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Term 1 Week 6 2022

From the Principal

Dear St Michael’s College Community,

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day was celebrated on Tuesday March 8 and is a day that commemorates the social, political and economic achievements of women.

Women in different parts of the world use this day to come together to celebrate one another as they strive for equal treatment and representation.

This year’s campaign is represented by the #BreakTheBias hashtag and calls on people to work towards a world that is equitable, inclusive, and free from bias and discrimination so the playing field is levelled for women moving forward.

Mrs Joanne Gilmore explored the theme of ‘bias’ with some of our youngest female students in Year 1 last week. It is important that we as educators explore every aspect of a young person’s aspirations. Students are then empowered to better choose who they become as people, learners and leaders in the world.

“Here’s to Strong Women: May We Know Them. May We Be Them. May We Raise Them.”

Reflective Garden

The Reflective Garden project is nearing completing with our Eco Squad planting this week. The Squad will also support the maintenance of the Garden which we value as a community. This exciting new space between the Chapel and Lawrie Street will soon be available to provide a quiet and restful space for prayer and reflection in a beautiful garden space. The stepped seating area will be used to address students prior to them using the space to nurture their individual and group spiritual development and mindfulness. The use of the running stream through the centre of the space, varied plantings, multiple seating spaces and winding paths creates a tranquil path for people of all backgrounds to nurture their spiritual self. Staff will also be encouraged to utilise the space for their personal spiritual nourishment.

Kind regards,

Damian Patton
Acting Principal

Weekly Communication and Important Dates


Week 7

14 March
Adelaide Cup Public Holiday

17 March
National Close the Gap Day

18 March
National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence

Week 8

21 March
Harmony Day

23 March
Year 8 Immunisations

Week 10

8 April
Mission Action Day

Week 11

13 April
Year 10 Immunisations

Please click here to view our online calendar.


The Uniform Shop are now accepting bookings for winter uniform fittings.

Please book now by contacting 8150 2306.


Given the disrupted start to the academic year, Catholic Schools in SA decided to defer invoicing the 2022 Tuition Fees.

Please note that invoices will be processed over the coming weeks and payment terms extended to accommodate the delay in invoicing.

New parents will receive a link from School Smart to set up their payment arrangements within the next week.

We apologise for the inconvenience.  Please do not hesitate to contact the College if you have any concerns.

Mr Dominic LoBasso, Business Manager

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Whole School


For the past 30 years, Clean Up Australia Day has highlighted the need to keep our country beautiful. This year over one million Australians donated their time to improving the environment by cleaning up!

We are proud of the achievements of our students at both campuses who stepped up once again to clean up our school environments.

Year 5 students did a brilliant job of cleaning the Primary Campus, picking up a total of 2099 pieces of rubbish. Even though we have daily waste warriors volunteer to clean up our school yard, and to most it does look clean, they did an incredible job of finding the hidden litter, often blown into tricky spots.

Following up from their clean up, they will be reporting back to our Sustainability Committee on the worst areas, most commonly found items, and solutions to the ongoing litter that we find.

At the Secondary Campus, seven classes volunteered their time by helping our Eco Squad clean up the whole campus. Though the group did not count the individual pieces of litter, they did fill up four large bags with rubbish. Another job very well done and appreciated!

The next step in this process is the promotion of having more ‘nude food’ lunches and using our ample recycle bins correctly.

Let’s take pride in a clean school environment and extend this attitude out into the wider community at all times.

Mrs Robyn Palmer, Sustainability Officer


Primary Campus


The mission of Arch D Radio & Podcasting is to, “showcase the voices of young people and communities inside the Archdiocese of Adelaide”. Last year at the Primary Campus 28 students across Year 5 and 6 participated in the Arch D program run by James Meston. This program involves 29 schools and over 1000 students. Our students learnt how to interview and chat cast, as well as the technical know-how of editing – we now almost have professional qualifications! Their episodes were an eclectic mix of topics to say the least as students were given full creative control.

