Pedare - The Vine Newsletter Issue 8 for 2022

The Vine Issue 8 – 2022

June 10, 2022
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Mr James Tamblyn


Last Sunday, Christians celebrated Pentecost, which falls on the seventh Sunday after Easter and commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the followers of Jesus. It marks the beginning of the Christian Church’s mission to the world. Love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness and faith are amongst the fruits of the Holy Spirit, and 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 often speak at Pedare about how many things matter, but nothing more than how we treat each other and the quality of relationships we aspire to develop. These gifts, these 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. 

One of the great challenges of the past few years, particularly the first half of this year, has been finding joy amidst the burdens imposed by the Pandemic. On Wednesday evening, our Music Department hosted an incredible night of performance, showcasing the talents of our students from Year 2 to Year 12. It was wonderful to have so many students involved and such a large crowd in attendance. Our students were amazing, and I congratulate them all on the evening of entertainment they provided. Thank you also to our team of dedicated music teachers and staff who worked incredibly hard to organise the event and bring so much joy to those in attendance.

We look forward to many more opportunities to come together and celebrate community life in fellowship throughout the second half of the year. 

Year 2-12 Ensemble Music Showcase, 8 June 2022


Mr Andrew Whiteman


Empathy is our ability to put ourselves in the shoes of others to feel and see what they do. We practice this through being kind and compassionate towards other people.

At Pedare, we often talk with our students about being kind to others with the line that ‘kindness costs nothing’. Helping our students to be kind and empathetic to everyone is something that we continually strive to do. Last week was National Reconciliation Week, and the College celebrated this in our Assemblies, Home Groups, Community Lessons and throughout the week in our regular classes. National Reconciliation Week was 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. This year’s theme was ‘Be Brave, Make Change’. Students were asked what change they could make in their lives to bring reconciliation to life. A change in attitudes is never easy, but every change starts with a small step… are we brave enough to make the first small step?

MS SS Assembly, 2 June 2022

The 2022 Middle & Senior School Swimming Carnival was another outstanding day of competition, enjoyment and a very large dose of Community spirit. Surrey was the winner this year after a combination of record-breaking efforts from several very talented swimmers and a high participation rate in all events and novelty races. A true team effort. Brooklyn came a very close second and was close throughout the day. The manner in which the students presented themselves and competed fairly in all the events was a credit to all who attended. Thanks to Mr Secomb, the Community Coordinators, and all the staff for this excellent event’s planning, organisation and running. 

Senior students have received their Semester Two subject selections this week. Some students who may have had a change of heart and are looking at new options are asked to collect a subject change form from the College Office to request any changes. Please do not hesitate to contact me at the College should you have any questions in relation to subject choices.


 Mr Callum Iles


Learning what it is to be human

A few years ago, I read a book about Leonardo da Vinci. Most people know him from his famous, recently cake-smeared painting, the Mona Lisa, but he is far more interesting than just one painting. Da Vinci was a polymath engaged in engineering, science, anatomy, architecture and sculpture; his silverpoint drawings of a horse are incredible. He was someone who was fully engaged with life and with what it means to be human. We can learn a lot from him even to this day.

One of the great parts of leading the Pedare Middle School is interacting with the wonderful young people from Years 6 to 9. Each conversation with these young people is an opportunity to learn more about life through their perspectives and the challenges they experience growing up. It is also a joy to hear about their passions and see that young people of today are so driven by purpose and want to make a difference.

Through implementing the Australian Curriculum and the IB Middle Years Program, students have purposeful, real-world learning at the heart of what they do every day, which is why we see such strong academic results. Such clever, innovative STEM ideas from the Middle School. 

One of the other key elements I enjoy seeing is students respectfully contest ideas. In a polarised world where people stick to their little bubbles of people who agree with them, learning how to interact with people who are different from you or who may hold other ideas is an important life skill. Debating, listening, compassionate curiosity, empathy, and questioning are all skills that students learn to do each day and one that will set students apart in the future. As historic jobs and processes are automated, human elements become more important than ever, and valuing diverse perspectives and contributions is at the heart of it.

These human skills were used in full effect as Years 6, 7 and 9 participated in the Da Vinci Decathlon this week. This competition pits students against each other, participating in 10 different fields and providing students with a broad range of skills and opportunities to shine. Ably led by Mrs Young, our students performed well, with the polymath spirit of Da Vinci being alive and well in the Middle School.

For the most part, students in Middle School conduct themselves wonderfully. They treat each other and their teachers with incredible respect, but they don’t get everything right. But I am beginning to learn that this is actually the point of Middle School. By understanding what is acceptable and where the boundaries lie, students can be guided towards the expected behaviours in school and life, and therefore begin to prepare themselves for the future. As these positive behaviours become habits, students are ready for Senior School, where they will start to prepare for life after school and go on to impact the world. This is the map of human progress, and I feel privileged to be part of a team working with students on that trajectory. It isn’t always easy, but it is part of what it means to be human.

Year 7 students represented Pedare at the Da Vinci Decathlon on 7 June 2022. Students challenged their minds and explored areas of cryptography, coding, engineering and many more.


Mr Randall Pearce


Mid-Year Reception 

Friday, 3 June, we welcomed 20 new faces of our Mid-Year Reception children to the Junior School. They have started their transition to full-time school, which will see three half-day visits and two full-day visits before starting 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 provides both a nurturing and academic program utilising the Australian Curriculum. 

I am very happy that both Ms Jasmine Orlowski and Mrs Talitha Anderson have accepted the role within the school to be our shared Mid-Year Reception teachers.

We look forward to getting to know these Mid-Year Reception children and seeing their little red hats amongst us in the yard again.  



This Monday was really cold; I mean really cold and wet! The playground and oval were closed because we did not want children to get wet and muddy before the school day started. 

Not the ideal start to the week, and I must admit I was feeling a little low. Then not too long after the children had entered the classrooms, I witnessed this most beautiful rainbow.

Rainbows never fail to bring a smile to my face, and seeing one always makes it worth having those rainy days.  

When I see a rainbow, I am reminded of a quote from Richelle E Goodrich;

“Don’t seek to be happy; let everyone else chase after that rainbow.

Seek to be kind, and you’ll find the rainbow follows you.”

This year, the Junior School has started its journey using the URSTRONG program to support children’s learning about friendships. URSTRONG schools are environments where kindness becomes the culture, and I am happy to report that we are seeing wonderful learning and growth in our community.  

This learning will continue as we introduce the URSTRONG program to our parent community with an information session early next term. Here we will be led by a URSTRONG presenter supported by Lyn Davis, Assistant Head of Junior School and Junior School staff, who will share this program and how you as parents can further support this learning at home. So please save the following date Tuesday 9 August, 6.00 – 7.30pm, in the College Chapel. We look forward to seeing you at this event.


Parking at the Junior School Carpark

You may be aware of a recent tragedy at a child-care centre interstate.  To ensure the safety of all, please ensure that you DO NOT park in the designated car parks set aside for the parents of Nido Early School.

These car parks are to allow the children at the child care centre to safely move to and from the car park, which is compromised if parents need to park further away in the Junior School car park. Please click here for a map showing the designated Nido Car Park.

We appreciate your support to ensure the safety of all.

Term Two Casual Day

Next Thursday, 16 June is our Term Two Casual Day – appropriately called, ‘Winter Warmer’ and students can come to school dressed in their warm, cosy tracksuits, jumpers, Ugg boots, pyjamas or onesies. From the suggestions made by our student community, we have decided to support UNICEF Australia with the proceeds from this day. Many of the students suggested causes to support children and UNICEF is the world’s leading organisation working to protect and improve the lives of every child in over 190 countries. 

Donations can again be made using the Qkr! App or cash donations can be handed in at the College Office or Junior School Office during the day.

If your child has a PE lesson next Thursday, please ensure that they have suitable footwear for this.   Thank you in anticipation for your support.

Volunteers for the Golden Grove Cadet Unit

The Golden Grove Army Cadet Unit is looking for enthusiastic adult volunteers!

The Australian Army Cadets is a youth development program which aims to provide young people with opportunities to develop leadership skills and resilience as well as the values of the Australian Defence Force (Service, Courage, Respect, Integrity and Excellence). Army Cadets also have opportunities to participate in military-like activities, teach lessons and learn fieldcraft and ceremonial drill.

As a volunteer, you will be able to support cadets in these activities through assisting in the running of weekly parade nights and bivouacs (camps). You will be able to take on a role that plays to your strengths, such as issuing uniform and equipment, organising activities, developing training programs, completing administration tasks and/or supervising cadet activities.

All adult volunteers will enter as a Defence Approved Helper (DAH). If you decide that you would like to participate in a greater capacity, you can become an Officer of Cadets, joining as a Training Officer of Cadets (TOOC). As an Officer of Cadets, you will be issued a uniform and be eligible for a small renumeration from the Australian Army, at a level dependent on your rank. Greater rank can be achieved through attendance at training courses.

If you are interested in joining or want more information, please have a look at the following links:

Facebook – Search for the Page: 432 Army Cadet Unit – Golden Grove

You can also contact LT(AAC) Ben Foxwell, the Officer Commanding of the 432ACU Golden Grove at

Student Achievement

Congratulations to Josh R, who came second in Level 7 tumbling at the Australian Gymnastics Championships held on the Gold Coast, May 2022. Josh also came fifth in Double-mini and 16th in trampoline, which both are International stream Junior U22. What a fantastic achievement; well done, Josh!

We congratulate our Year 5s, Della M and Ella W, on competing in the SAPSASA Tea Tree Gully District Football Carnival and coming third in Division 1.

Well done, Zoe P, Harnoor T and Charlotte N, for submitting their writing for Oz Kids in Print magazine and were selected for publication in this year’s first edition of the magazine. It’s exciting to be able to see their stories printed in a glossy magazine!

Congratulation to Jack W for winning the U14 Cross Country State Championships at Oakbank today. Jack won the race by two seconds and ran a brilliant race. Bravo, Jack!

Tuesday 7 June saw the conclusion of the Reconciliation Round at SADNA.

The winning team for the matches was awarded the special ball. Pleasingly, our Pedare teams won 6/9 matches for the round, making for some very happy and proud netballers. 

This was just another way that Pedare students were fortunate to delve into Indigenous history and culture in Australia and foster reconciliation.


In this edition of the Vine, we want to get to know more about Mr Jacob, the new Year 7 Coordinator in 2022. He also teaches across Years 9 and 10 Science, Stage 1 Biology and Year 7 Christian Life.



Middle and Senior Schools

On Friday, 3 June, the five Communities of Pedare congregated at the Adelaide Aquatic Centre for the annual Middle and Senior School Swimming Carnival.

Every year, students turn out in an excellent show of participation and support for their communities and peers. Seeing all students push their comfort zones and physical ability to the limit is amazing.

Congratulations to Surrey as the 2022 Champion, wrestling the shield back from Brooklyn. Special thanks to Mr Secomb and all our wonderful staff for their hard work and organisation of this event.

We look forward to the 2023 Swimming Carnival where Brooklyn, Hillcott, Greenwith and Eldergreen will again have a chance to topple Surrey off the top spot.

Thank you to Oscar E, Nathan M and Emily S, who assisted with the photos of the event for The Vine.


Female Fast Five

  1. Emilia B (00:29:46) Greenwith
  2. Caitlyn E (00:29:46) Greenwith
  3. Hana P (00:33:34) Surrey
  4. Tahlia W (00:34:71) Brooklyn
  5. Katarina B (00:42:18) Greenwith

Male Fast Five

  1. Zack P (00:26:50) Surrey
  2. Liam S (00:29:28) Surrey
  3. Teejay B (00:30:02) Surrey
  4. Travis O (00:30:12) Surrey
  5. Alexander S (00:30:25) Surrey

Female Age Champions (best 3 individual events in their age group)

• Under 12 – Siobhan C-B
• Under 13 – Tahlia W
• Under 14 – Emily S
• Under 15 – Emilia B
• Under 16 –  Katarina B
• Open – Caitlyn E

Male Age Champions (best 3 individual events in their age group)

• Under 12 – Daniel C
• Under 13 – Liam S
• Under 14 – Jack W
• Under 15 – Ryan K
• Under 16 – Zack P
• Open – Oscar D

Overall Results

  1. Surrey – 675
  2. Brooklyn – 611
  3. Greenwith – 562
  4. Hillcott – 488
  5. Eldergreen – 441

All-Age Community Relay

  1. Surrey
  2. Greenwith
  3. Brooklyn
  4. Hillcott
  5. Eldergreen


5 May 2022

Dragon Boat Festival is also known as the Duanwu festival, which occurs on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese lunar calendar. This day marked the beginning of summer, which by mid-season meant dangerous animals and insects, the spread of infectious diseases. To protect children from diseases, children will wear charms, write “王” (king) on their forehead and wear five coloured ropes on the 5th of May. This festival also commemorates the death of the poet and minister Qu Yuan (c. 340–278 BC), who drowned himself in a river to show his patriotism. Now, The Dragon Boat Festival is a fun, boisterous holiday. On that day, people congregate outside on the banks of rivers and lakes to enjoy the fine weather while watching traditional dragon boat races. Eating bamboo-wrapped rice dumplings is also popular during the Dragon Boat Festival.

This year, we celebrate Dragon Boat Festival at Pedare! Students learned the history, popular activities and food of the festival. We also made a paper dragon boat and five coloured ropes. This learning experience enriched students’ intercultural understanding by implementing knowledge and fun activities in a language classroom.

Grace Liu


Year 2

Indigenous Australians have known for many generations that we must care for the land and the sea. Dreaming Stories often describe what would happen to people and animals if natural resources were not used responsibly.

During Reconciliation week and as a part of the children’s ongoing learning about Indigenous culture, Year 2B students listened to the Dreamtime story of ‘The Sea Eagle and the Gull’ from the Bardi people of Cape Leveque, WA. They then sequenced the story into six parts, retelling it by drawing each step onto a pebble. They created story stones and shared their stories with their peers.

Ailsa Burne



Thanks to Animals Anonymous for bringing the wildlife to the Reception students on Thursday, 9 June. Reception students got a close and personal experience with various endangered Australian wildlife. All students were really excited as they touched and pet the animals – the cute, furry, and even some scarier ones! Surely, we have some very brave Reception students here at Pedare!


Junior School

To enhance teaching and learning activities about the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, we welcomed Kuma Kaaru to our College on Tuesday, 7 June. Junior School students were engaged in interactive workshops to learn about the Kaurna language, dance and culture.


Year 2

In recognition of World Environment Day on June 5th, Year 2 students sorted the plastic and metal recycling collected by the Junior School.

If you would like to support our efforts, please continue sending in metal ring-pulls (like those from soft drink cans) and plastic bread tags.

The bread tags are recycled through Life FM’s Roadies, who support a scheme to provide wheelchairs in South Africa, for those less fortunate.

The ring-pulls are recycled through the Golden Grove Uniting Church to support school children in the Philippines.


Ailsa Burne

“It felt good to be helping the animals and the earth by sorting and recycling.” (Lilliyan G)

“It felt good to be recycling all those bottle caps and ring-pulls because now the resources won’t be wasted to landfill.” (Jamie T)

“I feel happy because the ring-pulls will give money to the Philippines so that children can go to school.” (Olivia W)

“I felt happy that I could recycle because furniture can sometimes be made of recycled plastic.” (Arya M)

“I feel joyful because I have helped the people in the Philippines afford to go to school, and I’ve helped the earth not to have that much rubbish in it.” (Ava G)

“I am happy that I was doing the recycling to help the Philippine children to go to school.” (Dinel D)

Junior School

Last week, our Junior School Pedare Student Voice (PSV) prepared for the Icy Pole fundraiser (Friday, 10 June) for the Royal Flying Doctors Service. They have contacted the Service about how the funds raised will help the community and made posters to advertise the event.

Junior School

As part of Reconciliation Week, Junior School students had the opportunity to learn and plant natives to add to the Native Garden last week.



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.




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 8:30am, 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.

Please contact Dave Brown on 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.




Tea Tree Gully Uniting – Banksia Markets


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.

For more information contact the TTG Uniting Church website at




St Mark’s Anglican Church


St Mark’s Anglican Church has a 9.00 am traditional service each Sunday morning and 9.30am each Wednesday morning. We would love to see you at either or both of our services. We are located on the corner of The Golden Way and Wynn Vale Drive, Wynn Vale.


St Mark’s will be holding a quiz night on Saturday 25th June at 7 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for students. Please bring your own drinks and supper. Tea and Coffee are supplied. Please email us at for tickets


For further information and updates about St Mark’s services and events, please visit our website at or visit our Facebook page




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 Sunday. 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 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. It is held in the Church hall on the first and third Sunday of each month during the school term, from 6.30-8.30 pm. 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 whilst enjoying delicious snacks, refreshments and pizza! The cost for each session is $5.

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