Mr James Tamblyn
My thanks to all staff, students and families who have contributed to National Reconciliation Week activities at the College. National Reconciliation Week takes place every year from 27 May to 3 June to celebrate and build on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians.
Immediately preceding National Reconciliation Week each year is National Sorry Day, which remembers the mistreatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people when Indigenous children were forcibly removed from their families to be ‘assimilated’ into white Australian culture. This day was first observed in 1998.
On 13 February 2008, Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd presented an apology to Indigenous Australians. This apology was widely applauded among both Indigenous Australians and the non-indigenous general public. This first part of this apology speech read as follows:
That today we honour the Indigenous peoples of this land, the oldest continuing cultures in human history.
We reflect on their past mistreatment.
We reflect in particular on the mistreatment of those who were Stolen Generations – this blemished chapter in our nation’s history.
The time has now come for the nation to turn a new page in Australia’s history by righting the wrongs of the past and so moving forward with confidence to the future.
We apologise for the laws and policies of successive Parliaments and governments that have inflicted profound grief, suffering and loss on these our fellow Australians.
We apologise especially for the removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families, their communities and their country.
As we continue on our reconciliation journey I encourage you all to reflect again on this year’s National Reconciliation Week theme, More than a word. Reconciliation takes action, and our call to play our part in collectively building relationships and communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories, cultures and futures.
Mr Andrew Whiteman
“Failure is an important part of your growth and developing resilience. Don’t be afraid to fail.” – Michelle Obama
As Senior School students move towards their final assessment pieces for Semester One, we are reminded that being resilient is an important quality for success. We are continuing to work with all students and encourage them to always put in their best effort. Equally important is the fact that when results don’t go as planned, that students are able to learn and improve before their next assessment. Resilience is not something that comes easy to all students, and I particularly like the quote above that states that resilience is important on the path to success. Getting a low grade, missing out on a job, losing a football match are all hard to fathom for young people but if we can help them learn from their experience they will be better prepared for their future.
In preparation for life after school we are introducing the Senior School Independent Learning Day. This day will give students the time that they need to complete assignments, study for upcoming tests and plan out their personal preparations for the examinations ahead. Through COVID and since, students have continually asked for more time to do their own work and we have decided to provide them with this. In life after school, students will need to become expert at prioritising their time, to be self-motivated, critical and creative thinkers. We believe that providing this environment to our Senior students in a supervised manner will give them the tools they need to be successful in the future. We look forward to students’ feedback on this day and offering this again in the future.
Congratulations to the Stage 2 Drama class who performed their play ‘Wondered’ on Wednesday night. This interesting take on ‘Alice in Wonderland’ was captivating and showed off the many talents of the students in this class. Congratulations to director Rebecca Williams and we look forward to many more exciting drama performances.
On Tuesday this week our Year 10,11 and 12 students had the opportunity to attend the One+ Career’s Expo. There was a great number and variety of possible career options for students to explore and gather valuable information about. Aviation, Engineering, University entrance, Hairdressing and the Army were just some of the future pathway options in attendance. Early in Term 3, Senior Students will have the opportunity to choose their subjects for the coming years and the expo was the very first opportunity for some of our students to think ahead. More information will follow closer to the parent evenings and course counselling sessions that will be held in Term 3.
Mrs Lauren Brooks
Archaeological Dig Day
Earlier this week, all of our Year 7 students engaged in an archaeological dig to excavate the site and interrogate the artifacts found. It was a wonderful example of our approach to authentic learning experiences, with global thinking and possibilities, throughout our local Pedare learning tasks. Thank you to our Year 7 team for organising such an engaging learning experience for our students.
It has been a busy term in our Spark lessons. Students have been engaging in a range of electives to promote creative and critical thinking and become leaders of their own learning.
In Year 8 Spark, students have been exploring the conditions that set us up for happiness. Their task is to unpack the current research and evidence available, and choose from a list of provocations from which they will find a theme to elaborate further. Students then collaborate to build a resource that will be presented and shared to the school community, to promote happiness and positive wellbeing.
In Year 6 Spark the theme was “create”. Students were given the opportunity to elect their preference in the following four areas: Dance Routine, Drama Performance, Makey Makey or Anime Draw. Once their top two preferences were collected, students were organised into four groups according to their interest and asked to simply create. It was an inventive and imaginative opportunity that allowed students to build new friendships, connections and learn skills that sit outside of our normal learning disciplines.
Year 9 Community Project
Our Year 9 students are continuing their efforts with the culminating project of their IB MYP journey, the Year 9 Community Project.
After having completed sophisticated investigating which led them to accomplishing a high level of research, the students established a proposal during the planning phase. All students are currently completing their action, where they are required to service a need within a community. Many of the students are working diligently on this task and are excited to share their finished Projects at the Display Evening on the 24th of June.
We are looking forward to welcoming all of our Year 9 students and parents to this Display Evening to celebrate the significant and culminating learning task from the IB MYP journey.
Mr Randall Pearce
On Friday May 28, we welcomed 20 new faces to the Junior School, our Mid-Year Reception children. They have started their transition to full time school, which will see three half-day visits and two full-day visits before they start with us at the beginning of Term 3.
These children certainly come with energy to burn and a thirst for knowledge and understanding. I am very proud of this program within the Junior School and have seen the program develop over the years. I have seen how the Mid-Year Reception program has supported children and their families who have just missed the cut off date to start school in January and provide both a nurturing and academic program utilising the Australian Curriculum.
I am very happy that both Mrs Rikki Hendry and Mrs Alice Dunstone have accepted the role within the school to be our shared Mid-Year Reception teachers.
Looking forward to getting to know these Mid-Year Reception children and seeing their little red hats amongst us in the yard again.
National Reconciliation Week / Year 5 Assembly
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Reconciliation Australia. May 27 to June 3 reflects the key dates of the 1967 Referendum (27 May) and the High Court Mabo decision (3 June).
During the Year 5 Assembly the three classes shared their current unit of inquiry ‘Sharing the Planet’. The Year 5 students have spent the last couple of weeks learning about Indigenous cultures, with a focus on understanding the key aspects of culture (both visible and invisible), Indigenous languages, agriculture, and Indigenous Astronomy.
Year 5 students have learnt more about first contact between the Indigenous Australians and the Europeans. Students have participated in a cultural simulation task to experience a taste of the misunderstanding and conflict that can arise when different cultures meet without gaining an understanding of each other’s perspectives.
During Art lessons, students have created a piece of work that reflects the conflict between the traditional owners of this land and the European ‘settlers’, as they learn about the ongoing ripple effect of the arrival of the British and their treatment of both the environment and the First Nations peoples.
Such learning has led the Year 5 students to explore more recent history including discrimination towards Indigenous Australians in its many forms. Students considered the key dates that bookend Reconciliation Week, investigating the 1967 Referendum, Sorry Day, the Stolen Generation, as well as introducing Mabo Day and the treatment of Indigenous Australians with regards to landownership.
Structuring and timing this learning, helps our students to consider what action they are undertaking to help us as a class, school, community and nation move towards Reconciliation.
Great Work Year 5 Team!
A reminder to families that students are not able to use or access their mobile phone during the school day (including recess or lunch time).
Since we have introduced this policy, we have been encouraged by the strong focus on learning throughout the day and seen an increase in positive social interactions and physical activity at recess and lunch. Students have adapted to this change well and we appreciate our community for their ongoing support.
We specifically request the support of parents/caregivers to not call, text message or email students during the day. If there is an urgent reason or an emergency and you need to contact your child, please contact the College Office on 8280 1700 and staff will pass on a message.
We will also be reminding students next week of their email use, and ask that students are not emailing parents or friends throughout the day.
Both emailing and texting creates disruptions to the learning environment.
If students need to contact a parent urgently during the school day, they can go to the front office and make a phone call from there. Furthermore, we ask that messages from parents, to students, are limited to emergency situations only. Classrooms do not have telephones and it can disrupt learning to interrupt a class to pass on a message to a student.
If students are unwell, they should attend the Health Centre to be assessed by the College Nurse, who will contact parents/caregivers if the student needs to go home.
The start of winter often signals cold days where it can be hard to be motivated and get going.
It is important to practise self-care and kindness during these times as this will help to bring a positive aspect back to your life.
The words to the ‘Every Day To-Do List’ are a simple example of one way we guide ourselves on this path every day.
Your Wellbeing Team
What a pleasure it was to witness the induction of twenty-five students into the Pedare Pride Cubs Club last Thursday! These amazingly talented and caring students from Years 2-6 have chosen to become junior Lions Club members (Cubs). This club is one of the school’s extra-curricular activities on offer for the first time this year.
This special ceremony was held in the Wattle Centre, and was attended by College staff, Lions Club members and parents. The proceedings were led by emcee Lion Andrew Stacey, a member of The City of Adelaide Lions Club. College Principal Mr James Tamblyn spoke about the school’s strategic directions, which include compassionate service to others. Head of Junior School, Mr Randall Pearce, reminded the audience about the value of serving others, while Lions C1 District Governor Tony Pederick OAM mentioned some of the important projects led by Lion’s members across the world.
Year 6 student Indiana Stacey spoke about how she envisioned the concept of the Cubs Clubs with the support of her family members, who are all dedicated Lions. She also explained how they developed a successful program.
There was great excitement when it was time to reveal the names of the inaugural President and Vice President. Thirteen of the members had vied for these positions by delivering speeches at our last meeting. In a tight contest, Jayden (Year 5) won the role of President and Alice (Year 3) was elected as Vice-President.
Please click here to read more on this very exciting program.
Ye-Ha! The Musical opens in less than two weeks and tickets are selling fast! Guaranteed to provide a great evening of entertainment with plenty of laughs, heartfelt messages, witty comedy, and ridiculously catchy tunes. Ye-Ha! The Musical is the perfect evening out for all ages, so be sure to bring your family and friends along!
The Musical will be held at the Golden Grove Arts Centre on Thursday 17 June 1:00pm & 7:00pm and Friday 18 June 7:00pm. Tickets are on sale now! Please click here to book.
Please note: When ordering tickets on your phone, be sure to enter the number of tickets required, so that you are able to see the extra side seating available. The centre section is almost sold out; however, side seats are still available if you get in quick!
Devon Clothing advises the Golden Grove Campus Uniform Shop will be closed on Saturday 5 June 2021.
The Devon Clothing Uniform Shop at Modbury will be open at:
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Monday to Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm & Saturday 10:00am – 1:00pm
Closed Sundays and Public Holidays
The next Saturday Golden Grove Campus Uniform Shop will be open is 19 June 9:00am – 12:00pm
On Friday 22 May, our Year 12 Essential English class attended a Live Theatre Production of ‘Creation Creation’ at the Space Theatre. This was a ‘documentary theatre’ style production that featured some of life’s biggest questions, and explored answers given by people in the community from the ages of 8 to 102!
Our students’ aim was to review the play and assess its appropriateness for the target audience. It was a unique and enjoyable experience, and it delighted its audience with its creativity, dance, colour, puppetry and a visually dramatic experience of being sucked into a black hole!
Mrs Sarah Bloomfield – Learning Area Coordinator, English
On Wednesday 3 June, the Stage Two Drama students performed their Group Production of ‘Wondered’.
…It’s been many years since Alice returned to Wonderland and Hatter is growing impatient. He’s planned an elaborate tea party, sent out invites and she’s running late – again. Nervously awaiting her arrival, Hatter plans an event unlike any before. He needs to speak to Alice and ensure that this will be her last trip back to Wonderland.
Throughout the course of the semester, students collaborated to develop their dramatic theatre company learning how to think and act as artists and develop as cultural leaders and creative entrepreneurs. They adopted individual roles as actors and designers and developed their theatre company mission statement: “Transcendent Theatre Company has a focus on psychological drama. We pushed boundaries to challenge the audience’s views and attitudes. Through our use of creative storytelling and technology, we conveyed our message and encouraged the audience to think philosophically about the morals and social standards of theatre and our society.”
As they say in the theatre, ‘The show must go on’. The students overcame many challenging circumstances and last-minute casting changes, demonstrating their persistence and resilience to ensure the production proceeded. Together students developed a wonderful set design with a Gothic-Victorian style that translated through to the costumes, props, sound and lighting design.
“I am very grateful to be able to participate in a Year 12 class as a Year 11. It is wonderful that the class consists of like-minded people who enjoy acting as much as I do. After enduring all the challenges while rehearsing this performance I have learnt to now expect the unexpected as anything can happen. It is important to collaborate as a team and stay positive and confident under any circumstance.” – Thomas
It is often during the most testing times that we truly understand the strength of our own character. Lastly, to finish with a quote from the wonderful Lewis Carroll:
Ms Rebecca Williams – Drama Teacher
In late 2020, Mr Randall Pearce approached me about the possibility of my Woodwork students helping the Junior School to build some Billycarts for the Year 4 camp that is held onsite each year. As part of the camp, Year 4s would be given the task of assembling the Billycarts with the reward of have a mini race later in the evening.
I agreed and set about designing a Billycart for the Year 4s to use and for the Year 11 Furniture class to construct. Mr Pearce supplied me with photos of the Billycarts they had hired in the past, and with some investigation online on DIY Billycart websites, I set about designing the basic frame of the Billycarts on CAD Software (Computer Aided Design) called Autodesk Inventor. From here we were able to cost out the project and start to plan for the build in early 2021.
My class of 10 Year 11 students set about manufacturing the Billycarts during Term 1. We went about building five Billycarts, one for each of the College’s communities, Blue for Surrey, Green for Edergreen, Yellow for Brooklyn, Red for Hillcott, and Purple for Greenwith. Everyone involved learned a lot throughout the process and had a great deal of fun in their construction. The Year 11 students took great delight in testing them before they were handed over to the Junior School, which also was good for finding any construction issues with the individual Billycarts.
On Wednesday 19 May, we held the official handover of the Billycarts where the entire Year 4 cohort met with the Year 11 Woodwork class, Mr Pearce and Mr Tamblyn. Not only did the Year 11 students learn some valuable skills in manufacturing the Billycarts but the Year 4s will now have a great education tool to use this year and in years to come.
I would like to thank the Year 11 class for their enthusiasm and the hard work they put into this project. This has inspired some Junior School students to the possibilities available to them in their future learning and has also helped foster the great community we have here at Pedare.
Mr James Walsh – Design Technology Teacher
On Friday 21 May, the Year 11 Ancient Studies students undertook a simulated archaeological excavation. This was part of their skills and applications component of the SACE curriculum; understanding ancient history. By participating in the simulated excavation students were able to gain a practical understanding of archaeological methodology, such as the excavation processes of recovering, collecting and recording information.
Students demonstrated a horizontal exposure site with a datum point located at the top of the exposure with vertical string. They then recorded grid square reference locations of the “Pedare skeleton” that was the focus of the excavation.
This was a really enjoyable activity for the class, and we were lucky to have a perfectly sunny day for our dig. Special thanks to Mr Mat Franks who buried our “Pedare skeleton” in preparation for the excavation.
Mrs Kelli Shephard – Senior History Teacher
On Wednesday 26 May, it was wonderful to see ten of Pedare’s Old Scholars returned to the College to visit our Year 10 students to share their journeys on choosing a career. Some of the career paths our old scholars spoke to students about were; physiotherapy, medicine, teaching, defence service, engineering, policing, psychology, IT and Youth Work (Indigenous), Digital Campaign managing, electrical trade and real estate.
This is an annual event for Year 10 students which gives them insights and helps to open up ideas as to what direction they may want to take once they have completed their senior schooling.
On Tuesday 25 May, Year 10s had the opportunity to visit the One+ Career Expo to talk to a number of people with various occupations about careers, and how to select the right pathway so their goals can be achieved.
Some student comment:
On the day, we were very lucky to be joined by Cameron McViar, a Masters student from Flinders University, who assisted our keen Archaeologists through the challenges of the dig. Cameron was a real archaeologist, and before the dig started, we were allowed to ask a few questions about his work. The day was broken down into three sections: The setup, The dig, and the Analysis. To start with we were tasked with the setup of the dig, which included mapping out the site, setting up coordinates, and beginning to layout the infamous museum of cool and “definitely real things”, which was where our Artefacts were displayed.
In the middle of the day, the dig commenced. Students were assigned various roles, including diggers, mappers, cataloguers and cleaners. All of the roles had equal responsibility, and only with them all working together could we manage the dig in its entirety.After a hard time digging and unearthing equally fascinating items, we moved on to the last section, the source analysis. This section incorporated students completing a detailed analysis of the items identifying how they fit into the Ancient Pedarian Civilisation. This was a great experience for the Year 7 cohort, as we got to experience the work of an archaeologist by doing it ourselves. We built our collaboration and critical thinking skills in an engaging experience.
Ojus Thakur and Oscar Elding – Year 7 News Team
In Year 5 students have been investigating National Sorry Day, and learning about some of the reasons a formal apology was made to our First Nations Peoples. They created a hand to represent their sorrow for the negative experiences of our First Nations People that have affected their culture and identity. By adding a hand to this collaborative art installation Year 5 students are expressing gratitude that a formal apology has been made, and a desire to keep working together on the journey towards Reconciliation.
Mr Andy Peartree & Ms Marika Brown – Year 5 Teachers
In Year 4 we have been looking at Reconciliation all year. We have been learning Kaurna phrases, have started the process of writing a class Acknowledgement of Country, explored the significance and importance of National Sorry Day and just this week unpacked Reconciliation. We finished the week with an artwork. We decided to add the catch phrase “we all stand together.”
Mrs Rebecca Andary & Ms Simara Conroy – Year 4 Teachers
To celebrate Reconciliation Week, Year 3 students participated in a music and song writing workshop run by Relationships Australia and local Musician, Hannah Yates. The students were asked to brainstorm and discuss what Reconciliation means and why it is so important, focusing on the theme ‘More than a word’. They were then able to use their ideas to write lyrics for a song. We appreciate the opportunity to work with Hannah and the team from Relationships Australia and the invaluable experience and insight Hannah was able to contribute to the day. We look forward to practicing this special song and sharing our message with the wider community.
Ms Millie Noblett & Ms Rebecca Wallace – Year 3 Teachers
Year 2s have also been actively engaged in a number of activities for Reconciliation Week. Some of these activities include; Tuning In – Sharing what students know about the topic Reconciliation TAP; Finding Out – Collecting new information; Sorting Out – paper bag puppets and puppet plays about Message Stick stories; Going Further – Investigation using books about Dreamtime stories, Uupababa series and more; Reflection – Students record their new learning on a cut out boomerang shape; Action – Students discuss how to take action for the future.
Mrs Ailsa Burne & Ms Rachael Torbet – Year 2 Teachers
On Wednesday 26 May, the Junior School opened its classrooms for parents, grandparents and caregivers so students could share their learning with them. Junior School students always enjoy this event as they are so eager to share all aspects of their learning with families. This also gives a great insight into their child’s life whilst they are at school.
So much learning takes place throughout the school year, with students gaining academic knowledge, as well as working collaboratively as a group within the classroom environment, which is also a very important part of their growth and wellbeing. It is always wonderful to see so many of our parents take the time to come to this event.
On Friday 21 May, students enjoyed a night of dancing and singing at the much-anticipated Junior School Disco hosted by the Parents & Friends Association. Disco party entertainer ‘Bop Til You Drop’ kept the children moving with well-known dance beats such as, the Macarena and a Conga line, not to mention that there was more than one teacher and P&F member joining in with a sing-along of “Let it Go” from Frozen. The silly and smiling faces abounded at the photo booth with some amazing shots. Don’t forget to get your digital downloads of the night.
A great time was had by all, and the wonderful event could not have happened without the amazing support of both staff and P&F members.
Ms Angela Maltby – Parents & Friends Association
Extra-Curricular Sports feature articles and results below:
Wow! What a start to the 2021 Winter Sport season at Pedare!
Student participation in sport has grown off the back of 2020, with Pedare currently fielding 24 teams in weekly competitions; across all sub schools. It is an exciting time for sport and for the opportunities that Pedare students have to practice, play and engage with the variety of physical activities on offer.
While winning isn’t everything, it is always sweet to finish a game ahead on the scoreboard. The elation that players feel for all their hard work is worth celebrating. The Middle Boys Soccer team knows this feeling well, so far undefeated this season and often playing with no substitutes. They have progressed so well as a team in a short space of time and showed true spirit in some tough encounters. The Year 6/7 Boys Football team started the season off with a couple of losses but have steadily improved their teamwork and subsequent performances, recording their first win of the season against St Paul’s College. The Sub-Junior 1 Netball team has been leading the Pedare charge in the SADNA competition recording only wins so far this season, an excellent achievement. The Under 9 Pedare Blazers futsal team have recorded score lines consistent with a different sport, currently their team record sits at 16 goals in a game.
Amazing achievements have been seen through not only impressive score lines but also by the sportsmanship that has been demonstrated by Pedare’s young athletes. Notably the Year 7 Red Basketball team who were a part of the game, an opposition player with Cerebal Palsy scored his first ever goal. The team cheered on the player as he made his shot and celebrated afterward. An inspiring sight to see.
So many fantastic achievements so far in the Winter season and we are not even halfway. I look forward to what the second half of the season brings and wish all players the best of luck.
Mr Michael Secomb – Director of Sport
Year 6/7 Boys Football Team with coach Mr Tamblyn
Middle Boys Soccer Team with coach Mr Brain
On the afternoon of Monday 31 May, our Eco Force students joined the Friends of Cobbler Creek Volunteers to work at the Teakle Ruins in Cobbler Creek. The group got very busy with weeding, pruning and clearing areas of dead grass. The positive and can-do attitude of our students and their enthusiasm for being involved in making our world a better place is exemplary and their hard work is really appreciated. It was amazing how good the site looked after all we had done.
Mrs Liz Denton-Brown – Teacher/Librarian
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, corner 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.