麻豆社 - The Vine Newsletter Issue 5 for 2024



The Vine Issue 6 鈥 2024

May 10, 2024
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Mr James Tamblyn


Mother鈥檚 Day

This Sunday we celebrate Mother鈥檚 Day and pay tribute to the special role that our mums play in our lives. Thank you to our Parents and Friends Committee who facilitated our Junior School Mother鈥檚 Day stall this week, which is particularly popular, as are the beautiful portraits of our mums on display at our Junior School Mother鈥檚 Day Breakfast this morning.听

Mother鈥檚 Day provides not only a chance to remind our mums how much we love them; it鈥檚 also the ideal time to celebrate the mums who are no longer with us, and share the special stories that keep the memories of these mums and grandmothers, well and truly alive.

To all the 麻豆社 mothers, thank you for everything you do for your children and the school community more broadly. We hope you have a wonderful day on Sunday and get completely spoilt. We encourage you to indulge yourself and try to find a little time out from the extraordinary work you do for your children and your families.听

Mothers Day Breakfast – Friday, 10 April

Senior Learning Centre (SLC)

Work on the Senior Learning Centre continues to progress well. My thanks again to you all for your patience and understanding as we work around the inconveniences of having a building site on campus. Compaction of earth in preparation for the foundation of the building has continued in earnest over the past few weeks, with the SLC鈥檚 footprint now marked out indicating exactly where the building will sit. We look forward to keeping you updated as the project progresses.听

SLC Building Progress

VEX Robotics World Championships

I had the privilege of traveling to Texas in the term break with our NextGen VEX Robotics team as they represented 麻豆社, their state and their nation at the 2024 VEX World Robotics Championships. This is the third year in a row that 麻豆社 has qualified for this global competition, and the second time NextGen has attended.听

The team of seven Year 12 boys performed exceptionally well, winning five of their ten games and ultimately placing 34th of 82 in their division, which proved to be the strongest division at the competition. In a huge coup for NextGen, they were also awarded the Sportsmanship Award for their division which is judged on the following criteria:

  • Team is courteous, helpful, and respectful to everyone, on and off the field
  • Team interacts with others in the spirit of friendly competition and cooperation
  • Team acts with honesty and integrity, enriching the event experience for all
  • Team interview demonstrates effective communication skills, teamwork, professionalism, and a student-centred ethos

Congratulations to our NextGen team for this incredible achievement and for representing 麻豆社 so well. My thanks to the leader of Innovation and Enterprise Emil Zankov for his leadership of this tour and our Robotics program. Thanks also to staff members Chloe Veras and Ashley Gatta for attending the tournament and providing such great support for the team.

2024 VEX Robotics World Championship – 21 April – 30 April

The Annual Generations in Jazz festival was held in Mt Gambier Friday, 3 May – Sunday, 5 May. 22 麻豆社 students from Years 8-12 attended and performed exceptionally well. Both the Stage Band and Luminaire Vocal Group participated. The Stage Band achieved second place in their division, while the Luminaire placed seventh of 34. We congratulate all students involved on these wonderful results.听

Further to this, an inaugural award was presented this year in memory of Nick Mulder, an esteemed trombonist and Music teacher who passed away earlier this year. Nick was the adjudicator last year and was awarded the 2023 Stage Band first prize. The award is in recognition of a band and director for their ability to:

  • navigate the challenges of unusual, reduced or inflated instruments听
  • present interpretation through tone, timbre and rhythmic cohesion

The award also notes the orchestration by the Director to enhance the overall sound. 麻豆社鈥檚 Stage Band was the recipient of this award and recognises in large part the contribution of music teacher Gerald Pederick.听

Thank you to Gerald, Nadine Stroud (Director of Music) and all other staff involved in supporting our students at this wonderful celebration of music.

Generations in Jazz – Stage Band & Luminaire Vocal Group


Mrs Kat Elliott


Last week, Year 6 to 10 students had the chance to undertake the Checkpoint reflection process. The questions were designed to prompt students to think deeply about what they hope to achieve through their learning and allow students to actively engage with their progress. As owners of their own learning, 麻豆社 students are encouraged to not only aim for excellence but also to explore their individual aspirations.

The reports generated from this survey will be available through SEQTA 鈥 and I encourage families to use these reports as a prompt to have open conversations. As a self-assessment tool, Checkpoint is one way that parents and caregivers can be involved and support students to achieve their personal best.


Mrs Mandy Hore


Welcome back for what will no doubt be a busy Term 2. I hope you had a refreshing break. A special welcome to Ms Vanessa Yang, who joins us as the new 4Y teacher, and to Ms Kim Butcher, who is completing her work placement in 1C.

The first weeks of the term have been filled with highlights. We celebrated Arts Week and enjoyed dance workshops with instructors from the One50 Dance troupe at Junior School Worship last week. This morning, we were delighted to welcome special guests to our Mother鈥檚 Day breakfast.

One50 Dance Incursion – Friday, 3 May

While it is difficult to choose a favourite, Mother鈥檚 Day breakfast was very special and touched my heart. We had over 200 guests share breakfast with us.

Did you know that this year marks 100 years since the first Mother鈥檚 Day was celebrated in Australia and that the Australian celebration of Mother’s Day grew out of calls for peace and anti-war campaigns following the American Civil War (1861-65)?

While Mother’s Day initially began to promote peace and support women, over the years it has become an occasion for family celebrations and an opportunity to connect, acknowledge and show appreciation to the women in our lives who support, encourage and affirm us.

I grew up surrounded by strong, loving and supportive women. My mum and Grandmother remain significant in my life and I will always be grateful for their advice, care and encouragement. They helped me believe that anything was possible, and above all, that being kind and compassionate was key.

Thank you to the many different women who play this role in the lives of our 麻豆社 students. We are grateful for your care, encouragement and support.

I am also grateful to the Parents and Friends Association and volunteers for organising our annual Mother鈥檚 Day Stall, providing Junior School students with the opportunity to purchase special gifts in preparation for Sunday. Thank you. To those who helped with breakfast 鈥 thank you.

Mother’s Day Stall – Friday, 10 May

I wish you all a wonderful Mother鈥檚 Day this Sunday. I hope the portraits, artwork and cards that the students have made bring an extra smile to your heart.


Mrs Eliza Buckoke


Well done to our students and staff on a wonderful start to Term 2. Students demonstrated remarkable respect and reflection at our Middle and Senior School Anzac Service on the first day of the term. Special thanks to Mrs Renae Harris and Year 12 student Gideon M for sharing their heartfelt stories with us during this commemorative event.

First Day of Term 2 – Tuesday, 30 April

We have also welcomed some new teachers to the Middle School; Mary Angley (English and Humanities), Anthea Tornatore (Music) and Jeremy De Kok (PE and Science).


Some of our Middle School students have made a great contribution to our success at the Generations in Jazz trip through their involvement in the Stage Band and the Luminaire Vocal Group. Well done to all of the staff and students involved!


The VEX Robotics club is back in full swing again, following the return of our World Championship team from a hugely successful and rewarding trip! It is great to see so many Middle School students involved in this and many of the other extra-curricular opportunities available here at 麻豆社.

Next Gen on ABC Radio & Life FM

In Week 2, we were privileged to host guest speaker Brad Huddleston, who delivered an insightful session on Digital Addiction to students from Years 6 to 11. Our Year 8 Healthy Minds program continues to support our students’ wellbeing, with upcoming sessions led by guest presenter Jacinta Durrand. These sessions play a crucial role in promoting resilience and emotional wellness among our students.

Guest Speaker: Brad Huddleston – Monday, 6 May

As we journey through Term 2, let us continue to foster a supportive and nurturing environment where every student feels valued and empowered to succeed. Together, we will continue to create enriching experiences and cultivate a vibrant learning community.


Mr Josh Willis


The beginning of a new term is always filled with excitement and enthusiasm as students reconnect with their teachers and peers and look forward to the opportunities that lie ahead.听

We started the term with a moving Anzac Day service, and I was so impressed by how our students showed respect and maturity throughout. As they entered the Chapel in absolute silence, it was clear that they understood the profound meaning of Anzac Day and recognised the importance of honouring the Anzacs and all the men and women who have served and continue to serve our country. The quiet reflection was a perfect way to start Term 2.

ANZAC Service – Tuesday, 30 April

As part of our ongoing support of the Year 12 students this year, Dr Tom Nehmy joined us last week to speak with students about resilience and maintaining good overall mental health in Year 12. Tom discussed the Wellbeing Wheel, a tool for self-management of overall wellbeing. He then discussed pragmatic things students could do to improve their wellbeing in less well-developed areas.听

Primary Relationships– If the relationships we have with those closest to us are healthy, encouraging and supportive, they will enhance our wellbeing. If not, they will detract from it.听

Biological Needs & Health Status- Refers to our diet, sleep and water consumption which are essential aspects of wellbeing.听

Exercise- Discharges stress, increases our capacity for daily life and causes the release of endorphins that make us feel good.听

Fun, interest & Social Life – It is a part of being human that we need to take time from work/school to recuperate, focus on pleasurable things and enjoy social connections and pastimes.听

Psychological skills – Helpful thinking, managing emotions, making good decisions when having an emotional response to something.

Values, Meaning & Purpose – Pertains to who we are and why we are here. What gets you out of bed in the morning?


We look forward to exploring these further with our Year 12s during their Retreat in Week 4.听


Blessing Others

Times are tough for many families in Adelaide. From the rental crisis to the rising cost of living, people are struggling to put food on the table. As part of our Easter service, we interviewed students regarding things they have 鈥渉ad enough鈥 of. Poverty and hunger in our wider community was a theme our students were passionate about addressing.听

As I get to know the students here at 麻豆社, it is of great encouragement to me to see that this passion is backed by action. 麻豆社 has partnered with Uniting in Care Salisbury over several years to provide non-perishable food items for their Emergency Food Parcels.听

Emergency assistance is available without an appointment from 9:30am – 3:30pm, Monday to Thursday. 麻豆社 Middle and Senior School Home Groups are rostered throughout the year to provide these donations during our fortnightly Worship services. Thank you to those who have already given this year. By the end of Term 1, our donation cupboard was full and we were able to send off our donation to restock the shelves at Uniting in Care Salisbury. Early this term, Home Groups will receive an updated list of helpful, non-perishable items as we move into the colder months. I also want to use this opportunity to thank Ella Y (Year 9) for her assistance with this vital ministry.

鈥楥ome, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.鈥Matthew 25:34-36

Mrs Alaina Frost, College Chaplain


Arts Week

6 May – 10 May

Arts Week goes beyond aesthetics, embodying how the arts enrich our lives by nurturing joy, building community and fostering personal growth.

The week began with the Stage Band’s lunchtime performance last Thursday, followed by outstanding results at the Generations in Jazz festival in Mount Gambier over the weekend. Year 10/11 Drama students delivered wonderful performances at the Golden Grove Recreation Centre, and throughout the week, all students had opportunities to engage with various art forms, including the Junior School Karaoke, daily drawing challenges, ‘Draw the Principal’ activities and a sneak peek of the JS Musicals opening song for Aladdin.听

Regardless of skill level, Arts Week was truly inclusive, emphasising the joy of creation over perfection. At 麻豆社, we’re grateful for the culture that values and nurtures creativity year-round, both inside and outside the classroom.听

Thank you to the Arts teaching and student team for their contributions, especially Mrs Graziano, for all her work organising the events and communications.

Mrs Emily Kenny


Important Information for Parents in relation to Tobacco and E-Cigarette Products

Significant changes to Vaping and E-Cigarette use have been introduced by Government in an effort to address the health concerns of users and the wider community. The changes to the legislation has come into effect since Friday, 1 March 2024.

These changes include persons using vapes and e-cigarettes in/around schools, children鈥檚 service premises and educational facilities.

There are penalties for breaches of the smoke-free and vape-free outdoor areas laws. These penalties can apply to (a) a person who smokes or vapes in a no smoking and no vaping outdoor public area prescribed by regulations and (b) to an occupier (e.g. owner/proprietor) that does not display sufficient signage (in such numbers and positions likely to be seen by persons within the area) declaring a prescribed public area to be smoke-free and vape-free.

The Tobacco and E-Cigarette Products (Smoking bans) Amendment Regulations 2023 create smoke-free and vape-free areas, including:

  • early childhood services premises, and education and children鈥檚 services facilities (including schools), and within 10 metres of their boundaries
  • sporting venues during an organised underage sporting event, training or practice session, and within 10 metres of their boundaries

The primary responsibility for the enforcement of the legislation rests with SA Health and not Police.

To report breaches of the legislation for further investigation, use the following SA Health’s online reporting portal:

Further information can be obtained through the SA Health website link.

We thank you for your support in building safer communities for all.


The Hamann School Mathematics Competition for Society of Petroleum Engineers

Earlier in the year, over 100 students from Years 4 to 12 participated in The Hamann School Mathematics Competition for Society of Petroleum Engineers, run by the Mathematical Association of South Australia. Students from various schools participated in this prestigious event, showcasing their skills and passion for mathematics.听

In the Intermediate division, Ojus T (Year 10) secured a Credit and Ryan F (Year 9) secured a Distinction. In the Senior division, Eugene L (Year 10) achieved a High Distinction.听

The success of these three students is a testament to their dedication, perseverance and passion for mathematics.

Mrs Nicola Fotheringham

Ojus T, Ryan F, Eugene L
(left to right)

Generations in Jazz Success

From 3 to 5 May, 22 麻豆社 music students and 4 staff journeyed to Mount Gambier for the 2024 Generations in Jazz festival. This national event brought together over 5000 students to perform jazz music and learn from renowned musicians.

Saturday was a whirlwind of performances and inspiration. The Stage Band captivated the audience at 8:20am despite chilly conditions. Luminaire followed suit at 1:45pm, delivering an energetic and cohesive performance.

The students were enthralled by acts like the ‘Hot Potato Band’, Kate Ceberano and Budjerah, who shared their insights and passion for music. At the final concert, Luminaire achieved 7th place in their division of 34 vocal ensembles, the results between 1st and 7th place only incremental. The Stage Band clinched 2nd place in their division and were also the inaugural winners of the Nick Mulder Memorial award. This award recognises the band and director’s ability to navigate instrument challenges and enhance overall sound orchestration.

Special thanks to Mr Gerald Pederick for his exceptional leadership of the Stage Band, Miss Belle Ballard for her work with Luminaire and Mrs Emilly Kenny for her support and enthusiasm. The students’ dedication and talent made us proud. We look forward to GIJ 2025!

Mrs Nadine Stroud

Generations in Jazz Trip – Friday, 3 May – Sunday, 5 May


Year 10/11 Drama Performance

Year 10 & 11 Drama

On Tuesday, 7 May, Year 10 and 11 Drama students presented two theatre pieces for their AT1 Task – Performance.

The first, “The Dumb Waiter” by Harold Pinter, was directed by Antony H (Year 11), with Preston B (Year 11) and Riley G (Year 11) performing the 2-person, 20-minute show. The second, “So Much to Tell You” by John Marsden, a full-length 90-minute play about a boarding school student with mutism and the students who live with her. “So Much to Tell You” had a cast of over 20 performers, all taking to the stage.

Our students collaborated as performers, directors, lighting designers, costume designers, sound designers, stage managers and hair and make-up designers 鈥 all adding to the value of their production.

Mr Christopher Bond

Live Theatre Excursion

Year 11 Essential English

Year 11 Essential English students had the opportunity to visit the Space Theatre at the Festival Centre to see a performance of Windmill Theatre鈥檚 鈥楥reation Creation.鈥

Accompanied by Mrs Sally Tilly and Mr Nick Wing, the students enjoyed this unique experience and will reflect on the performance by writing a theatre review.

Mrs Sarah Bloomfield

True Stories

Year 8 Language & Literature

As part of their True Stories unit, the Year 8 Language and Literature students had the pleasure of listening to recounts from Mr Fennell, Mrs Edwards and Mr Tamblyn. Students were inspired by Mr Fennell’s tale of a small act that had heartwarming consequences, amused by Mrs Edwards ironic story of revenge and enthralled by Mr Tamblyn’s childhood recollection that changed his mindset for the future. We appreciated the time each staff member gave us.

Mr Andrew Richards



The 麻豆社 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 麻豆社 Extra-curricular activities and events.