Mr Mike Millard
I am very pleased to be able to share with you that a Pedare One College One Campus will be delivered to the Pedare community from the commencement of 2019 school year.
This comes after very extensive feasibility work and detailed consideration by the Board and College Leadership. Together, as One College on One Campus, we will create new beginnings and exciting possibilities for students from Reception to Year 12.
In order to meet the January 2019 deadline, the design process now needs to happen as a priority. We will be ensuring students and teachers are an essential part of the design teams. We will have two teams. One focusing on delivering the Junior School design and the second delivering the STEM enabled Middle School classrooms. From each of these collaborative teams, we are seeking feedback, creative ideas, and design solutions.
The next 18 months will be ‘business as usual’ for all classes from Reception to Year 12.
We are fortunate to be able to fence off the building zones and the build will have little impact on learning on the normal functions of the Middle and Senior School Campus.
There will be no impact from the building program on the functions of the Junior School.
Throughout this significant change process, we are committed to providing regular communication and updates to students, parents and staff, not only about the progress of the building program but also about the culture of ‘Pedare as One College’ we seek to enhance.
This is a very exciting phase in the life of Pedare and together we look forward to creating a wonderful seamless R-12 learning environment for our students.
Details on the initial One Campus Master Plan were published in The Vine Issue 6 and can be re-read by clicking the link below.
Mr Randall Pearce
Welcome back to Term 3. I hope you have returned from the school break refreshed and ready for the exciting times ahead.
A very warm welcome to our new students, and our 17 new Reception Ready students in their little Red Hats, it is wonderful to have you join our Pedare community.
Hard to believe that it is already at the end of Week 2. During this week, a wonderful day of celebration and fun was enjoyed due to casual clothes day, with students and teachers wearing their colours proudly. Many thanks to Mrs Heather Bennett and the SVC for organising this event. The money raised will go towards large outdoor play sets.
The Junior School calendar of events this term is sensational, some of the highlights include:
Please refer to the Junior School Upcoming Events article in this issue of The Vine for more details about the Woolworths Earn & Learn Program, Scholastic Book Fair and VIP Day. Details about other events will be sent out closer to the event dates.
I trust that you found the Semester 1 Reports comprehensive and informative. As we head into this Term 3, the teachers will be reflecting upon the achievements of Semester 1 and are planning for the enrichment of every student throughout Semester 2. We value the ongoing communication with you and the Parent Teacher Interviews scheduled for this week along with Learning Journeys on the 27 September, are great opportunity to explore various learning experiences together.
I look forward to a productive and rewarding term ahead. Please feel welcome to speak with me if you have any queries.
Mr Andrew Whiteman
Welcome back to Term 3 to all our families. I know that many families and students have been experiencing illness over the break and in the first weeks of term as there have been a number of students absent. Attendance at school is one of the most crucial factors in improving student learning but sometimes illness is unavoidable and students must stay home. If your child is unwell and unable to attend school, please make contact with the front office or email firstname.lastname@example.org to advise as early as possible. If you know your child going to be absent for an extended period, eg family travel for three days or more, an ‘Application for Exemption from School Attendance’, must be completed and returned to the College, preferably at least 4 weeks prior to departure. This is part of the legal requirements of all schools and we appreciate this protocol being observed. Forms can be collected from Student Reception or the College Office.
Over the term break it has given many of us some time to ponder and reflect on the first half of the year. With much excitement and expectations Semester 1 reports were handed to students on the last day of term. Over the holidays we hope you had the opportunity to discuss your children’s results and comments from teachers with them. Hopefully the results achieved have given the students areas to focus on in Term 3. At the half way point of the year it is a good chance to set some learning goals with enough time to make some significant changes if required. A strong focus on learning and completing all of the set work in class and at home was a theme I saw in many report comments. Once again, I encourage you to speak with your children’s teachers if you have any specific concerns about their progress in a particular area. With semester one completed it highlights to me once again just how quickly the school year travels. In just 16 school weeks, our Year 6 students will be Middle School veterans when they enter into Year 7 and our Year 9 students will begin their senior schooling. It also reminds me we must enjoy the time we have here at school and try and soak up as many experiences we can get because before we know it, we will be off and into the next year level.
Middle School Student Photos will take place on Wednesday 16 August and envelopes have been sent home with details about how to order these photos. Please ensure the full formal winter uniform is worn on this day and all students are looking their absolute best! This day will highlight what a fantastic looking uniform we have here at Pedare. More information on uniform was recently sent home regarding the introduction of the new College Community top. With Foundation Day coming up on Thursday 28 September, we hope to see as many students as possible wearing their Community tops.
Congratulations to all Middle School Mathematics students as Pedare was awarded first place in the Education Perfect Maths Championship for 2017. Congratulations to all participants. If you are wondering what Education Perfect is, it is an online program that Middle School students have access to, helping them with their learning. There are a variety of online lessons, quizzes, questions, tests etc. that student can access anytime and anywhere on their devices. Sometimes, being able to go back and run through a tutorial on a topic in your own time can help to consolidate the learning that takes place in the classroom. Please speak with your child to see if they can show you some of the work that they may be completing in Education Perfect.
Mrs Gillian Edwards
A warm welcome to Term 3.
It was such a pleasure to return to see yet another Senior School classroom had been updated over the term break. Like several other classrooms previously, BG3, the Chinese room, has been completely renovated and provides a wonderfully light and fresh learning environment for the students. Thank you to our maintenance staff for their efforts. We look forward to their continued good work as they move on to update rooms BG4 and BG5.
In my greeting to Senior School students, I did liken this term to the third quarter of a football game; one often referred to as the premiership quarter. For it is during this term the real hard work must be put in, in order to achieve success. This could not be more true for our Year 12 students, as many of their long-term assignments will be due towards the end of this term; and as they prepare for their final examinations. It was very pleasing to recently receive Pedare’s results for the Research Project, with every student yet again achieving a successful pass in this compulsory SACE subject.
I had the pleasure of attending the Year 12 Drama moderated performance of Turn of the Screw. It was a very atmospheric piece that, for the audience, provided as many questions as it did answers. Well done to all concerned for a most accomplished presentation.
At our Senior School Academic Assembly we recognised the academic efforts of students in Semester 1.
But we also acknowledge the efforts of those who have consistently worked hard during Semester 1 and encourage all students to strive to do their best for the remainder of the year.
The following quote from Aristotle was highlighted at our assembly, and it serves as a timely reminder to us all:
“Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives – choice, not chance, determines your destiny.”
We congratulate the following students on their achievement of an Academic Excellence Award:
Year 10 Academic Excellence Award Recipients
Year 11 Academic Excellence Awards Recipients
Year 12 Academic Excellence Award Recipients
Following the recent introduction of the new College PE top, we are pleased to announce that Community Tops are now available. These tops are in the same style as the PE top; however, in the Community colours. We know how proud students are of their Community, and how delighted they will be to wear their ‘colour’ for Community events.
In 2018, it will be compulsory for each student to have a Community Top; however, it will be optional for the remainder of 2017. With Foundation Day coming up on Thursday 28 September, we hope to see as many students as possible wearing their Community tops.
There will be a number of opportunities throughout the year at each campus, where students will be required to wear the Community Top; including but not limited, to Athletics and Swimming Carnivals.
More details will be advised in due course, but Devon Uniforms have the Community Tops in stock now if you would like to purchase. They are in-store at Clovercrest, the Campus Uniform Shop or you can order on-line. Cost $47.
On Tuesday the 25 July, the new Reception Ready students walked into their classroom full of excitement and wonder as they started their learning journey at the Junior School. Since then, they have been very busy getting to know each other, and learning lots of new things such as rhyming words, the sounds of the alphabet, and how to sort objects. The students have also created a shop and café in their classroom. They have also engaged in lots of play based activities to help them to learn about the world around them.
Here are some of the thoughts of the Reception Ready Students:
Mrs Sharon Booth and Reception Ready students
As part of the PYP, the Year 2 classes have been exploring the Transdisciplinary theme of ‘How We Organise Ourselves.’ Our inquiry into economic activities and their impact upon humankind and the environment has led us to consider the impact of money, the fact that how we treat our community defines us and how a community’s strengths and achievements affect its success.
The decision was made to take action within our own community, by sharing our resources in order to help others. After much discussion, a food drive was decided upon and the Year 2 classes challenged each class within the Junior School to donate 48 non-perishable food items within 48 hours.
In order to improve the chance of being successful, Year 2 students used their creativity and information technology knowhow to create posters, which were distributed to all classes. The response was overwhelming!
The Year 2 students would like to thank the Pedare Junior School community for their consideration of others who are less fortunate; for showing that we treat our community with respect, kindness and a generous spirit and for helping us to achieve success with our food drive.
St Mark’s Anglican Church Soup Kitchen in Wynn Vale was the grateful recipient of the food items. We thank them for their warm response to the action which we have taken and trust their community outreach will prosper as a result.
Mrs Alisa Burne and Ms Jasmine Orlowski – Year 2 Teachers
The Junior School have a number of exciting calendar events coming up very soon.
Woolworths Earn & Learn Program: This program enables Pedare to earn points to buy new educational resources for the Junior School. All you need to do to participate is shop at Woolworths and collect the stickers. You will earn one sticker for every $10 spent. Stickers will be available from now until Tuesday 19 September. Boxes at Woolworths at The Stables and Golden Grove Village and Student Reception at the Junior School.
Scholastic Book Fair: Held in the Tea Tree Resource Centre on Thursday 17 August – Friday 25 August from 8.15am-9.00am and 2.50pm-3.30pm, except VIP Day 18 August, when it is open all day. The commission from this event enables us to have children’s book authors visit the College.
VIP Day: Will be held on Friday 18 August from 8.50am-11.40am. This year’s Costume Parade theme is ‘Adventurers.’ Students and VIPs will be asked to solve puzzles and find clues that will help them escape their classrooms within a given time limit. Bring your lunch and enjoy a picnic with your child/children.
On Thursday 3 August and Friday 4 August, Pedare hosted over 40 excited students and teachers from our Chinese Sister School in Jinan, China. A special ceremony was held in the College Chapel where gifts were exchanged from each school and from Pedare student buddies. Our guests were then shown around the classrooms to experience our Australian Culture and shown the important skill of how to kick an Aussie Rules Football.
More details about the Chinese Sister School visit will be in later issues of The Vine newsletter.
Sunday, 16 July – Friday, 21 July
On 16 to 21 July, during the holiday break, 26 students accompanied by 4 teachers travelled to Mount Hotham for the annual Snow trip where students had exclusive access to Asterix lodge and stayed in in-snow accommodation.
Each morning students woke up to fresh snow, with daily lessons helping develop their skills. On the Wednesday night, the group skied under lights on ‘The Big D’.
The next morning, students participated in a College race to the base of the mountain, with many spills and stories of close calls before students refined their skills in snowball making as they headed out to try tobogganing in the afternoon.
The last day was beautiful and clear, so some students headed out for a quick snowboard before they prepared for their journey home. Students left with new skills, friendships and a fondness for snow-sports.
Mr Dylan Gale – Snow Trip Coordinator
ICAS is the most comprehensive educational assessment program available for schools. Every year, thousands of schools participate in ICAS in over 20 countries, giving an international benchmark that can be relied upon. ICAS is developed by UNSW Global Pty Limited* and has had more than 8.9 million students participate since 2002.
Developed for students in primary and secondary school years, ICAS assesses the higher order thinking and problem-solving skills needed for success in Science.
This year, thirty seven students from Year 6-12 competed in the ICAS Science competition with twenty seven of them receiving a merit or higher. Pedare students performed above the national average in each year level.
The following students are to be commended on their fine results:
Merit: Maya McInnes, Chelsea Schar-Grant – Credit: Ben De Conno, Gaohn Park, Joshua Polkinghorne, William Terrington, Adithya Venugopal – Distinction: Shaun Phillips
Merit: Belle Arbery – Credit: Daksh Gupta, Maria Madakuzhy, Mitchell Pratt – Distinction: Thomas Drysdale
Distinction: Bradley Langfield, Timothy Szabo
Credit: Thomas Murrell, Soniya Panakkal
Credit: Thomas Howe, Jack Hynds, Nathan White
Credit: Amber Roshkov, Athena Xiourouppa – Distinction: Cameron Langfield, Judah Tan
Credit: Lachlan Goldie, Curtis Graham – Distinction: Michael Yang
Mrs Leonie Brown, Learning Area Coordinator – Science
The Year 6 cohort was challenged to ‘jump into books in June’ by spending 15 minutes per day reading with their families. We hope those who took up the challenge found it a rewarding experience. The benefits of reading on children’s learning are well documented, and include:
Out of the students who returned their completed Challenge sheets, 2 were chosen at random to win a $25 book voucher from QBD. The winners were Benjamin Carter and Maya McInnes. Happy reading Benjamin and Maya!
