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Term 1 Week 8 2022

From the Principal

Dear St Michael’s College Community,

Primary Academic Assembly & New Student Welcome 

Wednesday 23 March saw the Primary Campus hold its first assemblies of the year. These provided an opportunity to recognise student Academic Achievement from Semester 2, 2021 and, welcome new students beginning their learning journeys at St Michael’s College. The Primary Campus has had a significant growth phase with 4 classes of Reception students beginning an R – 12 education at St Michael’s College.

The Assemblies were ably led by the Primary Campus leaders and saw 73 students from Year 1 through to Year 6 receive Academic Awards for the Semester 2, 2021 reporting period. We officially welcomed 60 new Reception students and another 18 students across other year levels were welcomed and presented with acknowledgement certificates.

This has been the first opportunity to welcome and celebrate student success for the year. The assemblies were held outdoors which provided the opportunity for parents and caregivers to celebrate with us.

To view the full list of awards winners and photographs, please read the Primary Campus section.

COVID Update

As we navigate through the difficulties of COVID-19 in schools, I acknowledge and thank the St Michael’s College staff for their commitment in working with students and their families to continue to provide a positive learning and wellbeing culture. I also would like to thank parents and caregivers for their ongoing support, particularly around communication with us regarding positive cases or close contacts.

There are a number of varying media reports about what might or might not happen regarding the current COVID-19 situation in schools in South Australia. We will continue to be guided by SA Health and Catholic Education South Australia and will inform our community at the earliest possible time.

I encourage you to continue to stay in contact with your child’s pastoral/class teacher to ensure their learning and wellbeing needs are being met. This is particularly important if they are isolating and working from home.

Stay safe everyone.

Kind regards,

Damian Patton
Acting Principal

Weekly Communication and Important Dates


Week 9

31 March
Primary House Cross Country

Week 10

8 April
Mission Action Day

10 April
Palm Sunday

Week 11

13 April
Year 10 Immunisations

14 April
Holy Thursday
Class conclude for Term 1
Early dismissal 12:40pm (Primary) 12:45pm (Secondary)

15 April
Good Friday

17 April
Easter Sunday

Please click here to view our online calendar.


Year 12 ties are available from the Bookroom to purchase for $22. For cash payments please go directly to the Bookroom. If paying with credit card, please pay at the front office and bring the receipt to the Bookroom for collection of the tie.


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

Please book now by contacting 8150 2306.

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Click here to purchase the Entertainment Book.

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Whole School


This episode was recorded in the week of Internationals Women Day, and a listener warning, it includes empowering and inspirational content for everyone!

You will hear amongst other things, the sound of professional sportswoman and old scholar Maddy Turner (2013) as she survives a grilling from Year 1 GEM girls, the Year 12 College Leaders interrogating the theme of bias, and an ABC journalist chatting about breakfast. Let’s hear it for the girls!


  • International Women’s Day coordinator: Mrs Ellena Williamson
  • Production/Editing at Primary Campus – Sebastian Krol and Frank Marino
  • Production/Editing at Secondary Campus – Ms Olivia Peressin and Massimo Cavallo
  • Interviewers: Miss Madeline Cole, Massimo Cavallo, Avah Topp, and the Year 1 GEM girls.
  • Special Guests: Ms Bron Kemp, Mrs Juila Azzollini, Maddy Turner, Chelsie Dawber, Emma Rebellato, and Laura Flynn.

Click the link below to hear all about it!

Ms Joanne Gilmore, Director of Teaching & Learning


Please see below links for parent information.

Primary Booklet Secondary Booklet


Primary Campus


Finally, we were able to acknowledge the academic achievement of students from Semester 2 2021.

The theme for this year is challenge and  our College’s mission and vision states challenge is when:

“Individual growth is achieved through engagement, opportunity and recognition, underpinned by a positive learning culture that is authentic, challenging and supportive. “

Over three separate assemblies, we celebrated students who had excelled with respect to developing their Primary Values, their effort toward their studies, and their academic achievements.

Not everyone can be an A grade student academically, but everyone can be an A grade student in terms of their attitude to school life. Everyone can grow and make progress with the right mindset and with support from those around them on their learning journey.

Here are a few words of wisdom from across my years within education:

  • Sometimes you will make mistakes – don’t give up, get back on your feet and persevere – we all know the Michael Jordan quote: if not, research it!
  • It takes sacrifice – sometimes we have to do what we don’t like before we can do what we do like. Get your learning completed then go and relax.
  • Ask for help – ask questions. If you don’t understand something, how can you ever learn it?
  • Get involved – there are lots of opportunities to try new things at St Michael’s College. Never worry about what someone else will think. How will you know if you don’t have a go?

Congratulations to all the award winners and to all our students who continually try their best. You make our College a thriving, learning community.

click here to view the full list of award winners


As well as acknowledging our academic award winners from last year, these assemblies also provided us with the opportunity to officially welcome our new students to the St Michael’s College community for 2022. Each of these students have already made a positive impact on our learning community and are an integral part of the College. We hope the school experience for each of our students is rich with quality learning, friendships and enjoyment for their personal development. We look forward to supporting you to grow and flourish throughout your journey and strive to ‘be the best you can be’.

Ms Joanne Gilmore, Director Teaching & Learning



Thanks to a Woolworths Junior Landcare Grant, the Primary Campus now have beautiful new signage in the Primary Veggie Patch. In 2019 our Year 3 students helped assist with the research for the signs, which included seasonal planting, beneficial insects, and how to sustainably garden. The Youth Environmental Leaders were then given the task of collating the very best information worthy of being on display.

A huge thank you to art teacher, Mrs Tyrwhitt, for designing the signs and for coordinating the Year 3 drawings which were included via the use of QR codes.

These signs not only look great but will be such a great resource for our many students who use these outdoor spaces in their learning. I’m sure we can all agree they were worth the wait!

Mrs Robyn Palmer, Sustainability Officer

Secondary Campus


College Leader Danica Colella

As a leader I would describe myself as confident, strong minded, and motivated. I complete everything I do to the best of my ability and always voice my opinions and matters that I stand for.

I am the proudest of the grades I achieve in school and the motivation and drive I behold in doing so. I am very proud of my successful outcomes.

My greatest sporting moment was when I scored six goals in one soccer game or being awarded Best and Fairest in a few of my footy games.

Someone I admire would be my mum and dad as they are both so hard working, yet always put the needs of my sisters and I before themselves.

My favourite books are anything by Shakespeare! I’m a big drama student and adore all his playwrights. He is a genius.

In my spare time I like to hang out with friends and family, travel, and stay at home with my pet bird and dog.

The best thing about attending SMC is the communal environment and amazing teachers who understand and care about their student’s needs.

Leadership means to me to lead a community to do positive, new things which is beneficial to all.

I have a pet dog called Alvin and bird called Zazu.

To be a Lasallian Leader means to work well with others, listen to a range of opinions, and act to what benefits the wider community.

A teacher at SMC I admire is Ms O’Hara because she understands her students and is always caring. She also knows how to have a good laugh and give advice.

Something interesting about me no one knows? I have 3 sisters with the first and last being 18 years apart.

Mutien House Captain Bridie Dolan

As a leader I would describe myself as understanding and encouraging.

My favourite TV program is Gilmore Girls.

My greatest sporting moment was getting best on ground for the SMC Knockout Grand Final in 2021.

My favourite books is the hunger games series.

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

The best thing about attending SMC is the support I receive from teachers, and getting to spend time with friends.

One chore I don’t like doing is all of them!

Leadership means to me to encourage others and not just lead people, but to help them learn and grow.

I have a pet cat whose name is Keith, and she’s female!

Five words which best describe my personality are determined, energetic, enthusiastic, talkative, and ambitious.

A person I most admire is my mum.

A teacher at SMC I admire is Ms Papuc because she is always there to support her students.


It is with much pleasure that last week we had the official handover of the renovated bathrooms in the LaSalle Courtyard. Over most of last year, a dedicated core group of students met frequently with a view to plan the renovations. Whilst they initially met with the team of architects to discuss their perspectives on the way in which the bathrooms should meet the needs of the student population, following this, they met to finalise details in functionality and aesthetics. Core to their considerations was the wellbeing of the student cohort, as research has indicated that bathrooms are often the place where students may go when they are upset. To this end, the bathrooms represent a fresh and airy façade, with considered planning of facilities and space. The addition of affirming quotes decided by the students add a level of voiced care for all those who enter.

The students involved in this project were very excited to see their plans come to fruition, and to have had the honour of ‘cutting the ribbon’ signifying their completion. They were also touched by the kind words of Acting Principal, Damian Patton and Business Manager Dominic LoBasso, who offered heartfelt thanks for their involvement.

Many thanks to the following students who contributed in some way to this process:

Lina Ciampa, Annalisa Cirillo, Kiara Didyk, Jordan Kupeckyj, Michael Leonardos, Ruby Lynch, Beatrice McClure, Alyssa Meade, Lucas Sebastiano, Morgan Smith, and Summer Truong.

In addition, there were also a number of students who have since left our community:

Monique Monti, Joseph O’Leary, Dylan Petherick, Jayde Scardigno, Nadia Spaccavento, and Katelyn Spencer.

Mrs Tonia Carfora, Year 7-9 Wellbeing Initiatives Leader


Last week the Secondary Campus Eco Squad attended three workshops as part of the My Tree Project. During these workshops, the students were involved in building a propagation table with an automatic watering system, filling growing tubes with native soil mix and an art workshop focused on the importance of trees.

So what is the My Tree Project? It is a project of WACRA (Western Adelaide Coastal Residents’ Association) in response to the critical global environmental situation and its serious impact on local communities. This program enables children to play an active role in dealing with the challenges of climate change by growing endemic trees and understorey plants and creating artwork about what a tree means to them. Sponsorship from SA Water has ensured its implementation.

We are proud to be part of this project, growing approximately 500 native trees in our Eco Garden. Once they are fully grown, it will be our job to find them suitable homes around our localcommunity and ensure they are planted correctly so that they will be here for many years to come. Hopefully a few of these trees will also be planted in our own school!

Trees are our lifeblood and must always be respected, especially now that we face the impacts of climate change.

Mrs Robyn Palmer, Sustainability Officer


Week 8: Perspective

When we think of a person who is wise, it’s likely we’ll picture an elderly man with a long white beard, perhaps a bit like Gandalf from Lord of the Rings, or Albus Dumbledore from Harry Potter. Often these images are nurtured by what we read or view, or our personal experiences.

In our lives, if we are lucky, we will have strong role models of perspective. I was lucky to have a friend who embodied this strength. Anna was a lot older than me, and just had a way of making things clear. She could always see the bigger picture and had a gentle way of pausing before elaborating her thoughts which never seemed to carry judgement. She lost her battle to cancer in the recent past, and I will always be grateful that our paths crossed so many years ago, and that I was blessed by her friendship and her wisdom.

Perspective is the ability to see the bigger picture in life, without being distracted by the tiny details. While listening to others, perspective helps us to appreciate life lessons, and what’s best for the situation in question, informing our choices. This ability to think in broader terms helps us to be able to give sound advice to others and to recognise and think about multiple sides before making decisions. It helps us to flourish and leads us towards being stronger learners and leaders in the world.

This week also sees the celebration of Harmony Day, a day that focuses on inclusivity, respect and belonging for all Australians, regardless of background, language, or culture. We were reminded of this by a powerful presentation shared across the Secondary Campus, created by students and their teacher, Ms Henry. Amongst the many areas that can truly benefit from engaging stronger perspective, this is definitely one of them. There is no doubt that when we flick the perspective ‘switch’ we can be more empowered to know, value and care for each other, and hopefully also lead in a more inclusive and equitable way.

Wishing you a great Week 8 and weekend ahead!

Mrs Tonia Carfora, Year 7-9 Wellbeing Initiatives Leader


This week our College Captains participated online in the Lasallian Student Leaders Seminar run by the Lasallian Mission Council in Sydney. Our students were joined by College Captains from all over the District, including Papua New Guinea. They discussed and reflected on what skills and attributes make a good leader and how working in a leadership team helps everyone play to their strengths. We were reminded of the importance of living by the Lasallian core values of Faith, Service, and Community.

Sharina Rabusic, Lasallian Campus Minister


Congratulations to Year 7 student, Daniel Jelonek, who was the winner of the kindness spotting competition held last week, with his entry that expressed gratitude for the kindness of his music teacher.

The competition asked students and staff to explain an act of kindness they had seen in 30 words or less and the entries were then transformed into a stunning kindness tree by our Communications and Community Relations Team. Daniel’s entry was chosen at random amongst many special stories.

The icing on the cake was that later that same day, Daniel saw me in the yard and made a point of thanking me again for the prize – a canteen voucher. In a gesture of kindness, Daniel had used the voucher to buy some treats for his friends!

Congratulations and well done Daniel!

Mrs Tonia Carfora, Year 7-9 Wellbeing Initiatives Leader

Careers and VET Services


Want to gain an apprenticeship in civil construction? Be part of South Australia’s infrastructure boom with “Roads2Civil”!

The Roads2Civil program is a short four week VET course designed to give students an insight into careers in Civil Construction.

Developed in partnership between Western Technical College and Civil Train, supported by the CITB, Renewal SA and the Port Adelaide Enfield Council, students will complete five units of competency from the Certificate III in Civil Construction and obtain 20 Stage 1 SACE Credits.

Students will complete 4 weeks of training between 27 June and 22 July 2022 at one of Civil Train’s live training sites and a project site within the Western suburbs.

More importantly Civil Train has committed to offering a Civil Apprenticeship to every student who successfully completes the Roads2Civil program.

Interested students must register to attend a mandatory information session at Civil Train, 1 South Road Thebarton where you will meet the participating organisations and learn more about the program.

For more information and registration details please click here.


The annual Tertiary Studies & Careers Expo, Adelaide (TSCEA) incorporating the South Australia Work & Skills Expo is on again on Sunday 10 April and Monday 11 April at the Adelaide Convention Centre. This is a free event.

For more information about the study institutions, industries and employer bodies that will attend the event, please click here.

Ms Leanne De Young, VET Coordinator