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We are thrilled to share final results from Year 12 class of 2016.

• 18.5% of students in top 1% nationally
• 48.2% of students in top 5% nationally


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Monthly Archives: July 2016

Year 8 – 9 Netball Queensland Tour

QLD Netball Tour

During the school holidays the sunny Gold Coast was invaded by more than 60 netball teams from Australia and New Zealand all with the aim to win the title in their division and attack it out in the spirit of netball.

A tough Saints team of Year 8’s and 9’s came together after rigorous trials at the beginning of Term 2. The team members included: Charlotte White, Brooke Elliot, Sarah Matheson, Eve Habel, Ruby Bouhamdan, Tahlia Towers, Isabella Bernardi, Amelia Wood, Nicolette Miller and Sivani Sivasuthan. We had a fantastic start to the competition, winning nine out of ten games over day one and two. We advanced to the highest Intermediate division, competing against the best of the best for the second half of the week.

Day three was tough. We rectified our only loss, beating the Indigenous Budgies by 1 before being narrowly defeated in the following games. While we did not advance to the finals on day four, team spirit was buoyant thanks to the ‘Wally Award’. This award was presented each day to the team member who did the silliest/funniest thing the day before. The Wally Award was presented for things such as wearing two right-footed thongs to the beach and blowing on a tomato in a cold salad to cool it down. This caused many laughs throughout the week!

The Carnival’s host, Southport Carrara Netball Association, ideally situated around the corner from Wet and Wild, Dream, Movie and Sea World, ensured our ‘rest’ days were not so restful. In our other free time, we went shopping at the Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, went to the movies and practiced our body percussion performance that we performed at the Competition Dinner on the Friday night.

The tour was a week of bonding, laughter, team work, tired limbs, theme parks, shopping and sun. Thank you to Neil Fuller for making the tour possible and our coaches Alice Johnswood and Vanessa Brooks for bringing out the best in each of us. Congratulations to Tahlia Towers, awarded most consistent carnival player by our Coaches. Most importantly, thanks to our parents for paying and providing us with the necessities to make this trip possible.

By Brooke Elliott and Charlotte White

Saints Girls Star at the Science and Engineering Challenge

Science and Engineering Challenge 1

Engineering is the ‘E’ in STEM and involves the application of science, technology and mathematics knowledge and understanding to solving problems. As an enrichment activity to help students become more familiar with the nature of engineering, all our Year 9 students will participate in an Interhouse Science and Engineering Challenge next term.

Year 10 students in the GEMS (Girls in Engineering, Mathematics and Science) class as well as other selected students recently represented Saints Girls in a heat of the South Australian Science and Engineering Challenge, run by the University of Newcastle. Students were divided into eight teams of up to four students and issued with some materials and a brief to meet within a time limit. Scores were allocated based on the materials used and how well the design met the brief. This allows scores in one heat to be compared with those of schools in different heats.

Our students competed against seven other schools in our heat. Of the eight activities, we won five:

  • Electracity: Connecting a simulated electrical network for a city and responding to challenges as parts of the networks and/or the power stations fail.
  • Grasping at Straws: Building a ‘bionic hand’ that can pick up objects and reproduce sign language.
  • Hover Frenzy: Building a working model of a hovercraft.
  • Mission to Mars: Assembling a model vehicle to successfully negotiate the rough surface of a planet.
  • Flat Pack: Constructing a model table and chair to successfully support the most weight.
  • Bridge: Building the lightest possible bridge to carry the greatest load without breaking.

The Saints girls showed outstanding teamwork, problem-solving and perseverance. The other schools to compete in the State Final in August have not yet been decided since there are still more heats to come. However, by virtue of our girls’ excellent score, we have already been invited to compete in the State Final. I look forward to sharing the results of this next stage of the competition with you.

Brian Parsons
Head of Science

2016 National da Vinci Decathlon Update

da Vinci Image

On Tuesday our team of eight Year 7 students returned from Knox Grammar School, Sydney, where they had been representing South Australia in the National da Vinci Decathlon.

Competing against teams from all states and Canberra, they pitted their skills, knowledge and creativity against some of the brightest minds in the land from their age group.

As well as engaging in the usual 10 Decathlon events, the girls also took part in a ‘race around Sydney’, visited Fort Dennison and attended a lecture on Quantum Physics from a Professor from the University of Sydney. They also had time for some sightseeing and shopping along the way!

The girls showed their creative skills, placing second in the drama and interpretation based ‘Creative Producers’ task. They displayed excellent teamwork and creative and reflective thinking by placing second in the new ‘Ideation’ task – an impressive achievement!

On the final day, they also found out that they had won the Art and Poetry task, one of the most highly regarded of the 10 events.

Congratulations to the whole team, who were exceptionally well behaved at all times and who represented the school and the State with aplomb.

Richard Lisle and Becca Burton-Howard

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