Mrs Rachael Young – Year 6 Teacher
Tuesday, 1 August – Friday, 4 August
As students returned from their holidays all refreshed and eager to continue their learning for the second half of 2017, the Year 9 cohort was making their final preparations before beginning the journey to the Southern Finders Ranges.
2017 marks the return to the Mount Remarkable National Park region and the township of Melrose for Pedare students. The Year 9 cohort journeyed to the region to gain a different perspective of our local natural environment through participation in an overnight bush walk through the middle of the Mount Remarkable National Park from Alligator Gorge to Mambray Creek campsite.
Students raced up the nationally acclaimed mountain bike trails outside of the Melrose township, along with a more relaxing nature walk through the creek networks around the edge of the National Park. The camp was a chance to look at each individual students community project in a different way through a different environment.
It was an interesting four days for students and presented them with a opportunity to engage with their peers in an more relaxed, outside environment, removed from the fast pace of the school yard.
Mr Michael Secomb – Camp Coordinator
Tuesday, 25 July – Wednesday, 26 July
“Turn of the Screw”
Our Year 12 Drama production was filled with psychological intrigue as the students embodied the Gothic Victorian era in James L. Seay’s adaption of Henry James’ classic “Turn of the Screw” which was written in 1890.
Our aim was to present a performance piece which would challenge our audiences’ perceptions of what is real and what is imagined. The play sees Ann, a young tutor, employed at an isolated manor to care for two young charges. Mystery haunts the halls of Bly House as Ann struggles to understand its past.
It has been an absolute privilege to work with the Year 12 Drama students this year. While they have worked tirelessly to present a well-received and polished performance, we have had a wonderful time full of fun and laughs.
Drama provides students an opportunity to work in a collaborative and creative environment, where they can express ideas and contribute to workable solutions through effective communication. The Year 12 Drama course offers students a memorable Pedare experience and one that I fondly shared with an old scholar recently where we reminisced the creative process of some 10 years ago.
As their teacher, I am proud of the commitment of our group and it is certainly an experience I will treasure as the students brought to life my long-held vision for “Turn of the Screw”.
Mrs Raelene Lyon – Drama Teacher
Friday, 7 July
The Academy of Interactive Entertainment visited the College on 7 July with the AirStream bus. The AirStream is a self-contained media truck that contains huge screens, laptops and has very retro/modern feel. Students from both the 3D Animation and Art classes were taken through the bus with several classes involved with tutorials. The bus even hooked in Mr Millard who demonstrated his new found 3D modelling skills putting together a snow man using Autodesk Maya.
Thank you to AIE for presentation, to find out more on the academy please visit: www.aie.edu.au
Mr Emil Zankov – Design & Technology Teacher
Throughout the year, the Pedare Eco Force team grow organic vegetables and herbs. This produce is now available to families to purchase from the College Office. For a gold coin donation, you can purchase Parsley (flat and curly leaf), Sage, Mint, Rosemary and Oregano, all in support of environmental projects at Pedare.
Please email Mrs Liz Denton-Brown at email@example.com about which herbs you would like and preferable collection times and ECO Force will pick them for you.
Thank you so much to all who supported the ECO Force students in their venture.
Mrs Liz Denton-Brown – Teacher/Librarian
We encourage families to share their child/rens personal achievements from both within and outside of the College, as we understand learning doesn’t stop at the school gate. If your child has a special achievement, we welcome your submission. Articles of 100 to 200 words along with a good high-resolution photo can be emailed by clicking the button below.
Mia Furlan, Year 8
Hannah Quinn, Year 5
Melody Zou, Year 4
Congratulations to the following students for their achievements in the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) exam results:
Mia Furlan, Year 8 – A (Honours) for Grade 4 Piano Exam
Hannah Quinn, Year 5 – High Credit for Grade 2 Piano Exam
Melody Zou, Year 4 – High Distinction for Grade 1 Piano Exam
Well done to all participants.
