning about the diverse resources utilised by the police force and had the opportunity to try on police attire. Excitement peaked as students got up close to explore the police cars, adding a fun and interactive element to the day!



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.

SADNA Summer Netball Season

As the Summer Netball Season comes to a close, we congratulate all Pedare teams on completing a fantastic season!

Well done to all our teams who progressed into one or more, of the three finals rounds as follows:

  • Inter 2, coached by Renae Harris (knocked out in the second round)
  • Sub-Junior 2, coached by Amber Dinevski (progressed into the Grand Final)
  • Sub-Junior 4, coached by Raelene Lyon (knocked out in the first round)
  • Primary 4, coached by Rebecca Tsimopoulos (knocked out in the first round)

A special mention and congratulations to our Sub-Junior 2 team, led by Coach Amber, for their thrilling victory. The scores were extremely close throughout the game, but Pedare fought their way until the very last second, winning with a score of 29-27.

We look forward to another successful season of Netball in the Winter Season! Go Pedare!

Miss Kayla Gyles




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 8.30 am, 10.00 am, and 6.00 pm in person. If you can’t join us just yet, we’ll continue to stream at 8.30 am and 10.00 am online using Zoom and YouTube  Service times are 8.30 am and 10.00 am.

Please contact Dave Brown at 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.




Gully Church (Tea Tree Gully Uniting) – Banksia Markets


Gully Church hosts the ‘local and friendly’ Banksia Markets on the first Saturday of each month from 8.30 am to 1.00 pm at 600 Milne Road, Banksia Park. Stalls inside the hall and in the car park include produce, fresh fruit and vegetables, jewellery, tools, bric-à-brac and lots more.

For more information, contact the Gully Church website at or email




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 a Sunday.  Also, on the second and fourth Sunday of the month, we have a cafe-style church, 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. 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 while enjoying delicious snacks, refreshments and pizza! The cost for each session is $5.

For further information, please contact the Office at 8251 4298 or email  You can even check our webpage: