Pedare - The Vine Newsletter Issue 7 for 2024

The Vine Issue 7 – 2024

May 24, 2024
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Mr James Tamblyn


Last week, we celebrated Pentecost Sunday, which falls on the seventh Sunday after Easter and marks the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the followers of Jesus, signifying the beginning of the Christian church’s mission to the world. Love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness and faith are among the fruits of the Holy Spirit. Christians believe that it is through these virtues that we experience God’s daily presence in our lives.

It is an ongoing commitment to these values which underpins our College community. We speak often at Pedare about how many things matter, but nothing is more important than the way we treat each other and the quality of relationships we aspire to develop. These gifts and values are what we celebrate and give thanks for at Pentecost. I commend our students for the way they continue to care for and respect each other, and the work of staff and families in modelling and encouraging these behaviours.

‘A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you,’ says the Lord God; ‘I will put my spirit within you and you shall live.’

Ezekiel 36:26; 37:14

It was a pleasure to officially welcome our 2024 Reception students to the College at the Reception Commencement Service last Friday. These students have made a very positive start to their school journey, and it was wonderful to have so many families and friends in attendance to share the celebration. My thanks to Reception teachers Mrs Rachel Watts and Mr Chris O’Brien, and their teams, for their incredible support of our youngest students daily and their work to ensure such a beautiful service. We look forward to sharing the journey with our Reception students and their families over the next thirteen years.

Reception Commencement Service – Friday, 17 May

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is celebrated in Australia every year from 27 May – 3 June. ‘NRW is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.’ (NRW, 2024) This year’s theme, ‘Now More Than Ever,’ is a reminder to all of us that no matter what, the fight for justice and the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will – and must – continue.

Students and staff across the College will be involved in a range of NRW activities. My thanks to our Reconciliation Action Plan working group and all staff involved in facilitating activities to deepen our students’ understanding of our shared past and our responsibilities in ensuring a just and equitable future for all.


Mrs Mandy Hore


Reception Commencement Service

There’s only one you!

One of the most heart-warming occasions on the annual College calendar is the Reception Commencement Service. Supported by their Year 12 buddies, our 2024 Reception cohort was officially welcomed to the College last week.

Reception students have made a wonderful start to their school life, and we are already very impressed by the kind, caring and courageous learners they are.

During the service, each student was reminded that they are unique and that many wonderful, magical experiences lie ahead. There will be new people to meet, friends to make, games to play and places to explore. There will be stories to hear and tell, artworks to create and puzzles to solve.

There will be days of smooth sailing and others that are blustery. While each person’s journey will look different, what will remain constant is the support all students can expect and the commitment to providing a learning environment that is challenging and personalised, caring and nurturing. Our priority is to encourage each student to be the best version of themselves. That includes being a good person, as what matters most is who they are, how they treat others and choosing to do what they know is right.

The service closed with a presentation to the 2024 Reception cohort of a mandarin tree, which we will nurture, care for and look after alongside these special young learners as they both grow, flourish and bear fruit over the next 13 years.

Reception Commencement Service – Friday, 17 May

National Reconciliation Week

This year’s theme, ‘Now More Than Ever,’ is a reminder to all of us that no matter what, justice and the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continue.

Celebrating and acknowledging NRW has become an integral part of the Pedare calendar and we look forward to doing this.

Many activities are planned, including a Welcome to Country on Monday afternoon facilitated by Elaine Magias, art activities and a visit by Ngarrindjeri Elder, Mark Kalmootrie. Junior School students have also been busy making loom bands which will be sent to a community in the Aṉangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) lands.

We will also support the Crows Foundation and AFLW by collecting worn jumpers and more.

I look forward to sharing our week’s activities and photos of our events with you in the next Vine.

Loom Band Making – Friday, 17 May

Petworth News

I am delighted to announce that after consultation with students, staff and our community, it has been decided that Petworth are the Panthers. We look forward to sharing an image of Petworth’s logo, motto and a new banner design in the coming weeks.

Go Petworth Panthers!


Mrs Eliza Buckoke


As we continue our journey through this term, I am delighted to share some of the exciting activities and initiatives that our students have been involved in.