Congratulations to Jude Barker, Year 7, who was successful in being selected for the Australian Under 13 Baseball team. Jude and the team travelled to Branson, Missouri in the United States on 26 July for competitions and will be returning in August this year. We wish Jude and the team the best of luck.
Congratulations to Chelsea Schar-Grant, Year 6, who has been a student of Lois Brimblecombe’s Speech and Drama Studios since she was in Year 3. Chelsea has participated in plays and performances and in the Eisteddfods and AMEB exams for both singing and Speech and Drama. Chelsea has received results of the recent AMEB exams and she was one of only 3 students out of over 50 in the state to achieve a High Distinction for her prose reading and poetry recital. Well done Chelsea, a great effort.
Congratulations to Pedare Old Scholar, artist Jasmine Dixon, Class of 2010, who has won the @helpmann_academy prize at the 3rd Biennial RSASA/SALA for the portrait she did of her brother, Old Scholar, Daniel Dixon, Class of 2014, in a painting she titled Ninety Seven, the year Daniel was born. Jasmine explained, “He’s one of my favourite people.” “I wanted to capture his sense of humour, he’s so much fun to be around.”
In addition to Ninety Seven, Jasmine’s The Dancer was on the shortlist for the prize, while her third entry, The Joker, featured in the associated Salon de Refuses exhibition at the Arkaba and Kensington hotels.
Congratulations to Old Scholar, Jessica Goodluck, Class of 2015, who, after a long 6 months of phone calls, emails, completing online forms and waiting for overseas packages to arrive, has officially accepted a basketball scholarship to Independence Community College in Kansas.
On 5 August, Jessica will be flying to America to begin the next exciting chapter as an Independence Lady Pirate!
We wish Jessica the best of luck in her new career.
Extra-Curricular Sports feature articles and results below:
St Mark’s invites you to enjoy a free cafe style soup in a warm and friendly community atmosphere on Thursdays from 6:00pm – 7:00pm from May until August. Everyone is welcome! For more information phone 8289 4003 or email www.stmarksgoldengrove.org.au
Generators Kids Club 2017 (Years R-6)
Come and join us. Generators kids club meets Fridays each fortnight for great games, craft and bible time. Our next kids club is on Friday 11 August from 3:30pm-5:00pm at 19 Perseverance Road TTG. This week’s craft is decorated biscuits. Phone Rick on 8264 3736 or click here for more information about our Term 3 program.
SWAT Youth (Years 7-12)
Meets Friday each week at 7:30pm. Next meet is on Friday 11 August at 19 Perseverance Road TTG. Come for a great time of games, friendship and bible discussion. Phone Dave on 0403 723 953 for more details or click here.
Normal Weekly Services – Check out our website for more details
Sunday@8:30: Prayer book service – weekly communion.
Sunday@10: Family service and specific children’s ministries. Communion on third Sunday of every month.
Sunday@6.00pm: Youth, young adult and those young at heart. Communion first Sunday of every month. There is no children’s program but drawing supplies and a withdrawal room are available for your young ones.
All kinds of awesome fun is happening at the free hands-0n science event at the Adelaide Showgrounds on Saturday 5 August and Sunday 6 August, 9.00am-5.00pm. Families will enjoy the spectacular Chemistry Science Shows, the Curiosity Shows with Rob and Deane, native animals, robotics, dinosaur puzzles, bugs ‘n slugs and DALEKS! There will also be 60 hands-on Questacon exhibits to explore. Teenagers will find a range of information on fabulous science and engineering study and career options. Meet exhibitors from defence & engineering, science & education, nature & the environment, health & nutrition. For further information and to purchase tickets visit the Science Alive! website sciencealivesa.org.au
To any future pilots or students who are keen in joining the field of Aviation, this could be of interest to you. The Mid North Christian College runs a program that would allow Year 10 and 11 students to earn SACE credits whilst completing their normal schooling and a course in Aviation Studies. Topics such as Basic Aeronautical Knowledge, Aviation Engineering and Pilot Skills will all be available. Please visit the following website for more details or if you would like to attend an Open Day on Friday 25 August http://www.midnorthcc.sa.edu.au/aviation-program
We look forward to a productive and enjoyable Term 3.