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+ From the Principal - May News

The next 4 years bode well for Pembroke School. There are a number of strategic initiatives underway that will add considerably to our already exciting programs and opportunities. I have written...

From the Principal - May News

The next 4 years bode well for Pembroke School. There are a number of strategic initiatives underway that will add considerably to our already exciting programs and opportunities. I have written much about the new Middle School (MS) building, so I won’t do so again; suffice to say that work is now fully underway to encourage businesses into the facility. The ‘enterprise spaces’ are being planned for operation when the building opens. Many from the community have offered us exciting insights, contacts and opportunities for these spaces. Currently a staff Professional Learning Forum (PLF) is following up these leads and developing plans to make this possible. The same PLF is also working on ways to offer some interdisciplinary learning experiences for students in the MS. If one considers the success of the PYP Personal Project in Year 6 and imagines how this or ideas like it may be incorporated into our MS program, it is indeed an exciting time.

The Pembroke Academy is being encouraged further by seeking additional connections with universities and institutes. The benefits that the School derives from a fully engaged and promoted adult learning experience for all its employees is well known to us. There is an excellent opportunity for higher education institutions and institutes to be part of that development. Placing even more support and dedicated commitment around the Pembroke Academy will bear fruit. The professional standing of all staff at Pembroke is taken seriously, and we are a better School for focusing on it. Attracting, maintaining and developing our staff, both teaching and non-teaching, is a fundamental goal of Pembroke and has been throughout its history. It is a goal that ensures that our staff’s professional lives are challenging, rewarding and supported.

Extending our curriculum offerings includes critical thinking, ethical decision-making and providing room for a focus on sports development for those with particular talents and abilities. We will also be examining the possibilities of introducing a semi-immersion French program. Anticipating the considerable influence that French companies now have in South Australia with submarine, ship, water and power contracts, and our School’s longstanding commitment to second language learning, the possibility is well worth pursuing.

Exploring these opportunities, along with encouraging greater levels of student independence and self-reflection on their approach to schooling, ensures that our aims and the core beliefs we hold dear will educate all deeply and broadly.

Our initiatives don’t stop there. We wish to extend our commitment to supporting students with learning needs beyond school. The years immediately after school present many challenges for some students and families who have become used to the considerable support that a school community offers them. An exploration is underway to provide some transition-to-work opportunities for these students. We currently provide this opportunity within our Grounds team at School and we feel that it is time to extend this thinking to include more training options. For this reason we are exploring the feasibility of operating a School Café that functions as a café and training resource for students with learning support needs.

Our pastoral care structure has been reviewed. Heads of House roles will be extended to include pastoral care continuity for students from Year 7 to Year 12. The pastoral approach in Years 7–10 and 11–12 with the current emphasis on less House activities in Senior School and subject-based tute groups will remain, but the continuity of care offered by a Head of House will be increased. The current role of Senior Tutor is being reviewed to ensure that it complements the new approach well.

A Director of Development and Communication has been appointed, Mrs Hannah Bone. Mrs Bone brings a wealth of experience to all aspects of school development including marketing, publications, philanthropy and communication. We will all see the benefits of a holistic approach to this important area of the life of the School. There are many ambitious ideas for the future development of Pembroke and the engagement of many aspects of our community in a variety of ways that will encourage our School to prosper. You will hear more about the Pembroke Cultural Trust and other branches of our School’s outreach program. You will hear more about our emerging endowment strategy and marketing plans. You will feel the power of a connected community through joint old scholar and School development initiatives that will breathe life into hitherto underdeveloped areas of the broader School community.
So, there is much to anticipate. I am excited by the developments and look forward to sharing them with you as they unfold.

Mr Luke Thomson
Principal

+ Pembroke School Foundation

On 1 March the Principal Mr Luke Thomson and Foundation Chairman Mr David Minns welcomed donors and guests to celebrate the commencement of construction of the Shipsters Road Design, Technology,...

Pembroke School Foundation

Celebration of commencement of construction

On 1 March the Principal Mr Luke Thomson and Foundation Chairman Mr David Minns welcomed donors and guests to celebrate the commencement of construction of the Shipsters Road Design, Technology, Science and Art Building. The celebration offered a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge and thank the many supporters of the current capital campaign who are enabling this milestone development for Pembroke School.

Gathered in the Aitchison Courtyard adjacent to where the bridge will connect the Middle School to the Shipsters Road Building, supporters listened to the Principal describe the consultative and collaborative processes that have contributed to the planning for and design of this very exciting educational facility.

The Principal spoke of the opportunities that the Shipsters Road Building will bring for Pembroke students and the concept of inviting the world in through the design of the building itself and through educational programs. This includes the provision of spaces across all three floors of the building in which students and visiting professionals can explore entrepreneurial ideas together.

Our donors understand the value of this project and the extent of the expected opportunities for current and future staff and students. Old scholars and past, current and new parents made up the contingent that enjoyed the event, with catering provide by Mr Callum Hann (MasterChef, 2010) and Mr Themis Chryssidis of Sprout Cooking School.

If you are interested in finding out more about opportunities to support the Shipsters Road Project, please contact Ms Amanda Bourchier, Foundation Director, by email development@pembroke.sa.edu.au or phone +61 8 8366 6830.

+ Robotics World Championships

In April 20 Pembroke students from FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition Team Koalafied attended the FIRST World Championships in Houston, Texas, with tens of...

Robotics World Championships

In April 20 Pembroke students from FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition Team Koalafied attended the FIRST World Championships in Houston, Texas, with tens of thousands of students from all corners of the world taking part in the different levels of competition.

Team Koalafied competes in the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC), the highest level of all the robotics competitions. This year we have been playing at the Roebling Division with 67 other teams. Our robot performed very well—the autonomous code written by our software team has been impressive and the drive team has shown the skills honed during weeks of driving practice. At the end of Qualifications we were ranked 30th and were the first pick for the 8th seeded alliance for the Eliminations rounds. Although we dropped out at the quarter finals against the No. 1 Alliance of the division, this result puts Team Koalafied in the top 10% of FRC teams worldwide, which is a remarkable success for a first-year team. All the matches we have played can be seen at the following link: https://www.thebluealliance.com/team/6996/2018.

Taking part in the World Championships was an incredible experience, with highlights such as a visit to the NASA Space Center, dancing at RoboProm and watching the finals at Minute Maid Park with 30,000 people. It was a great opportunity to meet and talk with students from all over the world who share similar interests. We have achieved much more than we expected, but taking part in the event was also a lesson in humility as we had an opportunity to see top teams with their magnificent robots performing at a level we could hardly imagine possible. We all know that we will need to work very hard to make a better robot for next year’s competition, and we are ready for it. Please see photo on back page.

Timothy, Emil (both Yr 9) and Amber (Yr 11)

+ Year 6 Camp

The Year 6 students enjoyed their time in Canberra during March 19–21, 2018. Below are some highlights of their camp.

Year 6 Camp

The Year 6 students enjoyed their time in Canberra during March 19–21, 2018. Below are some highlights of their camp.

Aboriginal Tent Embassy: My favourite part of the Canberra trip would have to be the Aboriginal Tent Embassy because it was extremely interesting. A member of the Embassy taught us more about the stolen generation. We sat around a fire for about 30 minutes listening to the caretaker teaching us how Aboriginals were discriminated against. They had barely any rights and a lot of the Aboriginal children were removed from their original families to be introduced to white families. I also found the sovereignty signs very creative and relatable to what happened to the Aboriginal culture.
Suzannah 

The War Memorial: My most memorable moment would be finding my great, great, great Uncle Keith's name on the wall at the War Memorial and putting a poppy next to his name. Keith Alfred Leicester was only 20 when he died in action in the Second World War. He is really high on the big panels on the walls. At the War Memorial we had a guided tour and saw a light show that was about the Second World War. There was also a gift shop that sold poppies and all sorts of different hats and things to do with the War Memorial.
Eve  

Questacon: On our last day we went to Questacon, the National Science and Technology Centre. It was so much fun!—probably a huge highlight for many of the students. The building was so big, which just means more fun! There was a mixture of games, challenges, exhibits, rides and a load of information all around! The first room we went to had a slide that had an almost vertical drop! The gift shop was also amazing and we thoroughly enjoyed the trip.
James 

AIS: The best thing about camp was the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) tour. The AIS was the best because we saw how all the athletes train, especially the swimmers. The tour guide was a professional swimmer named Jesse. He showed us how the pool works, with all its cameras to video the swimmers swimming. He also showed us a room with a rockclimbing wall, a rowing machine, and basketball and soccer machines, and we were able to try these.
Lily  

Bowling night: We arrived in Canberra and went bowling on the first night. It was my favourite activity by far because I was with my friends laughing and just having a good time. Also there was the slightest amount of competition between us and the other groups. I was in a group with Tom, Nick, Jack and Stewart. We played two rounds and they were extremely fun too. After bowling we got back to the AIS residence around 10:30 pm.
Bill 

The Mint: As we arrived at the Mint we got to see all kinds of cool coins. Do you know they can make 650 coins a minute and two million a day? They even made one-dollar coins in the olden days. Their record is manufacturing 750 coins per minute! We learnt about how the coins were made and how they were transported to the bank. At last we got to go to the gift shop. There were so many coins, even a coin that cost $8000. At the entrance of the Mint is a dome with 99,000 coins.
William 

+ Year 4 Camp

The Year 4 students have recently enjoyed a fun-filled Camp at El Shaddai in Wellington. The camp complemented our Unit of Inquiry related to developing a positive growth mindset and...

Year 4 Camp

The Year 4 students have recently enjoyed a fun-filled Camp at El Shaddai in Wellington. The camp complemented our Unit of Inquiry related to developing a positive growth mindset and optimism through teamwork and new challenges. The students participated in a range of indoor and outdoor activities (including archery, obstacle courses, rockclimbing, the giant swing and laser skirmish), which provided opportunities to develop and reflect on collaborative skills, resilience and risk-taking while having fun in a safe and inclusive environment.

At camp the students enjoyed sharing dorms with their friends and being independent away from the comforts of home. Many loved the big communal dining room and commented that the food was amazing—some students even asked the cooks for the recipes to take home. A few other highlights of the camp included a walk down to the river, a year-level talent show and a movie night on the last evening to relax and unwind after a couple of action-packed fun days. We were blessed with beautiful weather and students were able to utilise every possible moment outside when they were given free time, with a variety of beautiful grassed areas, flying foxes, trampolines and tarzan swings available.

Overall the camp was a wonderful experience for the students and supervising teachers. Everybody learnt new skills, built new friendships and most of all had an incredible time!

Mrs Doyle and Mr May
Teachers

+ Close the Gap

Close the Gap recently celebrated its 10th year, with Pembroke students organising and running another outstanding awareness-raising campaign designed to educate students and give them opportunities to voice their concern...

Close the Gap

Close the Gap recently celebrated its 10th year, with Pembroke students organising and running another outstanding awareness-raising campaign designed to educate students and give them opportunities to voice their concern at the health gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Senior School students took part in the event for the first time, creating a ribbon display that represented the Indigenous flag. Year 9 students once again led a mass-participation event in the Middle School, creating a giant banner inspired by the work of New York artist Keith Haring, upon which student messages related to this issue were placed. Petitions were also signed, pledging support of Oxfam’s Close the Gap campaign.

Issues around Indigenous disadvantage and historical factors related to the impacts of European settlement on Indigenous groups were also taught in History and Geography classes in the Middle School. I would like to thank Ms Cowell and Ms O’Connor for their outstanding work in supporting students in this effort.

Mr Miller
Head of Humanities

+ 2018 Pembroke Unreel Film Festival

On Friday 17 March we celebrated the 10th Pembroke Unreel Film Festival in DY Hall, which showcased the best films made in 2017 by our students and staff.

2018 Pembroke Unreel Film Festival

On Friday 17 March we celebrated the 10th Pembroke Unreel Film Festival in DY Hall, which showcased the best films made in 2017 by our students and staff. Award-winning and internationally acclaimed film director and old scholar Justin Kurzel began the night with an inspiring speech that explained his journey from Pembroke to Hollywood, speaking of ‘the Arts’ like a muscle needing to be trained and pushed.

The films screened captured our students’ film education experience at Pembroke. The program starts in the Junior School where they explore storytelling in film for the first time, with professional assistance from Art staff and professional film-maker Chloe Gardner. This initial experience is built on in the Middle School by Pembroke’s own Ms Brooks, with our Year 10 Film classes and our co-curricular film group run by Mr Izzo and Ms Brooks. This year for the first time we saw some film product from our first ever Creative Arts Film students in Years 11 and 12. All films showed the creativity, organisation and skill developed throughout their Film units. I was impressed with the students’ voice, commitment and ability to work alongside industry professionals. I was also encouraged by the exploration and experimentation seen in some of the students’ work, showing the influences and techniques taught in class.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our film partners Anomaly Media and Kids, Camera, Action who provided patient and expert guidance for our staff and students. Thank you also to Ms Bourchier and The Pembroke Foundation for their continued financial contribution to our Film program. Thanks to the Pembroke Drama Forum for their assistance with refreshments and catering. Last, I would like to thank the Film staff for their efforts throughout the year, and our Drama and Film Assistant Ms Dalton who coordinated the 2018 Festival and once again did an outstanding job. Due to Ms Dalton efforts DY Hall and the accompanying balcony had never looked so festive, encouraging the attendees to linger long into the night.

The individual winners on the night were:
• Best screenplay – ‘Secrets’
• Best Director – ‘Apple Tree’
• Best Director of Photography – ‘Judged’
• Best Editor – ‘Apple Tree’

The Drama Forum People’s Choice Award went to ‘Heist’ and the Margaret Bennett Award for Best Film was awarded to ‘Secrets’.

Mr Woon
Head of Drama and Film

+ Connect Program Excursion to Cleland Wildlife Park

In February the 12 students in the Pembroke Connect program, along with Mr Freesmith and Mrs Barnard, visited Cleland Wildlife Park near Mount Lofty as part of our research projects...

Connect Program Excursion to Cleland Wildlife Park

In February the 12 students in the Pembroke Connect program, along with Mr Freesmith and Mrs Barnard, visited Cleland Wildlife Park near Mount Lofty as part of our research projects on native Australian animals.

Each of us researched a different species and at Cleland we were able to conduct primary research by observing the features and behaviour of our animal and asking questions of their keepers. We were interested in finding out about their habitats and diets and to see how they interacted with humans and each other.

My focus animal was the goanna and Cleland has several types. One of them is a lace monitor, which can grow up to 2 metres long. Another is the heath monitor, which is smaller. Its skin is brown and patterned for camouflage.

I think Cleland is an important place for the conservation of native species and for human beings to learn about native wildlife.

Grace (Yr 10) on behalf of the students in the Pembroke Connect program

+ Old Watulunga

The Old Watulunga Environmental Education Centre provides ideal opportunities for students to undertake environmental research and fieldwork, and the recent upgrades have created a spectacular space for them to take...

Old Watulunga

The Old Watulunga Environmental Education Centre provides ideal opportunities for students to undertake environmental research and fieldwork, and the recent upgrades have created a spectacular space for them to take part in collaborative learning activities.

The centre hosted the Year 11 IB Environmental Systems and Societies cohort and the Stage 2 SACE Geography classes as students carried out vital preparation for upcoming summative fieldwork experiences.

The IB students were introduced to a range of biodiversity-measuring techniques that will be used in their upcoming Kakadu trip, and also explored aquaculture and alternative food sources. Highlights of their visit included a carp cook-off and swimming with tuna at the Oceanic Victor marine centre.

The SACE activities focused on developing the students’ abilities to create effective inquiry questions and test hypotheses through the use of spatial technology, made possible with the advanced ICT infrastructure at the centre. They also participated in a workshop on statistical testing and competed in a fiercely contested Geography quiz night.

Students in both groups sourced and used local produce in their catering, fostering discussions around food security and sustainable production. The new facility is a vital resource in ensuring that our students are exposed to best practice in environmental fieldwork, and in maintaining Pembroke’s position as a lead school in the field of Geography and Environmental Science.

Mr Miller, Mr Quinn and Ms Hunt
Teachers

+ Girls Summer Sport

The 2018 summer Sports season started with success and enthusiasm from the Pembroke girls. We entered teams in all the IGSSA sports and also competed in the Catholic Schools Touch...

Girls Summer Sport

The 2018 summer Sports season started with success and enthusiasm from the Pembroke girls. We entered teams in all the IGSSA sports and also competed in the Catholic Schools Touch and Water Polo competitions. Overall it was a positive term of Girls sport with some notable performances. A big thank you to all the girls involved, and to their families, for their commitment and support.

We had 15 Tennis teams taking to the courts in the IGSSA competition. The Monday afternoon Premier League competition and Premier League Reserves continue to be a success. The standard of Tennis played on a Monday afternoon is extremely high. This season the Premiership team had only two losses—against Scotch College and St Peter’s Girls School. The Premiership Reserves were undefeated, winning all their matches in almost straight sets each week. Our other divisions have had similar success, with the Division 1 Gold, and Division 2 Yellow and White teams, finishing Term 1 undefeated. Special thanks to Mr Gould and his team for their coaching, support and encouragement of the Pembroke Tennis players.

The Volleyball numbers have been high again this year, with Pembroke entering five Senior and four Middle School teams. There were some excellent performances from the senior players, especially the A team in the Intercollegiate Cup against Scotch, where the girls played with great intensity and precision. Thank you to Mr Lehman (Head of Volleyball) and Ms Gurner for the knowledge, effort and enthusiasm they bring to each session. Special mention goes to the Middle A team, coached by Ms Krieg, who finished the term undefeated. Our Volleyball teams across the board were involved in some great matches and it was pleasing to see the eagerness of the players each week.

Touch Football continues as one of our major summer sports; we entered three Senior and three Middle School teams. Thank you to Ms Martin and her team of coaches for all their efforts and energy throughout the season thus far. Congratulations to the Senior C players who won the pennant match against St Michael’s College. Other noteworthy performances include the Senior A team winning against Marryatville High School 5-4 in round 4, and the Middle B and C teams who made the playoffs but were unfortunately defeated on the day.

This year we were able to enter a Senior A team in the IGSSA Basketball competition, along with two Senior C teams. Our Senior A team, coached by Mr Wong and Miss Johnson, continued to develop and improve this term. Congratulations to Holly who made the U16 SA State Basketball team; she will be competing in the Australian Under 16 Junior Championship in Queensland. We also entered an A, a B and three C teams into the Middle-level competition. The Middle A’s won five out of their six matches, including an outstanding win against Immanuel College. Thank you to Seb and Che for the enthusiasm and passion you bring to Girls Basketball, and thanks to all the coaches and staff involved.

Water Polo has been very popular this year, with an increase in the number of Middle School teams. We entered two Senior teams and three Middle teams. Games were competitive and exciting to watch. Special mention must go to the Middle A and B teams who both made the playoffs, with the A team taking out the pennant by winning 6-4 against St Ignatius College. Coaching staff have done a fantastic job preparing their teams this term. Congratulations must go to Lucy who was selected in the State U14 Girls Water Polo team; they competed in the U14 Girls National Championships held at Albury–Wodonga.

We entered a Senior B Softball team who competed admirably, particularly considering that they are a group of younger players. They had an exceptional match against Scotch in the Intercollegiate Cup where they rose to the standard of the Scotch A Grade side. The girls are continuing to develop and understand the game. Thank you to Coach Ms Fleming and a big thank you to Mr Gregg for offering his expertise and support throughout Term 1.

We entered two teams this year into the Strikers Girls Cricket League. It was great to see good numbers involved in Cricket and the players were enthusiastic and keen to develop. They had an excellent match against Mercedes College; they came out with a strong victory with each Mercedes player being bowled out. Thank you to Mr Quinn and Mr Wells for driving this exciting new sport.

Ms Clark
Director of Girls Sport

+ Boys Summer Sport

Pembroke students have once again embraced our diverse Sports program this summer, representing the School proudly in 14 different sports.

Boys Summer Sport

Pembroke students have once again embraced our diverse Sports program this summer, representing the School proudly in 14 different sports. In total Pembroke had 110 teams participate in competitions from Year 7 and older, which is more than 1,000 positions being filled weekly from the 1,200 students enrolled. This is truly a tremendous achievement from our students and a credit to our staff and outside coaches who make these activities so rewarding for those involved. Added to this we have had over 100 students begin training for their winter commitments in a number of sports, some starting as early as Week 2 of the term!

Athletes have been training hard on Haslam Oval under the guidance of Mr Claridge and his coaches. Our athletes recorded some pleasing results at the State Championships held in February, with a number going on to represent the State at the Nationals. Archie (bronze), Toby (gold) and Joe (bronze) all came home with a medal, and Toby achieved a personal best on the national stage for the 800m!

Volleyball has continued to be a popular choice, with Pembroke filling three teams in the Years 7–9 competition and five teams in the Open Division. This year we have appointed Mr Lehmann as our Head of Volleyball. He has played the sport at both international and state level. Since retiring he has been a board member of Volleyball SA for over 10 years, chaired the Volleyball SA Sports Organising Committee and is a Life member of Volleyball SA. He has been a tremendous addition to both Boys and Girls Volleyball and, together with Mr Miller (Middle School) and Mr Clark (Open), has done a tremendous job managing our teams. Most teams had their share of wins, with the First VI winning all bar one of their games.

Close to 100 boys chose Tennis as one of their summer sports this term, enabling us to nominate 13 teams from Year 7 and older. Head Tennis Coach Mr Gould continues to set a high standard at training and, with the support of Mr Charlesworth (Yr 7), Mr Hopkins (Senior A and Drive), Ms Hunt (Senior B/C) and Mr Shillabeer (Middle A–C), the Tennis teams have recorded some pleasing results. The Drive team currently sit in the middle of the table.

Pembroke has nominated 10 Cricket teams in the Year 7 and older competition this season, with two teams in each of Years 7, 8 and 9. Jordan Leiman has continued on as Head Cricket Coach and together with staff and outside coaches has worked hard to develop consistency among the playing group. Harry (Captain First XI) made an excellent 100 n.o. against Immanuel College, but unfortunately runs were scarce for our batsmen and this made it a difficult term for our bowlers!

Pembroke has been rebuilding in Badminton for the past 2 years after losing a strong group of players. This process has worked well, with the Open A team winning all bar one of their games this term. Old scholar Mr Sun has continued in his role as Open A Coach, with Mr McCann assisting him, while Mr Bawden and Mr Derrington have been working with the Years 7–9 players. Ms Holds has continued in her managing role and been a tremendous help to Mr McCann in managing the senior teams. The future looks bright, with the Middle A team winning all their games comprehensively.

As with most sports Pembroke School has appointed a Head of Water Polo. Mr Peters has taken on this role, assisting in the development of our coaches and players alike, to ensure that our students get the most out of their Water Polo. We fielded four teams this season, two from the Middle School and two Senior teams. The Middle School teams both experienced much success, with the Middle B team remaining undefeated and the Middle A dropping the first game of the year but then winning all others. The Open A held their own in a strong Open Division, with the highlight of the season being a comeback against Prince Alfred College—with our team trailing by 4 at half-time the team fought back to salvage a draw and secure a spot in the finals. Mr Ganama has done an outstanding job motivating and managing the Open teams.

Pembroke has regained some strength in its Swimming team in recent years and once again we were represented in both the SAAS final and the School Sport SA Secondary A Grade competition. Staff member Mrs Martin has been joined by old scholar MS King and together they have united the swimmers, creating a reliable and high-performing squad. 

This season, along with the regular sporting competitions held weekly, a number of students have been involved in a range of activities including Sailing at West Beach and the SASSSA Triathlon Championships event held at West Lakes. On Monday 7 May three students represented the School in the Teams Cup Golf Championships at North Adelaide Golf Course. In addition we have had close to 20 students selected in State or National teams already this year, and current student Matt has just competed at the 2018 Commonwealth Games where he successfully won a bronze medal in the synchronised 3m springboard event—an amazing achievement and credit for the dedication he has shown to his sport.

I would like to congratulate all students who have represented Pembroke this season and wish everyone all the best for the upcoming winter season, in particular Mr Lentakis who will be Acting Director of Boys Sport while I take sabbatical leave during Term 2 to investigate our Sports program further.

Mr Reid
Head of Sport

+ Head of the River

This year’s Head of the River Regatta, held on 17 March, offered a wonderful showcase of the Pembroke Rowing crews and the standard they had reached during the season.

Head of the River

This year’s Head of the River Regatta, held on 17 March, offered a wonderful showcase of the Pembroke Rowing crews and the standard they had reached during the season. On a very windy day the first win was achieved by the Boys 8B, followed by the Girls 8A and 9A crews. Their magnificent form was supported by the many strong showings by the other boats.

I was amazed by the depth of feeling of the Pembroke crowd as the Boys First Eight stormed home only to be overtaken by a stronger St Peter’s College boat. Racing past the hotel for the final 500 m our crew was hit by the full force of the cross-head wind and the boat speed fell, thus allowing the St Peter’s boat to pull away. Pushing through the pain barrier the First Eight, stroked by Nick Blackman, recovered their form and were gaining boat speed as they crossed the finish line. Second place in this event was Pembroke’s best result in over a decade—well done to Coach Simon Lane and all the boys. With Pembroke hosting the 2019 Head of the River, the expectations are high for future success.

The Girls senior crews were out of luck this year. However, they have established a very firm foundation on which they can build heading into the 2019 season.

The season is not just about the Head of the River, but about the journey that has taken all the rowers from the pre-season in Term 3 of 2017 to this high stakes regatta. Many of our rowers have experienced the joy of winning and the sorrow of losing, and I hope that this has made them better people and more capable of dealing with life’s travails and successes.

Rowing has few peers in school sport and is arguably the most disciplined activity you can undertake. With this in mind rowers are often the high achievers in both the academic and sporting worlds. Our rowers look forward to a bright future in all their pursuits.

A big thank you goes to the Pembroke Rowing Parents Association for their season-long support and hosting of the presentation dinner. Well done to the rowers, parents and coaches who worked so hard to make 2017–18 a successful season. Thank you also to Principal Mr Luke Thomson and the School staff for their generous support and encouragement of Rowing.
We finished the season with Nick Blackman, Alistair Sadler, Frank Headley and Will Sam competing in Sydney for the SA Pathways Eight—a wonderful end to a great season

Winning Crews
Boys 8B Quad Scull 
Debuting in his first year as Coach, Mr Francis (2017) guided the Boys 8B Quad Scull to victory. The crew was stroked by Henry who was competing in his first season. 

Girls 8A Quad Scull 
The Girls 8A crew continued their early success to take out their event. Lucy, who had only recently taken the reins as coxswain, led her crew to victory with a 4-second margin over Adelaide High School. The crew rowed well together and had a polished look that was far superior to their age category. Thank you to Ms Baum (2017) in her first year as Coach. 

Girls 9A Quad Scull
The Girls 9A Quad Scull crew continued their season-long domination to take out the A event. Sofia, stroke of the boat, set a cracking pace to send them to an early lead. Directed by Eve in the coxswain’s seat, the crew fought off a fast-paced Wilderness School combination. With barely a change to their long smooth strokes the girls looked poised and in control as they crossed the line. Their Coach was Mr Kirchner, University of Adelaide and State team rower.

Special Mention
The Girls 9C crew came second at the Head of the River and comprised three Year 8 and two Year 9 rowers. They worked incredibly hard during the season to race against full Year 9 boats from the other schools. Their magnificent effort saw them gain one of Pembroke’s highest placings. 

Head of the River Placings
Junior Squad
Boys Year 8: A – fourth, B – first, C – fourth, D – seventh
Boys Year 9: A – fifth, B – third, C – third
Girls Year 8: A – first, B – seventh 
Girls Year 9: A – first, B – second, C – second 

Intermediate Squad
Girls Year 10: A – eighth, B – third

Senior Squad
Girls First Eight – sixth, First Four – sixth
Boys First Eight – second

Mr Potts
Head of Rowing