Mr James Tamblyn
As part of our new Strategic Plan, we have identified as a priority ‘programs of learning which foster both a love of the natural world, and a shared commitment to sustainably caring for our local and global environments’.
In the context of this stewardship imperative, a number of foodcube subpods have been installed throughout the Junior, Middle & Senior Schools. The foodcubes take in food waste which, with the assistance of worms, is converted into compost. This compost is then used in the vegetable gardens growing in these foodcubes, and in our Greenhouse. Students then harvest these vegetables, many of which are used by our Food Technology students.
To further advance our reuse and recycle environmental sustainability strategic objective, we are about to expand our waste recycling program to include the provision of recycling boxes in each classroom and common area, commencing in the Junior School. Each classroom will be provided with four recycling boxes for mixed recyclables, soft plastics, paper and 10c refundables.
The College has met with Carole-Lee Gordon, CEO of SA owned and operated company BIN SHIFT, to support our implementation of separating waste across the school. Importantly, we are targeting this separation of waste at a classroom level, predicated upon a program of education to ensure understanding and buy-in from teachers and students.
I thank and commend all staff and students involved in driving this shift.
Mr Andrew Whiteman
I am excited to share with you some information about a new and innovative day that is planned for the Senior School. In Week, 7 students will be provided the one thing that they are regularly asking for, time. Our aim is to build a culture of independent learners by providing the opportunity for students to self-manage their time. No formal lessons will take place; however, targeted exam and study preparation lessons will be delivered to the students. Staff have been planning assessments around this date knowing students have been given this time allocated for study. Students will be given the opportunity to work individually or as part of a group to complete assessments. We are excited to bring this new opportunity to our Senior Students and build their capacity to self-manage their time in a supervised environment.
Congratulations to the brave souls in Year 10 who faced the elements last week on Outdoor Education Experience to the Riverland. Half of the students’ built rafts with wood, barrels and rope and slowly floated down the river whilst the other half canoed. It was a tough but worthwhile experience that will ensure many lifelong memories for the students. A great bonding time with their fellow classmates away from the distractions of technology, schoolwork, sports training and other friends and family. Well done to all involved.
Year 10 and 11 students have received the Semester One examination timetable. These will take place in Week 8 and 9 of this term. During the Senior School independent learning day, students will be involved in an exam preparation seminar. Building capacity in our young students to prepare for examinations will hold them in good stead for their future years of schooling.
Mr Randall Pearce
“Well done is better than well said.” (Actions speak louder than words)
Action is an essential element of the Primary Years Program (PYP). Action is embedded in the philosophy of the IB and is promoted throughout all its curricular programmes. In the PYP, action is considered to be both an application of learning and an opportunity for students to engage in a form of contribution or service.
Many people think that Action is easy to define. It is something you do, right? But Action is much more than that. Action is a part of who we are. If we want to change the world, we need to start with changing ourselves. But sometimes change is hard. How do we make changes to the way we think so we can help the world?
If we want children to make a difference in the world, we need to help them personalise the action they take and understand that it is not just a mandate from their teachers and parents, but a life-long mindset they develop.
Taking action can happen at any age. It’s all about how we as parents, educators, and the community, support children and youth as they begin the learning journey towards becoming adults that are change agents!
Every teacher wants their students to take action that makes a difference to, and in, the world. I believe that the concept of action is more a state of mind than a product. Action can only make a resonating difference to and in the world when it is developed in tandem with a toolbox of explicitly taught skills, modelled behaviours, scaffolded plans and a gradual release of responsibility.
Teachers need to provide the scaffolded learning experiences that help students gain the skills (including how to collaborate and how to focus on solving challenges) and knowledge to take sustained and meaningful action.
I am proud to report we have students keen to act to make our world a better place. I was amazed by the action shared by our Year 2s in this week’s Assembly, which has seen the entire Junior School collect milk bottle tops that will go to Golden Grove Uniting Church and recycled instead of going into landfill. Plastic bread bag clips, to be collected by the Life FM Roadie, will be sent to South Africa, recycled and used to make parts for wheelchairs, and finally, the collection of ring-pull and metal bottle caps, will be donated to Golden Grove Uniting Church, sold for recycling and the funds used to send a child to school in the Philippines.
This action continued with a student from 2B Penny McArthur (pictured) who collected sunflower seeds at home, with parental help packaged these seeds up into a small envelope with instructions to give to students and staff to simply brighten their days. Thank you Penny I can’t wait to see how my seeds will grow.
I wish to express my sincere thanks to both Mrs Burne and Mrs Vassalo for their leadership and initiative in these acts of goodness and kindness.
Junior School Disco
You may be reading this article while the students, teachers, parents and friends are dancing the night away at our Junior School Disco. This wonderful opportunity is only made possible due to the hard work of our Parent and Friends Association who organise this night for the Junior School along with staff who volunteer their time to support this event. A great example of our community working together to support the children we love and care for collectively.
NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Wednesday 26 May 2021 at 6:00pm
12-30 Surrey Farm Drive, Golden Grove
Parents, friends and old scholars of the College are cordially invited to attend the 36th Annual General meeting of Pedare Christian College Inc.
Notice is hereby given pursuant to clause 21 of the Constitution of Pedare Christian College Inc., of the intention to propose a number of motions, as special resolutions, to amend the Constitution.
Copies of the Agenda and details of the proposed special resolutions may be obtained from the College office, by phoning 8280 1700, or on the College website, www.pedarecc.sa.edu.au
Members wishing to attend are required to give notice of attendance by 4:00pm Wednesday 19 may 2021. Notice of attendance can be given by contacting the College office or emailing the Public Officer, email@example.com
Please click here for all information regarding the 2021 Annual General Meeting.
This year marks the 20th Anniversary of Reconciliation Australia.
27 May – 3 June reflects the key dates of the 1967 Referendum (27 May) and
the High Court Mabo decision (3 June).
‘Reconciliations is a journey for all Australians…At the heart of this journey are relationships between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
We all have a role to play when it comes to reconciliation, and in playing our part we collectively build relationships and communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories, cultures, and futures.’
Reconciliation also reflects our College Vision:
To this end, our Year 6 students have taken action by undertaking a unit of work focusing on Aboriginal Art. Students have been learning about traditional and contemporary forms of Indigenous art. Most recently designing their own Australian native plant drawings, inspired by the Ernabella Artists.
And, as one of the topics studied in Society & Culture, the Year 12 class investigated the Uluru Statement from the Heart 2017, which concludes with the following statement:
“We invite you to walk with us in movement of the Australian people for a better future.”
To which some of them were moved to respond as follows:
As the College continues to develop its Reconciliation Action Plan, we look forward to exploring opportunities for further relationships with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and for the promotion of future actions by our students.
It’s almost halfway through Term 2 and nearly halfway through 2021 – congratulations on making it this far! At this point things might be feeling a bit overwhelming with pending due dates, extra-curricular commitments and just everyday life. With the mid semester break just around the corner, perhaps your motivation is lacking a little? Everyone experiences those days when they are simply not in the mood for anything and staying on task feels out of reach. Fear not, follow these tips to get back on track.
1. Set small and achievable goals
Take things one step at a time and remember that the small things eventually add up to that one big thing! Focus on your progress to keep that motivation going.
2. Reward yourself
Make sure you have little rewards for every goal you achieve along the way. Like watching Netflix? Allow yourself one episode worth of reward time when you finish your Maths homework. Enjoy exercise? Go for a run once you finish that big English assessment to release those endorphins.
3. Organise your time
Plan out the week ahead. When are you going to start the task? How much time each day can you put aside to chip away at it? When is it due? All of these things are important factors in ensuring you succeed and stop you from getting overwhelmed at the very last minute!
4. Keep healthy
Regular exercise, a balanced diet and adequate sleep are all necessary to keep you healthy. It can be easy to forget to do these things when you have a busy schedule – take care of yourself.
5. Support system
Whether it be your teachers, coach, friends or family, a good support system can help keep you motivated. If you have trouble sticking to a task when you are on your own, having the support of others can keep you on track and make mundane tasks more fun.
On Sale Now!!
Year 4-7 students are thrilled to finally present the wonderfully wild musical comedy ‘Ye-Ha!’
Covid 19 delayed us, with the cast insisting on waiting until 2021 to present this musical in its full laugh-a-minute glory.
Be sure to join us in the Wild West as our crazy Cowboys and Indians challenge stereotypes, in a race to find gold and save the town!
Tickets are on sale now! Please click here.
The Adelaide Holocaust Museum and Andrew Steiner Education Centre and State Library of South Australia
“There is no limit to what you can do. It’s all up to you.” – Andrew Steiner, Holocaust Survivor
This was the message that Mr Steiner left with the Year 12 Modern History students during our recent outing to The Adelaide Holocaust Museum and Andrew Steiner Education Centre on Wednesday 19 May. The excursion allowed the class to peruse the newly opened exhibition, that aims to educate the public of the Holocaust and pay homage to the six million Jews, and other innocent victims, who were persecuted as a result of the atrocities of World War II.
Students had the privilege of spending two hours exploring the displays and studying the walls adorned with artefacts, videos, black and white photographs and more. The group was guided around the museum by volunteers, who answered questions and explained the importance of learning from the past.
The tour concluded with a moving testimony from Mr Steiner, a Holocaust survivor who lost many members of his family before moving to Adelaide in 1948. His message to the students was clear; we must never turn our backs and instead, become a society of ‘upstanders’. He hopes that by understanding the past it can empower students to understand that their actions matter, and that they can make a difference.
Students also had the opportunity to access the State Library of South Australia for extended research on their major Historical Study, whilst also exploring the famous Mortlock Wing for some ‘Harry Potter’ magic. Many thanks to Mr Andrew Penny for accompanying us on this excursion.
Mrs Lauren Griffiths – Senior School Modern History Teacher
A terrific group of Geography students ventured into the Adelaide Hills for an expedition to learn about the impact of natural and human factors on the biodiversity of the Adelaide Hills on Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 May. Students studied the impact of fire on Roachdale Nature Reserve which has never been grazed by sheep. The unique remnant plant community is very different to other parts of the Adelaide Hills and is one of the refuges for the Long Leaf Box Eucalypt communities. Williamstown Bakery then provided a delicious break. After lunch, we went to Anstey Hill, testing two hypotheses related to the impact of Aspect and Edge effects on biodiversity. Students developed a range of fieldwork skills including manipulating transects and quadrats. On the way to Nunyara, students enjoyed an ice-cream break and opportunity to relax at Campbelltown. An excellent dinner was followed by games in the evening at Nunyara with a number of the boys displaying considerable skill at Table Tennis.
The next day we visited Morialta Conservation Park considering the impact of aspect and climatic climax and disclimax communities. Students considered the adaptations of several native plants including Sheoaks and Xanthorra to protect them from predators. The impact of altitude on plant communities was considered at Mt Lofty Summit as well as a stunning view across the Adelaide plain. Not a puff of wind at the summit on Wednesday provided a glimpse of the unique climatic conditions that can be found in the Adelaide Hills. Finally, the students enjoyed lunch and spending time interacting with native animals in Cleland.
Mr Andrew Penny – Learning Area Coordinator, Humanities
When Year 10s arrived at Loch Luna Game Reserve on the River Murray in the afternoon of Wednesday 12 May, they were greeted by superb weather and a surprisingly hot sun that had the students searching for sunscreen. Packing three days’ worth of clothes, food and water into four dry bags delivered the first challenge, but spirits were high as they hit the glassy water. The first night was clear, with a stunning sky full of stars, and campfires for both groups provided the perfect camp setting.
The beginning of Day 2 was once again glorious, but the wind soon picked up and the clouds came over. Luckily the rain was only light and scarce. The choppy water and wind made paddling much more of a challenge. Despite proclamations from some that they couldn’t possibly paddle one more stroke and they were ready to go home, the change of activity on the day sparked renewed enthusiasm. It was wonderful to witness the teamwork in play as the students constructed sturdy rafts. And the speed with which they packed up their tents and were on the water on the final morning was incredible.
An exhausted bunch of students somehow found the energy to run around at the playground in Waikerie on the trip home and they undoubtedly were happy to get home to a warm shower and comfortable bed after two nights of ‘roughing it.’
Mrs Bronwyn Dutch
The Year 10 production is the first drama performance for the year. It has been wonderful to have live theatre happening again after a very different 2020 which resulted in many productions going virtual.
On Wednesday 19 May, the Year 10 Drama class performed their group production of ‘the stage play Clue’.
Based on the iconic 1985 Paramount movie which was inspired by the classic Hasbro board game, Clue is a hilarious farce-meets-murder mystery. The tale begins at a remote mansion, where six mysterious guests assemble for an unusual dinner party where murder and blackmail are on the menu. When their host turns up dead, they all become suspects. Led by Wadsworth – the butler, Miss Scarlett, Professor Plum, Mrs White, Mr Green, Mrs Peacock and Colonel Mustard race to find the killer as the body count stacks up. Clue is the comedy whodunit that will leave both cult-fans and newcomers in stitches as they try to figure out…WHO did it, WHERE, and with WHAT!
Performing live in front of an audience can be challenging and throughout the rehearsal process students learned the importance of collaboration and working together as an ensemble, developing their own theatre company – Tadah! Theatre Productions.
This involved students undertaking the dramatic roles of sound and lighting designers and on-stage acting roles. They developed their own company mission statement:
Tadah! Theatre productions creates fun, vibrant and interactive theatre performances. We use comedy as a tool to create moments of happiness and entertain audiences.
Through live performance in front of an audience, Year 10s have further developed dramatic skills and techniques including exploring Lecoq’s ‘7 levels of tension’ which help actors to transition into different emotions and physicality, farce-ridiculous plots, exaggerated and improbable events and McCarthyism – the practice of making accusations of subversion or treason.
Mrs Rebecca Williams – Drama Teacher
On Tuesday 18 May, Pedare’s Year 9 leaders travelled to St Peter’s Cathedral to take part in the Annual Combined Anglican Schools Service.
The theme of the service was Reconciliation, as we move into National Reconciliation week. Students explored how we can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia by engaging in a variety of workshops conducted by Chaplains from the Anglican Schools. It was in these workshops where they connected with other students from various Anglican Schools across South Australia. This was a unique experience as our leaders also discovered the incredible history and architecture of the Cathedral.
Dear Parents, Staff and Caregivers of the students of Pedare,
My name is Alicia Nitschke, and I am a student in Year 9 at Pedare, this year I am doing Community Project.
For my Community Project, I have decided to create awareness for The Women’s and Children’s Hospital. I am sure that most of you have heard of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital and may have even been there before, but recently they have had to give away multiple toys to the children who have entered the hospital because they haven’t been able to clean or sanitize them. Having to buy toys for the patients to play with may seem like it could be cheap, but many patients visit the hospital, sometimes even daily.
The Women’s and Children’s Hospital would love to have people donate toys and equipment that the children can play with and use.
These may include:
For further information about what you can and can’t donate, please look at these 2 websites:
One of the main reasons that I want to create awareness about donating toys and equipment to the hospital is because someone I know has been to the hospital and had to take the toys home because of COVID-19. He went to the hospital to get some treatment but had to take a packet of Uno cards with him because they were not able to sanitize each card. This could start to affect the patients at the hospital, because the Women’s and Children’s hospital has many patients, for appointments, ER, ICU, Fracture Clinics and others. If the patients are taking toys home with them, the hospital will need to spend money on buying more. This money could be used for equipment, such as medicine and bedding.
Year 7 Da Vinci Decathlon Team
Year 6 Da Vinci Decathlon Team
Pedare was fortunate to again enter Year 6 and 7 teams in the Da Vinci Decathlon this year on Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 19 May. Held at St Peter’s Girls’ School, the Decathlon is a day of intense intellectual enrichment, with students from schools across Adelaide competing in teams of 8 across 10 disciplines including Mathematics & Chess, Science, Engineering, Art & Poetry, Codebreaking, and others. Despite the tasks being very challenging and the teams being disadvantaged by both being one student down, both teams maintained positive attitudes and showed persistence, resilience and teamwork, and were excellent representatives of Pedare.
The Year 7 team placed 3rd in 2 disciplines – Creative Producers and Art & Poetry – which is one of our best results as a College over the many years we have participated. I commend all students on their participation and encourage all students who enjoy a rigorous intellectual challenge to consider signing up in 2022.
Ms Rachael Young – Year 7 Teacher
Year 7 Engineering – Award winning ‘A Zombie-themed Mini Golf Hole’
In Week 3 and 4, Year 2 and Year 4 students buddied up for an excursion to Cobbler Creek to learn about the importance of native gardens. Shanelle Palmer from The Bush Classroom led students on a guided walk through the native garden that has been set up by a volunteer organisation, Friends of Cobbler Creek.
Shanelle has a wealth of knowledge about the local flora and fauna of Golden Grove and our students were captivated by the insects and bird life they were able to observe.
These students will now use this knowledge to design and plant out a native garden here at Pedare.
Mrs Rebecca Andary – Year 4 Teacher
On Thursday 13 May, the Year 1 classes went to Urrbrae Agricultural High School to visit the Urrbrae Farm Trail.
Students have been inquiring into where food comes from and the farm visit further enriched their learning and understanding. The farm trail was led by Urrbrae Year 10 students and offered Year 1 students an opportunity to engage in authentic, hands on activities to do with farming and food production.
The students had a rewarding and exciting day.
Here are some student comments:
Mrs Sharon Booth and Mrs Liz Morgan – Year 1 Teachers
2021 National Simultaneous Storytime
What fun to have the book Give me some Space by Philip Bunting read to us from the International Space Station by Dr Shannon Walker (wife of our own Andy Thomas). On Wednesday 19 May, Dr Walker read beautifully to Junior School students who were very impressed by the included animations.
Did you know that the highest mountain on Mars, Olympus Mons is 26 km high and that the earth spins 30 Km per second on its axis?
Mrs Liz Denton-Brown – Teacher, Librarian
Congratulations to Alex Smith, Year 10, who competed in the School Sport Cycling, held at Victoria Park Criterium Circuit on Tuesday 4 May. Racing began with a 10Km individual Time Trial, used to grade riders according to capability rather than simply using age groups. Alex rode well to qualify 9th and was included in the A Grade group, made up of U17 and U19 riders.
The first group race was a points format, requiring riders to sprint for points every second lap. Alex rode well, and was in the lead group, but was unable to follow the sole rider who broke away to win with 2 laps remaining.
The day finished with a Criterium in which it was clear that many of the competitors were very tired after a full day of racing. The pace was slow until once again, with about 4 laps to go, as group of three riders attacked. Alex remained with the main group and they successfully caught two of the three, with this race going to the same winner as the previous two.
A safe and enjoyable day racing, but unfortunately no podium medals this time.
Congratulations to Josh Rocca, Year 11, on receiving a 1st placing in Level 7 Tumbling at the Australian Gymnastics Championships held on the Gold Coast in Queensland from 12-17 May.
Well done Josh on your achievement.
Extra-Curricular Sports feature articles and results below:
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.
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 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. 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 https://www.ttguc.org.au/
St Mark’s Anglican Church currently have a 9:00 am traditional service. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 https://www.stmarksgoldengrove.org.au/ or visit their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/stmarksgoldengrove.org.au
Golden Grove Uniting Church, corning of Crouch and One Tree Hill Road, Golden Grove, has a traditional service at 10:00am on a Sunday morning. Also, on the second and fourth Sunday of the month, we have a cafe style church, which is a relaxed contemporary worship service at 6:00pm in the Church hall.
On a Friday morning for parents/carers and children from birth to 5 years we have a mainly music programme starting at 9:30am. This is a fun, interactive 30-minute music session followed by morning tea and free play.