Each year Arch D has a grand award ceremony, and we are proud of the following nominated teams:


An award for a student that demonstrated leadership within their podcasting community, elevating the quality of both their own and other’s podcast work to the highest standard.
LLL: Thriving people, capable learners, leaders for the world God desires

  • Sebastian K. – St Michael’s Primary

NB: Only Primary student nominated in this category!


Recognising the most engaging episode that consistently and effectively use the techniques taught within the ARCH D courses in the creation of their podcast.
LLL: Capability: Literate, numerate and effective communicators

  • Ben, Oliver & Jeremy “Strange Animal Names” – St Michael’s Primary
PODCAST TEAM OF THE YEAR (Primary and Secondary)

An award to recognize outstanding teamwork and how it assisted in creating a great quality podcast.
LLL: Capability: Self-Aware Collaborative & Socially Adept

  • Oliver and Marco “ Then and Now”

It is with great pleasure that we announce that Ben, Oliver and Jeremy were awarded Podcast Episode of the Year. Congratulations!

Sebastian K has also been selected for a global project to work with Ira Glass from This American Life – a huge opportunity!

At the Primary Campus, a cornerstone of our curriculum is the Primary Values that assist students in developing skills and dispositions for learning and life.  We know that when our students have a voice it gives them agency and in turn empowers them to direct and take responsibility for their learning.

The Podcast program is continuing to evolve across the College. In 2022 we have just recorded a joint project for IWD with Year 12 and Year 1 girls involved. Listen out for this as the Year 1 girls really rise to the occasion. For the first time Year 7 will also be running a podcast program this year. We will continue with our program here at the primary campus so keep an eye on social media for announcements. Thank you to James Meston from Arch D, his creativity, humour and enthusiasm has spurred us all on to embrace the power of voices to persuade, entertain and inform.

Ms Joanne Gilmore, Director of Teaching and Learning – Primary


For our newly appointed Faith Service Community (FSC) Leaders, their philanthropy and service journey began on Thursday 10 March. Our St Michael’s College FSC Leaders, together with students from MacKillop Catholic Primary School, Andergrove (QLD), attended their first Zoom session with Caritas Australia. The focus for this week was on Anatercia’s story in Mozambique.

Anatercia is a 12-year-old girl who thanks to the support of Caritas and schools communities like ours, is now able to access clean drinking water, eat nutritious food and attend school. She is in Year 6 like our leaders. In preparation for the Q&A session, the FSCs watched a video and prepared questions they wanted to ask Caritas staff. As the person supervising the session, I felt very proud of our young students’ commitment and engagement. They listened attentively and asked pertinent questions about the irrigation system, the languages spoken in Mozambique, and wondered how important it was for Anatercia to receive her school uniform, considering her sense of belonging. It was very powerful to have Sr Ivy Khoury, Coordinator of Africa Programs at Caritas Australia, answer the questions and tell the story of the people of Mozambique so beautifully, honouring who they are and their resilience in the face of hardship. Sr Ivy affirmed the importance of communities working together to serve those in need for the benefit of all future generations.

Over the period of Lent, our FSC Leaders will participate in four more Zoom appointments, each time exploring a different global community. Trusting in Grace, I know that the lessons learnt will encourage our children to be compassionate leaders for the world God desires. Their leadership will provide them with opportunities to develop their voice against injustice and to stand up for the poor. Their faith in action, drawing on the stories and message of Jesus and our Founder, St John Baptist de La Salle, hopes to create a ripple effect in our school community and beyond. May we be full of hope for all future generations.

Mrs Patrizia Puglia, Director of Religion and Spirituality – Primary

Sr Ivy’s lesson on philanthropy: “That’s where you come in – thinking of kids less fortunate than yourself. If you can give even just $1. It’s you that’s making the difference.” (CARITAS Q&A Session 1, 10/03/2022))

Secondary Campus


College Leader Madison Caldwell

As a leader I would describe myself as approachable, a good listener, caring and responsible.

I am the proudest of achieving my Certificate 4 in Photography because I worked hard to finish it before I started Year 12.

My favourite bands/artists are Jess Day, and The Rubens.

In my spare time I like to catch up with friends and family and watch Netflix.

The best thing about attending SMC is the community we have and all the amazing teachers that go above and beyond for their students!

I have a pet dog named Ringo and a cat named Tiger.

To be a Lasallian Leader means to lead by example and be involved in the school community.

This year as a College Leader I wish to be best known as someone everyone feels comfortable around and feels they can talk to about anything.

Five words which best describe my personality are considerate, creative, funny, kind-hearted and helpful.

A person I most admire is my mum because she has been a constant role model and support in my life.

A quote that I believe in is “worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles, it takes away today’s peace.”

A teacher at SMC I admire is Mrs LeRay-Warren and Mrs Webb because they are compassionate teachers and have inspired me to become a teacher.

Miguel House Captain Georgie Davis

As a leader I would describe myself as enthusiastic, positive and inclusive.

I am the proudest of working at my part-time job, winning four premierships in a row, and making the state netball team. I am proud of these activities because they keep me busy and have opened my perspective and given me opportunities not everyone would have.

My greatest sporting moment was when I was awarded the association award in my first year playing football.

My favourite song is Dancing Queen by ABBA.

Someone I admire is my Auntie Linda.

Funniest moment in my life was when I threw an onion at my sister.

In my spare time I like to see my friends and go to the beach.

The best thing about attending SMC is the opportunities and support the College provides students.

I have a pet dog whose name is Elvis.

This year as a House Captain I wish to be best known as a happy and supportive individual who all students feel comfortable approaching.

A teacher at SMC I admire is Mr Biggs because he is a relatable and helpful person.

Something interesting about me no one knows? I knitted a blanket for a special person.


In Week 5 the Year 10 Outdoor Education program began with an excursion. Students attended Beyond Bouldering, an indoor bouldering activity like rock climbing but without the harnesses, and Tree Climb, an aerial obstacle course located in the city. The excursion provided students with the opportunity to develop resilience, leadership skills, and a range of communication skills by participating in activities outside of their comfort zone.

Mr Ned Heath, Assistant Year 11 Director


During Week 5, the Year 9 cohort were privileged to have Scott Darlow present to us on his passion for Indigenous history and to inform us about his unique story.

Scott is a professional musician and Yorta Yorta man who lives in Melbourne and has travelled the world, educating young adults on the history of Australia and the stories of Indigenous people. We were taught messages about always spreading kindness and understanding about what each individual has been through in their life. Each person has a different story to tell and their own individuality to share and we should be more inclusive, respectful, and forgiving to each other. His key message was to incorporate the word FLUTE in your everyday lifestyle, this being Forgiveness, Love, Understanding, Tolerance, and Empathy.

Scott used some of his own beautiful songs to help up understand the struggles that most Indigenous Australians face daily. By listening to his presentation, he has taught us about how to make a change, and to raise our voices for what we believe in. Our Year 9 cohort thoroughly enjoyed having Scott Darlow present to us, and we hope to have him back in the future to continue to spread his message.

Written by Year 9 students Matilda Jones (9GPC-04) and Alexandria Ciccone (9GPC-05)


The Year 7 Class Leaders for Semester 1, 2022 have recently been appointed by their Pastoral Care classes and are already eager to demonstrate their leadership skills at St Michael’s College. We congratulate every student who ‘took the risk’ and CHALLENGED themselves to nominate for a Class Leader role; whether they attained the position or not, their CHOICE to demonstrate initiative is to be applauded, particularly at such an early stage of their secondary school journeys. As the Year Level Director, working alongside Mrs Joanne Howat, the Assistant Year Level Director, we look forward to working with all the Year 7 Class Leaders in Terms 1 and 2 to create a positive, compassionate, respectful, responsible and hospitable COMMUNITY atmosphere in Year 7 at St Michael’s College.

Please take the time to read through some aspirations for Year 7, 2022 from the perspectives of our newly elected Class Leaders:

“As a leader, I wish to inspire everyone I meet to be their very best. I hope to collaborate as a team with my peers and help them work at their best standard. I hope to have fun and enjoy time with my class by playing sports games and having class lunches. But most of all I hope to help my peers wherever I can.”Marco Didyk (7BPC-02)

“My hope is that I can make a change in my PC class and make sure everyone feels safe in the St Michael’s College Community”. – Mia Albany (7GPC-02)

For this semester I hope as a class leader to be a good role model, and I hope to make the classroom a safe and welcoming environment. I hope to raise money for different causes and to be able to have fun with my class while being responsible and caring for everyone around me.” – Zaria Giessauf (7GPC-02)

“My aspiration/hope for my leadership role this semester is I hope to inspire others to do their best and never give up!” Eden Gallagher (7GPC-05)

“My aspiration for this semester is to bring our class together as a cohort. It is also to make sure everyone feels welcomed and heard.” – Audrey Fisher (7GPC-04)

“I would like to make our class closer together; a family; a community.– Archie Begg (7BPC-05)

“This year I would like to inspire my peers on how to become a respectful and kind leader. I would like to inspire them because being a leader isn’t easy. You must collaborate with other students and teachers; you must listen actively with those you are leading, with respect and kindness. I feel that I can help them do this and show them how to become a respectful and kind leader, through a learning journey over this term.” – Tahlia Martin (7GPC-4)

“I want to inspire others to be themselves and feel comfortable in their own skin. I want peers and the community to know that they are welcomed and loved.” – Mackenzie Howie (7GPC-05)

“I would love for this class to be more responsible, caring and kind to others” Samuel Carr (7BPC-05) 

“We hope to make a difference to our school community by making our pastoral class known and welcome.” – Ethan Haines and Oliver Brooks (7BPC-01)

“I aspire to set an example of good behaviour and work management for my peers”. – Hayden Mitchell (7BPC-03)

“I want to inspire and help my peers to be the best they can be, by being a good role model and showing them the right way to do things.” – Sonny Consalvo (7BPC-03)

“I hope that with my Year 7 leadership role I can promote a sense of inclusiveness for our community. Everybody should feel cared for and included in our school community, in their class or in their friendship group.” –  Savannah Coomans (7GPC-03)

“As a class leader I want to inspire others to be respectful, kind and to listen to everyone when they need someone to talk to.” – Bianca Walsh (7GPC-01)

As class leader, I want to inspire others to do and be the best they can be, so that they try their best to always succeed. I also want to motivate others to try their hardest to be kind and respectful to everyone, no matter who they are and what they look like.” – Carissa Lobo (7GPC-01)

Mr Daniel Jones, Year 7 Director


Week 6: Humility

Some people might mistakenly think that humility is associated with weakness, but in actual fact, it’s more about strength. When we think of strong examples of humility, we often think about giants… Einstein, Ghandi, Pope Francis, Mother Teresa, St John Baptist de La Salle, and Jesus. The list goes on. They are people whose actions speak louder than words.

Humility is hard to describe. But what it isn’t, is — boasting, seeking the spotlight or thinking we are better than others. This doesn’t mean that we undervalue our own gifts; humble people appreciate their skills and who they are, but they are also aware of gaps in their knowledge and are mindful of areas for growth. They keep their abilities in perspective and use them to raise people up, rather than put them down.  They appreciate of the value of things and people around them and understand that each of us can contribute to our world in different ways. There is a sense of self confidence without having to be the centre of attention.

In 2022, when our lives seem to be projected across so many virtual platforms, we can be forgiven for sometimes thinking that humility can appear to be lost. Research shows, however, that the strongest and most appreciated leaders are those who exude humility. If we think about the politicians and people we aspire to and admire, often it will be those who are humble. Sports personalities who are humble are now saying this publicly. F1 teams indicated last year that it’s time to return to humility as a way forward. “We are not satisfied with our current results in Formula 1and we will work with humility and dedication to change them.” John Elkann, Executive Chair of Ferrari. Another example of the impact of humility in sport is evident in the success of the All Blacks, New Zealand’s famous rugby team, who won back-to-back World Cup Rugby titles. They believed in the importance of ‘sweeping the floors’, meaning that the most important members of the team had to sweep the floors as no one in the team was greater than anyone else. This idea of humility, which seemed to diffuse through many of their actions and processes, made them unbeatable as a team for a long time.

It’s not always easy to place others’ needs ahead of our own; perhaps it’s part of our survival DNA in some way, though we often do it for our children instinctively. It can also be a challenging strength to work on because it’s true that we all enjoy positive affirmation – it’s one of the premises of social media platforms- the ‘likes’ that can be so addictive, sending us shots of dopamine. Despite this, it’s also true that being humble can also make us feel good about ourselves and can really make a tangible difference to our world, as these few examples have shown.

As we begin our journey through Lent, it’s a perfect time to be thinking about our humility, across all the domains in our life. We have a great example of it front and centre in Jesus, particularly at this time. We can always reflect on and learn something about this from him and work towards being his hands, eyes, ears and heart. We can spend some time considering how we can share our resources and use our talents and gifts to benefit those all around us, including the wider world; knowing, valuing and caring for each other.

Wishing you a safe and happy week ahead!

Mrs Tonia Carfora, Year 7-9 Wellbeing Initiatives Leader


What a week! Arts Week always brings a myriad of activities for staff and students. A snapshot from the week so far:

  • Music Mix Master Mosca’s (aka Mr Mosca) musical performance
  • Visual Arts Workshops with David Booth and Lucy Timbrell
  • Crazy dance moves during the Silent Disco with Guru Dudu
  • Performances by our talented Music Department staff
  • Hip Hop Workshop with old scholar Charlie Gilbert (2018)
  • Various musical performances by our talented students

Keep an eye out for next week’s edition of The Star for a more in-depth report and photos of this year’s Arts Week.

Careers and VET Services


Australian National University (ANU) direct applications for 2023 admissions are now open. Interested students must be eligible for an ATAR and will be assessed on Year 11 results and Co-Curricular or Service requirements (CCS). CCS is a mandatory section of the ANU application asking you to demonstrate involvement in activities outside the classroom including sport, paid work, volunteering and more.

Applications close on 23 May 2022 and outcomes will be released 5 September 2022. Don’t forget to check out the scholarships page while you’re there. Please be aware if you wish to apply for a scholarship as well, the application deadlines are much earlier. Click here for more information.


The 25 students awarded the Tuckwell Scholarship at ANU each year receive $22,350 per annum (2021 rate) (increasing with inflation) for each year of the length of their undergraduate degree. This will cover on-campus residential costs, books, and general living expenses priority access guaranteed to ANU-approved student accommodation. They will also receive an annual allowance of up to $2,000 to assist with their move to Canberra and to support two annual return journeys (e.g. airfares) between their home and the university for each year of their degree. The allowance will be dependent on the proximity of their family home to ANU. There is also an allowance to help cover the transport costs for your parents/caregivers to attend Commencement Weekend at the start of the program, and an ANU Sports Centre membership for the length of the degree. Click here for more information.


The Charles Sturt Advantage early offer program is open to Year 12 students Australia wide for 2023 entry. CSU assess two things, your Year 11 results and your ‘soft’ skills. In short, you need to respond to three questions demonstrating your communication, resilience, empathy and motivation. Round one applications are already open meaning you could receive a course offer as early as May. Although there are three rounds, popular courses can fill up in the first round (apply by 31 March 2022). Please note the locations of the Charles Sturt Campus include Port Macquarie and Wagga Wagga. Some of the courses which are part of this program include Medical Radiations. Click here for more information.


This full-day conference event is proudly brought to you by WAI Australian Chapter it is for females over 16 and males over 18.

The forum is a free event designed to cultivate innovative ideas in our youth and early career professionals, share career pathway information and provide support networks to women for their journey in the aviation aerospace, and space sectors.

The day will see a lineup of inspirational leaders and emerging leaders, who will be sharing their knowledge, followed by a two-hour networking and trade show event. The two-hour networking and trade show event will allow attendees, guest speakers, and industries to network, collaborate, learn and support.

The EML Forums are designed to support women between the ages of 16 and 30 years of age who are either early career professionals or students who are defining their career pathway. (Primary ticket reserves are for this.)

There will also be great value and benefit to men and women in the industry who are at 18+ years of age and are at any stage of their career who wish to support this events philosophy. (Limited ticket reserves for this category).

What’s included:

  • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea
  • Sit down conference
  • Networking and career tradeshow session
  • Delegate pack which includes an Aviation Careers Guide

Location: The Stamford Grand, Glenelg

Registration is essential as spots are limited. Please click here for more information.

Please note: This is a normal school day but not a school event. Families would be making their own evaluation and decisions about a student attending. In the first instance, students should discuss potential absence with their teachers at this important stage of the Term.


Year 11 Virtual Work Experience
A new government initiative to help build the Defence industry is the Virtual Work Experience Program. The Defence Industry Virtual Work Experience Program will provide opportunities for students who may face geographic or other barriers to participating in traditional work experience. Students will undertake collaborative, group science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) projects, including projects linked to real-world research and industry challenges. The program will commence in Term 2, 2022 with a pilot of approximately 30 students. Please email to register for more information.

To be eligible to participate in the Virtual Work Experience, students must be:

  • A Year 11 student
  • Aged 15 to 17 years old for the duration of the work experience
  • Enrolled in a school in Australia and able to commit to the designated days as specified by the supervisor (with students seeking approval from their school)
  • Be supported by a teacher, parent or other approved adult in their physical location throughout their work experience project

The experience will be run by the Department of Defence in conjunction with Australia’s National Science Agency, CSIRO.

Year 11 and Year 12 Defence Work Experience Program (in person)
There are already a range of work experience opportunities for students advertised on the Defence Work Experience Program website.

These include:

  • 11 to 14 April, Army Familiarisation – RAAF Edinburgh
  • 12 to 13 May, Army Familiarisation – Keswick Barracks
  • 23 to 26 May, Air Force Familiarisation – RAAF Edinburgh
  • 28 to 29 July, Army Familiarisation – Keswick Barracks
  • 19 to 22 September, Air Force Familiarisation – RAAF Edinburgh
  • 27 to 29 October, Army Familiarisation – Keswick Barracks

Students need to in Year 11 or Year 12 participate with the support of St Michaels College and must be able to get to the location as public transport options to Edinburgh are extremely limited.


Expand your interest in STEM by subscribing to the Flinders University STEM Club eNewsletter. Students can win prizes worth $100 each newsletter just by subscribing! Readers will be engaged with STEM breakthroughs that will leave their minds blown. Click here for more information.


A volunteering opportunity has come up at ‘Save the Children’ Kidman Park store as a Sunday retail assistant. Please click here for more information.


The Centre for Australian Space Education (CASE) invites applications from Year 10 students for the 25th annual residential South Australian Space School (SASS) from 20 – 23 April 2022. Please note applications close Friday 25 March 2022. For more information or to lodge an application, please click here.

Ms Rose Coorey and Mr Anthony Vizaniaris, Careers Counsellors