We were proud to have some of our Middle School students contributing to the Anglican Schools Cup sporting teams who competed at Pulteney Grammar School in Week 2. Well done to all involved!

Last week, Year 9 students dedicated a full day to their Community Project, working diligently to prepare for the presentation evening later this term. It has been wonderful to see the diverse initiatives they have undertaken, all aimed at making a positive difference within our school and the broader community. Their creativity and commitment to these projects are inspiring.

Year 8 students participated in the Amazing Mathematics Race activity this week. This innovative approach to learning allowed students to engage with Mathematics in a fun and interactive way, promoting both teamwork and critical thinking skills.

This week, our College has taken part in the Wellbeing Engagement survey, which is an important initiative aimed at understanding and improving our students’ wellbeing and engagement. The survey gathers students’ views on various aspects of their lives, including social and emotional wellbeing, school relationships, engagement with learning and physical health. By participating in this survey, our students contribute valuable insights that will help enhance the support provided to young people across the state.

We look forward to sharing more updates with you as the term progresses. Thank you for your ongoing support in fostering a vibrant and nurturing learning environment for our students.


Mr Josh Willis


Year 12 Retreat

We are so pleased with the engagement and enthusiasm displayed by our Year 12 cohort during their recent retreat at Nunyara, Belair. This setting provided the perfect backdrop for the students to immerse themselves fully in the retreat’s activities. Throughout the retreat, it was evident that our students wholeheartedly embraced the experience, demonstrating a strong commitment to participating in every aspect of the program. From heartfelt discussions about gratitude to collaborative exercises aimed at fostering resilience and teamwork, the students approached each activity with maturity and enthusiasm. This retreat provided a valuable opportunity for our Year 12s to not only bond with their peers and teachers but also to reflect on their wellbeing, prioritising self-care amid their busy schedules. We are confident that their experiences during this time will have a lasting impact as they navigate the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in the remainder of the year.

Year 12 Retreat, Monday – Tuesday, 20 – 21 May

Year 10 Outdoor Education Experience

Year 10 cohort braved the cold conditions last week during their Outdoor Education Experience on the Limestone Coast. Our Outdoor Education program provides all students the opportunity to understand their responsibility when interacting with the environment while fostering appreciation and respect for the outdoors. This experience not only tested their physical abilities but also encouraged them to step out of their comfort zones and embrace new challenges with enthusiasm. Some highlights included the surfing experience in Robe, where students enjoyed the challenge of catching waves and spending time in the ocean, as well as exploring the Naracoorte Caves, South Australia’s only World Heritage site. We thank our Director of Outdoor Education, Mrs Bronwyn Dutch, for her organisation of this experience and all the teachers who spent time away from their families to facilitate this experience. 

Year 10 Outdoor Education Experience Camp, Tuesday – Friday, 14 – 17 May


Not Alone

In recent years, the survival reality television show ‘Alone’ has attracted many competitors, along with a strong following of viewers. It’s fascinating to observe the practical and psychological strategies employed by those who undertake the challenge. They are without social support networks, home comforts, local shops or services.

It makes for great entertainment, but it’s not the day-to-day reality for most people on the planet. For we are essentially dependent. We do life best as a community, where we can lean on others for the practical, emotional and social support we need to thrive.

The Christian faith not only affirms our need for one another, it highlights our need for God’s care and support as well. The ancient Psalmist wrote, “Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me.” (Psalm 23:4) After His resurrection, and before returning to heaven, Jesus told His disciples, “You can be sure that I am always with you, to the very end.” (Matthew 28:20)

Each year, Christians around the world observe Pentecost Sunday (19th May in 2024), giving thanks for God’s gift of the Holy Spirit to his people. It is the Holy Spirit who brings the presence of Jesus into our hearts, filling us with his peace, love, wisdom and strength. We are never alone. 

Mr John Morton, College Chaplain


National Volunteer Week

It’s National Volunteer Week! This is a wonderful opportunity to express our heartfelt gratitude to all our College volunteers across the Pedare community.

Whether you are part of the Parents & Friends (P&F) Association helping during the Father’s and Mother’s Day Stalls, Sports Day, Carnivals, or you volunteer to help Junior School students practice their reading in the mornings, or you spend time assisting with excursions or coaching our extra-curricular clubs and groups—whatever your role in volunteering, you play an essential part in fostering community connections at our College.

Thank you once again for all that you do.

Click here to learn more about how you can volunteer at Pedare


College Photo Day

MSP Photography will be coming to the College for School Photos on Tuesday 4 June.

Parents should have received an email from MSP with their unique ‘shoot key’ to order photos. Please check your junk/spam if you do not receive your email by Monday 27 May.

  • Use the ‘Shootkey’ provided in the email to order online before the closing date of 11 June 2024.
  • If you have more than 1 child at the school you will also receive a FAMILY shoot key. Use this to order Family/sibling photos.
  • Family/sibling photos must be ordered online before 1pm on Monday 3 June.
  • Your child is not required to hand anything in on photo day.
  • All students will have their photo taken regardless of whether you have ordered a photo.

For enquiries, contact MSP Photography at (08) 8132 1148 or via email at or

Junior School Disco: Save the Date!

The Junior School Disco is scheduled for 14 June 2024! Save the date as it will be a night full of music and fun.

More details will be available soon through the Parents & Friends updates and in the next issue of The Vine.

Middle and Senior School Swimming Carnival

The annual Middle and Senior School Swimming Carnival is next Friday, 31 May. It will be held at the Adelaide Aquatic Centre, North Adelaide. This is always a fun community event on the College calendar involving students from Years 6 – 12.

A reminder to complete your Operoo Consent Form if you haven’t done so already.

Some reminders for the day:

  • Students are asked to arrive at school by 8am.  
  • Students will be transported to and from the Aquatic Centre by bus.
  • Students should wear Community tops with the College PE shorts and appropriate swimwear. Please note: The Aquatic Centre does not allow coloured hair, confetti or crepe paper streamers. 
  • Bathers are to be appropriate for participation in the swimming events; two-piece bathers are ONLY permitted if worn with a rash ves or t-shirt at ALL times. 
  • Students must remember to bring a towel, goggles and a bag for their personal belongings. 
  • Students are to provide their own recess, lunch, snacks and water. Canteen facilities are available at the pool at the student’s own cost. 
  • When not participating in an event, students should be seated in their Community area supporting their Community. 
  • If students need to leave the pool during the day, they must sign out with College administration staff and be accompanied by a parent/caregiver. If your child will leave during the day please ensure you advise via the College Absentees email: before the Carnival.

Students who do not wish to swim, are encouraged to attend and cheer for their Community.

Thanks and Happy Swimming!

Mrs Alana Tronnolone


Australian Gymnastics Championships

Congratulations to Harry C, Oliver C, and Zara R from Year 5 for showcasing their tumbling talents at the Australian Gymnastics Championships on the Gold Coast! This was their first time representing South Australia in gymnastics.

In the competitive Level 5 Tumbling category, Oliver placed 4th and Harry 8th, both making the finals in the Male division. 

We are so proud of the dedication and sportsmanship of these talented students!


National Simultaneous Storytime

Reception – Year 7

National Simultaneous Storytime is an annual event where a picture book, written by an Australian author and illustrator, is read simultaneously in libraries, schools and other places across the country. This year, the book chosen by the Australian Library and Information Association was “Bowerbird Blues,” written and illustrated by Aura Parker. Classes from Reception through to Year 7 enjoyed reading the book along with over 2 million other readers nationwide. Students then had the opportunity to complete activities related to the story, including creating beautiful blue artwork inspired by the book’s stunning illustrations.

Ms Sarah Mossel

Year 3 Zoo Excursion

Year 3

Year 3s travelled to the Adelaide Zoo as part of their ‘Sharing the Planet and Science’ Unit of Inquiry, focusing on animals, the various species and how they survive in their environments. They attended an engaging session in the Education Centre on life-cycles, learning about how animals grow and change throughout their lifetime. Following the session, students had the opportunity to walk around the zoo to view a wide range of animals and their habitats.

Miss Madison Krawczyk & Miss Kayla Gyles

Comments from the Year 3s

“I really enjoyed looking at the animals because they were cute.”

Georgia S

“I enjoyed the tiger getting fed because it was cool.”

Oliver G

“I loved seeing the pandas because they were so cute and fluffy.”

Jaycee Y

“I liked seeing the. monkeys because they did lots of acrobatic moves.”

Tobi B

Year 8 Amazing Mathematics Race

Year 8 Maths

On Tuesday, 21 May, Year 8 students participated in an exhilarating ‘Amazing Maths Race’ incursion, which was filled with teamwork, problem-solving and a lot of fun. Throughout the day, students engaged in solving brain-teasing puzzles and worked collaboratively to tackle various challenges. This exciting event provided a unique opportunity for students to apply their mathematical skills in a dynamic and interactive environment.

By the end of the incursion, students had formed stronger bonds with their peers and gained valuable lessons in teamwork and perseverance. It was wonderful to see the enthusiasm and determination displayed by all participants as they navigated through the race.

Mrs Nicola Fotheringham

Year 9 Community Projects

On Wednesday, 15 May, Year 9 students dedicated an entire day to their Community Projects — a six-month journey focused on investigating and taking action to meet a need within a community. I have been incredibly impressed with the thoughtful and compassionate service the students have undertaken this year and the confidence with which they have stepped out of their comfort zones to make a meaningful impact through their projects.

Just to mention a few examples:

  • Connecting seniors in retirement villages or aged care homes with Junior School students to share stories or letters
  • Making blankets, beanies or toys to donate to children’s hospitals, animal shelters or homeless shelters
  • Creating picture books, recipe books or artworks
  • Volunteering, fundraising or collecting donations for charities such as Backpacks for SA Kids, Landcare, Shoeboxes of Love, RSL or Catherine House

The Community Project teachers and I are looking forward to welcoming families and friends to the Community Project Display Evening in Week 9, on Thursday, 27 June, from 6 – 7.30pm in Mallee. All Year 9 students will have the opportunity to display and share their journey through this significant project.

Ms Sarah Mossel

Year 12 English Theatre Excursion

Year 12 English

Year 12 English students had the opportunity to attend a State Theatre performance of ‘Symphonie of the Bicycle’ at the Space Theatre on Thursday, 16 May.

Students were thoroughly engaged in the performance which was both comedic and emotive, following the stories of everyday Aussie, Hew and Italian cycling legend Gino Bartali. This was a fantastic opportunity for students to engage with a literary text outside of the classroom, and they will reflect on the play and its features for a summative assessment.

Mrs Sarah Bloomfield



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.

Senior School Anglican Cup

The Senior School Anglican Cup in Week 2 was highly competitive and filled with a positive atmosphere. Despite finishing 4th overall, there were many standout moments that deserve recognition.

Our boys secured the overall victory in soccer with two draws and a win. The basketball boys dominated all three games, with Dylan SB (Year 12) earning the prestigious Fair Play Award for outstanding sportsmanship. Our basketball girls performed admirably, winning two out of three games, even facing back-to-back matches against the winning team. In table tennis, Pedare finished 2nd.

A special mention goes to Leo S (Year 9), who played as goalie for hockey and delivered an outstanding performance, earning him the second spot for MVP.

Well done to all the students and staff involved!

Year 9/10 Boys and Girls Knockout Volleyball

In an exhilarating season for Pedare’s Year 9/10 volleyball teams, the Boys’ squad showcased exceptional teamwork and skill, winning the majority of their matches. Despite their outstanding performance, they narrowly missed first place, highlighting the fierce competition in the tournament. Meanwhile, the Pedare Girls displayed unwavering determination, winning at least one set in every game, even though they didn’t secure overall victories. Their resilience and sportsmanship were commendable, contributing significantly to the team’s success. Congratulations to both teams on a day filled with grit and perseverance!

Mrs Alana Tronnolone




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.

On Sundays, we meet at the church at 8.30 am, 10.00 am and 6.00 pm. If you want to discover what the bible says Christianity is all about, join one of the numerous weekly bible discussion groups, or want to find out about our Kids Club (R-6) from 3:30-5pm and Youth group (Y7-12) from 7-9pm that both operate on a weekly basis during school terms.

Please visit our website ( or contact Rick Maude at for details.




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: